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    Mosolova Advances To NCAA Singles Round Of 16

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Maria Mosolova is the lone 'Cat headed to the NCAA Singles Round of 16
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Freshman Maria Mosolova is the lone 'Cat headed to the NCAA Singles Round of 16
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 22, 2008

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    TULSA, Okla. -- After round two of the NCAA singles championship came to an end Thursday, No. 4-seeded Maria Mosolova (Moscow, Russia/No. 204) was the lone Wildcat to advance for a shot at the singles crown. Lauren Lui (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) and Georgia Rose (Mettawa, Ill./North Shore Country Day) will begin their quest for a doubles title against the No. 1 seed from UCLA later Thursday afternoon.

    Below is a look at Northwestern's second-round singles matches from Thursday.

    No. 4 Maria Mosolova vs. Chisako Sugiyama (Michigan)
    Northwestern's top-seeded singles player came out strong in Thursday's second round match against Big Ten foe Chisako Sugiyama. Mosolova looked poised and in control for the duration of the match, picking up a straight set victory, 6-3, 6-2. With the win, Mosolova advances to the third round of the singles championship and remains just one of 16 players in contention for the singles title.

    Her next match, against Katrina Zheltova of Sacramento State, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday. Zheltova defeated Laura Gioia of Furman in Wednesday's first round, followed by a three set upset victory over North Carolina's No. 9-16 seed, Sanaz Marand, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4.

    Lauren Lui vs. No. 6 Amanda Fink (Southern California)
    After a spectacular victory Wednesday evening over the 2006 singles champion, California's Susie Babos, Lui could not get going in stride for the second round Thursday. Despite a tough battle, she fell to the tournament's sixth-seeded Fink, 6-1, 6-0, ending her bid for the singles crown. Even with a tough match Thursday, Lui has plenty to be proud of after finishing the season on a 20-match winning streak and going undefeated at 22-0 from No. 4 singles in 2007-08. She still will have an opportunity to vie for the doubles title with partner Georgia Rose when the first round commences at 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Below is a review of Thursday's first round doubles match.

    Georgia Rose/Lauren Lui vs. No. 1 Tracy Lin/Riza Zalameda (UCLA) - 6 p.m.
    Rose and Lui fell short in their quest for a national title after falling in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to the No. 1 overall seed in the first round of the NCAA doubles championship. Northwestern's 19th-ranked duo finishes the season with an overall record of 22-2. The 'Cats hung the entire length of the match but UCLA's Lin and Zalameda, who finished as the No. 1 nationally ranked tandem, got the best of Northwestern.

    The NCAA singles and doubles championships are being held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, May 21-26. For additional tournament information including live stats, video, brackets and more, please visit Tulsa's official championships homepage.

    For the entire singles and doubles championships brackets, please click the PDF links above. Below is Friday's schedule for the NCAA singles third round.

    No. 4 Maria Mosolova vs. Katrina Zheltova (Sacramento State) - Third Round, 1:30 p.m.