The team event at the NCAA Championships got started this past weekend in both the girls’ and boys’ categories. The first two rounds took place in 16 different locations throughout the United States on May 11-12 and May 12-13, respectively. Four teams per city competed in the preliminary round.
On the girls’ side, only two representatives were competing in the team event. Marie-Alexandre Leduc began the tournament in doubles where her match was not completed as her team had already won the doubles point. Afterwards, she faced the no. 1 singles player from Ohio, the 28th ranked team, and caused the upset by winning the final match 6-4, 7-6(3) to allow her team, ranked no. 41, to move on to the second round thanks to a 4-1 win over their opponents. The following day, her Clemson Tigers fell by a score of 4-0 to Vanderbilt, the first seeds and the defending National Champions.
For her part, Rosie Johanson notched the doubles point for her team in the first round. In singles, her match was interrupted as she was trailing by a set due to the fact that her team had already qualified for the next round with a 4-2 win.
We advanced at the NCAA Regional today with a 4-2 win over VCU. Here are some highlights from today's match. We'll be back on the court tomorrow vs. No. 10 South Carolina. #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/LuxrtQ0JZF
— Virginia Women's Tennis (@UVAWomensTennis) May 11, 2018
The following day, against South Carolina, the Canadian was unable to get the win in doubles. Her singles match was once again halted, but this time it was because her team had just been defeated by a score of 4-0.
In the boys’ event, Alexis Galarneau’s NC State fell in the opening round 4-1 against California. Dan Martin’s Dartmouth team faced the same fate as they were quickly eliminated 4-0 by Oregon.
For their part, Josh Peck and Benjamin Sigouin lead their team in a complete sweep over Campbell, securing their place in the second round where they were opposed to Tennessee, their compatriot Nicaise Muamba’s team.
— UNC Men's Tennis (@carolinatennis) May 13, 2018
This was the first match-up between the two teams since 2012 and it was North Carolina who got the upper hand and walked away with a 4-0 victory. In the quarter-finals, they will face South Carolina with matches slated to begin on Friday.
Two other Canadian players helped their teams qualify for the next round. First off, Jack Mingjie Lin’s Columbia easily defeated Monmouth in the first round and went on to defeat Virginia by a score of 4-1. Both rounds were played at home. Jean Carlos Aguilar’s team had a similar path as they not only played at home, but they also moved into the second round with an exciting 4-0 victory in the opening round. In order to secure their place in the quarter-finals, the team eliminated Baylor by a score of 4-0 and will take on Alabama on Friday.
There are still a number of Canadians to keep an eye on as action continues on Friday in Winston-Salem. After the conclusion of the team event on May 22, the singles and doubles events will begin on May 23.
You can watch our Canadian players compete for glory with the following livestream: