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. 

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Just when we thought the weekend couldn't get any crazier #23 Texas Tech pulled off a 4-3 stunning upset over seemingly unstoppable #1 Oklahoma.

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

"What makes this so special is that it was Fran, our senior captain who closed out the match," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "Doubles, Alex, Jolan, Fran ... what can I say. I am really in shock that we beat the No. 1 team in the nation. The fact that it came down to Francisco Zambon was absolutely perfect."

"This was amazing," said Red Raider senior Francisco Zambon. "We have been preparing for this the entire year. We played like we have been playing. We didn't do anything different.

"I have had some very good memories and some very bad memories over the last four years, but today is something special for myself, the entire team, coach (Siegel) and (assistant coach) James (Wilson). It something I will always remember."

"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.

Oklahoma recap

#23 Texas Tech 4, #1 Oklahoma 3
Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
Singles
1. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.77) def. #35 Felipe Soares (TT 13.60) 7-6 (4), 6-3
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.85) def. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.50) 6-3, 6-1
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.57) def. #30 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-2, 6-3
4. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.43) def. #70 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.20) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.90) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.60) def. Connor Curry (TT 12.93) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles
1. #33 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) def. #8 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) 7-6 (6)
2. #52 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 7-6 (1)
3. Francisco Zambon/Connor Curry (TT) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Stats
Records: #1 Oklahoma (21-2, 3-1 Big 12); #23 Texas Tech (18-6, 2-2 Big 12).
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,2,6,1,4,5)
Note: This is Texas Tech's first-ever win over a team ranked No. 1.
T-2:35 A-719

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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 
North Carolina recap

#13 Wake Forest 4, #16 North Carolina 3
April 12, 2015 - Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition                                                                                    
1. #26 Noah Rubin (WF 14.88) def. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.55) 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2
2. #13 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.34) def. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) 6-2, 6-3
3. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.19) 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5
4. Jack Murray (UNC 14.12) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.71) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.56) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.68) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.33) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.46) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #59 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. #9 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 8-6
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 8-7 (7-5)
3. Romain Bogaerts/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Andrew Gores/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-6
Match Notes
North Carolina 17-9 (6-4 ACC); National ranking #16
Wake Forest 17-6 (7-3 ACC); National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5,1,4,3)
Match played outdoors.
Match delayed one hour due to WF women's tennis match beforehand.
T-4:04 A-458

Who Wins on Sunday in Winston-Salem

#13 Wake Forest
  25 (51%)
 
#16 North Carolina
  24 (48%)
 

Votes so far: 49
Poll closed 
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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.

Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"Well we started slow. We didn't come out the way that we would like to come out in the doubles. We are obviously a little lucky to win two tie-breakers in matches that we easily could have lost. It's a credit to the guys - when the chips were down they found a way to win and that's a great sign of a great competitor." - head coach Matt Knoll on the doubles

TOP QUOTE #2
"We were able to scratch out some tough games today. It was a good finish for us. We kind of got our minds right and started to roll." - Knoll on the win

TOP QUOTE #3
"We've got to figure out how to be at our best when our best is needed. It's needed when you are playing big matches. It's a process for us. I'm happy to get through it. We're going to have to be a heck of a lot better when we go down to Austin on Wednesday." - Knoll on what his team needs to do to improve

TOP QUOTE #4

"Well you need guys doing that. Anytime you get a quick point, it makes a heck of a difference. You kind of back your opponent into a corner. Once we kind of got rolling, we started backing them into a corner. There was a point there when they won the second set on two and a lot of the first sets were close and this thing could have gone either way. Then we won all those other close sets and we just started to roll." - Knoll on Rios' quick singles win

OK State recap

#2 Baylor 4, #25 Oklahoma State 0
Apr 12, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.78) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.71) 7-5, 2-5 unf
2. #31 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.16) vs. #98 Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.76) 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 unf
3. #61 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) def. #118 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.51) 7-5, 6-1
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.65) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.78) 6-3, 6-4
5. #117 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.87) vs. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.50) 7-5, 4-3 unf
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.84) def. Jurence Mendoza (OKST 13.01) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #54 Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. #26 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. #51 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-2
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 7-6 (7-2)
Match Notes
Oklahoma State 16-7 (0-4); National ranking #25
Baylor 18-4 (2-1); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,4)
Match had two rain delays.
Rain delay 1 was 3 minutes (3:39-3:42)
Rain delay 2 was 40 minutes (4:15-4:55)
Match was moved to Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center during second delay.
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#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.

Virginia recap

"I thought the team played well today," said head coach Brian Boland. "There were great conditions to play and I was happy we could have a result like this to close out our regular season home schedule. We once again had a great crowd out here and hopefully we will get to play two more matches in this atmosphere in the NCAAs."

"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."

Louisville recap

#4 Virginia 6, #28 Louisville 1
Apr 12, 2015 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.61) def. #72 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.81) 3-6, 6-3, 10-5
2. #22 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.90) def. #104 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.79) 6-2, 6-4
3. #3 Ryan Shane (VA 14.71) def. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.65) 6-3, 6-4
4. #14 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.61) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.33) 6-3, 6-3
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) def. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.35) 6-0, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 13.49) def. Luis Elizondo (LOU 12.28) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) vs. #56 Jeffrey Brown/Alex Gornet (LOU) 6-7, unf
2. #55 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Van Damrongsri/Albert Wagner (LOU) 8-3
3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Chris Simich/Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU) 8-4
Match Notes
Louisville 23-6, 7-4; National ranking #28
Virginia 18-3, 10-0; National ranking #4
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Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

[3] 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
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 87, St. John's 78

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 1st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.85) vs. Lucas Hejhal (SJU 13.07) 
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.69) vs. Erick Reyes (SJU 13.35)
3. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.74) vs. Robert Livi (SJU 13.11) 
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.80) vs. Elio Livi (SJU 12.22)
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.04) vs. Vaidik Munshaw (SJU 12.69) 
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.04) vs. Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU 11.99) 
Others who could play Mac Styslinger (VA 13.99) 

St. John's starting 3 went 39-14 in dual match play but they'll be no match for Virginia's top 3.  Hoos take the doubles point and get wins from Shane, Altamirano, and Aragone. Prediction: Virginia 4-0. 


[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
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Minnesota 82, Princeton 79

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #22 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.05) vs. #75 Zack McCourt (Princeton 13.62) 
2. #60 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) vs. Thomas Colautti (Princeton 13.45)
3. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.49) vs. Alexander Day (Princeton 13.01)
4. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.55) vs. Joshua Yablon (Princeton 13.24)
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.46) vs. Dan Richardson (Princeton 12.77)
6. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.93) vs. Diego Vives (Princeton 12.77)
Others who could play: Kial Kaiser (PRIN 12.37), Luke Gamble (PRIN 12.98)

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


Mississippi Regional
Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center - Oxford, MS

[14] 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
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Ole Miss 82, Alabama State 65

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #18 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.17) vs. Takura Mlambo (ASU 12.17)
2. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.27) vs. Ronald Mataba (ASU 11.24)
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.77) vs. Patrik Cvik (ASU 11.23)
4. William Kallberg (OM 13.28) vs. Karlo Skvorc (ASU 10.39)
5. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.14) vs. Jarred Thompson (ASU 9.78)
6. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.95) vs. Adam Coyne (ASU 10.75)
Others who could play: Vinod Gowda (OM 12.99)

This one won't be pretty as Ole Miss should be off the court in around 90 minutes after taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from pick any 3. Prediction: Ole Miss 4-0


[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
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Columbia 82, Georgia Tech 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Winston Lin (COL 14.12) vs. #53 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.87)
2. #108 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.84) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54)
3. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.63) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19)
4. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.50) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.44)
5. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.31) vs. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15)
6. Bert Vancura (COL 12.76) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.47)
Others who could play: Max Schnur (COL 13.16)

Max Schnur is actually listed at #4 in Columbia's lineup however he's only played in half of Columbia's matches and just gone 3-7 so I'm guessing he doesn't play. 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Lin 13-8 (5-6) vs. Eubanks 14-11 (4-9)
2. Ignat 13-7 (1-4) vs. Benito 15-7 (3-5)
3. Narayana 12-3 vs. Rakitt 5-14 (0-7)
4. Vermeer 12-3 (0-1) vs. Kay 10-13 (0-5)
5. Hadavi 12-6 vs. Fiegel 17-9 (0-1)
6. Vancura 10-5 vs Segura 14-9 (0-1)

#1 singles - Lin won 4 of his last 5 with the loss coming to #75 Zack McCourt in a match where a 10-point tiebreak was played in lieu of a 3rd set while Eubanks lost 7 of his last 9 though all but one of those matches was against a top 75 opponent.  Prediction: Lin (CU) in 3

#2 singles - Ignat won 6 of his last 7 while Benito won his last 2 over #57 Raphael Hemmeler and #68 Amerigo Contini. Benito started out the year playing at #5 and has progressed all the way up to #2.  Prediction: Benito (GT) in 3

#3 singles - Narayana won his last 4 and 7 of his last 8 while Rakitt lost his last 3 and 10 of his last 11.  Rakitt started out the year playing at #1 and has slowing dropped to #3. Prediction: Narayana (CU) in 2.

#4 singles - Vermeer finished the year on a 6-match winning streak while Kay lost 7 of his last 8. Vermeer has wins over JT Nishimura and Florin Bragusi on his resume. Prediction: Vermeer (CU) in 2

#5 singles - Hadavi finished the year on a 5-match winning streak while Fiegel dropped his final 2 after winning the 3 prior.  Hadavi's signature wins were against Northwestern's Alp Horoz and Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan while Fiegel beat Wake's Christian Seraphim, FSU's Cristian Mendez, and Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan. Prediction: Fiegel (GT) in 2

#6 singles - Vancura won 5 of his last 6 while Segura won his final 3 after losing the 4 prior. Segura started off the year playing at #3 before slowly sliding down the lineup despite putting up decent results.  Prediction: Segura (GT) in 2

The doubles point very well could be the key to this one and I look for Columbia to take the point for the 10th time in the last 11 matches. I've got Benito, Fiegel, and Segura in singles for GT with Lin, Narayana, and Vermeer for CU. Prediction: Columbia 4-3

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