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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Exciting Matches and Weather Issues Dominate Second Day of NCAA D-I Super Regionals; D-III Men's Semifinals Set; Top Four Seeds Advance to Both Men's and Women's D-II Semis; Lee and Johnston Win Titles at ITF J60 in Plantation

The weather was definitely a major part of the story today as the Division I Super Regionals wrapped up with three women's and seven men's matches on campuses across the country, with the final match, the Texas men's 4-0 win over North Carolina, finishing near midnight Eastern time due to rain in the Austin area.

Below are all ten box scores; after each one, I'll provide some of the details I gleaned from following live scoring and watching the Cracked Racquets YouTube channel most of the day.

Women's Division I Super Regionals Saturday May 13

North Carolina State[3] 4 Auburn 0

1. Diana Shnaider/Alana Smith(NCST) d. Ariana Arseneault/Carolyn Ansari(AUB) 6-1
2. Nell Miller/Amelia Rajecki(NCST) d. DJ Bennett/Kaitlyn Carnicella(AUB) 6-3
3. Angella Okutoy/Adeline Flach(AUB) v Abigail Rencheli/Sophie Abrams(NCST) 5-3 unf

Order of finish: 1,2

1. Diana Shnaider(NCST) d. Ariana Arseneault(AUB) 7-6(2), 6-3 
2. Alana Smith(NCST) d.  Carolyn Ansari(AUB) 7-5, 6-0
3. DJ Bennett(AUB) v Amelia Rajecki(NCST) 3-6, 6-4, 1-1 unf
4. Angella Okutoyi(AUB) v Abigail Rencheli(NCST) 6-4, 4-5 unf
5. Sophie Abrams(NCST) d. Kaitlyn Carnicella(AUB) 6-1, 6-1
6. Gina Dittman(NCST) v Adeline Flach(AUB) 7-6(4), 4-1 unf

Order of finish: 5,2,1

NOTES: The Wolfpack were pushed in the first sets of singles by Auburn, one of the two unseeded teams in the women's Sweet Sixteen. But the Wolfpack won three very close first sets, then closed it out with little difficulty. They will play No. 11 seed Iowa State, who beat UCLA 4-1 Friday, in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Michigan[5] 4 Virginia[12] 2

1. Julia Adams/Melodie Collard(UVA) d. Jaedan Brown/Andrea Cerdan(MICH) 6-1
2. Natasha Subhash/Annabelle Xu(UVA) d. Lily Jones/Julia Fliegner(MICH) 6-4
3. Merri Kelly/Kari Miller(MICH) v Sara Ziodato/Hibah Shaikh(UVA) 4-4 unf

Order of finish: 1,2

1. Kari Miller(MICH) d. Julia Adams(UVA) 6-4, 6-4
2. Jaedan Brown(MICH) d. Natasha Subhash(UVA) 6-4, 6-3
3. Julia Fliegner(MICH) v Annabelle Xu(UVA) 4-6, 4-3 unf
4. Hibah Shaikh(UVA) d. Andrea Cerdan(MICH) 6-2, 6-0
5. Lily Jones(MICH) d. Sara Ziodato(UVA) 6-1, 6-4
6. Gala Mesochoritou(MICH) d. Melodie Collard(UVA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 4,1,5,2,6

NOTES: Michigan lost the doubles point quickly and were down breaks early in five of the opening sets, but the top of the lineup rebounded to take first sets and they got the third set win they needed at line 6 to make the NCAA quarterfinals for just the second time in program history. The first was in 2016. No. 4 seed Georgia is the Wolverines' quarterfinal opponent Wednesday.

Texas[8] 4 Pepperdine[9] 3 

1. Janice Tjen/Savannah Broadus(PEPP) d. Charlotte Chavatipon/Sabina Zeynalova(TEX) 6-3
2. Taisiya Pachkaleva/Nicole Rivkin(TEX) d. Lisa Zaar/Bunyawi Thamchaiwat(PEPP) 7-5
3. Nicole Rivkin/Malaika Rapolu(TEX) d. Nikki Redelijk/Anna Campana(PEPP) 6-2

Order of finish: 3,1,2

1. Nicole Khirin(TEX) d. Lisa Zaar(PEPP) 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(5)
2. Savannah Broadus(PEPP) d. Charlotte Chavatipon(TEX) 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-3
3. Janice Tjen(PEPP) d. Sabina Zeynalova(TEX) 7-5, 6-4
4. Taisiya Pachkaleva(TEX) d. Bunyawi Thamchaiwat(PEPP) 6-1, 6-2
5. Nikki Redelijk(PEPP) d. Nicole Rivkin(TEX) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
6. Malaika Rapolu(TEX) d. Anna Campana(PEPP) 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4

