This past week, the Sonoma State women’s tennis team traveled to Los Angeles to play in a three-day tournament hosted by Cal State Los Angeles. The tournament hosted many players from the NCAA Division 2 West Region teams. Both singles and doubles tournaments were played. The champions of each group would go on to play in a National Event in October, and the winners in that tournament potentially have the opportunity to play in a “Super Bowl” event in New York.
Representing Sonoma State in the tournament were freshman Mariann Bukich and sophomores Karlee Budge, Kaitlyn Haithcock, and Jordyn Kearney. Haithcock and Kearney participated in the singles portion of the tournament, while Budge and Bukich took part in the doubles.
Each of the players was eliminated in round 16, but not before posting wins in earlier rounds. Haithcock defeated her first round opponent in straight sets and hours after, continued with a win in her second round. Kearney, playing as a single, also took care of her first two opponents on her way to an appearance in round 16. The doubles team of Budge and Bukich fell in their first round but bounced back with a win, leading them to round 16.
All of the Sonoma State players coordinated against competitive seeds in their round 16 losses. Haithcock faced the two seeds from BYU-Hawaii and the pairing of Budge and Bukich was matched against the top-seeded two-some from BYU-Hawaii. The team’s next action will most likely be during their Sonoma State Invitational on Oct. 11 and 12. The tournament is located at the SSU tennis courts near the Beaujolais fields.