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The Sweet 16 is almost set on the men’s side with 15 of the 16 spots filled on Saturday (Texas A&M/Oklahoma to play on Sunday) while 8 women’s teams punched their tickets as well with the other 8 to come on Sunday. 

Since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1999, in each subsequent year there has always been at least one men’s national seed that has failed to advance out of its own regional and thanks to the Cal Bears, 2019 will be no different. The Pac-12 Tournament Runner-Ups knocked off Drake in the opening round on Friday and then on Saturday they got past No. 15 Illinois 4-1.  

Illinois looked like it was position to take the early lead after taking No. 1 doubles 6-3 but Cal managed to win both No. 2 and No. 3 in tiebreaks to claim 1-0 lead. 

Cal used the momentum from the doubles point and took four opening sets in singles. While Illinois managed to get a 7-5, 5-2 ret. win by Aleks Kovacevic at No. 1, Cal would get straight set wins from Jack Molloy, Ben Draper, and Bjorn Hoffman at No. 2, No. 4, and No. 6 with Draper’s 6-4, 7-5 win the clincher. Cal’s Jacob Brumm also had a commanding lead at No. 5 in a match that went unfinished.

Next up for the Bears will be a trip to Austin to face No. 2 Texas who overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat South Florida 4-1. 

“This team has a ton of heart, and we’re peaking at the right time,” said Peter Wright, Cal’s Director of Men’s Tennis. “We’ve had some ups and downs this season, but we’ve poured ourselves into the postseason, playing well at the Pac-12 Championship and getting off to a good start at the NCAAs.

“Today was another example of a well-played doubles point helping us build momentum going into the singles. We faced a very strong Illinois team today, and we played some of the best tennis we’ve played all year. I’m so proud of our guys and how they stuck to the game plan through thick and thin.

“We’re looking forward to our next match, and we know Texas will be tough. But we also know we have a young, passionate team that thrives on challenges.”

“California was really good today they earned it,” said Illinois head coach Brad Dancer. “We came out firing in doubles and put ourselves in position to win, but California stayed tough.

“Losing that doubles point maybe was the first gut punch, but then California played super tough at the No. 2, 4, and 6 positions,” noted Dancer. We were facing an uphill battle and couldn’t get the tide turned in those matches.”

“It is always tough to lose, but even tougher in front of our fans,” said Dancer. “I know our guys were disappointed they couldn’t get it done for them.”

“We are at an interesting place with our program,” noted Dancer. “We have a year where we are hosting the NCAA regionals, so this team should be proud of those accomplishments, but at the same time, the expectations with Illinois Tennis are bigger than that. We all know what we signed up for. It will be about how to get this group of guys excelling at a higher level and also establishing a base for future Illini to keep growing.”

#24 California 4, #15 Illinois 1
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Urbana, Ill (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition:
1. #10 Aleks Kovacevic (UI) def. Yuta Kikuchi (CAL) 7-5, 5-2, retired
2. Jack Molloy (CAL) def. #46 Alex Brown (UI) 6-3, 6-4
3. Zeke Clark (UI) vs. Paul Barretto (CAL), 7-5, 0-4, unfinished
4. Ben Draper (CAL) def. Siphosothando Montsi (UI) 6-4, 7-5
5. Jacob Brumm (CAL) vs. Noe Khlif (UI) 6-2, 5-2, unfinished
6. Bjorn Hoffman (CAL) def. Vuk Budic (UI) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition:
1. #47 Aleks Kovacevic/Alex Brown (UI) def. #28 Yuta Kikuchi/Jacob Brumm (CAL) 6-3
2. Paul Barretto/Can Kaya (CAL) def. Vuk Budic/Gui Gomes (UI) 7-6(7-4)
3. Jack Molloy/Ben Draper (CAL) def. Keenan Mayo/Fletcher Scott (UI) 7-6(7-3)
Match Notes
California 16-12; National ranking #24
Illinois 19-9; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,1,4)

 

For the 12th year in a row a women’s national seed was chopped down at home with UCF the one swinging the axe. The Knights advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history with a 4-1 win at No. 11 Florida State in a match that was delayed by rain for four hours before finally being moved indoors. 

The Knights struck first by winning a close doubles point and then each team won three opening sets in singles. Only one match would make it to a third set with FSU’s Emmanuelle Salas winning easily at No. 2 while UCF’s Valeriya Zeleva, Marie Mattel, and Nandini Sharma got it done in straight sets at No. 1, No. 4, and No. 6.

UCF will try to extend its best-ever season next weekend when it travels to Malibu to face No. 6 Pepperdine who defeated Cal 4-0. 

“We have a ton of respect for that FSU team and how they compete. They got the best of us in January and I think our team learned a lot about themselves after that match,” said head coach Bryan Koniecko, “Since then, they have put their heads down and went to work and it was great to see that pay off today. We can’t sit around too long because we have another great team in front of us and if we play our style of tennis we can keep advancing.”

I love these girls. It is an incredible group of young ladies, said FSU head coached Jennifer Hyde. Theyve done amazing things this year. Theyll be stamped in the history books to be the best team ever to come through this program. They have a lot to be proud of and a lot of reasons to hold their heads high.

The delay is what it is, said Hyde. Both sides had to deal with the same circumstance. Its not a reason or an excuse. Bottom line is UCF did a great job. They just punched us in the throat. When they were down they punched us in the throatwhen they were up and they came in here on a mission. They were better than us today, hands down. Big credit to them. They were not going to be denied today. We didnt quite go for it when we needed to go for it today. We played a little to protect instead of to provecredit to UCF they earned it for sure.

#23 UCF 4, #11 Florida State 1
May 04, 2019 at Tallahassee. FL (Scott Speicher Memorial)
Singles competition
1. #40 Valeriya Zeleva (UCF) def. #31 Carla Touly (FS) 6-3, 6-4
2. #89 Emmanuelle Salas (FS) def. #82 Ksenia Kuznetsova (UCF) 6-1, 6-1
3. Ana Oparenovic (FS) vs. Rebeka Stolmar (UCF) 6-3, 2-6, 2-1, unfinished
4. Marie Mattel (UCF) def. Petra Hule (FS) 6-2, 6-4
5. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) vs. Natalia Serrano (UCF) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
6. Nandini Sharma (UCF) def. Andrea Garcia (FS) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #26 Valeriya Zeleva/Ksenia Kuznetsova (UCF) def. #21 Ana Oparenovic/Emmanuelle Salas (FS) 7-5
2. Rebeka Stolmar/Marie Mattel (UCF) def. Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) 6-4
3. Petra Hule/Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Natalia Serrano/Domenika Turkovic (UCF) 6-4
Match Notes:
UCF 24-3; National ranking #23
Florida State University 21-7; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,6,1)
Second Round of the NCAA Tournament
MATCH WAS DELAYED DUE TO WEATHER FROM 3:00 TO 7:00
A-117

 

Kansas advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998, and stayed undefeated at home (16-0), after defeating the trendy upset pick Florida 4-2. The Big XII Tournament Champions got the ball rolling with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to claim the match’s first point.

Each team took three opening sets in singles and Kansas would get the three points it needed in straight set fashion. Maria Toran Ribes won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6 to make it 2-0 and Plobrung Plipuech made it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3. Florida Tsveta Dimitrova and McCartney Kessler won in straights at No. 6 and No. 2 to make it 3-2 and Ida Jarlskog was up a set and a break at No. 1 however Kansas’s Sonia Smagina would close it out at No. 4 with a 7-5, 6-4 win. 

Next up for the Jayhawks will be the winner of the match on Sunday between No. 3 Stanford and Syracuse. If Stanford wins, Kansas heads west but if Syracuse pulls off the shocker of the year then the super regional would take place in Lawrence. 

Kansas head coach Todd Chapman on the overall match:
“I think we competed on all courts. Whether the score was going our way or not, we competed. Just like the two seniors (Koch and Rychagova) on the last two courts, the score was not in their favor, but they were fighting and fighting, trying not to leave Sonia out here by herself. To me that is senior leadership. I thought we competed across the board today and that is all we ask, whether we win or lose. We want to compete, play with energy and passion, and I think we did that as a team today.”

On what this victory means for the program:
“It is a great step. It has been a long time since we made the Sweet 16. It is big; something we have been fighting and working for is to put ourselves in these positions and to be able to come through against a battle-tested team, a very well-coached team. It was big for our program. Once again, this team is built, I believe, to move on. Whichever team we play next weekend, whether it is here or at Stanford, we are going to go out and give it our best shot.”

Florida Head Coach Roland Thornqvist overall thoughts on the match
“The first 10-12 minutes of doubles, we were way too timid. But then we really settled down and had chance to get back into the doubles point. When you play away in the NCAA’s against a really good team like this, you can’t have 10 minutes of below par performance. I have to give credit to our players though, because we got close in doubles and fought hard in singles as well. In singles, they made a lot of balls and probably made more than I thought they were going to. They (Kansas) are really crafty and did a really good job of just hanging onto the ball. To their credit, they were able to finish some of these matches where we really had a shot at winning. The crowd here was fantastic. It really helped them today and I know playing in an environment like this will be a great learning experience for our team.”

On the experience the team gained and its impact going forward
“I think we’ve learned all year long. I thought our play improved as the year went on and that’s always want you want to see out of a team. I think it’s hard to endure some of the injuries we had in the beginning of the year and play at a really high level every week. Once we got everyone semi-healthy our play as a group really improved. There’s no substitute for experience. I think you saw it with Kansas. They are a really experienced team and they played the big points, the no-ad points perhaps better than we did today. That’s how you get punished in a big match like this. I’m hopeful and optimistic that this whole year of experience is going to contribute to some great growth for us as a team.”

#14 Kansas Jayhawks 4, #24 Florida 2
5/4/2019 at Lawrence, Kan. (Jayhawk Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #15 Ida Jarlskog (UF) vs. #13 Anastasia Rychagova (KU) 7-5, 3-1, unfinished
2. #30 McCartney Kessler (UF) def. #112 Janet Koch (KU) 7-5, 6-4
3. Plobrung Plipuech (KU) def. Victoria Emma (UF) 6-2, 6-3
4. Sonia Smagina (KU) def. Marlee Zein (UF) 7-5, 6-4
5. Tsveta Dimitrova (UF) def. Nina Khmelnitckaia (KU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Maria Toran Ribes (KU) def. Sydney Berlin (UF) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #6 Janet Koch/Nina Khmelnitckaia (KU) def. #25 McCartney Kessler/Victoria Emma (UF) 6-3
2. Ida Jarlskog/Tsveta Dimitrova (UF) def. #64 Anastasia Rychagova/Sonia Smagina (KU) 6-3
3. Maria Toran Ribes/Malkia Ngounoue (KU) def. Marlee Zein/Sydney Berlin (UF) 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida 13-12; National ranking #24
Kansas Jayhawks 21-4; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,3,2,4)
NCAA Tennis Tournament Second Round
T-2:18 A-477

 

Oklahoma State is back in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five years after edging No. 19 Miami FL 4-3. 

The Cowgirls won a crucial doubles point, which was decided in a tiebreak at No. 3, and then all six singles matches would finish in straight sets.

OSU’s Bunyawi Thamchaiwat made it 2-0 with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 but UM’s Estella Perez-Somarriba and Daevenia Achong answered with 6-3, 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to tie it at 2-2.

OSU regained the lead thanks to a 6-4, 7-5 win by Sofia Blanco at No. 3 before UM’s Lucia Marzal tied it back up with a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 6. 

OSU senior Marina Guinart would provide the clincher at No. 3 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over UM junior Yuna Ito. 

The Cowgirls will face the winner of Sunday’s match between No. 2 North Carolina and Oklahoma. If UNC wins, OSU heads to Chapel Hill but if OU wins then Bedlam would take place in Stillwater. 

“As a coach, you are excited when your kids pull through during those tough moments because those adverse situations challenge you as a competitor,” OSU head coach Chris Young said. “That’s what you train for to have the confidence to build for those moments. I thought our kids went for it and played the points on their terms, and ultimately that’s what’s gratifying as a coach.”

“In doubles, we made it interesting. We had control all through three doubles and just didn’t really play with the aggressive mentality that got us the lead. Give a lot of credit to Miami, they competed really hard and they made us earn it.”

“Credit to Oklahoma State. They played a great tennis match,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I couldn’t really be any prouder of this group. Where we were in January compared to where we are now is just the reason I get up every single day and it’s the reason I’ve been doing this for so many years. We’re building people, we’re building character and we’re building athletes.”

“It came down to a few points in doubles and they were just better than us in the big moments there. I think it was tough, we were always playing from behind,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “To turn two of those matches [in singles] isn’t an easy thing to do. The doubles point is big, but I think we still came out into singles thinking we had a shot to win the match.”

“We came up short at some positions today and that’s not what they wanted to have happen,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “That’s not what I wanted to have happen. But their fight, commitment, togetherness and the way they just stayed in there and battled when it didn’t look good, it got us down to the wire. There was a point where that match could’ve gone either way, just on pure grit and pure heart. It didn’t go our way and it’s not fun, but it’s sports.”

#15 Oklahoma State 4, #19 Miami 3
5/4/2019 at Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #1 E. Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. #25 Katarina Stresnakova (OKST) 6-3, 6-1
2. Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Lisa Marie Rioux (OKST) 6-3, 6-1
3. #96 Marina Guinart (OKST) def. Yuna Ito (UM) 6-4, 7-5
4. #94 Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (OKST) def. Daniella Roldan (UM) 6-0, 6-0
5. Sofia Blanco (OKST) def. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) 6-4, 7-5
6. Lucia Marzal (UM) def. Catherine Gulihur (OKST) 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. #31 Sofia Blanco/Catherine Gulihur (OKST) def. #13 Daevenia Achong/Daniella Roldan (UM) 6-4
2. E. Perez-Somarriba/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Marina Guinart/Katarina Stresnakova (OKST) 7-5
3. Tamara Arnold/Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (OKST) def. Yuna Ito/Lucia Marzal (UM) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
Miami 19-8, 9-5 ACC; National ranking #19
Oklahoma State 21-7, 8-1 B12; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,1,5,6,3)

 

The rest of the second round matches on Saturday weren’t very close with 4-0 and 4-1 scores the norm. I’ll add box scores, quotes, and highlights clips down below over the next few hours.

Men’s Second Round (Saturday)
#1 Ohio State def. Vanderbilt 4-0
#16 Columbia def. Penn State 4-0
#9 North Carolina def. Georgia 4-1
#8 USC def. San Diego 4-0
#5 Virginia def. South Carolina 4-1
#12 Stanford def. UCSB 4-0
#4 Wake Forest def. Kentucky 4-1
#3 Florida def. Florida State 4-0
#14 Tennessee def. NC State 4-2
#11 UCLA def. Oklahoma State 4-0
#6 Baylor def. Michigan 4-1
#7 Mississippi State def. South Alabama 4-0
#10 TCU def. Arizona State 4-1
California def. #15 Illinois 4-1
#2 Texas def. South Florida 4-1
 
Men’s First Round (Saturday)
Oklahoma def. Arizona 4-0
#13 Texas A&M def. Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-0
 
Men’s Second Round (Sunday)
#13 Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (2 pm)
 
Men’s Super Regionals (Next Weekend)
#16 Columbia at #1 Ohio State
#9 North Carolina at #8 USC 
#12 Stanford at #5 Virginia 
#13 Texas A&M/Oklahoma winner at #4 Wake Forest 
#14 Tennessee at #3 Florida
#11 UCLA at #6 Baylor 
#10 TCU at #7 Mississippi State 
California at #2 Texas 

 

“I told these guys that the goal all week was to clear the first hurdle of the tournament and get through the first week and make the sweet 16,” interim coach Bruce Berque said. “I’m happy for them because they put the work in. It got a little hairy after the doubles, but I think we were confident that if the guys came out and competed and played hard on every court (in singles), we’d have a chance to win. This group is experienced and has faced it before, so they did a good job today.”

USF head coach, Ashley Fisher, on facing No. 2 Texas and looking towards the future…
“We didn’t get the result we wanted today but that doesn’t take away from the enormous success this year has been. Full credit to Texas who were just too good today. Like we have done all year, we will learn from this season and apply it to move things forward and improve. Taking the doubles point from the number two team in the nation was a sign of what this team is capable of. Our culture improved so much this year and this program is poised for greatness. I want to thank everyone who played a role and supported this year. We were honored to wear the green and gold and will be back in 2020.”

