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What a match tonight in Columbus with #1 Oklahoma coming in and knocking off #8 Ohio State 4-3 and thus snapping the Buckeyes unbelievable home court winning streak at 200.

Early on it looked like the streak would live on as Ohio State came out strong and took the doubles point by winning 6-4 at #1 and 6-2 at #3.  Ty Tucker decided to change up the singles lineup a bit by moving freshman Mikael Torpegaard up from 2 to 1 while moving Chris Diaz from 1 to 2 and Tucker also switched up Ralf Steinbach and Hunter Callahan by moving Steinbach up to 4 and dropping Callahan down to 5.  
Steinbach woud be the first off the court with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over Spencer Papa at #4 but shortly thereafter Alex Ghilea would get Oklahoma on the board with an equally impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Hunter Callahan.  Axel Alvarez would then even the match up at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at #2 but it looked like Ohio State was on the verge of retaking the lead with Herkko Pollanen up a set and a break on Dane Webb at #3.  Webb would break back and then pull out the 2nd set in a tiebreak and would then cruise through the 3rd set to pull out a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 win which would put Oklahoma just a point away from the finish line.  

Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard would then tie the match back up when he pulled off the biggest win of his young collegiate career by coming back from a set down to defeat #12 Andrew Harris 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 at #1 singles.

The only remaining match left on court was at #6 singles with Ohio State's Mr. Clutch Kevin Metka taking on an untested Florin Bragusi and if you were an Ohio State fan you had to feel pretty good about this matchup.  The breaks in this match were few and far between but a big one came in the 1st set when Metka jumped out to a 5-3 lead but he was unable to serve the set out and eventually dropped the opening set in tiebreak. The 2nd set stayed on serve throughout and went to another tiebreak with Metka taking this one by a 7-2 score.  Early in the 3rd set Metka started showing signs of stress as he was forced to take a medical timeout with cramps starting to set in.  After getting stretched out for a few minutes Metka persevered and would get himself in position to win the match by going up 5-4 and up 15-40 on the Bragusi serve.   The sophomore from Romania wouldn't wilt and would came back to hold for 5-5 and then in the tiebreak Bragusi would go up 6-5.  With Metka serving Bragusi would pounce on the 2nd serve and Metka couldn't get back in play and that was it.   

Below are a couple of quotes from OU's John Roddick via the Oklahoma recap

"That was one of the best tennis matches I've ever been a part of, head coach John Roddick said. "To win four singles in here after dropping the doubles point shows that we have an incredibly tough group.

Florin stepped up in a fantastic environment and showed what he's made of, Roddick said. "I couldn't be more proud of that mental effort. I would also like to say how impressed with Metka I was. He played really well and competed great.

Ohio State recap

#1 Oklahoma 4, #8 Ohio State 3

1. #4 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. #6 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) 6-4
2. #52 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-3
3. #40 Chris Diaz/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Austin Siegel/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-2

1. #36 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.96) def. #12 Andrew Harris (OU 14.72) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.55) def. vs. #43 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.80) 6-2, 7-5
3. #18 Dane Webb (OU 14.19) def. #78 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.58) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1
4.  #73 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.91) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.89) 6-2, 6-2
5. #56 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.11) def. vs. #106 Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) 6-3, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.54) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.81) 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 7-6(5)

Match Notes:
Oklahoma 12-1; National ranking #1
Ohio State 12-3; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,2,1,3,6)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:56 A-757

Will Oklahoma Snap Ohio State's Home Winning Streak on March 6th?

  67 (79%)
  17 (20%)

Votes so far: 84 


Athens, Ga:  In the other top 10 matchup of the day it was #4 Georgia knocking off #10 Texas 4-1.  Georgia would hand Texas A&M it's first loss of the year in doubles by taking the point with wins at 1 and 2.  In singles Georgia's Nathan Pasha was first off the court with a 7-5, 6-1 win at #3 over a struggling Harrison Adams. Adams led 5-3 in the 1st set but Pasha would win 10 of the next 11 to close out.  Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech would pick up the Aggies only point by knocking off Ben Wagland 6-3, 6-2 at #4 singles.  Georgia would then get a pair of straight set wins at 5 and 6 from Nick Wood and Paul Oosterbaan with Wood providing the clincher.  The 2 remaining matches were halted due to the clinch with the match at #1 singles on serve deep in the 3rd while Texas A&M's Jeremy Efferding had a break lead at #2.

Notes: Austin Smith led 4-2 in the 3rd but Vinsant got it back on serve.  Montgomery and Wagland went up early breaks in the 1st set but were quickly broken back.  Harrison Adams led 5-3 in the 1st and faded.  

Georgia recap
Texas A&M recap

Here's a comment via the Georgia recap: 

"I'm really proud of our guys," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "I thought we fought a really good fight. Texas A&M is one of the highest-ranked teams in the conference, so it was a great win for our squad. I honestly don't think we played our best, but I keep telling the guys that I haven't seen a bad win yet. These guys knew how to recognize the opportunities that were in front of them and they fought hard and played well enough to beat a very good team today."

#4 Georgia 4, #10 Texas A&M 1
March 6, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #25 Austin Smith (UGA 14.11) vs. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.27) 6-3, 1-6, 5-4, unfinished
2. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 13.97) vs. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.66) 6-2, 4-6, 3-0, unfinished
3. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.20) def. #39 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.85) 7-5, 6-1
4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.06) def. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.23) 6-3, 6-2
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.69) def. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.98) 7-5, 7-5
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.59) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU 12.83) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #8 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2
2. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. #22 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4

Match Notes
Texas A&M 6-2 (2-1); National ranking #10
Georgia 10-2 (3-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,5)
Tuesday should be a terrific day of tennis with 6 of the top 12 in action with Norman (OK), Oxford (MS), and Gainesville (FL) the place to be at 3 and 6pm.  Usually matches like these are reserved for the weekend but we get 3 blockbusters early in the week.

#12 Virginia (9-2) at #1 Oklahoma (13-1) - 6pm est (Calm - Temps in 60s) - This is the premier match of the day with both of these teams expected to be national title contenders come May.  Despite the #12 ranking many consider Virginia to be a top 5, if not top 2 or 3, team because they are loaded with talent but have had a few spots in the lineup that haven't produced quite as well as originally expected.  Oklahoma of course if coming off the huge road win in Columbus that ended Ohio State's 200-match home court winning streak so the Sooners are going to be playing with a ton of confidence. Virginia is 9-2 in doubles while Oklahoma is 8-6 so you'd have to consider Virginia the favorite to take the doubles point but Oklahoma has won the point a few times when many weren't expecting it (USC 2X).

When looking through the singles lineup I think the top 3 matches could go either way, I think Altamirano is a favorite at 4 over Papa, Ghilea is a favorite over Aragone, and Ritschard should be favored at 6 over Bragusi but Ritschard hasn't played as well lately dropping 2 of his last 3 so this one's a toss-up too.  So who will win - I think John Roddick's team has been playing great in the big moments and even though they had the slip up on the road in College Station I just have a feeling that they'll find a way to pull this one out with a raucous home crowd helping them along.  OU takes the doubles point and gets singles wins from Harris, Ghilea, and Bragusi to fight off a game Virginia team.  Prediction:  Oklahoma 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.88) vs. #12 Andrew Harris (OU 14.71)
2. #2 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.56) vs. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.50)
3. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.83) vs. #18 Dane Webb (OU 14.20)
4, Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.81) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.91)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.80) vs. #56 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.16)
6. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.91) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.52)

Others who could play: Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.93), Jose Salazar (OU 13.68)

#5 Baylor (11-2) at #9 Ole Miss (9-3) - 6pm est (90% chance of rain)  - This match had a lot of buzz around it up until Saturday afternoon when Ole Miss got stunned by unranked Alabama 4-2 and in the process also had William Kallberg retire due to an injury. Kallberg's status for tomorrow is still unknown but for him to be in enough discomfort to retire has to make one believe that he probably won't play tomorrow.  If he can't go then Ricardo Jorge, Zvonimir Babic, and Vinod Gowda will fill the 4-6 spots. Baylor is a perfect 12-0 in doubles while Ole Miss is 7-5 so I expect BU to take the opening 1-0 lead.  Since the weather forecast calls for rain this match will most likely be played indoors at the Gillom Sports Center's 3 indoor courts which means it could take a while if Ole Miss is able to hold its own up top.  Nik Scholtz and Julian Lenz have met 3 times over the last 2 years with Lenz winning twice in straights last year and Scholtz winning in three sets 2 years ago.  I'm leaning towards both Scholtz and Lindmark at 1 and 2 but after that I like Baylor the rest of the way down. Prediction: Baylor 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.72) vs. #60 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.32)
2. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.16) vs. #63 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.15)
3. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.31) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.81)
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.78) vs. William Kallberg (OM 13.32)
5. Vince Schneider (BU 13.51) vs. #117 Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.10)
6. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.89) vs. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.85)

Others who could play:  Felipe Rios (BU 13.70), Vinod Gowda (OM 12.78)

#8 Ohio State (12-4) at #11 Florida (6-4) - 3pm est (Temps in 80s) - A year ago Ohio State ended Florida's season when the Buckeyes beat the Gators 4-3 in the NCAA Round of 16 in a match that saw Kevin Metka provide the clincher at 7-6 in the 3rd.  9 of the 12 projected starters participated in that match however the only potential rematch may be at #3 where Watson beat Pollanen in straight sets.  Both of these teams are coming off tough 4-3 losses with Ohio State losing to Oklahoma when Metka fell 7-6 in the 3rd while Florida rallied from 3-0 down against Vanderbilt only to lose at #6 singles in straight sets.  The warm weather will definitely be more familiar to Florida but I don't know if the Gators have enough firepower to take out Ohio State.  Ohio State is 14-2 in doubles while Florida is 5-5 so that's a huge edge to Ohio State.  I think the Buckeyes take the doubles point and pick up singles wins from Chris Diaz, Hunter Callahan, and Kevin Metka to slide past Florida. On the other courts I like Hidalgo at 1, Watson at 3, and Steinbach at 4 though I imagine they'll stop at the clinch.  Prediction: Ohio State 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #36 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.94) vs. #46 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.11)
2. #43 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.87) vs. #103 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.76)
3. #78 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.56) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.73)
4. #73 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.89) vs. #80 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.95)
5. #106 Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.95) vs. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.39)
6. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.89) vs. Oliver Landert (UF 13.13)

Others who could play:  Josh Wardell (UF 13.12), Jordan Belga (UF 13.05)

My prediction record last week 4-2
My prediction record overall 32-10

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The headlining match of the day lived up to its billing as #1 Oklahoma came from behind to knock off #7 Virginia 4-3.  This showdown was played using the traditional scoring system which had doubles play a pro set to 8 and had ad scoring used in both doubles and singles.

Oklahoma jumped out to early 4-2 leads at 1 and 3 doubles and would actually lead 6-3 at #1 before Virginia started turning it around.  Virginia's #1 team of Corinteli/Shane broke at 4-6 to get it back on serve and it stayed that way until the tiebreak.  In the tiebreak the UVA #1s would win the final 2 points to take it 8-6. Virginia's #2 team of Kwiatkowski/Aragone broke to go up 4-3 and never let the lead go as they finished off Harris/Ghilea 8-6.  Virginia's #3 team of Frank/Altamirano came back from 4-2 down and would lead 7-5 at the time of the clinch.

In singles play, Virginia jumped out to early leads on several courts and would take the opening sets at 1, 3, 4, and 6 while Oklahoma picked up 1st sets at 2 and 5.  Virginia freshman Collin Altamirano was the first to finish as he knocked off Spencer Papa 6-4, 6-4 at #4 singles in a match where Altamirano was never broken.  Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez would put the Sooners on the board with a 6-4, 7-5 win at #2 singles while all the other matches would head to a 3rd set.  

At #1 singles, Oklahoma's Andrew Harris would jump out to an early break lead in the 3rd but Mitchell Frank would immediately break back and hold for 3-2.  Harris would win the next 3 to go up 5-3 before a Frank hold would make it 5-4.  Harris then served it out at love to close out at 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.

With the match tied at 2-2 the next court to finish would be at #5 singles.  After trading a few breaks early in the 3rd, Virginia's Alexander Ritschard would pull away and get the 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win which would put Virginia just a point away from a huge win. 

It looked like Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski was going to get off the court in straight sets at #3 but after he got broke serving for the match up 6-3, 5-4 the wheels came off and Dane Webb would take 6 straight games to close out the 2nd set 7-5 and go up 3-0 in the 3rd.  Kwiatkowski would get one break back but it wasn't enough as Webb closed out a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win.  

In the final match left on court it would be Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi providing the clincher for the 2nd match in a row as he came back from a set down to knock off J.C. Aragone 6-7(9), 6-2, 6-3.   

Oklahoma recap - with quotes below

"Win or lose I think we feel really good about it, head coach John Roddick said.  "Considering the schedule we've playedand I know our guys are feeling thatwe've been pushed. That's our 11th top-25 win and our fourth top-10 win. It is just a hell of an effort, especially to come back.

"We just fought hard, Roddick said. "That's what this team does. They just compete like crazy. This is the best group of competitors that I have ever been around. It's amazing how they pull matches out. They believe that they are going to do it, I believe that they are going to do it and I think everyone in the stands believes they are going to do it.

"I was incredibly excited," Harris said. "I'm more excited that when we beat Ohio State and ended their streak. For some reason this feels better. They're one of the top two or three team in the country, even though they are ranked No. 7 right now. To win four singles against a team like that is amazing. I'm so proud of all the guys, and I am just so happy.

"I have been here for four years and it just makes me feel proud to be part of this program," Webb said. "My freshman they were at the same level and they beat us 6-1. To come in and lose doubles and then beat them for the first time ever, it makes me feel great."

"Give credit to Virginia," Roddick said. "I think they played well. We've played everyone in the country and they are one of the best teams. They are incredibly talented and I know they have better tennis in them as well. They will be scary in May."

Virginia recap - with quote below

"It was another tough loss for us on the road, but we are getting better every day," said head coach Brian Boland. "This one hurts as we had momentum and then let the match get away. I have tremendous respect for coach John Roddick and the Oklahoma program. I have to give them credit for battling back from being way down in the match. We will stick to the process and keep improving. I love this team."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 9th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#1 Oklahoma 4, #7 Virginia 3

Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 1)
1. #19 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) def. #5 Axel Alvarez/Dane Webb (OU) 8-7(6)
2. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/JC Aragone (UVA) def. #53 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 8-6
3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 7-5 DNF

Singles Order of Finish (4,2,1,5,3,6)
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.71) def. #27 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.88) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.50) def. #3 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.56) 6-4, 7-5
3. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.20) def. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.83) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
4, #70 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.81) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.91) 6-4, 6-4
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.91) def. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.16) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.52) def. JC Aragone (UVA 13.80) 6-7(9), 6-2, 6-3

Who Wins Tuesday's match in Norman

  15 (33%)
  30 (66%)

Votes so far: 45


Gainesville, FL:  After dropping an emotional match last Friday to #1 Oklahoma, Ohio State was able to rebound on a warm sunny day in Gainesville.  The Buckeyes ran its doubles record to 14-3 by picking up the point with wins at 1 and 2.  Each team would take 3 1st sets and it'd be Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco that was first off the court with a rather surprising 6-2, 6-2 rout of Ralf Steinbach at #5 singles.  Ohio State's Chris Diaz would put the Buckeyes back ahead with an equally dominating 6-3, 6-1 win at #2 singles over Maxx Lipman.   Diaz had dropped 5 of 6 coming into the match so it was a nice win for Buckeye junior.  Kevin Metka would put Ohio State just a point away as he finished off Jordan Belga 6-3, 6-3 at #6 singles and just 9 minutes later it'd be Hunter Callahan closing the door on the Gators with a 6-4, 7-5 win at #4 singles over Gordon Watson.  Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard was just a game away from winning as well at #1 singles after winning 11 consecutive games against Diego Hidalgo but unfortunately the Buckeye freshman wouldn't get a chance to finish.

