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There was only one men’s match on Friday that took place between ranked teams and it happened in Columbus as No. 3 Ohio State ran its record to 8-0 with an anything but easy 4-1 win over No. 15 Kentucky. The doubles point on the other hand was pretty easy with the Buckeyes winning big at No. 2 and No. 3. Ohio State rode the momentum from the doubles point into singles and took four opening sets but Kentucky managed to get splits on two of those courts. Kentucky’s Nils Ellefsen tied the match with a straight set win at No. 4 but Ohio State countered with straight set wins from Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen at No. 1 and No. 5. Each of the remaining matches were in third sets but Ohio State sophomore Kyle Seelig would pull away from Kentucky’s Enzo Wallart to clinch the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win at No. 6.

Ohio State head coach Ty Tucker talked after the match about the win and the upcoming gauntlet that awaits the Buckeyes.  
#3 Ohio State 4, #15 Kentucky 1
Feb 10, 2017 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #17 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-1, 6-3
2. JJ Wolf (OSU) vs. #33 Will Bushamuka (UK) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, *4-5, unfinished
3. #8 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Beck Pennington (UK) 6-3, 5-7, 5-5, unfinished
4. Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. #77 Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. #47 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Trey Yates (UK) 6-4, 6-4
6. Kyle Seelig (OSU) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles Results
1. #38 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Beck Pennington/Enzo Wallart (UK) 5-4, unfinished
2. #25 Hugo Di Feo/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Will Bushamuka/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-1
3. Matt Mendez/Hunter Tubert (OSU) def. Trey Yates/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-2
Match Notes:
Kentucky 7-3; National ranking #15
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,1,5,6)
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:40 A-314 


South Carolina picked up a nice 4-1 win at home over previously red-hot Old Dominion. The Gamecocks won what turned out to be an important doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then SC picked up straight set singles wins from Gabriel Freidrich, Harrison O’Keefe, and Alex Fennell. Old Dominion got a win from Javier Jover Maestre at No. 5 and both Jacob Nicolussi and Aziz Kijametovic were just points away from winning at No. 3 and No. 4 so that doubles point really did play a big role in determining the outcome. 

South Carolina 4, Old Dominion 1
Feb 10, 2017 at Columbia, SC (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #121 Gabriel Friedrich (SC) def. #18 Adam Moundir (ODU) 6-3, 7-5
2. Harrison O’Keefe (SC) def. Michael Weindl (ODU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) vs. #107 Thomas Mayronne (SC) 6-3, 6-6 (*5-4)
4. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) vs. #110 Yancy Dennis (SC) 2-6, 6-4, 5-3, unf. 
5. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU) def. Andrew Schafer (SC) 6-3, 6-1
6. Alex Fennell (SC) def. Justin Herrera (ODU) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles Results
1. Sam Swank/Alex Fennell (SC) vs. Adam Moundir/Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) 5-5, unf. 
2. Yancy Dennis/Harrison O’Keefe (SC) def. Jose Nunez Navarro/Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) 6-0
3. Paul Jubb/Gabriel Friedrich (SC) def. Javier Jover Maestre/Michael Weindl (ODU) 6-4
Match Notes
Old Dominion 7-2
South Carolina 5-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,5,1,2)
Post-Match Quotes from SC’s recap
“I’m really happy about the day. Old Dominion is a very good team and they’re going to continue to have a great season. I was really impressed with the resilience our team showed today. The momentum went back and forth a few times within the match against Old Dominion and we stayed steady the entire time as far as the belief in what we were doing and the focus on the fundamentals. That was our goal on the day and I felt we were able to accomplish in five of the six singles. I think we were still short in one, but our goal is to bring all six throughout season and we’re still working towards that. It was great to consolidate and get a couple other guys a few looks moving into the SC State match, getting Jubb up top and seeing what he can do and getting Wood a match. I’m proud of both of those guys for stepping in that’s a tough situation, so I’m happy for them.” – head coach Josh Goffi
Northwestern improved to 10-0 for the first-time in program history with a 6-1 road win at NC State. Northwestern took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and the Cats have now gone 20-3 in individual doubles play including 16-1 at No. 1 and No. 2. In singles play the teams split first sets at 1 through 4 (four-court indoor facility) but when Konrad Zieba pulled out the second set in a tiebreak at No. 3 that was the beginning of the end for the Pack. Northwestern won at 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 with NC State getting it’s lone win from freshman Alexis Galarneau at No. 2. Galarneau has now won five straight matches in straight sets with the last two coming over stellar competition (Finzelberg/Shropshire). 

