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Friday, May 3, 2024

NCAA Roundtable Part II; Seeds Cruise in NCAA D-I First Round; Quan Beats Andrade to Reach First Pro Circuit Semifinal; Joint Downs Jovic to Advance to W100 Bonita Springs Semis

Part II of Tennis Recruiting Network's Roundtable on the NCAA Division I Team Championships was published today, with the four of us participating asked to project a few possible upsets, dark horses and ultimately, their champions. None of the teams I mentioned have lost yet, but I can guarantee I won't be batting 1000 this weekend. Part I, from Thursday, is here.

The results of every first round match--32 men's matches and 14 women's matches--played today are below. Tomorrow will feature 16 men's regional finals, seven women's regional finals and 18 women's first rounds.

So far, every women's regional host/No. 1 regional seed has won its match 4-0 and there were no upsets in the 2/3 matches either, with the No. 2 winning all seven of those.

The men's seeds were nearly as dominant, with all but one,  Florida State's 4-1 being the sole exception, advancing by 4-0 scores. But there were several No. 3 seeds beating No. 2 seeds: Middle Tennessee beating Georgia Tech, Cornell beating Arkansas, VCU beating Princeton, Memphis beating North Carolina and Central Florida beating Florida.

I'd be remiss not to mention the final match of University of Georgia's legendary men's head coach Manny Diaz, with the Bulldogs dropping a 4-3 battle with Arizona State at the Wake Forest regional. This time of year won't be the same without him on the sidelines, but I hope to see him one more time in Stillwater, at the individual championships. 

First Round Results NCAA D-I, Friday May 3, 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday's schedule and links to scoring can be found at collegetennisranks.com. Cracked Racquet is providing coverage of some of the regionals on their YouTube channel, which will have three different streams going.

My posts are going to be college tennis focused the next two days as we get down to the Sweet 16, but I'm trying to keep up with the juniors playing the USTA Pro Circuit this week as well.

At the W100 in Bonita Springs Florida, Maya Joint of Australia defeated qualifier Iva Jovic 6-4, 6-2 in an all-teen quarterfinal, and will face unseeded Kathinka von Deichmann of Lichtenstein for a spot in the final. Joint, who began representing Australia last year, is up to 219 in the live rankings now and should be able to get into the women's Roland Garros qualifying draw. 

Akasha Urhobo, the third teenager in the quarterfinals, lost to No. 2 seed Lulu Sun(Texas) of Switzerland 6-2, 7-6(3). Sun will play No. 3 seed Ann Li, who ended Louisa Chirico's quest for the USTA's Roland Garros wild card with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win in today's quarterfinals. I haven't had time to look into it thoroughly, but I think Li may still have a chance to catch Sachia Vickery in the wild card race if she wins the Bonita Springs title. Katie Volynets, who was also still in contention, lost today in the quarterfinals of a 125 in Europe, so she has been eliminated.

Mayu Crossley of Japan continued her run at the W35 in Boca Raton Florida, beating fellow 17-year-old qualifier Christasha McNeil 6-2, 6-0 to reach her first Pro Circuit semifinal. Crossley will face top seed Allie Kiick Saturday; Kiick defeated No. 5 seed Angella Okutoyi of Kenya, the Auburn sophomore, 6-1, 6-0. Okutoyi can join her team in Berkeley now for their regional final Saturday against Cal.

At the men's $15,000 tournament in Orange Park Florida, 18-year-old wild card Rudy Quan got his best Pro Circuit win, defeating No. 2 seed and last week's Savannah Challenger finalist Andres Andrade of Ecuador 7-6(4), 7-5 to reach his first Pro Circuit semifinal. Andrade served for the first set at 5-2 and 5-4 and led 4-2 in the second set, but Quan came back each time. He will play Andrade's University of Florida teammate Duarte Vale of Portugal, the No. 4 seed, who beat Cooper Woestendick 6-3, 6-1.  Former University of Michigan star Patrick Maloney is through to the semifinals, and will play top seed Corentin Denolly of France in the top half semifinal.