Sarah Richter was one of two Utes to advance to the Round of 16
April 24, 2014
OJAI, Calif. - Utah finished up singles play this evening at the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, California and will prepare for doubles action tomorrow morning.
Utah started the day with three players in the championship tournament (Callie Craig, Sarah Pham and Tereza Bekerova) and the other half of its team in the invitational tournament (Luisa Gerstner Da Rosa, Paige Miles and Sarah Richter.)
Bekerova and Richter were the two Utes to advance to their respective rounds of 16 after afternoon victories. Bekerova topped Carla Manzi Tenorio of Colorado, 6-0, 6-3 before falling to No. 6-seeded Zoe Scandalis (USC), 6-4, 6-4
Richter fought her way to an exciting win over Laura Oldham of Arizona, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, before being bested by No. 7-seeded Gabriella DeSimone of USC, 6-0, 6-3.
In the other championship matches, Pham came the closest to advancing before falling in a third-set tiebreak to No. 76-ranked Lauren Marker of Arizona, 6-3, 4-6; 7-6(5). Craig lost to Kaitlyn Christian of USC, 6-4, 6-1 in the day's first match.
On the invitational side of the bracket, Miles was beaten by the No. 5 seed, Klara Fabikova of Cal, 6-4, 6-1 and Da Rosa was knocked off by Ebony Panoho, 7-5, 6-2.
Doubles play begins tomorrow with three Utah pairings in action. Bekerova and Miles are the lone Utes in the championship tournament and will face No. 2-seed Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr of Cal at 10:15 a.m.
In the invitational tournament, Utah teams hold the top two seeds. Craig and Pham are the No. 1 pairing and will face DeSimone and Zoe Katz of USC at 9 a.m. Meanwhile, Da Rosa and Richter will take on Lena Macomson and Maja Salibasic of Oregon at 10:15 a.m.
Kaitlyn Christian (USC) d. Callie Craig (UTAH), 6-4, 6-1
Lauren Marker (UA) d. Sarah Pham (UTAH), 6-3, 4-6; 7-6(5)
Tereza Bekerova (UTAH) d. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU), 6-0, 6-3
(6) Zoe Scandalis (USC) d. Tereza Bekerova (UTAH), 6-4, 6-4
Ebony Panoho (ASU) d. Luisa Gerstner Da Rosa (UTAH), 7-5, 6-2
(5) Klara Fabikova (CAL) d. Paige Miles (UTAH), 6-4, 6-1
Sarah Richter (UTAH) d. Laura Oldham (UA), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
(7) Gabriella DeSimone (USC) d. Sarah Richter (UTAH) 6-0, 6-3