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Women Host ITA

This past weekend the women hosted the USTA/ITA Division III Women’s New England Regional Championship. 25 teams from around the region came for the 3 day tournament. Play started Friday morning with doubles. Senior Meg Anderson and first-year Elena Mandzhukova came out firing in their first match against a strong Middlebury pairing. Playing with high energy and aggressive net play, they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back winning their first round 8-3. In their second round the bobcats played an experienced pair and #5 seed from Tufts. The Jumbos took this match but it was a good showing for Bates as any win in the nation’s best ITA is impressive.

The bobcats other team of Kristen Doerer and Erika Blauth had a first round battle with a team from Nichols. Both teams traded breaks early in the set before getting settled and holding serves. It was a very close match that came down to a one late break but in doubles one bad game is all it takes and the bobcats fell 8-5. Kristen and Erika bounced back as they played a Middlebury pair in the consolation and got back to their game of ripping returns through the middle and closing tight to the net.

In singles Jacqui Holmes lot a tough first round to her Wheaton opponent but played much better in her consolation match against Bowdoin. Meg Anderson played #9 seed Emily Lombardi in the first round and also came up short. In her consolation match Meg beat Smith #1 Jordan Dubin 6-3 6-1.

Elena Mandzhukova also had a tough first round playing Williams first-year Maria Pylypiv. Elena played a very good first set but a late break was the difference in the 6-3 set. Pylypiv took the second set as well and would advance to the semifinals before losing to fellow teammate Nancy Worley. The women’s team will travel to Bowdoin next weekend as they look to build on their ITA experiences.

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