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It was almost a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog but it ended up being just a good day after the Georgia women rocked No. 1 Florida while the Georgia men fell just short against No. 1 Wake Forest. In the men's match, Wake Forest jumped out to the early break lead at No. 2 doubles when Borna Gojo and Alan Gadjiev broke Georgia's Nathan Ponwith and Emil Reinberg to go up 1-0 but Georgia broke back on the no-ad point for 1-1. Georgia won the next three games to go up 4-1 but Wake came back and took the next three to even it at 4-4. 

The match at No. 3 stayed on serve through the first eight games but then Georgia got the break when Walker Duncan and Wayne Montgomery broke from 30/40 to go up 5-4. Duncan would serve it out at love to give Georgia the 6-4 win. Both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles would go to tiebreaks and Wake's Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri would jump out to a 5-1 lead at No. 1 on Georgia's Jan Zielinski and Robert Loeb. Georgia won the next five to go up 6-5 before Mansouri hit a second serve service winner to even it at 6-6. Mansouri would double fault after the changeover and then Zielinski served it out with an overhead smash from the service line to give Georgia the 7-6 (6) win and early 1-0 lead. The match at No. 2 went unfinished with Georgia leading 6-4* in the tiebreak. 

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The College MatchDay series wrapped up its Lake Nona schedule on Tuesday evening with a top two showdown between No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Ohio State. Florida's No. 3 doubles team of Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock went down an early break at 2-1 but they broke back from 30/40 and held for 3-2. They'd break for 4-2 but Ohio State's Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz would break from 30/40 to put it back on serve at 4-3. It didn't stay on serve for long because Florida broke back at love and then served it out from 40/30 to win 6-3. 

Florida's Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan jumped out to a 2-0 lead at No. 1 doubles but Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Anna Sanford would hold, break, and hold to go in front 3-2. After three more holds, Florida would break on the no-ad point for 5-4 but Ohio State would break back from 30/40 to even it at 5-5. Florida broke back on the no-ad point for 6-5 and then Keegan served it out from 40/30 to give Florida the 1-0 lead. The match at No. 2 went unfinished with the score tied at 5-5. 

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The USTA released its top 25 on Wednesday with both the Virginia men and Florida women unanimous No. 1s. Ohio State and Wake Forest were unanimous No. 2 and No. 3 on the men's side while North Carolina and Cal were No. 4 and No. 5. The women's top three stayed the same while Stanford and Georgia swapped spots at No. 4 and No. 5. 

Texas made the biggest jump on the men's side rising five spots to No. 9 while Northwestern took the biggest plunge falling seven spots to No. 13. There wasn't a whole lot of movement on the women's side with UCLA and Baylor each rising three spots to No. 14 and No. 19 respectively while no one fell more than two spots. TCU was the only team to go from unranked to ranked on the women's side with Northwestern dropping out. 

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The Sunday afternoon men's schedule was packed to the brim with three top 25 teams facing each other plus several other ranked teams would be tested against stiff competition. Last season Wake Forest went to Stillwater in late January and got beat so when they made the return trip on Sunday they had a pretty good idea of what was in store. Wake Forest jumped out to the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then less than an hour later the lead would grow even more. Wake sophomore Petros Chrysochos was nearly flawless in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Lukas Finzelberg at No. 2 and then junior Skander Mansouri made it 3-0 after Julian Cash retired after the first set at No. 1.

Oklahoma State battled back with straight set wins from Arjun Kadhe, Lucas Gerch, and Jurence Mendoza so the match would be decided between a pair of January admits. Wake's Borna Gojo took the first set 7-5 but Oklahoma State's Artur Dubinski stayed right with him in the second set. As the second set entered a tiebreak both players began to cramp though Gojo was able to power through it to take a 6-0 lead. Dubinski took three straight to pull within 6-3 but after he hit a volley winner he hobbled slowly to the back wall and before he was able to serve it up again the chair coded him for a time violation and the subsequent point penalty ended the match. Here is the stream of the finish - an odd scene to say the least!

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They'll be 3 really good ones on Saturday with LA, Chicago, and Austin the places to be.  What's so great is that 2 of these 3 will be on TV with the Pac 12 Network carrying the singles portion of the USC/UCLA match and with the Longhorn Network carrying the Illinois/Texas match in its entirety.

It'll be interesting to see if USC can snap out of its recent funk or if UCLA can ride the comeback of Gage Brymer to an upset win.  It'll be interesting to see how Illinois looks after a 2 week layoff and whether they'll switch up 1 and 2 singles in an attempt to sweep the top 2 spots.  It will also will be interesting to see how Columbia looks playing outdoors at Northwestern and who they'll play in the lower half of the lineup.  Lots of questions to be answered in the next 24 hours - should be a great afternoon of tennis.

Below are my previews of each along with who I think will win on each court.

#14 UCLA (8-5) at #5 USC (11-2) - 2pm est - USC Live Stream - Pac 12 Network Coverage starts at 3pm with singles only.  This will be the 1st of 2 regular season matches between these 2 with a 3rd highly likely in the Pac 12 Tournament.  USC is 8-5 in doubles but has dropped the point the last 2 times out against Tulsa and San Diego while UCLA is 10-3 and has won the point in 7 of its last 8 matches.  I'm going to take the Bruins in doubles with wins at 1 and 3.  

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #5 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.93) vs. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.94)
2. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.51) vs. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.39)
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.19) vs. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) vs. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.22)
5. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.81) vs. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20)
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.82) vs. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.00)

Also could see action:  Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.41), Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.15)

#1 singles - #5 Mackenzie McDonald is 9-1 in dual match play with a 7-1 record against ranked opponents while #8 Yannick Hanfmann is 8-2 overall and 4-2 against ranked opponents however he's been run off the court the last 2 times out. I'll like Mackenzie McD in straights as Hanfmann's losing streak will grow to 3.

#2 singles - #33 Dennis Mkrtchian is 4-4 in dual match play with all but 1 of those matches coming against a ranked opponent while #20 Roberto Quiroz is 7-2 (all but 1 against ranked opponent) but just 2-2 in his last 4.  These 2 seniors have faced each other 7 times over the last 4 years with each having won 3 times with the one other match going unfinished.  In the only meeting this year Quiroz won 6-2, 6-0 in the final of the Sherwood Cup.  I'm going to go with the USC senior here and I look for Roberto Quiroz to win in 3.

#3 singles - Martin Redlicki has had a great freshman year going 9-1 in dual match play and is currently riding a 6-match winning streak while Eric Johnson is 10-1 in dual match play and he's riding an 8-match winning streak.  One of the streaks has to give here and I think it'll be Johnson's continuing on and Redlicki's falling to the wayside. Johnson in 2.

#4 singles - Karue Sell is 8-4 on the year playing 7 of those 12 at #4 while the double fisting #35 Jonny Wang is 5-3 but 2-0 since dropping down from 3 to 4.  The double fisting reference is of course relating to his 2 handed forehand and nothing else.  Wang won both of the previous encounters between these 2 so why not make it 3.  Wang in 2.

#5 singles - Gage Brymer, who is 1-3 in dual match play, will likely make his return to the court after missing the last 5 matches due to personal reasons.  #50 Max De Vroome is 6-1 on the year splitting time between 4 and 5 and the Big Dutchman has won 3 in a row with 2 of the last 3 going 3 sets. These 2 met 3 times last year with Brymer taking 2 of them however it's tough to tell what kind of Brymer we're going to see.  With a little hesitation I'm going to take Brymer in 3.

#6 singles - Austin Rapp is 3-3 on the year though he's had 5 other matches go unfinished of which he was trailing in 3 and tied in the other 2.  #51 Nick Crystal has been a stud at the bottom of the lineup going a perfect 9-0 with 7 of the 9 wins in straights.  Put #10 on the board as Crystal wins in 2.

When these 2 get together it's usually an instant classic and I think UCLA is going to play with enough purpose to make it another great one.  I like UCLA in doubles and at 1 and 5 but I think USC's guts it out at 2, 3, 4, and 6 with Roberto Quiroz winning a tight 3rd set to clinch it.  I will say that the only court where I see a clear favorite is at #6 singles (Crystal) - everywhere else in my opinion really could go either way depending on who is hot and who is not.  Prediction:  USC 4-3

#4 Illinois (13-2) at #8 Texas (11-1) - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Longhorn Network - This is the 1st of 3 big matches for Illinois with the Illini facing Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU on back-to-back-to-back days which will be a little tough since Illinois hasn't played in 2 weeks.  Texas hadn't played in almost 2 weeks as well but they got a warm up in on Thursday against Michigan State and got to rest a few starters as well.  Illinois is 8-7 in doubles but just 2-7 against ranked opposition while Texas is 5-7 in doubles and 3-7 against ranked teams.  One of Texas's biggest problems has been having too many guys banged up which has disrupted its doubles pairings but it looks like Texas is finally close to getting 100% healthy.  Texas's weak spot in doubles has been #3 where the Horns are just 3-9 while they're 8-4 at 1 and 7-4 at 2.  Illinois strongest spot has been #2 where they're 10-4 however they're just 6-6 at 1 and 6-5 at 3.  Picking a doubles winner in this one is crapshoot.  

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) vs. #2 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 15.02)
2. #61 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.56) vs. #52 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.84)
3. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) vs. #60 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.77)
4. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.96)
5. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.71)
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13..11) vs. John Mee (TX 13.56)

Also could see action:  Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz (TX 13.28), Ross Guignon (ILL 13.20)

#1 singles - #18 Jared Hiltzik is 12-0 on the year with 10 of those 12 wins at #2 singles while #2 Soren Hess-Olesen is a perfect 13-0 at #1 with 8 of those wins over ranked opponents.  The reason why I think we'll see Hiltzik at #1 instead of Gosea is because Hiltzik has a head-to-head win over Hess-Olsen (6-2, 6-4 - Feb 2014).  The SHO goes on - Hess-Olsen in 3.

#2 singles - #61 Farris Gosea is 5-4 on the year with all 9 matches at #1 but he lost in straights the last time out to Notre Dame's Quentin Monaghan.  #52 Lloyd Glasspool is 8-1 on the year including 3-1 against ranked opposition.  Gosea won the head-to-head last year 6-2, 6-1.  I like Gosea in 2.

#3 singles - #32 Tim Kopinski is 12-1 on the year with a 4-1 record against ranked opponents while #60 Adrien Berkowicz is 11-2 but 2-2 against ranked opponents and he has lost 2 of his last 3. Kopinski has only dropped 23 games in his last 6 matches which means he's winning by roughly a 6-2, 6-2 score each time out - he'll drop a few than that but I think he gets the win.

#4 singles - #76 Aron Hiltzik is 8-3 on the year winning his only match against a ranked opponent (Steinbach) plus he has won 6 in a row. Nick Naumann is 7-3 on the year including 1-1 against ranked opposition (W - Nate Lammons & L -Ralf Steinbach) and he's won 2 in a row after dropping the previous 3 before that.  Hiltzik is 3 tight sets.

