WTEN Begins 2017 with Comeback Win
Jan. 29, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash.--Opening the dual season against a tough Wyoming squad, the Gonzaga University women's tennis team ground out a 5-2 comeback victory Sunday morning at The Stevens Center.
"I thought we did a great job competing against a good Wyoming team today," said Gonzaga head coach D.J. Gurule. "For our first dual match of the season, we were very composed and focused."
Gonzaga won the match entirely in singles play. The Zags picked up points from the first four matches to finish, including the ones atop the lineup at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. On court one, Sophie Whittle squared off against the Cowgirls' Magdalena Stencel, pulling ahead midway through the first set for an early advantage. The nationally-ranked Zag then dominated the second and opened the dual year with a 6-3, 6-1 victory. Just a minute later, Nevada Apollo put the Zags ahead in the dual match via a win on court two. She too beat her opponent, Dorottya Jonas, 6-3, 6-1. The win was Apollo's 10th of the school year after considering fall tournament results.
Freshman Haruna Tsuruta was the next to finish, winning her contest at No. 6 singles. After winning an elongated first set, she out-worked foe Imogen Clews to the tune of a 7-5, 6-1 victory in her first collegiate dual. Shortly after Tsuruta's win, Graciela Rosas clinched GU's dual victory on court four. After winning a first-set tiebreak 7-1, she doubled up Elisa Koonik 6-3 in the second set.
The Zags' final point came from court five, where Kate Ketels bounced back from a one-set deficit to beat Ana Tkachenko. After losing the first set 5-7, Ketels roared back and took the second 6-1. In the third, Ketels again came from behind to take the frame 7-5 and clinch her first collegiate dual victory.
The Cowgirls won one singles match Sunday morning. On court three, Alex Bourguignon battled but fell to Tessa van Der Ploeg 7-5, 7-5.
"Sophie and Nev [Nevada] really set the tone today," said Gurule. "We still know we have a lot of things we need to clean up, but we are definitely headed in the right direction."
Wyoming started the match by winning the doubles point, taking both matches that finished. Tkachenko and Jonas beat Apollo and Domonique Garley while Stencel and Miranda Talbert downed Bourguignon and Rosas. On court one, Whittle and Ketels were up 5-3 when that match was halted.
The Cowgirls (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season. They entered the day unbeaten with wins over Central Oklahoma and Idaho.
Sunday's victory was the Zags' first in four attempts against Wyoming since 2000. The match was also the first to take place at either school's home courts as the previous three meetings had been neutral site contests in the state of Montana.
The Bulldogs (1-0) continue their season-opening homestand on Friday, Feb. 10, by hosting Eastern Washington. That match will begin at 5:00 p.m., again at The Stevens Center.
Jan 29, 2017 at Spokane, Wash.
The Stevens Center
1. #116 Whittle, Sophie (GON) def. Magdalena Stencel (WY) 6-3, 6-1
2. Apollo, Nevada (GON) def. Dorottya Jonas (WY) 6-3, 6-1
3. Tessa van Der Ploeg (WY) def. Bourguignon, Alex (GON) 7-5, 7-5
4. Rosas, Graciela (GON) def. Elisa Koonik (WY) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
5. Ketels, Kate (GON) def. Ana Tkachenko (WY) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
6. Tsuruta, Haruna (GON) def. Imogen Clews (WY) 7-5, 6-1
1. WHITTLE, Sophie/KETELS, Kate (GON) vs. Elisa Koonik/Tessa van Der Ploeg (WY) 5-3, unfinished
2. Dorottya Jonas/Ana Tkachenko (WY) def. APOLLO, Nevada/GARLEY, Domonique (GON) 6-2
3. Magdalena Stencel/Miranda Talbert (WY) def. BOURGUIGNON, Alex/ROSAS, Graciela (GON) 6-3
Wyoming Cowgirls 2-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,2,6,4,3,5)
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