Three of Top-4 Seeds Advance to Monday's NCAA Semifinals
May 18, 2008
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Three of the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals for the men at the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships on Sunday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of The University of Tulsa. Both the women's and men's semifinal matches will take place on Monday with the women at 12 noon and the men's matches beginning at 5:00 pm.
In today's early match-ups, the higher seeds advanced as No. 1 Virginia improved its record to 32-0 with a 4-2 victory over No. 9 seed Baylor, while fourth-seeded Georgia defeated SEC rival Mississippi for the second time this season with a 4-0 win. The Bulldogs improved its season record to 25-3 and will be making its 18th NCAA semifinal appearance.
In Monday's semifinal, Virginia will be looking to avenge last year's semifinal loss to Georgia as the Bulldogs won 4-1. It was the first semis appearance for the Cavaliers in school history.
The only upset of the day came when No. 7 Texas defeated No. 2 Ohio State 4-2. The Buckeyes, who ended the season with a 35-2 record, had a 24-match winning streak snapped. Texas grabbed the momentum by taking the doubles point, while No. 5 Milan Mihailovic and No. 4 Luis Diaz Barriga put the Longhorns ahead 3-0 until Ohio State closed the gap with wins at the No. 2 and No. 6 positions.
Texas' 10th-ranked Dimitar Kutrovsky ended Bryan Koniecko's 17-match winning streak by clinching the Longhorns victory at the No. 1 position with a 1-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory. The Longhorns improved its record to 24-5.
In the final match of the night, PAC 10 and crosstown rivals UCLA and USC battled for the 176th time as the Bruins won for the 96th time overall and the third time this year with a 4-2 victory.
UCLA won the doubles point, but USC knotted the score 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5 by Abdullah Magdas. UCLA won at No. 6, and USC tied the score again at 2-2 with a victory at No. 3, but UCLA clinched the victory with wins at the top two positions. At No. 2, Holden Segusa won 7-5, 7-6 winning the tie-breaker 7-5 and Harel Srugo wrapped up the Bruins 21st appearance in the semifinals with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory.
The Bruins moved its record to 25-1 with its 19th consecutive victory. The combined record of the four men's teams advancing to the semifinals stands at 106-9 and the teamsw have advanced to the NCAA semifinals for a combined 44 times since 1977.
The NCAA Semifinals will be played on Monday with the Championship matches being played on Tuesday.
The two women's semifinals will take place at 12 noon as the highest remaining seed, No. 5 Baylor takes on No. 8 California, while No. 6 Florida takes on No. 7 UCLA. On the men's side, Virginia faces Georgia and UCLA faces Texas with both of those matches beginning at 5:00 pm.
The championships matches on Tuesday are set for 2:00 pm for the women and 6:00 pm for the men.