NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Drexel women's tennis team got off to a strong start on Friday as it began its weekend at the Hampton Roads Invitational. Zeynep Mafa and Marcela Rosales won the Doubles Flight One, while Alex Bell and Aysenil Orhon put together a strong showing in Flight Three, taking third place.
Mafa and Rosales defeated two teams from Howard and one from George Mason en route to winning the title. In the opening round, they rolled past Umarah Mughee and Gabrielle Moxey of Howard, 8-3. Then against George Mason, the duo held off the Patriots, 8-6, to advance to the championship match. There, they once again went up against a pair from Howard, knocking out Katelyn Stokes and Talia Johnson, 8-6.
Mafa and Rosales are now 6-2 on the season as a team.
In Flight Three, Bell and Orhon earned a bye to the second round and after falling there to a team from Mary Washington, they rebounded to knock out Loyola in the third place match, 8-4.
Singles play began on Saturday, with the Dragons putting together more solid individual performances. In Flight One, Zeynep Mafa advanced to the semifinal by defeating Ashley Delaney of George Mason, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0. She then defeated Lyndsay Raulston of Mary Washington, 7-6, 7-5 to set up a semifinal match with Umarah Mighnee of Howard. Mighnee defeated Mafa in the semifinals, however. Also in that draw, Marcela Rosales won her first round match before being defeated in the quarterfinal, and NIcole Pivonka moved on to the semifinal of the consolation bracket.
In Flight Two, Emma Brook also reached the semifinal before being defeated by Gabrielle Moxey of Howard. Brook downed Cassie Bowman of Mary Washington in the first round, 6-1, 6-1. She then knocked out Alyssa Gleason of Army in the quarterfinals in a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 grinder.
Flight Three did not see a Dragon advance to the semifinal of the main draw, but Aysenil Orhon did defeat Aurora McQuade of Villanova, 8-2, to move on to the semifinal of the consolation bracket.