NORFOLK Monday started with four women in the round of 16 at the ITA Women’s East Regional but ended with all four knocked out. In addition, Penn’s remaining doubles team advanced to the semifinals before falling just short of the championship match.
Ekaterina Kosminskaya, the sixth seed, won her round of 16 match, defeating Inga Beerman of Virginia Tech, 6-1, 6-1. She then ran into the number one seed in the tournament, Megan Moulton-Levy of William and Mary. Kosminskaya competed hard, before losing 0-6, 3-6.
14th-seeded Yulia Rivelis drew fourth-seeded Ragini Acharya of William and Mary in the round of 16 and fell 3-6, 0-6.
Julia Koulbitskaya entered play as the 15th seed and was matched up against another player from William and Mary, Katarina Zoricic. The match went the distance, but Koulbitskaya could not pull of the upset, losing 2-6, 6-4, 3-6.
Charlotte Tansill, the 26th seed, met up with Ivy League rival Melissa Saiontz of Princeton in the round of 16. Tansill could not get past the 7th-seeded Saiontz, succumbing 6-7 (3), 1-6.
Kosminskaya and Koulbitskaya teamed up as the second-seeded team in the doubles draw. On Monday, the pair was victorious in their quarterfinal match, defeating Michal Amir and Julia Huschke of Maryland, 8-0. In the semifinals, they met the third-seeded team of Kellie Schmit and Karolina Soor from Marshall. The Penn duo was unable to rekindle the magic that saw them win two tournaments already this fall and they lost 4-8.
The fall season is now over for the women. They will resume play in the spring as they defend their Ivy League title.