May 23, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--- The field continued to shrink during the Round of 16 in the men’s and women’s singles and doubles championships.
The remaining top eight seed in the men’s draw, Marcos Giron of UCLA, continued his dominance in the tournament as he dispatched Georgia’s Nathan Pasha 7-6(4), 6-3. Giron displayed impressive power to battle through temperatures that touched the low 90’s on court.
The Cinderella story of the men’s draw is currently Denis Nguyen of Harvard. After battling through the regional stage while still completing final exams, Nguyen has caught fire in the class city. He secured his place as an All-American with victory yesterday and will begin tomorrow as one of the last eight competitors in the men’s draw. He advanced after beating Andrew Adams of South Carolina 6-4, 6-1.
Roberto Cid also continued his impressive form from knocking out top-seeded Clay Johnson in the round of 32. Cid booked his place in the quarterfinal with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Dane Webb of Oklahoma.
Top-seeded Jaime Loeb of North Carolina advanced to the quarterfinals as she topped Breaunna Addison 7-5, 6-4. No.2 seed Robin Anderson, however, wasn’t as fortunate as the Tar Heels number one as she was eliminated by Virginia’s Danielle Collins 6-1, 6-4.
No.3 Kristia Ahn also fell as she went down to retirement to Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State. The Panters representative had already asserted her dominance with an impressive 6-3 first set victory. She had opened a 1-0 lead in the second set before Ahn succumbed to the head to leave Loeb as the only top four seed left in the championships.
The remaining top seeded team in the women’s doubles competition had to come from behind, to defeat Alicia Barnett and Veronica Corning of Northwestern 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. They will be joined by three, four and five seeds as they all advanced.
Hayley Carter and Loeb were dominant in a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Notre Dame’s Quinn Gleason and Britney Sanders. No.4 Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe of Alabama continued their path to the championship with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Georgia State’s Tere-Apisah and Masa Grgan and fifth-seeded Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar from Duke rolled on with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Pepperdine duo of Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chiang.
The top two remaining seeds on the men’s side of the draw all survived and advanced as they pushed into the quarterfinals. Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee were able to push past Giron and Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-4. The No.2 seed Volunteers will play Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton of Cal in the final eight.
Ohio State’s third-seeded duo of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka rolled into the quarterfinals as they moved past Russell Bader and Leonard Stakhovsky of Penn State 6-1, 7-6(3) to book a date with Denver on Saturday.
The action continues with the quarterfinals beginning tomorrow at noon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.