DIAZ-DELGADO/YANO TAKE BROTHERHOOD DOUBLES FLIGHT CROWN

BLACKSBURG, Va. – VCU Women's Tennis traveled to Blacksburg, Va. to participate in the Hokie Fall Invite which ran through Sept. 28 to Sept. 30. The weekend was highlighted by Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado and Kanako Yano earning the Brotherhood Doubles Flight crown when they defeated Medina and Soares from Liberty in the finals with a score of 8-6.

The duo tandem of Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado and Kanako Yano swept their flight with a perfect record of 4-0. They defeated duo partners, in order, from Appalachian State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Liberty.

Five VCU athletes participated in the tournament and the Rams' finished with an overall record of 16-11, with a 11-8 singles record and a 5-3 doubles record.

Other highlights from the tournament include Maria Alcaide Bakkari earning second place in the Duty Singles Flight (Indoor) after losing to Maria Dedina of Liberty with a score of 6-4, 7-5. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado also earned third place in the Ut Prosim Singles Flight (Orange).

 

The Results

Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado/Kanako Yano (Brotherhood Doubles Flight) 4-0

First Round – Diaz-Delgado/Yano def. Angeles/Daniel (ASU) 8-7 (5)

Quarterfinals – Diaz-Delgado/Yano def. Goetz/Bovolskava (WVU) 8-4

Semifinal – Diaz-Delgado/Yano def. Disbergen/Gillas (VT) 8-3

Final – Diaz-Delgado/Yano def. Medina/Soares (LU) 8-6

 

Maria Alcaide Bakkari [Duty Singles Flight (Indoor)] 3-1

First Round – Maria Alcaide def. Emily Pence (VT) 6-1, 6-0

Quarterfinals – Maria Alcaide def. Reggie Espindola (ISU) 6-3, 7-5

Semifinal – Maria Alcaide def. Liz Stefancic (MU) 6-2, 6-4

Final – Maria Medina (LU) def. Maria Alcaide 6-4, 7-5

 

Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado [Ut Prosim Singles Flight (Orange)] 3-1

First Round – Paola Delgado def. Christina Jordan (WVU) 7-6 (3), 6-3

Quarterfinals – Paola Delgado def. Maria Jose Zacarias (ASU) 6-1, 6-3

Semifinal – Lora Soares (LU) def. Paola Delgado 6-4, 6-4

Third Place – Paola Delgado def. Nika Kozar (VT) 7-6 (7), 6-1

 

Kanako Yano [Honor Singles Flight (Orange)] 1-2

First Round – Kanako Yano def. Madison Ballow (MU) 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4

Quarterfinals – Ashley Bongart (LU) def. Kanako Yano 6-2, 7-5

Consolation – Samantha Smith (PSU) def Kanako Yano 6-1, 6-3

 

Melissa Ifidzhen [Leadership Singles Flight (Indoor)] 2-2

First Round – Caroline Gibbens (ISU) def. Melissa Ifidzhen 6-4, 6-3

Consolation – Melissa Ifidzhen def. Dori Mesmer (VT) 6-0, 6-2

Consolation – Emily Gotkiewicz (UD) def. Melissa Ifidzhen 6-1, 7-5

Consolation – Melissa Ifidzhen def. McKenzie Collins (U/A) 5-7, 6-2, 11-9

 

Noumea Witmus [Leadership Singles Flight (Indoor)] 2-2

First Round – Noumea Witmus def. McKenzie Collins (U/A) 6-2, 6-1

Quarterfinals – Anna Dollar (LU) def. Noumea Witmus 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Consolation – Noumea Witmus def. Sydney Weinberg (PSU) 7-5, 6-3

Consolation – Diane Flament (JMU) def. Noumea Witmus 4-6, 6-2, 10-5

 

Melissa Ifidzhen/Noumea Witmus (Loyalty Doubles Flight) 1-3

First Round – Ifidzhen/Witmus def. Belyaeva/Blalock (RU) 8-5

Quarterfinals – Afanasyeva/Peterson (JMU) def. Ifidzhen/Witmus 8-7 (3)

Consolation – Gotkiewicz/Whited (UD) def. Ifidzhen/Witmus 8-7 (5)

Consolation – Christian/Goines (GSU) def. Ifidzhen/Witmus 8-7 (3)