Tennis Ready To Start Fall Season Friday

San Jose State’s women’s tennis team will start its 2011 Fall season this Friday, September 30 when they travel to Berkeley, Calif., to play in The Cal Nike Invitational.

This is the second year the Spartans will play in the highly-competitive tournament. Last year, then-freshman Sabastiani Leon Chao won one of the three consolation singles bracket championships.

The Cal Nike Invitational, held at the Hellman Tennis Complex and Channing Tennis Courts, hosts some of the nation’s best collegiate women's tennis. There will be 12 top-100 singles players and five ranked doubles teams are among the 13 schools in the tournament, which includes the host Cal,San Jose State, Arizona State, BYU, Fresno State, Nevada, Pacific, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, Santa Clara, UC Davis, and USC. 

The tournament structure will be two 32-woman singles flights (Gold and Blue) and one 16-woman singles flight (White), as well as two 16-team doubles flights (Gold and Blue) and one eight-team doubles flight (White).

Leon Chao will play in the singles blue flight. Chau Truong and first-year player Erica Medlin will compete in the singles gold flight. Freshman Alexis Marquez and Emily Prescott will play in the white flight.

The Spartans will also send two doubles teams, Truong/Prescott, and Medlin/Leon Chao, to play in the blue flight.

Head coach Sylvain Malroux will be making his San Jose State debut this weekend. This is the fifth straight year the former Nevada Wolfpack women's head coach has taken a team to the tournament. 

Play begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30th. Championship matches will take place in the afternoon on Sunday, October 2nd.