Thursday, November 8, 2018

Volynets, 16, falls in quarters of $25K Kansas tourney

Katie Volynets, playing in last month's Stockton Wom-
en's 60K, squandered a big lead and lost to Catherine
Harrison today in the quarterfinals of a $25,000 tour-
nament in Lawrence, Kan. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Lucky loser Catherine Harrison from Germantown, Tenn., overcame a big deficit to defeat Katie Volynets, a 16-year-old qualifier from Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 today in the quarterfinals of the $25,000 Harold A. Miller Women's Tennis Tournament in Lawrence, Kan.
   Volynets, an amateur playing in her fifth professional tournament, led 6-1, 4-1. She reached the semifinals of her previous tourney, a $25,000 event in Florence, S.C., last month.
   Harrison, a 24-year-old former UCLA All-American, will play qualifier Ena Shibahara, a UCLA junior who's taking the fall off to play on the USTA Pro Circuit, on Friday.
   Shibahara, who won the doubles title in the Stockton (Calif.) Women's 60K last month with former North Carolina All-American Hayler Carter, beat Chieh-Yu Hsu of Chinese Taipei 6-4, 6-2.
   In the doubles semifinals, Vladica Babic of Montenegro and Shibahara crushed Allura and Maribella Zamarripa, 16-year-old twins from Saint Helena in the Napa area, 6-0, 6-1 in 42 minutes.
   Babic advanced to the NCAA doubles final in May as an Oklahoma State senior with Sofia Blanco. They fell to LSU's Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson.
   College -- Two Cal doubles teams, one men's and one women's, reached the quarterfinals of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in Surprise, Ariz.
   On the men's side, Yuta Kikuchi and Jacob Brumm downed identical twins Igor and Ivan Saveljic of North Carolina State 7-6 (2), 6-3. Also, Anna Bright and Jasie Dunk beat Maria Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze of North Texas 7-5, 6-3.
   However, third-seeded Caroline Lampl and Kimberly Yee of Stanford lost to Ashley Lahey and Evgeniya Levashova of Pepperdine 7-5, 7-6 (5).

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