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Women's Tennis Kicks off ASU Thunderbird Invite

Nov 8, 2013

By Miranda Perez, SDA Media Relations

TEMPE, Ariz.-The Arizona State women’s tennis team kicked off its first day of action at the 2013 ASU Thunderbird Invitational at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz. 

Sophomore Stephanie Vlad and junior Leighann Sahagun were the only Sun Devils to win two singles matches to move on to compete in the main draw’s quarterfinals.

Head coach Sheila McInerney said after the day’s final match, “Kudos to both Stephanie and Leighann. I thought they both played really well.”

In the first round of play, Vlad beat BYU’s Morgan Anderson in two sets 6-2, 6-0, and Sahagun beat Kansas State’s Iva Bago in two sets 6-1, 6-2. Both Sun Devils went on to win in two sets again in the round of 16 and will compete in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Sophomore Desirae Krawczyk won her first match in the round of 32, but she was defeated in three sets by Cal’s Maegan Manasse in the round of 16.

The rest of the Sun Devil tennis team, including Gussie O’Sullivan, Joanna Smith and Kassidy Jump, fell in the opening round.

“Overall as a team, I was a little disappointed. I don’t think we played as well as we probably could have,” McInerney said. She added, “A couple of the kids were sort of up and down. They played some good points, but they just didn’t sustain it as long as they needed to.”

In the doubles matches, Sahagun and freshman Kassidy Jump were defeated by Cal 8-5. However, Vlad and Smith defeated BYU 8-7 (10-8) and the duo of O’Sullivan and Krawczyk defeated Fresno State 8-2.

McInerney said, “I thought we played pretty well in doubles today. They’re putting the ball in the right spots, which is really the key for doubles.”

Day two of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational will begin on Saturday with doubles action starting at 8:30 a.m. MT and singles starting at 9:30 a.m. MT. Admission and parking for the tournament is free all weekend.


Anett Schutting/Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. Leighann Sahagun/Kassidy Jump (ASU) 8-5
Stephanie Vlad/Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Mayci Jones/Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) 8-7 (10-8)
Gussie O’Sullivan/Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. Aishwarya Agrawal/Tanya Murtagh (FS) 8-2
Amina St. Hill/Livia Cirnu (KSU) def. Morgan Anderson (BYU)/Sara Remynse (Mich) 8-4
Klara Fabikova/Lynn Chi (Cal) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Maria Panaite (KSU) 8-2
Toby Miclat/Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Alice Duranteau/Cecilia Estlander (Cal) 8-2
Denise Starr/Kelly Chui (Cal) def. Laura Ucros/Amy Zhu (Mich) 8-1
Iva Bago/Palma Juhasz (KSU) def. Annie Weirda/Kristen Dodge (Mich) 8-6

Round of 32

No. 1 Anett Schutting (Cal) def. Kristen Dodge (Mich) 6-3, 6-1
Mayci Jones (BYU) def. Gussie O’Sullivan (ASU) 1-3, 6-3, 6-2
Amy Zhu (Mich) def. Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) 6-3, 6-1
Denise Starr (Cal) def. Maria Panaite (KSU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. Sara Remynse (Mich) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Palma Juhasz (KSU) def. Joanna Smith (ASU) 6-3, 6-1
Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Morgan Anderson (BYU) 6-2, 6-0
Kelly Chui (Cal) def. Amina St. Hill (KSU) 6-0, 6-2
Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Iva Bago (KSU) 6-1, 6-2
Laura Ucros (Mich) def. Alice Duranteu (Cal) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
Nicolette Tran (BYU) def. Tanya Murtagh (FS) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 Klara Fabikova (Cal) def. Livia Cirnu (KSU) 6-0, 6-3
Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. Toby Miclat (BYU) 6-4, 6-1
Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. Annie Weirda (Mich) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Kassidy Jump (ASU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Cecilia Estlander (Cal) 6-1, 6-2 

Round of 16

No. 1 Anett Schutting (Cal) def. Mayci Jones (BYU)
Denise Starr (Cal) def. Amy Zhu (Mich) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. Palma Juhasz (KSU) 6-0, 6-2
Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Kelly Chui (Cal) 6-3, 6-3
Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Laura Ucros (Mich) 6-1, 7-6
No. 3 Klara Fabikova (Cal) def. Nicolette Tran (BYU)
Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 ret.
No. 2 Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) 6-4, 6-4 

Sparky Draw 1st Round Consolation Bracket

Kristen Dodge (Mich) W/O
Maria Panaite (KSU) def. Aubria Solares (ASU) 6-1, 6-1
Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Sara Remynse (Mich) 6-4, 6-4
Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Amina St. Hill (KSU) 6-3, 6-3
Alice Duranteu (Cal) def. Iva Bago (KSU) 6-0, 6-2
Livia Cirnu (KSU) def. Tanya Murtagh (FS) 6-2, 6-1
Toby Miclat (BYU) def. Annie Weirda (Mich) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
Cecilia Estlander (Cal) def. Kassidy Jump (ASU) 7-5, 6-3