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There were several close matches on Sunday but there was only one that saw a top-five team go down. Georgia, ranked No. 19, was hosting No. 4 Ohio State on a mild and breezy day in Athens. After a week of sunny skies and temperatures in the high-70s, the conditions in Athens weren't as favorable with cloudy skies, an increasing breeze, and temperature hovering in the mid-50s. Despite the conditions a crowd of just over 1000 filled into the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and they were treated to a stellar performance by the home-standing Bulldogs.

Georgia Wins!! (Photo Courtesy of Bill Kallenberg)
I personally thought Ohio State would roll in doubles, but Georgia seemed determined to not let that happen.

Ohio State's No. 3 team of Matt Mendez and Hugo Di Feo earned the first break when they broke the Wayne Montgomery serve from 30-40 to go up 2-1. Hugo Di Feo would then hold on the deciding point for 3-1 with an Emil Reinberg forehand sailed wide. Clip of that point also shows Ohio State's interesting formation with Mendez standing on the same side as Di Feo.


Georgia would get its first break of the day at No. 2 when Jan Zielinski hit a perfect lob on the deciding point to break the Ralf Steinbach's serve to make it 3-1.  However Ohio State's Steinbach and Martin Joyce would break the Paul Oosterbaan serve at love to put it back on serve at 3-2*.

Meanwhile over at No. 1 it would be Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland that would earn the first break. Smith/Wagland went up 0-40 on Herkko Pollanen's 3-3 service game before finally breaking on the deciding point to go up 4-3.



Back at No. 2, Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski would break Ralf Steinbach's 3-4 service game from 30-40 to go up 5-3. Oosterbaan would then serve it out at love with Zielinski hammering home an overhead on match point to give Georgia the 6-3 win. (clip below is the break for 5-3; didn't get match point because scoreboard was showing 30-0)


After falling behind 3-1 at No. 3, Georgia's Emil Reinberg would hold and then he and Wayne Montgomery would break Matt Mendez to make it 3-3. Montgomery would hold at love for 4-3 and then the slow clap began with Georgia having a match point at No. 1 on the Mikael Torpegaard 3-5 service game. Austin Smith would hit a nice backhand return at Torpegaard's feet and the Buckeye sophomore wasn't able to get it back over and that was the match.


The wind didn't seem to be as much a factor during the doubles point but once singles got underway it seemed to pick up a good bit.

Ohio State was looking to rebound after losing the doubles point, for only the fourth time in 18 matches, but it wasn't going to be easy. The Buckeyes started off well in singles and actually had break leads on five of the six courts but they'd only be able to take first sets at No. 1 and No. 6.

Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on Austin Smith at No. 1 before Smith held, broke, and held to pull with 4-3. After an exchange of holds, Torpegaard would hold on the deciding point to take the opening set 6-4. Clip on left shows Torp breaking Smith from 30-40 in opening game of the match and the clip on the right is set point for Torp.


Torpegaard would go up an early break in the second set before Smith broke on the deciding point to even it at 2-2. Torpegaard would break back and then take the next three after that to win it 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour and 17 minutes. Clip on left is Smith breaking for 2-2; clip on right is the final two points of the match.


Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo started off the match at No. 2 by holding on the deciding point and then he'd hold on another deciding point to go up 2-1 (clip on left). Di Feo would snag the first break of the match when he broke Wayne Montgomery on the deciding point to go up 3-1 (clip on right).


Montgomery would break back from 15-40 and then consolidate the break for 3-3. Montgomery would break again, this time from 30-40, to go up 4-3 but Di Feo would break right back from 15-40 to make it 4-4. Di Feo would hold for 5-4 and then Montgomery held on the deciding point, which was also a set point for Di Feo, to make it 5-5 (clip on left). Montgomery broke for 6-5 and then held from 40-30 to take the opening set 7-5 (clip on right).


Montgomery raced out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and was up 0-40 on Di Feo's serve but the Buckeye redshirt freshman managed to hold for 2-5. Di Feo broke from 30-40 for 3-5 but Montgomery broke back to win it 7-5, 6-3 in 1 hour and 28 minutes.


Meanwhile down at No. 6, Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce had a match point with Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski serving at 4-6, 4-5 (40-40). Zielinski managed to get the hold for 5-5 as the clip will show (sorry about the pole).  Quick note: the only break of the match up until this point was when Joyce broke Zielinski to take the first set 6-4.



After a pair of holds, Zielinski and Joyce went to a tiebreak. Zielinski jumped out to a double mini-break lead at *4-1 but Joyce got one back to make it 5-2*. Zielinski got one of the next two to go up *6-3 but Joyce rattled off three straight to even it at 6-6. Zielinski took the mini-break back and then won the set 7-6(6) when he hit a forehand down the line that Joyce couldn't get back into play. The clip starts with Zielinski serving up 6-3 then after Joyce ties it at 6-6 it skips to Zielinski serivng at 7-6.


As Zielinski was forcing a third set at No. 6, Georgia's Nick Wood was trying to close out Herkko Pollanen at No. 5. Wood jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the match and held on the deciding point to close out the first set 6-2 (clip).


The second set started with four straight holds until Wood broke to go up 3-2. Wood would hold again a few games later to make it 5-3 but Pollanen would hold and then break Wood from 30-40 to even it at 5-5. Clip shows the 30-40 point where Wood mis-hits and overhead.


After each held one more time, Pollanen would jump out to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak and end up forcing a third set by taking 7-6(5).



Over at No. 3 singles, Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Ohio State's Chris Diaz were locked in a pretty tight battle in which service breaks were more the norm than service holds.

Diaz broke Oosterbaan to start the match (left) but Paul broke right back for 1-1. Diaz would break again on the deciding point for 2-1 (right). but Oosterbaan broke back from 15-40 to make it 2-2.


Oosterbaan would get the first hold of the match, and take his first lead, when the 6'7" redshirt sophomore from Kalamazoo ripped an ace on the deciding point.


Oosterbaan went up 30-40 on Diaz's 2-3 service game but the Buckeye senior came back to hold for 3-3 when Oosterbaan wasn't able to do enough with a mid-court forehand (left). Oosterbaan then held for 4-3 and broke for 5-3 but Diaz would break back from 30-40 to stay in the set (right).


Diaz held for 5-5 and then each held one more time to sent it to a tiebreak. The tiebreak was on serve when Diaz was serving at 4-5 but Oosterbaan would take the next two points to close out the set 7-6(4).


Oosterbaan broke Diaz to start the second set and then held on the deciding point for 2-0. Oosterbaan would extend his lead to 3-1 before Diaz held (deciding point), broke (left), held, and broke on the deciding point to go up 5-3 (right).


Oosterbaan would break for 4-5 and hold for 5-5 but then Diaz held on the deciding point for 6-5 and then broke from 30-40 to send it to a third set.


So, while No. 3, No. 5, and No. 6 were just starting a third set, the match at No. 4 between Ralf Steinbach and Walker Duncan was already several games into the third set. Walker Duncan trailed 4-2 in the opening set but he came back to take a 6-5 lead. The Georgia freshman then broke from 30-40 to take the opening set 7-5 (clip).


Steinbach dominated the second set taking it 6-2 and then he went up 4-2 in the third. Duncan would hold, break, and hold to up 5-4 and then he'd have a match point on the deciding point. Steinbach hit a service winner for the hold (left) and then he broke Duncan from 30-40 (right), on a point he was seemingly out of, to go up 6-5.


Steinbach would go down 15-40 on his serve but he'd come back to get the hold and tie the match at 2-2 with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in 2 hours and 2 minutes.


Nick Wood was able to put his second set collapse behind him and run away from Herkko Pollanen in the third set and take it 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2 in a match that took 2 hours and 29 minutes.


The two remaining matches on court were both in the home stretch. Martin Joyce was serving for the match at No. 6 up 6-5, after breaking Zielinski at love, while Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan was serving for the match at No. 2 up 5-2.

Oosterbaan and Ohio State's Chris Diaz exchanged a plethora of breaks all day so it wasn't too surprising when Diaz broke from 30-40 to make it 3-5 (clip).


Diaz would hold for 4-5 but Oosterbaan would close it out with an easy overhead from 40-15 to take it 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 in 2 hours and 2 hours and 32 minutes. The first clip is the one I shot from the stands and the second was one that Georgia's SID shot from courtside.


The match at No. 6 was abandoned with Zielinski leading 4-1* in the tiebreak. Zielinski broke Joyce to force the tiebreak after trailing 6-5.

To see all these video clips in chronological order you can check out my twitter feed.  Here is Georgia's highlight package.


#19 Georgia 4, #4 Ohio State 2
Mar 16, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #27 Austin Smith (UGA) 6-4, 6-2
2. #25 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #24 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 7-5, 6-3 
3. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. #65 Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4 
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 
5. Nick Wood (UGA) def. #46 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2
6. Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU) 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 (4-1*)
Doubles Competition
1. #5 Ben Wagland/Austin Smith (UGA) def. #11 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-3
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3
3. #62 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 4-3*, unf
Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-2; National ranking #4
Georgia 10-3; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,2,4,5,3)
Official: Clark Weaver
T-3:11 A-1010



Georgia's coach Manuel Diaz, Nick Wood, and Paul Oosterbaan talked to several members of the press after the match and here are those recordings



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A week ago Florida State upset then No. 1 North Carolina but on Sunday it wasn't able to do it again as current No. 1 Virginia rolled to a 7-0 win.

Watch the video highlights from NBC29 in Charlottesville


#1 Virginia 7, #23 Florida State 0
Mar 20, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boars Head Sports Club) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Ryan Shane (VA) def. #30 Benjamin Lock (FS) 6-3, 6-2
2. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #97 Marco Nunez (FS) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS) 6-3, 6-3
4. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-1, 6-1
5. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Jose Gracia (FS) 7-5, 6-1
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Jake Albo (FS) 7-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. #26 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) 5-4, unfinished
2. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Michael Rinaldi/Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-2
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Jose Gracia/Jack Haffey (FS) 6-2
Match Notes
Florida State 12-5, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #23
Virginia 14-2, 4-0 ACC; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,1,5,3,6,2)
T-2:31 A-279

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Florida State is an outstanding team, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It really took a complete effort from our entire team today. I am very proud of the way that we played and of the results this weekend.
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Third-ranked TCU made it a weekend sweep of the Ivy League with a 4-0 shutout over No. 35 Dartmouth. Guillermo Nunez sat out in singles for the second match in a row but TCU still managed to win all nine completed singles sets.


#3 TCU 4, #35 Dartmouth College 0
Mar 20, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #55 Sakinis, Dovydas (DART) 6-2, 6-2
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. Riccardi, Ciro (DART) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
3. #109 Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Wall, George (DART) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-2, 6-1
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Glasnovic, Roko (DART) 6-1, 7-5
6. Trey Daniel (TCU) vs. Grabill, Eddie (DART) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. #59 Sakinis, Dovydas/Glasnovic, Roko (DART) 3-5, unf
2. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Wall, George/Tannenbaum, Brendan (DART) 6-1
3. Guillermo Nuez/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Schmidt, Max/Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-1
Match Notes
Dartmouth College 11-6; National ranking #35
TCU 13-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,1,5)
A-212

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "This was a very solid win against a very good Dartmouth team. I thought our new doubles combinations paid off. Trevor (Johnson) and Guillermo (Nuez) played really well at No. 3 and they had never played together and it was kind of fun to see a very dynamic team. I am just happy that regardless of who they played with, they were ready to play and followed the fundamentals of doubles.

"In singles, we did a good job of jumping all over them. We won all of the first sets and that put Dartmouth in a very tough position. I do think that Dartmouth was making a run there in the second sets in every match and they were up in almost every match except on courts one and three so this could have been a five-hour match, but Trevor was able to break at 5-all and served it out beautifully just being aggressive, coming forward and playing his type of game that pays off for him. I am happy for where we are because I think we are in a good place.

On the upcoming match against No. 7 Northwestern
"Now we have a battle with Northwestern on Tuesday. I know it's a little breezy out and cold here so it is probably not the best weather to come and sit on the bleachers, but we are going to need our fans on Tuesday. We are going to need our students and staff to come out and eat lunch here at the tennis center. The match could be indoors because its supposed to be really windy, but we are going to need everything we have to go up against this team that is No. 7 in the nation and won 11 straight matches. They are an indoor team so it is going to be a battle.
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The Pac-12 was trying to go 4-0 on the weekend against the Big 12 at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Challenge in Indian Wells and USC did its part with a 4-1 win over No. 21 Baylor.

Baylor jumped out to the early 1-0 lead when Felipe Rios and Jimmy Bendeck came back from 6-3 down in the tiebreak to beat Tanner Smith and Jack Jaede 7-6(9) in the deciding match at No. 3.

USC really dominated in singles and took all six opening sets and Max de Vroome, Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget would each win in straight sets to complete the 4-1 win. Below was the only clip of a match point in singles - DeVine hammers a service return to win it at No. 3:


#12 USC 4, #21 Baylor 1
Mar 20, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden) 
Singles competition
1. #32 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #17 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-2, 6-1
2. #35 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. #56 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 4-3
3. #113 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #40 Logan Smith (USC) def. Will Little (BU) 6-3, 6-2
5. #91 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2, 5-3
Doubles competition
1. #74 Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) def. #12 Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) 7-5
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Max de Vroome/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-3
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Tanner Smith/Jack Jaede (USC) 7-6 (11-9)
Match Notes
USC 10-3; National ranking #12
Baylor 11-7; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,3,4)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"I want to thank Oracle for hosting the event. It's an elite event, really special for our team to be here in this environment with everything that it has to offer. I think it's really much appreciated that their support of college tennis is led by Mark Hurd. We're really excited about that. head coach Matt Knoll on the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge

"The competition was tough. These teams were really good, and you have to give them all the credit in the world. These three teams (Illinois, California, USC) came out and made it hard on us. We have a young team that's growing, and I think we knew it was going to be a challenge to play this level of competition, but we were excited to come out and play these good teams. Unfortunately, it didn't go our way on the scoreboard, but we gained a lot and our guys are getting better. We're excited about going back, practicing in a few days and getting after it again. Knoll on the team's performance at the event
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Cal was trying to make it a Pac-12 sweep of the weekend and before the match with Oklahoma Cal's Florian Lakat got the chance of a lifetime when he was asked to help warm up world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for his match against Milos Raonic.
Oklahoma was able to secure the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead when Andre Biro and Max Mora won the deciding match at No. 3 by a 7-5 score.

Each team would take three first sets and in an interesting twist all six would finish in straight sets. Cal's Oskar Wikberg rolled over Mora 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 but OU retook the lead when Andre Biro beat J.T. Nishimura 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6. Spencer Papa made it 3-1 Boomer Sooner when he defeated Billy Griffith 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2 but Florian Lakat was able to use that pre-match inspiration to defeat Axel Alvarez 7-6, 6-2, at No. 2.

Filip Bergevi tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Florin Bragusi at No. 4 but Alex Ghilea brought it home for OU and defeated Andre Goransson 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3.

Nice job by the ITA crew for getting some video clips of several match points since live scoring coverage was limited in the non-Baylor matches.

#15 Oklahoma 4, #14 California 3
Mar 20, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden) 
Singles competition
1. No. 31 Florian Lakat (Cal) def. No. 41 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 7-6, 6-2
2. Spencer Papa (OU) def. No. 37 Billy Griffith (Cal) 6-3, 7-6
3. Alex Ghilea (OU) def. No. 10 Andre Goransson (Cal) 7-5, 6-4
4. Filip Bergevi (Cal) def. Florin Bragusi (OU) 7-6(2), 6-3
5. No. 52 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. No 92 Max Mora (OU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. No. 46 Axel Alvarez Llamas /Andrew Harris (OU) 6-2
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (Cal) 6-0
3. Andre Biro/Max Mora (OU) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) 7-5
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 8-7; National ranking #15
California 8-3; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,6,2,1,4,3)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played a very tough match against a really good Cal team," head coach John Roddick said. "We fought hard and pulled it out in the end. Alex had the biggest win of he collegiate career to clinch the match, so that was great to see."

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"Amazing, Lakat said. "I'd never hit with one of those top players before. Obviously I was a little nervous coming in. It was kind of a dream that's come true. We all want to maybe go pro after college, and getting to play my favorite player the No. 1 player in the world before his final was an amazing privilege. It was a great 45 minutes. It was a lot of fun.

"We played an incredibly exciting match today, and even though we lost, we are playing high-quality tennis, Cal head coach Peter Wright added. "This has been an incredible weekend for us on many levels, including having dinner at (Oracle chairman) Larry Ellison's house where Rafael Nadal gave an inspirational talk to all of the players on Friday night. We played on the tournament grounds of the BNP Paribas event, and we were treated to exceptional hospitality. Florian Lakat had an incredible experience warming up Novak Djokovic on center court for the final today.

"We played two very high-quality teams, and I feel we're engaged in a process that will lead us to success in the postseason. Doubles turned out to be key for us today, and while it's obviously disappointing to lose, there were many bright spots along the way. We're excited about starting the Pac-12 season next weekend.
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Florida won its third straight match with a 6-1 win over No. 22 Ole Miss. Florida took the doubles point and won five of six singles matches with Ole Miss's lone point came at No. 2.


#24 Florida Gators (M) 6, #22 Ole Miss 1
Mar 20, 2016 at Gainesville, Fla. (Ring Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #21 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #103 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-8)
3. #75 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 6-1
4. #51 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-1, 6-3
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Grey Hamilton (OM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) def. Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 5-3
2. #60 Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (FLA) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Florida 9-4; National ranking #24
Ole Miss 7-6; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,5,1,2,6)
A-240

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Assistant Coach Mark Merklein
On how the team was physically prepared for two Top-25 matches this weekend 
"That was a concern, coming in. We knew we had two really tough teams this weekend. Physically, we are training hard. The guys are doing work day in and day out. That is really all we can control is being fit and knowing that we are ready to compete and they are doing that. The guys have really bonded well and bought into the work piece of it. It gives them a chance to compete against anybody, any day."

On playing out the singles match and physical aspect of the match 
"It is tough. The match is over, but the guys continue to fight for the team and for themselves. Physically, you have to dig deep for the match because it is extended. Elliott, again, is a guy that is never going to give up. I can say that across the board with all of the guys on our team. No one is going to give in whether the match is live or not. That is what makes this group special and I feel like we have a great opportunity this year to do some damage."

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We lost a close doubles point. In singles we worked hard and created some opportunities, but we were not able to take advantage of them today and put pressure on Florida. I know this team will bounce back from this loss.
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Mississippi State, ranked No. 25, rebounded from a Friday loss to Texas A&M by winning at LSU 4-2. LSU took the doubles point but State was able to get it done in singles.

MSU picked up straight set wins from Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic at No. 3 and No. 6 and then Mate Cutura and Rashab Agarwal added three-sets at No 1. and No. 2 to give the Bulldogs the win.

#25 Mississippi State 4, #48 LSU 2
3/20/2016 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (STATE) def. #102 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. #77 Rishab Agarwal (STATE) def. #106 Gabor Csonka (LSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Nuno Borges (STATE) def. Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Simon Freund (LSU) vs. Niclas Braun (STATE) 2-6, 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
5. Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Trevor Foshey (STATE) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
6. Strahinja Rakic (STATE) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #8 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Niclas Braun/Nuno Borges (STATE) 6-2
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) vs. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (STATE) 4-3, unfinished
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Strahinja Rakic/Trevor Foshey (STATE) 6-2
Match Notes
Mississippi State 12-4, 4-2 SEC; National ranking #25
LSU 8-8, 1-5 SEC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,1,2,5)
A-174

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"Doubles was a good point for us, Head Coach Jeff Brownsaid. "Their singles lineup has been very strong at the one, two, three and four spots and they got the bonus today because Boris (Arias) didn't have his best day. It was difficult. It was a fine margin of error that we could have squeaked through but we couldn't quite get it done.
  
"I feel bad for the guys today, Brown said. "They did make a lot of improvements that we as a team demanded out of them from recent matches. For the most part we did a lot of things but they still came up short today. We have to keep building on the positives and fix a couple of things and prepare for our next match.

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap 
"Today was a great team effort from all eight Bulldogs, head coach Matt Roberts said. "LSU competed very well and required us to be mentally tough at all spots and to compete together as one unit. Rishab, Nuno and Mate all showed incredible poise under pressure today to win the way they did against a tough team in LSU. "

"It took Rishab a little bit today to step up and play physical, Roberts said. "Once he started looking for his forehand more, everything flowed from there including his return and transition on big points. He learned from his loss Friday and did a great job coming back and winning.

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Another Friday brought us another round of stunning upsets as a pair of top 10 teams went down on the road.

Vanderbilt won its third consecutive match by a 4-3 score as it stunned No. 7 Texas A&M 4-3. The Commodores took the doubles point when Tate Allwardt and Baker Newman knocked off Max Lunkin and AJ Catanzariti 7-6(5) at No. 2.

Texas A&M took opening sets at 2, 3, 5, and 6 while Vandy got the opening set at 1 and 4. Max Lunkin won easily at No. 6 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex Ross and Shane Vinsant would put the Aggies ahead with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Rhys Johnson at No. 2.

Vandy's Baker Newman tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 4 but moments later Jackson Withrow put Texas A&M back in front with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kris Yee at No. 5.

Danny Valent tied it at 3-3 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Arthur Rinderknech at No. 1 and then Cameron Klinger outlasted Jordi Arconada 6-7, 6-4, 7-6(3) at No. 2 to clinch the big upset victory.


#49 Vanderbilt 4, #7 Texas A&M 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Nashville, TN (Currey Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #67 Daniel Valent (VU 13.83) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.34) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
2. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.05) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.05) 7-5, 6-3
3. #92 Cameron Klinger (VU 13.78) def. #90 Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.79) 6-7, 6-4, 7-6(3)
4. Baker Newman (VU 13.39) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.42) 6-4, 6-3
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.97) def. Kris Yee (VU 13.03) 6-4, 6-3
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.35) def. Alex Ross (VU 12.74) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #33 Cameron Klinger/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. #18 J Withrow/A Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-2
2. Tate Allwardt/Baker Newman (VU) def. Max Lunkin/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 7-6(5)
3. Jordi Arconada/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 12-8; National ranking #49
Texas A&M 18-5; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2); Singles (6, 2, 4, 5, 1, 3)

Post-Match Quotes from Vandy's recap
"It was a pretty crazy third set, said Klinger. "I think three or four of my service games went to deuce and I won all of them. I was listening to Jamie (Hunt) and he was just saying you know just stick around, this is your time.' The guys we're super loud and they game me a ton of support. I'm just so glad I could come through for them.

"It was such a great win for us, said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "You know we're getting better, and there are still lots of areas where we can improve. I think what we're seeing is that we've told them when we've had those though 4-3 losses that we just need to hang in there and if we keep knocking at the door it will open itself up at some point It happened against Kentucky, it happened against Tennessee, and now it's happened again. I think now they've become believers, if they compete and hang in there no matter how dire things look, until it's over it's not over. We're finding ways to win, which is really encouraging.

"I feel like when teams become great different players come through at different times. Rhys came through against Kentucky, Danny against Tennessee and today Cam clinches. It was a huge win for him (Klinger) especially given the fact that he was in control of the first set and got tentative. Danny beat a guy that's been top-10 in the country, and that's a huge win for him. I'm proud of them and we'll come back to work tomorrow morning and get better
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Many people including myself didn't give Washington much of a chance tonight against No. 8 USC but the Huskies proved us all wrong and stunned the Trojans 4-3.  

Washington took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then Huskies took first sets in singles at 1, 2, 3, and 4 while USC grabbed 5 and 6.

USC's Thibault Forget, who earlier this week was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, ran his dual-match record to 11-0 with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Sebastian Hawken at No. 5. 

Washington's Gal Hakak defeated Logan Smith 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 and then Jake Douglas knocked off Jake DeVine 7-5, 6-3 at No. 3.  It looked like Mitch Stewart was going to clinch the win when he led Nick Crystal 3-0 in the second set tiebreak but Crystal rallied to win seven of the next nine points to send it to a third set.

The stage was set for Piers Foley to be the hero as the Washington freshman came back from a set down to clinch the upset with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Laurens Verboven at No. 5.


The win over USC was Washington's first since 2006 and it was the Huskies highest ranked win since defeating No. 7 UCLA during that same season. 

USC's Nick Crystal and Max de Vroome managed to win the two remaining match at No. 1 and No. 2 to make the final score 4-3. 

