Women's Tennis Advances Four Players to Quarterfinals on Day One of the Pac-10 Championships

April 23, 2009

OJAI, Calif.--The Arizona State Women's Tennis team showed their strength of heart and muscle on Thursday as the first round of the 2009 Pac-10 Championships got underway in Ojai. Sun Devils Laila Abdala, Michelle Brycki, Sianna Simmons and Ashlee Brown will advance to the Quarterfinals.

After a short weather delay, the team came out strong in Championship Singles play, round of 32, as senior Laila Abdala swiftly put away Oregon's Madeline Van Rensburg 6-1, 6-1 to advance. Michelle Brycki followed suit, battling it out for a win over USC's Gabriella Niculescu 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Both will now advance to the round of 16 in tomorrow's Quarterfinals. Nadia Abdala faced off against USC's Alison Ramos, but was unable to overcome the Trojan, ultimately falling 7-5, 6-2. Sophomore Kelcy McKenna bravely took on Arizona's Natasha Marks, but was defeated by the Wildcat contender 6-2, 6-4.

Invitational Singles play, in the round of 32, started off rocky for the Devils as Ali Van Horne was unable to get the better of Oregon's Siobhan Cavan, despite a monumental effort, falling 6-3, 6-1. Sianna Simmons quickly recovered for the Sun Devils, blowing the Ducks Trudie du Toit out of the water 6-0, 7-5. Ashlee Brown did not compete on Thursday, but will advance to the round of 16 tomorrow in Quarterfinals play.

Exciting Pac-10 Tournament play continues tomorrow at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club, with doubles action starting at 9:00 a.m., while singles gets under way at 2:00p.m. Results are available at www.ojaitourney.org and www.pac10.org

Results for Thursday, April 23rd: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/Results.aspx?T=66493

Championship Bracket

Round of 32:

(6) Alison Ramos (USC) def. (5) Nadia Abdala (ASU) 7-5, 6-2

(15) Laila Abdala (ASU) def. (16) Madeline Van Rensburg (ORE) 6-1, 6-1

(17) Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. (18) Gabriella Niculescu (USC) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2

(31) Natasha Marks (Ariz.) def. (32) Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 6-2, 6-4

Invitational Bracket

Round of 32:

(5) Sianna Simmons (ASU) def. (6) Trudie due Toit (ORE) 6-0, 7-5

(13) Siobhan Cavan (ORE) def. (14) Ali Van Horne (ASU) 6-3, 6-1

(22) Bye / (24) Ashlee Brown (ASU)

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