In doubles action, the Tribe junior duo of Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans, which is seeded No. 3 at the regional event, cruised to an 8-2 triumph over the Morgan State team of Arina Alilueva and Margarita Belyakova. With the victory, the No. 12-ranked team in the country improved to a perfect 4-0 on the year and advanced to the Round of 16 on Sunday. Belaya and Loomans will face the Marshall team of Karlyn Timko and Dana Oppinger at 8 a.m.
Senior Anik Cepeda and Nemchinov rolled into the round of 16 with an 8-2 triumph over the Richmond team of Melissa Kandinata and Katya Salas. The Tribe pair improved to 3-1 on the year and will face the No. 5 seeded Virginia duo of Caryssa Peretz and Maria Fuccillo at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
In the main singles flight, Belaya and Nemchinov both tallied straight set wins in the first round. Belaya, who is the No. 5 seed in the singles draw, improved to 5-3 on the year with a 6-2, 6-0 win over UMBC's Shannon Cleary. Nemchinov downed Maryland's Sarah Gealer, 6-4, 6-2, to even her season ledger at 4-4.
Both the second round and round of 16 will be competed on Sunday. Belaya will meet Penn State's Katherine Whiteaway in the second round at 12:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the third round match at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Nemchinov will meet Virginia's Maci Epstein, who is seeded No. 8 in the singles flight, at 11 a.m. in the second round, and the winner will take part in the round of 16 at 2 p.m.
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 Doubles Draw Second Round (32)
#3 Belaya/Loomans (W&M)  def. Alilueva/Belyakova (Morgan State) - 8-2
#9-16 Cepeda/Nemchinov (W&M) def. Kandinata/Salas (Richmond) - 8-2
#9-16 Kurcin/Ball (Marshall) def. Vulovich/Smith (W&M) - 8-4
Main Singles Draw First Round (64)
Leeza Nemchinov (W&M) def. Sarah Gealer (Maryland) - 6-4, 6-2
Kelly Comolli (Georgetown) def. Anik Cepeda (W&M) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
#5 Maria Belaya (W&M) def. Shannon Cleary (UMBC) - 6-2, 6-0