Bulldogs Leave Moraga Confident For Regionals
MORAGA, Calif. - Gonzaga University women's tennis wrapped up the Saint Mary's Invitational Sunday and head coach D.J. Gurule is pleased with his team's performance.
"I was happy with our team's effort this weekend," Gurule said. "I think we have definitely improved over our first two fall events."
Coming into Sunday the Zags had two players still in contention to win their respective draws.
In the white draw semifinals Samantha Polayes faced Kelly Chui from the University of California. Chui would defeat Polayes 6-4, 6-2 and go on to win the entire draw.
Isabell Klingert's run in the white consolation bracket came to an end in the finals. She defeated Yurie Hashiguchi from the University of San Francisco 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the final. Then she faced Julija Luka from the University of Washington and came up short, losing 6-2, 6-1.
"For us to play well in this tournament is very important," Gurule said. "We are competing against primarily Pacific 12 and West Coast Conference opponents. I really think our team stepped up to the competition all weekend."
The only other Bulldog match that was played from the original flights was a blue round robin doubles match where Klingert and Polayes lost to Anna Klavins and Haley Kepler 8-1.
The rest of the Zags played in consolation round robin matches for both doubles and singles.
Katie Edwards won her consolation match Sunday over Sacramento State University's Andrea Gomez Carus 6-1, 7-5. Prue Teitzel was the other Bulldog to win her consolation match as she beat Capucine Gregoire from Washington 6-4, 2-3 before Gregoire retired due to injury.
Gonzaga won both of its consolation doubles matches. The duo of Alexandra Tallas and Edwards defeated San Francisco's Brooke Irish and Sofia Holmberg 8-6. Then the pair of Teitzel and Sissi Koehler handled Hanah Lilekvist and Melissa Arthur from Saint Mary's College 8-3.
"Next week will be even tougher at our regional championships," Gurule said. "We will take Monday off, but then we need to have two focused and meaningful practices so we will be ready for Stanford."
The Bulldogs have a short turnaround before they are back in action. The team plays next weekend in the ITA Regionals in Palo Alto, Calif.