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University of Nebraska rising senior Toby Boyer recently finished up his third year of playing for the Scarlet and Cream and with his final season just around the corner we wanted to get to know a little more about the Ham Lake, Minnesota, native. This past season Boyer anchored the Huskers' lineup for the second season in a row while winning 26 singles matches which was the fourth most single-season wins in program history. Boyer has played No. 1 doubles in each of his three seasons in Lincoln which included playing with his older brother, Dusty, in the 2015-16 season. Boyer has also excelled off the court being named to the Nebraska Scholar Athlete Honor Roll on three occasions plus being a two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
CTT: You played a lot of sports growing up - how did you decide on tennis?
TB: I remember at one point Dusty and I were in 5 sports each at the same time. Basketball, baseball, tennis, gymnastics and soccer. Our parents threw us in everything and basically said we could pick whatever we liked. My dad homeschooled Dusty and I, and spent every day working with us in basketball, baseball and tennis. Baseball was our best sport no doubt. It’s pretty crazy I had to pick between baseball and tennis at the age of 13 as they were the same high school season. I chose tennis probably because Dusty did as well. My mom played college softball and basketball for North Dakota State and basketball for University of North Dakota. My dad played some small college tennis but both of my parents are basketball junkies to the fullest so it’s kind of crazy we came out with tennis. Most of the time growing up I was tagging along and watching Dusty go through it all. My dad worked him so hard in these sports to make him into the athlete he is. I was content watching him get worked into the ground and learning from his success and mistakes.
The 2017-18 season may have just finished up but that doesn't mean we have to wait until September to start the new season. The ITA Kick-Off Weekend Draft will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. ET with the men making their selections on Wednesday while the women pick on Thursday. The final ITA team rankings determine the 15 regional hosts plus they determine the order of selection for everyone else. The National Team Indoor Championship host gets an automatic bid so the Washington women and Illinois men get the free pass.
The biggest news is that the Stanford women will participate in the KOW for the first time since 2011. In the past Stanford has been able to skip the event and still work its way up into the top 16, which guaranteed itself a spot as a NCAA regional host, but with the new super regional format kicking in next year it'll take a ranking in the top 8 to be able to play at home until reaching the NCAA Final Site.
There was one top 16 school that decided to skip the draft and it was the Texas Tech women which finished the year ranked No. 9. Other women's schools that decided to take a pass were Texas A&M, Rice, Virginia Tech, USC, Boston College, Alabama, Hawaii, Notre Dame, Louisville, and Georgia State.
The highest ranked men's school to pass in advance was No. 23 South Carolina with Harvard, Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn, South Florida, and Georgia State the others to opt out. There are several others that may opt out on the day of the draft depending on what spots are available.
The 2017-18 college tennis season officially came to a close today with a few historic firsts in the finals of the singles and doubles championships. Ole Miss senior Arianne Hartono won the school's first NCAA Women's Singles Championship with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Pepperdine sophomore No. 17 Ashley Lahey in a match that was played indoors due to rain. Hartono, who finished the regular season ranked No. 7 and was seeded No. 6, defeated Pepperdine's top three in the final three matches with the other wins coming over No. 22 Mayar Sherif 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2) in the semifinals and No. 27 Luisa Stefani 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Hartono also had wins over Georgia Tech's No. 14 Paige Hourigan, Washington's No. 47 Vanessa Wong, and Oklahoma State's No. 20 Vladica Babic.
Ole Miss's only other NCAA Singles Championship came in 2009 when current men's assistant Devin Britton won the title as a freshman.
NCAA Championship Recap: Stanford Wins 4-3 Thriller Over Vandy; Wake Forest Holds Off Ohio State 4-2Written by Bobby Knight
For the first time in three years both the women's and men's finals were played outdoors and for all those in attendance they were treated to a pair of good matches that culminated with Stanford winning its 19th NCAA Women's National Championship while Wake Forest won its first-ever NCAA Men's National Championship.
For the third time in the last four matches, Stanford spotted its opponent the opening point after Vanderbilt took the doubles point for the 24th time in 31 matches with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Vandy's No. 1 team of Astra Sharma and Fernanda Contreras picked up a no-ad break to go ahead 2-1 and then they'd add one more break to close out a 6-3 win over the ITA No. 3 ranked team of Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon.
Stanford's No. 3 team of Melissa Lord and Janice Shin broke Vandy's Christina Rosca and Amanda Meyer to start the match and several games later they'd break again to go ahead 5-2. Rosca and Meyer broke back and held for 4-5 but Stanford served it out to win 6-4.
Seconds later Vanderbilt's No. 2 team of Emma Kurtz and Emily Smith would close out their match to give VU the doubles point. The match started off with back-to-back breaks and then Caroline Lampl and Kimberly Yee held on the deciding point for 2-1. Lampl and Yee would then get a no-ad break to go up 3-1 but Kurtz and Smith came storming back and took the next four games to go in front 5-3. Lampl and Yee held for 4-5 but Kurtz and Smith served it out from 40/30 to win 6-4.
Stanford put the doubles point in its rear-view mirror and went to work in singles and would claim five opening sets.
Championship Tuesday has arrived!! The women's final will start things off at 1 p.m. while the men's final will get started no earlier than 5 p.m. Stanford will be seeking its 19th NCAA Championship while Vanderbilt attempts to win its second. In the men's final both Wake Forest and Ohio State are seeking their first national championship with this being Wake first-ever appearance in the finals while Ohio State was there once before in 2009
The NCAA will have a live broadcast available on NCAA.com so head to this link at match time to listen to the broadcast. I believe that the regular live stream will also be available through Wake's host site however the live scoring is usually a point ahead of the stream and frankly the stream itself isn't the great but at least it's something (Update: Wake does not have its regular live stream so it's only available through the NCAA)