CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Just four teams remain in the main draw at the 2016 ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, following a busy day of quarterfinal play on Saturday.
North Carolina advanced to the #ITAIndoors semifinals for the first time with a 4-2 win over No. 6 Ohio State. The Tar Heels, seeded third, will play No. 7 UCLA, 4-2 winners over No. 2 Texas A&M at 12 p.m. ET. The other semifinal will feature No. 1 Virginia (4-3 over No. 9 Wake Forest) versus No. 5 TCU (4-3 over No. 4 USC) at 3:30 p.m. ET. Both semifinal matches will feature live scoring and video.
For updated draws, complete results, live scoring and video links (all quarterfinal matches will have live scoring and video), daily recaps and photo galleries, head to the #ITAIndoors Championship Central page here. On social media, be sure to follow @ITATennis on Twitter and use the hashtag #ITAIndoors when tweeting about the event. You can also check out @ITA_Tennis on Instagram and on Facebook.
No. 3 North Carolina 4, No. 6 Ohio State 2
The Tar Heels and Buckeyes opened up Saturday’s quarterfinal round action. North Carolina scored wins at the No. 1 (Robert Kelly/Brett Clark d. Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach 6-2) and No. 2 (Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur d. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen 6-4) doubles positions to take the early 1-0 lead.
Kelly increased the UNC margin to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Steinbach at No. 5 singles. Joyce grabbed Ohio State’s first point of the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Anu Kodali at No. 6 singles. Murray’s 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles over Pollanen moved the Tar Heels within a point of securing the match, and Ronnie Schneider claimed the match-clinching point at No. 2 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Chris Diaz.
This is North Carolina’s first trip to the #ITAIndoors semifinals, and in addition, the Tar Heels (8-0) handed the Buckeyes (9-1) their first loss of the 2016 season.
No. 7 UCLA 4, No. 2 Texas A&M 2
The Aggies and Bruins engaged in a fierce competition over the doubles point, with all three matches going to a tiebreak. UCLA earned victories at No. 1 (Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki d. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow) and No. 2 (Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp d. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant) to go up 1-0.
Much like doubles, the six singles contests proved to battles of attrition as well. Withrow knotted the match 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles over Logan Staggs, and Max Lunkin put the Aggies up 2-1 at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-4 versus Joseph Di Giulio. UCLA’s Redlicki evened the match 2-2 with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles over Jordi Arconada. Karue Sell’s 6-4, 7-6 (3) win at No. 4 singles over AJ Catanzariti moved the Bruins within a point of clinching the match, and Brymer put the finishing touches on the contest with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles over Vinsant.
UCLA (7-1) will play North Carolina at 12 p.m. ET in the semifinals. For Texas A&M, it’s the first loss of the season. The Aggies are now 10-1.
No. 1 Virginia 4, No. 9 Wake Forest 3
In an all-ACC quarterfinal contest, the host and top-seeded Cavaliers took on the only lower-seeded team to win their match on Friday, the Demon Deacons, who topped No. 8 Oklahoma 4-1. Wake Forest opened the contest taking the doubles point, with victories at the No. 1 (Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim d. Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli 7-6) and No. 3 (Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky d. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano 7-6) positions.
Shane quickly knotted the contest 1-1 with a commanding 6-3, 6-0 win against Mansouri at No. 1 singles. Aragone took down Uspensky at No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-2 to push Virginia ahead 2-1. Altamirano increased the UVa margin to 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles over Jon Ho. Petros Chrysochos bested Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 2 singles to slice Virginia’s lead in half. Bogaerts then evened the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Mac Styslinger at No. 5 singles, leaving the deciding point of the match in the hands of the No. 6 singles competitors, Henrik Wiersholm of Virginia and Seraphim of Wake Forest. Wiersholm won the first set 6-4 and Seraphim bounced back with a 6-3 win in the second set. Wiersholm won the final three games to take the decisive set 6-3 and propel Virginia into the semifinals.
No. 5 TCU 4, No. 4 USC 3
The fourth and final quarterfinal of the day pitted USC against TCU. The Trojans got on the scoreboard first, taking the doubles point with victories at No. 2 (Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede d. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder 6-4) and No. 3 (Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine d. Guillermo Nunez/Alex Rybakov 6-3) positions.
Cameron Norrie rapidly pulled the Horned Frogs even, claiming a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles versus Nick Crystal. Wins by TCU’s Eduardo Nava at No. 4 singles (defeated Logan Smith 6-3, 6-0) and USC’s Thibault Forget at No. 5 singles (topped Jerry Lopez 6-4, 6-0) evened the contest at 2-2. Jaede moved the Trojans within a point of clinching after a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Trevor Johnson at No. 6 singles. Nunez pulled TCU back even with a three-set win at No. 3 singles over DeVine (6-7, 6-4, 6-3) and Rybakov scored the match’s deciding point with a hard-fought three-set win over de Vroome (6-7, 7-5, 7-6).
> ITA Tennis Homepage > About ITA > News > Semifinals Set At 2016 ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship