Three of the top four seeds moved onto the semifinals after play on Saturday at the 2020 ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship Presented by Oracle. The Michigan Wolverines, No. 11 seed, continued to shock the tournament by upsetting No. 3 seed Texas.
Michigan def. Texas 4-2
Another day, another Michigan upset – the Wolverines moved onto the semifinals after winning 4-2. Defending NCAA champions Texas had to work for the doubles point, but after an hour of play Bullard and Spizzirri clinched it on court two 7-6(6). Once singles started, Michigan took control. Nick Beaty finished first defeating Spizzirri 6-2, 6-1. Beaty then took to the sidelines to cheer on freshman Ondrej Styler and sophomore Andrew Fenty to points two and three. Texas’s Harper snuck in a win before Connor Johnston finished it off for the Wolverines, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Michigan took down No. 2 Ito, No. 12 Sigsgaard, and No. 37 Woldeab to secure the win.
USC def. Stanford 4-0
It took under two hours for the Trojans to defeat No. 8 Stanford and punch their ticket to the semifinals. Southern California edged out Pac-12 rival Stanford for the doubles point and then rolled on during singles. No. 1 Daniel Cukierman, who played at singles No. 1 with Holt out, finished first, 6-2, 6-1. Fellow Israeli Bulis closed out his match shortly after, 6-1, 6-2. USC freshman Ryder Jackson dominated Stanford freshman Neel Rajesh in a second set tiebreaker; he clinched the match 6-2, 7-6 (1).
North Carolina def. Florida 4-0
After a quick finish on court three, the Heels looked to Blumberg and Cernoch to close doubles out. Gator pair Crawford and Riffice, ranked No. 13, fought back after being down 1-3, but ultimately lost 4-6. Carolina powered through singles to take the W. Cernoch led off for the Heels with a solid win – 6-1, 6-1. Blumberg followed by defeating No. 23 Crawford in straight sets. Hijikata sent the Heels to the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Ohio State def. Wake Forest 4-3
The defending Indoors champions live to see another day after outlasting Wake Forest 4-3. The Buckeyes and the Demon Deacons went back and forth in doubles, but eventually OSU prevailed. In singles, Wake Forest stormed back winning on courts three and one. Baadi defeated Boulais 6-2, 6-3. Next, Botzer downed No. 19 McNally 6-4, 6-3. The Buckeyes bounced back and tied the match two all after Kingsley won a three-set nail biter, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-5. Banthia changed the score in favor of the Demon Deacons with a 6-7(4) 6-0 6-3 victory over Cash. Seelig answered back on court four with a three-set victory over Efstathiou 6-4 5-7 6-1. The match was decided by James Trotter; the sophomore defeated Nava in a tight 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5 match.
Texas A&M def. UCLA 4-1
After a first round loss, No. 7 Texas A&M came out ready to bounce back. The Aggies won the doubles point on courts one and three. Valentin Vacherot and Barnaby Smith tallied points two and three for A&M. The match once again fell on Aguilar’s shoulders. This time the junior came out on top winning 6-4, 7-5. UCLA’s Tsolakyan recorded the lone point for the Bruins.
TCU def. NC State 4-0
TCU took no time defeating No. 10 NC State. Bolstered by a doubles win, the Frogs won three straight singles in straight set. Fomba only dropped game en route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Next, Gray took down the Wolfpack’s Galarneau, 6-4, 6-2. Jong sealed the win on court six with a 7-5, 6-3 victory.
Columbia def. South Carolina 4-2
Columbia got off to a slow start and dropped the doubles point, but ultimately prevailed. Huang and Kotzen started the rally for the Lions putting them up 2-1. The score was knotted at two after Rodrigues won his match on court three. The win came on singles No. 2 and 4 – Tang and Ambrozy recorded ranked wins over No. 38 Lambling and No. 115 Thomson, respectively.
Baylor def. Wisconsin 4-0
Baylor Bears took the doubles point and never looked back. No. 82 Frantzen defeated Vilela 6-1, 6-1. Shortly after, No. 25 Lah rolled to a 6-0, 6-4 victory. The final punch came from Garcia on court four. He took down Wisconsin’s Krill 6-2, 6-4.
Semifinal matches will be played at noon and 3:30 PM on Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.