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Stanford Stomps Texas, Rybakov's Revenge, Florida State Scalps Florida, Wake Forest Out Muscles UNC, Oklahoma State Survives (Premium)

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WOW - what a tremendous day of college tennis action! The day got started early with No. 2 Wake Forest hosting No. 5 North Carolina and it finished 10 hours later with No. 31 TCU pulling off an upset win over No. 6 Cal. Both of the matches in Orlando were tremendous with No. 36 Florida State and No. 15 Florida playing in front of a College MatchDay record-crowd and then at the same time on the other six courts you had Tulsa and Central Florida go down to the wire. 

I'll start off with the biggest upset of the day, in terms of ranking, which took place in Palo Alto between a resurgent No. 41 Stanford and No. 8 Texas. The Cardinal was coming off a huge win on Tuesday night over No. 6 Cal in a match where it dropped the doubles point but rallied to win four singles matches. On Friday afternoon, Stanford managed to get out to the early lead after securing the doubles point for the seventh time in eleven matches. Stanford's No. 2 team of Sameer Kumar and Michael Genender broke Texas's Harrison Scott and Julian Zlobinsky on the no-ad point to go ahead 3-2 and then they held for 4-2. Texas would come back from 0/40 down to hold for 3-4 but Stanford would hold from 40/30 and then break from 15/40 to win it 6-3. 

The match at No. 3 had more breaks than holds but in the end it was Texas's Christian Sigsgaard and Colin Markes defeating Stanford's David Wilczynski and Brandon Sutter 7-6 (1). The doubles point was decided at No. 1 and it even though it took a little longer than they liked Stanford's Tom Fawcett and Yale Goldberg were able to get a 7-5 win over George Goldhoff and Leonardo Telles. Stanford had a match point on the no-ad point on Telles's 3-5 service game but Fawcett mishit an overhead from point blank range and then Fawcett got broke from 30/40 to put it back on serve at 5-5. Goldhoff went up 40/30 on the next game but Fawcett hit a service return winner to bring up the no-ad point and then he hit another nice service return which forced a Goldhoff error to get the break. Stanford's Yale Goldberg would serve it out from 40/15 to give the Cardinal the 7-5 win.   

Each team would take three opening sets in singles and four of those matches would finish in straight sets. Texas freshman Yuya Ito struck first with a straight set win over Jack Barber at No. 4. Ito jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set and added another break to go up 5-1 but Barber would break back and hold for 5-3. Ito would serve out the set from 40/30 to take it 6-3. In the second set Barber went up 40/15 on his 4-4 service game but Ito came back and broke on the no-ad point and then he served it out at love to take it 6-3, 6-4. 

Stanford sophomore Sameer Kumar put the Cardinal back in front with a straight set win over George Goldhoff at No. 2. Goldhoff jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first set but Kumar held on the no-ad point and then broke from 30/40 to even it at 4-4. Kumar would break Goldhoff from 30/40, via a double fault, to take the first set 7-5. The second set stayed on serve until Kumar broke Goldhoff from 30/40 to go up 5-3 but Goldhoff would break back from 15/40 to make it 5-4. Goldhoff quickly fell behind 0/40 and then Kumar thought he had it won from 15/40 when he ripped a forehand but Goldhoff called it out and the chair upheld. Kumar would close it out on the next point with a forehand winner to take it 7-5, 6-4. 

Stanford senior Brandon Sutter would make it 3-1 with a straight set win over Rodrigo Banzer at No. 6. Sutter held on the no-ad point to take the first set 6-3 and then in the second set he'd get the only break he needed to go up 3-2 and a few games later he'd serve it out from 40/15 to win it 6-3, 6-4. 

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  • Comment Link Victoria Jacoby Saturday, 11 March 2017 09:00 posted by Victoria Jacoby

    With no published injury report I was just curious: where has Trevor johnson been for TCU? A quality player like that would really help their whole line-up. And where was Mcclain Kessler for Florida/FSU match?

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Saturday, 11 March 2017 10:26 posted by Bobby Knight

    Johnson has back issues and might make it back in time for the stretch run. Kessler is injured though I'm not sure what his ailment is - hasn't played since the National Team Indoors

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