Bronco Women's Tennis Finish Successful ITA Regional Championships
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Bronco's women's tennis team participated in the ITA Northwest Regional Championships held at Stanford University over the weekend. Although Katie Le was expected to be one of the tournament favorites, Le was not able to compete due to an injury that cost her to withdrew from St. Mary's Invitational two weeks ago.
The Bronco will take time off before playing in the Cal Winter Invite starting January 18th and their first official match will be against UC Santa Cruz on January 26th.
With Le missing, seven players of the Broncos competed against some of the top players in collegiate tennis at Stanford at the ITA Regionals.
Jessica Agra played doubles with Alex Zaniewski and dropped their match against Cal's Estlander and Posylkin 8-5. Agra lost to Cal Poly's Louise Oxnevad 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of singles, but gained a win against Pacific's Regina Suarez 6-3, 6-2 in the consolation round on Saturday.
Kelly Lamble had a smooth match against East Washington's Helon Ricks, winning 6-0, 6-0 in the first round. Lamble lost in second round, but was successful in the consolation round where she defeated Gonzaga's Melanie Yates 6-3, 6-4. Lamble and doubles partner Maggie McGeorge lost in round of 16 against Jullien and leitz of St. Mary's 8-5.
"Kelly had a nice tournament both in singles and doubles," said Bronco head coach Ben Cabell. "She and Maggie have started off the fall playing well in doubles together and showing great leadership on and off the court."
Stephanie Skaras had a busy weekend, playing four matches; three singles and one doubles. Skaras won two matches before joining the consolation draw. In the main draw, she defeated a player from USF and another from Eastern Washington to advance to the next round, where she lost against Elianne Douglas-Miron of University of Washington 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. She defeated Samantha Polayes from Gonzaga in a long, hard-fought battle in the consolation round on Sunday, 7-6(2); 6-7(4); 1-0.
Skaras and her doubles partner Nicolette Wolny played hard against Stanford's Dillon/Hardebeck but were defeated 9-8(2).
"Stephanie had a nice tournament as well," said Cabell. "She put together a 3-1 record this weekend in singles and competed well. Since joining our team last January she has been a really nice addition. She has a lot of toughness and fight to the team."
Although the pair lost to McQueen and Modoc of Fresno State in doubles consolation on Saturday, Wolny advanced in the singles consolation draw after defeating Ryann Warmer from Eastern Washington 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday.
Zaniewski had a tough match up against Stanford's Lindsey Kostats and lost 6-4, 6-2 in the first round.