Deacons perfect on first day of NCAA singles Championship
Freshman Borna Gojo’s upset victory in the opening round of the NCAA Singles Championship highlighted a perfect day for Wake Forest, as all three players in the singles field, Gojo, Petros Chrysochos and Skander Mansouri, advanced to the Round of 32.
Making his NCAA Singles Championship debut, Gojo drew Texas A&M’s Arthur Rinderknech, the sixth-ranked singles player who is seeded fourth in the tournament. After quickly dropping the opening set, 6-2, Gojo responded and battled to a 4-all in the second set. He then held serve to go up 5-4 before breaking Rinderknech in the final service game to push his match into a decisive third set.
In the final set, Gojo once again broke his opponent to go up 3-1 and served out the remaining games to clinch the 6-3 decision. Wednesday’s win marks the highest-ranked opponent that Gojo has ever defeated, topping his previous best victory over Emil Reinberg of Georgia, who was ranked 46th at the time. Gojo will now face Reinberg’s teammate in Nathan Ponwith in the Round of 32.
Chrysochos, the fifth-ranked player in the country and the No. 3 seed in the singles field broke Tyler Lu of Yale in the opening game of the first set, propelling him to a 6-4 victory. An early break in the second set was all Chrysochos needed to close out his match with a 6-3 decision in the second set. Chrysochos will now face Strong Kirchheimer of Northwestern in the next round.
Mansouri earned one break in each set to complete the 3-for-3 day for the Demon Deacons. Facing Jose Salazar of Arkansas, Mansouri broke to go up 5-4 in the opening set before serving out to a 6-4 decision. He then broke Salazar to once again go up 5-4 in the second set, and closed out the match on the next service game. Mansouri will face either David Biosca of East Tennessee State or Collin Altamirano of Virginia in the next round. During the regular season, Mansouri and Altamirano faced off on March 31, with Mansouri prevailing 6-4, 6-4.
In addition to all three Round of 32 singles matches being played on Thursday, the doubles competition will get underway, as Mansouri and Christian Seraphim, the No. 4 seed in the draw will face twin brothers Hunter and Yates Johnson of Southern Methodist in the opening round.
Duke: The honors keep rolling in for junior Leona Maguire as she was selected the winner of the 2016-17 GolfStat Cup Wednesday. The award, presented by GolfStat, is presented to the player who has the best scoring average versus par with at least 20 full rounds played during a season.
Duke: Junior attackman Justin Guterding was named to the 2017 USILA All-America second team to headline the Blue Devils’ seven selections in the four categories. Brad Smith and Cade Van Raaphorst both earned third-team honors.
Mount Olive: Will Urban was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association 2017 NCAA Division II USILA/Nike All-America Team, the team announced Wednesday. Urban was named to the third team at the goal keeper position.
Wake Forest: Senior Kimmy Guerin’s collegiate career came to an end on Wednesday as she fell in the opening round of the NCAA Singles Championship in Athens, Ga.
Duke: Duke freshman Meible Chi and senior Chalena Scholl competed in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships Wednesday at the Dan McGill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Chi competed against Alabama’s Erin Routliffe and secured a spot in the round of 32 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory. Later in the afternoon, Scholl battled the weather in Athens through several rain delays and ultimately fell to Jade Lewis of LSU 4-6, 6-2, 4-6.
UNC: In a day full of upsets in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship, Tar Heels star and No. 2 seed Hayley Carter had her collegiate singles career come to a close on Wednesday. Carter was the top seed last season in the event and made a run all the way to the title match where she came up short to long-time rival Danielle Collins of Virginia. Wednesday, was another story as she lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 to a red hot Anna Danilina. The win pushed her singles win streak to 14 in a row for the member of the national champion Florida Gators.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack earned its highest finish in program history, landing at No. 26 on the final ITA poll of the season, as announced Wednesday. The ranking exceeds the 2011 Wolfpack squad that concluded the season ranked at No. 27.
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