Day One Results From The Cal/Nike Invitational
Sept. 28, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif.-The ASU Women's Tennis Team kicked off the first day of the Cal/Nike Invitational among a strong field of players including the former NCAA champion, Cal's Susie Babos and PAC-10 opponents. Adverse weather delayed many of the morning matches, however the Sun Devils were able to perform despite several breaks for rain.
The day began with doubles action in the Gold Doubles Flight that saw the team of Laila Abdala and Lauren Megale winning easily against San Francisco's Cecilia Gratian and Emma Taylor, 8-2. Senior Jessica Leitch and freshman, Micaela Hein came up short in their first doubles match, falling to the San Francisco team of Jenny Sperry and Mylene Martin in a closely contested 8-6. In the Blue Doubles, Kelcy McKenna and Nadia Abdala, the top seed, came out victorious over their first round opponents, South Carolina's Andrea Kwong and Ashley Pane, to win 8-6 after a shaky start.
The Devils had mixed results in the singles matches with first round wins from Senior Wendy Pilecka, Freshman Kelsey McKenna, Nadia Abdala and Jessica Leitch. However they were unable to progress to the quarter final stage with Kelsey McKenna narrowly losing to the former NCAA Singles Champion, Cals' Susie Babos in two tough sets.
Junior, Laila Abdala bounced back from a close three set loss in her match to win her consolation singles in straight sets. Freshmen Lauren Megale and Michaela Hein claimed their first victories as Sun Devils in convincing fashion in their second matches, winning 6-1 6-1 and 6-4 6-4 respectively.
Assistant coach Josh Goffi was optimistic about the performance of the team and the new freshmen. He said 'Considering it was the first tournament of the fall season, we had a good showing against some strong competition. The new freshmen were able to see the level we need to play and I believe we are going to have a good season.'The tournament continues tomorrow with doubles matches starting at 9:00AM with singles following shortly thereafter. Tournament and draw information can be found at www.tennisinformation.com.
Results, Day 1
Blue Doubles 1st Round
N. Abdala/McKenna (ASU) def. Kwong/Pane (SC) 8-6
Gold Doubles 1st Round
L.Abdala/Megale (ASU) def. Gratian/Taylor (USF) 8-2
Sperry/Martin (USF) def. Leitch/Hein (ASU) 8-6
Gold Singles 1st Round
Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. Florence DeVrye (NEV) 6-2 6-2
Jessica Leitch (ASU) def. Emma Taylor (USF) 6-3 6-2
Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Steph Galainena (SC)6-0 6-0
Alexandra Poorta (SM) def. Laila Abdala (ASU) 6-1 3-6 6-4
Second results were not available
Blue Singles 1st Round
Wendy Pilecka (ASU) def. Steph Bengson (LBS) 7-5 6-1
Susie Matzenauer (NW) def. Micaela Hein (ASU) 7-6 5-7 6-4
Jenny Sperry (USF) Amanda Martin (ASU) 6-1 6-4
Results were not available