Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:22

What's Coming Up

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There are 2 big tournaments that get started over the next 2 days with both in the state of California.

The higher profile one is in Indian Wells where 3 of the top 4 teams in the country will be in action at the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge.  Play starts on Friday and finishes on Sunday.  

Current ITA Rankings of Participants: #1 Oklahoma, #3 Baylor, #4 USC, #20 Tulsa, #28 California, #29 Columbia, and both BYU and Purdue are unranked.





















The University of San Diego and San Diego State host the annual Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic which has a pretty even field with many of the teams ranked within just a few spots of each other.  There are a lot of potential 4-3 matches in the draw.

Current ITA Rankings of Participants: #22 Harvard, #30 San Diego, #32 Princeton, #33 Drake, #38 San Diego State, #39 Indiana, #43 Denver, and unranked but rising Middle Tennessee State.

These are the matches this weekend that I intend to do a preview on (making some assumptions on a few of the matches at Indian Wells):

Friday:
#16 Virginia Tech at #12 Wake Forest - 4pm est 
#4 USC vs. #20 Tulsa - 4:30pm est

Saturday:
#4 USC/#20 Tulsa winner vs. #3 Baylor - 5pm est

Sunday:
#3 Baylor or #4 USC vs. #1 Oklahoma - 1pm
#15 Florida at #13 Ole Miss - 2pm est
#12 Wake Forest at #6 Duke - 3pm est




After dropping a 4-3 thriller to Ohio State earlier in the year at the National Indoors, Texas reversed its fortune today and took out #11 Ohio State 4-1 in a match that the Horns seemed in control of just about the entire way.  Ohio State was 15-3 in doubles coming into this one but Texas got the point by winning at 2 and 3 by scores of 6-4 and 6-2.

With the nearly unbeatable Soren Hess-Olesen at 1, Texas knew it had at least 1 point in the bag and Soren quickly delivered that point with his 17th consecutive win with a 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Chris Diaz.  The Buckeye junior had one opening in the match after going up 2-0 in the 2nd but Hess-Olesen came back and won 6 of the next 7 games to close it out.

Ralf Steinbach would get Ohio State on the board at #5 singles with a 7-6(4), 6-1 over Nick Naumann.  Naumann had 3 chances to take the opening set when Steinbach served at 5-6, 15-40 but Steinbach forced his way to the net on each of the 3 points and managed to put 2 away with Naumann going long on a lob on the other.  In the 1st set tiebreak after Steinbach got the early mini-break to go up 1-0, Naumann got overruled on a Steinbach serve, which happened right in front of the chair, and Naumann never really seemed to recover.

Clement Homs would extend the Texas lead to 3-1 as he closed out Kevin Metka 6-4, 7-6(4) at #6 singles  Homs broke Metka early in the 1st set and rode that break throughout the set.  Metka jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd and would serve for the set up 5-3 but on the deciding point Homs put a volley down at Metka's feet and the Buckeye senior was unable to scoop it up which put it back on serve.  Homs jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but Metka won the next 2 on the Homs serve to pull within 4-3.  Metka's usually reliable volley let him down on the next point as he pushed one well long and 2 points later Homs smacked a forehand winner down the line to finish it off.

Less than 15 seconds later the match would be over as Adrien Berkowicz would close out Hunter Callahan 7-6(3), 6-3 at #3 singles.  Callahan had his chances in the opening set and in fact served for the set twice up 5-4 and 6-5 but he just couldn't close it out. Berkowicz dominated the tiebreak and for the most part the 2nd set.

The other 2 matches were abandoned with #2 on serve in the 3rd and Texas up a set at #4 and on serve in the 2nd.

Key stat of the match:  Texas won all 4 tiebreaks

Texas recap
Ohio State recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 14th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#8 Texas 4, #11 Ohio State 1
03/17/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.01) def. #44 Chris Diaz (OHST 13.99) 6-1, 6-3
2. #52 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.86) vs. #28 Mikael Torpegaard (OHST 13.96) 4-6, 6-4, 3-3, unf
3. #60 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.78) def. Hunter Callahan (OHST 13.89) 7-6(3), 6-3
4. George Goldhoff (UT 13.73) vs. #114 Herkko Pollanen (OHST 13.54) 7-6(6), 4-3, unf
5. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OHST 13.90) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.94) 7-6(4), 6-1
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.62) def. Kevin Metka (OHST 13.95) 6-4, 7-6(4)
Doubles competition
1. #12 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OHST) def. #35 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-1
2. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) def. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OHST) 6-4
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. #34 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OHST) 6-2 
Match Notes
Ohio State 13-6; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #2
Texas 13-2; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #2

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

Here's an interesting doubles formation that you don't see too often - one guy is serving and the other is behind him and it looks like he's in position to return serve.



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Texas Tech ran its record to an impressive 15-4 with a nice road win at Notre Dame. The match came down to #6 singles which was the only one to go 3 sets and it was Texas Tech freshman Connor Curry getting it done 6-3 in the 3rd.  

Texas Tech recap

"First of all, it was just another incredible effort by our guys," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "After losing the doubles point, you saw this team rally back to beat a really good Notre Dame team on their home court. This Notre Dame beat No. 14 Northwestern and No. 31 Oklahoma State and lost a close match to No. 2 Illinois."

Notre Dame recap

#24 Texas Tech 4, #36 Notre Dame 3
Mar 17, 2015 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Singles competition
1. #22 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.38) def. #43 Felipe Soares (TT 13.68) 7-6(3), 6-3
2. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.51) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.11) 6-3, 6-4
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.48) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.73) 6-2, 6-1
4. #109 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.39) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.47) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alex Lawson (ND 12.80) def. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.85) 6-4, 6-4
6. Connor Curry (TT 12.80) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.46) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #8 Billy Pecor/Alex Lawson (ND) vs. #24 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) 5-4, un
2. #14 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. Alex Sendegeya/Jolan Cailleau (TT) 6-3
3. Quentin Monaghan/Dougie Barnard (ND) def. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas Tech 15-4; National ranking #24
Notre Dame 8-6; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,5,2,1,6)
T-2:34 A-40

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Utah re-entered the ITA rankings today but they'll likely re-exit them next week after Loyola Marymount moved its record to 7-6 with a 4-1 mild upset.  Interesting note: LMU had the higher UTR on each of the 6 courts so it's hard to call it too big an upset.  

Loyola Marymount 4, #72 Utah 1
Mar 17, 2015 at Los Angeles, Calif. (LMU Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Charles Boyce (LMU 12.95) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH 12.85) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2. Errol Smith (LMU 13.14) vs. Parker McGuiness (UTAH 12.77) 6-1, 6-7(4), 3-2, unf
3. Felix Van Kann (LMU 12.40) vs. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH 12.06) 1-6, 6-2, 2-3, unf
4. Cristobal Rivera (LMU 12.85) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH 12.49) 6-2, 7-6(5)
5. Joat Farah (LMU 12.20) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH 12.06) 6-4, 7-5
6. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH 11.75) def. Othar Kordsachia (LMU 12.29) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Errol Smith/Joat Farah (LMU) def. Cedric Willems/Matt Cowley (UTAH) 6-3
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Parker McGuiness/Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Johan Jonhagen/Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Othar Kordsachia/Luke Bohuslav (LMU) 6-4
Match Notes
Utah 9-6; National ranking #72
LMU 7-6
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 18:24

3/17 ITA Rankings Have Been Released

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Oklahoma stays at #1 in the ITA rankings for the 3rd week in a row and for the 4th time in the last 5 weeks.  OU's win last Tuesday over Virginia kept it atop the rankings because had they lost Illinois would have moved to #1.  Oklahoma's top 5 best wins are over #3 Baylor, #4 USC, #9 Virginia, #10 North Carolina, and at #11 Ohio State. The Sooners also own wins over #12 Wake Forest, #13 Ole Miss, #14 Northwestern, plus a 2nd win over #10 North Carolina so that means they have wins over everyone ranked from 9-14 which means they are positioned very well for the next several rankings where an additional best win is added each week starting next week. Oklahoma also gets an opportunity to pad its resume this weekend when they head to Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge and it's likely that they'll face either #3 Baylor or #4 USC in the Championship on Sunday.