#2 Texas 4, #37 South Florida 1
May 04, 2019 at Austin, Texas (Texas Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #7 Christian Sigsgaard (UT) vs. #15 Alberto Barroso-Camp (USF) 6-4, 6-5, unfinished
2. #12 Yuya Ito (UT) def. Chase Ferguson (USF) 6-3, 6-4
3. #80 Leonardo Telles (UT) vs. Pierre Luquet (USF) 7-5, 5-1, unfinished
4. #55 Harrison Scott (UT) def. Jakup Wojcik (USF) 6-1, 6-4
5. Colin Markes (UT) def. Sergio Gomez Montesa (USF) 6-2, 6-3
6. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) def. Ivan Yatsuk (USF) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles competition
1. #88 Alberto Barroso-Camp/Pierre Luquet (USF) def. #5 Harrison Scott/Christian Sigsgaard (UT) 6-3
2. Ivan Yatsuk/Jakup Wojcik (USF) def. Colin Markes/Leonardo Telles (UT) 6-4
3. Chih Chi Huang/Yuya Ito (UT) def. Chase Ferguson/Sergio Gomez Montesa (USF) 6-4
Match Notes:
South Florida 18-8; National ranking #37
Texas 25-3; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,2,6)

 

Baylor head coach Brian Boland on the win
“We prepared to deal with the loss of the doubles point because you can’t go through the entire tournament without having that setback (every) once in a while because there’s so much parity. We’ve played great doubles, we’ve been consistent, but we have to believe in ourselves if it doesn’t work out, and credit to Michigan for playing two great tiebreakers. I felt like we had the momentum in doubles and the point got away from us. The way we came out in singles from top to bottom was impressive. I couldn’t be happier for the guys.”

#6 Baylor 4, #20 Michigan 1
5/4/2019 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #20 Johannes Schretter (BU) def. #48 Andrew Fenty (MICH) 6-4, 6-3
2. Myles Schalet (MICH) vs. #25 Matias Soto (BU) 7-6, *5-4 (30/15), unfinished
3. #112 Adrian Boitan (BU) def. #74 Mattias Siimar (MICH) 6-4, 6-3
4. #78 Will Little (BU) def. Connor Johnston (MICH) 6-2, 6-3
5. #76 Sven Lah (BU) vs. Patrick Maloney (MICH) 6-4, *4-5, unifnished
6. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Gabe Tishman (MICH) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #1 Jimmy Bendeck/Sven Lah (BU) def. #60 Mattias Siimar/Connor Johnston (MICH) 6-4
2. Myles Schalet/Andrew Fenty (MICH) def. Matias Soto/Will Little (BU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Harrison Brown/Gabe Tishman (MICH) def. Johannes Schretter/Constantin Frantzen (BU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
Michigan 18-9; National ranking #20
Baylor 24-5; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,1,6,3)
A-458

 

#11 UCLA 4, #25 Oklahoma State 0
5/4/2019 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Maxime Cressy (UCLA) def. #34 Matej Vocel (OKST) 6-1, 6-3
2. #36 Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. Artur Dubinski (OKST) 6-3, 6-2
3. #68 Govind Nanda (UCLA) def. Mathieu Scaglia (OKST) 6-1, 6-4
4. Patrick Zahraj (UCLA) vs. Maxim Tybar (OKST) 7-5, 5-1, unfinished
5. Ben Goldberg (UCLA) vs. Emile Hudd (OKST) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
6. Roscoe Bellamy (UCLA) vs. Luke Hammond (OKST) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #2 Maxime Cressy/Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. #36 Mathieu Scaglia/Maxim Tybar (OKST) 6-4
2. #41 Emile Hudd/Matej Vocel (OKST) def. Govind Nanda/Connor Rapp (UCLA) 6-3
3. Bryce Pereira/Patrick Zahraj (UCLA) def. Artur Dubinski/Luke Hammond (OKST) 6-4
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 16-12; National ranking #25
UCLA 19-5; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,1)
T-1:52

 

“It feels good to be headed to the Round of 16 and is nice to do this at home and to get another match at home now,” said Virginia head coach Andres Pedroso. “South Carolina is a great team. You don’t make the semis of the SEC Tournament unless you can compete with the best, and they proved that today. I knew it was going to be a war. There were a lot of close matches today, but that is college tennis, especially with the deuce-point format. Things can go either way. Everyone is a point away. That is how these matches are. Every single match for the rest of the tournament is going to be like this. We have to know that walking on the court. No surprises. Everyone can play. Everyone is good. Every match is going to be a war.”

“Brandon won some clutch deuce points and some long points today,” Pedroso said. “Rodrigues played really well, but Brandon just came up with a little better shots, a little more depth. Brandon served huge at important moments, too, but that’s why he in No. 4 in the world in juniors and is one of the best recruits to ever come to college. This is not surprising from him. He’s a killer.”

“In the second set, I trusted that there were some shots I could hit that would win me points here and there and I needed to find them as often as possible,” said Ross. “He missed a couple of crucial points on the four-all deuce point. He had a forehand in the middle of the court and he just missed it. It could have gone either way. Honestly, he is a very good player, but I just stayed with it. I was gritty and I just trusted my guns, especially when I was down.”

#5 Virginia 4, #17 South Carolina 1
5/2/2019 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. (3) Carl Sderlund (VA) led (5) Paul Jubb (SC) 6-3, 2-6, 2-1 suspended
2. (82) Brandon Nakashima (VA) def. (83) Daniel Rodrigues (SC) 6-3, 6-4
3. Raphael Lambling (SC) led (114) Henrik Wiersholm (VA) 6-4, 5-5 suspended
4. Gianni Ross (VA) def. Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Thomas Brown (SC) def. Ryan Goetz (VA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Aswin Lizen (VA) def. Patrick Cacciatore (SC) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. (33) Brandon Nakashima/Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. (52) Daniel Rodrigues/Raphael Lambling (SC) 6-2
2. Paul Jubb/Yancy Dennis (SC) led Carl Sderlund/Aswin Lizen (VA) 5-4 suspended
3. Gianni Ross/William Woodall (VA) def. Beau Pelletier/Jake Beasley (SC) 6-3
Match Notes:
South Carolina 18-10; National ranking #17
Virginia 23-4; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,5,2,4)

 

I am happy for this entire team, said Taube Family Director of Mens Tennis, Paul Goldstein. They have busted their tails all year. You are always trying to peak at this time of year and that is what this team has done this year. We got over the hump of last year, being in a similar situation and not coming through. We learned from that experience and applied that to this year. I am really proud of them. I am so happy for our seniors Sameer and Michael with their wins today. It is a privilege to be in a situation to be able to support them and see them have that kind of joy. They deserve it.

“For those that watched the live stream, they know this was an incredibly close match. I really liked our chances if we could’ve held on just a bit longer,” UCSB Head Coach Marty Davis said. “I think we are the fittest team so I would’ve loved to see us play 45 more minutes, but I am just proud of how hard this team fought.”

“We have put so much effort into this program. [Getting an NCAA win] was something we knew we were good enough to do but were never able to prove until now, my senior year which is amazing. I hope I have now laid the groundwork for these guys to keep building on what’s here right now,” Holm said.

“This program has meant everything to me. It has made me a better player, person. I have learned so much from my teammates and my coaches. I came here at 18 and I am a totally different person now,” Moreno de Alboran said.

“This is something I will never forget in my entire life. I am so proud of my teammates and everyone. It sucks we lost but I know everybody fought and I am just so happy I even made the decision to come to UCSB from Japan. I really wanted to beat Stanford so bad, they are one of the best universities in the world, but I will always remember this team,” Koyanagi said.

#12 Stanford 4, UC Santa Barbara 0
May 4, 2019 at Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
Doubles Competition
1. No. 64 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran/Anders Holm d. Sameer Kumar/Timothy Sah (STAN) 6-2
2. Axel Geller/William Genesen (STAN) d. Joseph Guillin/Victor Krustev (UCSB) 6-2
3. Jack Barber/Sangeet Sridhar (STAN) d. Joseph Rotheram/Alex Soto (UCSB) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. No. 16 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) led No. 13 Axel Geller (STAN) 2-6, 7-6 (5), 2-0, UNF
2. No. 53 Joseph Guillin (UCSB) led No. 91 William Genesen (STAN) 6-3, 3-6, 2-1, UNF
3. Sameer Kumar (STAN) d. Victor Krustev (UCSB) 6-0, 7-6 (5)
4. Timothy Sah (STAN) d. Hironori Koyanagi (UCSB) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Joseph Rotheram (UCSB) led Sangeet Sridhar (STAN) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 2-1
6. Michael Genender (STAN) d. Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-3, 6-0
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,3,4)

 

“Overall, I thought today was a great match for us that started off with an awesome doubles point,” head coach Matt Roberts said. “Give credit to South Alabama for playing some tough tennis yesterday and today. They’ve had a great year. Our guys handled the rain well and thought they did a good job staying focused and finishing off their matches after the delays. We’re excited to be moving on and to have one more chance to play in front of our amazing fans in what will be an awesome Super Regional match next Saturday.”

