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Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:46

The Madness Has BEGUN!!

The 1st round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament is in the books and while there were plenty of 4-0 blowouts (20) there were several nail-biters with 5 matches finishing with a 4-3 score and 2 of those 5 finishing in a 3rd set tiebreak.  The weather played a big role on Day 1 with several regionals experiencing delays and some having to move indoors.

Quick Summary:
  • #1 seeds went 16-0 versus #4 seeds with 15 of 16 being a 4-0 final.  Va Tech/ETSU 4-1 was the exception.
  • #2 seeds were 13-3 versus #3 seeds 
  • Drake, Pepperdine, and San Diego State were the #3 seeds to crash the party. 
  • 20 matches finished with a 4-0 final
  • 4 matches finished with a 4-1 final
  • 3 matches finished with a 4-2 final
  • 5 matches finished with a 4-3 finals (2 were 7-6 in 3rd)  
  • Teams winning the doubles point went 24-7
  • San Diego State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Minnesota, Columbia, Northwestern, and Drake were the 7 teams to lose the doubles point but yet win the match.  
  • Regionals delayed by weather: USC, UCLA, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Illinois, Oklahoma

Let's start off with the biggest upset of the day as #40 San Diego State stunned city rival #21 San Diego 4-3.  San Diego was hot going into this match and San Diego State was not. San Diego beat San Diego State 4-2 a month earlier and the Toreros were riding a 15-match winning streak while San Diego State limped to the finish line by splitting its final 6 matches including a loss to an unranked Nevada in the Mountain West semifinals.  SDSU also lost its #6 to an injury and was playing a freshman, Santiago Cevallos, that had only played in 4 dual-matches all year (2-2).  So fittingly the match would come to #6 singles and it would be Cevallos that would outlast senior Ciaran Fitzgerald 7-6 in the 3rd to clinch the win for the Aztecs.

It is a very disappointing end to the season for San Diego while San Diego State gets to take a swing at USC on Saturday.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 8th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

[3] #40 San Diego State def. [2] #21 San Diego 4-3
May 08, 2015 at Los Angeles (Marks Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #56 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.14) def. #121 Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU 13.64) 7-6(5), 3-3
2. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU 13.44) def. #72 Filip Vittek (USD 13.58) 6-4, 6-3
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.79) def. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU 13.49) 6-3, 7-6 (8)
4. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU 12.82) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.92) 7-5, 1-6, 7-5
5. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU 13.14) def. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.94) 6-0, 6-1
6. Santiago Cevallos (SDSU 11.36) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.66) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3)
Doubles competition
1. #52 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) def. #71 Gelbrich/Jebens (SDSU) 8-1
2. Thorsten Bertsch/Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) vs. Kalaydjian/Petronijevic (USD) 5-4, unfi
3. Alex Araouzos/Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. Cevallos/Goles-Babic (SDSU) 8-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,2,3,1,4,6)

The 2nd biggest upset of the day in terms of ranking came when #39 Pepperdine came back from 3-1 down to upset #22 Florida 4-3.  The Gators took the doubles point and picked up wins at 2 and 5 but Pepperdine won at 1, 3, 4, and 6 with Stefan Menichella clinching it at #3 singles beating Gordon Watson 7-6, 7-6.

Quotes from Pepperdine Recap
"I am incredibly happy for my guys," said first-year head coach Marcelo Ferreira. "The whole team has worked relentlessly since the beginning of the season, always believing that we could turn this year into something special with such a young squad. We've had our ups and downs but they never once gave up."

"I am so proud of the way the team represented Pepperdine today, and how they refused to lose even after being down against a very good Florida team," continued Ferreira. "I'm especially happy for Stefan. He lost a couple of heartbreakers in dual-clinching situations earlier this year, but today he was huge for us. We are ready for another battle tomorrow and will try our best to get Pepperdine to the Sweet 16."

Quotes from Florida recap
Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On today's match
"We showed that we weren't quite tough enough today. We certainly got off to a good start all over the place. We played pretty well in the doubles on all three courts, again. That's something that we have done well in the ladder stages of the season. But we are just putting ourselves in situations where we are up in a match and we're ready to close the door, but for whatever reason we're balking as a team. Too many of our guys are up break points consistently and we're missing the return of a serve or just making unforced errors on those points. When we do that, we're not even able to see what the other guy can do. I think that was the biggest thing today. When we had the momentum and lost it, we didn't respond. And you have to respond. The other team is going to make a push, it's the NCAA Championships. I'm just really disappointed that we didn't respond better and believe in ourselves in those moments when we had chances to close the door.

On what UF needs to improve upon going into next season
"We have to be physically and mentally tougher. We have to find ways to ramp up the pressure each day so that we can develop more in those areas. We're hitting the ball well as our serving, returning and volleying is all better as a team. I think our real weakness this year is that we weren't mentally tough enough. We just didn't play with enough conviction and confidence in the key moments of matches. So that's an area that we have to improve upon. Also, we have some guys that have to just get physically tougher as some of them are still boys out there. We wilted in a couple of matches today. So we just have to get them in the gym and get them in better shape.

[3] #39 Pepperdine def. [2] #22 Florida 4-3
May 08, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C.
Singles competition
1. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP 13.39) def. #63 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Elliott Orkin (UF 14.19) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP 13.05) 6-4, 6-3
3. Stefan Menichella (PEP 13.27) def. Gordon Watson (UF 13.77) 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5)
4. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP 13.02) def. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.78) 6-3, 7-5
5. #102 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.53) def. Luca Marquard (PEP 12.59) 6-0, 6-0
6. Lautaro Pane (PEP 12.99) def. Jordan Belga (UF 13.04) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #35 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Hadlich/Thakkar (PEP) 8-2
2. #55 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) vs. Pane/Iamachkine (PEP) 6-3, unf
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Joshua Wardell (UF) def. Menichella/Tom Hill (PEP) 8-5
Match Notes
Pepperdine 18-9; National ranking #39
Florida 14-9; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,2,4,1,3)

The third #3 seed to advance was #33 Drake as the Bulldogs beat #32 Louisville for the second time this season.  Louisville started off fine by taking the doubles point and picking up three first sets however Drake would turn two of those around in addition to closing out two of its own.  The biggest upset came at #1 singles as Drake's Alen Salibasic blew out ITA #5 Seb Stiefelmeyer 6-1, 6-2 though despite the lopsided score it wasn't the first match to finish.  Ravi Patel was first off the court with a 6-3, 6-1 win at #4 over Chris Simich.  Michael Lippens would pick up a win at #6 over Ben Stride but Drake closed out the final two courts with both Ben Mullis and Ben Lott holding on down the stretch to seal the win.

Notes: play was suspended twice due to rain

Quotes from head coach Davidson Kozlowski via the Drake recap:
On losing the doubles point
"Losing the doubles point was tough when you go up against a team as strong as Louisville. You want to get every single point out there.

On the first rain delay
"Louisville got off to a great start in singles. We were very fortunate and benefited greatly from the rain delay. Danny (Manlow) and I did our best to get the guys as fired up as we could during that rain delay, and when we got back it was like it was a completely new match."

On Alen's play today
"Alen's effort today was by far the most complete match his has played since I have coached him," said Kozlowski. "Right from the start of the match, the kind of look i
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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


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, 30 January 2016 12:21

Saturday Preview - USC/FLA, UCLA/UGA, UNC/ILL

Typically during the regular season we don't see a ton of great matches on Saturday but today we get 3 with 2 of them taking place at UCLA and the other at North Carolina. What's kind of interesting is that all 6 of these teams played each other on the same day 364 days ago. Last year North Carolina went to Illinois and USC and UCLA went to Athens to play Georgia and Florida. I'd consider almost all 3 of these matches as toss-ups with a lot depending on who plays and where they play.

It's always easier to make predictions on these matches when I know the lineups in advance like I do for the Kick-Off Weekend, National Indoors, and NCAAs. During these non-conference matches you see a lot of guys moved around plus there are always a few guys battling some injuries so you never know who will play and will sit until match time.

Regardless I'll still give it the old college try and try to improve on my 41-5 record on this young season.

#6 Georgia (2-0) at #12 UCLA (3-0) - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring - This will be UCLA's first big test of the year after the Bruins beat SMU and Georgia Tech last weekend while Georgia is coming off wins over UCSB and Memphis. We already know that Georgia's #105 Walker Duncan (13.49), who played at #4 last week, is a no-go due to a foot injury but what we don't know is if Nick Wood (13.61), who would likely play at #4 or #5, is going to be ready after missing last week's matches with a wrist injury. UCLA's big gun Mackenzie McDonald (14.98) is coming back from a wrist fracture and after missing last week's matches it sounds like he'll be a game-time decision. My best guess is that neither Wood or McDonald will play so I'll proceed under those assumptions. While UCLA has played all its matches outdoors this will be Georgia's first time stepping out into the sun so that could play a role too.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.28) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.82)
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.22) vs. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.80) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.22)
4. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.67) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.51)
5. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.24) vs. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.49)
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.26) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.36)
Depth: Nick Wood (UGA 13.61); Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.17)

Neither team has dropped the doubles point this season but UCLA has looked a little better even without Mackie playing. I'm going to take UCLA in doubles and Karue Sell, Logan Staggs, and Joseph DiGiulio in singles while Georgia will get wins from Austin Smith, Wayne Montgomery, and Emil Reinberg. I'll take the home team in this one but if Georgia can find a way to win at #4 or #5 they could end up stealing it. Prediction: UCLA 4-3 

Last Year's Meeting:

#7 Georgia 4, #4 UCLA 2
Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
4. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
5. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Karue Sell (UCLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-5, 1-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #11 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #16 Oosterbaan/Wagland (UGA) 6-3
2. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5
3. #53 Nathan Pasha/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Austin Rapp/Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-3
Match Notes
UCLA 3-1; National ranking #4
Georgia 3-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown - Official: Clark Weaver
T-3:19 A-630

#20 Florida (3-1) vs. #8 USC (2-0) - 1pm est/10am pst - Live Scoring - USC is coming off a nail-biting 4-3 win over Tulane while Florida lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Texas Tech after leading 3-1. As far as I know USC's starters are all healthy while Florida's Gordon Watson has only played doubles but if he was completely healthy I assume he'd be in the singles lineup as well. I'd be surprised to see USC put out the same lineup today that they put out last weekend and I look for Laurens Verboven to drop down some (if not out of the starting 6) while Logan Smith and Jake DeVine come up a spot. I think Florida probably plays the same guys at 1 through 6 though I wouldn't be surprised to see Alfredo Perez possibly moved up to #2 after the way he's been playing.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95) vs. #115 Max de Vroome (USC 13.95)
2. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.79) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.10)
3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.98) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.76)
4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.90) vs. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.51)
5. #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.53) vs. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.54)
6. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.30) vs. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.26)
Depth: Gordon Watson (UF 13.53); Jack Jaede (USC 13.48), Rob Bellamy (USC 13.38)

Florida has yet to drop the doubles point while USC dropped the point to Tulane last weekend. I like the Gators in doubles and the 2 freshmen, Alfredo Perez and McClain Kessler, in singles but USC gets wins from Max de Vroome, Nick Crystal, Jake DeVine, and Thibault Forget at 1, 2, 4, and 6 to pull out another tight one. Prediction: USC 4-3

Last Year's Meeting:

#1 Southern California 5, #17 Florida 2
Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2, 7-5
3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Eric Johnson (USC) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
5. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 6-2, 7-5
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Jordan Belga (UF) 7-6(5), 2-6, 1-0(6)
Doubles competition
1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #32 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4
3. #43 Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (UF) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 6-5, unf
Match Notes:
Southern California 4-0; National ranking #1
Florida 3-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown Official: Clark Weaver 
T-3:36 A-189

#7 Illinois (4-0) at #10 North Carolina (4-0) - 6pm est - Live Scoring - The Illini are coming off a tough 4-3 win on the road at Duke while North Carolina got pushed pretty hard from Indiana and NC State last weekend. Both Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider struggled last weekend so it'll be interesting to see how they play tonight. Julian Childers is coming off a blowout loss to Duke's Vincent Lin so it'll be interesting to see if he can regroup.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.11) vs. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09)
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) vs. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.00)
3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.75) vs. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.75)
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.37) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.76)
5. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.89) vs. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.86)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.16)
Depth: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.07); Bo Boyden (UNC 13.13)

Both teams are undefeated in doubles play but while Illinois has dropped a few individual courts North Carolina has yet to lose anywhere. It's tough to go against Jared Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic at the top of the lineup so I think they both gets wins but I'm not sure I see anymore courts that will go the Illini's way. I like North Carolina in doubles and Jack Murray, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali in singles. If they finish at the match at #3, I'll take Clark in a 3-setter. For Illinois to get the win they would need to take the doubles point and then win two of the top three and at least one down low but I think North Carolina has a little too much going its way and will get the win at home. Prediction: North Carolina 5-2

Last Year's Meetings:

[13] North Carolina def. [4] Illinois 4-3
May 14, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center/Grandstand Courts)
Doubles Competition    
1. Ebsen Hess-Olesen/Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. #36 J Hiltzik/Kopinski (ILL) 8-5
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. #45 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 7-5, UNF
3. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Blake Bazarnik/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 8-4
Singles Competition 
1. #11 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.63) def. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.60) 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.36) def. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.56) 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.20) def. #73 Brett Clark (UNC 13.84) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) def. Jack Murray (UNC 14.17) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.37) def. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 6-3, 6-2
6. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.40) 6-3, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,3,4,1,2)
North Carolina 24-10
Illinois 27-5

#8 Illinois 4, #6 North Carolina 3
January 31, 2015 at Champaign, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #2 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Brett Clark (UNC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. #62 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-4
2. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-1
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-1
Match Notes:
North Carolina 6-1; National ranking #6
Illinois 4-1; National ranking #8

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,6,3,2,1)
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Day 1 of the Pac-12/SEC Challenge belonged to the Pac-12 as #8 USC edged #20 Florida 4-3 and #12 UCLA pulled away from #6 Georgia 6-1.

The day started off with #8 USC playing #20 Florida. USC came out of the shoot ready to go as they went up an early break on all 3 doubles courts. USC's #3 team of Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine broke the Florida serve on the opening game of the match and eventually went up 5-1. After Florida fought off two match points to hold for 2-5, USC's Rob Bellamy served it out for the 6-2 win.

USC's #2 team of Max de Vroome and Jack Jaede went up 2-1 after breaking Maxx Lipman at love but Lipman and Elliott Orkin would even it at 4-4 after they broke Jaede's serve from 30-40. Orkin held on the deciding point to put Florida up 5-4 but de Vroome held from 40-30 to tie it back up at 5-5. Jaede/de Vroome broke the Lipman serve at love and then Jaede held on the deciding point to take it 7-5.
The match at #1 was abandoned with Florida's Diego Hidalgo serving for the match up 6-5, 30-0.

Each team would take three first sets in singles with Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Gordon Watson taking them for Florida at 1, 2, and 5 while USC's Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget took sets at 3, 4, and 6.

USC's Thibault Forget was the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Florida's Jordan Belga in a match that took 1 hour and 5 minutes. Forget broke Belga to go up 3-2 in the first set and then broke Belga again from 15-40 to take the opening set 6-3. Forget won all the close games in the second set and broke to close it out.

Logan Smith extended USC's lead to 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Chase Perez-Blanco at #4. Smith broke Perez-Blanco to go up 3-1 in the first set and held serve pretty easily the rest of the way. Below is what most of the points looked like on Smith's service games. Smith served for the match up 6-3, 5-0 but Perez-Blanco broke him from 30-40. Smith returned the favor by breaking on the deciding point to finish off the match in 1 hour and 7 minutes.

