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The beat goes on for #4 Illinois as the Illini rolled into College Station today and rolled out several hours later with a 4-2 win over #9 Texas A&M.  Illinois was without its #1 Farris Gosea for the 2nd day in a row but just as they did against Texas the rest of the guys rallied and got it done.

The day didn't start off too well for Illinois as Texas A&M rolled at 1 and 2 doubles winning both courts by a 6-2 score.   Interesting comment below from Dancer about him feeling they played better doubles today than yesterday despite winning yesterday and losing today.

Both teams slightly altered their singles lineups by switching 5 and 6 but since both teams made the same moves the match-ups themselves were the same but just at a spot higher or lower than originally thought.

Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti was first off the court with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win at #5 singles over yesterday's hero Blake Bazarnik but Illinois wouldn't stay scoreless for long because Toshiki Matsuya would ring up a 6-3, 6-4 win at #6 singles over Jordi Arconada.  As a side note, the Texas A&M live scoring showed Brian Page playing at #6 the entire match and it wasn't until the Illinois recap came out that it was revealed that it was really Matsuya.  Those 2 guys don't exactly look like each other so you would have thought somebody would have caught that sooner.



After taking the opening set 6-3, Illinois #1 Jared Hiltzik would fall behind 3-1 in the 2nd but would then come back and take the final 5 games of the set to register a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jeremy Efferding which would tie the overall match at 2.

The 3 remaining matches would all end up going 3 sets as Tim Kopinski rallied to get a split on 2 while both Harrison Adams and Arthur Rinderknech did the same at 3 and 4.

Aron Hiltizk would overcome the loss of the 2nd set by rebounding in the 3rd for a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Harrison Adams which would put Illinois just a point away from the win.

It looked like Shane Vinsant was going to knot it at 3 after taking a 5-2 lead on 2 however Kopinski would win the next 3 to even it at 5-5.

While Tim Kopinski was fighting to stay alive at 2 his teammate Aleks Vukic was putting down the hammer at #4 and would end up closing out Arthur Rinderknech 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Vukic got off to a slow start in this one falling behind 4-1 in the 1st set before winning 6 of the next 7 games to take the set.  After hitting a lull in the 2nd set the freshman from Sydney, Australia rebounded in the 3rd by going up an early break and held on the rest of the way.

All but one of the singles matches went the way I thought with that one exception being at #1 where Jared Hiltzik got it done in straight sets over Jeremy Efferding.

It was also mentioned in Zoo Tennis that Farris Gosea has been suspended indefinitely so who knows if he'll back or not.

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 4, #9 Texas A&M 2
Singles competition
1. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) def. #65 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.03) 6-3, 6-3
2. #71 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.20) vs. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) 7-5, 4-6, 5-5, unf
3. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) def. #48 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.74) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
4. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) def. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.15) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
5. #89 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.97) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 13.27) 6-2, 6-1
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.54) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #9 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2
2. #26 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 4-4, unf
Match Notes:
Illinois 15-2, 3-0; National ranking #4
Texas A&M 8-3, 4-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,1,3,4)

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Illinois recap

"I keep saying it but our guys love playing tennis," head coach Brad Dancer said. "They look forward to matches and enjoy the opportunities our schedule provides. For Vukic it's his second clinching match in Texas this season; pretty fun for him to have those experiences with his team. The Hiltzik brothers played tough opponents today and dug down and got dirty which was fun to see. Toshiki was better today after what was one of his worst performances yesterday, so getting back on the horse was important for him. Marcos continues to be a tremendous 'in match' coach guiding a lot of our guys to victory."


"I still thought our doubles was better today," Dancer said. "Texas A&M is good in doubles and they took it to us in some spots. Now the guys just have to trust their skills and be more active. It will make for good discussion on how to take the next step."

Texas A&M recap

Who Wins on Sunday in College Station

Texas A&M
  19 (57%)
Illinois
  14 (42%)

Votes so far: 33 
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For the 2nd time this year Tulsa pulled off an upset over a top 10 team with #10 Ohio State being the victims this time around.  Ohio State won the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 but then they pulled their #3 singles player Herkko Pollanen (reasons unknown) which forced everyone else to move up a spot.

Unlike in year's past where Ohio State has had 8 to 9 quality starters this year's squad is a little lean with there being a rather large drop-off from #6 to #7 and that drop-off became evident pretty quickly as Tulsa's Dylan McCloskey quickly closed out Matt Mendez at #6 singles 6-1, 6-3.  Ohio State's Hunter Callahan would put Ohio State back ahead 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-2 win at #3 singles over Matthew Kirby but unbelievably that would be Ohio State's last point.

Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard would tie it at 2 with a 7-6, 6-1 win at #4 over Ralf Steinbach and then it looked like Tulsa's Carlos Bautista would make it 3-2 as he served for the match at #5 singles up 5-4 in the 3rd against Kevin Metka.  Bautista would go up 15-0 then after Metka passed him at the net to make it 15 all, Bautista threw in a double fault, shanked a forehand, and then doubled again to give, and I mean give, the break to Metka to tie it at 5.

It then appeared that Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard was going to put Ohio State back on top as he went up 5-3 in the 3rd against Alejandro Espejo at #2 singles.  After an Espejo hold Torpegaard served for the match and would get it to the deciding point which was also match point.  Torpegaard stayed in control of the point and after Espejo's shot hit the net cord and kicked up about 5 feet in the air it looked like Torpegaard was simply going to crush it into the open court but then he did the unthinkable and buried it into the net.  It was one of those moments where he had a ton of options and he probably just simply overthought it and it cost him.

