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Women's tennis fierce on day one of the Pac-10 Championships

April 23, 2009

he Arizona State Women's Tennis team showed their strength of heart on Thursday as they battled it out against the best of the Pac at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships at Ojai Valley Athletic Club.

After a short weather delay, the team came out strong in Round One of Championship Singles play, as senior Laila Abdala swiftly put away Oregon's Madelie van Rensburg 6-1, 6-1 to advance. Michelle Brycki followed suit, battling it out for a win over USC's Gabriella Niculescu 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Nadia Abdala faced off against USC's Alison Ramos, but was unable to overcome the Trojan, ultimately falling 7-5, 6-2. Sophomore Kelcy McKenna bravely took on Arizona's Natasha Marks, but was defeated by the Wildcat contender 6-2, 6-4.

The second round, however, would not be as successful for the Sun Devil team. Laila Abdala played with heart and took her first set against Stanford's Jessica Nguyen 6-7, but would be unable to best the Cardinal player, falling 7-6, 6-3. While freshman Michelle Brycki kept a close eye on Cal's Marina Cossou, she was ultimately defeated in a 6-3, 6-4 decision.

Round One of Invitational Singles play started off rocky for the Devils as Ali Van Horne was unable to get the better of Oregon's Siobhan Cavan, despite a monumental effort, falling 6-3, 6-1. Sianna Simmons quickly recovered for the Sun Devils, blowing the Ducks Trudie du Toit out of the water 6-0, 7-5.

In Round Two, Sianna Simmons was unable to repeat her winning performance, falling to UCLA's Stephanie Wetmore 6-2, 6-2. Ashlee Brown also found her opponent difficult to overcome, dropping her match against Washington State's Aleksandra Malovic 6-3, 6-3.

The Devils now move on to the singles consolation bracket and doubles play.

Exciting Pac-10 Tournament action continues tomorrow at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club and continues through Sunday. Results are available at and

Pac-10 Women's Championship Singles

First Round:

Alison Ramos (USC) def. Nadia Abdala (ASU), 7-5, 6-2

Laila Abdala (ASU) def. Madelie van Rensburg (ORE), 6-1, 6-1

Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Gabriela Niculescu (USC), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2

Natasha Marks (ARIZ) def. Kelcy McKenna (ASU), 6-2, 6-4

Second Round:

Jessica Nguyen (STAN) def. Laila Abdala (ASU), 6-7, 7-6, 6-3

Marina Cossou (CAL) def. Michelle Brycki (ASU), 6-3, 6-4

Pac-10 Women's Invitational Singles

First Round:

Sianna Simmons (ASU) def. Trudie du Toit (ORE), 6-0, 7-5

Siobhan Cavan (ORE) def. Ali Van Horne (ASU), 6-3, 6-1

Ashlee Brown (ASU), Bye

Second Round:

Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) def. Sianna Simmons (ASU), 6-2, 6-2

Aleksandra Malovic (WSU) def. Ashlee Brown (ASU), 6-3, 6-3