UCLA's Harrison, Stanford's Davidson & Zhao win at 2015 Pac-12 Women's Tennis Championships
OJAI, Calif. - UCLA’s Catherine Harrison won the singles final and STANFORD’s Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao won the doubles final to earn the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Tennis Championships on Sunday.
Harrison began her match against Fabikova down 2-0 in the first set, but battled back to win four of the next six games to take the first set, 6-4. She continued her hot streak through the second set, blanking the 25th-ranked Fabikova, 6-0, in the second to win the championship. The two players had met twice before in the 2014 regular season, with Harrison winning the first match on Feb. 21, 2014, and Fabikova winning the second match on Apr. 4, 2014. It marked the third-straight singles championship for the UCLA women, as Kyle McPhillips won it in 2013 and Jennifer Brady won in 2014. It is also UCLA’s ninth-overall singles championship.
The doubles final pitted top-seeded Davidson and Zhao against fellow Cardinal players Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay, who were the fourth-seeded duo in the doubles draw. The first set in the best-of-three format stayed close, as Doyle and Tsay nearly forced a set tiebreaker, but Davidson and Zhao picked up a game to win the first set, 7-5. The duo pushed through to win the second set, 6-2, for the championship.
In invitational action, second-seeded Meredith Xepoleas of USC defeated UCLA’s Terri Fleming to win the singles title. The Trojans also picked up the doubles title as Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Katz teamed up to defeat Jena Cheng and Sarah Richter of UTAH.
Women's Singles Championships
Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. No. 4 Klara Fabikova (CAL), 6-4, 6-0
Women's Singles Invitational
No. 2 Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Terri Fleming (UCLA), 6-2, 6-3
Women's Doubles Championships
No. 1 Taylor Davidson/Carol Zhao (STAN) def. No. 4 Caroline Doyle/Ellen Tsay (STAN), 7-5, 6-2
Women's Doubles Invitational
No. 4 Gabriella DeSimone/Zoë Katz (USC) def. Capucine Gregoire/Riko Shimizu (WASH), 8-4