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Friday, 08 May 2015 10:00

2nd Round Preview

I'm obviously making the assumption that my first round picks will be correct so based off those picks this is how I have the 2nd round playing out.  The doubles records and stats are as of Thursday so if the guys win or lose a match on Friday the numbers would change.

Oklahoma  Regional
Headington Family Tennis Center - Norman, OK

[1] Oklahoma (25-2) vs. [17-32] Northwestern (21-9) - 2pm est - This will be the second time this season that these two have met with Oklahoma winning 4-1 during the Kickoff Weekend in a match that was surprisingly close.  


Regular Season Meeting

#2 Oklahoma 4, #28 Northwestern 1
Jan 25, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. #108 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5, 7-5
4. Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0, unf
5. Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-5, 2-6, 5-4, unf
6. Jose Salazar (OU) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #38 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Kumar/Pasareanu (NU) 6-3
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Papa/Harris (OU) 6-3
3. Sam Shropshire/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Ghilea/Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Northwestern 2-2; National ranking #28
Oklahoma 3-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,6,1,3)


Doubles Records:  Oklahoma 15-12, Northwestern 17-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 86, Northwestern 81

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.25)  vs. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.70)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) vs. Fedor Baev (NU 12.89) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14)

Oklahoma was just getting its bearings straight in the first meeting but they are firing on all cylinders now - I like OU in doubles and look for Alvarez, Harris, and Papa to get the job done. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0.



UCLA Regional
LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, CA

[16] UCLA (16-9) vs. [17-32] Texas Tech (19-8) - 6pm est - These two met back during the Kickoff Weekend with UCLA pulling out the 4-1 win in a highly competitive match that had 4 singles matches go 3 sets.  Only #1 and #2 singles will be rematches from the first encounter plus the guy that played #3 for Texas Tech in the first meeting is no longer on the team. 

Regular Season Meeting:

#4 UCLA 4, #48 Texas Tech 1
Jan 24, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Doubles
1. #35 Dojas/Soares (TTU) def. #11 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-4
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Cornea/Sendegeya (TTU) 6-2
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) def. Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) 6-4
Singles
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Felipe Soares (TTU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU) 7-6, 3-6, 1-0, unf
3. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Victor Cornea (TTU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Alex Sendegeya (TTU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-6, 6-3
6. #90 Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Connor Curry (TTU) 6-2, 5-7, 2-2, unf
Match Notes
Texas Tech 6-2; National ranking #48
UCLA 3-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,4)


Doubles Records: UCLA 18-7, Texas Tech 9-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  UCLA 84, Texas Tech 80

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) vs. #37 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.67)
2. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.47)
3. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) vs. #117 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.74)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.90) vs. #123 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.43)
5. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.82) vs. Francisco Zambon (TTU 13.00) 
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) vs. Connor Curry (TTU 13.02) 
Could also play: Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.36) 

UCLA hasn't been the most consistent team at the bottom of the lineup (15-20 at #5 and #6) but the top has been rock solid with McDonald, Mkrtchian, and Redlicki combining to go 43-9 in dual match play.  Texas Tech may take one of the matches at the bottom but UCLA gets it done up top and in doubles.  Prediction: UCLA 4-1


Texas Regional
Caswell Tennis Center - Austin, TX

[8] Texas (20-6) vs. [17-32] California (19-8) - Saturday 2pm est - These two met last year in the NCAA Round of 16 with Texas winning 4-1 though Cal graduated its top 2 and added 3 newcomers to the roster while Texas has the exact same starting 6 as they had a year ago.  Last year Cal went into College Station and upset Texas A&M in the 2nd round so the Bears won't have a problem going on the road and playing in front of a tough crowd. 

Doubles Records:  Texas 12-13, Cal 17-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Texas 84, Cal 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.95) vs. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.21)
2. #42 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 14.01) vs. #97 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.94)
3. #54 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.98) vs. Greg Bayane (CAL 13.47)
4. George Goldhoff (TX 13.68) vs. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.48)
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.77) vs. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.70)
6. Clement Homs (TX 13.69) vs. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.51)

I like Cal's chances in doubles and I'd give Wikberg a good shot at #4  but I see Hess-Olesen, Berkowicz, Naumann, and Homs winning in singles for Texas. Prediction: Texas 4-2


Georgia Regional
Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, Ga

[8] Georgia (22-4) vs. [17-32] Florida State (20-10) - Saturday 3pm - This would be the 3rd second round meeting between these 2 in the last 5 years with Georgia coming back 3-1 down to win a 4-3 in 2010 and then Georgia won 4-1 in 2012.

Doubles Records: Georgia 18-8, Florida State 21-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Georgia 84, Florida State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #24 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.61) vs.  #46 Benjamin Lock (FSU 13.97)
2. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.24) vs. #101 Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.75)
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.32) vs. Marco Nunez (FSU 13.54)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.47) vs. 
C. Gonzalez Mendez (FSU 13.57)
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.43)
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.84) vs. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 12.97)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Montgomery 13-3 vs. Lock 14-7
2. Smith 14-6 vs. Rinaldi 12-8
3. Pasha 12-5 vs. Nunez 8-10
4. Wagland 10-5 vs. Gonzalez Mendez 13-10
5. Wood 14-6 vs. Gracia 13-10
6. Oosterbaan 13-3 vs. Whitehurst 12-7

Doubles is a near toss-up but I'm leaning toward Florida State however I think Georgia gets it done in singles with wins from Montgomery, Smith, Wagland, and Oosterbaan. Prediction: Georgia 4-2


TCU Regional
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center - Fort Worth, TX

[5] TCU (22-7) vs. [33-48] NC State (18-11) - Saturday 6pm  

Doubles Records: TCU 15-11, NC State 18-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, NC State 82

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. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) vs. #69 Robbie Mudge (NCST 13.89)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.00) vs. Beck Bond (NCST 13.68) 
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.33) vs. #110 Simon Norenius (NCST 13.76)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) vs. #93 Austin Powell (NCST 13.60) 
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.10) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.53) 
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.40) vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.43)

Dual Match Singles Records
Chappell 11-6 vs. Mudge 18-7
Nunez 18-1 vs. Bond 17-5
Norrie 14-8 vs. Norenius 15-8
Lugones 14-5 vs. Powell 14-11
Dachs 16-5 vs. Weigel 15-8
Stein 11-7 vs. Horton 14-12

The matchup at #2 singles ought to be a good one with Beck Bond (17-5) and Guillermo Nunez (18-1) combining to go 25-6 in dual match play. I think NC State steals the doubles point and gets a win at #1 from Robbie Mudge but TCU pulls out the rest though I expect several to be very close. Prediction: TCU 4-2  


Wake Forest Regional
Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Winston-Salem, NC

[12] Wake Forest (22-7) vs. [17-32] Florida (15-8)  - Saturday 3pm  

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 22-7, Florida 13-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Florida 83

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF 15.20) vs. #63 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) 
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.63) vs. Elliott Orkin (UF 14.19)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.34) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.77)
4. #106 Jon Ho (WF 13.81) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.78)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.72)  vs. #102 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.53)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.20)
Others who could play: Maksim Kan (WF 13.26), Jordan Belga (UF 13.04)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Rubin 19-3 vs. Hidalgo 10-5
2. Bogaerts 20-4 vs. Orkin 13-6
3. Mansouri 13-11 vs. Watson 10-6
4. Ho 17-8 vs. Perez-Blanco 12-3
5. Seraphim 17-9 vs. Lipman 5-11
6. Tabrizi 8-6 vs. Wardell 2-4

If Florida can find a way to take the doubles point I'd give them a reasonable shot at pulling the upset because Wake is a tad vulnerable to 3, 4, and 6. Having said that I like Wake Forest in doubles and see them getting singles wins from Noah Rubin, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim. I'll like Gordon Watson and Chase Perez-Blanco for Florida though they both might not get a chance to finish. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-1


North Carolina Regional
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center - Chapel Hill, NC

[13] North Carolina (22-10) vs. [17-32] Mississippi State (20-7) - Saturday 3pm 

Doubles Records: UNC 23-9, Miss State 20-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UNC 84, Miss State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.66) vs. #62 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.96)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.35) vs. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.78)
3. #73 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) vs. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67)
4. Jack Murray (NC 14.17) vs. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.89)
5. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) vs. Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.94)
6. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) vs. Julian Cash (MSU 13.40)
Others who could play: Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Schnur 7-7 (3-7) vs. Lakat 14-6 (7-6) 
2. Schneider 17-10 (6-10) vs. Estevarena 10-5 (1-2) 
3. Clark 19-5 (6-4) vs. Cutura 12-7 (1-2) 
4. Murray 18-6 (2-4) vs. Agarwal 18-3 (1-1) 
5. Kelly 22-4 (1-1) vs. Schmid 5-14 (1-4)
6. DePaolo 5-8 vs. Cash 9-6 

Notable Streaks - Clark has won 7 of 8, Kelly has won 7 in a row, Agarwal has won 11 in a row, Schmid has lost 10 of 12

Hess-Olesen is listed at 6 and Steiro is listed at 7 in the singles lineup however each has battled injuries for most of the season so it wouldn't surprise me if neither played and DePaolo got the call at 6.  I like Mississippi State in doubles and Julian Cash in singles but North Carolina should sweep the top 3 and also pick up a win from Robert Kelly at 5 with #4 likely in a tight 3rd set. Prediction: North Carolina 4-2


Illinois Regional
Atkins Tennis Center - Champaign-Urbana, IL

[4] Illinois (26-4) vs. [33-48] Drake (25-6) - Saturday 3pm - Last year in the 2nd round Illinois was on the ropes against Memphis trailing 3-0 and facing what seemed like sure defeat when Memphis's #1 served for the win however the Illini fought back and won 4-3. Drake has a good team but Illinois is too strong from 1 to 5 to get upset here.  

Doubles Records: Illinois 20-10, Drake 21-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 86, Drake 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.68)  vs. #40 Alen Salibasic (DU 13.79)
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.57) vs. #66 Ben Lott (DU 13.71)
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.30) vs. Matt Frost (DU 13.14)
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) vs. Ravi Patel (DU 13.51)
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.46) vs. Calum MacGeoch (DU 12.44) 
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. Ben Mullis (DU 13.09)
Others who could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19), Blake Bazarnik (ILL 12.86), Ben Stride (DU 12.92)

I like the Illini in doubles and look for Jared Hiltzik, Tim Kopinski, and Aleks Vukic to pick up straight set wins at 2, 3, and 5.  Prediction: Illinois 4-0


Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

Published in Blogs
After a wild and crazy first round of the NCAA Tournament, we had a more tame second round with 9 of the 16 matches being shutouts. 14 of the top 16 seeds advanced with Columbia and South Florida pulling off the mild upsets.

#17 Columbia punched its second ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-1 win over #14 Ole Miss. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but Ole Miss would take four opening sets in singles. Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz would even the match at 1-1 with a straight set win over Winston Lin at #1 but Columbia's Ashok Narayana and Shawn Hadavi would close out their respective matches in straight sets at 3 and 5 to put Columbia up 3-1. Columbia's Dragos Ignat, Mike Vermeer, and Bert Vancura would each take the 2nd sets after dropping the first and in a race to the finish line it'd be Vancura that would provide the clincher with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win at #6.



Comments from Columbia recap
"We knew that Ole Miss is very tough at home. They are very hard to beat here. So after Georgia Tech we thought we needed to win the doubles point," Howard Endelman, Associate Head Coach said.  "They are very strong at the top of the lineup, so we knew if we won the doubles point and put some pressure on them, it would give us a little edge heading into singles.  The guys played so well in doubles and I think it took some air out of the home crowd, which was good for us."

"I was on courts 5 and 6, so I couldn't see the other courts but I could see the main scoreboard, and it seemed like every first set was in a breaker, or 5-5, Endelman said.  "This match couldn't have been any closer.  We have to give Ole Miss a lot of credit.  They won four first sets, but our guys, they all hung in there.  Bert's opponent was playing great.  Bert just stayed around, stayed around and won the second set, and he was just incredible in the third.  It was probably one of the best sets I've ever seen him play.  {Shawn} Hadavi played a really good player and Shawn played one of the best tie-breakers I've ever seen him play.  They were just so tough.

"Last year we snuck up on people. No one picked us to beat Vanderbilt. This year, in many ways, was much harder.  No one was surprised by us. But our goal was always to get back to the Sweet 16, and to beat Ole Miss in Oxford to get there, is just incredible, Endelman concluded.

Comments from Ole Miss recap
"It was a very tough day," head coach Toby Hansson said. "Obviously it's disappointing when you lose. We thought we had a good chance to win this match today, and we just couldn't get it done."

"We came out a little slow in doubles and didn't have the energy and positive body language," Hansson said. "When things didn't go our way, we let it affect us a little."

"I told the guys we had an opportunity in singles, and even though we didn't play our best, we battled," Hansson said. "We had chances on several different courts.  I have to give Columbia a lot of credit for hanging around and never giving up on all the courts."

"Overall I am very pleased with the season," Hansson said. "With a little perspective I think the guys will realize that we've done some good things this year."

[2] #17 Columbia def. [1] #14 Ole Miss 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Oxford, MS (Palmer-Salloum Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #17 Winston Lin (CU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #108 Dragos Ignat (CU) 7-6(7), 4-6, 2-1, unf
3. Ashok Narayana (CU) def. Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
4. William Kallberg (OM) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6), 1-2, unf
5. Shawn Hadavi (CU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
6. Bert Vancura (CU) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Nik Scholtz/Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #46 Lin/Mike Vermeer (CU) 5-6, unf
2. #84 Ashok Narayana/Dragos Ignat (CU) def. Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 8-3
3. Max Schnur/Bert Vancura (CU) def. Grey Hamilton/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 8-5
Match Notes:
Columbia 16-5; National ranking #17
Ole Miss 18-9; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,6)


#18 South Florida stamped its first ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 shutout over #15 Virginia Tech. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then took 4 opening sets. Justin Roberts and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy picked up straight set wins at 5 and 6 to extend the lead to 3-0 and then Sasha Gozun would clinch the victory with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win at #2 over Andreas Bjerrehus.


Comments from USF recap
"It was an amazing day for the guys and all the work they've put in," head coach Matt Hill said. "It's a huge day for the program as well. We push the envelope and try to show other teams we're a program that's going to be around for a little while."

"Virginia Tech has very good doubles, especially at No. 1 and No. 2. I thought our guys did a great job of playing smart and competing really well throughout the doubles," Hill said.

"Our guys took it to another level in singles," Hill said. "They continue to impress the coaches on the big stages and in the big moments. They really enjoy it and elevate their game."

[2] #18 South Florida def. [1] #15 Virginia Tech 4-0
5/9/2015 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Roberto Cid (USF 14.37) vs. #68 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.20) 6-4, 6-5
2. #124 Sasha Gozun (USF 13.61) def. #43 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.99) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.80) vs. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.69) 7-6(4), 6-5
4. I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF 13.40) vs. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.89) 6-7(4), 6-4, 2-1
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.21) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.44) 6-2, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.29) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.03) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Doubles competition
1. #39 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) vs. #28 Roberts/Oliver Pramming (USF) 7-6
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT) 8-7(7)
3. Roberto Cid/I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF) def. Contini/Corbett (VT) 8-3
Match Notes:
USF 21-6; National ranking #18
Virginia Tech 20-5; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,2)


Other 2nd Round Results:



[11] #11 Ohio State def[2] #24 Vanderbilt 4-0 
May 9, 2015 - Columbus, OH (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #5 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. Kevin Metka/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-1
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Pen Binet/Ryan Smith (VU) 8-5
3. Ralf Steinbach/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Baker Newman/Suresh Eswaran (VU) 8-4
Singles Competition
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.58) vs. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.92) 7-6(5), 5-4
2. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.27) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.58) 6-1, 6-4
3. #88 Daniel Valent (VU 14.08) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.56) 6-3, 5-3, unf.
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.10) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.63) 6-4, 2-6, unf.
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.82) vs. Baker Newman (VU 12.90) 6-2, 7-6(6)
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.90) def. Jeff Offerdahl (VU 12.72) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 20-8; National ranking #24
Ohio State 27-8; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5)
Official: Jerri Banks T-2:06 A-192

Video

Comments from Oklahoma recap
"Singles was solid, head coach John Roddick said. "We didn't dig any holes. The one spot where we got down, we got out of it and had control of that match when it finished. Doubles was close. It came down to a tiebreaker and a few points here or there. Overall we are playing better there.

"It is pretty impressive to play like that at one, Roddick said. "When you are moving the ball around like that and not making errors it is tough to handle.

"He was just really patient, Roddick said. "He hit solid ground strokes in rallies and wasn't going for too much and didn't leave it short either. He just really did a good job of forcing that guy into errors all day. He won 12 games to five. That is pretty solid.

"We are going to get an idea of the practice schedule, but we are going to take a day off and then head out, Roddick said. "We are ready to get it going and I think the guys are excited to play.

[1] #1 Oklahoma def. [2] #28 Northwestern 4-1
May 09, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #48 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU) 2-6, 6-3, 0-1, unf
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Alp Horoz (NU) 7-5, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #64 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #57 Harris/Ghilea (OU) 8-5
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Webb/Papa (OU) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-4
Match Notes
Northwestern 21-9, 8-3; National ranking #28
Oklahoma 25-2,4-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,5,4)








[1] #10 Duke def. [2] #23 Stanford 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #14 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-0
2. #41 Jason Tahir (DU) led #71 John Morrissey (STAN) 2-6, 6-4, *5-4 unf
3. #57 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU) def. Davis Hsu (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
5. Chris Mengel (DU) led Robert Stineman (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 2-1* unf
6. TJ Pura (DU) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #9 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #20 Hemmeler/Alvarez (DU) 8-7 (3)
2. #69 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) 8-6
3. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (STAN) led Semenzato/Pura. (DU) 7-6
Match Notes
Duke 24-6; National ranking #10
Stanford 18-7; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,3,6)
NCAA Team Championship Second Round
Duke advances to NCAA Team Championship Round of 16
T-3:48 A-172



[1] #12 Wake Forest def. [3] #39 Pepperdine 4-0
May 09, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Outdoors)
Singles competition
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-4, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 7-6 (7-2), 1-5, unf
5. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) vs. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Maksim Kan (WF) vs. Tom Hill (PEP) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Hadlich/Thakkar (PEP) 7-3, unfi
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 8-2
3. Sam Bloom/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Stefan Menichella/Tom Hill (PEP) 8-2
Match Notes
Pepperdine 18-9; National ranking #39
Wake Forest 23-7; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,2)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - Second Round
Wake Forest goes for school-record 24th win
T-2:34 A-304

 
Comments from TCU recap
"Obviously that doubles point gave us a tremendous amount of momentum going into singles," head coach David Roditi said. "That is some of the most competitive points I have ever seen at the No. 3 position and it was anyone's match. Guillermo came up with a huge ace down match point and our No. 2 team of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson just keep getting it done. They are playing just such a high level and having so much fun. They are communicating and connecting and it is just fun to watch. The scary part is that we are winning doubles points and we can still play better. There is still room for improvement and that is exactly what we want going into next week.

"In singles, our guys came out focused and let that excitement from doubles keep them going. Cameron Norrie is just too good and he is just too much for some guys at the No. 3 position. Guillermo finally closed out his m
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[3] Virginia (25-3) vs. [17-32] Columbia (16-5) - Thursday 5pm - Virginia is coming off shutouts over St. John's and Minnesota while Columbia beat both Georgia Tech and Ole Miss by the same 4-1 score. Columbia went 0-4 this year against top 10 opponents though they were respectable in each loss (UGA 3-4, Texas 1-4, Oklahoma 2-4, USC 0-4). 

