Witten and Roels Advance to Elite 8 at ITA/Riviera All-American
Oct. 10, 2002
Pacific Palisades, Calif. - The UK doubles team of Sarah Witten and Nathalie Roels continues to plow through the field at the ITA/Riviera All-American Tournament at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Witten and Roels advanced to the Elite 8 on Thursday after an impressive 8-4 win over Stanford's Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette. Barnikow and Burdette are the nation's fifth ranked collegiate doubles team.
"This is a great win for Sarah and Nathalie," UK Coach Mark Guilbeau said. "I'm happy to see them playing at such a high level and defeating some of the best teams in the country."
On Friday Witten and Roels will face the No. 7 team of Linda Faltykova and Katia Koloynska from Oklahoma State. A win in the second round would put them in the semi-finals of the main draw.
NOTE: The main draw began with 16 doubles teams, not 32 as written on Wednesday
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Doubles Qualifying, First Round Witten/Roels def. No. 17 Piriou/Rush (NW), 8-3
Doubles Qualifying, Second Round Witten/Roels def. No. 46 Arias/Martinez (WSU), 8-1
Doubles Qualifying, Third Round Witten/Roels def. No. 6 Kops-Jones/Fusano (Cal), 8-3
Doubles Main Draw, First Round Witten/Roels def. No. 5 Barnikow/Burdette (Stan), 8-4
Doubles Main Draw, Second Round (Elite 8)
Friday, Oct. 11 - Will face No. 7 Faltykova/Koloynska (OSU)