Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:47

Wednesday Preview: Baylor/Texas

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Another big match tonight in the Big 12 though technically they're all big matches since all 6 teams are ranked inside the top 30.  I think the doubles point will play a big role in deciding the winner because I'm looking for many of the Texas seniors to rise to the occasion tonight on Senior Day.

Baylor is running its blog for the match, even though it's in Austin, so make sure you log on and contribute your comments to Kim Gorum.  The BU blog always gives you some inside information that you wouldn't find elsewhere so make sure follow from start to finish.  Kim told us about the 2 overrules on the 2 match points in the Tchoutakian/Webb match and in the Oklahoma State match he mentioned that there's a good chance that Baylor will be getting new a new streaming video system through Playsight in time for the NCAAs since the current cameras don't have the best clarity and seem to freeze up too frequently.  He said the deal with Playsight isn't a done deal yet but there's been talks between the two.  Let's keep our fingers crossed so we can watch the NCAAs with the same clarity that we've seen at Virginia Tech, the National Indoors, and the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge.

#2 Baylor (18-4) at #10 Texas (18-3) - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring & Baylor Blog - This will be the final home match for 4 of Texas's starters with Soren Hess-Olesen, Lloyd Glasspool, Adrien Berkowicz, and Clement Homs all set to depart after this year.  Texas definitely leads the overall series (79-20-1 according to UT & 40-19 according to BU) but Baylor has been the dominant team recently winning 4 straight in the series and 16 of the last 19.  This will only be Baylor's 4th road match this year and first road match played outdoors.  Temperature at match time should be right around 80 with close to 50% humidity.  

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L in ( ):
1. #25 Lenz/Galeano (BU 16-1) vs. #23 Glasspool/Hess-Olesen (TX 10-7)
2. #58 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU 5-5) vs. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (TX 8-4)
3. Rios/Vince Schneider (BU 13-3) vs. Naumann/Riechmann (TX 6-2)

Team Doubles Records:
Baylor: 20-1 overall, 3-0 Big 12
Texas: 11-10 overall, 1-2 Big 12

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Julian Lenz (BU 14.78) vs. #5 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.95)
2. #30 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.13) vs. #48 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.93)
3. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) vs. #49 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.98)
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.62) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.69)
5. #112 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.89) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.77)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.83) vs. Clement Homs (TX 13.13)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 15th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. Lenz 11-3 vs. Hess-Olesen 16-2
2. Lupieri 9-6 vs. Glasspool 10-3
3. Tchoutakian 13-6 vs. Berkowicz 15-3
4. Galeano 8-4 vs. Goldhoff 5-4
5. Zsiga 9-2 vs. Naumann 9-7
6. Rios 14-2 vs. Homs 6-0
Others: Vince Schneider (BU) 10-3, John Mee (TX) 7-4

#1 singles - Lenz had a 4 match winning streak snapped by Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez and it looked like he was headed for a 3rd set against Oklahoma State's Jakob Sude when BU clinched.  Hess-Olesen had his 15-match winning streak snapped 2 weeks ago but has since rebounded with blowout win over TT's #33 Felipe Soares and he also led UTSA's #82 Tomas Stillman in a match that didn't finish.  It's surprising that this will be the 1st meeting between these two but Lenz has played at #2 in each of the last 2 years against UT.  This match alone should be worth the price of admission (yeah I know it's free but you get I'm saying).   Prediction: Hess-Olesen (TX) in 3

#2 singles - Lupieri has split his last 6 matches with each of the losses versus top 25 players though he was up 2-0 in the 3rd against Oklahoma State's #114 Lucas Gerch when the match was halted. Glasspool had a 9-match winning streak stopped 2 weeks ago when he fell 7-6 in the 3rd to Lucas Gerch and then got roughed up by Axel Alvarez 6-1, 6-2.  2 of Lloyd's last 3 matches have gone unfinished though he sandwiched a win over UTSA's Yannick Junger in between.  Glasspool won the only H2H against Lupieri 6-3, 6-2 back in October 2013.  I have a hard time seeing Glasspool dropping his final regular season match at home.  Prediction: Glasspool (TX) in 2

#3 singles - Tchoutakian has won 9 of his last 11 after splitting last weekend with a win over Okie St's Arjun Kadhe which followed up the tough heartbreaker against OU's Dane Webb.  Berkowicz has won 4 in a row and they've all been against quality opposition (Hunter Callahan, Arjun Kadhe, Dane Webb, Alex Sendegeya). Prediction: Berkowicz (TX) in 3

#4 singles - Galeano had a 5-match winning streak (against lighter competition) stopped by OU's Alex Ghilea but Diego rallied on Sunday to beat Okie St's Lukas Finzelberg in straight sets. Goldhoff has won 3 straight (against lighter competition) with 4 unfinished matches sprinkled in between. Both have dealt with some injuries this year but I think Galeano's experience pays off in this one. Prediction: Galeano (BU) in 2

#5 singles - Zsiga hasn't lost in almost 2 months going 7-0 with an additional 5 matches not finishing (was leading in all 5).  Naumann has won 2 straight after dropping the previous 4.  One guy has been steady while the other has been streaky - I'll take stable.  Prediction: Zsiga (BU) in 3

#6 singles - Rios has won 4 straight and 14 of 15 and he avenged the 1 loss in the streak to Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi.  Rios has been one of the most dominant #6's in the country this year winning 22 of 38 sets 6-2 or better.  Homs is 6-0 with quality wins over Kevin Metka and Nicolai Ferrigno.  Prediction: Rios (BU) in 3

There hasn't been a better team at doubles than Baylor and I'd be surprised to see the Bears drop the point against a Texas team that is just above .500.  Of course I said the same thing about the doubles point in the TCU/Texas A&M match.  TCU was 12-10 in doubles and Texas A&M 18-3 and TCU won the doubles point then cruised to a 4-0 win.  If Texas takes the point I think they very well could win going away like 4-1 or 4-2 so this is a big point for both teams. Having said all that I'm still going with Baylor in doubles.

The only singles matches that I see finishing in straight sets are at 2 and 4 with all others going the distance.  I see Texas sweeping the top 3 and Baylor taking the bottom 3.  I wanted to go with Texas in this one due it being at home but the numbers just don't add up for me.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3

Oklahoma stays at #1 in the ITA Men's rankings for the 7th week in a row and for the 8th time in the last 9 weeks.

A little shake up in the women's top 10 with North Carolina replacing USC as the new #1 with USC now #2. Florida up to #3, Cal #4, UCLA #5, Georgia #6, Texas A&M #7, Baylor #8, Vanderbilt #9, and Oklahoma State #10. 

Below I'll breakdown the Top 10 on the men's side looking at the 9 best wins that were used in the rankings this week along with other quality ranked wins that could potentially fit in down the road.  You'll notice some of the quality wins are ranked higher than a top 9 win and that is because I used the new ranking so that you can see what changes will be made next week.  I also listed the point totals gained from the best wins and losses to come up with the computer score.  

Next week's rankings will also use each teams 9 best wins as will the following week.

Oklahoma is still at #1 after the Sooners won at #2 Baylor but lost to #23 Texas Tech. 
  • 9 Best Wins (817.8): #2 Baylor (3x), #4 Virginia, #7 TCU, #9 USC, #10 Texas, at #11 Ohio State, at #12 Wake Forest
  • Other Quality Wins: #13 Ole Miss, #15 North Carolina (2X), #21 South Florida, #26 Tulsa, #27 Northwestern
  • Losses (9.7): #6 Texas A&M, #16 Texas Tech
  • Computer Score:  817.8/9.7 = 84.31 (was 85.59)
  • What's Coming Up: #29 Oklahoma State (4/19), Big 12 Tournament 
  • Comments:  Oklahoma still has a comfortable lead at #1 and with its stout resume I don't expect to see OU drop below #1 the rest of the year.  

Baylor stays at #2 after dropping a tough one to #1 Oklahoma before blanking #29 Oklahoma State.
  • 9 Best Wins (702.2): #4 Virginia (2X), #7 TCU, #8 Duke, #9 USC, at #13 Ole Miss, #19 UCLA, at #26 Tulsa, #29 Oklahoma State
  • Other Quality Wins: #31 Drake, at #49 Memphis
  • Losses (9.4): #1 Oklahoma (3X), #3 Illinois
  • Computer Score: 74.70 (was 78.57)
  • What's Coming Up:  at #10 Texas (4/15), at #16 Texas Tech (4/18)
  • Comments:  Despite missing its big chance to close in on Oklahoma at #1, Baylor still has a chance to pick up some points when it takes on a pair of top 16 teams over the next 3 days

Illinois stays at #3 after picking up wins over Iowa and Nebraska over the weekend.
  • 9 Best Wins (668): at #2 Baylor, at #6 Texas A&M, at #10 Texas, #11 Ohio State (2X), #15 North Carolina, #27 Northwestern, #28 California, at #37 Notre Dame
  • Other Quality Wins: #43 Indiana, #51 Penn State
  • Losses (9.6): #5 Georgia, #7 TCU, #8 Duke
  • Computer Score: 69.58 (was 72.00)
  • What's Coming Up: at #33 Minnesota (4/17), at Wisconsin (4/19), Big 10 Tournament 
  • Comments:  Illinois gets 1 more test before the Big 10 Tournament when they go to Minnesota on Friday.  The Gophers are the 4th highest ranked team in the conference and a win over them would replace the Notre Dame win as the Illini's 9th best.  

Virginia stays at #4 after winning comfortably last weekend against Georgia Tech and Louisville.    
  • 9 Best Wins (608.9): #7 TCU, #8 Duke, at #12 Wake Forest, #14 Virginia Tech, #15 North Carolina (2X), #30 Louisville (2X), at #36 NC State
  • Other Quality Wins: at #37 Notre Dame, #72 Clemson
  • Losses (9.3): #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor (2X)
  • Computer Score: 65.47 (was 67.12)
  • What's Coming Up: at #32 Florida State (4/17), at Miami (4/19), ACC Tourney.
  • Comments:  Virginia should win both matches this weekend without any issues though its point total probably won't change much since a win over Florida State would only be a small improvement on its current 9th best win. 

Georgia rises 3 spots from 8 to 5 after knocking off #13 Ole Miss plus the Bulldogs got some additional help with both Duke and USC losing last week.  
  • 9 Best Wins (612.4): #3 Illinois, #6 Texas A&M, #13 Ole Miss, at #17 Florida, #19 UCLA, #22 Vanderbilt, #23 Columbia, #25 LSU, at #42 Tennessee
  • Other Quality Wins: at #61 Alabama, at #64 Auburn, #71 Arkansas  
  • Losses (9.6): #9 USC (2X), #20 Mississippi State
  • Computer Score: 63.79 (was 59.72)
  • What's Coming Up: SEC Tournament - Potential match-ups with #13 Ole Miss or #22 Vanderbilt and #6 Texas A&M (likely) 
  • Comments:  Georgia has a chance to not only stay at 5 but make a push further up if they can win the SEC Tournament this weekend because to do so they would have to likely beat Ole Miss/Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.  With USC falling out of the top 5 those 2 losses to them will hurt a little more next week. 

Texas A&M rises 1 spot from 7 to 6 after at #25 LSU before getting shutout by #7 TCU   
  • 9 Best Wins (617.5):  #1 Oklahoma, #11 Ohio State, #13 Ole Miss, at #17 Florida, #18 San Diego, at #20 Mississippi State, #22 Vanderbilt, at #25 LSU, #42 Tennessee 
  • Other Quality Wins: at #45 South Carolina, at #54 Rice, at #61 Alabama, #64 Auburn, #71 Arkansas 
  • Losses (9.7): #3 Illinois, #5 Georgia, #7 TCU (2x)
  • Computer Score: 63.66 (was 65.16)
  • What's Coming Up:  SEC Tournament - potential match-ups with LSU/South Carolina, Mississippi State/Florida, and Georgia/Ole Miss/Vanderbilt.  
  • Comments:  Like Georgia, Texas A&M has a chance to move up this weekend if they can run the table in the SEC Tournament which is taking place in College Station.  Texas A&M would have been #3 this week had they been able to beat TCU last Saturday.     

