|Andre Goransson practices during the Tiburon (Calif.)|
Challenger in September. Photo by Paul Bauman
The junior from Sweden will try to become the first Cal man to win the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships when he meets third-seeded Dominik Koepfer of Tulane. Coverage will begin at 7 a.m. on WatchESPN.com.
The 22nd-ranked Goransson edged No. 24 Chris Eubanks of Georgia Tech 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 today in the semifinals of the National Indoors in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
“(Eubanks) has a really big game, so at first I was just trying to be aware that when I get opportunities, I need to take advantage of them, because there aren't going to be many,” Goransson said on itatennis.com. "In the first set, I got some opportunities in the last two games and took advantage of them. In the second set, he came out strong, and I didn't make as many first serves and that gave him more chances to come in. In the third set, I was able to break back quickly and ended the match on a break.”
Goransson is the third Cal man to reach the National Indoors final, according to gobears.com. Michael Bauer lost to Arkansas' Chip Hooper 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 in 1981, and Steve DeVries fell to USC's Luke Jensen 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in 1987.
Koepfer, ranked 10th, beat No. 70 Joao Monteiro of Virginia Tech 6-4, 6-4. Monteiro had ousted top-seeded Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia in the quarterfinals.
Koepfer, a senior from Germany, defeated Goransson 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the ITA All-American Tennis Championships early last month in Tulsa, Okla. It's the only loss of the fall season for Goransson (13-1).
In the women's doubles semifinals, top-seeded Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr of Cal lost to third-seeded Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi of Kentucky 6-4, 6-2. Starr, a junior, is from nearby Brooklyn, N.Y.
Goransson and Manasse swept the Sportsmanship Awards for Cal.
USTA/ITA NATIONAL INDOOR INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
In Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
SemifinalsAndre Goransson, Cal, def. Chris Eubanks, Georgia Tech, 7-1, 1-6, 7-5.
Dominik Koepfer (3), Tulane, def. Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 6-4.
SemifinalsHugo Dojas and Felipe Soares, Texas Tech, def. Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen, New Mexico, 4-6, 6-2 [11-9].
Brett Clark and Robert Kelly (2), North Carolina, def. Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan, Notre Dame, 7-6 (3), 4-6 [10-6].
SemifinalsJoana Eidukonyte, Clemson, def. Belinda Woolcock (7), Florida, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State, def. Stephanie Wagner (8), Miami, 6-4, 6-4.
SemifinalsMami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi (3), Kentucky, def. Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr (1), Cal, 6-4, 6-2.
Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay (4), North Carolina, def. Kristina Mathis and Taylor Ng, Dartmouth, 6-4, 6-4.