"The team did well for a first day," head coach Vicky Maes said. "We had a good performance in doubles, winning two out of three. We are making a lot of improvements in that area and that's encouraging. Singles went pretty well, too. The girls competed hard and had good individual wins. Tomorrow will be a real test and I'm hoping to see the Cats pull out a few good wins."
In doubles play, Kim Stubbe and Sarah Landsman played Juliette Coupez and Maja Sujica from the University of San Diego for an 8-5 win. Natasha Marks and Lacey Smyth beat Malorie De la Cruz and Megan Sandford from Cal State Fullerton, 8-1. Susan McRann and Jane Huh lost to Alyssa Nafarrete and Aglea Van den Bergh from the University of Hawaii, 9-8.
In first round singles play, Smyth won against Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine University, 7-6, 6-2. Huh lost 6-2, 6-3 to Katarina Poljakova from the University of Hawaii. Elizabeth Hammond won against Megan Sandford from Cal State Fullerton, 6-2, 7-5.
Marks, Landsman, Stubbe, McRann, and Debora Castany all had a bye for the first round singles draw.
In second round singles play, Marks played Malorie De la Cruz from Cal State Fullerton for a 6-2, 6-3 win. Landsman won 6-2, 6-2 against Sianna Simmons from Arizona State University. Stubbe won 6-1, 6-0 against Adriana Radinovic from Loyola Marymount University. McRann won against Kiersten Meehan from the UCSB, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Castany lost to Julie Luzar from Long Beach State, 7-5, 6-0. Smyth lost against Micaela Hein from Arizona State University, 6-4, 6-2. Hammond played Jaklin Alawi from Long Beach State for a 6-0, 6-3 loss.
On Friday, Landsman, Marks, McRann and Stubbe will all play in the singles round of 32. For complete coverage of the ITA Regional Championships, visit www.itatennis.com.