(Recap by Colin Storm)
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Freshman Jenny Adams has advanced to Sunday's semifinal of the 2014 ITA Fall Tennis Regional at Whitman College.
Adams, the tournament's 16th seed, beat two fellow freshmen—Whitman's Jenna Gilbert and Lewis & Clark's Christine Eliazo—en route to the final four. In the morning match, Adams used an early break in each set to build 3-0 leads and hang on for the 6-4, 6-4 win over Gilbert.
In the afternoon quarterfinal contest, Adams played a back-and-forth match with Eliazo. Adams controlled much of the first set, but Eliazo kept pace in the second, taking a 4-3 lead. But Adams held, then broke Eliazo to take a 5-4 lead before holding at love to win 6-3, 6-4.
Adams then waited to see whom she would take on in the semifinals as teammate and 6th-seeded Taylor Peña took on 2nd-seeded Kaitlyn Lomartire of Pacific.
After finding herself in a early 4-0 hole, Peña won four of the next five games to pull within 5-4. Peña then had three break points to even the match with Lomartire, but Lomartire held on and won the opening set 6-4.
In the second set, the two traded breaks throughout as neither could take a hold of the match. Eventually Lomartire held at 6-5 to win 6-4, 7-5 and advance to face Adams in the semifinals.
Two-time defending champion Courtney Lawless of Whitman and Lewis & Clark's Aurora Garrison will square off in the other semifinal, each beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow on Whitman's outdoor courts.
Peña and Adams will team up in the semifinals of the consolation doubles semifinal following the singles semifinals tomorrow.
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