McGaffigan and Martin just short at ITA

Doubles team won two matches in qualifying pool, finish one victory shy of the main draw

Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin finished one win short of the main draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Los Angeles, losing the third round of the qualifier Wednesday.

McGaffigan and Martin, ranked No. 16 in the nation, edged the No. 29 Clemson duo of Julie Coin and Romy Farah , 9-8 (7) in the second round of qualifying play Tuesday. Interestingly, it was Coin and her then-doubles partner Maria Brito who ended McGaffigan and Martin's season last spring, topping the Badger duo 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round of the NCAA Championships.

Wednesday, McGaffigan and Martin survived Coin, but fell to No. 48 Karin Coetzee and Ashlee Davis of Wake Forest, 8-4.

"Katie and Lindsay did an awesome job," Wisconsin assistant coach Erin Boisclair said. "Last year in doubles they were unbelievable, and they're backing it up this year. They proved last year that they're a good team, and they'll continue to do so."

McGaffigan and Martin were not the only Wisconsin competitors at the ITA.

Sophomore Caitlin Burke came through the singles pre-qualifying rounds to earn a spot in the qualifying tournament, but fell in the second round.

Burke and freshman Chelsea Nusslock were one win short of making the doubles qualifier, going 2-1 in the pre-qualifying tournament.

"Everybody did an awesome job," Boisclair said. "Everyone was competing, and it set the standard for the rest of the season that Wisconsin tennis is pretty good this year."

The Wisconsin women's tennis team continues its fall campaign this weekend as it travels to Northwestern for the Wildcat Invite.

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