ORLANDO, Fla. – Headed to the Round of 16!
Domenika Turkovic/Patricija Spaka, the country’s No. 20 ranked duo in the nation, defeated Princeton’s Daria Frayman/Grace Joyce, 6-0, 7-6, in the opening round of the NCAA Doubles Championships on Tuesday evening at the USTA National Campus.
After a swift first set, the Sun Devils turned in a gritty effort in the second, in which they erased a 5-3 Princeton lead. On the brink of heading to a decisive third set, the Sun Devils rallied to win four of the remaining five games.
It’s the first time the Sun Devils have advanced beyond the opening round since No. 12 Ilze Hattingh/Lauryn John-Baptiste had a top-eight finish in 2018.
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Play was originally slated to begin at 2 p.m. MST on Tuesday, but inclement weather caused a near five-and-a-half-hour delay. Once they hit the court, the Sun Devils wasted little time, winning 25/34 (74%) first set points to jump out to the early lead.
Turkovic and Spaka will square off against North Carolina’s Reese Brantmeier/Elizabeth Scotty, the country’s No. 8 ranked duo. The Tar Heel tandem beat No. 12 Jessica Alsola/Katja Wiersholm (California) in straight sets on Tuesday, 6-1, 6-2.
Follow along all week in Orlando via the team’s Twitter account, @sundevilwtennis, which will be updated with scores, results, news and more.
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