KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournaments began on Friday at several locations around Kalamazoo, Michigan due to inclement weather. Five NESCAC players competed in the singles bracket with three advancing to the quarterfinals and both doubles teams moved out of the Round of 16 and will continue playing on Saturday.
Amherst Sean Wei started his NCAA Singles Tournament with a straight-set win (6-2, 7-5) over Matthew Chen of Case Western Reserve. He defeated Jack Katzman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 6-1, 6-3 to earn a place in the quarterfinals. Wei improves to 20-10 on the year and is 5-1 in NCAA Tournament singles play in his career.
Bowdoin's Jerry Jiang earned a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Austin Diehl of Kenyon his opening round of the singles tournament to set up a meeting with Tufts' Boris Sorkin in the Round of 16. Sorkin, playing in his first-ever NCAA Singles Tournament, defeated Jordan Pitts from Trinity-Texas 6-3, 7-5 in the Round of 32. Sorkin defeated Jiang 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Singles title earlier this year. However, on Friday Jiang avenged the loss with a 7-6 (6), 6-3 win. Sorkin finished his season with a 24-6 record and was the first Jumbo to play in the NCAA singles tournament in 15 years. Jiang moves on to play Jonathon Jemison of Emory, the No. 3 seed, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Fellow Polar Bear, Grant Urken, the defending national singles champion, earned a straight-sets, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dominic Lacombe of Christopher Newport to open the tournament. He added a 6-3, 7-5 win over Chicago's Erik Kerrigan to advance to the quarterfinals where he will face NESCAC foe Sean Wei of Amherst at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Wesleyan's Andrew Finkelman faced off against Hayden Cassone of Emory in the Round of 32. Down 3-2 in the first set, Finkelman battled back to win 6-4. In the second set, Finkelman trailed 0-3, before slicing the deficit to one (2-3), but eventually fell 6-4 to force a third set. In the final set, Cassone earned a 6-4 win to advance to the Round of 16.
In the NCAA Doubles Championship bracket, Noah Lilienthal and Adrian Roji battled Johns Hopkins' duo of Joseph Cartledge and Austin Gu for the first time this year and earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory. The Bowdoin team of Jiang and Urken needed three sets to dispatch Chase Johnson and Patrick Whaling of Gustavus Adolphus, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The Cardinals will face the Skidmore team of Noah Williamson and JT Wynne, while the Polar Bear team will take on Adrien Bouchet and Jonathan Jemison of Emory. Both quarterfinal matches are scheduled to start not before 4:30 p.m.