Jenkins, Gibbs, Weatherholt, Fanselow, Rola Reach Singles Semi-finals
May 25 2013 ITS Staff:
Urbana, Illinois – Third-seeded Jamere Jenkins of the University of Virginia NCAA Team champions and Stanford's Nicole Gibbs barged into the semi-finals of the NCAA Singles Championship.
The No.1 Cavalier cruised past No.37 ranked Soren Hess-Olesen of the University of Texas 6-3 6-2 in the quarter-finals on Saturday at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center at the University of Illinois.
Jenkins has booked his final four spot against Pepperdine’s No.11 seed Sebastian Fanselow who outlasted Auburn’s Andreas Mies, the No.19 seed, 7-5 3-6 6-4.
Joining the ITA Fall singles champion Jenkins is Ohio State Buckeye No.12 seed Blaz Rola who out-slugged fellow lefty No.9 seed Henrique Cunha of Duke 4-6 6-4 6-1.
After the matches were moved indoors due to rain, last year’s doubles champion Rola took control of the match in the third set breaking pre-season No.1 player Cunha twice to secure the win. In semi-finals, Rola will either play No.41 Japie De Klerk of Tulsa University who edged No.13 Evan King of University of Michigan 3-6 6-3 6-2.
In women’s singles, defending champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford lost only two games in her quarter-final match against No.16 Yana Koroleva of Clemson winning 6-1 6-1 in under an hour.
Gibbs, who won last year’s singles and doubles titles, will now face No.31 Breaunna Addison of University of Texas who upset No.7 seed Gina Suarez-Malaguti of University of North Carolina 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Also advancing to the semi-finals is No.11 Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska who ousted No.6 Lauren Herring of University of Georgia 6-2, 6-2. Challenging the Husker for a spot in the finals is No.36 Alexa Guarachi of University of Alabama winner over No.41 Natalie Beazant of Rice University 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
Men’s Singles Quarter-finals
#11 Sebastian Fanselow, PEPP def. #19 Andreas Mies, AUB 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
#3 Jarmere Jenkins, UVA def. #37 Soren Hess-Olesen, TEX 6-3, 6-2
#12 Blaz Rola, OSU def #9 Henrique Cunha, DUKE 4-6 6-4 6-1
#41 Japie De Klerk, TULS def. #13 Evan King, MICH 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Women’s Singles Quarter-finals
#31 Breaunna Addison, TEX def. #7 Gina Suarez-Malaguti, UNC 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
#13 Nicole Gibbs, STAN def. #16 Yana Koroleva, CLEM 6-1, 6-1
#36 Alexa Guarachi, ALA def. #41 Natalie Beazant, RICE 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
#11 Mary Weatherholt, NEB def. #6 Lauren Herring, UGA 6-2, 6-2