Navrostskaya leads ETSU after day one of 16th annual Hokie Fall Invitational
Diana Navrostskay
Diana Navrostskay

Friday, October 02, 2009

BLACKSBURG, Va.  (Oct. 2, 2009) - Led by junior Diana Navrostskay (Kviv, Ukraine) two singles wins, the ETSU women's tennis team got a strong performance during day one play of the 16th annual Hokie Fall Invitational Friday in Blacksburg, Va.

 

Navrostskay reached the Flight B semifinals after taking care of business against Virginia Tech's Shannon Betts 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals. The Lady Buc newcomer also dropped Albany's Livia Gherman in a tight 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, win during first round play.

 

"I was real impressed the way Diana played today," said Lady Buc assistant coach Travis Sandlant. "This fall she has worked hard at her fitness level. I think that showed today after a long three-set win in the first round. Diana is a player that we expect big things from this season and it was good to see her get off to a good start in this tournament."

 

Joining Navrostskay with singles wins was sophomore Paula Jaime (Madrid, Spain), who earned a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), victory over Winthrop's Lisa Wilkinson in the Flight A bracket. Unfortunately, for the 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman team member, Marshall's Isabell Raich outlasted the Lady Buc letterwinner 6-2, 6-0, in her quarterfinal contest.

 

Junior Kelly Holtzhausen (Johannesburg, South Africa) also joined the winning ways, as the Tennessee Tech transfer dropped former teammate Laura Porras in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. However, like Jaime, Holtzhausen fell in her quarterfinal match to Marshall's Kristina Koprcina 6-3, 0-6, 6-1.

 

In doubles action the Lady Bucs continued their success as Jaime, and fellow sophomore teammate Karina Kedzo (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela), advanced to Saturday's quarterfinal round with a close 9-8 (7), win over the Virginia Tech team of Katie Blow and Yasmin Hamza.

 

"I'm proud of all our girls today," said Sandlant. "I thought know matter what the outcome was, that everyone of our players competed hard and played with great effort. This tournament features a number of good players and teams and overall our girls battled in a number of close matches. Hopefully, we can get that same intensity and attempt tomorrow."

 

Attached above is a link, courtesy of the Virginia Tech Athletic Department, with day one results.

 

For more information on the championship ETSU women's tennis team, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.

 

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MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
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Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
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Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
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Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. Indiana University 97
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