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Thursday Recap: UCSB and Cal Poly to Meet in Big West Finals, Big Ten & WCC Undereway

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The top two seeds at the Big West Tournament advanced to the championship match with No. 1 UC Santa Barbara shutting out No. 4 UC Irvine while No. 2 Cal Poly gutted out a 4-2 win over No. 3 UC Davis. UCSB and Cal Poly met in the regular season finale last Saturday with UCSB coming out on top by a 5-2 score in a match that was played at Cal Poly.

UCSB took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 then the Gauchos picked up straight set wins from Morgan Mays, Cody Rakela, and Teague Hamilton at 3, 5, and 6. UCSB was in control at No. 2 when it was abandoned due to the clinch while Irvine was up at No. 1 and No. 4 had just split sets.

(1) UC SANTA BARBARA 4, (4) UC IRVINE 0
April 28, 2016 at Indian Wells, CA (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles Competition
1. Eshmade/Seemann (UCSB) def. Poon/Agbayani (UCI) 6-2
2. Moreno/Holm (UCSB) vs. Pham/Hammel (UCI) 3-5, unf. 
3. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) def. Heim/Mertens (UCI) 6-4
Singles Competition
1. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) vs. Sebastian Heim (UCI) 4-6, 3-2, unf.
2. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB) vs. Nico Mertens (UCI) 7-6(2), 4-1, unf.
3. Morgan Mays (UCSB) def. Luca Marquard (UCI) 6-3, 6-3
4. Anders Holm (UCSB) vs. Tyler Pham (UCI) 5-7, 6-0, unf.
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Justin Agbayani (UCI) 6-4, 6-4
6. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) vs. Vatsal Bajpai (UCI) 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3) Singles (6,5,3)
BIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Semifinals


Cal Poly picked up an important doubles point against UC Davis and then the Mustangs managed to pick up wins from Garrett Auproux, Corey Pang, and Sreyas Kolachalam with Auproux clinching the match at No. 2. Kolachalam came back from 5-2 down in the third to win 7-5 which helped take a little bit of the pressure off the top two guys. 

UC Davis picked up wins from Bryce McKelvie and Evertt Maltby while the match at No. 1 went unfinished with Cal Poly's Ben Donovan leading Alec Adamson 6-5 in the third. 


(2) CAL POLY 4, (3) UC DAVIS 2
April 28, 2016 at Indian Wells, CA (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles Competition
1. Donovan/Pang (CP) def. Adamson/Levie (UCD) 6-4
2. Auproux/Tan (CP) def. Whittle/Bacharach (UCD) 6-3
3. McKelvie/Lam (UCD) def. Cardiff/Enander (CP) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. Ben Donovan (CP) vs. Alec Adamson (UCD) 6-4, 4-6, 6-5, unf.
2. Garrett Auproux (CP) def. James Wade (UCD) 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5
3. Corey Pang (CP) def. Brett Bacharach (UCD) 6-4, 6-1
4. Bryce McKelvie (UCD) def. Josh Ortlip (CP) 6-2, 6-3
5. Everett Maltby (UCD) def. Axel Damiens (CP) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Sreyas Kolachalam (CP) def. Tommy Lam (UCD) 6-0, 3-6, 7-5
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1) Singles (4,3,5,6,2)
BIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Semifinals

Post-Match Quotes from Cal Poly's recap
Today was a great team effort from start to finish," head coach Nick Carless said.

"Sreyas coming back from being down 5-2 showed amazing fight for us today," said Carless.

"Garrett showed tremendous composure in his victory," Carless said. "He had three match points in the third set and was able to hold off Wade and clinch the match for us."
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The Big Ten Tournament got underway on Thursday in Minneapolis with two higher seeds winning and two lower seeds winning. The two early matches of the day saw the lower seeds get the win with the No. 12 seed Iowa defeating a previously red-hot No. 5 Indiana 4-1 while No. 9 Nebraska defeated a worn out No. 8 Wisconsin 4-2.

The two later matches saw the higher seeded team win with No. 7 Purdue defeating No. 10 Minnesota 4-1 while No. 6 Penn State overpowered No. 11 Michigan State 4-0.

