Watson Advances to Championship Match at Cougar Classic
Sammie Watson will play for the Gray flight's title on Sunday.
Sept. 27, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. - Boise State’s Sammie Watson has advanced to the singles championship match at the Washington State Cougar Classic on Sunday morning after sweeping a pair of contests on Saturday. The senior from Denver, Colo., will face Washington State’s Victoria Matejevic for the Gray Singles Draw title. On the day Boise State went 10-5 in singles with three reaching the semifinals of the two flights. Joining Watson were Bobbi Oshiro and Arianna Paules Aldrey who both fell in their respective semifinals.

“Overall I feel we had another solid day today finishing 10-5 in singles against some tough competition. It was great to see Ari (Paules Aldrey) make the semifinals of her first individual tournament as a Bronco,  as well as see Sammie Watson make the finals tomorrow. Bobbi Oshiro also clawed her way to the semis with a great performance as well.” said head coach Beck Roghaar. “I  am very proud of the finish we had on the day as we’ve played a lot of matches in the last two days and our players showed some awesome toughness and grit winning their second and final singles matches of the day to finish on a very strong note. I saw a lot of good things out there today, and we’ll look to carry the momentum from the end of today in to tomorrow.”

Watson won a pair of matches on Saturday defeating Washington State’s Grace Lymer-Sullivan 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals, then Idaho’s Sophie Vickers in three, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the semifinals of the Gray Singles Draw.

Oshiro also played in the Gray flight advancing to the semifinals after defeating Seattle’s Madison Maloney 6-1, 6-1. The junior from Hawaii then fell to WSU’s Matejevic 6-3, 6-3. It was the first loss of the year for Oshiro who is now 6-1 in singles this fall.

Paules Aldrey, a freshman from Spain, reached the semifinals of the Crimson flight after tallying a two-set win over Washington State’s Lize Leenknecht 6-3, 6-3. Unfortunately, she was defeated by Gonzaga’s Alex Bourguignon 6-3, 6-2 in the next match. Paules Aldrey is also 6-1 on the year having dropped her first match on Saturday. 

Boise State’s Milena Toseva made today’s quarterfinal round of the Crimson flight but lost 6-2, 6-2 to the Cougars’ Elizaveta Luzina. Teal Vosburgh also made the quarterfinals on Saturday falling in straight sets to Washington State’s Maria Birukova 6-0, 7-5. Both Broncos picked up a second match on Saturday and both recorded victories.

Megan LaLone moved through the consolation bracket on Saturday defeating a pair of opponents. She started with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Naomi Holopainen of Montana State. LaLone then put away Samantha Polayes 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Crimson Draw’s consolation bracket. The junior will now face Idaho’s Galina Bykova Sunday morning.

Bronco freshman Naomi de Hart also won a pair of consolation matches on Saturday defeating Washington State’s Nastia Vasjukhina 6-4, 6-4 and Seattle’s Sari Kwee 6-3, 6-2. Kaitlyn Brown played in the consolation bracket as well on Saturday falling to Eastern Washington’s Carolina Lopez 6-3, 6-0.  

Saturday’s Results
Washington State Cougar Classic
Pullman, Wash.
Sept. 27, 2014
Crimson Singles Draw
QF.  Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. Milena Toseva (BSU) 6-2, 6-2
QF.  Maria Birukova (WSU) def. Teal Vosburgh (BSU) 6-0,7-5
QF.  Arianna Paules Aldrey (BSU) def. Lize Leenknecht (WSU) 6-3, 6-3
SF.   Alex Bourguignon (GU) def. Arianna Paules Aldrey (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
C16.   Megan LaLone (BSU) def. Naomi Holopainen (MSU) 6-0, 6-1
CQF.  Megan LaLone (BSU) def. Samantha Polayes (GU) 6-1, 6-2
Gray Singles Draw
QF.  Bobbi Oshiro (BSU) def Madison Maloney (SU) 6-1, 6-1
QF.  Sammie Watson (BSU) def. Grace Lymer-Sullivan (WSU) 6-3, 6-1
SF.  Victoria Matejevic (WSU) def. Bobbi Oshiro (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
SF.  Sammie Watson (BSU) def. Sophie Vickers (UI) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
C16.  Carolina Lopez (EWU) def. Kaitlyn Brown (BSU) 6-3, 6-0
C16.  Naomi de Hart (BSU) def. Nastia Vasiukhina (WSU) 6-4, 6-4
CQF. Naomi de Hart (BSU) def. Sari Kwee (SU) 6-3, 6-2

Crimson Doubles Draw
SF.  Luzina/Bashota (WSU) def. LaLone/Aldrey (BSU) 6-1
SF.  Biryukova/Matejevic (WSU) def. Vosburgh/Toseva (BSU) 6-3

Gray Doubles Draw
SF. Vickers/Barcenilla (UI) def. Oshiro/Watson (BSU) 6-4

Additional Consolation Matches
Philipova/Crum (MSU) def. de Hart/Brown (BSU) 6-2

Milena Toseva (BSU) def. Lize Leenknecht (WSU) 6-4, 6-1
Teal Vosburgh (BSU) def. Donika Bashota (WSU) 6-3, 6-0

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