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Three Raiders advance to main draw at ITA Regionals

Moraes improves to 8-0 for the fall campaign

October 18, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MEMPHIS - Three Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders reached the main draw of the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships on Friday at The Racquet Club.

Irina Constantinide, Nayara Moraes and Flavia Nagayama all reached the main draw with two victories each on Friday.

The sophomore Constantinide picked up a 6-3, 6-4 shutout over Lipscomb's Lorena Djuknic to advance to the second round of qualifying. Constantinide handed Chattanooga's Kelsey Coots a 7-6 (4), 6-0 defeat to remain in the tournament. Constantinide will face No. 9 seed Skylar Kuykendall of Memphis on Saturday afternoon.

Moraes, a junior from Brazil, won handily over Vanderbilt's Maggie Leavell (6-0, 7-5) in the first round before ousting Tennessee's Victoria Olivarez, 6-2, 6-4 to advance. Moraes remains a perfect 8-0 this season. The junior takes on 10 seed Alyssa Hibberd from Memphis.

Nagayama won her sixth and seventh matches of the fall with wins over Miami (Ohio)'s Ramona Costea (6-2, 6-4) and Xavier's Cristina Di Lorenzo (6-2, 3-6, 6-2). Nagayama will face Vanderbilt's No. 13 seed Ashleigh Antal.

Louisville's Olivia Boesing topped Alexandra Torres (6-2, 6-3), while Blue Raiders freshman Sarah Sediri fell to Ball State's Bethany Moore (6-3, 6-4).

In qualifying doubles action, the tandem of Constantinide/Nagayama dropped an 8-5 decision to Ball State's Courtney Wild/Ashlynn Rang.

The first and second rounds of doubles begins Saturday morning, while the main draw singles action is set for a 1 p.m. start time. Results of Saturday's matches can be found online at GoBlueRaiders.com.

Qualifying Singles Results

QS1 Olivia Boesing (Louisville) def. Alexandra Torres (Middle Tennessee) 6-2, 6-3
QS1 Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) def. Lorena Djuknic (Lipscomb) 6-3, 6-4
QS1 Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Maggie Leavell (Vanderbilt) 6-0, 7-5
QS1 Flavia Nagayama (Middle Tennessee) def. Ramona Costea (Miami (Ohio)) 6-2, 6-4
QS1 Bethany Moore (Ball State) def. Sarah Sediri (Middle Tennessee) 6-3, 6-4
QS2 Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) def. Kelsey Coots (Chattanooga) 7-6 (0-4), 6-0
QS2 Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Victoria Olivarez (Tennessee) 6-2, 6-4
QS2 Flavia Nagayama (Middle Tennessee) def. Cristina Di Lorenzo (Xavier) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

Qualifying Doubles Results

QD1 Courtney Wild/Ashlynn Rang (Ball State) def. Flavia Nagayama/Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) 8-5

Main Singles Draw

Tiffany William (MT) vs. Tiffany Tavares (Tennessee) - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Jesse Grace (MT) vs. Caroline Wegner (Memphis) - Saturday, 5 p.m.
Irina Constantinide (MT) vs. Skylar Kuykendall (Memphis) - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Nayara Moares (MT) vs. Alyssa Hibberd (Memphis) - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Flavia Nagayama (MT) vs. Ashleigh Antal (Vanderbilt) - Saturday, 2 p.m.

Main Doubles Draw

Moraes/Sediri (MT) vs. Kapitany/Schmidt (Purdue) - Saturday, 8 a.m.
William/Grace (MT) vs. Jones/Chadwell (Chattanooga) - Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

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