I tell you if you are a fan of college tennis today was as good at gets with one close match after another as all 15 Men’s KOW regionals were in full swing. There were two regional hosts that got knocked out in the first round which is something that doesn’t happen very often. Another thing that doesn’t happen very often is Iowa winning a match during an ITA Kick-Off Weekend because this was the first time since 2010 that the Hawkeyes had a high enough previous year-ending ranking to be selected to participate.
Iowa rolled into Lubbock on a cool and windy day and jumped on Texas Tech early by going up breaks on all three courts and would eventually pick up a 6-4 win at No. 1 and a 6-3 win at No. 3 to claim the doubles point. Each team claimed three opening sets in singles with Iowa taking the lead at the top three spots while Texas Tech went ahead at the bottom three. Only three of the six matches would finish in straight sets with Texas Tech picking up wins from Bjorn Thomson and Ronit Bisht at No. 4 and No. 5 while Iowa’s Kareem Allaf defeated a less than 100% Connor Curry at No. 3 (dislocated toe).
Iowa’s Lefteris Theodorou and Texas Tech’s Alex Sendegeya were all even at 2-2 in the third but Lefty would win the final four games of the match to put Iowa back in front at 3-2. Both of the remaining courts were into a third set and it looked like Texas Tech was going to come back and pull it out because Carlos DiLaura had gone ahead of Jake Jacoby 4-1 at No. 6 while Jolan Cailleau had built a 4-0 lead against Josh Silverstein at No. 1. However neither Hawkeye was ready to quit because Jacoby would take the next four games to go ahead 5-4 while Silverstein took one of his breaks back from Cailleau. Despite the late charge by Jacoby he’d be unable to close it out as DiLaura would win the final three games to even the overall score at 3-3.
All eyes were now at No. 1 singles as Silverstein served to stay in the match down 5-2 in the third. Silverstein would manage to hold for 3-5, then he broke for 4-5, and then he held from 40/30 to even it 5-5. Silverstein would then have two break point at 30/40 to go up 6-5 but Cailleau fought them both off to get the hold. Silverstein held to force a third set tiebreak and after being tied 3-3 at the changeover the Iowa lefty would win the final four to close it out 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3). Silverstein did a great job of keeping the ball in play down the stretch with him mainly blocking back Cailleau’s serve and eventually Cailleau would misfire to end the point. Also I want to give a huge shoutout to Iowa’s SID for doing a periscope feed of several of the key games down the stretch including the full third set tiebreak – aces in my book!!
“Connor went down with an injury, but he bounced back,” Masi said. “He dislocated his toe, and they were able to get it back into place. Then, he battled there in singles. I commended him in the locker room for fighting through that.”
Post-Match Audio from Iowa’s recap
01/28/17 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
1. Josh Silverstein (IOWA 13.07) def. #25 Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.08) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA 13.14) def. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.71) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
3. Kareem Allaf (IOWA 13.01) def. #104 Connor Curry (TT 13.94) 7-5, 6-3
4. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.79) def. Robin Haden (IOWA 12.43) 6-4, 6-2
5. #120 Ronit Bisht (TT 12.70) def. Jonas Larsen (IOWA 12.75) 6-0, 7-5
1. Josh Silverstein/Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) def. #60 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-4
3. Robin Haden/Jake Jacoby (IOWA) def. Ronit Bisht/Pyry Hyrkkonen (TT) 6-3
Texas Tech 2-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,3,2,6,1) T-2:55 A-125
Jan 28, 2017 at College Station, TX (George P. Mitchell Tennis Center)
1. #14 Gustav Hansson (OM 14.26) def. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.90) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
2. Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.65) def. #57 Tim Sandkaulen (OM 13.50) 6-3, 6-3
3. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.00) def. Samm Butler (SMU 14.16) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
4. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.86) def. Fabian Fallert (OM 13.23) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Yates Johnson (SMU 12.85) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.02) 6-3, 6-4
6. Zvonimir Babic (OM 13.00) def. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU 12.51) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
1. Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. #13 Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 7-5
2. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. #40 Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-4
3. #57 Gustav Hansson/Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. Markus Kerner/Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) 6-4
Ole Miss 1-1
SMU 3-1; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,6,1,3,4)
Jan 28, 2017 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
1. #16 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.63) def. Juan Benitez (BU 14.56) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
2. #44 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.84) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.69) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
3. Johannes Schretter (BU 13.16) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.81) 6-3, 6-4
4. Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU 13.44) def. #81 Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.68) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
5. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.47) def. Bjoern Petersen (BU 13.59) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
6. Constantin Frantzen (BU 13.09) def. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU 13.95) 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3
1. #7 Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Max Tchoutakian/Bjoern Petersen (BU) 5-5, unfinished
2. Juan Benitez/Constantin Frantzen (BU) def. Aleksandre Bakshi/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 7-5
3. Johannes Schretter/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Jordi Arconada/James Martell (TAMU) 6-1
Baylor 3-0; National ranking #21
Texas A&M 1-1; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,1,2,5,6)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Jan 28, 2017 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
1. #8 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.24) vs. #9 Christopher Eubanks (GT 14.48) 6-2, 5-7, 3-2, unfinished
2. #61 Andrew Li (GT 13.72) def. Sameer Kumar (STAN 14.22) 6-4, 6-4
3. #68 Michael Genender (STAN 13.55) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.40) 7-5, 5-4, unfinished
4. Carlos Divar (GT 13.81) def. Jack Barber (STAN 13.54) 6-2, 7-5
5. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.24) def. Chris Yun (GT 13.04) 6-3, 7-5
6. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.34) def. Brandon Sutter (STAN 13.40) 6-3, 7-5
1. #15 Sameer Kumar/Yale Goldberg (STAN) def. Christopher Eubanks/Phillip Gresk (GT) 6-4
2. Carlos Benito/Carlos Divar (GT) def. #55 Tom Fawcett/David Wilczynski (STAN) 7-6 (7-1)
3. Andrew Li/Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Jack Barber/Michael Genender (STAN) 6-4
Georgia Tech 1-1
Stanford 2-0; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5,4)
Official: John Coleman T-2:30 A-143
Other Saturday Opening Round Results:
- Florida defeated UNC Wilmington 4-0 win in a match that took less 90 minutes – the Gators will face LSU in the region finals after the Bayou Bengals came back from the losing the doubles point and four first sets to defeat South Florida 4-3.
- Illinois dropped the doubles point to the Arkansas, who was playing without its top player Mike Redlicki (illness), but the Illini rallied to win 4-2 with freshman Noe Khlif getting the clincher in his dual-match debut at No. 6. Illinois will play Oklahoma in the region final after the Sooners fought off a late charge from Michigan to win 4-1. Spencer Papa got the clinch at No. 2 winning 7-6(5) in the third.
- Texas faced some resistance from Drake but the Horns got the 4-1 win with Harrison Scott clinching at No. 3 (Center Comments). Texas will meet Oregon in the region finals after the Ducks overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat Rice 4-2. Oregon took five first sets in singles and Jayson Amos provided the clincher at No. 3 with a 7-6, 7-6 win over Eric Rutledge.
- USC advanced to the region finals with a surprisingly routine 4-0 win over East Tennessee State. USC only lost 5 games during the doubles point and it won all nine completed sets in singles with senior Nick Crystal clinching at No. 3. USC will face San Diego on Sunday after the Toreros defeated Virginia Tech 4-2 with Filip Vittek clinching 6-2 in the third at No. 1.
- UCLA and Lamar will play in the region final after UCLA blanked New Mexico 4-0 and Lamar ousted Boise State 4-2.
- TCU and Utah State will play in the region final after TCU defeated Pacific 4-0 and Utah State beat Wichita State 4-1.
Region Final Results
- Oklahoma State advanced to the National Team Indoors for the first time since 2008 with a dominating 4-0 win over Kentucky. Oklahoma State won eight of nine sets in singles with Tristan Meraut clinching at No. 6.
- Ohio State will be heading to the National Team Indoors for the ninth straight year after defeating Old Dominion 4-0; Herkko Pollanen clinched the win at No. 4 with a 6-4, 6-4 win – ODU was up a set at 1, 2, and 5 at the time of the clinch.
- Cal is heading back to the NTIs after a one year absence after pulling out a close 4-2 win over Tulane. Filip Bergevi clinched the match with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3 while the other remaining match was just starting the third set.
- Wake Forest defeated Georgia State 4-0 with Skander Mansouri clinching at No. 2 – GSU took a set at No. 6 and was closing to get a split at No. 3.
- North Carolina will have a chance to defend its title after defeating Vanderbilt 4-1. Ronnie Schneider clinched at No. 1 while the other two remaining matches were in third sets.
Region Consolation Matches
- Columbia really dominated Tulsa in a 4-0 win in the Oklahoma State Regional – Lions won eight of nine sets in singles.
- Alabama won a long 4-3 match over Purdue in the Georgia Regional – Edson Ortiz won the decider 7-5 in the third.
- Notre Dame defeated Penn State 4-1 in the North Carolina Regional with Matthew Gamble clinching in straight sets at No. 4
- Auburn blanked Nebraska 4-0 at the Wake Forest Regional – Edward Nguyen clinched with a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 4 – Nebraska won three sets in singles
- Cal Poly held off a late charge from Pepperdine to win 4-3 in the Cal Regional – Poly led 3-0 before Pepperdine tied it at 3-3 but Axel Damiens would win the decider 7-6(5) in the third at No. 6
All the women’s results are available at the ITA’s site
Men’s Kick-Off Weekend (Region Finals):