The opening day of the 2019 NCAA Tournament was plagued by rain at many sites but despite the delays most of the matches went according to plan with all the national seeds in action advancing though in the 2 vs. 3 matches (I know they don’t refer to them that way anymore but I will) there were several close ones. All 16 men’s sites were supposed to complete their first round matches on Friday but rain wiped out play in College Station at the indoor-less Texas A&M Regional so they’ll play on Saturday and Sunday. 7 of the 16 women’s sites played on Friday with the matches in Stillwater being played indoors while Kansas and Denver started outdoors but moved indoors in Lawrence.
I’ll start off with the closest women’s matches of the day which took place in Stillwater and Nashville.
Miami (FL) hadn’t dropped a point in a NCAA opening round match in 14 years but unlike in those past matches this one was away from home and despite pulling out a 4-3 victory over Washington State it was anything but easy.
Washington State claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Miami would sweep the top three spots in straight sets while WSU’s Yang Lee won in straights at No. 4 so it’d be 3-2 Canes with third sets at No. 5 and No. 6 to decide the match. WSU’s Aneta Miksovska tied it up at 3-3 after breaking Ulyana Shirokova’s final service game to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 5 and it looked like No. 6 was headed to a tiebreak but UM’s Lucia Marzal broke Melisa Ates from 30/40 to close it out 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
Miami will now play Oklahoma State who cruised past Central Arkansas 4-0.
MIAMI WINS!!! Headed to the second round of the NCAA Team Championship for the 18th year in a row!@luciamarzal17 clinches it with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 triumph over Ates. pic.twitter.com/tSybvJyEoM
Canes Women’s Tennis (@CanesWTennis) May 3, 2019
“That was an unbelievable college tennis match, one of the better ones that we’ve had this year,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “[That is a] a very good Washington State team and a very dangerous team inside. A very unorthodox kind of team . . . with players playing a certain style of tennis that we don’t see a lot. Just really great tennis from top to bottom.”
“I thought it was very important to get Uly back in that match just so we’re not leaving a freshman in that position if all the other courts worked out the way I was hoping for them to work out,” Yaroshuk-Tews said of moving from Marzal’s court to Shirokova’s court after Washington State took a 2-0 lead. “So, I made a switch down there. Uly did a great job of getting herself back in that match and taking a lot of the pressure off of Lucia.”
“Lucia has been the kid all year that has said she wants a match to come down to her. She’s the one that talks about it,” Yaroshuk-Tews said with a laugh. “. . . I told her when she was down, 1-4, in the first set that the match was going to come down to her. She was playing horrifically. She was on another planet and I said, ‘This is the moment you want, you got it. Figure it out.’ She comes back and she wins the first set. The moment comes down to her and she played the last game, I think, as clean as you could play.”
“I am so proud of the way this team fought all season long and it was no different today,” said Washington State head coach Lisa Hart. “We were playing our best tennis at the end of the season and had opportunities today, but Miami played well so credit to them. While this is a tough loss, I’m so excited for the future of Cougar tennis. We have a strong nucleus coming back and matches like these will help us grow as a program.”
#19 Miami 4, #33 Washington State 3
5/3/2019 at Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center)
1. #1 E. Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. #42 Michaela Bayerlova (WS) 6-2, 6-3
2. Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Hikaru Sato (WS) 6-3, 6-3
3. Yuna Ito (UM) def. Tiffany Mylonas (WS) 6-4, 6-0
4. Yang Lee (WS) def. Daniella Roldan (UM) 6-1, 6-4
5. Aneta Miksovska (WS) def. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
6. Lucia Marzal (UM) def. Melisa Ates (WS) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
1. #22 Tiffany Mylonas/Hikaru Sato (WS) def. #13 Daevenia Achong/Daniella Roldan (UM) 6-4
2. Melisa Ates/Yang Lee (WS) def. E. Perez-Somarriba/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) 6-4
3. Yuna Ito/Lucia Marzal (UM) def. Michaela Bayerlova/Aneta Miksovska (WS) 6-3
Washington State 19-11, 3-7 P12; National ranking #33
Miami 19-7, 9-5 ACC; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,1,3,5,6)
NCAA Team Championship Round of 64
Miami advances to face Oklahoma State in the Round of 32
Georgia Tech advanced to the second round in Nashville with a wild 4-3 win over Ohio State in a match was played outdoors although the original start was pushed back over an hour by rain. Ohio State won the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then each team took three opening sets in singles. Ohio State’s Shiori Fukuda made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 but Georgia Tech added straight set wins from Kenya Jones, Gia Cohen, and Nadia Gizdova at No. 1, No. 3, and No. 6 to make it 3-2 Jackets. Ohio State’s Luna Dormet tied it at 3-3 with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 win at No. 5 but her teammate Kolie Allen trailed 5-1 in the third set of the deciding match at No. 2 singles against Georgia Tech’s Nami Otsuka.
Allen would reel off five straight games to go ahead 6-5 in the third and she had double match point on her serve to clinch the win however Otsuka fought them both off to break and force a tiebreak. On the 40/30 point, Otsuka smacked a forehand winner off the line and then on the 40/40 point Allen hit a backhand well long early in the rally. Allen’s only lead in the tiebreak would be at 2-1* but Otsuka then went up 4-2 at the changeover and ended up taking it 7-4.
Georgia Tech will now play Vanderbilt who cruised past Miami (OH) 4-0.
TECH WINS!!! Nami Otsuka clinches the match and Tech moves on to the second round. #NCAATennis #TogetherWeSwarm ?? pic.twitter.com/xZ8lGOLU0Z
Georgia Tech WTennis (@GT_WTEN) May 3, 2019
Im very proud of the fight in this team, commented Ga Tech head coach Rodney Harmon. Today was a quality NCAA Tournament match and was well-played by both teams. Ohio State has a great team and they showed that today. Im proud of our players for regrouping after dropping the doubles point and playing strong in singles. Nami [Otsuka] had a great match and really showed her grit in the third set. Were excited to face Vanderbilt for another tough match tomorrow.
#41 Georgia Tech 4, #25 Ohio State 3
May 03, 2019 at Nashville, Tenn. (Currey Tennis Center)
1. #9 Kenya Jones (GT) def. #56 Isabelle Boulais (OSU) 6-0, 6-4
2. Nami Otsuka (GT) def. #100 Kolie Allen (OSU) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #110 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-1, 6-0
4. Gia Cohen (GT) def. Danielle Wolf (OSU) 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
5. Luna Dormet (OSU) def. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
6. Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 6-3, 6-1
1. Shiori Fukuda/Kolie Allen (OSU) def. Victoria Flores/Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-2
2. #89 Danielle Wolf/Isabelle Boulais (OSU) def. Gia Cohen/Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-3
3. Luna Dormet/Andrea Ballinger (OSU) vs. Kenya Jones/Nadia Gizdova (GT) 4-4, unfinished
Georgia Tech 13-12; National ranking #41
Ohio State 19-7; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,1,6,4,5,2)
Princeton won just its second-ever NCAA Tournament match by defeating Northwestern, who was ranked as high as No. 10 back in mid-February, 4-1 in an opening round match played outdoors at the University of Washington in Seattle. The Tigers got things rolling by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then added five opening sets in singles.
Princeton’s Grace Joyce, Clare McKee, and Nicole Kalhorn won in straight sets at at No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 with McKee getting the clincher while Northwestern’s lone point came from Julie Byrne at No. 1.
The Tigers will now play Washington who defeated Army 4-0.
“It wasn’t anything crazy, anything magical, it was just us coming together as a team, like we have been doing all season,” Nicole Kalhorn, Princeton’s lone senior in the match, said. “It was one of those things where we felt like as a team, it was something, yeah, we’ve earned, and so to be here feels pretty good.”
“Ivy titles are so special in that it feels like it’s a direct comparison to other teams, and so to win this first round, it’s definitely up there,” Kalhorn said. “I think we’re just trying to keep our heads down and (the NCAA tournament is) still its own season in and of itself, and so it doesn’t necessarily feel like it’s an end, where an Ivy season sort of feels like a closure.”
#34 Princeton 4, #27 Northwestern 1
May 3, 2019 at Seattle, Washington
Singles competition (5,1,3,4)
1. Julie Byrne (NU) def. Stephanie Schrage (PRIN) 6-3, 6-3
2. Lee Or (NU) vs. Brianna Shvets (PRIN) 3-6, 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. Grace Joyce (PRIN) def. Caroline Pozo (NU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Clare McKee (PRIN) def. Rheeya Doshi (NU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Nicole Kalhorn (PRIN) def. Hannah McColgan (NU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Inci Ogut (NU) vs. Nathalie Rodilosso (PRIN) 4-6, 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
Doubles competition (3,1)
1. Nicole Kalhorn/Brianna Shvets (PRIN) def. Julie Byrne/Hannah McColgan (NU) 6-4
2. Rheeya Doshi/Lee Or (NU) vs. Grace Joyce/Clare McKee (PRIN) 5-5, unfinished
3. Stephanie Schrage/Nathalie Rodilosso (PRIN) def. Caroline Pozo/Vanessa Streng (NU) 6-1
Princeton 19-4; National ranking #34
Northwestern 15-11; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,1,3,4)
None of the 15 men’s national seeds in action on Friday had too much trouble with 14 winning by a 4-0 score though Utah did a good job to hang with No. 6 Baylor and Harvard managed to get on the board against 10 TCU.
In the opening match of the day in Gainesville, Florida State outlasted UCF 4-3 in a match that delayed over two hours by rain but finished in less than two minutes upon restarting.
UCF won the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. 5 of the 6 matches would finish in straight sets with FSU winning at 1, 2, and 5 while UCF was victorious at 4 and 6.
The deciding match at No. 3 singles between FSU’s Juan Martin Jalif and UCF’s Bogdan Pavel was the only one to go three sets and it had its share of drama. The most controversial point came when Jalif was serving at 3-3 (40/40). Jalif appeared to double fault after hitting his second serve wide however Pavel made a return on the ball and Jalif came to the net and finished with a volley winner. Pavel stopped playing after making the return apparently because he called the shot out however upon the FSU coach asking the chair what the call was it was determined it was FSU’s point because a play was made on the serve by Pavel or because his out call wasn’t heard. UCF’s recap said that FSU’s coach incorrectly appealed the call to the chair which caused it to be overturned but without being there we don’t know what happened other than what was in the video clip which didn’t have audio.
Jalif would go on to break Pavel in the next service game and then was serving up 15/30 when the rain came which halted play for over two hours. Once play resumed Jalif won three of the next four points to close it out on the deciding point.
FSU will now play Florida who defeated Florida Gulf Coast 4-0.
FSU advances to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a win over No. 30 UCF!
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FSU Men’s Tennis (@FSU_MTennis) May 3, 2019
We came into the day knowing it was going to be a battle, said FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist. We came out strong in doubles and had a chance to take the point, it just did not go our way. The top of the lineup helped made the difference today. Alex and Richard got off to fast starts and Lucas did what he always does taking the match on court one.
#28 Florida State 4, #30 UCF 3
5/3/2019 at Gainesville, Fla. (Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex)
1. #30 Lucas Poullain (FSU) def. #43 Gabriel Decamps (UCF) 7-5, 6-3
2. Alex Knaff (FSU) def. Alan Rubio (UCF) 6-3, 6-3
3. Juan Martin Jalif (FSU) def. Bogdan Pavel (UCF) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Juan Pablo Mazzuchi (UCF) def. Enzo Le Seguillon (FSU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1
5. Richard Thongoana (FSU) def. Trey Hilderbrand (UCF) 6-3, 6-4
6. Mikhail Sokolovskiy (UCF) def. Rana-Roop Bhullar (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
1. Sebastian Arcila/Alex Knaff (FSU) def. #18 Bogdan Pavel/Trey Hilderbrand (UCF) 6-3
2. Gabriel Decamps/Juan Pablo Mazzuchi (UCF) def. Juan Martin Jalif/Lucas Poullain (FSU) 6-4
3. Alan Rubio/Mikhail Sokolovskiy (UCF) def. Chase Wood/Bryn Nahrung (FSU) 7-5
UCF 15-10; National ranking #30
Florida State 19-10; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,6,1,4,3)
NCAA Championships Round 1
Florida State advances to the 2nd round
South Florida waited out a 5 hour rain delay which ultimately saw play move indoors in Austin but managed to get past No. 23 Alabama 4-3. The Bulls won the pivotal doubles point, which was played outdoors, by winning the decider at No. 2 in a tiebreak 8-6. Before the rain came Alabama took three opening sets in singles, South Florida took two, and the match at No. 4 was in a first set tiebreak.
USF’s Chase Ferguson made it 2-0 with a straight set win at No. 2 before Alabama got on the board with a straight set win at No. 5 from Jeremy Gschwendtner. USF’s Pierre Luquet made it 3-1 with a three set win at No. 3 but Alabama’s Mazen Osama kept the Tide in the match with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4) win over Alberto Barroso-Campos at No. 1.
Alabama’s Zhe Zhou tied it at 3-3 with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win at No. 4 but USF’s Ivan Yatsuk would get the clincher at No. 6 with a 7-5, 7-6(3) win over Alexey Nesterov
The Bulls will now face Texas who was off the court about 6 hours earlier after defeating Tennessee Tech 4-0.
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Yatsuk clinched todays 4-3 victory against Alabama! ? pic.twitter.com/HFSdRGjQoA
USF Men’s Tennis (@USFMTEN) May 4, 2019
USF head coach, Ashley Fisher, on today’s display of grit against the odds:
“Just a tremendous effort today across the board. We talked about wanting a long adversity ridden day and we got our wish. Multiple rain delays, switching to indoors, roof leaks and all sort of swings but our boys cane through like they have come through in tough moments all year. So proud of Ivan for fighting through some tough moments and putting the team on his shoulders. We responded so well to moving indoors and even the guys that didn’t win all competed like warriors extending their matches and making it tougher on Alabama. We have said and known all along this group is special and today was just another opportunity to show it and the boys grabbed it.”
“There’s plenty to be proud of this season and plenty to motivate us for next year,” said Alabama head coach George Husack. “We improved greatly as competitors through our desire, focus, intensity and purpose. There’s room to continue that growth and I’m excited to see it unfold.”
#37 South Florida 4, #23 Alabama 3
May 3, 2019 at Austin, Texas
1. #11 Mazen Osama/Patrick Kaukovalta (ALA) def. #88 Alberto Barroso-Camp/Pierre Luquet (USF) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Ivan Yatsuk/Jakub Wojcik (USF) def. Edson Ortiz/Riccardo Roberto (ALA) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Chase Ferguson/Sergio Gomez Montesa (USF) def. Sam Fischer/Zhe Zhou (ALA) 6-4
1. #47 Mazen Osama (ALA) def. #15 Alberto Barroso-Camp (USF) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Chase Ferguson (USF) def. #106 Edson Ortiz (ALA) 6-4, 6-1
3. Pierre Luquet (USF) def. Riccardo Roberto (ALA) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
4. Zhe Zhou (ALA) def. Jakub Wojcik (USF) 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-3
5. Jeremy Gschwendtner (ALA) def. Sergio Gomez Montesa (USF) 6-3, 6-2
6. Ivan Yatsuk (USF) def. Alexey Nesterov (ALA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,5,3,1,4,6)
For the first time since 1998, UC Santa Barbara will be playing on the second day of the NCAA Tournament after holding off Texas Tech 4-1. UCSB dropped the doubles point after Texas Tech won at No. 1 and No. 2 but the Gauchos took control in singles and won four opening sets.
UCSB tied it up with a 6-1, 6-0 win by Hironori Koyanagi at No. 4 and Joseph Rotheram made it 2-0 with a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 5. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran came back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 and Joseph Guillin clinched at No. 2 with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 win over Tommy Mylnikov. Both of the other matches were even late in the third sets.
UCSB will meet Stanford who had no trouble in a 4-0 win over Fresno State.
Mens tennis defeats Texas Tech 4-1. This is the first win for the mens tennis program in the NCAA Tournament since 1998! ?? pic.twitter.com/kfBMjHd308
Jorge Mercado (@Merk_43) May 3, 2019
“It feels fantastic, great, all of that. This has been a long time coming. We have built this program the right way that this was inevitable. It is nice to finally get over this hurdle,” Head Coach Marty Davis said.
