#36 SMU opened up its new outdoor facility tonight but #60 Dartmouth spoiled the party with a 4-1 upset win.  The Big Green was playing the middle match of a 5 game road trip and after losing to both TCU and Oklahoma State it definitely was a welcome win.

Dartmouth came out and won a tight doubles point by winning 7-5 at both 1 and 3 while SMU took #2 doubles 6-4.  In singles, Dartmouth took the opening set on 5 of 6 courts and was able to pick up wins from Brendan Tannenbaum, Dovydas Sakinis, and Ciro Riccardi.  At the time of the clinch Dartmouth's Max Schmidt was a game away up 5-2 in the 3rd.

Turpin Stadium at SMU Tennis Complex

Dartmouth recap
SMU recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 24th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#60 Dartmouth 4, #36 SMU 1
Mar 24, 2015 at Dallas, Texas
Singles competition
1. #86 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.64) def. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.84) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
2. Arturs Kazijevs (SMU 13.54) vs. #91 Chris Kipouras (DART 13.26) 6-7 (5), 6-2, unf
3. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.14) def. Samm Butler (SMU 13.84) 7-5, 6-4
4. Nate Lammons (SMU 13.31) def. Diego Pedraza (DART 12.78) 6-2, 6-4
5. Max Schmidt (DART 12.60) vs. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU 12.72) 6-4, 1-6, 5-2 unf
6. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART 12.87) def. Tony Russell (SMU 11.31) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #21 Dovydas Sakinis/Chris Kipouras (DART) def. Arturs Kazijevs/Markus Kerner (SMU) 7-5
2. Nate Lammons/Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) def. Ciro Riccardi/Brendan Tannenbaum (DART) 6-4
3. Sam Todd/Diego Pedraza (DART) def. Samm Butler/Tony Russell (SMU) 7-5
Match Notes:
Dartmouth 9-6; National ranking #60
SMU 15-5; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,1,3)

T-2:32 A-126

Pepperdine took the doubles point and then won 3 of the 4 matches that went to 3 sets in route to picking up a 5-2 win over Washington.  

Pepperdine recap
Washington recap

#49 Pepperdine 5, #56 Washington 2
Mar 24, 2015 at Malibu, Calif. (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP 13.21) def. #89 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.88) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. Jake Douglas (UW 13.87) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP 13.39) 6-3, 6-2
3. Gal Hakak (UW 13.51) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP 13.13) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
4. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP 12.88) def. Emmett Egger (UW 13.04) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Luca Marquard (PEP 12.06) def. Viktor Farkas (UW 13.18) 6-3, 6-3
6. Lautaro Pane (PEP 12.92) def. Joao Barra (UW 12.69) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Emmett Egger/Jeff Hawke (UW) def. Guilherme Hadlich/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-3
2. Tom Hill/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Joao Barra/Viktor Farkas (UW) 6-4
3. Lautaro Pane/Luca Marquard (PEP) def. Gal Hakak/Mitch Stewart (UW) 7-5
Match Notes
Washington 10-5; National ranking #56
Pepperdine 10-7; National ranking #49
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,3,4,6,1)

Oklahoma stays at #1 in the ITA Men's rankings for the 4th week in a row and for the 5th time in the last 6 weeks.   The USC women are the new #1 in the Women's rankings for the 1st time since 2003 after defeating both Cal and Stanford last weekend.   

Below I'll breakdown the Top 10 on the men's side looking at the 6 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 6 win and that is because I used the new ranking so that you can see what changes will be made next week.  

Oklahoma retained its #1 ranking after beating Columbia and Baylor last weekend at the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge in Indian Wells.  
  • 6 Best Wins: #2 Baylor (2x), #6 USC, #8 Virginia, at #11 Ohio State, at #12 Wake Forest
  • Other Quality Wins: #13 Ole Miss, #14 North Carolina (2X), #18 South Florida, #19 Northwestern
  • Losses: #9 Texas A&M
  • What's Coming Up: #10 TCU (3/27), #7 Texas (3/29), #27 Tulsa (4/1)
  • Comments:  Well positioned to stay at #1 for some time with a great resume plus they get a chance to add not 1 but 2 more top 10 wins this weekend.   
Baylor moves up 1 spot from 3 to 2 on the strength of a win last weekend over USC. 
  • 6 Best Wins: #4 Duke, #6 USC, #8 Virginia (2X), at #13 Ole Miss, at #27 Tulsa
  • Other Quality Wins: #10 TCU, #15 UCLA, #29 Drake
  • Losses: #1 Oklahoma (2X), #3 Illinois
  • What's Coming Up:  No ranked opponents for next 2 weeks.
  • Comments:  The TCU and UCLA wins will bump the Tulsa win next win. 

Illinois drops 1 spot from 2 to 3 after losing to TCU a week ago on Monday and then sitting idle the rest of the week.
  • 6 Best Wins: at #2 Baylor, at #7 Texas, at #9 Texas A&M, #11 Ohio State, #14 North Carolina, #19 Northwestern
  • Other Quality Wins: #30 California, at #37 Notre Dame, #39 Indiana
  • Losses: #4 Duke, #5 Georgia, #10 TCU
  • What's Coming Up: #50 Penn State (3/27), #11 Ohio State (3/29)
  • Comments:  Big match on Sunday with Ohio State because a loss would mean their 7th best win for next week would be over #30 Cal.

Duke comes up 2 spots from 6 to 4 off the strength of a win last Sunday over Wake Forest.
  • 6 Best Wins: at #3 Illinois, #10 TCU, #12 Wake Forest (2X), #13 Ole Miss, at #19 Northwestern
  • Other Quality Wins: #38 NC State, #52 Tennessee, #59 Memphis
  • Losses: #2 Baylor, #16 Virginia Tech
  • What's Coming Up: at #63 Clemson (3/27), at #8 Virginia (3/29)
  • Comments:  Really big match on Sunday at Virginia.  A win would keep Duke in the top 5 but a loss would make #38 NC State the 7th best win next week.

Georgia holds firm at #5 this week after beating East Tennessee State and South Carolina last week.
  • 6 Best Wins: #3 Illinois, #9 Texas A&M, #15 UCLA, at #20 Florida, #24 LSU, #26 Columbia
  • Other Quality Wins: at #45 Auburn, at #52 Tennessee
  • Losses: #6 USC (2X)
  • What's Coming Up: #17 Vanderbilt (3/27)
  • Comments:  4 of UGA's 6 best wins dropped in the rankings this week so a win over Vanderbilt on Friday would help offset the points drop.

USC falls 2 spots from 4 to 6 after coming up short against Baylor last Saturday.  
  • 6 Best Wins: #5 Georgia (2X+1 was at UGA), #11 Ohio State, #15 UCLA, #20 Florida, #27 Tulsa
  • Other Quality Wins: #21 San Diego, #26 Columbia, #43 Stanford
  • Losses: #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor, #27 Tulsa
  • What's Coming Up: #56 Washington (3/27), #51 Oregon (3/28)
  • Comments:  USC won't face a top 50 opponent until they go to Cal on 4/10 but they'll have both the San Diego and Columbia wins jump into their top 7 best wins next week so they're still fairly well positioned.

Texas rises 1 spot from 8 to 7 coming off the win last week over Ohio State.  
  • 6 Best Wins: #11 Ohio State, #12 Wake Forest, #14 North Carolina, at #27 Tulsa, #31 Minnesota, #32 Florida State
  • Other Quality Wins: #26 Columbia, at #36 SMU, #50 Penn State
  • Losses: #3 Illinois, #11 Ohio State
  • What's Coming Up: at #22 Oklahoma State (3/27), at #1 Oklahoma (3/29)
  • Comments: Texas has a chance to pick up 2 big road wins this weekend with the Oklahoma swing but they'll mostly likely get a split at best.  The Columbia win will move into its best 7 next week.

Virginia comes up 1 spot from 9 to 8 after picking up a road win last week over Notre Dame.
  • 6 Best Wins: #10 TCU, at #12 Wake Forest, #14 North Carolina, #23 Louisville, at #37 NC State, at #38 Notre Dame
  • Other Quality Wins: #63 Clemson
  • Losses: #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor (2X)
  • What's Coming Up: #14 North Carolina (3/27), #4 Duke (3/29)
  • Comments:  Huge weekend coming up for Virginia with UNC and Duke coming to town.  Unlike in years past Virginia's resume is a little light this year so beating UNC and Duke would be a big step in the right direction.

Texas A&M drops 2 spots from 7 to 9 despite winning at Alabama and Mississippi State last week.  A&M dropping had more to do with Texas and Virginia improving their resumes last week while Texas A&M's stayed as-is. 
  • 6 Best Wins: #1 Oklahoma, #11 Ohio State, #17 Vanderbilt, #21 San Diego, at #34 Mississippi State, #52 Tennessee
  • Other Quality Wins: at #42 South Carolina, at #62 Alabama
  • Losses: #3 Illinois, #5 Georgia, #10 TCU
  • What's Coming Up:  #53 Arkansas (3/27), #13 Ole Miss (3/29)
  • Comments:  Big match on Sunday against #13 Ole Miss plus the Aggies will get a points boost next week with San Diego coming up 9 spots.  The road win at South Carolina will bump the Tennessee win as the 7th best win.  

Welcome to the Top 10 TCU as the Horned Frogs made the big jump from 18 to 10 off the strength of a win over Illinois last Monday plus they picked up wins over the weekend against Dartmouth and UT Arlington.
  • 6 Best Wins: #3 Illinois, at #9 Texas A&M, #24 LSU, at #27 Tulsa, #44 New Mexico, #60 Dartmouth
  • Other Quality Wins: #66 UC Santa Barbara, #70 UT Arlington
  • Losses: #2 Baylor, #4 Duke, #8 Virginia, #12 Wake Forest, #15 UCLA
  • What's Coming Up: at #1 Oklahoma (3/27), at #22 Oklahoma State (3/29)
  • Comments: TCU needs a win over #22 Oklahoma State this weekend otherwise they'll see a pretty big tumble next week because their 7th best win would be over #66 UC Santa Barbara plus 5 of their 6 best wins dropped this week.

Other Comments: 
  • Portland moves into the rankings for the 1st time this year after picking up a big win last weekend over Pepperdine so congrats to the Pilots.  
  • The Big 12 has a stranglehold on the top 3 in the singles rankings with Soren Hess-Olesen the new #1, Axel Alvarez #2, and Julian Lenz #3.  
  • Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland take over #1 in the doubles rankings - not bad for a team that had played together just once back in 2012 before being paired up on February 13th. 
  • Nice to see USC's Eric Johnson finally enter the singles rankings at #114 after the strong year he's had. The win over Baylor Max Tchoutakian is what pushed him over the top.  
  • Teams with the most # of singles starters ranked:  USC (6), Illinois (5), Baylor (5), Oklahoma (4), Ohio State (4), Texas A&M (4), Virginia (4)

Men's National Team Rankings 
Administered by the ITA
NCAA Division I Tennis
March 24, 2015
RankAvgSchoolPrevious Week
185.77University of Oklahoma1
277.19Baylor University3
376.49University of Illinois2
472.17Duke University6
570.27University of Georgia5
669.41University of Southern California4
763.31University of Texas8
859.90University of Virginia9
959.35Texas A&M University7
1151.93Ohio State University11
1248.41Wake Forest University12
1345.99University of Mississippi13
1443.42North Carolina10
1642.38Virginia Tech16
1739.36Vanderbilt University17
1838.23University of South Florida21
1937.81Northwestern University14
2037.12University of Florida15
2135.48University of San Diego30
2233.84Oklahoma State University31
2333.65University of Louisville26
2431.33Louisiana State University
Typically Mondays only have 1 or 2 matches but there were a handful of decent ones on the slate today with Cal Poly going into Boise and winning, Memphis winning at South Alabama, and UCLA getting a slightly tougher than expected win over UNLV.

UCLA won the battle of the abbreviations with a 6-1 win over UNLV.  UCLA was a little shorthanded with 2 of its top 3 players out of the doubles lineup with Mackenzie McDonald (14.91) and Martin Redlicki both participating in a Futures event in Calabasas this week.  After UCLA dropped the doubles point things were actually looking a little concerning but fortunately Redlicki was able to make it back in time to play in singles because otherwise the Bruins would have had to slide everyone except Mkrtchian up 2 spots in the lineup which could have spelled trouble for UCLA. In all seriousness UCLA probably still would have won no worse than 5-2 even without Redlicki.

For those that don't know - Calabasas is only about 20 miles from Westwood - I didn't know that myself until I looked it up.

UCLA recap
UNLV recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 23rd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#19 UCLA 6, UNLV 1
March 23, 2015  (LA Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.63) def. Ace Matias (UNLV 13.75) 7-6 (6), 6-4
2. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.17) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV 12.93) 6-2, 6-4
3. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV 11.66) 6-1, 6-1, 
4. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.78) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV 12.78) 6-4, 7-5
5. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.83) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV 11.91) 6-3, 7-6(8)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.40) def. Ozzy Abraham (UNLV 11.31) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Adam Gage-Brown/Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-3
2. Dennis Mkrtchian/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-1
3. Ozzy Abraham/Cozbinov (UNLV) def. Gage Brymer/Ryoto Tachi (UCLA) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,2,5,1,4)

What's been a rough year for Boise State got a little rougher on Monday when Cal Poly came in and took the doubles point and followed it up by taking 4 of 6 singles matches.

Cal Poly recap
Boise St recap

#65 Cal Poly 5, Boise State 2 
March 23, 2015 at Boise, Idaho (Boas Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (CP) 6-3
2. Garrett Auproux/Devin Barber (CP) def. Abe Hewko/Garrett Patton (BSU) 7-5
3. Karl Enander/Lucas Lesoeur (CP) def. Brian Foley/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-3
Order of finish: 1,3,2
Singles competition
1. Garrett Patton (BSU 13.02) def. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.62) 7-6 (4), 6-2
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU 12.87) def. Ben Donovan (CP 13.68) 6-4, 6-3
3. Corey Pang (CP 12.29) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU 12.53) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Lucas Lesoeur (CP 11.84) def. Brian Foley (BSU 12.59) 6-4, 6-4
5. Naveen Beasley (CP 12.37) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.23) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
6. Axel Damiens (CP 11.75) def. Abe Hewko (BSU 12.05) 7-5, 6-3

Match Notes:
Order of finish: 6,1,2,5,3,4
Cal Poly 10-7
Boise State 6-11

Memphis picked up a nice road win over a ranked opponent as the Tigers beat the Jags 4-1. Memphis came into this match ranked #73 but should jump up at least 15 spots tomorrow based off its win on Saturday over SMU.  South Alabama has now dropped 4 of its last 5 and will likely drop out of the rankings.  Interesting note:  USA's Tim Srkala was originally supposed to attend Memphis this year but at the last minute he switched to South Alabama - he did actually show up on Memphis's roster briefly and was supposed to play in the season opening tournament at Purdue but never did.

S. Alabama recap

"It was a very tough match for us today," said USA head coach Nick Brochu. "It was a little disappointing, but it was a great battle. We had a lot of three-set matches. Memphis is a great team."

"Daniel played great at No. 1," said Brochu. "He beat an amazing, ranked player. That's going to help his ranking."

"It was great to see that even though we were down on some courts and lost the first set, we came back and won the second set," said Brochu. "We had four matches going into three sets today, so that was a great battle. It hurts when you lose in three sets because you were so close."

"Memphis is known for being really good in doubles," said Brochu. "That would have been a great point for us since it was their strength. That was kind of hard for us to swallow."

Memphis recap

"That was a tight one," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It's always tough to get a win on the road and that being our third match in four days was a tough finish to that run. But I feel like the guys are starting to play better and better and it'll be nice to have a weekend off now to prepare for the end of season run."

Monday, 23 March 2015 10:38

3/24 ITA Rankings Preview

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The gap at the top has widened as Oklahoma continues to add more and more top 10 wins.  Oklahoma now has 10 wins over teams in the Top 14 - that's a crazy figure and will likely keep OU at the top for a while. This week's rankings use each team's top 6 best wins and then next week it'll go up to 7 and then every subsequent week after that they add 1 more best win to get up to 9 by April 14th.

TCU will make the biggest jump within the top 20 as the Horned Frogs move up 8 spots from 18 to 10 after beating #2 Illinois on Monday and then defeating #48 Dartmouth on Saturday.  San Diego makes the biggest jump in the top 40 as it'll rise 9 spots from 30 to 21 on the strength of wins last weekend over #32 Princeton, #33 Drake, and #43 Denver.

Harvard will take the biggest fall in the top 40 by dropping 11 spots from 22 to 33 after losing to both Drake and Princeton out in San Diego.

Others Coming Up:
  • Baylor goes from 3 to 2 after the big win over USC.
  • Duke is back in the top 5 going from 6 to 4 after beating Wake Forest.
  • UCLA moves up 4 spots from 19 to 15 due to several of its top 6 wins moving up the week prior. 
  • Louisville moves up 4 spots from 26 to 22 after upsetting North Carolina.
  • Oklahoma State moves up 8 spots from 31 to 23 after winning at SMU and beating Dartmouth plus some of its best wins took big jumps with Tennessee (+15) and Tulsa (+9) more than helping out.  
  • Columbia moves up 5 spots from 29 to 24 on the strength of its win over Cal plus the rise of Tennessee from 55 to 40 last week.  
  • Princeton moves up 4 spots from 32 to 28 after beating Harvard and Indiana.  
  • Drake moves up 4 spots from 33 to 29 after beating Harvard and winning at San Diego State.
  • South Florida moves up 3 spots from 21 to 18 after beating Minnesota.

Others Going Down:
  • North Carolina drops 4 spots from 10 to 14 after losing at Louisville. 
  • Northwestern drops 5 spots from from 14 to 19 despite not playing last week.  The reason for the drop is 5 of its 6 best wins took a hit last week with Indiana (-9), Vanderbilt (-6), Columbia (-6), Cornell (-2), and Harvard (-1) all dropping in the rankings.  Only Arkansas (+8) came up.
  • Florida drops 5 spots from 15 to 20 after losing at Ole Miss on Sunday and seeing several of its best wins dropping last week.  South Carolina (-9), UCLA (-5), and Florida State (-3) all dropped and the increases by Mississippi State (+7) and Arkansas (+8) weren't enough to make up the gap. 
  • Tulsa drops 7 spots from 20 to 27 after losing to both USC and Cal.
  • Minnesota drops 6 spots from 25 to 31 after losing at South Florida plus its win over Drake was downgraded some after they dropped 8 spots last week.
  • Florida State drops 5 spots from 27 to 32 due to the drops by South Alabama (-11) and Troy (-4) and other teams below them (Princeton, Columbia, Oklahoma St, San Diego) all coming up with big wins
  • Texas A&M Corpus Christi should come up another 8-9 spots from 55 to around 46.

3/24 ITA Rankings Projections (ones in bold moves at least 5 spots)

9Texas A&M 59.357
11Ohio State51.9311
12Wake Forest48.4112
13Ole Miss45.9913
14North Carolina43.4210
16Virginia Tech42.3816
18South Florida 38.2321
21San Diego35.4830
23Oklahoma State33.3931
24Columbia* 31.5629
25Texas Tech31.1224
32Florida State28.6327
34Mississippi State21.6735
35San Diego State20.6038
36Notre Dame*19.1336
38NC State*18.2037

* 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.  
After struggling in doubles most of the year, Oklahoma came up big in the finals of the BNP Paribas Collegiate Cup and handed Baylor its first doubles loss of the year and ultimately its 3rd overall loss as the Sooners beat Baylor 4-2.  The Oklahoma win was the second over Baylor in the last 5 weeks and they'll meet up against in Waco on April 10th.

Baylor's #2 team of Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano won easily 6-2 but Oklahoma would win the other 2 courts 6-4 with Dane Webb and Axel Alvarez getting it done on 1 and Spencer Papa and Florin Bragusi winning on 3.  It was the first win of the year for the Papa/Bragusi pairing and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Each team would take 3 1st sets but with Baylor needing 4 singles wins they would need to close out their 3 and turn 1 more - OU wouldn't let it happen.  Axel Alvarez put OU up 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 shellacking over Tony Lupieri at #2 and Alex Ghilea would make it 3-0 with an equally dominant 6-2 6-3 win over Vince Schneider at #4.  Julian Lenz would get Baylor on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win at #1 over Andrew Harris and Mate Zsiga was just 2 games away from winning at #5. However, Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi would put an end to any doubt and clinch the win and title by defeating Felipe Rios 7-5, 6-4 at #6 and thus snap Rios's 10-match winning streak.

Getting the doubles point was huge for Oklahoma because even though they've come back before after dropping it this was a red-hot Baylor team they were facing.  If Baylor takes that opening point then it would have come down to a 3rd set at #3.  Of course you can play the IF game all day; bottom line is Oklahoma keeps on winning and keeps performing when it matters that most.

Oklahoma recap

"Today was a great team effort to put up four points on a really good team like Baylor to win," head coach John Roddick said. "Even after winning an intense doubles point, we were able to focus for singles.

"We played much better at number three doubles, and we started to execute some of the things we have been practicing," Roddick said. "It really paid off today"

"Axel was very solid today," Roddick said. "He did a good job of getting early leads and capitalized on first opportunities to close out each set."

Baylor recap

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#1 Oklahoma 4, #3 Baylor 1
Mar 22, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 13-2) def. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-4) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 12-1) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 3-4) 6-2
3. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 1-2) def.  Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU 11-2) 6-4
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)

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The rain in Oxford forced play indoors and with it went Florida's chances as Ole Miss never let the Gators get in the match.  Ole Miss picked up the doubles point then closed out 1, 2, and 3 singles to post the 4-0 shutout. With there just being 3 indoor courts the matches at 4 and 5 didn't go on until a court opened up and the match at 6 never took the court.

#13 Ole Miss 4, #15 Florida 0
1. #23 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.13) def. #64 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 
2. #82 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18) def. #78 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.11) 6-4, 6-3
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.63) def. #99 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.59) 6-1, 6-1
4. Gordon Watson (UF 13.72) vs. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.81) 4-3 DNF
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.49) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.79) 2-0 DNF
6. Jordan Belga (UF 12.97) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.10) Did Not Start
1. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman 6-1
2. Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) vs. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-5
3. William Kallberg/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Joshua Wardell/Oliver Landert (UF) 7-5
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3)   Singles (3,2,1)

Ole Miss recap with quotes below:

"Florida has a very good team, and I have a lot of respect for them and their coaches," head coach Toby Hansson said. "They always come out firing and we knew it would be a battle. We were able to win a close doubles point and take the momentum into singles. I have to give credit to the crowd again. We appreciate everybody getting out of bed on a Sunday morning and coming here to watch us. They were fantastic."

"Gustav looked very strong out there," Toby Hansson said. "He was executing his shots and playing to the crowd. He was ready to go from the start, and never gave his opponent a chance. It was a very impressive performance."

"Stefan was playing a quality opponent," Toby Hansson said. "They had a lot of long rallies and exciting points. Stefan is playing really well right now and tough for anyone to beat. It was another impressive performance as well."

"I lost my serve on a deuce point in the first set, but I told myself I was still in control," Scholtz said. "As soon as I got that first break in the second set, I moved into a new gear and started feeling more comfortable out there. The crowd was amazing. It's so much fun to play in front of these fans, and we really appreciate them coming out."

"Nik couldn't really get his game going in the beginning and got off to a tough start," Toby Hansson said. "It took him a little while, but then he started moving better and hitting the ball the way he normally does. He finished off the match attacking more and playing his game."

"I try not to look at the scoreboard too much, but I was aware that Gustav was dominating," he said. "That was pretty easy to tell. I knew Stefan was in a tough match, and I was supporting him. He did the same for me. We've started this thing where we feed off each other and try to help each other when things are tight. That helped a lot. I might have been the one who clinched, but a lot of credit goes to the entire team. It's a team win today, and they deserve as much credit as me."

Florida recap

Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On today's tough road loss
Ole Miss played very well today. It was unfortunate that our Nos. 4, 5, and 6 singles players didn't get a chance to play. We will get home and get ready for Auburn next Saturday,

Read the Duke recap for everything that happened in this one - excellent recap!!

Duke recap

"I'm really proud of the team, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "That was one of those special matches. I have so much respect for Wake Forest. They're a really, really good team. I'm proud of the way we hung in there. We haven't lost too many doubles points this year. We got down in singles early, but everyone stepped up and competed hard. We gave ourselves a chance and it was a great win for us.

"We played them earlier in the year and it was a very tough match, Alvarez said. "We came back [tonight] from losing doubles, pretty easily on two courts, including mine. We played great tennis in singles. Everybody gave their best. What makes it so special is coming back from doubles against a very good team here at home.

"There were a lot of big momentum shifts, Smith said. "Bruno being able to finish off the second set after saving some break points and Rafa [Hemmeler] down 5-2 in the second set and able to come back and win that gave us a huge, huge boost.

"Nico [Alvarez] has done it [clinching matches versus Wake Forest] against two different guys who are two of the better players in college tennis in Bogaerts and Rubin, Smith said. "Alvarez is so calm in the pressure moments like serving for the match. It's not the first time he's done it, but we've been missing him for a little bit. It's awesome to have him back in there. It was a special win for him.

"It's tough coming back against a very tough opponent like Rubin is, Alvarez added. "At first I wasn't in the rhythm of competition and he was playing well. Then I started coming back by giving myself some positive energy and seeing the other guys were doing great really helped me. I loosened up and started playing better. I changed my strategy a little bit and that helped me. I was able to pull it off in the end. 

Wake Forest recap

#6 Duke 4, #12 Wake Forest 3
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez/Raphael Hemmeler (DU) 8-3
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Bruno Semenzato/Chris Mengel (DU) 8-3
Singles Lineup:
1. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.27) def. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) def. #34 Jason Tahir (DU 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 5-4(5)
3. Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.08) def. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) 6-2, 7-5
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.86) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) 6-1, 6-4
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.63) 6-1, 6-2
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.39) def. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) 6-3, 6-1
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,6,4,3,1*,2)


After sweeping all 3 doubles courts, Virginia Tech found itself in a hole trailing 3-2 and with NC State leading on both of the remaining courts.  NC State's #5 Nick Horton would lead 5-2 in the 3rd and it looked certain the #16 Hokies would go down however Edoardo Tessaro rallied and won the final 5 games games of the match to take it 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to even the match at 3-3.  Virginia Tech's #2 Amerigo Contini would come back from a set down to even his match at a set a piece and then Contini raced out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd.  NC State's Simon Norenius would hold and break to get it back on serve at 4-5 but wouldn't you know that Contini would break right back to clinch the win for Virginia Tech.

