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Tennis teams falter at Pac-10s

 by Kyle Odegard
 published on Monday, April 26, 2004


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Much like what occurred in conference play, the men's and women's tennis teams had a tough time at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. over the weekend.

Only one Sun Devil entry made it past the second round of the tournament, and no singles or doubles players in the main draw won more than one match.

The duo of senior Chris Stewart and redshirt freshman Jonathan Kinsella had the most success, as they made it to the semifinals of the Pac-10's Doubles Tournament.

The Sun Devils started off with a close first-round win, defeating USC's Parker Collins and Ruben Torres. The teams were knotted at eight games apiece, and were forced to go to a tiebreaker where Stewart and Kinsella pulled out a 10-4 victory.

The team then was given a free pass to the semifinals when California's duo of Daniel Sebescen and Tyler Browne did not show for the second-round match.

Kinsella and Stewart's run ended in the semis, as they were defeated by James Pade and K.C. Corkery of Stanford, 8-5.

The other ASU men's doubles team, junior Clint Letcher and sophomore Daniel Davies, fell in their opening round matchup to No. 11 Patrick Briaud and Balazs Veress of California, 8-4.

The men's singles did not have much success, either, as no Sun Devil made it past the second round. Kinsella and Letcher both won their first round matchups, but fell in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Stewart and freshman Chris Biro both lost in the first round.

The women's team entered four players into the singles main draw, but none was able to make it past the first round.

Senior Cindy Sureephong and juniors Joslynn Burkett and Lauren Colalillo each won their first sets, but neither could put her opponent away. Freshman Wendy Pilecka fell in straight sets to UA's Dianne Hollands.

The women's doubles team of Colalillo and freshman Kady Pooler had moderate success, as they came away with a first-round victory over UA's Kasia Jakowlew and Debbie Larocque, 8-6. However, the tandem dropped an 8-3 decision in the second round.

The other doubles team for the Sun Devils did not fare as well, as Pilecka and Burkett lost in the first round.

The men's team will have some time off to prepare before competing in the NCAA Regionals from March 15-16.

Reach the reporter at Kyle.Odegard@asu.edu.



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