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NCAA Doubles Final Recap – UNC’s Makenna Jones & Elizabeth Scotty Win Women’s Title; Tennessee’s Aussie Duo of Adam Walton and Pat Harper Win Men’s Title

Both of Friday’s NCAA Doubles Finals needed extra time to crown a champion and it was just a few points here and there that decided each match. Makenna Jones and Elizabeth Scotty became North Carolina’s second NCAA Women’s Doubles Champion after defeating Texas’s Lulu Sun and Kylie Collins 7-6(3), 4-6, 10-8. The UNC duo rallied from a 3-0 first-set deficit to take the opening set in a tiebreak. After Sun and Collins won the final three games of the second set to take it 6-4, the match would be decided in a 10-point supertiebreak. The tiebreak teetered back and forth with Sun and Collins just two points away from a win at 8-7* however...

NCAA Singles Final Recap – Sam Riffice Completes the Team/Individual Double; Emma Navarro Overpowers Estela Perez-Somarriba

Florida junior Sam Riffice captured the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship on Friday afternoon with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over South Carolina’s Daniel Rodrigues. Riffice got off to a slow start and fell behind 5-0 in the first set but then he won three in a row to pull within 5-3. Rodrigues was able to serve out the first set but Riffice’s comeback was just getting started. Riffice dominated the second set winning the first three games then after a Rodrigues hold he won the next three to force a third set. Riffice jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the final set and then got a crucial hold on the deciding point to make it 4-2. Rodrigues fought back to...

NCAA Doubles Semifinal Recap; Sun/Collins Take Down Another ACC Foe & Will Meet UNC’s Jones/Scotty in Final; Walton/Harper Advance Past Baylor & Will Meet Auburn’s Murgett/Maclean

When Friday’s NCAA Women’s Doubles Final gets underway Texas’s Lulu Sun and Kylie Collins will be facing an ACC opponent for the fifth match in a row after the duo came back from a set down and 6-2 down in the third set supertiebreak to defeat Virginia’s Rosie Johanson and Emma Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 10-8. Sun and Collins will be attempting to win Texas’s first NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship. They are the fourth Texas women’s doubles team to play for a NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship with the most recent coming all the way back in 1996. In a five-year stretch from 1992 to 1996 Texas had doubles finalists in 1992,...

NCAA Singles Semifinals Recap: Perez-Somarriba Ends Tjen’s Terrific Run; Navarro Knocks Out Top Seed Daavettila; Riffice Upsets Draxl; Rodrigues Wears Down Boitan

It’ll be an All-ACC women’s final on Friday after defending NCAA Women’s Singles Champion Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami (FL) defeated Oregon’s Janice Tjen in straight sets while Virginia freshman Emma Navarro took out the top seed UNC’s Sara Daavettila in 3 sets. Perez-Somarriba, who came back for a fifth-year of eligibility after COVID wiped out the end of her senior year, won a tough first set over Oregon freshman Janice Tjen then pulled away for a 7-6(4), 6-0 win. Perez-Somarriba will attempt to become the first back-to-back singles champion since Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs won the title in 2013 and 2012....

NCAA Doubles Quarterfinal Recap; ACC Has 3 of 4 Remaining in Women’s Draw; 2 from SEC on Men’s Side; Navarro Still Alive in Both Doubles/Singles

The ACC heavy women’s double draw is guaranteed to have at least one finalist from the conference after 3 of the 4 winners on Wednesday were from ACC schools. The only remaining seeded team, UNC’s Makenna Jones and Elizabeth Scotty, advanced with a win over Virginia’s Sofia Munera and Natasha Subhash. The only women’s match that went to a third set supertiebreak was won by Texas’s Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun. The Horns had a chance to close it out in straight sets but FSU’s Andrea Garcia and Nandini Das fought off two match points to break and force a second set tiebreak. Virginia freshman Emma Navarro is the only player left...

NCAA Singles Quarterfinal Recap – Top 2 Seeds Advance After Perez-Somarriba Makes a Huge Comeback

Quick straight set blowouts were the theme of the day with 7 of 8 matches finishing in straight sets with most not lasting much more than 75 minutes. The top two seeds in both the men’s and women’s draw advanced to the semifinals with only Miami’s Estela Perez-Somarriba needing to go three sets. Perez-Somarriba, who won the title in 2019, was in a world of trouble against UCLA’s Abigail Forbes. Forbes had what appeared to be an unsurmountable 7-6, 5-0 lead but remarkably Perez-Somarriba won 7 straight, while fighting off one match point, to force a third set. Despite going a break down to start the third set, Perez-Somarriba regained...