Maroon Tennis Advances Doubles Teams at NCAAs

Maroon Tennis Advances Doubles Teams at NCAAs

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Six University of Chicago tennis players were in action Thursday at day one of the NCAA Division III Singles & Doubles Championships.

The Maroons received a highlight performance in doubles from first-year Jeremy Yuan and sophomore Tyler Raclin. The duo's first opponent was No. 2-seed tandem Grant Urken/Luke Tercek (Bowdoin College), in a rematch of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Oracle Cup Championship final from October. Raclin and Yuan repeated the autumn result, this time with a straight-sets triumph 6-4, 6-4. The win gave them All-American status for the second time this season.

Sophomore Erik Kerrigan was first on the courts in singles play, with his opening round opponent Jack Gray of Sewanee. Kerrigan battled to a tiebreak in the first set, which he controlled effectively 7-2. He then took the match over completely from there, going up 5-1 in the second set before ending it 6-2. With the win, he earned All-American status in singles for the second-straight year.

Kerrigan's next opponent was No. 1 overall seed Nikolai Parodi (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps). The sophomore came out strong and capped the first set 6-4. However, Parodi got into a groove and won the next two sets 6-3 and 6-2. Kerrigan finishee the season with records of 18-10 in singles and 18-8 in doubles.

Senior Nicolas Chua closed out his decorated career in the singles bracket. In his fourth-straight year of qualifying for NCAA singles, Chua played No. 7-seed Sean Wei (Amherst College). The senior won the first set 6-2, but Wei took the second and third sets 6-2 and 6-3.

Chua finishes as a four-time All-American between singles and doubles play. His UChicago career included 77 singles win and 70 doubles victories.

In the women's singles bracket, first-year Claire Handa made her NCAA debut against Lindsay Brown (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps). The players split lopsided sets (1-6, 6-2) and Handa's second set win forced a deciding third. Brown was able to secure a break late in the match and finish off a 6-4 victory. The UChicago rookie finished the year as the team's leader in singles wins at 22-7.

Sophomore Marjorie Antohi also went the maximum distance with a three setter of her own versus No. 5-seed Camille Smukler (Amherst). Smukler grabbed the opening set 6-3, and Antohi returned the favor with a 6-3 of her own in the second. Amherst eventually held serve on match point to win 6-4 in the third. Antohi ranked second on the team this season with a singles mark of 20-7.

Antohi and Handa closed out the day with a doubles bout against Izzy Essi/Tess Trinka (Bowdoin). UChicago snagged the opening set 6-4, but then got shutout 6-0 in the second. In a back-and-forth third set, the score was tied at 4-4 when the Maroons forced a break and then served the match out at 6-4. The win gives All-American doubles status to Antohi and Handa.

NEXT MATCHES:

  • Friday, May 25 @ 9:00 AM (PT) – UChicago at NCAA Championships (Claremont, Calif.)