Oct. 14, 2007
Moraga, CA - Senior Jessica Hoath could not be stopped on her home court, defeating a handful of top players to advance to the final round of the SMC invitational Sunday afternoon. Hoath began her singles play against Gonzaga's Emily Anderson, defeating her opponent 6-2, 6-1, and advancing to the second round of the Blue Singles Division. Hoath was challenged in her second match, facing Santa Clara's Steph Galainena. Hoath pulled through at the end of the match, winning 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (12-10). The Australian native continued to gain momentum throughout the tourney, beating Bojana Bobusic of Cal 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Hoath who was a 13 seed in the division faced Stanford's Lindsey Burdette in the final match of the tournament. Burdette was the No. 1 seed in the invitational, and as of September 7th was ranked 16th in the country for Division I Women's Singles. Hoath's rhythm would not be stopped by the Cardinal, as she would go on to defeat Burdette in the tournament semi-finals. The win over Burdette is the biggest in Hoath's career. The finals would not be played due to weather delays on Friday.
Joining Hoath in her winning ways was senior counterpart Steph Ordoveza. Ordeveza won four straight matches to reach the finals of the Red Singles Division, defeating Portland's Stefanie Doolittle (6-3, 6-3), Davis' Emma Shapiro (6-1, 6-3), Santa Clara's Ashley Payne, and Pacific's Olga Gumenyuk.
Junior Marah Clavo won two consecutive matches for the Gaels in the Blue Singles Division. Calvo began play defeating Fresno State's Bruna Paes (6-3, 6-2) and San Francisco's Emma Taylor (7-5, 6-4). Freshman Alexandra Poorta won her first match as Gael, defeating Tamara Tanner of Loyola Marymount (6-2, 7-5).
Doubles pair Step Ordoveza and Marah Clavo swept through competition in the Blue Doubles division. The pair joined-up to beat San Francisco's Jenny Sperry and Mylene Martin 8-0, and continued to dominate the field defeating Santa Clara's Andrea Kwong and Ashley Pane 8-2. In the Red Division Feline Charlot and Kathryn Malec teamed up to defeat both Santa Clara and Sonoma State. The pair beat Myra Davoudi and Steph Galainena of Santa Clara 8-6, and Haley Hickock and Stefanie Luk of Sonoma State 8-4.
Saint Mary's women's tennis will return to action this weekend, October 19-21, at the ITA Regionals.