Order of finish: 4,3,1,2,5,6

NOTES: The most exciting women's match of the day was  pushed back two hours and then moved indoors due to weather in Austin, which meant no live streaming was available. Texas saved three match points at No. 2 doubles, which decided the point and went on to take four first sets in singles. But Pepperdine fought back, with four matches going three sets. Texas took a 3-1 lead, but Savannah Broadus at line 2 and Nikki Redelijk at line 5 pulled the Waves even. Malaika Rapolu led Anna Campana 4-2 in the third set when Redelijk made it 3-3, but Campana broke back, only to lose serve again. Rapolu had a match point on a deciding point serving at 5-3, but she lost it. Campana then went down 0-30 and then 30-40 with Rapolu converting this time.  Texas, the two-time defending champions, will play top seed North Carolina in the quarterfinals.

Men's Division I Super Regionals Saturday May 13

Ohio State[3] 4  Arizona[13] 2

1. Robert Cash/Justin Boulais(OSU) d. Jonas Ziverts/Jay Friend(AZ) 6-3
2. James Trotter/Andrew Lutschaunig(OSU) v Colton Smith/Herman Hoeyeraal(AZ) 6-5 unf.
3. Cannon Kingsley/JJ Tracy(OSU) d. Gustav Strom/Eric Padgham(AZ) 6-3

Order of finish: 1,3

1. Colton Smith(AZ) d. Justin Boulais(OSU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Cannon Kingsley(OSU) d. Jonas Ziverts(AZ) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 
3. JJ Tracy(OSU) d. Gustaf Strom(AZ) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
4. James Trotter(OSU) v Herman Hoeyeraal(AZ) 6-3, 6-7(6) 6-6(3-1) unf
5. Jay Friend(AZ) d. Alexander Bernard(OSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Jack Anthrop(OSU) d. Dominique Rolland(AZ) 6-3, 6-3

Order of finish: 6,5,1,2,3

NOTES: Arizona lost the doubles point and four first sets in singles, but forced third sets in three of those to give the Buckeyes all they wanted. Tied at 2-2 and deep in the third sets at lines 2, 3 and 4, Ohio State's Cannon Kingsley and JJ Tracy earned breaks and served out their matches within seconds of each other to secure the 4-2 win. Ohio State has rolled over most teams at home throughout the year, so Arizona certainly earned the Pac-12 some respect with their performance today. Ohio State meets No. 6 Georgia in the quarterfinals Thursday.

TCU[2] 4 Mississippi State[15] 1

1. Jake Fearnley/Luc Fomba(TCU) v Carles Hernandez/Michael Novansky(MST) 5-4 unf.
2. Sebastian Gorzny/Pedro Vives(TCU) v Petar Jovanovic/Ewen Lumsden(MST) 6-3
3. Sander Jong/Lui Maxted(TCU) d. Benito Sanchez Martinez/Gregor Ramskogler(MST) 6-4

Order of finish: 2,3

1. Jake Fearnley(TCU) d. Nemanja Malesevic(MST) 6-3, 6-3
2. Jack Pinnington(TCU) v Petar Jovanovic(MST) 6-3, 4-6, 2-3 unf
3. Carles Hernandez(MST) d. Sander Jong(TCU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Sebastian Gorzny(TCU) d. Ewen Lumsden(MST)  4-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Benito Sanchez Martinez(MST) v Pedro Vives(TCU) 6-4, 3-6, 2-2 unf
6. Lui Maxted(TCU) d. Gregor Ramskogler(MST) 6-2, 7-5

Order of finish: 1,6,3,4

NOTES: TCU was a heavy favorite in this match, but Mississippi State didn't get the memo. After TCU won the doubles point, the Bulldogs responded by taking three first sets in singles. They were only able to close out one of those matches, with freshman Sebastian Gorzny clinching for the National Indoor champions at line 4. Luc Fomba, submitted at line 2 for TCU, played doubles, but was not in the singles lineup. TCU will play No. 7 seed Michigan in the quarterfinals.

Kentucky[4] 4 Stanford 3

1. Joshua Lapadat/JJ Mercer(UK) v Samir Banerjee/Arthur Fery(STAN) 5-3 unf
2. Aryan Chaudhary/Filip Kolasinski(STAN) d. Taha Baadi/Christophe Clement(UK) 6-2
3. Nishesh Basavareddy/Neel Rajesh(STAN) d. Liam Draxl/Jaden Weekes(UK) 6-2

Order of finish: 2,3

1. Arthur Fery(STAN) d. Liam Draxl(UK) 6-4 7-6(6)
2. Alafia Ayeni(UK) d. Samir Banerjee(STAN) 6-1, 6-1
3. Joshua Lapadat(UK) d. Nishesh Basvareddy(STAN) 6-4, 6-2
4. Taha Baadi(UK) d. Neel Rajesh(STAN) 6-3, 6-4
5. Filip Kolasinski(STAN) d. Jaden Weekes(UK) 6-4, 7-6(5)
6. Charlelie Cosnet(UK) d. Aryan Chaudhary(STAN) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Order of finish: 2,4,3,1,5,6

NOTES: Kentucky has had its share of 4-3 thrillers this year, including last week's second round win over Northwestern, and the Wildcats did it again today against the only unseeded team in the men's round of 16. Stanford won the doubles point, which gave them a cushion going into singles, but with Max Basing scratched from doubles and singles, Kentucky had the advantage at the bottom half of the lineup. Stanford took three first sets, which could have sufficed, but the Wildcats had come back from losing six first sets in singles last week against Northwestern, so that was certainly not a daunting task for them. The match came down to No. 6 singles, with freshman Charlelie Cosnet getting the 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 decision over Aryan Chaudhary. Kentucky will play No. 5 seed Virginia in a rematch of last year's final in this year's quarterfinals.

Georgia[6] 4 Harvard[11] 2

1. Trent Bryde/Ethan Quinn(UGA) d. Daniel Milavsky/Harris Walker(HAR) 7-6(4)
2. Teodor Giusca/Philip Henning(UGA) d. Ronan Jachuck/Steven Sun(HAR) 6-3
3. Henry von der Schulenburg/Alan Yim(HAR) d. Blake Croyder/Britton Johnston(UGA) 6-1

Order of finish: 3,2,1

1. Ethan Quinn(UGA) d. Harris Walker(HAR) 7-6(5), 6-1
2. Henry von der Schulenburg(HAR) d. Philip Henning(UGA) 6-2, 6-1
3. Daniel Milavsky(HAR) d. Trent Bryde(UGA) 6-2, 6-4
4. Blake Croyder(UGA) v Ronan Jachuck(HAR) 6-7(3), 6-1, 5-3, unf.
5. Miguel Perez Pena(UGA) d. Steven Sun(HAR) 7-6(6), 6-4
6. Teodor Giusca(UGA) d. Valdemar Pape(HAR) 6-4, 6-0

Order of finish: 2,6,3,1,5

NOTES: A crowd of over 3000 helped Georgia fight off an determined effort from Harvard, who forced the Bulldogs to earn their points from the bottom half of their lineup. Only one match went to three sets, but the Georgia fans couldn't relax until Miguel Perez Pena posted his win at line 5. Georgia was upset by Florida State in the second round last year in Athens, so the three wins there this year have helped ease that pain.

South Carolina[9] 4 Tennessee[8] 2

1. Connor Thomson/Toby Samuel(SC) d. Johannus Monday/Pat Harper(TENN) 7-6(5)
2. Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui(TENN) d. Jake Beasley/James Story(SC) 6-4
3. Casey Hoole/Raphael Lambling(SC) d. Angel Diaz/Martim Prata(TENN) 6-3

Order of finish: 3,2,1

1. Johannus Monday(TENN) v Toby Samuel(SC) 7-6(1), 5-7, 5-4 unf
2. Connor Thomson(SC) d. Emile Hudd(TENN) 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4)
3. James Story(SC) d. Blaise Bicknell(TENN) 6-3, 6-1
4. Raphael Lambling(SC) d. Shunsuke Mitsui(TENN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Angel Diaz(TENN) d. Casey Hoole(SC) 6-2, 6-3
6. Tomas Rodriguez(TENN) d. Lucas da Silva(SC) 6-3, 7-6(6)

Order of finish: 3,5,6,4,2

NOTES: Playing at home after having beaten South Carolina on the road in SEC competition this year made the Volunteers the favorites, but South Carolina won a tiebreaker at line 1 between two of the country's top doubles teams to get that crucial point. Three matches went to third sets, and although South Carolina held a 3-2 lead after Raphael Lambling's 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Shunsuke Mitsui, Tennessee had breaks in the third sets at lines 1 and 2. But Connor Thomson forced a tiebreaker and beat Emile Hudd 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4) sending the Gamecocks to their first NCAA quarterfinal appearance since 1989. 

