Ten Pac-12 women advance in NCAA singles tennis championship

Thirteen of the 64 women participating in the NCAA singles tennis championship's opening round Wednesday were representing a Pac-12 school, leading one to believe the conference had a good shot at taking home its third consecutive singles title.

And perhaps no one represented the conference - or school - more triumphantly than Jacqueline Cako, the Arizona State senior who defeated the tournament's top seed, Lauren Embree of the University of Florida. The 6-3, 6-2 victory was easily the biggest upset across both the men's and women's tournaments, which both began amidst rainy skies at the University of Illinois.

[Related: NCAA women's tennis singles championship bracket]

Joining Cako in the round of 32 are nine others from the Pac-12, including the second-seeded Sabrina Santamaria of USC, third-seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA and fifth-seeded Zsofi Susanyi of Cal. Also worth noting, Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) won her first-round match in straight sets as she begins her singles title defense.

Anett Schutting was Cal's highest-seeded participant, slotted eighth, and the junior no doubt had her sights set higher than a first-round departure. Alas, she dropped her first and only match of the tournament (5-7, 3-6) to Kate Turvey of nearby Northwestern. Also headed to an earlier-than-desired off-season was Danielle Lao of USC and Lacey Smyth of Arizona.

Dampy action resumes Thursday in Urbana with five Pac-12 schools represented amongst 10 participants. First serve is at 8 a.m. CST/6 a.m. PST.

[Related: Rain plagues first day of NCAA men's singles championship]

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