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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Florida, North Carolina Upset in Women's D-1 Sweet Sixteen Action; Five Americans Play for French Open Main Draw on Friday; Rain Washes Out Singles at Milan Grade A

The damp and chilly conditions proved no impediment to underdogs Thursday in NCAA Division I women's Sweet Sixteen action in Tulsa, with three of the first four matches played resulting in the lower seed advancing.

Due to rain in Tulsa, which started after the 9 a.m. matches had finished, two matches were sent to Oklahoma State's indoor facility, with Texas and No. 8 seed Pepperdine and Georgia Tech and No. 4 seed Ohio State heading for night matches in Stillwater, while No. 1 Cal and No. 16 Texas Tech and No. 5 Georgia and No. 12 Oklahoma State will be playing night matches in Tulsa's indoor facility.  Because those finishes will be so late, I will post the results of those matches here Friday morning, before the start of the men's Sweet Sixteen, so check back then.

Defending champion Vanderbilt, seeded No. 6,  came through with a 4-0 win over No. 11 Auburn, but that was the extent of the expected results.

Virginia, the No. 14 seed, won the doubles point from No. 3 seed North Carolina, only the third doubles point the Tar Heels had lost all year, but UNC won five first sets in singles, so that deficit didn't seem insurmountable.  But Virginia, who had lost twice to North Carolina this year, fought back, with wins from Meghan Kelley and crucially, Stephanie Nauta. Nauta dropped the first set to freshman Jessie Aney at line 3, but the senior posted the Cavaliers third point with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win.

North Carolina had gotten wins from Ashley Dai at 6 and Marika Akkerman at 5, but when Nauta won, UNC needed both matches still going.  Whitney Kay served for the match at 6-4, 5-4 against Virginia's Julia Elbaba at line 2, but Elbaba broke and won the subsequent tiebreaker to push it to a third set.  At line 1, Virginia's Danielle Collins forced a third set in her match with Hayley Carter, but it was Carter that got the break in the third set, a break that she held for a 5-4 lead.  Elbaba had to save three break points to keep her break lead over Kay at 4-3, while Carter had three match points at line 1 when Elbaba completed her 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 win with a break, giving Virginia a 4-2 win.

No. 7 Miami and No. 10 Michigan finished their doubles point outside, after one rain delay, with Michigan winning it, while No. 2 seed Florida and No. 15 seed Stanford never started outside, playing their entire match, uninterrupted, indoors at Tulsa.

Just as they had in a 4-3 loss to Stanford in Palo Alto, Florida won the doubles point, but they couldn't put a quick second point on the board, with Florida's Anna Danilina failing to serve out the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the second set against Melissa Lord at line 6.  Carol Zhao of Stanford brought the Cardinal even with a win over Brooke Austin, and Caroline Lampl put Stanford up 2-1 with a win at line 5 over Josie Kuhlman. Kourtney Keegan and Brianna Morgan gave Florida a 3-2 lead with wins at lines 4 and 3, but Lord completed her comeback over Danilina at 6 to make it 3-3. By that time, Taylor Davidson had taken the second set over Belinda Woolcock at line 2, their third set would decide the match.  It wasn't the best of third sets, with five breaks to start, and only one hold total, with points more often decided by errors than by winners. Davidson served for the match at 5-2, but two doubles faults from 40-30 gave Woolcock a chance to get back in it, but more unforced errors in her next service game gave Stanford another 4-3 victory over the Gators.

Miami and Michigan then took the courts to finish their match, and that too came down to the final match on, this time at line 1, to decide it. Michigan took a 3-0 lead with wins by Kate Fahey and Mira Ruder-Hook at 3 and 5, but Miami came back with wins by Sinead Lohan at line 2, Ana Madcur at 6 and Silvia Fuentes at 4. Miami's Stephanie Wagner had won the first set from Ronit Yurovsky in a tiebreaker, but Yurovsky forced a third set, breaking Wagner when she served at 4-5, just as Fuentes had tied it up.

Like the Florida - Stanford decider, that third set started off with breaks, three in a row, but Yurovsky held for 3-1 and played aggressive and composed tennis from then on, while Wagner committed too many unforced errors to pressure Yurovsky.  Once Wagner lost the fifth game, after having a 40-0 lead, Yurovsky was completely in control and she closed out the 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-1 win. Michigan will play Stanford in Saturday's quarterfinals, the first time in program history that the Wolverines have advanced to the Elite Eight.

See the Tulsa tournament central for links to live streaming and scoring.
NCAA Division I Women’s Round of 16

#14 Virginia (19-10) def.#3 North Carolina (31-3) 4-2
Head Coaches: Brian Kalbas (North Carolina) and Mark Guilbeau (Virginia)
1. #18 Danielle Collins/Meghan Kelley (Virginia) def. #2 Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (North Carolina), 6-4
2. Cassie Mercer/Stephanie Nauta (Virginia) def. Jessie Aney/Kate Vialle (North Carolina), 6-2
3. Ashley Dai/Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (North Carolina) def. Julia Elbaba/Erica Susi (Virginia), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

1. #1 Hayley Carter (North Carolina) vs. #2 Danielle Collins (Virginia), 6-4, 2-6, 5-4 DNF
2. #12 Julia Elbaba (Virginia) def. #41 Whitney Kay (North Carolina), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3
3. #97 Stephanie Nauta (Virginia) def. #57 Jessie Aney (North Carolina), 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
4. Meghan Kelley (Virginia) def. Kate Vialle (North Carolina), 6-3, 6-1
5. Marika Akkerman (North Carolina) def. Erica Susi (Virginia), 6-1, 6-1
6. Ashley Dai (North Carolina) def. Cassie Mercer (Virginia), 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 3, 2
#6 Vanderbilt (22-5) def. #11 Auburn(24-8) 4-0
Head Coaches: Geoff Macdonald (Vanderbilt) and Lauren Spencer (Auburn)
1. #14 Sydney Campbell/Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) def. #8 Pleun Burgmans/Alizee Michaud (Auburn), 6-4
2. Andie Dikosavljevic/Alannah Griffin (Auburn) vs. Frances Altick/Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt), 5-4 DNF
3. Fernanda Contreras/Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt) def.. Paula de Man/Caroline Turner (Auburn), 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1

1. #20 Andie Dikosavljevic (Auburn) vs. #18 Sydney Campbell (Vanderbilt), 6-2, 4-6, 5-1 DNF
2. #31 Alizee Michaud (Auburn) vs. #14 Frances Altick (Vanderbilt), 6-2, 3-6, 5-1 DNF
3. #32 Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt) def. #70 Pleun Burgmans (Auburn), 7-6 (0), 6-4
4. Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) def. Alannah Griffin (Auburn), 6-4, 7-5
5. Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt) def. Paula de Man (Auburn), 6-1, 6-1
6. Caroline Turner (Auburn) vs. Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt), 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 DNF
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3

#15 Stanford (17-5) def. #2 Florida (23-3) 4-3
Head Coaches: Roland Thornqvist (Florida) and Lele Forood (Stanford)
1. #3 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (Florida) def. #5 Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 6-2
2. #42 Josie Kuhlman/Belinda Woolcock (Florida) vs. #31 Melissa Lord/Carol Zhao (Stanford), 4-3 DNF
3. #64 Anna Danilina/Brianna Morgan (Florida) def. Krista Hardebeck/Caroline Lampl (Stanford), 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 3

1. #25 Carol Zhao (Stanford) def. #4 Brooke Austin (Florida), 6-4, 6-4
2. #46 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. #11 Belinda Woolcock (Florida), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3
3. Brianna Morgan (Florida) def. #67 Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 7-6 (4), 6-3
4. #40 Kourtney Keegan (Florida) def. #100 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford), 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Josie Kuhlman (Florida), 6-4, 6-4
6. Melissa Lord (Stanford) def. #63 Anna Danilina (Florida), 3-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 4, 3, 6, 2

#10 Michigan(22-6) def. #7 Miami(21-5) 4-3
Head Coaches: Paige Yaroshuk-Tews (Miami) and Ronni Bernstein (Michigan)
1. #11 Brienne Minor/Mira Ruder-Hook (Michigan) def. #12 Stephanie Wagner/Wendy Zhang (Miami), 6-2
2. Sinead Lohan/Clara Tanielian (Miami) def. Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (Michigan), 6-2
3. Kara Hall/Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan) def. Silvia Fuentes/Ana Madcur (Miami), 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

1. #15 Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan) d. #9 Stephanie Wagner (Miami), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1
2. #8 Sinead Lohan (Miami) d. #19 Brienne Minor (Michigan), 6-3, 6-2
3. #68 Kate Fahey (Michigan) d. #75 Wendy Zhang (Miami), 6-2, 6-1
4. Silvia Fuentes (Miami) d. Alex Najarian (Michigan), 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
5. Mira Ruder-Hook (Michigan) d. Clara Tanielian (Miami), 6-1, 6-2
6. Ana Madcur (Miami) d. Teona Velehorschi (Michigan), 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 2, 6, 4, 1

#1 California(22-1) def. #16 Texas Tech(25-6) 4-0 
Head Coaches: Amanda Augustus (California) and Todd Petty (Texas Tech)
1. #4 Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr (California) vs. Gabriela Talaba/Alex Valenstein (Texas Tech), 4-3 DNF
2. #90 Klara Fabikova/Olivia Hauger (California) def. Sabrina Federici/Felicity Maltby (Texas Tech), 6-2
3. Lynn Chi/Maria Smith (California) def. Sarah Dvorak/Katelyn Jackson (Texas Tech), 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1. #7 Maegan Manasse (California) vs. #93 Sarah Dvorak (Texas Tech), 6-0, 4-5 DNF
2. #16 Klara Fabikova (California) vs. #109 Gabriela Talaba (Texas Tech), 6-3, 2-4 DNF
3. #80 Lynn Chi (California) def. Alex Valenstein (Texas Tech), 6-4, 6-0
4. #88 Denise Starr (California) def. Felicity Maltby (Texas Tech), 6-4, 6-2
5. Olivia Hauger (California) vs. Sabrina Federici (Texas Tech), 6-1, 4-3 DNF
6. Karla Popovic (California) def. Katelyn Jackson (Texas Tech), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 6

#8 Pepperdine(24-2) def. #17-32 Texas(16-9) 4-0 
Head Coaches: Per Nilsson (Pepperdine) and Howard Joffe (Texas)
1. #26 Jean Runglerdkriangkrai/Luisa Stefani (Pepperdine) def. #16 Breaunna Addison/Dani Wagland (Texas), 6-4
2. #19 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (Pepperdine) def. Chelsea Crovetti/Neda Koprcina (Texas), 6-1
3. Katie Poluta/Daniella Roldan (Texas) def. Laura Gulbe/Dzina Milovanovic (Pepperdine), 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

1. #6 Luisa Stefani (Pepperdine) vs. #10 Breaunna Addison (Texas), 7-6(2), 5-2 DNF
2. Laura Gulbe (Pepperdine) def. #122 Neda Koprcina (Texas), 6-2, 6-4
3. Dzina Milovanovic (Pepperdine) vs. Dani Wagland (Texas), 2-6, 7-6(4), 1-1 DNF
4. Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (Pepperdine) vs. Katie Poluta (Texas), 4-6, 6-0, 2-2 DNF
5. Matea Cutura (Pepperdine) def. Daniella Roldan (Texas), 6-1, 6-4
6. Michaela Capannolo (Pepperdine) def. Lana Groenvynck (Texas), 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 2

#12 Oklahoma State(27-4) def. #5 Georgia(22-5) 4-0 
Head Coaches: Jeff Wallace (Georgia) and Chris Young (Oklahoma State)
1. #10 Mariana Gould/Ellen Perez (Georgia) def. #43 Maria Alvarez/Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State), 6-4
2. #54 Viktoriya Lushkova/Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State) def. #81 Silvia Garcia/Kennedy Shaffer (Georgia), 6-4
3. #79 Katarina Adamovic/Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. Caroline Brinson/Laura Patterson (Georgia), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

1. #47 Katarina Adamovic (Oklahoma State) def. #5 Ellen Perez (Georgia), 7-5, 7-6(3)
2. #44 Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. #28 Kennedy Shaffer (Georgia), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. #66 Viktoriya Lushkova (Oklahoma State) def. #116 Silvia Garcia (Georgia), 6-1, 6-2
4. Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State) vs. #30 Caroline Brinson (Georgia), 5-7, 6-4, 4-1 DNF
5. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State) vs. Mariana Gould (Georgia), 7-6(3), 6-6 DNF
6. Laura Patterson (Georgia) vs. Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State), 6-3, 5-7, 5-3 DNF
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
#4 Ohio State(31-2) def. #17-32 Georgia Tech(19-9) 4-2 
Head Coaches: Melissa Schaub (Ohio State) and Rodney Harmon (Georgia Tech)
1. #13 Paige Hourigan/Kendal Woodard (Georgia Tech) def. #9 Miho Kowase/Anna Sanford (Ohio State), 4-3 DNF
2. #58 Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State) def. Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (Georgia Tech), 6-0
3. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (Ohio State) def. Megan Kurey/Natasha Prokhnevska (Georgia Tech), 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3

1. #3 Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State) def. #34 Johnnise Renaud (Georgia Tech), 6-4, 6-3
2. #39 Paige Hourigan (Georgia Tech) def. #89 Anna Sanford (Ohio State), 6-4, 7-5
3. Rasheeda McAdoo (Georgia Tech) def. #96 Gabriella De Santis (Ohio State), 6-2, 7-5
4. Miho Kowase (Ohio State) def. Kendal Woodard (Georgia Tech), 6-4, 7-5
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (Ohio State) vs. Alexis Prokopuik (Georgia Tech), 6-3, 4-6 DNF
6. #81 Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (Georgia Tech), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3, 1, 4

Five Americans will play for main draw spots in the French Open Friday, with Louisa Chirico, Sachia Vickery, Jennifer Brady and Grace Min posting second round wins in the women's qualifying today, while Jared Donaldson is the last American still alive in men's qualifying.

Chirico and Min both came from a set down to post their wins, with Chirico, the top seed, beating Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Min taking out Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.  Bonaventure served for the match at 5-4 in the third set. Min will play Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and Chirico will play 2011 ITF World Junior Champion Irina Khromacheva of Russia, the No. 24 seed.  Jennifer Brady defeated Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 6-3, 6-4 and will play veteran Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia for her first slam main draw appearance.  Sachia Vickery defeaed Cindy Burger of the Netherlands 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 and will face wild card Fiona Ferro of France in Friday's final round of qualifying.

No. 29 seed Donaldson, whose did not play Wednesday due to rain, beat Axel Michon of France 6-3, 7-6(7) and will play No. 14 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. Donaldson and Basilashvili met last year in the final round of the French Open qualifying, with Basilashvili taking a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 decision.

Frances Tiafoe led Adrian Ungur of Romania 6-4, 1-0 serving, but ended up losing his final round qualifying match to the veteran 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Rain kept any singles matches from being played at the Grade A Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan, with two rounds now scheduled for Friday.  Doubles were played indoors, with Ulises Blanch and his partner Juan Carlos Aguilar of Bolivia and Claire Liu and her partner Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Canada the only US players advancing to the semifinals.

Live scoring is available at Tennis Ticker.


Underachieving & Overachieving said...

With their respective lineups, the most disappointing and underachieving college women's teams are: Duke, Florida, Kentucky, and Southern California.

The teams that did the most with their lineups and overachieving college women's teams are: UVA, LSU, South Carolina, and Texas.

Definitely an interesting discussion on who does the best job for the talent they have. It's easy to be ranked high with a fully loaded roster, like Duke and Florida but to maximize your team's potential, you have to know what you are doing.

Another Upset said...

The upsets keep pouring into the NCAA Championships. Congratulations to Cal for beating TCU.

I thought TCU set themselves up as a target with the ridiculous hats they are wearing. Coach Roditi needs to take a page from Coach Dick Gould to keep a low profile and put the pressure on their opponents. But they have a really good team and fought through some tough 4-3 matches this year. I give them a lot of credit but they shot themselves in the foot.

314159 xdia said...

Florida loss 3 matches; two to Stanford; One to Cal. Hard to say they underachieved. Cal seeded #1; Standford would have been much higher had they played there best in college matches. I have heard coaches say with "their" lineup Stanford is the best team in college. The next 3 matches might confirm. If I looked correctly they have a 10 and 14 or 6 between them in the finals.

Kentucky no opinion.

I am biased but GT beat 2 of your 3 over acheivers and lost 4 - 2 to LSU in the National Indoor 2nd round. Finished 3rd in ACC. And that with a senior limited to line 3 doubles with injuries on a team with only 5 top college doubles players.

314159 xdia said...

I forgot my under achiever year in and year out. Miami hands down. The worst behaving coach I have witnessed on the courts (UGA's JW a close 2nd; arguing line calls from several courts away?). In all honesty I have a huge issue with their recruiting. I support Title 9, I follow/watch women's tennis, but should foreign players count? Offer a scholly all you want but don't count as Title 9 funding. In my opinion Title 9 accounting should accrue for US players only. Just one idiots opinion.

fan said...

U&O, how is USCal underachieving. Have you compared their lineups in recent years against star-studded Stanford, UCLA and Cal.? They actually won plenty of Pac 12s recently. And Xepoleas did't play this NCAA either. Likewise, Capra was absent for Duke.

I see no big difference between LSU, USCarolina and UK.

And 314159xdia, I think Miami is actually doing a pretty good job considering all those top USA players going to UF lol.

Fan from the Stands said...

TCU got Beat by a Very Good CAL Team....the "Roditi" hat had nothing to do with the match. Maybe the hat is a problem you have with TCU's Coach. Congrats to Cal. Good luck in the next round. Put your private beef to bed...goodnight:)

Too much said...

Agree with Another Upset, but maybe not just the hats but a season of self promotion sure did get them a target on their back from most teams. It's actually a pretty decent brotherhood out there, even between guys on different teams, but I must say, it seems lot of them were hoping TCU would lose. So they were doing something that motivated people to dislike them to that point. Historically, the quietest (and most confident) coaches are often the winning-est - Dick Gould, Peter Smith, etc. They let their teams do the talking.

College Fan said...

Florida didnt underachieve. Stanford only lost 1 match all season when their #1 Zhao played, a 4-3 loss to Cal. Zhao spent most of the spring playing professional events. Stanford's ranking is way out of whack. That is a strong lineup and Zhao is one of the favorites in the NCAA singles.

Colette Lewis said...

@College Fan:
Zhao is not in the NCAA singles draw. She didn't play enough matches to qualify.

love-tennis said...

Can someone please explain what you are talking about in regard to the TCU hats? What do they say on them?

CTF said...

When a team becomes more about the coach than the players, something is out of balance.

Bulldog said...

Mississippi State beat LSU at LSU and was 21 in the country. Was a blown 2.0 lead in the 3rd against Texas tech from advancing to final 16.Hands down overachiever award

Great talent least results said...

Whoever said UVA did the most with their lineup overachieving. I want what you're smoking. NCAA champ, former number 1 in college Elbaba. Perennial top 30 Nauta. I'd say a coach getting the absolute least out of talent is where they qualify

Drama said...

If it was someone other than Roditi, people would say "what a great use of social media by a coach to reach his team's fans." The asst from Ok State does videos all the time for their athletic dept and nobody says a word. Who cares. I want to hear after the match what the coach has to say. TCU just cut out the reporter asking questions.

As for the hats. Jeeeeez who cares. A Texas school decides to rock cowboy hats. How dare they. Somebody alert the media. USC freshmen wore superhero costumes for the flight to Tulsa. Fun police would say "how dare they make a mockery of this trip to the national championships". But instead crickets....

To paraphrase Bryce Harper. Can we please make tennis FUN again??