Jan. 11, 2007
Notre Dame senior twins Catrina Thompson and Christian Thompson return home to Las Vegas this weekend to participate in the fifth annual Freeman Memorial Women’s Tennis Championships at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on campus.
Catrina and Christian are seeded No. 2 in the doubles field, while each are unseeded in the singles draw. Catrina is ranked #41 in the first ITA poll of 2007 after posting a 5-3 in the fall. Christian is not ranked and enters the tournament with a 2-3 mark. The duo, ranked #11, went 7-3 this fall and reached the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship Final for the third consecutive season.
Players from eight of the elite college programs in the United States will gather in Las Vegas this weekend at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the UNLV campus.
All individual competitors come from teams ranked in the nation’s top 50: No. 1-ranked Stanford, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 7 Georgia Tech, No. 15 UCLA, No. 23 Arizona State and No. 42 Oregon.
Weather permitting, action begins at 9:30 a.m. PST on Friday and Saturday and the finals are scheduled for Sunday, with times to be determined. Admission to all matches is free. The event features two flights each of both singles and doubles along with consolation rounds.
Five of the nation’s top 40 players, including three in the top 15, are scheduled to compete in singles: No. 8 Jessica Nguyen and No. 13 Celia Durkin of Stanford and No. 15 Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech.
Last year, top-ranked Stanford’s Celia Durkin easily downed UCLA’s Laura Gordon 6-2, 6-0 to win the top-flight singles title while in doubles, top-seeded Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey worked overtime to get by second-seeded Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke of Arizona State 9-7 to also give the Cardinal the doubles crown.
In 2005, Georgia’s Shadisha Robinson, ranked 10th, handed freshman Lejla Hodzik of Stanford her first collegiate loss, 6-3, 6-4, to take home the singles title. In doubles play, UCLA’s fifth-ranked duo of Daniela Bercek and Riza Zalameda won the crown by doubling up 41st-ranked Hodzic Whitney Deason of Stanford 8-4.
In 2004, Theresa Logar of Stanford downed Aniela Mojzis of North Carolina 6-2, 6-1 in the top-flight final. The doubles championship went to Florida’s Boglarka Berecz and Nina Suvak, who got by Tennessee’s Sabita Maharaj and Ashley Robards 8-4.
The 2003 event featured a preview of the NCAA Singles Championship as Tennessee’s Vilmarie Castellvi downed Stanford’s Amber Liu 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Four months later, Liu would upset Castellvi to win the national title. Castellvi and partner Melissa Schaub also won the doubles championship at the Freeman Memorial, which was known as the Collegiate Kickoff Classic in its first year.
2007 FREEMAN MEMORIAL WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Fertitta Tennis Complex, Las Vegas, NV
TEAM KEY & CURRENT NATIONAL ITA RANKINGStanford STAN 1Florida UF 2Notre Dame ND 4Georgia Tech GT 7UCLA UCLA 15Arizona State ASU 23Oregon OU 42UNLV UNLV 48
SINGLES SEEDING SCHOOL ITA RANK1. Jessica Nguyen STAN 82. Celia Durkin STAN 133. Kristi Miller GT 154. Theresa Logar STAN 89
ALPHABETICAL5-8. Lindsay Burdette STAN 395-8. Elena Gantcheva UNLV5-8. Ashley Joelson UCLA 405-8. Anne Yelsey STAN
DOUBLES SEEDING SCHOOL ITA RANK1. Kady Pooler/Roxanne Clarke ASU 82. Catrina Thompson/Christian Thompson ND 113. Dominika Dieskova /Anna Cecilia Olivos UO 284. Anne Yelsey/Celia Durken STAN NR
SCHEDULE OF PLAY - WEATHER PERMITTINGFriday Doubles Round of 16 9:30 a.m. Singles Round of 32 Follow Singles Round of 16 Follow
Saturday Doubles Quarterfinals 9:30 a.m. Singles Quarterfinals Follow Singles Semifinals Follow
Sunday Doubles Semifinals TBA Doubles Final Follow Singles Final Follow