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As we head into August the coaching carousel should start slowing down with the beginning of the fall semester just around the corner. Two more women's positions were filled in the last few days which leaves the number of openings on the women's side in the single digits.

Bowling Green State Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger announced the hiring of Stephanie Damacio as the Falcons new women's head coach. Damacio, a 2011 Wichita State graduate, had been the assistant coach at BGSU for the last two seasons with the squad going 2-36 (.053) in that time frame. Damacio replaced Olga Elkin who departed for Nebraska-Omaha after a rocky two seasons which saw a slew of losses (36) and a lot of outbound transfers (7).
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Saturday, 31 January 2015 01:44

Friday 1/30/15 Men's Recap

What was expected to be an exciting Friday of college tennis didn't disappoint as both Notre Dame and Duke picked up tough hard fought wins over Northwestern and Illinois.   Oklahoma went on the road to Winston-Salem and put it to Wake Forest 


In Champaign, Illinois had a 17 match home court winning streak get snapped by a game bunch of Blue Devils from Durham.  Duke started things off by taking the doubles point but Illinois quickly tied it up as freshman stud Aleks Vukic steamrolled Bruno Semenzato at #4 singles 6-1 6-1.  It looked like Illinois was going to take a 2-1 lead with senior Ross Guignon up 6-1 5-0 on Duke junior Josh Levine at #6 singles however Levine wouldn't go away taking 1 game, then 2, then before you knew it he had it to a tiebreak which he took 7-3.  As Guignon/Levine moved into a 3rd set Duke put up a pair of straight wins from Chris Mengel at #5 singles and Jason Tahir at #1 singles to push the lead to 3-1.  Tim Kopinski would then finish off his comeback from a set down to defeat Raphael Hemmeler at #3 singles 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 which cut the Duke lead to 3-2. While Illinois's #2 Jared Hiltzik was up a break in the 3rd it would be Josh Levine that would put the final dagger in the hearts of the Illini comeback with Levine closing out a 0-6 7-6(3) 6-4 win. After the match was clinch Hiltzik was able to close out Nicolas Alvarez at #2 to make the final score 4-3 Duke.


Note:  Duke and Illinois have met every year since 1999.  Duke has now won 3 of the last 4 in the series after losing 10 straight from 2003-2011.

Duke recap
Illinois recap

#11 Duke 4, #8 Illinois 3
Jan 30, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. #3 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-3
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3
3. Chris Mengel/Bruno Semenzato (DU) led Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 5-3, unfinished

Singles competition
1. #36 Jason Tahir (DU) def. Farris Gosea (ILL) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #18 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #103 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
4. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #112 Bruno Semenzato (DU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Chris Mengel (DU) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 6-2, 7-5
6. Josh Levine (DU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 0-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4

Match Notes
Duke 5-0; National ranking #11
Illinois 3-1; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,6,2)
T-2:30 A-600

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In South Bend, Notre Dame and Northwestern had 4 singles matches go the distance but in the end it was Quentin Monaghan closing the door on Northwestern as he finished off Sam Shropshire 6-4 in the 3rd at #1 singles this despite letting a 5-1 lead in the 2nd set slip away.  The doubles point ended up being huge for the Irish and if the tandem of Cavalschi/Hagar hadn't rallied from 5-2 down in the tiebreak the outcome of the match very well could have been different.  

Notre Dame recap
Northwestern recap

#14 Notre Dame 4, #30 Northwestern 3
Jan 30, 2015 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Doubles competition
1. #8 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-4
2. #9 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Quentin Monaghan/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4
2. #108 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #82 Josh Hagar (ND) 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 7-5
3. Logan Staggs (NU) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-4, 6-4
4. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Billy Pecor (ND) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-5
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-2

Match Notes
Northwestern 2-2; National ranking #30
Notre Dame 2-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,6,5,1,2)
T-3:29 A-152

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What was expected to be a tight match between an up and comer in Wake Forest and a top 5 team in Oklahoma never really materialized as OU closed out the doubles point then picked up 3 fairly quick straight sets wins at 1, 3, and 6 singles from Andrew Harris, Dane Webb, and Alex Ghilea.  After the match was clinched, the 3 remaining matches all played 10 point super-tiebreaks in lieu of a full 3rd set and it was Wake Forest taking 2 of those 3 to get us to the final score of Oklahoma 5-2.  


Oklahoma recap
Wake Forest recap

#2 Oklahoma 5, #19 Wake Forest 2
Jan 30, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex (indoor))

Singles competition
1. #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Noah Rubin (WF) 6-3, 6-3
2. #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
3. #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-0, 6-2
4. #52 Jon Ho (WF) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-8)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 1-0 (10-5)
6. #50 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #102 Maksim Kan (WF) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #38 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Andrew Harris/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-4
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Florin Bragusi/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-6, unfinished

Match Notes
Oklahoma 4-0; National ranking #2
Wake Forest 3-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,6,1,2,4,5)
T-2:30 A-527


Other notable scores from Friday:
#37 Tulsa def. Wichita State 6-1 - recap
#38 Drake University def. Nebraska 5-2 - recap
#46 Minnesota def. #51 Dartmouth 6-1 - recap
#12 California def. UNLV  5-2 - recap


What's in store for Saturday - see below and follow along with the scoring links:

Saturday, 31 January 2015 15:30

Illinois & Georgia both pick up Top 10 wins

For the 2nd night in a row Champaign was the scene of a nail-biter but this time it was the host Illini coming out on top as they gutted out a 4-3 win over #6 North Carolina in a match that saw 5 of 6 singles matches go the distance with the deciding match coming down to a 3rd set tiebreak.  

North Carolina was able to seize the early momentum by taking the doubles point which was a point the Tar Heels figured they'd need due to having 2 of its singles starters (#2 Ronnie Schneider-shoulder & #6 Oystein Steiro-elbow) out with injuries.  


As evidenced by the the singles scores below nothing would come easy on any of the courts and it would take almost 2 hours before the first match finished which occurred at #5 singles when UNC's Robert Kelly pulled off the upset and defeated #44 Aleks Vukic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.  With North Carolina taking 4 1st sets they had to feel good but finishing off 3 more courts would be a tall task.  



With North Carolina now leading 2-0, it looked like Illinois's Toshiki Matsuya would score the 1st point for the Illini when he had what appeared to be a commanding lead at #6 singles when he served up 6-2, 4-2 (40-15) but North Carolina's Stuart DePaolo would mount a comeback and take 4 straight games to steal the 2nd set 6-4 and force a 3rd set.  

As the match at #6 went to a 3rd set, Illinois would finally get on the board when Tim Kopinski defeated Jack Murray at #4 singles by a 7-6(5), 6-2 score in a match that was anything but easy for Kopinski. Tim jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the 1st set and had 2 break points for a 5-1 lead but Murray rallied and won 5 of the next 6 games and served for the set before Tim broke to send it the tiebreak. In the tiebreak Murray would lead 5-4 with 2 points on his serve but Kopinski got both points and then a 3rd straight, with the last coming via an overrule, to take the tiebreak 7-5.  Kopinski used that momentum to take the 2nd set in much easier fashion.  


With North Carolina's lead trimmed to 2-1, Illinois would get the equalizer to tie it at 2-2 when Matsuya regrouped and cruised to a 6-2 final set at #6 singles.


All 3 remaining matches were into a 3rd set and at #3 singles they stayed on serve until Illinois's Aron Hiltzik served at 3-4 and was facing the deciding deuce point.  With Hiltzik serving into the deuce court he hit what he thought was an ace down the T and headed back to the wall to grab his towel however Hess-Olesen called the serve wide and his call was seconded by the chair.  Hiltzik was able to get his 2nd serve in play but he was unable to get a clean hit on the Hess-Olesen return and as the ball sailed into the net it looked like Illinois's hopes of a comeback were going to be shattered because over at #1 singles North Carolina's Brayden Schnur had built a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Farris Gosea.


As UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen served for the match at #3, Gosea got an easy hold on 1 to cut the deficit to 3-5, and Illinois's Jared Hiltzik inched closer to the finish line at #2 as he had 2 match points on the Brett Clark while leading 5-3.   While Hess-Olsen did finish off the younger Hiltzik 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to put UNC up 3-2, the Tar Heel #1 Brayden Schnur was unable to do so at #1 singles getting broke at 30-40 which put the match back on serve.  On that 30-40 point, as Schnur came to the net Gosea was able to land a lob over Schnur's back shoulder and as Schnur turned to chase the ball he slipped and came down awkwardly and then walked around with a limp and held his side during the changeover.  Gosea would hold at 40-15 to tie it up at 5-5 before Schnur would get his bearings straight and put together a love hold for 6-5.  Gosea will then hold at 40-30 to send the match to a deciding 3rd set tiebreak.  Just as the tiebreak got going Illinois's Jared Hiltzik was able to tie the match at 3 as he served out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over UNC's Brett Clark at #2 singles so all attention was now on the 3rd set tiebreak at #1.  Schnur would jump out to a 4-2 lead before Gosea took 3 straight to lead 5-4 and Gosea was serving. Schnur would even it at 5 but then would hit a back hand into the net to give Gosea his 1st match point and Gosea would not waste it as he hit a backhand cross court past the drawn in Schnur to send the Illini faithful into a frenzy. Final score Illinois 4-3.




YouTube Clips:
Video of Gosea serving at 4-5 in the 3rd and Schnur serving 5-5
Video of Gosea serving at 5-6 in the 3rd
Video of the 1st 6 points of the match
Video of the final 6 points of the match


Illinois recap

UNC recap


#8 Illinois 4, #6 North Carolina 3

Singles competition
1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #2 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Brett Clark (UNC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. #62 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-4
2. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-1
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-1

Match Notes:
North Carolina 6-1; National ranking #6
Illinois 4-1; National ranking #8

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,6,3,2,1)

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In the 2nd half the SEC/Pac 12 Challenge, Georgia looked to even the score for the SEC after Florida fell earlier to USC 4-2 and the Bulldogs would not let down the crowd and would take a thrilling (for the home fans) 4-2 win over UCLA. Georgia got things started off by taking the doubles point and looked poised to take all 4 1st sets but while Wayne Montgomery and Austin Smith were able to close out 6-1 sets at #2 and #3, UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki would take the opening sets at #1 and #4 in tiebreaks with McDonald fighting off set points at 5-6 40-40 and at 5-6 in the tiebreak.  While Montgomery cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win at #2 singles to give Georgia a 2-0 lead, UCLA would take the momentum back as McDonald and Redlicki both breezed through their 2nd sets to even the match at 2-2.  Due to there being 4 indoor courts in Athens, the matches at #5 and #6 singles weren't able to start until 2 courts opened up so the focus then turned to #3 singles where Georgia's Austin Smith jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the 2nd after taking the 1st 6-1 but Brymer would get it back on serve and ultimately send it to a 2nd set tiebreak.  With UCLA's Karue Sell taking the opening set at #5 singles and Joseph Di Giulio going up an early break at #6 singles the tiebreak at #3 was one that Georgia had to have to keep the match from snowballing the Bruins way.  Brymer would jump out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but Smith would rally and take 6 of the next 7 points to close out the 6-1, 7-6(5) win which put Georgia back ahead 3-2.  Georgia's Nick Wood was able to ride the energy coming from Smith's court and would ultimately come all the way back from a set down and seal the deal with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at #5 singles.  Final score Georgia 4-2.


Georgia recap

UCLA recap


#7 Georgia 4, #4 UCLA 2
Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
4. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
5. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Karue Sell (UCLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-5, 1-2, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #11 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #16 Paul Oosterbaan/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3
2. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5
3. #53 Nathan Pasha/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Austin Rapp/Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-3

Match Notes
UCLA 3-1; National ranking #4
Georgia 3-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown

Official: Clark Weaver T-3:19 A-630

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Early final score in from Athens and it's #1 USC holding off a tough Florida squad 5-2.

USC recap

Florida recap


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

Lots of good action still to come - follow along below:
UCLA at Georgia - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
Florida State at Alabama - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Purdue at LSU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Montana State at Utah - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Clemson at South Carolina - 3pm est - Live Scoring
South Florida at Pepperdine - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Texas at SMU - 5pm est - Live Scoring
UNLV at Stanford - 5pm est - Live Streaming & Scoreboard
Mercer at Auburn - 5pm est - Live Scoring
The Citadel at Georgia Tech - 5:30pm est - Live Scoring & Live Streaming
Detroit at Michigan State - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Utah State at Utah - 7pm est - Live Scoring
North Carolina at Illinois - 7pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming

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Friday, 20 February 2015 11:34

Friday Preview

It's the weekend after the National Indoors and the start of the outdoor season though play in many parts of the country will still be indoors. Below are some of the bigger matches taking place this weekend with my thoughts on who I like in each one.  

#23 Vanderbilt (7-2) vs. #34 Minnesota (7-1) (@Harvard) - 1pm est - Vandy Twitter & Video - Vanderbilt has been involved in more close matches than just about anyone in the country with 5 of the Dores 9 matches finishing with a 4-3 final with Vandy winning 3 of those 5.  This will be the 4th Big 10 school that Vandy has faced in the last month with them all going to a 4-3 result so they better expect the same today.  Minnesota on the other hand hasn't had a match closer than 4-1 so if it comes down to the final court things could get interesting. The 1 & 4 spots have been Vandy's strength with both Gonzales Austin and Danny Valent each a perfect 8-0 in dual match play while Vandy has struggled to find consistency at 2, 3, and 5 with Johnson (2-4), Yee (3-4), and Newman (1-3) a combined 6-11.  Eswaran is 5-3 and has been the final guy left on the court in just about every match he's played due to Vandy's indoor facility having 5 courts.  Minnesota has seen good play out of just about everyone in the lineup with Toledo (6-1), Hamburg (4-3), Weber (4-1), Spec (7-0), Corwin (5-1) a combined 26-6 while the 6 spot is just 3-4 with Froment 0-2.  Minnesota is a perfect 8-0 in doubles while Vanderbilt is 6-2.  While Minnesota is on the way up I think Vandy is a little more battle tested and will scrap out the close courts.  I like Vandy in doubles and Austin, Yee, and Valent in singles.  Prediction:  Vanderbilt 4-3 


Projected Lineup:
1. #8 Gonzales Austin (VU) vs. #25 Leandro Toledo (MN)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU) vs. Jack Hamburg (MN)
3. Kris Yee (VU) vs. Ruben Weber (MN)
4. Danny Valent (VU) vs. Matic Spec (MN)
5. Baker Newman (VU) vs. Felix Corwin (MN)
6. Suresh Eswaran (VU) vs. Mathieu Froment (MN)


#1 Oklahoma (10-0) at #13 Texas A&M (2-1) - 7pm est - Live Scoring - The new #1 heads to College Station to take on an Aggie squad that's only played 3 matches so far with the last one coming 2 weeks ago when they knocked of Ohio State.  Oklahoma will try to avoid an emotional letdown from last weekend and while Texas A&M is always a dangerous team at home, I think OU keep playing with a ton of confidence and wins the tough points.  Oklahoma has won 4 in a row in this series and a year ago OU won 5-2 when they played in Norman and I think we'll see a similar type score this year.  I like Harris, Alvarez, Webb, and Ghilea in singles for OU.  Prediction: Oklahoma 4-1

Projected Lineup:
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #45 Shane Vinsant (aTm)
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) vs. #36 Harrison Adams (aTm)
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) vs. #43 Jeremy Efferding (aTm)
4. Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm)
5. Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #51 AJ Catanzariti (aTm)
6. Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Jordan Szabo (aTm)

