USF participated in the rain-shortened Saint Mary’s Invitational in Moraga, Calif. last weekend, and they finished the tournament with a doubles title and excellent showings from many contributors on the team. Senior Marina Nikolic and redshirt junior Andrea Ka won the red doubles bracket handily by defeating their opponents from Washington and San Jose State. Freshman Ines Teixeira also shined in the tournament, earning her first ever collegiate win.
On Sunday, Nikolic and Ka first battled the formidable duo of Elian Douglas Miron and Miki Kobayashi from Washington in the doubles semifinals. The two Dons ended up dominating the match, thrashing the Washington duo 8-2, which led to a matchup for the championship between Nikolic and Ka and San Jose State’s Gaelle Ray and Malin Cubukcu. Again, Nikolic and Ka ran away with the match, winning 8-3 to take home the doubles title.
It was a busy, productive tournament for Nikolic and Ka, who both also performed well in singles play. In the red singles bracket, Nikolic ousted Washington’s Julija Lukac 6-2, 7-3 in the quarterfinals, although she would later be defeated 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals by Karla Popovic of UC Berkeley. Ka won her first singles match against Catherine Leduc from Saint Mary’s, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (5), and she built upon the momentum from that win to defeat Douglas Miron from Washington in the semifinals. Were it not for a downpour of rain that prevented the tournament from being completed, Ka may have added a singles championship to her tournament title collection.
Teixeira was pitted against Leilani Tice from UC Davis, and she cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tice for her first win of the fall season. Sophomore Genevieve McCloskey advanced to the quarterfinals in the white singles bracket with after taking a close 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 decision against UC Davis’ LaniRae Green, but she was outmatched by Washington’s Kobayashi in the quarterfinals, losing 6-0, 6-1.
Despite the rain that halted numerous matches, the Dons still garnered considerable success at the Saint Mary’s Invitational due to the strong performances from Nikolic, Ka, and company. USF’s next tournament will be its last of the fall season, and it will begin on Friday, Nov. 7 when the Dons participate in the San Jose State Hidden Duel.