#53 (7) Purdue 4, (10) Minnesota 1
April 28, 2016 - Baseline Tennis Center Minneapolis, Minn.
Singles Competition
1. No. 48 Gergely Madarasz (PURDUE) def. Matic Spec (MINN) 6-4, 6-2
2. Ruben Weber (MINN) vs. No. 97 Benjamin Ugarte (PURDUE) 6-4, 4-6, 1-3 unf
3. Ricky Medinilla (PURDUE) def. Felix Corwin (MINN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4. Mateus Silva (PURDUE) def. Marino Alpeza (MINN) 6-1, 6-3
5. Dominik Sochurek (PURDUE) def. Jeremy Lynn (MINN) 7-5, 7-6 (1)
6. Josip Krstanovic (MINN) vs. Renan Hanayama (PURDUE) 4-6, 6-3, 3-4 unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. #30 Felix Corwin / Matic Spec (MINN) def. Dominik Sochurek/Benjamin Ugarte (PURDUE) 6-3 
2. Ricky Medinilla/Gergely Madarasz (PURDUE) def. Marino Alpeza/Ruben Weber (MINN) 6-0
3. Josip Krstanovic/Jeremy Lynn (MINN) def. Mateus Silva/Renan Hanayama (PURDUE) 6-4
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1, 4, 5, 3)
Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament 

Post-Match Quotes from Purdue's recap
"[It was a] good win, good team effort," Purdue head men's tennis coach Pawel Gajdzik said. "It's always tough to win on the road, especially against a good team like Minnesota. It's the Big Ten Tournament; it's survive and advance and we're looking to the next opportunity tomorrow."

Purdue advances to a quarterfinal contest with second-seeded Northwestern at 3 p.m. ET on Friday. The Wildcats received a bye in the first round.

"They're a very good team," Gajdzik said. "They're pretty tough, but our history against them, it's a rivalry. We've played them very close the past few years and tomorrow it's going to be which team wants it more."
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#35 (6) Penn State 4, (11) Michigan State 0
April 28, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center - Indoors)
Doubles Competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) def. Mac Roy/Jasper Koenen (MSU) 6-2.
2. David Kohan/Christian Lutschaunig (PSU) vs. Michael Dube/Colin Harvey (MSU) 4-5, DNF.
3. Aws Laaribi/Matt Galush (PSU) def. Alexander Kim/Ben Shisler (MSU), 6-2.
Singles Competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) vs. Mac Roy (MSU) 6-7, 4-3, DNF.
2. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU) vs. Michael Dube (MSU) 7-6, 3-2, DNF.
3. Matt Barry (PSU) vs. Jasper Koenen (MSU) 7-5, 5-2, DNF.
4. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) def. Ivan Rakic (MSU) 6-3, 6-3.
5. Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Ben Shisler (MSU) 6-2, 6-4.
6. Ben Lieb (PSU) def. Colin Harvey (MSU), 6-4, 6-2.
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,4,5)

Post-Match Quotes from PSU's recap
"It is nice to get the first tournament win under our belt, said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "This takes a ton of the pressure off. A lot of coaches talk about the nerves in the first round and how anything can happen. There were a ton of upsets here today and we did not want to be another one. This gives the team another chance to play Illinois. We know how they playa and vice versa, so it will be a battle for the semifinals.

"This was a huge team effort, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "Our doubles came out soild and we kept that momentum going into singles. We cleaned up nicely with the three singles wins to bring us the win. I am extremely proud of Ben Lieb for coming back from an ankle injury to have a great match today. The team is looking forward to a rematch against Illinois tomorrow.

The Nittany Lions have never won a Big Ten Tournament. The team is 11-27 all-time in the tournament since joining the Big Ten.

"I know we will be ready for tomorrow, said Coach Zinn.
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#73 (12) Iowa 4, #58 (5) Indiana 1
April 28, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center - Indoors)
Doubles Competition
1. Josh Silverstein/Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) def. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (IU): 6-2
2. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IU) def. Jake Jacoby/Jonas Larsen (IOWA): 6-3
3. Nils Hallestrand/Dominic Patrick (IOWA) def. Raheel Manji/Afonso Salgado (IU): 7-5
Singles Competition
1. #62 Sam Monette (IU) vs. Josh Silverstein (IOWA): 1-6, 6-3, 6-6, unf.
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) def. Raheel Manji (IU): 6-2, 6-3
3. Robin Haden (IOWA) def. Daniel Bednarczyk 6-4, 7-5
4. Jake Jacoby (IOWA) vs. Matthew McCoy (IU): 1-6, 6-0, 2-4, unf.
5. Antonio Cembellin (IU) def. Jonas Larsen (IOWA): 7-5, 7-5
6. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) def. Afonso Salgado (IU): 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,5,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Iowa's recap
"Lefty took care of business and played really well in singles and doubles," said UI head coach Ross Wilson, "and Josh was an absolute warrior, but unfortunately didn't get to finish his match."

