Women's Tennis Earns Three Wins on Day One of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championship
Oct. 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - On day one of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championship in Las Vegas, Utah State's women's tennis team earned three wins and saw two individuals and two doubles teams advance out of the first round.
In the first round of the singles tournament, Aggie junior McKenzie Davis and sophomore Kallie Sperry catapulted their way into the next round with victories over familiar foes. Davis defeated former Western Athletic Conference foe Idaho's Galina Bykova (6-4, 7-5), while Sperry won a three-set match against current Mountain West Conference opponent Boise State's Megan Lalone (6-3, 4-6, 6-4).
Freshman Cassidy Branstine dropped her first match of the tournament against Denver's Evy Van Denechten (6-2, 7-5), while fellow freshman Lexi Turley lost to Wyoming's Jessica Parizer (6-1, 6-1). Amber Stuhlmann and Ashley Stuhlmann both dropped matches against players from bordering states. Amber lost to Nevada's Sheila Morales Hidalgo (6-1, 6-4), while Ashley lost to Colorado's Alex Aiello (6-0, 6-1).
In doubles play, the team of Branstine and Turley won their opening round matchup against New Mexico State's Brittany Collens and Mia Brandt (8-5), while Davis and Sperry earned a first-round bye because they were ranked fifth in the bracket. Amber and Ashley Stuhlmann dropped their opening doubles match to Boise State's Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo (8-1).
On Thursday, Sperry takes on New Mexico's Lizette Blankers, while Davis squares off against BYU's Morgan Anderson. In doubles, Turley and Branstine will face in-state rival Utah's Paige Miles and Tereza Bekerova, and Davis and Sperry will take on Denver's Charlotte Derbyshire and Michelle Garpenlov. Consolation play also begins Friday.
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Results - Day One Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championship Singles Round of 128 Kallie Sperry (USU) def. Megan Lalone (BSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Evy Van Denechten (DU) def. Cassidy Branstine (USU) 6-2, 7-5 Sheila Morales Hidalgo (UNR) def. Amber Stuhlmann (USU) 6-1, 6-4 McKenzie Davis (USU) def. Galina Bykova (UI) 6-4, 7-5 Jessica Parizer (WYO) def. Lexi Turley (USU) 6-1, 6-1 Alex Aiello (COL) def. Ashley Stuhlmann (USU) 6-0, 6-1