The BYU Invitational over the weekend pitted the CSU tennis team
against several other teams in the region and the Rams managed
The Rams opened singles play by going 3-3, Dasha Zhurin, Jessica
Jones and Jasmin Singh all advanced to the semi-finals. Emily
Kirchem, Carla Pallares and Alexandra Paganetti all lost on the
first day of competition and were cast into the consolation
“We were a little inconsistent in our first day of competition
but we are pleased to advance half of our squad into the semis,”
said head coach Jon Messick.
Doubles competition was less successful for the Rams, as all
three teams were defeated by tough opening-day matches.
Day two had Zhurin going against New Mexico’s Maja Kovacek, the
No. 41 ranked player in the country to open the semi-final play.
After taking the first set 7-5, Zhurin dropped consecutive sets 1-6
and 0-6 and was eliminated.
Both of the other semi-final matches ended with Ram losses as
Jones was dropped by Dolly Chang of BYU in three sets, 6-4, 2-6 and
6-1. New Mexico’s Jennifer Ryba took care of Singh quickly with
sets of 6-0 and 6-3.
The only singles victory on day two came from Emily Kirchem as
she defeated Utah State’s Jill Smith 6-3 and 6-1.
Friday was more kind to the Rams’ doubles as both the Kirchem
and Zhurin and the Paganetti and Singh teams won the matches they
played. Kirchem and Zhurin defeated teams from Weber State and
Utah, and Paganetti and Singh beat teams from Weber State and Utah
In the final day of the tournament the Rams went 4-2, their best
day yet. Kirchem beat Lauren Jones from BYU to capture the
second-flight consolation bracket with a record of 2-1.
Singh finished third in the sixth flight by beating Anna Curtolo
from Boise State. Pallares and Paganetti also were victorious on
their final day of matches, beating Weber State’s Karla Pretorius
and Kate Ennenga respectively.
The Rams will be in action again on Oct. 2 in Pacific Palisades,
Calif. for the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.