The USC Trojans have battled the best of the nation at the NCAA Tennis Championships, and now hopes rest the hopes of championship aspirations in the wings of its most prestigious doubles tandem in school history.
Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria battled #22 Kopinski/White of Illinois, rolling to the NCAA semifinals with an impressive 6-2, 6-0 this afternoon.
The Trojans were in a battle early on, but never looked back following a change in location to the indoor courts at the Urbana Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Illinois.
The Trojan pair just the second USC women’s team to reach the NCAA doubles semifinals. This duo has quite the history of success as Kaitlyn Christian was a freshman on that first Trojan pair to do it, having reached the 2011 semis with then-senior Maria Sanchez.
Christian and Santamaria had to bounce back from taking their first loss of the season last week during NCAA team competition, and have come out strong in the final days of action of the NCAA Championships.
The Trojan duo have since regrouped with power, following up their first-round win, 6-1, 6-1 over Northwestern; with an equally impressive 6-3, 6-2 victory over Oklahoma State’s Narattana/Rose in the second round.
With the victory, the Trojans will now prepare for #5 Boren and Szekely of Tennessee in the Semifinals. The Volunteers duo defeated Pac-12 rivals Cako and Smith of Arizona State 6-2, 6-2, a team USC dominated in regular season play 7-0 back in March.