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TULSA, Okla. — For the first time since 2002, the University of Notre Dame men’s tennis program has added a pair of doubles All-Americans to its all-time ranks.
Seniors Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan joined that elite group Friday, turning in a dramatic 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 10-8 victory over Tulane’s Chin-Shan Jao and Dominik Koepfer in the NCAA Doubles Championship Round of 16 at the Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa. By advancing to the tournament’s quarterfinal, the pair automatically earned All-American recognition.
“Obviously it was as close as it gets — 6-7, 7-6 and a breaker in the third,” Monaghan said. “Our coach told us that there would be a lot of momentum shifts and to stay calm and keep going with the process. I think that really paid off in the end, so it was big.”
UNC men’s tennis doubles team Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur won Friday to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament doubles bracket, beating Ohio State’s Herkko Pollanen and Mikael Torpegaard 6-4, 6-2. By earning a spot among the final eight teams in the bracket, the Tar Heel junors earned All-America honors for the season.
For Schnur, who is from Pickering, Ontario, it’s the third All-America recognition of his career, following singles honors in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He becomes just the third player in UNC program history, and the first in more than four decades, to earn All-America honors in three years.
For Murray, from Beverly Hills, Mich., it’s the first All-America honor of his career.
The two are ranked No. 27 nationally and were initially alternates to the 32-team doubles tournament. But since gaining entry to the tournament, they’ve made their presence felt with wins over two higher-ranked teams. In the first round on Thursday, they beat 14th-ranked Zvonimir Babic and Filip Kraljevic of Ole Miss. Friday’s Ohio State team was ranked No. 22.
TULSA, Okla. - Virginia men's tennis junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 3 seed Dominik Koepfer of Tulane on Friday (May 26) at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
After logging a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Georgia's Wayne Montgomery in the second round, Kwiatkowski had an equally dominant performance against Koepfer, who had been the top-ranked player in the country much of the season. Kwiatkowski, who won the ITA All-American singles championship in Tulsa in the fall, will face TCU's Cameron Norrie, the No. 5 seed, in Saturday's quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. ET. Kwiatkowski advanced to the semifinals in last year's NCAA Singles Championship before falling to Noah Rubin of Wake Forest.
"Dominik Koepfer is an unbelievable player, and between the fall season and regular season he had maybe lost three matches on the entire year," Kwiatkowski said. "It's pretty special to be No. 1 in a really good conference and a really good program. He's an unbelievable player, and he won indoors this year so I just had to come out here and put as many balls on the court as I could. I really played with no pressure to be honest, because all the pressure was on him as he is the No. 3 seed and he is a senior. I am just happy to be here to be honest. We won the team championship earlier this week, and that was the big thing for me this season. Now, I am playing tennis just to have fun."
TULSA, Okla. – Virginia Tech senior Joao Monteiro advances into the Elite Eight on Friday afternoon at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship.
Monteiro defeated the defending national champion and eighth-ranked UVA’s Ryan Shane. After falling in the opening set 6-1, Monteiro rallied in the second with the two players tied at 5-5. Monteiro won the final two points to force the third set where he rolled to a 6-2 win to secure his place in the Elite Eight.
TULSA, Okla. – Three Wake Forest men’s tennis players advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Individual Championships with victories on Friday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Freshman Petros Chrysochos moved on to the fourth round of the singles draw, while the duo of Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim reached the third round in doubles.
Chrysochos downed 16th-ranked Jared Hiltzik of Illinois, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the singles round of 16. Mansouri dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision to sixth-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA in singles, but later teamed up with Seraphim to dispatch No. 6 Jordan Daigle and Boris Arias of LSU, 6-4, 6-4, in doubles.
With the victory, Mansouri and Seraphim became the first Deacons since 2010 to earn All-American status in doubles. Mansouri became the third player in program history to garner All-American accolades in both singles and doubles, joining Todd Paul in 2007 and Cory Parr in 2009.
The singles win for Chrysochos made him the second Demon Deacon to reach the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Singles Championship. Noah Rubin reached the championship match last season.