UCLA's Kyle McPhillips wins singles final, USC duo claims doubles title
OJAI, Calif. - The Pac-12 Women’s Tennis Championship wrapped up with the final matches of singles and doubles in both the championship and invitational draw on Sunday at Libbey Park. UCLA’s eighth-seeded freshman Kyle McPhillips claimed the Pac-12 title in the women’s singles competition, while the pair of junior Kaitlyn Christian and sophomore Sabrina Santamaria of USC were crowned the Pac-12 Champions in women’s doubles.
The singles championship final was a quick match with McPhillips topping Stanford’s third-seeded freshman Krista Hardebeck in straight sets by a score of 6-1, 6-0. The win was the largest point differential in Pac-12 Championship final history. McPhillips is the first champion from UCLA since Yasmin Schnack claimed the title in 2010.
McPhillips tallied a 29-8 overall record in singles and is 8-2 in conference singles play this year. The Willoughby, Ohio, native was on a four match win streak prior to the championship tournament and has now won nine matches in a row. She topped sophomore Julyette Steur of Colorado, Arizona junior Kim Stubbe and Stanford junior Kristie Ahn on her journey to the championship match in addition to advancing over No. 1 seed sophomore Zsofia Susanyi of California who retired mid-match due to injury.
In the invitational final sixth-seeded Christian of USC topped Stanford’s second-seeded sophomore Ellen Tsay in a tough match that ended 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. Christian is now 26-6 overall in singles play and is on a 13-match win streak.
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USC duo of Christian and Santamaria became just the fifth pair in Pac-12 history to win back-to-back doubles titles as they topped junior Courtney Dolehide and senior Pamela Montez from UCLA in straight sets by a score of 6-3, 6-3. Christian and Santamaria are undefeated on the season with a 30-0 record overall and a 5-0 Pac-12 regular season record. The duo rank second in the nation and were the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Doubles Championship.
The doubles invitational final was claimed by the pair from Washington of sophomore Natali Coronel and freshman Grace Ysidora who were the No. 3 seed in the invitational draw. The Husky duo topped the No. 4 seed of sophomore Cecelia Estlander and senior Annie Goransson of Cal by a score of 9-8 (5).
Singles Championship Final
#8 McPhillips (UCLA) def. #3 Hardebeck (STAN) -- 6-1, 6-0
Doubles Championship Final
#1 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. Dolehide/Montez (UCLA) -- 6-3, 6-3
Singles Invitational Final
#6 Christian (USC) def. #2 Tsay (STAN) -- 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles Invitational Final
#3 Coronel/Ysidora (WASH) def. #4 Estlander/Goransson (CAL) -- 9-8 (7-5)