Friday, May 27, 2016

Kalamazoo's Metzler Reaches NCAA Division III Singles Final Against Butts; Raventos and Chong Meet for Women's Title; My D-III Team Recap; Ross Qualifies for French Open Juniors

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Kalamazoo, MI--

Branden Metzler of Kalamazoo College rode the wave of local support Friday to reach the men's Division III singles final Saturday against 2015 finalist Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Metzler's first challenge of the day came in the form of top seed Noah Farrell of Middlebury. The seventh-seeded Metzler, a junior from Rockford, Illinois, had gotten off to slow starts in his first two rounds, but he came out ready against Farrell, taking a 3-0 lead and finishing the first set with a break. Metzler lost his serve to open the second set, but Farrell gave the break right back, only to go up a break at 3-2 with some excellent returning. Again, Farrell was unable to hold the lead, and Metzler went on one of his patented runs, winning the final four games of the match for a 6-3, 6-3 victory, with the crowd of more than 400 roaring with every point he won.

Metzler's opponent in the semifinals was unseeded Zach Hewlin of Whitman, who had surprised No. 3 seed Rafe Mosetick of Emory 0-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Metzler again took an early lead and although he was unable to serve out the first set at 5-2, he broke the sophomore from California with a laser backhand down the line to take it 6-3.

Again Metzler was broken to start the second set, and given Hewlin's comeback against Mosetick, a similar scenario wasn't out of the question. But again Metzler broke back, fell behind again, and down 4-2 won the next four games to close out the match.  Metzler saved a break point at 4-all and in the final game, Hewlin saved three match points and managed two game points. But on each game point, he double faulted, and when he netted a forehand, Metzler had a fourth match point. The crowd was in full voice when he converted it by sending a forehand deep into the corner that forced Hewlin to throw up a defensive lob, which drifted long. Shortly after the final point, the chants of B Metz, B Metz, echoed throughout Stowe Stadium.

Metzler said he felt much more comfortable on the court today than he had been in the first two rounds Thursday.

"I felt much more pressure yesterday, being seeded and being at home, and everything," said Metzler, who acknowledged that the crowd was a significant factor in his performance. "Today, I felt I had nothing to lose, and I was swinging freely. I mean, playing the No. 1 seed, I had nothing to lose and I could go for my shots. I said I had to bring my A game today, and I did."

Metzler said he was gratified to be able to play his best, and ecstatic that he had an opportunity to join Kalamazoo College's six previous NCAA Division III singles champions, the most recent being Seth Denawetz in 1994.

"It's not every day you get to play for a national championship," said Metzler.

No. 4 seed Butts, his opponent in the final, has another opportunity to play for a national championship, in circumstances that couldn't be any different from those he faced last year, when he played teammate Warren Wood.

Butts advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over unseeded Ben Rosen of Bates, then outlasted unseeded Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.  Alla, who had a grueling 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over No. 2 seed Sam Geier of Kenyon, was cramping by the middle of the second set against Butts.

Butts, who said he was feeling great physically throughout both matches he played today, was not changing his game to capitalize on Alla's cramping for the simple reason that he had already changed his game to counteract Alla's style.

"That whole match was about me staying away from my game," said Butts, a senior from Santa Ana, California. "He loves my kind of game. I usually don't hit that many slice backhands, but I was really trying to keep him off balance. He's probably one of the best ball strikers I've ever seen. So he likes my usual heavier ball off both sides, so I tried to chip it short, give him the high looper. I had to maintain my focus throughout really."

Butts will be forced to do the same in Saturday morning's final, and although he has never played Metzler before, he knows what to expect from the atmosphere, having played a match on the next court while the crowd was erupting regularly for Metzler.

"I'm excited. I think I'll thrive with a big crowd," said Butts, who mentioned a similar feeling when CMS hosted the tournament two years ago. "I'll come out with a lot of energy, and hope to use his home crowd against him. I think it'll fire me up and I'll be ready to go in the morning."

The women's final will feature the two top seeds, with defending champion Eudice Chong of Wesleyan, the No. 2 seed, against top seed Juli Raventos of Williams.

Both advanced through their quarterfinal and semifinal matches in straight sets, although Raventos was down two breaks in the first set of her quarterfinal match with unseeded Alexandra Fields of Middlebury before posting a 7-5, 6-1 win.  Raventos also had something of a slow start against unseeded Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer, but found her form for a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Raventos, who played six singles and doubles matches in the team event in three days and has played six singles and doubles matches in two days in the individual tournament, was looking at the positives of so much tennis.

"The individual tournament is obviously more tiring because I played those three days, but it's a lot of fun," said the sophomore from Costa Rica. "They're good matches and I'm happy to be here. It's hard to have two or three matches every day, but I guess I just look forward to each match, because everybody here is so good."

Chong's team did not make the Final Eight, but she has six matches in two days under her belt before taking on Raventos in the final Saturday morning, including a win in the quarterfinals over Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin, who Chong defeated in last year's final 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Today Chong had no such difficulty, beating Likhanskaia 6-1, 6-0, then overcoming a tough first set to knock out No. 3 seed Ria Gerger of Middlebury 7-6(7), 6-2.

"Winning the first set, because it was so close, was big," said Chong, a sophomore from Hong Kong. "The mindset of being up a set, instead of losing a close set. I think I did well to stay on top of the ball and stay aggressive and keep moving in the second set. In the first set, I think I may have been a little flat. But then again, Ria played really well in the first set."

Chong's only loss of the year came at the hands of Raventos in an April dual match, with their other contest earlier this month going unfinished with Chong up a set.

"I think it's going to be a good match tomorrow and a long one," said Chong. "Juli's such a good player. She changes the rhythm a lot and she comes in, so it's going to be a tough match but it'll be a good one."

Raventos, who reached the NCAA semifinals last year, is looking forward to the match.

"She's just very solid, very tough mentally," said Raventos. "She'll fight for every point."

Chong and Raventos are also both through to the doubles semifinals, which will take place after the singles final, with the doubles final also on Saturday's schedule.

Chong and her partner Aashli Budhiraja, the No. 3 seeds, will play top seeds Kathleen Kousman and Caroline Ward of CMS.  Raventos and Linda Shin, the defending NCAA champions at No. 2 seeds, will play No. 4 seeds Tiffany Cheng and Likhanskaia of Bowdoin.

The men's doubles semifinals will feature top seeds Christopher Krimbill and Louis Stuerke of Case Western Reserve against No. 4 seeds Palmer Campbell and Hamid Derbani of Middlebury.  Both teams in the bottom half of the draw are unseeded with Geier and Tristan Kaye of Kenyon playing Benjamin Foran and Matthew Heinrich of Stevens.

The singles finals both begin at 10 a.m.  For draws and links to live streaming, see the Kalamazoo College tournament central page.

The quarterfinals are set for the NCAA Division I singles and doubles championships in Tulsa, with two US men and four US women still in the running for a possible US Open main draw wild card. UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Virginia's Thai Kwiatkowski are the men; the women are Kennedy Shaffer of Georgia, Breaunna Addison of Texas and the top two seeds, North Carolina's Hayley Carter and Virginia's Danielle Collins. Bobby Knight has updated results at College Tennis Today.

I hope you followed my daily coverage of the Division III Team Championships earlier in the week, but if you prefer a less detailed overview, check out my recap for the Tennis Recruiting Network.