TCU rises 3 spots from 10 to 7 after winning at SMU and beating Texas A&M.
  • 9 Best Wins (619.3): #3 Illinois, at #6 Texas A&M (2X+1 was at aTm), #16 Texas Tech, #21 South Florida, #25 LSU, at #26 Tulsa, #29 Oklahoma State, at #44 SMU 
  • Other Quality Wins: #41 New Mexico, #47 Dartmouth, #65 UT Arlington, #70 UC Santa Barbara
  • Losses (10.1): #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor, #4 Virginia, #8 Duke, #12 Wake Forest, #19 UCLA
  • Computer Score: 61.32 (was 59.07)
  • What's Coming Up:  #10 Texas (4/18), Big 12 Tourney
  • Comments:  TCU's 9 best wins are better than Texas A&M, Georgia, and Virginia however it's the 5 losses are keeping the Horned Frogs ranked below those teams. TCU has another big match this Saturday against #10 Texas and a win in that one could potentially move them to #5 depending on what happens in the SEC Tournament. 

Duke falls 2 spots from 6 to 8 after coming up short against North Carolina before rebounding to shutout Florida State.
  • 9 Best Wins (598.4): at #3 Illinois, #7 TCU, #12 Wake Forest (2X), #13 Ole Miss, at #27 Northwestern, #32 Florida State, #36 NC State, #37 Notre Dame 
  • Other Quality Wins: #42 Tennessee, #49 Memphis, at #72 Clemson
  • Losses (9.9): #2 Baylor, #4 Virginia, #14 Virginia Tech, #15 North Carolina
  • Computer Score: 60.44 (was 65.72)
  • What's Coming Up: at #30 Louisville (4/17), at Georgia Tech (4/19), ACC Tourney
  • Comments: Duke should see a slight points bump next week with TCU, Wake Forest, and Ole Miss all coming up plus a road win over #30 Louisville would bump the current 9th best win which is over #37 Notre Dame.

USC falls 4 spots from 5 to 9 after losing at Stanford and winning at Cal.
  • 9 Best Wins (616.7): #5 Georgia (2X+1 was at UGA), #11 Ohio State, #17 Florida, #18 San Diego, #19 UCLA, #23 Columbia, #26 Tulsa, at #28 California
  • Other Quality Wins: #24 Stanford, #52 Oregon, #56 Washington
  • Losses (10.5): #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor, #24 Stanford, #26 Tulsa
  • Computer Score: 58.73 (was 66.72)
  • What's Coming Up: at #19 UCLA (4/17), Pac 12 Tourney
  • Comments:  USC still has 9 top 30 wins with a chance to add another this Thursday at UCLA however the 2 losses to teams outside the top 20 will make it tougher for USC to move up too much.  

Texas drops 1 spot from 9 to 10 after beating UTSA and Texas A&M Corpus Christi last week.  The Horns drop was mainly due to TCU, who was 1 spot behind them, picking up a big win over Texas A&M. 
  • 9 Best Wins (551.0): #11 Ohio State, #12 Wake Forest, #15 North Carolina, #16 Texas Tech, #23 Columbia, at #26 Tulsa, #29 Oklahoma State, #32 Florida State, #33 Minnesota
  • Other Quality Wins: at #44 SMU, #51 Penn State, #57 Texas A&M CC 
  • Losses (9.5):  #1 Oklahoma, #3 Illinois, #11 Ohio State
  • Computer Score: 58.00 (was 59.34)
  • What's Coming Up: #2 Baylor (4/15), at #7 TCU (4/18)
  • Comments: Texas is still the only team in the top 10 that doesn't have a win over a current top 10 team however they have 2 chances this week to change that with #2 Baylor and #7 TCU on the schedule.

    Other Comments: 
    • South Alabama re-enters the rankings at #69 after dropping out last week. The Jags picked up a road win last week over Southern Miss and also benefited from UTSA entering the rankings last week at #74 which lessened USA's loss to them a few weeks earlier.
    • Kentucky re-enters the rankings for the first time since the computers took over thanks to a win over Auburn last week.  Kentucky had also knocked off Arkansas and Alabama in the preceding weeks. 
    • Loyola Marymount enters the rankings for just the 2nd time in program history (1st time was March, 16, 2004) after picking up wins over New Mexico State and Binghamton.  LMU also benefited from Cal-Poly and Utah State rising in the polls with those 2 being the Lions best wins this year.  
    • Dropping out of the top 75 this week are Brown (lost to Cornell and Columbia), UTSA (lost to Texas), and UNLV (lost to New Mexico & UC Irvine fell out of top 75). 

    Projection Misses:
    • Technically I had Virginia Tech and North Carolina in the right spots at 14 and 15 though I had them tied for points.  UNC dropped a hair due to its 9th best win being ranked lower than 125 instead of being between 116 and 125 as I originally projected.   
    • I had Tulsa and Northwestern flipped at 26 and 27.  Tulsa's road win at Central Florida carried more weight than I projected and Northwestern's win over Michigan State wasn't its 9th best win - Nebraska was.  I had MSU pegged in the 76-85 bucket and they ended up in the 86-95 range.
    • I had Florida State and Minnesota flipped at 32 and 33 due to my points being slightly off on Minnesota's road win at Michigan State - same as previous entry.  FSU points were correct.

    Men's National Team Rankings 
    Administered by the ITA
    NCAA Division I Tennis
    April 14, 2015
    RankAvgSchoolPrevious Rank
    184.31University of Oklahoma1
    274.70Baylor University2
    369.58University of Illinois3
    465.47University of Virginia4
    563.79University of Georgia8
    663.66Texas A&M University7
    860.44Duke University6
    958.73University of Southern California5
    1058.00University of Texas9
    1147.91Ohio State University11
    1245.50Wake Forest University13
    1343.59University of Mississippi14
    1441.65Virginia Tech12
    1541.47North Carolina16
    1640.98Texas Tech University23
    1739.17University of Florida17
    1839.10University of San Diego18
    Monday, 13 April 2015 11:49

    4/14 ITA Rankings Preview

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    The top 4 stays the same this week though Oklahoma has extended its lead at #1 to almost 10 points after knocking off #2 Baylor last Friday.  OU's lead was 15 points but its stunning loss at Texas Tech dropped it down a full 5 points.  Baylor is #2 though its lead over #3 Illinois went from 6 points to 5 with the loss to Oklahoma. Illinois stays at #3 with #4 Virginia a little over 4 points back. 

    This week's rankings use each team's top 9 best wins as will each of the next 2 rankings which will take us all the way up through the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field on April 28th.

    Texas Tech and Stanford were the 2 big risers this week with Texas Tech coming up 7 spots from 23 to 16 after the win over #1 Oklahoma and Stanford coming up 12 spots after the wins over #5 USC and #15 UCLA. Some may wonder why the increase wasn't bigger and its due to the fact that the best 9 wins were used so its tougher to move the needle with just 1 or 2 wins.  Going into the weekend Stanford only had 5 ranked wins and 4 of those 5 were ranked between 55 and 75.  

    Princeton takes the biggest fall inside the top 40 by dropping 5 spots from 30 to 35 after losing to both Dartmouth and Harvard

    Others Coming Up:
    • Georgia comes up 3 spots from 8 to 5 on the strength of its win over Ole Miss coupled with USC and Duke both losing.
    • TCU comes up 3 spots from 10 to 7 after its big win over Texas A&M coupled with the USC and Duke loses.
    • Several teams came up 1 spot including Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, and North Carolina

    Others Going Down:
    • USC dropped 4 spots from 9 to 5 after its loss at Stanford coupled with both Georgia and TCU picking up big wins
    • Duke dropped 2 spots from 6 to 8 after its loss to North Carolina 
    • UCLA dropped 4 spots from 15 to 19 after its loss to Stanford and due to the fact that its 9th best win was over #62 Washington.  
    • Oklahoma State dropped 4 spots from 25 to 29 after losing to both Texas Tech and Baylor.  

    Other Notes:
    • I have Virginia Tech and North Carolina tied for 14th but each has 1 win over a team ranked below 75 so it's possible that UNC could end up 14th and VT 15th.  Virginia Tech's 9th best win is over Georgia Tech which should be ranked in the 83-90 zone.  North Carolina's 9th best win is over East Carolina or Miami both of which are ranked below 115 and should be below 125. 

    4/14 ITA Rankings Projections (ones in bold moves at least 4 spots)

    6Texas A&M 63.667
    11Ohio State47.9111
    12Wake Forest45.5013
    13Ole Miss43.5914
    14Virginia Tech*41.6512
    14North Carolina*41.6516
    16Texas Tech40.9823
    18San Diego39.1018
    20Mississippi State36.4220
    21South Florida 36.4019
    23Columbia* 34.2322
    29Oklahoma State27.4225
    33Florida State*25.6333
    36NC State*21.3834
    37Notre Dame*19.9838
    38San Diego State*18.5637

    * 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. 
    Just when we thought the weekend couldn't get any crazier #23 Texas Tech pulled off a 4-3 stunning upset over seemingly unstoppable #1 Oklahoma.

    Texas Tech was just 7-9 in doubles coming in but they managed to take the point over Oklahoma by winning 6-3 at #3 doubles and 7-6(6) at #1.  Oklahoma was 12-10 in doubles coming in but time and time again they overcame the early deficit to come back and win - not today.  (TT's live scoring & recap showed Nick Papac with Spencer Papa at #3 dubs but it was Florin Bragusi who partnered with Papa).

    Oklahoma would take the opening set at 1, 2, 4, and 6 singles while Texas Tech took the opening set at 3 and 5.  Texas Tech's Alex Sendegeya would run his dual match record to 17-6 with a 6-2, 6-3 upset over #30 Dane Webb which extended the Tech lead to 2-0.

    Oklahoma would then make a run by winning the next 3 completed matches as Axel Alvarez, Andrew Harris, and Florin Bragusi each won in straight sets at 1, 2, and 6 singles.  Oklahoma would now lead 3-2 but they were trailing in each of the other 2 matches.

    Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau would then tie it at 3-3 as he won the only match that went 3 sets when he defeated Alex Ghilea 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at #4 singles.

    It all came down to #5 singles where Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon had a set lead on OU's Spencer Papa.  Zambon served to stay in the 2nd set at 4-5 and 5-6 and held both times to push the set to a tiebreak.  Zambon would get the mini break to go up 6-5 then the senior from Campinas, Brazil would close it out and Texas Tech had its 1st ever win over a #1 program.  The video clip below is courtesy of Texas Tech and it shows Zambon putting away match point at the net.

    Texas Tech recap

    "What makes this so special is that it was Fran, our senior captain who closed out the match," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "Doubles, Alex, Jolan, Fran ... what can I say. I am really in shock that we beat the No. 1 team in the nation. The fact that it came down to Francisco Zambon was absolutely perfect."

    "This was amazing," said Red Raider senior Francisco Zambon. "We have been preparing for this the entire year. We played like we have been playing. We didn't do anything different.

    "I have had some very good memories and some very bad memories over the last four years, but today is something special for myself, the entire team, coach (Siegel) and (assistant coach) James (Wilson). It something I will always remember."

    "I do not know if there is any other place in college tennis where the crowd is like that. I am just so excited to play Baylor next week," added Zambon.