Note:  Florida has now had 5 different guys play at #6 singles this year with them combining to go 5-6.

#10 Ohio State 4, #18 Florida 1
Mar 10, 2015 at Gainesville, Fla. (Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #28 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.94) vs. #64 Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.11) 4-6, 6-0, 5-0 unfinished
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.87) def. #78 Maxx Lipman (FLA 13.76) 6-3, 6-1
3. #99 Elliot Orkin (FLA 13.95) vs. #114 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.56) 6-2, 5-6, unfinished
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.95) def. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.73) 6-4, 7-5
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.39) def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.89) 6-2, 6-2
6. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.89) def. Jordan Belga (FLA 13.05) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Maxx Lipman/Elliot Orkin (FLA) 6-3
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #33 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 6-4
3. #72 Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (FLA) def. #34 Chris Diaz/Hunter Callahan (OSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Ohio State 13-4; National ranking #10
Florida 6-5; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,2,6,4)
T-2:14 A-218

Ohio State recap
Florida recap

Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On if the team was thinking at all about loss last year to Ohio State in the NCAA Round of 16 during today's match
I think the thing that we thought about was really just how tough that team really is. We had a great match with them in the NCAA Tournament in Athens and it came down to the wire. It was exciting. We came up a point shy of winning, so we certainly kind of look back at that. But more than anything, just saw that in order to beat a team like Ohio State you've got to walk out on the court with confidence and you've got to be able to execute under pressure for a long amount of time. They're going to push you. And that's exactly what we saw today. They just came out there ready to play and they're just a really good opponent. So it's great for us to have that opportunity to have them on our schedule this year and for the next three years. It's a good barometer for us as to where exactly we are. We're not far off. We've got to tweak some things and make some improvements for sure, but I like the direction this team is heading and this match is going to help us this weekend when we face Mississippi State and Alabama.

On how the team got better today
I think No. 3 doubles took a step in the right direction today. I'm really proud of the way Josh [Wardell] and Oliver [Landert] responded to a tough, difficult team. When the pressure was at its greatest, those guys played their best tennis. So I can't say that they did that in the last couple matches that they've played together, but certainly today they stepped up to the plate for us. I think Chase Perez-Blanco just continues to grow and get better. He talked today just about what a privilege it is to play for the University of Florida and how much it means to him and how much he's realized through the season that he's more and more thankful every day that he's here. He just really shared that with the team and I think he really gets it. He's willing to do what it takes to be successful and so it's fun to see the growth in him and the confidence growing daily.


Oxford, MS:  Despite being down a starter, Ole Miss hung tough against #2 Baylor but the Bears we're just a little too deep for the Rebels and pulled out a 4-1 win.  Ole Miss was without William Kallberg (ankle) so the Rebels had to shift its lineups since Kallberg plays at #1 doubles and #4 singles.  Baylor was undefeated (13-0) in the doubles coming into the match and they kept it that way with wins at 2 and 3 to take the early 1-0 lead.

Due to rain in Oxford the matches were moved indoors to Ole Miss's 3 court facility which meant that 1, 2, and 3 singles would start first and when the first court opened up then #4 singles would go on and so forth.

All 3 of the first matches to go on were very tight with several breaks of serve on both sides.  Ole Miss jumped out to an early break lead on all 3 courts and had chances to take the opening set on each court.  While Nik Scholtz was able to grab the 1st set at #1, Stefan Lindmark was broke at #2 serving for it up 5-4 and Lupieri would take the last 3 games of the set to take it 7-5. Baylor's Max Tchoutakian took the 1st set on 3 in a tiebreak and would then have 3 match points in the second set tiebreak to close it out in straight however Gustav Hansson would rally to take 5 straight points to push it to a 3rd.  Ole Miss now had momentum in its favor because in addition to Hansson taking the 2nd set on 3, Lindmark would also get the 2nd set on 2, and Scholtz would close out Lenz on 1.

With the match now tied at 1-1 and with the crowd's roar growing, Baylor would calm them down as both Tony Lupieri and Max Tchoutakian would cruise in the 3rd set at #2 and #3 with each taking the final set 6-1.  Baylor would now just need 1 of the bottom 3 courts and with Ole Miss down a man and shifting a few guys up it was a task Baylor had to feel pretty good about.  While Ole Miss's Ricardo Jorge was able to take the opening set at #6, Baylor would take the opening set at #4 and #5 and it would be Vince Schneider that would ultimately provide the clincher as he knocked off Zvonimir Babic 7-6, 6-2.  Good effort by Ole Miss without a key starter and a good job by Baylor to keep it together despite getting really pushed on several courts.

#2 Baylor 4, #13 Ole Miss 1
March 9, 2015 at Oxford, Mississippi (Gillom Sports Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.32) def. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.72) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
2. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.31) def. #82 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.15) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.16) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.81) 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (6-8), 6-1
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.51) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.85) 7-6 (9-7), 6-2
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.89) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.78) 6-2, 2-2, unfinished
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.10) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 13.70) 6-4, 1-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) vs. #40 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-4, unfinished
2. Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-4
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Vinod Gowda/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-1
Match Notes
Baylor 12-2; National ranking #2
Ole Miss 9-4; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4)

Who Wins Tuesday's Match at Oxford

Ole Miss
  4 (11%)
  32 (88%)

Votes so far: 36 

Ole Miss recap

"It was a very close match, we were right there with them," head coach Toby Hansson said. "We were up a break at one doubles, and battling at two. I told the guys after the doubles, `we've been here before we can get four points off these guys.' They believed that they could. Everybody on the court gave it all that they had, and you can't ask for anything more as a coach.

"It was a great college match. The atmosphere in here was incredible. We would like to thank the crowd."

Friday, 13 March 2015 13:01

Friday Preview

Friday will be a fairly light day of activity with just 8 teams in the Top 20 in action and with the only matchup between top 20 teams taking place in College Station as #9 Texas A&M hosts #11 Vanderbilt.

Before I preview that one here are a few others to keep an eye on today:

#31 San Diego (8-3) at #34 Texas Tech (12-4) - 1pm est - Live Scoring - San Diego is coming off a hard fought loss against USC and has wins on the year over South Carolina and South Florida while Texas Tech has only played 1 match in the last 3 weeks though has wins this year over Auburn and Mississippi State.  

#24 Florida State (10-4) at #19 Wake Forest (9-4) - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - FSU is coming off a weekend where the Noles beat Louisville and gave North Carolina all it wanted despite FSU playing without its #1 Benjamin Lock who was playing in the Davis Cup.  Wake has played its last 3 matches without its #1 Noah Rubin (wrist) going 1-2 in that stretch with respectable losses to Texas and Virginia and a win over TCU.  This should be a very competitive match that probably finishes 4-3 on way or the other.  

#28 Louisville (13-3) at #37 NC State (10-5) - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - Louisville comes off a weekend where they split with Notre Dame (W) and Florida State (L).  NC State on the other hand went 0-2 last week with a close 4-3 loss to North Carolina (playing w/o Schnur) before getting plowed by Virginia 7-0.  Like the FSU/Wake match this too will likely be a 4-3 match.  

#42 Mississippi State (11-3) at #18 Florida (6-5)- 5pm est - Live Scoring - State has won 4 in a row with a pair of recent wins over Alabama and Arkansas while Florida has dropped 3 of its last 4.  I think Florida should get the win here though State is more than capable of the upset. 

