FLUSHING, N.Y. (Sept. 15, 2018) - The second day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's East Regional Tournament was a wild Saturday (Sept. 15) as several players survived and advanced into the Round of 16 at the USTA National Tennis Center.
On the women's side, Louisa Brunetti and Marisa Ostoja remain in contention for the singles championship after the second day. Brunetti started her afternoon with a 7-5, 6-3 win over UDC's Anastasiia Danylova before dispatching of her next opponent---Southern New Hampshire's Lior Pachuorkovski---in easy 6-0, 6-0 sets. Ostoja, meanwhile, easily defeated Post's Dea Lako by a 6-2, 6-3 margin in the Round of 64; she advanced through the Round of 32 with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph against Stonehill's Bethany Hammond.
The Knights' Ruth Artaza Martin, Reehan Rashad, Laura Ortega Jover and Luisa Auffarth all won their first matches of the day but could not continue the momentum; each player lost a match in the next round and did not advance to Day Three in singles play.
Ostoja and Brunetti were also successful in doubles action on the day, knocking off teams from New Haven and Goldey-Beacom on their way to the Round of 16. Auffarth and Rashad are also in the Round of 16 as is the duo of Ortega Jover and Artaza Martin. The team of Anica Knezevic and Line Aasen was stopped in the Round of 32, however.
Brunetti will face Cosima Hoch of NYIT in singles action while Ostoja plays Lotte Lesscher Y Post of Goldey-Beacom. Ironically, Ostoja and Brunetti will face top-seed Lesscher Y Post and Catarina Zheng in doubles play on Sunday as well. The doubles tandem of Auffarth and Rashad will play Hammond and Isabelle Porter from Stonehill in the Round of 16, while Ortega Jover and Artaza Martin get to match up with Barbara Quagliardi and Diana Baumgartnere of NYIT in the Round of 16.
Meanwhile, three QC men's tennis players remain alive in the tournament as it heads to the Round of 16. Richard Sec and Cosme Jubera earned bids to the Round of 16 as did rookie Kareem Rashad, who needed three sets to dispatch Alex Fedorov of Merrimack in his first match of the day. Rashad then knocked off James Bisazza of Franklin Pierce to make it to the last sixteen of the singles tournament.
Fernando Ramirez Lascurain and Jose Zurro both won Round of 64 matches but lost in the ensuing round, while Stanislas Bedrune and Hugo Evangelista de Andrade were eliminated in their first matches Saturday.
In doubles play, the team of Evangelista de Andrade and Nick Volos continued a pleasantly surprising run to the Round of 16, beating teams from Assumption and USciences to get to Sunday's action. Sec and Jubera are also into the Round of 16 in doubles action for the Knights.