Doubles Records: Virginia 25-3, Columbia 15-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 87, Columbia 82


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.   

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 12th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.84) vs. #17 Winston Lin (COL 14.12)
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.52) vs. #108 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.82)
3. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.73) vs. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.62)
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.76) vs. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.47)
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.05) vs. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.31)
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.02) vs. Bert Vancura (COL 12.71) 
Others who could play Mac Styslinger (VA 13.98), Max Schnur (COL 13.18)

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. Shane 18-6 (11-5) vs. Lin 14-9 (6-7)
2. Frank 16-3 (11-3) vs. Ignat 14-7 (1-4) 
3. Altamirano 17-3 (3-2) vs. Narayana 14-3 
4. Kwiatkowski 20-3 (1-3) vs. Vermeer 13-3 (0-1) 
5. Ritschard 10-3 (2-1) vs. Hadavi 10-4 
6. Aragone 21-3 (0-1) vs. Vancura 11-5 

#1 singles - Shane has won 9 of 11 and is coming off a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of Minnesota's #22 Leandro Toledo while Lin has won 5 of 7 and is coming a weekend where he beat Georgia Tech's #53 Chris Eubanks 6-4, 6-4 before falling to Ole Miss's #18 Nik Scholtz 6-4, 6-3. There's no doubt that Lin can play with Shane but I think Shane is just a little better. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 2

#2 singles - Frank has won 8 of his last 9 completed matches though both of his matches last weekend went unfinished with him tied 1-1 in the 3rd against Minnesota's #60 Matic Spec and ahead of St. John's Erick Reyes 6-2, 4-2. Ignat has won 7 of his last 8 and last weekend he beat Georgia Tech's Carlos Benito 6-2 in the 3rd and then had his match with Ole Miss's #86 Stefan Lindmark go unfinished with the match on serve early in the 3rd. This is a match Frank should win but with his back possibly still not 100% you never know. Prediction: DNF with Frank (UVA) leading.

#3 singles - Altamirano has split his last 4 completed matches with 3 others going unfinished but he did finish off Minnesota's Felix Corwin 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.  Narayana has won his last 6 and 9 of his last 10 and won both matches last weekend over Georgia Tech's Nathan Rakitt 6-1, 7-6 and Ole Miss's Gustav Hansson 6-3, 7-6. Altamirano has cooled off a bit since his great start and I think Narayana has a good shot in this one though it'll likely go unfinsihed. Prediction: DNF with Narayana (CU) leading.

#4 singles - Kwiatkowski has won 9 in a row and 13 of 14 and last weekend he beat St. John's Elio Livi 6-0, 6-0 and then his match with Minnesota's Ruben Weber went unfinished with TSK leading 7-5, 4-3. Vermeer has won his last 7 and he's coming off a 6-1, 6-4 win over Georgia Tech's Michael Kay and his match with Ole Miss's William Kallberg went unfinished with Vermeer up a break in the 3rd. Kwiatkowski is took good to lose this one. Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 2

#5 singles - Ritschard has won his last 5 with 2 others in between going unfinished including his match against Minnesota's Jack Hamburg though Alex led 6-4, 6-5.  Hadavi has won his last 6 and last weekend he beat Ole Miss's Ricardo Jorge 7-6, 6-2 and his match with Georgia Tech's Cole Fiegel went unfinished though Hadavi was up a break in the 3rd. We'll probably see a close first set (7-5 or 7-6) and then Ritschard will go up an early break in the 2nd. Prediction: DNF with Ritschard (UVA) leading

#6 singles - Aragone has won 15 in a row including a pair last weekend over Minnesota's Mathieu Froment 6-1, 7-6 and St. John's Federico Ruiz 6-1, 6-1. Vancura has won 4 in a row and 6 of his last 7 and last weekend he beat Ole Miss's Vinod Gowda 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and his match with Georgia Tech's Eduardo Segura went unfinished with Vancura up 6-4, 3-4. I think this will be the most lopsided of the bunch as Aragone should cruise.   Prediction: Aragone (UVA) in 2

I like Virginia in doubles and Shane, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone in singles. If Columbia were to pull the stunner of all stunners they'd have to take the doubles point and get wins from Lin, Narayana, and Hadavi but I can't see that happening. I think Columbia will keep this one close on a few courts but I just don't see any points coming their way. Prediction: Virginia 4-0




[6] Texas A&M (23-4) vs. [11] Ohio State (27-8) - Thursday 5pm - Texas A&M is coming off a 4-0 shutout over Eastern Kentucky and a 4-2 nail-biter over Oklahoma State while Ohio State blanked both Buffalo and Vanderbilt although the Vandy match was tightening up at the time of the clinch. This will be the 2nd meeting this year between these two and the 5th meeting in the last 27 months. Texas A&M won the regular season meeting in College Station 4-3 in a match that came down to a 3rd set between Arthur Rinderknech and Kevin Metka at #5 singles. Both teams lineups look vastly different for this meeting and it should be noted that Ohio State's current #3 Herkko Pollanen didn't play in the first meeting nor did Texas A&M's current #6 Jordi Arconada.  


#15 Texas A&M 4, #5 Ohio State 3
Jan 31, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #21 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2
2. #89 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #29 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #96 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #66 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. #53 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5
6. Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #4 Metka/Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
2. #18 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. #27 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 4-5, unf
Match Notes
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #5
Texas A&M 1-1; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,4,6,1,5)


Doubles Records: Texas A&M 22-5, Ohio State 28-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Texas A&M 85, Ohio State 84

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.38) vs. #50 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.94)
2. #80 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.20) vs. #55 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.21) 
3. #84 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.45) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.53) 
4. #78 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.56) vs. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.14)
5. #92 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.34) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.87) 
6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.62) vs. #104 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.86)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Efferding 11-3 (3-3) vs. Torpegaard 15-9 (4-8)
2. Vinsant 7-3 (5-2) vs. Diaz 17-7 (2-7)
3. Rinderknech 13-4 (1-3) vs. Pollanen 13-7 (1-4)
4. Adams 5-9 (1-6) vs. Callahan 20-6 (1-5)
5. Catanzariti 20-4 (1-0) vs. Metka 19-6 (0-2)
6. Arconada 10-3 vs. Steinbach 21-6 (0-4)

#1 singles - 9 of Efferding's last 11 matches have gone unfinished including his match on Saturday against Oklahoma State's #32 Jakob Sude which got stopped with Efferding leading 6-5 in the 3rd (Efferding trailed 5-3). Torpegaard has won 5 of his last 6 completed matches with 4 others going unfinished including his match on Saturday against Vanderbilt's #10 Gonzales Austin in which Torpegaard trailed 7-6, 5-4. Prediction: Efferding (aTm) in 3

#2 singles - Vinsant is coming off a 7-6, 6-1 win over Oklahoma State's #115 Lucas Gerch which snapped a streak of 3 unfinished matches in a row and actually 5 of his last 7 matches have gone unfinished. Diaz went 2-0 last weekend with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Vanderbilt's Rhys Johnson and a 6-2, 6-1 win over Buffalo's Pablo Alvarez. Diaz is 11-0 in his last 16 matches with the other 5 going unfinished though he was a set down in all 5 of the unfinished matches. Vinsant won the regular season meeting 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 but I think he gets this one done in straights. Prediction: Vinsant (aTm) in 2

#3 singles - Rinderknech has won 2 of his last 3 but is coming off a 7-6, 6-1 loss to Oklahoma State's #122 Arjun Kadhe while Pollanen's last 5 matches have gone unfinished including his match from Saturday against Vanderbilt's #88 Danny Valent in which Pollanen trailed 6-3, 5-3. Pollanen did win the previous 4 before that. I'd be surprised if Rinderknech didn't win this in straight sets. Prediction: Rinderknech (aTm) in 2.

#4 singles - Adams is coming off a weekend where he went 2-0 which included a 6-1, 6-1 shellacking of Oklahoma State's Tristan Meraut and Adams has now gone 5-1 since April 1st with 4 other matches going unfinished. Callahan has won 3 of his last 4 completed matches though both matches last weekend went unfinished including his match with Vanderbilt's Kris Yee which was heading to a 3rd set when the Buckeyes clinched. It's taken a few months but Adams is finally playing like the guy who started 24 matches last year at #1 singles. Prediction: Adams (aTm) in 3

#5 singles - Catanzariti has won 4 straight and 16 of his last 17 including a 6-3, 6-4 win on Saturday over Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg. Metka has won 3 of his last 4 including a 6-2, 7-6 win on Saturday over Vanderbilt's Baker Newman. Catanzariti has been the better player this year but I think the serve and volley of Metka will be a little too much for Catanzariti to handle. Prediction: Metka (OSU) in 2

#6 singles - Arconada has won 8 of his last 9 completed matches including the match clincher on Saturday against Oklahoma State's Nicolai Ferrigno which finished 7-6 in the 3rd. Steinbach has won his last 6 completed matches with 4 other unfinished matches sprinkled in between. Steinbach rolled over Vanderbilt's Jeff Offerdahl on Saturday 6-1, 6-3 and while I don't think he'll roll over Arconada I think he'll get the W. Prediction: Steinbach (OSU) in 2

I like Ohio State in doubles especially after Texas A&M struggled against Oklahoma State and I see the Buckeyes picking up wins at 5 and 6 but I think Texas A&M gets it done at 1 through 4 to pull out a tight win. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3





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It was a wild and crazy Thursday with it taking 6+ hours to complete the opening matches due to a series of rain/lightning delays. Both the Oklahoma/UCLA and Georgia/Texas matches started outdoors and were finished indoors due to 3 rain delays and lastly a lightning delay.

Before I go through the matches I wanted to thank you guys on twitter for Periscoping some of the key points in the indoor matches where there wasn't streaming video available.  Big shout out to Jeff McMillan and Drew Mastin who both did a great job letting me and many others follow the end of the Oklahoma/UCLA and Georgia/Texas matches. Jeff also had footage of many of the key moments in the Virginia/Columbia match as well. They say a picture is worth a thousand words - well if that's the case then a video is worth a million words. It's so much better to be able to watch and experience these matches on some kind of video because words can only tell you so much.  Thanks again guys!!

The unpredictable Oklahoma doubles pairings surprised many of us by taking the doubles point with ease over UCLA.  Both Harris/Ghilea and Webb/Papa won 8-4 at #1 and #2 doubles.


In singles play Oklahoma raced out to a 3-0 lead after Alex Ghilea and Spencer Papa won by identical 6-3, 6-4 score at #4 and #5 singles and it looked like Florin Bragusi was going to potentially make it 4-0 when he led Joseph DiGiulio 6-3, 5-5 at #4.  However DiGiulio would hold for 6-5 then break Bragusi to send it to a 3rd set.

Mackenzie McDonald would put UCLA on the board when he handed Axel Alvarez his first dual-match loss of the year with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #1. Alvarez jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd before McDonald won 6 of the next 7 games to close the match out.

Martin Redlicki had just broken Dane Webb to go up 3-2 in the 3rd at #3 singles when play would be stopped by a lightning delay and with this being the 4th delay the decision was made to move all remaining matches indoors.
Once indoors Redlicki held onto the break lead and finished off Webb 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to trim the Oklahoma lead to 3-2.

After taking the 1st set in a tiebreak, UCLA's Dennis Mkrtchian would break Andrew Harris to go up 5-4 in the 2nd but Harris would break back and eventually push the match to a tiebreak. Mkrtchian would control the 2nd set tiebreak just like he did the first and would close it out for a 7-6(5), 7-6(3) win to knot the match at 3.

In the deciding match OU's Mr. Clutch Florin Bragusi would go up 4-2 in the 3rd and would end up serving out the match at love to take the match clinching 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win to send Oklahoma on to the Quarterfinals.

FYI, I embedded a video that has UGA/Texas highlights that starts to auto-play when this page is opened so if you hear sound that's where it's coming from. Can't see to figure out how to keep it from automatically playing. (if there are any readers that are fairly tech savvy send me a message and let me know how you can embed a URL without it automatically starting)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 15th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

[1] Oklahoma def. [16] UCLA 4-3
May 14, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts)
Doubles Competition
1.  #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #12 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-4
2.  Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. #86 Joseph De Guilio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 8-4
3.  Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Dennis Mkrtchian/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4, unf
Singles Competition  
1.  #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.20) def. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.19) 6-4, 6-4
2.  #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 14.09) def. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
3.  #118 MartinRedlicki (UCLA 14.44) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.22) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4
4.  #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.41) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) 6-3, 6-4
5.  Spencer Papa (OU 13.89) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.04)  6-3, 6-4
6.  Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) def. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.44)  6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (5, 4, 1, 3, 2, 6)
Oklahoma 27-2
UCLA 17-10

Video

Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On his team's fight
"They played really well at the top. (Mackenzie) McDonald had a great match against Axel (Alverez). Axel played pretty well, he just missed a couple of opportunities and ended up losing it and at a high level that is what happens. He went on to play a really good match. I thought (Martin) Redlicki did a great job of closing Dane (Webb) out in the third set when they moved indoors. Dane had a couple chances to break back and didn't quite get there. Even Andrew (Harris) had a chance into the third. We got a little unlucky and you'd like to think you'd get a couple of those points that you need. But we didn't get them today and our guys down low pulled it through.

On the rain delays
"It's hard on the staff. You have to make sure you have everything when you come off. It was a difficult day. It's tough on the guys to go on and off the court. Our guys did a really good job handling that. They kind of knew because when the weather is like that you kind of know. These guys have dealt with days like that before with weather so it wasn't something they've never done. That helps with it and with the staff we have here it makes it a little bit easier.

More Comments from OU recap
On Florin Bragusi

"He is undefeated in that situation, head coach John Roddick said. "We are proud of that effort, and he is one of those guys you just want to have out there at the end.

"He did a good job, Roddick said. "I think moving indoors helped him. He was able to get the ball through the court a little bit more.

"I think it helped me to move inside, Bragusi said. "I play better indoors and I think the guy I was playing prefers to play outdoors. I think that helped me a little bit.

"It is a great feeling, but I just won one match, Bragusi said. "Everyone did a great job, especially in doubles. It feels great to clinch, but we won three other matches. It is a team victory.

On Georgia:
"We saw Georgia at the National Indoors and then we played them in January in a preseason tournament, Roddick said. "We have a day off after a tough match so we'll be ready to play and I'm sure they will be too.

I looked over 1-10 a few days ago so today I'll look at the teams that finished the year ranked between 11-15.

The new recruits section is from tennisrecruiting.net and from school releases so its possible some of those guys may not end up where they are currently showing. Several teams will probably have some guys coming in from outside the U.S. so we probably won't know any names until the schools put out a release or we see the name on the roster in August/January. BC=Blue Chip, 5*=5 star, etc.


I'm sure we'll also see some guys transfer as we do every year. We probably won't know those until they show up on a new roster in the fall or we see a name with a different school beside it on the ITA All American list of participants in late September. I've added a new tab at the top to keep up with transfers throughout the summer.

There's a possibility that a few guys may choose to leave school early (Rubin/Harris) and go pro but for now we'll assume if they have eligibility remaining they'll be back at the same place next year.

The returning depth players will mainly be guys that I think have a chance of playing so I may leave a few names off.

The # in ( ) beside the player's name is where they played in the lineup at the end of the year.

I'll take a wild guess at the starting 6 for next season but I won't really know until the roster is set and I see some results in the fall.


#11 North Carolina
  • Returning singles starters: Brayden Schnur (1), Ronnie Schneider (2), Brett Clark (3), Jack Murray (4), Robert Kelly (5)
  • Returning depth: Stuart DePaolo
  • Departing singles starters: Esben Hess-Olesen (6)
  • Departing depth: Oystein Steiro
  • Returning doubles starters: Schnur (1), Clark/Kelly (2), Schneider/Murray (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Hess-Olesen (1)
  • New Recruits: Anudeep Kodali (BC & UTR 13.46), Blaine Boyden (5* & UTR 13.23)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Schnur, Schneider, Clark, Murray, Kelly, Kodali/Boyden
Comments: North Carolina started 2 freshman this year and they'll likely start 1 more next year after losing Hess-Olesen and Steiro. North Carolina had a ton of injuries this year but if they stay healthy they should be a top 10 team.  Kodali and Boyden should battle for the 6 spot with everyone else likely to play in the same spot they held this year.


#12 Ohio State
  • Returning singles starters: Mikael Torpegaard (1), Chris Diaz (2), Herkko Pollanen (3), Ralf Steinbach (6)
  • Returning depth: Matt Mendez, Riley Reist, Charles Shewalter
  • Departing singles starters: Hunter Callahan (4), Kevin Metka (5)
  • Departing depth: None
  • Returning doubles starters: Steinbach (1), Diaz (2), Torpegaard/Pollanen (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Metka (1), Callahan (2)
  • New Recruits: Hugo DiFeo (UTR 13.83), Martin Joyce (BC & UTR 13.76), Kyle Seelig (BC & UTR 12.74), Hunter Tubert (5* & UTR 12.86), Alex Kobelt (3* & UTR 10.84)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: DiFeo, Torpegaard, Diaz, Pollanen, Steinbach, Joyce/Mendez
Comments: DiFeo isn't actually a new recruit because he was on the roster this past season but he wasn't eligible to play. Ty Tucker said he would have likely played at #1 if eligible so we'll assume he'll be at #1 next year. It's going to be tough to replace Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan because they were both big contributors in both singles and doubles. The Buckeyes need more consistency from Pollanen and Steinbach because both have been up and down over the last 2 years. It should be a pretty good battle for #6 singles because a lot of those guys look to pretty evenly qualified.  


#13 Wake Forest
  • Returning singles starters: Noah Rubin (1), Romain Bogaerts (2), Skander Mansouri (3), Jon Ho (4), Christian Seraphim (5), Keivon Tabrizi (6)
  • Returning depth: Maksim Kan, Sam Bloom, Anthony Delcore
  • Departing singles starters: None
  • Departing depth: None
  • Returning doubles starters: Mansouri/Seraphim (1), Rubin/Ho (2), Tabrizi/Bogaerts (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: None
  • New Recruits: Eric Rutledge (BC & UTR 13.43)
    • Potential starting 6 next year: same as this year
    Comments: Wake was an extremely young team this season starting 4 freshman so IF Noah Rubin comes back they should be able to make a push into the top 10 next season. If Rubin doesn't return Wake will still be a solid top 20 team but they'll be closer to 20 instead of 10.   


    #14 Columbia 
    • Returning singles starters: Dragos Ignat (2), Mike Vermeer (5), Shawn Hadavi (6)
    • Returning depth: Eric Rubin 
    • Departing singles starters: Winston Lin (1), Ashok Narayana (3), Max Schnur (4), 
    • Departing depth: Bert Vancura
    • Returning doubles starters: Vermeer (1), Ignat (2)
    • Departing doubles starters: Lin (1), Narayana (2), Schnur/Vancura (3)
    • New Recruits: Victor Pham (BC & UTR 13.55), Timothy Wang (5* & UTR 12.70), Jack Turchetta (4* & UTR 12.72), William Matheson (UTR 13.04), Robin Nguy (UTR 11.62)
      • Potential starting 6 next year: Ignat, Vermeer, V Pham, Hadavi, Rubin, Matheson
        Comments: Columbia loses 50% of its dual-match wins with Lin, Narayana, Schnur, and Vancura departing. Vancura started almost the entire year until the NCAA Round of 16 when Schnur came back into the lineup after missing most of the season. Bid Goswami has a pretty nice recruiting class coming in highlighted by Blue Chipper Victor Pham who I'd expect to play in the top half of the lineup. Columbia had a pretty deep bench so it's possible Richard Pham, Miguel Alda, Daniel Grunberger, and others could earn a spot in the rotation as well. 


