Kummer Leads Spartans In Season-Opening Victory

The Spartan women’s tennis team opened up their season with a 7-0 clean sweep victory at Cal State Bakersfield on February 1. San Jose State was led by true freshman Kerri Kummer who, in her first collegiate dual-match experience, came away with a commanding straight set victory over Nefeli Diamanti 6-0, 6-0.

“I’m extremely proud of the way Kerri played today. She was great with her doubles partner, Anna Guzman, and then in her singles match she absolutely took off. This was a very impressive way for her to start out her college career here at San Jose State,” said head coach Anh-Dao Nguyen-Church.

The rest of the Spartan singles lineup: Amber Silverstone, Silvana Dukic, Olivia Marshall, Jennifer Williams, and Sanda Hadzisabic all beat their opponents in straight sets. Olivia Marshall was able to hold out in a solid matchup for both sets against Bakersfield’s Kaydee Graham 6-4, 6-4, and Sanda Hadzisabic battled through an 8-6 tie break to complete her straight set victory over Bakersfield’s Sara Mijwel.

Not only did the Spartans sweep the single dual matches, but the doubles matches as well. The pairings of Silverstone/Dukic, and Kummer/Guzman both won their matches with a score of 8-1, while the third team of Marshall/Williams won 8-0.

Coach Nguyen-Church gave this final comment about the team’s performance, “All our players did great from beginning to end today, and showed an incredible amount of focus. We might have seemed a little worried coming into the match, but I knew that we were well prepared. I am very impressed at the way we fought through today’s match.”

The Spartans couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2009 season, and the team will look to continue their success next week at home on Wednesday, February 4 against UC Santa Cruz at 2 p.m.

Final Score - San Jose State 7, Cal State Bakersfield 0

@Bakersfield, Calif.

February 1, 2009

Doubles Matches:

Amber Silverstone/Silvana Dukic (SJSU) def. Kirsty Jenkins/Kaydee Graham (CSUB) 8-1

Kerri Kummer/Anna Guzman (SJSU) def. Ashlee Tharneycroft/SaraMijwel (CSUB) 8-1

Olivia Marshall/Jennifer Williams (SJSU) def. Veronica Dimas/Nefeli Diamanti (CSUB) 8-0

Singles Matches:

Amber Silverstone (SJSU) def. Kirsty Jenkins (CSUB) 6-0, 6-3

Silvana Dukic (SJSU) def. Veronica Dimas (CSUB) 6-4, 6-0

Kerri Kummer (SJSU) def. Nefeli Diamanti (CSUB) 6-0, 6-0

Olivia Marshall (SJSU) def. Kaydee Graham (CSUB) 6-4, 6-4

Jennifer Williams (SJSU) def. Ashlee Thorneycroft (CSUB) 6-3, 6-1

Sanda Hadzisabic (SJSU) def. Sara Mijwel (CSUB) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)