Thursday, 30 April 2015 01:27

NCAA Singles & Doubles Selections

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Here is who was chosen for NCAA Singles Tournament along with what their current ITA ranking and current Universal Tennis ranking.

The Atlantic 10, Big South, and Colonial lost its automatic bid due to not having any players ranked inside the top 125 while the Sunbelt gained a spot with South Alabama's Daniel Leitner ranked inside the top 100.  

There is also a list below of alternates below - last year 4 alternates made it into the field due to withdraws.  1 of the automatic qualifiers, North Florida's Jack Findel-Hawkins, hasn't played since March 13th so if he can't go that would open up a spot for Florida Gulf Coast's Jordi Vives if he stays inside the top 125 - he was 123 last week.

It looks like the cut-off to make the field as an at-large was an ITA ranking of #58
The guys with the highest UTR to miss out are Virginia's Collin Altamirano #7, Illinois's Aleks Vukic #24, USC's Eric Johnson #25, Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech #28, UCLA's Martin Redlicki #30, Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti #32, Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea #33, Illinois's Tim Kopinski #40, Ole Miss's Stefan Lindmark #41, and Old Dominion's Carlos Lopez Villa #43, Illinois's Aron Hiltzik #47, and Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini #48. 

15 Automatic QualifiersITA RankingUTR Ranking
Gonzales Austin1017
Jack Findel-Hawkins96269
Samir Iftikhar89273
Daniel Leitner9594
Winston Lin1756
Mackenzie McDonald32
Peter Nagy9937
Uros Petronijevic5671
Noah Rubin61
Alen Salibasic40118
Tomas Stillman7088
Leandro Toledo2257

49 At-Large SelectionsITA RankingUTR Ranking
Adrien Berkowicz5470
Andreas Bjerrehus4379
Nick Chappell4980
Roberto Cid2129
Chris Diaz5038
Jeremy Efferding4727
Tom Fawcett2623
Andre Goransson2946
Mikelis Libietis1420
Tony Lupieri3555
Dennis Mkrtchian3684
Denis Nguyen34145
Tin Ostojic52222
Nathan Pasha3136
Or Ram-Harel27101
Jason Tahir4163
Maxime Tchoutakian5831

American Athletic
Dominik Koepfer
Noah Rubin
Wake Forest
Atlantic Sun
Jack Findel-Hawkins
North Florida
Big Ten
Leandro Toledo
Big 12
Axel Alvarez Llamas
Conference USA
Tomas Stillman
Winston Lin
Missouri Valley
Alen Salibasic
Mountain West
Samir Iftikhar
New Mexico
Mackenzie McDonald
Gonzales Austin
Peter Nagy
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Summit League
Henry Craig
Sun Belt
Daniel Leitner
South Alabama
West Coast
Uros Petronijevic
San Diego

Nicolas Alvarez
Adrien Berkowicz
Andreas Bjerrehus
Virginia Tech
Romain Bogaerts
Wake Forest
Nick Chappell
Roberto Cid
South Florida
Chris Diaz
Ohio State
Jeremy Efferding
Texas A&M
Christopher Eubanks
Georgia Tech
Tom Fawcett
Lloyd Glasspool
Andre Goransson
Farris Gosea
Yannick Hanfmann
Southern California
Raphael Hemmeler
Mitchell Frank
Andrew Harris
Jared Hiltzik
Sren Hess-Olesen
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski
Julian Lenz
Mikelis Libietis
Benjamin Lock
Florida State
Tony Lupieri
Dennis Mkrtchian
Quentin Monaghan
Notre Dame
Wayne Montgomery
Cameron Norrie
Denis Nguyen
Lukas Ollert
Tin Ostojic
Wichita State
Nathan Pasha
Roberto Quiroz
Southern California
Or Ram-Harel
Dovydas Sakinis
Ronnie Schneider
North Carolina
Brayden Schnur
North Carolina
Nik Scholtz
Ole Miss
Ryan Shane
Sam Shropshire
Austin Smith
Felipe Soares
Texas Tech
Sebastian Stiefelmeyer
Jakob Sude
Oklahoma State
Jason Tahir
Maxime Tchoutakian
Mikael Torpegaard
Ohio State
Jonny Wang
Southern California
Dane Webb

Guillermo Nunez
Matic Spec
Nick Crystal
Southern California
Florian Lakat
Mississippi State
Diego Hidalgo
Naoki Takeda
Ben Lott
Tim Kopinski
Beck Pennington
Robbie Mudge
North Carolina State
* If the withdrawing student-athlete was selected by automatic qualification, the next eligible singles player or doubles team from that conference will be considered before substituting from the alternate list.

Axel Alvarez Llamas
Julian Lenz
Mackenzie McDonald
Andrew Harris
Sebastian Stiefelmeyer
Sren Hess-Olesen
Noah Rubin
Wake Forest
Ryan Shane

SEEDS 9-16 *
Nicolas Alvarez
Gonzales Austin
Romain Bogaerts
Wake Forest
Yannick Hanfmann
Southern California
Dominik Koepfer
Mikelis Libietis
Quentin Monaghan
Notre Dame
Brayden Schnur
North Carolina
* Listed alphabetically by last name

American Athletic
Oliver Pramming, Justin Roberts
South Florida
Luca Corinteli, Ryan Shane
Big Ten
Kevin Metka, Ralf Steinbach
Ohio State
Big 12
Julian Lenz, Diego Galeano
Denis Nguyen, Brian Yeung
Missouri Valley
Tomislav Gregurovic, Tin Ostojic
Wichita State
Roberto Quiroz, Yannick Hanfmann
Southern California
Ben Wagland, Austin Smith
Michael Feucht, Nikita Lis
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 17:56

What's Coming Up & Interesting NCAA Facts & Notes

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Between now and the start of the 1st round on May 8th I'll preview 2 regionals per day. I'll start off with the Oklahoma and UCLA regionals and finish with the Virginia Tech and Baylor regionals.  I'll list the projected starting lineups with current player rankings and current Universal Tennis Rankings and I'll also make my predictions on each.

Some interesting facts and stats:

The doubles point plays a large roll between winning and losing and it seems to mean that much more when tournament time rolls around.  It's interesting to see a pair of top 20 teams in the bottom 4 in winning percentage. 

2. Baylor23292.0%
3. Virginia23388.5%
6. Texas A&M21484.0%
South Florida20580.0%
11. Ohio State26778.8%
San Diego21677.8%
South Carolina State13476.5%
Mississippi State19676.0%
12. Wake Forest21775.0%
Notre Dame18772.0%
10. Duke20871.4%
Florida State20871.4%
Wiliam & Mary20871.4%
13. North Carolina22971.0%
16. UCLA17770.8%
New Mexico17770.8%
East Tennessee State17770.8%
8. Georgia17868.0%
4. Illinois191065.5%
NC State181064.3%
San Diego State16964.0%
Eastern Kentucky14960.9%
Texas A&M CC13959.1%
7. USC151157.7%
Boise State171356.7%
15. Virginia Tech131056.5%
5. TCU141156.0%
UC Santa Barbara131154.2%
1. Oklahoma141253.8%
Georgia Tech141253.8%
Oklahoma State121152.2%
14. Ole Miss131252.0%
Alabama State141351.9%
St. John's111150.0%
New Mexico State111150.0%
Texas Tech8947.1%
9. Texas111345.8%
George Washington111444.0%
Green Bay111444.0%

There are at least 9 sets of brothers on the rosters of teams playing in the NCAA's:
Jared and Aron Hiltzik (Illinois)
Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst (Florida State)
Michael and Casey Kay (Georgia Tech)
Lucas and Leonard Gerch (Oklahoma State)
Robert and Elio Livi (St. John's)
Soren (Texas) and Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC)
Marco (Florida St) and Diego Nunez (East Tennessee State)
Benjamin (Florida St) and Courtney Lock (Louisville)
Billy (Notre Dame) and Thomas Pecor (Navy)

In case you are wondering TCU's Guillermo Nunez is not related to Marco and Diego.

Florida State's #3 singles player Marco Nunez started his collegiate career at Georgia and actually played at #6 singles in Georgia's 2013 NCAA semifinal match against Virginia.  If Florida State and Georgia both win their 1st round matches they'd meet in the 2nd round in Athens.

Other guys playing in the NCAAs that started their collegiate careers with another team:
LSU's #1 Jordan Daigle played at #6 in several matches for Virginia last year
Wake Forest's #2 Romain Bogaerts played #1 for Mississippi State two years ago.
San Diego's #3 Jordan Angus played at #3 for Mississippi State last year
Denver's #4 David Fox played at #2 Middle Tennessee State last year
Florida Gulf Coast's #1 Jordi Vives played a handful of matches at #6 for USC in 2012.
Florida Gulf Coast's #2 Andres Alfonzo played at #6 for TCU last year.
Cal's #4 Oskar Wikberg played at #1 for Wisconsin last year.
San Diego State's #4 Marko Goles-Babic played in 4 matches for Ohio State last year.
Drake's #3 Matt Frost played at #1 for Southern Miss two years ago.
Drake's #4 Ravi Patel played #4/#5 for South Florida two years ago.
UTSA's #3 Tito Moreiras played in 5 matches for Texas A&M last year.
Illinois's #6-#8 Blake Bazarnik played #3 for Vanderbilt three years ago.
UCSB's #3 Morgan Mays played a few matches at #5 and #6 for Wake Forest two years ago.
ETSU's #5 Sebastian Yllera played a few matches at #6 for Tennessee two years ago.
Texas's Michael Riechmann who plays #3 doubles played at #1 singles for Brown two years ago.

Probably a few more that I'm overlooking - if you can think of some let me know.

# of regular season rematches in the 1st round: 6 - Northwestern/Harvard, Florida State/Troy, Illinois/UWGB, Louisville/Drake, San Diego/San Diego State, South Florida/Boise State.

# of potential regular season rematches in the 2nd round: 6 - Duke/Tennessee, USC/San Diego, Ohio State/Notre Dame, TCU/Tulsa, UCLA/Texas Tech, Oklahoma/Northwestern.

UCLA is the only team to make it to the round of 16 every year since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999.  Baylor has made it 15 of the last 16 years (2001), Georgia has made it 14 of 16 years (2000/2003), Illinois and Florida have made it 13 of the last 16 years.

16 years of history tells us that a top 16 seed will lose next weekend - at least 1 has every year since the 1998-99 season.

# of Top 16 seeds to lose before the Round of 16 broken down by year:
2014 (2) - Cal def. #8 Texas A&M 4-3, Tennessee def. #11 Duke 4-2
2013 (2) - Memphis def. #6 Ole Miss 4-2, Denver upset #15 Florida 4-3 (1st Round)
2012 (2) - Baylor def. #9 Mississippi State 4-3, Tulsa def. #10 Oklahoma 4-1
2011 (2) - #36 Tulsa def. #13 Texas 4-3, Illinois def. #16 North Carolina 4-1*
2010 (2) - Wisconsin def. #13 Illinois 4-1, Oklahoma def. #14 Texas Tech 4-2**
2009 (3) - Wake Forest def. #11 Kentucky 4-2, Boise St def. #14 Alabama 4-3, Miami def. #10 Florida 4-3
2008 (1) - Oklahoma State def. #11 Tulsa 4-3***
2007 (3) - Florida def. #16 Florida State 4-3, Alabama def. #14 Duke 4-3, NC State def. #6 UNC 4-0
2006 (3) - Notre Dame def. #16 Texas A&M 4-2, Washington def. #12 VCU 4-0, Florida def. #15 Oklahoma State 4-0
2005 (2) - Florida State def. #12 Kentucky 4-2, South Carolina def. #13 Oklahoma State 4-3
2004 (7) - Vanderbilt def. #8 Ole Miss 4-1, Texas A&M def. #13 VCU 4-0, TCU def. #12 Kentucky 4-2, Clemson def. #5 Duke 4-3, Arkansas def. #15 Tennessee 4-1, Rice def. #14 LSU 4-0, Ohio State def. #11 North Carolina 4-3
2003 (2) - Ohio State def. #13 Kentucky 4-3, Oklahoma State def. #11 Minnesota 4-2
2002 (2) - Washington def. #5 Stanford 4-3, Duke def. #10 California 4-3****
2001 (2) - Mississippi State def. #10 Illinois 4-2, USC def. #12 Ole Miss 4-3
2000 (3) - San Diego State def. #3 Pepperdine 4-2, VCU def. #14 Ole Miss 4-3, USC def. #13 Fresno State 4-1
1999 (3) - Virginia Tech def. #16 Alabama 4-3, Fresno State def. #12 USC 4-1, Mississippi State def. #11 Tennessee 4-3

* 2011 - Illinois was actually ranked #17 and UNC was ranked #18.
** 2010 - Oklahoma hosted regional even though Texas Tech was seeded
*** 2008 - Tulsa hosted NCAAs that year - didn't help attendance when they lost early
**** 2002 - Duke hosted regional even though Cal was seeded

#3 seeds to advance to Round of 16: Tulsa (2011), South Carolina (2005), Washington (2002), San Diego State (2000), Virginia Tech (1999)

#4 seeds to advance to Round of 16: None

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 19:35

NCAA Tournament Men's Field

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Master Lineups (pre-challenge)

All Times Eastern:

Norman Regional
[1] Oklahoma* vs. [49-64] New Mexico State - Friday 5pm
[17-32] Northwestern vs. [33-48] Harvard - Friday 2pm

UCLA Regional
[17-32] Texas Tech vs. [33-48] UC Santa Barbara - Friday 1pm
[49-64] FGCU vs. [16] UCLA* - Friday 4pm

Austin Regional
[9] Texas* vs. [49-64] Navy - Friday 2pm
[17-32] California vs. [33-48] Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Friday 11am

Athens Regional
[17-32] Florida State vs. [33-48] Troy - Friday 11am
[49-64] Winthrop vs. [8] Georgia* - Friday 2pm

Fort Worth Regional
[5] TCU vs. [49-64] Marist - Friday 6pm
[17-32] Tulsa vs. [33-48] North Carolina State - Friday 3pm

Winston Salem Regional
[17-32] Florida vs. [33-48] Pepperdine - Friday 12pm
[49-64] George Washington vs. [12] Wake Forest* - Friday 3pm

Chapel Hill Regional
[13] North Carolina* vs. [49-64] William & Mary - Friday 1pm
[17-32] Mississippi State vs. [33-48] Denver - Friday 10am

Champaign Regional
[17-32] Louisville vs. [33-48] Drake - Friday 2pm
[49-64] UWGB vs. [4] Illinois* - Friday 5pm

Charlottesville Regional
[3] Virginia* vs. [49-64] St. John's - Friday  1pm
[17-32] Minnesota vs. [33-48] Princeton - Friday 10am

Oxford Regional
[17-32] Columbia vs. [33-48] Georgia Tech - Friday 1pm
[49-64] Alabama State vs. [14] Ole Miss* - Friday 4pm

Columbus Regional
[11] Ohio State* vs. [49-64] Buffalo - Friday 1pm
[17-32] Vanderbilt vs. [33-48] Notre Dame - Friday 10am

College Station Regional
[17-32] Oklahoma State vs. [33-48] New Mexico - Friday 12pm
[49-64] Eastern Kentucky vs. [6] Texas A&M* - Friday 3pm

USC Regional
[7] USC* vs. [49-64] Idaho - Friday 4pm
[17-32] San Diego vs. [33-48] San Diego State - Friday 1pm

Durham Regional
[17-32] Stanford vs. [33-48] Tennessee - Friday 10am
[49-64] South Carolina State vs. [10] Duke* - Friday 1pm

Blacksburg Regional
[15] Virginia Tech* vs. [49-64] East Tennessee State - Friday 2pm
[17-32] South Florida vs. [33-48] Boise State - Friday 11am

Waco Regional
[17-32] LSU vs. [33-48] UTSA - Friday 4pm
[49-64] Bryant vs. [2] Baylor* - Friday 7pm

The committee did follow the final set of rankings to a T and did use H2H to swap TCU/A&M and USC/UGA as expected.  No real surprises from what I was expecting.

Instant takeaways from the bracket above:

I think UCLA has to like its draw since it already beat Texas Tech once this year back on the Kickoff weekend.  Granted it was a tight 4-1 win but at least they know what they'll face.

Can Cal go into the state of Texas for the 2nd year in a row and play the roll of spoiler? I think they definitely give Texas a good close match but Texas should come through.

North Carolina is going to have its hands full with Mississippi State assuming State can get past Denver - which is no gimme (see Florida 2 years ago about that one).

Ole Miss is going to face a tough 2nd round opponent regardless of whether it's Columbia or Georgia Tech.  Both are tough, tough teams that will challenge Ole Miss in virtually every spot including doubles.  Rebels might not be able to afford losing the doubles point in the 2nd round.

Ohio State is going to have a tough 2nd round match if Vanderbilt gets past Notre Dame.  Vandy is probably stronger at 1, 2, and 3 though Ohio State will have the edge down low.

Texas A&M isn't going to get beat in the 2nd round this year.  Probably will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after getting dropped down to #6 and it's likely 2nd round opponent, Oklahoma State, was one of the bottom #2 seeds.

Duke has to be shaking its head after seeing Tennessee in the same bracket this year after the Vols upset them a year ago.  Tennessee isn't the same team this year but Stanford on the other hand is hungry for more.  Stanford is stout in doubles and Tom Fawcett will go toe to toe with Nicolas Alvarez - assuming Alvarez plays after missing the ACC Tournament with a muscle injury.

Virginia Tech better be ready for what's coming to town because they get the honor of hosting 3 conference champions who are each firing on all cylinders right now.  East Tennessee State just missed being a #3 seed by 1 spot so they're more than capable of playing with Virginia Tech.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 19:09

NCAA Tournament Women's Field

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Master Lineups (pre-challenge)

USC Regional
[1] USC* vs. [49-64] Youngstown State
[17-32] Virginia Tech vs. [33-48] Long Beach State

Lubbock Regional
[17-32] LSU vs. [33-48] New Mexico
[49-64] New Mexico State vs. [16] Texas Tech*

Charlotteville Regional
[9] Virginia* vs. [49-64] VCU
[17-32] South Carolina vs. [33-48] Princeton

Waco Regional
[17-32] Rice vs. [33-48] Tulsa
[49-64] Northwestern State vs. [8] Baylor*

Gainesville Regional
[5] Florida* vs. [49-64] Bethune-Cookman
[17-32] Georgia Tech vs. [33-48] Wichita State

Stillwater Regional
[17-32] Arizona State vs. [33-48] Arkansas
[49-64] Boston U vs. [12] Oklahoma State*

Tuscaloosa Regional
[13] Alabama* vs. [49-64] Samford
[17-32] Clemson vs. [33-48] South Alabama

Nashville Regional
[17-32] Ohio State vs. [33-48] Oklahoma
[49-64] Murray State vs. [4] Vanderbilt*

Berkeley Regional
[3] Cal* vs. [49-64] Bryant
[17-32] Houston vs. [33-48] Mississippi State

Palo Alto Regional
[17-32] Pepperdine vs. [33-48] Auburn
[49-64] Stony Brook vs. [14] Stanford*

Ann Arbor Regional
[11] Michigan* vs. [49-64] Miami OH
[17-32] Kentucky vs. [33-48] DePaul

Athens Regional
[17-32] Duke vs. [33-48] Purdue
[49-64] Charleston Southern vs. [6] Georgia*

UCLA Regional:
[7] UCLA* vs. [49-64] Idaho
[17-32] Northwestern vs. [33-48] St. Mary's CA

College Station Regional
[17-32] TCU vs. [33-48] Notre Dame
[10] Texas A&M vs. [49-64] Alcorn State

Miami Regional
[15] Miami* vs. [49-64] North Florida
[17-32] Ole Miss vs. [33-48] Denver

Chapel Hill Regional
[17-32] Dartmouth vs. [33-48] William & Mary
[49-64] Quinnipiac vs. [2] North Carolina*

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 12:06

NCAA Tournament Field Projections

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If the committee follows my final ranking projections and uses H2H for adjacent teams this is what the field could look like at 5:30pm eastern.  Tune in to find out - NCAA Selection Show.

Seeds 1-16:
1. Oklahoma
2. Baylor
3. Virginia
4. Illinois
5. TCU
6. Texas A&M
7. USC
8. Georgia
9. Texas
10. Duke
11. Ohio State
12. Wake Forest
13. North Carolina
14. Ole Miss
15. Virginia Tech
16. UCLA

17-32 - #2 seed:
South Florida
Mississippi State
Texas Tech
San Diego
Florida State
Oklahoma State
Drake - won H2H over Louisviile

33-48  - #3 seed:
Notre Dame
NC State
New Mexico
Georgia Tech
San Diego State
UC Santa Barbara
Texas A&M CC
Boise State

49-64 - #4 seed:
East Tennessee State
George Washington
St. John's
Green Bay
Wiliam & Mary
Eastern Kentucky
New Mexico State
South Carolina State
Alabama State

31 Automatic Qualifiers:

American Athletic Conference - #1 South Florida
Atlantic Coast Conference - #1 Virginia
Atlantic Sun Conference - #1 Florida Gulf Coast (FCGU)
Atlantic 10 Conference - #4 George Washington
Big East Conference - #1 St. John's
Big Sky Conference - #2 Idaho
Big South Conference - #3 Winthrop
Big Ten Conference - #1 Illinois
Big 12 Conference - #1 Oklahoma
Big West Conference - #3 UC Santa Barbara
Colonial Athletic Association - #3 William & Mary
Conference USA - #3 University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA)
Horizon League - #1 Green Bay
The Ivy League - Columbia
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference - #2 Marist
Mid-American Conference - #4 Buffalo
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference - #1 South Carolina State
Missouri Valley Conference - #1 seed Drake
Mountain West Conference - #5 Boise State
Northeast Conference - #1 Bryant
Ohio Valley Conference - #1 Eastern Kentucky
Pac-12 Conference - #2 USC
Patriot League - #2 seed Navy
Southeastern Conference - #2 Texas A&M
Southern Conference - #1 East Tennessee State
Southland Conference - #1 Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Southwestern Athletic Conference - #3 Alabama State
The Summit League - #1 Denver
Sun Belt Conference - #1 Troy
West Coast Conference - #1 San Diego
Western Athletic Conference - #1 New Mexico State
Big East:

St. John's repeated as Big East Champions with a 4-2 win over #2 Marquette.  The Red Storm took the doubles point with 8-5 wins at 1 and 3 and then Lucas Hejhal extended the lead to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-2 win at #1. Marquette answered with wins from Kris Trukov and Mackenzie Stearns at 4 and 5 to tie it at 2 but St. John's Robert Livi would put STJ back up 3-2 with a  6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win at #3. STJ's Erick Reyes would came back from a set down to clinch at #2 singles with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 win over Vukasin Teofanovic.

St. John's recap

"I'm very proud of our repeast as conference champions," said Head Coach Eric Rebhuhn.  "The team played tremendously at the BIG EAST Championship, having overcome much adversity throughout the year.  We look forward to playing in the NCAAs and making a long postseason run."

Marquette recap

"I am extremely proud of the way our guys battled all weekend long," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "We didn't get off to a great start in doubles, but I thought we played well in singles. Unfortunately we came up just short, but it was a great experience for our guys to see what it takes to win a championship."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 27th  For more details about UTR check out their website.

St. John's 4, Marquette 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Indianapolis, Ind. (Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Lucas Hejhal (SJU 13.07) def. Daniel Fernandez (MU 12.70) 7-5, 6-2
2. Erick Reyes (SJU 13.35) def. Vukasin Teofanovic (MU 12.49) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
3. Robert Livi (SJU 13.11) def. Nick Dykema (MU 12.46) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
4. Kris Trukov (MU 11.92) def. Vaidik Munshaw (SJU 12.69) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Mackenzie Stearns (MU 11.49) def. Elio Livi (SJU 12.22) 7-5 (7-5), 6-0
6. Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU 11.99) vs. Cameron Tehrani (MU 11.87) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Michael-John Every/Robert Livi (SJU) def. Dykema/Vukasin Teofanovic (MU) 8-5
2. Vasili Caripi/Lucas Hejhal (SJU) vs. Fernandez/Mackenzie Stearns (MU) 5-5, unf
3. Vaidik Munshaw/Erick Reyes (SJU) def. Andre Romanello/Kris Trukov (MU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,5,4,3,2)
No. 1 St. John's Wins Second Straight Championship Title
BIG EAST Championship Presented By New York Life
Men's Championship

Big Sky:

Idado won its 2nd straight Big Sky Championship with a 4-2 win over #6 Northern Arizona. Northern Arizona took the doubles point and picked up a win at #6 to go ahead 2-1 but Idaho picked up wins at 2, 3, 4, and 5 with Felipe Fonseca provider the clincher at #2 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Alexandre Locci.  The Idaho recap says it was the Vandals 1st championship since 1978 though they won it last year too.
Back to back Conference Champions. Way to compete!
Posted by Idaho Vandals Men's Tennis Team on Sunday, April 26, 2015

Idaho recap

"I am very proud of how the guys played today, head coach Jeff Beaman said. "We had to change our mentality a little bit after losing out on the doubles point. We talked about competing and every player came out [in singles] and did what they needed to.

"Felipe just continued with his amazing freshman year today, Beaman added. "He was playing with everything on the line and was able to win the clincher.

NAU recap

"Today was a tough day," said head coach Ki Kroll. "We came out strong playing very good doubles but in the end Idaho was the better team today."

"I am very proud of the way we fought and competed in today's Big Sky Championship," said Kroll

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 27th  For more details about UTR check out their website.

Idaho 4, Northern Arizona 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Gold River, Calif. (Gold River RQ)
Singles competition
1. Jordan Gobatie (NAU 12.22) vs. Odon Barta (UI 12.47) 6-2, 6-5 unf
2. Felipe Fonseca (UI 12.45) def. Alexandre Locci (NAU 12.08) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
3. Cristobal Ramos (UI 12.00) def. Kester Black(NAU 12.07) 6-4, 6-2
4. Mark Kovacs (UI 12.27) def. Eden Peleg (NAU 11.33) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jackson Varney (UI 11.52) def. Felix Schumann (NAU 11.82) 6-4, 6-0
6. Adi Zilberstein (NAU 11.44) def. Alberto Sanz (UI 10.14) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Gobatie/Locci (NAU) def. Ramos/Varney(UI) 8-6
2. Peleg/Zilberstein (NAU) def. Barta/Fonseca (UI) 8-5
3. Kovacs/Sanz (UI) vs. Black/Schumann (NAU) 6-7, unf
Match Notes
Northern Arizona No. 6
Idaho No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,3,4,2)
Big Sky Tournament Final

Big West:

UC Santa Barbara won its 2nd Big West Championship in the last in 3 years with a 4-3 win over the #1 seed UC Irvine.  UCSB took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then jumped out to a 3-0 lead after picking up wins from Cody Rakela and Erik Johnsson at 4 and 5 but UC Irvine clawed back with wins from Sebastian Heim, Nico Mertens, and Rafael Davidian at 1, 3, and 6.  With the match even at 3 it would come down a 3rd set at #2 singles and in the end UCSB's Nathan Eshmade would pull it out winning 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 over Tyler Pham.

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UCSB recap
UCI recap

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 (3) UC Santa Barbara 4, (1) UC Irvine 3
April 26, 2015 - Indian Wells Tennis Garden
1 Eshmade/Johnsson (UCSB) def. Agbayani/Poon (UCI) 6-2
2 Galskov/Sultan (UCSB) def. Hammel/Pham (UCI) 6-4
3 Heim/Hernandez (UCI) def. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) 6-4
UC Santa Barbara wins the doubles point
1 Sebastian Heim (UCI 13.67) def. Tobais Galskov (UCSB 13.49) 6-4, 6-2
2 Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 12.84) def. Tyler Pham (UCI 13.04) 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3
3 Nico Mertens (UCI 13.04) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB 12.92) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
4 Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.97) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI 12.43) 7-6 (4), 6-4
5 Erik Johnsson (UCSB 12.23) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI 12.01) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
6 Rafael Davidian (UCI 12.81) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB 12.67) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3)
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles 1, 3, 2 | Singles 5, 4, 1, 3, 6, 2
UCI (20-13, 4-1) | UCSB (15-9, 3-2)

Horizon League:

The Green Bay Phoenix are dancing for the 3rd time in the last 4 years after shutting out #2 Valparaiso 4-0.   UWGB took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then picked up 3 straight set wins from Leo Gomez Islinger, Howard Scott, and Joey Leto at 2, 3, and 6 with Islinger providing the clincher.  The 3 remaining courts were each in a 3rd set so it's a good thing for UWGB that they closed out the 3 matches when they did or it could have got a little tight.

UWGB recap

"This was a tough match, we were fortunate to get the doubles point and I think it really energized us, said head coach Mark Thomas.

"Leo is one of the most competitive guys I know, said Thomas. "If we're at 3-0, that's who I want on the court.

"I actually love that situation, said Gomez Islinger. "I wasn't tight at all, I just tried to stay relaxed and enjoy the moment and try to make the best of it.

"These guys, all year, have just battled and battled and battled, Thomas added. "That helped us today when we needed them to come up in the clutch.

Valpo recap

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Green Bay 4, Valpo 0
Apr. 26, 2015 at West Lafayette, Ind. (Schwartz Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Jeffrey Schorsch (VALPO 13.18) vs. Michael Tenzer (GB 13.34) 3-6, 6-3, 3-2, unf
2. Leo Gomez Islinger (GB 12.86) def. Dave Bacalla (VALPO 12.65) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Howard Scott (GB 12.50) def. Garrett Gardner (VALPO 11.78) 6-4, 6-4
4. Charlie Emhardt (VALPO 12.34) vs. Florian Kraenzler (GB 12.10) 7-6, 4-6, 0-0, unf
5. Kyle Dunn (VALPO 11.49) vs. Joshua Schramm (GB 11.72) 1-6, 6-2, 1-2, unf
6. Joey Leto (GB 12.01) def. Lucas Waak (VALPO 11.08) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles competition
1. Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt (VALPO) def. Tenzer/Kraenzler (GB) 6-3
2. Howard Scott/Joey Leto (GB) def. Bacalla/Chase Hamilton (VALPO) 7-5
3. Leo Gomez Islinger/Michael Tebon (GB) def. Waak/Gardner (VALPO) 6-2
Match Notes
Green Bay 17-7
Valpo 21-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (6, 3, 2)


#2 Marist avenged a 4-3 regular season loss to #1 Monmouth by winning the MAAC Championship for the 3rd year in a row and 12th time overall.  Marist took the pivotal doubles point with it coming down to a tiebreak at #3 and then each team would pick up 3 opening sets.  Monmouth would pick up wins at 1 and 5 but Marist got the 3 points it needed at 2, 3, and 5 with Rudy Kurz clinching it 6-3 in the 3rd at #2.
Marist recap

"What a wonderful win for our entire team and especially our seniors, Joe and Matteo, this win personally is the most rewarding and satisfying of any of our conference championships, said head coach Tim Smith. "We went in as the underdog to the team that beat us out for the regular season championship and the hard work, grit, and determination by the team made this a special victory."

The Red Foxes are now 15-1 in MAAC championship play since 2008, amassing seven titles in eight years along the way.

"Lots of kudos to go around, but especially kudos to our third doubles team of Rudolf Kurz and Dylan Fletcher and the singles play of Matteo, Fredrik, and Rudy, Smith added. "We beat a very good team in Monmouth and I couldn't be any more proud of the way our players conducted themselves in the tournament. Wow what a good win.

Monmouth recap

"It's disappointing to come so close again and lose in the finals, commented head coach Cory Hubbard. "I thought this year we were ready and playing our best tennis of the season. We lost the doubles point on a tiebreaker and that really turned out to be the difference. I am happy with the way our guys battled back and hung in there because at No. 3, 4 and 5 we went down quick, but the team kept fighting and believing which is all that I can ask for. Even though the end result was difficult, we accomplished a lot this year, earning the regular season title, so we have taken one more step to getting to where we want to be.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 27th  For more details about UTR check out their website.

#2 Marist 4, #1 Monmouth 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Mercer County Park
Singles competition
1. Victor Pugliese (MON 13.05) def. Justin Chanthalangsy (MAR 11.64) 6-2, 6-0
2. Rudy Kurz (MAR 12.30) def. Przemyslaw Filipek (MON 12.21) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
3. Fredrik Bjerke (MAR 11.86) def. Ale Gomez Estrada (MON 12.27) 6-4, 6-4
4. Vidit Vaghela (MON 11.78) vs. Joseph Dube (MAR 11.88) 4-6, 6-3, 3-2, unf
5. Matteo Guidice (MAR 11.68) def. Luke Adamus (MON 11.63) 6-3, 6-1
6. Bee Kumthonkittikul (MON 11.64) def. Jan Dernic (MAR 11.12) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Victor Pugliese/Vidit Vaghela (MON) def. Joe Motta/Bjerke (MAR) 8-4
2. Justin Chanthalangsy/Matteo Guidice (MAR) def. Estrada/Ramy Behkiet (MON) 8-5
3. Rudy Kurz/Dylan Fletcher (MAR) def. Filipek/Christian Viera (MON) 8-7(2)
Match Notes:
Monmouth University 15-9
Marist College 15-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3) Singles (1,5,3,6,2)


#1 East Tennessee State won its 9th straight conference championship with a 4-0 win over #2 Furman in a match played at Furman.  ETSU took the doubles point with 8-6 wins at 1 and 3 and then the Bucs would get straight set wins at 2, 3, and 6 with Diego Nunez clinching it with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3.

Interesting note: ETSU won the Southern Conference in 2005, then departed for the Atlantic Sun and won that league 7 of 8 years, then returned to the Southern and won it again.
ETSU recap

"It is just that mentality of wanting to keep the tradition going," ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini said. "Nine is my favorite number, so to get to this point is a little bit surreal."

"We prepare and understand that we have a solid teama group of hard fighters who don't give upbut to be able to put in work day in and day out and pull out the championship is like a dream."

"I believe todaybetter than any daywe played as a team," Zaatini said. "Today, we had a couple of our rocks lose, so to have the other guys step up and win it was huge. No. 1 and No. 3 Doubles came through, which allowed us to carry that confidence into singles play."

"Great teams always play their best when it matters most," ETSU assistant coach Ricky Rojas said. "We played great. I am proud of this team!"

Furman recap

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ETSU 4, Furman 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. David Biosca (ETSU 13.60) vs. Adam Steryous (FUR 12.87) 6-1, 5-4 unf
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU 13.41) def. Matt Browne (FUR 12.45) 6-3, 6-3
3. Diego Nunez (ETSU 12.46) def. Cameron Green (FUR 12.51) 6-4, 6-4
4. Ben Horst (FUR 12.18) vs. Conner Huertas (ETSU 12.82) 7-5, 4-3, unf
5. Jacob Behal (FUR 12.39) vs. Robert Herrera (ETSU 13.57) 6-4, 3-6, 1-2, unf
6. Ismael Merino (ETSU 12.90) def. Juan Sheppard (FUR 12.00) 7-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Matt Browne/Ben Horst (FUR) 8-6
2. Adam Steryous/Cameron Green (FUR) def. Ismael Merino/Robert Herrera (ETSU) 8-6
3. Diego Nunez/Conner Huertas (ETSU) def. Jacob Behal/Juan Sheppard (FUR) 8-6
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,6,3)


#1 Texas A&M Corpus Christi won its 3rd straight Southland Championship with a 4-2 win over #2 seed and host Lamar.  Lamar squeaked out the doubles point by winning the deciding court at #3 in a tiebreak but A&M CC would rebound with wins from Kevin Bettendroffer, Guillaume Rauseo, and Javier Pujol at 2, 4, and 5 to go up 3-1.  Lamar closed the gap to 3-2 with a 7-6, 7-5 upset win by Nikita Lis (UTR 13.04) over Peter Nagy (UTR 14.28) but A&M CC's Ricardo Mayagoitia would clinch the title for the Islanders by winning 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at #3 over Benny Schweizer.

Also wanted to give props to A&M CC's Twitter guy/gal for doing a great job with match updates.

A&M CC recap

"This was the best tennis college match I have ever been a part of as a coach and a player," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "I can't tell you how much respect I have for Lamar, Coach Scott Shankles and the way their team competed today. I also can't put into words how proud I am of our team and the amount of heart that they showed to never give up and the courage they had to pull this out today.

"I can't begin to tell you about the courage of little Ricardo Mayagoitia who has the biggest heart in the world for his team. I will never forget how hard this team fought today. This was absolute electric environment for five hours."  

"Lamar's crowd was amazing and the way they competed on their home court was as tenacious as I have ever seen," Moore said. "I don't think there is one person of the 200 plus people there today that didn't scream for five hours. There were two teams that deserved to win this match.

"It took every member of this men's and women's team and every member of the Islanders Athletics department that was here fighting as hard as they could to pull this off today. I also want to take a moment to thank Stephanie McDonald and the staff at the Southland Conference as well as the staff at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center, who even with numerous rain delays and adverse conditions made this an amazing experience for all the student-athletes."

"I'm very humbled and blessed to be a part of this exceptionally high-character tennis program," Moore added.

Lamar recap

"We did a really good job against Corpus Christi today. They have more experience than us in this scenario, and I believe that helped them," said head coach Scott Shankles. "You have to tip your hat to them. They are champions for a reason.

"Today they were a better team late just by a little bit," he said.

"Nagy is a great player, and is probably the mostly mentally tough player we have ever come across in our league," said Shankles. "So for Nik to beat a guy who is nationally ranked really says a lot of him. He's lost to him in the past, but never lets those losses affect him."

"Nik always comes in with a game plan, and he had a good one today," said Shankles. "Clearly he executed it the way he intended and I'm very proud of him for doing that."

"That wasn't the result that we wanted, but there's nothing to be ashamed to finish second," said Shankles. "We'll learn from it and get better. Hopefully it'll help us get back here again and win it."

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#60 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 4, Lamar 2
4/26/2015 at Beaumont, Texas
Singles competition
1. Nikita Lis (LU 13.04) def. #101 Peter Nagy (AMCC 14.28) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
2. Kevin Bettendroffer (AMCC 13.08) def. Michael Feucht (LU 12.80) 6-3, 6-4
3. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC 12.83) def. Benny Schweizer (LU 12.28) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
4. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC 12.86) def. Jeandr Hoogenboezem (LU 12.21)6-2,1-6,6-2
5. Javier Pujol (AMCC 12.38) def. Mikko Rajamaki (LU 11.77) 6-1, 6-3
6. Paul Cook (AMCC 12.07) vs. Juuso Laitinen (LU 11.85) 7-5, 1-6, 4-5, unf
Doubles competition
1. Peter Nagy/Arthur Bedel (AMCC) def. Lis/Hoogenboezem (LU) 8-6
2. Feucht, Michael/Schweizer, Benny (LU) def. Rauseo/Bettendroffer (AMCC) 8-4
3. Rajamaki, Mikko/Laitinen, Juuso (LU) def. Mayagoitia/Cook (AMCC) 8-7 (9-7)
Match Notes:
Lamar 14-11
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 19-6; National ranking #60
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,5,1,3)
2015 Southland Conference Championships
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - #1 Seed
Lamar - #2 Seed
A&M-Corpus Christi receives Southland's automatic bid to NCAA Championships

The Summit League

#1 Denver won its 2nd straight Summit Championship by overwhelming #3 IPFW 4-0. Denver took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then the Pioneers took all 6 opening sets with Henry Craig, Diogo Rocha, and Alex Gasson finishing off their matches in straight sets at 1, 2, and 3.

It was a sad day for the IPFW tennis program because it was announced a few months ago that the program was going to be dropped after this season so as of today there is no more IPFW men's or women's tennis.

Note: Every court except #6 singles had a Universal Tennis Rating gap of more than 1.0 which means IPFW was a huge underdog on those 5 courts.

Denver recap

"We are really happy with how the guys played and competed all weekend," said Assistant Coach Drew Eberly. "I'm really proud of their effort and can't wait to see what we can do in the NCAA's."

IPFW recap

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#51 Denver 4, IPFW 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Fort Wayne, Ind. (Dr. Rudy and Rhonda Kachmann Tennis Ctr.)
Singles competition
1. #113 Henry Craig (DEN 13.65) def. Gerard Guell (IPFW 12.06) 6-3, 6-2
2. #109 Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.22) def. Andres Cobos (IPFW 11.81) 6-3, 6-3
3. Alex Gasson (DEN 13.02) def. Carlos do Val (IPFW 11.45) 6-0, 6-1
4. David Fox (DEN 12.73) vs. Daniel Cardenas (IPFW 11.44) 6-4, 5-2, unf
5. Yannik James (DEN 12.98) vs. Martin Muadi (IPFW 11.67) 6-4, 3-4, unf
6. Wyatt Lovera (DEN 11.88) vs. Karl Wangensten-Oye (IPFW 11.51) 6-4, 2-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. #40 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DEN) vs. Gerard Guell/Martin Muadi (IPFW) 6-5, unf
2. Diogo Rocha/Yannik James (DEN) def. Andres Cobos/Daniel Cardenas (IPFW) 8-4
3. David Fox/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Connor Andrews/Derek Romer (IPFW) 8-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,2)
2015 Summit League Championship Match


#1 New Mexico State won its 1st ever WAC Championship with a 4-3 win over UT Pan American. UTPA took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 but NMSU responded with lopsided wins from Patrick Pfister, Liam Goldberg, and Germain Degardin at 4, 5, and 6. UTPA tied it up at 3 with wins from Juan Cruz Soria and Hector Ramirez at 1 and 2 which meant it would come down to a 3rd set at #3 singles.  After dropping the first set 6-3 Christofer Goncalves would take the next two 7-5, 7-5 to give NMSU its championship.

NMSU recap
UTPA recap

"We didn't get it done today," Broncs head coach Brandon Stokes said. "But it wasn't from a lack of energy, effort, spirit, resiliency, intensity or brotherhood. Our family possesses these qualities more than any team in our conference or region."

"Congratulations to New Mexico State," Stokes said. "Their freshman of the year beat our freshman of the year in the deciding match 7-5 in the third. They won it. This is a temporary moment of sadness that we will keep in perspective balanced by other issues in our personal history and social history that transcend sports. Tomorrow we start improving our team and program for next season and the seasons after that. The process is bigger than any one results."

"I am honored to be the coach, teacher and mentor to these seven Broncs," Stokes said. "It has been an amazing year. This is only the beginning."

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New Mexico State 4, Texas-Pan American 3
Apr 26, 2015 at WAC Men's Tennis Championship - Kansas City, Mo. (Plaza Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Juan Cruz Soria (UTPA 12.91) def. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU 11.93) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. Hector Ramirez (UTPA 12.20) def. Paul Denele (NMSU 11.13) 6-2, 6-2
3. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU 12.24) def. Koby Jansen (UTPA 12.24) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
4. Patrick Pfister (NMSU 12.50) def. Elliot Johnstone (UTPA 11.10) 6-1, 6-0
5. Liam Goldberg (NMSU 12.32) def. Miguel Alvarez Hevia (UTPA 11.64) 6-4, 6-2
6. Germain Degardin (NMSU 12.33) def. Ethan Ammon (UTPA 10.65) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Juan Cruz Soria/Koby Jansen (UTPA) def. Trecakov/Liam Goldberg (NMSU) 8-6
2. Ethan Ammon/Hector Ramirez (UTPA) def. Goncalves/Pfister (NMSU) 8-6
3. Paul Denele/Germain Degardin (NMSU) vs. Nikola Crvelin/ Johnstone (UTPA) 4-3, 
Match Notes:
Texas-Pan American 10-13
New Mexico State 11-13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,5,2,1,3)

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Nov 1-5: Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships (Indian Wells)
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Feb 16-19: Men's National Team Indoors (Seattle)
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