#7 Northwestern 6, NC State 1
Feb 10, 2017 at Raleigh, N.C. (JW Isenhour Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #25 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #68 Nick Horton (ST) 6-1, 7-5
2. #67 Alexis Galarneau (ST) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Konrad Zieba (NU) def. Igor Saveljic (ST) 3-6, 7-6, 6-0
4. Dominik Stary (NU) def. Georgiy Malyshev (ST) 6-1, 7-5
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) def. Michael Ogden (ST) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6
6. Jason Seidman (NU) def. Chris Mikrovas (ST) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles Results
1. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) vs. #53 Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 5-4, unfinished
2. Dominik Stary/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Nick Horton/Alexis Galarneau (ST) 6-3
3. Chris Ephron/Michael Lorenzini (NU) def. Michael Ogden/Georgiy Malyshev (ST) 6-3
Match Notes:
Northwestern 9-0; National ranking #7
NC State 5-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,4,1,3,6,5)
T-3.30 A-170

Post-Match Quotes from NU’s recap
“The guys have done a great job competing every match this year,” head coach Arvid Swan said. “They prepare the right way and fight for Northwestern and each other on the court. The record is a great accomplishment for the team, but our focus is simply on continuing to improve as a team and finishing the year strong.”


Tulane ran its record to 5-1 with a 5-2 win over Auburn. The Green Wave took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they picked up singles wins from Constantin Schmitz, Sebastian Rey, Tyler Schick, and Luis Erlenbusch with Schmitz getting the clincher at No. 1. 

Videos of match point from Rey, SchickErlenbusch, #2 doubles



Tulane 5, Auburn 2
Feb 10, 2017 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #30 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. #91 Max Hinnisdaels (AUB) 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-0
2. Carles Sarrio (AUB) def. Ewan Moore (TLN) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Conner Huertas (AUB) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
4. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Edward Nguyen (AUB) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Luis Erlenbusch (TLN) def. Dante Saleh (AUB) 6-4, 6-2
6. Brandon Laubser (AUB) def. Tim Ruetzel (TLN) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
Doubles Results
1. Chi-Shan Jao/Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. #13 Max Hinnisdaels/Conner Huertas (AUB) 6-1
2. Luis Erlenbusch/Ewan Moore (TLN) def. Edward Nguyen/Dante Saleh (AUB) 6-3
3. Constantin Schmitz/Tyler Schick (TLN) vs. Carles Sarrio/Olle Thestrup (AUB) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Auburn 4-3
Tulane 5-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,2,6,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane’s recap
“Went up against a big SEC program like Auburn and to have them on our home courts today was good for us. Our guys came out and imposed our will in doubles and gave us some momentum into singles,” Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. “We knew it was going to be a tough fight and that they were going to make it miserable for us but I was really proud of how we kept things together under pressure.”

Post-Match Quotes from Auburn’s recap
“I’m happy with how our guys put themselves in a position to win the match,” said Auburn coach Bobby Reynolds. “We need to know that through our hard work during practice, we’ve built what it takes to finish off our opponents. Hats off to Tulane; they changed the momentum in a couple of key matches and never gave up at any point. We are making strides in the right direction and we have another good opportunity tomorrow at South Alabama.”


More Friday Results
  • Utah State won on the road at Arizona 4-3 with freshman Sergiu Bucur winning the decider 6-4 in the third at No. 4
  • Oregon had its way with Nebraska in posting a 7-0 win – Ducks won all 12 sets in singles!
  • #17 Illinois overcame the loss of the doubles point to win its Big Ten opener at home over Indiana 5-2 – four of six singles matches went three sets with senior Julian Childers clinching the win 6-1 in the third at No. 4
  • North Florida won on the road at LSU 5-2 – sophomore Sahil Deshmukh clinched the match with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 5
  • #12 Oklahoma State shutout Alabama 7-0 – OSU won the final three courts in 10-point supertiebreaks.
  • #13 Baylor won at home over Purdue 4-0 – five of six singles matches went three sets with sophomore Jimmy Bendeck clinching at No. 4. BU freshman Constantin Frantzen was serving for the match up 3-6, 6-2, 5-1 (30/40) at the time of the clinch while both No. 2 (6-3, 5-7) and No. 3 singles (4-6, 6-3) had just started the third set.
  • #14 Oklahoma ran its record to 6-1 with a 6-1 win over Wichita State – OU won in straight sets at 1, 2, 3, 4, & 6 while Wichita State picked up its lone point from Marius Frosa after he won 0-6, 7-5, 7-6 (20-18) at No. 5 – yes that third set tiebreak score is correct it was 20-18. 
  • #16 Mississippi State picked up a 4-0 win on the road over Miami (FL) with State winning eight of nine sets in singles. 
  • #21 SMU went on the road and defeated Army 7-0 – three of six matches went to a third set. 
  • Tennessee blanked Tulsa 7-0 with the Vols winning 12 of 14 sets in singles
  • Penn State slid past VCU 4-3 with senior Marc Collado clinching the match with a straight set win at No. 6
  • Texas Tech won a pair of matches with a 4-0 win over UTSA and a 6-1 win over Abilene Christian – Red Raiders won all but two sets in singles in the two matches combined
  • Princeton won its first match of the year with a solid 4-3 win over Rice – senior Tom Colautti clinched the win 6-2 in the third at No. 3