USTA Poll Information: there are eight college tennis "experts" on the voting panel, including yours truly, and each of us ranked 25 teams from numbers 1 to 25, with the first-place team receiving 25 points and the last-place team receiving one. When voting we were to consider strength of schedule, Top 25 wins/losses, road wins/losses and personnel adjustments for each program while also basing our vote on performance, not reputation or preseason speculation. For control, the highest and lowest outlying ranking for each team on the ballot was removed. Therefore, the maximum number of points a team can receive is 150. First-place votes were not tallied.
Voting Panel: Casey Angle (former ITA championships director), Virgil Christian (USTA College Tennis), Granger Huntress (Texas College Tennis), Bobby Knight (College Tennis Today), Dallas Oliver (Tennis Recruiting Network), Mike Patrick (former University of Tennessee women’s coach), Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces) and Bruce Waschuk (Universal Tennis Rating).
|USTA MEN'S TOP 25||USTA WOMEN'S TOP 25|
|3||Ohio State||138||3||0||3||North Carolina||141||3||0|
|18||South Carolina||41||22||4||18||Texas A&M||42||24||6|
Receiving Votes: South Florida (5), Illinois (3), UCF (3), Kentucky (2) Dropped Out: Kentucky
Receiving Votes: USC (5), Tennessee (4), Oregon (2) Dropped Out: LSU
Ninth-ranked TCU won its 11th straight match and 2nd consecutive Big 12 regular season championship with an impressive 4-1 win at No. 4 Baylor. TCU took the doubles point with a 6-4 win at No. 2 and a 6-2 win at No. 3 and then the Horned Frogs added four first sets in singles. Alex Rybakov cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2 to make it 2-0 and then Trevor Johnson got past Constantin Frantzen in straight sets at No. 6 to make it 3-0.
Baylor senior Max Tchoutakian put the Bears on the board with a three-set win at No. 3 and it looked like Jimmy Bendeck might make it 3-2 but TCU's Jerry Lopez came back from 5-2 down to force a second set tiebreak at No. 4. TCU sophomore Reese Stalder looked like he'd get the clinching win at No. 5 but Baylor sophomore Will Little came back from 6-4, 5-2 down to win five straight games to force a third set.
While both No. 4 and No. 5 were up for grabs, TCU junior Cameron Norrie was pulling away from Juan Benitez at No. 1. Norrie took the opening set 6-4 before Benitez took the second 6-3. Norrie opened up a 3-0 lead in the third set and a few games later he'd serve it out at love by hitting three aces in his final service game.
TCU closes out its regular season on Saturday with a visit from Texas while Baylor goes to Lubbock to face Texas Tech.
#9 TCU 4, #4 Baylor 1
Apr 19, 2017 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
1. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #13 Juan Benitez (BU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
2. #27 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #53 Johannes Schretter (BU) 6-2, 6-0
3. #43 Max Tchoutakian (BU) def. #83 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU) 7-5, 6-6, unfinished
5. Will Little (BU) vs. Reese Stalder (TCU) 4-6, 7-5, 1-1, unfinished
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Constantin Frantzen (BU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
1. #17 Juan Benitez/Will Little (BU) vs. #32 Guillermo Nuñez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 5-5
2. #34 Jerry Lopez/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. #64 Jimmy Bendeck/Johannes Schretter (BU) 6-4
3. Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Constantin Frantzen/Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2
TCU 16-4, 4-0; National ranking #9
Baylor 21-5, 2-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,3,1)
Big 12 Conference match
Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
“First of all, we had unbelievable support from our Frog fans and the TCU women’s tennis team. We couldn’t have done it without all of their support. This is a tough place to play and a lot of things have to happen. You have to compete really hard, be really tough mentally, be resilient and you need the support to be able to win such a big match here. For that, I am really proud of our players. They deserve this. They knew it was about being mentally tough and they did a great job. We could have been out of here earlier, but they made a run there like we thought they would and like they always do. They compete and our guys did a good job of handling that.
“For (Alex) Rybakov to get off the court against a guy that hasn’t hardly lost all year was great for us. Trevor Johnson winning that tiebreaker and getting us to three put them in a really tough spot. I wasn’t worried about Jerry (Lopez). I wasn’t worried about Reese (Stalder). Max Tchoutakian played really well against Guillermo (Nuñez) and give him all the credit. Finally Cameron (Norrie) gets the opportunity to clinch and I am just happy for him. He had a great night last night and he backs it up the next day with the clinching match against a tough player like (Juan) Benitez on their court to clinch the Big 12 title. I couldn’t be happier and I couldn’t be prouder. This is for all the Frog fans out there that put up with us for the last few years and allowed us to get to this level. I am really proud of our guys and our fans and our program.
“Now we have another big match and every match counts. We want everyone to come out and celebrate with us on Saturday against Texas. They are an extremely well-coached team and a first-class team. It is going to be different then it was here and we look forward to that. It is always a really competitive match and really clean and that is going to be nice to play against Texas and their coaches.”
Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
“It is always tough to lose, but it was a really good experience for our guys. We will grow from that. I think you saw a lot of the youth of our team today. You saw a poise up and down their lineup that we really lacked. It was one of those matches were in spurts we played really well, but we weren’t able to sustain the level of intensity that we needed to play a team this good.” - head coach Matt Knoll
The night may not have finished well for the home team in Waco but it definitely got off to a better start after the 18th ranked Baylor women's team defeated No. 24 TCU 4-1. Baylor swept all three doubles courts after getting simultaneous clinches at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split first sets in singles.
Baylor's Blair Shankle and Rhiann Newborn won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 2 to put the Bears ahead 3-0 before TCU got on the board with a straight set win from Caroline Wegner at No. 5. TCU's Aleksandra Zenovka and Donika Bashota were nearing the finish line at No. 3 and No. 4 but before they could get there Baylor's Jessica Hinojosa clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Marie Norris at No. 6.
Baylor wraps up the regular season this weekend with home matches against Kansas and Kansas State while TCU is done until the conference tournament.
#18 Baylor 4, #24 TCU 1
Apr 19, 2017 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
1. #5 Blair Shankle (BU) def. #62 Seda Arantekin (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
2. #116 Rhiann Newborn (BU) def. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 6-1, 7-5
3. Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) vs. Elizabeth Profit (BU) 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
4. Donika Bashota (TCU) vs. Theresa Van Zyl (BU) 7-5, 5-0, unfinished
5. Caroline Wegner (TCU) def. Angie Shakhraichuk (BU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Jessica Hinojosa (BU) def. Marie Norris (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
1. Blair Shankle/Karina Traxler (BU) def. #27 Seda Arantekin/Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU) 6-1
2. Angie Shakhraichuk/Jessica Hinojosa (BU) def. Caroline Wegner/Donika Bashota (TCU) 6-3
3. Theresa Van Zyl/Elizabeth Profit (BU) def. Sofiko Kadzhaya/Alexis Pereira (TCU) 6-4
TCU 13-8; National ranking #24
Baylor 18-5; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,5,6)
Baylor remains undefeated at home, 12-0.
Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"I'm proud of the way we competed. TCU is really good and they're confident right now, so this was a big win for our group." - Head coach Joey Scrivano
"I feel like our team was like a tale of two sides. One half of our team was really tough, competed hard and gave it everything they had. And the other half didn't give their best. We've got to improve that." -Head coach Joey Scrivano
"Jessica was a warrior. She was our best player today. From start to finish she's so solid, singles to doubles. For a freshman to be that solid, her future is bright and I'm extremely proud of her. We're lucky to have her on our side." - Head coach Joey Scrivano
Congrats coach Brian Kalbas on becoming the all-time wins leader at North Carolina! pic.twitter.com/0wuLmwSYN0— UNC Women's Tennis (@UNC_wtennis) April 19, 2017
Third-ranked North Carolina snapped No. 15 Duke's 13-match winning streak and made head coach Brian Kalbas the program's all-time wins leader with a big 5-2 win. Duke jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point with a tiebreak win at No. 3 but UNC came back strong in singles by taking five opening sets. UNC would close out all five in straight sets with Hayley Carter clinching the match at No. 1 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Samantha Harris. It was Carter's 161st career singles win which ties an ACC record.
The win was Brian Kalbas's 352nd in Chapel Hill which surpassed Kitty Harrison who coached the Tar Heels from 1977 to 1998.
North Carolina wraps up the regular season this weekend with matches against Pitt and Syracuse while Duke hosts Louisville and Georgia Tech.
#3 North Carolina 5, #15 Duke 2
Apr 19, 2017 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
1. #2 Hayley Carter (UNC) def. #85 Samantha Harris (DU) 7-5, 6-3
2. #8 Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. #36 Meible Chi (DU) 7-5, 6-1
3. #31 Jessie Aney (UNC) def. #56 Chalena Scholl (DU) 6-3, 6-3
4. #113 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def #55 Alexa Graham (UNC) 6-3, 7-6 (6)
5. #94 Makenna Jones (UNC) def. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) def. Alyssa Smith (DU) 6-1, 6-2
1. #35 Hayley Carter/Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. #45 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) 6-3
2. Alyssa Smith/Chalena Scholl (DU) def. Cassandra Vazquez/Alexa Graham (UNC) 6-2
3. Ellyse Hamlin/Samantha Harris (DU) def Jessie Aney/Rachael James-Baker (UNC) 7-6 (3)
Duke 17-4, 11-2; National ranking #15
North Carolina 25-2, 11-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,3,5,1,2,4)
April 19, 2017 – Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
1. #6 Maddox/Sherif (Pepp) def. Failla/Valdes (USC) 6-3
2. #37 Katz/Smith (USC) def. Stefani/Lahey (Pepp) 7-6 (6)
3. #69 Kulikov/Westby (USC) def. Milovanovic/Rungledkriangkrai (Pepp) 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1. #12 Luisa Stefani (Pepp) def. #27 Gabby Smith (USC) 6-1, 7-6 (5)
2. #46 Jessica Failla (USC) def. #13 Ashley Lahey (Pepp) 6-4, 6-4
3. #35 Mayar Sherif (Pepp) def. Rianna Valdes (USC) 6-4, 6-4
4. #90 Laura Gulbe (Pepp) def. #121 Zoë Katz (USC) 6-7 (9), 6-3, 6-3
5. Madison Westby (USC) def. Apichaya Rungledkriangkrai (Pepp) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
6. Dzina Milovanovic (Pepp) def. Angela Kulikov (USC) 7-6 (5), 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 6, 5, 4
Apr 19, 2017 at Winston-Salem, N.C.
1. PATTEN, Henry (AVL-M) def. SCHOLL, Maximillian (GWU-M) 7-6, 7-6
2. SWINDLER, Josh (AVL-M) def. HOGAN, Paul (GWU-M) 6-4, 6-2
3. SCHMIDT, Adam (GWU-M) def. DILLON, Reid (AVL-M) 6-1, 6-1
4. PLENTZ, Breno (GWU-M) def. CULL, Olly (AVL-M) 6-2, 6-1
5. MASSIE, James (AVL-M) def. FORS, Johan (GWU-M) 7-5, 6-4
6. SINAI, Andrew (AVL-M) def. GILBERT, Ross (GWU-M) 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
1. PATTEN, Henry/SWINDLER, Josh (AVL-M) def. HOGAN, Paul/FORS, Johan (GWU-M) 7-5
2. SCHOLL, Maximillian/PLENTZ, Breno (GWU-M) def. DILLON, Reid/CULL, Olly (AVL-M) 6-3
3. SCHMIDT, Adam/GILBERT, Ross (GWU-M) def. MASSIE, James/YOUSEF, Majed (AVL-M) 6-4
Gardner-Webb (11-14, 5-3 Big South Conference)