Just minutes later Diego Hidalgo would put Florida on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Max de Vroome at #1 singles. The only break in the first set came when Hidalgo broke de Vroome from 15-40 to take the set 6-4. Hidalgo got the only break of the second set when he went up 4-2 and held two more times to close out the win in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Seconds later Elliott Orkin would bring Florida to within 3-2 after closing out Nick Crystal 6-3, 6-4 at #2 singles. Orkin jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first set but Crystal broke back and held to even it at 2-2. Orkin would break again to go up 5-3 and would then serve it out at love to take the set 6-3. Orkin broke again in the second set and served it out at the same time Hidalgo clinched (sorry no video)

Gordon Watson tied it up at 3-3 with a come from behind 7-6(3), 7-5 win at #5 singles over USC's Jack Jaede. Jaede jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and led 4-1 before Watson won three straight to tie it up at 4-4. Jaede held and then had two set points but Watson fought them off to hold for 5-5. Jaede held and once again had two set points but Watson came back and held to force a tiebreak. The tiebreak was all Watson as he went up 3-0 and would take it 7-3. Jaede went up an early break in the second set but he couldn't hold on to the lead as Watson broke to even it at 4-4 and then held to go up 5-4. Jaede held for 5-5 then Watson held and broke to close out the match in 1 hour and 37 minutes

The final match on court was at #3 singles between USC freshman Jake DeVine and Florida freshman Alfredo Perez. After 12 straight holds the first set went to a tiebreak with Perez getting the early mini-break to go up 2-0. DeVine took the next 4 points before Perez got the mini-break back and would lead 6-5. DeVine fought off set point when he got the benefit of a let cord to even it at 6-6 and would end up taking it 8-6.

Devine broke Perez to start the second set and the break lead would hold up until he got broke serving for the match up 5-4, 40-40.
Perez went up 40-15 on his next service game but DeVine took the next three points to break for a 6-5 lead. DeVine then held at love to close out the win in 1 hour and 39 minutes.

#8 USC 4, #20 Florida 3
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #3 Hidalgo/Watson (FLA) vs. Crystal/Verboven (USC) *6-5 (30-0)
2. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) def. #40 Lipman/Orkin (FLA) - 7-5
3. Bellamy/DeVine (USC) def. Perez-Blanco/Wardell (FLA) - 6-2
USC wins doubles point (42 minutes)
Order of finish: 3, 2
Singles competition
1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #115 Max de Vroome (USC) - 6-4, 6-3
2. #49 Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. #41 Nick Crystal (USC) - 6-3, 6-4
3. #83 Jake DeVine (USC) def. #91 Alfredo Perez (FLA) - 7-6(6), 7-5*
4. #69 Logan Smith (USC) def. #63 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) - 6-3, 6-1
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Jack Jaede (USC) - 7-6(3), 7-5
6. Thibault Forget (USC) def. Jordan Belga (FLA) - 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 4, 1, 2, 5, 3*

Quotes from Florida's recap
What Coach Perelman Said"The Gators lost a tough match today against a good USC team. It always stings when you lose a close match, but we saw our guys do a lot of positive things today. We believe in this team and we are looking forward to putting it all on the line again tomorrow against UCLA."

The second match of the day at the Pac-12/SEC Challenge was between #6 Georgia and #12 UCLA. UCLA welcomed its #1 Mackenzie McDonald back to the lineup and he would play well in both singles and doubles. UCLA was fired up after its war chant and jumped all over Georgia in doubles.

It looks like UCLA would finish off the doubles point in about 20 minutes after they got off to quick starts at #1 and #3. UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki jumped out an early 3-0 lead at #1 and didn't face much resistance in its 6-1 win in a match that took just 20 minutes (match point below)

Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp opened up a 5-0 lead at #3 but then had trouble closing it out. Brymer got broke serving for it up 5-1, then Rapp was broke serving at 5-3, and then Brymer found himself facing two break points when serving at 5-5. Brymer came back to hold to make it 6-5 and then Reinberg held to send it a tiebreak.

While UCLA was struggling to finish it out at #3, Georgia's #2 team of Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski would close out Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell 6-4 with the match ending with some controversy. Oosterbaan was serving at 5-4, 40-40 when UCLA's guys though Oosterbaan's shot hit off his racket and then bounced off the court before going over. The chair didn't see it that way and then UCLA's guys refused to shake hands in the heat of the moment.

The tiebreak at #3 was all Bruins as Brymer and Rapp sprinted out a 5-1 lead and took it 7-2.

UCLA kept the momentum going in singles with Gage Brymer, Martin Redlicki, Karue Sell, and Joseph Di Giulio taking first sets while Austin Smith and Emil Reinberg picked up first sets for Georgia.

Joseph Di Giulio put UCLA up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ben Wagland at #6. Di Giulio broke Wagland early and often in route to winning in just 1 hour and 11 minutes

Karue Sell made it 3-0 Bruins with a 7-6(6), 6-2 win over Jan Zielinski at #4 singles. Sell broke Zielinski to start the match and led 5-3 before Zielinski won 3 straight to go up 6-5. Sell held to force a tiebreak and then went up 6-4 before Zielinski evened it at 6-6. Zielinski would double fault and then Sell got a service winner to take it 8-6 (clip below)

Sell broke early in the second set then broke again to close it out in 1 hour and 16 minutes.

After dropping the opening set, Mackenzie McDonald would come back to clinch the win with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Austin Smith at #1. McDonald went up 2-0 in the first set before Smith won the next 7 games to take the set and go up 1-0 in the second.  McDonald would break on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and would then hold on the deciding point to take the second set 6-4. McDonald broke immediately to start the third set then put the hammer down to take it in 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Originally they were going to stop at the clinch but with the weather looking iffy for Sunday they figured they might as well get as much tennis in as they could.

Martin Redlicki put UCLA up 5-0 with a 7-6(3), 7-6(5) win over Paul Oosterbaan at #2. Oosterbaan led 3-1 in the first set before Redlicki broke back to even it at 4-4. Redlicki would take the tiebreak 7-3 and then go up an early break in the second set. Oosterbaan broke back to even it at 2-2 then they stayed on serve until the tiebreak. Oosterbaan went up a mini-break at 2-1 but Redlicki erased it and took the final point off Oosterbaan's serve to win it.

Wayne Montgomery came back from a set down to beat Gage Brymer 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at #2.  - below is match point

Logan Staggs won the final match of the day but it took a little longer than he had hoped. Staggs led 5-1 in the third but Reinberg came back to even it up at 5-5. Staggs held for 6-5 then broke to close it out - below is match point

If you want to check out other video clips from the match you can go back through my twitter feed which has at least 100.

#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)

Quotes from Georgia's recap
"We lost a close match today and I was impressed with UCLA, said head coach Manuel Diaz. "They certainly played better than we did today. We came back from 5-1 down in doubles at No. 3 and did a good job at No. 2 doubles. But unfortunately we just came up a little bit short today. We lost a couple of three-set matches and one in two tiebreakers. But while we played tough, UCLA was a little bit tougher than us.


Illinois was attempting to go 2-0 on its Carolina swing but North Carolina was a little too strong and shut them out 4-0. North Carolina won the doubles point by taking a tiebreak at #2 doubles then picked up singles wins from Brett Clark, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly at 3, 4, and 5 with Murray providing the clincher. Below was a video clip of Murray's clincher and below that is an interview UNC did with Brett Clark.

#10 North Carolina 4, #7 Illinois 0
Jan 30, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
1. Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL), 6-4
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL), 7-6(3)
3. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) , 6-3
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC)  vs. No. 21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 0-0 DNF
2. No. 13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) vs. Aleks Vukic (ILL),  2-6, 6-6 DNF
3. No. 43 Brett Clark (UNC) def. No. 41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL), 6-4, 6-3
4. Jack Murray (UNC) def. No. 67 Julian Childers (ILL), 6-0, 0-6, 6-1
5. No. 47 Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL), 6-4, 6-3
6. Anu Kodali (UNC) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL), 3-6, 3-5 DNF
Match Notes
Records: # 10 North Carolina 5-0; #7 Illinois 4-1
Order of match finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,3)

Comments from UNC's recap:
"I think we played better tonight than we did last weekend up top, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "I think we're hitting the ball better. We knew coming in Illinois has got some really good personnel up top. Ronnie played better, Brayden played better. But we've got to be competitive in all six spots, and doubles. We learned a lot tonight. We'll have another great week of practice and we're looking forward to having Oklahoma here on Sunday.

"It was a fun environment, Paul said. "It's an exciting sport with so many momentum swings.

Comments from Illinois's recap
"I give North Carolina a lot of credit," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Our guys never stopped fighting. We were a point away from swinging the doubles and had a number of opportunities we didn't capitalize on in singles. North Carolina is a good team. We will be excited to get back home Friday vs. Notre Dame."
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Sunday, 31 January 2016 11:50

Sunday Preview - USC/UGA, UCLA/FLA, OU/Wake

I'm going to make my predictions on the 2 matches out in Los Angeles even though its looks like a wash out today - ground is wet as of 8am.  If they get these matches in they'd almost definitely play singles first and would only play doubles if necessary. (Both matches have been officially been cancelled due to rain)

#11 Wake Forest (4-1) at #2 Oklahoma (2-0) - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring & Fox Sports - Wake Forest is coming off a 4-2 loss at Oklahoma State on Friday night while Oklahoma plays for the first time since last weekend when they won a couple of tuneups against Troy and Utah State. The big question mark for Oklahoma is whether Andrew Harris makes his season debut because if he doesn't that might make Oklahoma a little vulnerable at the bottom of the lineup. I wouldn't be surprised to see Tony Bresky flop Bogaerts and Ho at #3 and #4 after Bogaerts got beat pretty soundly on Friday night at #3 against Oklahoma State's Arujn Kadhe. Last season Oklahoma went to Winston-Salem and won 5-2 but I think this one has the makings a 4-3 match.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) vs. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02)
2. Andrew Harris (OU 14.77) vs. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26)
3. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14)  vs. #103 Jonathan Ho (WF 14.00)
4. #91 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00)
5. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54)

I'm going to take Wake Forest in doubles because they've already played 5 matches together, with 3 of those being against tougher competition, while Oklahoma has just had the 2 against lighter opposition. If Andrew Harris plays in singles, which he hasn't since last year's NCAAs, he'll probably be a little rusty so I'd be surprised if he beat Skander Mansouri. If the lineups above are used I'd take Axel Alvarez, Spencer Papa, Alex Ghilea, and Florin Bragusi for Oklahoma and Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim for Wake Forest. If Harris doesn't play and OU has to slide everyone up I think it'll get interesting because I'd like Wake at 5 and 6 with Papa and Mansouri being the one that may decide it. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-3

Last Year's Meeting:

#2 Oklahoma 5, #19 Wake Forest 2
Jan 30, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex (indoor)
Singles competition
1. #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Noah Rubin (WF) 6-3, 6-3
2. #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
3. #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-0, 6-2
4. #52 Jon Ho (WF) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-8)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 1-0 (10-5)
6. #50 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #102 Maksim Kan (WF) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #38 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Andrew Harris/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-4
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Florin Bragusi/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-6, unfinished
Match Notes
Oklahoma 4-0; National ranking #2
Wake Forest 3-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,6,1,2,4,5)
T-2:30 A-527

#6 Georgia (2-1) vs. #8 USC (3-0) - 1pm est/10am pst - Live Scoring - Georgia is coming off a 6-1 loss to UCLA while USC is coming off a 4-3 win over Florida. Georgia had the more physical match yesterday with 3 of the 6 singles matches going to a third set plus Oosterbaan played 2 long tiebreak sets. All of the singles matches in the USC/Florida match finished in straight sets with only DeVine and Jaede playing tighter matches. Georgia may be the slightly stronger team but it all depends on how well they bounce back from yesterday.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.28) vs. #115 Max de Vroome (USC 13.95)
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.22) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.10)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.80) vs. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.51)
4. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.67) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.76)
5. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.26) vs. Jack Jaede (USC 13.48)
6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.24) vs. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.26)
Depth: Nick Wood (UGA 13.61); Laurens Verboven (USC 13.54), Rob Bellamy (USC 13.38)

USC played tremendous doubles against Florida while Georgia got off to too slow of a start at #1 and #3.  I'm going to take USC in doubles and if the teams stay with the same singles lineups as yesterday I see Georgia sweeping the top 3 while USC sweeps the bottom 3. Close match but the doubles point ends up being the difference. Prediction: USC 4-3

Last Year's Meeting:

#1 Southern California 4, #7 Georgia 0
Feb. 1, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Doubles competition 
1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #16 Paul Oosterbaan/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-2
2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) 6-3
3. #53 Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 4-4, un
Singles competition
1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-5, 6-2
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) vs. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-2, unf
4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
5. Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) 1-1, unf
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. #104 Max De Vroome (USC) 0-1, unf
Match Notes
Southern California 5-0; National ranking #1
Georgia 3-1; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,4)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:20 A-510

#20 Florida (3-2) at #12 UCLA (4-0) - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring - UCLA welcomed back Mackenzie McDonald on Saturday and after a sluggish start he found his rhythm in the second set and then played his best in the third. Florida went toe-to-toe with USC but couldn't overcome the loss of the doubles point and fell 4-3.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95) vs. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.98)
2. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.79) vs. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93)
3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.98) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.82)
4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.90) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.22)
5. Gordon Watson (UF 13.53) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.51)
6. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.30)vs. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.49)
Depth: #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.53), Jordan Belga (UF 12.92); Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.36)

UCLA is going to be favorite at just about every spot in the singles lineup assuming Mackie plays again today. Florida's best chances in my opinion are at #3 and #5 but it won't be enough to overcome UCLA winning all the other courts. If they stop at the clinch I'll go UCLA 4-0; if they play them out I'll say 5-2. Prediction: UCLA 5-2 

Last Year's Meeting:

#17 Florida 4, #4 UCLA 3
Feb. 1, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Doubles competition
1. #11 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #32 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 6-1
2. #49 Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-0
3. #43 Landert/Wardell (UF) def. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 6-1, 6-1
2. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4, 6-1
3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3
5. Oliver Landert (UF) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. #90 Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Joshua Wardell (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Match Notes
UCLA 3-2; National ranking #4
Florida 4-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown
Official: Clark Weaver T-3:33 A-196

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Texas A&M had been on the road for the last week and a half, and had lost its last three, but it managed to come from behind today to beat Illinois 4-2 despite playing without one of its top starters. Texas A&M senior Shane Vinsant missed today's match against Illinois due to a blister on his foot but the Aggies managed to stay focused in his absence and the team performed much better in singles than it did in doubles. The weather was right around 50 degrees outside but they played it indoors anyway. I was a little surprised at the lighter turnout of around 175 because I've been to Atkins in the past for some big matches and have seen well over 500 on hand.

Illinois got off to a quick start in doubles with its #2 team of Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik breaking Max Lunkin to open the match and its #3 team of Julian Childers and Aiden Jiang going up an early break as well. Childers and Jiang would stretch the lead to 5-0 and would end up taking it 6-1 in just 19 minutes. Vukic and Hiltzik went up a double break at #2 and led 3-0 before Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Jordi Arconada broke from 15-40 and held to make it 3-2. Vukic held for 4-2 when he hit a net cord ace at 40-30 and then Vukic and Hiltzik broke Arconada to go up 5-2. Aron Hiltzik clinched the doubles point when he hit a service winner on the deciding point - below are some video clips of a few points including match points at #3 (left) and #2 (right).

The match at #1 was abandoned with Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow leading Jared Hiltzik and Brian Page 5-2*. Below are a few clips from that match:

After a slow start in doubles Texas A&M turned up the heat in singles as Arthur Rinderknech, AJ Catanzariti, Jackson Withrow, and Max Lunkin went up early breaks at #1, #3, #5 and #6. Each would take the opening set as did Harrison Adams at #4 so that was five first sets for Texas A&M while Illinois got just the one from Jared Hiltzik at #2.

