Ranked doubles duo heads to nationals

Ranked doubles duo heads to nationals

Anna Sydorska will try to make the third time a charm when she makes her third straight appearance in the National Indoor Tennis Championships with partner Macall Harkins on Thursday.The junior duo, ranked No. 14 nationally, received one of three at-large bids to the tournament after defeating three seeded opponents before losing in the finals at the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships.

Harkins and Sydorska will face Anna Karavayeva and Maria Kolkotsky from Fresno Pacific at the tournament, hosted by Ohio State at the Racquet Club of Columbus in Columbus, Ohio.

Sydorska reached the finals last year in this tournament with partner Ana Cetnik. The two went on to receive All-American honors at the end of the season, reaching the semifinals of the Division I Championships for the second time in school history. Sydorska reached the quarterfinals in 2005 with partner Helena Besovic.

Harkins and Sydorska are 1-1 in doubles play this season with both matches being played at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The team cruised past Nevada’s Caroline Bailly and Maria Mizyuk, 8-3, in the first round before falling to Cal Poly’s Brittany Blalock and Steffi Wong, 8-4.

Sydorska came onto the college tennis scene in 2006, earning Mountain West Conference and Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southwest Region Freshman of the Year, as well as ITA Rookie of the Year, in addition to All-MWC singles and doubles honors.

Harkins is playing in her first season with the Horned Frogs after spending her first two years at Illinois, earning All-Big Ten honors her sophomore year.