May 23, 2013
URBANA, Ill. -- The NCAA Tennis Championships continued on Thursday with singles play with Santa Clara's Katie Le, and Pepperdine's Sebastian Fanselow and Alex Sarkissian in action. Thursday also marked the start of the Men's and Women's Doubles Championships with Pepperdine duos Lorraine Guillermo/Khunpak Issara and Finn Tearney/Francis Alcantara competing.
Santa Clara's Katie Le faced off against #3 Robin Anderson of UCLA early Thursday morning and put up a tough fight, but ultimately fell 7-6(1), 6-2. "Getting my first NCAA win (in round one) was a great feeling," said Le. "After looking at the draw later that day and seeing many of the top seeds had lost, I knew every player here was good but beatable also. I knew I needed to play well to beat Anderson." Le ends the season with a 22-13 overall singles record and her most successful NCAA finish yet.
Just 16 singles players are left in the NCAA Men's Singles Championship, including Pepperdine's Sebastian Fanselow and Alex Sarkissian. Both players won their second-round matches while playing indoors due to rain, sending two Waves into the third round for the first time since the 2008 season.
Sarkissian, ranked #62 in the ITA singles rankings, was untouchable versus Ryan Lipman of Vanderbilt. Although Lipman is ranked #10 and was seeded in the tournament, Sarkissian won by a convincing score of 6-3, 6-0.
Fanselow's win didn't come quite as easily, and it took a tiebreaker in the third set to earn the "W." After #56 Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma escaped with a 7-5 win in the opening frame, Fanselow responded with a 6-3 triumph in the second.
The two elite players battled all the way to a 6-6 tie in the third, and were equally matched in the tiebreaker. Fanselow eventually won 10-8 to make his second-ever appearance in the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship.
The senior previously reached the round of 16 during his sophomore campaign after beating second seeded Alex Domijan and John Peers in the first two rounds.
Sarkissian will go up against Tulsa's #41 Japie De Klerk and Fanselow is set to face #8 Peter Kobelt of Ohio State on Friday.
In women's doubles action, Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine opened the 2013 NCAA Women's Doubles Championship with a convincing straight-set win in the first round. The duo is just one win away from gaining ITA All-American status after doing so last season at the 2012 doubles championship.
It was Issara and Guillermo's 12th consecutive win but first in over a month after a change in the doubles lineup placed them with different teammates. Issara/Guillermo continue the doubles championship tomorrow, May 24, in the round of 16 against #5 Brynn Boren/Kata Szekely of Tennessee.
On the men's doubles side, Finn Tearney and Francis Alcantara were evenly matched against Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek but ultimately fell short in the 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 decision.
NCAA Singles Championship - May 23 - Round 2
#3 Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. #26 Katie Le (Santa Clara), 7-6(1), 6-2
#11 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) def. #58 Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
#62 Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine) def. #10 Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) 6-3, 6-0
NCAA Doubles Championship - May 23 - Round 1
#17 Lorraine Guillermo/Khunpak Issara (Pepperdine) def. #32 Stephanie Nauta/Li Xi (Virginia) 6-2, 6-1
#20 Stephane Piro/Bob van Overbeek (Florida) def. #43 Francis Alcantara/Finn Tearney (Pepperdine) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
Courtesy of Pepperdine and Santa Clara Athletics.