Issara and Guillermo's Run Ends at National Indoors
Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo conclude fall season with a 7-2 record.
Nov. 10, 2012
FLUSHING, N.Y. – After a brilliant run to reach the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo’s run was halted there as the pair suffered defeat today.
Issara (Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) and Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) earned the automatic bid to the 20-team national tournament by virtue of winning the consolation bracket at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships back in October.
The duo, ranked #7 in the preseason doubles poll but unseeded in the tournament, defeated pairs from Texas A&M, Georgia and Tennessee to reach the semifinals.
In the quarterfinals, Issara and Guillermo upset the No. 2 seeded Lady Vols pair of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely, 9-7.
In the semifinals, which transitioned from an eight-game pro-set to a best-of-three sets format, the Waves dropped a close 7-5 decision to Stephanie Nauta and Li Xi of Virginia. With the momentum in their favor, the Cavaliers took set two 6-2 to end the Waves’ run.
Issara and Guillermo close out the fall season with an impressive 7-2 record.
The pair now takes a break until January, when the 2013 dual season begins the 31st at home against USC.
USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship
Nov 8-11, 2012 at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center (Flushing, N.Y.)
R20 #7 Issara/Guillermo (Pepperdine) def. Stancu/Hristov (Texas A&M) 8-3
R16 #7 Issara/Guillermo (Pepperdine) def. #30 Fuller/Herring (Georgia) 8-3
QF #7 Issara/Guillermo (Pepperdine) def. #34 Szekely/Boren (Tennessee) 9-7
SF #41 Nauta/Xi (Virginia) def. #7 Issara/Guillermo (Pepperdine) 7-5, 6-2