Saturday, May 26, 2018

Wake men, Waves women dominate NCAA singles

   It's unlikely, but the NCAA Championships could feature all-Wake Forest and all-Pepperdine singles finals.
   Today, No. 4 seed Petros Chrysochos and No. 7 Borna Gojo of host and NCAA champion Wake Forest reached the men's semifinals, and No. 9-16 Ashley Lahey and unseeded Mayar Sherif of Pepperdine advanced to the women's semis.
   Chrysochos, a junior from Cyprus, edged No. 6 Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Torpegaard, a senior from Denmark, reached the NCAA final two years ago.
   Chrysochos will meet No. 1 Martin Redlicki of UCLA.
   Gojo, a sophomore from Croatia, topped No. 2 William Blumberg of North Carolina 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Blumberg, a sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., advanced to last year's final.
   Gojo will face No. 3 Nuno Borges, a Mississippi State junior from Portugal who reached the semis for the second consecutive year.
   Lahey, a sophomore from Hawthorne in the Los Angeles region, beat No. 9-16 Andrea Lazaro of Florida International 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.
   Lahey will play No. 8 Fernanda Contreras, a Vanderbilt junior from Austin, Texas. Stanford edged Vanderbilt 4-3 in the NCAA final on Tuesday.
   Sherif, a senior from Egypt, nipped No. 9-16 Astra Sharma of Vanderbilt 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5).
   Sherif, who transferred from Fresno State two years ago, will take on No. 6 Arianne Hartono, a Mississippi senior from the Netherlands who defeated another Pepperdine player, 2016 semifinalist Luisa Stefani of Brazil, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Stefani ousted top-seeded Bianca Turati of Texas in the first round.
   The women's semifinals are scheduled for Sunday at 9 a.m. PDT, and the men's semis are set for 10:30 a.m. Both matches, as well as the doubles semis beginning at noon, will be streamed live.
   Both of the top seeds in doubles lost to unseeded teams 10-7 in match tiebreakers.
   Redlicki and Evan Zhu outlasted Borges and Strahinja Rakic 4-6, 6-3 [10-7], and Sara Daavettila and Alle Sanford of North Carolina nipped Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones of Georgia Tech 6-4, 1-6 [10-7].

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