PORTLAND, Ore. – Junior Marianne Jodoin earned an early victory in the group stage at the USTA Collegiate
Invitational in Portland, Ore., on Friday. The three-day tournament, held at the Tualatin Hills Tennis
Center, is a unique round-robin singles format in which players are divided
into eight groups consisting of three college student-athletes and one junior
singles play, each player will face every other player in their group Friday
and Saturday with the top player in each group then advancing to a single
elimination “shoot-out” on Sunday. The winner of the shootout will receive a
wildcard to a future USTA Pro Circuit event designated by USTA Player
In the first match of the group stage on
Friday, No. 27 Jodoin won the first set 6-3 over Makenzie Craft of Georgia,
but dropped the second set, 4-6 to push the match to a third and
decisive set. In the final set, Jodoin outlasted Craft, 6-3 to earn the win. In
her first match of the tournament, No. 108 Mulholland fell to Kyle McPhillips
of UCLA, 6-2, 6-2.
In the first round of the doubles draw, Jodoin
and Mulholland were edged by McPhillips and Skylar Morton of UCLA, 9-7, but we
able to battle back in the consolation bracket to top Sarah Lee and Amy
Zhu of Michigan, 8-4.
In the second match of group play on
Saturday, Jodoin is slated to face Grace Ysidora of Washington at 10:30 AM PST,
while Mulholland is play Portland’s Nastya Polyakova at 1:00 PM PST. Jodoin and
Mulholland will play one more match in group play on Sunday, with the winner of
each group advancing to a “shootout” later that afternoon.
For live updates, fans can follow the tournament on twitter (@TennisTourny) or by visiting the tournament website.