Longwood junior advances at Summer ITA

Published 10:07 am Thursday, August 6, 2015

Longwood junior Anna Pelak picked up a win and advanced to the round of 32 at the 2015 Summer ITA Northeast Regional at Cornell University last week.

 Pelak, who was Longwood’s No. 2 singles player as a sophomore in 2014-15, upended Cornell’s Kristin Quill 6-3, 2-6, 10-6 on Quill’s home court at the Reis Tennis Center. Pelak’s victory marked only the second loss for Quill in the past year. The Cornell junior went 6-1 as a sophomore for the Big Red, including 2-0 in spring duals play.

Pelak’s week came to an end in the round of 32 at the hands of Laurel Shymansky, 6-2, 6-2.

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A McLean, Va., native, Pelak made the jump from No. 4 to No. 2 singles for her sophomore season and owned that spot the entire year. She went 5-17 in that role with four of those victories coming within the final month of the season to cap her year with a 4-6 record.

Pelak is one of four returning starters for the Longwood women this season and the team’s highest-ranked returning player. The Lancers open the 2015 fall campaign on Sept. 12 at the George Mason Invitational.