As was the case on Saturday, TCU was playing without its top singles player Cameron Norrie, due to Norrie making a run to the semis at the Maui Challenger, so everyone moved up a spot in the lineup. TCU came out of the gates strong in the top of the lineup while Utah State looked superior at the bottom half. Utah State's Jonas Maier tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6 in a match that took 45 minutes and then less than two minutes later they'd have the lead after the injury bug bit TCU yet again. TCU's Guillermo Nunez jumped out to a 5-2 lead against Jack Swindells at No. 2 but after dropping five straight games Nunez was forced to retire with an injured wrist. The Utah State lead was short lived because Alex Rybakov would tie the match at 2-2 with a 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 and then 15 minutes later Jerry Lopez would put TCU back in front with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3.
The match would be decided at No. 4 and No. 5 and both would go back and forth over the course of the next 75 minutes. Utah State freshman Sergiu Bucur took the first set at No. 4 by a 6-1 score but TCU sophomore Reese Stalder earned the split after he took the final three games of the second set to take it 6-4. The third set stayed on serve until Stalder broke for 4-3 but Bucur broke back and held for 5-4. After a Stadler hold for 5-5, Becur would hold and then break to win it 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.
Utah State was in better shape than they were a few minutes earlier but they weren't out of the woods yet because sophomore Samuel Serrano was down a set and a break to TCU senior Trey Daniel at No. 5 singles. Daniel had come back from 3-5 down in the first set to take it in a tiebreak and then he broke Serrano to start the second set. Serrano broke right back, held, and then broke again to go up 3-1 however Daniel would do the exact same thing to go up a break at 4-3. Daniel was just two games away from pulling it out but then he started to cramp and Serrano would seize the opportunity and win the final nine games to clinch Utah State's first-ever trip to the National Team Indoor Championships.
Note: Daniel wasn't on the team during the fall and just recently rejoined due to TCU's depth issues.
Jan 29, 2017 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
1. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.50) def. Kai Wehnelt (USU 13.44) 6-0, 6-1
2. Jack Swindells (USU 13.19) def. #55 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU 14.07) 7-5, retired
3. #101 Jerry Lopez (TCU 14.01) def. Jaime Barajas (USU 12.93) 6-1, 6-3
4. Sergiu Bucur (USU 13.43) def. Reese Stalder (TCU 13.47) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
5. Samuel Serrano (USU 12.82) def. Trey Daniel (TCU 13.65/75%) 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-0
6. Jonas Maier (USU 12.77) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU 11.17) 6-0, 6-1
1. Reese Stalder/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Kai Wehnelt/Samuel Serrano (USU) 6-0
2. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. Jonas Maier/Jack Swindells (USU) 6-3
3. Hudson Blake/Gianni Mancini (TCU) vs. Sergiu Bucur/Jaime Barajas (USU) 4-5, unfinished
Utah State 4-3
TCU 2-2; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,1,3,4,5)
2017 ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Jan 29, 2017 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor)
1. #6 Christian Sigsgaard (UT) vs. #33 Thomas Laurent (UO) 6-3, 4-6, 5-6, unfinished
2. George Goldhoff (UT) def. Simon Stevens (UO) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
3. #47 Harrison Scott (UT) def. Jayson Amos (UO) 6-1, 6-2
4. #36 Yuya Ito (UT) def. Akihiro Tanaka (UO) 6-2, 6-0
5. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) def. Cormac Clissold (UO) 6-4, 6-4
6. Ethan Young-Smith (UO) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
1. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (UO) def. Christian Sigsgaard/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-2
2. Simon Stevens/Akihiro Tanaka (UO) vs. George Goldhoff/Colin Markes (UT) *5-4 (40/15), unfinished
3. Thomas Laurent/Cormac Clissold (UO) def. #38 Harrison Scott/Yuya Ito (UT) 6-3
Texas 6-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,5,6,2)
Texas advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships T-2:58
"Big big effort getting doubles point. It was the difference. We were down a break on court 2 doubles & found a way to steal that one."
From Barny Thorold:
"The whole team did a really great job today. The atmosphere was really good and everyone got behind each other. All of the six courts were close throughout the match and there were some hard fought 3 set losses. As other courts were playing out and finishing I didn't think I'd even get to finish the match but then some courts took some tough loses and I knew Id have to step my game up and get the win. The team got behind me and I managed to come back and take the win. I couldn't have done it without the rest of the team."
“These are the types of matches were we have to get better at finding ways to win,” Ustundag said. “We are going to be in a lot of matches with teams that are pretty evenly matched. In order to win them, we’ve got to make sure that the next time we are in this situation, we know how to find a way to get the win.”
Jan 29, 2017 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor)
1. #73 Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE) 6-4, 6-2
2. Jamie Malik (RICE) def. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 7-5, 6-4
3. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) def. Eric Rutledge (RICE) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4
5. Hands, Tom (DU) def. David Warren (RICE) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Wood, Ben (DU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
1. David Warren/Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-1
2. Stride, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Oscar Janglin/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) 7-5
3. Hands, Tom/Thorold, Barnaby (DU) def. Eric Rutledge/Jake Hansen (RICE) 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,5,2,6,3,4)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Consolation Match
- Florida advanced to the NTIs for the first time in three years with a 4-0 win over LSU - sophomore McClain Kessler clinched with a straight set win at No. 4.
- Georgia (video) advanced to the NTIs for the 13th straight year with a 4-0 win over Washington - sophomore Emil Reinberg clinched 6-2 in the third at No. 2.
- Mississippi State advanced to the NTIs for the first time in three years with a 4-1 win over Iowa - Mississippi State won the doubles point with 7-6 wins at both No. 1 and No. 2 and sophomore Niclas Braun provided the clincher with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4.
- Northwestern will be participating in the NTIs for the first-time ever after giving Georgia Tech a pretty sound beating - Konrad Zieba, Sam Shropshire, and Dominik Stary each won in straight sets with the trio only dropping a combined SIX games.
- Oklahoma advanced to the NTIs for the fifth straight year as the Sooners routed Illinois 4-0 with freshman Jochen Bertsch clinching with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 - also of note Andrew Harris won 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Illinois's Aleks Vukic and Florin Bragusi only dropped ONE game in his win at No. 4.
- Baylor is heading to the NTIs for the fourth straight year after defeating SMU 4-0 - sophomore Juan Benitez got the clincher with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 - Baylor won 8 of 10 completed sets
- USC advanced to the NTIs for the tenth straight year after defeating San Diego 6-1 - freshman Riley Smith clinched with a quick 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 - the teams decided to play the matched out.
- UCLA is going back to the NTIs for at least the 36th straight year after rolling over Lamar 4-0 - junior Austin Rapp clinched with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6.
- (Texas A&M) Ole Miss junior Grey Hamilton came back from a 3-0 three set deficit in the deciding match to defeat James Martell 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 which clinched the Rebels 4-3 win over Texas A&M.
- (TCU) Wichita State sophomore Haru Inoue (video) clinched the Shockers 4-3 win over Pacific with a 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-4 at No. 1.
- (USC) East Tennessee State came back from a 3-2 deficit to defeat Virginia Tech 4-3 with senior Diego Nunez winning 6-3 in the third at No. 2 and junior Robert Herrera clinching 6-3 in the third at No. 3
- (Northwestern) Stanford won a wild 4-3 match over Memphis with five of six singles matches going the distance that ended with junior David Wilczynski clinching 7-5 in the third at No. 5
- (Texas Tech) Florida State salvaged its weekend with a 4-1 road win at Texas Tech as freshman Rana Roop Bhullar got the clincher by taking the third set 6-2 at No. 6 - FSU was w/o its No. 2 Guy Iradukunda who missed the match with an unspecified injury.
- (UCLA) New Mexico shutout Boise State 4-0 with freshman Dominic West clinching with a straight set win at No. 4.
- (Oklahoma) Michigan shutout Arkansas 4-0 with freshman Connor Johnston clinching in straight sets at No. 6 - Michigan won every completed set in singles and was ahead in all the remaining second sets. Arkansas was w/o its No. 1 Mike Redlicki (illness) for a second day in a row.
- (Florida) South Florida shutout UNC Wilmington 4-0 with junior Peter Bertran clinching with a straight set win at No. 1 - USF's No. 1 Sasha Gozun sat out in singles after playing doubles.
- (Ohio State) Utah shutout Denver 4-0 with junior Santiago Sierra clinching at No. 3 with a 6-4 third set win.
All the women's results are available at the ITA's site