        #15 UCLA
        • Returning singles starters: Mackenzie McDonald (1), Martin Redlicki (3), Karue Sell (4), Austin Rapp (5), Joseph DiGiulio (6)
        • Returning depth: Gage Brymer, Ryoto Tachi
        • Departing singles starters: Dennis Mkrtchian (2)
        • Departing depth: None
        • Returning doubles starters: McDonald/Redlicki (1), DiGiulio/Sell (2), Rapp (3)
        • Departing doubles starters: Mkrtchian (3)
        • New Recruits: Max Cressy (5* & UTR 12.93), Daniel Gealer (5* & UTR 12.45)
          • Potential starting 6 next year: McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, Brymer, Rapp, DiGiulio
            Comments: UCLA only loses 1 starter but Dennis Mkrtchian was a solid 15-5 in dual match play. UCLA really needs Gage Brymer and Joseph DiGiulio to play well next year otherwise they'll probably be back in the same boat they were in this year. UCLA should have the top 1-2 combo in the conference and one of the best in the country but those depth spots will make or break them.


            Check back tomorrow for 16-20.



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            Friday, 22 January 2016 11:30

            Men's Kick-Off Weekend Regional Previews

            There will be 15 men's regionals taking place this weekend with 2 of the 15 getting started on Friday. I'll start off by previewing the USC and Illinois Regionals since they both start on Friday and I'll work my through all 15 of them by Friday evening. Keep checking back for updates since I'll just be adding on to this post. FYI, the numbers beside the school name are each player's current Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) as of 1/20/16. 

            USC Regional (Fri/Sat) - Marks Stadium (no live scoring due to construction)

            #57 UC Davis [4] at #8 USC [1]  4pm est/1pm pst  USC Twitter - This will be the dual-match opener for USC with the Trojans expected to start at least 3 freshmen while UC Davis kicked off its season on Wednesday with a 4-0 loss at #18 Stanford. The Aggies return all 6 starters from last year's team including its top player #38 Alec Adamson who had a tremendous fall winning four matches over ranked opponents. I don't foresee UC Davis getting on the board in this one with USC just too strong top to bottom. Prediction: USC 4-0 (Result: USC 7-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #115 Max De Vroome (USC 13.97) vs. #38 Alec Adamson (UCD 13.17)
            2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.07) vs. James Wade (UCD 12.89)
            3. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.71) vs. Brett Bacharach (UCD 12.31)
            4. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.75) vs. Bryce McKelvie (UCD 12.69)
            5. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.45) vs. Everett Maltby (UCD 12.32)
            6. Thibault Forget (USC 13.12) vs. Eli Whittle (UCD 12.22)
            B: Jack Jaede (USC 13.36) & Rob Bellamy (USC 13.33), Jesse Ross (UCD 12.12)


            #33 Pepperdine [2] vs. #37 Tulane [3] 1pm est/10am pst  Pepp/Tul Twitter - Tulane opened up its season last Saturday by posting a pair of 7-0 shutouts over Jackson State while this will be Pepperdine's dual-match opener. Pepperdine will be playing without its #1 Guilherme Hadlich (13.63) so that obviously won't help its cause. Tulane has the ITA #1 Dominik Koepfer anchoring its lineup so I'm sure that's at least one point that the Green Waves are banking on. I also like Sebastian Rey and Chi-Shan Jao at #4 and #6 and I think Tulane will pull out the doubles point as well. Pepperdine will have the edge at #3 and #5 and #2 may be the most even matchup on the board.  Prediction: Tulane 4-2 (Result: Tulane 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Stefan Menichella (Pepp 13.61) vs. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TU 14.26)
            2. Pedro Iamachkine (Pepp 13.32) vs. #63 Constantin Schmitz (TU 13.67)
            3. Lautara Pane (Pepp 13.18) vs. Alex Van Cott (TU 12.88)
            4. Gabriel Sidney (Pepp 13.05) vs. #111 Sebastian Rey (TU 13.65)
            5. Tom Hill (Pepp 12.31) vs. Nikolas Walterscheid-Tukic (TU 11.68)
            6. Jack Van Slyke (Pepp 12.97) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TU 13.47)
            B: Guilherme Galvao (Pepp 10.38)/Tyler Schick (TU 13.09)

            Regional Final - USC def. Tulane 4-3 -
            I think Tulane has the weapons to go toe-to-toe with USC and if they take the doubles point they could have a real shot at pulling the stunner. I'll say USC pulls it out but I won't be stunned if Tulane wins. (Result: USC 4-3)


            Illinois Regional (Fri/Sat) - Atkins TC - Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

            #25 Northwestern [2] vs. #24 Tulsa [3]  3pm est/2pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - Northwestern opened up its season by going on the road and shutting out #37 Louisville while Tulsa had a come from behind 4-3 win over #27 Cal last Friday night. Tulsa always seems to shuffle its lineup around so I wouldn't be surprised to see someone pulled like maybe McCloskey or Kirby. I like Shropshire and Kirchheimer at #2 and #3 but I think Ram-Harel will pull the mild upset at #1. I'll also take Tulsa in doubles and at #5 and #6. Prediction: Tulsa 4-3 (Result: NW 4-1)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.22) vs. #51 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.88)
            2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.71) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 13.33)
            3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.94) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.79)
            4. Fedor Baev (NU 13.00) vs. Majed Kilani (TU 13.51)
            5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.04) vs. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.71)
            6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.87) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.36)
            B: Mihir Kumar (NU 12.84)/Francois Kellerman (TU 12.98)

            #36 Notre Dame [4] at #7 Illinois [1] 7pm est/6pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - Notre Dame opened its season last weekend by beating Michigan State 6-1 and Detroit 7-0 while this will be Illinois's dual-match season opener after playing some tough competition last week at the Three Oaks Shootout (TCU/South Florida/Miss St). The Illini's recipe for success this year will be to clean up at the top of the lineup and I think that's what they'll be able to do against the Irish. I think Notre Dame takes the doubles point but Vukic, J Hiltzik, A Hiltzik, and Alex Jesse win in singles for Illinois. Prediction: Illinois 4-1 (Result: Illinois 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) vs. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.83)
            2. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.67)
            3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64) vs. Alex Lawson (ND 13.45)
            4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.20) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.28)
            5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.06) vs. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.06)
            6. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.92) vs. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.87)
            B: Brian Page (ILL 12.55)/Kenny Sabacinski (ND 12.98)

            Regional Final - Illinois def. Tulsa 4-1 - The Illini will get it done at 1 through 4 while Tulsa takes the doubles point and leads at 5 and #6. (Result: Illinois 4-0)


            Oklahoma Regional (Sat/Sun) - Headington Family TC - Norman, Oklahoma

            Utah State [4] at #2 Oklahoma [1] 3pm est/2pm cst - Live Scoring - Utah State dropped a pair last weekend to Iowa and Drake while most of Oklahoma's team went to Atlanta for the MLK Invitational. Oklahoma will roll to an easy win in this one. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0 (Result: Oklahoma 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.71) vs. Jaime Barajas (USU 12.50)
            2. Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) vs. Jonas Maier (USU 11.26)
            3. Spencer Papa (OU 14.01) vs. Jack Swindells (USU 12.49)
            4. #92 Alex Ghiela (OU 14.17) vs. Daniel Echeverry (USU 11.96)
            5. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.71) vs. Samuel Serrano (USU 11.72)
            6. Andre Biro (OU 13.70) vs. Luis Lopez (USU 11.59)
            B. Maxime Mora (OU 13.50)/Romai Ugarte (USU 12.28)

            #66 UTSA [2] vs. #64 Troy [3] 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring - Troy opened up its season by going on the road to play #37 Louisville, #21 Florida, and #17 Ole Miss and lost all 3 with its #1 Hassan Ndayishimye sitting out due an injury. UTSA opened up its season last Sunday and lost at Texas A&M 6-1. If Ndayishimye wasn't able to go last week he probably won't be able to play this week so I'd expect to see everyone else slide up a spot with Belcora playing at #6. Troy was competitive in each of its losses and I think they have a stronger lineup top to bottom. I'll take Troy in doubles and at #2, #3, and #6 singles. Prediction: Troy 4-0 (Result: Troy 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Diogo Casa (UTSA 12.42) vs. Hassan Ndayishimye (Troy 13.94)
            2. Jake Rother (UTSA 11.73) vs. Daniel Bustamante (Troy 12.51)
            3. Christian Carrillo (UTSA 11.27) vs. Andy Lau (Troy 12.20)
            4. Eric Buchwalter (UTSA 10.02) vs. Giovani Samaha (Troy 13.03)
            5. Mark Ginting (UTSA 11.81) vs. Filip Mansson (Troy 12.22)
            6. Takeru Watanabe (UTSA 10.61) vs. Pablo Moreno (Troy 12.86)
            B: Joao Riquelme (UTSA 11.86)/Mustapha Belcora (Troy 13.26)

            Regional Final - Oklahoma def. Troy 4-0 - This weekend will be a walk in the park for OU with none of its opponents having the weapons to pose any kind of threat. (Result: Oklahoma 4-0)



            UCLA Regional (Sat/Sun) - LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, California

            #62 New Mexico [2] vs. #42 Georgia Tech [3]
            12pm est/9am pst  Live Scoring - The Ramblin' Wreck opened up its season with a 4-3 win over East Tennessee State and a 6-1 win over Presbyterian while the Lobos went 1-5 last weekend dropping 2 matches to Texas Tech and Arizona while splitting with Pacific. New Mexico head coach Bart Scott has to find a way to get his guys refocused because Georgia Tech is a better team than Arizona and Pacific. I like New Mexico in doubles but I look for Georgia Tech to sweep the top 4 spots in the singles lineup with freshman Andrew Li the first to finish. Prediction: Georgia Tech 4-1 (Result: Georgia Tech 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:

            1. #6 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.84) vs. Hayden Sabatka (NM 13.10)
            2. Carlos Benito (GT 13.33) vs. Bart Van Leijsen (NM 12.67)
            3. Michael Kay (GT 13.44) vs. Jorge Escutia (NM 12.69)
            4. Andrew Li (GT 12.87) vs. Rodolfo Jauregui (NM 11.95)
            5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 12.83) vs. Augustus Ge (NM 12.29)
            6. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.39) vs. Ricky Hernandez Tong (NM 12.45)
            B. Daniel Yun (GT 12.41)/Michael Tran (NM 11.93)


            #46 SMU [4] at #12 UCLA [1] 3pm est/12pm pst  Live Scoring - UCLA opened up its season on Wednesday with a 7-0 thrashing of #65 San Francisco in a match where Billy Martin earned career win #500. This will be SMU's season opener after the Mustangs had a few guys really light it up during the fall - most namely Nate Lammons and Hunter Johnson. I think this could be SMU's best year in quite some time but beating UCLA in LA is another story. I like UCLA in every spot and would still like them in every spot even if Mackenzie McDonald didn't play which he didn't on Wednesday against San Fran. Prediction: UCLA 4-0 (Result: UCLA 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.97) vs. #44 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.84)
            2. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.81) vs. #32 Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.28)
            3. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93) vs Markus Kerner (SMU 12.85)
            4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.06) vs Samm Butler (SMU 13.77)
            5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.98)
            6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.24) vs. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU 12.94)
            B. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.29)/Yates Johnson (SMU 13.11)

            Regional Final - UCLA def. Georgia Tech 4-0 - Georgia Tech is better than its ranking but it's not good enough to hang with UCLA. Bruins take the doubles point and gets wins from Redlicki, Brymer, and Staggs. (Result: UCLA 4-0)


            Baylor Regional (Sat/Sun) - Hurd Tennis Center - Waco, Texas

            #70 UC Irvine [4] at #4 Baylor [1] 1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video - The Anteaters opened up its spring schedule with a tough 4-1 loss at #19 San Diego in a match where virtually every court was hotly contested. This will be Baylor's dual-match opener after most of the team went to California last week for the Sherwood Cup with Julian Lenz winning the singles title and Will Little and Jimmy Bendeck finishing as runner-up in doubles. Irvine may keep a few courts close but Baylor is too strong to really be pushed. Bears take the doubles point and get wins from Lenz, Rios, and Little. Prediction: Baylor 4-0 (Result: Baylor 4-1)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Julian Lenz (BU 14.62) vs. #119 Sebastian Heim (UCI 13.55)
            2. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.82) vs. Nico Mertens (UCI 13.10)
            3. Vince Schneider (BU 13.78) vs. Tyler Pham (UCI 12.97)
            4. Felipe Rios (BU 14.29) vs. Luca Marquard (UCI 12.84)
            5. Will Little (BU 13.65) vs. Justin Agbayani (UCI 11.99)
            6. Tomas Charlos (BU 13.15) vs. Vatsal Bajpai (UCI 11.85)
            B. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.31)/Jonathan Hammel (UCI 12.01)


            #49 Oregon [2] vs. #56 Old Dominion [3]  4pm est/3pm cst  Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video - This will be the season opener for ODU while Oregon opened up with a pair of wins over Seattle and blanked #48 UC Santa Barbara 7-0. I think ODU has to win the doubles point to have a legitimate shot in this one because I'm booking Ws for Laurent, Stevens, and Clissold at 2, 3, and 5 for the Ducks. I'm going to take Oregon in doubles as well while Podvinski squeezes out a point for ODU at 6 with Moundir all square with Maasland and Maestre leading Amos. Prediction: Oregon 4-1 (Result: Oregon 4-1)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #113 Daan Maasland (ORE 13.91) vs. Adam Moundir (ODU 13.63)
            2. Thomas Laurent (ORE 14.08) vs. Michael Weindl (ODU 12.62)
            3. Simon Stevens (ORE 13.41) vs. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU 12.43)
            4. Jayson Amos (ORE 13.14) vs. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU 13.27)
            5. Cormac Clissold (ORE 13.32) vs. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU 12.58)
            6. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE 12.25) vs. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU 12.69)
            B. Bart Sawicki (ORE 12.19)/Theophile Lanthiez (ODU 11.97)

            Regional Final: Baylor def. Oregon 4-0 - I'll take BU in doubles and at 3, 4, and 5 singles while Oregon pushes Baylor on the courts. (Result: Baylor 4-2)


            Duke Regional (Sat/Sun) - Ambler Tennis Center - Durham, North Carolina

            #19 San Diego [2] vs. #26 Vanderbilt [3] 9am est  Live Scoring - The Toreros opened up with a 4-1 win over #70 UC Irvine while the Commodores went 3-0 last weekend including a 6-1 win at Middle Tennessee State. San Diego just added UMBC transfer Jaan Kononov to the roster so they'll have 4 ranked singles players in the starting lineup. Danny Valent takes over at #1 for Vandy after Gonzalez Austin graduated and he'll definitely have his hands full against Uros Petronijevic. The doubles point is a toss-up but I like Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, Romain Kalaydjian, and Jaan Kononov in singles for USD. Prediction: San Diego 4-2 (Result: San Diego 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.05) vs. #64 Danny Valent (VU 13.97)
            2. #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.99) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.21)
            3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.54) vs. Baker Newman (VU 13.10)
            4. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.22) vs. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.68)
            5. #58 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.61) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.27)
            6. Josh Page (USD 12.79) vs. Ryan Smith (VU 12.83)
            B. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.25)/Alex Ross (VU 12.44)


            #27 California [4] at #23 Duke [1] 12pm est Live Scoring/Video $ - Both Duke and Cal suffered 4-3 losses last weekend with Duke falling at home to Kentucky while Cal lost to Tulsa despite leading 3-2 and being up 5-3 and 4-2 in the final sets at #2 and #6 singles. Cal has five ranked players while Duke will start freshmen at #3, #4, and #5. Duke is playing at home and it'll be indoors which will suit them better but I still think Cal is the stronger team and finds the 4 points it needs to pull the mild upset. I'll go with Lakat, Bergevi, Griffith and Wikberg for Cal. Prediction: Cal 4-2

            ----------DUE TO WEATHER CAL UNABLE TO TRAVEL - DUKE ADVANCES---------

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) vs. #3 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.36)
            2. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 13.89)
            3. Vincent Lin (DU 13.45) vs. #86 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.94)
            4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.63) vs. #39 Billy Griffith (CAL 13.77)
            5. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) vs. #54 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.37)
            6. Josh Levine (DU 12.73) vs. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.59)
            B. Ryan Dickerson (DU 13.25)/Mads Engsted (CAL 13.14)

            Regional Final - Cal def. San Diego 4-3 - This should be a good one (assuming both win or for that matter both lose) but I think Cal takes the doubles points and gets wins from Goransson, Bergevi, and Nishimura. 