#5 singles - #49 Aleks Vukic is 9-1 in dual match play and he is currently riding a 7-match winning streak while George Goldhoff is 3-3 in what has been an injury riddled spring.  Vukic in 2.

#6 singles - Toshiki Matsuya is 6-1 on the year but he lost his last time out to Notre Dame's Alex Lawson while John Mee is 5-3 on the year and he's won his last 2.  I'll go with Mee in 3.

Illinois opened up the year by winning at Baylor and I see the Illini making it 2-0 in the state of Texas by picking up 4 wins in singles at 2, 3, 4, and 5.  Prediction:  Illinois 4-3

#23 Columbia (6-2)  at #16 Northwestern (11-5) - 1pm est - Live Scoring - This is a big match for both but in my opinion Columbia has more riding on it because they won't have too many more opportunities to move up in the rankings with a lower ranked schedule the rest of the way.  Columbia has won the doubles point 5 matches in a row after dropping it in its 1st 3 matches. Northwestern is 9-7 in doubles including 4-7 against ranked opponents.  Neither team's #1 doubles has done much of anything with Northwestern 3-11 and Columbia just 2-5.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #16 Winston Lin (CU 14.21) vs. #88 Sam Shropshire (NW 13.89)
2. #83 Dragos Ignat (CU 13.65) vs. #107 Strong Kirchheimer (NW 13.82)
3. Ashok Narayana (CU 13.47) vs. Logan Staggs (NW 13.22)
4. Bert Vancura (CU 12.82) vs. Mihir Kumar (NW 12.95)
5. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.41) vs. Fedor Baev (NW 12.97)
6. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.26) vs. Alp Horoz (NW 12.90)

Also could play: Eric Rubin (CU 13.35), Max Schnur (CU 13.15)

Columbia has had 8 different guys see action in at least 3 of the team's 8 matches so outside of 1 and 2 singles it's tough to know how they'll line up.

#1 singles: #16 Winston Lin is 5-2 in dual match play with ranked wins over Georgia's #17 Wayne Montgomery and Cal's #67 Andre Goransson while #88 Sam Shropshire is 11-5 but just 1-5 against ranked foes.  I'd consider Lin to be the favorite in this one and he should win in 2.

#2 singles: #83 Dragos Ignat is 5-3 in dual match play but 0-3 against ranked foes while #107 Strong Kirchheimer is 12-3 and has won 8 of his last 9 but he is also 0-3 against ranked opponents. Somebody is going to get a ranked win here assuming the match finishes - I'll take the Wildcat sophomore in 3.

#3 singles: Ashok Narayana is 5-1 playing 4 of the 6 matches at #4 while Logan Staggs is 8-7 but 7-4 at #3.  I like Narayana in 3.

#4 singles: Bert Vancura is 5-2 in dual match play and has won 5 of his last 6 while Mihir Kumar is 8-6 in dual match play and has won 4 of his last 5.  I like Vancura in 3.  

#5 singles: Mike Vermeer is 3-0 in dual match play while Fedor Baev is 10-4 with Baev winning 8 of his last 9.  I'll go with Baev in 3.

#6 singles: Shawn Hadavi is 3-2 in dual match play while Alp Horoz in 8-3.  I'll go with Horoz in 3.

In what should be a close match with several singles matches going 3 sets I'll go with Columbia in a mild upset with the Lions taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins at 1, 3, and 4. Prediction:  Columbia 4-3

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Saturday was a great day for college tennis with the 2 biggest matches of the day broadcasted on TV with The Longhorn Network showing Texas/Illinois while the Pac 12 Network showed USC/UCLA. The only thing that kind of stunk a bit was the fact that the 2 matches were being played simultaneously so while I did switch back and forth a bit I primarily stayed with the Texas/Illinois match because of how close it was throughout.

When the starting lineups were posted 30 minutes before the start of the Texas/Illinois match I had to do a double take because I didn't see Farris Gosea's name anywhere.  I was hoping the guys on the Longhorn Network would fill us in on Gosea's absence but the only thing they mentioned was that Gosea wasn't there (as in didn't make the trip to Texas).  My best guess is that he was sick and that's why he didn't travel - again totally a guess.

The one thing that I've noticed over the years, yet often forget, is that when a team is down its #1 the rest of the guys seems to rise to the occasion and perform better than you think they would.  I noticed that last night when Vanderbilt played Texas A&M without Gonzales Austin - the Dores didn't win but they fought hard on every court. Illinois did more than just fight on Saturday, they took care of business in doubles and in the middle and lower half of the lineup and came out of Austin with a win.

The Illini started things off by taking the doubles point for the 9th time on the year as its #1 team of Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski and its #2 team of Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page picked up 7-5 and 6-3 wins.  Today was the first time that Jared Hiltzik and Tim Kopinski had teamed up since October and it was the first time that Bazarnik/Page had played higher than #3 in the lineup.

Getting the doubles point had to be a huge relief for Illinois since they knew they'd only have to win 3 singles matches instead of 4 especially with how dominant Texas had been at 1 and 2 singles (26-0).

Lloyd Glasspool would be the first to finish as he defeated Tim Kopinski 6-2, 6-4 at #2 singles but a few mintues later Aleks Vukic would answer for Illinois with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #4 singles over George Goldhoff.   Texas's Soren Hess-Olesen would tie it up at 2 as he ran his dual match record to 14-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Jared Hiltzik at #1 singles.  Illinois would go back on top 3-2 as Aron Hiltzik closed out Adrien Berkowicz 6-4, 6-1 at #3 singles but getting the 4th point would require a come from behind win at either 5 or 6.  Both Toshiki Matsuya and Blake Bazarnik served for the 1st set yet neither was able to close it out and each would drop the opening set by a 7-5 score. Both guys would rally to take the 2nd set and while Matsuya fell behind 3-1 in the 3rd, Bazarnik would take over down the stretch and close out John Mee 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to give Illinois the nice road win in Austin.

The one thing I found interesting is that the original recap that Illinois put out mentioned that the Illini won despite playing without Farris Gosea (see pic below) but then for some reason they removed the mention.

Illinois recap

"Page was a big lift for us in doubles, head coach Brad Dancer said. "We've been leaning on him to be a difference maker and that was a big rally for us. Going into singles it was a tough match, the first one outdoors for us, and it was little windy. I don't think we were at our best but we battled. Our guys outside were great. We had a ton of alumni show and the environment that those alumni created was fantastic. We've been able to make some of our road matches feel like a home environment."

Texas recap

"I knew it would be a tough match today. Illinois has a very good team -- they compete well," Head Coach Michael Center said. "We are good too, but we have to make the plays at the right moment to be successful."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 13th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#4 Illinois 4, #8 Texas 2
03/14/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.02) def. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) 6-1, 6-4
2. #52 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.84) def. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) 6-2, 6-4
3. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) def. #60 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.77) 6-4, 6-1
4. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.71) 6-2, 6-2
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.96) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) 7-5, 4-6, 3-1, unf.
6. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 13.27) def. John Mee (UT 13.56) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #35 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) 7-5
2. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) def. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-3
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes
Illinois 14-2; National ranking #4; Regional ranking #1
Texas 12-2; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,1,3,6)


Who Wins on Saturday In Austin

  11 (40%)
  16 (59%)

Votes so far: 27 


USC jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point for the 9th time in 14 tries and then they followed that up by taking 4 opening sets and would close out 3 of them in straight sets to knock off UCLA 4-1.  Even though UCLA won at #2 and was even at #1 and #3 it just never seemed like they had much of a chance because of the way USC was taking it to them at 4, 5, and 6.

#5 USC 4, #14 UCLA 1
March 14, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
1. #4 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #6 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) - 6-2
2. Di Giulio/ Sell (UCLA) def. #50 de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 6-3
3. Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) - 6-3
USC wins doubles point. -- Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.94) vs. #5 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.93) - 4-6, 6-3, 1-2 susp.
2. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.51) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.39) - 6-4, 6-3
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01) vs. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.19) - 7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-1 susp.
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.22) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) - 6-4, 7-6 (4)
5. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.00) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.81) - 7-5, 6-2
6. #50 Max de Vroome (USC 14.20) def. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.15) - 6-0, 6-0

USC recap - with comment from Peter Smith/Jonny Wang (courtesy of USC)

UCLA recap

Who Wins on Saturday at USC

  25 (86%)
  4 (13%)

Votes so far: 29 


Northwestern won the doubles point but Columbia came out ready for singles and took 5 opening sets.  Columbia's Winston Lin, Mike Vermeer, and Shawn Hadavi would each win in straight sets but the Lions wouldn't be able to find the elusive 4th point as Northwestern won all 3 remaining matches with each going deep into a 3rd set.

Northwestern recap
Columbia recap

#16 Northwestern University 4, #23 Columbia 3
Mar 14, 2015 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Winston Lin (COL 14.21) def. #88 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.89) 6-2, 6-3
2. #107 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.82) def. #83 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.65) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3)
3. Logan Staggs (NU 13.22) def. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.47) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Mihir Kumar (NU 12.95) def. Bert Vancura (COL 12.82) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
5. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.97) 7-5, 6-4
6. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.26) def. Alp Horoz (NU 12.90) 6-2, 6-4 
Doubles competition
1. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. #20 Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (COL) 6-3
2. #57 Winston Lin/Mike Vermeer (COL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-3
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Dragos Ignat/Bert Vancura (COL) 6-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,1,5,3,2,4)

T-3:14 A-212

It's been a good week so far for UNC-Wilmington as the Seahawks have already registered 2 Top 50 and will look to make it 3 on Sunday as they face #20 South Florida in the Championship of the USF Spring Break Tournament.  Below is the updated tournament bracket.

UNCW 4, #48 Penn State 3
Singles competition
1. C. Van der Burgh (UNCW 12.90) def. Alex Fennell (PSU 13.25) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU 13.56) def. Xander Veys (UNCW 13.21) 6-4, 6-1
3. Santtu Leskinen (UNCW 12.86) def. Matt Barry (PSU 13.36) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
4. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 12.90) def. Sam Williams (UNCW 12.87) 6-3, 6-3
5. Zach Hublitz (UNCW 12.95) def. Nika Dolidze (PSU 12.26) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
6. Andres Torres (UNCW 12.62) def. Marc Collado (PSU 12.44) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #75 Leonard Stakhovsky/Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. C. Van der Burgh/Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) 6-2
2. Xander Veys/Sam Williams (UNCW) vs. Michael Reilly/Alex Fennell (PSU) 4-5 unf.
3. Christian Lutshaunig/Matt Barry (PSU) def. Josh Hublitz/Javier Restrepo (UNCW) 6-3
Match Notes:
Penn State 6-9; National ranking #48
UNCW 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)
USF Spring Break Tournament Semifinals

UNCW recap

"It's a testament to the fitness and character of this team," said Mait DuBois, the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year. "When we played Penn State last year in the NCAA Tournament, we were within 20 minutes of winning and lost. We were within 20 minutes of losing today and it didn't look like we had a chance, but the guys hung around and found a way to win."

As the excitement of the NCAA Basketball Tournament sweeps the nation I'm sure we'll see some excitement on the tennis courts this weekend as well.  Wake Forest hosts Virginia Tech in a top 16 showdown, 6 top 30 teams will be in Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge, and 7 top 50 teams are in San Diego for the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Classic.  If you can't make it out in person follow along with the live scoring/update links down below.

It appears they have live streaming on 2 of the courts at Indian Wells - click here for those streams.

#16 Virginia Tech (12-1) at #12 Wake Forest (11-4) - 4pm est - Virginia Tech has been the biggest surprise of the season so far winning 12 of 13 but they'll have to leave the comforts of home for just the 4th time this year.  Wake Forest is on a roll as of late having won 3 straight 7-0 matches with the last 2 coming against a pair of top 30 teams (Florida St & Louisville).  Wake is 11-4 in doubles but has only won once when dropping the point (Clemson); conversely they've only lost once when winning the doubles point (Texas).  Virginia Tech is 8-5 in doubles and has come back to win 4 times after dropping the point (Alabama, Penn State, Notre Dame, Duke).

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 19th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups
1.  #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.42) vs. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80)
2.  #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) vs. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40)
3.  #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) vs. #69 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.56)
4.  Hunter Koontz (VT 13.62) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30)
5.  Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74)
6.  Florian Nicoud (VT 13.38) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28)

Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #64 Contini/Bjerrehus (VT) vs. #13 Seraphim/Mansouri (WF)
2. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT) vs. Rubin/Ho (WF)
3. Koontz/Nicoud (VT) vs. Keivon Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF)

#1 singles - #55 Amerigo Contini is 9-1 on the year in dual match play and 1-1 against ranked opponents (#91 Hunter Harrington-W, #22 Quentin Monaghan-L) while #63 Noah Rubin is 8-2 on the year including 4-2 against ranked opponents with notable wins against ITA #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and #34 Jason Tahir.  Prediction: Rubin in 2

#2 singles - #40 Andreas Bjerrehus is 11-1 in dual match play and 1-1 against ranked foes (#11 Nicolas Alvarez-W, #24 Ronnie Schneider-L) and is riding a 9-match winning streak while #12 Romain Bogaerts is 10-3 overall and 4-3 against ranked foes with notable wins against #3 Ryan Shane and #31 Cameron Norrie (all 3 losses were to top 11 players).  Prediction: Bogaerts in 3

#3 singles - #98 Joao Monteiro is 7-1 in dual match play splitting time between 3 and 4 and he won against his only ranked opponent, #34 Jason Tahir, while #69 Jonathan Ho is 11-4 splitting time between 3 and 4 with a 1-3 record against ranked opponents (L's-#27 Mitchell Frank, #39 Nick Chappell, #98 Jack Schipanski. W-#60 Adrien Berkowicz). Prediction: Ho in 3.

#4 singles - Hunter Koontz is a perfect 11-0 splitting time between 3 and 4 with his only match against a ranked opponent going unfinished (#57 Brett Clark 5-4 in 3rd) while Skander Mansouri is 7-6 splitting time between 3 and 4 with a 1-3 record against ranked foes (L's-#6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, #26 Dane Webb, #52 Lloyd Glasspool, W-#79 Michael Rinaldi).  Prediction: Koontz in 2.

#5 singles - Edoardo Tessaro is 10-1 playing at 3, 4, and 5 while Christian Seraphim is 10-4 playing primarily at 5.  Prediction: Tassaro in 3

#6 singles - Florian Nicoud is 8-2 splitting time between 4, 5, and 6 while Maksim Kan is 7-3 playing primarily at 6.  Prediction: Kan in 2.

Virginia Tech has only faced 2 teams in the Top 35 so far while Wake has already faced 8 so I think that big match experience will pay off Wake Forest and will expose Virginia Tech a tad.  I think the Hokies keep it close on several courts but the better team will win this one.  Prediction: Wake Forest 5-2

#4 USC (12-2) vs. #20 Tulsa (12-7) - 4:30pm est/1:30pm pst - USC had to be happy when they saw the draw released for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge because it'll give them a chance to avenge one of the biggest shockers in recent history (box score below). USC will be chomping at the bit for some payback and payback is exactly what they'll get because I don't see anyway that we see a repeat performance from February 28th.  I see the Trojans taking the doubles point and then picking up straight set wins from Eric Johnson, Jonny Wang, and Max De Vroome.  Prediction: USC 4-0

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.93) vs. #37 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.62)
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.38) vs. #100 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.77)
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.02) vs. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.82)
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.54)
5. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.90)
6. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.65)

#51 Tulsa 4, #1 USC 3
February 28th, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA (Marks Stadium)
Doubles | Order of finish: 3, 2*
1. Johnson/Quiroz (USC) vs. #33 Bautista/Espejo (TU), 4-2 (unf.)
2. Hanfmann/Wang (USC) def. McCloskey/Kirby (TU), 6-1
3. Smith/Forget (USC) def. Ram-Harel/Matias Gonzalez (TU), 6-0
Singles | Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 6, 5*, 4
1. #71 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.25) def. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) 6-3, 6-2
2. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.72) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) 6-4, 7-6(0)
3. #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.87) 7-5, 6-0
4. #72 Max De Vroome (USC 14.13) def. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71) 7-5, 5-7, 6-5(4)
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.52) def. Rob Bellamy (USC 13.09) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.56) def. Connor Farren (USC 13.70) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)

Below is the Friday schedule with accompanying scoring links and a few storylines to go with it:

Who wins the rematch between #28 Cal and #29 Columbia?  The first time they met in the consolation rounds of the National Indoors, Columbia won 4-3 with Winston Lin winning the clincher at #1 singles 6-3 in the 3rd.  Both teams lost the last time out with Cal losing to San Diego State while Columbia lost to Northwestern.

