UH Tennis Complex Opens With Win

HONOLULU - The Hawai'i women's tennis team successfully opened the newly renovated UH Tennis Complex against Texas State, Thursday, on the first day of the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. The Rainbow Wahine took seven of 10 matches against the Bobcats. <p>

The format of the three-day tournament is a hidden dual match where teams are matched up against another team but only individual matches count and no team result is recorded.

Seniors Lauren Fitzgerald and Paige Mainor teamed up for an 8-4 victory over Melanie Hall and Tina Klemente, while Sylvia Jaros and newcomer Julia Sandborn edged Leja Sirola and Margaret Potyrala, 8-6.

In singles play, Fitzgerald cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Sirola. Kimberly Curtis found little difficulty against Sumarie Muller, 6-2, 6-1. Jaros defeated Hall, 6-2, 6-3 and moments later, senior Justine Boutet held off Jana Cucciniello, 6-4, 6-4.

"Justine is playing very well," Katayama said. "Although she struggled a lot last year at No. 2 and No. 3, she was able to play a lot of good matches. She told me she's going to fight in every match this year and that shows a lot of maturity."

The Rainbow Wahine will host Arizona, Friday, at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the UH Tennis Complex. Earlier in the day, Texas A&M won eight of nine matches against Arizona. The Aggies will face Texas State, Friday, at 8:00 a.m.

Match Results

Hawai`i vs. Texas State


Lauren Fitzgerald def. Leja Sirola (TSU), 6-0, 6-1

Sylvia Jaros def. Melanie Hall (TSU), 6-2, 6-3

Justine Boutet def. Jana Cucciniello (TSU), 6-4, 6-4

Margaret Potyrala (TSU) def. Paige Mainor, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2)

Tina Klemene (TSU) def. Chloe Bihag, 6-3, 6-4

Kimberly Curtis def. Sumarie Muller (TSU), 6-2, 6-1


Fitzgerald/Mainor def. Hall/Klemene (TSU), 8-4

Jaros/Julia Sandborn def. Sirola/Potyrala (TSU), 8-6

Cucciniello/Muller (TSU) def. Boutet/Kana Aikawa, 8-6

Samanta Capella/Michelle Stewart def. Laura Gomez/Celina Gomez, 8-3

Rainbow Wahine Invitational Day 1 Results

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