Friday, 22 May 2015 11:33

NCAA Singles & Doubles Results

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I added the results to the tab at the top plus the singles result are on the right side of the page too - doubles results are down near the bottom.

SINGLES

Championship - May 25th - 12pm central
#8 [8] Ryan Shane (VIrginia) def. #6 [7] Noah Rubin (Wake Forest) 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-1


Semifinal Results - May 24th 
#6 [7] Noah Rubin(Wake Forest) def. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) 6-4, 6-4
#8 [8] Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. #9 [9-16] Quentin Monaghan (Notre Dame) 6-4, 6-1



Noah Rubin, Wake Forest
On the match results
"I thought I was very focused throughout. I thought I stepped up when I needed to. I was patient, I knew that my mental game was gonna be important, especially with the possibility of rain. We played the whole match, luckily, Even though he was up 3-0 in the second set, I just kept fighting, fighting, and found my opportunities.

On advancing to the national championship
"Obviously, it's a great opportunity tomorrow. I am not really thinking about it too much. I might be thinking about it after the tournament. Hopefully, I win tomorrow. I am just going to keep my body in check, keep stretching and resting.

On playing a conference opponent
"I played him [Ryan Shane] in the finals at the ACC tournament and I won 7-6, 6-3. He is a great player, hits a monstrous ball. Probably, one of the best hitters in the country right now.



Ryan Shane, Virginia
On strategy going into match
"I played [Monaghan] during the regular season. He's a great player who gets a lot of balls back and can attack. I knew coming into this match today that it was going to be a battle. During the first two points, I was a little on edge. After he broke me, I was able to relax, honestly, and stay loose for the rest of the match. That's what I focused on l being as relaxed as I could be."

On what it took to make it to the national title match
"I've played all the way since the team championships, so it's been around 14 days now. After each match, I've gone back to the hotel and got as many fluids in me as I could. I also ate as healthy as I could. I tried to relax each day as best as I could and not think about tennis as much when I wasn't on the court."

Quartefinal Results - May 23nd: (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
#19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #17 Winston Lin (Columbia) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
#9 [9-16] Quentin Monaghan (Notre Dame) def. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
#8 [8] Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. #37 Felipe Soares (Texas Tech) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3
#6 [7] Noah Rubin(Wake Forest) def. #23 Jared Hiltzik(Illinois)  6-7(7), 6-2, 6-2

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia
On the difference maker in the match
"Lucky. I was lucky. I played Winston [Lin] earlier in the fall, and he is an incredible player. There were points in the match where we were playing high levels of tennis. It was nice to take a minute to realize that both of us were playing pretty well. I am thankful that I got a few lucky points at the end and happened to get the victory."

Quentin Monaghan, Notre Dame
On the match results...
"I thought that it was a really good match. Cameron [Norrie] is a really tough player, and I have played him before. I knew it was going to be a battle. He had an incredible year. It was his freshman year. There were a lot of long points, and there were a lot of tough points. It was a physical match, and I was just happy that I was able to win it."

On playing the match indoors
"Naturally, you get more out of your serve, and points would be a little bit quicker. These courts are actually pretty slow for indoors, so it didn't really change too much as far as being indoors or outdoors. It felt pretty comfortable, just like outdoors. Maybe a little nicer because of the air conditioning and stuff like that."

Ryan Shane, Virginia
On breaking Soares's serve in the third set
"Honestly, [Soares] was doing the same thing the entire match, but it took me until the third set to realize it. He only hit out wide on both sides, and in the third set I stepped out more. It helped a lot to break his serve at 40-15, so it seemed to work."

On adjustments for tomorrow
"It's the same thing: rest. I've been playing match after match after match, so I'm going to rest my body and try to be as fresh as I can be tomorrow."

Noah Rubin, Wake Forest
On mid-match adjustments
"I didn't change too much. The first set was 7-6, with four set points, which is never fun to lose. But, [Hiltzak] is a great player. He knows how to stay out there and neutralize all the balls. I just had to keep my focus up and be a little more patient than I was in the first game. These are really slow courts in the indoors and the balls start fuzzing up real quick. It's tough to put away balls. I knew that if I stayed out there focused that I could get early breaks, and that's what happened."


Round of 16 Results - May 22nd:
#19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #35 Tony Lupieri (Baylor), 6-1, 6-1
#17 Winston Lin (Columbia) def. #5 [5] Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (Louisville) 7-5, 6-4
#23 Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) def. #42 Lloyd Glasspool (Texas) 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3
#6 [7] Noah Rubin(Wake Forest) def. #15 [9-16] Yannick Hanfmann (USC), 6-2, 6-4
#39 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #14 [9-16] Mikelis Libietis (Tennessee) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
#9 [9-16] Quentin Monaghan (Notre Dame) def. #32 Jakob Sude (OKLA ST), 6-2, 6-4
#8 [8] Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. #47 Jeremy Efferding (Texas A&M) 6-4, 6-4
#37 Felipe Soares (Texas Tech) def. #45 Jonny Wang (USC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2




2nd Round Results - May 21st
#35 Tony Lupieri (BAYLOR), def. #1 [1] Axel Alvarez Llamas (OKLAHOMA), 6-4, 6-4
#19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. #34 Denis Nguyen (HARVARD), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
#5 [5] Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOUV) def. #30 Austin Smith (GA), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4
#17 Winston Lin (COLUMBIA), def. #13 [9-16] Nicolas Alvarez (DUKE), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
#42 Lloyd Glasspool (TEXAS) def. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC), 6-3, 7-5
#23 Jared Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. #12 [9-16] Dominik Koepfer (TULANE), 7-6 (7), 6-4

#6 [7] Noah Rubin (WAKE FOREST) def. #50 Chris Diaz (OHIO ST.), 6-3, 6-2
#15 [9-16] Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #53 Christopher Eubanks (GT), 6-2, 6-0 

#14 [9-16] Mikelis Libietis (TENN) def. #58 Maxime Tchoutakian (BAY), 6-2, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5)
#39 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #4 [6] Soren Hess-Olesen (TEXAS), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
#9 [9-16] Quentin Monaghan (NOTRE DAME) def. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC), 6-4, 6-4
#32 Jakob Sude (OKLAHOMA STATE) def. #59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU), 6-0, 6-3.
#47 Jeremy Efferding (TX A&M) def. #16 [9-16] Romain Bogaerts (WAKE), 6-2, 6-0
#8 [8] Ryan Shane (UVA), def. #46 Benjamin Lock (FLORIDA STATE), 6-2, 6-1
#37 Felipe Soares (TEXAS TECH) def. #52 Tin Ostojic (WICHITA STATE), 6-4, 6-2
#45 Jonny Wang (USC) def. #2 [2] Julian Lenz (BAYLOR), 6-2, 1-6, 7-5


1st Round Results - May 20th
#1 [1] Axel Alvarez Llamas (OKLAHOMA) def. #18 Nik Scholtz (MISS), 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1
#35 Tony Lupieri (BAYLOR) def. #112 Henry Craig (DENVER), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
#19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #10 [9-16] Gonzales Austin (VANDY), 6-4, 6-0
#34 Denis Nguyen (HARVARD) def. #22 Leandro Toledo (MINNESOTA), 6-4, 6-4
#5 [5] Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOUV) def. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL), 6-4, 6-3 
#30 Austin Smith (GA) def. #21 Roberto Cid (S FLA), 6-2, 7-6 (1)
#13 [9-16] Nicolas Alvarez (DUKE) def. #40 Alen Salibasic (DRAKE), 6-4, 6-2
#17 Winston Lin (COLUMBIA) def. #99 Peter Nagy (A&M-CC), 6-2, 7-5

#42 Lloyd Glasspool (TEXAS) def. #3 [3] Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA), 6-0, 6-2
#28 Ronnie Schneider (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU), 6-2, 7-5
#12 [9-16] Dominik Koepfer (TULANE) def. #51 Lukas Ollert (AUBURN), 7-6 (7), 6-2
#23 Jared Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. #57 Raphael Hemmeler (DUKE), 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2
#6 [7] Noah Rubin (WAKE FOREST) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN), 7-5, 6-4
#50 Chris Diaz (OHIO ST.) def. #43 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (6)
#15 [9-16] Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #44 Dane Webb (OKLAHOMA), 6-3, 6-1 

#53 Christopher Eubanks (GEORGIA TECH) def. #31 Nathan Pasha (GA), 7-5, 6-3
#58 Maxime Tchoutakian (BAYLOR) def. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
#14 [9-16] Mikelis Libietis (TENN) def. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA), 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-2
#39 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #48 Sam Shropshire (NW), 6-4, 6-3
#4 [6] Soren Hess-Olesen (TEXAS) def. #70 Tomas Stillman (UTSA), 6-1, 6-2
#25 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #96 Jack Findel-Hawkins (N FLA), 6-4, 6-3 

#9 [9-16] Quentin Monaghan (NOTRE DAME) def. #33 Farris Gosea (ILLINOIS), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
#32 Jakob Sude (OKLAHOMA STATE) def. #95 Daniel Leitner (S ALA), 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
#59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU) def. #24 Wayne Montgomery (GEORGIA), 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2
#47 Jeremy Efferding (TEXAS A&M) def. #27 Or Ram-Harel (TULSA), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2
#16 [9-16] Romain Bogaerts (WAKE) def. #54 Adrien Berkowicz (TEXAS), 6-2, 6-4
#46 Benjamin Lock (FLA ST) def. #56 Uros Petronijevic (USD), 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
#8 [8] Ryan Shane (VIRGINIA) def. #55 Mikael Torpegaard (OHIO STATE), 6-3, 6-3
#52 Tin Ostojic (WICHITA STATE) def. #38 Dovydas Sakinis (DART), 7-6 (3), 6-3
#37 Felipe Soares (TEXAS TECH) def. #11 [9-16] Brayden Schnur (UNC), 2-3 (ret.)
#45 Jonny Wang (USC) def. #89 Samir Iftikhar (NEW MEXICO), 6-1, 6-4
#2 [2] Julian Lenz (BAYLOR) def. #41 Jason Tahir (DUKE), 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 





DOUBLES

Championship - May 25th
#19 Lloyd Glasspool/Sren Hess-Olesen (Texas) def. #22 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (Texas Tech) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 


Semifinals - May 24th
#22 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (Tx Tech) def. #18 Harry Jadun/John Patrick Mullane (Mich St) 6-3, 6-2
#19 Lloyd Glasspool/Sren Hess-Olesen (Texas) def. #8 [5-8] Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (Bay) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)





Texas Tech Doubles
Hugo Dojas
On approach to the match
"We enter the game with less energy than some of the games we had before. We could've picked it up.

On playing a conference opponent in the championship
"I think it's good, because we already played both teams. It is great because we are going to have a Big 12 [national] champion. Big 12, for sure, has one of the toughest conferences in America. So, I think it is pretty good.

Felipe Soares
On the match results
"I think the energy was the key in the match. When we got the first point, it brought us up and we were able to finish holding the serve easy. That was the key.

On advancing to the national championship
"It's amazing. We have been waiting for this tournament since the beginning of the season. We prepared well for this, as well. Now, we've been having an awesome week.

On playing a conference opponent in the championship
"We have seen those guys play earlier in the season. But, we lost to both of them. So, hopefully this time we win. It's just nice to have two teams from the Big 12 in the final. It comes to show how good the Big 12 is.



Texas Men's Doubles
Sren HessOlesen

On comeback after losing the first set
"We played well in the first two games, but were pretty nervous in the beginning. I wasn't aggressive enough or taking my time on the serves. I gave them time on my serve, and they're a very good team when they have time. This may have been my last match ever, so I decided to go for
it. Lloyd really stepped up and played well. He carried me through the second set."

On the all-Big 12 final
"We played them earlier this season, and it was one of the best matches that we competed in. Texas Tech is a very good team and awesome guys who've played well all season. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow because I think it's going to be a lot of fun. Our coaches know each other well, and we know them well. We always get the best out of each other, and it's going to be a fun doubles match tomorrow."

Lloyd Glasspool
On what it took to win
"Our strategy today was to make a lot of first serves. In the first set, we didn't make enough and it hurt us. In the second set, we came out a lot stronger, and they seemed to struggle with that."

On Texas Tech
"We did play them once before, but it's a totally different match tomorrow. It's the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship. They've gotten so much better since the last time we played them, so we're going to have to bring it tomorrow."



Quarterfinals - May 23rd
#22 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (Tx Tech) def. #1 [1] Austin Smith/Ben Wagland(GA) 6-2, 6-3
#18 Harry Jadun/John Patrick Mullane (Mich St) def. #14 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
#8 [5-8] Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (Bay) def. #4 [4] Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (Tenn) 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4
#19 Lloyd Glasspool/Sren Hess-Olesen (Texas) def. #24 Arjun Kadhe/Jakob Sude (Okla St) 6-4, 6-2 


Texas Tech Men's Doubles
Felipe Soares
On the match results
"We started a little bit slow, a little bit cold. Once we got going, it became much easier. We played very well. We're doing everything very well, not only serving, but returning serves too."

Hugo Dojas
On the match results
"We started a little slow. We hoped we could lift each other up after the two first games, so I'm extremely grateful for having a coach that understands the doubles so well. So I think that was key for our match against Georgia."

Michigan State Men's Doubles
John Patrick Mullane
On the match results
"We had a game plan coming in, and we stuck to it the whole time. It was working, and from there, we really didn't change it up too much. We stuck with it. It was working. We got a little weird out there. The coaches helped a ton. The parents helped a ton. It went well today. It went really well today. We played solid."

Harry Jadun
On the match results
"The game plan was spot on. We followed that to a T, and it was the blueprint to win the match. That is credit to the coaching staff. We just go out there and hit our strokes. We just have some fun. It is just so much fun. It is the NCAA's. It is my senior year, his junior year, and you never know when you are going to be back here playing this level of tennis. It's awesome. We are having fun, and we are grinding and competing."


Texas Men's Doubles
Sren Hess-Olsen
On the match results
"I think it was pretty solid, overall. I don't think any of us broke until the 8th or 9th game. There were a lot of first serves on both sides. We returned pretty well, except for the first couple of games. We were very solid from the baseline, moving pretty well. Overall, I thought it was a solid performance."

Lloyd Glasspool
On the match results
"There was nothing special, really. There were good first serves good returns. The second ball after the return worked today."

On if indoors match changed strategy
"Serve and return mean a lot more indoors. You need to make a lot more first serves, but after that, it is pretty similar."

Baylor Men's Doubles
Diego Galeano, Baylor
On the match results.
"These matches are longer than we are used to playing the entire season, so we just need to keep playing every set like the last one. It's my last match at Baylor if we lose, so we are just trying to play every point, every game.

Julian Lenz, Baylor
On the match results
"I thought we did pretty well, played well. We had a bunch of opportunities towards the end of the first set. We couldn't really execute there because they always played well when they were facing the wall with their back.

Round of 16 Results - May 22nd
#1 [1] Austin Smith/Ben Wagland(GA) def. #41 Tomislav Gregurovic/Tin Ostojic (Wich St), 6-2, 6-3
#22 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (Tx Tech) def. #29 Kyle Koch/Thiago Pinheiro (S Carolina), 6-3, 6-2
#18 Harry Jadun/John Patrick Mullane (Mich St) def. #28 Oliver Pramming/Justin Roberts (S Fla), 7-6 (0), 6-4
#14 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #15 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6), 7-5
#8 [5-8] Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (Bay) def. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF), 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1
#4 [4] Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (Tenn) def. #49 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (Den), 6-4, 7-6 (2)
#24 Arjun Kadhe/Jakob Sude (Okla St) def. #21 Marko Krickovic/Lukas Ollert(Aub), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
#19 Lloyd Glasspool/Sren Hess-Olesen (Texas) def. #30 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU), 6-4, 6-0

1st Round Results - May 21st
#1 [1] Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (GA) def. #54 Michael Feucht/Nikita Lis (LAMAR), 6-4, 7-5
#41 Tomislav Gregurovic/Tin Ostojic (WICH ST) def. #56 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TX A&M), 7-5, 6-4
#22 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TX T) def. #5 [5-8] Gonzalez Austin/Rhys Johnson (VAND), 6-2, 6-2
#29 Kyle Koch/Thiago Pinheiro (S CAR) def. #20 Nicolas Alvarez/Raphael Hemmeler (DUKE), 6-2, 7-5
#18 Harry Jadun/John Patrick Mullane (MICH ST) def. #2 [3] Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA), 6-1, 6-7 (4), 7-5
#28 Oliver Pramming/Justin Roberts (S FLA) def. #26 Denis Nguyen/Brian Yeung (HARV), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
#15 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) def. #7 [5-8] Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OH ST), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (1)
#14 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA), 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4
#13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WAKE) def. #25 Korey Lovett/Becker O'Shaughnessey (ALA), 7-6 (6), 6-4 

#8 [5-8] Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BAY) def. #10 Harrison Adams/Shan Vinsant (TX A&M), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
#49 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DEN) def. #27 Zvonimir Babic/Nik Scholtz (MISS), 7-6 (6), 6-4
#4 [4] Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (TENN) def. #23 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU), 7-6 (2), 6-0
#24 Arjun Kadhe/Jakob Sude (OK ST) def. #16 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FSU) , 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
#21 Marko Krickovic/Lukas Ollert (AUB), def. #9 [5-8] John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN), 7-5, 6-3
#30 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #52 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
#19 Lloyd Glasspool/Sren Hess-Olesen (TX) def. #3 [2] Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC), 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 
For the 2nd time in the last 3 years the Virginia Cavaliers are the National Champions after Brian Boland's team knocked off #1 Oklahoma 4-1 on a pleasant sunny afternoon in Waco.




The Wahoos came out of the gates ready to go as both its #1 and #2 doubles teams broke serve to go up 2-0.  The below clip shows Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli breaking the Andrew Harris serve from 15-40 and this came a game after Shane fought off 2 break points on his opening service game.


After Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger broke to go up 2-0 at #2, Styslinger would fall behind 0-40 on his service game.  Spencer Papa and Dane Webb had their best chance to break on the 30-40 point but Webb buried an easy put away into the net (clip below) and 2 points later Virginia held for a 3-0 lead.


While they stayed on serve at #3 doubles, OU's #1 team of Alex Ghilea and Andrew Harris would get a courtesy break when Shane double faulted while serving up 4-2, 15-40. However Virginia would break back on the next game from 15-40 to go up 5-3 (clip below)


A few games later Virginia would break again to take it 8-4 on #1 doubles (match point below)


Virginia would hold on to its break lead at #2 and would pick up a break at #3 from 5-5 and that would set the stage for simultaneous match points on both courts (below clip)


With the 8-5 wins at #2 and #3 Virginia had taken the doubles point and they had the early 1-0 lead.

Virginia had also taken the doubles point in the regular season matchup in Norman so the Cavs probably didn't feel overconfident but it was definitely nice to have that point in its back pocket.

In singles play, the first break of the match came at #2 as Andrew Harris broke Mitchell Frank in the opening game but Frank would break right back to tie it at 1. They would exchange another set of breaks before Frank finally held to go up 3-2. It would stay on serve until Harris would double fault on set point to give Frank the 7-5 opening set.


Collin Altamirano would get off to quick start at #3 singles by breaking Dane Webb from 30-40 to go up 2-0 but the Dane Train would break right back from 30-40 to put it back on serve (clip)


Altamirano would break Webb again and then hold to go up 5-2. After a Webb hold for 3-5, Altamirano would fight off 2 breaks and hold to take the opening set 6-3.

Oklahoma's Spencer Papa would get the first break of the match at #5 when he broke Alex Ritschard to up 4-3. Papa would then hold and break again to take the opening set 6-3. Papa continued his stellar play by breaking Ritschard for 3-1 and then holding for 4-1. Ritschard would hold serve one more time to cut the deficit to 4-2 but Papa held and then broke from 30-40 to take a 6-3, 6-2 win which evened the match at 1-1.


Down at #4 singles Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski recovered very nicely from his grueling encounter with Diego Galeano by taking the opening set over Alex Ghilea 6-3. Kwiatkowski broke the Ghilea serve to up 3-1 in the 1st and then he consolidated the break for 4-1. Ghilea's best shot at breaking back came when TSK served for the set up 5-3. Ghilea has 3 break point opportunities but his only decent look came on this point below


Kwiatkowski would finally hit a big first serve to close out the 6-3 set.


Over at #6 singles UVA's JC Aragone and OU's Florin Bragusi would exchange service holds and head to a 1st set tiebreak. Aragone would go up 5-3 in the breaker but Bragusi would win the next 4 to take the opening set 7-6(5) - below is set point which ends with Aragone netting a backhand on the 13th shot of the rally.


At #1 singles OU's Axel Alvarez would get the first break to go up 3-2 then he'd hold for 4-2. Alvarez would eventually take the opening set 6-4 - the clip below shows a multi-shot rally in Shane's 2nd serve game (it wasn't really a relevant point but it was one of the few clips I shot from this match)


Virginia's Collin Altamirano would put Virginia ahead 2-1 when he finished off Dane Webb 6-3, 6-3 at #3. Altamirano broke Webb for 3-2 in the 2nd and then broke him again on match point (clip below)


Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would jump out to a break lead in the 2nd set at #4 thanks to hard-hitting shots like the one below.


Kwiatkowski would serve it out at love to take the 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Ghilea and with the win Virginia was just a point away from its second national title in the last 3. (video clip isn't very good - couldn't make my over there in time after Altamirano finished)


All eyes now focused on #2 singles where Virginia's Mitchell Frank had opened up a 4-1 lead in the 2nd on Andrew Harris. Harris wouldn't go down quietly and would hold, break, and hold again to even it at 4-4. Frank would then hold at love for 5-4 and then Harris held at love for 5-5. Harris's best chance to break came when Frank served at 5-5, 15-30 but Frank came up with the nice volley winner for 30 all (clip below)


On the next point Harris was in perfect position to hit a forehand winner but he pushed it wide to give Frank a game point at 40-30 (clip below)


Harris would then push the Frank serve long and Virginia was just a game away.

Harris quickly went down 0-40 on his service game as the next 3 clips will show but he'd manage to fight off all 3 break points to get it back to deuce.





At 40 all Frank would hit a well angled forehand that Harris couldn't keep it play and that brought up match point #4 for Frank. Frank returned the Harris serve right in the middle of the court but Harris put his next shot right it into the net and that was all she wrote - Virginia wins it 4-1.



Here is the best clip of Frank's match point courtesy of UVA



In the 2 abandoned matches, OU's Florin Bragusi had just held for 1-0 in the 3rd at #6 and OU's Axel Alvarez had just been broken serving for the match at #1.

Virginia recap with UVA's highlights



Oklahoma recap with OU's highlights

Video


Here are all my video clips consolidated into a playlist



#3 Virginia (29-3) def. #1 Oklahoma (29-3) 4-1 
May 19, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts 
Doubles Competition
1.   #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) def. #57 Harris/Ghilea (OU) 8-4              
2.   #42 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (UVA) def. Webb/Papa (OU) 8-5
3.  Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) 8-5
 Singles Competition
1.  #1 Axel Alvarez (OU) vs. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA) 6-4, 5-5, UF
2.  #20 Mitchell Frank (UVA) def. #7 Andrew Harris (OU) 7-5, 7-5
3.  #77 Collin Altamirano (UVA) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU) 6-3, 6-3
4.  #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) def. #103 Alex Ghilea (UVA)  6-3, 6-4
5.  Spencer Papa (OU) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVA) 6-3, 6-2
6.  Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. J.C. Aragone(UVA) 7-6 (5), 4-6, 1-0, UF
Match Notes:
Virginia 29-3
Oklahoma 29-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,3,4,2)
Match Times:
Papa - 1 hour 5 minutes
Altamirano - 1 hour 34 minutes
Kwiatkowski - 1 hour 37 minutes
Frank - 1 hour 59 minutes

Post Match On The Court Comments from John Roddick


Post Match Trophy Presentation And Speech from Brian Boland


Post Match Press Conference with Brian Boland



Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
On winning the National Championship
"Congratulation to the University of Oklahoma and John Roddick on a great season. John and I talked about playing in the final and it's too bad that anyone has to lose a match like this, but it was another great match after some outstanding tennis all week long. I couldn't be more proud of the players and the time and effort they put in this year. They really bought in to being a true team and the culture was tremendous. When they put the orange and blue on, they wear it with such pride each and every day. They make everyone around them better. It has been a great journey and I couldn't be more proud of them.

On being able to stop Oklahoma from making the comeback
"Well they have been resilient and tough all year long and we talked about that after the doubles point. I think that eleven times they have lost the doubles point this year so they've learned to deal with it when they go down in the doubles point. We certainly focused on getting off to a great start. Oklahoma did what they've done all year, which is to play hard regardless of what happens in the doubles. Yeah, it was a concern, but I was certainly happy to finish Mitchell [Frank] in the second set. Mitchell and I have been together for four years and I can't tell you how much I am going to miss this guy. I said it last time we won a national championship, that if there was one player I'd love to have on the court at the end clinching the match, it is Mitchell Frank. He is a warrior and he loves the game. He puts his heart and soul into it every day, and to his credit he really put the team above himself this year and was extremely unselfish in his approach. I think he learned a lot and it has been an unbelievable journey. We are going to miss him.

On winning a second championship
"In both cases, I am just so happy for the players that have an opportunity to experience it, because of how much work they put in throughout the year and they come and put the effort in and spend time with the coaches and the extra hours on the court. In both cases, there is nothing more special for me than to see a group of young men work hard, come together, do it the right way, and then watch them celebrate in the end. For me it is all about the players. As a staff,  in both cases, I have had so many wonderful people to work with: Dustan Taylor, Andrus Pedroso, Tony Bresky, Scott Brown, and I can go on forever. I am so blessed to be around so many outstanding tennis minds and wonderful people. We are all about giving the players the best possible experience so when they work as hard as all of our teams have, this is something you really enjoy just watching them celebrate.

Virginia Senior Mitchell Frank
On clinching National Championship
"I think that it is something that is pretty unique and unlike any professional tournament or junior tournament where you are just kind of playing for yourself. There are matches with big stakes but you have all these different players and all these different fans that are yelling and screaming. It's just kind of like this wild situation and you start to kind of look around and you see matches finish and see that we are up a set on this court and kind of get an idea. Even though coach says don't look around, you have an idea what's going on. I had complete confidence that if I hadn't been able to finish it that J.C. [Aragone] or Ryan [Shane], who had just broken, was going to be able to get the job done. I was kind of relaxed given I was in that [same] spot in a more intense situation a couple years ago. It definitely forces you to zone in and today I felt pretty calm out there. I didn't feel that up and down emotionally. I had great confidence in how I was playing him and that I knew I'd get my chances. Obviously it was a very unique experience compared to anything you face in your life.

Virginia Freshman CollinAltamirano
On the match results

"I kind of went into my match knowing that a win on my court would be a big deal. It's one point, and I know a lot of the guys enjoy the kind of emotion I bring and when I get a win it usually gives guys a bit of a jump. I don't know if that is true with Mitchell. When I got the job done, I do think it helped out a little bit and it just made a more comforting feeling. It felt like we really got this and we got them on the ropes and let's finish this. Thankfully we have Mitchell Frank to finish. It's only right for you to finish it, too.




Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On the match results
"First of all, I'd like to congratulate Virginia. They played a better match. They played really good tennis. We definitely had our chances, but they played a great doubles point against us, and they were very deserving today and this week. We knew all year, people didn't really talk about them as much as they normally do, and I think us and Baylor were at the top for the whole year. But we knew Virginia was right there and we knew going in that they were going to be maybe the team to beat, at least from our vantage point. We knew how good they were. Coach Boland runs a fantastic program. You play matches like this and they go either way. We didn't get a whole lot of break points today, and that's a credit to them. It's nothing that our guys did wrong. We had a really tough match yesterday against TCU, and I don't think that physically had anything to do with the result from today. I think our guys were fresh and we recovered well and Virginia had a similar thing. So give them all the credit in the world, and they're a much deserving National Champion.

On the end of the seniors' careers
"It's hard because there's special guys on our team every time this comes around. It's not like the pros where you have 10- or 15-year careers. That's probably the hardest thing, I think. I'm so proud of the guys in our program. They give us everything we ask for.

On feelings this year after making history last year
"We won indoors, which is a huge thing for our program. But from an NCAA standpoint, anything except the National Championship, which is what we wanted I don't think any one of our guys is going to shy away from that goal. We know we're a capable team and we know that we have the ability to do that. It's probably more disappointing this year than last year. Last year, we were still trying to figure out if we were a team capable of doing this. So now I think it hurts more because we know we are.

On the competitiveness between the teams
"You guys have all seen my brother play, another great competitor. Sometimes people are just better than you on a certain day. Today that was the case. We knew if we played our best tennis we'd have a chance to win, and we knew if Virginia played their best tennis they'd have a chance to win, and both teams proved that back in March. That match could've gone either way. This one was close. We had our opportunities to have it go either way. We were right on the cusp. There was a 30-minute stretch where we really decided to make it interesting, and that's a credit to our guys. We were in tough positions all day and no one gave up.

Oklahoma Sophomore Andrew Harris
On next year's prospects
"Well I've been here for two years, and we made the final this year and last year, but last year we were just kind of enjoying the ride with nothing to lose. This year we only had one goal: we wanted to win the whole thing. I'm sure we're all very disappointed that we didn't, but I'm just proud to be part of this program that's been very successful while I've been here. I think next year we're going to be very competitive to have another chance to win the whole thing again. So I guess we just have to look forward to next year.

Oklahoma Sophomore Florin Bragusi
On next year's prospects
"I'm sure we're going to grow up stronger next year. I just want to thank my coaches, as they've been great all year, but we have to put in the hard work in the fall. I'm sure we're going to be better next year. We'll be back.

MENS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
#1 Doubles: Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (Baylor)
#2 Doubles: Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia)
#3 Doubles: JC Aragone/Collin Altamirano (Virginia)

#1 Singles:  Ryan Shane (Virginia)
#2 Singles:  Mitchell Frank (Virginia)
#3 Singles:  Collin Altamirano (Virginia)
#4 Singles:  Diego Galeano (Baylor)
#5 Singles:  Spencer Papa (Oklahoma)
#6 Singles:  Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma)

Most Outstanding Player:  Mitchell Frank (Virginia)









#4 VANDERBILT (25-6) def. #7 UCLA (23-5) 4-2 - Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts
Head Coaches: Geoff Macdonald (VU) and Stella Sampras Webster (UCLA)
Doubles (Order of finish: 1, 2, 3)
1. #20 Courtney Colton/Sydney Campbell (VU) def. #9 Anderson/Brady (UCLA) 8-3
2. #3 Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. #18 Antal/Astra Sharma (VU) 8-5
3. Marie Casares/Frances Altick (VU) def. Van Nguyen/Maia Magill (UCLA) 8-5
Singles (Order of finish: 6, 1, 4, 3, 2)
1. #1 Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. #8 Sydney Campbell (VANDERBILT) 6-4, 6-1
2. #42 Astra Sharma (VANDERBILT) def. #21 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. #47 Jennifer Brady (UCLA) def. #96 Frances Altick (VANDERBILT)    6-4, 7-6 (5)
4. #61 Courtney Colton (VANDERBILT) def. #33 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) 7-6 (5), 6-4
5. #120 Marie Casares (VANDERBILT) vs. #35 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA)  6-3, 6-7(4), 3-3
6. Ashleigh Antal (VANDERBILT) def. Kaitlin Ray (UCLA)  6-1, 7-6 (6)

WOMEN'S ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
#1 Doubles:  Lauren Herring/EllenPerez (GEORGIA)
#2 Doubles:  Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA)
#3 Doubles:  Marie Casares/Frances Altick (VANDERBILT)

#1 Singles:  Robin Anderson (UCLA)
#2 Singles:  Astra Sharma (VANDERBILT)
#3 Singles:  Jennifer Brady (UCLA)
#4 Singles:  Courtney Colton (VANDERBILT)
#5 Singles:  Hannah King (GEORGIA)
#6 Singles:  Ashleigh Antal (VANDERBILT)

Most Outstanding Player:  Astra Sharma (VANDERBILT)







Vanderbilt Head Coach Geoff Macdonald
On winning the National Championship
"I am rarely at a loss for words, but I am right now. It is a dream come true. It is such an elusive, difficult thing to accomplish. In a funny way, this morning I told the team I am sad that this is our last match, in terms of us as a group. We lose a couple seniors and it's part of the job, but it's been an extraordinary group. The two women to my left [Astra Sharma and Marie Casares] they work so hard on their conditioning, on their games, they study hard. Marie has a job in Nashville as an engineer. She graduated with a degree in engineering and she will be just a few blocks away and I am thrilled that she will still be with us. The great thing in this job is the relationships you form with just incredible young people. I'm just privileged to be with them and drive them around in a van."

On fighting through a close match
"We have been through so many close matches this year. As I said last night, we played the toughest schedule in the country. I kept saying to myself, I love these kids, I love the way they are competing, and I focused on that and not winning and losing, and you know I did a few superstitious things.

On Astra Sharma's performance in the tournament
"It's extraordinary. She is so deserving of MVP of the tournament. Her improvement this year is the most striking improvement I've seen in my life. It's partly work ethic. She was taught really good technique young. She is an extraordinary athlete, but her heart and her soul and her mind are really good. She has matured a lot this year. What I have enjoyed in working with her is that she is a sponge. We talk about tennis at a really high level. We are honest with each other. I can tell her stuff she is doing wrong and it's not personal. It works really, really well and the same thing with Marie.

Vanderbilt Redshirt Freshman Astra Sharma
On clinching National Championship
"I did look over, I know you are not supposed to, but I did for a while just tracking and I was really disappointed that Marie went down. I just really had to regroup and think, we are both in thirds. It is very manageable. It took a lot of discipline, I think, because both players were tracking the scores. I think really what I had to do was just let it go and focus on my match, not think too much about Marie. That's where the trust comes in because I really had the upmost faith that Marie was going to do her best in the third. I just regrouped and said, Okay, just play a set. Play one point at a time.' That's what I did and it clinched it for us.

Vanderbilt Senior Marie Casares
On losing her chance to clinch in the second set

"I did have an "oh-no moment. We could have had it now, but I knew that we were still in it and that Astra was fighting and that I was going to fight. I am here for the long haul and going into the third, I knew that I had to battle and that's what I was up for.



UCLA Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
On the match results
"I knew that Vanderbilt was going to be a tough team. I had no idea how tough because we'd never played them. But looking at their season and probably the last 10 matches that they've played, to beat Florida, to beat USC like they did yesterday, we knew it was going to be a tough match. It was going to come down to points and today, with some tiebreakers that we played, just didn't go our way and I think that would've made a difference. We had to work really hard to get games that we won and it just came down to some of those tiebreakers. We had our best team out there, and they were just able to be a little more consistent than us. I think that made a difference. I think their doubles point was played extremely well, and I think losing that point really hurt us a bit. I'm really proud of my team and they made them earn it. We fought really hard to stay in it and we just came out a little short. I'm a little bummed for our seniors because they really wanted this. For them not to finish their career in the team championship with a win, I'm sure is really disappointing for them. Now they have the individual championships and I'm sure they'll get up for that. Vanderbilt just played better than we did.

On the late rally for UCLA
"It was going back and forth. There were times where it didn't look good, and times where it looked like we were coming back. You can see the score right there and you see what's happening and the momentum was shifting back and forth. It felt like we were in it the entire time. It never felt like we were totally out of it. I just really tried to focus on coaching players that I was coaching and trying to find a way to win. We just felt like we were going up a hill, and could never get on top. Robin [Anderson] winning and Jenny [Brady] winning helped us get on the board, but we needed a little bit more.

On Chanelle Van Nguyen's match
"I knew it was going to be tough. [Astra] Sharma has been playing unbelievable tennis and she clinched a ton of matches, so I was a little concerned there because I knew she had handled pressure pretty well. But I also knew Chanelle wasn't going to give it to her and Chanelle was gonna make her earn it. Sharma was just a little too tough, and Chanelle gave it her all. She was just fighting her way back and I just thought it would go either way. I was hoping that Sharma would get a little tighter and not be able to execute as well as she did, but she handled it extremely well.

On dj vu from last year regarding Kyle
"I was trying to keep her focused on her match because I saw Chanelle coming back. It was deuce/ad, and she was saving some match points, so I really wanted to stay on Kyle and keep her focused on her match and she did a good job just fighting back. She's been struggling with her legs a little bit and she fought really hard to stay in it. [Marie] Casares, I have to give it to her, she didn't miss a whole lot, and Kyle had to work extremely hard to get the points that she won. If it did come down to Kyle, I would've felt pretty good. I knew that she would be able to handle the situation.

UCLA Senior Robin Anderson
On how she felt after she won her singles match

"When I first looked at the scoreboard, I was a little bit nervous for our team. I knew my teammates were going to fight as hard as they could, and I started seeing them come back. I was feeling a little bit more hopeful. I really believed in my team and with the last two matches out there, I really thought that Chanelle was gonna come through. But to fight off a couple of those match points, to see her fight in her last team match, that was awesome. I'm really proud of everyone today.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:00

Men's National Championship Preview

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It's all come down to this ladies and gentlemen - #1 Oklahoma takes on #3 Virginia for the 2015 Men's NCAA National Championship.

Oklahoma is making its 2nd ever appearance in the finals after falling to USC 4-2 last year. Virginia is back in the finals for the 4th time in 5 years with the Cavaliers winning in its last appearance in 2013 over UCLA in a memorable 4-3 match.

[1] Oklahoma (30-2) vs. [3] Virginia (28-3) - Tuesday 1pm - Oklahoma is coming off a 4-3 win over #6 TCU Virginia beat #2 Baylor 4-2. Oklahoma won the regular season meeting in Norman 4-3 but it was close, close match that had several 3rd sets - for a refresher on how that match went you can read my recap.

Regular Season Meeting:

#1 Oklahoma 4, #7 Virginia 3
March 10, 2015 - Norman OK (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 1)
1. #19 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) def. #5 Axel Alvarez/Dane Webb (OU) 8-7(6)
2. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/JC Aragone (UVA) def. #53 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 8-6
3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 7-5 DNF
Singles Order of Finish (4,2,1,5,3,6)
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.71) def. #27 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.88) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.50) def. #3 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.56) 6-4, 7-5
3. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.20) def. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.83) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
4, #70 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.81) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.91) 6-4, 6-4
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.91) def. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.16) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.52) def. JC Aragone (UVA 13.80) 6-7(9), 6-2, 6-3


Doubles Records: Oklahoma 18-13, Virginia 27-4
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 87, Virginia 87

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.  

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 15th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.18) vs. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.88) 
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) vs. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.53)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.21)  vs. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.72)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.41) vs. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.77)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.90) vs. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.07) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) vs. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Alvarez 25-1 (20-1) vs. Shane 20-6 (13-5) 
2. Harris 18-6 (15-6) vs. Frank 17-3 (12-3) 
3. Webb 15-9 (6-9) vs.  Altamirano 19-3 (4-2) 
4. Ghilea 20-5 (2-2) vs. Kwiatkowski 22-4 (2-3)  
5. Papa 13-10 (0-7) vs. Ritschard 11-3 (3-1) 
6. Bragusi 12-3 vs. Aragone 23-3 (0-1)


#1 singles - Alvarez has won 25 of his last 26 and is coming off a white-knuckling 7-5, 7-6 match clincher over TCU's #49 Nick Chappell while Shane has won 11 of 13 and is coming off a HUGE 6-3, 6-4 win over #2 Julian Lenz. Alvarez won the regular season meeting 6-4, 7-5 but both guys are playing so well right now. The question is can Ryan Shane bring his A+ game for a 2nd day in a row against an even better player than Julian Lenz? I'm going to say no and take "The Annihilator" - Prediction: Alvarez (OU) in 3 

#2 singles - Harris has won 8 of his last 10 but is coming off a crippling 6-7, 6-2, 6-0 loss to #59 Guillermo Nunez in a match that had Harris down and out early in the second set with the heat really getting to him. Frank has won 8 of his last 10 completed matches and is coming off an extremely hard fought 6-0, 2-6, 7-5 win over #35 Tony Lupieri. Harris won the regular season meeting 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 but I just can't see the same result this time around. Frank is playing much better than earlier in the season while Harris isn't quite as sharp plus his match with Nunez totally wiped him out. Frank may have been on the court for 15 minutes longer than Harris yesterday but he barely broke a sweat. Prediction: Frank (UVA) in 2.

#3 singles -  Webb has dropped 8 of his last 11 after falling 6-2, 6-0 to #39 Cameron Norrie while Altamirano has won 4 of his last 6 after defeating #58 Max Tchoutakian 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Webb has only won 7 games in the last 2 matches but maybe, just maybe he's been saving himself for this match. For whatever reason, I think Dane stays in this match long enough to force some mistakes from Altamirano and I think Webb wins. Prediction: Webb (OU) in 3

#4 singles -  Ghilea has won 6 of his last 9 and 11 of 14 but he's coming off a disappointing 6-1, 6-4 loss to TCU's Facundo Lugones while Kwiatkowski saw his 11-match winning streak get snapped in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 loss to Diego Galeano in a match where both Galeano's pace of play and the humidity did a huge number on him. Neither guy has lost 2 in a row this season so something has to give here. This is another tough one to call but I like the "The Machine" to squeeze it out - Prediction: Ghilea (OU) in 3

#5 singles - Papa has won 3 of his last 4 and is coming off a 6-0, 6-1 thumping of TCU's Arnau Dachs while Ritschard has won his last 6 and he led Baylor's Mate Zsiga 5-4 in the 3rd in a match that went unfinished.  Papa will have to play like he did against Dachs to win this one but I think Ritschard is going to be ready for the challenge. Prediction: Ritschard (UVA) in 2

#6 singles - Bragusi has won 5 of his last 7 after beating TCU's Will Stein 6-3, 7-6 while Aragone has won 17 in a row after beating Felipe Rios 6-3, 7-5. Bragusi beat Aragone 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 back on March 10th but I think Aragone turns the tables this time and make it 18 in a row. Prediction: Aragone (UVA) in 3

This Oklahoma team that has found ways to win week in and week out with different guys stepping up each match and they're going to need someone big to step up tomorrow. I like OU in doubles at #1 and #3 and I'll go with Alvarez, Webb, and Ghilea in singles while I like Frank, Ritschard, and Aragone for UVA. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-3



After days of rain it was hot and very humid for the semifinals and all four teams had to fight the elements just as much as their opponents.  By the time the dust cleared after just over 4 hours we had #1 Oklahoma and #3 Virginia sitting atop the podium after Oklahoma held off #6 TCU 4-3 and Virginia outlasted #2 Baylor 4-2

I can attest the weather was very hot and I was standing in the shade so I can only imagine what it felt like for the players to stand out there and slug it out for hours on end.

I thought the crowd today was great for the 2 matches that were played simultaneously.  Early on there more people watching TCU/OU on the Riverside Courts but the stands gradually filled up on the Grandstand Courts and as both matches really picked up so did the crowds energy.





Virginia came out fired up in doubles with its #3 team of Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone breaking Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios in the opening game and then consolidating for a 2-0 lead.

Virginia's #2 team of Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger jumped out to a 3-0 lead including this break of Mate Zsiga to go up 2-0



Baylor would strike first at #1 doubles when Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano broke Virginia's Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli to go up 2-1 and they would end breaking again to go 5-2 and would end up cruising to an 8-4 win - match point below.


Back at #2 doubles Virginia's 3-0 lead quickly evaporated due to shots like Zsiga's forehand (clip below) and all of a sudden they found themselves tied at 3.



It would stay on serve until Virginia broke the Mate Zsiga serve from 30-40 with this backhand winner by Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and with that Virginia took it 8-6.


It all came down to #3 doubles and after getting the early break it looked like UVA's Altamirano and Aragone were going to finish it off but Altamirano double faulted at 30-40 to send it to a tiebreak. The tiebreak wasn't exactly a thing of beauty as the returner won point after point until Baylor closed it out 8-7(5) to take the doubles point and the 1-0 lead.



In singles Virginia would come out quick as Ryan Shane, Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, and JC Aragone would go up early breaks while Mate Zsiga went up an early break for Baylor.

Mitchell Frank grabbed the opening set at #2 singles in just 25 minutes as he gave Tony Lupieri a first set bagel.  The rest of the match wouldn't go as quickly but we'll get back to that in a minute.

The hard, and I do mean hard, hitting Ryan Shane blasted his way to a 6-3 first set as he hit this ace out wide on set point.


Shane would continue his dominance of Julian Lenz in the second set as he broke Lenz to go up 2-1 and then he never looked back and cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win in 1 hour and 29 minutes - clip shows Shane hitting a backhand winner on match point.


Virginia's J.C. Aragone would break Felipe Rios to go up 3-1 in the 1st set and would hold on to the break lead to take the opening set 6-3.  Rios jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the 2nd set but Aragone would hold, break, and then hold again for 4-4. Aragone would break again to go up 6-5 and then he'd serve it out from 40-15 to close out the 6-3, 7-5 win in 1 hour and 41 minutes - Virginia now led 2-1 - the below clip picks up with Aragone serving up 6-3, 6-5 (30-15)


Baylor would even the match at 2-2 after Diego Galeano won a wild one at #4 singles over Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski. Galeano would break the TSK serve at 3-3 and would then break again at 5-3 to take the opening set 6-3. TSK would break Galeano at 1-1 in the 2nd and then after several close games he'd serve out the 2nd set from 5-4 to take it 6-4.


In the 3rd set, Kwiatkowski would break Galeano's 1-1 service game but he'd be unable to consolidate as Galeano broke back in a back-breaking 8-deuce service game that left Kwiatkowski completely spent. Kwiatkowski became more and more agitated during the service game because he wanted to play quick and Galeano kept slowing him down in between points. There were also an out call on a serve for game point that Kwiatkowski didn't like and he tried to retaliate later in the game but got overruled.  Those 2 points are below along with Galeano converting on break point.





Galeano quickly held for 3-2 then during Kwiatkowski's next service game after falling behind 15-40 he took a medical timeout for what had to be cramps/fatigue - Kwiatkowski's movement had slowed to a snails pace and he was hitting serves at about 25% effort. Upon resumption of play Kwiatkowski was quickly broke then Galeano held and broke again to take it 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in 2 hours and 12 minutes.


Even though the Baylor faithful were happy with the Galeano win there was trouble brewing everywhere else.  Virginia's Collin Altamirano had opened up a 5-1 lead in the 3rd against Max Tchoutakian at #3, Alexander Ritschard went up 4-2 in the 3rd against Mate Zsiga at #5, and Mitchell Frank was serving for the match at #2 up 5-4 in the 3rd against Tony Lupieri.  Virginia needed just 2 of the final 3 and it looked like they had all 3 sewn up but you knew it wouldn't be that easy.

Baylor's Mate Zsiga broke the Ritschard serve for 3-4 and then held for 4-4. BU's Max Tchoutakian held for 2-5, broke for 3-5, and then held for 4-5.

Back over at #2 Mitchell Frank was trying to put away the game Tony Lupieri who had come back from dropping the first set 6-0 to take the second 6-2 and believe it or not Lupieri went up 3-1 in the 3rd before Frank got back in it. Frank was serving up 5-4 but found himself in trouble and Lupieri would break on his 4th break point opportunity to even it at 5-5 (clip below)



The effort it took to get the break took a lot of stream out of Lupieri who appeared to be on his last leg.  Lupieri would quickly get broken from 15-40 and once again Frank would be serving for the match - this time up 6-5 (clip shows the break)


Frank fell behind 15-30 in his 6-5 service game but then hit a nice serve out wide and followed it in with a put away volley at the net for 30-30.


On the 30-30 point Frank worked Lupieri and forced the miss which set up match point.


Then on match point Frank used the drop shot to ultimately finish off Lupieri who couldn't do anything but drop to the ground after the draining 2 hour and 36 minute match.


Collin Altamirano would finish off Max Tchoutakian at the same time and with that Virginia was headed back to the NCAA finals for the 4th time in the last 5 years.

It was a great match between two teams that left it all out on the court but Virginia came through in the key moments and really rode the momentum of the Shane and Aragone wins to pull it out.

Full highlights produced by Virginia:


Full highlights produced by Baylor:



[3] Virginia def. [2] Baylor 4-2
May 18, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts 
Doubles Competition
1.  #8 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) 8-4
2.  #42 Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (UVA) def. #79 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 8-6
3.  Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (UVA) 8-7 (6)
Singles Competition     
1. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA) def. #2 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-3, 6-4
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (UVA) def. #35 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-0, 2-6, 7-5
3. #77 Collin Altamirano (UVA) def. #58 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Diego Galeano (BU) def. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
5. #116 Mate Zsiga (BU) vs. Alexander Ritschard (UVA) 6-4, 2-6, 4-5, UF
6.  J.C. Aragone(UVA) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3, 7-5
Match Notes: 
Virginia 28-3
Baylor 25-6
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,4,2,3)

Match Times:
Shane - 1 hour 29 minutes
Aragone - 1 hour 41 minutes
Galeano - 2 hours 12 minutes
Frank - 2 hours 36 minutes
Altamirano - 2 hours 36 minutes




Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
On the match results
"Congratulations to Baylor on a great season. That was really exciting is great to be part of a match like that of college tennis. I know there is always questions of whether college tennis is exciting and there is great excitement and drama. Credit to Baylor, they had an unbelievable season and a great team. I am sure it's hard for them, hosting the event, to go down, but they left it all on the floor. Happy for my team and we are looking forward to playing another day.

On what was the key in making it to the final
"The players wear orange and blue with a lot of pride. They buy into the culture we have at UVA and they get to work. They are really supportive of each other and go every day and make themselves and everyone around them better every day. It's a great culture and I am happy to be part of it.

On how to handle the pressure and heat
"It was hot out there and a lot of momentum changes throughout the match. Them [Baylor] getting the doubles point was huge. The guys just kept battling and that's something they've done such a good job of all year long. We have lost some close matches, been through a little more adversity this year than we have been in the past, which has been great. The last couple of matches against Baylor we lost. They were really, really competitive, but we came up short. This team has a lot of resilience to it and we just don't back down.

On playing against friend John Roddick
"We talked a little bit about it. Throughout the year we talk quit a lot, and as you said we are good friends. I am happy for him to be in the final. I know we both are looking forward to it. It would be something that makes it an interesting match because of the dynamics. We have a lot of respect for Oklahoma. They have a great team and they had an amazing year as well and it will be fun to play against Oklahoma. We lost to them at Oklahoma earlier this year on another 4-3 match, so hopefully a little more excitement tomorrow.

Virginia Junior Ryan Shane
On getting a quick point after losing doubles
"Last time I played him [Julian Lenz], I played him indoors here. Coming outdoors is different conditions, different atmosphere. I played probably one of the better matches I have played in a while. He played really well too, but things kind of went in my favor. I think getting that point right off the bat kind of helped us move forward on winning the match.

On attitude and emotion during match
"I definitely felt confident. I was on all his service games. I didn't feel so much pressure on myself because I knew, getting broken on the first game and breaking right back, I kind of was reading him really well. Just putting a lot of first serves in, which was very tough at times, but I felt very confident in all of his service games.



Baylor Head Coach Matt Knoll
On the match results
"I think what you see in a match like this, that is this close, is that you are going to have momentum swing back and forth numerous times. We got off to a really poor start in the third set at [court] three. I think we go down love-four and then we started to claw our way back into that one. That's where I was, so I really felt some momentum there. Tony [Lupieri] and Mitchel [Frank] were having a heck of a battle on two. I wasn't watching point by point but I could tell that they were really going after each other and competing hard and giving it everything they've got. Mate [Zsiga's] match, as well, where I was watching, was a tough match, both guys scratching for everything they could get. Alex [Ritschard] and Mate were both fighting hard.

On Diego Galeano
"Diego is playing his best tennis. I am really proud of the way he finished his career. He played with a lot of passion and has been sort of our emotional leader in the locker-room.  He has given a lot of his heart, like a lot of the guys have. Diego is probably the most charismatic guy we have, and he has sort of grown to feel comfortable in that role. When he first came in and I would say something about leading he would push back and say, "I don't want to lead. I don't want that responsibility of being that guy that everybody looks to." But he grew to feel good about that role. I think you saw out there that he was doing that.

On hosting the NCAA Tournament
"I think the preparation phase is exhaustive. You put so much of your focus and heart and soul into getting the place ready and making a great impression on college tennis. All the student-athletes are going to come in here and we'll give them a first-class venue and a first-class experience, in terms of organizing the volunteers and all the things that go into this, as well as reaching out to the community. We reached out and worked hard to get the Waco community behind this event because it is special."
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While the Oklahoma/TCU match might not have had as many close singles matches as Virginia/Baylor it sure brought the intensity in doubles.

TCU's #1 team of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson jumped out to an early 3-1 but OU's Andrew Harris and Alex Ghilea broke back and held for 3-3. They stayed on serve all the way until the tiebreak and in the TB Harris and Ghilea went up 6-4 but Norrie & Johnson got it back to 6-6. Ghilea and Harris would win the next 2 points to take it 8-6 - below is my clip of match point (from a few courts away) and below that is a closer clip from OU's Twitter



OU's #2 team of Dane Webb and Spencer Papa jumped out to a 2-0 lead but TCU's Nick Chappell and Facundo Lugones held, broke, and held to go up 3-2. TCU would break again for a 6-4 lead and then hold to go up 7-4 but Webb and Papa wouldn't go away as they held, broke, and held again to send it to a tiebreak.  The tiebreak stayed tight throughout but Chappell hit an overhead to put TCU up 8-7 then Papa's return of Nunez serve sailed wide and TCU had the 8-7(7) win.


OU's #3 team of Axel Alvarez and Jose Salazar got their first break to go up 6-4 but TCU's Guillermo Nunez and Hudson Blake broke back from 15-40 and then held for 6-6. They would go to a tiebreak and Alvarez and Salazar would get the mini break to go up 6-4 after Axel "The Annihilator" Alvarez pounded a forehand that Nunez couldn't handle.


TCU would fight off a match point after Alvarez pushed this forehand long



but on the next point Jose Salazar would put a backhand smash away at the net to give OU the doubles point with an 8-7(5) win.



Spencer Papa would extend the Oklahoma lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 destruction of Arnau Dachs at #5 singles in a match that took only 59 minutes. (Full disclosure - I picked Dachs to win in 2 so Papa made me look pretty silly too).


Cameron Norrie put TCU on the board when he took out Dane Webb 6-2, 6-0 at #3 singles in a match that took 1 hour and 8 minutes.

Facundo Lugones would knot the match at 2 after he beat Alex Ghilea 6-1, 6-4 at #4 singles. Lugones cruised through the 1st set in 31 minutes and then broke Ghilea to go up 3-2 in the 2nd and then held on from there to close it out in 1 hour and 25 minutes (I had a clip of match point but my phone started to overheat so it somehow got erased).

OU's Florin Bragusi would jump out to an early 3-0 lead in the 1st set and would cruise to a 6-3 set in 48 minutes. Bragusi broke Stein to start the 2nd, then held, broke again, and held for 4-0. Stein would then hold and break to pull within 4-2 but Bragusi broke right back to go up 5-2 and he'd be serving for the match.  Bragusi had 2 match points serving up 5-2 but Stein broke, then held, broke again, and then held again to go up 6-5. Bragusi would hold to force a tiebreak then he jumped out to a 6-1 lead before winning it 7-4. The 6-3, 7-6(4) win, which took 2 hours and 18 minutes, put Oklahoma up 3-2.

Over at #2 singles things were looking good for OU's Andrew Harris after he took the first set in a tiebreak -which he won on this Guillermo Nunez double fault:


But things quickly took a turn for the worse for Harris as Nunez would win 12 of the next 14 games and 10 straight to close out a 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0 win in 2 hours and 21 minutes. Harris went down early in the 3rd set holding his leg but his movement had been poor from the early part of the second set up until then. Harris seemed to be effected by the heat and humidity more than the rest of the guys.

With the score tied at 3-3 it came down to #1 singles. Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez took the opening set 7-5 after he put away this overhead serving at 6-5 Ad-In.


Alvarez would go up 5-3 in the 2nd and he would have his first match point up 30-40 on the Chappell serve but Chappell fought it off:


Alvarez would have a second match point here but his service return sailed well long


Chappell would get the hold to cut the Alvarez lead to 5-4 and then he'd break Alvarez and hold to take a 6-5 lead. Alvarez held to force a tiebreak but Chappell would jump out to a 4-2 lead. Alvarez would take the next 3 to go up 5-4 but the big brouhaha came on the 4-4 point. Evidently Chappell hit a shot that Alvarez called out, but according to others, Alvarez reversed his call saying it was good however the chair never heard/saw it so when Chappell appealed to the chair they upheld Alvarez's out call. I personally wasn't courtside, since I was over watching match point of Mitchell Frank's match, so I can't give an opinion one way or another of what happened and so far there hasn't been any video evidence to dispute or affirm what happened.

Ok so back to the match on the next point Chappell hit a passing shot to even it at 5.  Then on the 5-5 point Alvarez hit a serve that Chappell called out but the chair overruled to make it 6-5 OU. Chappell would then put a backhand volley into the net and Oklahoma was heading back to the finals for the 2nd year in a row.  Below are video clips from various angles (1st is mine, 2nd OUs, 3rd NCAAs)






Nobody wanted to talk about the incidents after the match as you can hear from the pressers below so all we can do now is look ahead to what should be a blockbuster final between Oklahoma and Virginia.

Here are some highlights from Oklahoma

Video

[1] Oklahoma def. [5] #6 TCU 4-3
May 18, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Riverside Courts
Doubles Competition
1.  #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #30 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 8-7 (6)
2.  Nick Chappell/Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Webb/Papa (OU) 8-7 (7)
3.  Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU)  8-7(5)
Singles Competition
1.  #1 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU)  7-5, 7-6 (5)
2.  #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. #7 Andrew Harris (OU) 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0
3.  #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU) 6-2, 6-0
4.  Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1, 6-4
5.  Spencer Papa (OU) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU) 6-0, 6-1
6.  Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Will Stein (TCU) 6-3, 7-6 (4)   
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 30-2
TCU 25-8
Order of Play: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,3,4,6,2,1)

Match Times:
Papa - 59 minutes
Norrie - 1 hour 8 minutes
Lugones - 1 hour 25 minutes
Bragusi - 2 hours 18 minutes
Nunez - 2 hours 21 minutes
Alvarez - 2 hours 30 minutes



Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On another opportunity for a National Championship
"You saw the match, and you saw how tough it was physically. It was the first really hot day that a lot of these players have probably seen. I'm sure there are some bodies that aren't moving too quick coming out of that other match too, in fact I would bet my life on it. Just to battle through it and find a way to win, our guys had a lot of heart. Our guys that got up in matches, we needed them to finish. We didn't have help coming from behind, so Spencer winning his match that easy was a huge boost, I think, and it's a huge boost going into tomorrow."

On what it says that 3 of the 4 semifinalists are from the Big 12:
"Yeah, it's a tough league. All the matches are hard fought and we were here for the conference tournament and ended up winning the tiebreaker in the 3rd with Texas. TCU had match points on Baylor to win the match, but that's just the way they go. You just kind of get used to it.

On playing Virginia in the finals
"Brian and I are good friends, I don't think that's any secret, so I know we're gonna have a good match tomorrow. Guys are going to play hard. We're looking forward to it and I'm sure they're looking forward to it.  Brian and I talked about it a few times this year that wouldn't that be great? So here it is and it will be great. I think both teams are fighting very hard. I know the Baylor team really, really well, and obviously I know Virginia really well, so it's gonna be a good match. We played them in Norman and it came down to the last match. We snuck it out, and at this point I think the matches are kind of toss-ups.

Oklahoma FreshmanSpencer Papa
On getting back to the Championship this year
"Well I'm actually a freshman this year, so this is my first final. So I'm really excited. I know last year was a heartbreaker so hopefully we can come out on top tomorrow.

On last time playing Virginia:
"I was kind of struggling mentally when I played that match. I'm feeling a lot better now, so hopefully I'll be able to play a little bit better, but obviously I'm expecting a tough match.




TCU Head Coach Dave Roditi
On the confusion over scoring in the tie breaker
"Nothing that has never happened before. I think Nick thought the serve was out and the referee thought the serve was in so it was an overrule. I know Nick saw it out and the referee saw it in and the referee is the one sitting in the chair so it is what he says. It's unfortunate for us and that's okay. We still had a chance to get it back next point, so it's unfortunate that it happened. Then the other point before we felt like Axel [Alvarez] might have called it in first. There was confusion whether he called it in first and then changed his call or not. The referee didn't see him call it in, I didn't see him call anything, I was blocked. We will never know. That stuff happens in every sport. I certainly don't want to take away from what an incredible season both teams have had. What a great season TCU has had, and that's just sports. I hope that Axel called it out to begin with and I hope that's the way it was.

On what was different between TCU's last match against Oklahoma
"Devin Bowen has done a great job at developing these guys. We are a better team than we were a month ago, we are a better team than we were two weeks ago. We are a better team than we were two months ago. We just ran out of shots there at the end. We were so close. I just believe if we split sets there at the end, I really like our chances. The difference was that we've been close with Oklahoma many times and we believed that we could beat them and we almost did. Credit to Oklahoma, they were breaking down physically but were still able to win the points they needed to win and that takes a lot of mental strength and a lot of experience. There are absolutely no regrets on our team. We prepared as well as we could have prepared and we did as well as we could have done and this is as far as we could get.

More Comments from TCU's recap:
"Obviously, just a hell of a match," head coach David Roditi said. "It was exactly what I think everybody was expecting. The doubles point, I don't know how many times you've had three tiebreakers. It was just a battle. I'm proud our guys and proud of the way we fought back and how we hung in there under very tough conditions. We left it all out there and there's absolutely nothing to say except congratulations to Oklahoma for an unbelievable season. Those guys are not only great players, but they are coached well as well.

"This is our first recruiting class and that's big for these guys," Roditi said. "They believed in something that didn't exist. It was just a dream and they made it happen.

"I can't thank our Athletic Director (Chris Del Conte) to do what he did today. To have his whole staff take a day off and put them in a bus and stop business at TCU in the athletic department and bring the whole staff and spend the whole day here to watch a men's tennis team. It's unheard of. I don't think anyone has ever done that and I can't be more proud to be at TCU."

TCU Senior Nick Chappell on the confusion over scoring in the tie breaker
"On the first one, if I would have hit it a little better, I would have made it, so I don't blame him. He said he called it out, so he called it out. On the second one I saw it out and I called it out. I made a return, but I saw it out and I called it out.

On how the scoring confusion affected his game
"Those were the last two points of the match then I hit a volley that I could have made. It was the end of the match. There really wasn't any chance to get back into it. I handled it fine, I just missed the backhand volley down six to five.





[1] Oklahoma (29-2) vs. [5] TCU (25-7) - Monday 1pm - Oklahoma is coming off a 4-2 win over #7 Georgia while TCU beat #13 North Carolina 4-1. Oklahoma won the regular season meeting in Norman 4-1 but all the singles match-ups will be different this time around except for the Alvarez/Chappell pairing. 

Regular Season Meeting:

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 TCU 1
March 27, 2015 at Norman, OK
Singles competition
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.30) 7-6(5), 6-4
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59) vs. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.82)  5-7, 6-4, 2-3 DNF
3. #76 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.72) def. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.32) 6-3, 6-2
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.91) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.81) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.30)  6-4, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.64) 6-3, 6-7(5), 3-2 DNF
Doubles competition
1. #6 Webb/Alvarez (OU) def. #19 Chappell/Stein (TCU)  6-1
2. Harris/Ghilea (OU) def. Norrie/Johnson (TCU)  6-3
3. Papa/Bragusi (OU) vs. Blake/Lugones (TCU) 3-4 DNF
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 2), Singles (3,5,1,4)



Doubles Records: Oklahoma 17-13, TCU 18-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 87, TCU 84

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.  

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 15th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.18) vs.  #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) 
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) vs. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.11)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.21)  vs. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.35)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.41) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.99)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.90) vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.13)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.51) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Alvarez 24-1 (19-1) vs. Chappell 12-6 (5-6) 
2. Harris 18-5 (15-5) vs. Nunez 20-2 (6-2) 
3. Webb 15-8 (6-8) vs.  Norrie 16-8 (5-7) 
4. Ghilea 20-4 (2-2) vs. Lugones 17-5 (2-1)
5. Papa 12-10 (0-7) vs. Dachs 18-5 (3-4)
6. Bragusi 11-3 vs. Stein 13-7 (0-2) 

#1 singles - Alvarez had his 23 match winning streak snapped by Mackenzie McDonald but he rebounded with a 6-1, 6-1 dismantling of #24 Wayne Montgomery while Chappell had dropped 4 of his last 5 until he hammered UNC's #11 Brayden Schnur 6-4, 6-2. Chappell led Alvarez 3-2 in the 3rd in the regular season meeting but if Alvarez plays like he did against Montgomery there won't be much Chappell can do. Prediction: Alvarez (OU) in 3

#2 singles - Harris has won 8 of his last 9 and he was serving for the match up 5-4 in the 3rd against Georgia's #30 Austin Smith while Nunez has won 5 of his last 6 with that loss coming on Saturday against UNC's #28 Ronnie Schneider 7-6, 6-1. Harris hasn't been as crisp this week but I think he still get by. Prediction: Harris (OU) in 2

#3 singles -  Webb has dropped 7 of his last 10 after going down 6-2, 6-3 to #31 Nathan Pasha while Norrie has won 8 in a row and was leading UNC's #73 Brett Clark 1-0* in the 3rd before the match was stopped. Norrie gets it done in straights. Prediction: Norrie (TCU) in 2 

#4 singles -  Ghilea has won 6 of his last 8 and 11 of 13 after he held off Ben Wagland 7-6, 7-5 while Lugones has won 12 of his last 13 after he spanked Jack Murray 6-3, 6-1. Prediction: DNF with Lugones (TCU) leading

#5 singles - Papa has won 2 of 3 but he's coming off a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 loss to Georgia's Nick Wood while Dachs has won 7 in a row after clinching TCU's win over UNC with a 6-4, 7-5 win against Robert Kelly. Prediction: Dachs (TCU) in 2

#6 singles - Bragusi has won 4 of his last 6 after beating Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 6-2 while Stein has won 6 of his last 7 though he trailed UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen 6-3, *5-6. This is a court that's a must for TCU but I see Stein coming up short. Prediction: Bragusi (OU) in 2

Both teams are playing well in doubles but Oklahoma seems to be playing especially well. I'll take Boomer Sooner at 1 and 3 doubles and then in singles I like Alvarez, Harris, and Bragusi at 1, 2, and 6. I like Norrie and Dachs for TCU and think Lugones could beat Ghilea if the match gets to finish. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2



2] Baylor (25-5) vs. [3] Virginia (27-3) - Monday 1pm est - Baylor is coming off a 4-2 win over #8 USC while Virginia bum-rushed #5 Texas A&M 4-0. Baylor won both of the regular season meeting winning 5-2 at home on March 1st and 4-3 in Chicago on February 14th - both matches were played indoors.  Baylor won the doubles point in both matches with Julian Lenz and Mate Zsiga each winning singles matches in both while Max Tchoutakian lost in both. Virginia's Collin Altamirano won both his matches in blowout fashion while Ryan Shane and Mitchell Frank both lost twice.

Regular season meetings:

#5 Baylor 5, #11 Virginia 2 - FINAL
March 1, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles Competition
1. #55 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) def. #56 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-3
2. Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (UVA) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Mac Styslinger/Jonathan Cornish (UVA) 6-1
Singles Competition
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) def. #2 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54) 6-4, 7-5 
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.85) def. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.69) def. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) 6-2, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) def. #91 Mac Styslinger (UVA 14.02) 7-6(6), 6-4
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. JC Aragone (UVA 13.88) 6-0, 6-2
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.77) 6-1, 6-4
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,3,6,2,1,4)

#10 Baylor 4, #3 Virginia 3 - NTI Quarterfinals 
February 14, 2015 - Chicago, IL (Midtown Athletic Club)
Doubles competition
1. #37 Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) 6-6 (5-3) DNF
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. #41 Mac Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Mitchell Frank/Altamirano (UVA) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) def. Mitchell Frank (UVA) 6-2, 6-0
2. #4 Ryan Shane (UVA) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) def. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) 6-4, 7-6 (10)
4. Collin Altamirano (UVA) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Mate Zsiga (BU) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Vince Schneider (BU) 6-3, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,4,6,2,3,5)


Doubles Records: Baylor 27-2, Virginia 27-3
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Baylor 86, Virginia 87

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #2 Julian Lenz (BU 15.07) vs. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.88) 
2. #35 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.12)  vs. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.53) 
3. #58 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.41) vs. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.72)  
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.79) vs. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.77) 
5. #116 Mate Zsiga (BU 14.19) vs. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.07) 
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.17) vs. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Lenz 15-4 (12-4)  vs. Shane 19-6 (12-5) 
2. Lupieri 9-10 (4-10) vs. Frank 16-3 (11-3) 
3. Tchoutakian 15-9 (4-8) vs. Altamirano 18-3 (3-2) 
4. Galeano 14-4 (3-2) vs. Kwiatkowski 22-3 (2-3)   
5. Zsiga 14-3 (3-2)  vs. Ritschard 11-3 (3-1) 
6. Rios 21-3 (2-0) vs. Aragone 22-3 (0-1) 


#1 singles - Lenz has won 8 of his last 10 completed matches though his last match against USC's Yannick Hanfmann went unfinished with it tied at 1 in the 3rd. Shane has won 10 of 12 though his match with Texas A&M's Jeremy Efferding went unfinished with Shane leading 6-2, 2-3*. Lenz won the last one 6-4, 7-5 but I think this one goes the distance. Prediction: Lenz (BU) in 3

#2 singles - Lupieri has lost his last 5 completed matches after going down 6-3, 6-3 to USC's Roberto Quiroz while Frank has won 8 of his last 9 completed matches though he'd had 4 in a row go unfinished though he led Shane Vinsant 6-3, 2-1. Tony Lupieri did stun Thai-Son Kwiatkowski earlier this year and take a set off Mitchell Frank on March 1st but I see straight sets in this one. Prediction: Frank (UVA) in 2

#3 singles - Tchoutakian has dropped 3 of his last 5 and 2 straight after getting beat by USC's Eric Johnson 6-3, 6-4 while Altamirano has won 3 of his last 5 though he trailed Arthur Rinderknech 1-0* in the 3rd. I think Tchoutakian keeps it close but Altamirano get it done. Prediction: Altamirano (UVA) in 2

#4 singles - Galeano has won his last 7 including a match clinching 6-3, 7-6 win over USC's Jonny Wang while Kwiatkowski has won 11 in a row and 15 of his last 16 after whipping Harrison Adams 6-1, 6-2. Galeano is playing well enough to potentially get the win but I think Kwiatkowski takes a close one in 3. Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 3 

#5 singles - Zsiga has won 12 of his last 13 completed matches after taking out Max De Vroome 6-3, 6-3 while Ritschard has won his last 6 and he absolutely blistered AJ Catanzariti 6-2, 6-1. Zsiga beat Ritschard 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the deciding match in Chicago and I just don't see the Baylor senior ending his collegiate singles career with a loss. Prediction: Zsiga (BU) in 2

#6 singles - Rios has won 11 of his last 12 including a 7-5, 7-6 win over Nick Crystal while Aragone has won 16 in a row after beating Jordi Arconada 6-4, 6-3. Tough one to predict because both have been playing well but I'm leaning towards Rios. Prediction: Rios (BU) in 3

The doubles point is going to be huge because if Baylor takes it again that might be enough to put them over the top but if Virginia goes up 1-0 it's going to be mighty tough to see Baylor win 4 singles matches against this loaded Virginia roster.  The only court where I see a clear heavy favorite is #2 where Mitchell Frank will get past Tony Lupieri. I think all other 5 courts are in play though I like Shane, Zsiga, and Rios for BU and Frank, Altamirano, and Kwiatkowski for UVA. This match will probably come down to some key moments and it'll be interesting to see how Virginia handles it in front of a large Baylor crowd that should be out in full force. I'm going to take Baylor in a thriller - Prediction: Baylor 4-3




I was expecting 4 knock down drag em out fights but in the end there were 2 good matches and 2 that weren't as close as I anticipated.

It was expected to be another wet day with the chance of rain around 50% but the showers stayed away and for the most part is was a very pleasant day (for the spectators). It was overcast, humid, and windy for the first 2 matches and then the sun came out for the last 2 but the wind and humidity stayed around all day.

In the opening match of the day on the main Grandstand Courts it was #1 Oklahoma pushing past #7 Georgia 4-2.  This will be Oklahoma's second ever NCAA semifinal appearance with the first time coming last year.

In doubles all 3 courts stayed on serve until Georgia's #2 team of Nathan Pasha and Wayne Montgomery broke at love to go up 4-2 but OU's Dane Webb and Spencer Papa broke right back from 30-40 to put it back on serve.

OU's #1 team of Andrew Harris and Alex Ghilea would break the Ben Wagland serve from 15-40 to go up 5-3 then Andrew Harris would hold at love to make it 6-3. OU would break the Austin Smith serve for 7-3 then "The Machine" Alex Ghilea would serve it out (clip below) to give OU the 8-3 win at #1. It was only the 3rd loss on the year for the ITA #1 doubles team of Wagland/Smith.


OU's #3 team of Axel Alvarez and Jose Salazar would snag its first break when they broke the Eric Diaz serve from 30-40 to go up 5-3 and they'd follow that up with a hold for 6-3. After 3 straight holds (2 by UGA & 1 by OU) OU's Axel Alvarez would serve for the match up 7-5. Alvarez fell behind 15-30 on his serve but battled back to ad-in and that set up match point:


Georgia's #2 team led 7-6 in the unfinished match though it was on serve.

Georgia really came out firing on all cylinders in singles and would storm out to break leads at 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 singles. While Austin Smith, Nathan Pasha, and Nick Wood would win first sets for Georgia at 2, 3, and 5, OU's Alex Ghilea and Florin Bragusi would both rally back to take their opening sets at 4 and 6. Bragusi actually trailed 3-0 and was down 0-40 on his serve before he rallied to win 5 straight games and would ultimately take the set 6-4.

The only OU Sooner to never trail was its #1 Axel Alvarez as he broke the Wayne Montgomery serve to go up 3-1 and would never look back in route to a 6-1, 6-1 win in a match that lasted a surprisingly long 1 hour and 14 minutes (long considering the scoreline).  Here is match point for Axel:



Exactly 4 minutes later Georgia's Nathan Pasha would put the Bulldogs on the board as he finished off Dane Webb 6-2, 6-3 at #3 singles. For the second match in a row Pasha led wire to wire as he broke Webb early and often in route to the win. Here is match point from the fired up Pasha


OU's Florin Bragusi would be next off the court as he finished off Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 6-2 at #6 singles.  After falling behind 3-0, Bragusi rattled off 12 of the next 15 games with match point coming below (I was a little too far away to get a good shot)


Oklahoma would now lead 3-1 and even though Georgia's Nick Wood had a break lead in the 3rd at #5, the Sooners were in control on the other 2 courts.  OU's Andrew Harris battled back from a set down to go up 4-1 in the 3rd at #2 singles and he was serving to try and make it 5-1. OU's Alex Ghilea had opened up a 7-6, 5-2 lead at #4 so it appeared it was just a matter of time before OU put this one to bed.

Georgia wouldn't go down without a fight as Austin Smith broke Harris and then held to pull within 4-3 (still 1 break down). Wagland would hold and then break Ghilea to put it back on serve at 5-4.

Nick Wood would then close out Spencer Papa 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at #5 singles to pull Georgia to within 3-2 and it looked like for a few minutes that something special might be happening.


Wagland would hold for 5-5 but Ghilea quickly held for 6-5. Harris held for 5-3 but Smith held right back for 4-5. Wagland fell into a hole on his 5-6 service game and would fight off 2 match points but he couldn't fight off the 3rd as he double faulted to give Ghilea the match clinching 7-6(4), 7-5 win.

Below is the video clip I shot of match point and below that is the clip from the opposite side that OU shot - if Wagland's serve did indeed miss it sure couldn't have missed by much because as you can see Wagland wasn't pleased with the call.



At the time of the clinch Georgia's Austin Smith was up 15-30 on the Harris serve so it would have been high drama if he would have broke and Wagland could have forced a 3rd set.

Going into this week I knew the doubles point would be crucial to Georgia's hopes of advancing because winning 4 singles matches against this kind of competition wasn't going to be easy and it proved to be just a tad too difficult today against #1 Oklahoma.

Here is a highlight clip from OU's recap with a few interviews as well:


Video


FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 15th. For more details about UTR check out their website

[1] Oklahoma def. [8] #7 Georgia 4-2
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts 
Doubles Competition
1. #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (GA) 8-3       
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Pasha (GA) 6-7 unf.
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Eric Diaz/Paul Osterbaan (GA) 8-5
Singles Competition
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.19) def.#24 Wayne Montgomery (GA 14.61) 6-1, 6-1
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) vs. #30 Austin Smith (GA 14.32) 4-6, 6-4, 5-4 (15-30) unf.
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (GA 14.38) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.22) 6-2, 6-3
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.42) def. Ben Wagland (GA 13.49) 7-6(4), 7-5
5. NickWood (GA 13.85) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.90) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) def. Paul Oosterbaan (GA 13.85) 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 29-2
Georgia 24-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,6,5,4)

Match Times:
Alvarez - 1 hour and 14 minutes
Pasha - 1 hour and 18 minutes
Bragusi - 1 hour and 31 minutes
Wood - 1 hour and 55 minutes
Ghilea - 2 hours and 21 minutes

Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On the match results
"We were in a good position. It always gets a little tougher to close out, but we had two good opportunities. Georgia had us down early and I thought we played really well. We played doubles as well as we had all year, and who knows if that would have been the difference or not. We will never know. We've done this all year where we try to put teams in a position where it is going to take a heck of an effort to come back and beat us, and I think that's what our guys did today. It was a great effort.

On playing a conference opponent in the semifinals
"I think everybody in our conference knew our conference was really good all year. I think even throughout the recruiting season, when we saw who guys were bringing in, we knew it was going to be a really good conference. You still have to go out and play. I think TCU has gotten better all year long. From indoors, when I first really saw them, to now, I think they are better and are more confident in themselves. So it's going to be a tough match. It will be way tougher than the match we had with them at home. We controlled a lot of that match and their lineup is a lot different. I think it is going to be a really difficult match. We will be ready to come out and battle and get tough points.

More comments from the OU recap
"It was one of our top goals of the year to reach this point, Roddick said. "That was a goal, but we are not happy just being in the final four. We want to play another good match and get through that one to play for a national championship. Beating a team like Georgia, that is one of the best of all time, says a lot about our guys. They are fearless and they can put it on the line when it matters.

"Someone asked me how we are thriving in doubles, Roddick said. "I like hearing that because I haven't heard it all year. We are playing really well. Sometimes you go out and play really well and still lose, that's doubles. We're playing as well as we have all year and you can feel the confidence when they walk out there. They aren't wondering if they are going to play well, they know they are going to put out a good performance.

"You beat Wayne Montgomery one and onehe's a guy that makes you play a lot of balls, Roddick said. "We've played him in a lot of situations and it's almost always a tough three-setter. To rebound like that after losing you first match of the year, stands out to me. He played a high level of tennis and it's tough to breathe out there when he is hitting the ball that big and not making any errors.

"It was important for me after the loss I had in the last match," Alvarez said. "I really wanted to win this one mentally. I just put a lot of intensity into it and I was focused from the beginning. I wanted it really badly. I played my best tennis today."

Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
On the match results
"There is no denying, our guys fought to the very end, very courageous match. Oklahoma just played a little bit better than we did. You know, they are not No. 1 for nothing. I am pleased with the way [we competed], I think we can play a little bit better in certain spots. Oklahoma just controlled play and they dictated play more than we did, and they got the victory.               

On Nick Wood and Nathan Pasha winning their matches
"We actually looked good in a lot of spots. We had a chance to win the match all the way to the very end. It was Nick and Nathan who put us in that position. We kind of just made a run out of them. Austin [Smith] was up a set there. Ben [Wangland] broke back to get the tiebreaker. We just couldn't close either one of those sets. We competed well. You've got to give the credit to Oklahoma, they played a little bit better than we did. They deserved to go forward and we wish them the best.
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In the other early quarterfinal match, played on the Riverside courts, it was #5 TCU upending #13 North Carolina 4-1 in a match that felt like it was being played in Fort Worth due to the large contingent of TCU fans.

It was a very tightly contested doubles point with both #1 and #2 staying on serve until deep into the point and in fact there wasn't a break of serve at all on #2. TCU's #1 team of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson would break to go up 6-5 and would then hold for 7-5 and would eventually take it 8-6.

It looked like UNC's #3 team of Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider would close it out a little easier but TCU's Guillermo Nunez and Hudson Blake kept hanging around. UNC's Jack Murray served for the match up 7-4 but got broke and then Ronnie Schneider served for it up 7-6 but he got broke as well so on to a tiebreak it went. UNC raced out to a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak but Jack Murray double faulted on consecutive points to put it back on serve. UNC would finally close it out on the next point when Ronnie Schneider's service return was too much for Guillermo Nunez to handle at the net.

It all came down to a tiebreak at #2 doubles to decide the point and UNC would have a match point up 6-5 but TCU's Facundo Lugones would put this point away at the net to even it at 6.


A Nick Chappell service winner made it 7-6 and it would set the stage for this match point (first clip is one I shot and 2nd is from TCU:



In singles TCU's Nick Chappell, Facundo Lugones, and Arnau Dachs would go up early breaks at 1, 4, and 5 while North Carolina's Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Esben Hess-Olesen would go up breaks at 2, 3, and 6.

TCU's Facundo Lugones jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead at #4 but Jack Murray would take the next 3 to put it back on serve at 3-3. Lugones then held for 4-3, broke for 5-3, and then served it out for a 6-3 set. Lugones would then close out the 2nd set in just 24 minutes for a 6-3, 6-1 win which put TCU up 2-0.

UNC's Ronnie Schneider opened up an early 4-2 lead in the 1st set against Guillermo Nunez at #2 but Nunez would take the next 3 to go up 5-4. Schneider would end up taking the set in a tiebreak and would then pull away in the 2nd for a 7-6(5), 6-1 win

TCU's Nick Chappell would extend the TCU lead to 3-1 after he upset #11 Brayden Schnur 6-4, 6-2 at #1 singles. Chappell wouldn't be broke all day while in turn he broke Schnur's serve 3 times - the 1st came when Schnur served at 1-1 in the 1st set and the next came in Schnur's opening service game of the 2nd set.  Here's match point for Chappell:


TCU was now looking for that clinching point but it wasn't looking too good at either #3 or #6 because at #3 UNC's Brett Clark led Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-6 (5-1) and at #6 UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen led Will Stein 6-3, 3-2 with Hess-Olesen up a break in that 2nd set.

So TCU looked to senior Arnau Dachs down at #5 singles. Dachs broke the Robert Kelly serve at 2-2 and held from there to take the 1st set 6-4. Kelly would jump out to a 4-1 lead in the 2nd but then Dachs would hold, break, and hold again to knot it at 4-4. After another exchange of holds Dachs would get the big break to go up 6-5 and would be serving for the match. Dachs would go up 40-15 and the video clips will show you the rest (1st is mine/2nd is TCU's)



In the matches that went unfinished, UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen was serving 6-3, 5-6 at #6 while TCU's Cameron Norrie came back from 5-1 down in that 2nd set TB to take it 7-5 and in fact had just held serve to go up 1-0 in the 3rd.

TCU will be making its 1st NCAA semifinal appearance since 2001 and 4th all time when it face Oklahoma on Monday.

Interesting tidbit - it was brought to my attention that TCU is the only remaining team in the field to start a left handed player - 3 in singles (Chappell, Nunez, Norrie) and 4 in doubles (Blake). Thanks to David Roditi and Paul Chappell for pointing that out.

[5] TCU def. [13] North Carolina 4-1  
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Riverside Courts 
Doubles Competition          
1.  #30 Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)  8-6
2.  Nick Chappell/Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. #45 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 8-7(6)
3.  Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. G. Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 8-7(5)
 Singles Competition      
1.  #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) def. #11 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.63) 6-4, 6-2
2.  #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.36) def. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.11) 7-6(5),6-1        
3.  #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.35) vs. #73 Brett Clark (UNC 13.85) 3-6, 7-6[6], 1-0 unf
4.  Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.99) def. Jack Murray (UNC 14.17)  6-3, 6-1
5.  Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.13) def. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77)  6-4, 7-5
6.  Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.51) 6-3, 5-6 unf
Match Notes:
TCU 25-7
North Carolina 24-11
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,1,5)

Match Times:
Lugones - 1 hour 8 minutes
Schneider - 1 hour 30 minutes
Chappell - 1 hour 37 minutes
Dachs - 1 hour 54 minutes

TCU Head Coach Dave Roditi
On the match results...
"Just an unbelievable college match. Two good teams playing each other and leaving absolutely everything we both have on the court. We're happy to be on the winning side today. That's a well-coached team and a team we've been battling for the last few years. It always comes down to a few points, and it was no different today."

On success this season...
"You start with your players, committed players, support from our administration and our fans. Then on top of that, you put our best recruit, [assistant coach] Devin Bowen. I keep saying he's the one doing all the work on the court with them, mentally and physically. As you can see in these matches, it's not so much how you play, it's how you compete and how you handle the moment. Our guys did a great job of that today, and that's a credit to Devin Bowen, and also to our conditioning coach Todd Kensler. These are tough conditions. It's hot and humid, and I felt like at the end, we looked stronger."

More comments from the TCU recap
"Well, just an unbelievable college match," Roditi said. "Two good teams playing each other, leaving absolutely everything we both have on the court. We just had to get on the winning side today. That's a well-coached team and it's a team we've been battling for the last few years. It always comes down to a few points and it was no different today.

"Today our seniors stepped up and especially Nick Chappell who stepped up huge. We got three points from our seniors in singles and we had two seniors winning in doubles. That's the beauty about today's win. It was a completely different group than maybe it was in other matches when you had (Guillermo) Nuez and (Cameron) Norrie stepping up in the singles. Today, they allowed other guys to step up and that's what makes a good team, that you can get points at any position at any time. It gives us depth and makes us tough to beat."



North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
On the match results
"First of all, congratulations to TCU. Well, the doubles point would've been a big momentum boost for us; obviously we were just points away from getting it done there. They outplayed us in singles, but our guys didn't quit. They fought hard, I think Nick Chappell won a great match here at one, and they just won up and down the line. So I'm sad that I won't get to work with our seniors any more. That's the hard part about today; it's the last day to work with your seniors. You have to appreciate everything they've done for our program. I hate to see it end, but I'm looking forward to next year and going back to work.


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In the 2nd match of the day on the Riverside Courts it was #3 Virginia flooring #5 Texas A&M 4-0 in just 2 hours and 29 minutes. Virginia has now reached the NCAA semifinals 6 times in a row and 8 times in the last 9 years.

Texas A&M was a long shot going in but they had to have the doubles point to have a fighting chance but Virginia just overwhelmed them from the get-go at #2 and #3 doubles.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone jumped out to a 3-1 lead at #3 and never looked back in route to an 8-4 win - here is match point with Altamirano serving and Aragone cleaning up at the net:


#2 doubles wasn't any closer as Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger broke early for a 4-2 lead then broke again to win it 8-4 - here is match point with TSK hitting a nice lob and then he follows it up with a "hush please" to the partisan A&M crowd.



At the time of the clinch Texas A&M was serving for the match at #1 doubles up 7-4, 15-30.

Winning the doubles point seemed to energize Virginia and deflate Texas A&M because the Hoos came out smokin' in singles with Ryan Shane, Mitchell Frank, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and JC Aragone all going up early breaks at 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6. All 5 would close out the opening sets and then Alexander Ritschard would put point #2 on the board for Virginia with a 6-2, 6-1 destruction of #92 AJ Catanzariti at #5 singles - here is match point and it ends with Ritschard slapping an ace down the T:


#19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski extended the UVA lead to 3-0 with an equally impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over #78 Harrison Adams - this one finished up less than 2 minutes after Ritschard's win so I wasn't able to get a clip of match point since the matches were on opposite ends.

Roughly 14 minutes later JC Aragone would close the door on Texas A&M's season as the UVA sophomore and ACC Tournament MVP would take out Jordi Arconada 6-4, 6-3 - here is match point of the clincher:


At the time of the clinch Texas A&M was still in the other matches with #47 Jeremy Efferding down a set but up a break in the 2nd at #1 against #8 Ryan Shane, #84 Arthur Rinderknech had just held for a 1-0 lead in the 3rd at #3 against #77 Collin Altamirano, and #80 Shane Vinsant was on serve in the 2nd after dropping the 1st to #20 Mitchell Frank.

Here is the highlight clip that Virginia put together which is always well produced:


I honestly thought this would be a closer match but Virginia never let Texas A&M get its foot in the door - Steve Denton's comments below about losing the doubles point said it all. The only singles result that surprised me was #5 singles - I really liked Catanzariti's chances with the way he had been playing lately (despite the loss to Metka) but Ritschard just blitzed him.

Match Times:
Ritschard - 1 hour and 6 minutes
Kwiatkowski -1 hour and 8 minutes
Aragone - 1 hour and 20 minutes  

[3] Virginia def. [6] #5 Texas A&M 4-0  
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Riverside Courts 
Doubles Competition    
1. #10 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (aTm) vs. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) 7-4
2. #42 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (UVA) def. #56 Efferding/Szabo (aTm) 8-4
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Rinderknech/Catanzariti (aTm) 8-5 
Singles Competition
1. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.88) vs. #47 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.40)  6-2, 2-3, unf
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.53) vs. #80 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.24) 6-3, 2-1, unf
3. #84 Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.34) vs. #77 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.72) 6-1,1-6,1-0
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.77) def. #78 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.64) 6-1, 6-2
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.07) def. #92 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.33) 6-2, 6-1
6. J.C. Aragone(UVA 14.08) def. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.68) 6-4, 6-3
Match Notes:
Virginia 27-3
Texas A&M 24-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,4,6)



Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
On the match results
"Really pleased with how the team played. They had a lot of energy in doubles. [Texas] A&M competed hard, so congratulations to them for having a great season. We're just thrilled to move on. I thought the guys played well today in doubles and kept the momentum in singles, and it's good to get a win."

On momentum of the match
"We've faced adversity quite a bit, so today probably wasn't as much. But it felt like the guys kept the momentum. I was really pleased with how well the guys played and how focused and disciplined they were throughout the entire match."

On getting to play outside
"We were thrilled to get outside. We worked so hard on our conditioning and making sure that we're prepared to play in difficult elements. We've spent a lot of time talking and working on it, so we certainly wanted to get outside if we had a chance, and the guys certainly adapted to it."

More Comments from UVA recap
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to play Baylor in the semifinals," said head coach Brian Boland. "They are a great team, which we saw in the two matches earlier this season when they beat us. They are the No. 2 team in the nation, playing on their home courts in front of their fans, and should be the favorites. We embrace the underdog role and are excited for the opportunity to play this match on Monday."