Feb. 27, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Tulane University women's tennis team got a boost from a new face as freshman Anna Bartenstein made her collegiate debut and sparked the Green Wave to victories over UTEP and Texas-Pan America in day one of the Corpus Christi Women's Clinic Islander Invitational on Friday, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Held off the court due to compliance paperwork, Bartenstein made her first day in a Tulane uniform a memorable one as she posted a pair of singles wins and one doubles victory. Tulane opened the day with a 5-2 win over the Miners (8-2, 2-1 C-USA) in a Conference USA match before downing the Broncos (1-8), 5-1. With the wins, Tulane improves to 6-7 on the year and 1-2 in league play.
"Today was a great day for Tulane women's tennis," Tulane head women's tennis coach Terri Sisk said. "When we got voted Top 25 nationally in recruiting, I knew that we had the talent to be competitive. Today, having Anna in the lineup really helped. But at the same time, the little things that we have really focused on are really starting to show up in point play and in between points. That's something that we've really spend a lot of time talking about.
"I told the girls from the beginning that it was all about baby steps. Today, they saw what those steps looked like. Today, for the first time all spring, we showed what team we really are and what we are capable of doing on the court."
Bartenstein lined up at No. 1 singles in both matches and rolled to straight-set victories. She defeated UTEP's Weronika Bloczynska, 6-1, 6-4, and throttled Texas-Pan America's Stephanie Willerding, 6-2, 6-2. In doubles play, she teamed with fellow freshman Elizabeth Hamlin on Court 1 against the Miners, and the duo came away with an 8-5 win over the UTEP tandem of Bloczynska and Megan Pritchard.
While Bartenstein was on top of her game, so were her teammates as the Green Wave only dropped three points all day. Against UTEP, Tulane swept the doubles point for just the third time in 2009 and the first time since doing so against Southern on Jan. 25. Rookies Mariam Kurdadze and Lindsay Dvorak combined to defeat Carolina DeLuca and Martina Trieweiler on Court 2, 8-4, while Marcela Fonseca and Jessica Lange handled Marina DeLuca and Vicky Michaud on Court 3, 8-6.
In singles play, Kurdadze defeated Trieweiler at No. 2, 6-2, 6-2, Dvorak downed Carolina DeLuca on Court 3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 and Fonseca emerged victorious over Ximena Fuentes on Court 6, 6-0, 6-0. In addition, Lange won an exhibition match against Vicky Michaud, 6-4, 6-1, for her first outright victory of her young collegiate career.
The Miners' lone points of the day came on Courts 4 and 5 where Marina DeLuca defeated Hamlin, 7-5, 6-4, and Pritchard downed Gerber, 6-4, 6-4, respectively.
Darkness in the Corpus Christi area forced the teams to eliminate its doubles matches, but Tulane scored all the points it would need in singles play. Including Bartenstein's win on Court 1, the Green Wave won five of the six contests played for point while Lange earned another exhibition victory with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Reatta Raty.
Kurdadze extended her singles winning streak to four with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Luisa Cantu on Court 2 and Dvorak followed suit with a three-set win over Megan Bedeau on Court 3. Bedeau won the opening stanza, 7-6, courtesy of a 7-4 tie-breaker, but Dvorak rallied back to win the match with a 6-4 win in set two and a 10-7 super tie-breaker decision in set three.
Hamlin posted her first career singles win with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Andrea Salvetova on Court 4, and Gerber accounted for the final Tulane point with a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Sarah Burton on Court 6. The lone Bronco score came on Court 5 where Malin Andersen rallied from a one-set deficit to defeat Fonseca, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8).
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Feb. 29, when they take on host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the tournament title at 9 a.m. at the Corpus Christi Country Club.
"They're a good team," Sisk said of the Islanders. "They've got a lot of talented players and they really did a good job today. We had two matches today and we were focused on them one at a time. We've got a chance to win a tournament tomorrow and we want nothing more than to bring home Tulane's first tournament title since 2005. We know we're in for a dogfight, but we're excited, we're ready and we're hungry."
Following Saturday's tournament finale, the Green Wave return home to the Goldring Tennis Center on Sunday, March 8, when they play host to Illinois State at 1 p.m. Admission to that match, and to the remaining 2009 home matches, is free.
MATCH 1: TULANE (5-7, 1-2 C-USA) 5, UTEP (8-2, 2-1 C-USA) 2
No. 1 - Anna Bartenstein (TLN) def. Weronika Bloczynska (UTEP) - 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 - Mariam Kurdadze (TLN) def. Martina Trieweiler (UTEP) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 - Lindsay Dvorak (TLN) def. Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) - 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
No. 4 - Marina DeLuca (UTEP) def. Elizabeth Hamlin (TLN) - 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 - Megan Pritchard (UTEP) def. Caroline Gerber (TLN) - 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 - Marcela Fonceca (TLN) def. Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) - 6-0, 6-0
No. 7 - Jessica Lange (TLN) def. Vicky Michaud (UTEP) - 6-4, 6-1
No. 1 - Bartenstein/Hamlin (TLN) def. Bloczynska/Pritchard (UTEP) - 8-5
No. 2 - Kurdadze/Dvorak (TLN) def. C. DeLuca/Trieweiler (UTEP) - 8-4
No. 3 - Fonseca/Lange (TLN) def. M. DeLuca/Michaud (UTEP) - 8-6
MATCH 2: TULANE (6-7) 5, TEXAS-PAN AMERICA (1-8) 1
No. 1 - Anna Bartenstein (TLN) def. Stephanie Willerding (UTPA) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - Mariam Kurdadze (TLN) def. Luisa Cantu (UTPA) - 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 - Lindsay Dvorak (TLN) def. Megan Bedeau (UTPA) - 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
No. 4 - Elizabeth Hamlin (TLN) def. Andrea Salvetova (UTPA) - 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 - Malin Andersen (UTPA) def. Marcela Fonseca (TLN) - lost 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 6 - Caroline Gerber (TLN) def. Sarah Burton (UTPA) - 6-0, 6-3
No. 7 - Jessica Lange (TLN) vs. Reatta Raty (UTPA) - 6-2, 6-1