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Thursday, May 28, 2015

My NCAA Individual Championships Recap; Catching Up on NCAA Division II and Division III Titles; Johnson, Stiefelmeyer Features

My recap of the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network, and if you missed it last week, my recap of the team tournament is here.

The Raleigh News and Observer published this feature on women's champion Jamie Loeb, and the Charlottesville Daily Progress spoke with Virginia's Ryan Shane about his title.

In addition to getting behind on junior news while I was in Waco, I also was short on time to follow the Division II and Division III tournaments.

Barry won the men's Division II team title for the second time in three years, beating Hawaii-Pacific 5-3 in the final and finishing the season undefeated.

The women's Division II team championship is also the property of an undefeated powerhouse, with Armstrong State defeating Barry 5-2. The Pirates have won six of the last eight Division II women's team titles.

Warren Wood and Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
photo via twitter
In Division III, which has both team and individual tournaments, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's team took the rare Triple Crown, winning the team, singles and doubles titles.  Top seed CMS defeated Middlebury 5-0 to win the team title, and Warren Wood defeated teammate Skyler Butts 6-1, 6-4 for the singles title.  The Stags also took the doubles championship, with Wood and Joe Dorn beating North Carolina Wesleyan's Robert Kjellberg and Sebastian Sikh 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4.

Top seed Williams won the women's Division III team title, beating No. 2 seed Emory 5-4 for its seventh title in eight years. The Williams team of Linda Shin and Juli Raventos, who were the Ephs No. 2 team during the season and alternates into the doubles tournament won their school's second title, beating the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team of Katie Kousman and Caroline Ward 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-3.  Top seed Eudice Chong of Wesleyan won the singles title, the first NCAA national title for her school, beating Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Sandra Harwitt is at the French Open and she caught up with Steve Johnson, who plays his third round match against Stan Wawrinka Friday, to talk about his college tennis career.

2014 ITA All-American champion Sebastian Stiefelmeyer of Louisville recently answered questions about his college tennis experience, his future, and why he chose to come to the United States to attend college and continue competing. This interview, at Smartathlete.com, is important reading for anyone looking for an honest account of a player's college tennis experience, whether you're a fan, coach, player, parent or journalist.


DLeeCT said...

Actually Eudice Chong is the 2nd national champion for Wesleyan. Tom Reifenheiser won consecutive D3 mens singles championships for Wesleyan in 1992 and 1993, Here's link of past champions: http://www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/SmallCollege/Past_Champions.htm

Colette Lewis said...

Did I misread the Wesleyan release then? It says she is the first, and says Reifenheiser was a finalist.

fan said...

Didn't Emory women win Team last year. Williams' 6 winning streak ended then.

Colette Lewis said...

@fan: You are right. Thanks. I've corrected.

ncaa said...

@Colette- you were correct. Reifenheiser won ITA singles titles. National titles, but different than an NCAA title.