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Saturday, February 27, 2016

McNally, Wolf Commit to Ohio State; Rubin Reaches Plantation Final; Fenty, Plambeck Take Grade 4 Titles in El Salvador

There was no shortage of news in college tennis today, with the 26th-ranked Texas men beating No. 5 Wake Forest 4-3 by claiming three third-set tiebreakers, and the No. 4 UCLA men squeezing past No. 29 Stanford 4-3, but those headlines may take a back seat to the news that both JJ Wolf and John McNally have verbally committed to Ohio State University.  Just a day after Wolf's sister Danielle, who plays for Indiana, posted on Instagram that her younger brother would join the Buckeyes, McNally tweeted that he too was committing to Ty Tucker's program.  The two Cincinnati blue chips, ranked 3 and 4 in the Tennis Recruiting Network's Class of 2017, were presumed to be favoring Ohio State, but had not gone public with their choices until now.

While Wake Forest was losing a tough match today, its 2015 No. 1, Noah Rubin, won a tough match to advance to the finals of the $10,000 Plantation Futures.  Rubin, the No. 2 seed, defeated former ITF World Junior No. 1 Jason Kubler of Australia 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-4 in a two hour and 42 minute battle. Rubin will play unseeded Andrea Collarini of Argentina in the final, with Collarini, who played briefly for the United States before returning to Argentina, beating No. 5 seed Jonathan Eysseric of France 6-2, 0-6, 6-1 in the other semifinal.

At the $25,000 Rancho Santa Fe women's tournament in California, the final will feature Vania King and top seed Shuai Zhang of China. King beat Asia Muhammad 6-3, 6-1 and Zhang, who reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open this year, defeated Julia Boserup 6-4, 7-6(5).  The doubles title went to top seed Muhammad and Taylor Townsend, who downed No. 3 seeds Carol Zhao of Canada and Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4.


The ITF Grade 4 in El Salvador, the all-American finals saw one top seed claim the title, while another fell.  Fifteen-year-old Andrew Fenty won his second ITF singles title, taking out top seed Liam Caruana 6-4, 7-5. Fenty's ITF junior ranking is 241, while the 18-year-old Caruana's is 64.  Caruana did get a title however, partnering William Woodall to take the doubles title. The No. 2 seed beat No. 3 seeds Juan Ignacio Batalla Diez of Mexico and Zachary Garner 6-2, 6-3 in the final.

Top seed Melissa Plambeck, 16, earned her fourth ITF singles title, beating No. 2 seed Jimena Rodriguez-Benito 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Like Caruana, finalist Rodriguez-Benito earned a doubles title, with partner Alexandra Angyalosy.  The No. 3 seeds beat Natalie Espinal Sanchez and Ana Zavala Mata of Honduras 7-5, 6-0 in the final.

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