Semifinals Set On Day Two Of Women’s #ITAIndoors
MADISON, WI – The semifinals of the 2016 ITA Division I National Women’s Team Indoor Championship are set following Saturday’s quarterfinal round at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
Defending #ITAIndoors champion North Carolina is just two victories away from its third National Team Indoors Championship in the last four years. The No. 3-seeded Tar Heels dispatched of LSU 4-1 in the quarterfinals. After taking the doubles point, North Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay won their singles matches at the No. 1 and 2 positions, respectively. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer earned the deciding point for the victors with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over LSU’s Ella Taylor at No. 6 singles.
Facing the defending champions will be the Bulldogs from Georgia, who zipped past Michigan, also by a 4-1 margin, on Saturday. Georgia, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, swiftly took the doubles point and, after Michigan’s Brienne Minor evened the match 1-1 with a win at No. 2 singles, the Bulldogs rattled off three straight wins to secure the match. Kennedy Shaffer, ranked No. 82 in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, took down Michigan’s Kate Fahey (No. 107) 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 singles to close out the match.
Saturday afternoon started off with No. 4 seed California against unseeded Virginia, who took out No. 5 seed Texas A&M Friday evening. Cal’s No. 1 doubles team of No. 3 Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr defeated Virginia’s Danielle Collins and Meghan Kelley by the score of 6-2 to secure the doubles point for the Bears. No. 5 ranked Maegan Manasse fell to the No. 4 ranked Danielle Collins 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 1 singles spot, but that was the lone win for the Cavaliers. Cal took the No. 5 and No. 6 singles spots by Olivia Hauger and Karla Popovic respectfully, with the clinching match coming from the No. 4 line, Cal’s Denise Starr beating Victoria Olivarez 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.
The last quarterfinal was the longest and toughest matchup of the day, matching up defending NCAA Champions Vanderbilt against No. 8 seeded Ohio State. The top-ranked Commodores grabbed the doubles point, but it wasn’t enough for them to take the overall match. Ohio State was able to fight back from a 0-2 deficit to bring the score even at 2-2. The last three singles matches all came down to third sets, with the two teams splitting the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. It all came down to the No. 4 singles match between Ohio State’s Miho Kowase and Vanderbilt’s Courtney Colton, with Kowase taking the clinching match 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Sunday’s action begins with consolation play at 9 a.m. CT. Head to the Division I Women’s #ITAIndoors event page for complete schedules, draws, and live scoring links. Follow along with the conversation on the ITA Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.