LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2016) – Marina Espana (Castellar Del Valles, Spain) won two matches in the main open singles, and Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) won the consolation bracket at the 2016 Dick Vitale Intercollegiate this past weekend at the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Espana picked up two victories and advanced to the quarterfinals of the main open singles. She opened play with a two-set win over Mary K. Closs of Notre Dame (7-6(5), 6-3) and moved to the round of 16 after defeating Daniela Ruiz Alvarez of Clemson, 6-0; 6-2. Espana ultimately fell in the quarterfinals to Elena Cerezo-Codina of Virginia Tech, 6-3; 6-3, to end her run in the main draw.
Markesini fell in the first round of the main singles draw to the No. 2 overall seed Spencer O. Liang of Florida. However, Markesini rebounded in the consolation bracket and won her next four matches to claim the consolation trophy. She won the first two rounds of the consolation bracket by going into three sets in both matches. After reaching the semifinals, the Greece native won the next two head-to-head matches in straight sets to win the finals of the consolation bracket against Olga Martinez of South Florida, 7-6(3), 7-6(3).
In doubles play, Espana and Markesini narrowly beat Monica G. Robinson and Closs of Notre Dame 8-7(5). The ETSU duo advanced to the quarterfinals of the main doubles draw but fell to Caroline Daxhelet and Cerezo-Codina of Virginia Tech 8-4.
First Round, Main Draw Singles
Marina Espana (ETSU) def. Mary K. Closs (Notre Dame) – 7-6(5), 6-3
Spencer O. Liang (Florida) def. Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) – 6-2, 6-3
Round of 16, Main Draw Singles
Marina Espana (ETSU) def. Daniela Ruiz Alvarez (Clemson) – 6-0, 6-2
Quarterfinals, Main Draw Singles
Elena Cerezo-Codina (Virginia Tech) def. Marina Espana (ETSU) – 6-3, 6-3
First Round, Consolation Singles
Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Sydney A. Riley (Clemson) – 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-6
Quarterfinals, Consolation Singles
Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Olaya Garrido Rivas (TCU) – 6-7, 6-3, 10-6
Semifinals, Consolation Singles
Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Katrine Steffensen (Princeton) – 6-1, 6-2
Finals, Consolation Singles
Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Olga Martinez (USF) – 7-6(3), 7-6(3)
First Round, Main Draw Doubles
Espana/Markesini def. Closs/Robinson (Notre Dame) – 8-7(5)
Quarterfinals, Main Draw Doubles
Cerezo-Codina/Daxhelet def. Espana/Markesini (ETSU) - 8-4
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