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[5/14/18] Spectacular day for Tennis on Saturday

Chelan Tennis had a spectacular day at the CTL Tourney on Saturday, May 12.  They played excellent tennis, and secured several berths into the district tournament next week.

 The purpose of the tournament was as an individual qualifier, the first of three levels of the tennis post-season.  The top four finishers in each bracket (girls singles, girls doubles, boys singles, boys doubles) advance to the district tournament next week, which is the qualifier for the state tournament on Memorial Day weekend.

 In girls singles, sophomore #3 seed Emma McLaren began the day in the semifinals vs #2 seed Skylar Larson of Cashmere, looking to avenge a close loss from May 4th in the regular season finale.  Emma opened up the match in great form, winning the first set 6-3.  However, Emma would then lose the next 11 games in a row, dropping the 2nd set 0-6, and going down 0-5 in the third set.  And then…Emma staged the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen in girls tennis.  In the heat, she fought off several match points over the course of several games, went on her own 6 game win streak, and eventually won the match in a 3rd set tiebreaker 7-4.  That win placed her in the championship match, where she faced #1 seed and state medalist Aleah Kert of Cashmere.  Emma lost to Aleah in straight sets, but will move on to the district tournament as the #2 seed out of the CTL.

 In girls doubles, Chelan had an historic day.  We opened Saturday with all three of our doubles teams in the semifinals, possibly a CTL first ever occurrence.  Junior Sierra Rothlisberger and senior Madeline Peebles were the #1 seed, and in the semifinals defeated Evans/Vandel of Cascade 6-3, 6-3 to earn a spot in the championship match.  The other semifinal featured the two Chelan doubles teams of junior Abby Martin and senior Sydney Hawkins vs freshmen Elle Rothlisberger and Bella Gatzemeier.  That Chelan vs Chelan semfinal was closely fought, with Rothlisberger and Gatzemeier winning 6-3, 7-6.

 This set up an all Chelan girls doubles championship match that pitted sister vs sister.  Sierra and Madeline defeated Elle and Bella 6-2, 6-4 in a closely contested affair to win the CTL girls doubles championship.  As a coach and father, that match was a special memory, and definitely a career coaching highlight.

 The Chelan girls doubles team of Hawkins and Martin now needed to fight through the consolation bracket, and did so by defeating Hannah Smith and Sarah Dixon of Okanogan 7-6, 7-5.  That win clinched a district berth.  With a subsequent forfeit by Cascade, Hawkins and Martin earned the #3 seed.  So, the three Chelan girls doubles teams took the top three placings in the CTL tourney – once again, possibly a first ever occurrence!

 

In boys singles, senior Micah Larson opened the day in the semifinals vs Chase Grillo of Omak.  Micah shook off early rust in each set to win 6-2, 6-3, placing him in the finals.  In the CTL championship, Micah was defeated by state tourney 2nd place finisher Tyler Kert of Cashmere, but Micah will move on to the district tourney in Omak as the #2 seed from the CTL.

 Senior Alex Gavin, facing elimination, opened his Saturday in a do-or-die match vs Cascade, and he soundly defeated his opponent 6-1, 6-1.  Unfortunately, in his 2nd match of the day, Alex lost to Grillo of Omak.  In his final match on Saturday, Alex claimed 5th place and the alternate spot to districts with a revenge win over Sam Keziah of Cascade 7-5, 6-2 (Alex had lost to Sam earlier in the tourney on Thursday).

 In boys doubles, junior Wyatt Habich and sophomore Tobin Wier began their day in the semifinals, but were defeated by the #2 seed from Cashmere in straight sets.  That forced Habich and Wier to fight through the consolation bracket.  In their next do-or-die match, Wyatt and Tobin lost a heartbreaker in three sets.  Habich and Wier placed 5th in the tournament, claiming the alternate spot to districts.

 Next up: the first day of the District 6 tennis tournament (the state tournament qualifier) is Wednesday, May 16 at Omak HS and North Cascades Athletic Club.  Day 2 will be next Saturday.

