Tuesday, May 21, 2019

NorCal's Maltby, Riffice reach last 16 in NCAA singles

   Felicity Maltby, a senior from Sunnyvale in the San Francisco Bay Area, today became the second player in Texas Tech history to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championships.
   Maltby defeated Aiwen Zhu of UNLV 6-4, 7-6 (2) in a matchup of unseeded players in Orlando, Fla.
   Reaching the last 16 on the men's side was Florida's Sam Riffice, who grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville. Riffice, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, defeated USC's Daniel Cukierman 6-3, 6-2 to set up a match against second-seeded JJ Wolf of Ohio State.
   Maltby, by advancing to the round of 16, also became the second player in school history to earn All-America honors. Gabriela Talaba was named an All-American as a junior in 2017 and as a senior.
   "No player deserves this more than Felicity," Red Raiders coach Todd Petty said on texastech.com. "She has given her heart and soul to this program, and I am so excited to see her get to be an All-American. This run isn't over yet, and she is really hungry to keep improving. Felicity is one of the greatest to wear the Double T."
   Maltby is scheduled to play unseeded Petra Melounova of Hawaii on Wednesday. Melounova, a junior from the Czech Republic, beat Chiara Lommer of Michigan 6-4, 6-1.
   Meanwhile, Jada Hart of UCLA eliminated Stanford's Michaela Gordon, a sophomore from Saratoga in the Bay Area, 6-4, 6-1, and No. 9-16 Anastasia Rychagova of Kansas outlasted Julia Rosenqvist of Cal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
   Gordon played No. 1 singles for the Cardinal, which won its second consecutive NCAA title on Sunday. She is ranked No. 24.
   In the men's second round, No. 9-16 seed Yuya Ito of Texas held off Columbia's Victor Pham, a senior from Saratoga, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Ito was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA team competition after clinching the title for the Longhorns on Sunday.
   Wolf topped Matej Vocel of Oklahoma State 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
   Tennis Channel is televising the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships daily at 1 p.m. PDT.
   French Open qualifying -- Kristie Ahn, a 26-year-old Stanford graduate, lost to Aliona Bolsova, a 21-year-old Moldova native who plays for Spain, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of French Open qualifying in Paris.
NCAA DOUBLES CHAMPIONHIPS
(Northern California results only)
Women's first round
   Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch (9-16), Kansas, def. Caroline Lampl and Kimberly Yee, Stanford, 6-2, 3-6 [10-7].
   Anna Rogers and Alana Smith (5-8), North Carolina State, def. Hana Mraz and Julia Rosenqvist, Cal, 6-7 (4), 6-3 [10-6].
   Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham (2), North Carolina, def. Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon, Stanford, 6-2, 6-4.
   Ksenia Kuznetsova and Valeriya Zeleva, Central Florida, def. Hind Abdelouahid and Mariia Kozyreva, Saint Mary's, 7-6 (4), 4-6 [10-6].
Men's first round
   William Blumberg and Bo Boyden, North Carolina, def. Cameron Klinger (San Jose) and Billy Rowe (5-8), Vanderbilt, 6-3, 6-4.
   Jacob Brumm and Yuta Kikuchi, Cal, def. Wilson Dong and Matt Kuhar, Bryant, 6-4, 7-5.

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