Batta Still Standing At Freeman

Jan. 18, 2013

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV junior Lucia Batta won both of her singles matches and moved into the quarterfinals after Friday's opening day of the 11th annual Freeman Memorial Women's Tennis Championships at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on campus.

Batta, last year's Mountain West Player of the Year, opened the day by easing by Julia Metzger of Oregon 6-1, 6-1 and then knocked off 47th-ranked Kyle McPhillips of UCLA, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to advance in the top flight of singles. On Saturday she will face the nation's No. 2-ranked player beginning at approximately 11 Stanford's top-seeded Krista Hardebeck also advanced.

The host's other three players in the top draw all lost in the opening round and moved into the consolation bracket. That's where Lady Rebel Nives Pavlovic nearly pulled off the biggest upset of her career. The senior won the first set and was leading the second 5-2 over 22nd-ranked Danielle Collins of Florida before Collins rallied to win in a super-tiebreaker, 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4).

Another UNLV junior, Aleksandra Josifoska, who is ranked 20th in the nation, sat out singles play at the tournament.

In the top flight of doubles, all three of UNLV's duos fell in the first round.

Players from some of the top college programs in the United States have gathered in Las Vegas this weekend for an individual tournament. The impressive field boasts seven of the top 30 individuals and two of the sport's top-eight ranked doubles teams scheduled to compete. Saturday's action begins with the quarterfinals of doubles at 10 a.m., followed by two more rounds of singles. The finals are scheduled for Sunday. Admission to all matches is free.

At Fertitta Tennis Complex, Las Vegas, NV

Florida (UF) 1 UCLA (UCLA) 2 Southern California (USC) 4 Stanford (STAN) 5 North Carolina (UNC) 8 UNLV (UNLV) 50 Oregon (UO) 66

Saturday Doubles Quarterfinals - 10:00 a.m. Singles Quarterfinals - Follow Singles Semifinals - Follow

Sunday Doubles Semifinals -10:00 a.m. Doubles Final - Follow Singles Final - Follow

FLIGHT ONE SINGLES ROUND ONE (Jan. 18) (1) #2 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) BYE Alex Cercone (UF) def. Laura Slater (UNC) 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 (8) #47 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. #65 Ashley Dai (UNC) 6-4, 6-2 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Julia Metzger (UO) 6-1, 6-1 (4) #17 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) BYE Kate Vialle (UNC) def. #66 Brianna Morgan (UF) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 (5) #21 Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Valerie Pulido (USC) 6-4, 6-2 #55 Ellen Tsay (STAN) def. Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) 6-3, 6-1 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) def. #114 Olivia Janowicz (UF) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 (7) #28 Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) def. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) 6-0, 7-5 #111 Lauren McHale (UNC) def. Stacy Tan (STAN) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 (3) #14 Danielle Lao (USC) BYE #101 Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 7-5, 6-1 Patricia Skowronski (UO) def. (6) #22 Danielle Collins (UF) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. Janine Erasmus (UNLV) 6-3, 6-1 (2) #11 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) BYE

ROUND OF 16 (Jan. 18) (1) #2 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) def. Alex Cercone (UF) 6-2, 6-1 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. (8) #47 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 (4) #17 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Kate Vialle (UNC) 6-2, 6-0 #55 Ellen Tsay (STAN) def. (5) #21 Whitney Kay (UNC) 6-2, 6-4 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) def. (7) #28 Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) 6-4, 6-3 (3) #14 Danielle Lao (USC) def. #111 Lauren McHale (UNC) 6-1, 6-1 #101 Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Patricia Skowronski (UO) 6-4, 6-4 (2) #11 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) def. Kaitlyn Christian (USC) 6-2, 6-0

CONSOLATION (Jan. 18) Laura Slater (UNC) BYE #65 Ashley Dai (UNC) def. Julia Metzger (UO) 6-3, 6-4 #66 Brianna Morgan (UF) BYE Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) def. Valerie Pulido (USC) 6-1, 6-0 #114 Olivia Janowicz (UF) def. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) 6-3, 6-0 Stacy Tan (STAN) BYE (6) #22 Danielle Collins (UF) Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4) Janine Erasmus (UNLV) BYE

FLIGHT TWO SINGLES QUARTERFINALS (Jan. 18) Natalie Dillion (STAN) def. Sofia Hager (UO) By Default Alexis Garrett (UNLV) BYE Nicole Long (UO) def. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 6-3, 6-3 Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV) BYE

FLIGHT ONE DOUBLES ROUND ONE (Jan. 18) (1) #1 Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Janine Erasmus/Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV) 8-0 #51 Lauren McHale/Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Patricia Skowronski/Nicole Long (UO) 8-6 (3) Pamela Montez/Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) def. Brianna Morgan/Alex Cercone (UF) 8-5 Zoe De Bruycker/Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) def. Stacy Tan/Ellen Tsay (STAN) def. 8-6 Danielle Collins/Olivia Janowicz (UF) def. Aleksandra Josifoska/Iren Kotseva (UNLV) 8-3 (4) Valerie Pulido/Danielle Lao (USC) def. Laura Slater/Kate Vialle (UNC) 8-7 Krista Hardebeck/Natalie Dillon (STAN) def. Lucia Batta/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 8-7 (2) Ashley Dai/Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Kyle McPhillips/Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) 8-6

FLIGHT TWO DOUBLES FINAL (Jan. 18) Julia Metzger/Sofia Hager (UO) def. Ella Bourchier/Alexis Garrett (UNLV) 8-5