Three Golden Bears Advance to SMC Singles Quarterfinals
Oct. 16, 2009
MORAGA, Calif. - Three members of the California women's tennis team advanced to singles quarterfinal matches after the first day (Friday, Oct. 16) of the Saint Mary's Invitational at the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex. All three Golden Bear doubles teams also advanced to quarterfinal matches. Sophomore Stephany Chang and freshman Annie Goransson each earned berths in the Red Flight singles quarterfinal while senior Kasia Siwosz pushed her way into the White Flight quarterfinal after dropping just one game in four sets.
Chang advanced out of the first round as Pacific's Julia Hansen withdrew due to injury. The fifth-seeded Chang then defeated Desiree Stone, 6-2, 6-0, in the round of 16. Goransson blew by Sandra Florea of San Jose State, 6-1, 6-2, to draw the eighth-seeded Aleksandra Malovic of Washington. Goransson then bounced back after dropping her first set tiebreaker, 7-2, to earn a three-set victory, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, over Malovic.
Freshmen Nelly Radeva and Tayler Davis each won their first-round matches but fell in the round of 16. Davis got a 6-4, 6-2, win over Lacey Pflibsen of Portland before bowing out to Catherine Isip of Saint Mary's. Radeva defeated Santa Clara's Alexandra Zaniewski, 6-1, 6-2, before falling in a heartbreaking three-setter, 4-6, 7-6, 6-0. Radeva was narrowly edged in the second set tiebreaker, 7-5, before being blanked in the final set.
In White Flight singles matches, Siwosz blew through her first-round match as she eliminated Kerri Kummer of San Jose State, 6-0, 6-0. Siwosz was nearly as efficient in the round of 16 as she dispatched San Francisco's Alana McMahon, 6-1, 6-0. In the Blue Flight round of 16, sophomore Catalina Visico fought it out with Noelle Eades of UC Davis before falling, 7-5, 6-3.
Davis and Goransson teamed up in Red Flight doubles to earn an 8-3 win over Aileen Tsan and Maria Meliuk of Sacramento State in the round of 16. Chang and Siwosz also paired off to get an 8-1 victory over Melinda Akerbrant and Cecilia Gratian of San Francisco. In the White Flight, Radeva and Visico got together and defeated San Francisco's McMahon and Blair Reed, 8-5, in the round of 16.
The Bears are back in action Saturday, Oct. 17, with singles and doubles quarterfinal matches. Play begins at 8 a.m. PT. For complete results, draws and schedules, please visit www.tennisinformation.com and search for tournament ID No. 5192776.
2009 Saint Mary's Invitational ResultsTimothy Korth Tennis Complex | Moraga, Calif.Friday, October 16 - Day 1
Red Flight Singles - Round of 32 Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Julia Hansen (UOP) Wd. (inj.)Tayler Davis (CAL) def. Lacey Pflibsen (POR) 6-4, 6-2Annie Goransson (CAL) def. Sandra Florea (SJSU) 6-1, 6-2Nelly Radeva (CAL) def. Alexandra Zaniewski (SCU) 6-1, 6-2
Red Flight Singles - Round of 16 Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Desiree Stone (UCD) 6-2, 6-0Annie Goransson (CAL) def.  Aleksandra Malovic (UW) 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-1 Veronica Li (STAN) def. Nelly Radeva (CAL) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0Catherine Isip (SMC) def. Tayler Davis (CAL) 6-4, 7-5
White Flight Singles - Round of 32Kasia Siwosz (CAL) def. Kerri Kummer (SJSU) 6-0, 6-0
White Flight Singles - Round of 16Kasia Siwosz (CAL) def. Alana McMahon (USF) 6-1, 6-0
Blue Flight Singles - Round of 16Noelle Eades (UCD) def. Catalina Visico (CAL) 7-5, 6-3
Red Flight Doubles - Round of 16Davis/Goransson (CAL) def. Meliuk/Tsan (SAC) 8-3Chang/Siwosz (CAL) def. Akerbrant/Gratian (USF) 8-1
White Flight Doubles - Round of 16Radeva/Visico (CAL) def. McMahon/Reed (USF) 8-5