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Mid-Week Recap: Rybakov Delivers TCU Win Over Texas A&M; Pepperdine Tops USC; Duke Too Much For NC State; New Rankings Released; Packed Weekend Slate

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A trio of top 15 matches highlighted the mid-week slate with the TCU men, Pepperdine women, and Duke women all coming through with wins. 

TCU earned a hard fought 4-3 win at home over No. 8 Texas A&M. The Horned Frogs won a pivotal doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then each team took three opening sets in singles. Texas A&M's Valentin Vacherot tied it up with a straight set win at No. 3 but TCU made it 3-1 with a three-set win from Luc Fomba at No. 5 and a straight set win from Sander Jong at No. 6. Texas A&M's Barnaby Smith made it 3-2 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4 and Juan Carlos Aguilar tied it up with a 7-6, 7-5 win at No. 2. TCU senior Alex Rybakov won the decider on senior night with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 win over Hady Habib.

TCU head coach David Roditi
"Today was a total team effort and what a match. It is always like this against Texas A&M and somehow we have been able to come through with the win. They are a very good team and a Final Four squad from last season. I am proud of our guys for dealing with the pressure that competition brings. Rybakov was outstanding closing out the match and our crowd was awesome and supportive.

"A huge thank you to our fans that made the TCU Tailgate happen for the last five matches. Thank you to our staff for putting in all the work behind it, our keep it in the purple committee for always welcoming all fans with a smile and our administration for trusting us and allowing us to create such a unique and awesome experience for our student athletes, TCU fans and our Fort Worth community."

"As usual, we had a very tough match against TCU," Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. "I thought our energy was not up to our standard in the doubles and as it turned out, that was the difference tonight's match. We have to learn to play better when we get ahead, we didn't press our advantage on a couple of courts when we needed to. I know the guys are disappointed at the moment and admittedly this one stings, but I loved our fight tonight and we will get better having been through a match like this. This was a very good college tennis match and one that will help us get better as we get into postseason play."

#10 TCU 4, #8 Texas A&M 3
Apr 08, 2019 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #75 Hady Habib (TAMU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3
2. #56 Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) def. #20 Alastair Gray (TCU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
3. #40 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
4. #92 Barnaby Smith (TAMU) def. Bertus Kruger (TCU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. Luc Fomba (TCU) def. Noah Schachter (TAMU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Sander Jong (TCU) def. Guido Marson (TAMU) 7-5, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #45 Alex Rybakov/Alastair Gray (TCU) def. #16 Juan Carlos Aguilar/Barnaby Smith (TAMU) 6-3
2. #13 Reese Stalder/Bertus Kruger (TCU) def. Hady Habib/Kevin Lam (TAMU) 6-2
3. Valentin Vacherot/Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. Luc Fomba/Sander Jong (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 19-5; National ranking #8
TCU 17-5; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,6,4,2,1)
T-2:51 A-823

 

Last week Pepperdine picked up a mid-week road win over No. 10 UCLA and this week they did it against No. 13 USC. The Waves won the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then they added dominating wins in singles from Ashley Lahey, Jessica Failla, and Adrijana Lekaj at the top three spots while Daria Kuczer was a game away from winning at No. 5. USC got its lone point from Ana Neffa who rolled to a straight set win at No. 4. 

#8 Pepperdine 4, #13 USC 1
April 9, 2019 at Los Angeles, Calif (Marks Stadium)
Singles Results
1. #43 Ashley Lahey (PEPP) def. #46 Salma Ewing (USC) – 6-4, 6-2
2. #57 Jessica Failla (PEPP) def. #95 Angela Kulikov (USC) – 6-0, 6-4
3. #84 Adrijana Lekaj (PEPP) def. Rianna Valdes (USC) – 6-1, 6-0
4. Ana Neffa (USC) def. Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) - 6-3, 6-1
5. Daria Kuczer (PEPP) vs. Becca Weissman (USC) 6-4, 5-0 – unfinished
6. Danielle Willson (USC) vs Anastasia Iamachkine (PEPP) – 4-6, 4-1 – unfinished
Doubles Results
1. #10 Angela Kulikov/Rianna Valdes (USC) def. #31 Jessica Failla/Anastasia Iamachkine (PEPP) – 6-2
2. Ashley Lahey/Daria Kuczer (PEPP) def. Becca Weissmann/Danielle Willson (USC) – 6-3
3. Adrijana Lekaj/Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) def. Constance Branstine/Estella Jaeger (USC) – 6-2
Match Notes:
Pepperdine 15-3; National Ranking #8
USC 16-4; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2*); Singles (3,4,2,1*)

