Two Texas singles players and one UT doubles tandem have reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tennis Championship, played at Khan Outdoor Tennis Center.
On the men’s side, Søren Hess-Olesen defeated Marcos Giron of UCLA in singles play and Chris Camillone and David Holiner upset top-seeded Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee.
Camillone and Holiner’s straight-set win over the top-seeded team in the tournament earned the duo ITA All-American status. To be named All-American in doubles a team must be a top-eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championships, reach quarterfinals of NCAA Doubles Championship or finish in top-10 of the final ITA Rankings.
Texas is the only school remaining in the quarterfinals of both the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship and NCAA Men’s Doubles Championship this week. It is the fourth time in program history that Texas has representatives in the quarterfinals of both the NCAA’s singles and doubles draws.
Hess-Olesen fought his way to his second three-set victory of the tournament after losing the first against Giron, 6-3, on Friday. Hess-Olesen responded with a 6-3 second-set win and a commanding 6-2 win in the third set.
Camillone and Holiner also had a rematch of their own on Friday. The teams went back and forth through both sets, with Camillone and Holiner taking the first, 7-6, after a tiebreaker. The duo took another second set by a score of 7-5 to clinch a berth in the quarterfinals.
On the women’s side, Texas freshman Breaunna Addison notched a 6-2, 6-4 win over Arizona State’s 21st-ranked Jacqueline Cako to reach the singles quarterfinals Friday at the NCAA Championships. She is the first UT freshman ever to reach the NCAA singles quarterfinals and is the first Longhorn to do so since Sandy Sureephong in 1999. Addison will meet North Carolina’s seventh-seeded Gina Suarez-Malaguti in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Texas is also the only school with a player remaining in both the men’s and women’s singles draws at the NCAA Championships.
TCU sophomore Stefanie Tan, having earned All-America honors for reaching the Sweet 16, dropped a tough three-set match to Alabama’s Alexa Guarachi, the final line reading 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in the Crimson Tide’s favor.
K-State’s No. 15-ranked Petra Niedermayerova saw her season come to a conclusion in singles play, while the No. 26-ranked doubles team of Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic were defeated in their afternoon match.
The Oklahoma State women’s tennis doubles team of Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana dropped its match against the nation’s second-ranked doubles team of USC’s Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria (6-3, 6-2) while OU tandem Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie fell 6-4, 7-6(5) to No. 22 Kopinski/White of Illinois.
Texas Tech duo Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo also fell in the Round of 16.
Live scoring and video of the NCAA Championship singles and doubles draws are available through FightingIllini.com.