South Florida, Columbia Men Reach Sweet 16; Clemson Women Down Alabama; Chirico Wins French Open Wild Card; Kozlov into Futures Final
Sixteen men's teams and eight women's teams are heading to Waco next week, after winning regional finals Saturday in the NCAA Division I team championships.
Two hosts who were seeded in the top 16 failed to advance on the men's side: Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. For the second year in a row, Columbia went on the road to an SEC team and came out a winner (last year against Vanderbilt), beating Ole Miss 4-1 in Oxford. South Florida went to Blacksburg and came out with the program's first Sweet 16 berth, beating the Hokies 4-0.
The two seeds with the closest shaves were Texas A&M, seeded 6th overall, and Illinois, seeded fourth overall. A&M lost the doubles point and at line 3 singles to Oklahoma State, got wins from Harrison Adams, Shane Vinsant and AJ Catanzariti, but were deep in third sets in the remaining two matches with that 3-2 lead. Jakob Sude of Oklahoma State served for the match against Jeremy Efferding at line 1 at 5-4 in the third, but Efferding broke. Meanwhile, Aggie freshman Jordi Arconada was in a third set tiebreaker with Nicolai Olsen at line 6. Arconada got an early minibreak and held on, defeating Olsen 6-7(7), 6-3, 7-6(4) to clinch the 4-2 win and a date with Ohio State next Thursday.
Illinois also dropped the doubles point, and gradually had to work their way back into the match with Drake, but after 8 p.m. in Champaign, with weather again an issue, Farris Gosea clinched the 4-2 win for the Fighting Illini by beating Alen Salibasic 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(4) at line 1.
The draw is here.
Men's Regional finals results:
South Florida vs Baylor(2) 7