El Sayed Secures Consolation Title
SAN FRANCISCO — Colorado tennis transfer Aya El Sayed secured the Battle In The Bay Classic singles consolation championship here Sunday to close out her first weekend as a Buff.
El Sayed took on Tomi Main of Pacific in the final singles match for Colorado. The junior took the opening set 6-4, then fell in the second in a close 7-5 set. El Sayed outlasted her opponent 10-4 in the prostyle tiebreaker.
El Sayed showed resilience all weekend, competing in three-set in all but one of her five matches. Both her and Antonia Balzert played tough, winning at least one set against every opponent they faced.
Balzert's singles exhibition match was not competed, but her and El Sayed played against Main and her teammate in a doubles exhibition match. The Buff duo took the win 6-4.
"We got exactly what we hoped to get out of this weekend," said head coach Anthony Pham. "Played a ton of tennis against high level competition and it was encouraging to see us get better match to match. Proud of the way both Aya and Toni competed. We will take a couple of days to rest and recover and look forward to getting back after it next weekend. Go Buffs!"
The Buffaloes separate into two squads next week with Betina Tokac, Carri Hayes, Anya Nelson and Ellen Puzak competing in CSU while Balzert, El Sayed, Elys Ventura and Mila Stanojevic head to San Diego.
Singles Round of 32
Kayla Wilkins (UA) def. Aya El Sayed (COLO) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
Maria Martinez Vaquero (USF) def. Antonia Balzert (COLO) 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
Singles Consolation Round of 16
Balzert (COLO) def. Jittakoat (CSF) 3-6, 7-5, (11-9)
El Sayed (COLO) def. Costache (KU) 6-4, 3-6, (10-8)
Singles Consolation Quarterfinals
Manyoma Velasquez (KU) def. Balzert (COLO) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, (10-6)
El Sayed (COLO) def. Rodilosso (USC) 6-3, 6-3
Singles Consolation Semifinals
El Sayed (COLO) def. Gallagher (ASU) 7-6(3), 3-6, 10-4
Singles Consolation Championship
El Sayed (COLO) def. Main (PAC) 6-4, 5-7, 10-4
Doubles Round of 16
Grand/Vidmanova (UG) def. Balzert/El Sayed (COLO) 8-3
Balzert/El Sayed (COLO) def. Main/Sam (PAC) 6-4