Polayes and Klingert Advance In Moraga
MORAGA, Calif. - Samantha Polayes continued to have a strong showing at the Saint Mary's Invitational by advancing to the semifinals of the white singles draw Saturday.
"Samantha played very well today," head coach D.J. Gurule said. "She played very intelligent and showed a lot of maturity for a freshman. She has a great opportunity on Sunday."
Polayes battled in both her matches. In the round of 16 she defeated Jessica Agra from Santa Clara University 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3. She followed that match by beating another West Coast Conference foe, Melinda Akerbrandt from the University of San Francisco 6-3, 6-2.
Similarly in the white consolation draw Isabell Klingert won both of her matches. In comeback fashion Klingert defeated Cal Poly's Ane McPike 7-5, 7-6 (4). She would advance to the semifinals because her quarterfinal opponent Charlotte Newton from Santa Clara forfeited due to injury.
"It was also great to see Isabell come out with a win today," Gurule said. "She was down 2-5 in both of her sets and battled back to win the match. I really thought she played aggressively and dictated most of the points."
In the blue singles draw Alexandra Tallas won her quarterfinal match against Haley Kepler from Cal Poly 6-4, 6-0 before falling in the semifinals to the University of Washington's Brianna Kemp 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Both Bulldogs lost in the round of 16 in the red singles draw. Prue Teitzel fell to the University of California's Klara Fabikova 6-2, 6-0. Katie Edwards dropped her match to Lynn Chai from California 6-2, 7-6 (3).
"I was very happy again with our play today," Gurule said. "The team was really focused and played some competitive matches."
In the lone doubles match of the day for the Zags, the duo of Klingert and Polayes fell 8-1 to the pair of Chau Truong from San Jose State University and Yurie Hashiguchi from the University of San Francisco.
"We are very anxious to play tomorrow and finish the tournament on a strong note."
Play resumes Sunday.