The big match during the week took place in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon as eighth-ranked UCLA hosted ninth-ranked Pepperdine. The Bruins struck first by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but Pepperdine quickly tied it up with a 6-0, 6-0 win by Anastasia Iamachkine at No. 6. UCLA retook the lead with a straight set win by Elysia Bolton at No. 2 but Pepperdine added straight set wins by Jessica Failla and Daria Kuczer at No. 3 and No. 4 to go in front 3-2. UCLA’s Jada Hart tied the match at 3-3 with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 but Pepperdine’s Dzina Milovanovic would win the decider at No. 5 singles 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
In men’s action on Wednesday, No. 11 North Carolina defeated ACC rival No. 21 NC State 4-0. The Tar Heels took the doubles point and then added straight set wins in singles from William Blumberg, Brian Cernoch, and Bo Boyden at No. 1, No. 3, and No. 5.
#9 Pepperdine 4, #8 UCLA 3
4/3/2019 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. #41 Jada Hart (UCLA) def. #45 Ashley Lahey (PEPP) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #21 Elysia Bolton (UCLA) def. #88 Adrijana Lekaj (PEPP) 6-4, 6-2
3. #81 Jessica Failla (PEPP) def. Ayan Broomfield (UCLA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Daria Kuczer (PEPP) def. Alaina Miller (UCLA) 6-4, 6-3
5. Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) def. #98 Abi Altick (UCLA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
6. Anastasia Iamachkine (PEPP) def. Taylor Johnson (UCLA) 6-0, 6-0
1. #7 Gabby Andrews/Ayan Broomfield (UCLA) vs. #24 Jessica Failla/Anastasia Iamachkine (PEPP) 4-4, unfinished
2. #11 Elysia Bolton/Jada Hart (UCLA) def. Daria Kuczer/Ashley Lahey (PEPP) 6-2
3. #49 Abi Altick/Alaina Miller (UCLA) def. Adrijana Lekaj/Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) 6-4
Pepperdine 12-3; National ranking #9
UCLA 12-5; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,2,4,3,1,5)
“I’m very proud of my team,” UNC coach Sam Paul said. “They had to step up and compete. We knew NC State would come at us with everything they’ve got a very good team.”
“I was happy with the way we competed in singles,” said Paul, who also was pleased with his team’s doubles play. “We had a couple of bad first sets but then we stepped it up. We’ll learn some things from this match. It’s a very good win for us.”
#11 North Carolina 4, #21 NC State 0
Apr 03, 2019 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
1. #29 William Blumberg (UNC) def. #22 Alexis Galarneau (ST) 6-3, 7-5
2. #35 Benjamin Sigouin (UNC) vs. Tadas Babelis (ST) 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), unfinished
3. Brian Cernoch (UNC) def. Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
4. #104 Josh Peck (UNC) vs. Yannai Barkai (ST) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0, unfinished
5. Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Robert Turzak (ST) 6-0, 6-2
6. Simon Soendergaard (UNC) vs. Georgiy Malyshev (ST) 0-6, 6-6 (2-4), unfinished
1. #34 William Blumberg/Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Michael Ogden/Alexis Galarneau (ST) 6-3
2. Brian Cernoch/Benjamin Sigouin (UNC) vs. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) 6-6 (3-4), unfinished
3. Simon Soendergaard/Mac Kiger (UNC) def. Tadas Babelis/Georgiy Malyshev (ST) 7-6 (7-3)
NC State 14-8 (5-3 ACC); National ranking #21
North Carolina 14-4 (6-2 ACC); National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,3,1)
- (M) #8 Texas A&M won at #38 Kentucky 6-1
- (M) #12 Stanford def. Cal Poly 4-0
- (M) #35 Vanderbilt def. #37 LSU 5-2
- (M) Utah def. San Francisco 4-0
- (W) #3 South Carolina def. #49 Auburn 4-0
- (W) #29 Texas Tech def. Baylor 5-2
Georgia and North Carolina remained at No. 1 and No. 2 in both the ITA and USTA Top 25 however South Carolina moved up to No. 3 in the ITA after defeating Texas A&M and LSU.
Ohio State stayed at No. 1 on the men’s side while Florida moved up to No. 2 on the men’s side after wins over Texas A&M and LSU.
The NCAA Tournament field will be announced in just over three weeks on Monday, April 29th and now you can track where everyone stands via both Slam.Tennis and College Tennis Ranks.
Slam.Tennis just released its Bracketology page and if you haven’t seen it already it’s a really nice resource that has just about every stat and figure that you can think of including its projections on who will make the NCAA field and who will just miss out.
College Tennis Ranks recently updated its site with a What If page that will show you how the rankings change with the result of each match. Not only can you plug in individual outcomes but you can also pick the winners of all matches involving ranked teams over the next week to see how that changes things. Really cool feature so make sure you check it out.
I just rolled over my conference tournament central pages for this year and as soon as more information becomes available I’ll start filling in the draws. If you want to see when each conference tournament will be held you can see the table at these two links – men & women.