NCAA Individual Tournament Results
NCAA Individual Championship
In my opinion, tennis tournaments are probably the hardest to report on because there are too many players playing too many matches, too many consecutive days with not enough time in between to prepare for the next. I can only imagine what it is like to be a player, but as a spectator, it’s my job to sort through the clutter of activity to gather what’s important to the reader. Because other sports operate on a periodic schedule of games, rather than week-long tournaments, commentators are able to build anticipation for the next game on the schedule making it more exciting when following your favorite team.
I understand the thinking that ’More is better’, but what about “Too much of a good thing”? College tennis is the best method of conducting the sport and should be implemented on the professional level. Why? When you follow a team over the course of a season you begin to identify with them. It becomes appointment viewing. Every game matters and every game is important. Plus the players have enough time to rest during the season, they take fewer days off. This keeps the fans interested.
For example, have you ever heard someone, in reference to the weeks leading up to a Major tournament refer to those tournaments as “tune-up” events? That would imply that the tournament is of little value other than to prepare the favorites for the next big one. By diminishing the importance of Indianapolis or Atlanta or New Haven you diminish every player in the tournament making the event less appealing. Why would I go to this event if it doesn’t mean anything? It’s like watching your favorite football team: why would I pay to watch a game that doesn’t matter? When college tennis teams work their way through a schedule of matches, against teams from across the country, all for a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championship at the end, every game is important. The season is not a “warm up” to the tournament, but rather a qualification FOR the tournament. A loss at the wrong time could drop a team in the standings and out of the Championship. A win at the right time could mean an easier draw when they’re accepted. Institute a season of scheduled matches and add significance to professional tennis.
Below you will find the results of the individual NCAA Singles / Doubles Championship for 2015 for players on Florida teams. It’s a lot to take in all at once, but it’s important to at least hear the names of players you are going to want to watch next season. Enjoy!
We can talk about why we’re playing this tournament another time.
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#6 Doubles team Sophomore Courtney Keegan and Freshman Brooke Austin
Defeated Shayne Austin/Briar Preston of Arizona, 6-2, 6-2
Defeated Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez of Georgia, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Defeated Taylor Davidson/Carol Zhao of Stanford, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4
Lost to Klara Fabrikova/Zsofi Susanyi of California, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
May 22, 2015 – The Gators’ top doubles team of Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan advanced to the Round of 16 with a win over Arizona’s #27-ranked Shayne Austin and Briar Preston, 6-2, 6-2. Brooke Austin: “I thought we played really well… really aggressively.” Kourtney Keegan: “I don’t think it’s always easy… getting into a rhythm…. Getting a lead early helps you relax a lot…. You just feel more comfortable out there, and I think that helps a lot because you get more momentum that way.”
#3 Freshman Brooke Austin – Lost in Round 1 to #47 Jennifer Brady of UCLA, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
#56 Sophomore Kourtney Keegan – Lost in Round 1 to #20 Carolina Price of UNC, 6-1, 6-3.
#28 Junior Brianna Morgan – Lost in Round 1 to #57 Madison Westby of USC, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
#58 Sophomore Belinda Woolcock – Defeated Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine, 6-2, 6-3
Lost in Round 2 to Sabrina Santamaria of USC, 6-3, 6-3
#13 Freshman Josie Kuhlman – Defeated Kyle Phillips of UCLA, 6-4, 6-1
Defeated Viktoriya of Oklahoma State, 6-3, 6-4
Defeated Maegan Manasse of Cal, 6-4, 6-1
Defeated Sinead Lohan of Miami, 6-3, 6-4
Lost in Semifinals to Carol Zhao of Stanford, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
#17 Doubles team Senior Lina Lileikite and Junior Stephanie Wagner
Lost to #11 Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez of Georgia, 6-2, 6-2
#37 Freshman Sinead Lohan – Defeated Lauren Herring of Georgia, 6-1, 6-4
Defeated Caroline Price of UNC, 7-6 (3), 7-5
Defeated Natalie Beazant of Rice, 7-5, 6-1
Lost to Josie Kuhlman of Florida in Quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-4
#11 Junior Stephanie Wagner – Defeated Blair Shankle of Baylor, 6-3, 6-2
Defeated Beatrice Gumulya of Clemson, 6-2, 6-4
Defeated Saska Gavrilovska of Texas A&M, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Defeated #1 Robin Anderson of UCLA, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Lost to Jamie Loeb of UNC in Semifinals, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
#91 Freshman Alizee Michaud – Lost to Jasmine Lee of Mississippi State, 6-0, 6-4
May 20, 2015 – #91-ranked Freshman Alizee Michaud endured an 0-6, 4-6 loss to Mississippi State’s Jasmine Lee in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship. This would be the first singles match Alizee has lost all season. Jasmine Lee was a first-team All-SEC selection and the #23-ranked player in America. A very tall order considering Michaud was playing for the first time since April 18, when Stetson lost to FGCU in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. Stetson Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote: “I believe her slow start had to do with her going about a month without playing any meaningful tennis… the second set was more of the quality level of play that we are accustomed to seeing from Alizee.” Alizee Michaud finished the regular season as the 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Player and Freshman of the Year.
North Florida Singles
#96 Sophomore Jack Findel-Hawkins – Lost to Roberto Quiroz of USC, 6-4, 6-3
Jack was playing in his first match in over two months after being sidelined with an injury which makes his #96 ranking even more impressive. He won the Bedford Cup in the fall and the first Osprey to earn entry into the NCAA Singles Championship.
South Florida Doubles
#28 Doubles team Senior Oliver Pramming and Freshman Justin Roberts
Defeated Denis Nguyen/Brian Yeung of Harvard, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Lost to Harry Jadun/John Patrick Mullane of Michigan State, 7-6 (0), 6-4
Congratulations to Oliver Pramming on a successful season with the Bulls, helping the team achieve a #18 ranking and capture its first AAC title. Looks like Justin Roberts will have to find a new doubles partner next season. But one-half of the #28 Doubles in the nation shouldn’t have any trouble finding someone to play with.
South Florida Singles
#21 Junior Roberto Cid – Lost to Austin Smith of Georgia, 6-2, 7-6 (1)
Florida State Doubles
#16 Doubles team Juniors Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez
Lost to Arjun Kadhe/Jakob Sude of Oklahoma State, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Florida State Singles
#44 Junior Benjamin Lock – Defeated Uros Petronijevic of San Diego, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Lost to Ryan Shane of Virginia in Round of 32, 6-2, 6-1Posted on: May 26, 2015coachken