Saturday, May 22, 2021

Ex-Pacific star wins title; Riffice, Florida crowned

   Hunter Reese of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sem Verbeek (University of the Pacific, 2013-16) of the Netherlands defeated Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul of France 4-6, 6-4 [10-7] today to win the €132,280 ($161,069) Oeiras (Portugal) Open. Both teams were unseeded.
   Verbeek, a 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) left-hander, collected his sixth career Challenger doubles title, second of the year and first with Reese. They split €7,870 ($9,585).
   Verbeek will rise 10 places to a career-high No. 114 in doubles on Monday.   
   NCAA Tournament — The top-seeded Florida men, playing in their first NCAA final, beat second-seeded Baylor 4-1 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
   The Gators' Sam Riffice, a junior who grew up in Roseville, Calif., in the Sacramento area, won at No. 2 doubles and No. 2 singles. 
   In the women's final, Lulu Sun outlasted fellow freshman Taisiya Pachkaleva 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5 on Court 3 to give the second-seeded Texas women a 4-3 victory over fifth-seeded Pepperdine. 
   The Longhorns, with five freshmen in the singles lineup, won their third national crown and first since 1995. The Waves, who upset top-seeded North Carolina in the semifinals, were playing in their first NCAA final.

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