Wake Forest defeated North Carolina for the second time in the last five weeks with a 5-2 victory at home in Winston-Salem. North Carolina got off to a promising start after taking the doubles point and adding a straight set win from Mac Kiger at No. 6 but Wake tied it up at 2-2 with straight set wins from Petros Chrysochos and Rrezart Cungu at No. 2 and No. 5. The three remaining matches went three sets with Wake taking them all. Borna Gojo won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 to make it 3-2, Bar Botzer got the clincher with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3, and to close out the day Melios Efstathiou won 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4 at No. 4.
The Winston-Salem Journal has a good recap of the match with quotes from Tony Bresky, Sam Paul, Borna Gojo, and Bar Botzer so make sure you give it a read.
Wake Forest now has a two game lead in the ACC over North Carolina and Virginia while Miami is just one game back however the Canes still have to play both Wake and UVA.
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.
The latest edition of the Big Slam was another classic with #41 Stanford upsetting #6 Cal 4-3 on Tuesday night at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Cal welcomed Filip Bergevi back into its singles and doubles lineup after he missed the last few weeks with an injury and his return paid off in doubles as he and Florian Lakat, who earlier in the day were elevated to the ITA's No. 1 doubles team, defeated Tom Fawcett and William Genensen at No. 1. Bergevi served for the match up 5-2 but he was broke on the no-ad point after Fawcett hit a second serve return winner. Fawcett held at love for 5-4 but Lakat would serve it out from 40/30 to give Cal the 6-4 win. Cal's Billy Griffith served for the match at No. 2 doubles up 5-3 (40/30) but Stanford broke on the no-ad point to make it 5-4. Down at No. 3, Cal's JT Nishimura was serving up 4-3 (40/0) but Stanford came back to break on the no-ad point for 4-4. Both of those courts would go to tiebreaks and Cal's Billy Griffith and Andre Goransson would clinch the doubles point with a 7-0 win at No. 2 while the match at No. 3 went unfinished with it tied at 1-1.
The ITA announced the Men's National Team Indoors All-Tournament team on Thursday with Virginia filling four of the six singles spots and two of three doubles teams. Ohio State junior Mikael Torpegaard was named the tournament MVP after going 4-0 in singles at No. 1 with wins over Oklahoma's Andrew Harris, Oklahoma State's Julian Cash, Wake Forest's Petros Chrysochos, and Virginia's Collin Altamirano. No other player went 4-0 in singles although Virginia's Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone pulled off the feet in doubles.
After a busy weekend there were a handful of matches on Monday including one match that started on Sunday but finished on Monday due to rain. Seventh-ranked UCLA played its first indoor match of the year at Tulsa and judging by the final score it looks like they'll be ready to go when they begin the National Team Indoors on Friday. While many of the singles matches weren't very close the doubles decider at No. 1 was as close as it gets. Tulsa's Dominic Bechard and Okkie Kellerman had a golden opportunity to serve for the match when they went up 0/40 on Evan Zhu's 5-5 service game however Zhu and Martin Redlicki battled back to get it to the no-ad point. On the no-ad point Zhu's serve hit the tape and kicked up but a scrambling Bechard hit his forehand just long to give Zhu the hold for 6-5. Bechard held to send the match to a tiebreak and in the tiebreak Tulsa went up 3-2 after winning both points on Zhu's serve. Zhu and Redlicki would come back and win both points on Bechard's serve to go up 4-3 and then they made it 5-3 after Kellerman put a backhand into the net. A nice service return by Bechard forced a Redlicki error to put it back on serve but then Redlicki had a great service return himself to put the Bruins up 6-4. Redlicki framed a backhand off the roof on the next point to make it 6-5 but he redeemed himself on the next one with a nice volley that won the match 7-5.
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.
The US Open continued today with both John Isner (Georgia '07) and Kevin Anderson (Illinois '07) moving on to the third round while Stanford commit CiCi Bellis beat her second top 100 opponent to move into the third round.
UCLA won the battle of the abbreviations with a 6-1 win over UNLV. UCLA was a little shorthanded with 2 of its top 3 players out of the doubles lineup with Mackenzie McDonald (14.91) and Martin Redlicki both participating in a Futures event in Calabasas this week. After UCLA dropped the doubles point things were actually looking a little concerning but fortunately Redlicki was able to make it back in time to play in singles because otherwise the Bruins would have had to slide everyone except Mkrtchian up 2 spots in the lineup which could have spelled trouble for UCLA. In all seriousness UCLA probably still would have won no worse than 5-2 even without Redlicki.
For those that don't know - Calabasas is only about 20 miles from Westwood - I didn't know that myself until I looked it up.
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 23rd. For more details about UTR check out their website.
What's been a rough year for Boise State got a little rougher on Monday when Cal Poly came in and took the doubles point and followed it up by taking 4 of 6 singles matches.
Cal Poly recap
Boise St recap
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
Texas turned it around in singles and claimed five opening sets to really put TCU on its heels. The only Horned Frog to win a first set was also the first one to finish as Cameron Norrie defeated George Goldhoff 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1.
TCU found its fire in the second set and took all six sets to send five of the six matches to a third set. Jerry Lopez put TCU ahead 3-0 after completing his comeback with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Michael Riechmann at No. 5.
Texas's Julian Zlobinsky was on his way to a straight set win over Trevor Johnson at No. 6 but he hit a pothole late in the second set. Zlobinsky led 6-4, 5-3 but Johnson took the next four games to take the set 7-5. Zlobinsky went up an early break in the third and was able to hold on this time and take it 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Adrian Ortiz pulled Texas to within 3-2 after he beat Eduardo Nava 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 4 and it looked like Harrison Scott would tie it up at 3-3 when he led Alex Rybakov 5-2 in the third at No. 2. Rybakov had other plans and would take the final five games of the match to close out Scott 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
The remaining match at No. 3 was abandoned with TCU's Guillermo Nunez serving at 4-5 in the third. UT's Rodrigo Banzer led 6-3, 5-3 but he lost three straight games before holding for 6-6 and then Nunez would bagel him in the tiebreak.
The difference in the match was Texas's inability to finish off courts when they had what appeared to be commanding leads. Scott led 5-2 in the third and lost, Banzer led 6-3, 5-3 and ended up with a DNF in the third, and Zlobinsky led 6-4, 5-3 and even though he won in three letting Johnson hang around kept Texas from gaining some momentum from an early win.
16 straight for @RoditiTCUTennis & #TCUTennis!#GoFrogsTCU Men's Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) April 16, 2016
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Cal made it 2 for 2 this year against Stanford this year after knocking off the Cardinal 4-2. Cal took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then came out firing in singles by taking the opening sets on four courts.
Filip Bergevi extended Cal's lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 7-6 win over Nolan Paige at No. 4. Stanford's Brandon Sutter was a late substitute in the singles lineup but his addition paid off as he took out Cal's Mads Engsted 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6.
Cal's Florian Lakat made it 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Tom Fawcett at No. 1 and then Andre Goransson clinched the win by defeating David Wilczynski 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2.
Oregon more than likely locked up a spot in next month's NCAA Tournament by picking up a huge 4-2 win on the road over No. 35 Washington.
The Ducks took the doubles point with a 7-5 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2. Each team picked up three first sets in singles but only three of those would finish in straight sets with Washington's Mitch Stewart winning at No. 1 while Oregon's Thomas Laurent and Jayson Amos won at No. 3 and No. 4.
Washington cut the Oregon lead to 3-2 with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Cormac Clissold at No. 5 but Oregon's Ethan Young-Smith clinched the win by defeating Kawika Lam 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).
Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
"Today was a beautiful day and a great day for college tennis to be on display as it should be, said Anger. "I didn't like the ultimate result today though and we just came up on the short end.
Cal was one match away from an undefeated regular season but its bay area rivals, No. 17 Stanford, wouldn't have any of it and stunned the top-ranked Bears 4-3. Cal got things started off on the right foot by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Bears also took four opening sets in singles.
Stanford only took two first sets but Carol Zhao and Krista Hardebeck both finished in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 4 to give the Cardinal the 2-1 lead.
Cal's Klara Fabikova tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Taylor Davidson at No. 2 and it looked like Lynn Chi was going to make it 3-2 when she had a lead late in the third set against Stanford's Carolina Doyle. Chi led 5-4 and 6-5 but Doyle held both times and forced a third set tiebreak. Chi was serving up 5-2 in the tiebreak but Doyle won six of the next seven points to close it out 8-6. (Stanford's recap said Doyle fought off five match points in the TB but at most it would have been four if Chi led 6-2)
Cal's Karla Popovic tied the match at 3-3 by winning two close sets to close out Melissa Lord at No. 6. In the deciding match at No. 5, Stanford's Caroline Lampl would break Olivia Hauger's 3-4 service game and then serve it out to give the Cardinal the upset win.
Welcome to the rivalry, @carolinelampl. Stanford hands No. 1 Cal its first loss. 4-3 Cardinal. Pac-12 crown in play. pic.twitter.com/SWAtd0hrOoStanfordWTennis (@StanfordWTennis) April 16, 2016
Top-seeded Coastal Carolina became the first team to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament by coming back from 3-1 down to defeat the No. 2 seed Presbyterian 4-3 in the finals of the Big South Conference Tournament.
Presbyterian looked like it had the match in control virtually the entire way. The Blue Hose took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then took four first sets in singles.
CCU's Vuk Velickovic was the first to finish with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 but PC's Brandon Mills answered with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 4. PC's Diego Manzanas came back from a set down to defeat Rick Timmerman 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 so the Blue Hose were just a point away from sewing up its first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament.
PC's Alexander Lykou had what appeared to be a commanding 6-1, 5-3 lead on Jabor Al-Mutawa at No. 1 but Jabor Al-Mutawa won the last 10 games of the match to take it 1-6, 7-5, 6-0. CCU's Luiz Faria tied the match at 3-3 with a come from behind 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Ben Kelley at No. 6.
The conference championship would be decided in a third set at No. 3 between CCU's Pedro Leme and PC's Danny Bruce. Leme jumped out to a double-break 4-1 lead but Bruce came back to tie it at 4-4. Bruce was serving at 30-40 when he chipped a shot that was close to the line - Leme made a late out call which incensed both Bruce and the PC coaches. It was all for naught because the chair upheld the call and Leme would be serving for the match up 5-4.
Leme served it out from 40-30 and the Chanticleers were headed to the NCAA for the sixth time in school history.
Congratulations @CoastalMTennis on winning the @BigSouthTennis Championship!#BigSouthMTEN #BigSouthChamps pic.twitter.com/xNvR2S2AFJBig South Conference (@BigSouthSports) April 16, 2016
Cal Poly stayed undefeated in Big West play with a thrilling 4-3 win over conference rival UC Davis. UCD took the doubles point but CP took five first sets in singles.
Cal Poly got straight sets wins from Garrett Auproux and Corey Pang at No. 2 and No. 3 while UCD's Everett Maltby won in straights at No. 5.
Cal Poly's Ben Donovan put the Mustangs ahead 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win at No. 1 but UC Davis's Tommy Lam tied it at 3-3 with a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6. Cal Poly's Josh Ortlip would win the deciding match 6-4 in the third over Bryce McKelvie to give CP the 4-3 win.
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