#39 Washington 4, #8 USC  3
Mar 25, 2016 at Seattle, Wa (Bill Quillian Stadium) 
Doubles competition 
1. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Foley/Watanabe (UW) 7-5
2. Lam/Sommer (UW) def. DeVine/de Vroome (USC) 6-4
3. Douglas/Hakak (UW) def. Jaede/Smith (USC) 6-4
Singles competition               
1. #55 Nick Crystal (USC 14.09) def. #84 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.95) 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2
2. #25 Max de Vroome (USC 14.15) def. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.34) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
3. Jake Douglas (UW 13.34) def. #109 Jake DeVine (USC 13.66) 7-5, 6-3
4. Gal Hakak (UW 13.35) def. #58 Logan Smith (USC 13.68) 6-3, 6-4
5. Thibault Forget (USC 13.79) def. Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.61) 6-2, 6-1
6. Piers Foley (UW 12.47) def. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.30) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
Match Notes
Washington 14-4: National ranking #39
USC 10-4; National ranking #8
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,3,6,1,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
"No question it was a super win today, said head coach Matt Anger. "We know how good their players are as well as their team, which is why we're so happy with pulling out the victory.

"I was very proud of the freshmen today, said Anger. "Enzo ended up losing a close match and Piers clinching the match for us down on court six was big for us too. It's not easy to win 6-0 in the third set against anyone and certainly not against USC.

"Mitch was very close to winning his match today, so there was still more out there for us, said Anger. "It just shows we were tough all the way through.

"I know a lot of people that are saying we have more wins now than we did last year and the year before that, but there's a lot out there that we want to keep climbing for, said Anger. "There's more out there for us.
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Sixth-ranked UCLA rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit to beat No. 26 Oregon 4-1. The Ducks took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but UCLA fought back in singles and took four opening sets. Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio would each finish in straight sets with Staggs getting the clincher at No. 5.


#6 UCLA 4, #26 Oregon 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Eugene, OR (Student Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. McDonald/Cressy (UCLA) vs. #20 Amos/Soemarno (ORE) 5-5, unfinished
2. Maasland/Stevens (ORE) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-3
3. Clissold/Laurent (ORE) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #94 Daan Maasland (ORE) 6-3, 6-2
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Thomas Laurent (ORE) 6-3, 6-4
3. Simon Stevens (ORE) vs. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-0, 5-5, unfinished
4. Jayson Amos (ORE) vs. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 7-5, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Bartosz Sawicki (ORE) 6-1, 6-0
Match Notes
Oregon 13-2; National ranking #26
UCLA 13-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5)
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No. 23 Michigan won its third straight match with a hard fought 5-2 win over No. 25 Penn State. Michigan's Jathan Malik and Kevin Wong won 6-4 at No. 2 doubles and the Wolverines took the doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won 6-3 at No. 1
Michigan took four opening sets in singles but Davis Crocker was the only one to finish in straight sets as he defeated Tomas Hanzlik 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5.

Penn State senior Leo Stakhovsky put the Nittany Lions on the board with a come from behind 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Jathan Malik at No. 1 but Michigan extended its lead to 3-1 with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 win by Myles Schalet at No. 6.

Michigan sophomore Carter Lin would clinch the match with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over Matt Barry at No. 3.

The remaining matches were played out with Penn State's Constant De La Bassetiere winning in three-sets at No. 2 while Michigan's Runhao Hua won 7-6 in the third at No. 4.

#23 Michigan 5, #25 Penn State 2
Mar 25, 2016 at Ann Arbor, MI (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #39 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) def. Christian Lutschaunig/David Kohan (PSU), 6-3
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU), 6-4
3. Myles Schalet/Gabe Tishman (UM) vs. Constant De La Bassetiere/Matt Galush (PSU), 5-5, dnf.
Singles competition
1. # 96 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #75 Jathan Malik (UM), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU) def. #107 Alex Knight (UM), 6-7 (0), 6-3, 6-2
3. Carter Lin (UM) def. #125 Matt Barry (PSU), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
4. Runhao Hua (UM) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5)
5. Davis Crocker (UM) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU), 6-4, 6-3
6. Myles Schalet (UM) def. Ben Lieb (PSU), 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
Match Notes:
Michigan 13-3; National ranking #23
Penn State 14-4; National ranking #25
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,1,6,3,2,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"That was a true Top 25 battle," said head coach Jeff Zinn. "That was what two really good teams do in conference play. We fought in every position and it just didn't turn our way unfortunately. I am very proud of the way we fought and the way that we competed in such a big match. I will be pleased if we can continue to compete like this; if we do we will have a really good year.

"Congratulations to Coach Steinberg and the Wolverines," said assistant coach Paul Tobin. "It was a tight battle in singles with five three-set matches. It was a tough match against two evenly matched teams. We will certainly be able to learn from this and move forward into our matches next weekend.
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Mississippi State struck first by taking the doubles point but ultimately Florida would strike last and pull out a tough 4-3 win. MSU's Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter upset the ITA No. 1 doubles team of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson to clinch the doubles point but both Hidalgo and Watson would get redemption in singles.

Florida took opening sets in singles at 2, 3, 5, and 6 while State grabbed the first frame at 1 and 4. Florida freshman McClain Kessler won the only match to finish in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Trevor Foshey at No. 6.

Gordon Watson (Jordan McPherson/Alligator.org)
MSU freshman Nuno Borges ate a first set bagel but managed to come back and beat Florida freshman Alfredo Perez 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3. MSU's Niclas Braun ate a second set bagel but managed to regroup in the third to defeat Chase Perez-Blanco 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 at No. 4.

MSU was up 3-1 but they wouldn't be able to find that last point as Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Gordon Watson each managed to pull out three-setters with Watson cinching at No. 5.

In an odd twist, all the matches that went three-sets finished with a 6-3 third set score.

#16 Florida 4, #24 Mississippi State 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Starkville, MS (A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre) 
Doubles competition
Doubles-Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Cutura/Hunter (MSU) def. #1 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 6-4
2. Borges/Braun (MSU) def. #52 Lipman/Orkin (UF) 6-1
3. Perez/Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Foshey/Rakic (MSU) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #24 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #22 Mate Cutura (MSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. #29 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. #80 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #122 Alfredo Perez (UF) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Niclas Braun (MSU)  def. #71 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Stahinja Rakic (MSU) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
6. McClain Kessler (UF) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-3, 6-0
Match Notes
Florida 10-4; National ranking #16
Mississippi State 12-5; National ranking #24
Order of finish; Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,4,1,2,5)
Attendance: 183

Post-Match Quote from Florida's recap
Volunteer Assistant Coach Scott Perelman on the match victory tonight 
"To win on the road in the SEC is a tough task. Mississippi State had a nice crowd and played hard. We are so proud of our guys! Gordon Watson put us on his back and brought us home. He played his best tennis at the end of the match. We are all very happy for him. Tonight was a total team effort. We will enjoy the victory tonight and then prepare for a tough Alabama team on Sunday. Go Gators!"

Post-Match Quotes from Mississippi State's recap
"We gained a lot from tonight's match, head coach Matt Roberts said. "We had positives from our doubles teams that put us in a great position going into singles play, but it came down to a freshman versus a senior. Florida's guy has probably been in that spot many times, so it was tough to ask three freshmen to win for you against an experienced team like Florida.

"I'm very proud of the way we competed in doubles tonight at 1 and 2, Roberts said. "Mate and Vaughn have been working hard and stepped up tonight huge for us.

"We're going to stay positive and focused on the journey one day and one week at time for everyone's overall development, Roberts said. "Wins and losses come and go, but the impact we can have on these great student athletes is everlasting.
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Fifteenth-ranked California got all it wanted and more from No. 61 Utah before pulling out a 4-3 win in Salt Lake City. One of Cal's top singles players, Florian Lakat, sat out for unknown reasons and his absence was definitely felt by the Bears.

Utah took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then the Utes split first sets with Cal. Utah's Freddie McGeehan won in straight sets at No. 6 to put the Utes up 2-0 but Cal would answer with straight set wins from Billy Griffith and Oskar Wikberg at No. 1 and No. 4.

J.T. Nishimura (Cal Bears)
Andre Goransson put Cal ahead with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dan Little at No. 3 but David Micevski evened it at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-4 upset of Filip Bergevi at No. 2. 

Cal's J.T. Nishimura would save the day for the Bears with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win over Jamey Swiggart at No. 5.

It's interesting to look at the UTRs in this one because Cal was a heavy favorite on every court yet Utah still managed to win two matches and nearly won a few more. David Micevski's win over Filip Bergevi was the only one to official be a UTR upset because the variance between the two was greater than 1.0.  

#15 California 4, #61 Utah 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT (Eccles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Billy Griffith (CAL 14.20) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH 12.70) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. David Micevski (UTAH 12.95) def. Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.24) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
3. Andre Goransson (CAL 14.07) def. Dan Little (UTAH 12.83) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.93) def. Egbert Weverink (UTAH 12.36) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6
5. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.46) def. Jamey Swiggart (UTAH 12.15) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-4
6. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH 12.37) def. Mads Engsted (CAL 13.30) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (CAL) vs. Matt Cowley/Dan Little (UTAH) 6-6
2. Freddie McGeehan/Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Filip Bergevi/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-4
3. Johan Jonhagen/Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 7-6 (7-0)
Match Notes: 
California 9-3; National ranking #15 
Utah 16-3; National ranking #61
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,1,4,3,2,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We needed a supreme effort to win today's match against a very strong Utah team, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "J.T. Nishimura had the team on his shoulders as he clinched the victory for us. It took our guys a long time to get used to the altitude, and we played indoors due to the cold temperature (in the 40s) and wind outdoors. Our doubles remains challenging, and we hope to improve that on Sunday when we play at Arizona.

Post-Match Quotes from Utah's recap
"I'm very proud of our competitive spirit today. We had a lot of opportunities to beat a very good Cal team, but we let it slip out of our hands. The good thing to take from this match is that we have now shown that we can play these teams and if we work a little harder, and pay better attention to the details, we have it in us to beat these teams." said head coach Roeland Brateanu.
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Eleventh-ranked Georgia rolled to its seventh straight win by defeating Tennessee 5-2. The Bulldogs took the doubles point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 and then they took five opening sets in singles with the Vols only able to pull a set out at No. 3.

Austin Smith, Walker Duncan, Jan Zielinski, and Emil Reinberg won in straight sets at 1, 4, 5, and 6 with Reinberg clinching the team win at No. 6.

Tennessee's Luis Valero defeated Wayne Montgomery at No. 2 when a 10-point tiebreak was played in lieu of a third set and Timo Stodder defeated Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 7-6 at No. 3.



#11 Georgia 5, Tennessee 2
Mar 25, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Igor Smelyanski (UT-M) 6-2, 6-0
2. Luis Valero (UT-M) def. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)
3. Timo Stodder (UT-M) def. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
4. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT-M) 6-1, 6-4
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Jack Schipanski (UT-M) 6-3, 6-4
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Jack Heslin (UT-M) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #20 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT-M) 4-3, unfinished
2. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Jack Heslin/Preston Touliatos (UT-M) 6-2
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Timo Stodder (UT-M) 6-4
Match Notes
Tennessee 6-10
Georgia 11-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,4,6,2,5,3)
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:21 A-658

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"We are becoming a more confident team, and I think we are becoming a more mature team now," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Having said that, you are only as good as your next match. We play a very, very good Kentucky team on Sunday. They have been playing some outstanding tennis, so it will be a huge match for us and hopefully we can play our best on Sunday."

"Playing for Georgia is an absolute privilege, so to deliver the match-clincher was a big deal," Reinberg said. "I really just stuck to my game the whole match and that's what got me though. I am proud of my team and the way we played today."
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Kentucky played without two of top four singles starters but still managed to get past South Carolina 4-3. Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart did suit up in doubles and it's a good thing they did because they clinched the point with a 7-6(4) win at No. 1.

South Carolina's Harrison O'Keefe and Alex Fennell won in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 5 to put the Gamecocks ahead 2-1 but Kentucky's Gus Benson and Ryotaro Matsumura won in straights at No. 6 and No. 2 to make it 3-2 UK.

Kentucky sophomore William Bushamuka clinched the match with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Gabriel Friedrich at No. 1.

#18 Kentucky 4, #65 South Carolina 3 
March 25, 2016 at Lexington, KY (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #93 Gabriel Friedrich (SCAR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Andrew Schafer (SCAR) 7-5, 6-1 
3. Harrison O'Keefe (SCAR) def. Trey Yates (UK) 6-3, 6-2 
4. Thomas Mayronne (SCAR) def. Jake Stefanik (UK) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) 
5. Alex Fennell (SCAR) def. Austin Hussey (UK) 6-2, 6-1 
6. Gus Benson (UK) def. Sam Swank (SCAR) 7-5, 6-4 
Doubles competition 
1. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Harrison O'Keefe/Alex Fennell (SCAR) 7-6 (7-4) 
2. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) def. Sam Swank/Gabriel Friedrich (SCAR) 7-5 
3. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) vs. Andrew Schafer/Thomas Mayronne (SCAR) 6-6, unf
Match Notes: 
South Carolina 9-10 (1-4 SEC); National ranking #65 
Kentucky 14-4 (4-2 SEC); National ranking #18 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,6,2,1,4)

Post-Match Quotes from SC's recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi: "This team has been working their tails off and has been getting better with every single match. It's a shame that the guys did not get the pay off today against a highly ranked Kentucky team, but we fought until the end. Credit goes to Kentucky. It was great to see Alex Fennell get a singles win because he's a big point for this team. He's been working hard to get back to good form, and he looked good today. Harrison O'Keefe played great tennis from the start to the end, and Mayronne battled his way to a victory like he always does. A lot of good things are happening. We look forward to getting back to Columbia to take on Tennessee."
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Northwestern was pushed pretty hard on Friday night but it was able to get the W over Purdue when Strong Kirchheimer pulled away from Ricky Medinilla in the third set at No. 3.

Northwestern won the doubles point easily with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Wildcats claimed four opening sets in singles.

Sam Shropshire cruised over Benjamin Ugarte 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 but Purdue's Gergely Madarasz upset Konrad Zieba 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 to pull the Boilers to within 2-1. Alp Horoz extended NU's lead to 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Lucas Dages at No. 6 but Purdue's Dominik Sochurek pulled off a UTR upset with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Fedor Baev at No. 4 (Sochurek has a 11.63 UTR vs. Baev's 13.17).
Strong Kirchheimer (Daily Northwestern)

Northwestern's lead was 3-2 but both of the remaining matches were into a third set and it seemed like it was going to be anybodies match.

Purdue's Mateus Silva had opened up a 5-2 lead in the third at No. 5 but Northwestern junior Strong Kirchheimer was a able to overpower Ricky Medinilla in the third set at No. 3 and win it 6-1 to clinch the team win.

Silva's match was abandoned despite him being just a game away. So far I've noticed that the SEC and ACC are playing everything out while the Big Ten and Pac-12 are stopping on the clinch - Big 12 hasn't started conference play yet so we'll see what they do.

#12 Northwestern 4, #54 Purdue 2
Mar 25, 2016 at West Lafayette, IN (Basham Courts at Schwartz Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #51 Gergely Madarasz (PUR 13.81) def. #13 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.39) 6-2, 6-4
2. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.78) def. #57 Benjamin Ugarte (PUR 13.30) 6-3, 6-1
3. #97 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.27) def. Ricky Medinilla (PUR 13.03) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 
4. Dominik Sochurek (PUR 11.63) def. Fedor Baev (NU 13.17) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Mateus Silva (PUR 13.20) vs. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.82) 6-4, 6-7, 5-2, unfinished 
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.07) def. Lucas Dages (PUR 11.53) 7-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchhemeimer (NU) def. Dominik Sochurek/Ricky Medinilla (PUR) 6-1
2. Gergely Madarasz/Benjamin Ugarte (PUR) vs. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 3-4 unf.
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Mateus Silva/Renan Hanayama (PUR) 6-1
Match Notes:
Northwestern 15-2, 2-0 B1G; National ranking #12
Purdue 12-4, 1-1 B1G; National ranking #54
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,6,4,3)
Match played indoors on the Basham Courts of the Schwartz Tennis Center T-3:00

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"It was great to have Strong clinch the match for us," head coach Arvid Swan said. "He really played high level tennis in the third set."

"Great team win for us today," Swan said. "Purdue is an excellent team, and it is not easy to win there. I was proud of the way the team competed through the momentum swings during the match."
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Unranked Loyola Marymount defeated UC Santa Barbara for the first time in program history with a 4-3 win on Friday afternoon. LMU was 0-16 all-time against UCSB going into this one but the Lions were able to overcome the loss of the doubles point to get the upset.

Errol Smith (Shaffer/LMU)
UCSB claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but LMU picked up four first sets in singles.

UCSB's Cody Rakela rolled over Luke Bohuslav 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 to make it 2-0 Gauchos but LMU's Lukas Moenter trimmed the lead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Oliver Sec at No. 6.

UCSB's Nathan Eshmade made it 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 1 but one by one LMU would pick wins on the other courts.

Joat Farah defeated Anders Hol 7-6, 6-4 at No. 4, Cristobal Rivera gutted out a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(6) win over Nicolas Moreno at No. 2, and Errol Smith clinched the team victory with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 win over Morgan Mays at No. 3.


LMU 4, #51 UC Santa Barbara 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Mulholland Tennis Club) 
Singles competition
1. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.14) def. Charles Boyce (LMU 12.66) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2. Cristobal Rivera (LMU 13.02) def. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB 13.70) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Errol Smith (LMU 13.09) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.01) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
4. Joat Farah (LMU 12.61) def. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.64) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.65) def. Luke Bohuslav (LMU 12.41) 6-1, 6-2
6. Lukas Moenter (LMU 12.54) def. Oliver Sec (UCSB 12.90) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #34 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann (UCSB) def. Joat Farah/Errol Smith (LMU) 6-2
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Luke Bohuslav/Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-4
Match Notes
UC Santa Barbara 9-6; National ranking #51
LMU 7-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,6,1,4,2,3)
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Middle Tennessee State is hosting the MT Shootout this weekend but UAB was the one that came out with guns blazing after the Blazers scorched the Blue Raiders 4-2.

Mitchell Martell (UAB)
UAB took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 2 in a tiebreak and then it took four opening sets in singles to boot.

MTSU's Miguel Negre was first off the court with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 but UAB retook the lead when Christian Coetzee won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4. Gian Issa leveled the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 but UAB's Stepan Vancurik answered with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Luis Morillo Diaz at No. 5.

The two remaining matches went three-sets and it was UAB's Mitchell Martell that would clinch the match with a 7-6, 0-6, 6-4 win over Dima Zyhmantovich at No. 1. The other match was abandoned with MTSU's Gonzalo Morell leading 4-3 in the third.


UAB 4, #62 Middle Tennessee 2
March 25, 2016 at Murfreesboro, TN (Adams Tennis Complex
Singles competition
1. Mitchell Martell (UAB 12.33) def. Dima Zyhmantovich (MT 12.94) 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 6-4
2. Gonzalo Morell (MT 13.27) vs. Eric Komati (UAB 12.88) 4-6, 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
3. Miguel Negre (MT 12.69) def. Oliver Poysti (UAB 11.76) 6-2, 6-1
4. Christian Coetzee (UAB 12.61) def. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT 12.83) 6-3, 6-3
5. Stepan Vancurik (UAB 12.33) def. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT 11.94) 6-1, 7-5
6. Gian Issa (MT 13.13) def. Kenton Parton (UAB 11.87) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Ayed Zatar Cordero/Gonzalo Morell (MT) def. Christian Coetzee/Kenton Parton (UAB) 6-2
2. Luiz Felipe Pinto/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Miguel Negre/Gian Issa (MT) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Eric Komati/Stepan Vancurik (UAB) def. Luis Morillo Diaz/Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) 6-4
Match Notes:
UAB 10-6
Middle Tennessee 13-4; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,5,1)
Official: Ted Mason  T-3:04  A-52
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South Florida and Pepperdine got started at 10am on Friday but rain halted play for over six hours just before the doubles point could finish up.

Once the rain stopped South Florida closed out the doubles point and then quickly closed out Pepperdine in singles with Roberto Cid, Sasha Gozun, and Peter Bertran winning in straight sets at 1, 3, and 4.

#17 South Floirda 4, #53 Pepperdine 0
March 25, 2016 at Tampa, FL (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF) def. HADLICH, Guilherme (PEP) 6-0, 6-4
2. #31 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. PANE, Lautaro (PEP) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. MENICHELLA, Stefan (PEP) 6-4, 6-4
4. Peter Bertran (USF) def. SIDNEY, Gabriel (PEP) 6-1, 6-1
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) vs. IAMACHKINE, Pedro (PEP) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished 
6. VAN SLYKE, Jack (PEP) vs. Everth Dzib (USF) 6-0, 5-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) def. #37 Guilherme Hadlich/Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-4 
2. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-4
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Tom Hill/Jack Van Slyke (PEP) 6-0
Match Notes:
Pepperdine 5-7; National ranking #53
South Florida 12-6; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,1)
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UNLV picked up its first ranked win over the year with a 4-1 upset of No. 60 New Mexico. The Runnin Rebs took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Jakob Amilon, Alexandr Cozbinov, and Richard Solberg at 1, 2, and 6.

UNLV 4, #60 New Mexico 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Las Vegas, Nevada (Fertitta Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Jakob Amilon (UNLV 13.43) def. Bart Van Leijsen (UNM 12.86) 6-4, 6-4
2. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV 13.16) def. Jorge Escutia (UNM 12.41) 6-3, 6-4
3. Ricky Hernandez-Tong (UNM 12.44) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV 12.81) no result 
4. Augustus Ge (UNM 12.51) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV 11.94) 6-1, 6-2
5. Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM 11.73) vs. Evaldo Neto (UNLV 12.29) no result
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV 12.61) def. Sean Baklini (UNM 11.90) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) def. Augustus Ge/Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM) 6-3
2. Evaldo Neto/Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) def. Bart Van Leijsen/Michael Tran (UNM) 6-3
3. Ricky Hernandez-Tong/Jorge Escutia (UNM) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov/Richard Solberg (UNLV) no result
Match Notes:
UNLV 6-6
New Mexico 12-11; National ranking #60
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,6,2)

Post-Match Quotes from UNM's recap
"Not a great performance today," said head coach Bart Scott. "Typically we pride ourselves on finding solutions and today, for a multitude of reasons, we simply were not able to problem solve. Congratulations to UNLV; they played a better match start to finish and deserved the win more than we did.  We have to bounce back and look to solve problems better later this afternoon against Montana."
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Second-ranked Virginia got challenged in a few spots but the Cavaliers were too strong and won comfortably 6-1.

#2 Virginia 6, #46 Notre Dame 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #33 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-7, 7-5, 1-0
2. #63 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-4, 6-2
3. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 6-3, 6-4
4. #88 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 7-6, 6-4
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-4, 6-3
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-2
2. #8 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) vs. Grayson Broadus/Josh Hagar (ND) 5-5, unf
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Eddy Covalschi/Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 6-4
Match Notes
Notre Dame 11-8, 5-2 ACC; National ranking #46
Virginia 15-2, 5-0 ACC; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (,3,4,2,6,5,1)
T-2:34 A-358

Post-Match Quotes for UVA's recap
"It was a beautiful day to play tennis and I am thrilled that we had the success we did today, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "The team played really well from top to bottom. Notre Dame is a great team and I was very impressed with their fight and desire on the court. We are looking forward to another great day of tennis tomorrow when we take on Boston College.
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North Carolina played without its No. 1 Brayden Schnur but still cruised to a 6-1 win over Clemson. The Tar Heels blew the Tigers off the court in doubles and singles wasn't much closer with Clemson taking only two sets - both at No. 1 fro Alex Favrot. 

#1 North Carolina 6, Clemson 1
March 25, 2016 Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Doubles competition
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) d. Alex Favrot/Lance Johnson (CU), 6-1
2. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) vs. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU), 5-2 DNF
3. Andrew Gores/Anu Kodali (UNC) d. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU), 6-1
Singles competition
1. Alex Favrot (CU) d. #37 Brett Clark (UNC), 6-4, 6-2
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) d. Luke Johnson (CU), 6-1, 6-3
3. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC) d. Daffra Sanon (CU), 6-1, 6-3
4. #95 Jack Murray (UNC) d. Austin Ansari (CU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Anu Kodali (UNC) d. Robert Dudley (CU), 6-3, 6-3
6. Blaine Boyden (UNC) d. Christian Harris (CU), 6-4, 6-1
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,4,1,2,6)
Records: North Carolina 19-1 (4-1 ACC), Clemson 11-10 (2-4 ACC)

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"We have a tough league and it's tougher as we go forward, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "Virginia Tech is really under-ranked, no doubt about it. But we just take one match at a time. We're just trying to get better every day we talk about that a lot.

