PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Saint Mary's women's tennis player Jenny Jullien fell just short of qualifying for the ITA All-American Invitational main draw Wednesday, dropping a tough 7-5, 6-0 decision to Florida's Brianna Morgan at Riviera Country Club.
To get to Wednesday's final stage of qualifying, Jullien had to first make it through two matches on Tuesday. She did so in emphatic fashion, defeating USC's Gabriella DeSimone 6-1, 6-2 and then knocking off Texas' Ratnika Batra 6-3, 6-1 to advance.
In Wednesday's match, Jullien squared off against a player in Morgan who landed at No. 64 in the ITA preseason rankings. Ranked No. 22 herself, the Gaels' top player dropped a tough first set and couldn't rebound as Morgan took the second to win the match.
All is not necessarily lost for Jullien, who could still advance to the main draw in the event that one of the 32 players can not compete. Main draw play begins on Thursday.
Jullien and the Gaels return to action next weekend when they host their annual Saint Mary's Fall Invitational at Korth Tennis Complex. Action begins on Oct. 11 and continues all weekend. Admission is free.