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Gallagher, Spaka tested at ITA All-American Championship

Oct 7, 2021

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Patricija Spaka and Sedona Gallagher were tested throughout the week at the ITA Women's All-American Championship, as each grappled with some of the nation's top collegiate players in Charleston, South Carolina.

In the opening round of 64, Gallagher, named the country's No. 61 singles player at the start of the preseason, cruised past NC State's Sophie Abrams, 4-6 6-1 6-4. Abrams is listed as the nation's No. 49 singles player, according to the ITA.

She fell in the next round, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, to Wake Forest's Anna Brylin, who was one of the top singles players for Wake Forest last season.

Spaka, who entered play as the country's No. 2 newcomer, was edged by Cal's Valentina Ivanov, 1-6, 6-3, 4-6 in her first match. Despite the first-round exit, Spaka held her own in a tough test against the Golden Bears' veteran, who has tallied 27 wins in singles play over the last two seasons.

In the back draw, Spaka cruised past LSU's Taylor Bridges in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Bridges, who played in the Tigers' No. 1 singles spot last spring, is ranked as the No. 43 singles player, per the ITA.

The Sun Devils are back in action October 21-25 for the ITA Regional Championships in San Diego, California.