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WTEN | Jullien Makes More History, Reaches ITA Final
Release: Thursday 10/21/2013 
by SMC Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. -- Jenny Jullien has already done her fair share of rewriting the Saint Mary's women's tennis record books.

It appears the best could be yet to come.

On Monday, the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year added yet another chapter to her storied career, defeating Stanford's Caroline Doyle 7-6 (5), 6-2 to advance to the championship match of the ITA Northwest Regional at Stanford.

With the win, Jullien becomes the first Saint Mary's tennis player to ever reach the singles final of an ITA Regional event. That match takes place Tuesday when she faces Stanford's Kristie Ahn at 12:30 p.m. at Taube Tennis Center. Live video of the event will be available through Stanford's tennis website.

Making it to the final was certainly no guarantee considering that Doyle, only a freshman, had run roughshod through her bracket to get to the semifinals. The San Francisco, Calif. native hadn't lost more than four games in a set and carried her No. 12 seed into Monday's match with plenty of momentum.

After both players took a bit to feel each other out, Jullien was the first to strike. Leading 3-2 on serve, the No. 6 seed from France would attack the net on break point, forcing Doyle to sail her groundstroke long and give Jullien the 4-2 lead.

Doyle would eventually break back, narrowing Jullien's advantage to 5-4 and putting the set back on serve. The next game proved a marathon, and Jullien managed four set points only to see her southpaw counterpart fight off every one of them. Doyle eventually won the game, tying the set at 5.

Neither player could hold serve in the next two games, and another break by Jullien forced a tiebreaker to decide the set. Jullien began the extra frame on fire, scoring the first four points to take a commanding 4-0 lead. Doyle responded, and a forehand winner up the line evened the score at 4-all.

The tiebreaker would remain tied at 5-all, but a forehand pulled just a bit wide by Doyle put Jullien up 6-5 and gave her the slight opening she needed. Minutes later, a backhand attempt up the line from Doyle landed wide and Jullien pulled out the thrilling 7-5 win.

In the second set, Jullien again played the part of aggressor. Tied at 2-all, Jullien didn't lose a point in going up a break on Doyle, as the freshman's overhead smash landed at the base of the net to put Jullien up 3-2.

A hold and another break put Jullien in complete control at 5-2 and, facing match point up 40-30, the Gaels' standout closed it out, coming to net and placing a forehand volley just out of the reach of her lunging opponent to punch her ticket to the finals.