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Cash Bankrolls Oklahoma State's Win, Redlicki Delivers For UCLA, Banzer Wrestles A Gator, & More

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The opening day of the 2017 Men's National Team Indoor Championships is in the books and it was an action packed day that saw one exciting dual-match after another. Each of the four time slots had at least one close match and the 3:30 time slot had two close ones. The top two seeds, Virginia and Wake Forest, faced the least resistance while the No. 3 seed Ohio State faced some resistance but managed to close out enough courts before Oklahoma could get on the board. The UCLA/USC match was the only one to finish with a 4-3 score while four matches finished 4-2.

There were two seeded upsets on the day with the biggest one coming in the morning session when No. 11 Oklahoma State used a late push to defeat the No. 6 seed Northwestern 4-2. Northwestern came into this match with a perfect 10-0 record in doubles and it was a point I thought they'd pick up but Oklahoma State jumped out to early breaks at No. 1 and No. 3 and never looked back. Lukas Finzelberg and Artur Dubinski went ahead 4-0 at No. 3 and won 6-1 while Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe broke for 2-1 and eventually won 6-4 at No. 1. One of the key points at No. 1 came when Cash was serving 4-3 (40/40) - Kadhe/Cash came forward and Northwestern lobbed them and Kadhe managed to hit an overhead, while backpedaling, that just clipped the sideline for a winner. 

Northwestern bounced back in singles and took four opening sets and had a chance for a fifth but Oklahoma State freshman Artur Dubinski rolled through the tiebreak at No. 4 by a 7-1 score. Northwestern sophomore Jason Seidman tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over ITA No. 65 Jurence Mendoza at No. 6 but Oklahoma State senior Lucas Gerch put the Cowboys back in front after winning 12 of the last 13 games to defeat Ben Vandixhorn 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5. 

Artur Dubinski made it 3-1 after rolling through the second set to defeat Dominik Stary 7-6(1), 6-1 but Northwestern senior Konrad Zieba cut it to 3-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Lukas Finzelberg at No. 2. Northwestern was down but they most certainly were not out because Strong Kirchheimer had gutted out a second set tiebreak to force a third set against Julian Cash at No. 1 while Sam Shropshire was up a set and leading 5-2 in the second set tiebreak against Arjun Kadhe at No. 3. 

Kadhe wasn't ready to quit as the senior reeled off four straight points to go up *6-5 but then he missed a forehand long to make it 6-6. Kadhe went up 7-6* when Shropshire missed a forehand wide but Shropshire hit a volley winner on the next point to even it at 7-7. It looked like Shropshire would go up 8-7 after he hit a nice volley into the open court but Kadhe hit a running backhand lob that was just out of Shropshire's reach to put Kadhe in front 8-7. Kadhe would finish off the tiebreak with an ace to take it 9-7 and force a third set. 

Despite Shropshire dropping the set neither he or Kirchheimer (who was playing on the adjacent court) would have a letdown early in the third set. Kirchheimer broke Julian Cash to start the final set and then he'd hold on the no-ad point to make it 2-0. Kirchheimer would extend his lead to 4-2 after hitting a service winner on the no-ad point and by that time Shropshire had built a single break 3-0 lead in the final set at No. 3. Northwestern had all the momentum and it looked a comeback win was imminent however Cash and Kadhe had different plans. 

Cash held from 40/30 to make it 3-4 and then he'd come back from 40/30 down on Kirchheimer's serve to break on the no-ad point after Kirchheimer netted a forehand. Cash would hold on the no-ad point with a service winner to go up 5-4 so now Kirchheimer was serving to stay in the match. Next door at No. 3, Kadhe had just reeled off his third game in a row and was now even with Shropshire at 3-all so just like that the momentum had swung back in Oklahoma State's favor. 

Kirchheimer went up 30/15 on his 4-5 service game but a forehand error and a volley winner by Cash made it 30/40. Kirchheimer hit a forehand winner to bring up the no-ad point but he'd double fault the match away to give Cash the 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 win. 

 

 

#12 Oklahoma State 4, #7 Northwestern 2
Feb 17, 2017 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles Competition
1. #32 Julian Cash (OKST) def. #25 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-1, 6-7, 6-4
2. Konrad Zieba (NU) def. #48 Lukas Finzelberg (OKST) 6-3, 7-5
3. Sam Shropshire (NU) vs. Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 7-5, 6-7(7), 3-3, unfinished
4. Artur Dubinski (OKST) def. Dominik Stary (NU) 7-6(1), 6-1
5. Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
6. Jason Seidman (NU) def. #65 Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. #5 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) def. #53 Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-4
2. Strong Kirchheimer/Dominik Stary (NU) def. #50 Jurence Mendoza/Lucas Gerch (OKST) 6-3
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Artur Dubinski (OKST) def. Michael Lorenzini/Chris Ephron (NU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 8-1; National ranking #12
Northwestern 10-1; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,4,2,1)
ITA National Team Indoor Championship - 1st Round
T-3:02

Post-Match Quotes from OSU's recap
"We knew going into today that it was going to be a tough matchup," head coach Jay Udwadia said. "It was really an amazing match that went down to the wire and we were fortunate to be able to come out on top. I think that our guys showed a lot of resiliency and composure, especially being down a break in those final two matches. Those guys showed a lot of grit and were able to beat a team that hadn't lost all season."

"Doubles is always fast-paced," Udwadia said. "With no-ad scoring you have to start quickly and I thought we were able to do that today. We've had good energy in doubles all season long and I think that we continued to do well in that aspect. It was a very clean doubles point for us."

"I thought that Cash showed a lot of grit today," Udwadia said. "Northwestern has three seniors playing one, two and three in their lineup so they're very polished at those positions. You have to work really hard to be able to win those matches and Cash was in battle-mode today."

 

 

The best match in the noon window was the 7 vs. 10 matchup between Florida and Texas. None of individual doubles courts were close with Florida winning 6-2 at No. 1 while Texas won 6-1 at No. 3 and clinched the point with a 6-2 win at No. 2. 

Florida got back in the match by taking four opening sets in singles, with two of those coming in tiebreaks, however Texas would strike first at No. 3 with sophomore Harrison Scott winning easily over Elliott Orkin 6-2, 6-1. Texas redshirt freshman Leo Telles made it 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over McClain Kessler at No. 5 but Florida sophomore Alfredo Perez would put the Gators on the board with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Christian Sigsgaard in a battle between top 10 players at No. 1.

The match at No. 6 between Texas sophomore Rodrigo Banzer and Florida junior Jordan Belga was already in the third set while the matches at No. 2 and No. 4 were still in the second set. Florida junior Chase Perez-Blanco managed to pull away from George Goldhoff to pick up a 7-6, 6-3 win at No. 2 plus Belga was now up a break midway through the third set at No. 6. Belga added another break and would serve for the match up 5-2 but Banzer would take the next four games to go in front 6-5. Banzer had a pair of match points at 30/40 but a backhand winner by Belga made it 40-all and then an overhead winner by Belga got him the hold to send the match to a deciding tiebreak. 

As the tiebreak started at No. 6, the match at No. 4 between Florida freshman Johannes Ingildsen and Texas freshman was even at 4-4 so it was setting up to be an exciting finish. Banzer sprinted out to a double mini-break lead at 3-0 and he'd lead 5-1 at the changeover. Belga took the next two points but a service winner by Banzer put him in front 6-3. Belga hit an ace for 4-6 but Banzer would close it out on the next point when Belga hit a forehand just long on about the 20th shot of the rally to make the final score 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4).  

 

 

#10 Texas 4, #7 Florida 2
Feb 17, 2017 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #9 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. #5 Christian Sigsgaard (UT) 6-4, 6-2
2. Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. George Goldhoff (UT) 7-6, 6-3
3. #58 Harrison Scott (UT) def. #60 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-2, 6-1
4. #109 Johannes Ingildsen (FLA) vs. #45 Yuya Ito (UT) 7-6, 3-6, 5-4*, unfinished
5. Leo Telles (UT) def. #76 McClain Kessler (FLA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) def. Jordan Belga (FLA) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles competition
1. #7 Alfredo Perez/Johannes Ingildsen (FLA) def. Leo Telles/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-2
2. #27 Harrison Scott/Yuya Ito (UT) def. Maxx Lipman/Josh Wardell (FLA) 6-2
3. Christian Sigsgaard/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Elliott Orkin/Jordan Belga (FLA) 6-1
Match Notes:
Texas 9-1; National ranking #10
Florida 6-1; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,5,1,2,6)
ITA National Team Indoor Championships - 1st Round

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap
"Obviously, to win matches here is really challenging," said 17th-year Texas head coach Michael Center. "To beat a team like Florida feels great. It's a great program, a well-coached team who beat USC and UCLA earlier this season. We weren't quite sure where we stood. We got into the match and fought really hard to come out on top. It was a great effort."

"We have gotten better in the doubles, no doubt," Center said. "The guys have been more aggressive the last few weeks. They've been serving more aggressively, and it was impressive to watch today. Even at No. 1 doubles, we made a couple of service errors that cost us, but those guys played well."

"In singles, we got to three points quickly but it was really tough to find that fourth point," Center said. "Florida wouldn't go away. They had us against the wall. I was really impressed by Rodrigo Banzer and his mental toughness and the way he came back from 5-2 down in the third set.

"We have played Wake Forest several times the last few years," Center added. "We had an unbelievable match last year, won three matches 7-6 in the third set at each one. Wake Forest is one of the best teams in the country. Indoors, Wake is incredibly powerful, one of the most powerful teams in college tennis. We'll have to bring it tomorrow to compete with these guys."

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
"Texas played a very good match today, so congrats to them. We played well in spots today, but ultimately just did not get the job done. We have to perform better as a team on the critical points in these matches. We had a lot of opportunities today that we created, but we just did not capitalize on enough of them. Today's loss is part of the process and we have to learn these lessons well and take advantage of the opportunity we have against Mississippi State tomorrow. It's time to bounce back." - head coach Bryan Shelton

 

 

The 3:30 matches were both good ones with the No. 4 seed Cal and No. 5 seed North Carolina both getting pushed extremely hard. Cal had only played three matches prior to Friday's match with Baylor but Cal didn't show any signs of rust during the doubles point after picking up a quick 6-2 win at No. 1 and a closer 6-3 win at No. 2. The key game at No. 2 was Goransson's 4-2 service game when he came back from 15/40 down to hold on the no-ad point. 

Each took three first sets in singles with four of them finishing in a tiebreak (each won two). Cal junior Billy Griffith made it 2-0 with a very quick 6-1, 6-2 win over Jimmy Bendeck at No. 4 but Baylor freshman Constantin Frantzen trimmed it to 2-1 with a tough 7-6(4), 6-3 win over JT Nishimura at No. 6. Nishimura, who was playing his first singles match since last year's NCAA Tournament, served for the opening set twice but Frantzen broke him on the no-ad point for 5-5 and then at love to send it to a tiebreak.  

Cal freshman Bjorn Hoffman put the Golden Bears in front 3-1 with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Will Little at No. 5. Baylor sophomore Johannes Schretter made it 3-2 after picking up the biggest win of his young career with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 win over Filip Bergevi at No. 4. 

Both of the remaining matches at No. 1 and No. 2 were early in the third set though Baylor's Juan Benitez was probably thinking he should have been off the court much earlier at No. 1. Benitez jumped out to a 4-0 first set lead on Cal's Florian Lakat and despite giving one of the breaks back he'd still lead 5-2. Lakat would take the next three games to even it at 5-5 and after a pair of holds he'd run away from Benitez in the tiebreak taking it 7-3. Benitez rolled through the second set 6-1 but Lakat quickly went up 2-0 in the third. Benitez fought off a pair of break point to hold on the no-ad point for 1-2 and then he'd break on the no-ad point for 2-2. Benitez had a couple of game points to go up 4-3 but he'd double fault to bring up the no-ad point and then a deep forehand by Lakat forced a Benitez error to give Lakat the break. Lakat held at love for 5-3 but Benitez did the same to make it 5-4. 

On the other remaining court at No. 2, Baylor senior Max Tchoutakian had just broke Andre Goransson on the no-ad to go up 5-4 in the third but if Benitez couldn't break Lakat it wasn't going to matter what Tchoutakian did. Lakat started off his 5-4 service game with back-to-back aces but Benitez would make it 30/15 after hitting a forehand winner. A Lakat overhead winner made it 40/15 but then he missed a backhand wide and long to make it 40/30. Lakat hit another big serve to close it out with Benitez's return falling well short of the net and Cal was moving on to the quarterfinals. 

#4 California 4, #13 Baylor 2
Feb 17, 2017 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #11 Florian Lakat (CAL) def. #54 Juan Benitez (BU) 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-4
2. #57 Max Tchoutakian (BU) vs. #27 Andre Goransson (CAL) 7-6 (7), 4-6, *5-4 unfinished
3. Johannes Schretter (BU) def. #42 Filip Bergevi (CAL) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
4. #40 Billy Griffith (CAL) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Bjorn Hoffmann (CAL) def. Will Little (BU) 7-6 (5), 6-2
6. Constantin Frantzen (BU) def. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 7-6 (4), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (CAL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Johannes Schretter (BU) 6-2
2. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (CAL) def. Juan Benitez/Constantin Frantzen (BU) 6-3
3. Jimmy Bendeck/Will Little (BU) vs. Bjorn Hoffmann/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) *5-2 (40/40) unfinished
Match Notes
Baylor 7-1; National ranking #13
University of California 4-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,5,3,1)
ITA National Team Indoor Championship - 1st Round
T-3:02

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"You've got to give a lot of credit to the Baylor team," Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "They're well-coached, and they fought back extremely well after losing the doubles point. Our team energy was very positive going into the doubles, and I think we played the doubles point extremely well.

"In singles, Billy Griffith played a flawless match, and Bjorn Hoffmann also looked to be in control throughout. J.T. Nishimura looked good out there today, but in singles he understandably showed signs of not having played a competitive singles match in several months.

"The match came down to Florian, Andre and Filip all playing very competitive third sets. If Baylor beats all three of our seniors, then they deserve the win. In the end, Florian Lakat came through with some great serves and overpowering forehands to clinch the match for us."

Post-Match Quote from Baylor's recap
"It was a tough day at the office for the Bears. We left some opportunities on the table today against a really good Cal team. They really stuck it to us to start the match and put us in a hole. We weren’t able to take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves in singles. It was a great learning experience for our team. We are looking forward to getting out tomorrow and playing a really good team in Georgia." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

 

 

North Carolina made a habit of coming back from a 1-0 deficit in route to winning last year's National Team Indoors and they managed to do it again on Friday against Georgia. Georgia took the doubles point for the first time in its last four matches with a pair of 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but North Carolina rallied in singles by taking four opening sets. 

North Carolina sophomore Bo Boyden tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Georgia freshman Robert Loeb. After Loeb dropped the last point he slammed his racquet to the ground and got a code violation with the point penalty rolling over to the match at No. 1 singles which was deep in a second set. 

Within a matter of minutes Georgia freshman Nathan Ponwith would close out UNC freshman Simon Soendergaard at No. 3 while UNC senior Jack Murray would close out Georgia sophomore Walker Duncan at No. 5. So the match was tied at 2-2 and Ronnie Schneide and Wayne Montgomery were just starting a second set tiebreak at No. 1 with Schneider having won the first.

Before the tiebreak began the chair umpire from another court came over and notified the chair on No. 1 that Georgia needed to have a point penalty accessed due to the racquet smash on No. 6 so Schneider started off the tiebreak up 1-0. Schneider led 5-1 at the changeover but Montgomery reeled off five straight points to go in front 6-5. Schneider hit an overhead winner for 6-6 but then he netted a forehand to give Montgomery another set point up 7-6 and this time the Georgia junior was serving. Montgomery missed a forehand wide for 7-7 but then a forehand winner put him back in front 8-7. Schneider evened it at 8-8 after he came to the net and forced a Montgomery error and then he went up 9-8 after the chair umpire overruled Montgomery's out call on a Schneider forehand that looked from my vantage point to have missed the mark (granted my vantage point was from a live stream on the opposite end of the court). Montgomery hit a service winner for 9-9 and but then he netted a forehand to go down 10-9. Schneider served it out on the next point to win it 6-3, 7-6(9) and North Carolina was just a point away from the win.

North Carolina would get the clincher from a first-semester freshman as Wiliam Blumberg pulled away in the third set to defeat Georgia sophomore Emil Reinberg 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. The other match was abandoned with UNC's Robert Kelly leading Georgia Jan Zielinski 4-3* in the third. 

 

 

#5 North Carolina 4, #12 Georgia 2
Feb. 17, 2017 // ITA National Indoors // Charlottesville, Va.
Doubles Results
1. Jan Zielinski/Robert Loeb (UGA) def. #21 William Blumberg/Robert Kelly (UNC), 6-4
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC), 6-4
3. Nathan Ponwith/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. Blaine Boyden/Simon Soendergaard (UNC), 5-5, unfinished
Singles Results
1. #16 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. #15 Wayne Montgomery (UGA), 6-3, 7-6(9)
2. William Blumberg (UNC) def. #55 Emil Reinberg (UGA), 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
3. #117 Nathan Ponwith (UGA) def. Simon Soendergaard (UNC), 6-4, 6-3
4. Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. Robert Kelly (UNC), 6-2, 6-7 (4), 3-4, unfinished
5. Jack Murray (UNC) def. Walker Duncan (UGA), 7-5, 6-4
6. Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Robert Loeb (UGA), 6-2, 6-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (6, 3, 5, 1, 2)

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
“It was a great win for us,” UNC coach Sam Paul said of the match. “Georgia’s got a great team. Their kids always fight hard. It’s a tough first round for us.”

“We love adversity,” Paul said. “Obviously we settled down after that (dropping doubles point) and just went to work.”

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"This one hurt a little bit more than most," Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We probably played our best doubles point of the season, but had two or three singles matches where we had opportunities to win, but we didn't take the initiative. We are just not taking the initiative in the majority of matches. All the credit goes to North Carolina, because they took their opportunities and made something for themselves. We can't get down on ourselves. We need to start turning this around, because we face a very tough Baylor team tomorrow."

 

 

When UCLA and USC meet you know you're going to see a close match and that's just what we saw in the late match on Friday night. USC took the doubles point when Brandon Holt and Riley Smith came back from 2-5 down to defeat Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu 7-5. Each team took three first sets in singles and by the time the dust had settled the match was tied at 3-3 with UCLA junior Martin Redlicki and USC freshman Brandon Holt getting deep in a third set. Redlicki had just gone ahead 4-2 in the third but Holt broke back on the no-ad point and then held for 4-4. Redlicki held from 40/30 with an ace and then he broke Holt on the no-ad point to win it 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. On that final point Redlicki hit a deep forehand just inside the line and with Holt standing on top of the line all he could do was flick it back and his shot sailed long. 

#7 UCLA 4, #9 USC 3
Feb 17, 2017 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Doubles competition
1. #32 Holt/R. Smith (USC) def. #16 Redlicki/Zhu (UCLA) 7-5
2. #35 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-3
3. A. Rapp/Goldberg (UCLA) def. Bellamy/Jaede (USC) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #73 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #13 Brandon Holt (USC) 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4
2. #19 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #36 Logan Smith (USC) 6-1, 6-3
3. Nick Crystal (USC) def. Evan Zhu (UCLA) 6-3, 7-6(5)
4. Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Thibault Forget (USC) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
5. #119 Jack Jaede (USC) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
6. #112 Maxime Cressy (UCLA) def. #97 Rob Bellamy (USC) 6-3, 6-2
Match Notes:
USC 8-2; National ranking #9
UCLA 7-1; National ranking #7
ITA National Team Indoor Championship – 1st Round
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,6,3,4,5,1)

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Ohio State picked up a big doubles point against Oklahoma with Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen breaking on the no-ad point to go up 6-5 and then Pollanen served it out to give Ohio State the point. Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, and Martin Joyce won in straight sets with Torpegaard clinching at No. 1. Oklahoma was in front on three courts that went unfinished. 

#3 Ohio State 4, #14 Oklahoma 0
Feb 17, 2017 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #29 Andrew Harris (OU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
2. #8 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. #24 Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5, 6-3
3. JJ Wolf (OSU) vs. Alex Ghilea (OU) 5-7, 4-4* (40/15), unfinished
4. #47 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. #105 Florin Bragusi (OU) 2-6, 6-6 (2-2), unfinished
5. #77 Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Kyle Seelig (OSU) vs. Jochen Bertsch (OU) 6-7 (5-7), *4-2 (40/15), unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #38 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #42 Spencer Papa/Andrew Harris (OU) 7-5
2. Alex Ghilea/Florin Bragusi (OU) def. #25 Hugo Di Feo/Martin Joyce (OSU) 7-5
3. Matt Mendez/Hunter Tubert (OSU) def. A.J. Chamdani/Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-0
Match Notes
Oklahoma 7-2; National ranking #14
Ohio State 11-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,5,1)
T-2:20

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Wake Forest won a close doubles point when Borna Gojo and Alan Gadjiev broke on the no-ad point to win 7-5 at No. 2. Wake took all six first sets and picked up straight set wins from Gadjiev, Dennis Uspensky, and Skander Mansouri. 

#2 Wake Forest 4, #16 Mississippi State 0
Feb 17, 2017 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #1 Petros Chrysochos (WF) vs. #3 Nuno Borges (MSU) 6-4, 5-5* (40/15), unfinished
2. #10 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Borna Gojo (WF) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-3, 5-5, unfinished
4. #26 Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. Giovanni Oradini (MSU) 6-3, 3-6, 2-1*, unfinished
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Niclas Braun (MSU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Alan Gadjiev (WF) def. Simon Baudry (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #1 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. #44 Niclas Braun/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-6 (2-5), unfinished
2. Borna Gojo/Alan Gadjiev (WF) def. Mate Cutura/Giovanni Oradini (MSU) 7-5
3. Petros Chrysochos/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Nuno Borges/Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-2
Match Notes
Mississippi State 4-2; National ranking #16
Wake Forest 7-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,2)
ITA National Team Indoor Championship - 1st Round
T-2:22

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"We pushed No. 2 Wake Forest in doubles and had a great opportunity to change the outcome of today's match," head coach Matt Roberts said. "Wake Forest is a deep and talented team and we tip our cap to those guy's because they earned it. This is a good experience for our young team and we're going to take today and learn from it. We have another great opportunity tomorrow against No. 6 Florida and our guy's are ready to get back out on the court."

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Virginia was pushed in doubles by Utah State but the Hoos shoved back in singles and won it 4-0 with wins from Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, JC Aragone, and Alexander Ritschard. 

#1 Virginia 4, Utah State 0
Feb 17, 2017 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. Jack Swindells (USU) 6-1, 4-3, unfinished
2. #28 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Kai Wehnelt (USU) 6-0, 6-4
3. Carl Soderlund (VA) vs. Jaime Barajas (USU) 6-3, 4-1, unfinished
4. #64 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Sergiu Bucur (USU) 6-1, 7-5
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Samuel Serrano (USU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Jonas Maier (USU) 6-0, 4-6, 0-1 unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #55 Luca Corinteli/Carl Soderlund (VA) vs. Samuel Serrano/Kai Wehnelt (USU) 6-6, unfinished
2. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Jonas Maier/Jack Swindells (USU) 7-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Andrew Nakajima/Jaime Barajas (USU) 6-4
Match Notes
Utah State 7-3
Virginia 5-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (13,2); Singles (2,5,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championship - 1st Round
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Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
“Congratulations to Utah State as I thought they played a really good match,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “They came out strong in doubles and made it tough for us to finish the doubles point. We got way up at one and it looked like we were going to clinch the point a lot sooner than we did, but they hung in there and kept competing. They made us work hard. After the doubles point, the guys settled down a bit and played pretty good singles across the board. It is always tough to play your first match. In a tournament, it takes awhile to get going. ”

 

 
[1] Virginia def. [16] Utah State 4-0
[8] UCLA def. [9] USC 4-3
[5] North Carolina def. [12] Georgia 4-2
[4] California def. [13] Baylor 4-2
[3] Ohio State vs. [14] Oklahoma 4-0
[11] Oklahoma State def. [6] Northwestern 4-2
[10] Texas def. [7] Florida 4-2
[2] Wake Forest def. [15] Mississippi State 4-0
 
NTI Saturday Schedule (ET)
[3] Ohio State vs. [11] Oklahoma State - 9 a.m. 
[2] Wake Forest vs. [10] Texas - 12 noon
[4] California vs. [5] North Carolina - 3:30 p.m. 
[1] Virginia vs. [8] UCLA - 6:30 p.m. 
 
Consolation
[6] Northwestern vs. [14] Oklahoma - 9 a.m.
[7] Florida vs. [15] Mississippi State - 12 noon
[12] Georgia vs. [13] Baylor - 3:30 p.m.
[9] USC vs. [16] Utah State - 6:30 p.m. 
 
 

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Quarterfinal Previews
 
[3] Ohio State vs. [11] Oklahoma State  (9 a.m ET) 
 
Team: Overall record, doubles record; UTR Power 6, Notable Wins (Losses)
Ohio State 11-0, 11-0, UTR 85, #10 Georgia, #14 Oklahoma, #15 Kentucky, South Florida
Oklahoma State 8-1, 8-1, UTR 83, #7 Northwestern, #15 Kentucky, #19 Columbia, #2 Wake Forest (L)
 
Projected Singles Lineup 
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OhioSt 15.21) vs. #32 Julian Cash (OSU 14.00)
2. #8 Hugo Di Feo (OhioSt 14.02) vs. #48 Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.93)
3. JJ Wolf (OhioSt 14.42) vs. Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.86)
4. #47 Herkko Pollanen (OhioSt 13.96) vs. Artur Dubinski (OSU 13.61)
5. #77 Martin Joyce (OhioSt 13.63) vs. Lucas Gerch (OSU 14.22)
6. Kyle Seelig (OhioSt 13.93) vs. #65 Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.54)
B. Hunter Tubert (OhioSt 13.29); Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.40)
 
Projected Doubles Lineup
1. #38 Torpegaard/Pollanen (OhioSt) vs. #5 Cash/Kadhe (OSU)
2. #25 Joyce/Di Feo (OhioSt) vs. #50 Mendoza/Gerch (OSU)
3. Mendez/Tubert (OhioSt) vs. Finzelberg/Dubinski (OSU)
 
Both teams play doubles extremely well but I think Ohio State will play it just a little better to take the early 1-0 lead. I like Dubinski and Gerch at No. 4 and No. 5 but I'll take Ohio State everywhere else. Prediction: Ohio State 4-2
 

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