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Women's Tennis Posts First Fall Results

Oct 5, 2022
Fangran Tian (Photo: ITA)

The UCLA women's tennis team got its 2022-23 season underway with stops at a pair of tournaments, sending three Bruins each to the Intercollegiate Championships in San Diego and three others to the ITA All-American Championships in Cary, N.C.

UCLA was represented by junior Vanessa Ong, senior Sasha Vagramov and freshman Anne-Christine Lutkemeyer at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. Lutkemeyer made the singles semifinal round in her debut as a Bruin.

At Cary Tennis Park and across the Duke, University of North Carolina and NC State campuses, sophomores Ava Catanzarite and Kimmi Hance and freshman Fangran Tian each logged multiple singles wins. Fangran went 5-1 in her first appearance as a UCLA student-athlete, knocking off three nationally-ranked counterparts. Catanzarite also finished 5-1 with wins against three ranked opponents.

At the Intercollegiate Championships, Lutkemeyer, Ong and Vagramov each prevailed in her first match. Vagramov came back to defeat Kayla Meraz of Arizona before bowing out in three sets against Oklahoma State's Alana Wolfberg. Ong beat Vanesa Suarez of Kansas State and San Diego State's Dariya Destkovskaya, but was felled by eventual runner-up Claudia De Las Heras of the University of San Diego. After getting through the first round by way of walkover, Lutkemeyer took down Marisa Schmidt of Iowa and McKenna Koenig of USC. The Irvine, Calif. native dropped a three-set decision to tournament champion Sofia Rojas of Oklahoma State in a three-set semifinal.

In doubles, Ong and Vagramov knocked off Gloria Alogo Piqueras and Olivia Malm of North Texas before falling against Belen Nevenhoven and Lexi Ryngler of Arizona in the quarterfinals.

In the first national tournament of the campaign, Catanzarite, Fangran and No. 98 Hance each advanced through prequalifying. Catanzarite and Fangran logged three wins apiece. Fangran defeated No. 106 Laylo Bakhodirova of East Tennessee State 6-3, 6-0 in her debut, while Catanzairte also beat a ranked opponent, No. 116 Malkia Ngounoue of Kansas, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in the second round. Though Hance was stopped in her third match, she was awarded a lucky loser spot in the qualifying field.

Catanzarite's run was snapped by No. 54 Patra Sedlackova of Alabama to start qualifying, while Fangran and Hance each finished one win short of the main draw. Fangran added to her résumé with victories against No. 71 Ava Markham of Wisconsin and No. 64 Holly Staff of Vanderbilt before bowing out versus No. 58 Mary Stoiana of Texas A&M. Hance got her best win of the event in the second round of qualifying, a 6-1, 6-4 result over No. 53 Chelsea Kung of Yale. Hance was eliminated by No. 109 Jayci Goldsmith of Texas A&M in her next match. Catanzarite also got past No. 76 Anessa Lee of Vanderbilt and No. 86 Casie Wooten of Wake Forest in consolation play.

In doubles qualifying, Fangran and Hance posted an 8-6 win against Melodie Collard and Sara Ziodato of Virginia before having their stay ended by Anessa Lee and Sonya Macavei of Vanderbilt.

The Bruins will next compete in the Women of Troy Invitational on the campus of USC. Play starts Friday and concludes Sunday.

Intercollegiate Championships
9/29-10/2/2022 at San Diego, CA (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)

Singles competition
32    A. Lutkemeyer (UCLA) def. Victoria Kalaitzis (San Diego), walkover
32    Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Kayla Meraz (Arizona) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
32    Vanessa Ong (UCLA) def. Vanesa Suarez (Kansas State) 7-5, 6-2
16    A. Lutkemeyer (UCLA) def. Marisa Schmidt (Iowa) 6-3, 6-2
16    Alana Wolfberg (Oklahoma State) def. Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
16    Vanessa Ong (UCLA) def. Dariya Detkovskaya (San Diego State) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
QF    A. Lutkemeyer (UCLA) def. McKenna Koenig (USC) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
QF    Claudia De Las Heras (San Diego) def. Vanessa Ong (UCLA) 6-2, 6-1
SF    Sofia Rojas (Oklahoma State) def. A. Lutkemeyer (UCLA) 6-1, 3-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
16    Vanessa Ong/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. G. Alogo Piqueras/Olivia Malm (North Texas) 6-3
QF    Belen Nevenhoven/Lexi Ryngler (Arizona) def. Vanessa Ong/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) 6-3

ITA All-American Championships
10/3-10/9/2022 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)

Singles competition
128    #98 Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. Gia Cohen (Mississippi State) 6-4, 6-3
128    Fangran Tian (UCLA) def. #106 Laylo Bakhodirova (East Tennessee State) 6-3, 6-0
128    Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) def. Nikita Vishwase (LSU) 6-1, 6-2
64    #98 Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. Anna Brylin (Wake Forest), walkover
64    Fangran Tian (UCLA) def. Anna Zhang (Columbia) 6-0, 6-3
64    Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) def. #116 Malkia Ngounoue (Kansas) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
32    Celia-Belle Mohr (Vanderbilt) def. #98 Kimmi Hance (UCLA) 6-0, 6-1
32    Fangran Tian (UCLA) def. Sophie Abrams (NC State) 6-1, 7-5
32    Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) def. Maria Shusharina (Northwestern) 6-4, 6-4
64    #54 Petra Sedlackova (Alabama) def. Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
64    Fangran Tian (UCLA) def. #71 Ava Markham (Wisconsin) 7-5, 6-1
64    #98 Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. Pauiline Ernstberger (Boise State) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
32    Fangran Tian (UCLA) def. #64 Holly Staff (Vanderbilt) 6-3, 6-2
32    #98 Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. #53 Chelsea Kung (Yale) 6-1, 6-4
16    #58 Mary Stoiana (Texas A&M) def. Fangran Tian (UCLA) 6-2, 6-1
16    #109 Jayci Goldsmith (Texas A&M) def. #98 Kimmi Hance (UCLA) 6-2, 6-4
Qualifying Consolati
32    Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) def. #76 Anessa Lee (Vanderbilt) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
16    Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) def. #86 Casie Wooten (Wake Forest) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
64    Fangran Tian/Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. Melodie Collard/Sara Ziodato (Virginia) 8-6
32    Anessa Lee/Sonya Macavei (Vanderbilt) def. Fangran Tian/Kimmi Hance (UCLA) 8-2