SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- There wasn't much time for Saint Mary's women's tennis player Jenny Jullien to ease into her season considering that her first four opponents were all ranked inside the top 30 nationally to begin the spring.
That proved to be little trouble for the Gaels' standout.
Jullien won three of those first four matches, getting off to a blazing fast start that on Wednesday earned her West Coast Conference Player of the Month honors for the month of January.
The native of Perpignan, France opened her season at the Cal Winter Invitational as the No. 64-ranked player in the country. In her first match, she squared off No. 26-ranked Katie Le of Santa Clara, and after a tough first set, Jullien closed the match out, winning 7-5, 6-3.
On day two, Jullien lined up across from No. 9 Anett Schutting of Cal. This time, Jullien started strong en route to a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
The next week, Saint Mary's returned to Cal to take part in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. A first round match against UNLV meant Jullien would line up at No. 1 singles against the Rebels' top player, No. 20 Aleksandra Josifoska.
Josifoska claimed the first set 6-4, but Jullien battled back to take the second 6-2. By that time, it had become apparent that if Jullien could win, it might clinch a team victory for the Gaels.
So, with teammates standing on court two to cheer her on, Jullien finished her match with a 6-3 win in the third set. The victory clinched Saint Mary's eventual 5-2 win, sending the Gaels to the final against Cal.
Jullien dropped her final match of January to No. 7 Zsofi Susanyi of Cal, but that did little to stop her momentum. She is 6-1 entering Thursday's match against Gonzaga, and continues to lead the Gaels at the top of the lineup.