At the French Open junior qualifying, Easter Bowl champion Gianni Ross has advanced to the main draw, beating No. 12 seed Mattias Siimar of Estonia 6-1, 6-0.  Oliver Crawford fell in three sets to Yshai Oliel of Israel in his final round qualifying match.  The main singles draws should be out Saturday.

John McNally lost in the semifinals of the Grade 1 Astrid Bowl in Belgium today, beaten by Ryan Storrie of Great Britain 7-5, 6-2.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Comeback for Kalamazoo's Metzler Highlights D-III Singles Second Round; Ross, Crawford Advance to French Junior Qualifying Final Round; McNally Reaches Grade 1 Semifinals in Belgium

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Kalamazoo, MI--

When Stowe Stadium is packed for a USTA Nationals 18s final, the crowds can be big and loud and enthusiastic. But today, the legendary venue exuded a different kind of excitement, as Kalamazoo College's Branden Metzler rode the wave of support from his fellow students to a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory and a place in the men's singles quarterfinals.

Metzler, a junior from Illinois, had advanced to the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Matthew Heinrich of Stevens Institute of Technology in the morning, but it wasn't until Metzler needed a boost in his second round match against Daniel Levine of Carnegie Mellon that the crowd's energy made a noticeable difference.

Metzler was down 6-3, 2-0 before winning six straight games to level the match in the unseasonable midday heat and humidity. The No. 7 seed had the momentum, with his supporters voicing their approval on every point he won, regardless of how he won it. But Metzler was immediately broken to start the third set and had to request a medical timeout.

"I was cramping in my quads, cramping the whole time," Metzler said. "It never went away, but mentally I just tried to block it out. I took some ibuprofen and some electrolyte tablets just to try to keep myself going."

Metzler immediately broke Levine, but serving at 2-2, he made a couple of costly errors and Levine held for 4-2. Metzler held at love with a strong service game, and when Levine double faulted to open his service game at 4-3, the crowd sensed an opportunity.  After he won the next point, for 15-all, Levine began to cramp, and he took a medical timeout.  The freshman from Illinois, who trained at the Evert Academy in Florida, saved a break point with a forehand winner and two more in the four-deuce game. But Metzler earned a fourth break point by jumping on a second serve return with a huge forehand, and this time Levine couldn't save it, double faulting for 4-4.

Metzler held for 5-4 without difficulty to put the pressure back on Levine, who seemed to view his situation--great winners greeted with silence, double faults applauded, cramping moving to his hand-- with amusement rather than the irritation most players would have shown.

Metzler started the game with a perfect offensive lob winner, and when Levin made an error for 0-30, the crowd of a couple of hundred, which did several versions of the wave during Levine's medical time out, reached a new level of noise and excitement.  Levine quieted them a bit by winning the next three points, but he couldn't close out the game, with Metzler claiming the next three to send the crowd to its feet and Metzler into the arms of his coach, Kalamazoo tournament director Mark Riley.

"It's really cool having everyone out here supporting me," Metzler said, unable to recall ever playing in a similar atmosphere. "It was really nice and I think it got me through that third set. The crowd just pumped me up to keep going and going. I didn't want to let them down."

Metzler, the first singles All-American at Kalamazoo College since Julian Seelan in 2006, said his first-round loss in the 2014 NCAAs motivated him.

"My first year [at the NCAAs], I kind of let myself down, losing in the first round, so in the off season I worked really hard, pushed myself," said Metzler. "It's paid off a lot."

Metzler will face top seed Noah Farrell of Middlebury in Friday's quarterfinals.

"I've never played him but I know he's a good player," said Metzler. "I know I have to come in with my A game. I can't play my B game. I have to push myself to push him."

The other men's quarterfinals:
No. 3 seed Rafe Mosetick of Emory vs Zachary Hewlin of Whitman
Ben Rose of Bates vs No. 4 seed Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon vs No. 2 seed Sam Geier of Kenyon

The women's quarterfinals will also feature all four top seeds:
No. 1 seed Juli Raventos of Williams vs Alexandra Fields of Middlebury
No. 4 seed Bridget Harding of Emory vs Carolina Casper of Pomona-Pitzer
No. 7 seed Rebecca Ho of Washington St. Louis vs No. 3 seed Ria Gerger of Middlebury
No. 5 seed Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin vs No. 2 seed Eudice Chong of Wesleyan(CT)

The first round of doubles was also played today, meaning Harding and Raventos, who were in the team final yesterday afternoon, played three regular-scoring, best-of-three matches today, and could do the same on Friday, when the quarterfinals of singles and doubles and the singles semifinals are played.

For all singles and doubles results and draws, see the Kalamazoo College tournament central page. A link to the live video (no commentary, but sound) on the front three courts is also available there.

Qualifying for the French Open Junior Championships began today, with both US boys competing, Gianni Ross and Oliver Crawford, posting victories, while the two US girls in the draw, Ellie Douglas and Natasha Subhash, lost their first round matches. Ross and Crawford will play tomorrow for a place in the main draw.  Live scoring is available at the Tennis Ticker.  The USTA announced today that Claire Liu received a special exemption into the main draw due to reaching the quarterfinals in the Belgium Grade 1, where she lost today.  Also, Brandon Holt was awarded a reciprocal wild card the USTA is now trading with France for their junior slams.  The complete USTA release on the American juniors participating in Paris is here.

At the Grade 1 in Belgium, John McNally has continued his fine European clay results, following a quarterfinal showing at the Grade A in Milan with a semifinal at this week's Astrid Bowl. McNally, the No. 5 seed, will play No. 7 seed Ryan Storrie of Great Britain in Friday's semifinal.

The second round of singles and first round of doubles is complete at the NCAA Division I individual championships in Tulsa, with most of the top seeds surviving.  The only Top 4 seed out in either the men's or women's draw is Florida's Brooke Austin, the fourth seed, who lost to Rice's Katherine Ip in the first round yesterday.  Today was All-American day in the singles, with anyone not seeded in the tournament given that honor if they won their second round match today, with 11 players earning that designation.  Bobby Knight's College Tennis Today is the best place to find results.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bowdoin Men Defeat Middlebury for School's First Men's NCAA Championship in Any Sport; Emory Women Down Williams 5-4 for Seventh Team Title

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Kalamazoo, MI--

Playing in the program's first NCAA final, in warm and humid conditions, against an experienced team that had beaten them 5-1 less than three weeks ago, No. 4 seed Bowdoin had every reason to let the occasion overwhelm them.  But it was the Polar Bears who did the overwhelming, sweeping the doubles points and securing two straight-set singles matches to defeat No. 3 seed Middlebury 5-0 Wednesday at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.

After two exhausting 5-4 wins in the quarterfinals Monday against Johns Hopkins and the semifinals Tuesday against top seed Emory, Bowdoin would have been forgiven for getting off to a slow start, but they went up 6-3 on all three doubles courts and closed out all three with a minimum of fuss.

Bowdoin coach Conor Smith wasn't sure how to react to that start.

"It was weird, I think I was more uncomfortable today having the lead, does that make sense?" said Smith, whose team came back from a 3-0 deficit in doubles to beat Johns Hopkins and a 2-1 deficit against Emory. "I almost like playing from behind, so today was nerve-wracking, being up was very nerve-wracking."

Bowdoin took four first sets in singles, so Middlebury, who reached the final last year, had an uphill climb.  Tuesday's hero in the Emory victory, Luke Trinka, was the first off the court, with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Palmer Campbell, who had clinched Middlebury's 5-2 win over Chicago in the semifinals.  The fifth point looked like it would come from Gil Roddy at line 5, with Roddy up 4-2 over Hamid Derbani.  A break at love gave Roddy a 5-2 lead, a two-break cushion that comes in handy when serving out a championship.  In his first attempt, the sophomore from Massachusetts got to 40-30, but he didn't convert, when a mishit backhand from Derbani caught the far sideline.

"I kind of knew it was going to come down to my match when everyone starting filling up behind me," said Roddy, noticeably hoarse from all the vocal encouragement required in the past three days. "My match point, the shank backhand that landed on the line, it had to happen. Stuff like that has to happen. It was tough. His service game went by pretty quickly, I didn't put up much of a fight in that game, but coming out, at 5-4, that first point was everything."

In his second attempt to serve it out, Roddy put away an overhead, then got a backhand error from Derbani for 30-0.  On the next point, Roddy hit deft backhand volley that drew rousing cheers from the Bowdoin faithful.

"The stab backhand volley was just lucky," said Roddy. "I guessed right, I guess. I was just trying to make first serves in the last game and put pressure on him."

Roddy closed out the championship with a first serve when Derbani's return floated long, Bowdoin had the first men's sports national championship in school history.

Just beating Middlebury, let alone for a national championship, was memorable for Roddy.

"We haven't beaten them since I've been here, the last five times, they've beaten us, three last year, two this year," Roddy said. "But the stage, it's an equalizer. Everyone has the same nerves. They were in the finals last year, but it's a much different setting. This was our match, and we just thought about it that way, rather than it's Mid."

Smith said the 5-1 loss in the NESCAC conference final was in no way discouraging.

"That was close," said Smith, a recipient of the obligatory water and ice cooler shower after the match. "There were a lot of close singles matches and Mid played really good doubles, hit us in the mouth early a couple of weeks ago. The singles matches were all battles and it was closer and more competitive than the first time we played them when it was 5-4.  So it actually boosted our confidence, made us more ready for today."

Smith credited the relaxed attitude of his team for their performance today.

"The guys were so loose, and I'm not like that, I'm not loose at all," said Smith, in his fifth year at Bowdoin. "It's just the identity and persona of this team. They just have fun with everything, and we really needed that to be able to win today, to pull it off in these kind of circumstances and pressure."

Middlebury coach Bob Hansen credited Bowdoin for their performance, while he continued processing the loss.

"We're a bit perplexed," said Hansen, who won seven team titles while at UC-Santa Cruz before taking over Middlebury five years ago. "We're still trying to digest it, still scratching our heads. We knew they were a good team, a well-coached team and I give them a lot of credit. They played hard, they played well and they were the better team today. We're still trying to find the perspective, but it's hard a way to end a season."

While Bowdoin was a newcomer to the Division III team finals scene, the women's championship was a battle between longtime rivals.  After losing to Williams 5-4 in the 2015 final in Mason, Ohio, Emory reversed the result in Kalamazoo, taking their second title in the last three years by that same 5-4 score.

As the score indicates, nothing would come easy for the Eagles. In the doubles, Williams was up a break on all three courts, and went on to expand their leads at lines 1 and 2.  But Emory's Paula Castro and Michelle Satterfield broke back to 4-4 in their match with Maya Hart and Giulia McDonell Nieto del Rio at line 3 then broke again for a 6-4 lead, and held on, giving Emory a much needed point.

"We needed to come out with one doubles point," Emory coach Amy Bryant said. "It was a match-changer, honestly. We felt we had the potential to do it no matter what, but it was quite a relief for me as a coach, getting that one doubles point."

In singles, Emory began asserting itself on the back three courts, although line 5 provided an important momentum shift for the Eagles. Williams' Hannah Atkinson served for the first set at 5-4 against Madison Gordon, but could not close, with Gordon taking the opening set 7-5, the fourth first set Emory would claim.

If Emory could close out those four matches, they would be champions, but keeping a team as talented as Williams out of a third set is a difficult task.  As soon as Emory tied the match with Castro's 6-3, 6-1 win over Julia Cancio at line 4, Williams reclaimed the lead, with Linda Shin defeating Beatrice Rosen 6-1, 6-0 at line 3 to make it 3-2 Williams.

In the space of just a few minutes, Katarina Su of Emory won 6-2, 6-2 over Leah Bush at line 6 for 3-3, and but the Ephs regained the lead with Juli Raventos' 6-1, 6-2 win over Bridget Harding at line 1.  But in the final two matches, at lines 5 and 2, Emory had taken the first sets, so Williams had to earn splits to extend the match.

Gordon was up 5-0 at line 5, having won nine straight games from Atkinson, while Satterfield had just broken Mia Gancayco for a 6-2, 5-3 lead at line 2.  Gordon closed out Atkinson for a 7-5, 6-0 win to make it 4-all, and Satterfield could end it with all the attention on Kalamazoo's George Acker court.

Satterfield, who kept the pressure off by making first serves in the final game, still fell behind 15-30 after a forehand error, but Gancayco missed a backhand wide in one of the pair's many lengthy points to make it 30-30. Satterfield didn't get tentative on the next point, putting away a forehand, so she stepped to the line with championship point on her racquet. Another first serve, and a forehand inches from the line proved too much for Gancayco, with Satterfield delivering the seventh NCAA team title for the Eagles.

"Once I knew it was down to me, I was just going to will myself to win," said the junior from Arizona, who played in both the 2014 and 2015 finals for the Eagles. "I was just telling myself that I am going to keep being aggressive, because if I'm going to win, I'm going to have to take it."

Satterfield did not instantly know that her last forehand would be a winner.

"Honestly, I hit it and I was like, she's going to get there, and I got ready for the next ball," said Satterfield, who had lost to Gancayco in three sets in Emory's 5-4 win over Williams earlier this year. "I didn't even process it until everyone ran on the court and I was suffocating."

For Bryant, seeing Satterfield on the court in that position was reassuring.

"I was completely confident in Michelle," said Bryant, who has now won six team titles in her 16 years at Emory. "Michelle's a great competitor and she has been since day one, so out of anyone on the team, that's the one person I would want in that position, so we were real fortunate it turned out that way. But she couldn't have done it without the support of her teammates; every other player who was out there competing fueled her performance. So it was a great day for all of us."

Although Bryant had her team focused in the present, the loss to Williams in last year's final did play a role.

"I think the motivation from last year fueled our entire season," said Bryant, who acknowledged that it felt good to come out on top against Williams, who had won the title seven of the past eight years. "And then once we got here, it's like, focus on today, that's it. Nothing else matters, the rivalry, none of that stuff mattered today. The only thing that mattered was the ball in front of us."

Williams coach Alison Swain had said she was expecting an amazing match with Emory after Tuesday's semifinal win over Bowdoin, and she got it.

"It was definitely an exciting match," said Swain, in her ninth year at Williams. "I'm really proud of our team. I know they're disappointed in this moment, but to get here is a huge accomplishment and to do it year after year and handle the pressure of the legacy of Williams tennis so well is really phenomenal credit to them. Credit to Emory. They're a great team, really talented this year and they played really well in the singles. I know it's an awesome, exciting moment for them, and I'm really proud of our team for everything we've put together this season."

