Rauck Wins Kalamazoo Open at ITA Fall Central Region Championships
Kalamazoo, Mich., October 2, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s tennis team competed at the 2011 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Fall Regionals on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Bears had three student-athletes advance to the third round of the main singles draw while sophomore Corinne Rauck won the Kalamazoo Open, which was run in conjunction with the main ITA Tournament.
Rauck won five-straight matches over three days to claim the Kalamazoo Open title. She received a first-round bye before going on the five-match streak, winning four of the five contests in a third-set tiebreaker. Rauck defeated DePauw University’s Katie Regan 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (7-3) in the championship match.
Sophomore Evelyn Qin, senior Natalie Tingir and sophomore Theresa Petraskova each won two singles matches before falling in the third round of the main ITA singles tournament.
Qin picked up a pair of straight-set wins before falling to DePauw University’s Kelly Gebert, 6-3, 6-3. Tingir advanced to the third round with a couple of 6-0, 6-0 wins, but lost to Hope College’s Carli Capestany in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, while Petraskova had two victories in straight sets before losing to Case Western Reserve University’s Erika Lim, 6-0, 6-1.
Sophomore Aarthi Kasilingam also performed well in the Kalamazoo Open, advancing to the tournament’s semifinal round, but she was defeated by Regan, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0.
Washington University had three student-athlets in the Kalamazoo Open Doubles consolation bracket. After dropping a match in the first round of the tournament, juniors Paige Madara and Katie Helfgott won four-straight matches to capture the consolation title.
They defeated the team of Kasilingam and Allegheny College’s Kathleen McBride, 8-1, in the final.
Washington University will return to action this spring, and is schedule to launch into its full spring schedule by competing in the ITA National Indoor Championship, hosted Friday-Sunday, March 2-4, by DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.