NORFOLK, Va. – The University of Richmond women’s tennis team wrapped up fall play this past weekend at the ITA Atlantic Regional Women’s Tennis Championships, facing tough opponents and gaining valuable experience for the spring season.
Junior Gaby Rosales and freshmen Kiana Marshall and Dessislava Zlateva competed for the Spiders in singles play, while Marshall and Rosales, along with senior Brittany Boys and freshman Lea Owens, teamed up in doubles competition.
Marshall and Zlateva both fell in tough matches in the qualifying round, each dropping their third set 6-4 after splitting the first two sets of their singles matches.
“I thought Kiana and Dessi competed well against some of the top competition in the region,” head coach Mark Wesselink said. “With a little more experience, they will both be winning those matches.”
Rosales fell 7-6, 6-0 in her first round match, but showed promise against a tough conference opponent that she may see in dual match play this spring.
The two doubles pairs faced similar outcomes in the tournament, falling to tough opponents after battling hard to stay in their matches.
“The fact that we had two doubles teams in the main draw shows the respect that the selection committee had for our team during the selection process,” Wesselink added.
Boys and Owens were up early in their match, but eventually fell to a strong Hampton pairing. Marshall and Rosales started slowly, trailing 4-1 to a Virginia Tech team before fighting back to a 5-4 score. The pair eventually dropped the match, 5-8.
“It was great for the freshman to see what the best in our region offers,” Wesselink said. “They feel good about where their games are now and where they need to be to beat these teams. I love their confidence and positive attitudes.”
The Spiders are set to open spring dual-match play on January 21, when they travel to Williamsburg to face William & Mary at 1 p.m.