FLUSHING, N.Y. --- North Carolina freshmen Ashley Dai and Whitney Kay defeated Penn's Sonya Latycheva and Agustina Sol-Eskenazi to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Friday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Dai and Kay rushed out to a 7-3 lead on the strength of a pair of service breaks before holding on for an 8-5 victory. They will face top-seeded and defending champions Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC.
In singles, the Tar Heels dropped three straight-set matches to strong competition. Zoe De Bruycker fell to No. 41 Katie Le of Santa Clara, 6-3, 6-4. Fellow senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti lost to No. 8 Santamaria, 6-0, 7-5, and Kay fell to eighth-seeded Lauren Herring of Georgia, 6-1, 6-1.