VA Tech recap
NC State recap

#16 Virginia Tech 4, #37 NC State 3
March 22,2015 at Raleigh, N.C. - (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Robbie Mudge (NCST 13.55) def. #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.80) 6-3, 6-4
2. #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.42) def. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.80) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.67) def. #72 Austin Powell (NCST 13.60) 6-3, 6-2
4. Beck Bond (NCST 13.33) def. #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) 6-4, 6-2
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) def. Nick Horton (NCST 13.47) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.31) def. Florian Nicoud (VT 13.36) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) def. #17 Robbie Mudge/Ian Dempster (ST) 8-7 (7-5)
2. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Austin Powell/Beck Bond (ST) 8-4
3. Simon Norenius/Thomas Weigel (ST) vs. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 6-7, unfinished
Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 13-2; National ranking #16
NC State 10-8; National ranking #37
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,4,6,1,5,2)
Sunday brings us 3 matches between Top 15 teams with the headliner taking place in Indian Wells between #1 Oklahoma and #3 Baylor.  The other 2 big ones are in Oxford where #13 Ole Miss hosts #15 Florida and in Durham where #6 Duke hosts #12 Wake Forest.  It should also be mentioned that all 3 are rematches from earlier in the year with 2 playing each other during the Kickoff Weekend and the other meeting at the National Indoors.  There's a full schedule at the bottom of this post with scoring links as well.

#1 Oklahoma (16-1) vs. #3 Baylor (14-2) - 1pm est/10am pst - This will be a rematch from the National Indoor Semifinals which was a match Oklahoma won 4-2 (box score below).  Baylor had its chances in the match and had Mate Zsiga not let a 6-4, 5-2 lead slip away at #5 singles the outcome could have been different.  The only singles court which projects to be a rematch is at #1 singles and that was the only court that didn't finish last time.  Baylor has been far and away the better team in doubles so the Bears will look to get that early 1-0 lead like they have in every match that the doubles point has been played.  Oklahoma will look to lean on its top 3 in singles as they have all year while Baylor hopes its bottom 3 continues its recent dominance.  Let's take a look at the lineups and records. 

Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-3) vs. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 12-2)
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 11-1) vs. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 3-3)
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU 11-1) vs. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 0-2)

Doubles Records
Baylor - 15-0 overall & 30-5 on all courts (didn't play dubs vs. Memphis) 
Oklahoma - 9-8 overall & 26-18 on all courts

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 21st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) vs. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) 
2. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) vs. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47)
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) 
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) vs. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13)
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) 
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) 

Dual Match Singles Records:
1.  Lenz 8-2 vs. Harris 10-3
2.  Lupieri 6-4 vs. Alvarez 14-0
3.  Tchoutakian 9-5 vs. Webb 12-1
4.  Schneider 9-2 vs. Ghilea 10-2
5.  Zsiga 6-2 vs. Papa 6-5
6.  Rios 10-1 vs. Bragusi 6-1
Galeano 4-3

#1 singles - Lenz clinched BU's win over USC with a 6-2, 7-5 win over #8 Yannick Hanfmann while Harris blew out #16 Winston Lin 6-2, 6-2.  These guys were tied at 5-5 in the 3rd set in the first encounter earlier this year in a match filled with as many breaks as holds.  Prediction: Lenz in 3

#2 singles - Lupieri took one on the chin against USC's Roberto Quiroz falling 6-4, 6-3 while Alvarez ran his winning streak to 14 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Columbia's Dragos Ignat.  Prediction:  Alvarez in 2

#3 singles - Tchoutakian came up short against USC's Eric Johnson losing 6-3, 7-5 which stopped his 4-match winning streak while Webb provided the clincher against Columbia with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Max Schnur which means Webb has won 12 of his last 13.  Prediction:  Webb in 2

#4 singles - Schneider saw his 6-match winning streak gets snapped with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to USC's Jonny Wang while Ghilea's match against Columbia Ashok Narayana went unfinished with Ghilea trailing 3-2 in the 3rd. Prediction: Schneider in 3.

#5 singles - Zsiga ran his winning streak to 4 with a dominant 6-4, 6-4 win over Max De Vroome while Papa stopped a 4-match losing streak with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Columbia's Shawn Hadavi.  Prediction:  Zsiga in 2

#6 singles - Rios ran his winning to 10 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over USC's Nick Crystal which in fact ended Crystal's own 10-match winning streak while Bragusi suffered his 1st career dual match loss by going down 6-2, 6-4 to Columbia's Mike Vermeer. Prediction: Rios in 3

I think it's going to be Baylor's day and I see the Bears avenging the earlier loss to Oklahoma.  Prediction: Baylor 4-2

#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2
National Indoors Semifinals - Chicago, IL - February 15th, 2015
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
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)

Who Wins

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#15 Florida (9-5) at #13 Ole Miss (11-4) - 12pm est/11am cst - This will be a rematch from the Kickoff Weekend which saw Ole Miss win 4-3 in Gainesville (box score below).  In that match Ole Miss got it done in singles after dropping the doubles point and I think we'll see a similar type of result today.  Ole Miss is 9-6 in doubles while Florida is 8-6 so neither team has been too sharp to start off the match.  Ole Miss most likely will be a man down with its #4 William Kallberg recovering from an ankle injury but the Rebels strength is its top 3 and I think that's where Ole Miss gets it done today. I like Ole Miss in doubles and at 1, 2, and 3 singles in a match that will likely be played indoors at Ole Miss's 3 court facility due to rain in the area.  If played indoors I'll go with Ole Miss to win 4-1.  If played outdoors I'll take Ole Miss 4-2.  

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #64 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) vs. #23 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.13)
2. #78 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.11) vs. #82 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18)
3. #99 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.59) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.63)
4. Gordon Watson (UF 13.72) vs. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.81)
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.49) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.79)
6. Josh Wardell (UF 13.04) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.10)

#32 Ole Miss 4, #13 Florida 3
Jan. 24, 2015 at Gainesville, Florida (Alfred Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 7-5, 6-3
2. #80 Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Gordon Watson (UF) 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
4. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. William Kallberg (OM) 6-3, 6-3
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4, 6-2
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #32 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) def. Gustav Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 6-2
2. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2
3. #43 Joshyua Wardell/Oliver Landert (UF) def. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-4
Match Notes
#32 Ole Miss 2-0; National ranking #32
#13 Florida 2-1; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,1,2,6,3)

#12 Wake Forest (12-4) at #6 Duke (15-2) - 3pm est - Wake Forest is riding a 4-match winning streak while Duke has won 2 in a row since falling to Virginia Tech.  Duke is 14-3 in doubles while Wake is 13-3 so both teams are used to jumping out to a 1-0 lead.  Duke won the 1st meeting during the Kickoff Weekend 4-1 (box score below) but I think Wake is playing much better now and I look for the Demon Deacons to pull off the mild upset by rebounding from dropping the doubles point and by grabbing singles wins at 1, 2, 4 and 6. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) vs. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.27)
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) vs. #34 Jason Tahir (DU 13.84)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) vs. Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.08)
4. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) vs. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.86)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) vs. Chris Mengel (DU 13.63)
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) vs. TJ Pura (DU 13.39)

#12 Duke 4, #18 Wake Forest 1
Jan 23, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Noah Rubin (WF) def. #36 Jason Tahir (DU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #18 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
3. #112 Bruno Semenzato (DU) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-2, 1-6, 4-5, unfinished
4. #103 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. #52 Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 6-4
5. Chris Mengel (DU) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU) vs. #102 Maksim Kan (WF) 1-6, 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Raphael Hemmeler/Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Noah Rubin/Jon Ho (WF) 6-4
3. Chris Mengel/Bruno Semenzato (DU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Maksim Kan (WF) 3-5, unfinished
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,1,5,2)

Other interesting storylines:

Does #4 USC brush off the loss to Baylor and take out its frustrations on #29 Columbia or will the Lions rise up and catch USC at a low point?

Can #11 Ohio State start a new home winning streak against Michigan State or can Sparty pull off a 2nd big win this weekend after knocking off Penn State on Friday?

A few weeks ago Alabama upset a top 10 Ole Miss team, can they do it again and take out #7 Texas A&M?

After losing 5-straight road matches can South Carolina upset #5 Georgia or will the Dawgs open a can on their next door neighbors?

Sunday Schedule:

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Sunday Schedule:
#1 Oklahoma vs. #3 Baylor - 1pm est
#20 Tulsa vs. #28 Cal - 2pm est
#75 UC Irvine vs. Purdue - 3pm est
#4 USC vs. #29 Columbia - 4pm est

Florida at Ole Miss - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
Clemson at Florida State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & ESPN3
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Virginia at Boston College - 12pm est - UVA Twitter
Virginia Tech at NC State - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan State at Ohio State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan at Penn State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Louisiana Lafayette at Texas Tech - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Dartmouth vs. Oklahoma State (@ TCU) - 12pm est - Dartmouth Twitter & OK St Twitter
Minnesota at Nebraska - 1pm est - Live Scoring
UT Pan American at Texas - 1pm est - Live Scoring
South Carolina at Georgia - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
Auburn at Arkansas - 2pm est - Live Scoring
LSU at Mississippi State - 2pm est - 
May 17-28: NCAA Final 16 Championships (Winston-Salem)
Early June: ITA Kick-Off Weekend Draft