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Irish have Solid Showing on Day Two of adidas Invitational

Sept. 26, 2003

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – As the University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team continued play in the season opening adidas Invitational, senior Alicia Salas (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek H.S.) and sophomores Kelly Nelson (St. Petersburg, Fla./Shorecrest Preparatory School) and Lauren Connelly (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness H.S.) each won two singles matches to stay alive in the main draw.

In the first round, 64th-ranked Salas beat Kristin Cargill of Duke 6-2, 6-2, Nelson topped Wisconsin’s Kaylan Caiati in a 6-3, 6-2 deision and Connelly upended TCU’s Glorianne Lopez 6-1, 6-1. In the second round, it was Salas over Tennessee’s Ashley Robards 6-4, 6-2, Nelson posted a 6-3, 6-0 win over Claudia Forace also of Tennessee and Connelly picked up a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Karla Mancinas of TCU.

Salas and Connelly were also one of two Irish doubles teams that picked up a win in the second round of play. Thepair, ranked 37th in the nation, registered a shutout. Freshman twins Catrina Thompson (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman H.S.) and Christian Thompson (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman H.S.) posted an 8-4 victory over the TCU team of Pierce and Brown. The Irish will continue both singles and doubles action tomorrow.

adidas Invitational — Day Two

Singles-Round 1

Jennifer Chay (TCU) d. Christian Thompson (ND) 7-6, 6-4

#64 Alicia Salas (ND) d. Kristin Cargill (Duke) 6-2, 6-2

#44 Saras Arasu (Duke) d. Sarah Jane Connelly (ND) 6-1, 6-3

Sabita Maharaj (Duke) d. Kristina Stastny (ND) 3-6, 6-0, 6-0

Kelly Nelson (ND) d. Kaylan Caiati (Wisc.) 6-3, 6-2

Lauren Connelly d. Glorianne Lopez (TCU) 6-1, 6-1

Parker Goyer (Duke) d. Liz Donohue (ND) 7-5, 6-4

Emily Neighbors (ND) d. Paige Eber (Louisville) 7-5, 6-2

Singles-Round 2

#64 Salas (ND) d. Ashley Robards (Tenn.) 6-4, 6-2

#60 Jennifer Magley (Fla.) d. #26 Caylan Leslie 6-1, 6-1

Nelson (ND) d. Claudia Forace (Tenn.) 6-3, 6-0

L. Connelly d. Karla Mancinas (TCU) 6-0, 6-2

Nina Suvak (Fla.) d. Neighbors (ND) 6-3, 6-2


Kathleen McGaffigan (Wisc.) d. S.J. Connelly (ND) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles-Round 2

Boglanks Bercez/Nina Suvak (Fla.) d. Leslie/Neighbours (ND) 8-3

Catrina Thompson/Christian Thompson (ND) d. Brown/Pierce(TCU) 8-4

#15 Tammy Encina/Majen Immink d. Liz Donohue/Kelly Nelson (ND) 8-1

#37 L. Connelly/Salas d. Spiess/Stewart (no team) 8-0

Cargill/Amanda Johnson (Duke) d. #44 S.J. Connelly/Stastny

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