I'm trying to find a balance between "writing a full post for a single day of tennis" and "not waiting until the weekend is over to say anything about tennis." As I result I don't have much to update here from the first two days of Women's Tennis in West Virginia after covering them in fanshots. Click through on the sidebar to see those writeups.
Cliff Notes: UB's top four, and especially top two at singles had a great weekend. Chantal Martinez-Blanco and Tanja Stojanovska both advanced to the Flight A final, while Margarita Kotok and Sanjana Sudhir advance to the third place game in Flight B after each dropping their semifinal match. Laura Holterbosch and Christine Haraldson also had opportunities to win their flights.
Doubles play saw UB's second (Stojanovska/Holterbosch) and third (Sudhir/Martinez-Blanco) pairings lose in their respective finals, while Kotok/Agasieva did not contend for third place in Flight A after an apparent injury, as Agasieva also withdrew from her singles flight.
Today, Martinez-Blanco easily dispatched Stojanovska 6-2, 6-2 in Flight A, Kotok needed three sets to beat Sudhir 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 in Flight B for third place, and Haraldson won the round-robin Flight E. In Flights C and D, Mercedes Losada Rubio won the consolation in D after losing to the eventual champion on Friday, while Laura Holterbosch in Flight C fell in one of the closer matches of the weekend 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. She claimed second in her flight.
For the third year in a row, we have reason to be very, very excited about UB's freshmen. Stojanovska was the MAC Freshman of the Year last year and Martinez-Blanco won with ease. Kotok had a phenomenal freshman season before dropping behind Stojanovska in 2015, and Sudhir forced her to a third set. This is exciting.
All in all, UB was 14-5 on the weekend in singles play and 2-5 in doubles. They're next in action in two weeks at their own UB Invitational.