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2023 NCAA Championships: After team win, D1 women's doubles final is all-UNC affair

Victoria Chiesa | May 26, 2023


ORLANDO — The NCAA Division I women's doubles championship will be all Carolina blue. After wins in Friday's semifinals, University of North Carolina teammates Fiona Crawley and Carson Tanguilig will face Reese Brantmeier and Elizabeth Scotty on Saturday for the national crown. 

 

The quartet led UNC to its first-ever Division I team title in school history last Saturday, and now, they're the first foursome of teammates to compete for the doubles title since 2005. That year, Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette beat Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey in an all-Stanford affair.

 

Brantmeier and Scotty, a No. 5-8 seed as a pair, beat the University of Southern California's Eryn Cayetano and Maddy Sieg in the semifinals 6-4, 6-3 to book their spot in the final, as Crawley and Tanguilig cheered them on in between points played from the next court. Moments later, the unseeded sophomore pairing finished off a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Julia Adams and Melodie Collard of the University of Virginia to set up what Brantmeier called "the most fun outcome it could've been."

 

"This has been such an incredible two weeks," Crawley added. "We've been joking that we've been here for so long, but we want to be here. This tournament only happens once a year. Going from winning the team championship, and now we have two doubles teams in the finals, we really are making history. So that's pretty cool."

Though they were part of the consensus No. 1 team in the country, both duos were underdogs in the individual doubles event. Crawley and Tanguilig knocked off the No. 1 seeds, Pepperdine University's Savannah Broadus and Janice Tjen in the Round of 16 6-1, 6-1, while Brantmeier and Scotty outlasted the second seeds, Jaedan Brown and Kari Miller from the University of Michigan in the quarterfinals, 7-6(3), 6-7(5), [10-8]. 

 

After No. 1 seed Crawley and No. 8 seed Brantmeier lost in the third and first rounds of the singles event, respectively, both were happy to end their two-week stay in Orlando with another trophy. 

 

"I struggled a lot in singles," Brantmeier said. "Only having a day in between, it was really hard to transition. But I think using singles as a little transition going into doubles has been good."

UNC is guaranteed its third doubles title in program history, but Scotty is the only one the four who's played for one. Two years ago, she walked away with the golden trophy with Makenna Jones as her partner. She's bidding to be the first individual to win multiple NCAA doubles titles since Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe went back-to-back in 2014-15.

 

"To be able to play your teammates is kind of different, unique, but it'll be really fun because we know each other so well," she said.


The first serve in the women's doubles final will not be hit before 11:30 a.m. at the USTA's Collegiate Center, after the singles final concludes. Neither UNC head coach Brian Kalbas nor his associate head coach Tyler Thomson will do any coaching in Saturday's title match, Kalbas said. Not when it's a match that's happened every day for the last nine months in Raleigh, albeit this time with a few more eyeballs watching.

 

"We have a whole journal of notes!" Scotty said with a laugh.

 

"They know I hate the net!" Crawley added. 

 

For more information on the NCAA Championships, including tickets, draws and schedule, visit the USTA's tournament homepage. For all the latest news from the Division I, II and III tournaments, visit USTA.com's news landing page for the event.

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