Three women's pairs win; lone Pac-12 men's duo loses in NCAA doubles tennis championships
The NCAA Men's and Women's NCAA doubles tennis championships took to the courts Thursday in Urbana, Ill. The Pac-12 had four women's tandems and one men's in action.
On the women's side, three of the four groups advanced to the second round. Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton of UCLA won, 7-5, 6-2, defeating Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender of Michigan. They'll next play Karla Bonacic and Petra Niedemayerova of Kansas State. Also advancing were Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC. Santamaria surely enjoyed the victory as earlier in the day she was ousted from the singles competition. Two losses in one day is not enjoyable. The pair of Trojans defeated the home-state tandem of Mushrefova and Hamilton (Northwestern), 6-1, 6-1.
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Defending singles national champ, Nicole Gibbs, and her partner, Kristie Ahn, are the lone Pac-12 women to exit the doubles tournament, losing to Isaura Enrique and Samantha Vickers of Tulsa. These two Stanford Cardinal, however, will have the chance to see their fellow conference-mates, ASU's Jacqueline Cako and Nicole Smith, avenge their defeat as the Sun Devil tandem advance to face Enrique and Vickers. Cako and Smith defeated Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott of Texas for the chance to avenge Gibbs and Ahn's loss.
The only men's doubles teams in the field of 32 was Campbell Johnson and Christoffor Konigsfeldt of Cal. And they lost. The Golden Bear duo were no match for Auburn's Daniel Cochrane and Andreas Mies. In straight sets the Pac-12 was dismissed from the men's doubles tournament.
Which, of course, means only the women play on. Action resumes Friday with three conference duos taking to the courts.