Seawolves send first competitor to Oracle Cup in four years

Traveling all the way down to Surprise, Arizona, sophomore Sonoma State University women’s tennis player Jensyn Warren competed in the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup. On Oct. 1, Warren took the championship at the Fall Regional in Azusa, which led her to compete in Surprise. Warren entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed. 

Warren prepared for this tournament by practicing against the men’s tennis team for stronger competition. Warren also prepped for AZ by physically practicing the right amount before the tournament, but mentally preparing by not getting in her head and having too much pressure. 

The tournament began on Oct. 13, with Warren matched against Alexandria Maciel of St. Mary’s Texas. Warren took a tough lost with the scores of 6-3 and 6-2. 

“This tournament was an important experience for her, to see that she can win a tournament like this,” said by Coach Joaquin Lopez.

Warren was the second Sonoma State women’s tennis player to compete in the ITA Oracle Cup in four years. 

“Working and competing with Warren is always a privilege, she is such a hard worker and super motivational. She puts a hundred percent into every practice and match and makes everyone around her want to do the same,” said senior player Jordyn Kearney. 

Going into the consolation semifinal match planning to play against Armstrong, ended taking turn of events due to a player being injured. Warren took upon a match against Gabriela Siembab of NYIT to finish fifth place. Warren’s finish succeeded her to mark history, by making it the highest finish in Sonoma State women’s tennis history. 

“Going to this tournament she had to win regional’s in L.A., which was already a big accomplishment. She played against tough opponents, and only being a sophomore, as a coach I am super proud,” said Lopez.

“Our goals are to do our best as we can do to hopefully win conference this year and play each match to the best of our abilities,” Kearney said about the upcoming season.  

However, the Sonoma State women’s tennis team are currently dealing with the difficulties of injuries. Currently, three of their top six players are injured and cannot compete this fall. 

“I’m hoping for everyone to be healthy and that we can peak again by end of January, but right now focusing on personal growth,” Lopez said.

Due to weather conditions, the Seawolves had to cancel their home opener, which will not be rescheduled.  

The Seawolves will be back to open their season in Turlock on Oct. 21 for the Warrior Invitational.