May 25, 1998
Notre Dame-- Four members of the California womens tennis team had successful outings today at the NCAA individual championships held at Notre Dame, winning three of their four first round matches. Amanda Augustus won her singles match and teamed with Amy Jensen to earn a doubles victory. The doubles tandem of Anita Kurimay and Esther Knox also won its first round match. Knox lost a three set battle in singles earlier in the day.
Amanda Augustus, the nations No. 5 singles player, is seeded No. 3 in the NCAA singles tournament. She breezed by her first round victim, Nicholls States Romana Tedjakusuma, 6-2, 6-2. "I was nervous coming into this match today because last year I lost in the first round," said Augustus. "Today I was well rested and ready to play, I stuck to my game play and the match just came to me. Overall, I think I played well and am ready to move on to the next round."
When asked about the pressure of being the No. 3 seed in the draw, Augustus said, "This is what Ive been playing for all season. Its a nice reward to be the No. 3 seed in this elite group of 64 players. I think the most pressure I will have from being seeded so highly came with todays first round match."
Augustus will continue her bid for the NCAA singles championship tomorrow at 9 a.m. (EDT) when she plays Wake Forests Lule Aydin. Aydin advanced after defeating UCLAs Elizabeth Schmidt in three sets today.
No. 43 Esther Knox faced No. 9-12 seed Vanessa Castellano of Georgia and put up a valiant effort before falling 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 to the nations No. 12 ranked singles player. However, Knox rebounded from her singles loss to notch a doubles victory with partner Anita Kurimay. The duo upended Pepperdines Zsofia Csapo and Angela Lawrence, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5, in a 2 1/2 hour marathon.
Knox and Kurimay will play No. 5-8 seed Lauren Nikolaus and Michelle O of William & Mary tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. It will be an opportunity to revenge William & Marys upset of Cal in the first round of the team championship last week.
Augustus and Amy Jensen upset No. 5-8 seed Nicola Kaiwai and Dorothee Kurz of Wake Forest, 6-2, 6-3. "Right now were playing the best tennis we have played all year," said Jensen in the post-match interview. "Hopefully we can keep this momentum with us because we have a tough draw."
Augustus and Jensen will face Marquettes Ana Fernandez and Elisa Penalvo tomorrow at 3 p.m. (EDT).