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Indoors Day One Recap


The first day of the 2016 ITA Division I National Women’s Indoor Championship from the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin, brought a variety of matches including upsets, shutouts, and everything in-between.   

(3) North Carolina 4, Alabama 0
Defending #ITAIndoors champion and third-seeded North Carolina swiftly claimed the first victory of the tournament, posting a 4-0 win over Alabama.

Sixteenth-ranked duo Jessica Aney and Kate Vialle opened doubles play for the No. 5-ranked Tar Heels with a 6-0 sweep of No. 13 Alabama’s Danielle Spielmann and Joanna Neva Savva in the No. 2 doubles position. Whitney Kay and Hayley Carter of North Carolina, the nation’s No. 2-ranked doubles team, clinched the point after defeating the Crimson Tide’s No. 48 pair of Erin Routliffe and Andie Daniell 6-2 in the No. 1 spot.

Aney, a freshman ranked No. 68 nationally, earned the first singles victory of the tournament after posting a decisive 6-0, 6-2 win over Daniell in the No. 4 spot. UNC’s No. 112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Aryn Greene in No. 6 singles while No. 6 Carter clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 63 Routliffe.

The Tar Heels remain undefeated this season holding a 7-0 record.

LSU 4, (6) Oklahoma State 3
The LSU Tigers, who were making their ITA National Team Indoors debut, pulled off the first upset of the event taking down No. 6 Oklahoma State in a tightly-contested 4-3 match.

The No. 10-ranked Cowgirls came away with the doubles point after picking up wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, but the No. 18 Tigers quickly fought back in singles.  

After a few close battles, the score sat at 3-3, leaving the match to be decided by the No. 6 singles match-up between LSU senior Ella Taylor and Oklahoma State junior Carla Tur Mari. Taylor clinched the match for the Tigers with a 7-5, 7-5 decision over Tur Mari.

“We are really proud of this team for rebounding after losing the doubles point and coming out strong in singles,” LSU co-head coach Julia Sell said. “I thought we did an incredible job of adjusting in singles and figuring out a way to win.”

The Tigers are now 6-0 on the season.

(2) Georgia 4, Texas Tech 0
The second-seeded Georgia Bulldogs earned their spot in the quarterfinals after sweeping the Texas Tech Red Raiders 4-0.

UGA junior Caroline Brinson and senior Silvia Garcia tallied the first doubles win for the Bulldogs in the No. 2 spot while sophomore duo of Laura Patterson and Kennedy Shaffer clinched the point with their 6-4 win over TTU’s Sabrina Federici and Fecility Maltby in No. 3 doubles.

The Bulldogs (4-0), the No. 2-ranked team in the country, carried the momentum into singles play and quickly tallied wins in the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 positions to seal the victory over the No. 17 Red Raiders.

Brinson, ranked No. 22 in singles, had an impressive performance in the No. 2 position blanking Lynn Kiro (6-0, 6-0); No. 12 Ellen Perez gave up only three games in her win over TTU’s Gabriela Talaba in the No. 1 singles spot (6-1, 6-2) and No. 109 Shaffer clinched with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Federici.

Michigan 4, (7) Miami (FL) 2
Michigan was the second team to take out a seeded opponent as they tallied a 4-2 win over (7) Miami.

The No. 12-ranked Wolverines brought high energy to start doubles and claimed the point after picking up wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Freshman Brienne Minor and sophomore Mira Ruder-Hook defeated No. 11 Miami’s Stephanie Wagner and Wendy Zhang 6-1 in the No. 1 position, while Kate Fahey and Ronit Yurovsky took out Sinead Lohan and Ana Madcur 6-2 in the No. 2 spot.

Michigan team captain Yurovsky, ranked No. 17 nationally, stole the show in singles play when she defeated No. 7 Lohan in the No. 1 spot to clinch the match for the Wolverines 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Michigan’s other singles victories came from Minor and Fahey.

(1) Vanderbilt 4, Duke 0
Top-seeded and top-ranked Vanderbilt was the third team of the day that posted a 4-0 sweep over their opponent as the Commodores took out Duke in the first round.

Doubles was tight as the two opponents split matches and forced the No. 2 doubles showdown to be the deciding match. Vanderbilt’s Astra Sharma and Ellie Yates powered through a 7-6 (1) tiebreaker to eventually clinch the point for the Commodores.

No. 24 Sydney Campell, No. 15 Astra Sharma, and Courtney Colton each contributed a singles win to allow the Commodores (3-0) to advance past the No. 14 Blue Devils and into the quarterfinals.

(8) Ohio State 4, Fresno State 2
No. 8 seed Ohio State remains undefeated this season as they rallied in singles play to overcome Fresno State in their first match of the weekend.

The No. 16 Buckeyes dropped the doubles point after losing in a thrilling 7-6 (11-9) tiebreaker to the No. 30 Bulldogs at the No. 1 spot.

However, the Buckeyes proved to be strong in singles play as they picked up wins in the No. 1, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 spots to tally the win.

The victory puts Ohio State at 5-0 on the season.

(4) California 4, Wisconsin 0
Fourth-seeded California took out Division I Women's #ITAIndoors host Wisconsin in a 4-0 victory.

California took the doubles point swiftly with wins from No. 1 doubles Maegan Manasse and Densie Starr 6-2 over Wisconsin's Lauren Chypyha and Kendall Kirsch and No. 2 doubles Klara Fabikova and Olivia Hauger beating Sydney Rider and Ekaterina Stepanova, 6-3. 

In the singles matches, California started off with wins at No. 4 as Starr defeated Maria Avgerinos 6-1, 6-1 and No. 5 singles as Hauger defeated Rider by the same score. The match was clinched soon thereafter with a win at No. 3 by Lynn Chi 6-3, 6-1 defeating Kirsch.

The win brings California to 3-0 on the season, while Wisconsin was handed its first loss and falls to 2-1. 

Virginia 4, (5) Texas A&M 1
Virginia closed out the first day of action with a 4-1 win over No. 5 Texas A&M.

The No. 7-ranked Cavaliers and the No. 9 Aggies each claimed a doubles match to start, but Julia Elbaba and Stephanie Nauta went on to clinch the point for UVA after taking out Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat in a 7-6 (7-5) tiebreaker in the No. 2 position.

No. 8 Elbaba, No. 30 Nauta, and Meghan Kelley came through with singles wins to put the Cavaliers on top in the first round match-up.

Action resumes Saturday, starting with consolation play at 9 a.m. CT. Head to the Women’s #ITAIndoors event page for complete schedules, draws, and live scoring links.

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