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Women's NTI R16 Results & Quarterfinal Predictions

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The opening day of the Women's National Team Indoor Championships is in the books with seven of the top eight seeds advancing to the quarterfinals. There were some blowouts and some close ones though none of them came down to the deciding court with 4-0 and 4-1 scores accounting for six of the eight results with the other two being 4-2. We'll start with the one seeding upset of the day which took place at the Tennis and Fitness Center in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Vanderbilt, which is the No. 8 seed, came into the match with a perfect 4-0 record during the doubles point while Texas Tech had only won the point once in four attempts. Many folks including myself though Vandy was a shoe-in to take the doubles point but Texas Tech must have figured something out in the off-week because the Red Raiders rolled in doubles by picking up a 6-2 win at No. 3 and a 6-3 win at No. 2.

Vanderbilt bounced back in singles and took four opening sets but Astra Sharma was the only Commodore to finish in straight sets after she defeated Gabriela Talaba 6-3, 6-4. Georgina Sellyn put Vanderbilt in front with an interesting 6-0, 0-6, 6-1 win at No. 3 but after that it was all Red Raiders.

Texas Tech sophomore Felicity Maltby overcame seven double faults to defeat Sydney Campbell 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 2. Texas Tech junior Katelyn Jackson put the Red Raiders ahead 3-2 with a come from behind three-set win over Emily Smith at No. 6. Jackson broke Smith to start the third set and would eventually lead 4-2 but Smith held and broke to even it at 4-4. Jackson broke back from 15/40 on a Smith double fault and then she served it out from 40/30 to get the 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win. Texas Tech sophomore Alex Valenstein would get the clincher at No. 4 with a come from behind three-set win over Christina Rosca. After Valenstein dropped the opening set in a tiebreak she only dropped two games the rest of the way in her 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0 win. 

The other match went unfinished with Texas Tech's Sabrina Federici leading 1-0 in the third at No. 5 - had a couple of break points at 30/40 to go up 2-0 as well.  

#12 Texas Tech 4, #9 [8] Vanderbilt 2 
Feb 10, 2017 at Rocky Hill, Conn.
Singles competition
1. #4 Astra Sharma (VU 11.99) def. #15 Gabriela Talaba (TT 11.87) 6-3, 6-4
2. #116 Felicity Maltby (TT 11.38) def. #8 Sydney Campbell (VU 11.54) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
3. Georgina Sellyn (VU 10.64) def. Sarah Dvorak (TT 10.75) 6-0, 0-6, 6-1
4. Alex Valenstein (TT 10.65) def. #46 Christina Rosca (VU 10.80) 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0
5. Emma Kurtz (VU 10.56) vs. Sabrina Federici (TT 10.86) 4-6, 7-5, *0-1 (30/40), unf. 
6. Katelyn Jackson (TT 10.35) def. Emily Smith (VU 10.32) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #23 Dvorak/Federici (TT) vs. #24 Sharma/Smith (VU) 5-4*, unf. 
2. Kiro/Valenstein (TT) def. Kurtz/Rosca (VU) 6-3
3. Maltby/Talaba (TT) def. Contreras/Sellyn (VU) 6-2
Match Notes
Texas Tech 4-1; National ranking #12
Vanderbilt 4-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,3,2,6,4)
ITA Indoors First Round
Post-Match Quote from Texas Tech's recap
"I am so excited for this group. It's a big step in their development and professionalism to get a win like this," Head Coach Todd Petty said. "I have the upmost respect for Vanderbilt, they won a national title two years ago. We had to grow a lot today to win that match. I was speechless."
In the other matches of the day:
  • Ohio State was in control against Auburn from the get-go after taking the doubles point and four first sets in singles in route to winning 4-1
  • Oklahoma State shutout Ole Miss 4-0 but the match was much closer than the score with each team taking three first sets in singles - OSU was able to dig deep and pull away later on several courts.
  • Florida overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat Michigan 4-1 - Gators won going away at 3, 4, 5, and 6 while Michigan took opening sets at 1 and 2.
  • North Carolina thumped Yale 4-0 in a match that took just 90 minutes - UNC outscored Yale 17-0 during the doubles point
  • Cal really ran all over Georgia Tech in a 4-0 win - Bears took the doubles point and eight of nine completed set including Karla Popovic winning 0 & 0 at No. 2. 
  • Pepperdine was playing without it's top singles player, Luisa Stefani (representing Brazil in the Fed Cup), but they still managed to get past Texas A&M 4-2. 
  • Georgia overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat Duke 4-1 - Eleni Christofi came back from 3-1 down in the third to clinch the win
#7 Ohio State 4, #14 Auburn 1
Feb 10, 2017 at New Haven, Conn.
Singles competition
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. #28 Alizee Michaud (AUB) 6-2, 6-1
2. #55 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Andie Dikosavljevic (AUB) 6-2, 7-5
3. #98 Taylor Russo (AUB) def. #68 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. #120 Alannah Griffin (AUB) 6-1, 7-5
5. #84 Miho Kowase (OSU) vs. #112 Roos Van Der Zwann (AUB) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0, unfinished
6. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) vs. Georgiana Axon (AUB) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Alizee Michaud/Taylor Russo (AUB) def. Sandy Niehaus/Anna Sanford (OSU) 6-4
2. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. #37 Alannah Griffin/Andie Dikosavljevic (AUB) 6-2
3. Ferny Angeles Paz/Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. #31 Georgiana Axon/Caroline Turner (AUB) 6-3
Match Notes
Auburn 7-1; National ranking #14
Ohio State 6-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,2,4)
ITA Indoors First Round
Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
“We were able to start off strong today in doubles and that always helps,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “We just try to focus on competing hard for every point. If we can continue to do that at every spot good things can happen.” 
#5 Oklahoma State 4, #15 Ole Miss 0
Feb 10, 2017 at New Haven, Conn. (Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #10 Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) def. #58 Arianne Hartono (OM) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
2. #56 Katarina Adamovic (OSU) def. Natalie Suk (OM) 6-3, 6-3
3. #33 Vladica Babic (OSU) vs. Anna Vrbenska (OM) 6-4, 4-6, 4-3*, unf
4. Aliona Bolsova (OSU) vs. Zalina Khairudinova (OM) 3-6, 7-5, 1-4*, unf
5. #42 Carla Tur Mari (OSU) def. Tea Jandric (OM) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
6. #86 Lena Ruppert (OSU) vs. Alexa Bortles (OM) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 1-0*, unf
Doubles competition
1. #5 Vladica Babic/Carla Tur Mari (OSU) def. #33 Arianne Hartono/Anna Vrbenska (OM) 6-2
2. Aliona Bolsova/Sofia Blanco (OSU) def. Natalie Suk/Alexa Bortles (OM) 6-3
3. Katarina Adamovic/Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) vs. Zalina Khairudinova/Tea Jandric (OM) 5-3, unfinished
Match Notes
Ole Miss 6-1; National ranking #15
Oklahoma State 7-0; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,5,1)
Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"This was a really good college match between two excellent teams," head coach Chris Young said. "This is exactly what we needed at this point in the season and I'm happy with how we competed throughout the lineup. We know each match here will be tough, so we look forward to another great match against Ohio State tomorrow."
FloTennis Interview with Chris Young
Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Thoughts from head coach Mark Beyers…“Overall I thought it was a good match. Every singles match was very close. We won three first sets, as did they. We needed a couple more of those close sets to go our way. Tea had a set point in the first set, Z had a match point. We definitely had our opportunities. Hopefully we can build on this and play even better tomorrow.”
#1 [1] Florida 4, #13 Michigan 1
Feb 10, 2017 at New Haven, Conn. (Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #26 Kate Fahey (UM) vs. #40 Belinda Woolcock (UF), 6-2, 4-4, unf. 
2. #27 Brienne Minor (UM) vs. #23 Anna Danilina (UF), 6-4, 2-6, unf. 
3. #45 Ingrid Neel (UF) d. No. 64 Alex Najarian (UM), 6-2, 6-2
4. #19 Josie Kuhlman (UF) d. Chiara Lommer (UM), 6-3, 6-1
5. Brooke Austin (UF) d. Mira Ruder-Hook (UM), 7-5, 6-3
6. #30 Kourtney Keegan (UF) d. Valeria Patiuk (UM), 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. No. 3 Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (UM) d. No. 18 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (UF), 7-6 (4)
2. No. 40 Mira Ruder-Hook/Brienne Minor (UM) d. No. 22 Anna Danilina/Ingrid Neel (UF), 6-3
3. No. 17 Belinda Woolcock/Josie Kuhlman (UF) d. Valeria Patiuk/Chiara Lommer (UM), 6-3

Order of Completion: Doubles 2-3-1, Singles 6-3-4-5

Post-Match Quotes from Florida head coach Roland Thornqvist:
"We learned a little bit of a lesson in doubles. We probably played on our heels too much and that's something we're going to have to address for tomorrow. Boy, we answered the bell after we lost the doubles point. We played great poise and maturity in singles. Credit to Michigan because they really took it to us in doubles. We were pretty determined for that not to happen in singles.

It's a really good, competitive team with great athletes that Michigan fields and I was really happy that we could win four singles matches in straight sets to advance. We're going to rest up and get ready for tomorrow."

FloTennis Video Interview with Roland Thornqvist


#2 North Carolina 4, Yale 0
Feb 10, 2017 at New Haven, Conn. (Cullman-Heyman Tennis Ctr)
Singles Results
1. #5 Hayley Carter (UNC) def. Carol Finke (Yale) 6-3, 6-0
2. #2 Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. Tina Jiang (Yale) 6-3, 6-0
3. #17 Jessie Aney (UNC) vs. Amy Yang (Yale) 6-3, 4-1
4. #48 Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Valerie Shklover (Yale) 6-4, 4-5 (retired)
5. #60 Makenna Jones (UNC) vs. Elizabeth Zordani (Yale) 6-6
6. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Caroline Lynch (Yale) 6-2, 4-1
Doubles Results
1. Carter/Daavettila (UNC) vs. Finke/Zordani (Yale) 5-0
2. Aney/Vazquez (UNC) def. Shklover/Yang (Yale) 6-0
3. James-Baker/Ouellet Pizer (UNC) def. Opala Dhingra/Lynch (Yale) 6-0
Match Notes
North Carolina 6-0; National ranking #2
Yale 0-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,2,4) 
FloTennis Interview with UNC head coach Brian Kalbas
#8 [7] California 4, #11 Georgia Tech 0
Feb 10, 2017 at Rocky Hill, Conn.
Doubles Results
1. #11 Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) vs. #49 Maya Jansen/Maegan Manasse (Cal), 5-3, unf. 
2. #20 Olivia Hauger/Karla Popovic (Cal) def. Kenya Jones/Paige Hourigan (GT), 6-3
3. Alexis Nelson/Denise Starr (Cal) def. Luca Fabian/Nami Otsuka (GT), 6-3
Singles Results
1. #36 Maegan Manasse (Cal) vs. #43 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT), 6-3, 5-3, unf. 
2. #20 Karla Popovic (Cal) def. Johnnise Renaud (GT), 6-0, 6-0
3. Paige Hourigan (GT) vs. Denise Starr (Cal), 7-5, 2-1, unf. 
4. Olivia Hauger (Cal) def. Kenya Jones (GT), 6-1, 6-2
5. Maya Jansen (Cal) def. #92 Nami Otsuka (GT), 6-2, 6-1
6. Maria Smith (Cal) vs. Nadia Gizdova (GT), 6-2, 3-2, unf. 
Match Notes
Cal 4-0
Georgia Tech 5-1
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,4) 
Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"I like playing indoors," Olivia Hauger said. "I feel like I can play pretty well on any surface. It's just a matter of figuring out what I need to do depending on who I'm playing. I executed my strategy pretty well today."

"We're happy with the win," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "We got off to a good aggressive start in the doubles, because we knew they have good doubles teams and we had to really attack first. We did a good job of that on all three courts."

"That's what makes tournaments like this really special because you have to make adjustments and take every match as it comes," Augustus said of the weather. "I thought after the doubles we maintained our level and focus in the singles. We focused really well on all the courts."

Post-Match Quote from GT's recap
"We played the defending national team indoor champions today and they played extremely well in singles and doubles. It was a great lesson for our team. We will come out ready to play another tough team tomorrow." -- Head Coach Rodney Harmon



#3 Pepperdine 4, #15 Texas A&M 2
Feb 10, 2017 at New Haven, Conn. (Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #71 Pierson, Rachel (TAMU) def. #14 Sherif Ahmed, Mayar (PEP) 6-0, 7-5
2. #22 Lahey, Ashley (PEP) def. Bhosale, Rutuja (TAMU) 6-3, 6-1
3. #72 Gulbe, Laura (PEP) def. Bokhua, Tina (TAMU) 6-0, 7-5
4. Milovanovic, Dzina (PEP) def. Olivares, Macarena (TAMU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Gonzalez, Domenica (TAMU) def. Runglerdkriangkrai,A (PEP) 6-3, 6-4
6. Maddox, Christine (PEP) vs. Paalma, Eva (TAMU) 4-6, 6-3, unf
Doubles competition
1. #4 Maddox, Christine/Sherif Ahmed, Mayar (PEP) def. #16 Bhosale, Rutuja/Pierson, Rachel (TAMU) 6-3
2. Lahey, Ashley/Runglerdkriangkrai,A (PEP) def. Paalma, Eva/Gonzalez, Domenica (TAMU) 6-2
3. Olivares, Macarena/Bokhua, Tina (TAMU) def. Gulbe, Laura/Milovanovic, Dzina (PEP) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas A&M 5-2; National ranking #15
Pepperdine University 3-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,1,5,3,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championships

FloTenns Interview with Pepperdine head coach Per Nilsson

Post-Match Quotes from TAMU's recap
"It was a well fought match from the Aggies," A&M head coach Mark Weaver said. "Pepperdine has an excellent team and will definitely be in contention for a national title in my opinion. I felt that the doubles point was a key. One or two points here and there and maybe we get the point. I give Pepperdine credit for their aggressive style of play which paid dividends in the indoor setting. The singles was pretty neck and neck and was competed pretty evenly all the way through. We were a little unfortunate at No. 4 singles having had set points at both 5-3 and 5-4. Overall, I feel that Pepperdine just came up with more of the bigger points than we did."


No. 6 Georgia 4, No. 10 Duke 1
February 10, 2017 at New Haven, Conn. (Tennis and Fitness Center of Rocky Hill)
Doubles competition
1. #25 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Ellen Perez/Eleni Christofi (UGA) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Chalena Scholl/Alyssa Smith (DU) def. Kennedy Shaffer/Caroline Brinson (UGA) 6-3
3. Mariana Gould/Marta Gonzalez (UGA) def. Samantha Harris/Rebecca Smaller (DU) 6-4
Singles competition
1. Ellen Perez (UGA) def. Samantha Harris (DU) 6-2, 6-2
2. #18 Eleni Christofi (UGA) def. #21 Meible Chi (DU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. #39 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) vs. #37 Chalena Scholl (DU) 7-5, 4-6, 3-5*, unfinished
4. #34 Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. #125 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Marta Gonzalez (UGA) vs. Alyssa Smith (DU) 7-5, 5-7, 2-0*, unfinished
6. Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Rebecca Smaller (DU) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes:
Duke 4-1; National ranking #10
Georgia 4-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
“It was quite a doubles point, and it’s always going to be close when you play six-game no-ad set, and we knew we had to be ready to go in singles down 1-0,” said Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace. “Ellen and Mariana got us right back in it with two quick wins. CB (Caroline Brinson) got down 4-1 in both of her sets and fought back to win the match and then Elena clinched it.”

Post-Match Quotes from Duke's recap
“That was a disappointing match to lose, but a good lesson,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We know we can play with anybody in the country if we go out and play hard and smart. As I told the team, we don’t even have to play great, we just play within ourselves. We gave ourselves some chances all night long and that could have been a 4-3 win for us. It’s definitely disappointing, but we have to take some positives from it.”

“I thought we played really good doubles,” Ashworth said. “That was the best doubles, by far, we’ve played all year. Even in the match we lost, we gave ourselves an opportunity. On courts one and two we played really clean with a lot of energy. That was playing smart doubles. I was really happy with that. I thought we could take some of that momentum into singles, but Georgia, especially at the top of its lineup, is so good.”

“Alyssa did a great job of fighting back,” Ashworth added. “Chalena did a great job of fighting back. As a team we have to learn from those two. They’re both seniors who kept grinding and fighting. They did a great job.”


Saturday Schedule - Live Scoring/Video ($ - FloTennis)
[3] Oklahoma State vs. [6] Ohio State, 9 a.m. (Yale)
[2] North Carolina vs. [7] California, 12:30 p.m. (Yale)
[1] Florida vs. Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m. (Yale)
[4] Pepperdine vs. [5] Georgia, 6:30 p.m. (Yale) 

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