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Simmons wins consolation final at ITAs

Maddy Simmons (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Maddy Simmons (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Maddy Simmons (Bowie, Md./Bowie) won three matches in the consolation bracket to lead McDaniel at the ITA Southeast Regional tournament hosted by Mary Washington in women's tennis action on Saturday and Sunday.

Simmons dropped a 6-3, 7-6 match to Christopher Newport's Emily Morgan in the opening round of the Blue 2 Singles draw. In the consolation bracket, Simmons topped St. Mary's Claire Bodine 8-3 and Averett's Eleanor Crane 8-0 to advance to the consolation final, where she won by default.

In the Blue 3 Singles draw, Lindsay Russell (Leonia, N.J./Leonia) dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Grove City's Janine Jones in the opening round. In the consolation bracket, Russell topped Stevenson's Kelsi Mentzer 8-6 before falling to Lynchburg's Sarah Wyly, 8-0.

Laura Penhallegon (Glen Arm, Md./Loch Raven) and Brenna Gutshall (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove Area) both competed in the Blue 4 Singles draw. Both dropped their opening rounds before Penhallegon won her consolation quarterfinal match by injury withdraw.

Simmons and Russell teamed in the Blue 2 Doubles draw, winning their opening match over Wyly Ranita Coon, 8-6. In the quarterfinals, Colette Gilbert and Kristi Wong (Christopher Newport) topped Simmons and Russell, 8-3.

Gutshall and Penhallegon dropped a pair of matches in the Blue 3 Doubles draw.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Rutgers-Camden on Saturday. Match time is 1 p.m.

Blue 2 Singles: Round of 16: Emily Morgan (CNU) def. Maddy Simmons 6-3, 7-6 (5); Consolation Quarterfinals: Simmons def. Claire Bodine (SMC) 8-3; Consolation Semifinals: Simmons def. Eleanor Crane (AU) 8-0; Consolation Final: Simmons won by default.

Blue 3 Singles: Round of 16: Janine Jones (GCC) def. Lindsay Russell 6-1, 6-1; Consolation Quarterfinals: Russell def. Kelsi Mentzer (STE) 8-6; Sarah Wyly (LC) def. Russell 8-0.

Blue 4 Singles: Round of 16: Megan Waskiewicz (STE) def. Brenna Gutshall 6-1, 6-1; Christina Endy (STE) def. Laura Penhallegon 6-2, 6-2; Consolation Quarterfinals: GraceAnne Piner (SBC) def. Gutshall 8-1; Penhallegon won by withdraw; Consolation Semifinals: Ranita Coon (LC) def. Penhallegon 8-5.

Blue 2 Doubles: Round of 16: Simmons/Russell def. Conn/Wyly (LC) 8-6; Quarterfinals: Colette Gilbert/Kristi Wong (CNU) def. Simmons/Russell 8-3.

Blue 3 Doubles: Round of 8: Waskiewicz/Nina Bretz (STE) def. Gutshall/Penhallegon 8-5; Consolation Final: Ranita Opoku-Sarfo/Ashley Schmitz (RAC) def. Gutshall/Penhallegon 8-4.