Illinois moves up 2 spots to #2 on the strength of a pair of Top 10 road wins last weekend over Texas and Texas A&M.  The Illini's best 5 wins for this week are the road wins at #3 Baylor, #8 Texas, and #7 Texas A&M along with home/neutral court wins over #10 North Carolina and #11 Ohio State. Illinois dropped its match yesterday to #18 TCU so that loss will count against them next week and with Illinois now idle until March 27th that means it's points average will probably drop slightly with its 6th best against #14 Northwestern.


Baylor drops 1 spot to #3 despite picking up a road win at Ole Miss last Tuesday.  BU's 5 best wins for these rankings are #6 Duke, #9 Virginia (2X), #19 UCLA, and the road win over #13 Ole Miss. Baylor is positioned fairly well for next week when the 6th best win is added because they currently have wins over #18 TCU and a road win at #20 Tulsa sitting in the bag plus the Bears could face #4 USC and potentially #1 Oklahoma this weekend in Indian Wells.

USC is up 1 spot to #4 after adding a win over then #14 UCLA to its resume.  The Trojans 4 other best wins are against #5 Georgia (2X +1 was at UGA), #11 Ohio State, and #15 Florida.  USC's 6th best win is over #30 San Diego so the Trojans need a good win or two this weekend to stay in the top 5. USC plays #20 Tulsa on Friday in Indian Wells and if they win that one they'll likely face #3 Baylor and a win over them would likely have the Trojans facing #1 Oklahoma in the final so this a big weekend of tennis for SC.

Georgia falls 2 spots to #5 even though they picked up a pair of road wins at Tennessee and Kentucky.  In years past those would have been a pair of Top 10 wins but both programs are down a little this year.  Georgia's 5 best wins are against #2 Illinois, #7 Texas A&M, #19 UCLA, #29 Columbia, and a road win at #15 Florida. Georgia's only ranked opponent this week is #47 South Carolina however the Bulldogs will add a previous win over #23 LSU to its list for next week's rankings.

Duke holds firm at #6 after playing just once last weekend against unranked Miami. The Blue Devils 5 best wins for these ranking are road wins over #2 Illinois and #14 Northwestern and home/neutral wins over #12 Wake Forest, #13 Ole Miss, and #18 TCU.  Duke hosts #37 NC State and #12 Wake Forest this weekend so they'll have a chance to possibly move up a spot if they can sweep both of those matches.

Texas A&M comes up to 2 spots to #7 after beating Vanderbilt before losing to Illinois. The Aggies 5 best wins are over #1 Oklahoma, #11 Ohio State,  #17 Vanderbilt, #30 San Diego, and at #47 South Carolina.  Texas A&M hits the road this weekend to face #35 Mississippi State and #60 Alabama so the Aggies need wins over both to help itself for next week.  With South Carolina and Vanderbilt both dropping this week, Texas A&M will likely fall a few spots next week because the Aggies 6th best win will at best be against somebody ranked outside the top 30.

Despite the loss to Illinois, Texas holds firm at #8 largely due to a few of its best wins making big rises from the previous week (MN+12, UNC+7).  The Longhorns 5 best wins are over #10 North Carolina, #12 Wake Forest, at #20 Tulsa, #25 Minnesota, and #29 Columbia.  Texas has a chance to add a big 6th best win when they host #11 Ohio State this afternoon.  Their current 6th best win is over #27 Florida State though since Columbia dropped down in the rankings they'd be the 6th best with FSU the 5th best.

Virginia drops 2 spots to #9 after coming up short in Norman against #1 Oklahoma. UVA's best 5 wins are #10 North Carolina, at #12 Wake Forest, #18 TCU, #26 Louisville, and at #37 NC State. Virginia won't get much of a chance to move up because the only ranked team it plays this week is #36 Notre Dame though at least its on the road.

North Carolina moves up 2 spots to #10 despite only picking up an unranked win over Miami last week.  UNC's bump is largely due to Virginia Tech making such a large rise from the previous week with the Hokies coming up 29 spots.  UNC's 5 best wins are over #16 Virginia Tech, #19 UCLA, #25 Minnesota, #27 Florida State, and #37 NC State.  UNC's only match this week is on the road at #26 Louisville so a win there would make that the 6th best win for next week.      


Men's National Team Rankings 
Administered by the ITA
NCAA Division I Tennis
March 17, 2015
RankAvgSchoolPrevious Week
183.79University of Oklahoma1
282.89University of Illinois4
377.90Baylor University2
472.95University of Southern California5
571.42University of Georgia3
669.44Duke University6
763.82Texas A&M University9
859.11University of Texas8
958.64University of Virginia7
1052.46North Carolina12
1151.38Ohio State University10
1248.32Wake Forest University19
1344.75University of Mississippi13
1443.37Northwestern University16
1543.13University of Florida18
1641.13Virginia Tech15
1740.87Vanderbilt University11
1840.84TCU17
1940.48UCLA14
2035.50University of Tulsa29
2135.34University of South Florida20
2234.60Harvard University21
2331.94Louisiana State University33
2431.38Texas Tech University34
2530.95University of Minnesota22
2628.86University of Louisville28
2728.09Florida State University24
2827.14California26
2926.42Columbia University23
3025.91University of San Diego31
3125.45Oklahoma State University32
3225.36Princeton University27
3324.83Drake University25
3423.82SMU47
3522.97Mississippi State University42
3622.84University of Notre Dame36
3720.54North Carolina State37
3820.24San Diego State University35
3919.80Indiana University-Bloomington30
4017.94University of Tennessee55
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Monday, 16 March 2015 17:21

TCU Derails the Illini Train

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In terms of rankings today's TCU win over Illinois was an upset, but I don't think too many would call it completely unexpected with Illinois playing its 3rd Top 20 opponent on the road in as many days.  I'm guessing the Illini's energy tank was much closer to E than it was to F while TCU was likely beyond ecstatic having the chance to host a top 5 team on its home courts.

TCU did play on Sunday against Michigan and while the score-lines today were a little closer they really wasn't much of a difference.  They are both listed below so you can take a look at them.

TCU took the doubles point without too much resistance by winning 6-3 and 6-1 at 1 and 2.  In singles, TCU moved Cameron Norrie down to #3 for the 1st time this year after he'd played all but 1 match at #1.  David Roditi also moved Guillermo Nunez up to #2 for the 1st time in his career and Nunez rewarded the coach's decision with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of #32 Tim Kopinski.  Arnau Dachs and Facundo Lugones would also pick up quick wins at 5 and 6 and in under 1 hour and 45 minutes TCU had its 4-0 shutout over Illinois.


Big win for the TCU program but you've also got to tip your hat to the weekend that Illinois had beating both Texas and Texas A&M despite playing without it's #1 singles player.  Note:  This article in the Daily Illini said Gosea was suspended for violating team rules so only Brad Dancer knows how long he'll be out.

TCU recap

"It was fun to get this big win at home," Roditi said. "Our seniors stepped up. Facundo Lugones and Arnau Dachs, and the little beast Guillermo Nunez continue to play at a really high level. That really helped the other guys stay calm. Will Stein is also playing great tennis and he was up a break late in the second set against a guy that's hardly lost."

"That doubles point was huge," Roditi said. "We finally won a doubles point over a top program."

"Our No. 1 and No. 2 doubles team came out and set the tone," Roditi said. "They were up two breaks right from the beginning."

"We beat a very, very good team that competes really well," Roditio said. "We had a full week of outdoor weather where we could practice. That helped so we could play at this level. (Assistant coach) Devin Bowen has been all about preparation all year long, and he prepared them for this."

Illinois recap

"No ifs, ands or buts about it, TCU was just better than us today," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Their coaches and players were obviously well prepared and deserved the victory. The March through Texas came up one match short. We look forward to hopefully having another shot later this spring."

#17 TCU 4, #4 Illinois 0
Mar 16, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) vs. #39 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.83) 7-5, 1-1, unf
2. #116 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.61) def. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) 6-2, 6-0
3. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) vs.  #31 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.47) 7-5, 2-2, unf
4. Will Stein (TCU 13.21) vs. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) 6-4, 4-2, unf
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.87) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 13.27) 6-3, 6-1
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.35) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.12) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #29 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-3
2. #23 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-1
3. Hudson Blake/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 3-4, unf
Match Notes
Illinois 15-3, 3-0; National ranking #4
TCU 11-5, 0-1; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,5,6)
A-345

#17 TCU 5, #70 Michigan 0
Mar 15, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #39 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.83) vs. Alex Petrone (UM 13.63) 6-0, 5-5, unf
2. #31 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.47) def. Michael Zhu (UM 12.69) 6-2, 6-3
3. #116 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.61) def. Runhao Hua (UM 13.36) 6-2, 6-3
4. Will Stein (TCU 13.21) vs. Alex Knight (UM 13.09) 6-4, 4-3, unf
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.87) def. Davis Crocker (UM 12.19) 6-1, 6-1
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.35) def. Kevin Wong (UM 12.71) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #29 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (UM) 6-4
2. #23 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) vs. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 4-4, unf
3. Hudson Blake/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Kevin Wong/Tyler Gardiner (UM) 6-0
Match Notes
Michigan 3-8; National ranking #70
TCU 10-5; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,5,2,3)
A-385


Monday, 16 March 2015 11:24

3/17 ITA Rankings Preview

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Definitely going to be some big movement in the rankings this week with several teams picking up keys wins while some took some rough losses.  This week's rankings are the last set to use each team's top 5 best wins and then starting next week with the March 24th rankings they'll use each team's 6 best wins and then every subsequent week after that they add 1 more best win to get up to 9 by April 14th.

Wake Forest will have the biggest jump within the top 20 as the Demon Deacons will move up from 19 to 12 on the strength of a pair of wins over Florida State and Louisville.  Tulsa also makes a big move from 29 to 20 after knocking off Ohio State yesterday.

Indiana will take the biggest fall in the top 40 by dropping from 30 to 39 after losing to Texas Tech and having some of its best wins drop in the rankings from the week before.  

Others Coming Up:
  • Illinois moves up from 4 to 2 after beating both Texas and Texas A&M on the road.
  • LSU moves up 10 spots from 33 to 23 after beating Vanderbilt 
  • Texas Tech moves up 10 spots from 34 to 24 after beating San Diego and winning at Indiana. 
  • SMU moves up 13 spots from 47 to 34 after winning on the road at Pepperdine and Cal Poly.
  • Mississippi State moves up 7 spots from 42 to 35 after winning on the road at Auburn plus they picked up a good chunk of points with Alabama moving into the rankings last week since State has 2 wins over the Tide.
  • Tennessee moves up 15 spots from 55 to 40 after beating South Carolina plus the Vols benefited from Georgia Tech coming into the rankings since the Vols have a road win at GT.  

Others Going Down:
  • Vanderbilt drops 6 spots from 11 to 17 after losing at Texas A&M and LSU. 
  • UCLA drops 5 spots from 14 to 19 after losing to USC and having some of its best wins drop in the rankings from the previous week and having some of its losses drop as well.
  • Columbia drops 7 spots from 23 to 30 after losing at Northwestern plus Columbia only had 3 top 75 wins right now and 1 of those (Notre Dame) dropped heavily last week. 
  • Drake drops 8 spots from 25 to 33 largely due to its lost to unranked UNC-Wilmington though that will just be temporary because UNC-Wilmington will make a big jump this week.  
Notes: 
  • UNC Wilmington should go from unranked to around the 48-53 range after beating Drake and Penn State last weekend at the USF Spring Break Tournament.  
  • Alabama should come up another 10-11 spots after winning at Auburn.

3/17 ITA Rankings Projections (ones in bold moves at least 5 spots)

RankSchoolPointsPrevious
1Oklahoma83.791
2Illinois82.894
3Baylor77.902
4USC72.955
5Georgia71.423
6Duke69.446
7Texas A&M 63.829
8Texas59.118
9Virginia58.647
10North Carolina52.4612
11Ohio State51.3810
12Wake Forest48.3219
13Ole Miss44.7513
14Northwestern43.3716
15Florida43.1318
16Virginia Tech41.1315
17Vanderbilt40.8711
18TCU40.8417
19UCLA40.4814
20Tulsa35.5029
21South Florida 35.3420
22Harvard34.6021
23LSU*31.9433
24Texas Tech31.3834
25Minnesota30.9522
26Louisville28.8628
27Florida State28.0924
28California27.1426
29San Diego*25.9131
30Columbia* 25.7223
31Oklahoma State25.4532
32Princeton25.3627
33Drake24.8325
34SMU23.8247
35Mississippi State22.9742
36Notre Dame*22.8436
37NC State*20.5437
38San Diego State*20.0035
39Indiana*19.8030
40Tennessee*17.9455

* represents a team that has a win over someone that is ranked between 75-125 however it's tough to be 100% accurate pinpointing where in that range the team falls so the point totals may be off a bit.  
The beat goes on for #4 Illinois as the Illini rolled into College Station today and rolled out several hours later with a 4-2 win over #9 Texas A&M.  Illinois was without its #1 Farris Gosea for the 2nd day in a row but just as they did against Texas the rest of the guys rallied and got it done.

The day didn't start off too well for Illinois as Texas A&M rolled at 1 and 2 doubles winning both courts by a 6-2 score.   Interesting comment below from Dancer about him feeling they played better doubles today than yesterday despite winning yesterday and losing today.

Both teams slightly altered their singles lineups by switching 5 and 6 but since both teams made the same moves the match-ups themselves were the same but just at a spot higher or lower than originally thought.

Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti was first off the court with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win at #5 singles over yesterday's hero Blake Bazarnik but Illinois wouldn't stay scoreless for long because Toshiki Matsuya would ring up a 6-3, 6-4 win at #6 singles over Jordi Arconada.  As a side note, the Texas A&M live scoring showed Brian Page playing at #6 the entire match and it wasn't until the Illinois recap came out that it was revealed that it was really Matsuya.  Those 2 guys don't exactly look like each other so you would have thought somebody would have caught that sooner.



After taking the opening set 6-3, Illinois #1 Jared Hiltzik would fall behind 3-1 in the 2nd but would then come back and take the final 5 games of the set to register a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jeremy Efferding which would tie the overall match at 2.

The 3 remaining matches would all end up going 3 sets as Tim Kopinski rallied to get a split on 2 while both Harrison Adams and Arthur Rinderknech did the same at 3 and 4.

Aron Hiltizk would overcome the loss of the 2nd set by rebounding in the 3rd for a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Harrison Adams which would put Illinois just a point away from the win.

It looked like Shane Vinsant was going to knot it at 3 after taking a 5-2 lead on 2 however Kopinski would win the next 3 to even it at 5-5.

While Tim Kopinski was fighting to stay alive at 2 his teammate Aleks Vukic was putting down the hammer at #4 and would end up closing out Arthur Rinderknech 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Vukic got off to a slow start in this one falling behind 4-1 in the 1st set before winning 6 of the next 7 games to take the set.  After hitting a lull in the 2nd set the freshman from Sydney, Australia rebounded in the 3rd by going up an early break and held on the rest of the way.

All but one of the singles matches went the way I thought with that one exception being at #1 where Jared Hiltzik got it done in straight sets over Jeremy Efferding.

It was also mentioned in Zoo Tennis that Farris Gosea has been suspended indefinitely so who knows if he'll back or not.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 14th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#4 Illinois 4, #9 Texas A&M 2
Singles competition
1. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) def. #65 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.03) 6-3, 6-3
2. #71 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.20) vs. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) 7-5, 4-6, 5-5, unf
3. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) def. #48 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.74) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
4. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) def. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.15) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
5. #89 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.97) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 13.27) 6-2, 6-1
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.54) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #9 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2
2. #26 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 4-4, unf
Match Notes:
Illinois 15-2, 3-0; National ranking #4
Texas A&M 8-3, 4-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,1,3,4)

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Illinois recap

"I keep saying it but our guys love playing tennis," head coach Brad Dancer said. "They look forward to matches and enjoy the opportunities our schedule provides. For Vukic it's his second clinching match in Texas this season; pretty fun for him to have those experiences with his team. The Hiltzik brothers played tough opponents today and dug down and got dirty which was fun to see. Toshiki was better today after what was one of his worst performances yesterday, so getting back on the horse was important for him. Marcos continues to be a tremendous 'in match' coach guiding a lot of our guys to victory."


"I still thought our doubles was better today," Dancer said. "Texas A&M is good in doubles and they took it to us in some spots. Now the guys just have to trust their skills and be more active. It will make for good discussion on how to take the next step."

Texas A&M recap

Who Wins on Sunday in College Station

Texas A&M
  19 (57%)
Illinois
  14 (42%)

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For the 2nd time this year Tulsa pulled off an upset over a top 10 team with #10 Ohio State being the victims this time around.  Ohio State won the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 but then they pulled their #3 singles player Herkko Pollanen (reasons unknown) which forced everyone else to move up a spot.

Unlike in year's past where Ohio State has had 8 to 9 quality starters this year's squad is a little lean with there being a rather large drop-off from #6 to #7 and that drop-off became evident pretty quickly as Tulsa's Dylan McCloskey quickly closed out Matt Mendez at #6 singles 6-1, 6-3.  Ohio State's Hunter Callahan would put Ohio State back ahead 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-2 win at #3 singles over Matthew Kirby but unbelievably that would be Ohio State's last point.

Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard would tie it at 2 with a 7-6, 6-1 win at #4 over Ralf Steinbach and then it looked like Tulsa's Carlos Bautista would make it 3-2 as he served for the match at #5 singles up 5-4 in the 3rd against Kevin Metka.  Bautista would go up 15-0 then after Metka passed him at the net to make it 15 all, Bautista threw in a double fault, shanked a forehand, and then doubled again to give, and I mean give, the break to Metka to tie it at 5.

It then appeared that Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard was going to put Ohio State back on top as he went up 5-3 in the 3rd against Alejandro Espejo at #2 singles.  After an Espejo hold Torpegaard served for the match and would get it to the deciding point which was also match point.  Torpegaard stayed in control of the point and after Espejo's shot hit the net cord and kicked up about 5 feet in the air it looked like Torpegaard was simply going to crush it into the open court but then he did the unthinkable and buried it into the net.  It was one of those moments where he had a ton of options and he probably just simply overthought it and it cost him.

While both Torpegaard and Bautista tried to regroup Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel was putting the finishing touches on his match at #1 singles against a cramping Chris Diaz.  The turning point in the match came when Ram-Harel was serving at 3-1, 30-40.  The 2 guys had what was easily a 25-30 shot rally and around shot 25 Ram-Harel starting putting the pressure on and after Diaz went back and forth across the court a few times he stumbled and then was basically on his back when the final shot was hit right around where his waste would have been.  That point in essence was all she wrote as Diaz would win maybe 1 point the rest of the way.

With Tulsa now up 3-2 they just needed 1 of the final 2 courts and they would end up getting both as Alejandro Espejo provided the clincher at #2 singles by winning the final 4 games to take it 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.  The match ended when Torpegaard double-faulted while serving at 30-40.

The match at #5 was in a tiebreak with Bautista leading 6-3 when Tulsa clinched and I thought they would stop it but then ended up playing it out and Bautista took the tiebreak 7-4 to make the final 5-2. The Ohio State recap actually shows the match wasn't played out with a final of 4-2 but I was following the stream and they did finish it out.

It was a tough loss for Ohio State which means when the Buckeyes go to Texas on Tuesday they will be ranked outside of the Top 10 for the 1st time in 294 matches.

If the video clip from Tulsa coach Vince Westbrook doesn't come up click on the Tulsa recap link - in it he talks about what he thinks was the difference in the match

Tulsa recap


Ohio State recap


#29 Tulsa 5, #10 Ohio State 2
March 15, 2015 at Tulsa, Okla. (Case Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #37 Or Ram-Harel (TULSA 13.48) def. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.00) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
2. #100 Alejandro Espejo (TULSA 13.71) def. #28 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.96) 7-6(5),3-6,7-5
3. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.89) def. Matthew Kirby (TULSA 12.82) 6-4, 6-2
4. Mitchell Pritchard (TULSA 12.48) def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.90) 7-6, 6-1
5. Carlos Bautista (TULSA 12.83) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.96) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4) 
6. Dylan McCloskey (TULSA 12.67) def. Matt Mendez (OSU 13.05) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Or Ram-Harel/Matthew Kirby (TU) 6-3
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #53 Alejandro Espejo/Carlos Bautista (TU) 6-4
3. Mitchell Pritchard/Dylan McCloskey (TU) vs. #34 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 5-5, unf
Match Notes
Ohio State 13-5; National ranking #10
Tulsa 11-7; National ranking #29

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

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LSU picked up its biggest win of the year in front of a large crowd as the Tigers gave #11 Vanderbilt a pretty good beating.


#33 LSU 4, #11 Vanderbilt 1
Mar 15, 2015 at Baton Rouge, La. (Dub Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VANDY 14.34) def. #85 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.26) 6-2, 6-4
2. #117 Chris Simpson (LSU 13.47) vs. Rhys Johnson (VANDY 13.43) 6-3, 5-6, unf
3. Tam Trinh (LSU 12.91) def. Daniel Valent (VANDY 13.73) 7-5, 6-4
4. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.50) def. Kris Yee (VANDY 13.66) 6-2, 6-1
5. Boris Arias (LSU 13.37) def. Suresh Eswaran (VANDY 12.88) 6-3, 6-3
6. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.38) vs. Jeffrey Offerdahl (VANDY 12.67) 6-3, 4-6, 2-0, unf
Doubles competition
1. #18 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #1 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VANDY) 6-4
2. Baker Newman/Pen Binet (VANDY) def. Tam Trinh/Eric Perez (LSU) 6-1
3. Chris Simpson/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Suresh Eswaran/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-1 
Match Notes
Vanderbilt 13-4 (3-2 SEC); National ranking #11
LSU 12-3, (3-2 SEC); National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,5,3)
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Sept 15-17: Hall of Fame ITA Grass Courts Invitational (Newport)
Sept 21-24: Oracle ITA Masters (Malibu)
Sept 30-Oct 8: Women's All-Americans (Pacific Palisades)
Sept 30-Oct 9: Men's All-Americans (Tulsa)
Oct 12-23: ITA Regional Championships (Campus Sites)
Nov 1-5: Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships (Indian Wells)
Feb 9-12: Women's National Team Indoors (Madison)
Feb 16-19: Men's National Team Indoors (Seattle)

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