Grant Urken Advances to NCAA Championship Match Saturday

Photos courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com
Photos courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Bowdoin junior Grant Urken will play for the NCAA Division III men's tennis individual title on Saturday in Claremont, California, after storming through the 32-man tournament that began Thursday.

Urken, who is the first-ever Bowdoin men's tennis player to play for an NCAA individual championship, will face Jack Katzman of the host school (CMS) at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT for the national title. Complete live coverage can be found here.

Tournament Highlights

  • Urken advanced to the national championship match with a pair of wins on Friday. He defeated Gustavus Adolphus' Mohanad Al Houni (6-3, 6-2) in the quarterfinals before bouncing Nikolai Parodi of CMS (6-4, 4-6, 6-4) in the semifinals.
  • He won two matches on Thursday to open the tourney, cruising to straight-set wins over Zach Hewlin of Whitman (6-2, 6-4) and Sebastian Sikh of North Carolina Wesleyan (6-1, 6-4).
  • Luke Tercek fell in the opening round of the singles championship to Vishnu Joshi of Johns Hopkins (7-6, 6-7, 6-4).
  • Tess Trinka of the Bowdoin women's team advanced to the second round of the championship with a first-round win against Caroline Kutach of Trinity (Texas) 6-3, 6-3. She fell in the second round to Victoria Yu of Wesleyan 6-1, 6-2.
  • In doubles action, Trinka and Izzy Essi dropped their first round match to a duo from the University of Chicago (6-4, 0-6, 6-4).
  • On the men's side, Urken and Tercek fell in the first round as well to a team from Chicago (6-4, 6-4).

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