Thursday, April 29, 2021

Conference Awards for ACC, SEC Women, Big Ten Men; Evans and Macavei Advance to Delray J4 Singles Final; Five Americans Reach Charlottesville $60K Quarterfinals

The Division I conference regular season is over and several of the Power 5 conferences released their award winners and all-conference teams this week. The ACC has announced for both its men's and women's programs, while the Big Ten has announced for its men and the SEC for its women. Below are the award winners, click on the heading for the all-tournament teams.

Big Ten
Athlete of the Year: Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year: JJ Tracy, Ohio State
Coach of the Year: Adam Steinberg, Michigan

Player of the Year: Katarina Jokic, Georgia
Newcomer of the Year: Lea Ma, Georgia
Freshman of the Year: Indianna Spink, Arkansas
Coach of the Year: Jeff Wallace

Tennis Player of the Year: Carl Soderlund, Virginia
Freshman of the Year: Henri Squire, Wake Forest
Coach of the Year: Andres Pedroso, Virginia

Tennis Player of the Year: Sara Daavettila, North Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Emma Navarro, Virginia
Coach of the Year: Brian Kalbas, North Carolina

The singles finals at the ITF J4 in Delray Beach Florida are set for Friday, with an all-US girls final. Qualifier Tatum Evans, the 16s Easter Bowl finalist, will face No. 8 seed Sonya Macavei for the title. Evans, who has yet to drop a set in her seven matches, defeated wild card Victoria Osuigwe, Whitney's sister, 6-0, 6-1, while Macavei downed No. 7 seed Gabriella Broadfoot of South Africa 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-1. 

The boys singles final will feature No. 3 seed Giulio Perego of Italy, a Texas A&M recruit, and No. 5 seed Jayden Templeman of Canada, a Columbia recruit. Perego defeated top seed Aidan Kim 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-1 in today's semifinals, with Templeman beating qualifier Sean Daryabeigi 6-2, 6-2.

In the doubles finals today, No. 2 seeds Nicholas Godsick and Bolivia's Juan Carlos Prado Angelo defeated No. 3 seeds Nathan Cox and Sebastian Gorzny 7-5, 6-4 for the boys title. No. 4 seeds Emma Charney and Elisabeth Jones won the girls title, beating unseeded Jaquelyn Ogunwale of Great Britain and Martyna Ostrzygalo of Canada 7-6(1), 6-4. 

Five Americans have advanced to the quarterfinals of the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Charlottesville Virginia with Allie Kiick and Sachia Vickery set to face off in the top quarter. Claire Liu, who beat No. 4 seed Irina Bara of Romania 6-2, 6-0 today, will play No. 7 seed Harriet Dart of Great Britain.

In the bottom half, wild card Alycia Parks takes on qualifier Katie Boulter of Great Britain, and No. 6 seed Xinyu Wang of China will face Hailey Baptiste. Baptiste defeated No. 2 seed Mayar Sherif(Pepperdine) 6-3, 7-6(4) in today's second round action. Baptiste, who won her first WTA doubles title earlier this month with Caty McNally, is into the doubles semifinals this week with Whitney Osuigwe.