Arizona State women’s tennis star Jacqueline Cako defeated Kata Szekely of Tennessee in three sets, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 at the 2013 NCAA DI Women’s Tennis Singles Championship on Thursday morning.
Yesterday, the Sun Devil senior defeated the top-ranked player in the tournament, Lauren Embree of Florida, 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of NCAA championship play.
With today’s win, Cako clinched a spot in the third round of play and earned her third consecutive All-American honor. She will play against Breaunna Addison of the University of Texas on Friday at a time yet to be determined.
“I feel great and I’m hitting the ball well so that’s all I can really ask for,” Cako said. “Now I’m just excited for doubles later today.”
The doubles pairing of Cako and Nicole Smith will kick off the first round of doubles play this afternoon against Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott of the University of Texas.
Cako’s success is a product of her love for the game of tennis. “I can’t imagine not going to the tennis courts every day since I live and breathe tennis and it’s the best part of my day,” Cako said. “It’s a place where I can unwind. It’s also allowed me to have the opportunity to travel and meet a lot of amazing people who have helped shaped me into the person I am today. Tennis has given me so much, so for that I am extremely grateful.”