FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater women's tennis players got off to a good start Saturday on the first day of the ITA Atlantic South Region tournament held at the University of Mary Washington.
In singles play, Bridgewater's Katie Gordon and Maria Hawkins each won her opening match in the championship singles division. Gordon defeated Christopher Newport's Jodi Noland 6-3, 6-2 while Hawkins outlasted Olivia Kasten (Johns Hopkins) 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.
Gordon then moved on to the round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Allison Wong. Hawkins was defeated in her second match by Vanessa Pavia 6-2, 6-0.
Gordon and Hawkins paired up in the championship doubles flight to win their first round match over McDonald-Sportelli (Randolph-Macon) 8-3. They lost in the next round, however, to Mary Washington's Shelby Harris and Lindsay Raulston, 8-0.
In the No. 2 singles flight, Bridgewater's Brittany Wilson lost her opening match to Moravian's Melissa Follett 6-3, 6-2.
In the No. 4 singles flight Marla O'Bryan defeated Marcela Neimcyk (Hollins) 6-0, 6-0 in a first-round match.
At No. 5 singles, BC's Jamee Hardison lost her opening match to Abigail Schmidt 6-0, 6-1.
Bridgewater's Jessie Mitchell won her first match at No. 6 singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jenny Levenson.
At No. 2 doubles, O'Bryan and Wilson turned back Helsel-McCall (Elizabethtown) 8-3 in their opening match. Also at No. 2 doubles, Mitchell and Holly Knupp lost to Buchney-Sleeper (Franklin & Marshall) 8-2.
Action at the ITA regional continues Sunday with action beginning at 8 a.m.