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Friday Recap: Jackets Sting the Heels; Aggie Women Shut Down the Dores; Sun Devils Cook The Wolverines; Gauchos Go Duck Hunting; Canes Clip The Irish; Pokes Prod The Jayhawks; Duke Dominates Wake

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Friday was a busy, busy day of college tennis action with three top 16 showdowns on the women's side (all won by the higher ranked team and two of them not close at all), a top five women's team going down, and three top 20 teams going down by lower ranked teams on the men's side. 

We'll start off in Atlanta where unranked Georgia Tech (6-6) was hosting #7/#4 North Carolina (8-2). The Yellow Jackets hadn't tasted pay dirt against the Tar Heels since 2012 and with GT entering the match having lost four of its last five there weren''t many that would have predicted a close match let alone an upset - but that's exactly what happened. UNC rolled through the doubles point with lopsided wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but GT turned it around in singles and claimed four opening sets. 

GT sophomore Brandon Freestone evened the match at 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6 but UNC freshman Brian Cernoch put the Heels back in front with a 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4. UNC junior William Blumberg made it 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 1 but that'd be the last point they'd be able to muster. 

GT senior Phillip Gresk upset ITA #40 Ben Sigouin 7-6, 6-2 at No. 2 and fellow senior Andrew Li won 6-4, 7-6 at No. 3. The deciding match at No. 5 came down to a third set between GT freshman Pablo Schelcher and UNC senior Bo Boyden. Schelcher was only playing his third dual-match of the season (last match came back on Feb 1 which was a lopsided loss against Auburn) while Boyden entered with a 9-1 record. Despite the difference in experience it'd be the freshman that would pull through 6-3 in the third to give the Jackets a stunning upset win.

Georgia Tech 4, #7 North Carolina 3
Mar 15, 2019 at Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. #47 William Blumberg (UNC) def. #30 Carlos Divar (GT) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
2. Phillip Gresk (GT) def. #40 Benjamin Sigouin (UNC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
3. Andrew Li (GT) def. #107 Josh Peck (UNC) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
4. #82 Brian Cernoch (UNC) def. Chris Yun (GT) 6-1, 6-2
5. Pablo Schelcher (GT) def. Blaine Boyden (UNC) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
6. Brandon Freestone (GT) def. Simon Soendergaard (UNC) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. #44 William Blumberg/Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Carlos Divar/Phillip Gresk (GT) 6-1
2. Mac Kiger/Simon Soendergaard (UNC) def. Chris Yun/Joseph Gandolfo (GT) 6-2
3. Josh Peck/Brian Cernoch (UNC) def. Andrew Li/Zummy Bauer (GT) 5-2
Match Notes:
North Carolina 9-3; National ranking #7
Georgia Tech 7-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,4,1,2,3,5)


The #29 Texas A&M women improved to 15-3 after pulling off a 4-2 upset over #4/#5 Vanderbilt. The Aggies took the early lead after claiming the doubles point and then A&M freshman Katya Townsend made it 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 rout over ITA #3 Fernanda Contreras. A&M sophomore Riley McQuaid made it 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5 but Vandy would get back in it with a 6-3, 7-6 win by Christina Rosca at No. 2 and a 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-0 win by Georgia Drummy at No. 3. 

The final two matches were both nearing the finish line with Vandy's Summer Dvorak serving up 7-6, 5-4 at No. 6 while A&M freshman Renee McBryde had a match point with Vandy's Amanda Meyer serving down 5-6 in the third. If Meyer held on the no-ad point it'd go to a tiebreak but McBryde would get the break to clinch the 4-2 win.

"I am thrilled with the effort and execution from the team tonight," Texas A&M women's tennis head coach Mark Weaver said. "We have spoken to the team about belief several times and there is no doubt that became a factor there as we were trying to close out this great win. This effort started early in the week on the practice courts after a really tough road trip last weekend. We had a good match at Tennessee, but then we followed that up with our lowest day of the year at Georgia. We took a step back and looked ourselves in the mirror and decided how we wanted to respond. We had an incredible week of practice and came out and played an incredible match today."

#29 Texas A&M 4, #4 Vanderbilt 2
3/15/2019 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Katya Townsend (TAMU) def. #3 Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) 6-2, 6-0
2. #8 Christina Rosca (VANDY) def. Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
3. #67 Georgia Drummy (VANDY) def. Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
4. Renee McBryde (TAMU) def. #32 Amanda Meyer (VANDY) 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-5
5. Riley McQuaid (TAMU) def. Carolyn Campana (VANDY) 6-3, 6-3
6. Dorthea Faa-Hviding (TAMU) vs. Summer Dvorak (VANDY) 6-7 (7-9), 4-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Tatiana Makarova/Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU) vs. Emma Kurtz/Emily Smith (VANDY) 5-4, unfinished
2. Renee McBryde/Katya Townsend (TAMU) def. #51 Georgia Drummy/Christina Rosca (VANDY) 6-4
3. Riley McQuaid/Lucia Quiterio (TAMU) def. #30 Summer Dvorak/Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) 6-3
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 9-4, 4-1; National ranking #4
Texas A&M 15-3, 3-2; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,5,2,3,4)


Arizona State picked up its first big win of the season on Friday afternoon with a 4-2 upset over #13/#14 Michigan in the opening round of the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge in Indian Wells. All three doubles matches were highly competitive, with two of the three going to tiebreaks, but it'd be Michigan taking the point with a 7-6(6) win at 2 and a 7-5 win at 3. 

In singles only two matches would finish in straight sets with Michigan's Connor Johnston winning 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 while ASU's Justin Roberts won 7-6, 7-6 at No. 4. 

ASU's Tim Ruehl tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 win at No. 5 and Dominik Kellovsky made it 3-2 ASU with a 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 win at No. 2. 

ASU sophomore Nathan Ponwith would get the clincher at No. 1 with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 win over ITA #37 Mattias Siimar. The match at No. 6 went unfinished all tied at 5-5 in the third. 

"The guys managed the situation really well because there were a ton of swings and tough moments that didn't go our way," head coach Matt Hill said. "They stayed the course, kept fighting and put themselves in a position to win. That's all we can really ask for, and they did a fantastic job of that today."

"This team has been through a lot in a short span all the way back to the fall," Hill said. "They've gone through a lot of adversity and I'm really happy they got on the other side of it because there are a lot of teams that never get on the other side of it. They're working through it and we're not there yet, but we're definitely on the right path after today."

Arizona State 4, #13 Michigan 2
March 15, 2019 at Indian Wells, Calif (
Singles Competition
No. 1 -- Nathan Ponwith (ASU) d. No. 37 Mattias Siimar (U-M), 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 -- Dominik Kellovsky (ASU) d. Myles Schalet (U-M), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5
No. 3 -- Connor Johnston (U-M) d. Andrea Bolla (ASU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 -- Justin Roberts (ASU) d. Gabe Tishman (U-M), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2)
No. 5 -- Tim Ruehl (ASU) d. Steven Forman (U-M), 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
No. 6 -- Harrison Brown (U-M) vs. Makey Rakotomalala (ASU), 6-3, 5-7, 5-5 abandoned
Doubles Competition
No. 1 -- Domink Kellovsky/Nathan Ponwith (ASU) d. Harrison Brown/Connor Johnston (U-M), 7-6 (4)
No. 2 -- Myles Schalet/Steven Forman (U-M) d. Justin Roberts/Makey Rakotomalala (ASU), 7-6 (6)
No. 3 -- Mattias Siimar/Gabe Tishman (U-M) d. Tim Ruehl/Andrea Bolla (ASU), 7-5
Match Notes
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1-2, Singles 3-4-5-2-1


The last 10 days have been pretty good for UC Santa Barbara. On March 7th the school announced that alumnus, trustee John Arnhold and wife Jody Arnhold were donating $5.25 to build a brand-new tennis complex which will provide six new courts, two refurbished courts, a team building complete with locker rooms, team lounge and storage space, and stands for more than 300 spectators. On March 15 (Friday), the Gauchos snapped #17/#20 Oregon's 10-match winning streak with a 4-3 win which is the highest ranked win in head coach Marty Davis's 20 years at UCSB.

The Gauchos, which gave UCLA a good match earlier in the week, took the early 1-0 lead after dominating wins at No. 1 and No. 2. In singles, each team took three opening sets but UCSB got a split at No. 1 while Oregon would be unable to get a second set on any of the courts where UCSB claimed the first.

UCSB senior Anders Holm made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6 and sophomore Victor Krustev made it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3. 

"Anders has had two big wins in our two biggest wins of the year, against South Alabama and today against the Ducks. We trust him and he always works super hard and I am happy to see it paid off for him and for us because we needed him," head coach Marty Davis said.

Oregon's Riki Oshima put the Ducks on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4 but a short while later UCSB junior Joseph Guillin clinched the upset with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2. The final two matches were played out with Oregon claiming both.  

"I am so pumped. This is a huge win for our program and everyone played really well," Davis said. "I was proud of the way our guys competed yesterday [at UCLA] but today they all came together and just did what it took to win. I believe we are a Top-25 team in this country and a win like this proves that."

"I remember the moment Joe clinched the match I felt a sudden rush of energy coursing through my body. I was up 2-0 (40-30) in the third but I knew I wanted to be with my teammates. I was just so stoked we won, this is probably the biggest win in my college career as a team and I know we are a top-20 program and we proved it. I love my teammates and they really came through and I just could not be happier," Moreno de Alboran said.

UCSB 4, #17 Oregon 3
March 15, 2019 at Santa Barbara, Calif
Doubles Competition
1. #72 Moreno/Holm (UCSB) def. #60 Roberts/Soemarno (UO) – 6-1
2. Guillin/Krustev (UCSB) def. Laurent/Oshima (UO) – 6-0
3. Charlton/Gentry (UO) led #80 Rotheram/Soto – 4-1 [unfinished]
Order of Finish: 2, 1
Singles Competition
1. #5 Thomas Laurent (UO) def. #13 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) – 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
2. #39 Joseph Guillin (UCSB) def. #90 Emmanuel Coste (UO) – 6-4, 6-4
3. #94 Victor Krustev (UCSB) def. Ty Gentry (UO) – 6-1, 6-4
4. Riki Oshima (UO) def. Joseph Rotheram (UCSB) – 6-4, 6-3
5. Joshua Charlton (UO) def. Hironori Koyanagi (UCSB) – 7-6, 6-3
6. Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Charles Roberts (UO) – 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 4, 2*, 5, 1 (* - clincher)


Miami (FL) knocked off its first top 15 opponent since 2010 and is off to its best start in ACC play (4-0) in 14 years after after a 4-3 upset over #11/#17 Notre Dame. The Canes claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams would split three opening sets in singles. All six matches finished in straight sets with Miami freshman Francisco Bastias clinching at No. 2 with a 7-6, 7-6 win.

"Great team win against a very good Notre Dame team," Miami head coach Aljosa Piric said. "We know it is tough to come down to Miami and play our guys, on our court. It is a special atmosphere and a unique setup; there is sun, there is heat and there is humidity. Our guys love it. It is very, very tough to play us down here and our guys know that."

"We competed well today, especially in doubles," Piric said. "Bastias and Franco got us a quick win, but then we were down on court 2 and were able to turn it around. We were able to just keep chipping away and kept believing. And winning the doubles point gave us a lot of momentum heading into singles play.

"In singles, we didn't necessarily play well at all six spots, but we competed, we believed, we tried and we did everything we were supposed to do," Piric said. "We didn't necessarily play our best match across the positions, but sometimes that happens. You still need everyone to show up and fight, and that is what we did today."

#36 Miami FL 4, #11 Notre Dame 3
March 15, 2019 at Miami, Florida
1. #19 A. Soriano Barrera (UM) def. Axel Nefve (ND), 7-5, 6-4
2. Francisco Bastias (UM) def. Tristan McCormick (ND), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6)
3. Matt Gamble (ND) def. Dane Dunlap (UM), 6-0, 6-2
4. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. #71 Bojan Jankulovski (UM), 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Franco Aubone (UM) def. William Howells (ND), 6-1, 7-5
6. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. W. Grattan-Smith (UM), 7-5, 6-3
1. Tatsuki Shimamoto/A. Soriano Barrera (UM) vs. Tristan McCormick/Axel Nefve (ND), 6-6 (5-2), unfinished
2. Dane Dunlap/Stephen Madonia (UM) def. Grayson Broadus/Matt Gamble (ND), 7-5
3. Franco Aubone/Francisco Bastias (UM) def. Guillermo Cabrera/William Howells (ND), 6-2
Match Notes:
Notre Dame 10-7, 3-1; National ranking #11
University of Miami 12-4, 4-0; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,5,4,1,6,2)


#11/#15 Oklahoma State picked up its first top 10 win of the year and did it in convincing fashion with a 6-1 win over #10/#14 Kansas. The Cowgirls won the doubles point with 6-2 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then added four straight set wins in singles along with a three-set win at No. 3. 

"I think we've really been putting in a lot of work, and we knew coming out we were going to have one of the toughest matches of the week," said OSU head coach Chris Young. "For us, I thought it was a statement win. It's important for us to protect our home court and play the way we need to play. This team has continued to build confidence."

Kansas head coach Todd Chapman - "Credit to OSU. I thought they played a clean match and deserved the win."

#11 Oklahoma State 6, #10 Kansas 1
Mar 15, 2019 at Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Rychagova, Anastasia (KU) def. Katarina Stresnakova (OSU) 6-3, 6-0
2. Lisa Marie Rioux (OSU) def. Koch, Janet (KU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (OSU) def. Khmelnitckaia, Nina (KU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-6
4. Marina Guinart (OSU) def. Smagina, Sonia (KU) 6-3, 6-0
5. Sofia Blanco (OSU) def. Ribas, Maria Toran (KU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Tamara Arnold (OSU) def. Ngounoue, Malkia (KU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. Koch, Janet/Khmelnitckaia, Nina (KU) def. Sofia Blanco/Lisa Marie Rioux (OSU) 6-2
2. Marina Guinart/Katarina Stresnakova (OSU) def. Rychagova, Anastasia/Smagina, Sonia (KU) 6-2
3. Bunyawi Thamchaiwat/Tamara Arnold (OSU) def. Ribas, Maria Toran/Ngounoue, Malkia (KU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Kansas 9-2; National ranking #10
Oklahoma State 9-5; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,6,5,1,2,3)


#3/#4 Duke improved to 12-2 after a 7-0 rout over #15/#22 Wake Forest. The Blue Devils won all but one set in singles which included a 6-0, 6-0 win by Ellyse Hamlin at No. 4

“I thought we got off to a good start,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We finished points and the biggest thing for me is the personalities on the court. The personalities that we have playing together are ones that mesh but also lift them up. If someone is down or having a tough time, the other one can pick them up. Even moving into singles, I thought it was the most complete match we’ve played all year. Wake is a good top-20 team and it’s really the first time all year we’ve come out and beaten a team off the court. I’ve said all year that we’ll be better in March and April and I think we’re taking the necessary steps to get there.”

#3 Duke 7, #15 Wake Forest 0
Mar 15, 2019 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #22 Kelly Chen (DU) def. #46 Emma Davis (WF) 6-3, 6-4
2. #18 Maria Mateas (DU) def. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) 7-5, 6-2
3. #19 Meible Chi (DU) def. Eliza Omirou (WF) 6-2, 6-4
4. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Saby Nihalani (WF) 6-0, 6-0
5. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Anna Brylin (WF) 6-2, 6-1
6. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Chandler Carter (WF) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 1-0 (10-7)
Doubles competition
1. Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. #38 Chandler Carter/Emma Davis (WF) 6-1
2. #34 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. M.C. Meredith/Eliza Omirou (WF) 6-4
3. Margaryta Bilokin/Maria Mateas (DU) vs. Anna Brylin/Peyton Pesavento (WF) 4-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 13-3, 4-1; National ranking #15
Duke 12-2, 4-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,3,1,2,6)


#7 South Carolina won a top 20 showdown in Columbia with a 4-1 win over #16/#25. The Gamecocks took the doubles point and added straight set wins from Ingrid Martins, Mia Horvit, and Kennedy Wicker at 1, 3, and 6.

"We knew Tennessee was going to be very tough," head coach Kevin Epley said. "They've been having a great season. They played very well and competed very hard. There was no resignation in them at all. They almost turned it at the end there, but we did a good job on enough courts that we got the job done. Thankfully, Mia stepped up and took that match when it counted."

#7 South Carolina 4, #16 Tennessee 1
March 15, 2019 at Columbia, SC
Singles Competition
1. #9 Ingrid Martins (USC) def. #65 Sadie Hammond (UT), 6-2, 6-2
2. #49 Paige Cline (USC) vs. Kaitlin Staines (UT), 6-3, 5-5, unfinished
3. #99 Mia Horvit (USC) def. Johanna Silva (UT), 6-3, 6-4
4. Rebeka Mertena (UT) def. Megan Davies (USC), 6-4, 6-2
5. Tenika McGiffin (UT) vs. Silvia Chinellato (USC), 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
6. Kennedy WIcker (USC) def. Maia Haumuller (UT), 6-1, 6-0
Doubles Competition
1. #7 Horvit/Martins (USC) def. #8 Hammond/Staines (UT), 6-4
2. Cline/Chinellato (USC) vs. Haumuller/McGiffin (UT), 5-5, unfinished
3. Davies/Wicker (USC) def. Mertena/Silva (UT), 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1); Singles (1, 6, 4, 3)


Other Men's Results

  • #3 Virginia won at #27 NC State 4-2 - Cavs won in three sets at 2 (7-6), 3 (6-4), and 4 (6-3) singles with Matthew Lord clinching at No. 6 singles 6-3, 6-2
  • #8 Florida won at #26 Georgia 5-2 - Gators beat Georgia in Athens for the first time since 2005 - Andrade clinched at 4-1 with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 win at No. 2 
  • #22 Tennessee def. #24 South Carolina 5-2 - Four singles matches went the distance with UT winning 3 of them 6-1 in the final set
  • #2 Wake Forest def. Louisville 4-0 - Deacs won all but one set in singles
  • Wichita State won at Nebraska 4-3 - Shockers freshman Stefan Latinovic won the decider 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 5
  • Middle Tennessee State def. East Tennessee State 4-3 - Blue Raiders junior Max Rauch won the decider 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4
  • Tulane def. #46 Old Dominion 6-0 - Green Wave snapped a 10-match losing streak
  • BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge
    • #6 Baylor def. Idaho 5-0 - Bears won all sets in singles
    • #16 USC def. Cornell 4-0 - Trojans won all sets in singles
    • #31 Cal def. Purdue 4-0 - Bears won all sets in singles


Other Women's Results

  • #2 Georgia won at #34 Florida 4-1 - Bulldogs took dubs and won in straights at 3 and 5 and Vivian Wolff clinched at No. 4 with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 win
  • #5 Stanford def. Arizona State 5-2 - Cardinal trailed 2-0 after dropping dubs and losing at 1 but they won the other 5 matches in lopsided fashion
  • #9 Washington def. Oregon 7-0 - Huskies won 12 of 14 sets in singles
  • #12 NC State def. Baylor 4-0 - Pack took dubs and won in straights at 1, 5, & 6
  • #14 Cal def. Arizona 7-0 - Bears won 12 of 14 sets in singles
  • #20 Pepperdine won at #41 Rice 4-2 - Waves won a close doubles point and added a pair of straight set wins and Jessica Failla clinched with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 3
  • #22 Florida State won at #31 Georgia Tech 4-3 - Seminoles senior Julia Mikulski won the decider at No. 4 singles 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
  • #27 Miami Fla def. #42 Notre Dame 5-2 - Canes took dubs and won three matches in straight sets and one in three sets
  • #30 Oklahoma def. #33 Kansas State 5-2 - Sooners rolled through dubs (1 & 0 wins) and added straight set singles wins at 1 & 6 and three set wins at 4 & 5
  • #32 Syracuse def. Virginia Tech 6-1 - Cuse clinched at 4-0 with quick singles wins at 3, 4, and 6 
  • Mississippi State def. #39 Auburn 4-2 - Bulldogs won the dubs decider in a tiebreak and added straight set wins at 3 & 6 with a 6-7, 6-0, 6-1 win from Emma Antonaki at No. 2
  • Arkansas def. Missouri 4-3 - Razorbacks clinched at 4-2 with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win by Martina Zerulo at No. 1


*All quotes are from the respective school's recaps

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


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