            Regional Final (Take 2) - Duke def. San Diego 4-3 - San Diego will be coming off a hard fought match with Vanderbilt while Duke will have an extra day of rest after getting the free pass from Cal courtesy of the horrible weather. I'm going to take Duke in doubles and Alvarez, Mateas, and Levine in singles while Angus, Vittek, and Kononov win for USD. After having originally picking Duke to lose in the opening round I now have them advancing to Charlottesville. (Result: San Diego 4-2)


            TCU Regional (Sat/Sun) - Bayard H Friedman TC - Fort Worth, Texas

            #28 Oklahoma State [2] vs. #32 Harvard [3] 2pm est/1pm cst  Live Scoring - Oklahoma State opened up by shutting out UNLV and Creighton plus they picked up a nice 4-0 win at #44 Memphis while Harvard squeezed past William & Mary 4-3 and then rocked Boston College 6-1. Both teams have new #1s this season after Denis Nguyen (Harvard) and Jakob Sude (Oklahoma State) graduated and both replacements are extremely solid. While these teams are only separated by 4 spots in the latest rankings I think Oklahoma State is a good bit stronger. I like the Pokes in doubles and Kadhe, Gerch, and Finzelberg in singles. Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-1 (Result: Oklahoma State 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Temur Ismailov (OSU 14.10) vs. #71 Nicholas Hu (HU 13.75)
            2. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.64) vs. Brian Yeung (HU 13.13)
            3. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.66) vs. Sebastian Beltrame (HU 13.19)
            4. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.72) vs. Kenneth Tao (HU 13.24)
            5. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.35) vs. Andrew Zhou (HU 13.33)
            6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.52) vs. Kelvin Lam (HU 12.61)
            B. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.21)/Grant Solomon (HU 12.60)



            #39 San Diego State [4] at #3 TCU [1] 5pm est/4pm cst  Live Scoring - The Aztecs won its dual-match opener 5-2 over UC Riverside while the Horned Frogs spent last weekend playing in the Three Oaks Shootout against Illinois, South Florida, and Mississippi State. This will be the dual-match debut for TCU's highly touted freshmen, Alex Rybakov and Eduardo Nava, and I think both will win if they get to finish. I like TCU in doubles and Norrie, Nunez, and Nava in singles. Prediction: TCU 4-0 (Result: TCU 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68) vs. #53 Fred Gelbrich (SDSU 13.76)
            2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.63) vs. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU 13.71)
            3. #24 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 14.31) vs. Marko Goles Babic (SDSU 13.37)
            4. #73 Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.67) vs. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU 13.16)
            5. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61) vs. Sander Andersen (SDSU 12.63)
            6. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.05) vs. Jonas Meinzer (SDSU 11.97)
            B. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.81)/Cornelius Kolb (SDSU 12.23)

            Regional Final: TCU def. Oklahoma State 4-0 - Okie State may have the lead on a few courts but TCU rolls through them in the others - TCU takes doubles and gets singles wins from Norrie, Rybakov, and Nunez in singles.  (Result: TCU 4-3)


            South Florida Regional (Sat/Sun) - USF Varsity TC - Tampa, Florida


            #29 Mississippi State [2] vs. #30 LSU [3] 10am est Live Scoring - This will be the dual-match opener for these SEC rivals with both wanting to start off the season on the right foot. LSU returns 5 singles starters while State basically has an entirely new roster with 7 of its 9 players joining the team over the last 4 months. State went just 2-9 in doubles last weekend when playing against TCU, South Florida, and Illinois in the Three Oaks Shootout so I've got to take LSU to win the doubles point. I like Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic at 3 and 5 for State but I think a healthy Jordan Daigle wins at 1 and he'll be joined in the winner's circle by Boris Arias and Gabor Csonka. Prediction: LSU 4-2 (Result: LSU 4-1)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.81) vs. #22 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64)
            2. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.77) vs. #78 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.42)
            3. Nuno Borges (MSU 13.85) vs. Simon Freund (LSU 13.11)
            4. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.48) vs. Boris Arias (LSU 13.62)
            5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.70) vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.06)
            6. Vaughn Hunter (MSU 12.97) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.20)
            B. Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.99)/Tam Trinh (LSU 12.61)


            #31 Florida State [4] at #13 South Florida [1] 2pm est Live Scoring - FSU went 3-0 last weekend with notable wins over #74 South Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast while this will be USF's dual-match opener after the Bulls joined Mississippi State, TCU and Illinois last weekend for the Three Oaks Shootout. The most interesting storyline in this one has to be USF's Dominic Cotrone playing against the school that he transferred away from two years ago. Cotrone played #1 for FSU during the 2013 and 2014 seasons then sat out last season after transferring. Coincidently his last dual-match at FSU was against South Florida. I think USF takes the doubles point and gets wins from Cid, Cotrone, and Gozun at 1, 2, and 3 while and Dougaz, Whitehurst, and Gracia win for FSU at 4, 5, and 6. Prediction: South Florida 4-3 (Result: South Florida 4-3)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #17 Roberto Cid (USF 14.41) vs. #15 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.13)
            2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) vs. #77 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.30)
            3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) vs. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.41)
            4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.23) vs. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.26)
            5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.36) vs. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 13.29)
            6. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.48) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.31)
            B. Peter Bertran (USF 13.11)/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 12.75)

            Regional Final: South Florida def. LSU 4-1 - Bulls take the doubles point and gets wins from Cid, Cotrone, and Kalyuzhnyy while Csonka wins for LSU. (Result: South Florida 4-0)


            Georgia Regional (Sat/Sun) - Dan Magill TC - Athens, Georgia

            #37 Louisville [2] vs. #44 Memphis [3] 9am est  Live Scoring - Memphis dropped its opener 4-0 to #28 Oklahoma State while Louisville went 3-1 last weekend with a notable win over #64 Troy and a 4-0 loss to #25 Northwestern. Memphis is stronger at 1, 2, and 3 while Louisville has the edge down low. Since they are playing these matches at Georgia's 4-court indoor facility that means if Memphis takes care of business up top Louisville's bottom 2 won't get a chance to play. I'm going with Memphis in doubles and Watson, Peniston, and Lemke at 1, 2, and 3. If everyone got to play I'd probably have this as a 5-2 Memphis win. Prediction: Memphis 4-0 (Result: Memphis 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #108 Alex Gornet (UL 13.11) vs. Andrew Watson (UM 13.73)
            2. Jeffrey Brown (UL 13.11) vs. #87 Ryan Peniston (UM 13.92)
            3. Carlos Neto (UL 11.46/40%) vs. Kai Lemke (UM 13.33)
            4. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (UL 12.98) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (UM 12.53)
            5. Brandon Lancaster (UL 12.90) vs. Felix Rauch (UM 12.47)
            6. Sean Donohue (UL 12.42) vs. Shakeel Manji (UM 12.34)
            B. Courtney Lock (UL 11.97)/Matt Story (UM 12.51)


            #48 UC Santa Barbara [4] at #6 Georgia [1] 1pm est  Live Scoring/Blog - This is the opener for Georgia while UCSB won at Washington last week before falling to Texas and Oregon. Georgia will roll at home taking the doubles point and getting wins from Smith, Monty, an Duncan. Prediction: Georgia 4-0 (Result: Georgia 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.34) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.39)
            2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.29) vs. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.12)
            3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.88) vs. #81 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB 13.63)
            4. #105 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.43) vs. Oliver Sec (UCSB 13.18)
            5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.70) vs. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.70)
            6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.22) vs. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.44)
            B. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.27)/Miles Seemann (UCSB 12.39)

            Regional Final: Georgia def. Memphis 4-0 - Dawgs take the doubles point and get wins from Smith, Monty, and Oosterbaan. (Result: Georgia 4-1)


            North Carolina Regional (Sat/Sun) - Cone-Kenfield TC - Chapel Hill, NC

            #35 Drake [2] vs. #40 North Carolina State [3] - 9:30am est Live Scoring - Drake opened up with a 5-2 win over then #70 Utah State while NC State rolled over Elon and the Citadel. Drake has the smaller margin of error of the two teams and needs the doubles point to have a shot. I think Drake takes the doubles point and gets wins from Gillespie and Stride at 2 and 5 but Norenius, Horton, Weigel, and Malshev win the other courts and NC State get the win. Prediction: NC State 4-3 (Result: NC State 4-2)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Ben Lott (DU 13.31) vs. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.33)
            2. Bayo Phillips (DU 12.39) vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.51)
            3. Vincent Gillespie (DU 13.42) vs. Ivan Saveljic (NCST 12.15)
            4. Calum MacGeoch (DU 12.65) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.28)
            5. Ben Stride (DU 12.67) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.45)
            6. Ben Clark (DU 12.12) vs. Georgiy Malshev (NCST 12.94)
            B. Tom Hands (DU 12.23)/Igor Saveljic (NCST 12.91)


            #50 Indiana [4] at #10 North Carolina [1] - 12:30pm est Live Scoring/Video - North Carolina opened up with a pair of routine wins over Georgetown and North Carolina A&T while this will be IU's dual-match opener. Indiana should be better this year than last however they're not going to get past North Carolina. Heels take the doubles point and gets wins from Schneider, Clark and Kelly. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0 (Result: North Carolina 4-1)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.20) vs. #27 Sam Monette (IU 13.59)
            2. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05) vs. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU 13.04)
            3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. Racheel Manji (IU 13.38)
            4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.63) vs. Antonio Cembellin (IU 13.00)
            5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.82) vs. Matt McCoy (IU 12.73)
            6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.13) vs. Elliott Yee (IU 12.64)
            B. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15)/Afonso Salgado (IU 12.62)

            Regional Final: North Carolina def. North Carolina State 4-0 - I don't see UNC dropping a set in this one as Schnur, Murray, and Kelly win in singles. (Result: North Carolina 4-2)


            Texas Regional (Sat/Sun) - Weller Indoor TC - Austin, Texas

            #21 Florida [4] at #20 Texas [1] 11am est/10 cst Live Scoring - Florida opened up with a weekend sweep of Troy and Stetson while Texas is coming off a tough 4-3 loss at Washington. Texas may be hosting this regional but I think Florida is going to be the team to beat. I like the Gators in doubles and Hidalgo, Perez, and Kessler in singles. I think Texas's best chance to get a court is if Ortiz can beat Perez Blanco before Florida clinches. Prediction: Florida 4-0 (Result: Florida 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. George Goldhoff (TX 13.64) vs. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95)
            2. #94 Harrison Scott (TX 13.44) vs. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.94)
            3. Rodrigo Banzer (TX 13.51) vs. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.56)
            4. Adrian Ortiz (TX 13.58) vs. #62 Chase Perez Blanco (UF 13.84)
            5. #114 Michael Riechmann (TX 12.96) vs #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.48)
            6. John Mee (TX 13.44) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.71)
            B. Julian Zlobinsky (TX 12.76)/Maxx Lipman (UF 13.10)


            #17 Mississippi [2] vs. #15 Texas Tech [3] 2pm est/1pm cst Live Scoring - Texas Tech is coming off a sensational weekend that saw the Red Raiders go 6-0 against New Mexico, Arizona, and Pacific while Ole Miss opened up with a 6-1 win over Troy. Ole Miss is the higher seed but I think Texas Tech is the deeper team top to bottom. I think the Rebels get wins from Hansson and Kraljevic at 2 and 3 but Tech will take the doubles point and get wins from Soares, Cailleau, Thomson. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-2 (Texas Tech 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup
            1. #36 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.02) vs. #8 Felipe Soares (TT 14.00)
            2. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.73) vs. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.75)
            3. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.60) vs. #33 Alex Sendegeya (TT 14.09)
            4. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.90) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.20)
            5. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.23)
            6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 12.83) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.71)
            B. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.91)/Augusto Stodart (TT 13.22)

            Regional Final: Texas Tech def. Florida 4-2 - Originally I was planning on going with Florida in this one but after looking up and down the lineup I see more courts that favor Texas Tech. I really like Cailleau and Thomson at 4 and 6 and I think Tech gets at least 1 of the top 2 so Florida would need the doubles point and the other 3 courts but I just think that's too tall an order. (Result: Texas Tech 4-3)



            Ohio State Regional (Sat/Sun) - Varsity TC - Columbus, Ohio

            #71 Wichita State [4] at #9 Ohio State [1] 10am est  Live Scoring/Video - Ohio State won a tripleheader on Wednesday over Xavier, Dayton, and Butler while this will be Wichita State's spring opener. Not much analysis needed here - Buckeyes roll and do it quickly. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0 (Result: Ohio State 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #7 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.32) vs. Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.14)
            2. #10 Hugo DiFeo (OSU 14.13) vs. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.41)
            3. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.88) vs. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.53)
            4. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.59) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 11.96)
            5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.78) vs. Haru Inoue (WSU 12.34)
            6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.61) vs. Edward Stoica (WSU 12.10)
            B. Matt Mendez (OSU 13.26)/Austin William (WSU 11.29)


            #51 South Carolina [2] vs. #52 Denver [3] 2pm est - Live Scoring/Video - South Carolina handled Presbyterian and Winthrop last weekend while this will be Denver's season opener. South Carolina is hopeful that Gabriel Friedrich will return to the lineup after having surgery in November because without him everyone else will have to slide up a spot. Denver's Diogo Rocha had a nice fall and Henry Craig is a solid player but South Carolina should have enough to win this one. I'll take Fennell, Friedrich, Schafer, and Mayronne for the Gamecocks while Denver takes the doubles point. Prediction: South Carolina 4-1 (Result: Denver 4-3 - Friedrich didn't play)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #116 Alex Fennell (SC 13.12) vs. #45 Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.31)
            2. Gabriel Friedrich (SC 13.92) vs. Henry Craig (DEN 13.56)
            3. #65 Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.54) vs. David Fox (DEN 12.96)
            4. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.39) vs. Yannik James (DEN 12.92)
            5. Thomas Mayronne (SC 12.99) vs. Alex Gasson (DEN 12.94)
            6. Sam Swank (SC 12.79) vs. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN 11.87)
            B. Wood Benton (SC 12.55)/Zach Fryer (DEN 12.01)

            Regional Final: Ohio State def. South Carolina 4-0 - The Buckeyes are better at every spot including doubles. (Result: Ohio State 4-0)


            Texas A&M Regional (Sat/Sun) - Mitchell TC - College Station, TX

            #65 San Francisco [2] vs. #59 Boise State [3] 1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring - Boise State opened up with wins over 3 lighter opponents while San Francisco beat Hawaii but lost to Utah and UCLA. Pretty even matchup with Mitchell favored at #1 but everything else is a near toss-up. Coin flip says Boise State wins a close one. Prediction: Boise State 4-2 (Result: Boise State 4-3)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Nils Skajaa (SF 12.62) vs. Toby Mitchell (BSU 13.19)
            2. Thomas Takemoto (SF 12.65) vs. Kyle Butters (BSU 12.83)
            3. Vaso Valverde (SF 12.63) vs. Brian Foley (BSU 12.33)
            4. Ryan Marker (SF 12.54) vs. Abraham Hewko (BSU 12.47)
            5. Ty Maguire (SF 11.95) vs. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.49)
            6. Woravin Kumthonkittikul (SF 12.06) vs. Tillman Haynes (BSU 11.60)
            B. Christian Brockstedt (SF 11.33) vs. Pedro Cavalcante (BSU 12.36)


            #68 Fresno State [4] at #5 Texas A&M [1] - 4pm est/3pm cst Live Scoring/Video - This will be Fresno State's dual-match opener while Texas A&M beat up on Lamar and USTA last weekend. Aggies cruise to a shutout behind singles wins from Vinsant, Arconada, and Lunkin. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-0 (Result: Texas A&M 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.51) vs. Euan McIntosh (FS 12.96)
            2. #29 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.03) vs. Nikolas Papic (FS 12.49)
            3. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.77) vs. Youssef Hassan (FS 11.85)
            4. Harrison Adams (aTm 12.91) vs. Mantas Bugailiskis (FS 12.00)
            5. AJ Catanzariti (aTm 13.51) vs. Jeremy Moser (FS 12.00)
            6. Max Lunkin (aTm 13.41) vs. Patrik Pech (FS 13.13)
            B. Jackson Withrow (aTm 13.87)/Jakob Keppelmann (FS 11.24)

            Regional Final: Texas A&M def. Boise State 4-0 - this one won't be any closer than A&M's match with Fresno State. (Result: Texas A&M 4-0)


            Columbia Regional (Sun/Mon) - Dick Savitt TC - New York, New York

            #14 Virginia Tech [2] vs. #18 Stanford [3] - 10am est  Va Tech/Stanford Twitter - Stanford opened up its season with a pair of shutouts over Sacramento State and UC Davis while Virginia Tech went to Alabama and won 5-2. This should be a good one and possibly the match of the Kick-Off Weekend. I'm going to take Stanford in doubles and then I think this one probably comes down to how well Stanford's freshmen can handle the pressure at #5 and #6. This is one of the toughest to predict but I'm going with Wilczynski, Genender, and Kumar for Stanford and Monteiro, Bjerrehus, and Tessaro for Virginia Tech. Prediction: Stanford 4-3 (Result: Stanford 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.26) vs. #19 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.54)
            2. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.49) vs. #57 David Wilczynski (ST 13.76)
            3. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.84) vs. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.27)
            4. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.73) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.10)
            5. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.16) vs. #61 Michael Genender (ST 13.70)
            6. Jai Corbett (VT 13.38) vs. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.92)
            B. Mitch Harper (VT 13.12)/Yale Goldberg (ST 12.48)


            #22 Minnesota [4] at #16 Columbia [1] 2pm est  Columbia/Minnesota Twitter - This is Columbia's dual-match opener while Minnesota hammered DePaul and South Dakota State last weekend. Columbia had to replace its top 4 starters from last year's team and its new #1 Shawn Hadavi played at #6 last season. Minnesota had to replace 3 starters but they returned the guys that played at #2, #3, and #4 last season. I'll take Minnesota in doubles and Spec and Corwin in singles but Columbia will win at 3, 4, 5, and 6 to pull it out in front of the loud home crowd. Prediction: Columbia 4-2 (Result: Columbia 4-0)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.58) vs. Matic Spec (MN 13.66)
            2. Victor Pham (CU 13.84) vs. #101 Felix Corwin (MN 13.87)
            3. Eric Rubin (CU 13.54) vs. #95 Ruben Weber (MN 13.34)
            4. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.67) vs. Josip Krstanovic (MN 12.40)
            5. Richard Pham (CU 12.99) vs. Justyn Levin (MN 12.35)
            6. Tim Wang (CU 13.35) vs. Marino Alpeza (MN 12.37)
            B. Michal Rolski (CU 12.71)/Jeremy Lynn (MN 11.79)

            Regional Final: Stanford def. Columbia 4-1 - Stanford will be coming off a gut-wrenching win over Virginia Tech but they'll have enough left in the tank to get the win. Cardinal in doubles and Fawcett, Romanowicz, and Genender in singles. (Result: Columbia 4-3)


            Wake Forest Regional (Sun/Mon) - Wake Forest TC - Winston-Salem, NC

            #59 Auburn [4] at #11 Wake Forest [1] 11am est  Live Scoring/Video/Blog - Wake opened up with a pair of 8-1 wins over East Tennessee State and North Florida while Auburn blanked the mighty Citadel twice. Hinnisdaels and Krickovic will give Chrysochos and Mansouri all they want up top but Wake chomps down on Aubbie down low. I like Wake in doubles and Ho, Uspensky and Seraphim in singles. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0 (Result: Wake Forest 4-1)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.08) vs. #96 Max Hinnisdaels (AU 13.67)
            2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.14) vs. #100 Marko Krickovic (AU 13.49)
            3. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.86) vs. Dante Saleh (AU 13.17)
            4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.12) vs. Connor Huertas (AU 12.91)
            5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.60) vs. Brandon Laubser (AU 12.33)
            6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.43) vs. Olle Thestrup (AU 12.64)
            B. Maksim Kan (WF 13.20)/Joseph Van Dooren (AU 12.47)


            #43 Tennessee [2] vs. #54 Cal Poly [3] 2pm est  Live Scoring/Video/Tennessee Blog (TBD) - Tennessee is off to a 4-0 start after breezing past Mercer, North Florida, Eastern Kentucky, and Southern Illinois while this will be Cal Poly's season opener. Tennessee has a young team with 5 underclassmen in the starting 6 and while Cal Poly has a shot at #1 and #2 they don't have shots anywhere else. Prediction: Tennessee 4-0 (Result: Tennessee 4-2)

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #75 Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.18) vs. Ben Donovan (CP 13.41)
            2. Luis Valero (UT 13.39) vs. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.78)
            3. Timo Stodder (UT 14.11) vs. Cory Pang (CP 12.93)
            4. Jack Schipanksi (UT 13.04) vs. Axel Damiens (CP 12.54)
            5. Preston Touliatos UT 12.62) vs. Josh Ortlip (CP 13.40)
            6. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.40) vs. Aiku Shintani (CP 12.03)
            B. Jack Heslin (UT 13.18)/Karl Enander (CP 12.02)

            Regional Final: Wake Forest def. Tennessee 4-0 - The Vols will put up more resistance than Auburn but Wake still rolls by taking the doubles point and getting singles wins from Mansouri, Bogaerts, and Uspensky. (Result: Wake Forest 4-0)




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            Saturday, 23 January 2016 08:50

            ITA Women: Top Seeds Cruise In Friday's ITA Kickoff

            Six of the ITA Kickoff Regionals began today and all No.1 seeds cruised without much difficulty. Fresno State was the lone No.3 seed to earn a scalp into tomorrow's final. UGA and UNC were the top 2 teams to play and routed Wyoming and Yale, respectively. The closest match of the weekend, ranking-wise, was No.18 Ohio State's 4-3 thriller over No.19 Pepperdine. Tomorrow should bring some tighter matches and a few upsets. For my predictions for the entire weekend, check out my preview here.