Jared Hiltzik was the first off the court as he put Illinois up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jordi Arconada at #2 singles. Hiltzik broke Arconada on the deciding point to start the match and then broke him again to take the opening set 6-3. They stayed on serve in the second set until Hiltzik broke to go up 4-2 and just two games later he'd break again to close it out in a whopping 55 minutes. Below are some highlights starting with Hiltzik's break on the opening game and it cuts to match point at the end. Of all the matches I got the least footage on this one since Hiltzik was in control most of the way.

Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow earned the Aggies first point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Brian Page at #5 singles. Withrow broke from 30-40 to go up 4-2 in the first but Page broke back from 15-40 to make it 4-3. Withrow broke right back and then held to take the opening set 6-3. After four straight holds to start the second set, Withrow broke on the deciding point to go up 3-2. Withrow then held for 4-2, broke from 30-40 for 5-2, and then held from 40-15 to close it out in 1 hour and 3 minutes. The below highlights pick up with Page serving 3-6, 2-4 (30-30) and finish with Withrow hammering home an ace on match point.

Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti tied up the match at 2-2 with an impressive 6-1, 7-6(1) win over Aron Hiltzik at #3. Catanzariti only needed 22 minutes to take the opening set but Hiltzik fought back in the second to go up 3-0. Catanzariti would reel off four straight to go up a break at 4-3 but Hiltzik would break back from 30-40 to even it at 4-4.  It stayed on serve until the tiebreak and then it was all Catanzariti as he rolled 7-1 to finish off the match in 1 hour and 13 minutes. In the video clip below it has the most of the tiebreak and if your wondering Hiltzik was overruled on the line call at 2-1 to make it 3-1 Catanzariti.

Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Asher Hirsch were locked in a tight battle at #6 singles. Lunkin took the first set 6-3 but Hirsch went up 5-3 in the second and was looking for a split. Lunkin held from 40-15 to make it 5-4 and then he broke from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. Lunkin went down 15-40 on his 5-5 service game but fought back to hold for 6-5. Hirsch held from 40-30 to send it a tiebreak but he'd quickly fall behind 3-1. Hirsch evened it up at 3-3 but he'd net a forehand on the next point to give the mini-break back to Lunkin at 4-3. Hirsch would then rattle off the next four to take the tiebreak 7-4. Below are clips from the close of the first set then the finish off the second set (for some reason the scoreboard got cut off the top during the upload)

Harrison Adams put Texas A&M ahead 3-2 with a 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 win over Julian Childers at #4. The first set was nip and tuck until Adams jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreak and took it 7-2. Childers came back and took the second 6-3 but Adams had the steadier hand down the stretch and took the final four games to close it out in 1 hour and 41 minutes. The video clip on the left is match point and the one on the right has Adams holding for 6-5 in the first, Childers holding for 6-6, then a few from the first set tiebreak.

Arthur Rinderknech would clinch the win for Texas A&M with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 win over Aleks Vukic at #1. Rinderknech needed just 25 minutes to take the first set 6-1 but Vukic fought back and broke Rinderknech at love to take the second set 7-5. Rinderknech broke to go up 3-2 in the third then he'd hold for 4-2. Vukic went up 40-0 on his next service game but Rinderknech came back to break on the deciding point for 5-2. Rinderknech would get broke at love and lose the next two points on the Vukic serve before taking the last four to win it in 1 hour and 55 minutes. The video clips start in the first set then pick up with Vukic serving 2-4 in the third.

Lunkin was a break in the third set at 2-1 when Rinderknech clinched.

#7 Texas A&M 4, #12 Illinois 2
February 21, 2016 at Urbana, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech, (TAMU 14.39) def. #12 Aleks Vukic (Ill 14.37) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (Ill 14.23) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.75) 6-3, 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.51) def. #69 Aron Hiltzik (Ill 13.63) 6-1, 7-6(1)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 12.98) def. Julian Childers (Ill 13.48) 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.01) def. Brian Page (Ill 12.38) 6-3, 6-2
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.39) vs. Asher Hirsh (Ill 12.77) 6-3, 6-7(4), *2-1 unf
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Brian Page (Ill) 5-2, unf
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (Ill) def. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2
3. Julian Childers/Aiden Jiang (Ill) def. Harrison Adams/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 11-3; National ranking #7
Illinois 6-4; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2); Singles (2, 5, 3, 4, 1)

I talked to Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton about today's match:

Post Match Quotes From Texas A&M's recap
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - Thoughts on the match
"It was a great team win for us, after losing a couple matches in a row it was big for our team to come back and play the level we were capable of playing. I was proud of our guys for playing hard and being in the match mentally. It was a big effort from the guys to come out and play the way we did. Winning five first sets in singles was huge for us and it shows that we can play at a very high level. I'm proud of the guys."

Winning the match after dropping doubles point
"It showed how good we can play if everyone plays up their level. We had some big wins today, with Arthur beating one of the toughest players in the country. He was great after having a tough go of it the last couple matches. We had a lot of heroes today, AJ was great today after winning the first set and coming back from being down in the second set to win in a tie breaker. That was a really big boost for the team. Harry, came back and won a big point for us. He hadn't broken serve for a while and got a couple big breaks in the third set. He played his best tennis on this trip in the last set today.

Post Match Quote From Illinois's recap
"We had some good doubles play. The guys came out on courts two and three and did a great job there," head coach Brad Dancer said. "I thought our urgency in singles early on was poor. Credit to our guys, as they always do, for fighting back to give ourselves a chance to win."

#6 Ohio State got all it wanted from #23 Florida but in the end the Buckeyes pulled it out 4-3. Ohio State took the doubles point by picking up a 6-3 win at #1 and a 6-4 win at #2. The win by Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen came over the ITA #1 team of Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson. Below is the handshake from Ohio State's Twitter

Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce clinched the point at #2 when Martin Joyce held serve to give the Buckeyes the 6-4 win over Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin.

Ohio State came out strong in singles and took four opening sets and looked like it'd run away with this one but Florida fought back and forced a ton of third sets.

Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach needed just 53 minutes to put Ohio State up 2-0 after he defeated Gordon Watson 6-1, 6-4 at #5 singles. Florida's Alfredo Perez cut the lead to 2-1 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at #4 singles in a match that took 1 hour and 21 minutes. Florida's Elliott Orkin tied it at 2-2 with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Hugo Di Feo at #2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes. Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to 7-0 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Florida freshman McClain Kessler at #6 in 1 hour and 49 minutes. Just four minutes later, Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco would tie it at 3-3 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Herkko Pollanan at #3.

It all came down to a third set at #1 between Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard and Florida senior Diego Hidalgo. Torpegaard took the first set 7-6, Hidalgo got the second 6-2, then Torpegaard went up 4-1 in the third and broke again to win 6-2 in 2 hour and 7 minutes.

#6 Ohio State 4, #23 Florida Gators 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.52) def. #48 Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.04) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2
2. #21 Elliott Orkin (FLA 13.89) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.26) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. #88 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.97) def. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.64) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Alfredo Perez (FLA 13.96) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 7-5
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.97) def. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.50) 6-1, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.79) def. McClain Kessler (FLA 13.62) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 6-3
2. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #54 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco/Josh Wardell (FLA) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Florida Gators 4-3; National ranking #23
Ohio State 12-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,2,6,3,1)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:00 A-257

Post-Match Quotes from Florida head coach Brian Shelton via Florida's recap
"Ohio State is a very good team and have to credit the way Coach Tucker's guys were prepared to compete. It was a great environment there and I had so much success at home. Our guys fought hard and just came up one match shy of getting it done. Elliott and Chase showed great resolve fighting back and Alfredo did a nice job finishing against a tough competitor.

I really like my team and believe we are on our way. We are looking forward to getting after it in practice on Tuesday. The margins are small between winning and losing these matches, so we'll keep working to find that edge."

Memphis won in Oxford for the second time in the last three years when it defeated Ole Miss 4-1.
Memphis won 6-3 at #3 doubles while Ole Miss got a 6-3 win at #1 doubles. Ole Miss was serving up 4-0 at #2 doubles but gave one of the breaks back but still led 5-2. Memphis held and then broke from 30-40 to make it 5-4. Memphis held from 40-30 to make it 5-5. Ole Miss held at love for 6-5 then the Rebels had two match points up 30-40. Memphis managed to hold with a service winner on the deciding point to send it a tiebreak. Ole Miss went up an early mini-break at 2-1 but Memphis took the next three to go up 4-2. Memphis's Ryan Peniston and Felix Rauch would end up taking it 7-3 to give the Tigers the point and early 1-0 lead.

The match was being played at Ole Miss's three-court indoor facility so after Memphis took the doubles point only the top three singles matches went on court. Memphis got wins from Ryan Peniston and Kai Lemke at #2 and #3 to go up 3-1 before Ole Miss got on the board with a 6-3, 7-6 win by Stefan Lindmark at #1.

Ole Miss needed a sweep of the bottom three but Memphis's Chris Patzanovsky closed out Ricardo Jorge 6-3, 6-4 at #4 to give Memphis the 4-1 win.

The other matches were abandoned with Memphis up a set at #6 while #5 was on serve in the first.

#28 Memphis 4, #19 Ole Miss 1
Feb 21, 2016 at Oxford, Mississippi (Gillom Sports Center) 
Singles competition
1. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM 13.94) def. #87 Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS 13.84) 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
2. #46 Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS 14.06) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.64) 6-4, 6-0
3. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS 13.48) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.86) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS 13.01) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.26) 6-3, 6-4
5. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.90) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS 12.40) 4-4, unf
6. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS 12.68) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.85) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. Filip Kraljevic/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEMPHIS) 6-3
2. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Memphis 6-2; National ranking #28
Ole Miss 4-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,1,4)
T-3:39 A-224

Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson via Ole Miss's recap
"Memphis got away with the doubles point that we had complete control over. You have to keep playing until the last point, and they did a better job at that. We weren't able to stop the momentum, but credit to Memphis, they did a great job and deserved to win.

South Florida beat San Diego for the second time in the last seven days after winning 4-0. The Bulls took the doubles point and picked up wins from Dominic Cotrone, Sasha Gozun, and Peter Bertran at #2, #3, and #5.

San Diego head coach Ryan Keckley recapped the weekend split with South Carolina and South Florida.

#14 South Florida, #17 San Diego 0
February 21, 2016 at Tampa Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Doubles competition
1. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) vs. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) 4-5, unf
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Uros Petronijevic/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-4
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Josh Page/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.11) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.43) 4-6, 6-1 unf
2. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.32) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.43) 6-3, 6-2
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) def. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.88) 7-5, 6-0
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.08) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.21) 7-5, 2-3, unf
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.27) def. Joshua Page (USD 12.87) 6-1, 6-2
6. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.36) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.30) 7-6(2), 2-1
Match Notes
South Florida 6-3: National Ranking #14
San Diego 5-5: National Ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from South Florida's recap
"I thought the guys continued to improve and get better, head coach Matt Hill said. "Every day, every week they continue to look better and better. That's all we really care about here, is that were playing better in March than we did in February, and getting better into April and May. That's the goal.

What was expected to be a close match turned into a rout as #47 Kentucky rolled into South Bend and gave #31 Notre Dame a good ole' fashioned beat down. Kentucky won the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 (with some new pairings) and then took all six first sets in singles. Ryotaro Matsumura, Nils Ellefsen, and Trey Yates each won with Ellefsen providing the clincher at #3.

Notre Dame did bounce back later on Sunday with a 4-0 win over Western Michigan in a match that had four singles matches go three-sets.

Kentucky has done a great job this year with getting post-match quotes from its coaching staff so make sure you give those a read for some more insight.

#47 Kentucky 4, #31 Notre Dame 0
Feb 21, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Singles competition
1. #25 William Bushamuka (UK 13.96) vs. #51 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.85) 6-4, 3-4, unf.
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.60) def. Alex Lawson (ND 13.35) 7-5, 6-2
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.47) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.84) 6-4, 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.92) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.32) 6-1, 5-5, unf
5. Trey Yates (UK 13.11) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 12.95) 6-4, 6-2
6. Charles Minc (UK 12.21) vs. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.90) 7-6(5), 1-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) def. Nils Ellefsen/William Bushamuka (UK) 6-4
2. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-4
3. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) def. Josh Hagar/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-4
Match Notes:
Kentucky 6-3; National ranking #47
Notre Dame 5-5; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,3)
T-2:08 A-114

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"We had to mix it up in the doubles, remarked fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann. "It wasn't an easy decision on what teams we needed to move around, but it paid off today. Gus and Kevin complemented each other well and Ryo and Enzo closed out a good team.

"I was very happy with our energy in the doubles, assistant coach Matt Emery added. "We switched up a couple things, and the guys really responded.  When we get the doubles point, we are very difficult to beat."

"Everyone came out to play, Kauffmann said on singles action. "To win all each of the first sets is a tough thing to do on the road. I am proud of the boys. Ryo, Nils and Trey played well and closed out the match very quickly. They took care of business.

"I was really proud of the matches I saw on the top three singles courts, Emery said "They came to play from the first point and never looked back.

"I was very proud of Trey Yates today as well, getting a big win for us at No. 5 singles. He has been so close in so many matches this year, and it was great to see it all come together for him today."
With the win, the Wildcats moves to 7-2 on the season. The loss for Notre Dame drops them to 5-5 in 2016.

"We are getting better every week and that's our goal, Kauffmann said. "This team will be one of the best teams in the country if we continue getting better and we believe in one another.

#66 Iowa ran its record to 5-2 with a come from behind 4-3 win over Wichita State. Wichita State took the doubles point with tiebreak wins at #1 and #2 and then went up 3-1 after Tin Ostojic and Haru Inoue only dropped a total of 3 games in straight set wins at #1 and #5. As hard as it is to believe, Inoue's 6-0, 6-1 win the third match to finish with Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou squeezing in a 6-1, 6-2 win at #2. Iowa would also get a straight set win from Josh Silverstein at #3 and then both Jonas Larsen and Jake Jakoby would win in three-sets with Larsen clinching the match at #4.

Wichita State has played 13 matches this season with 7 of them finishing with a 4-3 score. Unfortunately for the Shockers they are just 2-5 in those matches.

#66 Iowa 4, #65 Wichita State 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #95 Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.21) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA 12.88) 6-2, 6-0
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA 12.71) def. #121 Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.72) 6-1, 6-2
3. Josh Silverstein (IOWA 12.91) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.55) 6-2, 6-4
4. Jonas Larsen (IOWA 11.98) def. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 11.96) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
5. Haru Inoue (WSU 12.42) def. Robin Haden (IOWA 12.61) 6-0, 6-1
6. Jake Jacoby (IOWA 12.77) def. Eddie Stoica (WSU 12.28) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #38 Jocelyn Devilliers/Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. Jake Jacoby/Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) 7-6
2. #22 Miroslav Herzan/Haru Inoue (WSU) def. Dominic Patrick/Josh Silverstein (IOWA) 7-6(8)
3. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (IOWA) def. Sergio de Vilchez/Eddie Stoica (WSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Iowa 5-2; National ranking #66
Wichita State 7-6; National ranking #65
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,5,3,6,4)

Post-Match Quote from Iowa's recap
"For Jonas to clinch the match in the third set for us shows the big strides he's made as a player since he's arrived on campus in August," said UI head coach Ross Wilson.

#20 Northwestern ran its record to 10-1 with a tight 4-3 win over #32 Vanderbilt. Vandy took the doubles point by winning the deciding match at #1 in a tiebreak but Northwestern rallied in singles by taking first sets at the top four spots. Konrad Zieba, Sam Shropshire, and Fedor Baev put NU up 3-1 but Vandy tied it up at 3-3 with straight sets win from Kris Yee and Alex Ross at #5 and #6.

The match came down to a third set at #3 between NU junior Strong Kirchheimer and Vandy sophomore Baker Newman. Kirchheimer took the first set 6-2, Newman the second 7-5, and then Kirchheimer finished it 6-3 in the third.

#20 Northwestern 4, #32 Vanderbilt 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #14 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.31) def. #97 Daniel Valent (VU 14.16) 6-3, 6-0
2. #57 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.77) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.15) 6-2, 6-3
3. #77 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.21) def. Baker Newman (VU 13.42) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
4. Fedor Baev (NU 12.97) def. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.90) 7-5, 6-1
5. Kris Yee (VU 13.14) def. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14) 6-2, 6-4
6. Alex Ross (VU 12.69) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.88) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VU) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VU) def. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-3
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Pen Binet/Daniel Valent (VU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 5-4; National ranking #32
Northwestern 10-1; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,1,6,5,3)
Official: John Coleman T-2:59 A-152

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"He is a kid who puts in so much hard work," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We are certainly happy to have him to win or lose a match. We feel good having Strong as the last man on the court."

"Vanderbilt is such a good, quality team, and it seems like every year we have really tight matches with them," Swan said. "I thought the guys did a really nice job."

Post-Match Quote from Vandy's recap
"Yeah it was a tough one to lose, like they all are, said head coach Ian Duvenhage, "especially the 4-3s, but we made progress. We played some really good doubles today and they just outplayed us in some positions and you have to give them credit for that. We will get back to practice tomorrow and work on the things we think we need to get better at. I think that in spite of the fact that we lost, we played a pretty good match with a few isolated exceptions.

#27 Tulane bounced back from a tough loss to Mississippi State by defeating #35 Drake 4-1. Tulane won the doubles point by taking the deciding match in a tiebreak and then the Green Waves picked up singles wins from Dominik Koepfer, Constantin Schmitz, and Chi-Shan Jao while Drake got a win from Vinny Gillespie.

The remaining matches were abandoned with Tulane closing in on a win at #4 while it looked like #5 was headed for a split.

#27 Tulane 4, #35 Drake 1
Feb 21, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.51) def. Bayo Philips (DRAKE 12.66) 6-1, 6-1
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.72) def. #76 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.34) 6-0, 7-5
3. Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE 13.41) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.77) 6-2, 6-3
4. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.63) vs. Ben Stride (DRAKE 12.38) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
5. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.71) vs. Nikolas Tukic (TLN 11.96) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
6. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.34) def. Tom Hands (DRAKE 12.01) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #7 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Ben Lott/Ben Wood (DRAKE) 6-4
2. Calum MacGeoch/Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-4
3. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Ben Stride/Bayo Philips (DRAKE) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
Drake 6-5; National ranking #35
Tulane 5-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"We talked to the guys about how are you going to respond," Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras said. "You always have to put it out there on the line, especially in tennis, when you play 100 points and win about half of them and you win the match. You know you have some things that are going against you, but you have to keep responding in the right way. When you lose a team match like that, against a great SEC team, it can wreak havoc on your mind, but our guys responded well."

"Doubles has been great," Booras explained. "Our assistant coach James McKie has really brought a new element in, with the energy that we need and the tasks we need to do. The guys have really taken ownership and accountability. We're really stepping up in every position.

Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
 "Today was not the way we wanted or expected this road trip to end. Give all the credit to Tulane for coming out after their tough loss yesterday and putting together a performance like this," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. "We won't let this one match dictate our season. We've been competing well and playing well."

"We have a long season ahead with lots of tennis to be played. We'll return to Des Moines and start preparing for home matches with nationally ranked Purdue and Denver."

#48 Washington won a tight doubles point over #52 Pepperdine and then got singles wins from Jake Douglas, Enzo Sommer, and Piers Foley while Pepperdine got a win from Lautaro Pane. Below is the clincher by Douglas:

#48 Washington 4, #52 Pepperdine 1
Feb 21, 2016 at Seattle, Washington (Nordstrom Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Foley/Wendell Watanabe (UW) def. #17 Hadlich/Sidney (Pepp) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Iamachkine/Pane (Pepp) def. Douglas/Stewart (UW) 6-2
3. Kawika Lam/Sommer (UW) def. Hill/Van Slyke (Pepp) 6-2
Singles competition              
1. #105 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.84) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (Pepp 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 4-1 (DNF)
2. Jake Douglas (UW 13.41) def. Stefan Menichella (Pepp 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Lautaro Pane (Pepp 13.52) def. Gal Hakak (UW 13.45) 6-3, 6-1
4. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.71) def. Jack Van Slyke (Pepp 12.84) 7-6, 6-4
5. Pedro Iamachkine (Pepp 13.39) vs. Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.70) 6-3, 3-6, 3-1 (DNF)
6. Piers Foley (UW 12.44) def. Tom Hill (Pepp 12.27) 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes:
Drake 6-5; National ranking #35
Tulane 5-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
"I'm really thrilled to get the win, it was just a great day for tennis, said head coach Matt Anger. "There were some really intense matches and a lot of competitive play. Doubles came down to being really close, coming down to the tie-breaker, said Anger. "Our guys were able to come up with some clutch shots to get that doubles point

"Right down the line in singles we did a good job, said Anger. "Gal was the only one that couldn't get the win but I have to tip my hat off to his opponent, he played very well and didn't give us a lot of chances, he was incredibly solid.

"I think we struggled a little out of the gate with Mitch and Sebastian, but they both were able to get the second set, said Anger. "Obviously if you need those courts it helps, but even if other guys are doing well it just helps the rest of the team along. Ultimately though it was great to finish with a win today.

#16 Columbia really roughed up Minnesota on Sunday beating the Gophers for the second time in the last month. Columbia won all seven singles matches in straight sets and didn't give up more than four games in any set.

Minnesota's Felix Corwin started off the year at #1 but after breaking his wrist he's obviously struggled to gain any traction.

#16 Columbia 7, #45 Minnesota 0
Feb 21, 2016 at New York City. N.Y. 
Singles competition
1. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.93) def. Matic Spec (MINN 13.36) 6-3, 6-1
2. #108 Victor Pham (COL 13.83) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.23) 6-3, 6-3
3. #124 Eric Rubin (COL 13.75) def. Josip Krstanovic (MINN 12.47) 6-4, 6-4
4. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.75) def. Justyn Levin (MINN 12.36) 6-0, 6-3
5. Richard Pham (COL 13.08) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.62) 6-1, 6-2
6. Timothy Wang (COL 13.35) def. Marino Alpeza (MINN 12.33) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (COL) def. Marino Alpeza/Ruben Weber (MINN) 6-1
2. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (COL) def. Jeremy Lynn/Matic Spec (MINN) 6-2
3. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (COL) vs. vs. Josip Krstanovic/Justyn Levin (MINN) 4-2 unf
Match Notes
Minnesota 3-7; National ranking #45
Columbia 6-3; National ranking #16
T - 1:50

#26 Texas went on the road and beat #49 Rice 4-0. The doubles point was decided by a tiebreak at #2 and then Texas picked up straight set wins from Harrison Scott and Rodrigo Banzer at #2 and #4 while Julian Zlobinsky clinched the win in three-sets at #6.

Each of the remaining matches had to gone to a third set when play was halted due to the clinch.

#26 Texas 4, #49 Rice 0
2/21/2016 at Houston, TX (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Jamie Malik (RICE 12.97) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.61) 3-6, 6-2, 1-1, unfinished
2. #109 Harrison Scott (UT 13.61) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE 13.27) 6-3, 6-0
3. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.56) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.76) 5-7, 6-4, 0-0, unfinished
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.31) def. David Warren (RICE 13.03) 6-2, 6-1
5. Jake Hansen (RICE 13.73) vs. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.01) 6-1, 5-7, 0-0, unfinished
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.89) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE 12.23) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Adam Gustafsson/David Warren (RICE) 6-2
2. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Tommy Bennett/Jamie Malik (RICE) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Jake Hansen/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Harrison Scott/Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 6-5; National ranking #26
Rice 9-2; National ranking #49
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,6)
T-2:38 A-350

Post-Match Quotes from Rice's recap
"I'm very proud of the effort we gave today, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "There were times in each of the matches when I felt we didn't handle the presser as well as we should have. We didn't take care of certain situations and it got away from us. There were two or three matches where we didn't handle the adversity well as I would have liked.

"One positive we take from today is the knowledge that the expectation is now much higher, both from ourselves and from the great crowds that came out this weekend to watch us play. Everybody expects us to win these matches now, Ustundag said.

"The goal going forward is to learn how to maintain our momentum and if it does start to slip away, to learn how to put a stop to it and get back our swagger, he continued. " Everybody is contributing, but often it's been at different times. We're yet to play six across and have a great effort on every court. It's exciting to think about it happening, but it's something we have to keep working towards, he added.

Post-Match Quote from Texas's recap
"This was a really good effort today by our guys," said 16th-year UT head coach Michael Center.  "We won a hard-fought doubles point, and they followed it up and competed really well all the way up and down the line in singles.  I'm proud of what they were able to get accomplished today.  We're excited about next week and the great opportunity we have to play a very good Wake Forest team."

Emory won the Division 3 National Team Indoor Championship with a 7-2 win over Chicago which was the Eagles 6th NTI Championship in the 16 years of the event.

For more details on the match read the ITA's recap along with a report from D3 Tennis.

#5 Emory University 7, #6 University of Chicago 2
Feb 21, 2016 at Pepper Pike, Ohio
Singles competition
1. Rafe Mosetick (EUM) def. Chua, Nicolas (UCM) 75, 67 (47), 106
2. Jonathan Jemison (EUM) def. Kranz, Sven (UCM) 64, 63
3. Aman Manji (EUM) def. Pei, Charlie (UCM) 75, 64
4. Adrien Bouchet (EUM) def. Leung, Peter (UCM) 64, 64
5. Liu, David (UCM) def. Josh Goodman (EUM) 61, 61
6. Liu, Max (UCM) def. Andrew Harrington (EUM) 75, 75
Doubles competition
1. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding (EUM) def. Chua, Nicolas/Liu, David (UCM) 86
2. Rafe Mosetick/Jonathan Jemison (EUM) def. Leung, Peter/Pei, Charlie (UCM) 85
3. David Omsky/Andrew Harrington (EUM) def. Selin, Michael/Tsai, Luke (UCM) 84
Match Notes
University of Chicago 71 National ranking #6
Emory University 42 National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2) Singles (5,4,2,3,1,6)
ITA Indoor Nationals Championship Match
Emory is the no. 3 seed Chicago is the no. 4 seed

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While conference play got underway in the SEC and ACC there was a non-conference battle brewing in Des Moines between #36 Drake and #33 Iowa. The two schools, separated by just 115 miles, are the only two schools in the state of Iowa that play Division 1 men's tennis so bragging rights were at stake Friday night. A boisterous crowd of close to 200, with a decent amount of black and gold, was on hand to see if Drake could make it five in a row over the Hawkeyes.

Drake got off to a good start at #3 doubles when Ben Stride and Calum MacGeoch jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Iowa's Robin Haden and Nils Hallestrand. Drake would hold on the deciding point to stretch the lead to 4-1 and then break again for 5-1. MacGeoch would serve it out from 40-30 to give Drake the 6-1 win in 24 minutes.

The match at #1 between Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou and Jake Jacoby and Drake's Ben Lott and Ben Wood would stay on serve until Iowa broke the Ben Wood serve to go up 5-3. Jacoby would serve it out at love to give Iowa the 6-3 win in 27 minutes. The clip on the left is some early action, very nice touch by Jacoby on one shot, and then the clip on the right shows Iowa breaking and then serving it out.

The doubles point would be decided at #2 between Iowa's Josh Silverstein and Dominic Patrick and Drake's Bayo Philips and Vinny Gillespie. Iowa jumped out to the early 2-1 lead when it broke the Gillespie serve on the deciding point and then Patrick held for 3-1. Iowa would break the Philips serve to go up 4-1 but Drake broke back and then Gillespie held for 3-4. Silverstein held for 5-3 and then Philips held for 4-5. Patrick would serve it out from 40-30 to give Iowa the 6-4 win in 33 minutes. Below clip shows the Philips hold followed by the Patrick hold to clinch the doubles point.

The court layout at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center has courts 1, 3, and 5 on one side of the stands and then courts 2, 4, and 6 on the other side. Drake took all three odd number first sets while Iowa swept the evens.

Drake's Ben Lott was first off the court with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Dominic Patrick at #1. Lott broke the Patrick serve to go up 3-1 in the first and then it was all holds the rest of the way. Lott would break Patrick to start the second set and would then break him again to clinch the win in 1 hour and 4 minutes. I didn't catch a clip of match point since the scoreboard was still showing 4-3 in the second but here is a clip of him serving at 4-2 in the first (left) and then winning the set 6-3 (right).

Drake's Ben Stride put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jonas Larsen at #5. Stride broke Larsen to go up 2-1 in the first and then held for 3-1. Larsen would hold and break back to even it at 3-3 but Stride would take the next three games to close out the opening set 6-3. The second set stayed on serve up until Stride broke Larsen to close it out in 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Iowa's Jake Jacoby tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Drake's Tom Hands at #6. Jacoby broke Hands to go up 3-1 in the first and then ran away with the set 6-1. Jacoby broke Hands to start the second set and then held for 2-0. Hands would break later in the set to even it at 4-4 but Jacoby broke again to go up 6-5. Jacoby fell behind 15-40 on his serve however he'd take the next three points to close out Hands in 1 hour and 21 minutes. The clip below shows Jacoby breaking for 6-5 and then coming back to close it out.

Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou put the Hawkeyes ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Bayo Philips at #2.  Theodorou broke Philips to go up 2-1 in the first and then broke again to go up 5-2 and would hold to take the set 6-2. Theodorou looked like he'd close it out in straight sets after breaking to go up 5-4 but Philips broke at love, held at 40-30, and broke from 15-40 to take the set 7-5. The clip shows that four game sequence.

The third set stayed on serve until Theodorou broke Philips on the deciding point (left) to go up 3-2 and then a few games later it all was over with the clip on the right showing the clincher.

Roughly 14 minutes later Drake's Calum MacGeoch would even it the match at 3-3 with a 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2 win over Robin Haden at #4. Each player held serve six times in the first set but in the tiebreak it was the receiver that won most of the points. MacGeoch was serving up 3-2 but he lost both of his points then Haden was serving up 4-3 but he lost both of his points. MacGeoch was serving up 5-4 but Haden drilled the return and then finished the point with an overhead for 5-5. MacGeoch would take the next point to go up 6-5 but Haden took the next three to take the set 7-6(6). Below are several of the points from the tiebreak.

MacGeoch jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second and took the set 6-3 and then he cruised through the third set before closing it out 6-2 in 1 hour and 52 minutes

The last match on court was at #3 between Drake's Vinny Gillespie and Iowa's Josh Silverstein. Silverstein led 5-3 in the first set but Gillespie held and then broke on the deciding point to make it 5-5. Gillespie held and then broke again to take the set 7-5. Clip on left is Silverstein holding for 5-3 and then clip on right is Gillespie breaking for 5-5.

Silverstein rolled through the second set 6-2 but Gillespie held to start the third set and then broke to go up 2-0. Silverstein broke back, held, broke again, and then held again to go up 4-2. Things were looking good for Iowa and bleak for Drake but Gillespie would claw his way back into it.  Gillespie fell behind 0-30 on his 2-4 service game but he hit an ace on the deciding point to make it 3-4. Gillespie broke Silverstein from 30-40 to make it 4-4 and then held for 5-4. Silverstein was up 30-15 on his 4-5 service game but he lost a backbreaking point to make it 30-30 (in the clip below). Gillespie put a forehand into the net to make it 40-30 but Silverstein returned the favor with a backhand error to bring up the deciding point. Silverstein came in but mishit an overhead and Drake had won 4-3.

The clip on the left shows Gillespie holding for 3-4 and then breaking for 4-4. The clip on the right is the last few points on Silverstein's serve.

