Urbana, Ill. — Texas freshman Breaunna Addison upset the nation’s ninth-ranked player while senior Aeriel Ellis won in straight sets, as the pair advanced to the second round of the singles competition Wednesday at the NCAA Championships.
Addison rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over USC’s Danielle Lao. She advances to Thursday’s round of 32 in the singles draw where she will meet Miami’s Stephanie Wagner.
Ellis began her quest for a third consecutive All-America honor with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win over North Carolina State’s Joelle Kissell. A win on Thursday over Rice’s Natalie Beazant would make Ellis an ITA singles All-American for the third time.
Men’s tennis: Sophomore Soren Hess-Olesen defeated 21st-ranked Chris Simpson of LSU in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship singles draw on Wednesday at the University of Illinois’ Atkins Tennis Center.
The 37th-ranked Hess-Olesen won in three sets (6-4, 5-7, 6-3) for his fifth consecutive win.
Hess-Olesen will face No. 56 Clifford Marsland of Tulsa in the second round on Thursday. Marsland upset No. 14 Nik Scholtz of Mississippi on Wednesday.
Women’s golf: Seniors Madison Pressel and Katelyn Sepmoree each shot even par 72s on day two of the NCAA Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The Longhorns shot a second-round team total of 7-over 295 and remain tied for 15th place at 18-over 594 (299-295) at the halfway point of the national championship.
Tied for 57th place at 5-over is senior Desiree Dubreuil while sophomore Bertine Strauss (73-77) is tied for 70th at 6-over 150 and senior Haley Stephens (74-77) is one stroke back, tied for 80th place.
Southern California (284-276 — 560, -16) is atop the leaderboard while defending national champion Alabama (288-284 — 572) is second. Duke (286-289 — 575) is third.