Zags Sweep Bulldog Invite
Oct. 1, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash.--The Gonzaga women's tennis team wrapped up its own Bulldog Invite in dominant fashion Sunday by winning all six main bracket finals inside The Stevens Center.
"It was a great start to our fall season," said Gonzaga head coach D.J. Gurule. "For us to be this successful in every bracket is a testament to the depth of this team. We definitely have some things we want to improve upon, but all in all it was a great tournament for us."
The Zags entered the day having already clinched both doubles brackets after all four pairs advanced through into the finals. In the top flight, the Bulldog Doubles bracket, Nevada Apollo and Ashleigh Jacobs combined for a 6-4 win over Domonique Garley and Kate Ketels. Graciela Rosas and Haruna Tsuruta took the Zag Doubles flight with a 6-3 victory over teammates Alex Bourguignon and Katie Day.
Apollo picked up a second bracket title shortly after as the junior handily dispatched Michelle Lui of Seattle U 6-2, 6-0 in the Red Singles bracket championship. It was her second consecutive bracket title at home; she won the Blue Singles flight at the same tournament last year.
Jacobs claimed victory in the Blue Singles bracket Sunday, rallying for a three-set win against Boise State's Wiktoria Nosek. The title came in the freshman's first taste of college tennis, marking the fourth season in a row a Bulldog has won a bracket in their first collegiate tournament.
Tsuruta joined Apollo and Jacobs as two-time winners after claiming the White Singles flight. She beat Ketels in two sets during the only singles match between a pair of Bulldogs.
Bourguignon capped the sweep by clinching the Zag Singles title. The senior rallied for a win after falling in the first set 5-7 to Idaho's Maggie Chen.
Also in singles play, Garley won the Blue Singles consolation bracket, Day was forced to retire from her White Singles third-place match, and Rosas finished fourth in the Red Singles bracket.
"I was especially happy for Ashleigh," Gurule added. "For her to start her collegiate career off with two titles is a great sign of things to come! Nevada also played extremely well today. I thought she was superb all weekend."
The Zags are back in action in two-and-a-half weeks as they take on the best in the region at the ITA Northwest Regionals. That tournament will run Oct. 19-23 in Palo Alto, Calif.
9/29-10/1/17 at Spokane, Wash. (The Stevens Center)
F Apollo, Nevada (Gonzaga) def. LUI, Michelle (SU) 6-2, 6-0
3rd TAVARES, Maria (UI) def. Rosas, Graciela (Gonzaga) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10)
F Jacobs, Ashleigh (Gonzaga) def. NOSEK, Wiktoria (BSU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
CF Garley, Domonique (Gonzaga) def. ZADOR, Eszter (PSU) 6-1, 7-5
F Bourguignon, Alex (Gonzaga) def. CHEN, Maggie (UI) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
3rd McCOLLISTER, Kali (SU) def. Day, Katie (Gonzaga) 7-6 (5), 2-1 Ret. (inj.)
F APOLLO, Nevada/JACOBS, Ashleigh (Gonzaga) def. GARLEY, Domonique/KETELS, Kate (Gonzaga) 6-4
F ROSAS, Graciela/TSURUTA, Haruna (Gonzaga) def. BOURGUIGNON, Alex/DAY, Katie (Gonzaga) 6-3
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