FLUSHING, N.Y. -- A win in the round of 16 continued Jenny Jullien's run of quality play at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships but the Gaels' top player would later fall against the tournament's top seed as Jullien concluded a tremendously successful showing in New York.
Jullien began Friday's action riding the momentum of a thrilling comeback win over Pepperdine's Lorraine Guillermo on Thursday. That sent Jullien to the round of 16 where she would face Georgia's Maho Kowase, a player riding plenty of momentum in her own right after Thursday's upset of No. 5 seed Zsofi Susanyi of Cal.
Friday's match got off to a good start for Jullien, as she claimed the first set 6-4 against a player in Kowase who checked in at No. 14 in the ITA's preseason rankings. Things would only get better from there, as No. 22-ranked Jullien closed out the match with a 6-3 win in the second and moved on to the afternoon session.
The tough competition continued in Jullien's second match as she squared off with the tournament's No. 1 seed, Jamie Loeb of North Carolina. Loeb got off to a good start, claiming the first set 6-2 to earn the early advantage. The freshman from Ossining, N.Y. closed the match out with a 6-0 win in the second.
The impressive showing in New York capped a brilliant fall for Jullien. She became the first Saint Mary's player to ever earn an invite to the National Indoors after going 5-1 and reaching the championship match at the ITA Northwest Regional at Stanford. Jullien began the fall ranked No. 22 in the nation according to the ITA preseason rankings, a number sure to improve when the next rankings are released on Jan. 2.
Jullien and the rest of the Saint Mary's women's tennis team will be back in action on January 17 when they compete in the Cal Winter Invitational at Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley. Dual matches begin Jan. 24 against Utah in Los Angeles.