Monday, 27 April 2015 02:17

Championship Sunday Recap

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I didn't think Oklahoma and Baylor could top some of their previous meetings but they sure tried their best today.  In a match that was delayed multiple times by weather it was #1 Oklahoma doing the unthinkable and beating #2 Baylor for the 4th time this year and for the 2nd time in Waco.

Baylor came out strong in doubles and jumped out to early break leads at 1 and 3 while Oklahoma got the early break lead at 2.  While Baylor's #1 team of Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano would pull away for a quick 6-1 win its #3 team of Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios would lose its early 3-1 lead and would find itself down 4-3.  After an exchange of holds Oklahoma's Jose Salazar and Axel Alvarez would break the Vince Schneider serve from 15-40 to take the match 6-4.  Schneider actually double faulted on match point.

Over at #2, OU's Spencer Papa and Dane Webb jumped out to the early 3-0 lead but Baylor held and broke to put it back on serve at 3-2.  OU would break right back and hold for 5-2 then after each held Dane Webb would serve it out at love to take it 6-3 and with that Oklahoma had the early 1-0 lead. Baylor was 23-1 in doubles coming in but OU's new doubles pairings found a way to get it done.

There would be an hour and a half weather delay after the doubles point but once they got started it was all Oklahoma early on.  The Sooners jumped out to early break leads at 1, 3, 5, and 6 but just a few minutes it started to rain and lightning so the players were sent back to the locker room and would have to wait out a 41 minute delay.

After play resumed Axel Alvarez, Andrew Harris, and Florin Bragusi would each take first at 1, 2, and 6.  Dane Webb had a double break lead on Max Tchoutakian at #3 but the BU sophomore came all the way back and took the opening set in a tiebreak.  Mate Zsiga came back from 5-3 down at #5 to take the 1st set over Dane Webb in a tiebreak and Diego Galeano would take the opening set at #4 over Alex Ghilea.  So after the hot start by Oklahoma the rain seemed to cool them off as each team took 3 opening sets.

Oklahoma would quickly open up a 3-0 lead as Axel Alvarez would finish off Julian Lenz at #1 singles in a matchup of #1 vs. #2 and Andrew Harris would finish off Tony Lupieri in straight sets at #2.  Max Tchoutakian would avenge a tough loss to Dane Webb in the last meeting by getting a straight set win at #3 and Diego Galeano would pull off an upset of Alex Ghilea at #4 and just like that Baylor was within striking distance.

Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi had a chance to close the match out but he would drop the second set in a tiebreak to Felipe Rios.  As a side note - when Rios went up 7-6 in the tiebreak Fox Sports 2 cut away from the match to take a commercial break so by the time they came back the 3rd set had already started.

Mate Zsiga would even the match at 3 with a 3 set win over Spencer Papa at #5 and when Rios broke Bragusi to go up 3-2 in the 3rd it looked like Baylor was going to pull off the improbable comeback. Rios went up 40-30 in his 3-2 service game but through in a daily double and then Bragusi hammered a nice-angled forehand that Rios couldn't catch up to and with that we were back on serve.  After each held serve Rios would have a break point on Bragusi's 4-4 service game and would get a look at a second serve but Rios pushed a forehand wide to make it 5-4 OU.  Rios would then double fault at 15-all and again at 15-40 to drop the match and give Oklahoma the 4-3 win.

The OU recap has a lot of good details that I'm too tired to rehash so give it a read and also check out Tennis Atlantic's Twitter for a slew of good video clips during the match. Jeff McMillan did a great job posting clips within seconds after the points took place.

Below is highlight clip from Fox Sports

Video


OU recap

"That was a great match, head coach John Roddick said. "A lot of credit goes to Baylor, because, as you saw, that match goes either way. That was a coin flip situation and you are not going to see better tennis than down there at (court) six. It was a heck of a match, and I was really proud of our guys for just kind of grinding through that one and pulling it out at the end

"He (Bragusi) went down a break but handled it really well," Roddick said. "It is always a question of how you handle adversity. It didn't faze him. He got the break back and from that point on he was rock solid. He executed what he wanted to do and did it really well."

"I just wanted to bring it home," Bragusi said. "I felt like I had to win that one. I have clinched in the past against Ohio State and Virginia, but this was by far the best I've had because it was for a trophy. It's just crazy."

 "I think he (Alvarez) is showing that he is playing the best tennis in the country right now," Roddick said. "He is doing it in a manner that sometimes puts out matches in complete control. He is proving that he is the best player in the country."

"It (being the #1 seed) would be a big deal for us," Roddick said. "The guys have earned it and they've played hard all year. They've won some really tough matches that could have gone the other way. You still have to go out and play the tournament though."

Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"We didn't really show out at every spot. In general we have done that this season. This season that has been one of our strengths, and we didn't today. Against a team at this level that's going to make it tough for you. It was good for us and great for us. Great experience, we got pushed everywhere, I think we will be better for it. We've got to take a few weeks now before the NCAA tournament and get back to work on some fundamentals and clean some things up and I think we will be better." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"We had played them three times before today and we hadn't beaten (Dane) Webb, and we hadn't beaten (Alex) Ghilea. We beat two of the guys we hadn't beaten and I thought that was a step in the right direction. We won a lot of tiebreakers. I think we competed well. Three tiebreakers we contested and we won all three of them, and I think that showed a lot of grit and a lot of toughness from our guys. Down the stretch we didn't play as fundamentally sound as we needed to and we didn't show out in a couple spots, and that's kind of the story." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 26th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#2 Oklahoma 4, #1 Baylor 3
Apr 26, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) def. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 15.00) 6-1, 6-4
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 6-4, 6-4
3. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.35) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.74) def. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) 6-4, 7-5
5. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.95) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) def. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-1
2. Spencer Papa/Dane Webb (OU) def. #63 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Jose Salazar/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) 6-4 
Match Notes
Oklahoma 22-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Baylor 23-3 (4-1); National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,6)
Big 12 Conference Championship Final
The break between doubles and singles was 1:27 due to inclement weather
There was a 41 minute delay during singles play due to inclement weather



ACC:

Virginia wins the ACC Championship - sound familiar?  The Cavaliers won the ACC Championship for the 11th time in the last 12 years and extended their ACC winning streak to 139 matches with a 4-2 win over Wake Forest.  Virginia played without one of the best players with Mitchell Frank held out due to a back injury.  The match was originally scheduled to start at 10am and was to be broadcast by ESPN3 but unfortunately rain delayed the start over 5 hours and ended up pushing it indoors over at Duke.

Once play got started Virginia would take the doubles point to grab the early lead and would then pick up a pair of straight set wins from Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and JC Aragone at 3 and 5.  Wake would answer with wins at 1 and 2 from Noah Rubin and Romain Bogaerts but moments later Alex Ritschard would drop the hammer on Jon Ho at #4 to clinch the Championship.  Below are video clips from UVA showing match point and an interview with the tournament MVP JC Aragone.







Virginia recap

"Winning the ACC Championship never gets old," said head coach Brian Boland. "Other than the success my former players have had in life after leaving UVa, the thing I am most proud of is the consistency we have had year after year. It says a lot about the hard work that our players have put into the program and their ability to be ready to play every single day. It is a streak that I never imagined could be possible in a league as challenging as the ACC.

"It was a tough tournament this year," added Boland. "This league keeps getting better and better. I have a ton of respect for Tony Bresky and what he has done at Wake Forest. He was my assistant for 10 years, so it is tough to see him lose. We won a lot of championships together."

"That tiebreaker that Ryan had in the first set against Noah (Rubin) was big because it allowed Wake to get back into the match," said Boland. "I was pleased with how Alex and Mac stayed focused at the end. Alex didn't let up after winning the first set, which is easy to do after winning a close first set. I am proud of how he played the second set and clinching this title is a big moment in his career."

"Playing without Mitchell made it tough today because he is a big part of our team," said Boland. "His back acted up after yesterday's match and I decided not to put him out there today. That is where the depth we have built up really helps us. Everyone on this team is ready to contribute if we call on them and guys stepped up big today."

Wake recap

#5 Virginia 4, #11 Wake Forest 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA 14.72) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) def. #93 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.75) 6-3, 6-4
3. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.75) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) 6-2, 6-3
4. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.00) def. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) 6-2, 6-4
6. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.97) vs. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) 2-6, 6-4, 3-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. #11 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 8-6
2. #63 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 8-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) vs. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-7
Match Notes
Wake Forest 22-7; National ranking #11
Virginia 23-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,1,2,4)
ACC Men's Tennis Championship Finals
Match moved to Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center at Duke University due to rain at Cary Tennis Park.

Final Poll Results:



Unfortunately the ESPN3 broadcast of the ACC Championship never made it on the air due to the rain which kind of baffles me - they knew that rain was likely so you think there would have been a plan in place to move equipment or do something to get it on the air.  Below is a picture of the Mountain West Network's broadcast of the Championship and as you an tell they are playing indoors in a bubble after playing outdoors in Albuquerque all weekend.  If the MW Network can pick up and move things on the fly are you telling me the media giant that is the ESPN Network can't do the same? 




Big 10:

For the 2nd time in the last 4 years Illinois has won the Big 10 Championship after the Illini defeated the #2 seed Ohio State 4-0.  Illinois picked up the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then jumped on Ohio State in singles by going up break on all 6 courts. Aleks Vukic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win at #5 over Kevin Metka.  The win was Vukic's 42nd on the year which ties Ryler DeHeart's singles season win record.

Farris Gosea extended the lead to 3-0 with 6-3, 6-2 win over Mikael Torpegaard at #2.

Ohio State was starting to turn several courts around in an attempt to get back in the match but Aron Hiltzik would close the door at #4 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Hunter Callahan to give the Illini the Championship.
Below are interviews done by Illinois with Brad Dancer, Aron Hiltzik, and Ross Guignon.





Illinois recap

"You work so hard for such a long period of time and then for these guys to have this moment in front of the incredible Net Nuts and the fans that came out today," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's a magical experience for them. I'm so happy for the guys."

Ohio State recap

#4 Illinois 4, #12 Ohio State 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-2, 5-6, unf
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) 6-3, 6-2
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) 6-3, 2-6, 0-1, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) 6-4, 6-4
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-0, 0-6, 3-4, unfi
Doubles competition
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-5
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-2
3. Matt Mendez/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 8-4
Match Notes:
Ohio State 25-8, 10-1; National ranking #12
Illinois 25-4, 12-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,4)



Mountain West:

Boise State won its fourth consecutive Mountain West Championship by defeating the #7 seed Nevada 4-3.  Boise State entered the tournament as a 5 seed with just a 12-15 record but Greg Patton's team got hot at the right time and upset the host and #1 seed New Mexico in the semifinals after shutting out #69 Fresno State in the quarterfinals.

Nevada took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 but Boise State took 4 opening sets at 3, 4, 5, and 6 and would ultimately finish each off in straight sets with Brian Foley clinching the win at #4.  All 6 singles matches finished in straight sets which you wouldn't typically expect in a championship match but hey it is what it is.

Below is a highlight clip from the Mountain West Network which did an OUTSTANDING job covering the conference tournament.  They did a full broadcast of every single match on both the men's and women's side and they did it well.  All the major conferences, which are doing backstrokes in stacks of cash, should pick up the phone and call the MW and ask them how they did it.  I mean if the little ole' Mountain West can put on this kind of coverage why can't the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12?



Boise State recap

"I feel like we've crawled through the desert, climbed the highest mountain, traversed roaring rivers, been hit by a tsunami and all of a sudden we've reached the top," said head coach Greg Patton. "This was one of our goals and we never wavered from it. The way we did it was constant team building, by getting these guys to play fearlessly and positively. We got them to truly trust each other and know their teammates would come through for them and they really learned to care about the journey."

"I have to be the happiest man in the universe," Patton said. "We did it. We really did do it. It means so much because nobody thought we could do it except us. This is our time."

"This is so incredibly special," said Patton. "This is one of the legacies of our program. We go to the NCAA Tournament and we win conference titles. I have to hand it to these guys. They didn't ride the highway to this championship. They had to take the back roads."

"All of a sudden the opportunity was going to start knocking," said Greg Patton. "It was going to be at the doorstep. We just had to make sure there was someone ready to answer the door. That was Brian."

"Brian's first set tiebreaker was critical," said Greg Patton. "He knew what the score was and that we were fighting for our lives. Sometimes when he gets in a spot like that he cares so much that he can get tight. Instead, he came out in that tiebreak and played some of the best tennis of his life. Brian went to that place in his life and his game where he had extreme confidence and wasn't afraid."

Nevada recap

Boise State 4, Nevada 3
Apr 26, 2015 at Albuquerque, N.M. (Linda Estes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Chargui, Moez (NEVADA 13.34) def. Garrett Patton (BSU 13.26) 7-5, 6-2
2. Andrada, Ryan (NEVADA 12.91) def. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU 12.94) 6-4, 6-3
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU 12.51) def. Poustie, Andrew (NEVADA 13.12) 6-0, 6-2
4. Brian Foley (BSU 12.61) def. Sunago, Fernando (NEVADA 12.26) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.22) def. Cilic, Mile (NEVADA 11.99) 6-4, 6-2
6. Abe Hewko (BSU 12.09) def. Margitfalvi, Robert (NEVADA 12.15) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. POUSTIE, Andrew/SUNAGO, Fernando (NEVADA) def. Thomas Tenreiro/Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-4
2. Garrett Patton/Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. ANDRADA, Ryan/MARGITFALVI, Robert (NEVADA) 6-4
3. ALLAN, Robert/CHARGUI, Moez (NEVADA) def. Abe Hewko/Brian Foley (BSU) 6-2
Match Notes
Nevada 9-16
Boise State 15-15
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,5,2,1,4)
Fourth-straight tournament title for Boise State



Atlantic 10:

George Washington won the A10 for the 2nd consecutive year and for the 4th time in 5 years with a 4-2 win over #2 VCU. Francisco Dias clinched the title at #1 singles with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win over Michal Voscek.

The tournament is held in Mason, Ohio at the site of the ATP Master Series Event which gave the guys at #1 singles an opportunity to play in the stadium court.  As you can see it was a "late" arriving crowd on all courts.





GW recap

"Doubles was special today," said Head Coach Greg Munoz. "VCU is tough. We played them better than we expected, and we were really happy with the results there. The doubles point proved crucial today."

"It's never an individual who wins this, it's a team effort, and we have some guys who have played some incredible matches this year. We have a lot of freshman that have struggled at times but have had some big wins," said Coach Munoz. "It was nice to see our upperclassmen come through in singles today. To have the upperclassmen use their experience to help us win in the big moments when they occur is huge. These matches can go either way. We're just happy to get this one."

VCU recap

George Washington 4, VCU 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Mason, Ohio (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Francisco Dias (GW 13.29) def. Michal Voscek (VCU 13.26) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
2. Danil Zelenkov (GW 13.09) def. Daryl Monfils (VCU 13.28) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
3. Catalin Fifea (VCU 12.97) def. Chris Fletcher (GW 11.89) 7-6 (3), 6-2
4. Joseph Cohen (VCU 12.25) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW 12.08) 6-0, 6-2
5. Wilder Pimentel (VCU 12.67) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW 13.17) 6-1, 3-6, 0-1, unf
6. Cahit Kapukiran (GW 12.44) def. Toni Batlle (VCU 11.84) 6-2, 7-6 (10)
Doubles competition
1. Francisco Dias/Chris Fletcher (GW) def. Cohen/Monfils (VCU) 8-3
2. Julius Tverijonas/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Fifea/Pimentel (VCU) 8-5
3. Michal Voscek/Louis Ishizaka (VCU) vs. Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) 3-7, 
Match Notes
George Washington 13-12
VCU 16-13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,2,6,1)
2015 A-10 Championship Final

More recaps to come...
Monday, 27 April 2015 01:09

Final Ranking Projections

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I crunched the numbers twice and below is what I came up with.  If the NCAA seeding committee goes off the rankings then UCLA would get to host with Columbia missing out by a few points.

With the at-large cutoff at 42 it appears that Tulane and Dartmouth will be the first 2 out with Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and San Diego State just sliding in.

There is still some guesswork involved because since I only know who was ranked in the top 75 if someone has a win or multiple wins over teams ranked outside the top 75 then it's possible that I could over/under estimate points.  I've been pretty close all year but a small error on the first run could be compounded by the second run.

I wouldn't expect any changes in the top 20 because all those numbers are known - but as you get down into the 40s you have more teams with unranked wins.  The margin between 38-45 is less than 2 points so it's possible that I could have an estimate that is off.  

It's possible that the selection committee could also look at things other than rankings such as who finished strong down the stretch and who didn't.  They could also look at H2H between teams next to each other and also records versus common opponents of team's that are neck and neck.  We'll have our answers Tuesday afternoon at 5:30pm est.


RankSchoolPoints
1Oklahoma90.44
2Baylor80.56
3Virginia70.48
4Illinois69.82
5Texas A&M 67.31
6TCU64.32
7Georgia63.33
8USC62.59
9Texas58.83
10Duke56.67
11Ohio State49.59
12Wake Forest48.74
13North Carolina47.84
14Ole Miss43.79
15Virginia Tech43.01
16UCLA41.02
17Columbia* 38.92
18South Florida 38.79
19Mississippi State38.42
20Florida38.34
21Texas Tech38.30
22San Diego38.18
23Stanford35.85
24Vanderbilt34.80
25Minnesota34.54
26California31.20
27Florida State29.26
28LSU28.87
29Tulsa*28.75
30Northwestern28.62
31Oklahoma State26.97
32Louisville*26.89
33Drake25.37
34Harvard*24.76
35Notre Dame*24.05
36Princeton*22.99
37NC State*20.54
38New Mexico*18.01
39Pepperdine18.00
40Georgia Tech*17.68
41Tennessee*17.47
42San Diego State*17.35
43Tulane*16.59
44Dartmouth*16.53
45Memphis*16.19
46Indiana*14.81
47SMU*14.55
48Cornell*14.47
49South Carolina*14.39
50San Francisco*13.25

* represents a team that has a win over someone that is ranked below 75 so it's tough to be 100% accurate pinpointing where in that range the team falls so the point totals may be off a bit. 

If these rankings hold up and the committee follow suit you could potentially have these Round of 16 matches:

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

However there is one thing that will likely switch things up - the NCAA committee has in the past used head-to-head if two adjacent teams have met in the regular season.  If the lower ranked team won the H2H they'll jump the higher seed.  We will likely see TCU end up as the #5 seed and Texas A&M as the #6 due to TCU beating A&M twice during the regular season.  We will also probably see USC as the #7 and Georgia as the #8 due to USC beating Georgia twice.  If those changes are made we'll end up with these pairings:

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


As a reference point here were last year's final rankings and in parenthesizes where they were seeded in the NCAAs.  

2013-14 Final Regular Season Rankings
1. USC (1)
2. Oklahoma (2)

3. Ohio State (3)
4. Virginia (4)
5. UCLA (6) - lost to Baylor in regular season
6. Baylor (5) - beat UCLA in regular season
7. North Carolina (7)
8. Georgia (10) - lost to Texas & Texas A&M in regular season
9. Texas (9)
10. Texas A&M (8) - beat Georgia in regular season
11. Duke (11)
12. Illinois (12)
13. Kentucky (15) - lost to Florida and Notre Dame twice in regular season
14. Notre Dame (13)
15. Florida (14) - beat Kentucky in regular season
16. Columbia (16)

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Championship Sunday is here and 2 of the 3 will be available over the air with Fox Sports 2 televising the Big 12 Championship LIVE and ESPN3 covering the ACC Championship (weather permitting).  The Virginia/Wake Forest match gets underway at 10am so it should be over by the time Oklahoma and Baylor tie it on for a 4th time. Illinois also has a live stream of the Big 10 Championship although they don't have sound and the picture is just so-so.

#1 Oklahoma (23-2) at #2 Baylor (21-4) - 1pm est - This will be the 4th match of the year between these 2 with Oklahoma having won the first 3.  I'd expect nothing more than epic fight to the finish and at this point anything is possible.  Below are the box scores of each of the previous matches starting with the most recent and working back to the National Indoors in February.  


#1 Oklahoma 4, #2 Baylor 3
April 10, 2015 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles Competion
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.76) def. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.77) 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.85) def. #31 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.12) 6-2, 7-5
3. #30 Dane Webb (OU 14.24) def. #61 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.33) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)
4. #70 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.19) def. Diego Galeano (BU 13.63) 6-3, 6-3
5. #117 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.86) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(5)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.83) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.58) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #54 Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. #8 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 7-6(4)
2. #52 Ghilea/Harris (OU) def. Vince Schneider/Rios (BU) 6-4  
3. Zsiga/Tchoutakian (BU) def. Papa/Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 21-1 (3-0); National Ranking #1
Baylor 17-4 (1-1); National Ranking #2
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,3,6,1,5)


#1 Oklahoma 4, #3 Baylor 1
Mar 22, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 13-2) def. #40 Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-4) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 12-1) def. #69 Ghilea/Harris (OU 3-4) 6-2
3. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 1-2) def.  Vince Schneider/Rios (BU 11-2) 6-4
Singles
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) 6-3, 6-2
2.  #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-1, 6-2
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) 6-3, 5-7, 0-1
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) 7-5, 4-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) def. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)   Singles (2,4,1,6)


#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2
February 15th, 2015 at National Indoors Semifinals - Chicago, IL  
Doubles:
1. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) vs. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 4-2
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. 
Papa/Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. 
Salazar/Ghilea (OU) 6-1
Singles:
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 4-6, 5-5 DNF
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish - Doubles (3,2)  Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
  
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 15.00) 
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.95) vs. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11)
3. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34)
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.86) vs. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.96) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) 

Dual Match Singles Records
1. Alvarez 20-0 vs. Lenz 14-3
2. Harris 16-4 vs. Lupieri 9-8
3. Webb 15-5 vs. Tchoutakian 13-7
4. Ghilea 16-3 vs. Galeano 10-4
5. Papa 10-8 vs. Zsiga 10-3
6. Bragusi 8-3 vs. Rios 17-2

Record Against BU:
1. Alvarez 3-0
2. Harris 1-1
3. Webb 2-0
4. Ghilea 3-0
5. Papa 1-1
6. Bragusi 1-1

Record Against OU:
1. Lenz 1-1
2. Lupieri 0-3
3. Tchoutakian 0-2
4. Galeano 0-2
5. Zsiga 1-1
6. Rios 2-1

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L in ( ):
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 10-5) vs. #18 Lenz/Galeano (BU 18-1)
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU 1-0) vs.  #63 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU 5-6)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU 0-1) vs. Rios/Schneider (BU 16-3)

Doubles Records:
Oklahoma: 13-12
Baylor: 23-1

I've gone with Baylor in 2 of the 3 meetings and was dead on the money the last time except for the match at #3 between Webb and Tchoutakian.  Dare I go with Baylor for a 3rd time?  I got to take Baylor in doubles because they are 23-1 in doubles for a reason.  All 6 singles matches will be rematches from the last time around but they can't possibly all go the same way this time.  I like Alvarez and Harris up top for OU and I like Tchoutakian and Rios at 3 and 6 for BU.  I think Papa gets past Zsiga this time but I'll take Galeano in an upset over Ghilea at #4.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3  


ACC:

#5 Virginia (22-3) vs. #11 Wake Forest (21-6) - 10am est - Virginia won the regular season meeting in Winston-Salem 5-2 however Wake's #1 Noah Rubin did not play in that match.  Below is the box score from that encounter which had 4 singles blowouts with 2 others playing a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.  

#12 Virginia 5, #20 Wake Forest 2
March 6, 2015 - Winston Salem, NC
Doubles:
1. #55 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) vs. #28 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 5-6 DNF
2. Kwiatkowski/Aragone def. Ho/Tabrizi (WF) 8-3
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVa) def. Kan/Bogaerts (WF) 8-1
Singles:
1. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #2 Ryan Shane (UVa) 6-4, 6-7, 10-8
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #70 Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
3. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-2, 6-3
4. Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) 6-0, 6-1
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVa) 6-3, 6-4
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Maksim Kan (WF) 6-2, 6-2
Match Notes:
Virginia 8-2 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #12
Wake Forest 8-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
T-2:55 A-251

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #7 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.72) vs. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08)
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.79) vs. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50)
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) 
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.75) vs. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82)
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.00) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73)
6. JC Aragone (UVA 14.08) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.26) or Keivon Tabrizi (13.05)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Shane 16-5 vs. Rubin 18-3
2. Frank 16-3 vs. Bogaerts 19-4
3. Altamirano 16-2 vs. Mansouri 13-10
4. Kwiatkowski 18-3 vs. Ho 17-7
5. Ritschard 7-3 vs. Seraphim 17-8
6. Aragone 18-3 vs. Kan 10-5 or Tabrizi 8-6

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L records in ( )
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Shane (UVA 15-2) vs. Mansouri/Seraphim (WF 16-6)
2. #63 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA 13-1) vs. Ho/Rubin (WF 13-4)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVA 12-3) vs. Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF 8-4) 

Doubles Records:
Virginia 22-3
Wake Forest 21-6

Virginia has owned the ACC for the last decade but Wake Forest might be able to give them one of their biggest tests in quite some time.  The doubles point should be tightly contested and its a point that Wake Forest has to have to even think about beating Virginia.  I think Wake will take the doubles point to put Virginia on its heels but the only places in the singles lineup where I could see Wake potentially winning are at 1 and 5. I like Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and JC Aragone in singles to give Virginia yet another ACC Championship.  Prediction: Virginia 4-2  


Big 10:


#4 Illinois (24-4) vs. #12 Ohio State (25-7) - 1pm est - This will be the 3rd meeting of the year with Illinois having won both of the previous meetings.  The first match back in February was pretty close but the one last month in Champaign was a blowout.  

#3 Illinois 4, #11 Ohio State 0
Mar 29, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #22 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) 6-2, 6-4
2. #64 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.50) vs. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
3. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL 13.98) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) 6-1, 6-3
4. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. #52 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.94) 7-6 (1), 1-2, unfinished
5. #50 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.27) def. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-2, 6-1
6. Matt Mendez (OSU 12.97) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) 6-0, 5-2 unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #75 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) vs. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-7
2. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-5
3. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #74 Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-7, 4-1; National ranking #11
Illinois 17-3, 5-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,1,3)
T-2:20

Illinois 4, Ohio State 2
February 15th, 2015 - Chicago, IL (National Indoors Consolation)
Singles competition
1. #41 Farris Gosea (ILL) vs. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 5-1, unfinished
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #7 Steinbach/Metka (OSU) def. #11 Kopinski/ Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-0
2. Jared Hiltzik/Gosea (ILL) vs. #36 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 2-5, unfinished
3. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,5,2,4)


Projected Singles Lineup
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs.  #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26)
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) vs. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90)
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55)
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07)
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77)
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
Also could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19), Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 12.86

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Jared Hiltzik 19-2 vs. Diaz 15-7
2. Gosea 10-5 vs. Torpegaard 14-8
3. Kopinski 18-3 vs. Pollanen 13-7
4. Aron Hiltzik 16-3 vs. Callahan 20-5
5. Vukic 19-2 vs. Metka 18-5
6. Guignon 4-3 or Matsuya 8-2 or Bazarnik 7-6 vs. Steinbach 20-6

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L records in ( )
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL 5-4) vs. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU 19-6)
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL 10-0) vs. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 12-7)
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL 5-2) vs. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU 18-6)

Doubles Records:
Illinois 18-10
Ohio State 26-6

Ohio State has been the better team at doubles though Illinois beat them up in the last meeting.  I think Ohio State will play much better this time around and I look for them to take the doubles point to grab the early 1-0 lead.  Illinois is going to be favored on at least 4 courts so for Ohio State to win they're going to have to win a pick em' and pull an upset somewhere. Ralf Steinbach should roll at #6 but I like the Hiltzik brothers at 1 and 4, Gosea at 2, and Vukic at 5.  Prediction: Illinois 4-2


So what's everyone think?  Any way Ohio State wins in Champaign?  Can Wake Forest possibly end Virginia's monster ACC winning streak?  Am I crazy to take Baylor or will Oklahoma make it 4-0 against BU?





Sunday, 26 April 2015 05:00

2015 Big Ten Tournament

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Big Ten Conference (Champaign, IL) April 23-26 - Ohio State is defending champion. Participants: Illinois, Ohio State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan St, Penn St, Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue

Thursday Schedule 
#8 Iowa 4, #9 Wisconsin 0 
#5 Indiana 4, #12 Purdue 2
#10 Nebraska 4, #7 Michigan State 3
#11 Michigan 4, #6 Penn State 2


Friday Schedule:
#1 Illinois 4, #8 Iowa 0
#4 Northwestern 4, #5 Indiana 1
#2 Ohio State 4, #10 Nebraska 0
#3 Minnesota 4, #11 Michigan 0


Saturday Schedule:
#1 Illinois def. #4 Northwestern 4-0
#2 Ohio State def. #3 Minnesota 4-0


Sunday Schedule:
#1 Illinois def. #2 Ohio State 4-0



Master Lineups




Sunday Results:

For the 2nd time in the last 4 years Illinois has won the Big 10 Championship after the Illini defeated the #2 seed Ohio State 4-0.  Illinois picked up the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then jumped on Ohio State in singles by going up break on all 6 courts. Aleks Vukic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win at #5 over Kevin Metka.  The win was Vukic's 42nd on the year which ties Ryler DeHeart's singles season win record.

Farris Gosea extended the lead to 3-0 with 6-3, 6-2 win over Mikael Torpegaard at #2.

Ohio State was starting to turn several courts around in an attempt to get back in the match but Aron Hiltzik would close the door at #4 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Hunter Callahan to give the Illini the Championship.
Below are interviews done by Illinois with Brad Dancer, Aron Hiltzik, and Ross Guignon.





Illinois recap

"You work so hard for such a long period of time and then for these guys to have this moment in front of the incredible Net Nuts and the fans that came out today," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's a magical experience for them. I'm so happy for the guys."

Ohio State recap

#4 Illinois 4, #12 Ohio State 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-2, 5-6, unf
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) 6-3, 6-2
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) 6-3, 2-6, 0-1, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) 6-4, 6-4
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-0, 0-6, 3-4, unfi
Doubles competition
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-5
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-2
3. Matt Mendez/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 8-4
Match Notes:
Ohio State 25-8, 10-1; National ranking #12
Illinois 25-4, 12-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,4)




Saturday Results:


#4 Illinois 4, #30 Northwestern 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04) 6-4, 6-4
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73) 6-3, 6-2
3. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68) vs. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) 7-6 (6), 2-2, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43) 7-5, 3-3, unf
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) vs. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #58 Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-4
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-7, un
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Northwestern 20-8 (8-3)
Illinois 24-4 (10-1); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,2)


#12 Ohio State 4, #23 Minnesota 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-3, 4-4, unf
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 6-4, 3-4, unf
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48) 7-5, 1-0, unf
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56) 6-4, 6-4
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 6-3, 6-4
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Mathiew Froment (MINN 12.92) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #56 Mathiew Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. #4 Metka/Steinbach (OSU) 8-6
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Corwin/Toledo (MINN) 8-4
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Eric Frueh/Spec (MINN) 8-4
Match Notes
Minnesota 19-7 (9-1); National ranking #23
Ohio State 25-7 (10-1); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,5)


Friday Results:

#4 Illinois 4, Iowa 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Matt Hagan (IOWA) 6-1, 3-6, 0-2, unf
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) 6-4, 6-1
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) 6-0, 6-4
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Josh Silverstein (IOWA) 7-5, 2-1, unf
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Jake Jacoby (IOWA) 6-0, 6-3
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) vs. Nils Hallestrand (IOWA) 6-2, 3-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Matt Hagan/Theodorou (IOWA) 6-4, unf
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Dominic Patrick/Silverstein (IOWA) 8-2
3. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Andres Estenssoro/Jacoby (IOWA) 8-4
Match Notes:
Iowa 12-11 (4-7)
Illinois 23-4 (10-1); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,5,2)



#12 Ohio State 4, Nebraska 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. #111 Dusty Boyer (NEB) 6-7 (5-7), 1-0, unf
2. #47 Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Linus Erhart (NEB) 6-7 (6-8), 1-1, unf
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Marc Herrmann (NEB) 7-5, 1-0, unf
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) 6-2, 6-3
5. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Chris Hobgarski (NEB) 6-0, 6-1
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Bradford Zitsch (NEB) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Dusty Boyer/Zitsch (NEB) 8-4
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Scott Elsass/Erhart (NEB) 5-4, unf
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Marc Herrmann/Hobgarski (NEB) 8-2
Match Notes:
Nebraska 11-13 (3-8)
Ohio State 24-7 (10-1); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,4)


#23 Minnesota 4, Michigan 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. Michael Zhu (MICH) 6-2, 6-3
2. #57 Matic Spec (MINN) def. Runhao Hua (MICH) 6-3, 6-1
3. Felix Corwin (MINN) vs. Alex Petrone (MICH) 6-4, 3-6, 2-3, unf
4. Ruben Weber (MINN) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN) vs. Kevin Wong (MICH) 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 1-1, unf
6. Mathiew Froment (MINN) vs. Carter Lin (MICH) 3-6, 6-2, 3-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (MICH) def. #56 Mathiew Froment/Hamburg (MINN) 8-3
2. Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. Alex Petrone/Wong (MICH) 8-3
3. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN) def. Tyler Gardiner/Zhu (MICH) 8-5
Match Notes:
Michigan 7-15 (3-8)
Minnesota 19-6 (9-1); National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,4)


#30 Northwestern 4, #44 Indiana 1
Singles competition
1. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU) vs. Sam Monette (IU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-4, unf
2. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
3. Sven Lalic (IU) def. Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Logan Staggs (NU) def. Raheel Manji (IU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Fedor Baev (NU) vs. Matthew McCoy (IU) 6-1, 3-6, 3-2, unf
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Stefan Lugonjic (IU) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #58 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Bednarczyk/Monette (IU) 8-3
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Essick/Lugonjic (IU) 8-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. Lalic/Manji (IU) 4-5, unf
Match Notes:
Indiana 17-10 (6-4)
Northwestern 20-7 (8-3)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,3,6,2)


Thursday Results:

#70 [8] Iowa 4, [9] Wisconsin 0
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Matt Hagan (IOWA 13.42) vs. Josef Dodridge (WISC 13.15) 6-2, 2-4, unf
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA 13.10) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (WISC 12.27) 6-3, 6-4
3. Dominic Patrick (IOWA 12.97) vs. Alexander Kokorev (WISC 12.37) 7-6, 2-4, unf
4. Josh Silverstein (IOWA 12.80) def. Tomas Pitra (WISC 12.97) 6-1, 6-2
5. Jake Jacoby (IOWA 12.52) def. Jose Carranza (WISC 12.25) 6-4, 6-4
6. Nils Hallestrand (IOWA 11.42) vs. John Zordani (WISC 12.32) 7-6, 3-6, unf
Doubles competition
1. Lefteris Theodorou/Matt Hagan (IOWA) def. Josef Dodridge/Jose Carranza (WISC) 8-6
2. Alexander Kokorev/Jakhongir Jalalov (WISC) vs. Patrick/Silverstein (IOWA) 7-4 unf
3. Jake Jacoby/Andres Estenssoro (IOWA) def. Lamar Remy/John Zordani (WISC) 8-4
Match Notes:
Wisconsin 7-18, 3-8
Iowa 13-10, 4-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,2,5)


#44 [5] Indiana 4, [12] Purdue 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Diego Acosta (PUR 12.79) def. Sam Monette (IU 13.47) 6-2, 6-1
2. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU 13.15) def. Ricky Medinilla (PUR 12.85) 6-0, 6-3
3. Sven Lalic (IU 13.58) vs. Mateus Silva (PUR 12.44) 6-3, 6-6, unf
4. Raheel Manji (IU 13.26) def. Arthur Dobradin (PUR 12.03) 6-2, 6-2
5. Matthew McCoy (IU 12.87) def. Lucas Dages (PUR 11.16) 6-2, 6-4
6. Stefan Lugonjic (IU 11.99) def. Renan Hanayama (PUR 11.62) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Diego Acosta/Ricky Medinilla (PUR) def. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) 8-4
2. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IU) vs. Lucas Dages/Arthur Dobradin (PUR) 7-3, unf
3. Mateus Silva/Renan Hanayama (PUR) def. Sven Lalic/Raheel Manji (IU) 8-4
Match Notes:
Purdue 4-20, 0-11
Indiana 18-9, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,6,4,2,5)


[10] Nebraska 4, [7] Michigan State 3
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #111 Dusty Boyer (NEB 13.08) def. Gijs Linders (MSU 13.00) 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-5
2. Brett Forman (MSU 13.35) def. Linus Erhart (NEB 13.23) 6-3, 6-2
3. Marc Herrmann (NEB 12.41) def. Harry Jadun (MSU 12.99) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
4. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB 12.24) def. Mac Roy (MSU 12.45) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
5. Jasper Koenen (MSU 11.99) def. Chris Hobgarski (NEB 12.14) 6-3, 6-2
6. Michael Dube (MSU 12.13) def. Bradford Zitsch (NEB 12.13) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Bradford Zitsch/Dusty Boyer (NEB) def. Harry Jadun/Jasper Koenen (MSU) 8-3
2. Linus Erhart/Scott Elsass (NEB) def. Mac Roy/Gijs Linders (MSU) 8-1
3. Brett Forman/Doug Zade (MSU) vs. Marc Herrmann/Chris Hobgarski (NEB) 5-3, unf
Match Notes:
Nebraska 11-12, 3-8
Michigan State 12-16, 3-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,2,6,4,3,1)


[11] Michigan 4, #48 [6] Penn State 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.33) def. Michael Zhu (MICH 12.93) 6-1, 6-2
2. Runhao Hua (MICH 13.54) def. Alex Fennell (PSU 12.91) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Matt Barry (PSU 13.43) vs. Alex Petrone (MICH 12.91) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 1-2, unf
4. Alex Knight (MICH 12.99) def. Thomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.19) 6-1, 6-3
5. Roman Trkulja (PSU 12.81) def. Davis Crocker (MICH 12.23) 6-4, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (MICH 12.64) def. Nika Dolidze (PSU 12.41) 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (MICH) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Alex Fennell (PSU) 8-6
2. Mike Reilly/Matt Barry (PSU) def. Alex Petrone/Kevin Wong (MICH) 8-4
3. Michael Zhu/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) def. Aws Laaribi/ChristianLutschaunig (PSU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Michigan 7-14, 3-8
Penn State 15-15, 5-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,4,6,2,3)
Sunday, 26 April 2015 02:00

Pac 12 Tournament

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Pac-12 Conference (Ojai, CA) April 22-26 - UCLA is defending champion. Participants include USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona

Wednesday Schedule 
#5 Oregon 4, #8 Arizona 1
#6 Washington 4, #7 Utah 0

Thursday Schedule 
#4 California 4, #5 Oregon 3
#3 UCLA 4, #6 Washington 0


Friday Schedule Live Scoring
#1 Stanford def. #4 California 4-1
#2 USC vs. #3 UCLA 4-1

Saturday Schedule:
#2 USC def. #1 Stanford 4-3






Saturday Results:

Tonight's Pac 12 Championship match was the rubber match in the USC/Stanford series with each winning at home.  Stanford would take the doubles point for the 3rd time this year against USC by winning 8-6 at 1 and 8-5 at 2 while USC won 8-2 at 3.

USC turned up the heat in singles by taking the opening set on every court except #5 although the scoreboard showed De Vroome taking the set at #5 until it was switched a couple of games into the 2nd set.  Jonny Wang cut through Nolan Paige like a buzz-saw and racked up a 6-2, 6-2 win at #4 to even the match at 1.

Roberto Quiroz would put USC up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3 over David Wilczynski. Video clip is set point in the 1st set.  USC's twitter had a video of match point but the picture was black with audio only.

David Hsu would even the match at 2 with a somewhat surprising 7-5, 6-4 win over Big Max De Vroome at #5.  Hsu had a nice fall then hit a rough patch early in the dual-match season but rebounded to win his last 10 matches.  De Vroome's 9-match winning streak was snapped.

Tom Fawcett would come back from a set down to roll over Yannick Hanfmann 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at #1. This was the second time in the last 2 weeks that Fawcett came back from a set down to beat Hanfmann.  Hanfmann finishes the regular season by dropping his final 5.

Nick Crystal would tie it at 3 with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Maciek Romanowicz at #6. Crystal broke Romanowicz to go up 5-4 and then served it out at love.

Exactly 3 minutes later the match would come to a conclusion as Eric Johnson put the finishing touches on his 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over John Morrissey at #2 singles.  Morrissey was the hero in the last meeting when he came back 7-6, 5-2 down to beat Roberto Quiroz but Johnson wasn't going to let the same thing happen to him.  Below is match point courtesy of USC's Twitter.

I also wanted to give props to USC for taking these short video clips - it really helps tell the story when you've got video to go with it.
USC recap
Stanford recap

#8 USC 4, #26 Stanford 3
April 25, 2015 - Libbey Park (Ojai, Calif.)
Doubles
(1) #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) def. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 8-6
(2) #83 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 8-5
(3) Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 8-2
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles
1 #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69) 2-6,6-1,6-2
2 #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33) def. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) 6-2,4-6,6-2
3 #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4 #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) 6-2, 6-2
5 David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) 7-5, 6-4
6 #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.17) 7-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 3, 5, 1, 6, 2*
2015 PAC-12 TOURNAMENT (Ojai, Calif.) - CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH




Friday Results:

A day after Cal won a 4-3 thriller over Oregon they'd have tables turned on them and drop a tight one to Stanford 4-1.  Stanford got the doubles point by winning big at #1 and then taking a tiebreak at #2 (haven't actually seen the TB score anywhere and I wasn't paying attention during the doubles point).

Stanford got a quick 6-1, 6-3 win from David Hsu at #6 but Cal would take the opening set on the other 5 courts and would go up break leads in the 2nd at 3, 4, and 5. Oskar Wikberg would close out Robert Stineman 6-4, 6-3 at #4 to make it 2-1 but Cal just couldn't shut the door anywhere else.

Greg Bayane led David Wilczynski 7-5, 5-2 at #3 and had a slew of match points in the next 2 games but Wilczynski weathered the storm and took 5 straight games to take the set 7-5.  As a side note Wilczynski led the first set 5-3 and then proceeded to lose 7 straight games.

Billy Griffith clinched Cal's win over Stanford last week and it looked like he was going to ring up another win today when he led Nolan Paige 6-2, 5-3 but Paige wouldn't go away.  Paige fought off multiple match points to get the second set to a tiebreak then took the TB 7-3.

Over at #2 singles, Stanford's John Morrissey battled back from a set down to take out Filip Bergevi 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Morrissey broke Bergevi to go up 5-3 in the 3rd then served it out from 40-15 to put Stanford up 3-1.  Bergevi was on the court for close to 3 hours yesterday so fatigue may have played a role in this one.

Stanford's Tom Fawcett also battled back from a set down and would serve for the match and team win up 5-3 in the 3rd but Andre Goransson would break him from 30-40 to put it back on serve. Fawcett would then have a match point on the Goransson serve but Andre held for 5-5.  Fawcett then fell behind 0-30 on his 5-5 service game but would win 4 straight points to hold for 6-5.

With the match at #1 headed towards a tiebreak it looked like Cal was finally going to get that 2nd point with Billy Griffith once against nearing the finish line with a 5-3 lead in the 3rd.  However he'd be unable to serve it out with Paige breaking him at love to knot the match at 5.  Paige would hold for 6-5 and would then jump out to a 15-40 lead and would ultimately break from 30-40 to clinch the Stanford win.

The match at #1 was in a 3rd set tiebreak tied at 3-3 and Bayane was up 3-0 in the 3rd at #3.

Stanford recap
Cal recap

"It was a tough match today that was well within our grasp, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We put ourselves into good positions on almost every court, and I think we played some great tennis. Overall, I think we're very close to the level we need to be playing at the NCAAs in two weeks. Our guys are super excited about what lies ahead for us in the postseason.

#1 Stanford 4, #4 California 1
April 24, 2015 - Ojai, CA 
Doubles
1. #13 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #49 Bayane/Melton (CAL), 8-1
2. #83 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Bergevi/Engsted (CAL), 8-7
3. #86 Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) def. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN), 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
Singles
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.18), 3-6, 6-3, 6-6 (3-3) unf
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) def. #99 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.85), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Gregory Bayane (CAL 13.45) vs. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.83) 7-5, 5-7, 3-0 unf
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.42) def. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23), 6-4, 6-3
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) def. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.47), 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. Mads Engsted (CAL 13.54), 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 2, 5


In the night cap in Ojai it was USC defeating UCLA 4-1.  USC crushed UCLA in doubles winning 8-0 at #1 and 8-4 at #2 but UCLA would come back in singles and take the opening set at 1, 2, 3, and 5. While Mackenzie McDonald finished his match at #1 in straight sets none of the other guys could do the same as USC would rally to force 3rd sets at 2, 3, and 5.  USC's Nick Crystal cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at #6 and Jonny Wang had just enough to beat Karue Sell 6-4, 7-6 at #5.  With both #2 and #3 singles deep in the 3rd set it would be Max De Vroome that would deliver the final blow for USC as he knocked off Austin Rapp 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 at #5 to end USC to the Championship against Stanford.

UCLA recap
USC recap

#8 USC 4, #15 UCLA 1
Apr 24, 2015 at Ojai, CA - Libbey Park 
Doubles
1. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #9 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-0
2. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. #84 Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 8-2
3. Crystal/Wang (USC) vs. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) 4-4, unfinished
USC Wins Doubles Point
Singles
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.70) 6-3, 6-4
2. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.32) vs. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) 5-7, 6-3, 4-3, unf
3. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) vs. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) 1-6, 6-3, 5-5, unf
4. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.97) 6-4, 7-6
5. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-3
6. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.37) 6-2, 6-1
Match Notes
UCLA 15-9; National ranking #15
USC 21-4; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,4,5)


Thursday Results:

So close, yet so far away - that's how Oregon has to feel after todays match.  The Ducks jumped on Cal early by taking the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 and then took 4 opening sets in singles. Cormac Clissold was the only Duck to finish in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-2 win at #5, which put Oregon up 2-0, but then Billy Griffith put Cal on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #6.  The 4 other singles matches would each go the distance with the person losing the 1st set winning in the end. There were so many twists and turns in each match along the way that it got tough to keep track of.

Cal's Andre Goransson would even the match at 2-2 with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win at #1 singles over Daan Maasland.  Goransson sprinted out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set and served for the match but Maasland would break, hold, and break again to even the match up at 5-5.  Goransson would then break back and serve it out to finally secure the win.

Cal's Oskar Wikberg would put Cal ahead 3-2 when he completed his comeback at #4 singles with a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over Jayson Amos.  It looked like Amos was going to finish off Wikberg in straight sets when he led 6-3, 5-3 but Wikberg held for 4-5, broke Amos serving for the match to even it at 5, then held serve for 6-5.  If I remember correctly Amos had at least 1 match point on the 5-4 serve game.  Amos would then come back from 0-40 down to hold and send it to a tiebreak but Wikberg would take the final 2 points of the TB to take it 7-5 and send the match to a 3rd set. Wikberg broke Amos to go up 2-1 in the 3rd but Amos would break right back and then hold to go up 3-2.  After 3 straight holds, Wikberg would break Amos to go up 5-4 and then he'd serve it out to put that 3rd point on the board.

Oregon's Daniel Sardu would tie it up at 3-3 with a come from behind 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5) win over Filip Bergevi at #2 singles.  It looked like Bergevi would close this one out in straight sets when he led 6-2, 5-4 but Sardu fought off a slew of match points to hold for 5-5 and would ultimately push the 2nd set to a tiebreak.  Bergevi led 6-5 in the tiebreak but Sardu would take the final 3 points to take it 8-6.  Sardu jumped out a 5-2 lead in the 3rd before Bergevi charged back to tie it at 5-5.  Each would hold 1 more time to send it a tiebreak then Sardu got the early mini-break and held on to take it 7-5.

The final remaining court left was at #3 singles as Cal's Greg Bayane opened up a 4-0 lead in the 3rd over Oregon's Simon Stevens.  Before we proceed forward lets go back to the 2nd set where it looked like Stevens was going to close out Bayane in straights after leading 6-4, 5-3.  Bayane held for 4-5 then would break Stevens in a lengthy service game that had at least 5 deuces with Stevens having at least 2 match points (may have been 3).  Bayane held for 6-5 then Stevens held to send it a tiebreak but the TB was all Bayane as he cruised 7-2.  Jumping back to where we started, after Bayane held for 4-0 Stevens would finally snap out of his slump and hold for 1-4.  Bayane quickly held for 5-1 and then had 2 match points on the Stevens' serve before Stevens held for 2-5.  Bayane went up 40-15 on his 5-2 service game but Stevens got it back to deuce.  Bayane got the next point to give himself another match point but then Stevens would take the next 3 points to break for 3-5.  Stevens would then go down 30-40 on his service game but would fight back to hold for 4-5.  It just seemed like this one was heading for a dramatic 3rd set tiebreak but Bayane finally righted the ship and would hold from 40-15 to propel Cal into Friday's semifinals against rival Stanford.

Cal recap
Oregon recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 23rd  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#25 [4] California 4, #50 [5] Oregon 3
April 23, 2015 - Ojai, CA  
Doubles
1. Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (CAL) def. Daan Maasland/Stevens (ORE), 8-3
2. Daniel Sardu/Joey Swaysland (UO) def. Filip Bergevi/Mads Engsted (CAL), 8-4
3. Cormac Clissold/Jayson Amos (UO) def. Andre Goransson/Wikberg (CAL), 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
Singles
1. Andre Goransson (CAL 14.18) def. Daan Maasland (UO 13.92), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
2. Daniel Sardu (UO 13.29) def. Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.85), 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5)
3. Gregory Bayane (CAL 13.45) def. Simon Stevens (UO 13.31), 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.42) def. Jayson Amos (UO 13.43), 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
5. Cormac Clissold (UO 12.93) def. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.65), 6-3, 6-2
6. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.47) def. Joey Swaysland (UO 12.47), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 4, 2, 3


#15 [3] UCLA 4, #61 [6] Washington 0
April 23, 2015 - Ojai, CA  
Doubles
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Egger/Jeff Hawke (UW), 7-7 susp.
2. Joe DiGiulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Joao Barra/Viktor Farkas (UW), 8-1
3. Dennis Mkrtchian/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Douglas/Wendell Watanabe (UW), 8-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3
Singles
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.02) def. Mitch Stewart (UW 13.92), 6-2, 6-1
2. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.91) def. Jake Douglas (UW 13.86), 6-3, 6-1
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.31) def. Emmett Egger (UW 13.10), 6-2, 6-4
4. Gal Hakak (UW 13.57) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.94) 6-3, 1-3 unf
5. Jeff Hawke (UW 12.77) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.94) 6-2, 3-5 unf
6. Joe DiGiulio (UCLA 13.33) vs. Viktor Farkas (UW 13.32) 6-4, 2-2 unf
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3


Wednesday Results:

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 22nd  For more details about UTR check out their website. 


#50 [5] Oregon 4, [8]Arizona 1
April 22, 2015 - Ojai, CA 
Doubles
1. #77 Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (UO) vs. Naoki Takeda/Shoki Kasahara (UA), 7-7 (6-4)
2. Daniel Sardu/Joey Swaysland (UO) def. Will Kneale/Matt Dunn (UA), 8-6
3. Cormac Clissold/Jayson Amos (UO) def. Jason Jaruvang/Trevor James (UA), 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2
Singles
1. #115 Daan Maasland (UO 13.92) vs. #62 Naoki Takeda (UA 13.69), susp. (Maasland up 3-2)
2. Jason Jaruvang (UA 13.01) def. Daniel Sardu (UO 13.29), 6-4, 6-1
3. Simon Stevens (UO 13.31) def. Will Kneale (UA 11.54), 7-5, 6-2
4. Jayson Amos (UO 13.43) def. Shoki Kasahara (UA 12.01), 6-0, 6-0
5. Cormac Clissold (UO 12.93) def. Trevor James (UA 12.00), 6-2, 6-0
6. Joey Swaysland (UO 12.47) vs. Tano Zamorano (UA 11.11), susp. (Swaysland up 7-6(1), 4-2)
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 2, 3



#61 [6] Washington 4, [7] Utah 0
April 22, 2015 - Ojai, CA
Doubles
1. Emmett Egger/Jeff Hawke (UW) def. Cedric Willems/Matt Cowley (UTAH), 8-6
2. Parker McGuiness/Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) def. Joao Barra/Vik Farkas (UW), 8-3
3. Jake Douglas/Wendell Watanabe (UW) def. Johan Jonhagen/Santiago Sierra (UTAH), 8-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles
1. Cedric Willems (UTAH 12.96) vs. Mitch Stewart (UW 13.92) 7-6(3), 2-1
2. Jake Douglas (UW 13.87) def. Parker McGuiness (UTAH 12.84) 6-1, 6-3
3. Emmett Egger (UW 13.11) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH 12.45) 6-1, 6-4
4. Gal Hakak (UW 13.57) def. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH 12.20) 6-2, 6-1
5. Jeff Hawke (UW 12.77) vs. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH 11.95) 6-3, 5-4
6. Jamey Swiggart (UTAH 11.74) vs. Viktor Farkas (UW 13.29) 4-6, 6-0, 1-0
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 4

What a day of tennis in Waco - 2 semifinal matches played simultaneously on adjacent courts with both coming down to a 3rd set tiebreak to decide it and they both finished within seconds of each other.

It's too bad those FoxSports cameras weren't in operation today because it was rough trying to watch the conclusion of the Baylor/TCU match due to the streaming video being reduced to freeze-frame video.  As a side note, for those that were wondering, it was confirmed today by Baylor that PlaySight will be installing new HD cameras with sound in time for the NCAAs so the viewing public won't have to be subjected to any more of the current setup.  Click on this link for a preview of the kind of clarity that you'll see - choose Indian Wells during daylight hours.  PlaySight operated the streaming for Virginia Tech and did the streaming for the National Indoors at the MidTown Athletic Club in Chicago and at Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Cup.


Back to business - we'll start with Baylor/TCU.  Baylor ran its doubles record to 23-1 by picking up a 6-4 win from Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano (18-1) at #1 and a 6-3 win from Vinny Schneider and Felipe Rios (16-3) at #3. TCU's Trevor Johnson and Cameron Norrie ran their record to 12-2 with a 6-3 win at #2.  

Baylor's Julian Lenz, Tony Lupieri, and Diego Galeano would get off to quick starts at 1, 2 and 4 singles by going up early breaks and each would eventually close out the opening set.  TCU's Arnau Dachs and Will Stein would get early break leads at 5 and 6 but while Dachs took his opening set 6-1, Stein would let a 5-2 lead slip away and drop the opening set to Felipe Rios 7-6(5). Stein served for the set up 5-2 and up 5-4 but got broke each time.  Below is an amusing quote from the BU blog:


Rios served for the set up 6-5 but got broke at love and then in the TB Rios went up 6-3 only to lose both points on serve before Stein gave him the tiebreak by double faulting.  TCU's Cameron Norrie would break Max Tchoutakian at 4-4 and then serve to take the opening set at #4 by a 6-4 score.  So that was 4 opening sets for Baylor and just 2 for TCU.

It appeared that Baylor's Julian Lenz would be the first to finish as he served for the match at #1 up 6-1, 5-3 however TCU's Nick Chappell had other plans and would break Lenz at love and then come all the way back to take the second set 7-5.

Lenz's doubles parter Diego Galeano would finish off Facundo Lugones 6-3, 6-3 at #4 singles to make it 2-0 Baylor but a few minutes later TCU's Cameron Norrie would put the Horned Frogs on the board with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian at #3. Felipe Rios would make it 3-1 BU as he gave Will Stein a second set breadstick to finish off a 7-6, 6-1 win at #6.

Arnau Dachs would trim the BU lead to 3-2 with a 6-1, 7-6(7) win over Mate Zsiga at #5.  Zsiga led 3-0 in the 2nd set before Dachs came back to tie it at 3, then Zsiga had 2 set points when Dachs served at 5-6 but Dachs managed to get it to the tiebreak. Zsiga served up 6-5 in the TB but lost both points on his serve then after fighting off a match point on the Dachs serve Dachs took the final 2 points to close it out.

Tony Lupieri was looking good at #2 when he led Guillermo Nunez 6-3, 2-0 but Nunez hung around and eventually wore Lupieri out as he took it 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0.

With the match tied at 3 it all came down to the 3rd set at #1 and TCU's Nick Chappell would deliver the first blow by breaking Lenz to start the set and following that up with a hold for 2-0.  Lenz would hold for 1-2, then break Chappell from 15-40 to tie it at 2, then hold for 3-2.  Chappell held, Lenz held, then Chappell held again this time on the 40-40 deciding point so it was now 4-4.  After another set of holds Chappell would break Lenz on the 30-40 point to go up 6-5.  After falling behind 0-30 and 30-40 Chappell would get it to 40-40 which meant we had a match point/break point.  Chappell would put a forehand into the net to give Lenz the break and then it was all Lenz in the deciding tiebreak as he jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win.

Tremendous match between those 2 teams and with the video not working well I have to say job well done to Kim Gorum for giving us the blow-by-blow on the Baylor blog.

Below is a clip that David Roditi shot of the crowd on match point and below that is the final point of the tiebreak.  


Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"The mistake that you can make is when you start scoreboard watching and paying attention to stuff like that. You've got to get to four points. We got to three relatively quickly but we just couldn't seem to find that fourth one and that's tennis. You've got to stay focused and keep pushing. I thought TCU really took the momentum there from us for a while and just really played an exceptional level of tennis." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"I know they're excited to see us in the final. They just love beating us so we're going to go out and give it another shot and see if we can get over the line." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final tomorrow.

TCU recap


"I am obviously disappointed. We were right there and had a match point, but I couldn't be more proud of our guys for the way they fought back," head coach David Roditi said. "We didn't have the best start possible and it is hard on the road, but we kept fighting and came back in some matches. Nick (Chappell) was down a set and 5-3 in the second and I couldn't be more proud of Nick for coming back in that second set and winning. He then put himself in a situation to get us a win and I know he wanted that match more than anybody. I am proud of him for the way he played and Baylor deserves the credit. They hit the shots at the right time.

"I am also extremely proud of the way our guys handled this whole situation. I thought our guys couldn't show more class and I am proud to say I am their coach."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#2 Baylor 4, #6 TCU 3
Apr 25, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) def. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.97) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36) def. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) 6-4, 7-5
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98) 6-3, 6-3
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07) def. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 6-4
2. #29 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #53 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Baylor 20-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
Big 12 Conference Tournament Semifinal
T-3:10



"Oklahoma goes up 1-0" is a phrase that hasn't been said too often this year but a reconfigured doubles lineup gave the Sooners the point that turned out to be the difference.  Oklahoma was just 12-12 in doubles going into the Big 12 Tournament so John Roddick decided to roll the dice and split up his #1 team of Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb (who are ranked #10) by pairing Webb with Spencer Papa at #2 and Alvarez with Jose Salazar at #3. He moved his #2 team of Alex Ghilea and Andrew Harris up to #1 and they would deliver a 6-4 win to go with the 6-4 win that Webb and Papa picked up at #2.
Texas came out really hot in singles and took the opening set on courts 3, 4, 5, and 6 while Oklahoma got the opening set on 1 and 2.  According to OU's twitter it was the 1st time all year that the Sooners had dropped 4 opening sets.

Adrien Berkowicz was the first to finish as he beat Dane Webb 6-3, 7-5 at #3 singles. Berkowicz got broke serving for it up 5-4 in the 2nd but he would break right back and then serve it out.  This was the second time that Berkowicz has beaten Webb in the last 4 weeks.

Clement Homs would make it 2-1 Texas as he rubbed out Florin Bragusi 6-2, 6-4 at #6 singles but Axel Alvarez would even it at 2 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Soren Hess-Olesen #1. Alvarez served for the match up 5-3 in the 2nd but Hess-Olesen broke and held before Alvarez held and broke to win it.
Nick Naumann would put Texas back ahead with a 7-6(3), 7-5 win over Spencer Papa at #5.  Papa had a break lead in the 2nd set but he couldn't consolidate it and Naumann would ultimately break again to close out the match.

Andrew Harris would tie it at 3 with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Lloyd Glasspool at #2 singles which set the stage for the deciding match at #4 between Texas's George Goldhoff and Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea.

Goldhoff took the opening set 6-2 but Ghilea came back from a break down to take the second 6-3. Ghilea broke to go up 3-2 in the 3rd but Goldhoff would break back and hold to go up 4-3.  Ghilea held for 4-4 then broke and was serving for the match up 5-4 but Goldhoff would break back to tie it at 5. Ghilea would break again only to have Goldhoff break back to send it to a deciding tiebreak. Ghilea went up 4-2 in the TB and ended up pulling away to take it 7-3. Below is match point for Ghilea.

Oklahoma recap

John Roddick, Oklahoma Head Coach On what he saw from his team today: "We have to do a better job of taking opportunities when we have them. In certain spots we had opportunities early that we didn't take advantage of, and then the match ended up getting tough. That's a credit to Texas for playing really well and they are a tough team.

On rematch with Baylor: "We've obviously played them three times already this year, so both teams know each other well and both teams know what they have to do. It's going to be up to the players at this point to make sure that they execute their game plans. Really I think whatever team executes is the team that is going to win tomorrow.

Texas recap

"George has nothing to hang his head about," Head Coach Michael Center said. "His level of play continues to go up with every match down the stretch. He just came up a little bit short against a great opponent today. I'm proud of him.

"I wanted us to compete at all nine spots today, and that's what we did," Center continued. "We are walking out of here feeling a lot different than the last time we played Oklahoma. We really played like a team today and had opportunities at every single spot. All the way up-and-down the line, we played with a will to win. I'm excited about taking this team to the NCAA tournament."

Michael Center, Texas Head Coach On today's result:
"Obviously you are disappointed to lose. We didn't come here to play close. During conference season we had some points that got off the board on us pretty quickly where we got behind. We really wanted to challenge on all nine spots today and that's what I thought we did. We didn't execute in some critical points in the doubles, but we gave ourselves a chance and that's all you can ask for in match like that. I think we are walking out of here feeling a lot different about ourselves than we did the last time we played them

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 Texas 3
04/25/15 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) def. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.88) 6-4, 7-5
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.99) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 14.02) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-3, 7-5
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.72) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.35) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #14 Soren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 6-4
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Oklahoma 22-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,1,5,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Semifinal
T-3:11


PAC  12

Tonight's Pac 12 Championship match was the rubber match in the USC/Stanford series with each winning at home.  Stanford would take the doubles point for the 3rd time this year against USC by winning 8-6 at 1 and 8-5 at 2 while USC won 8-2 at 3.

USC turned up the heat in singles by taking the opening set on every court except #5 although the scoreboard showed De Vroome taking the set at #5 until it was switched a couple of games into the 2nd set.  Jonny Wang cut through Nolan Paige like a buzz-saw and racked up a 6-2, 6-2 win at #4 to even the match at 1.

Roberto Quiroz would put USC up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3 over David Wilczynski. Video clip is set point in the 1st set.  USC's twitter had a video of match point but the picture was black with audio only.

David Hsu would even the match at 2 with a somewhat surprising 7-5, 6-4 win over Big Max De Vroome at #5.  Hsu had a nice fall then hit a rough patch early in the dual-match season but rebounded to win his last 10 matches.  De Vroome's 9-match winning streak was snapped.

Tom Fawcett would come back from a set down to roll over Yannick Hanfmann 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at #1. This was the second time in the last 2 weeks that Fawcett came back from a set down to beat Hanfmann.  Hanfmann finishes the regular season by dropping his final 5.

Nick Crystal would tie it at 3 with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Maciek Romanowicz at #6. Crystal broke Romanowicz to go up 5-4 and then served it out at love.

Exactly 3 minutes later the match would come to a conclusion as Eric Johnson put the finishing touches on his 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over John Morrissey at #2 singles.  Morrissey was the hero in the last meeting when he came back 7-6, 5-2 down to beat Roberto Quiroz but Johnson wasn't going to let the same thing happen to him.  Below is match point courtesy of USC's Twitter.

I also wanted to give props to USC for taking these short video clips - it really helps tell the story when you've got video to go with it.
USC recap
Stanford recap

#8 USC 4, #26 Stanford 3
April 25, 2015 - Libbey Park (Ojai, Calif.)
Doubles
(1) #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) def. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 8-6
(2) #83 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 8-5
(3) Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 8-2
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles
1 #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69) 2-6,6-1,6-2
2 #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33) def. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) 6-2,4-6,6-2
3 #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4 #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) 6-2, 6-2
5 David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) 7-5, 6-4
6 #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.17) 7-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 3, 5, 1, 6, 2*
2015 PAC-12 TOURNAMENT (Ojai, Calif.) - CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH




ACC

The morning started off nicely in Cary with ESPN3 broadcasting the Virginia/North Carolina match however just a few minutes into singles the rain would come and force both the UVA/UNC and Wake/GT matches to go indoors.  It also meant the end of the streaming telecast so it was back to tracking the live scoreboard and the school's twitter account to see who was serving.

Virginia took the doubles point outdoors with wins at 1 and 2 but when the rain came the match was moved indoors to Duke's indoor facility.  Virginia picked up 3 straight set wins from Ryan Shane, Mitchell Frank, and JC Aragone at 1, 2, and 6 singles to extend Virginia's ACC winning streak to 138 matches.  Virginia has also won 26 consecutive matches in the ACC Tournament.

When Shane led 6-1, 5-1 the action on his court and Altamirano's court came to a halt due to a leak in the roof.  Neither of those matches was able to restart until another court opened up.  It would have been something if Shane would have got screwed out of a win because of something like that. Fortunately for him he wasn't - below is an interview he did after the match



Virginia recap

"When you get into the business, you don't imagine you will be in 12 straight conference finals, especially in a league as tough as the ACC," said head coach Brian Boland. "It says a lot about the great players and coaches that have come through the program. We look forward to the opportunity to play another final against a really good Wake team. I know the guys are excited for it."

"It was important to get the doubles point because of the long delay," said Boland. "It felt like two different matches, so it helped to be up 1-0 before we started the second half of the match a few hours later. One of the things we have done well this year is deal with adversity and adjust to the conditions. That was definitely the case today."

"Overall, it was a great match," said Boland. "We have so much respect for North Carolina and we knew we would have to play well today. It was great to see Ryan have that kind of delay with the roof leak and come back to break to win the match. I thought that was really impressive and he is playing some great tennis right now."

North Carolina recap

#5 Virginia 4, #16 North Carolina 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #7 Ryan Shane (VA 14.72) def. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.69) 6-1, 6-1
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.79) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.31) 7-5, 6-3
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) 6-4, 1-1, unf
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (NC 14.16) 6-2, 4-6, 3-3, unf
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) 4-6, 6-3, 2-2, unf
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) def. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. Esben Hess-Olesen/Schnur (NC) 8-5
2. Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Clark/Kelly (NC) 8-5
3. Collin Altamirano/Mitchell Frank (VA) vs. Murray/Schneider (NC) 6-7, unf
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2)


In the other semifinal Wake Forest jumped Georgia Tech in doubles by winning 8-2 at #2 and 8-1 at #3 and then they kept it going in singles as Noah Rubin, Skander Mansouri, and Christian Seraphim all won in straight sets.  Georgia Tech was hanging in there on the other courts but they couldn't break through at 1, 3, and 5.  The Georgia Tech recap also has an audio interview with Kenny Thorne.

Wake Forest recap
Georgia Tech recap

"Wake Forest really took it to us in doubles. I really felt good about our game plan in all three matches, but we didn't execute well at the beginning of the matches," said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. "Same thing in singles. Wake just took it to us; they played better than us. They're a good team and deserve to be ranked No. 11."

#11 Wake Forest 4, #55 Georgia Tech 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) def. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 6-4, 6-3
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 6-2, 5-5, unf
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 6-4, 6-2
4. #91 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 1-1, unf
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 6-2, 2-5, unf
Doubles competition
1. #11 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 3-5, unf
2. Noah Rubin/Jon Ho (WF) def. Christopher Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Cole Fiegel/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-1
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 14-12; National ranking #55
Wake Forest 22-6; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,5)
Semifinals of the ACC Tournament
Doubles played outdoors at Cary Tennis Park
Singles played indoors at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.


Big 10

Both of the semifinals matches were supposed to be played simultaneously but rain forced them indoors so they were played one at a time.  

In the opening match the host Illini steamrolled past Northwestern 4-0.  Illinois took the doubles point with an 8-4 win at #1 and an 8-6 win at #3.  Below is a video clip of match point at #1. 

Jared Hiltzik, Farris Gosea, and Aleks Vukic would each win in straight sets at 1, 2, and 5 with Gosea providing the clincher at #2.  Below are video clips of match point at 1 and 2.

Illinois recap

"Northwestern, they have a great team," head coach Brad Dancer said. "They have a great indoor team. So they posed a lot of challenges for us in that sense, but our guys responded today. We're thrilled to play at home, to play in front of our fans and to have a chance to win a Big Ten title tomorrow."




Northwestern recap

#4 Illinois 4, #30 Northwestern 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04) 6-4, 6-4
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73) 6-3, 6-2
3. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68) vs. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) 7-6 (6), 2-2, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43) 7-5, 3-3, unf
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) vs. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #58 Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-4
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-7, un
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Northwestern 20-8 (8-3)
Illinois 24-4 (10-1); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,2)


The second semifinal between Ohio State and Minnesota was actually played outdoors after the rain cleared out.  Ohio State took the doubles point by winning 8-4 at 2 and 3 and then they took 5 opening sets with Hunter Callahan, Kevin Metka, and Ralf Steinbach winning at 4, 5, and 6 singles.

Ohio State recap
Minnesota recap

#12 Ohio State 4, #23 Minnesota 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-3, 4-4, unf
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 6-4, 3-4, unf
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48) 7-5, 1-0, unf
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56) 6-4, 6-4
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 6-3, 6-4
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Mathiew Froment (MINN 12.92) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #56 Mathiew Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-6
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Felix Corwin/Leandro Toledo (MINN) 8-4
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN) 8-4
Match Notes
Minnesota 19-7 (9-1); National ranking #23
Ohio State 25-7 (10-1); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,5)


Other Conference Tournaments:

WCC:

San Diego won its 2nd consecutive West Coast Conference Championship as the top seeded Toreros beat #2 Pepperdine 4-1.  San Diego took the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, and Geoffrey Fosso with Angus providing the clincher at #3.

San Diego recap

"It feels amazing," junior Jordan Angus said, a transfer from Mississippi State University. "I am so proud of the guys. Every match counts the same, but to be the one to win is definitely special. I came here to try and make history, but the work ethic of these guys has been incredible and we have definitely earned our success."

"The sky is the limit for us," senior Ciaran Fitzgerald noted after claiming back-to-back WCC Championships. "We have worked our butt off all year and this is the part we are all gunning for. We aren't satisfied with just winning conference, we are hungry to make history at USD and reach the NCAA Sweet 16. I truly belive we can compete with the best in the country. The coaches have worked us hard and we are ready for wherever we go for regionals."

"As great as this is," Masi added. "This team is really striving for more. They really want to get to the Round of 16 at the NCAA's. They want to set a mark at USD. This team believes they can do it. I'm excited to work with them the next couple of weeks to get them ready for that and hopefully we can get there."

Pepperdine recap

"I'm very proud of how this team competed, not only this weekend but the entire season," said first-year head coach Marcelo Ferreira. "Every player embraced our philosophy and fought so hard for each other, and for the program. The match today was incredibly close; small details determine the outcome of the match. Our guys laid it all out on the line, but unfortunately we came up short today. Credit goes to USD for capitalizing on the opportunities they created."

#22 San Diego 4, #42 Pepperdine 1
April 25, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Barnes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #52 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.02) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (PEPP 13.44) 7-6 (4), 5-6
2. #77 Filip Vittek (USD 13.44) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEPP 13.08) 6-4, 6-2
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.67) def. Stefan Menichella (PEPP 13.24) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.90) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEPP 12.97) 7-5, 4-3, unf
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.93) def. Luca Marquard (PEPP 12.55) 6-2, 6-3
6. Lautaro Pane (PEPP 12.85) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.70) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition