Quotes from Ole Miss's recap:
At the Net with Head Coach Toby Hansson..."What an epic college tennis match! We played a great doubles point, which really changed the dynamics and the momentum of the match. We gained a lot of confidence heading into singles and our guys started believing more and more that we could pull it off. Obviously, we knew it was a tough task as they had not lost at home this year. It was a real team effort."
On Finn's match..."Proud of Finn for being able to handle himself out there. Extremely impressive performance under a lot of pressure, and he came up with the goods. One of the most memorable college tennis matches I have ever been a part of. We'll remember it for a long time."
On what this means after everything the team has gone through..."This is an amazing experience for everybody. The guys kept believing through the tough times, and it paid off in a huge way today. We are extremely excited for what we've accomplished so far, but we're not settling. We'll adjust our goals and try to keep it going. We're starting to peak at the most important time of the year."
Freshman Finn Reynolds..."This is definitely one of the greatest things that has happen to me in my short career here, one of the happiest moments of my life that I will remember for a long time. I am happy I could get it done for the team and that we get to play another match. We want to keep it going!"
On winning the second set..."When I won the second set, it fired me up and got rid of some of the nerves. Honestly, I couldn't feel my legs at the start of the third set, but mentally I felt pretty good. I was pretty relaxed."
#38 Ole Miss 4, #4 Stanford 3
May 13, 2018 at Palo Alto, CA (Taube Tennis Stadium)
1. #9 Tom Fawcett (STAN) def. #45 Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-4, 6-2
2. #33 Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. #83 Alex Geller (STAN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. #107 Filip Kraljevic (OM) def. #102 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 7-5, 6-3
4. Eric Fomba (STAN) def. Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
5. David Wilczynski (STAN) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-2, 6-3
6. Finn Reynolds (OM) def. William Genesen (STAN) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
1. #22 Tim Sandkaulen/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Tom Fawcett/Michael Genender (STAN) 7-5
2. Sameer Kumar/Eric Fomba (STAN) def. #62 Filip Kraljevic/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-3
3. Fabian Fallert/Finn Reynolds (OM) def. Alex Geller/Timothy Sah (STAN) 7-5
Ole Miss 16-12; National ranking #38
Stanford 22-4; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,1,5,2,6)
Wake Forest advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row with a 4-1 win over South Carolina. The Demon Deacons took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then added five first sets in singles. Petros Chrysochos ran his dual-match record to 24-1 with a quick 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2 but South Carolina got on the board to make it 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 win from Wood Benton at No. 5.
Skander Mansouri made it 3-1 with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 3 and Borna Gojo would clinch the match, albeit several games later than he expected after leading 6-4, 5-1, with a 6-4, 7-6(2) win at No. 1.
There are plenty of great quotes down below from Jay Spivey's article in the Winston-Salem Journal so check it out and also it'd probably a good idea to give him a follow on Twitter since I'm sure he'll have plenty of stories next week with Wake hosting the remainder of the NCAA Championships.
Quotes from Winston-Salem Journal
“South Carolina’s a great team,” Coach Tony Bresky of Wake Forest said. “We knew they’d fight ‘til the end. NCAA tennis — no one’s going to give in at this point. And obviously it feels great to get the win.”
“He was 5-1 there in the second set,” Bresky said of Gojo. “He lost a little focus and it turned fast.”
“It was 6-4, 5-1, and it was 15-30 and I called the ball out,” Gojo said. “It was out fair enough so you could see it. The ref overruled me and I lost my focus completely for five games, and then kind of refocused and just finished the match.”
“That’s not really professional of me,” he said. “But I’ll be better next time.”
“It just took our guys to settle in and that’s the reason why we couldn’t make that turn today,” Coach Josh Goffi of South Carolina said. “I think we were about 15 minutes away from that match getting extremely interesting.
“And playing out in the 100-degree heat on the court and seeing who’s fitter at that point of the match.”
“They were railroading us there for a while,” Goffi said. “It was moving quick in the wrong direction. You’ve just got to hang.”
“It didn’t even know (Botzer’s) scores, to be honest because at some point the scoreboard stopped working,” Gojo said. “So I really didn’t know. The last thing I saw was 6-2, 4-all, and I was up 5-1.
“So I didn’t really know, but I was trying to focus on my breaker, and I did a good job.”
“We knew that South Carolina would bring their best and give us their best,” Chrysochos said. “I wasn’t expecting a quick match like that.
“I knew Friedrich from past matches. I’ve watched him a couple times, so I was expecting a little bit of a closer score, for sure. But I was on fire. I didn’t even know how many unforced errors I had in the first and second set. I was just feeling it today.”
“He was (up a) set and up 5-1, and he got one overruled, and after that he just kind of lost his rhythm,” Chrysochos said. “But luckily he ended up winning the second set because it would’ve been much closer if he didn’t. They were coming back on a few courts.”
Quotes from South Carolina's recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi on the toughness the team showed throughout the entire match: "That's what this team is built on. We knew in order to take down a team as talented as Wake Forest we'd have to come out, but it took our guys a little while to settle in and that's the reason we couldn't make that turn today."
On the team gaining momentum towards the end of the match: "It was a hundred percent moving our direction. The problem was, we were about 15 minutes from where we needed to be as far as keeping those guys out there with their backs against the wall."
#1 Wake Forest 4, #29 South Carolina 1
May 13, 2018 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
1. #7 Borna Gojo (WF) def. #59 Paul Jubb (SC) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
2. #4 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #40 Gabriel Friedrich (SC) 6-2, 6-0
3. #38 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Thomas Mayronne (SC) 6-3, 7-5
4. Bar Botzer (WF) vs. Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-2, 6-6 (8-8), unfinished
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. #50 Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 7-6 (7-5), 5-3, unfinished
6. Wood Benton (SC) def. Rrezart Cungu (WF) 6-3, 6-2
1. #21 Borna Gojo/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Harrison O'Keefe/Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-4
2. #35 Bar Botzer/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #58 Thomas Mayronne/Gabriel Friedrich (SC) 6-1
3. #46 Ian Dempster/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. Wood Benton/Paul Jubb (SC) 5-4, unfinished
South Carolina 19-9; National ranking #29
Wake Forest 27-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,1)
North Carolina is back in the Sweet 16 for the fifth year in a row, sixth time in the last seven years, after a 4-0 win over Tennessee. The Heels took the doubles point for the 23rd time in 28 matches with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then after claiming four first sets in singles they'd get their three needed wins from William Blumberg at No. 1, Robert Kelly at No. 4, and Bo Boyden at No. 5. Blumberg and Boyden are now a combined 43-4 in dual-match play this year.
Quotes from Tennessee head coach Chris Woodruff
"I'm really proud of our guys and that includes everyone from the coaching staff to training and strength to academic counselors to athletic directors," Woodruff said. "It takes a lot of people to create a successful season. I'm proud that Tennessee tennis is relevant again."
However, even while the early stages of the offseason can serve as a time to appreciate what the team accomplished, Woodruff reiterated that the progress made this year remains a step towards achieving the program's ultimate goals.
"In no way is the vision complete or remotely close to our vision of success," he said. "But 2017-18 was a move in the right direction. The players worked extremely hard to move this program from the 50s to inside the top 20."
No. 6 North Carolina 4, No. 20 Tennessee 0
May 13, 2018 | NCAA Regionals | Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center | Chapel Hill, N.C.
1. #3 William Blumberg (UNC) d. #16 Timo Stodder (UT), 6-2, 6-4
2. #32 Benjamin Sigouin (UNC) vs. Luis Valero (UT), 6-2, 5-3 UF
3. Simon Soendergaard (UNC) vs. Adam Walton (UT), 5-7, 2-3 UF
4. Robert Kelly (UNC) d. Scott Jones (UT), 6-4, 6-4
5. Blaine Boyden (UNC) d. Preston Touliatos (UT), 6-2, 6-1
6. Mac Kiger (UNC) vs. Luca Wiedenmann (UT), 3-6, 2-4 UF
1. #2 Blumberg/Kelly (UNC) d. #7 Valero/Touliatos (UT), 6-2
2. Boyden/Sigouin (UNC) d. Stodder/Walton (UT), 6-4
3. Rogers/Jones (UT) d. Kiger/Soengergaard (UNC), 6-1
North Carolina 24-5; National ranking #6
Tennessee 21-9; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,4)
Michigan advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 10 years with a closer than the score looked 4-0 win over Notre Dame. Michigan won the doubles point for the 19th time in 27 matches after winning the deciding match at No. 3 in a tiebreak by a 7-1 score.
Michigan added four first sets in singles and the lead grew to 3-0 after straight set wins from Davis Crocker at No. 6 and Mattias Siimar at No. 4. Michigan's Runhao Hua looked like he'd provide the clincher at No. 2, after going in front 7-6, 5-2, however Notre Dame's Richard Ciamarra came storming back to take the set 7-5.
All the remaining matches were in third sets and Notre Dame had break leads at No. 1 and No. 5 but Michigan's Myles Schalet would end in the suspense by pulling away for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 3. Schalet had trailed ND's Guillermo Cabrera 2-6, 3-5* but he fought off two match points to break en route to winning 10 of the final 12 games.
Quotes from Notre Dame head coach Ryan Sachire
On the hard-fought nature of the match…
“I couldn’t be prouder of our guys. We battled; we fought. This is the kind of match we knew it would be. It was this way in South Bend a couple months ago (in a 4-3 Michigan win) and they took our best punch and found a way to get to four. Our guys fought their tails off, competed and threw everything that they have into it today and the entire year. We just happened to come up short by a point or two in what was a great college tennis match.”
Reflecting on the 2018 season…
“We did a lot of great things and made some huge steps this year. We were in (the Varsity Tennis Center) back in October for the regional championships and we had all but one player eliminated on the first day of singles, whereas Michigan had five or so guys in the quarterfinals. For the growth and development of this team and how the guys on this team have improved from that stage until now and all the accomplishments along the way, it’s hard to have perspective at this time, but I’m proud of what they did and how they represented Notre Dame.”
“I want to congratulate Michigan. They have four seniors and a junior in their lineup, and they’ve paid their dues and all of them are class individuals. Congratulations to their coaches and best of luck to them moving forward.”
No. 15 Michigan 4, No. 25 Notre Dame 0
May 13, 2018 at Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
1. No. 34 Alex Lebedev (ND) vs. No. 17 Alex Knight (UM) 7-6(4), 1-6, 4-1, unfinished
2. Richard Ciamarra (ND) vs. No. 47 Runhao Hua (UM) 6-7(4), 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
3. Myles Schalet (UM) def. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
4. Mattias Siimar (UM) def. Matt Gamble (ND) 6-4, 6-3
5. Tristan McCormick (ND) vs. Carter Lin (UM) 5-7, 6-3, 5-4, unfinished
6. Davis Crocker (UM) def. William Howells (ND) 6-2, 6-4
1. Myles Schalet / Connor Johnston (UM) def. No. 49 Brendon Kempin / Tristan McCormick (ND) 6-2
2. William Howells / Alex Lebedev (ND) def. No. 73 Runhao Hua / Mattias Siimar (UM) 6-4
3. Alex Knight / Harrison Brown (UM) def. Richard Ciamarra / Matt Gamble (ND) 7-6(1)
Notre Dame 18-15; National ranking #25
Michigan 22-5; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,3)
Florida is back in the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row after a fairly routine 4-0 win over Miami. The Gators rolled through doubles with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then in singles they claimed four opening sets. Chase Perez-Blanco and McClain Kessler only dropped three games a piece in quick wins at No. 5 and No. 6 and Alfredo Perez would clinch the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3.
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Quotes from Florida's recap
Quoting Coach Shelton
On advancing to the Round of 16 - "It's exciting. We work all year, not just for these moments because we work to get better, but these moments are special and exciting. Anytime you do something collectively with a team far outweighs anything you could do individually. For us, it was a team effort and we have a lot of people to thank. From the fans to the staff, just everywhere we had people that contributed to the success of the team."
On strong effort in doubles - "Doubles is a game of holds and breaks and servers defiantly have the advantage so we weren't phased by them holding serve. I thought that we came out and swung away early. We didn't get the early break but I think there was a lot of belief on our side of the net. That starts with the preparation and I felt like we really prepared well, not just the last few weeks but throughout the season to develop and get better."
Quoting McClain Kessler on singles and doubles success: "I've been working really hard in practice each and every week. I've been more focused in practice, listening a lot more, and doing the things that I need to do to help my game improve and get better."
Quoting Chase Perez-Blanco on his 184th career victory, putting him sixth on the all-time list: "It's pretty exciting and a lot of hours on the tennis court. It's nice to see all the hard work pay off."
On his final match at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex: "It's bittersweet but I'm glad I was able to go out with a win both individually and as a team. I'm going to miss playing here. It was the best four years, best atmosphere, that I have ever been apart off and I'm going to miss it a lot."
#13 Florida 4, #40 Miami 0
05/13/18 at Gainesville, FL (Ring Tennis Complex)
(1) #49 Oliver Crawford (UF) vs Adria Soriano (UM) – DNF, 2-6, 6-6
(2) #28 Johannes Ingildsen (UF) vs Christian Langmo (UM) – DNF, 0-6, 6-1, 3-1
(3) #13 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. Bojan Jankulovski (UM) – 6-4, 6-3 *
(4) Andy Andrade (UF) vs Dane Dunlap (UM) – 6-4, 5-4
(5) Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Niclas Genovese (UM) – 6-2, 6-1
(6) McClain Kessler (UF) def. Nile Clark (UM) – 6-1, 6-2
(1) #5 Perez/Ingildsen (UF) def. Soriano/Langmo (UM) – 6-4
(2) #42 Perez-Blanco/Crawford (UF) vs Jankulovski/Dunlap (UM) – DNF, 5-3
(3) #36 Kessler/Vale (UF) def. Clark/Aycart (UM) – 6-2
Florida 18-9; National ranking #13
Miami 15-13; National ranking #40
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6, 5, 3*)
Illinois is back in the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row, fourth time in the last five years, after a 4-0 win over Vanderbilt. The Illini took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then dominated in singles winning eight of nine completed sets with senior Aleks Vukic clinching in his final collegiate match at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
Quotes from Vandy's recap
"This is a special group, and we were aiming for more than an NCAA second-round finish," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "There is definitely a sense of unfinished business. We came into the match thinking that the doubles point would be pivotal in this matchup, and we were right. While we had opportunities to take three singles matches, everything came down to dropping that doubles point."
"Looking ahead, we're going to take a day off and then we have graduation on Tuesday," continued Duvenhage. "After that, we will put the team tournament behind us and focus on the individual tournament. I feel that Danny and Cam could have a very successful singles tournament, and I see great things for Cam and Billy in the doubles tournament."
#9 Illinois 4, #22 Vanderbilt 0
May 13, 2018 at Champaign, Ill (Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex)
1. #13 Aleks Vukic (UI) def. #26 Cameron Klinger (VANDY) 6-4, 6-4
2. #87 Alex Brown (UI) vs. #31 Daniel Valent (VANDY) 3-6, 4-5, unfinished
3. Aron Hiltzik (UI) vs. #124 Baker Newman (VANDY) 7-6, 0-2, unfinished
4. Aleks Kovacevic (UI) def. Billy Rowe (VANDY) 6-3, 6-2
5. Zeke Clark (UI) def. Maxwell Freeman (VANDY) 6-2, 6-2
6. Caleb Chakravarthi (UI) vs. George Harwell (VANDY) 6-2, 2-5, unfinished
1. Alex Brown/Caleb Chakravarthi (UI) def. #11 Cameron Klinger/Billy Rowe (VANDY) 6-3
2. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Kovacevic (UI) def. Maxwell Freeman/Lachlan McPhee (VANDY) 7-5
3. Vuk Budic/Aleks Vukic (UI) vs. George Harwell/Baker Newman (VANDY) 6-5, unfinished
Vanderbilt 19-9; National ranking #22
Illinois 23-7; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,1)
TCU advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row with a 4-0 rout over No. 33 Oregon. The Frogs won the doubles point quickly and the story wasn't much different in singles with Alex Rybakov, Guillermo Nunez, and Reese Stalder winning in straight sets.
#8 TCU 4, #33 Oregon 0
May 12, 2018 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
1. #21 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #22 Thomas Laurent (OREGON) 6-1, 6-0
2. #65 Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Simon Stevens (OREGON) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
3. #114 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. Akihiro Tanaka (OREGON) 6-4, 6-2
4. Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Ty Gentry (OREGON) 6-4, 6-3
5. Eduardo Roldan (TCU) vs. Cormac Clissold (OREGON) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
6. Max Kurzban (TCU) vs. Riki Oshima (OREGON) 3-6, 3-4, unfinished
1. #6 Guillermo Nuñez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #53 Thomas Laurent/Cormac Clissold (OREGON) 6-1
2. Trevor Johnson/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Ty Gentry/Simon Stevens (OREGON) 6-2
3. Max Kurzban/Eduardo Roldan (TCU) vs. Armando Soemarno/Charles Roberts (OREGON) 4-5, unfinished
Oregon 18-10; National ranking #33
TCU 20-4; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,3,4)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship Second Round
TCU advances to the third round with the win.
USC is headed to the Sweet 16 for the 12th year in a row after a 4-0 win over Harvard. The Trojans won the doubles point for the 22nd time in 27 matches with a tiebreak win at No. 1 and a 6-2 win at No. 2. USC claimed the opening set in singles on five of six courts and despite Harvard fighting back in several spots the Trojans were too strong and won in straight sets at 2, 3, and 4.
No. 10 USC 4, No. 31 Harvard 0
May 13, 2018 – Marks Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.
1. #11 Brandon Holt (USC) vs. Kenny Tao (HU) – 6-2, 3-6, 3-4 susp.
2. #74 Daniel Cukierman (USC) def. Andy Zhou (HU) – 7-6 (6), 6-1*
3. Jack Jaede (USC) def. Jean Thirouin (HU) – 6-0, 6-2
4. Laurens Verboven (USC) def. Robert Wresinski (HU) - 6-1, 6-1
5. Thibault Forget (USC) vs. Grant Solomon (HU) – 4-6, 6-3, 0-2 susp.
6. Riley Smith (USC) vs. Christopher Morrow (HU)– 6-4, 4-6, 3-0 susp.
1. #10 Holt/R. Smith (USC) def. Tao/Weber (HU) – 7-6 (2)
2. #9 Jaede/Verboven (USC) def. Thirouin/Wresinski (HU) – 6-2
3. Cukierman/T. Smith (USC) vs. Solomon/Morrow (HU) – 6-6 (1-2) susp.
USC 19-8; National ranking #10
Harvard 21-7; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,2)
UCLA advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 42nd year in a row with a 4-0 win over San Diego. The Bruins took the doubles point, despite getting roughed up at No. 1, and then Martin Redlicki, Keegan Smith, and Maxime Cressy added straight set wins in singles.
#2 UCLA 4, #39 San Diego 0
5/13/2018 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. #1 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #60 August Holmgren (USD) 6-1, 6-4
2. #81 Evan Zhu (UCLA) vs. Gui Osorio (USD) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished
3. #56 Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. Nico Borter (USD) 6-4, 6-0
4. #103 Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Joel Gamerov (USD) 7-6 (7-5), 1-4, unfinished
5. Maxime Cressy (UCLA) def. David Norfeldt (USD) 6-3, 6-3
6. Connor Hance (UCLA) vs. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 7-6 (7-5), 1-3, unfinished
1. Nico Borter/Gui Osorio (USD) def. #29 Martin Redlicki/Evan Zhu (UCLA) 6-0
2. #16 Austin Rapp/Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. #80 August Holmgren/Joel Gamerov (USD) 6-2
3. Maxime Cressy/Bryce Pereira (UCLA) def. David Norfeldt/Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-3
San Diego 17-9; National ranking #39
UCLA 28-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,5)
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