MORGANTOWN, W.Va –
Junior Habiba Shaker
and freshman Christina Jordan
fell in singles and doubles play on day one of the 2016 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, in Pacific Palisades, California, on October 1.
Shaker opened up the All-American Championships with a win in the first round of the pre-qualifiers. After falling in the first set 4-6, Shaker rallied to defeat Wake Forest’s Anna Ulyashchenko in three sets 4-6, 6-1, and 6-0.
In the second round, Shaker took on Petra Melounova of Hawaii-Manoa, where she fell in a closely contested match, 6-7 (4) and 5-7.
“I was proud of Habiba staying tough and pulling through against Wake Forest,” assistant coach Emily Harman said. “We faced some adversity in the second match that I know will make her stronger in the long run. I love this experience for them and can’t wait to see it pay off in future matches.”
In doubles, the duo of Jordan and Shaker were eliminated in the first round of the pre-qualifiers as they fell to Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey and Dzina Milovanovic, 4-8.
“The ladies battled well in doubles and gained valuable experience that reinforces our goals,” assistant coach Emily Harman said. “I see their belief growing by the match and it’s only a matter of time before the pieces are put together.”
Jordan and Shaker will face Long Beach State in a doubles consolation match on Sunday at noon ET.