Oct. 2, 2006
(Berkeley, CA) - USF women's tennis kicked off the 2006-2007 season at the Cal Nike Invitational last weekend at Berkeley's Hellman Tennis Center. The Dons were matched against players from Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, Pacific, Stanford, UC Davis, Sacramento State, Long Beach State, and West Coast Conference competitors Santa Clara and St. Mary's.
In the Gold ranks, sophomore Mylene Martin and senior Camille Pamart both enjoyed wins early in the weekend. Martin defeated Long Beach State's Steph Bengson 2-6; 6-2; 6-2 and Pamart overpowered Robin Guier from UC Davis 6-0; 7-5 to advance. Pamart and Martin both faced top Cal players in the next match-up. Martin fell to second ranked Suzi Babos 6-0; 6-1, and Pamart was defeated by sixth ranked Stephanie Kusano 6-0; 6-0.
Junior Emma Taylor entered the consolation bracket in the Gold ranks after falling to Arizona State's fourth ranked Sabrina Capannolo 6-1; 6-1. In the first round, Taylor defeated Jenna Kappel from UC Davis 6-4; 6-0 and then advanced to the semifinals after St. Mary's Femke Strijbis forfeited the match in the quarterfinals. Taylor fell to St. Mary's Erin Young 6-3; 6-3 in the semifinal match-up.
In Gold doubles, Pamart and Martin fell to Daron Moore and Nina Henkel from Cal 8-2 and entered the consolation bracket where they defeated Sacramento State's Cecilia Helland and Karina Jarlkaganova 8-4 in the semifinal match. Pamart and Martin then overpowered Santa Clara's Kim Daniel and Myra Davoudi 8-4.
In the Blue ranks, junior Jenny Sperry enjoyed a strong start defeating Santa Clara's Kim Daniel 6-2; 3-6; 6-3. Sperry then overpowered Arizona State's Amanda Martin 6-4; 6-0 but was defeated by Cal's Claire Ilcinkas 6-1; 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
USF women's tennis returns to action in Moraga, CA at the St. Mary's Invitational October 13-15.