The calendar has turned to August which means several schools will be in session shortly so most of the current coaching openings should get filled sooner rather than later. Over the last week there have been three head coaching hires along with several assistant coaching hires.
University of North Florida Director of Athletics Lee Moon announced the hiring of Matt Lucas as the Ospreys new men's head coach. Lucas comes to Jacksonville after serving as the associate head coach at Buffalo last season and will replace Mark Finnegan who departed after four seasons to become the men's assistant coach at Auburn. Below are some quotes from UNF's release:
"This is a great hire for our program and we are thrilled to have Matt and all his coaching experience leading our team," said Moon. "During the interview process, Matt demonstrated a real passion for the game and developing student-athletes. Throughout his career he has been a strong teacher of the game and has a wealth of experience in both collegiate and professional tennis. He is an outstanding recruiter and has strong ties to the tennis community in North Florida. We are excited to have Matt at UNF and look forward to watching him continue and even grow the success of our men's tennis program."
"I am extremely excited about this opportunity to lead the lead the men's tennis program at the University of North Florida," said Lucas. "I want to thank Lee Moon and Nick Morrow for entrusting me with the reigns of this great program. I also want to thank UNF women's coach Mariana Cobra for her support during the interview process. It is an exciting time for the tennis program and I look forward to helping build on the past successes while striving to further the national prominence of UNF Tennis and continue competing for ASUN Championships. Our guys will also be involved in the Jacksonville community and maintain their strong performances in the classroom as well. With my ties to the area, I can't wait to get back to the River City and begin working with the team. It is a great day to be and Osprey. SWOOP!"
Cal jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point with a 7-5 win at #3 doubles in the clinching match. Stanford welcomed freshman David Hsu back into the singles lineup at 5 which shifted Nolan Paige to 6 while Cal made a switch at 5 and 6 and moved Greg Bayane up from 6 to 5 and dropped Wikberg from 5 to 6. After dropping the doubles point the momentum shifted back to Stanford in singles as the Cardinal took 4 opening sets and managed to finish 3 of them off in straights as Tom Fawcett, John Morrissey, and "Rollin" Nolan Paige won at 1, 3, 6 to give Stanford a 3-1 lead. Cal would answer back with wins from Filip Bergevi and Greg Bayane at 2 and 5 to tie it up at 3.
All focus was centered on #4 singles where Cal freshman J.T. Nishimura had opened up a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set over Stanford junior Maciek Romanowicz and Nishimura was serving for the match. Nishimura fell behind 15-40 in his service game and after getting it back to the deciding point (40-40), which was also a match point, he would put a shot into the net to give Romanowicz the break. Romanowicz went up 40-15 on his 3-5 service game but then Nishimura hit a two-handed forehand winner to make it 40-30 and followed that up with a backhand winner past a drawn in Romanowicz to bring up the deciding point (40-40). Nishimura chose the ad-court to receive the serve on what would be his final match point and Romanowicz landed his 1st serve out wide and as the outstretched arm of Nishimura deflected it back in play Romanowicz closed in toward the net and hit a volley into the open court for the hold. Nishimura would now serve for the match for a 2nd time up 5-4 and he would quickly get broke at love as Romanowicz continued to play aggressively while Nishimura tightened up and had difficulty keeping the ball in play. Romanowicz would then hold at 40-15 to go up 6-5 and would then race out to an 0-40 lead on the Nishimura serve. After a Romanowicz error made it 15-40 Nishimura wouldn't be able to keep the next one in play and with that Stanford had stunned its rival 4-3.
