WITMUS AND IFIDZHEN PAIR UP IN HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Women's Tennis had a short drive to Williamsburg, Va. to participate in the ITA Hall of Fame Classic. The weekend was highlighted by Melissa Ifidzhen and Noumea Witmus defeating Lyman/Roc (WVU) 8-4 and Emery/Lovato (LU) 8-3. The duo was eventually upended, 8-3, by Starodubtseva/Yakubovich from ODU.

The singles flight featured Noumea Witmus going 2-1 after dropping her first match 6-2, 7-6 (7) to Alexandra Almborg (LU). Witmus bounced back by defeating Van Meeteren (W&M) and Roc (WVU) to finish out her singles flight strong.

While the team competed in Williamsburg, Paolo Exposito Diaz-Delgado took her talents to the west coast for the Oracle ITA Masters tournament. The tournament selects its field from the top returning players from each conference throughout the country. After an opening round 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Anna Riedmiller (Denver), Diaz-Delgado faced a tough opponent in Abbey Forbes (UCLA). Forbes bested Diaz-Delgado 6-1, 6-1 before making a final four run.

The Rams' fall season continues next weekend in Blacksburg, Va. at the Virginia Tech Invite.

The Results

Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu [Singles Flight] 1-2

First Round – Lucia Marzal (UM) def. Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu 7-6(4), 6-4

Consolation – Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu def. Charlotte Madson (W&M) 6-2, 6-3

Consolation – Giovanna Caputo (WVU) def. Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu 6-3, retire

Luminita Tutunaru [Singles Flight] 1-2

First Round – Luminita Tutunaru def. Nada Dimovska (UM) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(7)

Consolation – Natalia Perry (W&M) def. Luminita Tutunaru 6-4, 6-2

Consolation – Anne-Sophie Courteau (WVU) def. Luminita Tutunaru 7-5, 3-6, 1-0(8)

Melissa Ifidzhen [Singles Flight] 1-2

First Round – Alexandra Almborg (LU) def. Melissa Ifidzhen 6-2, 7-6(6)

Consolation – Melissa Ifidzhen def. Vitoria Okuyama (W&M) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(8)

Consolation – Kat Lyman (WVU) def. Melissa Ifidzhen 6-1, 6-3

Noumea Witmus [Singles Flight] 2-1

First Round – Eloise Saraty (LU) def. Noumea Witmus 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(6)

Consolation – Noumea Witmus def. Elisa Van Meeteren (W&M) 6-3, 7-6(2)

Consolation – Noumea Witmus def. Nicole Roc (WVU) 6-2, 6-3 

Paula Onita [Singles Flight] 2-3

First Round – Tiffany Nguyen (LU) def. Paula Onita 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(9)

Consolation – Paula Onita def. Raffaela Alhach (W&M) 5-7, retire

Consolation – Paula Onita def. Kelly Lewis (LU) 8-1

Consolation – Alexandra Viktorovich (ODU) def. Paula Onita 6-4

Consolation – Anastasiia Bovolskaia (WVU) def. Paula Onita 6-4, retire

Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu/Luminita Tutunaru [Doubles Flight] 1-2

First Round – Davidescu/Tutunaru def. Caputo/Courteau (WVU) 8-3

Second Round – Dimovska/Marzal (UM) def. Davidescu/Tutunaru 8-5

Third Round – Hutchinson/Pilkington (ODU) def. Davidescu/Tutunaru 8-1

Melissa Ifidzhen/Noumea Witmus [Doubles Flight] 2-1

First Round – Ifidzhen/Witmus def. Lyman/Roc (WVU) 8-4

Second Round – Ifidzhen/Witmus def. Emery/Lovato (LU) 8-3

Third Round – Starodubtseva/Yakubovich (ODU) def. Ifidzhen/Witmus 8-3 

Paolo Exposito Diaz-Delgado [ITA Masters Singles Flight] 1-1

Round of 32 – Paolo Exposito Diaz-Delgado def. Anna Riedmiller (DU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

Sweet 16 – Abbey Forbes (UCLA) def. Paolo Exposito Diaz-Delgado 6-1, 6-1