Virginia[5] 4 Duke[12] 0

1. Inaki Montes/Will Woodall(UVA) d. Garrett Johns/Pedro Rodenas(DUKE) 6-3
2. Chris Rodesch/Jeffrey von der Schulenburg(UVA) v Andrew Zhang/Michael Heller(DUKE) 5-4 unf
3. Ryan Goetz/Alexander Kiefer(UVA) d. Faris Khan/Niroop Vallabhaneni(DUKE) 6-4

Order of finish: 3,1

1. Chris Rodesch(UVA) d. Garrett Johns(DUKE) 7-6(2), 6-4
2. Pedro Rodenas(DUKE) v Inaki Montes(UVA) 6-3, 5-7, 2-2 unf
3. Jeffrey von der Schulenburg(UVA) d. Andrew Zhang 7-6(5), 7-5
4. Ryan Goetz(DUKE) v Connor Krug(UVA) 6-3, 5-7 unf
5. Alexander Kiefer(UVA) v Andrew Dale(DUKE) 6-2, 5-2 unf
6. Mans Dahlberg(UVA) d. Faris Khan(DUKE) 7-6(4), 6-0

Order of finish: 1,3,6

NOTES: A bizarre day of tennis in Charlottesville, beginning with lightning delaying the 1 p.m. start, then a move indoors for doubles and three singles matches, then a move back outdoors due to moisture affecting the indoor courts. It was 6 p.m. before lines 4, 5, and 6 took the court in singles, but the defending champions were unfazed by all the disruptions, winning their 19th straight match and beating Duke for the third time this year.

Texas[1] 4  North Carolina[16] 0

1. Eliot Spizzirri/Cleeve Harper(TEX) d. Casey Kania/Ryan Seggerman(UNC) 6-3
2. Siem Woldeab/Pierre-Yves Bailly(TEX) d. Brian Cernoch/Benjamin Kittay(UNC) 6-0
3. Will Jansen/Karl Poling(UNC) v Chih Chi Huang/Evin McDonald(TEX) 5-4 unf.

Order of finish: 2,1

1. Eliot Spizzirri(TEX) v Brian Cernoch(UNC) 6-4, 6-6 (3-5) unf
2. Pierre-Yves Bailly(TEX) v Ryan Seggerman(UNC) 7-6, 5-2 unf
3. Micah Braswell(TEX) d. Will Jansen(UNC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Siem Woldeab(TEX) d. Karl Poling(UNC) 6-4, 7-6(1)
5. Cleeve Harper(TEX) d. Benjamin Kittay(UNC) 6-4, 6-4
6. Nevin Arimilli(TEX) v Logan Zapp(UNC) 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 unf

Order of finish: 3,4,5

NOTES: Despite a five and a half hour delay, the top seeds took care of business quickly against North Carolina, needing just over two hours to subdue the Tar Heels. Played outdoors, under the lights, the Longhorns looked solid from top to bottom and got some practice playing late at night, which will be the standard in Lake Nona, with men's matches scheduled for no early than 8 p.m. beginning Thursday. Texas faces South Carolina in the quarterfinals.

The men's Division III quarterfinals and the men's and women's Division II quarterfinals were played today at the National Campus in Lake Nona, with the results below.

Men's D-III quarterfinals:
Tufts 5 Emory 2
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5 Washington U-St Louis 4

Middlebury 5 Bowdoin 4
Case Western 5 Gustavus Adolphus 1

Men's D-II quarterfinals:
Valdosta State[1] 4 Cameron[9] 1
Barry[4] 4 Wayne State[5] 1

U-Indy[3] 4 Flagler[6] 0
Columbus State[2] 4 Hawaii Pacific[7] 1

Women's D-II quarterfinals:
Barry[1] 4 Cameron[9] 0
Flagler[4] 4 Washburn[12] 2

Hawaii Pacific[3] 4 Wayne State[6] 0
Nova Southeastern[2] 4 Columbus State 0

Impressive that seeds 1-4 for both men and women have advanced to the semifinals, which is also still possible in Division I.

The women's D-III quarterfinals and the men's D-II semifinals are tomorrow, with links to live scoring and to the Cracked Racquets coverage here.

The last of the spring ITF Junior Circuit clay tournaments concluded today at the J60 in Plantation, with 14-year-old wild card Nancy Lee winning the girls singles and Noah Johnston sweeping the boys titles. 

Lee, the current Easter Bowl 14s champion, defeated No. 7 seed Nicole Okhtenberg, last year's Easter Bowl 14s champion, 6-3, 6-0 in today's final. It's the first ITF Junior Circuit title for Lee.

Lee and partner Anita Tu, Lee's opponent in the Easter Bowl final, lost 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 in the doubles final to No. 6 seeds Audrey Aulia and Gabrielle Villegas of Australia.

The 15-year-old Johnston, also an Easter Bowl 14s champion last year, defeated unseeded 18-year-old Matei Gavrea 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 for his second ITF Junior Circuit singles title, both coming this year. 

In the doubles final, top seeds Johnston and Asror Ismoilov of Uzbekistan defeated No. 2 seeds Nathan Blokhin and Benjamin Willwerth 3-6, 6-3, 10-7. Johnston has won three ITF Junior Circuit doubles title, two of them this year.