Lakeland, Fla. – The women's tennis singles champion at the 2016 ITA South Regional Championships is bound to don the Blue and White as Lynn University's Rosalie Willig and Diana Bogolii each won their respective seminal bouts on Sunday. The duo also secured a spot in the doubles finals in hopes of defending their 2015 crown.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Event: ITA 2016 South Region Championships, presented by Oracle
Host: Florida Southern College
Location: Warden Tennis Center | Lakeland, Fla.
Tournament Dates: Sept. 23-26
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- Willig and Bogolii – the respective No. 1 & 2 seeds in the draw – proved their pre-tournament acclamations by each winning their semifinal matches and clinching the two spots in Monday's championship tilt.
- Willig bounced back from a first-set defeat and dropped No. 9 seed Bea Morales (VSU) in a super breaker, 6-7, 6-2, 10-6.
- Bogolii handled No. 5 seed Daria Salnikova (BU) on the bottom half of the bracket, 6-4, 6-2.
- Bogolii and Willig produced another comfortable doubles victory as a pair in the quarterfinals, dropping Coyos/Lopez (UWF), 8-2.
- Third-seeded Stefanie Stemmer and Tereza Hejlova moved past VSU's fifth-seeded squad, 8-3.
- The dangerous top-seeded tandem looked even sharper in the semifinals with an 8-0 triumph over No. 4 seed Morral/Mukhametshina (UWA).
- Hejlova/Stemmer saw their first tournament has a pair come to an end in the semifinals with an 8-2 setback to Barry.
- Bogolii/Willig will face the second seed in Larsen/Salnikova (BU) for the title.
- The Fighting Knights, guaranteed to claim the crown in singles tomorrow, last had a solo champion in 2014 (Valentine Confalonieri).
- Bogolii and Willig were the doubles champions at this event last year, and would move on to win the Small College National Championship and then the Super Bowl.
The Fighting Knights square off across the net from each other tomorrow morning, Monday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. The doubles championship is set to follow.