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Monday, May 1, 2023

North Carolina Women and Texas Men No. 1 Seeds in Tonight's NCAA Brackets Release; Nine ITF Junior Circuit Titles Last Week for Americans Outside US

The selections and brackets for the NCAA Division I Team Championships were released tonight, with action beginning this weekend at 16 men's and 16 women's regionals. There were few surprises, if you've been following College Tennis Ranks; Chris Halioris's site successfully predicted the Top 16 seeds, in order, and the last teams in, for both men and women.  The North Carolina women and Texas men are the top seeds, as expected. A couple of the notable switches from the ITA rankings  the committee made:

The North Carolina State women were elevated over Georgia to No. 3, assuring that North Carolina won't meet the only team to beat them this year any earlier than the finals. The Tennessee men were moved ahead of South Carolina to the eighth spot, which means the Volunteers can host the Gamecocks in the Super Regional, instead of the other way around. 

The women's bracket, which has dates, but no times, is here; the men's bracket, which has neither, is here. Below are the seeds, with all of them hosting the first two rounds this weekend.

1 Texas
2. TCU
3. Ohio State
4. Kentucky
5. Virginia
6. Georgia
7. Michigan
8. Tennessee
9. South Carolina
10. USC
11. Harvard
12. Duke
13. Columbia
14. Arizona
15. Mississippi State
16. North Carolina

1. North Carolina
2. Texas A&M
3. NC State
4. Georgia
5. Michigan
6. Duke
7. Stanford
8. Texas
9. Pepperdine
10. Ohio State
11. Iowa State
12. Virginia
13. Oklahoma
14. Miami
15. Tennessee
16. Florida

The Tennis Recruiting Network will again be publishing a roundtable before action begins this weekend, and I'll have more thoughts on this year's team championships then.

In addition to the four ITF Junior Circuit titles that Americans won at the J100 in Delray Beach, which I covered Saturday, nine more championships were collected: three in singles and six in doubles.

At the J100 in Costa Rica, unseeded Jordan Reznik won his first title on the ITF Junior Circuit, beating No. 3 seed Samuel Heredia of Colombia 7-6(5), 6-3 in the championship match. 

Top seeds Carson Baker and Jagger Leach won the boys doubles title, beating No. 4 seeds Heredia and Gabriel Porras of Guatemala 3-6, 6-4, 10-3 in the final. 

Unseeded Allie Bittner and Nina Costalas defeated No. 3 seeds Claire An and Kenzie Nguyen 4-6, 7-6(9), 10-4 in an all-US final.

Lucy Oyebog Atang won her second consecutive singles title, again at a J30 in Cameroon. The top seed defeated No. 4 seed Onalee Wagner of Germany 6-2, 6-3 in the final. 

At the J30 in Mexico, Easter Bowl 16s doubles champions Xavier Calvelo and Andre Alcantara met in the singles final and also captured the doubles title. No. 2 seed Calvelo, a 16-year-old from Las Vegas, defeated No. 10 seed Alcantara, a 15-year-old from Las Vegas, 7-6(6), 6-4 in the singles final. In the doubles finals, the No. 2 seeds defeated top seeds Alejandro FLores Monteverde and Diego Schtulmann of Mexico 6-2, 6-3. It was the first ITF Junior Circuit titles for both Calvelo and Alcantara. 

The J30 in Jamaica produced three American titles, with 17-year-old Mia Garber taking the girls singles. The No. 2 seed defeated 13-year-old Adriella Samabaly of the US 6-7(5), 6-4, retired in the final for her first singles title on the ITF Junior Circuit. 

It was the first ITF Junior Circuit for all the American doubles champions in Jamaica. 

Gianna Graci and Costa Rica's Maripaz Aguero defeated Samabaly and twin sister Safina Samabaly 6-3, 6-1 for the girls title, with both teams unseeded.

Seventeen-year-old Charlie Robin and 15-year-old Sebastian Mazur defeated No. 4 seeds Andre Andea and Arnav Bhandari in an all-US boys doubles final 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-7.

This week's ITF Junior tournament in the United States is another J100, in Coral Gables Florida. The top seed in the boys draw, Andrew Delgado, lost his first round match today 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3) to wild card Ian Miller and No. 2 seed Lya Fernandez of Mexico lost to 13-year-old wild card Welles Newman 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.