NCAA Division I Team Final
Congratulations to the 2021 NCAA Division I Champions: University of Texas Women and University of Florida Men!
The No. 2 Texas Longhorns secured the program’s third national title with a thrilling 4-3 win over No. 5 Pepperdine Saturday night at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
Texas won the crucial doubles point as both No. 1 and No. 3 doubles came down to a tiebreaker.
Charlotte Chavatipon gave Texas a 2-0 lead with a win on Court. 4, but Pepperdine quickly evened the score with wins by Jessica Failla at No. 2 singles and Lisa Zaar at No. 5 singles.
Peyton Stearns rallied after dropping the first set to earn a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles and put Texas within one point of winning the national title. Pepperdine’s Nikki Redelijk evened up the score at 3-3 and all eyes came down to the No. 3 court as a pair of freshmen, Texas’ Lul Sun and Pepperdine’s Taisiya Pachkaleva battled into a third set.
Sun earned a late break and closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-5 win to bring the women’s national championship trophy back to Austin for the first time in 26 years.
Women’s All-Tournament Team
No. 1 Singles: Peyton Stearns, Texas (Most Outstanding Player)
No. 2 Singles: Jessica Failla, Pepperdine
No. 3 Singles: Lulu Sun, Texas
No. 4 Singles: Charlotte Chavatipon, Texas
No. 5 Singles: Lisa Zaar, Pepperdine
No. 6 Singles: Fiona Crawley, North Carolina
No. 1 Doubles: Kylie Collins/Lulu Sun, Texas
No. 2 Doubles: Taisiya Pachkaleva/Shiori Fukuda, Pepperdine
No. 3 Doubles: Charlotte Chavatipon/Peyton Stearns, Texas
On the men’s side, things were a bit more straightforward.
After taking the doubles point with wins on Courts 1 and 3, Baylor just couldn’t seem to get its footing on the singles courts.
Senior Gator Sam Riffice led his team on Court 2 in a 7-5 6-3 win over Baylor’s Matias Soto. Fellow Gator Andy Adrade followed with a 7-6 6-0 victory on Court 3 over Baylor Bear Sven Lah.
The story of the night, though, has to be Freshman Ben Shelton’s 3-set clinch over Baylor’s Charlie Broom to bring another NCAA Championship Trophy to his dad and Head Coach, Bryan Shelton. Coach Shelton, who led the Georgia Tech Women’s team to the 2007 Championship in Athens, Georgia, is the first DI Head Tennis Coach to win a national championship on both the Men’s and Women’s sides – what an incredible accomplishment!
Men’s All-Tournament Team
No. 1 Singles: Adam Walton, Tennessee
No. 2 Singles: Sam Riffice, Florida
No. 3 Singles: Andy Andrade, Florida
No. 4 Singles: Blaise Bicknell, Florida
No. 5 Singles: Ben Shelton, Florida (Most Outstanding Player)
No. 6 Singles: Josh Goodger, Florida
No. 1 Doubles: Adam Walton/Pat Harper, Tennessee
No. 2 Doubles: Sam Riffice/Ben Shelton, Florida
No. 3 Doubles: Charlie Broom/Finn Bass, Baylor
Congratulations to all the players, coaches, and support staff as well as to USTA and NCAA on another incredible tournament!
The individual tournament starts tonight with the first men’s singles match. For complete draws, click the category below: