NCAA women's tennis singles championships: Pac-12 sends 15 to 2nd round

A wildly successful opening round for the Pac-12 at the 2014 NCAA women’s tennis singles championship saw 15 players from the Conference of Champions advance to the round of 32, including five from Stanford and four from UCLA. Overall, the Pac-12 went 15-3 in the first round of the women’s singles championships and is sending the most tennis players into the second round of any conference (the ACC has the second-most players into the round of 32 with nine).

Arizona

Arizona’s stay at the NCAA tennis championships is officially over now that Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova outlasted Lacey Smyth in three sets (7-5, 2-6, 7-5). An at-large recipient, Smyth finishes the season 17-7 as Arizona’s No. 1 singles player. The senior wraps up her career with three appearances in the singles championships, advancing once to the second round in 2012.

Arizona State

The Sun Devils are still alive and kicking, as Desirae Krawczyk took down Vanderbilt’s Frances Altick in two sets (6-2, 7-5). Up next for the sophomore from Palm Desert, Calif., is North Carolina’s Hayley Carter, who defeated Georgia’s Maho Kowase 6-4, 6-3.

 

California

It was a very solid day for the Golden Bears, who went 3-1 in the first round on the women’s side of things (and 1-0 in men’s competition). Although Denise Starr lost to Duke’s Ester Goldfeld in straight sets, Cal was able to notch a couple of upset victories with Lynn Chi taking down 9-16 seed Emma Bektas (Michigan) 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-1 and Zsofi Susanyi unseating 9-16 seed Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) 6-0, 6-4. Cal also showed it could chalk it up, as 9-16 seed Anett Schutting took down Texas A&M’s Saska Gavrilovska 6-4, 6-1.

The second round will look like this for the Golden Bears: Chi v. Romy Koelzer (Clemson), Susanyi v. Abigail Tere-Apisah (Georgia State) and Schutting v. Danielle Collins (Virginia).

Stanford

As the only team in the NCAA to send its full singles lineup into the singles championship, it was a busy and successful day for Lele Forood’s group: Stanford went 5-1 in the first round, with the most surprising result coming in the form of Krista Hardebeck’s upset of fourth-seeded Julia Elbaba of Virginia 6-2, 6-2 (Hardebeck had lost five of her last seven heading into Wednesday’s first round). Elsewhere, Kristie Ahn proved worthy of her No. 3 seed by defeating Stephanie Nauta (another Virginia Cavalier) 6-3, 6-0. Additionally, Carol Zhao zoomed past Mississippi State’s Georgiana Patrasc 6-1, 6-1, Taylor Davidson blew by Auburn’s No.1 singles player Pleun Burgmans 6-2, 6-0 and Caroline Doyle got past TCU’s Stefanie Tan in three sets (6-1, 6-7(6), 6-1). The lone loss of the day for Stanford was Ellen Tsay’s defeat at the hands of Notre Dame’s Quinn Gleason in straight sets (6-3, 7-6(5)).

Another busy day ahead for Stanford in the round of 32 Thursday in singles action: Ahn will have a conference clash with UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips, Davidson gets Georgia’s Silvia Garcia, Zhao will take on another Georgia Bulldog in Lauren Herring, Hardebeck tussles with Duke’s Ester Goldfeld and Doyle is rewarded with a match against the second-seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA.

 

UCLA

No rest for the national champs – one day after defeating North Carolina to win the team title, four Bruins were back on the court to chase some individual glory. The whole quartet will have that dream continue on for at least one more round, as No. 2 Robin Anderson easily handled Princeton’s Alanna Wolff 6-2, 6-1, Kyle McPhillips inverted Anderson’s winning result with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of DePaul’s Ana Vladutu and No. 8 Jennifer Brady outdueled Baylor’s Jordaan Sanford in three sets, fighting back from a first-set bagel to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-3. Lastly, Chanelle Van Nguyen enjoyed beating North Carolina so much that she had to do it two days in a row, besting Tar Heel Caroline Price after trailing 4-5 in the third set (7-6(6), 4-6, 7-5).

So here’s how it stacks up for the Bru Cru in the round of 32: There are the two aforementioned matches against Stanford players in McPhillips-Ahn and Anderson-Doyle, while Brady takes on K-State’s Petra Niedermayerova and Van Nguyen greets Clemson’s Yana Koroleva.

USC

USC entered Wednesday with two players in the singles draw; USC exited Wednesday with two players still in the singles draw. Zoë Scandalis took care of Duke’s Hanna Mar 6-4, 6-2, while Giuliana Olmos needed just one more game to down Loreta Alonso, defeating the South Florida Bull 6-4, 6-3 (impressive stuff from Olmos considering she was not originally in the field of 64 and was instead the first alternate). Thursday will provide some very tough challenges for these two Trojans, however, as Scandalis has to square up against top-ranked Jamie Loeb (North Carolina) and Olmos will take on 9-16 seed Jenny Jullien of St. Mary’s.

The NCAA women’s singles championship continues Thursday and concludes Monday, while doubles play begins Thursday.

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