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Wilczynski for the win; Davidson looks to add a title

 

David Wilczynski gave Stanford tennis one USTA/ITA regional tournament victory on Monday. Taylor Davidson will be looking to add two more on Tuesday.

Wilczynski needed to grind through three sets to beat hometown favorite Mitch Stewart of Washington, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, to in the singles title at the USTA/ITA regional championships in Seattle.

The Cardinal doubles team of Nolan Paige and Maciek Romanowicz fell, 6-2, 6-2, in their final to USF's Vasco Valverde and Nils Skajaa.

Wilczynski started the day with a 10 a.m. semifinal match against Oregon's Daan Maasland, whom he dispatched in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

Wilczynski looked in control to start the match, taking a 6-3 first win set before Stewart fired back, flipping the score, 6-3, in his favor. Wilczynski stepped up to fire off a 6-4 win to clinch his first Regional Championship.

At Stanford, Davidson won a pair of semifinal matches on Monday to reach Tuesday's finales at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

Davidson defeated Washington's Tami Grende, 6-3, 6-3, and will meet Fresno State's Mayar Ahmed on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Davidson is looking to become the sixth consecutive Cardinal player to claim the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional crown, following Carol Zhao (2014), Kristie Ahn (2013, 2010), Krista Hardebeck (2012) and Nicole Gibbs (2011).

Davidson reached last year's final before falling to Zhao in an all-Stanford affair. Zhao is taking the fall off and plans on playing in some pro tournaments while also attending classes.

In doubles, Davidson will team with fellow junior Caroline Doyle against California's Klara Fabikova and Olivia Hauger no earlier than noon.

Doyle dropped a 7-5, 6-3 decision to Ahmed in the semifinal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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