Wednesday, 08 April 2015 16:55

What's Coming Up + Daily Top 10

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It's hump day so that means it's time to look ahead at what's coming up over the next 4 days.  As you can see there are going to be more than a few good matches coming up and in fact Duke and UNC will jump start the weekend tomorrow afternoon.  For a full list of all the matches you can look in my live scoring links page.

The HUGE match of the week takes place in Waco on Friday night when #2 Baylor hosts #1 Oklahoma.  Oklahoma has already beat Baylor twice this season - once indoors in Chicago at the National Indoors and once outdoors in Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge. There's a very good chance that this could be the 1st of 3 matches between these two teams just in Waco alone because not only is the Big 12 conference tournament in Waco this year but so is the NCAA Championships. They always say it's tough to beat somebody 3 times in a season - what do they say about beating someone 5 times?

I'll do in-depth previews with predictions on the ones in bold.

4/8 (Wednesday)

#10 TCU at #44 SMU - 7pm est 

4/9 (Thursday)

#6 Duke at #16 North Carolina - 3pm est
#7 Texas A&M at #24 LSU - 4pm est

4/10 (Friday)

#18 San Diego at #64 Portland - 1pm est 
#46 Memphis at #19 South Florida - 3pm est 
Georgia Tech at #4 Virginia - 3pm est
#33 Florida State at #34 NC State - 4pm est 
#20 Mississippi State at #21 Vanderbilt - 6pm est 
#5 USC at #27 Cal - 6pm est
#1 Oklahoma at #2 Baylor - 7pm est 
#25 Oklahoma State at #23 Texas Tech - 7pm est
#15 UCLA at #36 Stanford - 7pm est 

4/11 (Saturday)

#7 Texas A&M at #10 TCU - 2pm est 
#5 USC at #36 Stanford - 5pm est 
#14 Ole Miss at #8 Georgia - 5pm est
#15 UCLA at #27 Cal - 6pm est 

4/12 (Sunday)

#16 Florida at #43 Tennessee - 12pm est 
#33 Florida State at #6 Duke - 12pm est 
Middle Tennessee State at #19 South Florida - 1pm est 
#28 Louisville at #4 Virginia - 1pm est 
#58 Alabama at #21 Vanderbilt - 1pm est 
#35 Harvard at #30 Princeton - 1pm est 
#55 Rice at #44 SMU - 1pm est 
#24 LSU at #20 Mississippi State - 2pm est 
#16 North Carolina at #13 Wake Forest - 2pm est 
Georgia Tech at #12 Virginia Tech - 2pm est 
#25 Oklahoma State at #2 Baylor - 3pm est 
#1 Oklahoma at #23 Texas Tech - 3pm est 

With the regular season starting to wind down I decided that I'll do a daily top 10 to show what the top 10 looks like as of the current day.  I'll do this every day except Monday and Tuesday and will do it through the end of the conference tournaments which wrap up on April 26th.  Starting with this week's rankings each team is ranked on its 9 best wins.

Daily Top 10 - (4/8 - 1pm) 

5Texas A&M 62.347

The Previous column is the ranking from the most recent ITA release.
Oklahoma stays at #1 in the ITA Men's rankings for the 6th week in a row and for the 7th time in the last 8 weeks. The top 8 in the Women's rankings stay the same with USC, North Carolina, Cal, UCLA, and Georgia holding down the top 5.

Below I'll breakdown the Top 10 on the men's side looking at the 8 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 8 win and that is because I used the new ranking so that you can see what changes will be made next week.  I also listed the point totals gained from the best wins and losses to come up with the computer score.  

Next week's rankings will use each teams 9 best wins as will each subsequent set of rankings until the NCAA field is announced on April 28th at 5pm (Women) and 5:30pm (Men).

Oklahoma is still at #1 with the Sooners winning its only match last week over Tulsa.  
  • 8 Best Wins (701.8): #2 Baylor (2x), #4 Virginia, #5 USC, #9 Texas, #10 TCU, at #11 Ohio State, at #13 Wake Forest
  • Other Quality Wins: #14 Ole Miss, #16 North Carolina (2X), #19 South Florida, #26 Northwestern, #29 Tulsa
  • Losses (8.2): #7 Texas A&M
  • Computer Score:  701.8/8.2 = 85.59 (was 86.36)
  • What's Coming Up: at #2 Baylor (4/10), at #23 Texas Tech (4/12), #25 Oklahoma State (4/19)
  • Comments:  Big match this Friday as the Sooners go to Waco to play Baylor for the 3rd time this year.  Oklahoma should stay #1 regardless of the outcome but it's lead would narrow a good bit if it lost.  I'll run the #s on Wednesday to see what would happen if each won.  

Baylor stays at #2 after taking the week off though its point total came up slightly due to adding a good 8th best win over Tulsa.  
  • 8 Best Wins (652.1): #4 Virginia (2X), #5 USC, #6 Duke, #10 TCU, at #14 Ole Miss, #15 UCLA, at #29 Tulsa
  • Other Quality Wins: #31 Drake, at #46 Memphis
  • Losses (8.3): #1 Oklahoma (2X), #3 Illinois
  • Computer Score: 78.57 (was 77.82)
  • What's Coming Up:  Seminole CC (4/7), #1 Oklahoma (4/10), #25 Oklahoma State (4/12), at #9 Texas (4/15), at #23 Texas Tech (4/18)
  • Comments:  Baylor is going to have several chances to improve on its best wins over the next 2+ weeks due everyone in the Big 12 being ranked inside the top 25.  Obviously the match on Friday will be huge because a win would tack on another 106 points.  

Illinois stays at #3 after picking up road wins over Michigan and Michigan State - both were unranked so neither helped Illinois in the rankings.  
  • 8 Best Wins (612): at #2 Baylor, at #7 Texas A&M, at #9 Texas, #11 Ohio State (2X), #16 North Carolina, #26 Northwestern, at #38 Notre Dame
  • Other Quality Wins: #27 California, #41 Indiana, #50 Penn State
  • Losses (8.5): #6 Duke, #8 Georgia, #10 TCU
  • Computer Score: 72.00 (was 77.65)
  • What's Coming Up: #72 Iowa (4/11), Nebraska (4/12), at #32 Minnesota (4/17), at Wisconsin (4/19)
  • Comments:  Illinois will have a hard time pressing Baylor for #2 due to a down Big 10 not helping out the Illini in terms of quality ranked wins.  While all 6 members of the Big 12 are ranked inside the top 25 the Big 10 only has 2 in the Top 25.  Illinois needs Ohio State, Northwestern, and Minnesota to come up but those guys are in the same boat as Illinois in that its going to be hard to move up when you're not facing higher ranked teams.    

Virginia stays at #4 but they closed the gap between #4 and #3 after knocking off #12 Virginia Tech.    
  • 8 Best Wins (557.1): #6 Duke, #10 TCU, #12 Virginia Tech, at #13 Wake Forest, #16 North Carolina (2X), #28 Louisville, at #34 NC State
  • Other Quality Wins: at #38 Notre Dame, #70 Clemson
  • Losses (8.3): #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor (2X)
  • Computer Score: 67.12 (was 68.19)
  • What's Coming Up: Georgia Tech (4/10), #28 Louisville (4/12), at #33 Florida State (4/17), at Miami (4/19), ACC Tourney.
  • Comments:  Virginia has a chance to pick up a decent 9th best win when they host Louisville on Sunday.  The Cavaliers will likely face at least 2 or 3 top 20 opponents in the ACC Tournament so they'll have a chance to make a run at the #3 spot if they win out.  

USC rises 2 spots from 7 to 5 after beating Utah and Arizona over the weekend. USC's rise was attributed to Georgia losing and Duke taking a slight points drop when it added its 8th best win which was ranked #38.      
  • 8 Best Wins (573.8): #8 Georgia (2X+1 was at UGA), #11 Ohio State, #15 UCLA, #17 Florida, #18 San Diego, #22 Columbia, #29 Tulsa
  • Other Quality Wins: #36 Stanford, #56 Oregon, #62 Washington
  • Losses (8.6): #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor, #29 Tulsa
  • Computer Score: 66.72 (was 65.65)
  • What's Coming Up: at #27 Cal (4/10), at #36 Stanford (4/11), at #15 UCLA (4/17), Pac 12 Tourney
  • Comments:  USC really has a chance to pick up some quality wins over the next 3 weeks with everyone from here on out ranked inside the top 35. USC has 16.7 more points than #4 Virginia from its top 8 wins however the loss to Tulsa is the difference right now.  USC needs #29 Tulsa to stay inside the top 30 otherwise the loss will count that much more if they fall.  

Duke drops 1 spot from 5 to 6 despite sweeping #38 Notre Dame and Boston College. The slight point drop was due to its 8th best win being ranked outside the top 30.   
  • 8 Best Wins (558.6): at #3 Illinois, #10 TCU, #13 Wake Forest (2X), #14 Ole Miss, at #26 Northwestern, #34 NC State, #38 Notre Dame 
  • Other Quality Wins: #43 Tennessee, #46 Memphis, at #70 Clemson
  • Losses (8.5): #2 Baylor, #4 Virginia, #12 Virginia Tech
  • Computer Score: 65.72 (was 66.9)
  • What's Coming Up: at #16 North Carolina (4/10), #32 Florida State (4/12), at #28 Louisville (4/17), at Georgia Tech (4/19), ACC Tourney
  • Comments: Duke will have plenty of opportunities to pick up some quality wins over the next few weeks with UNC, FSU, and Louisville on the schedule. 

Texas A&M rises 1 spot from 8 to 7 after winning at Rice and #17 Florida as well as beating Auburn at home.   
  • 8 Best Wins (553.9):  #1 Oklahoma, #11 Ohio State, #14 Ole Miss, at #17 Florida, #18 San Diego, at #20 Mississippi State, #21 Vanderbilt, at #47 South Carolina
  • Other Quality Wins: #43 Tennessee, #52 Auburn, at #55 Rice, at #59 Alabama, #71 Arkansas 
  • Losses (8.5): #3 Illinois, #8 Georgia, #10 TCU
  • Computer Score: 65.16 (was 64.16)
  • What's Coming Up:  at #24 LSU (4/9), at #10 TCU (4/11), SEC Tourney
  • Comments:  If Texas A&M can sweep LSU and TCU they'll definitely pass Duke next week and there's a good chance they could pass USC at #5.   

Georgia drops 2 spots from 6 to 8 after getting upset in Starkville by #20 Mississippi State.    
  • 8 Best Wins (537.5): #3 Illinois, #7 Texas A&M, #15 UCLA, at #17 Florida, #21 Vanderbilt, #22 Columbia, #24 LSU, at #43 Tennessee
  • Other Quality Wins: at #52 Auburn, at #59 Alabama 
  • Losses (9.0): #5 USC (2X), #20 Mississippi State
  • Computer Score: 59.72 (was 66.38)
  • What's Coming Up: #71 Arkansas (4/9), #15 Ole Miss (4/11), SEC Tourney
  • Comments:  Despite the loss last week Georgia has a chance to improve on its resume this weekend when they welcome in #14 Ole Miss.  The losses to USC won't hurt as much next week since USC has moved into the top 5 plus the Mississippi State loss won't be as bad with State's rise in into the top 20.  

Texas stays at #9 after beating #23 Texas Tech 4-1.   
  • 8 Best Wins (504.4): #11 Ohio State, #13 Wake Forest, #16 North Carolina, #22 Columbia, #23 Texas Tech, #25 Oklahoma State, at #29 Tulsa, #32 Minnesota
  • Other Quality Wins: #33 Florida State, at #44 SMU, #50 Penn State
  • Losses (8.5):  #1 Oklahoma, #3 Illinois, #11 Ohio State
  • Computer Score: 59.34 (was 60.07)
  • What's Coming Up: #74 UTSA (4/7), #53 Texas A&M CC (4/8), #2 Baylor (4/15), at #10 TCU (4/18)
  • Comments: Texas is the only team in the top 10 that doesn't have a win over a current top 10 team. The Longhorns face 2 lower ranked teams this week so neither will help them in the rankings. It'll be tough for Texas to move up much more unless they can upset Baylor or have someone else ahead of them stumble against a lower ranked team. 

    TCU stays at #10 this week after beating #23 Texas Tech and #19 South Florida.
    • 8 Best Wins (531.6): #3 Illinois, at #7 Texas A&M, #19 South Florida, #23 Texas Tech, #24 LSU, #25 Oklahoma State, at #29 Tulsa, #45 New Mexico 
    • Other Quality Wins: #54 Dartmouth, #60 UT Arlington, #65 UC Santa Barbara
    • Losses (9.0): #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor, #4 Virginia, #6 Duke, #13 Wake Forest, #15 UCLA
    • Computer Score: 59.07 (was 53.63)
    • What's Coming Up: at #44 SMU (4/8), #7 Texas A&M (4/11), #9 Texas (4/18), Big 12 Tourney
    • Comments:  TCU made up a ton of ground on #9 Texas by beating a pair of top 25 teams last week. The Horned Frogs have a chance to move up even further if they can beat #7 Texas A&M at home on Saturday - as a reminder TCU already owns one win over aTm and that came in College Station.

    Other Comments: 
    • Portland re-enters the rankings at #64 due to both Pepperdine and East Tennessee State making decent size jumps in the rankings last week. Pepperdine, who Portland beat on 3/21, jumped 8 spots last week and ETSU, who Portland beat on 1/25, jumped 20+ spots.  Portland dropped out the rankings last week.  
    • Utah State re-enters the rankings at #66 after the Aggies upset then #42 New Mexico this past Sunday. Utah State also has a win over San Diego State from earlier in the year. The Aggies were last ranked in early March before they dropped out after dropping back-to-back matches to Cal-Poly and Loyola Marymount.    
    • UC Davis re-enters the rankings at #68 after dropping out the previous week.  The Aggies (yes another Aggies) jump was tied almost entirely to Rice making such a large jump last week when the Owls came from unranked to #48.  UC Davis beat Rice back on March 5th.  
    • University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) re-enters the rankings at #74 after dropping out the previous week. The Roadrunners jump was also tied to Rice making its big jump last week.  UTSA beat Rice all the way back on January 16th. 
    • Dropping out of the top 75 this week are South Alabama (lost to Old Dominion), Penn (lost to Yale and Brown), UC Irvine (lost to Fresno State and Cal-Poly), and Nebraska (lost to Indiana). 

    Projection Misses:
    • TCU - had them in the right spot but the points were way off due to my spreadsheet not counting the 8th win since it was in a cell that was outside of the range I had built in.  
    • Northwestern - I had them at 27 instead of 26 due to the Michigan State win giving them 16 points (ranked 76-85) and not the 14 (86-95) I estimated.  
    • Louisville - I had them at 29 instead of 28 due to my Michigan State points being off 
    • Tulsa - I had them at 28 instead of 29 due to my points for the Michigan and Central Florida wins being off.  I had Michigan pegged for the 96-105 bucket and they ended up in the 106-115.  I had Central Florida pegged for the 86-95 bucket and they ended up in the 96-105 one.  

    I saw this tweet come out from the ITA about the women's doubles rankings but I can say it wasn't me who found the error in case you were wondering.  

    A misentered result involving the No. 1 women's doubles team has been reported - please check back for revised women's doubles rankings

    Men's National Team Rankings 
    Administered by the ITA
    NCAA Division I Tennis
    April 7, 2015
    RankAvgSchoolPrevious Rank
    185.59University of Oklahoma1
    278.57Baylor University2
    372.00University of Illinois3
    467.12University of Virginia4
    566.72University of Southern California7
    665.72Duke University5
    765.16Texas A&M University8
    859.72University of Georgia6
    959.34University of Texas9
    1150.94Ohio State University11
    1245.31Virginia Tech13
    1344.75Wake Forest University12
    1443.99University of Mississippi14
    1639.58North Carolina19
    1739.03University of Florida16
    1838.14University of San Diego17
    Monday, 06 April 2015 12:31

    4/7 ITA Rankings Preview

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    The top 4 stays the same this week with Oklahoma, Baylor, Illinois, and Virginia at 1, 2, 3, and 4 though the separation between the 4 changed a good bit. Oklahoma's lead over #2 Baylor dropped slightly from 8.5 points to 7 points though it'll likely change more this week when these 2 Big 12 heavyweights meet on Friday in Waco.  Last week #2 Baylor and #3 Illinois were separated by just .17 points but the gap opened up significantly this week to 6.57 - I alluded to the change in the Illinois section of my Top 10 breakdown last week. The gap between #3 Illinois and #4 Virginia shrunk from 9.46 to 4.88 due to Virginia picking up a big win over Virginia Tech and Illinois' 8th best win being outside the top 30.  

    This week's rankings use each team's top 8 best wins and then next week it'll go up to 9 and stay there until the end of the regular season. 

    Mississippi State is expected to enter the top 20 this week after being ranked at 34 just 2 weeks ago.  The Bulldogs upset #6 Georgia on Friday and have now won 5 in a row.  

    Tulsa will take the biggest tumble inside the top 40 by dropping 8 spots from 20 to 28 after getting upset on Saturday by Tulane.  The Golden Hurricane have been see-sawing back and forth in the rankings for the last month. Here is where they have been ranked over the last 7 weeks (included tomorrow): 28, 20, 27, 20, 29, 26, 51.

    Others Coming Up:
    • USC is up 2 spots from 7 to 5 mainly due to Duke and Georgia losing.
    • Texas A&M is up 1 spot from 8 to 7 due to its win over Florida and Georgia losing.
    • North Carolina comes up 3 spots from 19 to 16 after knocking off Notre Dame.
    • Columbia is up 6 spots from 28 to 22 after picking up road wins at Dartmouth and Harvard.
    • Cal comes up 7 spots from 33 to 26 after winning on the road at Washington and Oregon.
    • Oklahoma State comes up 5 spots from 30 to 25 despite not playing last week. The Cowboys actually have 10 ranked wins though several are on the lower end of the scale.  Enough of those ranked wins came up in the rankings last week to cause the bump this week for OSU.
    • Tulane rises 15 spots from 54 to 39 after the Green Wave went into Tulsa on Saturday and came out with a 4-3 win.  

    Others Going Down:
    • Georgia drops 2 spots from 6 to 8 after losing to Mississippi State.
    • Louisville drops 6 spots from 23 to 29 after losing to Virginia Tech and also due to several of its best wins dropping a few spots in the rankings last week.  The Cardinals also have just 6 Top 75 wins so 2 of the counted wins are ranked below 75. 
    • A few teams dropped 2 to 3 spots due to a loss or due to other teams coming up a spot or two - too many to list each one.

    Other Notes:
    • Originally when I did the top 10 yesterday I had Texas A&M 6 and Duke 7 but I realized I forgot to update the points on Duke's losses and after doing so they jumped back up to 6.  

    4/7 ITA Rankings Projections (ones in bold moves at least 5 spots)

    7Texas A&M 65.168
    11Ohio State50.9011
    12Virginia Tech45.3113
    13Wake Forest44.7512
    14Ole Miss43.9914
    16North Carolina*39.1619
    18San Diego38.1417
    19South Florida 37.4922
    20Mississippi State37.1626
    22Columbia* 33.9728
    23Texas Tech32.9421
    25Oklahoma State30.6330
    33Florida State25.2232
    34NC State*23.9634
    37San Diego State*20.1737
    38Notre Dame*19.0335

    * 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. 
    Both Virginia and Texas A&M faced tough opposition on Sunday but both answered the bell and came out on top.  Virginia won the doubles point and then took all 6 opening sets and managed to finish the top 3 out in straights as Mitchell Frank, Ryan Shane, and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski all won.   Virginia played singles without one of its top 3 players as Collin Altamirano sat out due to a stomach bug.

    Virginia Tech did show some fight down low but Virginia still managed to win 2 of those 3 with all going 3 sets.

    Virginia recap

    "I was pleased with the overall performance today," said head coach Brian Boland. "Virginia Tech showed why they are a top-15 team, if not better. They are solid from top to bottom. We had all the momentum, winning doubles and six first sets, but they never gave up. We had to overcome a little adversity today and I was happy with how we responded to that."

    "Missing Collin and Alex (Ritschard) in singles, I was pleased with how the guys stepped up," said Boland. "Alex is continuing to get better and is getting close to being back. Collin had a stomach bug and was able to play doubles, but not singles today. I thought the team responded well to having to reshuffle the lineup a little bit."

    Virginia Tech recap

    "I would like to thank our fans that came out today, said head coach Jim Thompson. "UVA is a good team and deserves a lot of credit, but I was really proud of the way our guys fought hard in front of such a supportive HokieNation crowd.

    #4 Virginia 6, #13 Virginia Tech 1
    April 5, 2015 - Snyder Tennis Center, Charlottesville, Va.
    1. #29 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.96) def. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79) 6-4, 6-4
    2. #6 Ryan Shane (VA 14.60) def. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.26) 6-3, 6-4
    3. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.66) def. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.76) 7-6 (4), 6-0
    4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.65) vs. #112 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.94) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
    5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.29) 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3
    6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 13.46) def. Jai Corbett (VT 12.87) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
    1. #8 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) vs. #64 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 7-6, unf
    2. #54 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 8-5
    3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 8-4

    Match Notes:
    Virginia 16-3 overall, 8-0 ACC
    Virginia Tech 15-3 overall, 7-2 ACC
    Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,2,1,6,5,4)

    Who Wins on Sunday in Charlottesville

      41 (87%)
    Virginia Tech
      6 (12%)

    Votes so far: 47 

    Despite the 4-0 score this one was much, much closer.  Texas A&M took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 then all 6 singles matches would go to a 3rd set.  Texas A&M would sweep the bottom 3 spots with Harrison Adams, AJ Catanzariti, and Jordi Arconada winning at 4, 5, and 6.  Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech was also up a break on 3 at the time of the clinch while the other 2 were even. 

    Note: Harrison Adams came back from a 5-2 deficit in the 3rd and won the final 5 games to win the match.

    Texas A&M recap

    "Proud of the team win today and very excited to get our first road win against Florida, Texas A&M men's tennis head coach Steve Denton said. "Gainesville is a tough place to play. With six three setters today, the final score was not indicative of how exciting and close this match really was.

    "Our freshmen keep coming up big, but Harry coming back from 5-2 down in the third was the game changer today, Denton said. "Harry won three deuce points in a row. We are all so proud of his fight today. He is gaining momentum with every match and so is the rest of this Aggie team.

    "We will enjoy this one today and begin getting ready for LSU starting tomorrow, Denton added. "The mantra of this team is hungry and humble and not getting ahead of ourselves. We will enjoy this one today and begin getting ready for LSU starting tomorrow.

    Florida recap

    Quotes from the Match - Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton

    On Florida's fight against the SEC-leading Texas A&M Aggies
    I thought it was good. Texas A&M came in and played a really good match from start to finish. In doubles they came out ready to play and we just started too slow out there and put ourselves in a hole, losing our serve in two first service games on Court 1 and also on Court 3. So that kind of set the tone for the doubles. We were trying to play catch up there on Court 1 and did a good job of fighting and hanging in there and trying to get back, but we just dug too big a hole there. In singles play I was really pleased. I felt like up and down the board we competed well, played well, put ourselves in good positions in sets, and it was a tight match. It's one of those where [if] we get one our two points, we can pick those two points somewhere, I think we win a few more of those matches and we're still out there playing right now. Like I said, hats off to Texas A&M. They're a quality team. Not only are they talented but they compete hard and hopefully we get to see them again in a couple of weeks' time at the SEC Tournament.

    On moving forward after today's loss
    We certainly can learn from it. We're close against a top-10 team. We're not very far off at all so I think we can look at the positives, look at some of the things we did really well, and everybody on the court did things well. So we can focus in on those things and also look at areas where we can get a little bit better in the next week or two. Big weekend coming up with Tennessee and Kentucky, starting with Kentucky on Friday. It'll be a tough test up there on the road and we look forward to the challenge.

    #8 Texas A&M 0, #16 Florida 0
    Sunday, April 5, 2015 - Gainesville, FL - Scott Linder Stadium
    1. #59 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.26) vs. #71 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.12) 6-3, 5-7, DNF
    2. #67 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.23) vs. #115 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.21) 6-4, 5-7, 2-2, DNF
    3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.17) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.76) 5-7, 6-4, 3-2, DNF
    4. #51 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.60) def. #118 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.49) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 (2:00)
    5. #79 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.25) def. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.54) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 (1:55)
    6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.39) def. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.10) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 (2:05)
    Sunday brings us 2 Top 20 showdowns with Virginia hosting Virginia Tech while Florida hosts Texas A&M.  Below are the breakdowns of those 2 matches along with a schedule of play for the day.

    #13 Virginia Tech (15-2) at #4 Virginia (15-3) - 1pm est - This will be the first time these two have ever met when both have been ranked inside the top 15. Virginia puts its 131 match ACC winning streak on the line as well as its 11 match winning streak against Virginia Tech.  The doubles point will be huge for VT because I don't see anyway they come close without taking that point.  Virginia Tech is 10-7 in doubles while Virginia is 16-2.

    FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 4th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

    Projected Singles Lineup:
    1. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.26) vs. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.96)
    2. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79 vs. #6 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.60)
    3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.76) vs. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.80)
    4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.65) vs. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.66)
    5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.29) vs. J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.95)
    6. Jai Corbett (VT 12.87)  vs. #112 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.94)

    Others who could play: Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.46), Florian Nicoud (VT 13.27), Aaron Gomez (VT 12.94)

    Dual-Match Singles Records:
    1.  #63 Contini 10-3 (lost 2 of 3) vs. #29 Frank 11-2 (won 4 straight and 7 of 8)
    2.  #45 Bjerrehus 13-3 (won 2 straight and 11 of 13) vs. #6 Shane 11-4 (won 3 of 4)
    3.  #109 Monteiro (won 4 of 6) 9-3 vs. #55 Altamirano 14-0 (won 14 straight)
    4.  Koontz 13-2 (split last 4) vs. #10 Kwiatkowski 12-3 (won 5 of 6)
    5.  Tessaro 13-2 (won 11 of 12) vs. Aragone 11-3 (won 5 straight and 7 of 8)
    6.  Corbett 8-1 (won 2 straight and 8 of 9) vs. #112 Styslinger 3-1 or Wiersholm 8-2 (won 5 of 6)

    Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L in ( ):
    1. #64 Bjerrehus/Koontz (VT 3-2) vs. #8 Corinteli/Shane (UVA 11-1)
    2. Contini/Corbett (VT 3-0) vs. #54 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA 8-1)
    3. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT 6-3) vs. Frank/Altamirano (UVA 9-2)

    Virginia Tech surprised Louisville by taking the doubles point but I don't see them taking it against Virginia. Mitchell Frank will be a heavy favorite at 1 over Amerigo Contini as will Collin Altamirano at 3 over Joao Monteiro.  Virginia will be favored on the other 4 courts as well but I think Virginia Tech has a chance at the bottom 3 courts and I think Bjerrehus has an outside shot at Shane too.  If Virginia Tech were to pull the upset I'd say it'd come at 2, 4, 5, and 6.  In the end I'll take Frank, Shane, Altamirano, and Kwiatkowski for UVA and Tessaro and Corbett for VT.  Prediction: Virginia 5-2 

    #8 Texas A&M (16-3) at #16 Florida (11-6) - 12pm est - Texas A&M has had Florida's number lately.  Last year the Aggies beat the Gators twice - once during the regular season in College Station and once in the finals of the SEC Tournament in Nashville with both ending in a 4-2 final. Texas A&M is 16-3 in doubles while Florida is 9-8.

    Projected Singles Lineup:
    1. #59 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.26) vs. #71 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.12)
    2. #67 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.23) vs. #115 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.21)
    3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.17) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.76)
    4. #51 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.60) vs. #118 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.49)
    5. #79 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.25) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.54)
    6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.39) vs. Jordan Belga (UF 12.99)

    Also could play:  Max Lunkin (aTm 13.07), Jordan Szabo (aTm 13.12), Joshua Wardell (UF 13.10), Oliver Landert (UF 13.09)

    Dual-Match Singles Records:
    1. #59 Jeremy Efferding 9-3 (split the last 4) vs. #71 Diego Hidalgo 9-2 (split the last 4)
    2. #67 Shane Vinsant 6-2 (won 4 in a row) vs. #115 Elliott Orkin 10-5 (won 5 of 6)
    3. Arthur Rinderknech 10-2 (won 10 of last 11) vs. Gordon Watson 8-6 (won 3 in a row)
    4. #51 Harrison Adams 1-8 (won the last match) vs. #118 Maxx Lipman 3-9 (lost 4 straight)
    5. #79 AJ Catanzariti 14-3 (won 10 in a row) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco 11-1 (won 8 in a row)
    6. Jordi Arconada 5-2 (won 3 in a row) vs. Jordan Belga 3-2 (split the last 2)

    Projected Doubles Lineup -  W-L in ( ):
    1. #13 Adams/Vinsant (aTm 6-6) vs. #42 Watson/Hidalgo (UF 7-7)
    2. #33 Efferding/Jordan Szabo (aTm 13-4) vs. Lipman/Orkin (UF 11-6)
    3. Rinderknech/Catanzariti (aTm 13-2) vs. #62 Wardell/Landert (UF 7-6)

    This is a big match for both teams with Texas A&M looking to stay at the top of the standings while Florida is looking to stay inside the top 16 which would likely guarantee a spot as a host of a NCAA Regional.  Texas A&M has been better at doubles all year but I think Florida finds a way to take the point to grab the early lead. 2 of Florida's biggest horses have been Elliott Orkin and Chase Perez-Blanco but I think Shane Vinsant and A.J Catanzariti will be too tough and I look for A&M to take both 2 and 5 singles.  I like Hidalgo's chance at #1 for Florida but think Rinderknech and Arconada pull through at 3 and 6 for A&M.  Picking a winner at #4 singles is nearly impossible because both Adams and Lipman are going through huge slumps.  I wouldn't be shocked if Florida won but I'm not expecting it.  Prediction: Texas A&M 4-2

    Other Storylines for Sunday:

    #35 Notre Dame gave #5 Duke a good match on Friday, can they do the same today and possibly knock off #19 North Carolina even though the Tar Heels have their #1 Brayden Schnur back in the lineup?

    #28 Columbia really hammered #50 Dartmouth on Saturday while #36 Harvard barely got past #55 Cornell.  Will this one be competitive or will Columbia win going away?

    #26 Mississippi State is riding high after the upset of #6 Georgia, will they have a letdown on Sunday against #45 South Carolina or will State prove that Friday wasn't a one-time thing?

    Can #6 Georgia put the loss to #26 Mississippi State in its rear view mirror and take out its frustrations on #71 Alabama or will the Crimson Tide rally the troops like they did early this year against Ole Miss?

    Illinois at Michigan - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
    Notre Dame at North Carolina - 12pm est - Live Scoring
    Miami at Louisville - 12pm est - Live Scoring
    Wisconsin at Ohio State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
    Minnesota at Penn State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
    Texas A&M at Florida - 12pm est - Live Scoring
    Virginia Tech at Virginia - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
    Columbia at Harvard - 1pm est - Columbia Twitter & Harvard Twitter
    Cornell at Dartmouth - 1pm est - Dartmouth Twitter
    Princeton at Yale - 1pm est - Streaming Video & Princeton Twitter
    Penn at Brown - 1pm est - Penn Twitter
    VCU at Memphis - 1pm est - Live Scoring
    Wake Forest at Clemson - 1pm est - Live Scoring
    Nebraska at Purdue - 1pm est - Live Scoring
    Iowa at Indiana - 2pm est - Live Scoring
    South Carolina at Mississippi State - 2pm est - Live Scoring
    Georgia at Alabama - 2pm est - Live Scoring
    LSU at Auburn - 2pm est - Live Scoring
    Stanford at Washington - 3pm est - Live Scoring 
    NJIT at Penn State - 5pm est - Live Scoring

    Texas picked up win #300 for head coach Michael Center with a hard fought 4-1 win over Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders won the doubles point by winning tiebreaks at 2 and 3 but Texas was able to rally with singles wins from Soren Hess-Olesen, Adrien Berkowicz, Nick Naumann, and Clement Homs.

    Texas recap

    "I'm proud of the student-athletes I've had, not only this year but in the past, that have made contributions to our program while they were here and after their graduation," Center said after Saturday's win. "It has been very gratifying, and I'm looking forward to many more with this group."

    "Every match is so hard to win in this conference and at this time of year," Center said. "We had some opportunities in doubles, but ended up losing two tiebreakers to put our backs against the wall. I know Texas Tech has a heck of a team in singles, but we played really well down the stretch and fought hard to get this win."

    "Clement is strong, both physically and mentally, particularly in the moment when you really need him to step up," coach Michael Center said. "He is just a man out there right now. He is playing really tough. As he continues to play stronger, that makes our team stronger."

    Texas Tech recap

    "What a battle," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "We played well in doubles, but Texas was really strong at No. 1 and No. 3. We were still in the match at No. 2 and No. 4. We gave ourselves a chance, but unfortunately Texas was too good today."

    FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 4th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

    #9 Texas 4, #21 Texas Tech 1
    04/04/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
    Singles competition
    1. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.92) def. #40 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.65) 6-1, 6-3
    2. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.90) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.45) 5-7, 6-2, 3-3, unf
    3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.89) def. Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.58) 6-3, 6-2
    4. #113 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.38) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.68)  7-6 (2), 4-5, unf
    5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.76) def. Francisco Zambon (TTU 12.88) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
    6. Clement Homs (UT 13.31) def. Connor Curry (TTU 12.94) 7-6 (7-2), 0-6, 6-1
    Doubles competition
    1. #41 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #25 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TTU) 6-2
    2. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TTU) def. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-2)
    3. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) def. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (7-5)
    Match Notes
    Texas Tech 16-6, 0-2; National ranking #21; Regional ranking #5
    Texas 16-3, 2-1; National ranking #9; Regional ranking #3
    Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,5,6)

    In front of a monster crowd of just under 1000, TCU rallied after dropping the doubles point and came back to win 4-3. TCU really dominated in singles taking 5 opening sets and they managed to close out 4 in straight sets with Cameron Norrie, Arnau Dachs, Facundo Lugones, and Will Stein all getting wins.  After the match had been clinched they did play the 2 remaining matches out and South Florida won them both with a 10 point tiebreak played in lieu of a 3rd set.  Bravo to the coaches for letting them play it out!!!

    Note: South Florida's #1 doubles team fought off 8 match points before winning the doubles deciding point in a tiebreak.

    TCU recap

    "I couldn't be more impressed and proud of the way our guys responded to the adversity of having a doubles point ripped out of our paws," head coach David Roditi. "I give credit to the USF doubles team for that one. We had a choice and the guys responded the way any coach would ideally want them to respond. There were great performances by all our singles players and especially Cameron (Norrie), Facundo (Lugones) and Will Stein. Arnau (Dachs) could not have closed out the match any better. He was so professional and confident in the way he handled it.

    "Today was also a beautiful sight with all of our families that brought their children and a huge thanks goes out to Sharon Keenum for putting together that magnificent Easter Egg Hunt. Now we will prepare for our cross-town rivals (SMU) at what I hear is an amazing new facility."

    South Florida recap

    #10 TCU 4, #22 USF 3
    Apr 04, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
    Singles competition
    1. #20 Roberto Cid (USF 14.16) def. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.90) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)
    2. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.60) def. #76 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.78) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
    3. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.23) def. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.48) 6-1, 6-4
    4. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.89) def. I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF 13.23) 6-4, 6-4
    5. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.58) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.15) 6-1, 6-2
    6. Will Stein (TCU 13.29) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.07) 6-2, 6-4
    Doubles competition
    1. #36 Oliver Pramming/Justin Roberts (USF) def. #19 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 7-6 (7-3)
    2. #18 Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-1
    3. Roberto Cid/I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF) def. Hudson Blake/Facundo Lugones (TCU) 6-4
    Match Notes:
    USF 14-5; National ranking #22
    TCU 17-6; National ranking #10
    Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,3,6,4,2,1)


    Tulane has had some nice wins this year but today was the icing on the cake as the Green Wave crashed down on #20 Tulsa 4-3.  The Golden Hurricane took the doubles point but Tulane came out strong in singles and took the opening set on 5 of 6 courts. The Green Wave would turn 5 of those 1st sets into 3 straight set wins with Alex Van Cott, Sebastian Rey, and Chi-Shan Jao winning at 3, 4, and 5.  Tulsa would get a straight set win at #6 from Dylan McCloskey and Alejandro Espejo (the lone senior on Senior Day) would come back from a set down to win at #2 singles.  With the match all square at 3 it would come down to a 3rd set at #1 singles to decide the winner. Tulane's Dominik Koepfer would pull through and clinch the biggest win for the program since Hurricane Katrina (per the Tulane recap)

    Tulane recap

    "Wow, what a great fight and full team effort by our boys," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "There were lots of ups and downs throughout but they kept battling and believing and came up with a nice road win."

    "To get a top-20 road win against a conference rival really shows how hard these guys have worked and continued believing in the process," Booras added. "We've pushed them hard after each loss this year and they've responded positively to the challenges each time. We're still putting some pieces of the puzzle together, but it's nice to see them reap some fruits of their labors today against a top program.

    Tulsa recap

    #54 Tulane 4, #20 Tulsa 3
    Apr 04, 2015 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
    Doubles -- Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
    1. Koepfer / Jao (TLN) def. Ram-Harel / Espejo (TU), 6-3
    2. Kirby / McCloskey (TU) def. Van Cott / Van Cott (TLN), 6-4
    3. Santos / Gonzalez (TU) def. Schmitz / Rey (TLN), 7-6(3) 
    Singles -- Order of finish: 6, 3, 4, 5, 2, 1
    1. #14 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.19) def. #33 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.75), 7-6(3),3-6,6-1
    2. #74 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.83) def. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.70), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
    3. Alex Van Cott (TLN 13.19) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.69), 7-5, 6-1
    4. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.35) def. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.51), 7-5, 6-2
    5. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.50) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.19), 6-4, 7-6(5)
    6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.62) def. Ian Van Cott (TLN 12.31), 6-1, 6-2
    June 5: Women's Kick-Off Weekend Draft 
    June 6: Men's Kick-Off Weekend Draft 
    Sept 26-29: Oracle ITA Masters (Malibu)
    Oct 5-13: Men/Women ITA All Americans (Tulsa)