    Oklahoma recap

    #23 Texas Tech 4, #1 Oklahoma 3
    Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
    1. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.77) def. #35 Felipe Soares (TT 13.60) 7-6 (4), 6-3
    2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.85) def. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.50) 6-3, 6-1
    3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.57) def. #30 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-2, 6-3
    4. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.43) def. #70 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.20) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
    5. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.90) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
    6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.60) def. Connor Curry (TT 12.93) 6-4, 6-3
    1. #33 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) def. #8 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) 7-6 (6)
    2. #52 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 7-6 (1)
    3. Francisco Zambon/Connor Curry (TT) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-3
    Match Stats
    Records: #1 Oklahoma (21-2, 3-1 Big 12); #23 Texas Tech (18-6, 2-2 Big 12).
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,2,6,1,4,5)
    Note: This is Texas Tech's first-ever win over a team ranked No. 1.
    T-2:35 A-719

    FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 11th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

    Wake Forest opened it up by taking the doubles point with an 8-6 win at #3 and an 8-7(5) win at 2. The Demon Deacons followed that up that by taking the opening set on all 6 courts and it looked like the rout was on after the Deacs picked up straight set wins from Maksim Kan and Romain Bogaerts at 2 and 6.

    North Carolina however would fight back by taking the 2nd set on each of the 4 remaining courts. The amazing thing about taking all those 2nd sets was the fact that UNC was down a break in 3 of them.  UNC's Robert Kelly put the Tar Heels on the board by defeating Christian Seraphim at #5 singles and while both Brett Clark and Jack Murray had pushed their matches into a 3rd set it wasn't looking as promising at #1.  UNC's Brayden Schnur was able to force a 3rd set against Noah Rubin but Rubin would quickly race out to a 4-0 lead and would end up cruising to the finish line for the 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win.

    After the match had been decided both Clark and Murray completed their comebacks by each winning in 3.  Clark actually came back from 5-2 down to win his final set 7-5.

    Wake Forest recap 
    North Carolina recap

    #13 Wake Forest 4, #16 North Carolina 3
    April 12, 2015 - Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
    Singles competition                                                                                    
    1. #26 Noah Rubin (WF 14.88) def. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.55) 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2
    2. #13 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.34) def. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) 6-2, 6-3
    3. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.19) 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5
    4. Jack Murray (UNC 14.12) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.71) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
    5. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.56) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.68) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
    6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.33) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.46) 6-3, 6-3
    Doubles competition
    1. #59 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. #9 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 8-6
    2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 8-7 (7-5)
    3. Romain Bogaerts/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Andrew Gores/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-6
    Match Notes
    North Carolina 17-9 (6-4 ACC); National ranking #16
    Wake Forest 17-6 (7-3 ACC); National ranking #13
    Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5,1,4,3)
    Match played outdoors.
    Match delayed one hour due to WF women's tennis match beforehand.
    T-4:04 A-458

    Who Wins on Sunday in Winston-Salem

    #13 Wake Forest
      25 (51%)
    #16 North Carolina
      24 (48%)

    Votes so far: 49
    Poll closed 

    Baylor got off to a slow start in doubles but still managed to pick up the point by taking both 1 and 3 in tiebreakers.  The singles portion took a while, due to a few rain delays, but Baylor pulled through with wins from Max Tchoutakian, Diego Galeano, and Felipe Rios at 3, 4, and 6.  Oklahoma State was very competitive on some of the other courts as well.  Big time match for Baylor coming up on Wednesday in Austin against Texas.

    Baylor recap

    TOP QUOTE #1
    "Well we started slow. We didn't come out the way that we would like to come out in the doubles. We are obviously a little lucky to win two tie-breakers in matches that we easily could have lost. It's a credit to the guys - when the chips were down they found a way to win and that's a great sign of a great competitor." - head coach Matt Knoll on the doubles

    TOP QUOTE #2
    "We were able to scratch out some tough games today. It was a good finish for us. We kind of got our minds right and started to roll." - Knoll on the win

    TOP QUOTE #3
    "We've got to figure out how to be at our best when our best is needed. It's needed when you are playing big matches. It's a process for us. I'm happy to get through it. We're going to have to be a heck of a lot better when we go down to Austin on Wednesday." - Knoll on what his team needs to do to improve

    TOP QUOTE #4

    "Well you need guys doing that. Anytime you get a quick point, it makes a heck of a difference. You kind of back your opponent into a corner. Once we kind of got rolling, we started backing them into a corner. There was a point there when they won the second set on two and a lot of the first sets were close and this thing could have gone either way. Then we won all those other close sets and we just started to roll." - Knoll on Rios' quick singles win

    OK State recap

    #2 Baylor 4, #25 Oklahoma State 0
    Apr 12, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
    Singles competition
    1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.78) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.71) 7-5, 2-5 unf
    2. #31 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.16) vs. #98 Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.76) 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 unf
    3. #61 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) def. #118 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.51) 7-5, 6-1
    4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.65) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.78) 6-3, 6-4
    5. #117 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.87) vs. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.50) 7-5, 4-3 unf
    6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.84) def. Jurence Mendoza (OKST 13.01) 6-1, 6-2
    Doubles competition
    1. #54 Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. #26 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 7-6 (7-4)
    2. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. #51 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-2
    3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 7-6 (7-2)
    Match Notes
    Oklahoma State 16-7 (0-4); National ranking #25
    Baylor 18-4 (2-1); National ranking #2
    Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,4)
    Match had two rain delays.
    Rain delay 1 was 3 minutes (3:39-3:42)
    Rain delay 2 was 40 minutes (4:15-4:55)
    Match was moved to Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center during second delay.

    #4 Virginia ran its ACC winning streak to 134 consecutive matches with a routine 6-1 win over #29 Louisville.  Virginia won 5 of 6 singles matches in straight sets as Mitchell Frank, Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, J.C. Aragone, and Henrik Wiersholm were all victorious.   Louisville picked up its lone point from Seb Stiefelmeyer at #1 singles as he defeated Virginia's Collin Altamirano in a 10 point tiebreak that was played in lieu of a 3rd set.

