Harvard junior Denis Nguyen, an at-large selection, advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA men’s singles tennis tournament in Athens, Ga., with a 6-2, 6-2 victory on Saturday over Florida’s Florent Diep.
Nguyen, an All-American, has a chance to become the first Crimson player to reach the final since James Blake did it in 1999.
Nguyen has been dominant in the tournament, taking down Lloyd Glasspool of Texas, 6-4, 6-3, Duke’s Fred Saba, 6-4, 6-4, and South Carolina’s Andrew Adams, 6-4, 6-1, before Saturday’s win.
“I think we’ve seen this potential in Denis from the beginning,” said coach Dave Fish on gocrimson.com. “This year he has really grown into his game, and throughout the season he has shown this enormous capacity. Playing here has given him the opportunity to see match after match how good his game is. He’s shored up his technical weaknesses and controls the match tempo beautifully. Every one of these matches is like climbing a mountain, but he’s having fun climbing.”
Nguyen will face Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine on Sunday.
NCAA Division 3 — Amherst’s Joey Fritz beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’s Skyler Butts, 6-4, 6-3, to win the individual title in Claremont, Calif. The Lord Jeffs’ Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin won their third women’s doubles title, beating CMS’s Katie Kuosman and Caroline Ward, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Notre Dame 11, Maryland 6 — Matt Kavanagh scored five goals and assisted on two others to help the sixth-seeded Irish beat the No. 7 Terrapins in the NCAA Division 1 semifinals in Baltimore.
Conor Doyle had a goal and three assists for Notre Dame (12-5), which makes its second appearance in the final on Monday against top-seeded Duke. Attackman John Scioscia and midfielder Nick Ossello netted two goals apiece for the Fighting Irish, who outscored the Terrapins, 4-1, in the third quarter to build a 10-5 lead.
Duke 15, Denver 12 — In the other Division 1 semifianal, attackman Kyle Keenan scored four goals, Jordan Wolf had three goals and two assists, and the top-seeded Blue Devils edged the No. 5 Pioneers.
Deemer Class added three goals for Duke (16-3), which is seeking its second straight national title.
Trinity 8, Cortland SUNY 7 — Shea Kusiak and Clare Lyne each had a pair of goals as the Bantams (19-2) rallied from a 6-4 half-time deficit to advance to the NCAA Division 3 final at Gettysburg, Pa.
Salisbury 8, Amherst 4 — In the other semifinal, Krista Zsitvay scored twice but the Lord Jeffs (18-3) fell to the Seagulls.
Track and field
Tufts senior Jane Hieber claimed the NCAA Division 3 title in the 400-meter hurdles at Delaware, Ohio. Ashante Little of Wheaton was third.