Tuesday was a good day for Marcelo Ferreira's guys with the Waves re-entering the rankings earlier in the day at No. 71 and then later in the day they took care of business and upset No. 26 Memphis 4-2.
Pepperdine won the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split first sets in singles. Pepperdine junior Stefan Menichella was off the court quickly with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 4 but Memphis countered with a 6-3, 6-2 win by sophomore Kai Lemke at No. 3.
Waves sophomore Lautaro Pane made it 3-1 by picking up a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over Ryan Peniston at No. 2 but Tigers sophomore Shakeel Manji answered with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Tom Hill at No. 6.
Waves sophomore Pedro Iamachkine clinched the team win with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Felix Rauch and the remaining match at No. 1 was abandoned with it tied at 3-3 in the third.
"I am really proud of the way we came out to play doubles today, said head coach Marcelo Ferreira. "We have been talking so much about the importance of the doubles point and how we always need to be resilient and ready to fight back when things are not going our way.
"We were down a break at doubles two and three and not playing our best tennis, but the guys stuck to the strategy and refused to lose and were able to come out on top.
"We were able to carry over the momentum from doubles and play very good singles on most courts from the beginning, Ferreira said. "That definitely gave us the edge to win three first sets. I'm very proud of the way Menichella competed today and I'm glad he was able to pull off the win.
"I'm happy for Lautaro [Pane] also, who was able to bounce back after losing the second set 6-2 against a very solid player, to win in the third, said Ferreira.
"I'm incredibly happy with the way Pedro [Iamachkine] played today, Ferreira said. "He truly embraced his identity and committed to making every shot. He understands that by embracing that style, he will be able to break opponents down and that's what happened today.
"Our focus now is already on a very tough opponent with No. 6 Oklahoma State coming up on Saturday. We hope to have a great turnout to support the Waves in this next challenge.
Third-ranked TCU got all it wanted and more from No. 29 Tulsa but the Horned Frogs had just enough to get the 4-2 win. TCU was playing without its usual No. 1, Cameron Norrie, with Norrie in the main draw at the $125K Irving Challenger so everyone else had to shift up a spot in the lineup.
Tulsa pulled out the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 1 in a tiebreak and then the teams split first sets with TCU winning them up top and Tulsa taking them down low.
TCU junior Jerry Lopez won the only match to finish in straight sets with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Carlos Bautista at No. 3.
Guillermo Nunez put TCU ahead 2-1 with a tough 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-4 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez at No. 2 and then junior Trey Daniel made it 3-1 with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 win over Francois Kellerman at No. 6.
Tulsa freshman Majed Kilani kept the Golden Hurricane alive by pulling out a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(1) win over Trevor Johnson at No. 5 but moments later TCU freshman Alex Rybakov clinched the match with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 win over Or Ram-Harel at No. 1.
The remaining match at No. 4 was abandoned with Eduardo Nava leading Dylan McCloskey 5-2 in the third.
Head Coach David Roditi - "That was a hell of a match. What a fun college match for people to come out and watch. We appreciate every single one of them that came to our match and stayed for out match because I think they got their money's worth. We didn't expect anything less when we play Tulsa because it doesn't matter what the situation is, it is always a dramatic match and there is always a lot going on. I am proud of our guys to come through like that. We lost some matches today, but I thought Trevor did a great job against Kilani because that guy has been winning a lot and he is one of their emotional leaders. Trevor did a great job of giving himself a chance to win. If he keeps doing that, he is going to win that match next time.
"The good part is that we found a way to win and come back and keep the streak alive. It is just great to fight like that. I am proud of our fight, I am proud of our heart and I am proud of our resilience. There were some guys that didn't feel 100 percent today and didn't practice all week and they had to step up and play. We didn't have Cameron Norrie today for good reason and the team was challenged to play without one of their best players on the team. Trey Daniel stepped up in a big way and I am so happy for Trey because he had to fight for that win. He has come so close so many times and lost those matches and he figured out a way to win that one with pure heart. He dealt with some pressure there and it came down to the wire and I am just really happy for him because it gave us a crucial win for our team. That took all wind out of Tulsa's sail.
