Williams beats fellow Vol Sandgren, earns birth in title match

PALO ALTO, Calif. (utsports.com) -- Tennessee sophomore Rhyne Williams will compete for his second national individual title of the year Monday and this time it is for college tennis' biggest prize: the NCAA singles championship.

Williams, a Knoxville native, defeated fellow Vol and roommate Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in the semifinals Sunday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Williams faces top-seeded Steve Johnson of Southern California for the title in what will be a rematch of final match of the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November, which Williams won 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Johnson advanced to the final after his opponent, Michael Shabaz of Virginia, retired at 7-6, 4-2.

Monday's championship match begins at 2 p.m. Pacific (5 p.m. Eastern), and a live blog will be available at UTSports.com.

NCAA Singles Championships
Sunday's Results

(4) Rhyne Williams, UT, def. Tennys Sandgren, UT, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
(1) Steve Johnson, USC, def. Michael Shabaz, Virginia, 7-6, 4-2 ret.
Monday's Schedule

(4) Rhyne Williams, UT, vs. (1) Steve Johnson, USC, 2 p.m. Pacific.

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