#36 Drake 4, #33 Iowa 3
Mar 04, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center-Indoors) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU 13.31) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA 12.80) 6-3, 6-3
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA 12.79) def. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.69) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.48) def. Josh Silverstein (IOWA 13.04) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 12.99) def. Robin Haden (IOWA 12.56) 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2
5. Stride, Ben (DU 12.44) def. Jonas Larsen (IOWA 12.10) 6-3, 6-4
6. Jake Jacoby (IOWA 12.85) def. Hands, Tom (DU 12.34) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Lefteris Theodorou/Jake Jacoby (IOWA) def. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 6-3
2. Josh Silverstein/Dominic Patrick (IOWA) def. Philips, Bayo/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) 6-4
3. Stride, Ben/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (IOWA) 6-1
Match Notes
Drake 9-5; National Ranking #36
Iowa 7-3; National Ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,6,2,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
"Hats off to Iowa for coming in here on our home court on a rowdy Friday night with a great crowd and putting up the fight that they did. Credit to our guys for handling that pressure after falling behind and being able to steal the win in the end," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.

"We had great results from Lott on court one and Stride on court five, as they neutralized that momentum from dropping the doubles point," Kozlowski said.

"Vinny has been in that positions several times and he has handled that situation better and better as the season has worn on," Kozlowski said about the decisive match point coming down to Gillespie.

Post-Match Quotes from Iowa's recap
"We started off the match really well with doubles, got up a break on number one and two doubles and we were able to carry the momentum and get that first point," said Iowa head coach Ross Wilson.

"Going into singles, we won three of the first sets," said Wilson. "Lefty ended up pulling out a match in the third set and Jake got a win in two sets. We just didn't play well in a couple spots."

"Unfortunately Josh, although he was winning, just couldn't finish," said Wilson.

"Extremely tough loss for us today. I think the home crowd really helped Drake out at the end of the match but our guys battled and that's what it's about," said Wilson.

"We've got to be able to be comfortable in this environment and pull off a couple wins with matches like this if we want to accomplish our goals this year."

#32 LSU was able to take the doubles point, which included a win from Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle over the ITA #1 team of Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo, but #30 Florida was just too strong in singles. The Gators picked up straight set wins from Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, Alfredo Perez, and McClain Kessler at 1, 2, 4, and 6 with Hidalgo providing the clincher.

They played the remaining matches out with LSU's Gabor Csonka and January addition Nikola Samardzic picking up wins at 3 and 5.

#30 Florida 4, #32 LSU 3
3/4/2016 at Baton Rouge, LA (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #50 Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.13) def. #42 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.74) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #22 Elliott Orkin (FLA 13.96) def. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.36) 6-3, 6-4
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.36) def. #30 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.96) 6-4, 7-5
4. #77 Alfredo Perez (FLA 14.07) def. Boris Arias (LSU 13.34) 6-0, 6-3
5. Nikola Samardzic (LSU 12.21/30%) def. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.53) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6-1)
6. McClain Kessler (FLA 13.63) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.93) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #17 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (FLA) 6-3
2. #32 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) vs. Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) 5-4 unfinished
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Josh Wardell/Alfredo Perez (FLA) 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida Gators (M) 6-3; National ranking #30
LSU 6-4; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,2,6,1,3,5)

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"There were several momentum changes in this match, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "Us getting a ton of momentum in the doubles, to them kind of deflating our momentum by getting the edge in a lot of first sets in singles. We played great doubles obviously, beating the No. 1 team in the nation.

"We certainly got a lot out of it today, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "For Nick (Samardzic), it was a great rise in his level, from where he was just a week ago to where he was able to play now is very exciting.

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton - On tonight's first SEC win for the Gators... 
"I am proud of our guys for coming back strong after losing the doubles point. We got off to such a good start in singles which shifted the match back in our favor. I was happy to see Diego clinch the match for us. Alfredo played some of his best tennis tonight and Elliott and McClain just competed like Gators. 

It doesn't get easier as we travel to Texas A&M for a huge conference match. It will take a team effort to get the job done there and I wouldn't want it any other way."

In a match between two SEC programs on the rise, it was #22 Kentucky coming back from 2-0 down to defeat #27 Arkansas 5-2. The match was played indoors at Kentucky's four-court indoor facility so after Arkansas took the doubles and picked up a pair of first sets it had to be feeling good about its chances.

Ryotaro Matsumura (Pic Via Kentucky)
Arkansas took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and Mike Redlicki put them ahead 2-0 with a straight sets at No. 1 over William Bushamuka. Kentucky's freshman phenom, Ryotaro Matsumura, put the Wildcats on the board by running his dual-match record to 9-1 with a straight set win over  Jose Salazar at No. 2. After these two matches finished up the matches at No. 5 and No. 6 were able to get underway.

Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen evened the match at 2-2 when broke Santiago Munoz's 4-4 service game in the third set then served it out for a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win at No. 3. Moments later Enzo Wallart put Kentucky ahead 3-2 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Giammarco Micolani at No. 4. Trey Yates would complete the comeback and clinch the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Adam Sanjurjo at No. 5.

They played it out (which it looks just about everyone is doing this season - thumbs up) with Kentucky's Charles Minc defeating Johan den Toom 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6.

I just wanted to mention how a good job Kentucky's SID has been doing with the school's recaps - they've had good details and are usually loaded with plenty of quotes - keep it up!!

#22 Kentucky 5, #27 Arkansas 2
3/4/2016 at Lexington, Ky (Boone Tennis Center-Indoors)
Singles competition
1. #82 Mike Redlicki (AR 14.01) def. #31 William Bushamuka (UK 13.98) 6-2, 6-4
2. #90 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.56) def. Jose Salazar (AR 14.03) 6-2, 6-2
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.60) def. Santiago Munoz (AR 12.98) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.94) def. Giammarco Micolani (AR 13.13) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
5. Trey Yates (UK 13.10) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR 13.56) 6-4, 6-4
6. Charles Minc (UK 12.16) def. Johan den Toom (AR 12.64) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Nils Ellefsen/William Bushamuka (UK) def. #49 Mike Redlicki/Giammarco Micolani (AR) 6-3
2. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-5
3. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) def. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-4
Match Notes
Arkansas 10-3 (0-1 SEC); National ranking #27
Kentucky 9-2 (1-0 SEC); National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
What a great college match tonight, assistant coach Matt Emery said. "We knew this was going to be a tough match. We have an incredible amount of respect for their coaching staff. Coach Jackson is a Hall of Fame coach so we knew they were going to fight hard.

"Trey Yates tonight proved why he is one of the toughest players in the country.  He is playing better each match, which is a testament to his work ethic. He was a stud tonight."

"This match was great for us because it proved how deep we are from top to bottom.  To lose the doubles point and lose at No. 1 singles, two places we have been really strong all season, and come back and win 5-2 is a testament to these guys' competitiveness and belief."

"It was really special seeing Charles Minc get a win and get going.  I'm proud of him for keeping his confidence after a couple of losses.  He is going to do some special things for us this year."

After a rough start to the season No. 70 New Mexico has finally started to turn things around. The Lobos picked up its third straight win, and second over a ranked opponent, by coming back from 3-2 down to defeat No. 44 BYU 4-3.

New Mexico took the doubles point and then each team won three first sets. Five of the six matches would finish in straight sets with BYU's Shane Monroe, Keaton Cullmore, and John Pearce winning at #1, #2, and #6 while New Mexico's Ricky Hernandez-Tong and Augustus Ge won at #4 and #5.

The match came down to a third set at #3 and it'd be New Mexico sophomore Jorge Escutia pulling through in the clutch with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win over Andrey Goryachkov.

#70 New Mexico 4, #44 BYU 3
Mar 04, 2016 at Albuquerque, N.M. (McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. Shane Monroe (BYU 13.27) def. Hayden Sabatka (NM 12.95) 6-2, 6-3
2. Keaton Cullimore (BYU 13.53) def. Bart Van Leijsen (NM 12.86) 6-4, 7-5
3. Jorge Escutia (NM 12.49) def. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU 12.84) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
4. Ricky Hernandez-Tong (NM 12.33) def. Jacob Sullivan (BYU 12.38) 6-3, 6-4
5. Augustus Ge (NM 12.40) def. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU 12.48) 7-5, 6-4
6. John Pearce (BYU 12.27) def. Sean Baklini (NM 12.00) 7-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #16 Hayden Sabatka/Bart Van Leijsen (NM) def. Jeremy Bourgeois/Aidan Carrazedo (BYU) 6-3
2. Rodolfo Jauregui/Agustus Ge (NM) def. Keaton Cullimore/Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) 7-5
3. John Pearce/Jacob Sullivan (BYU) def. Jorge Escutia/Ricky Hernandez-Tong (NM) 6-3
Match Notes:
New Mexico 5-10; National ranking #70
BYU 11-2: National ranking #44
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,6,2,5,3)

Post-Match Quotes from New Mexico's recap
"Great college tennis match tonight, it usually is when New Mexico and BYU get together," said head coach Bart Scott. "BYU fought to the end and I give them a lot of credit. The doubles point proved to be huge and Augie and Rodolfo were clutch!  Then Jorge clinches another match for us.  It was a fun match and a total team effort."

Post-Match Quotes from BYU's recap
"Give credit to New Mexico," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "Their players made plays and put the ball in the court when they needed to. We didn't play like a team that is ranked No. 44 in the nation, but we'll lick our wounds, learn the lessons that need to be learned and put time in on the practice court."

No. 7 Wake Forest opened up ACC play against No. 34 Georgia Tech but it did so without its top two singles players with both Skander Mansouri and Petros Chrysochos playing in the Davis Cup. Despite their absence Wake was still able to win the doubles point and then it got straight set wins from Romain Bogaerts, Maksim Kan, and Christian Seraphim at No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 with Bogaerts clinching the match at No. 2.

Georgia Tech picked up wins from Chris Eubanks and Daniel Yun at No. 1 and No. 6 while Wake's Dennis Uspensky won in a third set supertiebreak at No. 3.

#7 Wake Forest 5, #34 Georgia Tech 2
Mar 04, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #12 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.94) def. Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 7-5, 6-4
2. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.96) def. Carlos Benito (GT 13.22) 6-3, 7-5
3. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.48) def. Andrew Li (GT 13.32) 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
4. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.58) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.19) 6-1, 6-2
5. Maksim Kan (WF 13.22) def. Michael Kay (GT 13.25) 6-3, 6-3
6. Daniel Yun (GT 12.59) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.08) 7-6 (11-9), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. #41 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) 7-5
2. Jon Ho/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Carlos Benito/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 6-3
3. Andrew Li/Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Keivon Tabrizi/Maksim Kan (WF) 6-4
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 7-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #34
Wake Forest 13-3 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,1,2,6,3)
T-2:40 A-198

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
"We played well at No. 3 doubles. We played one very bad game at No. 2 doubles and their team served well from there, said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. "And at No. 1 we played returned much better than in past matches but didn't serve quite as well. Credit to Wake for playing a good doubles point.

"In singles, we went down early and fought back but couldn't fully recover, said Thorne. "One big positive was Daniel Yun playing strong at number 6. He has been playing well, and he showed he can win at a high level.

Other Friday Results:
#21 Oregon def. Minnesota 6-1 - Oregon recap
#49 Alabama def. #72 South Carolina 5-2 - Alabama recap
#8 Texas A&M def. #66 Auburn 6-1 - aTm recap
#16 Georgia def. #50 Mississippi State 5-2 - Georgia recap
#26 Ole Miss def. #64 Tennessee 5-2 - Ole Miss recap
#47 Florida State def. Clemson 7-0 - FSU recap (five 3rd sets)
#1 North Carolina def. #54 Vanderbilt 7-0 - UNC recap (five 3rd sets)
#2 Virginia def. Louisville 7-0 - Virginia recap
#53 Virginia Tech def. #40 NC State 6-1 - VT recap
#15 Texas def. UTSA 5-0 - Texas recap
#15 Texas def. Louisiana Lafayette 4-0 - Texas recap
#46 UC Santa Barbara def. Sacramento State 7-0 - UCSB recap
#75 Cal Poly def. San Francisco 4-3 - Cal Poly recap
#38 Princeton def. #58 Indiana 6-1 - Princeton recap
#48 Denver def. Utah 5-1 - Denver recap
SMU def. Wichita State 4-1 - SMU recap
Texas A&M Corpus Christi def. South Alabama 4-0 - A&M CC recap
Southern Miss def. DePaul 4-3 - USM recap
Southern Miss def. Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-3 USM recap

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A couple of good ones on the docket for today. Texas A&M and Florida were voted #2 and #3 in the preseason SEC coaches poll while Oklahoma and Ohio State were in everyone's preseason top 10.

#30 Florida (6-3) at #8 Texas A&M (12-3) - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring & Video - Florida is coming off a 4-3 road win at LSU in a match where Florida dropped the doubles point but won the first four completed singles matches. Texas A&M is coming off a comfortable 6-1 road win at Auburn. Texas A&M is very, very tough to beat at home so Florida will have to bring its A+ game to come away with a win.

Projected Singles Lineups (w 3/6 UTRs)
1. #50 Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.13) vs. #13 Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.42)
2. #22 Elliott Orkin (FLA 13.96) vs. #53 Shane Vinsant (aTm 13.93)
3. #30 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.96) vs. #106 Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.69)
4. #77 Alfredo Perez (FLA 14.07) vs. Harrison Adams (aTm 13.11)
5. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.53) vs. AJ Catanzariti (aTm 13.55)
6. McClain Kessler (FLA 13.63) vs. Jackson Withrow (aTM 13.95)

Texas A&M is 12-3 in doubles while Florida is 6-3 so it should be tightly contested point. I'm going to take the Aggies in doubles and Rinderknech, Arconada, and Withrow in singles while I like Orkin, Perez, and Watson for the Gators. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3

#4 Ohio State (14-1) at #13 Oklahoma (7-4) - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring/Fox Sports Go - Last year OU went into Columbus and snapped the Buckeyes NCAA record 200-match home winning streak so you have to think that revenge will be on its mind today. OU is trying to find its way without Andrew Harris in the singles lineup though they hope to get him back soon. One of the big factors today will likely be the playing conditions - temps will be in the 60s but it will be windy (possibly too windy to play outdoors).

Projected Singles Lineups (w 3/6 UTRs)
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.54) vs. #63 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.29)
2. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.26) vs. #100 Alex Ghilea (OU 13.96)
3. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.07) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.94)
4. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.67) vs. #119 Florin Bragusi (OU 13.81)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 14.05) vs. Maxime Mora (OU 13.69)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.86) vs. Andre Biro (OU 13.79)

Ohio State is 12-3 in doubles but dropped the point the last time out at Notre Dame while Oklahoma is 7-4. I think the doubles point is a little more important for Ohio State because they don't want to fall behind on the road especially if its outdoors. I'm going to take Ohio State in doubles though singles will be a grind. I think Axel Alvarez turns it around and gets a win at #1 and I like Spencer Papa versus Chris Diaz and Florin Bragusi against Herkko Pollanen. However I think Ohio State will get the three points it needs from Hugo Di Feo, Ralf Steinbach, and Martin Joyce to pull it out though if some of the matchups are different OU could find it way to a win. Prediction: Ohio State 4-3
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In what had to be the match of the day it was No. 8 Texas A&M outlasting No. 30 Florida 4-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes. Florida jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Texas A&M came out ready to go in singles and took five opening sets.

Jordi Arconada was off the court first with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Chase Perez-Blanco at No. 3 but Florida's Gordon Watson answered with a 6-4, 6-4 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 5.

Texas A&M senior Jackson Withrow evened the match at 2-2 with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Florida freshman McClain Kessler at No. 6 but Florida retook the lead when freshman Alfredo Perez rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Texas A&M senior Harrison Adams.

Shane Vinsant (12th Man)
Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech made it 3-3 with a 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 win over Diego Hidalgo at No. 1. Rinderknech led 5-3 in the third but Hidalgo held and then broke from 30-40 to even it at 5-5. Rinderknech broke back and then served it out to get the win.

