BERKELEY, Calif. — On the first day of the Cal Winter Invite, the Saint Mary’s women’s tennis team battled hard in singles action and flourished in doubles play as all three doubles teams pulled away with convincing victories.
Senior Parminder Kaur tag teamed with third year player Vanessa Nommensen for an impressive victory. The Gaels duo led from start to finish, and defeated Cal Poly’s Celine Gruaz and Seriana Saltzen, 6-0.
Jana McCord partnered with Kareena Manji on the first day, and displayed an all-around game as the Gaels came out on top, 6-1, over Molly Reed and Susanne Boyden of the Mustangs. First year player Danielle McIntyre teamed up with junior Emma Critser, and defeated the last Cal Poly team, 6-2.
Singles action came tougher for the Gaels today, as four of the six matches came in three-set losses. McIntyre displayed great work on the court, fighting from one-set down to force a deciding third set. The first year player continues to impress, despite the three-set loss.
Manji was locked in a marathon during her match against Fresno State’s Emma Wilson. After winning the second set, 7-5, Manji and Wilson went back-and-forth in the deciding set, with Wilson ultimately capturing the final set, 7-5.
The second day of the Cal Winter Invite will begin Saturday, as the first round of singles action will take place at 10 a.m. The doubles portion is scheduled for approximately 12 p.m. SMC will face off the Mustangs in singles action tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Cal Winter Invite will continue to be played at the Hellman Tennis Complex and the Channing Tennis Courts in Berkeley.
Cal Winter Invite Day 1 Scores
FSU KatrnaStloukalova d. SMC Jana McCord 7-6(6), 6-2
FSU Galina Bykova d. SMC Danielle McIntyre 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
FSU Emma Wilson d. SMC Kareena Manji 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
FSU Juliane Triebe d. SMC Emma Critser 6-2, 6-3
FSU Georgia Lawson d. SMC Vanessa Nommenson 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
FSU Olivia Noble d. SMC Parminder Kaur 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-0
SMC Jana McCord/ Kareena Manji d. CP Molly Reed/ Susanne Boyden 6-1
SMC Danielle McIntyre/ Emma Critser d. CP Abigail Bacharach/ Louise Oxnevad 6-2
SMC Parminder Kaur/ Vanessa Nommensen d. CP Celine Gruaz/ Seriana Saltzen 6-0
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