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Friday, May 5, 2023

Part II of NCAA D-I Roundtable at Tennis Recruiting Network; All No. 1 Seeds Move on to Second Round; Georgia's Jeff Wallace Announces Retirement; Another SEC Vacancy Opens at Miss State; Quevedo, Kim Fall in Quarterfinals

The second installment of Tennis Recruiting Network's Roundtable for the Division I NCAA Team Championships is up today, with the five panelists making their dark horse picks and championship predictions. My track record is certainly nothing to brag about, but I have been right once or twice over the past dozen years that I've been participating, so I'm always hopeful.

Below are the results of today's 48 regional matches. The winners of the 16 women's first round matches in each region will play Saturday; those results will determine who will play in the Super Regionals next weekend.

All of the No. 1 seeds in the 16s women's regions advanced by 4-0 scores, as did the eight men's No. 1 seeds in action today. I've highlighted in bold, the upsets, which are all No. 3 seeds beating No. 2 seeds.

Friday's D-I first round results:

Chapel Hill
No. 1 North Carolina[1] d Charleston So[4] 4-0
Old Dominion[3] d South Carolina[2] 4-2

Georgia Tech[2] d Central Florida[3] 4-1
No. 16 Florida[1] d North Florida[4] 4-0 

No. 9 Pepperdine[1] d Grand Canyon[4] 4-0
Southern California[2] d UNLV[3] 4-0

San Diego[3] d Cal[2] 4-1
No. 8 Texas[1] d Texas A&M-CC[4] 4-0

Ann Arbor
No. 5 Michigan[1] d Youngstown St[4] 4-0
Notre Dame[2] d Ball State[3] 4-0

Princeton[2] d Fordham[3] 4-0
No. 12 Virginia[1] d LIU[4] 4-0 

No. 13 Oklahoma[1] d Hawaii[4] 4-0
Washington[2] d Arkansas[3] 4-2

Florida State[2] d Illinois[3] 4-2
No. 4 Georgia[1] d Florida A&M[4] 4-0

No. 3 NC State[1] d South Carolina St[4] 4-0
Kansas[2] d Charlotte[3] 4-2

Coral Gables
Auburn[2] d FIU[3] 4-3
No. 14 Miami[1] d Boston U[4] 4-0

No. 11 Iowa St[1] d Drake[4] 4-0
Wisconsin[2] d LSU[3] 4-1 

UCLA[2] d Texas Tech[3] 4-1
No. 6 Duke[1] d William & Mary[4] 4-0

No. 7 Stanford[1] d Weber St.[4] 4-0
Oklahoma State[2] d Denver[3] 4-1 

Vanderbilt[2] d ETSU[3] 4-0
No. 10 Ohio St[1] d Xavier[4] 4-0

No. 15 Tennessee[1] d Southeast Mo St[4] 4-0
Wake Forest[3] d Arizona State[2] 4-3

College Station
Baylor[3] d SMU[2] 4-3
No. 2 Texas A&M[1] d Quinnipiac[4] 4-0 

Half of the men's first round match were played today, so eight of the Super Regional participants will be known after Saturday, but the other eight second round matches are scheduled for Sunday. Today's results are below, followed by the first round matches Saturday.

Friday's results:

No. 9 South Carolina[1] d South Carolina St[4] 4-0
Florida State[2] d Baylor[3] 4-0

New York
No. 13 Columbia[1] d St. Francis Brooklyn[4] 4-0
Stanford[2] d St. Johns[3] 4-0

Northwestern[2] d UCLA[3] 4-2
No. 4 Kentucky[1] d Presbyterian[4] 4-0

Oklahoma St[3] d Florida[2] 4-2
No. 14 Arizona[1] d Boise St[4] 4-0 

No. 11 Harvard[1] d Siena[4] 4-0
Arizona St[3] d Illinois[2] 4-3

Los Angeles
San Diego[2] d UC Santa Barbara[3] 4-1
No. 10 Southern California[1] d Idaho[4] 4-0

No. 15 Mississippi St[1] d Alabama St[4] 4-0
Middle Tennessee[2] d Tulane[3] 4-0 

Fort Worth
Texas A&M[2] d SMU[3] 4-1
No. 2 TCU[1] d UT Arlington[4] 4-0

Saturday's first round men's D-I matches:

No. 1 Texas[1] v Texas A&M-CC[4]
UTSA[3] v Pepperdine[2]

Chapel Hill
Utah[2] v Old Dominion[3]
Drake[4] v No. 16 North Carolina[16]

Wake Forest[2] v Memphis[3]
Belmont[4] v No. 8 Tennessee[1]

No. 5 Virginia[1] v Navy[4]
VCU[[3] v Ole Miss[2]

Auburn[2] v Cornell[3]
UNCW[4] v No. 12 Duke[1]

No. 3 Ohio State[1] v ETSU[4]
Louisville[3] v Texas Tech[2]

NC State[2] v Oklahoma[3]
FGCU[4]v No. 6 Georgia[1]

Ann Arbor
No. 7 Michigan[1] v Toledo[4]
LSU[3] v Cal[2]

Cracked Racquets is providing coverage on two different streams on their YouTube channel. Links to scoring and live streaming can be found at College Tennis Ranks, under the Week Ahead tab.

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

The University of Georgia's longtime women's head coach, Jeff Wallace, announced today that he would be retiring at the conclusion of the season. Wallace, who played at Georgia and then coached his entire career there, is one of only two women's coaches to have earned 800 victories. For more on the long list of Wallace's accomplishments, see this article from georgiadogs.com.

Mississippi State announced today that women's head coach Daryl Greenan, who spent 14 years in that position, has resigned.  

With these two announcements today, there are now four SEC women's programs seeking new coaches: Georgia, Mississippi State Kentucky and Missouri. Alabama and Arkansas recently filled their openings. 

The last of the teenagers exited the USTA Pro Circuit tournaments today in Florida, at least in singles. Seventeen-year-old Kaitlin Quevedo lost to No. 3 seed Caroline Dolehide 6-0, 6-0, ending the qualifier's impressive run at the $100,000 event in Bonita Springs. Dolehide will play No. 7 seed Kayla Day tomorrow; Ann Li takes on former Vanderbilt star Astra Sharma of Australia in the other semifinal. Eighteen-year-olds Ashlyn Krueger and Robin Montgomery have advanced to their second straight $100K doubles final after beating No. 2 seeds and 2013 NCAA champions Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria(USC) 7-6(4), 2-6, 10-7. They will play the winners of tomorrow's semifinal between Jamie Loeb(UNC) and Makenna Jones(UNC) and last week's champions, top seeds Sophie Chang and Angela Kulikov(USC).

Eighteen-year-old Aidan Kim lost to 2021 NCAA singles finalist Daniel Rodrigues(South Carolina) of Portugal in today's quarterfinals at the $15,000 tournament in Orange Park. Rodrigues defeated Kim 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Roberto Cid(South Florida) of the Dominican Republic, who beat No. 2 seed Govind Nanda(UCLA) 6-2, 6-3. No. 7 seed Matija Pecotic (Princeton) of Croatia will face No. 3 seed Matias Descotte of Argentina in the other semifinal.