This has been a season of firsts for Cornell with the Big Red achieving a program high ranking of No. 18 a few weeks ago and then today they picked up their first ever top 10 win after going into Norman and defeating Oklahoma 4-3. The day didn't start off very promising for Cornell because Oklahoma rolled through the doubles point picking up a 6-2 win at No. 2 and a 6-0 win at No. 3. The teams split first sets in singles and three of the six would finish in straight sets. Oklahoma junior Spencer Papa was the first to finish after he defeated Cornell sophomore David Volfson in straight sets at No. 1. Volfson went up a break at 4-3 in the first set but Papa broke back and then broke again to take the opening set 7-5. Papa jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second said and cruised to a 7-5, 6-1 win.
Cornell senior Colin Sinclair put the Big Red on the board with a straight set win over Florin Bragusi at No. 3. Sinclair broke Bragusi to go up 5-3 in the first and then he served out the set to take it 7-5. The second set stayed on serve until Sinclair broke for 4-3 and then he'd hold two more times to close it out 6-3, 6-4
TCU Takes Down Stanford, Texas Rides Telles Past Cal, UCLA TKOs Baylor, Louisville & Wisconsin Win Close (Premium)Written by Bobby Knight
For the second down in a row the Bay Area delivered some high quality but on Saturday the big winners were the visitors from the Lone Star State. TCU came into the weekend ranked just outside the top 30 with a 5-4 record but they'll head to Santa Barbara three games over .500 after coming back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat No. 41 Stanford 4-3. TCU made a doubles lineup adjustment by dropping an ailing Reese Stalder from No. 1 to No. 3 and moving Cameron Norrie up from No. 3 to No. 1 in an attempt to find a way to sweep the top two courts. On Friday night against Cal, Stalder teamed with Jerry Lopez to defeat the top ranked doubles team of Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat but during singles he was forced to retire with what appeared to be some kind of shoulder injury.
Stanford's No. 3 team of David Wilczynski and Brandon Sutter would take advantage of the situation and jump on Stalder and Gianni Mancini by breaking Stalder from 30/40 to go in front 3-1. Sutter held for 4-1 and then Stanford broke Mancini from 30/40 to make it 5-1. Wilczynski would serve it out on the no-ad point to give Stanford a 6-1 win.
Stanford Stomps Texas, Rybakov's Revenge, Florida State Scalps Florida, Wake Forest Out Muscles UNC, Oklahoma State Survives (Premium)Written by Bobby Knight
WOW - what a tremendous day of college tennis action! The day got started early with No. 2 Wake Forest hosting No. 5 North Carolina and it finished 10 hours later with No. 31 TCU pulling off an upset win over No. 6 Cal. Both of the matches in Orlando were tremendous with No. 36 Florida State and No. 15 Florida playing in front of a College MatchDay record-crowd and then at the same time on the other six courts you had Tulsa and Central Florida go down to the wire.
I'll start off with the biggest upset of the day, in terms of ranking, which took place in Palo Alto between a resurgent No. 41 Stanford and No. 8 Texas. The Cardinal was coming off a huge win on Tuesday night over No. 6 Cal in a match where it dropped the doubles point but rallied to win four singles matches. On Friday afternoon, Stanford managed to get out to the early lead after securing the doubles point for the seventh time in eleven matches. Stanford's No. 2 team of Sameer Kumar and Michael Genender broke Texas's Harrison Scott and Julian Zlobinsky on the no-ad point to go ahead 3-2 and then they held for 4-2. Texas would come back from 0/40 down to hold for 3-4 but Stanford would hold from 40/30 and then break from 15/40 to win it 6-3.
It was a bit of a slow week in women’s college tennis, with a few top teams not even playing this week. The biggest upset of the week went to the USC Trojans, who hosted No.4 Michigan and ran off with a 5-2 win. No. 2 Ohio State had a successful trip out west, defeating No. 9 Pepperdine and No. 35 Arizona State. Below are the results from last weekend for the Top 10:
There are six men's and ten women's matches this weekend between top 25 teams. The biggest match on the men's side takes place at 1 p.m on Friday (who came up with that time) as No. 2 Wake Forest hosts No. 5 North Carolina. The other top 10 men's match is on Saturday as No. 6 Cal hosts No. 8 Texas during the Big 12/Pac 12 Shootout (don't think its actually called that this year but it should be).
Almost all the women's SEC matches will be between ranked teams since 10 of the 14 members are ranked inside the top 25. The Auburn/Georgia match on Sunday appears to be the frontrunner for match of the week.
USC Upends UCLA, Baylor Bears Down to Beat UCSB, Central Florida Rallies Past Penn State, Mississippi State Mugs AlabamaWritten by Bobby Knight
It seems like usually when USC and UCLA meet the match comes down to a deciding court but that was not the case tonight. USC jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after picking up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Trojans took four opening sets in singles. Three weeks ago when these teams met Thibault Forget lost to Austin Rapp in three sets at No. 4 but tonight Forget cruised to a straight set win over Rapp at No. 5. In the last meeting, USC freshman Brandon Holt lost the decider to Martin Redlicki 6-4 in the third but tonight Holt got revenge with a straight set win which made it 3-0. UCLA senior Gage Brymer put the Bruins on the board with a straight set win over Nick Crystal at No. 2 but USC sophomore Logan Smith clinched the match with a straight set win over Evan Zhu at No. 3. The other two matches went unfinished with UCLA's Logan Staggs up 5-3 in the third at No. 4 while Riley Smith and Max Cressy had just split sets at No. 6