Friday, 20 February 2015 11:34

Friday Preview

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It's the weekend after the National Indoors and the start of the outdoor season though play in many parts of the country will still be indoors. Below are some of the bigger matches taking place this weekend with my thoughts on who I like in each one.  

#23 Vanderbilt (7-2) vs. #34 Minnesota (7-1) (@Harvard) - 1pm est - Vandy Twitter & Video - Vanderbilt has been involved in more close matches than just about anyone in the country with 5 of the Dores 9 matches finishing with a 4-3 final with Vandy winning 3 of those 5.  This will be the 4th Big 10 school that Vandy has faced in the last month with them all going to a 4-3 result so they better expect the same today.  Minnesota on the other hand hasn't had a match closer than 4-1 so if it comes down to the final court things could get interesting. The 1 & 4 spots have been Vandy's strength with both Gonzales Austin and Danny Valent each a perfect 8-0 in dual match play while Vandy has struggled to find consistency at 2, 3, and 5 with Johnson (2-4), Yee (3-4), and Newman (1-3) a combined 6-11.  Eswaran is 5-3 and has been the final guy left on the court in just about every match he's played due to Vandy's indoor facility having 5 courts.  Minnesota has seen good play out of just about everyone in the lineup with Toledo (6-1), Hamburg (4-3), Weber (4-1), Spec (7-0), Corwin (5-1) a combined 26-6 while the 6 spot is just 3-4 with Froment 0-2.  Minnesota is a perfect 8-0 in doubles while Vanderbilt is 6-2.  While Minnesota is on the way up I think Vandy is a little more battle tested and will scrap out the close courts.  I like Vandy in doubles and Austin, Yee, and Valent in singles.  Prediction:  Vanderbilt 4-3 


Projected Lineup:
1. #8 Gonzales Austin (VU) vs. #25 Leandro Toledo (MN)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU) vs. Jack Hamburg (MN)
3. Kris Yee (VU) vs. Ruben Weber (MN)
4. Danny Valent (VU) vs. Matic Spec (MN)
5. Baker Newman (VU) vs. Felix Corwin (MN)
6. Suresh Eswaran (VU) vs. Mathieu Froment (MN)


#1 Oklahoma (10-0) at #13 Texas A&M (2-1) - 7pm est - Live Scoring - The new #1 heads to College Station to take on an Aggie squad that's only played 3 matches so far with the last one coming 2 weeks ago when they knocked of Ohio State.  Oklahoma will try to avoid an emotional letdown from last weekend and while Texas A&M is always a dangerous team at home, I think OU keep playing with a ton of confidence and wins the tough points.  Oklahoma has won 4 in a row in this series and a year ago OU won 5-2 when they played in Norman and I think we'll see a similar type score this year.  I like Harris, Alvarez, Webb, and Ghilea in singles for OU.  Prediction: Oklahoma 4-1

Projected Lineup:
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #45 Shane Vinsant (aTm)
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) vs. #36 Harrison Adams (aTm)
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) vs. #43 Jeremy Efferding (aTm)
4. Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm)
5. Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #51 AJ Catanzariti (aTm)
6. Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Jordan Szabo (aTm)

#8 North Carolina (9-3) at #10 Texas (9-1) - 7pm estLive Scoring - This one should be as good as last year when North Carolina took it 4-3 at home with Schnur winning the decider 6-3 in the 3rd. Texas's Hess-Olesen, Glasspool, and Berkowicz have gone a combined 27-2 thus far with the bottom of the lineup going 13-10 so for Texas to take this one they're going to need someone to come through down low.  North Carolina's softest spots so far this year have come at 2 and 4 with those spots a combined 15-8 while the rest of the lineup is 28-6.  Both teams have dealt with some early season injuries though both seem to be back up near full strength.  North Carolina swept the top 3 last year but I think at best they'll maybe take 1 of those this year with both Hess-Olesen and Berkowicz playing too well.  I like Naumann down at 4 but I like Murray and Kelly at 5 and 6.  North Carolina is 10-2 in doubles while Texas is just 4-6.  The data says North Carolina should take the doubles point and the match but I like Texas at home. Prediction:  Texas 4-3


Projected Lineup:
1. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC) vs. #16 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX)
2. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) vs. Lloyd Glasspool (TX)
3. Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #65 Adrien Berkowicz (TX)
4. Oystein Steiro (UNC) vs. Nick Naumann (TX)
5. #104 Jack Murray (UNC) vs. George Goldhoff (TX)
6. #75 Robert Kelly (UNC) vs. John Mee (TX) 

#26 Northwestern (6-4) at #6 Illinois (8-2) - 7pm est Live Scoring - It'll be a battle for supremacy in the state of Illinois as Illinois comes off a weekend that saw the Illini knock off a pair of top 15 teams (Ohio State/Cal) while Northwestern has been sitting on the sidelines for almost 2 weeks.  Illinois won last year's meeting 4-1 in Evanston and has won 24 straight in the series with Northwestern's last win over Illinois coming all the way back in 1997.  Look for the streak to go to 25 as Illinois wins fairly easily.  Prediction:  Illinois 6-1

1. #96 Sam Shropshire (NW) vs. #41 Farris Gosea (ILL)
2. #64 Strong Kirchheimer (NW) vs. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL)
3. Logan Staggs (NW) vs. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL)
4. Mihir Kumar (NW) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL)
5. Fedor Baev (NW) vs. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL)
6. Alp Horoz (NW) vs. Toshiki Matsuya or Ross Guignon (ILL)


Feature Matches on Saturday/Sunday:

Saturday:
#17 Notre Dame at #9 Ohio State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
#32 Oklahoma State at #19 Wake Forest - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#34 Minnesota at #25 Harvard - 1pm est - Harvard Twitter & Video 
#39 Stanford at #14 Cal - 1pm est - Video & Cal Twitter

Sunday:
#23 Vanderbilt at #25 Harvard - 12pm est - Harvard Twitter & Video
#8 North Carolina at #1 Oklahoma - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#12 UCLA at #5 Baylor - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
#43 Tulsa at #13 Texas A&M - 1pm est - Live Scoring


Live scoring, video, and Twitter links for other matches are on my Live Scoring Page.

Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:29

Blue Gray Tennis Classic

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For the past 66 years Montgomery, Alabama has hosted college tennis action at its Blue Gray Tennis Classic and this year will be no different with the 2015 edition getting started on Friday and running through Sunday.   The tournament started off as an individual tournament and was changed to the team format in 1984 at the request of Jack Bushman who is known as Montgomery's Mr. Tennis. Until 2010 it was just a men's tournament with the women being added to the fold starting in 2011. For more about the history of this event you can click the link here.





Boise State is back as the 2-time defending champion on the men's side while Alabama is the #1 seed on the women's side and is looking to defend its title from last year.  I'd say the odds of Boise State winning for a 3rd time in a row are slim to none with this year's Broncos squad off to a slow 3-5 start including 0-4 at neutral sites.  I'd say Mississippi State has the easiest path to the finals while the top half of the bracket is fairly wide open with Texas Tech possibly looming as a dark horse.




As you can see there have been a lot of top 10 teams that have participated at the Blue Gray over the years with some recognizable names as MVP.



You can follow along throughout the weekend via the tournament's master scoreboard. The event is held at 2 different sites in Montgomery so at times there is an occasional lag in score updating.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 02:07

My NTI All Tournament Team & Thoughts From The Weekend

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It was pretty easy picking the 2 through 6 spots but picking #1 was a little tougher. None of the matches at #1 singles finished during the semifinals and finals so at most my selection would only have 2 results and that's if his first two matches actually finished.  I went with Hanfmann because he was undefeated even though it appeared he was headed towards a loss against Wayne Montgomery.  

Each player had to play in at least 3 matches to qualify and to make the All Tournament Team each player's team had to at least advance to the quarterfinals (similar to the ITA's rules for its All Tournament Team).  FYI, DNF = Did Not Finish.


College Tennis Today All Tournament Team:

Singles:

MVP:  Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) - he clinched the semifinal win against Baylor by coming back from a set and 5-2 down and clinched the championship against USC by knocking off the guy, Max De Vroome, that finished their season the year prior in the NCAA Championship.  1 of only 2 guys that went 4-0 on the weekend in singles (Eric Johnson was the other).


1. Yannick Hanfmann (USC) - The Trojan senior went 2-0 with 2 DNFs and is now 7-0 in dual match play and 14-2 overall since the fall.
vs. #26 Andrew Harris (OKLA) 4-6, 6-4, 4-4 DNF
vs. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 4-6, 6-3, 1-4 DNF
def. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-6(4), 6-1
def. #81 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) 6-1, 7-6(4)

2. Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma) - The Sooner junior went 3-0 with 3 ranked wins and 1 DNF and only dropped 1 set and is now 9-0 in dual match play and 22-4 overal since the fall. 
def. #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 
def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
def. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 6-1, 6-4
vs. #78 Stefan Lindmark (Miss) 3-6, 6-4, 5-6 DNF

3. Dane Webb (Oklahoma) - The Sooner senior went 3-0 with 1 DNF and only dropped 1 set and is now 9-0 in dual match play and 17-5 overall since the fall. 
def. #20 Jonny Wang (USC) 6-0, 6-4
def. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4, 6-0
vs. Brett Clark (UNC) 6-4, 3-6, 3-0 DNF
def. Gustav Hansson (Miss) 6-2, 6-4

4. Eric Johnson (USC) - The Trojan senior went 4-0 without dropping a set and is now 8-1 in dual match play and 12-7 overall since the fall.  
def. Spencer Papa (OKLA) 6-4, 6-1
def. Nick Wood (UGA), 6-1, 6-1
def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-5, 6-4
def. Roman Trkulja (PSU) 6-1, 6-2

5. Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) - The Sooner sophomore went 4-0 and clinched the team's final 2 matches and is now 7-0 in dual match play and 23-4 over since the fall. 
def. Max De Vroome (USC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
def. #104 Jack Murray (UNC) 7-5, 6-1
def. Zvonimir Babic (Miss) 7-5, 6-3

6. Nick Crystal (USC)  - The Trojan sophomore went 2-0 with 2 DNFs and runs his dual match record to 7-0 and overall record to 18-3.
def. Jose Salazar (OKLA) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
def. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA), 6-2, 6-4
vs. Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-7(5) 3-2 DNF
vs. Thomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-2, 5-3 DNF


Doubles:

1. Ben Wagland/Austin Smith (Georgia) - This Bulldogs duo had only played together once before this weekend (2/25/13) and yet they managed to beat the #1, #11, and #12 doubles teams in the country.  
def. #1 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC), 6-4
def. #11 Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon (Illinois) 7-6 (4)
def. #12 Max Schnur/Ashok Narayana (Columbia) 6-3

2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) - The Trojan duo went 3-0 with 1 DNF and is now a perfect 6-0 on the year during dual match play.  
def. Spencer Papa/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) 6-1
vs. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (Georgia) 5-5 DNF
def. #36 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (Ohio State) 6-2
def. Alex Fennell/Matt Barry (Penn State) 6-4

3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (Baylor) - This Bear pair is now 9-1 on the year and 5-1 in dual match play.
def. Jose Salazar/Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) 6-1
def. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (Virginia) 6-3
def. Chris Mengel/Bruno Semenzato (DUKE) 6-2


Poll Results - Who Was the MVP of the NTIs
Dane Webb
  14 (46%)
Alex Ghilea
  12 (40%)
Axel Alvarez
  4 (13%)

Votes so far: 30


Honorable Mention

1. Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas) - The Longhorn senior went 3-0 without dropping a set. 
def. #13 Winston Lin (Columbia) 6-2, 6-1
def. #81 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) 7-5, 6-2
def. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-4, 6-2

1. Nicholas Alvarez (Duke) - The Blue Devil freshmen went 2-0 with 1 DNF.  Both wins were over top 18 guys.
vs. #59 Nicholas Scholtz (MISS) 6-4, 3-4 DNF
def. #18 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
def. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-4, 6-2

1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) - The Bruin sophomore went 2-0 with 1 DNF but was up a break in that one.
def. #18 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-2, 6-2
def. #59 Nicholas Scholtz (MISS) 7-5, 6-3
vs. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-2, 6-7(3), 4-3 DNF

2. Ryan Shane (Virginia) - The Cavalier junior went 3-0 and only dropped 1 set in beating 3 top 67 opponents. 
def. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 6-3, 6-4
def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
def. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU) 7-6(1), 6-3

2. Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) - The Illini junior went 2-0 with 1 DNF.  Both wins were over top 30 players.  
def. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
def. #21 Austin Smith (GA) 6-1, 6-1
vs. #114 Filip Bergevi (CAL) 3-6, 5-4 DNF

3. Nathan Pasha (Georgia) - The Bulldog senior with 2-0 with 1 DNF.  
vs. #20 Jonny Wang (USC), 3-6, 6-2, 3-3 DNF
def. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) 7-5, 7-5
def. Max Schnur (CU) 6-4, 6-3

3. Adrien Berkowicz (Texas) - The Longhorn senior went 3-0 only dropping 1 set which was in a tiebreak.
def. Max Schnur (Columbia) 6-2, 6-3
def. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
def. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2

4. Aron Hiltzik (Illinois) - The Illini freshman went 3-0 without dropping a set and clinched against Illinois.
def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
def. Nick Wood (GA) 6-2, 6-4
def. JT Nishimura (CAL) 7-5, 6-1

5. Aleks Vukic (Illinois) - The Illini freshman went 2-0 with 1 DNF and had match point in the DNF.  
def. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
vs. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-1, 4-6, 6-6 (6-5) DNF
def. Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-1, 6-4

6. Kevin Metka (Ohio State) - The Buckeye senior went 2-0 with 1 DNF and clinched the Round of 16 match.
def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-3, 6-2
vs. #49 Nick Crystal (USC) 7-6(5) 2-3 DNF
def. John Mee (Texas) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5

6. JC Aragone (Virginia) - The Cavalier sophomore went 2-0 with 1 DNF and that one came at #5 singles.
def. #75 Robert Kelly (UNC) 6-1, 6-3
def. Vince Schneider (BU) 6-3, 6-4
vs. #85 Facundo Lugones (TCU) 6-4, 4-6 DNF (#5 singles)




Thoughts From The Days I Attended (Saturday/Sunday)

Positives;
  • Parking was plentiful and free 
  • Very nice facility with 10 times the seating that was available in Houston 
  • The seats with chair back were very comfortable and you could easily follow the 2 immediate matches in front of you which were either #2 and #3 or #4 and #5 depending on which set of seats you were in (grandstand seating was just set up on courts 1-6)
  • The video qualify was pretty good on the 6 courts and having sound is always a major plus.
  • The volunteers that were working in the lobby and between the courts were very friendly and attentive.
  • Ball kids were in place to keep the balls moving 
  • Nice to see such large crowds on both Saturday and Sunday during all the matches - easily 5 times the turnout from 2014 in Houston.  
  • The matches moved along very quickly since there was just 5 minutes of downtime between doubles and singles along with the no-ad, no warmup rules in place.  (Also listed under negatives depending on your point of view)





Negatives:
  • There wasn't enough adequate communication/knowledgeable volunteers in place to relay scores from court-side to the main desk so live scoring could be updated in a timely manner.  As a result of this the live scoring was slow to update on several courts and could be as many as 3 or 4 games behind and on a few occasions the live scoring had the wrong person winning sets only to only get corrected as the match finished up.  
  • With video set up on 6 courts it was surprising that they couldn't use those 6 courts for the finals so that way all 6 singles matches could have been shown.  I get the logistics with moving some of the seating but still one had to wonder.
  • The matches played on courts 9-14 had minimal seating which was more of a space issue that anything but if you wanted to watch those matches you had to secure 1 of about 10 chairs beside #1 singles or #4 singles.  
  • If you wanted to watch #5 and #6 singles on the back 2 courts the only way you could reach those courts was to cut between courts 2 and 3 and you could only do that when both were on a changeover.  I believe this was the main issue on why scores weren't being reported very frequently on those 2 courts. 
  • The matches moved along very quickly since there was just 5 minutes of downtime between doubles and singles along with the no-ad, no warmup rules in place.  It seemed like 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes was kind of the average if I had to ball park it.  


As I was thumbing through the program and looking over each team's profile it was interesting to see the tenure that each coach has - here is the list below sorted by the most senior to the least senior:


Bid Goswami (Columbia) - 32nd year
Manny Diaz (Georgia) - 27th year
Peter Wright (California) - 22nd year
Billy Martin (UCLA) - 22nd year
Sam Paul (North Carolina) - 21st year
Matt Knoll (Baylor) - 19th year
Ty Tucker (Ohio State) - 16th year
Michael Center (Texas) - 15th year
Brian Boland (Virginia) - 14th year
Peter Smith (USC) - 13th year
Brad Dancer (Illinois) - 10th year
Ramsey Smith (Duke) - 7th year
John Roddick (Oklahoma) - 6th year
David Roditi (TCU) - 5th year
Jeff Zinn (Penn State) - 4th year
Toby Hansen (Ole Miss) - 1st year



Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:03

Oklahoma The New #1 In Both Polls

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It definitely wasn't a surprise to see Oklahoma and USC as 1 and 2 in each of the rankings after this past weekend.  The coaches placement of Baylor at #3, Georgia #4, and Virginia #5 was more in line with my thinking with Baylor coming pretty darn close to beating Oklahoma in the semis.

The ITA has 2 Ivy League schools (Columbia #11/Harvard #25) in the Top 25 for what has to be the first time in quite a while.

UCLA managed to hold firm at #12 despite going 1-2 over the weekend.

The coaches have Mississippi State and Oklahoma State almost 10 spots higher than the ITA.

ITA Write-Up
College Tennis Online Write-Up


Last May at the NCAA Championship Final versus USC , Oklahoma won the doubles point but then couldn't follow up in singles.  Today they won the doubles point and then stepped up its game even more during singles play in route to a 4-2 win over #1 USC which gave the Sooner program its 1st ever National Team Indoor Championship.

Things didn't start out looking great for Oklahoma as it looked like USC was going to run them off the court by taking commanding leads on all 3 doubles courts.   While USC's #2 doubles tandem of Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson would cruise to a 6-1 win, the other 2 USC teams wouldn't be able to close out their respective matches.  At #3 doubles USC's Nick Crystal and Connor Farren would lead 5-2 but after an OU hold the Sooner tandem of Florin Bragusi and Alex Ghilea would break on the deciding point for 4-5 and would then reel off an additional 3 games to win the court 7-5.   All said and done Bragusi an Ghilea fought off 4 match points in route to the comeback win.  While USC was cracking under pressure at #3 the Trojan #1 doubles team of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz was looking to avoid the same thing as they served for the match up 5-4.  After going up 40-30 to give USC 2 match points, Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb would take the next 2 points to tie it at 5.  2 holds of serve later the deciding match went to a tiebreak.  OU would go up 3-0 in the tiebreak and not look back as they took it 7-4 and with that Oklahoma had capped off an incredible comeback and taken the doubles point for the 1-0 lead.


Oklahoma rode the momentum from doubles and took the opening set on 5 of 6 courts with only Spencer Papa coming up short on 4.  Dane Webb (pictured below) would be the 1st to close out his match with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Jonny Wang at #3 singles to extend the Sooner lead to 2-0.  



USC's Eric Johnson would put USC on the board a few minutes later as he knocked off Papa 6-4, 6-1 at #4 singles to make the score 2-1 Oklahoma.  With USC rallying at 1, 5, and 6, Oklahoma needed something to turn the tide back in its favor and its #2 Axel Alvarez would do just he trick as he broke the Roberto Quiroz serve in the 3rd game of the 2nd set and would close out Quiroz a short while later with a 7-6(3), 6-2 win.  The Sooner lead would stand at 3-1 but USC had now taken the 2nd set on each of the 3 remaining courts.  USC's Yannick Hanfmann would go up an early break on 1 and lead 2-0, the match at 6 between Nick Crystal and Jose Salazar would stay on serve until deep into the 3rd, and Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea would go up an early break against USC's Max De Vroome at 5.  The first of those 3 to finish would be at #6 as USC's Nick Crystal would break Salazar to take the match 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 which would trim the OU lead to 3-2. Oklahoma's Andrew Harris would get the match at #1 back on serve while at 5 Alex Ghilea would hold on to the break lead and work himself into position for a match point on the De Vroome serve at 5-3.  Just as he had done the day prior against Baylor, it would be Ghilea that would clinch the win but this time the clinch meant a little more than normal as it gave Oklahoma the 4-2 win and the National Team Indoor Championship.

Oklahoma Recap
USC Recap
ITA Recap
Jonathan Kelley (Zoo Tennis) Recap


[2] Oklahoma 4, [1] Southern California 2
Doubles competition
1. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OKLA) def. #1 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) 7-6 (7-4)
2. #38 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. Papa/Harris (OKLA) 6-1
3. Florin Bragusi/Alex Ghilea (OKLA) def. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 7-5
Singles competition
1. #7 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) vs. #26 Andrew Harris (OKLA) 4-6, 6-4, 4-4, unfinished
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OKLA) def. #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. #31 Dane Webb (OKLA) def. #20 Jonny Wang (USC) 6-0, 6-4
4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. Spencer Papa (OKLA) 6-4, 6-1
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OKLA) def. Max De Vroome (USC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
6. #49 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Jose Salazar (OKLA) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,2,6,5)





All Main Draw Results:

Semifinals:

#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2
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)


#1 USC 4, #4 Georgia 1
Doubles:
1. Smith/Wagland (UGA) def. #1 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC), 6-4
2. Eric Diaz/Pasha (UGA) vs.#38 De Vroome/Johnson (USC), 5-5, unf.
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Crystal/Connor Farren (USC), 6-1
Singles:
1. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. #7 Yannick Hanfmann (USC), 6-4, 3-6, 4-1, unf.
2. #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #21 Austin Smith (UGA), 7-6(2), 6-3
3. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. #20 Jonny Wang (USC), 3-6, 6-2, 3-3, unf.
4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. Nick Wood (UGA), 6-1, 6-1
5. Max De Vroome (USC) def. Ben Wagland (UGA), 7-5, 6-1
6. #49 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA), 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,6,5,2)


Quarterfinals:

#10 Baylor 4, #3 Virginia 3
Doubles competition
1. #37 Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) 6-6 (5-3) DNF
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. #41 Mac Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Mitchell Frank/Altamirano (UVA) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) def. Mitchell Frank (UVA) 6-2, 6-0
2. #4 Ryan Shane (UVA) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) def. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) 6-4, 7-6 (10)
4. Collin Altamirano (UVA) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Mate Zsiga (BU) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Vince Schneider (BU) 6-3, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,4,6,2,3,5)


#2 Oklahoma 4, #7 North Carolina 1
Doubles competition
1. Axel Alvarez/Dane Webb (OKLA) def. Brayden Schnur/Oystein Steiro (UNC) 6-1
2. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Spencer Papa/Andrew Harris (OKLA) 6-4
3. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Jose Salazar/Alex Ghilea (OKLA) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OKLA) def. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 7-6(5), 6-3
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OKLA) def. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 6-1, 6-4
3. #31 Dane Webb (OKLA) vs. Brett Clark (UNC) 6-4, 3-6, 3-0, unfinished
4. Spencer Papa (OKLA) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC) 6-4, 6-2
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OKLA) def. #104 Jack Murray (UNC) 7-5, 6-1
6. Jose Salazar (OKLA) vs. #75 Robert Kelly (UNC) 0-6, 6-3, 4-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,4,5,1)



#1 USC 4, #8 Ohio State 1
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #7 Steinbach/Metka (OSU) 6-4
2. #38 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. #36 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 6-2
3. Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) vs. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) 5-4 DNF
Singles competition
1. #7 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-6(4), 6-1
2. #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-1, 7-5
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #20 Jonny Wang (USC) 6-3, 6-2
4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-5, 6-4
5. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU) vs. Max De Vroome (USC) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 DNF
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) vs. #49 Nick Crystal (USC) 7-6(5) 2-3 DNF
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,4,2,1)


#4 Georgia 4, #5 Illinois 2
Doubles competition
1. Ben Wagland/Austin Smith (GA) def. #11 Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon (ILL) 7-6(4)
2. Nathan Pasha/Eric Diaz (GA) def. Jared Hiltzik/Farris Gosea (ILL) 6-3
3. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Wayne Montgomery (GA) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #17 Wayne Montgomery (GA) def. #41 Farris Gosea (ILL) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #21 Austin Smith (GA) 6-1, 6-1
3. #15 Nathan Pasha (GA) def. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) 7-5, 7-5
4. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Nick Wood (GA) 6-2, 6-4
5. Ben Wagland (GA) vs. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 1-6, 6-4, 6-6 (5-6) DNF 
6. Paul Oosterbaan (GA) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,4,3,1)


Round of 16:

#3 Virginia 4, #17 TCU 0
Doubles:
1. #24 Stein/Chappell (TCU) def. #37 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) 7-5
2. #41 Kwiatkowski/Styslinger (UVa) def. Nunez/Norrie (TCU) 7-6(2)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVa) def. Blake/Johnson (TCU) 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
Singles:
1. Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #18 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
2. #4 Ryan Shane (UVa) def. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU) 7-6(1), 6-3
3. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Alexander Ritschard (UVa) vs. Will Stein (TCU) 6-1, 6-7, 0-1 DNF
5. J.C. Aragone (UVa) vs. #85 Facundo Lugones (TCU) 6-4, 4-6 DNF
6. #112 Guillermo Nunez (TCU) vs. #61 Mac Styslinger (UVa) 6-3, 6-6 DNF
Order of Finish: 3,1,2



#10 Baylor 4, #6 Duke 1
Feb. 13, 2015 at Chicago, Ill. (Midtown Athletic Club)
Doubles competition
1. #34 Alvarez/Hemmeler (DUKE) vs. #40 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) 5-2, DNF 
2. Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. Josh Levine/Jason Tahir (DUKE) 6-2
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Chris Mengel/Bruno Semenzato (DUKE) 6-2 
Singles competition
1. #9 Nicolas Alvarez (DUKE) def. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-4, 6-2
2. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) def. #38 Jason Tahir (DUKE) 7-6(7), 6-4
3. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) def. #77 Raphael Hemmeler (DUKE) 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-1
4. Diego Galeano (BU) vs. #95 Bruno Semenzato (DUKE) 6-4, 6-7(1), 1-1 DNF
5. Mate Zsiga (BU) vs. Chris Mengel (DUKE) 5-7, 6-3, 4-0 DNF
6. Vince Schneider (BU) def. Josh Levine (DUKE) 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3
Match Notes:
Baylor 5-1; National ranking #10
Duke 9-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,2,6,3)


#7 North Carolina 4, #10 UCLA 2
Doubles:
1. #6 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Schnur/Steiro (UNC) 6-1
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Clark/Kelly (UNC) 6-2
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Murray/Schneider (UNC) 4-4 DNF
Order of Finish: 1,2
Singles:
1. #2 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-2, 6-7(3), 4-3 DNF
2. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. #44 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Brett Clark (UNC) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Oystein Steiro (UNC) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-1, 7-5
5. #104 Jack Murray (UNC) def. Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-2, 6-0
6. Robert Kelly (UNC) def.  Austin Rapp (UCLA) 1-6, 7-6(8), 6-4
Order of Finish: 5,4,3,6,2


#2 Oklahoma 4, #19 Ole Miss 1
Doubles
1. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) vs. #55 Hansson/Kallberg (Miss) 5-4 DNF
2. Papa/Harris (OU) def. Scholtz/Babic (Miss) 6-2
3. Salazar/Ghilea (OU) def. Lindmark/Grey Hamilton (Miss) 6-4
Order of Finish: 2,3
Singles:

1. #59 Nik Scholtz (Miss) def. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) 7-6(5), 6-2
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) vs. #78 Stefan Lindmark (Miss) 3-6, 6-4, 5-6 DNF
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. Gustav Hansson (Miss) 6-2, 6-4
4. Spencer Papa (OU) def. William Kallberg (Miss) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(8)
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Zvonimir Babic (Miss) 7-5, 6-3
6. Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Vinod Gowda (Miss) 5-7, 7-6
Order of Finish: 3,5,1,4



#1 Southern California 4, #22 Penn State 0
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) vs. Stakhovsky/Laaribi (PSU) 5-6, unfinished
2. #38 Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. Alex Fennell/Matt Barry (PSU) 6-4
3. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) def. Roman Trkulja/Mike Reilly (PSU) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #7 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #81 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) 6-1, 7-6(4)
2. #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Alex Fennell (PSU) 6-3, 6-1
3. #20 Jonny Wang (USC) vs. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. #104 Max De Vroome (USC) vs. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 7-5, 5-1, unfinished
6. #49 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Thomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-2, 5-3, unfinished
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,4,1)


#8 Ohio State 4, #9 Texas 3

Doubles competition
1. #7 Steinbach/Metka (OSU) def. Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (Texas) 6-3
2. Goldhoff/Berkowicz (Texas) def. #36 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 6-4
3. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) def. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (Texas) 7-6
Singles competition
1. #16 Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas) def. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-4, 6-2
Monday, 16 February 2015 02:11

Men's National Team Indoor Championship Preview

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Monday's National Team Indoors Championship will be a rematch from last year's NCAA Championship (box score below) as #1 USC takes on #2 Oklahoma.  USC has only dropped 2 points so far this tournament while Oklahoma has dropped just 4 points (2 doubles & 2 singles) so both teams are accustomed to not only winning but winning fairly comfortably.  USC will be making its 4th straight appearance in the finals and 10th overall after winning in 2012 and finishing as the runner up in 2013 and 2014.  Oklahoma will be making its 1st appearance in the finals.


Oklahoma has won the last 2 matches despite dropping the doubles point but I don't see it happening a 3rd time in a row.  I expect USC to take the doubles point by winning at 1 and 3 which will let the Trojans breath a little easier before singles gets underway.

I'd consider USC to be fairly heavy favorites at both 5 and 6 with both Max de Vroome and Nick Crystal likely to win in straight sets.  I like Dane Webb at 3 and am leaning towards Axel Alvarez at 2 but I don't see Oklahoma taking both of the other 2 courts.  I'll go with Eric Johnson to clinch it at 4 because he is playing extremely well right now and I think he'll force Papa into one to many errors. Prediction:  USC 4-1


[1] USC vs. [2] Oklahoma - 11am cst

Probable Singles Lineup
1. #7 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) vs. #26 Andrew Harris (OU)
2. #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) vs. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU)
3. #20 Jonny Wang (USC) vs. #31 Dane Webb (OU)
4. Eric Johnson (USC) vs. Spencer Papa (OU)
5. Max De Vroome (USC) vs. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU)
6. #49 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Jose Salazar (OU)

Probable Doubles Lineup
1. #1 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) vs. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU)
2. #38 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. Papa/Harris (OU)
3. Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) vs. Salazar/Ghilea (OU)


Box Score from 2014 NCAA Championship Final
#1 USC (32-3) def. #2 Oklahoma (28-4), 4-2

Doubles (Order of finish: 3,2)
1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Ray Sarmiento (USC) vs. Axel Alvarez/Dane Webb (Oklahoma) 5-6, unf.
2. Guillermo Alcorta/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. Connor Farren/Roberto Quiroz (USC), 8-5
3. Alex Ghilea/Nick Papac (Oklahoma) def. Max de Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC), 8-7(2)

Singles (Order of finish: 3,1,2,5,4)
1. #10 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #5 Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma), 7-5, 6-2
2. #9 Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. #7 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 6-4, 7-6(4)
3. #41 Dane Webb (Oklahoma) def. #42 Roberto Quiroz (USC), 6-1, 6-2
4. #91 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #53 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Eric Johnson (USC) def. Austin Siegel (Oklahoma), 6-1, 7-6(2)
6. Michael Grant (USC) vs. Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma), 7-6(5), 2-6, 4-2, unf.


I won't be able to attend Monday's Championship so make sure you follow Jonathan Kelley on Twitter @jokelley_tennis for scoring updates throughout the match.