WILLIAMSBURG, VA. The Quakers fell to Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA Tournament today, 4-1.
The Quakers took an early lead in the match, when they won the doubles point. The first game to finish was the No. 1 doubles pair of Yulia Rivelis and Maria Anismova, who lost to Ana Jerman and Sasha Kulikova, 8-0. Wake’s advantage disappeared quickly, as junior Charlotte Tansill and sophomore Amanda Avedissian dominated their No. 3 match against Ashlee Davis and Jenna Loeb, winning 8-3. The doubles point came down to the No. 2 doubles match, where Lenka Snajdrova and Julia Koulbitskaya were battling it out with Sierra Poske and Christine Simpson. Koulbitskaya and Snajdrova had one of the best matches of the day, as they fought hard to come back and win the match, earning Penn the doubles point. Down 6-3 early in the match, the Quakers battled back, and kept it close, 6-5. Then, with the Deacons up 7-5, they kept fighting at match point to tie it at 7-7, then at 8-8, to force the tiebreaker. Koulbitskaya and Snajdrova stayed strong, winning the tiebreak 7-4, to take the match 9-8 (4). It was the longer match of the day, clocking in at an hour and 40 minutes, which took a toll on all four players in the 90 degree heat. With the win at Nos. 2 and 3, Penn clinched the doubles point and took a 1-0 lead.
In singles, a quick loss at No. 3 tied it up at 1-1. Snajdrova lost to freshman Sasha Kulikova, 6-4, 6-3. Wake took a 2-1 lead when Koulbitskaya retired in the second set at No. 2, giving Jerman the win, 6-4, 3-0, ret. The Deacons took a 3-1 lead when No. 110 Christian Tara beat Ansimova, 6-4, 6-3. But the match was far from over, as the remaining three matches looked like they would go to three sets. Rivelis, playing at No. 1 against No. 117 Ashlee Davis, lost the first set 7-6, before battling back in the second to win it 6-3, and force a third set. Junior Charlotte Tansill had a similar situation: at No. 5, she lost to Poske in the first set, 6-2, before taking the second set 6-3. Sophomore Lauren Sadaka was also putting up a fight in the No. 6 spot. She lost the first set to Simpson, 6-3, but was playing well in the second set, keeping it close right to the end. In the final point of the match, Sadaka ended up losing a close 7-6, giving Wake the 4-1 win.
The Deacons will advance to play No. 15 William and Mary Saturday at 1 p.m. The Tribe beat Richmond today, 4-0 to advance on their home court.
Wake Forest, 4, Penn 1
1) No. 54 Ana Jerman/Sasha Kulikova (WF) def. Yulia Rivelis/Maria Anismova (Penn), 8-0
2)Lenka Snajdrova/Julia Koulbitskaya (Penn) def. Sierra Poske/Christine Simpson (WF), 9-8 (4)
3) Amanda Avedissian/Charlotte Tansill (Penn) def. Ashlee Davis/Jenna Loeb (WF), 8-3
1) Yulia Rivelis (Penn) vs. No. 117 Ashlee Davis (WF), 6-7, 6-3, 0-2 DNF
2) Ana Jerman (WF) def. Julia Koulbitskaya (Penn), 6-4, 3-0, ret.
3) Sasha Kulikova (WF) def. Lenka Snajdrova (Penn), 6-4, 6-3
4) No. 110 Christian Tara (WF) def. Maria Anismova (Penn), 6-4, 6-3
5) Charlotte Tansill (Penn) vs. Sierra Poske (WF), 2-6, 6-3, 3-4, DNF
6) Christine Simpson (WF) def. Lauren Sadaka (Penn), 6-3, 7-6
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 1, 3, 2*
Singles: 3, 2, 4, 6*
Time of Match: 4:15