LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Three North Carolina doubles pairs and two Tar Heel singles players are still alive in main draw play after day one of the Freeman Memorial Championships at UNLV's Fertitta Tennis Complex. Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Tessa Lyons each advanced to the singles quarterfinals and the teammates will face each other Saturday morning for a spot in the semifinals.
Lyons opened singles play with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over UNLV's Nives Pavlovic. The Wallingford, Pa., junior then topped Oregon's Patricia Skowronski in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, to move into Saturday's quarterfinals. Suarez-Malaguti received a first-round bye as a top-4 seed and easily handled USC's Kaitlyn Christian, 6-2, 6-0.
Zoe De Bruycker, Lauren McHale, Whitney Kay and Kate Vialle were also opening round winners before falling in the round of 16. McHale topped former NCAA singles runner-up Stacey Tan, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, before losing to third-seeded Danielle Lao of USC. Vialle scored a 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 win over No. 66 Brianna Morgan of Florida in her first career match before falling to No. 4 seed Sabrina Santamaria of USC in straight sets.
Tar Heels will account for three of the eight teams in the doubles quarterfinals, as all three pairs advanced with 8-6 victories. Second-seeded Kay and Ashley Dai topped UCLA's Kyle McPhillips and Chanelle Van Nguyen. Lyons and McHale defeated Oregon's Patricia Skowronski and Nicole Long while De Bruycker and Suarez-Malaguti beat Stanford's Tan and Ellen Tsay.
Play continues Saturday with doubles quarterfinal matches at 10 a.m. PT followed by two rounds of singles action.
FLIGHT ONE SINGLES
ROUND OF 32
Alex Cercone (UF) def. Laura Slater (UNC) 0-6, 7-5, 6-2
(8) #47 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. #65 Ashley Dai (UNC) 6-4, 6-2
Kate Vialle (UNC) def. #66 Brianna Morgan (UF) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
(5) #21 Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Valerie Pulido (USC) 6-4, 6-2
(7) #28 Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) def. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) 6-0, 7-5
#111 Lauren McHale (UNC) def. Stacey Tan (STAN) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
#101 Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 7-5, 6-1
(2) #11 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) BYE
ROUND OF 16
(4) #17 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Kate Vialle (UNC) 6-2, 6-0
#55 Ellen Tsay (STAN) def. (5) #21 Whitney Kay (UNC) 6-2, 6-4
Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) def. (7) #28 Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) 6-4, 6-3
(3) #14 Danielle Lao (USC) def. #111 Lauren McHale (UNC) 6-1, 6-1
#101 Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Patricia Skowronski (UO) 6-4, 6-4
(2) #11 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) def. Kaitlyn Christian (USC) 6-2, 6-0
#65 Ashley Dai (UNC) def. Julia Metzger (UO) 6-3, 6-4
FLIGHT ONE DOUBLES
ROUND OF 16
#51 Lauren McHale/Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Patricia Skowronski/Nicole Long (UO) 8-6
Zoe De Bruycker/Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) def. Stacy Tan/Ellen Tsay (STAN) def. 8-6
(4) Valerie Pulido/Danielle Lao (USC) def. Laura Slater/Kate Vialle (UNC) 8-7
(2) #8 Ashley Dai/Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Kyle McPhillips/Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) 8-6