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In the first semifinal of the day North Carolina advanced to its first-ever final at the National Team Indoors after coming from behind to beat UCLA 4-2.

North Carolina didn’t take the easy way though after dropping the doubles point for the second time in three matches this weekend. UCLA’s new #3 team of Maxime Cressy and Karue Sell knocked off Blaine Boyden and Ronnie Schneider 6-3. Cressy/Sell broke UNC on the deciding point to go up 3-1 then held for 4-1. The teams exchanged holds until UCLA held from 40-15 to win 6-3.

North Carolina answered by winning at #2 doubles as Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur defeated Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp 6-4. Murray/Schnur broke UCLA to go up 2-1 and later on Schnur hit a clutch ace on the deciding point to extend the lead to 4-2. Each team held the rest of the way with Schnur serving it out to win 6-4.

UCLA would take the doubles point when Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki knocked off Brett Clark and Robert Kelly 6-3 at #1. McDonald and Redlicki, who would be my choice for the All-Tournament team at #1 doubles, went 3-0 on the week with wins over the ITA #3 and #13 teams. UCLA broke the Kelly serve to go up 4-2 but UNC broke McDonald to pull within 3-4. UCLA broke Clark on the deciding point to go up 5-3 then Redlicki served it out from 40-15 to win it 6-3. Here is match point courtesy of the ITA:

North Carolina lost the doubles point to Texas Tech on Friday but turned it around in singles so they had to have some confidence that they could do it again today.

Each team would claim three opening sets with Mackenzie McDonald, Logan Staggs, and Austin Rapp getting them for UCLA at 1, 5, and 6 while Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Jack Murray would take sets at 3, 4, and 5 for North Carolina.

Ronnie Schneider would finish first at #2 singles when he rolled over Gage Brymer 6-0, 6-4 in exactly 60 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer three times in the opening set including from 15-40 to take the set in precisely 20 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer to go up 3-1 in the second but Brymer broke back to make it 3-2. Each player held serve the rest of the way until Schneider broke Brymer’s 4-5 service game on the deciding point to win it 6-0, 6-4.

Mackenzie McDonald made it 2-1 UCLA when he beat Brayden Schnur 6-3, 7-6(5) at #1 singles. McDonald won the first three games of the match, which included two breaks, before Schnur got on the board with a break to make it 1-3. Both guys held serve until McDonald broke Schnur from 30-40 to take the opening set 6-3. McDonald held and then broke to go up 2-0 in the second before Schnur broke back and held to make it 2-2. Schnur fought off a pair of break points to hold for 4-4 then they each held two more times to send it to a tiebreak. Schnur got the first mini-break when he went up 3-1* but Mackie took the next two points to even it at 3-3 at the changeover. Schnur dropped the 5-5 point on his serve and then Mackie closed it out on the next point to win it in one hour and twenty minutes.

Even though UCLA had taken the lead, North Carolina had a stranglehold on the other four courts with both Brett Clark and Anu Kodali nearing the finish line at #3 and #6.

Clark got off to a bit of slow start against Martin Redlicki by falling behind 2-0 but Clark broke back and then held on the deciding point to even it at 2-2. Each held serve three more times until Clark broke Redlicki on the deciding point to go up 6-5. Clark faced two break points when he went down 30-40 on his serve but he managed to get the hold to take the opening set 7-5. Clark broke Redlicki to start the second set and then came back from 15-40 down to hold for 2-0. After an exchange of holds, Clark would break again to go up 4-1 and would then hold for 5-1. Redlicki could have packed it in but he kept fighting and held for 2-5, broke on the deciding point to make it 3-5, and then held at love to make it 4-5*. Clark was serving for the match for a second time but he quickly found himself in a 0-30 hole. He got it back to 30-30 but Redlicki took the next point to go up 30-40. Clark managed to take the next two to wrap up the 7-5, 6-4 win in one hour and twenty-two minutes (2 minutes after McDonald’s finish) and North Carolina had now tied it at 2-2.

Over at #6, Anu Kodali was up 4-2 in the third against Austin Rapp and was receiving on the deciding point. Kodali would get the break to go up 5-2 but Rapp would break right back to make it 5-3.  Rapp went up 40-30 on his next service game but Kodali took the next two points to clinch the 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in one hour and thirty-one minutes. Kodali had dropped the opening set 6-4 but turned it around in the second set when he broke Rapp to go up 5-3 and then served it out at love to take the set 6-3. Kodali broke Rapp at love to go up 3-2 in the third and then held for 4-2 – you know the rest.

North Carolina now led 3-2 plus Robert Kelly was up 5-2 in the third at #5 while Jack Murray was serving up 7-6, 4-5 at #4.

UCLA’s Karue Sell would break Jack Murray’s serve from 30-40 to take the second set 6-4 plus Logan Staggs would hold from 2-5 to stay in his match with Robert Kelly at #5. The Bruins were holding on by a thread but Robert Kelly had the scissors and was attempting to cut the cord. Staggs would go up 15-40 on Kelly’s serve but Kelly fought off all three break points to get the hold and send North Carolina to it’s first-ever National Team Indoors final.

Match point is below courtesy of UNC and then there are a number of post-match interviews also courtesy of UNC:

Details not listed above:

UCLA’s Karue Sell served for the first set at #4 up 5-4 but got broke from 30-40 and then fell behind 4-0 in the first set tiebreak and dropped it 7-3.

Billy Martin talked about the match in further detail, “I thought it started out well in singles – we were up on 5 courts as far as break and leads – Martin went up an early break and Karue served for the set and then lost it in a tiebreak. Gage was the only one that didn’t really have a good day. We kind of went south in a couple of matches – Logan had a great first set but Kelly picked it up in the second set and it was somewhat close in the third. I thought Austin had a good chance to win at #6 so that was somewhat disappointing that he lost there.”

#7 North Carolina 4, #9 UCLA 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) def. Brayden Schnur (NC 14.09) 6-3, 7-6(5)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.01) def. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 6-0, 6-4
3. Brett Clark (NC 13.77) def. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) 7-5, 6-4
4. #89 Jack Murray (NC 13.77) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) 7-6(3), 4-6, unfinished
5. #62 Robert Kelly (NC 13.85) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC 13.21) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3
2. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (NC) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
3. Maxime Cressy/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-3
Match Notes:
UCLA 7-2; National ranking #9
North Carolina 8-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoor Semifinal

Post-Match Comments from UCLA’s recap:

“I am tremendously happy with doubles, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin.  “The guys were playing good doubles on all three courts.  They came to play and competed well.  I thought after winning doubles, we’d have a fairly good chance at winning the match.
“I think our team has the potential to do really well, said McDonald.  “All in all, we can definitely hang with the top teams.  We learned a lot this weekend.  Losing today is going to make us hungrier and it will make us work harder.
“All in all, I thought we fought really hard, added Martin.  “We had our chancesnothing to be too upset about.  I’m pretty happy with us coming here and getting two really good wins against Georgia and A&M, and being in the battle with UNC.  It shows us that we’re competitive.  This tournament showed us that we can play with just about anybody and expect to win.
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The late-afternoon semifinal pitted #1 Virginia against #2 TCU though TCU was actually the #5 seed due to its loss the week prior against Cal. TCU was attempting to make it to its first NTI final since 1992 (lost 5-1 to Stanford) while Virginia was looking to advance to its sixth final in the last eight years.

During the 33 minute doubles point both #1 and #3 stayed on serve for several games while Virginia’s Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski went up an early break at #2. Virginia’s J.C. Aragone and Collin Altamirano would actually finish first at #3 after getting a late break to go up 5-3. Aragone would hold at love to give Virginia the 6-3 win. Roughly six minutes later Styslinger and Kwiatkowski would break from 30-40 to close out Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder 6-3. The match at #1 went unfinished with Virginia serving at 5-5 though Shane and Corinteli had a match point on Cameron Norrie’s 4-5 service game but couldn’t convert.

TCU needed to find a way to win four of six singles matches but it wasn’t going to be easy after falling behind early at #3 and #6.

Henrik Wiersholm (Picture Courtesy of UVA)

Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm, who clinched the team’s quarterfinal win over Wake Forest, came out of the gates on fire and needed just 16 minutes to take a 6-0 first set over TCU’s Trevor Johnson at #6. Wiersholm broke Johnson from 15-40 to start the second set and then held and broke again to go 3-0. Johnson finally showed some life by breaking back and then holding from 40-15 to make it 3-2. Unfortunately for Johnson those two games were the last ones he’d win because Wiersholm took the next three to close it out 6-0, 6-2 in just 49 minutes.

