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Another Friday brought us another round of stunning upsets as a pair of top 10 teams went down on the road.

Vanderbilt won its third consecutive match by a 4-3 score as it stunned No. 7 Texas A&M 4-3. The Commodores took the doubles point when Tate Allwardt and Baker Newman knocked off Max Lunkin and AJ Catanzariti 7-6(5) at No. 2.

Texas A&M took opening sets at 2, 3, 5, and 6 while Vandy got the opening set at 1 and 4. Max Lunkin won easily at No. 6 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex Ross and Shane Vinsant would put the Aggies ahead with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Rhys Johnson at No. 2.

Vandy’s Baker Newman tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 4 but moments later Jackson Withrow put Texas A&M back in front with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kris Yee at No. 5.

Danny Valent tied it at 3-3 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Arthur Rinderknech at No. 1 and then Cameron Klinger outlasted Jordi Arconada 6-7, 6-4, 7-6(3) at No. 2 to clinch the big upset victory.

#49 Vanderbilt 4, #7 Texas A&M 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Nashville, TN (Currey Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #67 Daniel Valent (VU 13.83) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.34) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
2. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.05) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.05) 7-5, 6-3
3. #92 Cameron Klinger (VU 13.78) def. #90 Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.79) 6-7, 6-4, 7-6(3)
4. Baker Newman (VU 13.39) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.42) 6-4, 6-3
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.97) def. Kris Yee (VU 13.03) 6-4, 6-3
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.35) def. Alex Ross (VU 12.74) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #33 Cameron Klinger/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. #18 J Withrow/A Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-2
2. Tate Allwardt/Baker Newman (VU) def. Max Lunkin/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 7-6(5)
3. Jordi Arconada/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 12-8; National ranking #49
Texas A&M 18-5; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2); Singles (6, 2, 4, 5, 1, 3)

Post-Match Quotes from Vandy’s recap

“It was a pretty crazy third set, said Klinger. “I think three or four of my service games went to deuce and I won all of them. I was listening to Jamie (Hunt) and he was just saying you know just stick around, this is your time.’ The guys we’re super loud and they game me a ton of support. I’m just so glad I could come through for them.
“It was such a great win for us, said head coach Ian Duvenhage. “You know we’re getting better, and there are still lots of areas where we can improve. I think what we’re seeing is that we’ve told them when we’ve had those though 4-3 losses that we just need to hang in there and if we keep knocking at the door it will open itself up at some point It happened against Kentucky, it happened against Tennessee, and now it’s happened again. I think now they’ve become believers, if they compete and hang in there no matter how dire things look, until it’s over it’s not over. We’re finding ways to win, which is really encouraging.

“I feel like when teams become great different players come through at different times. Rhys came through against Kentucky, Danny against Tennessee and today Cam clinches. It was a huge win for him (Klinger) especially given the fact that he was in control of the first set and got tentative. Danny beat a guy that’s been top-10 in the country, and that’s a huge win for him. I’m proud of them and we’ll come back to work tomorrow morning and get better


Many people including myself didn’t give Washington much of a chance tonight against No. 8 USC but the Huskies proved us all wrong and stunned the Trojans 4-3.  
Washington took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then Huskies took first sets in singles at 1, 2, 3, and 4 while USC grabbed 5 and 6.
USC’s Thibault Forget, who earlier this week was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, ran his dual-match record to 11-0 with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Sebastian Hawken at No. 5. 
Washington’s Gal Hakak defeated Logan Smith 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 and then Jake Douglas knocked off Jake DeVine 7-5, 6-3 at No. 3.  It looked like Mitch Stewart was going to clinch the win when he led Nick Crystal 3-0 in the second set tiebreak but Crystal rallied to win seven of the next nine points to send it to a third set.

The stage was set for Piers Foley to be the hero as the Washington freshman came back from a set down to clinch the upset with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Laurens Verboven at No. 5.

The win over USC was Washington’s first since 2006 and it was the Huskies highest ranked win since defeating No. 7 UCLA during that same season. 
USC’s Nick Crystal and Max de Vroome managed to win the two remaining match at No. 1 and No. 2 to make the final score 4-3. 
#39 Washington 4, #8 USC  3
Mar 25, 2016 at Seattle, Wa (Bill Quillian Stadium) 
Doubles competition 
1. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Foley/Watanabe (UW) 7-5
2. Lam/Sommer (UW) def. DeVine/de Vroome (USC) 6-4
3. Douglas/Hakak (UW) def. Jaede/Smith (USC) 6-4
Singles competition               
1. #55 Nick Crystal (USC 14.09) def. #84 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.95) 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2
2. #25 Max de Vroome (USC 14.15) def. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.34) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
3. Jake Douglas (UW 13.34) def. #109 Jake DeVine (USC 13.66) 7-5, 6-3
4. Gal Hakak (UW 13.35) def. #58 Logan Smith (USC 13.68) 6-3, 6-4
5. Thibault Forget (USC 13.79) def. Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.61) 6-2, 6-1
6. Piers Foley (UW 12.47) def. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.30) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0

Match Notes

Washington 14-4: National ranking #39
USC 10-4; National ranking #8
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,3,6,1,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Washington’s recap

“No question it was a super win today, said head coach Matt Anger. “We know how good their players are as well as their team, which is why we’re so happy with pulling out the victory.
“I was very proud of the freshmen today, said Anger. “Enzo ended up losing a close match and Piers clinching the match for us down on court six was big for us too. It’s not easy to win 6-0 in the third set against anyone and certainly not against USC.
“Mitch was very close to winning his match today, so there was still more out there for us, said Anger. “It just shows we were tough all the way through.
“I know a lot of people that are saying we have more wins now than we did last year and the year before that, but there’s a lot out there that we want to keep climbing for, said Anger. “There’s more out there for us.


Sixth-ranked UCLA rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit to beat No. 26 Oregon 4-1. The Ducks took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but UCLA fought back in singles and took four opening sets. Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio would each finish in straight sets with Staggs getting the clincher at No. 5.

#6 UCLA 4, #26 Oregon 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Eugene, OR (Student Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. McDonald/Cressy (UCLA) vs. #20 Amos/Soemarno (ORE) 5-5, unfinished
2. Maasland/Stevens (ORE) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-3
3. Clissold/Laurent (ORE) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #94 Daan Maasland (ORE) 6-3, 6-2
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Thomas Laurent (ORE) 6-3, 6-4
3. Simon Stevens (ORE) vs. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-0, 5-5, unfinished
4. Jayson Amos (ORE) vs. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 7-5, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Bartosz Sawicki (ORE) 6-1, 6-0
Match Notes
Oregon 13-2; National ranking #26
UCLA 13-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5)


No. 23 Michigan won its third straight match with a hard fought 5-2 win over No. 25 Penn State. Michigan’s Jathan Malik and Kevin Wong won 6-4 at No. 2 doubles and the Wolverines took the doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won 6-3 at No. 1

Michigan took four opening sets in singles but Davis Crocker was the only one to finish in straight sets as he defeated Tomas Hanzlik 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5.

Penn State senior Leo Stakhovsky put the Nittany Lions on the board with a come from behind 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Jathan Malik at No. 1 but Michigan extended its lead to 3-1 with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 win by Myles Schalet at No. 6.

Michigan sophomore Carter Lin would clinch the match with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over Matt Barry at No. 3.

The remaining matches were played out with Penn State’s Constant De La Bassetiere winning in three-sets at No. 2 while Michigan’s Runhao Hua won 7-6 in the third at No. 4.

