KALAMAZOO, MI. – Caroline Casper punched her ticket to the NCAA quarterfinal for the fourth straight year after two match victories in the NCAA Women's Tennis Individual Championship hosted in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The senior entered the tournament No. 5 in the season and showed why she was one of the top players in the nation. In the opening round, Casper defeated No. 47 Amanda Bandrowski, cruising through the first set 6-2 and battling to a 6-4 win in the second. In the second round, Casper defeated No. 39 Gabrielle Kitchell of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 6-4 and 6-2.
First year Maria Lyven impressed in her NCAA Tournament debut, facing No. 10 Risa Fukushige of Skidmore College and prevailing in a three-set thriller. Lyven dropped her first set 6-1, but bounced back with a 6-3 victory in the set. In the final set, Lyven was tied 1-1 with her opponent, but Fukushige dropped out of the match via retirement. In her round 16 match against No. 1 Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico of Emory University, the first year's run came to an end, falling 6-2 and 6-0.
Up Next: Caroline Casper will face No. 4 Venia Yeung of Wesleyan University in the Elite Eight tomorrow at 6:00 a.m. PST. The winner of that match will play the winner between Marjorie Antohi of University of Chicago and Catherine Allen of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the semifinal at 9:00 a.m. PST.