NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament Central - Singles and Doubles

May 25, 2017

[SINGLES BRACKET] | [DOUBLES BRACKET]

RECAP - SINGLES

Minor Claims NCAA Singles Championship

ATHENS, Ga. -- Sophomore Brienne Minor of the University of Michigan women's tennis team became the program's first national champion, defeating Florida's Belinda Woolcock, 6-3, 6-3, to win the NCAA singles championship Monday (May 29) at Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Minor, who was unseeded in the tournament, reeled off six wins for the title and defeated a trio of top-16 opponents, including No. 6-seeded Woolcock.

Minor won the match's first four games in breezing to a 6-3 set-one win. The sophomore won a deuce point in the first game, then broke Woolcock's serve to take a 2-0 lead. Minor won a pair of points at 40-15 to take the 4-0 lead. After dropping a game on her serve, Minor responded by breaking Woolcock for the third time in the match. Woolcock won the next two games, but Minor closed out the set, winning on serve at 40-all.

The Mundelein, Illinois, native claimed the first game of the second set, winning a long rally at 40-30. Minor went up 3-1, rallying to win four straight points after being down 30-0. Woolcock got as close at 4-3 in the second set before Minor won the final two games, earning a break and a winner on championship point.

Minor defeated Texas Tech's Gabriela Talaba and Vanderbilt's Sydney Campbell in the tournament, both of whom were 9-16 seeds. Minor ends her sophomore season with All-America honors and a 32-6 record. She is one of six Wolverines to have multiple 30-win seasons in a career.

[Michigan Recap]

RECAP - DOUBLES


 

 

Di Lorenzo and Kowase Take NCAA Doubles Title

ATHENS, Ga. - Memorial Day 2017 will be a memorable one for Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase as they claimed the programs first NCAA Championship, winning the doubles title on Monday in Athens, Ga.

The Buckeyes dropped the opening set to the No. 5 ranked team of Maddie Pothoff and Erin Routliffe of Alabama but rallied to win the second 6-4 and then took the upper hand midway through the super breaker and clinched the title with a 10-7 victory.

For Kowase, ending her career in Athens with a title had a little extra meaning. Her sister Maho, who is the winningest player in Georgia women's tennis history with a combined 245 singles and doubles victories, also ended her career in the NCAA Doubles final Dan McGill Tennis Complex in 2014. In that match, she would fall coincidentally to a team from Alabama. Miho was in the stands that day and now three years later, she found herself with a chance for redemption.

The Buckeyes fell behind an early break in the first but recovered with a big break to even the opening set at 5-5. After a pair of holds, the teams went to a tiebreaker where they found themselves on serve at 5-4 after two Buckeye holds. Pothoff and Routliffe then won four of the next five points to take the tiebreak 8-6.

In the second, Di Lorenzo and Kowase won the first two games only to see the Bama duo pull even by winning the next two. At 3-3, the Buckeyes won a big break point to take a 4-3 lead and would hold serve in the next two games to take the set 6-4.

In the super-tiebreak, the Buckeyes kept the momentum and won the first three points. But again, the Bama pair was able to fight back and eventually took a 6-5 lead and was serving. That's when the Buckeyes took control by winning both points on the Alabama serve and then Kowase hit a big backhand winner down the line to give the Buckeyes three match points at 9-6. Bama was able to hold off one match point but a huge service return from Di Lorenzo forced a long return from the Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes won the national title.

The win was not only the first national title for Di Lorenzo and Kowase but it was also a big win for the program that is continuing its rise on the national stage.

Kowase and Di Lorenzo finished their season with a record of 23-1. For Kowase, she finishes her career with 213 career singles and doubles victories and is just the second Buckeyes with more than 100 singles and more than 100 doubles victories.

[Ohio State Recap]


FIRST ROUND - SINGLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 24, 2017

Francesca Di Lorenzo, OSU

Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Pepperdine

Athens, Ga.

L, 6-4, 6-2

Brienne Minor, MICH

Sinead Lohan, Miami

Athens, Ga.

W, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Kate Fahey, MICH

Jessie Aney, North Carolina

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-1, 6-2


SECOND ROUND - SINGLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 25, 2017

Brienne Minor, MICH

Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-4, 6-2

Kate Fahey, MICH

Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma St.

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-3, 6-0

 

THIRD ROUND - SINGLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 26, 2017

Brienne Minor, MICH

Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Pepperdine

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-3, 7-5

Kate Fahey, MICH

Jessica Livianu, St. John's (NY)

Athens, Ga.

W, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3

 

QUARTERFINALS - SINGLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 27, 2017

Brienne Minor, MICH

Sara Daavettila, North Carolina

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-2, 6-4

Kate Fahey, MICH

Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami

Athens, Ga.

L, 6-4, 6-3

 

SEMIFINALS - SINGLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 28, 2017

Brienne Minor, MICH

Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-0

 

FINALS - SINGLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 28, 2017

Brienne Minor, MICH

Belinda Woolcock, Florida

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-3, 6-3


FIRST ROUND - DOUBLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 25, 2017

Alex Chatt & Maddie Lipp, NU

Sarah Dvorak & Sabrina Federici, Texas Tech

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-2, 7-5

Francesca Di Lorenzo & Miho Kowase, OSU

Caroline Brinson & Ellen Perez, Georgia

Athens, Ga.

W, 5-7, 6-1, 10-6

Kate Fahey & Alex Najarian, MICH

Brooke Austin & Kourtney Keegan, Florida

Athens, Ga.

L, 6-2, 6-2

 

SECOND ROUND - DOUBLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 26, 2017

Alex Chatt & Maddie Lipp, NU

Elena Christofi & Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia

Athens, Ga.

L, 6-4, 6-3

Francesca Di Lorenzo & Miho Kowase, OSU

Alizee Michaud & Taylor Russo, Auburn

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-4, 6-3

 

QUARTERFINALS - DOUBLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 27, 2017

Francesca Di Lorenzo & Miho Kowase, OSU

Mami Adachi & Aldila Sutjiadi, Kentucky

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-3, 7-5

 

SEMIFINALS - DOUBLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 27, 2017

Francesca Di Lorenzo & Miho Kowase, OSU

Maya Jansen & Maegan Manasse, California

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-2, 6-3

 

FINALS - DOUBLES

DATE

BIG TEN

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME (ET)

May 27, 2017

Francesca Di Lorenzo & Miho Kowase, OSU

Maddie Pothoff & Erin Routliffe, Alabama

Athens, Ga.

W, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 10-7