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Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships - Finals Are Set Between Borges/Chrysochos & Lazaro/Harris

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The finals are set at the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships with Mississippi State junior Nuno Borges set to meet Wake Forest junior Petros Chrysochos in the men's final while Duke senior Samantha Harris and Florida International senior Andrea Lazaro will meet in the women's final. 

Nuno Borges rolled through the first set against UCLA senior Martin Redlicki taking it 6-2 but Redlicki turned the tide in the second set and went in front 4-1. Borges fought back and after holding for 2-4 he'd break from 30/40 to put it back on serve at 3-4. Borges held for 4-4 and then broke on the no-ad point after a good angled forehand forced a Redlicki backhand miss. Borges would make it five straight games and would close it out when a drop shot skimmed the net cord and fell in for a winner. 

Petros Chrysochos came out of the gates a little slow against Thomas Laurent with the Oregon junior taking an early 2-0 lead but the match would take a sharp turn in Chrysochos's favor. The Wake Forest junior went on to win 12 of the next 14 games to close out Laurent 6-2, 6-2.

Chrysochos was back on the court later in the day as he and senior Skander Mansouri advanced to the doubles final with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Louisville's Chris Kougoucheff and Parker Wynn. Chrysochos and Mansouri will meet Texas's Rodrigo Banzer and Leo Telles in the final after the Texas duo held on to defeat Wisconsin's Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge 6-2, 3-6, 12-10. Banzer and Telles had match points at 9-7, 9-8, and 10-9 before finally converting at 11-10.

Men's Semifinals
[1] Nuno Borges (Mississippi State/14.89) def. [5] Martin Redlicki (UCLA/14.44) 6-2, 6-4
[3] Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest/14.49) def. [16] Thomas Laurent (Oregon/14.14) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles Semifinals
[8] Rodrigo Banzer/Leo Telles (TX/14.10) def. Chema Carranza/Josef Dodridge (WISC/14.03) 6-2, 3-6, 12-10
Petros Chrysochos/Skander Mansouri (WF/14.61) def. [4] Chris Kougoucheff/Parker Wynn (UL/13.55) 6-3, 6-1



Samantha Harris booked her spot in the women's final with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Texas sophomore Bianca Turati. Harris broke Turati seven times in the match including four times in the second set. 

Lazaro and Vanderbilt junior Fernanda Contreras played by far the longest match of the day. Lazaro jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the opening set and had three games points for 4-1 but Contreras managed to break on the no-ad point to put it back on serve at 3-2. After a hold for 3-3, Contreras broke on the no-ad point for 4-3, held on the no-ad point for 5-3, and then two games later she held again on the no-ad point to take the set 6-4. The second set went back and forth with Lazaro taking it in a tiebreak by a 7-3 score. Lazaro went up a break to start the third set but Contreras broke back a few games later. Lazaro would break from 15/40 to go ahead 5-4 and then she served it out from 40/30 with a forehand that Contreras couldn't handle at the net.  

Ole Miss's Alexa Bortles and Arianne Hartono advanced to the doubles final with a 6-2, 7-6(5) win over Georgia Tech's Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones. Hourigan served for the second set up 5-4 and had two set points at 40/30 but Jones misplayed a pair of volleys to give the break to Ole Miss. After Hourigan and Jones broke back for 6-5 they'd have another set point on the no-ad point but Jones would net a volley to send it to a tiebreak. Bortles and Hartano were down a mini-break at 5-4 in the tiebreak but they rallied to win the final three points to close it out. 

Stanford's Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon advanced to the final with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Duke's Samantha Harris and Kelly Chen. 

Women's Semifinals
Andrea Lazaro (Florida International/11.62) def. [13] Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt/11.79) 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
[11] Samantha Harris (Duke/11.81) def. Bianca Turati (Texas/11.71) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles Semifinals
Alexa Bortles/Arianne Hartono (OM/10.92) def. [7] Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones (GT/11.79) 6-2, 7-6(5)
Emily Arbuthnott/Michaela Gordon (ST/11.03) def. [3] Kelly Chen/Samantha Harris (DU/11.19) 6-1, 7-5


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