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Usually Thursdays are fairly quiet before the start of a busy weekend but today was wide open with several schools playing dual-matches down in San Diego prior to the start of the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships. Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State improved to 11-3 with a 4-1 win over No. 9 Michigan. The Cowboys won the doubles point going away with its top two teams each winning 6-1 and then it took five opening sets in singles. Julian Cash, Artur Dubinski, and Tristan Meraut each won in straight sets with Meraut clinching at No. 5. Michigan picked up its lone point from Carter Lin at No. 6

#5 Oklahoma State 4, #9 Michigan 1
March 2, 2017 | La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club | La Jolla, Calif.
Doubles (Order of finish: 2, 1)
C1: No. 4 Cash/Kadhe (OSU) def. No. 22 Johnston/Malik (MICH), 6-1
C2: No. 31 Gerch/Mendoza (OSU) vs. No. 28 Hua/Knight (MICH), 6-1
C3: Dubinski/Finzelberg (OSU) def. Schalet/Wong (MICH), 3-2 unf.
Singles (Order of finish: 4, 6, 1, 5)
C1: No. 18 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Jathan Malik (MICH), 6-3, 6-4
C2: Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. No. 66 Myles Schalet (MICH), 6-3, 3-6, unf.
C3: No. 69 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) vs. Alex Knight (MICH), 6-3, 4-5, unf.
C4: Artur Dubinski (OSU) def. No. 95 Kevin Wong (MICH), 6-0, 6-3
C5: Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Runhao Hua (MICH), 6-4, 6-1
C6: Carter Lin (MICH) def. Jurence Mendoza (OSU), 6-0, 6-4 
Match Notes
Oklahoma State 11-3; National ranking #5
Michigan 7-3; National ranking #9
 
 
Seventh-ranked Cal won its fourth match in the last five days with a 6-1 win at San Diego. The Bears won the doubles point despite taking a 6-1 loss at No. 1 and then it won all six opening sets in singles. Andre Goransson, Billy Griffith, and Nic Barretto won in straight sets with Barretto clinching at No. 6. Bjorn Hoffmann and JT Nishimura won in three sets with a third set supertiebreak played in lieu of a full third set while USD’s Filip Vittek upset Florian Lakat at No. 1 to keep the Toreros from getting shutout.  
 

 
#7 California 6, San Diego 1
Mar 02, 2017 at University of San Diego (Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #79 Filip Vittek (USD) def. #20 Florian Lakat (CAL) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. #26 Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Joshua Page (USD) 6-3, 6-2
3. #80 Billy Griffith (CAL) def. Gui Osorio (USD) 6-3, 6-4
4. Bjorn Hoffmann (CAL) def. Guus Koevermans (USD) 7-6, 3-6, 10-8
5. JT Nishimura (CAL) def. Joel Gamerov (USD) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7
6. Nic Barretto (CAL) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Filip Vittek/Joshua Page (USD) def. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (CAL) 6-1
2. Nic Barretto/Florian Lakat (CAL) def. Gui Osorio/Joel Gamerov (USD) 6-3
3. Bjorn Hoffmann/JT Nishimura (CAL) def. Guus Koevermans/Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-3
Match Notes
UC Berkeley 8-1; National ranking #7
San Diego 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,6,4,5,1)
 
Post-Match Quotes from Cal’s recap
“We finally had a match that didn’t come down to the wire today,” Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “With all of the tennis we’ve been playing lately, we knew we had to get ahead and stay ahead because USD plays us tough.”
 

Added Wright about the USD match, “After we won the doubles point, we came out hot in the singles, winning the first set on all six courts. Nic Barretto ended up clinching the match for us with his consistent groundstrokes and upbeat attitude. With Nic’s clinch in singles, we now have all six of our players who have clinched a match for us this season.”

Wright concluded, “The team now has three days to play doubles and relax at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, which is truly one of the best tennis resorts in the world.”

 
Post-Match Quotes from USD’s recap
“We played a competitive match today, but lacked the conviction early in the dual that we needed,” said Head Coach Ryan Keckley. “We need to do a better job playing aggressive when given the chance. Our lack of experience showed in those key moments.”
 

“Congrats to Filip for a magnificent day,” said Coach Keckley. “He played to his potential and took advantage of the matchup. I was really proud of the way he fought and led this group.”

“We continue to learn and get better with each match,” said Coach Keckley. “We are growing in the right direction as a group and continue to build from the ground up.”

 

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TCU dropped the doubles point to Dallas rival SMU but the Horned Frogs rallied in singles to come away with a 4-2 win. SMU won the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 1 in a tiebreak but TCU came back with four first sets in singles. Cameron Norrie and Jerry Lopez picked up quick wins for TCU at No. 1 and No. 4 while SMU’s Arkadijs Slobodkins picked up a quick win at No. 6. 

TCU sophomore Reese Stalder came back from a break down in the second set to win 7-5, 7-6(3) and then fellow sophomore Alex Rybakov clinched the match with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win over Hunter Johnson at No. 2. TCU junior Guillermo Nunez came back from 7-6, 4-1 down to force a third set against Samm Butler at No. 3 and then after going up 3-0 in the third Butler retired once TCU had already clinched. 

 

 

#41 TCU 5, #26 SMU 2
Mar 02, 2017 at Dallas, Texas (SMU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #19 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #46 Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 6-0, 6-2
2. Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #51 Hunter Johnson (SMU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
3. #112 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. Samm Butler (SMU) 6-7, 7-5, 3-0, retired
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Yates Johnson (SMU) 7-5, 7-6 (3)
6. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #42 Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. #14 Guillermo Nuñez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Reese Stalder/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Markus Kerner/Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) 6-3
3. Tony Russell/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Cameron Norrie/Gianni Mancini (TCU) 6-1
Match Notes:
TCU 5-3; National ranking #41
SMU 8-3; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,6,5,2,3)
 

Post-Match Quotes from TCU head coach David Roditi
“This was a very good road win. I am proud of the guys for coming back on the road from losing the doubles point. The key was a quick win by (Cameron) Norrie and (Jerry) Lopez followed by a critical win from Reese (Stalder) in the second set tiebreaker. They have been working hard and it showed today. We still have a few things we need to clean up. (Alex) Rybakov did a great job of competing to close the match out. We had a lot of fans come out and also alumni and it helped us get through those tough moments. We will get a little better in the next few days to welcome No. 3 Wake Forest on Monday.”

 

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