Tuesday, 13 October 2015 20:28

NCAA D1 Tennis Committee Meeting Recap

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A few months back the NCAA Division 1 Men's and Women's Tennis Committee had its annual meeting to discuss different topics/items for the upcoming season.  The information is available to the general public on ncaa.org but it can be tough to find so I figured I'd share the report here and talk about some of the interesting things that they discussed.

Below are the conferences whose champions are guaranteed a bid into the 64-team NCAA Tournament.  The Southland (Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Lamar, New Orleans, Nicholls St, Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word) was granted a waiver to get a bid despite only having 4 eligible teams last season. Both Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word recently made the move from Division 2 to Division 1 and thus are ineligible for postseason play until the 2017-18 season.

In its review of the 2015 NCAA Championships they talked about needing to spruce up the selection show with more commentary about specific match-ups.  They also mentioned that travel distance and conference opponent restrictions played a role in where teams were placed in the bracket (not new).

They made some interesting observations about the NCAA Championship Finals Site and potential format changes in the future due to the space issues of trying to have such a massive event at one sight and due to weather issues that occur just about every year which wreaks havoc on the schedule. Possible solutions that will be reviewed are splitting the men and women instead of having them at the same site (have been combined since 2006), utilizing college baseball's super regional format which has the 16 regional winners meet in 8 super regionals with the 8 champions playing at a final site (Omaha for baseball), changing dates to have the finals on a weekend (no brainer if you want people to actually show up), and move the individual portion from the spring to the fall (fatigue factor and gets lost in the shuffle IMO).  The ITA made its recommendations to the NCAA that they would like to see super regionals and the individuals moved to the fall.

One thing they did approve was moving the start time of the finals up to Noon and 4pm local; it has been 1pm and 5pm in year's past.

They commended Baylor for providing streaming video through PlaySight and hopefully this will be the standard going forward.

The .500 rule will stay in place which means to be eligible for an at-large selection to the NCAAs a team must have at least a .500 record.  I personally would have liked to see an addendum added which stipulates that you can't have more than 2 wins counted from the same date. The reason I say that is because no team should be able to beat the same opponent 4 times in one day and get credit for all those wins. I don't think getting beat 6-0, 6-1 four times in one day is good for the student-athlete experience. If you can't legitimately get to .500 without "buying" wins then you don't belong in the tournament.

There were no results overturned by the ITA last year due to protest.

The USTA provided financial support to televise the following conference championships: Big 12 (FoxSports), Southeastern (ESPN+), Mountain West (MW Network), and American Athletic (The American Digital Network). The ACC wasn't mentioned but it was scheduled to be on ESPN+ as well but due to weather the televised/streamed portion wasn't able to air.

To look through the full document which includes stuff that I personally didn't find as relevant you can click here.

NCAA Tournament Automatic Qualification (AQ). 
  1. Recommendation. That the following conferences receive automatic bids for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships (32 conferences for the women's championships and 31 for the men's): 
    • America East Conference (women only) 
    • American Athletic Conference
    • Atlantic Coast Conference
    • Atlantic Sun Conference
    • Atlantic 10 Conference
    • Big East Conference
    • Big Sky Conference
    • Big South Conference
    • Big Ten Conference
    • Big 12 Conference
    • Big West Conference
    • Colonial Athletic Association
    • Conference USA
    • Horizon League
    • The Ivy League
    • Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
    • Mid-American Conference
    • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
    • Missouri Valley Conference
    • Mountain West Conference
    • Northeast Conference
    • Ohio Valley Conference
    • Pac-12 Conference
    • Patriot League
    • Southeastern Conference
    • Southern Conference
    • Southland Conference*
    • Southwestern Athletic Conference
    • The Summit League
    • Sun Belt Conference
    • West Coast Conference
    • Western Athletic Conference. 
    • *Note: The Southland Conference requested a waiver for its men's program after having exhausted its grace period. As a result of recent conference realignments, the conference lost an active member that would have ensured eligibility for an AQ in 2016. In its request, the conference asks permission to include a reclassifying member to meet the minimum requirements. 
  2. Effective Date. September 1, 2015
  3. Rationale. All eligible conferences are being recommended with the inclusion of the Southland Conference's men, pending waiver resolution. The committee recommends granting the waiver.

Review of 2015 Championships
  • Brackets. The committee reviewed the brackets and results. Members took no action but noted the automatic qualifiers, conference opponent restriction and minimizing the number of flights has an effect on the bracket in general and the number of at large teams ultimately selected. 
  • Evaluations. The committee reviewed the evaluations from participants and site representatives. The committee suggested that additional highlights be incorporated into both selection shows along with additional commentary for specific matchups and especially teams that have played each other earlier in the season. The committee also discussed potentially interviewing the committee chairs during the selection shows. 
  • First and Second Rounds. The committee discussed the process for appointing qualified site representatives and agreed it best to reach out in advance of selections to determine interest and availability. The committee commended this year's site representatives who served in this role for the first time, and members asked staff to create a best practices document for the future to help administer the preliminary rounds. Committee members also agreed to continue reaching out to the site representatives in their region to assist with preparations

Finals Site
  1. Format
    • The committee reviewed the schedule of matches and discussed the difficulty of scheduling practices and matches for 32 teams (16 men's teams and 16 women's teams), especially during inclement weather, which was a factor each day of competition in Waco, Texas. Regarding match times, the committee voted to change the times of the team semifinals and finals to noon and 4 p.m. local time, which is consistent with the current start times for quarterfinals competition. 
    • The committee discussed the overall format of this championship. Among potential changes discussed were
      • Splitting the genders into separate championship sites
      • The concept of a super regional and Elite Eight finals site
      • Changing the dates to allow team finals to be played on the weekend
      • Splitting the individual and team championship by moving the individual championship to the fall. 
    • The committee's priority is the student-athlete experience and ensuring that the format of the team and individual championship provides the best possible experience. The committee and NCAA staff will continue these conversations throughout the 2015-16 season and gather feedback from tennis stakeholders. This will also allow the committee to consider the outcome of the current scoring format proposal. NCAA staff will develop a financial analysis for the various formats discussed.
  1. Inclement-Weather Plans. The committee emphasized its priority to play championship matches outdoors as weather permits throughout the championships. The committee will base its decisions on moving competition indoors or to an alternate indoor site on the primacy of the student-athlete experience.
  1. Webcasting Minimums. The committee commended the investment Baylor made to the championships by videostreaming every match throughout the championships. This enhanced the experience for student-athletes and their fans. 
  1. Misconduct Issues. The committee commended the meet referees' handling of potentially volatile situations. Fan behavior should be managed by the host institution in the future. The committee had an extensive conversation about how to best educate fans and student-athletes about proper behavior, particularly in light of the decorum policies being experimented with at difference conferences. 

Team and Individual Selection Criteria and Procedures
  • 500 or Above Criterion Implementation. The committee noted that the .500 or above criterion will remain in place for future championships. 
  • Minimum Number of Singles/Doubles Matches for Selections. The committee discussed the current requirements for minimum number of matches for singles/doubles matches and made no changes
  • Overturned Results by ITA. The ITA did not overturn any results this year. Staff will continue to work with the ITA to update the committee on any overturned results. 

Update on Sport Committee, Coaches Association and Governance Structure 
  • USTA. Elissa Kinard Hill and Virgil Christian joined the committee to discuss various topics. The committee will continue to work closely with the USTA to review the current collegiate championship model. Ms. Hill provided an update on the current facilities the USTA is building in Florida, which are scheduled to be completed in 2016. The USTA has hired Sports Impacts to conduct an economic impact survey, and results should be available in September. In lieu of College Match Day, this year the USTA provided financial support to televise several conference championships, including the Big 12, Southeastern, Mountain West and American Athletic championships.
  • ITA and USTA. The committee did not meet jointly with the USTA and ITA this year.
  • ITA. Tim Russell, David Benjamin and Angel Prinos joined the committee to discuss various topics. The ITA Division I Operating Committee voted to make four recommendations to the committee, which included the previously proposed no-ad scoring format. The ITA Division I Operating Committee also proposed a super regional team format and moving the singles and doubles championships to the fall. 
    Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski is the 2015 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Singles Champion after routing Tulane's Dominik Koepfer 6-0, 6-2 in the finals in a match that took around 55 minutes to complete.

    Kwiatkowski was in control from start to finish by working Koepfer from side-to-side and more points than not ended with a Koepfer miss with many coming off the forehand wing. Kwiatkowski played great defense but also hit some huge forehands to finish off several games.

    3 of Koepfer's 7 service games went to the deciding 40-40 point and he lost all 3. Koepfer struggled at the net and lost 3 different games on a volley that he either mishit or didn't place well enough.

    Match Flow:

    1st Set:
    TSK held from 40-30 for a 1-0 lead (missed most of this game)
    TSK broke from 40-40 for a 2-0 lead. DK hit a decent drop volley at the net that landed on the left sideline but TSK came all the way from the right sideline (almost at the baseline) to hit a crosscourt forehand winner.
    TSK held from 40-40 for a 3-0 lead. DK was in control of the point and came to the net to finish but he mishit a volley that sat up in the middle of the court and TSK slapped a forehand winner.
    TSK broke from 0-40 for a 4-0 lead. DK double faulted on break point.
    TSK held from 40-40 for a 5-0 lead. TSK hit a service winner on the deciding point.
    TSK broke from 0-40 for a 6-0 first set. DK was an error machine looking to get the set over with so he could regroup for the 2nd set.
    Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) 6-0

    2nd Set:
    TSK held from 40-15 for a 1-0 lead. DK led 0-15 then TSK won 4 straight.
    TSK broke from 40-40 for a 2-0 lead. DK led 40-15 then went wide on a forehand and then TSK hit a forehand winner. On the deciding point DK went long on a forehand.
    TSK held from 40-15 for a 3-0 lead. DK went for a backhand winner on the 40-15 point but just missed. Only point TSK dropped in the game was off a double fault.
    DK held from 40-15 to make it 3-1 TSK. DK hit back-to-back forehand winners to get the hold.
    TSK held from 40-15 for a 4-1 lead. TSK served and volleyed on the 15-15 point and did a nice job picking up a volley at his feet. DK then mishit a volley at the net and TSK finished with a forehand winner. TSK hit a service winner for the hold.
    TSK broke from 40-40 for a 5-1 lead. DK hit a volley winner to go up 40-30 but then went wide on a forehand to make it 40-40. DK came in but couldn't pick up the short hop and the ball landed in the bottom of the net.
    DK broke from 15-40 to make it 5-2 TSK. TSK tried to service and volley on the 15-40 point but he put a low volley into the middle of the net.
    TSK broke from 15-40 for a 6-2 set and win. TSK hit a big forehand on match point that DK couldn't get back.
    Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) 6-2

    Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) 6-0, 6-2

    Note: Kwiatkowski came into the All-Americans with the highest Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) at 14.62 and had UTRs been used for seeding he would have been the #1 seed.

    After a short rest Kwiatkowski returned to the court to play in the doubles final with Mac Styslinger against North Carolina's Robert Kelly and Brett Clark.  The North Carolina duo took the opening set 6-3 after falling behind 3-1 but Virginia's pair rallied to take the second set 6-2. They played a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a third set and it was Kwiatkowski and Styslinger taking it 10-7 to take home the Championship 3-6, 6-2, 1-0(7).

    Kwiatkowski becomes the first player to win both the singles and doubles titles in the same year since Tennessee's JP Smith did it back in 2009.

    Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard won the consolation singles draw by defeating conference rival Sam Shroprshire (Northwestern) 6-4, 6-4.

    After a few close matches on Saturday, Sunday brought a pair of straight sets wins with little suspense as Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Tulane's Dominik Koepfer each rolled into the finals.

    Thai-Son Kwiatkowski actually fell behind Stanford's Tom Fawcett 2-0 in the opening set but then he reeled off 5 straight games to go up 5-2. After a Fawcett hold, Kwiatkowski would serve out the set and then go up an immediate break in the second set to put Fawcett on his heels. Kwiatkowski wouldn't let up and would close out the 6-3, 6-2 win in just over an hour.

    Dominik Koepfer would book his spot to the finals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Cal's Andre Goransson. Koepfer broke the Goransson serve in the 10th and final game of each set to close it out.

    The singles consolation final will be Big 10 versus Big 10 as Northwestern's Sam Shropshire will meet Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard.

    The main draw doubles final will be ACC versus ACC as Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger will meet North Carolina's Brett Clark and Robert Kelly.

    Oklahoma State's Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe captured the doubles consolation title by defeating Virginia Tech's Andreas Bjerrehus and Joao Monteiro 6-3, 6-3.

    Check out the ITA's recap for quotes and details from each match along with the doubles. All the draws are down below.

    All-American Main Draw Singles Semifinals:
    [3] Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. [9-16] Tom Fawcett (Stanford) 6-3, 6-2
    [4] Dominik Koepfer (Tulane) def. [9-16] Andre Goransson (Cal) 6-4, 6-4

    Singles Consolation Semifinals:
    [5-8] Sam Shropshire (Northwestern) def. Stefan Lindmark (Ole Miss) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2)
    [5-8] Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State) def. [2] Austin Smith (Georgia) 6-4, 6-4

    Doubles Semifinals:
    [5-8] Kwiatkowski/Styslinger (UVA) def. Hidalgo/Watson (FLA) 6-4, 6-3
    Clark/Kelly (UNC) def. [5-8] Lipman/Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 7-5

    Doubles Consolation Finals:
    [4] Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (Okla St) def. [LL] A Bjerrehus/J Monteiro (Va Tech) 6-3, 6-3

    A pair of New Zealanders had a good day on the ITF Pro Futures Tour with TCU sophomore Cameron Norrie winning the singles title at the USA F29 in Mansfield, Texas and 2013 Pepperdine graduate Finn Tearney winning the singles title at the Australia F7 in Cairns, Australia.  It was the first pro singles title for each.

    Norrie (Auckland, NZ) came through qualies in Mansfield and defeated #782 Alexios Halebian 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in the finals.

    Tearney (Wellington, NZ) was the #6 seed in Cairns and defeated #299 Alex Bolt 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3 in the finals.  He also knocked off the 2014 US Open Junior Champion Omar Jasika in the quarterfinals.

    The University of Georgia's Club Team won the The USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational on Hilton Head Island by defeating Boston College 24-15.  For a full recap on today's match and the whole weekend click here.

    Sunday, 11 October 2015 01:44

    Down to the Final 4

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    Saturday was a busy day for the guys in Tulsa with both the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals held within hours of each other but by the time the dust cleared we had our final 4 and they all happen to be top 16 seeds.

    The 8 morning matches saw 6 finish in straight sets with Tom Fawcett, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Hugo Di Feo, Dominik Koepfer, Uros Petronijevic, and Andre Goransson each winning somewhat comfortably.

    Both Ronnie Schneider and Konrad Zieba needed 3 sets in their Round of 16 matches though both cruised in the 3rd set taking the final set by 6-2 scores.  The one thing that was a little strange was the fact that Ronnie Schneider and Shane Vinsant started their Round of 16 match a good two and a half hours after several of the other matches. In fact as the 3rd set started the 3 other quarterfinal matches had already began.

    Cal's Andre Goransson was the first to punch his ticket to the semifinals after he dispatched San Diego's Uros Petronijevic 6-4, 6-3.  Goransson broke Petronijevic from 15-40 to take the opening set 6-4 and then he jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the 2nd set before serving it out at love to finish off the straight set win.

    Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo had already won 6 matches on the week and it looked like he was going to make it 7 when he led Tulane's Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 5-4.  Koepfer was serving to stay in the match but he'd fall behind 30-40 which meant Di Feo had 2 match points.  Koepfer fought off the first match point but it looked like Di Feo had the second one in the bag. Di Feo worked the point with his forehand and then came inside the service line to hit an overhead but he hit it right down the T which happened to be where Koepfer was standing. Koepfer hit a reflex backhand winner to get the hold and that was pretty much all she wrote as Koepfer wouldn't lose another game to take home a 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 win.

    Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, who came into the tournament with the highest Universal Tennis Rating at 14.62, dropped the opening set to Northwestern's Konrad Zieba 7-5 but turned it around quickly by taking the second set 6-2 and then jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the 3rd in route to closing out the 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 win.

    In the final quarterfinal of the day it was Stanford's Tom Fawcett knocking off UNC's Ronnie Schneider 6-2, 7-5. Fawcett had a good extra hour of rest in between matches since he finished his Round of 16 match off in straight set so one would think that had to help him a little. 

    The ITA's recap has some quotes from each of the quarterfinal winners. 

    All-American Round of 16 Results:
    [9-16] Tom Fawcett (Stanford) def. [Q] Marko Krickovic (Auburn) 6-4, 6-0
    [7] Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina) def. Shane Vinsant (Texas A&M) 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2
    [3] Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. Florian Lakat (Cal) 6-3, 6-4
    [Q] Konrad Zieba (Northwestern) def. Dovydas Sakinis (Dartmouth) 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2
    [Q] Hugo Di Feo (Ohio St) def.  Nick Crystal (USC) 6-3, 7-6(4)
    [4] Dominik Koepfer (Tulane) def. [9-16] Benjamin Lock (Florida St) 6-4, 6-4
    Uros Petronijevic (San Diego) def. Chris Diaz (Ohio St) 6-3, 6-4
    [9-16] Andre Goransson (Cal) def. Aron Hiltzik (Illinois) 6-2, 6-1

    Quarterfinals Results:
    [9-16] Tom Fawcett (Stanford) def. [7] Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina) 6-2, 7-5
    [3] Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. [Q] Konrad Zieba (Northwestern) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
    [4] Dominik Koepfer (Tulane) def. [Q] Hugo Di Feo (Ohio St) 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
    [9-16] Andre Goransson (Cal) def. Uros Petronijevic (San Diego) 6-4, 6-3

    Semifinal Matchups:
    [3] Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) vs. [9-16] Tom Fawcett (Stanford) 
    [4] Dominik Koepfer (Tulane) vs. [9-16] Andre Goransson (Cal)

    Saturday, 10 October 2015 11:06

    Tennis On Campus - Fall Invitational

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    The courts at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina will be packed this weekend as coed teams from 48 schools across the country compete in the 6th annual USTA Tennis on Campus Fall Invitational.

    The University of Florida is going for 3 in a row at the Fall Invitational and they opened up their defense of the title with 3 wins yesterday including a 24-16 win over Ohio State in the Round of 16. The event utilizes the same scoring format as World Team Tennis.

    Below is the list of the schools participating and you can follow the event at TOC's event page.  Here is Friday's recap and here are some more FAQ about Tennis On Campus for those not familiar.

    You can see some pics on the different teams on TOC's twitter page.  Steve Pratt is the USTA onsite contact this weekend in Hilton Head.

    Armstrong State University
    Auburn University
    Boston College
    Clemson University
    Coastal Carolina University
    College of William & Mary
    Colorado School of Mines
    Cornell University
    Duke University
    Elon University
    Ferris State University
    Furman University
    Georgia College
    Georgia Southern University
    Georgia Tech
    Harvard University
    James Madison University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Kennesaw State University
    Louisiana State University
    Mercer University
    North Carolina State University
    Northwestern University
    Ohio State University
    Ohio University
    Old Dominion University
    University of Alabama
    University of Central Florida
    University of Cincinnati
    University of Connecticut
    University of Dayton
    University of Florida
    University of Georgia
    University of Kentucky
    University of New Hampshire
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of South Carolina
    Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Univ. of Tennessee, Chattanooga
    University of Toledo
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Vanderbilt University
    Villanova University
    Virginia Tech University  
    Wake Forest University
    Washington Univ., St. Louis   
    Rain pushed play indoors on Day 2 of the main draw in Tulsa but that didn't hurt Auburn's Marko Krickovic as the qualifer knocked off the #1 seed Quentin Monaghan (Notre Dame) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5. Monaghan cruised to a 6-1 opening set but Krickovic turned it around in the 2nd set and went up 5-2. Krickovic got broke serving for the set up 5-2 and 5-4 but then he broke Monaghan to go up 6-5 and finally got a service hold to take the set 7-5.  The 3rd set stayed on serve until Krickovic broke for a 4-3 lead and then he consolidated the break with a hold for 5-3. Monaghan would come back from 0-40 down on his serve to hold for 5-4 and then he'd go up 0-40 on the Krickovic serve before breaking from 30-40 to even the match at 5-5. Krickovic would break back on the 40-40 deciding point by clubbing a Monaghan second serve and then finishing at the net with an overhead. Krickovic didn't fool around on his next service game and held quickly at love to finish off the upset win.

    There were only 3 matches played outdoors after the rain cleared out and one of those involved the #2 seed Nicolas Alvarez (Duke) as he met Illinois sophomore Aron Hiltzik. Hiltzik jumped out to the early break lead in the 1st before Alvarez got it back on serve. Hiltzik would break Alvarez again to go up 6-5 and would then serve out the opening set to go up 7-5. The 2nd set followed the same path with Hiltzik breaking Alvarez to go up 6-5 then Hiltzik held from 40-15 to seal the 7-5, 7-5 upset win.

    The most lopsided score of the day involved the #6 seed Roberto Cid (South Florida) but unfortunately for Cid he was on the losing end as Northwestern qualifier Konrad Zieba rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 win. Zieba is now 5-0 on the week and he has yet to drop a set.

    San Diego's Uros Petronijevic won a back and forth match against the #8 seed Georgia's Wayne Montgomery. Petronijevic jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set before Montgomery rallied to force a tiebreak. Petronijevic got the early mini-break and held on to take the set 7-6(5). Montgomery jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd set and would hold on to that 1 break advantage to close out the set 6-3.  Petronijevic would turn the script in the 3rd set and yes jump out to a 3-0 lead. Montgomery would then take the next 3 games to even it at 3-3 but Petronijevic would respond with a hold, a break, and then a hold from 40-30 to close out the 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 upset over Montgomery.

    Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo looked like he was in big trouble after falling behind Denver's Diogo Rocha 6-3, 4-1 but Di Feo turned things around and one hour later he'd be sitting in the winner's circle with an improbable 3-6, 7-6(3) 6-0 win. The shots that Di Feo missed early on were clipping the lines and the shots that Rocha landed started missing. After Rocha dropped the 2nd set tiebreak he faded quickly in the 3rd with Di Feo closing the set out in about 25 minutes.

    The biggest comeback of the day belonged to Florida's State Benjamin Lock after the Seminoles senior rallied from 4-1 down in the 3rd set to defeat Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea 6-1, 1-6, 7-5. Ghilea served for the match up 5-4, 40-15 but Lock fought off all 3 match points then followed that up with a hold and then broke again to close it out.

    Comments from FSU's recap:
    "It was a tough match all round, Lock said. "I thought that I outplayed him in the first set. Credit to him in the second set, he came back really strong. The third set was a fight and I just tried to keep my intensity high and keep doing the right thing. When I was down match points I stayed in the moment and focused on the small details in every shot. In the end it paid off and I'm really happy about this win.

    The only other guy to rally from a 3rd set deficit was Cal's Florian Lakat. The recent Mississippi State transfer trailed Georgia's Tech's Christopher Eubanks 3-1 in the 3rd but Lakat won 5 of the next 6 games including a break of the Eubanks serve at love to clinch the match. 

    Teams that had multiple guys playing today:
    Ohio State 2-0 (Diaz/Di Feo)
    Cal 2-0 (Goransson/Lakat)
    USC 1-1 (Crystal - W; De Vroome - L)
    San Diego 1-1 (Petronijevic - W; Angus - L)
    Texas A&M 1-1 (Vinsant - W; Rinderknech - L)
    Georgia 0-2 (Montgomery/Duncan)
    Denver 0-2 (Rocha/Craig)

    Qualifiers went 3-3 on the day with Auburn's Marko Krickovic, Northwestern's Konrad Zieba, and Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo each winning while Georgia's Walker Duncan, San Diego's Jordan Angus, and USC's Max De Vroome each came up short.

    Guys with the higher UTR went 12-4

    All-American 2nd Round Results:
    [Q] Marko Krickovic (AU) def. [1] Quentin Monaghan (ND) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
    [9-16] Tom Fawcett (STAN) def. [Q] Walker Duncan (UGA) 6-4, 6-2
    [7] Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. [Q] Jordan Angus (USD) 7-6(3), 6-3
    Shane Vinsant (aTm) def. Naoki Takeda (AZ) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-1
    [3] Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) def. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
    Florian Lakat (Cal) def. [9-16] Christopher Eubanks (GT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
    [Q] Konrad Zieba (NU) def [6] Roberto Cid (USF) 6-1, 6-2
    Dovydas Sakinis (Dart) def. Henry Craig (Denver) by walkover
    Nick Crystal (USC) def. Beck Pennington (UK) 6-4, 6-2
    [Q] Hugo Di Feo (Ohio St) def. Diogo Rocha (Denver) 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-0
    [9-16] Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1, 1-6, 7-5
    [4] Dominik Koepfer (Tulane) def. Matic Spec (MN) 6-3, 6-3
    Chris Diaz (Ohio St) def. [9-16] Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) 7-5, 6-1
    Uros Petronijevic (SD) def. [8] Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3
    [9-16] Andre Goransson (Cal) def. [Q] Max De Vroome (USC) 7-5, 6-2
    Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. [2] Nicolas Alvarez (Duke) 7-5, 7-5

    Round of 16:
    [Q] Marko Krickovic (Auburn) vs. [9-16] Tom Fawcett (Stanford) 
    [7] Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina) vs. Shane Vinsant (Texas A&M) 
    [3] Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) vs. Florian Lakat (Cal) 
    Konrad Zieba (Northwestern) vs. Dovydas Sakinis (Dartmouth)
    Nick Crystal (USC) vs. [Q] Hugo Di Feo (Ohio St) 
    [4] Dominik Koepfer (Tulane) vs. [9-16] Benjamin Lock (Florida St)
    Chris Diaz (Ohio St) vs. Uros Petronijevic (San Diego)
    [9-16] Andre Goransson (Cal) vs. Aron Hiltzik (Illinois)