Virginia sophomore Collin Altamirano, who had only dropped eight games in his previous two matches, needed just 23 minutes to take a 6-1 first set over TCU’s Guillermo Nunez at #3. Altamirano opened up the match with a pair of holds and a break before Nunez got on the board with a hold from 40-30 to make it 3-1. Altarmirano held, broke, and held again to close out the set. Nunez showed a little spark in the second set by holding on the deciding point to go up 1-0 and then breaking on the deciding point to go up 2-0. After a hold made it 3-0, Altamirano calmed himself down and proceeded to win the next five games to go up 5-3. Nunez held to stay in the match but Altamirano would hold from 40-30 to close it out 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and seventeen minutes.

So Virginia was now ahead 3-0 but TCU was clinging to life on the other courts.  Jerry Lopez was in a first set tiebreak with J.C. Aragone at #5, Cameron Norrie was up a set on Ryan Shane at #1, Alex Rybakov was serving for the first set against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2, while Eduardo Nava had just broken Mac Styslinger who was serving for the first set at #4.  TCU had a lot of momentum in its favor but within a few minutes most of it would evaporate.

Virginia senior Mac Styslinger, who just got broke serving at 5-3, would break Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to take the first set 6-4. The deciding point was a short one with Nava sending a forehand long early in the rally.

TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was serving up 5-4 in the first against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2 but would get broke from 30-40 when he put a forehand into the high side of the net. Kwiatkowski then held for 6-5 and broke to take the set 7-5.

TCU junior Jerry Lopez came back from 6-4 down in the first set tiebreak against J.C. Aragone at #5 to go up 7-6 and was serving for the set. Lopez would hit a big forehand but it caught the net cord and kicked wide by a few feet to make it 7-7. Lopez shrugged it off and hit a forehand crosscourt to win the next point to go up 8-7. Aragone’s serve won him the next two points as he hit a service winner and then an ace to make it 9-8. Lopez would then double fault on the next point and the set was Aragone’s 7-6(8).

Despite losing the momentum on 2, 4, and 5, TCU got a little boost when Cameron Norrie knocked off Ryan Shane 7-5, 7-5 at #1. The reigning NCAA singles champion struggled a bit with his serve and that gave Norrie the window he needed to pull it out. Shane went up an early break when he broke Norrie’s 2-2 service game on the deciding point but when Shane served for the set up 5-4 he fell behind 0-40. Shane hit a pair of forehand winners and then banged home an ace to get it to the deciding point but then he overcooked a forehand early in the point to get broke. Norrie quickly held for 6-5 then he’d break Shane again, this time from 15-40, to steal the opening set 7-5. Shane broke to start the second set and held for 2-0 but Norrie would get it back on serve when he broke Shane’s 4-3 service game to make it 4-4. Norrie went up 30-40 on Shane’s 5-6 service and when Shane hit a forehand wide the match was over and Norrie had a 7-5, 7-5 win.

Mac Styslinger (Pictures Courtesy of UVA)

TCU was on the board but the euphoria was short-lived because Mac Styslinger broke Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to go up 6-4, 5-3 at #4. Styslinger has had trouble in the past serving out matches and Nava was able to take advantage of that and broke from 15-40 after Styslinger pushed a backhand well wide. Styslinger may have been shaky on his serve but his return would win him the match as he broke from 30-40 when Nava put a backhand into the net.


Final score – Virginia 4, TCU 1

The other two matches were abandoned with both Alex Rybakov and Jerry Lopez serving for the second sets on their respective courts.

Here is a highlight clip courtesy of UVA and then a quick clip from David Roditi

#1 Virginia 4, #2 TCU 1
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) def. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) 7-5, 7-5
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) 7-5, 4-5, unf
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) 6-1, 6-4
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) 6-4, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 7-6(8), 2-5, unf
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 5-5, unf
2. #6 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-3
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 5-2; National ranking #2
Virginia 8-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,1,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championships Semifinal

Post Match Quotes From Virginia’s recap:
“All of us players live for this, being able to close out a match and put the team in the finals,” Styslinger said. “[Henrik Wiersholm] got us off to a strong start and then Collin [Altamirano] got the third point. It was really cool to be the one to give us the fourth point. I was just playing my game today. [Nava] is a really good player, so I knew I was going to have to play some good tennis out there.”
“I think it says a lot about the ACC,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “Wake Forest played a tremendous match against us (Saturday) and obviously the success that UNC has had. I’m really just proud to be a part of the conference and excited to play, in the final regardless of the opponent. It’s always the goal is to give yourself a chance and tomorrow will be another opportunity for these young men that have worked so hard, and I hope the fans come out again in big numbers.”
Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU’s recap:

“It is disappointing to put yourself in a spot like this and not play up to your abilities. Some had to do with the way Virginia played and a lot had to do with ourselves. We can play better from top to bottom. Cameron (Norrie) had a huge weekend and a great win today. I am proud of our guys fighting back and we just couldn’t overcome that big of a hole. Our young guys learn every match and today was no different. We will get back to work and continue to get better. The local support from TCU alumni this weekend in Virginia was awesome and much appreciated.

