Team USA wins fifth straight Master'U title

December 7, 2015 07:49 AM

By Sally Milano,

Team USA continued its dominance at the Master'U BNP Paribas, winning its fifth straight title and sixth in the last seven years at the international collegiate team competition, held Dec. 3-6 in Rennes, France.

Virginia senior Danielle Collins, Stanford sophomore Tom Fawcett and UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald each won singles matches on Sunday to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over host country France in the final. Florida sophomore Brooke Austin and Cal junior Maegan Manasse won in women's doubles to clinch the title for the U.S.

Collins, the 2014 NCAA singles champion, and Fawcett each went undefeated in singles (2-0), doubles (1-0) and mixed doubles (1-0) matches over three days of competition, as the American team – which also included Georgia senior Austin Smith – defeated Great Britain (4-0), Germany (4-3) and France to bring the U.S. its sixth Master’U title in the last seven years.

Against Germany, the U.S. rallied from 3-2 down, winning a match tiebreak in men's doubles to level the tie, 3-3. In that encounter, McDonald and Smith erased 0-4 and 5-8 deficits in the super tiebreak, winning the last five points to secure a 5-7, 6-4, [10-8] victory. A 6-4, 7-6 victory by Fawcett and Austin in mixed doubles propelled the U.S. into the final.

Each matchup in the Master'U event consisted of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one women’s and one men’s doubles match and a mixed doubles match. Complete results from all three days can be found by visiting the Master’U BNP Paribas website.

Boise State men’s coach Greg Patton and California women’s coach Amanda Augustus coached the team. Patton chronicled the team’s experience for in a daily blog from France.