May 21, 2015
WACO, Texas — Reigning NCAA Doubles National Champions, Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe sailed to a convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory over Texas-Arlington’s Angeles de los Rios and Elizabeth Thoms in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Doubles Championship on Thursday at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University. Jansen and Routliffe are the No. 1 seed in the field of 32 pairings selected by the NCAA Division I subcommittee to compete for the NCAA doubles crown. Earlier in the day, Routliffe was defeated in the singles tournament by No. 4 seed (Cal) Maegan Manasse in the round of 32.
Jansen and Routliffe were in control from start to finish, dropping just three games across the entire match. The Tide’s No. 1 duo took two of the first three games to begin the opening set, and owned a 4-1 advantage before surrendering its second point. The second set began with the two teams exchanging a pair of games, before Jansen and Routliffe went on to win five consecutive games and the match.
“We really focused on playing our style of tennis and executing all of our shots,” said Jansen. “Once we got into the match we started to feel really comfortable and that helped us build a lot of confidence. The key for us right now is to focus on every point, focus on the task at hand and keeping ourselves from looking too far ahead.”
The Crimson Tide’s No. 1 duo for the entire 2014-15 campaign, Routliffe and Jansen ended the dual match season with a commanding 19-2 (9-1 SEC) record and have now gone 28-4 overall on the season.
Routliffe added, “We are continuing to go into every match with the same mindset — one match at a time. If we focus on being aggressive and keeping the opponent from finding a rhythm, we are confident that we’ll have a shot at every match.”
In singles action, Routliffe earned a 6-4 decision over Manasse in the first set, but was unable to carry the momentum through the remainder of the match. Cal’s Manasse — the tournament’s No. 4 seed — earned a 6-0 victory and the second set and was leading the third set 4-0 before Routliffe earned her next point. Manasse, taking today’s match by a final score of 4-6, 6-0, 6-1, now advances to the singles tournament round of 16.
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