Stanford Women Collect 18th Team Title With Comeback Win over Oklahoma State; Virginia Repeats as Men's Champion; Individual Draws Released
No. 15 seed Stanford has been bringing the drama from the second round on, winning four 4-3 matches, including in today's final against No. 12 seed Oklahoma State.
After dropping the doubles point and going down 3-1 in singles, Stanford fought back, getting three-set wins from freshmen Caroline Lampl and Melissa Lord at lines 5 and 6 to pull even. At line 2, Taylor Davidson, who had won the last match on against Texas A&M to get Stanford to Tulsa, and won the last match on against Florida in the round of 16, again found herself with all the pressure, this time in the match that would decide the 2016 NCAA team title.
Davidson served for the match against Oklahoma State's Vladica Babic at 5-2 and 5-4, didn't convert either time, then broke for a third chance to serve it out. Davidson went up 40-30, but didn't get the first match point. A long rally on the deciding point ended when Babic scooped a forehand wide, and Stanford had its 18th national championship.
Bobby Knight has video of the final service game, as well as an article on the match, at College Tennis Today. The Stanford recap is here.
The men's final between top seed Virginia and No. 11 seed Oklahoma was delayed by lightning and ultimately moved indoors. Virginia took the doubles point and won four of six first sets. Oklahoma pushed back, but Virginia was able to keep the match on its terms, getting wins from JC Aragone, Thai Kwiatkowski and Henrik Wiersholm to earn a 4-1 win, the same score of last year's final between the two teams.
The individual tournament begins on Wednesday, with Hayley Carter of North Carolina the top seed in the women's singles and Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State the top seed in the men's singles. The women's doubles draw is here; the men's doubles draw is here.
NCAA Division I Women’s Final
May 24, 2016
#15 Stanford (20-5) def. #12 Oklahoma State (29-5), 4-3
Head Coaches: Chris Young (Oklahoma State) and Lele Forood (Stanford)
1. #43 Maria Alvarez/Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State) def. #5 Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 6-3
2. #54 Viktoriya Lushkova/Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State) vs. #31 Melissa Lord/Carol Zhao (Stanford), 5-5 DNF
3. #79 Katarina Adamovic/Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. Krista Hardebeck/Caroline Lampl (Stanford), 6-1 Order of Finish: 3, 1
1. #47 Katarina Adamovic (Oklahoma State) def. #25 Carol Zhao (Stanford), 6-4, 7-5
2. #46 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. #44 Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State), 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
3. #66 Viktoriya Lushkova (Oklahoma State) def. #67 Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. #100 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) def. Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State), 6-4, 6-4
5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Melissa Lord (Stanford) def. Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State), 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 3, 5, 6, 2
NCAA Division I Men’s Final
May 24, 2016
#1 Virginia(30-4) def. #11 Oklahoma(20-11) 4-1
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 7-5
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (Virginia), 7-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (Oklahoma), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia), 7-6(3), 6-0
2. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma) vs. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia), 7-5, 4-3 DNF
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma), 6-4, 6-4
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma), 6-1, 1-6, 5-2 DNF
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma), 6-3, 6-4
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. Andre Biro (Oklahoma), 6-2, 7-6(2)
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3, 6