Dillon and Juricova Get to Singles Semifinal at St. Mary's

Oct. 11, 2008

MORAGA, Calif. - The California women's tennis team continued its strong play on the second day of the St. Mary's Invitational on the courts of the Korth Tennis Complex in Moraga, Calif., putting two Bears into the Red Flight singles semifinal. Sixth-seeded freshman Jana Juricova and sophomore Rachael Dillon each advanced to the semifinal round with two wins today.

Juricova took a win over St. Mary's Sabrina Gunnarson in straight sets, giving up just one game, 6-0, 6-1. She then took out third-seeded Alexandra Poorta, also of St. Mary's with a 6-2, 6-1 win. Dillon had a much tougher road to tomorrow's semifinal, first facing No. 91-ranked Caroline Bailly of Nevada and coming away with a 6-3, 6-4 win in the round of 16. Dillon continued to hit well as she took a 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 77-ranked Carolyn McVeigh of Stanford in the quarterfinal. McVeigh was the second-seeded player in the Red Flight singles draw.

In Red Flight doubles play, the top-seeded duo of Dillon and Juricova earned a spot in the final match with a 9-7 win over Baca and Sarkisian of Sacramento State. Freshman Stephany Chang had the task of facing top-seeded Jenni Heinser in her Red Flight singles round of 16 match. Chang fell in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 to the No. 62-ranked Heinser. After falling the first round of the White Flight, freshman Catalina Visico drew Gonzaga's Danielle Farmer in the consolation round and was turned away once more, 6-1, 6-2.

In addition to host St. Mary's, Stanford, Washington, Portland, Gonzaga, San Francisco, Santa Clara, UC Davis, Pacific, San Jose State, Boise State, Sacramento State and Nevada are also taking part in the three-day tournament. Play resumes tomorrow (Oct. 12) with singles semifinal and final matches and doubles finals.

For complete draws, results and information, please visit www.SMCGaels.com and look for the women's tennis homepage or point your browser to www.tennisinformation.com and enter tournament ID No. 5185515.

St. Mary's Invitational - Day 2Moraga, Calif. - Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008

Red Flight SinglesRound of 16(1) No. 62 Jenni Heinser (USF) def. Stephany Chang (CAL) 6-0, 6-3(6) Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Sabrina Gunnarson (SMC) 6-0, 6-1Rachael Dillon (CAL) def. (7) No. 91 Caroline Bailly (NEV) 6-3, 6-4Quarterfinal(6) Jana Juricova (CAL) def. (3) Alexandra Poorta (SMC) 6-2, 6-1Rachael Dillon (CAL) def. (2) No. 77 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 6-2, 6-1

White Flight SinglesFirst Round ConsolationDanielle Farmer (GON) def. Catalina Visico (CAL) 6-1, 6-2

Red Flight DoublesSemifinal(1) Dillon/Juricova (CAL) def. Baca/Sarkisian (SAC) 9-7

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