"Robin and Dom stepped up today to get the win for us," Wilson said.

"This was a great team win," said Wilson. "It took all the guys to pull this one out. We're excited to get a chance to play another match tomorrow."
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(9) Nebraska 4, #57 (8) Wisconsin 2
April 28, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center - Indoors)
Doubles Competition
1. Dusty Boyer/Toby Boyer (NEB) vs. Josef Dodridge/Lamar Remy (WIS) 5-6, unfinished
2. Marc Herrmann/Scott Elsass (NEB) def. Chema Carranza/Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) 7-5
3. Andrew Dzulynsky/Ford Zitsch (NEB) def. Darius Mackenzie/John Zordani (WIS) 6-2
Singles Competition
1. Dusty Boyer (NEB) def. Josef Dodridge (WIS) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5)
2. Lamar Remy (WIS) def. Marc Herrmann (NEB) 6-0, 7-5
3. Toby Boyer (NEB) def. Chema Carranza (WIS) 7-5, 6-4
4. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) vs. Osgar O'Hoisin (WIS) 4-6, 6-2, 3-5, unfinished
5. Ford Zitsch (NEB) def. Darius Mackenzie (WIS) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
6. John Zordani (WIS) def. Tomislav Antoljak (NEB) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,3,6,5,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Nebraska's recap
"Great college match today and some great tennis by the team," said Head Coach McDermott. "We played great doubles and that really carried our momentum into the singels matches. Today, we played with very good energey and competed like champions. We are excited to live another day and would like to upset Ohio State tomorrow."
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The West Coast Conference Tournament got fired up in Claremont, California with both Pepperdine and Portland moving on to the semifinals.

Pepperdine dropped the doubles point to the No. 6 seed Loyola Marymount but the Waves rallied in singles and won all six first sets. Pepperdine got straight set wins from Guilherme Hadlich, Pedro Iamachkine, and Gabriel Sidney at 1, 3, and 6 and then Lautaro Pane clinched the win by defeating Cristobal Rivera in three sets at No. 2.

Pepperdine will face the No. 2 seed BYU in the semifinals - the Cougars won the regular season meeting in Provo 4-2.

#61 (3) Pepperdine 4, #69 (6) Loyola Marymount 1
Apr 28, 2016 at Claremont, Calif.
Singles competition
1. Guilherme Hadlich (PU) def. Charles Boyce (LMU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Lautaro Pane (PU) def. Cristobal Rivera (LMU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
3. Pedro Iamachkine (PU) def. Errol Smith (LMU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
4. Jack Van Slyke (PU) vs. Joat Farah (LMU) 7-6, 3-6, 4-1, unfinished
5. Stefan Menichella (PU) vs. Luke Bohuslav (LMU) 6-1, 4-6, 3-4, unfinished
6. Gabriel Sidney (PU) def. Jamie Thorp (LMU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Errol Smith/Joat Farah (LMU) def. Pedro Iamachkine/Stefan Menichella (PU) 7-6 (7-1)
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Guilherme Hadlich/Jack Van Slyke (PU) 6-3
3. Lautaro Pane/Tom Hill (PU) def. Luke Bohuslav/Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-3
Match Notes
LMU 12-10; National ranking #69
Pepperdine University 13-10; National ranking #61
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,3,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Pepperdine's recap
"I felt really positive after doubles because I was really pleased with the way we competed, said Head Coach Marcelo Ferreira.  "Of course, losing the doubles point is always tough especially because we had four match-points at number one, but LMU rose to the occasion and played those points really well.

"I told the guys after doubles that we deserved the point because of the way we competed, but unfortunately that's the way it goes sometimes and we should act as if we had won the point when we went out to play singles."

"When you start singles one point down and are able to get that ONE point to tie the match so quickly with Hadlich it really gives the momentum to the entire team, Ferreira said.  "After we won the first six sets, I could sense the guys were more confident and ready to close it out.  Gui beat this guy in the beginning of the season and knew how to play him.  He came out fired up and really dictated the match from the beginning.

"I'm really proud of all the guys today, said Ferreira.  "I'm especially happy for Pedro because Errol Smith is an outstanding player in my opinion.  Position by position, he is their strongest player, and Pedro lost to him in the beginning of the season in two not very competitive sets, and today he came out ready to battle for every point and I am very glad it paid off.

"Pedro would not back down today and did a very good job counter attacking a very aggressive player, he took every opportunity that he had to close the match out and came out on top.  He was able to do what Pedro Iamachkine usually does best, which is to break down opponents and have a refusal to lose and getting his match today felt really good. 

"Lautaro has been dealing with a few injuries lately, but his commitment to the team couldn't keep him off the court.  He just wanted to be out there today to help his team get the win, Ferreira said.  "For him to be able to clinch the match against a guy who made him play every single point just says a lot about this kid's character and his determination to help us.

"I'm really happy that he was able to pull it off because he had a tough weekend at home losing to San Francisco and he was down against Santa Clara so this win means a lot to him so he can carry over that confidence to the second match of the tournament.

The Waves will be back in action in the semifinal round against second-seeded BYU tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. 

"This is a different tournament and a completely new match, said Ferreira.  "BYU is a tough team, that's why they are number two in the conference, and they've won a lot of matches this season.   I feel like we have to come out with a lot of passion like we did today, focus on the process and take one point at a time.

"We are expecting a battle and we don't take anyone for granted, but what I saw today really got me excited to see what we are going to do tomorrow.
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In the battle of the P's it was Portland defeating Pacific 4-2. Pacific jumped out to a 2-0 lead by claiming the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then it got a straight set win from Sem Verbeek at No. 1 singles.

Portland took first sets on the other five courts and ended up getting straight set wins from Mathieu Garcia, Alex Wallace, Felix Fan, and Carlos Donat with Garcia clinching the match at No. 2.

Portland will face the No. 1 seed San Diego in the semifinals - USD won the regular season meeting in San Diego 4-0

Portland 4, #67 Pacific 2
Apr 28, 2016 at Claremont, Calif. (Biszantz Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #113 Sem Verbeek (PAC) def. Mike Pervolarakis (POR) 6-3, 6-3
2. Mathieu Garcia (POR) def. Daniel Alameh (PAC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
3. Jose Chamba (PAC) vs. Pierre Garcia (POR) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, unfinished
4. Alex Wallace (POR) def. Miguel Diaz (PAC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Felix Fan (POR) def. Alex Giannini (PAC) 6-2, 6-4
6. Carlos Donat (POR) def. Bernardo Oliveira (PAC) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #85 Sem Verbeek/Jose Chamba (PAC) def. Mike Pervolarakis/Mathieu Garcia (POR) 6-3
2. Alex Giannini/Daniel Alameh (PAC) def. Alex Wallace/Kent Andreasen (POR) 6-3
3. Miguel Diaz/Bernardo Oliveira (PAC) vs. Felix Fan/Pierre Garcia (POR) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Portland 16-7
Pacific 14-13; National ranking #67
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,6,4,2)
West Coast Conference Tennis Championship Quarterfinals

Post-Match Quotes from Portland's recap
"Today was an unbelievable effort from our guys." Portland head coach Aaron Gross said. "It has been a long week for a variety of reasons. We struggled in the doubles and were probably outplayed, but our guys are just so gritty. There was not an ounce of giving in once the singles started."

"The lower part of our lineup, which has been so solid all year, got us on top and I think keyed the confidence of everybody," Gross noted.

"I can't say enough about Alex Wallace," Gross noted. "He is just an enormous part of our team. He has come through in so many big places this year, but none bigger than today. Mathieu Garcia didn't play his best tennis today, but it speaks a lot for how good of a player he has developed into when he can beat a very solid player at the No. 2 position without playing his best."

Portland will now get a chance against the WCC regular season champion, No. 30 San Diego, in Friday's semifinal matchup at 10 a.m.

"This has been an awesome season," Gross added. "At this point we approach each day as if it could be our last. Tomorrow will be no different in terms of how hard we compete."
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2 comments

  • Comment Link Previous Commenter Friday, 29 April 2016 03:43 posted by Previous Commenter

    Why is it you post the unfinished scores of some matches and not others?

  • Comment Link Previous Commenter Friday, 29 April 2016 03:56 posted by Previous Commenter

    I post what the schools/conference put out - many don't put scores of unfinished matches - I went back through twitter/live scoring and dug up a few but I don't have time to do it for everyone. The better question is why do the schools/conference not post scores of unfinished matches?

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