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Baylor and USC Advance to Indian Wells Final, Oregon Wins San Diego Spring Break Tournament, Mississippi State Wins Top 25 Battle at Kentucky

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Saturday was a busy day out west with USC and Baylor advancing to the finals of the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge while Oregon defeated Tulane to win the San Diego Spring Break Tournament. Virginia played its first competitive match in a month and dominated Notre Dame in South Bend. Mississippi State, Auburn, and Florida each went on the road in the SEC and won 4-3 matches.

USC booked its spot in Sunday's final with a 4-1 win over No. 9 Oklahoma. The Trojans took the doubles point with quick wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they added five first sets in singles. Riley Smith, Logan Smith, and Nick Crystal won in straight sets while OU picked up its lone point from Jochen Bertsch at No. 4. 



#7 USC 4, #9 Oklahoma 1
March 18, 2017 | Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles Competition
1. #19 Holt/R. Smith (USC) def. #59 Papa/Bragusi (OKLA) - 6-2
2. Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Ghilea/Oetzbach (OKLA) - 6-2
3. Bellamy/Jaede (USC) vs. Bertsch/Bridegan (OKLA) - DNF
Singles competition
1. #16 Brandon Holt (USC) vs. #21 Spencer Papa (OKLA) - 7-6, 6-6 susp.
2. Nick Crystal (USC) def. #101 Alex Ghilea (OKLA) - 6-4, 7-6*
3. #45 Logan Smith (USC) def. #77 Florin Bragusi (OKLA) - 6-3, 6-4
4. Jochen Bertsch (OKLA) def. Jack Jaede (USC) - 6-4, 6-4
5. Thibault Forget (USC) vs. Arnaud Restifo (OKLA) - 7-6, 5-3 susp.
6. Riley Smith (USC) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OKLA) - 6-4, 6-3
Match Notes
USC 17-2; National ranking #7
Oklahoma 12-5; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Singles (6, 4, 3, 2*); Doubles (1,2) 



Last month at the National Team Indoors Cal knocked off Baylor 4-2 in an extremely tight match but on Saturday in Indian Wells it was all Baylor as the Bears roughed up Cal 4-0.  Baylor took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then Juan Benitez, Johannes Schretter, and Constantin Frantzen won in straight sets with Frantzen clinching at No. 6. 

Baylor and USC met on the final day of the National Team Indoors with USC win the consolation match 4-2. 

Sorry for the limited amount of details in these matches in Indian Wells but without live scoring and with streaming video only on a few courts there's not much to pull from. 

#6 Baylor 4, #13 Cal 0
March 18, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles competition
1. Juan Benitez/Will Little (Baylor) def. #1 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal), 6-4*
2. #54 Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (Cal) vs. Johannes Schretter/Jimmy Bendeck (Baylor), Unfinished
3. Max Tchoutakian/Constantin Frantzen (Baylor) def. Bjorn Hoffmann/J.T. Nishimura (Cal), 6-2
Singles competition
1. #15 Juan Benitez (Baylor) def. #14 Florian Lakat (Cal), 6-3, 6-3
2. #30 Andre Goransson (Cal) vs. #35 Max Tchoutakian (Baylor), Unfinished
3. #81 Johannes Schretter (Baylor) def. #109 Filip Bergevi (Cal), 6-4, 6-1
4. #53 Billy Griffith (Cal) vs. Will Little (Baylor), Unifinished
5. Bjorn Hoffmann (Cal) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (Baylor), Unfinished
6. Constantin Frantzen (Baylor) def. Dominic Barretto (Cal), 7-6(2), 6-4
Match Notes
Baylor 15-3; National ranking #6
Cal 10-5; National ranking #13
Order of Finish: Singles (1,3,6^); Doubles (3,1)



Oregon captured the San Diego Spring Tournament title with a 4-2 win over Tulane. Oregon won a close doubles point with a tiebreak win in the decider at No. 3 and then the Ducks took four first sets in singles. The matches at 4, 5, and 6 were blowouts with Oregon's Jayson Amos winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4, Oregon's Cormac Clissold winning 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5, and Tulane's Chi-Shan Jao winning 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6. 

Tulane's Constantin Schmitz handed Oregon's Thomas Laurent his first-dual match loss of the year (had been 14-0) with a 6-4, 6-2 win but Oregon's Akihiro Tanaka clinched the title with a 7-6, 6-3 win at No. 3.

#25 Oregon 4, #30 Tulane 2
Mar 18, 2017 at San Diego (Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #38 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. #40 Thomas Laurent (OREGON) 6-4, 6-2
2. Simon Stevens (OREGON) vs. #125 Ewan Moore (TLN) 7-5, 6-6, unfinished
3. Akihiro Tanaka (OREGON) def. #118 Sebastian Rey (TLN) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. Jayson Amos (OREGON) def. Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-0, 6-0
5. Cormac Clissold (OREGON) def. Luis Erlenbusch (TLN) 6-4, 6-1
6. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Ty Gentry (OREGON) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Chi-Shan Jao/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Thomas Laurent/Cormac Clissold (OREGON) 6-4
2. Jayson Amos/Ty Gentry (OREGON) def. Tyler Schick/Ewan Moore (TLN) 6-4
3. Simon Stevens/Akihiro Tanaka (OREGON) def. Sebastian Rey/Tim Ruetzel (TLN) 7-6 (7-2)
Match Notes:
Oregon 14-2; National ranking #25
Tulane 12-3; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,6,5,1,3) 

Quotes by Nils Schyllander via Oregon's recap
"Great effort by the guys all week long. Very fitting for Jayson to tie the all-time wins record against a very strong Tulane team. I am very impressed with how he went about his business today."
"So many solid performances this week from the entire team. They deserved to win this tournament; everybody had a great week, on and off the court."
Quotes from Tulane's recap
"Oregon played a very solid match today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We had some match points for the doubles point but just didn't execute like we needed to. That set us back a bit emotionally and we didn't respond as quick as we needed to and got down on a bunch of courts. Then we spotted them another point in singles and dug a nice sized ditch for ourselves. We did, however, battle back but didn't capitalize on some set points and break points when we got up."
Mississippi State remained undefeated in the SEC after going to Lexington and defeating No. 17 Kentucky 4-3. Mississippi State won a crucial doubles point when Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter won a tiebreak at No. 2 by an 8-6 score. The returner won seven of the first eight points in the tiebreak and then MSU had two match points at 6-4 but Kentucky tied it up at 6-6. Cutura hit a drop volley winner for 7-6 and then Hunter was able to serve it out. 
Kentucky won three of four first sets with the match being played indoors on Kentucky's four-court facility but Mississippi State was able to turn No. 3 around and went ahead 3-2. Kentucky's Trey Yates tied the match at 3-3 with a straight set win at No. 6 but MSU's Giovani Oradini would break Enzo Wallart at love to go up 5-3 in the third at No. 5. Oradini served it out from 40/30 to clinch the match with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win. 
#21 Mississippi State 4, #17 Kentucky 3
March 18, 2017 – Boone Tennis Center, Lexington, Ky.
Singles competition
1. #28 Will Bushamuka (UK) def. #4 Nuno Borges (MSU), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).
2. #25 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Strhinja Rakic (MSU), 6-1, 6-4.
3. Mate Cutura (MSU) def. Beck Pennington (UK) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. #75 Nils Ellefsen (UK), 6-1, 6-4.
5. Giovanni Oradini (MSU) def. Enzo Wallart (UK), 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-3.
6. Trey Yates (UK) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU), 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #48 Niclas Braun/Trevor Foshey (MSU) def. #70 Beck Pennington/Enzo Wallart (UK), 6-4.
2. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. Will Bushamuka/Nils Ellefsen (UK), 7-6 (8-6).
3. Trey Yates/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Nuno Borges/Strahinja Rakic (MSU), 6-2.
Match Notes
Kentucky 12-7 (4-0 SEC); National ranking #17
Mississippi State 13-3 (3-3 SEC); National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,2,3,1,6,5)
Quotes from MSU's recap
"What a great effort by our boys today," head coach Matt Roberts said. "Our seniors Mate and Vaughn really stepped up for us and were unbelievable in doubles play. We were Bulldog tough today in a difficult environment. Give Kentucky credit for the way they battled, they have a great team and will get a lot of wins in the SEC. We proved again that the longer the match goes the stronger we get and we love these kind of matches."

"We've put a lot of focus on doubles play recently and that's starting to pay off," Roberts said. "We needed that point and our guys delivered. I think that helped our momentum early on."

"A match-clinching win by a freshman is always awesome to see and I'm proud of how Gio played through adversity," Roberts said. "We will continue to marinate this win tonight, but on Monday it's back to work as we get ready for another road match in the SEC."


Other Notable Saturday Scores:

  • #16 Florida def. #46 Arkansas 4-3 - Gators won a close doubles point and then all six singles matches finished in straight sets
  • #3 Virginia def. #37 Notre Dame 6-1 - Cavs played without Carl Soderlund but didn't have any issues
  • #26 South Carolina def. #42 Ole Miss 4-3 - Gamecocks won the deciding doubles court in a tiebreak, after Ole Miss served for the match twice, and it won singles matches in straight sets and Harrison O'Keefe clinched for the second match in a row at No. 2
  • #32 South Florida def. #45 Tulsa 4-0 - Doubles was close but singles was not as the Bulls won all but one set in singles
  • #33 SMU def. Purdue 4-2 - Boilers took the doubles point but SMU won three singles matches in straight sets and Samm Butler clinched with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win at No. 3
  • Auburn def. #34 Vanderbilt 4-3 - Tigers won the doubles point and then won the final two singles matches 6-4 in the third - Auburn head coach Bobby Reynolds and assistant coach Ryan Lipman both played at Vanderbilt  
  • #41 Rice def. Dartmouth 4-1 - Dartmouth took the doubles point but Rice won 10 of 11 sets in singles
  • San Diego def. Iowa 4-3 - Hawkeyes took the doubles point and led 3-2 but USD won the final two matches in three sets with Filip Vittek clinching at No. 1
  • Arizona def. San Diego State 4-3 - Wildcats came back from 3-1 down to win the final three matches in three sets with Alejandro Reguant winning the decider 7-6
  • Drake def. Harvard 4-2 - Bulldogs took the doubles point and Bayo Philips clinched 7-6(5) in the third to give head coach Davidson Kozlowski his 100th win 
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