Maltby becomes 1st Lady Raider to reach quarters
Orlando, Fla. – For the first time in school history, there will be a Lady Raider Tennis player in the NCAA Singles Championship quarterfinals as Felicity Maltby cruised to a two-set win in the Round of 16 on Wednesday evening.
No. 22 Maltby took down No. 61 Petra Melounova (Hawaii) in straight sets (7-5, 6-0) to advance to the quarterfinals. Maltby was down 1-5 in the opening set before switching gears and winning six straight games to take the set, 7-5. She then cruised to a 6-0 win in set two.
"Today was a great example of how much this young lady has grown. Down 5-1 in the first and to will 12 straight games, shows how much she has matured to not get lost in the moment," Head Coach Todd Petty said. "She's the first NCAA quarterfinalist in program history and no one deserves it more. She's getting stronger as the tournament advances and that's what you have to do to have a shot."
With the win, Maltby will face the winner between Elysia Bolton (UCLA) and Cameron Morra (UNC) in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The official start time will be announced after all matches have finished for the day.
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2019 NCAA Singles Championships
Round of 64 – Monday, May 20
No. 22 Felicity Maltby (TTU) defeats No. 18 Christina Rosca (Vanderbilt): 6-2, 7-5
Round of 32 – Tuesday, May 21
No. 58 Felicity Maltby (TTU) defeats No. 105 Aiwen Zhu (UNLV): 6-4, 7-6(2)
Round of 16 – Wednesday, May 22
No. 58 Felicity Maltby (TTU) defeats No. 61 Petra Melounova (Hawaii): 7-5, 6-0
Quarterfinals – Thursday, May 23
No. 58 Felicity Maltby (TTU) vs. No. 46 Cameron Morra (UNC) or No. 32 Elysia Bolton (UCLA)