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.
- 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).
- Urken will face Katzman for the NCAA title on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Visit https://webapps.cmc.edu/livescore/ for live scoring and video.