September 22, 2014

Wolverines fare well at ITA Championships

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The Grove City College women's tennis team competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Atlantic South Regional Championships over the weekend at the University of Mary Washington. Several Wolverine players posted notable performances during the two-day event.

Grove City highlighted the weekend by capturing the title in the Blue 3 Doubles draw. The team of sophomore Julie Becker (Kingsport, Tenn./Homeschooled) and freshman Janine Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/Nordonia) went 4-0 in winning the draw. The Becker-Jones tandem earned an 8-3 win over Randolph's Sarah Parker and Heather Parra in the finals.

Becker and Jones opened the draw with an 8-6 win over Juniata's pairing of Sam Hendricks and Emma Sebastian. In the quarterfinals, Becker-Jones earned an 8-3 victory over Goucher's Alice Goldstein-Plesser and Leigh Oehrig. The Grove City combo advanced to the finals with an 8-3 win over Haverford's Courtney Ahmed and Jessica Lui.

Junior Leah Thomsen (Cary, N.C./Cary Christian) and freshman Madeline Williams (Kailua, Hawai'i/Homeschooled) reached the Blue 3 Doubles semifinals before falling to the Parker-Parra pairing, 8-3. The Thomsen-Williams team downed Muhlenberg's Jenny Levenson and Ashlee Ludwig in the first round, 8-4. In the quarterfinals, Thomsen and Williams eliminated Swarthmore's Sage Cole and Megan Knapp, 8-5.

Grove City's top doubles tandem of senior Caroline McGuire (Shorewood, Wis./Dominican) and junior Karolina Lagerquist (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) reached the semifinal round in Blue 1 Doubles. The Lagerquist-McGuire duo opened the tournament with an 8-1 victory over Christopher Newport's Isabelle Wessel and Kristi Wong. Lagerquist and McGuire then earned an 8-1 decision over Swarthmore's Rachel Bronkema and Ashley Gao in the quarterfinal round.

Lagerquist-McGuire then fell to the eventual champions, Olivia Kasten and Jody Law of Johns Hopkins University, in the semifinals by an 8-1 score.

Lagerquist also reached the finals of the Blue 3 Singles tournament. She opened the draw with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Swarthmore's Megan Soderlund and then eliminated Lui in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 7-5. Lagerquist reached the finals with a 6-0, 7-6 semifinal round victory over St. Mary's Melissa Barall.

In the championship match, Wessel pulled out an 0-6, 6-2, 10-3 victory over Lagerquist.

McGuire reached the semifinals of the Blue 1 Singles tournament before pulling out due to injury. She picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Swarthmore's Allison Lutz in the first round and then outlasted Dickinson's Joana Nunes in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 0-6, 10-8.

Sophomore Linnea Peters (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) reached the semifinals in Blue 5 Singles by going 2-1. Peters earned a 6-0, 6-4 win over Kayla Baier of St. Mary's in the opening round before bouncing Washington College's Kiran Prant in the quarterfinals, 6-1 and 6-3. Peters then fell to eventual champion Brittany McBride of Mary Washington, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinal round.

Jones reached the quarterfinals in Blue 4 Singles competition. She downed Muhlenberg's Jamie Rosenblum in the opening round, 6-4, 6-1. Jones then fell in the quarterfinals to Moravian's Courtnie Lambert, 6-2, 6-2.

Becker went 1-1 in Blue 6 Singles play. She downed Muhlenberg's Molly Kowalski in the first round, 6-1, 6-2. Becker then dropped a 6-3, 6-0 decision to eventual champion Michaela Dowd of Mary Washington.

Peters and senior Kendra Tetrick (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) went 1-1 in Blue 2 Doubles play. The Peters-Tetrick team opened the competition with an 8-2 win over Moravian's Skylar Oliwa and Sophia Osbourne. In the quarterfinals, Johns Hopkins' Savannah DeMontesquio and Shannon Libaw eliminated the Grove City duo, 8-3. DeMontesquio and Libaw won the Blue 2 Doubles draw.

Tetrick reached the semifinals of the Blue 5 Singles consolation draw before dropping a 9-7 decision to Baier. Thomsen advanced to the Blue 6 Singles consolation final by going 2-0 in that draw. Williams also went 2-0 in the Blue 7 Singles consolation tournament. Neither the Blue 6 or Blue 7 Singles consolation finals were played due to time constraints.

Grove City hosts Capital Monday in non-conference action at Walters-Zbell Tennis Courts.

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