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Big 12 Advances Five Singles Players, Three Doubles Teams To NCAA Round of 16
May 24, 2012
A total of five singles players and three doubles tandems from the Big 12 Conference won on Thursday at the 2012 NCAA Individual Tennis Championships to reach the Round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

On the men's side, Texas Tech's 40th-ranked Gonzalo Escobar toppled Big 12 Player of the Year Costin Paval (Oklahoma) 6-3, 6-4, in the round of 32. The win moves Escobar into the Sweet 16, giving the senior from Ecuador All-America honors. He is the first Red Raider to ever advance to the Sweet 16 and just the second-ever Red Raider to earn All-America status. Escobar will now face fifth-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke on Friday. The 12th-ranked Paval ended the season with a 16-4 singles record.

The Red Raider then partnered with Raony Carvalho in doubles action to record a straight-set win against Tennessee's No. 12 tandem of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round of play. It is the first time in Texas Tech history that the Red Raiders have had a singles and doubles team advance to the Round of 16 in the same year. The 18th-ranked duo of Carvalho and Escobar will now take on Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt of California at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Oklahoma's Paval was more successful in doubles action as he and partner Dane Webb tallied a victory over Penn State's Russell Bader and Jason Lee in three sets. The Sooner tandem, ranked 10th-nationally, dropped the first set to the nation's 27th-ranked duo, 6-3, but rallied to take the final two sets, 7-5, 6-1. Webb and Paval will challenge Pepperdine's Alex Llompart and Finn Tearney, ranked No. 15, on Friday.

On the women's side, Baylor's Nina Secerbegovic reached her third straight Round of 16 in singles action. The 23rd-ranked Lady Bear battled past Tennessee's No. 32 Brynn Boren, who won the first set in a tiebreak 7-6(5). In the second set, Secerbegovic was able to get a late break for just enough separation for a 7-5 win, then did the same in the third set to win 6-4. The win also secures Secerbegovic her third consecutive All-America honor from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.. She will face 26th-ranked USC's Sabrina Santamaria at 10:30 a.m. CT with a chance to reach the quarterfinals for the third straight season.

Secerbegovic then returned to the courts in doubles and paired with Ema Burgic to stun No. 1-seeded Allie Will and Sofie Oyen of Florida in straight sets. The Baylor pair kept a one-game advantage throughout the set, getting a late break to win it 7-5. Then in the second set, the Lady Bears took it to the Gators with a dominating 6-2 effort to finish the upset. The win is the duo's third of the year over a top-five opponent. Secerbegovic and Burgic will now take on Alabama's Alex Guarachi and Courtney Lane at 3:30 p.m. CT.

BU's two other singles participants, seniors Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic, each bowed in the Round 32 out with a loss.

Novakova faced sixth-seeded Jana Juricova of California. Juricova seized the momentum early on the way to a 6-4, 6-1 win

Nakic, seeded in the 9-16 range in singles play, fell to Kansas State's 29th-ranked Petra Niedermayerova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Niedermayerova, becomes the second player in school history and the first since Yana Dorodnova in 1998 to the reach the Round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championships. The Wildcat will again face a Big 12 oppenent, Texas A&M's Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, in the Round of 16.

The Aggie kept up her winning ways in the singles competition after the No. 6 seed defeated No. 31-ranked Joelle Kissell of North Carolina State, 6-2, 6-0.

Texas junior Aeriel Ellis fought off multiple match points and rallied for a three-set victory, as she secured All-America status in round two of the singles competition.
The 40th-ranked Ellis pulled out a 3-6, 7-6 (9), 6-0 victory over South Carolina's 48th-ranked Anya Morgina to advance to the NCAA round of 16 and thereby secure an automatic singles All-America honor from the ITA. Ellis is the first Longhorn to earn back-to-back ITA singles All-America honors since 1999, when Sandy Sureephong completed the feat. Ellis joins an elite group of just 10 Longhorns who have earned multiple singles All-America honors.Ellis will meet California's sixth-seeded Jana Juricova in the round of 16 on Friday.

The three remaining Big 12 doubles pairs all faltered in first round action.

Texas Tech's Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo dropped a three-set match to No. 9 Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez of UCLA, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Texas Tech tandem closes out the season 25-8.

Senior Marie-Pier Huet and sophomore Whitney Ritchie of Oklahoma women's tennis lost to Vanderbilt's Lauren Mira and Jackie Wu, 6-4, 7-5.

Texas A&M's Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun were eliminated after falling to Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine, 6-4, 6-2. The Aggie juniors, who entered the tournament listed a season-high No. 29 in the national doubles rankings, end the season 23-10.

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