|No. 6 seed Mackenzie McDonald will meet No. 1 Mikael|
Torpegaard of Ohio State today in the NCAA singles final.
2015 photo by Paul Bauman
NCAA champions from the United States receive a wild card in the U.S. Open, which this year begins Aug. 29.
The sixth-seeded McDonald, a UCLA junior from Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, will meet top-seeded Mikael Torpegaard, an Ohio State sophomore from Denmark, today at 10 a.m. PDT in Tulsa, Okla.
Then McDonald and Martin Redlicki, a resident of Boca Raton, Fla., will face unseeded Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M at 2 p.m. Rinderknech hails from France, and Withrow is from Omaha, Neb.
In the women's doubles semifinals on Sunday, fourth-seeded Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr of Cal edged top-seeded Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay of North Carolina 6-4, 4-6 [10-7]. Manasse and Starr will play third-seeded Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan of Florida for the title today at noon.
Today's matches will be streamed live at tulsahurricane.com.
McDonald, only 5-foot-10 (1.78 meters) and 145 pounds (66 kilograms), downed No. 9-16 seed Joao Monteiro of Virginia Tech 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. It was the fourth straight three-set match for Monteiro, a senior from Portugal, and the first of the tournament for McDonald.
The match was moved indoors after the first set because of lightning in the area, and McDonald trailed 2-0 in the third set.
"That guy was playing really good tennis indoors," said McDonald, ranked No. 420 in the world and coached privately by former No. 6 Wayne Ferreira. "The momentum definitely shifted once we went indoors after that first set. ...
"That second set, he got a break on me, and he was playing really well. The third set was just a lot of heart, and I was just trying to fight for every point. That’s was got me through there at the end.”
Torpegaard, 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters), outclassed fifth-seeded Cameron Norrie of Texas Christian 6-3, 6-4.
In Tulsa, Okla.
In Tulsa, Okla.
SemifinalsMikael Torpegaard (1), Ohio State, def. Cameron Norrie (5), Texas Christian, 6-3, 6-4.
Mackenzie McDonald (6), UCLA, def. Joao Monteiro (9-16), Virginia Tech, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
SemifinalsArthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M, def. David Biosca and Rogerio Ribeiro, East Tennessee State, 6-2, 5-7 [10-7].
Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki (2), UCLA, def. Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan, Notre Dame, 7-5, 6-7 (5) [10-8].
SemifinalsHayley Carter (1), North Carolina, def. Sinead Lohan (8), Miami, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Danielle Collins (2), Virginia, def. Luisa Stefani (7), Pepperdine, 7-6 (7), 6-4.
SemifinalsMaegan Manasse and Denise Starr (4), Cal, def. Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay (1), North Carolina, 6-4, 4-6 [10-7].
Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan (3), Florida, def. Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips (5-8), UCLA, 4-6, 6-3 [10-5].