Feb. 3, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's tennis team defended their home court today against Nevada, though the victory came at a price. At the tail end of SCU's 5-2 victory at the Degheri Tennis Center, junior Kim Daniel twisted her ankle on match point and subsequently lost the point. After heavily taping her ankle, Daniel returned to the court and ultimately won the match despite her injury, clinching the dual match for the Broncos with her win. However, Daniel will be sidelined for an unknown amount of time to rehab her ankle.
"I'm really proud of Kim and how she hung tough towards the end. She's a really great competitor and we're really going to miss her presence out there. Hopefully she'll heal quickly and get back out there soon," said head coach Damon Coupe of the injured Daniel. "We knew Nevada was going to be a tough team to play. It was a good win for us and we're on a roll right now. We're looking to upset Santa Barbara tomorrow."
The afternoon started off with Santa Clara building an early 1-0 lead, as it got two wins after the doubles play. On Court 2, Myra Davoudi and Stephanie Galainena took out Myriam Bouchlaka and Fiorella Velez 8-3, while Erika Barnes and Casey Knutson downed Audrey Bardot and Bach-Lan Pham 8-4 at the No. 3 spot. Nevada prevented a Santa Clara sweep with Caroline Bailly and Kristen Davenport scored an 8-7 victory over Samantha Georgino and Kelly Leathers at the No. 1 position.
In singles, the Broncos easily swept matches on Courts 2 and 3 to go up 3-0, as Georgino dispatched Davenport 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 spot and Galainena took out Pham 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 3 position. And then right as Daniel was about to give her team the final point it needed, she rolled her ankle. However, she was able to grit through the pain and secure a 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Velez on Court 4. With the dual victory already assured, Knutson added to her team's total with her 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Bouchlaka at the No. 5 spot. Nevada registered wins at the No. 1 and 6 positions to account for the final total.
Santa Clara improves its record to 2-3 on the year and returns to action tomorrow morning when No. 69 UC Santa Barbara invades the Degheri Tennis Center. Game time is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Santa Clara 5, Nevada 2
Doubles (Santa Clara wins the doubles point)
1. Caroline Bailly/Kristen Davenport (NEV) def. Samantha Georgino/Kelly Leathers (SCU), 8-7
2. Myra Davoudi/Stephanie Galainena (SCU) def. Myriam Bouchlaka/Fiorella Velez (NEV), 8-3
3. Erika Barnes/ Casey Knutson (SCU) def. Audrey Bardot/Bach-Lan Pham (NEV), 8-4
1. Caroline Bailly (NEV) def. Kelly Leathers (SCU), 7-5, 6-1
2. Samantha Georgino (SCU) def. Kristen Davenport (NEV), 6-1, 6-0
3. Stephanie Galainena (SCU) def. Bach-Lan Pham (NEV), 6-2, 6-2
4. Kimberly Daniel (SCU) vs. Fiorella Velez (NEV), 6-0, 6-3
5. Casey Knutson (SCU) vs. Myriam Bouchlaka (NEV), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. Audrey Bardot (NEV) def. Erika Barnes (SCU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4