Wake Forest defeated North Carolina for the second time in the last five weeks with a 5-2 victory at home in Winston-Salem. North Carolina got off to a promising start after taking the doubles point and adding a straight set win from Mac Kiger at No. 6 but Wake tied it up at 2-2 with straight set wins from Petros Chrysochos and Rrezart Cungu at No. 2 and No. 5. The three remaining matches went three sets with Wake taking them all. Borna Gojo won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 to make it 3-2, Bar Botzer got the clincher with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3, and to close out the day Melios Efstathiou won 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4 at No. 4.
The Winston-Salem Journal has a good recap of the match with quotes from Tony Bresky, Sam Paul, Borna Gojo, and Bar Botzer so make sure you give it a read.
Wake Forest now has a two game lead in the ACC over North Carolina and Virginia while Miami is just one game back however the Canes still have to play both Wake and UVA.
Georgia Tech junior Chris Eubanks accepted a main draw wild card into the BB&T Atlanta Open, which is an ATP 250 event, with his opening round match scheduled for Tuesday, July 25. Eubanks has played in the main draw of the Atlanta event two years in a row though he had to go through qualies last year to do so. Eubanks has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 all year and was recently named the ACC Men's Player of the Year for the second year in a row. For more information see the release from the BB&T Atlanta Open.
The NCAA Division II Men's Round of 16 got underway today in Altamonte Springs, Florida, with #1 West Florida, #2 Barry, #3 Columbus State, #4 Hawaii Pacific, #14 Azusa Pacific, #16 Ferris State, #18 Drury, and #23 Southwest Baptist moving on to tomorrow's quarterfinal round. Of those eight winners the only lower ranked team to win was Southwest Baptist which defeated #20 St. Mary's (TX) 5-3. The highest profile matchup in the quarterfinals will be #1 West Florida taking on #4 Hawaii Pacific. For the men's bracket click here and to see individual match results click here. The women's round of 16 gets started tomorrow though I see that #1 BYU-Hawaii and #2 Barry are in the same quarterfinal so I'm not sure what's going on with the bracket making at the D2 level. The bracket is available here and the box scores from each match are available here. The brackets don't have any seeds listed (guess they don't do that?) so it's kind of hard to tell who is the better team without going through the rankings.
The latest USTA Top 25 is out with both the Wake Forest men and Florida women remaining at No. 1. The men's top five stayed the same with UCLA surging up to No. 6 after defeating USC last week while USC actually comes up one spot to No. 7 after the loss. Cal moved up four spots to No. 8 after knocking off Stanford, idle Texas A&M moved up two spots to No. 9, while Oklahoma State fell four spots to No. 10 after Oklahoma whipped them. South Florida was the only newcomer in the top 25 while Tulane dropped out after UCF blanked in the AAC Tourney.
The women's top three remained the same with Vanderbilt and Stanford swapping spots for No. 4. I personally thought Vanderbilt should have been No. 1 after defeating Florida twice in the last week en route to winning by far the deepest conference in the country.
Pepperdine's win over USC helped boost the Waves ranking up two spots to No. 6, Oklahoma State came up two spots to No. 7 after roughing up West Virginia and Iowa State, Georgia fell two spots to No. 8 after losing to Auburn, Texas Tech came up one spot to No. 9, and Georgia Tech fell three spots to No. 10 after falling to Duke. Auburn made the biggest jump by rising six spots to No. 16 after beating Georgia while Texas A&M dropped the most at four spots after losing to LSU. Both USC and LSU entered the top 25 while Florida International and TCU departed.
Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia, began playing tennis at the NAIA-level in the fall of 2012 and since then they've been an unstoppable force. The Grizzles came into this season as the 3-time defending NAIA National Champions after going a perfect 26-0 last season. This morning GGC hosted Hawai'i Pacific in a battle of No. 1s with GGC the top ranked team in the NAIA while HPU is the top ranked team in Division II. GGC brought a 44-match winning streak into the contest with its last loss coming back on April 3, 2015 to this same HPU Shark squad. GGC jumped out to a 3-0 lead after sweeping all three doubles courts with the match at No. 1 the closest with GGC's Kevin Konfederak and Gilad Berman defeating Filip Dolezel and Jakub Hadrava 9-8 (7-5). FYI, all divisions except D1 still play regular ad-scoring with doubles playing eight game pro sets with a tiebreak at 8-8 while each individual doubles court counts as one point.
Earlier this season Lamar upset then No. 47 Iowa 4-2 but today's win over Rice took it to a new level. Lamar took the doubles point by winning the deciding match at No. 2 in a tiebreak and then the Cardinals took four opening sets in singles. Lamar junior Nikita Lis rolled over Tommy Bennett 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 but Rice senior Adam Gustafsson countered with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Sebastian Santibanez at No. 3.
Lamar junior Michael Feucht knocked off Jamie Malik 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1 and sophomore Benny Schwiezer clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 UTR upset over Jake Hansen at No. 4. The two remaining matches were abandoned with Rice leading earlier in the third set at No. 5 and Lamar up a set at No. 6.
Wake rolled through the doubles point with Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim winning 6-1 at No. 1 while Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky won 6-2 at No. 3.