            #4 Georgia Regional: UGA routs, Old Dominion battles
            It was a routine win for the Georgia Bulldogs, who claimed the victory over Wyoming before the No.6 match could get on court. Although Ellen Perez, who just arrived back in Athens after playing the Australian Open, was tested in her second set, UGA served only 6-1 or 6-2 sets across the board. Old Dominion dropped an incredibly tight doubles point in a tiebreaker, but took four first sets which propelled their win. ODU's Adriana Rajkovic had the biggest upset of the day by UTR standards and Kyla Klier had a near 1-point win on the court today also. UGA will cruise in their final tomorrow against ODU

            Note: Georgia's indoor facility only has 4-courts so #5 and #6 singles don't go on until a court becomes available. 

            #4 Georgia 4, #74 Wyoming 0
            Singles
            1. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA, 11.61 UTR) vs. Magdalena Stencel (WY, 9.60 UTR) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished
            2. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA, 11.19 UTR) def. Nastya Tokareva (WY, 9.11 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
            3. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA, 11.02 UTR) def. Dorottya Jonas (WY, 9.24 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
            4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA, 11.29 UTR) def. Elisa Koonik (WY, 8.44 UTR) 6-1, 6-1
            5. Miranda Talbert (WY, 7.99 UTR) vs. Mariana Gould (UGA, 10.38 UTR) 1-0 unfinished
            6. Laura Patterson (UGA, UTR 9.72) vs. Sanne Hoekstra (WY, 7.30 UTR), Not Played
            Order of finish: 4,3,2*
            Doubles
            1. #14 Ellen Perez/Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Magdalena Stencel/Nastya Tokareva (WY) 6-3
            2. Silvia Garcia/Caroline Brinson (UGA) vs. Miranda Talbert/Dorottya Jonas (WY) 4-3, unfinished
            3. Kennedy Shaffer/Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Elisa Koonik/Sanne Hoekstra (WY) 6-2
            Order of finish: 3,1*

            #57 Old Dominion 4, #65 Tulane 2
            Singles
            1. Nikol Hristova (ODU, 9.93 UTR) def. Naz Karagoz (TLN, 9.43 UTR) 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
            2. Kyla Klier (TLN, 9.35 UTR) def. Nataliya Vlasova (ODU, 10.22 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
            3. Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU, 9.69 UTR) def. Ipek Birol (TLN, 9.41 UTR) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
            4. Adriana Rajkovic (ODU, 8.78 UTR) def. Elena Muller (TLN, 10.21 UTR) 6-2, 6-2 - UTR Upset
            5. Marijana Novakovic (ODU, 9.26 UTR) vs. Jacqui Katz (TLN, 9.51 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 4-1, unf
            6. Ivana Vukovic (ODU, 8.93 UTR) def. Sofia Kurtz (TLN, 8.19 UTR) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
            Doubles
            1. Ipek Birol/Sade Atkinson (TLN) def. Nikol Hristova/Marijana Novakovic (ODU) 6-1
            2. Nataliya Vlasova/Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) def. Kyla Klier/Sofia Kurtz (TLN) 7-5
            3. Elena Muller/Naz Karagoz (TLN) def. Ivana Vukovic/Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU) 7-6 (7-4)


            #5 North Carolina Regional: Carter shines
            Hayley Carter was the star today in Chapel Hill, dropping two games in singles and doubles and guiding UNC to a 4-0 rout over Yale. The Tar Heels were nearly flawless in doubles, which carried over into five first set wins in singles. They should continue to cruise over Tulsa, should you look at UTR ratings. Tulsa downed Marshall 4-0, with the No.1 match the only one in the Herd's favor. The Marshall-Yale encounter will be the closest of the weekend in my opinion.

            #5 North Carolina 4, #68 Yale 0
            Singles
            1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC, 11.69 UTR) def. Tina Jiang (YALE, 10.19) 6-0, 6-2
            2. Madeleine Hamilton (YALE, 10.18 UTR) vs. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.74 UTR) 7-6, 0-2, unf
            3. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.41 UTR) vs. Ree Ree Li (YALE, 9.45 UTR) 6-2, 6-3, unfinished
            4. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.19 UTR) vs. Sherry Li (YALE, 9.36 UTR) 6-3, 2-4, unfinished
            5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.63 UTR) def. Courtney Amos (YALE, 9.11 UTR) 6-2, 6-0
            6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.53 UTR) def. Carol Finke (YALE, 9.29 UTR) 6-2, 6-0
            Order of finish: 1,5,6*
            Doubles
            1. #2 Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Tina Jiang/Madeleine Hamilton (YALE) 6-0
            2. #16 Kate Vialle/Jessie Aney (UNC) def. Ree Ree Li/Valerie Shklover (YALE) 6-1
            3. Ashley Dai/Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Carol Finke/Caroline Lynch (YALE) 5-1, unf
            Order of finish: 1,2*

            #48 Tulsa 4, #53 Marshall 0
            Singles
            1. Derya Turhan (Marshall, 10.07 UTR) vs. Saana Saarteinen (TUL, 10.40 UTR), 6-4, 1-2, unf
            2. Ksenia Laskutova (TUL, 10.04 UTR) vs. Rachael Morales (Marshall, 9.37 UTR), 7-5, 3-2, unf
            3. Rongrong Leenabanchong (TUL, 10.02 UTR) def. Maddie Silver (Marshall, 9.46 UTR), 6-2, 6-3
            4. Marcelina Cichon (TUL, 10.24 UTR) def. Marija Bogicevic (Marshall, 8.52 UTR), 6-1, 6-3
            5 Yelena Nemchen (TUL, 9.74 UTR) vs. Anna Pomyatinskya (Marshall, 9.85 UTR), 7-5, 1-0, unf
            6. Mahitha Dadireddy (TUL, 9.63 UTR) def. Anne Gulsrud (Marshall, 7.90 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
            Doubles
            1. Laskutova/Kuricova (TUL) def.Turhan/Morales (Marshall), 6-2
            2. Leenabanchong/Matoula (TUL) def. Pomyatinskya/Silver (Marshall), 6-2
            3. Saarteinen/Dadireddy (TUL) vs. Bogicevic/Gulsrud (Marshall), 4-3, unfinished

            #8 Virginia Regional: UVA and Columbia cruise
            As expected, it's a No.1 vs. No.2 final in Charlottesville, with Virginia and Columbia scoring 7-0 routs against BYU and Maryland, respectively. The UVA Cavaliers were dominant in doubles, blanking BYU at the top two positions and leading 5-1 at No.3 when play was suspended. BYU threw all they could handle at the No.8 team in the country, but Virginia's depth is too solid for any setbacks, capturing all matches in straight sets. Congratulations to Stephanie Nauta, who captured her 100th career singles victory (5th all-time at Virginia) when she clinched the win for UVA.
            UVA plays Columbia for their berth in Madison. Columbia had a slightly difficult time against Maryland and they captured two small UTR upsets at the Nos. 3 and 5 positions. The match was more competitive than UVA/BYU with two matches splitting sets and the doubles point on the verge of going down to the wire. While Columbia lacks star power in their lineup, they have consistent depth. They'll need plenty of luck and upsets (and the doubles point) on their side if they want any chance at a win.


            Virginia Regional

            #8 Virginia 7, BYU 0
            Singles
            1. No. 4 Danielle Collins (UVA, 12.07 UTR) def. Mayci Jones (BYU, 9.43 UTR), 6-3, 6-1
            2. No. 8 Julia Elbaba (UVA, 11.80 UTR) def. Savannah Ware (BYU, 10.12 UTR), 6-2, 6-2
            3. No. 32 Skylar Morton (UVA, 10.85 UTR) def. Toby Miclat (BYU, 9.65 UTR), 7-5, 6-0
            4. No. 30 Stephanie Nauta (UVA, 10.93 UTR) def. Nicolette Paulsen (BYU, 9.47 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
            5. Victoria Olivarez (UVA, 10.06 UTR) def. Natella Nabieva (BYU, 8.16 UTR), 6-4, 7-5
            6. Meghan Kelley (UVA, 10.17 UTR) def. Taylah Beckman (BYU, 8.25 UTR), 6-2, 6-1
            Order of finish: 6,3,4*,2,1,5
            Doubles
            1. No. 19 Collins/Kelley (UVA) def. Miclat/Beckman (BYU), 6-0
            2. Elbaba/Morton (UVA) def. Poulsen/Ware (BYU), 6-0
            3. Nauta/Olivarez (UVA) vs. Jones/Nabieva (BYU), 5-1, unfinished
            Order of finish: 2,1*

            #56 Columbia 7, #66 Maryland 0
            Singles
            1. Kanika Vaidya (COL, 10.49 UTR) def. Natalyia Bredikhina (MD, 9.79 UTR) 6-0, 6-2
            2. Rima Asatrian (COL, 10.04 UTR) def. Arnelle Sullivan (MD, 9.80 UTR) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 10-3
            3. Star Makarome (COL, 10.19 UTR) def. Alexandra Stanova (MD, 10.58 UTR) 6-2, 6-1
            4. Alexandra Solovyev (COL, 9.92 UTR) def. Kristina Hovsepyan (MD, 8.67 UTR) 6-3, 6-4
            5. Andrea Kevakian (COL 9.15 UTR) def. Olga Bredikhina (MD, 9.76 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
            6. Sarah Hu (COL, 9.71 UTR) def. Caroline Williams (MD, 9.10 UTR) 4-6, 6-2, 10-5
            Order of finish: 3,1,4*,5,6,2
            Doubles
            1. Alexandra Stanova/Kristina Hovsepyan (MD) vs. Rima Asatrian/Alexandra Solovyev (COL) 5-3, 
            2. Kanika Vaidya/Adi Milstein (COL) def. Natalyia Bredikhina/Caroline Williams (MD) 6-4
            3. Star Makarome/Andrea Kevakian (COL) def. Olga Bredikhina/Arnelle Sullivan (MD) 6-3
            Order of finish: 3,2*


            #9 UCLA Regional: UCLA marches on, Fresno State pulls off upset
            UCLA has been gifted a pretty easy Regional and routinely defeated UC Irvine today, 4-0. The top 4 of UCLA can scrape 2-3 matches against most teams, but the lower half of the lineup is alarming. Two walk-ons are filling in, but hopefully Terri Fleming will bounce in the singles lineup and can play Jada Hart should the Blue Chip signee be enrolled. The Bruins are set to face the underranked Fresno State, who upset Arkansas. I'm expecting a tight match in tomorrow's final should Fresno take the doubles point. They can defeat UCLA in the bottom two singles if lineups stay the same. Doubles is the most crucial key to the match if they want any chance at winning.


            UCLA Regional

            #9 UCLA 4, #70 UC Irvine 0
            Singles
            1. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA, 11.52 UTR) vs. Sarah Gong (UCI, 9.54 UTR) 6-2, 5-2, unf
            2. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA, 10.63 UTR) def. Mazy Watrous (UCI, 8.64 UTR) 6-1, 6-0
            3. Kristin Wiley (UCLA, 9.72 UTR) def. Vivien Dvali (UCI, 8.94 UTR) 6-2, 6-2
            4. Alaina Miller (UCLA, 10.67 UTR) vs. Stephanie Hazell (UCI, 8.67 UTR) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0, unf
            5. Maia Magill (UCLA, 7.96 UTR) vs. Andrea Duva (UCI, 8.01 UTR) 6-0, 5-4, unf
            6. Laura Luca (UCLA, 7.09 UTR) def. Cassidy Branstine (UCI, 8.07 UTR) 6-4, 6-1
            Order of finish: 2,6,3*
            Doubles
            1. Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Sarah Gong/Mazy Watrous (UCI) 6-2
            2. Terri Fleming/Maia Magill (UCLA) vs. Andrea Duva/Vivien Dvali (UCI) 5-2, unfinished
            3. Alaina Miller/Kristin Wiley (UCLA) def. Cassidy Branstine/Stephanie Hazell (UCI) 6-0
            Order of finish: 3,1*

            #54 Fresno State 4, #34 Arkansas 1
            Singles
            1. Shannon Hudson (ARK, 10.52 UTR) vs. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (FS, 10.64 UTR) 3-6, 5-4, un
            2. Sophie Watts (FS, 10.13 UTR) def. Ana Oparenovic (ARK, 10.45 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
            3. Makenzie Craft (ARK, 9.77 UTR) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS, 9.63 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
            4. Galina Bykova (FS, 9.74 UTR) def. Mia Jurasic (ARK, 9.69 UTR) 6-0, 6-4
            5. Sasha Shkorupeieva (ARK, 9.94 UTR) vs. Emma Wilson (FS, 9.38 UTR) 1-6, 6-4, 3-1, un
            6. Anneka Watts (FS, 9.10 UTR) def. Agne Cepelyte (ARK, 10.31 UTR) 7-5, 6-3
            Order of finish: 2,4,3,6*
            Doubles
            1. Maiar Sherif Ahmed/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Flavia Araujo/Makenzie Craft (ARK) 6-4
            2. #58 Anneka Watts/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Agne Cepelyte/Shannon Hudson (ARK) 7-6 (7-4)
            3. Ana Oparenovic/Mia Jurasic (ARK) def. Olivia Noble/Sofya Malysheva (FS) 6-2
            Order of finish: 3,1,2*


            #16 Duke Regional: Duke, Mississippi State tested
            The Duke Blue Devils were tested by Portland in their Regional opener, but strong play from freshmen Kaitlyn McCarthy and Jessica Ho and clincher Chalena Scholl put Duke into the final matchup against Mississipi State. It's nice to see Christina Makarova return this season after missing last year with an injury. Look for her to rack plenty of wins should she be in the No.6 position. Duke will have to clean up their mistakes as the Bulldogs are no slouch. Expect a couple of three set matches tomorrow and possibly an upset, but Duke should win easily if the right team shows up.

            #16 Duke 4, #67 Portland 0
            Singles
            1. #28 Beatrice Capra (DUKE, 11.48 UTR) vs. Lucia Butkovska (POR, 10.77 UTR), 6-1, 4-5, uf
            2. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE, 11.55 UTR) def. Maja Mladenovic (POR, 9.92 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
            3. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE, 11.25 UTR) vs. Radina Dimitrova (POR, 9.17 UTR) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0, uf
            4. #79 Chalena Scholl (DUKE, 10.63) def. Tatiana Grigoryan (POR, 7.96 UTR) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
            5. Jessica Ho (DUKE, 10.26 UTR) def. Jelena Lazarevic (POR, 8.90 UTR) 6-3, 7-5
            6. Christina Makarova (DUKE, 9.27 UTR) vs. Saroop Dhatt (POR, 8.61 UTR) 6-3, 2-1, uf
            Order of finish: 2,5,4*
            Doubles
            1. #26 Capra/Hamlin (DUKE) vs. Butkovska/Lazarevic (POR) 4-4, unfinished
            2. Samantha Harris/McCarthy (DUKE) def. Dimitrova/Grigoryan (POR) 6-3
            3. Alyssa Smith/Scholl (DUKE) def. Tori Troesch/Mladenovic (POR) 6-4
            Order of finish: 2,3*

            #29 Mississippi State 4, #36 Florida State 0
            Singles competition
            1. #13 Jasmine Lee (MSU, 11.81 UTR) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU, 10.80 UTR) 7-5, 6-1
            2. Madison Harrison (MSU, 10.63 UTR) vs. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU, 10.58 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 3-3 susp.
            3. Georgiana Patrasc (MSU, 10.51 UTR) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU, 10.51 UTR) 6-3, 6-4
            4. Yukako Noi (FSU, 11.00) vs. #36 Anastasia Rentouli (MSU, 10.82 UTR) 7-5, 5-2 susp.
            5. Kristina Vozniak (MSU, 9.50 UTR) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU, 9.52 UTR) 6-4, 6-2
            6. Lana Rush (FSU, 9.02 UTR) vs. Jennifer Brown (MSU, 10.06 UTR) 6-3, 2-6, 2-0 susp.
            Order of finish: 5,3,1*
            Doubles competition
            1. #41 Daneika Borthwick/Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. Madison Harrison/Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) 5-2 susp.
            2. Jasmine Lee/Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) def. Julia Mikulski/Lana Rush (FSU) 6-0
            3. #53 Jennifer Brown/Kristina Vozniak (MSU) def. Ariana Rahmanparast/Gabriella Castaneda 6-1
            Order of finish: 2,3*


            #22 TCU Regional: Ohio State Outlasts Pepperdine
            There was no doubt TCU would down Houston and that the Ohio State/Pepperdine clash would go down to the wire. Houston holds a near-guarantee point with No.34 Despoina Vogasari at the No.1 slot and she outlasted South Florida transfer Olaya Garrido-Rivas in three sets. Freshman Marie Norris clinched both the singles and doubles matches for the Super Frogs, who will face a tough Ohio State squad tomorrow. The Buckeyes, the highest-ranked team at the Regional at No.18, had a brutally tough test against No. 19 Pepperdine. The Waves have all three doubles teams ranked in the Top 45, but an upset at No.1 that jumpstarted their doubles point victory. Five of the six singles matches went three sets, with Ohio State taking three of those, but the lone straight set match was the clincher. Olivia Sneed was last on court and pushed through a 7-5,6-2 win at No.6 to put the Buckeyes through. TCU Coach Lee Taylor Walker expects a bigger test tomorrow if his team wants to return to the National Team Indoor tournament. By far, this is one match tomorrow fans should keep an eye on.

            #22 TCU 4, #42 Houston 1
            Singles
            1. #34 Despoina Vogasari (UH, 10.85 UTR) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU, 10.07 UTR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
            2. Marie Norris (TCU, 10.86 UTR) def. Tina Rupert (UH, 9.52 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
            3. Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU, 10.32 UTR) vs. Mina Markovic (UH, 9.66 UTR) 7-5, 4-4, unf
            4. Caroline Wegner (TCU, 10.16 UTR) def. Rocio Martin (UH, N/A UTR) 6-1, 6-1
            5. Seda Arantekin (TCU, 9.74 UTR) def. Maria Cardenas (UH, 9.34 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
            6. Mia King (TCU, 9.42 UTR) vs. Marnie Stokes (UH, 8.14 UTR) 6-0, 3-0, unf
            Order of finish: 4,1,5,2*
            Doubles
            1. Despoina Vogasari/Tina Rupert (UH) vs. #17 Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU) 5-3, unfinished
            2. Olaya Garrido-Rivas/Mia King (TCU) def. Mina Markovic/Maria Cardenas (UH) 6-4
            3. Marie Norris/Alexis Pereira (TCU) def. Rocio Martin/Marnie Stokes (UH) 6-1

            Order of finish: 3,2*

            #18 Ohio State 4, #19 Pepperdine 3
            Singles
            1. #14 Luisa Stefani (PEP, 11.63 UTR) def. #2 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU, 12.02 UTR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
            2. #102 Laura Gulbe (PEP, 10.96 UTR) def. Gabriella De Santis (OSU, 10.31 UTR) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
            3. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.52 UTR) def. Matea Cutura (PEP, 10.37 UTR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
            4. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.33 UTR) def. #96 Dzina Milovanovic (PEP, 10.31 UTR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
            5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.48 UTR) def. A. Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP, 10.30 UTR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
            6. Olivia Sneed (OSU, 9.75 UTR) def. Christine Maddox (PEP, 10.00 UTR) 7-5, 6-2
            Order of finish: 3,1,4,2,5,6*
            Doubles
            1. #18 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEP) def. #6 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) 6-1
            2. #8 Luisa Stefani/ A. Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) def. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) 6-3
            3. #45 Laura Gulbe/Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) vs. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (OSU) 5-4 unfinished
            Order of finish: 2,1*





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            Sunday was a great day for the guys from sunny San Diego as the Toreros went into snowy Durham and beat the host Duke Blue Devils 4-2 to clinch the school's first ever berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Sunday was also a day of near misses as #28 Oklahoma State, #40 NC State, #44 Memphis and #49 Oregon each put a considerable amount of pressure on the #1 seeds in their respective regionals before coming up just short in the end.

