Women’s Tennis Opens 2016 Fall Season with Strong Performances at the ITA Regional Tournament Friday

Katherine Wiley posted a win during her first day of collegiate competition.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Tufts University women's tennis team opened its 2016 fall season Friday at the ITA Regional Tournament, as the squad totaled four victories in the singles bracket during first-day action at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sophomore Mina Karamercan performed tremendously, as she was seeded No. 7 in the singles bracket and earned a pair of victories. She defeated Valentina Medina of Suffolk in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round. The Istanbul, Turkey, native was not content with her opening-round performance, as she defeated Haley Cohen of Brandeis, 6-0, 6-2, in the second round. The sophomore standout will compete against Lara Rakocevic of MIT in the third round Saturday. 

Senior captain Conner Calabro opened up her season in style, as she defeated Gabriela Venditti of Colby, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round. The Sherman Oaks, California, native came up short in second-round action, as she was defeated by ninth-seeded Hannah Atkinson of Williams, 6-1, 6-3. 

Freshman Katherine Wiley posted a victory in her collegiate debut, as she won her first-round match, 6-4, 6-2, over Abbie Denney of Gordon. Wiley was defeated in her second match by fifth-seeded Alexandra Fields of Middlebury, 6-0, 6-3. Freshman Afua Ofori-Darko also competed in her first collegiate match, as she was defeated by third-seeded Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin, 6-0, 6-3, in the opening round. 

The Jumbos participated in a pair of double matches, as the fourth-seeded pairing of Calabro and Karamercan fell short, 8-5, against Sarah Shadowens and Tess Trinka of Bowdoin in the first round. Sophomore Julia Keller and Wiley competed together on the doubles side, but were defeated in their first match by Elizabeth Erbafina and Bella Stone of Bates, 8-4.

The Jumbos will compete in second-day action at the ITA Regional Tournament from MIT Saturday, and then they will compete in the final day of their season-opening event Sunday. Next on the radar for the Jumbos will be the Bowdoin Invitational in Brunswick, Maine, on Oct. 14-15.