Big 12 Conference student-athletes went a combined 6-2 on the first day of play in the singles portion of the NCAA Tennis Championships Wednesday at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center.
On the women’s side TCU sophomore Stefanie Tan posted the first big upset of the singles championships Wednesday morning with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Florida’s Sofie Oyen. The Gators’ Oyen was tabbed as a No. 9-16 seed when the field was released. Tan, No. 44 in the ITA singles rankings, advances to Thursday’s round of 32 match-up against Samantha Vickers of Tulsa.
Texas standouts Breaunna Addison and Aeriel Ellis both walked away with first round victories. No. 31 Addison upset the nation’s ninth-ranked player as she rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over USC’s Danielle Lao. Addison advances to Thursday’s round of 32 in the singles draw where she will meet Miami’s Stephanie Wagner at 8 a.m. CT.
Ellis began her quest for another All-America honor with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win over North Carolina State’s Joelle Kissell. A win on Thursday over Rice’s Natalie Beazant (9 a.m. CT) would make Ellis an ITA singles All-American for the third time.
Despite a 78-minute weather delay, K-State’s Petra Niedermayerova swept past Stanford’s Kristie Ahn of Stanford, 6-2, 6-1, to reach the round of 32 for the second straight season. The win for the junior moved her into a tie for the school records for singles wins in a season (39) and a career (71). Niedermayerova is now slated to play No. 20 Kyle McPhillips of UCLA in the singles Round of 32 at 11:30 a.m.
On the men’s side, Oklahoma’s Guillermo Alcorta, ranked No. 58 by the ITA, earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 60 Campbell Johnson of California-Berkeley in the first round. The junior, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Championship, will face No. 11 Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdine Thursday.
Texas sophomore Søren Hess-Olesen defeated 21st-ranked Chris Simpson of LSU in three sets (6-4, 5-7, 6-3) after the rain delay to earn his fifth consecutive win. Hess-Olesen will face No. 56 Clifford Marsland of Tulsa in the second round on Thursday.
OU sophomore Dane Webb also competed Wednesday, falling 6-1, 6-1 to USC’s Roberto Quiroz while Baylor freshman Julian Lenz was knocked out of the championship after dropping a 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 decision to Elon’s Cameron Silverman.