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
Notes: 
  • 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)


RankSchoolPointsPrevious
1Oklahoma85.771
2Baylor77.193
3Illinois76.492
4Duke73.306
5Georgia70.275
6USC69.414
7Texas63.318
8Virginia59.909
9Texas A&M 59.357
10TCU54.5418
11Ohio State51.9311
12Wake Forest48.4112
13Ole Miss45.9913
14North Carolina43.4210
15UCLA42.3919
16Virginia Tech42.3816
17Vanderbilt39.3617
18South Florida 38.2321
19Northwestern37.8114
20Florida37.1215
21San Diego35.4830
22Louisville33.6526
23Oklahoma State33.3931
24Columbia* 31.5629
25Texas Tech31.1224
26LSU*31.0523
27Tulsa30.8820
28Princeton30.2332
29Drake29.7733
30California29.6628
31Minnesota28.7225
32Florida State28.6327
33Harvard*24.6022
34Mississippi State21.6735
35San Diego State20.6038
36Notre Dame*19.1336
37SMU18.4934
38NC State*18.2037
39Indiana*16.5439
40Denver*15.6943

* 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

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. 

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


Who Wins The Oracle Challenge This Weekend At Indian Wells

Oklahoma
  14 (37%)
Baylor
  11 (29%)
USC
  11 (29%)
Tulsa
  0 (0%)
Columbia
  1 (2%)


Votes so far: 37 
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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
Singles
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
Doubles:
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,
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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
Doubles:
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)

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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
Doubles:
1. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) vs. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 4-2
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. 
Papa/Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. 
Salazar/Ghilea (OU) 6-1
Singles:
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 4-6, 5-5 DNF
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish - Doubles (3,2)  Singles (3,2,4,6,5)


Who Wins

Oklahoma
  2 (50%)
 
Baylor
  2 (50%)
 

Votes so far: 4


#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:

BNP Collegiate Challenge Live Scoring & Streaming Video
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 - 
Saturday had several close ones with both Baylor and Oklahoma pulling through in the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge while San Diego and Princeton both won tight ones in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic.   There was also a good one in Nashville where Vanderbilt won a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match to avoid getting upset by unranked Kentucky.

The headliner of the day was between #3 Baylor and #4 USC.  It was almost a forgone conclusion that Baylor would take the doubles point with how dominant they'd been in doubles play but USC had the point well within grasp.  Baylor's #3 duo of Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios were first off the court with 6-3 win but USC's #1 pair of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz answered with a 6-4 win.  So it all came down to #2 doubles where Baylor's Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano had jumped out to an early break lead on USC's Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson.  USC's 2s would break back to even it at 4 then get a De Vroome hold to go up 5-4 and then would go up 0-30 on the Galeano serve.  The Baylor 2s would win 4 straight points to hold for 5-5 but then Eric Johnson would hold at 40-15 to put USC up 6-5.  For the second service game in a row Baylor would go down 0-30 but they'd dig themselves out again by winning 3 straight points to go up 40-30.  After USC got the next point to make it 40-40, which was a deciding/break point, Lenz dropped the hammer on a 1st serve and sent to a tiebreak.  The tiebreak was all Baylor as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and ended up cruising to a 7-1 win.

In singles, Baylor jumped out to an early break lead at 1, 2, 5, 6 while USC got the early advantage at 3 and 4.  The first to finish was Baylor's Felipe Rios as he snapped Nick Crystal's 10 match winning streak with a 6-2, 6-3 win at #6 singles.  After falling behind 4-2 in the 1st, USC's Roberto Quiroz would win 4 straight to close out the opening set then would keep the momentum going in the second and would finish off Tony Lupieri 6-4, 6-3 at #2 singles.

Eric Johnson would then even the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian at #3. Johnson led virtually the entire match before giving up his break lead late in the 2nd set.  After falling behind 5-4 in the 2nd, Johnson won the final 3 games to close it out.

It looked like for a while that Jonny Wang would be the first off the court after he jumped out to a 6-2, 4-1 lead on Vince Schneider but the BU sophomore rallied to take 4 straight to go up 5-4 in the 2nd. Wang would then do as Johnson did and win the final 3 games to close it out 6-2, 7-5.

USC was now just a point away with a 3-2 lead but Baylor had the upper hand on each of the 2 remaining courts.  Baylor senior Mate Zsiga would tie it up a 3 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Max De Vroome at #5 singles.  Zsiga led this match wire to wire by breaking De Vroome to start both the first set and second sets.  Zsiga would not be broke the entire match.

The final match on court was at #1 singles between Julian Lenz and Yannick Hanfmann.  Lenz cruised in the 1st set taking it 6-2 and it stayed close deep into the 2nd set until Hanfmann broke Lenz to go up 5-4.  However Hanfmann would get broke serving for the set and Lenz would consolidate the break with a hold and would then break again to take the match 6-2, 7-5.

It's interesting to note that all 6 singles matches were finished in straight sets and none even made it to a tiebreak.

Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"It was a great match at No. 2 doubles. There were a lot of dramatic momentum swings. You looked up there for a while and it felt like we were going to win and then you looked up there a little while later and it felt like they were going to win. I thought both teams did a good job of competing hard. We fought off a match point to get to the tiebreaker and then did a great job in the tiebreaker." - head coach Matt Knoll on doubles

TOP QUOTE #2
"It is kind of funny that we had such a competitive match and all the matches only went two sets. They are super good, but Felipe (Rios) certainly helped us get momentum with what he did. It was really good tennis all over the place." - Knoll on the singles wins

TOP QUOTE #3

"It is great to be in the finals. We knew at this event we were going to have to play great to win matches. Now we have the No. 1 team in the country waiting for us in the finals. They beat us earlier this year and have a great program. It is going to be a super opportunity for us. We have to play these kind of matches to get better and it is going to help us. It is a great chance for our guys to be pushed." - Knoll on playing Oklahoma

USC recap

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. 

#3 Baylor 4, #4 Southern California 3
Mar 21, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.92) 6-2, 7-5
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.36) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-4, 6-3
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01) def. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) 6-3, 7-5
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.18) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 7-5
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) def. #50 Max de Vroome (USC 14.30) 6-4, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) def. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.06) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #4 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #50 Eric Johnson/Max de Vroome (USC) 7-6 (7-1)
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Thibault Forget/Nick Crystal (USC) 6-3
Match Notes
Southern California 13-3; National ranking #4
Baylor 14-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4,5,1)

Who Wins?

Baylor
  2 (33%)
USC
  4 (66%)

Votes so far: 6 

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In the first semifinal of the day it looked like Columbia had a really good chance to pull off the upset after they took the doubles point and 3 opening sets against #1 Oklahoma.  However while Oklahoma's Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Spencer Papa would finish off each of their matches in straight sets only Columbia's Mike Vermeer would be able to do the same.  After Max Schnur took the first set 7-6 at #3, Oklahoma's Dane Webb would win 12 of the next 17 games to clinch the win. The match at #4 was halted with Columbia's Ashok Narayana leading 3-2 in the 3rd set.  

OU recap

"Dane did a terrific job for us, Roddick said. "He turned his match around and did a terrific job of clinching the match for us. Columbia really made us work hard today.

"Andrew did a great job not letting Lin into the match," Roddick said. "Axel and Spencer also did a great job of capitalizing on their opportunities."


#1 Oklahoma 4, #29 Columbia 2
Mar 21, 2015 at Indian Wells, California
Singles competition
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) def. #16 Winston Lin (COL 14.23) 6-2, 6-2
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #83 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.63) 6-4, 6-1
3. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) def. Max Schnur (COL 13.13) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) vs. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.35) 4-6, 6-4, 2-3, unf
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) def. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.32) 6-1, 6-3
6. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.38) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #20 Max Schnur/Ashok Narayana (COL) 6-4
2. #57 Winston Lin/Mike Vermeer (COL) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Dragos Ignat/Bert Vancura (COL) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 7-3; National ranking #29
Oklahoma 15-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,5,6,3)

BNP Paribas Collegiate Challange Semifinals
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San Diego won the tournament it co-hosted with San Diego State by knocking off #33 Drake 4-2. The Toreros took the doubles point and picked up straight sets wins by Uros Petronijevic, Filip Vittek, and Jordan Angus at 1, 2, and 3 singles.

San Diego recap

"It's a team goal to go undefeated throughout the year, and to be undefeated at home thus far has been huge," head coach Brett Masi noted afer the victory. "To play all three matches at home this week was a big advantage. We play our best tennis on our home courts, but playing back-to-back matches everyday against top-45 teams is not easy. In the end, it feels great to take first place in a tournament, especially hosting. We won in 2011 at the inaugural tournament, and since then we haven't been able to do so until today. It's a great tournament and we were able to turn it around even after struggling in our last couple of matches on the road. We played great tennis the past few days and I am really proud of the guys for staying focused and playing their best tennis."

Drake recap

#30 San Diego 4, #33 Drake 2
March 21, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #58 Uros Petronijevic (USD 13.96) def. #42 Alen Salibasic (DRAKE 13.87) 6-1, 6-4
2. #81 Filip Vittek (USD 13.22) def. #38 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.70) 7-5, 6-4
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.59) def. Matt Frost (DRAKE 13.05) 6-4, 6-3
4. Ravi Patel (DRAKE 13.55) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.97) 6-3, 6-4
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.80) vs. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.43) 4-6, 6-1, 1-2, unf
6. Ben Mullis (DRAKE 13.20) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.68) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #41 Filip Vittek/Jordan Angus (USD) def. Ben Lott/Bayo Phillips (DRAKE) 6-3
2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. Alen Salibasic/Ben Mullis (DRAKE) 4-5, unf
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) def. Matt Frost/Ravi Patel (DRAKE) 6-1
Match Notes
Drake 18-6; National ranking #33
San Diego 12-4; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,3,4,2)

Final round of Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic
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Princeton capped off the weekend in San Diego by taking 3rd place in the San Diego Classic with a 4-3 win over Ivy League rival Harvard.  With the match deadlocked at 3-3 it came down to a 3rd set at #6 and it was Princeton's Luke Gamble who was the hero as he broke Shaun Chaudhuri to go up 4-3 and then he held serve two more times to take it 6-4 in the 3rd.  

Princeton recap

Coach Billy Pate on the matches:
Saturday, 21 March 2015 12:02

Saturday Preview: USC/Baylor + Other Storylines

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What a great day it'd be to be out in Indian Wells with 4 college matches going on highlighted by USC/Baylor plus you've got Djokovic/Murray and Federer/Raonic - high quality viewing.

The Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic wraps up today with San Diego and Drake meeting in the finals plus they'll be a good 3rd place match between Ivy League powers Harvard and Princeton.  Can Drake make it 3 wins in 3 days playing San Diego in the Toreros own backyard?

TCU hosts a pair of lower ranked teams with both Dartmouth and UT Arlington coming in though of course it's not that far for UT Arlington.  Any chance TCU gets caught napping and drops 1?

Kentucky is still looking for its first conference win of the season after some near misses against Georgia (2-4), Tennessee (3-4), and South Carolina (1-4).  Will Vanderbilt be able to follow up its win over Tennessee with another win over Big Blue?

Oklahoma takes on Columbia though you figure OU has to have its eyes set on either USC or Baylor. Will the Lions catch Oklahoma off-guard and pull off a surprise?

Now for the big one - Baylor/USC.  Both teams are playing well though Baylor is definitely playing a little better right now.  Can Baylor keep it up or does USC show that it's not one to be forgotten about?  Let's dive in and take a look at all the #s.  As a reminder in the singles matches the UTRs are after the school abbreviation.


#3 Baylor (13-2) vs. #4 USC (13-2) - 5pm est/2pm pst - Live Scoring & Streaming Video 

Doubles Records
Baylor - 14-0 overall & 28-4 on all courts (didn't play dubs vs. Memphis) 
USC - 8-5 overall & 21-11 on all courts

Projected Doubles Lineup - W/L in ( ) 
1. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-2) vs. #4 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC 8-3) 
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 10-1) vs. #50 Eric Johnson/Max De Vroome (USC 6-2) 
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU 10-1) vs. Thibault Forget/Nick Crystal (USC 2-0) 

Possible Lineup Shifts in Singles:

Baylor - When healthy, Diego Galeano has played at 4 though with him out of the lineup the bottom 3 has gelled so it'll be interesting to see if Matt Knoll leaves everything as-is or if he re-inserts Galeano.  Diego did play yesterday at 3 but Lupieri didn't so that didn't effect 4-6. It'd be hard to move Felipe Rios out of the lineup with as good as he's been playing this year. It'll also be interesting to see who Knoll goes with at #2 and #3 because both Max Tchoutakian and Tony Lupieri have been fairly interchangeable there - I'm thinking Lupieri ends up at 3 due to the past head-to-head win over Johnson plus I think Tchoutakian has a slightly better shot than Lupieri of beating Roberto Quiroz.

USC - Robert Quiroz has been a mainstay at #2 all year though his results as of late haven't been up to his usual high standards - it's possible he could be dropped down to #3 with Eric Johnson getting the call up to #2 - I don't think it'll happen but it could.  Peter Smith swapped Nick Crystal and Max De Vroome at #5 and #6 for the UCLA match but swapped them back yesterday against Tulsa.  

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) vs. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.93) 
2. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.17) vs. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.38)
3. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.27) vs. Eric Johnson (USC 14.02) 
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) vs. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) 
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.85)  vs. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20) 
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) vs. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 
Other possible players: Diego Galeano (BU 13.62)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1.  Lenz 7-2 vs. Hanfmann 8-2
2.  Tchoutakian 9-4 vs. Quiroz 7-3
3.  Lupieri 6-3 vs. Johnson 11-1
4.  Schneider 9-1 vs. Wang 7-3
5.  Zsiga 5-2 vs. De Vroome 8-1
6.  Rios 9-1 vs. Crystal 10-0
Galeano 4-3

#1 singles - Lenz had a 4-match winning streak snapped by Nik Scholtz a week ago and his match yesterday was halted with Lenz up a set.  Hanfmann has hit a slight rough patch lately dropping his last 2 completed matches though his 2 most recent matches didn't finish.  Prediction: Lenz in 2.

#2 singles - Tchoutakian ran his winning streak to 4 with a 6-1, 6-2 over BYU's Shane Monroe while Quiroz has lost 3 of his last 5 and had his match go unfinished against Tulsa's Ajejandro Espejo with Espejo up a set. Prediction: Tchoutakian in 2

#3 singles - Lupieri didn't play on Friday against Purdue though he won his time out beating Stefan Lindmark in 3 while Johnson ran his winning streak to 10 with a routine 6-1, 6-4 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez.  Lupieri will be the highest ranked player that Johnson has faced this year.  These guys met once back in 2013 with Lupieri winning 6-3, 6-1.  Prediction: Lupieri in 3

#4 singles - Schneider ran his winning streak to 6 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over BYU's Jacob Sullivan while Wang ran his winning streak to 5 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Tulsa's Matthew Kirby.  Prediction: Wang in 2

#5 singles - In Zsiga's last 6 matches he has gone 3-0 with 3 other matches that went unfinished (he led in all 3) while De Vroome has won 5 in a row with the latest being a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard. These 2 have 1 career collegiate meeting with De Vroome winning 6-2, 6-3 a year ago in a consolation match at the Sherwood Cup.  Prediction: De Vroome in 3

#6 singles - Rios is riding a 9-match winning streak after winning 6-1, 6-1 yesterday against BYU's Aidan Carrazedo while Crystal has won 10 straight and he just missed out on #11 yesterday when his match was halted against Tulsa's Carlos Bautista with Crystal leading 6-3, 4-1.  Prediction: Crystal in 3

When you have 2 Top 5 teams playing you know that each has the talent to win so it's a matter of who shows up each court.  If Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz weren't both in a slump I'd take USC in this one but since they are and since Baylor has been playing well pretty much all throughout the lineup I'm going to take the Bears. I've got Baylor down to win doubles and 1, 2, and 3 singles with USC sweeping the bottom 3 but if just 1 of those guys the other way the result could be different. Prediction:  Baylor 4-3


Here are your live scoring/update links for Saturday's matches (though they are always up in the tab at the top too)

BNP Collegiate Challenge Live Scoring & Streaming Video
Purdue vs. #28 Cal - 11:30am est
#1 Oklahoma vs. #29 Columbia - 2pm est 
#4 USC vs. #3 Baylor - 5pm est
#20 Tulsa vs. BYU - 8pm est

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic:
#22 Harvard vs. #32 Princeton (3rd P) @USD - 1pm est - Harvard Twitter & Princeton Twitter 
Middle Tenn St vs. #39 Indiana (7th P) @SDSU - 1pm est - MTSU Twitter & Indiana Twitter
#43 Denver at #38 San Diego State (5th P) - 5pm est - Denver Twitter
#33 Drake at #30 San Diego (Championship) - 5pm est - Live Scoring San Diego Twitter

SMU at Memphis - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Dartmouth at TCU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Kentucky at Vanderbilt - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Arizona at Boise State - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Pepperdine at Portland - 3pm est - LIve Scoring & Streaming
UT Arlington at TCU - 6pm est - Live Scoring


Friday brought us several close ones as 6 matches finished with a 4-3 final score though of course there were several that weren't as close most notably 3 of the 4 in Indian Wells.  

The big upset of the day came in Louisville as the #29 Cardinals stunned #10 North Carolina 5-2.  It looked like #7 Texas A&M might get picked off too however the Aggies rallied late and held off #35 Mississippi State 4-1.  #33 Drake came back from 3-0 down to stun #22 Harvard 4-3 and #23 LSU pulled out a tight 4-3 win on the road at #60 Alabama.

In the biggest match of the day #12 Wake Forest ran its winning streak to 4 with a 5-2 win over #16 Virginia Tech.  The Demon Deacons cruised past Va Tech in doubles and then Noah Rubin made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 beat down of Amerigo Contini at #1 singles.  Jon Ho would extend the lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at #4 singles over Hunter Koontz before Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro would put the Hokies on the board with a come from behind 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Christian Seraphim at #5 singles. Romain Bogaerts would clinch the win for Wake Forest with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win at #2 singles over Andreas Bjerrehus and then the teams would split the 2 remaining matches after the clinch.  

Wake Forest now sets its sights on #6 Duke with Wake making the short trip to Durham on Sunday.

Wake recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 20th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 


#12 Wake Forest 5, #16 Virginia Tech 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) def. #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.32) 6-1, 6-1
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) def. #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) def. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.62) 6-4, 6-3
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) def. Jai Corbett (VT 12.76) 7-6 (3), 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 8-3
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 12-2 (4-1 ACC); National ranking #16
Wake Forest 13-4 (3-1 ACC); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)
T-3:14 A-171
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Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma picked up career win #400 today with a 5-2 stunner over #10 North Carolina.   The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #2 which Louisville pulled out (not sure what the TB score was though because it isn't listed anywhere).  Louisville ran through North Carolina in singles by picking up 4 1st sets and finishing 3 of them in straight sets with Albert Wagner clinching it at #3 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Esben Hess-Olsen.  

North Carolina is still a good team but they just aren't a great team without Brayden Schnur who missed his 5th straight match since retiring on 2/28 against Minnesota's Leandro Toledo.  

Louisville recap

"I am ecstatic for this group of players," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "A top 10 win against the elite in the ACC is something to be proud of. We always felt that they were capable of this, but sometimes potential never materializes - today it did. This UNC program has been so good for so long and mentally you have to overcome their great tradition before you even play the first point. I believe this can be the beginning of a second great run for us this season because there is a lot of excitement here."

"All of these teams have given their best for the program and me," said Ecarma. "I appreciate so much the leadership in our department. Everyone wants to work for Tom Jurich, I am one of the lucky ones. Kevin Miller has been with me since 1990 helping me every step of the way providing great mentorship. John Carns has given me great advice, support and friendship as well. My current and past assistant coaches, Brendan Burke, Mark Beckham, John Boetsch, Rodrigo DaSilva, Jakob Gustafsson and Matt Coomer have been a huge part of partnering with me to build a national level tennis program. The tennis staff of Meg Peavy, Melinda VanArsdale, Lori Korte, Kamari Wooten, Zach Farrell, Steve Hoelscher who have been beside me for years. Lastly, but most importantly, my family who have endured the almost ridiculous working hours of a head coach and still loving and supporting me every day. What is icing on the cake is not only the 400th win today as a coach but all 400 wins have been here at my alma mater - UofL."

UNC recap

#26 Louisville 5, #10 North Carolina 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Louisville (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles
1. #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.67) def. #25 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.19) 6-3, 6-1
2. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.39) def. #57 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
3. #106 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.55) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 12.97) 6-4, 6-4
4. #115 Jack Murray (UNC 13.92) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.33) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (8)
5. #86 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) def. Michael Lippens (LOU 13.24) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Jeffrey Brown (LOU 12.68) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.50) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles
1. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) def. #22 Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-5
2. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 8-7
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Chris Simich/Van Damrongsri (LOU) 8-5
Match Notes:
North Carolina 14-6, 3-1; National ranking #10
Louisville 15-4, 3-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,3,5,2,4)