SEATTLE, Wash. – UCLA and Stanford are the two most storied programs in ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship history. The Bruins and Cardinal have combined for 19 ITA Indoor Championships between them, with Stanford garnering 12 of those. Now, each program has the opportunity to continue those legacies in Sunday’s semifinals at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, Washington.
No.7 UCLA came into the quarterfinals fresh off a win over No. 10 Illinois, and appeared to use that momentum to take the doubles point against No. 2 Ohio State with relative ease. The duo of Austin Rapp and Keegan Smith rolled to a 6-4 victory while Maxime Cressy and Bryce Pereira also won 6-4 to clinch the point.
“The guys really started to believe there,” said UCLA Men’s Tennis Head Coach Billy Martin. “Going into the singles, we got some great leadership from our freshman at six. Connor Hanse really got going early. Evan Zhu probably played the best match of his career at UCLA. It was a great team victory for us.”
Logan Staggs clinched the match for the Bruins, winning his match 7-5, 6-3 against the Aggies’ Tim Seibert falling to 0-3 in the first set and 0-2. UCLA will face No. 6 Texas A&M in the semifinals tomorrow.
Texas A&M followed UCLA’s path in upsetting a top-four seed with the victim this time being No. 3 North Carolina. The Aggies fell behind early, dropping the doubles point, but were able to tie things up quickly at 1-1 behind the play of Jordi Arconada. Carlos Aguilar notched a 6-2, 6-4 victory shortly thereafter to give the Aggies a 2-1 lead.
North Carolina regained a 3-2 lead with wins by William Blumberg and Bo Boyden, but were unable to clinch as the Aggies’ Val Vacherot evened things up three. Arthur Rinderknech, up a break in the third, seized the opportunity push Texas A&M to victory, winning his match 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 over North Carolina’s Benjamin Sigouin.
No. 5 Stanford won its sixth-consecutive match over a team in the Oracle ITA Rankings Top 25. After fighting hard to defeat No. 12 Baylor in yesterday’s first round, the Cardinal notched a victory over No. 4 Georgia. Stanford leaped ahead early, taking the doubles point in a swift fashion. The rest of the match proved to be much more deliberate.
The Bulldogs' Walker Duncan evened things up with a 6-3, 6-3 win over David Wilczynski. The tie was short-lived, however, as William Genesen and freshman Axel Geller also won in straight sets to bolster Stanford to a 3-1 lead. As courts 1 and 3 battled into a third set, Georgia’s Jan Zielinski brought Georgia within one with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Eric Fomba.
With the match hanging in the balance, Stanford’s Tom Fawcett completed 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 victory over Wayne Montgomery after Montgomery hit the ball long to end the match.
“Those guys across the board, down the line, battled and played hard with integrity,” said Stanford Men’s Tennis Head Coach Paul Goldstein.
#ITAIndoors Fun Fact: Sunday’s semifinals are the first since 2009 to have just one top-four seed left in main draw competition.
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#ITAIndoors Quarterfinal Results
No. 7 UCLA def. No. 2 Ohio State 4-1
No. 5 Stanford def. No. 4 Georgia 4-2
No. 1 Wake Forest def. No. 8 USC 4-1
No. 6 Texas A&M def. No. 3 UNC 4-3