 

Attached is a pic of the seven Chelan girls moving on to the district tournament, left to right:  Abby Martin, Sierra Rothlisberger, Madeline Peebles, Coach Rothlisberger, Elle Rothlisberger, Emma McLaren, Abby Martin.  In front:  Bella Gatzemeier.  Micah Larson is also moving on from the boys squad.



NCAA Men's Tennis Championships: UCLA, USC advance to Round of 16 – Pac-12.com


The field for the 2018 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships has been whittled down to 16 teams, and UCLA and USC are among those still in the hunt for a national championship.

[Related: 2018 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships bracket (NCAA.com)]

UCLA

UCLA, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, put together a 4-0 sweep of San Diego on Sunday in Los Angeles, advancing the Bruins to their 42nd consecutive Round of 16. Not bad, fellas!

The Bruins got off to a slow start against the Toreros, allowing USD’s top doubles pair on court 1 to take down UCLA’s duo of Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu, 6-0. With the doubles point on the line, the Bruins ground out wins on courts 2 and 3. Austin Rapp and Keegan Smith beat their opponents on court 2, 6-2, and Maxime Cressy and Bryce Pereira finished off their match on court 3, 6-3.

With the doubles point in hand, UCLA then went to work in singles play. Martin Redlicki made up for his doubles loss by securing the team’s second point of the day on court 1 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over USD’s August Holmgren. Keegan Smith, who had already tallied a doubles win, got it done in singles, too. The freshman took down Nico Borter, 6-4, 6-0, bringing the Bruins to a 3-0 lead. They just needed one more point to move to the next round, and Maxime Cressy made it happen. Here’s how his 6-3, 6-3 match came to a close:

UCLA faces the 15th-seeded Michigan Wolverines in the Round of 16 on Friday at 6 a.m. PT at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

USC

USC had a sweep of its own on Sunday, knocking out Harvard in Los Angeles to advance to the Round of 16.

Courts 1 and 2 did the heavy lifting for the Trojans in doubles play, with Jack Jaede and Laurens Verboven posting a 6-2 win on court 1 followed by a 7-6 (2) tiebreak victory by Brandon Holt and Riley Smith on court 2.

Verboven continued his winning ways in singles play as the first Trojan to take down his Harvard opponent on court 4. Just minutes after Verboven’s 6-1, 6-1 win, his doubles teammate Jaede followed suit with a 6-0, 6-2 win on court 3.

USC just needed one more point to secure the sweep but had the other four singles matches in three sets. Daniel Cukierman ended up being the clincher on court 2.

The 10th-seeded Trojans face the seventh-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels in the Round of 16. That match takes place Friday at 6 a.m. PT at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Oregon

Oregon’s season came to a close Sunday with a 4-0 loss to No. 9 seed Texas Christian on the Horned Frogs’ home court.

TCU took the doubles point with relative ease, downing the Ducks on court 1 (6-1) and court 2 (6-2). It didn’t get any easier for Oregon in singles play. Thomas Laurent went down first on court 1 (6-1, 6-0) to 21st-ranked Alex Rybakov. Courts 3 and 4 did the rest for the Horned Frogs, topping Akihiro Tanaka (6-4, 6-2) and Ty Gentry (6-4, 6-3) to advance to the Round of 16.

The Ducks conclude their season with an 18-10 record, marking three consecutive campaigns with 18 or more wins. Up next, they turn their attention to Thomas Laurent, who will be competing in the NCAA singles tournament starting May 23.

Stanford

Stanford is also going home (rather, staying at home) after falling to Ole Miss at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Center on Sunday.

The 4-3 heartbreaker started on the doubles courts, where Stanford’s Eric Fomba and Sameer Kumar beat out their Rebel opposition on court 2 to claim the first match of the day. But they would not get any more help in doubles play as Ole Miss won courts 1 and 3, marking just the sixth time in 26 matches that the Cardinal gave up the doubles point.

Ole Miss and Stanford traded wins on the singles courts throughout the rest of the match. Filip Kraljevic gave the Rebels a 2-0 team lead after defeating Kumar on court 3, but Fomba followed shortly thereafter with a point for Stanford on court 4. Tom Fawcett, the country’s No. 9 player and Stanford’s top singles competitor, locked up a 6-4, 6-2 victory on court 1 to tie up the team score at two points apiece.

Things looked good for the Cardinal when David Wilczynski put Stanford up, 3-2, courtesy of his 6-2, 6-3 win on court 5. But Ole Miss’ Tim Sandkaulen defeated Axel Geller on court 2, tying up the team score once again at 3-3.

It all went down to court 6, where Stanford’s William Genesen battled Finn Reynolds through three sets to clinch the match. Reynolds put up a strong and decisive final set (6-3, 6-8, 6-2) to end the Cardinal’s season and move on to the Round of 16.

Tom Fawcett and Axel Geller will both play in the NCAA singles tournament and pair up for the NCAA doubles championship in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.



NCAA Men's Tennis Championships: Four from Pac-12 advance to Sunday – Pac-12.com


Five teams from the Pac-12 played Saturday in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament, with four advancing to Sunday’s second round.

[Related: 2018 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships bracket (NCAA.com)]

California

Cal started its tournament on an upset high after downing NC State in its first-round match on Friday, but the Golden Bears’ luck came to an end Saturday with their 4-0 loss to 11th-seeded Texas on the Longhorns’ home court.

Texas took charge from the outset, winning its doubles matches on courts 1 (6-3) and 3 (6-2) to take the first available point. The Longhorns then won four of six first sets in singles play and only needed to claim three courts to sweep the match. Texas’ Colin Markes took down Cal’s Jacob Brumm (6-1, 1-6, 6-1) to end things on court 6.

Cal concludes its season with a 12-10 record but gets to cheer on Billy Griffith in the NCAA singles tourney starting May 23. Griffith will also join fellow senior J.T. Nishimura in the NCAA doubles tournament, set to begin May 24.

UCLA cruised from there, winning all six first sets and picking off the Vandal opposition on courts 2, 5 and 3.

Here’s the team clincher from court 3, courtesy of Keegan Smith:

Up next for UCLA is San Diego, the WCC’s tournament champion, starting at 9 a.m. PT on Sunday.

Stanford

On the Cardinal’s home court, Stanford completed its 11th shutout of the season Saturday with a 4-0 win over New Mexico State.

Stanford’s Axel Geller and Timothy Sah attacked right out of the gate, posting a 6-0 doubles win on court 3. That left Eric Fomba and Sameer Kumar to clinch the doubles point (6-4) on court 2.

Fomba stifled his singles opponent with a 6-0, 6-0 win on court 4 to bring the team score to 2-0. Two more dominant performances by his Cardinal teammates followed on courts 5 and 3, where David Wilcynski notched a 6-0, 6-3 victory over NMSU’s Mauri Benitez, and Sameer Kumar finished 6-1, 6-1 over Sergi Espias.

Stanford faces Ole Miss in the second round Sunday at 2 p.m. PT. It’s been 21 years since these teams have matched up, but how’s this for a fun fact: Stanford head coach Paul Goldstein was a junior on that 1997 squad that defeated Ole Miss in the NCAA semifinals and went on to win the national championship.

Oregon

Another Pac-12 team, another sweep: Oregon took down Dartmouth, 4-0, on Saturday, advancing the Ducks to the second round of the tournament for the third time in as many years.

Simon Stevens and Ty Gentry got things going for the Ducks in doubles play, winning 6-3 on court 2. That set up Armando Soermarno and Charles Roberts for the doubles clincher on court 3 and, indeed, they locked it up with a 6-4 victory.

In singles, five of six opening sets went to Oregon. Akihiro Tanaka was the first to win his singles match, going 6-4, 6-1 over Dartmouth’s Dan Martin on court 3. Thomas Laurent, a junior from Montpellier, France, was next in line with a straight-sets sweep over Charlie Broom on court 1 (6-3, 6-3). The final team point came from court 4, where Ty Gentry defeated Max Fliegner (6-4, 6-1).

Oregon takes on No. 9 seed Texas Christian on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT on the Horned Frogs’ home court in Fort Worth, Texas.

USC

The 10th-seeded USC Trojans wrapped up a long day of winning for the Pac-12, bouncing UC Santa Barbara, 4-1, Saturday evening.

USC secured the doubles point with ease, courtesy of a 6-1 win on court 1 from Brandon Holt and Riley Smith, followed by a 6-3 victory on court 3 by Daniel Cukierman and Tanner Smith.

But the Trojans only won two of the six first sets in the singles competition, and four of the matches ended up going to three sets. Thibault Forget scored first for USC on the singles courts, topping Santa Barbara’s Anders Holm (6-2, 6-3) on court 3.

Victor Krustev kept UCSB in the match with a court 6 win over Jake DeVine, but that would be the Gauchos’ last win of the day. USC’s Riley Smith secured court 5 in three sets, leaving courts 1, 2 and 3 to jockey for the final team point. It would be Brandon Holt clinching on court 1 with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win, sending the Trojans to the second round.

USC awaits a 1 p.m. PT date with Harvard on Sunday.



Tennis: Thiem beats Anderson for first time to reach Madrid final – Reuters


MADRID (Reuters) – Austrian Dominic Thiem beat Kevin Anderson on Saturday for the first time at the seventh attempt to reach the Madrid Open final for the second successive year.

Tennis – ATP 1000 – Madrid Open – Madrid, Spain – May 12, 2018 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his semi final match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson REUTERS/Paul Hanna

The fifth seed won 6-4 6-2 as he continued the scintillating form that ended top seed Rafa Nadal’s year-long unbeaten run on clay the day before.

South African Anderson, seeded sixth, was playing in his first Masters 1000 semi-final but faded after a solid start, unable to make an impression on Thiem’s heavy baseline game.

Tennis – ATP 1000 – Madrid Open – Madrid, Spain – May 12, 2018 South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in action during his semi final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Paul Hanna

While Thiem had a 0-6 record against Anderson, the pair had never met on the Austrian’s favored clay surface and the 24-year-old dictated the longer rallies.

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Thiem needed a single break of serve in the opening set and broke twice in the second to wrap up victory.

He said his victory over Nadal had been a timely boost after being thrashed by the Spaniard in Monte Carlo.

“It gave me a huge boost of confidence,” he said. “That’s for sure. But in the same time, it was a completely different matchup today.

“There was also the fact that I never beat him. It was 0-6 before today. Some things were a little bit shaky. But I was keeping my level up from yesterday, so that was a great thing.”

He will play either Alexander Zverev or Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Sunday’s final.

Reporting by Martyn Herman,; Editing by Ed Osmond



Roundup: Pac-12 teams begin NCAA water polo, tennis, lacrosse tourneys – Pac-12.com


UCLA

The 2018 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championships get underway for real on Friday with the quarterfinals, and fourth-seeded UCLA will play Pacific at 1:45 p.m. at USC (UCLA notes in the link courtesy of the great Andrew Sinatra).

California

Sticking with water polo for another link, as third-seeded Cal opens up with Michigan. USC and Stanford are also in the field.

Colorado

Colorado lacrosse opens NCAA Tournament play with Jacksonville in the first round on Friday, and Pat Rooney writes that the NCAA Tournament gives the Buffaloes an opportunity to take a step forward as a program.

Utah

This might be the first time in roundup history that we link something that was previously linked last week, but we only do it to remind you that Utah men’s tennis is playing Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Championships Friday at noon MT/11 a.m. PT. It’s the first time since 1997 that the Utes are in the NCAA Championships.

Oregon

Meanwhile, Oregon women’s tennis plays Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Championships Friday at 10 a.m. PT. Winner most likely gets third-seeded Duke.

Stanford

Huge Pac-12 baseball series between No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Oregon State, and here’s The Stanford Daily’s preview of the Stanford-Oregon State series.

Washington State

Ryan Blake of The Daily Evergreen previews Washington State baseball’s upcoming home series against USC. The Cougs enter the weekend on a four-game winless streak (not losing streak- the Cougs tied Oregon State on Sunday, their first tie since 1992).

Arizona State

George Schroeder of USA TODAY Sports whips up this feature story on Arizona State football CEO Herm Edwards as he gets ready for his first year at the helm of the Sun Devils. Amazing Football Guy quote from Edwards when relating his broadcasting career to his coaching career: “When you’re on TV, you’re still coaching, believe it or not. You’re just coaching America, you’re not coaching one team.”

