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!"

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I knew it'd be hard for today's matches to follow up those from Friday but while a few of them came up short in the drama department the one that didn't was the "Big Slam" in Berkeley as Stanford pulled out a classic 4-3 win over rival Cal.  

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.

Cal recap

#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

Match Stats
Order of Finish:  Doubles (2,1,3)  Singles (6,3,1,2,5,4)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date so Tom Fawcett has a 14.12 UTR as of today 2/21. For more details about UTR check out their website


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

#9 Ohio State 6, #17 Notre Dame 1

Singles competition
1. #29 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.28) def. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.80) 6-1, 6-3
2. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.95) def. #92 Josh Hagar (ND 13.74) 6-2, 6-3
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.58) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.13) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
4. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.45) 6-2, 6-2
5. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.91) def. Billy Pecor (ND 12.98) 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.80) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.48) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #7 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. #4 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) 6-3
2. #17 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-3
3. #36 Chris Diaz/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Quentin Monaghan/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 7-6(5)  

Match Notes:
Notre Dame 6-2; National ranking #17
Ohio State 11-3; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,6,1,3,5)

Official: Marcus Lee T-2:43 A-184


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.  

Wake recap

OK State recap

#19 Wake Forest 4, #32 Oklahoma State 3
Feb 21, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. #55 Noah Rubin (WF 14.79) def. #88 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.54) 6-3, 7-6 (3)
2. #14 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.34) def. #87 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.57) 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7)
3. Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.82) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.07) 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (10), 1-0 (10-2)
4. #57 Jon Ho (WF 13.49) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.82) 7-5, 6-3
5. Tristan Meraut (OKST 13.26) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.40) 6-3, 6-4
6. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.38) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.92) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #50 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #10 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 6-1
2. Romain Bogaerts/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Tristan Meraut/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 6-4
3. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. Sam Bloom/Anthony Delcore (WF) 6-3

Match Notes
Oklahoma State 8-3, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #32
Wake Forest 7-2, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,1,6,2,3)

T-2:49 A-234


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.  

Harvard recap

Minnesota recap

#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.  

Princeton recap

Clemson recap

#50 Princeton 4, #35 Clemson 0

1. Zack McCourt/Thomas Colautti (PU) def. Hunter Harrington/Luke Johnson (CU) 6-4
2. Hampton Drake/Christian Harris (CU) led Alexander Day/Luke Gamble (PU) 4-3
3. Diego Vives/Joshua Yablon (PU) def. Austin Ansari/Alejandro Augusto (CU) 6-2

1. No. 117 Zack McCourt (PU 13.55) def. No. 90 Hunter Harrington (CU 13.64) 6-3, 6-4
2. Alejandro Augusto (CU 13.23) led Thomas Colautti (PU 13.02) 7-6, 1-1, DNF
3. Joshua Yablon (PU 13.36) def. Hampton Drake (CU 12.79) 6-4, 7-5
4. Alexander Day (PU 13.15) led Austin Ansari (CU 12.89) 6-3, 1-6, 5-1, DNF
5. Kial Kaiser (PU 12.29) led Daffra Sanon (CU 12.96) 6-2, 6-5, DNF
6. Luke Gamble (PU 12.84) def. Luke Johnson (CU 12.74) 6-4, 6-2
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It was a day of close matches as we saw several lower seeds pull off upsets.  In the ACC, #75 Clemson beat #32 Louisville 4-3 and #55 Georgia Tech hammered #35 Notre Dame 4-0.  In the Mountain West unranked Nevada sent #67 Utah State packing win a 4-2 win and Boise State did the same to #69 Fresno State by knocking them off 4-0.  In the Big Ten, Michigan beat #48 Penn State 4-2 and Nebraska came from behind to beat Michigan State 4-3.  In the Pac 12, #50 Oregon looked like it was going to upset #25 Cal but the Bears rallied to win 4-3.  Read about each match below.

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 recap
Louisville recap

"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. 

#75 [11] Clemson 4, #32 [6] Louisville 3
April 23, 2015 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. Seb Stiefelmeyer (UL 14.68) def. Hunter Harrington (CU 13.44) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
2. Alejandro Augusto (CU 13.36) def. Alex Gornet (UL 13.56) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Albert Wagner (UL 13,74) def. Daffra Sanon (CU 13.11) 7-5, 6-1
4. Luke Johnson (CU 13.19) def. Chris Simich (UL 13.22) 6-1, 6-4
5. Van Damrongsri (UL 12.38) def. Austin Ansari (CU 12.54) 6-4, 7-5
6. Hampton Drake (CU 13.23) def. Luis Elizondo (UL 12.35) 6-3, 6-7 (7-6), 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Hunter Harrington/Luke Johnson (CU) def. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (UL) 8-5
2. Albert Wagner/Van Damrongsri (UL) vs. Drake/Dudley (CU) 7-6, unf
3. Austin Ansari/Alejandro Auguso (CU) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Chris Simich (UL) 8-6
Match Notes:
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
Notre Dame recap

#55 Georgia Tech 4, #35 Notre Dame 0
Apr 23, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #9 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.61) vs. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.75) 7-6, 2-3,
2. Carlos Benito (GT 13.50) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.52) 6-4, 5-3 unf.
3. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.16) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.86) 7-6 (3), 3-1, unf
4. Michael Kay (GT 13.39) def. Alex Lawson (ND 13.17) 7-5, 6-2
5. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.11) def. Billy Pecor (ND 13.08) 6-1, 6-0
6. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.36) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.31) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #87 Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. #12 Billy Pecor/Alex Lawson (ND) 8-6
2. Christopher Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) def. #30 Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) 8-3
3. Dougie Benard/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Cole Fiegel/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-6
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 13-11, 4-8 ACC; National ranking #55
Notre Dame 14-11, 6-6 ACC; National ranking #35
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.

FSU recap

"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.

"We were down match point and that was an unbelievable point to send the match to a tiebreaker on [Court] 3, Hultquist said. "I loved how Terrance and Terrell competed to get that point for us.

"When you're put in these matches, you have to be fearless, Hultquist said. "I loved how Jose closed it out with an ace.

"I love how Cristian toughed it out, Hultquist said. "Nothing came easy and all three sets were tight.

"I'm excited to be able to clinch in my senior year, Gonzalez Mendez said. "I played well throughout. In the first set I left points out there, but I persevered and I had built a confidence that carried through to the second and third sets.

"Against Virginia, you have to go for your shots, Hultquist said. "Obviously they're the best team in conference and have been for years. You have to want the ball and not worry about mistakes.

NC State recap

#33 [8] Florida State 4, #37 [9] NC State 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. Benjamin Lock (FS 13.95) vs. Robbie Mudge (ST 13.83) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 5-3, unf
2. Beck Bond (ST 13.55) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.81) 6-3, 6-1
3. C. Gonzalez Mendez (FS 13.55) def. Austin Powell (ST 13.56) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Jose Gracia (FS 13.36) def. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.54) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Terrell Whitehurst (FS 12.89) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST 11.99) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Nick Horton (ST 13.41) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FS 12.73) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. Beck Bond/Nick Horton (ST) 8-7 (7-5)
2. Ian Dempster/Thomas Weigel (ST) def. Jose Gracia/C. Gonzalez Mendez (FS) 8-5
3. Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. Robbie Mudge/Austin Powell (ST) 8-7 (7-3)
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,6,4,5,3)

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.

Cal recap
Oregon recap

#25 [4] California 4, #50 [5] Oregon 3
April 23, 2015 - Ojai, CA (Libbey Park)
1. #49 Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (CAL) def. #77 Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (ORE), 8-3
2. Daniel Sardu/Joey Swaysland (UO) def. Filip Bergevi/Mads Engsted (CAL), 8-4
3. Cormac Clissold/Jayson Amos (UO) def. #86 Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL), 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.18) def. #115 Daan Maasland (UO 13.92), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
2. Daniel Sardu (UO 13.29) def. #99 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.85), 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5)
3. Gregory Bayane (CAL 13.45) def. Simon Stevens (UO 13.31), 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.42) def. Jayson Amos (UO 13.43), 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
5. Cormac Clissold (UO 12.93) def. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.65), 6-3, 6-2
6. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.47) def. Joey Swaysland (UO 12.47), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 4, 2, 3
T - 4:34

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.

Nebraska recap
Michigan State recap

"It was a tough match, especially without JP (John Patrick Mullane)," head coach Gene Orlando said. "But the guys stepped up in his absence."

"The seniors have had a great career," Orlando said. "And Linders being named First-Team All-Big Ten is great."

[10] Nebraska 4, [7] Michigan State 3
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #111 Dusty Boyer (NEB 13.08) def. Gijs Linders (MSU 13.00) 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-5
2. Brett Forman (MSU 13.35) def. Linus Erhart (NEB 13.23) 6-3, 6-2
3. Marc Herrmann (NEB 12.41) def. Harry Jadun (MSU 12.99) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
4. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB 12.24) def. Mac Roy (MSU 12.45) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
5. Jasper Koenen (MSU 11.99) def. Chris Hobgarski (NEB 12.14) 6-3, 6-2
6. Michael Dube (MSU 12.13) def. Bradford Zitsch (NEB 12.13) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Bradford Zitsch/Dusty Boyer (NEB) def. Harry Jadun/Jasper Koenen (MSU) 8-3
2. Linus Erhart/Scott Elsass (NEB) def. Mac Roy/Gijs Linders (MSU) 8-1
3. Brett Forman/Doug Zade (MSU) vs. Marc Herrmann/Chris Hobgarski (NEB) 5-3, unf
Match Notes:
Nebraska 11-12, 3-8
Michigan State 12-16, 3-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,2,6,4,3,1)

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.

Michigan recap
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."

[11] Michigan 4, #48 [6] Penn State 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.33) def. Michael Zhu (MICH 12.93) 6-1, 6-2
2. Runhao Hua (MICH 13.54) def. Alex Fennell (PSU 12.91) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Matt Barry (PSU 13.43) vs. Alex Petrone (MICH 12.91) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 1-2, unf
4. Alex Knight (MICH 12.99) def. Thomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.19) 6-1, 6-3
5. Roman Trkulja (PSU 12.81) def. Davis Crocker (MICH 12.23) 6-4, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (MICH 12.64) def. Nika Dolidze (PSU 12.41) 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (MICH) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Alex Fennell (PSU) 8-6
2. Mike Reilly/Matt Barry (PSU) def. Alex Petrone/Kevin Wong (MICH) 8-4
3. Michael Zhu/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) def. Aws Laaribi/ChristianLutschaunig (PSU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Michigan 7-14, 3-8
Penn State 15-15, 5-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,4,6,2,3)

Nevada avenged a 4-1 loss to #67 Utah State, from just 2 weeks ago, by defeating the Aggies 4-2 in today's Mountain West quarterfinal.   Nevada took the doubles point and picked up singles wins from Moez Chargui, Andrew Poustie, and Robert Margitfalvi at 1, 3, and 5.  Nevada was also ahead in the other court that didn't finish.  

Nevada recap
Utah State recap

[7] Nevada 4, #67 [2] Utah State 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Albuquerque, NM (McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. Moez Chargui (NEV 13.31) def. Karan Salwan (USU 12.72) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. Ryan Andrada (NEV 12.97) vs. Dennis Baumgartner (USU 12.77) 7-6 (1), 5-4, unf
3. Andrew Poustie (NEV 13.08) def. Marcus Fritz (USU 12.53) 6-2, 6-1
4. Jack Swindells (USU 12.33) def. Fernando Sunago (NEV 12.26) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Robert Margitfalvi (NEV 12.10) def. Jaime Barajas (USU 12.73) 6-1, 6-4
6. Sebastian Schneider (USU 12.64) def. Robert Allan (NEV 12.10) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Fernando Sunago/Andrew Poustie (NEV) def. Karan Salwan/Matt Sweet (USU) 6-4
2. Jaime Barajas/Jack Swindells (USU) def. Margitfalvi/Ryan Andrada (NEV) 6-3
3. Moez Chargui/Robert Allan (NEV) def. Marcus Fritz/Dennis Baumgartner (USU) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Nevada 7-15
Utah State 18-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,6,5,4,1)
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

[5] Boise State (13-15) 4, #69 [4] Fresno State (16-10)
April 23, 2015 at Albuquerque, N.M. (McKinnon Family Tennis Center)
Doubles Results
1. Tenreiro/Roskilly (BSU) def. McIntosh/Hassan (FS) 6-3
2. Patton/Mitchell (BSU) vs. Papic/Nakireddi (FS) 6-5 DNF
3. Foley/Hewko (BSU) def. Glynn/Komati (FS) 6-3
Order of finish: 1,3
Singles Results
1. Garrett Patton (BSU 13.24) def. Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FS 12.93) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU 12.92) def. Euan McIntosh (FS 12.89) 6-3, 6-1
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU 12.46) vs. Nikolas Papic (FS 12.68) 1-6, 6-4, 2-1 DNF
4. Brian Foley (BSU 12.58) vs. Adam Glynn (FS 13.06) 6-3, 4-5 DNF
5. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.18) vs. Eric Komati (FS 12.85) 6-1, 5-6 DNF
6. Abe Hewko (BSU 12.05) def. Youssef Hassan (FS 12.03) 6-1, 6-4

Order of finish: 6,2,1

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Friday was a day of upsets with the biggest shocker coming in Tallahassee as No. 51 Florida State stunned No. 1 and previously unbeaten North Carolina 4-3.  Florida State was coming off a tough 4-3 loss to Miami last Sunday so the thought of them beating the No. 1 team in the country had to be a long shot at best coming in.

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:


#51 Florida State 4, #1 North Carolina 3
March 10, 2016 (Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.)
Doubles competition
1. #26 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez d. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC), 6-4
2. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FSU) d. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC), 6-1
3. Andrew Gores/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) d. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU), 6-3
Singles competition
1. #30 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.08) d. #38 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.08), 5-7, 6-2, 3-6
2. #97 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.32) d. #12 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.19), 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.92) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.29), 6-2, 6-2
4. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.32) def. #74 Jack Murray (UNC 13.85), 6-1, 7-6(4)
5. #89 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.83) def. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.13), 7-5, 6-2
6. Blaine Boyden (UNC 13.20) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 13.13), 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-2
Match Notes
North Carolina 15-1 (0-1 ACC); National Ranking #1
Florida State 10-4 (2-1 ACC); National Ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,4,1,2,6)

Post-Match quotes from FSU's recap
Head coach Dwayne Hultquist:
"I never feel that anyone should win the doubles on us. We're good at all three spots. Ben and Marco haven't lost this year (10-0). Aziz and Michael played lights out. That set the tone for the whole match. You don't win National Indoors (UNC) without being a resilient team, and they showed that today. We split the first sets with them, and they took it to us in the second sets. Aziz's win in straight sets was huge for us. It tied the match up and reestablished our momentum. Ben and Marco have been in the pivotal spot a number of times in their career, and today they both came through when we needed them. They were great today.

On beating the top-ranked team in his 17th season:
"Historically, it's the biggest win for us. We've never beaten the No. 1 team in the country. We've had a couple of Top 5 wins over Duke and beat Illinois in the NCAA Tournament when they were defending national champions. But as far as the regular season, this is our biggest win. It's got to rank up there.

On being doused with the water cooler postmatch:
"That hasn't happened before. I knew it was coming but I wasn't going to fight it.

Senior Benjamin Lock:
"Unbelievable. Roller-coaster of a match. Really tight doubles Michael and Aziz played lights out today and that's the best I've seen them play. We really set the tone heading into singles. After last weekend, taking a loss to Miami, we got a reality check with this team. We talked about how we were going to act moving forward and that it wasn't going to affect our season.

Everyone gave a great effort. I was trying to focus on my match but there was so much emotion. I knew that if I just kept holding serve in the third set, I was going to get a break. Next thing I knew, I was 5-3 up and 40-0 serving. That's when it hit me that we could win this thing.

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)
Arkansas redshirt freshman Adam Sanjurjo made it 2-2 with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 5 and Mike Redlicki made it 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Arthur Rinderknech at No. 1.

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.

#32 Arkansas 5, #7 Texas A&M 2
Mar 10, 2016 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Billingsley Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #43 Mike Redlicki (AR 14.08) def. #14 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.49) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. Jose Salazar (AR 13.99) def. #34 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 13.94)  7-6 (7-5), 7-5
3. Santiago Munoz (AR 13.03) def. #67 Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.83) 6-4, 6-3
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR 13.12) def. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.24) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
5. Adam Sanjurjo (AR 13.30) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.43) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.98) def. Johan den Toom (AR 12.62) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #25 Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #31 G Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-4
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4
3. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) def. Jordi Arconada/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 7-5
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 14-4 (2-1 SEC); National ranking #7
Arkansas 12-3 (2-1 SEC); National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,6,5,1,2,4)

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 4, #38 Notre Dame 3
March 11, 2016 at Clemson, S.C. (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Alex Favrot (CU 13.65) def. #42 Alex Lawson (ND 13.46) 6-2, 6-4
2. Luke Johnson (CU 13.07) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.02) 6-4, 6-3
3. Josh Hagar (ND 13.48) def. Daffra Sanon (CU 13.02) 6-4, 6-2
4. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.85) def. Austin Ansari (CU 12.22) 6-4, 6-1
5. Daniel Rayl (ND 12.45) def. Robert Dudley (CU 12.39) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
6. Christian Harris (CU 12.76) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 13.14) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) def. #77 Alex Favrot/Luke Johnson (CU) 6-3
2. Arturo Pinazo/Austin Ansari (CU) def. Josh Hagar/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-4
3. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Grayson Broadus/Nicolas Montoya (ND) 6-3
Match Notes
Notre Dame 8-7; National ranking #38
Clemson 10-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,2,3,6,5)

Post-Match quote from Clemson's recap
"We had to earn it today versus a tough, well-coached Notre Dame team, said Associate Head Coach John Boetsch. "It was a solid team effort and we had been getting the same effort in training during the week. Robert Dudley made a huge comeback from 0-5 down to win the first set, and that played a major role in the momentum of the match. Christian, Luke and Alex showed great poise and confidence at the end of their singles matches. The guys competed hard for each other and the support from the fans and players was outstanding. The guys executed and showed strong belief down the stretch in doubles and singles.

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)
Dusty Boyer and Marc Herrmann put Nebraska ahead 2-1 with straight set wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but Iowa retook the lead when Josh Silverstein and Jonas Larsen won in three-sets at No. 3 and No. 4.

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.

Nebraska 4, #47 Iowa 3
March 11, 2016 at Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex)
Singles competition
1. Dusty Boyer (NEB 13.31) def. Dominic Patrick (UI 12.80): 6-1, 7-5
2. Marc Herrmann (NEB 12.90) def. Lefteris Theodorou (UI 12.86): 6-2, 6-1
3. Josh Silverstein (UI 13.06) def. Toby Boyer (NEB 12.92): 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
4. Jonas Larsen (UI 12.12) def. Tomislav Antoljak (NEB 12.23): 7-5, 7-5
5. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB 12.30) def. Robin Haden (UI 12.59): 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
6. Bradford Zitsch (NEB 12.06) def. Jake Jacoby (UI 12.88): 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #78 Jake Jacoby/Lefteris Theodorou (UI) def. #66 Dusty Boyer/Toby Boyer (NEB): 6-4
2. Dominic Patrick/Josh Silverstein (UI) def. Andrew Dzulynsky/Bradford Zitsch (NEB): 6-4
3. Nils Hallestrand/Robin Haden (UI) vs. Marc Herrmann/Scott Elsass (NEB): unfinished

Match Notes
Iowa 7-4; National ranking #47
Nebraska 7-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,4,3,6,5)


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.

San Diego State 5, #70 Penn 2
March 11, 2016 (Aztec Tennis Center, San Diego, Calif)
Singles competition
1. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU 13.49) def. Kyle Mautner (PENN 13.35) 5-1, retired
2. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU 13.66) def. Vim De Alwis (PENN 12.58) 6-1, 6-0
3. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU 13.13) def. Josh Pompan (PENN 13.06) 7-5, 6-2
4. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU 12.50) def. Matt Nardella (PENN 12.76) 6-0, 6-2
5. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU 13.01) def. Nicholai Westergaard (PENN 12.65) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Blaine Willenborg (PENN 12.38) def. Cornelius Kolb (SDSU 12.10) 6-4, 6-7 (8), 10-8
Doubles competition
1. Marko Goles-Babic/Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) def. N Westergaard/Austin Kaplan (PENN) 6-4
2. Matt Nardella/Thomas Spratt (PENN) def. Hendrik Jebens/Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) 7-6 (6)
3. B Willenborg/Gabriel Rapoport (PENN) def. Santiago Cevallos/S Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) 6-2
Match Notes
Penn 5-11; National ranking #70
San Diego State 4-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,4,2,5,6)

Post-Match quotes from SDSU's recap
"Definitely happy for the guys, head coach Gene Carswell said. "I think it was a complete team win. The guys came out and took it upon themselves to each go out and get their one point.

Said Carswell of singles play, "We were able to lock up the clinch and that's a great thing to do against a nationally ranked team.

"Everyone we compete against is going to show up and know that we're a good team, Carswell said. "We're a team that made it to the NCAA's last year and was winning matches in the tournament. We've got to go out there and show on a daily basis that we're a very good team, and I think this was a good step in that direction.

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

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The hits keep on coming and on today's playlists we heard the 1966 classic Mustang Sally after No. 36 SMU ran all over No. 5 Oklahoma State 4-0.

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. 

#36 SMU 4, #5 Oklahoma State 0
Mar 26, 2016 at Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #115 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.92) def. #48 Julian Cash (OKST 13.80) 7-5, 6-3
2. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.51) def. #121 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 14.05) 6-4, 6-3
3. Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.72) vs. Samm Butler (SMU 13.57) 7-5, 2-3, unfinished
4. Tristan Meraut (OKST 13.53) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.49) 7-6 (7-5), 1-4, unfinished
5. Tony Russell (SMU 12.43) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.83) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
6. Yates Johnson (SMU 13.13) vs. Jurence Mendoza (OKST 13.28) 6-4, 6-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #25 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 6-1
2. Lucas Gerch/Tristan Meraut (OKST) vs. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) 4-4, unfinished
3. Ronald Slobodchikov/Tony Russell (SMU) def. Jurence Mendoza/Lukas Finzelberg (OKST) 6-3
Match Notes
SMU 17-5; National ranking #36
Oklahoma State 15-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,2,5)

Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
"A tremendous win against a top five team in Oklahoma State, I'm very proud of guys performance especially beating a team who only lost one other time before today's match," said Head Coach Carl Neufeld.

"This win gives us a lot of confidence as the season progresses and hopefully we can parlay that into the final month of the season and postseason play," Neufeld said.

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.

Boise State def. #67 Cal Poly 4-3
March 26 at San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Mustang Courts)
Doubles competition
1. Butters/Mitchell (BSU) def. Donovan/Pang (CP) 6-4
2. Auproux/Tan (CP) def. Roskilly/Tenreiro (BSU) 6-4
3. Cardiff/Enander (CP) def. Foley/Hewko (BSU) 7-6(8)
Singles competition
1. Ben Donovan (CP) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Garrett Auproux (CP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Cory Pang (CP) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4)
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Josh Ortlip (CP) 6-4, 6-4
5. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Axel Damiens (CP) 7-6(2), 6-2
6. Abe Hewko (BSU) def. Karl Enander (CP) 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes
Boise State 11-8
Cal Poly 8-8; National ranking #67
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,5,1,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Boise State's recap
"You know I cannot say enough about this team, they just keep battling and giving it everything they have, said coach Greg Patton. "It is our second straight win over a nationally ranked opponent and like Wednesday's match at UCSB, it was a battle from the start. Kyle (Butters) came through for us again clinching the match for the second time this week. We are improving with each match and I can't wait to get the team home and playing in front of Bronco Nation.

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.

#29 Columbia 4, #55 Cornell 1
Mar 26, 2016 at Ithaca, NY (Reis Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #64 Shawn Hadavi (CLM) def. David Volfson (COR) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. Colin Sinclair (COR) vs. Victor Pham (CLM) 6-7(3), 6-4, unf.
3. Chris Vrabel (COR) vs. Eric Rubin (CLM) 5-7, 6-4, 2-3, unf. 
4. Mike Vermeer (CLM) def. Bernardo Casares Rosa (COR) 6-2, 6-2
5. Stefan Vinti (COR) def. Michal Rolski (CLM) 6-3, 6-2
6. Richard Pham (CLM) def. Karlo Lozic (COR) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #28 Rolski/Vermeer (CLM) def. Casares Rosa/Vrabel (COR) 6-4
2. #15 Hadavi/Pham (CLM) def. Sinclair/Volfson (COR) 6-4
3. Dylan Brown/Vinti (COR) vs. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (CLM) 5-5, unf. 
Match Notes
Cornell 7-9; National ranking #55
Columbia 11-5; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Singles (4,5,1,6); Doubles (1,2)

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.

#34 North Carolina State 4, Clemson 3
Mar 26, 2016 at Raleigh, NC (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #44 Simon Norenius (NCST) def. Alex Favrot (CU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
2. Daffra Sanon (CU) def. #85 Thomas Weigel (NCST) 6-0, 6-1
3. Luke Johnson (CU) def. #77 Nick Horton (NCST) 6-2, 7-5
4. Igor Saveljic (NCST) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Ivan Saveljic (NCST) def. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Christian Harris (CU) def. Shoti Meparidze (NCST) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Luke Johnson/Alex Favrot (CU) def. Simon Norenius/Thomas Weigel (NCST) 6-4
2. Nick Horton / Shoti Meparidze (NCST) def. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU) 6-3
3. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (NCST) def. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU) 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,4,3,6,5,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
"I am really proud of the way our team came right back from a tough defeat yesterday against the #1 team in the country and competed with everything they had today, Said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "Players challenged themselves and each other last night to change the story and leave it all on the court. Can't wait to get after it when we get back to Clemson.

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.

#19 Texas 4, #27 Tulsa 2
Mar 26, 2016 at Austin, TX (Westwood Country Club)
Doubles competition
1. Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TU) def. #61 Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT), 6-3
2. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Dylan McCloskey/Dominic Bechard (TU), 6-0
3. Majed Kilani/Carlos Bautista (TU) def. Harrison Scott/John Mee (UT), 7-5
Singles competition
1. #53 Or Ram-Harel (TU) def. George Goldhoff (UT), 6-4, 6-2
2. #113 Harrison Scott (UT) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU), 6-0, 7-5
3. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Carlos Bautista (TU), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) vs. Majed Kilani (TU), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 0-0, susp. 
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Dylan McCloskey (TU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Francois Kellerman (TU), 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes:
Texas 12-6; National ranking #19
Tulsa 9-9; National ranking #27
Order of Finish: Singles (2,6,1,3,5); Doubles (2,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap
Texas head coach Michael Center - On today's match: It was super hard fought. We had some opportunities. We played unbelievably at two doubles. Once again, we came up a little short in the doubles. I thought our backs were against the wall. There was a moment there in the singles where we had some first sets but were down in all the second sets. We were really trying to hang on, hang on, and all of a sudden the last 30-45 minutes, I just thought we stepped up and played really well. I was really proud of what I saw today. I thought the energy was good. It was a great effort by the team and a great win over a really good team.

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.

#40 Rice 4, #44 Drake 0
3/26/2016 at Houston, TX (George R. Brown Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Jamie Malik (RICE) vs. Ben Lott (DRAKW) 5-7, 4-3, unf
2. Tommy Bennett (RICE) vs. Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE) 7-5, 4-6, unf
3. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Bayo Philips (DRAKE) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE) 6-4, 6-2
5. David Warren (RICE) vs. Ben Stride (DRAKE) 6-4, 3-6, 1-1, unf
6. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Ben Clark (DRAKE) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. David Warren/Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. Ben Lott/Ben Wood (DRAKE) 6-2
2. Jamie Malik/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) vs. Vinny Gillespie/Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE) 5-4, unf
3. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Bayo Philips/Ben Stride (DRAKE) 6-4
Match Notes
Drake 13-7; National ranking #44
Rice 15-5; National ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3)
58th Rice Invitational

#40 Rice 4, #74 William & Mary 1
3/26/2016 at Houston, Tx (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Tommy Bennett (RICE) vs. Christian Cargill (WMU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 1-2, unfinished
2. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Addison Appleby (WMU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Jake Hansen (RICE) vs. Alec Miller (WMU) 5-7, 1-5, unfinished
4. David Warren (RICE) def. Lars de Boer (WMU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Aidan Talcott (WMU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
6. Damon Niquet (WMU) def. Zach Yablon (RICE) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Tommy Bennett/David Warren (RICE) def. Ryan Newman/Addison Appleby (WMU) 6-2
2. Scott Huang/Christian Cargill (WMU) def. Jamie Malik/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 7-5
3. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Lars de Boer/Damon Niquet (WMU) 7-5
Match Notes
William & Mary 11-5; National ranking #74
Rice 16-5; National ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,4,5)
58th Rice Invitational

Post-Match Quotes from Rice's recap
"We knew there were no easy matches this year in the field and we stressed to the team the importance of coming out with great energy, because when we have done that this year, we have played our best matches," Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "We came out strong in the morning, but we were much flatter in the second match, and it almost cost us the doubles point." 

"That was a big win (W&M), because as it played out, it was hard to see where four points would come from in singles," Ustundag said.

"Adam was rock solid today," Ustundag said. "That's what you expect from your seniors and he delivered in both matches."

#9 Texas Tech 4, #74 William & Mary 1
03/26/16 at Houston, Texas (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #14 Felipe Soares (TT) def. Christian Cargill (WM) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
2. #116 Hugo Dojas (TT) def. Addison Appleby (WM) 6-3, 6-1
3. #108 Alex Sendegeya (TT) def. Alec Miller (WM) 6-3, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) vs. Lars de Boer (WM) 6-1, 2-6, 2-3, unfinished
5. Connor Curry (TT) def. Aidan Talcott (WM) 6-2, 6-2
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT) vs. Damon Niquet (WM) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Ryan Newman/Addison Appleby (WM) 6-3
2. Scott Huang/Christian Cargill (WM) def. #53 Bjorn Thomson/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-4
3. Damon Niquet/Lars de Boer (WM) def. Connor Curry/Jolan Cailleau (TT) 6-2
Match Notes
William & Mary 11-4; National ranking #74
Texas Tech 20-2; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,5,1)

