Wednesday, 11 February 2015 22:16

Men's National Team Indoors Round of 16 Preview

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16 of the best teams in the country head to Chicago this weekend for the ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championship and I'm going to help break it down round by round.  There has been at least one Round of 16 upset each year since 2005 and I don't see that 10-year trend changing this year.  Play gets started on Friday morning so let's go ahead and dive right in.  




Round of 16

[3] Virginia vs. [14] TCU - 9am cst - Virginia comes into this one undefeated (5-0) but hasn't faced a legitimate top 40 opponent yet while TCU (5-0) has already won at #12 Texas A&M and #40 Tulsa.  A year ago Virginia came into the NTI's in the same situation, without having faced a tough opponent prior to the tournament, and Notre Dame really gave them a match with the Irish taking the doubles point and pushing 4 singles matches to 3 sets before Virginia won it 4-2. I think we may see the same type of tilt on Friday with TCU matching up fairly well with Virginia. 3 Virginia starters (Frank, Altamirano, Ritschard) saw their first action of the season just last month so while we know what Mitchell Frank brings to the table we don't yet know how Altamirano and Ritschard will react to facing a tough opponent in a dual match setting.  The only singles pairing that will have previously faced each other are Altamirano and Stein who met last week in qualies at the Dallas Challenger with Stein taking it 7-6, 6-4.  I'd say that Shane and Kwiatkowski are heavy favorites at 2 and 3 and I've got to lean towards Frank at 1 which means TCU would have to take the doubles point and sweep the bottom 3.  I don't quite see TCU being able to do that though they may win a few.  Prediction: Virginia 4-1

Probable Singles Lineup
Mitchell Frank vs. #18 Cameron Norrie
#4 Ryan Shane vs. #48 Nick Chappell
#1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski vs. Arnau Dachs
Collin Altamirano vs. Will Stein
Alexander Ritschard vs. #85 Facundo Lugones
JC Aragone vs. #112 Guillermo Nunez

Probable Doubles Lineup
#37 Shane/Corinteli vs. #24 Stein/Chappell
#41 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski vs. Norrie/Nunez
Frank/Altamirano vs. Hudson Blake/Trevor Johnson


[6] Duke vs. [11] Baylor - 9am cst. - Duke (9-0) comes into this one already battle tested with 6 top 30 wins (@ #5 Illinois, #18 Wake Forest, #20 Tennessee, #21 Memphis, @ #26 Northwestern, @ #27 Kentucky) while Baylor (4-1) lost a 4-3 heart-breaker to its only top 25 opponent which was #5 Illinois.  Despite Duke having the better record and ranking, I'd actually consider Baylor a favorite in this one because I think they could win the match even if they dropped the doubles point whereas I think Duke has to take the doubles point to win.  The matchup at #1 singles should be a good one with both players ranked in the top 10 - I like Lenz in this one because he has more big match experience.  Baylor's Max Tchoutakian walked on to the Baylor campus just a month ago but he has already ascended up to the #2 spot in the lineup and is coming off a week where he came through qualies (included a win over Lenz) at the $100K Dallas Challenger and beat an ATP top 150 player (Gastao Elias) in the 1st round so he'll be playing with a ton of confidence while his opponent Jason Tahir was just recently bumped from the 1 to 2 spot after starting off the year dropping 4 of 6.  I think the matchup at 3 could go either way and at 4 I actually like Diego Galeano despite him starting slow (5-6 this year compared to 16-4 last year) because his opponent, Bruno Semenzato, has been a little streaky himself.  I like Chris Mengel at 5 against whoever Baylor puts out and would be a Baylor lean at 6 with either Zsiga or Rios against Josh Levine.  It'll be interesting to see if Baylor goes with Schneider at 5 and Zsiga at 6 or if they make a change and possibly move Rios up since Zsiga has been struggling lately.  Prediction:  Baylor 4-2

Probable Singles Lineup
#9 Nicolas Alvarez vs. #10 Julian Lenz
#38 Jason Tahir vs. #67 Max Tchoutakian
#77 Raphael Hemmeler vs. #27 Tony Lupieri
#95 Bruno Semenzato vs. Diego Galeano
Chris Mengel vs. Vince Schneider
Josh Levine vs. Mate Zsiga

Probable Doubles Lineup
#34 Alvarez/Hemmeler vs. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri
Tahir/Levine vs. Lenz/Galeano
Mengel/Semenzato vs. Schneider/Felipe Rios


[7] North Carolina vs. [10] UCLA - 12 noon cst - North Carolina (8-1) has been battling some injuries the last few weeks (Schneider, Hess-Olesen, Steiro) and not having 2 of those guys in the lineup likely cost them against Illinois while UCLA (5-2) came up short in its 2 biggest matches during this young season losing to both Georgia and Florida.  If North Carolina was 100% healthy I'd like them a whole lot more but if Ronnie Schneider can't go at #2 which shifts everyone else up a spot (like the Illinois match) plus you have a less than 100% Hess-Olesen and Steiro then I think UCLA wins going away 4-0 or 4-1. I'll look at the match as if Schneider does play and plays like he is capable of.  The matchup at 1 is a toss-up between a pair of Top 6 players.  Schnur is the reigning National Indoor Singles Champ but is coming off a crushing loss to Illinois's Farris Gosea (7-6 in the 3rd after leading 5-2) while McDonald has 3 ranked wins in the last 2 weeks (Lipman, Pasha, Soares) - I'll go Schnur in 3 if it finishes. UCLA's Dennis Mkrtchian had a nice fall and start to the spring until getting dusted 6-1 6-0 by Georgia's Wayne Montgomery.  Mkrtchian did come back the next day and record a straight set win over Florida's Elliott Orkin but I think a near healthy Schneider takes this one at #2. Redlicki/Clark at 3 will be a back and forth grind but I like Clark in 3.  I like both Brymer and Sell at 4 and 5 for UCLA and would like UNC's Murray at 6.  So if North Carolina can put out the 6 listed below I'd like them to win 4-3.  If UNC has to make a substitution somewhere I'd swing it back to UCLA.  

Probable Singles Lineup
#6 Brayden Schnur vs. #2 Mackenzie McDonald
#19 Ronnie Schneider vs. #44 Dennis Mkrtchian
Brett Clark vs. Martin Redlicki  
Esben Hess-Olesen vs. Gage Brymer 
Oystein Steiro vs. Karue Sell 
#104 Jack Murray vs. Austin Rapp 

Probable Doubles Lineup
Schnur/Steiro vs. #6 McDonald/Redlicki
Clark/Robert Kelly vs. Joseph Di Giulio/Sell
Murray/Schneider vs. Mkrtchian/Rapp


[2] Oklahoma vs. [15] Ole Miss - 12pm cst - Oklahoma (6-0) has looked every bit its #2 ranking so far this year while Ole Miss (4-0) is still a little of an unknown since they've played just 4 matches. Outside of the USC/Penn State match this should be the next most lopsided one because Oklahoma is just better top to bottom with the Rebels best chance to snag a point coming at #1 singles.  I think OU takes the doubles point and gets straight set wins at 2, 3, and 5 to win it. Prediction:  Oklahoma 4-0

Probable Singles Lineup
#26 Andrew Harris vs. #59 Nik Scholtz
#11 Axel Alvarez vs. #78 Stefan Lindmark
#31 Dane Webb vs. Gustav Hansson
Spencer Papa vs. William Kallberg
#63 Alex Ghilea vs. Zvonimir Babic
Jose Salazar vs. Ricardo Jorge

Probable Doubles Lineup
#5 Alvarez/Webb vs. #55 Hansson/Kallberg
Papa/Harris vs. Scholtz/Babic
Salazar/Ghilea vs. Lindmark/Grey Hamilton


[1] USC vs. [16] Penn State - 3:30pm cst - USC (6-0) has started off the year looking just as good as they finished last year while Penn State (3-2) had a ton of momentum after winning its Kick-Off Weekend matches against Kentucky and South Florida only to fall flat on its faces in losses to Penn and Virginia Tech.  This one will be blowout city so the Illinois faithful who are coming to watch the Illini play Cal in the match after this one don't need to worry about this one running long. SC likely sits someone (De Vroome maybe) and still rolls.  Prediction: USC 4-0


Probable Singles Lineup
#7 Yannick Hanfmann vs. #81 Leonard Stakhovsky
#24 Roberto Quiroz vs. Alex Fennell
#20 Jonny Wang vs. Matt Barry
Eric Johnson vs. Roman Trkulja
Max De Vroome vs. Aws Laaribi
#49 Nick Crystal vs. Tomas Hanzlik 

Probable Doubles Lineup
#1 Hanfmann/Quiroz vs. Stakhovsky/Laaribi
#38 De Vroome/Johnson vs. Fennell/Barry
Crystal/Connor Farren vs. Trkulja/Mike Reilly


[8] Ohio State vs. [9] Texas - 3:30pm cst - Ohio State (9-1) was cruising along until they went to College Station and lost a tight 4-3 match to Texas A&M while Texas (7-0) has had 2 close calls against Tulsa and Florida State though they were down a couple of starters in each of those matches.  These 2 met last year in the NTI Quarterfinals with Ohio State pulling out a tight 4-2 win in route to winning its 1st National Indoors Championship and this one should be equally as close.  The Buckeyes have taken the doubles point in 9 of 10 matches while Texas has dropped it in 4 of 7 matches so I'll look for Ohio State to take the opening point.  In singles play I look for Soren Hess-Olesen and Adrien Berkowicz to pick up wins for Texas at 1 and 3 but I see Mikael Torpegaard, Ralf Steinbach, and Hunter Callahan winning for Ohio State at 2, 4, and 5.  I think Metka will be up but won't finish. Prediction: Ohio State 4-2 



Probable Singles Lineup
#53 Chris Diaz vs. #16 Soren Hess-Olesen
#30 Mikael Torpegaard vs. Lloyd Glasspool
Herkko Pollanen vs. #65 Adrien Berkowicz
#68 Ralf Steinbach vs. Nick Naumann
#110 Hunter Callahan vs. George Goldhoff
Kevin Metka vs. Michael Riechmann

Probable Doubles Lineup
#7 Steinbach/Metka vs. Hess Olesen/Glasspool
#36 Callahan/Diaz vs. Goldhoff/Berkowicz
Torpegaard/Pollanen vs. Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz


[5] Illinois vs. [12] California - 6:30pm cst - Illinois (6-1) gets the primetime slot as the host of this year's NTIs and they bring 2 top 10 wins (Baylor/UNC) to the table along with 5 ranked singles players while Cal (6-0) has yet to face a top 20 opponent and will be leaving the state of California for the 1st time this year.  Illinois will have the crowd in its favor and I see the Illini riding that wave of noise to pick up singles wins at 1, 2, and 5 in addition to snagging the doubles point.  The only court where I'd consider Cal the favorite is at 6 with Bayane. Prediction: Illinois 4-1


Probable Singles Lineup
#41 Farris Gosea vs. #42 Andre Goransson
#23 Jared Hiltzik vs. #114 Filip Bergevi
#37 Tim Kopinski vs. Billy Griffith
#69 Aron Hiltzik vs. JT Nishimura
#46 Aleks Vukic vs. Oskar Wikberg
Toshiki Matsuya vs. Greg Bayane

Probable Doubles Lineup
#11 Kopinski/Ross Guignon vs. #30 Bayane/Chase Melton
Hiltzik/Matsuya vs. #32 Goransson/Wikberg
Bazarnik/Brian Page vs. Bergevi/Mads Engsted



[4] Georgia vs. [13] Columbia - 6:30pm cst - Georgia (4-1) has all new doubles pairings after dropping the point in 3 of 5 matches while Columbia (2-0) will play just its 3rd match this year after defeating Tennessee and Notre Dame during the Kick-Off Weekend two weeks ago. These teams met a month ago at the MLK Invitational in Atlanta in a hidden dual format though only 2 of the 6 singles matches will be repeats with Ignat defeating Smith and Oosterbaan defeating Vermeer. Columbia is a tough indoor team that you can't ever count out but they'll need the doubles point to have a shot in this one.  The only singles mismatch that I see is at 5 where Ben Wagland should be able to handle a struggling Bert Vancura who is just 2-8 on the year.  In addition to Wagland winning I look for Nathan Pasha and Nick Wood to also pick up wins at 3 and 5 and I see the revamped Georgia doubles pairings getting the point to start things off.  I think Columbia will be right there on all the other courts and possibly ahead but Georgia gets the 4 points.  Prediction: Georgia 4-1


Probable Singles Lineup
#17 Wayne Montgomery vs. #13 Winston Lin
#21 Austin Smith vs. #76 Dragos Ignat
#15 Nathan Pasha vs. Max Schnur
Nick Wood vs. Ashok Narayana
Ben Wagland vs. Bert Vancura
Paul Oosterbaan vs. Mike Vermeer

Probable Doubles Lineup
Wagland/Smith vs. #12 Schnur/Narayana
Pasha/Diaz vs. Vermeer/Lin
Oosterbaan/Montgomery vs. Vancura/Richard Pham


So who else do you think might get upset - any of the top 5?



Quarterfinals:
[1] USC vs. [8] Ohio State
[4] Georgia vs. [5] Illinois
[3] Virginia vs. [11] Baylor
[2] Oklahoma vs. [10] UCLA

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:27

Men's National Team Indoors

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The draw was released just a little while ago and this is what we've got starting on Friday.  The master lineups are listed below as well.

[3] Virginia vs. [14] TCU- 9am cst
[6] Duke vs. [11] Baylor - 9am cst
[7] North Carolina vs. [10] UCLA - 12pm cst
[2] Oklahoma vs. [15] Ole Miss - 12pm cst
[1] USC vs. [16] Penn State - 3:30pm cst
[8] Ohio State vs. [9] Texas - 3:30pm cst
[5] Illinois vs. [12] California - 6:30pm cst
[4] Georgia vs. [13] Columbia - 6:30pm cst



Master Lineups along with the ITA's policy on substitution:

Line-Up Substitution Policy: Master line-ups must be played throughout the event. If a player is removed from the line-up, all players listed below the removed player will move up in position. "Shuffling of line-up is NOT permitted. In doubles, you may direct line substitute for a sick/injured player as long as the teams are still playing in order of ability. The opposing coach may protest a doubles line-up if he feels they are not in order prior to the start of the match. The on-site ITA Games Committee will have final ruling on all on-site protests.

Some singles lineup changes from the Kick-Off Weekend:

USC has moved Eric Johnson up from 5 to 4 and dropped Max De Vroome from 4 to 5.  I believe De Vroome hasn't been at 100% lately.
UCLA has moved Martin Redlicki up from 4 to 3 and Gage Brymer down from 3 to 4.  Austin Rapp has moved up from 7 to 6 while Joseph DiGiulio goes from 6 to 7.
Texas has moved Lloyd Glasspool from 3 to 2 and Adrien Berkowicz from 2 to 3.  Nick Naumann moved from 5 to 4 and George Goldhoff from 4 to 5 though Goldhoff didn't play during the KO.
TCU has moved Arnau Dachs up from 4 to 3 and Will Stein down from 3 to 4. 
Duke has moved Nicolas Alvarez up from 2 to 1 and moved Jason Tahir down from 1 to 2. Raphael Hemmeler has moved up from 4 to 3 and Bruno Semenzato down from 3 to 4.
Ohio State has moved Herkko Pollanen up from 4 to 3 and Ralf Steinbach down from 3 to 4.
Baylor has moved Max Tchoutakian up from 4 to 2, Tony Lupieri down from 2 to 3, Diego Galeano down from 3 to 4, Vince Schneider up from 8 to 5, Mate Zsiga down from 5 to 6, and Felipe Rios down from 6 to 7 - whole different lineup except for Julian Lenz at 1.  
Penn State has moved Matt Barry up from 4 to 3 and Roman Trkulja down from 3 to 4.
North Carolina has moved Oystein Steiro up from 6 to 5 and Jack Murray down from 5 to 6. 
Georgia has moved Wayne Montgomery up from 3 to 1 and Nathan Pasha down from 1 to 3.

Everyone else has the same starting 6 listed; it going to be a great tournament so vote in the poll on the main page on who you think will win it all.

Below are the Master Lineups with all the players junior information listed - the Legend tab explains what each means.




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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:18

No Ad Is No Go for the NCAAs

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I saw earlier on ZooTennis that the NCAA Championship Cabinet decided not to approve no-ad scoring for the NCAAs so come mid May in Waco regular scoring will be used for both the team championships as well as singles and doubles.  

Here are the documents that contain the full results from the survey that was done by all the coaches and student athletes pertaining to format changes along with the ITA's Division I Operating Committee's proposal to the NCAA D1 Tennis Committee.  

With this hitting the wire it'll be interesting to see what format the conferences use between now and the NCAAs because it would make the most sense to play the format that will be used during the season ending NCAA Championships.   According to the above document the Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big 12, Colonial, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Pac 12 Men, SEC Men, and Summit all voted to stick with the new shortened format (no-ad, no warmups, dubs to 6, dubs stop at clinch) regardless of the NCAA D1 TC's decision.  Several other conferences including the ACC and Big 10 voted to play the same format as the NCAAs while others including the AAC and Ivy hadn't decided yet.

This decision to play with regular scoring during the tournament and during the regular season for those conference that voted that way should make many tennis fans happy with myself included. 




This past weekend Ohio State ran its record breaking home winning streak to 200 when they defeated South Florida so after the win I wanted to look back and see who they had beaten during the streak. At first I thought there was probably already a list out there somewhere due to how impressive the streak is but when I looked around I came up empty.  So I said ok I'll just go to Ohio State's website and go through the schedules for each year and do a little cut and paste and then sort them by opponent and whatnot.  So that's what I did starting with the Purdue win on April 6th, 2003 and by the time I reached the South Florida win from this past Sunday I was ready to sort them out but I figured before I sorted them I wanted to make sure I had all 200 listed.  I had the spreadsheet count them and to my surprise it didn't return 200 entries but only 199 so that's when I started going back through each season to see what I missed but after looking them all over I still kept coming up with 199 and not 200 (chart is further down this page).


Feeling a tad stumped I started going through the school's recap after each win to see what win number they assigned to that particular home win and that's when it got a little interesting. Wins 1 through 40 were pretty cut and dry with everything matching up but then I noticed the final 2 matches of the 2006 season, which were the 1st and 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, were counted twice.  I put a link on the score where the recap mentions the win number in the streak and after the Arkansas win it says the win streak is up to 42 but then when they start the 2007 season off by beating Butler and Xavier the recap said those were wins 41 and 42.  My first thought was maybe the school wasn't sure if wins in the NCAA Tournament counted as official home wins so they backed them out which I was fine with.  A few weeks later on 2/7/07 they beat Toledo for win 45 (really 47) then followed that up by beating Kentucky at home on 2/12/07 which should have been win 46 (really 48) but for whatever reason they didn't count it because when they beat Indiana on 3/3/07 they counted that as win 46 when it really should have been 47 by their count or 49 counting the 2 NCAA wins.  These discrepancies are highlighted in yellow and as I mentioned I linked the OSU recap where it mentions wins #s.

The next oddity in the streak comes between the end of the 2007 regular season and the 2 matches that Ohio State hosted in the NCAA Tournament.  The Illinois win in the home regular season finale on 4/15/07 is counted as win 53 but then when they beat Columbia on 5/11/07 instead of being counted as 54 it is counted as 56 so I'm guessing at that point they decided that wins in the NCAA Tournament are counted as official home wins so they added back in the 2 from the end of the 2006 season.  Now for some reason that win over Kentucky on 2/12/07 still didn't make the count but I figured they'd figure that out sooner and correct it.

All the wins from the end of the 2007 season through the end of the 2012 season flow together (minus the Kentucky win) but between the end of the 2012 season and the start of the 2013 season a few more get added in.  When Ohio State defeated Notre Dame in the 2nd round of the NCAAs on 5/12/12 (2012 home finale) the recap said it was win #148 but when they opened up the 2013 season by defeating Butler and Xavier the recap credits those as wins 151 and 152 so somehow 2 more were added in.  So now they've gone from being 1 win under the correct count (as far as I can determine) to 1 win over.  A few weeks later they beat Toledo on 1/27/13 and the recap says that is win 157 but when they beat Georgia a week later on 2/3/13 it says that is win 156.  After playing the National Indoors they come back home on 2/23/13 and 2/24/13 to host Notre Dame and LSU and after winning those 2 matches the recap now says the streak is up to 160.  From that point on they stay on count all the way up to 200 however they never take back out the win that to my knowledge they never got.

When doing some more digging the only possible place that 1 win could have come from was during the 2006-07 season because on the schedule it originally showed that they were supposed to play a doubleheader on 4/2/07 against Wright State and Dayton however they only list a 7-0 result against Wright State (image below).  The recap from the Wright State match said it was the end of the 5 match home stand and it has no mention of a match anywhere with Dayton.  The Dayton schedule from that year doesn't show a match with Ohio State and I'm sure if they had played it would be listed.  The 2006-07 schedule from the Media Guide is listed below and it says Wright State/Dayton with the one 7-0 win but had it been two 7-0 wins that would have meant they would have played 33 matches on the year but the overall record at the top shows 30-2 which is of course 32 matches.

So I guess my point to all these facts above is that I don't see where they have 200 consecutive home wins; I just see 199 and if that is correct that means they won't actually get 200 unless they beat Notre Dame in their next home match on February 21st.  If anyone has any other knowledge of the streak and/or can see that 1 win that I'm not seeing let me know because it truly has me stumped.  I just find it hard to believe that they would really be 1 win short but you can see how that # has jumped several times over the years so anything is possible.  I did email Gary Petit, Ohio State's Assistant Director of Athletics Communication, who is listed as the primary contact for the men's tennis program so I'm waiting to hear back from him and will keep you posted if/when I do.

UPDATE: Gary emailed me back this morning (2/11) and said they were going to do some research about the streak and would get back to me within a few days.   I emailed Gary back on 2/18 to see if he had an update and he replied back within an hour that they had "nothing official yet".  That pretty much tells me what I need to know that most likely nothing will be "official" until they beat Notre Dame this Saturday assuming they beat the Irish.  

Final Update Below - what was believed to be win #200 over South Florida was actually 199. Today's 2/21 win over Notre Dame was #200.

From: "Petit, Gary M." 
Subject: 200-Streak
Date: February 21, 2015 at 4:36:48 PM CST
To: Bobby Knight

Bobby,

After researching every win and contacting opposing SIDs with questions, we were at 199 after the USF match on Feb. 8 and are now at 200 with the win today over Notre Dame.

The issue was that Dayton match in 2007. The match was on the schedule and was never removed after it was canceled the day of. With the amount of turnover in our office and different people handling men's tennis, we continued to count that match. We never put a list together like you did which probably explains why we were off on our numbers a couple of times in our recaps throughout the years.

Gary







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List of 199 wins in the streak:

DateOpponentScoreWin # According to School Write-Up
4/6/2003Purdue5-2 (W)1
4/19/2003Minnesota4-3 (W)2
4/20/2003Iowa7-0 (W)3
1/23/2004Cleveland State7-0 (W)4
1/23/2004Xavier7-0 (W)5
1/30/2004Depaul7-0 (W)6
1/30/2004Toledo7-0 (W)7
2/7/2004Clemson6-1 (W)8
2/13/2004Vanderbilt4-3 (W)9
2/14/2004Alabama6-1 (W)10
3/27/2004Michigan State *6-1 (W)11
3/28/2004Michigan5-2 (W)12
4/3/2004Indiana6-1 (W)13
4/14/2004Indiana St7-0 (W)14
4/14/2004Youngstown State7-0 (W)15
4/16/2004Northwestern5-2 (W)16
4/18/2004Wisconsin7-0 (W)17
1/28/2005Butler7-0 (W)18
1/28/2005Xavier7-0 (W)19
2/11/2005Arkansas5-2 (W)20
2/25/2005Virginia Commonwealth7-0 (W)21
3/26/2005Iowa7-0 (W)22
3/27/2005Minnesota4-3 (W)23
4/9/2005Indiana6-1 (W)24
4/10/2005Penn State *4-3 (W)25
4/13/2005Notre Dame4-3 (W)26
4/16/2005Michigan6-1 (W)27
4/17/2005Michigan State *7-0 (W)28
1/25/2006Toledo7-0 (W)29
1/25/2006Xavier6-1 (W)30
1/27/2006Oklahoma6-1 (W)31
1/29/2006Tennessee5-2 (W)32
2/10/2006Virginia Tech6-1 (W)33
2/12/2006LSU6-1 (W)34
2/17/2006Butler7-0 (W)35
2/17/2006Wright State7-0 (W)36
4/1/2006Purdue7-0 (W)37
4/2/2006Illinois5-2 (W)38
4/22/2006Northwestern7-0 (W)39
4/23/2006Wisconsin6-1 (W)40
5/13/2006Butler4-0 (W)41
5/14/2006Arkansas4-0 (W)42
1/24/2007Butler7-0 (W)41
1/24/2007Xavier7-0 (W)42
1/28/2007Washington7-0 (W)43
2/4/2007Florida State7-0 (W)44
2/7/2007Toledo7-0 (W)45
2/12/2007Kentucky6-1 (W)skipped
3/3/2007Indiana6-1 (W)46
3/24/2007Iowa7-0 (W)47
3/25/2007Minnesota7-0 (W)48
3/30/2007Notre Dame7-0 (W)49
4/1/2007Michigan State *7-0 (W)50
4/2/2007Wright State7-0 (W)51
4/14/2007Purdue7-0 (W)52
4/15/2007Illinois7-0 (W)53
5/11/2007Columbia4-0 (W)56
5/12/2007Tennessee4-1 (W)57
1/23/2008Butler7-0 (W)58
1/23/2008Xavier7-0 (W)59
2/1/2008Miami (Fla.)5-2 (W)60
2/3/2008Pepperdine5-2 (W)61
2/3/2008Wright State4-0 (W)62
2/8/2008Wake Forest5-1 (W)63
2/10/2008North Carolina4-2 (W)64
3/23/2008Virginia Commonwealth7-0 (W)65
4/4/2008Northwestern *7-0 (W)66
4/4/2008Toledo4-0 (W)67
4/6/2008Wisconsin *6-1 (W)68
4/17/2008Wright State7-0 (W)69
4/19/2008Penn State *6-1 (W)70
4/20/2008Michigan *7-0 (W)71
5/10/2008Cleveland State4-0 (W)72
5/11/2008East Tennessee State4-0 (W)73
1/21/2009Butler7-0 (W)74
1/21/2009Xavier7-0 (W)75
1/31/2009Stetson7-0 (W)76
The North Carolina Tar Heels women's team made it 2 titles in the last 3 years as they defeated a tough Georgia team 4-1 in this afternoon's ITA Women's National Team Indoor Championship.

North Carolina jumped up on Georgia early in doubles and really cruised on both courts 2 and 3 taking each 6-2.  North Carolina carried the momentum from doubles over to singles and took 1st sets at 1, 2, 3, and 4 while Georgia grabbed the opening set at 5 and 6.

It looked like it was going to be a Tar Heel rout but Georgia started slowly pecking away at the UNC leads on courts 1, 3, and 4 by going up early breaks in the 2nd set.  The only court where North Carolina never went down a break was on court 2 with Hayley Carter in control virtually the entire match in a route to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ellen Perez.  The only opening for Perez came when she broke Carter to get it back on serve at 5-4 in the 2nd but Carter promptly broke back to give UNC point #2.

Whitney Kay would put UNC up 3-0 by closing out Silvia Garcia 6-4, 6-3 at #4 singles in a match that see-sawed back and forth despite the score looking somewhat lopsided.  After Kay went up an early break in the 1st, Garcia got it back on serve and it stayed that way until Kay broke to take the opening set 6-4. Garcia would go up an early break in the 2nd and served up 2-1 but Kay quickly got it back on serve and would then break again to go up 5-3 and then Kay served it out.



It then looked like Jamie Loeb was going to close out the victory for North Carolina after she rallied from 3-0 down in the 2nd to go ahead 5-4 and she was serving for the match.  Loeb would get broke after falling behind 0-40 then Herring would hold and break again to take the 2nd set 7-5.

With the 3rd set just starting on 1, Georgia was up a break in the 3rd on 3, 5, and 6 and it looked like we might be heading towards a 3-3 match with the decider coming at 1.  Georgia's Kennedy Shaffer was serving for the match at 3 and had 2 match points at 5-4 40-30 but she was unable to close it after spraying a forehand wide on the deciding point.  While Shaffer was struggling to finish off Caroline Price her teammate Caroline Brinson would have no trouble at 6 and would take out Kate Vialle 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.  With Georgia now within 3-1, the Bulldogs Hannah King was serving for the match up 5-1 at #5 but Shaffer had gone down 6-5 and Lauren Herring went down a double break at 1.  King would get broke on 5 and moments later UNC's Caroline Price would break Shaffer again to take the match 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 and send the Tar Heels back to the winner's circle yet again.

UNC Recap
UGA Recap
ITA Recap
Zoo Tennis Recap

#3 North Carolina 4, #9 [8] Georgia 1
Feb 09, 2015 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)

Doubles competition
1. #13 Ashley Dai/Kate Vialle (NC) vs. Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (UGA) 4-4, unfinished
2. Jamie Loeb/Caroline Price (NC) def. Kennedy Shaffer/Silvia Garcia (UGA) 6-2
3. Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (NC) def. Caroline Brinson/Hannah King (UGA) 6-2

Singles competition
1. #8 Jamie Loeb (NC) vs. #19 Lauren Herring (UGA) 6-2, 5-7, 3-1, unfinished
2. #31 Hayley Carter (NC) def. Ellen Perez (UGA) 6-3, 6-4
3. #22 Caroline Price (NC) def. Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
4. Whitney Kay (NC) def. #83 Silvia Garcia (UGA) 6-4, 6-3
5. Ashley Dai (NC) vs. #91 Hannah King (UGA) 4-6, 6-4, 2-5, unfinished
6. Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Kate Vialle (NC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 

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


All the main draw box scores for the tournament are on my Women's NTI Tournament Page.

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It was a light day of activity on the men's side with the only top 50 team in action being the Ole Miss Rebels as they defeated Troy 4-3.  The match was played indoors at the Rebel's 3 court indoor facility so Ole Miss actually led 4-0 before most of the other matches got underway.  Ole Miss will now make its way to Chicago for this weekend's Men's National Team Indoors where the Rebels will likely face #2 Oklahoma.  

Ole Miss Recap


#19 Ole Miss 4, Troy 3
Feb. 9, 2015 at Oxford, Mississippi (Gillom Sports Center)

Doubles competition
1. Gustav Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) def. Pablo Moreno/Andy Lau (TROY) 6-3
2. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Gabriel Dias/Hassan Ndayishimye (TROY) 6-4
3. Stefan Lindmark/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Daniel Bustamante/Calum McKinlay (TROY) 6-1

Singles competition
1. Nik Scholtz (OM) def. Hassan Ndayishimye (TROY) 6-3, 6-4
2. Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Gabriel Dias (TROY) 7-5, 6-2
3. William Kallberg (OM) def. Andy Lau (TROY) 6-4, 6-3
4. Daniel Bustamante (TROY) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 2-6, 6-3, 10-8
5. Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3, 6-2
6. Pablo Moreno (TROY) def. Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4, 6-4

Match Notes
Troy 5-4
Ole Miss 4-0; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,2,4,5,6)

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The next set of rankings will come out tomorrow however the ITA doesn't publish them for some reason - I guess they feel that if they aren't published then the general public won't know if they make a few changes and move a team up or down despite being ranked higher or lower.  Despite all the hoopla in my opinion there are only 3 seeds that aren't locked down yet for Friday's Round of 16.  I think the 4, 5, and 6 seeds may be different from last week's rankings since #5 Illinois and #6 Duke both won impressively over the weekend with Illinois beating #27 Kentucky 7-0 and #51 Purdue 6-1 and Duke beating #20 Tennessee 5-2 and #47 Michigan 6-1 while #4 Georgia beat #75 Georgia Tech 4-3.   In reality Georgia Tech is a top 30 team but it'll take another month before they move up.

When the NTI draw is announced on Wednesday I think we're looking at a draw like this if they don't shift anyone in this weeks rankings:

[1] USC vs. [16] Penn State
[8] Ohio State vs. [9] Texas
[5] Illinois vs. [12] California
[4] Georgia vs. [13] Columbia
[3] Virginia vs. [14] TCU
[6] Duke vs. [11] UCLA
[7] North Carolina vs. [10] Baylor
[2] Oklahoma vs. [15] Ole Miss

Working on a piece for tomorrow about Ohio State's 200 match home court winning streak.  What I thought was going to be an easy recap of it's 200 wins is proving a little problematic.  More details tomorrow...


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The Women's National Team Indoors (NTI) gets started on Friday morning at 9am in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Boars Head Sport Club - Boyd Tinsley Courts. Use the below links to help follow everything:

ITA Event Page
Master Lineups


Monday Results:

NTI Championship:

#3 North Carolina 4, #9 [8] Georgia 1
Feb 09, 2015 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)

Doubles competition
1. #13 Ashley Dai/Kate Vialle (NC) vs. Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (UGA) 4-4, unfinished
2. Jamie Loeb/Caroline Price (NC) def. Kennedy Shaffer/Silvia Garcia (UGA) 6-2
3. Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (NC) def. Caroline Brinson/Hannah King (UGA) 6-2

Singles competition
1. #8 Jamie Loeb (NC) vs. #19 Lauren Herring (UGA) 6-2, 5-7, 3-1, unfinished
2. #31 Hayley Carter (NC) def. Ellen Perez (UGA) 6-3, 6-4
3. #22 Caroline Price (NC) def. Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
4. Whitney Kay (NC) def. #83 Silvia Garcia (UGA) 6-4, 6-3
5. Ashley Dai (NC) vs. #91 Hannah King (UGA) 4-6, 6-4, 2-5, unfinished
6. Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Kate Vialle (NC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 

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




Sunday Results:

#9 [8] Georgia 4, #5 California 2

Doubles Results
1. #4 Maegen Manasse/Denise Starr (CAL) def. Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (UGA) 6-3
2. Silvia Garcia/Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. #9 Klara Fabikova/Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) 6-3 
3. Hannah King/Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Stephane Lin/Karla Popovic (CAL) 6-1

Singles Results
1. #5 Maegen Manasse (CAL) vs. #19 Lauren Herring (UGA) 7-6, 2-4, unfinished
2. #78 Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Ellen Perez (UGA) 6-2, 6-2
3. Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. #14 Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) 6-3, 6-4
4. #64 Denise Starr (CAL) def. #83 Silvia Garcia (UGA) 6-3, 7-5
5. #91 Hannah King (UGA) def. #30 Karla Popovic (CAL) 7-5, 6-3
6. Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Cecilia Estlander (CAL) 6-2, 6-4

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,3,6,4,5)


#3 North Carolina 4, #2 Florida 0

Doubles competition
1. #7 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (UF) def. #13 Ashley Dai/Kate Vialle (NC) 6-1
2. Jamie Loeb/Caroline Price (NC) def. #17 Brianna Morgan/Belinda Woolcock (UF) 6-4
3. Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (NC) def. #25 Spencer Liang/Peggy Porter (UF) 6-2

Singles competition
1. #6 Brooke Austin (UF) vs. #8 Jamie Loeb (NC) 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 2-2, unfinished
2. #9 Brianna Morgan (UF) vs. #31 Hayley Carter (NC) 3-6, 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
3. #22 Caroline Price (NC) def. #11 Belinda Woolcock (UF) 6-1, 6-1
4. Whitney Kay (NC) def. #43 Peggy Porter (UF) 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4)
5. Ashley Dai (NC) def. #40 Kourtney Keegan (UF) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. #26 Spencer Liang (UF) vs. Kate Vialle (NC) 5-7, 5-5, unfinished

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,5)



Saturday Results:

#9 [8] Georgia 4, #1 UCLA 2

Doubles competition
1. #1 Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (UGA) 6-1
2. Silvia Garcia/Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. Robin Anderson/Terri Fleming (UCLA) 6-3
3. Caroline Brinson/Hannah King (UGA) def. Chanelle Van Nguyen/Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 6-2

Singles competition
1. #2 Robin Anderson (UCLA) vs. #19 Lauren Herring (UGA) 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-4, unfinished
2. Ellen Perez (UGA) def. #3 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
4. #79 Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) def. #83 Silvia Garcia (UGA) 7-5, 6-2
5. #91 Hannah King (UGA) def. Terri Fleming (UCLA) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 6-0, 6-2

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,4,2,3,5)


#3 North Carolina 4, #12 Miami 0

Doubles competition
1. #15 Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. #13 Ashley Dai/Kate Vialle (NC) 6-4
2. Jamie Loeb/Caroline Price (NC) def. #8 Stephanie Wagner/Lina Lileikite (UM) 6-0
3. Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (NC) def. #37 Sinead Lohan/Wendy Zhang (UM) 7-6

Singles competition
1. #8 Jamie Loeb (NC) vs. #7 Stephanie Wagner (UM) 4-6, 6-2, 0-0, unfinished
2. #31 Hayley Carter (NC) vs. #39 Sinead Lohan (UM) 7-5, 5-5, unfinished
3. #22 Caroline Price (NC) def. #94 Lina Lileikite (UM) 6-3, 6-0
4. Whitney Kay (NC) def. #88 Clementina Riobueno (UM) 6-4, 6-4
5. Ashley Dai (NC) vs. #58 Wendy Zhang (UM) 7-6, 2-2, unfinished
6. Kate Vialle (NC) def. Monique Albuquerque (UM) 6-3, 7-5

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



#2 Florida 4, #10 [7] Virginia 1

Doubles competition
1. #7 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (UF) def. #22 Julia Elbaba/Stephanie Nauta (VA) 7-6 (7-3)
2. #17 Josie Kuhlman/Peggy Porter (UF) def. #11 Cassie Mercer/Skylar Morton (VA) 6-4
3. Belinda Woolcock/Spencer Liang (UF) def. Danielle Collins/Maci Epstein (VA) 7-6 (8-6)

Singles competition
1. #1 Julia Elbaba (VA) vs. #6 Brooke Austin (UF) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
2. #9 Josie Kuhlman (UF) def. #42 Danielle Collins (VA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. #11 Brianna Morgan (UF) def. #16 Stephanie Nauta (VA) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. #43 Belinda Woolcock (UF) def. Skylar Morton (VA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Maci Epstein (VA) def. #40 Peggy Porter (UF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
6. Cassie Mercer (VA) vs. #26 Kourtney Keegan (UF) 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 0-0, unfinished

Match Notes

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,4,3)


#5 Cal 4, #20 TCU 1

Doubles competition
1. #4 Maegen Manasse/Denise Starr (CAL) def. Stefanie Tan/Seda Arantekin (TCU) 7-5
2. #9 Klara Fabikova/Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) def. Simona Parajova/Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 6-4
3. Palina Dubavets/Alexis Pereira (TCU) def. Karla Popovic/Cecilia Estlander (CAL) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #5 Maegen Manasse (CAL) def. Stefanie Tan (TCU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Simona Parajova (TCU) def. #78 Klara Fabikova (CAL) 6-3, 6-1
3. #14 Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) def. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
4. #64 Denise Starr (CAL) vs. Palina Dubavets (TCU) 4-6, 6-2, 3-0, unfinished
5. #30 Karla Popovic (CAL) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU) 7-5, 6-3
6. Cecilia Estlander (CAL) vs. Seda Arantekin (TCU) 4-6, 3-4, unfinished

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,5,3)



Friday Results (ITA Recaps):

#12 Miami 4, #7 [6] Alabama 1

Doubles competition
1. #18 Maya Jansen/Erin Routliffe (UA) def. #8 Lina Lileikite/Stephanie Wagner (UM) 6-3
2. #15 Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Danielle Spielmann/Emily Zabor (UA) 6-3
3. #37 Wendy Zhang/Sinead Lohan (UM) def. Natalia Maynetto/Luicelena Perez (UA) 7-6 (8-6)

Singles competition
1. #25 Erin Routliffe (UA) vs. #7 Stephanie Wagner (UM) 7-5, 6-7, 1-2, unfinished
2. #39 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. #56 Danielle Spielmann (UA) 6-2, 7-5
3. #59 Maya Jansen (UA) vs. #94 Lina Lileikite (UM) 6-4, 4-6, 4-5, unfinished
4. #88 Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Emily Zabor (UA) 6-1, 6-2
5. Luicelena Perez (UA) def. #58 Wendy Zhang (UM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Monique Albuquerque (UM) def. Natalia Maynetto (UA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,5,6)


#3 North Carolina 5, #16 Oklahoma State 1

Doubles competition
1. #13 Ashley Dai/Kate Vialle (NC) vs. #5 Viktoriya Lushkova/Kelsey Laurente (OSU) 3-3, unfinished
2. Jamie Loeb/Caroline Price (NC) def. Katarina Adamovic/Vladica Babic (OSU) 6-1
3. Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (NC) def. Maria Alvarez/Carla Tur Mari (OSU) 6-1

Singles competition
1. #8 Jamie Loeb (NC) def. #10 Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. #31 Hayley Carter (NC) vs. Kelsey Laurente (OSU) 4-6, 2-4, unfinished
3. #22 Caroline Price (NC) def. #53 Katarina Adamovic (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Vladica Babic (OSU) def. Whitney Kay (NC) 6-4, 6-1
5. Ashley Dai (NC) def. Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Kate Vialle (NC) def. Carla Tur Mari (OSU) 6-1, 6-3

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,4,5,3,6)


#20 TCU 4, #4 Duke 3

Doubles competition
1. Ester Goldfeld/Alyssa Smith (DU) vs. Stefanie Tan/Seda Arantekin (TCU) 4-5, unfinished
2. Beatrice Capra/Rachel Kahan (DU) def. Simona Parajova/Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 6-2
3. Annie Mulholland/Samantha Harris (DU) def. Palina Dubavets/Alexis Pereira (TCU) 6-4

Singles competition
1. #87 Ester Goldfeld (DU) def. Stefanie Tan (TCU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
2. Simona Parajova (TCU) def. #55 Samantha Harris (DU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) def. Rachel Kahan (DU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Palina Dubavets (TCU) def. Alyssa Smith (DU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Rebecca Smaller (DU) def. Seda Arantekin (TCU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
6. Alexis Pereira (TCU) def. Annie Mulholland (DU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,4,5,1,6


#5 Cal 4, #11 Vanderbilt 3

Doubles competition
1. #32 Courtney Colton/Sydney Campbell (VANDY) def. #4 Denise Starr/Maegen Manasse (CAL) 7-6
2. #9 Klara Fabikova/Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) def. Ashleigh Antal/Marie Casares (VANDY) 6-2
Ohio State just doesn't lose at home and they proved it again on Sunday winning for an unbelievable 200th time in a row as they handily beat a Top 25 South Florida team 4-0.  The streak began all the way back on April 6th, 2003 with a win over Purdue and has grown and grown as the years have gone by.  During the week I'm going to compile a list of everyone that Ohio State has beaten at home in the last 12 years so look for that no later than Wednesday.  Here is a good article that Colette Lewis wrote on the streak back in 2013.

In my opinion the biggest surprise for Ohio State this year has been the play of Chris Diaz at #1. Last year the Columbus native struggled in the middle of the lineup and went just 11-15 in dual match play but this year he has more than held his own Roberto Cid, Shane Vinsant, Or-Ram Harel, and Lukas Ollert.




Ohio State Recap


#8 Ohio State 4, #25 University of South Florida 0

Doubles competition
1. #44 Justin Roberts/Oliver Pramming (USF) def. #4 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-4
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 7-6 (7-3)
3. #27 Chris Diaz/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzales-Muniz (USF) 7-6 (7-4)

Singles competition
1. #21 Chris Diaz (OSU) led #19 Roberto Cid (USF) 6-3, 3-5
2. #89 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5, 6-3
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) led Ignacio Gonzales-Muniz (USF) 6-3, 3-4
4. Justin Roberts (USF) vs. #66 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4, 1-6
5. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Oliver Pramming (USF) 6-3, 6-2
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-3, 7-5

Match Notes:
University of South Florida 4-3; National ranking #25
Ohio State 8-1; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,2,6)
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Wake Forest played its 3rd straight 5-2 match and after losing the 1st one to Oklahoma they've now made it 2 in a row as they defeated a reeling Tennessee team that has now dropped 4 straight.  Wake won a tight doubles point which was decided by a tiebreak at #2 and also picked up a win at #1 doubles over the reigning NCAA Doubles Champs.  3 of Wake's 4 freshman picked up wins with Mansouri, Seraphim, and Tabrizi winning at 4, 5, and 6 and only Noah Rubin's loss at #1 in a 3rd set 10 point tiebreak soured the day.  

The Vols, like many teams in the 15-30 range, are having a hard time finding quality depth at the bottom half of the line-up and they continue to get uneven production from the newcomers (Schipanski, Smelyanski, Valero,  Jones) while also dealing with some injuries (Fickey/Smelyanski). One of the positives for UT has been the return to 2013 form (23-3) by #1 Mikelis Libietis after the big man struggled last year and finished 16-11 during the dual season.  Libietis beat the reigning Wimbledon junior champion Noah Rubin in a 3rd set supertiebreak.

Wake Forest Recap
Tennessee Recap


#18 Wake Forest 5, #20 Tennessee 2

Feb 08, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. - Wake Forest Tennis Complex (indoor) 

Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #2 Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (TENN) 6-3
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Luis Valero/Bartosz Sawicki (TENN) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Andrew Dromsky/Jack Schipanski (TENN) def. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #16 Mikelis Libietis (TENN) def. Noah Rubin (WF) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Hunter Reese (TENN) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
3. Jack Schipanski (TENN) def. #52 Jon Ho (WF) 6-3, 6-1
4. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Luis Valero (TENN) 6-3, 6-4
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jess Jones (TENN) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Andrew Dromsky (TENN) 6-1, 6-2

Match Notes
Tennessee 4-4; National ranking #20
Wake Forest 5-2; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,3,4,5,1,2)
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TCU's final warm up for next week National Indoors was a successful one as they rolled into Tulsa and came out with a 4-0 win.  Tulsa put up a fight on several courts with the Golden Hurricanes either leading or in striking distance on each of the 3 remaining courts but it was all for not as TCU got straight set wins from senior Arnau Dachs and a pair of guys that were ranked #2 (Nunez) and #3 (Norrie) in the ITA's preseason newcomer/freshman rankings.   TCU will likely be looking at a 1st round matchup against #3 Virginia next Friday so it will take a complete performance from everyone to keep it close.  

TCU Recap


#17 TCU 4, #40 Tulsa 0
Feb 08, 2015 at Tulsa, Okla. (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Alejandro Espejo/Carlos Bautista (TULSA) vs. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 5-3, unfinished
2. Cameron Norrie/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Dylan McCloskey/Matthew Kirby (TULSA) 6-3
3. Trevor Johnson/Hudson Blake (TCU) def. Or Ram-Harel/Juan Gonzalez (TULSA) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #24 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Juan Gonzalez (TULSA) 7-5, 6-4
2. Or Ram-Harel (TULSA) vs. Nick Chappell (TCU) 6-3, 5-7, 2-1, unfinished
3. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Alejandro Espejo (TULSA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Matthew Kirby (TULSA) vs. #91 Will Stein (TCU) 7-6, 4-3, unfinished
5. #87 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Dylan McCloskey (TULSA) 6-3, 6-1
6. Mitchell Pritchard (TULSA) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU) 2-6, 6-4, 0-2, unfinished

Match Notes
TCU 5-0; National ranking #17
Tulsa 7-4; National ranking #40
Sept 20-23: Oracle ITA Masters (Malibu)
Sept 29-Oct 8: Men's All Americans (Tulsa)
Sept 29-Oct 7: Women's All Americans (Pacific Pal)
Nov 7-11: National Fall Championships (Surprise, AZ)