2017 NCAA Championships Slideshow

I had a ball covering the 2017 NCAA Tennis Championships! In addition to the slideshow below, click here to read my post on the Championships, and here and here to listen to my podcasts recorded during the Championships.

PlaySight Livestreaming 2017 NCAA Championships

Playsight livestreaming at Stanford

PlaySight, the company behind the video and analytics SmartCourt, is partnering with the University of Georgia to provide livestreaming throughout the upcoming 2017 NCAA Championships.

PlaySight SmartCourt technology is powering over 40 NCAA tennis programs. Among the 16 teams entering the third round of the tennis championships later this week in Athens, 10 on the women’s side and eight on the men’s side use PlaySight technology for video and analytics training, performance and livestreaming.

To tune in to the livestreaming throughout the 2017 NCAA Championships, bookmark this page for the live video and live scoring.

PlaySight technology is helping to shine the spotlight back on college tennis after years of losing out to other sports. The sport is full of great stories, coaches and athletes, and together with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, PlaySight is giving the very best sports technology to players and coaches across the country.

Coach Manny Diaz and the University of Georgia Bulldogs were the first NCAA tennis program to invest in PlaySight technology almost four years ago – so it is fitting that one of the finest facilities in the nation is now wired from top to bottom with PlaySight video and streaming technology.

Several schools across the nation – from USC in Los Angeles to Oklahoma State in Stillwater – credit PlaySight technology with improving various aspects of their programs, from training to fan and alumni engagement. Check out what the coaches from the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Cowgirls had to say about PlaySight after the 2016 season (click here to read).

More PlaySight fast facts:

  • 12/25 men’s top 25 ITA-ranked programs use PlaySight
  • 13/25 women’s top 25 ITA-ranked programs use PlaySight
  • Vanderbilt University is the latest school to add PlaySight
  • PlaySight is now working with tennis programs across Divisions 1, 2 and 3
  • PlaySight has added two new SmartCourt products – the Live and Play – to provide a more affordable price point for all tennis programs
  • PlaySight successfully launched the PlayFair initiative this year along with the ITA, bringing video replay and challenge technology to college tennis – with plans to scale up for the future

To check out which schools are working with PlaySight, or to find out more about their three SmartCourt products, click here.

To watch PlaySight livestreaming from the University of Georgia throughout the 2017 NCAA Championships, tune in here.

Note from Lisa: I will be in Athens covering the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships beginning this Thursday. If you plan on being there, too, please find me and say hello!

Your 2014 NCAA Women’s Doubles Champs: Erin & Maya

Erin & Maya

 

Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen played number 1 doubles for the Crimson Tide in the NCAA Team Championship. Their Bama team made it to the quarterfinals before losing a tight dual match to UNC. But Erin and Maya had the chance to keep playing as the 4 seeds in the individual competition a few days later. They made an impressive run through the draw, finally clinching the Championship Title with a win over University of Georgia’s Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase who were seeded #2 in the tournament.

Neither Erin nor Maya is from Alabama or even from the South for that matter. Erin is Canadian, and Maya is from Washington, but both girls knew pretty early in their recruiting process that Bama and coach Jenny Mainz were the right fit for them.

 

 

 

Pat Harrison: Choosing College vs Choosing Pros

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Pat Harrison is no stranger to college tennis. In fact, he played four years himself before turning to coaching full-time. That said, when his two sons – Ryan and Christian – were fairly young, Pat knew they were headed for a life on the professional tour, trading a college education for the school of life instead.

Pat’s youngest, a daughter named Madison, is a different story. Madison announced earlier this Spring that she is headed to the University of Kansas to be a Jayhawk and to play for coach Todd Chapman in Lawrence. Choosing the college route over professional tennis was the right decision for Madison, according to her dad. Hear why when Pat chatted with me at the NCAAs this week.

 

Booie & Michael Grant: Brothers First

Booie Grant

 

Traveling to Athens, Georgia, to play in the NCAA Round of 16 with your college teammates is pretty exciting. Doing it when your brother is on the opposing team adds a whole new element.

Christopher (Booie) Grant is a freshman playing for the Columbia men’s tennis team. The story behind Columbia’s run to the Sweet 16 is epic – Ivy League schools typically don’t play a factor in the year-end competition (click here to read the Wall Street Journal’s piece). Booie’s older brother, Michael, is a senior playing for the University of Southern California Trojans, no strangers to Athens and certainly not to the title of Champion. That these two teams drew each other in the opening round of play this week may seem a little cruel for the Lions, but Booie sees it in another light . . .

 

 

 

Mitchell Frank of UVA #SaveCollegeTennis

Mitchell Frank

 

University of Virginia Junior, Mitchell Frank, is no stranger to the NCAA Championships. Last year, he clinched the title for the Cavaliers in a heart-stopper versus my alma mater, UCLA.

This year, Mitchell is once again proving to be a very valuable asset to his team. But, it’s not only because of what he does ON the court. Mitchell has been very outspoken about the proposed format changes to college tennis and has worked very hard OFF the court to rally his fellow players to preserve the integrity of the sport he loves so much.

I had a chance to chat briefly with him after UVA won its quarterfinal match over Baylor at the Georgia Tech indoor courts. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Stanford’s Taylor Davidson

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This afternoon, I had the thrill of watching 2 amazing women’s tennis matches at the NCAA Championships. Luckily for me, it was raining in Athens early in the day, so 2 of the Round of 16 matches were moved to the indoor courts at Georgia Tech which is way closer to my house than UGA. And, by the way, big kudos to the folks at Georgia Tech for stepping in to help out on what could’ve been a really complicated scheduling challenge for the tournament organizers!

The first match was between UNC and Texas A&M. I missed the doubles but got there in time for the start of the singles where the UNC women were in control from start to finish.

Next up were Stanford vs. University of California Berkeley. What a match! It all came down to 3rd sets on the final two courts (courts 4 and 6) – on court 4, the Stanford player, Taylor Davidson, started cramping at the beginning of the 3rd set and looked like she might have to retire the match. But, she stayed tough and battled her way to a 3rd set win, tying the Stanford women at 3 with Cal. On court 6, Caroline Doyle of Stanford fought her way into a 3rd set tiebreaker then stormed to a 7-0 finish, giving her team the win and a spot in the Elite 8 on Saturday.

Here is my short interview with Stanford’s Taylor Davidson, who just so happens to be a friend of my son’s!