Stockton, Calif.-In their first home match of the season, the Tigers found themselves with not only excitement, but nervous energy as well. As the doubles events got underway, the Tigers picked up confidence. In the No. 1 position, partners sophomore Iveta Masarova and sophomore Hana Ritterova claimed a victory over their opponents Andrea Ka and Sofia Holmberg to post a final match score of 8-4.
Between the doubles and singles matches, Head Women's Tennis Coach Charlotte Scatliffe reached out to the fans and in detail explained her strategy behind the doubles events and how she had prepared the Tigers for the singles events. In the singles events, sophomore Regina Suarez defeated her opponent Melinda Akerbrant with a final match score of 6-3, 7-6(4). While fellow sophomore Gergana Boncheva came up short in the No. 5 position against Yurie Hashiguchi after a fierce three set battle, 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-1.
At the conclusion of the match, Head Women's Tennis Coach Charlotte Scatliffe stated, "Today the Tigers fought hard. All players brought to the court stamina and enthusiasm to challenge USF in an over 4 hour battle with three 3-set matches resulting in a 1-6 loss. The matches were close across the board and now that we have our first match under our belt we will be taking the lessons we learned and applying them into this weeks practice to be be fired up for Fridays match against Fresno Pacific.
The Tigers now prepare to face Fresno Pacific on home territory February 1st at 2:00PM.
1. Iveta Masarova/Hana Ritterova (PAC) def. Andrea Ka/Sofia Holmberg (USF) 8-4
2. Milica Hadzi Tanovic/Yurie Hashiguchi (USF) def. Regina Suarez/Gergana Boncheva (PAC) 8-4
1. Andrea Ka (USF) def. Iveta Masarova (PAC) 7-6, 3-6, 6-1
2.Sofia Holmberg (USF) def. Hana Ritterova (PAC) 7-6(6), 6-3
3. Brooke Irish (USF) def. Susan Te (PAC) 6-1, 5-7, 4-6
4. Marina Nikolic (USF) def. Christiana Ferrari (PAC) 6-2, 6-3
5. Yurie Hashiguchi (USF) def. Gergana Boncheva (PAC) 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-1
6. Regina Suarez (PAC) def. Melinda Akerbrant (USF) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Final Match Score: USF 6, PAC 1