Huskies Pick Up 12 Wins on Day One of St. Mary’s Invitational

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MORAGA, Calif. – The University of Washington women’s tennis team continued its strong fall play as it totaled 12 wins on the first day of the 2014 St. Mary’s Invitational. The Huskies advanced seven student-athletes in singles play while three doubles pairs earned a total of five victories.

Two doubles pairs moved on to the quarterfinals led by fourth-seeded junior Elianne Douglas-Miron and freshman Miki Kobayashi, who were playing together for the first time. The duo picked up 8-4 wins over St. Mary’s (round of 16) and California (quarterfinals) to earn a spot in the semifinals of the red bracket.

Another new doubles pair that head coach Robin Stephenson tested out on Friday was senior Julija Lukac and senior Riko Shimizu who breezed through to the semifinals of the white bracket after earning 8-3 and 8-4 wins.

In the main draw of the red singles bracket all three Huskies playing moved on led by second-seeded Douglas-Miron. The junior outlasted Santa Clara’s Nabila Farah 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Sixth-seeded Lukac earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jaimee Gilbertson of Santa Barbara while Grace Ysidora battled hard for a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (0) victory over Anneka Watts of Fresno State.

Three Huskies also advanced to the round of 16 in the white singles bracket with straight-set victories. Top-seeded Kobayashi handled Pacific’s Cristina Saenz de Buruaga Ruiz, 6-2, 6-3 while second-seed Angela Chen knocked off Cal Poly’s Zoe Oedekerk 6-2, 6-3 and Shimizu posted a 6-0, 6-3 defeat over UC Davis’ Tiffany Pham. In the blue singles bracket of 16, Natalie Allen also advanced after losing just one game in her 6-1, 6-0 win over Priscilla Garcia of Santa Barbara.

Play is schedule to continue on Saturday and start times will be TBA due to weather that could possibly move into the area early Saturday morning.

ITA Red Singles – Round of 32
Grace Ysidora def. Anneka Watts (Fresno State), 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (0)
Julija Lukac (6) def. Jaimee Gilbertson (Santa Barbara), 6-3, 6-4
Elianne Douglas-Miron (2) def. Nabila Farah (Santa Clara), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

ITA White Singles – Round of 32
Miki Kobayashi (1) def. C. Saenz DeBuruaga (Pacific), 6-2, 6-3
Angela Chen (2) def. Zoe Oedekerk (Cal Poly), 6-2, 6-3
Riko Shimizu def. Tiffany Pham (UC Davis), 6-0, 6-3
Julianna Bacelar (3) (San Jose State) def. Sophia Bott, 6-1, 6-2

ITA Blue Singles – Round of 16
Natalie Allen def. Priscilla Garcia (Santa Barbara), 6-1, 6-0

ITA Red Doubles – Quarterfinals
Elianne Douglas-Miron/Miki Kobayashi (4) def. Karla Popovic/Lyann Joang (California), 8-4

ITA Red Doubles – Round of 16
Elianne Douglas-Miron/Miki Kobayashi (4) def. Catherine Leduc/Jamie Pawid (St. Mary’s), 8-4

ITA White Doubles – Quarterfinals
Julija Lukac/Riko Shimizu def. Stephanie Lin (Cal)/Samantha Martino (UC Davis), 8-4
Anna Nau/Tori Trylovich (Sacramento State) def. Angela Chen/Grace Ysidora (2), 8-5

ITA White Doubles – Round of 16
Angela Chen/Grace Ysidora (2) def. Alex Bourguignon/Sissi Koehler (Gonzaga), 8-4
Julija Lukac/Riko Shimizu def. Katie Edwards/Samantha Polayes (Gonzaga), 8-3


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