|Kiara Rose won her first-round singles match on Friday|
WILLIAMSTOWN - Junior Mina Karamercan of the Tufts University women's tennis team won two matches in the opening rounds of the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Region Championships hosted by Williams College on Friday. Play in both singles and doubles brackets continues on Saturday and Sunday.
Karamercan, seeded fifth in the singles bracket, won 6-0, 6-3 in her opening match against Julia Brogan from Trinity College. Into the round of 32, Karamercan advanced with another strong showing against Jen Chen from Amherst (6-2, 6-2). The Jumbo All-American will play Middlebury's Heather Boehm in the round of 16 on Saturday.
The Jumbos had six of the 64 players who started in the singles bracket on Friday. Freshman Kiara Rose and Margot Shea both opened with victories. Rose had a 6-3, 6-4 win against Bowdoin's Sasa Jovanovic before she was eliminated in the round of 32 by Williams College's Rachel Cross 6-1 and 6-1. Similarly, Shea was a winner in her first-round match against Mount Holyoke's Ching Ching Huang by 6-2, 6-1 scores. The Jumbo was knocked out by Middlebury's Sky Schossberger in the next round 6-4, 6-0.
In doubles play, the Tufts combo of Louks and junior Otilia Popa won their first match 8-5 against Haley Cohen and Lauren Bertsch from Brandeis. The Jumbo pair, the fifth seed in the doubles draw, fell to Tess Trinka and Tasha Christ from Bowdoin in a very competitive 9-8 (3) round-of-16 match.
Karamercan and Rose lost to Catherine Blayze and Maddi Stow from Middlebury, while Keller and Shea fell 8-2 to second-seeds Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio from Williams in other opening-round doubles action on Friday.