The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Patriots tennis teams is in full swing for the fall season. Last weekend they traveled to Georgetown, Kentucky to compete in one of the biggest individual tournaments of the year, the ITA Regionals. As the ITA Regionals are more of an individualized tournament, one Patriot lady stood out among the rest to take her place among the region's best players.
UC junior Neesha Thirumalaichelvam (Selangor, Malaysia) earned the #1 seed in this fall ITA Regional tournament and showed why. Thirumalaichelvam won 5 matches over a 3 day span to win the ITA East Regional Women's Championship.
She started her run on Thursday as she took on Brescia University's Tarsila Duck in the round of 32 and won without hesitation in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. This led her to her next match versus Lindsey Wilson's Rocio Cardo in the round of 16 where she won again in two straight sets 6-2, 6-0. Shortly after, she won her next match where she took on Angelica Sepulveda from Cumberland University in the quarterfinal round. This match went into three sets, but Neesha came out with the win with scores of 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.
Her next stop was the semifinals round against Grace Sarver from Milligan College where she won in the first two sets 6-3, 6-1. This win coined her spot in the championship round of the ITA East Regional Women's Championship. Her last opponent would be #3 seed Laura Vergara from Lindsey Wilson College. After a hard fought battle, Thirumalaichelvam beat Vergara in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to capture the ITA East Regional Title.
Head Patriot Tennis Coach Chin Tan commented, "Neesha is very deserving of this big win. Winning 5 matches in 3 days makes this win a gallant effort. She has been working hard and tactically was really sound in all these matches. This achievement not only ignites the spirit of our players in our teams, but also she brings honor to her home country of Malaysia. We are very proud of her to say the least."
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