CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Elon University women’s tennis team wrapped up its weekend of competition at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Carolina Regionals on Sunday, Oct. 23. Maria Paraja impressed by winning a pair of qualifying matches to earn a spot in the main singles draw. Elon also had a pair of doubles team win two matches in the main doubles draw.
“The team competed very well in the tournament,” Elon head coach Elizabeth Anderson said. “I was very impressed with Maria winning two rounds in the qualifying to get into the main draw. She has worked incredibly hard and has improved a lot. We’re looking forward to two more weeks of fine tuning to get ready for our last fall tournament.”
The doubles team of Paraja and Natalia Janowicz, as well as the duo of Erica Braschi andKirsten Ward, went 2-1 to advance to the round of 16.
Janowicz and Paraja beat pairings from North Carolina and Winthrop while Braschi and Ward topped duos from UNC Wilmington and Presbyterian.
In singles play, Braschi and Paraja picked up victories in the consolation round of the main singles draw.
Braschi defeated UNC Charlotte’s Pierina Imparato 6-3, 6-1 and Paraja secured a 6-1, 4-6, 1-0(8) win against Alice Taylor of UNC Greensboro.
The Phoenix heads back to Chapel Hill to compete in the Kitty Harrison Invitational from Nov. 4-6.
Round of 64
Emma Davis (WFU) def. Erica Braschi (ELON) 6-3, 6-3
Martina Frantova (NCSU) def. Alex Koniaev (ELON) 6-2, 7-6(3)
Sam Asch (WFU) def. Maria Paraja (ELON) 6-3, 6-2
Fernanda Navarro (CLEMSON) def. Suzanne Zenoni (ELON) 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-1
Consolation Round of 32
Erica Braschi (ELON) def. Pierina Imparato (UNCC) 6-3, 6-1
Alex Koniaev (ELON) def. Hannah Francisco (UNCA) W/O
Maria Paraja (ELON) def. Alice Taylor (UNCG) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0(8)
Chandler Carter (WFU) def. Suzanne Zenoni (ELON) 6-3, 6-3
Consolation Round of 16
Alexandra Andrivot (CAMPBELL) def. Erica Braschi (ELON) 6-3, 7-6(7)
Mia Horvit (SCAR) def. Alex Koniaev (ELON) 6-2, 6-3
Hadley Berg (SCAR) def. Maria Paraja (ELON) 6-2, 6-0
Round of 64
Janowicz/Paraja (ELON) def. Kane/Vasquez (UNC) 8-4
Asch/Meredith (WFU) def. Koniaev/Zenoni (ELON) 8-2
Braschi/Ward (ELON) def. Sillanpaa/Theosossiou (UNCW) 8-5
Round of 32
Janowicz/Paraja (ELON) def. Kauffman/Soloveva (WINTHROP) 8-4
Braschi/Ward (ELON) def. Johnson/Taylor (PRESBYTERIAN) 8-1
Round of 16
Frantova/Stenta (NCSU) def. Janowicz/Paraja (ELON) 8-2
Mccarthy/Scholl (DUKE) def. Braschi/Ward (ELON) 8-1