In the biggest weekend of DI Regional play, 14 regional tournaments took place. Regional singles and doubles finalists from each event punched their ticket to the ITA National Fall Championships on Nov. 1-5 at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.
With five consecutive wins, Oregon’s Quinn Vandecasteele claimed the Northwest Super Regional singles title. In the finals, Vandecasteele defeated 29th-ranked Samir Banjeree of Stanford in a 6-3, 6-4 victory. It was Pacific’s unseeded duo of senior Peter Alam and junior Justas Trainauskas who were crowned the Northwest Super Regional doubles champions, securing the first berth into the ITA Fall National Championships for the Pacific men’s tennis team since 2017.
Arizona dominated the weekend at Pepperdine in the Southwest Regionals. In singles, #2 seed Colton Smith ran through the draw without dropping a set, capturing the title by defeating UC Santa Barbara’s Pablo Masjuan 6-3, 6-3. In doubles, Smith continued to roll alongside partner Jay Friend, taking down the top-seeded San Diego duo of Sacchitt Sharrma and Iiro Vasa in the semifinals before taking down Pepperdine’s Maxi Homberg and Edward Winter 6-3, 6-3 in the finals.
Texas senior Micah Braswell became the third Longhorn since 2017 to win the singles title at the Texas Regionals, Christian Sigsgaard having won the title in 2018 and Leo Telles in 2017. In an all-TCU doubles final, it was Sebastian Gorzny and Pedro Vives beating Duncan Chan and Lui Maxted. Vives and Juan Carlos Aguilar claimed the title in 2021.
Oklahoma State’s Tyler Zink won the Central Regional singles title by defeating teammate Alex Garcia 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 before teaming up with Isaac Becroft to win the doubles title. The pair claimed the title after defeating Creighton’s Alejandro Gandini and Matthew Lanahan in a tight 6-2, 5-7, (10-6) victory. With both the singles and doubles titles, Zink went a combined 11-0 during the weekend, while Gandini and Lanahan became the first Creighton men’s players to qualify for the Fall Nationals.
At the Midwest Regionals, JJ Tracy defeated doubles partner Alexander Bernard 6-4, 6-1 to secure the singles title. Ohio State had a dominant weekend in singles with all four singles semi finalists. It was Karlis Ozolins and Hunter Heck of Illinois who were victorious in the doubles draw after beating Alexander Bernard and JJ Tracy in the finals in a straightforward 6-1, 6-2 victory. The Illini pair reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament in May, the furthest any Illinois’ men’s doubles team has gone since 2007.
Harvard freshman Cooper Williams had a successful weekend at the Northwest Super Regionals, defeating last year’s super regional champion, #15 Michael Zheng of Columbia in the semifinals before downing #2 seeded Radu Papoe of Cornell 7-6, 6-4 in the championship. Winning eight straight doubles matches, Williams and Daniel Milavsky claimed the doubles titles, marking 13 victories together this fall. Prior to joining the Crimson this fall, Williams reached a career high ITF ranking of No. 3, reaching the 2023 Wimbledon singles junior semifinals and doubles quarterfinals and the 2023 Roland Garros junior quarterfinals in singles and doubles after winning the 2022 Australian Open junior doubles championship.
Wake Forest’s Filippo Moroni went on an impressive 6-0 run over four days of action to claim the Carolina Regional singles title. Facing teammate DK Suresh, Moroni earned a 6-2, 6-1 victory. In doubles, it was NC State’s Joe Wayand and Martin Borisiouk who captured the doubles title by defeating the Duke’s Andrew Zhang and Michael Heller. This will be the second straight trip to the ITA Fall Nationals for Wayand, having won the regional tournament last season with Rafa Izquierdo Luque.
USC sophomore Emma Charney won the Southwest Regional singles title, defeating #2 seed Savannah Broadus of Pepperdine 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Last year, Charney was a semifinalist at the tournament. Broadus and Janice Tjen took down the #2 seeded and nation’s No. 13 doubles team of UC Santa Barbara’s Honer and Reuter in a straight set 6-4, 7-5 victory. This is the first doubles win for the Waves since Christine Maddox and current WTA #49 Mayar Sherif did so in 2016.
Wyoming’s Noesjka Brink took home the Mountain Regional singles title on Sunday, the first player to be crowned an ITA regional champion since 2011 for the Cowgirls. Brink rallied after dropping the first set 4-6 before taking the next two sets 6-4, 6-3 against Utah’s Marcela Lopez. Brink joins the doubles team of Veronica Popovici and Simona Synkova as the only winners of regional titles in program history. Losing just four games, the #7 seeded Andrea Beltran and Britt Pursell of Denver defeated the #4 seeded team from UNLV in Saturday’s semifinal. Gearing up to play BYU’s #1 seed of Dunyon and Huang, Beltran and Pursell received a walkover, automatically giving the Denver team the doubles title.
Another freshman standout added a regional title to their resume this weekend as Esha Velaga of Penn defeated her sister Neha Velaga of Princeton 6-3, 6-0 to be crowned the Northeast Super Regional singles champion. In doubles, it was Brown junior Lindsey Hofflander and sophomore Phoebe Peus who took down Temple’s grad student Samantha Nanere and sophomore Maiko Uchijima to win the title and qualify for the ITA Fall Nationals.
The Vanderbilt women dominated the Ohio Valley Regional Championships this weekend. The #3 seeded Bridget Stammel defeated teammate and top seed Celia-Belle Mohr. Although falling in the singles finals, Mohr and partner Anessa Lee defeated Kentucky’s Elizabeth Eades and Lidia Gonzalez to take the doubles title. Vanderbilt won 39 matches at the tournament.
Maryland graduate student Selma Cadar defeated Virginia’s Hibah Shaikh 6-4, 7-6 (3) to win the Atlantic Regional singles title. In doubles, the tables were turned with the #2 seeded Shaikh and partner Natasha Subhash defeating Cadar and Mary Brumfield without dropping a single game in a dominant 6-0, 6-0 victory.
At the Carolina Regionals, it was all UNC. #1 seed Reese Brantmeier who blazed through the AI singles draw, dropping a total of only 12 games during the tournament to take the title. Tar Heel senior Anika Yarlagadda dropped just one set to prevail in the A2 bracket. In doubles, Brantmeier continued her success by pairing with Elizabeth Scotty, getting the win over NC State’s Sophie Abrams and Anna Zyryanova 7-5, 6-1 in the A1 final. UNC grad student Abbey Forbes and senior Reilly Tran prevailed in the A2 draw.
At the Southeast Regionals, it was a Florida showdown in the championship match with Emily De Oliveira facing off against Rachel Gailis. In a close back and forth battle, it was De Oliveira who came out with the narrow 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 triumph. The #5 seeded duo of Miami’s Xinyi Nong and Isabella Pfennig collected the doubles title in a nail biter three-set victory winning, 6-7 (0), 7-5, (11-9).
Men’s Carolina | Duke | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Filippo Moroni, Wake Forest
- Doubles Champion: Joseph Wayand & Martin Borisiouk, NC State
Central | Oklahoma State | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Tyler Zink, Oklahoma State
- Doubles Champion: Tyler Zink & Isaac Becroft, Oklahoma State
Midwest | Michigan | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: JJ Tracy, Ohio State
- Doubles Champion: Karlis Ozolins & Hunter Heck, Illinois
Northeast (Super Regional) | Princeton | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Cooper Williams, Harvard
- Doubles Champion: Cooper Williams & Daniel Milavsky, Harvard
Northwest (Super Regional) | Stanford | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Quinn Vandecasteele, Oregon
- Doubles Champion: Peter Alam & Justas Trainauskas, Pacific
Southwest | Pepperdine | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Colton Smith, Arizona
- Doubles Champion: Colton Smith & Jay Friend, Arizona
Texas | TCU | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Micah Braswell, Texas
- Doubles Champion: Pedro Vives & Sebastian Gorzny, TCU
Women’s Atlantic | Liberty | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Selma Cadar, Maryland
- Doubles Champion: Natasha Subhash & Hibah Shaikh, Virginia
Carolina | North Carolina | Tournament Page
- Singles A1 Champion: Reese Brantmeier, North Carolina
- Singles A2 Champion: Anika Yarlagadda, North Carolina
- Doubles A1 Champion: Elizabeth Scotty & Reese Brantmeier, North Carolina
- Doubles A2 Champion: Abbey Forbes & Reilly Tran, North Carolina
Mountain | Utah | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Noesjka Brink, Wyoming
- Doubles Champion: Andrea Beltran & Britt Pursell, Denver
Northeast (Super Regional) | Army West Point | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Esha Velaga, Penn
- Doubles Champion: Phoebe Peus & Lindsey Hofflander, Brown
Ohio Valley | Tennessee | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Bridget Stammel, Vanderbilt
- Doubles Champion: Celia-Belle Mohr & Anessa Lee, Vanderbilt
Southeast | Florida | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Emily De Oliveira, Florida
- Doubles Champion: Xinyi Nong & Isabella Pfennig, Miami
Southwest | San Diego & San Diego State | Tournament Page
- Singles Champion: Emma Charney, USC
- Doubles Champion: Janice Tjen & Savannah Broadus, Pepperdine