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There six consolation matches on the schedule but the highest profile matches were Wake Forest/USC and Ohio State/Texas A&M with each of those four losing close matches the previous day in the quarterfinals.

Wake Forest rebounded from its 4-3 loss to Virginia by shutting out USC 4-0. The Demon Deacons won the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, and Romain Bogaerts at 1, 2, and 4.

Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky commented about today’s match with USC and the tough loss to Virginia from the night before:

Match with USC:

“Both teams were in a similar situation today coming off tough losses yesterday. We got off to a great start in doubles, we won at 3 and were up 4-3, 0-40 at 2 and 4-2, 40-15 at 1. Within minutes we were down a break at 2 and back on serve at 1. However our 1 team pulled out the win and that gave us momentum going into singles. USC is a really good team but also quite young and we were able to use our experience on a couple courts to pull the match out. Great rebound by our team after an emotional loss yesterday.”
Match with Virginia:

“Very tough loss yesterday. We came in very prepared and competed hard. Put ourselves in a position to win but UVA out played us in the end so credit to them. Certainly tough way to finish with the net cord but I still think it’s a good rule, just a little unlucky in that moment. Great learning experience for us though, hopefully will help us improve as the season progresses.”

#10 Wake Forest 4, #6 USC 0
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC) 7-6(10), 6-4
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Max de Vroome (USC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF) 5-7, 5-4, unfinished
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #43 Logan Smith (USC) 6-0, 7-6(2)
5. Thibault Forget (USC) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
6. Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF) 2-6, 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 4-3
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 9-2; National ranking #10
USC Men 6-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,2,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match
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Ohio State dropped the doubles point for the second day in a row but they was able to rebound in singles and gutted out a 4-3 win over Texas A&M. The teams will actually meet again this Friday at 6pm in Columbus. 
#8 Ohio State 4, #3 Texas A&M 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 7-6, 6-4
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-0
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-0
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 6-2
3. Mikael Torpegaard/Matt Mendez (OSU vs. #33 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 5-2, unf.
Match Notes:
Ohio State 10-1; National ranking #8
Texas A&M 10-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match
Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M’s recap:
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach – On the match
“I thought we came out with really good energy in the doubles and I was really pleased with that. We just didn’t have the urgency from the get go in singles play. We didn’t seem to be ready for a big fight today against Ohio State. Give Ty (Tucker) credit, Ohio State is always ready to come out and fight to win a match. I don’t think we were able to match their energy once singles play started. This weekend was a good test for our guys and I know we will bounce back.”
On Jackson and Arthur’s doubles win
“They played lights out in the doubles, they could not have played any better. They won all of their three-all points. They really did a great job. Then Harry and Shane clinched the point, they are starting to come on and play better. That is a good sign for our doubles guys moving forward, because I think we are really good in all three doubles spots.”
On Jordi’s win over a ranked opponent
“Di Feo is one of the top guys in the country, I know he is ranked in the top-20. He is a tough out for any team. I am really proud and happy for Jordi. He had to play aggressive and come to the net and force the action. He played a really good first set tie-breaker and translated that into a straight set win. That win really gave us a chance to pull the match out, it just didn’t fall our way in a couple matches.”
On Shane’s win over Diaz
“I know how big of a competitor Chris Diaz is and to play well against him you have to be able to finish out points. You have to finish well and attack, he is a great defender and his energy is unbelievable. You have to have the right mindset and execute your shots to beat him and Shane did that today.
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Oklahoma finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after holding off Illinois 4-2. Oklahoma won a tight doubles point by winning 7-6(1) at #2 and getting a late break to win 7-5 at #3.

OU would take four first sets but they really cleaned up early on at 4, 5, and 6 after taking the first sets by a combined score of 18-1. Illinois’s Julian Childers and Asher Hirsch fought back to take the second sets at 4 and 6 but OU’s Maxime Mora never let up and won 6-0, 6-3 at #5 over Brian Page.

