Delaware’s Nataliya Naumova Advances to USTA BJK NTC Women’s College Invitational Quarterfinals
October 9, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Ed Davis
Flushing, N.Y. – Freshman Nataliya Naumova (at right) led the University of Delaware women’s tennis team this past weekend as she finished 2-1 in singles play and advanced to the quarterfinals in her open flight at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Women’s College Invitational.
Naumova opened play in Flight G with a win over Fairleigh Dickinson’s Egzona Morina, who withdrew with an injury. Naumova then took on Eva Sung from Army and fell in the first set, 4-6. She rallied for the win, however, going 6-3 and 10-4 to proceed to the quarterfinals.
The Moscow, Russia native then fell in a tiebreaker to Cornell’s Sara Perelman, 6-4, 7-6(4).
In Flight A, freshman Danea Jonjic’ opened with a tight 6-3, 6-4 win over North Carolina State’s Rachel James-Baker. The Split, Croatia native followed with two losses to finish weekend play.
The Blue Hens had two student-athletes in Flight D with freshman Carmen Lai and junior Dorothy Safron. Each player went 1-2 in singles play. Lai defeated Rutgers’ Linsday Balsamo, 6-3, 6-4 while Safron took a 6-2, 6-3 win over Maria Bernardez from Providence.
In doubles action, Lai and Safron teamed up to go 1-2 with a win against Dartmouth in Flight 2. Jonjic’ and Naumova doubled up to also go 1-2 with their lone win coming in a 8-3 victory over St. John’s in Flight 4.
Delaware travels next weekend to Bethlehem, Pa. for the Lehigh Tournament.
No team scoring
Flight 1 Singles - A
Danea Jonjic’ (D) def. Rachael James-Baker (NC State), 6-3; 6-4
Heini Salonen (Boston College) def. Jonjic’ (D), 6-1; 6-3
Misia Krasowski (Brown) def. Jonjic’ (D), 7-5; 6-2
Flight 4 Singles - D
Carmen Lai (D) def. Lindsay Balsamo (Rutgers), 6-3; 6-4
Nikita Uberoi (Brown) def. Lai (D), 6-4; 6-0
Sara Kohtz (Binghamton) def. Lai (D), 6-2; 6-3
Dorothy Safron (D) def. Maria Bernardez (Providence), 6-2; 6-3
Suzy Tan (Dartmouth) def. Safron (D), 7-6 (2); 4-6; 10-6
Katja Vasilyev (Boston College) def. Safron (D), 6-4; 3-6; 10-4
Flight 7 Singles - G
Nataliya Naumova (D) def. Egzona Morina (Fairleigh Dickinson), WO (Injury)
Naumova (D) def. Eva Sung (Army), 4-6; 6-3; 10-4
Sara Perelman (Cornell) def. Naumova (D), 6-4; 7-6 (4)
Flight 2 Doubles
Lai-Safron (D) def. Keong-Liu (Dartmouth), WO (Injury)
Aviles-Bernandez (Providence) def. Lai-Safron (D), 8-0
Blessington-Louwers (LIU Brooklyn) def. Lai-Safron (D), 8-3
Flight 4 Doubles
Melibeu-Zanotta (Fairfield) def. Jonjic’-Naumova (D), 8-3
Jonjic’-Naumova (D) def. Mikhaylova-Thomas (St. John’s), 8-5
Chris-Leme (FDU) def. Jonjic’-Naumova (D), 8-4