Strong First Day for Toreros at USTA/ITA Regionals

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Cara Brown won back-to-back singles matches on the day.
Cara Brown won back-to-back singles matches on the day.

Oct. 20, 2011


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SAN DIEGO, Calif.- Day one of the USTA/ITA Division I Women's Southwestern Regional Championships proved positive overall for the University of San Diego women's tennis team as they started the tournament with a total of seven singles wins on Thursday from the Barnes Tennis Center. Four of the seven Toreros competing in singles competition advanced to the round of 32, to be played tomorrow.

Senior Marite Raygada got USD started with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Cal State Fullerton's Malorie De la Cruz in the first round. Raygada ended up losing her second-round contest to Arizona State's Hannah James 6-0, 6-2.

Junior Cara Brown put in a strong day herself, coming back from losing the first set to San Diego State's Roxanne Ellison to post a 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 win. She then went on to knock off Megan Lester of UCLA by a decisive score of 6-3, 6-0. Brown's next opponent will be seven-seed Lacey Smyth of Arizona in Friday's round of 32, set to begin at 10:00 am.

Sophomore Idil Haciraifoglu notched another victory for the Toreros as she topped Pepperdine's Megan Moore 7-6(1), 6-2 in first-round action, before eventually losing to Sabrina Santamaria of USC 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.

After first-round byes, senior Juliette Coupez and juniors Stephanie Hoffpauir and Laura Claus posted victories in the round of 64. 14th-seeded Coupez cruised past April Scatliffe of UC Santa Barbara 6-1, 6-0. She moves on to the round of 32 where she will face Hawaii's Jamie Pawid at 10:00 am on Friday.

No. 55 Hoffpauir, who is the four seed in the tournament, defeated UC Santa Barbara's Sofia Novak in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0 to advance. She will face Franziska Goettsching of UC Irvine in the round of 32 at 10:00 am on Friday as well.

Meanwhile, Claus earned a 6-0, 6-2 win over Ania Jeczmionka of Long Beach State that propelled her into the round of 32 tomorrow where she will meet Hawaii's Katarina Poljakova at 10:00 am.

Senior Maja Sujica was unable to get out of the first round after she lost to Julie Luzar of Long Beach State 7-5, 6-1. Suijca will play Martina Kostalova of Hawaii in the singles consolation Friday at 2:30 pm.

Sophomore Anna Depenau also came up short in her first-round singles match, losing to No. 107 Natasha Marks of Arizona 6-1, 6-2. Depenau and San Diego State's Sierra Ellison will faceoff in the singles consolation on Friday at 12:00 pm.

Due to a late change of the doubles draw, Haciraifoglu and Raygada had to play USD's lone doubles match on the day, where they fell to Hawaii's Barbara Pinterova and Xenia Suworowa 8-6 in the first round.

Day two action from Barnes Tennis Center is set to kickoff at 9:00 am with main draw doubles play.

USTA/ITA SW Regionals
Oct 20th-24th 2011 at San Diego, CA (Barnes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
MD128 Marite Raygada (San Diego) def. Malorie De la Cruz (Cal State Fullerton) 6-4, 6-3
MD128 Idil Haciraifoglu (San Diego) def. Megan Moore (Pepperdine) 7-6, 6-2
MD128 Julie Luzar (Long Beach State) def. Maja Sujica (San Diego) 7-5, 6-1
MD64 Hannah James (Arizona State) def. Marite Raygada (San Diego) 6-0, 6-2
MD64 #55 Stephanie Hoffpauir (San Diego) def. Sofia Novak (UC Santa Barbara) 7-5, 6-0
MD64 Juliette Coupez (San Diego) def. April Scatliffe (UC Santa Barbara) 6-1, 6-0
MD64 Laura Claus (San Diego) def. Ania Jeczmionka (Long Beach State) 6-0, 6-2
MD64 #107 Natasha Marks (Arizona) def. Anna Depenau (San Diego) 6-1, 6-2
MD64 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Idil Haciraifoglu (San Diego) 6-4, 6-1
MD128 Cara Brown (San Diego) def. Roxanne Ellison (San Diego State) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
MD64 Cara Brown (San Diego) def. Megan Lester (UCLA) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition
MD64 Barbara Pinterova/Xenia Suworowa (Hawaii) def. Idil Haciraifoglu/Marite Raygada (San Diego) 8-6