May 26, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. – Jackie Wu and Catherine Newman’s seasons came to an end on Wednesday when they were both eliminated in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship in Athens, Ga.
Both Newman and Wu were handed tough draws in the 2010 singles championship as they were paired against the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 players, respectively.
Newman, ranked 23rd nationally, fell to California’s second-ranked Jana Juricova, 6-0, 6-2 while Wu fell to top-ranked Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech, 6-4, 6-1.
Wednesday marked a bittersweet end to what were great seasons for Newman and Wu.
For Newman it marked the final competition of her storied four-year career at Vanderbilt. The four-time All-SEC player and SEC Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year leaves Vanderbilt as one of the most accomplished players on the court and in the classroom. The Greensboro, N.C., native finishes the year with a 27-15 overall record in singles including a team-best 13 wins over ranked opponents. Newman closes out her career with a 106-51 record in singles.
Wu finishes her sophomore campaign with a 23-7 overall mark in singles while advancing to her second straight NCAA singles championship appearance. A native of Holmdel, N.J., Wu won 10 of her 13 matches during the dual season and went 5-1 in the SEC. Wu’s biggest win of the year came in January when she defeated two-time All-American and sixth-ranked Caitlin Whoriskey of Tennessee in straight sets at the ITA Kick-Off weekend in January.
May 26, 2010
First Round of NCAA Singles Championship
No. 2 Jana Juricova (California) def. No. 23 Catherine Newman (VU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 1 Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech) def. No. 32 Jackie Wu (VU), 6-4, 6-1