Cougars Win Four Titles At Air Force Invitational
Sept. 29, 2002
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Led by Lorena Arias, the Washington State tennis team won two singles and two doubles championships at United States Air Force Academy Invitational, Sunday.
Arias, a junior from Mexico City, beat Dominique Lemperle of Colorado for the flight one championship, 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-5. Lasting over four hours, their match was an epic battle. Arias fought off two match points with Lemperle serving at 5-4 in the third.
The Cougars dominated flight three, earning the top three places. Orsolya Sallai beat fellow Cougar Zorana Roganovic in the title match of the flight, 6-4, 6-3. Roganovic earned second place, and teammate Zsofi Fodor took third place after beating Oklahoma's Joi-Lee Beachler, 6-2, 6-2.
In flight two, WSU's Chris Martinez took second after losing 7-6, 6-4 to Oklahoma's Bethany Griffin for the title.
Sophomore Nora Gaal took fifth place in flight one with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Denver's Jenny Trettin.
In doubles play, the flight one title will go to WSU as Arias and Martinez will square off against Fodor and Gaal later this week. Since Arias' singles match went so long, WSU decided to play the match at home (Stadium Way Tennis Center) at a later date.
Sallai teamed with Melanie Humphrey to beat Adriana Boykova and Tea Spirta of Texas-El Paso, 8-4
The Cougars return to action Oct. 10 at the All-America Invitational in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Flight OneLorena Arias (WSU) def. Laura Nigro (UTEP), 6-3, 7-6Dominique Lemperle (Colorado) def. Nora Gaal (WSU), 7-5, 6-1Lorena Arias (WSU) def. Lia Dimingo (Colorado), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4Nora Gaal (WSU) def. Katherine Bushey (Air Force), 6-2, 6-3
SundayCHAMPIONSHIPBethany Griffin (Oklahoma) d. Chris Martinez (WSU), 7-6, 6-4
Flight ThreeOrsi Sallai (WSU) def. Gina Black (Air Force), 6-4, 6-4Zorana Roganovic (WSU) def. Jessica Braver (Oklahoma), 6-2, 6-2Zsofi Fodor (WSU) def. Susan Johnson (Colorado), 6-4, 6-2Orsi Sallai (WSU) def. Joi-Lee Beachler (Oklahoma), 6-2, 6-1Zorana Roganovic (WSU) def. Zsofi Fodor (WSU), 6-4, 6-2
Flight OneLorena Arias/Chris Martinez (WSU) def. Kati Gyulai/Patricia Chien (Wyoming), 8-1Zsofi Fodor/Nora Gaal (WSU) def. Laura Nigro/Gina Black (Air Force), 9-7
Sunday (To be played at later date in Pullman)Lorena Arias/Chris Martinez (WSU) vs. Zsofi Fodor/Nora Gaal (WSU)-CHAMPIONSHIP
Flight TwoMelanie Humphrey/Orsi Sallai (WSU) def. Zorana Roganovic (WSU)/Megan Williams (Wyoming), 8-4
SundayCHAMPIONSHIPMelanie Humphrey/Orsi Sallai (WSU) d. Adriana Boykova/Tea Spirta (UTEP), 8-4THIRD PLACEZorana Roganovic (WSU)/Megan Williams (Wyoming) d Heather Saluri/Joi-Lee Beachler (Oklahoma), 9-8