Stanford, Calif. - The San Jose State women’s tennis team had two major victories in the opening-round doubles competition of this weekend’s ITA Northwest Regional Championships, hosted by Stanford University.
Spartans Anna Guzman and Kerri Kummer defeated Aleksandra Krsljanin and Vanja Radunovic of Washington (8-6), while Amber Silverstone and Silvana Dukic defeated Anna Gullickson and Stephanie Doolittle of the University of Portland (8-3).
Head Coach Anh-Dao Nguyen-Church believes that the Guzman/Kummer win was the Spartans' first in over 20 years against a Pac-10 opponent.
“As a combo, I've been very impressed with Anna and Kerri because of their energy and positive attitudes,” said the San Jose State head coach. “And, this (win) only magnifies what a good team they are.
“Amber and Silvana were playing together for the first time and they showed some positive signs for the upcoming season,” added Nguyen-Church.
Neither combo advanced past their second round matches. Kummer and Guzman fell to California’s Bojana Bobusic and Rachel Dillon, 8-2. Silverstone and Marshall lost to Florence De Vrye and Caroline Stevens of Nevada, 8-3.
All seven of the Spartan singles competitors lost in straight sets, with Silvana Dukic taking Kelsey Knight of Eastern Washington to a tie-breaker in the second set before falling, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
The Spartans will play their first-round consolation singles matches on Saturday, October 18, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
ITA Northwest Regional Championships
Women’s Tennis Results
Stanford, Calif. October 17, 2008
First Round Championship Singles
Kacie Wagner (Santa Clara) def. Sanda Hadzisabic (SJSU) 6-2,6-1
Stephany Chang (Cal) def. Anna Guzman (SJSU), 6-1,6-1
Jocelyn Davis (Cal Poly SLO) def. Amber Silverstone (SJSU), 6-1,6-1
Renata Kucerkova (Fresno St.) def. Olivia Marshall (SJSU), 6-0, 6-0
Kelsey Knight (E. Wash) def. Silvana Dukic (SJSU), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Steffi Wong (Cal Poly SLO) def. Kerri Kummer (SJSU), 6-2, 6-0
Lauren Summers (Wash) def. Jennifer Williams (SJSU), 6-3, 6-3
First Round Championship Doubles
Kummer/Guzman (SJSU) def. Krsljanin/Radunovic (Wash), 8-6
Silverstone/Dukic (SJSU) Def. Gullickson/Doolittle (Portland), 8-3
Second Round Championship Doubles
Bobusic/Dillon (Cal) def. Kummer/Guzman (SJSU), 8-2
De Vrye/Stevens (Nev) def. Silverstone/Dukic (SJSU), 8-3