Pac-10 Tennis Championships: Day 2

April 27, 2007

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OJAI, Calif. - The hard courts at the 107th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament are slowly cooling off after temperatures in the mid-90s heated players and fans alike, but at the end of the day the semifinals were set at the Pac-10 Tennis Championships.

The women's singles draw is still on track to produce a rematch of the 2006 NCAA Championship Final, with defending national champion Susie Babos of Cal and runner-up Lindsey Nelson of USC each advancing this afternoon. Nelson ousted Cal freshman Nina Henkel, 6-3, 7-5 to reach her second-straight Pac-10 semifinal.

Babos, the top seed, rallied from a break down twice in the third set to pull out a 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 win over USC's Anca Anastasiu. The Trojan senior had defeated Babos in a three-set first round match back in 2005. Anastasiu was attempting to reach her first semifinal since 2004, her freshman year. Tomorrow, Babos will play Stanford junior Celia Durkin, who defeated 10th-ranked USC freshman Sarah Fansler, 6-4, 7-5.

In the other women's quarterfinal, Stanford senior Theresa Logar was forced to take on fellow Cardinal Lindsay Burdette, a freshman who upset 2006 champion Zsuzsanna Fodor of Cal in the second round. Burdette grabbed the first set, but Logar's experience eventually led to a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory

'The first set was just a matter of one break of serve,' Logar said. 'We were both serving really well until 4-3, and then I had kind of a lapse in my serve and Lindsay broke and then held to win the set. The second set, both of us were a little bit more vulnerable on our service games, but somehow I was able to hold my serve a little bit more than she did and that carried on throughout the third set.'

Playing her teammate in a tournament setting was a big disconcerting for Logar.

'I found myself actually thinking I was back in practice and trying to work on my return when she was serving really well,' said the senior.

While playing Burdette was a new experience, Logar's semifinal opponent, Nelson, presents a familiar but difficult challenge.

'The major thing you have to go in (to a match with Nelson) with is knowing that you're not going to win easily,' said Logar. 'It's going to be a tough match on both sides. The play may vary and the gameplan may vary throughout the match. It's going to be a long day and I have to prepare myself for that.'

In the Men's Championship Draw, sophomore Matt Bruch of Stanford got one step closer to defending his title, besting USC's Kaes Van't Hof, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Bruch is now 8-0 in his Pac-10 Championship career. Bruch will meet Bay Area rival Pierre Mouillon of California in the semis. Mouillon battled heat-induced cramping and the relentless play of Arizona State's Matt Brooklyn, gutting out a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (3) victory. Brooklyn, the last freshman standing on the men's side, had weathered a third-set tiebreak in the last match of the day Thursday, but couldn't quite replicate the endurance feat.

Washington's Alex Slovic reached the semifinals for the first time in his career, after losing quarterfinal matches in third-set tiebreaks in each of the past two years. Slovic was in quality form against Cal's Eoin Heavey, but was given a scare at a set and 2-1 up when he came to net and sprained his ankle on a lunge. Slovic required a medical timeout but after receiving treatment he seemed to play even better, finishing off a 6-1, 6-1 win.

'It hurt very much for the first few minutes, but after it got taped it felt fine,' said Slovic.

The men's top seed, Slovic hasn't dropped a set in three matches and is hoping to go out with a flourish in his final Pac-10 Championships.

'It would mean a lot to me, our coaches and the University (to win on Sunday), but I'm still really far from the title. The last two year's I lost the quarterfinal so last night I was thinking I just need to win the match in the quarters and now I think everything's possible. There's a lot of good guys though so if I win one match, great, I'll go on to the final, but if I lose it still will be a good result,' Slovic said. 'If I win it's going to be great for me, especially in my last year. You always want to go out with your best year.'

Awaiting Slovic in Saturday's semi is ASU's Juan Carlos Rebaza, who upset USC's 51st-ranked Dejan Cvetkovic, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Slovic, Rebaza, and Mouillon all will be looking to be the first to win the Pac-10 Championships for their respective schools. Stanford players on the other hand have won 11 of 20 including the past three (Bruch in 2006, Sam Warburg in 2004-05).

Doubles play kicked off with the Round of 16 early in the morning then Quarterfinal matches were played after the day's singles rounds. The top two women's teams, 3rd-ranked Babos and Fodor of Cal, and 12th-ranked Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke of Arizona State, both fell on Friday, but two-time defending Pac-10 Doubles Champ Anne Yelsey of Stanford continued on. Yelsey won the 2005 and 2006 titles with former Cardinal Alice Barnes, but exhibited similar chemistry with her new partner, Lindsay Burdette in winning a pair against tandems from Washington and UCLA.

The Conference's top two men's doubles duos both moved through the draw into the semifinals today. 10th-ranked Philipp Gruendler and Benjamin Kohlloeffel of UCLA won their quarter, 7-5 in a tiebreak, over Arizona's Bruno Alcala and Ravid Hazi. The 12th-ranked Stanford combo of Bruch and Blake Muller also reached the semis. Bruch is the only player, men or women, still alive in both the singles and doubles Championship draws.

Tomorrow's semifinals get underway at 9:30 a.m. with all events being held at Libbey Park.

Quarterfinals--Friday, April 27, 2007

Men's Singles Championship Draw
Alex Slovic (WASH) def. Eoin Heavey (CAL), 6-1, 6-1 Juan Carlos Rebaza (ASU) def. Dejan Cvetkovic (USC), 6-3, 7-6 (4) Matt Bruch (STAN) def. Kaes Van't Hof (USC), 7-6 (4), 6-3 Pierre Mouillon (CAL) def. Matt Brooklyn (ASU), 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (3)

Women's Singles Championship Draw
Susie Babos (CAL) def. Anca Anastasiu (USC), 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 Celia Durkin (STAN) def. Sarah Fansler (USC), 6-4, 7-5 Theresa Logar (STAN) def. Lindsay Burdette (STAN), 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Nina Henkel (CAL), 6-3, 7-5

Men's Singles Invitational Draw
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Dave Ryan (STAN), 6-4, 6-1 Garrett Snyder (USC) def. Mike Ricks (WASH), 6-4, 7-6 Derek Drabble (WASH) def. Nick Hegarty (ASU), 6-4, 6-4 Daniel Sebescen (CAL) def. Adam Loucks (USC), 6-2, 7-5

Women's Singles Invitational Draw
Julie Smekodub (USC) def. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA), 6-4, 1-0 Ret.Lejla Hodzic (STAN) def. Judy DeVera (USC), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Laila Abdala (ASU) def. Natalia Toporowska (ARIZ), 6-4, 6-1 Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Rebecca Rankin (ASU), 6-3, 6-0

Men's Doubles Championship Draw
Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Alcala/Hazi (ARIZ), 9-8 (5) Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Chizever/Heavey (CAL), 8-3 Brooklyn/Miller (ASU) def. Gallardo/Verdasco (ORE), 9-8 (4) Bruch/Muller (STAN) def. Dehaine/Drean (UCLA), 8-5

Women's Doubles Championship Draw
DeVera/Fink (USC) def. Babos/Fodor (CAL), 8-4 Schnack/Zalameda (UCLA) def. Durkin/Nguyen (STAN), 9-7 Burdette/Yelsey (STAN) def. Lumpkin/Wetmore (UCLA), 8-4 Henkel/Kusano (CAL) def. Joelson/McGoodwin (UCLA), 8-5

Men's Doubles Invitational Draw
Mouillon/Sebescen (CAL) def. Bellama/Marsh (ASU), 8-5 McKean/Ryan (STAN) def. Loucks/McNaughton (USC), 8-6 Drabble/Kuharszky (WASH) def. Chung/Look (UCLA), 8-6 Eklov (UCLA)/Zeller (STAN) def. Livingston/Snyder (USC), Wo.

Women's Doubles Invitational Draw
Moore/Visico (CAL) def. Simpson/Wong (WASH), 8-4 L. Abala/Rankin (ASU) def. Lin/Lind (UCLA), 8-6 Bobusic/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Orletsky/Toporowska (ARIZ), Wo.Opata/Selaru (WSU) def. Fansler/Smekodub (USC), 3-2 Ret.

Round of 16--Friday, April 27, 2007

Men's Doubles Championship Draw
Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Cornelissen/Embry (ORE), 8-4 Alcala/Hazi (ARIZ) def. Morrissey/Wire (STAN), 8-5 Chizever/Heavey (CAL) def. Slovic/Daniel Chu (WASH), 8-6 Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Hegarty/Rebaza (ASU), 8-4 Brooklyn/Miller (ASU) def. Fischer/Ricks (WASH), 8-5 Gallardo/Verdasco (ORE) def. Cvetkovic/Sacks (USC), 9-7 Dehaine/Drean (UCLA) def. Browne/Pettit (CAL), 8-6 Bruch/Muller (STAN) def. Labrosse/Zimmer (ARIZ), 8-1

Women's Doubles Championship Draw
Babos/Fodor (CAL) def. Deason/Logar (STAN), 8-1 DeVera/Fink (USC) def. Burduli/Toth (WSU), 8-2 Schnack/Zalameda (UCLA) def. Capannolo/Leitch (ASU), 8-3 Durkin/Nguyen (STAN) def. Mavroleon/Steinberg (ARIZ), 8-5 Lumpkin/Wetmore (UCLA) def. Matias/Nelson (USC), 8-6 Burdette/Yelsey (STAN) def. Ardies/Cor (WASH), 8-5 Henkel/Kusano (CAL) def. Dieskova/Olivos (ORE), 8-4 Joelson/McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Clarke/Pooler (ASU), 8-6

Men's Doubles Invitational Draw
Bellama/Marsh (ASU) def. Mortera/Myrhed (ORE), 8-4 Loucks/McNaughton (USC) def. McDonald/Pino (ORE), 8-4 McKean/Ryan (STAN) def. David Chu/Gerst (WASH), 8-3 Chung/Look (UCLA) def. Nakahara/Stewart (CAL), 8-6 Drabble/Kuharszky (WASH) def. Pickard/Wiechert (ORE), 9-8 Eklov (UCLA)/Zeller (STAN) def. Romic/VanderMerwe (ARIZ), 9-8 Mouillon/Sebescen (CAL), BYE Livingston/Snyder (USC), BYE

Women's Doubles Invitational Draw
Moore/Visico (CAL) def. Seremeta/Snodgrass (ORE), 8-4 Lin/Lind (UCLA) def. Cekic/Stefanova (WSU), 8-2 Orletsky/Toporowska (ARIZ) def. Hoz de Vila/Powaska (ORE), 8-2 Bobusic/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Malovic/Rainey (WASH), 8-5 Opata/Selaru (WSU) def. Duesler/Yang (UCLA), 8-5 Simpson/Wong (WASH), BYE L. Abdala/Rankin (ASU), BYE Fansler/Smekodub (USC), BYE

Women's Singles Back Draw
Whitney Deason (STAN) def. Dominika Dieskova (ORE), 2-6, 6-2, (10-8) Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Aleksandra Malovic (WASH), 6-1, 6-7 (10), (10-8) Monica Hoz de Vila (ORE) def. Roxanne Clarke (ASU), 6-7 (5), 6-2, (11-9) Katie Orletsky (ARIZ) def. Allison Rainey (WASH), 6-1, 6-3 Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) def. Becky Duesler (UCLA), 6-2, 6-2 Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Sarah Yang (UCLA), 2-6, 6-0, (10-3) Katja Decker-Sandowski (USC) def. Anastesia Opata (WSU), 6-1, 7-5

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