Shane Vinsant was the hero for the Aggies after he held on to beat Florida junior Elliott Orkin 7-6(4), 6-7(9), 7-6(2). Vinsant led 6-4 in the second set tiebreak but Orkin fought back to win the set and force a third. Orkin broke Vinsant to go up 3-1 in the third but Vinsant broke back and held for 3-3. Both held serve the rest of the way then Vinsant got the big lead in the tiebreak and closed it out 7-2. 

#8 Texas A&M 4, #30 Florida 3
Mar 06, 2016 at College Station, Texas (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) def. #31 Rinderknech/Withrow (A&M) 6-1
2. #32 Lipman/Orkin (UF) vs. Adams/Vinsant (A&M) 5-4, susp.
3. Perez/Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Arconada/Catanzariti (A&M) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #13 Arthur Rinderknech (A&M 14.42) def. #50 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.13) 6-1, 6-7(5), 7-5 
2. #53 Shane Vinsant (A&M 13.93) def. #22 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.96)  7-6 (4), 6-7(9), 7-6 (2) 
3. #106 Jordi Arconada (A&M 13.69) def. #30 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.96) 6-4, 6-1
4. #77 Alfredo Perez (UF 14.07) vs. Harrison Adams (A&M 13.11) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Gordon Watson (UF 13.53) def. AJ Catanzariti (A&M 13.55) 6-4, 6-4 
6. Jackson Withrow (A&M 13.95) def. McClain Kessler (UF 13.63) 7-6(4), 6-2
Match Notes
Texas A&M 13-3; National Ranking #8
Florida 6-4; National Ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,5,6,4,1,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - Key to defeating Florida
"I thought Shane Vinsant was a real MVP of the match against a very good Florida team. His resiliency and fight to stay in a match against a really good player in Elliott Orkin was very impressive. For a few moments it didn't look good after he had a chance to win the match in the second-set tie-breaker then going down a break in the third set. He just figured a way to stay in the match and fight and took some chances. He played a very fantastic tie-breaker to clinch the match for the team."

How the team will use today's match moving forward in SEC play
"Every one of these SEC matches are a real fight, we found a way to survive two of them this weekend. I think our guys will gain confidence after fighting from behind today, after dropping the doubles point against a good team. We knew we had to take four singles matches if we wanted to win. The guys came out with a fight in singles against Florida, taking five first sets. We really turned the momentum in our favor and outlasted a comeback from Florida. Shane and Arthur played really good third-sets today."

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton - On this afternoon's match
"Texas A&M played a great match. Our guys fought so hard and my two assistant coaches did a heck of a job, but I have to do a better job and help us get over this hump. I really love this team and trust them to continue to stay the course. They are doing their job and I have to do mine. We'll get back after it this week with same passion and energy."

In a match that was closer than the final score it was No. 4 Ohio State winning on the road in Norman over No. 13 Oklahoma 4-1. The match was originally scheduled to be played outdoors because the temperature was in the 60s however high winds moved play indoors.

Ohio State took the doubles point for the 13th time in 16 tries by picking up 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Buckeyes added four first sets in singles.

Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard extended the Buckeyes lead to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Axel Alvarez at No. 1 and then Martin Joyce made it 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Andre Biro at No. 6.

Oklahoma freshman Maxime Mora put the Sooners on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5 but Ohio State senior captain Chris Diaz slammed the door shut with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Florin Bragusi at No. 4.

The two remaining matches were abandoned with OU's Alex Ghilea leading 5-0 (40-0) in the third at No. 2 over the hobbled Hugo Di Feo while Spencer Papa was up a set and leading 1-0 in the second set tiebreak at No. 3.

OU has a nice highlight package below since it was broadcast on Fox Sports so definitely check it out


#4 Ohio State 4, #13 Oklahoma 1
Mar 06, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.54) def. #63 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Alex Ghilea (OU 13.96) vs. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.26) 4-6, 6-2, 5-0, (40-0) unfinished
3. Spencer Papa (OU 13.94) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 14.05) 7-5, 6-6 (1-0), unfinished
4. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.07) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.81) 6-2, 6-4
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.69) def. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.67) 6-4, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.86) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.79) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #35 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-4
2. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Spencer Papa (OU) def. #13 Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Ohio State 15-1; National Ranking #4
Oklahoma 7-5; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,5,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"It's a great day when you can get a road win over a good team like Oklahoma, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "The guys came out and got the doubles point and then did what we needed to do in singles. It was some of the best tennis we've played this year.

"Matt is a tremendous tennis player, Tucker said. "If you want to be one of the top teams in the country, you better have a good bench. Matt is a great player and he stepped up big for us today.

"We got up 3-0 and it looked like they were starting to get some momentum but our captain came through, said Tucker. "Chris (Diaz) finished it with a tremendous drop-shot volley on the deuce point. It takes a really good player to pull off a shot like that in that situation.

The win was the sixth-straight for the Buckeyes who got a total team effort on Sunday. "We got wins from six different players today and we needed every one of them, said volunteer assistant coach David Schilling.

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"I thought we played at a good level, head coach John Roddick said. "Ohio State is a very good team and they beat us, but this is the best I have seen our level in a few weeks so I think we can build some confidence on that. We have some guys who have been struggling with some things start to figure it out. Much different attitude in the locker room, even though it's a loss, than say the Arkansas match. Again, give Ohio State a lot of credit. That's a team that can be there at the end of the NCAAs.

"Max had a great win and Ghilea, even though he didn't win that, the guy was stalling and we all know that was a win. All in all I am pleased with the direction we are going. Harris is getting healthier and healthier and when that time comes we are going to be firing on all cylinders. We have a lot of work to do and bodies to get healthy, but it was a much better effort and we're going in a much better direction.

The biggest upset of the day took place in Winston-Salem as No 40 NC State knocked off No. 7 Wake Forest 4-3. The Demon Deacons were playing without its No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, Skander Mansouri and Petros Chrysochos, who were both playing in the Davis Cup and NC State was able to cash in on their absences.

NC State took the doubles pint with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then each team won three first sets in singles.

Wake's bottom three of Christian Seraphim, Maksim Kan, and Keivon Tabrizi each won in routine fashion while NC State's Nick Horton and Simon Norenius also cruised at No. 1 and No. 2.

The match would be decided in a third set at No. 3 between NC State senior Thomas Weigel and Wake freshman Dennis Uspensky. Weigel held to start the third set and then broke to go up 2-0 but Uspensky would break back to make it 2-1. Uspensky held for 2-2 then broke to go up 3-2 but Weigel would take the last four games to close it out 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 and give the Pack a huge win.

#40 NC State 4, #7 Wake Forest 3
March 6, 2016 at Wake Forest Tennis Complex (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Singles competition
1. #72 Nick Horton (ST 13.67) def. Jon Ho (WF 14.01) 6-3, 6-2
2. #83 Simon Norenius (ST 13.52) def. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.97) 6-4, 6-3
3. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.77) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.49) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
4. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.59) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST 12.31) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maksim Kan (WF 13.22) def. Igor Saveljic (ST 12.62) 6-2, 6-3
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.08) def. Michael Odgen (ST 11.03) 6-2, 6-1 
Doubles competition
1. Ivan Saveljic/Michael Odgen (ST) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3
2. Christian Seraphim/Jon Ho (WF) def. Nick Horton/Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-1
3. Simon Norenius/Thomas Weigel (ST) def. Sam Bloom/Anthony Delcore (WF) 6-4
Match Notes
NC State 12-7 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #40
Wake Forest 13-4 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,4,1,5,2,3)
T-2:56 A-190

South Florida got all it wanted and more from No. 19 Michigan but in the end it was the Bulls senior leader, Roberto Cid, who clinched the win with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory of Jathan Malik at #1.

#17 USF 4, #19 University of Michigan 3
Mar 06, 2016 at University of South Florida (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.40) def. #60 Jathan Malik (UM 13.69) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4
2. Alex Knight (UM 13.86) def. #35 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.34) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.46) def. Carter Lin (UM 13.30) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.17) def. Davis Crocker (UM 12.88) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Runhao Hua (UM 13.55) def. Peter Bertran (USF 13.30) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 
6. Kevin Wong (UM 13.20) def. Everth Dzib (USF 12.31) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #46 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 6-4 
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) def. Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5
3. Peter Bertran/Everth Dzib (USF) def. Lubomir Cuba/Myles Schalet (UM) 7-5
Match Notes
Michigan 10-3; National ranking #19
South Florida 8-5; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,2,5,1)

Post-Match Quotes from USF's recap

"I think that's what the best players in the world do, they find ways to win when they're not feeling well or not at their best, head coach Matt Hill said. "I thought (Jathan) Malik from Michigan did a nice job with his strategy, his plan and how he executed what he needed to do. I thought obviously Roberto did a good job of staying the course and then being resilient until the time was right, I thought he did a good job of finishing it out at the end.

Kentucky finished off a nice weekend with a 4-3 win over #26 Ole Miss. Ole Miss took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Kentucky fought back and took five first sets in singles.

Nils Ellefsen rolled over Filip Kraljevic 6-2, 6-2 at #3 and moments later Enzo Wallart finished off Fabian Fallert 6-1, 6-0 at #4. William Bushamuka extended Kentucky's lead to 3-1 with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Stefan Lindmark at #1 but Ole Miss's Grey Hamilton answered with a 6-0, 7-6 win at #5. Zvonimir Babic tied at 3-3 when Charles Minc was forced to retire with an injury but Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura will clinch another match with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over Gustav Hansson at #2.

#22 Kentucky 4, #26 Ole Miss 3
Mar 06, 2016 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition                                                                        
1. #31 William Bushamuka (UK 13.98) def. #69 Stefan Lindmark (OM 13.91) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
2. #90 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.57) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.72) 7-5, 7-6 (4)
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.61) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.62) 6-2, 6-2
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.94) def. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.89) 6-1, 6-0
5. Grey Hamilton (OM 13.00) def. Trey Yates (UK 13.11) 6-0, 7-6 (5)
6. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.70) def. Charles Minc (UK 12.17) 3-6, 6-3, 2-0, retired
Doubles competition
1. Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) def. Nils Ellefsen/William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2
2. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Ricardo Jorge/Stefan Lindmark (OM) 5-1
3. Grey Hamilton/Fabian Fallert (OM) def. Austin Hussey/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-4
Match Notes
Ole Miss 6-3; National ranking #26
Kentucky 10-2; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,1,5,6,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"Today was bitter-sweet for me, head coach Cedric Kauffman said following Kentucky's second win in three days. "It was a great effort by our guys. We are becoming a tough group. I am sad for Charles [Minc] and I hope his injury is not too bad - we will know more about it mid-week. Our guys on the top four courts competed incredibly well today. I'm proud of the team and the great performance this weekend.

"A huge win by Ryo today to clinch the match, said assistant coach Matt Emery. "I envisioned moments just like this when I recruited Ryo. This was his first time playing the deciding match, and he handled like a seasoned veteran. He won this match because he is one of the toughest, if not the toughest, mentally in college tennis."

"Our guys at one through four singles were absolute studs today, Emery added. "Nils and Enzo came right out of the gate and took it to them.  I can't stress enough how much Nils means to this program. He has become such a rock for us in the middle of the lineup.

"I was really proud of William today on the top court. He played a really solid match from start to finish. He was fearless in the second set tiebreaker to close it out."

"I can't stress enough how proud I am of this group of guys, Emery concluded. "They had a lot of adversity thrown at them today. It was a difficult situation, having to play outdoors without having hit literally one ball outdoors in the past two months. To beat a top 30 team - a team that thrives in an outdoor environment - is a really solid accomplishment.  This match came down to toughness and our guys responded in a huge way."

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"It was an exciting college tennis match that came down to a few points here and there to decide it. We got off to a good start with the doubles; Grey and Fabi got the break to win it 6-4 and clinch the point. It's tough to win on the road in this league when you don't at least one match in the top three singles.

On the last match with Gustav Hansson
"We were really in control in the first set with Gus up 5-2, 40-30 and just couldn't close the door. He had a lot of close games in that match. A credit to him though, he was down 3-1 in the second and comes back to serve for it. Unfortunately, it didn't go our way, but that's how it is in close matches. We just have to figure out a way to win more of them as team.

On bouncing back
"We are looking forward to coming back to Oxford and playing two good teams in LSU and Texas A&M. It will be another challenging weekend, but we are excited to play in front of our home crowd.

No. 36 Drake made it three wins in three days with a tough 4-2 win over No. 65 Cornell. Drake won the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but Cornell fought back and claimed four first sets in singles.

Drake's Calum MacGeoch put Drake ahead 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bernardo Casares Rosa at No. 4 but Cornell's Colin Sinclair put the Big Red on the board with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Bayo Philips at No 2.

Cornell was close to winning on three of the other four courts and in fact it was serving for the match at No. 1, No. 3, and No. 6 at just about the same time. Unfortunately for the Big Red only Karlo Lozic could seal the deal as he won 6-2, 6-4 over Tom Hands at No. 6.

Cornell freshman David Volfson served for the match at No. 1 up 5-2 and 5-4 in the second but got broke on both occasions and ended up dropping the set to Ben Lott in a tiebreak.

Cornell junior Chris Vrabel served for the match at No. 3 up 6-4, 5-4 but got broke by Vinny Gillespie. Vrabel led 6-5 in the tiebreak and got a look at a Gillespie second serve but his backhand return sailed long and things would south after that point.

Drake's Ben Stride put the Bulldogs ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win over Stefan Vinti at No. 5. (clip not the best with it being on the far cout)

Vinny Gillespie opened up a 5-1 lead in the third set and he would serve for the match up 5-2. Gillespie led 40-15 but Vrabel came back and broke to make it 5-3. Gillespie would break back with Vrabel double faulting on match point to give Gillespie the 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 win.

Here is a brief post-match interview that I did with the hero Vinny Gillespie (video looks better if you click the top to open in YouTube - otherwise it sways from side-to-side)

#36 Drake 4, #65 Cornell 2
Mar 06, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU 13.34) vs. Volfson, David (CU 13.50) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), *0-1, unfinished
2. Sinclair, Colin (CU 13.43) def. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.70) 6-4, 6-2
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.49) def. Vrabel, Chris (CU 13.44) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 13.01) def. Casares Rosa, Bernardo (CU 12.81) 6-2, 6-2
5. Stride, Ben (DU 12.43) def. Vinti, Stefan (CU 13.24) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
6. Lozic, Karlo (CU 12.82) def. Hands, Tom (DU 12.34) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) vs. Casares Rosa, Bernardo/Vrabel, Chris (CU) 3-4*, unfinished
2. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Sinclair, Colin/Volfson, David (CU) 6-1
3. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Vinti, Stefan/Brown, Dylan (CU) 6-1
Match Notes
Drake 11-5; National ranking #36
Cornell 5-8; National ranking #65
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,6,5,3)

Miami has now won five of its last six after defeating No. 47 Florida State 4-3 which was the Canes first win over FSU since 2011. Florida State took the doubles point and four opening sets in singles and was looking good for most of the match.

Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst won in straight sets at No. 5 and No. 6 to put FSU up 3-0 but Miami started chipping away everywhere else. Jesse Flores and Max Andrews won in straight sets at No. 4 and No. 3 and both Christian Langmo and Piotr Lomacki earned splits at No. 2 and No. 1.

Langmo would hand Marco Nunez a third set bagel to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 at No. 2 and a short while later Lomacki would seal the win with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Benjamin Lock.

Below is match point from the "U" with this match and many of its other show on ESPN3 - to watch a replay of this one you can click on this link. I'll have a post later in the week about why Miami is able to stream so many matches.

Miami 4, #47 Florida State 3
Mar 06, 2016 at Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #78 Piotr Lomacki (UM 13.87) def. #16 Benjamin Lock (FS 14.05) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 
2. #81 Christian Langmo (UM 13.38) def. #85 Marco Nunez (FS 13.37) 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 
3. Max Andrews (UM 13.38) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.34) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
4. Jesse Flores (UM 12.91) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS 13.39) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
5. Jose Gracia (FS 13.12) def. Fermin Calvo (UM 12.99) 6-3, 6-1
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FS 13.07) def. Niclas Genovese (UM 11.83) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. Jesse Flores/Christian Langmo (UM) 6-1
2. Nile Clark/Piotr Lomacki (UM) vs. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FS) 5-6, unfinished 
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FS) def. Max Andrews/Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-4
Match Notes:
Florida State 9-4, 1-1 ACC; National ranking #47 
Miami 6-4, 1-0 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,4,3,2,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Miami's recap
"Obviously, this is a big match for us at home against FSU, said head coach Mario Rincon. "We play in the best conference in the country and every team in the conference is so good, so its great to have an ACC win already.

"I'm so proud of the guys and the way they fought, every one of them, Rincon said.

"FSU played great doubles, Rincon said. "We just couldn't hang with them. They made a lot of first serves and they over powered us. They were just too strong and too good for us in the doubles, but it was key for us to regroup.

"These guys have worked so hard for so long, Rincon said. "We really haven't been awarded with many wins lately and they deserve this one. I'm so happy for them."

No. 2 Virginia won this year's rendition of the Commonwealth Clash with a 6-1 win over No. 53 Virginia Tech. The Hoos took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 while No. 1 was abandoned with Virginia Tech having match point in the tiebreak.

There were a lot of close sets in singles but Virginia won just about all of them with Ryan Shane, Collin Altarmirano, J.C. Aragone, Henrik Wiersholm, and Luca Coriniteli each picking up wins.

Virginia's Tech senior Andreas Bjerrehus picked up the Hokies lone point when Thai-Son Kwiatkowski retired down 5-2 in the second set though I was told it wasn't because he was hurt.

#2 Virginia 6, #53 Virginia Tech 1
Mar 06, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #14 Ryan Shane (VA 14.64) def. #20 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.27) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2)
2. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) def. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) 7-6 (6), 5-2 ret.
3. #29 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.24) def. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.16) 6-2, 6-1
4. #111 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.84) def. #76 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.82) 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-1
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.40) def. Mitch Harper (VT 12.88) 7-5, 7-5
6. Luca Corinteli (VA 13.53) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.32) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #12 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) vs. #7 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) 6-6 (6-5) unf
2. Collin Altamirano/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 7-5
3. J.C. Aragone/Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia 10-2; National ranking #2
Virginia Tech 8-3; National ranking #53
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,6,2,5,1,4)

Post-Match Quote from Virginia's recap

"Playing at Virginia Tech is really difficult and they are, without question, one of the best teams we have played this year," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "Our team is doing some great things and the character some of our guys showed tonight was so impressive. I see a ton of players improving in this group and we as a staff are so pleased. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are on the right track."

SMU tumbled out of the top 75 last week but they'll be coming back in with a vengeance after blanking No. 20 Tulsa 4-0.  The Mustangs took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 1 in a tiebreak and then it came out strong in singles and took four opening sets.

Nate Lammons, Samm Butler, and Markus Kerner each picked up straight set wins at No. 2, 3, and 4 with Kerner providing the clincher.

SMU 4, #20 Tulsa 0
Mar 06, 2016 at Dallas, Texas (SMU Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.43) vs. Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.75) 4-6, 4-3, unf
2. Nate Lammons (SMU 14.09) def. Carlos Bautista (TUL 13.41) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. Samm Butler (SMU 13.84) def. Dylan McCloskey (TUL 12.87) 6-1, 6-2
4. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.92) def. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.71) 6-4, 6-3
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.68) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.39) 6-7 (1), 4-3, unf
6. Yates Johnson (SMU 13.16) vs. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.76) 6-2, 4-6, 2-2, unf
Doubles Competition
1. Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TUL) 7-6 (9-7)
2. Nate Lammons/Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) def. Carlos Bautista/Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL) 6-4
3. Dominic Bechard/Dylan McCloskey (TUL) def. Markus Kerner/Samm Butler (SMU) 7-5
Match Notes:
Tulsa 7-5; National ranking #20
SMU 10-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,4)
T-2:24 A-119

Post-Match Quote from SMU's recap
"Real fantastic team win, from top to bottom, singles and doubles, said Head Coach Carl Neufeld. We're improving and I'm really proud of that, but we still have a long way to go but that's good news because we just beat one of the better teams in the country.

Tulane picked up a big conference win over No. 23 Memphis and did it in impressive fashion. The Green Wave won a tight doubles point in a tiebreak No. 1 and then won all six singles matches though many of them were very close.

#35 Tulane 7, #23 Memphis 0
Mar 06, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.68) def. Andrew Watson (MEM 14.06) 7-5, 7-5
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.95) def. #57 Ryan Peniston (MEM 13.84) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.60) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM 13.13) 7-6, 7-5
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.39) def. Kai Lemke (MEM 13.46) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
5. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.66) def. Felix Rauch (MEM 12.72) 3-6, 7-5, 4-3, retired
6. Tyler Schick (TLN 13.03) def. Shakeel Manji (MEM 12.37) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #27 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) 7-6
2. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (MEM) def. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-4
3. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) 6-2
Match Notes
Memphis 8-4; National ranking #23
Tulane 9-3; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"The match went great today, Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras stated. "It was a nail biter right from the start with that doubles point coming down to a tiebreaker on the last match there at number one. Both teams put it on the line at all positions, and we expected nothing less from a team as tough as Memphis.

"To have a top 25 ranked team come in, we know they're going to put everything on the line, Booras explained. "I was happy with how our guys stepped up to the challenge. In singles we got a nice start which helped set the tone of things. Memphis turned it around, came right back on us at pretty much every position, but we dealt with the adversity well and came out with a victory.

Other Sunday scores:

Mississippi State def. South Carolina 5-2
Georgia def. Alabama 6-1
Arkansas def. Tennessee 5-2
LSU def. Auburn 5-2
Georgia Tech def. Duke 4-3
TCU def. Central Florida 7-0
Notre Dame def. Louisville 5-2
East Tennessee State def. Samford 5-2
Denver def. Penn 6-1
Washington def. Minnesota 5-2
Utah State def. Pacific 6-1

Published in Blogs
Friday was a wild day of tennis with several teams coming from behind to pull out thrilling wins. The biggest comeback of the day took place in Blacksburg as No. 23 Florida State appeared to be down and out against No. 40 Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Florida State turned it around in singles and took first sets at one through four.

FSU's Benjamin Lock cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Joao Monteiro at No. 1 but Virginia Tech answered with a 7-6, 6-3 win from Aaron Gomez at No. 6.

The other four matches would go the distance and after Amerigo Contini put Virginia Tech up 3-1 with a win at No. 3 it looked like the Hokies were just moments away from clinching on a few other courts.

Andreas Bjerrehus and Marco Nunez were on serve headed toward a tiebreak at No. 2 but Virginia Tech had break leads on the other two courts. Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro led Aziz Dougaz 4-2 in the third at No. 4 and Mitch Harper led Jose Gracia 5-3 in the third at No. 5. Virginia Tech just needed to close out one of those three courts but amazingly they wouldn't be able to do it.

Marco Nunez put FSU's second point on the board after he won the third set tiebreak over Bjerrehus 7-1 and then Dougaz pulled out a third set tiebreak over Tessaro 10-8 to tie the match at 3-3.

Virginia Tech freshman Mitch Harper served for the match up 5-4 in the third but got broke from 30-40 (if I'm not mistaken). Gracia held quickly for 6-5 and then Harper finally held for 6-6. Harper led 4-3 in the tiebreak but Gracia took the next four points to close it out 7-4. Harper's serve really let him down deep in the third set because after he missed his first, Gracia was pouncing on his second serve.

#23 Florida State 4, #40 Virginia Tech 3
March 18, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #30 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. #18 Joao Monteiro (VT), 6-3, 6-2
2. #97 Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT), 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (1)
3. Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) def. #59 Edoardo Tessaro (VT), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8)
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
6. Aaron Gomez (VT) def. Jake Albo (FSU), 7-6 (2), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #21 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT) def. #26 Lock/Nunez (FSU), 6-4
2. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) vs. Contini/Tessaro (VT), 5-2, dnf.
3. Jai Corbett/Harper (VT) def. Gracia/Jack Haffey (FSU), 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida State 12-4; National Ranking #23
Virginia Tech 10-4; National Ranking #40
Order of Finish Singles: 1,6,3,2,4,5; Doubles: 3,1

Post-Match Quotes from FSU's recap
Head coach Dwayne Hultquist - "It was an unbelievable match. For us to win against a very tough program in Virginia Tech, who hosted an NCAA regional last year and has a lot of seniors in their lineup, was huge. It was a tough day. We overcame the adversity of not winning doubles. We had a good start to the singles portion, winning four first sets. When Jose fought back in the second set to force a third, that was a turning point for us. Aziz was clutch, overcoming a break down in the third for the win.

"It follows up our successes from last weekend, against North Carolina and Duke, and to win this match on the road really speaks to our seniors and our team to fight hard and not give up. Three matches we could have lost in a tiebreaker and we won all three. I love the spirit with our guys doing the Seminole chant. Our players really got behind Jose in the clincher. I'm proud of Jose for competing after being down in the third, he was winning points at the net. Great team effort.

On senior Benjamin Lock:
"Ben's on fire. In the ACC, he's playing a Top 20 player almost every match. He beat a player today that was in the finals of the National Indoors, a darn good player. Ben's success comes from his approach to the game we show up to practice, he's on the courts ready to go, training hard. He beat a good player, a great player, today. Beating him today at his place was huge.

Sophomore Jose Gracia:
"I was just taking it point by point in the tiebreaker. I never really thought about the moment, just wanted to keep playing my game. I was able to fight back from an early mini-break and my teammates kept cheering me on. I knew I was going to step up. I hit a backhand passing shot and took it to him. It was a very competitive match.

Vanderbilt went on the road to Lexington and pulled off a 4-3 stunner over No. 17 Kentucky. Vandy won what turned out to be a crucial doubles point by taking the deciding court at No. 1 in a tiebreak. Kentucky rallied in singles and took four opening sets but they'd only be able to close out three of those with William Bushamuka, Trey Yates, and Jake Stefanik winning at 1, 5, and 6.

Vanderbilt picked up straight set wins from Cameron Klinger and Baker Newman at 3 and 4 so it all came down to a third set at No. 2.

Vanderbilt senior Rhys Johnson led Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura 5-1 in the third but Matsumura took the next five games to go up 6-5. Johnson got a hold to send it to a tiebreak then he pulled away in the tiebreak taking it by a 7-1 score.

#68 Vanderbilt 4, #17 Kentucky 3
Mar 18, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) def. Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3, 6-4
2. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) def. #108 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)
3. Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-5, 6-3
4. Baker Newman (VANDY) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-6, 3-0, retired
5. Trey Yates (UK) def. Kris Yee (VANDY) 6-2, 6-2
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Alex Ross (VANDY) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-6 
2. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) def. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-3 
3. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VANDY) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-2
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 10-8 (1-2); National ranking #68
Kentucky 11-4 (3-2); National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,3,1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Vandy's recap
"We've been close all year long, said head coach Ian Duvenhage, "and we've played a bunch of good matches and haven't had much to show for it in the win column. We've been talking about the fact that if we keep knocking on the door, and that we just have to stay with it and keep the faith beating these guys is not easy to do. The crowd was incredibly rowdy; it was actually very dramatic. But the point is that Rhys (Johnson) handled the situation extremely well. 

"I think our doubles has gotten better consistently with each week. I thought we played good doubles against Georgia, but obviously came up short. Today, we got in a bit of a jam at No. 2, but came back and kept it competitive. Baker and Tate got off the court early to give us a 1-0 lead. Then Rhys and Cam did what they've done pretty much all year I think at this point you have to say that they're one of the best doubles teams in the country.

"Rhys had a great third set, but then was having trouble converting. So he was in a pickle there serving at 5-6, and found a way to hold to get it into the tiebreaker.

"Well, honestly, I was just relieved to get to the tiebreaker, said Johnson. "Then once it started I just wanted to keep my first serve percentage up and try to make the guy play as many balls as possible. Fortunately, I came out on top of most of those points.

Unranked Auburn dropped the doubles point but bounced back to win four singles matches to stun No. 22 Ole Miss 4-3.

Auburn 4, #22 Ole Miss 3
Mar 18, 2016 at Auburn, Ala. (Yarbrough Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. #103 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-4, 7-5
2. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #82 Marko Krickovic (AU) 6-2, 4-6, 4-1, retired
3. Dante Saleh (AU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Conner Huertas (AU) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Brandon Laubser (AU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Olle Thestrup (AU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. #48 Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-3
2. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Brandon Laubser/Olle Thestrup (AU) 6-2
3. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Conner Huertas/Dante Saleh (AU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes
Ole Miss 7-5, 2-3; National ranking #22
Auburn 9-6, 1-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,6,3,4,2)
Started outdoors; rain delay at 3:39 p.m.; play resumed indoors at 4:06
Official: Chris Rodger T-2:56

Post-Match Quote from Auburn's recap
"We showed real heart today after losing the doubles point, said Auburn head coach Eric Shore. "It was tough to lose that doubles point in a tiebreaker, but I thought we really fought back and battled in every singles match. We need to continue to do that in conference matches. It was a good start today.

Post-Match Quote from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"We were in good position after the doubles and started off well in singles. Unfortunately, we were not able to continue the momentum. We need to put this match behind us and move forward. We have had some good memories against Florida and I know that the guys are hungry to bounce back on Sunday.

Florida picked up a huge win at home over a red-hot No. 13 Arkansas.  The Gators took the doubles point and then won five of six singles matches Elliott Orkin clinching the win at No. 2. 

#24 Florida 6, #13 Arkansas 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Gainesville, Fla. (Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #21 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #43 Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3, 3-6, 5-1
2. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Jose Salazar (AR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. #75 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. #51 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4, 6-3
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Johan den Toom (AR) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #2 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #31 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3
2. #60 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-2
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) vs. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 5-4, unf
Match Notes:
Arkansas 13-4; National ranking #13
Florida 8-4; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,5,2,1,3,4) T-3:00

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton - On the confidence this win over a Top-15 program builds 
"I felt we have been so close in a lot of matches that we lost this season. We lost four 4-3 matches but all of those matches have been on the road. I think it certainly helps us to play at home tonight in front of our fans. I also think we have learned from our experiences with those losses and we understand how we need to set our mindsets before the match. Just like going into the doubles with the right mindset and then when we win the doubles point, we make sure to get our hands wrapped around the first part of the singles match and really try to apply pressure early in those matches. I thought our guys did an unbelievable job tonight of setting the tone early in those singles matches where we won five of the first sets. Then we were able to finish in the end. When they made their push and came out hard like Texas Tech did and Ohio State did earlier, tonight we answered the bell. I am just really proud of our guys for seeing it through."

Texas A&M welcomed in No. 25 Mississippi State and after taking the doubles point the Aggies picked up wins from Shane Vinsant, Jordi Arconada, AJ Catanzariti, and Jackson Withrow. State picked up wins by Mate Cutura and Niclas Braun at No. 1 and No. 4.

#9 Texas A&M 5, #25 Mississippi State 2
Mar 18, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (MSU) def. #14 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #34 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #77 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. #67 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Nuno Borges (MSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-4, 6-0
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #25 Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Nuno Borges/Niclas Braum (MSU) 6-2
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Mate Cutura/Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-3
3. #57 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Strahinja Rakic/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 5-4, unf
Match Notes:
Mississippi State 11-4, 3-2; National ranking #25
Texas A&M 16-4, 4-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,4,1,2,3)

Post-Match Quote from Texas A&M's recap
"It was another really tough SEC battle. I thought we did a great job in the doubles to secure that point. Down at the back of the line-up we were able to put three points on the board pretty quickly, which put a lot of pressure on Mississippi State. I was really pleased with that. The matches we were ahead in we were able to finish. I knew Mississippi State was going to be really good and I was really pleased with how well our guys performed. The motivation has to be internal and I thought our guys did a good job being internally motivated to play against a really tough Mississippi State team," - Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton

Post-Match Quote from Mississippi State's recap

"We played tough today and I thought Mate and Niclas stepped up in singles play, head coach Matt Roberts said. "We need to keep working hard and looking forward, because the SEC schedule doesn't get any easier. We'll take this loss and use it as a lesson and keep improving like we've done all year long.

#11 Illinois 4, #21 Baylor 2
Mar 18, 2016 at Indian Wells, CA 
Singles competition
1. #8 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #17 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 6-4
2. #6 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #56 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Will Little (BU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Pablo Landa (ILL) 6-0, 6-2
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL), 6-0, 6-7(8), 0-1 
Doubles competition
1. #12 Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-0
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-1
Match Notes:
Illinois 8-6; National ranking #11
Baylor 11-5; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,1,3,4)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quote from Illinois's recap
"A very exciting win for the program.  It's an honor for Larry to invite his Illini to this event," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Indian Wells in the spring time is just a special place. Win or lose, these are great matches for our program. In singles, we continue to really fight and play hard. This team is fun to coach. It doesn't matter whether guys are winning or losing, they play hard and represent Illinois with great passion."  

Tulane overcame the loss of the doubles point and gutted out a 4-3 win at No. 34 San Diego.

#28 Tulane 4, #34 San Diego 3
Mar 18, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #26 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 6-0, 6-4
2. #111 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. #53 Jordan Angus (USD) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-2, 6-1
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Jaan Kononov (USD) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
5. #118 Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles competition
1. #33 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-2
2. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-1
3. Jordan Angus/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) 6-3
Match Notes
San Diego 10-7; National ranking #34
Tulane 11-3; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,3,6,5,2,4)

Post-Match Quote from Tulane's recap
"Great gutsy win by these guys today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "I felt like we were losing almost the entire time except for the last 20 minutes. This is one of the things we try to enforce with the guys, you're never out of it, and there's always an opportunity. The guys did it today, under the gun, on the road, against a team that's been top-20 most of this year."

Post-Match Quotes from USD's recap
"Guys fought and fought and fought today against a battle tested, competitive team. Head Coach Ryan Keckley said of the match. "We played an inspired doubles point and came out of the gates up 1-0.

"We came up a tad short in singles. Our opportunities presented themselves with a few team match points, but those points are the hardest to capture. I am really proud of the group and continue to be impressed by the way we stand together as a unit. We'll be ready to use this experience tomorrow against a feisty Princeton squad."

#8 Texas Tech 4, #36 Princeton 0
03/18/16 at San Diego, Calif. (Aztec Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Felipe Soares (TT) def. Diego Vives (PU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #94 Hugo Dojas (TT) def. #104 Alexander Day (PU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #124 Alex Sendegeya (TT) vs. Thomas Colautti (PU) 6-2, 4-6, 3-4, unfinished
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) vs. Joshua Yablon (PU) 4-6, 6-0, 3-4, unfinished
5. Bjorn Thomson (TT) vs. Luke Gamble (PU) 4-6, 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
6. Connor Curry (TT) def. Kial Kaiser (PU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) vs. Alexander Day/Luke Gamble (PU) 3-2, unfinished
2. #44 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Thomas Colautti/Ben Tso (PU) 6-1
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Kial Kaiser/Diego Vives (PU) 6-1
Match Notes
Princeton 12-6; National ranking #36
Texas Tech 18-2; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6)

Post-Match Quote from Texas Tech's recap
"Today's response was the answer that we needed to have," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "The energy level, the competitiveness and the team effort we showed from start to finish was what I was most proud about it. We were ready from the start. I thought we showed a great intensity level in doubles and carried that into singles. Hugo had a big bounce-back win, and I thought we learned some valuable lessons from yesterday's match."

Post-Match Quote from Princeton's recap
We lost to a very good Texas Tech team today, but clearly we had plenty of chances. We were in the match down the stretch, though having to win four three-setters against a team the caliber of Tech is a tough assignment. We put ourselves in that hole by playing a poor doubles point and losing four first sets in singles. However, we rallied and kept fighting to give ourselves an opportunity. We'll learn from this match and look foward to bouncing back tomorrow" - Princeton head coach Billy Pate

#46 Denver 4, #49 Harvard 3
Mar 18, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Nicky Hu (HAR) def. Henry Craig (DEN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Sebastian Beltrame (HAR) 6-3, 6-3 
3. Kenny Tao (HAR) def. David Fox (DEN) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Brian Yeung (HAR) 6-7 (9), 7-6 (4), 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Kelvin Lam (HAR) 6-3, 6-4
6. Christopher Morrow (HAR) def. Zach Fryer (DEN) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 
Doubles competition
1. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HAR) 3-5 unf.
2. Diogo Rocha/Henry Craig (DEN) def. Sebastian Beltrame/Jean Thirouin (HAR) 6-1 
3. Jesse Ruder-Hook/ Yannik James (DEN) def. Christopher Morrow/Andy Zhou (HAR) 6-3
Match Notes:
Denver 10-5; National Ranking #46
Harvard 9-8; National Ranking #49
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,5,3,1,6,4)

#26 Memphis 4, #75 San Diego State 0
March 18, 2016 at San Diego (Aztec Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 100 Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. No. 86 Andrew Watson (MEM), 6-1, 5-7, DNF
2. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) vs. No. 61 Ryan Peniston (MEM), 7-6 (7), 2-5, DNF
3. Kai Lemke (MEM) def. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) def. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Felix Rauch (MEM) def. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU), 6-4, 6-4
6. Cornelius Kolb (SDSU) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEM) 7-5, 5-3, DNF
Doubles competition
1. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) def. Santiago Cevallos/Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) 6-3
2. Marko Goles-Babic/Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (MEM) 3-5, DNF 
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Hendrik Jebens/Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 8-7; National Ranking #26
San Diego State 5-8; National Ranking #75
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,5)


North Florida 4, #64 Georgia State 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Yannick Zuern (UNF) def. Koeke,Jannis (GSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. Lasse Muscheites (UNF) def. Kennedy,Zackery (GSU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Julian Bradley (UNF) def. Andrukhou,Andrei (GSU) 4-5, 6-1, 6-4
4. Zach Goldberg (UNF) vs. Acuna,Sebastian (GSU) 3-6, 6-0, 5-4, unfinished 
5. MacFarlane,Jack (GSU) def. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF) 6-1, 6-0
6. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) vs. Jaworski,Felipe (GSU) 6-7, 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Acuna,Sebastian/Andrukhou,Andrei (GSU) def. Julian Bradley/Yannick Zuern (UNF) 6-2
2. Lasse Muscheites/Zach Goldberg (UNF) def. MacFarlane,Jack/Koeke,Jannis (GSU) 6-3 3. Jonathan Deautriell/Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) def. Jaworski,Felipe/Bishop,Joseph (GSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia State 9-4; National ranking #64
North Florida 4-9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,1,3)

Post-Match Quote from UNF's recap
"We had a good week at practice and we focused on responding to our two tough 4-3 losses," said senior Julian Bradley. "We faced some adversity with some people being injured, but we really focused this week on being a team and really fighting for each other. I thought it really showed today and we had a lot of fun - starting with the doubles point and then translated to singles. We had guys that were down a set and then they came back and it helped with our momentum for those guys to close out the second sets."

#19 Georgia 7, #62 South Carolina 0
Mar 18, 2016 at Columbia, SC (Carolina Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #5 Smith/Wagland (UGA) d. #54 O'Keefe/Fennell (SC) 6-4
2. Oosterbaan/Zielinski (UGA) d. Friedrich/Swank (SC) 6-1
3. Mayronne/Dennis (SC) vs. #62 Montgomery/Reinberg (UGA) 5-5 (susp.) 
Singles competition
1. #27 Austin Smith (UGA) d. Gabriel Friedrich(SC) 6-4, 6-2
2. #25 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) d. Andrew Schafer (SC) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) d. Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 1-0 (7)
4. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) d. Alex Fennell (SC) 7-5, 7-6 (2)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) d. Thomas Mayronne (SC) 6-2, 6-4
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) d, Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia 9-3; National ranking #19
South Carolina 9-9; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,6,2,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from South Carolina's recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi: "We're going to move past this one. There were plenty of matches where we were right there; we just failed to move ahead. We failed to play the right way in big moments, and that's something that we have to learn from today. We're not going to get mad about the loss as long as we can learn from it. The major takeaway is exactly that. We just need to be a little more aggressive in the big moments, be willing to step up and play big."

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"Our guys played a complete match today, said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We were good from warm ups on. It was certainly tough on many courts and South Carolina challenged us at every position, but I'm proud of how everyone played out there today. Austin Smith continues to play outstanding tennis to lead the way for this team and it was very good to see Wayne Montgomery really come through and find his game.

#43 Alabama 4, #48 LSU 3
March 18, 2016 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #81 Korey Lovett (UA) def. #102 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 7-5, 6-3
2. #62 Mazen Osama (UA) def. #106 Gabor Csonka (LSU) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-3
3. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 7-5, 6-3
4. Spencer Richey (UA) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Simon Freund (LSU) def. Matthew Rossouw (UA) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
6. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #42 Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama (UA) def. #8 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-4
2. Grayson Goldin/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-2
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Spencer Richey/Matthew Rossouw (UA) 6-3
Match Notes
Alabama 12-7, 3-2 SEC; National ranking #43
LSU 8-7, 1-4 SEC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,5,3,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Alabama's recap
"Tonight required mental and physical fortitude from start to finish," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "We had a great start in doubles, and it carried over into the first sets of singles. But then a light flashed red that said check engine. We had a choice, pull over for service or keep going until the engine would no longer run. Well, we had just enough oil, coolant and fuel to get the job done, and I'm happy for the guys. We'll spend a little time at the auto shop tomorrow and get refueled for Sunday's battle with a very good Texas A&M team."

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"We didn't play as well in double in certain spots that we usually do and we needed to give ourselves the momentum, Head Coach Jeff Brownsaid.

"We gave ourselves some chances, Brown added. "Ultimately, we didn't have enough to make the comeback but I think the guys are fighting as a team and we are hoping to continue to show improvement.

Top-ranked Virginia had no trouble on Friday afternoon and blanked No. 33 NC State 7-0. Virginia took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Hoos swept all six singles matches. Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Henrik Wiersholm, and Mac Styslinger only dropped a combined nine games in their four matches at 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Ryan Shane and J.C. Aragone won their matches in three-sets at 1 and 4.

NC State sat both of its top two players, Nick Horton and Simon Norenius, either due to a minor injury or possibly due to competition day issues.

#1 Virginia 7, #33 NC State 0
March 18, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition 
1.) #13 Ryan Shane (VA) def. Thomas Weigel (ST) 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 
2. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST) 6-1, 6-2 
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST) 6-2, 6-1 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Michael Ogden (ST) 6-0, 6-2 
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Chris Mikrovas (ST) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition 
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) 4-3, unfinished 
2. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Thomas Weigel/Michael Ogden (ST) 6-2 
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Chris Mikrovas/Shoti Meparidze (ST) 6-2
Match Notes
Virginia 13-2; National ranking #1
NC State 12-9; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,3,2,1,4) 
T-2:48 A-153

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I was pleased with our overall performance today against a strong NC State team, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It was a positive for us to play in some pretty difficult conditions with swirling winds on the courts. Hopefully that gives us some good experience on how to deal with less-than-perfect conditions, because nothing is ever going to be just right. Now we look forward to preparing to play an outstanding Florida State team on Sunday.

#51 Notre Dame 5, #69 Duke 2
Mar 18, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion) 
Singles competition
1. #42 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #20 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
2. Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Vincent Lin (DU) 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
3. Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. TJ Pura (DU) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4, 6-3
5. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Josh Levine (DU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) def. Adrian Chamdani (DU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Ryan Dickerson (DU) vs. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) 4-4, unf.
2. #71 Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Daniel McCall/Jason Lapidus (DU) 6-3
3. Josh Hagar/Nicolas Montoya (ND) def. Vincent Lin/Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-3
Match Notes
Duke 7-9, 1-3 ACC; National ranking #69
Notre Dame 9-8, 3-2 ACC; National ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,2,6)
T-3:08 A-123

Post-Match Quotes from Notre Dame's recap
"That's the epitome of pressure tennis, Irish head coach Ryan Sachire said. "I think to come through consistently like we did was awesome and something to build upon moving forward. We always talk about controlling what you can control and being gritty in responses to adversity and I thought our guys did a really good job of that today, and the heart they competed with was outstanding.

"I knew that I had a job to do and that was to win the match, Covalschi said. "After the first set I went down a break and, in the past, it was hard for me to hit the reset button, but the coaches encouraged me to control everything I can control, so I stayed as positive as I could and build some momentum and let it carry on point to point.

"I was really proud of our team from the perspective that it was a tough weekend last weekend, but we came back on Tuesday and had one of the best practices of the season and had another great practice on Wednesday, Sachire said. "We felt like we were turning the page quickly, which is what we needed to do. They came out and established themselves with confidence and played well.

Clemson pulled out a tight doubles point that saw all three courts go to a tiebreak but No. 32 Georgia Tech dominated in singles and won all six matches in straight sets with no sets closer than 6-4.

#32 Georgia Tech 6, Clemson 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #15 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Alex Favrot (CU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. Luke Johnson (CU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Andrew Li (GT) def. Daffra Sanon (CU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Michael Kay (GT) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Christian Harris (CU) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #77 Alex Favrot/Luke Johnson (CU) def. Carlos Benito/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 7-6 (7-4)
2. #65 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) def. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Andrew Li/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 7-6 (9-7)
Match Notes
Clemson 11-8, 2-2 ACC
Georgia Tech 11-4, 4-1 ACC; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,4,5,2,3)
T-1:50 A-100

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne SAYS -- "Credit to Clemson for fighting through and getting the point. But it's only one point. It was great to see the way our guys responded. We went up a set in all six matches fairly quickly, then we got up early in the second sets and didn't relax. It was a great match for us going into spring break, typically the guys have a lot of tests this week. They played with a lot of energy."

Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
"All the credit to a good Georgia Tech team and its coaches today in Atlanta. Our team came out and continued to play solid doubles. In singles however, the positive energy and self talk we have brought to the courts this last month with our play was not there, said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "I know we will rebound and learn from today's match, and look forward to our next opportunity on Sunday against Wake Forest in North Carolina."

Second-ranked North Carolina played without its No. 1 Brayden Schnur but still cruised to a 7-0 win over Louisville. UNC took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 then it won all six singles matches in straight sets with the closest set being 6-4.

#2 North Carolina 7, Louisville 0 
March 18, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #10 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. Alex Gornet (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #23 Brett Clark (NC) def. George Hedley (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
3. #41 Jack Murray (NC) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #80 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Blaine Boyden (NC) def. Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Sean Donohue (LOU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition 
1. #4 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (NC) def. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-2
2. Ronnie Schneider/Jack Murray (NC) def. George Hedley/C. Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-0
3. Sean Donohue/Courtney Lock (LOU) def. Andrew Gores/Blaine Boyden (NC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Louisville 9-10
North Carolina 17-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,3,1,5,6)
T-2:09  A-207

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"I liked the way we came out in doubles at one and two, really good energy, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "That set the tone for the whole day. I liked the way we played, up and down the lineup. A couple of slips here and there, but overall it was a good performance.

"Louisville's got a well-coached team their coach [Rex Ecarma] has been around a long time and he does a really good job of getting those guys prepared. We knew they'd fight us.

"At five and six, the freshmen did a good job of sticking in there and getting the job done, Schneider said. "It was a good start to the weekend and now we'll get ready for State. They always give us their best.

 "We're looking forward to playing NC State again, Paul said. "They've got a heck of a team and they gave us everything we could handle the last time here, so it will be a great match in Raleigh.

Post-Match Quotes from Louisville's recap
"North Carolina looks and plays like a team favored to win the national championship," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "Their confidence and body language were good and they won a majority of the close games."

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