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DeSpain Becomes TU's All-Time Winningest Singles Player

Senior Jennifer DeSpain became TU's all-time winnigest singles player with her 74th career win.
Senior Jennifer DeSpain became TU's all-time winnigest singles player with her 74th career win.
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Oct. 3, 2000

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior Jennifer DeSpain became the school's all-time winningest singles player with her 6-1, 6-0, victory over Whitney Wells of San Diego State. DeSpain's win was her 74th career singles win. She surpassed former Hurricane two-time All-American Anousjka van Exel's (1997-99) career mark of 73.

DeSpain captured three singles matches to advance to the semifinals at the San Diego/San Diego State Invitational, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 in San Diego, Calif. In the semifinals, DeSpain fell to eventual champion Katja Karrento of San Diego State, 6-1, 6-3.

DeSpain is 3-1 on the season and boasts a career record of 76-38, a winning percentage of .667.

TU sophomore Aleksandra Durska and junior Bianca Posada each won two singles matches, but both suffered losses in the quarterfinal rounds.

In doubles action, Durska and Posada advanced to the semifinals of the doubles flight before falling to the eventual runners-up from Kansas.

Singles Results

First Round
Jennifer DeSpain (TU) def. Whitney Wells (SDSU), 6-1, 6-0
Aleksandra Durska (TU) def. Julie Chidley (SDSU), 6-1, 6-1
Jana Sedivec (TU) def. Sylvia Tornier (SDSU), default
Mariana Barrios (TU) def. Emelie Akerbrandt (SDSU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Bianca Posada (TU) def. Courtney Steinbock (KU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Second Round
Jennifer DeSpain (TU) def. Krista Manning (USD), 5-7, 6-3, 6-0
Aleksandra Durska (TU) def. Erika Payne (USD), 6-2, 6-1
Catherine Hepple (USD) def. Jana Sedivec (TU), 6-4, 6-4
Cheryl Mallaiah (KU) def. Mariana Barrios (TU), 6-2, 6-1
Bianca Posada (TU) def. Stacie Lee (USD), 6-1, 6-1

Quarterfinals
Jennifer DeSpain (TU) def. Catherine Hepple (USD), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Cheryl Mallaiah (KU) def. Aleksandra Durska (TU), 6-2, 6-3
Katja Karrento (SDSU) def. Monica Sekulov (KU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Katey Becker (SDSU) def. Bianca Posada (TU), 6-1, 6-4

Semifinals
Katja Karrento (SDSU) def. Jennifer DeSpain (TU), 6-1, 6-3

Singles Consolation
Lindsey Hedberg (SDSU) def. Jana Sedivec (TU), 6-4, 6-1
Kristen Steinbock (KU) def. Mariana Barrios (TU), 6-2, 6-3
Mariana Barrios (TU) def. Lindsey Hedberg (SDSU), default
Jana Sedivec (TU) def. Lisa Mallaiah (KU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Bianca Posada (TU) def. Erin Polowski (SDSU), 8-2
Aleksandra Durska (TU) def. Krista Manning (USD), 8-5

Doubles Results

First Round
Becker/Polowski (SDSU) def. Barrios/Marjolein van Dongen (TU), 8-5
DeSpain/Sedivec (TU) def. Lee/Pyne (USD), 8-0
Posada/Durska (TU), Bye

Second Round
Posada/Durska (TU) def. Foamsgaard/Manning (USD), 8-5
Steinbock/Steinbock (KU) def. DeSpain/Sedivec (TU), 8-5

Semifinals
Steinbock/Steinbock (KU) def. Posada/Durska (TU), 8-4