2018 Year in Review:
Arthur Kapetanakis | December 20, 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, USTA.com is taking a look back at the Top 15 storylines, headlines and highlights from the year in American tennis. Now up, we look at some of the big stories from the year in collegiate tennis.
This year’s college calendar ended with a measure of redemption for the U.S. – the home country of collegiate tennis – as Team USA claimed its eighth Master’U title in 10 years.
After the disappointment of last year’s final loss to Great Britain, the Americans defeated the British team in this year’s championship round to bring the trophy back home from Grenoble, France. The U.S. roster included Brandon Holt (USC), Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine), Oliver Crawford (Florida), Emil Reinberg (Georgia), Jada Hart (UCLA) and Maria Mateas (Duke).
Back stateside, the Wake Forest men and Stanford women claimed the 2018 NCAA titles. ADVERTISEMENT For Wake Forest, the program’s first national title came on its home courts, as the top-seeded Demon Deacons hosted the final rounds of the men’s tournament and won the title with a 4-2 victory over No. 3 Ohio State.
The Stanford women won their 19th NCAA title, and second in three years, by upsetting No. 1 Vanderbilt, 4-3, in the final. The Cardinal’s Melissa Lord scored the decisive point with a three-set victory at the No. 2 singles spot, as No. 15-seeded Stanford, finalists in 2017, matched its own 2016 record as the lowest-ever seed to win the NCAA title.
Both Wake Forest and Stanford ended the year at the top of the USTA College Tennis Top 25 poll.
In April, at the USTA’s Tennis on Campus (TOC) event, Ohio State topped perennial powerhouse North Carolina to win its first national title, at the USTA National Campus.
For more American tennis highlights from 2018, be sure to check out our Year in Review page here.