Six Huskies Reach Semis At SDSU Fall Classic II
Nov. 7, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Husky women's tennis team impressed on the first day of the SDSU Fall Classic II today at the Aztec Tennis Center. Six Washington singles players and two doubles teams advanced to the semifinals of their respective draws on a busy day which saw the women play a combined 20 matches.
The tournament, hosted by San Diego State, marks the final portion of Washington's fall schedule, and pits the Huskies against teams from SDSU, Colorado, Oklahoma, UC Irvine, and the University of San Diego.
In the Flight A singles draw, sophomore Venise Chan and freshman Denise Dy each won twice to reach the semifinals. Chan, ranked 28th in the nation, defeated Clare Fermin of UC Irvine in straight sets then led Colorado's Melisa Esposito, 6-2, 2-0, in the second round when Esposito retired. Dy had a 6-3, 6-4 first round win over Marite Raygada of USD, then notched one of the bigger wins of her young college career as she came back to defeat San Diego State senior Holly Bagshaw, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Bagshaw is ranked 117th.
The `B' singles flight was dominated by Washington, as all three of its entrants won twice and made the semis. Senior Aleksandra Malovic defeated Justine Perl of San Diego (6-2, 6-3) and Rebecca Kwan of Irvine (6-1, 6-2). Junior Joyce Ardies beat SDSU's Olivia Colman and Irvine's Courtney Byron, both by 6-4, 6-3 scores. Finally, freshman Samantha Smith defeated Roxanne Ellison of SDSU (6-0, 6-3) and Oklahoma's Peta Maree Lancaster (6-2, 6-1). Malovic and Smith will face one another on Saturday at 12 noon.
Moving to the third singles flight, sophomore Vanja Radunovic had her best day of the fall, as she had a pair of one-sided wins. She topped Ali Murphy of UC Irvine, 6-1, 6-3, in the first round, then defeated Kate Robinson of Oklahoma, 6-1, 6-1 in round two.
In doubles play, Chan and Dy teamed for an 8-2 victory over Oklahoma's Constantinescu and Eckel. Also in the top flight, Ardies and sophomore Lina Xu coasted to an 8-2 win over Irvine's Fermin and Hammel.
Play continues at San Diego State through Sunday.
Washington Women's Tennis
SDSU Fall Classic II
11/7/08 - San Diego State University
Aztec Tennis Center
Flight A Singles - Second Round
(28) Venise Chan (UW) def. Melisa Esposito (CU), 6-2, 2-0 ret.
Denise Dy (UW) def. (117) Holly Bagshaw (SDSU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Maria Kalashnikova (OU) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-3, 6-4
Flight B Singles - Second Round
Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Courtney Byron (UCI), 6-4, 6-3
Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Rebecca Kwan (UCI), 6-1, 6-2
Samantha Smith (UW) def. Peta Maree Lancaster (OU), 6-2, 6-1
Flight A Doubles - First Round
Chan/Dy (UW) def. Constantinescu/Eckel (OU), 8-2
Ardies/Xu (UW) def. Fermin/Hammel (UCI), 8-2
Flight B Doubles - First Round
Perl/Raygada (USD) def. Malovic/Smith (UW), 8-4
Flight C Doubles - First Round
Kwan/Murphy (UCI) def. Summers/Radunovic (UW), 8-5