USC

J. Brady Mccollough of the Los Angeles Times writes about Chimezie Metu’s workout for the Los Angeles Lakers. Always cool to work out for the team you grew up idolizing (I’m imagining here, can’t say I got a pre-draft workout with Golden State, Atlanta or any team LeBron is on).

Arizona

Missed this from earlier in the week, but did you know that Arizona men’s basketball has a top-25 recruiting class despite all the questions surrounding the program? You gotta admit that Sean Miller can recruit (CBS Sports on the link).

Oregon State

Oregon State softball defeated Utah 9-5 on Thursday in Salt Lake City. The esteemed Krista Blunk gives us the Pac-12 Networks recap.

Washington

Ryan S. Clark of The News Tribune tells us where former Washington players will be spending rookie mini-camps around the NFL.



Borders avoids upset, wins fifth straight Sixth Region tennis title – Courier Journal


As the defending singles champion, Eva Borders figures to have a big target on her back at next week’s State Tennis Championships.

The St. Francis School senior got a taste of what’s likely to come Thursday.

Facing a bigger and stronger opponent in Manual sophomore Nejla Zukic, Borders avoided the upset by squeaking out a 6-4, 1-6, 10-8 victory in the Sixth Region championship match at St. Xavier.

Borders, a Furman University signee, won the regional title for the fifth straight year, but it wasn’t easy.

“I’ve known (Zukic) for a long time, and she’s obviously really, really good,” Borders said. “I feel like both of us were nervous, and it was going to come down to who was more aggressive. She definitely took charge in the second set, and I had to learn from that.”

More: It’s a family affair as Trinity tennis sweeps Seventh Region tournament

Borders and Zukic both earned spots in the State Tennis Championships set for next Thursday-Saturday in Lexington, Ky.

The girls doubles final was an all-Manual affair, with senior twins Maha and Meena Pattabiraman defeating senior Divya Manirajan and sophomore Anna Littlefield 4-6, 6-1, 10-2. Manual won the team title with 16 points. Male and St. Francis tied for second place with eight points apiece.

St. Xavier swept the boys titles. Senior Alex Wesbrooks defeated Manual junior Paul Reynolds 6-1, 6-2 in the singles final. Seniors Preston Cameron and Will Stuckert beat sophomores Logan Beaver and Bo Bush 6-4, 6-3 in an all-St. X doubles final. The Tigers took the team title with 17 points, and Manual was the runner-up with 13.

Girls: Zukic won just two total games in two matches against Borders last year but was much more competitive this time around. 

“Last year I overthought it a lot, and it kind of got to my head,” Zukic said. “She’s the No. 1 seed and has won this so many times. It kind of got to my head. This time I was more relaxed and didn’t really think about her. I thought about my game more.”

The third-set tiebreaker was tied at 7-7 and 8-8 before Borders won the final two points for the victory. The final point ended with Borders calling a close shot by Zukic out. Zukic briefly questioned the call before meeting Borders at the net for a handshake.

Borders credited the 6-foot Zukic with having a powerful game.

Also: 2017-18 Courier Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Boys Tennis Team and award nominees

“When she sets and hits it, she’s probably better than anyone in the state,” Borders said. “You just have to strategize and see how the match goes.”

The Pattabiramans won the regional title for the third straight year. They reached the state semifinals last season. 

Boys: Wesbrooks, a University of Louisville signee, said he was pleased with his play throughout the week as he eyes another deep run in the state tournament.

“Especially today, I think I played really well,” Wesbrooks said. “I served really well and hit my forehand well. I think I’m playing well when I need to be, going into state. I’m looking forward to it.”

Wesbrooks was the state runner-up as a sophomore and reached the state semifinals last year before falling to eventual champion Matt Halpin of Paul Dunbar. Halpin and Wesbrooks figure to be the top two seeds in next week’s state tournament.

“I use it as motivation,” Wesbrooks said of the last two state tournament defeats. “I definitely want to finish out my high school career with one state title, but I know Matt’s gunning for it, too. It should be fun.”

Cameron and Stuckert will be among the top doubles teams in the state tournament. Cameron teamed with Spencer Blanford to win the title last year.

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