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Serena Fagan
Individuals Underway
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/28/2014

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.Serena Fagan and CC Ho each advanced to the round of 16 in the Holleran Cup at the CSA Individual Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday.

Senior Serena Fagan kept her Stanford career going with a victory in the round of 32 contest of the Holleran Cup, the B division featuring players ranked from 33-80. Fagan, ranked No. 41, had a bye in the round of 64. She wound of facing No. 58 Damindhi Udangawa from the host school Drexel in the round of 32.

It was a tight match that went to four sets. Fagan edged out Udangawa in each of the first two sets, 12-10 and 11-9. Udangawa battled back to take the third set, 11-9. In the fourth set, Fagan put the match away with an 11-6 victory to advance to the round of 16.

Fagan improved to 7-8 on the year and will go head-to-head with No. 42 Lindsay Seginson of Cornell on Saturday. The two faced each other last weekend during the Howe Cup with Fagan capturing the win in four sets.

Playing at Penn, freshman CC Ho received a first round bye and claimed a round of 32 victory to advance as well. She claimed  a four-set win over No. 65 Katherine Nimmo of Dartmouth. Ho earned a crucial win in a long first set that ended in a 15-13 score. Nimmo battled back to even the match with a quick 11-3 win in the second set. The third set was tight with Ho again coming away on top, 12-10. Ho closed out the match with an 11-8 fourth set win.

Ho improved her record to 8-6 in her first year. On Saturday she will face another member of the Dartmouth team. This time she will be up against No. 48 Melina Turk. The two are familiar with each other, having squared off twice already this season. Ho has won both contests, besting Turk in five sets during the regular season and three sets in the Howe Cup.

Junior Madeleine Gill was Stanford’s lone player in the Ramsay Cup, which features the top 32 players in the nation. Entering ranked No. 26, Gill drew a tough first round match against the No. 8 seed Haley Mendez of Harvard. Heading into the contest, Mendez was 10-3 on the year while Gill was 7-7.

Playing at Drexel University, the first set of the match between Gill and Mendez went down to the wire, taking extra points to decide. Mendez was able to pull it out, 13-11. Gill was unable to recover from the loss and would drop the next two sets, 11-8 and 11-4, to fall in three sets.

Gill slipped to the consolation bracket of the Ramsay Division. Her next match was against No. 24 Jenny Scherl from Yale. Gill fell in three sets, but went down swinging. Her third set went deep into extra points before Scherl finally gained a two-point advantage at 15-13. The loss drops Gill’s season record to 7-9.

Matches will continue on Saturday at both Penn and Drexel in Philadelphia, Pa. The individual championships run through Sunday.

Ramsay Cup
Round of 32
No. 8 Haley Mendez (Harvard) def. No. 26 Madeleine Gill (Stanford) 13-11, 11-8, 11-4
Consolation Round One
No. 24 Jenny Scherl (Yale) def. No. 26 Madeleine Gill (Stanford) 11-3, 11-6, 15-13

Holleran Cup
Round of 32
No. 41 Serena Fagan (Stanford) def. No. 58 Damindhi Udangawa (Drexel) 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6
No. 36 CC Ho (Stanford) def. No. 65 Katherine Nimmo (Dartmouth) 15-13, 3-11, 12-10, 11-8



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