Sunday, November 9, 2014

Manasse of Cal falls in National Indoor final

Julia Elbaba of Virginia receives her trophy from former New
York Mayor David Dinkins. Also shown is Intercollegiate Tennis
Association executive director David Benjamin. Photo courtesy
of International Tennis Association
   For the second time this year, a Cal woman lost to a University of Virginia player in a national final.
   Sixth-seeded Julia Elbaba of Virginia beat unseeded Maegan Manasse of Cal 6-2, 7-5 today to win the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   In May, the Cavaliers' Danielle Collins defeated the Bears' Lynn Chi for the NCAA title.
   Elbaba, a junior from Oyster Bay, N.Y., is ranked fifth nationally. Manasse, a sophomore from Redondo Beach in the Los Angeles area, is 43rd.
   Elbaba eliminated Cal's Zsofi Susanyi, an NCAA semifinalist as a freshman in 2012, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round and top-seeded and top-ranked Jamie Loeb of North Carolina 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
   Manasse had not faced a seed in the tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the home of the U.S. Open.
   In other finals:
   --Brayden Schnur of North Carolina defeated Gonzales Austin of Vanderbilt 6-4, 7-6 (2) in men's singles. Both players were unseeded.
   --Top-seeded Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz of reigning NCAA champion USC outplayed unseeded Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinsky of Illinois 6-3, 7-5 in men's doubles.
   --Unseeded Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips of NCAA champion UCLA upset second-seeded Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger of Auburn 6-2, 6-3 in women's doubles.    

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