Huskies Start Strong At SMC Invitational
Oct. 10, 2008
MORAGA, Calif. - The Husky women's tennis team had a very strong first day of play at the SMC Invitational hosted by St. Mary's. Washington's two freshmen each earned their first career singles wins at the Korth Tennis Complex.
Freshman Denise Dy (San Jose, Calif.), the No. 4 seed in the top singles flight, handled Florence DeVrye of Nevada, 6-3, 6-3. She was joined in the second round by junior Aleksandra Malovic (Apeldoorn, Netherlands), who cruised against Megan Sporndli of Portland, 6-2, 6-2.
Also in the top flight--dubbed the 'Red' flight--new sophomore Lina Xu, a transfer from Jacksonville came up shy against St. Mary's Claire Soper, 6-2, 6-4 and junior Joyce Ardies (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was defeated by the tournament's top-seed Jenni Heinser of San Francisco, 6-0, 6-4. Heinser is ranked 62nd in singles.
Ardies would get revenge against Heinser in doubles, as she and Xu defeated Heinser and Gratian in the first round of the Red doubles draw, then defeated a Nevada duo to advance to the semifinals. They will play Stanford's Carolyn McVeigh and Logan Hansen in the semis tomorrow.
Husky freshman Samantha Smith (Los Angeles, Calif.) could not have fared any better in her collegiate debut, as she blanked Olivia Marshall of San Jose State, 6-0, 6-0 in the White draw. Sophomore Aleksandra Krsljanin (Belgrade, Serbia) was also victorious in the secondary draw, winning 7-5, 6-2 over Steph Galainena of Santa Clara.
Krlsjanin and Smith would also advance together into the semifinals of the White doubles draw. After a first round bye, they posted an 8-4 victory over Zamudio and Legaspi of UC Davis.
Play continues through the weekend at St. Mary's, beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day.
Washington Women's Tennis
10/10/08 - St. Mary's College
Korth Tennis Complex
Red Singles Draw - First Round
(4) Denise Dy (UW) def. Florence DeVrye (Nev), 6-3, 6-3
Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Megan Sporndli (Port), 6-2, 6-2
(1) Jenni Heinser (USF) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 6-0, 6-4
Claire Soper (SMC) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-2, 6-4
White Singles Draw - First Round
Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW) def. Steph Galainena (SCU), 7-5, 6-2
Samantha Smith (UW) def. Olivia Marshall (SJSU), 6-0, 6-0
Jessica Harris (UCD) def. Vanja Radunovic (UW), 6-4, 6-4
Blue Singles Draw - First Round
Kelly Buckley (SCU) def. Lauren Summers (UW), 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Red Doubles Draw - First Round
(3) Ardies/Xu (UW) def. Gratian/Heinser (USF), 8-6
Malovic/Radunovic (UW) def. Sporndli/Fuchs (Port), 8-3
(3) Ardies/Xu (UW) def. DeVrye/Ogata (Nev), 8-6
Baca/Sarkisian (Sac St) def. Malovic/Radunovic (UW), 8-4
White Doubles Draw - First Round
Krsljanin/Smith (UW), Bye
Krsljanin/Smith (UW) def. Zamudio/Legaspi (UCD), 8-4