For Immediate Release
Date: October 10, 2015
Contact: Laura Schuessler, Coordinator of New Media (505-917-6949)
Collins To Compete For Second Consecutive National Title At 2015 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Virginia senior Danielle Collins is off to a blazing start this fall, and following a hard-fought victory over Cal’s Maegan Manasse in Saturday’s semifinal round at the 2015 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, stands just one win away from her second national title of the 2015-16 season.
The seventh-seeded Collins, who claimed the 2015 Oracle/ITA Masters singles championship last month in Malibu, California, and won the 2014 NCAA Division I National Singles Championship, booked her spot in the final after defeating California’s third-seeded Manasse in a tightly-contested 7-6 (7), 6-3 match.
Collins, currently ranked eighth in the Oracle/ITA Preseason Division I Women’s Rankings, will square off against Miami (FL) sophomore Sinead Lohan (ranked No. 13) in the singles championship at 11 a.m. PT at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Lohan took down Georgia’s Ellen Perez in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) to advance to the championship. Lohan’s victory over Perez marked her fourth win over a top-30 opponent this tournament. Lohan’s semifinal win also allowed her to make school history today as she is now the first Hurricane women’s tennis player to reach the All-American Championships final.
This will be the second meeting between Collins and Lohan this fall as the two opponents faced each other in the quarterfinals at the Oracle/ITA Masters where Collins defeated Lohan 6-1, 6-0.
The doubles finalists were also decided on Saturday.
Fifteenth-ranked/unseeded Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay of North Carolina claimed the first spot in the championship after defeating Georgia’s Perez and Mariana Gould 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.
Third-ranked/second-seeded Manasse and Denise Starr (Cal) came through with a 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 7 seeded duo Matea Cutura and Christine Maddox of Pepperdine to take the second spot in the championship.
The doubles final will begin no earlier than Noon, PT.
Both singles and doubles finalists receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 12-15 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.
In consolation action on Saturday, Virginia’s top-seeded Julia Elbaba defeated Carter (UNC) 6-3, 6-2 to book a spot in the consolation championship match for the second year in a row.
Elbaba, ranked third nationally, will face Jasmine Lee of Mississippi State in the final. Lee (ranked No. 23) took out UCLA’s No. 22 ranked Catherine Harrison 6-0, 6-2 in the semifinals.
The consolation doubles final will be between Nevada’s twenty-seventh ranked Blaga Delic and Sheila Morales-Hidalgo and Northwestern’s Maddie Lipp and Alex Chatt (ranked No. 34).
The champions of the singles and doubles consolation finals will also receive an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
Updated draws and main draw daily recaps can be found at the ITA Championship Central page http://www.itatennis.com/Events/ITANationalChampionships/WomensAllAmerican.htm. You can also follow the conversation Twitter by following @ITATennis and using the hashtag #RivieraITA.