NCAA Women's Tennis Championships: Stanford, Oregon, UCLA headed to second round
The 2018 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships ramped up Friday with Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA representing the Pac-12 in the hunt for a team championship.
Arizona State was ousted early in the day with a hard-fought match against Wake Forest, 4-2, in the Athens Regional. Wake Forest started out with the upper hand, edging out the Devils in doubles play. ASU nabbed first-set wins on courts 2, 5 and 6 in the singles competition, but relinquished courts 3 and 4 to give the Demon Deacons a 3-2 team lead.
All eyes then went to courts 1 and 2, where both matches needed three sets. Court 1 ended up being the clincher for Wake Forest, where Emma Davis outlasted ASU's Lauryn John-Baptiste (6-4, 1-6, 6-2).
ASU wraps up its season with a 16-8 team record. John-Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh will play on in the doubles tournament later this month. The pairing lost just one match in the regular season and played through the Pac-12 Championships semifinals in late April.
Wake Forest outlasts the Devils, 4-2, ending their NCAA run.
The season's not over for everyone, though. John-Baptiste/Hattingh still have work to do in the NCAA Doubles Championship later this month!#ForksUp
— Sun Devil W. Tennis (@sundevilwtennis) May 11, 2018
Oregon nabbed the Pac-12's first win of the tournament with a 4-2 victory over Tennesee. The Volunteers picked up the doubles point with ease, winning courts 2 and 3. But the Ducks turned it up a notch in singles play, claiming two of the first three matches to finish with wins by Daniela Nasser on court 4 (6-1, 6-2) and Julia Eshet (6-4, 7-6(3)) on court 5. That brought the team score to a 2-2 tie.
It was all Oregon from there. Julia Lilien claimed court 3 with a three-set win, paving the way for Shweta Sangwan to close it out on court 2. Sangwan secured the team win with a 7-6, 6-2 victory, sending the Ducks to a second-round bout with the winner of Duke.
— Oregon Ducks WTennis (@OregonWTennis) May 11, 2018
Stanford is advancing to Saturday with a convincing 4-0 sweep of Big East champion St. John's on The Farm. After claiming the doubles point, Caroline Lampl was nearly flawless in a 6-0, 6-1 victory over the Red Storm's Jaide Collins on court 3.
Emma Higuchi tallied the next point on court 6, dispatching Kajsa Stegrell 6-0, 6-0 to put the Card up 3-0. You might as well call Emily Arbuthnott "the closer." The British-born sophomore notched her team-best seventh clinching victory of the season with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Zofia Stanisz.
Quick and convincing 4-0 victory for Stanford over St. John's.
— Stanford Women’s Tennis (@StanfordWTennis) May 11, 2018
The No. 15 seed Cardinal will now take on Michigan Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.
UCLA capped off the day for the Pac-12 with a 4-0 sweep of Fresno State in Westwood. The 12th-seeded Bruins start things with wins on courts 1 and 3 to claim the doubles point.
Alaina Miller took the first singles match from the Mountain West Champions with a 6-0, 6-1 over Olivia Noble. Ena Shibahara had to work a little harder with a 6-0, 7-6 win against Emma Wilson, while the clincher was a flawless Abi Altick 6-0, 6-0 victory over Ndindi Ndunda.
Ena Shibahara survives a second set tiebreaker on court two, and finishes off the win for UCLA! pic.twitter.com/duLEjIvHk5
— UCLA Women's Tennis (@uclawtennis) May 11, 2018
The Bruins will now take on 25th-ranked Baylor Saturday at 3 p.m. PT.