South Alabama head coach Nick Brochu
On the match: “Number one, it’s tough. We played with two rain delays, but it’s the same with both teams. I thought we fought well. Tennis is a game of momentum. I thought we had a chance to win three first sets and we did not. We were pretty much playing catchup after that. I thought we played well, doubles was very competitive. We almost got two there.”

“Overall, even though the score is 4-0, it was not an easy walk in the park for Mississippi State. The guys played well. Our guys played well, their guys played really well. It was a really exciting second round. We have two seniors, those guys played big. Sam [Serrano] had a humongous win yesterday. He was the clinch for us. I think today the goal was to play big and go for shots. I think we did that. Mississippi State played well and good luck to them.”

#7 Mississippi State 4, South Alabama 0
May 4, 2019 at A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre Starkville, Mississippi
Singles competition
1. #1 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Sacha Modica (USA) 6-3, 6-3
2. #61 Giovanni Oradini (MSU) vs. Loic Cloes (USA) 7-6(4), 2-2 (susp.)
3. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) vs. Clement Marzol (USA) 7-5, 3-2 (susp.)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) vs. Samuel Serrano (USA) 6-4, 3-2 (susp.)
5. Trevor Foshey (MSU) def. Maxime Lapraille (USA) 6-4, 6-1
6. Florian Broska (MSU) def. Louis Delcour (USA) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #3 Nuno Borges/Strahinja Rakic (MSU) vs. Loic Cloes/Clement Marzol (USA) 4-4 (susp.)
2. #32 Niclas Braun/Giovanni Oradini (MSU) def. Sacha Modica/Samuel Serrano (USA) 6-4
3. Trevor Foshey/Gregor Ramskogler (MSU) def. Louis Delcour/Maxime Lapraille (USA) 6-2
Match Notes:
South Alabama 18-7
Mississippi State 24-3; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,1,6)

 

Quotes from the Match
Head Coach David Roditi
“What a great day for our program. The result, the crowd and the people that came to support us. I am so proud of these guys to represent our school the way they have been doing it all year. Our freshmen, Luc Fomba and Sander Jong, stepped up today. First with a huge doubles win and then in singles. (Alex) Rybakov closes his TCU career at home with two wins. He’s been a rock from day one and he’s one of the main reasons why our program has been going the way it has. Five trips in a row to the Sweet 16 is something to be very proud of. I know our guys are hungry and I know they will be ready for an absolute war at Mississippi State. I am especially proud of our guys doing a great job balancing finals and NCAA simultaneously which is not something too many athletes must do.

“I want to thank our staff – Abby Stockton, Jaron Householder, Jonathan Pham, Craig Smith, Linton Lewis, Maxx Akel, Alexa Nelson and Andre Apodaca for all the work they have been doing with our home matches. They are always the first ones here and last ones to leave. Furthermore, a huge thank you to our ‘Keep it in the Purple Committee’ for creating such an awesome, fun and welcoming atmosphere at all our matches. We are so lucky to have them and our guys will forever appreciate the experience they had here at TCU. Thank you Sharon Keenum, Linda Cappel and committee. A special thank you to Christina Allen for her work with our ball kids ‘The Ballers’ this season.”

#9 TCU 4, #27 Arizona State 1
May 04, 2019 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #99 Nathan Ponwith (ASU) 6-3, 6-4
2. #28 Alastair Gray (TCU) vs. Dominik Kellovsky (ASU) 7-6 (7-1), 3-3, unfinished
3. Justin Roberts (ASU) def. Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Bertus Kruger (TCU) vs. Tim Ruehl (ASU) 3-6, 5-5, unfinished
5. Luc Fomba (TCU) def. Andrea Bolla (ASU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Sander Jong (TCU) def. Makey Rakotomalala (ASU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #15 Alastair Gray/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #17 Dominik Kellovsky/Nathan Ponwith (ASU) 6-4
2. Andrea Bolla/Tim Ruehl (ASU) def. #22 Bertus Kruger/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-3
3. Luc Fomba/Sander Jong (TCU) def. #80 Makey Rakotomalala/Justin Roberts (ASU) 7-5
Match Notes:
Arizona State 14-14; National ranking #27
TCU 21-6; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,1,5)
NCAA Championship-Second Round
TCU advances to the third round and will face Mississippi State.
T-2:27 A-280

 

#8 USC 4, #31 San Diego 0
May 04, 2019 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Marks Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #6 Brandon Holt (USC) vs. #56 Gui Osorio (USD) 1-6, 6-3, 2-3, unfinished
2. #24 Daniel Cukierman (USC) vs. #103 August Holmgren (USD) 4-6, 6-3, 1-2, unfinished
3. #40 Laurens Verboven (USC) def. Nico Borter (USD) 6-3, 6-4
4. Riley Smith (USC) def. Joel Gamerov (USD) 6-2, 7-6 (0-9)
5. Jake Sands (USC) def. David Norfeldt (USD) 6-2, 6-1
6. Mor Bulis (USC) vs. Noah Dufort (USD) 6-2, 3-6, 4-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #10 Brandon Holt/Riley Smith (USC) def. #50 Joel Gamerov/August Holmgren (USD) 6-2
2. Jack Jaede/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. Nico Borter/Gui Osorio (USD) 5-4, unfinished
3. Daniel Cukierman/Tanner Smith (USC) def. Noah Dufort/David Norfeldt (USD) 6-2
Match Notes:
San Diego 21-4; National ranking #31
USC 22-7; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,3,4)

 

 

“We knew we were playing a great program in Georgia, so it’s a great win for us,” UNC coach Sam Paul said. “Manny (Diaz, Georgia’s coach) does such an unbelievable job. We’re happy to be moving on it’s a very, very good win for us.”

“It was a team win,” Paul said. “Simon and Mac came through with a big win in doubles, and what a great day for Bo (Boyden), our senior, to clinch it. I can’t say enough about Josh Peck, and Brian Cernoch too.”

“Our guys really played their hearts out today,” head coach Manuel Diaz. “North Carolina played an outstanding match and all credit goes to them. I am proud of our guys we were short-handed this weekend, but they continued to fight for this program. We had to overcome a lot all season, and I want to thank our seniors for setting a great example for these young guys. I know all of our players who are coming back are going to work extremely hard and will be ready this fall.”

No. 10 North Carolina 4, No. 18 Georgia 1
May 04, 2019 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #19 William Blumberg (UNC) vs. #38 Emil Reinberg (UGA), 6-4, 3-3 unfinished
2. #39 Benjamin Sigouin (UNC) vs. Robert Loeb (UGA), 7-6(5), 3-1 unfinished
3. #110 Josh Peck (UNC) d. Trent Bryde (UGA), 6-0, 6-1
4. #116 Brian Cernoch (UNC) d. #115 Philip Henning (UGA), 6-4, 6-3
5. Blaine Boyden (UNC) d. Walker Duncan (UGA), 6-4, 6-3
6. Blake Croyder (UGA) d. Simon Soendergaard (UNC), 6-1, 6-1
Doubles Competition
1. #13 Blumberg/Boyden (UNC) d. #61 Duncan/Reinberg (UGA), 6-0
2. #90 Cernoch/Sigouin (UNC) vs. Diaz/Loeb (UGA), 5-5 unfinished
3. Kiger/Soendergaard (UNC) d. Bryde/Henning (UGA), 7-6(3)
Match Notes
UNC 20-6; National Ranking #10
Georgia 14-11; National Ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,4,5)
Georgia’s Jan Zielinski (#1 singles/#1 doubles) was unavailable due to the passing of his father

 

