Finnegan & Marshall, Bercovici Lead Shorewomen at ITA Southeast Regionals

FREDERICKSBURG, VA -- Juniors Jordan Finnegan (Wilmington, DE/Archmere Academy) and Brittany Marshall (Dagsboro, DE/Worcester Prep [MD]) advanced to the quarterfinals in Championship Doubles and freshman Amanda Bercovici (Hackensack, NJ/Bergen Tech) advanced to the quarterfinals in Championship Singles to lead the Washington College women's tennis team at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships this weekend at the University of Mary Washington. 

Finnegan and Marshall, who were seeded second in doubles, opened play with an 8-6 win over Swarthmore's Luann Cignavitch and Kelsey Johnson. In the round of 16, Finnegan and Marshall bested Megan Bennett and Stacy Moon of Grove City, 9-8(3). In the quarterfinals, Finnegan and Marshall lost to Abby Clark and Candace Wu of Johns Hopkins, 8-6. The loss ended an 18-match winning streak for the Washington College doubles team, which dated back to last year's ITA Southeast Regionals.

Bercovici opened her singles run with a 6-1, 6-0, victory against Moravian's Kerry McKinley. Bercovici then bested Oberlin's Ariel Lewis, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0, in the round of 32. In the round of 16, Bercovici bested Washington and Lee's Sallie Griffin, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Her run ended with a 6-1, 6-1, loss to fourth-seeded Nandita Krishnan of Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals.  

Finnegan and sophomore Campbell McNicol (Mill Neck, NY/St. George's School) each reached the second round in Championship Singles.  Finnegan defeated Puja Patel of Meredith, 6-5, ret., before losing to Washington and Lee's Trelsie Sadler, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. McNicol defeated Elizabethtown's Madison Pipkin, 6-4, 7-5, and lost to third-seeded Courtney Chin of Carnegie Mellon, 6-0, 6-0. 

Marshall lost her first match in championship singles, falling to Carnegie Mellon's Jennifer Chui, 7-6(1), 6-7(0), 6-1.  In the first consolation round, she defeated Elizabethtown's Alena Marani, 8-6. Due to some rain showers on Sunday, no consolation matches were played after Saturday as matches had to be moved indoors on fewer courts.

Bercovici and McNicol faced the top-seeded Carnegie Mellon tandem of Chin and Laura Chen in the first round of championship doubles and lost, 8-1.  In the first consolation round, Bercovici and McNicol were 8-2 winners over Marani and Pipkin.

In the Blue 1 draw of singles, sophomore Kat Cohen (Springfield, MA/Williston-Northampton School) lost to Yoko Hirase of Johns Hopkins, 6-0, 6-2, in the first round before defeating Salisbury's Jessica Babyak, 8-6, in the consolation quarterfinals. 

In the Blue 4 draw of singles, sophomore Kelsey Mills (Cambridge, MD/Cambridge-South Dorchester) lost to Bridgewater's Brittany Wilson, 6-1, 6-4.  Mills advanced via a walk-over in the consolation quarterfinals. 

In the Blue 2 draw of doubles, Cohen played with Franklin & Marshall's Valeri Harteg and defeated Meredith's Betty Edwards and Mary Lawrence Newton, 8-6, in the quarterfinals.  In the semifinals, Cohen and Harteg lost to Swarthmore's Katie Samuelson and Stephanie Chia, 8-4.