September 24, 2005

Women's Tennis Kicks Season Off at Bulldog Classic

Sept. 24, 2005

Fresno, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's tennis team opened up the 2005-06 season at the 11th Annual Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif., hosted by Fresno State University.  Four Santa Clara players made it into the Round of 32, led by seeded players Kelly Leathers (No. 11) and Samantha Georgino (No. 13).

As seeded players, Leathers and Georgino received first-round byes. Erika Barnes and Kim Daniel joined their teammates into the Round of 32 after winning their first-round matches. Stephanie Hermann, Stephanie Galainena, and Myra Davoudi lost in the Round of 64.

Leathers won her match-up in the Round of 32, but her three teammates were not so fortunate. Leathers had an easy time with Sacramento State's Irina Taranenko, while Barnes was defeated by No. 8 Samantha Waller of Cal Poly, Daniel dropped her match against top-seeded Margaret Kharnaukova of Sacramento State, and Georgino was injured in contest with Bruna Paes of Fresno State and retired from the match.

In doubles action, both SCU teams advanced to the Round of 16. Daniel and Davoudi defeated Nevada's Audrey Bardot and Nawchali DeSilva, 9-7, while Barnes and Georgino teamed up to put away San Jose State's Elke Harms and Silvana Dukic, 8-5. In the following round, both teams were defeated. Daniel and Davoudi lost to Fresno State's Katherine Winterhalter and Lucia Sainz, 8-2, and Barnes and Georgino dropped an 8-4 decision to Natalia Kostenko and Vana Mrazovic. Leathers and Galainena had a bye into the Round of 16, but fell 8-6 to Angelina Minova and Anna Karakaveya.

Singles Main Draw
Round of 32

No. 11 Kelly Leathers (SCU) d. Irina Taranenko (SS), 6-1, 6-1
Bruna Paes (FS) d. No.13 Samantha Georgino (SCU), 6-4, 1-0 Ret. (inj)
No. 8 Samantha Waller (CP) d. Erika Barnes (SCU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 1 Margaret Kharnaukhova (SS) d. Kim Daniel (SCU), 6-2, 6-0

Round of 64

No. 11 Kelly Leathers (SCU), bye
No. 13 Samantha Georgino (SCU), bye
Carla Tamborini (P) d. Stephanie.Galainena (SCU), 6-1, 6-0
Svetlana Pirmenova (SS) d. Stephanie Hermann (SCU), 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Erika Barnes (SCU) d. Amber Eastes (FS), 6-0, 6-0
Bach-Lan Pham (N) d. Myra Davoudi (SCU), 7-5, 6-4
Kim Daniel (SCU) d. Helen Schneider (P), 6-4, 6-2

Singles Consolation
First Round

Stephanie Galainena (SCU) d. FS Danielle Kjar (FS), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles Main Draw
Round of 16

Katherine Winterhalter/Lucia Sainz (FS) d. Kim Daniel/Myra Davoudi (SCU), 8-2
Angelina Minova/Anna Karakaveya (FP) d. Kelly Leathers/Stephanie Galainena (SCU), 8-6
Natalia Kostenko/Vana Mrazovic (P) d. Erika Barnes/Samantha Georgino (SCU), 8-4

Round of 32

Kelly Leathers/Steph.Galainena (SCU), bye
Erika Barnes/Samantha Georgino (SCU) d. Elke Harms/Silvana Dukic (SJS), 8-5
Kim Daniel/Myra Davoudi (SCU) d. Audrey Bardot/Nawchali DeSilva (N), 9-7