#23 Michigan 5, #25 Penn State 2
Mar 25, 2016 at Ann Arbor, MI (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #39 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) def. Christian Lutschaunig/David Kohan (PSU), 6-3
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU), 6-4
3. Myles Schalet/Gabe Tishman (UM) vs. Constant De La Bassetiere/Matt Galush (PSU), 5-5, dnf.
Singles competition
1. # 96 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #75 Jathan Malik (UM), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU) def. #107 Alex Knight (UM), 6-7 (0), 6-3, 6-2
3. Carter Lin (UM) def. #125 Matt Barry (PSU), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
4. Runhao Hua (UM) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5)
5. Davis Crocker (UM) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU), 6-4, 6-3
6. Myles Schalet (UM) def. Ben Lieb (PSU), 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
Match Notes:
Michigan 13-3; National ranking #23
Penn State 14-4; National ranking #25
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,1,6,3,2,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State’s recap
“That was a true Top 25 battle,” said head coach Jeff Zinn. “That was what two really good teams do in conference play. We fought in every position and it just didn’t turn our way unfortunately. I am very proud of the way we fought and the way that we competed in such a big match. I will be pleased if we can continue to compete like this; if we do we will have a really good year.
“Congratulations to Coach Steinberg and the Wolverines,” said assistant coach Paul Tobin. “It was a tight battle in singles with five three-set matches. It was a tough match against two evenly matched teams. We will certainly be able to learn from this and move forward into our matches next weekend.

Mississippi State struck first by taking the doubles point but ultimately Florida would strike last and pull out a tough 4-3 win. MSU’s Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter upset the ITA No. 1 doubles team of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson to clinch the doubles point but both Hidalgo and Watson would get redemption in singles.

Florida took opening sets in singles at 2, 3, 5, and 6 while State grabbed the first frame at 1 and 4. Florida freshman McClain Kessler won the only match to finish in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Trevor Foshey at No. 6.

Gordon Watson (Jordan McPherson/

MSU freshman Nuno Borges ate a first set bagel but managed to come back and beat Florida freshman Alfredo Perez 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3. MSU’s Niclas Braun ate a second set bagel but managed to regroup in the third to defeat Chase Perez-Blanco 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 at No. 4.

MSU was up 3-1 but they wouldn’t be able to find that last point as Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Gordon Watson each managed to pull out three-setters with Watson cinching at No. 5.

In an odd twist, all the matches that went three-sets finished with a 6-3 third set score.

#16 Florida 4, #24 Mississippi State 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Starkville, MS (A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre) 
Doubles competition
Doubles-Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Cutura/Hunter (MSU) def. #1 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 6-4
2. Borges/Braun (MSU) def. #52 Lipman/Orkin (UF) 6-1
3. Perez/Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Foshey/Rakic (MSU) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #24 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #22 Mate Cutura (MSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. #29 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. #80 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #122 Alfredo Perez (UF) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Niclas Braun (MSU)  def. #71 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Stahinja Rakic (MSU) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
6. McClain Kessler (UF) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-3, 6-0
Match Notes
Florida 10-4; National ranking #16
Mississippi State 12-5; National ranking #24
Order of finish; Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,4,1,2,5)
Attendance: 183

Post-Match Quote from Florida’s recap
Volunteer Assistant Coach Scott Perelman on the match victory tonight 
“To win on the road in the SEC is a tough task. Mississippi State had a nice crowd and played hard. We are so proud of our guys! Gordon Watson put us on his back and brought us home. He played his best tennis at the end of the match. We are all very happy for him. Tonight was a total team effort. We will enjoy the victory tonight and then prepare for a tough Alabama team on Sunday. Go Gators!”
Post-Match Quotes from Mississippi State’s recap
“We gained a lot from tonight’s match, head coach Matt Roberts said. “We had positives from our doubles teams that put us in a great position going into singles play, but it came down to a freshman versus a senior. Florida’s guy has probably been in that spot many times, so it was tough to ask three freshmen to win for you against an experienced team like Florida.
“I’m very proud of the way we competed in doubles tonight at 1 and 2, Roberts said. “Mate and Vaughn have been working hard and stepped up tonight huge for us.

“We’re going to stay positive and focused on the journey one day and one week at time for everyone’s overall development, Roberts said. “Wins and losses come and go, but the impact we can have on these great student athletes is everlasting.

Fifteenth-ranked California got all it wanted and more from No. 61 Utah before pulling out a 4-3 win in Salt Lake City. One of Cal’s top singles players, Florian Lakat, sat out for unknown reasons and his absence was definitely felt by the Bears.
Utah took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then the Utes split first sets with Cal. Utah’s Freddie McGeehan won in straight sets at No. 6 to put the Utes up 2-0 but Cal would answer with straight set wins from Billy Griffith and Oskar Wikberg at No. 1 and No. 4.

