MARION, Ind. - The TU women's tennis team advanced four singles players and two doubles pairs out of the opening round of this year's ITA Regional Tournament hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. The regional kicked off on Thursday with the conclusion being played on Saturday.
In singles action, Sydney Wagoner, Katelyn Gray and Corinne Hoffman each picked up opening-round wins. Wagoner defeated Erin Van Kampen from Huntington 6-4, 7-5 before falling in the second round to fourteenth-ranked Maria Lueken from Marian University.
Gray rolled past Jennifer Lee from IWU 6-1, 6-0 but bowed out in round two by falling to third-ranked Lizzie Bauss who also competes for the Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan.
Hoffman made her way to the second round thanks to her first-round win over Katie Hart from Indiana University Kokomo 6-1, 6-0 before Becky Scurt from IWU bested her in the second round of action.
Overall, the TU singles had a solid showing in the consolation bracket, highlighted by Molly Pile, Alexa Kling and Molly Fletchall. After falling in the opening round of the main bracket, they all went back to work with back-to-back wins, putting each of them in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket. Fletchall took it a step further when making it to the championship match in the consolation bracket and ultimately taking second place after a three-set loss to Spring Arbor's Wynne, 6-4, 5-7, 10-7.
In doubles, Fletchall and Mikayla Schultz recorded wins in the first and second rounds before falling to third-seeded Oliva Reed and Thewuni Devaraja from IWU in the quarterfinals. Kling and Gray also advanced out of the first round with an 8-0 sweep over Abigail Spencer and Marissa Quinno from Indiana Tech before Alisa Reshetnikova and Valeriya Kolegova from UNOH ended their run.
Also in doubles, after falling in the opening round, Courtney Clark and Taelor Grose made a great run through the consolation bracket by winning back-to-back matches to earn them a spot in the semifinals.
The Trojans (4-2, 3-2 CL) will return to league action on Monday as they travel to Mount Vernon Nazarene (0-6, 0-5 CL) for a 3:00 p.m. contest.