The big upset of the day came in Starkville as the Bulldogs from Mississippi State upset the Bulldogs from Georgia 4-2.  Mississippi State took the doubles point for the 16th time this year and is now 11-0 in doubles at home.  State fell a break behind at both #1 and #3 but managed to turn both courts around and would clinch the point with a win at #1 over the #1 ranked team in the country.

Mississippi State kept the momentum going during singles play and jumped out to early break leads on 5 of 6 courts.

Mississippi State's Rishab Agarwal was 1st off the court with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #5 singles over Nick Wood in a match that was pretty lopsided the entire time.  Georgia's Wayne Montgomery would cut the deficit to 2-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 at #2 singles over Juan Cruz Estevarena.  Montgomery fell behind 5-3 in the 1st set but would break Estevarena at 4-5 and 5-6 to force the breaker then after jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the TB he took it 7-4.

Georgia managed to turn the tide on several courts to force some 3rd sets but when the match was on the line it was State's Florian Lakat, Mate Cutura, and Julian Cash who all rose to the occasion.

State's #3 Mate Cutura would come back from a set down to pick up the biggest win of his his collegiate career as he defeated #18 Nathan Pasha 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.  Cutura broke Pasha to go up 4-3 in the 3rd and 2 holds later he had his big time win.

State's #1 Florian Lakat cruised to a 6-2 opening but Georgia's Austin Smith came right back to take the 2nd set 6-2.  In the 3rd set Lakat broke Smith to go up 2-1 and would hold for 3-1 before Smith would take the next 3 games to go up 4-3.  Lakat wouldn't wilt though as he held for 4-4, broke Smith for 5-4, and then fought off not 1 but 2 break points to clinch the upset win.  See the video clip below of match point.

Just before Lakat clinched Georgia's Ben Wagland would pick up a win at #4 singles by a 6-3, 7-6(4) score.  In the one abandoned match Mississippi State's Julian Cash would have a commanding 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Georgia' Paul Oosterbaan.

Mississippi State recap

"That was an amazing performance by our guys and I cannot say enough about how much each one of them fought, MSU coach Matt Roberts said. "We knew going in how good Georgia is, but we also knew we could compete on that level. We brought a lot of energy in here today and our guys capitalized on it.

"We've been playing like a team more and more with each match, Roberts said when asked of the team's streak. "In practice and in matches, these guys come together and fight for each other. That's why we're playing at the level we're playing at right now.

"The way we played down the stretch of this match speaks a lot of how bad these guys wanted this win, Roberts said. "Rishab and Mate have kept on their hot streak and Florian was just too clutch there at the end. Again, so proud of this team.

"That was an unreal win for us today, Lakat said. "We kept playing for each other and feeding off each other's energy. I had so much confidence in myself, especially after that first set. Even though he came back in the second, I knew I wasn't going to lose this. I was going to do it for my team.

Georgia recap

"Mississippi State earned the win today," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We didn't play our best, and Mississippi State had a lot to do with that. We had some opportunities in doubles that we didn't take advantage of. They played very well in singles, and our guys fought hard but that wasn't enough today. All the credit goes to Mississippi State."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 3rd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#26 Mississippi State (16-5) 4, #6 Georgia (16-3) 2
April 3rd, 2015 - AJ Pitts Tennis Centre - Starkville, MS 
1. #108 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.82) def. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.18) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
2. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59) def. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.75) 7-6(4), 6-2
3. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67) def. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.27) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.26) def. #122 Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.87) 6-3, 7-6(4)
5. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.68) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.86) 6-2, 6-2
6. Julian Cash (MSU 13.43) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.66) 6-2, 4-6, 5-2 DNF
1. #14 Lakat/Cash (MSU) def. #1 Smith/Wagland (UGA) 6-4
2. Cutura/Schmid (MSU) def. Pasha/Diaz (UGA) 6-4
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Estevarena/Haden (MSU) 5-5 DNF
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5, 2, 3, 4, 1)
Mississippi State has now won 4 straight while Georgia's 10-match winning streak was snapped.

Which Bulldogs Win on Friday in Starkville

  40 (86%)
Mississippi State
  6 (13%)

Votes so far: 46
Poll closed 

Virginia Tech managed to win the doubles point for the 10th time in 17 tries but the Hokies quickly fell behind on 4 singles courts.  The 1 court where Virginia Tech never trailed was at #4 as Hunter Koontz rolled to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Chris Simich.  

Louisville's Seb Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri would cruise to straight set wins at 1 and 5 and things were looking good for the Cards early on at 2 and 3.  

Louisville's #2 Alex Gornet led 5-3 in the opening set before VT's Andreas Bjerrehus would rally to take the next 4 games to take the 1st set 7-5 and then Bjerrehus would break Gornet late in the 2nd set to close out the 7-5, 6-4 win.   

Louisville's #3 Albert Wagner led 7-5, 3-1 before VT's Joao Monteiro kicked it up a few notches and came back to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Virginia Tech's #6 Jai Corbett took the opening set 6-3 before falling behind 5-2 in the 2nd set against Luis Elizondo.  Unfortunately for Louisville, Elizondo wouldn't be able to close out the set as Corbett came back to push it to a tiebreak and then took the TB 11-9 to clinch the team win.  

Virginia Tech recap
Louisville recap

"I've got to give Virginia Tech credit in that we had them on their heels and we just didn't put it away," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "The winner of this match has got an inside track to hosting the NCAA first and second round, When you get that moment, you've got to go seize it, and unfortunately we didn't seize it. Maybe it's this team's inexperience in having these types of big moments over the years. But really we had the moment and we were in position to win and basically waited for them to lose instead of us grabbing our moment."

#13 Virginia Tech 5, #23 Louisville 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Louisville, Ky (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.65) def. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.25) 6-2, 6-2
2. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79) def. #123 Alex Gornet (LOU 13.60) 7-5, 6-4
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.75) def. #94 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.61) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.66) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.37) 6-4, 6-3
5. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.36) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.28) 6-4, 6-3
6. Jai Corbett (VT 12.86) def. Luis Elizondo (LOU 12.21) 6-3, 7-6 (9)
Doubles competition
1. #68 Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) vs. #64 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 6-7, unf
2. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU) 8-7 (4)
3. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Van Damrongsri/Luis Elizondo (LOU) 8-2
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 15-2; National ranking #13
Louisville 19-5; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,5,1,2,6,3)
T-3:40 A-115

The excellent Duke recap has all the details you need.  
Notre Dame recap

#5 Duke 5, #35 Notre Dame 2
April 3, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.50) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.44) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (6)
2. #34 Jason Tahir (DU 13.86) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.69) 6-3, 6-2
3. #101 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.36) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.01) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.97) def. Billy Pecor (ND 13.03) 7-5, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10)
5. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND 12.56) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.74) 6-4, 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.46) def. Alex Lawson (ND 12.80) 7-6 (5), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #9 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Jason Tahir (DU) 8-4
2. Raphael Hemmeler/Josh Levine (DU) def. #22 Josh Hagar/Eddy Covalschi (ND) 8-2
3. Bruno Semenzato/TJ Pura (DU) def. Quentin Monaghan/Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 8-6
Match Notes
Notre Dame 12-7, 4-3 ACC; National ranking #35
Duke 17-3, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,6,3,1,4)
T-3:50 A-260

Ohio State recap 
Minnesota recap

#11 Ohio State 4, #29 Minnesota 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.08) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.98) 7-5, 6-1
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.14) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.34) 6-3, 7-6 (1)
3. #104 Matic Spec (MINN 13.96) def. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.43) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.45) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.19) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.74) 5-7, 7-6, DNF
6. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.89) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.95) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #49 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) 8-7 (0)
2. #76 Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. #74 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-3
3. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 8-6
Match Notes
Minnesota 14-5 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #29
Ohio State 16-7 (4-1 B1G); National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,2)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:18 A-137

Florida recap 

Quotes from the Match
Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On the importance of winning the doubles point to gain early momentum
It really was [important]. It's not easy to have a lead and then lose it. And the next thing you know you're facing elimination and that's exactly what happened today. I'm just really proud that Gordon [Watson] and Diego [Hidalgo] just continued to believe and continued to fight until the end. They were able to reverse it with a lob and a forehand and couple good volleys and the next thing you know they're in a tiebreaker. They did a nice job just hanging tough and really just being persistent out there on the court and making the plays when they had to.

On the consistency in singles from Elliott Orkin and Chase Perez-Blanco
It really is important. They've kind of been the anchors. Those two and Diego [Hidalgo] have been pretty rock solid for us on the singles court and it's huge. It's huge to have guys out there that are confident in what they're doing, understand their game, know how to play to their strengths and they're playing with a purpose out there, so that always helps you have a chance. Those guys in the big moments, they're playing aggressively and confidently in those moments and that's good to see. The more you win, the more your confidence grows. The sky is their limit right now.

On keeping the team focused when singles wins go back and forth

It's not easy. The team aspect is important to these guys. Individually they want to do well but they really want the team to do well. And so it's easy to start watching the scoreboards and seeing how their teammates are doing while they're trying to play, so it's our job as coaches to try to get them on task and make sure that they're focusing in on their individual matches and their game plans and paying attention to where they might need to make adjustments. It's not easy because they care about the team and they want the team to do well and they care about one another, so I kind of understand it, but at the same time they need to focus in on their court.

There aren't any top 10 match-ups on Friday but there are several in the top 40 that will be playing each other.  Below are my previews of the 2 biggest ones along with a few other storylines.

#13 Virginia Tech (14-2) at #23 Louisville (19-4) - 2:30pm est - The Cards have won 5 in a row and 7 of 8 with 4 of those being ranked wins while the Hokies have won 2 straight and 11 of 12 with 6 of those being over ranked teams.  Louisville is 18-5 in doubles while Virginia Tech is 9-7.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 2nd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79) vs. #5 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (UL 14.65)
2. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.25) vs. #94 Albert Wagner (UL 13.61)
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.75) vs. #123 Alex Gornet (UL 13.60)
4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.66) vs. Chris Simich (UL 13.37)
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.28) vs. Michael Lippens (UL 12.96)
6. Jai Corbett (VT 12.86) vs. Van Damrongsri (UL 12.36)

Others who could play: Aaron Gomez (VT 12.94), Florian Nicoud (VT 13.27), Jeffrey Brown (UL 12.64), Luis Elizondo (UL 12.21)

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1.  #45 Bjerrehus 12-3 vs. #5 Stiefelmeyer 14-2
2.  #63 Contini 10-2 vs. #94 Wagner 13-5 (won 5 straight)
3.  #109 Monteiro 8-3 vs. #123 Gornet 11-4 (lost 4 of last 7)
4.  Koontz 12-2 vs. Simich 14-3 (won 4 straight)
5.  Tessaro 13-1 (won 11 straight) vs. Lippens 7-8 (lost 4 of last 5)
6.  Corbett 7-1 or Nicoud 8-3 vs. Damrongsri 6-4 or Brown 7-2

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L in ( ):
1. #64 Bjerrehus/Koontz (VT 3-2) vs. #68 Brown/Gornet (UL 11-1)
2. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT 5-3) vs. Stiefelmeyer/Wagner (UL 4-1)
3. Contini/Corbett (VT 2-0) vs. Damrongsri/Elizondo (UL 1-1)

Notes:  Both teams have shuffled their doubles lineups a good bit with Louisville going through 18 different combinations while Virginia Tech has used 12.  Both Virginia Tech and Louisville have played 3 different guys at #6 singles in the last 3 matches so it'll be interesting to see who each puts out. I think both Corbett and Damrongsri having more big match experience so I expect to see each of them in the lineup.

The home court advantage has been big for Virginia Tech with the Hokies a perfect 10-0 at Burrows-Burleson but VT is just 2-2 in road matches.  1 of those road wins was over the College of Charleston and in the other they looked dead in the water before Edoardo Tessaro came back from 5-2 down in the 3rd to spark the comeback. Louisville is 15-2 at home though 10 of those wins were over unranked opposition.

Virginia Tech has managed to win a few without Amerigo Contini in the lineup (injury) but if he can't play singles that'll make Louisville the favorite in my eyes.

I look for Louisville to take the doubles point which will put Virginia Tech in the familiar position of having to come back and win 4 singles matches.  I like Stiefelmeyer and Simich at #1 and #4 for Louisville while I'd take a near 100% Contini at #2, Monteiro at #3, and Tessaro at #5 for Virginia Tech.  It's tough to predict #6 singles because of the uncertainty of who plays but if Jai Corbett plays for VT, I'd like him over either Damrongsri or Brown.  Prediction: Virginia Tech 4-3

#6 Georgia (16-2) at #26 Mississippi State (15-5) - 6pm - Mississippi State is currently riding a 3-match winning streak after beating Ole Miss 4-1, Kentucky 4-3, and Tennessee 4-3 last week with the latter 2 coming on the road.  Georgia has won 10 straight and has only yielded 7 points in those 10 matches.  State is 15-4 in doubles (10-0 at home) but has lost the point the last 2 times out while Georgia is 13-5 (3-2 on road). The matchup at #1 doubles should be a good one with Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland currently ranked #1 while Mississippi State's Florian Lakat and Julian Cash are ranked #14.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.18) vs. #108 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.82)
2. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59) vs. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.75)
3. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.27) vs. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.26) vs. #122 Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.87)
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.86) vs. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.68)
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.66) vs. Julian Cash (MSU 13.43)

Others who could play: Robin Haden (MSU 12.56), Eric Diaz (UGA 12.99)

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1.  #31 Smith 11-3 (won 7 straight) vs. #108 Lakat 11-5
2.  #28 Montgomery 9-3 (won 6 of last 7) vs. Estevarena 9-3
3.  #18 Pasha 11-3 (won 10 of last 11) vs. Cutura 10-3 (won 6 straight)
4.  Wagland 6-5 (won 3 straight) vs. #122 Schmid 4-9 (lost 5 of last 6)
5.  Wood 11-4 (won 5 straight) vs. Agarwal 13-3 (won 6 straight)
6.  Oosterbaan 8-3 (won 7 straight) vs. Cash 6-4

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #1 Smith/Wagland (UGA) vs. #14 Lakat/Cash (MSU)
2. Pasha/Diaz (UGA) vs. Cutura/Schmid (MSU)
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Estevarena/Haden (MSU)

Dual-Match Doubles Records:
1. #1 Smith/Wagland 9-1 (won 9 of last 10) vs. #14 Lakat/Cash 6-1 (won 6 of last 7)
2. Pasha Diaz 4-7 (lost 5 of last 6) vs. Cutura/Schmid 10-3 (lost 3 straight)
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan 8-3 (won 3 straight) vs. Estevareana/Haden 5-4 (won 4 of last 5)

Interesting Fact:  Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan has yet to play a 3rd set in singles this year with all his matches either finishing in straight sets or going unfinished.

State has yet to drop the doubles point at home and I think they'll keep that streak alive by grabbing the point to take the early 1-0 lead.  I look for Georgia to sink its teeth into State during singles with Smith, Montgomery, Wagland, and Oosterbaan all picking up wins.  I think Cutura gets State its lone singles point by upsetting #18 Pasha and I think Wood will be ahead of Agarwal in the 3rd set at #5 when Georgia clinches it.  While Mississippi State keeps it close, Georgia pulls it out in the end. Prediction:  Georgia 4-2

My Prediction Record: 51-13 (80%)

Friday Storylines:

#35 Notre Dame has quietly won 4 in a row with Quentin Monaghan playing lights out at #1.  Can they put a scare into #5 Duke or do the Blue Devils put that loss to Virginia in the rear-view mirror and give the Irish a good thumping?

#29 Minnesota goes to Columbus to face #11 Ohio State with the Gophers (5-0) currently ahead of the Buckeyes (4-1) in the Big 10 standings.   Ohio State looked pretty lethargic last week in Champaign, if the Buckeyes don't play with more energy Minnesota has enough talent to take them out.  Can Minnesota rise up or will Ohio State play up to its level?

#25 LSU travels down to Gainesville to face #16 Florida.  Both teams are 5-3 in conference - does LSU have enough strength to win a big conference match on the road?

#52 Wichita State hosts #31 Drake in a match that will likely decide the regular season champ in the Missouri Valley.  Wichita State has won 20 in a row at home and is 13-0 this year.  Do the Shockers get it done at home or do the Bulldogs go on the road and treat themselves to a win?

Follow each of the above matches and more at the live scoring/twitter links below:

NC State at Clemson - 11am est - Live Scoring
Northwestern at Michigan State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Nebraska at Indiana - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia Tech at Louisville - 2:30pm est - Live Scoring
Notre Dame at Duke - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Boston College at North Carolina - 3pm est - Live Scoring
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Cal at Washington - 3pm est - Live Scoring & Pac 12 Network
Middle Tennessee State at Memphis - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Iowa at Purdue - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Pepperdine at San Francisco - 3:30pm est - Pepp Twitter
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Wake Forest at Georgia Tech - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
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The match of the day took place in Fort Worth as #10 TCU held on to beat #21 Texas Tech 4-2. TCU had a dominant performance in doubles and then picked up a couple of quick wins from Facundo Lugones and Will Stein at 5 and 6 before having to withstand a Red Raider rally on the other 4 courts. Texas Tech pulled to within 3-2 after Jolan Cailleau and Felipe Soares won in straight sets at 4 and 1 and Alex Sendegeya was a game away from a win at 5 leading 5-3 in the 3rd.  However TCU's Cameron Norrie would fight off a set point in the 2nd set tiebreaker and close out his match in straight sets to clinch the TCU win.

TCU recap with comments and video clip from David Roditi (courtesy of TCU)

"That was a great college battle," head coach David Roditi said. "Our boys had to dig in deep. We had many opportunities to finish the match earlier and I'm proud of our guys for continuing to dig and fight for every point.

"There was a great doubles performance at No. 2 and a great clinch for our No. 1 doubles team. When we win the doubles point and then get quick wins on courts five and six, it puts us in a very good position and puts a lot of pressure on our opponents. Now we take care of our bodies and be ready for another top-25 battle on Saturday."

Texas Tech recap

"I am so proud of this team," said Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel. "We had incredible fight to battle back from a 3-0 deficit."

"We were down, 3-2, and Hugo (Dojas) had set point in the second set tiebreaker, while Alex (Sendegeya) was up 5-3 in the third," added Siegel. "We were basically one point away from being tied 3-3 with the deciding match going to the third. "I am proud of our team. It was a great college tennis match."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 2nd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#10 TCU 4, #21 Texas Tech 2
Apr 02, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #40 Felipe Soares (TT 13.65) def. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.86) 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4)
2. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.29) def. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (6)
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.58) vs. #76 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.78) 6-3, 4-6, 5-3, unf
4. #113 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.37) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.89) 6-4, 6-4
5. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.58) def. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.88) 6-0, 6-2
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.30) def. Connor Curry (TT 12.93) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #19 Will Stein/Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #25 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-4
2. #18 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-2
3. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) vs. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TT) 5-2, unf
Match Notes
Texas Tech 16-5, 0-1; National ranking #21
TCU 16-6, 2-2; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,6,4,1,2)

In Oxford, Ole Miss would defeat Tennessee for the 6th time in a row with a 4-0 shutout.  Ole Miss took the doubles point which included at win at #1 by Nik Scholtz and Zvonimir Babic over the ITA #2 team of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese.  The Rebels kept things rolling in singles and picked up 3 straight set wins from Stefan Lindmark, Gustav Hansson, and Ricardo Jorge at 2, 3, and 5 Lindmark providing the clincher.  Tennessee was up on 2 of the 3 remaining courts but those matches would be halted at the clinch.

Ole Miss recap

"They are very good in doubles, so for us to get the doubles point, I think it kind of deflated them a little," head coach Toby Hansson said. "We played solid at three doubles. They have a great team at one, very experienced, so to get that win was huge to clinch the point."

"Every team out here is a good team, so we don't really look at the rankings too much, Scholtz said. "We know that if we don't play well, we're not going to win. Today we played solid. With the new rules, if you let up in doubles, it's over quick. Getting the doubles point gives you such a momentum boost. You could see that most everyone fed off the doubles point and played really well in singles. We took care of business.  Obviously I am a little disappointed I couldn't finish my match, but at the end of the day it's a team sport, and we won 4-0."

"I played pretty well today," Lindmark said. "He's a great player, but the match-up favored me. I knew that he didn't like to play long rallies, and I like playing that type of player. Prior to this match, I didn't realize I was undefeated until I saw it being mentioned.  To be honest I thought about it more this match and it made me a little nervous."

"In the locker room we talked about how the doubles point is only one point, and we needed to maintain the momentum," Coach Hansson said. "We controlled the singles from the beginning. Gus had three deciding points go against him, but he when he finally got that break he was able to win the set and then get up big in the second. Ricardo had a tough match-up with a solid lefty at six, but he played well.  How fitting for Stefan to close it out, he is playing some excellent tennis right now. It was a very impressive performance tonight with a great crowd for Easter weekend."

Below is match point via Ole Miss's YouTube Page

Tennessee recap

#13 Ole Miss 4, Tennessee 0
April 2, 2015 at Oxford, Mississippi (Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #15 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.15) vs. #14 Mikelis Liebietis (UT 14.34) 6-3, 3-3, unf
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.19) def. #119 Jack Schipanski (UT 13.11) 6-3, 6-1
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.69) def. Luis Valero (UT 13.32) 6-4, 6-0
4. Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.29) vs. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) 6-3, 3-5, unf
5. Jess Jones (UT 13.09) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.93) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.11) def. Andrew Dromsky (UT 12.26) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. #2 Mikelis Liebietis/Hunter Reese (UT) 6-4
2. Andrew Dromsky/Igor Smelyanski (UT) def. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3
3. William Kallberg/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT) 6-1
Match Notes
Tennessee 11-10, 3-6
Ole Miss 14-6, 6-3; National ranking #13

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

After a rough, rough start to the year, Kentucky has finally started putting things together and tonight they made it 2 ranked wins in a row with a 4-1 win over #58 Arkansas. The Wildcats took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins in singles from Beck Pennington, Jerry Lopez, and Jake Stefanik.  Arkansas's lone point came from Santiago Munoz at #4 singles.

Kentucky recap
Arkansas recap

Kentucky 4, #58 Arkansas 1
April 2, 2015 at Fayetteville, Arkansas (George M. Billingsley TC) 
Singles competition
1. #62 Beck Pennington (KY 13.51) def. #81 Giammarco Micolani (ARK 13.57) 7-5, 6-3
2. Jerry Lopez (KY 13.51) def. William Albanese (ARK 12.42) 6-2, 6-3
3.  William Bushamuka (KY 13.28) vs. Jovan Parlic (ARK 12.76) 6-2, 0-6, 4-1, unf
4. Santiago Munoz (ARK 12.74) def. Trey Yates (KY 13.01) 6-3, 6-3
5. Johan den Toom (ARK 12.69) vs. Nils Ellefsen (KY 12.26) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0, unf
6. Jake Stefanik (KY 12.86) def. David Herrerias (ARK 12.60) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Santiago Munoz/Branch Terrell (ARK) def. #59 Kevin Lai/Beck Pennington (KY) 6-3
2. Nils Ellefsen/Jerry Lopez (KY) def. Jovan Parlic/Giammarco Micolani (ARK) 6-4
3. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (KY) def. Johan den Toom/William Albanese (ARK) 6-4
Match Notes:
Kentucky 11-13, 2-7 SEC
Arkansas 11-12, 1-8 SEC

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

There were 3 good matches on Wednesday's docket with the higher ranked team winning each of them.

#1 Oklahoma overcame the loss of the doubles point to #20 Tulsa by taking it to the Golden Hurricanes in singles winning all 10 completed sets.  Axel Alvarez, Dane Webb, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa all won in singles.

#8 Texas A&M was pushed by #48 Rice in doubles but pulled out the deciding court in a tiebreak.  The Aggies took 9 of 10 completed sets in singles and got its 3 points from Harrison Adams, AJ Catanzariti, and Max Lunkin.  The win by #51 Harrison Adams was his first dual match win this season after starting out 0-8.

#17 San Diego defeated #41 Pepperdine 4-1 to put the Toreros 2 up on the Waves in the WCC standings.  San Diego took the doubles point and picked up singles wins from Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, and Geoffrey Fosso. Pepperdine's Pedro Iamachkine picked up the Waves lone point winning at #4 singles.  

Texas A&M recap
Rice recap

"The guys were excited to play tonight. They all did a lot of work to bring our a good crowd and we had an energetic turnout who gave us a lot of support. When Max and David came back from being down to win at one, I really felt at that point that the doubles point was going to be ours. The crowd was really into the match and it was a lot of fun to be on the courts. When it didn't get the point and some of the crowd left, I think too much wind went out of our sails. "

#8 Texas A&M 4, #48 Rice 0
4/1/2015 at George R. Brown Tennis Center - Houston, TX
Singles competition
1. #59 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.23) vs. Srikar Alla (RICE 13.23) 6-4, 5-0, unf
2. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.10) vs. Max Andrews (RICE 13.29) 7-5, 4-3, unf
3. #51 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.59) def. Jamie Malik (RICE 12.93) 6-3, 6-2
4. #79 AJ Catanzarti (TAMU 14.27) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.01) 6-4, 6-0
5. David Warren (RICE 13.03) vs. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.35) 2-6, 6-4, 0-0, unf
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 12.98) def. Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE 11.83) 7-6(7), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Max Andrews/David Warren (RICE) def. #13 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
2. #33 Jordan Szabo/Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. Zach Yablon/Jamie Malik (RICE) 7-6 (6)
3. Arthur Rinderknech/AJ Catanzarti (TAMU) def. Adam Gustafsson/Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas A&M 15-3; National ranking #8
Rice 11-12; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,6)

T-2:30 A-300

Oklahoma recap

"We talked and we feel that we can play a better doubles point than that, head coach John Roddick said. "Tulsa played well. The mistakes we made we won't make in the future.

"All in all, to come out in singles and put those kinds of scores up in singles against a team that is capable of big upsets, and is a top-20 team is exactly what you want to see, Roddick said.

 "Dane got down 3-0, but didn't let if faze him much, Roddick said. "We had a game plan that started clicking and he just stuck with it. He did a really good job mentally. That is not easy to do when you don't necessarily feel that you are playing your best tennis and then you have a bad start. To turn it around was a great effort.

"I have a good record, but I had some trouble last weekend, Webb said. "Everyone else played well so we still won pretty quick which was nice. I got down 3-0 today, but I didn't think I was playing badly. It was just windy and he [Kirby] hit a few awkward winners. After that I won seven in a row and took the second set so I felt pretty good about it.

"It is a great feeling, Ghilea said. "Just to win a match is important and to clinch is even better. I know Florin (Bragusi) and Andrew (Harris) were up in their second sets so we had good chances on every court.

"We are definitely still going to work hard, but I am ready for a weekend off mentally, Webb said. "My body feels good, but it is stressful playing these three times a week, particularly with the schedule that we have. I am ready for a weekend to relax.

Tulsa recap

#1 Oklahoma 4, #20 Tulsa 1
Apr 01, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Doubles (Order of Finish: 1,2,3*)
1. Or Ram-Harel/Alejandro Espejo (TU) def. #6 Axel Alvarez/Dane Webb (OU) 6-3
2. Matthew Kirby/Dylan McCloskey (TU) def. Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-4
3. Florin Bragusi/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Mitchell Pritchard/Daniel Santos (TU) 6-0
Singles (Order of Finish: (1,5,3,4*)
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59) def. #33 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.57) 6-1, 6-0
2. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) vs. #74 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.85) 6-4, 3-3, DNF
3. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.31) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.81) 6-3, 6-2
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.33) 6-2, 6-2
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.82) def. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.64) 6-1, 6-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.50) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.88) 7-6, 3-0, DNF

San Diego recap
Pepperdine recap

#17 San Diego 4 def. #41 Pepperdine 1
April 1, 2015 - Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center - Malibu, Calif. 
Singles Competition
Guilherme Hadlich (PEP 13.22) vs. #46 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.00) 6-7(4), 6-2, 1-0, unf
#57 Filip Vittek (USD 13.38) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP 13.26) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
Jordan Angus (USD 13.67) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP 13.04) 6-3, 6-2
Pedro Iamachkine (PEP 12.89) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.90) 6-4, 6-3
Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.86) def. Luca Marquard (PEP 12.30) 6-3, 6-3
Lautaro Pane (PEP 12.93) vs. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.65) 6-2, 5-7, 1-1, unf
Doubles Competition
#43 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Guilherme Hadlich/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-3
Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Pedro Iamachkine/Tom Hill (PEP) 6-2
Lautaro Pane/Luca Marquard (PEP) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) 6-3
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 20:29

What's Coming Up

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There are several good matches on the schedule for Wednesday evening then the weekend has a few good ones too.  Here is what is coming up with the ones in bold what I'll be previewing the day before:

4/1 (Wednesday)
Tulsa at Oklahoma - Tulsa has already beat a #1 this year - can they do it again?
Texas A&M at Rice - Rice has pulled off some upsets lately - maybe one more?
San Diego at Pepperdine - a USD win here would put them in control of the WCC

4/2 (Thursday)
Texas Tech at TCU - Texas Tech has been on the rise but they haven't faced a top 10 team yet.
Tennessee at Ole Miss - Tennessee needs a big win to get into the top 40 so it can be assured of an NCAA berth - can they sneak past Ole Miss or will the Rebels turn them away?

4/3 (Friday)
Notre Dame at Duke
Virginia Tech at Louisville
Minnesota at Ohio State
Georgia at Mississippi State
LSU at Florida
South Florida at SMU
Drake at Wichita State

4/4 (Saturday)
Texas Tech at Texas
South Florida at TCU
Tulane at Tulsa
Columbia at Dartmouth

4/5 (Sunday)
Virginia Tech at Virginia
Notre Dame at North Carolina
Texas A&M at Florida
Columbia at Harvard

Oklahoma stays at #1 in the ITA Men's rankings for the 5th week in a row and for the 6th time in the last 7 weeks. The top 4 in the Women's rankings stays the same with Georgia and Florida swapping spots at 5 and 6.

Below I'll breakdown the Top 10 on the men's side looking at the 7 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 7 win and that is because I used the new ranking so that you can see what changes will be made next week.  

Oklahoma would have retained its #1 ranking whether they played or not last week but they increased their margin after knocking off a pair of top 10 teams in TCU and Texas last week.  
  • 7 Best Wins: #2 Baylor (2x), #4 Virginia, #7 USC, #9 Texas, #10 TCU, at #11 Ohio State
  • Other Quality Wins: at #12 Wake Forest, #14 Ole Miss, #19 North Carolina (2X), #22 South Florida, #24 Northwestern
  • Losses: #8 Texas A&M
  • What's Coming Up: #20 Tulsa (4/1), at #2 Baylor (4/10), at #21 Texas Tech (4/12), #30 Oklahoma State (4/19)
  • Comments:  Would be hard to see them NOT staying #1 all the way through the regular season. 

Baylor stays at #2 after beating Incarnate Word and UT Arlington on Sunday.  Baylor added a nice 7th win to its list with #15 UCLA moving into the last spot.   
  • 7 Best Wins: #4 Virginia (2X), #5 Duke, #7 USC, #10 TCU, at #14 Ole Miss, #15 UCLA
  • Other Quality Wins: at #20 Tulsa, #31 Drake
  • Losses: #1 Oklahoma (2X), #3 Illinois
  • What's Coming Up:  #1 Oklahoma (4/10), #30 Oklahoma State (4/12), at #9 Texas (4/15), at #21 Texas Tech (4/18)
  • Comments:  Next week BU will add Tulsa as its 8th best win. It's pretty impressive to have 8 wins over top 20 opponents.  

Illinois stays at #3 despite beating #11 Ohio State on Sunday.  The win over the Buckeyes helped narrow the gap between 2 and 3 but it wasn't quite enough to put them past Baylor.  
  • 7 Best Wins: at #2 Baylor, at #8 Texas A&M, at #9 Texas, #11 Ohio State (2X), #19 North Carolina, #24 Northwestern
  • Other Quality Wins: #33 California, at #35 Notre Dame, #44 Indiana, #49 Penn State
  • Losses: #5 Duke, #6 Georgia, #10 TCU
  • What's Coming Up: at Michigan State (4/4), at Michigan (4/5), #68 Iowa (4/11), #73 Nebraska (4/12) 
  • Comments:  Despite closing with .17 points of Baylor for 2nd, the Illini will likely still be at #3 a week from now because they'll lose points from the UNC and NW wins since they both dropped this week plus its 8th best win will be over #33 Cal.  

Virginia comes up 4 spots from 8 to 4 after picking up wins over Duke and North Carolina last weekend.  
  • 7 Best Wins: #5 Duke, #10 TCU, at #12 Wake Forest, #19 North Carolina (2X), #23 Louisville, at #34 NC State
  • Other Quality Wins: at #35 Notre Dame, #64 Clemson
  • Losses: #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor (2X)
  • What's Coming Up: William & Mary (4/4), #13 Virginia Tech (4/5), Georgia Tech (4/10), #23 Louisville (4/12)
  • Comments:  Virginia has a chance to narrow the gap between 4 and 3 if it can beat #13 Virginia Tech this Sunday.  A win over the Hokies would be a nice 8th best win otherwise #35 Notre Dame would fill that spot.  

Duke drops 1 spot from 4 to 5 after winning at Clemson but losing to Virginia on Sunday.
  • 7 Best Wins: at #3 Illinois, #10 TCU, #12 Wake Forest (2X), #14 Ole Miss, at #24 Northwestern, #34 NC State
  • Other Quality Wins: #43 Tennessee, #47 Memphis, at #64 Clemson
  • Losses: #2 Baylor, #4 Virginia, #13 Virginia Tech
  • What's Coming Up: #35 Notre Dame (4/3), Boston College (4/4), at #19 North Carolina (4/10), #32 Florida State (4/12)
  • Comments:  Despite the loss to Virginia, Duke is still sitting in pretty good shape with 6 wins over top 25 opponents.  They'll have a chance to add to the resume with Notre Dame coming to Durham on Friday.  

Georgia drops 1 spot from 5 to 6 despite beat Vanderbilt last Friday.  
  • 7 Best Wins: #3 Illinois, #8 Texas A&M, #15 UCLA, at #16 Florida, #18 Vanderbilt, #25 LSU, #28 Columbia
  • Other Quality Wins: at #43 Tennessee, at #46 Auburn, 
  • Losses: #7 USC (2X)
  • What's Coming Up: at #26 Mississippi State (4/3), at #71 Alabama (4/5), #58 Arkansas (4/9), #14 Ole Miss (4/11)
  • Comments:  Georgia has a chance to pick up another top 30 win this Friday against #26 Mississippi State which would give it 8 wins over Top 30 opponents.  Georgia's drop this week had more to do with Virginia coming up than anything else.  

USC falls 1 spot from 6 to 7 despite beating both Washington and Oregon over the weekend.    
  • 7 Best Wins: #6 Georgia (2X+1 was at UGA), #11 Ohio State, #15 UCLA, #16 Florida, #17 San Diego, #28 Columbia
  • Other Quality Wins: #20 Tulsa, #38 Stanford, #51 Oregon, #59 Washington
  • Losses: #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor, #20 Tulsa
  • What's Coming Up: Utah (4/3), Arizona (4/4), at #33 Cal (4/10), at #38 Stanford (4/11), at #15 UCLA (4/17)
  • Comments:  USC faces 2 unranked teams this week but they'll add the Tulsa win as an 8th best for next week which will give it 8 wins over Top 30 opponent  

Texas A&M rises 1 spot from 9 to 8 after beating Arkansas, Ole Miss, and UT Arlington last weekend. 
  • 7 Best Wins:  #1 Oklahoma, #11 Ohio State, #14 Ole Miss, #17 San Diego, #18 Vanderbilt, at #26 Mississippi State, at #45 South Carolina
  • Other Quality Wins: #43 Tennessee, #58 Arkansas, at #71 Alabama
  • Losses: #3 Illinois, #6 Georgia, #10 TCU
  • What's Coming Up:  at #48 Rice (4/1), #46 Auburn (4/3), at #16 Florida (4/5), at #25 LSU (4/9), at #10 TCU (4/11)
  • Comments:  Texas A&M will be favored in just about all its remaining matches and with 3 Top 25 opponents coming up there's no reason they can't come up another spot or two before the end of the year.  

Texas falls 2 spots from 7 to 9 after beating Oklahoma State before falling to Oklahoma. 
  • 7 Best Wins: #11 Ohio State, #12 Wake Forest, #19 North Carolina, at #20 Tulsa, #28 Columbia, #29 Minnesota, #30 Oklahoma State
  • Other Quality Wins: #32 Florida State, at #39 SMU, #49 Penn State
  • Losses:  #1 Oklahoma, #3 Illinois, #11 Ohio State
  • What's Coming Up: #21 Texas Tech (4/4), UTSA (4/7), # 56Texas A&M CC (4/8), #2 Baylor (4/15), at #10 TCU (4/18)
  • Comments: Texas won't leave the state the rest of the regular season and has a chance to pick up a nice 8th best win this Saturday when they host #21 Texas Tech.

    TCU stays at #10 this week after losing to #1 Oklahoma but rebounding to win at Oklahoma State.
    • 7 Best Wins: #3 Illinois, at #8 Texas A&M, at #20 Tulsa, #25 LSU, #30 Oklahoma State, #42 New Mexico, #50 Dartmouth
    • Other Quality Wins: #60 UC Santa Barbara, #74 UT Arlington
    • Losses: #1 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor, #4 Virginia, #5 Duke, #12 Wake Forest, #15 UCLA
    • What's Coming Up: #21 Texas Tech (4/2), #22 South Florida (4/4), at #39 SMU (4/8), #8 Texas A&M (4/11), #9 Texas (4/18)
    • Comments:  This will be another big week for the Horned Frogs with a pair of Top 25 teams on the docket in the next 5 days.  

    Other Comments: 
    • Rice re-enters the rankings at #48 after knocking off Northwestern, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, George Washington, and Louisiana Lafayette last week.  The Owls only have 2 regular season matches left - tomorrow at home against #8 Texas A&M and on April 12th at #39 SMU.
    • East Tennessee State re-enters the rankings at #63 after defeating then #47 UNC Wilmington.
    • Nebraska re-enters the rankings after sweeping Michigan and Michigan State last weekend. 
    • South Alabama re-enters the rankings after winning the Middle Tennessee Shootout which saw the Jags knock off Southern Illinois, Southern Mississippi and then #61 Old Dominion.  
    • Dropping out of the top 75 this week are Georgia Tech (lost to Louisville), UT San Antonio (lost to Texas A&M), Portland (lost to Pacific), and UC Davis (lost to D2 #1 Hawaii-Pacific). 

    Projection Misses:
    • Texas Tech - left off a win over newly ranked Texas A&M Corpus Christi and instead used a lower ranked win.
    • Columbia - win over St John's was worth 8 points (ranked 106-115) instead of 6 (ranked 116-125).

    Men's National Team Rankings 
    Administered by the ITA
    NCAA Division I Tennis
    March 31, 2015
    RankAvgSchoolPrevious Rank
    186.36University of Oklahoma1
    277.82Baylor University2
    377.65University of Illinois3
    468.19University of Virginia8
    566.90Duke University4
    666.38University of Georgia5
    765.65University of Southern California6
    864.16Texas A&M University9
    960.07University of Texas7
    1149.82Ohio State University11
    1246.07Wake Forest University12
    1344.79Virginia Tech16
    1444.29University of Mississippi13
    1637.65University of Florida20
    1736.55University of San Diego21
    1836.52Vanderbilt University17
    1935.68North Carolina14
    2035.15University of Tulsa27
    2134.85Texas Tech University25
    2234.76University of South Florida18
    2332.85University of Louisville23