NCAA WTEN: 3 singles players, 3 doubles teams on to quarterfinals
Three singles players and three doubles teams have advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA women’s tennis individual championships with victories Friday in Waco, Texas. The three singles players are the second most of any conference behind the ACC’s four in the quarterfinals, while the three doubles teams match the SEC’s total for the most doubles teams remaining by conference. All three doubles teams have earned All-America status via advancing to the quarterfinals, while all three singles players were named All-Americans by advancing to the Sweet 16 Thursday.
That’s all she wrote for Arizona State at the NCAA tennis championships, as Desirae Krawczyk/Stephanie Vlad lost to host Baylor’s Ema Burgic/Blair Shankle 6-2, 7-5. Solid year for the Forks as a team, as they reached the NCAA round of 32 before falling to Oklahoma State in heartbreaking 4-3 affair.
A bit of a day of reckoning for the Golden Bears, who saw just one doubles team advance to the quarterfinals out of the two singles players and two tandems that advanced to the Sweet 16. First, the good news – No. 5-8 seed Klara Fabikova/Zsofi Susanyi overcame first-set jitters to scoot past Kentucky’s Mami Adachi/Aldila Sutjiadi 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-1. Now, the bad news – Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr fell to Stanford’s Caroline Doyle/Ellen Tsay 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, fourth-seeded singles player Manasse lost to No. 9-16 seed Josie Kuhlman of Florida 6-4, 6-1 and Susanyi bowed out to second-seeded Carol Zhao 6-2, 6-0. As the lone Golden Bear reps remaining, Fabikova and Susanyi greet Vandy’s Ashleigh Antal/Astra Sharma in a 12:30 p.m. PT quarterfinal bout. ‘Tis a chance for conference redemption, as Antal/Sharma took out UCLA’s Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips in the first round of NCAA doubles play.
— NCAA Tennis 2015 (@NCAATennis2015) May 22, 2015
Not a bad day to be a Tree by any stretch of the imagination – every member of Nerd Nation who held court on Friday won. As mentioned in the Cal section, No. 2-ranked Carol Zhao made quick work of Cal’s Zsofi Susanyi (6-2, 6-0) in singles play, while Caroline Doyle/Ellen Tsay took care of Cal’s Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr in three sets (6-4, 1-6, 6-4). Additionally, second-seeded tag-team tandem Taylor Davidson/Carol Zhao edged out North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb/Caroline Price 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Two wins against rival Cal and the elimination of a doubles team representing a school that had a controversial win over Stanford in the 2009 NCAA women’s soccer tourney final and knocked out Stanford baseball in the 2011 super regionals? Yeah, pretty good day at the office. As far as Saturday matchups are concerned, Doyle/Tsay plays Beatrice Gumulya/Jessy Rompies of Clemson (12:30 p.m.), Zhao/Davidson squares off against Florida’s Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (2 p.m.) and Zhao meets UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen in a clash of Pac-12 titans at 10 a.m.
— StanfordWTennis (@StanfordWTennis) May 23, 2015
Top-ranked Robin Anderson and Chanelle Van Nguyen are on to the singles quarterfinals, while Jennifer Brady is out of the singles bracket and Anderson/Brady is out of the doubles bracket. Anderson got her third consecutive two-setter in NCAA singles competition with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over USC’s Sabrina Santamaria, while Van Nguyen took down Baylor’s Ema Burgic 6-4, 6-1. On the other hand, Brady lost to Virginia’s Danielle Collins, the defending NCAA Singles Champion who knocked out her second Pac-12 foe in three matches after eliminating Stanford’s Taylor Davidson in the first round. Collins beat Brady 6-1, 7-5. In doubles action, Anderson/Brady fell victim to Alabama’s Maya Jansen/Erin Routliffe, the top-seeded doubles team; 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in favor of Roll Tide. Looking forward to singles quarterfinal action, Anderson puts her No. 1 seed on the line against No. 9-16 seed Stephanie Wagner of Miami (FL) (10 a.m.), while Van Nguyen squares off against Stanford’s Carol Zhao (also 10 a.m.), the No. 2-seeded player in the bracket.
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) May 22, 2015
USC women’s tennis is done for the season with Sabrina Santamaria’s exit in the singles bracket and Giuliana Olmos/Zoë Scandalis’ departure in the doubles bracket. Santamaria fell to the aforementioned top-ranked Robin Anderson of UCLA 6-1, 6-2, while Olmos/Scandalis fell victim to No. 4-seeded Beatrice Gumulya/Jessy Rompies of Clemson, falling to the Tiger pair 6-4, 6-3. Santamaria wraps up an impressive USC career as a five-time ITA All-American, 2013 NCAA Doubles Champion and 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Pac-12.com will have quarterfinal coverage of the NCAA women’s tennis individual championships with a Saturday recap when all matches go final.