LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Gina Suarez-Malaguti took second place in the singles draw and the freshman duo of Ashley Dai and Whitney Kay grabbed second in doubles as the North Carolina women's tennis team concluded play at the Freeman Memorial Championships Sunday at UNLV's Fertitta Tennis Complex.
Suarez-Malaguti advanced to the final with three wins before falling to No. 17 Sabrina Santamaria of USC in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. The senior standout defeated Santamaria's teammate, No. 14 Danielle Lao, in Saturday's semifinals.
Santamaria also had a hand in the doubles final, as she teamed with Kaitlyn Christian to defeat Dai and Kay, 8-3. The USC pair is ranked No. 1 in the nation and is undefeated so far in 2012-13. Dai and Kay advanced to the final with a convincing 8-2 victory over USC's Valerie Pulido and Lao earlier in the day. The two newcomers have lost just three times so far as college teammates, with two of the losses coming to Santamaria and Christian.
In additional singles play, No. 28 Zoe De Bruycker scored an impressive 7-5, 6-0 win over No. 22 Danielle Collins of Florida. Laura Slater also played well, thumping UNLV's Nives Pavlovic, 6-0, 6-1. De Bruycker and Slater also won in doubles, defeating Pavlovic and Lucia Batta of UNLV, 8-3.
Carolina begins dual match play Wednesday with a doubleheader against Elon and UNC Greensboro in Chapel Hill. Admission for all fans is free, and the matches will be played indoors.
(4) #17 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. (2) #11 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) 6-0, 6-1
ADDED SINGLES MATCHES
#28 Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) def. #22 Danielle Collins (UF) 7-5, 6-0
Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) def. #101 Tessa Lyons (UNC) 6-2, 6-2
Laura Slater (UNC) def. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 6-0, 6-1
#114 Olivia Janowicz (UF) def. #111 Lauren McHale (UNC) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
(2) Ashley Dai/Whitney Kay (UNC) def. (4) Valerie Pulido/Danielle Lao (USC) 8-2
(1) #1 Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. (2) Ashley Dai/Whitney Kay (UNC) 8-4
ADDED DOUBLES MATCHES
Kyle McPhillips/Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) def. Gina Suarez-Malaguti/Lauren McHale (UNC) 8-4
Danielle Collins/Olivia Janowicz (UF) def. Tessa Lyons/Kate Vialle (UNC) 8-6
Zoe De Bruycker/Slater (UNC) def. Lucia Batta/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 8-3