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Noah Rubin Advances to the Final Four

The freshman sensation is only two wins away from a national championship.

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Noah Rubin did something today that he had yet to do in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship: drop a set. Fortunately, he did not lose two, and he defeated Illinois' No. 23 Jared Hiltzik 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-2. Rubin will take on No. 19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia, who defeated No. 17 Winston Lin of Columbia. That match will be played tomorrow, with the championship taking place on Monday.

The final four consists entirely of players from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Joining Rubin and Kwiatkowski will be Virginia Ryan Shane and Notre Dame's Quentin Monaghan. On April 26th, Rubin defeated Ryan Shane 7-6(7-5), 6-3. On April 17th, Rubin defeated Quentin Monaghan 6-1,6-2. Rubin has not played Kwiatkowski this season.

Rubin certainly appears to be the odds-on favorite to win the national title, having previously defeated two of the three other remaining opponents. As always, go Deacs!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Noah Rubin will play UVA&#39;s Thai Kwiatkowski in NCAA semis. They are familiar w/ each other, playing on the same US Junior Davis Cup team.</p>&mdash; Griffin Kurzius (@GriffDaddyK) <a href="">May 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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