NCAA tennis: Round of 16 to include five Pac-12 women; four others ousted from singles championships
With just sixteen women remaining, the Pac-12 continues to be well represented in the NCAA women's singles tennis championships as six advanced during Thursday's second round.
Finding their way into the round of 16 are Jacqueline Cako (ASU), Nicole Gibbs (Stanford), #5 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal), #3 Robin Anderson (UCLA), and Krista Hardebeck (Stanford).
Anderson finds herself as the highest seeded player remaining in the tournament as both the #1 and #2 seeds have made early departures. The top seed, Lauren Embree of Florida, was ousted Wednesday evening by ASU's Jacqueline Cako, while the two seed, Sabrina Santamaria of USC, was defeated by the strokes Alabama's Alexa Guarachi. Santamaria fell in straight sets to the Tide's Guarachi. Santamaria did, however, advance to the Sweet Sixteen on the doubles side of things.
Once again worth noting is Nicole Gibbs' title defense. She advanced Thursday by beating Ronit Yurovsky. Gibbs defeated the Wolverine in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, and plays #4 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M.
And as tournaments go, rain wasn't the only thing falling on Thursday.
As mentioned, USC's Sabrina Santamaria was ousted and joining her in the clubhouse was her USC teammate Zoe Scandalis, UCLA's Kyle McPhillips and Cal's Klara Fabikova. Scandalis may find some solace in having lost to the sixth seeded Lauren Herring of Georgia, though losing is never an easy pill to swallow. As for McPhillips and Fabikova, the freshmen have gained quality NCAA experience they can leverage moving forward in what should prove to be very successful college careers.
Tournament action resumes tomorrow in Urbana, Illinois.