Cougar Doubles Shine at First Day of Kitty Harrison Invitational

Nov. 5, 2004

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Washington State women's tennis team completed the first day of the University of North Carolina Kitty Harrison Invitational with two doubles wins and one singles victory Friday. Senior Chris Martinez posted the lone singles victory for the Cougars in which she carved her name in the Cougar record books.

In doubles the Cougar pairs faced Winthrop. Orsolya Sallai/Martinez put down Ana Maria Simanca/Ana Paula Novaes, 8-2 and Nora Gaal/Amy Toth knocked off Paula Takahoshi/Renata Caceres also by a score of 8-2.

'Our doubles teams really executed strategy very well, were focused and came out to win,' WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart said.

In the Cougars' second dual meet of the day against Duke University which finished sixth nationally in 2004, senior Chris Martinez captured her seventh win this season to place her name tied for ninth for Cougar all-time singles victories. Martinez shares the spot with fellow teammate Nora Gaal and Brenda Tate, a member of the team from 1982-85. Martinez put down Parker Goyer of Duke, 3-6, 6-4, (10-7) in a third set 10-point tie-breaker.

In their first dual meet of the day, the Cougars fell to tournament host North Carolina who finished tied for 16th as a team last season. In No. 1 singles, senior Gaal was defeated by No. 113 Kendall Cline, 6-2, 6-2. Playing in the No. 2 singles position, sophomore Toth was put down 6-0, 6-0 by Jenna Long. Sallai fell to Sara Anundson in the No. 3 position by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Rounding out the Cougar team was Martinez who was put down by Charlie Tansill in the No. 4 position, 6-4, 6-0.

The Cougars only took one match out of four against the Blue Devils in their second dual meet of the day. Gaal, playing in No. 1 singles, was knocked off by Jenny Zika after capturing the first set, 1-6, 7-6, (10-7) in a third set 10-point tie breaker. Toth found no success at No. 2 singles as Katie Blaszak posted a 6-2, 6-1 win. In the No. 3 position Clelia Deltour put down Sallai in two sets, 6-4, 6-1.

'This is a great tournament for our team,' Washington State Head Coach Lisa Hart said. 'We are playing quality teams that we aren't familiar with, I'm really proud of our effort today.'

The Cougars will take on Minnesota and Wake Forest in doubles Saturday, the first match set to begin at 10 a.m. EST. In singles, Washington State will square off against Winthrop at 3 p.m. EST.

WSU RESULTS- Day One, UNC Kitty Harrison InvitationalVs. North CarolinaSingles1. Kendall Cline (UNC) def. Nora Gaal (WSU), 6-2, 6-22. Jenna Long (UNC) def. Amy Toth (WSU), 6-0, 6-03. Sara Anundson (UNC) def. Orsolya Sallai (WSU), 6-1, 6-24. Charlie Tansill (UNC) def. Chris Martinez (WSU), 7-5, 6-1

Vs. DukeSingles1. Jenny Zika (Duke) def. Gaal (WSU), 1-6, 7-6, (10-7)2. Katie Blaszak (Duke) def. Toth (WSU), 6-2, 6-13. Clelia Deltour (Duke) def. Sallai (WSU), 6-4, 6-14. Martinez (WSU) def. Parker Goyer (Duke), 3-6, 6-4, (10-7)

DoublesVs. WinthropMartinez/Sallai (WSU) def. Ana Maria Simanca/Ana Paula Novaes (Winthrop), 8-2Gaal/Toth (WSU) def. Paula Takahoshi/Renata Caceres (Winthrop), 8-2