The Division III individual tournament begins Thursday with first and second round matches at Stowe Stadium and Western Michigan University.  Juli Raventos of Williams and Noah Farrell of Middlebury are the top seeds in singles.  Links to the draws can be found at the Kalamazoo college tournament central page.

NCAA Division III Men’s Team Championship
#4 Bowdoin 5, #3 Middlebury 0
May 25, 2016
Kalamazoo College

1. Luke Tercek/Luke Trinka (BOW-M) def. Palmer Campbell/Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) 8-4
2. Jerry Jiang/Kyle Wolfe (BOW-M) def. Noah Farrell/Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) 8-3
3. Gil Roddy/Grant Urken (BOW-M) def. William de Quant/Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Noah Farrell (MIDDMT) vs. Luke Tercek (BOW-M) 6-2, 2-6, 1-3, unfinished
2. Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) vs. Kyle Wolfe (BOW-M) 6-7(7), 2-4, unfinished
3. Luke Trinka (BOW-M) def. Palmer Campbell (MIDDMT) 6-2, 6-3
4. William de Quant (MIDDMT) vs. Jerry Jiang (BOW-M) 7-5, 5-3, unfinished
5. Gil Roddy (BOW-M) def. Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) 6-4, 6-4
6. Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) vs. Grant Urken (BOW-M) 6-7(4), 6-4, 1-1, unfinished
Order of finish: 3, 5

Match Notes
Bowdoin 20-3; National ranking #4
Middlebury 20-3; National ranking #3
NCAA Division III Women’s Team Championship
#1 Emory University 5, #2 Williams 4

1. Juli Raventos/Linda Shin (WILLIAMS) def. Anna Fuhr/Madison Gordon (EUW) 8-2
2. Hannah Atkinson/Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) def. Bridget Harding/Katarina Su (EUW) 8-3
3. Paula Castro/Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Maya Hart/G. McDonnell Nieto (WILLIAMS) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Juli Raventos (WILLIAMS) def. Bridget Harding (EUW) 6-1, 6-2
2. Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Mia Gancayco (WILLIAMS) 6-2, 6-3
3. Linda Shin (WILLIAMS) def. Beatrice Rosen (EUW) 6-1, 6-0
4. Paula Castro (EUW) def. Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) 6-3, 6-1
5. Madison Gordon (EUW) def. Hannah Atkinson (WILLIAMS) 7-5, 6-0
6. Katarina Su (EUW) def. Leah Bush (WILLIAMS) 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 3, 6, 1, 5, 2

Match Notes
Williams 22-4; National ranking #2
Emory University 28-5; National ranking #1

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stanford Women Collect 18th Team Title With Comeback Win over Oklahoma State; Virginia Repeats as Men's Champion; Individual Draws Released

No. 15 seed Stanford has been bringing the drama from the second round on, winning four 4-3 matches, including in today's final against No. 12 seed Oklahoma State.

After dropping the doubles point and going down 3-1 in singles, Stanford fought back, getting three-set wins from freshmen Caroline Lampl and Melissa Lord at lines 5 and 6 to pull even.  At line 2, Taylor Davidson, who had won the last match on against Texas A&M to get Stanford to Tulsa, and won the last match on against Florida in the round of 16, again found herself with all the pressure, this time in the match that would decide the 2016 NCAA team title.

Davidson served for the match against Oklahoma State's Vladica Babic at 5-2 and 5-4, didn't convert either time, then broke for a third chance to serve it out. Davidson went up 40-30, but didn't get the first match point.  A long rally on the deciding point ended when Babic scooped a forehand wide, and Stanford had its 18th national championship.

Bobby Knight has video of the final service game, as well as an article on the match, at College Tennis Today.  The Stanford recap is here.

The men's final between top seed Virginia and No. 11 seed Oklahoma was delayed by lightning and ultimately moved indoors.  Virginia took the doubles point and won four of six first sets. Oklahoma pushed back, but Virginia was able to keep the match on its terms, getting wins from JC Aragone, Thai Kwiatkowski and Henrik Wiersholm to earn a 4-1 win, the same score of last year's final between the two teams.

The individual tournament begins on Wednesday, with Hayley Carter of North Carolina the top seed in the women's singles and Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State the top seed in the men's singles.  The women's doubles draw is here; the men's doubles draw is here.

NCAA Division I Women’s Final
May 24, 2016
Tulsa, Oklahoma

#15 Stanford (20-5) def. #12 Oklahoma State (29-5), 4-3 
Head Coaches: Chris Young (Oklahoma State) and Lele Forood (Stanford)
1. #43 Maria Alvarez/Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State) def. #5 Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 6-3
2. #54 Viktoriya Lushkova/Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State) vs. #31 Melissa Lord/Carol Zhao (Stanford), 5-5 DNF
3. #79 Katarina Adamovic/Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. Krista Hardebeck/Caroline Lampl (Stanford), 6-1 Order of Finish: 3, 1

1. #47 Katarina Adamovic (Oklahoma State) def. #25 Carol Zhao (Stanford), 6-4, 7-5
2. #46 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. #44 Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State), 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
3. #66 Viktoriya Lushkova (Oklahoma State) def. #67 Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. #100 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) def. Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State), 6-4, 6-4
5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Melissa Lord (Stanford) def. Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State), 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 3, 5, 6, 2

NCAA Division I Men’s Final
May 24, 2016
Tulsa, Oklahoma

#1 Virginia(30-4) def. #11 Oklahoma(20-11) 4-1
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)

1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 7-5
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (Virginia), 7-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (Oklahoma), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

1. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia), 7-6(3), 6-0
2. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma) vs. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia), 7-5, 4-3 DNF
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma), 6-4, 6-4
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma), 6-1, 1-6, 5-2 DNF
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma), 6-3, 6-4
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. Andre Biro (Oklahoma), 6-2, 7-6(2)
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3, 6

Bowdoin Men Oust Emory to Earn D-III Finals Berth Against Middlebury; Emory and Williams Renew Rivalry in Women's Final

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Kalamazoo MI--

Top seed Emory had won two of three doubles points and was up a set on three courts, but that wasn't enough to faze the fourth-seeded Polar Bears, who earned their second consecutive 5-4 win to reach the NCAA finals for the first time in program history.

"Never underestimate the power of adrenaline," said Bowdoin's coach Conor Smith, whose team came back from losing all three doubles matches against Johns Hopkins in Monday's quarterfinal to win the match in a third-set tiebreaker.

If Bowdoin was feeling any of the effects of that match, there was no sign of it today, and when they got a quick win at line 6 to tie it, and went up breaks in the second set of the matches they trailed in, the adrenaline really began to flow.  Another straight-set win at line 5 made it 3-2, but Emory got a crucial win from Adrian Bouchet at line, beating Bowdoin's Monday hero, Jerry Jiang, 6-2, 7-6(2). At 3-3, the attention turned to the front courts at Stowe Stadium, where courts 1 and 2 were in the third set, after the Eagles had taken the first set it both.
Luke Tercek closed out Rafe Mosetick of Emory 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, meaning Emory needed the last two matches to advance to the final. They got one, with Jonathan Jemison failing to serve out the third set at 5-3 but breaking Kyle Wolf in a long deuce game to claim a 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 victory, tying the match at 4.

