Qualifier Stiefelmeyer Earns First Louisville Title in Men's All American Championships; Tennessee's Reese and Libietis Claim Second Doubles Crown
Qualifier Sebastian Stiefelmeyer of Louisville served up one last upset Monday, beating No. 2 seed Yannick Hanfmann of Southern Cal 6-3, 6-2 to claim his school's first ITA All-American title. The senior from Austria, with an ITA preseason ranking of 110, won nine matches in eight days to give the Cardinals their first men's national title in tennis. For more on Stiefelmeyer's win see the Louisville website.
The men's singles trophy may have a new home, with Louisville ending Virginia's streak of four straight men's champions, but the doubles trophy will stay in Knoxville. 2013 champions and top seeds Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee retained their title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over unseeded Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz Monday afternoon in Tulsa.
Reese and Liebiets, the reigning NCAA champions, will go for a calender slam next month at the Indoor Championships in New York, where they reached the final last year. For more on their run to another major title, see the Tennessee website.
The consolation singles title went to UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald, who defeated Chris Diaz of Ohio State 7-6(6), 6-1. With his win, McDonald will receive automatic entry into the Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.