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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Division III Men's Indoor Begins Friday with Emory as Top Seed; D-I All-Tournament Team Announced; New Division II Rankings; Quarterfinals Set in Pro Circuit Events

The Division III Men's Team Indoor Championship begins Friday, hosted by Case Western Reserve at the Cleveland Racquet Club. Unlike the Division I Team Indoor Championships, Division III has eight teams, not 16, so the tournament will be completed on Sunday. Top seed Emory is the defending champion.  Friday's schedule:

Emory[1] vs Trinity[8] 8 a.m.
Washington University-St Louis[2] vs Kenyon[7] 8 a.m.
University of Chicago[3] vs Pomona Pitzer[6] 12:30 p.m.
Carnegie Mellon[4] vs Case Western[5] 12:30 p.m.

FloTennis will again be providing live streaming, which requires a paid subscription.

Check out the Division III Tennis blog for previews, predictions and more.

The ITA announced the all-tournament team for the men's Division I Team Indoor, with Mikael Torpegaard of finalist Ohio State named the Most Outstanding Player. Complete tournament results for all those named below can be found here.

No. 1 singles: Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
No. 2 singles: Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia
No. 3 singles: Harrison Scott, Texas
No. 4 singles: JC Aragone, Virginia
No. 5 singles: Alexander Ritschard, Virginia
No. 6 singles: Henrik Wiersholm, Virginia

No. 1 doubles: Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim, Wake Forest
No. 2 doubles: Thai Kwiatkowski and Alexander Ritschard, Virginia
No. 3 doubles: JC Aragone and Henrik Wiersholm, Virginia

The latest Division II team rankings were released on Wednesday, the first rankings since last November. The top 10s are below, with the full rankings available by clicking on the headings.

Men's Team:
1. Hawaii Pacific
2. Saint Leo
3. Armstrong State
4. Lander
5. Valdosta State
6. Columbus State
7. Barry
8. Lynn
9. West Florida
10. Embry Riddle

1. Armstrong State
2. BYU-Hawaii
3. Lynn
4. Saint Leo
5. Hawaii Pacific
6. Barry
7. West Florida
8. Columbus State
9. St. Mary’s Texas
10. Northeastern State

The quarterfinals are set at the $15,000 Futures in Indian Harbour Beach Florida and the $25,000 Women's tournament in Rancho Santa Fe California.

Rhyne Williams is the only American remaining in singles, after he defeated No. 6 seed Kaichi Uchida of Japana 6-3, 6-3 and 18-year-old Genaro Olivieri of Argentina 6-3, 6-0, with both matches played today due to rain on Wednesday.  Wild card Patrick Kypson won his first match, but lost his second match of the day to No. 5 seed Makoto Ochi of Japan 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

Four US women have advanced to the quarterfinals in California, including top seed Kayla Day, who defeated former WTA No. 5 Daniela Hantuchkova of Slovakia 7-6(3), 6-1. Day will play No. 5 seed Mayo Hibi Friday.

Qualifier Maria Sanchez beat wild card Allie Sanford 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and Caroline Dolehide, the champion last week in Surprise Arizona, downed Danielle Collins 7-5, 6-3.

Although Sonya Kenin was the seed, at No. 4, she still could claim an impressive victory with her win over qualifier Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine, who is 22-2 (including qualifying) this year, with her only previous loss also at the hands of Kenin.  Kenin faces Dolehide next, who beat her in the second round last week in Surprise.  Sanchez will take on Canadian teen Katherine Sebov, a fellow qualifier, while 16-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu will play No. 8 seed Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal.

Austin Krajicek has advanced to the semifinals of the $50,000+Hospitality Challenger in Mexico, where he will meet unseeded Nicolas Jarry of Chile.