Sun Devils Take Second and Third Place on Final Day of 2005 ASU/Thunderbird Invitational

Nov. 6, 2005

Tempe, Ariz. -

Tournament Summary (with final bracket and results) in PDF Format

On the final day of the 11th annual ASU/Thunderbird Invitational, ASU's Rebecca Rankin (Purley, Surrey, England) took second place in the tournament and Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa) finished third, as the Sun Devil women's tennis team wrapped up its fall season.


The main draw was won by Jessica Shu of Michigan who bested Rankin 6-1, 6-2 in the final round of the tournament on Sunday afternoon. Clarke defeated Nina Yaftali of Michigan in the consolation round (6-2, 6-2). Both Clarke and Rankin posted 4-1 records for the Sun Devils over the weekend.


In other singles action, Sun Devil Kady Pooler (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) defeated Michigan's Chiko Sugiyama (6-2, 6-4) to improve to 3-1 over the three-day span and freshman Jessica Leitch (Dallas, Texas) won a come-from-behind victory over Michigan's Elizabeth Exon in an even, hard-fought match (5-7, 6-2, 6-4).


In doubles, the Sun Devil duo of Clarke and Pooler improved to 3-0 on the weekend, after defeating Katie Schurr and Susan McClelland from NAU (8-1). Sabrina Capannolo (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Laila Abdala (San Diego, Calif.) were also victorious, defeating Lindsay Howard and Allie Shafner of Michigan (8-3).


The ASU women's tennis team begins its regular season in January at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. on January 13-15, 2006. The Sun Devils then play their home opener of the spring season on January 21 in a match up against Texas.


DAY THREE RESULTS - Sunday, Nov. 6


Main Draw Championship Round

Jessica Shu (Mich) def. Rebecca Rankin (ASU) - 6-1, 6-2


Main Draw Consolation Round (3rd Place)

Roxanne Clarke (ASU) def. Nina Yaftali (Mich) - 6-2, 6-2


Maroon Consolation Bracket Final Round

Lindsay Howard (Mich) def. Ferdinanda Da Valle (KSU) - 6-3, 6-3


Sparky Consolation Bracket 5th Round

Maria Perevoschitova (KSU) def. Allie Shafner (Mich) - 6-3, 6-2

Monica Sly (Mich) def. Regan Newman (NAU) - 6-1, 6-4


Additional Singles Results

Laila Abdala (ASU) def. Tereza Prochazkova (KSU) - 6-4, 6-2

Vana Tomas (ASU) def. Katka Kudlackova (KSU) - 3-6, 6-3 (10-6 tiebreaker)

Kady Pooler (ASU) def. Chisako Sugiyama (Mich) - 6-2, 6-4

Debra Streifler (Mich) def. Katie Schurr (NAU) - 6-1, 6-4

Whitney Deason (Stan) def. Kara Delicata (Mich) - 6-3, 6-3

Jessica Leitch (ASU) def. Elizabeth Exon (Mich) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

Susan McClelland (NAU) def. Erika Schweyer (ASU) - 6-2, 6-1

Hala Sufi (Purdue) def. Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) - 6-2, 2-6, 6-2


Doubles Results

Deason/Durkin (Stan) def. Simosa/Klimova (KSU) - 8-4
Ilcinkas/Ravelojaona (Cal) def. Delicata/Exon (Mich) - 8-2

Sly/Yaftali (Mich) def. Tomas/Schweyer (ASU) - 8-4

Clarke/Pooler (ASU) def. Schurr/McClelland (NAU) - 8-1

Capannolo/Abdala (ASU) def. Howard/Shafner (Mich) - 8-3

Streifler/Sugiyama (Mich) def. ­­Leitch/Rankin (ASU) - 8-4





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