ROME, Ga. — Lena Dimmer has become the first NYIT women's tennis player in four years to earn a victory in the winners bracket of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Oracle Cup national championships.
The unseeded Dimmer knocked off No. 3 seed Kornelia Staniszewska of Augustana, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), in Thursday's opening round to advance to Friday's semifinal.
It marked the first winners bracket victory by an NYIT women's tennis player at the ITA Oracle Cup since Celia Respaut defeated another No. 3 seed, Zsofia Lanstiak of Lewis, back in 2013.
Dimmer, who completed last season ranked No. 1 regionally and No. 41 nationally, had been unbeaten this season until suffering her first loss last weekend at LIU Post while dealing with a back injury.
Staniszewska had finished last season ranked 13th nationally and was named a Division II All-American in singles. She also was the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year each of the past two years.
Dimmer continued to produce in the afternoon, too. She teamed with Alessia Rossetti to defeat the No. 2 seeded Bianca Duff and Maddy Coffman of Midwestern State on Thursday in a doubles quarterfinals.
Unfortunately, Matej Selecky narrowly lost in the men's quarterfinals. Selecky fell to No. 4 seed Alejandro Valarezo Plaza of Washburn, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1).