            There were also several blowouts as Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Ohio State, UCLA, and South Florida each cruised in matches that took 2 hours or less.

            The biggest comeback of the day took place in Austin as the #4 seed Texas Tech came back from 3-0 down to defeat the #3 seed Florida 4-3.

            The Wake Forest and Columbia regionals got underway today, after weather pushed play back a day, and surprisingly neither of the matches in New York were close as Columbia rolled over Minnesota and Stanford drilled Virginia Tech

            It was also interesting to see several of the #4 seeds take care of business in the consolation matches as collectively they went 7-2 with Wichita State's win over South Carolina probably the biggest surprise.

            Back to the action, we start off the day in Durham as San Diego came into the regional finals coming off a 4-0 win over Vanderbilt while Duke got a free pass due to the weather keeping Cal from making the trip. Duke looked like it was going to take the doubles point when Josh Levine and Adrian Chamdani had a 5-3 lead at #2 doubles in the deciding court but San Diego's Joshua Page and Uros Petronijevic reeled off 4 straight games to win it 7-5.

            San Diego rode the momentum from winning the doubles point by taking four first sets in singles but Duke's Catalin Mateas and Adrian Chamdani were the first to finish as they each rolled to straight set wins at #4 and #5. San Diego's Uros Petronijevic tied the match at 2-2 when he beat Nicolas Alvarez in straights at #1 and Filip Vittek put San Diego ahead for good when he came back from *4-6 down in the second set tiebreak at #3 to win the tiebreak 10-8 and the match 6-4, 7-6. Less than a minute later Joshua Page would close the door on Duke when he put an overhead away at the net to finish off Josh Levine 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. 


            #19 San Diego 4, #23 Duke 2
            Jan. 24, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
            Doubles competition
            1. #7 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) 6-4
            2. Joshua Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Josh Levine/Adrian Chamdani (DU) 7-5
            3. TJ Pura/Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Jaan Kononov/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3
            Singles competition
            1. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.05) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) 6-4, 7-5
            2. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) led #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.99) 3-6, 6-2, 4-3, unf
            3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.54) def. Vincent Lin (DU 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
            4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.63) def. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.22) 6-3, 6-2
            5. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.61) 6-4, 6-4
            6. Joshua Page (USD 12.79) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.73) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
            Match Notes:
            San Diego 4-0; National ranking #19
            Duke 1-2; National ranking #23
            Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,6)
            T-2:33 A-182

            "That was a tough loss, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "I think San Diego is a good team and they played well. I thought they competed extremely well. It was a really good match where we had some chances. Obviously doubles was a chance where we were one point away from winning it.

            "We got down early in singles on a couple courts, Smith said. "I felt like we made a nice push midway through the singles and competed really well in that middle stretch. We got ourselves back in the match with the two freshmen getting off the court early. That was huge to change the momentum of the match.

            "That's a tough loss for Vinny [Lin], Smith said. "I thought that's the best he's played all year. He competed great and left it all on the court. That was high-level tennis. Vinny just keeps getting better. I'm encouraged by him.
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            In Austin you had the #3 and #4 seeds meeting in the regional finals after Florida [4] shutout Texas [1] and Texas Tech [3] did the same to Ole Miss [2]. Going in I thought this would be a close match and I figured Texas Tech needed the doubles point but in the end they proved me and Florida wrong.

            Florida took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles each team took three opening sets. Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco finished their matches in straight sets at #3 and #4 and just like that Florida was up 3-0. Texas Tech's Hugo Dojas put the Red Raiders on the board with a straight set win at #2 and Bjorn Thomson would make it 2 in a row when he knocked off Maxx Lipman 7-6, 6-4 at #6 singles. Connor Curry, who let a 5-3 first set lead slip away, won 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over McClain Kessler at #6 and the match was now all even at 3-3. Texas Tech's Felipe Soares had a 6-2, 3-4 lead on Diego Hidalgo but Hidalgo broke and held to take the second set 6-3. With the match on the line Hidalgo would go up 4-2 and have 4 break points to go up 5-2 but Soares came back from 0-40 down to hold for 3-4*. Soares would then break and hold again to go up 5-4 before Hidalgo held for 5-5. Soares quickly held and then he'd break Hidalgo to close out the 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 win.




            #15 Texas Tech 4, #21 Florida 3 
            01/24/16 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center) 
            Doubles competition
            1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-3 
            2. #46 Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 6-4 
            3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TTU) vs. Joshua Wardell/Chase Perez-Blanco (UF): 5-3, unf 
            Singles competition 
            1. #8 Felipe Soares (TTU 14.00) def. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95): 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 
            2. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.75) def.#49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.94): 6-2, 6-4 
            3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.56) def. #33 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 14.09): 6-3, 6-0 
            4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.84) def. Jolan Cailleau (TTU 14.20): 6-3, 6-4 
            5. Connor Curry (TTU 13.23) def. # 97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.48): 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 
            6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU 13.71) def. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.10): 7-6 (3), 6-4 
            Match Notes 
            Texas Tech (8-0); National ranking No. 15 
            Florida (3-1); National ranking No. 21 
            Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,4,2,6,5,1)

            "Hugo had a solid weekend all the way around and was our MVP of the weekend," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Today's match was a dog fight. We were competing hard, and they were competing hard. We had to fight extremely hard to find that edge. Felipe played clutch games in the third set and hit excellent backhand passing shots something that he's not known for. It was his moment, and he wasn't going to let our team lose. Connor played extremely tough in the third set and learned the lessons from the first two sets of the match. Bjorn was very impressive. He went out there and was fearless to beat a veteran player the way he did."

            "It's a huge win for us to come back and beat a program like Florida which has a lot of great tradition and history," Masi said. "The biggest thing that I see from our team is that if one guy can't do it that day someone else can step up and do it. A match like today and the way we were able to win shows our players how good this team can be. We have great senior leadership and a lot of depth. I'm proud of our guys for battling through adversity and finding a way to win."

            What Coach Shelton Says
            "We played some really good doubles today and competed hard across the line in singles. Texas Tech is a very good team with a lot of heart. It was a tough battle but we'll be better because of it. We can't wait to take the court again."
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            TCU got all it wanted and more from Big 12 rival Oklahoma State as the Cowboys rolled over TCU in doubles and then went toe-to-toe with the Horned Frogs in several spots in the singles lineup. TCU got a much needed boost from Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov as both guys won in straight sets while Eduardo Nava gutted a tight 7-6, 6-4 win over Tristan Meraut at #5. Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg won in straight sets at #6 and then Julian Cash would pull off a big time win over Guillermo Nunez taking it 6-4 in the third. The match came down to a third set at #4 between TCU's Jerry Lopez and Oklahoma State's Lucas Gerch.  Lopez went up 5-3 in the third and the match actually ended when Gerch was overruled on a line call for a third time causing a point penalty which subsequently ended the match.



            #3 TCU 4, #28 Oklahoma State 3
            Jan 24, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
            Singles competition
            1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68) def. Temur Ismailov (OSU 14.10) 6-1, 6-2
            2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.63) def. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.64) 7-5, 6-1
            3. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.66) def. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.31) 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4
            4. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.72) 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3
            5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.05) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.35) 7-6 (6), 6-4
            6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.52) def. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.81) 6-3, 6-2
            Doubles competition
            1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 4-4, unf
            2. Temur Ismailov/Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-2
            3. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Alex Rybakov/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-2
            Match Notes:
            Oklahoma State 4-1; National ranking #28
            TCU 2-0; National ranking #3
            Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5,3,4)
            A-287

            Quotes from TCU Head Coach David Roditi
            "What a college match. It was everything we expected and then some. Oklahoma State is a strong, deep and well-coached team. It is not very often that you are taught a big lesson and also win. Today was one of those days. I'm proud of our singles wins. There were great wins today by Cameron (Norrie) and Alex (Rybakov) so quickly and then Eduardo (Nava) provided a huge point for us. We must improve our doubles and our mentality in practice. We are looking forward to taking such a young team to the national indoors.

            Quotes from Oklahoma State Head Coach Jay Edwadia
            "Unbelievable match that came right down to the very end. We knew it was going to be a battle and everyone fought hard, but it was disappointing to lose after such an amazing effort. It was a good test for us early on in the season to play a top-five team. We will regroup this week and get ready for next weekend's matches at home."
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            ACC rivals and Research Triangle neighbors North Carolina and North Carolina State went at it for just over 2 hours before North Carolina freshman Anu Kodali pulled off a come from behind 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Igor Saveljic at #6 to clinch the first match of his young career. NC State's Simon Norenius and Nick Horton blew past UNC's Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider at #1 and #2 and Thomas Weigel was up a set on Jack Murray at #4 but the Pack couldn't get a hold of another court.


            #10 North Carolina 4, #40 NC State 2
            Jan 24, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
            Doubles competition
            1. Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Saveljic/Saveljic (NCST), 6-0
            2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. Norenius.Horton (NCST), 5-5 DNF
            3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Mike Ogden/Weigel (NCST), 6-4
            Singles competition
            1. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.33) def. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.20), 6-3, 6-4
            2. Nick Horton (NCST 13.51) def. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05), 6-3, 6-1
            3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) def. Ivan Saveljic (NCST 12.15), 6-4, 6-2
            4. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.28) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.63) 7-6(4), 5-5 DNF
            5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.82) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.45), 6-4, 6-4
            6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.13) def. Igor Saveljic (NCST 12.91), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
            Match Stats:
            Order of Finish: Singles (2,5,3,1,6); Doubles (1,3)
            Records: North Carolina 4-0, NC State 4-1

            Post Match Comments from Anu Kodali & Robert Kelly Via UNC's recap





            Quotes from North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
            "It's good to advance, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "NC State played really hard. We've got some work to do we've just got to keep getting better every single day. Now we get that opportunity at National Team Indoors.

            "Anu played really well at the end, Paul said. "I left after he lost the first set and went over to the courts on the other side, so I didn't really see him, then I came back and obviously he was feeling a lot better. I really liked his body language and the way he finished that out. We had some freshmen step up Bo (Boyden) stepped up in doubles today.

            "Robert and Brett had a very good weekend, Paul said. "Those two guys were the outstanding performers on our team, but it's a team sport. We look forward to playing in the national team indoors. We've got to get everyone playing well to do well in that tournament, and we will.

            Quotes from NC State Head Coach Jon Choboy
            "We have a number of new pieces in the line up from what we had last year. Getting to see the team compete against a high-level UNC team was good. We were only a few points from maybe being able to squeak this one out. The team really competed well." head coach Jon Choboy
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            A day after getting pushed by UC Irvine, Baylor got pushed even harder by Oregon and the match ended up coming down to a pair of third set tiebreaks to decide it. Oregon grabbed the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then got a quick win from Ethan Young-Smith at #6 to go up 2-0. Baylor got back in the match with straight set wins from Jimmy Bendeck, Will Little, and Julian Lenz (clips below) but they had a hard time finding the fourth point.

            Felipe Rios served for the match twice in the third set at #3, and had 3 match points along the way, but Simon Stevens broke him both times to force a third set tiebreak. Max Tchoutakian let a double-break *4-1 third set lead slip away and had to hold serve to force a third set tiebreak at #2. Tchoutakian went up 3-1 in the tiebreak but Laurent won the next 2 to even it at 3-3. Tchoutakian finally put it all together and took the last 4 to close it out.







            #4 Baylor 4, #49 Oregon 2
            Jan. 24, 2016 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center) 
            Singles competition
            1. Julian Lenz (BU 14.62) def. #113 Daan Maasland (UO 13.91) 6-4, 6-4
            2. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.82) def. Thomas Laurent (UO 14.08) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
            3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.29) vs. Simon Stevens (UO 13.41) 2-6, 6-3, 6-6 (3-3)
            4. Will Little (BU 13.65) def. Jayson Amos (UO 13.14) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
            5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.31) def. Cormac Clissold (UO 13.32) 6-3, 6-3
            6. Ethan Young-Smith (UO 12.25) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 12.74) 6-1, 6-1
            Doubles competition
            1. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (UO) def. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) 7-5
            2. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (UO) def. Max Tchoutakian/Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3
            3. Jimmy Bendeck/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Bart Sawicki/Cormac Clissold (UO) 6-3
            Match Notes
            Oregon 4-1; National ranking #49
            Baylor 2-0; National ranking #4
            Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,1,4,2)

            Quotes from Baylor Head Coach Matt Knoll
            "Any positive experience is a great experience. Certainly, Max will gain confidence that he was able to win 7-6 in the third set with the match on the line. That's special. Not a lot of guys have had a chance to be in that situation. He was able to get through it, so that's pretty cool." --head coach Matt Knoll on Max Tchoutakian's match-clinching moment

            "Oregon just hammered us for the first hour. They did a great job. They beat us in doubles, and they were killing us in singles. We did a great job in the middle, and we starting feeling like we were taking control of the match. At the end, they fought back and it was a coin flip. We're fortunate. Oregon was really good, really competitive." -- Knoll on today's match

            "Watching those guys compete makes you proud to be wear a Baylor uniform. I had so much fun watching those guys get out there and fight for every point. The pride, effort and energy that they showed was really special. I hope the people that are out there watching our program are as excited as I am to watch those guys for the next four years. Boy, they're going to be unbelievable for us. Real heroes." -- Knoll on freshman Jimmy Bendeck and redshirt freshman Will Little
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            Georgia won a tight doubles point over Memphis and then overcome a loss by Wayne Montgomery at #2 to pull out a 4-1 win. It looked the match was going to come down to #5 and #6 singles when Andrew Watson led 5-3 in the third at #1 but Austin Smith rallied and won the next four games to clinch the win for the Dawgs.  

            #6 Georgia 4, #44 Memphis 1
            Jan 24, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility) 
            Singles competition
            1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.34) def. #87 Andrew Watson (UM 13.73) 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5
            2. Ryan Peniston (UM 13.92) def. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.29) 6-4, 7-6 (10)
            3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.88) def. Kai Lemke (UM 13.33) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3
            4. #105 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.43) def. Chris Patzanovsky (UM 12.53) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
            5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.70) vs. Felix Rauch (UM 12.47) 6-4, 1-1, unfinished
            6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.22) vs. Shakeel Manji (UM 12.34) 2-4, unfinished
            Doubles competition
            1. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (UM) 6-2
            2. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (UM) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-2
            3. #45 Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Shakeel Manji/Andrew Watson (UM) 7-5
            Match Notes
            Memphis 1-2; National ranking #44
            Georgia 2-0; National ranking #6
            Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,3,1)
            ITA Kickoff Championship Match
            Official: Clark Weaver T-3:18 A-304

            Quotes from Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
            "It's certainly always good to overwhelm your opponent, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "But it's also good to be challenged and to answer that challenge, and I thought our guys did that. We were pushed and challenged in both the doubles point as well as the singles. Losing the first set in three out of four singles hurt. It is something that we take a lot of pride in, but I'm proud of the way we fought back.

            "We hung tough and overcame a tough situation, Diaz added. "I was really proud of Austin, he found himself down three or four match points and fought through to give us the win.

            Quotes from Memphis Head Coach Paul Goebel
            "That was a serious college tennis match," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "That was a level up from our Oklahoma State match and I thought we played really well in that one. It's tough, because we had a lot of positives and we were so close. It was a huge opportunity and you don't get a chance to go in to number six in the country and have a chance at the win that often."

            "We've just got to seal the deal," Goebel said. "But that was a fun match to play in. I really feel like it's better to play in that environment against that level of competition. That's why we schedule the way we do. Their fans were really in to it and they were really complimentary of the great tennis post match. That was fun, really fun, but really tough to take right now too."
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            South Florida booked its first ever trip to the National Team Indoors with a 4-0 win over LSU. South Florida took the doubles point and then won all 6 first sets before getting wins from Roberto Cid, Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz with Cid providing the clincher.

            Video


            #13 South Florida 4, #30 LSU 0
            Jan 24, 2016 at Tampa, FL (USF Varsity Tennis Courts) 
            Singles
            1. Roberto Cid (USF 14.41) def. Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64) 7-6 (2), 6-2
            2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) vs. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.42) 7-5, 5-2, unf
            3. Simon Freund (LSU 13.11) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) 2-6, 6-3, 2-2, unf
            4. Boris Arias (LSU 13.62) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.33) 3-6, 7-5, unf
            5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.36) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.06) 6-1, 6-3
            6. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.48) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.20) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1
            Doubles 
            1. Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-2
            2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) vs. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 5-3 unf
            3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) def. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-3

            Quotes from LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown
            "I think South Florida did a good job of coming out really aggressive having a had a long match yesterday, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "I thought we responded really well after we got down and we will take some good lessons from today and move on.

            Quotes from South Florida Head Coach Matt Hill
            "We spoke to the guy's point blank before the doubles started, look, the standard that you brought yesterday was not the standard that we play at, so we need to step it up, head coach Matt Hill said.

            "We are one of the best doubles teams in the country, they just did a poor job of showing that yesterday.

            "It was unbelievable, Hill said. "This is why you work your tail off to get into the Top 15, so you can host these events, so you can be the No. 1 seed here and have your crowd enjoying and experiencing the level of this team.
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            UCLA won the all-important doubles and then got straight set singles wins from Gage Brymer, Karue Sell, and Joseph DiGiulio at 2, 3, and 6 with Joey D providing the clincher in the Bruins 4-0 win over Georgia Tech. GT led on 2 of the 3 courts that were abandoned at the time of the clinch. Below are clinching videos courtesy of U-C-L-A





            #12 UCLA 4, #42 Georgia Tech 0
            Jan 24, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
            Singles competition
            1. #6 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.84) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.81) 7-6(6), 4-2, unf
            2. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93) def. Carlos Benito (GT 13.33) 6-2, 6-3
            3. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.06) def. Michael Kay (GT 13.44) 6-2, 6-3
            4. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Andrew Li (GT 12.87) 7-6(4), 2-1, unf
            5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 12.83) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.24) 7-6(5), 1-1, unf
            6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.29) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.39) 6-2, 6-4
            Doubles competition
            1. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. #36 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) 5-4, unf
            2. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Cole Fiegel/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 6-3
            3. Maxime Cressy/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Nathan Rakitt/Andrew Li (GT) 6-4
            Match Notes:
            Georgia Tech 3-0; National ranking #42
            UCLA 2-0; National ranking #12
            Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,6)

            Comments from Georgia Tech Head Coach Kenny Thorne "I'm proud of our guys for fighting hard but very disappointed in this match. I give UCLA credit for coming out in doubles and playing a little better than us. We also got down early in singles matches but fought back strong. We were in the match but didn't play our best all the way up and down our lineup. It was a good opportunity missed. We have learned a lot about ourselves these past two weeks and each guy knows what he needs to work on. We can definitely get better than where we are right now, and we aren't in a bad place. That is good news for this team and should motivate us all to get going.
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            Both of the matches in New York City finished as 4-0 shutouts but they were both much closer than the score indicated. Virginia Tech looked like it was in control of the doubles point after it got a 6-0 win at #3 and led 5-3 at both #1 and #2 but they just couldn't close the point out and Stanford came back to take both #1 and #2 in tiebreaks.

            Each team won 3 first sets in singles and fortunately for Stanford it was able to close out each of its 3 in straight sets as Sameer Kumar, Nolan Paige, and Tom Fawcett won at 6, 4, and 1 with Fawcett clinching. Virginia Tech's Andreas Bjerrehus was a game away from a win at #3 at the time of the clinch and VT was up on the other 2 courts as well. Losing that doubles point really ended up sinking the Hokies.

            #18 Stanford 4, #14 Virginia Tech 0
            Jan 24, 2016 at New York (USTA National Tennis Center)
            Singles Competition
            1. #9 Tom Fawcett (Stanford 14.54) def. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.26) 6-1, 6-4
            2. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.49) vs. #57 David Wilczynski (Stanford 13.76) 7-5, 1-1 dnf
            3. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.84) vs. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford 13.27) 6-3, 5-1 dnf
            4. Nolan Paige (Stanford 13.10) def. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.73) 6-3, 6-4
            5. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.16) vs. #61 Michael Geneder (Stanford 13.70) 6-4, 3-2 dnf
            6. Sameer Kumar (Stanford 13.92) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.38) 6-1, 7-5
            Doubles Competition
            1. #42 Romanowicz/Paige (Stanford) def. #21 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT) 7-6(3)
            2. Fawcett/Kumar (Stanford) def. Contini/Tessaro (VT) 7-6(5)
            3. Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Wilczynski/Yale Goldberg (Stanford) 6-0
            Match Notes
            Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,1)


            In the other match that was being played simultaneously, Columbia's #1 doubles team of Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham came back from the dead to gut out a tiebreak win to give Columbia the doubles point. Minnesota's #1 team of Matic Spec/Felix Corwin served for the match up 5-3, 40-15 but they couldn't get the last point and ended up getting broke. In the tiebreak Minnesota double faulted at 6-6 and then Richard Pham hit a well placed serve and Shawn Hadavi cleaned it up at the net to clinch the doubles point for the Lions.

            Columbia and Minnesota split first sets and Victor Pham, Mike Vermeer, and Richard Pham each won in straights for Columbia with Victor Pham providing the clincher at #2.


            #16 Columbia 4, #22 Minnesota 0
            Jan 24, 2016 at New York (USTA National Tennis Center) 
            Singles Competition
            1) Matic Spec (Minn 13.66) vs. Shawn Hadavi (Col 13.58) 6-2, 4-5, unf.
            2) Victor Pham (Col 13.84) def. Felix Corwin (Minn 13.87), 6-3, 6-2
            3) Ruben Weber (Minn 13.34) vs. Eric Rubin (Col 13.54) 7-6(5), 1-2, unf.
            4) Mike Vermeer (Col 13.67) def. Josip Krstanovic (Minn 12.40), 6-3, 6-1
            5) Richard Pham (Col 12.99) def. Justyn Levin (Minn 12.35), 6-3, 6-2
            6) Marino Alpeza (Minn 12.37) vs. Timothy Wang (Col 13.35) 7-5, 2-5, unf.
            Doubles Competition
            1) Hadavi/R. Pham (Col) def. Spec/Corwin (Minn), 7-6 (6)
            2) Vermeer/Rolski (Col) def. Alpeza/Weber (Minn), 6-4
            3) Levin/Krstanovic (Minn) def. Alda/Rubin (Col), 7-6 (5)
            Match Notes
            Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,2)

            Quote from Howard Endelman, Columbia Associate Head Coach: 
            "Obviously, saving those three match points at #1 doubles was a pivotal moment from a momentum perspective. Winning the doubles point is always important, but I think today it also helped to take some pressure off our young guys in singles playing their first dual match."
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            FULL SUNDAY RESULTS

            2nd Round (Regional Finals)
            [1] TCU def. [2] Oklahoma State 4-3
            [1] Texas A&M def. [3] Boise State 4-0
            [1] Oklahoma def. [3] Troy 4-0
            [1] UCLA def. [3] Georgia Tech 4-0
            [1] Ohio State def. [3] Denver 4-0
            [1] North Carolina def. [3] NC State 4-2
            [2] San Diego def. [1] Duke 4-2
            [1] Baylor def. [2] Oregon 4-2
            [1] South Florida def. [3] LSU 4-0
            [3] Texas Tech def. [4] Florida 4-3
            [1] Georgia def. [3] Memphis 4-1

            2nd Round (Consolation)
            [2] Drake def. [4] Indiana 4-2
            [4] Wichita State def. [2] South Carolina 4-2
            [3] Harvard def. [4] San Diego State 4-3
            [4] SMU def. [2] New Mexico 4-0
            [4] UC Santa Barbara def. [2] Louisville 4-3
            [2] Ole Miss def. [1] Texas 4-3
            [4] UC Irvine def. [3] Old Dominion 4-0
            [4] Florida State def. [2] Mississippi State 4-1
            [4] Utah State def. [2] UTSA 4-0
            [4] Fresno State def. [2] San Francisco 4-3

            1st Round:
            [1] Columbia def. [4] Minnesota 4-0
            [3] Stanford def [2] Virginia Tech 4-0
            [1] Wake Forest def. [4] Auburn 4-1
            [2] Tennessee def. [3] Cal Poly 4-2

            #11 Wake Forest 4, #59 Auburn 1
            Jan 24, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center) 
            Singles competition
            1. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.08) vs. #96 Maxime Hinnisdaels (AUB 13.67) 2-6, 6-0, 1-3, unf
            2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.14) vs. #100 Marko Krickovic (AUB 13.49) 3-6, 5-6, unf
            3. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.86) def. Dante Saleh (AUB 13.17) 6-3, 6-4
            4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.12) def. Conner Huertas (AUB 12.91) 6-3, 6-2
            5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.60) def. Brandon Laubser (AUB 12.33) 6-3, 6-1
            6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.43) def. Olle Thestrup (AUB 12.64) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
            Doubles competition
            1. Marko Krickovic/Edward Nguyen (AUB) def. #25 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 7-6 (8-6)
            2. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Brandon Laubser/Conner Huertas (AUB) 6-3
            3. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Olle Thestrup (AUB) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-3
            Match Notes
            Auburn 2-1, 0-0 SEC; National ranking #59
            Wake Forest 3-0, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
            Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,3,4,6)
            T-2:10 A-134


            Tennessee was playing without its #1 Igor Smelyanski (13.18) but managed to slide past Cal Poly 4-2.

            Tennessee 4, Cal Poly 2
            Jan 24, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center) 
            Singles competition
            1. Luis Valero (UT 13.39) def. Ben Donovan (CP 13.41) 6-4, 6-4
            2. Timo Stodder (UT 14.22) def. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.78) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1
            3. Corey Pang (CP 12.93) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.04) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
            4. Josh Ortlip (CP 13.40) def. Preston Touliatos (UT 12.62) 6-2, 6-1
            5. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.40) def. Axel Damiens (CP 12.54) 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3
            6. Jack Heslin (UT 13.18) vs. Aiku Shintani (CP 12.03) 7-5, 3-6, 5-5 unf.
            Doubles competition
            1. #23 Schipanski/Valero, UT, def. Pang/Donovan, CP, 6-4
            2. Auproux/Tan, CP, def. Heslin/Touliatos, UT, 6-4
            3. Stodder/Sullivan, UT, def. Shintani/Enander, CP, 6-4
            Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,2,3,5).



            Published in Blogs
            What's that old saying about saving the best for last - Columbia and Stanford sure didn't disappoint in the excitement department by bringing the house down at the USTA National Tennis Center in one of the final regionals of the 2016 ITA Kick-Off Weekend. These matches were originally scheduled to be played at Columbia's Dick Savitt Tennis Center but because of worries about the weight of the snow on the roof it was moved to the USTA NTC.

            Going into the match I figured Columbia had to get the doubles point to have a realistic shot because I didn't see them taking 4 singles matches from Stanford but that's just what they did.

            Stanford came out ready to go in doubles and went up early breaks at #2 and #3. Just one day removed from a 6-0 loss to Minnesota, Stanford's #3 team of David Wilczynski and Yale Goldberg jumped out to an early 4-1 lead and cruised to a 6-2 win.  Stanford's #2 team of Tom Fawcett and Sameer Kumar broke early to go up 2-1 but Columbia's Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski had a chance to get the match back on serve when Kumar served at 4-3, 15-40. Kumar and Fawcett took the next 3 points to get the hold with Columbia's best chance coming at 30-40 when Rolski let a floater at the net drop instead of taking it out of the air and his chip return was ultimately blasted past him for a winner. Fawcett served it out from 5-4 to clinch the doubles point for the Cardinal.

            Stanford didn't let off the gas in singles as Tom Fawcett, David Wilczynski, Maciek Romanowicz, and Sameer Kumar took the opening sets at 1, 2, 3, and 6 while Mike Vermeer and Richard Pham went up a set at 4 and 5 for Columbia.

            Mike Vermeer was the first off the court as he rolled past Nolan Paige 6-4, 6-0 at #4. Vermeer broke Paige's 3-3 service game in the opening set and then consolidated the break for a 5-3 lead. Paige held serve to cut the deficit to 4-5* but Vermeer proceed to serve out the set and take the next 6 games after that to close out Paige in straight sets.

            Tom Fawcett put Stanford back ahead 2-1 when he blew past Shawn Hadavi 6-2, 6-2 at #1 singles. Fawcett sprinted out to a quick 4-1 lead in the first set and broke Hadavi for a second time to close out the opening set. The second set followed the same script with Fawcett getting an early and late break to finish off the 6-2, 6-2 win.

            Stanford freshman Sameer Kumar made it 3-1 Cardinal when he closed out Columbia freshman Tim Wang 6-4, 6-4. Kumar went up an early break in the opening set but Wang broke back to even it at 3-3. Kumar would return the favor and break for *4-3 and then hold to make it 5-3*. Wang held for 4-5* but Kumar quickly held to take the set. In the second set Kumar went up an early break and made the lead hold up to get the 6-4, 6-4 win.

            Stanford had to be feeling good with a 3-1 lead and up a set on 2 of the 3 remaining courts but Columbia's guys would continue to fight and slowly chip away at the deficit.

            Richard Pham put Columbia's second point on the board when he closed out Stanford freshman Michael Genender 6-3, 6-4 at #4 singles. Pham broke Genender's 3-4 service game in the opening set then served it out to take it 6-3. Pham went up an early break in the second set and made it hold up by serving it out from 5-4 to win it 6-3, 6-4

            Columbia's Eric Rubin started his comeback at #3 when he broke Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz to go up 5-4 in the second set and then he held on the deciding point (40-40) to take it 6-4. Rubin immediately broke Romanowicz to start the third set then consolidated the break by holding from the deciding point to go up 2-0. Romanowicz's last real chance came when Rubin was serving up 3-2, 40-40 but Rubin got the hold and then proceeded to break and hold to win it 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

            So it was all square at 3-3 with the last match on court at #2 between Stanford sophomore David Wilczynski and Columbia freshman Victor Pham. Wilczynski got the only break of the first set when he broke Pham on the deciding point to go up 5-3 and then promptly held serve to take the opening set 6-3. Wilczynski broke Pham to start the second set but Pham immediately broke back and then held to go up 2-1. Pham would break again and then hold for 4-1* but Wilczynski came back with a hold and break of his own to put it back on serve at *3-4. After 3 straight holds, Pham found himself facing a break point when serving at 5-5, 40-40. Pham managed to get the hold to go up 6-5* but Wilczynski held to force a tiebreak. Wilczynski would go up a mini-break and lead *5-4 but he lost both points on his serve and then Pham took the next one to take the second set tiebreak 7-5.

            The third set opened with 3 consecutive breaks with Pham getting 2 of those to go up *2-1. Pham held for 3-1 then broke again to go up 4-1* so with a double break lead things were looking pretty good for Columbia. With the way this match was going you just knew it wouldn't end that easily and sure enough it didn't because Pham starting cramping pretty badly and in a matter of 10 minutes he went from serving up *4-1 to receiving at 4-4. Wilczynski went up 40-15 but after a few loose errors he ended up getting broke though he thought he hit an ace on the deciding point but it was called out and confirmed by the chair. Pham was now serving for the match up 5-4 and went up 40-30 despite hitting a few underhand serves due to the cramps (the ones served normally were only going about 30 mph). Wilczynski finally got a few balls back in play and forced Pham to move more and got him to make 2 quick errors which put it back on serve at 5-5. Pham quickly broke back only to see Wilczynski quickly return the favor and it was off to a tiebreak to decide the match.

            Pham went up an early mini-break and would stretch his lead to 5-2*. Wilczynski cut it to *3-5 but would double fault to give Pham three match points at *6-3. Pham didn't waste any time and converted on his first attempt to take it 3-6, 7-5(5), 7-6(3). Columbia has now qualified for National Team Indoors for the second consecutive season.

            For those that were following me on twitter during the match I apologize for making a few scoring errors. There was only 1 court that had streaming video and it was 2 courts down from the court Pham/Wilczynski played on so I could only see a portion of the court. I also missed a couple of games so I thought it was 2-1 in the third when it was actually 4-1.

            Thanks, to Rob E. for the scoring updates during the match.


            #16 Columbia 4, #18 Stanford 3
            Jan 25, 2016 at New York, New York (USTA National Tennis Center) 
            Doubles competition
            1. #50 Hadavi/Pham (CU) vs. Romanowicz/Paige (ST) 5-4, unf.
            2. Fawcett/Kumar(ST) def. #26 Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU) 6-4 
            3. Wilczynski/Yale Goldberg (ST) def. Rubin/Miguel Alda (CU) 6-2 
            Singles competition
            1. #9 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.54) def. Shawn Hadavi (CU) 6-2, 6-2
            2. Victor Pham (CU 13.84) def. #57 David Wilczynski (ST 13.76) 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3)
            3. Eric Rubin (CU 13.54) def. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.27) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
            4. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.67) def. Nolan Page (ST 13.10) 6-4, 6-0
            5. Richard Pham (CU 12.99) def. #61 Michael Genender (ST 13.70) 6-3, 6-4
            6. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.92) def. Timothy Wang (CU 13.35) 6-4, 6-4
            Match Notes
            Tennessee 2-1; National ranking #18
            Columbia 2-0, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #16
            Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 2); Singles (4, 1, 6, 5, 3, 2)

            Comments from Columbia Head Coach Bid Goswami
            "If this match was on tv, it would have been an instant classic," said the Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Tennis Bid Goswami. "It was a really unbelievable team effort. I thought after losing a doubles point it would be a tough one because they are so loaded and have no holes in their team. I was honored and privileged to be a part of it, and felt like I was on top of Mount Everest hoisting the Columbia flag."

            "It was great of Whitney Kraft and the people at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center to open up the courts to us," said Goswami. "It was also an incredible job by all the staff at Columbia to make sure the event got under way."

            Comments from Victor Pham
            "Leading 5-4, I was up 40-30 serving and had two match points then I ended up losing that game," Pham said. "At five-all, the crowd helped me out so much with all the chants and gave me the energy and so much more belief. It was definitely a match to remember."


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            In the final match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Tennessee put itself in prime position to take the doubles point over Wake Forest after winning at #2 and having leads at #1 and #3. Tennessee's #1 team led 5-2 but ended up losing 7-6(0) while its #3 team led 5-3 and served for the match twice up 5-4 and 6-5 but ended up losing 7-6(4).

            Any chance Tennessee had went out the window with the doubles point and Wake just blew them off the court in singles. Wake took all six opening sets and then picking up straight set wins from Petros Chrysochos, Dennis Uspensky, and Christian Seraphim with Chrysochos clinching.

            Note: The doubles portion took 1 hour and 17 minutes; the singles portion 58 minutes.


            #11 Wake Forest 4, #43 Tennessee 0
            Jan 25, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
            Singles competition
            1. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.08) def. Luis Valero (UT 13.39) 6-2, 6-0
            2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.14) vs. Timo Stodder (UT 14.11) 6-3, 4-1, unf
            3. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.86) vs. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.04) 6-3, 2-0, unf
            4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.12) vs. Preston Touliatos (UT 12.62) 6-4, 2-1, unf
            5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.60) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.40) 6-1, 6-0
            6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.43) def. Jack Heslin (UT 13.18) 6-1, 6-1
            Doubles competition
            1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #23 Valero/Schipanski (UT) 7-6 (0)
            2. Jack Heslin/Preston Touliatos (UT) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-4
            3. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Timo Stodder/Marshall Sullivan (UT) 7-6 (4)
            Match Notes
            Tennessee 5-1, 0-0 SEC; National ranking #43
            Wake Forest 4-0, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
            Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,1)
            ITA Kick-Off Weekend Final
            T-2:15 A-169

            "We did a good job of getting ahead in doubles, but we have to learn to finish," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "This team is still learning that it's what college tennis is all about. You play with a spirit that is brave, not a spirit that is timid. The best teams are the teams with the best spirit. We'll learn, but we have to learn quickly."

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            National Team Indoors Field (1/20 rankings)
            #1 Virginia (host)
            #2 Oklahoma
            #3 TCU
            #4 Baylor
            #5 Texas A&M
            #6 Georgia
            #7 Illinois
            #8 USC
            #9 Ohio State
            #10 North Carolina
            #11 Wake Forest
            #12 UCLA
            #13 South Florida
            #15 Texas Tech
            #16 Columbia
            #19 San Diego

            If the 1/20 rankings were used these would be the Round of 16 matches:
            [1] Virginia vs. [16] San Diego
            [8] USC vs. [9] Ohio State
            [5] Texas A&M vs. [12] UCLA
            [4] Baylor vs. [13] South Florida
            [3] TCU vs. [14] Texas Tech
            [6] Georgia vs. [11] Wake Forest
            [7] Illinois vs. [10] North Carolina
            [2] Oklahoma vs. [15] Columbia

            I wouldn't expect to see any changes in the positioning of the qualifiers THIS WEEK however many of these teams have some big time matches in the next 2 weeks and based off those results there will be some changes. Below are the notable upcoming matches that these 16 teams have in the next 2 weeks (didn't include UCLA at Virginia on 2/9 because it'll be after the ranking cutoff)

            #1 Virginia - #55 Kentucky (1/30)
            #2 Oklahoma - #11 Wake Forest (1/31), at #63 Alabama (2/5), at #10 North Carolina (2/7)
            #3 TCU - #18 Stanford (2/6 in Austin), #27 Cal (2/7 in Austin)
            #4 Baylor - #5 Texas A&M (2/3), #17 Ole Miss (2/6)
            #5 Texas A&M - at #4 Baylor (2/3), #31 Florida State (2/5), #13 South Florida (2/7)
            #6 Georgia - at #12 UCLA (1/30), vs. #8 USC (1/31 at UCLA), #42 Georgia Tech (2/6)
            #7 Illinois - at #23 Duke (1/29), at #10 North Carolina (1/30), #36 Notre Dame (2/5)
            #8 USC - #21 Florida (1/30 at UCLA), #6 Georgia (1/31 at UCLA)
            #9 Ohio State - #20 Texas (1/31), #14 Virginia Tech (2/7)
            #10 North Carolina - #7 Illinois (1/30), #2 Oklahoma (2/7)
            #11 Wake Forest - at #28 Oklahoma State (1/29), at #2 Oklahoma (1/31), #51 South Carolina (2/5)
            #12 UCLA - #6 Georgia (1/30), #21 Florida (1/31), #19 San Diego (2/5)
            #13 South Florida - at #22 Minnesota (2/5), at #5 Texas A&M (2/7)
            #15 Texas Tech - none (no offense Clemson)
            #16 Columbia - North Florida (1/30)
            #19 San Diego - at #12 UCLA (2/5)


            Prediction Record from the K-O Weekend:
            Friday: 3-1 (had Tulsa winning 4-3/Northwestern won 4-1)
            Saturday: 22-1 (had South Carolina winning 4-1; Denver won 4-3)
            Sunday: 14-1 (had Duke winning 4-3/San Diego won 4-2)
            Monday: 1-1 (had Stanford winning 4-1/Columbia won 4-3)
            Totals: 40-4 (.91)


            MONDAY RESULTS

            2nd Round (Regional Finals)
            [1] Columbia def. [3] Stanford 4-3 (3rd set TB)
            [1] Wake Forest  def. [2] Tennessee 4-0

            2nd Round (Consolation)
            [4] Auburn def. [3] Cal Poly 4-3
            Minnesota & Virginia Tech didn't play a consolation match


            SUNDAY RESULTS

            2nd Round (Regional Finals)
            [1] TCU def. [2] Oklahoma State 4-3 (6-3 in 3rd)
            [1] Texas A&M def. [3] Boise State 4-0
            [1] Oklahoma def. [3] Troy 4-0
            [1] UCLA def. [3] Georgia Tech 4-0
            [1] Ohio State def. [3] Denver 4-0
            [1] North Carolina def. [3] NC State 4-2
            [2] San Diego def. [1] Duke 4-2
            [1] Baylor def. [2] Oregon 4-2 (Final 2 courts were 3rd set TBs)
            [1] South Florida def. [3] LSU 4-0
            [3] Texas Tech def. [4] Florida 4-3 (7-5 in 3rd)
            [1] Georgia def. [3] Memphis 4-1

            2nd Round (Consolation)
            [2] Drake def. [4] Indiana 4-2
            [4] Wichita State def. [2] South Carolina 4-2
            [3] Harvard def. [4] San Diego State 4-3
            [4] SMU def. [2] New Mexico 4-0
            [4] UC Santa Barbara def. [2] Louisville 4-3
            [2] Ole Miss def. [1] Texas 4-3
            [4] UC Irvine def. [3] Old Dominion 4-0
            [4] Florida State def. [2] Mississippi State 4-1
            [4] Utah State def. [2] UTSA 4-0
            [4] Fresno State def. [2] San Francisco 4-3

            1st Round:
            [1] Columbia def. [4] Minnesota 4-0
            [3] Stanford def [2] Virginia Tech 4-0
            [1] Wake Forest def. [4] Auburn 4-1
            [2] Tennessee def. [3] Cal Poly 4-2



            SATURDAY RESULTS

            1st Round:
            [1] TCU def. [4] San Diego State 4-0
            [1] Texas A&M def. [4] Fresno State 4-0
            [1] Oklahoma def. [4] Utah State 4-0
            [1] UCLA def [4] SMU 4-0
            [1] Georgia def. [4] UC Santa Barbara 4-0
            [1] Ohio State def. [4] Wichita State 4-0
            [1] North Carolina def. [4] Indiana 4-1
            [1] Baylor def. [4] UC Irvine 4-1
            [1] South Florida def. [4] Florida State 4-3 (6-1 in 3rd)
            [4] Florida def. [1] Texas 4-0

            [3] Memphis def. [2] Louisville 4-0
            [3] Denver def. [2] South Carolina 4-3 (3rd Set TB)
            [3] Texas Tech def. [2] Ole Miss 4-0
            [3] Boise State def. [2] San Francisco 4-3 (6-2 in 3rd)
            [3] Georgia Tech def. [2] New Mexico 4-0
            [3] Troy def. [2] UTSA 4-0
            [3] LSU def. [2] Mississippi State 4-1
            [3] NC State def. [2] Drake 4-2
            [2] San Diego def. [3] Vanderbilt 4-0
            [2] Oklahoma State def. [3] Harvard 4-0
            [2] Oregon def. [3] Old Dominion 4-1

            2nd Round (Winners Match)
            [1] USC def. [3] Tulane 4-3 (6-4 in 3rd)
            [1] Illinois def. [2] Northwestern 4-0

            2nd Round (Consolation Match)
            [4] UC Davis def. [2] Pepperdine 4-3
            [3] Tulsa def. [4] Notre Dame 4-3


            FRIDAY RESULTS

            1st Round:
            [1] USC def. [4] UC Davis 4-0
            [1] Illinois def. [4] Notre Dame 4-0
            [3] Tulane def. [2] Pepperdine 4-0
            [2] Northwestern def. [3] Tulsa 4-1





            Published in Blogs
            Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:01

            Men's National Team Indoors - Round of 16 Previews

            The draws are out and the lineups are set for the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships with play getting started on Friday at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Play gets started each day at 9am eastern and finishes each night around 9 to 10pm.

            I'm going to preview each round of 16 match using the master lineups that each team submitted and I'll make my predictions as well. With this being an indoor event I'll also take into account which teams are comfortable playing indoors while others only play indoors a handful of times each season.

            There will be live scoring on all 12 courts but only point-by-point scoring on courts 7-12. The same goes for streaming video in that it will only be available on courts 7-12 too.







            [1] Virginia (5-0) vs. [16] San Diego (4-1) - 6:30pm est - Virginia is coming off an impressive 6-1 win over UCLA while San Diego is coming off a 7-0 loss to UCLA. This is San Diego's first trip to the National Team Indoors and it's too bad they got matched up with the host and #1 seed in the opening round. 

            Overall Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 4-1
            Indoors Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 2-0
            Doubles Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 3-1

            Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
            1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
            2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
            3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
            4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
            5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Josh Page (USD 13.00)
            6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)
            O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Alex Azaouzos (USD 12.32)

            Projected Doubles Lineup:
            1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
            2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
            3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)

            Virginia warmed up for the NTIs by taking it to UCLA and I think they'll probably make fairly quick work of San Diego. I like Virginia in doubles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, and Henrik Wiersholm in singles. Prediction: Virginia 4-0



            [8] Oklahoma (3-2) vs. [9] Wake Forest (8-1) - 6:30pm est - Oklahoma split matches last weekend winning at Alabama 5-2 before falling to North Carolina 4-3. Wake Forest is coming off a pair of 7-0 wins after beating South Carolina at home and Tennessee on the road. Oklahoma welcomed back Andrew Harris (knee tendinitis) to its doubles lineup but it's yet to be seen if he'll be ready to play singles. John Roddick has Harris listed at #4 on the depth chart but I'd be a little surprised to see him play. Wake Forest rolled over Oklahoma just two weeks ago in Norman so it'll be interesting to see if the outcome is any different this time. Four of the six singles matches are shaping up to be rematches though if Harris plays only two would be rematches.

            Overall Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
            Indoors Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
            Doubles Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 7-2

            Result from 2 Weeks Ago

            #11 Wake Forest 5, #2 Oklahoma 2
            Jan 31, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
            Singles competition
            1. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26) def. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
            2. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14) 6-2, 6-2
            3. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) 7-5, 6-1
            4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 6-4, 4-5, retired
            5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.53) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61) 7-5, 6-3
            6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) 6-4, 6-3
            Doubles competition
            1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5
            2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Austin Siegel/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
            3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Maxime Mora/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-4*, unf.
            Match Notes
            Wake Forest 5-1, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
            Oklahoma 2-1, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
            Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)

            Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
            1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 
            2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) 
            3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 
            4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) 
            5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 
            6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 
            O: Andrew Harris (OU 14.79)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

            Projected Doubles Lineup:
            1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
            2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
            3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

            The return of Andrew Harris helped Oklahoma get the doubles point against North Carolina and I think OU takes it over Wake too. I think Axel Alvarez will atone for his loss to Skander Mansouri and I look for Maxime Mora to repeat his win over Dennis Uspensky however I like Wake Forest everywhere else. The one court that could swing the match the other way is #3 - if Alex Ghilea can beat Jon Ho then OU might able to pull it out. If Andrew Harris is able to play at #4 I think he probably still loses to Bogaerts while Bragusi would beat Uspensky and Seraphim would beat Mora. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3




            [4] USC (5-0) vs. [13] South Florida (3-1) - 3:30pm est - USC is coming off a pair of 6-1 wins over Loyola Marymount and Grand Canyon though 7 of the 12 singles matches went three sets while South Florida blanked Minnesota 7-0 before losing to #2 Texas A&M 4-3. This will be USC's first indoor match of the season while South Florida played indoors at Minnesota.

            Overall Record: USC 5-0, South Florida 3-1
            Indoors Record: USC 0-0, South Florida 1-0
            Doubles Record: USC 4-1, South Florida 2-2

            Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
            1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
            2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
            3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
            4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
            5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
            6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.46)
            O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)

            Projected Doubles Lineup:
            1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
            2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
            3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)

            Last year USF made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Round of 16 and came up just short against Baylor. This year USF is making its first-ever National Indoor Round of 16 appearance and I think they are going to get over the hump and get a win. I like the Bulls in doubles and look for Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz to win at #1, #2, and #6. I also like Sasha Gozun at #3 for USF while I like Logan Smith and Laurens Verboven at #4 and #5 for USC. If USC were to win its best path would be the doubles point and #3, #4, and #5 singles. Prediction: South Florida 4-2



            [5] TCU (3-1) vs. [12] Illinois (5-1) - 3:30pm est - TCU is coming off a tough weekend that saw the Horned Frogs beat Stanford 4-2 before getting beat by Cal 4-2 while Illinois is coming a routine 5-2 win over Notre Dame. According to the lineup Brad Dancer submitted, he is making some wholesale changes at the bottom of the lineup by inserting Brian Page at #5 and Toshiki Matsuya at #6 despite the fact that neither has played in a dual-match this season. He has Alex Jesse at #8 and Asher Hirsch at #9 despite both of those guys playing just about every match at #5 and #6. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see both Jesse and Hirsch back in the lineup but for the sake of my prediction I'll go along with what was submitted.

            These teams actually met less than a month ago in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout in Fort Myers with each winning 6 matches. The only guaranteed rematch will come at #3 between Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik though Stalder and Hirsch could meet again #6 too. Alex Rybakov and Jared Hiltzik met back in August in the first round of the Champaign Futures with Rybakov winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

            #3 TCU 6, #6 Illinois 6
            Jan 17, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center)
            Singles competition
            1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) def. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68): 6-4, 6-2
            2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.64): 6-2, 6-4
            3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.30) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64): 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
            4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.19) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61): 7-6, 7-5
            5. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.80) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79): 6-4, 6-3
            6. Trey Daniel (TCU 12.32) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.55): 6-3, 6-3
            7. Hudson Blake (TCU 12.41) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64): 6-4, 6-4
            8. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.19) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU 11.38): 6-4, 6-4
            Doubles competition
            1. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL): 6-3
            2. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 6-2
            3. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Hudson Blake/Trey Daniel (TCU): 6-1
            4. Eduardo Nava/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Pengxuan Jiang/Pablo Landa (ILL): 6-2

            Overall Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1
            Indoors Record: TCU 2-1, Illinois 5-1
            Doubles Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1

            Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
            1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 
            2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) vs. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 
            3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 
            4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 
            5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. Brian Page (ILL 12.43)
            6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.14)
            O: Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)/Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75)

            Projected Doubles Lineup:
            1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL)
            2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL)
            3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU) vs. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL)

            I think the doubles point will be huge in this one because neither team wants to start off in a 1-0 hole knowing it needs to win 4 singles matches. Both teams are evenly stacked up top, TCU is going to be stronger at #4 and #5, and #6 will be a tough one to call with Trevor Johnson's status probably unknown until match time. I'm going to take Aleks Vukic at #1 and Jared Hiltzik #2 for the Illini and Eduardo Nava and Jerry Lopez at #4 and #5 for TCU. Both Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik have dropped 2 of their last 3 so that's a tough call but I'm leaning towards Nunez. If Trevor Johnson plays at #6 I think he'll win but if he doesn't I'd go with Illinois at that spot. So we're potentially looking at a match with the doubles point deciding the winner. Prediction: TCU 4-3




            [6] Ohio State (8-0) vs. [11] Baylor (5-2) - 9am est - Ohio State has yet to drop a match or a point and is coming off a 4-0 win over Virginia Tech while Baylor dropped a pair last week to Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Both teams have strange doubles lineups showing in the lineup master and I think a part of that is some gamesmanship. Baylor is showing a guy at #3 doubles that isn't even listed on the school's website while Ohio State is showing Ralf Steinbach paired up with Riley Reist even though Steinbach and Martin Joyce are ranked #14.

            Overall Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 5-2
            Indoors Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-2
            Doubles Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-3

            Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
            1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) vs. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68)
            2. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) vs. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90)
            3. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) vs. Felip Rios (BU 14.30)
            4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) vs. Will Little (BU 13.67)
            5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51)
            6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77)
            O: Matt Mendez (OSU 13.44)/Vince Schneider (BU 13.86)

            Projected Doubles Lineup:
            1. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU)
            2. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU)
            3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU)

            Baylor's only chance to keep this one close is if Vince Schneider is available to play. If Schneider doesn't play I think we're looking at another Buckeye shutout with Ohio State taking doubles and Hugo Di Feo, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach winning in singles. I like Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at #1 and #2 but I think the other matches will finish too quickly for Baylor to get on the board. If Schneider were to play I'd still like Ohio State in doubles and at #3, #4, and #5. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0




            [3] North Carolina (6-0) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-0) - 9am est - North Carolina is coming off a big 4-3 win over Oklahoma while Texas Tech hasn't faced a serious test since beating Florida three weeks ago on the final day of the Kick-Off Weekend. North Carolina has played all six of its matches indoors while Texas Tech will only be playing indoors for the third time this season.

            Overall Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 10-0
            Indoors Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 2-0
            Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-1, Texas Tech 5-2

            Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
            1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 
            2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
            3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
            4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
            5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
            6. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)
            O: Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21)/Augusto Stodart (TT 12.73)

            Projected Doubles Lineup:
            1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
            2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
            3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)

            This will the Red Raiders first-ever trip to the National Team Indoors and while I think they could probably beat about half the field I'm not so sure they can get past North Carolina. I like Bjorn Thomson at #6 and think Jolan Cailleau has a good chance at #4 but I like the Tar Heels in doubles and then look for Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Robert Kelly to push Carolina through to the quarterfinals. I also like Brayden Schnur at #1 but his match probably won't make it to the finish line. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1



            [7] UCLA (5-1) vs. [10] Georgia (3-1) - 12pm est - These teams met just two weeks ago in Los Angeles with UCLA rolling to a 6-1 win but that match was outdoors in UCLA's backyard while this one will be indoors on the East Coast. UCLA is coming off a rough 6-1 loss to Virginia on Tuesday night while Georgia won handily 6-1 over a less than full strength Georgia Tech. UCLA will be at full strength while it's yet to be seen if Georgia will have the services of Walker Duncan who missed the last two matches with a foot injury. Duncan is slotted at the #3 spot in the master lineups but he was in a boot just two weeks ago so we'll see if he can go. After missing all of January with a wrist injury, Nick Wood played his first dual-match against Georgia Tech's #8 and won going away so I'd be surprised if he didn't play at #6 if he's feeling good. The only rematch from the previous encounter will be at #4 between Karue Sell and Jan Zielinski though if Duncan can't play Zielinski would move up to #3.

            Here was an interesting quote from Billy Martin via the Daily Bruin about the match with Virginia and the court conditions - "I think we were very shocked at the whole pace of the match, Martin said. "It's an aggressive tennis. We were trying to set up points and rallies that you can do outside on the slower courts and slower conditions but indoors it just wasn't going to work.

            #12 UCLA 6, #6 Georgia 1
            Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
            Singles competition
            1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Austin Smith (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
            2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
            3. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
            4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
            5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
            6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
            Doubles competition
            1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-1
            2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
            3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. #45 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 7-6(2)
            Match Notes
            Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3,2,5)


            Overall Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 3-1
            Indoors Record: UCLA 0-1, Georgia 3-0
            Doubles Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 2-2

            Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
            1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) vs. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 
            2. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) 
            3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. Walker Duncan (UGA 13.50)
            4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) vs. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81)
            5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) vs. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77)
            6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52) vs. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31)
            O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)/Nick Wood (UGA 13.64)

            Projected Doubles Lineup:
            1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 
            2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 
            3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA)

            Despite UCLA winning the previous match fairly comfortably, I think Georgia is probably the slight favorite in this one mainly due it being indoors (see Billy's comments above). I like Georgia in doubles at #2 and #3 and I think #1 will be a lot closer than it was last time.

            I'm looking for these teams to split the top two courts with Mackenzie McDonald the likely winner at #1 while I see Austin Smith getting it done at #2. I like Martin Redlicki at #3 over either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski while I like Zielinski or Paul Oosterbaan over Karue Sell at #4. I'd take Oosterbaan over Staggs at #5 but think Staggs would get past Reinberg. I'd like DiGiulio at #6 over Reinberg but if Wood plays at #6 I'd take him. So as you can see a lot depends on the matchups - I think UCLA takes two of the top three regardless of pairings but I could see Georgia sweeping the bottom three if it's Zielinski, Oosterbaan, and Wood. Prediction: Georgia 4-2



            [2] Texas A&M (9-0) vs. [15] Columbia (4-0) - 12pm est - Texas A&M is coming off a really nice week that saw the Aggies beat Baylor (indoors), Florida State, and South Florida while Columbia has only played Navy and North Florida since stunning Stanford during the Kick-Off Weekend. There's no doubt that Columbia will be the more comfortable team playing indoors since Texas A&M only ventures indoors about two or three times a season. Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were dropped down to #2 doubles after starting the year 0-3 at #1 while Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow will move up to #1. Rinderknech and Withrow have started four matches at #1 but those were against lighter competition so this will be a major step up.

            Overall Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 4-0
            Indoors Record: Texas A&M 1-0, Columbia 4-0
            Doubles Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 3-1

            Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
            1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
            2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
            3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
            4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
            5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
            6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Michal Rolski (CU 12.84)
            O. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

            Projected Doubles Lineup:
            1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
            2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
            3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)

            Texas A&M hasn't dropped the doubles point this season but I have a feeling Columbia is going to take it with wins at #1 and #2. I like Texas A&M at #1 and #6 with Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow expected to take care of business. The matchups at #2, #3, #4, and #5 could each go either way but I like Shane Vinsant and AJ Catanzariti at #2 and #5 while I'll go with Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at #3 and #4. Tight, tight match but the Aggies will barely avoid the upset loss. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3


            Quarterfinals:
            Virginia over Wake Forest
            TCU over South Florida
            Ohio State over North Carolina
            Georgia over Texas A&M

            Semfinals
            Virginia over TCU
            Ohio State over Georgia

            Finals:
            Virginia over Ohio State


            What's everyone else think - higher seeds cruise or some outdoor teams get picked off inside?

            I would have some polls on the site but Google has some issues right now and the poll widget isn't working.







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