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Freshman Desirae Krawczyk Earns Spot in Thunderbird Invitational Championship
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Release: 11/10/2012
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Nov. 10, 2012

TEMPE, Ariz. -


The Arizona State Sun Devils women's tennis team has spent the past two days hosting the 2012 ASU Thunderbird Invitational. And ASU freshman Desirae Krawczyk has spent the past two days making sure the championship trophy doesn't leave the display at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz.

Krawczyk defeated second-seeded Lynn Chi of Cal 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon to clinch her a spot on the main stage Sunday morning to compete for the title of Thunderbird Invitational Champion. Her performance this weekend has the ASU coaching staff noticing, as well.

"It's good to have a freshman in, that's always exciting. Desirae has stepped up her game and we weren't quite sure how she was going to fare since this is her first event back after some injury. I think she is playing like there is nothing to lose and there is no pressure on her," Arizona State Assistant Coach Clint Letcher said.

"But we definitely felt more and more comfortable each day, and more confident in her style of play," Letcher said.

Arizona State last fielded a player in the championship of the hometown tournament in 2010, when Kelcy McKenna won it all. Letcher was sure to mention an extra thought for not only tomorrow's match, but also the up-coming season. 

"She was a big-time recruit for us -- she was highly recruited by a lot of schools," Letcher said. "Her style of play is looking very, very promising." 

Earlier in the quarterfinals, Krawczyk defeated Mimi Nguyen of Michigan in two sets 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Joanna Smith also saw a win on the day in the Sparky Draw 1st Round Consolation Bracket, edging out Aubrey Paul of BYU 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. Joanna Smith eventually fell in her next match to Gabby Steele of Ohio State 6-2, 6-2.

The Sun Devils split two matches in doubles to start the day off, with Joanna Smith and Stephanie Vlad walking off the courts as victors against Carli Wischhoff and Ivana Kubickova of Kansas State, by a score of 8-4.

Nicole Smith and Leighann Sahagun's match ended with the same score, however the Sun Devil pairing found themselves on the opposite side this time falling 8-4 against Michigan's Ronit Yurovsky and Kristy Dodge.

"We didn't start the day as well as we would have liked to, like we did the previous day, but the fact is that we fought back with some strong performances. I definitely am happy with the way the girls competed and what they have been able to accomplish today," Letcher said.

Krawczyk will compete for the 2012 ASU Thunderbird Invitational Championship Sunday, Novemeber 11, at 9:30 a.m. at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz. Like the for updated tournament results.

2012 ASU Thunderbird Invitational Results
DAY 2 (Saturday November 10, 2012)

Joanna Smith/Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Carli Wischhoff/Ivana Kubickova (KSU) 8-4
Ronit Yurovsky/Kristy Dodge (MICH) def. Nicole Smith/Leighann Sahagun (ASU) 8-4
Tayler Davis/Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Nikki Flower/Gabby Steele (OSU) 8-2
Fidan Manashirova/Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon/Desirae Tran (BYU) 9-8
Morgan Anderson/Mackenna Maddox (BYU) def. Kelly Chi/Alice Duranteau (Cal) 8-5
Kelly Chui/Laura Posylkin (CAL) def. Idil Haciraifoglu/Alexandra Victorsson (USD) 8-1

Main Draw Quarterfinals

Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) def. No. 1 Tayler Davis (CAL) 7-5, 7-5
No. 4 Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Alice Duranteau (CAL) 6-2, 6-3
Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. Mimi Nguyen (MICH) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Lynn Chi (CAL) def. Stephanie Vlad (ASU) 7-5, 7-5

Main Draw Semifinals
Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. No. 2 Lynn Chi (CAL) 6-1, 6-4
Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) def. No. 4 Klara Fabikova (CAL) 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3
Sparky Draw 1st Round Consolation Bracket Round of 8
Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Aubrey Paul (BYU) 7-5, 1-6, 6-2
Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Desirae Tran (BYU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Alexandra Victorsson (USD) 6-1, 6-0
Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Carli Wischhoff (KSU) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Sparky Draw 1st Round Consolation Bracket Round of 4
Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Joanna Smith (ASU) 6-2, 6-2
Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Kara Cecil (OSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Sparky Draw 1st Round Consolation Bracket Back Draw Round of 8
Laura Posylkin (CAL) def. BYE
Idil Haciraigoflu (USD) def. BYE
Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. BYE
Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. BYE
Sparky Draw 1st Round Consolation Bracket Back Draw Round of 4
Laura Posylkin (CAL) def. Idil Haciraigoflu (USD) 6-1, 6-2
Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) 6-3, 2-1 (ret.)
Maroon Draw 2nd Round Consolation Bracket Round of 8
Nikki Flower (OSU) def. Mackenna Maddox (BYU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Ivana Kubickova (KSU) def. Leighann Sahagun (ASU) 6-3, 6-1
Kristy Dodge (MICH) def. Cecilia Estlander (CAL) 6-4, 6-0
Fidan manashirova (OSU) def. Kelly Chui (CAL) 6-4, 6-1
DAY 1 (Friday November 9, 2012)
Joanna Smith/Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Nikki Flower/Gabby Steele (OSU) 8-2
Nikki Smith/Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Morgan Anderson/Mackenna Maddox (BYU) 8-4
Meghan Sheehan-Dizon/Desirae Tran (BYU) def. Idil Haciraifoglu/Alexandra Victorsson (USD) 8-4
Carli Wischoff/Ivana Kubickova (KSU) def. Kelly Chui/Laura Posylkin (CAL) 8-3
Ronit Yurovsky/Kristy Dodge (MICH) def. Lynn Chi/Klara Fabikova (CAL) 9-8
Tayler Davis/Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Fidan Manashirova/Kara Cecil (OSU) 8-3

Main Draw Round of 32
No. 1 Tayler Davis (CAL) def. BYE
Nikki Flower (OSU) def. Aubrey Paul (BYU) 6-3, 6-1
Mackenna Maddox (BYU) def. Joanna Smith (ASU) 6-3, 6-3
Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) def. Laura Posylkin (CAL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
No. 4 Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. BYE
Ivana Kubickova (KSU) def. Desirae Tran (BYU) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
Alice Duranteau (CAL) def. Idil Haciraifoglu (USD) 6-1, 6-2
Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Gabby Steele (OSU) 6-2, 6-2
Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def Kara Cecil (OSU) 6-2, 7-6 (2)
Cecilia Estlander (CAL) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) 6-1, 6-3
Kelly Chui (CAL) def. Alexandra Victorsson (USD) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 Mimi Nguyen (MICH) def. BYE
Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Morgan Anderson (BYU) 6-0, 6-3
Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Marta Stojanovic (USD) 6-3, 7-6 (6)
Kristy Dodge (MICH) def. Carli Wischhoff (KSU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Lynn Chi (CAL) def. BYE
Main Draw Round of 16
No. 1 Tayler Davis (CAL) def. Nikki Flower (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) def. Mackenna Maddox (BYU) 6-1, 7-6 (3)
No. 4 Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Ivana Kubickova (KSU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Alice Duranteau (CAL) def. Leighann Sahagun (ASU) 7-6 (5), 6-3
Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. Cecilia Estlander (CAL) 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Mimi Nguyen (MICH) def. Kelly Chui (CAL) 6-3, 7-5
Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 Lynn Chi (CAL) def. Kristy Dodge (MICH) 6-1, 6-2
Sparky Draw 1st Round Consolation Bracket
Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. BYE
Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Laura Posylkin 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
Desirae Tran (BYU) def. BYE
Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Idil Haciraifoglu (USD) 6-0, 6-0
Kara Cecil (OSU) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) 6-3, 6-0
Alexandra Victorsson (USD) def. BYE
Morgan Anderson (BYU) Marta Stojanovic (USD) 7-6 (3), 6-4
Carli Wischhoff (KSU) def. BYE
--End Results--
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