HOUSTON -- The Houston Cougar Women's Tennis team is set to face some of the top student-athletes in the region at the ITA Texas Regional Championships Presented by Oracle, in Fort Worth.
The ITA Texas Regional Championships will be held over Oct. 13-17 at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the campus of TCU. Nearly 128 singles players and 64 doubles teams will compete for a spot in the ITA National Fall Championships in Indian Wells, California.
Action begins with doubles play at 8:30 a.m., where the team of Tsveta Dimitrova and Sveva Mazzari will take on Liza Buss and Anzhelika Shapovalova (SMU) in the Round of 64. Ana Glumac and Lauren Alter will face Alexis Pereira and Meredith Roberts (TCU), while Laura Bernardos and Constandena Nicolaou will meet Anna Botwell and Priya Niezgoda (Rice) in the Round of 32 on Saturday after advancing due to byes in the first round.
A trio of Cougars will open singles play with matches beginning at 10 a.m. Alter faces Iulia Ivascu (Texas A&M), while Bernardos draws Lucia Natal (UT Arlington) and Sveva Mazzari meets Mila Milanovic (Sam Houston State) in the Round of 128.
Nicolaou will follow with a matchup against Stevie Kennedy (TCU) at 11 a.m., while Glumac opens her singles tournament with a contest against Riley McQuaid (Texas A&M) at 11:30 a.m.
Dimitrova received a bye to advance out of the Round of 128 and will meet the winner of Jelena Dordan (Incarnate Word) and Rishona Lewis (Texas Southern) at 2 p.m., in the Round of 64.
THE FALL THUS FAR
Sophomore Tsveta Dimitrova leads the Cougars in fall play with a 7-3 record after posting a 4-1 mark at the HEB Invitational a week ago. Dimitrova advanced to her second championship round of the fall at the invite and has picked up victories over two ranked opponents in 2017 (No. 100 Giulia Pairone and No. 105 Marta Gonzalez).
Sophomore Constandena Nicolaou holds a perfect 3-0 record throughout fall play after winning her flight finals at the Rice Invitational to open the season. Nicolaou racked up wins against Klara Mrclela (UT Arlington) and Carrie Casey (Sam Houston State) before defeating Haruka Sasaki (North Texas) in the flight championship.
On the doubles court, Mazzari has teamed with Dimitrova as well as Alter to post a 2-1 record with each to pace the Cougars.
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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