Quite a Run

Rosca’s NCAA singles run ends in the Elite Eight

ORLANDO, Fla. – Making a deep run into the NCAA Singles Championship this week, Vanderbilt’s Christina Rosca had her journey end Wednesday afternoon with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to No. 1 seed Sara Daavettila of North Carolina.

“Obviously today didn’t go Chris’s way but Sara had a lot to do with that and she played a very, very good match,” said head coach Aleke Tsoubanos. “That said, I hope people take notice of just how good Christina Rosca is. She’s a fighter who works incredibly hard and has so many wonderful tools. I can’t wait to see her get out on tour.

“I am so proud of her career as a Vanderbilt student-athlete. She represented our university with class and integrity on and off the court. She leaves here with two degrees and in third place all-time on our singles win list, but more importantly her impact on the program has been huge. She’s a driven, caring, intelligent young woman with an absolute heart of gold and we will miss her so much.”

Rosca, ranked No. 43 in the nation entering the tournament, became the fifth Commodore in program history to reach the national quarterfinals of the singles championship. She also is the fourth Commodore to do so since the 2017 season.

Daavettila, ranked No. 2 in the nation and the No. 1 seed in the tournament, went back and forth with Rosca throughout with both sides earning breaks along the way to keep things tight. While Daavettila pulled away in the first set, Rosca kept herself in the second set throughout but the Tar Heel did just enough to end Rosca’s run.

Rosca ends her Vanderbilt career with 117 singles wins to rank third in program history. Overall, she closes her career on West End with a combined 218 singles and doubles victories.

Rosca’s 2021 NCAA Singles Championship Results:
Round of 64: Defeated No. 44 Emmanuelle Salas (Florida State) 7-5, 6-3
Round of 32: Defeated No. 10 Isabella Pfennig (Miami) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Round of 16: Defeated No. 49 Kelly Chen (Duke) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Quarterfinals: Lost to No. 2 Sara Daavettila (UNC) 6-2, 6-4

Vanderbilt in the Elite Eight at the NCAA Singles Tournament:
2004 – Audra Falk (reached quarterfinals)
2017 – Sydney Campbell (reached semifinals)
2018 – Astra Sharma (reached quarterfinals)
2018 – Fernanda Contreras (reached semifinals)
2021 – Christina Rosca (reached quarterfinals)