HOUSTON -- Sophomore Tsveta Dimitrova advanced to the singles Round of 16 as the Houston Cougar Women's Tennis team wrapped the second day of action at the ITA Texas Regional Championship in Fort Worth, Texas.
Saturday's action began on the doubles court, where Dimitrova teamed with Sveva Mazzari for an 8-4 win over Carrie Casey/Mila Milanovic (Sam Houston State) to advance to the Round of 16. The Cougar duo drew the tournament's No. 1 seed in the third round and played perhaps the best match of the tournament against Maria Kononova/Tamuna Kutubidze (UNT). The two squads battled to a 7-7 tie to send the match to a tie-breaker, however North Texas was able to edge the Cougars 8-7(5).
Also in doubles play, Lauren Alter and Ana Glumac dropped their Round of 32 match to Alexis Pereira/Meredith Roberts (TCU) 8-3 and moved to the consolation bracket. In the consolation round, Glumac/Alter would rebound to defeat Momoka Horiguchi/Lucia Natal (UT Arlington). The pair will meet Rush/Valenstein of Texas Tech on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Laura Bernardos and Constandena Nicolaou also dropped their Round of 32 doubles match, falling to Anna Botwell/Priya Niezgoda (Rice) 8-4. The team will face Djurdjevic/Dordan (Incarnate Word) on Sunday at 10 a.m., in the consolation round.
Dimitrova led the Cougars on the singles court, picking up her ninth win of the fall with a straight-set victory over Khee Yen Wee (Sam Houston State). Dimitrova cruised in the first set, picking up a 6-2 win, before returning to not drop a game in the second set. Dimitrova took the match 6-2, 6-0 and moves on to face Sarah Dvorak (Texas Tech) in the Round of 16 at 11:30 a.m., Sunday.
Alter was also in action in the Round of 32 on Saturday after winning each of her first two singles matches in the tournament. Alter jumped out to a 1-0 lead after taking the first set 7-5, but Valenstein was able to respond for a 6-4 win in set two to even the score. Alter was unable to regain the momentum in the final set, falling 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.
Bernardos dropped a close, 3-set match to Sarai Monarrez (SMU) in the consolation round of the ITA Regional. After dropping the first set 6-3, Bernardos evened the score with a 6-4 win in set two. The match then turned to a super tie-breaker, where the freshman fell 10-2.
Glumac wrapped play on the second day of the tournament for the Cougars with a match against Klara Mrcela (UT Arlington). Glumac picked up a straight-set win 6-4, 6-4 and advanced to meet Lana Rush (Texas Tech) in the Consolation Round.
Glumac and Rush played each set to a 5-5 tie, but it was Rush who would come away with 7-5 wins in each set to claim the match.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars return to Houston to wrap fall play with the River Oaks Hidden Dual across Nov. 3-5. The event will be hosted by the River Oaks Country Club.
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