ATLANTA, Ga. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's tennis team participated in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Singles and Doubles Championships presented by Oracle over the weekend at Emory University. The Colonels finished with a 16-8 overall ledger in in singles play on the weekend in addition to a 7-2 overall record in doubles action.
Sophomore Neha Rao, who entered the tournament as the first ever seeded player for the Centre women's tennis program, advanced to the quarterfinals of the A draw bracket with a win over Berry's No. 1 singles player Mary Cerny by a score of 6-1, 6-1 in the Round of 32 before defeating Emory's Elaine Vernoff 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the Round of 16.
Rao fell in a competitive match in the quarterfinals to Emory's Michelle Satterfield, a reigning All-American who came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed. Emory is the defending Division III national champion.
Junior Aliza Williams cruised into the round of 16 of the A draw, topping Emory's Michelle De Meo in the first round 6-2, 6-0 before defeating Caroline Terry of Belhaven 6-1, 6-0.
Williams would eventually fall to No. 3 seed Katarina Su of Emory in the round of 16.
Freshman Abigail Kent won her first collegiate match in 6-0, 6-1 fashion over Belhaven's Alexandria Furdge in the first round of the A draw. Kent dropped her next matchup to fourth-seeded Abigail Lopez of Emory. She followed that up with a win in consolation play, topping Rhodes' Anna Volkov.
Williams and Kent teamed up for doubles competition, participating in the main draw. The tandem fell in the first round to Emory, but picked up a victory in their consolation draw with an 8-5 win over Methodist and an 8-3 win over Rhodes.
Sophomore Mackenzie Snow picked up a 6-0, 6-4 triumph in a consolation draw over Oglethorpe's Delaney Abood, while senior Mary Chapin Snow collected a 6-3, 6-4 consolation draw win over Methodist's Audrey Greeson. The pair teamed up for doubles play, advancing to the quarterfinals of their doubles flight.
Senior Courtney DeLong blanked Oglethorpe's Charlotte Disley 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the B draw before falling in her second matchup. DeLong then posted three straight wins to capture the title in the consolation draw for her flight.
Freshman Zena Maddux did not lose a single match on the weekend, winning her flight in both singles play and doubles action with teammate DeLong. Maddux defeated Methodists' Audrey Greeson (6-2, 6-0), Berry's Karleigh Dills (6-2, 6-2), Birmingham Southern's Lexie Dillard (2-6, 6-4, 6-3) and Sewanee's Abbie Vaughn.
DeLong & Maddux bested opponents from Methodist, Agnes Scott and Covenant en route to the flight title.
Maddux became the first Centre women's tennis player to win both a singles and doubles flight at the ITA Regional Championship.
Two singles victories over defending national title Emory
Best ever individual singles result (Neha Rao) and team result for Centre Women's Tennis
16 – 8 overall record in singles on the weekend
7-3 in A flight singles
4-3 in B flight singles
5-2 in C flight singles
7 – 2 overall record in doubles on the weekend
2-1 in A flight doubles
2-1 in B flight doubles
3-0 in C flight doubles
First ever Colonel to win both a singles AND doubles flight at the ITA (Zena Maddux)