Buckley Wins Singles Bracket at SMC Invitational

Oct. 14, 2008

MORAGA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's tennis team concluded play at the Saint Mary's College Invitational at conference opponent Saint Mary's College this past weekend. Bronco newcomer, Kelly Buckley had a standout weekend for Santa Clara, as the SCU transfer won the Singles Blue Bracket. Buckley, who went through three opponents to reach the finals, and breezed by University of Nevada, Reno's Katarina Huba, 6-4, 6-0, in the finals.

"It was great for Kelly to get a good result this past weekend," said head coach Ben Cabell. "It really adds to the momentum we are trying to create in building a successful run this season."

Ashley Pane, who participated in her first fall tournament of the 2008-09 campaign, made it to the finals in the White Singles Bracket, but fell to the University of Washington's Samantha Smith 6-0, 6-0. Pane's solid weekend for the Broncos also included a trip to the White Doubles Bracket finals, with partner Stephanie Galainena. The pair easily defeated UC Davis' Jenna Kappel and Jessica Harris, 8-3, in the semifinals, but could not outmatch Saint Mary's pairing of Erin Young and Molly Aloia, as they concluded play falling 8-6.

Buckley, who also partnered with Kacie Wagner in doubles landed in the consolation finals. The SCU pair outplayed the University of Portland's Anna Gullickson and Stefani Doolittle, 8-4, to earn a final doubles win.

Kimi Cox, who competed in the Blue Singles Bracket consolation rounds, defeated UC Davis' Jenna Kappel 6-1, 6-0. Cox then paired with Carmen Pham, who was a last minute addition to the weekends play replacing an under the weather, Isabelle Hoy, advanced to the finals in Blue Doubles Bracket on Saturday. The doubles team fought hard against a talented Reno pairing of Aodhnait Lombard and Shannon Cassidy, but could not get the advantage and fell 8-4.

The Broncos resume action on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the ITA Regionals hosted at Stanford University.

Sunday, Oct. 12

WHITE ITA Singles -- Semifinals
SC Ashley Pane d. SM Erin Young 6-3;6-4

WHITE ITA Singles -- Finals
UW Samantha Smith d. SC Ashley Pane 6-0;6-0

WHITE ITA Doubles -- Finals
SM Erin Young - SM Molly Aloia d. SC Ashley Pane - SC Steph Galainena 8-6

WHITE ITA Doubles Consolations -- Consolation Finals
SC Kacie Wagner - SC Kelly Buckley d. POR Anna Gullikson - POR StefanieDoolittl 8-4

BLUE ITA Singles -- Finals
SC Kelly Buckley d. NEV Katarina Huba 6-4;6-0

BLUE ITA Singles Consolations -- Consolation Finals
SC Kimi Cox d. DAV Jenna Kappel 6-1;6-0

Saturday, Oct. 11

WHITE ITA Singles -- Round of 16
SC Ashley Pane d. USF Jessy Mekpoh 6-7(6);6-0;6-3

WHITE ITA Singles -- Quarterfinals
SC Ashley Pane d. SAC Gayane Sarkisian 7-6(4);6-3

WHITE ITA Singles Consolations -- Round 1
SC Kacie Wagner d. SJS Kerri Kummer 7-6(3);6-2 SAC Milica Zivanovic d. SC Steph Galainena Wo (inj)

WHITE ITA Singles Consolations -- Consolation Quarterfinals
PAC Kateryna Nezhura d. SC Kacie Wagner 6-2;7-6(3)

BLUE ITA Doubles -- Finals
NEV Aodhnait Lombard - NEV Shannon Cassidy d. SC Carmen Pham - SC Kimi Cox 8-4

WHITE ITA Doubles -- Semifinals
SC Ashley Pane - SC Steph Galainena d. DAV Jenna Kappel - DAV Jessica Harris 8-3

WHITE ITA Doubles Consolations -- Consolation Semifinals

SC Kacie Wagner - SC Kelly Buckley d. PAC Kateryna Nezhura - PAC Svenja Arens 8-5

BLUE ITA Singles -- Quarterfinals

SC Kelly Buckley d. DAV Noelle Eades 6-2;6-1

BLUE ITA Singles -- Semifinals

SC Kelly Buckley d. PAC Sasha Fisher 4-6;6-2;6-1

BLUE ITA Singles Consolations -- Consolation Quarterfinals

SC Kimi Cox d. PAC Amber Abdallah 6-4;6-4

BLUE ITA Singles Consolations -- Consolation Semifinals

SC Kimi Cox d. USF Andrea Gaitan 6-2;6-2