October 3, 2013

Tennis Prepares for this Weekend's Akron Invitational

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AKRON, Ohio – The Zips women's tennis team stays close to home this weekend when it plays host to the Akron Invitational on Friday through Sunday indoors at LaTuchie Tennis Center in nearby Stow (driving directions). Competition is scheduled to begin each day at 9 a.m. ET and admission is free.

The weekend features a round-robin schedule of play between Akron, Cornell, Ohio State and West Virginia. It is the first time the Zips have held a fall tournament since 2005.

"We are excited to host our first tournament since I arrived at Akron, and we have three excellent teams coming to play," fourth-year UA head coach Brandon Padgett said. "We are a bit banged up right now, but we still have an expectation of what we should see from our team. We have an extremely young team, and matches such as these will go a long way in helping the overall development of our players."

The Zips, whose roster lists four freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and one senior, are competing for the fourth-straight weekend and have battled illness and injury throughout the fall component of the season.

Despite illness, junior Olga Shkundina tallied a third-place finish in flight A singles at last week's Spartan Invitational at Michigan State. During the first weekend of the season at the Cornell Invitational, Shkundina and freshman Shannon Newnes won flight A doubles and sophomore Madison Cohen claimed the C singles bracket. Senior Ksenia Berestetska won the flight A singles consolation bracket at the Cissie Leary Invitational at Penn two weeks ago.

The fall season concludes on Oct. 10-14 at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Akron Invitational Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 4
Singles: 9 a.m. – Cornell vs. Ohio State
Doubles: Noon – Courts 1-3: Cornell vs. West Virginia; Courts 4-6: Akron vs. Ohio State
Singles: 1 p.m. – Akron vs. West Virginia

Saturday, Oct. 5
Singles: 9 a.m. – Ohio State vs. West Virginia
Doubles: Noon – Courts 1-3: Cornell vs. Ohio State; Courts 4-6: Akron vs. West Virginia
Singles: 1 p.m. – Akron vs. Cornell

Sunday, Oct. 6
Singles: 9 a.m. – Cornell vs. West Virginia
Doubles: Noon – Courts: 1-3: Ohio State vs. West Virginia; Courts 4-6: Akron vs. Cornell
Singles: 1 p.m. – Akron vs. Ohio State