"I liked our focus in doubles, Paul said. "I liked how we came out.

Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
"North Carolina played and acted like the number one ranked team they are today. Credit to my dear friend Sam Paul on putting his team in this position, said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "Freshman standout Alex Favrot continues to show why he is one of the best players in the ACC and the nation by defeating #34 ranked Brett Clark. We look forward to getting back after it tomorrow against North Carolina State before returning to Clemson. "
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Duke gave Virginia Tech all it wanted but the guys from Blacksburg won enough of the close matches to get the 5-2 win. Check out Duke's recap for all the finer details.

#45 Virginia Tech 5, Duke 2
March 25, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium) 
Doubles competition
1. #7 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Ryan Dickerson (DU) 6-2
2. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Catalin Mateas/Vincent Lin (DU) 7-5
3. Daniel McCall/Jason Lapidus (DU) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3 
Singles competition
1. #21 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #19 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. #74 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. Catalin Mateas (DU) 7-5, 6-3
3. Vincent Lin (DU) def. Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
4. #72 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. TJ Pura (DU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-1
5. Josh Levine (DU) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Aaron Gomez (VT) def. Daniel McCall (DU) 6-4, 7-5
Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 12-4, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #45
Duke 8-10, 2-4 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,6,1,4,5)
Official: Rebel Good
T-2:55 A-212

Post-Match Quotes from Duke's recap
"Congratulations to Virginia Tech, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "They're a veteran team. They stepped up in the big moments. It came down to a couple big moments at the ends of sets and matches and they were just a little bit better than us.

"It was a very, very physical match, Smith said. "Those were long, physical points. Nico played and competed really well. He had some chances in the tiebreaker. I think if he would have been able to win that first set, it would have changed the momentum, not only on his court, but everywhere else. Monteiro has had a heck of a senior year. It was physical, grind-it-out, tennis.

"Josh put himself in a serious hole several times, Smith added. "You always know Josh is going to compete his best. He certainly didn't play his best tennis, but he was very emotional. He literally found a way to win. It wasn't pretty, but it was good to see the win. He normally wins a lot of those type of matches, but this year he hasn't won quite as many tight three-set decisions. I think this is really going to help him moving forward towards the end of the ACC season.
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#47 Denver 5, #67 Cal Poly 2
March 25, 2016 at San Luis Obispo, Ca (Mustang Courts)
Singles competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN) def. Ben Donovan (Cal Poly) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Garrett Aurpoux (Cal Poly) 6-2, 6-3 
3. Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox (DEN) 6-1, 6-2 
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Ortlip (Cal Poly) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Axel Damiens (Cal Poly) 6-4, 6-2 
6. Karl Enander (Cal Poly) def. Zach Fryer (DEN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-0 
2. Henry Craig/Diogo Rocha def. Garrett Auproux/Tim Tan (Cal Poly) 6-4
3. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James def. Dan Cardiff/Karl Enander (Cal Poly) 7-5





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Rice was looking to win the Rice Invitational for the ninth year in a row but to achieve that feat it'd have to find a way to beat a top 10 team for the first time in 10 years. Both Rice and Texas Tech beat William & Mary and Drake on Saturday so both were playing well coming into today's finale.

Texas Tech's Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas won 6-4 at No. 1 doubles but Rice's Jake Hansen and Emanuel Llamas came back from *1-4 down to win 7-5 at No. 3.  Rice's Jamie Malik and Adam Gustafsson trailed 6-3 in the tiebreak at No. 3 but would fight off a total of five match points to win a marathon tiebreak 14-12 to give Rice the doubles point and early 1-0 lead.

Each team picked up three first sets in singles and four of the six matches would finish in straight sets. Texas Tech's Felipe Soares rolled over Tommy Bennett 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 but David Warren put Rice back ahead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bjorn Thomson at No. 5. Rice's Emanuel Llamas made it 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Connor Curry at No. 6.

Texas Tech's Hugo Dojas trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Jamie Malik at No. 2 and Alex Sendegeya evened it at 3-3 with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Adam Gustafsson at No. 3.

The match would be decided in a third set at No. 4 between Rice freshman Jake Hansen and Texas Tech junior Jolan Cailleau. Hansen started off the third set with a hold then followed that up with a break and another hold to go up 3-0. Hansen would maintain the break lead the rest of the way and hold at love to win it 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

It was Texas Tech's first win over a top 10 team since defeating No. 3 Texas in 2006.

The Texas Tech loss also marked the fifth time this week that a top 10 lost which is something that usually doesn't happen very often.




#40 Rice 4, #9 Texas Tech 3
03/27/16 at Houston, Texas (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #14 Felipe Soares (TT 14.02) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE 13.23) 6-2, 6-0
2. #116 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.65) def. Jamie Malik (RICE 13.01) 7-5, 6-3
3. #108 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.62) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.54) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Jake Hansen (RICE 13.66) def. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.11) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. David Warren (RICE) def. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.63) 6-2, 6-2
6. Emanuel Llamas (RICE 12.28) def. Connor Curry (TT 13.43) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #6 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. David Warren/Tommy Bennett (RICE) 6-4
2. Jamie Malik/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. #53 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 7-6 (14-12)
3. Jake Hansen/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Connor Curry/Carlos DiLaura (TT) 7-5
Match Notes
Texas Tech 21-3; National ranking #9
Rice 17-5; National ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,5,6,2,3,4)
T-3:12

Post-Match Quotes from Rice's recap
"They (the Owls) brought it, all weekend long. Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "I told them before the match that it was 50-50 on all courts. It was a matter of heart and desire and a matter of us needing to prove that we belong up there (in the rankings). There have been so many upsets this year in college tennis and a lot of parity and it was our time. Sooner or later, if you continue to train hard and concentrate on the things we are working to improve, eventually it's got to go your wayespecially playing at home. "

"I felt like we were tired last night when we went home, but when I saw them this morning, it felt like a rejuvenated and excited group. They fought their tails off today, he noted.

"They (Hansen/Llamas) really were not playing badly, so unless I looked at the scoreboard, it never felt like they were losing 4-1, Ustundag said. "As we started pushing, we saw some hesitation from Tech and maybe a little doubt started to creep in after they lost doubles yesterday. Whatever happened, our two young guys really took advantage of it.

"This has actually been a tough week of training for him (Llamas), because we got on to him at the start of the week, Ustundag said "He was doing some freshman-type things in terms of his preparation and how he was managing his practice assignments and we got on him early and hard. But I love how he responded to the challenge. He was playing the more physical brand of tennis we have been asking him to play, and it all just clicked. As he started to see the results, he owned the new approach and got on a roll. He just never doubted himself and that was great to see.

"We've been working so hard all these four years that I have been here and finally we beat a top ten team, Gustafsson said. "This means the world to me. This is what college tennis is all about. This is a huge win for us. This is what we've practicing for and we're going to keep it rolling from here.

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Rice won bigger points than us today," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Rice deserved to win that match. They fought hard and kept coming at us. If we want to have success in conference play, we'll have to do a better job of taking advantage of our opportunities."
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After being down in the dumps for years the Hogs are flying high as they continue to rack up big win after big win. On Sunday Arkansas defeated Ole Miss for the first time since 1988 after the Razorbacks won 4-3.

Ole Miss claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but Arkansas turned it around in singles taking five first sets.

Jose Salazar, Giammarco Micolani, and Adam Sanjurjo won in straight sets to put Arkansas up 3-1 and Santiago Munoz clinched the match with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win at No. 3.

They played the remaining two matches out with Ole Miss's Gustav Hansson and Grey Hamilton each winning in three-sets to make the final score 4-3.

I can't emphasize how great a job Andy Jackson has done this season at Arkansas because he's taken a team from the outhouse to the penthouse. They have already won five conference matches this year after winning just ten in the previous eight years. Amazing turnaround!!!

#21 Arkansas 4, #28 Ole Miss 3
Mar 27, 2016 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Dills Indoor Courts)
Singles competition
1. #104 Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #30 Mike Redlicki (AR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 
2. #114 Jose Salazar (AR) def. #87 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 
3. Santiago Munoz (AR) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-2, 6-4
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. David Herrerias (AR) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-7) 
6. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #16 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) vs. #41 Z Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) 5-6, unf
2. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-2
3. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 7-5
Match Notes:
Ole Miss 7-7 (2-5 SEC); National ranking #28 
Arkansas 16-4 (5-2 SEC); National ranking #21 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,4,2,3,1,5) T-2:50

Post-Match Quotes from Arky's recap
"This win says a lot because Ole Miss has been one of the premier programs for decades, head coach Andy Jackson said. "We didn't play our best match today but we dug deep and beat a really good team. I think it's one of the more proud matches of the year because of what we overcame physically and emotionally.

"The clincher is always the hardest and Santiago dug hard to get over the finish line. But everyone on the team contributed, even the two guys who lost in singles extended their matches to third sets, which took some pressure off their teammates.

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"Overall, we played well and competed hard, especially in the doubles. It was a very close match that could have gone either way. Small margins make the difference and we didn't get the breaks that we needed on a couple of courts. Arkansas is tough to beat at their place and they played well.

On singles play
"Big win for Gus, he played really well against one of the top players in the country. Grey did a great job getting the first set and finishing off another win. Stefan had a chance to get the first set and Filip had break point opportunities in his first set. He did a solid job battling back to get to a third set. If we had been able to capitalize on those chances, we could have made it a lot closer in the end and given ourselves a real opportunity to win.

On returning home and getting over the hump
"It's been a tough stretch, but we played much better today than we did in our last two matches. We are looking forward to returning home and playing in front of our fans. We will keep working hard in practice, and I know we will turn it around. We encourage everyone to come out Friday as we battle Mississippi State.
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Georgia won its eighth match in a row and ran its SEC record to 6-0 with a 6-1 win over No. 18 Kentucky. The Bulldogs took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they carried the momentum over to singles and took four opening sets.


Austin Smith, Paul Oosterbaan, Walker Duncan, and Nick Wood each won in straight sets with Smith clinching the win at No. 1. Georgia's Jan Zielinski also won in three-sets at No. 5 and Kentucky got its lone point from Ryotaro Matsumura who defeated Wayne Montgomery at No. 2.

Georgia has a huge match coming up Friday night at Texas A&M while Kentucky's only match next week is at Tennessee on Friday.


#11 Georgia 6, #18 Kentucky 1
March 27, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles Results
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #27 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-3, 7-5
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
3. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-5, 6-2
4. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Trey Yates (UK) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 5-7, 6-3, 1-0
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Jake Stefanik (UK) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles Results
1. #5 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-3
2. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) 6-1
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 5-4, un
Match Notes:
Kentucky 14-5; National ranking #18
Georgia 12-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,6,2,1)
Official: Clark Weaver  T-2:14  A-257

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm happy because we are performing at a very high level", head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We are playing very consistently right now and the consistency we have shown in doubles has been tremendous. Our level of play is very high and our team is playing with a good bit of maturity. We have a big challenge coming up in Texas A&M."


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USC avoided what would be have a devastating weekend by holding on to defeat Oregon 4-3. Oregon took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split first sets in singles.

USC got easy straight set wins from Nick Crystal and Max de Vroome at No. 1 and No. 2 while Oregon's Jayson Amos won big at No. 4. USC's Jack Jaede would put the Trojans ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ethan Young-Smith at No. 6 but Oregon would have the lead on the other two courts.

Oregon's Cormac Clissold tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 7-6 win over the previously undefeated Thibault Forget at No. 5 but his teammate Simon Stevens would be unable to close out Jake DeVine at No. 3.

DeVine dropped the first set to Stevens 7-6(7) and he found himself down 5-4 in the second. DeVine held from 40-30 to even it at 5-5 and then he broke to go up 6-5. DeVine would hold from 40-30, with an ace, to take the second set 7-5.

The third set started out with four straight holds after DeVine held on the deciding point to make it 2-2. Stevens fell behind 0-40 on his next service game and after overcooking a forehand at 15-40 he'd find himself down a break at 3-2. DeVine went up 30-0 on his 3-2 service game but he netted a forehand and then double faulted to make it 30-30. Stevens then hammered a service return which forced a DeVine error and then DeVine would donate the break back to Stevens with a double fault on the next point. Stevens would hold from 40-30 to make it 4-3 and then DeVine faced a pivotal point when serving at 3-4, 30-30. DeVine had been struggling to make first serves but he hit an ace to go up 40-30 and then a Stevens forehand error gave DeVine the hold for 4-4.

Jake DeVine (USC/Dan Avila)
Stevens went up 30-15 on his next service game and then he hit a nice serve out wide and came to the net but his volley, which was headed towards the open court, caught the tape and fell back on his side to make it 30-all. DeVine would go up 30-40 after he chipped and charged on a Stevens second serve which forced Stevens to go for a backhand winner down the line. The shot just missed wide although Stevens thought he landed it but was his appeal was denied by the chair. DeVine got the break on the next point when he hit a nice crosscourt service return which caught Stevens in no man's land and forced a Stevens error.

DeVine went up 40-15 on his 5-4 service game but he would double fault and then Stevens hit an overhead winner at the net to bring up the deciding point. Stevens choose to receive in the ad-court which suited DeVine just fine because he rocked a big serve out wide. Stevens framed the return and it sailed well long to give DeVine the cliching 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 win.

#8 USC 4, #26 Oregon 3
March 27, 2016 - Eugene, Ore. (Student Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
(1) #20 Amos/Soemarno (Oregon) vs. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-5 susp.
(2) Maasland/Stevens (Oregon) def. de Vroome/DeVine (USC) - 6-4
(3) Clissold/Laurent (Oregon) def. Smith/Jaede (USC) - 6-4
Singles competition
(1) #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #94 Daan Maasland (Oregon) - 6-1, 6-1
(2) #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. Thomas Laurent (Oregon) - 6-2, 6-1
(3) #109 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Simon Stevens (Oregon) - 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-4
(4) Jayson Amos (Oregon) def. #58 Logan Smith (USC) - 6-2, 6-1
(5) Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Thibault Forget (USC) -  7-6 (5), 7-6 (3)
(6) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) - 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes
USC 11-4; National ranking #26
Oregon 13-4; National ranking #26
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,4,1,6,5,3)
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Florida State had won four of its last five coming into this match with Wake Forest but the Demon Deacons weren't having any of the upset talk and ran over FSU 6-1. Wake took the doubles point when Petros Chrysochos and Jon Ho won the decider at No. 2 in a tiebreak and then the Deacs turned up the heat in singles and took five opening sets.

Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, Christian Seraphim, and Dennis Uspensky won in straight sets while Romain Bogaerts won in three. Florida State's lone point came from Michael Rinaldi at No. 3.

#13 Wake Forest 6, #20 Florida State 1
Mar. 27, 2016 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Indoor Tennis Facility) 
Singles competition
1. #16 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #12 Benjamin Lock (FS) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
2. #36 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #60 Marco Nunez (FS) 6-4, 6-1
3. Michael Rinaldi (FS) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 6-3
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jose Gracia (FS) 6-0, 6-3
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FS) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #12 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #11 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) 6-3
2. #48 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. #59 Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FS) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FS) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3
Match Notes
Wake Forest 22-4 (6-1 ACC); National ranking #13
Florida State 13-6 (5-3 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,6,2,3,1,4)
T-2:35 A-88
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Harvard, ranked No. 50, halted Old Dominion's 12-match winning streak with a come from behind 4-3 win. Old Dominion took the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but the Crimson took four opening sets in singles.

ODU's Adam Moundir won in straights at No. 1 to put the Monarchs up 2-0 but Harvard countered with a straight set win from Kelvin Lam at No. 5. ODU's Michael Weindl made it 3-1 with a straight set win at No. 3 but seconds later Harvard's Andy Zhou won in straights at No. 4.

Harvard's Sebastian Beltrame won the opening set at No. 2 but he found himself down 5-1 in the second set tiebreak against Aziz Kijametovic at No. 2. Beltrame would take the next six points to close it out 6-4, 7-6(5) and level the match at 3-3.

The match would be decided in a third at No. 6 singles between Harvard freshman Christopher Morrow and ODU sophomore Jacob Nicolussi. Nicolussi jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third set but Morrow kept chipping away. Morrow held for 2-4, broke for 3-4, and then held for 4-4. Morrow would break on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then he'd serve it out at love to take it 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Match point from court side and in the stands courtesy of HMT:




#50 Harvard 4, #38 Old Dominion 3
Mar. 27, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass (Murr Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Adam Moundir (ODU) def. Nicky Hu (HARV) 6-1, 6-2
2. Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) def. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) 6-4, 7-6(5)
3. Michael Weindl (ODU) def. Brian Yeung (HARV) 6-1, 6-4
4. Andy Zhou (HARV) def. Javier Jover-Maestre (ODU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Kelvin Lam (HARV) def. Jose Nunez-Navarro (ODU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Christopher Morrow (HARV) def. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Adam Moundir/Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) vs. Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HARV) 5-3, unf.
2. Michael Weindl/Javier Jover-Maestre (ODU) def. Jean Thirouin/Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) 6-3
3. Jose Nunez-Navarro/Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) def. Christopher Morrow/Andy Zhou (HARV) 6-3
Match Notes
Harvard 12-7; National ranking #50
Old Dominion 14-4; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,4,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Harvard's recap
"It was a great team win today," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "ODU is a strong squad and that brought out our best tennis. I'm so proud of our effort. When we compete like this, we are a hard team to handle because we are competitive in all six positions.

"Congrats to freshman Chris Morrow, who notched the final point with the match tied. He went after it and his courage was rewarded," Rueb added. 
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Wisconsin ran its record to 13-1, which is its best start in program history, with come from behind 4-3 win at Nebraska. The Huskers took the doubles point and four first sets but Wisconsin fought back to force a lot of third sets.

Nebraska opened up a 3-1 lead after Dusty Boyer and Marc Hermann won at No. 1 and No. 2 while Wisconsin's Lamar Remy won at No. 3.

Wisconsin freshman Osgar O'Hoisin dropped the first set 5-7 but then rolled 6-1 and 6-2 over Tomislav Antoljak at No. 4. Wisconsin sophomore Chema Carranza won 6-3 in the third at No. 5 to tie the match at 3-3 so the team outcome would be decided at No. 6.

Wisconsin junior John Zordani would outlast Nebraska senior Ford Zitsch 7-6(6) in the third to seal the W for the Badgers.

#37 Wisconsin 4, #71 Nebraska 3
Mar. 27, 2016 at Lincoln, NE (Dillon Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1.  Dusty Boyer/Toby Boyer (NEB) def. Lamar Remy/Josef Dodridge (WIS) 6-1
2. Marc Herrmann/Scott Elsass (NEB) def. Chema Carranza/Jakhongir Jalolov (WIS) 6-3
3. Andrew Dzulynsky/Ford Zitsch (NEB) dnf. John Zordani/Darius Mackenzie (WIS) 4-3
Order of Finish: 1,2
Singles competition
1. Dusty Boyer (NEB) def. Josef Dodridge (WIS) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
2. Marc Herrmann (NEB) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS) 6-1, 6-3
3. Lamar Remy (WIS) def. Toby Boyer (NEB) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Osgar O'Hoisin (WIS) def. Tomislav Antoljak (NEB) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
5. Chema Carranza (WIS) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) 7-6 (6-2), 3-6, 6-3
6. John Zordani (WIS) def. Ford Zitsch (NEB) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Match Notes
Wisconsin 13-1; National ranking #37
Nebraska 11-5; National ranking #71
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2) Singles (2,3,1,4,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Wisconsin's recap
"It was a great effort by our guys to stay in the match when we were down early," said Westerman. "We didn't start the match well in doubles and several first sets, but that's also credit to Nebraska, they were ready to go. We showed exceptional toughness to turn the match around and find a way to close out all four wins in three sets."

"It all came down to Zordani again," Westerman said. "He trusted his game at the most important moments and played to win at the end. I'm very proud with the overall toughness of the team."
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Ohio State played its first outdoor home match of the year and walloped No. 23 Michigan 4-0. The Buckeyes took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 then took all six first sets in singles. 

Mikael Torpegaard rolled over Alex Knight 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 and Martin Joyce put the Buckeyes a point away from clinching with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 over Myles Schalet.

Ralf Steinbach got the clincher at No. 4 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Davis Crocker. The other matches were abandoned with Ohio State leading on all three. 



#4 Ohio State 4, #23 Michigan 0
Mar. 27, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #107 Alex Knight (UM) 6-3, 6-1
2. #65 Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Carter Lin (UM) 7-5, 0-1, unfinished
3. #26 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Runhao Hua (UM) 6-3, 4-2, unfinished
4. #70 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Kevin Wong (UM) 7-5, 5-1, unfinished
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Davis Crocker (UM) 6-4, 6-3
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Myles Schalet (UM) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #39 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 6-4
2. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) 6-5, unfinished
3. Ralf Steinbach/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Myles Schalet/Gabe Tishman (UM) 6-1
Match Notes:
Michigan 13-3 (2-0); National ranking #23
Ohio State 17-2 (2-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,6,5)
Official: Marcus Lee  T-2:00  A-165

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"Any time you beat Michigan is a good thing, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "We were outside today which may have been a little bit of an advantage because Michigan is a very good team that has been stuck inside a little more than we have been in the last couple of weeks. It gets a little crazy at the end of March around here. I expect to see them again at the Big Ten Tournament playing well because there is a lot of tennis left to be played. But this was a good win today.

"We got off to a good start at three doubles which was good to see, said Tucker. "Diaz and Di Feo got themselves into a little bit of a pickle at two but they found a way out. That doubles point could have been very close had those guys not been able to fight back. That kept the pressure off court one which was big because Michigan's No. 1s are very good.
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Top-ranked North Carolina played without Brayden Schnur but it still won going away over No. 45 Virginia Tech 5-2. 

North Carolina took the doubles point when Robert Kelly and Brett Clark won 6-4 at No .1. It was Clark's 100th career doubles win after he picked up his 100th singles win earlier in the season.

UNC took five first sets in singles and Robert Kelly, Jack Murray, and Blaine Boyden would win in straights with Murray clinching at No. 4. The remaining matches were played out with Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini winning a third set supertiebreak over Brett Clark at No. 2 while Jai Corbett defeated Anu Kodali in straight sets at No. 5. UNC's Ronnie Schneider also won a third set supertiebreak over Joao Monteiro at No. 1.

Note: Virginia Tech played without its #2 singles player Andreas Bjerrehus.




#1 North Carolina 5, #45 Virginia Tech 2
March 27, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. #7 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT), 6-4
2. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT), 6-3
3. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Andrew Gores/Brayden Schnur (UNC), 6-3
Singles competition
1. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. #21 Joao Monteiro (VT), 7-5, 0-6, 1-0(8)
2.  Amerigo Contini (VT) def.  #37 Brett Clark (UNC), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(3)
3. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #72 Edoardo Tessaro (VT), 6-4, 6-3
4. #95 Jack Murray (UNC) def. Mitch Harper (VT), 6-4, 6-4
5. Jai Corbett (VT) def. Anu Kodali (UNC), 6-3, 7-5
6. Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Aaron Gomez (VT), 6-1. 6-2
Match Notes
North Carolina 20-1 (5-1 ACC)
Virginia Tech 12-5 (4-3 ACC)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,4,5,1,2)

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"This is obviously a tough match we thought they were under-ranked, said senior Brett Clark, one of the team captains. "We knew we had to be ready. Everyone played well and I think everyone improved from the Clemson match (on Friday). Moving indoors because of the conditions outside, I thought everyone settled in pretty nicely.

"When I was a freshman I saw seniors getting 100 wins and it was just mind-boggling how you could get to that number, said Clark, who knew going into Sunday's match he was one away from that milestone. "Going into the season that was my goal, to hit both marks. It just means I've had great, great partners over the years and a great team to keep pushing me every day and great coaches. I owe it all to them, because they're the ones that make me better.

 "Joao is a great player I think he's even taken a step up this year so to get a win over him is really good, Schneider said. "The first set was really high-level, and the second set he just played incredible there wasn't that much I could do. In the third set, I was able to pull it out, fortunately. Overall I was really happy with how our team played. Virginia Tech is really good and that was a big win for Brett and Kelly in the doubles.




Other Sunday scores:
#6 UCLA def. #39 Washington 4-0 - UCLA recap
#10 Illinois def. #54 Purdue 4-0 - ILL recap
#12 Northwestern def. Indiana 4-0
#12 Northwestern def. IUPUI 4-0 - NU recap
#15 Cal def. Arizona 4-0 - Cal recap
#16 Florida def. #41 Alabama 5-2 - FLA recap
#32 Georgia Tech def. #46 Notre Dame 5-2 - GT recap
#43 Stanford def. #61 Utah 4-2 - ST recap
#48 LSU def. #49 Vanderbilt 5-2 - LSU recap
#51 UC Santa Barbara def. #47 Denver 4-3 - UCSB recap
#53 Pepperdine def. Florida Atlantic 5-1
#53 Pepperdine def. North Florida 6-1 - Pepperdine recap
#56 Iowa def. Minnesota 4-1 - Iowa recap
#65 South Carolina def. Tennessee 4-2 - SC recap
#66 Georgia State def. #62 Middle Tennessee State 4-1 - GSU recap
#74 William & Mary def. #44 Drake 4-2 - W&M recap
Duke def. Louisville 5-2 - Duke recap
Duke def. NC Central 6-1
San Diego State def. Fresno State 4-3 - SDSU recap

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Usually we have to wait until the weekend to see top-25 matchups but we got a mid-week treat on Wednesday with three top-25 teams playing each other along with two other top-75 matchups.

The day started off in Lexington with No. 20 Kentucky and No. 5 Ohio State playing indoors due to high winds and the chance of rain.

Ohio State was able to claim the doubles point for 19th time in 23 tries after picking up wins at No. 1 and No. 3. The Buckeyes duo of Matt Mendez and Hugo Di Feo fell into an early 3-0 hole at No. 3 but rallied to take the next six games to close out Austin Hussey and Ryotaro Matsumura 6-3. Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce led Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart 5-3 at No. 1 but the Kentucky duo won the next two to even it at 5-5. Torpegaard and Joyce would take the next two games to close it out 7-5. The match at No. 2 was abandoned with Kentucky leading 6-5.

Kentucky's indoor facility only has four courts so the top four singles spots went on first with No. 5 and No. 6 not going on until matches finished.

It'd only take 60 minutes for the first court to open up because Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura whipped Chris Diaz 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. Matsumura opened a 4-0 lead in the first and second sets before Diaz finally got on the board. Someone needs to tell Matsumura that he doesn't have to pay for his court time so he can stay out there for longer than an hour :)

Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State)
Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard put the Buckeyes back on top with a 7-6(5), 6-0 win over William Bushamuka in one and ten minutes. The ITA No. 2 wasn't broken all day and now has a perfect 17-0 dual-match record.

Kentucky freshman Enzo Wallart would tie the match at 2-2 with a win over Herkko Pollanen at No. 4. Wallart broke Pollanen to go up 2-1 in the first and would hold for 3-1 before Pollanen held and broke back to even it at 3-3. Wallart broke back and held for 5-3 and would serve it out two games later to take the opening set 6-4. Wallart broke and then held to go up 2-0 in the second and he'd keep the break lead the rest of the way to close it out 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and thirty-six minutes.

Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State)
Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo would put the Buckeyes ahead 3-2 with a three set win over Nils Ellefsen at No. 3. Ellefsen jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set and would take it 6-2. Di Feo broke Ellefsen to start the second set and then held for 2-0. Di Feo went up a double break at 4-1 but Ellefsen took one of the breaks back and held to pull within 4-3. Di Feo would hold and then break again to take the second set 6-3. The third set stayed on serve until Ellefsen broke Di Feo to go up 4-3 however Di Feo would break back, hold, and break again to close it out 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and fifty-two minutes.

By this time the matches at No. 5 and No. 6 were getting deeper in the first sets. Ohio State just needed to win one of the two while Kentucky needed them both.

Ohio State redshirt junior Ralf Steinbach would earn the first break of the match when he broke Trey Yates to go up 6-5 in the first and then he'd serve it out to take the opening set 7-5. Steinbach broke Yates to go up 5-4 in the second and then he'd serve it out to clinch the team.

The match at No. 6 between Martin Joyce and Austin Hussey was abandoned with the Buckeye freshman up a set and on serve in the second.

#5 Ohio State 4, #20 Kentucky 2
Apr 06, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center - Indoors)
Singles competition
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #25 William Bushamuka (UK) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 
2. #52 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. #65 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. #26 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK) def. #70 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Trey Yates (UK) 7-5, 6-4 
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Austin Hussey (UK) 6-4, 3-4
Doubles competition
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-5
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) def. Ralf Steinbach/Hunter Tubert (OSU) 6-5 
3. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Austin Hussey/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Ohio State 21-2 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #5 
Kentucky 15-5 (5-3 SEC); National ranking #20 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
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A crowd of close to 500 was on hand in Gainesville and they got to see their Gators go toe-to-toe with the defending NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers.

All three doubles courts would finish with identical 6-4 scores. Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger broke Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin on the deciding point to go up 4-3. Styslinger held for 5-3 and then Orkin held on the deciding point to make it 5-4. Kwiatkowski served it out from 40-15 by hitting an ace down the T to clinch the 6-4 win.

Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco broke Virginia's Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone to go up 4-3 and then Perez held for 5-3. After a Virginia hold, Perez-Blanco would hold from 40-15 with a service winner on match point to clinch the 6-4 win.

The doubles point would be decided at No. 1 between the ITA ranked No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams. Virginia's Ryan Shane was serving 4-4, 40-0 but Florida's Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson would come back to break on the deciding point when they forced a Shane backhand error. Shane and Luca Corinteli would go up 15-40 on Watson's 5-4 service game but Watson hit a service winner for 30-40, Hidalgo hit a nice drop volley winner for 40-40, and then Watson hit another service winner to give Florida the doubles point.


Florida used the momentum from doubles to jump on Virginia in singles as the Gators went up early breaks on the bottom three courts. Virginia would claw back into each of those three matches and would also take break leads at No. 2 and No. 3.

Virginia junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would tie the match at 1-1 with a win over Elliott Orkin at No. 2. Kwiatkowski broke Orkin to go up 3-1 in the first but Orkin broke back to make it 3-2. Kwiatkowski would then break, hold, and break again to take the opening set 6-2. The only break of the second set came when Kwiatkowski broke Orkin's 4-5 service game to close the match out 6-2, 6-4.

Virginia junior J.C. Aragone put the Hoos ahead 2-1 with a win over Chase Perez-Blanco at No. 4. Aragone trailed 4-2* in the first but won the final four games to take the opening set 6-4. Aragone broke Perez-Blanco to go up 5-3 in the second and then served it out for a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Luca Corinteli (The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff)
Virginia junior Luca Corinteli would make it 3-1 after he came back from a set down to defeat McClain Kessler at No. 6. Kessler opened up a 3-0 lead to start the match and would take the opening set 6-3. Corinteli went up 3-0 to start the second and would break one more time to take the second set 6-2. Corinteli fought off a couple of break points to hold for 3-2 in the third and then he broke on the next game to go up 4-2. Corinteli would hold for 5-2 when he bludgeoned a forehand winner on the deciding point and then two games later he'd hold from 40-15 by hitting a service winner on match point to win it 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano and Henrik Wiersholm were both up a set and 5-3 so it appeared the match would be over in a matter of seconds.

Altamirano went up 30-40 on Alfredo Perez's 4-6, 3-5 service game but Perez would come back to hold when Altamirano left a lob too short and Perez hammered it home at the net. Altamirano was now serving for the match and after falling behind 15-40 he'd get it to the deciding point. A fairly lengthy point ensued and it'd end with Perez hitting a crosscourt forehand winner much to the dismay of Altamirano. Perez then held on the deciding point to go up 6-5 and then he'd break on yet another deciding point to take the second set 7-5.

Henrik Wiersholm (The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff) 
Meanwhile back over at No. 5, Henrik Wiersholm was struggling to close out his match against Gordon Watson. Wiersholm was broke serving for the match at 5-3 in the second and then Watson would hold for 5-5. Wiersholm came back from either 15-40 or 30-40 (lost track) to hold for 6-5 and then he went up 15-40 on Watson's 5-6 service game. Watson would hit three consecutive aces to get the hold and send the second set to a tiebreak. Wiersholm went up *4-0 in the tiebreak but Watson would take the next three to make it *4-3. Watson put a forehand into the net to make it 5-3 and then a backhand error made it 6-3. Watson would take the next two points on his serve to pull within 6-5 but Wiersholm would clinch the Virginia win on the next point when Watson put a forehand into the net.

The two remaining matches were played out with Florida's Diego Hidalgo getting a late break to defeat Ryan Shane 6-4 in the third while Altamirano righted the ship and pulled away to take it 6-2 in the third.




#3 Virginia 5, #14 Florida Gators 2
Apr 06, 2016 at Ring Tennis Complex (Gainesville, Fla.) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
2. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-2, 6-4
3. #38 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #109 Alfredo Perez (FLA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
4. J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #84 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 6-3
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Gordon Watson (FLA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. McClain Kessler (FLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-4
2. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. #58 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia 18-3; National ranking #3
Florida Gators (M) 12-5; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)
A-459

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Florida is a great team and this was an outstanding match," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "The Gators came out and played some great doubles. I thought we were also energetic and sharp, but things just didn't go our way. In singles, we responded really well from the beginning and were able to gain momentum. I was pleased with our overall performance tonight. We are now looking forward to the match on Friday at Georgia Tech."
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TCU ran its winning streak to 13 with a 7-0 shutout over SMU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. TCU blitzed SMU in doubles and took the point with 6-0 and 6-1 win at No. 2 and No. 3.

TCU took four of six first sets and Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson would each finish in straight sets with Johnson clinching the team win at No. 6.

The two remaining matches were played out with Eduardo Nava coming from behind to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Markus Kerner at No. 4 while Guillermo Nunez closed out the evening with a win in an abbreviated third set at No. 3.


#2 TCU 7, #25 SMU 0
Apr 06, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #82 Nate Lammons (SMU) 6-3, 6-4
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #48 Hunter Johnson (SMU) 6-4, 6-1
3. #61 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Samm Butler (SMU) 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 10-3
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Yates Johnson (SMU) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
Doubles competition
1. Guillermo Nuez/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. #24 Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) 2-4, unf
2. #82 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-0
3. Alex Rybakov/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Arkadijs Slobodkins/Tony Russell (SMU) 6-1
Match Notes:
SMU 19-6; National ranking #25
TCU 18-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6,4,5,3)
A-463

Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"This was just a great performance. To beat a team like SMU with all the rivalry and emotions here and to beat them 7-0 means there is nothing else to say but great performance. At the end of the day, we played the best doubles we have played all year and we kept the streak alive. Some of our guys came back from a set down and the way that Eduardo Nava played the first set and for him to come back and win that match shows a lot of character on his part in how much he hates to lose. He put the ego aside and started making balls and started playing some really good tennis. The way that Trevor Johnson closed out that tiebreaker was a really huge part of the match and I am happy that our guys found a way to come through with the win.

"Now we have Big 12s and this is what we have been getting ready for. We have Oklahoma on Friday and we haven't beaten them in forever so it will be an exciting match and then we have Oklahoma State on Sunday. I hope every person that has been waiting to come out to watch a match will come out on Friday and Sunday. It is a good time for our program right now.
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#36 Oregon 4, #66 Pacific 0
Wednesday, April 6 | Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center | Stockton, Calif.
Singles competition
1 No. 120 Daan Maasland (Oregon) vs. Sem Verbeek (Pacific) unfinished
2 Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Daniel Alameh (Pacific) 6-3, 6-1
3 Simon Stevens (Oregon) vs. Jose Chamba (Pacific) unfinished
4 Jayson Amos (Oregon) vs. Miguel Diaz (Pacific) unfinished
5 Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Alex Giannini (Pacific) 6-1, 6-2
6 Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) def. Kumara Adavelly (Pacific) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 2
Doubles competition
1 No. 31 Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (Oregon) def. Miguel Diaz/Jose Chamba (Pacific) 7-6 (3)
2 Sem Verbeek/Alex Giannini (Pacific) def. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (Oregon) 6-3
3 Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Daniel Alameh/Kumara Adavelly (Pacific) 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

Post-Match Quotes from Pacific's recap
"I thought we had a great chance today," head coach Ryan Redondo said. "We had match points in doubles and a great amount of energy and momentum.  Once the doubles points slipped, Oregon really stepped up and took care of business in some positions.  Sem and Miguel did a great job today in both singles and doubles.  As the coach, I could have done some things better today to put us in a better position after the doubles, but it didn't happen.  We'll get ready for Saint Mary's this weekend and ready to get better and better each day."
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#52 East Tennessee State 6, #74 Middle Tennessee 1
Apr 06, 2016 at Johnson City, Tenn.
Singles competition
1. #85 David Biosca (ETSU) def. Gonzalo Morell (MT) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT) 6-3, 6-4
3. Diego Nunez (ETSU) def. Miguel Negre (MT) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Gian Issa (MT) 7-5, 6-4
5. Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) 6-2, 6-1
6. Robin Riethmueller (MT) def. Wenceslao Albin (ETSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #47 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Gian Issa/Miguel Negre (MT) 6-1
2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Gonzalo Morell/Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) 6-1
3. Ismael Merino/Wenceslao Albin (ETSU) vs. Ayed Zatar Cordero/Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) 3-4, unf
Match Notes:
Middle Tennessee 14-8, 1-1 CUSA; National ranking #74
East Tennessee State 12-5, 4-0 SoCon; National ranking #52
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,6,2,1,3)
T-2:38 A-74

Post-Match Quotes from ETSU's recap
"It is always great to win a match against a ranked opponent especially on your home court, said ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. "As long as we come into these last three matches ready to go, I think we will continue to have success.

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Just when you think you've seen it all you get a day like today with one thrilling finish after another. Before I can even talk about all the 4-3 matches I got to give a shoutout to No. 55 Notre Dame who absolutely stunned top-ranked North Carolina in one of the biggest upsets, in terms of ranking, in college tennis history.

The Fighting Irish entered the night with a 12-12 record, and that was after beating Chicago State twice last Sunday, so most people probably figured at best they'd win a set or maybe a court but surely not the match. It was the final home match of the season for Notre Dame which meant it was the swan song for the five seniors on the roster. Four of the seniors (Monaghan, Lawson, Sabacinski, Montoya) would start and they would each play a role in the upset victory.

Notre Dame grabbed the early momentum by going up breaks at No. 2 (4-0) and No. 3 doubles (3-0) while No. 1 stayed on serve. UNC's Robert Kelly and Brett Clark were the first off the court with a 6-4 victory at No. 1 but UND's Grayson Broadus and Nicolas Montoya would counter with a 6-4 win of their own at No. 3. UNC's Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur came back from 0-4 down to get within 4-5 but UND's Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar would hold on the deciding point to win it 6-4.

The outcome of the doubles point was just as surprising as anything else because the Irish had lost the point seven times in their last eight matches (didn't count Chicago State because they split 1 and 2 and won 3 by forfeit) while the Tar Heels had won the point in 12 of their last 13 matches.

North Carolina's Jack Murray, who normally plays at No. 4, was a late scratch from the singles lineup so Robert Kelly and Anu Kodali were bumped up a spot and Blaine Boyden came off the bench to play at No. 6.

Notre Dame jumped on North Carolina in singles and took opening sets at 1, 3, 4, and 5. Notre Dame senior Quentin Monaghan was the first to finish with an 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Brayden Schnur at No. 1. Monaghan broke Schnur go up 5-3 in the third and then held serve to close it out.

Notre Dame freshman Grayson Broadus extended the lead to 3-0 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over North Carolina freshman Blaine Boyden at No. 6 but then North Carolina junior Ronnie Schneider would put the Tar Heels on the board with a tight 7-6(6), 7-6(5) win over Josh Hagar at No. 2.

North Carolina had just got a split at No. 3 and both No. 4 and No. 5 were heading to third set tiebreaks so the match was still very much up in the air.

Notre Dame senior Alex Lawson would put an end to the suspense with an upset clinching 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(6) win over Robert Kelly at No. 4.


The remaining matches were played out with Notre Dame senior Kenneth Sabacinski outlasting North Carolina freshman Anu Kodali 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(10) at No. 5 and North Carolina senior Brett Clark knocking off Eddy Covalschi 6-7(2), 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3.

The last time Notre Dame had defeated a No. 1 team was all the way back on May 18, 1992, then they beat USC. As of this minute I expect UNC to come up from No. 55 to around No. 43 but it all depends on how everyone else does too.

ND Celebration (Photo by Marcus Snowden/ND)



#55 Notre Dame 5, #1 North Carolina 2
Eck Tennis Center, Notre Dame, Ind.
Doubles competition
1. #1 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) d. #12 Quentin Monaghan/Alex Lawson (ND), 6-4
2. #79 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) d. #17 Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC), 6-4
3. Grayson Broadus/Nicolas Montoya (ND) d. Ronnie Schneider/Anu Kodali (UNC), 6-4
Singles competition
1. #31 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.83) d. #29 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.07), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. #27 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 13.99). d. Josh Hagar (ND 13.58), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5)
3. #50 Brett Clark (UNC 14.05) d. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.20), 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-2
4. Alex Lawson (ND 13.32) d. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC 14.01), 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6)
5. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND 12.88) d. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.29), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (10)
6. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.97) d. Blaine Boyden (UNC 13.35), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Match Notes
North Carolina 21-3 (6-3 ACC); National ranking #1
Notre Dame 13-12 (5-6 ACC); National ranking #55
Order of finish:  Singles (1,6,2,4,5,3); Doubles (1,3,2)
T-3:21 A-255

Post-Match Quotes from UND's recap
"This is as special as it is because [North Carolina is] so good, the Callaghan Family Men's Head Tennis Coach Ryan Sachire said. "They have done so well this year and we couldn't have more respect for their program and their team, coaches and players. That's what set the table for something magical for our guys tonight.

"Brayden's a good player and has a lot of firepower, and he just kind of got off to a slow start, so I knew if I competed well early in the set and gave myself a chance, I was going to be able to pull it out, Monaghan said.

"I had a sense that we were up in the match because I heard some screaming from the other side and a lot of cheering and saw [Broadus] get the job done, so I thought we might have been at three [points], Lawson said. "It's tough to keep your focus on each point and I think I did a really good job of that. I got down early [at 2-4] and got it back and got a match point at 6-5 and stayed calm after I didn't get that one and got the job done right after that.

"This is the best Notre Dame memory I've had, Sabacinski said. "I was just trying to do what [Sachire] was telling me to the best of my ability not thinking too much about winning or losing, but thinking about what I'm trying to do every point and trusting the process.

"As a team this was probably the biggest win [of our careers], said Monaghan of the senior class. "Obviously in the moment it feels like there's nothing better. To beat the No. 1 team in the country is pretty special and on our senior night we probably couldn't ask for a better ending.

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A season-high crowd of 1681 was on hand in Athens, Georgia, Friday evening and for most of the match it wasn't looking too good for the home team.

Florida got off to a nice start in doubles when Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin defeated Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski 6-3 at No. 2 doubles. Lipman and Orkin broke for 5-3, when Georgia double faulted on the deciding point, and then Orkin served it out at love. Georgia's Emil Reinberg and Wayne Montgomery won a tiebreak at No. 3 doubles by a 7-6(4) score over Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco so the point would be decided at No. 1. Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland went up 5-4, after Gordon Watson double faulted on the deciding point, but Watson and Diego Hidalgo would break Smith's serve from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. Hidalgo held at love for 6-5 and then Wagland went up 40-30 on his serve. Florida got it to the deciding point when Watson hit a volley winner at the net and then the Gators would get a look at a second serve on the deciding point. Wagland came in and Hidalgo ripped a return right at his feet and all Wagland could do was pop it up and Watson swatted it away for a winner to clinch it.

Florida made an interesting substitution to its singles lineup by starting Josh Wardell at No. 6 despite the fact that he hadn't played since January 17. McClain Kessler had started the previous nine matches at No. 6, going 6-3, but he must have pulled something in the match against Virginia on Wednesday.

Florida would jump out to early break leads at 1, 2, 4, and 5 and would take the opening set on each of those courts while Georgia got sets at 3 and 6.

Georgia senior Nick Wood would run his winning streak to eight with a quick 6-2, 6-2 win over Josh Wardell at No. 6. Georgia redshirt sophomore Paul Oosterbaan would put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Elliott Orkin at No. 3 in a match that Oosterbaan led just about the entire way.


Florida senior Diego Hidalgo would tie it up at 2-2 with a win over Austin Smith at No. 1. Hidalgo served for the first set up 5-2 but Smith broke and held for 5-4. Hidalgo finally served it out on his second attempt to take the opening set 6-4. Hidalgo broke Smith to start the second set but Smith would break back to even it at 2-2. Hidalgo returned the favor and broke on the next game and then a few games later he'd hold on the deciding point to win it 6-4, 6-4.

Florida appeared to be closing in on a huge win because Alfredo Perez was serving for the match at No. 2, Chase Perez-Blanco was serving for the match at No. 5, and Gordon Watson was serving up 3-1 in the third at No. 4.

Alfredo Perez took the opening set over Wayne Montgomery at No. 2 by a 6-2 score and then he broke Montgomery to go up 4-2 in the second. Montgomery would break back and hold for 4-4 before Perez held for 5-4. Montgomery would fight off a match point, on the deciding point, to hold for 5-5 and then he'd quickly break to go up 6-5. Montgomery would serve out the second set to take it 7-5.


Chase Perez-Blanco and Jan Zielinski played a streaky first set at No. 5. Perez-Blanco won the first three games, Zielinski took the next three, and then Perez-Blanco took the last three to take the set 6-3. Perez-Blanco broke Zielinski to start the second set but Zielinski broke back and held. Perez-Blanco would break for 4-3 and hold for 5-3 but Zielinski wouldn't go away. The Georgia freshman fought off two match points to hold for 4-5 and then he broke Perez-Blanco on the deciding point to tie it at 5-5. Zielinski would hold for 6-5 and then break to take the set 7-5.

On the next court over, Florida senior Gordon Watson led Georgia freshman Walker Duncan 3-1 in the third but Duncan would take the next four to go up 5-3. Watson held for 4-5 but Duncan served it out to take it 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Jan Zielinski would sprint out to a 3-0 lead in the third set at No. 5 but Chase Perez-Blanco would take the next three to tie it at 3-3. After three straight holds, Zielinski would break Perez-Blanco to seal the Georgia win.

Wayne Montgomery would finish off the night by closing out Alfredo Perez 6-3 in the third at No. 2 to make the final score 5-2.


John Frierson also had a great recap of this match with some more quotes - give it a read.

#7 Georgia 5, #14 Florida 2
April 8, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #22 Austin Smith (UGA) 6-4, 6-4
2. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #109 Alfredo Perez (FLA) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 6-4
4. #111 Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Gordon Watson (FLA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. #84 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Joshua Wardell (FLA) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #4 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-5
2. #58 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-3
3. Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 7-6 (4)
Match Notes
Florida 12-5, 7-2; National ranking #14
Georgia 15-3, 9-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,1,4,5,2)
Official: Clark Weaver T-3:11 A-1681

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm so proud of our team, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "For our guys to go out, regroup and fight the way that they did says a lot about them. I couldn't be prouder. We certainly earned this one. Florida has a really great team, and for us to overcome them playing so well makes me exceptionally proud of our guys."

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
On the match tonight... 
"It was a tough match. We came out and played as well as we possibly could in the doubles. I felt like our team came out ready to play. I felt like our team was ready to play and they really executed down the stretch in the doubles. Gordon and Diego to clinch the point, being down a break and ultimately winning that set was huge for us.

Once again, we did a great job responding early in the singles. I think for our group right now, there is just a little bit of doubt when we get in the position to close out matches and close out sets. In a couple of these matches, we are just stalling out a little bit and not playing as aggressively to close out the matches. Certainly we had opportunities at number two tonight at match point. We had match point at number five.

We just have to see it, believe it and go make it happen in those moments and play aggressively. I just don't think we quite did that tonight. I give Georgia a lot of credit. They came back and just continued to compete and use the crowd to their advantage. They energized themselves. Once they got rolling, they were tough. They gained a lot of momentum. That is what home court advantage does for you. I give them a lot of credit. They played well tonight. We will just have to come back and get after South Carolina on Sunday."
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TCU and Oklahoma played a 4-3 thriller in last year's NCAA semifinals and the two teams gave the 1287 on hand in Fort Worth another great one tonight.

TCU stormed out to a 1-0 lead after taking it to OU at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in doubles. Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nunez won 6-1 at No. 2 and Reese Stalder and Hudson Blake won 6-0 at No. 1. The match at No. 3 was abandoned with OU leading 5-0.

Oklahoma welcomed Andrew Harris back to the singles lineup for the first time since last May and his addition meant that everyone except Axel Alvarez got to slide down a spot.

Each team took three opening sets in singles and five of the six matches would end up finishing in straight sets.

Alex Ghilea quickly tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Eduardo Nava at No. 4 and Florin Bragusi wasn't too far behind as he rolled over Jerry Lopez 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5.

Axel Alvarez would make it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Cameron Norrie at No. 1 but TCU still had set leads on each of the remaining courts.

TCU's Trevor Johnson made it 3-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andre Biro at No. 6 and Alex Rybakov tied the match at 3-3 by defeating Andrew Harris 7-6, 6-4 at No. 2.

Oklahoma's Spencer Papa would force a third set at No. 3 by breaking Guillermo Nunez's 5-5 service game and then serving it out for a 7-5 second set. Papa would break Nunez to go up 3-2 in the third but Nunez would break back and hold for 4-3. Papa then held for 4-4 and broke to go up 5-4 but he'd be unable to serve it out as Nunez broke back for 5-5. Each would hold one more time to get the match to a tiebreak and then it was all Nunez as he raced out to a 4-1 lead and took it 7-3.

TCU's win snapped a nine-match losing streak to OU and gave the Horned Frogs its first win over the Sooners since 2008.




#2 TCU 4, #9 Oklahoma 3
Apr 08, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #36 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Andrew Harris (OU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
3. #61 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. #59 Spencer Papa (OU) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3)
4. #51 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Andre Biro (OU) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #82 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) def. #40 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-0
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. #85 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) 0-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 11-8, 0-1; National ranking #9
TCU 19-2, 1-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,5,1,6,2,3)
T-3:05 A-1287


Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap

Opening Statement
"What an unbelievable college match. This match had a lot of hype for many reasons. Oklahoma has a hell of a team with Andrew Harris back in the lineup and they have one of the best teams in the nation. We are ranked No. 2 right now and have one of the best teams in the nation, so very seldom does a match that has so much hype and so many expectations exceed those expectations. For this match to come down to the wire and have Oklahoma serve for the match and have Guillermo (Nuez) come back and pull out a huge win is hard to describe with words.

"I am glad there was no drama. Our crowd and our fans were great. It was just a good, clean college match. I was so impressed with the way Oklahoma came out at us at No. 1 singles. Axel Alvarez Llamas played an unbelievable match and for Harris to be playing at that level, (Alex) Rybakov had to really dig in to get a great win, which is pretty impressive. Oklahoma is only getting better and stronger as the year goes on. Their team is going to be really tough to deal with come postseason."

On the doubles matches
"Our doubles was the most impressive doubles I have ever been a part of. The level of play that Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder showed at No. 1 doubles, they could have beaten the Bryan brothers today. They played flawless, had unbelievable energy, executed exactly what they wanted to do out there, knew what they were going to expect and they executed perfectly. It was such a pleasure to watch those guys come so far and beat two of the best players in the nation, 6-0. It is something that they can be very proud of and speaks so much about their journey to this point. With Guillermo and Trevor (Johnson), we always felt that it could be a very good team and they showed it today beating two very good players as well. That was a great doubles point."
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Kentucky had a near-miss on Wednesday against Ohio State but on Friday evening the Wildcats were able to seal the deal against a top 10 opponent with a 4-3 thriller over No. 10 Texas A&M.

Texas A&M took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split first sets on the four indoor courts.

Texas A&M sophomore Arthur Rinderknech extended the Aggies lead to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over William Bushamuka at No. 1 but Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura countered with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Shane Vinsant at No. 2.

Kentucky junior Nils Ellefsen tied the match at 2-2 with a 7-5, 7-6(2) win over Jordi Arconada at No. 3 but Texas A&M sophomore AJ Catanzariti put the Aggies back on top with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over Enzo Wallart at No. 4.

The final two courts to go on would both go the distance and Kentucky would take them both. Sophomore Trey Yates came back from a set down to record a Universal Tennis Rating upset over Jackson Withrow 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5. Kentucky freshman Austin Hussey would finish off the Aggies with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(2) win over Max Lunkin at No. 6.



After the match there was more talk about an inordinate amount of overrules against the visiting team which has become a common theme lately in Lexington. There's always two sides to every story but when you hear the same thing time and time again there must be something to it. I've heard it from opposing teams that have both won and lost in Lexington so you can't say its just sour grapes. I don't know what the procedure is to have an officiating crew evaluated but it sounds like something needs to be done. It's one thing if a school has a home court advantage due to large crowds but its another if they are overruling opposing players at two or three times the rate of the host. I don't know the actual statistics on the number of overrules for each team in Lexington but from what I keep hearing it doesn't like it's equal. We need to have fair environments at all venues so hopefully this isn't something that continues in the future.

#20 Kentucky 4, #10 Texas A&M 3
04/08/16 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center - Indoors) 
Singles competition
1. #21 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.35) def. #25 William Bushamuka (UK 14.07) 6-4, 6-4
2. #52 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.35) def. #44 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.02) 6-3, 6-4
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.82) def. #125 Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
4. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.52) def. Enzo Wallart (UK 13.11) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
5. Trey Yates (UK 13.02) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.11) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Austin Hussey (UK 12.88) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.48) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition
1. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) vs. Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 5-6, unfinished
2. #78 Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 6-4
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 22-8; National ranking #10
Kentucky 17-6; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"It was a big win tonight, head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. "To win the match against a top-10 team again with this young team is special. We have a lot of respect for Texas A&M's players and coaches. They do a great job.

"The night goes to Trey Yates and Austin Hussey our Kentucky boy, Kauffmann added. "To be down 3-2 in overall score, down a set at five, and to win a breaker for the match was a gutsy effort by those two players. I am so happy for them. They showed a lot of poise and toughness out there.
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Texas Tech faced its first top 50 team at home on Friday afternoon and after a battle on several courts it pulled out a 5-2 win over No. 18 Tulsa.

Brett Masi split up his top doubles team of Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas, last year's NCAA runner-ups, and the change paid off as Tech won at No. 2 and No. 3 with Dojas and Carlos DiLaura clinching at No. 3.

Texas Tech took five first sets in singles with each of the top three courts going to tiebreaks. Tech freshman Bjorn Thomson rolled over Daniel Santos 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 and sophomore Alex Sendegeya put Tech up 3-0 with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Carlos Bautista at No. 3.

Tulsa freshman Majed Kilani put the Golden Hurricane on the board with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Jolan Cailleau at No. 4 but Texas Tech sophomore Connor Curry would clinch the match with a 6-2, 7-6(9) win over Francois Kellerman at No. 5.

The two remaining matches were played out with TT's Felipe Soares winning a 10-point supertiebreak at No. 1 while Tulsa's Juan Matias-Gonzalez won at No. 2 after they played a 10-point supertiebreak at 1-1 in the 3rd.



#11 Texas Tech 5, #18 Tulsa 2
04/08/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #20 Felipe Soares (TT) def. #46 Or Ram-Harel (TULSA) 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Juan Matias-Gonzalez (TULSA) def. #98 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 2-1 (10-7)
3. #117 Alex Sendegeya (TT) def. Carlos Bautista (TULSA) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
4. Majed Kilani (TULSA) def. Jolan Cailleau (TT) 7-5, 7-5
5. Connor Curry (TT) def. Francois Kellerman (TULSA) 6-2, 7-6 (11-9)
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Daniel Santos (TULSA) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #77 Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TULSA) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-3
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Dominic Bechard/Dylan McCloskey (TULSA) 6-1
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TT) def. Carlos Bautista/Majed Kilani (TULSA) 7-5
Match Notes
Tulsa 14-10; National ranking #18
Texas Tech 23-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,3,4,5,2,1)
T-3:00 A-285

Post-Match Quotes from TT's recap
"I'm really happy we won, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "We tried some new doubles pairings today and they paid off for us. In singles we won three first-set tiebreakers, which was huge. I think overall we're in a good place heading into our last four Big 12 matches.
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Texas rebounded from a tough 4-3 loss at Baylor by knocking off No. 12 Oklahoma State 4-0 in a match that was played about 20 miles from campus at the Polo Tennis Club in Dripping Springs. The Longhorns took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they took four opening sets in singles. 

Texas senior Michael Riechmann was the first off the court with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Lukas Finzelberg at No. 5 and junior George Goldhoff put UT a point away from the clinch with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Julian Cash at No. 1.

Texas freshman Rodrigo Banzer would clinch the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Tristan Meraut at No. 4. 

The remaining matches were abandoned with No. 2 about to split sets while Oklahoma State was close to get wins at No. 3 and No. 6.

It sure will be nice when Texas opens up its new facility next year so they don't have to keep playing these matches at different places all across the Greater Austin area. 

#17 Texas 4, #12 Oklahoma State 0
04/08/16 at Dripping Springs, Texas (Polo Tennis Club) 
Doubles competition
1. No. 68 Adrian Ortiz/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU), 6-3
2. No. 86 George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Arjun Kadhe/Tristan Meraut (OSU), 6-3
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Lukas Finzelberg/Julian Cash (OSU), 4-4, susp.
Singles competition
1. No. 87 George Goldhoff (UT) def. No. 45 Julian Cash (OSU), 7-6 (0), 6-3
2. Harrison Scott (UT) vs. No. 121 Arjun Kadhe (OSU), 7-5, 2-5, susp.
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT) 7-5, 5-2, susp.
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU), 7-5, 6-2
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU), 7-5, 6-1
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. John Mee (UT) 6-3, 5-5, susp
Match Notes
Texas 16-7 (1-1 Big 12); National ranking #17
Oklahoma State 16-4 (0-1 Big 12); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,1,4)

Post Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap

On tonight's match: I thought we really executed well in the doubles today, which we haven't done in the last few matches. I thought that was a big momentum builder for us to finish off the doubles, so I was really pleased with that. I knew the singles would be a challenge and there were a lot of first sets that could have gone either way. I think we got four of them, saved some set points on some courts, and when we really got the momentum, I thought we did a great job of pushing down the pedal to the metal and really finished them off. They have a really great team, obviously; they have been ranked in the top five for most of the year. It was a great team win. I thought the guys who weren't playing were cheering really hard and we competed very well. We took our opportunities tonight when we got momentum and we took advantage of it.

On the tight first sets in the singles: George [Goldhoff] was in a tiebreaker and Michael Riechmann and [Rodrigo] Banzer were all in really tight first sets where we saved set points. Even Harrison Scott was down in the first set. Those first four sets could have gone their way, so those four guys putting those first four sets on the board really put a lot of pressure on them. We could have lost all six first sets, so I thought that was really key tonight.
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It's definitely been a season to forget up on Rocky Top but it looked like the Vols were finally going to get a breakthrough win on Friday afternoon against No. 39 LSU.

LSU jumped out to the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point with wins at No 2 and No. 3 but Tennessee rebounded by taking four first sets in singles.

Tennessee junior Jack Schipanski blew out LSU freshman Nikola Samardzic 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 and freshman Timo Stodder put the Vols ahead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Justin Butsch at No. 2.

Tennessee sophomore Luis Valero was serving for the match at No. 1 up 6-3, 5-4 on Jordan Daigle when play was halted due to rain.

Here were the scores at the time of the delay:
1. Valero (UT) 6-3, *5-4, 0-30
3. Csonka (LSU) 6-4, 5-2*
5. Arias (LSU) 2-1*, 30-40, in 3rd
6. Fruend (LSU) 6-1, *5-6

After roughly 30 minutes play restarted and Valero was able to come back from a 0-30 hole to close out Daigle 6-3, 6-4.

Seconds later LSU sophomore Gabor Csonka would break Tennessee freshman Srdjan Jakovljevic to close out a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 and then a few seconds after that LSU sophomore Simon Freund would close out Jack Heslin 6-1, 7-6(7) at No. 6. So within three minutes of play restarting the score went from 2-1 UT to tied at 3-3.

The remaining match left on court was at No. 5 between LSU senior Boris Arias and Tennessee sophomore Preston Touliatos. After play resumed, Touliatos fought off break points to hold for 2-2 in the third then he'd break for 3-2 and hold for 4-2. Touliatos served for the match up 5-4 but Arias broke from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. After two more holds it'd go to a match deciding tiebreak. Touliatos went up 3-1 but Arias took the next four to go up *5-3. Touliatos took the next two to tie it at 5-5 but Arias took the last two to close it out.



#39 LSU 4, Tennessee 3
Apr 08, 2016 at Knoxville, Tenn. (Barksdale Stadium) 
Singles competition
1. #109 Luis Valero (UT) def. #79 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Timo Stodder (UT) def.  #95 Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jack Schipanski (UT) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Preston Touliatos (UT) 0-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Simon Freund (LSU) def. Jack Heslin (UT) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
Doubles competition
1. #11 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) def. #15 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT) 7-5
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Preston Touliatos/Jack Heslin (UT) 7-5
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Timo Stodder (UT) def. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-2
Match Notes:
LSU 13-9 (4-6 SEC); National ranking #39 
Tennessee 11-13 (0-9 SEC)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,1,3,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"Finding a way to win in a tough situation is a special thing, head coach Jeff Brown said. "It was a tough day. It was very cold, windy and not a lot of atmosphere there. We had some guys really step up in Gabor (Csonka), Boris (Arias) and Simon (Freund). They stepped up in a tough situation against a very hungry team, against a desperate team and it was a win that took a lot of character more than great play. It just took a lot of character.

Post-Match Quotes from UT's recap
"First, I'm incredibly proud of this team and how they continue to turn up and try to get better in practice," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "In these matches, they're fighting, giving everything they have. Today, we were one or two points away from getting over that hump. We're getting closer and closer. This team continues to fight and impress with their resiliency and desire to get over the hump. They're getting there. Different guys are stepping up.

"Now we're looking forward to Sunday's match against Texas A&M at noon. We look forward to a good crowd to support these guys."


Other Friday Scores:

ACC:
#3 Virginia def. #31 Georgia Tech 5-2 - UVA recap - UVA led 5-0 & GT won last two
#23 Florida State def. Louisville 4-3 - FSU recap - FSU led 4-0 & UL won last three
#40 Virginia Tech def. Clemson 5-2 - VT recap - Contini (#2/#3) didn't play singles for VT
#41 NC State def. #75 Miami FL 4-3 - NCST recap - Ivan Saleljic won decider 6-4 in 3rd

SEC:
#16 Arkansas def. #43 Vanderbilt 5-2 - ARK recap - VU took dubs & Arky took next five matches
#62 South Carolina def. #59 Auburn 4-3 - SC recap - Benton put SC ahead 4-2 by winning 6-1 in 3rd

Pac-12:
#4 UCLA def. Arizona 4-0 - UCLA recap - UCLA took dubs and won every completed set
#8 USC def. #72 Utah 4-1 - USC recap - de Vroome clinched 7-6, 6-4 at No. 1 - close match
#19 Cal def. #30 Washington 4-0 - CAL recap - Singles played first w Goransson clinching 6-2, 6-2
#42 Stanford def. #36 Oregon 4-2 - ST recap - Singles played first w Wilczynski clinching 6-3 in 3rd

Big Ten: 
#5 Ohio State def. Indiana 4-0 - IU recap - Diaz clinched 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2
#13 Northwestern def. Nebraska 4-1 - NW recap - Nebraska took dubs but NW won all singles sets
#15 Illinois def. #63 Iowa 4-0 - ILL recap - Aron Hiltzik clinched 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3
#21 Michigan def. Minnesota 4-1 - MICH recap - Tekavec clinched 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6
#33 Penn State def. #57 Michigan 4-1 - PSU recap - Barry clinched 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3
#44 Wisconsin def. Michigan State 7-0 - UW recap - UW won 12 of 14 singles sets
#63 Iowa def. Creighton 7-0 - UI recap - Iowa won 12 of 13 singles sets though several TBs

#29 San Diego def. San Francisco 6-0 - USD recap - Singles only - Uros got the gameball
#49 Denver def. Oral Roberts 6-1 - DU recap - ORU's only point came via a default
#56 Utah State def. Nevada 4-0 - USU recap - USU won all but one set in singles
#64 Boise State def. Fresno State 4-2 - BSU recap - Mitchell clinched 6-0 in 3rd


Published in Blogs
The two biggest matches of the day didn't end up being as close as I thought with both No. 1 Virginia and No. 6 Georgia rolling to victories over No. 7 Wake Forest and No. 12 Arkansas.

Virginia won its 13h straight regular season ACC Championship with a 5-2 win over Wake Forest in front of over 1100 fans. It looked like Wake Forest might take the early lead but Virginia was able to hang on in doubles. Wake's Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky won 6-2 at No. 3 but Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger would break on the deciding point to go up 5-3 at No. 2. Kwiatkowski went up 40-0 on his 5-3 service but would double fault two times in a row to make it 40-30. Kwiatkowski would land a first set and then a Styslinger volley at the net would force a Wake error to clinch the 6-3 win.

The doubles point would be decided at No. 1 between Virginia's Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli and Wake's Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim. Wake led 6-5 and had two match points on the Corinteli serve but Shane hit a volley winner after a nice serve out wide and then a Corinteli service winner made it 6-6. Virginia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak but Wake won four of the next five points to pull within *5-4. Shane hit a service winner to make it 6-4 but a double fault would put it back on serve at 6-5*. Mansouri fought off a match point by hitting a service winner on his second serve and then he hit another service winner to put Wake up 7-6. Corinteli fought off a match point with a sensational volley winner after coming in on a second serve and then he hit a service winner to go up 8-7. The volley winner by Corinteli was on service return that was right around his waist and it looked like it jammed him up but he was still able to steer the ball into the alley for the winner.. Seraphim would then double fault to give Virginia the 7-6(7) win.

Virginia won lopsided first sets on the top four courts but Wake would fight back to force a third set on three of them. The only court to finish in straight sets was at No. 1 with Ryan Shane cruising past Skander Mansouri 6-1, 6-2.

J.C. Aragone got off to a quick start with a 6-0 first set at No. 4 but Wake's Romain Bogaerts would force a third set after taking the second 6-3. Aragone went up an early break in the third and pulled away to win it 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.

Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm would clinch the match with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 win over Christian Seraphim at No. 5. Wiersholm clinched Virginia's earlier win over Wake with a net cord ace but this time there was no net cord involved as he hammered an ace down the T to seal it.

The other three matches were played with Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski beat Jon 6-3 in the third while Wake picked up three set wins from Petros Chrysochos and Dennis Uspensky at No. 2 and No. 6. Chrysochos trailed Altamirano 1-6, 3-5 and then after getting it to a tiebreak he fell behind 1-4 before taking the second set tiebreak 7-5.




#1 Virginia 5, #7 Wake Forest 2
Apr 15, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #9 Ryan Shane (VA) def. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-1, 6-2
2. #21 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #39 Collin Altamirano (VA) 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
3. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
4. #118 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #122 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luca Corinteli (VA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #3 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #14 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 7-6(7)
2. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. #76 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-3
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-2
Match Notes
Wake Forest 25-5, 9-2 ACC; National ranking #7
Virginia 21-3, 10-1 ACC; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,5,3,2,6)
T-3:18
A-1142

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"This was a big match for us and I am really proud of how the players played," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "Winning the doubles point gave us a huge amount of momentum as it was really close, coming down to the wire. We followed that by getting off to an unbelievable start in singles. We were rolling and just really took advantage of that momentum, which carried just far enough into the match for us to get five points. We lost a couple of points at the end that were really competitive, but overall it was a great day."

"I am so grateful to all of the fans," Boland said. "I have always said we have the best fans in college tennis. They proved that today. There is a lot of support here in Charlottesville and among the student body for what these guys do and the hard work they put in. I was excited for our guys to be able to play in this environment."


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Georgia won its 39th SEC Championship with a 5-2 win on the road at No. 12 Arkansas. The Bulldogs took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then the teams split opening sets in singles.

Georgia's Austin Smith, Paul Oosterbaan, and Nick Wood each won in straight sets with Oosterbaan clinching the match at No. 3 with a 7-6(2), 6-1 win over Santiago Munoz.

Arkansas picked up straight set wins from Giammarco Micolani and Adam Sanjurgo at No. 4 and No. 5 while Georgia's Wayne Montgomery in three sets over Jose Salazar with a 10-point supertiebreak played in lieu of a third set. 

#6 Georgia 5, #12 Arkansas 2
Apr 15, 2016 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Billingsley Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #26 Mike Redlicki (AR) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
2. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #76 Jose Salazar (AR) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
3. #91 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. Walker Duncan (UGA) 6-3, 7-5
5. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-3, 7-5
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Juan Marino (AR) 7-5, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #23 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 5-4, unf
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-2
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 6-4         Match Notes:
Georgia 17-3 (11-0 SEC); National ranking #6
Arkansas 19-6 (7-4 SEC); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,5,3,4,2)
T-2:35

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm very proud of our guys," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "They battled very hard today against a very good Arkansas team. We played very well in doubles and that took a little pressure off of our guys going into singles, but Arkansas just didn't let it get away. We were really forced to dig deep and once again this team refused to go away under pressure. Arkansas stepped it up in singles, but I'm really proud of this bunch and they have a lot to be proud of themselves.
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North Carolina looked like it was in trouble for most of the day but Ronnie Schneider bailed the guys out with a come from behind victory to give the Tar Heels a 4-3 win over No. 30 Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Yellow Jackets took four opening sets in singles. Daniel Yun beat Jack Murray in straight sets at No. 4 to make it 2-0 GT but UNC's Robert Kelly and Brett Clark tied the match at 2-2 with straight sets wins at No. 5 and No. 3.

Georgia Tech sophomore Christopher Eubanks defeated Brayden Schnur 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to make it 3-2 GT but UNC freshman Anu Kodali tied it at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Andrew Li at No. 6.

Schneider would break GT's Carlos Benito to go up 4-3 in the third and then he'd close it out a few games later.



#5 North Carolina 4, #30 Georgia Tech 3
Apr 15, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #29 Brayden Schnur (NC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. #110 Carlos Benito (GT) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. #47 Brett Clark (NC) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
4. Daniel Yun (GT) def. #111 Jack Murray (NC) 6-4, 6-3
5. #114 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) 7-5, 6-3
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Andrew Li (GT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #2 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #34 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) 6-1
2. Christopher Eubanks/Carlos Benito (GT) def. #29 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) 6-3
3. Nathan Rakitt/Andrew Li (GT) def. Anudeep Kodali/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-4
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 15-7, 8-4 ACC; National ranking #30
North Carolina 23-3, 8-3 ACC; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)
T-2:42 A-335




Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"We knew we had to come out and win for the seniors, said UNC junior Ronnie Schneider, whose three-set win at No. 2 clinched the victory for the Tar Heels. "They've meant so much to the program and we'll never be able to thank them enough.

"I wanted to do something, he said of the gesture, which he'd planned ahead of time. "This place as been really good to me over the last four years. It's been a fun ride but it's not over yet.

 "I'm really happy for this senior group to get a W' on Senior Day, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "Georgia Tech's got a good team. We knew that coming in, we knew it was going to be a fight. We dug a bit of a hole with the doubles and I wasn't happy with that, but then we came back and our kids showed a lot of fight. I'm just really happy for our senior class they've meant a lot to our program.

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
"We're never happy with a loss, but I'm always proud of a team that believes and fights to the end," said head coach Kenny Thorne. "We came into the senior day match of the reigning national indoor champions and came up a few points short. We have played better as the season has progressed, which is always the goal. Now post-season begins, and we will continue to commit to your game."
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Florida all but locked up the No. 2 seed in next week's SEC Tournament with a 7-0 win over No. 20 Kentucky. The Gators took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then they won all six singles matches though four of them went the distance.

#13 Florida 7, #20 Kentucky 0
April 15, 2016 at Gainesville, FL (Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. #13 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #31 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 
2. Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. #35 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
3. #38 Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-2, 6-4
4. #107 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-2, 6-2
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Trey Yates (UK) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Maxx Lipman (FLA) def. Jake Stefanik (UK) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles Competition
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #71 Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-2
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) def. #62 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-2
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (13,4,5,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
"You want to keep improving and getting better every match, regardless of the score or the situation and you want to treat everything as an opportunity. Tonight was a great opportunity to outplay a Top-20 program.

"Kentucky has a very talented team. Although the score was 7-0, both the singles and doubles matches were very tight. In singles play, 4-of-6 matches went into a third set. It says a lot about our guys and our toughness.

"To play and win like we did tonight, with the ball blowing around the court, footwork, concentration, and focus were important. Making sure we were aware of not only the opponent, but also how to deal with the wind out here was key. I thought our guys did a great job of that tonight."
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South Florida locked up the No. 1 seed in next week's AAC Tournament with a 7-0 thrashing over No. 24 Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane played without its No. 1, Or Ram-Harel, and ended up being no match for the charging Bulls. South Florida won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and then swept all six singles matches with five of six finishing in straight sets.

#19 South Florida 7, #24 Tulsa 0
April 15, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Robert Cid (USF) defeated Juan Matias-Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-1, 6-4
2. Sasha Gozun (USF) defeated Carlos Bautista (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-4
3. Dominic Cotrone (USF) defeated Majed Kilani (Tulsa), 6-0, 6-4
4. Peter Bertran (USF) defeated Francois Kellerman (Tulsa), 6-3, 7-6
5. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) defeated Dominic Bechard (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-3
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) defeated Okkie Kellerman (Tulsa), 6-7, 6-4, 10-5
Doubles Competition
1. Gozun/Kalyuzhnyy (USF) defeated O.Kellerman/Kirby (Tulsa), 6-3
2. Bertran/Cotrone (USF) defeated Bechard/McCloskey (Tulsa), 6-2
3. Bautista/Kilani (Tulsa) vs. Cid/Gonzalez (USF), DNF 5-5
Match Notes 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,2,3,4,6)
Tulsa 14-12; National ranking #24
South Florida 16-8; National ranking #19
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Oklahoma State picked up a huge 4-1 win tonight over No. 10 Texas Tech and in the process most likely locked down a spot as a regional host at next month's NCAA Tournament.

The Cowboys welcomed back Julian Cash to the mix and he delivered in both singles and doubles. Cash and Arjun Kadhe won the deciding match at No. 1 doubles 7-6(5) and then Cash beat Felipe Soares in straight sets at No. 1 singles. 

Jurence Mendoza came back from a set down to clinch the match with a 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-1 win over Connor Curry at No. 5.


#14 Oklahoma State 4, #10 Texas Tech 1 
04/15/16, Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center) 
Doubles Competition
1. #5 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. #73 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 7-6 (5) 
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-1 
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU) def. Tristan Meraut/Nate Roper (OSU): 6-3 
Singles Competition
1. No. 59 Julian Cash (OSU) def. No. 18 Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-3, 6-4 
2. No. 100 Hugo Dojas (TTU) vs. No. 119 Arjun Kadhe (OSU): 2-6, 6-3, 6-6, unfinished 
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. No. 121 Alex Sendegeya (TTU): 6-4, 6-4 
4. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) vs. Tristan Meraut (OSU): 4-6, 6-4, 3-4, unfinished 
5. No. 125 Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Connor Curry (TTU): 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) def.Nate Roper (OSU): 6-3, 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (23-4, 1-1 Big 12); National ranking #10 
Oklahoma State (17-5, 1-2 Big 12); National ranking #14 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,3,6,5) 

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Overall, we got outcompeted tonight," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "There were certain situations and certain points that we need to do a better job at of handling our business. We need to bounce back, and we need to learn quickly from our mistakes tonight because we face a red hot Oklahoma team on Sunday."
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Northwestern took the doubles point over No. 21 Michigan then picked up straight sets wins from Konrad Zieba, Sam Shropshire, and Ben Vandixhorn. Michigan's Kevin Wong earned the Wolverines lone point. 

#15 Northwestern 4, #21 Michigan 1
Apr 15, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #15 Konrad Zieba (NU) def. #112 Alex Knight (MICH) 6-3, 7-5
2. #41 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #93 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-2, 6-3
3. #73 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. Carter Lin (MICH) 6-3, 5-5, unfinished 
4. Runhao Hua (MICH) vs. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-6 (7-1), 5-4, unfinished
5. Kevin Wong (MICH) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) def. Davis Crocker (MICH) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. #74 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) 3-5, unfinished 
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Jathan Malik/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) 6-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Kevin Wong/Myles Schalet (MICH) 6-3
Match Notes:
Michigan 17-5 (6-2); National ranking #21 
Northwestern 22-2 (8-0); National ranking #15 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,6,5,1) 
Official: John Coleman T-2:15 A-312

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"We played with a lot of energy in doubles and really throughout the entire match," head coach Arvid Swan said. "All the matches were close, but it was good to see the top of the lineup get points for us."

"I'm extremely grateful to the folks coming out," Swan said. "It's incredible to have such support. It makes a huge difference in terms of our performance


Other Friday Scores:

#40 Virginia Tech def. Miami 6-1
Clemson def. #64 Duke 4-3
Louisville def. Boston College 6-1

#25 Columbia def. #46 Princeton 4-0
#55 Cornell def. Penn 4-1
#36 Dartmouth def. Brown 6-1
#48 Harvard def. Yale 5-2

#50 UC Santa Barbara def. #69 UC Davis 6-1
#61 BYU def. #56 Pepperdine 4-2
#68 Boise State def. San Diego State 4-1
Air Force def. Fresno State 4-2

#3 Ohio State def. Minnesota 4-0
#17 Illinois def. Michigan State 4-0
#39 Penn State def. #47 Wisconsin 4-2
#59 Purdue def. #67 Iowa 4-1
#70 Indiana def. Nebraska 4-2

#8 Oklahoma def. #37 Baylor 4-0

#11 Texas A&M def. #33 LSU 5-2
#32 Ole Miss def. #58 South Carolina 4-2
#63 Auburn def. Tennessee 6-1
#45 Vanderbilt def. #23 Mississippi State 4-2




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Semifinal Saturday was good as expected in the ACC with an almost three rain delay adding to the suspense.  North Carolina was looking for its third of the season over No. 1 Virginia and for the better part of four plus hours it looked like they'd get it.

In the high-profile doubles matchup at No. 1 it was the ITA No. 3 team of Brett Clark and Robert Kelly rolling over the ITA No. 2 team of Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli. Clark and Kelly broke UVA to start the match and then broke again to go up 5-2. Robert Kelly would serve it out to give UNC the 6-2.

UVA's Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone jumped out to an early 4-1 lead at No. 3 but UNC's Ronnie Schneider and Anu Kodali would take the next three to even it up at 4-4.

Over at No. 2, UNC's Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray broke Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger on the deciding point to go up 2-1 and then Murray held for 3-1. After three straight holds, UVA would break Murray to even it up at 4-4. UNC broke back and then Schnur served it out at love to win it 6-4.


Each took would take three opening sets in singles with UNC grabbing them at 1, 2, and 5 while UVA took them at 3, 4, and 6.

UNC's Brayden Schnur beat Ryan Shane for the third time this season with a win at No. 1. Schnur won the first eight games of the match before Shane finally got on the board in the third game of the second set. Schnur maintained his break lead and served it out to take it 6-0, 6-4.

Moments after Schnur finished the rain would start and play would be suspended for the better part of three hours. Here was where the scores stood at the time of the stoppage.


After play finally resumed, UNC's Ronnie Schneider was able to to close out Collin Altamirano on the deciding point, on a service overrule of all things, to win it 6-2, 6-4. North Carolina's lead was now 3-0 but getting the fourth point would prove to be too difficult.

UVA's Luca Corinteli would start the comeback with a win over Anu Kodali at No. 6. Corinteli took the first set 6-2 and then led 4-2 in the second. Kodali broke for 3-4 and then held for 4-4 and then the rain started. After the delay Kodali would break Corinteli but he'd be unable to serve out the set as Corinteli broke back to even it at 5-5. Corinteli held for 6-5 and then broke Kodali on the deciding point to win it 6-2, 7-5.

UVA's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would trim UNC's lead to 3-2 with a win over Brett Clark at No. 3. Kwiatkowski took the opening set 6-3 but Clark took the second 6-2. Kwiatkowski would break Clark to go up 5-3 and then he'd serve it out to win it 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

UNC's best chance of closing it out came at No. 4 where Robert Kelly had gone ahead 3-1 in the third set against J.C. Aragone. The UVA junior would hold for 2-3 and then break on the deciding point to even it at 3-3. It was all holds until the tiebreak when Aragone would go up 5-0. Kelly would come storming back to tie it at 5-5 but then he overcooked a forehand on a point he was seemingly in control of to go down *6-5. Aragone would close it out on the next point when Kelly sliced a backhand into the net and just like that the match was even at 3-3.

Henrik Wiersholm dropped the opening set at No. 5 but he didn't drop much the rest of the way and would nonchalantly clinch the match with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Jack Murray at No. 5

It's tough to say whether the rain really had that big of an impact because it's not like any of the individual courts really changed direction after the stoppage.

#1 Virginia 4, #3 North Carolina 3
Apr 23, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #31 Brayden Schnur (NC) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-0, 6-4 
2. #30 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. #40 Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-2, 6-4 
3. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #49 Brett Clark (NC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #100 Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. #114 Jack Murray (NC) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Anudeep Kodali (NC) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition 
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-2 
2. #32 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) def. #17 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) 6-4 
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) vs. Ronnie Schneider/Anudeep Kodali (NC) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,6,3,4,5) 
Match was suspended at 3:47 pm due to rain. Match continued at 6:30 pm

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Congratulations to North Carolina for a great run so far and I know they are going to be a great team in the NCAA Tournament," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I am proud of my guys for coming back from down 3-0. That shows a lot of toughness. I am really pleased with how they managed the weather delay we had in the middle of the match. They got themselves mentally and physically ready to go and came out and won all four matches that we needed. I am really proud of the overall effort and I am looking forward to playing for an ACC Championship tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"Congratulations to Virginia, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "They came out and played well.

"Doubles was definitely a huge positive, Murray said. "We've put a lot of emphasis on that in practice.


"Robert Kelly fought his tail off I'm really proud of his effort, said Paul, who was situated at the even-numbered courts and thus saw Kelly's match at No. 4 but not the other two three-set matches. "I'm proud of the whole team it's been a good week for us. We'll look at today and then get ready for the NCAA Tournament. Virginia was just a better team today. We're just going to go to work.
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The other ACC semifinal between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech would also live up to its advance billing. Wake Forest won the regular season meeting 4-3 with four of six singles matches going the distance so I figured this one would probably be close as well.

Virginia Tech looked like it'd secure the doubles point after winning 6-0 at No. 2 and opening up a 5-3 lead at No. 1. However Wake's Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim would hold for 4-5 and then break to even it at 5-5. Wake's Romain Bogarets and Dennis Uspensky would break VT to go up 5-4 at No. 3 and then they'd serve it out to win it 6-4. Back at No. 1, Mansouri and Seraphim would hold for 6-5 and then break VT to win it 7-5.

Each team took three first sets in singles and just as Petros Chrysochos was closing in on the finish line at No. 2 the rain started coming down. Below were the scores at the time of the stoppage:


Once play resumed VT's Andreas Bjerrehus won two straight at No. 2 but Chrysochos closed it out on the next game to win it 6-2, 6-3.

Wake Forest senior Romain Bogaerts extended the Demon Deacons lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Edoardo Tessaro at No. 4.  Seconds later Virginia Tech freshman Mitch Harper would the Hokies on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Christian Seraphim at No. 5.

VT senior Joao Monteiro narrowed the Wake lead to 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Skander Mansouri at No. 1 but Wake was starting to pull away on the other two courts.

Jon Ho had opened up a 4-1 lead in the third at No. 3 but Dennis Uspensky would get the clinch at No. 6 with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Jai Corbett.

#7 Wake Forest 4, #36 Virginia Tech 2
Apr 23, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. #19 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #66 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-2, 6-3
3. Jon Ho (WF) vs. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 4-1, unfinished
4. #118 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #74 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 6-4, 6-4
5. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #15 A Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 7-5
2. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. #78 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-0
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 17-8 (7-5 ACC); National ranking #36
Wake Forest 28-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,5,1,6)
Play was suspended due to rain at 3:47 p.m.; play continued at 6:30 p.m.
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Georgia is back in the finals of the SEC Tournament after defeating Mississippi State 4-1. The Red & Black Bulldogs jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and then the lead was quickly extended to 2-0 when Austin Smith won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

Georgia freshman Emil Reinberg would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 but Mississippi State would start to claw its way back into the match.

MSU freshman Nuno Borges would get a late break to defeat Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 plus MSU's Niclas Braun would go up 3-0 in the third against Walker Duncan at No. 3.

Georgia's Wayne Montgomery came back from 5-2 down in the first set to take it in a tiebreak and then he led 4-1 in the second set before Rishab Agarwal closed to win 4-3. Montgomery would serve it out from 5-4 and clinch the match with a 7-6(1), 6-4 win.



6 (1) Georgia 4, #25 (4) Mississippi State 1
4/23/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #33 Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #35 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #60 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
3. #98 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #96 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4, 7-5
4. Walker Duncan (UGA) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 0-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 3-2, unf
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles Results
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #45 Vaughn Hunter/Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-3
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Niclas Braun/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-2
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Rishab Agarwal/Nuno Borges (MSU) 5-3, unf
Match Notes:
(4) Mississippi State 16-8, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #25
(1) Georgia 20-3, 12-0 SEC; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,3,2)
SEC Tournament (Semifinals)

Post-Match Quotes from UGA's recap
"I thought we came out well prepared today," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We played exceptionally well in doubles and we came out ready to fight in singles. I take my hat off to Mississippi State. They were tenacious, gritty and tough at all positions. We had Emil come in at six and do a tremendous job there. Austin Smith was clicking on all cylinders. I'm just proud of this team for fighting and for giving us a win today."

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"We have to give credit to Georgia, as they have proven themselves to be an NCAA Championship contending team with the resume they've built this year," head coach Matt Roberts said. "To beat a team like that you have to be ready to compete extremely well at every position and we lacked in a few spots today."

"Our guys battled hard and gave us a chance to do something special, we just came up a little short," Roberts said. "All in all, I am very proud of what this group continues to do and we will learn from this as we prepare for the NCAA Tournament."
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Florida advanced to the finals of the SEC Tournament for the second time in three years by avenging an earlier loss to Texas A&M. Florida took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Texas A&M battled back in singles and took four opening sets.

Florida's Alfredo Perez and Elliott Orkin were the the Gators to claim opening sets but they also managed to finish in straight sets with Perez winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 while Orkin won 7-6, 6-1 at No. 3.

Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco would clinch the shutout with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 4. The other matches were abandoned with Texas A&M up a double break on 1, Florida up a break on 5, and on-serve in the third at No. 6.



#11 Florida 4, #13 Texas A&M 0
4/23/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. No. 11 Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-2, 2-6, 5-1, unf.
2. No. 83 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. No. 53 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 36 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 7-6(3), 6-1
4. No. 123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Harrison Adams (TAMU) vs. Gordon Watson (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 3-4, unf.
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. McClain Kessler (UF) 6-4, 5-7, 1-1
Doubles competition
1. No. 1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. No. 68 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 5-4, unf.
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Aflredo Perez (UF) def. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida 17-6, 10-2; National ranking #11
Texas A&M 26-9, 8-4; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1); Singles (2, 3, 4)

Post-Match Quotes from Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
On the win over Texas A&M: "I'm really proud of our guys. I thought they showed up and came ready to play. We're really excited about the opportunity to compete in the Championship tomorrow.

"Credit to Texas A&M, they've got a great program and a great team. They beat us in the regular season and I think our guys were looking forward to the opportunity to play them again knowing we'd be pushed to the limit -- and we responded with that. I'm really proud of the way we fought back in both doubles and singles play. It says a lot about our resilience, toughness, and physical fitness.

On the opportunity to play Georgia tomorrow in the Tournament Championship:
"It's a great opportunity for us. We get a chance to play in the conference championship in one of the best conferences in collegiate tennis. I'm really proud of our guys for creating this opportunity with the effort and work they've put in this season.

"A lot has gone into this to get us to this point and the guys are hungry for it. They're certainly not satisfied. The loss we took in Athens a few weeks ago still sits right in our chests -- and we haven't forgotten about it. I know our guys will be motivated. And not only motivated to play in the match, but to go out and compete like champions. 

Post-Match Quotes from Steve Denton via Texas A&M's recap
On Rinderknech's tournament "One of the things we learned this weekend is that Arthur is one of the best players in the country and he showed that again today. How he has been playing in singles especially, after winning that emotional match yesterday and then turning around and playing well again today against another highly ranked singles player shows that he is playing at a really high level right now. It shows that he is playing with a lot of confidence and that is the biggest positive out of this tournament."

On bouncing back from dropping doubles point..."Our guys did a good job coming back and winning those first sets. Now what we as a coaching staff need to work on is getting the guys to press the issue and play aggressive in those situations. Give Florida a lot of credit, they came back and won all those second sets and put some scoreboard pressure on us. After we win a first set, let's apply pressure and not allow them to get back into the match."

 On the break before the NCAA Tournament starts
"First we need to get the guys a couple days rest and get home, but then we have a chance to work really hard for a couple weeks and prep for the tournament. It is both a positive and negative, we have to wait three weeks to play again, but we get three weeks to put in a training block and work with the guys and get better. It can propel us into something special and let us get ready to play our best tennis heading into the NCAA Tournament."
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Oklahoma won the Bedlam Rivalry over Oklahoma State despite playing without Florin Bragusi (unknown). The Sooners took the doubles point when Maxime Mora and Andre Biro came back from 4-2 down in the tiebreak to win it 7-5.

Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Alex Ghilea won in straight sets to give OU's its four points.

10 Oklahoma def. 12 Oklahoma State, 4-0
April 23, 2016 | Greenwood Tennis Center | Stillwater, Oklahoma
Doubles | Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #36 Andrew Harris/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #6 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-2
3. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) 7-6 (7-5)
Singles | Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1
1. Andrew Harris (OU) def. #45 Julian Cash (OSU) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
2. #26 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #115 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. #71 Spencer Papa (OU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), unfinished
4. #57 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Andre Biro (OU) 6-0, 4-6, 0-2, unfinished
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. Maxime Mora (OU) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played a good match today," head coach John Roddick said. "Our intensity is getting better, but we still need more. We'll work on that this week. We are looking forward to the Big 12 Championship."

"Axel has been a tremendous player on some great teams," Roddick said. "His record shows that and we are happy for him. He deserves to go out with the records."

Post-Match Quotes from OSU's recap
"Anytime you play Oklahoma it's going to be a big match for us," coach Jay Udwadia said. "We had match point in doubles and didn't capitalize on that and we also had some key opportunities in singles that (Oklahoma) came up with, which happened to be the difference."

"It was a close match," Cash said. "I feel like we could have won all three doubles matches and taken the point, but in the end we just didn't take advantage of our opportunities today."

"Big 12 Championships are coming around and we've seen every team," coach Udwadia said. "We are going to work are butts off to get ready for that tournament and hopefully do something special at home."





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Sunday was a tremendous day for college tennis fans all across the country. There were over 1700 fans jammed into the Cary Tennis Park for the finals of the ACC Championship and probably at least five times that many watching throughout the country on ESPN3's national telecast. The final of the SEC Championships was also broadcast on ESPN3 while the final of the AAC Championships was broadcast on the American Network.

Wake Forest, Florida, Texas Tech, and South Florida may have been the winners of the day but the biggest winners were the supporters of college tennis. They were treated to a high-quality product that kept them on the edge of their seats and hopefully they'll continue coming back for seasons to come.

Virginia was seeking its tenth consecutive ACC Championship on Sunday while Wake Forest was seeking its first. Virginia had already defeated Wake Forest twice this season but as North Carolina found out on Saturday beating a team for a third time in the same season would prove to be too tough a challenge.

Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger won 6-2 at No. 2 doubles but Wake's Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim won 6-4 at No. 1. Wake's Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky won the decider at No. 3 by a 6-4 score to give Wake Forest the doubles point for the 27th time this season.

Wake's Skander Mansouri extended the lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ryan Shane at No. 1 but Virginia would quickly tie it up at 2-2 as both Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and J.C. Aragone won in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 4.

UVA sophomore Collin Altamirano put the Hoos ahead 3-2 after coming back from a set down and a break down in the third set to defeat Petros Chrysochos 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2. It looked like Virginia was well on its way to raising another trophy because both Henrik Wiersholm and Luca Corinteli were each up on their respective courts.

Wiersholm opened up a 3-0 in the third set against Christian Seraphim at No. 5 but Seraphim rallied to tie it at 4-4. Seraphim would break Wiersholm on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then he'd calmly serve it out from 40-15 when a Wiersholm backhand return sailed long. Seraphim's 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win avenged his two previous defeats to Wiersholm and tied the match at 3-3.

The last match on court was at No. 6 singles between Virginia junior Luca Corinteli and Wake freshman Dennis Uspensky. Corinteli looked like he was going to close it out in straight sets when he led 7-6, 4-1 but Uspensky fought his way back in it. Uspensky held, broke, and held to even it at 4-4 and then after an exchange of holds he'd find himself down 30-40 on his 5-6 service game. Uspensky would erase Corinteli's first match point with a service winner and then he'd get the hold on the deciding point when his forehand forced a Corinteli error. Uspensky raced out to a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak and would ultimately take it 7-3 to force a third set.

Corinteli would draw first blood in the third set when he broke Uspensky from 15-40 to go up 3-2. Corinteli held for 4-2 but Uspensky would hold and then break Corinteli at love to even it at 4-4. Uspensky would fall behind 30-40 on his 4-4 service game but a service winner and then a forehand winner would give him the hold for 5-4. Corinteli held from 40-15 to make it 5-5 and then Uspensky would find himself down 15-40 on his next service game. Uspensky hit a service winner to make it 30-40, got it the deciding point when a crosscourt forehand forced a Corinteli forehand error, and then Uspensky got the hold when a Corinteli backhand found the net. One thing I found interesting was the fact that Corinteli blocked the service return on each of those three points as opposed to taking a rip on the return - maybe it had been working early who knows.

Corinteli didn't let the missed opportunity phase him and he quickly held from 40-15 to send it to a match deciding tiebreak. Corinteli grabbed the early mini-break with a backhand winner but he'd double fault, by several feet, on the next point to make it 1-1. Corinteli went up 2-1 with a volley winner but Uspensky evened it at 2-2 when he used his wheels to track down a shot and then Corinteli's forehand found the net on the net shot. Uspensky went up 3-2 with an overhead winner and then Corinteli double faulted again to make it 4-2 (this double fault nearly hit Uspensky who was standing on the baseline). After the changeover Corinteli would double fault for a third time to go down 5-2 but he'd pull within 5-3 with a forehand winner down the line (Uspensky called the ball out but the chair overruled after Corinteli appealed - shot looked good on the stream). Uspensky went up 6-3 when Corinteli hit a forehand that sounded like it got more frame than string but Corinteli took the next point when an Uspensky's service return hit the net and kicked wide. Corinteli would then double fault, for a fourth time in the tiebreak, to give Uspensky the win and Wake Forest its first-ever ACC Championship.

It was Wake Forest's first win over Virginia since beating them 13 years ago at the 2003 ACC Tournament. Below is a brief highlight package from Wake and you can watch the full replay at this link here.



#7 Wake Forest 4, #1 Virginia 3
Apr 24, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park) 
Singles competition
1. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-0, 6-3
2. #40 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #19 Petros Chrysochos (WF) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 6-2
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #118 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-1, 6-4
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-4
2. #17 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-2
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) 6-4
Match Notes
Wake Forest 29-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #7
Virginia 24-4 (11-1 ACC); National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,4,3,2,5,6)
T-3:28

Post-Match Quotes from the ACC's recap
"It doesn't get any better than this in college tennis, said Wake Forest fifth-year head coach Tony Bresky. "I've been in this a long time, and I'm not sure I've been in a more exciting match. I am really happy for our seniors. They were my first recruiting class here, and they totally bought in to what we are trying to accomplish. This is really special for them.

