While the D2 NCAA Tournament wrapped up last week, the D1 championships are in full swing. Leading this year's NCAA tournament was West Florida for the D2 men and Barry for the D2 women. West Florida overcame Barry in the final 5-2, while the Barry women took down Lynn University with a stunning 5-0 victory.
WFU entered the tournament as the No. 1 ranked team and exits the year with a 31-1 overall record. Barry posted an undefeated season, recording 29 total wins on the year. Props to both teams and all opponents for their continued efforts towards this post-season tourney.
This upset came down the line 6 singles in a third set thriller, where the Aggies secured their spot in the upcoming next round match of the NCAA tournament. Doubles play began by favoring the Aggies, and they carried some slight momentum into singles play. Lines 2 and 4 also went in their favor while 1 and 3 turned to Baylor's victories. Line 6 secured the win for the women, and they face the No. 1 seed of the Florida Gators at the host site in Athens, GA.
Illinois overcame OSU in the men's NCAA championships in a clinch towards the end of the match. In comeback fashion, the Illini turned the match in their favor, coming down to line 4 singles. The match began with the doubles point ultimately ending in OSU's favor, but the fighting Illini would not be down for the count just yet. Lines 1, 2, and 5 earned themselves points as well before No. 4 took the final W. Lines 3 and 6 went in the opponent's favor, leaving the Illini down 0-3 towards the start of the match. This victory secures their place in Athens where they face TCU on Thursday.
The teams remaining for the men are Wake Forest, Stanford, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Illinois, TCU, North Carolina, California, UCLA, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas, Georgia, USC, Florida, and Virginia.
For the women, Florida, Texas A&M, Ohio State, South Carolina, Auburn, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Pepperdine, Stanford, Michigan, Duke, North Carolina, California and Vanderbilt are left standing.
The action continues towards the end of the week, so stay tuned for more recaps and results.
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