Sunday was as wild a day as it gets in the SEC with four lower ranked women's teams picking up wins with two of those wins coming over No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Georgia. The SEC is the only Power 5 Women's Conference to have its conference tournament this coming week so many of these same teams will see each other much sooner than they had probably hoped. Sunday was a day of redemption for some teams on the men's side with both Oregon and Michigan overcoming tough losses to pick up a top 25 win.
Texas Tech was just 7-9 in doubles coming in but they managed to take the point over Oklahoma by winning 6-3 at #3 doubles and 7-6(6) at #1. Oklahoma was 12-10 in doubles coming in but time and time again they overcame the early deficit to come back and win - not today. (TT's live scoring & recap showed Nick Papac with Spencer Papa at #3 dubs but it was Florin Bragusi who partnered with Papa).
Oklahoma would take the opening set at 1, 2, 4, and 6 singles while Texas Tech took the opening set at 3 and 5. Texas Tech's Alex Sendegeya would run his dual match record to 17-6 with a 6-2, 6-3 upset over #30 Dane Webb which extended the Tech lead to 2-0.
Oklahoma would then make a run by winning the next 3 completed matches as Axel Alvarez, Andrew Harris, and Florin Bragusi each won in straight sets at 1, 2, and 6 singles. Oklahoma would now lead 3-2 but they were trailing in each of the other 2 matches.
Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau would then tie it at 3-3 as he won the only match that went 3 sets when he defeated Alex Ghilea 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at #4 singles.
It all came down to #5 singles where Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon had a set lead on OU's Spencer Papa. Zambon served to stay in the 2nd set at 4-5 and 5-6 and held both times to push the set to a tiebreak. Zambon would get the mini break to go up 6-5 then the senior from Campinas, Brazil would close it out and Texas Tech had its 1st ever win over a #1 program. The video clip below is courtesy of Texas Tech and it shows Zambon putting away match point at the net.
Texas Tech recap
"I do not know if there is any other place in college tennis where the crowd is like that. I am just so excited to play Baylor next week," added Zambon.
Wake Forest opened it up by taking the doubles point with an 8-6 win at #3 and an 8-7(5) win at 2. The Demon Deacons followed that up that by taking the opening set on all 6 courts and it looked like the rout was on after the Deacs picked up straight set wins from Maksim Kan and Romain Bogaerts at 2 and 6.
North Carolina however would fight back by taking the 2nd set on each of the 4 remaining courts. The amazing thing about taking all those 2nd sets was the fact that UNC was down a break in 3 of them. UNC's Robert Kelly put the Tar Heels on the board by defeating Christian Seraphim at #5 singles and while both Brett Clark and Jack Murray had pushed their matches into a 3rd set it wasn't looking as promising at #1. UNC's Brayden Schnur was able to force a 3rd set against Noah Rubin but Rubin would quickly race out to a 4-0 lead and would end up cruising to the finish line for the 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win.
After the match had been decided both Clark and Murray completed their comebacks by each winning in 3. Clark actually came back from 5-2 down to win his final set 7-5.
Wake Forest recap
April 12, 2015 - Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Who Wins on Sunday in Winston-Salem
Baylor got off to a slow start in doubles but still managed to pick up the point by taking both 1 and 3 in tiebreakers. The singles portion took a while, due to a few rain delays, but Baylor pulled through with wins from Max Tchoutakian, Diego Galeano, and Felipe Rios at 3, 4, and 6. Oklahoma State was very competitive on some of the other courts as well. Big time match for Baylor coming up on Wednesday in Austin against Texas.
Match was moved to Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center during second delay.
#4 Virginia ran its ACC winning streak to 134 consecutive matches with a routine 6-1 win over #29 Louisville. Virginia won 5 of 6 singles matches in straight sets as Mitchell Frank, Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, J.C. Aragone, and Henrik Wiersholm were all victorious. Louisville picked up its lone point from Seb Stiefelmeyer at #1 singles as he defeated Virginia's Collin Altamirano in a 10 point tiebreak that was played in lieu of a 3rd set.
"Outside of the success our players have had long after they have left here, there is nothing I am more proud of than the consistency we have had as a program," said Boland. "We have tremendous respect for the ACC and to win 12 straight regular season titles is an incredible accomplishment."
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA
 Virginia (23-3) vs. [49-64] St. John's (15-8) - Friday 1pm - #3 Virginia received the ACC's automatic bid after beating #12 Wake Forest 4-2 in the ACC Championship while St. John's got the Big East's automatic bid after defeating Marquette 4-2 in the Big East Championship. St. John's finished the year on a 6-match winning streak and won 11 of its final 12. The Red Storm went 0-6 against ranked teams on the year.
Doubles Records: Virginia 23-3, St. John's 11-11
The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #). An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.
[17-32] Minnesota (20-7) vs. [33-48] Princeton (19-7) - Friday 10am - #25 Minnesota got in as an at-large after falling 4-0 to Ohio State in the Big 10 semifinals while #36 Princeton got an at-large selection from the Ivy League. Princeton went 7-7 against ranked opponents with its best win over #20 Mississippi State and its worst loss to #55 Penn State. The Tigers went just 1-3 down the stretch while the Gophers won 10 of its final 12.
Doubles Records: Minnesota 22-5, Princeton 14-12
Minnesota won the doubles point in 6 of its final 7 matches while Princeton dropped the point in 4 of its final 6 so I'd be very surprised if Minnesota didn't take the early 1-0 lead. Minnesota had a pretty top heavy lineup this year with Toledo (18-7), Spec (21-2), and Corwin (17-4) combining to go 56-13 in dual match play while Weber (11-10), Hamburg (9-10), and Froment (9-8) went just 29-28. Princeton got the best play from McCourt (17-6), Colautti (15-4), Richardson (10-4), and Vives (10-2) at 1, 2, 5 and 6 while Day (11-11) and Yablon (10-9) were right at .500 at 3 and 4.
#1 singles - Leandro Toledo won 9 of his final 11 and went 6-7 against ranked players while Zack McCourt won 5 of his final 7 and went 2-5 against ranked opponents. Prediction: DNF with McCourt (PR) leading.
#2 singles - Matic Spec finished the regular season on a 13-match winning streak including a win over #23 Jared Hiltzik while Thomas Colautti won 10 of his final 12 including a win over #108 Dragos Ignat. Prediction: DNF with it all even.
#3 singles - Felix Corwin won 11 of his final 13 while Alexander Day dropped his last 4. Prediction: Corwin (MN) in 2
#4 singles - Both players dropped 5 of their final 7 though Weber's competition was much tougher. Prediction: Weber (MN) in 2.
#5 singles - Jack Hamburg won 4 of his last 5 with 5 other matches going unfinished while Dan Richardson won 3 of his final 4. Prediction: Hamburg (MN) in 2.
#6 singles - Mathieu Froment dropped his final 2 after winning the 4 before that while Diego Vives split his final 4. Prediction: DNF with Vives (PR) leading.
If this match wasn't halted at the clinch it wouldn't surprise me if it finished 4-3 but I think Minnesota wraps it up quicker by getting the doubles point and straight set wins from Corwin, Weber, and Hamburg. Prediction: Minnesota 4-0
Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center - Oxford, MS
 Ole Miss (17-8) vs. [49-64] Alabama State (12-15) - Friday 4pm - #14 Ole Miss got in as an at-large after losing 4-1 to #7 Georgia in the SEC semifinals while Alabama State earned its first ever NCAA bid by beating Jackson State 4-2 in the SWAC Championship. Alabama State finished the year on a 7-match winning streak and won 10 of its final 11. The Hornets went 0-5 against ranked opponents getting shut out in 4 of the 5 (lost to Alabama 4-1).
Doubles Records: Ole Miss 14-13, Alabama State 13-12
Projected Singles Lineups
[17-32] Columbia (14-5) vs. [33-48] Georgia Tech (14-12) - Friday 1pm - #17 Columbia got the automatic bid for winning the Ivy League while #42 Georgia Tech got the last at-large bid (by .10) after making its run to the ACC semifinals which included wins over #35 Notre Dame and #15 Virginia Tech. These teams are pretty familiar with each other after playing a hidden dual at the MLK Invitational in Atlanta back in January. Georgia Tech took 5 of 9 singles matches however none of the match-ups will be the same.
Doubles Records: Columbia 14-5, Georgia Tech 14-12
Projected Singles Lineups
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