#39 Stanford 4, #14 Cal 3
Feb 21, 2015 at Berkeley, CA. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
1. No. 30 Bayane/Melton (Cal) def Morrissey/Stineman (Stanford) 6-3 2. Fawcett/Romanowicz (Stanford) def. #32 Goransson/Wikberg (Cal) 6-2
3. Bergevi/Engsted (Cal) def. Paige/Wilczynski (Stanford) 7-5
1. #28 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.12) def. #42 Andre Goransson (Cal 13.70) 6-2, 6-4
2. #114 Filip Bergevi (Cal 13.66) def. David Wilczynski (ST 13.72) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. John Morrissey (ST 14.07) def. Billy Griffith (Cal 13.68) 6-4, 6-1
4. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.28) def. J.T. Nishimura (Cal 13.86) 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
5. Greg Bayane (Cal 13.48) def. David Hsu (ST 13.98) 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-2
6. Nolan Paige (ST 13.37) def. Oskar Wikberg (Cal 13.30) 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3) Singles (6,3,1,2,5,4)
In Columbus, the 184 people in attendance didn't realize they were witnessing the Buckeyes historic 200th consecutive home win with most having thought they hit that number against South Florida 2 weeks ago but as I reported it was actually 199 so today was 200. The doubles point was the only real drama in this one with Ohio State taking the deciding match at #3 in a tiebreak. In singles the Buckeyes took 4 1st sets and finished them all in straights and would also pick up a 3 set win from Ralf Steinbach at 5. Notre Dame's lone point would come at #1 singles as Quentin Monaghan cruised past Chris Diaz.
Ohio State recap
Notre Dame recap
In Winston Salem, Wake Forest picked up the doubles point by winning at 1 and 2 then picked up 3 hard fought straight set wins at 1, 2, and 4 with 3 of the 6 sets going to a tiebreak. Oklahoma State won at 5 and 6 then after the match had been clinched won a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set at #3 singles.
OK State recap
Saturday was a big day for the Ivy League as Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell all knocked off Power 5 schools.
In Cambridge, Harvard justified its top 25 ranking by knocking off Minnesota 5-2. Minnesota won a tight doubles point that came down to a tiebreaker at #2 but once singles got going so did the Crimson as they took 5 1st sets and ended up closing out 3 of those in straight sets while also picking up a pair of 3-set wins at 3 and 4.
#25 Harvard 5, #34 Minnesota 2
1. #91 Denis Nguyen (HV 13.99) def. #25 Leandro Toledo (MN 14.01) 6-2, 6-4
2. Ruben Weber (MN 13.14) def. #80 Sebastian Beltrame (HV 13.21) 6-3, 7-6(5)
3. Nicky Hu (HV 13.78) def. Jack Hamburg (MN 13.15) 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(8)
4. Alex Steinroeder (HV 13.37) def. Matic Spec (MN 13.60) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. Kenny Tao (HV 13.11) def. Felix Corwin (MN 13.56) 7-5, 7-6(6)
6. Brian Yeung (HV 13.19) def. Mathieu Froment (MN 13.04) 6-1, 6-2
1. Nguyen/Yeung (HV) def. Froment/Hamburg (MN) 7-5
2. Corwin/Toledo (MN) def. Beltrame/Hu (HV) 7-6(7)
3. Spec/Frueh (MN) def. Steinroeder/Solomon (HV) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,2,4,5,3)
In Montgomery, Princeton advanced to the finals of the Blue Gray classic with a 4-0 rout over Clemson. Princeton took the doubles point by winning at 1 and 3 then they took 5 1st sets with Zack McCourt, Joshua Yablon, and Luke Gamble quickly closing out their opponents at 1, 3, and 6 to complete the shutout. This was Princeton's 2nd big win in as many days after they beat #30 Mississippi State 4-3 on Friday. The Tigers will face #24 South Florida in Sunday's championship match at 1pm eastern.
Clemson lost the regular season meeting against Louisville at home by a 5-2 score though none of the singles matches were repeats this time around. Louisville won the doubles point last time with Clemson taking it this time. Clemson got wins from Alejandro Augusto, Luke Johnson, and Hampton Drake with the freshman from Hilton Head providing the clincher at #6 singles by taking the 3rd set 6-0. Below are some interviews from Clemson's youtube:
The box score that Clemson posted actually showed Louisville winning 4-3 with Drake losing the last set 6-0 instead of winning - sounds like they were in disbelief too!
"Clemson got off to a great start with winning doubles and leading all six of the singles courts," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "It looked like we were too deep into a hole being down 0-2, but that is when we made a gutsy surge. Albert, Sebastian, and Van all regained control of extremely close matches to put us into the lead. But they played a little better than us and finished well in the two remaining courts. Those played with poise and avenged our 5-2 win against them at Clemson."
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 23rd. For more details about UTR check out their website.
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,5,1,2,6)
Georgia Tech avenged a 6-1 regular season loss at Notre Dame even though 5 of the 6 singles matches were repeats. Notre Dame won the doubles point in the first match but Georgia Tech got the point this time around with wins at 1 and 2. The biggest turnaround was at #5 as GT's Cole Fiegel smacked Billy Pecor 6-1, 6-0 after Pecor won the first meeting 7-5, 6-1. Michael Kay clinched the win at #4 singles with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Alex Lawson though if Kay didn't clinch Benito was right there at #2 and Rakitt was up a set and a break at #3.
Note: GT recap showed Eric Schnurrenberger playing #6 for ND though ND's recap showed Kenneth Sabacinski. The ACC's live scoring showed Sabacinski too however it also showed Nicolas Alvarez playing at #1 for Duke (he sat out) and Esben Hess-Olesen playing at #5 for UNC (sat out too).
Georgia Tech recap
Here's sound from @jkennyt following #GT_MTEN victory over Notre Dame at #ACCMTEN http://t.co/tAHpnVYZZXNotre Dame recap
GT Men's Tennis (@GT_MTEN) April 23, 2015
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6,4)
The match of the day at the ACC Tournament was this one between Florida State and NC State. NC State looked good early on in doubles after jumping out to leads on all 3 courts - 4-2 on 1, 7-4 on 2, and 5-3 on 3. NC State's #2 team won 8-5 and its #3 team served for the match up 7-6 but Florida State wouldn't go away. FSU's #3 team of the Whitehurst brothers broke back to force the tiebreak then won it 7-3 in the TB. FSU's #1 team won the final 2 points of the tiebreak to win that court 7-5.
NC State came out strong in singles and took the opening set on 5 of 6 courts however they'd be unable to finish them out because Florida State would win 3rd set tiebreaks at 3, 4, and 5 with Cristian Mendez clinching the come from behind win at #3 - Mendez was down a break at 4-3 in the 3rd before breaking back. Terrell Whitehurst came back from 5-2 down in his 3rd set tiebreak at #5 to win 7-5. Florida's State #1 Benjamin Lock also had a match point at the time of the clinch.
Both teams played without singles starters - FSU's #3 Marco Nunez and NCST's #2 Simon Norenius both didn't play. Norenius retired in his match against Notre Dame last weekend with an injury while Nunez played twice last weekend but only won 3 games. I'm not sure if Nunez was injured and that's why he played poorly last week or if he was held out for different reasons.
"It's one of those matches where nothing came easy for either team, head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "We used tiebreak wins on five courts today. Because we played them a few weeks ago, I felt we were at a disadvantage having to come back up to their turf and play again and deal with the revenge factor, but we toughed it out and got the win.
NC State recap
So close, yet so far away - that's how Oregon has to feel after todays match. The Ducks jumped on Cal early by taking the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 and then took 4 opening sets in singles. Cormac Clissold was the only Duck to finish in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-2 win at #5, which put Oregon up 2-0, but then Billy Griffith put Cal on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #6. The 4 other singles matches would each go the distance with the person losing the 1st set winning in the end. There were so many twists and turns in each match along the way that it got tough to keep track of.
Cal's Andre Goransson would even the match at 2-2 with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win at #1 singles over Daan Maasland. Goransson sprinted out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set and served for the match but Maasland would break, hold, and break again to even the match up at 5-5. Goransson would then break back and serve it out to finally secure the win.
Cal's Oskar Wikberg would put Cal ahead 3-2 when he completed his comeback at #4 singles with a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over Jayson Amos. It looked like Amos was going to finish off Wikberg in straight sets when he led 6-3, 5-3 but Wikberg held for 4-5, broke Amos serving for the match to even it at 5, then held serve for 6-5. If I remember correctly Amos had at least 1 match point on the 5-4 serve game. Amos would then come back from 0-40 down to hold and send it to a tiebreak but Wikberg would take the final 2 points of the TB to take it 7-5 and send the match to a 3rd set. Wikberg broke Amos to go up 2-1 in the 3rd but Amos would break right back and then hold to go up 3-2. After 3 straight holds, Wikberg would break Amos to go up 5-4 and then he'd serve it out to put that 3rd point on the board.
Oregon's Daniel Sardu would tie it up at 3-3 with a come from behind 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5) win over Filip Bergevi at #2 singles. It looked like Bergevi would close this one out in straight sets when he led 6-2, 5-4 but Sardu fought off a slew of match points to hold for 5-5 and would ultimately push the 2nd set to a tiebreak. Bergevi led 6-5 in the tiebreak but Sardu would take the final 3 points to take it 8-6. Sardu jumped out a 5-2 lead in the 3rd before Bergevi charged back to tie it at 5-5. Each would hold 1 more time to send it a tiebreak then Sardu got the early mini-break and held on to take it 7-5.
The final remaining court left was at #3 singles as Cal's Greg Bayane opened up a 4-0 lead in the 3rd over Oregon's Simon Stevens. Before we proceed forward lets go back to the 2nd set where it looked like Stevens was going to close out Bayane in straights after leading 6-4, 5-3. Bayane held for 4-5 then would break Stevens in a lengthy service game that had at least 5 deuces with Stevens having at least 2 match points (may have been 3). Bayane held for 6-5 then Stevens held to send it a tiebreak but the TB was all Bayane as he cruised 7-2. Jumping back to where we started, after Bayane held for 4-0 Stevens would finally snap out of his slump and hold for 1-4. Bayane quickly held for 5-1 and then had 2 match points on the Stevens' serve before Stevens held for 2-5. Bayane went up 40-15 on his 5-2 service game but Stevens got it back to deuce. Bayane got the next point to give himself another match point but then Stevens would take the next 3 points to break for 3-5. Stevens would then go down 30-40 on his service game but would fight back to hold for 4-5. It just seemed like this one was heading for a dramatic 3rd set tiebreak but Bayane finally righted the ship and would hold from 40-15 to propel Cal into Friday's semifinals against rival Stanford.
April 23, 2015 - Ojai, CA (Libbey Park)
Another candidate for match of the day came in the Big Ten as Nebraska came back from 3-1 down to defeat Michigan State 4-3. Nebraska won the doubles point going away but Michigan State picked up straight set wins from Brett Forman, Jasper Koenen, and Michael Dube at 2, 5, and 6 to take the 3-1 lead. Michigan State's Harry Jadun was also up a set on #3 but Nebraska's Marc Hermann rallied back and won 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Nebraska also picked up a win at #4 as Andrew Dzulynsky beat Mac Roy 7-6, 6-4. With the match tied at 3-3 it all came down to #1 between Nebraska's Dusty Boyer and Michigan State's Gijs Linders. Boyer took the first set 7-6 but Linders broke Boyer to go up 6-5 in the second then served it out to even the match at a set a piece. Linders opened up a double break lead in the 3rd and was serving up 3-0 before Boyer regained his footing and started the comeback. Boyer would go ahead 6-5 then break Linders to take it 7-5 in the 3rd and send Nebraska onto the quarterfinals.
Michigan State recap
 Nebraska 4,  Michigan State 3
Michigan jumped out to the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point but Penn State went ahead 2-1 with wins from Leo Stakhovsky and Roman Trkulja at 1 and 5. Michigan's Alex Knight evened the match at 2 with an easy win at 3 and then Kevin Wong would come back from a set down to win 12 of the final 13 games to put the Wolverines ahead 3-2. While Penn State's Matt Barry fought hard to force a 3rd set at #3, Michigan's Runhao Hua would pull away down the stretch at #2 and would end up clinching the match by winning 6-1 in the 3rd.
Penn State recap
"A very difficult loss but Michigan just outplayed us today," said Tobin. "We have to give them credit when it's due. We had opportunities across the board, but we were not able to hang on to our leads."
Utah State recap
No. 7 Nevada will play the winner of No. 3 SDSU/No. 6 UNLV on Sat., April 25
Boise State has picked the right time to start playing better and as a result they've now won 3 straight after avenging a loss 4-3 from last Saturday by defeating #69 Fresno State 4-0. Boise State took the doubles point by picking up wins at 1 and 3 then the Broncos got singles wins from Garrett Patton, Thomas Tenreiro, and Abe Hewko at 1, 2, and 6.
Boise State recap
Fresno State recap
 Boise State (13-15) 4, #69  Fresno State (16-10)
FSU's Aziz Dougaz and Michael Rinaldi were first off the court at No. 2 doubles as they defeated UNC's Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray 6-1. UNC's Andrew Gores and Ronnie Schneider won 6-3 at No. 3 over Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst but FSU took the doubles point when Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez defeated Brett Clark and Robert Kelly 6-4 at No. 1.
Each team took three opening sets in singles but only three of the six matches would finish in straight sets. UNC's Brett Clark put the Tar Heels on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Michael Rinaldi at No. 3 and Robert Kelly put them ahead with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Jose Gracia at No. 5. Florida State freshman Aziz Dougaz tied it up at 2-2 with a 6-1, 7-6 win over Jack Murray at No 4 but all the remaining matches would go to a third set.
Florida State senior Benjamin Lock put the Noles back ahead with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 over Brayden Schnur at No. 1. Lock broke Schnur's 3-4 service game in the third set then served it out for the win.
Florida State senior Marco Nunez picked up the biggest win of his collegiate career when he clinched the upset win with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Ronnie Schneider at No. 2. Nunez jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set but Schneider held, broke, and held to pull within 4-3. Nunez held on the deciding point for 5-3 then broke Schneider from 30-40 to seal it. Check out FSU's highlight package which includes a few interviews and then another angle of match point below:
Two weeks ago Arkansas made a big statement when it beat Oklahoma and today it took it up a notch when it beat the two-time defending SEC Champions No. 7 Texas A&M 5-2. What made the win as improbable was the fact that Arkansas hadn't beaten Texas A&M since 1995 and had been shutout in the three previous SEC meetings.
Texas A&M took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but the Razorbacks turned it around in singles and took five opening sets.
Santiago Munoz put the Hogs on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jordi Arconada at No. 3 but A&M's Jackson Withrow answered with a 7-6, 6-4 win at No. 6 over Johan den Toom.
|Jose Salazar (Pic Via Arkansas)|
Jose Salazar clinched the win at No. 2 with a 7-6, 7-5 win over Shane Vinsant and Giammarco Micolani closed out the evening with a 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 win over Harrison Adams.
I haven't seen any quotes from Arkansas but I'll post them if I see some.
Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"The important part of the whole win was that we were still willing to compete when we lost the doubles point, Andy Jackson explained. "We played a little bit better than we did against Kentucky when the match got close to winning time. I'm very proud of the team and I'm looking to another SEC match on Sunday.
Clemson picked up its biggest win of the year when it knocked off No. 38 Notre Dame 4-3. The Tigers took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then claimed four first sets in singles.
Clemson's Alex Favrot and Luke Johnson won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 2 while Notre Dame got straight set wins from Josh Hagar and Grayson Broadus at No. 3 and No. 4. Clemson's Christian Harris clinched the win at No. 6 with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over Nicolas Montoya.
