Sunday, 03 March 2019 02:19

Saturday Recap: Rain Washes Out Several Matches: Denver Downs Minnesota In Battle of Thompson Sisters; Many Blowouts in Men's Play

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There wasn't a huge schedule on Saturday and it was made even smaller courtesy of the rain. The highly anticipated top 10 women's showdown between Texas and Stanford was washed out as were matches between Arizona/UCSB (M), Cal Poly/Santa Clara (M), UCSB/Cal (W), the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, and just about every other match scheduled in the state of California. 

There was a unique match on Saturday in Houston between No. 45 Denver and Minnesota. Both teams were led by a Thompson with Christian the head coach of Denver and her twin sister Catrina the head coach of Minnesota. Christian's Pioneers won the match 6-1 after taking the doubles point and 10 of 13 sets in singles. Both schools had a preview of the family matchup earlier in the week with Denver's here and Minnesota's at this link

The USTA/Tennis Channel women's top ranked team, Georgia, had little trouble on Saturday in Knoxville with the Bulldogs cruising to a 4-0 win. The Dawgs took the doubles point and then grabbed three quick straight set wins while also leading on two other courts. 

The Texas Tech women, ranked #23, won the most competitive match of the day with a 4-3 win over TCU. The Red Raiders dropped the doubles point and four first sets in singles but came back from 3-1 down with Felicity Maltby winning the decider at No. 1 singles 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6). 

In other women's action #48 Princeton edged Maryland 4-3 with the Tigers only having five healthy players. Princeton forfeited No. 3 doubles, and ended up losing the doubles point, and also forfeited No. 6 singles though they managed to sweep the top four spots.

There were five top 15 men's teams in action though none of them were pushed much.

Mississippi State (#8/#11) routed Kentucky 7-0 in a match that was moved ahead one day due to rain. The Bulldogs won all 12 sets in singles with none of them very competitive (6-2, 6-3 avg score).

Baylor (#7/#10) trounced Purdue 7-0 with the Bears rolling everywhere - Adrian Boitan won 6-1, 6-1 and had they stopped on the clinch his match would have gone unfinished. 

TCU (#12/#7) blanked Rice 7-0 with the Horned Frogs winning 12 of 13 sets in singles. 

North Carolina (#6/#4) went on the road to Blacksburg and posted a 7-0 shutout over Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels won all 12 sets in singles.

Columbia (#9) defeated SMU 6-1 with the Lions taking a close doubles point before pulling away in singles. SMU's Jan-Simon Vrbsky gave the Mustangs its only point with a 0 & 2 win over ITA No. 10 Jack Lin. 

In other men's action #26 BYU knocked off #40 Old Dominion 4-0. The Cougars won the first three singles matches to finish in the four-court indoor facility with two of them coming in straight sets. 


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