#1 Ohio State 4, #35 Vanderbilt 0
May 04, 2019 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 JJ Wolf (OSU) def. #88 Cameron Klinger (VANDY) 6-0, 6-1
2. #26 John McNally (OSU) vs. George Harwell (VANDY) 0-6, 4-3, unfinished
3. #60 Kyle Seelig (OSU) vs. Billy Rowe (VANDY) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
4. #111 Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Macsen Sisam (VANDY) 6-1, 6-1
5. Alex Kobelt (OSU) vs. Maxwell Freeman (VANDY) 6-7 (4-7), 0-3, unfinished
6. Hunter Tubert (OSU) def. Panu Virtanen (VANDY) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #23 JJ Wolf/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. #7 Billy Rowe/Cameron Klinger (VANDY) 2-5, unfinished
2. #51 Alex Kobelt/Kyle Seelig (OSU) def. Macsen Sisam/Panu Virtanen (VANDY) 6-3
3. Hunter Tubert/John McNally (OSU) def. George Harwell/Maxwell Freeman (VANDY) 6-0
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 16-12; National ranking #35
Ohio State 31-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,4,6)

 

 

“It feels really good,” said Columbia head coach Bid Goswami after the match. “I think it’s a great accomplishment. It’s a great thing for the boys. Like I was telling them, some of the matches are a game of inches, but the practice we did, it’s miles and yards of practice. I think it’s the difference. The boys worked really hard the whole year, even with Jackie [Tang] getting hurt, which hurts us a lot, but other guys have stepped up. They’re young guys, a lot of sophomores are playing well and I think it bodes well for the future.”

“It feels amazing,” said senior Victor Pham, who was named 2019 Ivy League Player of the Year and selected as an at-large qualifier for the NCAA Singles Tournament earlier this week. “It was a season-long goal to make it to the Sweet 16 and actually even beyond that, but we’re setting ourselves up to reach our goal. It can be our last match every match basically with the single-elimination format, and to do it for Bid, it’s his last season, so I think we’re all really enjoying it. This is a really special crew, so I think we can go further.”

“We waited out a rain delay, but ultimately went indoors,” said Penn State head coach Jeff Zinn. “We battled hard at every court and needed to find a couple of points in close situations. Losing the doubles point was a factor that hurt us. I give credit to Columbia, they are a very good team and well coached. It’s a sad time for our three seniors who competed for the last time as Nittany Lions. They battled to the end and incredibly well today and throughout their careers.”

“This was a great season and unfortunately it had to come to a close today,” said Penn State associate head coach Paul Tobin. “We certainly have much to be proud of. Columbia is ranked #16 for a reason and they made us step up and we fell short. We thought we could get the three points if we took doubles, but I thought Columbia had the edge when we went inside at their place.”

#16 Columbia 4, #34 Penn State 0
5/4/2019 at New York, NY (Dick Savitt Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #37 Victor Pham (COL) vs. #29 Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU) 7-5, 3-3, unfinished
2. #105 Christian Lakoseljac (PSU) vs. #22 Jack Lin (COL) 4-6, 6-1, unfinished
3. #107 Adam Ambrozy (COL) def. Gabriel Nemeth (PSU) 7-6, 6-0
4. Christos Antonopoulos (PSU) vs. #117 Rian Pandole (COL) 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
5. Timothy Wang (COL) def. Ben Lieb (PSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Austen Huang (COL) def. Alp Sentay (PSU) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #30 William Matheson/Jack Lin (COL) def. #45 Constant De La Bassetiere/Gabriel Nemeth (PSU) 6-3
2. Rian Pandole/Victor Pham (COL) def. Christian Lakoseljac/Christos Antonopoulos (PSU) 6-2
3. Ben Lieb/Matt Galush (PSU) vs. Jason Lui/Adam Ambrozy (COL) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Penn State 20-9; National ranking #34
Columbia 19-3; National ranking #16
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5, 6, 3)

 

Florida head coach Bryan Shelton opening Statement
“Just really proud of our team and our staff and our coaches for the hard work that they put in to be able to host this event. I think the guys did a good job throughout the season to put us in a position to be able to be one of the top seeds and to be able to play in front of our crowd. Our guys played extremely hard. I thought the teams that came in here played really well and Florida State today was a worthy opponent. I was happy that we were able to play well enough to get the doubles point and then to ultimately win the match.”

On earning shutdown wins in the first and second rounds
“I think a lot of it is the preparation. I think our guys, after the last match against Tennessee, put in a lot of work, as they have all season. When you are prepared and you have opportunity then you can go out there and execute and I think our guys did a good job of that. I don’t think we played our very best tennis yesterday, but we got better as the match went along and I felt like we carried that with us today and were able to get some momentum. I thought FGCU played extremely good doubles yesterday and pushed us and FSU did as well today and I think that really prepared us to really be able to withstand the pressure there at the end of that doubles point for Alfredo [Perez] and Sam [Riffice] to come up with their best tennis when it mattered most.”

UF Senior Alfredo Perez on winning both matches and earning that top-10 spot in UF books
“It wasn’t easy. Both doubles and singles were tight matches. It’s good to be top 10, but I hear Johannes [Ingildsen] is right behind me. I’ll take it as long as I can.”

On clinching the match
“I was going to be a little upset if I was up 5-1 again and not be able to finish like yesterday. But I was able to stay concentrated and get the job done for the team. It’s always good to beat FSU.”

Doubles was huge today and we came up a little short, said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. We had three match points on court two after Alex and Sebastian played really well on court one. If we would have been able to take the doubles point, I feel like that would have given us some momentum into singles.

Florida jumped out and got us good, taking an early lead in singles, said Hultquist. I thought we fought back hard in the second sets. Juni continued to play well after his big win yesterday to clinch the match and Alex did a great job winning the second set. Richard had opportunities up 5-3 in the first set but could not come through.

This team has not quit all year and plays hard until the end, said Hultquist. They did that again today. We have won six of seven matches that have ended with a 4-3 result this season and that is all you can ask for is for the team to fight hard.

#4 Florida 4, #28 Florida State 0
5/4/2019 at Gainesville, Fla. (Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1.#9 Oliver Crawford (UF) vs. #30 Lucas Poullain (FSU) 6-1, 6-5, unfinished
2. #54 Sam Riffice (UF) vs. Alex Knaff (FSU) 6-1, 0-6, 4-5, unfinished
3. #113 Johannes Ingildsen (UF) vs. Juan Martin Jalif (FSU) 6-7 (3-7), 5-4, unfinished
4. Alfredo Perez (UF) def. Richard Thongoana (FSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
5. #59 Andres Andrade (UF) def. Rana-Roop Bhullar (FSU) 6-0, 6-2
6. McClain Kessler (UF) def. Sebastian Arcila (FSU) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
1.Sebastian Arcila/Alex Knaff (FSU) def. Johannes Ingildsen/McClain Kessler (UF) 6-3
2. Alfredo Perez/Sam Riffice (UF) def. Juan Martin Jalif/Lucas Poullain (FSU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Duarte Vale/Andres Andrade (UF) def. Chase Wood/Bryn Nahrung (FSU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Florida State 19-11; National ranking #28
Florida 23-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,4)

 

“I am really proud of our guys,” Tennessee head coach Chris Woodruff said. “We knew coming in to it that they have a really good team, we have a good team, and that it just takes a few breaks here and there. Adam Walton came through at the end but really it was a team effort. I told our guys that we have a lot of ways to hurt you and that the doubles point was really important. I am just very proud of our guys.”

“Heartbreaking loss today for our program,” said NC State head coach Kyle Spencer. “It’s such a tough deal on the road at the high level of college tennis. The guys did such a great job fighting back after dropping five first sets and then flipping the match to be in a position to win the match. Credit to Tennessee for not allowing us to be able to shut the door on the match. We knew it would be a titanic struggle today, and that it was. It was a test of wills, not only with the play on the court but also with the strategic component of the coaching. In the end, after three plus hours, it was a few points that decided the match. I couldn’t be more proud of what the team has done this year by elevating the program into the upper echelon of college tennis. While there is still more work to do, Cris and I will look upon these four seniors fondly. Igor, Mike, Ivan and Georgiy have been the foundation along with Alexi of our program’s transformation for the last two years. They have grown so much in all aspects of their tennis, academic, and personal lives. While this might be the end of their tennis exploits at NC State, each of these seniors will be a massive success in whatever path they choose to follow.”

