Pac-12 tennis well represented in NCAA tennis singles and doubles championships

Holly Roberts

SAN FRANCISCO - A total of 28 individual players and 13 doubles teams from Pac-12 tennis squads, including 19 women’s singles players and 10 doubles teams as well as nine men’s singles players and three doubles teams, were selected as automatic qualifiers, at-large selections or alternates for the 2015 NCAA Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships. 

The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 20-25 at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 14-19. Baylor University will serve as host.

The Pac-12 currently owns 44 men’s singles and 56 doubles titles, as well as 18 women’s singles and 19 doubles titles. The league most recently swept both women’s singles and doubles in 2013, when STANFORD’s Nicole Gibbs won the singles championship and the USC duo of Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria won doubles. In the men’s tournament, UCLA’s Marcos Giron won the singles title last year, while the Pac-12’s last men’s doubles title came in 2008 from USC’s Robert Farah/Kaes Van’t Hof. 

On the women’s side, UCLA’s Robin Anderson earned the automatic singles qualification for the Pac-12, as the Conference had one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125. Anderson also earned the No. 1-overall seed. Pac-12 players earning at-large singles selections include: ARIZONA’s Lauren Marker; ARIZONA STATE’s Desirae Krawczyk; CALIFORNIA’s Klara Fabikova, Maegan Manasse, Zsofi Susanyi and Denise Starr; STANFORD’s Taylor Davidson, Caroline Doyle and Carol Zhao; UCLA’s Jennifer Brady, Catherine Harrison, Kyle McPhillips and Chanelle Van Nguyen; and USC’s Giuliana Olmos, Sabrina Santamaria, Zoë Scandalis and Madison Westby. Zhao is seeded second overall, while Manasse is seeded fourth and Olmos is a No. 9-16 seed. UTAH’s Tereza Bekerova is an alternate. 

The Pac-12’s automatic qualifier for women’s doubles is the duo of Carol Zhao and Taylor Davidson of Stanford, the Pac-12 doubles champions, who pick up the No. 2-overall seed. Other duos that earned at-large selections include: Arizona’s Briar Preston/Shayne Austin; Arizona State’s Desirae Krawczyk/Stephanie Vlad; California’s Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr and Zsofi Susanyi/Klara Fabikova; Stanford’s Caroline Doyle/Ellen Tsay; UCLA’s Jennifer Brady/Robin Anderson and Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips; and USC’s Zoë Katz/Sabrina Santamaria and Zoë Scandalis/Giuliana Olmos. Harrison and McPhillips earned the No. 3 seed, while both of California’s doubles teams are part of the seeds No. 5-8 grouping. 

For the men, Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA is the Pac-12’s automatic qualifier for the singles tournament and earned the No. 3 seed. At-large singles selections include: Cal’s Andre Goransson; Stanford’s Tom Fawcett; UCLA’s Dennis Mkrtchian; and USC’s Yannick Hanfmann, Roberto Quiroz and Jonny Wang. Alternates from the Pac-12 are Arizona’s Naoki Takeda and USC’s Nick Crystal. Hanfmann is grouped in seeds No. 9-16.

The Pac-12’s automatic qualifier for men’s doubles is the duo of Roberto Quiroz and Yannick Hanfmann from USC, who are seeded second overall. Other duos that earned at-large selections include Stanford’s John Morrissey/Robert Stineman and UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki.

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