Pacific Women's Tennis:Pacific’s Late Rally Falls Short; Drop Match to No. 55 Denver
Junior Jenifer Widjaja (Sao Roque, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and senior Sasha Fisher (Northampton, Bermuda) opened scoring in the match when they topped Sophia Bergner and Anna-Betty Kadar, 8-1, in No. 1 doubles play. With Pacific suffering a disappointing loss at the No. 2 position, the doubles point was in the hands of sophomore Sarah Irvin (Brisbane, Australia) and freshman Julia Hansen (Hamburg, Germany). The pair took a 7-6 lead late in the match but could not hold on as the Pioneers Julia Bauregger and Emma Isberg went on a run to win 9-7, securing Denvers 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
We were leading in both the second and third doubles after easily winning at No. 1, said Head Coach Bob Chiene. We just did not finish well.
No. 60 Widjaja dominated Ute Schnoy, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Womens Tennis Athlete of the Week, in No. 1 singles winning her match 6-1, 6-0. Schnoy came into the matchup having beaten three ranked opponents this season so far, including a top 30 athlete.
Leading the team with a 4-1 singles record this spring, Widjaja earned her 5-0 lead in set one on an ace down the middle of the court. Schnoy picked up her only game of the match after the pair switched sides. But Widjaja sealed the door to take the win and tie Pacific with the Pioneers 1-1 for the dual match.
Hansen defeated Bauregger in straight sets (6-1, 6-1) at the No. 3 position to give Pacific a 2-1 lead, but a loss at the No. 4 position for the Tigers tied the dual match for a second time.
Pacific had a chance to break away at the No. 2 position where freshman Christina Goehl (Karlsruhe, Germany) was battling it out against Bergner. After dropping the first set 6-3, Goehl was down 0-1 in set two before rallying to take a 2-1 lead In a display of sheer athleticism, the newcomer ended two long volleys on strategically placed balls to boost the lead to 3-1, but Bergner rebounded and went on a five-game win streak to take the set and the win.
With the Pioneers ahead 3-2, Fisher controlled her second bout with Kadar flawlessly, winning in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) without relinquishing a single game to tie the dual match for a third and final time.
The days competition fell on who would win at the No. 5 position. Junior Olga Gumenyuk (Kiev, Ukraine) attempted to rebound from a 7-5 set one loss but could not get by Isberg and dropped set two with a score of 7-5 as well to end the match.
Olga fought hard and was ill and had a fever, but did her best under the circumstances, Chiene said. We split the singles 3-3 but the doubles point decided the match.
The Tigers will spend the rest of February away from home. Pacific starts a 10-game road trip at Washington State on Feb. 12. The Tigers will also see Big West rivals No. 50 Long Beach State, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly before finally returning home to face Cal State Fullerton on March 28.
PACIFIC WOMENS TENNIS
No. 55 Denver 4, Pacific 3
Saturday, February 06, 2010
1. Widjaja/Fisher (PAC) def. Bergner/Kadar (DEN), 8-1
2. Boothman/Schnoy (DEN) def. Hansen/Gumenyuk (PAC), 8-6
3. Bauregger/Isberg (DEN) def. Irvin/Goehl (PAC), 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. No. 60 Jenifer Widjaja (PAC) def. Ute Schnoy (DEN) 6-1, 6-0
2. Julia Bauregger (DEN) def. Christina Goehl (PAC) 6-3, 6-3
3. Julia Hansen (PAC) def. Sophia Bergner (DEN) 6-1, 6-1
4. Lorinda Boothman (DEN) def. Sarah Irvin (PAC) 6-2, 6-2
5. Emma Isberg (DEN) def. Olga Gumenyuk (PAC) 7-5, 7-5
6. Sasha Fisher (PAC) def. Anna Kadar (DEN) 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish: 1, 3, 4, 2, 6, 5