J.T. Nishimura (Cal Bears)

Andre Goransson put Cal ahead with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dan Little at No. 3 but David Micevski evened it at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-4 upset of Filip Bergevi at No. 2. 

Cal’s J.T. Nishimura would save the day for the Bears with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win over Jamey Swiggart at No. 5.
It’s interesting to look at the UTRs in this one because Cal was a heavy favorite on every court yet Utah still managed to win two matches and nearly won a few more. David Micevski’s win over Filip Bergevi was the only one to official be a UTR upset because the variance between the two was greater than 1.0.  
#15 California 4, #61 Utah 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT (Eccles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Billy Griffith (CAL 14.20) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH 12.70) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. David Micevski (UTAH 12.95) def. Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.24) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
3. Andre Goransson (CAL 14.07) def. Dan Little (UTAH 12.83) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.93) def. Egbert Weverink (UTAH 12.36) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6
5. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.46) def. Jamey Swiggart (UTAH 12.15) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-4
6. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH 12.37) def. Mads Engsted (CAL 13.30) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (CAL) vs. Matt Cowley/Dan Little (UTAH) 6-6
2. Freddie McGeehan/Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Filip Bergevi/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-4
3. Johan Jonhagen/Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 7-6 (7-0)
Match Notes: 
California 9-3; National ranking #15 
Utah 16-3; National ranking #61
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,1,4,3,2,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal’s recap

“We needed a supreme effort to win today’s match against a very strong Utah team, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “J.T. Nishimura had the team on his shoulders as he clinched the victory for us. It took our guys a long time to get used to the altitude, and we played indoors due to the cold temperature (in the 40s) and wind outdoors. Our doubles remains challenging, and we hope to improve that on Sunday when we play at Arizona.

Post-Match Quotes from Utah’s recap
“I’m very proud of our competitive spirit today. We had a lot of opportunities to beat a very good Cal team, but we let it slip out of our hands. The good thing to take from this match is that we have now shown that we can play these teams and if we work a little harder, and pay better attention to the details, we have it in us to beat these teams.” said head coach Roeland Brateanu.

Eleventh-ranked Georgia rolled to its seventh straight win by defeating Tennessee 5-2. The Bulldogs took the doubles point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 and then they took five opening sets in singles with the Vols only able to pull a set out at No. 3.

Austin Smith, Walker Duncan, Jan Zielinski, and Emil Reinberg won in straight sets at 1, 4, 5, and 6 with Reinberg clinching the team win at No. 6.

Tennessee’s Luis Valero defeated Wayne Montgomery at No. 2 when a 10-point tiebreak was played in lieu of a third set and Timo Stodder defeated Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 7-6 at No. 3.

#11 Georgia 5, Tennessee 2
Mar 25, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Igor Smelyanski (UT-M) 6-2, 6-0
2. Luis Valero (UT-M) def. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)
3. Timo Stodder (UT-M) def. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
4. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT-M) 6-1, 6-4
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Jack Schipanski (UT-M) 6-3, 6-4
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Jack Heslin (UT-M) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #20 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT-M) 4-3, unfinished
2. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Jack Heslin/Preston Touliatos (UT-M) 6-2
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Timo Stodder (UT-M) 6-4
Match Notes
Tennessee 6-10
Georgia 11-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,4,6,2,5,3)
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:21 A-658
Post-Match Quotes from Georgia’s recap
“We are becoming a more confident team, and I think we are becoming a more mature team now,” head coach Manuel Diaz said. “Having said that, you are only as good as your next match. We play a very, very good Kentucky team on Sunday. They have been playing some outstanding tennis, so it will be a huge match for us and hopefully we can play our best on Sunday.”
“Playing for Georgia is an absolute privilege, so to deliver the match-clincher was a big deal,” Reinberg said. “I really just stuck to my game the whole match and that’s what got me though. I am proud of my team and the way we played today.”

Kentucky played without two of top four singles starters but still managed to get past South Carolina 4-3. Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart did suit up in doubles and it’s a good thing they did because they clinched the point with a 7-6(4) win at No. 1.

