Zhang and Liu advance to semifinals in singles and doubles

Zhang and Liu advance to semifinals in singles and doubles

LOS ANGELES – Nannan (Dallas) Zhang and Min (Karen) Liu advanced to the semifinals of the women's singles and doubles in the 2014 USTA/ITA Regional Championships on Friday on the campus of Cal State L.A.

"For this time of the year, the girls have done a pretty good job," BYU-Hawaii head coach Dave Porter said. "They played four matches today and, if they keep winning, they have to play two singles and two doubles again tomorrow, which is a lot of tennis. We are hoping our conditioning will hold out and that they'll play well."

Zhang entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and has held true to her ranking defeating Jessica Laurie of CSU Stanislaus 6-0, 6-2 before defeating Annika Schneider of the Academy of Art 6-1, 6-0. She will face No. 4 Kyra Scott of UC San Diego Saturday at 9 a.m. PDT for a chance to take home the regional title.

Liu has also had an impressive showing as the No. 2 seed at the regional championship. Liu began the day with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Kaitlyn Heathcock of Sonoma State. She then defeated Madeline Cunningham of Point Loma 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal matchup with No. 6 Natalie Johnson of Azusa Pacific tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Liu and Zhang also advanced to the semifinals in doubles as well defeating Karlee Budge and Mariann Bukich of Sonoma State 8-2. They then defeated Laurie and J'Ana Diamond of CSU Stanislaus 8-2. Tomorrow's semifinal match will begin at 2 p.m. PDT.

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