Big East:

St. John's repeated as Big East Champions with a 4-2 win over #2 Marquette.  The Red Storm took the doubles point with 8-5 wins at 1 and 3 and then Lucas Hejhal extended the lead to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-2 win at #1. Marquette answered with wins from Kris Trukov and Mackenzie Stearns at 4 and 5 to tie it at 2 but St. John's Robert Livi would put STJ back up 3-2 with a  6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win at #3. STJ's Erick Reyes would came back from a set down to clinch at #2 singles with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 win over Vukasin Teofanovic.





St. John's recap

"I'm very proud of our repeast as conference champions," said Head Coach Eric Rebhuhn.  "The team played tremendously at the BIG EAST Championship, having overcome much adversity throughout the year.  We look forward to playing in the NCAAs and making a long postseason run."

Marquette recap

"I am extremely proud of the way our guys battled all weekend long," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "We didn't get off to a great start in doubles, but I thought we played well in singles. Unfortunately we came up just short, but it was a great experience for our guys to see what it takes to win a championship."

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St. John's 4, Marquette 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Indianapolis, Ind. (Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Lucas Hejhal (SJU 13.07) def. Daniel Fernandez (MU 12.70) 7-5, 6-2
2. Erick Reyes (SJU 13.35) def. Vukasin Teofanovic (MU 12.49) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
3. Robert Livi (SJU 13.11) def. Nick Dykema (MU 12.46) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
4. Kris Trukov (MU 11.92) def. Vaidik Munshaw (SJU 12.69) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Mackenzie Stearns (MU 11.49) def. Elio Livi (SJU 12.22) 7-5 (7-5), 6-0
6. Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU 11.99) vs. Cameron Tehrani (MU 11.87) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Michael-John Every/Robert Livi (SJU) def. Dykema/Vukasin Teofanovic (MU) 8-5
2. Vasili Caripi/Lucas Hejhal (SJU) vs. Fernandez/Mackenzie Stearns (MU) 5-5, unf
3. Vaidik Munshaw/Erick Reyes (SJU) def. Andre Romanello/Kris Trukov (MU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,5,4,3,2)
No. 1 St. John's Wins Second Straight Championship Title
BIG EAST Championship Presented By New York Life
Men's Championship


Big Sky:

Idado won its 2nd straight Big Sky Championship with a 4-2 win over #6 Northern Arizona. Northern Arizona took the doubles point and picked up a win at #6 to go ahead 2-1 but Idaho picked up wins at 2, 3, 4, and 5 with Felipe Fonseca provider the clincher at #2 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Alexandre Locci.  The Idaho recap says it was the Vandals 1st championship since 1978 though they won it last year too.
Back to back Conference Champions. Way to compete!
Posted by Idaho Vandals Men's Tennis Team on Sunday, April 26, 2015


Idaho recap

"I am very proud of how the guys played today, head coach Jeff Beaman said. "We had to change our mentality a little bit after losing out on the doubles point. We talked about competing and every player came out [in singles] and did what they needed to.

"Felipe just continued with his amazing freshman year today, Beaman added. "He was playing with everything on the line and was able to win the clincher.

NAU recap

"Today was a tough day," said head coach Ki Kroll. "We came out strong playing very good doubles but in the end Idaho was the better team today."

"I am very proud of the way we fought and competed in today's Big Sky Championship," said Kroll

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Idaho 4, Northern Arizona 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Gold River, Calif. (Gold River RQ)
Singles competition
1. Jordan Gobatie (NAU 12.22) vs. Odon Barta (UI 12.47) 6-2, 6-5 unf
2. Felipe Fonseca (UI 12.45) def. Alexandre Locci (NAU 12.08) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
3. Cristobal Ramos (UI 12.00) def. Kester Black(NAU 12.07) 6-4, 6-2
4. Mark Kovacs (UI 12.27) def. Eden Peleg (NAU 11.33) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jackson Varney (UI 11.52) def. Felix Schumann (NAU 11.82) 6-4, 6-0
6. Adi Zilberstein (NAU 11.44) def. Alberto Sanz (UI 10.14) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Gobatie/Locci (NAU) def. Ramos/Varney(UI) 8-6
2. Peleg/Zilberstein (NAU) def. Barta/Fonseca (UI) 8-5
3. Kovacs/Sanz (UI) vs. Black/Schumann (NAU) 6-7, unf
Match Notes
Northern Arizona No. 6
Idaho No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,3,4,2)
Big Sky Tournament Final
T-3:02


Big West:

UC Santa Barbara won its 2nd Big West Championship in the last in 3 years with a 4-3 win over the #1 seed UC Irvine.  UCSB took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then jumped out to a 3-0 lead after picking up wins from Cody Rakela and Erik Johnsson at 4 and 5 but UC Irvine clawed back with wins from Sebastian Heim, Nico Mertens, and Rafael Davidian at 1, 3, and 6.  With the match even at 3 it would come down a 3rd set at #2 singles and in the end UCSB's Nathan Eshmade would pull it out winning 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 over Tyler Pham.

A video posted by Morgan Mays (@morganmays1) on



UCSB recap
UCI recap

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 (3) UC Santa Barbara 4, (1) UC Irvine 3
April 26, 2015 - Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Doubles
1 Eshmade/Johnsson (UCSB) def. Agbayani/Poon (UCI) 6-2
2 Galskov/Sultan (UCSB) def. Hammel/Pham (UCI) 6-4
3 Heim/Hernandez (UCI) def. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) 6-4
UC Santa Barbara wins the doubles point
Singles
1 Sebastian Heim (UCI 13.67) def. Tobais Galskov (UCSB 13.49) 6-4, 6-2
2 Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 12.84) def. Tyler Pham (UCI 13.04) 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3
3 Nico Mertens (UCI 13.04) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB 12.92) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
4 Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.97) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI 12.43) 7-6 (4), 6-4
5 Erik Johnsson (UCSB 12.23) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI 12.01) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
6 Rafael Davidian (UCI 12.81) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB 12.67) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3)
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles 1, 3, 2 | Singles 5, 4, 1, 3, 6, 2
UCI (20-13, 4-1) | UCSB (15-9, 3-2)


Horizon League:

The Green Bay Phoenix are dancing for the 3rd time in the last 4 years after shutting out #2 Valparaiso 4-0.   UWGB took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then picked up 3 straight set wins from Leo Gomez Islinger, Howard Scott, and Joey Leto at 2, 3, and 6 with Islinger providing the clincher.  The 3 remaining courts were each in a 3rd set so it's a good thing for UWGB that they closed out the 3 matches when they did or it could have got a little tight.




UWGB recap

"This was a tough match, we were fortunate to get the doubles point and I think it really energized us, said head coach Mark Thomas.

"Leo is one of the most competitive guys I know, said Thomas. "If we're at 3-0, that's who I want on the court.

"I actually love that situation, said Gomez Islinger. "I wasn't tight at all, I just tried to stay relaxed and enjoy the moment and try to make the best of it.

"These guys, all year, have just battled and battled and battled, Thomas added. "That helped us today when we needed them to come up in the clutch.

Valpo recap

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Green Bay 4, Valpo 0
Apr. 26, 2015 at West Lafayette, Ind. (Schwartz Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Jeffrey Schorsch (VALPO 13.18) vs. Michael Tenzer (GB 13.34) 3-6, 6-3, 3-2, unf
2. Leo Gomez Islinger (GB 12.86) def. Dave Bacalla (VALPO 12.65) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Howard Scott (GB 12.50) def. Garrett Gardner (VALPO 11.78) 6-4, 6-4
4. Charlie Emhardt (VALPO 12.34) vs. Florian Kraenzler (GB 12.10) 7-6, 4-6, 0-0, unf
5. Kyle Dunn (VALPO 11.49) vs. Joshua Schramm (GB 11.72) 1-6, 6-2, 1-2, unf
6. Joey Leto (GB 12.01) def. Lucas Waak (VALPO 11.08) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles competition
1. Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt (VALPO) def. Tenzer/Kraenzler (GB) 6-3
2. Howard Scott/Joey Leto (GB) def. Bacalla/Chase Hamilton (VALPO) 7-5
3. Leo Gomez Islinger/Michael Tebon (GB) def. Waak/Gardner (VALPO) 6-2
Match Notes
Green Bay 17-7
Valpo 21-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (6, 3, 2)


MAAC:

#2 Marist avenged a 4-3 regular season loss to #1 Monmouth by winning the MAAC Championship for the 3rd year in a row and 12th time overall.  Marist took the pivotal doubles point with it coming down to a tiebreak at #3 and then each team would pick up 3 opening sets.  Monmouth would pick up wins at 1 and 5 but Marist got the 3 points it needed at 2, 3, and 5 with Rudy Kurz clinching it 6-3 in the 3rd at #2.
Marist recap

"What a wonderful win for our entire team and especially our seniors, Joe and Matteo, this win personally is the most rewarding and satisfying of any of our conference championships, said head coach Tim Smith. "We went in as the underdog to the team that beat us out for the regular season championship and the hard work, grit, and determination by the team made this a special victory."

The Red Foxes are now 15-1 in MAAC championship play since 2008, amassing seven titles in eight years along the way.

"Lots of kudos to go around, but especially kudos to our third doubles team of Rudolf Kurz and Dylan Fletcher and the singles play of Matteo, Fredrik, and Rudy, Smith added. "We beat a very good team in Monmouth and I couldn't be any more proud of the way our players conducted themselves in the tournament. Wow what a good win.

Monmouth recap

"It's disappointing to come so close again and lose in the finals, commented head coach Cory Hubbard. "I thought this year we were ready and playing our best tennis of the season. We lost the doubles point on a tiebreaker and that really turned out to be the difference. I am happy with the way our guys battled back and hung in there because at No. 3, 4 and 5 we went down quick, but the team kept fighting and believing which is all that I can ask for. Even though the end result was difficult, we accomplished a lot this year, earning the regular season title, so we have taken one more step to getting to where we want to be.

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#2 Marist 4, #1 Monmouth 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Mercer County Park
Singles competition
1. Victor Pugliese (MON 13.05) def. Justin Chanthalangsy (MAR 11.64) 6-2, 6-0
2. Rudy Kurz (MAR 12.30) def. Przemyslaw Filipek (MON 12.21) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
3. Fredrik Bjerke (MAR 11.86) def. Ale Gomez Estrada (MON 12.27) 6-4, 6-4
4. Vidit Vaghela (MON 11.78) vs. Joseph Dube (MAR 11.88) 4-6, 6-3, 3-2, unf
5. Matteo Guidice (MAR 11.68) def. Luke Adamus (MON 11.63) 6-3, 6-1
6. Bee Kumthonkittikul (MON 11.64) def. Jan Dernic (MAR 11.12) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Victor Pugliese/Vidit Vaghela (MON) def. Joe Motta/Bjerke (MAR) 8-4
2. Justin Chanthalangsy/Matteo Guidice (MAR) def. Estrada/Ramy Behkiet (MON) 8-5
3. Rudy Kurz/Dylan Fletcher (MAR) def. Filipek/Christian Viera (MON) 8-7(2)
Match Notes:
Monmouth University 15-9
Marist College 15-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3) Singles (1,5,3,6,2)


Southern:

#1 East Tennessee State won its 9th straight conference championship with a 4-0 win over #2 Furman in a match played at Furman.  ETSU took the doubles point with 8-6 wins at 1 and 3 and then the Bucs would get straight set wins at 2, 3, and 6 with Diego Nunez clinching it with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3.

Interesting note: ETSU won the Southern Conference in 2005, then departed for the Atlantic Sun and won that league 7 of 8 years, then returned to the Southern and won it again.
ETSU recap

"It is just that mentality of wanting to keep the tradition going," ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini said. "Nine is my favorite number, so to get to this point is a little bit surreal."

"We prepare and understand that we have a solid teama group of hard fighters who don't give upbut to be able to put in work day in and day out and pull out the championship is like a dream."

"I believe todaybetter than any daywe played as a team," Zaatini said. "Today, we had a couple of our rocks lose, so to have the other guys step up and win it was huge. No. 1 and No. 3 Doubles came through, which allowed us to carry that confidence into singles play."

"Great teams always play their best when it matters most," ETSU assistant coach Ricky Rojas said. "We played great. I am proud of this team!"

Furman recap

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ETSU 4, Furman 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. David Biosca (ETSU 13.60) vs. Adam Steryous (FUR 12.87) 6-1, 5-4 unf
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU 13.41) def. Matt Browne (FUR 12.45) 6-3, 6-3
3. Diego Nunez (ETSU 12.46) def. Cameron Green (FUR 12.51) 6-4, 6-4
4. Ben Horst (FUR 12.18) vs. Conner Huertas (ETSU 12.82) 7-5, 4-3, unf
5. Jacob Behal (FUR 12.39) vs. Robert Herrera (ETSU 13.57) 6-4, 3-6, 1-2, unf
6. Ismael Merino (ETSU 12.90) def. Juan Sheppard (FUR 12.00) 7-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Matt Browne/Ben Horst (FUR) 8-6
2. Adam Steryous/Cameron Green (FUR) def. Ismael Merino/Robert Herrera (ETSU) 8-6
3. Diego Nunez/Conner Huertas (ETSU) def. Jacob Behal/Juan Sheppard (FUR) 8-6
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,6,3)

Southland:

#1 Texas A&M Corpus Christi won its 3rd straight Southland Championship with a 4-2 win over #2 seed and host Lamar.  Lamar squeaked out the doubles point by winning the deciding court at #3 in a tiebreak but A&M CC would rebound with wins from Kevin Bettendroffer, Guillaume Rauseo, and Javier Pujol at 2, 4, and 5 to go up 3-1.  Lamar closed the gap to 3-2 with a 7-6, 7-5 upset win by Nikita Lis (UTR 13.04) over Peter Nagy (UTR 14.28) but A&M CC's Ricardo Mayagoitia would clinch the title for the Islanders by winning 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at #3 over Benny Schweizer.

Also wanted to give props to A&M CC's Twitter guy/gal for doing a great job with match updates.




A&M CC recap

"This was the best tennis college match I have ever been a part of as a coach and a player," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "I can't tell you how much respect I have for Lamar, Coach Scott Shankles and the way their team competed today. I also can't put into words how proud I am of our team and the amount of heart that they showed to never give up and the courage they had to pull this out today.

"I can't begin to tell you about the courage of little Ricardo Mayagoitia who has the biggest heart in the world for his team. I will never forget how hard this team fought today. This was absolute electric environment for five hours."  

"Lamar's crowd was amazing and the way they competed on their home court was as tenacious as I have ever seen," Moore said. "I don't think there is one person of the 200 plus people there today that didn't scream for five hours. There were two teams that deserved to win this match.

"It took every member of this men's and women's team and every member of the Islanders Athletics department that was here fighting as hard as they could to pull this off today. I also want to take a moment to thank Stephanie McDonald and the staff at the Southland Conference as well as the staff at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center, who even with numerous rain delays and adverse conditions made this an amazing experience for all the student-athletes."

"I'm very humbled and blessed to be a part of this exceptionally high-character tennis program," Moore added.

Lamar recap

"We did a really good job against Corpus Christi today. They have more experience than us in this scenario, and I believe that helped them," said head coach Scott Shankles. "You have to tip your hat to them. They are champions for a reason.

"Today they were a better team late just by a little bit," he said.

"Nagy is a great player, and is probably the mostly mentally tough player we have ever come across in our league," said Shankles. "So for Nik to beat a guy who is nationally ranked really says a lot of him. He's lost to him in the past, but never lets those losses affect him."

"Nik always comes in with a game plan, and he had a good one today," said Shankles. "Clearly he executed it the way he intended and I'm very proud of him for doing that."

"That wasn't the result that we wanted, but there's nothing to be ashamed to finish second," said Shankles. "We'll learn from it and get better. Hopefully it'll help us get back here again and win it."

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#60 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 4, Lamar 2
4/26/2015 at Beaumont, Texas
Singles competition
1. Nikita Lis (LU 13.04) def. #101 Peter Nagy (AMCC 14.28) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
2. Kevin Bettendroffer (AMCC 13.08) def. Michael Feucht (LU 12.80) 6-3, 6-4
3. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC 12.83) def. Benny Schweizer (LU 12.28) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
4. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC 12.86) def. Jeandr Hoogenboezem (LU 12.21)6-2,1-6,6-2
5. Javier Pujol (AMCC 12.38) def. Mikko Rajamaki (LU 11.77) 6-1, 6-3
6. Paul Cook (AMCC 12.07) vs. Juuso Laitinen (LU 11.85) 7-5, 1-6, 4-5, unf
Doubles competition
1. Peter Nagy/Arthur Bedel (AMCC) def. Lis/Hoogenboezem (LU) 8-6
2. Feucht, Michael/Schweizer, Benny (LU) def. Rauseo/Bettendroffer (AMCC) 8-4
3. Rajamaki, Mikko/Laitinen, Juuso (LU) def. Mayagoitia/Cook (AMCC) 8-7 (9-7)
Match Notes:
Lamar 14-11
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 19-6; National ranking #60
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,5,1,3)
2015 Southland Conference Championships
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - #1 Seed
Lamar - #2 Seed
A&M-Corpus Christi receives Southland's automatic bid to NCAA Championships


The Summit League

#1 Denver won its 2nd straight Summit Championship by overwhelming #3 IPFW 4-0. Denver took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then the Pioneers took all 6 opening sets with Henry Craig, Diogo Rocha, and Alex Gasson finishing off their matches in straight sets at 1, 2, and 3.

It was a sad day for the IPFW tennis program because it was announced a few months ago that the program was going to be dropped after this season so as of today there is no more IPFW men's or women's tennis.

Note: Every court except #6 singles had a Universal Tennis Rating gap of more than 1.0 which means IPFW was a huge underdog on those 5 courts.



Denver recap

"We are really happy with how the guys played and competed all weekend," said Assistant Coach Drew Eberly. "I'm really proud of their effort and can't wait to see what we can do in the NCAA's."

IPFW recap

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#51 Denver 4, IPFW 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Fort Wayne, Ind. (Dr. Rudy and Rhonda Kachmann Tennis Ctr.)
Singles competition
1. #113 Henry Craig (DEN 13.65) def. Gerard Guell (IPFW 12.06) 6-3, 6-2
2. #109 Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.22) def. Andres Cobos (IPFW 11.81) 6-3, 6-3
3. Alex Gasson (DEN 13.02) def. Carlos do Val (IPFW 11.45) 6-0, 6-1
4. David Fox (DEN 12.73) vs. Daniel Cardenas (IPFW 11.44) 6-4, 5-2, unf
5. Yannik James (DEN 12.98) vs. Martin Muadi (IPFW 11.67) 6-4, 3-4, unf
6. Wyatt Lovera (DEN 11.88) vs. Karl Wangensten-Oye (IPFW 11.51) 6-4, 2-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. #40 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DEN) vs. Gerard Guell/Martin Muadi (IPFW) 6-5, unf
2. Diogo Rocha/Yannik James (DEN) def. Andres Cobos/Daniel Cardenas (IPFW) 8-4
3. David Fox/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Connor Andrews/Derek Romer (IPFW) 8-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,2)
2015 Summit League Championship Match


WAC:

#1 New Mexico State won its 1st ever WAC Championship with a 4-3 win over UT Pan American. UTPA took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 but NMSU responded with lopsided wins from Patrick Pfister, Liam Goldberg, and Germain Degardin at 4, 5, and 6. UTPA tied it up at 3 with wins from Juan Cruz Soria and Hector Ramirez at 1 and 2 which meant it would come down to a 3rd set at #3 singles.  After dropping the first set 6-3 Christofer Goncalves would take the next two 7-5, 7-5 to give NMSU its championship.




NMSU recap
UTPA recap

"We didn't get it done today," Broncs head coach Brandon Stokes said. "But it wasn't from a lack of energy, effort, spirit, resiliency, intensity or brotherhood. Our family possesses these qualities more than any team in our conference or region."

"Congratulations to New Mexico State," Stokes said. "Their freshman of the year beat our freshman of the year in the deciding match 7-5 in the third. They won it. This is a temporary moment of sadness that we will keep in perspective balanced by other issues in our personal history and social history that transcend sports. Tomorrow we start improving our team and program for next season and the seasons after that. The process is bigger than any one results."

"I am honored to be the coach, teacher and mentor to these seven Broncs," Stokes said. "It has been an amazing year. This is only the beginning."

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New Mexico State 4, Texas-Pan American 3
Apr 26, 2015 at WAC Men's Tennis Championship - Kansas City, Mo. (Plaza Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Juan Cruz Soria (UTPA 12.91) def. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU 11.93) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. Hector Ramirez (UTPA 12.20) def. Paul Denele (NMSU 11.13) 6-2, 6-2
3. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU 12.24) def. Koby Jansen (UTPA 12.24) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
4. Patrick Pfister (NMSU 12.50) def. Elliot Johnstone (UTPA 11.10) 6-1, 6-0
5. Liam Goldberg (NMSU 12.32) def. Miguel Alvarez Hevia (UTPA 11.64) 6-4, 6-2
6. Germain Degardin (NMSU 12.33) def. Ethan Ammon (UTPA 10.65) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Juan Cruz Soria/Koby Jansen (UTPA) def. Trecakov/Liam Goldberg (NMSU) 8-6
2. Ethan Ammon/Hector Ramirez (UTPA) def. Goncalves/Pfister (NMSU) 8-6
3. Paul Denele/Germain Degardin (NMSU) vs. Nikola Crvelin/ Johnstone (UTPA) 4-3, 
Match Notes:
Texas-Pan American 10-13
New Mexico State 11-13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,5,2,1,3)

Monday, 27 April 2015 13:00

2015 Conference Tournament Central

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There will be 31 automatic bids handed out on the men's side for the upcoming NCAA Championships with the winners of the below conferences each getting 1 of those 31. The list of winners is at the very bottom of this page.

Week of April 20th

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) (Cary, NC) - April 22-26 - Virginia is defending champion. Participants: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Louisville, Florida State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, NC State, Miami, Clemson, Boston College.


Thursday Schedule - Live Scoring
#8 Florida State 4, #9 NC State 3
#11 Clemson 4, #6 Louisville 3
#10 Georgia Tech 4, #7 Notre Dame 0 
#5 Duke 4, #12 Miami 0
#4 North Carolina 4, #13 Boston College 0

Friday Schedule Live Scoring
#1 Virginia 4, #8 Florida State 1
#10 Georgia Tech 4, #2 Virginia Tech 3
#3 Wake Forest 4, #11 Clemson 0
#4 North Carolina 4, #5 Duke 3

Saturday Schedule Live Scoring
#1 Virginia 4, #4 North Carolina 0
#3 Wake Forest 4, #10 Georgia Tech 0

Sunday Schedule - Live Scoring
#1 Virginia def. #3 Wake Forest 4-2





Atlantic 10 (Mason, OH) April 23-26: VCU is defending champion. Participants: Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's, St. Louis, VCU

Thursday Schedule - A10 Twitter
#8 St. Joseph's 4, #9 St. Louis 1
#5 Dayton 4, #12 La Salle 0
#6 George Mason 4, #11 Fordham 0
#7 Duquesne 4, #10 St. Bonaventure 0

Friday Schedule:
#1 Richmond 4, #8 St. Joseph's 1
#4 George Washington 4, #5 Dayton 0
#6 George Mason 4, #3 Davidson 3
#2 VCU 4, #7 Duquesne 0

Saturday Schedule - A10 Twitter
#4 George Washington 4, #1 Richmond 1
#2 VCU 4, #6 George Mason 0

Sunday Schedule - A10 Twitter
#4 George Washington def. #2 VCU 4-2





Big East Conference (Indianapolis, IN) - April 23-26 - St John's is defending champion. Participants: DePaul, Marquette, St. John's, Butler, Xavier, Villanova, Georgetown, Creighton.

Friday Schedule - Team's Lineups
#1 St. John's 4, #8 Villanova 0
#2 Marquette 4,  #7 Creighton 2
#6 Georgetown 4, #3 DePaul 3
#4 Xavier 4, #5 Butler 1

Saturday Schedule - Team's Lineups
#1 St. John's 4, #4 Xavier 1
#2 Marquette 4, #6 Georgetown 0

Sunday Schedule - Big East Twitter
#1 St. John's def. #2 Marquette 4-2



Big Sky Conference (Gold River, CA) April 24-26 - Montana is defending champion. Participants are top 6 out these 12: Weber St, Idaho, Sacramento St, Montana, Northern Arizona, Montana State, Eastern Washington, Idaho St, Northern Colorado, Portland St, North Dakota, Southern Utah. 

Friday Schedule:
#6 Northern Arizona 4, #3 Montana 2
#4 Montana State 4, #5 Sacramento State 3

Saturday Schedule - Big Sky Twitter
#6 Northern Arizona 4, #1 Weber State 1
#2 Idaho 4, #4 Montana State 1

Sunday Schedule - Big Sky Twitter
#2 Idaho def. #6 Northern Arizona 4-2



Big Ten Conference (Champaign, IL) April 23-26 - Ohio State is defending champion. Participants: Illinois, Ohio State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan St, Penn St, Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue

Thursday Schedule 
#8 Iowa vs. #9 Wisconsin - 11am est Live Scoring & Video
#5 Indiana vs #12 Purdue - 11am est - Live Scoring & Video
#7 Michigan State vs. #10 Nebraska - 3pm est Live Scoring & Video
#6 Penn State vs. #11 Michigan - 3pm est Live Scoring & Video

Friday Schedule:
#1 Illinois 4, #8 Iowa 0
#4 Northwestern 4, #5 Indiana 1
#2 Ohio State 4, #10 Nebraska 0
#3 Minnesota 4, #11 Michigan 0

Saturday Schedule:
#1 Illinois 4, #4 Northwestern 0
#2 Ohio State 4, #3 Minnesota 0

Sunday Schedule - Live Scoring & Video
#1 Illinois def. #2 Ohio State 4-0 




Big 12 Conference (Waco, TX) April 24-26 - Baylor is defending champion. Participants: Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma St

Friday Schedule 
#4 Texas 4, #5 Texas Tech 1
#3 TCU 4, #6 Oklahoma State 0

Saturday Schedule 
#1 Oklahoma 4. #4 Texas 3
#2 Baylor 4. #3 TCU 3

Sunday Schedule BU Blog & Indoor Live Scoring & Outdoor Live Scoring & Video (if outdoors)
#1 Oklahoma def. #2 Baylor 4-3





Big West Conference (Indian Wells, CA) April 23-26 - Cal Poly is defending champion. Participants: Cal Poly, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara UC Riverside, Hawaii.