#14 Tennessee 4, #19 NC State 2
May 04, 2019 at Knoxville, TN (Goodfriend Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 Timo Stodder (UT) def. #21 Alexis Galarneau (ST) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2. #51 Adam Walton (UT) def. Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
3. Tadas Babelis (ST) def. Scott Jones (UT) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
4. Robert Turzak (ST) def. Luca Wiedenmann (UT) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
5. Preston Touliatos (UT) def. Yannai Barkai (ST) 6-4, 6-2
6. Andrew Rogers (UT) vs. Georgiy Malyshev (ST) 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 3-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Timo Stodder/Preston Touliatos (UT) def. #44 Alexis Galarneau/Michael Ogden (ST) 6-2
2. Scott Jones/Pat Harper (UT) vs. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) 3-3, unfinished
3. Adam Walton/Andrew Rogers (UT) def. Tadas Babelis/Yannai Barkai (ST) 6-3
Match Notes:
NC State 19-11; National ranking #19
Tennessee 22-7; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,3,4,1,2)

 

“It’s been an amazing ride,” UK senior Enzo Wallart said. “I don’t think there’s a place like Kentucky, it’s just one big family. I can still remember the first day I got there. In the blink of an eye, it just flew by.”

#3 Wake Forest 4, #36 Kentucky 1
5/4/2019 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (WF Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #11 Borna Gojo (WF) def. #93 Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-0, 7-6(3)
2. #8 Petros Chrysochos (WF) vs. #42 Ryo Matsumura (UK) 6-1, 3-6, 5-2, unfinished
3. #50 Bar Botzer (WF) def. Kento Yamada (UK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Rrezart Cungu (WF) vs. Cesar Bourgois (UK) 7-5, 6-7(8), 0-1, unfinished
5. Melios Efstathiou (WF) def. Kevin Huempfner (UK) 6-0, 6-3
6. Siddhant Banthia (WF) def. Ying-Ze Chen [UK] 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Cesar Bourgois/Kento Yamada (UK) def. #63 Borna Gojo/Alan Gadjiev [WF] 7-6(5)
2. #55 Bar Botzer/Petros Chrysochos (WF) vs. Ying-Ze Chen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-6 (2-2) unfinished
3. Ryo Matsumura/Kevin Huempfner (UK) def. Siddhant Banthia/Melios Efstathiou (WF) 7-6(5)
Match Notes
Kentucky 16-15; National ranking #36
Wake Forest 31-3; National Ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,5,1,3)

 

#13 Texas A&M 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0
5/4/2019 at College Station, TX (George P. Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #31 Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) vs. William Mottet (AMCC) 6-4, 3-4, unfinished
2. #58 Hady Habib (TAMU) vs. Francois Kellerman (AMCC) 6-3, 5-4, unfinished
3. #86 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Thomas Rodrigues (AMCC) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
4. #120 Barnaby Smith (TAMU) def. Carlos Pedrosa (AMCC) 6-0, 6-4
5. Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. Okkie Kellerman (AMCC) 6-1, 6-2
6. Austin Abbrat (TAMU) vs. Kyohei Yamanaka (AMCC) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #8 Juan Carlos Aguilar/Barnaby Smith (TAMU) vs. Okkie Kellerman/Francois Kellerman (AMCC) 3-4, unfinished
2. Valentin Vacherot/Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. William Mottet/Thomas Rodrigues (AMCC) 6-1
3. Pranav Kumar/Hady Habib (TAMU) def. Thibault Frumholz/Kyohei Yamanaka (AMCC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 19-9
Texas A&M 21-7; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,4,3)

 

#21 Oklahoma 4, #29 Arizona 0
5/4/2019 at College Station, TX (George P. Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #32 Spencer Papa (OU) vs. #66 Jonas Ziverts (ARIZ) 1-6, 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
2. #41 Alex Bakshi (OU) def. #79 Filip Malbasic (ARIZ) 6-2, 6-3
3. #77 Jake Van Emburgh (OU) vs. Igor Karpovets (ARIZ) 7-6 (7-5), 2-2, unfinished
4. Ferran Calvo (OU) vs. Alejandro Reguant (ARIZ) 4-6, 5-3, unfinished
5. Mason Beiler (OU) def. Carlos Hassey (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-4
6. Jochen Bertsch (OU) def. Jonas Maier (ARIZ) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Alex Bakshi/Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) vs. Igor Karpovets/Stewart Block (ARIZ) 6-6 (2-2), unfinished
2. Jake Van Emburgh/Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Jonas Ziverts/Filip Malbasic (ARIZ) 7-5
3. Spencer Papa/Max Stewart (OU) def. Alejandro Reguant/Jonas Maier (ARIZ) 6-2
Match Notes:
Arizona 17-8; National ranking #29
OU 16-10; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,5,6)

 

Women’s Second Round (Saturday)
#16 Michigan def. Kentucky 4-0
#8 Vanderbilt def. Georgia Tech 4-0
#4 South Carolina def. Virginia 4-1
#14 Kansas def. Florida 4-2
UCF def. #11 Florida State 4-1
#6 Pepperdine def. California 4-0
#10 Washington def. Princeton 4-0
#15 Oklahoma State def. Miami FL 4-3
 
Women’s First Round (Saturday)
#1 Georgia def. Alabama State 4-0
Wake Forest def. Austin Peay 4-0
#9 Texas def. LIU Brooklyn 4-0
Texas A&M def. Rice 4-3
#5 Duke def. James Madison 4-0
Arizona State def. Illinois 4-0
Tennessee def. Furman 4-0
#12 NC State def. VCU 4-1
#13 USC def. Illinois State 4-0
UNLV def. Texas Tech 4-3
#3 Stanford def. New Mexico State 4-0
Syracuse def. Wisconsin 4-2
#7 UCLA def. Northern Arizona 4-0
LSU def. San Diego 4-2
Oklahoma def. Winthrop 4-3
#2 North Carolina def. South Carolina State 4-0
 
Women’s Second Round (Sunday)
#1 Georgia vs. Wake Forest (2 pm)
#9 Texas vs. Texas A&M (1 pm)
#5 Duke vs. Arizona State (2 pm)
#12 NC State vs. Tennessee (2 pm)
#13 USC vs. UNLV (4 pm)
#3 Stanford vs. Syracuse (3 pm)
#7 UCLA vs. LSU (4 pm)
#2 North Carolina vs. Oklahoma (1 pm)
 
Women’s Super Regionals (Next Weekend)
#16 Michigan vs. #1 Georgia/Wake winner 
#9 Texas/Texas A&M winner at #8 Vanderbilt
#5 Duke/ASU winner vs. #12 NCST/UT winner
#13 USC/UNLV winner at #4 South Carolina
#14 Kansas vs. #3 Stanford/Syracuse winner
UCF at #6 Pepperdine
#10 Washington vs. #7 UCLA/LSU winner 
#15 Oklahoma State vs. #2 UNC/OU winner
 
 
 

#10 Washington 4, #34 Princeton 0
May 4, 2019 at Seattle, Wash (Quillian Tennis Stadium)
Singles Competition
1. #57 Stacey Fung (Washington) def. Stephanie Schrage (Princeton), 6-4, 6-2
2. #92 Vanessa Wong (Washington) def. Brianna Shvets (Princeton), 6-3, 7-5
3. Katarina Kopcalic (Washington) vs. Grace Joyce (Princeton), 4-6, 6-6, unfinished
4. Natsuho Arakawa (Washington) def. Clare McKee (Princeton), 6-4, 6-2
5. Sedona Gallagher (Washington) vs. Nicole Kalhorn (Princeton), 6-1, 3-6, 3-5, unfinished
6. Nika Zupancic (Washington) vs. Nathalie Rodilosso (Princeton), 6-3, 5-7, 1-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. Kalhorn/Shvets (Princeton) def. #23 Fung/Zupancic (Washington), 6-1
2. Wong/Zoey Weil (Washington) def. Joyce/McKee (Princeton), 6-2
3. Kenadi Hance/Arakawa (Washington) def. Schrage/Rodilosso (Princeton), 7-6(5)
Match Notes
Washington 21-4; National Ranking #10
Princeton 19-5; National Ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,1)

“The match was unbelievable,” said Head Coach Robin Stephenson. “It was 4-0 but the score line was a lot closer than that. Our girls battled so hard. They’ve been battling so hard all year. For it to come down to a senior to clinch the doubles point and for it to come down to Stacey to clinch was pretty cool. I’m really proud of them. They’ve turned this program around. For every one of our girls, it’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of commitment. We’re going to the Sweet 16; it’s pretty exciting!”

