CLAREMONT, CA. – Freshman Jed Kronenberg advanced to the Elite 8 of the singles bracket of the Division III NCAA National Championships after defeating Ben Rosen of Bates College 6-3, 7-5 and defeating Bernardo Neves of Wash U 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday afternoon at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
Kronenberg began the day in the Round of 32 against Ben Rosen of Bates College. The two players each won their first two games with the serve until Kronenberg broke Rosen and took over the first set. Kronenberg went on to win four of the next five games to take set one, 6-3.
Rosen gave Kronenberg a little bit of trouble early on in set two as the score went back-and-forth for the majority of the set. Kronenberg stayed strong late in the match and was able to come out with the 7-5 win to win in straight sets to advance to the Round of 16 while earning All-American honors with the win.
"In the beginning of my first match in the NCAA Tournament I was pretty nervous", said Kronenberg. "Coach Bickham came out and calmed my nerves and told me to relax and then I began to hit some shots and loosened up for the rest of the day."
Kronenberg went on to face Neves from Wash U in the next round. Neves stayed with Kronenberg in the first set but Kronenberg was too much for Neves to handle as he pulled away late in the set to take a 6-4 win.
Kronenberg found his stroke in set two and glided to a big win in set two as he took down Neves 6-2 and punched his ticket to the Elite 8.
"I just need to stay down and trust my shots if I want to be successful in this tournament. I am looking forward to getting back and playing tomorrow against some really good competition."
Up Next: Kronenberg will continue his run in the NCAA Division III Singles Bracket tomorrow morning at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center against Jack Katzman of CMS at 9:00 a.m.