Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) student-athletes highlight play on day two of the individual NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Tennis Championships at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif.
In singles action, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' (CMS) Nikolai Parodi defeated Brian Grodecki of Williams in a three-set thriller, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the national semifinals against Bowden's Grant Urken.
The Stags' Jack Katzman defeated Pomona-Pitzer's Jed Kronenberg, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in other quarterfinal action, and advanced to the semifinals against Sean Wei of Amherst.
In the national semifinals, Urken outlasted Parodi in a three-set thriller, winning, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, while Katzman secured his spot in the national championship match with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 hard-fought victory over Wei.
Katzman and Urken will square off in the national title match tomorrow at 10 a.m.
In doubles quarterfinal action, the Caltech tandem of Varun Shanker and James Wei suffered a 6-1, 7-6 (3) defeat to Middlebury's Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger and are now eliminated from doubles play.
The singles competition featured a straight-set victory by Catherine Allen of CMS who defeated MIT's Elysa Kohrs, 6-3, 6-2. Allen advanced to the semifinals where she took on Wesleyan's Victoria Yu.
In other quarterfinal play, Pomona-Pitzer's Caroline Casper fell to Williams' Juli Raventos, 6-2, 6-4 and was eliminated from action.
In Allen's semifinal contest against Yu, she fell behind, 4-6 before winning the second set, 6-4 to force a deciding third frame. Yu was victorious, 6-4 in the third set eliminating Allen from singles play.
In doubles, the Athenas' pair of Lindsay Brown and Nicole Tan battled Amherst's Anya Ivenitsky and Avery Wagman to three sets, but fell 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 and are eliminated from the doubles competition.