    Virginia recap

    "I thought the team played well today," said head coach Brian Boland. "There were great conditions to play and I was happy we could have a result like this to close out our regular season home schedule. We once again had a great crowd out here and hopefully we will get to play two more matches in this atmosphere in the NCAAs."

    "Outside of the success our players have had long after they have left here, there is nothing I am more proud of than the consistency we have had as a program," said Boland. "We have tremendous respect for the ACC and to win 12 straight regular season titles is an incredible accomplishment."

    Louisville recap

    #4 Virginia 6, #28 Louisville 1
    Apr 12, 2015 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center)
    Singles competition
    1. #8 Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.61) def. #72 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.81) 3-6, 6-3, 10-5
    2. #22 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.90) def. #104 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.79) 6-2, 6-4
    3. #3 Ryan Shane (VA 14.71) def. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.65) 6-3, 6-4
    4. #14 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.61) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.33) 6-3, 6-3
    5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) def. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.35) 6-0, 6-2
    6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 13.49) def. Luis Elizondo (LOU 12.28) 6-4, 6-4
    Doubles competition
    1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) vs. #56 Jeffrey Brown/Alex Gornet (LOU) 6-7, unf
    2. #55 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Van Damrongsri/Albert Wagner (LOU) 8-3
    3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Chris Simich/Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU) 8-4
    Match Notes
    Louisville 23-6, 7-4; National ranking #28
    Virginia 18-3, 10-0; National ranking #4
    It's been a great weekend of tennis so let's see if North Carolina and Wake Forest can finish it off in style.

    #16 North Carolina (17-8) at #13 Wake Forest (15-6) - 2pm est - UNC is coming off a big 5-2 win over Duke while Wake Forest streamrolled Miami 7-0.  UNC continues to be hampered by injuries with both Esben Hess-Olesen (13.48) and Oystein Steiro (13.47) likely to miss their final regular season match in the powder blue.  If neither Hess-Olesen or Steiro can play doubles I'm not sure who UNC will put out though Brayden Schnur should be more than capable even though he hasn't played doubles since returning from his injury.

    Projected Singles Lineup:
    1. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.55) vs. #26 Noah Rubin (WF 14.88)
    2. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) vs. #13 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.34)
    3. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) vs. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.71)
    4. Jack Murray (UNC 14.12) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.19)
    5. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.56) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.68)
    6. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.46) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.33)
    Others who could play: Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.85)

    FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 11th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

    Dual-Match Singles Records:
    1. Schnur 4-5 (2-1 ACC) vs. Rubin 12-3 (6-1 ACC)
    2. Schneider 14-7 (6-3 ACC) vs. Bogaerts 14-4 (7-1 ACC)
    3. Clark 15-5 (6-3 ACC) vs. Ho 14-6 (5-3 ACC)
    4. Murray 15-4 (7-2 ACC) vs. Mansouri 9-9 (4-4 ACC)
    5. Kelly 18-3 (7-2 ACC) vs. Seraphim 13-6 (6-2 ACC)
    6. DePaolo 5-6 (1-4 ACC) vs. Kan 8-4 (3-2 ACC)

    Others: Steiro 11-9 (3-5 ACC), Hess-Olesen 3-4 (0-2 ACC), Tabrizi 6-6 (1-3 ACC)

    Doubles Records:
    UNC - 15-6 overall, 7-3 ACC - won 4 in a row and 9 of 11
    Wake - 16-5 overall, 6-2 ACC - won 8 of 9

    I think the doubles point is huge for North Carolina because without Hess-Olesen or Steiro in the singles lineup they are going to have a really hard time winning at #6 with DePaolo which would put them in a 2-0 hole if they lose doubles.  North Carolina's bread and butter this year has been Clark, Murray, and Kelly and I think they'll need all 3 to win today. The only singles pairing that has met prior is Clark/Ho with Clark winning 6-0, 6-4 last year.

    I'll go with Schnur, Clark, Murray, and Kelly for UNC with Wake getting points for doubles, Bogaerts, and Kan.  Prediction: UNC 4-3

    Sunday Schedule with other storylines:

    Can #20 Mississippi State lock up the #3 seed in the SEC Tournament with a win over #24 LSU or do the Tigers pull the mild upset?

    Today is the final home match for Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese - can these Vol legends push #43 Tennessee to an upset win over #17 Florida?

    #6 Duke got blitzed on Thursday by #16 North Carolina, will the Blue Devils rebound today against #33 Florida State or will the Noles pull off the big upset?

    #35 Harvard and #30 Princeton will be meeting for the 3rd time this year with each having won once - who takes the 3rd meeting?  Both Harvard's and Princeton's twitter accounts will be buzzing with updates so log in to find out how it all plays out.

    #2 Baylor lost that heartbreaker to #1 Oklahoma on Friday but they'll have to prepared today because #25 Oklahoma State is more than capable of giving BU all it wants. Does BU have a letdown or is it business as usual?

    #1 Oklahoma finishes off its road trip by going to Lubbock to face #23 Texas Tech who is coming off a 4-3 win over #25 Oklahoma State.  Can Oklahoma avoid the letdown from the Baylor match or will the Red Raiders come out with "Guns Up" and pull the ultimate shocker?

    #46 Memphis at Central Florida - 10am est - UCF Twitter
    #24 LSU at #20 Mississippi State - 11am est - Live Scoring

    St. John's at VCU - 11am est - Live Scoring
    Middle Tennessee State at #19 South Florida - 11:30am est - Live Scoring

    #17 Florida at #43 Tennessee - 12pm est - Live Scoring & UT Blog
    Miami at #34 NC State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
    #33 Florida State at #6 Duke - 12pm est - Live Scoring
    Purdue at #11 Ohio State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
    #32 Minnesota at Michigan State - 12pm est - Live Scoring or M-State Twitter 
    #41 Indiana at #50 Penn State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
    Wisconsin at Michigan - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
    #72 Iowa at #26 Northwestern - 1pm est - Live Scoring
    Nebraska at #3 Illinois - 1pm est - Live Scoring
    #28 Louisville at #4 Virginia - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
    #52 Auburn at Kentucky - 1pm est - Live Scoring
    #59 Alabama at #21 Vanderbilt - 1pm est - Live Scoring
    #61 Brown at #22 Columbia - 1pm est - Columbia Twitter
    #54 Dartmouth at Penn - 1pm est - Dartmouth Twitter & Penn Twitter
    #35 Harvard at #30 Princeton - 1pm est - Princeton Twitter & Harvard Twitter
    #55 Rice at #44 SMU - 1pm est - Live Scoring
    #16 North Carolina at #13 Wake Forest - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Video
    Georgia Tech at #12 Virginia Tech - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Video
    Oregon at Utah - 2pm est - Live Scoring
    #66 Utah State at Nevada - 3pm est - Live Scoring
    #25 Oklahoma State at #2 Baylor - 3pm est - Live Scoring & Video (if outdoors) & Blog
    #1 Oklahoma at #23 Texas Tech - 3pm est - Live Scoring
    #62 Washington at Arizona - 3pm est - Live Scoring
    San Diego State at New Mexico - 4pm est - Live Scoring
    #37 San Diego State at #45 New Mexico - 4pm est - Live Scoring
    Wright State at #11 Ohio State - 4:30pm est - Live Scoring
    #70 Clemson at Boston College - 5pm est - Clemson Twitter
    Monmouth at #50 Penn State - 5pm est - Live Scoring
    Charlotte at #34 NC State - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Video
    The Citadel at #13 Wake Forest - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Video

    Updated Top 25 going into today's matches (includes results through yesterday)

    6Texas A&M 63.66
    11Ohio State47.91
    12Ole Miss43.59
    13North Carolina*43.02
    14Virginia Tech41.59
    15Wake Forest41.40
    16San Diego39.10
    19South Florida 36.40
    21Texas Tech34.60
    22Mississippi State33.88
    24Columbia* 32.17
    I thought the big story of the day would be TCU thumping Texas A&M or Georgia blanking Ole Miss but Stanford stole their thunder as the Cardinal stunned #5 USC 4-3. Each of these 3 big matches all had monster crowds on hand with TCU drawing over 1700, Georgia had over 1800, and while I didn't see an attendence figure from Stanford the pictures I saw showed the stands pretty full.

    Stanford took the doubles point with quick wins at 2 and 3 but then USC got off to a hot start in singles by taking the opening set on 4 courts. USC's Max De Vroome would tie the match at 1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #5 singles over Nolan Paige but moments later Stanford's David Hsu would knock off Nick Crystal at #6 singles by a 6-3, 6-4 score. Hsu's win over Crystal was probably the most surprising result because Crystal brought a 14-1 dual match record into the match and he had only dropped 4 games to Hsu in the first meeting in late February.  

    It looked like USC would tie it back up at 2 when Roberto Quiroz led John Morrissey 7-6, 5-2 at #2 singles but Morrissey fought back to force a 3rd set.

    Jonny Wang would tie it at 2 after he defeated Robert Stineman 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at #4 singles but Stanford would go up 3-2 when Tom Fawcett rallied from a set down to defeat Yannick Hanfmann 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at #1 singles.

    Eric Johnson tied it at 3 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at #3 singles over David Wilczynski but by then Stanford's John Morrissey had opened up a 4-1 lead in the 3rd set at #2.

    Morrissey would face 3 breaks points when serving at 4-2, 15-40 but he fought all 3 off and held for 5-2.  After a Quiroz hold, the pivotal point in Morrissey's 5-3 service game would come at 30-15. Quiroz was in control of the point and when Morrissey hit a volley that sat up on the service line everybody figured Quiroz would hit a forehand into the open court but instead he dumped it into the net.  Morrissey had 3 match points but only needed 1 as Quiroz's backhand sailed wide and with the miss Stanford had pulled off the rare double of beating USC and UCLA on back-to-back days. Below is the final service game via Sven Nommensen's youtube. 

    Stanford recap

    "I started playing more aggressive tennis and really went after my serve, said Morrissey. "I just wanted to keep the points short, stay and aggressive and do more with the serve and volley. This was a great match and the whole weekend was just phenomenal.

    #36 Stanford 4, #5 USC 3
    April 11, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
    1) No. 36 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) vs. Crystal/Quiroz (USC) abandoned
    2) Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) d. Johnson/Wang (USC) 6-2
    3) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC) 6-3
    Order of Finish: 3, 2 
    1) No. 41 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.32) d. No. 6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
    2) No. 100 John Morrissey (STAN 13.95) d. No. 19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3
    3) No. 123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) d. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
    4) No. 33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) d. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.18) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
    5) No. 75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) d. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) 6-4, 6-4
    6) David Hsu (STAN 13.81) d. No. 86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) 6-3, 6-4
    Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, 2

    FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 10th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

    What was expected to be one of the best matches of the day turned into one of the bigger blowouts as #10 TCU ran roughshod over #7 Texas A&M 4-0 in a match that last only an hour and 54 minutes. TCU was just 12-10 in doubles coming into this one but that didn't stop them from rolling Texas A&M at #2 and #3 to grab the point.

    The teams split the opening sets in singles but before Texas A&M had a chance to get into the match TCU's Cameron Norrie, Facundo Lugones, and Cameron Norrie would all finish their respective matches in straight sets to seal the win in under 2 hours.  The amazing thing is that Shane Vinsant, Arthur Rinderknech, and AJ Catanzariti had only dropped a combined 7 matches coming in yet they all got routed on the same day. Hats off to David Roditi for getting past Texas A&M for a 2nd time this year.

    TCU recap

    "It is a huge win," head coach David Roditi said. "I have so much respect for the Texas A&M program overall and they have been absolutely dominating us for a long time. For this group to put in the work they have been doing and getting better and with the freshmen coming through like that speaks a lot about what this team really wants. This team was hungry and for them to come out and beat the SEC Champions 4-0 makes me so happy for them and so proud. It is just a great moment for our program."

    "We played so bad in doubles at SMU in our last match and there was only one way we could go in doubles action and it was to get better," Roditi said. For our No. 3 doubles team to come out like that and take a quick set like that is huge. The way we look at the doubles point is that it is almost like a bonus point for us because we haven't been getting it that often. We are so used to not winning it that it is just a nice bonus when we do have it and it just makes a huge difference especially when you are playing at home. For a visiting team to come out here and be down the doubles point and take four singles from us is going to take a really good team to do that."

    "That is one of our goals is to protect our home here," Roditi said. "For us to be able to play those teams at home is great. What a crowd and what a great day for college tennis. It was a clean match, a great atmosphere and people came out and supported us.

    "I want to thank the alumni, the country club members and just the entire community for the support today. The guys really feed off of it and I hope to see every one of them at our match against Texas next weekend."

    Texas A&M recap

    #10 TCU 4, #7 Texas A&M 0
    Apr 11, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
    Singles competition
    1. #60 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.26) vs. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.86) 6-3, 0-3, unf
    2. #63 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.70) def. #64 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.24) 6-3, 6-2
    3. #50 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.22) def. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.25) 6-0, 6-4
    4. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.88) vs. #55 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.64) 4-6, 6-3, unf
    5. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.85) def. #78 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.24) 6-4, 6-2
    6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.37) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.34) 7-6(5), 1-1, unf
    Doubles competition
    1. #18 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) vs. #13 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 3-4, unf
    2. #29 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #41 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-3
    3. Hudson Blake/Guillermo Nu?ez (TCU) def. Arthur Rinderknech/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-1
    Match Notes
    Texas A&M 17-4; National ranking #7
    TCU 19-6; National ranking #10
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,5,2)
    T - 1:54

    Who Wins The Rematch on Saturday in Fort Worth

    #10 TCU
      19 (40%)
    #7 Texas A&M
      28 (59%)

    Votes so far: 47

    Georgia wrapped a share of the SEC regular season title and the #1 seed in next week's SEC Tournament with a 4-0 win over #14 Ole Miss.  The doubles point was up for grabs after Georgia won at #3 and Ole Miss won at 2.  There were no breaks of serve at #1 and in the tiebreak Ole Miss would lead 6-4 with Nik Scholtz serving for the point.  Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland would fight back to take the final 4 points and lock up the doubles point by winning the tiebreak 8-6. Odd twist at the end of the doubles (per UGA blog) - Ole Miss's Zvonimir Babic double faulted to give Georgia the point and after Georgia's guys hit the ball back Babic hit the ball out of the complex and apparently since it was the 2nd penalty against the team the chair assessed a game penalty that rolled over to singles.  Since Babic didn't play in singles that meant his partner Nik Scholtz started out down a break with Smith serving at 1-0 to begin play.

    Georgia jumped all over Ole Miss in singles taking 5 of 6 opening sets and Nick Wood, Paul Oosterbaan, and Austin Smith would each close out their matches in straight sets to seal the shutout win.

    It looked like Georgia senior Nathan Pasha would get the clinch because he led Gustav Hansson 6-4, 5-2 at #3 singles and he had a match point on the Hansson serve but Hansson managed to hold and then break to stay in it.  After Pasha held for 6-5, Austin Smith would hold serve himself to seal the win at #1 and thus halt all the remaining matches.

    Below are some nice pics of the big crowd in Athens along with a clip showing match point for Smith.

    Georgia recap

    "This is a great way to end the regular season," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had great play on all six singles courts. Nick (Wood) gave us the first point, Paul (Oosterbaan) the second, and this was a tremendous win for Austin at No. 1. He is really locked in and finishing the regular season on point. He is playing tremendous tennis and is so focused right now. After we lost to Mississippi State, our guys recommitted, and they see how to handle the important matches and not take anything for granted. Now we go into the SEC Tournament with a lot of momentum and the number one seed."

    "Ole Miss was serving so well and it kept them in the match," Diaz said. "Even though we got a lead in that tiebreaker, I thought our guys kept their composure and poise and continued to fight. That doubles point could have gone either way, and the match may have been a little bit different. I give credit to our No. 1 team. They played tremendous tennis."

    Ole Miss recap

    #8 Georgia 4, #14 Ole Miss 0
    April 11, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
    Singles competition
    1. #34 Austin Smith (UGA 14.22) def. #16 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.10) 6-4, 6-4
    2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18) vs. #27 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.51) 7-5, 3-3
    3. #25 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.28) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.76) 6-4, 6-5, unf
    4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.30) vs. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) 7-6 (8-6), 2-3, unf
    5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.84) def. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.97) 6-1, 6-2
    6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.68) def. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.47) 6-2, 6-4
    Doubles competition
    1. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #46 Zvonimir Babic/Nik Scholtz (OM) 7-6 (8-6)
    2. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-2
    3. Nathan Pasha/Nick Wood (UGA) def. Grey Hamilton/William Kallberg (OM) 6-3
    Match Notes
    Ole Miss 16-7 (8-4); National ranking #14
    Georgia 19-3 (11-1); National ranking #8
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1)

    Official: Clark Weaver T-2:31 A-1811

    Who Wins on Saturday in Athens

    #8 Georgia
      33 (75%)
    #14 Ole Miss
      11 (25%)

    Votes so far: 44 

    Top 25 (as of 10pm Saturday)

    6Texas A&M 63.66
    11Ohio State47.91
    12Ole Miss43.59
    13North Carolina*43.02
    14Virginia Tech41.59
    15Wake Forest41.40
    16San Diego39.10
    19South Florida 36.40
    21Texas Tech34.60
    22Mississippi State33.88
    24Columbia* 32.17

    Sept 20-23: Oracle ITA Masters (Malibu)
    Sept 29-Oct 8: Men's All Americans (Tulsa)
    Sept 29-Oct 7: Women's All Americans (Pacific Pal)
    Nov 7-11: National Fall Championships (Surprise, AZ)