NCAA Singles Recap: Round of 64
May 22, 2013
URBANA, ILL. -- In a rain-interrupted day at the court of Illinois, five members of USC tennis scored spots at the next round of singles action on day one of the NCAA Singles Championships. The Trojans took only one loss apiece on the men's and women's sides to push through for another busy day of competition tomorrow in Urbana, Ill.
In the men's draw, USC saw straight-set victories for three Trojans. Sophomore Yannick Hanfmann registered the first NCAA singles victory of his career thanks to some solid work against Boise State's Andrew Bettles in today's first round. Hanfmann tacked up a 6-2, 6-4 win that puts him through to the Round of 32 tomorrow against 9-16 seeded Matija Pecotic of Princeton. Fellow sophomore Roberto Quiroz rang up an even more decisive win in his first NCAA singles match, taking down Oklahoma's Dane Webb 6-1, 6-1 to move on for a shot at upset-minded Tzvetan Mihov of South Carolina. USC's NCAA veteran of the bunch, junior Ray Sarmiento, made his third straight trip to the NCAA singles draw well worth it with a 6-4, 6-3 win over VCU's Max Wennakoski, so he, too, will play in tomorrow's Round of 32. Sarmiento will go up against Greg Andrews of Notre Dame. USC junior Emilio Gomez, meanwhile, took a tough loss in his morning match. After taking the first set in a tight tiebreaker, #7 Gomez fell behind to Alabama's Jarryd Botha and lost in three 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 to wrap up his season with a 23-8 overall singles record.
On the women's side of the coin, USC had three entries in the singles draw. Sophomore Zoë Scandalis got out to another winning start in her second NCAA singles appearance, serving up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Notre Dame's Britney Sanders to move along to tomorrow's Round of 32 against No. 6 seeded Lauren Herring of Georgia.
Senior Danielle Lao, meanwhile, wrapped up her powerful USC playing career with a heart-breaking loss, falling in a three-setter to Texas' Braunna Addison. Lao had taken the first set it strong fashion, but when rain washed away play on the outdoor courts, her match was moved indoors. There, Addison was able to make up some ground and steal the upset win off Lao in a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 comeback. The loss finishes Lao's senior season at a 27-6 overall singles record. The two-time ITA All-American closes down her career with a 107-39 overall record in singles play to go along with a 63-21 record in dual-match singles.
More rain would also put a halt to a number of late matches. Sabrina Santamaria's match was slated for a 3:30 p.m. PT start but was pushed back due to weather and eventually put on hold for a long stretch. Finally the skies and the courts dried up enough for Santamaria and others to start up their matches, and the No. 2 seeded Trojan was all business in pinning up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Texas A&M's Nazari Urbina to wrap up the day's action and take her place in tomorrow's Round of 32.
Santamaria will also take to the doubles courts with her trusty teammate Kaitlyn Christian, as the No. 2 seeded doubles pair kicks off competition against Abu Mushrefova/Hamilton of Northwestern in the NCAA Doubles first round tomorrow.
Complete USC results below.
NCAA MEN'S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
NCAA WOMEN'S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
NCAA WOMEN'S DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS