Tuesday, 03 February 2015 20:36

USC Atop Both The ITA & Coaches Polls

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Both the ITA and D1 Men's Coaches released their polls today and both have the same teams 1 through 4 with USC, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Georgia but after that there are a few differences. See the image below to see the side-by-side comparison.

Here are the links to the respective releases for each poll and the College Tennis Online release has a good bit of detailed info about each team in the Top 10.


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So what does everyone think - is there a team ranked too or low?

Based on these current rankings if the 16 teams slotted for the National Indoors in Chicago each win out these would be your likely pairings.

[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/Baylor
[7] North Carolina vs. [10] UCLA/Baylor
[2] Oklahoma vs. [15] Ole Miss

With the Illinois/Notre Dame match getting postponed due to bad weather the only action on the courts today was on the women's side in Charlottesville where #10 Virginia hosted #9 Georgia. 

Virginia happily welcomed back its top 2 players (Elbaba, Collins) who had been out ill with the flu but Georgia came out strong and swept all 3 doubles courts to grab the early 1-0 lead.  Each team claimed 3 1st sets but while Virginia was able to close out each of its 3 in straight sets, Georgia was getting more pushback.  With Virginia leading 3-1, Georgia's Lauren Herring was up 7-5, 5-2 on Julia Elbaba at #1, UGA's Ellen Perez led Danielle Collins 4-1 in the 3rd at #2, and the match at #6 singles had just split sets and was going to a 3rd set.  So it appeared that the match would come down to that 3rd set at #6 however the defending NCAA singles champion, Danielle Collins, had a different idea and she took 4 straight games over Perez and actually served for it up 5-4.  After Perez broke to get it back on serve at 5 all, Collins would break right back and would then serve it out 40-30 to put the Hoos back in the winner's circle and bump their record up to 4-1; Georgia would fall to 3-2.

Virginia recap
Georgia recap

#10 Virginia 4, #9 Georgia 2
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
Boar's Head Sports Club

1. Herring/Perez (UGA) def. #22 Elbaba/Nauta (UVA) 6-3
2. Garcia/Shaffer (UGA) def. #11 Mercer/Morton (UVA) 6-3
3. Brinson/King (UGA) def. Collins/Epstein (UVA) 6-2

Order of Finish: 3,1,2

1. #19 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. #1 Julia Elbaba (UVA) 7-5, 6-4
2. #42 Danielle Collins (UVA) def. Ellen Perez (UGA) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
3. #16 Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Skylar Morton (UVA) def. No. 83 Silvia Garcia (UGA) 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
5. Maci Epstein (UVA) def. No. 91 Hannah King (UGA) 6-3, 6-1
6. Cassie Mercer (UVA) vs. Caroline Brinson (UGA) 6-7, 6-2, 2-2
Order of Finish: 5,3,4,1,2


Tuesday will bring us the release of the next set of rankings from the ITA and we should see the 1st set of rankings of the year from the Division 1 Men's Coaches as well.  I'd expect that USC, Oklahoma, and Virginia will be 1, 2, and 3 in some order but it will be interesting to see who comes in at 4-10 since #4 UCLA, #5 Ohio State, #6 North Carolina, #7 Georgia, and #8 Illinois all lost last week.  Below is how each of the ITA Top 15 fared last week.

1.  USC - defeated #17 Florida 5-2 and #7 Georgia 4-0 in Athens.
2.  Oklahoma - defeated #19 Wake Forest 5-2 in Winston Salem.
3.  Virginia - idle
4.  UCLA - lost to #7 Georgia 4-2 and #17 Florida 4-3 in Athens
5.  Ohio State - lost on the road at #15 Texas A&M 4-3 and defeated #27 Kentucky 4-0
6.  North Carolina - lost on the road at #8 Illinois 4-3
7.  Georgia - defeated #4 UCLA 4-2 at home and lost to #1 USC 4-0.
8.  Illinois - lost to #11 Duke 4-3 and defeated #6 North Carolina 4-3
9.  Texas - defeated SMU 4-2 in Dallas
10. Baylor - defeated #73 Louisiana Lafayette 7-0 
11. Duke - defeated #8 Illinois 4-3 in Champaign and #30 Northwestern 5-2 in Evanston
12. California - defeated UNLV 5-2 
13. Columbia - idle
14. Notre Dame - defeated #30 Northwestern 4-3
15. Texas A&M - defeated #5 Ohio State 4-3

Unlike in past weeks there isn't much mid-week activity this week though Friday's lineup has some intrigue:

Tennessee at Duke
Florida at Florida State (ESPN3)
Georgia at Georgia Tech
South Florida at Oklahoma
Kentucky at Illinois
Wake Forest at South Carolina
Washington at Texas
Boise State at Northwestern
Oregon at Indiana

Sunday, 01 February 2015 22:52

USC, Texas A&M, and Penn Steal The Day

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The 4 team 4 match Pac 12/SEC Challenge came to a conclusion today in Athens and it was USC being crowned the unofficial champs by virtue of being the only team to finish the weekend undefeated.  The Trojans got off to a quick start by going up early breaks on all 3 doubles courts and while Georgia was able to get it back on serve at #3 doubles USC wouldn't let up at 1 or 2 and finished those 2 rather quickly to grab the 1-0 lead.  USC came out strong in singles as well taking 3 of 4 1st sets (4 indoor courts being utilized) and while Georgia would battle back they just couldn't keep up with the USC power.  Yannick Hanfmann, Roberto Quiroz, and Eric Johnson would give USC the 3 points it needed with wins at 1, 2, and 4 and as the weekend finished up USC would go 2-0, Georgia 1-1, Florida 1-1, and UCLA 0-2 (see below for FLA/UCLA box score)

USC recap
Georgia recap

#1 Southern California 4, #7 Georgia 0
Feb. 1, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)

1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #16 Paul Oosterbaan/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-2
2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) 6-3
3. #53 Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 4-4, unfinished

1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-5, 6-2
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) vs. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-2, unfinished
4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
5. Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) 1-1, unfinished
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. #104 Max De Vroome (USC) 0-1, unfinished

Match Notes
Southern California 5-0; National ranking #1
Georgia 3-1; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,4)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:20 A-510


Florida recap
UCLA recap

#17 Florida 4, #4 UCLA 3
Feb. 1, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)

1. #11 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #32 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 6-1
2. #49 Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-0
3. #43 Landert/Wardell (UF) def. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
Florida Wins Doubles Point

1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 6-1, 6-1
2. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4, 6-1
3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3
5. Oliver Landert (UF) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. #90 Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Joshua Wardell (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Match Notes
UCLA 3-2; National ranking #4
Florida 4-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown

Official: Clark Weaver T-3:33 A-196


In College Station, Texas A&M and Ohio State needed 2 days to finish its duel because play was halted yesterday by rain so the teams resumed play around noon today.  Texas A&M claimed the doubles point on Saturday and also picked up 2 1st sets before the rain settled in but Ohio State rallied on Sunday by taking 3 of the first 4 to finish to go ahead 3-2.  Ohio State's Kevin Metka would have a match point in the 2nd set tiebreak against Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech but the Aggie freshman would fight it off and send the match to a 3rd set.  While Rinderknech and Metka exchanged served holds in the 3rd, Texas A&M's #1 Shane Vinsant would take control of the match at #1 singles and would even the team score at 3 a piece.  Metka fought off break point after break point but in the 5 all service game he finally couldn't rally from 0-40 down and Rinderknech broke for 6-5 then served it out at 40-15 to give the Aggies a win over Ohio State for the 2nd time in the last 3 years.  

Texas A&M recap
Ohio State recap

#15 Texas A&M 4, #5 Ohio State 3

Jan 31, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)

1. #25 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
2. #18 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. #27 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 4-5, susp.

1. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #21 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-2
2. #89 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #29 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #96 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #66 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. #53 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
6. Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Match Notes
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #5
Texas A&M 1-1; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,4,6,1,5)


The biggest upset of the day came in State College when unranked Penn stunned #16 Penn State 5-2. The Nittany Lions were riding high coming off last weeks wins over Kentucky and South Florida ,which earned them a spot into the National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago, but Penn came to play and after taking the doubles point they would also snag 1st sets at 1, 4, and 6.  The Quakers would close out each of these courts as well picking up a come from behind win at 5.  With the win Penn has now won 37 of 51 career meetings against Penn State.

Penn recap
Penn State recap

Penn 5, #16 Penn State 2
Feb.1, 2015 at University Park, Pa.
(Indoor Tennis Center)

1. Jeremy Court/Nicolas Podesta (PENN) def. Michael Reilly/Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) 7-5
2. Matt Barry/Alex Fennell (PSU) def. Austin Kaplan/Marshall Sharp (PENN) 6-1
3. Vim De Alwis/Matt Nardella (PENN) def. Aws Laaribi/Roman Trkulja (PSU) 6-2

1. Nicolas Podesta (PENN) def. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
2. Alex Fennell (PSU) def. Vim De Alwis (PENN) 6-3, 6-3
3. Matt Barry (PSU) def. Jeremy Court (PENN) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
4. Matt Nardella (PENN) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Josh Pompan (PENN) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 2-6, 7-5, 4-0, retired
6. Blaine Willenborg (PENN) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)

Match Notes:
Penn 3-0
Penn State 2-1; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,3,1,5,6)
Saturday, 31 January 2015 15:30

Illinois & Georgia both pick up Top 10 wins

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For the 2nd night in a row Champaign was the scene of a nail-biter but this time it was the host Illini coming out on top as they gutted out a 4-3 win over #6 North Carolina in a match that saw 5 of 6 singles matches go the distance with the deciding match coming down to a 3rd set tiebreak.  

North Carolina was able to seize the early momentum by taking the doubles point which was a point the Tar Heels figured they'd need due to having 2 of its singles starters (#2 Ronnie Schneider-shoulder & #6 Oystein Steiro-elbow) out with injuries.  

As evidenced by the the singles scores below nothing would come easy on any of the courts and it would take almost 2 hours before the first match finished which occurred at #5 singles when UNC's Robert Kelly pulled off the upset and defeated #44 Aleks Vukic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.  With North Carolina taking 4 1st sets they had to feel good but finishing off 3 more courts would be a tall task.  

With North Carolina now leading 2-0, it looked like Illinois's Toshiki Matsuya would score the 1st point for the Illini when he had what appeared to be a commanding lead at #6 singles when he served up 6-2, 4-2 (40-15) but North Carolina's Stuart DePaolo would mount a comeback and take 4 straight games to steal the 2nd set 6-4 and force a 3rd set.  

As the match at #6 went to a 3rd set, Illinois would finally get on the board when Tim Kopinski defeated Jack Murray at #4 singles by a 7-6(5), 6-2 score in a match that was anything but easy for Kopinski. Tim jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the 1st set and had 2 break points for a 5-1 lead but Murray rallied and won 5 of the next 6 games and served for the set before Tim broke to send it the tiebreak. In the tiebreak Murray would lead 5-4 with 2 points on his serve but Kopinski got both points and then a 3rd straight, with the last coming via an overrule, to take the tiebreak 7-5.  Kopinski used that momentum to take the 2nd set in much easier fashion.  

With North Carolina's lead trimmed to 2-1, Illinois would get the equalizer to tie it at 2-2 when Matsuya regrouped and cruised to a 6-2 final set at #6 singles.

All 3 remaining matches were into a 3rd set and at #3 singles they stayed on serve until Illinois's Aron Hiltzik served at 3-4 and was facing the deciding deuce point.  With Hiltzik serving into the deuce court he hit what he thought was an ace down the T and headed back to the wall to grab his towel however Hess-Olesen called the serve wide and his call was seconded by the chair.  Hiltzik was able to get his 2nd serve in play but he was unable to get a clean hit on the Hess-Olesen return and as the ball sailed into the net it looked like Illinois's hopes of a comeback were going to be shattered because over at #1 singles North Carolina's Brayden Schnur had built a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Farris Gosea.

As UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen served for the match at #3, Gosea got an easy hold on 1 to cut the deficit to 3-5, and Illinois's Jared Hiltzik inched closer to the finish line at #2 as he had 2 match points on the Brett Clark while leading 5-3.   While Hess-Olsen did finish off the younger Hiltzik 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to put UNC up 3-2, the Tar Heel #1 Brayden Schnur was unable to do so at #1 singles getting broke at 30-40 which put the match back on serve.  On that 30-40 point, as Schnur came to the net Gosea was able to land a lob over Schnur's back shoulder and as Schnur turned to chase the ball he slipped and came down awkwardly and then walked around with a limp and held his side during the changeover.  Gosea would hold at 40-15 to tie it up at 5-5 before Schnur would get his bearings straight and put together a love hold for 6-5.  Gosea will then hold at 40-30 to send the match to a deciding 3rd set tiebreak.  Just as the tiebreak got going Illinois's Jared Hiltzik was able to tie the match at 3 as he served out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over UNC's Brett Clark at #2 singles so all attention was now on the 3rd set tiebreak at #1.  Schnur would jump out to a 4-2 lead before Gosea took 3 straight to lead 5-4 and Gosea was serving. Schnur would even it at 5 but then would hit a back hand into the net to give Gosea his 1st match point and Gosea would not waste it as he hit a backhand cross court past the drawn in Schnur to send the Illini faithful into a frenzy. Final score Illinois 4-3.

YouTube Clips:
Video of Gosea serving at 4-5 in the 3rd and Schnur serving 5-5
Video of Gosea serving at 5-6 in the 3rd
Video of the 1st 6 points of the match
Video of the final 6 points of the match

Illinois recap

UNC recap

#8 Illinois 4, #6 North Carolina 3

Singles competition
1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #2 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Brett Clark (UNC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. #62 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-4
2. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-1
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-1

Match Notes:
North Carolina 6-1; National ranking #6
Illinois 4-1; National ranking #8

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


In the 2nd half the SEC/Pac 12 Challenge, Georgia looked to even the score for the SEC after Florida fell earlier to USC 4-2 and the Bulldogs would not let down the crowd and would take a thrilling (for the home fans) 4-2 win over UCLA. Georgia got things started off by taking the doubles point and looked poised to take all 4 1st sets but while Wayne Montgomery and Austin Smith were able to close out 6-1 sets at #2 and #3, UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki would take the opening sets at #1 and #4 in tiebreaks with McDonald fighting off set points at 5-6 40-40 and at 5-6 in the tiebreak.  While Montgomery cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win at #2 singles to give Georgia a 2-0 lead, UCLA would take the momentum back as McDonald and Redlicki both breezed through their 2nd sets to even the match at 2-2.  Due to there being 4 indoor courts in Athens, the matches at #5 and #6 singles weren't able to start until 2 courts opened up so the focus then turned to #3 singles where Georgia's Austin Smith jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the 2nd after taking the 1st 6-1 but Brymer would get it back on serve and ultimately send it to a 2nd set tiebreak.  With UCLA's Karue Sell taking the opening set at #5 singles and Joseph Di Giulio going up an early break at #6 singles the tiebreak at #3 was one that Georgia had to have to keep the match from snowballing the Bruins way.  Brymer would jump out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but Smith would rally and take 6 of the next 7 points to close out the 6-1, 7-6(5) win which put Georgia back ahead 3-2.  Georgia's Nick Wood was able to ride the energy coming from Smith's court and would ultimately come all the way back from a set down and seal the deal with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at #5 singles.  Final score Georgia 4-2.

Georgia recap

UCLA recap

#7 Georgia 4, #4 UCLA 2
Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
4. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
5. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Karue Sell (UCLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-5, 1-2, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #11 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #16 Paul Oosterbaan/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3
2. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5
3. #53 Nathan Pasha/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Austin Rapp/Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-3

Match Notes
UCLA 3-1; National ranking #4
Georgia 3-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown

Official: Clark Weaver T-3:19 A-630


Early final score in from Athens and it's #1 USC holding off a tough Florida squad 5-2.

USC recap

Florida recap

#1 Southern California 5, #17 Florida 2
Singles competition
1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2, 7-5
3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Eric Johnson (USC) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
5. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 6-2, 7-5
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Jordan Belga (UF) 7-6(5), 2-6, 1-0(6)
Doubles competition
1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #32 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4
3. #43 Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (UF) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 6-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
Southern California 4-0; National ranking #1
Florida 3-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown
Official: Clark Weaver T-3:36 A-189

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Saturday, 31 January 2015 01:44

Friday 1/30/15 Men's Recap

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What was expected to be an exciting Friday of college tennis didn't disappoint as both Notre Dame and Duke picked up tough hard fought wins over Northwestern and Illinois.   Oklahoma went on the road to Winston-Salem and put it to Wake Forest 

In Champaign, Illinois had a 17 match home court winning streak get snapped by a game bunch of Blue Devils from Durham.  Duke started things off by taking the doubles point but Illinois quickly tied it up as freshman stud Aleks Vukic steamrolled Bruno Semenzato at #4 singles 6-1 6-1.  It looked like Illinois was going to take a 2-1 lead with senior Ross Guignon up 6-1 5-0 on Duke junior Josh Levine at #6 singles however Levine wouldn't go away taking 1 game, then 2, then before you knew it he had it to a tiebreak which he took 7-3.  As Guignon/Levine moved into a 3rd set Duke put up a pair of straight wins from Chris Mengel at #5 singles and Jason Tahir at #1 singles to push the lead to 3-1.  Tim Kopinski would then finish off his comeback from a set down to defeat Raphael Hemmeler at #3 singles 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 which cut the Duke lead to 3-2. While Illinois's #2 Jared Hiltzik was up a break in the 3rd it would be Josh Levine that would put the final dagger in the hearts of the Illini comeback with Levine closing out a 0-6 7-6(3) 6-4 win. After the match was clinch Hiltzik was able to close out Nicolas Alvarez at #2 to make the final score 4-3 Duke.

Note:  Duke and Illinois have met every year since 1999.  Duke has now won 3 of the last 4 in the series after losing 10 straight from 2003-2011.

Duke recap
Illinois recap

#11 Duke 4, #8 Illinois 3
Jan 30, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. #3 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-3
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3
3. Chris Mengel/Bruno Semenzato (DU) led Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 5-3, unfinished

Singles competition
1. #36 Jason Tahir (DU) def. Farris Gosea (ILL) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #18 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #103 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
4. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #112 Bruno Semenzato (DU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Chris Mengel (DU) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 6-2, 7-5
6. Josh Levine (DU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 0-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4

Match Notes
Duke 5-0; National ranking #11
Illinois 3-1; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,6,2)
T-2:30 A-600


In South Bend, Notre Dame and Northwestern had 4 singles matches go the distance but in the end it was Quentin Monaghan closing the door on Northwestern as he finished off Sam Shropshire 6-4 in the 3rd at #1 singles this despite letting a 5-1 lead in the 2nd set slip away.  The doubles point ended up being huge for the Irish and if the tandem of Cavalschi/Hagar hadn't rallied from 5-2 down in the tiebreak the outcome of the match very well could have been different.  

Notre Dame recap
Northwestern recap

#14 Notre Dame 4, #30 Northwestern 3
Jan 30, 2015 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Doubles competition
1. #8 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-4
2. #9 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Quentin Monaghan/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4
2. #108 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #82 Josh Hagar (ND) 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 7-5
3. Logan Staggs (NU) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-4, 6-4
4. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Billy Pecor (ND) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-5
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-2

Match Notes
Northwestern 2-2; National ranking #30
Notre Dame 2-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,6,5,1,2)
T-3:29 A-152


What was expected to be a tight match between an up and comer in Wake Forest and a top 5 team in Oklahoma never really materialized as OU closed out the doubles point then picked up 3 fairly quick straight sets wins at 1, 3, and 6 singles from Andrew Harris, Dane Webb, and Alex Ghilea.  After the match was clinched, the 3 remaining matches all played 10 point super-tiebreaks in lieu of a full 3rd set and it was Wake Forest taking 2 of those 3 to get us to the final score of Oklahoma 5-2.  

Oklahoma recap
Wake Forest recap

#2 Oklahoma 5, #19 Wake Forest 2
Jan 30, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex (indoor))

Singles competition
1. #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Noah Rubin (WF) 6-3, 6-3
2. #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
3. #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-0, 6-2
4. #52 Jon Ho (WF) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-8)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 1-0 (10-5)
6. #50 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #102 Maksim Kan (WF) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #38 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Andrew Harris/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-4
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Florin Bragusi/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-6, unfinished

Match Notes
Oklahoma 4-0; National ranking #2
Wake Forest 3-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,6,1,2,4,5)
T-2:30 A-527

Other notable scores from Friday:
#37 Tulsa def. Wichita State 6-1 - recap
#38 Drake University def. Nebraska 5-2 - recap
#46 Minnesota def. #51 Dartmouth 6-1 - recap
#12 California def. UNLV  5-2 - recap

What's in store for Saturday - see below and follow along with the scoring links:

Friday, 30 January 2015 10:14

1/31/15 Men's Live Scoring Links

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Florida vs. USC (@UGA) - 10am est - Live Scoring 
East Tennessee State at Georgia Tech - 10:30am est - Live Scoring & Live Streaming 
Mercer at Auburn - 11am est - Live Scoring
Toledo at Michigan State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Marquette vs. Virginia Tech (Lynchburg) - 1pm est - Live Scoring

UCLA at Georgia - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
Florida State at Alabama - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Purdue at LSU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Montana State at Utah - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Clemson at South Carolina - 3pm est - Live Scoring
South Florida at Pepperdine - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Texas at SMU - 5pm est - Live Scoring
UNLV at Stanford - 5pm est - Live Streaming & Scoreboard
Mercer at Auburn - 5pm est - Live Scoring
The Citadel at Georgia Tech - 5:30pm est - Live Scoring & Live Streaming
Detroit at Michigan State - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Utah State at Utah - 7pm est - Live Scoring
North Carolina at Illinois - 7pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming