Film Room Friday: Carly Wopat’s Professional Debut in San Jose
One of the more intriguing moves of the off-season shuffling was that of Brittany Hochevar. After winning a pair of Manhattan Beach Open titles with Emily Day and a brief but successful run with Kelly Claes, Hochevar turned to the relative unknown in Carly Wopat.
This match in San Jose was one of the first looks that American fans had of Wopat, a three-time All-American at Stanford who played several seasons overseas and was on the roster of the U.S. National Team. And indeed it was a good look to have, as Wopat, who is now playing beach full-time, and Pri Lima won, 19-21, 21-15, 15-13, over Martina Bonnerova and Nicole Eiholzer.
Wopat piled up 11 blocks, 3 aces and 12 kills on just a single hitting error. They would finish 13th for the tournament, falling in the next round to Janelle Allen and Kerri Schuh, but Wopat established herself as a promising talent at the net for years to come.
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