Illinois Men Beat Virginia, Lose to TCU; Zhao's Return Boosts Stanford Women to Win over Florida; Pomona-Pitzer Wins D-III Women's Team Indoor; Rubin, King Fall in Pro Circuit Finals
Most conference seasons have yet to begin, but that doesn't mean any dearth of important matches as February comes to a close.
Last night in Champaign-Urbana, No. 11 Illinois upset No. 2 seed and defending NCAA champion Virginia, playing without its No. 1 Ryan Shane, 4-3. Today, Illinois hosted No. 8 TCU and was beaten 5-2, adding more intrigue to the Division I season. Meanwhile, in Norman, Oklahoma today, No. 51 Arkansas defeated No. 10 Oklahoma 5-2, leaving the NCAA finalists with an 0-2 record over the weekend. No. 5 Wake Forest rebounded from its loss to Texas Saturday by blanking No. 6 Texas Tech. It may not quite resemble the Division I basketball parity, but aside from undefeated North Carolina, who was idle this weekend, a favorite for the NCAA title has yet to emerge.
Bobby Knight of College Tennis Today was in Champaign and has extensive coverage of the Fighting Illini's win over Virginia.
In women's action, No. 9 Duke, at home, defeated No. 13 Miami 4-3 in an ACC conference match, and in an important non-conference match, No. 16 Stanford defeated No. 7 Florida 4-3. Florida won the doubles point, just as they had done against Cal on Friday, but with Carol Zhao back in the lineup for the Cardinal, Stanford came back to win four singles matches, with Krista Hardebeck defeating Josie Kuhlman 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to clinch the win. Kuhlman went down 0-40 serving at 4-5 in the third, but won four straight points to keep Florida's hopes alive. But after Hardebeck held by winning a deciding point, Kuhlman went down 15-40 on serve, and could only save one of those three matches points, setting off an excited celebration on the Taube Center courts.
Zhao, who had not played a singles match for Stanford since the NCAAs last May, defeated Brooke Austin 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 at No. 1 in one of the five matches that went three sets. Every player who won the first set won the third however, and that, plus Taylor Davidson's straight-set win over Belinda Woolcock at No. 2, was enough to give Stanford the match.
|Pomona-Pitzer Wins First Team Indoor Title, photo courtesy ITA|
At the ITA Division III Women's Team Indoor Championships, No. 2 seed Pomona-Pitzer swept top seed Carnegie Mellon 5-0, claiming its first Team Indoor title. For more on the match, see the ITA release.
DePauw Indoor Tennis and Track Center
2/28/2016 at Greencastle, Ind.
No. 2 seed Pomona-Pitzer 5, No. 1 seed Carnegie Mellon University 0
1. Brooke Tsu (CMUW) vs. Joy Kim (PPW) 3-6, 1-4, unfinished
2. Caroline Casper (PPW) def. Nicholle Torres (CMUW) 6-2, 6-4
3. Maryann Zhao (PPW) def. Cori Sidell (CMUW) 6-1, 6-2
4. Jamie Vizelman (CMUW) vs. Shivani Doraiswami (PPW) unfinished
5. Minami Makino (CMUW) vs. Mae Coyiuto (PPW) unfinished
6. Katie Lai (CMUW) vs. Arianna Chen (PPW) unfinished
1. Maryann Zhao/Emily Chen (PPW) def. Cori Sidell/Minami Makino (CMUW) 8-5
2. Lea Lynn Yen/Caroline Casper (PPW) def. Jamie Vizelman/Brooke Tsu (CMUW) 8-5
3. Joy Kim/Arianna Chen (PPW) def. Nicholle Torres/Abbey Hamstra (CMUW) 9-8 (7-2)
Pomona-Pitzer 3-1; National ranking #7
Carnegie Mellon University 8-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,3)
Neither USTA Pro Circuit event this week ended with an American champion, with Noah Rubin falling in the $10,000 Plantation Futures final and Vania King losing in the $25,000 Rancho Santa Fe final.
Rubin, the No. 2 seed, lost to unseeded Andrea Collarini of Argentina 6-3, 7-6(3). Rubin was broken in the fourth game of the first set and Collarini made that stand up. The 24-year-old left-hander didn't face a break point until the fourth game, and Rubin did take advantage of that rare opportunity, but he was immediately broken back, and was broken in his next service game as well. Rubin got that break back immediately, but in the tiebreaker, the 20-year-old New Yorker did not get a point on his serve until he trailed 6-2. Collarini made 87 percent of his first serves for the day to help secure his 10th Futures singles title, all of them on clay.
King, unseeded, lost to top seed and WTA No. 67 Shuai Zhang of China 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 in California.