Oct. 15, 2007
MORAGA, CALIF - San Francisco's pairing of freshman Cecilia Gratian and sophomore Jenni Heinser topped Stanford's Carolyn McVeigh and Jen Yen, 8-5, to take the Saint Mary's Invitational Doubles title Sunday. The tournament was a big success for USF as along with Gratian and Heinser's victory, the Dons had four individuals make at least the quarterfinal round.
On way to their first place win over the Cardinal, Gratian and Heinser defeated Pacific's Jolanta Twarowska and Olga Gumenyuk, 8-6, Fresno State's Danon Beatty and Vanessa Heroux, 8-4, and UC Davis' Anita Athavale and Herzyl Legaspi, 8-1.
Heinser also made the semi-finals in singles but had to pull from her match versus Loyola Marymount's Pavia due to injury. Working her way to the round of four, Heinser won matches versus Portland's Megan Sporndil (6-1, 6-2), Pacific's Twarowska (6-2, 6-3) and Saint Mary's Marah Calvo (6-2, 6-0).
Senior Jenny Sperry joined Heinser with an appearance in the semis. Sperry began her time at the tournament defeating Loyola Marymount's Bliss Nixon, 6-4, 6-1, then tokk UC Davis' Sidney Brady, 7-6, 7-5. Sperry then won a three-set match versus Portland Ann Gullikson, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9) before losing 7-6, 6-1, to LMU's Tina Razloznik.
Gratian and junior Mylene Martin both made the quarterfinals in singles before losing 6-0, 6-0 to LMU's Pavia and 6-2, 6-2 to Stanford's Lindsey Burdette, respectively. Gratian's path was made with victories over Santa Clara's Myra Davoudi (6-1, 6-2) and Fresno State's Vanessa Heroux (0-6, 6-3,1-0(10-3)). Martin defeated UC Davis' Herzyl Legaspi (4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5)) and Fresno State's Danon Beatty (6-4, 7-5).
USF next competes in the ITA Regional Championship in Palo Alto, Calif., October 19-22.