Agarycheva Loses to #7 Seed in Round of 16 at Ojai Tournament

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

OJAI, CALIF. -- Sheryl Bon of Azusa Pacific University, seeded #7, defeated Natalia Agarycheva (Jr., Vancouver, WA/Prairie HS/U. of Northern Colorado) of Willamette University in the Round of 16 in the Women's Independent Singles bracket at the Ojai Valley Tournament on Friday, April 23. Bon won the first set versus Agarycheva, 6-3, and took the second set, 6-2.

Bon, who competes in the NAIA as a member of Azusa Pacific's 5th-ranked team, advanced into the quarterfinals of the Ojai Valley Tournament. Agarycheva, who is ranked #8 in singles in the West Region of NCAA Division III, fell to 20-3 on the season.

Agarycheva was the only unseeded player to defeat a seeded player in this year's Women's Independent Singles bracket. Her upset win was against #12 seed Ashley Litchfield of Point Loma Nazarene University, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the second round on Thursday. Agarycheva hopes to be selected as a singles entry into the NCAA Division III National Championships.

This spring, Agarycheva helped Willamette finish fourth in the Northwest Conference during the regular season with an 11-5 conference record. WU was 12-9 overall in dual matches this season.

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Natalia Agarycheva is 20-3 in singles for the Bearcats this season.

Natalia Agarycheva is 20-3 in singles for the Bearcats this season.