Downing and Levine Close Careers at NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships

Downing and Levine Close Careers at NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships

(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) - Carnegie Mellon University seniors Chaz Downing (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) and Daniel Levine (Highland Park, Ill. / Boca Prep International School) closed their careers at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships on Friday in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Rain forced play inside where both Tartan men bowed out in the first round.

As a pair, Downing and Levine faced Noah Williamson and JT Wynne of Skidmore College in the Round of 16 falling in three sets late into the night. The Tartan pair won the first set 6-4 before the duo from Skidmore won the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-5). Williamson and Wynne were then able to close out the match with a 6-4 victory in the third set.

Earlier in the day, Levine dropped his Round of 32 singles match to number one seed Nikolai Parodi of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, 6-2, 6-3. Downing faced Jed Kronenberg of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, falling in a tight match, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

Levine finished his career as the all-time combined wins leader with 169 and the all-time doubles wins leader with 85. His career singles record of 84-36 puts him second in wins to 2016 graduate Abhishek Alla who won 86 matches in 129 contests. By virtue of winning the ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Championship in the fall with Downing, Levine closes his career as a seven-time All-American (three singles, four doubles).

Downing also surpassed 100 combined victories, totalling 122 for his career to finish with the seventh most by a Tartan player. His singles record of 21-9 this season is his best performance, as his win total ties for 11th best for a single season. Downing earned two All-America honors alongside Levine and earned his first singles All-America honor this fall when he topped Levine for the ITA Southeast Regional Singles Championship.