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A pair of top 20 matches highlighted the day on the men's side while there was a top 7 showdown on the women's side.

In Winston Salem, second-ranked Wake Forest avenged an early season loss to third-ranked Virginia with a convincing 6-1 win. The Demon Deacons opened things up by taking the doubles point with a 6-4 win at No. 3 and a 7-5 win at No. 3. Wake would add five opening sets in singles, with three of them coming in tiebreaks, and they'd close four of those out in straight sets with freshman Melios Efstathiou clinching at No. 4 with a 7-6, 6-3 win. Full results available at this link

#6 Baylor won the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge in Indian Wells with a 4-2 win over #16 USC. The Bears won the doubles point and added straight set wins from Matias Soto, Sven Lah, and Jimmy Bendeck at 2, 5, and 6 while USC got straight set wins from Brandon Holt and Riley Smith at 1 and 4. The match at No. 3 went unfinished with USC's Laurens Verboven leading 5-3 in the third. 

The second-ranked Georgia women improved to 13-0 and 5-0 in the SEC after picking up a nice 4-2 win on the road over seventh-ranked South Carolina. Georgia dropped the doubles point for the first time since the National Team Indoors and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Georgia picked up straight set wins from Lourdes Carle and Vivian Wolff at No. 3 and No. 4 while South Carolina's Paige Cline won in straight sets at No. 2. 

Georgia's Elena Christofi gave the Dawgs its first lead of the match with a 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5 and Meg Kowalski would clinch at No. 6 with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win. The match at No 1 went unfinished at 5-5 in the third after SC's Ingrid Gamarra Martins reeled off four straight games from 1-5 down. 

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The Pepperdine women are more accustomed to being ranked inside the 10 and that's most likely where they'll be come Tuesday because the Waves picked up their second top 10 victory of the week with a 5-2 win over #8/#6 Texas in Austin. The Waves won the doubles point in dominating fashion with a 6-1 win at No. 2 and a 6-2 win at No. 3. In singles each team claimed three opening sets and Pepperdine would convert each of its to set leads to straight set wins. Dzina Milovanovic made it 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 and Ashley Lahey upped the lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1.

Texas trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with straight set wins from Anna Turati and Petra Granic at No. 2 and No. 3 but Daria Kuczer put the Waves over the top with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:26

2017 BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge

2017 BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Friday Schedule
Purdue vs. #13 California (11:30 a.m. ET)
#6 Baylor vs. #33 SMU (2 p.m. ET)
#7 USC vs. #32 South Florida (5 p.m. ET)
#45 Tulsa vs. #9 Oklahoma (8 p.m. ET)
Saturday Schedule
Purdue vs. #33 SMU (11:30 a.m. ET)
#6 Baylor vs. #13 California (2 p.m. ET)
#7 USC vs. #9 Oklahoma (5 p.m. ET)
#45 Tulsa vs. #32 South Florida (8 p.m. ET)
Sunday Schedule
#32 South Florida vs. #33 SMU (11 a.m. ET) 
#6 Baylor vs. #7 USC (1 p.m. ET) 
Purdue vs. #45 Tulsa (3 p.m. ET) 
#13 California vs. #9 Oklahoma (5 p.m. ET) 

Streaming Video (Courts 7 & 8) - Oracle Twitter For Scoring Updates


Results (will post box scores for each completed match down below) 

#13 California 4, Purdue 3
March 17, 2017 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles competition
1. No. 1 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. Stephan Koenigsfest/Dominik Sochurek (Purdue), 6-2
2. No. 54 Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (Cal) def. Ricky Medinilla/Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue), 6-4*
3. Gergely Madarasz/Athell Bennett (Purdue) def. Bjorn Hoffmann/J.T. Nishimura (Cal), 6-4
Singles competition
1. No. 30 Andre Goransson (Cal) def. Ricky Medinilla (Purdue), 6-2, 7-5
2. No. 102 Gergely Madarasz (Purdue) def. No. 109 Filip Bergevi (Cal), 6-2, 6-4
3. No. 53 Billy Griffith (Cal) def. Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue), 6-2, 7-6
4. Stephan Koenigsfest (Purdue) def. Bjorn Hoffmann (Cal), 6-2, 6-3
5. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Athell Bennett (Purdue), 7-6(3), 7-6(4)^
6. Renan Hanayama (Purdue) def. Connor Heap (Cal), 6-1, 6-4
Match Notes
Cal 10-4; National ranking #13
Purdue 11-7
Order of finish (Doubles 1,3,2); Singles (4,2,6,1,3,5) 
#6 Baylor 4, #33 SMU 1
Mar 17, 2017 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #15 Juan Benitez (BU) def. #50 Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #35 Max Tchoutakian (BU) vs. #56 Hunter Johnson (SMU) unfinished
3. #81 Johannes Schretter (BU) def. Samm Butler (SMU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) vs. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) unfinished
5. Will Little (BU) def. Tony Russell (SMU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Constantin Frantzen (BU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Juan Benitez/Will Little (BU) def. #18 Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) 6-4
2. Johannes Schretter/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Arkadijs Slobodkins/Markus Kerner (SMU) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Tony Russell/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Constantin Frantzen/Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4
Match Notes
SMU 9-5; National ranking #33
Baylor 14-3; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,5,3)
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#7 USC def. #32 South Florida 4-0
Mar 17, 2017 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #16 Brandon Holt (USC) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) - 6-4, 6-2
2. Nick Crystal (USC) vs. #122 Alberto Barroso-Campos (USF) - 6-2, 3-5 susp.
3. #45 Logan Smith (USC) def. #92 Peter Bertran (USF) - 6-2, 6-3*
4. Jack Jaede (USC) def. Justin Roberts (USF) - 6-1, 1-6, 1-0 susp.
5. Thibault Forget (USC) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) - 6-4, 2-4 susp.
6. Riley Smith (USC) def. Pierre Luquet (USF) - 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
1.  #19 Holt/R. Smith (USC) def. Gozun/Barroso-Campos (USF) - 6-4
2. Crystal/Verboven (USC) vs. Bertran/Roberts (USF) - 4-5 susp.
3. Bellamy/Jaede (USC) def. Kalyuzhnyy/Wojcik (USF) - 6-1
Match Notes
USC 16-2; National ranking #7
South Florida 9-6; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (3.1); Singles (1.6.3) 

#9 Oklahoma def. #45 Tulsa 4-3
Mar 17, 2017 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
3. Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Jarod Hing (Tulsa) 6-2, 6-1
4. Jochen Bertsch (OU) def. Dominic Bechard (Tulsa) 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3
5. Daniel Santos (Tulsa) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Arnaud Restifo (OU) def. Mitchell Pritchard (Tulsa) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Papa/Bragusi (OU) vs. Kilani/Ram-Harel (Tulsa) DNF
2. Bechard/O Kellerman (Tulsa) def. Ghilea/Oetzbach (OU) 6-2
3. Hing/Santos (Tulsa) def. Bridegan/Bertsch (OU) 6-2
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,5,1,6,2,4)
#33 SMU def. Purdue 4-2
Mar 18, 2017 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) vs. #50 Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) unfinished
2. #102 Gergely Madarasz (Purdue) def. #56 Hunter Johnson (SMU) 7-5, 7-5
3. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
4. Markus Kerner (SMU) def. Stephan Koenigsfest (Purdue) 6-4, 7-5
5. Tony Russell (SMU) def. Athell Bennett (Purdue) 6-3, 6-4
6. Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Renan Hanayama (Purdue) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #18 Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. Stephan Koenigsfest/Dominik Sochurek (Purdue) 6-3
2. Ricky Medinilla/Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue) def. Arkadijs Slobodkins/Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-3
3. Gergely Madarasz/Athell Bennett (Purdue) def. Tony Russell/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 7-6(4)
Match Notes
SMU 10-5; National ranking #33
Purdue 11-8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,4,2,3)
#32 South Florida def. #45 Tulsa 4-0
March 18, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles competition
1. Gozun/Barroso Campos (USF) vs. Kilani/Ram-Harel (Tulsa) 6-5, unfinished
2. Bertran/Roberts (USF) def. Bechard/O Kellerman (Tulsa) 7-6(5)
3. Kalyuzhnyy/Wojcik (USF) def. Hing/Santos (Tulsa) 6-4
Singles competition
1. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) 6-1, 6-3
2. #122 Alberto Barroso-Campos (USF) vs. Majed Kilani (Tulsa) 6-0, 5-4, unfinished
3. Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Jarod Hing (Tulsa) 7-6(3), 4-1, unfinished
4. #92 Peter Bertran (USF) def. Dominic Bechard (Tulsa) 6-2, 6-2
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Daniel Santos (Tulsa) 6-2, 6-4
6. Mitchell Pritchard (Tulsa) vs. Jakub Wojcik 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
Match Notes
South Florida 10-6; National ranking #32
Tulsa 10-10; National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,1,5)
#6 Baylor 4, #13 Cal 0
March 18, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles competition
1. Juan Benitez/Will Little (Baylor) def. #1 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal), 6-4*
2. #54 Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (Cal) vs. Johannes Schretter/Jimmy Bendeck (Baylor), unfinished
3. Max Tchoutakian/Constantin Frantzen (Baylor) def. Bjorn Hoffmann/J.T. Nishimura (Cal), 6-2
Singles competition
1. #15 Juan Benitez (Baylor) def. #14 Florian Lakat (Cal), 6-3, 6-3
2. #30 Andre Goransson (Cal) vs. #35 Max Tchoutakian (Baylor), 4-6, unfinished
3. #81 Johannes Schretter (Baylor) def. #109 Filip Bergevi (Cal), 6-4, 6-1
4. #53 Billy Griffith (Cal) vs. Will Little (Baylor), 6-4, unfinished
5. Bjorn Hoffmann (Cal) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (Baylor), 6-3, unfinished
6. Constantin Frantzen (Baylor) def. Dominic Barretto (Cal), 7-6(2), 6-4
Match Notes
Baylor 15-3; National ranking #6
Cal 10-5; National ranking #13
Order of Finish: Singles (1,3,6^); Doubles (3,1)
#7 USC 4, #9 Oklahoma 1
March 18, 2017 | Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles Competition
1. #19 Holt/R. Smith (USC) def. #59 Papa/Bragusi (OKLA) - 6-2
2. Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Ghilea/Oetzbach (OKLA) - 6-2
3. Bellamy/Jaede (USC) vs. Bertsch/Bridegan (OKLA) - DNF
Singles competition
1. #16 Brandon Holt (USC) vs. #21 Spencer Papa (OKLA) - 7-6, 6-6 susp.
2. Nick Crystal (USC) def. #101 Alex Ghilea (OKLA) - 6-4, 7-6*
3. #45 Logan Smith (USC) def. #77 Florin Bragusi (OKLA) - 6-3, 6-4
4. Jochen Bertsch (OKLA) def. Jack Jaede (USC) - 6-4, 6-4
5. Thibault Forget (USC) vs. Arnaud Restifo (OKLA) - 7-6, 5-3 susp.
6. Riley Smith (USC) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OKLA) - 6-4, 6-3
Match Notes
USC 17-2; National ranking #7
Oklahoma 12-5; National ranking #9 
Order of finish: Singles (6, 4, 3, 2*); Doubles (1,2)

#6 Baylor def. #7 USC 4-3 
March 19, 2017 | Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles Competition
1. #19 Holt/R. Smith (USC) def. Benitez/Little (BU) 6-4
2. Crystal/Verboven (USC) vs. Schretter/Bendeck (BU) unfinished
3. Bellamy/Jaede (USC) def. Tchoutakian/Frantzen (BU) 6-4 
Singles competition
1. #15 Juan Benitez (Baylor) def. #16 Brandon Holt (USC) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. #81 Johannes Schretter (Baylor) def. Nick Crystal (USC) 6-4, 6-3
3. #35 Max Tchoutakian (Baylor) def. #45 Logan Smith (USC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Jack Jaede (USC) def. Jimmy Bendeck (Baylor) 6-3, 6-1
5. Will Little (Baylor) def.Thibault Forget (USC) 6-3, 7-5
6. Riley Smith (USC) def. Constantin Frantzen (Baylor) 7-5, 6-2
Match Notes
USC 17-3; National ranking #7
Baylor 16-3; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,6,2,1,5.3)
#13 Cal 4, #9 Oklahoma 1
March 19, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles competition
1. No. 1 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. No. 58 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU), 6-1
2. No. 54 Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (Cal) def. Florin Bragusi/Jochen Bertsch (OU), 7-5*
3. Mason Bridegan/Adrian Oetzbach (OU) def. Bjorn Hoffmann/J.T. Nishimura (Cal), 6-2
Singles competition 
1. No. 14 Florian Lakat (Cal) def. Spencer Papa (OU), 6-2, 7-5
2. Alex Ghilea (OU) def. No. 30 Andre Goransson (Cal), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. No. 109 Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU), Unfinished
4. No. 53 Billy Griffith (Cal) def. Jochen Bertsch (OU), 6-3, 6-0
5. Bjorn Hoffmann (Cal) vs. Adrian Oetzbach (OU), Unfinished
6. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Arnaud Restifo (OU), 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
Match Notes
Cal 11-5; National ranking #13
Oklahoma 12-6; National ranking #9
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4, 1, 2, 6^)
Purdue 4, #45 Tulsa 1
March 19, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles competition
1. No. 43 Majed Kilani/Or Ram-Harel (TUL) def. Stephan Koenigsfest/Dominik Sochurek (PUR_M) 6-1
2. Dominic Bechard/Okkie Kellerman (TUL) def. Ricky Medinilla/Benjamin Ugarte (PUR_M) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Gergely Madarasz/Athell Bennett (PUR_M) def. Jarod Hing/Daniel Santos (TUL) 6-4
Singles competition
1. Ricky Medinilla (PUR_M) def. No. 27 Or Ram-Harel (TUL) 6-0, 6-2
2. No. 102 Gergely Madarasz (PUR_M) vs. Majed Kilani (TUL) DNF
3. Benjamin Ugarte (PUR_M) def. Jarod Hing 6-2, 7-2
4. Stephan Koenigsfest (PUR_M) def. Daniel Santos (TUL) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Renan Hanayama (PUR_M) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TUL) DNF
6. Athell Bennett (PUR_M) def. Kellerman (TUL) 6-0, 7-5
Match Notes
Purdue 12-8
Tulsa 10-11; National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,6,4)
#32 South Florida def. #33 SMU 4-2
Mar 19, 2017 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. #50 Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
2. #56 Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. #122 Alberto Barroso-Campos (USF) 6-4, 6-4
3. Samm Butler (SMU) vs. Justin Roberts (USF) DNF
4. #92 Peter Bertran (USF) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Tony Russell (SMU) 6-2, 7-6(5)
6. Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Jakub Wojcik (USF) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Sasha Gozun/Alberto Barroso Campos (USF) def. #18 Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) 6-3
2. Arkadijs Slobodkins/Markus Kerner (SMU) def. Peter Bertran/Justin Roberts (USF) 6-1
3. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy/Jakub Wojcik (USF) def. Tony Russell/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 7-6(3)
Match Notes
SMU 10-6; National ranking #33
South Florida 11-6; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,5,2,6,1)
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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 20:02

2015 BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge

BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge - Live Scoring & Streaming Video on courts 7 & 8.

Friday Schedule:
#1 Oklahoma vs Purdue - 11:30am est 
#28 Cal vs. #29 Columbia - 2pm est 
#20 Tulsa vs. #4 USC - 4:30pm est 
#3 Baylor vs. BYU - 7pm est 

Saturday Schedule:
Purdue vs. #28 Cal - 11:30am est
#1 Oklahoma vs. #29 Columbia - 2pm est 
#4 USC vs. #3 Baylor - 5pm est
#20 Tulsa vs. BYU - 8pm est

Sunday Schedule:
#1 Oklahoma vs. #3 Baylor - 1pm est
#20 Tulsa vs. #28 Cal - 2pm est
#75 UC Irvine vs. Purdue - 3pm est
#4 USC vs. #29 Columbia - 4pm est

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 20th.  For more details about UTR check out their website.

Sunday Results:

#1 Oklahoma 4, #3 Baylor 1
Mar 22, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #19 Andrew Harris (OU) 6-3, 6-2
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-1, 6-2
3. #26 Dane Webb (OU) vs. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU) unfinished
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Vince Schneider (BU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Mate Zsiga (BU) unfinished
6. Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 7-5, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) 6-4
Match Notes
Baylor 14-2; National ranking #3
Oklahoma 15-1; National ranking #1






Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,1,6)
#4 USC 4, #29 Columbia 0
March 22, 2015 - Indian Wells, Calif.
(1) #4 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #20 Narayana/Schnur (COL) - 7-5
(2) #50 de Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. #57 Lin/Vermeer (COL) - 6-4
(3) Crystal/Forget (USC) vs. Ignat/Vancura (COL) - susp.
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 1
(1) #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #16 Winston Lin (COL) - 6-2, 6-1
(2) #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC) vs. #83 Dragos Ignat (COL) - susp.
(3) Eric Johnson (USC) def. Max Schnur (COL) - 6-0, 6-1
(4) #35 Jonny Wang (USC) vs. Ashok Narayana (COL) - susp.
(5) #50 Max de Vroome (USC) def. Shawn Hadavi (COL) - 7-6, 6-4*
(6) #51 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Mike Vermeer (COL) - susp.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 5*
#28 Cal 4, #20 Tulsa 0
March 22, 2015, in Indian Wells, Calif.
1. No. 36 Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (Cal) vs. Matthew Kirby/Or-Ram Harel (Tulsa) - DNF
2. Filip Bergevi/Mads Engsted (Cal) def. No. 53 Carlos Bautista/Alejandro Espejo (Tulsa) – 6-0
3. J.T. Nishimura/Billy Griffith (Cal) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez/Mitchell Pritchard (Tulsa) – 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 3*
1. No. 67 Andre Goransson (Cal) vs. No. 37 Or-Ram Harel (Tulsa) – 6-1, 6-0
2. No. 87 Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. No. 100 Alejandro Espejo (Tulsa) – Abandoned
3. Billy Griffith (Cal) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa) – Abandoned
4. Gregory Bayane (Cal) vs. Matthew Kirby (Tulsa) – 6-1, 7-5
5. Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. Mitchell Pritchard (Tulsa) – 6-2, 6-3
6. Mads Engsted (Cal) vs. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) - Abandoned
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 4^
#75 UC Irvine 4, Purdue 2
March 22, 2015 - Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Oracle Collegiate Challenge)

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Friday brought us several close ones as 6 matches finished with a 4-3 final score though of course there were several that weren't as close most notably 3 of the 4 in Indian Wells.  

The big upset of the day came in Louisville as the #29 Cardinals stunned #10 North Carolina 5-2.  It looked like #7 Texas A&M might get picked off too however the Aggies rallied late and held off #35 Mississippi State 4-1.  #33 Drake came back from 3-0 down to stun #22 Harvard 4-3 and #23 LSU pulled out a tight 4-3 win on the road at #60 Alabama.

In the biggest match of the day #12 Wake Forest ran its winning streak to 4 with a 5-2 win over #16 Virginia Tech.  The Demon Deacons cruised past Va Tech in doubles and then Noah Rubin made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 beat down of Amerigo Contini at #1 singles.  Jon Ho would extend the lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at #4 singles over Hunter Koontz before Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro would put the Hokies on the board with a come from behind 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Christian Seraphim at #5 singles. Romain Bogaerts would clinch the win for Wake Forest with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win at #2 singles over Andreas Bjerrehus and then the teams would split the 2 remaining matches after the clinch.  

Wake Forest now sets its sights on #6 Duke with Wake making the short trip to Durham on Sunday.

Wake recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 20th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#12 Wake Forest 5, #16 Virginia Tech 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) def. #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.32) 6-1, 6-1
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) def. #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) def. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.62) 6-4, 6-3
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) def. Jai Corbett (VT 12.76) 7-6 (3), 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 8-3
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 12-2 (4-1 ACC); National ranking #16
Wake Forest 13-4 (3-1 ACC); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)
T-3:14 A-171

Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma picked up career win #400 today with a 5-2 stunner over #10 North Carolina.   The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #2 which Louisville pulled out (not sure what the TB score was though because it isn't listed anywhere).  Louisville ran through North Carolina in singles by picking up 4 1st sets and finishing 3 of them in straight sets with Albert Wagner clinching it at #3 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Esben Hess-Olsen.  

North Carolina is still a good team but they just aren't a great team without Brayden Schnur who missed his 5th straight match since retiring on 2/28 against Minnesota's Leandro Toledo.  

Louisville recap

"I am ecstatic for this group of players," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "A top 10 win against the elite in the ACC is something to be proud of. We always felt that they were capable of this, but sometimes potential never materializes - today it did. This UNC program has been so good for so long and mentally you have to overcome their great tradition before you even play the first point. I believe this can be the beginning of a second great run for us this season because there is a lot of excitement here."

"All of these teams have given their best for the program and me," said Ecarma. "I appreciate so much the leadership in our department. Everyone wants to work for Tom Jurich, I am one of the lucky ones. Kevin Miller has been with me since 1990 helping me every step of the way providing great mentorship. John Carns has given me great advice, support and friendship as well. My current and past assistant coaches, Brendan Burke, Mark Beckham, John Boetsch, Rodrigo DaSilva, Jakob Gustafsson and Matt Coomer have been a huge part of partnering with me to build a national level tennis program. The tennis staff of Meg Peavy, Melinda VanArsdale, Lori Korte, Kamari Wooten, Zach Farrell, Steve Hoelscher who have been beside me for years. Lastly, but most importantly, my family who have endured the almost ridiculous working hours of a head coach and still loving and supporting me every day. What is icing on the cake is not only the 400th win today as a coach but all 400 wins have been here at my alma mater - UofL."

UNC recap

#26 Louisville 5, #10 North Carolina 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Louisville (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
1. #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.67) def. #25 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.19) 6-3, 6-1
2. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.39) def. #57 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
3. #106 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.55) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 12.97) 6-4, 6-4
4. #115 Jack Murray (UNC 13.92) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.33) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (8)
5. #86 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) def. Michael Lippens (LOU 13.24) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Jeffrey Brown (LOU 12.68) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.50) 6-3, 6-4
1. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) def. #22 Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-5
2. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 8-7
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Chris Simich/Van Damrongsri (LOU) 8-5
Match Notes:
North Carolina 14-6, 3-1; National ranking #10
Louisville 15-4, 3-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,3,5,2,4)
Saturday had several close ones with both Baylor and Oklahoma pulling through in the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge while San Diego and Princeton both won tight ones in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic.   There was also a good one in Nashville where Vanderbilt won a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match to avoid getting upset by unranked Kentucky.

The headliner of the day was between #3 Baylor and #4 USC.  It was almost a forgone conclusion that Baylor would take the doubles point with how dominant they'd been in doubles play but USC had the point well within grasp.  Baylor's #3 duo of Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios were first off the court with 6-3 win but USC's #1 pair of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz answered with a 6-4 win.  So it all came down to #2 doubles where Baylor's Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano had jumped out to an early break lead on USC's Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson.  USC's 2s would break back to even it at 4 then get a De Vroome hold to go up 5-4 and then would go up 0-30 on the Galeano serve.  The Baylor 2s would win 4 straight points to hold for 5-5 but then Eric Johnson would hold at 40-15 to put USC up 6-5.  For the second service game in a row Baylor would go down 0-30 but they'd dig themselves out again by winning 3 straight points to go up 40-30.  After USC got the next point to make it 40-40, which was a deciding/break point, Lenz dropped the hammer on a 1st serve and sent to a tiebreak.  The tiebreak was all Baylor as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and ended up cruising to a 7-1 win.

In singles, Baylor jumped out to an early break lead at 1, 2, 5, 6 while USC got the early advantage at 3 and 4.  The first to finish was Baylor's Felipe Rios as he snapped Nick Crystal's 10 match winning streak with a 6-2, 6-3 win at #6 singles.  After falling behind 4-2 in the 1st, USC's Roberto Quiroz would win 4 straight to close out the opening set then would keep the momentum going in the second and would finish off Tony Lupieri 6-4, 6-3 at #2 singles.

Eric Johnson would then even the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian at #3. Johnson led virtually the entire match before giving up his break lead late in the 2nd set.  After falling behind 5-4 in the 2nd, Johnson won the final 3 games to close it out.

It looked like for a while that Jonny Wang would be the first off the court after he jumped out to a 6-2, 4-1 lead on Vince Schneider but the BU sophomore rallied to take 4 straight to go up 5-4 in the 2nd. Wang would then do as Johnson did and win the final 3 games to close it out 6-2, 7-5.

USC was now just a point away with a 3-2 lead but Baylor had the upper hand on each of the 2 remaining courts.  Baylor senior Mate Zsiga would tie it up a 3 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Max De Vroome at #5 singles.  Zsiga led this match wire to wire by breaking De Vroome to start both the first set and second sets.  Zsiga would not be broke the entire match.

The final match on court was at #1 singles between Julian Lenz and Yannick Hanfmann.  Lenz cruised in the 1st set taking it 6-2 and it stayed close deep into the 2nd set until Hanfmann broke Lenz to go up 5-4.  However Hanfmann would get broke serving for the set and Lenz would consolidate the break with a hold and would then break again to take the match 6-2, 7-5.

It's interesting to note that all 6 singles matches were finished in straight sets and none even made it to a tiebreak.

Baylor recap

"It was a great match at No. 2 doubles. There were a lot of dramatic momentum swings. You looked up there for a while and it felt like we were going to win and then you looked up there a little while later and it felt like they were going to win. I thought both teams did a good job of competing hard. We fought off a match point to get to the tiebreaker and then did a great job in the tiebreaker." - head coach Matt Knoll on doubles

"It is kind of funny that we had such a competitive match and all the matches only went two sets. They are super good, but Felipe (Rios) certainly helped us get momentum with what he did. It was really good tennis all over the place." - Knoll on the singles wins


"It is great to be in the finals. We knew at this event we were going to have to play great to win matches. Now we have the No. 1 team in the country waiting for us in the finals. They beat us earlier this year and have a great program. It is going to be a super opportunity for us. We have to play these kind of matches to get better and it is going to help us. It is a great chance for our guys to be pushed." - Knoll on playing Oklahoma

USC recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 21st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#3 Baylor 4, #4 Southern California 3
Mar 21, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.92) 6-2, 7-5
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.36) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-4, 6-3
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01) def. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) 6-3, 7-5
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.18) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 7-5
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) def. #50 Max de Vroome (USC 14.30) 6-4, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) def. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.06) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #4 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #50 Eric Johnson/Max de Vroome (USC) 7-6 (7-1)
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Thibault Forget/Nick Crystal (USC) 6-3
Match Notes
Southern California 13-3; National ranking #4
Baylor 14-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4,5,1)

Who Wins?

  2 (33%)
  4 (66%)

Votes so far: 6 


In the first semifinal of the day it looked like Columbia had a really good chance to pull off the upset after they took the doubles point and 3 opening sets against #1 Oklahoma.  However while Oklahoma's Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Spencer Papa would finish off each of their matches in straight sets only Columbia's Mike Vermeer would be able to do the same.  After Max Schnur took the first set 7-6 at #3, Oklahoma's Dane Webb would win 12 of the next 17 games to clinch the win. The match at #4 was halted with Columbia's Ashok Narayana leading 3-2 in the 3rd set.  

OU recap

"Dane did a terrific job for us, Roddick said. "He turned his match around and did a terrific job of clinching the match for us. Columbia really made us work hard today.

"Andrew did a great job not letting Lin into the match," Roddick said. "Axel and Spencer also did a great job of capitalizing on their opportunities."

#1 Oklahoma 4, #29 Columbia 2
Mar 21, 2015 at Indian Wells, California
Singles competition
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) def. #16 Winston Lin (COL 14.23) 6-2, 6-2
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #83 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.63) 6-4, 6-1
3. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) def. Max Schnur (COL 13.13) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) vs. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.35) 4-6, 6-4, 2-3, unf
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) def. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.32) 6-1, 6-3
6. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.38) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #20 Max Schnur/Ashok Narayana (COL) 6-4
2. #57 Winston Lin/Mike Vermeer (COL) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Dragos Ignat/Bert Vancura (COL) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 7-3; National ranking #29
Oklahoma 15-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,5,6,3)

BNP Paribas Collegiate Challange Semifinals

San Diego won the tournament it co-hosted with San Diego State by knocking off #33 Drake 4-2. The Toreros took the doubles point and picked up straight sets wins by Uros Petronijevic, Filip Vittek, and Jordan Angus at 1, 2, and 3 singles.

San Diego recap

"It's a team goal to go undefeated throughout the year, and to be undefeated at home thus far has been huge," head coach Brett Masi noted afer the victory. "To play all three matches at home this week was a big advantage. We play our best tennis on our home courts, but playing back-to-back matches everyday against top-45 teams is not easy. In the end, it feels great to take first place in a tournament, especially hosting. We won in 2011 at the inaugural tournament, and since then we haven't been able to do so until today. It's a great tournament and we were able to turn it around even after struggling in our last couple of matches on the road. We played great tennis the past few days and I am really proud of the guys for staying focused and playing their best tennis."

Drake recap

#30 San Diego 4, #33 Drake 2
March 21, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #58 Uros Petronijevic (USD 13.96) def. #42 Alen Salibasic (DRAKE 13.87) 6-1, 6-4
2. #81 Filip Vittek (USD 13.22) def. #38 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.70) 7-5, 6-4
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.59) def. Matt Frost (DRAKE 13.05) 6-4, 6-3
4. Ravi Patel (DRAKE 13.55) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.97) 6-3, 6-4
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.80) vs. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.43) 4-6, 6-1, 1-2, unf
6. Ben Mullis (DRAKE 13.20) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.68) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #41 Filip Vittek/Jordan Angus (USD) def. Ben Lott/Bayo Phillips (DRAKE) 6-3
2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. Alen Salibasic/Ben Mullis (DRAKE) 4-5, unf
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) def. Matt Frost/Ravi Patel (DRAKE) 6-1
Match Notes
Drake 18-6; National ranking #33
San Diego 12-4; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,3,4,2)

Final round of Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic

Princeton capped off the weekend in San Diego by taking 3rd place in the San Diego Classic with a 4-3 win over Ivy League rival Harvard.  With the match deadlocked at 3-3 it came down to a 3rd set at #6 and it was Princeton's Luke Gamble who was the hero as he broke Shaun Chaudhuri to go up 4-3 and then he held serve two more times to take it 6-4 in the 3rd.  

Princeton recap

Coach Billy Pate on the matches:
After struggling in doubles most of the year, Oklahoma came up big in the finals of the BNP Paribas Collegiate Cup and handed Baylor its first doubles loss of the year and ultimately its 3rd overall loss as the Sooners beat Baylor 4-2.  The Oklahoma win was the second over Baylor in the last 5 weeks and they'll meet up against in Waco on April 10th.

Baylor's #2 team of Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano won easily 6-2 but Oklahoma would win the other 2 courts 6-4 with Dane Webb and Axel Alvarez getting it done on 1 and Spencer Papa and Florin Bragusi winning on 3.  It was the first win of the year for the Papa/Bragusi pairing and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Each team would take 3 1st sets but with Baylor needing 4 singles wins they would need to close out their 3 and turn 1 more - OU wouldn't let it happen.  Axel Alvarez put OU up 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 shellacking over Tony Lupieri at #2 and Alex Ghilea would make it 3-0 with an equally dominant 6-2 6-3 win over Vince Schneider at #4.  Julian Lenz would get Baylor on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win at #1 over Andrew Harris and Mate Zsiga was just 2 games away from winning at #5. However, Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi would put an end to any doubt and clinch the win and title by defeating Felipe Rios 7-5, 6-4 at #6 and thus snap Rios's 10-match winning streak.

Getting the doubles point was huge for Oklahoma because even though they've come back before after dropping it this was a red-hot Baylor team they were facing.  If Baylor takes that opening point then it would have come down to a 3rd set at #3.  Of course you can play the IF game all day; bottom line is Oklahoma keeps on winning and keeps performing when it matters that most.

Oklahoma recap

"Today was a great team effort to put up four points on a really good team like Baylor to win," head coach John Roddick said. "Even after winning an intense doubles point, we were able to focus for singles.

"We played much better at number three doubles, and we started to execute some of the things we have been practicing," Roddick said. "It really paid off today"

"Axel was very solid today," Roddick said. "He did a good job of getting early leads and capitalized on first opportunities to close out each set."

Baylor recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 21st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#1 Oklahoma 4, #3 Baylor 1
Mar 22, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 13-2) def. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-4) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 12-1) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 3-4) 6-2
3. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 1-2) def.  Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU 11-2) 6-4
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) 6-3, 6-2
2.  #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-1, 6-2
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) 6-3, 5-7, 0-1
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) 7-5, 4-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) def. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)   Singles (2,4,1,6)

Who Wins The Oracle Challenge This Weekend At Indian Wells

  14 (37%)
  11 (29%)
  11 (29%)
  0 (0%)
  1 (2%)

Votes so far: 37 

The rain in Oxford forced play indoors and with it went Florida's chances as Ole Miss never let the Gators get in the match.  Ole Miss picked up the doubles point then closed out 1, 2, and 3 singles to post the 4-0 shutout. With there just being 3 indoor courts the matches at 4 and 5 didn't go on until a court opened up and the match at 6 never took the court.

#13 Ole Miss 4, #15 Florida 0
1. #23 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.13) def. #64 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 
2. #82 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18) def. #78 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.11) 6-4, 6-3
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.63) def. #99 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.59) 6-1, 6-1
4. Gordon Watson (UF 13.72) vs. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.81) 4-3 DNF
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.49) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.79) 2-0 DNF
6. Jordan Belga (UF 12.97) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.10) Did Not Start
1. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman 6-1
2. Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) vs. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-5
3. William Kallberg/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Joshua Wardell/Oliver Landert (UF) 7-5
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3)   Singles (3,2,1)

Ole Miss recap with quotes below:

"Florida has a very good team, and I have a lot of respect for them and their coaches," head coach Toby Hansson said. "They always come out firing and we knew it would be a battle. We were able to win a close doubles point and take the momentum into singles. I have to give credit to the crowd again. We appreciate everybody getting out of bed on a Sunday morning and coming here to watch us. They were fantastic."

"Gustav looked very strong out there," Toby Hansson said. "He was executing his shots and playing to the crowd. He was ready to go from the start, and never gave his opponent a chance. It was a very impressive performance."

"Stefan was playing a quality opponent," Toby Hansson said. "They had a lot of long rallies and exciting points. Stefan is playing really well right now and tough for anyone to beat. It was another impressive performance as well."

"I lost my serve on a deuce point in the first set, but I told myself I was still in control," Scholtz said. "As soon as I got that first break in the second set, I moved into a new gear and started feeling more comfortable out there. The crowd was amazing. It's so much fun to play in front of these fans, and we really appreciate them coming out."

"Nik couldn't really get his game going in the beginning and got off to a tough start," Toby Hansson said. "It took him a little while, but then he started moving better and hitting the ball the way he normally does. He finished off the match attacking more and playing his game."

"I try not to look at the scoreboard too much, but I was aware that Gustav was dominating," he said. "That was pretty easy to tell. I knew Stefan was in a tough match, and I was supporting him. He did the same for me. We've started this thing where we feed off each other and try to help each other when things are tight. That helped a lot. I might have been the one who clinched, but a lot of credit goes to the entire team. It's a team win today, and they deserve as much credit as me."

Florida recap

Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On today's tough road loss
Ole Miss played very well today. It was unfortunate that our Nos. 4, 5, and 6 singles players didn't get a chance to play. We will get home and get ready for Auburn next Saturday,

Read the Duke recap for everything that happened in this one - excellent recap!!

Duke recap

"I'm really proud of the team, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "That was one of those special matches. I have so much respect for Wake Forest. They're a really, really good team. I'm proud of the way we hung in there. We haven't lost too many doubles points this year. We got down in singles early, but everyone stepped up and competed hard. We gave ourselves a chance and it was a great win for us.

"We played them earlier in the year and it was a very tough match, Alvarez said. "We came back [tonight] from losing doubles, pretty easily on two courts, including mine. We played great tennis in singles. Everybody gave their best. What makes it so special is coming back from doubles against a very good team here at home.

"There were a lot of big momentum shifts, Smith said. "Bruno being able to finish off the second set after saving some break points and Rafa [Hemmeler] down 5-2 in the second set and able to come back and win that gave us a huge, huge boost.

"Nico [Alvarez] has done it [clinching matches versus Wake Forest] against two different guys who are two of the better players in college tennis in Bogaerts and Rubin, Smith said. "Alvarez is so calm in the pressure moments like serving for the match. It's not the first time he's done it, but we've been missing him for a little bit. It's awesome to have him back in there. It was a special win for him.

"It's tough coming back against a very tough opponent like Rubin is, Alvarez added. "At first I wasn't in the rhythm of competition and he was playing well. Then I started coming back by giving myself some positive energy and seeing the other guys were doing great really helped me. I loosened up and started playing better. I changed my strategy a little bit and that helped me. I was able to pull it off in the end. 

Wake Forest recap

#6 Duke 4, #12 Wake Forest 3
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez/Raphael Hemmeler (DU) 8-3
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Bruno Semenzato/Chris Mengel (DU) 8-3
Singles Lineup:
1. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.27) def. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) def. #34 Jason Tahir (DU 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 5-4(5)
3. Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.08) def. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) 6-2, 7-5
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.86) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) 6-1, 6-4
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.63) 6-1, 6-2
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.39) def. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) 6-3, 6-1
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,6,4,3,1*,2)


After sweeping all 3 doubles courts, Virginia Tech found itself in a hole trailing 3-2 and with NC State leading on both of the remaining courts.  NC State's #5 Nick Horton would lead 5-2 in the 3rd and it looked certain the #16 Hokies would go down however Edoardo Tessaro rallied and won the final 5 games games of the match to take it 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to even the match at 3-3.  Virginia Tech's #2 Amerigo Contini would come back from a set down to even his match at a set a piece and then Contini raced out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd.  NC State's Simon Norenius would hold and break to get it back on serve at 4-5 but wouldn't you know that Contini would break right back to clinch the win for Virginia Tech.

VA Tech recap
NC State recap

#16 Virginia Tech 4, #37 NC State 3
March 22,2015 at Raleigh, N.C. - (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Robbie Mudge (NCST 13.55) def. #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.80) 6-3, 6-4
2. #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.42) def. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.80) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.67) def. #72 Austin Powell (NCST 13.60) 6-3, 6-2
4. Beck Bond (NCST 13.33) def. #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) 6-4, 6-2
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) def. Nick Horton (NCST 13.47) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.31) def. Florian Nicoud (VT 13.36) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) def. #17 Robbie Mudge/Ian Dempster (ST) 8-7 (7-5)
2. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Austin Powell/Beck Bond (ST) 8-4
3. Simon Norenius/Thomas Weigel (ST) vs. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 6-7, unfinished
Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 13-2; National ranking #16
NC State 10-8; National ranking #37
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,4,6,1,5,2)
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I wanted to make a mention of a couple of events that are coming up over the next few months with one of them getting started tomorrow (Friday).

Six men's and six women's teams will converge on Montgomery, Alabama for the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. The Classic stated all the way back in 1949 and has evolved over the years from an individual event to a team event. One of the things that makes this such a unique event are the host families that take in the teams every year. The players and coaches love coming to Montgomery which is why several teams have been participating in this event for years and will likely keep coming back. There are a slew of positives testimonials that you can read over which talk about all the finer points of the weekend experience.

For those that saw the draw and were wondering how the semifinals work since there are only six teams here is the answer I got from the tournament director Geoff Waring, "The fourth semifinalist will be a lucky loser or the best scorer of the three losers".  So if I understand that correctly, if South Florida were to beat Boise State 4-3 while Oklahoma State beat Alabama 4-2 and Princeton beat Auburn 4-1 then Boise State and South Florida would play again due to Boise State having the highest losing total. If there is a tie then as of this minute the tiebreak would be fewest games lost but that may change according to Geoff.

The 2016 BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle (that's a mouthful) which will take place from March 18th to 20th at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Last year the event was an 8-team tournament but this year they've condensed it down into a round-robin format to avoid having teams from the same conference play each other. There will be one women's match taking place on Saturday between Baylor and USC so that is a slight change from the past.

Daily Schedule:
Friday: Illinois vs. Baylor
Saturday: Cal vs. Baylor, USC vs. Oklahoma, Baylor vs. USC (women)
Sunday: Cal vs. Oklahoma, USC vs. Baylor

There will be two courts that will have live streaming via PlaySight - I remember last year one of the matches came down to a court that was beside the streaming court so I was watching the corner of the court and listening to audio to see who won each point - sometimes you take what you can get!

The full release for this event is below and here - should be a nice event. The only concern I have is to see the event you are required to have tickets to the main ATP/WTA Master Series event. I'm just wondering how many people are going to mozy over to see these matches in between or before or after the main draw pro matches because the Saturday/Sunday matches will be going up against the semifinals and finals.

In my opinion they'd draw more fans to see the college matches if they played it on the previous weekend when the early round matches are taking place all across the complex. If you do it then there would a much larger pool of people to draw from since they sell general admission/grounds passes to the early rounds. Just my two cents on the subject.

The other event I wanted to highlight is the National Alumni Championships which will take place at TCU from June 3rd-5th. This will the third year that the event has been held with Tom Hand (LSU ''99) leading the charge as tournament director.

Below is from the NAC's website

Tournament Director Tom Hand explains how the NAC began...

How did the NAC start?
One of my current players read something about Georgia and asked me how my LSU team had done against them when I was playing. I didn't know, so I looked it up. I discovered that I had played 8 dual matches against them in my 4 years. It turns out we were 4-4. I remember thinking, "We have to settle this." I wondered what it would take to find enough of my teammates to field an alumni team. The answer was about 30 minutes on Facebook. I thought that there must be a ton of other guys like me that still love to compete and who would love the chance to represent their team again. Why not make that happen?

What was the response like?
When I initially started calling players and coaches to gauge interest levels, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. After about 3 calls, I realized this was something that had to happen. Everyone I spoke to was excited about the idea. 

What does that say about college tennis?
I think it says a lot about what college tennis means to those fortunate enough to have been through it. There are plenty of guys that went on to play on the ATP tour, but are still really excited to compete for their college team again. It's not often that life gives you a chance to go back and do it all over again, even just for a weekend.

How did TCU get involved?
I spent a lot of time thinking about where we should host this event. I knew it would be on a college campus rather than a resort or country club. I wanted it to feel like a college dual match and not just like every other tennis tournament. I entertained a bunch of different places, but ultimately chose TCU for a number of different reasons: they have a fantastic facility, an active fan base, it's an easy location, indoor backup, and the list goes on. Coach Roditi jumped in with both feet immediately and has been an enormous help making sure this event is a success.

How well do players from different teams know each other?
In many cases the answer would be pretty well, especially teams in the same conference. There is so much respect among these guys, and I have had a number of players say how much fun it will be to see so many of their old rivals again. I know a lot of schools host their own alumni gatherings, but there is nothing like this that will bring everyone together. The NAC will be a long overdue reunion for a very special group of athletes.

How does the NAC dual match format work?

Each dual match will consist of 2 doubles followed by the reverse doubles. Teams may make any number of direct substitutions for the second round of matches. If the score is tied 2-2 after all four doubles matches, a deciding tie break will determine the winner. Each team may nominate any 2 players to compete in the deciding tiebreak.

The NAC is proud to partner with Tennis Australia to pioneer the new Fast4 format. Each doubles match will be 2 out of 3 sets, with a tiebreak en lieu of a third set. Each set will be first to 4 games with a tiebreak at 3-3. All tie-breaks (including the deciding match tiebreak) will be 9 point, ie first to 5 wins, with a sudden death point at 4-4.
There are a few key rules that make Fast4 an exciting experience for both players and fans:

If the serve clips the tape and lands in the service box, there's no let, it's game on. What's more, if you're playing doubles either the receiver or their partner can take the return.

As soon as a game gets to deuce it's a Power Point. The receiver chooses which side will take the serve. This applies to doubles too with the receiving pair deciding who returns the point.

At 3 games all a short tie-break is played, first to 5 points. A Power Point determines the winner at 4 points all.

Hence the name FAST4. It doesn't matter how you get there, just make sure you get to four before the competition does. No advantage games.

How to enter a team?

The National Alumni Championships is open to all college tennis programs. However, spaces are limited and priority will be given to teams based on the following:

1) Previous participation in the NAC
2) Performance history as a program
3) Timeliness of entry fee* payment

The format requires a minimum of 4 players. 

Each player must:

Turn at least 25 in 2016 (the Tournament Director reserves the right to grant a waiver to this rule in exceptional circumstances).

Be a letter winner at that program (regardless of how many times or transferring)

What can you do?

Tom is looking to get as many teams added as possible so if you are a former player and still have that competitive drive make some phone calls/texts/tweets/whatever and get the gang back together again for old times sake. The University of Georgia has won the event both times so I'm sure they'd like to see some strong competition on the other side of the net.

If your team meets the criteria above click here to enter your team or if you have any questions send Tom an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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