On court 3, Emory's Arman Manji and Luke Trinka were, after over two hours of play, starting a tiebreaker for the second set. Manji, who lost the first set 6-4, was unable to serve out the set at 5-3, and nerves appeared again leading 4-2 in the tiebreaker, particularly when he double faulted at 4-4. Trinka had two serves to finish out the upset and he won them both, triggering the usual celebratory frenzy from his teammates six feet from him in the courtside bleachers.

"This is really exciting," said Smith, whose team dealt Emory its first Division III loss of the season.  "I'm really happy for my guys. They've really earned it and worked for it. I've got a couple of amazing seniors, Chase[Savage] and Luke, and it's so fitting for Luke, as a senior, to have clinched it today, and Chase helping us win that doubles point. Our two seniors were clutch, clutch today."

The Polar Bears may have been in unfamiliar territory, playing in their first semifinal in program history against perennial contender Emory, who, in the previous ten years has been in five finals, winning two. But Smith wasn't underselling his team's chances.

"They're just a bunch of guys who are unfazed by big moments, big opportunities," said Smith, in his fifth year at Bowdoin. "They love and cherish these big moments and they've done an amazing job at not letting these moments get too big for them."

Bowdoin's opponent in the final will be a familiar one. No. 3 seed Middlebury set up an all-NESCAC conference final by defeating No. 7 seed Chicago 5-2, with the match ending on a subdued note with an injury to Chicago's Sven Kranz in the final game of his contest with Palmer Campbell at line 3.

The Panthers won doubles matches at 2 and 3, but Chicago won three first sets in singles, giving their fans reason to hope. Middlebury's Williams DeQuant and Hamid Derbani held on to their their leads to close out matches at lines 4 and 5, while Chicago's Peter Leung gave the Maroons a second point, making it 4-2.

As the attention switched to the three front courts, Middlebury's Noah Farrell forced a third set against Nicolas Chua, while Campbell took a 3-1 third set lead against Kranz, putting him in position as the likely clinching point.  He lost the next three games however, giving Chicago's David Liu the opportunity to close out Ari Smolyar in straight sets at line 2, but Liu wasn't able provide that third point.  Campbell held and broke Kranz to serve for the match, and at the end of the first point of that service game, Kranz stretched for a passing shot and tumbled to the court. The trainer was immediately called to court, his left knee was taped during treatment and he resumed playing, although he could not put any weight on his left leg.  Miraculously, Kranz won the next three points, including one double fault from Campbell, but Campbell played aggressively in the final four points, winning them all, to close out the win and return the 2015 finalists to the NCAA championship.

Middlebury last won the team title in 2010, but that was before Bob Hansen arrived from UC-Santa Cruz.  Hansen, who won seven titles while coaching at Santa Cruz, claimed two of those in Kalamazoo, in 1989 and 1995.

"It never gets old," Hansen said of yet another appearance in the final. "I think that's part of why I'm still fit to coach. It never ceases to be thrilling, fun and exciting and I love the whole process. My first championship was here, and it's such a great place. It's a treat to play at a place with such amazing in history for American tennis."

Middlebury defeated Bowdoin twice this year: 5-4 in April and 5-1 just over two weeks ago in the NESCAC tournament final.

"They're good, really, really good," said Hansen, who is in his fifth year at Middlebury. "We've had tough, tough matches with them. I was surprised, I think our whole conference was ridiculously strong, but we only got two teams in from our conference. UAA got five or six. I was surprised because we had some teams in our conference which were rough, them being one of them."

The Middlebury women did not fare as well as the men, falling to top seed Emory 5-1.  Emory swept the doubles point, then got a quick win from Madison Gordon at line 5 to make it 4-0.  With just one more point necessary, courts 1 and 2 raced each other to see if Middlebury could collect a point.  Ria Gerger did get the Panthers on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bridget Harding at 1, but seconds later Michelle Satterfield clinched for the Eagles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Alexandria Fields.

Emory had lost to Middlebury 5-4 in April, so coach Amy Bryant made sure her team focused despite the early 3-0 lead.

"It's confidence, but Middlebury's a great team and they have great singles players so no matter what the score is after doubles, we know we have to go out there and compete," said Bryant, in her 16th year coaching at Emory.

This is the fourth straight year Emory has reached the final, winning the title in 2014.

"It feels great," Bryant said. "I'm really excited for our seniors. We have three seniors with us here and they've been working for this; they've played in a championship match in their entire career, freshman, sophomore, junior year, so I know they're really excited to do it again senior year, and I know they're going to be prepared to give it their all, ready to fight."

Bryant's team will be facing a team that has won seven of the last eight titles, and the team that beat them 5-4 in the 2015 final, No. 2 seed Williams, after Williams defeated No. 6 seed Bowdoin 5-0.

The Ephs had lost to Bowdoin 6-3 back in April, with the Polar Bears sweeping the doubles points.  Williams turned the tables Tuesday evening, getting a 3-0 cushion.

"I think that spurred us on to a lot of things that we worked on to improve our doubles throughout the course of the season," said Swain, in her ninth year at Williams. "They are great competitors, they really fight to the end, but we were able to take charge of the doubles. I'm really proud of the girls for all the work they've put in to improve so much."

If Bowdoin was discouraged by the 3-0 deficit they didn't show it in singles.  Every match was close and it was more than an hour and a half before Williams could put another point on the board, with Hannah Atkinson defeating Samantha Stalder 7-6(5), 6-4 at line 5 to make it 4-0.  The clinch came at line 2, via birthday girl Mia Gancayco, who took out Tiffany Cheng 6-4, 6-3, in a score that understates the length and competitiveness of the over two-hour match.

Williams and Emory played earlier this year in Atlanta, with Emory taking a 5-4 victory, but Swain preferred not to focus on the rematch or rivalry aspect of a final against Emory, even though the two teams have won 14 of the last 15 NCAA women's team titles.

"We really try to take our season one step at a time, all the time, be humble and not take opportunities for granted," said Swain. "So the fact that we are here, with such a deep field this year, I'm just really impressed with how these women have handled the pressure and the expectation, that they've been able to compete so well in the postseason."

"We really like to focus on ourselves at this stage of the game, so I try not to think about who is across the net. We try to focus on who we are as a group and what we do well as a team, and that's our focus tomorrow. We're happy to play whoever that is on the other side of the net. We're excited. It's going to be an amazing match, I know, however it unfolds."

The men's final is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stowe Stadium, with the women's match scheduled for 3 p.m.  There is a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast, particularly in the afternoon.

Live streaming of the front three courts is available at There will be commentary for the finals.  Live scoring for all courts is available at Kalamazoo College's Tournament Central.

