Sunday, 10 March 2019 04:49

Saturday Recap: Busy Day in the Pac-12; Duke Holds Off Michigan in Lake Nona; New Mexico Upsets Wichita State; Texas A&M & Georgia Score Top 25 Wins

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Saturday was a busy day across the Pac-12 with 8 of the 9 men's schools in action while there were 4 in action on the women's side. On the men's side #7/#6 Stanford and Cal finished off weekend sweeps of #21 Arizona and Arizona State. Stanford won a top 25 showdown over Arizona in convincing fashion with the Cardinal winning every completed set in singles. Cal came back from 2-0 down with four straight set wins in singles to defeat Arizona State 4-2. 

#12/#21 Oregon overcame a slow start at home to defeat Washington 5-1. The Ducks dropped the doubles point but won a lot of close first sets and used that as a springboard to collect four straight set wins. 

#19/#12 USC was playing without one of its top players, Daniel Cukierman, but managed to pull through on the road over #41 Utah 4-2. The Trojans jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Utah won the top two spots in straight sets to pull within 3-2. Both of the remaining matches went three sets and it'd be USC freshman Jack Sands clinching at No. 5 with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win while the match at No. 3 went unfinished with Utah junior Slava Shainyan leading 6-5.

On the women's side #6/#9 UCLA edged Arizona 4-3 in a match that was clinched at 4-2 after Abi Altick won 6-3, 7-5 at No. 3 and #14/#24 USC clipped Arizona State 4-3. The Trojans trailed 2-0 and 3-2 and were match points down at No. 1 but Salma Ewing rallied to win the final set 7-5 and then Ana Neffa clinched at No. 4 winning 5-7, 7-6(8), 6-4. 

In a match played at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona it was #3/#4 Duke winning a pair of third sets to defeat #22/#8 Michigan 5-2. With the Blue Devils leading 3-2, sophomore Kelly Chen broke Guilia Pairone from 15/40 to clinch the win 7-5 in the third while freshman Margaryta Bilokin broke on the no-ad point to win 6-4 in the third at No. 6.

The Ben Dunbar coached New Mexico Lobos upset #39 Wichita State 4-2. UNM took the doubles point but WSU came back with straight set wins at 4 and 6 to go in front 2-1. After a straight set win from Stepan Holis the Lobos retook the lead with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win by Ricky Hernandez Tong at No. 1. UNM freshman Facundo Bermejo clinched the match with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5 while UNM also had a 5-3 lead in the third on a match that would go unfinished at No. 2. 

#28/#20 Texas A&M extended its winning streak to eight with a 6-1 win over #25/#19 Tennessee and a 7-0 win over Incarnate Word. In the match with Tennessee, the Aggies took the doubles point but early on in singles rain halted play for nearly two hours. Once play resumed Texas A&M would get straight set wins at 4 and 6 while Tennessee won in straights at 1. The other matches went the distance with Texas A&M winning all three with the final set scores being 6-2, 6-3, and 6-3. Next up for Texas A&M is a Monday evening showdown against top ranked Ohio State. 

#34 Georgia bounced back from a tough loss to Texas A&M with a 5-2 win over #24/#25 LSU. The Bulldogs took the doubles point and added straight set wins at 2 and 6 while LSU won in straight sets at 4. The final three matches went three sets with Georgia freshman Trent Bryde clinching at 4-1 with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 3. 

 

Other Men's Results

  • #10/#11 Mississippi State and #29 South Carolina were unable to restart after rain halted play on Friday. They'll attempt to restart on Monday afternoon. 
  • #22 BYU won at Boise State 4-0 - Cougars swept the top three spots in singles with all coming in straight sets
  • #27 San Diego won at Gonzaga 4-2 - Toreros broke a 2-2 tie with Guus Koevermans and Nico Borter winning third sets 6-1 and 6-0
  • UC Santa Barbara def. Loyola Marymount 5-2 - Gauchos took dubs and added four straight set wins in singles
  • Princeton def. Buffalo 6-1 & Bryant 6-1 - Tigers won 8 singles matches in straight sets
 

Women's Results

  • #13/#22 Northwestern won at Indiana 5-2 - Wildcats clinched at 4-1 with a straight set win from Carol Finke at No. 6 
  • #23/#12 Pepperdine def. UC Santa Barbara 6-1 - Waves dropped the doubles point but won all six singles matches in straight sets
  • #30 Illinois won at Purdue 6-1 - Illini led 2-1 and then won the final 4 matches in three sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2)
  • #34 Oklahoma def. #39 Gonzaga 4-1 - Sooners won 8 of 10 sets in singles 
  • #35 Columbia def. LIU Brooklyn 4-1 - Lions dropped the doubles point but dominated in singles winning all completed set
  • #42 San Diego won at UNLV 4-3 - Toreros clinched at 4-2 with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) win by Gemma Garcia at No. 3
 

**If there are two rankings listed the first ranking is the ITA ranking and the second is the USTA rankings

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