On the physicality in today's match
"Today was a very physical match and Todd Kensler has done a great job of getting our guy's in shape and keeping them in shape. That guy on court six ran out of gas and Trey looked like he could go two more hours. That is a lot of credit to Trey for staying in shape and Todd Kensler for the job he is doing with our guys.
Lamar earned its first national ranking under current head coach Scott Shankles but Nebraska stole the day with a 4-2 win. No. 61 Lamar started off the day by defeating Nebraska-Omaha 6-1 but it just couldn't out-muscle Nebraska later in the day.
Marc Herrmann (Pic Via Nebraska)
Nebraska freshman Toby Boyer started off the day by picking up a 6-4, 6-2 win over Sebastian Santibanez at No. 3 and then senior Andrew Dzulynsky made it 2-0 with 7-5, 6-1 win over Jeandre Hoogenboezem at No. 5.
Lamar evened it up when sophomore Benny Schweizer defeated Tomislav Antoljak 7-6, 6-2 at No. 4 and redshirt junior Juuso Laitinen got past Ford Zitsch 7-6, 7-5 at No. 6
Nebraska senior Dusty Boyer put the Big Red a point away with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-3 win over Michael Feucht at No. 1 and then fellow senior Marc Herrmann clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Nikita Lis at No. 2.
The doubles point was not played.
Nebraska 4, #61 Lamar 2
Mar 15, 2016 at Lincoln, Nebraska (Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center)
"It was a good team win today," said Head Coach Kerry McDermott. "We felt like this was going to be a very competitive match coming in. They had just beaten Iowa last week, and they just earned a ranking. We were hoping to get that ranking and they kind of stole it from us. We just kind of told the guys before the match, let's prove something to ourselves and the team that we are going to get that ranking back.
"I was really proud of the way the guys played today, especially winning four of the six singles (matches). I thought we did a really good job, didn't even have to go into the doubles point. As a team I feel good that we were starting to come together and make our strides right now as the season progresses. Today especially, we did a good job of getting a lot of the first sets, and I thought Marc Herrmann and Dusty (Boyer) did a great job at the end there, closing out their matches and making things happen."
"The difference in Nebraska match was they came out with confidence and got early leads," said head coach ScottShankles. "They won the first set in four of the six matches. In two of those four we had breaks but didn't take advantage of them. We got a little bit of momentum with Juuso and Benny winning but once again Nebraska got out to better starts in the third sets of the remaining matches and won."
Texas Tech got its week off to early start by pulling away from Indiana 6-1. The match took place in San Diego which is where the Red Raiders will stay the rest of the week since its participating in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic.
Connor Curry (Pic via Texas Tech)
Tech took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 3 then it took four opening sets in singles. Jolan Cailleau cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4, Alex Sendegeya won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3, and Connor Curry clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Afonso Salgado.
The remaining matches were played out with Indiana getting its lone point from Antonio Cembellin at No. 6 while Tech picked up a three-set win from Felipe Soares at No. 1 and a straight set win from Hugo Dojas at No. 2.
#10 Texas Tech 6, Indiana 1
03/14/16 at San Diego, Calif. (La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club)
1. #22 Felipe Soares (TT 14.00) def. #44 Sam Monette (IU 13.95) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
2. #94 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.74) def. Raheel Manji (IU 13.33) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. #124 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.72) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU 13.04) 6-4, 6-2
"We got off to a slow start in doubles, but I was proud that we were able to take it to them in singles," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "I was proud of the fight that Jolan and Connor showed to come back from down 5-0 in doubles. They continued to battle and played determined tennis. We've been preaching improvement. It's not always about winning or losing, it's about taking the right steps to be ready for Big 12 play next month."
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To follow up on that comment. Oklahoma's team utr is significantly less, possibly a point and a half without Harris. Or when Wake Forest loses to NC State with its top two players playing Davis Cup. It might not be considered an upset. A match day team utr might be a better indicater of a true upset.