ITA Tennis Tournament

Date: 
Sun, 2017/10/01

Weronkia Halicka and Morgan Colbert of the women's tennis team qualified for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regionals that took place in Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio from September 22 to 25. This featured the top NCAA Division III competition in the region.

On Friday, September 22, both Halicka and Colbert competed in Friday's portion of the ITA Central Regional on Friday. The pair lost in doubles, but each won in the opening round of the singles portion.

After the duo fell 8-3 in doubles to Laura Gutierrez and Catherine Xu of University of Chicago, Halicka opened her bid in the "A" bracket of the singles tournament with a dominant performance. She downed Madisyn Rini of John Carroll 6-1, 6-1. Morgan Colbert also won in the open bracket, downing Olivet Nazarene University's Ola Latala 6-2, 6-3.

On Saturday, September 23, the Illinois Tech women's tennis team continued its progress at the ITA Regionals. Halicka headlined the day, advancing to the quarterfinals of the "A" draw singles bracket.

After winning in the first round yesterday, Halicka took down WashU's Ally Persky 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to set up a matchup with third-seeded Lauren Halwey of Denison University. Halicka was able to upset Hawley in dominant fashion, winning 6-2, 6-1. She will play in the quarterfinals Sunday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. eastern time against WashU's Ashley Lessen. A win in the morning sets up a semi-final match in the afternoon (1:00 a.m. eastern).

Colbert played her final "B" draw singles match as well on Saturday, winning 6-2, 6-3. Colbert and Halicka have also advanced to the semi-finals of the doubles backdraw, winning matches today 8-3 and 8-1.

On Sunday, September 24, the Illinois Tech women's tennis team continued competing at the ITA Regionals, wrapping it up with some amazing efforts. Halicka and Colbert continued to roll through the doubles backdraw, walking away as backdrap champions. The tandem beat ninth-seeded Kalamazoo twice before downing Case Western Reserve in the backdraw championship to earn the title.

Halicka, playing in the singles "A" draw quarterfinals, was defeated by Ashley Lessen of WashU 6-4, 7-5. This wrapped up a magical run for Halicka, who beat several of the region's top players to reach the final eight. Between the singles and doubles contests, Colbert finished the weekend 7-1, a remarkable showing for a true freshman.

Stay tuned to www.illinoistechathletics.com for updates!