Thursday Schedule - Big West Twitter
#4 Cal Poly 4, #5 UC Riverside 0 
#3 UC Santa Barbara 4, #6 Hawaii 0

Friday Schedule:
#1 UC Irvine 4, #4 Cal Poly 1
#3 UC Santa Barbara 4, #2 UC Davis 1

Sunday Finals - Big West Twitter
#3 UC Santa Barbara def. #1 UC Irvine 4-3


Horizon League (West Lafayette, IN) April 24-26 - Green Bay is defending champion. Participants are top 6 out of these 7: Green Bay, Youngstown St, Cleveland St, Illinois-Chicago, Wright St, Valparaiso, Detroit

Friday Schedule:
#3 Cleveland State 4, #6 Detroit 2
#5 Illinois-Chicago 4, #4 Youngstown State 3

Saturday Schedule:
#1 Green Bay 4, #5 Illinois Chicago 0
#2 Valparaiso 4, #3 Cleveland State 1

Sunday Schedule - Horizon Twitter
#1 Green Bay def. #2 Valparaiso 4-0 (ESPN3)






Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) (West Windsor, NJ) April 25-26 - Marist is defending champion. Participants are top 4 of these 8: Quinnipiac, Monmouth, Marist, Fairfield, Niagara, Rider, Siena, St. Peter's

Saturday Schedule:
#1 Monmouth def. #4 Niagara 4-0
#2 Marist def. #3 Quinnipiac 4-0

Sunday Schedule - MAAC Twitter
#2 Marist def. #1 Monmouth 4-2






Mid-American Conference (MAC) (DeKalb, IL) April 24-25 - Ball State is defending champion. Participants are top 4 out of these 6: Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Binghamton, Toledo, Ball St, Buffalo.

Friday Schedule 
#4 Buffalo 4, #1 Northern Illinois 2 
#3 Binghamton 4, #2 Western Michigan 3

Saturday Finals Live Scoring
#4 Buffalo def. #3 Binghamton 4-2


Mountain West Conference (Albuquerque, NM) April 23-26 - Boise State is defending champion. Participants include Utah St, New Mexico, San Diego St, Boise St, UNLV, Fresno St, Nevada, Air Force.

Thursday Schedule - Live Scoring & Video
#7 Nevada 4, #2 Utah State 2
#3 San Diego State 4, #6 UNLV 2
#5 Boise State 4, #4 Fresno State 0
#1 New Mexico 4, #8 Air Force 0

Saturday Schedule - Live Scoring & Video
#7 Nevada def. #3 San Diego State 4-1
#1 New Mexico def. #5 Boise State 4-2

Sunday Schedule - Live Broadcast
#5 Boise State def. #7 Nevada 4-3 Live Scoring






Pac-12 Conference (Ojai, CA) April 22-26 - UCLA is defending champion. Participants include USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona

Wednesday Schedule 
#5 Oregon 4, #8 Arizona 0
#6 Washington 4, #7 Utah 1

Thursday Schedule 
#4 California 4, #5 Oregon 3
#3 UCLA 4, #6 Washington 0

Friday Schedule 
#1 Stanford 4, #4 Cal 1
#2 USC 4, #3 UCLA 1

Saturday Finals Live Scoring
#2 USC def. #1 Stanford 4-2



Southern (Greenville/Spartanburg, SC) April 24-26: Elon is defending champion. Participants: Chattanooga, Citadel, East Tennessee St, Furman, Mercer, UNC Greensboro, Samford, Wofford.

Friday Schedule - Live Scoring
#1 East Tennessee State 4, #8 The Citadel 0 - Live Scoring
#4 Samford 4, #5 UNC Greensboro 3 Live Scoring
#6 Wofford 4, #3 Mercer Live Scoring
Monday, 27 April 2015 02:17

Championship Sunday Recap

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I didn't think Oklahoma and Baylor could top some of their previous meetings but they sure tried their best today.  In a match that was delayed multiple times by weather it was #1 Oklahoma doing the unthinkable and beating #2 Baylor for the 4th time this year and for the 2nd time in Waco.

Baylor came out strong in doubles and jumped out to early break leads at 1 and 3 while Oklahoma got the early break lead at 2.  While Baylor's #1 team of Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano would pull away for a quick 6-1 win its #3 team of Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios would lose its early 3-1 lead and would find itself down 4-3.  After an exchange of holds Oklahoma's Jose Salazar and Axel Alvarez would break the Vince Schneider serve from 15-40 to take the match 6-4.  Schneider actually double faulted on match point.

Over at #2, OU's Spencer Papa and Dane Webb jumped out to the early 3-0 lead but Baylor held and broke to put it back on serve at 3-2.  OU would break right back and hold for 5-2 then after each held Dane Webb would serve it out at love to take it 6-3 and with that Oklahoma had the early 1-0 lead. Baylor was 23-1 in doubles coming in but OU's new doubles pairings found a way to get it done.

There would be an hour and a half weather delay after the doubles point but once they got started it was all Oklahoma early on.  The Sooners jumped out to early break leads at 1, 3, 5, and 6 but just a few minutes it started to rain and lightning so the players were sent back to the locker room and would have to wait out a 41 minute delay.

After play resumed Axel Alvarez, Andrew Harris, and Florin Bragusi would each take first at 1, 2, and 6.  Dane Webb had a double break lead on Max Tchoutakian at #3 but the BU sophomore came all the way back and took the opening set in a tiebreak.  Mate Zsiga came back from 5-3 down at #5 to take the 1st set over Dane Webb in a tiebreak and Diego Galeano would take the opening set at #4 over Alex Ghilea.  So after the hot start by Oklahoma the rain seemed to cool them off as each team took 3 opening sets.

Oklahoma would quickly open up a 3-0 lead as Axel Alvarez would finish off Julian Lenz at #1 singles in a matchup of #1 vs. #2 and Andrew Harris would finish off Tony Lupieri in straight sets at #2.  Max Tchoutakian would avenge a tough loss to Dane Webb in the last meeting by getting a straight set win at #3 and Diego Galeano would pull off an upset of Alex Ghilea at #4 and just like that Baylor was within striking distance.

Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi had a chance to close the match out but he would drop the second set in a tiebreak to Felipe Rios.  As a side note - when Rios went up 7-6 in the tiebreak Fox Sports 2 cut away from the match to take a commercial break so by the time they came back the 3rd set had already started.

Mate Zsiga would even the match at 3 with a 3 set win over Spencer Papa at #5 and when Rios broke Bragusi to go up 3-2 in the 3rd it looked like Baylor was going to pull off the improbable comeback. Rios went up 40-30 in his 3-2 service game but through in a daily double and then Bragusi hammered a nice-angled forehand that Rios couldn't catch up to and with that we were back on serve.  After each held serve Rios would have a break point on Bragusi's 4-4 service game and would get a look at a second serve but Rios pushed a forehand wide to make it 5-4 OU.  Rios would then double fault at 15-all and again at 15-40 to drop the match and give Oklahoma the 4-3 win.

The OU recap has a lot of good details that I'm too tired to rehash so give it a read and also check out Tennis Atlantic's Twitter for a slew of good video clips during the match. Jeff McMillan did a great job posting clips within seconds after the points took place.

Below is highlight clip from Fox Sports

Video


OU recap

"That was a great match, head coach John Roddick said. "A lot of credit goes to Baylor, because, as you saw, that match goes either way. That was a coin flip situation and you are not going to see better tennis than down there at (court) six. It was a heck of a match, and I was really proud of our guys for just kind of grinding through that one and pulling it out at the end

"He (Bragusi) went down a break but handled it really well," Roddick said. "It is always a question of how you handle adversity. It didn't faze him. He got the break back and from that point on he was rock solid. He executed what he wanted to do and did it really well."

"I just wanted to bring it home," Bragusi said. "I felt like I had to win that one. I have clinched in the past against Ohio State and Virginia, but this was by far the best I've had because it was for a trophy. It's just crazy."

 "I think he (Alvarez) is showing that he is playing the best tennis in the country right now," Roddick said. "He is doing it in a manner that sometimes puts out matches in complete control. He is proving that he is the best player in the country."

"It (being the #1 seed) would be a big deal for us," Roddick said. "The guys have earned it and they've played hard all year. They've won some really tough matches that could have gone the other way. You still have to go out and play the tournament though."

Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"We didn't really show out at every spot. In general we have done that this season. This season that has been one of our strengths, and we didn't today. Against a team at this level that's going to make it tough for you. It was good for us and great for us. Great experience, we got pushed everywhere, I think we will be better for it. We've got to take a few weeks now before the NCAA tournament and get back to work on some fundamentals and clean some things up and I think we will be better." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"We had played them three times before today and we hadn't beaten (Dane) Webb, and we hadn't beaten (Alex) Ghilea. We beat two of the guys we hadn't beaten and I thought that was a step in the right direction. We won a lot of tiebreakers. I think we competed well. Three tiebreakers we contested and we won all three of them, and I think that showed a lot of grit and a lot of toughness from our guys. Down the stretch we didn't play as fundamentally sound as we needed to and we didn't show out in a couple spots, and that's kind of the story." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 26th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#2 Oklahoma 4, #1 Baylor 3
Apr 26, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) def. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 15.00) 6-1, 6-4
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 6-4, 6-4
3. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.35) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.74) def. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) 6-4, 7-5
5. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.95) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) def. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-1
2. Spencer Papa/Dane Webb (OU) def. #63 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Jose Salazar/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) 6-4 
Match Notes
Oklahoma 22-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Baylor 23-3 (4-1); National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,6)
Big 12 Conference Championship Final
The break between doubles and singles was 1:27 due to inclement weather
There was a 41 minute delay during singles play due to inclement weather



ACC:

Virginia wins the ACC Championship - sound familiar?  The Cavaliers won the ACC Championship for the 11th time in the last 12 years and extended their ACC winning streak to 139 matches with a 4-2 win over Wake Forest.  Virginia played without one of the best players with Mitchell Frank held out due to a back injury.  The match was originally scheduled to start at 10am and was to be broadcast by ESPN3 but unfortunately rain delayed the start over 5 hours and ended up pushing it indoors over at Duke.

Once play got started Virginia would take the doubles point to grab the early lead and would then pick up a pair of straight set wins from Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and JC Aragone at 3 and 5.  Wake would answer with wins at 1 and 2 from Noah Rubin and Romain Bogaerts but moments later Alex Ritschard would drop the hammer on Jon Ho at #4 to clinch the Championship.  Below are video clips from UVA showing match point and an interview with the tournament MVP JC Aragone.







Virginia recap

"Winning the ACC Championship never gets old," said head coach Brian Boland. "Other than the success my former players have had in life after leaving UVa, the thing I am most proud of is the consistency we have had year after year. It says a lot about the hard work that our players have put into the program and their ability to be ready to play every single day. It is a streak that I never imagined could be possible in a league as challenging as the ACC.

"It was a tough tournament this year," added Boland. "This league keeps getting better and better. I have a ton of respect for Tony Bresky and what he has done at Wake Forest. He was my assistant for 10 years, so it is tough to see him lose. We won a lot of championships together."

"That tiebreaker that Ryan had in the first set against Noah (Rubin) was big because it allowed Wake to get back into the match," said Boland. "I was pleased with how Alex and Mac stayed focused at the end. Alex didn't let up after winning the first set, which is easy to do after winning a close first set. I am proud of how he played the second set and clinching this title is a big moment in his career."

"Playing without Mitchell made it tough today because he is a big part of our team," said Boland. "His back acted up after yesterday's match and I decided not to put him out there today. That is where the depth we have built up really helps us. Everyone on this team is ready to contribute if we call on them and guys stepped up big today."

Wake recap

#5 Virginia 4, #11 Wake Forest 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA 14.72) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) def. #93 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.75) 6-3, 6-4
3. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.75) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) 6-2, 6-3
4. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.00) def. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) 6-2, 6-4
6. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.97) vs. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) 2-6, 6-4, 3-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. #11 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 8-6
2. #63 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 8-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) vs. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-7
Match Notes
Wake Forest 22-7; National ranking #11
Virginia 23-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,1,2,4)
ACC Men's Tennis Championship Finals
Match moved to Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center at Duke University due to rain at Cary Tennis Park.

Final Poll Results:



Unfortunately the ESPN3 broadcast of the ACC Championship never made it on the air due to the rain which kind of baffles me - they knew that rain was likely so you think there would have been a plan in place to move equipment or do something to get it on the air.  Below is a picture of the Mountain West Network's broadcast of the Championship and as you an tell they are playing indoors in a bubble after playing outdoors in Albuquerque all weekend.  If the MW Network can pick up and move things on the fly are you telling me the media giant that is the ESPN Network can't do the same? 




Big 10:

For the 2nd time in the last 4 years Illinois has won the Big 10 Championship after the Illini defeated the #2 seed Ohio State 4-0.  Illinois picked up the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then jumped on Ohio State in singles by going up break on all 6 courts. Aleks Vukic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win at #5 over Kevin Metka.  The win was Vukic's 42nd on the year which ties Ryler DeHeart's singles season win record.

Farris Gosea extended the lead to 3-0 with 6-3, 6-2 win over Mikael Torpegaard at #2.

Ohio State was starting to turn several courts around in an attempt to get back in the match but Aron Hiltzik would close the door at #4 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Hunter Callahan to give the Illini the Championship.
Below are interviews done by Illinois with Brad Dancer, Aron Hiltzik, and Ross Guignon.





Illinois recap

"You work so hard for such a long period of time and then for these guys to have this moment in front of the incredible Net Nuts and the fans that came out today," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's a magical experience for them. I'm so happy for the guys."

Ohio State recap

#4 Illinois 4, #12 Ohio State 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-2, 5-6, unf
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) 6-3, 6-2
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) 6-3, 2-6, 0-1, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) 6-4, 6-4
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-0, 0-6, 3-4, unfi
Doubles competition
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-5
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-2
3. Matt Mendez/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 8-4
Match Notes:
Ohio State 25-8, 10-1; National ranking #12
Illinois 25-4, 12-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,4)



Mountain West:

Boise State won its fourth consecutive Mountain West Championship by defeating the #7 seed Nevada 4-3.  Boise State entered the tournament as a 5 seed with just a 12-15 record but Greg Patton's team got hot at the right time and upset the host and #1 seed New Mexico in the semifinals after shutting out #69 Fresno State in the quarterfinals.

Nevada took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 but Boise State took 4 opening sets at 3, 4, 5, and 6 and would ultimately finish each off in straight sets with Brian Foley clinching the win at #4.  All 6 singles matches finished in straight sets which you wouldn't typically expect in a championship match but hey it is what it is.

Below is a highlight clip from the Mountain West Network which did an OUTSTANDING job covering the conference tournament.  They did a full broadcast of every single match on both the men's and women's side and they did it well.  All the major conferences, which are doing backstrokes in stacks of cash, should pick up the phone and call the MW and ask them how they did it.  I mean if the little ole' Mountain West can put on this kind of coverage why can't the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12?



Boise State recap

"I feel like we've crawled through the desert, climbed the highest mountain, traversed roaring rivers, been hit by a tsunami and all of a sudden we've reached the top," said head coach Greg Patton. "This was one of our goals and we never wavered from it. The way we did it was constant team building, by getting these guys to play fearlessly and positively. We got them to truly trust each other and know their teammates would come through for them and they really learned to care about the journey."

"I have to be the happiest man in the universe," Patton said. "We did it. We really did do it. It means so much because nobody thought we could do it except us. This is our time."

"This is so incredibly special," said Patton. "This is one of the legacies of our program. We go to the NCAA Tournament and we win conference titles. I have to hand it to these guys. They didn't ride the highway to this championship. They had to take the back roads."

"All of a sudden the opportunity was going to start knocking," said Greg Patton. "It was going to be at the doorstep. We just had to make sure there was someone ready to answer the door. That was Brian."

"Brian's first set tiebreaker was critical," said Greg Patton. "He knew what the score was and that we were fighting for our lives. Sometimes when he gets in a spot like that he cares so much that he can get tight. Instead, he came out in that tiebreak and played some of the best tennis of his life. Brian went to that place in his life and his game where he had extreme confidence and wasn't afraid."

Nevada recap

Boise State 4, Nevada 3
Apr 26, 2015 at Albuquerque, N.M. (Linda Estes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Chargui, Moez (NEVADA 13.34) def. Garrett Patton (BSU 13.26) 7-5, 6-2
2. Andrada, Ryan (NEVADA 12.91) def. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU 12.94) 6-4, 6-3
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU 12.51) def. Poustie, Andrew (NEVADA 13.12) 6-0, 6-2
4. Brian Foley (BSU 12.61) def. Sunago, Fernando (NEVADA 12.26) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.22) def. Cilic, Mile (NEVADA 11.99) 6-4, 6-2
6. Abe Hewko (BSU 12.09) def. Margitfalvi, Robert (NEVADA 12.15) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. POUSTIE, Andrew/SUNAGO, Fernando (NEVADA) def. Thomas Tenreiro/Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-4
2. Garrett Patton/Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. ANDRADA, Ryan/MARGITFALVI, Robert (NEVADA) 6-4
3. ALLAN, Robert/CHARGUI, Moez (NEVADA) def. Abe Hewko/Brian Foley (BSU) 6-2
Match Notes
Nevada 9-16
Boise State 15-15
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,5,2,1,4)
Fourth-straight tournament title for Boise State



Atlantic 10:

George Washington won the A10 for the 2nd consecutive year and for the 4th time in 5 years with a 4-2 win over #2 VCU. Francisco Dias clinched the title at #1 singles with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win over Michal Voscek.

The tournament is held in Mason, Ohio at the site of the ATP Master Series Event which gave the guys at #1 singles an opportunity to play in the stadium court.  As you can see it was a "late" arriving crowd on all courts.





GW recap

"Doubles was special today," said Head Coach Greg Munoz. "VCU is tough. We played them better than we expected, and we were really happy with the results there. The doubles point proved crucial today."

"It's never an individual who wins this, it's a team effort, and we have some guys who have played some incredible matches this year. We have a lot of freshman that have struggled at times but have had some big wins," said Coach Munoz. "It was nice to see our upperclassmen come through in singles today. To have the upperclassmen use their experience to help us win in the big moments when they occur is huge. These matches can go either way. We're just happy to get this one."

VCU recap

George Washington 4, VCU 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Mason, Ohio (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Francisco Dias (GW 13.29) def. Michal Voscek (VCU 13.26) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
2. Danil Zelenkov (GW 13.09) def. Daryl Monfils (VCU 13.28) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
3. Catalin Fifea (VCU 12.97) def. Chris Fletcher (GW 11.89) 7-6 (3), 6-2
4. Joseph Cohen (VCU 12.25) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW 12.08) 6-0, 6-2
5. Wilder Pimentel (VCU 12.67) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW 13.17) 6-1, 3-6, 0-1, unf
6. Cahit Kapukiran (GW 12.44) def. Toni Batlle (VCU 11.84) 6-2, 7-6 (10)
Doubles competition
1. Francisco Dias/Chris Fletcher (GW) def. Cohen/Monfils (VCU) 8-3
2. Julius Tverijonas/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Fifea/Pimentel (VCU) 8-5
3. Michal Voscek/Louis Ishizaka (VCU) vs. Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) 3-7, 
Match Notes
George Washington 13-12
VCU 16-13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,2,6,1)
2015 A-10 Championship Final

More recaps to come...
Monday, 27 April 2015 01:09

Final Ranking Projections

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I crunched the numbers twice and below is what I came up with.  If the NCAA seeding committee goes off the rankings then UCLA would get to host with Columbia missing out by a few points.

With the at-large cutoff at 42 it appears that Tulane and Dartmouth will be the first 2 out with Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and San Diego State just sliding in.

There is still some guesswork involved because since I only know who was ranked in the top 75 if someone has a win or multiple wins over teams ranked outside the top 75 then it's possible that I could over/under estimate points.  I've been pretty close all year but a small error on the first run could be compounded by the second run.

I wouldn't expect any changes in the top 20 because all those numbers are known - but as you get down into the 40s you have more teams with unranked wins.  The margin between 38-45 is less than 2 points so it's possible that I could have an estimate that is off.  

It's possible that the selection committee could also look at things other than rankings such as who finished strong down the stretch and who didn't.  They could also look at H2H between teams next to each other and also records versus common opponents of team's that are neck and neck.  We'll have our answers Tuesday afternoon at 5:30pm est.


RankSchoolPoints
1Oklahoma90.44
2Baylor80.56
3Virginia70.48
4Illinois69.82
5Texas A&M 67.31
6TCU64.32
7Georgia63.33
8USC62.59
9Texas58.83
10Duke56.67
11Ohio State49.59
12Wake Forest48.74
13North Carolina47.84
14Ole Miss43.79
15Virginia Tech43.01
16UCLA41.02
17Columbia* 38.92
18South Florida 38.79
19Mississippi State38.42
20Florida38.34
21Texas Tech38.30
22San Diego38.18
23Stanford35.85
24Vanderbilt34.80
25Minnesota34.54
26California31.20
27Florida State29.26
28LSU28.87
29Tulsa*28.75
30Northwestern28.62
31Oklahoma State26.97
32Louisville*26.89
33Drake25.37
34Harvard*24.76
35Notre Dame*24.05
36Princeton*22.99
37NC State*20.54
38New Mexico*18.01
39Pepperdine18.00
40Georgia Tech*17.68
41Tennessee*17.47
42San Diego State*17.35
43Tulane*16.59
44Dartmouth*16.53
45Memphis*16.19
46Indiana*14.81
47SMU*14.55
48Cornell*14.47
49South Carolina*14.39
50San Francisco*13.25

* represents a team that has a win over someone that is ranked below 75 so it's tough to be 100% accurate pinpointing where in that range the team falls so the point totals may be off a bit. 

If these rankings hold up and the committee follow suit you could potentially have these Round of 16 matches:

#1 Oklahoma vs. #16 UCLA
#8 USC vs. #9 Texas
#4 Illinois vs. #13 North Carolina
#5 Texas A&M vs. #12 Wake Forest 
#3 Virginia vs. #14 Ole Miss
#6 TCU vs. #11 Ohio State
#7 Georgia vs. #10 Duke
#2 Baylor vs. #15 Virginia Tech

However there is one thing that will likely switch things up - the NCAA committee has in the past used head-to-head if two adjacent teams have met in the regular season.  If the lower ranked team won the H2H they'll jump the higher seed.  We will likely see TCU end up as the #5 seed and Texas A&M as the #6 due to TCU beating A&M twice during the regular season.  We will also probably see USC as the #7 and Georgia as the #8 due to USC beating Georgia twice.  If those changes are made we'll end up with these pairings:

#1 Oklahoma vs. #16 UCLA
#8 Georgia vs. #9 Texas
#4 Illinois vs. #13 North Carolina
#5 TCU vs. #12 Wake Forest 
#3 Virginia vs. #14 Ole Miss
#6 Texas A&M vs. #11 Ohio State
#7 USC vs. #10 Duke
#2 Baylor vs. #15 Virginia Tech


As a reference point here were last year's final rankings and in parenthesizes where they were seeded in the NCAAs.  

2013-14 Final Regular Season Rankings
1. USC (1)
2. Oklahoma (2)

3. Ohio State (3)
4. Virginia (4)
5. UCLA (6) - lost to Baylor in regular season
6. Baylor (5) - beat UCLA in regular season
7. North Carolina (7)
8. Georgia (10) - lost to Texas & Texas A&M in regular season
9. Texas (9)
10. Texas A&M (8) - beat Georgia in regular season
11. Duke (11)
12. Illinois (12)
13. Kentucky (15) - lost to Florida and Notre Dame twice in regular season
14. Notre Dame (13)
15. Florida (14) - beat Kentucky in regular season
16. Columbia (16)

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Championship Sunday is here and 2 of the 3 will be available over the air with Fox Sports 2 televising the Big 12 Championship LIVE and ESPN3 covering the ACC Championship (weather permitting).  The Virginia/Wake Forest match gets underway at 10am so it should be over by the time Oklahoma and Baylor tie it on for a 4th time. Illinois also has a live stream of the Big 10 Championship although they don't have sound and the picture is just so-so.

#1 Oklahoma (23-2) at #2 Baylor (21-4) - 1pm est - This will be the 4th match of the year between these 2 with Oklahoma having won the first 3.  I'd expect nothing more than epic fight to the finish and at this point anything is possible.  Below are the box scores of each of the previous matches starting with the most recent and working back to the National Indoors in February.  


#1 Oklahoma 4, #2 Baylor 3
April 10, 2015 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles Competion
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.76) def. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.77) 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.85) def. #31 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.12) 6-2, 7-5
3. #30 Dane Webb (OU 14.24) def. #61 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.33) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)
4. #70 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.19) def. Diego Galeano (BU 13.63) 6-3, 6-3
5. #117 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.86) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(5)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.83) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.58) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #54 Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. #8 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 7-6(4)
2. #52 Ghilea/Harris (OU) def. Vince Schneider/Rios (BU) 6-4  
3. Zsiga/Tchoutakian (BU) def. Papa/Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 21-1 (3-0); National Ranking #1
Baylor 17-4 (1-1); National Ranking #2
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,3,6,1,5)


#1 Oklahoma 4, #3 Baylor 1
Mar 22, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 13-2) def. #40 Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-4) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 12-1) def. #69 Ghilea/Harris (OU 3-4) 6-2
3. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 1-2) def.  Vince Schneider/Rios (BU 11-2) 6-4
Singles
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) 6-3, 6-2
2.  #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-1, 6-2
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) 6-3, 5-7, 0-1
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) 7-5, 4-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) def. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)   Singles (2,4,1,6)


#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2
February 15th, 2015 at National Indoors Semifinals - Chicago, IL  
Doubles:
1. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) vs. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 4-2
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. 
Papa/Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. 
Salazar/Ghilea (OU) 6-1
Singles:
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 4-6, 5-5 DNF
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish - Doubles (3,2)  Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
  
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 15.00) 
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.95) vs. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11)
3. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34)
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.86) vs. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.96) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) 

Dual Match Singles Records
1. Alvarez 20-0 vs. Lenz 14-3
2. Harris 16-4 vs. Lupieri 9-8
3. Webb 15-5 vs. Tchoutakian 13-7
4. Ghilea 16-3 vs. Galeano 10-4
5. Papa 10-8 vs. Zsiga 10-3
6. Bragusi 8-3 vs. Rios 17-2

Record Against BU:
1. Alvarez 3-0
2. Harris 1-1
3. Webb 2-0
4. Ghilea 3-0
5. Papa 1-1
6. Bragusi 1-1

Record Against OU:
1. Lenz 1-1
2. Lupieri 0-3
3. Tchoutakian 0-2
4. Galeano 0-2
5. Zsiga 1-1
6. Rios 2-1

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L in ( ):
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 10-5) vs. #18 Lenz/Galeano (BU 18-1)
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU 1-0) vs.  #63 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU 5-6)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU 0-1) vs. Rios/Schneider (BU 16-3)

Doubles Records:
Oklahoma: 13-12
Baylor: 23-1

I've gone with Baylor in 2 of the 3 meetings and was dead on the money the last time except for the match at #3 between Webb and Tchoutakian.  Dare I go with Baylor for a 3rd time?  I got to take Baylor in doubles because they are 23-1 in doubles for a reason.  All 6 singles matches will be rematches from the last time around but they can't possibly all go the same way this time.  I like Alvarez and Harris up top for OU and I like Tchoutakian and Rios at 3 and 6 for BU.  I think Papa gets past Zsiga this time but I'll take Galeano in an upset over Ghilea at #4.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3  


ACC:

#5 Virginia (22-3) vs. #11 Wake Forest (21-6) - 10am est - Virginia won the regular season meeting in Winston-Salem 5-2 however Wake's #1 Noah Rubin did not play in that match.  Below is the box score from that encounter which had 4 singles blowouts with 2 others playing a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.  

#12 Virginia 5, #20 Wake Forest 2
March 6, 2015 - Winston Salem, NC
Doubles:
1. #55 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) vs. #28 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 5-6 DNF
2. Kwiatkowski/Aragone def. Ho/Tabrizi (WF) 8-3
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVa) def. Kan/Bogaerts (WF) 8-1
Singles:
1. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #2 Ryan Shane (UVa) 6-4, 6-7, 10-8
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #70 Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
3. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-2, 6-3
4. Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) 6-0, 6-1
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVa) 6-3, 6-4
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Maksim Kan (WF) 6-2, 6-2
Match Notes:
Virginia 8-2 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #12
Wake Forest 8-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
T-2:55 A-251

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #7 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.72) vs. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08)
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.79) vs. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50)
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) 
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.75) vs. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82)
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.00) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73)
6. JC Aragone (UVA 14.08) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.26) or Keivon Tabrizi (13.05)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Shane 16-5 vs. Rubin 18-3
2. Frank 16-3 vs. Bogaerts 19-4
3. Altamirano 16-2 vs. Mansouri 13-10
4. Kwiatkowski 18-3 vs. Ho 17-7
5. Ritschard 7-3 vs. Seraphim 17-8
6. Aragone 18-3 vs. Kan 10-5 or Tabrizi 8-6

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L records in ( )
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Shane (UVA 15-2) vs. Mansouri/Seraphim (WF 16-6)
2. #63 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA 13-1) vs. Ho/Rubin (WF 13-4)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVA 12-3) vs. Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF 8-4) 

Doubles Records:
Virginia 22-3
Wake Forest 21-6

Virginia has owned the ACC for the last decade but Wake Forest might be able to give them one of their biggest tests in quite some time.  The doubles point should be tightly contested and its a point that Wake Forest has to have to even think about beating Virginia.  I think Wake will take the doubles point to put Virginia on its heels but the only places in the singles lineup where I could see Wake potentially winning are at 1 and 5. I like Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and JC Aragone in singles to give Virginia yet another ACC Championship.  Prediction: Virginia 4-2  


Big 10:


#4 Illinois (24-4) vs. #12 Ohio State (25-7) - 1pm est - This will be the 3rd meeting of the year with Illinois having won both of the previous meetings.  The first match back in February was pretty close but the one last month in Champaign was a blowout.  

#3 Illinois 4, #11 Ohio State 0
Mar 29, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #22 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) 6-2, 6-4
2. #64 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.50) vs. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
3. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL 13.98) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) 6-1, 6-3
4. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. #52 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.94) 7-6 (1), 1-2, unfinished
5. #50 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.27) def. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-2, 6-1
6. Matt Mendez (OSU 12.97) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) 6-0, 5-2 unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #75 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) vs. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-7
2. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-5
3. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #74 Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-7, 4-1; National ranking #11
Illinois 17-3, 5-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,1,3)
T-2:20

Illinois 4, Ohio State 2
February 15th, 2015 - Chicago, IL (National Indoors Consolation)
Singles competition
1. #41 Farris Gosea (ILL) vs. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 5-1, unfinished
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #7 Steinbach/Metka (OSU) def. #11 Kopinski/ Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-0
2. Jared Hiltzik/Gosea (ILL) vs. #36 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 2-5, unfinished
3. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,5,2,4)


Projected Singles Lineup
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs.  #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26)
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) vs. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90)
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55)
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07)
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77)
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
Also could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19), Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 12.86

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Jared Hiltzik 19-2 vs. Diaz 15-7
2. Gosea 10-5 vs. Torpegaard 14-8
3. Kopinski 18-3 vs. Pollanen 13-7
4. Aron Hiltzik 16-3 vs. Callahan 20-5
5. Vukic 19-2 vs. Metka 18-5
6. Guignon 4-3 or Matsuya 8-2 or Bazarnik 7-6 vs. Steinbach 20-6

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L records in ( )
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL 5-4) vs. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU 19-6)
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL 10-0) vs. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 12-7)
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL 5-2) vs. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU 18-6)

Doubles Records:
Illinois 18-10
Ohio State 26-6

Ohio State has been the better team at doubles though Illinois beat them up in the last meeting.  I think Ohio State will play much better this time around and I look for them to take the doubles point to grab the early 1-0 lead.  Illinois is going to be favored on at least 4 courts so for Ohio State to win they're going to have to win a pick em' and pull an upset somewhere. Ralf Steinbach should roll at #6 but I like the Hiltzik brothers at 1 and 4, Gosea at 2, and Vukic at 5.  Prediction: Illinois 4-2


So what's everyone think?  Any way Ohio State wins in Champaign?  Can Wake Forest possibly end Virginia's monster ACC winning streak?  Am I crazy to take Baylor or will Oklahoma make it 4-0 against BU?





Sunday, 26 April 2015 05:00

2015 Big Ten Tournament

Written by
Big Ten Conference (Champaign, IL) April 23-26 - Ohio State is defending champion. Participants: Illinois, Ohio State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan St, Penn St, Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue

Thursday Schedule 
#8 Iowa 4, #9 Wisconsin 0 
#5 Indiana 4, #12 Purdue 2
#10 Nebraska 4, #7 Michigan State 3
#11 Michigan 4, #6 Penn State 2


Friday Schedule:
#1 Illinois 4, #8 Iowa 0
#4 Northwestern 4, #5 Indiana 1
#2 Ohio State 4, #10 Nebraska 0
#3 Minnesota 4, #11 Michigan 0


Saturday Schedule:
#1 Illinois def. #4 Northwestern 4-0
#2 Ohio State def. #3 Minnesota 4-0


Sunday Schedule:
#1 Illinois def. #2 Ohio State 4-0



Master Lineups




Sunday Results:

For the 2nd time in the last 4 years Illinois has won the Big 10 Championship after the Illini defeated the #2 seed Ohio State 4-0.  Illinois picked up the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then jumped on Ohio State in singles by going up break on all 6 courts. Aleks Vukic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win at #5 over Kevin Metka.  The win was Vukic's 42nd on the year which ties Ryler DeHeart's singles season win record.

Farris Gosea extended the lead to 3-0 with 6-3, 6-2 win over Mikael Torpegaard at #2.

Ohio State was starting to turn several courts around in an attempt to get back in the match but Aron Hiltzik would close the door at #4 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Hunter Callahan to give the Illini the Championship.
Below are interviews done by Illinois with Brad Dancer, Aron Hiltzik, and Ross Guignon.





Illinois recap

"You work so hard for such a long period of time and then for these guys to have this moment in front of the incredible Net Nuts and the fans that came out today," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's a magical experience for them. I'm so happy for the guys."