While both Torpegaard and Bautista tried to regroup Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel was putting the finishing touches on his match at #1 singles against a cramping Chris Diaz.  The turning point in the match came when Ram-Harel was serving at 3-1, 30-40.  The 2 guys had what was easily a 25-30 shot rally and around shot 25 Ram-Harel starting putting the pressure on and after Diaz went back and forth across the court a few times he stumbled and then was basically on his back when the final shot was hit right around where his waste would have been.  That point in essence was all she wrote as Diaz would win maybe 1 point the rest of the way.

With Tulsa now up 3-2 they just needed 1 of the final 2 courts and they would end up getting both as Alejandro Espejo provided the clincher at #2 singles by winning the final 4 games to take it 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.  The match ended when Torpegaard double-faulted while serving at 30-40.

The match at #5 was in a tiebreak with Bautista leading 6-3 when Tulsa clinched and I thought they would stop it but then ended up playing it out and Bautista took the tiebreak 7-4 to make the final 5-2. The Ohio State recap actually shows the match wasn't played out with a final of 4-2 but I was following the stream and they did finish it out.

It was a tough loss for Ohio State which means when the Buckeyes go to Texas on Tuesday they will be ranked outside of the Top 10 for the 1st time in 294 matches.

If the video clip from Tulsa coach Vince Westbrook doesn't come up click on the Tulsa recap link - in it he talks about what he thinks was the difference in the match

Tulsa recap


Ohio State recap


#29 Tulsa 5, #10 Ohio State 2
March 15, 2015 at Tulsa, Okla. (Case Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #37 Or Ram-Harel (TULSA 13.48) def. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.00) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
2. #100 Alejandro Espejo (TULSA 13.71) def. #28 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.96) 7-6(5),3-6,7-5
3. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.89) def. Matthew Kirby (TULSA 12.82) 6-4, 6-2
4. Mitchell Pritchard (TULSA 12.48) def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.90) 7-6, 6-1
5. Carlos Bautista (TULSA 12.83) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.96) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4) 
6. Dylan McCloskey (TULSA 12.67) def. Matt Mendez (OSU 13.05) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Or Ram-Harel/Matthew Kirby (TU) 6-3
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #53 Alejandro Espejo/Carlos Bautista (TU) 6-4
3. Mitchell Pritchard/Dylan McCloskey (TU) vs. #34 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 5-5, unf
Match Notes
Ohio State 13-5; National ranking #10
Tulsa 11-7; National ranking #29

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

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LSU picked up its biggest win of the year in front of a large crowd as the Tigers gave #11 Vanderbilt a pretty good beating.


#33 LSU 4, #11 Vanderbilt 1
Mar 15, 2015 at Baton Rouge, La. (Dub Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VANDY 14.34) def. #85 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.26) 6-2, 6-4
2. #117 Chris Simpson (LSU 13.47) vs. Rhys Johnson (VANDY 13.43) 6-3, 5-6, unf
3. Tam Trinh (LSU 12.91) def. Daniel Valent (VANDY 13.73) 7-5, 6-4
4. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.50) def. Kris Yee (VANDY 13.66) 6-2, 6-1
5. Boris Arias (LSU 13.37) def. Suresh Eswaran (VANDY 12.88) 6-3, 6-3
6. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.38) vs. Jeffrey Offerdahl (VANDY 12.67) 6-3, 4-6, 2-0, unf
Doubles competition
1. #18 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #1 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VANDY) 6-4
2. Baker Newman/Pen Binet (VANDY) def. Tam Trinh/Eric Perez (LSU) 6-1
3. Chris Simpson/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Suresh Eswaran/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-1 
Match Notes
Vanderbilt 13-4 (3-2 SEC); National ranking #11
LSU 12-3, (3-2 SEC); National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,5,3)
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Monday, 16 March 2015 17:21

TCU Derails the Illini Train

In terms of rankings today's TCU win over Illinois was an upset, but I don't think too many would call it completely unexpected with Illinois playing its 3rd Top 20 opponent on the road in as many days.  I'm guessing the Illini's energy tank was much closer to E than it was to F while TCU was likely beyond ecstatic having the chance to host a top 5 team on its home courts.

TCU did play on Sunday against Michigan and while the score-lines today were a little closer they really wasn't much of a difference.  They are both listed below so you can take a look at them.

TCU took the doubles point without too much resistance by winning 6-3 and 6-1 at 1 and 2.  In singles, TCU moved Cameron Norrie down to #3 for the 1st time this year after he'd played all but 1 match at #1.  David Roditi also moved Guillermo Nunez up to #2 for the 1st time in his career and Nunez rewarded the coach's decision with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of #32 Tim Kopinski.  Arnau Dachs and Facundo Lugones would also pick up quick wins at 5 and 6 and in under 1 hour and 45 minutes TCU had its 4-0 shutout over Illinois.


Big win for the TCU program but you've also got to tip your hat to the weekend that Illinois had beating both Texas and Texas A&M despite playing without it's #1 singles player.  Note:  This article in the Daily Illini said Gosea was suspended for violating team rules so only Brad Dancer knows how long he'll be out.

TCU recap

"It was fun to get this big win at home," Roditi said. "Our seniors stepped up. Facundo Lugones and Arnau Dachs, and the little beast Guillermo Nunez continue to play at a really high level. That really helped the other guys stay calm. Will Stein is also playing great tennis and he was up a break late in the second set against a guy that's hardly lost."

"That doubles point was huge," Roditi said. "We finally won a doubles point over a top program."

"Our No. 1 and No. 2 doubles team came out and set the tone," Roditi said. "They were up two breaks right from the beginning."

"We beat a very, very good team that competes really well," Roditio said. "We had a full week of outdoor weather where we could practice. That helped so we could play at this level. (Assistant coach) Devin Bowen has been all about preparation all year long, and he prepared them for this."

Illinois recap

"No ifs, ands or buts about it, TCU was just better than us today," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Their coaches and players were obviously well prepared and deserved the victory. The March through Texas came up one match short. We look forward to hopefully having another shot later this spring."

#17 TCU 4, #4 Illinois 0
Mar 16, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) vs. #39 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.83) 7-5, 1-1, unf
2. #116 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.61) def. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) 6-2, 6-0
3. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) vs.  #31 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.47) 7-5, 2-2, unf
4. Will Stein (TCU 13.21) vs. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) 6-4, 4-2, unf
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.87) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 13.27) 6-3, 6-1
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.35) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.12) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #29 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-3
2. #23 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-1
3. Hudson Blake/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 3-4, unf
Match Notes
Illinois 15-3, 3-0; National ranking #4
TCU 11-5, 0-1; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,5,6)
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#17 TCU 5, #70 Michigan 0
Mar 15, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #39 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.83) vs. Alex Petrone (UM 13.63) 6-0, 5-5, unf
2. #31 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.47) def. Michael Zhu (UM 12.69) 6-2, 6-3
3. #116 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.61) def. Runhao Hua (UM 13.36) 6-2, 6-3
4. Will Stein (TCU 13.21) vs. Alex Knight (UM 13.09) 6-4, 4-3, unf
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.87) def. Davis Crocker (UM 12.19) 6-1, 6-1
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.35) def. Kevin Wong (UM 12.71) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #29 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (UM) 6-4
2. #23 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) vs. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 4-4, unf
3. Hudson Blake/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Kevin Wong/Tyler Gardiner (UM) 6-0
Match Notes
Michigan 3-8; National ranking #70
TCU 10-5; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,5,2,3)
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Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:14

When A Win Isn't A Win

We are coming up one the 1 year anniversary of one of the odder things that has happened in college tennis in the last several years.

Last year on March 28th, Illinois and Penn State played an exhausting dual match in State College that lasted just under 6 hours (4 indoor courts) and ended with the Illini coming out on top thanks to Julian Childers coming back from a set down to win in 3. After the match each coach praised the other team and talked about how great a match it was - I mean why wouldn't they after spending almost 6 hours together.

So why is all this so strange?  It's strange because 5 days later the Big 10 overturned the decision due to a Penn State protest based off Illinois playing it's highest ranked player, Jared Hiltzik, at #1 singles. Hiltzik had been out of action for 6 weeks recovering from an injury and was soundly beaten by Leonard Stakhovsky in his return to the court.  The Big 10 coaches felt that playing a less than 100% Hiltzik at #1 was a line-up stack giving the Illini a better chance at each of the remaining courts.  The coaches felt that Hiltzik should have played at 2 with Farris Gosea at 1.

UPDATE: After writing this I found out some more details that I wanted to share. The Big 10, like several other conferences, requires the coaches to submit their lineups early in the week for the upcoming matches and after the submission there is a challenge process.  It was during the challenge process, several days before the match, that the other Big 10 coaches voted down the Illinois lineup and made them change it to show Gosea at 1 and Hiltzik at 2.  Despite having its originally submitted lineup struck down, Illinois decided to use it anyway on principal (as stated at the bottom) and that's why the protest was made and followed through on.  Even if Penn State hadn't protested the result it could have been challenged by any other coach in the conference.  I still don't necessarily agree with it but now I fully understand it and can respect the decision made by the Big 10.   The statement at the very bottom from April 2 alluded to the protest but I originally read it to mean the lineup was protested after the fact when in reality it was protested during the challenge process days before the match was played. 

If I really thought that Penn State would have swept 1 and 2 with Gosea at 1 and Hiltzik at 2 then I wouldn't have thought twice about what the Big 10 decided.  However anyone that followed Illinois last year knew that the Illini's #2, Farris Gosea, was tearing it up and would have won regardless of where he was put in the lineup.  Gosea was 12-3 in dual match play coming into the Penn State match while his opponent Russell Bader was 15-2.   Gosea would drop a whole 2 games to Bader and would finish the regular season on a 12-match winning streak.  Now if Gosea had won the match 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 then someone could have come to the conclusion that had he played at #1 the result wouldn't have been the same but it wasn't a close match at all - I mean 6-1, 6-1 - come on.  Despite all of that the Big 10 felt that Penn State's protest was valid and awarded the win to the Nittany Lions.

You hear about teams filing protests all the time but this is one of the few occasions that I can think of where the result of a match was altered.

A couple of other instances mentioned by Colette Lewis and Texas College Tennis were from 2006 when Northwestern had a loss to Wisconsin overturned and in 2010 the Syracuse women had a win overturned into a loss against Eastern Michigan.

It's interesting to re-read the post-match quotes in the proper context - gives you a little bit of a chuckle - "wish you had a second chance" - well coach the Big 10 gave you your second chance.  I wonder if Brad still thinks Coach Zinn is doing a great job or if his opinion changed after the ruling.

These two teams are set to meet again this coming Friday in Champaign and I don't think Illinois is going to hold anything back - anything other than a 7-0 score would be very surprising.

Illinois recap

"Our guys fought hard at Penn State today," continued Dancer. "Coach Zinn is doing a great job with his team and it was a difficult match."

Penn State recap

"This was one of those matches in the Big Ten that you wish you had a second chance at, there were just so many ebbs and flows to this match," said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "I really thought we were going to win that last match. Being up a set, I thought the momentum would take us through it. Credit to the Illinois guy, he fought hard, he came back and won a really good match. It's hard to have a freshman in that situation like we did, but that's why he came here to be in big situations."

