Oct. 29, 2007
Junior Mylene Martin wraps up the fall portion of the women's tennis season with a recap of the ITA Regionals held October 19-22 in Palo Alto, Calif.
I can't believe we already had our last tournament of the fall. Yes, it's already over for this semester. Time flies!
So, on Friday October, 19th, we left at the now usual 6:15 a.m. for the ITA Northwest Regional tournament held at Stanford. As we arrived everyone was already on the court warming-up and we felt overwhelmed with the amount of participants. The ITA Northwest Regional is a single draw of 128 players.
As the doubles started sophomore Jenni Lee-Heinser and freshman Cecilia Gratian paired and continued their good work from St Mary's, where they won the doubles title. They once again played a team from Stanford and once more, the match up Heinser-Gratian remained undefeated. They won their fifth straight match, 8-5. Unfortunately, the pair from Cal Poly, Brady and Markhoff, was too much and ended the nice series in a really close score, 8-6.
The pair of Sperry and Taylor, who used to team during the spring 2006, on the other hand didn't have the same luck of passing round one. As they were sent across the main courts, they fell against a team from Washington, 8-3.
At around 11 a.m., the doubles tournament was already over for the Dons, as we entered only two teams. Originally, three teams were supposed to play, but injuries got the better of us.
Now let's turn our focus to the singles tournament. The first one to finish was Jenni Heinser, as she asphyxiated her opponent with a 6-0, 6-0 or double bagel as we call it. The second round was another story, in every single way. Her opponent from Cal, a 5-4 counter-puncher, who takes every ball right after the bounce no matter what, was ranked tenth. But this doesn't impress Jenni, who went on the court and fought every point like it was the last one. After a pretty slow start, Heinser got into the match and came back from 5-1 to 5-4. But her opponent got herself back and won 6-4. Then, even after using every strategy she could think of, Heinser couldn't find the solution to reverse the situation. Even though the second set ended, 6-2, every game was really close with a lot of advantages. And to give you an idea of the difficulty she faced during the match, her opponent went to the finals
Freshman Cecilia Gratian, also had a really good first match. She crushed her opponent from Santa Clara 6-1, 6-0. She really played a solid match with a lot of winners. But, like Jenni, her second round was a different story. Gratian had to play the number six seed from Fresno State. Even though it was really tough, the energizer bunny didn't keep her energy bottled up inside giving everything she had. The sixth seed was too strong and with a 6-2, 6-0 she put an end to Cecilia's tournament.
Senior Emma Taylor won a really convincing first round as she beat a girl from UC Davis in two straight sets 6-3, 6-3. The match, that went on for almost two hours, was pretty intense as both opponents were hitting the ball really hard. But Emma overpowered her opponent and advanced to the second round. Here again, it was a really tough match against a freshman from Cal. The first set was really close but Emma couldn't pull it out and lost it, 6-4. The second set was a lot harder for Taylor, who may have used her best effort in set one. So she had to leave with a hard loss, 6-4, 6-0
The last one to play, junior Sarah Oudomvilay, had two heartbreaking matches over the weekend. As she was only competing for the second time in seven months, the tournament was a tough way to come back. She started really well as she won the first set 6-3 with really nice passing-shots. But as every athlete knows, coming back from a long injury is not easy. As she was leading 2-0 in the second set she watched her opponent fight back and win 2-6. She had to leave the court with an upsetting loss in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 0-6.
That was the end of the first day.
On the second day, only Sarah was back on the court. And here again the three sets didn't go her way with a really close 6-4, 4-6, 5-10 against Santa Clara.
Here it is, the end of the women's tennis season for the fall. But the Lady Dons will be back in January for more exciting matches and a lot of fun. So come watch us! Take note on your calendars as we only have five home contests!
Special thank you to Hilary's parents and Kristen for coming out and watching us this weekend.