Stanford's Nicole Gibbs advances to NCAA quarterfinals
Round of 16 singles action featured five women representing Pac-12 schools Friday in Urbana, Ill. at the NCAA tennis championships. However, after Friday's play, Saturday’s quarterfinals will feature just one Pac-12 player; Stanford's Nicole Gibbs.
Robin Anderson (UCLA), Zsofi Susanyi (Cal), Krista Hardebeck (Stanford), and Jacqueline Cako (ASU) all dropped their matches, ending their respective seasons. For Anderson, the exit came in the form of a difficult three-set battle that started off with the third-seeded Bruin taking the first set in a tiebreaker, and then managing to not win a single game throughout the remainder of the match.
In the rest of the cases, each of the departed found defeat in straight sets. Fifth-seeded Susanyi of Cal came about as close to winning without taking the W as one could get. She took both sets to or near a tiebreaker before bowing out, 5-7, 7-6(6) to Yana Koroleva of Clemson.
However, it wasn't all about defeat Friday. Surviving and advancing to the quarterfinals is 2012 defending singles champ Nicole Gibbs of Stanford. She upset fourth-seeded Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M and will next play Yana Koroleva of Clemson at high noon CST (10am PST) for a shot at the semifinals.