Tabunshchyk, Rakocevic Lead No. 9 Women's Tennis at ITA's

Tabunshchyk, Rakocevic Lead No. 9 Women's Tennis at ITA's

THE BASICS:

- Location: Williamstown, Mass. (Torrence M. Hunt '44 Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: Over the weekend, the No. 9 ranked MIT women's tennis team competed at the 2018 ITA New England Regional Tournament, which was hosted by Williams College. Overall, the Engineers sent five student-athletes to the event.

TALE OF THE TAPE IN SINGLES:

- In singles, freshman Viktoriya Tabunshchyk (Ancaster, Canada) advanced to the quarterfinals as she was one of the No. 9-16 seeds. After a 6-1, 6-1 straight-set win in the first round, she captured a 6-0, 6-7 (5), 16-14 battle with Nicole Frankel of Tufts in round two. Tabunshchyk advanced into the final eight with a convincing 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 6 Christina Puccinelli of Middlebury before dropping a 6-4, 6-3 final to No. 9 Jackie Bukzin of Amherst.

- Freshman Ashley Teng (Tustin, Calif.) advanced into the round of 16 by earning a pair of straight-set wins. After a 6-1, 6-1 win over Melissa Parish of Springfield, Teng moved on by defeating Kiara Rose of Tufts in a 6-3, 7-6 (3) final.

- Junior captain Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) moved onto the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 6 seeded May Zhu of Amherst before falling in the next match. Sophomore Megan Guenther (Willowbrook, Ill.) also earned a victory as she downed Rachel Zubrinsky from Brandeis by a 6-2, 6-4 margin, while sophomore Vanessa Kitova (Beverly, Mass.) picked up a 6-1, 7-5 first-round win over AnnMartin Skelly of Middlebury.

A LOOK INSIDE THE DOUBLES BRACKETS:

- In the doubles bracket, Tabunshchyk and Rakocevic moved into the quarterfinals with a pair of convincing victories. In the first round, the duo defeated Gabrielle Brucker and Kaelyn Hall of Gordon by an 8-1 score, followed by an 8-5 win over Elena Pellegrini and Marta Drausnik of Trinity. Their tournament ended in the final eight as No. 5 seeded Korina Neveux and Maxine Ng of Williams pulled out the hard-fought 8-6 final.

- Teng and Kitova were paired together as well, defeating Rachel Ahlmeyer and Parrish from Springfield in the first round by an 8-1 margin.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers wrap up the fall season on October 12-14 as the team travels to the NEWITT Tournament. That three-day event will be hosted by Smith College and Mount Holyoke College.

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