Kirchem leads CSU tennis

Sep 262004
Authors: Pete Scalia

The BYU Invitational over the weekend pitted the CSU tennis team

against several other teams in the region and the Rams managed

multiple victories.

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.

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