Jessica Leitch Advances to Finals of the Freeman Memorial Tennis Championships

Jan. 12, 2008

LAS VEGAS - Senior Jessica Leitch of the No. 19 Arizona State women's tennis team went undefeated Saturday to place herself in the finals of flight two singles in the Freeman Memorial Tennis Championships. She will face Florida's Lolita Frangulyan in the final day of action.

Leitch defeated UNLV's Anna Maskaljun, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the quarterfinals and then went on to top fellow Sun Devil Ashlee Brown, 6-1, 6-3, in the semifinals.

Also competing in the flight two singles quarterfinals were Brown, who defeated Siobhan Cavan of Oregon by default, and freshman Lauren Megale, who picked up a win against Jennifer Yen of Stanford, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8).

Sophomore Amanda Martin competed in the consolation round Saturday. First, she defeated Stephanie Macfarlane of Oregon by default, and then went on to upend UCLA's Stephanie Wetmore, 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6).

In the quarterfinals of the flight one singles consolation round, freshman Kelcy McKenna defeated teammate Laila Abdala by default and then went on to defeat UCLA's Alex McGoodwin, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8), in the semifinals.

In added singles matches, Brown was victorious versus Oregon's Carmen Serementa, 6-1, 6-1, but (8) Nadia Abdala came up short against Krisit Miller of No. 1 Georgia Tech, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

In flight one doubles, ASU's combination of Wendy Pilecka/McKenna was victorious over Oregon's Ana Cecelia Olivos/Carmen Serementa, 8-2, and move on to face the UCLA duo of Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore on Sunday.

Brown/Megale tabbed a win for ASU in flight two doubles as they defeated Nikol Dimitrova/Adrienn Hidvegi of UNLV, 8-1.

The final day of the sixth annual Freeman Memorial Tennis Championships will start with doubles at 10 a.m. PST followed by singles at noon PST Sunday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas.

Day Two Sun Devil Results

Flight One Consolation Singles

Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Laila Abdala (ASU) by default

Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)

Flight Two Singles

Jessica Leitch (ASU) def. Anna Maskaljun (UNLV) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
Ashlee Brown (ASU) def. Siobhan Cavan (UO) by default
Lauren Megale (ASU) def. Jennifer Yen (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)

Jessica Leitch (ASU) def. Ashlee Brown (ASU) 6-1, 6-3
Lolita Frangulyan (UF) def. Lauren Megale (ASU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Amanda Martin (ASU) def. Stephanie Macfarlane (UO) by default
Amanda Martin (ASU) def. Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6)

Added Singles Matches:
Kristi Miller (GT) def. (8) Nadia Abdala (ASU) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
Ashlee Brown (ASU) def. Carmen Serementa (UO) 6-1, 6-1

Flight One Doubles

Williams/Maskaljun (UNLV) def. (1) L. Abdala/N. Abdala (ASU) by defaut
Pilecka/McKenna (ASU) def. Ana Cecelia Olivos/Serementa (UO) 8-2

Flight Two Doubles

Brown/Megale (ASU) def. Dimitrova/Hidvegi (UNLV) 8-1

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