Monday, 30 March 2015 12:24

3/31 ITA Rankings Preview

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Oklahoma is still on top as expected and has widened its margin to a 8.5 points over #2 Baylor thanks to a pair of top 10 wins last weekend over Texas and TCU.  This week's rankings use each team's top 7 best wins and then next week it'll go up to 8 and then the week after that it'll be at 9 and stay there until the end of the regular season. 

Viriginia makes the biggest jump inside the top 20 from 8 to 4 thanks to wins over North Carolina and Duke. Mississippi State should have the largest jump inside the top 40 as I see them coming up 8 spots from 34 to 26. Tulsa should also make a nice push jumping 7 spots from 27 to 20 after winning on the road at South Florida on Sunday.

Oklahoma State will take the biggest fall in the top 40 by dropping 8 spots from 22 to 30 after dropping a pair last week to Texas and TCU.  

Others Coming Up:
  • Texas A&M is up 1 from 9 to 8 after beat Ole Miss.
  • Virginia Tech is up 3 spots from 16 to 13 after knocking off North Carolina in a 4-3 thriller.  
  • Florida comes up 4 spots from 20 to 16 after picking a road win at Auburn.  
  • San Diego comes up 4 spots from 21 to 17 after beating San Francisco and seeing some of its best wins come up from the previous week.
  • North Carolina State comes up 4 spots from 38 to 34 after knocking off Wake Forest
  • Stanford comes up 5 spots from 43 to 38 after picking up wins over Utah and Arizona over the weekend.  

Others Going Down:
  • North Carolina drops 5 spots from 14 to 19 after losing to Virginia and Virginia Tech plus it only had 6 ranked wins so the 7th best win will be a decent drop off in points.
  • Northwestern drops 5 spots from 19 to 24 after losing to Rice and Ohio State.

Other Notes:
  • Rice will re-enter the rankings around 47 after upsetting Northwestern and also picking up wins over Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Louisiana Lafayette.  

As the number of best wins increases, since many teams don't have that many ranked wins a little more guesswork comes into play so it's possible that a team maybe off 1 slot or so.

3/31 ITA Rankings Projections (ones in bold moves at least 5 spots)

8Texas A&M 64.169
11Ohio State49.8211
12Wake Forest46.0712
13Virginia Tech44.7916
14Ole Miss44.2913
17San Diego36.5521
19North Carolina*35.6814
21South Florida 34.7618
23Texas Tech32.5125
26Mississippi State29.6134
29Columbia* 28.8126
30Oklahoma State28.0922
32Florida State26.6232
34NC State*23.6238
35Notre Dame*23.4237
37San Diego State*20.3735

* represents a team that has a win over someone that is ranked between 75-125 however it's tough to be 100% accurate pinpointing where in that range the team falls so the point totals may be off a bit. 
It was expected to be a dynamite day with 4 matches taking place between top 15 teams but in the end we got 4 lopsided matches with 3 of the 4 wrapped up in under 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Illinois put an end to Ohio State's 97 match regular season Big 10 winning streak with a 4-0 win.  The Illini surprised many by taking the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 doubles.  Illinois' #2 team of Aron Hiltzik and Ross Guignon got a break to start the match and never looked and rolled to an 8-5 win.  Below is match point which includes a swing and miss by Diaz.

The Illinois' #3 team of Farris Gosea and Aleks Vukic fell behind 3-1 before taking the next 5 games to go up 6-3.  A couple of service hold later and Illinois had the doubles point.

Ohio State made a last minute change to the singles lineup as Ty Tucker removed its #3 Herkko Pollanen which moved everyone from 4 down up a slot with Matt Mendez coming in at #6.  I was told it was a coaches decision by Tucker and it may have had something to do with Pollanen's play in doubles.

Illinois jumped out to early break lead at 1, 2, 3, and 5 singles and really never looked back as Jared Hiltzik, Tim Kopinski, and Aleks Vukic completed the shutout with the singles portion taking just under an hour and twenty minutes.  Play was stopped after the clinch, which isn't typically the norm for the Big 10, but considering how lopsided the match was I think Ohio State wanted to call it a day and get back on the road to head home.

Below are the clinching points in each singles match plus this youtube link has some other highlights that I shot most from my phone - most of the singles is Vukic/Steinbach:

Illinois recap with interviews from Brad Dancer and Ross Guignon and a highlight package they put together via Illinois Sports Dept.

Ohio State recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 29th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#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)

Who Wins On Sunday in Champaign

  33 (68%)
Ohio State
  15 (31%)

Votes so far: 48 


#8 Virginia extended its ACC winning streak to 131 matches with a 6-1 win over #4 Duke in a match that was closer than the final score indicated.  The doubles portion wasn't close at all with Virginia crushing Duke on all 3 courts but singles was much tighter with Duke getting 3 1st sets and having a break lead at 1 and 2 before Mitchell Frank and Ryan Shane rallied to take the opening set.  Virginia did a much better job closing out its matches with Frank, Shane, and Collin Altamirano each winning in straight sets. Both J.C. Aragone and Henrik Wiersholm would rally from a set down to win in 3. Duke's lone point came from Raphael Hemmeler who came back from 5-3 down in the 1st to win 10 of the next 11 games and take the match at #3 singles 7-5, 6-1 over Thai-Son Kwiatkowski. 

Virginia recap

"I really want to thank the crowd that gave us a great atmosphere to play in today," said head coach Brian Boland. "It was a great day of tennis and we are happy to get a win over a tremendous Duke team. I am glad that we were able to get to play at Snyder in front of what I consider the best fans in college tennis."

The win extended Virginia's win streak against conference opponents (regular season and tournaments) to 131 consecutive matches, the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.

"We played some tremendous doubles," said Boland. "We continue to get better every day in doubles. The guys have really embraced that part of our program. Luca continues to lead our team in doubles and he and Ryan are playing at a really high level at No. 1."

"I was really impressed with a lot of players today," said Boland. "Mitchell is such a great leader and gave us a lot of energy on the court today. I was pleased with how Ryan stayed composed at the end. He was serving to close out the match, had triple-matchpoint and got broken, but came right back and broke to serve it out again. That isn't easy to do. It was also great to see Henrik get the win at the end as he played an impressive tiebreaker."

Duke recap

#8 Virginia 6, #4 Duke 1
Mar 29, 2015 at Charlottesville, VA (Snyder Tennis Center) 
1. #8 Shane/Corinteli (UVa) def. #12 Alvarez/Hemmeler (Duke) 8-3
2. #54 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) vs. Levine/Tahir (Duke) 7-2 DNF
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVa) def. Mengel/Semenzato (Duke) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3,1
1. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVa 14.89) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (Duke 14.41) 7-5, 6-3
2. #6 Ryan Shane (UVa 14.54) def. #41 Jason Tahir (Duke 13.84) 7-6(3), 7-5
3. #101 Raphael Hemmeler (Duke 14.14) def. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa 14.76) 7-5, 6-1
4. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVa 14.75) def. Bruno Semenzato (Duke 13.94) 6-1, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (UVa 13.94) def. Josh Levine (Duke 12.71) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa 13.55) def. TJ Pura (Duke 13.55) 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-2
Order of Finish: 4,3,5,2,1,6
T-3:20 - clinched in 2:52

Who Wins on Sunday in Charlottesville

  47 (90%)
  5 (9%)

Votes so far: 52

Who Ends Virginia's ACC Record 127 Match Conference Winning Streak

  8 (10%)
Virginia Tech
  3 (3%)
North Carolina
  5 (6%)
Wake Forest
  9 (11%)
Not Happening in 2015
  54 (68%)

Votes so far: 79
Poll closed

Oklahoma just keeps on winning as the #1 Sooners rolled over arch rival Texas 4-1.   The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at 2 but OU's Andrew Harris and Alex Ghilea would pull it out 7-3 to give Oklahoma the 1-0 lead.  Oklahoma would take the opening set on 5 of 6 courts and would get straight set wins from Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Spencer Papa at 1, 2, and 5.  Texas got its lone point at #3 singles when Adrien Berkowicz knocked off Dane Webb 6-4, 6-3.

Oklahoma recap

"I think it is special, head coach John Roddick said. "We always seem to get our biggest crowd of the year, and we had another big one today. I think it means a lot to our lettermen and some of the other guys who took a pounding from them for years. I know they enjoy that and our guys enjoy playing in front of that many people.

"That was huge to get doubles, Roddick said. "We have been getting better each match. On three we had three or four break points that could have evened that one up. When it is that short you have to give yourself a chance and I liked what I saw. We played great at one again. Our doubles has come miles from four or five weeks ago.

"In the end there was a lot of energy, sophomore Andrew Harris said. "It pumped us all up. We know once we win the doubles point we are very very hard to beat. That gave us confidence.

"Axel went out and took care of business, Roddick said. "He played the way he needed to play to make the guy feel like he didn't have a chance.

"I was just really excited, Harris said. "I knew leading up to this match it would be a great opportunity. You don't get to play No. 1 in the country very often. I just really focused and took every chance I got. I was really focused and it showed. "

"Andrew beating the no. 1 player in the countrythat's how he can play when he really focuses and doesn't give any free points away, Roddick said. "That was a great effort.

"Spencer closed it out well, Roddick said. "He dealt with a little bit of adversity, but he handled it really well. He was able to close it out. The first three chances we had to close matches out, we did it. That's what we want to do.


Texas recap

#1 Oklahoma 4, #7 Texas 1
03/29/15 at Norman, OK (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.14) 6-1, 6-3
2. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.59) def. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.95) 6-1, 6-2
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.81) def. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.31) 6-4, 6-3
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.83) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.78) 6-4, 7-5
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Clement Homs (UT 13.36) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) def. #41 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-3
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Florin Bragusi/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 15-3, 1-1; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Oklahoma 19-1, 2-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)
Sunday should be a fabulous day of tennis with 4 matches taking place between top 15 teams with Champaign, Charlottesville, College Station, and Norman the hot places to be.  3 of the 4 will take place outdoors with only the Ohio State/Illinois match likely headed indoors due to crummy weather.

I see at least 1 lower ranked team winning but I definitely wouldn't call it an upset. Check out the stats and projected lineups and see if you can figure out who wins each match.

#11 Ohio State (16-6) at #3 Illinois (16-3) - 1pm est - This will be the 2nd meeting of the year between these two with Illinois taking the first one 4-2 in the consolation draw at the National Indoors back in February.  This match is all but guaranteed to be played indoors due to Sunday's forecast of rain, high winds, and cooler temps.  Both teams are coming off nice wins with Illinois beating Penn State 6-1 and Ohio State winning at Northwestern 5-2.  Ohio State is 18-4 in doubles while Illinois is 10-9 so you've got to like the Buckeyes to take the early lead.  The top 3 singles matches should be repeats from February while the bottom 3 will be different.   Below is the box score from the 1st meeting and further down below we'll look at the singles match-ups.

Illinois 4, Ohio State 2
Sunday, 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)

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

Projected Singes Lineup
1. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) vs. #22 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46)
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) vs. #64 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.50)
3. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.49) vs. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL 13.98)
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) vs. #52 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.94)
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. #50 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.27)
6. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11)

Dual match singles records:
1. Torpegaard 10-5 vs. J Hiltzik 14-1
2. Diaz 9-7 (won 3 straight) vs. Gosea 5-5
3. Pollanen 9-6 vs. Kopinski 13-3
4. Callahan 15-4 vs. A Hiltzik 11-3 (won 9 straight)
5. Metka 15-4 vs. Vukic 12-1 (won 10 straight)
6. Steinbach 15-5 (won 4 straight) vs. Matsuya 8-2

Like I mentioned above I like Ohio State in doubles and I think Steinbach is the biggest favorite in all the 6 singles match-ups so I expect him to win in straight sets.  I'd give Illinois the edge at 1, 2, 3, and 5 though if Chris Diaz plays like he did against Northwestern (won 6-0, 6-1) he could give Gosea some trouble.  I think the match at 4 between Callahan and Aron Hiltzik is going to be a tight one and if this was earlier in the year I'd have taken Callahan but he's just 2-2 the last 4 times out while Hiltzik has won 9 straight against some tough customers.  Ohio State will keep it close but Illinois should pull it out.  Prediction:  Illinois 5-2

#4 Duke (17-2) at #8 Virginia (13-3) - 2pm est - Virginia is 14-2 in doubles while Duke is 14-5 though the Blue Devils have dropped the point the last 2 times out.  Duke has won 4 straight since losing to Virginia Tech though the last 3 have all been tight. Virginia is also riding a 4 match winning streak with all 4 being blowout wins.  Duke's Chris Mengel, which usually plays at 5, has been in and out of the lineup and if he's out for this one that won't bode well for the Dukies.  It should be sunny and right around 50 so this one should be played outdoors.

Projected Singles Lineup
1.  #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.41) vs. #6 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54)
2.  #41 Jason Tahir (DU 13.84) vs. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.89)
3. #101 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.14) vs. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75)
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.94) vs. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.76)
5. Josh Levine (DU 12.71) vs. J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.94)
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.55) vs. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.55)

Others who could play: Chris Mengel (DU 13.64), Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.93), Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.89)

Dual match singles records:
1. Alvarez 11-2 vs. Shane 10-4
2. Tahir 7-9 vs. Frank 10-2
3. Hemmeler 14-3 vs. Altamirano 12-0
4. Semenzato 9-4 vs. Kwiatkowski 11-2
5. Levine 9-6 vs. Aragone 9-3
6. Pura 9-2 vs. Wiersholm 6-2

Virginia may the lower ranked team but a loss would be a rather large upset.  Duke has to win the doubles point to have a puncher's chance but I look for Virginia to claim the doubles point and then I like the Cavs to pick up singles wins at 2, 3, 4, and 5 from Frank, Altamirano, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone.  I like Nicolas Alvarez's chances against Shane and think Pura will do well against Wiersholm should they be matched up.  Duke usually plays Virginia pretty close however Virginia always seems to come out on top against them and anybody else in the ACC.  Prediction: Virginia 5-2 

#7 Texas (15-2) at #1 Oklahoma (18-1) - 2pm est - Texas got all it wanted on Friday just getting past Oklahoma State 4-3 in a match that came down to a 3rd set at #6 singles while Oklahoma was pushed by TCU but still prevailed 4-1.  OU is 10-9 in doubles while Texas is 9-8 though both won the doubles point on Friday.  Texas #1 Soren Hess-Olesen suffered his first dual-match loss of the year on Friday going down meekly in straight sets to Jakob Sude.  The Texas recap said Soren had been under the weather leading up to the match so you've got to assume he'll still be less than 100% for this one.  The temperature should be around 70 at the start of this match.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 15.14) vs. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74)
2. #37 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.95) vs. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59)
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.81) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.31)
4. George Goldhoff (TX 13.65) vs. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15)
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.78) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.83)
6. Clement Homs (TX 13.36) vs. Floin Bragusi (OU 13.51)

Dual match singles records:
1. Hess-Olesen 15-1 vs. Harris 11-4
2. Glasspool 9-2 vs. Alvarez 15-0
3. Berkowicz 13-3 vs. Webb 12-3
4. Goldhoff 4-4 vs. Ghilea 13-2
5. Naumann 7-6 vs. Papa 8-5
6. Homs 4-0 vs. Bragusi 7-1

Texas has a chance in this one but in my opinion it's a small chance.  I like Oklahoma in doubles and then look for the Sooners to get wins from Alvarez, Webb, and Ghilea. The match at 1 will probably go unfinished but if Hess-Olesen is less than 100% he'll likely go down to Harris.  I'd say that Naumann and Homs have the best chance to win for Texas but those could each be matches that go 3 sets and also go unfinished. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-1

#13 Ole Miss (13-5) at #9 Texas A&M (12-3) - 1pm est - Ole Miss had a huge comeback on Friday coming back from 3-0 down to LSU with Nik Scholtz fighting off 6 match points in the decider. Texas A&M sat 2 starters against Arkansas but still cruised to a 4-0 shutout.  Ole Miss is 10-8 in doubles but has lost the point the last 2 times out while Texas A&M is 12-3. Temperatures will be in the mid 70s for this one.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #15 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.18) vs. #59 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.23)
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.19) vs. #67 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.16)
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.76) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.11)
4. William Kallberg (OM 13.35) vs. #51 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.59)
5. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.11) vs. #79 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.27)
6. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.85) vs. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.36)

Dual match singles records:
1. Scholtz 11-3 vs. Efferding 9-2
2. Lindmark 12-3 vs. Vinsant 5-2
3. Hansson 7-7 vs. Rinderknech 8-2
4. Kallberg 5-6 vs. Adams 0-8
5. Jorge 5-3 vs. Catanzariti 10-3
6. Gowda 6-2 vs. Arconada 3-2

Texas A&M is always tough at home while Ole Miss is just 1-2 on the road in conference play and it was nearly 0-3.  I think the Aggies get the doubles point to jump out to the early 1-0 lead and then lean on the Rebels and pick up wins from Vinsant, Rinderknech, and Catanzariti.  I think Scholtz will win at 1 and Adams and Arconada will both be leading for Texas A&M at the time of the clinch. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-1

What does everybody think - can someone other than Virginia pull the "upset"?

Other Sunday Storylines:

Can #14 North Carolina recover from 2 straight conference losses and win in Blacksburg or does #16 Virginia Tech avenge the earlier 4-1 loss during the Kickoff weekend?

#27 Tulsa just got past Central Florida on Friday can they do the same in Tampa against #18 South Florida or will the Bulls gore them?

#52 Tennessee put together its most impressive performance of the season on Friday against #62 Alabama.  #34 Mississippi State followed up its upset of #13 Ole Miss by just squeaking past Kentucky 4-3 which happened to be State's 1st win over Kentucky since 2007.  Does the same Tennessee team show up on Sunday or does Mississippi State make it 3 conference wins this week?

#17 Vanderbilt put up a good fight in Athens on Friday against #5 Georgia but still lost 4-1.  Will Vandy rebound and win at #42 South Carolina or will the Gamecocks get their biggest win of the year?

#22 Oklahoma State came close to get a top 10 win on Friday before falling to #7 Texas 4-3.  #10 TCU gave #1 Oklahoma a really good shot but came up short 4-1. Which team will come back from the loss and get the win?

Below are all the live scoring/twitter links for Sunday's matches - I plan on being in Champaign but I'll have a few of these matches queued up on my phone so I can keep tabs on them.

Notre Dame at Florida State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Kennesaw State at Georgia Tech - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Boston College at Miami - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan State at Iowa - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Tulsa at South Florida - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Louisville at Clemson - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Ohio State at Illinois - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Penn State at Northwestern - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Indiana at Minnesota - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan at Nebraska - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Purdue at Wisconsin - 1pm est - Wisconsin Twitter & Streaming
Mississippi State at Tennessee - 1pm est - Live Scoring & UT Blog
Vanderbilt at South Carolina - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Alabama at Kentucky - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Ole Miss at Texas A&M - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Arkansas at LSU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Duke at Virginia - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
North Carolina at Virginia Tech - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Incarnate Word at Baylor - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Video (if outdoors) & Blog
Texas at Oklahoma - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming w subsc.
TCU at Oklahoma State - 2pm est - Live Scoring
UT San Antonio at Texas A&M - 5pm est - Live Scoring
Santa Clara at San Diego - 5:30pm est - Live Scoring
The Citadel at South Carolina - 6pm est - Live Scoring
UT Arlington at Baylor 7pm est - Live Scoring & Video (if outdoors) & Blog
IUPUI at Northwestern - 7:30pm est - Live Scoring

Saturday, 28 March 2015 23:32

Saturday Recap: Step On Back - The Pack Attacked

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Going into today's match against #12 Wake Forest, NC State had played in 11 matches that finished with a 4-3 score with the Pack on the losing end in 7 of those 11 matches.  It was just last weekend that NC State had #16 Virginia Tech on the ropes but the Pack couldn't slam the door shut and watched as the Hokies #5 rallied from 5-2 down in the 3rd to win.

Today NC State finally broke through as they upset Wake Forest 4-3.  The Wolfpack took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 and then picked up singles wins from Simon Norenius, Austin Powell, and Beck Bond at 2, 3, and 4 to seal the deal.  The match was played indoors at NC State's 4-court indoor facility so the matches at 5 and 6 didn't go on until a court opened up.  Both were played out after the clinch with Wake winning both.

NC State recap
Wake Forest recap

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

#38 NC State 4, #12 Wake Forest 3
Mar 28, 2015 at Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #27 Noah Rubin (WFU 14.79) def. #60 Robbie Mudge (ST 13.63) 6-2, 6-4
2. Simon Norenius (ST 13.81) def. #8 Romain Bogaerts (WFU 14.38) 7-5, 1-6, 6-2
3. #85 Austin Powell (ST 13.53) def. #80 Jon Ho (WFU 13.63) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
4. Beck Bond (ST 13.43) def. Skander Mansouri (WFU 13.28) 6-1, 6-3
5. Christian Seraphim (WFU 13.71) def. Nick Horton (ST 13.46) 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 10-5
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WFU 12.89) def. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.38) 7-6 (1), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #10 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WFU) def. Nick Horton/Beck Bond (ST) 8-4
2. Simon Norenius/Robbie Mudge (ST) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WFU) 8-6
3. Thomas Weigel/Ian Dempster (ST) def. Romain Bogaerts/Keivon Tabrizi (WFU) 8-4
Match Notes
NC State 10-8; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)

Florida State jumped out to a 3-0 lead but had to hold off a Dartmouth charge to win 4-3.  FSU freshman Terrell Whitehurst clinched the win with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 win at #6 singles.

Florida State recap

"Today showed how important the doubles point really is, associate coach Nick Crowell said. "We were a few match points down at third doubles, and came through in the clutch to win it. In a 4-3 match, you can see how important that doubles point is.

"Our depth really showed through today, winning at 4, 5, and 6, Crowell said. "We knew they were going to come in and be strong all the way through the lineup with two ranked players. They came in and did a great job, and I'm just glad we were able to close that match out at No. 6."

Dartmouth recap

#32 Florida State 4, #60 Dartmouth 3
3/28/2015 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #86 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.58) def. #106 Benjamin Lock (FS 13.86) 6-4, 6-2
2. #91 Chris Kipouras (DART 13.37) def. Marco Nunez (FS 13.57) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
3. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.15) def. #90 Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.62) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
4. C. Gonzalez Mendez (FS 13.49) def. Diego Pedraza (DART 12.80) 6-0, 6-3
5. Jose Gracia (FS 13.37) def. Max Schmidt (DART 12.68) 6-3, 6-4
6. Terrell Whitehurst (FS 12.67) def. Sam Todd (DART 12.75) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #30 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. #21 Chris Kipouras/Dovydas Sakinis (DART) 6-2
2. C. Gonzalez Mendez/Michael Rinaldi (FS) vs. Max Schmidt/Tannenbaum (DART) 4-5, unf
3. Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. Diego Pedraza/Sam Todd (DART) 7-5
Match Notes:
Dartmouth 9-8; National ranking #60
Florida State 16-5; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,5,1,2,3,6)

T-3:00 A-225

Auburn started off on the right foot by taking the doubles point but Florida was too strong at both the top and bottom of the lineup and pulled out a 4-1 win.  

Florida recap

Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On reactions to today's win

I'm really proud of our guys and how they responded to adversity today. I'm proud of JB [Jordan Belga] for coming through after getting down today. I'm so happy to see him clinch the match. Diego [Hidalgo], Elliott [Orkin] and Josh [Wardell] really were outstanding in singles. It was also nice to see Gordon [Watson] and Chase [Perez-Blanco] battle with what was probably not their best stuff. It was a great team win.

Auburn recap

"You have to give Florida credit. They did not panic after doubles," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "We have to be better at the top of the lineup and we were not today. We need everybody playing well and we were not getting that. You are not going to beat a team like that if you are not ready and you are not battling."

#20 Florida 4, #45 Auburn 1
Mar 28, 2015 at Auburn, Ala. (Yarbrough Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.02) def. Lukas Ollert (AU 14.11) 6-0, 6-0
2. Elliott Orkin (FLA 14.11) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU 13.91) 6-2, 6-0
3. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.75) vs. Marko Krickovic (AU 13.75) 6-4, 4-5, unf
4. Dante Saleh (AU 12.93) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.54) 6-4, 4-3, unf
5. Jordan Belga (FLA 12.97) def. Joseph Van Dooren (AU 12.25) 6-4, 6-3
6. Joshua Wardell (FLA 13.08) def. Oliver Plaskett (AU 11.94) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Lukas Ollert (AU) def. Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 6-3
2. Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (FLA) def. Oliver Plaskett/Petar Tomic (AU) 6-1
3. Joseph Van Dooren/Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (FLA) 7-6 (7-3)
Match Notes:
Florida 10-6; National ranking #20
Auburn 14-8; National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,6,5)
Played outdoors
Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:31

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There aren't any top 20 match-ups on the schedule today but there are a few that should be good.

#60 Dartmouth plays its 5th match in the last 7 days against #32 Florida State.  Will the Big Green have enough left to challenge the Noles or does FSU lean on them and push them back on the their way to Hanover?

#12 Wake Forest goes to Raleigh to face #38 NC State - the Wolfpack has lost 3 straight and 4 of the last 5 matches by a 4-3 score.  Is today the day the Pack has the 4 in front of its name or does Wake take it to them?

#20 Florida goes to the plains to face #45 Auburn - does Auburn have enough depth to challenge the Gators or will Florida roll them 4-0?

#15 UCLA most likely will still be playing without its #1 Mackenzie McDonald (playing in the semis of a Future) against #56 Washington.  Can the Huskies challenge the Bruins up top 1 day after giving USC a good match?

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Buffalo at Harvard - 10am est - Harvard Twitter
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Cornell at Columbia - 1pm est - Columbia Twitter
Penn at Princeton - 1pm est - Live Scoring
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BYU at Pepperdine - 4pm est - Live Scoring
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Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Rice - 5pm est - Live Scoring
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Oklahoma got pushed by TCU in singles but ultimately the Sooners had too much depth and outlasted TCU 4-1.  After OU took the doubles point they picked up 4 1st sets and ended up getting wins from Andrew Harris, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa at 1, 4, and 5.  TCU's lone point came from freshman Guillermo Nunez as he hammered Dane Webb 6-3, 6-2 at #3.  The 2 remaining matches were abandoned with each early in the 3rd set.  

Oklahoma recap

"It was a good match, head coach John Roddick said. "TCU played very well and they played hard.  We got a pretty good lead on them and they forced us into third sets. Our guys competed well. Doubles was a lot better. We are really coming around there. All in all it's a good day.

Head Coach John Roddick
"Spencer did a great job getting off the court in straight sets like that, Roddick said. "I won't say that it was easy but he did a great job of taking care of business and getting us a 2-1 lead. That really put us in a good spot because we had other first sets. That gives them very little wiggle room and that was probably the biggest key to winning today.

"I think we were in good position on two courts and I'll never doubt Axel until he loses the last point, Roddick said. "We have been good at putting teams in position where they have very little margin for error. When you do that you will come out on top more often than not. We don't have a clock so you have to close them out and our guys did that.

TCU recap

"That was a good college match," head coach David Roditi said. "We played well in all our matches. When we play the No. 1 team on the road, we must capitalize on our opportunities. We lost eight games at deuce at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and we will learn from that and it will make us a better team next time out. Maybe it's the fact Oklahoma has forgotten how to lose that helped them in those situations, so they deserve credit for that.

"I thought Guillermo and Nick (Chappell) were competing exceptionally well. We have never beaten Dane Webb in a dual match and Guillermo was able to give us that point to even the match at 1-1. Now we must prepare for a tough Oklahoma State on Sunday."

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

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 TCU 1
March 27, 2015 at Norman, OK
Singles competition
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.30) 7-6(5), 6-4
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59) vs. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.82)  5-7, 6-4, 2-3 DNF
3. #76 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.72) def. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.32) 6-3, 6-2
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.91) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.81) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.30)  6-4, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.64) 6-3, 6-7(5), 3-2 DNF

Order of finish: 3, 5, 1, 4
Doubles competition
1. #6 Webb/Alvarez (OU) def. #19 Chappell/Stein (TCU)  6-1
2. Harris/Ghilea (OU) def. Norrie/Johnson (TCU)  6-3
3. Papa/Bragusi (OU) vs. Blake/Lugones (TCU) 3-4 DNF
Order of finish: 1, 2

Athens, GA:  Georgia stayed unbeaten in SEC play with a 4-1 win over Vanderbilt. Georgia took the doubles point when its #2 team of Eric Diaz and Nathan Pasha snapped a 5-match losing streak with a 6-3 win and then the Bulldogs picked up singles from Austin Smith, Paul Oosterbaan, and Nick Wood with Wood providing the clincher.  Vanderbilt's Daniel Valent picked up his first career win over a top 20 opponent when he rallied from a set down to win 12 of the final 13 games to knock off #18 Nathan Pasha 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.  Valent got off the court just moments before the Wood clinch.  All other matches were abandoned with #1 singles on serve in the 3rd and #4 just splitting sets.  

The big doubles match at #1 also went unfinished.  

Georgia recap

"We faced windy conditions today, but I told the guys coming in that it was an equalizer and we needed to be tough," said Georgia coach Manuel Diaz. "I thought we did a super job out there. We played great doubles, especially at No. 3, and it was wonderful to see our No. 2 team clinch for us. The singles matches were all competitive, and I'm proud of the effort everywhere."

Said Diaz: "Austin gave us a quick point, and Paul gave us the third point to set up Nick, who lost the first set and turned that around in such a quick manner. He won the second set and got ahead 3-0 in no time, and that was tremendous and showed a lot of composure, tenacity and maturity on his part. He went on to clinch and now we'll have a day or two off before we get ready for a big road trip next week."

Vanderbilt recap

#5 Georgia 4, #17 Vanderbilt 1
March 27, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59) vs. #7 Gonzales Austin (VAN 14.47) 4-6, 7-5, 0-1, unf
2. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.17) def. Rhys Johnson (VAN 13.51) 6-4, 6-3
3. Daniel Valent (VAN 13.88) def. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.36) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.25) vs. Kris Yee (VAN 13.59) 3-6, 6-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) def. Suresh Eswaran (VAN 12.86) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.63) def. Baker Newman (VAN 12.90) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #4 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VAN) 3-4, unf
2. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. #71 Pen Binet/Baker Newman (VAN) 6-3
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Suresh Eswaran/Daniel Valent (VAN) 6-1
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 15-6 (5-4); National ranking #17
Georgia 16-2 (8-0); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,3,5)

Official: Clark Weaver T-2:08 A-587

Virginia extended its ACC record winning streak to 130 with a 6-1 win over #14 North Carolina in a match that was played indoors with just 3 courts available due to a women's match being played at the same time.  Virginia took the doubles point and picked up singles wins from Ryan Shane and Mitchell Frank to lead 3-0 before North Carolina made a small push.  UNC's Jack Murray was up 2-1 in the 3rd on 3, Robert Kelly was serving for the first set on 4, and Oystein Steiro was a break up early on 5. Unfortunately for North Carolina, Virginia would respond with Collin Altamirano taking the final 5 games at #3 and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski taking 10 of the final 12 games to win on 4. UNC's lone point would come from Steiro at 5.  

Virginia recap

"In a difficult situation, playing on only three courts, the guys handled it well," said head coach Brian Boland. "I was really impressed with North Carolina. They played some great doubles. Luca Corinteli carried the day for us in the doubles and that was a big point at the start of the match. We played well from top to bottom of the lineup and we continue to improve with each match. We look forward to the next challenge, which is Sunday against a great Duke team."

North Carolina recap

#8 Virginia 6, #14 North Carolina 1                    
Doubles Competition
1. #8 Shane/Corinteli (UVA) def. #27 Steiro/Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-6                     
2. #54 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Murray/Schneider (UNC) 8-2               
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVa) vs. Clark/Kelly (UNC) 6-7 DNF
Singles Competition
1. #6 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54) def. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) 7-5, 6-3 
2. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVa 14.89) def. #69 Brett Clark (UNC 13.74) 6-0, 6-1               
3. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVa 14.80) def. Jack Murray (UNC 13.95) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2      
4. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa 14.76) def. #99 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) 7-5, 6-2   
5. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa 13.55) 6-3, 6-4                 
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa 13.94) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.49) 7-5, 6-1  
Match Notes:
North Carolina 14-7, 3-2; National ranking #14
Virginia 13-3, 6-0; National ranking #8