Truong Leads Spartans At NIKE Invitational Tennis

Berkeley, Calif.-----Senior Chau Truong won a pair of singles matches to advance to the quarterfinal round in the one of the three brackets at the NIKE Invitational women's tennis tournament.

            Truong, seeded fourth in her division, was a straight-set winner over Santa Clara University's Jessica Agra, 6-2, 6-1 and then returned later in the day to defeat teammate Erica Medlin in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

            It was a busy day for the 4-foot-10 three-time letterwinner. She and Medlin, a sophomore, teamed in a first-round doubles match and lost to the University of San Francisco combo of Sofia Holmberg and Yurie Hashiguchi, 8-4.

            All four Spartan singles entries won at least one match in the championship bracket. Sebastiani Leon Chao, newcomer Julianna Bacelar and Medlin advanced to the round of 16 before losing.

            "We did a good job in singles. Everyone won in the first round and we competed well for the first tournament of the year," said San Jose State second-year coach Sylvain Malroux. "I want to give a special mention to Chau, who is in the quarterfinals.

            "Due to a few injuries, we had to change our doubles teams. It was really challenging. We'll have to do a better job there getting ready, but I believe we will be better in the next tournament."

            San Jose State's other doubles pair of Bacelar and Leon Chao also lost a first round match.

            Play continues September 29 with Truong bidding to advance to the championship semifinals in her division and the other entries competing in consolation bracket action. The three-day tournament concludes Sunday, September 30.

NIKE Invitational Women's Tennis Tournament
Berkeley, Calif.

September 28 results

Gold ITA Singles -- Round of 32
Sabastiani Leon-Chao (SJSU) d. Katharina Knoebl (Sacramento State), 6-1;6-1.
Gold ITA Singles -- Round of 16
Jade Frampton (Saint Mary's) d. Sabastiani Leon-Chao (SJSU) 5-7; 6-3; 6-2.

Gold ITA Doubles -- Round of 16
Hannah James - Joanna Smith (Arizona State) d. Julianna Bacelar - Sabastiani Leon-Chao (SJSU), 8-2

 Blue ITA Singles -- Round of 32
Julianna Bacelar (SJSU) d. SAC JenniferNguyen (Sacramento State), 6-2; 6-3
Chau Truong[4] (SJSU) d. SC Jessica Agra  (Santa Clara), 6-2; 6-1
Erica Medlin (SJSU) d. Layla Sanders (UC Davis), 2-6; 6-3;6-3

 Blue ITA Singles -- Round of 16
Bianca Modoc[3] (Fresno State) d. Julianna Bacelar (SJSU),  6-0;6-0
Chau Truong[4] (SJSU) d. Erica Medlin (SJSU) 6-4;2-6;6-4

Blue ITA Doubles -- Round of 16
Sofia Holmberg - Yurie Hashiguchi (USF) d. Chau Truong - Erica
Medlin (SJSU)  8-4.