Fresno, Calif --?The University of Arizona women's tennis team got its fall season off to a successful start in the Bulldog Invitational in Fresno, Calif. In singles action sophomore Natalia Toporowska defeated San Jose State's Dana Popescu in straight sets; 6-3, 6-0, while fellow sophomore Katie Orletsky was also victorious beating San Jose State's Jen Williams; 6-2, 6-2.
In the second round, Orletsky went up against Caroline Bailey of Nevada but was defeated; 6-0, 6-3, while Toporowska was downed by Fresno Pacificˇ?s Angie Minova; 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
For her final match of the day Orletsky faced San Jose Stateˇ?s Sanda Hadzisabic in the consolation bracket and won; 6-2, 6-2.
In doubles play, Toporowska and Orletsky were involved in a very close match against the University of Pacificˇ?s Arens Svenja and Sasha Fisher, but eventually lost; 9-8.
Assistant Coach Brian Ramirez said that he liked what he saw out of both girls in the first day. Coach Ramirez went on to say that he was hoping that the girls could have pulled out a victory in the doubles event but was pleased with the effort. "Each girl has different things that they are working on individually in singles play and overall I thought their play was solid" added Ramirez.
Along with the tournament in Fresno, the Cats were also competing in the Miner Invitational in El Paso, Texas. Making her debut as a wildcat, freshman Jane Huh got off to a rough start but was able to recover nicely to beat Ana Cecillia Trevino of Monterrey Tech University; 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. In doubles action, Huh and senior Camelia Todorova teamed together to knock off Natalie Araya and Anna Djananova of Lee College; 8-5, but later fell to New Mexico State's Zeljka Juricek and Paulina Zuniga; 8-5.
Head Coach Vicky Maes said she was pleased with the results on Friday but would have liked to have seen the girls win their second match. "This being the first time Camelia and Jane have ever played together, I think they did pretty well" said Maes. Maes on Huh's ability to bounce back after dropping the first set, "It's always tough for a freshman going into her first match, but Jane kept her composure and was able come away with the win." "With these early fall tournaments, I just want the girls to go out and compete" added Maes.
Tomorrow in singles play Todorova squares off against Ana Paula de la Pena of Monterrey Tech University with Huh facing Zeljka Juricek from New Mexico State. In doubles, the two-some will look to rebound against Weronika Bloczynska and Megan Pritchard of UTEP.