Freshman Shines At Cal Nike Invitational

Berkeley, Calif. – In her first major college appearance, freshman Alexis Marquez turned in the best San Jose State performance with a pair of singles wins on the opening day of the Cal Nike Invitational.

Advancing to the semifinal round of the White bracket, Marquez took down Nevada’s Gabriela Eufrasio, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Then in the quarterfinal round, the freshman from San Diego handled Mil Hadzi-Tanovic of USF in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

Chau Truong will be competing in the blue consolation quarterfinals. After an opening round bye, Truong was defeated by Saint Mary’s Molly Aloia, 6-4, 6-2. Truong and Marquez are the only Spartans singles players left after the first day of competition.  

The Spartans' doubles teams couldn’t pull off a victory in the opening round but still are alive in the consolation bracket. Truong and Emily Prescott were downed by Warly/Cox of Santa Clara 8-6, and earlier Erica Medlin and Sabastiani Leon Chao played a close match against Fresno State’s Modoc/Kirpicheva, but came up on the losing end 9-7.

In his debut as head coach, Sylvain Malroux thought it was good to final see his team on the court.

“There are only so many thing you can correct in practice. Now, I can see them play competitively and adjust,” said Malroux.

The coach was proud of how his players fought on the first day.

“Obviously, the results matter to me, but the way they compete and identifying what needs to be improved is our main goal,” Malroux explained. “We want to be better in the Spring (2012) and these tournaments will do great things to help us improve.”

Cal NIKE Invitational
Berkeley, Calif.
September 30, 2011

Gold Singles Round 1:
Catherine Leduc (SM) def. Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) 6-4, 6-2
Gold Singles Consolation Round 1:
Iveta Masarova (PAC) def. Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) 6-3, 6-1
Blue Singles Round 1:
Chau Truong (SJSU) bye
Erica Medlin (SJSU) def. Meghan Sheehan Dzn (BYU) 6-2, 7-5
Blue Singles Round 2:
Molly Aloia (SM) def. Chau Truong (SJSU) 6-4, 6-2
Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Erica Medlin (SJSU) 6-4, 7-6 (6)
Blue Singles Consolation Round 2:
Chau Truong (SJSU) bye
White Singles Round 1:
Alexis Marquez (SJSU) def. Gabriela Eufrasio (NEV) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Catie Visico (CAL) def. Emily Prescott (SJSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
White Singles Quarterfinals
Alexis Marquez (SJSU) def. Mil Hadzi-Tanovic (USF) 6-4, 6-2
Blue Doubles Round 1
Warly/Cox (SC) def. Truong/Prescott (SJSU) 8-6
Modoc/Kirpicheva (FS) def. Medlin/Leon Chao (SJSU) 9-7
Saturday, October 1 match-ups

White Singles Semifinals

Alexis Marquez (SJSU) vs. Aubrey Paul (BYU)

Blue Singles Quarterfinals 

Chau Truong (SJSU) vs. Sophi Lohscheidt (SAC)
Blue Doubles Consolation
Truong/Prescott (SJSU) vs. Legendre/Stevens (NEV)
Medlin/Leon Chao (SJSU) vs. Sheehan Dzn/Anderson (BYU)