"I thought today, doubles was going to be a key point and it was," said Zinn. "It was the first doubles match we've lost in a long time. It was our first time playing outside since spring break. It wasn't the greatest tennis outside before the rain came, but I felt that we adjusted pretty well. We started to make a comeback in singles outside and that translated when we came indoors."

"Great effort by our team today, inching back to a possible upset against No. 9 Illinois," said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "Tied at 3-3, Marc almost came back after splitting the first two sets, but both players started getting tired and Illinois closed it out. We showed again today that we can really compete in the Big Ten this year."


#10 Illinois 4, #23 Penn State 3 
Mar 28, 2014 at University Park, Pa.
Singles competition
1. #50 Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #9 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2, 6-2
2. #23 Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Russell Bader (PSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Alex Fennell (PSU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
4. Matt Barry (PSU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-3, 6-2
5. Roman Trkulja (PSU) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Marc ColladoCastells (PSU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #28 Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) 8-7 (7-3)
2. #54 Michael Reilly/Chris Young (PSU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Farris Gosea (ILL) 4-5, unfinished
3. Blake Bazarnik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. David Kohan/ChristianLutschaunig (PSU) 8-3
Match Notes:
Illinois 14-5, 4-0; National ranking #10
Penn State 15-3, 2-2; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)
45 Minute Rain Delay
Match started outdoors at Sarni Tennis Center

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#23 Penn State 4, #10 Illinois 3 (Modified)
Mar 28, 2014 at University Park, Pa. (Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #50 Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #9 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2, 6-2
2. #23 Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Russell Bader (PSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Alex Fennell (PSU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
4. Matt Barry (PSU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-3, 6-2
5. Roman Trkulja (PSU) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Marc ColladoCastells (PSU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #28 Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) 8-7 (7-3)
2. #54 Michael Reilly/Chris Young (PSU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Farris Gosea (ILL) 4-5, unfinished
3. Blake Bazarnik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. David Kohan/ChristianLutschaunig (PSU) 8-3
Match Notes:
Illinois 13-6, 3-1; National ranking #10
Penn State 16-2, 3-2; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)
45 Minute Rain Delay; Match started outdoors at Sarni Tennis Center
Penn State protested Illinois' lineup. The Big Ten overturned the match
The point at No. 2 singles was awarded to Penn State.

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April 2, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference overturned the result of the March 28 men's tennis match between Illinois and Penn State. The action was taken by the conference after a lineup protest filed by Penn State regarding the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions was upheld by the conference protest committee. As a result of the committee's decision, the No. 2 singles point is awarded to Penn State to result in a 4-3 match victory for the Nittany Lions. While the team result was changed, all individual match results will be maintained.

Earlier in the week, Illinois submitted a lineup with Jared Hiltzik, ranked ninth in the nation, in the No. 1 singles position. The submitted lineup was protested by the opposing coaches last weekend. Illinois competed with Hiltzik, who was returning after missing nearly six weeks of action with an injury,  at No. 1 singles and Farris Gosea at No. 2 singles Friday at Penn State. Penn State then filed the lineup protest that was eventually upheld by the conference.

"I disagree with the current Big Ten policy on the setting of lineups," Illinois head coach Brad Dancer said. "We knew the ramifications of what could happen when we made the decision on our lineup last Friday. I'm disappointed in the situation, but, out of principle, we felt we needed to make a stand on what we believe is right. We adhered strictly to the guidelines set forth by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, but conference rules supersede ITA rules. We're disappointed with the situation and outcome, but, we'll accept it and move forward. This may allow us to begin the conversation to revise the system in the future."
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Sunday should be a fabulous day of tennis with 4 matches taking place between top 15 teams with Champaign, Charlottesville, College Station, and Norman the hot places to be.  3 of the 4 will take place outdoors with only the Ohio State/Illinois match likely headed indoors due to crummy weather.

I see at least 1 lower ranked team winning but I definitely wouldn't call it an upset. Check out the stats and projected lineups and see if you can figure out who wins each match.

#11 Ohio State (16-6) at #3 Illinois (16-3) - 1pm est - This will be the 2nd meeting of the year between these two with Illinois taking the first one 4-2 in the consolation draw at the National Indoors back in February.  This match is all but guaranteed to be played indoors due to Sunday's forecast of rain, high winds, and cooler temps.  Both teams are coming off nice wins with Illinois beating Penn State 6-1 and Ohio State winning at Northwestern 5-2.  Ohio State is 18-4 in doubles while Illinois is 10-9 so you've got to like the Buckeyes to take the early lead.  The top 3 singles matches should be repeats from February while the bottom 3 will be different.   Below is the box score from the 1st meeting and further down below we'll look at the singles match-ups.


Illinois 4, Ohio State 2
Sunday, February 15th, 2015 - Chicago, IL (National Indoors Consolation)
Singles competition
1. #41 Farris Gosea (ILL) vs. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 5-1, unfinished
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #7 Steinbach/Metka (OSU) def. #11 Kopinski/ Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-0
2. Jared Hiltzik/Gosea (ILL) vs. #36 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 2-5, unfinished
3. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,5,2,4)

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

Projected Singes Lineup
1. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) vs. #22 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46)
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) vs. #64 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.50)
3. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.49) vs. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL 13.98)
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) vs. #52 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.94)
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. #50 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.27)
6. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11)

Dual match singles records:
1. Torpegaard 10-5 vs. J Hiltzik 14-1
2. Diaz 9-7 (won 3 straight) vs. Gosea 5-5
3. Pollanen 9-6 vs. Kopinski 13-3
4. Callahan 15-4 vs. A Hiltzik 11-3 (won 9 straight)
5. Metka 15-4 vs. Vukic 12-1 (won 10 straight)
6. Steinbach 15-5 (won 4 straight) vs. Matsuya 8-2

