Sonoma State University’s women’s tennis program entered the 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II Fall West Regional this weekend.
Only a select few players were able to travel down from the bay because of a capacity limit in the tournament. Karlee Budge, Marian Bukich, Hillary Fazekas, Jensyn Warren, Katherine Long, and Jenna DeTurk were chosen to represent Sonoma State.
Sophomore Jensyn Warren, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, went undefeated through all of the brackets and managed to receive the No. 1 singles title.
Warren’s outstanding performance made Sonoma stand out this weekend, bringing home the first ITA West Regional singles title the Seawolves have seen in three years.
This win allows Warren to advance to the National Championships in Surprise, Arizona.
Warren has been one of the main players to shine in the women’s tennis program. After only two seasons on the team, she has accomplished a lot for Sonoma State.
Every year it’s an athlete’s goal to always improve their game and skill in some way. “My backhand has improved a lot from last year and my attitude which is a more difficult skill to improve,” said Jensyn Warren.
Many believe that tennis is a sport only focused on an individual’s ability to stand out. However, the Women’s tennis program is still a strong and united team that helps and encourages each other’s successes and weaknesses.
“Everyone is so supportive of each other and is always there to have your back no matter what is going on,” said Jordyn Kearney.
Jensyn reinforces the bond of the team, adding “They are my family.”
Each player made a strong contribution to the tournament, especially with a ratio of 11 wins to eight losses.
For the Seawolves to have success on the tennis court this season they will have to rely on the addition of Jennifer Kingsley and Jenna DeTurk, two new freshman who will help bolster Sonoma State’s tennis team roster.
“I think our freshmen are adjusting perfectly. The bubbly and energetic personalities they bring to the team is much needed,” said Mariann Burkich “The entire team is excited for them and we are looking forward to seeing them grow throughout the years, both on and off the court.”
For the doubles competition, the girls were only able to advance to the 16th round. Karlee Budge and Mariann Bukich played against Jacqueline Resler and Valeriia Kashine. The Seawolves were not able to defeat the Azusa Pacific girls, losing 8-2.
The program holds an overall record of 17-7. The team now sits at No. 21 in the National Rankings, and No. 4 regionally.