Guzman & Williams Lead Spartans At Saint Mary's Tennis

Moraga, Calif.----- Anna Guzman and Jennifer Williams both posted singles triumphs in championship bracket competition for San Jose State in the first day of the three-day Saint Mary’s College Invitational women’s tennis tournament.

    Guzman, a sophomore from San Jose, topped UC Davis’ Jenna Kappel in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.  Williams, a junior from Elmhurst, Ill., beat Amber Abdallah of Pacific, 6-0, 7-6 with a 7-4 tie-breaker.

    “Anna and Jenn had a good week of practice and they came out confident,” said San Jose State coach Anh-Dao Nguyen-Church. “I thought Jenn played well. She won the first set and then pulled out the tie-breaker.

    The doubles pair of Amber Silverstone and Olivia Marshall picked up the Spartans’ third win in championship bracket action on San Jose State’s season-opening tournament with an 8-5 win over Pacific’s Kateryna Nezhura and Svenja Arens. The Spartans’ top doubles tandem battled Santa Clara’s Ashley Pane and Steph Galainena before falling, 9-7, in a quarterfinal round match.

    Guzman and Williams continue championship singles competition on October 11.

    The Spartans have two doubles combinations left in the consolation bracket. The duo of Sanda Hadzisabic and Silvana Dukic lost their first round match, 8-3, to UC Davis’ Dahra Zamudio and Herzyl Legaspi and moved into semifinal round consolation as a result of a bye. Guzman and her partner, newcomer Kerri Kummer, knocked off Shawndee Rouhafza and Sidney Brady of UC Davis, 8-3, and will play in a consolation final on October 11.

Saint Mary’s Invitational Women’s Tennis Results
Moraga, Calif.
October 10, 2008

First Round Championship Singles
Jen Yen (Stanford) def. Amber Silverstone (San Jose State), 6-3, 6-1
Anna Gullickson (Portland) def. Sanda Hadzisabic (San Jose State), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Laura Baum (Boise State) def. Kerri Kummer (San Jose State), 6-3, 6-1
Samantha Smith (Washington) def. Olivia Marshall (San Jose State), 6-0, 6-0
Marah Calvo (Saint Mary’s) def. Silvana Dukic (San Jose State), 6-0, 6-1
Anna Guzman (San Jose State), bye
Cassandra Borjon (San Jose State), bye
Jennifer Williams (San Jose State), bye

Second Round Championship Singles
Anna Guzman (San Jose State) def. Jenna Kappel (UC Davis), 6-2, 6-3
Shawdee Rouhafza (UC Davis) def. Cassandra Borjon (San Jose State), 6-1, 6-1
Jennifer Williams (San Jose State) def. Amber Abdallah (Pacific), 6-0, 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker)

First Round Championship Doubles
Silverstone/Marshall (San Jose State) def. Nezhura/Arens (Pacific), 8-5
Zamudio/Legaspi (UC Davis) def. Hadzisabic/Dukic (San Jose State), 8-3
Guzman/K. Kummer (San Jose State), bye

Quarterfinal Round Championship Doubles
Lombard/Cassidy (Nevada) def. Guzman/K. Kummer (San Jose State), 9-7
Pane-Galainena (Santa Clara) def. Silverstone/Marshall (San Jose State), 9-7

Quarterfinal Consolation Doubles
Hadzisabic/Dukic (San Jose State), bye
Guzman/K. Kummer (San Jose State), bye

Semifinal Round Consolation Doubles
Guzman/K. Kummer (San Jose State), def. Rouhafza/Brady (UC Davis), 8-3