#8 North Carolina (9-3) at #10 Texas (9-1) - 7pm estLive Scoring - This one should be as good as last year when North Carolina took it 4-3 at home with Schnur winning the decider 6-3 in the 3rd. Texas's Hess-Olesen, Glasspool, and Berkowicz have gone a combined 27-2 thus far with the bottom of the lineup going 13-10 so for Texas to take this one they're going to need someone to come through down low.  North Carolina's softest spots so far this year have come at 2 and 4 with those spots a combined 15-8 while the rest of the lineup is 28-6.  Both teams have dealt with some early season injuries though both seem to be back up near full strength.  North Carolina swept the top 3 last year but I think at best they'll maybe take 1 of those this year with both Hess-Olesen and Berkowicz playing too well.  I like Naumann down at 4 but I like Murray and Kelly at 5 and 6.  North Carolina is 10-2 in doubles while Texas is just 4-6.  The data says North Carolina should take the doubles point and the match but I like Texas at home. Prediction:  Texas 4-3


Projected Lineup:
1. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC) vs. #16 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX)
2. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) vs. Lloyd Glasspool (TX)
3. Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #65 Adrien Berkowicz (TX)
4. Oystein Steiro (UNC) vs. Nick Naumann (TX)
5. #104 Jack Murray (UNC) vs. George Goldhoff (TX)
6. #75 Robert Kelly (UNC) vs. John Mee (TX) 

#26 Northwestern (6-4) at #6 Illinois (8-2) - 7pm est Live Scoring - It'll be a battle for supremacy in the state of Illinois as Illinois comes off a weekend that saw the Illini knock off a pair of top 15 teams (Ohio State/Cal) while Northwestern has been sitting on the sidelines for almost 2 weeks.  Illinois won last year's meeting 4-1 in Evanston and has won 24 straight in the series with Northwestern's last win over Illinois coming all the way back in 1997.  Look for the streak to go to 25 as Illinois wins fairly easily.  Prediction:  Illinois 6-1

1. #96 Sam Shropshire (NW) vs. #41 Farris Gosea (ILL)
2. #64 Strong Kirchheimer (NW) vs. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL)
3. Logan Staggs (NW) vs. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL)
4. Mihir Kumar (NW) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL)
5. Fedor Baev (NW) vs. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL)
6. Alp Horoz (NW) vs. Toshiki Matsuya or Ross Guignon (ILL)


Feature Matches on Saturday/Sunday:

Saturday:
#17 Notre Dame at #9 Ohio State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
#32 Oklahoma State at #19 Wake Forest - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#34 Minnesota at #25 Harvard - 1pm est - Harvard Twitter & Video 
#39 Stanford at #14 Cal - 1pm est - Video & Cal Twitter

Sunday:
#23 Vanderbilt at #25 Harvard - 12pm est - Harvard Twitter & Video
#8 North Carolina at #1 Oklahoma - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#12 UCLA at #5 Baylor - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
#43 Tulsa at #13 Texas A&M - 1pm est - Live Scoring


Live scoring, video, and Twitter links for other matches are on my Live Scoring Page.

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What a start to the weekend it was with 2 thrillers taking place 100 miles apart as Texas A&M took out the new #1 Oklahoma 4-3 in College Station while Texas's Lloyd Glasspool refused to lay down as Texas knocked off North Carolina 4-3 in Austin.  

We'll start off in College Station where #1 Oklahoma came to town expecting to waltz all over Texas A&M but the Aggies had other plans as they took the all important doubles point and were then able to pick up 3 1st sets and ultimately pulled off the stunner when freshman Arthur Rinderknech came back from a set down to knock off Oklahoma freshman Spencer Papa 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 at the #4 spot. Oklahoma swept the top 3 spots in the lineup and usually if you do that you've got to feel pretty good about your chances but Texas A&M was able to lock down the bottom 3 plus take the doubles point so there you have it - upset city.  


aTm recap

OU recap


#13 Texas A&M 4, #1 Oklahoma 3
George P Mitchell Tennis Center

Singles competition
1. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4, 6-2
2. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) def. #43 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 6-4, 6-1
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #36 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 7-5
*4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1
5. #51 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #8 Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) 6-4
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #13 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-3
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 7-5

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,6,5,3,4)
*Clinched Match


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Over in Austin it was a top 10 battle between Texas and North Carolina and the night started off on the positive side for Texas as the Horns won the doubles point for just the 5th time in 11 tries.  The teams would split the opening sets in singles and while Texas was able to close out both 1 and 5 in straights North Carolina did the same at 3 and 4.  North Carolina's Robert Kelly would tie it at 3 when he completed his comeback at #6 as he defeated Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz 6-1 in the 3rd and with Ronnie Schneider opening up a huge 5-1 lead in the 3rd it looked like Texas was done for.  

Schneider had a rather large lead in the 2nd set as well leading 5-3 but Glasspool managed to erase that and win the final 4 games of the set to force a 3rd so that had to be in the back of each players minds while the 3rd set came to a close.  As if on cue, Glasspool would break Schneider not once but twice to get it back on serve and tie it at 5 only to be broken himself which would give Schneider a 4th opportunity to serve the match out.  Glasspool would promptly break back and send it to a deciding tiebreak.  Glasspool would jump out to a 3-0 lead, then lose 3 straight, then win 3, then lose 3, and with it tied at 6-6 he'd finally finish it off by taking the final 2 points to give Texas the 4-3 win. Great win at home for Texas but a brutal, brutal loss for North Carolina. 

UNC recap - i love how the UNC recap omits the part about Schneider serving for the match 4 times 
Texas recap 

#10 Texas 4, #8 North Carolina 3                                        

Singles competition
1. #16 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-1, 6-4
2. Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Brett Clark (UNC) def. #65 Adrien Berkowicz (UT) 6-3, 7-5
4. #104 Jack Murray (UNC) def. George Goldhoff (UT) 7-5, 6-3
5. Nick Naumann (UT) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC) 6-1, 6-1
6. #75 Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz (UT) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Soren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. Brayden Schnur/Oystein Steiro (UNC) 6-4
2. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) def. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 6-3
3. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Nick Naumann/Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz (UT) 6-2

Match Notes:
North Carolina 9-3; National ranking #8
Texas 9-1; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,3,4,6,2)

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Vanderbilt came from behind to beat Minnesota 4-3 - it was Vandy's 6th match this year that has finished with a 4-3 score.  

I love the headline from Vandy's website - see anything spelled incorrectly.






Vanderbilt recap
Minnesota recap

#23 Vanderbilt, 4; #34 Minnesota 3
Singles Competition
1. #8 Gonzales Austin (VANDY) def. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN) 7-6, 5-7, 6-1
2. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN) 6-4, 6-3
3. Ruben Weber (MINN) def. Kris Yee (VANDY) 6-3, 6-3
4. Matic Spec (MINN) def. Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-1, 6-4
5. Felix Corwin (MINN) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 6-2, 6-0
6. Suresh Eswaran (VANDY) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #2 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (Vandy) def. #52 Jack Hamburg/Mathieu Froment (MINN) 6-2
2. Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. Ryan Smith/Baker Newman (Vandy) 6-2
3. Daniel Valent/Suresh Eswaran (Vandy) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 7-6

Match Notes
Vanderbilt 8-2 (0-0 SEC); National ranking #23
Minnesota 7-2 (0-0 Big Ten); National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,2,3,6,1)

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Illinois won its 25th straight over Northwestern but it was a little tougher than expected after Northwestern took the doubles point and then Illinois had to move everyone up a spot in the lineup with its #1 Farris Gosea not playing in singles.

Illinois recap

#6 Illinois 5, #26 Northwestern 2

Singles competition
1. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #96 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
2. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #64 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-1, 6-3
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-4, 6-3
4. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #11 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 8-3
2. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 8-5
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 8-3

Match Notes:
Northwestern 6-5
Illinois 9-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,3,2,4,1)

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The biggest upset of the day came in San Diego as a 4-4 San Diego State beat down #21 South Carolina 7-0.

SDSU recap
South Carolina recap

San Diego State 7, #21 South Carolina 0

Singles competition
1. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) def. Andrew Adams (USC) 6-1, 6-4
2. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) def. #103 Kyle Koch (USC) 7-6 (8-6), 0-6, 10-4
3. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. Thiago Pinheiro (USC) 6-3, 3-6, 10-6
4. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU) def. #120 Andrew Schafer (USC) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 11-9
5. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. Harrison O'Keefe (USC) 6-4, 6-0
6. Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) def. Sam Swank (USC) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Freddy Gelbrich/Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. Thiago Pinheiro/Kyle Koch (USC) 6-3
2. Thorsten Bertsch/Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) def. #46 Thomas Mayronne/Harrison O'Keefe (USC) 6-4
3. Marko Goles-Babic/Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) def. Andrew Schafer/Andrew Adams (USC) 7-5
Match Notes:
South Carolina 8-4; National ranking #21
San Diego State 5-4, 0-1 MW
Compared to what we'll see on Sunday (Virginia at Baylor, Wake Forest at Texas, Vanderbilt at Ole Miss) Saturday should be fairly tame day with just 1 matchup between top 15 schools.  Below are the best ones that I saw on the docket so check them out if you get a chance.

#34 South Carolina (8-6) at #17 Florida (5-3) - 1pm est. - Live Scoring - South Carolina comes into this one on a 3-match losing streak which includes a 4-2 loss on Thursday to Auburn while Florida is coming off a tough 4-1 loss to Georgia. Florida is 4-4 in doubles while South Carolina is 11-3 with both dropping the doubles point the last time out. Here's an interesting stat that you don't see too often for a team at this level - South Carolina is 0-13 at the #1 singles spot this year.  Most likely that streak will stay intact tomorrow because I'd be surprised if Hidalgo didn't beat Koch.  


The 2nd weakest spot for South Carolina is #2 singles where they are just 6-6.  The 2 participants at #2 singles have lost a combined 13 matches in a row with Andrew Adams on an 8-match slide while Maxx Lipman has dropped 5 straight.  I think Lipman is the one that breaks his streak and gets the win. The matchup at #3 will be interesting because you have Thiago Pinheiro (1-8 dual match record) taking on Gordon Watson (4-3).  Most of Pinheiro's losses came at #1 against some stiff competition and 7 of his 9 losses have gone 3 sets so while Watson should win it likely won't be easy.  With South Carolina underdogs at those top 3 spots they'd need to sweep the bottom 3 and get the doubles point and if they couldn't do it at Auburn it isn't going to happen at Florida. Prediction:  Florida 4-2

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. Kyle Koch (USC 13.91) vs. #46 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.04) 
2. Andrew Adams (USC 13.80) vs. #103 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.72) 
3. Thiago Pinheiro (USC 13.26) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.74) 
4. #101 Andrew Schafer (USC 13.39) vs. #80 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.84) 
5. Harrison O'Keefe (USC 13.27) vs. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.30) 
6. Thomas Mayronne (USC 13.11) vs. Oliver Landert (UF 13.14) 


#37 Stanford (6-3) at #21 UCLA (6-5) - 4pm est. - Live Scoring - It's been a while since UCLA was off to this rough a start as the Bruins limp into this one just above the .500 mark while Stanford comes in after giving #1 USC a decent match the day before though the Cardinal came out on the wrong end of a 6-1 score.  One of the unknowns at this point is whether Gage Brymer will be back in the lineup but I'm going to assume he is after missing the last few. UCLA is 8-3 in doubles while Stanford is 7-2.  UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki are each 7-1 in dual match play and I look for them both to win at their respective positions and I also think Dennis Mkrtchian is playing well enough to get past John Morrissey so I'm predicting a UCLA sweep at the top 3 spots.  I do think Stanford will pull out the doubles point and get at least 1 win if not 2 from the bottom 3 but it won't be enough. Prediction:  UCLA 5-2

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #26 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.14) vs. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.87)
2. John Morrissey (ST 14.10) vs. #35 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.50)
3. David Wilczynski (ST 13.86) vs. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.23)
4. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.31) vs. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.83)
5. Nolan Paige (ST 13.32) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.03)
6. David Hsu (ST 13.95) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91)


#3 Illinois (11-2) at #14 Notre Dame (6-2) - 4pm est. -  Live Scoring  - This match was originally scheduled for earlier in February but due to poor weather conditions it was pushed back until today.  The home team has won each of the last 10 meetings in this rivalry going all the way back to 2006 but this is probably the best team Illinois has put out since 2007 while Notre Dame is a good team but not as good as the team they had last year.  Notre Dame is 6-2 in doubles while Illinois is 6-5. I like Notre Dame in doubles and I think Quentin Monaghan has a good shot of beating Farris Gosea at 1 but the rest of the Illini lineup is just too stout and I see the Illini winning at 2, 3, 4, 5, an 6 to take it.  Prediction: Illinois 5-2

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #52 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.59) vs. #24 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.28)
2. #19 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.50) vs. #102 Josh Hagar (ND 13.75)
3. #33 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.19) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.12)
4. #67 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.80) vs. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.45)
5. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.18) vs. Billy Pecor (ND 12.99)
6. Toshiki Matsuya ((LL 13.09) vs. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.52)

A couple of other ones to keep an eye on though I don't expect anything close to an upset:

#7 Georgia (8-2) at #28 Auburn (11-2) - 2pm est. - Auburn has been somewhat of a surprise so far, at least record wise, though their highest ranked win is over #34 South Carolina.  Georgia is undefeated against everyone except USC.  I'm sure they'll stop this one at the clinch so unless Auburn takes the doubles point they're not going to get on the board.  Prediction:  Georgia 4-0

#26 Florida State (9-2) at #2 Oklahoma (11-1) - 4:30pm est. - Florida State has lost the only 2 matches that it's played against top 25 opponents while Oklahoma already has 8 wins over top 25 opponents - Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0

Check out my live scoring page for a list of all the matches of the day with scoring/video/blog/twitter links.
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Shocker of the day, week, month, year, decade, century, maybe longer - #1 USC playing without Eric Johnson and Nick Crystal goes down to #51 Tulsa 4-3.

USC came out strong and really blew out Tulsa in doubles winning 6-1 and 6-0 at 2 and 3 despite having new doubles pairing on each court.  Eric Johnson did play in doubles but I guess it was a coaches decision to give him and Nick Crystal the day off in singles and it ultimately proved to be costly.

Still even with those 2 guys out of the singles lineup you figure there is no way that Hanfmann and Quiroz are both going to lose and sure enough they both did in straight sets.

When I was looking at Saturday's matches and deciding which ones to preview I quickly passed this one over because I didn't think there was any way possible that Tulsa could win this match regardless of whether USC sat a couple of guys.  But I guess there is a reason they play the matches because you never know what can happen on a given day.

Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel pulled off the 1st upset of the day when he took out Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-2 at #1 singles to tie the match up at 1 but a short while later Jonny Wang would put USC back ahead 2-1 with a 7-5, 6-0 win at #3 singles over Matthew Kirby.  Tulsa's Alejandro Espejo evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 7-6(0) win over Roberto Quiroz at #2 singles which set the stage for 3 3rd sets on the remaining courts. After dropping the 1st set at both #5 and #6, Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard and Dylan McCloskey would each take the 2nd set and would both head to a 3rd set tiebreaker. McCloskey would jump out to a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak but USC's Connor Farren would fight off 3 match points to tie it at 6.  Farren would hit each of the next 2 shots just long (he appealed both calls to the chair but neither was overturned much to his dismay) and with that Tulsa had taken a 3-2 lead. The tiebreaker at #5 was just a few points behind but Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard would grab the early lead and never give it up as he finished off Rob Bellamy 7-5 in the tiebreak to clinch the stunning Tulsa win.

Now it wouldn't be college tennis if there wasn't some kind of uncertainty about something and if you look at each of the school's recaps they both show a different singles lineup from Tulsa at 3, 4, 5, and 6 than what the scoreboard during the match showed.  I watched the live stream on courts 5 and 6 at the end and while the clarity wasn't good enough to make out faces I do remember hearing the Tulsa players yelling out "Come on Mitchell" during the tiebreak at #5 singles so the assumption is that Mitchell Pritchard did play at #5 singles and clinch the match despite the recap saying differently. The score entered into the ITA's system also shows the lineup that matches the scoreboard.  All I want to do is to give credit to where it's due so if it was Carlos Bautista that clinched it at #5 like the recaps say then so be it.

UPDATE:  Both the USC and Tulsa recaps below now show the correct people for Tulsa so it's nice to see Pritchard get his recognition for clinching.  






Tulsa recap
USC recap

#51 Tulsa 4, #1 USC 3

Doubles | Order of finish: 3, 2*
1. Johnson/Quiroz (USC) vs. #33 Bautista/Espejo (TU), 4-2 (unf.)
2. Hanfmann/Wang (USC) def. McCloskey/Kirby (TU), 6-1
3. Smith/Forget (USC) def. Ram-Harel/Matias Gonzalez (TU), 6-0


Singles | Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 6, 5*, 4
1. #71 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.25) def. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) 6-3, 6-2
2. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.72) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) 6-4, 7-6(0)
3. #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.87) 7-5, 6-0
4. #72 Max De Vroome (USC 14.13) def. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71) 7-5, 5-7, 6-5(4)
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.52) def. Rob Bellamy (USC 13.09) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.56) def. Connor Farren (USC 13.70) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)
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South Bend, IN:  After Notre Dame won a tight doubles point that was decided by a tiebreak on 1, the teams would split 1st sets with Notre Dame taking the opening set at 1, 5, and 6 (5 & 6 in tiebreaks) with Illinois grabbing the opening set at 2, 3, and 4.  All singles matches except #5 would finish in straight sets with Tim Kopinski and Aleks Vukic winning at #3 and #4 to put Illinois up 2-1.  Notre Dame would answer with straight set wins at #6 and #1 by Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan to put the Irish up 3-2.  Illinois's Hiltzik brothers would then take center stage and rise to the occasion as Jared finished off Josh Hagar in straight sets at #2 singles and then Aron would win 12 straight games at #5 singles to clinch the team win with a 6-7, 6-0, 6-0 win.

Note - Notre Dame's #4 Eric Schnurrenberger sat out due to injury which forced the Irish to shift everyone up a spot from 4 on down.

Illinois recap
Notre Dame recap

#3 Illinois 4, #14 Notre Dame 3

Singles competition
1. #24 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.28) def. #52 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.59) 6-4, 6-4
2. #19 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.50) def. #102 Josh Hagar (ND 13.75) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #33 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.19) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.12) 6-1, 6-2
4. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.18) def. Billy Pecor (ND 12.99) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
5. #67 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.80) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.52) 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-0
6. Alex Lawson (ND 12.80) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.09) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #19 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. #14 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Jared Hiltzik/Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-3
3. Billy Pecor/Dougie Barnard (ND) def. Aron Hiltzik/Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) 6-4

Match Notes:
Illinois 12-2; National ranking #3
Notre Dame 6-3; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,6,1,2,5)

T-3:05 A-286

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Los Angeles, CA:  UCLA won the doubles point but Stanford kept it close in singles by winning 3 first sets but the one set they really needed was at #3 singles and once UCLA's Martin Redlicki took it 9-7 in the tiebreak things started going UCLA's way. Karue Sell, Mackenzie McDonald, and Martin Redlicki would all win in straights with Redlicki clinching it.  Stanford picked up a straight set win from John Morrissey at #2. After the match was clinched, UCLA's Ryoto Tachi finished off a 3rd set bagel of David Hsu at #6 while Stanford's Nolan Paige won a 10 point supertiebreak that was played in place of a 3rd set at #5.

Notes - UCLA played without its usual #4 singles player Gage Brymer and according to the UCLA recap Dennis Mkrtchian sustained some kind of injury during the first set of his match at #2 singles.

UCLA recap
Stanford recap


#21 UCLA 5, #37 Stanford 2
Feb 28, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles
1. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) 6-4
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) 5-6, unfinished
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.87) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.14) 7-5, 6-2
2. John Morrissey (STAN 14.10) def. #35 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.50) 6-3, 6-1
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.23) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.86) 7-6(7), 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.03) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.31) 6-1, 6-3
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91) 6-3, 6-7(6), (10-7)
6. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.06) def. David Hsu (STAN 13.95) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0

Match Notes
Stanford 6-4; National ranking #37
UCLA 7-5; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,4,1,3,5,6)

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North Carolina started the morning off with a routine 4-1 win over Minnesota with the Tar Heels taking all completed sets except for the 1 set that Brayden Schnur dropped at #1 singles before he retired early in the 2nd set.  No word yet on what caused the retirement.  Minnesota also played without it's usual #2 Jack Hamburg (13.04) so everyone else had to slide up a slot which didn't help the Gophers cause.

UNC recap

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They'll be 3 really good ones on Saturday with LA, Chicago, and Austin the places to be.  What's so great is that 2 of these 3 will be on TV with the Pac 12 Network carrying the singles portion of the USC/UCLA match and with the Longhorn Network carrying the Illinois/Texas match in its entirety.

It'll be interesting to see if USC can snap out of its recent funk or if UCLA can ride the comeback of Gage Brymer to an upset win.  It'll be interesting to see how Illinois looks after a 2 week layoff and whether they'll switch up 1 and 2 singles in an attempt to sweep the top 2 spots.  It will also will be interesting to see how Columbia looks playing outdoors at Northwestern and who they'll play in the lower half of the lineup.  Lots of questions to be answered in the next 24 hours - should be a great afternoon of tennis.

Below are my previews of each along with who I think will win on each court.


#14 UCLA (8-5) at #5 USC (11-2) - 2pm est - USC Live Stream - Pac 12 Network Coverage starts at 3pm with singles only.  This will be the 1st of 2 regular season matches between these 2 with a 3rd highly likely in the Pac 12 Tournament.  USC is 8-5 in doubles but has dropped the point the last 2 times out against Tulsa and San Diego while UCLA is 10-3 and has won the point in 7 of its last 8 matches.  I'm going to take the Bruins in doubles with wins at 1 and 3.  

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #5 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.93) vs. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.94)
2. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.51) vs. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.39)
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.19) vs. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) vs. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.22)
5. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.81) vs. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20)
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.82) vs. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.00)

Also could see action:  Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.41), Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.15)

#1 singles - #5 Mackenzie McDonald is 9-1 in dual match play with a 7-1 record against ranked opponents while #8 Yannick Hanfmann is 8-2 overall and 4-2 against ranked opponents however he's been run off the court the last 2 times out. I'll like Mackenzie McD in straights as Hanfmann's losing streak will grow to 3.

#2 singles - #33 Dennis Mkrtchian is 4-4 in dual match play with all but 1 of those matches coming against a ranked opponent while #20 Roberto Quiroz is 7-2 (all but 1 against ranked opponent) but just 2-2 in his last 4.  These 2 seniors have faced each other 7 times over the last 4 years with each having won 3 times with the one other match going unfinished.  In the only meeting this year Quiroz won 6-2, 6-0 in the final of the Sherwood Cup.  I'm going to go with the USC senior here and I look for Roberto Quiroz to win in 3.

