Women’s tennis wins big

Emily Maxfield settles into a match on Sept. 20 at the Battle of the Bay. DONS ATHLETICS/FLICKR

The USF women’s tennis team ended their fall season on the road as they competed in the San Jose State University Invitational. The three-day round-robin tournament was held from Nov. 8-10, and it featured four Dons along with players from the host San Jose State University Spartans, the University of the Pacific Tigers, and the Santa Clara University Broncos. 

USF started the invitational against the University of the Pacific Tigers. Junior Mya Bui earned the Dons’ first victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over the Tigers’ Zoe Eberle. After dropping the first set, senior Emily Maxfield bounced back to take the next two and beat the Tigers’ Dohee Lee by a score of 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-0. Freshman duo Chiho Mushika and Alicia Yue emerged victorious in their outings. Mushika made quick work of Elise Frigout (6-2, 6-1), while Yue beat Maya Lopez (6-2, 7-5). 

In doubles action, Bui and Maxfield beat Tamara Culibrk and Savannah Sendar of the San Jose State University Spartans (6-4). Mushika and Yue defeated the Spartans’ Laura Malsert and Rozalina Youseva by a score of 6-3. 

In the second day of action, Bui and Maxfield continued their doubles dominance with a 6-0 victory over Frigout and Lopez from the Tigers. Mushika and Yue followed suit with a 6-0 win over the Tigers’ team of Lee and Danielle Zamora. 

Later in singles action, Bui nabbed a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5) tiebreaker win over Santa Clara University’s Jamie Schroer. Maxfield held off the Broncos’ Caitlyn Frankel for a 6-4, 6-4 win. Mushika cruised to a straight-set victory over Katya Tabachnik (6-1, 6-2), and Yue recovered from a dropped second set to beat Santa Clara’s Nadine Del Carmen by a score of 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

The Dons faltered in doubles in the final day of competition. Bui and Maxfield lost to Maddie Pothoff and Katya Tabachnik (4-6), and Mushika and Yue found themselves on the losing end of a tiebreaker as they faced Santa Clara’s Elvena Gevargiz and Caitlyn Frankel (6-7). 

Momentum shifted for the better in singles action as Bui won a match-deciding tiebreaker against Youseva by a score of 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9). Maxfield emulated success with a 7-5, 6-2 win against the Spartans’ Alba Pedrero Galindo. Mushika won USF’s third singles match of the day as she came out on top against the Spartans’ Lara Marco Mas (6-0, 6-1). Yue was the lone Don on the losing side as she was defeated by the Spartans’ Savannah Sendar (0-6, 3-6). 

In a postgame press release, head coach Peter Bartlett described the invitational as a “great confidence booster to end our fall season.” 

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