#11 Vanderbilt (13-3) at #9 Texas A&M (7-2) - 7pm est - Live Scoring - Last year Texas A&M rolled into Nashville and rolled over the Dores 4-0 so this year it'll be Vandy trying to return the favor.  Vandy is a stout 11-3 in doubles while Texas A&M is an equally impressive 8-1.  College Station is a tough place to play so for Vanderbilt to win this one they really need the doubles point.  Unfortunately for them I think Texas A&M gets the point but Vandy will put up a fight in singles.  The matchup at #1 should be a good one with Gonzales Austin bringing a 14-1 dual match record into this one while Jeremy Efferding is 6-1.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.34) vs. #65 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.03)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.43) vs. #71 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.19)
3. Daniel Valent (VU 13.73) vs. #48 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.73)
4. Kris Yee (VU 13.66) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.15)
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.87) vs. #89 A.J. Catanzariti (aTm 13.96)
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.93) vs. Max Lunkin (aTm 12.91)

Others who could play:  Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.54)

#1 singles - Austin has a 14-1 dual match record and has won 2 straight after dropping his only match to Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz while Efferding is 6-1 but 2-0 playing at #1. Efferding has won 3 straight and led Georgia's Wayne Montgomery 3-0 in the 3rd in a match that didn't finish.  This one will likely have a few close 7-5 type of sets and might not get to finish.  I'll say Austin is ahead when the match is clinched.

#2 singles - Johnson is 5-8 on the year and has lost 2 straight while Vinsant is 2-2, with 4 additional matches not finishing, though he got blown out 6-3, 6-0 his last time out against South Carolina's Andrew Adams.  I see Vinsant rebounding in this one and winning in 2.

#3 singles - Valent is 13-1 on the year and 3-0 since moving up from 4 to 3.  Valent has also won 5 straight with 2 of those wins over ranked opposition.  Adams on the other hand has really struggled this year with an 0-6 record and he actually was pulled from the lineup for the Aggies last match against South Carolina.  I've got to go with Valent in this one though if Adams sits and Rinderknech gets moved up I could see it going the other way.

#4 singles - Yee is 8-7 in dual match play and 1-1 since dropping down from 3 to 4 in the lineup. Yee blew out Auburn's Joseph Van Dooren 6-1, 6-0 last weekend with that win stopping a 4 match losing streak.  Rinderknech is a solid 7-1 and has won 7 straight since dropping his 1st dual match. Rinderknech played at #3 the last time out and picked up a 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 win over South Carolina's Thiago Pinheiro.   Outside of #1 singles I think this will be the 2nd closest match and I'm going to take Rinderknech in 3.

#5 singles - Eswaran is 8-5 this year and 1-1 since moving up from 6 to 5 while Catanzariti is 5-3 though he's won 4 of his last 5.  Anything other than Catanzariti in 2 would be surprising.

#6 singles - Newman is 5-5 on the year and 3-0 since moving down from 5 to 6 while Lunkin is 3-1 and the last time out he was up 4-1 in the 3rd against South Carolina's Thomas Mayronne when the team match was clinched.   I'll go with Lunkin in 2 tight sets.

In my opinion Vanderbilt's best path to an upset would be to take the doubles point and pick up singles wins from Austin, Valent, and Newman.  If this were in Nashville I'd probably take Vanderbilt but I think that home court advantage pays off for the Aggies. Prediction:  Texas A&M 4-1
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Sunday brings us 3 matches between Top 15 teams with the headliner taking place in Indian Wells between #1 Oklahoma and #3 Baylor.  The other 2 big ones are in Oxford where #13 Ole Miss hosts #15 Florida and in Durham where #6 Duke hosts #12 Wake Forest.  It should also be mentioned that all 3 are rematches from earlier in the year with 2 playing each other during the Kickoff Weekend and the other meeting at the National Indoors.  There's a full schedule at the bottom of this post with scoring links as well.

#1 Oklahoma (16-1) vs. #3 Baylor (14-2) - 1pm est/10am pst - This will be a rematch from the National Indoor Semifinals which was a match Oklahoma won 4-2 (box score below).  Baylor had its chances in the match and had Mate Zsiga not let a 6-4, 5-2 lead slip away at #5 singles the outcome could have been different.  The only singles court which projects to be a rematch is at #1 singles and that was the only court that didn't finish last time.  Baylor has been far and away the better team in doubles so the Bears will look to get that early 1-0 lead like they have in every match that the doubles point has been played.  Oklahoma will look to lean on its top 3 in singles as they have all year while Baylor hopes its bottom 3 continues its recent dominance.  Let's take a look at the lineups and records. 

Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-3) vs. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 12-2)
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 11-1) vs. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 3-3)
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU 11-1) vs. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 0-2)

Doubles Records
Baylor - 15-0 overall & 30-5 on all courts (didn't play dubs vs. Memphis) 
Oklahoma - 9-8 overall & 26-18 on all courts

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) vs. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) 
2. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) vs. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47)
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) 
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) vs. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13)
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) 
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) 

Dual Match Singles Records:
1.  Lenz 8-2 vs. Harris 10-3
2.  Lupieri 6-4 vs. Alvarez 14-0
3.  Tchoutakian 9-5 vs. Webb 12-1
4.  Schneider 9-2 vs. Ghilea 10-2
5.  Zsiga 6-2 vs. Papa 6-5
6.  Rios 10-1 vs. Bragusi 6-1
Galeano 4-3

#1 singles - Lenz clinched BU's win over USC with a 6-2, 7-5 win over #8 Yannick Hanfmann while Harris blew out #16 Winston Lin 6-2, 6-2.  These guys were tied at 5-5 in the 3rd set in the first encounter earlier this year in a match filled with as many breaks as holds.  Prediction: Lenz in 3

#2 singles - Lupieri took one on the chin against USC's Roberto Quiroz falling 6-4, 6-3 while Alvarez ran his winning streak to 14 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Columbia's Dragos Ignat.  Prediction:  Alvarez in 2

#3 singles - Tchoutakian came up short against USC's Eric Johnson losing 6-3, 7-5 which stopped his 4-match winning streak while Webb provided the clincher against Columbia with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Max Schnur which means Webb has won 12 of his last 13.  Prediction:  Webb in 2

#4 singles - Schneider saw his 6-match winning streak gets snapped with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to USC's Jonny Wang while Ghilea's match against Columbia Ashok Narayana went unfinished with Ghilea trailing 3-2 in the 3rd. Prediction: Schneider in 3.

#5 singles - Zsiga ran his winning streak to 4 with a dominant 6-4, 6-4 win over Max De Vroome while Papa stopped a 4-match losing streak with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Columbia's Shawn Hadavi.  Prediction:  Zsiga in 2

#6 singles - Rios ran his winning to 10 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over USC's Nick Crystal which in fact ended Crystal's own 10-match winning streak while Bragusi suffered his 1st career dual match loss by going down 6-2, 6-4 to Columbia's Mike Vermeer. Prediction: Rios in 3

I think it's going to be Baylor's day and I see the Bears avenging the earlier loss to Oklahoma.  Prediction: Baylor 4-2

#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2
National Indoors Semifinals - Chicago, IL - February 15th, 2015
1. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) vs. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 4-2
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. 
Papa/Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. 
Salazar/Ghilea (OU) 6-1
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 4-6, 5-5 DNF
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish - Doubles (3,2)  Singles (3,2,4,6,5)

Who Wins

  2 (50%)
  2 (50%)

Votes so far: 4

#15 Florida (9-5) at #13 Ole Miss (11-4) - 12pm est/11am cst - This will be a rematch from the Kickoff Weekend which saw Ole Miss win 4-3 in Gainesville (box score below).  In that match Ole Miss got it done in singles after dropping the doubles point and I think we'll see a similar type of result today.  Ole Miss is 9-6 in doubles while Florida is 8-6 so neither team has been too sharp to start off the match.  Ole Miss most likely will be a man down with its #4 William Kallberg recovering from an ankle injury but the Rebels strength is its top 3 and I think that's where Ole Miss gets it done today. I like Ole Miss in doubles and at 1, 2, and 3 singles in a match that will likely be played indoors at Ole Miss's 3 court facility due to rain in the area.  If played indoors I'll go with Ole Miss to win 4-1.  If played outdoors I'll take Ole Miss 4-2.  

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #64 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) vs. #23 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.13)
2. #78 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.11) vs. #82 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18)
3. #99 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.59) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.63)
4. Gordon Watson (UF 13.72) vs. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.81)
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.49) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.79)
6. Josh Wardell (UF 13.04) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.10)

#32 Ole Miss 4, #13 Florida 3
Jan. 24, 2015 at Gainesville, Florida (Alfred Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 7-5, 6-3
2. #80 Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Gordon Watson (UF) 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
4. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. William Kallberg (OM) 6-3, 6-3
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4, 6-2
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #32 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) def. Gustav Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 6-2
2. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2
3. #43 Joshyua Wardell/Oliver Landert (UF) def. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-4
Match Notes
#32 Ole Miss 2-0; National ranking #32
#13 Florida 2-1; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,1,2,6,3)

#12 Wake Forest (12-4) at #6 Duke (15-2) - 3pm est - Wake Forest is riding a 4-match winning streak while Duke has won 2 in a row since falling to Virginia Tech.  Duke is 14-3 in doubles while Wake is 13-3 so both teams are used to jumping out to a 1-0 lead.  Duke won the 1st meeting during the Kickoff Weekend 4-1 (box score below) but I think Wake is playing much better now and I look for the Demon Deacons to pull off the mild upset by rebounding from dropping the doubles point and by grabbing singles wins at 1, 2, 4 and 6. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) vs. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.27)
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) vs. #34 Jason Tahir (DU 13.84)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) vs. Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.08)
4. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) vs. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.86)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) vs. Chris Mengel (DU 13.63)
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) vs. TJ Pura (DU 13.39)

#12 Duke 4, #18 Wake Forest 1
Jan 23, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Noah Rubin (WF) def. #36 Jason Tahir (DU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #18 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
3. #112 Bruno Semenzato (DU) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-2, 1-6, 4-5, unfinished
4. #103 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. #52 Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 6-4
5. Chris Mengel (DU) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU) vs. #102 Maksim Kan (WF) 1-6, 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Raphael Hemmeler/Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Noah Rubin/Jon Ho (WF) 6-4
3. Chris Mengel/Bruno Semenzato (DU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Maksim Kan (WF) 3-5, unfinished
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,1,5,2)

Other interesting storylines:

Does #4 USC brush off the loss to Baylor and take out its frustrations on #29 Columbia or will the Lions rise up and catch USC at a low point?

Can #11 Ohio State start a new home winning streak against Michigan State or can Sparty pull off a 2nd big win this weekend after knocking off Penn State on Friday?

A few weeks ago Alabama upset a top 10 Ole Miss team, can they do it again and take out #7 Texas A&M?

After losing 5-straight road matches can South Carolina upset #5 Georgia or will the Dawgs open a can on their next door neighbors?

Sunday Schedule:

BNP Collegiate Challenge Live Scoring & Streaming Video
Sunday Schedule:
#1 Oklahoma vs. #3 Baylor - 1pm est
#20 Tulsa vs. #28 Cal - 2pm est
#75 UC Irvine vs. Purdue - 3pm est
#4 USC vs. #29 Columbia - 4pm est

Florida at Ole Miss - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
Clemson at Florida State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & ESPN3
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Virginia at Boston College - 12pm est - UVA Twitter
Virginia Tech at NC State - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan State at Ohio State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan at Penn State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Louisiana Lafayette at Texas Tech - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Dartmouth vs. Oklahoma State (@ TCU) - 12pm est - Dartmouth Twitter & OK St Twitter
Minnesota at Nebraska - 1pm est - Live Scoring
UT Pan American at Texas - 1pm est - Live Scoring
South Carolina at Georgia - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
Auburn at Arkansas - 2pm est - Live Scoring
LSU at Mississippi State - 2pm est - 
Saturday, 28 March 2015 23:32

Saturday Recap: Step On Back - The Pack Attacked

Going into today's match against #12 Wake Forest, NC State had played in 11 matches that finished with a 4-3 score with the Pack on the losing end in 7 of those 11 matches.  It was just last weekend that NC State had #16 Virginia Tech on the ropes but the Pack couldn't slam the door shut and watched as the Hokies #5 rallied from 5-2 down in the 3rd to win.

Today NC State finally broke through as they upset Wake Forest 4-3.  The Wolfpack took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 and then picked up singles wins from Simon Norenius, Austin Powell, and Beck Bond at 2, 3, and 4 to seal the deal.  The match was played indoors at NC State's 4-court indoor facility so the matches at 5 and 6 didn't go on until a court opened up.  Both were played out after the clinch with Wake winning both.

NC State recap
Wake Forest recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 26th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#38 NC State 4, #12 Wake Forest 3
Mar 28, 2015 at Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #27 Noah Rubin (WFU 14.79) def. #60 Robbie Mudge (ST 13.63) 6-2, 6-4
2. Simon Norenius (ST 13.81) def. #8 Romain Bogaerts (WFU 14.38) 7-5, 1-6, 6-2
3. #85 Austin Powell (ST 13.53) def. #80 Jon Ho (WFU 13.63) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
4. Beck Bond (ST 13.43) def. Skander Mansouri (WFU 13.28) 6-1, 6-3
5. Christian Seraphim (WFU 13.71) def. Nick Horton (ST 13.46) 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 10-5
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WFU 12.89) def. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.38) 7-6 (1), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #10 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WFU) def. Nick Horton/Beck Bond (ST) 8-4
2. Simon Norenius/Robbie Mudge (ST) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WFU) 8-6
3. Thomas Weigel/Ian Dempster (ST) def. Romain Bogaerts/Keivon Tabrizi (WFU) 8-4
Match Notes
NC State 10-8; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)

Florida State jumped out to a 3-0 lead but had to hold off a Dartmouth charge to win 4-3.  FSU freshman Terrell Whitehurst clinched the win with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 win at #6 singles.

Florida State recap

"Today showed how important the doubles point really is, associate coach Nick Crowell said. "We were a few match points down at third doubles, and came through in the clutch to win it. In a 4-3 match, you can see how important that doubles point is.

"Our depth really showed through today, winning at 4, 5, and 6, Crowell said. "We knew they were going to come in and be strong all the way through the lineup with two ranked players. They came in and did a great job, and I'm just glad we were able to close that match out at No. 6."

Dartmouth recap

#32 Florida State 4, #60 Dartmouth 3
3/28/2015 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #86 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.58) def. #106 Benjamin Lock (FS 13.86) 6-4, 6-2
2. #91 Chris Kipouras (DART 13.37) def. Marco Nunez (FS 13.57) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
3. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.15) def. #90 Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.62) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
4. C. Gonzalez Mendez (FS 13.49) def. Diego Pedraza (DART 12.80) 6-0, 6-3
5. Jose Gracia (FS 13.37) def. Max Schmidt (DART 12.68) 6-3, 6-4
6. Terrell Whitehurst (FS 12.67) def. Sam Todd (DART 12.75) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #30 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. #21 Chris Kipouras/Dovydas Sakinis (DART) 6-2
2. C. Gonzalez Mendez/Michael Rinaldi (FS) vs. Max Schmidt/Tannenbaum (DART) 4-5, unf
3. Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. Diego Pedraza/Sam Todd (DART) 7-5
Match Notes:
Dartmouth 9-8; National ranking #60
Florida State 16-5; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,5,1,2,3,6)

T-3:00 A-225

Auburn started off on the right foot by taking the doubles point but Florida was too strong at both the top and bottom of the lineup and pulled out a 4-1 win.  

Florida recap

Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On reactions to today's win

I'm really proud of our guys and how they responded to adversity today. I'm proud of JB [Jordan Belga] for coming through after getting down today. I'm so happy to see him clinch the match. Diego [Hidalgo], Elliott [Orkin] and Josh [Wardell] really were outstanding in singles. It was also nice to see Gordon [Watson] and Chase [Perez-Blanco] battle with what was probably not their best stuff. It was a great team win.

Auburn recap

"You have to give Florida credit. They did not panic after doubles," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "We have to be better at the top of the lineup and we were not today. We need everybody playing well and we were not getting that. You are not going to beat a team like that if you are not ready and you are not battling."

#20 Florida 4, #45 Auburn 1
Mar 28, 2015 at Auburn, Ala. (Yarbrough Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.02) def. Lukas Ollert (AU 14.11) 6-0, 6-0
2. Elliott Orkin (FLA 14.11) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU 13.91) 6-2, 6-0
3. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.75) vs. Marko Krickovic (AU 13.75) 6-4, 4-5, unf
4. Dante Saleh (AU 12.93) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.54) 6-4, 4-3, unf
5. Jordan Belga (FLA 12.97) def. Joseph Van Dooren (AU 12.25) 6-4, 6-3
6. Joshua Wardell (FLA 13.08) def. Oliver Plaskett (AU 11.94) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Lukas Ollert (AU) def. Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 6-3
2. Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (FLA) def. Oliver Plaskett/Petar Tomic (AU) 6-1
3. Joseph Van Dooren/Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (FLA) 7-6 (7-3)
Match Notes:
Florida 10-6; National ranking #20
Auburn 14-8; National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,6,5)
Played outdoors
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The big upset of the day came in Starkville as the Bulldogs from Mississippi State upset the Bulldogs from Georgia 4-2.  Mississippi State took the doubles point for the 16th time this year and is now 11-0 in doubles at home.  State fell a break behind at both #1 and #3 but managed to turn both courts around and would clinch the point with a win at #1 over the #1 ranked team in the country.

Mississippi State kept the momentum going during singles play and jumped out to early break leads on 5 of 6 courts.

Mississippi State's Rishab Agarwal was 1st off the court with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #5 singles over Nick Wood in a match that was pretty lopsided the entire time.  Georgia's Wayne Montgomery would cut the deficit to 2-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 at #2 singles over Juan Cruz Estevarena.  Montgomery fell behind 5-3 in the 1st set but would break Estevarena at 4-5 and 5-6 to force the breaker then after jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the TB he took it 7-4.

Georgia managed to turn the tide on several courts to force some 3rd sets but when the match was on the line it was State's Florian Lakat, Mate Cutura, and Julian Cash who all rose to the occasion.

State's #3 Mate Cutura would come back from a set down to pick up the biggest win of his his collegiate career as he defeated #18 Nathan Pasha 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.  Cutura broke Pasha to go up 4-3 in the 3rd and 2 holds later he had his big time win.

State's #1 Florian Lakat cruised to a 6-2 opening but Georgia's Austin Smith came right back to take the 2nd set 6-2.  In the 3rd set Lakat broke Smith to go up 2-1 and would hold for 3-1 before Smith would take the next 3 games to go up 4-3.  Lakat wouldn't wilt though as he held for 4-4, broke Smith for 5-4, and then fought off not 1 but 2 break points to clinch the upset win.  See the video clip below of match point.

Just before Lakat clinched Georgia's Ben Wagland would pick up a win at #4 singles by a 6-3, 7-6(4) score.  In the one abandoned match Mississippi State's Julian Cash would have a commanding 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Georgia' Paul Oosterbaan.

Mississippi State recap

"That was an amazing performance by our guys and I cannot say enough about how much each one of them fought, MSU coach Matt Roberts said. "We knew going in how good Georgia is, but we also knew we could compete on that level. We brought a lot of energy in here today and our guys capitalized on it.

"We've been playing like a team more and more with each match, Roberts said when asked of the team's streak. "In practice and in matches, these guys come together and fight for each other. That's why we're playing at the level we're playing at right now.

"The way we played down the stretch of this match speaks a lot of how bad these guys wanted this win, Roberts said. "Rishab and Mate have kept on their hot streak and Florian was just too clutch there at the end. Again, so proud of this team.

"That was an unreal win for us today, Lakat said. "We kept playing for each other and feeding off each other's energy. I had so much confidence in myself, especially after that first set. Even though he came back in the second, I knew I wasn't going to lose this. I was going to do it for my team.

Georgia recap

"Mississippi State earned the win today," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We didn't play our best, and Mississippi State had a lot to do with that. We had some opportunities in doubles that we didn't take advantage of. They played very well in singles, and our guys fought hard but that wasn't enough today. All the credit goes to Mississippi State."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 3rd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#26 Mississippi State (16-5) 4, #6 Georgia (16-3) 2
April 3rd, 2015 - AJ Pitts Tennis Centre - Starkville, MS 
1. #108 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.82) def. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.18) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
2. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59) def. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.75) 7-6(4), 6-2
3. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67) def. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.27) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.26) def. #122 Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.87) 6-3, 7-6(4)
5. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.68) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.86) 6-2, 6-2
6. Julian Cash (MSU 13.43) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.66) 6-2, 4-6, 5-2 DNF
1. #14 Lakat/Cash (MSU) def. #1 Smith/Wagland (UGA) 6-4
2. Cutura/Schmid (MSU) def. Pasha/Diaz (UGA) 6-4
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Estevarena/Haden (MSU) 5-5 DNF
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5, 2, 3, 4, 1)
Mississippi State has now won 4 straight while Georgia's 10-match winning streak was snapped.

Which Bulldogs Win on Friday in Starkville

  40 (86%)
Mississippi State
  6 (13%)

Votes so far: 46
Poll closed 

Virginia Tech managed to win the doubles point for the 10th time in 17 tries but the Hokies quickly fell behind on 4 singles courts.  The 1 court where Virginia Tech never trailed was at #4 as Hunter Koontz rolled to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Chris Simich.  

Louisville's Seb Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri would cruise to straight set wins at 1 and 5 and things were looking good for the Cards early on at 2 and 3.  

Louisville's #2 Alex Gornet led 5-3 in the opening set before VT's Andreas Bjerrehus would rally to take the next 4 games to take the 1st set 7-5 and then Bjerrehus would break Gornet late in the 2nd set to close out the 7-5, 6-4 win.   

Louisville's #3 Albert Wagner led 7-5, 3-1 before VT's Joao Monteiro kicked it up a few notches and came back to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Virginia Tech's #6 Jai Corbett took the opening set 6-3 before falling behind 5-2 in the 2nd set against Luis Elizondo.  Unfortunately for Louisville, Elizondo wouldn't be able to close out the set as Corbett came back to push it to a tiebreak and then took the TB 11-9 to clinch the team win.  

Virginia Tech recap
Louisville recap

"I've got to give Virginia Tech credit in that we had them on their heels and we just didn't put it away," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "The winner of this match has got an inside track to hosting the NCAA first and second round, When you get that moment, you've got to go seize it, and unfortunately we didn't seize it. Maybe it's this team's inexperience in having these types of big moments over the years. But really we had the moment and we were in position to win and basically waited for them to lose instead of us grabbing our moment."

