FLUSHING, N.Y. – Day one of the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., saw the No. 1 seed in the women’s singles draw defeated.
On Friday, the big upset occurred in the men’s singles draw as top-seeded Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia lost in straight sets to Virginia Tech’s Joao Monteiro 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinal round. With the victory, Monteiro advances to Saturday’s semifinal round, where he will face No. 3 seed Dominik Koepfer of Tulane, a 7-6 (6), 7-5 victor over No. 8 Jared Hiltzik of Illinois.
“I know (Kwiatkowski) and have played him three times before and lost all three,” said Monteiro, who defeated No. 5 seed Hugo Di Feo of Ohio State 6-2, 7-5 in the Round of 16. “I think I’m playing my best tennis so far since I came to the U.S., so I felt like I had a good chance even though I lost the last three times I played him.”
Saturday’s men’s and women’s singles semifinals will be broadcast by ESPN3 and WatchESPN, available at WatchESPN.com. The NIIC broadcast will feature Patrick McEnroe and Stephen Amritraj as the on-air talent. Mid-match, on-court interviews with the players will be conducted, a feature that debuted during ESPN’s coverage of the 2015 US Open. Semifinal coverage gets underway at 9 a.m. ET.
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Joining Monteiro and Koepfer in the men’s singles semifinals are Cal’s Andre Goransson and Georgia Tech’s Chris Eubanks. Goransson topped No. 4 seed Arthur Rinderknech of Texas A&M in the quarterfinals 6-2, 7-5 and earlier in the day, defeated Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the Round of 16. Eubanks earned his spot in the semifinals with a quarterfinal round win over Stanford’s Tom Fawcett 6-3, 7-5 and a 7-5, 6-2 Round of 16 victory against Ohio State’s Herkko Pollanen.
There will be a new women’s singles champion at the NIIC, as Ohio State freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo defeated reigning champ and No. 6 seed Julia Elbaba of Virginia 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinal round. The Buckeye left-hander turned back third-seeded Hayley Carter of North Carolina 6-2, 6-4 in the morning’s Round of 16.
“I was just being offensive in the third set,” said Di Lorenzo. “I felt in the second set I was more on defense; she was coming to the net and putting some balls away and I was on the run a lot. In the third set, I was trying to focus on not letting her take the ball early and move me as much, trying to move her off the court and close at the net. I think that was pretty big and I had some key points I won, like the deuce point at 3-2 that put me up 4-2.”
Facing Di Lorenzo will be No. 8 seed Stephanie Wagner of Miami (FL). Wagner claimed her spot with a straight set quarterfinal victory over Vanderbilt’s Sydney Campbell 6-3, 6-4 and a three-set Round of 16 win against Florida’s Brooke Austin 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Meeting in the other women’s singles semifinal are Clemson’s Joana Eidukonyte and Florida’s Belinda Woolcock. Eidukonyte won both of her matches on Friday in straights, defeating Mississippi State’s Jasmine Lee 6-3, 6-3 and Miami (FL)’s Sinead Lohan, the No. 5 seed, 7-6 (5), 6-1. Woolcock, the No. 8 seed, defeated Vanderbilt’s Frances Altick 6-3, 6-4 and Houston’s Despoina Vogasari 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinal and Round of 16, respectively.
Semifinals for men’s and women’s doubles are also set, as quarterfinal play wrapped up on Friday.
The women’s semifinals features three of the top four seeds, including top-seeded Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr of Cal, who topped Pac-12 foe USC’s Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinal round. The Golden Bears duo will face the No. 3 seed from Kentucky Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi. The Wildcats defeated Florida’s Woolcock and Josie Kuhlman 6-2, 6-4.
North Carolina’s fourth-seeded team of Carter and Whitney Kay slipped past Virginia’s Danielle Collins and Meghan Kelley in three sets 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (6). The Tar Heels are slated to play Dartmouth’s Kristina Mathis and Taylor Ng in the semifinals. Mathis and Ng won their third three-set match of the NIIC, this time besting Florida’s Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan 7-6 (5), 1-6, 1-0 (7).
North Carolina’s Brett Clark and Robert Kelly are the only seeded team remaining in the men’s doubles draw. The No. 2 seed advanced to the semifinals with a 6-7 (7), 6-3, 1-0 (8) win over Georgia Gwinnett’s Jordan Cox and Kevin Konfederak in Friday’s quarterfinal match. Clark and Kelly will take on Notre Dame’s Quentin Monaghan and Alex Lawson in the semifinals after Monaghan and Lawson advanced with a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (7) victory against Florida’s fourth-seeded duo of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson.
Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares of Texas Tech will face Bart Van Leijsen and Hayden Sabatka of New Mexico in other men’s doubles semifinal. Dojas and Soares earned their spot with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Columbia’s Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham. Van Leijsen and Sabatka took down No. 3 seed from San Diego, Jordan Angus and Filip Vittek 6-3, 7-6 (3).
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