Seeds Hold Serve to Open USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships

Seeds Hold Serve on Day One of USTA/ITA National Indoor

Surprise Doubles Teams from Boston College, Valdosta State Reach Quarterfinals      

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Jana Juricova of California serves to Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar on Thursday.
Flushing, N.Y.
-- When it comes to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Jana Juricova of California has quite the reputation. But as play at this year's tournament began Thursday, the 2009 National Indoor champion and 2010 runner-up was pushed to a third set by Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M.


With the top-seeded Juricova bashing her groundstrokes fast and flat, 24th-ranked Sanchez-Quintanar countered with slice and spin.


Finding the range on her forehand when she needed it most, Juricova recovered for a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 victory.


"Playing this type of opponent, I knew that we were going to have a lot of long rallies," said Juricova. "Throughout the match, I was trying to remind myself to structure the point well. It was a great match, really fun, and a good challenge for the first round."


Like Juricova, the No. 1 seeds in women's doubles were put to the test in their opening match of the tournament. After receiving a first-round bye, Riviera/ITA All-American champions Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs of Stanford edged Alabama's Alexa Guarachi and Mary-Anne Macfarlane 9-7 to reach the quarterfinals.


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Nicole Gibbs and Mallory Burdette of Stanford are through to the quarterfinals.


"This draw is so small that you're going to play good people in the first round," said Burdette. "It was a pretty good test for us and we came through and played well in the end."


Though Burdette failed to serve out the match at 7-6, her strong volleying at the net and Gibbs' well-placed strokes from the baseline allowed the Cardinal to clinch victory the second time around.


"She's the straight shooter and I have a little more of the creative lobs and touch shots," said Gibbs, who only began playing doubles with Burdette last month. "We're a really good complement to each other, and we keep each other positive to the best of our abilities."


Though no seeded teams lost in either men's or women's doubles, the unranked Boston College pair of Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev reached the quarterfinals with back-to-back upsets.


The USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Champions earned 8-5 wins over the seventh-ranked team of Kayla Duncan and Kathryn Talbert (Wake Forest) and the 19th-ranked team of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie (Ole Miss).


"Honestly, it was a first for our school, so we just wanted to go as far as we could," said Khmylev. "We're still in it, which is exciting. We're trying to start a new thing for BC."


The men's singles first round featured a pair of rematches from the ITA All-American Championships. No. 1 seed Mitchell Frank repeated his semifinal win in Tulsa with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Daniel Nguyen of USC. Remi Boutillier of Fresno State, on the other hand, turned the tide on Wil Spencer of Georgia, who defeated him in three sets in the Tulsa quarterfinals.


With a knack for finishing points at the net, Boutillier's attacking style suited him well on the indoor courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The senior from France beat the seventh-seeded Spencer 6-3, 6-2.


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Chase Buchanan of Ohio State prepares to return serve.

Ohio State's Chase Buchanan also enjoyed his share of revenge, making up for a first-round loss at the 2011 NCAA Championships by defeating Ray Sarmiento of USC 6-4, 6-4.


Midway through the second set, Buchanan abandoned his two-handed backhand to hit the shot of the day. With Sarmiento approaching the net off a deep approach, a fully-stretched Buchanan flicked a one-handed, cross-court backhand that dipped over the net, into the service box and past Sarmiento.


Buchanan smiled, Sarmiento held his arms in disbelief and even USC Head Coach Peter Smith and Ohio State Assistant Coach David Schilling shared a laugh at the winner they had witnessed.


"I thought: 'Well, he hit a good shot. I might as well try and pull something out of my butt,' and it found its way in the court (laughs)," said Buchanan. "I didn't even realize that it went in."


With wild cards entered in each draw, host Columbia enjoyed a breakthrough in men's singles. Haig Schneiderman delighted a large contingent of Lions' fans by surprising the 42nd-ranked Alexis Klegou of Texas A&M 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1. 


In men's doubles, the unheralded Division II duo of Christian Hansen and Luis Loeffler (Valdosta State) defeated Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas 8-4 to reach the quarterfinals.


Hansen and Loeffler gained entry into the tournament by winning the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships Oct. 16 in Mobile, Ala.


"I know this is my last chance to participate in a Division I tournament, so I wanted to make sure I gave everything I've got," said the left-handed Hansen, who previously played one season at Tennessee. "Today, we played so over-the-top good. We're pumped as hell and super excited to be here. We want to keep winning."   


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Valdosta State's Christian Hansen and Luis Loeffler
celebrate with coaches Daniel Dueren and John Hansen.

2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Flushing, N.Y.

Surface: Hard-Indoor


Thursday, November 3 - RESULTS

Men's Singles - Main Draw First Round

[1] Mitchell Frank (Virginia) def. Daniel Nguyen (USC) 6-2, 6-2

Alex Musialek (Kentucky) def. Damian Hume (Boise State) 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-3

Remi Boutillier (Fresno State) def. [7] Wil Spencer (Georgia) 6-3, 6-2

Costin Paval (Oklahoma) def. Gonzalo Escobar (Texas Tech) 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-4

[3] Blaz Rola (Ohio State) def. Finn Tearney (Pepperdine) 6-2, 7-6(2)

Evan King (Michigan) def. Lucas Jovita (Rollins) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

[5] Henrique Cunha (Duke) def. Andreas Mies (Auburn) 6-1, 6-1

Ryan Thacher (Stanford) def. Roy Kalmanovich (Illinois) 7-6(1), 6-4

Haig Schneiderman (Columbia) def. Alexis Klegou (Texas A&M) 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1

[6] Chase Buchanan (Ohio State) def. Ray Sarmiento (USC) 6-4, 6-4

Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) def. Tsvetan Mihov (Oklahoma) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

[4] Eric Quigley (Kentucky) def. Sadio Doumbia (Georgia) 6-3, 7-6(3)

Jose Hernandez (North Carolina) def. Jamie Whiteford (William & Mary) 6-3, 7-6(6)

[8] Dennis Nevolo (Illinois) def. Kyle McMorrow (Washington) 6-2, 6-4

Kevin King (Georgia Tech) def. Vasko Mladenov (St. John's) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Christopher Aumueller (Nebraska) def. Chris Mengel (Duke) 6-1, 7-6(2)


Women's Singles - Main Draw First Round

[1] Jana Juricova (California) def. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Texas A&M) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. Kristy Frilling (Notre Dame) 6-4, 6-3

[5-8] Denise Dy (Washington) def. Cristina Stancu (Maryland) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0

Emily Fraser (Virginia) def. Nicole Bartnik (Columbia) 6-2, 6-0

[4] Mallory Burdette (Stanford) def. Ana Veselinovic (Auburn Montgomery) 6-2, 6-2

Kristi Boxx (Ole Miss) def. Petra Niedermayerova (Kansas State) 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(4)

[5-8] Lauren Embree (Florida) def. Emina Bektas (Michigan) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. Sabrina Santamaria (USC) 7-6(1), 6-0

Lauren McHale (North Carolina) def. Mary Anne Macfarlane (Alabama) 6-2, 7-5

Diana Nakic (Baylor) def. [5-8] Robin Anderson (UCLA) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2

Joanna Mather (Florida) def. Sam Vickers (Tulsa) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) 

[3] Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia) def. Natalie Pluskota (Tennessee) 6-1, 6-3

Anna Bartenstein (Miami) def. Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

Aeriel Ellis (Texas) def. [5-8] Beatrice Capra (Duke) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Danielle Lao (USC) def. Bianca Sanon (Columbia) 6-3, 6-2

[2] Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) def. Jackie Wu (Vanderbilt) 6-4, 6-3


Men's Doubles - Main Draw Second Round

[1] K. King/J. Spir (Georgia Tech) def. N. Gery/W. Lin (Columbia) 8-4

B. Federhofer/N. Slilam (Florida) def. C. Aumueller/B. Lindheim (Nebraska) 8-6

[3] C. Marsland/A. Watling (Tulsa) def. N. Bubnic/T. Visy (San Diego) 8-4

S. Bernstein/E. King (Michigan) def. C. Cueto/B. McLachlan (California) 8-5

C. Hansen/L. Loeffler (Valdosta State) def. C. Camillone/D. Holiner (Texas) 8-4

[4] N. Andrews/C. Konigsfeldt (California) def. J. Backstrom/J. Lutjen (Ole Miss) 8-5

H. Cunha/C. Mengel (Duke) def. J. Collins/M. Horny (Maryland) 8-3

[2] C. Buchanan/B. Rola (Ohio State) def. M. Siow/M. Spindler (Princeton) 8-5


Women's Doubles - Main Draw Second Round

[1] M. Burdette/N. Gibbs (Stanford) def. A. Guarachi/M. Macfarlane (Alabama) 9-7

N. Pluskota/K. Szekely (Tennessee) def. L. Embree/J. Mather (Florida) 8-3

[3] K. Frilling/S. Mathews (Notre Dame) def. C. Gullickson/L. Kimbell (Georgia) 8-2

B. Capra/E. Goldfeld (Duke) def. M. Huet/W. Ritchie (Oklahoma) 9-7

A. Kelleher/O. Khmylev (Boston College) def. K. Boxx/A. Guthrie (Ole Miss) 8-5

[4] N. Hamilton/L. Mushrefova (Northwestern) vs. M. Nichols/O. Smith (TCU) 8-2

K. Christian/S. Santamaria (USC) def. R. Anderson/S. Morton (UCLA) 8-5

[2] J. Bek/K. Wong (Clemson) def. N. Bartnik/C. Leung (Columbia) 8-2


Men's Doubles - Main Draw First Round

B. Federhofer/N. Slilam (Florida) def. P. Anderson/J. Phillips (New Mexico) 8-4

C. Cueto/B. McLachlan (California) def. L. Cant/M. Stropp (Mississippi State) 8-5

C. Camillone/D. Holiner (Texas) def. M. Libietis/H. Reese (Tennessee) 8-6

J. Collins/M. Horny (Maryland) def. M. Cirstea/A. Dobbs (Idaho) 8-4


Women's Doubles - Main Draw First Round

N. Pluskota/K. Szekely (Tennessee) def. V. Popovici/S. Synkova (Wyoming) 8-4

M. Huet/W. Ritchie (Oklahoma) def. A. Belzunce/W. Luus (Maryland) 8-6

A. Kelleher/O. Khmylev (Boston College) def. K. Duncan/K. Talbert (Wake Forest) 8-5

K. Christian/S. Santamaria (USC) def. K. Cartwright/A. Leitz (Tyler Junior College) 8-4

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