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Sunday, May 7, 2023

D-I Super Regionals Feature Just Three Unseeded Teams; NCAA D-III Team Quarterfinals Set; Day Claims Title at Bonita Spring $100K; Cid Comes Back to Earn Title at Orange Park $15K

15 of the 32 teams hosting regionals this weekend in Division I will be hosting Super Regionals next weekend after the final eight men's regional finals concluded with no upsets, and few compelling matches.

The No. 13 Columbia men, who lost to Stanford, and the No. 14 Miami women, who lost to Auburn, would have been traveling to a top eight seed's campus even had they won their regional; the No. 6 Duke women, who lost to UCLA last night, are the first top eight seed in the three years of the Super Regional format to lose their right to host a Super Regional.

Below are the results of the eight men's regional finals today, with none of the seeds losing more than one point, although some of the matches were closer than those scores suggest. No. 16 seed North Carolina, a popular pick to be upset by 17th-ranked Utah, advanced with a 4-1 victory and will travel to Austin for a Super Regional match against No. 1 Texas.

The men's bracket is here; the women's bracket is here.

No. 1 Texas[1]d Pepperdine[2] 4-0

Chapel Hill
No. 16 North Carolina[1] d Utah[2] 4-0

No. 8 Tennessee[1] d Wake Forest[2] 4-0

No. 5 Virginia[[1] d Mississippi[2] 4-0

No. 12 Duke[1] d Cornell[3] 4-1

No. 3 Ohio State[1] d Louisville[3] 4-0

No. 6 Georgia[1] d Oklahoma[3] 4-1

Ann Arbor
No. 7 Michigan[1] d Cal[2] 4-0

Results from the previous regional action earlier can be found on my posts Friday and Saturday.

The quarterfinalists in Division III were determined today, with those matches scheduled for next Saturday for the men and Sunday for the women. There are no seeds named in Division III.
There will be a new men's champion, with 2022 winner Chicago losing today to Gustavus Adolphus.

D-III Men's quarterfinals:
Tufts v Emory
Washington U-St Louis v Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Middlebury v Bowdoin
Case Western v Gustavus Adolphus

D-III Women's quarterfinals:
Chicago v Carnegie Mellon
Middlebury v Johns Hopkins

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps v Amherst
Wesleyan v Emory

All matches will be at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona Florida.

In USTA Pro Circuit action today, Kayla Day won the biggest title of her career, with the 23-year-old left-hander continuing her domination of Ann Li in the final of the $100,000 tournament in Bonita Springs Florida. The seventh-seeded Day, who won the 2016 USTA girls 18s National title and the 2016 US Open girls title, defeated Li 6-2, 6-2 to improve her record to 6-1 in their ITF juniors and Pro Circuit matches. Day, who fell out of the WTA Top 500 in 2021, will now move up close to her career-high ranking of 122.

Unseeded former Tar Heels Jamie Loeb and Makenna Jones won the doubles title in Bonita Springs, defeating Ashlyn Krueger, who turned 19 today, and Robin Montgomery 5-7, 6-4, 10-2 in today's final. Like Day, Krueger and Montgomery won both the prestigious US junior titles in a one month span, capturing San Diego and the US Open doubles titles in 2021.

Roberto Cid, an All-American at South Florida, is another player working his way back up the rankings. The 29-year-old from the Dominican Republic had been as high as 211 in the ATP rankings in 2020, but has seen his ranking drop to 677, meaning he must now compete in $15 and $25Ks, not Challengers. Today at the $15,000 tournament in Orange Park, the unseeded Cid was blanked in the first set by No. 7 seed and former Princeton star Matija Pecotic of Croatia, but fought back to post a 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory, his first title since last June.