"I was on the court here 10 years ago the last time Virginia lost (to Duke) in the same situation deciding match on Court 6, Bresky said. "This does make it special, having coached at Virginia, and to get this win for Wake Forest. We hadn't beaten Virginia since I've been here, and it has probably been 15 year since the last Wake beat Virginia So just a tremendous win all the way around.

"Towards the end, I really didn't believe what I did, to be honest with you, said Uspensky, an Atlantic Beach, New York, native who was named the tournament MVP. "Both of us were just playing out of our minds. I just tried to block out the crowd, focus on what I have been coached and not be distracted. I am very proud to be the one to help bring Wake Forest its first ACC championship.

"Being a freshman in that situation probably isn't the best thing, but I just tried to stay calm, Uspensky said. "I knew I had the shots to win it.

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"First of all, congratulations to Wake Forest for playing a great tournament, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "This was a great tournament for the guys and great preparation for the NCAA Tournament, which is when we are hoping to peak. This is all part of it. We will bounce back. We look forward to playing in the NCAA's and we know the guys will learn a lot from this.


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Florida won its fifth SEC Championship and in the process snapped Georgia's 16-match winning streak with a tough 4-2 win.

Florida won the doubles point in the regular season meeting and they'd win it again on Sunday. Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin would break serve to go up 5-3 and then they'd serve it out to win 6-3. Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco and Alfredo Perez would hold on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then they'd break Emil Reinberg from 15-40 to win it 6-4. The other match at No. 1 was abandoned with Georgia's Austin Smith serving at 4-5.

Florida freshman Alfredo Perez would extend the lead to 2-0 with a win over Wayne Montgomery at No. 2. Montgomery broke Perez to start the match and would serve up 3-2 but Perez would break, hold, break, and hold again to take the opening set 6-3. Perez broke Montgomery to go up 2-1 in the second and he'd break him again at love to close out the 6-3, 6-3 win.

Georgia senior Austin Smith would put Georgia on the board with a win over Diego Hidalgo at No. 1. Smith broke Hidalgo to start the match and he'd make the break lead hold up and take the opening set 6-4. Smith broke Hidalgo early in the second set and it'd be all holds from there on out to give Smith the 6-4, 6-4 win.

Florida sophomore Chase Perez-Blanco would make it 3-1 with a win over Walker Duncan at No. 4. Perez-Blanco broke Duncan to start the match and he'd break him again to go up 4-1. Perez-Blanco held from 5-2 to take the opening set 6-2. The second set was all holds but Duncan had a huge opportunity to take the set when he was up 0-40 on Perez-Blanco's 4-5 service game. On the deciding point Duncan got a look at second serve but he backed up and pulled a forehand return wide to give Perez-Blanco the hold. The set would go to a tiebreak and Perez-Blanco would get a mini-break to go up 5-3. Duncan won the next point when a Perez-Blanco forehand just missed the mark but Perez-Blanco wouldn't miss again and would close it out two points later.

Seconds later Georgia sophomore Paul Oosterbaan would close out Elliott Orkin at No. 3 to make it 3-2 Florida. Oosterbaan won the first set in a tiebreak and then he broke Orkin to go up 3-2 in the second. Oosterbaan would serve it out from 5-4 to win it 7-6(7), 6-4.

Georgia freshman Emil Reinberg had a chance to close out McClain Kessler in straight sets at No. 6 but Kessler would fight off a match point (on his serve) on the deciding point to force a second set tiebreak. Kessler ran away in the tiebreak and took 7-3 to force a third set.

Florida senior Gordon Watson would drop the first set to Nick Wood at No. 5 but he'd get a key break at 5-5 in the second to go up 6-5. Watson would then hold on the deciding point to take the second set 7-5. Watson broke Wood to go up 3-2 in the third and then he'd hold for 4-2. After an exchange of holds, Wood would go up 40-15 on his 3-5 service game but Watson would take the next three points to close out the match and clinch the SEC Championship.

Below are highlights and interviews from each school and you can watch the full replay at this link.




#11 (2) Florida 4, #6 (1) Georgia 2
4/24/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #11 Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-4, 6-4
2. #83 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. #35 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-3, 6-3
3. #96 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. #36 Elliott Orkin (UF) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
4. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Walker Duncan (UGA) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Nick Wood (UGA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. McClain Kessler (UF) 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 3-3, unfinished
Doubles Results
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) 4-5, unfinished
2. #68 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-3
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Alfredo Perez (UF) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-4
Match Notes:
(2) Florida 18-6, 10-2 SEC; National ranking #11
(1) Georgia 20-4, 12-0 SEC; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
SEC Tournament (Championship)


Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton on the win: "I couldn't be prouder of this group of guys. We prepared all season long for this moment -- to be in the finals, to fight for a conference championship. With every loss, with every win, with every practice. Our mantra all season long has become 'do what we do and be where we are'. Every day, our guys show up ready to work and ready to get better.

"I'm just really proud of our guys for sticking together this season, for bringing that enthusiasm to practice every day, and just becoming who they are while continuing to believe in themselves."

Senior Gordon Watson on the Win: "We had our goals set on the SEC Title. We weren't able to get it done during the regular season but that's just a testament of this team's resiliency. We were able to bounce back from A&M and Georgia and come in here, reset, and reevaluate ourselves. We took it one step at a time, one match at a time, and got it done today."     

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"It's a tough loss in the fact that we made it all the way to the finals and our guys really wanted to win this championship," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Florida played very well today. Our guys competed great. I was so proud of Austin Smith with a tremendous win at the No. 1 position once again. Our team is going to be ok. Our guys will bounce back. We have a couple of weeks to prepare for the NCAA Tournament and the warmer weather."


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Texas Tech clinched a share of the Big 12 regular season title and locked up the No. 1 seed in next week's conference tournament with a huge 4-2 win over No. 4 TCU.

TCU picked up a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles but Tech won 7-5 at No. 3 and 7-6(3) at No. 2 to take what would turn out to be a critical doubles point.

Texas Tech would take four opening sets in singles but they'd only be able to close out two of them in straight sets. TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was the first to finish as he rolled over Tech senior Hugo Dojas 6-3, 6-2. Tech senior Felipe Soares would put the Red Raiders back ahead with a huge 6-3, 6-4 win over the ITA No. 5 Cameron Norrie.


Tech junior Jolan Cailleau would extend the lead to 3-1 with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over TCU freshman Eduardo Nava at No. 4.


TCU sophomore would trim the Tech lead to 3-2 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Tech freshman Bjorn Thomson at No. 6.

Tech sophomore Alex Sendegeya would break TCU sophomore Guillermo Nunez to start the third set and it'd be all holds from there including this hold to clinch the win.


Tech snapped TCU's 17-match winning streak and the win was Tech's 26th of the year which sets a new program record for wins a season. Below are some highlights courtesy of TT:


#9 Texas Tech 4, #4 TCU 2 
04/24/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center) 
Doubles Competition
1. #73 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) defeats #85 A Sendegeya/B Thomson (TTU): 6-4 
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU): 7-6 (3) 
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 7-5 
Singles Competition
1. #20 Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU): 6-3, 6-4 
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) defeats #110 Hugo Dojas (TTU) 6-3, 6-2 
3. Alex Sendegeya (TTU) defeats #88 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 
4. #119 Jolan Cailleau (TTU) defeats Eduardo Nava (TCU): 7-6 (5), 6-2 
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) vs. Connor Curry (TTU) 4-6, 6-2, 5-2, unf.
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) defeats Bjorn Thomson (TTU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (26-4, 4-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 9 
TCU (22-3, 4-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 4 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,4,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"It's hard to put into words, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "We started here in September, and the guys put in a lot of work and it paid off. These guys earned this, the right way. I'm really proud of them. Last Friday, we had a tough loss (at Oklahoma State). We were talking about what we need to get better. Then, we came back and played like this for three straight matches. The team we beat today is a national title contender. Our guys deserve all the credit in the world.

"I can't describe the feeling, Sendegeya said. "To win the Big 12, that was one of our goals that we set out for at the beginning of the season. It means so much to do it for these seniors. We wanted it so bad for them. I had to fight as hard as I could. All the teammates, everyone just did a great job today. Everyone fought as hard as they could. For our seniors during their last home match and to just get it done for them, that was the motivating factor for me.

"Alex did a great job today, Masi said. "He's a tough kid and a tough competitor. Whenever he got an opening, he surged ahead and gave himself some room. We knew his opponent was going to fight back so it came down to whether or not Alex could build a big enough lead to sustain it. He served out a great last game. He stayed calm and cool and was clutch for us down the stretch.

"We've got a mark on our back now, Masi said. "Everybody will be gunning for us, and we'll have to work just as hard or even harder to back up our number one seed. I'll worry about that later this week. Right now, I want these guys to celebrate and enjoy this moment. This gives us so much confidence. These guys can now see what they've achieved and what they're capable of. We've just got to keep playing hard.



Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap
"Texas Tech did a great job competing in some key spots. They outplayed us in doubles and we were too hesitant and they were aggressive. I am happy for their coaching staff including former head coach Tim Siegel, which together with James Wilson put a very good squad out there and current head coach Brett Masi had them ready to play.

"We have been getting away with some things that cost teams titles and big accomplishments and I'm glad that happened now instead of next week so we can learn from the mistakes. We have a young team that has been asked to grow up fast. I am very proud of our play at No. 1 doubles and the comeback from Trevor Johnson and Jerry Lopez. It hurts to lose the deciding match after being up and in total control and Guillermo Nuez has won some huge matches for us and I know he will be even stronger next time. Alex Rybakov played at too high of a level today and I am proud of his win. Now it is time for us to go home and get ready for the conference tournament where we will have to battle a very tough team in the semifinals. Congratulations to Texas Tech for their share of the Big 12 title.
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Ohio State won its 10th outright Big Ten Title in the last 11 season with a 4-0 shutout over No. 15 Illinois (shared the title in that other year). The Buckeyes won a tough doubles point when Hugo Di Feo and Matt Mendez broke Illinois's serve on the deciding point to go up 6-5 and then they served it out to take it 7-5.


Each team won three first sets in singles and Ohio State sophomore, and current ITA No 1, Mikael Torpegaard would finish first with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Illinois senior Jared Hiltzik.

Ohio State junior Herkko Pollanen would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Alex Jesse at No. 6 but Illinois was still very much alive on several other courts.

Illinois's Aleks Vukic had a set lead on Chris Diaz at No. 2, Julian Childers at one time led Ralf Steinbach 6-4, 3-0 at No. 4, and Pengxuan Jiang had a set lead on Martin Joyce at No. 5.

Joyce would come back to take the second set 6-3 and then he'd go up 4-0 in the third but Steinbach would beat him to the finish line as he won 12 of the last 14 games to close out Childers 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to clinch yet another B1G Championship.


Ohio State became the first team in the history of the Big Ten to ever make it through the regular season without dropping a point in conference play. I guess you could say Chris Diaz's final regular season contribution was that he probably made Aleks Vukic hit 25 shots to win each point which kept Vukic from closing the match out before Steinbach clinched.  

#5 Ohio State 4, #15 Illinois 0
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #13 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3, 6-4
2. #3 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. 93 Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-5, 5-2, unf.
3. #37 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. #65 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 6-6, unf.
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 4-6, 6-3, 4-0, unf.
6. #90 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILL) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition 
1. #20 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-3
2. #90 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #31 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) 7-5
Match Notes:
Illinois 17-9 (8-3); National ranking #15
Ohio State 27-2 (11-0); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,6,4)
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:41 A-292

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"Everyone knows that anything can happen with the doubles point and we were very fortunate to win a wild one today, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "I'm just so proud of the guys of the way they came out and battled.

"It was a tremendous team effort today. Tucker said. "Torpegaard and Pollanen did their thing, Hugo played well, Chris Diaz battled one of the best players in the country and Martin and Ralf both clawed back after losing the first. This is a great group of student-athletes and Ohio State should be very proud of these guys.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Today we were outcoached. Ohio State made better mid-match adjustments and cost us from putting points on the board," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We have to play with more discipline in doubles and stay on tactics in singles. When you see your guys fighting but losing ground, we as coaches have to have them better prepared for the nuances of competition. We will be ready of the Big Ten Tournament."

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Florida Regional
Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex (Linder Stadium) - Gainesville, FL

[9] Florida Gators (18-6) vs. [49-64] North Florida Ospreys (11-11) - Saturday Noon ET - The Florida regional is the only regional that had all four teams get in after winning their conference tournament. Florida got the SEC's automatic bid after beating Georgia in the finals of the SEC Tournament while North Florida earned its first-ever NCAA berth after defeating USC-Upstate in the finals of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Florida has won the doubles point nine straight times (7 of 9 opponents ranked inside top 50) and in fact they've only dropped three individual doubles matches in that nine-match span. UNF has won the doubles point in 12 of its last 13 matches though none of those opponents were ranked inside the top 50. 

Doubles Records: Florida 19-5, North Florida 14-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Florida 84, North Florida 78

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. 

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.61) vs. #109 Jack Findel-Hawkins (UNF 13.55)
2. #53 Alfredo Perez (UF 14.41) vs. Lasse Muscheites (UNF 13.16)
3. #37 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.11) vs. Yannick Zuern (UNF 13.35)
4. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 14.04) vs. Julian Bradley (UNF 12.97)
5. Gordon Watson (UF 13.56) vs. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF 12.28)
6. McClain Kessler (UF 13.75) vs. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF 12.45)
O: Maxx Lipman (UF 13.26); Zachary Goldberg (UNF 12.74)

North Florida will be making the short 80-mile drive from Jacksonville to Gainesville so I expect they'll have some support but unless they are playing Canadian doubles I don't see anyway they win this match. I like Florida in doubles and Perez, Watson, and Kessler to finish first in singles. Prediction: Florida 4-0. 


[17-32] South Florida Bulls (20-8) vs. [33-48] St. John's Red Storm (21-5) - Saturday 9am ET - USF got the American's automatic bid after defeating Tulsa in the finals of the conference tournament while St. John's punched its ticket after blanking Marquette in the finals of the Big East Tournament. USF won the doubles point in 10 of its last 11 matches (Tulane) while St. John's went 2-3 in doubles against ranked opponents. USF has Justin Roberts slotted to play at No. 5 but he only played a handful of matches down the stretch due to an injury so it'll be interesting to see if he plays or sits. 

Doubles Records: South Florida 22-6, St. John's 20-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: South Florida 84, St. John's 78

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #2 Roberto Cid (USF 14.82) vs. Lucas Hejhal (STJ 13.12)
2. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.86) vs. Daniel Skripnik (STJ 12.76)
3. #47 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.41) vs. Roberto Livi (STJ 13.36)

4. Peter Bertran (USF 13.49) vs. Vaidik Munshaw (STJ 12.96)
5. Justin Roberts (USF 13.57) vs. Dusan Vukicevic (STJ 12.84)
6. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.47) vs. Andrei Crapcenco (STJ 12.62)
O: Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.11)

This is the second time in three years that St. John's has been sent to Gainesville for the NCAA Tournament but at least they don't have to play the No. 1 seed this time. Of course South Florida is as close as it gets to a No. 1 seed and I expect they'll play like one in this match. I like the Bulls in doubles and Cid, Gozun, and Cotrone in singles. Prediction: South Florida 4-0



Regional Final - When the draw came out I'm sure neither Florida or South Florida was happy to see each other's name. Florida was probably hoping that as a top 10 seed it'd see someone ranked outside the top 20 while South Florida was probably thinking as a team ranked No. 17 it'd get sent to either Oklahoma State, Illinois, or Northwestern. These teams know each other fairly well with both sending guys to the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional back in October. Roberto Cid won that event and beat half of Florida's team including Diego Hidalgo in the finals. South Florida is just as good as Florida up top but the Gators should have the upper hand down low. I like Roberto Cid and Dominic Cotrone for USF but I think Florida takes the doubles point and gets wins from Alfredo Perez, Gordon Watson, and McClain Kessler with Chase Perez-Blanco and Peter Bertran in a third set at No. 4. Prediction: Florida 4-2



Texas Tech Regional
McLeod Tennis Complex - Lubbock, TX

[8] Texas Tech Red Raiders (27-5) vs. [49-64] New Mexico State Aggies (12-9) - Saturday - 1pm CT - Texas Tech got in as an at-large after falling to TCU in the finals of the Big 12 Tournament while New Mexico State earned an automatic berth after defeating UMKC in the finals of the WAC Tournament. NMSU played five teams that were either ranked at the time or ranked now and it went 0-5 and was outscored 31-2. 

Doubles Records: Texas Tech 18-11, NMSU 8-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Texas Tech 83, NMSU 73

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #19 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) vs. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU 12.23)
2. #98 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.70) vs. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU 12.71)
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.78) vs. Liam Goldberg (NMSU 12.49) 
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.89) vs. Stijn de Haan (NMSU 11.99)
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.45) vs. Mauri Benitez (NMSU 12.13)
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.60) vs. Enrique Asmar (NMSU 11.90)

New Mexico State had success at the WAC Tournament which was held in Brownsville, Texas but I don't see any success for them in Lubbock. Red Raiders run roughshod all over the Aggies and win it going away. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-0




[17-32] SMU Mustangs (20-8) vs. [33-48] Washington Huskies (17-9) - Saturday - 10am CT - SMU got in as an at-large after falling to Tulsa in the semifinals of the AAC Tournament while Washington got in as an at-large after falling to Cal in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. SMU had a nice season and picked up top 25 wins over Oklahoma State, South Florida and Tulsa. Washington jump started its season with a win at home over Texas and then pretty much locked up its bid when it upset USC in late March. 

Interesting stat: Washington was just 1-6 on the road with that one win being a 4-3 win over Utah in the Pac-12 Tournament. 

Doubles Records: SMU 20-8, Washington 16-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: SMU 81, Washington 80

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.61) vs. #118 Mitch Stewart (UW 14.26)
2. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.91) vs. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.51)
3. Samm Butler (SMU 13.85) vs. Gal Hakak (UW 13.68)
4. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.84) vs. Jake Douglas (UW 13.36)
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.47) vs. Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.63)
6. Yates Johnson (SMU 13.24) vs. Piers Foley (UW 12.37)
O: Kawika Lam (UW 12.20)

SMU will definitely be more at home because its Dallas campus is just 350 miles from Lubbock while Washington has to make the 1800 mile plane ride from Seattle.  This match will start at 8 a.m. pacific time so if Washington comes out a step slow it's going to be in trouble because I don't see the Huskies winning without the doubles point. Hunter Johnson played at No. 2 singles in the conference tournament but he's back up to No. 1 after starting 12 of 24 matches at the top spot during the regular season.

I like SMU in doubles and Ronald Slobodchikov and Yates Johnson in singles so it'll be just a matter of finding one more point somewhere in the top four. UW's Mitch Stewart and Jake Douglas will be favored at No. 1 and No. 4 with both No. 2 and No. 3 almost to close to call. I'll say Nate Lammons clinches the win with a three-setter over Enzo Sommer to give SMU the win. Prediction: SMU 4-1


Regional Final: SMU played seven different teams this season from the state of Texas but Texas Tech wasn't one of them. Texas Tech has been too solid this year to get tripped up in this one but I think SMU keeps it interesting for a few hours. I wouldn't be surprised if SMU took the doubles point and possibly No. 3 singles but I like the home team everywhere else. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-1


Coming up next: Ohio State and Texas A&M regionals.....


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What a crazy day it was on Sunday with not one, not two, but three regional hosts going down. The day started off in College Station with the resumption of Saturday's match between Texas A&M and Texas and it finished in Lubbock with SMU kicking the door down and stunning Texas Tech.

When the season started if you told me that Texas would be in Tulsa for the NCAA Round of 16 I would have told you to go see a doctor. Well Texas made a believer of me and many today after going into enemy territory and knocking off Texas A&M in a 4-3 thriller.

The match originally began on Saturday but after Texas A&M took the doubles point the match was stopped early in singles due to rain. Play resumed Sunday morning at 11am central and within a matter of minutes Texas had five first sets in the bag after Rodrigo Banzer, Adrian Ortiz, and George Goldhoff closed out sets on 4, 2, and 1.

Texas senior Michael Riechmann put the first point on the board for the Longhorns after he defeated Jackson Withrow at No. 5. Riechmann took the opening set on Saturday but it looked like Withrow was going to get an early break in the second. Withrow had three break points on Riechmann's 1-2 service game but Riechmann fought all of them off to hold for 2-2. Riechmann would then break Withrow on the deciding point to go up 4-3 and then three games later he'd close it out with an ace down the T from 40-15 to win it 6-4, 6-4.

Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz would make it 2-1 after he pulled away from A&M senior Shane Vinsant at No. 2. When play began Vinsant was serving at 4-5 and he'd fight off a set point on the deciding point to even it at 5-5. Ortiz held for 6-5 and then broke Vinsant at love to take the opening set 7-5. Ortiz put the hammer down in the second set and raced out to a 5-0 lead and would hit a service winner on match point to take it 7-5, 6-1.

Texas freshman Harrison Scott would make it 3-1 Horns after he defeated A&M sophomore Jordi Arconada at No. 3. Scott took the opening set 6-3 and then he broke Arconada to go up 2-1 in the second. Arconada would reel off five in a row to take the second set 6-2 but he'd get broke to start the third set. Scott would add a second break to go up 5-2 and then he'd serve it out to win it 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

So Texas had a 3-1 lead but things were getting tense elsewhere. A&M's Arthur Rinderknech was serving 3-3, 40-40 in the third at 1, A&M's Harrison Adams was serving 4-1 in the third at 4, and A&M's Max Lunkin was serving for the match up 5-4 in the third at 6. It looked like A&M might come back and steal it and they would come oh so close.

Harrison Adams would hold serve two more times from 4-1 to close out Rodrigo Banzer at No. 4 to make it 3-2. Banzer looked like he might get off the court in straight sets when he led 6-2, 2-0 but Adams won four straight games to go up 4-2 and would end up getting the split by taking the set 6-4. Adams broke Banzer to start the third set but Banzer would break back to even it at 1-1. Adams broke again, this time on the deciding point, to go up 2-1 and then he'd break again to go up 4-1

Max Lunkin was serving 5-4, 40-30 in the third against Julian Zlobinsky at No. 6 but the Texas sophomore managed to break to knot it at 5-5. Lunkin quickly broke back and then he'd finally close the door on Zlobinsky to win it 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

As Lunkin was closing out Zlobinsky, Texas junior George Goldhoff was serving for the match at No. 1. Just 25 minutes earlier Goldhoff trailed Arthur Rinderknech 3-0 in the final set but Goldhoff managed to win five straight to go up 5-3. On the pivotal 3-3, 40-40 point that I mentioned above Rinderknech double faulted to put Goldhoff up 4-3. Rinderknech stopped the bleeding and held for 4-5 but Goldhoff quickly went up 30-0 on his next service game. Rinderknech was able to push it to the deciding point and then he'd get the break after Goldhoff couldn't handle a second overhead. Rinderknech would hold from 40-30 to go up 6-5 but Goldhoff would hold at love to send it to a match deciding tiebreak.

Goldhoff went up a mini-break at 1-0 but Rinderknech took the next four to go up 4-1. Goldhoff would then take the next five to go up 6-4 but a loose forehand error put it back on serve at 6-5. I'll let the video clip show you how it finish:


Texas is back in the Round of 16 for the third consecutive year and will next face Ohio State on Friday afternoon at 10am eastern.

#18 Texas 4, #12 Texas A&M 3
May 15, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #68 George Goldhoff (UT) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) 
2. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. #52 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 7-5, 6-1 
3. Harrison Scott (UT) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #89 Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. G Goldhoff/M Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) 6-4
Match Notes:
Texas 19-11; National ranking #18
Texas A&M 27-10; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,3,4,6,1)
NCAA Second Round, College Station Regional
Match postponed to Sunday due to weather

Post-Match Quotes from A&M's recap

Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton on the match
"It was a rollercoaster ride, it looked like after we won the doubles point yesterday like we had some momentum and then the rain delay. After the delay they came out and hit us in the mouth and got way ahead and we were able to battle our way back into the match today. They just came up with the shots at the end, I thought George [Goldhoff] was a little bit more aggressive, certainly at the end of the tiebreaker than Arthur was and that was the difference."

