Fredericksburg, VA - For the second time in two weeks the Virginia Wesleyan Univeristy women's tennis team took the courts during their fall season. Four Marlins made the trip to the ITA Southeast Regional Championships hosted by the University of Mary Washington.
Sophomore Christine Zalameda (Poquoson, VA) opened up the tournament with a tough match-up against Sydney Soto from Salisbury University. Soto came out strong, capturing the first set but Zalameda was able to gain traction and grabbed the 2nd set. Soto went up an early break and added another holding on to take the match tiebreaker and the match 6-2, 7-6, 10-4. In the B singles consolation first round, Zalameda defeated Jenna Skove from Stevenson, 8-4. The match-up was the 2nd time the two have played in the last 6 months; Zalameda defeated her in three sets during the team's spring break trip to Hilton Head, SC in March. In the consolation semifinal, Zalameda matched up against Sweetbriar freshman standout Allison Wanderling. The tightly contested proset went to Wanderling, 8-4. Zalameda had multiple chances to go up in the set but could not convert game point opportunities.
Marlin freshman Alexa Brewster (Fredericksburg, VA) reached the semifinal of her draw by defeating Nina Bretz from Stevenson 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. In Sunday's semifinal, Brewster matched up against Salisbury's Hannah Baxter. Both sets were tightly contested but Baxter outlasted Brewster 6-3, 6-4.
Freshman Anna Rogers (Hayling Island, UK) and Lyric Hinton (Petersburg, VA) picked up a win in the main draw of C doubles. The Marlin duo knocked off Brooke Oliver and Isabella Sterner of St. Mary's College (MD), 8-2. In their quarterfinal match, Rogers and Hinton dropped a tough 8-5 decision to Haverford's Sarah Evenson and Ananya Prakash.
The ITA regional tournament was the 2nd and last event for the women's tennis team this fall. The squad will wrap up their fall season in two weeks and begin their spring campaign in early February.