Isaac wins consolation bracket at ITA Regionals

Isaac wins consolation bracket  at ITA Regionals

CLAREMONT - Freshman Ashley Isaac went 4-1 in her first weekend as a collegian to win the consolation bracket of the ITA Regionals in Claremont.

Isaac opened with a win over Sarina Liu of Caltech before dropping a hard-played round of 32 match 6-7(5); 6-2; 6-2 to CMS's Juliette Martin.
Vera Smekalina and Isabelle Brown also went 1-1 in the open singles. 

"It was great for our young team to see all the talent in Division III tennis! Collectively, we played some tough and inspired tennis," said head coach Amy Jensen. 

In Consolation singles play, Isaac and Brown both advanced to the Quarterfinals, where Brown lost to Caltech's Angelica Zhou but Isaac made the semifinals on a walkover.
Against Lexi Lehman on Sunday, Isaac swept 6-3; 6-4 before beating Zhou in the finals by the same score.

"Ashley Isaac was remarkable in the way she pushed herself to maximum capacity in all her matches," Jensen said. "We had a few tweaks and injuries and we learned that next year we must prepare better so we can come into this top level event strong and ready to compete!" 

UC Santa Cruz took six student athletes to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps this weekend. Each of the three doubles pairs fell at the first round. The team of Isaac and Therese Recidoro lost to fifth-seeded Liu and Kana Moriyama of Caltech. Brown and Kayla Manz fell 8-5 to Karen Kobayashi and Lehman from Redlands. Smekalina & Claire Stoner also lost to a Redlands duo 8-2.

UCSC continues its fall season by hosting Mills, Dominican and Holy Names on October 14th in the UCSC Fall invitational.