Three Raiders advance to main draw at ITA Regionals
Moraes improves to 8-0 for the fall campaignOctober 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.
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.
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
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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