 

Duke won a top 10 ACC showdown over No. 9 NC State 5-2. The Blue Devils took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then added a trio of straight set wins from Maria Mateas, Kaitlyn McCarthy, and Margaryta Bilokin to clinch at 4-0. Ellyse Hamlin won in three sets at No. 3 to make it 5-0 before NC State closed out the day with three set wins from Alana Smith and Amanda Rebol at No. 2 and No. 6.

“Today was a good win,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “NC State is one of the better teams in the country that we’ve played. I thought the doubles was a little flat. I would like to see us come out with more emotion. I told them after doubles that we had to do a better job at getting on top of them right away in singles. I thought we were able to do that. I think if we can transfer the attitude we had in the doubles to singles, we could be really good. Overall, this was a good quality win.”

#4 Duke 5, #9 NC State 2
Apr 10, 2019 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #13 Maria Mateas (DU) def. #8 Anna Rogers (ST) 6-1, 6-2
2. #93 Alana Smith (ST) def. #32 Kelly Chen (DU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
3. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. #110 Adriana Reami (ST) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Liz Norman (ST) 6-4, 6-4
5. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Bianca Moldovan (ST) 6-1, 6-0
6. Amanda Rebol (ST) def. Hannah Zhao (DU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #9 Anna Rogers/Alana Smith (ST) def. #81 Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) 6-4
2. #23 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Adriana Reami/Claudia Wiktorin (ST) 6-2
3. Maria Mateas/Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Bianca Moldovan/Liz Norman (ST) 6-3
Match Notes:
NC State 21-5, 10-3; National ranking #9
Duke 19-2, 11-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,4,3,6,2)

 

Other Results

  • (W) #6 Texas won at Baylor 7-0
  • (M) #13 UCLA def. Pepperdine 4-1
  • (M) #22 NC State won at #49 Duke 4-1
  • (M) #41 Cal def. UC Santa Barbara 4-1  

 

There are new No. 1s on both the men's and women's side with Texas taking over the top spot in the men's rankings for the first time in program history while the North Carolina women are back up top ending Georgia's two week reign. There wasn't much movement in the USTA Top 25 with Ohio State and Georgia remaining at No. 1 with no changes in the women's top 11 and none in the men's top 6. 

I have the side-by-side charts of the ITA and USTA rankings below plus you can view the ITA team rankings from 26 to 50 at this link while the USTA's release is available here 

  

ITA MEN'S TOP 25   USTA MEN'S TOP 25
Rnk Avg School Prv   Rnk Votes School Prv
1 74.52 Texas 4   1 223 Ohio State 1
2 73.48 Ohio State 1   2 213 Wake Forest 2
3 73.00 Florida 2   3 209 Texas 3
4 70.48 Wake Forest 3   4 200 Florida 4
5 65.46 Virginia 5   5 188 Virginia 5
6 61.13 Baylor 7   6 181 Baylor 6
7 59.30 Mississippi State 6   7 165 North Carolina 9
8 57.15 Texas A&M 8   8 155 UCLA 12
9 56.79 North Carolina 11   9 148 TCU 8
10 54.39 TCU 10   T10 147 Mississippi State 10
11 52.43 USC 9   T10 147 USC 7
12 45.84 Stanford 12   12 124 Columbia 13
13 44.81 UCLA 13   13 118 Texas A&M 14
14 44.36 Illinois 15   14 103 Illinois 16
15 42.93 Tennessee 14   15 95 Stanford 10
16 36.17 Columbia 16   16 94 Tennessee 17
17 33.02 Georgia 19   17 78 Georgia 19
18 32.53 South Carolina 18   18 61 Michigan 18
19 31.69 Michigan 20   19 60 Oklahoma 15
20 31.17 Alabama 26   20 42 Florida State 22
21 29.98 Oklahoma 17   21 35 South Carolina 21
22 28.93 NC State 21   22 28 Miami FL 23
23 28.39 Texas Tech 23   23 20 Arizona State NR
24 28.20 Arizona 29   24 18 Arizona NR
25 27.46 Miami (FL) 24   25 11 San Diego NR

  

ITA WOMEN'S TOP 25   USTA WOMEN'S TOP 25
Rnk Avg School Prv   Rnk Votes School Prv
1 80.67 North Carolina 2   1 225 Georgia 1
2 80.24 Georgia 1   2 216 North Carolina 2
3 66.34 Stanford 5   3 207 Stanford 3
4 63.87 Duke 4   4 198 Duke 4
5 62.96 South Carolina 3   5 185 Pepperdine 5
6 55.31 Texas 7   6 180 South Carolina 6
7 52.64 Vanderbilt 6   7 172 Texas 7
8 51.85 Pepperdine 9   8 157 Vanderbilt 8
9 49.43 NC State 10   9 155 Michigan 9
10 48.76 UCLA 8   10 141 UCLA 10
11 46.73 Oklahoma State 12   11 135 Ohio State 11
12 46.30 Florida State 13   12 121 Oklahoma State 13
13 44.61 USC 11   13 111 Florida State 14
14 44.53 Michigan 18   14 106 NC State 12
15 43.99 Washington 15   15 93 Washington 15
16 42.10 Texas A&M 16   16 88 Kansas 16
17 39.60 California 19   17 85 Virginia 18
18 38.77 Tennessee 17   18 77 USC 19
19 37.75 Virginia 20   19 61 Texas A&M 21
20 37.30 Kansas 14   20 48 Miami FL 17
21 36.39 Ohio State 21   21 45 UCF 20
22 33.96 Wake Forest 22   22 38 Tennessee 25
23 33.96 UCF 24   23 27 Cal 22
24 32.52 Kentucky 26   24 16 Kentucky NR
25 32.01 Miami (FL) 27   25 14 Florida 24

 

Rank Avg Player School Prv
1 68.50 JJ Wolf Ohio State 1
2 61.23 Nuno Borges Mississippi State 2
3 50.93 Petros Chrysochos Wake Forest 3
4 46.24 Alex Rybakov TCU 4
5 45.46 Carl Söderlund Virginia 10
6 45.00 Aleksandar Kovacevic Illinois 9
7 44.66 Yuya Ito Texas 5
8 43.10 Christian Sigsgaard Texas 7
9 39.71 Paul Jubb South Carolina 6
10 37.59 Thomas Laurent Oregon 8
         
Rank Avg Player School Prv
1 59.82 Katarina Jokic Georgia 1
2 53.08 Estela Perez-Somarriba Miami (FL) 2
3 51.27 Kate Fahey Michigan 3
4 46.68 Ingrid Gamarra Martins South Carolina 5
5 45.33 Makenna Jones North Carolina 7
6 42.94 Alexa Graham North Carolina 6
7 42.67 Fernanda Contreras Vanderbilt 4
8 34.38 Anna Rogers NC State 15
9 34.09 Eden Richardson LSU 10
10 32.35 Ida Jarlskog Florida 8

 

Rank Avg Player Player School Prv
1 62.02 Sven Lah Jimmy Bendeck Baylor 1
2 43.58 Henry Patten Oli Nolan UNC Asheville 2
3 37.89 Nuno Borges Strahinja Rakic Mississippi State 10
4 37.63 Maxime Cressy Keegan Smith UCLA 6
5 34.14 Christian Sigsgaard Harrison Scott Texas 3
6 32.25 Hunter Tubert Martin Joyce Ohio State 5
7 32.02 Parker Wynn Bjorn Thomson Texas Tech 4
8 30.05 Nathan Ponwith Dominik Kellovsky Arizona State 9
9 29.85 Timo Stodder Preston Touliatos Tennessee 15
10 29.53 Juan Carlos Aguilar Barnaby Smith Texas A&M 16
           
Rank Avg Player Player School Prv
1 53.70 Lauryn John-Baptiste Ilze Hattingh Arizona State 3
2 52.10 Mia Horvit Ingrid Gamarra Martins South Carolina 2
3 48.57 Janet Koch Nina Khmelnitckaia Kansas 1
4 47.09 Ashley Lahey Evgeniya Levashova Pepperdine 4
5 45.31 Gabby Andrews Ayan Broomfield UCLA 7
6 43.31 Cameron Morra Makenna Jones North Carolina 6
7 42.58 Jessie Aney Alexa Graham North Carolina 8
8 40.39 Fernanda Navarro Marie Leduc Clemson 5
9 37.09 Alana Smith Anna Rogers NC State 9
10 36.23 Angela Kulikov Rianna Valdes USC 14

 

 

This is the final weekend of the regular season in the ACC, SEC, Big 12, and AAC (and several others) and many of the conferences have saved some of their best matches for this weekend. I've listed some of the top matches below along with live scoring links - for a list of other matches check out my live scoring page. 

 

Thursday, April 11th
Women:
#14 Michigan at #26 Florida (5 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#19 Virginia at #12 Florida State (5 pm) - Live Scoring/ESPN3
 
 
Friday, April 12th
Men:
#16 Columbia at #50 Princeton (2 pm) - Live Scoring
#9 North Carolina at #5 Virginia (3 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#45 Utah at #24 Arizona (4 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#25 Miami FL at #22 NC State (4 pm) Live Scoring/Video
#15 Tennessee at #29 Vanderbilt (5 pm) Live Scoring/Video
#30 Florida State at #4 Wake Forest (5 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#1 Texas at #26 Oklahoma State (6:30 pm) Live Scoring/Video
#10 TCU at #21 Oklahoma (7 pm) - Live Scoring
#7 Mississippi State at #8 Texas A&M (7 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
 
Women:
#1 North Carolina at #33 Georgia Tech (3 pm) Live Scoring/Video
#7 Vanderbilt at #18 Tennessee (4 pm) Live Scoring/Video
#24 Kentucky at #2 Georgia (4 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#13 USC at #15 Washington (4:30 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#31 Syracuse at #4 Duke (6 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
 
 
Saturday, April 13th
Men:
#45 Utah at #31 Arizona State (3 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#12 Stanford at #41 California (4 pm) Cal Twitter/Video
#6 Baylor at #23 Texas Tech (7 pm) - Live Scoring
 
Women:
#5 South Carolina at #26 Florida (10 am) - Live Scoring/Video
#19 Virginia at #25 Miami FL (12 pm) - Live Scoring
 
 
Sunday, April 14th
Men:
#18 South Carolina at #3 Florida (1 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#17 Georgia at #29 Vanderbilt (1 pm) Live Scoring/Video
#7 Mississippi State at #36 LSU (1 pm) Live Scoring/Video
#2 Ohio State at #14 Illinois (1 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#15 Tennessee at #44 Kentucky (1 pm) - Live Scoring
#25 Miami FL at #4 Wake Forest (1 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
 
#32 UCF at #44 South Florida (1:30 pm) - Live Scoring
#1 Texas at #21 Oklahoma (1:30 pm) - Live Scoring
#10 TCU at #26 Oklahoma State (2 pm) Live Scoring/Video
 
Women:
#9 NC State at #33 Georgia Tech (12 pm) Live Scoring/Video
#17 Cal at #46 Utah (1 pm) - Video/Utah Twitter
#24 Kentucky at #18 Tennessee (1 pm) Live Scoring/Video
#7 Vanderbilt at #2 Georgia (1 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
#11 Oklahoma State at #27 Texas Tech (1 pm) - Live Scoring
#10 UCLA at #15 Washington (3 pm) - Live Scoring/Video
 
 

*This will most likely be my last update until sometime next week due to a death in my family. 

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