Christian/Santamaria In Hot Pursuit Of ITA All-American Title
Oct. 6, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. - USC's power couple Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria stayed on task today in the doubles semifinals at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships as the Trojan duo took down a pair of Bruins to punch a ticket to tomorrow's title match. On the singles side, USC's Zoë Scandalis and Danielle Lao fell in today's semifinal round.
Top-ranked Christian/Santamaria had some fuel to their fire in knowing they were up against a powerful pair from rival UCLA. No. 4-seeded Bruins Anderson/Morton were unable to match the Trojan strength in today's semifinals, as Christian/Santamaria got out ahead with a 6-2 win in the first set and finished it all off with a 6-2, 6-2 final. That launches the Trojan team into tomorrow's championship match, where they aim to add an ITA All-American title to their 2011 ITA National Indoor and 2012 Pac-12 Doubles championships. Christian/Santamaria will face Duke's Capra/Mar in the final.
In the singles scene, Scandalis was up against Virginia newcomer Julia Elbaba, a qualifier who opened the main draw by upsetting the tournament's top seed. Elbaba's strength continued as she pulled out a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over No. 4 seeded Scandalis in today's semifinals. USC's No. 8 seeded senior Lao was next to take the singles courts for semifinal play today, squaring off against No. 3 seed Lauren Embree of Florida. Another battle ensued there, but Embree held on as the higher seed and notched a 6-2, 7-5 win over Lao to end the USC senior's valiant semifinal run in the main draw.
Complete USC results from the ITA All-American Championships are below.
MAIN DRAW SINGLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
First Round - Oct. 4
#7  Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Ema Burgic (BAY) -- 6-1, 6-1
#8  Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. #24 Lauren McHale (UNC) -- 6-1, 6-1
#11  Danielle Lao (USC) def. #12 Kate Turvy (NW) -- 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16 - Oct. 5
MAIN DRAW DOUBLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
Round of 16 - Oct. 4
Quarterfinals - Oct. 5
Semifinals - Oct. 5
Championship - Oct. 6
MAIN DRAW CONSOLATION MATCHES
PREQUALIFYING SINGLES (Westwood, Calif.)
QUALIFYING SINGLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
QUALIFYING DOUBLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
QUALIFYING CONSOLATION MATCHES