Sunday, May 27, 2018

Wake Forest men repeat 20-year-old Stanford feat

   For the first time in 20 years and fourth time in history, two men from the same school will play for the NCAA title.
   No. 4 seed Petros Chrysochos and No. 7 Borna Gojo of NCAA champion Wake Forest are scheduled to meet on Monday at 10:30 a.m. PDT on their home courts in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   Chrysochos, a junior from Cyprus, beat No. 1 Martin Redlicki of UCLA 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 early today. Then Gojo, a sophomore from Croatia, downed No. 3 Nuno Borges of Mississippi State 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
   Chrysochos and Gojo became the first men from the same school to reach the NCAA final since Stanford's Bob Bryan defeated Paul Goldstein in Athens, Ga., in 1998.
   Bryan has gone on to a professional doubles career that will land him and twin brother Mike, who also starred at Stanford, in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Goldstein is now Stanford's coach.
   In Monday's women's final, No. 6 Arianne Hartono of Mississippi will face her third straight Pepperdine player, No. 9-16 Ashley Lahey, at 9 a.m.
   Hartono, a senior from the Netherlands, edged Mayar Sherif of Pepperdine 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2). Sherif, a senior from Egypt who transferred from Fresno State two years ago, served for the match twice in the second set and had match points at 5-4.
   Lahey, a sophomore from Hawthorne in the Los Angeles area, outplayed No. 8 Fernanda Contreras of Vanderbilt 6-3, 6-3. Stanford nipped the Commodores 4-3 on Tuesday for its second NCAA team title in three years and record 19th overall.
   Monday's NCAA doubles finals will feature four unseeded teams. Redlicki and Evan Zhu will meet Martin Joyce and Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State at 1 p.m., and Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson of LSU will play Vladica Babic and Sofia Blanco of Oklahoma State at a time to be announced.
   All finals will be streamed live.

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