Belaya and Loomans, who are seeded No. 3 in the regional and ranked No. 12 nationally, remained perfect on the year at 5-0 with a convincing 8-1 win over Marshall's Karlyn Timko and Dana Oppinger in the round of 16. The Tribe duo will face Virginia Tech's Raluca Mita and Kelly Williford, a No. 9-16 seed in the regional tournament, at 9 a.m. in the quarterfinals on Monday. Last season, Belaya and Loomans teamed to advance to the semifinals of the ITA Atlantic Region Championship.
Cepeda and Nemchinov upset the No. 5-seeded Virginia duo of Caryssa Peretz and Maria Fuccillo, 9-7, to garner a spot in the quarterfinals. The Tribe pair improved to 4-1 on the year and will face the event's No. 4 seeded Marshall team of Maria Voscekova and Dominika Zaprazna at 9 a.m. on Monday. The semifinals and final of the ITA Atlantic Region Doubles Championship will be on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
In singles action, Belaya won her opening match of the day, breezing to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Penn State's Katherine Whiteaway in the second round to improve to 6-3 on the year. Belaya, the event's No. 5 seed, dropped a close three-set match in the round of 16, falling to Virginia's Caryssa Peretz, who is a 9-16 seed. Belaya won the opening set, 6-2, before Peretz claimed the second, 6-2. The Cavalier player outlasted Belaya, 7-5, in the third set to earn a quarterfinal berth.
Nemchinov fell in the second round, but not before taking No. 8-seeded Maci Epstein of Virginia to the wire. After Epstein claimed the opening set, 6-3, the Tribe rookie bounced back to take the second, 6-4. The third set went to a tiebreaker, where Epstein was able to eek out a 7-6 (3) win over Nemchinov.
Virginia Tech is the host of the ITA Atlantic Region Championship, which runs through Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Burrows-Burelson Tennis Center. The singles and doubles winners of the ITA Atlantic Regional will earn a spot in the exclusion USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 8-11. The National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship is the second fall national championship event in college tennis and includes a 32-player singles draw and 20-team doubles bracket for both men and women.
W&M Results from the ITA Atlantic Region Championships
Main Singles Draw Second Round (32)
#5 Maria Belaya (W&M) def. Katherine Whiteaway (Penn State) - 6-1, 6-0
#8 Maci Epstein (Virginia) def. Leeza Nemchinov (W&M) - 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3)
Main Singles Draw Third Round (16)
#9-16 Caryssa Peretz (Virginia) def. #5 Maria Belaya (W&M) - 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
Main Doubles Draw Third Round (16)
#3 Belaya/Loomans (W&M)  def. Timko/ Oppinger (Marshall) - 8-1
#9-16 Cepeda/Nemchinov (W&M) def. #5 Peretz/Fuccillo (Virginia) - 9-7