A pair of Bears played their way into ITA Texas Regional Championship Presented by Oracle semifinals Saturday at Hurd Tennis Center.
In singles action, No. 2 seed Blair Shankle defeated No. 15 seed Petra Granic of Texas, 6-1, 6-3, to open the day. In the quarterfinal round, the senior played her way to semifinals with a win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, against UT-San Antonio’s Miriam Rosell.
In the doubles quarterfinal round, sophomore Elizabeth Profit and Shankle faced Rice’s Lindsey Hodge and Priya Niezgoda. In a tight game, Shankle and Profit came out on top, coming from behind to earn the win 8-7 (3) to reach the semifinal round.
Rounding out play for the Bears were freshman Jessica Hinojosa and senior Rhiann Newborn. Despite playing through many long points, Hinojosa ultimately fell to UT-Arlington’s Augustina Serio, 6-4, 6-4. Newborn fell in straight sets to Marie Norris of TCU, 6-0, 6-1.
“Today overall was a good day,” senior Blair Shankle said. “Liz and I pulled through in doubles, and we were really happy to get that win. Then in singles, I just really tried to focus on every game and make every one count because I wanted to try and win the games as quick as possible, get off and try to get ready for the next day. Overall, it was a good day. Tough people I played against, but I’m happy with how I played.”
Day four of the ITA Texas Regional Championship Presented by Oracle kicks off with doubles at 10 a.m. (CT) at Hurd Tennis Center. Senior Blair Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit, the No. 2 seed in the doubles bracket, will meet Maria Kononova and Tauna Kutubidze of North Texas in the semifinal. Shankle will face the No. 6 seed, Rachel Pierson of Texas A&M, in her singles semifinal scheduled for 1 p.m.