NCAA Division 1 Men's Tennis Championship Quarterfinal Preview

NCAA Division 1 Men's Tennis Championship Quarterfinal Preview

While the 2024 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Tennis Championship provided some major upsets this past weekend in Super Regionals action, all eight of the top men’s seeds advanced to the quarterfinals, with just two 4-3 matches.

See the full men’s team bracket here. The 2024 Division I NCAA Championship is taking place at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., with the team event May 16-19 followed by the singles and doubles tournaments.

Two Round of 16 Battles

In the closest match by both ITA Ranking and UTR Power 6, No. 8 Columbia (79.99) squeezed by No. 9 Arizona (79.66) 4-3 in New York to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Lions won a tight doubles point and then picked up singles wins at the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 5 spots with junior Hugo Hashimato (UTR 13.11) clinching the victory via a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Casper Christensen (UTR 12.97).

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In the other 4-3 match of the weekend, Tennessee (79.63) erased a 1-3 deficit and came back to beat Florida State (78.62) to finish the 2024 season with a perfect 18-0 record at home. Fifth-year senior Angel Diaz (UTR 12.97) clinched the dramatic win with a 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over Youcef Rihane (UTR 13.15) at the No. 4 spot. The Volunteers face a red-hot Texas (83.21) team next, as the No. 2-seeded Longhorns head to Stillwater, Okla. on a 16-match win streak following their 4-0 sweep over Texas A&M (78.52).

Quarterfinals Set for Thursday

On Thursday in Oklahoma when the quarterfinal tournament gets underway, Columbia will face No. 1-seeded Ohio State (81.90) for the fourth time in program history, with all of the meetings coming at the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will look to move to 4-0 against the Lions, having dropped just one match this season and sporting a superb 33-1 overall record.

The winner of Columbia and Ohio State will battle the winner of TCU (81.38) and Kentucky (78.93), with the TCU dominating Duke (78.16) 4-0 in the round of 16 and Kentucky battling past a gritty Harvard (79.19) team, 4-2.

In the bottom half of the draw, the two remaining ACC teams in the draw are matched up against each other, with two-time defending national champions Virginia (80.35) taking on Wake Forest (79.51). In their lone previous matchup of the season, Virginia was victorious at home via a 4-3 decision that came down to a 7-5 third-set clinch.

With the women’s quarterfinal action beginning Friday, the men will start on Thursday and then have a day off on Friday before wrapping up with semifinal and championship matches on Saturday and Sunday.

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