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Saturday, May 4, 2024

NCAA D-I Men's Super Regionals Set After Weather Extends Play Late into Night, Two Unseeded Teams Advance; Seven Women's Seeds Move on to Super Regionals; Joint and Crossley Reach USTA Pro Circuit Finals

Saturday was a long and often exciting day for the men in the second round of the NCAA Division I Team Championships, with two Top 8 seeds taken to the brink, but ultimately just two seeded teams failing to make next weekend's Super Regionals.
One of the reasons for the long day was all the rain and lightning delays throughout the country, from West Coast to East Coast. Moving from outdoors to indoors is time consuming, and the last men's match did not finish until nearly 10:00 p.m. local time.

No. 5 seed Kentucky dropped the doubles point to Illinois and lost three first sets in singles, but freshman Jack Loutit flipped his match to force a third set against Oliver Okonkwo and with the five other matches decided in straight sets, all the attention was on court 5. Loutit trailed 4-2 in the final set, but won the last four games for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory and a 4-3 Kentucky win.

In Winston-Salem, No. 6 seed Wake Forest won the doubles point, but dropped four first sets in singles, so they had their work cut out for them against Arizona State, and with three matches going to third sets, neither team had an advantage.  Arizona State briefly took a 3-2 lead with Bor Artnak beating DK Suresh at line 2, but Filippo Moroni quickly answered by taking out Murphy Cassone 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to make it 3-all. That left it down to line 6, with Wake's Holden Koons up 3-1 in the third against Martin Vergara. Vergara got the break back and it was 4-4 and 5-5 before Koons held and broke to claim a 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 victory.

The two unseeded teams to advance were Stanford and South Carolina, with Stanford taking out No. 11 seed Oklahoma 4-2 in a nail-biter, ultimately clinched in a third set tiebreaker by Samir Banerjee at line 2. South Carolina, who was bumped from a hosting spot by the NCAA tennis committee formula, went to No. 14 seed North Carolina State and came away with a 4-3 victory, which ended at 9:59 p.m. in the NC State indoor facility, with Lucas da Silva beating Jakub Katuch 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 at line 6 to give the Gamecocks the win. All the men's weekend results are below, with today's regional final results in bold.

Men's Regional Results NCAA Division I Team Championships

(1)Ohio State[1] d. Cleveland State[4] 4-0
Oklahoma State[2] d. Vanderbilt[3] 4-1

FINAL: (1)Ohio State[1] d. Oklahoma State[2] 4-1

Middle Tennessee[3] d. Georgia Tech[2] 4-1
(16)Mississippi State[1] d. Alabama State[4] 4-0

FINAL: (16)Mississippi State[1] d. Middle Tennessee[3] 4-0

(9)Arizona[1] d. Boise State[4] 4-0
Auburn[2] d. Pepperdine[3] 4-3

FINAL: (9)Arizona[1] d. Auburn[2] 4-0

Michigan[2] d. Binghamton[3] 4-0
(8)Columbia[1] d. Quinnipiac[4] 4-0

FINAL: (8)Columbia[1] d. Michigan[2] 4-2

Michigan State[2] d. Denver[3] 4-0
(12)Harvard[1] d. Boston University[4] 4-0

FINAL: (12)Harvard[1] d. Michigan State[2] 4-0

(5)Kentucky[1] d. DePaul[4] 4-0
Illinois[2] d. Toledo[3] 4-1

FINAL: (5)Kentucky[1] d. Illinois[2] 4-3

(13)Duke[1] d. UNC-Asheville[4] 4-0
Alabama[2] d. Charlotte[3] 4-1

FINAL: (13)Duke[1] d. Alabama[2] 4-1

Cornell[3] d. Arkansas[2] 4-0
(4)TCU[1] d. UC-Irvine[4] 4-0

FINAL: (4)TCU[2] d. Cornell[3] 4-0

(3)Virginia[1] d. NJIT[4] 4-0
VCU[3] d. Princeton[2] 4-2

FINAL: (3)Virginia[1] d. VCU[3] 4-0

South Carolina[2] d. Old Dominion[3] 4-1
(14)NC State[1] d. UNC-Wilmington[4] 4-0

FINAL: South Carolina[2] d. (14)NC State[1] 4-3

(11)Oklahoma[1] d. UT-Arlington[4] 4-0
Stanford[2] d. SMU[3] 4-0

FINAL: Stanford[2] d. (11)Oklahoma[1] 4-2

Arizona State[2] d. Georgia[3] 4-3
(6)Wake Forest[1] d. South Carolina State[4] 4-0

FINAL: (6)Wake Forest[1] d. Arizona State[2] 4-3

(7)Tennessee[1] d. East Tennessee State[4] 4-0
Memphis[3] d. North Carolina[2] 4-3

FINAL: (7)Tennessee[1] d. Memphis[3] 4-0

Central Florida[3] d. Florida[2] 4-3
(10)Florida State[1] d. North Florida[4] 4-1

FINAL: (10)Florida State[1] d. Central Florida[3] 4-1

(15)Texas A&M[1] d. Rice[4] 4-0
San Diego[2] d. Baylor[3] 4-1

FINAL: (15)Texas A&M[1] d. San Diego[2] 4-2

UCLA[2] d. LSU[3] 4-3
(2)Texas[1] d. Sacramento State[4] 4-0

FINAL: (2)Texas[1] d. UCLA[2] 4-0

The women had seven regional finals today, with five of them completed, but rain in the Bay Area delayed the Stanford-LSU and Cal-Auburn matches until 8 p.m. Eastern and they have had several rain delays since. Currently Cal[10] and Stanford[2] lead 1-0.

The other five national seeds all advanced, with the nine other seeds in action Sunday. Cracked Racquets will have their coverage available on their YouTube channel. Below are the results from the second round, then today's first round.

Texas Tech[2] d. Denver[3] 4-1
(8)UCLA[1] d. San Diego State[4] 4-0

FINAL: (8)UCLA[1] d. Texas Tech[2] 4-0

(4)North Carolina[1] d. Navy[4] 4-0
Wisconsin[2] d. William & Mary[3] 4-0

FINAL: (4)North Carolina[1] d. Wisconsin[2] 4-0

(11)Southern Cal[1] d. Cal Poly[4] 4-0
San Diego[2] d. Grand Canyon[3] 4-0

FINAL: (11)Southern Cal[1] d. San Diego[2] 4-0

Arizona State[2] d. Northwestern[3] 4-3
(6)Pepperdine[1] d. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville[4] 4-0

FINAL: (6)Pepperdine[1] d. Arizona State[2] 4-1

(7)Georgia[1] d. Alabama State[4] 4-0
Florida State[2] d. UNC-Asheville[3] 4-0

FINAL: (7)Georgia[1] d. Florida State[2] 4-1

Auburn[2] d. Brigham Young[3] 4-0
(10)Cal[1] d. Sacramento State[4] 4-0

FINAL: (10)Cal[1] d. Auburn[2] 4-0

LSU[2] d. Baylor[3] 4-3
(2)Stanford[1] d. Massachusetts[4] 4-0

FINAL: (2)Stanford[1] d. LSU[2] 4-0

Women's First Round Results Saturday May 4, 2024:

(3)Michigan[1] d. Chicago State[4] 4-0
Notre Dame[2] d. Xavier[3] 4-3

Duke[2] d. East Tennessee State[3] 4-0
(16)Tennessee[1] d. Murray State[4] 4-0

Vanderbilt[2] d. Wake Forest[3] 4-1
(12)Ohio State[1] d. Toledo[4] 4-0

(13)Texas A&M[1] d Texas A&M-Corpus Christi[4] 4-0
Oklahoma[2] d. Arizona[3] 4-0

(5)Virginia[1] d. Long Island[4] 4-0
Princeton[3] d. Washington[2] 4-3

(15)NC State[1] d. South Carolina State[4] 4-0
Old Dominion[3] d. South Carolina[2] 4-3

(1)Oklahoma State[1] d. Fairfield[4] 4-0
SMU[3] d. Alabama[2] 4-3

(9)Texas[1] d. Harvard[4] 4-0
Georgia Tech[2] d. Illinois[3] 4-1

(14)Florida[1] d. Stetson[4] 4-0
Miami[2] d. Florida International[3] 4-1

In USTA Pro Circuit action today, 18-year-old Maya Joint has reached her biggest final of the ITF women's World Tennis Tour, beating Kathinka von Deichmann of Lichtenstein 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(2) in two hours and 52 minutes at the W100 in Bonita Springs Florida. The former Michigan resident, who switched to representing Australia last year, will face No. 2 seed Lulu Sun in Sunday's final. Sun played for Texas several years ago and Joint has committed to the Longhorns, although now that she is approaching the WTA Top 200, I would imagine that is not as certain as it once was. I hadn't noticed that Sun, who switched nationalities during her ITF Junior career, is back to representing New Zealand now, having played Billie Jean King Cup for them last month. Sun defeated No. 3 Ann Li 6-3, 6-1, ending Li's slim chance to win the USTA Roland Garros wild card, which I believe will be claimed by Sachia Vickery. Official word should come from the USTA on Monday.

At the W35 in Boca Raton Florida, 17-year-old qualifier Mayu Crossley of Japan defeated top seed Allie Kiick 5-7, 6-0, 7-6(1) to advance to the final against No. 2 seed Kajsa Rinaldo Persson of Sweden.

Top seeds Rasheeda McAdoo(Georgia Tech) and Maria Kononova(North Texas) of Russia won the doubles title, beating  No. 3 seeds Alicia Herrero Linana(Baylor) of Spain and Melany Solange Krywoj(Baylor) of Argentina 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 in the final.

Eighteen-year-old wild card Rudy Quan saw his run at the $15,000 Orange Park Florida tournament come to an end today, with the UCLA signee losing to former Florida All-American Duarte Vale of Portugal, the No. 4 seed, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Vale will face top seed Corentin Denolly of France, who beat unseeded Patrick Maloney(Michigan) 6-1, 6-2 in the other semifinal. 

Either Denolly or Vale will sweep the Orange Park titles, as the the top-seeded doubles pair won that title today, beating No. 3 seeds Sekou Bangoura(Florida) and Boris Kozlov(LSU/Tennessee) 4-6, 7-5, 10-8.