UNC’s Blumberg to play for NCAA tennis singles title
North Carolina freshman William Blumberg made more program history on Sunday when he earned a spot in Monday’s NCAA singles championship match. And as was the case in the NCAA team championship, it will be UNC vs. Virginia in a battle for the crown.
Blumberg advanced with a 6-2, 7-6 (1) win over Mississippi State’s Nuno Borges Sunday at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex. He’ll play Virginia senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski on Monday. The match will be broadcast live on NCAA.com beginning at 11 a.m.
Blumberg, the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA team tournament and the ITA National Rookie of the Year, is now 31-2 as a Tar Heel. He’s the only Tar Heel ever to advance beyond the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles draw.
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On Monday he’ll face Kwiatkowski for the fourth time this spring. Their first meeting of the season was unfinished, on Feb. 19 in Charlottesville in the ITA National Team Indoor semifinals. In the ACC tournament semifinals in Rome, Ga., on April 29, Blumberg won 7-5, 6-4. The two met again in the NCAA tournament finals on May 23, with Blumberg again winning in two sets, 6-3, 6-1, but UNC falling in the championship match.
Wake Forest: The season came to an end Sunday as Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri’s run ended at the NCAA Doubles Championship. The Demon Deacons duo were edged by Oklahoma’s Andrew Harris and Spencer Papa 4-6, 6-3, 12-10 in a semifinal match at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Demon Deacons pair took advantage of an early service break to win the opening set 6-4. The Sooner team answered in the second set, using an early service break of their own to take the set 6-3 and force a third-set superbreaker. In the decisive 10-point tiebreaker, the Oklahoma pair took an early 5-2 lead before the Deacs won five straight points to claim a 7-5 advantage. Mansouri and Seraphim had a pair of match points, at 9-8 and 10-9 that were saved by the Sooner duo before they took advantage of their first match point to win the breaker 12-10. Seraphim and Mansouri were the third Demon Deacons pair to reach the NCAA doubles semifinals, matching the feat of Christian Dallwitz and Mark Greenan in 1988 and Mariusz Adamski and Todd Paul in 2007.
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Duke: Attackman Jack Bruckner was selected by the Rochester Rattlers with the 39th overall pick to headline the quartet of Blue Devils chosen in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse draft. The four Blue Devils landed on three different teams in the league. Bruckner was the third pick in the fifth round, while fellow Blue Devils Thomas Zenker, Kyle Rowe and Ian Yanulis were selected 62nd, 67th and 68th, respectively. Zenker joins the New York Lizards, Rowe went to the Rattlers and Yanulis to his hometown Boston Cannons squad. An honorable mention All-America choice, Bruckner joins former Blue Devils Michael Manley, Ned Crotty and Jordan Wolf on the Rattlers. The Belle Terre, N.Y., native was second on the team in scoring with 65 points from 47 goals and 18 assists. He finished his career with at least one point in 56 consecutive games and at least one goal in 16 straight games.
Wake Forest: Will Zalatoris concluded his junior season Sunday with the third round of the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms. Zalatoris shot a third round 77 to finish the tournament at 1-under par. Zalatoris just missed the cut to qualify for Monday’s final round of stroke play as an individual. He shot an opening round 68 and a second round 70 before shooting 77 on Sunday to finish with a 54-hole total of 215. It was the eighth consecutive tournament that Zalatoris finished under par. Zalatoris finished his junior season with a stroke average of 70.14, the third-lowest in program history (trailing Bill Haas’ school record 68.93 in 2004 and Zalatoris’ 70.07 as a freshman in 2015). The 2017 ACC Player of the Year, Zalatoris is a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top player.
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