San Jose State women’s tennis team will travel to Moraga Calif. this Friday, October 14th, to compete in the Saint Mary’s Invitational.
The Spartans will be one of 12 schools in the field, including host Saint Mary’s, Cal Berkeley, UC Davis, Dominican University, Gonzaga, University of Pacific, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Sonoma State, Stanford, and University of San Francisco.
The tournament structure will be one 32-woman singles flight (Red), one 27-woman singles flight (White), and one 16-woman singles flight (Blue), as well as two 16-team doubles flights (Red and White) and one five-team doubles flight (Blue).
Last year three Spartans singles players advanced to the late stages of the tournament. Both Chau Truong and Sandra Florea fell short in the quarterfinals of the 32-player singles competition. Emily Prescott powered through the consolation bracket only to be downed in the last set of the finals.
This year, head coach Sylvain Malroux will send seven singles players to participate in the tournament. Erica Medlin, Sabastiani Leon Chao, Chau Truong, Emily Prescott, and Alexis Marquez will play in their second tournament of the year. Sandra Florea and Isadora Busch are competing for the first time this fall, but for Busch it is her first action as a Spartan.
The Spartans struggled in doubles play at the Cal Nike Invitational prompting a change in pairings for this weekend. Florea/Medlin, Truong/Willett, Leon Chao/Busch, and Prescott/Marquez will make up the four teams.
Coach Malroux likes the progress his team is making early in the fall season.
“We are excited to have a full team this weekend to compete. We are working really hard, and getting better.” Malroux said, “We still need to focus on the process, not on the results. We are looking to learn and get some experience every time we come out to compete.”
Play begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 14th. Championship matches will take place in the afternoon on Sunday, October 16th.