NCAA Division III Men’s Semifinals
May 24, 2016  Kalamazoo College

#4 Bowdoin 5, #1 Emory University 4
1. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding (EU) def. Luke Tercek/Luke Trinka (BOW-M) 8-5
2. Jonathan Jemison/Rafe Mosetick (EU) def. Jerry Jiang/Grant Urken (BOW-M) 8-3
3. Gil Roddy/Chase Savage (BOW-M) def. Andrew Harrington/David Omsky (EU) 9-7
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles competition
1. Luke Tercek (BOW-M) def. Rafe Mosetick (EU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Jonathan Jemison (EU) def. Kyle Wolfe (BOW-M) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
3. Luke Trinka (BOW-M) def. Aman Manji (EU) 6-4, 7-6(4)
4. Adrien Bouchet (EU) def. Jerry Jiang (BOW-M) 6-2, 7-6(2)
5. Gil Roddy (BOW-M) def. Josh Goodman (EU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Grant Urken (BOW-M) def. Andrew Harrington (EU) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3

Match Notes
Bowdoin 19-3; National ranking #4
Emory University 23-4; National ranking #1

#3 Middlebury 5, #8 University of Chicago 2

1. Nicolas Chua/David Liu(UCM) def. Palmer Campbell/Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) 8-4
2. Noah Farrell/Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) def. Peter Leung/Charlie Pei (UCM) 8-6
3. William de Quant/Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) def. Max Hawkins/Luke Tsai (UCM) 8-3
Order of finish: 1,3,2

1. Nicolas Chua (UCM) vs. Noah Farrell (MIDDMT) 6-3, 2-6, 3-2
2. David Liu (UCM) vs. Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) 7-5, 5-5
3. Palmer Campbell (MIDDMT) def. Kranz, Sven (UCM) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
4. William de Quant (MIDDMT) def. Charlie Pei (UCM) 6-3, 6-4
5. Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) def. Luke Tsai (UCM) 6-2, 6-4
6. Peter Leung (UCM) def. Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 4,6,5,3

Match Notes
University of Chicago 18-6; National ranking #8
Middlebury 20-2; National ranking #3

NCAA Division III Tennis Women's Semifinals
May 24, 2016  Kalamazoo College

#1 Emory University 5, #5 Middlebury 1
1. Anna Fuhr/Madison Gordon (EUW) def. Molly Paradies/Ria Gerger (MIDDWT) 8-4
2. Bridget Harding/Katarina Su (EUW) def. Kaysee Orozco/Sadie Shackelford (MIDDWT) 8-3
3. Paula Castro/Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Alexandra Fields/Christina Puccinelli (MIDDWT) 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

1. Ria Gerger (MIDDWT) def. Bridget Harding (EUW) 6-3, 6-2
2. Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Alexandra Fields (MIDDWT) 6-1, 6-1
3. Beatrice Rosen (EUW) vs. Christina Puccinelli (MIDDWT) 6-4, 1-0, unfinished
4. Paula Castro (EUW) vs. Molly Paradies (MIDDWT) 6-4, 4-2, unfinished
5. Madison Gordon (EUW) def. Kaysee Orozco (MIDDWT) 6-0, 6-0
6. Katarina Su (EUW) vs. Sadie Shackelford (MIDDWT) 6-1, 3-5, unfinished
Order of finish: 5, 1, 2

Match Notes
Middlebury 16-5; National ranking #5
Emory University 27-5; National ranking #1
#2 Williams 5, #6 Bowdoin 0 
1. Juli Raventos/Linda Shin (WILLIAMS) def. Tiffany Cheng/Joulia Likhanskaia (BOW-W) 8-2
2. Hannah Atkinson/Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) def. Pilar Giffenig/Kyra Silitch (BOW-W) 8-4
3. Maya Hart/G. McDonnell Nieto (WILLIAMS) def. Samantha Stalder/Tess Trinka (BOW-W) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. Juli Raventos (WILLIAMS) vs. Joulia Likhanskaia (BOW-W) 7-6(6), 5-2, unfinished
2. Mia Gancayco (WILLIAMS) def. Tiffany Cheng (BOW-W) 6-4, 6-3
3. Linda Shin (WILLIAMS) vs. Kyra Silitch (BOW-W) 7-6(6), 1-0, unfinished
4. Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) vs. Tess Trinka (BOW-W) 6-3, 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
5. Hannah Atkinson (WILLIAMS) def. Samantha Stalder (BOW-W) 7-6(5), 6-4
6. Leah Bush (WILLIAMS) vs. Sarah Shadowens (BOW-W) 6-2, 5-7, 3-1, unfinished
Order of finish: 5, 2

Match Notes
Bowdoin 15-7; National ranking #6
Williams 22-3; National ranking #2

Monday, May 23, 2016

Oklahoma State Shocks Cal to Reach Women's D-1 Final Against Stanford, Virginia and Oklahoma Return to Men's Final; Top Seeds Emory Cruise to D-III Final Four, Chicago Ousts Defending Champions Again

©Colette Lewis 2016
Kalamazoo, MI--

The weather for the opening day of the NCAA Division III quarterfinals could not have been better, with temperatures in the 70s, low humidity and just a slight breeze from the south.  Emory's men's and women's teams, both of whom are the top seeds, took advantage of the perfect conditions, dropping just one point between them, with the men advancing over Kenyon 5-1 and the women shutting out Washington-St. Louis 5-0.

But before I get to more on the Division III championships, including Chicago's upset of defending champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, here's the latest from the Division I championships in Tulsa, which again dealt with rainy weather in today's semifinals.  Both women's matches were played inside, with No. 11 seed Oklahoma State starting off the day's action by stunning top seed Cal 4-3, with Viktoriya Lushkova clinching for the Cowgirls by defeating Lynn Chi 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 at line 3.  Oklahoma State has beaten No. 5 Georgia, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 1 Cal, so they have certainly earned the first Final Four appearance in school history.   For extensive coverage of the match, see Bobby Knight's post on College Tennis Today.

The day's second semifinal saw No. 15 Stanford oust defending champion and No. 6 seed Vanderbilt by a 4-2 score, with Caroline Lampl defeating Fernanda Contreras 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 at line 5 for the clinch. Unlike Oklahoma State, Stanford has vast experience in NCAA finals, although on this team, only senior Krista Hardebeck played on the last Stanford team to win a title, in 2013. Stanford is aiming for the 18th NCAA team title in the program's history.

The men's final will be a repeat of last year's championship match in Waco, with top seed Virginia taking on No. 12 seed Oklahoma.  Virginia played its match against No. 13 seed Cal indoors, and had no trouble with the Bears, earning a 4-0 victory.  The rain finally stayed away long enough for a match to be played outside, and it turned into a late night thriller, with Oklahoma defeating No. 7 seed Georgia 4-3. Alex Ghilea closed out the match for the Sooners with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Walker Duncan at line 4.  Bobby Knight will have a full report on Oklahoma's win at College Tennis Today.

The results of the semifinal matches are below. See the Tulsa tournament page for more on the semifinals including quotes.

Division I Women’s Semifinals:

#12 Oklahoma State(29-4) def. #1 California(23-2) 4-3
Head Coaches: Amanda Augustus (California) and Chris Young (Oklahoma State)
1. #4 Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr (California) vs. #43 Maria Alvarez/Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State), 5-2 DNF
2. #54 Viktoriya Lushkova/Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State) def. #90 Klara Fabikova/Olivia Hauger (California), 6-2
3. #79 Katarina Adamovic/Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. Lynn Chi/Maria Smith (California), 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. 47 Katarina Adamovic (Oklahoma State) def. #7 Maegan Manasse (California), 6-4, 6-2
2. #16 Klara Fabikova (California) def. #44 Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State), 6-3, 7-6(6)
3. #66 Viktoriya Lushkova (Oklahoma State) def. #80 Lynn Chi (California), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State) def. #88 Denise Starr (California), 6-4, 6-3
5. Olivia Hauger (California) def. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State), 6-2, 6-4
6. Karla Popovic (California) def. Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State), 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3
#15 Stanford(19-5) def. #6 Vanderbilt(23-6) 4-2 
Head Coaches: Geoff Macdonald (Vanderbilt) and Lele Forood (Stanford)
1. #14 Sydney Campbell/Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) vs. #5 Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 5-5 DNF
2. #31 Melissa Lord/Carol Zhao (Stanford) def. Frances Altick/Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt), 6-2
3. Krista Hardebeck/Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Fernanda Contreras/Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3

