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Semifinals set at Tennis On Campus National Championship

2017 Tennis On Campus Day 2 UCLA

By Dan Pyser 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The final four of the 2017 Tennis On Campus National Championship is set as the knockout round began today at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla.

This year’s tournament has produced four new faces as none of this year’s semifinalists advanced past the Round of 16 a year ago. Three of the four semifinalists are competing for their first-ever national title as the final day of action approaches. 

The lone former champion, UCLA (2011), reached the semifinals with a 29-17 win over USTA Southern California section rival Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the Round of 16 and a 26-19 win over four-time champion University of California, Berkeley in the quarterfinals.

“Coming back to the semifinals this year has been amazing, something we've been looking forward to all year and have been working towards,” said Arjun Sarkar, captain and president of the UCLA team. “Tennis On Campus has given us opportunities to meet and compete against some wonderful people. Our team is loving every moment of the tournament. We plan to keep taking it all in, and to make sure we leave here only after we put it all out on the court.”

UCLA will face the University of Michigan in Saturday's semifinal. Michigan defeated Harvard University, 26-19, in the Round of 16 and then triumphed over Georgia Tech, 30-7, in the quarterfinals. Michigan is the USTA Midwest Section champion. 

On the other side of the bracket, the University of California, Irvine joins its USTA Southern California counterpart in the semifinals. UC-Irvine defeated the University of Pennsylvania, 26-19, in the Round of 16 and then took down the University of Georgia, 26-20, in the quarterfinals.

The fourth and final semifinalist, hailing from the USTA Northern Section, is the University of Minnesota. After defeating Penn State University, 27-24, in one of the most thrilling Round of 16 matchups, Minnesota took down the hometown University of Central Florida by an identical score.

Both semifinals will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. followed by the championship match at 6 p.m. The final will be carried live on YouTube and feature guest commentator CiCi Bellis.