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Friday, May 6, 2022

NCAA D-I Roundtable Part 2; Top Seeds Advance in D-I First Round Action; Anger Retires at Washington; Brantmeier Defeats Kalieva at Dayton Beach $25K, Volynets into Semis at Bonita Springs $100K

Part 2 of the Tennis Recruiting Network's NCAA Division I Team Championships Roundtable is up today, and as always, it includes everyone's guesses as to who will win the titles come May 22nd. I didn't get either winner right last year, which isn't unusual, although I did manage to hedge my pick of the North Carolina women by saying that the women's champion would come from the trio of Texas, UNC and Georgia. 

Below are today's first round results; all the men's first round was played today, but 14 of the women's first round matches are scheduled for tomorrow and they are shown in italics. In the men's draw, three No. 3 seeds defeated No. 2 seeds, with Utah beating Mississippi 4-2, LSU beating SMU 4-3 and Oklahoma downing Louisville 4-2. The Sooners win was the most impressive, as it came without the top two players in their lineup, Mason Beiler and Alex Martinez, playing singles or doubles. Oklahoma lost the doubles point, but won at lines 1, 3, 5 and 6 to move on to a meeting with host Michigan.

Men's Division I First Round Regional Results

Top Half:

(1)TCU[1] d Drake[4] 4-0
Utah[3] d Ole Miss[2] 4-2

(16)Middle Tennessee[1] d UNC-Wilmington[4] 4-0
NC State[2] d Liberty[3] 4-0

(9)Wake Forest[1] v Radford[4]
Auburn[2] d. Texas Tech[3] 4-1

(8)Kentucky[1] d DePaul[4] 4-0
Northwestern[2] d E Tenn St[3] 4-0

(5)Michigan[1] d Western Michigan[4] 4-0
Oklahoma[3] d Louisville[2] 4-2

(12)Texas[1] d Idaho[4] 4-0
 LSU[3] d SMU[2] 4-3

(13)Southern Cal[1] d Nevada[4] 4-0
San Diego[2] d UC-Irvine[3] 4-0

(4)Ohio State[1] d Youngstown State[4] 4-0
Columbia[2] d Notre Dame[3] 4-2

Bottom Half

(2)Florida[1] d New Orleans[4] 4-0
Miami[2] d South Florida[3] 4-3

(15)North Carolina[1] d Navy[4] 4-1
Arizona[2] d Princeton[3] 4-2

(10)South Carolina[1] d South Carolina State[4] 4-0
Pepperdine[2] d Washington[3] 4-0

(7)Virginia[1] d Fairleigh Dickinson[4] 4-0
VCU[2] d Penn[3] 4-3

(6)Tennessee[1] d Tennessee Tech[4] 4-0
Duke[2] d Memphis[3] 4-1

(11)Georgia[1] d Alabama State[4] 4-0
Florida State[2] d Georgia State[3] 4-1

(14)Harvard[1] d Monmouth[4] 4-0
Stanford[2] d Mississippi State[3] 4-0

(3)Baylor[1] d Abilene Christian[4] 4-0
Texas A&M[2] d Tulsa[3] 4-1

Two No. 2 seeds fell in women's first round action, with UC-Santa Barbara beating Kansas 4-3 and Texas Tech defeating Loyola Marymount 4-1.

Women's Division I First Round Regional Results
(italics denote Saturday first round match)
Top Half

(1)North Carolina[1] v South Carolina State[4]
South Carolina[2] v Iowa State[3]

(16)Florida[1] v South Alabama[4]
Florida State[2] v Florida International[3]

(9)Miami[1] d Stetson[4] 4-0
Central Florida[2] d Alabama[3] 4-0

(8)Pepperdine[1] d Denver[4] 4-0
Southern Cal[2] d San Diego State[3] 4-0

(5)Virginia[1] v Youngstown State[4]
Princeton[2] v Army[3]

(12)Oklahoma State[1] v New Mexico State[4]
UCLA[2] v Arkansas[3]

(13)Auburn[1] d Jackson State[4] 5-0
Georgia Tech[2] d Memphis[3] 4-1

(4)Texas[1] d Ball State[4] 4-0
Michigan[2] d Oregon[3] 4-0

Bottom Half

(2)Oklahoma[1] d Bryant[4] 4-0
Arizona State[2] d San Diego[3] 4-1

(15)Stanford[1] d Southeast Missouri State[4] 4-0
UC-Santa Barbara[3] d Kansas[2] 4-3 

(10)Ohio State[1] v Illinois State[4]
Vanderbilt[2] v Xavier[3]

(7)Texas A&M[1] d A&M-Corpus Christi[4] 4-0
Baylor[2] d Washington[3] 4-2

(6)North Carolina State[1] v William and Mary[4]
Tennessee[2] v VCU[3]

(11)Cal[1] d Northern Arizona[4] 4-0
Texas Tech[3] d Loyola Marymount[2] 4-1 

(14)Georgia[1] v Charleston Southern[4]
Wake Forest[2] v Northwestern[3]

(3)Duke[1] d Quinnipiac[4] 4-0
Old Dominion[2] d Furman[3] 4-0

For Saturday's times and links to live scoring, see collegetennistoday.com. The NCAA page for men's updated results is here and the women's updated results page is here. Live streaming is available exclusively through the TennisONE app.

After the University of Washington men's team lost to Pepperdine today, a release went out that Matt Anger was retiring after 28 years as head coach of the Huskies. Anger is not retiring from tennis however, as he plans to travel with Clement Chikdekh, Washington's top player, when Chidekh begins his professional career. The release doesn't give a timetable for that, but Anger will be with Chidekh, currently in his junior year, in Champaign this year as he competes for the NCAA singles title. With Michigan State's Gene Orlando retirement announced recently, there are now two Power Five coaching positions open.

In the quarterfinals of the $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit tournament in Daytona Beach, 17-year-old Reese Brantmeier defeated top seed Elvina Kalieva, her doubles partner, 6-2, 6-1, advancing to the semifinals of a professional tournament for the first time. Brantmeier, who had lost to Kalieva 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the US Open Junior Championships last year, will face former North Carolina All-American Alexa Graham, a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez of Mexico. In the bottom half semifinal, 17-year-old Katrina Scott, the No. 3 seed, will play No. 6 seed Francoise Abanda of Canada. Scott beat No. 7 seed Sina Herrmann of Germany 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2, while Abanda ended the run of qualifier Eleana Yu 6-0, 2-6, 7-6(5).

Katie Volynets advanced to the semifinals of the $100,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit tournament in Bonita Springs Florida, with the 2019 USTA National 18s champion, seeded No. 3, defeating No. 8 seed Alexandra Ignatik of Romania 6-1, 7-6(3). I believe this secures the USTA's Roland Garros wild card for Volynets, but it won't be official until the USTA releases the final standings on Monday. Volynets will face former Texas Tech star Gabriella (Tabala) Lee of Romania, a qualifier, who took out top seed Irina Bara of Romania 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Qualifier Kayla Day lost to another former US Open girls champion, No. 4 seed Xiyu Wang of China, 6-1, 7-5. Wang, who reached the final last week in Charleston, will play No. 7 seed Katarzyna Kawa of Poland Saturday.