No. 23 Bulldogs Fall To No. 7 Hurricanes In NCAA Round Of 16
May 18, 2006
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The 23rd-ranked Fresno State women's tennis team was defeated by seventh-ranked Miami 4-1 in the NCAA round of 16, Thursday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University. Despite losing the doubles point, the Bulldogs battled a tough Miami team during Fresno State's third appearance in the sweet sixteen. Senior Katharina Winterhalter won in No. 2 singles to notch the Bulldogs only point, defeating No. 77 Melissa Applebaum in straight sets.
Miami's Patricia Starzyk clinched the match, defeating sophomore Jacqueline Haskett 7-5, 6-2. Haskett was down 4-1 in the first set before rallying to 5-5. On court's No. 3 and 6, the Bulldogs also had chances. Senior Lucia Sainz won the first set in a tiebreaker and was in the tiebreaker of the second set when Miami clinched the dual match. Freshman Tinesta Rowe won her first set, but lost the second.
Winterhalter again proved to be tough when it really counts. In 2004, Winterhalter also won her singles match during the round of 16. She finished her career with 104 career singles wins, second most in Fresno State history.
Sainz finished her four-year career with more than 100 doubles wins in only seven semesters of action. Winterhalter also concluded her career at the century mark in doubles wins.
The Bulldogs will return five women to the squad next year: sophomore Jacqueline Haskett and freshman Melanie Gloria, Vanessa Heroux, Bruna Paes and Rowe.
Fresno State concluded its season with a record of 20-7, the seventh 20 win season in program history.
Sainz and Winterhalter will begin competition in the NCAA doubles tournament on Wednesday, May 24. Gloria will participate in the NCAA singles tournament starting on Tuesday, May 23.
NCAA Round of 16
No. 7 Miami, 4-1 def. No. 23 Fresno State, 4-1
Doubles (Miami wins doubles point)
Records: Miami (22-6); Fresno State (20-7)