Zhang advances to singles semifinals, but Seasiders struggle in doubles

Zhang advances to singles semifinals, but Seasiders struggle in doubles

SUMTER, S.C. – Nannan (Dallas) Zhang advanced to the Division II semifinals of women's singles of the 2014 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships on Thursday at the Palmetto Tennis Center.

"Dallas advanced the semifinals in singles, but I was disappointed in our play today," BYU-Hawaii head coach Dave Porter said. "There's certain things you need to do to be successful and when you don't do them, even if you're talented, it's not enough. We didn't do some of those things and it cost us winning in both the men's and women's doubles. It was a good lesson to learn today."

Zhang entered as the No. 2 seed in and defeated Kayla Casey of Midwestern State 6-2, 6-1 to set up a match against Stephanie Hirsch out of Indianapolis at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Friday.

Zhang teamed up with Min (Karen) Liu as the top seed in the in the women's doubles but they were defeated 6-3, 1-6, 1-0(8) by Dora Andrejszki and Lena Lutzeier of Armstrong University. They rebounded in their second match of the day defeating Mariana Rong and Cristina Lopez of St. Mary's (TX) 6-2, 6-2. They will face the duo of Jesse Burrell and Kiefer Shaw out of California University (PA) tomorrow at 3 p.m. EDT.

Yevhen Zakharov and Martin Chojnacki entered as the No. 1 seed in the men's doubles, but they also had a rough start dropping the opening match 6-4, 7-6(3) to Lucas Garces and Joey Richards of Nebraska-Kearney.

The men will look to rebound tomorrow at 1 p.m. when they take on Aitor Reparaz and Joel Izquierdo out of West Virginia Wesleyan.

Results will be posted on the official website of the ITA.

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