1. #25 Carol Zhao (Stanford) def. #18 Sydney Campbell (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 6-3
2. #46 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) vs. #14 Frances Altick (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 4-6, 2-2 DNF
3. #32 Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt) def. #67 Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 6-4, 6-2
4. Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) def. #100 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford), 7-6(2), 6-4
5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3
6. Melissa Lord (Stanford) def. Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 0-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 4, 5


NCAA Division I Men’s Semifinals

#1 Virginia(29-4) def. #13 California(21-7) 4-0 
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Peter Wright (California)
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (Virginia) vs. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (California), 4-4 DNF
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (Virginia) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (California), 6-3
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (California), 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (California), 6-1, 6-6 DNF
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia) vs. #31 Andre Goransson (California), 6-4, 2-3 DNF
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #85 Billy Griffith (California), 6-3, 6-0
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (California) vs. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia), 6-3, 4-3 DNF
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. #124 Oskar Wikberg (California), 6-3, 6-4
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. Mads Engsted (California), 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 6
#11 Oklahoma(20-10) def. #7 Georgia(24-5) 4-3 
Head Coaches: Manuel Diaz (Georgia) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
1. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) vs. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (Georgia), 5-4 DNF
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (Georgia), 6-4
3. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (Oklahoma) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3

1. #17 Austin Smith (Georgia) def. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 6-2, 6-4
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia) def. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma), 6-4, 7-5
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) def. #123 Walker Duncan (Georgia), 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-2
5. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma) def. Jan Zielinski (Georgia), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
6. Andre Biro (Oklahoma) def. Nick Wood (Georgia), 7-6(5), 7-5
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 2, 5, 4

Now, back to the Division III tournament.  On quarterfinal day, half of the matches were played at Western Michigan University, with the top two seeds in both the men's and women's draws playing at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.  Staying at Stowe to watch the No. 1 and 2 seeds, I missed the day's thriller, which saw the fourth-seeded Bowdoin men defeat unseeded Johns Hopkins 5-4 after losing all three doubles points.  The match came down to a third-set tiebreaker at line 4, with Bowdoin's Jerry Jiang defeating David Perez 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5).  Bowdoin will play top seed Emory in tomorrow's 8:30 a.m. semifinal, after Emory took out unseeded Kenyon 5-1, with Jonathan Jemison clinching for the Eagles at line 2.

Defending champion and No. 2 seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps did not fare as well, falling to No. 7 seed Chicago 5-2.  Chicago had beaten defending champion and No. 2 seed Amherst in last year's quarterfinals, so Chicago coach Jay Tee had his team ready for the same situation this year.

"I feel we really thrive in the role of underdog," said Tee, in his fourth year as Chicago coach. "It takes some pressure off us. We've been up and down all year with a young team, but we've been telling the guys all week, 'we're going to win, start believing we're going to win,' and once we got here, we got that mindset and it just felt like another tournament, not like we were at Nationals."

One of the downs Tee mentioned was a 7-2 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps back in March, where the Maroons dropped all three doubles matches.

"They're such a tough, tough singles team, but we felt if we just get one or two [doubles points], we really have a shot," said Tee. "Getting a doubles match or two was the biggest key and we got that, and it let us play a little freer and a little looser."

Chicago won at line 2 doubles and nearly won at line 1 doubles, losing in a tiebreaker, and came out strong in singles, winning four first sets. They managed to win all four of those matches in straight sets, with freshman Charlie Pei clinching with a 6-2, 7-6(1) decision over Max Macey at line 4.  Chicago will play No. 3 seed Middlebury in the 11 a.m. semifinal, after Middlebury defeated No. 6 seed Washington-St. Louis 5-1 at Western Michigan.

Chicago is less than a three-hour drive from Kalamazoo, so Tee believes that allowed them to stay in a comfortable routine.

"We're not used to flying, to getting on an airplane and traveling across the country," said Tee. "So being able to leave campus yesterday at 10 a.m., go Starbucks, have lunch, take our time, have a hit, that was definitely a big advantage for us for sure."

Tee is also the coach of Chicago's women's team, the only coach this week doing double duty.  His women's team was not able to follow in the men's teams footsteps later in the day at Stowe Stadium, with the No. 7 seeds losing to No. 2 seed Williams 5-0.

"It's time consuming, but it's incredibly rewarding," Tee said of his dual role. "I feel fortunate and lucky that I get to come out here and experience it again on the same day, with a different group of people and see how they view it. I would never say it's a bad thing, or too much work.  I have one part-time assistant, and he does a great job, but actually I rely on the players. They have to be self-sufficient and they do a great, great job, up and down the lineup, so I lean on them as well."

Harding clinched at No. 1 for Emory Eagles

The Emory women will play unseeded Middlebury in Tuesday's 2 p.m. semifinal. Middlebury defeated No. 4 seed Amherst 5-2 at Western Michigan.  Williams, the defending champion and No. 2 seed, will face No. 6 seed Bowdoin in the 5 p.m. semifinal.

Williams coach Alison Swain congratulates Leah Bush after her clinch

All four semifinals will be played at Stowe Stadium on Tuesday.  Links to live scoring, and to the streaming on the front three courts, is available at the Kalamazoo College tournament page.  Complete results are below:

NCAA Division III Men’s Quarterfinals
May 23, 2016

#1 Emory University 5, #17 Kenyon College 1
Kalamazoo College

1. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding (EU) def. Sam Geier/Tristan Kaye (KENM) 8-3
2. Michael Liu/Robert Turlington (KENM) def. Jonathan Jemison/Rafe Mosetick (EU) 9-7
3. Andrew Harrington/David Omsky (EU) def. Nicholas Paolucci/Ben Gelfand (KENM) 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

1. Rafe Mosetick (EU) vs. Sam Geier (KENM) 7-6(11), 0-3, unfinished
2. Jonathan Jemison (EU) def. Michael Liu (KENM) 6-0, 6-4
3. Aman Manji (EU) vs. Robert Turlington (KENM) 6-1, 5-4, unfinished
4. Adrien Bouchet (EU) vs. Nicholas Paolucci (KENM) 3-6, 2-5, unfinished
5. Josh Goodman (EU) def. Max Smith (KENM) 6-0, 6-2
6. Andrew Harrington (EU) def. Pete Dakich (KENM) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 5, 2

Kenyon College 14-10; National ranking #17
Emory University 23-3; National ranking #1

#8 University of Chicago 5, #2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2
Kalamazoo College

1. Skyler Butts/Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Nicolas Chua/David Liu (UCM) 9-8(4)
2. Peter Leung/ Charlie Pei (UCM) def. Julian Gordy/Oliver Seifert (CMS) 8-5
3. Glenn Hull/Lestter Yeh (CMS) def. Max Hawkins/Luke Tsai (UCM) 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

1. Skyler Butts (CMS) vs. Nicolas Chua (UCM) 7-5, 2-2, unfinished
2. David Liu (UCM) def. Glenn Hull (CMS) 6-4, 6-4
3. Sven Kranz (UCM) def. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) 6-4, 6-2
4. Charlie Pei (UCM) def. Max Macey (CMS) 6-2, 7-6(1)
5. Patrick Wildman (CMS) vs. Tsai, Luke (UCM) 3-6, 6-3, unfinished
6. Peter Leung (UCM) def. Lestter Yeh (CMS) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 3, 2, 4