Illinois’s Aleks Vukic actually finished first with a 6-3, 6-0 thrashing of OU’s Axel Alvarez at #1 plus the Hiltzik brothers were looking better but Illinois would need to turn one of the other matches to keep it going.

Julian Childers looked a lot better in the second set but Florin Bragusi was able to hold him off and get the 6-1, 7-6(3) win at #4. Oklahoma led 3-1 plus Andre Biro was closing in on a win at #6.

OU’s Andre Biro served for the match twice in the second set at #6 but Asher Hirsch broke him both times to force a tiebreak. Hirsch came from behind to win the breaker 7-5 to send it to a third set. Hirsch broke Biro to open the third set but Biro broke back and held for 2-1. Biro broke again to go up 3-1 but Hirsch broke back on the deciding point to put it back on serve at 3-2. Hirsch held on the deciding point to make it 3-3 and then Biro held quickly to go up 4-3. Hirsch went up 40-30 on his serve but Biro hit a backhand winner to bring up the deciding point. Hirsch missed his first serve and then he missed his second by a good five feet to double fault and give Biro the break for 5-3. With Biro serving 5-3 (deciding point) he’d come to the net but he didn’t put much on a volley and left it in the middle of the court but Hirsch’s attempt at a lob fell well short and Biro smashed it home at the net to clinch the OU win.

Jared Hiltzik won in two tiebreak sets over Spencer Papa at #2 and Aron Hiltzik was serving for the match at #3 at the time of the clinch.

Post-Match Quote from Illinois’s recap:
“Tonight was frustrating. We played hard in doubles and were maybe a bit unfortunate in spots there,” head coach Brad Dancer said. “Our guys that were down early in singles did a great job of fighting back into their matches to put themselves back into contention.”

#5 Oklahoma 4, #12 Illinois 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) def. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 6-3, 6-0
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 7-6, 7-6(6)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) 4-6, 7-5, *5-4, unf. 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 6-1, 7-6(3)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) 6-0, 6-3
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-6, unf
2. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6(1)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 7-5
Match Notes:
Illinois 5-3; National ranking #12
Oklahoma 5-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,4,2,6)
ITA National Team Indoor Consolation Match
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South Florida salvaged its weekend by coming from behind to beat San Diego 4-2. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but San Diego came out strong in singles and took the opening set on the top four courts. Note: South Florida’s #3 Sasha Gozun did not play in singles so everyone from four down had to shift up one spot.

While USD’s Filip Vittek would finish out Justin Roberts in straight sets at #3, South Florida would turn both #1 and #2 around and in the end Roberto Cid would end up clinching the win with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Uros Petronijevic at #1.

#13 South Florida 4, #16 San Diego 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) vs. Jordan Angus (USD 1397) 3-6, 7-5, 2-1, unfinished
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 6-4, 6-4
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) def. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) 7-5, 1-6, 6-0
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) def. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 6-1, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 3-4, unfinished
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Uros Petronijevic/Joshua Page (USD) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-2
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-4; National ranking #16
South Florida 4-3; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,3,6,4,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match
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Texas Tech finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after defeating Georgia 4-2. Georgia took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Texas Tech would take five first sets with three of them coming in tiebreaks.

Texas Tech’s Jolan Cailleau and Alex Sendegeya picked up routine wins at #3 and #4 while Georgia’s Austin Smith won comfortably at #2. The match was tied at 2-2 but Texas Tech was up on each of the remaining courts with Felipe Soares leading Wayne Montgomery 7-6, 5-3 at #1. Montgomery would hold for 4-5 and then break Soares at love to tie it at 5-5. Montgomery would eventually take the second set in a tiebreak to give Georgia a little boost.

Texas Tech’s Bjorn Thomson would put Tech ahead 3-2 when he finished off Nick Wood at #6. Thomson won the first set in a tiebreak and the second set swung back and forth with Thomson going up 3-1 only to see Wood win the next four to go up 5-3. Wood had at least three set points, and it might have been four, but he wasn’t able to serve it out as Thomson broke twice and then held to win it 7-6(7), 7-5.

