Elbaba Heading To Semifinals at National Indoors
FLUSHING, N.Y. – Virginia junior Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) advanced to the semifinals in singles during Friday (Nov. 7) action at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
No. 5 Elbaba defeated top-ranked Jamie Loeb of North Carolina 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals tomorrow. With the win, Elbaba avenged losses to Loeb at the American Collegiate Invitational and Riviera/ITA All-American Championships earlier this fall.
Elbaba also posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 20 Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine in the round of 16. Elbaba battles Florida’s Brooke Austin in the semifinals. Austin upset Elbaba in three sets in the first round of the Riviera/ITA All-American in September.
In other singles action, No. 32 Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) posted a 6-2, 7-5 win over No. 93 Natalie Beazant of Rice in the round of 16 before losing 6-2, 6-3 to No. 43 Maegan Manasse of Cal in the quarterfinals. Junior Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) fell 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a round of 16 match to No. 8 Lynn Chi of Cal. The Collins-Chi battle was a re-match of the 2014 NCAA singles final, which Collins won 6-2, 7-5 to claim the title.
In consolation doubles action, junior transfer Skylar Morton (Bethesda, Md.) and freshman Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.Va.) netted a pair of victories. The UVa duo beat No. 28 Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson of Notre Dame 7-5, 7-6 today after beating No. 41 Rima Asatrian and Kanika Vaaidya of Columbia 6-1, 6-0 in a first round consolation match late Thursday.
Virginia junior Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) and sophomore Marie Faure (Toulouse, France) completed first-day action at the UNC Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Epstein and Faure went 1-1 in doubles, including an 8-5 win over Duke’s Beatrice Capra and Samantha Harris. In singles, Epstein topped Penn State’s Taylor Shukrow 6-1, 6-2 and Faure beat the Nittany Lions’ Melissa Minnitti 6-2, 6-0.
For complete coverage of the 2014 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, including access to draws, live scores and more, please visit the official event page on ITATennis.com.