Zags Cap Successful Gonzaga Invitational, Fall Season
Nov. 13, 2016
SPOKANE, Wash.--The Gonzaga University women's tennis team wrapped up a successful Gonzaga Invitational and fall tournament season Sunday, claiming two doubles victories and four singles wins inside The Stevens Center.
Playing together for the first time this fall, Domonique Garley and Haruna Tsuruta came from behind to down Oregon's Nia Rose and Daniella Nasser 7-6 (4) for the first of those doubles wins. The Ducks' duo took the early lead and threatened to take the match at 2-5. Down to their final game, the Zags responded by winning the next four for a 6-5 advantage. Oregon forced a tiebreak at 6-all, but Garley and Tsuruta won that race to seven points to clinch their first win together as a doubles pair.
Sophie Whittle and Kate Ketels also won Sunday, downing Oregon's Alyssa Tobita and Shweta Sangwan by a break at 6-4. It was their fifth win of the fall season. Nevada Apollo and Graciela Rosas, meanwhile, lost 6-1 to their foes from Oregon.
In singles play, four Bulldogs claimed wins Sunday. Apollo capped off a three-win weekend with an impressive comeback against Idaho's Lucia Badillos. The Vandal rolled through the first set at 1-6, but Apollo dug in during the second, edging Badillos in an extra game. In the deciding third set, Apollo stormed out to an early lead and a 6-2 set victory. With the 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 win, Apollo finished as the only Bulldog with three singles wins this weekend.
Both Rosas and Tsuruta picked up straight-set individual victories Sunday. Tsuruta squared off against the Vandals' Ana Batiri, taking the first set 6-2 and the second 6-4. Rosas, meanwhile, put away Shion Watabe with consecutive 6-4 frame wins. Both Gonzaga players ended the weekend with two singles victories; Tsuruta posted 11 wins during the entire fall tournament slate to lead the squad while Rosas won six.
Two more Bulldogs went three sets Sunday, Katie Day winning in three and Ketels falling in three. Day squared off against Claire Yang of Idaho, losing the first set 3-6 but sweeping the second. In the third, Day won by a couple of breaks for her first win of the weekend. Ketels, meanwhile, swapped 6-2 frames with Maria Tavares before forcing an extra game in the third set. Tavares won that extra game and the match 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
Whittle, meanwhile, fell 6-2, 6-1 to Idaho's Marianna Petrei.
"It's a perfect end to our season," said Gonzaga women's tennis head coach D.J. Gurule. "To see us battle and jell, especially on the last day when we're tied and ready to be done; for them to compete like that is great. We have a very talented team that is passionate about tennis and passionate about each other. They're willing to work hard...and I'm excited to work with them in the spring."
With the conclusion of the Gonzaga Invitational, the Bulldogs are also finished with their fall tournament schedule. The next time they take the court will be in January 2017 during the spring dual season.
Sophie Whittle/Kate Ketels (Gonzaga) def. Alyssa Tobita/Shweta Sangwan (Oregon) 6-4
Domonique Garley/Haruna Tsuruta (Gonzaga) def. Nia Rose/Daniela Nasser (Oregon) 7-6 (4)
Marlou Kluiving/Julia Eshet (Oregon) def. Nevada Apollo/Graciela Rosas (Gonzaga) 6-1
Haruna Tsuruta (Gonzaga) def. Ana Batiri (Idaho) 6-2, 6-4
Graciela Rosas (Gonzaga) def. Shion Watabe (Idaho) 6-4, 6-4
Katie Day (Gonzaga) def. Claire Yang (Idaho) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
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