Wake took five of six opening sets in singles and Petros Chrysochos, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim would win in straight sets with Bogaerts clinching at No. 4. Duke got a straight set win from Nicolas Alvarez at No. 1 while Wake picked up three set wins from Jon Ho and Dennis Uspensky at No. 3 and No. 6.
Note: this was the final regular season home match for Wake's five seniors - Romain Bogaerts, Jon Ho, Anthony Delcore, Sam Bloom and Brendan Henry.
Side Note: I predicted Wake would go 25-5 in the regular season when I did my preseason preview so it looks like I was almost on the money. Two thumbs up to me!
NAIA No. 1 Georgia Gwinnett knocked off D2 No. 1 Hawaii Pacific 5-3 in a neutral site match that was played in Pensacola, Florida.
HPU's top ranked doubles team of Thibaud Berland and Alexander Meyer defeated GGC's top ranked doubles team of Kevin Konfederak and Jordan Cox 8-4 at No. 1. GGC took the other two doubles matches 8-4 to take the early 2-1 lead. Note: all Divisions outside of D1 play regular ad-scoring, with doubles to eight, and also count each doubles match as a result.
HPU's Thibaud Berland, who is the top ranked player in D2, defeated GGC's Jordan Cox 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. For those not familiar with Berland he currently has the second highest Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) of all French college players and he also nearly beat last year's D1 NCAA runner-up, Noah Rubin, before falling 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 at the $50K Maui Challenger back in January.
HPU's Jakub Hadrava put the Sharks ahead 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Connor Clements at No 6. GGC's Kevin Konfederak, who is the top ranked player in the NAIA, tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Alexander Meyer at No. 2. Konfederak's name might be familiar to some because he was named one of my Fall Phenoms after beating several high end D1 guys back in the fall.
GGC's Gilad Berman made it 4-3 with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Jaume Martinez-Vich at No. 4 and Lachlan McPhee would clinch the win for the Grizzles with a 6-4, 7-6(9) win over Torben Otto at No. 5.
VVVVIIIICCCTOOORY!!! A win at #5 singles for Lachlan McPhee clinches the 5-3 victory over @NCAADII #1 @HPUtennis! pic.twitter.com/S0MsFmIg8gGGC Tennis (@GGC_Tennis) April 10, 2016
Two top-notch programs exchange handshakes following the match. @Play_NAIA Champions of Character! pic.twitter.com/I8rYsgDYNBGGC Tennis (@GGC_Tennis) April 10, 2016
In case you were wondering, the Jordan Cox that plays for Georgia Gwinnett is the same Jordan Cox who was the singles runner-up at the 2009 Wimbledon juniors. There is also a good article here about his choice to quit the pro tour and come back to get a college degree.
#1 Georgia Gwinnett 5, #1 Hawaii Pacific 3
Apr 09, 2016 at Pensacola, FL (Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex)
*Hatem's UTR only has a 40% reliability due to not enough record results.
Old Dominion won for the 14th time in the last 15 matches with a 4-0 win over No. 70 William & Mary. ODU took the doubles point and picked up straight set win from Adam Moundir, Aziz Kijametovic, and Javier Jover Maestre at 1, 2, and 4.
Note: Wichita State played without its No. 1 singles player Tin Ostojic who missed his second straight match with an injury.
Lotty recapping today's 4-1 win over Wichita & his career @DUBulldogs #duholdfast pic.twitter.com/2Kv0baYXRQ https://t.co/y7Y8tlB0EJDrake Men's Tennis (@Drake_MTEN) April 10, 2016
Portland and Loyola Marymount waited around for a while for the rain to subside and once it did they started the match by playing singles first. Portland got quick straight set wins from Felix Fan and Carlos Donat No. 5 and No. 6 but all the other courts would go the distance.
Portland's Alex Wallace extended the Pilots lead to 3-0 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Lukas Moenter at No. 4. LMU's Errol Smith would win 6-0 in the third over Mathieu Garcia at No. 2 but Portland's Pierre Garcia would clinch the victory with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Joat Farat at No. 3
Dartmouth, Columbia, Harvard, and Cornell were the winners in the Ivy League on Saturday. I haven't seen a box score on Cornell/Brown but I know that Cornell won 4-1. Columbia rolled over Yale 5-2 while Dartmouth pulled out a 4-2 win over Princeton. The closest off all the matches ended up with the most lopsided score. Harvard beat Penn 6-1 though four of the six singles matches went the distance.
Princeton 14-7 (2-1 Ivy); National ranking #37
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,2,1,4,5)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,6,2,3,1,4)
Who says you can't come home again - certainly not Danielle McNamara after she named as the new head coach at Yale. McNamara was the head coach at Yale from 2006 to 2014 before leaving for personal reasons and then ending up at Texas. She spent one year at Texas, going 10-11 and finished ranked #37, but missed out on the NCAAs due to the dreaded .500 rule. Shortly after the season she resigned to go back to Connecticut to start Little Rockets Tennis. Her resignation at Texas was partly and possibly largely due to the lack of a facility and the penny pinching that was going on under now former Athletic Director Steve Patterson. For full details on the hire you can check out Yale's release.