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Ong, Wagle Claim ITA Regionals Doubles Title

Oct 26, 2021
Vanessa Ong (left) and Elise Wagle

SAN DIEGO – Vanessa Ong and Elise Wagle of the UCLA women's tennis team partnered to claim the ITA Southwest Regional Championships doubles title Sunday, earning a spot in November's ITA National Fall Championships as a result.

Barnes Tennis Center hosted the five-day event, which saw six of seven Bruins earn at least one victory. Also in action were Ava Catanzarite, Caroline Goldberg, Kimmi Hance, Taylor Johnson and Sasha Vagramov. Single play featured a 128-participant field, while the doubles tournament had 64 pairs in action.

Ong and Wagle debuted as a partnership, advancing through the draw to earn each player's first-career title at the college level. Over the course of three days, Ong and Wagle defeated three equally- or higher-seeded pairs and advanced by way of walkover two other times. They most notably knocked off the nation's No. 11 tandem – and tournament's No. 1 seed – Shiori Fukuda and Taisiya Pachkaleva of Pepperdine, by a 6-3 score. Ong and Wagle also beat Abigail Desiatnikov/Jordyn McBride of San Diego (6-2) and Savannah Broadus/Janice Tjen of Pepperdine (6-4, 2-6, 1-0 [10-6]). Each Bruin is 5-0 in doubles play.

Vagramov posted the best singles showing, advancing to the quarterfinal round. She took down No. 13 Victoria Flores of Pepperdine, 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1, in the round of 16. Vagramov would bow out one match later, when she was felled by the eventual champion, No. 53 Lisa Zaar of the Waves. Vagramov has a team-best 7-1 singles mark on the season.

ITA Southwest Regional Championships
10/21-10/25/2021 at San Diego, CA (Barnes Tennis Center)

Singles competition
128    Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico (UC Irvine) 6-0, 6-0
128    Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) def. Fabienne Schmidt (Grand Canyon) 6-3, 6-0
128    Taylor Johnson (UCLA) def. Sheena Masuda (Long Beach State) 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
128    V. Santibanez Luna (CSUN) def. Caroline Goldberg (UCLA) 6-3, 6-3
128    Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Alexis Merrill (Hawai'i) 6-0, 6-2
128    Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. Nidhi Surapaneni (Hawai'i) 6-3, 6-2
64    Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. Leyden Games (USC) 6-1, 6-0
64    Nikki Redelijk (Pepperdine) def. Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
64    Taylor Johnson (UCLA) def. Jenna Dorian (CSUN) 6-2, 6-1
64    Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Cecile Morin (CSUN) 6-2, 6-1
64    Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. Sara Rakim (Grand Canyon) 6-0, 6-2
32    #3 Janice Tjen (Pepperdine) def. Kimmi Hance (UCLA) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
32    Anastasia Iamachkine (Pepperdine) def. Taylor Johnson (UCLA) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
32    Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Wiktoria Rutkowska (Loyola Marymount) 6-3, 6-3
32    #9 Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (San Diego State) def. Elise Wagle (UCLA) 6-1, 6-2
16    Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. #13 Victoria Flores (Pepperdine) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
QF    #53 Lisa Zaar (Pepperdine) def. Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
64    Ava Catanzarite/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Midori Castillo-Meza/Khim Iglupas (Arizona) 7-5
64    Kimmi Hance/Taylor Johnson (UCLA) def. Sophie Pearson/Katelyn Vu (UC San Diego) 6-3
32    Vanessa Ong/Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. Naomi Nguyen/Ella Pachl (UC San Diego), walkover
32    Ava Catanzarite/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Camille Kiss/Kira Reuter (UC Santa Barbara) 6-4
32    Kimmi Hance/Taylor Johnson (UCLA) def. Kayla Meraz/Belen Nevenhoven (Arizona) 6-3
16    Vanessa Ong/Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. #11 Shiori Fukuda/Taisiya Pachkaleva (Pepperdine) 6-3
16    Tamara Arnold/Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (San Diego State) def. Ava Catanzarite/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) 7-6 (7-2)
16    Eryn Cayetano/Grace Piper (USC) def. Kimmi Hance/Taylor Johnson (UCLA) 6-1
QF    Vanessa Ong/Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. Abigail Desiatnikov/Jordyn McBride (San Diego) 6-2
SF    Vanessa Ong/Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. Savannah Broadus/Janice Tjen (Pepperdine) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)
F    Vanessa Ong/Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. Victoria Flores/Lisa Zaar (Pepperdine), walkover