Match Notes
University of Chicago 18-6; National ranking #8
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 27-5; National ranking #2
#3 Middlebury 5, #6 Washington-St Louis 1
Western Michigan University

1. Palmer Campbell/Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) def. Jason Haugen/Konrad Kozlowski (WASHU) 8-3
2. Josh Cogan/Johnny Wu (WASHU) def. Noah Farrell/Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) 9-8(5)
3. William de Quant/Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) def. Jeremy Bush/Tyler Kratky (WASHU) 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. Noah Farrell (MIDDMT) def. John Carswell (WASHU) 6-4, 6-0
2. Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) vs. Johnny Wu (WASHU) 6-6, unfinished
3. Palmer Campbell (MIDDMT) def. Tyler Kratky (WASHU) 6-3, 6-2
4. William de Quant (MIDDMT) def. Jason Haugen (WASHU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) vs. Jeremy Bush (WASHU) 3-6, 3-3, unfinished
6. Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) vs. Jake Klein (WASHU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 4, 1, 3

Match Notes
Washington U. 18-6; National ranking #6
Middlebury 19-2; National ranking #3
#4 Bowdoin 5, #26 Johns Hopkins 4
Western Michigan University
1. Mike Buxbaum/Jeremy Dubin (JHUM) def. Luke Tercek/Luke Trinka (BOW-M) 8-6
2. Nicholas Garcia/Emerson Walsh (JHUM) def. Jerry Jiang/Grant Urken (BOW-M) 8-5
3. David Perez/Scott Thygesen (JHUM) def. Gil Roddy/Chase Savage (BOW-M) 8-2
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. Mike Buxbaum (JHUM) def. Luke Tercek (BOW-M) 7-5, 6-2
2. Kyle Wolfe (BOW-M) def. Jeremy Dubin (JHUM) 6-4, 6-4
3. Luke Trinka (BOW-M) def. Nicholas Garcia (JHUM) 6-3, 6-1
4. Jerry Jiang (BOW-M) def. David Perez (JHUM) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5)
5. Gil Roddy (BOW-M) def. Justin Kang (JHUM) 6-2, 6-2
6. Grant Urken (BOW-M) def. Emerson Walsh (JHUM) 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 5, 1, 3, 6, 4

Match Notes
Johns Hopkins 19-6; National ranking #26
Bowdoin 18-3; National ranking #4============================================

NCAA Division III Women’s Quarterfinals
May 26, 2016
#1 Emory University 5, #10 Washington St Louis 0
Kalamazoo College

1. Anna Fuhr/Madison Gordon (EUW) def. Grace Deering/Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) 8-5
2. Bridget Harding/Katarina Su (EUW) def. Lisa Chionis/Rebecca Ho (WASHUW) 8-0
3. Paula Castro/Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Aly Coran/Kaylan Griffith (WASHUW) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Bridget Harding (EUW) def. Rebecca Ho (WASHUW) 6-1, 6-3
2. Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) 6-1, 6-2
3. Beatrice Rosen (EUW) vs. Grace Deering (WASHUW) 6-3, 3-0, unfinished
4. Madison Gordon (EUW) vs. Aly Coran (WASHUW) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
5. Katarina Su (EUW) vs. Kaylan Griffith (WASHUW) 6-0, 3-3, unfinished
6. Daniela Lopez (EUW) vs. Lisa Chionis (WASHUW) 6-6, unfinished
Order of finish: 2, 1

Match Notes
WashU 17-5; National ranking #10
Emory University 26-5; National ranking #1
#5 Middlebury 5, #7 Amherst College 2
Western Michigan University

1. Lily Bondy/Ria Gerger (MIDDWT) def. Sue Ghosh/Sarah Monteagudo (AMHW) 8-1
2. Kelsey Chen/Vickie Ip (AMHW) def. Kaysee Orozco/Sadie Shackelford (MIDDWT) 8-1
3. Alexandra Fields/Christina Puccinelli (MIDDWT) def. Rebecca L. Pol/Avery Wagman (AMHW) 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Ria Gerger (MIDDWT) def. Vickie Ip (AMHW) 7-5, 6-3
2. Sue Ghosh (AMHW) vs. Alexandra Fields (MIDDWT) 3-6, 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
3. Jackie Calla (AMHW) vs. Lily Bondy (MIDDWT) 6-2, 3-6, 2-0, unfinished
4. Christina Puccinelli (MIDDWT) def. Sarah Monteagudo (AMHW) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
5. Molly Paradies (MIDDWT) def. Kelsey Chen (AMHW) 7-6(4), 6-4
6. Avery Wagman (AMHW) def. Kaysee Orozco (MIDDWT) 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 1,6,4,5

Match Notes
Middlebury 16-4; National ranking #5
Amherst College 14-8; National ranking #7
#2 Williams 5, #9 University of Chicago 0
Kalamazoo College
1. Juli Raventos/Linda Shin (WILLIAMS) def. Kim, Rachel/Tang, Lucy (UCW) 8-0
2. Hannah Atkinson/Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) def. Chen, Tiffany/Lee, Stephanie (UCW) 8-4
3. Maya Hart/G. McDonnell Nieto (WILLIAMS) def. Iranpour, Ariana/Warren, Courtney (UCW) 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Juli Raventos (WILLIAMS) vs. Iranpour, Ariana (UCW) 6-0, 5-4, unfinished
2. Mia Gancayco (WILLIAMS) vs. Kim, Rachel (UCW) 3-6, 1-5, unfinished
3. Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) vs. Tang, Lucy (UCW) 7-5, 1-0, unfinished
4. Hannah Atkinson (WILLIAMS) vs. Chen, Tiffany (UCW) 4-6, unfinished
5. Leah Bush (WILLIAMS) def. Bynoe, Kaela (UCW) 6-1, 6-3
6. G. McDonnell Nieto (WILLIAMS) def. Lee, Stephanie (UCW) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 5

Match Notes
University of Chicago 13-6; National ranking #9
Williams 21-3; National ranking #2

#6 Bowdoin 5, #4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 1
Western Michigan
1. Tiffany Cheng/Joulia Likhanskaia (BOW-W) def. Katie Kuosman/Caroline Ward (CMS) 9-7
2. Pilar Giffenig/Kyra Silitch (BOW-W) def. Jessie Cruz/Kyla Scott (CMS) 9-7
3. Samantha Stalder/Tess Trinka (BOW-W) def. Lindsay Brown/Bria Smith (CMS) 8-5
Order of finish: 1,3,2

1. Joulia Likhanskaia (BOW-W) def. Caroline Ward (CMS) 6-3, 6-4
2. Katie Kuosman (CMS) vs. Tiffany Cheng (BOW-W) 6-7(3), 7-6, unfinished
3. Lindsay Brown (CMS) vs. Kyra Silitch (BOW-W) 6-7(8), 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
4. Kyla Scott (CMS) def. Tess Trinka (BOW-W) 6-4, 6-0
5. Samantha Stalder (BOW-W) def. Jessie Cruz (CMS) 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
6. Bria Smith (CMS) vs. Sarah Shadowens (BOW-W) 6-4, 3-6, 3-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 4, 1, 5

Match Notes
Bowdoin 15-6; National ranking #6
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 21-5; National ranking #4