#3 singles - Martin Redlicki has had a great freshman year going 9-1 in dual match play and is currently riding a 6-match winning streak while Eric Johnson is 10-1 in dual match play and he's riding an 8-match winning streak.  One of the streaks has to give here and I think it'll be Johnson's continuing on and Redlicki's falling to the wayside. Johnson in 2.

#4 singles - Karue Sell is 8-4 on the year playing 7 of those 12 at #4 while the double fisting #35 Jonny Wang is 5-3 but 2-0 since dropping down from 3 to 4.  The double fisting reference is of course relating to his 2 handed forehand and nothing else.  Wang won both of the previous encounters between these 2 so why not make it 3.  Wang in 2.

#5 singles - Gage Brymer, who is 1-3 in dual match play, will likely make his return to the court after missing the last 5 matches due to personal reasons.  #50 Max De Vroome is 6-1 on the year splitting time between 4 and 5 and the Big Dutchman has won 3 in a row with 2 of the last 3 going 3 sets. These 2 met 3 times last year with Brymer taking 2 of them however it's tough to tell what kind of Brymer we're going to see.  With a little hesitation I'm going to take Brymer in 3.

#6 singles - Austin Rapp is 3-3 on the year though he's had 5 other matches go unfinished of which he was trailing in 3 and tied in the other 2.  #51 Nick Crystal has been a stud at the bottom of the lineup going a perfect 9-0 with 7 of the 9 wins in straights.  Put #10 on the board as Crystal wins in 2.

When these 2 get together it's usually an instant classic and I think UCLA is going to play with enough purpose to make it another great one.  I like UCLA in doubles and at 1 and 5 but I think USC's guts it out at 2, 3, 4, and 6 with Roberto Quiroz winning a tight 3rd set to clinch it.  I will say that the only court where I see a clear favorite is at #6 singles (Crystal) - everywhere else in my opinion really could go either way depending on who is hot and who is not.  Prediction:  USC 4-3



#4 Illinois (13-2) at #8 Texas (11-1) - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Longhorn Network - This is the 1st of 3 big matches for Illinois with the Illini facing Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU on back-to-back-to-back days which will be a little tough since Illinois hasn't played in 2 weeks.  Texas hadn't played in almost 2 weeks as well but they got a warm up in on Thursday against Michigan State and got to rest a few starters as well.  Illinois is 8-7 in doubles but just 2-7 against ranked opposition while Texas is 5-7 in doubles and 3-7 against ranked teams.  One of Texas's biggest problems has been having too many guys banged up which has disrupted its doubles pairings but it looks like Texas is finally close to getting 100% healthy.  Texas's weak spot in doubles has been #3 where the Horns are just 3-9 while they're 8-4 at 1 and 7-4 at 2.  Illinois strongest spot has been #2 where they're 10-4 however they're just 6-6 at 1 and 6-5 at 3.  Picking a doubles winner in this one is crapshoot.  

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) vs. #2 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 15.02)
2. #61 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.56) vs. #52 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.84)
3. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) vs. #60 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.77)
4. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.96)
5. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.71)
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13..11) vs. John Mee (TX 13.56)

Also could see action:  Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz (TX 13.28), Ross Guignon (ILL 13.20)

#1 singles - #18 Jared Hiltzik is 12-0 on the year with 10 of those 12 wins at #2 singles while #2 Soren Hess-Olesen is a perfect 13-0 at #1 with 8 of those wins over ranked opponents.  The reason why I think we'll see Hiltzik at #1 instead of Gosea is because Hiltzik has a head-to-head win over Hess-Olsen (6-2, 6-4 - Feb 2014).  The SHO goes on - Hess-Olsen in 3.

#2 singles - #61 Farris Gosea is 5-4 on the year with all 9 matches at #1 but he lost in straights the last time out to Notre Dame's Quentin Monaghan.  #52 Lloyd Glasspool is 8-1 on the year including 3-1 against ranked opposition.  Gosea won the head-to-head last year 6-2, 6-1.  I like Gosea in 2.

#3 singles - #32 Tim Kopinski is 12-1 on the year with a 4-1 record against ranked opponents while #60 Adrien Berkowicz is 11-2 but 2-2 against ranked opponents and he has lost 2 of his last 3. Kopinski has only dropped 23 games in his last 6 matches which means he's winning by roughly a 6-2, 6-2 score each time out - he'll drop a few than that but I think he gets the win.

#4 singles - #76 Aron Hiltzik is 8-3 on the year winning his only match against a ranked opponent (Steinbach) plus he has won 6 in a row. Nick Naumann is 7-3 on the year including 1-1 against ranked opposition (W - Nate Lammons & L -Ralf Steinbach) and he's won 2 in a row after dropping the previous 3 before that.  Hiltzik is 3 tight sets.

#5 singles - #49 Aleks Vukic is 9-1 in dual match play and he is currently riding a 7-match winning streak while George Goldhoff is 3-3 in what has been an injury riddled spring.  Vukic in 2.

#6 singles - Toshiki Matsuya is 6-1 on the year but he lost his last time out to Notre Dame's Alex Lawson while John Mee is 5-3 on the year and he's won his last 2.  I'll go with Mee in 3.

Illinois opened up the year by winning at Baylor and I see the Illini making it 2-0 in the state of Texas by picking up 4 wins in singles at 2, 3, 4, and 5.  Prediction:  Illinois 4-3


#23 Columbia (6-2)  at #16 Northwestern (11-5) - 1pm est - Live Scoring - This is a big match for both but in my opinion Columbia has more riding on it because they won't have too many more opportunities to move up in the rankings with a lower ranked schedule the rest of the way.  Columbia has won the doubles point 5 matches in a row after dropping it in its 1st 3 matches. Northwestern is 9-7 in doubles including 4-7 against ranked opponents.  Neither team's #1 doubles has done much of anything with Northwestern 3-11 and Columbia just 2-5.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #16 Winston Lin (CU 14.21) vs. #88 Sam Shropshire (NW 13.89)
2. #83 Dragos Ignat (CU 13.65) vs. #107 Strong Kirchheimer (NW 13.82)
3. Ashok Narayana (CU 13.47) vs. Logan Staggs (NW 13.22)
4. Bert Vancura (CU 12.82) vs. Mihir Kumar (NW 12.95)
5. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.41) vs. Fedor Baev (NW 12.97)
6. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.26) vs. Alp Horoz (NW 12.90)

Also could play: Eric Rubin (CU 13.35), Max Schnur (CU 13.15)

Columbia has had 8 different guys see action in at least 3 of the team's 8 matches so outside of 1 and 2 singles it's tough to know how they'll line up.

#1 singles: #16 Winston Lin is 5-2 in dual match play with ranked wins over Georgia's #17 Wayne Montgomery and Cal's #67 Andre Goransson while #88 Sam Shropshire is 11-5 but just 1-5 against ranked foes.  I'd consider Lin to be the favorite in this one and he should win in 2.

#2 singles: #83 Dragos Ignat is 5-3 in dual match play but 0-3 against ranked foes while #107 Strong Kirchheimer is 12-3 and has won 8 of his last 9 but he is also 0-3 against ranked opponents. Somebody is going to get a ranked win here assuming the match finishes - I'll take the Wildcat sophomore in 3.

#3 singles: Ashok Narayana is 5-1 playing 4 of the 6 matches at #4 while Logan Staggs is 8-7 but 7-4 at #3.  I like Narayana in 3.

#4 singles: Bert Vancura is 5-2 in dual match play and has won 5 of his last 6 while Mihir Kumar is 8-6 in dual match play and has won 4 of his last 5.  I like Vancura in 3.  

#5 singles: Mike Vermeer is 3-0 in dual match play while Fedor Baev is 10-4 with Baev winning 8 of his last 9.  I'll go with Baev in 3.

#6 singles: Shawn Hadavi is 3-2 in dual match play while Alp Horoz in 8-3.  I'll go with Horoz in 3.