South Carolina’s Harrison O’Keefe and Alex Fennell won in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 5 to put the Gamecocks ahead 2-1 but Kentucky’s Gus Benson and Ryotaro Matsumura won in straights at No. 6 and No. 2 to make it 3-2 UK.

Kentucky sophomore William Bushamuka clinched the match with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Gabriel Friedrich at No. 1.

#18 Kentucky 4, #65 South Carolina 3 
March 25, 2016 at Lexington, KY (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #93 Gabriel Friedrich (SCAR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Andrew Schafer (SCAR) 7-5, 6-1 
3. Harrison O’Keefe (SCAR) def. Trey Yates (UK) 6-3, 6-2 
4. Thomas Mayronne (SCAR) def. Jake Stefanik (UK) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) 
5. Alex Fennell (SCAR) def. Austin Hussey (UK) 6-2, 6-1 
6. Gus Benson (UK) def. Sam Swank (SCAR) 7-5, 6-4 
Doubles competition 
1. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Harrison O’Keefe/Alex Fennell (SCAR) 7-6 (7-4) 
2. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) def. Sam Swank/Gabriel Friedrich (SCAR) 7-5 
3. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) vs. Andrew Schafer/Thomas Mayronne (SCAR) 6-6, unf
Match Notes: 
South Carolina 9-10 (1-4 SEC); National ranking #65 
Kentucky 14-4 (4-2 SEC); National ranking #18 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,6,2,1,4)
Post-Match Quotes from SC’s recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi: “This team has been working their tails off and has been getting better with every single match. It’s a shame that the guys did not get the pay off today against a highly ranked Kentucky team, but we fought until the end. Credit goes to Kentucky. It was great to see Alex Fennell get a singles win because he’s a big point for this team. He’s been working hard to get back to good form, and he looked good today. Harrison O’Keefe played great tennis from the start to the end, and Mayronne battled his way to a victory like he always does. A lot of good things are happening. We look forward to getting back to Columbia to take on Tennessee.”

Northwestern was pushed pretty hard on Friday night but it was able to get the W over Purdue when Strong Kirchheimer pulled away from Ricky Medinilla in the third set at No. 3.

Northwestern won the doubles point easily with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Wildcats claimed four opening sets in singles.

Sam Shropshire cruised over Benjamin Ugarte 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 but Purdue’s Gergely Madarasz upset Konrad Zieba 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 to pull the Boilers to within 2-1. Alp Horoz extended NU’s lead to 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Lucas Dages at No. 6 but Purdue’s Dominik Sochurek pulled off a UTR upset with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Fedor Baev at No. 4 (Sochurek has a 11.63 UTR vs. Baev’s 13.17).

Strong Kirchheimer (Daily Northwestern)

Northwestern’s lead was 3-2 but both of the remaining matches were into a third set and it seemed like it was going to be anybodies match.

Purdue’s Mateus Silva had opened up a 5-2 lead in the third at No. 5 but Northwestern junior Strong Kirchheimer was a able to overpower Ricky Medinilla in the third set at No. 3 and win it 6-1 to clinch the team win.

Silva’s match was abandoned despite him being just a game away. So far I’ve noticed that the SEC and ACC are playing everything out while the Big Ten and Pac-12 are stopping on the clinch – Big 12 hasn’t started conference play yet so we’ll see what they do.

#12 Northwestern 4, #54 Purdue 2
Mar 25, 2016 at West Lafayette, IN (Basham Courts at Schwartz Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #51 Gergely Madarasz (PUR 13.81) def. #13 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.39) 6-2, 6-4
2. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.78) def. #57 Benjamin Ugarte (PUR 13.30) 6-3, 6-1
3. #97 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.27) def. Ricky Medinilla (PUR 13.03) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 
4. Dominik Sochurek (PUR 11.63) def. Fedor Baev (NU 13.17) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Mateus Silva (PUR 13.20) vs. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.82) 6-4, 6-7, 5-2, unfinished 
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.07) def. Lucas Dages (PUR 11.53) 7-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchhemeimer (NU) def. Dominik Sochurek/Ricky Medinilla (PUR) 6-1
2. Gergely Madarasz/Benjamin Ugarte (PUR) vs. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 3-4 unf.
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Mateus Silva/Renan Hanayama (PUR) 6-1
Match Notes:
Northwestern 15-2, 2-0 B1G; National ranking #12
Purdue 12-4, 1-1 B1G; National ranking #54
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,6,4,3)
Match played indoors on the Basham Courts of the Schwartz Tennis Center T-3:00
Post-Match Quotes from NU’s recap
“It was great to have Strong clinch the match for us,” head coach Arvid Swan said. “He really played high level tennis in the third set.”
“Great team win for us today,” Swan said. “Purdue is an excellent team, and it is not easy to win there. I was proud of the way the team competed through the momentum swings during the match.”


