Women's Tennis
    Danielle Lao Reaches NCTC Singles Final
    Danielle Lao has at least one title match on the docket for Sunday.
    Danielle Lao has at least one title match on the docket for Sunday.

    Jan. 15, 2012

    LA QUINTA, CALIF. -- USC junior Danielle Lao has a big day ahead, having worked her way into the singles title match and the doubles semifinals with teammate Alison Ramos after a winning Saturday out at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic.

    The No. 3 seed in the singles draw, Lao has powered her way into Sunday's final against top-seeded Emily Fraser of Virginia. To get there, Lao dispatched Texas' Elizabeth Begley and Fresno State's Katarena Pallivets with matching 6-1, 6-1 decisions. In the semifinals, Lao outlasted Virginia's Li Xi with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 three-setter to punch her ticket to the title match.

    In doubles, Lao teamed up with Alison Ramos as the No. 4 seeded pair, punching through the first two rounds to earn a semifinal slot against top-seeded Fraser/Zi of Virginia today.

    Complete USC results from the NCTC are below.

    Round of 32 - Jan. 13
    Alex Martin (TEX) def. Alison Ramos (USC) - 6-4, 6-3
    [3] Danielle Lao (USC) - bye
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Annat Rabinovich (TEX) - 6-3, 6-0

    Round of 16 - Jan. 13
    [3] Danielle Lao (USC) def. Elizabeth Begley (TEX) - 6-1, 6-1
    Li Xi (UVA) def. Gabriella DeSimone (USC) - 6-4, 6-3

    Quarterfinals - Jan. 14
    [3] Danielle Lao (USC) def. Katarena Pallivets (FresSt) - 6-1, 6-1

    Semifinals - Jan. 14
    [3] Danielle Lao (USC) def. Li Xi (UVA) - 6-2, 4-6, 6-3



    Championship - Jan. 15
    [3] Danielle Lao (USC) vs. [1] Emily Fraser (UVA) -

    Round of 16 - Jan. 14
    [4] Lao/Ramos (USC) def. Rabinovich/Weigand (TEX) - 8-1

    Quarterfinals - Jan. 14
    [4] Lao/Ramos (USC) def. Ellis/Gaytan - 8-5

    Semifinals - Jan. 15
    [4] Lao/Ramos (USC) vs. [1] Fraser/Xi (UVA) -

    Alison Ramos (USC) def. Yumiko Justin (FreSt)
    Annat Rabinovich (TEX) def. Alison Ramos (USC) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7)