Jennifer McGaffigan takes on the nation's top-ranked player tomorrow at Indoor Nationals
Nov. 6, 2003
Senior Jennifer McGaffigan won her opening round match today at the ITA National Indoor Championships being held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She outlasted her opponent, Jessica Roland from Texas A&M, in three sets earlier today. She will face second-seeded and top-ranked (pre-season) Agate Cioroch from the University of Georgia.
"It was a three-and-a-half-hour battle," said UI Head Coach Sujay Lama. "Jenny didn't have her best match, but she competed really well today. She's off to a great start in the tournament. This is the first time we have had a player win her first-round match at National Indoors. We're really excited about tomorrow's match."
"She was a solid player; she had all the shots," said McGaffigan of Roland. "Her game is a lot like mine. I just tried to execute the plan that Sujay laid out for me. I tried to be aggressive and take the short shots when I could.
McGaffigan's teammates remained on campus for the four-team Midwest Blast, which gets underway a 9 a.m. tomorrow. Updates from the Blast will be posted periodically throughout the day on www.fightingillini.com. Complete updates for the ITA National Indoor Championships can be found at www.itatennis.com.
THURSDAY'S ILLINOIS RESULTS:
#44 Jennifer McGaffigan (ILL) def #36 Jessica Roland (TEX AM) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3