Stanford, Kentucky in Tennis Final
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Carlos Drada of Kentucky will meet Alex Kim of Stanford in the finals of the NCAA tennis tournament.
The unseeded Drada upset top-seeded Jeff Morrison of Florida, the defending champion, 6-2, 6-4 Saturday while Kim beat teammate K.J. Hippensteel 6-2, 6-7 (1) 6-2.
Morrison entered the semifinals with a 40-4 record, but one of those losses was a 7-5, 7-5 loss to Drada on March 26
``He makes me play a lot of balls,″ Morrison said. ``He passes well. He neutralizes my attack very well.″
Morrison, who said his serve was less effective because of a sore back, was attempting to become the first player to defend his title since Georgia’s Mikael Pernfors did it in 1985.
Drada is 29-20 this year and will try to become the first unseeded player to win the singles title since UNLV’s Luke Smith in 1997.
In the other semifinal match, Kim had six match points in the second set, but Hippensteel rallied from a 5-2 deficit to force a tiebreaker. He dominated the tiebreaker, but tired in the third set.
Kim will try to become the 14th champion from Stanford. The most recent was Bob Bryan in 1998.