Like I mentioned above I like Ohio State in doubles and I think Steinbach is the biggest favorite in all the 6 singles match-ups so I expect him to win in straight sets.  I'd give Illinois the edge at 1, 2, 3, and 5 though if Chris Diaz plays like he did against Northwestern (won 6-0, 6-1) he could give Gosea some trouble.  I think the match at 4 between Callahan and Aron Hiltzik is going to be a tight one and if this was earlier in the year I'd have taken Callahan but he's just 2-2 the last 4 times out while Hiltzik has won 9 straight against some tough customers.  Ohio State will keep it close but Illinois should pull it out.  Prediction:  Illinois 5-2


#4 Duke (17-2) at #8 Virginia (13-3) - 2pm est - Virginia is 14-2 in doubles while Duke is 14-5 though the Blue Devils have dropped the point the last 2 times out.  Duke has won 4 straight since losing to Virginia Tech though the last 3 have all been tight. Virginia is also riding a 4 match winning streak with all 4 being blowout wins.  Duke's Chris Mengel, which usually plays at 5, has been in and out of the lineup and if he's out for this one that won't bode well for the Dukies.  It should be sunny and right around 50 so this one should be played outdoors.

Projected Singles Lineup
1.  #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.41) vs. #6 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54)
2.  #41 Jason Tahir (DU 13.84) vs. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.89)
3. #101 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.14) vs. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75)
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.94) vs. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.76)
5. Josh Levine (DU 12.71) vs. J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.94)
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.55) vs. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.55)

Others who could play: Chris Mengel (DU 13.64), Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.93), Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.89)

Dual match singles records:
1. Alvarez 11-2 vs. Shane 10-4
2. Tahir 7-9 vs. Frank 10-2
3. Hemmeler 14-3 vs. Altamirano 12-0
4. Semenzato 9-4 vs. Kwiatkowski 11-2
5. Levine 9-6 vs. Aragone 9-3
6. Pura 9-2 vs. Wiersholm 6-2

Virginia may the lower ranked team but a loss would be a rather large upset.  Duke has to win the doubles point to have a puncher's chance but I look for Virginia to claim the doubles point and then I like the Cavs to pick up singles wins at 2, 3, 4, and 5 from Frank, Altamirano, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone.  I like Nicolas Alvarez's chances against Shane and think Pura will do well against Wiersholm should they be matched up.  Duke usually plays Virginia pretty close however Virginia always seems to come out on top against them and anybody else in the ACC.  Prediction: Virginia 5-2 


#7 Texas (15-2) at #1 Oklahoma (18-1) - 2pm est - Texas got all it wanted on Friday just getting past Oklahoma State 4-3 in a match that came down to a 3rd set at #6 singles while Oklahoma was pushed by TCU but still prevailed 4-1.  OU is 10-9 in doubles while Texas is 9-8 though both won the doubles point on Friday.  Texas #1 Soren Hess-Olesen suffered his first dual-match loss of the year on Friday going down meekly in straight sets to Jakob Sude.  The Texas recap said Soren had been under the weather leading up to the match so you've got to assume he'll still be less than 100% for this one.  The temperature should be around 70 at the start of this match.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 15.14) vs. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74)
2. #37 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.95) vs. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59)
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.81) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.31)
4. George Goldhoff (TX 13.65) vs. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15)
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.78) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.83)
6. Clement Homs (TX 13.36) vs. Floin Bragusi (OU 13.51)

Dual match singles records:
1. Hess-Olesen 15-1 vs. Harris 11-4
2. Glasspool 9-2 vs. Alvarez 15-0
3. Berkowicz 13-3 vs. Webb 12-3
4. Goldhoff 4-4 vs. Ghilea 13-2
5. Naumann 7-6 vs. Papa 8-5
6. Homs 4-0 vs. Bragusi 7-1

Texas has a chance in this one but in my opinion it's a small chance.  I like Oklahoma in doubles and then look for the Sooners to get wins from Alvarez, Webb, and Ghilea. The match at 1 will probably go unfinished but if Hess-Olesen is less than 100% he'll likely go down to Harris.  I'd say that Naumann and Homs have the best chance to win for Texas but those could each be matches that go 3 sets and also go unfinished. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-1


#13 Ole Miss (13-5) at #9 Texas A&M (12-3) - 1pm est - Ole Miss had a huge comeback on Friday coming back from 3-0 down to LSU with Nik Scholtz fighting off 6 match points in the decider. Texas A&M sat 2 starters against Arkansas but still cruised to a 4-0 shutout.  Ole Miss is 10-8 in doubles but has lost the point the last 2 times out while Texas A&M is 12-3. Temperatures will be in the mid 70s for this one.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #15 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.18) vs. #59 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.23)
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.19) vs. #67 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.16)
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.76) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.11)
4. William Kallberg (OM 13.35) vs. #51 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.59)
5. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.11) vs. #79 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.27)
6. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.85) vs. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.36)

Dual match singles records:
1. Scholtz 11-3 vs. Efferding 9-2
2. Lindmark 12-3 vs. Vinsant 5-2
3. Hansson 7-7 vs. Rinderknech 8-2
4. Kallberg 5-6 vs. Adams 0-8
5. Jorge 5-3 vs. Catanzariti 10-3
6. Gowda 6-2 vs. Arconada 3-2

Texas A&M is always tough at home while Ole Miss is just 1-2 on the road in conference play and it was nearly 0-3.  I think the Aggies get the doubles point to jump out to the early 1-0 lead and then lean on the Rebels and pick up wins from Vinsant, Rinderknech, and Catanzariti.  I think Scholtz will win at 1 and Adams and Arconada will both be leading for Texas A&M at the time of the clinch. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-1


What does everybody think - can someone other than Virginia pull the "upset"?


Other Sunday Storylines:

Can #14 North Carolina recover from 2 straight conference losses and win in Blacksburg or does #16 Virginia Tech avenge the earlier 4-1 loss during the Kickoff weekend?

#27 Tulsa just got past Central Florida on Friday can they do the same in Tampa against #18 South Florida or will the Bulls gore them?

#52 Tennessee put together its most impressive performance of the season on Friday against #62 Alabama.  #34 Mississippi State followed up its upset of #13 Ole Miss by just squeaking past Kentucky 4-3 which happened to be State's 1st win over Kentucky since 2007.  Does the same Tennessee team show up on Sunday or does Mississippi State make it 3 conference wins this week?

#17 Vanderbilt put up a good fight in Athens on Friday against #5 Georgia but still lost 4-1.  Will Vandy rebound and win at #42 South Carolina or will the Gamecocks get their biggest win of the year?

#22 Oklahoma State came close to get a top 10 win on Friday before falling to #7 Texas 4-3.  #10 TCU gave #1 Oklahoma a really good shot but came up short 4-1. Which team will come back from the loss and get the win?


Below are all the live scoring/twitter links for Sunday's matches - I plan on being in Champaign but I'll have a few of these matches queued up on my phone so I can keep tabs on them.

Notre Dame at Florida State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Kennesaw State at Georgia Tech - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Boston College at Miami - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan State at Iowa - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Tulsa at South Florida - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Louisville at Clemson - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Ohio State at Illinois - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Penn State at Northwestern - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Indiana at Minnesota - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan at Nebraska - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Purdue at Wisconsin - 1pm est - Wisconsin Twitter & Streaming
Mississippi State at Tennessee - 1pm est - Live Scoring & UT Blog
Vanderbilt at South Carolina - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Alabama at Kentucky - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Ole Miss at Texas A&M - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Arkansas at LSU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Duke at Virginia - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
North Carolina at Virginia Tech - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Incarnate Word at Baylor - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Video (if outdoors) & Blog
Texas at Oklahoma - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming w subsc.
TCU at Oklahoma State - 2pm est - Live Scoring
UT San Antonio at Texas A&M - 5pm est - Live Scoring
Santa Clara at San Diego - 5:30pm est - Live Scoring
The Citadel at South Carolina - 6pm est - Live Scoring
UT Arlington at Baylor 7pm est - Live Scoring & Video (if outdoors) & Blog
IUPUI at Northwestern - 7:30pm est - Live Scoring











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It was expected to be a dynamite day with 4 matches taking place between top 15 teams but in the end we got 4 lopsided matches with 3 of the 4 wrapped up in under 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Illinois put an end to Ohio State's 97 match regular season Big 10 winning streak with a 4-0 win.  The Illini surprised many by taking the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 doubles.  Illinois' #2 team of Aron Hiltzik and Ross Guignon got a break to start the match and never looked and rolled to an 8-5 win.  Below is match point which includes a swing and miss by Diaz.



The Illinois' #3 team of Farris Gosea and Aleks Vukic fell behind 3-1 before taking the next 5 games to go up 6-3.  A couple of service hold later and Illinois had the doubles point.



Ohio State made a last minute change to the singles lineup as Ty Tucker removed its #3 Herkko Pollanen which moved everyone from 4 down up a slot with Matt Mendez coming in at #6.  I was told it was a coaches decision by Tucker and it may have had something to do with Pollanen's play in doubles.

Illinois jumped out to early break lead at 1, 2, 3, and 5 singles and really never looked back as Jared Hiltzik, Tim Kopinski, and Aleks Vukic completed the shutout with the singles portion taking just under an hour and twenty minutes.  Play was stopped after the clinch, which isn't typically the norm for the Big 10, but considering how lopsided the match was I think Ohio State wanted to call it a day and get back on the road to head home.

Below are the clinching points in each singles match plus this youtube link has some other highlights that I shot most from my phone - most of the singles is Vukic/Steinbach:








Illinois recap with interviews from Brad Dancer and Ross Guignon and a highlight package they put together via Illinois Sports Dept.






Ohio State recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 29th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#3 Illinois 4, #11 Ohio State 0
Mar 29, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #22 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) 6-2, 6-4
2. #64 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.50) vs. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
3. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL 13.98) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) 6-1, 6-3
4. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. #52 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.94) 7-6 (1), 1-2, unfinished
5. #50 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.27) def. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-2, 6-1
6. Matt Mendez (OSU 12.97) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) 6-0, 5-2 unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #75 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) vs. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-7
2. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-5
3. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #74 Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-7, 4-1; National ranking #11
Illinois 17-3, 5-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,1,3)
T-2:20

Who Wins On Sunday in Champaign

Illinois
  33 (68%)
Ohio State
  15 (31%)

Votes so far: 48 

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#8 Virginia extended its ACC winning streak to 131 matches with a 6-1 win over #4 Duke in a match that was closer than the final score indicated.  The doubles portion wasn't close at all with Virginia crushing Duke on all 3 courts but singles was much tighter with Duke getting 3 1st sets and having a break lead at 1 and 2 before Mitchell Frank and Ryan Shane rallied to take the opening set.  Virginia did a much better job closing out its matches with Frank, Shane, and Collin Altamirano each winning in straight sets. Both J.C. Aragone and Henrik Wiersholm would rally from a set down to win in 3. Duke's lone point came from Raphael Hemmeler who came back from 5-3 down in the 1st to win 10 of the next 11 games and take the match at #3 singles 7-5, 6-1 over Thai-Son Kwiatkowski. 

