We’re still a week away from the Kick-Off Weekend but several lower ranked teams did some kicking tonight as upsets were the story of the day. The biggest upset took place at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center as unranked Tulsa stunned No. 4 Texas 4-3. Tulsa won what turned out to be a pivotal doubles point when it picked up a 6-4 win over at No. 3 and a 6-3 win at No. 2. Texas turned it around in singles by taking four opening sets while Tulsa won the other two in tiebreaks. Harrison Scott and Leo Telles put Texas ahead with quick straight set wins at No. 4 and No. 6 but Or Ram-Harel tied it up at 2-2 after defeating the ITA No. 6 Christian Sigsgaard 7-6(2), 6-2. George Goldhoff put Texas back in front after winning in three sets at No. 3 but Tulsa’s Majed Kilani leveled it at 3-3 with a come from behind 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Texas freshman Yuya Ito at No 2.
The match would be decided at No. 5 between Tulsa junior Mitchell Pritchard and Texas redshirt sophomore Julian Zlobinsky. Pritchard claimed the opening set in a tiebreak but Zlobinsky took the second 6-4. The third set was on serve through the first four games but Pritchard went ahead 30/40 on Zlobinsky 2-2 service game. Zlobinsky fought off the first break point with a service winner but Pritchard would get the break on the no-ad 40/40 point when Zlobinsky netted a mid-court forehand. Pritchard held easily from 40/15 to make it 4-2 and then he went up 15/40 on Zlobinsky’s serve. Another break would have all but sealed it but Zlobinsky managed to come back and hold after hitting a big serve on the no-ad point. Pritchard held quickly for 5-3 but Zlobinsky did the same for 5-4. With Pritchard serving for the match he’d go up 15/0 off a Zlobinsky forehand error but a forehand error of his own would make it 15-all. Pritchard hit an odd jump hop forehand winner for 30/15 and then Zlobinsky missed badly on a second serve return to make it 40/15. The final point was a fairly lengthy back and forth with the ball barely clearing the net on each shot until finally a Zlobinsky forehand found the net and that was all she wrote. Tulsa’s win over Texas was its first since defeating the Longhorns in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
1. #46 Or Ram-Harel (TLS 14.19) def. #6 Christian Sigsgaard (TX 14.29) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
3. George Goldhoff (TX 14.02) def. Dominic Bechard (TLS 13.23) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
4. #47 Harrison Scott (TX 13.83) def. Okkie Kellerman (TLS 12.58) 6-3, 6-2
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TLS 11.90) def. Julian Zlobinsky (TX 13.57) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4
1. Okkie Kellerman/Dominic Bechard (TLS) vs. Yuya Ito/Christian Sigsgaard (TX) 6-6, unfinished
3. Daniel Santos/Jarod Hing (TLS) def. Julian Zlobinsky/Harrison Scott (TX) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,6,1,3,2,5)
“Unbelievable team win,” head coach Arvid Swan said. “The guys really stepped up. TCU is one of the best teams in the country. It was a great test for us, and I was really pleased to see our guys raise their level. Great win for us, for sure.”
“We knew we had a good shot,” Zieba said. “We had to come out hot and get that doubles point and then we took the momentum and rode with it.”
1. Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.91) def. #26 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.19) 6-4, 6-2
2. Konrad Zieba (NU 14.10) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.55) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
3. Sam Shropshire (NU 14.12) def. #101 Jerry Lopez (TCU 14.03) 6-2, 6-3
4. Dominik Stary (NU 13.12) vs. #55 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU 14.01) 3-6, 6-4, 1-2, unfinished
6. Jason Seidman (NU 13.06) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU 11.22) 6-1, 6-0
1. Sam Shropshire/Konrad Zieba (NU) def. Guillermo Nuñez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 7-5
2. Strong Kirchheimer/Dominik Stary (NU) def. Reese Stalder/Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-4
3. Chris Ephron/Michael Lorenzini (NU) vs. Cameron Norrie/Gianni Mancini (TCU) 5-6, unfinished
TCU 0-1; National ranking #7
Northwestern 2-0; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,5,3,1,2)
“This was a big win,” Slobodchikov said. “I played really well but I had to fight all the way through. I’m so proud of 400 for coach and I tried my best. We got it together. This win gives us so much confidence. The guys are playing really well and we’re really excited for the rest of the season.”
“It’s hard to put into words what SMU means to me,” Neufeld said. “To come to Dallas and be a part of such a good school, academically and athletically, and to have this much success through the years, it’s incredible. It’s all because of these guys. They’re great players but they’re great guys and hardworking kids. They’re such good examples. They weren’t all-stars when they were recruited. They’ve all developed and for Ronald to win beating No. 3 means even more.”
Jan 20, 2017 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Dills Indoor Tennis Center)
1. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.86) def. #3 Mike Redlicki (AR 14.54) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
3. Samm Butler (SMU 14.11) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR 13.33) 6-2, 6-3
4. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.86) def. Johan den Toom (AR 12.88) 6-0, 7-5
5. Oscar Mesquida (AR 13.66) def. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU 12.84) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
1. Mike Redlicki/Jose Salazar (AR) def. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 6-3
2. Arkadijs Slobodkins/Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. Oscar Mesquida/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-3
Arkansas 1-1; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,3,5,6,2,1)
- #6 Georgia defeated state rival Georgia Tech 5-2. The win was Georgia’s 30th in the last 31 matches against Georgia Tech. Georgia freshmen Nathan Ponwith (6-0, 6-1 at #4) and Robert Loeb (6-2, 6-4 at #6) won their dual-match debuts.
- #15 Kentucky dropped the doubles point to #25 Duke but the Wildcats managed to sweep the top four singles spots with Nils Ellefsen clinching the 5-2 win at No. 4. Duke was playing without its No. 1 singles player Nicolas Alvarez – Alvarez retired in the first set of a match in Hawaii a few weeks ago and hasn’t played since.
- #18 Stanford opened up its season with a 4-0 win over Eastern Washington in a match that was played at Stanford’s one-court indoor facility.
- Washington rolled over Utah State 6-1 with only one of the singles matches competitive.
- #20 Mississippi State and Pepperdine were rained out in Malibu – no make-up will be scheduled.
Notable Women’s Results
- #5 Oklahoma State kicked off its season with a pair of 7-0 wins over Oral Roberts and Louisiana Tech.
- #7 Ohio State opened up its season with a pair of 7-0 win over Wright State and Bowling Green.
- #22 Arizona State and Northern Arizona were rained out in Tempe. They will try to play on Saturday.
- Kansas opened up its new $9M Jayhawk Tennis Center with a 6-1 win over St. Louis.
- Alabama rolled Illinois 6-1 with Maddie Pothoff clinching at No. 5.
- #9 Vanderbilt and #12 Miami went 6-2 in singles at the Miami Spring Invite – full results
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