It all came down to Arizona State’s George Stoupe and Wichita State’s Nicolas Acevedo on court four. Stoupe forced a third set after a tight contest, and did it again to send the Sun Devils to a 4-3 win and onto the next round of the NCAA Tournament.
“It was incredibly impressive to see George stay focused after being down 40-love and having four match-points against him,” Arizona State coach Matt Hill said. “He didn’t panic, he stayed the course, and it was amazing getting out of that game then getting out of the break. Just incredible swings and effort to stay focused from him.”
Stoupe and partner Christian Lerby helped Arizona State earn the doubles point after they won the deciding match.
Max McKennon and Tim Ruehl won their singles matches, each in two sets, to help set the stage for Stoupe.
Arizona State faces No. 7 TCU on Sunday at 11 a.m. MST. The winner will face Ohio State, which beat No. 10 Wake Forest, in the third round on May 17.
Arizona State women’s tennis’ season came to an end on Saturday. The second-seeded Texas Longhorns swept the Sun Devils 4-0.
Sammi Hampton and Marianna Argytokastriti took their doubles match, but the Longhorns took the other two and the doubles point.
Texas, which has five players in the top-76 ranked players around the country, swept the singles matches on courts four, five and six to finish the match.
Ilze Hattingh begins her run in the NCAA Singles Championship May 23 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.