In what should be a close match with several singles matches going 3 sets I'll go with Columbia in a mild upset with the Lions taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins at 1, 3, and 4. Prediction:  Columbia 4-3



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Saturday was a great day for college tennis with the 2 biggest matches of the day broadcasted on TV with The Longhorn Network showing Texas/Illinois while the Pac 12 Network showed USC/UCLA. The only thing that kind of stunk a bit was the fact that the 2 matches were being played simultaneously so while I did switch back and forth a bit I primarily stayed with the Texas/Illinois match because of how close it was throughout.

When the starting lineups were posted 30 minutes before the start of the Texas/Illinois match I had to do a double take because I didn't see Farris Gosea's name anywhere.  I was hoping the guys on the Longhorn Network would fill us in on Gosea's absence but the only thing they mentioned was that Gosea wasn't there (as in didn't make the trip to Texas).  My best guess is that he was sick and that's why he didn't travel - again totally a guess.

The one thing that I've noticed over the years, yet often forget, is that when a team is down its #1 the rest of the guys seems to rise to the occasion and perform better than you think they would.  I noticed that last night when Vanderbilt played Texas A&M without Gonzales Austin - the Dores didn't win but they fought hard on every court. Illinois did more than just fight on Saturday, they took care of business in doubles and in the middle and lower half of the lineup and came out of Austin with a win.



The Illini started things off by taking the doubles point for the 9th time on the year as its #1 team of Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski and its #2 team of Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page picked up 7-5 and 6-3 wins.  Today was the first time that Jared Hiltzik and Tim Kopinski had teamed up since October and it was the first time that Bazarnik/Page had played higher than #3 in the lineup.

Getting the doubles point had to be a huge relief for Illinois since they knew they'd only have to win 3 singles matches instead of 4 especially with how dominant Texas had been at 1 and 2 singles (26-0).

Lloyd Glasspool would be the first to finish as he defeated Tim Kopinski 6-2, 6-4 at #2 singles but a few mintues later Aleks Vukic would answer for Illinois with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #4 singles over George Goldhoff.   Texas's Soren Hess-Olesen would tie it up at 2 as he ran his dual match record to 14-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Jared Hiltzik at #1 singles.  Illinois would go back on top 3-2 as Aron Hiltzik closed out Adrien Berkowicz 6-4, 6-1 at #3 singles but getting the 4th point would require a come from behind win at either 5 or 6.  Both Toshiki Matsuya and Blake Bazarnik served for the 1st set yet neither was able to close it out and each would drop the opening set by a 7-5 score. Both guys would rally to take the 2nd set and while Matsuya fell behind 3-1 in the 3rd, Bazarnik would take over down the stretch and close out John Mee 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to give Illinois the nice road win in Austin.

The one thing I found interesting is that the original recap that Illinois put out mentioned that the Illini won despite playing without Farris Gosea (see pic below) but then for some reason they removed the mention.



Illinois recap

"Page was a big lift for us in doubles, head coach Brad Dancer said. "We've been leaning on him to be a difference maker and that was a big rally for us. Going into singles it was a tough match, the first one outdoors for us, and it was little windy. I don't think we were at our best but we battled. Our guys outside were great. We had a ton of alumni show and the environment that those alumni created was fantastic. We've been able to make some of our road matches feel like a home environment."

Texas recap

"I knew it would be a tough match today. Illinois has a very good team -- they compete well," Head Coach Michael Center said. "We are good too, but we have to make the plays at the right moment to be successful."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 13th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#4 Illinois 4, #8 Texas 2
03/14/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.02) def. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) 6-1, 6-4
2. #52 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.84) def. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) 6-2, 6-4
3. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) def. #60 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.77) 6-4, 6-1
4. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.71) 6-2, 6-2
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.96) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) 7-5, 4-6, 3-1, unf.
6. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 13.27) def. John Mee (UT 13.56) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #35 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) 7-5
2. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) def. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-3
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes
Illinois 14-2; National ranking #4; Regional ranking #1
Texas 12-2; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,1,3,6)

T-2:44

Who Wins on Saturday In Austin

Texas
  11 (40%)
 
Illinois
  16 (59%)
 

Votes so far: 27 

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USC jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point for the 9th time in 14 tries and then they followed that up by taking 4 opening sets and would close out 3 of them in straight sets to knock off UCLA 4-1.  Even though UCLA won at #2 and was even at #1 and #3 it just never seemed like they had much of a chance because of the way USC was taking it to them at 4, 5, and 6.

#5 USC 4, #14 UCLA 1
March 14, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
DOUBLES
1. #4 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #6 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) - 6-2
2. Di Giulio/ Sell (UCLA) def. #50 de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 6-3
3. Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) - 6-3
USC wins doubles point. -- Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
SINGLES
1. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.94) vs. #5 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.93) - 4-6, 6-3, 1-2 susp.
2. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.51) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.39) - 6-4, 6-3
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01) vs. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.19) - 7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-1 susp.
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.22) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) - 6-4, 7-6 (4)
5. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.00) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.81) - 7-5, 6-2
6. #50 Max de Vroome (USC 14.20) def. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.15) - 6-0, 6-0


USC recap - with comment from Peter Smith/Jonny Wang (courtesy of USC)


UCLA recap

Who Wins on Saturday at USC


USC
  25 (86%)
 
UCLA
  4 (13%)
 

Votes so far: 29 

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Northwestern won the doubles point but Columbia came out ready for singles and took 5 opening sets.  Columbia's Winston Lin, Mike Vermeer, and Shawn Hadavi would each win in straight sets but the Lions wouldn't be able to find the elusive 4th point as Northwestern won all 3 remaining matches with each going deep into a 3rd set.

Northwestern recap
Columbia recap

#16 Northwestern University 4, #23 Columbia 3
Mar 14, 2015 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Winston Lin (COL 14.21) def. #88 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.89) 6-2, 6-3
2. #107 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.82) def. #83 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.65) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3)
3. Logan Staggs (NU 13.22) def. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.47) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Mihir Kumar (NU 12.95) def. Bert Vancura (COL 12.82) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
5. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.97) 7-5, 6-4
6. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.26) def. Alp Horoz (NU 12.90) 6-2, 6-4 
Doubles competition
1. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. #20 Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (COL) 6-3
2. #57 Winston Lin/Mike Vermeer (COL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-3
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Dragos Ignat/Bert Vancura (COL) 6-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,1,5,3,2,4)

T-3:14 A-212
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It's been a good week so far for UNC-Wilmington as the Seahawks have already registered 2 Top 50 and will look to make it 3 on Sunday as they face #20 South Florida in the Championship of the USF Spring Break Tournament.  Below is the updated tournament bracket.



UNCW 4, #48 Penn State 3
Singles competition
1. C. Van der Burgh (UNCW 12.90) def. Alex Fennell (PSU 13.25) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU 13.56) def. Xander Veys (UNCW 13.21) 6-4, 6-1
3. Santtu Leskinen (UNCW 12.86) def. Matt Barry (PSU 13.36) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
4. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 12.90) def. Sam Williams (UNCW 12.87) 6-3, 6-3
5. Zach Hublitz (UNCW 12.95) def. Nika Dolidze (PSU 12.26) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
6. Andres Torres (UNCW 12.62) def. Marc Collado (PSU 12.44) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #75 Leonard Stakhovsky/Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. C. Van der Burgh/Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) 6-2
2. Xander Veys/Sam Williams (UNCW) vs. Michael Reilly/Alex Fennell (PSU) 4-5 unf.
3. Christian Lutshaunig/Matt Barry (PSU) def. Josh Hublitz/Javier Restrepo (UNCW) 6-3
Match Notes:
Penn State 6-9; National ranking #48
UNCW 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)
USF Spring Break Tournament Semifinals

UNCW recap

"It's a testament to the fitness and character of this team," said Mait DuBois, the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year. "When we played Penn State last year in the NCAA Tournament, we were within 20 minutes of winning and lost. We were within 20 minutes of losing today and it didn't look like we had a chance, but the guys hung around and found a way to win."

Another day brings another big match for Illinois as the Illini will try to make it 2 Top 10 wins in as many days after making the 100 mile trek from Austin to College Station. What's still unknown is whether we'll see the Illini's #1 Farris Gosea but I'd have to say that I would be more than surprised if he was available for action today.

For Texas A&M to take this one they'll need to play much better than they did on Friday night against a Vanderbilt team that was down its #1 while for Illinois to take it they'll need to play with the same urgency and tenacity that they played with yesterday against Texas.  The biggest thing going in Illinois's favor is that they'll be taking the court with the confidence of knowing they've already beat one top 10 team on the road so why not a second.

The guys on these teams are fairly familiar with each other with Illinois having made a trip to College Station each of the last 3 years to play in the Texas A&M Conference Challenge which takes place outdoors in October.  The familiarity with the courts and the potentially windy playing conditions will be a plus for Illinois as opposed to teams that only come down once every so often for a dual match.  This will also be the 3rd dual match these 2 have played in the last 13 months with Illinois winning at home last year and Texas A&M winning in Houston in a consolation match at the National Indoors.



Illinois in 9-7 in doubles while Texas A&M is 8-2 however the Aggies have dropped the point 2 of the last 3 times out.

Let's take a look at the singles match-ups and see who is going to come out on top.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 14th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#4 Illinois (14-2) at #9 Texas A&M (8-2) - 1pm est/12pm central - Live Scoring

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) vs. #65 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.03)
2. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) vs. #71 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.20)
3. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) vs. #48 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.74)
4. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.15)
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) vs. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.54)
6. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 13.27) vs. #89 A.J. Catanzariti (aTm 13.97)

Projected Doubles Lineups
1. Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) vs. #9 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 
2. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) vs. #26 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) vs. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU)

#1 singles - #18 Jared Hiltzik is 12-1 on the year with 10 of those 12 wins coming at #2 singles but he's coming off a 6-1, 6-4 loss to #2 Soren Hess-Olesen which snapped his 12-match winning streak while #65 Jeremy Efferding is 7-1 (2-1 against ranked) but 3-0 playing at #1 and is coming off a match clinching 6-3, 6-4 win over Rhys Johnson. Efferding beat Hiltzik 7-6 in the 3rd back in October in the aTm Conference Challenge. Prediction:  Efferding in 2.

#2 singles - #32 Tim Kopinski is 12-2 on the year with a 4-2 record against ranked opponents but he's coming off a 6-2, 6-4 loss to #52 Lloyd Glasspool which snapped his 6-match winning streak while #71 Shane Vinsant is 2-2 (1-1 against ranked), with 5 additional matches not finishing, including his last match which went unfinished after Vinsant split sets with Danny Valent.  Vinsant beat Kopinski 6-4, 6-1 back in October. Prediction: DNF with Kopinski leading. 

#3 singles - #76 Aron Hiltzik is 9-3 on the year and 2-0 against ranked opponents and is coming off a 6-4, 6-1 win over #60 Adrien Berkowicz which ran his winning streak to 7.  #48 Harrison Adams on the other hand has continued to struggle this year with an 0-6 record and he was down 7-5, 4-5 against Kris Yee on Friday night when the match was halted due to the clinch.  Adams went 14-8 last year including 9-7 at #1 singles but for whatever reason he hasn't been able to find the groove this year.  Prediction: Hiltzik in 2

#4 singles - #49 Aleks Vukic is 10-1 in dual match play and he is currently riding an 8-match winning which includes a 6-2, 6-2 thumping over George Goldhoff yesterday while Rinderknech is 8-1 and has won 8 straight including a 7-5, 6-3 win on Friday over Suresh Eswaran.  Prediction:  Vukic in 3

#5 singles - Toshiki Matsuya is 6-1 on the year but he lost his last completed match and trailed 3-1 in the 3rd yesterday against Nick Naumann while Jordi Arconada ran his record to 1-1 by picking up his first collegiate victory on Friday with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Baker Newman.  Arconada joined the team in January but has only seen action in 2 matches thus far.  Prediction: Matsuya in 2.

#6 singles - Blake Bazarnik got the call yesterday for just the 6th time this year and he was able to run his record to 3-2 with a match clinching win over John Mee 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 while #89 AJ Catanzariti is 6-3 including a 6-1, 6-4 win on Friday night over Jeff Offerdahl - Catanzariti has won 5 of his last 6.  Prediction: Catanzariti in 2.

I think the confidence from the Texas win will carry over and Illinois is going to get it done again for a 2nd day in a row with the Illini taking the doubles point and picking up wins at 3, 4, and 5.  Prediction: Illinois 4-2


Other interesting story-lines for Sunday:

Does Noah Rubin get his 1st big collegiate win? There will be a nice matchup at #1 singles in the Louisville/Wake Forest match with ITA #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (14.74) taking on #63 Noah Rubin (14.73). Since the ACC schools are using regular scoring and playing all the matches out to a conclusion we should be guaranteed a result one way or another.  I like Wake Forest in the match and Rubin to pick up his 1st big win of his young collegiate career.  

Will Ohio State get caught looking ahead to Tuesday's match against Texas?  #10 Ohio State goes to #29 Tulsa as these teams will face each other for the second time in the last 45 days. Ohio State won the first encounter in Columbus during the ITA Kickoff Weekend by a 4-1 score but Tulsa has definitely improved since that match.  As long as Ohio State is focused on this match, and not its Tuesday match at Texas, they should be fine.  I think Tulsa will keep most of the courts reasonable close but Ohio State still wins.

Can the Tide express keep rolling along against Florida?  #66 Alabama has been playing some great tennis since it crammed 6 dual matches against Jackson State and Jacksonville State into one long day.  The Crimson Tide has wins over Ole Miss and Auburn in the last week and has seen some great play out of Korey Lovett at #1 singles with the Tide freshman having straight set wins over #59 Lukas Ollert and #23 Nik Scholtz.  However #18 Florida is the better team and should win this one in a 4-2 type of match.  

Can #68 Georgia Tech take the next step and get a big conference win against #24 Florida State?  The Ramblin' Wreck went on the road last week and beat both Clemson and Miami while Florida State got hammered on Friday by Wake Forest 7-0.  I think Georgia Tech has a really good shot to take out the Noles. 

Can #11 Vanderbilt win in Baton Rouge if Gonzales Austin doesn't play again?  I think they can but LSU will be licking its chops at the opportunity of picking up a Top 15 win.  


Follow them all at the below live scoring links.

Boston College at Notre Dame - 9:30am est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Texas Tech at Indiana - 10am est - Live Scoring
Miami at Duke - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - w subsc
Louisville at Wake Forest - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Clemson at Virginia Tech - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Illinois at Texas A&M -1pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan at TCU - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Pepperdine at Oklahoma State - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Vanderbilt at LSU - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Alabama at Florida - 1pm est - Live Scoring
San Diego at Rice - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Ohio State at Tulsa - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Florida State at Georgia Tech - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Mississippi State at Auburn - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Oregon at Boise State - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Ball State at Indiana - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring
Abilene Christian at Texas A&M - 5pm est - Live Scoring
Detroit at Notre Dame -5pm est - Live Scoring
New Orleans at LSU - 6pm est - Live Scoring

USF Spring Break Tournament 
Furman vs. #73 VCU - 9am - Furman Twitter
#25 Drake vs. #52 North Florida - 11am - UNF Twitter & Drake Twitter 
#48 Penn St vs. #63 Tulane - 12pm - Penn St Twitter & Tulane Twitter
#20 South Florida vs. UNC Wilmington - 3pm - Live Scoring & USF Twitter & UNCW Twitter


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