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Big 12 Advances Five Singles Players, Five Doubles Teams To NCAA Round of 16
May 23, 2013

A total of five singles players and five doubles tandems from the Big 12 Conference won on Thursday at the 2013 NCAA Individual Tennis Championships to reach the Round of 16 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. Four of the 16 women’s doubles teams left come from the league.

TCU women’s tennis sophomore Stefanie Tan became the fifth ITA Singles All-American in school history with her 6-2, 6-2 win over Tulsa’s No. 18 Samantha Vickers Thursday. For the second day in a row, Tan knocked off a top-20 opponent at the Women’s Singles Championships after defeating No. 17 and Indoor National Champion Sofie Oyen of Florida Wednesday. Tan, the No. 44 player in the ITA singles rankings, will face Alabama’s Alex Guarachi Friday morning.

Texas freshman Breaunna Addison defeated Miami’s Stephanie Wagner in straight sets and earned singles All-America status Thursday at the NCAA Championships. Addison’s 6-2, 6-2 win advances her to meet Arizona State’s 21st-ranked Jacqueline Cako, who upset the tournament’s top seed in Wednesday’s opening round. First serve is set for Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

About eight hours after her singles win, Addison joined Noel Scott in doubles against Arizona State’s Nicole Smith and Jaqcueline Cako. The Sun Devils took the first set, 6-1 before Texas rallied to take the second, 6-4. ASU broke for a 4-2 third-set lead and took the set, 6-2 to preserve the victory.

After enduring a delayed start for the second straight day, K-State’s No. 15-ranked Petra Niedermayerova fought through a three-hour marathon to defeat Kyle McPhillips of UCLA in three-sets, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), and reach the Round of 16 for the second straight season. The win for Niedermayerova moved her into the top spot on the school’s singles wins lists for a season and a career. Niedermayerova is now slated to play No. 7 Gina Suarez-Malaguti of North Carolina in the singles Round of 16 at 10 a.m. CT Friday.

With partner Karla Bonacic, faced the No. 21-ranked Petra Januska and Chelsea Utting of Penn State and the Wildcats made quick work of the Nittany Lions tandem with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. The Wildcats advance to the Round of 16 on Friday to face No. 25-ranked Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton of UCLA.

OU juniors Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie, ranked ninth by the ITA, defeated Texas A&M’s Stefania Hristove and Cristina Stancu, ranked No. 18, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Brhane and Ritchie will face Illinois’ Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White 16 Friday.

The Oklahoma State doubles team of Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana defeated Augustina Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva of Pennsylvania in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to move on to the second round of the tournament. Rose and Narattana will face Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC Friday.

Texas Tech’s No. 16 Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo upset No. 12 Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira of Vanderbilt, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the Round of 32 . Adams and Kilgo (23-9) advance to face No. 1 Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia of Georgia, who withstood an upset alert from No. 23 Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath of Rice.

Texas senior Aeriel Ellis’ career came to a close Thursday when the Californian suffered a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 defeat at the hands of Rice’s 41st-ranked Natalie Beazant.

On the men’s side, Texas sophomore Søren Hess-Olesen defeated 56th-ranked Clifford Marsland of Tulsa 6-3, 7-5, advancing to face No.25 Marcos Giron of UCLA on Friday.

The Longhorn pair of senior Chris Camillone and junior David Holiner opened first-round play with a three-set win over 28th-ranked Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson of Florida (2-6, 6-3, 6-4). The win advanced the duo to the round of 16 to face top-seeded Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee on Friday.

OU men’s tennis junior Guillermo Alcorta dropped since second round match by the slimmest of margins. No. 58 Alcorta lost to Pepperdine’s Sebastian Fanselow, ranked No. 11, by the final point of a third set tiebreaker, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (8).

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