NCAA women's tennis: 6 singles, 2 doubles teams advance to round of 16

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Six Pac-12 women’s tennis players advanced to the round of 16 in the singles bracket and two Pac-12 doubles teams moved on to the second round Thursday at the NCAA tennis championships hosted by the University of Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The six singles players mark the most of any conference in the women’s tournament.

Arizona State

Unfortunately for Doug Tammaro and Co. writing at home, Desirae Krawczyk is not one of the super six. The Sun Devil ran into the No. 7 player in the country and lost to North Carolina’s Hayley Carter 6-2, 6-2. Krawczyk, however, can still hang her hat on a 6-2, 7-5 first-round win over Vandy’s Frances Altick after erasing a 1-4 deficit in the second set.

California

The good news for Cal? Lynn Chi struck again, taking down Clemson’s Romy Koelzer 7-5, 6-1. The bad news for Cal? Chi is the only Golden Bear advancing to the Sweet 16, because Zsofi Susanyi dropped a 7-6(3), 6-1 decision to Georgia State’s Abigail Tere-Apisah and 9-16 seed Anett Schutting was usurped by Virginia Cavalier Danielle Collins in a 6-3, 6-3 affair.

[Related: 2014 NCAA women's tennis singles championship bracket (GeorgiaDogs.com)]

With no doubles team on the women’s side, Chi will be Cal’s lone female representative on Friday. She will have the pleasure of facing eighth-seeded and conference companion Jennifer Brady of UCLA.

Stanford

The Cardinal will comprise one-eighth of the third round in women’s singles action, as Kristie Ahn and Carol Zhao are both moving on to the round of 16. No. 3 Ahn took out UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips 6-4, 6-2, while Zhao upset No. 6 seed Lauren Herring of Georgia in two hard-fought sets, 7-6(4), 7-5. The day was not without its blemishes for Stanford, however, as Caroline Doyle lost the other Stanford-UCLA battle to second-ranked Robin Anderson 6-2, 6-3, Krista Hardebeck fell to Duke’s Ester Goldfeld in three sets (5-7, 6-3, 6-2) and Taylor Davidson dropped a three-setter to Georgia’s Silvia Garcia (6-0, 6-7(6), 7-5), making the Cardinal 1-1 against the Bulldogs for the day in singles competition.

There will be a third Stanford-UCLA bash in the singles bracket when Zhao takes on Bruin Chanelle Van Nguyen Friday, while Ahn will go up against Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State.

In women’s doubles, Stanford’s lone group of Ahn and Zhao dropped the first set before racing back to defeat Louisville’s tandem of Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Up next for Ahn and Zhao are Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno of Miami.

 

UCLA

UCLA has the most singles players in the round of 16 out of any school with three, but I guess that should be expected from the national champs. No. 2 Robin Anderson’s two-setter over Stanford’s Caroline Doyle and Kyle McPhillips’ loss to No. 3 Kristie Ahn of Stanford have already been mentioned, so let’s get on to the other two matches involving Bruins, both of which were claimed by Stella Sampras Webster’s bunch.

“I got you, Lacey Smyth,” eighth-seeded Jennifer Brady figuratively said to the Arizona Wildcat, as Brady defeated Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova 6-2, 6-4 (Niedermayerova defeated Smyth in the round of 64). The other victory came from Chanelle Van Nguyen, who won her third three-setter in as many days with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 triumph over Yana Koroleva of Clemson. Up next for Brady is a date with Cal’s Lynn Chi in the round of 16, while Van Nguyen gets a crack at Stanford’s Carol Zhao and Anderson will greet Virginia’s Danielle Collins in the round of 16.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, UCLA didn’t have the same kind of luck in doubles play. The twosome of Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips fell to Baylor’s Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle 6-3, 6-3, while the top-seeded team of Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady had to retire and drop their match to Clemson’s Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies. Tennis reporter Colette Lewis lets us know why Anderson and Brady dropped out of the competition:

[Related: 2014 NCAA women's tennis doubles championship bracket (GeorgiaDogs.com)]

USC

Both of USC’s singles reps bowed out in the round of 32 Thursday, as Zoë Scandalis lost to the No. 1 ranked player in the nation, Jamie Loeb of North Carolina, 6-3, 6-2 and Giuliana Olmos lost to 9-16 seed Jenny Jullien of St. Mary’s 6-3, 7-6(4).

However, there were better fortunes for the Trojans in doubles play, as Brynn Boren and Zoë Katz upset 5-8 seed Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson of Virginia 6-3, 7-6(8). On the other hand, Olmos and Scandalis lost to fourth-seeded Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe of Alabama 6-3, 6-2. Boren and Katz will go head-to-head with Auburn’s duo of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger Friday in the Sweet 16.

Both rounds of 16 in the singles and doubles brackets will take place Friday. Keep checking back with the Pac-12 Post for continued coverage of all NCAA championships involving Pac-12 schools.

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