Christian/Santamaria To Play For NCAA Championship
May 26, 2013
URBANA, ILL. -- No. 2 seeded doubles pair Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria have made the breakthrough to the NCAA doubles title match, becoming the first USC women's team to reach the final as they look to add to their laundry list of crowns earned in their two seasons playing together at USC.
The winners of back-to-back ITA National Indoor Doubles and Pac-12 Doubles championships, Christian/Santamaria are in hot pursuit of USC's first NCAA doubles title after beating Tennessee's Boren/Szekely 7-5, 7-5 in today's rain-interrupted semifinal. The Trojan pair took their first advantage after rain stopped their match with USC up 6-5 and receiving in the first set. When play resumed, Christian/Santamaria stole away the first set and then stayed the course to earn their place in tomorrow's title match.
The Women of Troy will face UCLA's Anderson/Morton tomorrow for the championship not before 1:30 p.m. CT in Urbana, Ill. This will be the second meeting of the season between Christian/Santamaria and Anderson/Morton, presenting a rematch of the ITA/Riviera All-American semifinal match back in October, when the Trojans beat the Bruin pair 6-2, 6-2 en route to capturing the tournament title.
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On being in the national championship...
"It feels amazing, we've gone through ups and downs this season, and we really wanted to be here. We'd love to play in the US Open; it feels amazing, and we're really excited to be here and compete."
Complete USC results below.
NCAA WOMEN'S DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
Round of 16 - May 24
Quarterfinals - May 25
Semifinals - May 26
Championship - May 27
NCAA WOMEN'S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS