The University of Minnesota women's tennis team completed day one of the season- opening 2005 Bronco Invitational today in Kalamazoo, Mich., with a solid showing in both singles and doubles matches. The Golden Gophers went 2-3 in singles play and 3-3 in doubles action.
In Flight A singles, junior Ida Malmberg began her season with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win over Ball State's Haly Claderwood in the first round. Picking up her first win as a Golden Gopher, Mariana Spilca dispatched Alba Berdala of Indiana, 6-0, 6-1 - also in the first round of Flight A. Sophomore Marina Bugaenco fell in a tight three-set match in her Flight A opener, falling, 3-6, 6-3, (10-6) to Indiana's Marah Calvo. Bugaenco continues play in the consolation bracket, while Malmberg and Spilca advance to the quarterfinals.
The Maroon and Gold went 0-2 in Flight B singles play with Jenna Tellefsen falling 6-2, 6 -1 to Katie Owens of Ball State, and Shelby Rohrer losing to Western Michigan's Malena Remnyse, 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles play, Minnesota competed in matches against Illinois-Chicago and Western Michigan. Versus UIC, the Golden Gophers went 2-1 with Malmberg and senior captain Nischela Reddy overwhelming Iris Jaklin and Callan Smith, 8-2, and Bugaenco and Spilca earning their first win as a duo with an 8-6 win over Corey Steven and Christina Oum. Reddy and Malmberg picked up UM's lone win in the matches vs. WMU, edging Remnyse and Noriko Saruta, 8-6, to improve to 2-0 on the day.
The 2005 Bronco Invitational, hosted by Western Michigan, runs through Sunday, and features Indiana, Western Michigan, Marquette, Ball State and Illinois-Chicago. Check gophersports.com and wmubroncos.com for results from the Bronco Invitational.
Sept. 16, 2005
Flight A Singles
First Round - Ida Malmberg (MN) def. Haly Calderwood (Ball St.), 6-3, 6-2
First Round - Mariana Spilca (MN) def. Corey Steven (Illinois-Chicago), 6-1, 6-2
First Round - Marah Calvo (Indiana) def. Marina Bugaenco (MN), 3-6, 6-3, (10-6)
Flight B Singles
First Round - Katie Owens (Ball St.) def. Jenna Tellefsen (MN), 6-2, 6-1
First Round - Malena Remnyse (Western Michigan) def. Shelby Rohrer (MN), 6-1, 6-1
Minnesota vs. Western Michigan
Nischela Reddy/Malmberg (MN) def. Remnyse/Noriko Saruta (WMU), 8-6
Carrie Jeanmarie/Rattiya Hiranrat (WMU) def. Spilca/Bugaenco (MN), 8-4
Colleen Mead/Priyanka Parekh (WMU) def. Rohrer/Tellefsen (MN), 8-2
Minnesota vs. Illinois-Chicago
Malmberg/Reddy (MN) def. Iris Jaklin/Callan Smith (UIC), 8-2
Spilca/Bugaenco (MN) def. Steven/Christina Oum (UIC), 8-6
Grace Gill-Morlis (UIC)/Mead (WMU) def. Rohrer/Tellefsen (MN), 8-5
Tomorrow's singles schedule
Quartefinals - Malmberg (MN) vs. Jeanmarie (WMU)
Quarterfinals - Spilca (MN) vs. Alba Berdala (IU)
Consolation - Bugaenco (MN) vs. Jaklin (UIC)
Consolation - Tellefsen (MN) vs. Nikki Hein (IU)
Consolation - Rohrer (MN) vs. Francina Bonnelly (Marquette)