Virginia recap

"I really want to thank the crowd that gave us a great atmosphere to play in today," said head coach Brian Boland. "It was a great day of tennis and we are happy to get a win over a tremendous Duke team. I am glad that we were able to get to play at Snyder in front of what I consider the best fans in college tennis."

The win extended Virginia's win streak against conference opponents (regular season and tournaments) to 131 consecutive matches, the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.

"We played some tremendous doubles," said Boland. "We continue to get better every day in doubles. The guys have really embraced that part of our program. Luca continues to lead our team in doubles and he and Ryan are playing at a really high level at No. 1."

"I was really impressed with a lot of players today," said Boland. "Mitchell is such a great leader and gave us a lot of energy on the court today. I was pleased with how Ryan stayed composed at the end. He was serving to close out the match, had triple-matchpoint and got broken, but came right back and broke to serve it out again. That isn't easy to do. It was also great to see Henrik get the win at the end as he played an impressive tiebreaker."

Duke recap

#8 Virginia 6, #4 Duke 1
Mar 29, 2015 at Charlottesville, VA (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Doubles:
1. #8 Shane/Corinteli (UVa) def. #12 Alvarez/Hemmeler (Duke) 8-3
2. #54 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) vs. Levine/Tahir (Duke) 7-2 DNF
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVa) def. Mengel/Semenzato (Duke) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3,1
Singles:
1. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVa 14.89) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (Duke 14.41) 7-5, 6-3
2. #6 Ryan Shane (UVa 14.54) def. #41 Jason Tahir (Duke 13.84) 7-6(3), 7-5
3. #101 Raphael Hemmeler (Duke 14.14) def. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa 14.76) 7-5, 6-1
4. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVa 14.75) def. Bruno Semenzato (Duke 13.94) 6-1, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (UVa 13.94) def. Josh Levine (Duke 12.71) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa 13.55) def. TJ Pura (Duke 13.55) 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-2
Order of Finish: 4,3,5,2,1,6
T-3:20 - clinched in 2:52

Who Wins on Sunday in Charlottesville

Virginia
  47 (90%)
Duke
  5 (9%)

Votes so far: 52


Who Ends Virginia's ACC Record 127 Match Conference Winning Streak

Duke
  8 (10%)
 
Virginia Tech
  3 (3%)
 
North Carolina
  5 (6%)
 
Wake Forest
  9 (11%)
 
Not Happening in 2015
  54 (68%)
 

Votes so far: 79
Poll closed
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Oklahoma just keeps on winning as the #1 Sooners rolled over arch rival Texas 4-1.   The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at 2 but OU's Andrew Harris and Alex Ghilea would pull it out 7-3 to give Oklahoma the 1-0 lead.  Oklahoma would take the opening set on 5 of 6 courts and would get straight set wins from Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Spencer Papa at 1, 2, and 5.  Texas got its lone point at #3 singles when Adrien Berkowicz knocked off Dane Webb 6-4, 6-3.

Oklahoma recap

"I think it is special, head coach John Roddick said. "We always seem to get our biggest crowd of the year, and we had another big one today. I think it means a lot to our lettermen and some of the other guys who took a pounding from them for years. I know they enjoy that and our guys enjoy playing in front of that many people.

"That was huge to get doubles, Roddick said. "We have been getting better each match. On three we had three or four break points that could have evened that one up. When it is that short you have to give yourself a chance and I liked what I saw. We played great at one again. Our doubles has come miles from four or five weeks ago.

"In the end there was a lot of energy, sophomore Andrew Harris said. "It pumped us all up. We know once we win the doubles point we are very very hard to beat. That gave us confidence.

"Axel went out and took care of business, Roddick said. "He played the way he needed to play to make the guy feel like he didn't have a chance.

"I was just really excited, Harris said. "I knew leading up to this match it would be a great opportunity. You don't get to play No. 1 in the country very often. I just really focused and took every chance I got. I was really focused and it showed. "

"Andrew beating the no. 1 player in the countrythat's how he can play when he really focuses and doesn't give any free points away, Roddick said. "That was a great effort.

"Spencer closed it out well, Roddick said. "He dealt with a little bit of adversity, but he handled it really well. He was able to close it out. The first three chances we had to close matches out, we did it. That's what we want to do.

Video

Texas recap

#1 Oklahoma 4, #7 Texas 1
03/29/15 at Norman, OK (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.14) 6-1, 6-3
2. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.59) def. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.95) 6-1, 6-2
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.81) def. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.31) 6-4, 6-3
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.83) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.78) 6-4, 7-5
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Clement Homs (UT 13.36) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) def. #41 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-3
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Florin Bragusi/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 15-3, 1-1; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Oklahoma 19-1, 2-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)
Just when you thought it was safe to go outside at night the Minnesota Golden Gophers jumped out from behind the tree and yelled boo and shocked #3 Illinois 4-3.

Minnesota took the doubles point for the 20th time in 24 matches by getting wins at #1 (Jack Hamburg/Mathieu Froment) and #2 (Felix Corwin/Leandro Toledo) with the win at #2 coming in the tiebreak.  Illinois had won the doubles point in the previous 6 matches but is now just 15-10 on the year in doubles.

Despite falling behind, many people including myself thought Illinois would turn it on in singles and still get it done but Minnesota said not tonight.

The biggest singles upset came in the first match to finish as Minnesota's Jack Hamburg snapped #57 Aleks Vukic's 14-match winning streak with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #5 singles.  Vukic hadn't dropped a set since March 15th.  For those that like tracking the UTRs of each player you'll notice that there was a difference of more than 1.00 which means this is definitely an upset.

