July 9, 2014
PITTSBURGH – Sophomore Audrey Ann Blakely and incoming freshman Callie Frey continue to make noise on the ITA Summer Circuit as the duo captured the doubles title at the Pittsburgh tournament in Mt. Lebanon over the 4th of July weekend.
"We are proud of Audrey Ann and Callie for winning the doubles title at the Pittsburgh ITA Summer Circuit tournament," head coach Alex Santos said. "It's always an accomplishment to be the last team standing on the court and it's especially nice for Callie to be able to play and win in front of her friends and family. We make sure that those who play tennis at Pitt have the mindset to have a special career both on and off the court. These young ladies are showing that with hard work, sacrifice, and commitment they will eventually end up in a position to be competitive at the highest level. What we are truly enjoying about Audrey Ann and Callie as a team is their ability to communicate and to have great chemistry."
Their title was coming off the heels of a very solid showing at their first tournament of the summer held at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
Blakely finished 2-1 in singles play in Virginia, and eventually fell in a tiebreak 3/6, 6/7 (4-7) to the University of Denver’s Maureen Slattery after reaching the quarterfinals. Frey dropped her initial match, but rallied to take the following three straight and win the consolation final handily over Sara Fioretti (6-1, 6-0). Blakely and Frey then joined forces for the women’s open doubles competition. As the No. 2-seeded tandem, they lost only six games in their first three matches before falling in the final, 8-4.
After coming up a little short in the doubles final in Virginia, Blakely and Frey proved their abilities in Pittsburgh, winning the doubles title. Assistant coach Emily Fraser commented on the pair’s synchronicity on the court, “What we are truly enjoying about Audrey Ann and Callie as a team is their ability to communicate and to have great chemistry.” As well as their potential beyond the upcoming season, “These young ladies are showing that with hard work, sacrifice, and commitment they will eventually end up in a position to be competitive at the highest level.”
Sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the ITA Summer Circuit events are intended to promote friendly competition, and allow collegiate players the opportunity to maintain their game over the summer months. The tournaments are scheduled nearly every weekend from the end of June to mid-August, and each tournament includes men's and women's singles and doubles draws.
The majority of the Pitt women's tennis roster will be heading to the Western Michigan Tournament this coming weekend. Continue to check back with www.pittsburghpanthers.com for updates and follow @PittTennis on Twitter.
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