Diplomats Compete at ITA Regionals

Diplomats Compete at ITA Regionals


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Seven Franklin & Marshall women's tennis players represented the Diplomats at the ITA Southeast Regionals hosted by Mary Washington this weekend.

Meredith Lackey and Danielle Weiner advanced to the finals in doubles play while Dana Russo and Julia Fiala advanced to the semifinals in singles action.

Lackey and Weiner's opponents withdrew in the first match before the Diplomats' duo picked up a 9-7 win over Reena Barnett and Kim Peterson from Grove City in the quarterfinals. The pair benefitted from a second withdrawal in the semifinals, and they withdrew themselves in the finals due to injury.

Victoria Balonik and Russo teamed up in doubles, winning their first match defeating Katie Delacy and Stephanie Peed of Christopher Newport. They lost 8-6 in quarterfinals to Elizabethtown's Alena Marani and Krisi Noecker. Katie Ertel and Shannon Littlefield followed the same route as Balonik and Russo winning in the round of 16 and losing in the quarterfinals.  The pair defeated Ariane Cain and Krista Damirgian of DeSales 8-2 only to fall 8-0 to Wilkes' duo of Michelle Knight and Rebekah Shanaman.

In singles action, Fiala won all three of her matches picking up a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the round of 16 and a 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals defeating Ashtyn Alexander from Virginia Wesleyan and Mary Kate Wastson from Meredith. She completed the sweep defeating Christopher Newport's Erin Spinks (1-6, 6-4, 10-5).

Russo won her first match 6-0, 6-3 over Meredith's Molly Parks. She won 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals over Taylor Reedy from Hollins, falling 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals to Grover City's Kim Peterson. Lackey went 2-1 in singles action, losing her first match 6-4, 6-3 to Johns Hopkins' Yoko Hirase. She rebounded and made it to the consolation semi-finals, winning 8-1 over Dina Zingaro from Swarthmore and Salisbury's Elaina Iosue.

Ertel and Weiner both won their first matches. Ertel defeated Hollins' Katie Dotson 6-1, 6-2 and Weiner won 6-3, 7-5 over Sarah Budrus also from Hollins. Each lost in the quarterfinals.

The Diplomats return action October 9th when they host York College to wrap up their fall season.