Mason Junior Wins D.C. Metro Championship in Women’s Tennis

Posted: October 5, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Junior Andrea Fusea won the trophy for the top women’s singles player at the 2004 D.C. Metropolitan Championships held last week at Georgetown University. Fusea won the Flight A title, defeating Georgetown’s Liz Winokur, 6-1, 6-3.

Fusea, a transfer from University of Maryland, did not lose a set in the tournament. She was the no. 2 seed, and after a first-round bye, she eliminated Sanda Simunic of George Washington University, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Meaghan McKenna of Loyola University was the next to fall, down 6-0, 3-0 when she retired. That moved Fusea into the semifinals, where she beat Jasmine Smith of Howard University, 6-3, 6-3.

It was nearly an all-Mason final as sophomore Maricel Ballester lost a tight semifinal match to Winokur. They split the first two sets, with Winokur winning the opener 6-0, before Ballester responded by taking the second set, 7-5. The third set, a tiebreaker, was won by Winokur, 10-5.

Ballester had already knocked out the no. 1 seed, Kendall Swenson, with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 win in the quarterfinals.

The other Mason player competing in the women’s Flight A singles was junior Jenn Dektas, who was eliminated in the second round. She won her consolation match before her tournament came to an end.

Fusea and Ballester competed together in the Flight A doubles, advancing to the semifinals, where Simunic and Anastasia Skravonskia of George Washington, the no. 1 seed, eliminated them, 8-5.

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