Sunday, 15 February 2015 17:45

National Indoors Semifinals

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A great start to the day in Chicago as Oklahoma comes back from getting shellacked in doubles to win 4 singles matches and knock off fellow Big 12 member Baylor 4-2. Baylor looked as fired up today as it did yesterday and it showed during the doubles point but once singles got underway that emotion started to fade as Oklahoma really established itself on the top 4 courts. Oklahoma took the opening set on 1, 2, 3, and 4 while Baylor was able to pick up opening sets at 5 and 6.

Tony Lupieri was one of yesterday's heroes for Baylor but he just didn't seem to have the same giddy-up in his step today and Dane Webb really pushed him all over the court in route to a 6-4, 6-0 win at #3 singles.  Axel Alvarez would put Oklahoma ahead 2-1 when he out worked Max Tchoutakian at #2 winning 6-4, 6-4.  Down at #4 singles Oklahoma's Spencer Papa would go up 4-2 in the 3rd set and was serving for 5-2 but Diego Galeano would break back and hold to even it at 4 a piece.  Papa would compose himself and hold serve and then break Galeano to take the match 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.  With Oklahoma now ahead 3-1 the search was on for that 4th point but the last person it looked like it would come from was Alex Ghilea at #5 singles.  Ghilea was getting roughed up by Mate Zsiga trailing 6-4 4-2 and in fact Zsiga served for the match twice up 5-2 and 5-4 but Zsiga's serve started to abandon him as he double faulted twice from 15-15 to face 3 break points in the 5-4 game - he fought off the 1st one but Ghilea lured him in on the 30-40 point with a low slice and Zsiga's return hit the net cord and kicked wide.  That point was in essence the match because Zsiga never recovered nor won another game and ended up going down 4-6, 7-5, 6-0.  Baylor picked up another point when Felipe Rios won in 3 sets on 6 but the outcome was cemented when Ghilea won at 5.

#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2

1. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) vs. 
#5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 4-2
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. 
Papa/Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. 
Salazar/Ghilea (OU) 6-1

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

Match Notes:
Order of Finish - Doubles (3,2)  Singles (3,2,4,6,5)

In the late afternoon match it was Georgia who got off to the fast start and surprised USC by taking the doubles point to grab the early 1-0 lead.  Just one day earlier the Georgia duo of Montgomery/Oosterbaan looked out of sync and had a tough time keeping the ball in play but today was the exact opposite as they controlled play and finished points much quicker and won easily 6-1.  Below is match point at #3 doubles.  

USC's #2 doubles team of Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson looked like they were going to cruise after going up an early double break and led 4-0 but Georgia's Eric Diaz and Nathan Pasha chipped away at the lead with a Pasha hold, a break, and a Diaz hold to get within 4-3.  USC held for 5-3 and then had a match point on the Pasha serve but he fought it off and then USC was broke serving for the match to even it at 5.   While the 5-5 game was in progress Georgia would clinch the point by taking #1 doubles.

The Georgia #1 doubles pairing of Ben Wagland and Austin Smith pulled off a big upset over the ITA #1 ranked doubles team of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz but it took a little extra effort to close it out.  After 5 straight holds to start the match Georgia would break the Hanfmann serve to go up 4-2 and would then consolidate the break with an Austin Smith hold for 5-2.  Quiroz held for 3-5 then Ben Wagland served for the match and went up 40-15 but USC battled back to get the break for 4-5.  Wagland and Smith refocused and managed to break back to take the court 6-4 which cliched the doubles point and gave Georgia the early 1-0 lead.  

In singles play USC jumped out to early break leads on 2, 4, and 6 singles while Georgia would go up early breaks at 3 and 5.  

USC's Eric Johnson was in total control at #4 after breaking the Nick Wood serve to start the match and in fact he would break the Wood serve 6 straight times before Wood finally held to make it 1-6 1-5.  Every facet of Johnson's game was on while Wood struggled the entire match.  Wood couldn't find the range on his forehand with the majority of his shots either going too long or too short with Johnson jumping all over the short ones. The 6-1 6-1 scoreline was definitely odd considering they just played 2 weeks ago with Johnson winning 7-5 in the 3rd.

Down at 6 USC's Nick Crystal would open up an early 3-1 lead before Paul Oosterbaan would break back to put it on serve at 3-2.  Crystal would then reel off 8 straight games to not only take the opening set 6-2 but also open up a 5-0 lead in the 2nd set.  During that 8 game stretch Oosterbaan struggled with his serve and Crystal kept the big 6'7 Bulldog on the run point after point.  With nothing to lose Oosterbaan finally loosened up and started going for broke while Crystal started to tighten up and was hitting shot after shot into the bottom half of the net. Oosterbaan would win 4 straight to put it back on serve and it looked like we might be headed to a 3rd set which would have been a huge momentum boost for Georgia with several of the other guys in trouble. Unfortunately for Georgia the big Oosterbaan serve that got him 2 straight holds would fade away and Crystal would break at love to take the match 6-2, 6-4 to put USC up 2-1.

Exactly 2 minutes later the USC lead would be extended to 3-1 as Max De Vroome would finish off Ben Wagland 7-5 6-1 at #5 singles.  Wagland jumped out to an early break lead at 2-1 but De Vroome would break back on the next game and would then break Wagland at love to take the opening set 7-5.  The Wagland forehand that was working in the first set disappeared in the 2nd set and De Vroome made quick of him.

With all 3 of the back courts finished off everyone's attention turned to the front 3 courts where USC just needed to win 1 of the final 3 matches while Georgia needed them all.  Georgia's Wayne Montgomery was up a break in the 3rd set at 1 while Nathan Pasha and Jonny Wang were on serve at 3 in a match that went back and forth. On the other remaining court USC's Roberto Quiroz had a 7-6, 4-1 lead before Austin Smith held and then went up 0-30 on the Quiroz serve.  Quiroz got the next 2 points to make it 30 all and then got a fortunate break when his volley hit the tape and trickled over to make it 40-30.  Smith would force the deciding point and would get a look at a 2nd serve but he couldn't get the return back in play as Quiroz's lefty serve pulled Smith well into the doubles alley.   Smith would hold to trim the deficit to 5-3 but Quiroz would promptly hold at love to send USC back to the finals for the 4th year in a row.

In the 2 remaining matches Georgia's Wayne Montgomery had a 4-1 lead in the 3rd at #1 and Nathan Pasha and Jonny Wang were tied at 3-3 at #3.

#1 USC 4, #4 Georgia 1

1. Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC), 6-4
2. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs.#38 Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC), 5-5, unf.
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC), 6-1

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)
Sunday, 15 February 2015 02:57

Men's National Team Indoors Semifinal Preview

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We almost got the top 4 seeds into the semifinals but the #11 seeded Baylor Bears decided they wanted to crash the party so instead we have #1 USC, #2 Oklahoma, #4 Georgia, and #11 Baylor each playing for a spot in Monday's Championship.

[2] Oklahoma vs. [11] Baylor  - 12pm cst - It'll be a Big 12 battle as Oklahoma (8-0) takes on Baylor (6-1) in what will likely be the 1st of 3 meeting this year. Last year they played each other 3 times and each finished with a 4-3 score with Oklahoma winning twice and Baylor once so I'd say we're heading towards another 4-3 final.  Baylor has been better at doubles going undefeated this year and I think they grab the point to take the early 1-0 lead.  Both Harris and Lenz picked up impressive wins on Saturday with Harris knocking off Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz 7-6, 6-3 while Lenz ripped Virginia's Mitchell Frank 6-2, 6-0.  I'm leaning towards Harris in this one but it really could go either way.  I like Axel Alvarez at 2 and Spencer Papa at 4 for OU while I like Mate Zsiga and Vince Schneider at 5 and 6 for Baylor.  If Tony Lupieri can play as good today as he did against Thai Son Kwiatkowski then Baylor probably wins this one but I think Webb edges him out and Oklahoma moves on to the finals.  Prediction:  Oklahoma 4-3

Probable Singles Lineup
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU)
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) vs. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU)
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) vs. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU)
4. Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Diego Galeano (BU)
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Mate Zsiga (BU) 
6. Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Vince Schneider (BU)

Probable Doubles Lineup
1. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) vs. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU)
2. Papa/Harris (OU) vs. Lenz/Galeano (BU)
3. Salazar/Ghilea (OU) vs. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU)

[1] USC vs. [4] Georgia - 3:30pm cst - This will be a rematch from just 2 weeks ago when USC (8-0) went into Athens and shutout Georgia (6-1) by a 4-0 score. 2 of the 6 singles matches will be repeats with Hanfmann beating Montgomery in straight sets and Johnson outlasting Wood 7-5 in the 3rd.  Last time USC jumped on Georgia in doubles going up a break everywhere and putting it in cruise control and I think the Trojans will do the same on Sunday and pick up wins at 1 and 2. I'd have USC as the favorite on 5 of the 6 singles courts so for Georgia to overcome the doubles points would be a mighty tall task.  Georgia's best chance at pulling the upset would be to get wins from Pasha, Wood, and Oosterbaan at 3, 4, and 6 and then hope to pull an upset at 2.   Prediction: USC 4-0

Probable Singles Lineup

1. #7 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) vs. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA)
2. #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) vs. #21 Austin Smith (UGA)
3. #20 Jonny Wang (USC) vs. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA)
4. Eric Johnson (USC) vs. Nick Wood (UGA)
5. Max De Vroome (USC) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA)
6. #49 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA)

Probable Doubles Lineup
1. #1 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) vs. Wagland/Smith (UGA)
2. #38 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. Pasha/Diaz (UGA)
3. Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) vs. Oosterbaan/Montgomery (UGA)

I'll be onsite on Sunday so I'll do my best to keep everyone updated - you can follow me on twitter at @College10s2day .  If you have a question during the day send me a tweet and if I can answer it I will. 
Saturday, 14 February 2015 20:05

National Indoors - Day 2

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It was a great day of tennis on Saturday with the final match of the day just as thrilling as the 1st one. Even though Georgia never trailed it felt like it was a come from behind win due to Georgia being so far down on so many courts early one.

Illinois seemingly had the doubles point in the bag when they were up 5-3 in the deciding match at #1 with Ross Guignon serving for it but Georgia got the break on the deciding point and held on to take it in a tiebreak.  In singles action Illinois jumped out to a break lead on all 6 courts and would take 6-1 first sets at 1, 2, and 5 and a 6-2 set at 4.  Georgia's Nathan Pasha would come back from a 3-0 opening set deficit to take the set 7-5 and at 6 Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan would come back from 4-2 down to take the set 6-4.  While both Pasha and Oosterbaan maintained their 2nd sets leads so would both Jared and Aron Hiltzik at 2 and 4. The biggest turn around came at #5 where Georgia's Ben Wagland trailed 6-1 4-2 and was completely out of the match.  Nothing was going Wagland's way, his head and shoulders were down, he was missing shot after shot then he changed up his strategy and chipped/sliced every shot over a 2 to 3 game stretch while also taking all the pace off the ball and Vukic seemed unsure how to respond. Wagland won 4 straight to take the 2nd and then in the final set he starting picking the pace up and moving the ball all over the place off his forehand wing. Wagland had a match point when Vukic served at 5-6 40-40 but a big serve sent it the tiebreak.  At the same time over at #1 singles, Wayne Mongomery and Farris Gosea were starting a tiebreak so both of the remaining matches were in 3rd set tiebreaks at the same time.  Montgomery would jump out to a 5-2 while Wagland went up 4-2 but as Vukic came back to go up 6-5, Montgomery would finish off Gosea 7-3.

#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)

Baylor came to play on Day 2 of the National Indoors and the Bears upset #3 Virginia in a 4-3 thriller.  Baylor took the doubles point winning at 2 and 3 and then picked up 4 first sets and actually looked like they were going to run away with it before Virginia started slowly turning the tide. Julian Lenz would put Baylor up 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 rout over Mitchell Frank at #1 but Collin Altamirano would get Virginia on the board with a rout of his own winning 6-1, 6-2 at #4 singles over Diego Galeano.  Virginia would tie it at 2-2 when JC Aragone closed out Vince Schneider in straight sets winning 6-3, 6-4 at 6 and then at #2 Ryan Shane would come back from dropping the 1st set to roll over Max Tchoutakian 6-1, 6-1 in the 2nd and 3rd.

Baylor's Tony Lupieri had what appeared to be a command 6-4, 4-1 double break lead over Thai Son Kwiatkowski at #3 but Kwiatkowski would rally back and go ahead 6-5 in the 2nd.  Lupieri would hold to get it to the tiebreak and would then win an epic 12-10 tiebreak to tie the overall match at 3-3. Kwiatkowski would have sets points up 7-6 and 8-7 in the tiebreak with the 8-7 point coming on his serve but Lupieri would hit a forehand winner down the line and not trail again.  (For point-by-point details on the tiebreak check out my twitter feed @College10s2day which had a running commentary)

In the remaining match Baylor's Mate Zsiga was up 4-3 in the 3rd and receiving Ritschard's serve at 15-40 before Ritschard would double fault the break.  Zsiga would then serve out the match after falling behind 15-30 and Baylor had the monumental upset over perennial powerhouse Virginia.

Below is a clip of match point though I forgot to move the phone toward the net as Zsiga came forward on the final point (Ritschard put it in the net)

#10 Baylor 4, #3 Virginia 3

Doubles competition
1. #37 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-6 (5-3) DNF
2. Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #41 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Mitchell Frank/Collin 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 (7-5), 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 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #7 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-4
2. #38 Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #36 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2
3. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) vs. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko 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)

Saturday, 14 February 2015 02:54

Men's National Team Indoors Quarterfinal Preview

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Day 1 of the National Indoors saw a slew of competitive matches but if you were a fan at home trying to follow the streaming video or the live scoreboard you were probably ready to pull your hair out. 

I'm not sure what the problem is with the NTIs but this is the 2nd year in a row that the "Live" scoring has been "Taped Delayed" scoring with it commonly delayed by multiple games.  You see guys go from winning the 1st set to 20 minutes later having the score switched to show the other player winning the set, you had the scoreboard operator wipe out the completed set scores early in the day and just put a 1 by whoever won the set like we're at Wimbledon, you had scores stay stuck for 15-20 minutes on certain courts then update to show the set that never started is already over, and the list goes on and on.  

Another thing that baffles me is that someone can't put some kind of notation on the live scoring sheet that notates who served first to start the match so that way the viewing pubic would know if a 5-4 score meant the match was on serve or if someone was up a break and getting ready to close the set out. Come on tournament organizers if the equipment is working and you are using volunteers go find some more volunteers that are capable of tracking the score on a court. Before the day starts take 5 minutes to make sure they understand the game of tennis and know how the scoring system works and know what teams wear what color shirts and if you can't tell the color of the shirt they usually have some writing on the back that says the name of the school.  If you have Baylor playing Duke and one guy is wearing green and the other is wearing blue and the green guy wins the set then know enough about the teams to make sure you put the 6 by the right name - were not talking quantum physics here.  

I do want to give a BIG shout out to several of the team's twitter guys/gals for staying on top of things and keeping us in the loop with the pertinent details like who was serving and the occasional mid-game score and for that matter the actual up-to-date score of the match. Special recognition to these ones for going above and beyond today; if you follow college tennis give them a follow on Twitter - Columbia (@ColumbiaMTennis), Virginia (@UVAMensTennis), UCLA (@uclatennis), North Carolina (@carolinatennis), Penn State (@pennstateMTEN), Ohio State (@OhioState_MTEN), Cal (@CalMensTennis).  Also great job today by Jonathan Kelley (@jokelley_tennis) for providing us with scoring updates and other insight while he is covering the tournament for ZooTennis - look for his Day 1 recap in a little bit.

Ok, I'm off my soapbox (for now) back to regularly scheduled programming - let's dive into Saturday's quarterfinals which should be 9 to 10 hours of spectacular tennis.  Instead of having two quarters at 12 and two quarters at 3:30 like most years since the host Illini won its 1st round match they get to play in primetime at 6:30 which means we have UVA/Baylor and Oklahoma/UNC at high noon and then USC/Ohio State all by itself at 3:30 and to wrap up the evening Illinois/Georgia at 6:30.  

[3] Virginia vs. [11] Baylor - 12pm cst - Despite getting pushed in doubles and at the bottom of the lineup by a tough TCU team, Virginia (6-0) rode it's 3 big horses (Frank, Shane, Kwiatkowski) to the finish line and closed out the 4-0 shutout. Baylor (5-1) came out fired up and really took it to Duke at 2 and 3 doubles winning both courts by a 6-2 score but singles was a dog fight with 4 courts going 3 sets.  Baylor was able to pull it out despite its #1 Julian Lenz taking a pretty sound beating at 1 losing 6-4, 6-2.  The last time these teams bumped into each other was at last year's NCAA quarterfinals which Virginia won 4-0 in a match that was played indoors at Georgia Tech due to rain.  Both teams have different lineups this time around and I think Baylor has a much better shot this year but pulling the upset will be a tall task that has to start with taking the doubles point. One thing I don't see happening is a Virginia sweep of the top 3 spots - I really like Kwiatkowski at 3 (big surprise) but both 1 and 2 will be in play.  Despite Lenz getting roughed up on Friday he does go into his match with Frank knowing that he's beaten him before (6-2, 6-2 on 3/1/14) however if memory serves me correctly Mitchell wasn't 100% that day but still a win is a win.  Tchoutakian continues to impress and he's playing with enough confidence right now to give him more than a puncher's chance against Ryan Shane at #2.  It'll probably be a game time decision for Boland on who he puts in at 4 but I'm guessing he goes with Altamirano unless there's some kind of injury that we don't know about.  The bottom of Virginia's lineup was a little touchy today but I'm thinking they shore that up and pick up wins at 4 and 5.  Prediction:  Virginia 4-2

Probable Singles Lineup
1. Mitchell Frank (UVA) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU)
2. #4 Ryan Shane (UVA) vs. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU)
3. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU)
4. Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Diego Galeano (BU)
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA) vs. Mate Zsiga (BU) 
6. JC Aragone (UVA) vs. Vince Schneider (BU)

Probable Doubles Lineup

1. #37 Shane/Corinteli (UVA) vs. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU)
2. #41 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Lenz/Galeano (BU)
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVA) vs. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU)

[2] Oklahoma vs. [7] North Carolina - 12pm cst - Just like the UVA/Baylor match this one between Oklahoma (7-0) and North Carolina (9-1) will also be a rematch from last year's NCAA quarterfinals.  Oklahoma won that one by a 4-2 score in a match that saw 3 blowouts and 3 close ones.  The match-ups at #2 and #3 singles will both be repeats but I don't see Oklahoma sweeping them both this time.  I do like Dane Webb at 3 but I see Ronnie Schneider redeeming himself from last year and knocking off Alvarez at 2.  At the top of the lineup I like Brayden Schnur in a close one over Andrew Harris and I'd give the slight advantage at 4 to OU's Spencer Papa who came through in the clutch on Friday by winning the clincher in a pressure packed 3rd set tiebreak.  The match between Ghilea and Murray at 5 should be excellent with it likely going 3 sets and at 6 I like the red-hot Robert Kelly who showed some guts by coming back from 4-1 down in the 3rd to clinch the win over UCLA.  So I've got OU at 3, 4, an 5 and UNC at 1, 2, and 5.  Winner of the doubles point most likely get the W.  Prediction:  Oklahoma 4-3

Probable Singles Lineup
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC)
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) vs. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC)
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) vs. Brett Clark (UNC)
4. Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Oystein Steiro (UNC)
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #104 Jack Murray (UNC)
6. Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Robert Kelly (UNC)

Probable Doubles Lineup

1. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) vs. Schnur/Steiro (UNC)
2. Papa/Harris (OU) vs. Clark/Kelly (UNC)
3. Salazar/Ghilea (OU) vs. Murray/Schneider (UNC)

[1] USC vs. [8] Ohio State - 3:30pm cst - This will be a rematch of last year's NTI Championship as USC (7-0) comes in well rested after smoking Penn State 4-0 while Ohio State (10-1) got all it wanted and more from Texas before pulling it out 4-3 behind The Man, The Myth, The Metka.  The only singles rematch from last year will be at #1 where Hanfmann beat Diaz 6-5(4), 6-3 at #2.  Any chance of an Ohio State win is tied to getting the doubles point and I think the Buckeyes take it to grab the early momentum.  I think Hanfmann wins again and I also like Roberto Quiroz at 2 against the young freshman Torpegaard and it's hard to go against Jonny Wang at 3.  The bottom 3 courts are all winnable matches for Ohio State with Steinbach and Metka the likeliest to win at 4 and 6.  The match at 5 will decide this one in my opinion - Hunter Callahan hasn't dropped a set since October (vs. Jared Hiltzik) but Max De Vroome almost always comes through in the clutch when it counts (10-1 record at the NCAA Tournament and National Indoors) so something has to give.  Big Max will give the Trojans some redemption as he wins a 3rd set thrilla.  Prediction:  USC 4-3

Probable Singles Lineup

1. #7 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) vs. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU)
2. #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) vs. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU)
3. #20 Jonny Wang (USC) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU)
4. Eric Johnson (USC) vs. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU)
5. Max De Vroome (USC) vs. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU)
6. #49 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU)

Probable Doubles Lineup

1. #1 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) vs. #7 Steinbach/Metka (OSU)
2. #38 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. #36 Callahan/Diaz (OSU)
3. Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) vs. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU)

[4] Georgia vs. [5] Illinois - 6:30pm cst - We're going to hear a lot of ILL-INI chants on Saturday night as a rowdy crowd is going to do its best to help push Illinois (7-1) past Georgia (5-1) though the Illini didn't need much help on Friday after they took it to Cal in route to posting a 4-0 shutout.  Georgia on the other hand better be thankful its new doubles pairings came through because without that doubles point they'd be playing in the consolation bracket after squeaking by Columbia 4-3.  As with all the other quarterfinal matches this should be another close one.  With a large pro Illini crowd expected Georgia needs the doubles point to keep it calm because if Illinois gets the point it's going to get crazy up in there. After taking a pretty sound beating by Winston Lin I'm looking for Wayne Montgomery to bounce back and play much better against Farris Gosea.  I like UGA's Pasha at 3 over Kopinski and Illinois's Vukic at 5 over Wagland.  I think the Hiltzik brothers will split their matches at 2 and 4 and it'll be interesting to see if Manny Diaz sticks with a slumping Oosterbaan (lost 4 straight) at 6 or goes with either Eric Diaz or Peter Bertran to provide a spark. This one will probably go back and forth but I think Georgia finds a way to put behind it's so-so performance against Columbia and plays much better and pulls it out. Prediction:  Georgia 4-3

Probable Singles Lineup
1. #41 Farris Gosea (ILL) vs. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA)
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #21 Austin Smith (UGA)
3. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) vs. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA)
4. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Nick Wood (UGA)
5. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA)
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA)

Probable Doubles Lineup
1. #11 Kopinski/Ross Guignon (ILL) vs. Wagland/Smith (UGA)
2. Hiltzik/Matsuya (ILL) vs. Pasha/Diaz (UGA)
3. Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) vs. Oosterbaan/Montgomery (UGA)

I'll be onsite on Saturday so I'll do my best to at least tweet out who is serving on each court so that way you'll know who is up a break and who is on serve - you can follow me on twitter at @College10s2day .  If you have a question during the day send me a tweet and if I can answer it I will. 

Semifinal Sunday:

[1] USC vs. [4] Georgia
[2] Oklahoma vs. [3] Virginia 

Friday, 13 February 2015 15:02

National Indoors - Day 1

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Virginia started things off by taking a tight doubles point over TCU with the decider coming down to a tiebreak at #2 but once singles got underway the top of the Cavs lineup came through with each winning in straight sets.  The 3 remaining courts were all still up for grabs at the time of the clinch. Virginia's Collin Altamirano played doubles but did not play at #4 singles as originally slotted which moved everyone else up a spot.

With the win Virginia moves on to Saturday's quarterfinals against #11 Baylor.

Friday Results:

#3 Virginia 4, #17 TCU 0

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

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 Nicolas Alvarez/Raphael Hemmeler (DUKE) vs. #40 Tony Lupieri/Mate 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)

ITA National Team Indoor Championships First Round

#7 North Carolina 4, #10 UCLA 2

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

1. #2 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-2, 6-7, 4-3 DNF
2. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. #44 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 7-6, 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, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5,4,3,6,2

#2 Oklahoma 4, #19 Ole Miss 1

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


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 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) vs. Leo Stakhovsky/Aws 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:
Thursday, 12 February 2015 19:48

Montana State Billings to Drop Men's & Women's Tennis

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Saw this earlier today (story came out on Tuesday) - Division II Montana State Billings will be dropping both its men's and women's programs effective at the end of this year.  

Here is the full release that the school put out with the below excerpts pertaining to the tennis program.

"Athletics will see the most visible reductions with the elimination of men's and women's tennis.  The removal of these sports will mean an annual savings of roughly $230,000 and a complete withdrawal from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tennis is the only sport played by MSUB in that conference - firmly planting the Yellowjackets in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference

"The decision to eliminate tennis was extremely difficult, said Krista Montague, MSUB athletic director.  "We have had some solid teams and they are all great student-athletes but the fit isn't right for the GNAC. We will honor the athletic scholarships to tennis players until the end of their athletic eligibility.

I know that each school has to do what's right for itself but saving $230K out of a $4.4M budget shortfall is small potatoes.  From reading the above part it sounds like getting all athletic programs into the same conference must have been a really big deal and it was great to get out of the RMAC.  I guess they have to rationalize it someway.