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Women's Tennis Complete Day One at Carnegie Mellon



Sept. 6, 2008

Women's Tennis Complete Day One at Carnegie Mellon Tournament to conclude Sunday

PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's tennis team began the season Saturday morning on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. The Dukes faced players from California, Pa., Carnegie Mellon and Slippery Rock.

In the Flight #1 singles, Zena Williams defeated SRU's Laura Hardy in three sets 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 before falling to Cal's Alina Stanila 6-3, 7-5. Williams will face CMU's Amanda Wu on Sunday. DU's Rachel McGowan fell to Cal's Helena Van Eysendeyk in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. SRU's Kayla Blackburn defeated McGowan 9-7 in the consolation match. McGowan will take on SRU's Hardy Sunday.

In the Flight #2 singles, Rebecca Poole dropped a straight-set decision to CMU's Jen Chui 6-4, 6-2. She rebounded by taking SRU's Samantha Blackburn 8-4.

Alexandria Albano fell to Cal's Mariana Oliveira 6-0, 6-1 before defeating SRU's Lara Rizzi at #3 singles. Tara Majdalani made her collegiate debut with a 6-0, 7-6 win over Ashley Herrick of CMU. She went on to defeat CMU's Kelly Hart 6-1, 6-1 and will face another Carnegie Mellon opponent Sunday in Cze-ja Tam.

Lanna Buehler had an impressive showing at #4 singles taking out a pair of Slippery Rock players - Chelsea Barton 6-0, 6-1 and Kelly Stanger 6-0, 5-7, 10-4. She'll face CMU's Danielle Rosenfeld on Sunday.

Another Dukes making her red and blue debut was Stephanie Novakowski. She received a bye in the first round at #4 singles before dropping a 6-2, 6-1 decision to Rosenfeld. She'll take on Stanger Sunday.

The team of Williams and McGowan cruised through #1 doubles, winning both their matches - 8-5 over Chui and Courtney Chin and 8-4 over Van Eysendeyk and Stanila



Majdalani and Albano won their first match at #3 doubles 8-2 over Rizzi and Chelsea Gibson 8-2. The duo fell to CMU's Amanda Wu and Laura Chen 8-5.

After dropping their first round match to the team of Wu/Chen, Buehler and Novakowski were 8-2 winners over Rizzi and Gibson.

After the CMU Tournament, the Dukes will travel to Morgantown, W.Va. for a two-day event on the campus of West Virginia University.

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