“After we lost the doubles point the energy was kind of negative and I knew this could possibly be my final match if we didn’t win so I just wanted to fight for every single point and it all worked out for me,” Hironori Koyangai said.
“This is insane. For years losing in the first round and being so close that finally being able to win this first round is such an amazing feeling,” Nicolas Moreno de Alboran said. “It feels good to be passed this threshold, but we are not done yet.”
“Stanford may be ranked No. 12 but that doesn’t mean anything. We are not done yet, we are a really, really good team and I expect we will play better tomorrow even with how well we played today. I am just excited for tomorrow,” Davis said.
“Tough way to end the season,” head coach Brett Masi said. “Our guys fought hard today. We played a great doubles point and I thought that would give us momentum, but UCSB stole it from us and come out hot in singles. We fought hard to the end.”
UC Santa Barbara 4, No. 22 Texas Tech 1
May 3, 2019 at Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
1. No. 9 Bjorn Thomson/Parker Wynn (TTU) def. No. 64 N. Moreno de Alboran/Anders Holm (UCSB), 6-4
2. Jackson Cobb/Tommy Mylnikov (TTU) def. Joseph Guillin/Victor Krustev (UCSB), 6-3
3. Alex Dominguez Soto/Joseph Rotheram (UCSB) vs. Matheus Leite/Ilgiz Valiev (TTU), 4-3
1. No. 16 N. Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) def. No. 75 Parker Wynn (TTU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. No. 53 Joseph Guillin (UCSB) def. No. 102 Tommy Mylnikov (TTU), 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-2*
3. Victor Krustev vs. Ilgiz Valiev (TTU), 2-6, 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
4. Hironori Koyanagi (UCSB) def. Bjorn Thomson (TTU), 6-1, 6-0
5. Joseph Rotheram (UCSB) def. Franco Ribero (TTU), 6-2, 7-5
6. Anders Holm (UCSB) vs. Artem Kapshuk (TTU), 6-2, 3-6, 5-5, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,5,1,2*)
For the second year in a row, South Alabama won its opening round match in Starkville with a 4-1 win over Tulane. The Jaguars won the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then added four opening sets in singles.
Tulane’s Hamish Stewart made it 1-1 after a 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 but all the rest of the match would go to South Alabama.
Louis Delcour made it 2-1 Jags with a 7-5, 6-0 win at No. 6 and Maxime Lapraille made it 3-1 with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 win at No. 5. Samuel Serrano would push the Jags into the next round with a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 4.
South Alabama will now meet Mississippi State who mauled Alabama State 4-0.
The final point! Serrano clinches it for the Jags and were moving on to tomorrow!#NCAATennis | #JagNation pic.twitter.com/RDAvIXmWXt
Jags Men’s Tennis (@WeAreSouth_MTEN) May 3, 2019
USA head coach Nick Brochu
On today’s match: “At this point, everyone is good. Tennis is a game of momentum. We knew how big the doubles point was. It was very, very even on every single court. When you have two teams like this, who are very even, there is a good chance you will split three [wins] and three [wins.] We were like: ‘Winning three matches is completely doable, but four is a little tougher.’ That is why as soon as you win the doubles point, it is huge. You’ve got the momentum.”
“All of a sudden, we are confident where we are trying to catch up. If I am not mistaken, we got four first sets, I mean you just saw a huge wave of energy and confidence on our side. You cannot help it, but Tulane got quiet. We were in the lead and you could see a little gap. When you are leading on four courts, but when you only need three it takes a lot of pressure off.”
“I think the key today was Loic [Cloes] coming back and winning the second set. We were losing on two courts and Loic comes back and wins the second set then starts the third set very strong. Then it was like ‘Hey, we are winning on five courts and looking very, very strong.’ We met this morning and just said, ‘Hey this is NCAA, there is no pressure. Just play and enjoy it. Enjoy every single moment.’ If we enjoy it and have fun, that is when we play our best tennis. That is our best chance of winning. Tulane fought hard. Those guys could have gone away. They did not go away. It was amazing team effort, just a big family. It is a great win.”
South Alabama Junior Loic Cloes
On today’s match: “I think we played really good. We started big in doubles. We all felt good. Then we started slow in singles, a little bit tight. I saw my teammates were playing really well. We were up pretty much everywhere, and I kept fighting. I was coming back into the match. I was feeling confident in the match today.”
“I am happy we made it here, but no one on our team is happy with how we finished,” head coach and director of tennis Mark Booras said. “We did a ton to turn around our season. After being in a very, very tough place, it shows the character of my guys that they wanted to do this so bad. There are a just few things we need to change on the inside to have some more consistency so that some of those 4-3’s this year go in our direction.”
South Alabama 4, #40 Tulane 1
May 03, 2019 at Starkville, MS (A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre)
1. #65 Ewan Moore (TU) vs. Sacha Modica (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
2. #101 Luis Erlenbusch (TU) vs. Loic Cloes (USA) 7-5, 3-6, 2-2, unfinished
3. Hamish Stewart (TU) def. Clement Marzol (USA) 6-2, 6-0
4. Samuel Serrano (USA) def. Dane Esses (TU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Maxime Lapraille (USA) def. Tyler Schick (TU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
6. Louis Delcour (USA) def. Tim Ruetzel (TU) 7-5, 6-0
1. Loic Cloes/Clement Marzol (USA) def. Ewan Moore/Tyler Schick (TU) 6-3
2. Akos Kotorman/Hamish Stewart (TU) def. Sacha Modica/Samuel Serrano (USA) 6-2
3. Louis Delcour/Maxime Lapraille (USA) def. Luis Erlenbusch/Dane Esses (TU) 6-1
South Alabama 18-6
Tulane 14-12; National ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,5,4)
– 2019 NCAA Team Championship First Round
– The Jaguars advance to the NCAA Second Round for the second year in a row
Official: Tommy Magruder T-2:29 A-87
Vanderbilt advanced to the second round at the Ohio State regional with a 4-3 win over No. 26 Notre Dame in a match that was played indoors due to rain.
The Commodores won the doubles point with a 7-5 win in the decider at No. 3 and then each team won three opening sets in singles.
Notre Dame won three of the first four matches to finish but Vanderbilt would take the final two with Billy Rowe winning 6-4, 7-6 at No. 3 and Cameron Klinger clinching at No. 1 with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Alex Lebedev.
Commodores are headed to the second round of the @NCAATennis Regionals with a 4-3 win over No. 26 Notre Dame! #FightDores | #AnchorDown pic.twitter.com/CJJOs36sR3
Vanderbilt Men’s Tennis (@VandyMTennis) May 3, 2019
“It was a great win against a Notre Dame team that beat us convincingly in January. We are playing our best tennis right now and we’re looking forward to playing the No. 1 seed in the tournament tomorrow,” said head coach Ian Duvenhage.
#35 Vanderbilt 4, #26 Notre Dame 3
May 03, 2019 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
1. #88 Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. #35 Alex Lebedev (ND) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2. Axel Nefve (ND) def. George Harwell (VANDY) 6-3, 6-4
3. Billy Rowe (VANDY) def. #92 Richard Ciamarra (ND) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
4. Macsen Sisam (VANDY) def. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) 7-5, 6-4
5. Matt Gamble (ND) def. Max Freeman (VANDY) 6-2, 6-3
6. William Howells (ND) def. Panu Virtanen (VANDY) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
1. #7 Billy Rowe/Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Axel Nefve/Richard Ciamarra (ND) 6-4
2. Tristan McCormick/Matt Gamble (ND) def. Macsen Sisam/Panu Virtanen (VANDY) 7-5
3. George Harwell/Max Freeman (VANDY) def. Guillermo Cabrera/William Howells (ND) 7-5
Vanderbilt 16-11; National ranking #35
Notre Dame 17-15; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,4,6,3,1)
NCAA Tennis Championship First Round
Official: Mark Anderson T-3:00 A-65
I can''t find the PDF lineups for each team. Where are they?
Men – http://web1.ncaa.org/tennis/exec/lineup?doWhat=listing&sportCode=MTE&division=1&fromLink=Y
Women – http://web1.ncaa.org/tennis/exec/lineup?doWhat=listing&sportCode=WTE&division=1&fromLink=Y
They came down for a few days while the challenges went through.