Doyle, Zhao advance into second round at NCAA singles tourney


Caroline Doyle and Carol Zhao recorded victories on Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Singles Championship.

Doyle defeated Houston's Despoina Vogasari 6-3, 6-4 while Zhao cruised past Georgia Tech's Paige Hourigan 6-1, 6-1 as both players were victorious on the first day of singles play for the second straight season.

Fellow sophomore Taylor Davidson was eliminated. She fell, 6-3, 6-3, to Virginia's Danielle Collins.

An All-Pac-12 first team pick, Davidson finished the season with a 29-9 overall record, 18-3 in duals, playing mainly at the No. 2 spot.

Davidson made her second career appearance at the NCAA Singles Championship. She reached the second round as a freshman.

On the men's side, freshman Tom Fawcett dropped a 7-5, 6-4 decision to Wake Forest's Noah Rubin in his debut at the event.

The ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year, Fawcett finished 26-12 overall and 14-7 in duals, playing all his matches at the No. 1 spot.

Fawcett, who chalked up seven wins against nationally-ranked players, claimed the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships title in October, becoming first Cardinal player to win the event since Ryan Thacher (2011) and first Stanford freshman since KJ Hippensteel (1998).

Play continues Thursday with the start of doubles. Representing Stanford on the women's side are Davidson and Zhao while Doyle pairs with Ellen Tsay. The men's field features the Cardinal's top duo of John Morrissey and Robert Stineman.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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