#13 Virginia Tech 5, #23 Louisville 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Louisville, Ky (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.65) def. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.25) 6-2, 6-2
2. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79) def. #123 Alex Gornet (LOU 13.60) 7-5, 6-4
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.75) def. #94 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.61) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.66) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.37) 6-4, 6-3
5. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.36) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.28) 6-4, 6-3
6. Jai Corbett (VT 12.86) def. Luis Elizondo (LOU 12.21) 6-3, 7-6 (9)
Doubles competition
1. #68 Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) vs. #64 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 6-7, unf
2. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU) 8-7 (4)
3. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Van Damrongsri/Luis Elizondo (LOU) 8-2
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 15-2; National ranking #13
Louisville 19-5; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,5,1,2,6,3)
T-3:40 A-115

The excellent Duke recap has all the details you need.  
Notre Dame recap

#5 Duke 5, #35 Notre Dame 2
April 3, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.50) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.44) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (6)
2. #34 Jason Tahir (DU 13.86) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.69) 6-3, 6-2
3. #101 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.36) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.01) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.97) def. Billy Pecor (ND 13.03) 7-5, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10)
5. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND 12.56) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.74) 6-4, 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.46) def. Alex Lawson (ND 12.80) 7-6 (5), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #9 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Jason Tahir (DU) 8-4
2. Raphael Hemmeler/Josh Levine (DU) def. #22 Josh Hagar/Eddy Covalschi (ND) 8-2
3. Bruno Semenzato/TJ Pura (DU) def. Quentin Monaghan/Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 8-6
Match Notes
Notre Dame 12-7, 4-3 ACC; National ranking #35
Duke 17-3, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,6,3,1,4)
T-3:50 A-260

Ohio State recap 
Minnesota recap

#11 Ohio State 4, #29 Minnesota 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.08) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.98) 7-5, 6-1
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.14) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.34) 6-3, 7-6 (1)
3. #104 Matic Spec (MINN 13.96) def. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.43) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.45) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.19) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.74) 5-7, 7-6, DNF
6. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.89) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.95) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #49 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) 8-7 (0)
2. #76 Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. #74 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-3
3. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 8-6
Match Notes
Minnesota 14-5 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #29
Ohio State 16-7 (4-1 B1G); National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,2)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:18 A-137

Florida recap 

Quotes from the Match
Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On the importance of winning the doubles point to gain early momentum
It really was [important]. It's not easy to have a lead and then lose it. And the next thing you know you're facing elimination and that's exactly what happened today. I'm just really proud that Gordon [Watson] and Diego [Hidalgo] just continued to believe and continued to fight until the end. They were able to reverse it with a lob and a forehand and couple good volleys and the next thing you know they're in a tiebreaker. They did a nice job just hanging tough and really just being persistent out there on the court and making the plays when they had to.

On the consistency in singles from Elliott Orkin and Chase Perez-Blanco
It really is important. They've kind of been the anchors. Those two and Diego [Hidalgo] have been pretty rock solid for us on the singles court and it's huge. It's huge to have guys out there that are confident in what they're doing, understand their game, know how to play to their strengths and they're playing with a purpose out there, so that always helps you have a chance. Those guys in the big moments, they're playing aggressively and confidently in those moments and that's good to see. The more you win, the more your confidence grows. The sky is their limit right now.

On keeping the team focused when singles wins go back and forth

It's not easy. The team aspect is important to these guys. Individually they want to do well but they really want the team to do well. And so it's easy to start watching the scoreboards and seeing how their teammates are doing while they're trying to play, so it's our job as coaches to try to get them on task and make sure that they're focusing in on their individual matches and their game plans and paying attention to where they might need to make adjustments. It's not easy because they care about the team and they want the team to do well and they care about one another, so I kind of understand it, but at the same time they need to focus in on their court.

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Sunday brings us 2 Top 20 showdowns with Virginia hosting Virginia Tech while Florida hosts Texas A&M.  Below are the breakdowns of those 2 matches along with a schedule of play for the day.

#13 Virginia Tech (15-2) at #4 Virginia (15-3) - 1pm est - This will be the first time these two have ever met when both have been ranked inside the top 15. Virginia puts its 131 match ACC winning streak on the line as well as its 11 match winning streak against Virginia Tech.  The doubles point will be huge for VT because I don't see anyway they come close without taking that point.  Virginia Tech is 10-7 in doubles while Virginia is 16-2.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 4th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.26) vs. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.96)
2. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79 vs. #6 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.60)
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.76) vs. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.80)
4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.65) vs. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.66)
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.29) vs. J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.95)
6. Jai Corbett (VT 12.87)  vs. #112 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.94)

Others who could play: Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.46), Florian Nicoud (VT 13.27), Aaron Gomez (VT 12.94)

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1.  #63 Contini 10-3 (lost 2 of 3) vs. #29 Frank 11-2 (won 4 straight and 7 of 8)
2.  #45 Bjerrehus 13-3 (won 2 straight and 11 of 13) vs. #6 Shane 11-4 (won 3 of 4)
3.  #109 Monteiro (won 4 of 6) 9-3 vs. #55 Altamirano 14-0 (won 14 straight)
4.  Koontz 13-2 (split last 4) vs. #10 Kwiatkowski 12-3 (won 5 of 6)
5.  Tessaro 13-2 (won 11 of 12) vs. Aragone 11-3 (won 5 straight and 7 of 8)
6.  Corbett 8-1 (won 2 straight and 8 of 9) vs. #112 Styslinger 3-1 or Wiersholm 8-2 (won 5 of 6)

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L in ( ):
1. #64 Bjerrehus/Koontz (VT 3-2) vs. #8 Corinteli/Shane (UVA 11-1)
2. Contini/Corbett (VT 3-0) vs. #54 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA 8-1)
3. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT 6-3) vs. Frank/Altamirano (UVA 9-2)

Virginia Tech surprised Louisville by taking the doubles point but I don't see them taking it against Virginia. Mitchell Frank will be a heavy favorite at 1 over Amerigo Contini as will Collin Altamirano at 3 over Joao Monteiro.  Virginia will be favored on the other 4 courts as well but I think Virginia Tech has a chance at the bottom 3 courts and I think Bjerrehus has an outside shot at Shane too.  If Virginia Tech were to pull the upset I'd say it'd come at 2, 4, 5, and 6.  In the end I'll take Frank, Shane, Altamirano, and Kwiatkowski for UVA and Tessaro and Corbett for VT.  Prediction: Virginia 5-2 

#8 Texas A&M (16-3) at #16 Florida (11-6) - 12pm est - Texas A&M has had Florida's number lately.  Last year the Aggies beat the Gators twice - once during the regular season in College Station and once in the finals of the SEC Tournament in Nashville with both ending in a 4-2 final. Texas A&M is 16-3 in doubles while Florida is 9-8.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #59 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.26) vs. #71 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.12)
2. #67 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.23) vs. #115 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.21)
3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.17) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.76)
4. #51 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.60) vs. #118 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.49)
5. #79 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.25) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.54)
6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.39) vs. Jordan Belga (UF 12.99)

Also could play:  Max Lunkin (aTm 13.07), Jordan Szabo (aTm 13.12), Joshua Wardell (UF 13.10), Oliver Landert (UF 13.09)

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. #59 Jeremy Efferding 9-3 (split the last 4) vs. #71 Diego Hidalgo 9-2 (split the last 4)
2. #67 Shane Vinsant 6-2 (won 4 in a row) vs. #115 Elliott Orkin 10-5 (won 5 of 6)
3. Arthur Rinderknech 10-2 (won 10 of last 11) vs. Gordon Watson 8-6 (won 3 in a row)
4. #51 Harrison Adams 1-8 (won the last match) vs. #118 Maxx Lipman 3-9 (lost 4 straight)
5. #79 AJ Catanzariti 14-3 (won 10 in a row) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco 11-1 (won 8 in a row)
6. Jordi Arconada 5-2 (won 3 in a row) vs. Jordan Belga 3-2 (split the last 2)

Projected Doubles Lineup -  W-L in ( ):
1. #13 Adams/Vinsant (aTm 6-6) vs. #42 Watson/Hidalgo (UF 7-7)
2. #33 Efferding/Jordan Szabo (aTm 13-4) vs. Lipman/Orkin (UF 11-6)
3. Rinderknech/Catanzariti (aTm 13-2) vs. #62 Wardell/Landert (UF 7-6)

This is a big match for both teams with Texas A&M looking to stay at the top of the standings while Florida is looking to stay inside the top 16 which would likely guarantee a spot as a host of a NCAA Regional.  Texas A&M has been better at doubles all year but I think Florida finds a way to take the point to grab the early lead. 2 of Florida's biggest horses have been Elliott Orkin and Chase Perez-Blanco but I think Shane Vinsant and A.J Catanzariti will be too tough and I look for A&M to take both 2 and 5 singles.  I like Hidalgo's chance at #1 for Florida but think Rinderknech and Arconada pull through at 3 and 6 for A&M.  Picking a winner at #4 singles is nearly impossible because both Adams and Lipman are going through huge slumps.  I wouldn't be shocked if Florida won but I'm not expecting it.  Prediction: Texas A&M 4-2

Other Storylines for Sunday:

#35 Notre Dame gave #5 Duke a good match on Friday, can they do the same today and possibly knock off #19 North Carolina even though the Tar Heels have their #1 Brayden Schnur back in the lineup?

#28 Columbia really hammered #50 Dartmouth on Saturday while #36 Harvard barely got past #55 Cornell.  Will this one be competitive or will Columbia win going away?

#26 Mississippi State is riding high after the upset of #6 Georgia, will they have a letdown on Sunday against #45 South Carolina or will State prove that Friday wasn't a one-time thing?

Can #6 Georgia put the loss to #26 Mississippi State in its rear view mirror and take out its frustrations on #71 Alabama or will the Crimson Tide rally the troops like they did early this year against Ole Miss?

Illinois at Michigan - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Notre Dame at North Carolina - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Miami at Louisville - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Wisconsin at Ohio State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Minnesota at Penn State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Texas A&M at Florida - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia Tech at Virginia - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Columbia at Harvard - 1pm est - Columbia Twitter & Harvard Twitter
Cornell at Dartmouth - 1pm est - Dartmouth Twitter
Princeton at Yale - 1pm est - Streaming Video & Princeton Twitter
Penn at Brown - 1pm est - Penn Twitter
VCU at Memphis - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Wake Forest at Clemson - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Nebraska at Purdue - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Iowa at Indiana - 2pm est - Live Scoring
South Carolina at Mississippi State - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Georgia at Alabama - 2pm est - Live Scoring
LSU at Auburn - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Stanford at Washington - 3pm est - Live Scoring 
NJIT at Penn State - 5pm est - Live Scoring

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

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

Virginia recap

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

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

Virginia Tech recap

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

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

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

Who Wins on Sunday in Charlottesville

  41 (87%)
Virginia Tech
  6 (12%)

Votes so far: 47 

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

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

Texas A&M recap

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

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

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

Florida recap

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

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

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

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

[5] TCU (21-7) vs. [49-64] Marist (15-7) - Friday 6pm - #6 TCU got in as an at-large after falling to #2 Baylor 4-3 in the Big 12 Semifinals while Marist is back in the NCAAs for the 3rd year in a row after beating Monmouth 4-2 in the MAAC Championship. 

Doubles Records: TCU 14-11, Marist 13-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, Marist 71

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. Justin Chanthalangsy (MAR 11.65)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.00) vs. Rudy Kurz (MAR 12.36)
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.33) vs. Fredrik Bjerke (MAR 11.98)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) vs. Joseph Dube (MAR 11.88)
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.10) vs. Matteo Guidice (MAR 11.87)
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.40) vs. Jan Dernic (MAR 11.16)

Not much analysis needed here - TCU takes the doubles point and picks up wins from Chappell, Norrie, and Stein. Prediction: TCU 4-0 

[17-32] Tulsa (17-12) vs. [33-48] North Carolina State (17-11) - Friday 3pm - Both teams got in as at-large selections after #37 NC State lost 4-2 to #27 Florida State in the opening round of the ACC Tournament while #30 Tulsa was blanked by #18 South Florida in the AAC Championship Finals.  NC State was without Simon Norenius for the FSU match due to a back injury that forced him to retire in the Pack's regular season finale against Notre Dame on April 18th. Both teams had the highest highs and the lowest lows.  Tulsa beat #8 USC and #11 Ohio State yet lost to #43 Tulane and #65 Washington.  NC State beat #12 Wake Forest yet lost to #48 South Carolina.  NC State lost 8 matches by a 4-3 score including one against #15 Virginia Tech where the Pack's Nick Horton led 5-2 in the 3rd in what would have been the deciding match. 

Doubles Records: Tulsa 15-13, NC State 18-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Tulsa 79, NC State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #27 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.87)  vs. #69 Robbie Mudge (NCST 13.89)
2. #87 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.80) vs. Beck Bond (NCST 13.68) 
3. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.84)  vs. #110 Simon Norenius (NCST 13.76)
4. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.24) vs. #93 Austin Powell (NCST 13.60) 
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.63) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.53) 
6. Carlos Bautista (TU 13.03)  vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.43) 
Others who could play: Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.66), Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.14)

Tulsa may be the higher seed but NC State is the stronger team top to bottom.  Tulsa's 3, 4, and 5 combined to go 24-31 in dual match play while NC State's 3, 4, and 5 went 44-27. All of NC State's starting 6 recorded at least 14 dual-match wins while none of Tulsa's did. In my opinion Tulsa's only chance is to take the doubles point and then take 1, 2, and 6 singles.  However I think NC State takes the doubles point and then gets wins from Norenius, Powell, and Weigel to send the Pack on to the next round. Prediction: NC State 4-1  

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

[12] Wake Forest (22-7) vs. [49-64] George Washington (13-12)  - Friday 3pm - GW got the the Atlantic 10's automatic bid after defeating VCU 4-2 while Wake Forest came up just short losing 4-2 to #3 Virginia in the ACC Championship.  George Washington tied UW Green Bay for the worst doubles winning percentage of all the teams that made the NCAA Tournament.  

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 21-7, GW 11-14
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, GW 76

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF 15.20) vs. Francisco Dias (GW 13.38) 
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.63) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW 13.15) 
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.34) vs. Chris Fletcher (GW 11.96) 
4. #106 Jon Ho (WF 13.81) vs. Christos Hadjigeorgiou (GW 11.97) 
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.72)  vs. Chris Reynolds (GW 12.08)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW 13.17)
Others who could play: Maksim Kan (WF 13.26), Cahit Kapukiran (GW 12.48) 

The Demon Deacons will be off the court well before sundown as they'll take the doubles point and then pick up singles wins from Noah Rubin, Jon Ho, and Christian Seraphim.  Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0

[17-32] Florida (14-8) vs. [33-48] Pepperdine (17-9) - Friday 12pm - Both teams got in as at-large selections after #22 Florida lost 4-3 to #20 Mississippi State in the SEC quarterfinals while #39 Pepperdine lost 4-1 to #21 San Diego in the finals of the WCC Championship.  Neither team excelled in doubles with Pepperdine at .500 while Florida is just 2 over.  Florida went 5-8 against top 30 opponents while Pepperdine went 0-5.

Doubles Records: Florida 12-10, Pepperdine 13-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Florida 83, Pepperdine 78

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #63 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (PEPP 13.39)
2. Elliott Orkin (UF 14.19) vs. Rakshay Thakkar (PEPP 13.05)
3. Gordon Watson (UF 13.77) vs. Stefan Menichella (PEPP 13.27)
4. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.78) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEPP 13.02)
5. #102 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.53) vs. Luca Marquard (PEPP 12.59)
6. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.20) vs. Lautaro Pane (PEPP 12.99)
Others who could play: Jordan Belga (UF 13.04), Tom Hill (PEPP 12.19)

Pepperdine will be coming across the country to play this match with it starting at 9am pacific time so we'll see how awake they are for the doubles point. Pepperdine's strongest spot in singles is #6 with the Waves going 17-2 in dual match play while #6 was one of Florida's weaker spot with the Gators going just 6-10.  Both teams had losing records at #1 with Pepperdine going 8-10 and Florida 5-9.  Of course one thing you have to take into consideration is each's strength of schedule - Florida only played 3 matches against unranked teams while Pepperdine played 10 unranked teams.  I like Florida in doubles and then look for Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Maxx Lipman to pick up wins in singles. Pepperdine's best chances at winning are at 3, 4, and 6 and it wouldn't surprise me if they won 1 or 2 of those courts.  Prediction: Florida 4-1

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