WOW – what a tremendous day of college tennis action! The day got started early with No. 2 Wake Forest hosting No. 5 North Carolina and it finished 10 hours later with No. 31 TCU pulling off an upset win over No. 6 Cal. Both of the matches in Orlando were tremendous with No. 36 Florida State and No. 15 Florida playing in front of a College MatchDay record-crowd and then at the same time on the other six courts you had Tulsa and Central Florida go down to the wire.
I’ll start off with the biggest upset of the day, in terms of ranking, which took place in Palo Alto between a resurgent No. 41 Stanford and No. 8 Texas. The Cardinal was coming off a huge win on Tuesday night over No. 6 Cal in a match where it dropped the doubles point but rallied to win four singles matches. On Friday afternoon, Stanford managed to get out to the early lead after securing the doubles point for the seventh time in eleven matches. Stanford’s No. 2 team of Sameer Kumar and Michael Genender broke Texas’s Harrison Scott and Julian Zlobinsky on the no-ad point to go ahead 3-2 and then they held for 4-2. Texas would come back from 0/40 down to hold for 3-4 but Stanford would hold from 40/30 and then break from 15/40 to win it 6-3.
The match at No. 3 had more breaks than holds but in the end it was Texas’s Christian Sigsgaard and Colin Markes defeating Stanford’s David Wilczynski and Brandon Sutter 7-6 (1). The doubles point was decided at No. 1 and it even though it took a little longer than they liked Stanford’s Tom Fawcett and Yale Goldberg were able to get a 7-5 win over George Goldhoff and Leonardo Telles. Stanford had a match point on the no-ad point on Telles’s 3-5 service game but Fawcett mishit an overhead from point blank range and then Fawcett got broke from 30/40 to put it back on serve at 5-5. Goldhoff went up 40/30 on the next game but Fawcett hit a service return winner to bring up the no-ad point and then he hit another nice service return which forced a Goldhoff error to get the break. Stanford’s Yale Goldberg would serve it out from 40/15 to give the Cardinal the 7-5 win.
Each team would take three opening sets in singles and four of those matches would finish in straight sets. Texas freshman Yuya Ito struck first with a straight set win over Jack Barber at No. 4. Ito jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set and added another break to go up 5-1 but Barber would break back and hold for 5-3. Ito would serve out the set from 40/30 to take it 6-3. In the second set Barber went up 40/15 on his 4-4 service game but Ito came back and broke on the no-ad point and then he served it out at love to take it 6-3, 6-4.
Stanford sophomore Sameer Kumar put the Cardinal back in front with a straight set win over George Goldhoff at No. 2. Goldhoff jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first set but Kumar held on the no-ad point and then broke from 30/40 to even it at 4-4. Kumar would break Goldhoff from 30/40, via a double fault, to take the first set 7-5. The second set stayed on serve until Kumar broke Goldhoff from 30/40 to go up 5-3 but Goldhoff would break back from 15/40 to make it 5-4. Goldhoff quickly fell behind 0/40 and then Kumar thought he had it won from 15/40 when he ripped a forehand but Goldhoff called it out and the chair upheld. Kumar would close it out on the next point with a forehand winner to take it 7-5, 6-4.
Stanford senior Brandon Sutter would make it 3-1 with a straight set win over Rodrigo Banzer at No. 6. Sutter held on the no-ad point to take the first set 6-3 and then in the second set he’d get the only break he needed to go up 3-2 and a few games later he’d serve it out from 40/15 to win it 6-3, 6-4.
Stanford junior David Wilczynski would clinch the upset win with a straight set win over Leo Telles at No. 5. Telles went up an early break at 2-1 in the first but Wilczynski broke back in the next game and would break again on the no-ad point to take the first set 6-4. In the second set Wilczynski broke for 3-1 and would lead 5-3 but Telles would come back from 0/40 down to hold for 4-5. Wilczynski fell behind 30/40 but he came back to win it when Telles sent a forehand into the alley on the no-ad point to make the final score 6-4, 6-3.
The other two matches were abandoned with Stanford’s Tom Fawcett leading 4-1 in the third at No. 1 while Texas’s Harrison Scott was serving to start the third set at No. 3
#41 Stanford 4, #8 Texas 1
March 10, 2017 at Palo Alto, Calif (Taube Family Tennis Stadium)
1 Tom Fawcett/Yale Goldberg (Stanford) def. George Goldhoff/Leonardo Telles (UT), 7-5
2 Sameer Kumar/Michael Genender (Stanford) def. Harrison Scott/Julian Zlobinsky (UT), 6-3
3 Christian Sigsgaard/Colin Markes (UT) def. David Wilczynski/Brandon Sutter (Stanford), 7-6(1)
1 No. 13 Tom Fawcett (Stanford) vs. No. 12 Christian Sigsgaard (UT), 4-6, 6-1, 4-1, susp.
2 Sameer Kumar (Stanford) def. George Goldhoff (UT), 7-5, 6-4
3 No. 70 Harrison Scott (UT) vs. No. 92 Michael Genender (Stanford), 7-5, 3-6, susp.
4 No. 34 Yuya Ito (UT) def. No. 89 Jack Barber (Stanford), 6-3, 6-4
5 David Wilczynski (Stanford) def. No. 108 Leonardo Telles (UT), 6-4, 6-3
6 Brandon Sutter (Stanford) def. Rodrigo Banzer (UT), 6-3, 6-4
Stanford 8-3; National ranking #41
Texas 13-4; National ranking #8
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,6,5)
— TCU Men’s Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) March 11, 2017
TCU and Cal last met in the NCAA Round of 16 in a match that was decided at No. 2 singles between Andre Goransson and Alex Rybakov. In that match, Rybakov led 3-1 in the third but Goransson came back to pull it out 7-5 to end TCU’s tremendous season. Fast forward to Friday night and once again we’d see those two guys playing on the deciding court but this time the outcome would different.
So how did it get to that point – well it started with TCU grabbing the doubles point when Reese Stalder and Jerry Lopez defeated the ITA #1 team of FIlip Bergevi and Florian Lakat. Stalder served for the match up 5-2 but Cal broke from 15/40 to make it 5-3. TCU had a match point on the no-ad point on Lakat’s 3-5 service game but a Bergevi volley winner gave Cal the hold. Cal went up 30/40 on Lopez’s 5-4 service game but TCU came back to win it with a Stalder volley winner and the Horned Frogs had the 1-0 lead.
Cal quickly regained the lead after freshman Connor Heap won his first career dual match with a straight set win at No. 6 and then junior J.T. Nishimura won at No. 5 when his opponent Reese Stalder retired early in the second set with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
TCU junior Cameron Norrie remained undefeated on the season with a straight set win over Florian Lakat at No. 1. Norrie got broke at love while serving for the first set up 5-4 but he’d break back on the no-ad point and then hold on the no-ad point to take the set 7-5. Norrie went up 4-0 in the second set but Lakat rattled off three straight to pull within *4-3. Norrie held from 40/15 to go up 5-3 and then he’d break Lakat from 15/40 with an overhead winner to close it out 7-5, 6-3.
TCU junior Guillermo Nunez would put the Horned Frogs in front 3-2 with a straight set win over Billy Griffith at No. 3. Nunez broke Griffith on the no-ad point for 4-3 in the first and he’d go on to take the set 6-4. Griffith went up 2-0 in the second but Nunez broke and held for 2-2. Nunez broke for 4-3 and then after holding for 5-3 he’d break from 30/40 to win 6-4, 6-3.
Cal’s Filip Bergevi tied the match at 3-3 with a three set win over Jerry Lopez at No. 4. Bergevi took the first set 6-4 and he led 4-1* in the second but Lopez ran off the next five games to take the set 6-4. The third set stayed on serve until Bergevi broke from 15/40 to go ahead 5-3 and then he’d serve it out from 40/15 to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
So that brings us to the decider between TCU sophomore Alex Rybakov and Cal senior Andre Goransson. Rybakov took the first set in a tiebreak and then he went up 2-0 in the second but Goransson held, broke, held, and broke to go up 4-2. Rybakov broke back for 3-4 but Goransson broke and then held at love to take the set 6-3. The third set was all Rybakov as he went up 3-0 and ended up rolling to clinch it 6-1.
— TCU Men’s Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) March 11, 2017
#31 TCU 4, #6 Cal 3
Mar 10, 2017 at Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
1. #23 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #14 Florian Lakat (CAL) 7-5, 6-3
2. #84 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #30 Andre Goransson (CAL) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1
3. #93 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. #53 Billy Griffith (CAL) 6-4, 6-3
4. #109 Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. #110 Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
5. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-2, 1-1, retired
6. Connor Heap (CAL) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU) 6-1, 6-2
1. Reese Stalder/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. #1 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (CAL) 6-4
2. #27 Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. #54 Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (CAL) 6-3
3. Bjorn Hoffmann/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Cameron Norrie/Gianni Mancini (TCU) 6-3
TCU 6-4; National ranking #31
Cal 9-3; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1,3,4,2)
Post-Match Quotes from TCU’s recap
Head Coach David Roditi – “This was a great road win for our squad. I am very proud of the way the top of our lineup played. Our lefties came through big time. The key win was at No. 1 doubles which gave us the doubles point which is huge when you are playing a top team and especially on the road. We need to improve at the bottom of our lineup. We will make some adjustments and compete better tomorrow. I think it was only fair for (Alex) Rybakov to clinch the match since that was our last match last season at the NCAA Championship. It is scary that we had to default another spot to them again at the No. 5 position. Next time we play them, we just won’t play that spot and save ourselves an injury. We will have a celebratory dinner and play a well-coached and tough Stanford team tomorrow at 2 p.m.”
In front of over 1,700, we beat the Gators for the first time in ten years! https://t.co/aypPVPbdTv
— FSU Men’s Tennis (@FSU_MTennis) March 11, 2017
It had been 10 long years since Florida State had last defeated rival Florida but the losing streak came to an end on Friday in front of a crowd over 1700 at the new “Home of the USTA” in Lake Nona. Florida State took the early lead after Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst came back from 2-5 down to win 7-5 at No. 3 doubles which clinched the doubles point for the Seminoles.
Florida State took four opening sets in singles but they’d only be able to close out one of them in straight sets with Aziz Dougaz defeating Alfredo Perez 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1. Florida picked up straight set wins from Elliott Orkin and Chase Perez-Blanco at No. 2 and No. 3 to tie the match at 2-2 but Florida State was able to pull out three sets wins at No. 4 and No. 6 from Jose Gracia and Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar.
Singh Bhullar and Florida’s Jordan Belga split sets at No. 6 and then in the third set there weren’t any breaks until Singh Bhullar broke on the no-ad point to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Gracia and Florida’s Johannes Ingildsen split sets at No. 4 and then in the third set Ingildsen had break leads at 2-1 and 3-2 but both times Gracia managed to break back. It stayed on serve until Gracia broke at love to win 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.
#36 Florida State 4, #15/11 Florida 2
March 10, 2017 at Orlando, FL (USTA National Campus-Collegiate Center)
1. Aziz Dougaz / Guy Iradukunda (FSU) vs. Alfredo Perez / Johannes Ingildsen (UF) *5-4 (40/15), unfinished
2. Lucas Poullain / Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Maxx Lipman / Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-3
3. Terrance Whitehurst / Terrell Whitehurst (FSU) def. Joshua Wardell / Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) 7-5
1. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) def. Alfredo Perez (UF) 6-4, 6-3
2. Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Guy Iradukunda (FSU) 7-6(3), 6-2
3. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Lucas Poullain (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Jose Gracia (FSU) vs. Johannes Ingildsen (UF) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
5. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Maxx Lipman (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 4-3* (unfinished)
6. Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar (FSU) def. Jordan Belga (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,1,2,6,4)
Post-Match Quotes from FSU’s recap
“Rana and (junior Terrance Whitehurst) were fighting down set points and that gave me motivation to come back and to keep on fighting,” Gracia said. “I realized my opponent getting nervous and tight- I used the crowd and played loose- I had a lot of fun and enjoyed the crowd. Most of them were against us but we enjoyed it and came out with a win.”
“I think the key part of the match was when Terrance and Terrell were down 2-5 in doubles,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I like how all three teams played and battled. I thought getting the doubles point was very important.”
“I felt like it was a battle from the whole team, attitude was great,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “Atmosphere was electric as the largest-attended match this year. It really showed what the USTA is doing with College MatchDay to promote the event. Bigger days are ahead for college tennis.”
“We kept on pushing each other and wanted the best out of all of us,” Gracia said. “(The win) will help a lot with recruiting and show that we are so close to beating other teams- this is going to send a message to the upcoming teams that we play.”
“I think this environment far surpasses playing a home and away,” Hultquist said. “This is good for both programs, college tennis, and I see it as a positive thing that I hope we can continue playing here.”
Post-Match Quotes from head coach Bryan Shelton via Florida’s recap
Head On overall match experience….
“I thought Florida State played extremely well. Gotta give them a lot of credit tonight because in every big moment they came up with big shots. Our guys were fighting hard from top to bottom and they out-played us on the big points tonight. It is hard to see every court and see what is going on at every court but everywhere I looked I kept seeing them coming up with great shots just time after time. I give them a lot of credit. It won’t be until we can look at the video and see what happened, I don’t know all the courts to be able to fully assess it but, like I said, it was a great night, great atmosphere for tennis. To see stands filled the way they were tonight with so many Gators and Seminoles too. It was just a great college atmosphere and it was great to be a part of it. Unfortunately, we came up on the losing end but that’s sports. Sometimes you put your best effort in and you come up a little short. We just have to bounce back and be ready to go again on Sunday. We got a good South Carolina Team that will come and play us at home and we will bounce back and be ready for South Carolina.
On how to regroup for SEC play…
“We just need to get back on the court and practice tomorrow, get the guys back out there, get a good sweat and know that the most important part of our season is ahead of us in SEC. That’s where it’s at. It was great to play another nonconference match, in-state rival. They played well tonight, they got the job done and I give them credit and for us, it is just on to SEC from here on out.”
On main match takeaway…
“Tennis really was served tonight. I think that USTA did a fantastic job hosting this event. I thought that the turnout was just phenomenal, I saw so many familiar Gator faces up there in the crowd and to have that type of support was pretty special. Even in a loss, certainly a lot of positives out there. “
HOW ABOUT THAT COMEBACK!?
— Tulsa M Tennis (@TulsaMTennis) March 11, 2017
While Florida State and Florida got all the attention at the USTA Collegiate Center in Lake Nona there was another thrilling match that took place just feet away on the other six courts at the twelve-court collegiate center. Central Florida, which was coming off a come from behind 4-2 win over Penn State on Wednesday, jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3.
Each team took three opening sets in singles and two of the matches finished quickly with Tulsa senior Or Ram-Harel rolling 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 while Central Florida junior Danny Kerznerman cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4. Central Florida senior Chris Barrus put the Knights ahead 3-1 with a straight set win over Jarod Hing at No. 3. Barrus broke Hing on the no-ad point to start the match and then he consolidated the break with a hold on the no-ad point for 2-0. Neither player faced a break point the rest of the set with Barrus taking it 6-4. Barrus earned the only break of the second set with a break of Hing from 15/40 to go up 4-3 and then a few games later he served it out from 40/15 to win 6-4, 6-4.
Tulsa senior Daniel Santos cut the deficit to 3-2 after coming back from 5-2 down in both the first and second sets to defeat Mariano Porter 7-5, 7-6(4). In the first set after Porter held for 5-2, Santos held from 40/15, broke from 30/40, held from 40/30, broke on the no-ad point after leading 15/40, and then held on the no-ad point to make it five in a row. In the second set after Porter held for 5-2, Santos held from 40/15, broke from 15/40, held from 40/30, and broke from 30/40 to go up 6-5. Porter broke back from 30/40 to send it to a tiebreak. Santos never trailed in the tiebreak and won it 7-4.
Tulsa sophomore Majed Kilani tied the match at 3-3 with a three set win over Harrison Richmond at No. 2. Kilani won the first set 6-4 but Richmond claimed the second 6-2. Kilani jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third and closed it out with a hold on the no-ad point to win 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
The match would be decided in a third set at No. 6 between Tulsa junior Mitchell Pritchard and Central Florida sophomore Kalman Boyd. Boyd took the first set in a tiebreak after winning the final three points (first two were on Pritchard’s serve) but Pritchard came back and took the second 6-1 and then went up 5-2 in the third. Boyd held at love for 3-5 and then he broke from 15/40 for 4-5. Boyd fought off a match point on the no-ad with a forehand winner to even it at 5-5 and then he broke from 30/40 to go in front 6-5. Boyd quickly went up 40/15, to give himself three match points, but then he netted a backhand after a lengthy rally to make it 40/30. Pritchard got it to the no-ad point by hitting a gutsy backhand winner in the corner and then Boyd double faulted the break to send it to a tiebreak. Boyd went up a mini-break at 3-2 in the tiebreak but an errant forehand evened it at 3-3. Pritchard won the next two to go up 5-3 but Boyd did the same to make it 5-5. Pritchard went back in front *6-5 after hitting a forehand winner and then he closed it out 7-5 after Boyd sent a forehand wide on the 25th shot of the rally.
March 10, 2017 at Orlando, FL (USTA National Campus-Collegiate Center)
1. Or Ram Harel (TU) def. Korey Lovett (UCF) 6-0, 6-2
2. Majed Kilani (TU) def. Harrison Richmond (UCF) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
3. Chris Barrus (UCF) def. Jarod Hing (Tulsa) 6-4, 6-4
4. Danny Kerznerman (UCF) def. Dominic Bechard (TU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Daniel Santos (TU) def. Mariano Porter (UCF) 7-5, 7-6 (4)
6. Mitchell Pritchard (TU) def. Kalman Boyd (UCF) 6-7 (6), 6-1, 7-6 (5)
1. Kellerman, Okkie/Bechard (TU) vs. M. Porter/H. Richmond (UCF) Unfinished
2. Lovett/Kerznerman (UCF) def. Kilani/Ram Harel (TU) 6-4
3. Barrus/Paya (UCF) def. Hing/Santos (TU) 7-5
— Wake Men’s Tennis (@WakeMTennis) March 10, 2017
Wake Forest and North Carolina met in Winston-Salem in a top five showdown in a match that was moved indoors due to high winds. Wake Forest took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Demon Deacons took five opening sets in singles. Borna Gojo and Dennis Uspensky cruised in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 5 but North Carolina picked up a win from William Blumberg at No. 2 plus they earned splits on the other three courts.
Wake Forest sophomore Petros Chrysochos would overcome the loss of the second set to defeat Ronnie Schneider 6-0 in the third to clinch the win at 4-1.
North Carolina’s Robert Kelly and Bo Boyden would win the two remaining matches in close third set to make the final score 4-3.
Wake Forest should become the new No. 1 on Tuesday barring an upset loss to Duke on Sunday.
#2 Wake Forest 4, #5 North Carolina 3
Mar 10, 2017 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
1. #2 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #19 Ronnie Schneider (NC) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-0
2. #61 William Blumberg (NC) def. #5 Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-3, 6-3
3. #76 Borna Gojo (WF) def. Simon Soendergaard (NC) 6-1, 6-3
4. #123 Robert Kelly (NC) def. #37 Christian Seraphim (WF) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jack Murray (NC) 6-2, 6-1
6. Blaine Boyden (NC) def. Alan Gadjiev (WF) 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5
1. #2 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #17 William Blumberg/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3
2. Borna Gojo/Alan Gadjiev (WF) vs. Simon Soendergaard/Jack Murray (NC) 5-4, unfinished
3. Petros Chrysochos/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Anu Kodola/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-3
North Carolina 12-2 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #5
Wake Forest 12-1 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,2,5,1,4,6)
Match moved indoors prior to first serve due to windy conditions
— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) March 11, 2017
Last weekend Memphis upset No. 18 Cornell 4-3 and for a while it looked like they were going to pick off No. 4 Oklahoma State. Memphis won the doubles point with lopsided wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. All but one of the matches would finish in straight sets with Oklahoma State getting wins from Julian Cash, Arjun Kadhe, and Tristan Meraut while Memphis picked up wins from Kai Lemke and Jan Palleres.
Memphis junior Andrew Watson led Oklahoma State senior Lucas Gerch 7-6, 4-2 at No. 2 but Gerch would hold from 40/15 and break from 15/40 to tie it at 4-4. Watson went up 30/40 on Gerch’s serve but a service winner brought up the no-ad point. On the no-point Gerch had to catch his toss twice due to windy conditions and then after missing his first serve he came to the net on his second serve and hit a nice volley which set up him for an overhead winner to get the hold. Watson held for 5-5 and then he went up 30/40 on Gerch’s serve but a service winner brought up the no-ad point. Once again Gerch would come to the net on a second serve and once again he would win the point to hold for 6-5. Gerch would break at love to take the set 7-5 and then in the third set he’d break from 15/40 to go up 3-1. Watson’s last chance to break back came when Gerch served at 4-2 (40/40) but Gerch’s aggressive play at the net earned him the hold and two games he’d serve it out from 40/30 to win 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.
#4 Oklahoma State 4, #26 Memphis 3
Mar 10, 2017 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Greenwood Tennis Center)
1. #22 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-4
2. #124 Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. #78 Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS) 6-7 (8-10), 7-5, 6-3
3. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) def. #62 Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
4. #54 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-2
5. Jan Pallares (MEMPHIS) def. Artur Dubinski (OSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 6-3, 6-4
1. #3 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) vs. Kai Lemke/Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS) 4-3, unfinished
2. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS) def. #71 Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) 6-1
3. Matt Story/Jan Pallares (MEMPHIS) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Artur Dubinski (OSU) 6-2
Memphis 10-3; National ranking #26
Oklahoma State 12-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,4,1,6,3,2)
- #10 Michigan defeated #49 Drake 4-0 – Michigan won every completed set in singles though five of the sets were 7-6 or 7-5.
- #11 Georgia won its fourth straight match, after dropping the previous five, with a 6-1 over #37 Ole Miss in a match where four of six singles matches went the distance.
- #12 Texas A&M won its seventh straight match, after dropping the previous three, with a 6-1 rout over #27 Vanderbilt – Vandy minus Cameron Klinger (#1 singles/#1 doubles) won the doubles point but Texas A&M dominated in singles winning 12 of 13 sets
- #25 Tulane defeated a previous red-shot Penn 7-0 – Green Wave won in straight sets at 4, 5, and 6 and in three sets at 1, 2, and 3.
- Arkansas def. #46 Tennessee 4-3 – Jose Salazar clinched the match at No. 2 with a 6-1, 7-6(4) win to put the Hogs up 4-2
- Denver defeated Arizona 4-3 with Yannik James winning 7-6 in the third at No. 1 to clinch the match at 4-2