Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:00

Illini Inch Past UCLA 4-2; New #1s in Both ITA & Tennis Channel/USTA; Master Lineups for Men's NTIs

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The Men's National Team Indoors is less than 24 hours away from kicking off in Chicago but on Wednesday night at the Midtown Athletic Club the Illinois Fighting Illini and UCLA Bruins squared off in a top 15 dual to let the locals know what was in store for the coming days. UCLA jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after picking up a pair of 6-2 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles but Illinois bounced back in singles by taking four opening sets. Illini freshman Siphosothando Montsi tied the match at 1-1 after winning his first career dual-match with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles. Aleks Kovacevic put the Illini in front with a 7-6, 7-5 win over Maxime Cressy at No. 1. Cressy, who won the Cleveland Challenger a few weeks ago, hadn't dropped more than 4 games in a set in his three previous matches. UCLA freshman Govind Nanda tied it back up with a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 3 but moments later Illinois sophomore Alex Brown put the Illini back ahead with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win at No. 2. 

The two remaining matches were both even with No. 4 splitting sets while the match at No. 5 was tied at 3-3 in the third. Illinois sophomore Caleb Chakravarthi would break UCLA freshman Mathew Tsolakyan to go in front 4-3 and then a few games later he served it out to clinch with a 5-7, 6-0, 6-4 win.

"Excited for our team to come out and play focused in singles," said head coach Brad Dancer. "UCLA has great players and coaches, so it is a huge challenge anytime you face them."

"I know we can play better in spots, but overall we were resilient in our focus," noted Dancer. "Needless to say, we are looking forward to playing in the ITA National Indoor Championships on Friday."

#14 Illinois 4, #7 UCLA 2
Feb 13, 2019 at Chicago, Ill. (Midtown Athletic Club)
Singles competition
1. #24 Aleks Kovacevic (UI) def. Maxime Cressy (UCLA) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
2. #23 Alex Brown (UI) def. Keegan Smith (UCLA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. Govind Nanda (UCLA) def. #30 Zeke Clark (UI) 6-4, 7-5
4. #125 Keenan Mayo (UI) vs. Patrick Zahraj (UCLA) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 2-1, unfinished
5. #116 Caleb Chakravarthi (UI) def. Mathew Tsolakyan (UCLA) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4
6. Siphosothando Montsi (UI) def. Ben Goldberg (UCLA) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Maxime Cressy/Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. Alex Brown/Caleb Chakravarthi (UI) 6-2
2. Keenan Mayo/Aleks Kovacevic (UI) def. Govind Nanda/Connor Rapp (UCLA) 6-2
3. Patrick Zahraj/Bryce Pereira (UCLA) def. Vuk Budic/Zeke Clark (UI) 6-2
Match Notes:
UCLA 3-1; National ranking #7
Illinois 4-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,1,3,2,5)

 

The USTA released its latest Top 25 with a new No. 1 for both the men and women. As expected Georgia took over the top spot on the women's side after winning the National Team Indoors with wins over North Carolina, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and NC State. NTI runner-up North Carolina came in at No. 2, previous No. 1 Stanford was No. 3, and NTI semifinalist Duke was No. 4. The top four was also the same in the new ITA rankings with a side-by-side comparison below. 

ITA WOMEN'S TOP 25   USTA WOMEN'S TOP 25
Rank School   Rank School Votes
1 Georgia (10)   1 Georgia 300
2 North Carolina   2 North Carolina 288
3 Stanford   3 Stanford 276
4 Duke   4 Duke 264
5 Vanderbilt   5 UCLA 246
6 Texas   6 Vanderbilt 241
7 Pepperdine   7 Pepperdine 220
8 UCLA   8 Texas 211
9 South Carolina   9 South Carolina 206
10 Ohio State   10 Michigan 189
11 Northwestern   11 Ohio State 175
12 Kansas   12 Florida State 152
13 Michigan   13 Kansas 148
14 Oklahoma State   14 Miami FL 122
15 Miami (FL)   15 Virginia 115
16 LSU   16 LSU 114
17 NC State   17 NC State 113
18 Viginia   18 Northwestern 109
19 Syracuse   19 Oklahoma 66
20 Florida State   20 Florida 50
21 UCF   21 Oklahoma State 48
22 Texas Tech   22 Boston College 43
23 Kentucky   23 Syracuse 26
24 Florida   24 Texas Tech 23
25 Washington   25 Texas A&M 21

 

The ITA didn't release men's team rankings this week however the USTA did and Ohio State is your new No. 1 after weekend wins over Arizona State and Georgia coupled with Wake Forest losing to Virginia last week. Tulane was the only team to fall out of the top 25, after losses to Mississippi State and Texas Tech, while South Carolina was the only team to move in to the top 25 after a win over NC State. 

 

USTA MEN'S TOP 25
Rank School Votes
1 Ohio State 300
2 Mississippi State 280
3 Florida 271
4 Texas 264
5 Wake Forest 248
6 UCLA 239
7 North Carolina 223
8 Stanford 206
9 Virginia 203
10 Baylor 189
11 USC 176
12 Illinois 171
13 Notre Dame 161
14 Columbia 159
15 TCU 126
16 Tennessee 116
17 Michigan 104
18 Florida State 91
19 Oklahoma 72
20 Alabama 68
21 Texas A&M 46
22 Minnesota 36
23 LSU 33
24 South Carolina 25
25 NC State 23

 

CollegeTennisRanks has the team lineups for this weekend's National Team Indoors so make sure you head over there to see who is playing in what spot. 

 

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  • Comment Link BUBears Friday, 15 February 2019 10:13 posted by BUBears

    Why in the world is Oklahoma ranked??

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