Christian and Santamaria Win Semis, Set Up For Doubles Final|
Nov. 5, 2011
USC's Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria have solidified their place in history already in their young Trojan careers. The sophomore-freshman doubles pair has moved briskly through the competition at the ITA National Indoor Championships and recently served up another upset win, beating the No. 4 seeded team in today's semifinals to move into tomorrow's title match. Christian and Santamaria are the first Trojans ever to reach the doubles final at the ITA Indoors. They are looking to become the first-ever USC doubles team -- male or female -- to win a title at the tournament tomorrow in a match against No. 3 seed Frilling/Mathews of Notre Dame.
Today in the semifinals, Christian and Santamaria had a powerful performance against No. 4 seeded Hamilton/Mushrefova of Northwestern. The Trojan tandem pinned up a 6-2, 6-3 win to ice a spot in tomorrow's championship match, set for 10 a.m. ET at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
Post-match quotes from Kaitlyn Christian & Sabrina Santamaria:
(On reaching the finals)
(On her ace and service winner, and Christian's two volley winners, in the final game)
"I was just trying really hard to get my serve in and put some firepower on it so that she could cut across and put the volley away. I knew that if I got my first serve in, she would take care of the rest. She always does."
(On being in New York)
(On reaching a national championship final as a freshman)
Complete USC results at the ITA National Indoor Championships are below. Full draws and live results can be found HERE.
ITA National Indoor Championships (Flushing, N.Y.)
Round of 16 - Nov. 3
Quarterfinals - Nov. 4
Semifinals - Nov. 5
Championship - Nov. 6