Texas Tech sophomore Connor Curry would provide the clincher with a win over Emil Reinberg at #5. Curry took the first set in a tiebreak and went up an early break in the second but Reinberg broke back. Reinberg had a set point on Curry’s 4-5 service game but Curry held for 5-5 then broke for 6-5. Curry fell behind 30-40 on his service game but took the next two points to close it out 7-6(6), 7-5.

#14 Texas Tech 4, #11 Georgia 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 1-2, unf.
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #10 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 6-3, 6-2
3. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) def. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) 6-1, 6-4
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) 7-6(6), 7-5
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) 7-6(7), 5-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 5-6, unf.
3. #43 Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 6-3
Match Notes:
Texas Tech 12-1; National ranking #14
Georgia 4-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech’s recap

“Connor and Bjorn are doing things for our team that you can’t teach as a coach,” Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. “Their toughness and will to win has been key for us all season. There have been times where Connor has struggled to close out sets. We’ve talked about it, and he’s learned some valuable lessons. It’s about redeeming yourself when the opportunity arises. I was proud of the fight that Bjorn showed to win the last four games of the second set.”
“There’s a lot that our team can draw on and learn from the scenarios that we were put in this weekend,” Masi said. “The last two days showed who we are and what we are about after we didn’t have our best performance against North Carolina to start the tournament. The foundation and future of our program which are spots three through six in the lineup did an exceptional job of playing the guy in front of them. I’m proud of the way they executed and raised their levels against veteran players.”
Post-Match Quotes from Georgia’s recap

“I’m proud of our guys and we fought extremely hard, head coach Manuel Diaz said. “It was a tough battle and at moments I thought we were getting ready to win the whole dual match. But then the momentum swung a little bit back and forth and ultimately Texas Tech deserved to win. We just had too many ups and downs and they capitalized on it.

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Both Baylor and Columbia came into this match 0-2 on the weekend and it looked like it’d be Baylor leaving winless after Columbia went ahead 3-1. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 and then Mike Vermeer beat Will Little 6-3, 6-4 at #4 and Timmy Wang beat Tommy Podvinski 6-3, 6-2 at #6. Columbia’s Richard Pham also took the first set at #6 while Baylor’s Julian Lenz, Max Tchoutakian, and Felipe Rios took first sets at #1, #2, and #3.

Baylor’s got a 6-3, 6-3 win from Max Tchoutakian over Victor Pham at #2 and Felipe Rios cut CU’s lead to 3-2 with a 7-6, 7-6 win over Eric Rubin at #3 (TB scores unknown). Julian Lenz tied it at 3-3 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win over Shawn Hadavi at #1 so the match would come down to #5 singles.

Columbia’s Richard Pham took the opening set 7-6 but Baylor freshman Jimmy Bendeck rallied to take the second set 6-4. Pham would go up 4-2 in the third but Bendeck held and then Pham double faulted on the deciding point to give Bendeck the break to tie it at 4-4. Bendeck held for 5-4 then Pham double faulted two more times to go down 0-30. Bendeck would break from 15-40 to give Baylor the 4-3 win.

#4 Baylor 4, #15 Columbia 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) def. Hadavi, Shawn (COL 13.75) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) def. Pham, Victor (COL 13.92) 6-3, 6-3
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) def. #124 Rubin, Eric (COL 13.75) 7-6, 7-6
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL 13.76) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-4
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) def. #108 Pham, Richard (COL 13.13) 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
6. Wang, Timothy (COL 13.34) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.90) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #15 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 4-3, unfinished
2. #20 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2
3. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Columbia 4-3; National ranking #15
Baylor 6-4; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,6,4,3,1,5)

ITA National Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor’s recap

“We did a great job today. I was really proud of the guys. It was a lot of fun to wear the uniform today. This is the third time already this year that we have had last match on and leave it to a freshman to be the first guy to come through under that pressure. Jimmy just did a super job and I think the guys were a big part of that. The team was really supportive. Columbia is a great team. It is incredible to think about, but they lost 4-3 three days in a row here. They are tough, so it was good win for us. – head coach Matt Knoll on the match
“We are kind of a work in progress. The competition is tough. We are playing the best schedule in the country and when you play these kind of teams there is not a lot of margin for error. You really have to be on your stuff. I knew that we would improve. We are just getting a little better every day. Our goal coming to this tournament was to be a better team at the end of it then we were at the beginning and we have done that. Now we have a couple weeks off and we have to get out to practice and keep working. We have a long way to go, but certainly it is great to leave here with some momentum and some positive energy. – Knoll on his team moving forward