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Adamson, Razakasoa Fall Short In NCAA Singles Championships



Juniors Alec Adamson of UC Davis and Maeva Razakasoa of Long Beach State came up short in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships Wednesday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Adamson battled the nation's No. 40-ranked player, Sam Shropshire of Northwestern, succumbing in a hard-fought three-set nailbiter.  After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, Adamson rebounded to win the second and owned two match points in the third before ultimately falling by scores of 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5.

Adamson was up 5-4 in the third set needing one point to close out the match but Shropshire pulled out two huge aces to tie the score at 5-5.  Shropshire closed out the match with wins in the next two games.

It was the first appearance by an Aggie in the NCAA Singles Championships.  Adamson, ranked as high as No. 38 this season in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, faced his seventh nationally ranked opponent in Shropshire.  The 2016 Big West Player of the Year finished his campaign 20-15 overall and 11-9 in dual matches.

Razakasoa took on the No. 13-ranked player in the nation in Mississippi State's Jasmine Lee. The fifth 49er player to reach the NCAA Singles Championships, Razakasoa lost, 6-2, 6-3.  She broke Lee's serve in the second set to pull within 5-3, but Lee closed out the match in the next game.

The 2016 Big West Player of the Year concluded her season 27-10 overall and 18-4 during dual match play.  She posted a 2-3 record against nationally ranked opponents.

Next up is the NCAA Women's Doubles Championship that begins Thursday.  UC Santa Barbara duo Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic take on DePaul's Yuliya Shupenia and Rebeca Mitrea at 1:00 p.m. (PT) in a first round match.


No. 40 Sam Shropshire (Northwestern) def. No. 115 Alec Adamson (UC Davis) – 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5


No. 13 Jasmine Lee (Mississippi State) def. No. 102 Maeva Razakasoa (Long Beach State) – 6-2, 6-3