Dons tennis returned to San Francisco this past weekend as the men’s and women’s teams hosted the 11th annual Battle in the Bay Classic at the California Tennis Club. Eighteen schools participated in the three-day tournament, including powerhouses like the University of Southern California Trojans and Stanford University Cardinal.
Day one of the tournament was successful for the Dons. In his first round matchup, sophomore Nitzan Ricklis recorded a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Lucas Labrunie of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Rainbow Warriors.
Ricklis and his doubles partner, senior Paul Giraud, advanced to the men’s doubles quarterfinals with an 8-7 (3) victory over the Golden Bears of the University of California, Berkeley. Unfortunately, Ricklis and Giraud were eliminated in the semifinals, 8-4, by the nationally-ranked duo of Bjorn Thomson and Parker Wynn of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
On the women’s side, sophomore Rita Colyer had an incredible day on the court. Her road to the finals began with a 6-4, 6-3 first-round upset over No. 2 Lisa Zaar from the Pepperdine University Waves.
Colyer returned to the court for doubles action, pairing up with sophomore Arianna Capogrosso. The duo started the day with a win over Klara Kosan and Elise Frigout of the University of the Pacific Tigers, 8-3. In the quarterfinals, the Dons scored an upset over the University of San Diego Toreros as Colyer and Capogrosso beat first-seeded Solymar Colling and Elizabeth Goldsmith 8-4 to advance to the semifinals.
The second day of the Battle in the Bay marked the end of the Dons’ winning streak. Ricklis attempted to punch his ticket to the quarterfinals but was outed 6-0, 6-4 by Jacob Fearnley of Texas Christian University Horned Frogs.
With the semifinals on the horizon, Colyer needed to overcome Klara Kosan from the University of the Pacific Tigers. However, in the end, Kosan overpowered her opponent, and Colyer was defeated by a score of 6-4, 6-3.
In women’s doubles, Colyer and Capogrosso battled against the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons. Both pairings fought down to the final point, but Wake Forest emerged victorious with an 8-5 win.
With the Battle in the Bay Classic in the rearview mirror, the Dons turn their attention to next month’s string of tournaments.
USF’s women’s tennis team returns to action on Oct. 4-6 as the Dons compete in Moraga, California at the St. Mary’s Invitational. The men’s team will begin tuning up for the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Regional Tournament, which will be held from Oct. 25-29 at the Taube Family Tennis Center in Palo Alto, California.