NCAA doubles tennis quarterfinals to feature three Pac-12 women's teams
Three Pac-12 women’s doubles teams took to competition Friday at the University of Illinois-hosted NCAA tennis doubles championships. With the lone men’s duo representing the Pac-12 eliminated in the first round on Thursday, it was left to the women to carry the Pac-12 doubles torch.
First in action was the USC tandem of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria. The second-seeded tandem drew the Narrattana/Rose pairing from Oklahoma State and the Trojan pair promptly dismissed them in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. The Trojans next play in Saturday’s quarterfinals against Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White of the host school, the University of Illinois.
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Both beginning at 3 p.m. local time, teams from Arizona State and UCLA took to the courts also looking to advance.
Jacqueline Cako and Nicole Smith of ASU were successful against Isaura Enrique and Samantha Vickers of Tulsa. In neat fashion, the Sun Devils sent home the two Golden Hurricanes, 6-3, 6-4. In the quarters, Cako and Smith face #4 Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely of Tennessee.
Last, and certainly not least, was the Bruin squad of Robin Anderson and Skylar Norton. Facing two Wildcats from Kansas State, Karla Bonacic and Petra Niedemayerova, the women of Westwood proved victorious, winning in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. They now draw the tournament's third seed, Patricia Veresova and Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska.
Doubles action resumes Saturday in Urbana with spots in the semifinals up for grabs.