Day 3 Recap: Katzman Falls to Urken in NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship

Day 3 Recap: Katzman Falls to Urken in NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship

In the singles championship of the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship, Jack Katzman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) fell to Bowdoin's Grant Urken, 6-3, 6-2 Saturday morning at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif.

Katzman, a 2018 First Team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) selection, played in his first national final after advancing through the rounds of 32, 16, eight, and four. 

In the round of 32, Katzman secured a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Jacob Zalenski of Kenyon, before knocking off Daniel Levine of Carnegie Mellon by the same score of 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the national quarterfinals. The quarterfinals saw the Seattle, Wash. native take on Pomona-Pitzer's Jed Kronenberg, the 2018 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year, and edge the Los Angeles, Calif. native, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to earn a spot in the national semifinals. 

After falling behind, 6-7 (5) to Amherst's Sean Wei in the opening set, Katzman battled past his Mammoths' foe, winning the next two sets, 6-3, 6-4 to secure his place against Urken in the singles national title match.  

Urken, who also defeated the Stags' Nikolai Parodi, the top overall seed in the individual bracket (6-4, 4-6, 6-4) in the semifinals, clinched the Polar Bears' first-ever men's tennis individual championship.