By John Manley
Indiana’s George McGill, a junior from Castleroy, Co. Limerick, continued his domination of Big Ten tennis rivals at third singles with two victories to finish the regular season 10-0. Falling to McGill were Wisconsin’s Stefan Reist, 7-6, 6-3, and Iowa’s Ulf Jentar, 6-4, 6-4. In the Iowa meeting, McGill also joined Milan Rakvica for an 8-3 triumph over Tyler Cleveland and Ben Bamsey at second doubles. The 48th-ranked Hoosiers defeated the Badgers, 5-2, and the Hawkeyes, 6-1.
Indiana was then eliminated from the Big Ten Championships in the first round by Minnesota, 4-0. The Gophers’ Adam Selkirk and Tyson Parry defeated McGill and Rakvica at second doubles, 8-5. McGill’s singles match against Thomas Haug was called when Minnesota clinched the match.
California’s tandem of Claire Curran and Anita Kurimay made it to the finals of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, before losing to Stanford’s Teryn Ashley and Marissa Irvin. Curran and Kurimay began their march with a first-round victory over Washington’s Zuzana Stunova and Jenny Svanfeldt, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. Next to fall were Southern Cal’s Karolina Bakalarova and Veronika Safarova, 7-6 (6), 6-2. The semifinal victims were Arizona State’s Allison Bradshaw and Katy Propstra, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4). Curran and Kurimay, ranked 40th in the country, then lost to the second-ranked Stanford duo, 6-1, 6-2.
Harvard marched its No. 17 ranking all over Brown, dusting the Bears, 7-0. In an all-Irish match at third singles, Dublin junior Joe Green defeated Brown’s Nick Malone, a freshman from Greystones, Co. Wicklow, 6-4, 6-3. John Doran, also a Dublin junior, ate up Kevin Chew, 6-2, 6-1, at second singles. Green and Scott Clark handled Chris Wolfe and Kushal Malhotra, 8-6, in the second doubles slot, while Doran and Mike Passarella ripped Chew and Andrew McFarlane, 8-0, at third doubles. Malone and Sharad Kohli put up a valiant fight in the first position against James Blake (the No. 1 singles player in the nation) and Anthony Barker, but were 8-5 losers to the Crimson duo.
Harvard then came back to clinch its fifth straight Ivy League title with a 6-1 victory over Yale. Green got the job done at third singles over Greg Royce, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7). Doran, ranked 93rd in the country, was the sole loser for Harvard, falling to Steve Burke, 7-6, 6-2. Doran and Passarella did notch a win at second doubles over Jonathan Beardsley and David Beynet, 9-8. Green and Clark rolled over Royce and Scott Mayo, 8-5 in the third position.
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The Crimson closed out the regular season with a 7-0 defeat of Dartmouth. Doran defeated Erich Holzer, 6-1, 6-1, at second singles, while Green needed three sets to dispose of Gabe Sauerhoff, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1, at third singles. Doran and Passarella took care of Austin Hawley and Rob Simik, 8-4, at second doubles. Green and Clark throttled Jeff Sloves and Parashar Ranade, 8-2, at third doubles.