MANHATTAN - Head coach Steve Bietau and his Wildcat charges will have a week off before seeting their sights on the ITA Regionals in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 20-24. The team is coming off a strong showing at the Hoosier Classic, where five of the six participants advanced into the semifinal round of the respective singles flight. The Wildcats also had one singles champion on the weekend, as freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia won her second career collegiate title.
The week off is a welcome sight as Bietau’s team has competed for three staright weeks, with senior Maria Rosenberg and junior Jessica Simosa seeing the brunt of the action over this time. Rosenberg and Simosa has played in all three of the teams events, Ole Miss Fall Classic, ITA/All-American Championship Pre-Qualifying and the Hoosier Classic. Each will play at the ITA Regionals along with Kvaratskhelia.
Lucky Number Seven for Kvaratskhelia
Freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia won her second fall event, winning Flight B at the Hoosier Classic. Kvaratskhelia is now undefeated in seven singles matches this fall and has dropped just two sets on her way to winning the Ole Miss Fall Classic on September 26 and last weekend’s Hoosier Classic.
The Tbilisi, Georgia native defeated Jaclyn Leeper of Murray State (6-2, 6-3), Yelena Olshanskaya of Missouri (6-2, 6-2) and Laura McGaffigan of Indiana (2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (1)).
“This was another solid tournament for her and we are excited for her,” said Bietau. “We are looking forward to regionals and seeing her move up to a higher level of play because she has shown that she is ready for it.”
Wildcat Reaches Career Mark
Rosenberg, with her two wins over the weekend, has tied for fifth-place on the all-time singles list (62-42) and just five more wins shy of moving into a tie for second on the list. Rosenberg is also just five wins from tying for fifth on the career doubles win list.
If Rosenberg can match her 20 wins from the 2003-04 season, she will finish one win shy of the overall singles mark. If she duplicates her doubles season from a year ago with 23 wins, she will tie Petra Sedmajerova for the top position.
Rosenberg achieved one mark during the 2003-04 season, notching 23 doubles victories, which ranks third in school history for a season. The record for doubles victories in a season is 25 by Marijke Nel and Thresa Burcham during the 1988-89 season.
Klimova Works Time and a Half at Indiana
Freshman Olga Klimova finished the Hoosier Classic with a 2-1 singles mark and 2-1 doubles mark with playing partner Aveen Alkhatib. Klimova earned each win in the singles matches, playing to three sets in each of the matches. The Brno, Czech Republic native, defeated Jennifer Ward of Murray State (5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9)), lost to Cecile Perton of Indiana (6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (3)) and defeated Dominika Walterova of Indiana (7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (12)).
During the fall slate, Klimova has notched a 3-3 singles record and a 4-2 doubles record. Klimova has played four three-set matches in her six singles matches.