The USC men finished off a weekend sweep in the Bay Area by following up a 4-2 win over #40 Cal with a 4-1 win over #10 Stanford. The Trojans won a close doubles point with Brandon Holt and Riley Smith winning 7-5 at No. 1 while Daniel Cukierman and Tanner Smith prevailed 7-6(3) at No. 3. Stanford tied it up at 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win from Timothy Sah at No. 6 but USC was in control everywhere else and would add straight set wins from Daniel Cukierman, Laurens Verboven, and Riley Smith at No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 with Verboven getting the clinch.
The Stanford women looked like they were going to be upset at #16 USC but senior Caroline Lampl refused to lose and gutted out a third set tiebreak to secure the 4-3 Cardinal win. With the score even at 3-3, USC's Rianna Valdes served for the match on two occasions at 5-4 and 6-5 but she wouldn't come close to a match point on either occasion so off to a tiebreak they went. The tiebreak was tied at 3-3 at the changeover but Lampl would take the next 3 points to go ahead 6-3 and would go on to take it 7-4. The win was Lampl's 15th straight and it came on a day when the Cardinal needed it with Emily Arbuthnott out of the singles lineup.
Santa Clara Athletic Director Renee Baumgartner announced the hiring of Niall Angus as the Broncos' new men's head coach. Angus, who graduated from Texas A&M in 2013, joined the staff last year as an assistant coach. Angus replaces Derek Mills who retired after nine seasons.
Drake got off to a good start at #3 doubles when Ben Stride and Calum MacGeoch jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Iowa's Robin Haden and Nils Hallestrand. Drake would hold on the deciding point to stretch the lead to 4-1 and then break again for 5-1. MacGeoch would serve it out from 40-30 to give Drake the 6-1 win in 24 minutes.
The match at #1 between Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou and Jake Jacoby and Drake's Ben Lott and Ben Wood would stay on serve until Iowa broke the Ben Wood serve to go up 5-3. Jacoby would serve it out at love to give Iowa the 6-3 win in 27 minutes. The clip on the left is some early action, very nice touch by Jacoby on one shot, and then the clip on the right shows Iowa breaking and then serving it out.
The doubles point would be decided at #2 between Iowa's Josh Silverstein and Dominic Patrick and Drake's Bayo Philips and Vinny Gillespie. Iowa jumped out to the early 2-1 lead when it broke the Gillespie serve on the deciding point and then Patrick held for 3-1. Iowa would break the Philips serve to go up 4-1 but Drake broke back and then Gillespie held for 3-4. Silverstein held for 5-3 and then Philips held for 4-5. Patrick would serve it out from 40-30 to give Iowa the 6-4 win in 33 minutes. Below clip shows the Philips hold followed by the Patrick hold to clinch the doubles point.
The court layout at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center has courts 1, 3, and 5 on one side of the stands and then courts 2, 4, and 6 on the other side. Drake took all three odd number first sets while Iowa swept the evens.
Drake's Ben Lott was first off the court with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Dominic Patrick at #1. Lott broke the Patrick serve to go up 3-1 in the first and then it was all holds the rest of the way. Lott would break Patrick to start the second set and would then break him again to clinch the win in 1 hour and 4 minutes. I didn't catch a clip of match point since the scoreboard was still showing 4-3 in the second but here is a clip of him serving at 4-2 in the first (left) and then winning the set 6-3 (right).
Drake's Ben Stride put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jonas Larsen at #5. Stride broke Larsen to go up 2-1 in the first and then held for 3-1. Larsen would hold and break back to even it at 3-3 but Stride would take the next three games to close out the opening set 6-3. The second set stayed on serve up until Stride broke Larsen to close it out in 1 hour and 12 minutes.
Iowa's Jake Jacoby tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Drake's Tom Hands at #6. Jacoby broke Hands to go up 3-1 in the first and then ran away with the set 6-1. Jacoby broke Hands to start the second set and then held for 2-0. Hands would break later in the set to even it at 4-4 but Jacoby broke again to go up 6-5. Jacoby fell behind 15-40 on his serve however he'd take the next three points to close out Hands in 1 hour and 21 minutes. The clip below shows Jacoby breaking for 6-5 and then coming back to close it out.
Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou put the Hawkeyes ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Bayo Philips at #2. Theodorou broke Philips to go up 2-1 in the first and then broke again to go up 5-2 and would hold to take the set 6-2. Theodorou looked like he'd close it out in straight sets after breaking to go up 5-4 but Philips broke at love, held at 40-30, and broke from 15-40 to take the set 7-5. The clip shows that four game sequence.
The third set stayed on serve until Theodorou broke Philips on the deciding point (left) to go up 3-2 and then a few games later it all was over with the clip on the right showing the clincher.
Roughly 14 minutes later Drake's Calum MacGeoch would even it the match at 3-3 with a 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2 win over Robin Haden at #4. Each player held serve six times in the first set but in the tiebreak it was the receiver that won most of the points. MacGeoch was serving up 3-2 but he lost both of his points then Haden was serving up 4-3 but he lost both of his points. MacGeoch was serving up 5-4 but Haden drilled the return and then finished the point with an overhead for 5-5. MacGeoch would take the next point to go up 6-5 but Haden took the next three to take the set 7-6(6). Below are several of the points from the tiebreak.
MacGeoch jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second and took the set 6-3 and then he cruised through the third set before closing it out 6-2 in 1 hour and 52 minutes
The last match on court was at #3 between Drake's Vinny Gillespie and Iowa's Josh Silverstein. Silverstein led 5-3 in the first set but Gillespie held and then broke on the deciding point to make it 5-5. Gillespie held and then broke again to take the set 7-5. Clip on left is Silverstein holding for 5-3 and then clip on right is Gillespie breaking for 5-5.
Silverstein rolled through the second set 6-2 but Gillespie held to start the third set and then broke to go up 2-0. Silverstein broke back, held, broke again, and then held again to go up 4-2. Things were looking good for Iowa and bleak for Drake but Gillespie would claw his way back into it. Gillespie fell behind 0-30 on his 2-4 service game but he hit an ace on the deciding point to make it 3-4. Gillespie broke Silverstein from 30-40 to make it 4-4 and then held for 5-4. Silverstein was up 30-15 on his 4-5 service game but he lost a backbreaking point to make it 30-30 (in the clip below). Gillespie put a forehand into the net to make it 40-30 but Silverstein returned the favor with a backhand error to bring up the deciding point. Silverstein came in but mishit an overhead and Drake had won 4-3.
The clip on the left shows Gillespie holding for 3-4 and then breaking for 4-4. The clip on the right is the last few points on Silverstein's serve.
#32 LSU was able to take the doubles point, which included a win from Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle over the ITA #1 team of Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo, but #30 Florida was just too strong in singles. The Gators picked up straight set wins from Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, Alfredo Perez, and McClain Kessler at 1, 2, 4, and 6 with Hidalgo providing the clincher.
They played the remaining matches out with LSU's Gabor Csonka and January addition Nikola Samardzic picking up wins at 3 and 5.
In a match between two SEC programs on the rise, it was #22 Kentucky coming back from 2-0 down to defeat #27 Arkansas 5-2. The match was played indoors at Kentucky's four-court indoor facility so after Arkansas took the doubles and picked up a pair of first sets it had to be feeling good about its chances.
|Ryotaro Matsumura (Pic Via Kentucky)|
Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen evened the match at 2-2 when broke Santiago Munoz's 4-4 service game in the third set then served it out for a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win at No. 3. Moments later Enzo Wallart put Kentucky ahead 3-2 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Giammarco Micolani at No. 4. Trey Yates would complete the comeback and clinch the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Adam Sanjurjo at No. 5.
They played it out (which it looks just about everyone is doing this season - thumbs up) with Kentucky's Charles Minc defeating Johan den Toom 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6.
I just wanted to mention how a good job Kentucky's SID has been doing with the school's recaps - they've had good details and are usually loaded with plenty of quotes - keep it up!!
After a rough start to the season No. 70 New Mexico has finally started to turn things around. The Lobos picked up its third straight win, and second over a ranked opponent, by coming back from 3-2 down to defeat No. 44 BYU 4-3.
New Mexico took the doubles point and then each team won three first sets. Five of the six matches would finish in straight sets with BYU's Shane Monroe, Keaton Cullmore, and John Pearce winning at #1, #2, and #6 while New Mexico's Ricky Hernandez-Tong and Augustus Ge won at #4 and #5.
The match came down to a third set at #3 and it'd be New Mexico sophomore Jorge Escutia pulling through in the clutch with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win over Andrey Goryachkov.
