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Witten and Roels Advance to Elite 8 at ITA/Riviera All-American

Sarah Witten and freshman partner Nathalie Roels will face the No. 7 team in the country on Friday

Sarah Witten and freshman partner Nathalie Roels will face the No. 7 team in the country on Friday

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)

 

 

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