Lady Wolverines make their
mark at ITAs
FREDERICKDBURG, VA, September 23, 2001--Grove City College senior Alyssa Bradford (Akron, OH/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) highlighted the Lady Wolverines' trip to the 2001 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional by advancing to the singles quarterfinal round with three victories in the 64-player championship tournament, hosted by Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA.
Bradford rallied from a set down in her opening match against Brooke Sagalowsky of Sweet Briar College to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-1, then proceeded to breeze through the next two rounds, defeating Annie Bosler of Carnegie Mellon University, 6-2, 6-2, and Sallie Strang of Washington & Lee College, 6-0, 6-0. Bradford's run ended in the quarterfinals, however, as defending ITA regional champion Anjani Reddy of Swarthmore College won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Bradford, the three-time defending Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Year, owns a career regular-season record of 32-3 at first singles.
Junior Lisa Oriti (Brecksville, OH/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy), sophomore Allison Atwood (Warren, PA/Warren) and junior Erika Hauge (Chardon, OH/Chardon) also fared well at ITAs. Oriti cruised through her first match against Alissa Leone of Franklin & Marshall College, 6-0, 6-1, before falling in the second round to Washington & Lee's Elizabeth McCracken, 4-6, 1-6. Likewise, Atwood had little trouble with her first-round opponent, beating Alyssa Kennedy of Haverford College, 6-0, 6-2. Atwood fell in her next match to Lindsay Hagerman of Washington & Lee, 1-6, 2-6. Hauge lost her opener to Cassie Meyer of Salisbury University, 2-6, 4-6, but rallied with an 8-2 victory in the consolation round over Nina Verghese of St. Mary's College. Hauge dropped her next match to Dineen Collins of Meredith College, 4-8.
In the doubles tournament, Bradford and Atwood opened in the round of 16 after receiving a first-round bye, but couldn't advance any farther, losing to Alyson Brice and Brandi Jane Wedgeworth of W&L, 6-8. The twosome did manage to post victories in their next two consolation matches before withdrawing for academic reasons in the quarterfinals. Oriti and Hauge won their doubles opener over Lynsey Landes and Anne Yust of Bridgewater, 8-5, before falling in the second round to Mary Washington's Karli Schneider and Steffany Slaughter, 2-8.
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