Tennis team gets off to competitive start

Sarah Moltz
Contributing Writer


The IUP women’s tennis team kicked off their season Friday as they competed in Bucknell University’s Fall Invitational.
In flight one doubles Jarka Petercakova (senior, management) and Luise von Agris (junior, management) took the win against Colgate University, 6-3, advancing to the championship bracket. Raquel Gonzalez (senior, management) and Rachel Wood (senior, criminology and criminal justice) fell by a score of 6-3 to Villanova University’s King and Martinez, moving to the consolation bracket.
In flight two doubles action, Mariana Valenzuela (freshman, cell and molecular biology) and Annie Neurohor (freshman, early childhood/special education) lost 6-1 to Saint Francis University, moving to the consolation bracket. Sophie Butland (senior, exercise science) and Katya Minchenkova (freshman, undeclared business) received a bye and automatically advanced to the second round of the championship bracket.
In flight one singles, Petercakova defeated Mount Saint Mary University’s Kelly Smith, 6-1, 6-1, and moved to the second round. Von Agris, however, moved to the consolation bracket after a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Lindsey Evans of Villanova.
In flight two singles, Butland was able to knock off Hannah Fleckenstien from Colgate 6-3, 2-6 while Gonzalez lost to Emilie Bush of Bucknell with the scores being 7-5, 5-7.
In flight three singles, Valenzuela and Michenkova both dropped to the consolation bracket. Valenzuela lost to Kathryn Dunleavy of Saint Francis 6-3, 6-3 and Michenkova lost to Sydney King of Villanova 4-6, 6-3.
In the final flight, flight four singles, Neurohr fell to the consolation bracket with 6-1, 6-0 loss to Colagate’s Krisitie Woodbury.
Due to heavy rain and bad weather, the second day of the invitational was shortened on Saturday and stopped at flight two singles.
In flight one doubles, IUP’s first day winners Petercakova and Von Agris advanced to the championship bracket semifinals with a win over Mount St. Mary’s, 6-2. Gonzalez and Wood were defeated in their match.
Advancing to the semifinals in flight two doubles were Butland and Minchenkova with a 6-4 victory, while Marina and Neurohr moved to the semifinals of the consolation bracket with a bye.
Petercakova took the victory win over Villannova’s Victoria Martinez 6-3, 7-5, advancing to the semifinals of the championship bracket. However, Butland fell to Lucia Seigford from Saint Francis 6-1, 6-1 in the championship bracket.
The tournament picked up where it left off on Sunday morning.
In flight one and two singles, both Petercakova and Butland fell.
Petercakova dropped to Kaylan Rotman from Villanova 6-4, 6-4. Butland lost to Lucia Seigford of Saint Francis 6-1, 6-1. In flight three singles, Rachel Wood fell to host Bucknell’s Paige Leavy 6-2, 6-3. Neurohr also lost and did not advance, falling 6-1, 6-0 to Kirstie Woodbury from Colgate.
Neurohr also lost and did not advance, falling 6-1, 6-0 to Kirstie Woodbury from Colgate.
Petercakova and Von Agris lost to Rotman and Evans of Villanova in the championship bracket 6-3.
Butland and Minchenkova also fell to Villanova’s Burdick and Brokaw 6-3 in flight two doubles.
“I think I was well prepared from playing a lot during the summer, therefore I was able to play reasonably well this past weekend,” Butland said.
IUP will be back in Erie next weekend for their next tournament, ITA Atlantic Region Championships.