Jecminkova's First Round NCAA Tournament Match Suspended
May 20, 2002
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Alena Jecminkova had her first-round NCAA Tournament singles match with Raquel Kops-Jones of California at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., suspended this afternoon due to rain.
Jecminkova, who waited just over two weeks for the event to start, lost the first set 6-1 and was tied with Kops-Jones 1-1 in the second set. The match will resume at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday.
Should the Wildcat senior advance to the second round she would play either Marlene Mejia of North Carolina or No. 9 Alice Pirsu of Pennsylvania at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday. A victory would also make Jecminkova only the second Wildcat in program history to advance past the first round. Yana Dorodnova reached the third round in the 1998 NCAA Championships.
Jecminkova is the first player in Wildcat history to qualify for three NCAA Singles Championships and she is just the third Kansas State player ever to qualify for the tournament. Karina Kuregian (1995) and Dorodnova (1998) are the others. Jecminkova lost to Colleen Cheng of Northwestern, 7-5, 6-2 in the opening round of last year's tournament in Stone Mountain, Ga. Cheng finished the season ranked No. 37.