NCAA Roundtable Part II; First Round Drama as D-I Team Championships Begin; Four Americans Reach $50K Semifinals; Finals Set at Delray Beach Grade 4
Part II of the Tennis Recruiting Network's NCAA Division I Roundtable was posted this morning, with the panel asked to pick a possible upset victim in the regionals and give their choices to win the team championships.
As is customary in the first round, there were no huge upsets, but several No. 3 seeds did beat No. 2 seeds. Because the men kick off play this year in Waco next Thursday, all their first round matches were today, while only half of the women's first round matches were on the schedule.
Two women's matches were decided in the last match on. The first saw No. 2 seed Georgia Tech, playing without No. 2 Paige Hourigan, defeat Wichita State 4-3, with Yellowjacket Megan Kurey saving two match points in the second set, then coming from 5-3, 30-0 down in the third set against Abby Stevens to claim the 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-5 victory at line 4. Due no doubt to Hourigan's absence, a doubles lineup dispute delayed the match's start by 40 minutes. The other 4-3 decision came in the Vanderbilt regional, where No. 3 seed Oklahoma outlasted No. 2 seed Ohio State. Christina Brigante of Oklahoma defeated Ferny Aneles Paz of Ohio State 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 at line 4 to put the Sooners in the final against Vanderbilt.
The draw is here, with today's women's results below (regional host in parentheses in 2 vs 3):
The men had even more drama, with two matches decided by third-set tiebreakers. No. 3 seed San Diego State defeated No. 2 seed San Diego 4-3 in the Southern Cal regional, with the match coming down to line 6. FreshmanSantiago Cevallos of San Diego State defeated Ciaran Fitzgerald 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3), for the Aztecs' first NCAA win since 2003.