Salt Lake City, Utah – All four Falcons competing at the ITA Western Regionals remain unbeaten after the first round of action, Wednesday, at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
In opening doubles action, freshmen duo Meredith Laskey and Meredith Jones topped Northern Colorado’s duo, 8-6, to advance to the second round against Herrero and Delic of Nevada. Eighth-seeded TJ Fumagalli and Elizabeth Barnickel stood idle with a first-round bye. They will face-off against Wyoming’s Tkachenko and Challa.
“It was a great way to start off our ITA Regionals with all four players advancing in both singles and doubles,” exclaimed head coach Kim Gidley. “This was the first time that Meredith Laskey and Meredith Jones played together, and they played well, defeating the No. 1 team from Northern Colorado. They executed what we have been working on in practice and they played the big points well."
In singles play, Barnickel and Laskey competed in first-round action while Fumagalli and Jones had first-round byes. Laskey bested Parker of Washington State in two, 7-6, 6-4, while Barnickel outplayed Delic of Nevada, 6-1, 6-4.
“In singles, both Meredith Laskey and Elizabeth Barnickel won in straight sets,” Gidley continued. “There were no easy first round matches and our women competed hard when the opponents made adjustments."
“The biggest thing for today is that everyone competed hard and executed well,” said Gidley. “It really made the difference, and I am excited to see what this group can do. They had a great start.”
Fumagalli will see action against Velez of UNLV, while Jones will meet with Halaes of Utah State. Barnickel will square off against Utah’s Petrovic, while Laskey will play against Pletcher of Utah.
Each day will begin with doubles play at 9 a.m. MT, followed by singles play. The Mountain Region comprises of 19 teams and hundreds of student-athletes showcasing the event this week.