USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Up Next for Aggies

Samantha Martino is one of four Aggies competing in their first regional championship this weekend at Stanford.

Oct. 17, 2013


DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis will compete at this weekend’s United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (USTA/ITA) Northwest Regional, hosted by Stanford University for the seventh straight season, in its final tournament of the fall season.

Opening-day competition will commence at 9 a.m. Friday morning with one round of doubles and two singles rounds.

Action will continue throughout the weekend at the Taube Family Tennis Center with the event’s finals scheduled for Tuesday.

In addition to Stanford, other ITA Northwest Region schools making the trip to Palo Alto include: California, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Pacific, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Washington and Washington State. 

Coming off their successful run at last weekend’s Saint Mary’s Fall Invitational, Meghan Heneghan and Melissa Kobayakawa will look to continue their stellar play on the courts during singles, and doubles competition. In that event, the two captured a second-place finish in their main draw; Heneghan, currently ranked No. 90 among all singles players nationwide, also concluded singles competition in the invite's consolation semifinals.

Looking to end fall action on a positive note are Claire Jaramishian, Tiffany Pham, Layla Sanders and Nicole Koehly. At the Cal Invite, their season-opening tournament, both Jaramishian/Pham and Sanders/Koehly advanced to the consolation semifinals in their respective brackets. 

Competing for the first time at a USTA/ITA regional event are freshmen Frederique Sleiffer and Samantha Martino. In their inaugural event as an Aggie last weekend, the two advanced to the singles round of 32 and experienced additional success in their respective doubles contests.

Alongside Pham, Sleiffer helped her team advance to her flight’s quarterfinals; Martino and fellow newcomer Kamila Kecki advanced to the semifinal round of the main draw. In the same bracket, albeit on the consolation half of the draw, another newcomer, Claire Meunier, and Jaramishian ended their doubles run in the semifinals.

In singles competition, Kecki advanced to the final day of action in Moraga where she fell in the semifinals. Last time out, Sleiffer earned a berth in the Round of 32, Meunier advanced to the second round of her consolation bracket with Martino ending her singles run at the Korth Tennis Complex in the consolation quarterfinals.

At last year’s regional, Heneghan advanced to the event’s final day before she, and Sanders, dropped their doubles quarterfinal match to one of Stanford’s pairings by an 8-5 score.