My Women's Team Indoor Recap, All-Tournament Team Slideshow; No Surprises So Far in Men's Team Indoor First Round
My recap of the ITA Women's Team Indoor, which ended with North Carolina's tense 4-3 win over defending champion and top seed UCLA is available now at the Tennis Recruiting Network.
The All-Tournament team was announced today, with a predictable winner of the Most Outstanding Player award--North Carolina freshman Whitney Kay. Kay won two deciding matches, in the quarterfinals and finals, an incredible performance given the pressure and her inexperience on the collegiate level.
At the ITA Men's Indoor in Seattle, which I am not covering in person, four of six matches completed as of 9 p.m. Eastern time went to the higher seed by a 4-0 score. No. 6 Georgia's 4-0 win over No. 12 Ole Miss was the closest of the shutouts, but it was particularly impressive because Georgia is playing without their No. 1, KU Singh, who did not make the trip due to "coaches' decision." Georgia won the doubles point and got singles wins from junior Garrett Brasseaux at 6, Nick Wood at 4, and Austin Smith at 5.
I was expecting a tight match between No. 2 USC and No. 15 Texas A&M, but it didn't materialize, at least not in the singles. Shane Vinsant did not play for the Aggies in singles and the defending champions got straight-set wins from Raymond Sarmiento at 1, Max de Vroome at 5 and Yannick Hanfmann at 4.
The ease of No. 7 Kentucky's 4-0 victory over No. 10 Mississippi State also came as a surprise. After the Wildcats quickly took the doubles point, the got wins from No. 2 Tom Jomby, No. 6 Kevin Lai and No. 5 Grant Roberts. They play USC at 11 a.m. Pacific time Saturday.
Georgia's quarterfinal opponent is No. 3 UCLA, who beat Tennessee 4-1. Although the Bruins didn't struggle overall against No. 14 Tennessee, Dennis Novikov lost at No. 1 to Mikelis Libietis 6-3, 6-4. UCLA got wins from Marcos Giron at 2, Dennis Mkrtchian at 4 and Karue Sell at 6.
No. 4 Ohio State will play No. 5 Pepperdine in what should be the best quarterfinal contest after the Buckeyes blanked No. 13 California and Pepperdine beat Florida 4-1. After a fairly close doubles point, Ohio State got wins from Blaz Rola at No. 1, Christopher Diaz at No. 5 and Hunter Callahan at No. 6.
Live scoring at the Seattle Tennis Club has been unreliable, but I think Pepperdine won the doubles point and received points from No. 1 Sebastian Fanselow, No. 2 Finn Tearney and No. 4 Francis Alcantara. Florida's Alford picked up the Gators' point at No. 5.
The remaining two matches tonight are No. 1 Virginia against No. 16 Washington and No. 8 Oklahoma versus No. 9 Duke.
See the ITA results page for all scores.