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Pioneers Off to Strong Start at ITA Mountain Regional
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 10/10/2012
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LAS VEGAS - The University of Denver women's tennis team enjoyed a strong start to the 2012 USTA/ITA Mountain Region Championships Wednesday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the UNLV campus.

Sophia Bergner (Schechen, Germany), Steffi Rath (Hochst, Austria), Emma Isberg (Tyreso, Sweden) and Mandy van den Eerenbeemt (Best, Netherlands) advanced to the second round of singles.

Bergner beat Wyoming's Alma Espinosa 6-2, 6-3, and Rath defeated Weber State's Megan Rindlisbacher 6-0, 6-0. Isberg beat Montana's Laurence Pelchat-Montana 6-1, 6-1, while van den Eerenbeemt beat CU's Ashley Tiefel 6-3, 6-0.

Two doubles tandems also advanced to the second round. Bergner and Rath defeated Weber State's Ashley Tanner and Michelle Warwick 8-2. Isberg and van den Eerenbeemt also advanced after their 8-3 win over Colorado State's Adriana Wojakowska and Jennifer Weismann.

Singles and doubles action continues through Sunday.

The Mountain Regional is one of 24 USTA/ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women taking in October at campuses throughout the country. The singles and doubles champions from the regionals will advance to the 2012 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, taking place November 8-11, at the indoor facilities at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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ITA MOUNTAIN REGION WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
MAIN DRAW FIRST ROUND SINGLES (OCT. 10)
Steffi Rath (DU) def. Megan Rindlisbacher (WSU) 6-0, 6-0
Sophia Bergner (5) (DU) def. Alma Espinosa (WYO) 6-2, 6-3
Mandy van den Eerenbeemt (DU) def. Ashley Tiefel (CU) 6-3, 6-0
Emma Isberg (DU) def. Laurence Pelchat (UM) 6-1, 6-1
Nives Pavlovic (4) (UNLV) def. Michelle Garpenlov (DU) 6-0, 6-1
Lisa Roslanova (NMSU) def. Caroline Schnell (17-24) (DU) by default

MAIN DRAW FIRST ROUND DOUBLES (OCT. 10) 
Emma Isberg/Mandy van den Eerenbeemt (DU) def. Adriana Wojakowska/Jennifer Weismann (CSU) 8-3
Sophia Bergner/Steffi Rath (2) (DU) def. Ashley Tanner/Michelle Warwick (WSU) 9-2


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