This is the point to win the match for Jorge & clinch the match for UNM! Lobos UPSET No. 44 BYU! #GoLobos pic.twitter.com/2V3JYPvPkDUNM Men's Tennis (@UNMMenTennis) March 5, 2016
No. 7 Wake Forest opened up ACC play against No. 34 Georgia Tech but it did so without its top two singles players with both Skander Mansouri and Petros Chrysochos playing in the Davis Cup. Despite their absence Wake was still able to win the doubles point and then it got straight set wins from Romain Bogaerts, Maksim Kan, and Christian Seraphim at No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 with Bogaerts clinching the match at No. 2.
Georgia Tech picked up wins from Chris Eubanks and Daniel Yun at No. 1 and No. 6 while Wake's Dennis Uspensky won in a third set supertiebreak at No. 3.
Other Friday Results:
#21 Oregon def. Minnesota 6-1 - Oregon recap
#49 Alabama def. #72 South Carolina 5-2 - Alabama recap
#8 Texas A&M def. #66 Auburn 6-1 - aTm recap
#16 Georgia def. #50 Mississippi State 5-2 - Georgia recap
#26 Ole Miss def. #64 Tennessee 5-2 - Ole Miss recap
#47 Florida State def. Clemson 7-0 - FSU recap (five 3rd sets)
#1 North Carolina def. #54 Vanderbilt 7-0 - UNC recap (five 3rd sets)
#2 Virginia def. Louisville 7-0 - Virginia recap
#53 Virginia Tech def. #40 NC State 6-1 - VT recap
#15 Texas def. UTSA 5-0 - Texas recap
#15 Texas def. Louisiana Lafayette 4-0 - Texas recap
#46 UC Santa Barbara def. Sacramento State 7-0 - UCSB recap
#75 Cal Poly def. San Francisco 4-3 - Cal Poly recap
#38 Princeton def. #58 Indiana 6-1 - Princeton recap
#48 Denver def. Utah 5-1 - Denver recap
SMU def. Wichita State 4-1 - SMU recap
Texas A&M Corpus Christi def. South Alabama 4-0 - A&M CC recap
Southern Miss def. DePaul 4-3 - USM recap
Southern Miss def. Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-3 - USM recap
No. 4 Virginia went to Tulsa, the site of this year's NCAA Championships, and rolled over No. 26 Tulsa 6-1. Virginia won a pretty tight doubles point by breaking Tulsa's 5-6 service game at No. 3 to claim the point. Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano, Mac Styslinger, and Henrik Wiersholm won in straight sets for Virginia at 1, 2, 5, and 6 while Thai-Son Kwiatkowski won a three-set battle over Dylan McCloskey at 3. Tulsa's Juan Matias Gonzalez earned the lone point for the Golden Hurricane with a straight set win at No. 4.
No. 4 Virginia 6, No. 26 Tulsa 1
UCLA played without its No. 1 Mackenzie McDonald, due to him getting a main draw wild card in Indian Wells, but the Bruins still had more than enough to shutout No. 55 BYU 7-0.
The Bruins took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 then won five of six singles matches in straight sets with Ryoto Tachi winning the final match at No. 6 in three-sets. Below is the clincher from Karue Sell which officially gave the Bruins the win:
Karue clinches for the Bruins with a service winner! UCLA leads BYU 4-0. #GoBruins #UCLA pic.twitter.com/9pLrkVj0FwUCLA Men's Tennis (@uclatennis) March 11, 2016
No. 69 South Carolina dropped its first two SEC matches last weekend but it moved into the win column on Thursday with a 5-2 road win at No. 56 Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 and then the Commodores took three of five first sets in singles (5-court indoor facility) but they'd have trouble closing those out.
South Carolina's Gabriel Friedrich tied the match at 1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Daniel Valent at No. 1 and then Thomas Mayronne put the Gamecocks ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Baker Newman at No. 4. Vandy's Kris Yee tied the match at 2 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Yancy Dennis at No. 5 but that'd be the last set that the VU would win.
Andrew Schafer came from behind to beat Cameron Klinger 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 and Harrison O'Keefe clinched the Gamecocks win with a 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over Rhys Johnson at No. 3. The final match at No. 6, which didn't start until the match at No. 1 finished, was declared a South Carolina win with Sam Swank leading 5-0 in the first set.
South Carolina also picked up another win earlier in the day when it beat Murray State 6-1.
No. 29 San Diego had a successful day as it swept a doubleheader over No. 70 Penn and Arizona. San Diego took the doubles point in both matches and then picked up more than enough singles matches to get the wins. Jaan Kononov got the game ball for winning both of his matches.
There are several schools that are entering spring break and while some are taking time off others are traveling for out of conference matches. South Florida is hosting the USF Spring Break Tournament with No. 23 Penn State, No. 65 UNC Wilmington, No. 75 Florida Gulf Coast, and Troy coming to town to play multiple matches over the next three days.
There are only two matches this weekend matching up teams inside the top 15 with both taking place on Saturday. Last year's NCAA Championship match participants, No. 4 Virginia and No. 13 Oklahoma, will meet in a neutral site match in Tulsa. Oklahoma is looking to rebound after a tough loss to Ohio State while Virginia got acclimated to the surroundings on Thursday by winning outdoors at Tulsa.
The other top 15 matchup takes place on Saturday in Evanston as No. 11 Northwestern tries to avenge an early-season 4-0 loss at No. 8 Illinois. Northwestern hasn't beat Illinois since 1997 so to say they'd be thrilled with a win over the Illini would be a huge understatement. Northwestern's best route to a win will probably be the doubles point, one of the top three, and two of the bottom three.
There are three several good SEC matches on Friday with the best ones being No. 32 Arkansas hosting No 7 Texas A&M and No. 44 Mississippi State hosting No. 12 Kentucky. Both Arkansas and Mississippi State are up and coming team so I wouldn't be surprised to see one of them score an upset.
No. 1 North Carolina, who has been kind of quiet since winning the NTIs, goes to Florida for the weekend to play No. 51 Florida State and No. 75 Miami (FL).
I think there's a really interesting match on Saturday in Ann Arbor as No. 24 Michigan welcomes in No. 31 Columbia. Both teams would like to find a way to get in the top 16 by the end of the season, to host a NCAA regional, and winning a match like this would go a ways towards achieving that goal.
No. 26 Tulsa welcomes in No. 15 USC on Saturday afternoon. It was a little over a year ago that Tulsa pulled off one of the biggest stunners in recent memory when it went to LA and beat No. 1 USC 4-3. USC did beat Tulsa a few weeks later in Indian Wells but you have to figure the loss will still be used as extra motivation for this encounter.
Follow everything at the below live scoring links.
Friday, March 11th
#23 Penn State vs. #65 UNC Wilmington (Tampa) - 10am est - Penn State Twitter
IUPUI at Louisville - 10am est - Live Scoring
#38 Notre Dame at Clemson - 11am est - Live Scoring
#58 Pacific vs. Hawaii (Albuquerque) - 11am est/9am mst - Pacific Twitter
#71 Utah State vs. New Mexico State (Albuquerque) - 11am est/9am mst - USU Twitter
#54 Middle Tennessee State at Florida Atlantic - 1pm est - MTSU Twitter
Santa Clara vs. Grand Canyon (Albuquerque) - 2pm est/12pm mst - Santa Clara Twitter
San Francisco at #63 New Mexico - 2pm est/12pm mst - New Mexico Twitter
#66 Duke at #74 Miami FL - 2:30pm est - Live Scoring/ESPN3
#75 Florida Gulf Coast vs. Troy (Tampa) - 2:30pm est - FGCU Twitter
#67 East Tennessee State at Central Florida - 3:30pm est - ETSU Twitter
UNLV at #52 UC Santa Barbara - 4pm est/1pm pst - UCSB Twitter
UC Riverside at Loyola Marymount - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring & Video
#7 Texas A&M at #32 Arkansas - 4pm est/3pm cst - Live Scoring
#42 Georgia Tech at Louisville - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Boston College at #9 Wake Forest - 4pm est - Live Scoring/Video & WF Blog
#70 Penn at San Diego State - 5pm est/2pm pst - Penn Twitter
#1 North Carolina at #51 Florida State - 5pm est - Live Scoring
#64 Auburn at #25 Florida - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#72 Tennessee at #50 Alabama - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring
#43 LSU at #22 Ole Miss - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring & Rebel Blog
Gonzaga at #35 Washington - 6pm est/3pm pst - Live Scoring/Video
Brown at #36 Drake - 7pm est/6pm cst - Live Scoring
Nebraska at #47 Iowa - 7pm est/6pm cst - Live Scoring
USF Spring Break Tournament - #16 South Florida, #23 Penn State, #65 UNC Wilmington, #75 Florida Gulf Coast, Troy
Saturday, March 12th
#23 Penn State at #16 South Florida - 10am est - Live Scoring
#31 Columbia at #24 Michigan - 11am est - Live Scoring/Video
Oral Roberts at Wichita State - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring
#12 Kentucky at #44 Mississippi State - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring
Tennessee Tech at #1 Georgia Gwinnett (NAIA) - 12pm est - Video
New Orleans at #33 Rice - 12pm est/11am cst - Live Scoring/Video
#15 USC at #26 Tulsa - 12pm est/10am cst - Live Scoring/Video
#8 Illinois at #11 Northwestern - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring & Video $
Louisiana-Lafayette at #59 Georgia State - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#65 UNC Wilmington vs Troy (Tampa) - 2pm est - UNCW Twitter
#49 Wisconsin vs. Brown (Des Moines) - 2pm est/1pm cst - Wisconsin Twitter
Fresno State at #20 Oregon - 2pm est/11am pst - Live Scoring/Video
Air Force at Stetson - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Arizona at San Diego State - 3pm est/12pm pst - Arizona Twitter
Michigan State at Boise State - 3:30pm est/1:30pm mst - Live Scoring
#4 Virginia vs. #13 Oklahoma (Tulsa) - 4pm est/3pm cst - Live Scoring/Video
UT Rio Grande Valley at #33 Rice - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring/Video
Toledo at #24 Michigan - 6pm est - Live Scoring/Video
Detroit at #11 Northwestern - 7:30pm est/6:30pm cst - Live Scoring & Video $
Sunday, March 13th
#65 UNC Wilmington at #16 South Florida - 9am est - Live Scoring
Air Force vs. Army (Orlando) - 10am est - Air Force Live Stream (click away)
#47 Iowa at #5 Oklahoma State - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring & Video
#49 Wisconsin at #36 Drake - 12pm est/11am cst - Live Scoring
#66 Duke at #51 Florida State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
#42 Georgia Tech at #27 NC State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#1 North Carolina at #74 Miami FL - 12pm est - Live Scoring/ESPN3
#39 Virginia Tech at Boston College - 12pm est - VT Twitter
#38 Notre Dame at #9 Wake Forest - 12pm est - Live Scoring/Video & WF Blog
Clemson at Louisville - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Prairie View A&M at #37 SMU 1pm est/12pm cst Live Scoring
#17 Georgia vs. #56 Vanderbilt - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring
#12 Kentucky at #50 Alabama - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring
#7 Texas A&M at #22 Ole Miss - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring & Rebel Blog
#72 Tennessee at #44 Mississippi State - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring
#43 LSU at #32 Arkansas - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring
Troy at #16 South Florida - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring
Lamar at #5 Oklahoma State - 4pm est/3pm cst - Live Scoring & Video
#45 Purdue at #14 Cal (Burlingame) - 2:30pm est/11:30am pst - Cal Twitter
#19 Texas at #29 San Diego - 3pm est/12pm pst - Live Scoring
Morehead State at #9 Wake Forest - 5pm est - Live Scoring/Video & WF Blog
Ball State at #56 Vanderbilt - 5pm est/4pm cst - Live Scoring
Northern Colorado at #37 SMU 5:30pm est/4:30pm cst Live Scoring
The Citadel at #50 Alabama - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring
Northern Kentucky at Louisville - 6pm est - Live Scoring
#47 Iowa vs. Lamar (Stillwater) - 8pm est/7pm cst - Iowa Twitter & Video
Monday, March 14th
Prairie View A&M at #18 Baylor 2pm est/1pm cst Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
#10 Texas Tech vs. Indiana (San Diego) - 3pm est/12pm pst - Texas Tech/Indiana Twitter
Prairie View A&M at #18 Baylor 5pm est/4pm cst Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
Prairie View A&M at #18 Baylor 8pm est/7pm cst Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
SMU jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Mustangs claimed four opening sets in singles. SMU's Nate Lammons made it 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Julian Cash at No. 1 and then Hunter Johnson put the Mustangs a point away from clinching with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Arjun Kadhe at No. 2. Redshirt junior Tony Russell would bring it home for SMU with a 7-6, 6-3 upset win over Lukas Finzelberg at No. 5.
Note: Russell's win over Finzelberg was also a Universal Tennis Rating upset with Russell's UTR 1.40 lower than Finzelberg's.
This was SMU's first win over a top 5 opponent since defeated No. 4 TCU back in April 2001.
Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
Last weekend Boise State lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Utah State but this week they've won a pair of 4-3 matches on the road with today's victim being No. 67 Cal Poly. Cal Poly took the doubles point by winning the deciding match at No. 3 doubles in a tiebreak but Boise State was the stronger team in singles.
Boise State took four opening sets in singles and they'd ultimately finish all four off in straight sets. Thomas Tenreiro won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2, Pedro Platzeck won 7-6, 6-2 at No. 5, Abe Hewko won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6, and for the second match in a row it was Kyle Butters clinching the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4.
Cal Poly's Ben Donovan and Cory Pang picked up wins for the Mustangs at No. 1 and No. 3.
Columbia, ranked No. 29, opened up its Ivy League schedule with a 4-1 road win at No. 55 Cornell. The Lions took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but the Big Red came out strong in singles.
Cornell already had first sets at 1, 5, and 6 plus Colin Sinclair and Chris Vrabel were serving for the first set at 2 and 3. Sinclair let a 5-2* lead slip away as Columbia's Victor Pham took the opening set 7-6(3). Vrabel was serving 5-4, 40-30 but Columbia's Eric Rubin came back to break, hold, and break again to take the set 7-5 at No. 3.
So after everything was all said and done each team took three first sets though only two of the six matches would finish in straight sets.
Columbia's Mike Vermeer rolled over Bernardo Casares Rosa 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 but Cornell answered with a 6-3, 6-2 win by Stefan Vinti at No. 5.
Columbia's Shawn Hadavi would put the Lions up 3-1 with a come from behind 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over David Volfson at No. 1. Hadavi opened up a 4-0 lead in the third set and was serving up 40-0 before Volfson came back to break and hold for 2-4. Hadavi would hold for 5-2 and then break to win it 6-2 in the third.
Columbia's Richard Pham would provide the clincher at No. 6 with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Karlo Lozic.
North Carolina State, ranked No. 34, survived a strong push by Clemson before winning 4-3. The Wolfpack took the doubles point when the Saveljic brothers won the decider at No. 3 by a 7-5 score.
Five of the six singles matches finished in straight sets with Clemson getting wins from Daffra Sanon, Luke Johnson, and Christian Harris at 2, 3, and 6 while NC State picked up wins from Igor and Ivan Saveljic at 4 and 5.
The match would decided in a third set at No. 1 between NC State senior Simon Norenius and Clemson freshman Alex Favrot. Norenius jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third set and cruised to a 6-2 win.
Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
Texas overcome the loss of the doubles point to defeat No. 27 Tulsa 4-2. The Golden Hurricane claimed the doubles point when Majed Kilani and Carlos Bautista won 7-5 at No. 3 and then each team would take three first sets in singles.
Texas freshman Harrison Scott was the first to finish after defeating Juan Matias Gonzalez 6-0, 7-5 at No. 2. Sophomore Julian Zlobinsky made it 2-1 Horns after coming back from 3-0 down in the second to win 6-4, 6-4 win over Francois Kellerman at No. 6.
Tulsa junior Or Ram-Harel tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over George Goldhoff at No. 1 plus Tulsa was closing in on a split at No. 3 and a win at No. 4.
Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz had a set lead at No. 3 but he trailed Tulsa's Carlos Bautista 5-3 in the second. Ortiz would break back and force a tiebreak and then pull out the breaker 7-6(5) to put Texas ahead 3-2.
Tulsa's Majed Kilani had a 6-3, 5-3 at No. 4 but Texas freshman Rodrigo Banzer would come back to take the set 7-6(2) to force a third.
Texas senior Michael Riechmann would clinch the Texas win with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dylan McCloskey at No. 5. Riechmann trailed 2-3 in the third before holding, breaking, and holding to go up 5-3. McCloskey held for 4-5 but Riechmann served it out to give Texas a nice win.
Both Rice and Texas Tech went 2-0 on the day at the 58th Rice Invitational with each picking up wins over Drake and William & Mary.
Utah State ran its record to 15-6 with a tough 4-3 win at No. 59 BYU. Utah State took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the teams split first sets in singles.
Keaton Cullimore, John Pearce, and Andrey Goryachkov won for BYU at 2, 4, and 5 while Utah State got wins from Jaime Barajas, Jack Swindells, and Romai Ugarte at 1, 3, and 6.
Romai Ugarte clinching the match vs BYU, then getting tackled by 8 Aggies! pic.twitter.com/xhBzpFqTn6USU Men's Tennis (@USUMensTennis) March 26, 2016