BERKELEY – Highlighted by sophomore Sayaka Tsugai (right), who advanced to the semifinals of the White Bracket singles competition on Saturday afternoon, the Cal Poly women's tennis program enjoyed another successful day at the California Nike Fall Invitational.
Tsugai reached the semifinal phase after dispatching of Samantha Martino of UC Davis, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3. Tsugai will face San Jose State's Malin Cubucku on Sunday at 11 a.m. for a spot in the 2 p.m. championship.
In the White Bracket consolation portion, freshman Zoe Oedekerk reached the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Santa Clara's Elaine Chesoni. Oedekerk will face Claire Meunier of UC Davis at 1:30 p.m. for a spot in the 3:30 p.m. championship.
In the Gold Bracket, junior Danè Joubert was eliminated from consolation play at the quarterfinal phase by Santa Clara's Zeina El Tawil, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (6).
In round robin singles action for players eliminated from bracket contention, sophomore Emily Gibbens produced a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Pacific's Francis Dean while senior Hannah Stone fell to San Jose State's Julianna Bacelar (6-4, 6-3) and freshman Molly Reed dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Arizona State's Gussie O'Sullivan
In doubles action, Reed and Oedekerk were eliminated from title contention in the White Bracket at the quarterfinal stage by Santa Clara's Nabila Farah and Riley Morgan, 6-3, 6-2.
In the Gold Bracket, Gibbens and Tsugai reached the semifinals of the consolation portion by topping Santa Clara's Danielle Zinn and Delphin Rouvillois, 6-0, 7-5. Gibbens and Tsugai then reached the championship after San Francisco's Ines Teixeira and Milica Hadzi-Tanovic were forced to retire through injury. Gibbens and Tsugai will face Nevada's Juliette Legendre and Sheila Smiley for the title at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
In the Blue Bracket, Stone and Joubert reached the semifinal round of the consolation phase with a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (6) victory against Arizona State's Joanna Smith and Kassidy Jump.