May 25, 2014
Georgia Sports Communications
May 25, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Finals Line-Up Set
ATHENS, Ga.---And then there were two, in each draw. The finals matchups were set for the NCAA Tennis Championships after the conclusion of Sunday's semi-finals. The Dan Magill Tennis Complex will see some thrilling conclusions to the tournament which has electrified Athens since it began on May 15.
The men's final will be a battle of California with the Bruins of UCLA and Pepperdine both being represented. Marcos Giron booked his place in the championship match with a powerful straight sets victory on court one. The No.2 seed defeated Søren Hess-Olesen of Texas by a score of 7-6, 6-3 to make up for the disappointment he experienced in the semi-final's of the team tournament.
Giron will face unseeded Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine in the final tomorrow on the Henry Feild Courts. Sarkissian came through a three set battle with another unseeded player in Denis Nguyen of Harvard. Sarkissian, whose attempt at a doubles championship was ended yesterday as he and partner Francis Alacantara were defeated in the quarterfinals, continued his quest for singles glory with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(2) victory.
In the women's draw, Danielle Collins of Virginia advanced past Duke's Ester Goldfeld in straight sets. Collins showed her unique intensity of several occasions as, one day after knocking off No.7 seed Hayley Carter, claimed a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over the Blue Devil.
She will face off against Lynn Chi of California who moved past local favorite Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State. After splitting the first two sets it was first fitting that the tightly contested semi-final would be decided in a grueling tiebreaker. It was Chi, however, who was able hold on to defeat the Panthers first ever NCAA postseason semi-finalist by a score of 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3).
The doubles finals were also set for both men's and women's draws, with the men's final semi-final finishing minutes before rain set in in the Athens area. Ohio State's Kevin Metka and Peter Kobelt, who didn't play their quarterfinal after Texas' withdrawal, blew past the Oklahoma State duo of Ajun Kadhe and Jakob Sude. The fourth-seeded Buckeyes prevailed by a score of 7-6(2), 6-2.
The highest remaining seed Tennessee will be the foes for tomorrow's final as the No.2 Volunteers beat Clemson's Hunter Harrington and Dominique Maden 6-4, 6-2 as the skies darkened and the rain set in to conclude the days play.
The second seeded Georgia duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase will play the final on their home court as they defeated Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger of Auburn. The Bulldogs defeated their Southeastern Conference foes 6-4, 7-5 to ensure an all-SEC final as they will face Alabama's Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe.
The Crimson Tide team moved past the battling Duke Blue Devils Beatrice Capra and Hanna Marr in three sets. Routliffe and Jansen booked their place in the final with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 victory.
Finals play begins at noon on Monday.