Semifinals Set for the Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Championships

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OJAI, Calif. - On day two of competition at the Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Championships at the Ojai Tournament in Ojai, Calif., doubles action got under way on both the men's and women's sides and singles heated up with excellent competition in the quarterfinals.

The men's singles quarterfinals at Libbey Park saw some excellent matches. No. 1-seeded Steve Johnson of USC continued to showcase why he is the No. 1 player in the nation, defeating UCLA's Alex Inbar, 6-3, 6-3. He is set to face UCLA freshman Adrien Puget, who defeated USC freshman Emilio Gomez, 6-3, 6-3. The match will take place at 11 a.m. PT at Libbey Park.

On the bottom half of the bracket, the No. 2 seed, Stanford junior Bradley Klahn faced USC freshman Ray Sarmiento, who is in the midst of a stellar season. The defending NCAA singles champion had no trouble though, as he defeated Sarmiento, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals. He will face California's Nick Andrews, who defeated hometown favorite Denis Lin of Stanford, 7-5, 6-1. The first serve between Klahn and Andrews will take place at 1 a.m. PT on Saturday at Libbey Park.

In women's quarterfinal action, USC senior Maria Sanchez had a tough match against Stanford sophomore Mallory Burdette. Burdette won the first set, 6-2, but Sanchez, the No. 2 player in the nation, returned to stellar form in the second set, winning 6-2 and taking the third set 6-1 to win the match. She will face Stanford's Stacey Tan in the semifinals, after she defeated Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. Sanchez and Tan will take to the court at 11 a.m. PT at Libbey Park.

The bottom half of the bracket will feature a semifinal of two Stanford players, as freshmen Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn both advanced out of their quarterfinal matches. Gibbs defeated UCLA senior McCall Jones, 6-3, 6-2 and Ahn took care of USC's Kaitlyn Christian, 6-1, 6-0. Gibbs and Ahn will face off at 11 a.m. PT on Saturday at Libbey Park.

The draw of 16 men's doubles championship began on Friday at Libbey Park. The No. 1 seed of Stanford's Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thatcher defeated Arizona's Frank Chen/Mario Urquidi, 8-1. Klahn/Thatcher then faced a tough duo of California's Jonathan Dahan/Nick Andrews. Dahan/Andrews were a tough for Stanford, but Klahn/Thatcher won 8-5 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. They will face fellow Cardinal in the pair of Daniel Ho and Walker Kehrer, as the duo narrowly defeated UCLA's Max Truong and Clay Thompson, 9-8 (5) to advance to the quarterfinals, where they had an easier time with UCLA's Warren Hardie/Amit Inbar, 8-4.

The second semifinal will feature No. 2-seeded Steve Johnson and Ray Sarmiento of USC and the No. 4 seed of UCLA's Alex Brigham and Adrien Puget. Johnson/Sarmiento advanced on an 8-2 win over Oregon's Jose Izquierdo and Doug Mayeda. They then dispatched Stanford's Matt Kandath and Denis Lin, 8-5.

Both semifinal men's championship doubles matches will take place at 3:30 p.m. PT at Libbey Field.

The women's doubles action 16-team draw, at Ojai Valley Athletic Club, saw the No. 1 seed pairing of Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova of California advancing to the semifinals off an 8-1 win over Hannah James/Sianna Simmons of Arizona State in the first round and a close match with USC's Cristalia Andrews/Alison Ramos, 9-7. The duo will face Stanford's combo of Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs, who upset the No. 3-seeded team of UCLA's Noelle Hickey and McCall Jones in an incredibly close match, 9-8 (1).

In the bottom half of the bracket, the No. 2 and No. 4 seeds both advanced to the semifinals. Arizona State's Micaela Hein and Kelcy McKenna, the No. 4 seed defeated UCLA's Pamela Montez/Carling Seguso, 8-3 and Stanford's Carolyn McVeigh/Stacey Tan, 8-5 to advance. They will face the No. 2-seeded pairing of USC's Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez who defeated Washington State's Andjela Kankaras/Olga Musilovich, 8-5 in the first round and Arizona's Natasha Marks/Lacey Smyth in a relatively close 8-6 battle.

Both semifinal matches will take to the court at 3:30 p.m. PT at Libbey Park.

 As we enter the third day of action at the Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Championships, high level tennis will be abound in all corners of Libbey Park as semifinal action in both men's and women's singles and doubles will get underway. Invitational play on both the men's and women's side will continue on Saturday as well.

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