WSU Tennis Overcomes Altitude to Post Double Figure Wins at BYU Invitational

Sept. 25, 2003

PROVO, Utah -- The Washington State women's tennis team recorded first round wins in all six singles brackets and all four doubles teams defeated their first round opponents, Thursday at the BYU Invitational.

In the No. 1 singles bracket Cougar freshman Amy Toth captured a three-set victory against Utah's Whitney Eber, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Toth will face Boise State's Jemima Hayward in the semifinals Friday at 1 p.m., Mountain Time. Toth lost to Hayward 6-3, 7-5 last week in the Cougar Classic.

No. 78 Orsolya Sallai played in the No. 1 singles bracket as well and lost in the first round to Emily Kirchen of Colorado State. Sallai will face Lindsey Bennion of Utah State in the consolation round Friday at 1 p.m.

Cougar Senior Lorena Arias recorded a first round victory in the No. 2 singles bracket. Arias defeated Robertina Marci of Weber State in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. Arias is set to face Brigham Young's Lauren Jones in the semifinals Friday at 11:30 a.m.

In No. 3 singles competition WSU junior Nora Gaal won in her first round of competition knocking off Jill Smith of Utah State in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Gaal will face Boise State's Alyssa Ayling at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the semifinal match.

Cougar junior Chris Martinez posted her fourth straight singles win in the No. 4 singles bracket with a victory against Weber State's Haley Hawkins in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Boise State's Megan Biorkman will be her opponent in the semifinals round and that match is set to take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

In No. 5 singles action senior Zorana Roganovic was near flawless in defeating Utah State's Lauren Monson in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. Roganovic will square off against Anna Curtolo of Boise State in the semifinals round Friday at 10 a.m.

WSU junior Zsofia Fodor defeated Utah State's Erin Manning, 6-1, 6-1. Colorado State's Tatyana Ugorich will be her opponent Friday at 10 a.m. in the semifinals round.

Freshman Nelly Dvornicka lost in three sets to Boise State's Jelena Koprivica 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in No. 6 singles play. Dvornicka will face Chelsee Drews of Weber State Friday at 10 a.m. in the consolation round.

'The high altitude was a problem for us at first,' WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'It took us some time to adjust but once we did, we played pretty well. I was really impressed by our doubles teams.'

In doubles, all four Cougar tandems captured success in their first round of play.

Vying for the No. 1 singles title No. 41 Arias/Martinez defeated Hawkins/Alexandra Ilie of Weber State 8-3. The dynamic Cougar duo will face Hayward/Erin Polowski of Boise State in the semifinals Friday at 3:30p.m. Arias/Martinez played Hayward/Polowski last weekend in the Cougar Classic and lost 8-3.

Also in the No. 1 singles bracket Cougars Sallai/Toth defeated Kirchen/Carla Pallares of Colorado State, 9-7. The WSU duo will face No. 21 Barbara Zahnova/Sofia Holden of Brigham Young in the semifinals Friday at 3:30 p.m.

In No. 2 doubles action the WSU tandem of Fodor/Gaal knocked off Karla Pretorius/Elana Smit of Weber State, 8-1. Fodor/Gaal are set to face Boise State's Ayling/Biorkman in the semifinals Friday at 3:30 p.m.

The Dvornicka/Roganovic team earned an 8-5 victory against Marcia Bublik/Marci of Weber State and advanced to play Curtolo/Jelena Koprivica of Boise State in the semifinals round Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Cougar pair faced Curtolo/Koprivica in the Cougar Classic last weekend beating them 8-4.


No. 1 SinglesEmily Kirchen (CSU) def. Orsolya Sallai (WSU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4Amy Toth (WSU) def. Whitney Eber (Utah), 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

No. 2 SinglesLorena Arias (WSU) def. Robertina Marci (Weber State), 6-4, 7-5

No. 3 SinglesNora Gaal (WSU) def. Jill Smith (USU), 6-4, 6-3

No. 4 SinglesChris Martinez (WSU) def. Haley Hawkins (Weber State), 6-1, 6-0

No. 5 SinglesZorana Roganovic (WSU) def. Lauren Monson (USU), 6-0, 6-1

No. 6 SinglesZsofia Fodor (WSU) def. Erin Manning (USU), 6-1, 6-1Jelena Koprivica (Boise State) def. Nelly Dvornicka (WSU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

No. 1 DoublesToth/Sallai (WSU) def. Kirchen/Pallares (CSU), 9-7Arias/Martinez (WSU) def. Hawkins/Ilie (Weber State), 8-3

No. 2 DoublesFodor/Gaal (WSU) def. Pretorious/Smit (Weber State), 8-1

No. 3 DoublesDvornicka/Roganovic (WSU) def. Bublik/Marci (Weber State), 9-7

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