Pac-12 Sweeps NCAA Men's Tennis Singles and Doubles Titles
SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 tennis student-athletes claimed two titles at the 2016 NCAA Tennis Championships this past weekend. After STANFORD won the women's team championship last week, Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA won the men's singles title and then paired with Martin Redlicki to take home the men's doubles title. The competition took place at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. The University of Tulsa served as host.
For the men's doubles action, Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat of CALIFORNIA made it to the round of eight before bowing out. No. 2 seed McDonald/Redlicki of UCLA faced Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow and cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 victory. The duo claimed the Conferences' first men's doubles title since Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof of USC in 2008 and the first for UCLA since 1996. The Pac-12 has now claimed 57 all-time NCAA doubles titles.
No. 6 seed McDonald won the singles title over Ohio State's No. 1 seed Mikael Torpegaard, 6-3, 6-3. Of the junior's six victories in his run to the championship, McDonald only went to three sets on one occasion, in the national semifinal where he beat Joao Monteiro of Virginia Tech, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. McDonald's singles title was the second in the last three years for UCLA after Marcos Giron won it in 2014 and is the Pac-12's 45th all-time title.
On the women’s singles side, CALIFORNIA's Maegan Manasse and ARIZONA STATE's Desirae Krawczyk both made it to the round of 16. In the doubles competition, Manasse and teammate Denise Starr, the No. 4 seed, made it all the way to the championship match but came up short against Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keagan from Florida. UCLA's Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips made it to the national semifinal but also lost to the Florida duo.