TEMPE, Ariz. Fernanda DaValle (duh VYE-ah) won two more singles matches and added a doubles win with partner Tereza Prochazkova (ter-ee-zah pro-KOS-cove-ah), as she led the Wildcats through the second day of play at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
A day after Kansas State played bracket buster and forced a reorganization of the tournament by winning all five of its consolation singles matches, DaValle defeated Arizona State’s Laila Abdala in straight sets and outlasted Michigan’s Chisako Sugiyama in three sets. The wins, and the reorder to avoid intra-squad matches, gave DaValle a berth in Sunday’s consolation championship match against Michigan’s Lindsay Howard.
“I would say that Fernanda has had an excellent tournament so far. She’s been playing with a lot more focus and consistency than at anytime in the past,” Kansas State head coach Steve Bietau said. “Both of her matches were against good, quality opponents and were tough matches. She needed a combination of shot making and tenacity to win both.”
Jessica Simosa also added a win for the Wildcats, bringing her tournament total to two through the first two days.
“She’s playing against very tough opponents and she’s continuing to lift her level and play better as the fall season goes along,” Bietau said of Simosa, who defeated Arizona State’s Vana Tomas in three sets.
Katerina Kudlackova (kud-LATCH-cove-ah) and Maria Perevoschikova (pair-a-vosh-eh-cove-ah) also notched wins for Kansas State. Kudlackova defeated the No. 3 seed Hala Sufi of Purdue, 6-2, 6-2.
“Katka is another player to take note of. She turned a pretty tough match into a routine win in singles,” Bietau said.
DaValle and Prochazkova defeated Michigan’s Allie Shafner and Howard, 8-4, to earn the only doubles win for the Wildcats on Saturday and only the second doubles win for Kansas State in the tournament.
Play will conclude on Sunday with every Kansas State player getting one more singles match and Simosa and Olga Klimova (KLI-mova) will play a doubles match against a team from Stanford.
2005 ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Whiteman Tennis Center Arizona State University
Day Two Results
Saturday, November 5
Fernanda DaValle (KSU) def. Laila Abdala (Arizona State), 6-4, 6-4
Fernanda DaValle (KSU) def. Chisako Sugiyama (Michigan), 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-0
Chisako Sugiyama (Michigan) def. Olga Klimova (KSU), 6-4, 6-4
Jessica Simosa (KSU) def. Vana Tomas (Arizona State), 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1
Lindsay Howard (Michigan) def. Jessica Simosa (KSU), 7-6 (4), 7-5
Katerina Kudlackova (KSU) def. Hala Sufi (Purdue), 6-2, 6-2
Maria Perevoschikova (KSU) def. Katie Schurr (Northern Arizona), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Allie Shafner (Michigan) def. Tereza Prochazkova (KSU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Leitch/Rankin (Arizona State) def. Kudlackova/Perevoschikova (KSU), 8-6
Clarke/Pooler (Arizona State) def. Simosa/Klimova (KSU), 8-4
DaValle/Prochazkova (KSU) def. Howard/Shafner (Michigan), 8-4