A women’s singles player and a men’s doubles team, both from Texas, are all that’s left heading into the semifinal round from what had been five singles players and five doubles teams representing the Big 12 that had made it to the round of 16 in this year’s NCAA Tennis Championships at the University of Illinois.
Talented Texas freshman Breeaunna Addison defeated seventh-seeded Gina Suarez-Malaguti of North Carolina 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday, setting up a semifinal match with defending women’s singles champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford. Addison is the third tennis player from Texas to advance to the NCAA semifinals.
Joining Longhorn temmate Addison in the semifinal round is the doubles pair of Chris Camilone and David Holiner. Camilone and Holiner defeated their second straight top-10 opponent, downing Georgia’s team of Hernus Pieters and Ben Waglans, the Championships’ fifh-seeded doubles pair, in a three-set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3). The Texas men’s doubles team now moves on to meet the doubles team from Ole Miss, the No. 3 seed, on Sunday.
No Texas doubles team has reached the semifinals in the NCAA Chsampionships since 1995.
The Big 12 had been well represented after two rounds in this season’s NCAA Championships. Two men’s singles players and one women’s singles player from Texas were still alive in the Championships as the round of 16 began on Friday. Other conference schools still represnted at that stage were a women’s singles player from Kansas State (Petra Niedermayerova), one from TCU (Stefanie Tan).
In addition to the team of Camilone and Holiner from Texas, women’s doubles teams from Kansas State, , Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech made it to the third round of the tournament.
The semifinals will be held on Sunday and the championship in singles and doubles in both division’s will take place on Memorial Day at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill.