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Mesterova Advances to Quarterfinals at ITA Regionals

Oct. 23, 2007

San Diego, CA - The Loyola Marymount women's tennis team had a busy weekend as they played at the Wilson/ITA Western Region Women's Regional Championships hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State. Pavla Mesterova had the most success for the Lions as she advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Regionals for the first time.

A number eight seed in the singles draw going into tournament play, Mesterova lived up to her seeding throughout each match. After having a bye in round one, Mesterova defeated Holy Bragshaw of San Diego State (6-2, 6-0). She then went on to beat Pepperdine's Anamika Bhargava in the round of 32 (7-5, 0-6, 6-3) and Elizabeth Lumpkin of UCLA in a close match (7-6, 7-6) to move to the quarterfinals. Out of the 128 entries in the ITA Regionals, Mesterova was left as one out of eight players. Facing the number four seed in the tournament, Nadia Abdala of Arizona State, Mesterova started out strong winning the first set 6-3 but could not sustain the fine play and eventually lost the next two sets 6-3, 6-2. Due to her success in reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament, Mesterova will be in the running for an at large consideration for the 2007 ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships held from November 1-4 in Ohio.

In other singles play, Tamara Tanner lost in the first round against Nikol Dimitrova of UNLV, 6-4, 6-4. She then moved to the back draw where she beat Cal State Fullerton's Jerusha Cruz (6-0, 7-5) and Kathryn Kitts of San Diego State (3-6, 6-2, 10-7) before losing to Katy Williams of UNLV in the round of 32 (6-1, 6-1). Tina Razloznik fell to the number one seed in the tournament, USC's Sarah Fansler, 6-1, 6-0. She then played in the back draw where she lost to Emmanuelle Tabatruong of Long Beach State (1-6, 6-3, 10-2).

Sophomores Audrey Bulkley and Bliss Nixon both lost in their first round of play, Bulkley to Chloe Bihag of the University of Hawaii (3-6, 7-5, 6-1) and Nixon to UCLA's Anna-Viktoria Lind (6-3, 6-1). They moved to the back draw of the tournament where each matched up against USD players. Bulkley was defeated by Justine Perl (7-6, 6-1) and Nixon fell to Milov Teeling, 6-4, 6-4.

The stand-out doubles team of Mesterova and Tanner was successful in the first round of doubles play, beating UCSB's Marta Simic and Charlotte Scatliffe, 8-4. Moving to the round of 32, they faced and were defeated (8-4) by the sixth seed in the tournament, USC's Amanda Fink and Gabi Niculescu.

Razloznik and Bulkley teamed up against Alex Liles and Jillian Braverman of Pepperdine and lost 8-2, while freshman Jasmin Heckel and Nixon fell to Adrienn Hiduegi and Nikol Dimitrova of UNLV, 9-7.

Up next for the Lions is a trip to San Diego for the San Diego State Fall Classic on November 2.