After a first-round bye, senior Kate Cusick and freshman Anastasia Abramyan in doubles play defeated Washington’s Kenadi Hance and Lana Slavica, 8-4. The two will face off against conference foes Laura Gulbe and Dzina Milovanoic of Pepperdine on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals.
Junior Taylah Beckman had a great start to the Jack Kramer Invitational with a commanding victory over Fresno State’s Abbey Watanabe, 6-1, 6-0. Beckman will play Terri Fleming of UCLA in the round of 32 early Friday morning.
Sophomore Katie Fitt and freshman Madeline Almeida won a close match against Georgetown’s Daphne De Chatellus and Drew Spinosa, 8-7, in the first round of doubles play. Unfortunately, Fitt and Almeida fell to Natalie Dasilveira and Amit Lev-Air of UC Santa Barbara in the round of 16, 8-0. The remaining doubles team, Hermehr Kaur and Beckman, fell to Tia Elpusan and Sara Khattab of UC Riverside, 8-1.
In singles play, Cusick had a hard-fought match against Georgetown’s Spinosa but came up short, 4-6, 3-6. Abramyan also kept her match close versus Amit Lev-Ari of UC Santa Barbara until falling 3-6, 5-7. Kaur hung tight with UCLA’s Kristin Wiley, losing the first set, 5-7, and taking the second set, 6-3. However, Wiley defeated Kaur in the third set, 10-6. Conference opponent Camila Tumosa of LMU defeated Fitt in the first round, 3-6, 3-6, and Almeida lost to Oregon’s Daniela Nasser, 3-6, 4-6.
The second day of tournament play begins Friday morning.