[2] Baylor (23-5) vs. [17-32] #18 South Florida (21-6) - Thursday 8pm - Baylor is coming off shutout wins over Bryant and #29 LSU while South Florida blanked #63 Boise State and #15 Virginia Tech. This is South Florida's first ever trip to the Round of 16 while Baylor is back for the 14th consecutive year. 

Doubles Records: Baylor 25-2, South Florida 22-5
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Baylor 86, South Florida 82

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

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 12th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #2 Julian Lenz (BU 15.06) vs. #21 Roberto Cid (USF 14.37) 
2. #35 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.10) vs. #124 Sasha Gozun (USF 13.65)
3. #58 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.39) vs. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.69)
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.76) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.34) 
5. #116 Mate Zsiga (BU 14.13) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.19)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.13) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.32) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Lenz 14-4 (11-4) vs. Cid 9-4 (6-4)
2. Lupieri 9-9 (4-9) vs. Gozun 7-6 (3-4)
3. Tchoutakian 15-7 (4-7) vs. Pramming 8-4 (2-2)
4. Galeano 12-4 (2-2) vs. Gonzalez-Muniz 8-4 (0-4)
5. Zsiga 13-3 (2-2) vs. Roberts 8-4 (0-1)
6. Rios 19-3 (1-0) vs. Kalyuzhnyy 9-2

#1 singles - Lenz has won 7 of his last 9 completed matches with the 2 losses coming to #1 Axel Alvarez while Cid has won his last 5. Neither finished a match last weekend though they were both ahead in each with Lenz leading LSU's #76 Jordan Daigle 6-4, 3-4 and Cid leading Virginia Tech's #68 Amerigo Contini 6-4, 6-5. Prediction: Lenz (BU) in 2.

#2 singles - Lupieri has lost his last 4 completed matches though both his matches last weekend went unfinished with his match with LSU's Chris Simpson tied at 1-1 in the 3rd. Gozun has won his last 3 completed matches with 5 other matches in between going unfinished.  Gozun won the clincher over Virginia Tech's #43 Andreas Bjerrehus 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Prediction: DNF with Gozun (USF) leading.

#3 singles - Tchoutakian has won 6 of his last 8 while his match against LSU's Boris Arias went unfinished with Max leading 7-6, 0-1. Pramming has won 8 of his last 9 though his match against Virginia Tech's #109 Jorge Monteiro went unfinished with Monteiro leading 7-6, 6-5. Prediction: DNF with Tchoutakian (BU) leading.

#4 singles - Galeano has won his last 5 including a 6-4, 6-2 win over LSU's Tam Trinh while Gonzalez-Muniz has won his last 2 though 5 of his last 7 have gone unfinished including his match against Virginia Tech's #105 Hunter Koontz which Muniz led 2-1 in the 3rd. Prediction: Galeano (BU) in 2

#5 singles - Zsiga has won 11 of his last 12 completed matches including a 6-4, 6-0 win over LSU's Andrew Korinek. Roberts has won 6 in a row including a 6-0, 6-2 dismantling of Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro. I don't see Zsiga dropping the match or even a set. Prediction: Zsiga (BU) in 2

#6 singles - Rios has won 9 of his last 10 including a 6-1, 6-1 win over LSU's Simon Freund while Kalyuzhnyy has won 5 in a row including a 6-4, 7-6 win over Virginia Tech's Jai Corbett. Prediction: DNF with Rios (BU) leading

I like Baylor at #2 and #3 doubles and then look for Lenz, Galeano, and Zsiga to pick up straight set wins at 1, 4, and 5. South Florida will be competitive in the other spots but Baylor is too strong to slip up. Prediction: Baylor 4-0

[7] USC (24-4) vs. [10] Duke (24-6) - Thursday 8pm - USC posted a pair of shutouts last weekend with routine wins over Idaho and #40 San Diego State while Duke blanked South Carolina State before coming from behind to beat #23 Stanford 4-1. These teams last met in the 2012 NCAA Quarterfinals with USC winning 4-1.

Doubles Records: USC 17-11, Duke 21-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: USC 86, Duke 84

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #15 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.56) vs. #13 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.52)
2. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.49) vs. #41 Jason Tahir (DU 14.09)
3. #85 Eric Johnson (USC 14.36) vs. #57 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.28)
4. #45 Jonny Wang (USC 14.36) vs. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.90)
5. #94 Max de Vroome (USC 14.15) vs. Chris Mengel (DU 13.69)
6. #61 Nick Crystal (USC 13.99) vs. TJ Pura (DU 13.43)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Hanfmann 10-8 (7-8) vs. Alvarez 14-6 (7-6)
2. Quiroz 15-4 (8-4) vs. Tahir 13-12 (4-12)
3. Johnson 20-2 (4-1) vs. Hemmeler 21-5 (6-4)
4. Wang 18-3 (0-2) vs. Semenzato 16-7 (0-4)
5. De Vroome 17-3 (0-2) vs. Mengel 14-3 (0-1)
6. Crystal 18-2 vs. Pura 17-5

#1 singles - Hanfmann snapped a 5-match losing streak with a win over Idaho's Odon Barta and he was leading SDSU's #121 Freddy Gelbrich 6-3, 3-4 when the match was halted by the clinch. Alvarez has split his last 6 but is coming off a 6-4, 6-0 win over Stanford's #26 Tom Fawcett.  Hanfmann beat Alvarez 6-1, 6-1 back in October in the quarterfinals of the ITA All Americans but Hanfmann isn't the same player right now. Prediction: Alvarez (DU) in 2.

#2 singles - Quiroz has won 8 of his last 9 and he led SDSU's Hendrik Jebens 6-3, 5-3 the last time out while Tahir has won 4 of his last 5 and he was serving for the match against Stanford's #71 John Morrissey before the match got stopped. This will be the 4th career meeting between these two but the 1st since Quiroz won 6-2, 6-4 back in 2012 at the USTA Clay Court Invitational. The other 2 matches came back in the 2011-12 season with both going unfinished with Quiroz leading. Tahir has played several ranked opponents close but he's come out on the short end of the stick more times than not - I look for the same thing to happen again here. Prediction: Quiroz (USC) in 3

#3 singes - Johnson has won 6 in a row and 18 of 19 and is coming off a quick win over SDSU's Marko Goles-Babic after GB retired down 3-0 in the 1st.  Hemmeler is coming off a 6-4, 6-4 win over Stanford David Wilczynski and has now split his last 4 though he's won 11 of his last 13. This should be the closest of all the matches with both guys having great seasons.  Prediction: DNF with Johnson (USC) leading in 3rd

#4 singles - Wang has won 16 in a row and is coming off a 6-3, 6-2 win over SDSU's Thorsten Bertsch while Semenzato has won 5 of his last 6 and is coming off a 6-2, 6-3 win over Stanford's David Hsu which snapped Hsu's 11-match winning streak. Prediction: Wang (USC) in 3.

#5 singles - De Vroome has won 9 of his last 10 but neither match last weekend finished though he led in both. Mengel has won 4 of his last 5 with his last match against Stanford's Robert Stineman going unfinished with Mengel up a break in the 3rd.  Prediction: DNF with Mengel (DU) leading in 3rd. 

#6 singles - Crystal has won 4 in a row and 8 of 9 including a 6-0, 6-3 win over SDSU's Santiago Cevallos while Pura has won 4 in a row and 6 of 7 including the 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 match clinching win over Stanford's Nolan Paige. Crystal beat Pura 6-2, 6-2 back on October 10th in the opening round of the Battle In the Bay Classic. PredictionCrystal (USC) in 2.

I'm going to take USC in doubles with wins at #1 and #3 and then in singles USC gets it done at 2, 4, and 6 while Duke gets a win at 1. I think as many as 4 of these singles matches will go to a 3rd set.  Prediction: USC 4-1

[3] Virginia (25-3) vs. [17-32] Columbia (16-5) - Thursday 5pm - Virginia is coming off shutouts over St. John's and Minnesota while Columbia beat both Georgia Tech and Ole Miss by the same 4-1 score. Columbia went 0-4 this year against top 10 opponents though they were respectable in each loss (UGA 3-4, Texas 1-4, Oklahoma 2-4, USC 0-4). 

Doubles Records: Virginia 25-3, Columbia 15-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 87, Columbia 82

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

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 12th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.84) vs. #17 Winston Lin (COL 14.12)
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.52) vs. #108 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.82)
3. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.73) vs. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.62)
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.76) vs. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.47)
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.05) vs. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.31)
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.02) vs. Bert Vancura (COL 12.71) 
Others who could play Mac Styslinger (VA 13.98), Max Schnur (COL 13.18)

Max Schnur is actually listed at #4 in Columbia's lineup however he's only played in half of Columbia's matches and just gone 3-7 so I'm guessing he doesn't play. 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Shane 18-6 (11-5) vs. Lin 14-9 (6-7)
2. Frank 16-3 (11-3) vs. Ignat 14-7 (1-4) 
3. Altamirano 17-3 (3-2) vs. Narayana 14-3 
4. Kwiatkowski 20-3 (1-3) vs. Vermeer 13-3 (0-1) 
5. Ritschard 10-3 (2-1) vs. Hadavi 10-4 
6. Aragone 21-3 (0-1) vs. Vancura 11-5 

#1 singles - Shane has won 9 of 11 and is coming off a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of Minnesota's #22 Leandro Toledo while Lin has won 5 of 7 and is coming a weekend where he beat Georgia Tech's #53 Chris Eubanks 6-4, 6-4 before falling to Ole Miss's #18 Nik Scholtz 6-4, 6-3. There's no doubt that Lin can play with Shane but I think Shane is just a little better. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 2

#2 singles - Frank has won 8 of his last 9 completed matches though both of his matches last weekend went unfinished with him tied 1-1 in the 3rd against Minnesota's #60 Matic Spec and ahead of St. John's Erick Reyes 6-2, 4-2. Ignat has won 7 of his last 8 and last weekend he beat Georgia Tech's Carlos Benito 6-2 in the 3rd and then had his match with Ole Miss's #86 Stefan Lindmark go unfinished with the match on serve early in the 3rd. This is a match Frank should win but with his back possibly still not 100% you never know. Prediction: DNF with Frank (UVA) leading.

#3 singles - Altamirano has split his last 4 completed matches with 3 others going unfinished but he did finish off Minnesota's Felix Corwin 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.  Narayana has won his last 6 and 9 of his last 10 and won both matches last weekend over Georgia Tech's Nathan Rakitt 6-1, 7-6 and Ole Miss's Gustav Hansson 6-3, 7-6. Altamirano has cooled off a bit since his great start and I think Narayana has a good shot in this one though it'll likely go unfinsihed. Prediction: DNF with Narayana (CU) leading.

#4 singles - Kwiatkowski has won 9 in a row and 13 of 14 and last weekend he beat St. John's Elio Livi 6-0, 6-0 and then his match with Minnesota's Ruben Weber went unfinished with TSK leading 7-5, 4-3. Vermeer has won his last 7 and he's coming off a 6-1, 6-4 win over Georgia Tech's Michael Kay and his match with Ole Miss's William Kallberg went unfinished with Vermeer up a break in the 3rd. Kwiatkowski is took good to lose this one. Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 2

#5 singles - Ritschard has won his last 5 with 2 others in between going unfinished including his match against Minnesota's Jack Hamburg though Alex led 6-4, 6-5.  Hadavi has won his last 6 and last weekend he beat Ole Miss's Ricardo Jorge 7-6, 6-2 and his match with Georgia Tech's Cole Fiegel went unfinished though Hadavi was up a break in the 3rd. We'll probably see a close first set (7-5 or 7-6) and then Ritschard will go up an early break in the 2nd. Prediction: DNF with Ritschard (UVA) leading

#6 singles - Aragone has won 15 in a row including a pair last weekend over Minnesota's Mathieu Froment 6-1, 7-6 and St. John's Federico Ruiz 6-1, 6-1. Vancura has won 4 in a row and 6 of his last 7 and last weekend he beat Ole Miss's Vinod Gowda 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and his match with Georgia Tech's Eduardo Segura went unfinished with Vancura up 6-4, 3-4. I think this will be the most lopsided of the bunch as Aragone should cruise.   Prediction: Aragone (UVA) in 2

I like Virginia in doubles and Shane, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone in singles. If Columbia were to pull the stunner of all stunners they'd have to take the doubles point and get wins from Lin, Narayana, and Hadavi but I can't see that happening. I think Columbia will keep this one close on a few courts but I just don't see any points coming their way. Prediction: Virginia 4-0

[6] Texas A&M (23-4) vs. [11] Ohio State (27-8) - Thursday 5pm - Texas A&M is coming off a 4-0 shutout over Eastern Kentucky and a 4-2 nail-biter over Oklahoma State while Ohio State blanked both Buffalo and Vanderbilt although the Vandy match was tightening up at the time of the clinch. This will be the 2nd meeting this year between these two and the 5th meeting in the last 27 months. Texas A&M won the regular season meeting in College Station 4-3 in a match that came down to a 3rd set between Arthur Rinderknech and Kevin Metka at #5 singles. Both teams lineups look vastly different for this meeting and it should be noted that Ohio State's current #3 Herkko Pollanen didn't play in the first meeting nor did Texas A&M's current #6 Jordi Arconada.  

#15 Texas A&M 4, #5 Ohio State 3
Jan 31, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #21 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2
2. #89 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #29 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #96 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #66 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. #53 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5
6. Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #4 Metka/Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
2. #18 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. #27 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 4-5, unf
Match Notes
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #5
Texas A&M 1-1; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,4,6,1,5)

Doubles Records: Texas A&M 22-5, Ohio State 28-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Texas A&M 85, Ohio State 84

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.38) vs. #50 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.94)
2. #80 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.20) vs. #55 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.21) 
3. #84 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.45) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.53) 
4. #78 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.56) vs. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.14)
5. #92 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.34) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.87) 
6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.62) vs. #104 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.86)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Efferding 11-3 (3-3) vs. Torpegaard 15-9 (4-8)
2. Vinsant 7-3 (5-2) vs. Diaz 17-7 (2-7)
3. Rinderknech 13-4 (1-3) vs. Pollanen 13-7 (1-4)
4. Adams 5-9 (1-6) vs. Callahan 20-6 (1-5)
5. Catanzariti 20-4 (1-0) vs. Metka 19-6 (0-2)
6. Arconada 10-3 vs. Steinbach 21-6 (0-4)

#1 singles - 9 of Efferding's last 11 matches have gone unfinished including his match on Saturday against Oklahoma State's #32 Jakob Sude which got stopped with Efferding leading 6-5 in the 3rd (Efferding trailed 5-3). Torpegaard has won 5 of his last 6 completed matches with 4 others going unfinished including his match on Saturday against Vanderbilt's #10 Gonzales Austin in which Torpegaard trailed 7-6, 5-4. Prediction: Efferding (aTm) in 3

#2 singles - Vinsant is coming off a 7-6, 6-1 win over Oklahoma State's #115 Lucas Gerch which snapped a streak of 3 unfinished matches in a row and actually 5 of his last 7 matches have gone unfinished. Diaz went 2-0 last weekend with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Vanderbilt's Rhys Johnson and a 6-2, 6-1 win over Buffalo's Pablo Alvarez. Diaz is 11-0 in his last 16 matches with the other 5 going unfinished though he was a set down in all 5 of the unfinished matches. Vinsant won the regular season meeting 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 but I think he gets this one done in straights. Prediction: Vinsant (aTm) in 2

#3 singles - Rinderknech has won 2 of his last 3 but is coming off a 7-6, 6-1 loss to Oklahoma State's #122 Arjun Kadhe while Pollanen's last 5 matches have gone unfinished including his match from Saturday against Vanderbilt's #88 Danny Valent in which Pollanen trailed 6-3, 5-3. Pollanen did win the previous 4 before that. I'd be surprised if Rinderknech didn't win this in straight sets. Prediction: Rinderknech (aTm) in 2.

#4 singles - Adams is coming off a weekend where he went 2-0 which included a 6-1, 6-1 shellacking of Oklahoma State's Tristan Meraut and Adams has now gone 5-1 since April 1st with 4 other matches going unfinished. Callahan has won 3 of his last 4 completed matches though both matches last weekend went unfinished including his match with Vanderbilt's Kris Yee which was heading to a 3rd set when the Buckeyes clinched. It's taken a few months but Adams is finally playing like the guy who started 24 matches last year at #1 singles. Prediction: Adams (aTm) in 3

#5 singles - Catanzariti has won 4 straight and 16 of his last 17 including a 6-3, 6-4 win on Saturday over Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg. Metka has won 3 of his last 4 including a 6-2, 7-6 win on Saturday over Vanderbilt's Baker Newman. Catanzariti has been the better player this year but I think the serve and volley of Metka will be a little too much for Catanzariti to handle. Prediction: Metka (OSU) in 2

#6 singles - Arconada has won 8 of his last 9 completed matches including the match clincher on Saturday against Oklahoma State's Nicolai Ferrigno which finished 7-6 in the 3rd. Steinbach has won his last 6 completed matches with 4 other unfinished matches sprinkled in between. Steinbach rolled over Vanderbilt's Jeff Offerdahl on Saturday 6-1, 6-3 and while I don't think he'll roll over Arconada I think he'll get the W. Prediction: Steinbach (OSU) in 2

I like Ohio State in doubles especially after Texas A&M struggled against Oklahoma State and I see the Buckeyes picking up wins at 5 and 6 but I think Texas A&M gets it done at 1 through 4 to pull out a tight win. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3

[4] Illinois (27-4) vs. [13] North Carolina (23-10) - Thursday 1pm - Illinois is coming off a 4-0 win over Green Bay and a 4-2 squeaker over #33 Drake while North Carolina blanked William & Mary and then won fairly comfortably over #20 Mississippi State 4-1. North Carolina welcomed Esben Hess-Olesen back to the singles lineup at #6 after he missed all but a handful of matches with injury troubles. Illinois won the regular season meeting 4-3 in a match that North Carolina played without its #2 Ronnie Schneider though Hess-Olesen was in at #3 so the bottom half of the lineup stayed the same.  The only singles rematches will come at #1 and #5. Below is the box score from that first meeting and here are a few video highlights that I shot when I was in attendance.  

#8 Illinois 4, #6 North Carolina 3
Jan 31, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #2 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Brett Clark (UNC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. #62 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 7-6 (5), 6-2
5. Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-4
2. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 6-1
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-1
Match Notes
North Carolina 6-1; National ranking #6
Illinois 4-1; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,6,3,2,1)

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

Doubles Records: Illinois 20-11, North Carolina 24-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 86, North Carolina 84

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 11th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.69)  vs. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.64)
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.55) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.35)
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.24) vs. #73 Brett Clark (NC 13.88) 
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) vs. Jack Murray (NC 14.15) 
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.53) vs. Robert Kelly (NC 13.70)
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.39) vs. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.54)
Others who could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.40), Brian Page (ILL 12.68), Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.41)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Gosea 13-5 (5-5) vs. Schnur 9-7 (4-7) 
2. J Hiltzik 20-2 (11-2) vs. Schneider 17-10 (6-10) 
3. Kopinski 18-4 (2-3) vs. Clark 20-6 (6-4) 
4. A Hiltzik 17-3 (3-0) vs. Murray 19-6 (2-4) 
5. Vukic 22-2 (3-0) vs. Kelly 23-4 (1-1) 
6. Guignon 5-3 vs. Hess-Olesen 4-4 (1-2)

1. Gosea has won 8 in a row including a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 win on Saturday over Drake's #40 Alen Salibasic while Schnur has won 5 of 6 including a Saturday win over Mississippi State's #62 Florian Lakat 6-3, 6-4. Gosea came back from 5-2 down in the 3rd to beat Schnur in the regular season meeting to clinch the team win. Gosea has been the more consistent of the two all season and that's why I think he pulls through in this one. Prediction: Gosea (ILL) in 2

2. Jared Hiltzik has won 8 of his last 9 and he won on Saturday against Drake's #66 Ben Lott 7-5, 6-4 while Schneider has split his last 6 with his last match against Juan Cruz Estevarena going unfinished with Schneider leading 6-4, 3-4. There will probably be a lot of long rallies in this one but Hiltzik is just a notch better than Schnedier.  Prediction: Hiltzik (ILL) in 2

3. Kopinski has won 6 of his last 7 but he lost on Saturday to Drake's Matt Frost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 while Clark has won 8 of his last 10 but he also lost on Saturday to Mississippi State's Mate Cutura 6-2, 6-2. Prediction: DNF with Kopinski (ILL) leading in the 3rd

4. Aron Hiltzik has won 15 in a row though both his matches over the weekend went unfinished though he did lead Drake's Ravi Patel 5-2 in the 3rd. Murray has won 8 of his last 10 with his match on Saturday against Mississippi State's Rishab Agarwal going unfinished with Murray leading 7-5, 3-1. These are two evenly matched players but I like Hiltzik to pull through in what I think will be the match decider Prediction: Hiltzik (ILL) in 3

5. Vukic has won 20 of his last 21 including a 6-0, 6-3 win on Saturday over Drake's Calum MacGeoch while Kelly has won 8 in a row including a 6-2, 6-1 rout on Saturday over Mississippi State's Tassilo Schmid. Kelly beat Vukic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the regular season meeting. Both guys are playing extremely well but I think Vukic comes out on top this time. Prediction: Vukic (ILL) in 2

6. Guignon has won his last 2 including a 7-6, 6-4 win on Saturday over Drake's Ben Mullis while Hess-Olesen won 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday over Mississippi State's Julian Cash. It was Hess-Olesen's first win since beating Aron Hiltzik back on January 31st. Hess-Olesen has been battling injuries all year but when healthy he is a top half of the lineup player. Prediction: Hess-Olesen (UNC) in 3

The doubles point is a toss-up but I'll go with North Carolina based on their performance last weekend. If Hess-Olesen plays like he did against Cash he should win at #6 but I think Illinois gets it done everywhere else with Gosea, Vukic, and the Hiltzik brothers winning at 1, 2, 4, and 5. North Carolina's path to a win would be to take doubles and get wins from Schnur, Clark, and Hess-Olesen.  Prediction: Illinois 4-2

[5] TCU (23-7) vs. [12] Wake Forest (24-7) - Thursday 1pm - TCU is coming off a pair of shutouts over Marist and #30 Tulsa while Wake did the same and blanked George Washington and #39 Pepperdine. Wake's Jon Ho played in doubles but did not play in singles in either match so there must be an injury keeping him out. Wake will need him in the lineup to have a good shot at beating TCU for a 2nd time this year.  Wake Forest did win the regular season meeting 4-3 (box score below) in a match the Deacs played without its #1 Noah Rubin. However only 1 of the singles matches will be a rematch with that likely coming at #5 between Dachs and Seraphim and that'll only happen if Jon Ho returns to the lineup. 

#20 Wake Forest 4, #13 TCU 3
Mar 08, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #70 Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-5)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Will Stein (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) 6-2, 6-4
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4, 6-3
6. Maksim Kan (WF) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #28 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU) 6-2
2. Jon Ho/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Hudson Blake/Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Sam Bloom/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-3
Match Notes
TCU 9-5 (0-1 Big 12); National ranking #13
Wake Forest 9-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)
Used ITA shortened scoring format.
T-3:40 A-119

Doubles Records: TCU 16-11, Wake Forest 23-7
Projected Doubles Lineups with W-L ( ):
1. #23 Chappell/Stein (TCU 9-12) vs. #13 Seraphim/Mansouri (WF 17-7)
2. #30 Trevor Johnson/Norrie (TCU 13-2) vs. Rubin/Ho (WF 15-5) 
3. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU 7-2) vs. Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF 8-4)

This will be a monster doubles point that I think may decide who wins the match. Wake has taken the doubles point in 5 of its last 6 matches while TCU has won it in 4 of its last 5. TCU is 4-9 in doubles against top 25 opponents while Wake is 5-4. I'm going to take Wake at #1 and #3 to claim the point and take the early 1-0 lead.

UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, Wake Forest 84

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

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 11th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.04) vs. #6 Noah Rubin (WF 15.18)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.00) vs. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.63) 
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.31) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.36)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.96) vs. #106 Jon Ho (WF 13.81) 
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.10) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.70)
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.55) vs. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.04) 
Others who could play: Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.30), Maksim Kan (WF 13.30)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
Chappell 11-6 (4-6) vs. Rubin 21-3 (12-3)
Nunez 19-1 (5-1) vs. Bogaerts 21-4 (8-4)
Norrie 16-8 (5-7) vs. Mansouri 15-11 (1-7)
Lugones 15-5 (2-1) vs. Ho 17-8 (2-5)
Dachs 17-5 (3-4) vs. Seraphim 18-9
Stein 12-7 (0-2) vs. Tabrizi 8-6/Kan 10-5

1. Chappell has dropped 4 of his last 5 though he was ahead in both of his matches last weekend that went unfinished while Rubin has won 12 in a row and 16 of 17. Rubin is on a roll and I don't see Chappell derailing him. Prediction: Rubin (WF) in 2.

2. Nunez has won 4 in a row since his only loss to USF's Sasha Gozun (10 point TB instead of a 3rd set) while Bogaerts has won 9 in a row and he hasn't dropped a set since April 3rd. Nunez is coming off a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tulsa's #87 Alejandro Espejo while Bogaerts beat Pepperdine's Rakshay Thakkar 6-1, 6-4. This will be the first time that Nunez has played a top 20 player and it'll be by far his biggest test this year. I think Bogaerts has a little too much game and pulls it out in 3. Prediction: Bogaerts (WF) in 3

3. Norrie has won 8 in a row and is coming off a weekend where he only dropped 7 games in blowout wins over Tulsa's Matthew Kirby and Marist's Fredrik Bjerke while Mansouri has won 5 of his last 6 and is coming off a 6-4, 6-2 win over Pepperdine's Stefan Menichella. Mansouri is 1-7 against ranked opponents and I don't see him getting win #2 in this one. Prediction: Norrie (TCU) in 2

4. Lugones has won 10 of his last 11 while Ho has split his last 4. Ho played doubles last weekend but didn't play singles in either match. Lugones beat Marist's Joseph Dube 6-1, 6-0 but he trailed Tulsa's Juan Gonzalez 6-3, 4-5 when the match was stopped. If Ho plays and is close to 100% I think he wins this match. Prediction: Ho (WF) in 3

5. Dachs has won 6 in a row and is coming off a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tulsa's Carlos Bautista while Seraphim has won 4 of his last 5 and was headed for a split in his last match with Pepperdine's Pedro Iamachkine with the score 7-6, 1-5. Dachs won the regular season meeting 6-4, 6-3 and I think he wins this one by a similar score. Prediction: Dachs (TCU) in 2

6. Stein has won 5 of his last 6 while Tabrizi's last 4 matches have gone unfinished though he led in 3. Stein's last match against Tulsa's Dylan McCloskey was stopped in the 1st set since they only had 5 indoors courts and his match was last on while Tabrizi led Pepperdine's Lautaro Pane 6-2, 3-4 before that one was halted. Stein's the better player and should win this one. Prediction: Stein (TCU) in 2

In my opinion this is the toughest of Round of 16 matches to pick a winner. When I was filling out my bracket last week I pencilled in a 4-3 win for Wake but after Jon Ho didn't play singles last weekend that had me reconsidering my pick. I think for me it boils down to whether Ho plays because if he does play I think he and Wake Forest wins 4-3. If Ho doesn't play singles and they have to move Seraphim up to 4, Tabrizi to 5, and Kan to 6 then I think TCU wins 4-2 or 4-3. I'll stick with my original pick and go with Wake with Bogaerts clinching it at #2 singles.  Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3

We are just a few days away from the start of the Round of 16 in hopefully sunny Waco so let's start peeling the layers away and breaking down each match.

[1] Oklahoma (26-2) vs. [16] UCLA (17-9) - 10am est - Oklahoma is coming off a 4-0 win over New Mexico State and a 4-1 win over Northwestern while UCLA steamrolled both Florida Gulf Coast and Texas Tech 4-0. Even though Oklahoma won both matches comfortably the one area they didn't look as good in was doubles. OU dropped the point to Northwestern for the 2nd time this year and even New Mexico State challenged OU by winning at #2 doubles before OU clinched at #3 by a tight 8-6 score.  UCLA's strength all year has been its top 3 but against Texas Tech on Saturday the Bruins swept the bottom 3 and that was with Gage Brymer still on the sidelines. 

Oklahoma ended UCLA's season last year when they beat the Bruins 4-2 in the NCAA Semifinals in a match that saw OU win the doubles point by winning a tiebreak at #3 doubles and then winning the final two singles matches at #1 and #6 in 3rd set tiebreaks. The only pairing that will be a rematch is the Alex Ghilea/Karue Sell matchup at #4 - last year Ghilea won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) at #6. 

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 10th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

Doubles Records: Oklahoma 15-13, UCLA 19-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 86, UCLA 85

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.05) vs. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.21)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.02) vs. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 14.06)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.20)  vs. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.45)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.98) 
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.93) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.00) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.39)
Others who could play: Jose Salazar (OU 13.83), Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.83)

Note: Brymer is listed at #5 in the official lineup but with him not playing since March 28th I'm not going to put him in my projected lineup.

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. Alvarez 23-0 vs. McDonald 14-1
2. Harris 18-4 vs. Mkrtchian 14.5
3. Webb 15-6 vs. Redlicki 16-3
4. Ghilea 18-4 vs. Sell 16-6
5. Papa 11-9 vs. Rapp 8-7
6. Bragusi 9-3 vs. DiGiulio (UCLA) 8-8, 
Others: Salazar (OU) 8-4, Brymer (UCLA) 3-4 

1. Alvarez is 18-0 against ranked players which includes a pair of wins over #2 Julian Lenz and a win over #4 Soren Hess-Olesen while McDonald has won 7 in a row and is 12-1 against ranked players with his lone loss coming against Lenz. I think Mackie can hang with Alvarez but beating him is another story. Prediction: DNF with Alvarez (OU) leading in 3rd. 

2. Harris has won 8 in a row and 10 of 11 and is 15-4 against ranked players while Mkrtchian has won 11 of his last 12 and is 5-5 against ranked. Mkrtchian has had a great year but Harris is step up in class. Prediction: Harris (OU) in 2.

3. Webb has dropped 5 of his last 8 and was the only OU player to drop a set in the 1st/2nd round while Redlicki has won 13 of his last 15. The only common opponent they had was UNC's Brett Clark with Redlicki beating Clark in 3 while Webb lost to Clark in 2 but was up 3-0 in the 3rd in another match that went unfinished. Webb is going to have a hard time coming out of his slump with no easy ones from here on out. Prediction: Redlicki (UCLA) in 2

4. Ghilea has won 4 of his last 6 and 9 of 11 while Sell has won 8 of his last 9. Both players won each of their matches over the weekend in straight sets. Sell went 1-2 against ranked opponents losing to Jonny Wang twice and beating Texas Tech's Alex Sendegeya while Ghilea went 2-2 against ranked beating Mate Zsiga and Max De Vroome and losing to Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau and Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti. This is a match that Sell can win but he's come up short in the big ones too many times for me to take him. Prediction: Ghilea (OU) in 3.

5. Papa had dropped 4 of 5 until he rolled Northwestern's Fedor Baev 6-1, 6-4 in the 2nd round while Rapp had dropped 3 in a row until he beat Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon 6-4, 6-4 in the 2nd round. Rapp has got better as the season has went on but so has Papa and overall Papa is the better player. Prediction: Papa (OU) in 2

6. Bragusi has split his last 4 though one of those wins came in the deciding match of the Big 12 Championship against Felipe Rios while DiGiulio snapped a 3-match losing streak with a pair of wins last weekend including a 6-3, 6-4 win over Texas Tech's Connor Curry. Bragusi has come through in the clutch every time his name has been called and even though it won't come down to his match he'll still win going away. Prediction: Bragusi (OU) in 2

UCLA has won the doubles point in 5 of its last 6 matches and I look for the Bruins to make it 6 of 7 as I see them winning at #1 and #2. In looking over the singles matches I see OU as a pretty solid lock with Harris, Papa, and Bragusi at 2, 5, and 6 so UCLA would need 1, 3, and 4 to pull it out. I like Michael Redlicki at #3 over the slumping Dane Webb and I think both Mackenzie McDonald and Karue Sell can push their matches to 3rd sets but I can't quite see them getting the W. A potential game changer would be if Gage Brymer is able to play at #5 and play well.  I'd take a 100% Brymer over Papa which would have this match decided at #1. Regardless of who plays I think Oklahoma still pulls it out but they'll be pushed very hard by Billy's boys. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2

[8] Georgia (23-4) vs. [9] Texas (21-6) - 10am est - These teams last met in the 2014 National Indoors with Texas winning 4-3 in a match that had one of the stranger endings that you'll ever see.  With the match tied at 3 Georgia's Ben Wagland had a match point on the Goldhoff 30-40 serve but after calling the Goldhoff serve out he was overruled for a 3rd time (point penalty) which gave Goldhoff the game for 5-5 and then Wagland got a code violation for a verbal outburst which gave him a game penalty and since they played TBs at 5-5 (experimental scoring) that was the match.  Both Georgia and Wagland have put that fiasco behind them but it'll be interesting to see Wagland and Goldhoff matched up again at #4.

Georgia looked good in the 1st and 2nd rounds with 4-0 shutouts over Winthrop and #27 Florida State while Texas blew out Navy 4-0 before getting a major challenge from #26 Cal in the 2nd round. Texas won the match 4-1 but they were pushed at several spots before Soren Hess-Olesen came back from a set and 4-2 down to clinch it 6-3 in the 3rd.  

Doubles Records: Georgia 19-8, Texas 13-13 
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Georgia 85, Texas 84

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #24 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.62) vs. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 15.00)
2. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.24) vs. #42 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 14.01)
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.34) vs. #54 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.96)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.49) vs. 
George Goldhoff (TX 13.70)
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.84) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.75)
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.84) vs. Clement Homs (TX 13.83)
Others who could play: Peter Bertran (UGA 13.63), John Mee (TX 13.68)

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. Montgomery 14-3 vs. Hess-Olesen 20-4
2. Smith 15-6 vs. Glasspool 13-4
3. Pasha 14-5 vs. Berkowicz 16-6
4. Wagland 10-5 vs. Goldhoff 7-6
5. Wood 15-6 vs. Naumann 11-9
6. Oosterbaan 13-3 vs. Homs 9-1

1. Montgomery has won 7 in a row and 11 of 12 with a 5-3 record against ranked opponents while Hess-Olesen has won 4 of his last 5 and is 14-5 against ranked opponents. Hess-Olesen came from behind on Saturday to beat Cal's #29 Andre Goransson 6-3 in the 3rd while Montgomery beat Florida State's #46 Benjamin Lock in straight sets. Hess-Olesen only had 1 match go unfinished while Montgomery had 9. It'll be interesting to see if that comes into play though I'm thinking this one probably won't finish because it'll be a long deuce filled grind. Prediction: DNF with it on serve in the 3rd.

2. Smith stopped a 2-match losing streak on Saturday when he beat Florida State's #101 Michael Rinaldi 6-2, 6-2 while Glasspool has won 4 of 5 after beating Cal's #97 Filip Bergevi 6-4, 7-5 in the 2nd round. Smith went 7-6 in dual match play against ranked opponents while Glasspool went 7-4. They had 2 common opponents this year with both beating Columbia's Dragos Ignat while Glasspool lost to FSU's Michael Rinaldi back in January. Prediction: Smith (UGA) in 3.

3. Pasha has won 3 of his last 4 after beating Florida State's Marco Nunez 7-6, 6-2 while Berkowicz has lost 3 of his last 4 after falling to Cal's Greg Bayane 7-5, 6-3. Berkowicz also sat out Friday's match against Navy which makes me wonder if he's 100%. Pasha went 2-4 against ranked opponents while Berkowicz went 5-5. Both guys beat Marco Nunez and Columbia's Max Schnur in straights.  Berkowicz is 1-3 in NCAA Tournament matches while Pasha is 7-2. This ones comes down to who is more consistent - I'll go with the Georgia senior over the Texas senior. Prediction: Pasha (UGA) in 2

4. Wagland has won his last 7 completed matches with 6 unfinished matches in between while Goldhoff has won 3 of his last 5 with 5 others going unfinished. Both of Wagland's matches last weekend went unfinished with him down a set but up a break in the 2nd against Florida State's Cristian Gonzalez Mendez while Goldhoff double bageled a guy from Navy and was on serve in the 3rd against Cal's Oskar Wikberg. They had 2 common opponents this year with Goldhoff beating Columbia's Bert Vancura while Wagland lost to him and Goldhoff lost to Illinois's Aleks Vukic while Wagland was in a 3rd set tiebreak with Vukic when the match was halted due to a clinch. These two met a year ago in the match I mentioned above with Goldhoff winning a wild one. This is a tough one to predict because both are fairly unpredictable but I'll go with the hotter hand. Prediction: Wagland (UGA) in 3

5. Wood has won 4 of his last 5 while Naumann has won 4 of his last 6. Naumann beat Cal's JT Nishimura 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday while Wood's match against Florida State's Jose Gracia went unfinished though Wood was up 6-3, 6-6 (7-7). They only had 1 common opponent this year in Columbia's Ashok Narayana - Wood beat him in 3 while Naumann was down a break in the 3rd when the match was halted. Naumann beat Wood 6-4, 6-3 a year ago during the National Indoors. I think Naumann is playing just a little better at the moment - Prediction: Naumann (TX) in 3

6. Oosterbaan has won 12 in a row while Homs has won 3 of his last 4. Oosterbaan's match on Saturday against Florida State's Terrance Whitehurst went unfinished with Paul serving for the match up 6-4, 6-5 while Homs led Cal's Billy Griffith 5-4 in the 3rd. Homs has wins this year over Florin Bragusi and Kevin Metka while Oosterbaan's best win came over Jordi Arconada. Oosterbaan's serve would have to be on fire to keep him in this one because I think Homs is just a little stronger. Prediction: Homs (TX) in 2

I like Georgia in doubles at #1 and #2 and then I look for Smith, Pasha, and Wagland to pick up wins at 2, 3, and 4. I like Naumann and Homs for Texas at 5 and 6 with 1 likely going unfinished. There should be several 3-setters but I think Georgia pulls it out. Prediction: Georgia 4-2 

Monday, 11 May 2015 00:00

National Title Contenders

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I've previewed all the 1st and 2nd round matches for this coming weekend; now I'll take a more in-depth look at the top 8 seeds in the men's field.  I'll list what I think are each team's positives, negatives/concerns, and reasonable expectations along with potential roadblocks.

I put this out last Thursday but have updated the records and #s - everything else is still the same.

#1 Oklahoma (26-2)

Likely Road To National Championship - #16 UCLA, Georgia/Texas, Illinois/TCU/Wake Forest, Baylor/Virginia/USC.

  • Axel Alvarez & Andrew Harris - best 1-2 punch in the game with #1 Axel Alvarez and #7 Andrew Harris a combined 42-4 in dual match play.  Alvarez is undefeated and Harris's 4 losses came at #1. Knowing you have an almost guaranteed 2 points at 1 and 2 is huge.
  • Florin Bragusi - been Mr. Clutch this season winning the deciding match against the former Mr. Clutch Ohio State's Kevin Metka, Virginia's J.C. Aragone, and Baylor's Felipe Rios. He also clinched against Rios in another match that was still tight and did the same against North Carolina's Oystein Steiro. 
  • Alex Ghilea - has been Mr. Clutch #2 winning the deciding match against Texas's George Goldhoff and Baylor's Mate Zsiga. Ghilea also clinched against TCU's Arnau Dachs and USC's Max De Vroome in matches that were coming down the wire.
  • Confidence - this team knows how to win when it counts. 

  • Doubles (15-13) has been suspect though John Roddick made a lineup shift prior to the Big 12 Tournament that paid immediate dividends.  He split up the #11 doubles team in the country and moved Dane Webb to #2 with Spencer Papa and moved Axel Alvarez to #3 with Jose Salazar.  If these new teams can hold their own then doubles won't be a negative anymore
  • Dane Webb - what was an automatic point earlier in the year is anything but because Webb has dropped 5 of his last 8 with all 5 losses in straight sets. 
  • Spencer Papa -11-9 on the year but has dropped 4 of his last 6 and is also 0-7 against ranked opposition. 
Comment - It's National Championship or bust for this OU team that has been ranked #1 virtually the entire season - anything else would be a major disappointment. Time and time again OU has had its back against the wall and came out on top in situations where I didn't think they would. The first two rounds will be a breeze but they'll face some serious challenges from the Round of 16 going forward. If they keep dropping the doubles point and #3 and #5 singles they'll be going home a lot sooner than later (pardon the pun).  I could see Oklahoma winning it all and I could see a quarterfinal exit against Georgia or Texas.

#2 Baylor (23-5)

Likely Road To National Championship - #18 South Florida, #7 USC, Virginia/Texas A&M, Oklahoma/Illinois/Georgia

  • Home court advantage - yes they did lose twice to Oklahoma at home but having a large rowdy crowd usually helps you win a match or two that you might normally lose.
  • Doubles (25-2) - starting out with the 1-0 lead just about every time is a nice plus.
  • Mate Zsiga - won 11 of his last 12 including 2 wins over Spencer Papa and a win over USC's Max De Vroome. The early season collapses against Ghilea and Vukic seem like a distance memory. 
  • Julian Lenz - been pretty stout against everyone not named Axel Alvarez, Nik Scholtz, and Nicolas Alvarez.  Fortunately for him the only 1 of those 3 that he'll likely see again would be Axel Alvarez.  
  • Familiar foes - BU has already beat it's likely quarterfinal (USC) and semifinal (UVA) opponents so from a mental aspect that's a good thing.

  • Tony Lupieri - just 9-9 on the year and he's lost his last 4. He had two very nice wins at the National Indoors against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Raphael Hemmeler but it's been tough sledding since then.
  • #4 singles - Outside of #2 this is BU's 2nd worst spot with its guys going a combined 16-7 though they are just 7-6 against top 25 teams. Diego Galeano's wins last weekend over Facundo Lugones and Alex Ghilea are definitely a positive sign that BU hopes will continue over the next 2 weeks. 
  • Fear of Oklahoma - BU has already lost to them 4 times - what's going to be different this time around to change the result? 
Comment - Matt Knoll has built this team for a championship run and anything less would be disappointing especially with Baylor being the host.  The road to the finals won't be easy with a potential quarterfinal match against the defending champs (USC) followed by a semifinal match against what some consider to be the best team out there (Virginia). Baylor has already beat USC once and Virginia twice so they'll know going in that they can win but the pressure will be on playing in front of a large crowd.  Baylor needs to continue winning the doubles point against the big hitters because if they drop it and then lose at say 2 and 4 it's going to be a lot to ask to sweep the rest.

#3 Virginia (25-3)

Likely Road To National Championship - #17 Columbia, Texas A&M/Ohio State, Baylor/USC, Oklahoma/Illinois/TCU/Georgia

  • Doubles (25-3) - been great against everyone but Baylor. 
  • Singles strength - when a guy with a 18-6 singles record (Shane) has the worst winning percentage of your starting 6 that's saying something
  • Mitchell Frank playing at #2 - can't think of any other current player with the accolades that he's chalked up over the last 4 years (2X ITA All American Champ, ITA Intercollegiate Indoors Champ, clinched 2013 NCAA Team Championship, 9-1 record in the NCAAs) and he's playing at #2.
  • Collin Altamirano - 3-0 against Oklahoma & Baylor (beat Tchoutakian, Galeano, Papa)
  • Thai-Son Kwiatkowski playing at #4 - pretty good when the guy playing at #4 was ranked #1 just a few months ago.  TSK has won 13 of his last 14.
  • Injuries - Mitchell Frank missed the ACC Tournament Finals against Wake Forest with back spasms and Alexander Ritschard missed a good chunk of the season with an assortment of injuries with the latest being tendinitis in the wrist (per the Daily Progress).
  • Baylor - UVA has played them twice and lost both times.
  • Singles records against Oklahoma & Baylor
    • Shane 1-2 (lost to Lenz and Alvarez; beat Tchoutakian)
    • Frank 1-2 (lost to Lenz and Harris; beat Lupieri)
    • Kwiatkowski 0-2 (lost to Lupieri and Webb)
    • Aragone 1-2 (lost to Zsiga and Bragusi; beat Schneider)
Comment - Virginia won its only National Title when it was a #2 seed but hasn't faired as well when it's been the #1 so being a #3 seed should suit UVA just fine.  I think Virginia is flying under the radar this year and if they can find a way to get past Baylor in the semifinals they just might take it all.  In my opinion they really don't have any weaknesses it's just a matter of how they handle the big moments. A few guys didn't handle the big moments very well against OU and BU - they'll have a chance to make amends next week in Waco.

#4 Illinois (27-4)

Likely Road To National Championship - #13 North Carolina, TCU/Wake Forest, Oklahoma/Georgia, Baylor/Virginia/USC.

  • Peaking at the right time - aside from the stunning loss at Minnesota they've won all other recent (last 45 days) matches in blowout fashion
  • Strong at 1 through 5 singles:
    • Aleks Vukic - team best 22 wins with only 2 losses - won 20 of his last 21
    • Jared Hiltzik - went 20-2 during dual match play and won 8 of his last 9
    • Aron Hiltzik - went 17-3 and won his last 15 - had only dropped 4 sets since early February but did drop 1 in the NCAA 1st round and 1 in the 2nd round.
    • Tim Kopinski - went 18-4 and won 6 of his last 7. 
    • Farris Gosea - went 13-5 and won his last 8
  • Confidence - won the Big 10 Tournament by beating its long time nemesis Ohio State for a 3rd time. Illini also beat Baylor in Waco in the season opener.  
  • Doubles - went 4-11 against top 40 teams
  • #6 singles - by far its weakest spot with Matsuya, Bazarnik, Guignon, and Page going 17-8 overall but just 4-7 against top 25 teams.
  • Tim Kopinski vs. ranked players - great singles record however he lost his last 3 against ranked opponents - TCU's Nunez beat him 2 & 0, Texas's Glasspool beat him 2 & 4, Georgia's Pasha beat him 5 & 5.  Also lost to unranked Matt Frost of Drake in the 2nd round. 
  • Rugged Path Ahead (potential opponents from R16 going forward)
    • North Carolina - Illinois beat its potential Round of 16 opponent 4-3 earlier in the year in a match that UNC played without its #2 Ronnie Schneider though Esben Hess-Olesen did play at #3.  Farris Gosea came back from 5-2 down in the 3rd to beat Brayden Schnur to clinch.  
    • TCU - Horned Frogs roughed up Illinois 4-0 though it was at the end of a brutal 3 day stretch and Illinois was playing without Farris Gosea.
    • Oklahoma/Georgia/Texas - Illini beat Texas in Austin 4-2, lost to Georgia 4-2 in Chicago, and didn't face OU.
Comment - Winning on consecutive days earlier in the year against Texas and Texas A&M showed that the team can win tough matches away from home.  I'd be surprised if Illinois didn't at least make the semifinals because UNC's situation at #6 isn't good plus I don't think Vukic loses to Kelly a 2nd time. I'd like the Illini's chances much better this time around against TCU and even more against Wake.  Getting past the semis would take a big effort all around.

#5 TCU (23-7)

Likely Road To National Championship -  #12 Wake Forest, Illinois, Oklahoma/Georgia, Baylor/Virginia/USC.

  • Guillermo Nunez - 19-1 dual-match record and his only loss came when a 10 point tiebreak was played in lieu of a 3rd set. 
  • Cameron Norrie - 7-0 record since being moved to #3 singles with wins over Tchoutakian, Berkowicz, Rinderknech, Kadhe, and Pramming. 
  • Senior Leadership - Nick Chappell, Facundo Lugones, Arnau Dachs, and Will Stein are all seniors so over the last 4 years they've experienced it all and seen the program rise from a 9-15 record their freshmen year to a 23-7 record this year.   
  • Doubles - just 16-11 overall and 4-9 against top 25 opponents
  • #1 singles - 1-9 record against current top 20 teams
  • 4-7 record against other top 16 seeds
  • #4 - #6 singles - TCU is good at these spots but not as dominant as some of its potential opponents. 
Comment - TCU is a good team that is capable of pulling off an upset or two but they are probably the longest shot out the top 8 seeds.  TCU did lose 7 matches this year which is 3 more than most of the other top 8.  Wake Forest beat them earlier in the year without Noah Rubin in the lineup so that possible rematch is going to be a huge test in itself.  TCU will likely need to win 2 out of 3 at 4-6 singles to keep advancing.  

#6 Texas A&M (23-4)

Likely Road To National Championship: #11 Ohio State, #3 Virginia, #2 Baylor, #1 Oklahoma

  • Doubles - 22-5 record (4th best winning pct of teams in the draw)
  • Freshman firepower - "Artillery" Arthur Rinderknech, AJ Catanzariti, & Jordi Arconada are 43-11 on the year. 
  • TCU, Illinois, & Georgia are on the other side of the draw - why does that matter?  They are the only 3 teams to beat Texas A&M this year.  
  • Harrison Adams - after a brutal start with several lopsided losses Adams is finally coming around and he won 5 of his last 6.  
  • #3 Virginia - A&M will likely be underdogs in doubles and in at least 5 singles spots
  • Unfinished Matches - Jeremy Efferding had 8 matches in a row go unfinished up until his last one against Austin Smith.  Shane Vinsant had 6 of his last 8 matches go unfinished.  
Comment - Texas A&M has enough power to get past Ohio State but getting past Virginia is another story.  They'd have to pull off multiple upsets in singles plus take the doubles point and Virginia is no slouch in doubles either. This is where all those unfinished matches come in to play because when your not used to finishing a 2 to 3 hour singles match what's going to happen when it comes down to your court. Efferding and Vinsant regrouped very well after the rain delay against Georgia in the SEC Tournament but you have to wonder what happens if the match isn't delayed.

#7 USC (24-4)

Likely Road To National Championship - #10 Duke, #2 Baylor, #3 Virginia, #1 Oklahoma

  • Tons of big match experience
  • Pedigree - been the most dominant team over the last 5 years
  • Strong at 3 through 6 singles
    • Eric Johnson - went 20-2 during dual-match play and he's already beat Stanford's #3 twice and Baylor's #3 once. 
    • Jonny Wang - went 18-3 and has won 16 in a row.
    • Max De Vroome - went 17-3 and has won 14 of last 16.
    • Nick Crystal - went 18-2 won 8 of last 9
  • Yannick Hanfmann - what's the heck has happened here?  Was one of the premier players in the game and has just fallen off the map.  10-8 record and had lost 5 straight before the NCAAs and 8 of his last 10 and most of the losses haven't been close.
  • Post Season Roberto Quiroz - regular season Quiroz is great; postseason Quiroz not as great. Last year Roberto got thumped in his final 2 matches against Dane Webb and Ryan Shane and the year before he was beat by Connor Smith. 
  • Doubles - only 17-11 on the year
Comment - A 24-4 record is nothing to sneeze about but it's not what we've come accustomed to over the last several years. Hanfmann's struggles at #1 have been baffling as was the loss to Tulsa.  It just seems like SC doesn't have that same edge that they've had in years past and maybe all the winning is what has dulled that edge . If USC is going to make a run they need someone to fill the Mr. Clutch role that Steve Johnson, Daniel Nguyen, and Ray Sarmiento assumed over the last 5 years. USC can't expect to win at 3 through 6 every match so it's going to take Hanfmann and Quiroz to assert themselves against some tough customers to keep SC alive. There isn't a result that would surprise with USC - I could see them winning the national title while at the same time I could see them getting bounced by Stanford in the round of 16.   

#8 Georgia (23-4)

Likely Road To National Championship - #9 Texas, #1 Oklahoma, Illinois/TCU/Wake Forest, Baylor/Virginia/USC.

  • Austin Smith/Ben Wagland - #1 doubles team in the country with a 16-2 record
  • Wayne Montgomery - went 14-3 with a win over Farris Gosea and a win in the fall over Axel Alvarez
  • Ben Wagland - went 10-5 and won his last 7 at #4 singles. Wagland struggled mightily last year and earlier this year but his recent results suggest that he may be a lot closer to the version of himself that played #1 his freshman year.
  • Paul Oosterbaan - went 13-3 and finished on a 12-match winning streak 

  • #2 and #3 doubles - still trying to find the right combos - looks like they'll be 2 new pairings for the NCAAs
  • Nick Wood - went 15-6 and had some good wins but also had some lopsided losses - was 6-6 against opponents from top 25 teams.
  • Nathan Pasha - went 14-5 but lost 3 of his last 4 in the regular season and went 4-5 against opponents from top 25 teams. Pasha also had some difficulty closing out opponents that based off rankings you wouldn't have expected.
Comment - Winning the doubles point from the round of 16 and going forward is essential to Georgia's NCAA hopes.  Georgia has enough quality players to find 3 wins against anybody but finding a 4th against Texas, Oklahoma, etc. is a whole different story. Georgia has the talent to make a run but they'll need everybody playing at their absolute best.

After a wild and crazy first round of the NCAA Tournament, we had a more tame second round with 9 of the 16 matches being shutouts. 14 of the top 16 seeds advanced with Columbia and South Florida pulling off the mild upsets.

#17 Columbia punched its second ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-1 win over #14 Ole Miss. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but Ole Miss would take four opening sets in singles. Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz would even the match at 1-1 with a straight set win over Winston Lin at #1 but Columbia's Ashok Narayana and Shawn Hadavi would close out their respective matches in straight sets at 3 and 5 to put Columbia up 3-1. Columbia's Dragos Ignat, Mike Vermeer, and Bert Vancura would each take the 2nd sets after dropping the first and in a race to the finish line it'd be Vancura that would provide the clincher with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win at #6.

Comments from Columbia recap
"We knew that Ole Miss is very tough at home. They are very hard to beat here. So after Georgia Tech we thought we needed to win the doubles point," Howard Endelman, Associate Head Coach said.  "They are very strong at the top of the lineup, so we knew if we won the doubles point and put some pressure on them, it would give us a little edge heading into singles.  The guys played so well in doubles and I think it took some air out of the home crowd, which was good for us."

"I was on courts 5 and 6, so I couldn't see the other courts but I could see the main scoreboard, and it seemed like every first set was in a breaker, or 5-5, Endelman said.  "This match couldn't have been any closer.  We have to give Ole Miss a lot of credit.  They won four first sets, but our guys, they all hung in there.  Bert's opponent was playing great.  Bert just stayed around, stayed around and won the second set, and he was just incredible in the third.  It was probably one of the best sets I've ever seen him play.  {Shawn} Hadavi played a really good player and Shawn played one of the best tie-breakers I've ever seen him play.  They were just so tough.

"Last year we snuck up on people. No one picked us to beat Vanderbilt. This year, in many ways, was much harder.  No one was surprised by us. But our goal was always to get back to the Sweet 16, and to beat Ole Miss in Oxford to get there, is just incredible, Endelman concluded.

Comments from Ole Miss recap
"It was a very tough day," head coach Toby Hansson said. "Obviously it's disappointing when you lose. We thought we had a good chance to win this match today, and we just couldn't get it done."

"We came out a little slow in doubles and didn't have the energy and positive body language," Hansson said. "When things didn't go our way, we let it affect us a little."

"I told the guys we had an opportunity in singles, and even though we didn't play our best, we battled," Hansson said. "We had chances on several different courts.  I have to give Columbia a lot of credit for hanging around and never giving up on all the courts."

"Overall I am very pleased with the season," Hansson said. "With a little perspective I think the guys will realize that we've done some good things this year."

[2] #17 Columbia def. [1] #14 Ole Miss 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Oxford, MS (Palmer-Salloum Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #17 Winston Lin (CU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #108 Dragos Ignat (CU) 7-6(7), 4-6, 2-1, unf
3. Ashok Narayana (CU) def. Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
4. William Kallberg (OM) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6), 1-2, unf
5. Shawn Hadavi (CU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
6. Bert Vancura (CU) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Nik Scholtz/Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #46 Lin/Mike Vermeer (CU) 5-6, unf
2. #84 Ashok Narayana/Dragos Ignat (CU) def. Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 8-3
3. Max Schnur/Bert Vancura (CU) def. Grey Hamilton/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 8-5
Match Notes:
Columbia 16-5; National ranking #17
Ole Miss 18-9; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,6)

#18 South Florida stamped its first ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 shutout over #15 Virginia Tech. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then took 4 opening sets. Justin Roberts and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy picked up straight set wins at 5 and 6 to extend the lead to 3-0 and then Sasha Gozun would clinch the victory with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win at #2 over Andreas Bjerrehus.

Comments from USF recap
"It was an amazing day for the guys and all the work they've put in," head coach Matt Hill said. "It's a huge day for the program as well. We push the envelope and try to show other teams we're a program that's going to be around for a little while."

"Virginia Tech has very good doubles, especially at No. 1 and No. 2. I thought our guys did a great job of playing smart and competing really well throughout the doubles," Hill said.

"Our guys took it to another level in singles," Hill said. "They continue to impress the coaches on the big stages and in the big moments. They really enjoy it and elevate their game."

[2] #18 South Florida def. [1] #15 Virginia Tech 4-0
5/9/2015 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Roberto Cid (USF 14.37) vs. #68 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.20) 6-4, 6-5
2. #124 Sasha Gozun (USF 13.61) def. #43 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.99) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.80) vs. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.69) 7-6(4), 6-5
4. I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF 13.40) vs. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.89) 6-7(4), 6-4, 2-1
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.21) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.44) 6-2, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.29) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.03) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Doubles competition
1. #39 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) vs. #28 Roberts/Oliver Pramming (USF) 7-6
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT) 8-7(7)
3. Roberto Cid/I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF) def. Contini/Corbett (VT) 8-3
Match Notes:
USF 21-6; National ranking #18
Virginia Tech 20-5; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,2)

Other 2nd Round Results:

[11] #11 Ohio State def[2] #24 Vanderbilt 4-0 
May 9, 2015 - Columbus, OH (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #5 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. Kevin Metka/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-1
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Pen Binet/Ryan Smith (VU) 8-5
3. Ralf Steinbach/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Baker Newman/Suresh Eswaran (VU) 8-4
Singles Competition
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.58) vs. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.92) 7-6(5), 5-4
2. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.27) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.58) 6-1, 6-4
3. #88 Daniel Valent (VU 14.08) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.56) 6-3, 5-3, unf.
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.10) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.63) 6-4, 2-6, unf.
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.82) vs. Baker Newman (VU 12.90) 6-2, 7-6(6)
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.90) def. Jeff Offerdahl (VU 12.72) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 20-8; National ranking #24
Ohio State 27-8; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5)
Official: Jerri Banks T-2:06 A-192


Comments from Oklahoma recap
"Singles was solid, head coach John Roddick said. "We didn't dig any holes. The one spot where we got down, we got out of it and had control of that match when it finished. Doubles was close. It came down to a tiebreaker and a few points here or there. Overall we are playing better there.

"It is pretty impressive to play like that at one, Roddick said. "When you are moving the ball around like that and not making errors it is tough to handle.

"He was just really patient, Roddick said. "He hit solid ground strokes in rallies and wasn't going for too much and didn't leave it short either. He just really did a good job of forcing that guy into errors all day. He won 12 games to five. That is pretty solid.

"We are going to get an idea of the practice schedule, but we are going to take a day off and then head out, Roddick said. "We are ready to get it going and I think the guys are excited to play.

[1] #1 Oklahoma def. [2] #28 Northwestern 4-1
May 09, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #48 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU) 2-6, 6-3, 0-1, unf
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Alp Horoz (NU) 7-5, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #64 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #57 Harris/Ghilea (OU) 8-5
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Webb/Papa (OU) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-4
Match Notes
Northwestern 21-9, 8-3; National ranking #28
Oklahoma 25-2,4-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,5,4)

[1] #10 Duke def. [2] #23 Stanford 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #14 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-0
2. #41 Jason Tahir (DU) led #71 John Morrissey (STAN) 2-6, 6-4, *5-4 unf
3. #57 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU) def. Davis Hsu (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
5. Chris Mengel (DU) led Robert Stineman (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 2-1* unf
6. TJ Pura (DU) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #9 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #20 Hemmeler/Alvarez (DU) 8-7 (3)
2. #69 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) 8-6
3. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (STAN) led Semenzato/Pura. (DU) 7-6
Match Notes
Duke 24-6; National ranking #10
Stanford 18-7; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,3,6)
NCAA Team Championship Second Round
Duke advances to NCAA Team Championship Round of 16
T-3:48 A-172

[1] #12 Wake Forest def. [3] #39 Pepperdine 4-0
May 09, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Outdoors)
Singles competition
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-4, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 7-6 (7-2), 1-5, unf
5. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) vs. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Maksim Kan (WF) vs. Tom Hill (PEP) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Hadlich/Thakkar (PEP) 7-3, unfi
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 8-2
3. Sam Bloom/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Stefan Menichella/Tom Hill (PEP) 8-2
Match Notes
Pepperdine 18-9; National ranking #39
Wake Forest 23-7; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,2)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - Second Round
Wake Forest goes for school-record 24th win
T-2:34 A-304

Comments from TCU recap
"Obviously that doubles point gave us a tremendous amount of momentum going into singles," head coach David Roditi said. "That is some of the most competitive points I have ever seen at the No. 3 position and it was anyone's match. Guillermo came up with a huge ace down match point and our No. 2 team of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson just keep getting it done. They are playing just such a high level and having so much fun. They are communicating and connecting and it is just fun to watch. The scary part is that we are winning doubles points and we can still play better. There is still room for improvement and that is exactly what we want going into next week.

"In singles, our guys came out focused and let that excitement from doubles keep them going. Cameron Norrie is just too good and he is just too much for some guys at the No. 3 position. Guillermo finally closed out his m