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Katerina Stloukalova won twice on Saturday in Tempe.
TEMPE, Ariz. –
California women's tennis had a strong outing on Saturday in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, winning five of six matches at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
In the morning, Cal junior Alexis Nelson
paired with senior Maria Smith
to defeat Texas Tech's Francesca Sella and Denise-Antonela Stoica, 7-5, while junior Katerina Stoukalova and sophomore Hana Mraz
topped the Lady Raiders' Nell Miller and Sydney Jones, 6-4.
The Bears faced San Diego in singles on Saturday afternoon. Stoukalova beat USD's Nicole Anderson, 6-3, 6-4, Nelson bested Maria-Paula Torres, 1-6, 6-0, 6-1, and freshman Jessica Zeynel
knocked off Maria Tyrina, 6-4, 6-2. Cal suffered its lone setback of the day when Mraz fell to the Toreros' Solymar Colling, 6-2, 6-1.
"We did a really good job today," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus
said. "They played doubles first today, and that got us off to a good start. We played tactically smart. We're working a lot on using our volleys more and placing the ball better in doubles. Both pairings really did that well and didn't allow their opponents to make any adjustments.
"In singles we played confidently and aggressively. You could tell we were much more settled into the conditions and the courts. I really liked what I saw by all the Bears today."
The Sun Devils' tournament – the last of the fall for the Bears – will end on Sunday.
ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Nov. 10, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz.
Whiteman Tennis Center
(Cal) def. Nell Miller/Sydney Jones (Texas Tech), 6-4
(Cal) def. Francesca Sella/Denise-Antonela Stoica (Texas Tech), 7-5
(Cal) def. Nicole Anderson (USD), 6-3, 6-4
Solymar Colling (USD) def. Hana Mraz
(Cal), 6-2, 6-1
(Cal) def. Maria-Paula Torres (USD), 1-6, 6-0, 6-1
(Cal) def. Maria Tyrina (USD), 6-4, 6-2