By Katie Weida
Washington College Women’s Tennis competed in the ITA Southeast Regional Championships at the University of Mary Washington this past weekend. Not only did junior partners Jordan Finnegan and Brittany Marshall advance to the quarterfinals in doubles, but freshman Amanda Bercovici also advanced to the quarterfinals in singles play.
Finnegan and Marshall, who were seeded as number two doubles in the tournament, defeated Swarthmore 8-6 in their opening match and continued on, besting Grove City 9-8(3). Their 18-match winning streak came to a close in the quarterfinals when they lost to Johns Hopkins, 8-6.
Bercovici opened her singles run with a 6-1, 6-0, victory over Moravian. She then defeated Oberlin, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 as well as Washington and Lee 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Her run ended in the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-1, loss to Nandita Krishnan of Johns Hopkins, who was seeded number four in singles.
Finnegan and sophomore Campbell McNicol each reached the second round in Championship Singles. Finnegan defeated Puja Patel of Meredith, 6-5, ret., before losing to Washington and Lee 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. McNicol defeated Elizabethtown 6-4, 7-5, but lost to Carnegie Mellon, who was the number three singles seed.
Finnegan is pleased with this weekend’s performance, however, there are things the team needs to work on. “The fall tournament is always a tough weekend for us because we do not compete at all until then,” she said. We only had a short time to prepare for such a strong event. A few girls lost in three sets, so hopefully with more match play we will be able to better close out those tight matches in the spring. All in all everyone fought through some tough matches.”
Finnegan is already looking forward to the spring season. She said, “Last year we had a very young team with several freshman starting. Similarly, this year I think a few freshman will compete in the starting lineup. I think we are all eager to see how everyone matches up and handles the competition. Our spring break trip is always a nice team bonding experience to kick start the actual season.”