Hattingh Falls in Three Sets to Navarro, Exits NCAA Singles Championship
ORLANDO, Florida - Ilze Hattingh's phenomenal ASU tennis career came to a close Monday morning in Orlando, Florida when she lost in three sets to No. 3 Emma Navarro (Virginia) in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship. Hattingh leaves ASU a two-time doubles All-American and twice-time Pac-12 Second Team honoree.
"I'm super proud of Ilze today despite not getting the win," head coach Sheila McInerney said. "[Associate head coach Matt Langley, volunteer assistant coach Jordan Gobatie] and I could not have asked for more from Ilze. She battled hard and was right there up a set and 5-5 all with one of the best players in the country. Credit to Emma Navarro for stepping up when she needed to.
"It's hard hard to put into words what Ilze has meant to our program these last 4 years. What a great ambassador she has been for ASU both on and off the tennis courts. She is a great role model for our younger players to follow. We'll certainly miss Ilze but are looking forward to watching her blossom as she transitions into the next phase of her life. She's a Sun Devil for life!"
Hattingh opened the day strong, taking the first set 6-1. The second frame was neck-and-neck, the pair playing to 2-2 then 5-5 before Navarro won 7-5. A final huge effort from the Cavalier gave her the win thanks to a 6-0 victory in the third set.