Main draw doubles | Qualifying doubles draw
Oct. 4, 2017
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Grit was the word of the day, as all three Commodores in the final day of qualifying matches at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship willed their way into main draw play of the fall's most prestigious tournament.
"I'm just really pleased with everyone's performances so far," said head coach Geoff Macdonald. "This is kind of the fall's version of the NCAA individual tournament. It's a big stage and a great place to play with a lot of history and tradition. I'm thrilled for the members of the team who are here... making the main draw at All-Americans is a huge accomplishment."
Tomorrow, No. 63 Fernanda Contreras and No. 47 Christina Rosca will compete in main draw singles play. Rosca and Emma Kurtz will join automatic doubles qualifiers No. 17 Contreras and Emily Smith in main draw doubles action.
Following her third-straight ranked upset of the tournament, Contreras will find herself in the main draw of All-Americans. Wednesday afternoon, the Austin, Texas native defeated a Southeastern Conference foe in Kentucky's No. 53 Akvile Parazinskaite. While the first set was tight between the two SEC student-athletes, 7-5, Contreras held onto a quick lead in the second set to ensure the Vanderbilt victory and her place in the main draw, 7-5, 6-1.
Rosca and Kurtz were first on the court for the black and gold, as the sophomore pairing earned their third and fourth ranked tandems victories of the season.
First up on Wednesday morning's draw were Southern Cal's 46th ranked team of Angela Kulikov and Madison Westby. While the match was close following first serve, the Dores slowly extended their lead to take the match, 8-4.
VU faced No. 37 Nina Khmelnitckaia and Anastasia Rychagova out of Kansas for a spot in the main draw. The Jayhawks capitalized on Commodore errors to take a swift 5-2 lead. But following a changeover, the Dores came on court a new team, forcing Khmelnitckaia and Rychagova to utilize every shot in their arsenal.
In one of the biggest comeback victories on the day, unranked Kurtz/Rosca took six games in a row to rally and blow past the top-40 Kansas team for the win, 8-5.
"It's an advantage to go through qualifying rounds," continued Macdonald, "because you're match tough, used to the conditions and you've already had to do a lot of problem solving within your matches. Any match won here is a great win, and I look forward to seeing everyone compete in tomorrow's main draw."