Ohio State recap

#4 Illinois 4, #12 Ohio State 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-2, 5-6, unf
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) 6-3, 6-2
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) 6-3, 2-6, 0-1, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) 6-4, 6-4
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-0, 0-6, 3-4, unfi
Doubles competition
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-5
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-2
3. Matt Mendez/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 8-4
Match Notes:
Ohio State 25-8, 10-1; National ranking #12
Illinois 25-4, 12-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,4)




Saturday Results:


#4 Illinois 4, #30 Northwestern 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04) 6-4, 6-4
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73) 6-3, 6-2
3. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68) vs. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) 7-6 (6), 2-2, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43) 7-5, 3-3, unf
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) vs. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #58 Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-4
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-7, un
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Northwestern 20-8 (8-3)
Illinois 24-4 (10-1); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,2)


#12 Ohio State 4, #23 Minnesota 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-3, 4-4, unf
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 6-4, 3-4, unf
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48) 7-5, 1-0, unf
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56) 6-4, 6-4
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 6-3, 6-4
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Mathiew Froment (MINN 12.92) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #56 Mathiew Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. #4 Metka/Steinbach (OSU) 8-6
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Corwin/Toledo (MINN) 8-4
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Eric Frueh/Spec (MINN) 8-4
Match Notes
Minnesota 19-7 (9-1); National ranking #23
Ohio State 25-7 (10-1); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,5)


Friday Results:

#4 Illinois 4, Iowa 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Matt Hagan (IOWA) 6-1, 3-6, 0-2, unf
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) 6-4, 6-1
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) 6-0, 6-4
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Josh Silverstein (IOWA) 7-5, 2-1, unf
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Jake Jacoby (IOWA) 6-0, 6-3
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) vs. Nils Hallestrand (IOWA) 6-2, 3-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Matt Hagan/Theodorou (IOWA) 6-4, unf
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Dominic Patrick/Silverstein (IOWA) 8-2
3. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Andres Estenssoro/Jacoby (IOWA) 8-4
Match Notes:
Iowa 12-11 (4-7)
Illinois 23-4 (10-1); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,5,2)



#12 Ohio State 4, Nebraska 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. #111 Dusty Boyer (NEB) 6-7 (5-7), 1-0, unf
2. #47 Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Linus Erhart (NEB) 6-7 (6-8), 1-1, unf
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Marc Herrmann (NEB) 7-5, 1-0, unf
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) 6-2, 6-3
5. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Chris Hobgarski (NEB) 6-0, 6-1
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Bradford Zitsch (NEB) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Dusty Boyer/Zitsch (NEB) 8-4
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Scott Elsass/Erhart (NEB) 5-4, unf
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Marc Herrmann/Hobgarski (NEB) 8-2
Match Notes:
Nebraska 11-13 (3-8)
Ohio State 24-7 (10-1); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,4)


#23 Minnesota 4, Michigan 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. Michael Zhu (MICH) 6-2, 6-3
2. #57 Matic Spec (MINN) def. Runhao Hua (MICH) 6-3, 6-1
3. Felix Corwin (MINN) vs. Alex Petrone (MICH) 6-4, 3-6, 2-3, unf
4. Ruben Weber (MINN) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN) vs. Kevin Wong (MICH) 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 1-1, unf
6. Mathiew Froment (MINN) vs. Carter Lin (MICH) 3-6, 6-2, 3-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (MICH) def. #56 Mathiew Froment/Hamburg (MINN) 8-3
2. Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. Alex Petrone/Wong (MICH) 8-3
3. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN) def. Tyler Gardiner/Zhu (MICH) 8-5
Match Notes:
Michigan 7-15 (3-8)
Minnesota 19-6 (9-1); National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,4)


#30 Northwestern 4, #44 Indiana 1
Singles competition
1. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU) vs. Sam Monette (IU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-4, unf
2. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
3. Sven Lalic (IU) def. Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Logan Staggs (NU) def. Raheel Manji (IU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Fedor Baev (NU) vs. Matthew McCoy (IU) 6-1, 3-6, 3-2, unf
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Stefan Lugonjic (IU) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #58 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Bednarczyk/Monette (IU) 8-3
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Essick/Lugonjic (IU) 8-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. Lalic/Manji (IU) 4-5, unf
Match Notes:
Indiana 17-10 (6-4)
Northwestern 20-7 (8-3)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,3,6,2)


Thursday Results:

#70 [8] Iowa 4, [9] Wisconsin 0
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Matt Hagan (IOWA 13.42) vs. Josef Dodridge (WISC 13.15) 6-2, 2-4, unf
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA 13.10) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (WISC 12.27) 6-3, 6-4
3. Dominic Patrick (IOWA 12.97) vs. Alexander Kokorev (WISC 12.37) 7-6, 2-4, unf
4. Josh Silverstein (IOWA 12.80) def. Tomas Pitra (WISC 12.97) 6-1, 6-2
5. Jake Jacoby (IOWA 12.52) def. Jose Carranza (WISC 12.25) 6-4, 6-4
6. Nils Hallestrand (IOWA 11.42) vs. John Zordani (WISC 12.32) 7-6, 3-6, unf
Doubles competition
1. Lefteris Theodorou/Matt Hagan (IOWA) def. Josef Dodridge/Jose Carranza (WISC) 8-6
2. Alexander Kokorev/Jakhongir Jalalov (WISC) vs. Patrick/Silverstein (IOWA) 7-4 unf
3. Jake Jacoby/Andres Estenssoro (IOWA) def. Lamar Remy/John Zordani (WISC) 8-4
Match Notes:
Wisconsin 7-18, 3-8
Iowa 13-10, 4-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,2,5)


#44 [5] Indiana 4, [12] Purdue 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Diego Acosta (PUR 12.79) def. Sam Monette (IU 13.47) 6-2, 6-1
2. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU 13.15) def. Ricky Medinilla (PUR 12.85) 6-0, 6-3
3. Sven Lalic (IU 13.58) vs. Mateus Silva (PUR 12.44) 6-3, 6-6, unf
4. Raheel Manji (IU 13.26) def. Arthur Dobradin (PUR 12.03) 6-2, 6-2
5. Matthew McCoy (IU 12.87) def. Lucas Dages (PUR 11.16) 6-2, 6-4
6. Stefan Lugonjic (IU 11.99) def. Renan Hanayama (PUR 11.62) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Diego Acosta/Ricky Medinilla (PUR) def. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) 8-4
2. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IU) vs. Lucas Dages/Arthur Dobradin (PUR) 7-3, unf
3. Mateus Silva/Renan Hanayama (PUR) def. Sven Lalic/Raheel Manji (IU) 8-4
Match Notes:
Purdue 4-20, 0-11
Indiana 18-9, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,6,4,2,5)


[10] Nebraska 4, [7] Michigan State 3
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #111 Dusty Boyer (NEB 13.08) def. Gijs Linders (MSU 13.00) 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-5
2. Brett Forman (MSU 13.35) def. Linus Erhart (NEB 13.23) 6-3, 6-2
3. Marc Herrmann (NEB 12.41) def. Harry Jadun (MSU 12.99) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
4. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB 12.24) def. Mac Roy (MSU 12.45) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
5. Jasper Koenen (MSU 11.99) def. Chris Hobgarski (NEB 12.14) 6-3, 6-2
6. Michael Dube (MSU 12.13) def. Bradford Zitsch (NEB 12.13) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Bradford Zitsch/Dusty Boyer (NEB) def. Harry Jadun/Jasper Koenen (MSU) 8-3
2. Linus Erhart/Scott Elsass (NEB) def. Mac Roy/Gijs Linders (MSU) 8-1
3. Brett Forman/Doug Zade (MSU) vs. Marc Herrmann/Chris Hobgarski (NEB) 5-3, unf
Match Notes:
Nebraska 11-12, 3-8
Michigan State 12-16, 3-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,2,6,4,3,1)


[11] Michigan 4, #48 [6] Penn State 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.33) def. Michael Zhu (MICH 12.93) 6-1, 6-2
2. Runhao Hua (MICH 13.54) def. Alex Fennell (PSU 12.91) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Matt Barry (PSU 13.43) vs. Alex Petrone (MICH 12.91) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 1-2, unf
4. Alex Knight (MICH 12.99) def. Thomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.19) 6-1, 6-3
5. Roman Trkulja (PSU 12.81) def. Davis Crocker (MICH 12.23) 6-4, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (MICH 12.64) def. Nika Dolidze (PSU 12.41) 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (MICH) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Alex Fennell (PSU) 8-6
2. Mike Reilly/Matt Barry (PSU) def. Alex Petrone/Kevin Wong (MICH) 8-4
3. Michael Zhu/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) def. Aws Laaribi/ChristianLutschaunig (PSU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Michigan 7-14, 3-8
Penn State 15-15, 5-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,4,6,2,3)