On coming back to tie the match at three-all
"We got down 3-1 and Harry came through for us. He got on top and started winning some off the key points in second and third sets. He won some three-all points which he was not doing in the first set and then Max hung in there and stayed the course. I knew it was going to be a close match it didn't shock me it was a 7-6 in the third last match on. That seems to be how we play these matches against a lot of teams especially when so much is on the line and the fact that we are playing to go to Tulsa. Everything was heightened and our guys gave their best effort, Texas just played a little bit better today."

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap:

Head Coach Michael Center on today's win
We beat a very good Texas A&M team who had an outstanding season on its home courts today. I'm so proud of how our guys stuck together and fought so hard. All we have talked about throughout this season has been 'Let's be a great team.' We repeated that phrase again in our preparation for today's match, and we really kept our focus on competing hard and being resilient. We didn't focus on winning certain matches and having to get results from certain people in our lineup. We kept our mindset on competing during every point, and we're obviously very excited for this victory.

On George Goldhoff's play to seal the victory
You have to give George a ton of credit for hanging in there when there were so many momentum swings in his match. He actually got down 3-0 to start the third set and battled back to win five straight to go up 5-3. He served for the match at 5-4 and was up 30-love, and he also had a match point in that game. Even when it was 5-5 and he was receiving serve, he was in control of some points. All of a sudden he's down 6-5, and I was so proud of the way he came back and served out the next game to force the tiebreak. Then you go to the tiebreak and he gets down 4-1 and it doesn't look good. But again, George fights back to go up 6-4. He played a little tentative on the next point, but to see him come back and hit the winner at 6-5 was a great moment.

On the play of the entire lineup today
We first have to give credit to Michael Riechmann and his win (at 5 singles) that got us off to a great start in singles. He was able to get a victory against probably the best player in the A&M lineup at his position and a sixth-year senior (Jackson Withrow) who held a 17-3 record entering the match. To see that score go up early today gave us a much-needed spark. Adrian Ortiz (at 2 singles) and Harrison Scott (at 3 singles) also gave us huge wins, and both Rodrigo (Banzer) and Julian (Zlobinsky) really fought hard in their three-set matches. We did not give A&M anything easy. I also want to give a shout-out to the Texas women's tennis team and their win at Duke on Saturday. We definitely discussed their win in getting ready for today and how we needed to join them in Tulsa, so they provided our group with some great inspiration.

On watching the team celebrate on the court after the win
That celebration is the culmination of an entire season of hard work by our players and staff. We lost five guys from our lineup after last year, and this young team has grown up so much over the course of the season. We've learned a lot from some of the close losses that we had, and we've grown from our wins as well. To know where we started this year and to see the emotion of our players here today after this win, it's a great feeling.

George Goldhoff on the final points of the tiebreaker
That might have been the craziest moment of my life. I was down 4-1 and my opponent (Rinderknech) had a pretty big serve, so there was only so much I could do. I just had to fight for every point. That's all you can do. I took it one point at a time and just tried to execute the best I could.  He double-faulted at four-all, and it all happened really fast after that. I was up 5-4 and then 6-4, and it hit me all at once that the next point was for the entire match. On that point, I had a pretty easy forehand at mid court but I netted it. On the last point, he got his serve in, and I got the return back. I mishit a ball and hit it a little deep, but he hit it back short. I had a backhand and I put it away. It was just surreal.

George Goldhoff on reaching the Round of 16
Everybody was counting us out. We had lost five of six (singles) starters and people didn't think we were even going to make the NCAAs. This group of guys took that personally. We worked really hard to come back and prove everyone wrong.  I just can't put it into words what this group of guys has done.  The team stepped up, and we weren't going to rebuild. We wanted to get back to where we were last year. We're keeping it one match at a time, but it's huge to beat one of your biggest rivals on their courts. It's an incredible feeling. I can't put it into words how much this means to me.

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Stanford had been knocking on the door all year only to be turned away time after time but on Sunday afternoon they finally got someone to answer and pulled off a surprising 4-3 win over Northwestern.

Stanford dropped the doubles point for only the sixth time this year after Northwestern picked up a 7-5 win at No. 1 and a 6-2 win at No. 2. Each team picked up three first sets in singles and all but one of them would finish in straight sets.

Stanford took a 2-1 lead after wins from Sameer Kumar and Maciek Romanowicz at No. 5 and No. 6 but Northwestern went ahead 3-2 after both Sam Shropshire and Strong Kirchheimer won at No. 2 and No. 3.

Stanford's Nolan Paige tied the match at 3-3 with a win at No. 4 so it'd all come down to No. 1 to decide it.

Stanford's Tom Fawcett appeared to have the opening set in control when he led Konrad Zieba 5-1 but Zieba reeled off six straight games to steal the set 7-5. Fawcett dominated the second set and took it 6-0 and then went ahead 2-0 in the third. Zieba held for 1-2 then Fawcett held and broke to go up a double break at 4-1. Zieba broke back and then came back from 0-40 down to hold for 3-4. It'd be all holds from there as Fawcett held to win it 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.

Stanford will be making its first Round of 16 appearance since 2012 and will face UCLA for the fourth time this season on Friday night at 8pm eastern.


Jonathan Kelley was in Evanston and will most likely have a report on his site On The Rise so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

#29 Stanford 4, #14 Northwestern 3
May 15, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Vandy Christie Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #15 Tom Fawcett (STAN) def. #20 Konrad Zieba (NU) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4
2. #40 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Michael Genender (STAN) 6-3, 6-4
3. #57 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #87 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-0, 6-4 
4. Nolan Paige (STAN) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Sameer Kumar (STAN) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #23 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-5 
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2
3. Sameer Kumar/Yale Goldberg (STAN) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Stanford 16-10; National ranking #29
Northwestern 26-5; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,3,2,6,1) 
NCAA Tournament Regional Final
Stanford Advances to Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla. 
Official: John Coleman 
T-3:12 A-414

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"We had a great year," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We will let this one sting a little, but we are going to be back next year ready to go."

"Great group of guys," Swan said. "I feel real excited for what the future holds for our program."
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SMU pulled off the biggest surprise of the day when the 30th ranked Mustangs went to Lubbock and beat No. 8 Texas Tech 4-2. SMU took the doubles point for the 22nd time in 30 tries with a 6-3 win at No. 1 and a 7-5 win at No. 3.

SMU took four opening sets in singles and Hunter Johnson and Samm Butler would win in straight sets to make it 3-0. Texas Tech got a straight set win from Bjorn Thomson at No. 6 and Jolan Cailleau would win in three sets at No. 4 to cut the deficit to 3-2.

SMU redshirt senior Nate Lammons shook off a rough second set and pulled away from Hugo Dojas in the third set to clinch the match with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 win.

The Mustangs are back in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2001 and will face Florida on Friday at 1 p.m. eastern. 


#30 SMU 4, #8 Texas Tech 2
05/15/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. #19 Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4, 6-2
2. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU) def. #98 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
3. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-1, 6-3
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
5. Connor Curry (TT) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 4-6, 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Yates Johnson (SMU) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #31 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-3
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TT) vs. #54 Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-6 (0-1), unf.
3. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TT) 7-5
Match Notes:
SMU 22-8; National ranking #30
Texas Tech 28-6; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,6,4,2)
2016 NCAA Lubbock Regional - Second Round
T-2:35 A-220

Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
"This was a tremendous all-around team win for us," said Head Coach Carl Neufeld. "It's only fitting that our 5th-year senior Nate Lammons sealed the win for us. There is too much to say about him, having graduated with his undergrad and master's in Engineering, missing his commencement because of the tournament and advancing us to the Sweet 16 is fantastic."

"This match had all the drama, including a four and a half hour rain delay, them being the co-Big 12 champions and only have lost one home match in two years coming into today," said Neufeld. In singles, to beat a team like this at the top three spots and two of those players being ranked is an incredible feat and I couldn't be happier and proud for guys."

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Definitely not the way we wanted to end our season, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "It's very disappointing. I'm at a loss for words right now. We didn't play at the level we've played at all year. We broke down mentally in a lot of ways and weren't there for the fight that SMU gave us. Give credit to them they stepped up and took it to us. We just weren't ready to counter them in a few spots. Credit to SMU and congratulations to them.

"When you're getting beat down, I hope you can show some toughness, Masi said. "Bjorn and Jolan have been tough all year. They've stayed out there the whole time and given us their all. Bjorn has had a great first season. You're going to see a lot of great things from this kid for years to come. The future is bright which is a huge positive for our program.

"Today obviously wasn't our best, Thomson said. "I just want to say thank you to the whole team for making me part of the family, and a thank you to my coaches. My first season was so much better than I expected it to be. We lost today, but we've made some memories this season. We've got to push forward from here.

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Florida's hot streak continued as the Gators rode the momentum from the doubles point to pick up three straight set wins to defeat South Florida 4-0.

Florida's Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson picked up a 6-4 win at No. 1 but USF's Dominic Cotrone and Peter Bertran won 6-4 at No. 2. USF's Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz served for the match at No. 3 up 5-4, 40-30 but Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco broke for 5-5 and then held to go up 6-5. Florida would break Roberto Cid's serve to win it 7-5.

Florida took four opening sets in singles and Gordon Watson, Alfredo Perez, and McClain Kessler each won in straight sets with Kessler clinching the match at No. 6. Below are some video highlights from Florida (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http)


Florida will now face SMU in the Round of 16 in Tulsa on Friday afternoon at 1pm eastern. This will be Florida's fifth NCAA Round of 16 appearance in the last seven years.

#9 Florida  4, #17 South Florida 0
May 15, 2016 at Ring Tennis Complex (Linder Stadium)
Singles Competition
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) vs. #2 Roberto Cid (USF) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
2. #53 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5, 6-1
3. #47 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. #37 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
4. Peter Bertran (USF) vs. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) 6-2, 6-4
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #28 Vadym Kalyuzhnyy/Sasha Gozun (USF) 6-4 
2. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) def. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) 7-5
Match Notes:
South Florida 21-9; National ranking #17 
Florida 20-6; National ranking #9 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,6) 
NCAA Second Round

Post-Match Quotes from Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
"I saw a confident group. First off, I would just like to say that South Florida came out and played some really good tennis and had a great season. It was a tough draw to face them in the second round. We knew that it was going to be a tough test. Our guys just came in with a lot of confidence. I think throughout these past five or six weeks we have gathered some momentum. It is definitely showing in our doubles play. Our guys are having fun playing and if we get down a little bit, our guys don't flinch. We just keep playing. I think that is the belief and the trust between these guys and in one another.

Our seniors at one are just leading the way in doubles and in singles as well. I think Diego and Gordon are playing about as well as you can in your senior campaign. That is really special. Our freshman core, McClain and Alfredo, they just keep producing for us. They compete and they work and they do all the little things out there that give us a change to be successful. Elliott and Chase, as well, were just out there battling today. So, it was a team win and victory.

I am really proud of our guys and really happy for all those that have been supporting us all year and our support staff. I am fortunate to be working with great coaches in Scott Perelman and Mark Merklein, just really thankful for the opportunity and to be able to move on."

Post-Match Quotes from South Florida's recap
"We knew it was going to be a tough match today, have to give it to Florida for hanging around when their backs were against the wall in doubles and it paid off big, said head coach Matt Hill. "We had two match points in doubles at three, right after winning at two and they saved those two points, that was really the turning point in doubles.

"We were up in some of the matches but Florida was too good today, said Hill. "We know they are a good team, they are SEC champions and we have a lot of respect for them.

"They (senior class of Cid, Cotrone, Gonzalez-Muniz, Dzib) changed the image and the brand of this program in college tennis, said Hill. "Now people have a lot of respect for our program, especially now that we have been in the mix. We've done some really good things over the last few years because of these guys, so all the credit goes to them.
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Virginia advanced to the Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive year with a tough 4-1 win over No. 37 Penn State. The Hoos took the doubles point for the 26th time in 30 tries with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 while the match at No. 2 was on serve at the time of the clinch.

Virginia won all six first sets in singles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and J.C. Aragone would each win in straight sets with Aragone clinching at No. 5.

Penn State's Leo Stakhovsky, brother of ATP professional Sergiy, defeated the reigning NCAA Champion Ryan Shane 7-5, 7-6(6).

Both of the other matches were abandoned with each in a second set tiebreak.  Below are some video highlights from NBC29 in Cville (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http)

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Virginia will next face No. 16 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. eastern on Friday afternoon.

#1 Virginia 4, #37 Penn State 1
May 15, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-5, 7-6(6)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU) 6-4, 6-6 (2-1*), unf.
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-1, 6-0
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 6-4, 7-6(6)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Marc Collado (PSU) 6-4, 6-6 (5-5), unf.
Doubles competition
1. #4 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-3
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) vs. Matt Barry/Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) 4-5, unf
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Matt Galush/Aws Laaribi (PSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Penn State 22-9; National ranking #37
Virginia 26-4; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,1,5)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Second Round
T-2:30 A-284

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"I am happy for the guys to advance as I think this is certainly an exciting team," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "When we go to Tulsa, we are going to need to play a little better than we did today and make sure we finish matches. We made it a little bit harder for ourselves today than I thought we needed to, but at the same time, I like how we played the first half of the match. For whatever reason, we struggled to finish and were out there a little bit longer. Credit to Penn State for the great job they did, the great season they had and how hard they fought. They kept battling and made it hard for us. We are going to have to continue to get better over the next five days and play at a more-intense, focused level, but I know we will be ready come Friday."

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"I am really proud of our team today, said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "We played hard against the defending National Champions in Virginia. Ending the season is never easy but I end it being proud in Penn State and these men.

"This match was crazy close, you really had to be here to see it, said Coach Zinn. "There were multiple courts that went to close tiebreaks. The last three courts went to second-set tiebreaks that could have easily gone our way to push into a third set. A lot of it came down to the matches in doubles. We were close but couldn't hold on.

"Leo had the best win of his career today and what a way to end it, said Coach Zinn. "He beat the reigning National Champion in Ryan Shane. Overall, our singles players played well against a stacked Virginia team."

"Congratulations to Virginia on a well played match, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We had chances in singles but the defending National Champs were there to fight us the entire way. It has been an incredible year with this team. We were fortunate enough to have four incredible seniors who will leave a legacy with this team. The 2016 Penn State men's tennis team will be missed as a group.

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Ohio State ran its record to 32-2 and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 11th consecutive year with a tough 4-2 win over No. 33 Virginia Tech.  The Buckeyes won the doubles point for the 30th time in 34 tries with 6-3 win at No. 1 and No. 3.

Each team took three first sets in singles and Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen would be the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mitch Harper at No. 5. VT's Edoardo Tessaro countered with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Ralf Steinbach at No. 4 and then Andreas Bjerrehus tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at No. 2.

Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to 19-0 with a 6-4, 7-6(2) when over Jai Corbett at No. 6 in a match that finished within seconds of the Bjerrehus/Diaz match at No. 2.

Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo would get the clincher at No. 3 with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Amerigo Contini. The match at No. 1 was abandoned with Mikael Torpegaard and Joao Monteiro just splitting sets though in the video below Ty Tucker said that Torp was cramping late in the second set.


Ohio State will face Texas for the second time this season on Friday morning at 10 a.m eastern. The Buckeyes blanked Texas 4-0 back on January 31 though Texas got the best of Ohio State the last time they met in Tulsa which came in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Ohio State recap
Virginia Tech recap

#5 Ohio State 4, #33 Virginia Tech 2
May 15, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) vs. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT) 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, unfinished
2. #72 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #88 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
4. #77 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-5, 6-4
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition 
1. #22 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #21 A Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 6-3
2. #44 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 4-4, unf
3. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3
Match Notes: 
Virginia Tech 18-9; National ranking #33
Ohio State 32-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,2,6,3) 
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Official: Jerii Banks  T-2:29  A-254

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Georgia advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive year with a 4-1 win over Baylor. The Bulldogs won the doubles point for the 18th time in 25 matches with at 6-2 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2.

Georgia took four of six first sets though the first match to finish was at No. 1 where Baylor's Julian Lenz defeated Austin Smith 6-2, 1-0 ret. (right shoulder).

Georgia quickly finished the match off with Jan Zielinski, Nick Wood, and Paul Oosterbaan each only dropping three games in route to straight sets wins with Oosterbaan getting the clinch.

Georgia will now face USC on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. eastern. The teams were supposed to meet earlier this season in LA at the Pac-12/SEC Challenge but the match was cancelled due to rain.

Below are some video highlights from Georgia and Baylor (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http).




#7 Georgia 4, #35 Baylor 1
May 15, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis complex)
Singles Results
1. #12 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) 6-2, 1-0, retired
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 3-6, 4-4, unf
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4, 3-2, unf
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles Results
1. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #86 Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Baylor 16-14; National ranking #35
Georgia 22-4; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,5,6,3)
NCAA Second Round - Athens Regional
Official: Richard Rogers  T-1:55  A-841

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I thought we were a little tight in doubles at the beginning," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Our guys competed well and were able to get through some things there early on, but what a tremendous performance overall. I remember myself as a player here your last home match is a little overwhelming, but I thought we were terrific in singles and played very well today." 

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"Losing is awful. That's my overall thought. There's a finality when you lose in the NCAAs. You're always thinking about what's next as a coach. Now, there's nothing next for us for a while and that's tough. I thought our guys fought like little dogs and overcame a ton of adversity this year. It put us in the position to finish strong. We just didn't have enough today. I'm proud of the guys today. They fought hard." --head coach Matt Knoll on the season-ending loss

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Oklahoma State is heading back to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2008, which coincidentally was the last time Tulsa hosted, after the Cowboys rolled over Arkansas 4-0. The Pokes won the doubles point for the 18th time in 26 tries. OSU's Lukas Finzelberg and Tristan Meraut trailed 4-2 but won the final four games to win 6-4 at No. 3. OSU's Lucas Gerch and Jurence Mendoza clinched the point with a 6-4 win at No. 2 in a match they lead the whole way.

While Arkansas had the upper hand at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, Oklahoma State had comfortable leads everywhere else. Lucas Gerch, Tristan Meraut, and Jurence Mendoza each won in straight sets with Meraut clinching the match at No. 4.

Oklahoma State will now face the top seed Virginia on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. eastern.



#16 Oklahoma State 4, #19 Arkansas 0
May 15, 2016 at Stillwater, Okla.(Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Mike Redlicki (AR) vs. #56 Julian Cash (OSU) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished
2. #62 Jose Salazar (AR) vs Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 6-4, 6-0
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (AR) 6-1, 6-4
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. William Albanese (AR) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) def. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Jose Salazar/Johan den Toom (AR) 6-4
Match Notes:
Arkansas 20-8; National ranking #19
Oklahoma State 19-7; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,4)
2016 NCAA Tournament - Second Round
T-1:50

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"We've got a special group of guys," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Every team is going though ups and down every season and this team has been through a lot. The sweet isn't as sweet without the bitter and to make the Sweet 16 is a great accomplishment for our team."

"I knew they were going to come out strong after losing the doubles point and we just needed to stay the course," Udwadia said. "I told the guys to relax and I think playing in the second round for the third-straight year really helped us too."

"It was great, I feel awesome," Gerch said. "There was such a great crowd and I think everyone played well, especially in doubles."

"When you're in the Sweet 16 everyone can play," Udwadia said. "We respect all opponents, but our job is to go out there and win matches and we are going to be prepared to battle."

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"Congratulations to Oklahoma State, they were better than us today and that was the biggest factor in the match, head coach Andy Jackson said. "We weren't able to physically match what they had on the second day and that was another factor.

Arkansas finished the 2016 season with a 20-9 overall record, including a 7-5 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1986, and for only the third time in program history. Their NCAA first round victory over Wichita State was the Hogs' first since 2006.

"On the season, we came from No. 69 to finish top 20 and win a round in the NCAA Tournament, Jackson said. "We feel really good about the direction we're going in. But I know what it takes to go further and we'll try to do that next year.

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Cal advanced to the Round of 16 for the fifth time in the last six years with a 4-0 shutout over Ole Miss. The Bears won the doubles point for the 17th time in 23 matches with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

Cal took five of six first sets and picked up wins from Andre Goransson and Filip Bergevi at No. 2 and No. 4 and J.T. Nishimura provided the clincher at No. 6 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Zvonimir Babic.

Cal will now face TCU on Friday morning at 7 a.m. pacific time. Cal defeated TCU 4-2 back in February in a neutral site match in Austin.

#13 California 4, #27 Ole Miss 0
May 15, 2016 at Berkeley, California (Hellman Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL) vs. #39 Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-2, 4-4, unfinished
2. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL) def. #59 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-3, 6-1
3. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-2, 6-3
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) vs. Grey Hamilton (OM) 3-6, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #9 Florian Lakat/Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
2. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-3
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-2
Match Notes
Ole Miss 16-11; National ranking #27
California 19-6; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,6)
Cal advances to the NCAA Round of 16

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We came up against a very solid Mississippi team today, and I'm pleased with how we handled ourselves, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "The doubles point was a battle, and it ended up being critical for setting the tone for the match. When our guys faced adversity, they stayed calm and stuck to their game plans. It was a physical match today, and we were ready.

"This past week our team did an amazing job of balancing their academic lives and their athletic lives. We finished finals on Friday and started the NCAA championships on Saturday, so it's great to see the resiliency this group brings every day. We're looking forward to playing in Tulsa on Friday, and we know our next opponent, TCU, will be tough. We've played them once already this year, and we know they're a talented team.

"It's a great win, Nishimura added. "We're all excited and ready to go to Tulsa.

"We had a rough one in the first match of the year at Tulsa, Nishimura said. "But we bounced back and had a pretty good season, so we're excited to go back.

Post-Match Quotes from Toby Hansson via Ole Miss's recap

"We are proud of the guys' effort, but give Cal credit. They played better than we did today. Doubles was close again, but we just couldn't seem to get in the match in singles. We have a great group of young guys who kept battling throughout the season to get us to this point, and we are looking forward to helping them get better next year. The future looks bright.
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North Carolina booked its third straight trip to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 win over No. 31 Tulane. The Tar Heels won the doubles point for the 24th time this season with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

UNC took five of six first sets in singles and would get straight set wins from Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali with Kelly clinching at No. 5.

North Carolina will now face Mississippi State on Friday at 5 p.m. eastern. North Carolina defeated Mississippi State in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament though State's roster is vastly different this year.

Below are some video highlights from North Carolina (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http).

Video

#3 North Carolina 4, #31 Tulane 0
May 15, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (NC) vs. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC) vs. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) 7-6 (7-2), 3-3, unf
3. #46 Brett Clark (NC) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-1, 6-4
4. Jack Murray (NC) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-3, 3-5, unfinished
5. #117 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Ian Van Cott (TLN) 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #18 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-4
2. #27 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) vs. Constantin Schmitz/Tyler Schick (TLN) 4-3, unf
3. Ronnie Schneider/Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Sebastian Rey/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-2
Match Notes
Tulane 16-9; National ranking #31
North Carolina 27-4`; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,5)
T-1:54



Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"Tulane's got a heck of a team, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "This round is always tough across the country this is a tough match to play. Congratulations to my team. We don't take this for granted.

Kodali, playing at No. 6, was the first to wrap up his singles match, beating Tyler Schick 6-1, 6-2 in less than an hour.  "Anu played well today in singles and doubles, Paul said. "I think that's the best match he's played.

"This is a special group third year in the sweet 16, Paul said. "I thought we played really well today I was really pleased with how we played in doubles and some starts we got singles. We still could get better we always say that. We're looking forward to the next round.

"It's been a fun year. Any time you're sitting at 20-plus wins, it's been a heck of a year. It's a very special group, but we've got more to do.


Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"UNC really brought it and showed why they were No. 1 for most of the year, Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "Our guys performed well but we got a slow start and probably respected them too much in the beginning. Once we got our feet in the water and got used to the temperature, we started to play well in doubles and had chances to come back. Same thing happened in singles. Our guys fought for Tulane and what they've done for the whole year is a great body of work.
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2nd Round Match Times/Attendance Figures






Friday Round of 16 Schedule - Tulsa, Oklahoma

[5] Ohio State vs. [17-32] Texas - 10am ET
[4] TCU vs. [13] Cal  - 10am ET
[1] Virginia vs. [16] Oklahoma State - 1pm ET
[9] Florida vs. [17-32] SMU - 1pm ET
[7] Georgia vs. [10] USC - 5pm ET
[2] North Carolina vs. [17-32] Mississippi State - 5pm ET
[3] UCLA vs. [17-32] Stanford - 8pm ET
[6] Wake Forest vs. [11] Oklahoma - 8pm ET


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