Women’s Tennis Finishes VCU Invitational with a Victory over Temple

Natasha Afridi
(photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Natasha Afridi (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Campbell women's tennis team finished its first dual-match events with a 3-2 victory over Temple at the Virginia Commonwealth 4-1 Invitational on Saturday. The Camels played two matches on Friday, but came up just short against Georgetown, 2-3, and host VCU, 0-3.

With each posting 2-1 singles marks, Karolina Chernaya (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and Ewa Telenga (Gliwice, Poland) led the Camels during the tournament. 

The Camels opened the campaign against Georgetown and found success early as Chernaya knocked off Kelly Camolli in straight sets, 6-0, 7-5, at No. 1. After the first two matches ended, the dual-match was tied at one as freshman Ana Maria Ortiz (Betera, Spain) fell to Sophie Pararese, 6-2, 6-1.

Each of the final two singles matches went to a decisive third set. Telenga fought off a tiebreaker in the first set, 7-5, and eventually cruised to a 6-2 victory in the final frame, while Tamara Stanic (Budva, Montenegro) was topped in a third-set tiebreaker, 7-4, which ended up being the decisive point of a very tight match.

In the doubles competition, junior Natasha Afridi (Tokyo, Japan)/senior Lourdes Ros (Greensboro, N.C.) sent the match to a decisive third set with a 6-1 win the second, but lost the third to Victoria Sekely/Taylor Perez, 6-1.

On Friday afternoon, VCU made quick work of the Camels, taking the first three matches to claim the victory. Chernaya provided the toughest fight at No. 1, but ended up falling to Salome Kvitashvilli, 6-1, 6-3.

The Rams Josefin Hjertquist took the second point with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Ortiz. VCU clinched the point with a sweep in the doubles competition.

The final two matches in singles play were not finished with the Rams leading each one in the second set. 

During the final contest on Saturday morning, Campbell started strong with a 2-0 lead after Chernaya knocked off Yana Marvina, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 and Telenga posted a second straight-set victory, 6-4, 6-4, over Alicia Doms in the fourth slot.

Temple pulled within one point, 2-1, when Jordan Batey took down Ortiz, 6-4, 6-1. The momentum for the Owls continued as Minami Okajima/Rebecca Breland notched a victory over Afrida/Ros via an injury default to knot the contest at two.

The entire match came down to the third set at No. 2 as Stanic battled back with a 6-3 victory over Maame Ama Osei in the second set and eventually secured the match for the Camels with a 6-4 victory.

The Camels return to the courts for their home opener vs. Queens (N.C.) College on February 1 with the match set to begin at 1:30 pm.

Georgetown 3, Campbell 2

Jan 18, 2013 at Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center) 

Singles competition
1. Karolina Chernaya (CAM) def. Kelly Camolli (GU) 6-0, 7-5
2. Madeline Jaeger (GU) def. Tamara Stanic (CAM) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Sophie Pararese (GU) def. Ana Marie Ortiz (CAM) 6-2, 6-1
4. Ewa Telenga (CAM) def. Liz Hamlin (GU) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Victoria Sekely/Taylor Perez (GU) def. Natasha Afridi/Lourdes Ros (CAM) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1

VCU 3, Campbell 0

Jan 18, 2013 at Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center) 

Singles competition
1. Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Karolina Chernaya (CAM) 6-1, 6-3
2. Tamara Stanic (CAM) vs. Olga Terteac (VCU) no result
3. Josefin Hjertquist (VCU) def. Ana Marie Ortiz (CAM) 6-3, 6-0
4. Natasha Afridi (CAM) vs. Karina Alesha (VCU) no result

Doubles competition
1. Chala/Noi (VCU) def. Kirsten Renz/Lauren Vaughn (CAM) 6-0, 6-0

Campbell 3, Temple 2

Jan 19, 2013 at Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center) 

Singles competition
1. Karolina Chernaya (CAM) def. Yana Marvina (TEM) 6-2, 6-2
2. Tamara Stanic (CAM) def. Maame Ama Osei (TEM) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Jordan Batey (TEM) def. Ana Marie Ortiz (CAM) 6-4, 6-1
4. Ewa Telenga (CAM) def. Alicia Doms (TEM) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Minami Okajima/Rebecca Breland (TEM) def. Natasha Afridi/Lourdes Ros (CAM) 6-3, 0-6, 2-1