 

#16 Michigan 4, #29 Kentucky 0
May 4, 2019 at Ann Arbor, Mich (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. No. 3 Kate Fahey (U-M) d. No. 27 Justina Mikulskyte (UK), 6-2, 6-2
2. No. 80 Giulia Pairone (U-M) d. Lesedi Jacobs (UK), 6-4, 6-0
3. No. 50 Brienne Minor (U-M) d. Akvile Parazinskaite (UK), 6-0, 7-5
4. Diana Tkachenko (UK) vs. No. 48 Chiara Lommer (U-M), 7-5, 0-1 abandoned
5. Alyvia Jones (U-M) vs. Anastasia Tkachenko (UK), 6-3, 5-3 abandoned
6. Anca Craciun (U-M) vs. Brianna Tulloch (UK), 6-4, 3-2 abandoned
Doubles Competition
1. No. 37 Brienne Minor/Kate Fahey (U-M) d. No. 16 Justina Mikulskyte/Akvile Parazinskaite (UK), 7-5
2. Giulia Pairone/Anca Craciun (U-M) vs. Lesedi Jacobs/Anastasia Tkachenko (UK), 6-6 abandoned
3. Alyvia Jones/Lera Patiuk (U-M) d. Brianna Tulloch/Diana Tkachenko (UK), 6-3
Match Notes
Order of completion: Doubles 3-1, Singles 1-3-2

 

#8 Vanderbilt 4, #41 Georgia Tech 0
May 04, 2019 at Nashville, Tenn. (Currey Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #64 Georgia Drummy (VANDY) def. #9 Kenya Jones (GT) 6-3, 3-3
2. #6 Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) def. Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-2, 6-4
3. #18 Christina Rosca (VANDY) def. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-3, 6-1
4. Amanda Meyer (VANDY) vs. Gia Cohen (GT) 7-6, 1-3, unfinished
5. Carolyn Campana (VANDY) vs. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-6, unfinished
6. Summer Dvorak (VANDY) vs. Nadia Gizdova (GT) 5-7, 0-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Emma Kurtz/Emily Smith (VANDY) vs. Victoria Flores/Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-5, unfinished
2. Fernanda Contreras/Georgia Drummy (VANDY) def. Gia Cohen/Nami Otsuka (GT) 7-5
3. Amanda Meyer/Christina Rosca (VANDY) def. Kenya Jones/Nadia Gizdova (GT) 6-2
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 13-12; National ranking #41
Vanderbilt 17-7; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,2,3)

“I’m really proud of the team and the way we competed. Georgia Tech is a very good team, they were playing with a lot of emotion and it was a closer match than the score shows. A lot of close sets but I think we competed at a very high level today to capture the win,” said VU head coach Geoff Macdonald.

Im proud of the fight and effort today by our team, commented GT head coach Rodney Harmon. Vanderbilt has a great team and I thought we competed as hard as we could. Im proud of our effort this weekend.

 

#4 South Carolina 4, #21 Virginia 1
May 4, 2019 at Columbia, SC
Singles Competition
1. No. 4 Ingrid Gamarra-Martins (USC) def. No. 23 Meghan Kelley 6-4, 6-2
2. No. 17 Paige Cline (USC) def. Vivian Glozman 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
3. No. 81 Mia Horvit (USC) def. No. 123 Amber O’Dell 6-4, 7-5
4. Chloe Gullickson vs. Megan Davies (USC) 3-6, 6-4, 3-2 (unfinished)
5. Sofia Munera def. Silvia Chinellato (USC) 6-1, 6-3
6. Camille Favero vs. Rachel Rohrabacher (USC) 5-7, 6-1, 4-3 (unfinished)
Doubles Competition
1. No. 3 Ingrid Gamarra-Martins/Mia Horvit (USC) def. No. 50 Chloe Gullickson/Amber O’Dell 7-6 (2)
2. No. 39 Megan Davies/Rachel Rohrabacher (USC) def. No. 90 Vivian Glozman/Sofia Munera 6-2
3. Hunter Bleser/Meghan Kelley def. Paige Cline/Kennedy Wicker (USC) 6-2
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,3,2)

“We have this saying that three-quarters of the way into a match we really turn on the gas,” SC head coach Kevin Epley said. “A lot of the time, Paige Cline has been that person we’ve had to rely on in that situation. They pushed us to the limit. Credit to UVA; they really, really brought it (Saturday). They played us as tough as anybody in the country.”

“They were playing aggressive,” Epley said. “They were playing their game. When they’re doing that, they’re really tough to beat. I’m happy we got that win because it came down to match point.”

“I first want to congratulate South Carolina on a great match and an excellent season so far,” said Virginia head coach Sara O’Leary. “It was a battle on every court today in doubles and singles. Our number one doubles team played an amazing match against the third-ranked team and even had two match points at 6-5. In singles, we lost five first sets, but we stayed really composed and took three of those matches to third sets. As tough as today’s loss was, if we take it in the right way and learn from this match and season, it should give our team a lot of belief and motivation that it is just a few points separating us from finishing on the other side.”

“I really want to thank our two seniors for their incredible leadership over the past two years. They have given so much of themselves to improve the culture of our program as well as the level of our team. Their selflessness, work ethic and pride in UVA have changed this program for the better and will continue to have a tremendous impact on the program in the future.”

 

#6 Pepperdine 4, #17 California 0
May 04, 2019 at Malibu, Calif. (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #36 Lahey, Ashley (PEPPW) def. #41 Rosenqvist, Julia (CAL) 7-5, 6-2
2. #102 Lekaj, Adrijana (PEPPW) vs. Hauger, Olivia (CAL) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
3. #53 Failla, Jessica (PEPPW) def. Stloukalova, Katerin (CAL) 6-3, 6-3
4. Milovanovic, Dzina (PEPPW) vs. Bright, Anna (CAL) 7-5, 2-4, unfinished
5. Kuczer, Daria (PEPPW) vs. Smith, Maria (CAL) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
6. Iamachkine,Anastasia (PEPPW) def. Dunk, Jasie (CAL) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Failla, Jessica/Iamachkine,Anastasia (PEPPW) def. Rosenqvist, Julia/Mraz, Hana (CAL) 6-1
2. Lahey, Ashley/Kuczer, Daria (PEPPW) vs. Bright, Anna/Dunk, Jasie (CAL) 1-5, unfinished
3. Lekaj, Adrijana/Milovanovic, Dzina (PEPPW) def. Hauger, Olivia/Stloukalova, Katerin (CAL) 6-1
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,1,3)

“Pepperdine is a confident team and has now won 20 matches in a row,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. “We didn’t come out as we needed to in the doubles. We definitely put ourselves in a hole in a couple of courts. The momentum that we had last time in winning the doubles point went to Pepperdine this time. We fought hard in singles, and the score doesn’t indicate how close every singles match was. We’re proud of how the Bears competed and how they represented Cal. And we’re proud of where we are now compared to a year ago at this time, with this team putting us firmly back in the top 20 of the country.

“There’s still a lot of tennis to be played. We’re looking forward to the individual championships in a couple week’s time.”

 

UNLV won the closest match of the day with the Rebels knocking off No. 26 Texas Tech 4-3 in opening round play at USC’s Marks Stadium. With the match tied at 3-3, UNLV freshman Connie Li came through in the clutch by defeating Texas Tech’s Lana Rush 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7). 

UNLV will meet No. 13 USC on Sunday with the winner to travel to No. 4 South Carolina next weekend. 

UNLV 4, #26 TEXAS TECH 3
May 4, 2019, at Los Angeles (Marks Tennis Stadium)
Singles Competition
1. #105 Aiwen Zhu (UNLV) def. #22 Felicity Maltby (TTU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
2. Nell Miller (TTU) def. Izumi Asano (UNLV) 6-0, 6-3
3. En-Pei Huang (UNLV) def. Denise-Antonela Stoica (TTU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Kennedy Bridgforth (TTU) def. Anna Bogoslavets (UNLV) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Jovana Kenic (UNLV) def. Olivia Peet (TTU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Connie Li (UNLV) def. Lana Rush (TTU) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7)*
Doubles Competition
1. #80 En-Pei Huang/Aiwen Zhu (UNLV) leading Nell Miller/Lana Rush (TTU) 4-2 did not finish
2. Felicity Maltby/Olivia Peet (TTU) def. Connie Li/Samantha Li (UNLV) 6-0
3. Kennedy Bridgforth/Reagan Collins (TTU) def. Izumi Asano/Anna Bogoslavets (UNLV) 6-2
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,3,5,1,4,6)

QUOTABLE: “Just a tremendous win against a very good Texas Tech team today. It took us a while to get going with the early (9 a.m. PT) start but after a really bad beginning in the doubles, we came out and went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the country in singles. Once we got the first win on the board from En-Pei (Huang) you could feel that the girls knew we had a chance. Jovana really took control of her match to pick up the crucial second point for us. Aiwen again proved why she’s one of the best in college tennis and showed she can beat anyone on any given day. It came down to the last court and Connie played her best match of the year and really showed us the type of player she’s going to be for UNLV in the future.”
-UNLV Head Coach Kevin Cory

 

Texas A&M pulled off a thrilling come from behind 4-3 win over Rice in the opening round of play in Austin. A&M sophomore Tatiana Makarova came back from a 5-2 third set deficit in the deciding match by winning the final five games to clinch with a 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5 win.

Texas A&M will play Texas on Sunday with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16

#18 Texas A&M 4, #39 Rice 3
5/4/19 at Austin, Texas (Texas Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #63 Michaela Haet (RICE) def. #52 Katya Townsend (TAMU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2. Victoria Smirnova (RICE) def. #75 Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. Anastasia Smirnova (RICE) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5
4. Priya Niezgoda (RICE) def. Renee McBryde (TAMU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
5. Riley McQuaid (TAMU) def. Anna Bowtell (RICE) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1
6. Lucia Quiterio (TAMU) def. Diae El Jardi (RICE) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #33 Tatiana Makarova/Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU) def. #61 Michaela Haet/Linda Huang (RICE) 6-3
2. Renee McBryde/Katya Townsend (TAMU) vs. Anastasia Smirnova/Priya Niezgoda (RICE) 5-6, unfinished
3. Riley McQuaid/Lucia Quiterio (TAMU) def. Victoria Smirnova/Anna Bowtell (RICE) 6-2
Match Notes:
Rice 16-8; National ranking #39
Texas A&M 23-7; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,4,1,5,6,3)

Mark Weaver, Texas A&M head coach on the match
“The crazy thing is that it was just like last year even though I was hoping it would be different. It was a very similar match to last year. I thought we played the doubles point quite well, same as last year. It seemed like we might have had some nerves early in the singles. We definitely didn’t play our best for whatever reason. I didn’t think we played the big points all that great in the first set or two. But having said that, in that final match, Tatiana played the big points about as well as she could at the end. We’re the cat with nine lives right now. We need to regroup. We got the first round under our belt. We definitely need to raise our game tomorrow, but I have every reason to believe we will.”

On Tatiana’s match
“Great job by Tatiana. She definitely used everything there at the end to get the job done. We were talking a lot during the changeovers about using her legs. Tatiana is such a great athlete probably one of the best athletes you’ll see in collegiate tennis. She paid the price in the legs being down 5-2 (in the third set). She was very patient in the points using heavy spin on the forehand and lots of slices with the backhand. (Rice’s Anastisia) Smirnova was just blasting winners left and right and finally Tatiana kind of got her out of her game at the end. Amazing job by Tatiana and an amazing team effort by everyone.”

On the fight from his team
“We definitely had some team resiliency there. Earlier in the season, we had a 3-1 down against TCU and we came back and won that match. We won the doubles point, but we just didn’t come out strong in the singles. Not to make excuses, but it’s been a weird week of practice (due to the weather). We’ve had three days of practice (in Austin), but we’ve practiced indoors the majority of the time. I think getting a match in on Texas’ courts, getting used to the weather and the conditions will help us tomorrow. I have no doubt we’ll be more ready and be used to the timing of the ball and the bounces for tomorrow.”

Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt: “It was obviously a great college tennis match. Credit to A&M for staying tough and making extra balls when it came to it. A&M took it to us in doubles. They came out ready to go and we didn’t. That was disappointing. I told our team after the doubles that we needed to bring more intensity and we did that. Across the board there were six really competitive matches out there. You didn’t know until the last point who was going to win the match. I’m proud of our team. They left everything they had out on the court. We have to get a little more of an edge and an attitude to turn matches like this into “W’s”. At this level you have to have that a little more. They’ve been a really enjoyable group to work with this season. The exciting thing is that everybody who was in the starting lineup today is going to be back next year. Obviously, they were hungry this year, but they are going to be even hungrier because I know how much this loss stings for them and for everyone with the program. I’m confident they are going to use it to get better.”

Oklahoma overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat Winthrop 4-3 in the first match of the day in North Carolina Regional. All but one singles match finished in straight sets with the decider at No. 6 singles won by OU’s Ivana Corley who defeated WU’s Ellie Burns 6-4, 7-6(9). 

Next up for OU is a matchup against top ranked and second seeded North Carolina. 

Notable – In a lineup change forced by a pre-tournament challenge by Oklahoma, Megan Kauffman and Rafaela Santos changed positions, reflecting the first change in the Winthrop lineup of the season.

#32 Oklahoma 4, Winthrop 3
May 4, 2019 at Chapel Hill, NC
1. #26 Oleksandra Korashvili (OU) def. #55 Lauren Proctor (WIN) 6-3, 6-3
2. Alisa Soloveva (WIN) def. Martina Capurro (OU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Camila Romero (OU) def. Rafaela Santos (WIN) 6-3, 6-2
4. Megan Kauffman (WIN) def. Jasmine Asghar (OU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
5. Kianah Motosono (OU) def. Tayla Van Eck (WIN) 6-3, 6-2
6. Ivana Corley (OU) def. Ellie Burns (WIN) 6-4, 7-6 (11-9)
Doubles Results
1. Oleksandra Korashvili/Jasmine Asghar (OU) def. #44 Lauren Proctor/Megan Kauffman (WIN) 6-3
2. Alisa Soloveva/Rafaela Santos (WIN) def. Martina Capurro/Camila Romero (OU) 7-5
3. Tayla Van Eck/Ellie Burns (WIN) def. Ivana Corley/Kianah Motosono (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,5,1,4,6)

I am really proud of how the girls competed today and everybody fought hard on their court, head coach Audra Cohen said. Its a great moment for the program because we have come such a far way from the first match to where we are now.

Postseason is a privilege and today was an opportunity to get better, assistant coach Amy Sargeant said. Its not over yet lets keep dancing.

“I’m so proud of every member of the team on how hard and well they competed against a very good Oklahoma team! I want to congratulate our graduates Lauren and Megan – their college journey hasn’t finished yet as they are competing in the singles and doubles event in Orlando. Go Eagles!”
-Winthrop Head Coach Cid Carvalho

 

Syracuse advanced to a second round matchup against No. 3 Stanford after holding off No. 35 Wisconsin 4-2. The Orange won the doubles point and added straight set wins from Guzal Yusupova and Dina Hegab at No. 4 and No. 6 while Miranda Ramirez clinched at No. 3 with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win. Wisconsin’s Sara Castellano and Lexi Keberle won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 2 while the match at No. 5 went unfinished with UW’s MaryAnn Rompf leading 5-4 in the third set. 

#31 Syracuse 4, #35 Wisconsin 2
May 4, 2019 at Stanford, California
Singles Competition
1. #88 Sara Castellano (WIS) def. #14 Gabriela Knutson (SU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Lexi Keberle (WIS) def. Sofya Golubovskaya (SU) 6-1, 6-3
3. #99 Miranda Ramirez (SU) def. Anna Makarova (WIS) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Guzal Yusupova (SU) def. Ava Markham (WIS) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
5. Libi Mesh (SU) vs. MaryAnn Rompf (WIS) 0-6, 6-3, 4-5, unfinished
6. Dina Hegab (SU) def. Melissa Pick (WIS) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. #55 Gabriela Knutson/Miranda Ramirez (SU) def. Lexi Keberle/Anna Makarova (WIS) 6-1
2. #81 Sofya Golubovskaya/Sofya Treshcheva (SU) def. Ava Markham/Melissa Pick (WIS) 6-1
3. Dina Hegab/Guzal Yusupova (SU) vs. Sara Castellano/Christina Zordani (WIS) 4-2, unfinished
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,6,3,4)

“It was a great team effort,” head coach Younes Limam said. “Everyone battled. The ladies played for each other and showed a lot of heart. When we do that, it’s extremely difficult for any team to find four points against us.”

*All quotes are from the respective school’s recaps