Devilliers No. 1 win highlights ITA All American
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Wichita State men’s and women’s tennis both collected wins over top opponents this past week when they competed in the ITA All-American tournament — one of the most competitive tournaments in college tennis.
Men’s tennis battled in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where all five Shockers began in the pre-qualifying draw with a bracket of 256. WSU brought seven men to this tournament, with one singles match victory total. The Shockers left Tulsa with 11 singles wins.
Sophomore Eddie Stoica fell short in a second round pre-qualifier loss to Ayed Zatar Cordero of Middle Tennessee State. Senior Jocelyn Devilliers beat No. 1 ranked player, Loic Blanco from Stenson, in a three-set match in the second round of pre-qualifying before losing to Michael Feucht of Lamar in the third round.
“It seems that each guy has stepped up at a certain point” head coach Danny Bryan said.
Sophomore Haru Inoue stoodout for the Shockers at the All-American, with three individual wins before losing in the finals of the pre-qualifying round. After two players dropped out of the tournament, Inoue was selected to take one of the qualifying round spots.
Inoue dropped the last two sets of his match to lose in the first round of the qualifiers to Lukas Finzelberg from Oklahoma State, but later going on to collect another win in the backdraw of the qualifying round.
The Shockers will have two weeks of rest before returning to Oklahoma on Oct. 20-22 to compete in the ITA Central Regional hosted by Oklahoma State University.
Women’s tennis sent Juniors Giulia Guidetti and Gabriela Porubin to Pacific Palisades, California, to compete in the ITA’s.
Guidetti began the tournament with two wins, with one of them being a three-set win coming over the 13th seed in the pre-qualifying round, Alexa Graham of North Carolina. After losing the next round, the highlight of Guidetti’s tournament came when she topped No. 36 Bea Machado Sanchez from Missouri 7-5, 6-3.
Sanchez is Guidetti’s highest ranked win of her college career.
“[Guidetti] was definitely a bright spot,” head coach Colin Foster said. “She continues to improve and be willing to adapt her game in a match to do what it takes to win.”
No. 74 Porubin was given a bye through the pre-qualifiers and began in the qualifying round, where she lost her first match to No. 110 Nuria Ormeno Ruiz from Colorado 1-6, 4-6. Porubin was ousted in her consolation match 4-6, 1-6 by California’s Denise Starr to end her tournament.
Porubin, the Shocker’s top player, will have a chance at redemption when she revisits California on Thursday to play in the Oracle ITA Masters — an invitational that invites each conference’s player of the year.