Saturday, 21 March 2015 12:02

Saturday Preview: USC/Baylor + Other Storylines

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What a great day it'd be to be out in Indian Wells with 4 college matches going on highlighted by USC/Baylor plus you've got Djokovic/Murray and Federer/Raonic - high quality viewing.

The Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic wraps up today with San Diego and Drake meeting in the finals plus they'll be a good 3rd place match between Ivy League powers Harvard and Princeton.  Can Drake make it 3 wins in 3 days playing San Diego in the Toreros own backyard?

TCU hosts a pair of lower ranked teams with both Dartmouth and UT Arlington coming in though of course it's not that far for UT Arlington.  Any chance TCU gets caught napping and drops 1?

Kentucky is still looking for its first conference win of the season after some near misses against Georgia (2-4), Tennessee (3-4), and South Carolina (1-4).  Will Vanderbilt be able to follow up its win over Tennessee with another win over Big Blue?

Oklahoma takes on Columbia though you figure OU has to have its eyes set on either USC or Baylor. Will the Lions catch Oklahoma off-guard and pull off a surprise?

Now for the big one - Baylor/USC.  Both teams are playing well though Baylor is definitely playing a little better right now.  Can Baylor keep it up or does USC show that it's not one to be forgotten about?  Let's dive in and take a look at all the #s.  As a reminder in the singles matches the UTRs are after the school abbreviation.

#3 Baylor (13-2) vs. #4 USC (13-2) - 5pm est/2pm pst - Live Scoring & Streaming Video 

Doubles Records
Baylor - 14-0 overall & 28-4 on all courts (didn't play dubs vs. Memphis) 
USC - 8-5 overall & 21-11 on all courts

Projected Doubles Lineup - W/L in ( ) 
1. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-2) vs. #4 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC 8-3) 
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 10-1) vs. #50 Eric Johnson/Max De Vroome (USC 6-2) 
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU 10-1) vs. Thibault Forget/Nick Crystal (USC 2-0) 

Possible Lineup Shifts in Singles:

Baylor - When healthy, Diego Galeano has played at 4 though with him out of the lineup the bottom 3 has gelled so it'll be interesting to see if Matt Knoll leaves everything as-is or if he re-inserts Galeano.  Diego did play yesterday at 3 but Lupieri didn't so that didn't effect 4-6. It'd be hard to move Felipe Rios out of the lineup with as good as he's been playing this year. It'll also be interesting to see who Knoll goes with at #2 and #3 because both Max Tchoutakian and Tony Lupieri have been fairly interchangeable there - I'm thinking Lupieri ends up at 3 due to the past head-to-head win over Johnson plus I think Tchoutakian has a slightly better shot than Lupieri of beating Roberto Quiroz.

USC - Robert Quiroz has been a mainstay at #2 all year though his results as of late haven't been up to his usual high standards - it's possible he could be dropped down to #3 with Eric Johnson getting the call up to #2 - I don't think it'll happen but it could.  Peter Smith swapped Nick Crystal and Max De Vroome at #5 and #6 for the UCLA match but swapped them back yesterday against Tulsa.  

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) vs. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.93) 
2. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.17) vs. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.38)
3. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.27) vs. Eric Johnson (USC 14.02) 
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) vs. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) 
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.85)  vs. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20) 
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) vs. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 
Other possible players: Diego Galeano (BU 13.62)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1.  Lenz 7-2 vs. Hanfmann 8-2
2.  Tchoutakian 9-4 vs. Quiroz 7-3
3.  Lupieri 6-3 vs. Johnson 11-1
4.  Schneider 9-1 vs. Wang 7-3
5.  Zsiga 5-2 vs. De Vroome 8-1
6.  Rios 9-1 vs. Crystal 10-0
Galeano 4-3

#1 singles - Lenz had a 4-match winning streak snapped by Nik Scholtz a week ago and his match yesterday was halted with Lenz up a set.  Hanfmann has hit a slight rough patch lately dropping his last 2 completed matches though his 2 most recent matches didn't finish.  Prediction: Lenz in 2.

#2 singles - Tchoutakian ran his winning streak to 4 with a 6-1, 6-2 over BYU's Shane Monroe while Quiroz has lost 3 of his last 5 and had his match go unfinished against Tulsa's Ajejandro Espejo with Espejo up a set. Prediction: Tchoutakian in 2

#3 singles - Lupieri didn't play on Friday against Purdue though he won his time out beating Stefan Lindmark in 3 while Johnson ran his winning streak to 10 with a routine 6-1, 6-4 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez.  Lupieri will be the highest ranked player that Johnson has faced this year.  These guys met once back in 2013 with Lupieri winning 6-3, 6-1.  Prediction: Lupieri in 3

#4 singles - Schneider ran his winning streak to 6 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over BYU's Jacob Sullivan while Wang ran his winning streak to 5 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Tulsa's Matthew Kirby.  Prediction: Wang in 2

#5 singles - In Zsiga's last 6 matches he has gone 3-0 with 3 other matches that went unfinished (he led in all 3) while De Vroome has won 5 in a row with the latest being a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard. These 2 have 1 career collegiate meeting with De Vroome winning 6-2, 6-3 a year ago in a consolation match at the Sherwood Cup.  Prediction: De Vroome in 3

#6 singles - Rios is riding a 9-match winning streak after winning 6-1, 6-1 yesterday against BYU's Aidan Carrazedo while Crystal has won 10 straight and he just missed out on #11 yesterday when his match was halted against Tulsa's Carlos Bautista with Crystal leading 6-3, 4-1.  Prediction: Crystal in 3

When you have 2 Top 5 teams playing you know that each has the talent to win so it's a matter of who shows up each court.  If Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz weren't both in a slump I'd take USC in this one but since they are and since Baylor has been playing well pretty much all throughout the lineup I'm going to take the Bears. I've got Baylor down to win doubles and 1, 2, and 3 singles with USC sweeping the bottom 3 but if just 1 of those guys the other way the result could be different. Prediction:  Baylor 4-3

Here are your live scoring/update links for Saturday's matches (though they are always up in the tab at the top too)

BNP Collegiate Challenge Live Scoring & Streaming Video
Purdue vs. #28 Cal - 11:30am est
#1 Oklahoma vs. #29 Columbia - 2pm est 
#4 USC vs. #3 Baylor - 5pm est
#20 Tulsa vs. BYU - 8pm est

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic:
#22 Harvard vs. #32 Princeton (3rd P) @USD - 1pm est - Harvard Twitter & Princeton Twitter 
Middle Tenn St vs. #39 Indiana (7th P) @SDSU - 1pm est - MTSU Twitter & Indiana Twitter
#43 Denver at #38 San Diego State (5th P) - 5pm est - Denver Twitter
#33 Drake at #30 San Diego (Championship) - 5pm est - Live Scoring San Diego Twitter

SMU at Memphis - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Dartmouth at TCU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Kentucky at Vanderbilt - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Arizona at Boise State - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Pepperdine at Portland - 3pm est - LIve Scoring & Streaming
UT Arlington at TCU - 6pm est - Live Scoring

Friday brought us several close ones as 6 matches finished with a 4-3 final score though of course there were several that weren't as close most notably 3 of the 4 in Indian Wells.  

The big upset of the day came in Louisville as the #29 Cardinals stunned #10 North Carolina 5-2.  It looked like #7 Texas A&M might get picked off too however the Aggies rallied late and held off #35 Mississippi State 4-1.  #33 Drake came back from 3-0 down to stun #22 Harvard 4-3 and #23 LSU pulled out a tight 4-3 win on the road at #60 Alabama.

In the biggest match of the day #12 Wake Forest ran its winning streak to 4 with a 5-2 win over #16 Virginia Tech.  The Demon Deacons cruised past Va Tech in doubles and then Noah Rubin made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 beat down of Amerigo Contini at #1 singles.  Jon Ho would extend the lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at #4 singles over Hunter Koontz before Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro would put the Hokies on the board with a come from behind 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Christian Seraphim at #5 singles. Romain Bogaerts would clinch the win for Wake Forest with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win at #2 singles over Andreas Bjerrehus and then the teams would split the 2 remaining matches after the clinch.  

Wake Forest now sets its sights on #6 Duke with Wake making the short trip to Durham on Sunday.

Wake recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 20th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#12 Wake Forest 5, #16 Virginia Tech 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) def. #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.32) 6-1, 6-1
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) def. #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) def. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.62) 6-4, 6-3
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) def. Jai Corbett (VT 12.76) 7-6 (3), 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 8-3
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 12-2 (4-1 ACC); National ranking #16
Wake Forest 13-4 (3-1 ACC); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)
T-3:14 A-171

Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma picked up career win #400 today with a 5-2 stunner over #10 North Carolina.   The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #2 which Louisville pulled out (not sure what the TB score was though because it isn't listed anywhere).  Louisville ran through North Carolina in singles by picking up 4 1st sets and finishing 3 of them in straight sets with Albert Wagner clinching it at #3 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Esben Hess-Olsen.  

North Carolina is still a good team but they just aren't a great team without Brayden Schnur who missed his 5th straight match since retiring on 2/28 against Minnesota's Leandro Toledo.  

Louisville recap

"I am ecstatic for this group of players," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "A top 10 win against the elite in the ACC is something to be proud of. We always felt that they were capable of this, but sometimes potential never materializes - today it did. This UNC program has been so good for so long and mentally you have to overcome their great tradition before you even play the first point. I believe this can be the beginning of a second great run for us this season because there is a lot of excitement here."

"All of these teams have given their best for the program and me," said Ecarma. "I appreciate so much the leadership in our department. Everyone wants to work for Tom Jurich, I am one of the lucky ones. Kevin Miller has been with me since 1990 helping me every step of the way providing great mentorship. John Carns has given me great advice, support and friendship as well. My current and past assistant coaches, Brendan Burke, Mark Beckham, John Boetsch, Rodrigo DaSilva, Jakob Gustafsson and Matt Coomer have been a huge part of partnering with me to build a national level tennis program. The tennis staff of Meg Peavy, Melinda VanArsdale, Lori Korte, Kamari Wooten, Zach Farrell, Steve Hoelscher who have been beside me for years. Lastly, but most importantly, my family who have endured the almost ridiculous working hours of a head coach and still loving and supporting me every day. What is icing on the cake is not only the 400th win today as a coach but all 400 wins have been here at my alma mater - UofL."

UNC recap

#26 Louisville 5, #10 North Carolina 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Louisville (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
1. #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.67) def. #25 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.19) 6-3, 6-1
2. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.39) def. #57 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
3. #106 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.55) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 12.97) 6-4, 6-4
4. #115 Jack Murray (UNC 13.92) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.33) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (8)
5. #86 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) def. Michael Lippens (LOU 13.24) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Jeffrey Brown (LOU 12.68) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.50) 6-3, 6-4
1. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) def. #22 Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-5
2. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 8-7
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Chris Simich/Van Damrongsri (LOU) 8-5
Match Notes:
North Carolina 14-6, 3-1; National ranking #10
Louisville 15-4, 3-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,3,5,2,4)
As the excitement of the NCAA Basketball Tournament sweeps the nation I'm sure we'll see some excitement on the tennis courts this weekend as well.  Wake Forest hosts Virginia Tech in a top 16 showdown, 6 top 30 teams will be in Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge, and 7 top 50 teams are in San Diego for the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Classic.  If you can't make it out in person follow along with the live scoring/update links down below.

It appears they have live streaming on 2 of the courts at Indian Wells - click here for those streams.

#16 Virginia Tech (12-1) at #12 Wake Forest (11-4) - 4pm est - Virginia Tech has been the biggest surprise of the season so far winning 12 of 13 but they'll have to leave the comforts of home for just the 4th time this year.  Wake Forest is on a roll as of late having won 3 straight 7-0 matches with the last 2 coming against a pair of top 30 teams (Florida St & Louisville).  Wake is 11-4 in doubles but has only won once when dropping the point (Clemson); conversely they've only lost once when winning the doubles point (Texas).  Virginia Tech is 8-5 in doubles and has come back to win 4 times after dropping the point (Alabama, Penn State, Notre Dame, Duke).

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 19th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups
1.  #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.42) vs. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80)
2.  #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) vs. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40)
3.  #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) vs. #69 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.56)
4.  Hunter Koontz (VT 13.62) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30)
5.  Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74)
6.  Florian Nicoud (VT 13.38) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28)

Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #64 Contini/Bjerrehus (VT) vs. #13 Seraphim/Mansouri (WF)
2. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT) vs. Rubin/Ho (WF)
3. Koontz/Nicoud (VT) vs. Keivon Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF)

#1 singles - #55 Amerigo Contini is 9-1 on the year in dual match play and 1-1 against ranked opponents (#91 Hunter Harrington-W, #22 Quentin Monaghan-L) while #63 Noah Rubin is 8-2 on the year including 4-2 against ranked opponents with notable wins against ITA #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and #34 Jason Tahir.  Prediction: Rubin in 2

#2 singles - #40 Andreas Bjerrehus is 11-1 in dual match play and 1-1 against ranked foes (#11 Nicolas Alvarez-W, #24 Ronnie Schneider-L) and is riding a 9-match winning streak while #12 Romain Bogaerts is 10-3 overall and 4-3 against ranked foes with notable wins against #3 Ryan Shane and #31 Cameron Norrie (all 3 losses were to top 11 players).  Prediction: Bogaerts in 3

#3 singles - #98 Joao Monteiro is 7-1 in dual match play splitting time between 3 and 4 and he won against his only ranked opponent, #34 Jason Tahir, while #69 Jonathan Ho is 11-4 splitting time between 3 and 4 with a 1-3 record against ranked opponents (L's-#27 Mitchell Frank, #39 Nick Chappell, #98 Jack Schipanski. W-#60 Adrien Berkowicz). Prediction: Ho in 3.

#4 singles - Hunter Koontz is a perfect 11-0 splitting time between 3 and 4 with his only match against a ranked opponent going unfinished (#57 Brett Clark 5-4 in 3rd) while Skander Mansouri is 7-6 splitting time between 3 and 4 with a 1-3 record against ranked foes (L's-#6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, #26 Dane Webb, #52 Lloyd Glasspool, W-#79 Michael Rinaldi).  Prediction: Koontz in 2.

#5 singles - Edoardo Tessaro is 10-1 playing at 3, 4, and 5 while Christian Seraphim is 10-4 playing primarily at 5.  Prediction: Tassaro in 3

#6 singles - Florian Nicoud is 8-2 splitting time between 4, 5, and 6 while Maksim Kan is 7-3 playing primarily at 6.  Prediction: Kan in 2.

Virginia Tech has only faced 2 teams in the Top 35 so far while Wake has already faced 8 so I think that big match experience will pay off Wake Forest and will expose Virginia Tech a tad.  I think the Hokies keep it close on several courts but the better team will win this one.  Prediction: Wake Forest 5-2

#4 USC (12-2) vs. #20 Tulsa (12-7) - 4:30pm est/1:30pm pst - USC had to be happy when they saw the draw released for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge because it'll give them a chance to avenge one of the biggest shockers in recent history (box score below). USC will be chomping at the bit for some payback and payback is exactly what they'll get because I don't see anyway that we see a repeat performance from February 28th.  I see the Trojans taking the doubles point and then picking up straight set wins from Eric Johnson, Jonny Wang, and Max De Vroome.  Prediction: USC 4-0

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.93) vs. #37 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.62)
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.38) vs. #100 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.77)
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.02) vs. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.82)
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.54)
5. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.90)
6. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.65)

#51 Tulsa 4, #1 USC 3
February 28th, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA (Marks Stadium)
Doubles | Order of finish: 3, 2*
1. Johnson/Quiroz (USC) vs. #33 Bautista/Espejo (TU), 4-2 (unf.)
2. Hanfmann/Wang (USC) def. McCloskey/Kirby (TU), 6-1
3. Smith/Forget (USC) def. Ram-Harel/Matias Gonzalez (TU), 6-0
Singles | Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 6, 5*, 4
1. #71 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.25) def. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) 6-3, 6-2
2. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.72) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) 6-4, 7-6(0)
3. #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.87) 7-5, 6-0
4. #72 Max De Vroome (USC 14.13) def. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71) 7-5, 5-7, 6-5(4)
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.52) def. Rob Bellamy (USC 13.09) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.56) def. Connor Farren (USC 13.70) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)

Below is the Friday schedule with accompanying scoring links and a few storylines to go with it:

Who wins the rematch between #28 Cal and #29 Columbia?  The first time they met in the consolation rounds of the National Indoors, Columbia won 4-3 with Winston Lin winning the clincher at #1 singles 6-3 in the 3rd.  Both teams lost the last time out with Cal losing to San Diego State while Columbia lost to Northwestern.

Will #33 Drake be able to make it 2 in a row in San Diego against a tough #22 Harvard team?  After dropping 2 of 3 last weekend in Tampa, Drake was able to rebound and beat San Diego State while Harvard had no trouble on Thursday with Middle Tennessee State.

Can #32 Princeton win for a 2nd day in a row on San Diego's home courts but with this match coming against the host Toreros?  #30 San Diego has been living close to the edge recently with a 4-3 win on Thursday against Denver and a 4-3 win last week at Rice.  Princeton drummed #39 Indiana pretty good on Thursday winning 4-1.

Does #35 Mississippi State have a top 10 upset in them with #7 Texas A&M in town? The Bulldogs got a road split last weekend winning at Auburn but losing at Florida while Texas A&M blitzed Vanderbilt but fell to Illinois.

BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge - Live Scoring & Streaming Video on courts 7 & 8.
Oklahoma vs Purdue - 11:30am est 
Cal vs. Columbia - 2pm est 
Tulsa vs. USC - 4:30pm est 
Baylor vs. BYU - 7pm est 

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic:

Harvard vs. Drake @SDSU - 12pm est - Harvard Twitter & Drake Twitter
Denver vs. Indiana @USD - 12pm est - Denver Twitter & Indiana Twitter
Middle Tennessee State at San Diego State - 4pm est - MTSU Twitter 
Princeton at San Diego - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Princeton Twitter 

Georgia Tech at Boston College - 10am est - GT Twitter
NC State at Duke - 3pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - w subsc
Florida at Arkansas - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Clemson at Miami - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia at Notre Dame - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
North Carolina at Louisville - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia Tech at Wake Forest - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Pepperdine at Gonzaga - 4pm est - Steaming Video
Nebraska at Wisconsin - 4pm est - Streaming Video
Penn State at Michigan State - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Ohio State at Michigan - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Auburn at Ole Miss - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
LSU at Alabama - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Texas A&M at Mississippi State - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Louisiana Lafayette at TCU - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring
Iowa at Minnesota - 7pm est - Live Scoring
Vanderbilt ran its record to 4-0 against teams from the state of Tennessee with an impressive 4-1 win over #40 Tennessee.  The Vols took the doubles point but Vandy took 5 opening sets and ended up getting wins from Gonzales Austin, Danny Valent, Baker Newman, and Suresh Eswaran.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 19th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#17 Vanderbilt 4, #40 Tennessee 1
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.40) def. #14 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.23) 6-4, 6-2
2. Hunter Reese (UT 13.28) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.45) 5-7, 6-1, 2-3 unf.
3. Danny Valent (VU 13.75) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.13) 6-2, 6-0
4. Luis Valero (UT 13.24) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.58) 7-6 (6), 4-6, 2-0
5. Baker Newman  (VU 12.87) def. Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.43) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
6. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.89) def. Brandon Fickey (UT 12.10) 6-1, 6-3
1. #2 Reese/Libietis, UT, def. #1 Austin/Johnson, VU, 6-2
2. Dromsky/Smelyanski, UT, def. Newman/Binet, VU, 7-5
3. Schipanski/Valero, UT, vs. Eswaran/Smith, VU, 6-6 unf.

Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,1,5).

Vandy recap

"I thought that was a very big win for us for a number of reasons," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "You know we didn't play a very good match last week at LSU, and I felt it was important that we get back on the right track immediately."

"Even though doubles wasn't our most stellar effort of the year, I thought we did a great job in singles especially early on. We talked about being ready to play from the very first point. At some point there I had looked up at the scoreboard and we were up 4-1 in every set at least and on some courts we were up 5-1, except on Rhys' court, we were on serve at 3-all. So I thought we really had a good start in singles that carried us through. They obviously made it closer towards the end there, but I thought we hung in well and we didn't panic when they started to change momentum."

"I also thought that Kris did a great job at finding a way to win the second set and to get momentum in our favor. Rhys did a good job after losing the second set to go down a break and then find a way to break back and get it back on serve... that definitely helped our momentum as a team All in all there were a lot of positives there today and it's a very good win for us against a really good tennis team, so I told the team to enjoy it for a little bit, but tomorrow we have to get back to work to get ready for Kentucky."

Tennessee recap


Georgia got all it wanted up top from East Tennessee State but the Bulldog managed to pull through on all courts to get the 7-0 win - they played 2 extra singles matches as well.

Georgia recap

"There were so many close matches," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had a couple of days off this week in what was the first opportunity we've had to give our guys a second day off, and they needed it. Rest and recovery right now is very important in the middle of the season. We may not have been quite as sharp as we had hoped, but it really had more to do with ETSU playing such a great match."

ETSU recap

"ETSU is a very deep and talented team," Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz said. "They pushed us to our limits today in every match."

"I was impressed with their fight and quality of play on every court," Diaz added. "They are every bit as good as most teams we have played against this year, and we have played some of the best teams in the nation. Coach Zaatini and Coach Rojas have that program pointed in the right direction."

"By no means am I satisfied with the result, but looking at a positive aspect of the defeat, I can say there is a lot of growth in this young Buccaneer team," ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini said. "Even though the score seems lobsided, I thought the guys fought extremely hard and showed courage all across the board."

"Despite the loss, I believe our team is blossoming and peaking at the right time. We have a long road ahead against some tough teams, but I believe the early challenges of the season are going to help us be ready to cross the finish the line with some speed. I love what I saw from our guys today."

#5 Georgia 7, East Tennessee State 0
March 19, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.18) def. David Biosca (ETSU 13.61) 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2)
2. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.60) def. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU 13.43) 6-4, 6-4
3. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.34) def. Conner Huertas (ETSU 12.70) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.27) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU 12.87) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.61) def. Robert Herrera (ETSU 13.47) 6-2, 6-4
6. Eric Diaz (UGA 12.96) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU 12.92) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
7. Peter Bertran (UGA 13.48) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU 12.61) 6-2, 6-1
8. Andy Martinez (UGA 12.53) def. Ricardo Pabon (ETSU 11.65) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 6-4
2. Robert Herrera/Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. #70 Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) 6-4
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Conner Huertas/Diego Nunez (ETSU) 7-5
Match Notes
East Tennessee State 4-7
Georgia 14-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)
Singles Order of Finish: 2,3,4,1,5,7,6, 8

Official: Clark Weaver T-4:49 A-196


Play got started in San Diego on Thursday afternoon and only 1 of the 2 hosts managed to move on into the winner's bracket as San Diego survived against Denver while San Diego State fell to Drake. The updated bracket is below with box scores further down.  

#30 San Diego (10-4, 2-0 WCC) 4, #43 Denver (8-6) 3
March 19, 2015 - Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center - San Diego, Calif.
Singles Competition
1. #58 Uros Petronijevic (USD 13.96) def. #93 Henry Craig (Denver 13.48) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. #97 Diogo Rocha (Denver 13.15) def. #81 Filip Vittek (USD 13.22) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.57) def. Alex Gasson (Denver 12.77) 6-4, 6-3
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.97) def. David Fox (Denver 12.79) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (1)
5. Yannick James (Denver 12.69) def. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.56) 7-6 (5), 6-2
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.68) def. Zach Fryer (Denver 11.64) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles Competition
1. #43 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson def. #41 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-1
2. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. Yannick James/Diogo Rocha (Denver) 4-3, unfinished
3. David Fox/Zach Fryer (Denver) def. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3*) Singles (6, 3, 5, 1, 2, 4*)

San Diego recap

"I know the team very well," Head coach Brett Masi noted after the win. "They play with a lot of emotion and competitiveness. They came out strong in doubles and we just weren't ready for it today, which was a little disappointing. We haven't been playing with the quality we need to lately but, we are really proud of how the guys came out in singles."

"That win will give Romain give him a lot of confidence," Masi expressed. "For a while, the team has been relying on our top three guys in the tight matches. Today, Ciaran kick-started us at No. 6 wit his win. In the end, it was Romain who had a tough opponent, but chances early to take the match. Yet, he didn't break down, he stayed tough and played an incredible tiebreaker even after seeing Filip fall in his

"Princeton is another fiery team with a lot of energy and we have to get be ready for it," Masi said. "If we played the way we did today in the beginning, we are going to struggle in doubles. We are at home which favors us, and we feel pretty good about it. But again, we have to play well. There are five teams that are all ranked within a few spots of one another, so we have to be ready to go. And playing my former assistant coach, Ryan Keckley will be very exciting. We are really looking forward to this match-up."

Denver recap

"Very proud of the fight and competitiveness of our team today," said Head Coach Danny Westerman. "USD is very tough, especially on their own courts. We are excited for another great opportunity tomorrow versus a tough Indiana team."

Princeton recap

"We really jumped off to a great start in doubles and played a strong doubles point. IU is a tough team that is well coached, so they rebounded after doubles and really pushed us in singles. We had to manage the momentum as the match progressed and I feel like once we saw the finish line, we did a great job of elevating our focus and getting the fourth point."

Indiana recap

#32 Princeton 4, #39 Indiana 1
Singles Competition
1. #119 Zack McCourt (Prin 13.55) def. Sam Monette (Indiana 13.59) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
2. Thomas Colautti (Prin 13.25) vs. Daniel Bednarczyk (Indiana 12.98) 7-6, 6-5,unf
3. Alexander Day (Prin 13.12) def. Sven Lalic (Indiana 12.97) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Raheel Manji (Indiana 13.06) def. Joshua Yablon (Prin 13.45) 6-4, 6-4
5. Dan Richardson (Prin 12.53) vs. Matthew McCoy (Indiana 12.68) 6-4, 4-4,un
6. Kial Kaiser (Prin 12.23) def. Stefan Lugonjic (Indiana 11.81) 6-4, 6-4 
Doubles Competition
1. #56 ZackMcCourt/Thomas Colautti (Prin) vs. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (Indiana) 5-4,unf
2. DiegoVives/Luke Gamble (Prin) def. Stefan Lugonjic/Chris Essick (Indiana) 6-3
The top 25 showdown between South Florida and Minnesota may have finished 4-3 but it wasn't that close as South Florida cruised to the doubles point and then picked up 4 opening sets and ended up sweeping the top 3 courts.  Roberto Cid provided the clincher at #1 singles winning the 3rd set 6-1 then after the clinch the 2 remaining matches played 10 point supertiebreaks in lieu of a 3rd set.

USF recap

"[Minnesota] has a very good team in doubles and we have a very strong team in doubles, so we knew that would be a huge point, said head coach Matt Hill. "The guys played really well today, especially at No. 1 and No. 3, so that gave us a lot of confidence moving into the singles.

Minnesota recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 14th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#21 South Florida 4, #25 Minnesota 3
Mar 18, 2015 at Tampa, Fla. (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #21 Roberto Cid (USF 14.19) def. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.01) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
2. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.39) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.07) 6-3, 7-6(5)
3. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.32) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.27) 6-2, 6-4
4. Matic Spec (MINN 13.78) def. Igna. Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.09) 7-5, 6-3
5. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.58) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.03) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 1-0(5)
6. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.84) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.21) 7-6(5), 4-6, 1-0(5)
Doubles competition
1. #37 Oliver Pramming/Justin Roberts (USF) def. #66 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) 6-2
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) vs. #80 Felix Corwin/Leandro Toledo (MINN) 4-5, unf
3. Roberto Cid/Igna. Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN) 6-2
Match Notes
Minnesota 10-5 (1-0 Big Ten); National ranking #25
South Florida 13-4 (1-0 AAC); National ranking #21

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

SMU jumped out to a 3-1 lead on Oklahoma State but the Cowboys rallied and won the final 3 courts with Tristan Meraut providing the clincher at #4 singles.  Meraut broke Nate Lammons to go up 3-2 in the 3rd and held for 4-2 and never would relinquish the lead.   

SMU recap

#31 Oklahoma State 4, #34 SMU 3
Singles competition
1. Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.70) def. Arturs Kazijevs (SMU 13.60) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
2. #102 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.52) def. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.58) 6-4, 6-4
3. Samm Butler (SMU 13.78) def. #122 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.53) 6-4, 6-4
4. Tristan Meraut (OKST 13.36) def. #110 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.27) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU 12.69) def. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.50) 6-3, 7-6
6. Jurence Mendoza (OKST 13.48) def. Charles Nettlefold (SMU 11.64) 6-0, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Arturs Kazijevs/Markus Kerner (SMU) def. #16 Arjun Kadhe/Jakob Sude (OKST) 7-5
2. Nate Lammons/Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) vs. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) 6-5, unf
3. Samm Butler/Tony Russell (SMU) def. Tristan Meraut/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 6-3
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 13-3; National ranking #31
SMU 15-3; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,3,5,1,6,4)
T-2:57 A-119


UNLV picked up its 1st ranked win of the year as the Runnin' Rebels upset #44 Wichita State 5-2. Wichita State had its 6 match winning streak snapped after narrowly squeaking past Idaho 4-3 the day before.

UNLV recap

"It was a great team effort today in both singles and doubles," said UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook. "The guys deserved this win. They responded to the challenge and played with great energy to get the in against a very good Wichita State team."

Wichita State recap

UNLV 5, #44 Wichita State 2
March 18, 2015
at Las Vegas, Nev. (Fertitta Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Ace Matias (UNLV 13.75) def. #46 Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.65) 6-3, 6-3
2. Tomislav Gregurovic (WSU 12.86) def. Denys Pume (UNLV 12.91) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
3. IIja Cuic (WSU 13.16) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV 12.80) 6-1, 6-3
4. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV 11.65) def. Guillermo de Vilchez (WSU 12.61) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5)
5. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV 12.78) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.68) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Ruben Alberts (UNLV 11.91) def. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.57) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Tomislav Gregurovic/Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. Adam Gage-Brown/Ace Matias (UNLV) 6-2
2. Ruben Alberts/Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. IIja Cuic/Guillermo de Vilchez (WSU) 6-2
3. Denys Pume/Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) def. Jocelyn Devilliers/Miroslav Herzan (WSU) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,3,2,5,4)
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:22

What's Coming Up

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There are 2 big tournaments that get started over the next 2 days with both in the state of California.

The higher profile one is in Indian Wells where 3 of the top 4 teams in the country will be in action at the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge.  Play starts on Friday and finishes on Sunday.  

Current ITA Rankings of Participants: #1 Oklahoma, #3 Baylor, #4 USC, #20 Tulsa, #28 California, #29 Columbia, and both BYU and Purdue are unranked.

The University of San Diego and San Diego State host the annual Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic which has a pretty even field with many of the teams ranked within just a few spots of each other.  There are a lot of potential 4-3 matches in the draw.

Current ITA Rankings of Participants: #22 Harvard, #30 San Diego, #32 Princeton, #33 Drake, #38 San Diego State, #39 Indiana, #43 Denver, and unranked but rising Middle Tennessee State.

These are the matches this weekend that I intend to do a preview on (making some assumptions on a few of the matches at Indian Wells):

#16 Virginia Tech at #12 Wake Forest - 4pm est 
#4 USC vs. #20 Tulsa - 4:30pm est

#4 USC/#20 Tulsa winner vs. #3 Baylor - 5pm est

#3 Baylor or #4 USC vs. #1 Oklahoma - 1pm
#15 Florida at #13 Ole Miss - 2pm est
#12 Wake Forest at #6 Duke - 3pm est