Saturday, May 28, 2016

McDonald reaches NCAA singles, doubles semifinals

No. 6 seed Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA and
the San Francisco Bay Area dismissed No. 2 Ro-
berto Cid of South Florida 6-3, 6-2 in the NCAA
quarterfinals. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman
   While Mackenzie McDonald breezes through the NCAA men's singles draw, Joao Monteiro barely survives.
   No. 6 seed McDonald of UCLA via Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area and No. 9-16 Monteiro of Virginia Tech will meet in the semifinals on Sunday at noon PDT in Tulsa, Okla. The match will be streamed live at tulsahurricane.com.
   No. 1 Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State will face No. 5 Cameron Norrie of Texas Christian in the other semifinal, also at noon.
   McDonald, 5-foot-10 (1.78 meters), is the only American men's semifinalist. Monteiro is a 5-foot-10 senior from Portugal, Torpegaard a 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) sophomore from Denmark and Norrie a 6-foot (1.82-meter) sophomore from New Zealand.
   McDonald, ranked No. 420 in the world and privately coached by former top-10 player Wayne Ferreira, outclassed No. 2 seed Roberto Cid of South Florida 6-3, 6-2 today.
   "I thought I played a pretty good match," said McDonald, who has lost only 15 games in his four straight-set victories. "I had a little bit of a slow start -- he got up 3-1 -- but then I cruised from there. I won nine straight games, so I definitely got my game together. I’m happy with the results.”
   Monteiro edged No. 4 seed Aleks Vukic of Illinois 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3) for his third straight three-set victory. Monteiro ousted the defending champion, No. 8 seed Ryan Shane of two-time reigning NCAA champion Virginia, in the round of 16.
   McDonald also reached the doubles semifinals with Martin Redlicki. The second seeds will meet unseeded Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan of Notre Dame. They ousted No. 5-8 seeds Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat of Cal, 6-3, 7-5.
   In the women's doubles quarterfinals, No. 4 seeds Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr beat unseeded sisters Mayar Sherif Ahmed and Rana Sherif Ahmed of Fresno State 6-1, 7-5.
   Manasse and Starr will play No. 1 seeds Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay, a North Carolina pair who routed unseeded Bay Area residents Hadley Berg and Paige Cline of South Carolina 6-1, 6-2.
   Berg is from Greenbrae and Cline from Kentfield. Both suburbs are situated in Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
In Tulsa, Okla.
Men's singles
Quarterfinals
   Mikael Torpegaard (1), Ohio State, def. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest, 6-3, 6-0.
   Cameron Norrie (5), Texas Christian, def. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (9-16), Virginia, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
   Joao Monteiro (9-16), Virginia Tech, def. Aleks Vukic (4), Illinois, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3).
   Mackenzie McDonald (6), UCLA, def. Roberto Cid (2), South Florida, 6-3, 6-2.
Men's doubles
Quarterfinals
   David Biosca and Rogerio Ribeiro, East Tennessee State, def. Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur, North Carolina, 6-2, 7-6 (7).
   Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M, Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim, Wake Forest, 3-6, 6-3 [10-6].
   Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan, Notre Dame, def. Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat (5-8), Cal, 6-3, 7-5.
   Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki (2), UCLA, def. Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe, Oklahoma State, 7-6 (4), 7-5.
Women's singles
Quarterfinals
   Hayley Carter (1), North Carolina, def. Katarina Adamovic, Oklahoma State, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.
   Sinead Lohan (8), Miami, def. Breaunna Addison (9-16), Texas, 6-2, 6-4.
   Luisa Stefani (7), Pepperdine, def. Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia, 6-1, 6-4.
   Danielle Collins (2), Virginia, def. Jasmine Lee (9-16), Mississippi State, 7-5, 6-3.
Women's doubles
Quarterfinals
   Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay (1), North Carolina, def. Hadley Berg and Paige Cline, South Carolina, 6-1, 6-2.
   Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr (4), Cal, def. Mayar Sherif Ahmed and Rana Sherif Ahmed, Fresno State, 6-1, 7-5.
   Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan (3), Florida, def. Alexandra Osborne and Ebony Panoho, Arizona State, 6-4, 6-1.
   Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips (5-8), UCLA, def. Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi (2), Kentucky, 6-0, 6-2.

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