Ten Pac-12 women advance in NCAA singles tennis championship
Thirteen of the 64 women participating in the NCAA singles tennis championship's opening round Wednesday were representing a Pac-12 school, leading one to believe the conference had a good shot at taking home its third consecutive singles title.
And perhaps no one represented the conference - or school - more triumphantly than Jacqueline Cako, the Arizona State senior who defeated the tournament's top seed, Lauren Embree of the University of Florida. The 6-3, 6-2 victory was easily the biggest upset across both the men's and women's tournaments, which both began amidst rainy skies at the University of Illinois.
Joining Cako in the round of 32 are nine others from the Pac-12, including the second-seeded Sabrina Santamaria of USC, third-seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA and fifth-seeded Zsofi Susanyi of Cal. Also worth noting, Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) won her first-round match in straight sets as she begins her singles title defense.
Anett Schutting was Cal's highest-seeded participant, slotted eighth, and the junior no doubt had her sights set higher than a first-round departure. Alas, she dropped her first and only match of the tournament (5-7, 3-6) to Kate Turvey of nearby Northwestern. Also headed to an earlier-than-desired off-season was Danielle Lao of USC and Lacey Smyth of Arizona.
Dampy action resumes Thursday in Urbana with five Pac-12 schools represented amongst 10 participants. First serve is at 8 a.m. CST/6 a.m. PST.