Unranked Loyola Marymount defeated UC Santa Barbara for the first time in program history with a 4-3 win on Friday afternoon. LMU was 0-16 all-time against UCSB going into this one but the Lions were able to overcome the loss of the doubles point to get the upset.

Errol Smith (Shaffer/LMU)

UCSB claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but LMU picked up four first sets in singles.

UCSB’s Cody Rakela rolled over Luke Bohuslav 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 to make it 2-0 Gauchos but LMU’s Lukas Moenter trimmed the lead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Oliver Sec at No. 6.

UCSB’s Nathan Eshmade made it 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 1 but one by one LMU would pick wins on the other courts.

Joat Farah defeated Anders Hol 7-6, 6-4 at No. 4, Cristobal Rivera gutted out a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(6) win over Nicolas Moreno at No. 2, and Errol Smith clinched the team victory with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 win over Morgan Mays at No. 3.

LMU 4, #51 UC Santa Barbara 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Mulholland Tennis Club) 
Singles competition
1. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.14) def. Charles Boyce (LMU 12.66) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2. Cristobal Rivera (LMU 13.02) def. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB 13.70) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Errol Smith (LMU 13.09) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.01) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
4. Joat Farah (LMU 12.61) def. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.64) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.65) def. Luke Bohuslav (LMU 12.41) 6-1, 6-2
6. Lukas Moenter (LMU 12.54) def. Oliver Sec (UCSB 12.90) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #34 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann (UCSB) def. Joat Farah/Errol Smith (LMU) 6-2
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Luke Bohuslav/Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-4
Match Notes
UC Santa Barbara 9-6; National ranking #51
LMU 7-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,6,1,4,2,3)


Middle Tennessee State is hosting the MT Shootout this weekend but UAB was the one that came out with guns blazing after the Blazers scorched the Blue Raiders 4-2.

Mitchell Martell (UAB)

UAB took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 2 in a tiebreak and then it took four opening sets in singles to boot.

MTSU’s Miguel Negre was first off the court with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 but UAB retook the lead when Christian Coetzee won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4. Gian Issa leveled the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 but UAB’s Stepan Vancurik answered with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Luis Morillo Diaz at No. 5.

The two remaining matches went three-sets and it was UAB’s Mitchell Martell that would clinch the match with a 7-6, 0-6, 6-4 win over Dima Zyhmantovich at No. 1. The other match was abandoned with MTSU’s Gonzalo Morell leading 4-3 in the third.

UAB 4, #62 Middle Tennessee 2
March 25, 2016 at Murfreesboro, TN (Adams Tennis Complex
Singles competition
1. Mitchell Martell (UAB 12.33) def. Dima Zyhmantovich (MT 12.94) 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 6-4
2. Gonzalo Morell (MT 13.27) vs. Eric Komati (UAB 12.88) 4-6, 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
3. Miguel Negre (MT 12.69) def. Oliver Poysti (UAB 11.76) 6-2, 6-1
4. Christian Coetzee (UAB 12.61) def. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT 12.83) 6-3, 6-3
5. Stepan Vancurik (UAB 12.33) def. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT 11.94) 6-1, 7-5
6. Gian Issa (MT 13.13) def. Kenton Parton (UAB 11.87) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Ayed Zatar Cordero/Gonzalo Morell (MT) def. Christian Coetzee/Kenton Parton (UAB) 6-2
2. Luiz Felipe Pinto/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Miguel Negre/Gian Issa (MT) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Eric Komati/Stepan Vancurik (UAB) def. Luis Morillo Diaz/Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) 6-4
Match Notes:
UAB 10-6
Middle Tennessee 13-4; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,5,1)
Official: Ted Mason  T-3:04  A-52

South Florida and Pepperdine got started at 10am on Friday but rain halted play for over six hours just before the doubles point could finish up.

