Urken and Jiang Advance to NCAA Doubles Semifinal

Photos courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com
Photos courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - On the day their class celebrated commencement from Bowdoin, men's tennis seniors Grant Urken and Jerry Jiang advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship in Michigan. 

The duo both bowed out in the singles tournament earlier on Saturday, but were able to rebound with a 6-2, 6-3 doubles victory over Adrien Bouchet and Jonathan Jemison of Emory in the quarterfinals. On Friday in the opening round, Urken and Jiang took a comeback victory over a Gustavus Adolphus pairing, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

To watch the semifinals, and potential final, on Sunday, go to https://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule. The semifinal match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. against Erik Kerrigan and Ninan Kumar of the University of Chicago. The finals would be at 3:00 p.m. 

Urken, who easily advanced to the quarterfinals with a pair of wins on Friday, lost his bid to defend his national singles title with a heartbreaking semifinal loss Saturday. Urken opened the day with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Sean Wei of Amherst in the quarterfinals and held a 4-1 lead in the second set against Leo Vithoontien of Carleton in the semis, but lost 2-6, 7-6, 6-2. Urken became Bowdoin's first-ever individual men's tennis national champion last spring and owns the school record for career victories.

Senior Jerry Jiang also competed in the singles bracket of nationals, capturing two wins on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals before falling to Jonathan Jemison of Emory 6-3, 6-1.