Will #33 Drake be able to make it 2 in a row in San Diego against a tough #22 Harvard team?  After dropping 2 of 3 last weekend in Tampa, Drake was able to rebound and beat San Diego State while Harvard had no trouble on Thursday with Middle Tennessee State.

Can #32 Princeton win for a 2nd day in a row on San Diego's home courts but with this match coming against the host Toreros?  #30 San Diego has been living close to the edge recently with a 4-3 win on Thursday against Denver and a 4-3 win last week at Rice.  Princeton drummed #39 Indiana pretty good on Thursday winning 4-1.

Does #35 Mississippi State have a top 10 upset in them with #7 Texas A&M in town? The Bulldogs got a road split last weekend winning at Auburn but losing at Florida while Texas A&M blitzed Vanderbilt but fell to Illinois.

BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge - Live Scoring & Streaming Video on courts 7 & 8.
Oklahoma vs Purdue - 11:30am est 
Cal vs. Columbia - 2pm est 
Tulsa vs. USC - 4:30pm est 
Baylor vs. BYU - 7pm est 

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic:

Harvard vs. Drake @SDSU - 12pm est - Harvard Twitter & Drake Twitter
Denver vs. Indiana @USD - 12pm est - Denver Twitter & Indiana Twitter
Middle Tennessee State at San Diego State - 4pm est - MTSU Twitter 
Princeton at San Diego - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Princeton Twitter 

Georgia Tech at Boston College - 10am est - GT Twitter
NC State at Duke - 3pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - w subsc
Florida at Arkansas - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Clemson at Miami - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia at Notre Dame - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
North Carolina at Louisville - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia Tech at Wake Forest - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Pepperdine at Gonzaga - 4pm est - Steaming Video
Nebraska at Wisconsin - 4pm est - Streaming Video
Penn State at Michigan State - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Ohio State at Michigan - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Auburn at Ole Miss - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
LSU at Alabama - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Texas A&M at Mississippi State - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Louisiana Lafayette at TCU - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring
Iowa at Minnesota - 7pm est - Live Scoring
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Saturday had several close ones with both Baylor and Oklahoma pulling through in the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge while San Diego and Princeton both won tight ones in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic.   There was also a good one in Nashville where Vanderbilt won a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match to avoid getting upset by unranked Kentucky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baylor recap

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

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


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

USC recap

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

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

Who Wins?

  2 (33%)
  4 (66%)

Votes so far: 6 


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

OU recap

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

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

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

BNP Paribas Collegiate Challange Semifinals

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

San Diego recap

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

Drake recap

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

Final round of Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic

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

Princeton recap

Coach Billy Pate on the matches:
Both Virginia and Texas A&M faced tough opposition on Sunday but both answered the bell and came out on top.  Virginia won the doubles point and then took all 6 opening sets and managed to finish the top 3 out in straights as Mitchell Frank, Ryan Shane, and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski all won.   Virginia played singles without one of its top 3 players as Collin Altamirano sat out due to a stomach bug.

Virginia Tech did show some fight down low but Virginia still managed to win 2 of those 3 with all going 3 sets.

Virginia recap

"I was pleased with the overall performance today," said head coach Brian Boland. "Virginia Tech showed why they are a top-15 team, if not better. They are solid from top to bottom. We had all the momentum, winning doubles and six first sets, but they never gave up. We had to overcome a little adversity today and I was happy with how we responded to that."

"Missing Collin and Alex (Ritschard) in singles, I was pleased with how the guys stepped up," said Boland. "Alex is continuing to get better and is getting close to being back. Collin had a stomach bug and was able to play doubles, but not singles today. I thought the team responded well to having to reshuffle the lineup a little bit."

Virginia Tech recap

"I would like to thank our fans that came out today, said head coach Jim Thompson. "UVA is a good team and deserves a lot of credit, but I was really proud of the way our guys fought hard in front of such a supportive HokieNation crowd.

#4 Virginia 6, #13 Virginia Tech 1
April 5, 2015 - Snyder Tennis Center, Charlottesville, Va.
1. #29 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.96) def. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79) 6-4, 6-4
2. #6 Ryan Shane (VA 14.60) def. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.26) 6-3, 6-4
3. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.66) def. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.76) 7-6 (4), 6-0
4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.65) vs. #112 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.94) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.29) 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 13.46) def. Jai Corbett (VT 12.87) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
1. #8 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) vs. #64 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 7-6, unf
2. #54 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 8-5
3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 8-4

Match Notes:
Virginia 16-3 overall, 8-0 ACC
Virginia Tech 15-3 overall, 7-2 ACC
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,2,1,6,5,4)

Who Wins on Sunday in Charlottesville

  41 (87%)
Virginia Tech
  6 (12%)

Votes so far: 47 

Despite the 4-0 score this one was much, much closer.  Texas A&M took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 then all 6 singles matches would go to a 3rd set.  Texas A&M would sweep the bottom 3 spots with Harrison Adams, AJ Catanzariti, and Jordi Arconada winning at 4, 5, and 6.  Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech was also up a break on 3 at the time of the clinch while the other 2 were even. 

Note: Harrison Adams came back from a 5-2 deficit in the 3rd and won the final 5 games to win the match.

Texas A&M recap

"Proud of the team win today and very excited to get our first road win against Florida, Texas A&M men's tennis head coach Steve Denton said. "Gainesville is a tough place to play. With six three setters today, the final score was not indicative of how exciting and close this match really was.

"Our freshmen keep coming up big, but Harry coming back from 5-2 down in the third was the game changer today, Denton said. "Harry won three deuce points in a row. We are all so proud of his fight today. He is gaining momentum with every match and so is the rest of this Aggie team.

"We will enjoy this one today and begin getting ready for LSU starting tomorrow, Denton added. "The mantra of this team is hungry and humble and not getting ahead of ourselves. We will enjoy this one today and begin getting ready for LSU starting tomorrow.

Florida recap

Quotes from the Match - Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton

On Florida's fight against the SEC-leading Texas A&M Aggies
I thought it was good. Texas A&M came in and played a really good match from start to finish. In doubles they came out ready to play and we just started too slow out there and put ourselves in a hole, losing our serve in two first service games on Court 1 and also on Court 3. So that kind of set the tone for the doubles. We were trying to play catch up there on Court 1 and did a good job of fighting and hanging in there and trying to get back, but we just dug too big a hole there. In singles play I was really pleased. I felt like up and down the board we competed well, played well, put ourselves in good positions in sets, and it was a tight match. It's one of those where [if] we get one our two points, we can pick those two points somewhere, I think we win a few more of those matches and we're still out there playing right now. Like I said, hats off to Texas A&M. They're a quality team. Not only are they talented but they compete hard and hopefully we get to see them again in a couple of weeks' time at the SEC Tournament.

On moving forward after today's loss
We certainly can learn from it. We're close against a top-10 team. We're not very far off at all so I think we can look at the positives, look at some of the things we did really well, and everybody on the court did things well. So we can focus in on those things and also look at areas where we can get a little bit better in the next week or two. Big weekend coming up with Tennessee and Kentucky, starting with Kentucky on Friday. It'll be a tough test up there on the road and we look forward to the challenge.

#8 Texas A&M 0, #16 Florida 0
Sunday, April 5, 2015 - Gainesville, FL - Scott Linder Stadium
1. #59 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.26) vs. #71 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.12) 6-3, 5-7, DNF
2. #67 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.23) vs. #115 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.21) 6-4, 5-7, 2-2, DNF
3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.17) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.76) 5-7, 6-4, 3-2, DNF
4. #51 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.60) def. #118 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.49) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 (2:00)
5. #79 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.25) def. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.54) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 (1:55)
6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.39) def. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.10) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 (2:05)
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Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

[3] Virginia (23-3) vs. [49-64] St. John's (15-8) - Friday  1pm - #3 Virginia received the ACC's automatic bid after beating #12 Wake Forest 4-2 in the ACC Championship while St. John's got the Big East's automatic bid after defeating Marquette 4-2 in the Big East Championship. St. John's finished the year on a 6-match winning streak and won 11 of its final 12.  The Red Storm went 0-6 against ranked teams on the year.

Doubles Records: Virginia 23-3, St. John's 11-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 87, St. John's 78

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 1st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.85) vs. Lucas Hejhal (SJU 13.07) 
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.69) vs. Erick Reyes (SJU 13.35)
3. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.74) vs. Robert Livi (SJU 13.11) 
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.80) vs. Elio Livi (SJU 12.22)
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.04) vs. Vaidik Munshaw (SJU 12.69) 
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.04) vs. Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU 11.99) 
Others who could play Mac Styslinger (VA 13.99) 

St. John's starting 3 went 39-14 in dual match play but they'll be no match for Virginia's top 3.  Hoos take the doubles point and get wins from Shane, Altamirano, and Aragone. Prediction: Virginia 4-0. 

[17-32] Minnesota (20-7) vs. [33-48] Princeton (19-7) - Friday 10am - #25 Minnesota got in as an at-large after falling 4-0 to Ohio State in the Big 10 semifinals while #36 Princeton got an at-large selection from the Ivy League. Princeton went 7-7 against ranked opponents with its best win over #20 Mississippi State and its worst loss to #55 Penn State.  The Tigers went just 1-3 down the stretch while the Gophers won 10 of its final 12.

Doubles Records: Minnesota 22-5, Princeton 14-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Minnesota 82, Princeton 79

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #22 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.05) vs. #75 Zack McCourt (Princeton 13.62) 
2. #60 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) vs. Thomas Colautti (Princeton 13.45)
3. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.49) vs. Alexander Day (Princeton 13.01)
4. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.55) vs. Joshua Yablon (Princeton 13.24)
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.46) vs. Dan Richardson (Princeton 12.77)
6. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.93) vs. Diego Vives (Princeton 12.77)
Others who could play: Kial Kaiser (PRIN 12.37), Luke Gamble (PRIN 12.98)

Minnesota won the doubles point in 6 of its final 7 matches while Princeton dropped the point in 4 of its final 6 so I'd be very surprised if Minnesota didn't take the early 1-0 lead. Minnesota had a pretty top heavy lineup this year with Toledo (18-7), Spec (21-2), and Corwin (17-4) combining to go 56-13 in dual match play while Weber (11-10), Hamburg (9-10), and Froment (9-8) went just 29-28. Princeton got the best play from McCourt (17-6), Colautti (15-4), Richardson (10-4), and Vives (10-2) at 1, 2, 5 and 6 while Day (11-11) and Yablon (10-9) were right at .500 at 3 and 4.  

#1 singles - Leandro Toledo won 9 of his final 11 and went 6-7 against ranked players while Zack McCourt won 5 of his final 7 and went 2-5 against ranked opponents. Prediction: DNF with McCourt (PR) leading.

#2 singles - Matic Spec finished the regular season on a 13-match winning streak including a win over #23 Jared Hiltzik while Thomas Colautti won 10 of his final 12 including a win over #108 Dragos Ignat. Prediction: DNF with it all even.  

#3 singles - Felix Corwin won 11 of his final 13 while Alexander Day dropped his last 4. Prediction: Corwin (MN) in 2

#4 singles - Both players dropped 5 of their final 7 though Weber's competition was much tougher. Prediction: Weber (MN) in 2.

#5 singles - Jack Hamburg won 4 of his last 5 with 5 other matches going unfinished while Dan Richardson won 3 of his final 4. Prediction: Hamburg (MN) in 2.

#6 singles - Mathieu Froment dropped his final 2 after winning the 4 before that while Diego Vives split his final 4. Prediction: DNF with Vives (PR) leading.  

If this match wasn't halted at the clinch it wouldn't surprise me if it finished 4-3 but I think Minnesota wraps it up quicker by getting the doubles point and straight set wins from Corwin, Weber, and Hamburg.  Prediction: Minnesota 4-0

Mississippi Regional
Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center - Oxford, MS

[14] Ole Miss (17-8) vs. [49-64] Alabama State (12-15) - Friday 4pm - #14 Ole Miss got in as an at-large after losing 4-1 to #7 Georgia in the SEC semifinals while Alabama State earned its first ever NCAA bid by beating Jackson State 4-2 in the SWAC Championship. Alabama State finished the year on a 7-match winning streak and won 10 of its final 11. The Hornets went 0-5 against ranked opponents getting shut out in 4 of the 5 (lost to Alabama 4-1).

Doubles Records: Ole Miss 14-13, Alabama State 13-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Ole Miss 82, Alabama State 65

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #18 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.17) vs. Takura Mlambo (ASU 12.17)
2. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.27) vs. Ronald Mataba (ASU 11.24)
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.77) vs. Patrik Cvik (ASU 11.23)
4. William Kallberg (OM 13.28) vs. Karlo Skvorc (ASU 10.39)
5. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.14) vs. Jarred Thompson (ASU 9.78)
6. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.95) vs. Adam Coyne (ASU 10.75)
Others who could play: Vinod Gowda (OM 12.99)

This one won't be pretty as Ole Miss should be off the court in around 90 minutes after taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from pick any 3. Prediction: Ole Miss 4-0

[17-32] Columbia (14-5) vs. [33-48] Georgia Tech (14-12) - Friday 1pm - #17 Columbia got the automatic bid for winning the Ivy League while #42 Georgia Tech got the last at-large bid (by .10) after making its run to the ACC semifinals which included wins over #35 Notre Dame and #15 Virginia Tech.  These teams are pretty familiar with each other after playing a hidden dual at the MLK Invitational in Atlanta back in January.  Georgia Tech took 5 of 9 singles matches however none of the match-ups will be the same.  

Doubles Records: Columbia 14-5, Georgia Tech 14-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Columbia 82, Georgia Tech 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Winston Lin (COL 14.12) vs. #53 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.87)
2. #108 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.84) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54)
3. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.63) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19)
4. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.50) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.44)
5. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.31) vs. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15)
6. Bert Vancura (COL 12.76) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.47)
Others who could play: Max Schnur (COL 13.16)

Max Schnur is actually listed at #4 in Columbia's lineup however he's only played in half of Columbia's matches and just gone 3-7 so I'm guessing he doesn't play. 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Lin 13-8 (5-6) vs. Eubanks 14-11 (4-9)
2. Ignat 13-7 (1-4) vs. Benito 15-7 (3-5)
3. Narayana 12-3 vs. Rakitt 5-14 (0-7)
4. Vermeer 12-3 (0-1) vs. Kay 10-13 (0-5)
5. Hadavi 12-6 vs. Fiegel 17-9 (0-1)
6. Vancura 10-5 vs Segura 14-9 (0-1)

#1 singles - Lin won 4 of his last 5 with the loss coming to #75 Zack McCourt in a match where a 10-point tiebreak was played in lieu of a 3rd set while Eubanks lost 7 of his last 9 though all but one of those matches was against a top 75 opponent.  Prediction: Lin (CU) in 3

#2 singles - Ignat won 6 of his last 7 while Benito won his last 2 over #57 Raphael Hemmeler and #68 Amerigo Contini. Benito started out the year playing at #5 and has progressed all the way up to #2.  Prediction: Benito (GT) in 3

#3 singles - Narayana won his last 4 and 7 of his last 8 while Rakitt lost his last 3 and 10 of his last 11.  Rakitt started out the year playing at #1 and has slowing dropped to #3. Prediction: Narayana (CU) in 2.

#4 singles - Vermeer finished the year on a 6-match winning streak while Kay lost 7 of his last 8. Vermeer has wins over JT Nishimura and Florin Bragusi on his resume. Prediction: Vermeer (CU) in 2

#5 singles - Hadavi finished the year on a 5-match winning streak while Fiegel dropped his final 2 after winning the 3 prior.  Hadavi's signature wins were against Northwestern's Alp Horoz and Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan while Fiegel beat Wake's Christian Seraphim, FSU's Cristian Mendez, and Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan. Prediction: Fiegel (GT) in 2

#6 singles - Vancura won 5 of his last 6 while Segura won his final 3 after losing the 4 prior. Segura started off the year playing at #3 before slowly sliding down the lineup despite putting up decent results.  Prediction: Segura (GT) in 2

The doubles point very well could be the key to this one and I look for Columbia to take the point for the 10th time in the last 11 matches. I've got Benito, Fiegel, and Segura in singles for GT with Lin, Narayana, and Vermeer for CU. Prediction: Columbia 4-3

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