October 14, 2005

Broncos Compete Well at the SMC College Invitational

Oct. 14, 2005

Moraga, Calif. - Casey Knutson has not played college tennis in over a year, taking last season off to recuperate from a nagging leg injury.  The Saint Mary's College Invitational provided her a chance to show head coach Damon Coupe that she still has what it takes to compete at a high level.  After winning her first two matches, Knutson advanced to the quarterfinals of the Red Division, where Kim Daniel joined her in the Final Eight.  Overall, five of the seven players entered won their first round match.

"The team played extremely well," said head coach Damon Coupe. "Our players won the matches they were supposed to win and for the ones in which they entered as the underdog, they pushed them to the limit. I'm extremely happy with our competitiveness this early on in the season."

In the Blue Division, Stephanie Galainena and Erika Barnes won their first round match in straight sets, but fell to seeded players in the next round. In addition to Daniel and Knutson, Myra Davoudi advanced out of the first round of the Red Division. In the White Division, Ashley Lester lost in the Round of 16.

In doubles action, Barnes and Knutson teamed up to move on to the quarterfinals of the Blue Division, though Davoudi and Galainena lost in the Round 16. In the Red Division, Daniel and Herrmann were victorious in the Round of 16, though the duo of Lester and Miracle were not as fortunate, bowing out in the same round.

The Broncos will return to the court tomorrow morning in the second day of the Saint Mary's College Invitational.

Santa Clara Results from the Saint Mary's College Invitational

Blue Division
Singles Main Draw
Round of 32

Galainena (SCU) def. Sperry (USF), 6-4, 6-4
Barnes (SCU) def. Soltysik (POR), 6-4, 7-5

Round of 16

No. 4 Kostenko (PAC) def. Galainena (SCU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Bobusic (CAL) def. Barnes (SCU), 6-3, 6-0

Doubles Main Draw
Round of 32

Barnes/ Knutson (SCU) def. Sperry/Taylor (USF), 9-7
Macedo/Pamart (USF) def. Davoudi/Galainena (SCU), 8-1

Round of 16

Bobusic/Licinkas (CAL) def. Barnes/Knutson (SCU), 8-4

Red Division
Singles Main Draw
Round of 32

Daniel (SCU) def. Mok (UCD), 6-2, 6-1
Macedo (USF) def. Herrmann (SCU), 6-4, 6-2
Knutson (SCU) def. Callan (UCD), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
Davoudi (SCU) def. Keihn (SON), 6-4, 6-3

Round of 16

Daniel (SCU) def. Schneider (PAC), 6-0, 6-3
Knutson (SCU) def. SJSU W 6-1, 6-1
Oudomvilay (USF) def. Davoudi (SCU), 6-0, 6-7, 6-2

Singles Consolation Draw
Round of 16

Herrmann (SCU) def. Buck (SON), 6-4, 7-5

Doubles Main Draw
Round of 16

Daniel/Herrmann (SCU) def. Buck/Malinsky (SON), 8-1
Hadzisabic/Larijani (SJSU) def. Miracle/Lester (SCU), 8-5

White Division
Singles Main Draw
Round of 16

Lester (SCU) vs. Amy Piepenbrink (SON), 6-1, 6-1