Once the rain stopped South Florida closed out the doubles point and then quickly closed out Pepperdine in singles with Roberto Cid, Sasha Gozun, and Peter Bertran winning in straight sets at 1, 3, and 4.

#17 South Floirda 4, #53 Pepperdine 0
March 25, 2016 at Tampa, FL (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF) def. HADLICH, Guilherme (PEP) 6-0, 6-4
2. #31 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. PANE, Lautaro (PEP) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. MENICHELLA, Stefan (PEP) 6-4, 6-4
4. Peter Bertran (USF) def. SIDNEY, Gabriel (PEP) 6-1, 6-1
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) vs. IAMACHKINE, Pedro (PEP) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished 
6. VAN SLYKE, Jack (PEP) vs. Everth Dzib (USF) 6-0, 5-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) def. #37 Guilherme Hadlich/Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-4 
2. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-4
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Tom Hill/Jack Van Slyke (PEP) 6-0
Match Notes:
Pepperdine 5-7; National ranking #53
South Florida 12-6; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,1)

UNLV picked up its first ranked win over the year with a 4-1 upset of No. 60 New Mexico. The Runnin Rebs took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Jakob Amilon, Alexandr Cozbinov, and Richard Solberg at 1, 2, and 6.

UNLV 4, #60 New Mexico 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Las Vegas, Nevada (Fertitta Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Jakob Amilon (UNLV 13.43) def. Bart Van Leijsen (UNM 12.86) 6-4, 6-4
2. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV 13.16) def. Jorge Escutia (UNM 12.41) 6-3, 6-4
3. Ricky Hernandez-Tong (UNM 12.44) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV 12.81) no result 
4. Augustus Ge (UNM 12.51) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV 11.94) 6-1, 6-2
5. Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM 11.73) vs. Evaldo Neto (UNLV 12.29) no result
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV 12.61) def. Sean Baklini (UNM 11.90) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) def. Augustus Ge/Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM) 6-3
2. Evaldo Neto/Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) def. Bart Van Leijsen/Michael Tran (UNM) 6-3
3. Ricky Hernandez-Tong/Jorge Escutia (UNM) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov/Richard Solberg (UNLV) no result
Match Notes:
UNLV 6-6
New Mexico 12-11; National ranking #60
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,6,2)
Post-Match Quotes from UNM’s recap
“Not a great performance today,” said head coach Bart Scott. “Typically we pride ourselves on finding solutions and today, for a multitude of reasons, we simply were not able to problem solve. Congratulations to UNLV; they played a better match start to finish and deserved the win more than we did.  We have to bounce back and look to solve problems better later this afternoon against Montana.”

Second-ranked Virginia got challenged in a few spots but the Cavaliers were too strong and won comfortably 6-1.

#2 Virginia 6, #46 Notre Dame 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #33 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-7, 7-5, 1-0
2. #63 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-4, 6-2
3. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 6-3, 6-4
4. #88 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 7-6, 6-4
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-4, 6-3
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-2
2. #8 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) vs. Grayson Broadus/Josh Hagar (ND) 5-5, unf
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Eddy Covalschi/Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 6-4
Match Notes
Notre Dame 11-8, 5-2 ACC; National ranking #46
Virginia 15-2, 5-0 ACC; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (,3,4,2,6,5,1)
T-2:34 A-358
Post-Match Quotes for UVA’s recap
“It was a beautiful day to play tennis and I am thrilled that we had the success we did today, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “The team played really well from top to bottom. Notre Dame is a great team and I was very impressed with their fight and desire on the court. We are looking forward to another great day of tennis tomorrow when we take on Boston College.
North Carolina played without its No. 1 Brayden Schnur but still cruised to a 6-1 win over Clemson. The Tar Heels blew the Tigers off the court in doubles and singles wasn’t much closer with Clemson taking only two sets – both at No. 1 fro Alex Favrot. 

