Monday, May 30, 2016

McDonald reaches NCAA singles, doubles finals

No. 6 seed Mackenzie McDonald will meet No. 1 Mikael
Torpegaard of Ohio State today in the NCAA singles final.
2015 photo by Paul Bauman 
   Mackenzie McDonald will have extra incentive in today's NCAA men's singles and doubles finals.
   NCAA champions from the United States receive a wild card in the U.S. Open, which this year begins Aug. 29.
   The sixth-seeded McDonald, a UCLA junior from Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, will meet top-seeded Mikael Torpegaard, an Ohio State sophomore from Denmark, today at 10 a.m. PDT in Tulsa, Okla.
   Then McDonald and Martin Redlicki, a resident of Boca Raton, Fla., will face unseeded Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M at 2 p.m. Rinderknech hails from France, and Withrow is from Omaha, Neb.
   In the women's doubles semifinals on Sunday, fourth-seeded Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr of Cal edged top-seeded Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay of North Carolina 6-4, 4-6 [10-7]. Manasse and Starr will play third-seeded Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan of Florida for the title today at noon.
   Today's matches will be streamed live at tulsahurricane.com.
   McDonald, only 5-foot-10 (1.78 meters) and 145 pounds (66 kilograms), downed No. 9-16 seed Joao Monteiro of Virginia Tech 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. It was the fourth straight three-set match for Monteiro, a senior from Portugal, and the first of the tournament for McDonald.
   The match was moved indoors after the first set because of lightning in the area, and McDonald trailed 2-0 in the third set.
   "That guy was playing really good tennis indoors," said McDonald, ranked No. 420 in the world and coached privately by former No. 6 Wayne Ferreira. "The momentum definitely shifted once we went indoors after that first set. ...
   "That second set, he got a break on me, and he was playing really well. The third set was just a lot of heart, and I was just trying to fight for every point. That’s was got me through there at the end.”
   Torpegaard, 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters), outclassed fifth-seeded Cameron Norrie of Texas Christian 6-3, 6-4.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
In Tulsa, Okla.
Men's singles
Semifinals
   Mikael Torpegaard (1), Ohio State, def. Cameron Norrie (5), Texas Christian, 6-3, 6-4.
   Mackenzie McDonald (6), UCLA, def. Joao Monteiro (9-16), Virginia Tech, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Men's doubles
Semifinals
   Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M, def. David Biosca and Rogerio Ribeiro, East Tennessee State, 6-2, 5-7 [10-7].
   Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki (2), UCLA, def. Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan, Notre Dame, 7-5, 6-7 (5) [10-8].
Women's singles
Semifinals
   Hayley Carter (1), North Carolina, def. Sinead Lohan (8), Miami, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
   Danielle Collins (2), Virginia, def. Luisa Stefani (7), Pepperdine, 7-6 (7), 6-4.
Women's doubles
Semifinals
   Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr (4), Cal, def. Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay (1), North Carolina, 6-4, 4-6 [10-7].
   Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan (3), Florida, def. Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips (5-8), UCLA, 4-6, 6-3 [10-5].

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