Bogolii & Willig Conquer UTEP at ITA National Indoors

Bogolii & Willig Conquer UTEP at ITA National Indoors

Flushing, N.Y. – Women's tennis seniors Diana Bogolii and Rosalie Willig continue to put Lynn University in the national spotlight as the squad won their opening-round match on Thursday at the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. In the draw featuring Lynn and 19 of the top NCAA Division I doubles teams across the country, the dynamic duo pulled out a straight-set victory in the first round before falling to the No. 1 team in D1.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Event: 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Location: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center | Flushing, N.Y.
Tournament Dates: Nov. 3-6
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DOUBLES DRAW:
First Round
  • The Fighting Knights drew Vivienne Kulicke and Milou Pietersz out of the University of Texas at El Paso in the first round, dropping the Miners squad in straight sets.
  • Bogolii and Willig jumped out 2-0 lead in the first set and remained in front for a 6-4 win.
  • The sides traded a pair of three-game runs in the second set and played to a 6-6 tie. Lynn dominated the tiebreaker however (7-2) to secure the victory and advance in the tournament.
Second Round
  • A daunting matchup awaited the Fighting Knights in the next round as the tournament's top-seeded tandem of Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney from UNC received a first-round bye.
  • The Blue and White pair was ultimately overmatched, suffering a 6-1, 6-3 defeat.
QUOTABLES:
  • "It has been a great run for Rosie and Diana. They were able to get a nice win the first round against UTEP without playing their best, but showed grit to prevail. The second round was a tremendous challenge playing the best doubles team in the country and the top seed in D1. We fought but couldn't overcome a great UNC team. I am very proud of their achievements this fall." – head coach Mike Perez

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The win marks the second-ever at this event (first in doubles) for the Lynn women's tennis program.
  • Bogolii and Willig earned their second consecutive trip to this prestigious event after winning the ITA Oracle Cup in Surprise, Ariz. on Oct. 16.
  • Last year, the pair won the first set in both of their matches but were ultimately defeated in super-breakers both times.
  • The Blue and White have now been represented at the NIIC's on the women's side for four straight years. Valentine Confalonieri competed in singles in 2013 and 2014. 

UP NEXT:
The Lynn squad will compete in the consolation bracket tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 4. They will face Michigan's Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian at 4 p.m.