Notre Dame's top singles player, Quentin Monaghan, sat out the singles portion for the third consecutive match due to what I'm guessing must be some kind of an injury.
#Clemson wins!!! Christian clinches the match for the Tigers on court six!! #GoToWork pic.twitter.com/nrtd0hNx81Clemson Men's Tennis (@ClemsonMTennis) March 11, 2016
Nebraska and No. 47 Iowa opened up Big Ten play tonight with the Huskers going on the road and getting the 4-3 win. Iowa took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but Nebraska took four opening sets in singles.
|Andrew Dzulynsky (Pic Nate Olsen/Nebraska)|
Nebraska's Bradford Zitsch tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Jake Jacoby at No. 6 and a short while later Andrew Dzulynsky clinched it with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Robin Haden at No. 5.
San Diego State hadn't won a match in over a month but they made up for lost time with a 5-2 win over No. 70 Penn. The Quakers took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 2 in a tiebreak but the Aztecs really took over in singles.
SDSU won at the top four spots in pretty routine fashion while Marko Goles-Babic dropped his opening set at No. 5 before winning the final two sets 6-1, 6-1. Penn picked up a point at No. 6 when Blaine Willenborg won a third set supertiebreak over Cornelius Kolb.
Other Friday results:
#23 Penn State def. #65 UNC Wilmington 4-0 - PSU recap
#71 Utah State def. New Mexico State 4-1 - USU recap
#71 Utah State def. #58 Pacific 4-0 - USU recap
#63 New Mexico def. San Francisco 4-0 - UNM recap
#63 New Mexico def. Grand Canyon 4-0 - UNM recap
#66 Duke def. #74 Miami FL 5-2 - Duke recap
Troy def. #75 Florida Gulf Coast 4-2 - Troy recap
#67 East Tennessee State def. Central Florida 4-0 - ETSU recap
#54 Middle Tennessee State def. Florida Atlantic 5-2 - MTSU recap
#42 Georgia Tech def. Louisville 5-2 - GT recap
#9 Wake Forest def. Boston College 7-0 - WF recap
#25 Florida def. #64 Auburn 7-0 - UF recap (nice video)
#50 Alabama def. #72 Tennessee 5-2 - Bama recap
#22 Ole Miss def. #43 LSU 4-1 - OM recap
#36 Drake def. Brown 4-0 - DU recap
#35 Washington def. Gonzaga 5-2 - UW 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
All four matches at the SEC Tournament in Columbia, South Carolina, were hotly contested with South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Kentucky the day's winners.
The four matches at the ACC were quite as suspenseful with Virginia Tech rolling over Miami 4-0, Georgia Tech pulling away from Louisville 4-1, Notre Dame holding off Duke 4-1, and NC State edging Clemson 4-2.
Both of the matches in Ojai were 4-0 shutouts with Cal and Stanford overwhelming Washington and Oregon.
Due to traveling down to Memphis for the AAC Tournament, I didn't have the time to really dive
into Thursday's matches but you can let the video clips and box scores tell you the story. For all the men's schedules make sure you check out my conference tournament page and my live scoring page has links, in chronological order, for all of Friday's matches.
WATCH: Benton clinches a 4-1 win over Arkansas for the #Gamecocks. #7thMan pic.twitter.com/t3TauvNdRwGamecock M. Tennis (@GamecockMTennis) April 21, 2016
#20 (5) Kentucky 4, (13) Tennessee 3
#44 NC State 4, Clemson 2
Clemson made a coaching change on Tuesday with eight year assistant John Boetsch taking over for Chuck McCuen who had been head coach for the last eight years. McCuen, who went 110-96 in those eight seasons with two NCAA appearances, will remain on as the Director of Tennis Operations.
The US Open National Playoffs are well underway with four sectionals already completed. Many of the names below should be familiar to those that follow college tennis and I'm sure that plenty of the upcoming winners will be as well. You can look at all upcoming events at this link.
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