Virginia Tennis Represented in NCAA Men's Singles & Women's Doubles Semifinals
By Matt Newton,2023-05-26
The Virginia Tennis program is represented with three athletes in the semifinals of the NCAA Men's Singles and Women's Doubles Championships.
Chris Rodesch has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship, becoming just the 10th player in program history to advance to this stage and the first Cavalier to do so since Thai-Son Kwiatkowski won the title in 2017. Rodesch, who was named the MVP of the NCAA Tournament after helping lead the Cavaliers to their second-straight NCAA Men's Tennis Championship on Sunday, rolled right into the singles tournament on Monday and knocked off USC's Peter Makk 7-6, 6-2 in the first round. He then defeated Kentucky's Joshua Lapadat 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 and then Florida's Axel Nefve 6-4, 6-4 in the Round of 16 in Wednesday. In Thursday's quarterfinals, Rodesch took down Ohio State's Alex Bernard 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals, where he will battle the No. 2 overall seed Ethan of Georgia on Friday at 10am with a spot in Saturday's championship match on the line.
UVA's Julia Adams and Melodie Collard have advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championship, becoming just the second Cavalier duo to advance to this stage in women's doubles. Emma Navarro and Rosie Johanson reached the semifinals in 2021, the same year that Navarro won the NCAA singles title. Adams and Collard beat UC Santa Barbara's Amelia Honer and Kira Reuter 6-4, 6-3 in the first round and then won a nail-biter against the No. 9-seed duo of Nell Miller and Amelia Rajecki from NC State, 7-6, 7-6 in the Round of 16 on Wednesday. They defeated Illinois' Katherine Duong and Megan Heuser 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Thursday to advance to the semifinals, where a rematch with North Carolina's No. 11-seed pairing of Fiona Crawley and Carson Tanguilig awaits. These two duos faced off back on February 24th, with Virginia winning the single set 6-3. Adams and Collard will take on Crawley and Tanguilig in the semifinals on Friday at 1pm with the winner advancing to the championship match on Saturday.
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