Tigers Cap Off Cal Invite With Assortment Of Wins

Jessica Kaye wins her first collegiate tennis match
Jessica Kaye wins her first collegiate tennis match

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Pacific women's tennis team capped of the Cal Fall Invitational on a high note as Jessica Kaye earned her first collegiate singles win and Anneroos Nederstigt won the Gold Singles Consolation bracket.

Kaye went head-to-head with Abigail Bacharach of Cal Poly and beat her in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1 to win her first ever collegiate singles match.

Nederstigt came into the day determined for a title as she began the day with a big semifinal win over host Davis 3-6, 6-1, 1-0(7) to send her to the finals where she would meet Sofia Gulnova from Sacramento State. The Tiger and Hornet battled for the Gold singles consolation bracket championship, but Nederstigt was dialed in as she rolled over Gulnova, 6-3, 6-2 to win.

"In singles, we had some very good wins from a lot of different players," stated head coach Tina Samara. "It was great to see Jess win her first collegiate match and Anneroos finished the weekend off perfectly by winning the consolation."

Yuki Asami added to the Tiger win column taking on another Hornet in a three-set thriller. Asami lost the first set 4-6 but held her composure and took the second, 6-3 forcing a third set. The final set was back-and-forth but Asami took control and took the match with a 10-7 third set win.

The Tigers weren't done piling on the wins as Anna Ramos Vinolas joined in on the victory party with a win of her own over another Sacramento Hornet posting a 6-4, 6-4 win.

In the consolation round robin, Sabrina Rodriguez battled Cal Poly's Caroline Williams but dropped her match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, while Maayan Sela fell to Sacramento State's Ana Loaiza, 6-2, 6-1.

Karina Vyrlan made it to the semifinals of the Blue singles consolation bracket looking to move on to the finals, but Saint Mary's Mariia Kozyreva took the match in three sets, 6-7(5), 6-2, 1-0(6).

In doubles action, Vyrlan and Asami teamed up and defeated their opponents from Cal, 8-4, while Sela and Vinolas dropped the last doubles match for the Tigers, 8-4 to a duo from Fresno State.

"Overall, we had a really successful weekend. In doubles, we didn't get as many wins as we would've liked, but we improved a ton and I have no doubt it will soon turn into wins," added Samara.

Next, the Orange and Black travel to Moraga, Calif. to compete in the Saint Mary's Invitational where they will go up against many West Coast Conference foes. The tournament will run from Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8.

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