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Senior Schnell and Freshman Gasson Advance to Semifinals
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Senior Schnell and Freshman Gasson Advance to Semifinals
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Pioneers Compete in Colorado State Open
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 09/26/2013

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DENVER – Select players from the University of Denver men’s and women’s tennis teams prepared for the upcoming season by participating in the Colorado State Open last weekend.

Competing for the men were senior Alex Clinkenbeard (Loveland, Colo.), sophomore Henry Craig (Murrieta, Calif.) and freshmen Alex Gasson (Alton, United Kingdom), Eric Marbach (Naperville, Ill.), Diogo Rocha (Lisbon, Portugal) and Aidan Talcott (Sea Cliff, N.Y.). Playing for the Pioneer women were sophomore Charlotte Derbyshire (Stockton, England), senior Natalie Dunn (Fort Collins, Colo.), junior Michelle Garpenlov (Tyreso, Sweden), sophomore Kathryn Hughes (Wrexham, Wales), freshman Sonja Radosevic (Miami, Fla.), senior Caroline Schnell (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and freshman Maureen Slattery (Newport News, VA).

Clinkenbeard, Craig, Gasson, Rocha and Talcott all advanced to the round of 16 for the men’s open singles. Craig, Gasson and Rocha went on to play in the quarterfinals.  Newcomer Gasson enjoyed the best performance of the group as he made it to the semifinals before dropping a tough match against Brian Battistone (Southern Nevada), 3-6; 6-4; 6-3.

“The State Open was a great opportunity to play some tough matches here in our backyard,” men’s tennis coach, Danny Westerman said. “I was happy with efforts the guys had and we had a couple great results. We learned a lot by playing against some great Pros including a former top 250 ATP player.”

On the women’s side, all seven players got through to the round of 16 of the open singles and Hughes, Schnell and Slattery went on to compete in the quarterfinals. Senior Schnell showed her years of experience by earning a berth in the semifinals where she lost to Lauren Strasberger (Texas), 6-3; 6-2.

The women Pioneers also put forth two teams for the open doubles as the tandems of Derbyshire/Hughes and Dunn/Schnell competed. Dunn and Schnell battled through to the semifinals where they lost to Amanda Johnson (Iowa) and Lauren Strasberger of (Texas), 6-2; 6-4.

“Seven of our players were able to get some good matches in at the Colorado State Open,” said Women’s head coach Christian Thompson. “Kathryn Hughes had an opportunity to compete against a player who was formally ranked top 100 WTA and it was a great learning experience for her. The event draws a huge crowd so it was nice for our players to be able to interact with the Denver tennis community.”

The Colorado State Open is the biggest tournament in the state and attracts players from all over the country. It offers draws for ages 10 – 80 years old and a $20,000 purse. It was not a team event and the Pioneers that participated played as amateurs.

Former DU men’s tennis players Max Krammer and Enej Bonin also participated in the event. Bonin made it to the semifinals of the open singles and paired with current Pioneer Craig to win the open double’s title against Malcolm Harrison (Heart of America) and Julio Peralta (South Carolina), 7-5; 4-6; 6-3.

The DU tennis teams head into their first regular season matches this weekend when the women compete in the University of Colorado Invite in Boulder, Colo. on Friday, September 27 and the men go to Tulsa, Okla. to play in the ITA All-America Championships on Saturday, September 28.



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