#1 North Carolina 6, Clemson 1
March 25, 2016 Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Doubles competition
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) d. Alex Favrot/Lance Johnson (CU), 6-1
2. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) vs. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU), 5-2 DNF
3. Andrew Gores/Anu Kodali (UNC) d. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU), 6-1
Singles competition
1. Alex Favrot (CU) d. #37 Brett Clark (UNC), 6-4, 6-2
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) d. Luke Johnson (CU), 6-1, 6-3
3. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC) d. Daffra Sanon (CU), 6-1, 6-3
4. #95 Jack Murray (UNC) d. Austin Ansari (CU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Anu Kodali (UNC) d. Robert Dudley (CU), 6-3, 6-3
6. Blaine Boyden (UNC) d. Christian Harris (CU), 6-4, 6-1
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,4,1,2,6)
Records: North Carolina 19-1 (4-1 ACC), Clemson 11-10 (2-4 ACC)
Post-Match Quotes from UNC’s recap
“We have a tough league and it’s tougher as we go forward, UNC coach Sam Paul said. “Virginia Tech is really under-ranked, no doubt about it. But we just take one match at a time. We’re just trying to get better every day we talk about that a lot.
“I liked our focus in doubles, Paul said. “I liked how we came out.
Post-Match Quotes from Clemson’s recap
“North Carolina played and acted like the number one ranked team they are today. Credit to my dear friend Sam Paul on putting his team in this position, said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. “Freshman standout Alex Favrot continues to show why he is one of the best players in the ACC and the nation by defeating #34 ranked Brett Clark. We look forward to getting back after it tomorrow against North Carolina State before returning to Clemson. “


Duke gave Virginia Tech all it wanted but the guys from Blacksburg won enough of the close matches to get the 5-2 win. Check out Duke’s recap for all the finer details.

#45 Virginia Tech 5, Duke 2
March 25, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium) 
Doubles competition
1. #7 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Ryan Dickerson (DU) 6-2
2. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Catalin Mateas/Vincent Lin (DU) 7-5
3. Daniel McCall/Jason Lapidus (DU) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3 
Singles competition
1. #21 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #19 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. #74 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. Catalin Mateas (DU) 7-5, 6-3
3. Vincent Lin (DU) def. Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
4. #72 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. TJ Pura (DU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-1
5. Josh Levine (DU) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Aaron Gomez (VT) def. Daniel McCall (DU) 6-4, 7-5
Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 12-4, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #45
Duke 8-10, 2-4 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,6,1,4,5)
Official: Rebel Good

T-2:55 A-212

Post-Match Quotes from Duke’s recap
“Congratulations to Virginia Tech, head coach Ramsey Smith said. “They’re a veteran team. They stepped up in the big moments. It came down to a couple big moments at the ends of sets and matches and they were just a little bit better than us.
“It was a very, very physical match, Smith said. “Those were long, physical points. Nico played and competed really well. He had some chances in the tiebreaker. I think if he would have been able to win that first set, it would have changed the momentum, not only on his court, but everywhere else. Monteiro has had a heck of a senior year. It was physical, grind-it-out, tennis.
“Josh put himself in a serious hole several times, Smith added. “You always know Josh is going to compete his best. He certainly didn’t play his best tennis, but he was very emotional. He literally found a way to win. It wasn’t pretty, but it was good to see the win. He normally wins a lot of those type of matches, but this year he hasn’t won quite as many tight three-set decisions. I think this is really going to help him moving forward towards the end of the ACC season.


#47 Denver 5, #67 Cal Poly 2
March 25, 2016 at San Luis Obispo, Ca (Mustang Courts)
Singles competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN) def. Ben Donovan (Cal Poly) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Garrett Aurpoux (Cal Poly) 6-2, 6-3 
3. Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox (DEN) 6-1, 6-2 
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Ortlip (Cal Poly) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Axel Damiens (Cal Poly) 6-4, 6-2 
6. Karl Enander (Cal Poly) def. Zach Fryer (DEN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-0 
2. Henry Craig/Diogo Rocha def. Garrett Auproux/Tim Tan (Cal Poly) 6-4
3. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James def. Dan Cardiff/Karl Enander (Cal Poly) 7-5