Stillwater, Okla. – After weeks of competition, including team and individual play, action has not come to a close from the Greenwood Tennis Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University as the singles and doubles draws came to a close, crowning the four final national champions of the college tennis season.

In men’s singles, Alabama junior Filip Planinsek was crowned the NCAA Division I Men’s Singles National Champion after taking down Columbia’s Michael Zheng 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 in the finals. Planinsek, who came into the championship as an unseeded player, faced a gauntlet of seeded players en route to the championship, taking down Cannon Kingsley (Ohio State), Micah Braswell (Texas), Cooper Williams (Harvard), and Ozan Baris (Michigan State) who all were seeded in the draw.

As the first player in Alabama men’s tennis history to reach the NCAA Singles Final, Planinsek wrote even more history on Saturday, winning the program’s first NCAA Championship across any draw. Planinsek also made it five straight years in which the men’s singles champion has come from the SEC, joining the likes of Paul Jubb (South Carolina, 2019), Sam Riffice (Florida, 2021), Ben Shelton (Florida, 2022), and Ethan Quinn (Georgia, 2023).

From the women’s singles final, it was Miami’s Alexa Noel getting the better of Georgia’s Anastasiia Lopata, winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the championship match. Down a set and a break in the second set, things were looking dim for Noel as the the native of New Jersey was wondering if her efforts would be enough to take down the cinderella story in Lopata.

Digging in and finding her rhythm, Noel was able to get the second set back on serve and would go on to win 7-5 to force a decisive third set. With the momentum on her side, Noel went up a double break in the third set and never looked back, taking home Miami’s third NCAA Singles Championship in program history. Additionally, though not guaranteed, Noel is now positioned to receive a main draw US Open singles wild card as have been given by the USTA to American NCAA Champions in recent years.

Moving into doubles action, the Ohio State team of JJ Tracy and Robert Cash won in tiebreak over Florida State’s Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc and Joshua Dous Karpenschif to claim the Buckeyes consecutive NCAA Doubles Championship. Fending off match points in the semifinals, Cash and Tracy were once again playing with their backs against the wall in the finals coming back in the second set and the match tiebreak to win the match.

As one of the most decorated doubles players in college tennis history, Cash was finally able to get the job done at the NCAA Championships as the title adds to his impressive list of titles which includes, ITA All-American Doubles Champion (2022), ITA National Fall Doubles Champion (2022), and NCAA Doubles Runner-Up (2022).

In women’s doubles action, the Georgia duo of Aysegul Mert and Dasha Vidmanova got the better of the top seeds, Savannah Broadus and Janice Tjen of Pepperdine, winning 7-6(4), 2-6, 1-0(9) to take home the title. With Georgia represented in all three championship events (team, singles, and doubles), Mert and Vidmanova were the Bulldog representatives who were able to get over the hump in Stillwater, giving Drake Bernstein his first championship at the helm of the Georgia program.

See each player’s, or team’s, pathway to the NCAA National Championship below.

Men’s SinglesFilip Planinsek, Alabama

  • defeated Jonas Hartenstein, North Florida – 6-2, 6-1
  • defeated (9-16) Cannon Kingsley, Ohio St. – 7-6(5), 6-1
  • defeated (5) Micah Braswell, Texas – 6-4, 6-4
  • defeated (9-16) Cooper Williams, Harvard – 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
  • defeated (8) Ozan Baris, Michigan St. – 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(6)
  • defeated Michael Zheng, Columbia – 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2

Women’s Singles – Alexa Noel, Miami (FL)

  • defeated Tanya Sasnouskaya, Texas – 6-2, 7-5
  • defeated Grace Piper, Southern California – 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
  • defeated Anika Yarlagadda, North Carolina – 6-1, 6-2
  • defeated Alexandra Yepifanova, Stanford – 6-2, 6-3
  • defeated (1) Mary Stoiana, Texas A&M – 6-3, 6-2
  • defeated Anastasiia Lopata, Georgia – 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

Men’s Doubles – JJ Tracy & Robert Cash, Ohio State

  • defeated Huntley Allen/Adam Neff, SMU – 6-4, 6-2
  • defeated Raul Dobai/Finn Murgett, Auburn – 6-2, 6-2
  • defeated Bozo Barun/Jared Horwood, Arkansas – 6-3, 6-1
  • defeated (5-8) Etienne Donnet/Natan Rodrigues, Louisville – 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(10)
  • defeated Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc/Joshua Dous Karpenschif, Florida St. – 5-7, 6-0, 1-0(5)

Women’s Doubles – Aysegul Mert & Dasha Vidmanova, Georgia

  • defeated Xinyi Nong/Isabella Pfennig, Miami (FL) – 6-2, 6-2
  • defeated (3) Dana Guzman/Alina Shcherbinina, Oklahoma – 6-3, 6-4
  • defeated (5-8) Metka Komac/Avelina Sayfetdinova, Texas Tech – 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(9)
  • defeated Celia-Belle Mohr/Anessa Lee, Vanderbilt – 6-4, 6-4
  • defeated (1) Savannah Broadus/Janice Tjen, Pepperdine – 7-6(4), 2-6, 1-0(9)
- Advertisement -
College Tennis Alumni Network


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here