#9 Texas Tech 4, #44 Drake 1 
03/26/16 at Houston, Texas (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #6 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats Ben Lott/Ben Wood (DU) 6-3 
2. #53 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU) defeats Vinny Gillespie/Calum MacGeoch (DU) 6-2 
3. Connor Curry/Carlos DiLaura (TTU) vs. Bayo Philips/Ben Stride (DU) 5-2, unfinished 
Singles competition
1. #14 Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats Benn Lott (DU) 6-3, 7-5 
2. #116 Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats Vinny Gillespie (DU) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) 
3. Calum MacGeoch (DU) defeats #108 Alex Sendegeya (TTU) 6-0, 7-5 
4. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) vs. Bayo Philips (DU) 6-3, 6-5, unfinished 
5. Connor Curry (TTU) vs. Tom Hands (DU) 6-2, 4-6, unfinished 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) defeats Ben Wood (DU) 6-1, 6-0 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech: 21-2; National ranking #9 
Drake 13-8; National ranking # 44 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,1,3,2)

Post-Match Quotes from TT's recap
"We came out ready to play in the Drake match," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "That was our best doubles, and our best two hours of overall tennis we've had in quite some time. The top of our lineup led us, and that's a good sign. Felipe and Hugo were key all day long. We have another tough match tomorrow against Rice. We need to be ready to close out the weekend on a high note."

"It was a great all around effort in both matches today," Masi said. "No doubt that it was tough to play a doubleheader against this level of competition, but we handled it well. Doubles wasn't great against William and Mary, but we responded with a strong start in singles winning all six first sets. I'm really happy with our performance especially from Alex and Connor.

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.

#70 Utah State 4, #59 BYU 3
Mar 26, 2016 at Provo, UT(Indoor Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. Jaime Barajas (USU) def. Shane Monroe (BYU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. Jonas Maier (USU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Jack Swindells (USU) def. Jacob Sullivan (BYU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
4. John Pearce (BYU) def. Samuel Serrano (USU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) def. Luis Lopez (USU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
6. Romai Ugarte (USU) def. Aidan Carrazedo (BYU) 7-6 (7-0), 2-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Romai Ugarte/Luis Lopez (USU) def. John Pearce/Jacob Sullivan (BYU) 6-3
2. Jack Swindells/Jonas Maier (USU) def. Keaton Cullmore/Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) 6-4
3. Andrey Goryachkov/Aidan Carrazedo (BYU) vs. Andrew Nakajima/Jaime Barajas (USU) 5-6, unf
Match Notes:
Utah State 15-6; National ranking #70
BYU 14-4; National ranking #59
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,2,3,1,5,6)
Published in Blogs
Friday, 22 April 2016 10:37

Thursday Conference Tournament Results

Several conference tournaments got underway on Wednesday, with an abbreviated schedule, but they really got going on Thursday with the ACC and SEC having four matches each.

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.

#50 (11) South Carolina 4, #18 (6) Arkansas 1
4/21/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #58 Gabriel Friedrich (SC) vs. #25 Mike Redlicki (AR) 4-6, 6-4, 5-2, unfinished 
2. Harrison O'Keefe (SC) vs. #72 Jose Salazar (AR) 6-7 (5-7), 6-6 (2-2), unfinished 
3. Andrew Schafer (SC) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 6-1, 6-0
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. Alex Fennell (SC) 6-3, 6-3
5. Thomas Mayronne (SC) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
6. Wood Benton (SC) def. Johan den Toom (AR) 6-2, 0-6, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. #67 Gabriel Friedrich/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) def. #19 G. Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-4 
2. Alex Fennell/Sam Swank (SC) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-1
3. Andrew Schafer/Yancy Dennis (SC) vs. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 4-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
(6) Arkansas 19-8, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #18
(11) South Carolina 14-14, 4-8 SEC; National ranking #50 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,4,5,6)
SEC Tournament (2nd Round)

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Josh Goffi via SC's recap
"Unbelievable job by our team. The best part of the day is that they reset after doubles. They came out like warriors, and it was an absolute battle. Arkansas brought it and was a little more subdued today knowing they had to come for business on our courts. [Our guys] did a phenomenal job shutting them down. There were about three or four momentum shifts in the match, and our guys just stayed steady -- trusted the game plan, trusted matchups, trusted what they do in practice every day. They got it and absolutely deserved it."

#34 (7) Vanderbilt 4, #33 (10) LSU 2
4/21/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #52 Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #34 Daniel Valent (VU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #70 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. #103 Cameron Klinger (VU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 
3. Rhys Johnson (VU) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-2, 1-6, 5-4, unfinished 
4. Baker Newman (VU) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Kris Yee (VU) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 7-6, 6-3
6. Alex Ross (VU) def. Simon Freund (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. #14 Cameron Klinger/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. #8 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 7-6 (8-6) 
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Tate Allwardt/Pen Binet (VU) 6-3
3. Baker Newman/Daniel Valent (VU) def. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-3
Match Notes:
(10) LSU 14-11, 5-7 SEC; National ranking #33
(7) Vanderbilt 17-12, 6-6 SEC; National ranking #34 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,2,1,5) 
SEC Tournament (2nd Round)

Post-Match Quotes from Vandy's recap
"I think that the doubles point tuned out to be key," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "Those guys are in the top ten, so we knew it was going to be tough close match. Last time Cam and Rhys beat them pretty badly, and we were sure that it wasn't going to be that easy again. They were up 5-4 and Rhys hit an ace that was huge for us, and we just played some clutch points there in the end to clinch the doubles point."

"We did a really good job on some courts, Baker Newman is playing really well right now. Kris Yee clinched by going a good job, and Alex Ross did a really good job at No. 6 also. It was a good win for us. We know that we played a pretty good match against the Gators in Gainesville this year, but not good enough, so we certainly feel like we can do better. We're just going to go after it tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"The doubles point was extremely close, head coach Jeff Brown said. "It came down to a tiebreaker and was back and forth. A few of our guys responded really well to us losing doubles; a couple didn't. Vanderbilt certainly got some momentum there.

"Things started to get a little closer, but we've got to do a better job of our whole lineup showing up everyday, Brown said. "For the rest of the way out we have to find a way to have everybody engaged in the match. Vanderbilt played well, and they deserved to win.

#29 (9) Ole Miss 4, #40 (8) Alabama 3
4/21/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Gustav Hansson (UM) def. #50 Mazen Osama (AL) 7-5, 6-3
2. Stefan Lindmark (UM) def. #79 Korey Lovett (AL) 7-5, 6-7 (0-7), 6-4 
3. B. O'Shaughnessey (AL) def. Filip Kraljevic (UM) 6-4, 6-4
4. Spencer Richey (AL) def. Grey Hamilton (UM) 6-3, 6-4
5. Fabian Fallert (UM) def. Matthew Rossouw (AL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Landford Hills (AL) def. Zvonimir Babic (UM) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #28 Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (UM) def. #4 Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama (AL) 7-5
2. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (UM) def. Grayson Goldin/B. O'Shaughnessey (AL) 6-2
3. Spencer Richey/Matthew Rossouw (AL) def. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (UM) 6-4
Match Notes:
(9) Ole Miss 15-9, 5-7 SEC; National ranking #29 (8) 
Alabama 14-13, 5-7 SEC; National ranking #40 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,3,1,6,5,2) 
SEC Tournament (2nd Round)

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"We found a way to win. It wasn't pretty out there, but both teams were scrapping trying to get the win. Sometimes you have to just do whatever it takes to win. That's the most important thing.

On depth of team impacting the victory
"Stefan has been there before and he's a senior. We have a lot of faith in him. He wasn't playing his best, but he somehow found the energy at the end and was able to break the guy and then close it out.

On getting ready to play Georgia
"Physically we have to recover, get some good food and rest, to get ready for tomorrow. Everybody is excited to play Georgia and hopefully we'll see some good tennis out there.

Senior Stefan Lindmark
"When I saw that Fabi won, I knew that I had to give that extra effort to get it done for the team. I am happy I was able to serve it out and that we got the job done today. We are looking forward to playing Georgia again. It's always close when we play them. Hopefully we can play better tomorrow and with a little luck on our side come out on top.

#20 (5) Kentucky 4, (13) Tennessee 3
4/21/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #29 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #67 Luis Valero (UT) 6-2, 6-1 
2. Igor Smelyanski (UT) def. #39 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-4, 6-4 
3. Timo Stodder (UT) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-2, 6-4
4. Trey Yates (UK) def. Srdjan Jakoljevic (UT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Jack Schipanski (UT) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Jack Heslin (UT) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. #23 Luis Valero/Jack Schipanski (UT) 6-4
2. Igor Smelyanski/Jack Heslin (UT) def. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) 6-3
3. Timo Stodder/Srdjan Jakoljevic (UT) def. Gus Benson/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 7-6 (7-2)
Match Notes:
(13) Tennessee 12-17, 0-12 SEC
(5) Kentucky 19-8, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #20 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,6,3,2,4,5) 
SEC Tournament (2nd Round)

Post-Match Quotes from UK's recap
"It's never easy to go into the tournament and get a win against a team you've played before, head coach Cedric Kauffmann said reviewing the match. "I thought [Tennessee] came in a little confident after beating Auburn. I thought we played pretty good in doubles I think we've been beaten up all season and that Austin [Hussey] and Jake [Stefanik] really came through again for us on five and six and I'm really proud of those two boys."

Post-Match Quotes from UT's recap
"Again, I thought the effort was tremendous," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "They fought til the end. I'm proud that they did that. They're not quitters. They can say that and mean it. The reality is this season didn't go the way we expected or wanted. I'll own that. Preparation for next season starts now."

#16 California 4, #37 Washington 0
Thursday, April 21 | Ojai, Calif. | Libbey Park
Doubles Competition
1. No. 11 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. Piers Foley/Wendell Watanabe (UW) 6-4
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Kawika Lam/Enzo Sommer (UW) 5-2 Abandoned
3. J.T. Nishimura/Mads Engsted (Cal) def. Jake Douglas/Gal Hakak (UW) 6-1
Singles Competition
1. No. 27 Florian Lakat (Cal) def. No. 91 Mitch Stewart (UW) 6-2, 6-4
2. No. 28 Andre Goransson (Cal) vs. Enzo Sommer (UW) 1-6, 6-6(2-2) Abandoned
3. No. 82 Billy Griffith (Cal) def. Gal Hakak (UW) 6-3, 6-3
4. Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. Jake Douglas (UW) 2-6, 6-2, 3-0 Abandoned
5. No. 122 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Sebastian Hawken (UW) 7-6(5), 4-2 Abandoned
6. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Kawika Lam (UW) 6-0, 6-0
Match Notes
California 16-5; National ranking #16
Washington 17-9; National ranking #37
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,1)
Pac-12 Championships Second Round

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"Washington is a well-coached team, and we knew we had a big challenge today, Cal head coach Peter Wright. "Winning the doubles point definitely put us on the right foot, but Washington quickly took two first sets in singles and for a moment there, things looked like they were going Washington's way. Credit our guys with digging and playing well, especially on the sudden-death deuce points. We're excited about the win, and we look forward to a rematch with USC in the semifinals tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from UW's recap
"Our guys played really hard today, said head coach Matt Anger. "I'm very happy with the way they played coming out of the doubles. We didn't get off to as good of a start as I had thought we would since we played yesterday and were used to the conditions.

"We were a little more tentative than I would have hoped, said Anger. "We came out stronger in singles, but unfortunately we weren't able to stay out there long enough on a couple of courts to finish off the matches and make it closer.

"They're a good team and probably a top-16 and host team in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, said Anger. "I'm definitely proud of our guys, and cannot wait to play more tennis this year.

#32 Stanford 4, #35 Oregon 0
Thursday, April 21 | Ojai, Calif. | Libbey Park
Doubles Competition
1) No. 39 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) d. Amos/Armando Soemarno (ORE) 6-4
2) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. Maasland/Stevens (ORE) 6-1
3) Yale Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) vs. Clissold/Laurent (ORE) 5-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 2, 1
Singles Competition
1) No. 12 Tom Fawcett (STAN) d. Daan Maasland (ORE) 6-3, 6-1
2) Michael Genender (STAN) vs. Simon Stevens (ORE) 3-6, 4-4, unfinished
3) No. 77 David Wilczynski (STAN) vs. Thomas Laurent (ORE) 1-6, 6-1, 1-3, unfinished
4) Nolan Paige (STAN) d. Jayson Amos (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
5) Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) d. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
6) Sameer Kumar (STAN) vs. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE) 7-5, 1-1, unfinished
Match Notes
Stanford 14-9; National ranking #32
Oregon 18-7; National ranking #35
Order of finish: 1, 4, 5

#41 Notre Dame 4, #68 Duke 1
Apr 21, 2016 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park) 
Singles competition
1. #32 Quentin Monaghan (ND) vs. #21 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 6-2, 2-6, 1-4, unf
2. Josh Hagar (ND) def. Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-1, 6-0
3. Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Vincent Lin (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
4. Alex Lawson (ND) vs. TJ Pura (DU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 4-2, unf
5. Josh Levine (DU) def. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 6-2, 6-1
6. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Daniel McCall (DU) 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #12 Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Catalin Mateas/Vincent Lin (DU) 6-3
2. #44 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) vs. Nicolas Alvarez/TJ Pura (DU) 2-5, unf
3. Grayson Broadus/Nicolas Montoya (ND) def. Jason Lapidus/Daniel McCall (DU) 6-2
Match Notes
Duke 11-14; National ranking #68
Notre Dame 15-12; National ranking #41
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from ND's recap
"This is a big win for us because we respect their program so much, the Callaghan Head Men's Tennis Coach Ryan Sachire said. "I think we're playing pretty well and doing a really good job of being calm and playing our best tennis in the biggest moments. I think that's what good teams do to separate themselves in close matches. The key over the last month or so has been to play our best tennis when we need it the most.

"Our senior leadership at No. 1 doubles was awesome, Sachire said. "Nico and Grayson played a good match at three, but for Quentin and Alex to come out against a good team, they played really well. They saw pretty early on that the doubles point would come down to their match, I think, and they stepped up and took it, and that was a big first point for our team.

"I think a big, big moment was when Eddy won the first set, Sachire said. "He was the last first set to finish and that was a big one. It was going to be either 3-3 in first sets or 4-2 in our favor and his first-set win in the long tiebreaker there gave us a little bit of separation and breathing room.

"[McCall] played a really good tiebreaker at the end of the second set, but I wasn't worried, Broadus said. "The match was even. I just came out there really energetic and did the basic things to get the win and came up better than he did.

Post-Match Quotes from Duke's recap
"It's unusual for us, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "I've never been in a situation where we haven't been in the team event. We're going to do everything we can to get Nico [Alvarez] ready for NCAAs. He's peaking at the right time and I think he can go far.

"It was a great complete match for Nico, Smith added. "I'm really disappointed for him that he didn't get to finish because he had things in control in the third set. I thought he really handled adversity really well. Quentin took the first set, but then Nico reset, refocused, stuck with it, had a good game plan and broke Quentin down. That's really, really hard to do because that's what Quentin's game is. Nico is playing great tennis.

#30 Georgia Tech 4, Louisville 1
Apr 21, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Alex Gornet (UL) 7-6, 6-2
2. C. Morin-Kougoucheff (UL) def. Carlos Benito (GT) 6-4, 6-4
3. Cole Fiegel (GT) vs. Jeffrey Brown (UL) 6-7, 3-4, unfinished
4. Daniel Yun (GT) def. Brandon Lancaster (UL) 6-3, 6-2
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. George Hedley (UL) 6-4, 6-2
6. Michael Kay (GT) vs. Sean Donohue (UL) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) def. Alex Gornet/George Hedley (UL) 6-4
2. Carlos Benito/Christopher Eubanks (GT) vs. Jeffrey Brown/C. Morin-Kougoucheff (UL) 5-4, unf
3. Andrew Li/Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Sean Donohue/Courtney Lock (UL) 6-2
Match Notes
Louisville 15-17
Georgia Tech 16-7; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,2,1,5)
ACC Championship first round

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Kenny Thorne via GT's recap
"We lost the doubles point against them in the regular season, but we did a good job in all three doubles matches today. They played singles much better toward the end of the season than they did against us earlier in the season, and it was a battle today and a lot tougher this time. Our guys have been resilient and fighting solid all year. It was good to see Nathan get the clinching point for us, and for Daniel to be the catalyst and get off the court quickly in singles.

"I feel like we're in a good place now with a match under our belts. Hopefully we'll get after it tomorrow and play a little more relaxed against UNC.

Post-Match Quotes from Louisville's recap
"That hurt," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "We were in this match the entire time until the very end. Christopher beat a player he lost to in the regular season. Jeff (Brown) was way up in his match as well. Sean, Alex and George all had chances to win their first sets. We needed at least one of those to make it come down to the wire. But I want to take this time to thank seniors Alex Gornet and Jeff Brown for their four years of dedication to the program and me. I will miss them."

#44 NC State 4, Clemson 2
Apr 21, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Alex Favrot (CU) def. #54 Simon Norenius (NCST) 6-4, 6-2
2. #102 Thomas Weigel (NCST) def. Daffra Sanon (CU) 7-6 (5), 6-2
3. Luke Johnson (CU) def. #95 Nick Horton (NCST) 7-5, 6-2
4. Igor Saveljic (NCST) def. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Ivan Saveljic (NCST) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
6. Christian Harris (CU) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST) 4-6, 6-1, 4-4 dnf
Doubles competition 
1. Simon Norenius/Thomas Weigel (NCST) def. Luke Johnson/Christian Harris (CU) 7-6(4)
2. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (NCST) def. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU) 6-3
3. Alex Favrot/Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Nick Horton/Michael Ogden (NCST) 6-3
Match Notes
NC State 18-13; National ranking #44
Clemson 16-14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,4,2,5)
ACC Championship first round

#36 Virginia Tech 4, Miami 0
Apr 21, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Joao Monteiro (VT) vs. #38 Piotr Lomacki (UM) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished 
2. #66 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) vs. Max Andrews (UM) 7-5, 1-1, unfinished 
3. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Jesse Flores (UM) 6-1, 6-1
4. #74 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Fermin Calvo (UM) 6-0, 6-3
5. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-3, 6-1
6. Jai Corbett (VT) vs. Niclas Genovese (UM) 3-6, 5-1, unfinished
Doubles competition 
1. #15 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #72 Max Andrews/Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-2
2. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) vs. #66 Piotr Lomacki/Nile Clark (UM) 5-5, unfinished 
3. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Jesse Flores/Kevin Bondar (UM) 6-4
Match Notes:
Miami 8-15
Virginia Tech 15-7; National ranking #36 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,5)
ACC Championship first round
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