Michaela Bezdickova Advances in Singles at ITA Regional Championships

Oct. 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEV. – For the third consecutive time in her career, Michaela Bezdickova has advanced to the round of 16 in singles at the ITA Regional Championships. The junior showed she meant business as she demolished her first two opponents dropping only two games along the way. The third opponent she faced in the round of 32 gave her a three set challenge but she rose out on top in the third set to advance to the next round where she will battle a conference competitor from Boise State.

In her first year, she advanced to the quarterfinals where she faced Boise State’s Lauren Megale and lost in two close sets with a score of 7-6, 7-6 denying her advance to the semifinals.

In her second year, the Olomouc, Czech Republic native was stopped short in the round of 16 going three sets against Utah’s Sarah Pham. The two battled it out with Bezdickova winning the first set 6-4, but Pham got the momentum on her side to win the tight match with a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

This is now her third year of advancing this far into the main draw and it has been a semi-difficult road so far. The only difficulty she has had so far was the round of 32, where she faced Mandy Van der Eerenbeemt from the University of Denver winning the match in three sets with a score of 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Before this difficult three set match, Bezdickova only dropped two games in the previous rounds. She defeated Weber State’s Nittaya Phonharath 6-1, 6-0 and then defeated U.S. Air Force Academy’s Christina Molina 6-0, 6-1.

“My opponent [Molina] was playing very well in the beginning of match,” Bezdickova said. “I was making a few too many unforced errors. After settling down, I was able to refocus and play smarter. The match was a great experience and prepared me well for tomorrow.”

For the round of 16, the six-foot junior will have to face Sandy Vo from Boise State if she looks to advance any farther. Vo has had three matches so far that have given her a little trouble. The first match she won 6-3, 6-2, the next 6-4, 6-2, and then a close second set win 6-4, 7-6 in the last round.

“Sandy Vo is a very talented player from Boise State,” Assistant Coach Kelcy McKenna said. “She [Vo] plays very aggressively and it looks like it will be a tough match. Boise State players are always great competitors. Talking to her today, she really wants to make it to the quarterfinals. She [Bezdickova] has been training hard the past eight weeks and really looking forward to this match.”

The two players will battle it out tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. to see which one of them will advance to the quarterfinals and which one will go home.

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