MORAGA, Calif. -- Having had a weekend to shake off any winter rust, the Saint Mary's women's tennis team gets its dual match season started on Sunday at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Berkeley, Calif.
The No. 41-ranked Gaels get underway no earlier than 1 p.m. when they take on UNLV at the Hellman Tennis Center. Cal, which is hosting the event, will play Fresno State at 10 a.m. The tournament continues Monday with a consolation match and the championship no earlier than 1 p.m. Matchups will be determined by Sunday's results.
The winning team will gain automatic entry into the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship from Feb. 8-11 in Charlotesville, Va.
At last weekend's Cal Winter Invitational, Saint Mary's showed definite signs it will be strong from top to bottom this season.
That promise starts at the top of the lineup. Jenny Jullien, ranked No. 64 in the initial ITA individual rankings this spring, earned straight-set victories over No. 9 Anett Schutting of Cal and No. 26 Katie Le of Santa Clara to go 2-0 in singles action.
In doubles, the team of Catherine Isip and Elizabeth Searl led the way, going 3-0 for the weekend while playing at No. 2 doubles. Isip, who is the team's captain and lone senior, will also play at No. 2 singles for the Gaels.
No. 51 UNLV brings a strong team of its own, led by the No. 20-ranked singles player in the country, Aleksandra Josifoska. The Rebels hosted the Freeman Memorial Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. last weekend to begin the season and, like the Gaels, will begin their dual match season in Berkeley.
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Schedule
Held at Hellman Tennis Complex, Berkeley, Calif.
Sunday, Jan. 27
10 a.m. - Cal vs. Fresno State
No earlier than 1 p.m. - Saint Mary's vs. UNLV
Monday, Jan. 28
10 a.m. - Consolation match
No earlier than 1 p.m. - Championship match