After falling behind 2-0, Illinois would get back in the match with wins from Farris Gosea, Tim Kopinski, and Aron Hiltzik at 1, 3, and 4 to put the Illini up 3-2.

It looked like Jared Hiltzik was going to close out Matic Spec in straight sets at #2 when he had 3 match points in the 2nd set but Spec would come back to take the set in a tiebreak.  Spec jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 3rd but Hiltzik would take the next 2 to tie it back up.  Spec would then take the next 4 games and close it out 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 to even the match at 3-3.  Matic Spec has now won 11 in a row and 19-2 on the year in dual-match play.

In the deciding match at #6 singles, Minnesota's Mathieu Froment would come back from a set down to take the 2nd set and then go up 4-2 in the 3rd against Blake Bazarnik.  Bazarnik would then hold, break, and hold again to go up 5-4.  Spec held for 5-5, Bazarnik held easily for 6-5, then Bazarnik would go up 15-40 on the Froment serve to give himself 2 match points.  Froment battled back and took the next 4 points to hold and force a tiebreak to decide the match.  Bazarnik served first in the TB and went up 1-0, then Froment took the next 2 points to go up 2-1, then Bazarnik got the next one to tie it at 2-2.  I thought this might be heading for an epic 15-13 tiebreak or something like that but Froment would then take the next 5 points and close it out 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).
If Minnesota can beat #27 Northwestern on Sunday we'd have a 3-way tie for 1st in the Big 10. As of this moment I'm not sure how the seeds for the Big 10 Tournament would be determined if there was a 3-way tie for 1st.  Since they'd all have the same H2H record I'm guessing that it'd revert to the highest ITA ranking to determine seeds.  Just a guess but if someone at a Big 10 school has knowledge of the tiebreaker procedure let me know and I'll post it.

Minnesota recap
Illinois recap

"Minnesota has very good players and are well coached," head coach Brad Dancer said. "They put on a great event and gave it the feel of a Big Ten Championship match. We had them down in multiple spots ready to close them out. Triple match point and double match point on separate courts to finish the match. Anytime a team fights back from that you have to give them all the credit. Minnesota earned the win. We know we have work to do. It's up to the coaches to prepare the team and be ready for Sunday."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 17th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#33 Minnesota 4, #3 Illinois 3
Apr. 17, 2015 at Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #75 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.52) def. #21 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.18) 6-4, 6-4
2. #94 Matic Spec (MINN 14.09) def. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.58) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
3. #56 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.24) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.40) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. #64 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.09) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.46) 6-2, 6-3
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.32) def. #57 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.43) 6-4, 6-4
6. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.85) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 12.99) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition
1. #47 Jack Hamburg/Mathieu Froment (MINN) def. #60 Jared Hiltzik/Kopinski (ILL) 8-4
2. Felix Corwin/Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) vs. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-6, unf
Match Notes
Illinois 21-4 (9-1 Big Ten); National ranking #3
Minnesota 18-6 (9-1 Big Ten); National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,1,3,2,6)


The match of the day at the SEC Tournament came in the opener as the #3 seed Mississippi State knocked off the #6 seed Florida 4-3.  State dropped the doubles point but came back in singles and took 5 opening sets and managed to finish 3 of those in straights.  The matches at #3 and #4 would both go to a 3rd set and while Gordon Watson got the win at #3 for Florida it would be Mississippi State's Rishab Agarwal getting the clincher at #4 singles over Chase Perez-Blanco 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.   Perez-Blanco had won 11 of his previous 12 matches going into this one while Agarwal himself has now won 11 straight.

Mississippi State recap

"That was a great performance and a great win for our guys out there today, MSU coach Matt Roberts said. "We struggled in doubles, but these guys, as they have all year, answered the challenge and came back strong. They brought a lot of energy and emotion and overcame a tough Florida team.

"Really proud of Florian, Tassilo, Julian and Rishab. They didn't let the fact that we were down 1-0 put pressure on themselves, Roberts said. "It's mindsets like that which have been key to us all year. They brought it with every point and helped us move on to Saturday.


Florida recap

#20 Mississippi State 4, #17 Florida 3
Singles competition
1. #76 Florian Lakat (MSU) def. #53 Diego Hidalgo (UF) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
2. #116 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
3. #120 Gordon Watson (UF) def. #118 Mate Cutura (MSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
5. Tassilo Schmid (MSU) def. Maxx Lipman (UF) 6-4, 7-5
6. Julian Cash (MSU) def. Joshua Wardell (UF) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #51 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. #7 Florian Lakat/Julian Cash (MSU) 6-3
2. #50 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) def. Mate Cutura/Tassilo Schmid (MSU) 6-2
3. Juan Cruz Estevarena/Robin Haden (MSU) vs. Wardell/Perez-Blanco (UF) 2-5, unf
Match Notes:
Florida 14-8; National ranking #17
Mississippi State 19-6; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,6,5,3,4)
SEC Quarterfinals
T-2:37


#6 Texas A&M 4, #25 LSU 0
Apr 17, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #74 Jordan Daigle (LSU) vs. #61 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 6-4, 2-4, unf
2. Chris Simpson (LSU) vs. #69 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2, 4-4, unf
3. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3, 4-4, unf
4. #55 Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-4, 6-1
5. #93 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Simon Freund (LSU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #11 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #20 Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-1
2. Chris Simpson/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. #46 Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-2
3. Arthur Rinderknech/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Tam Trinh/Simon Freund (LSU) 7-5
Match Notes
LSU 17-8; National ranking #25
Texas A&M 19-4; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,6)
SEC Quarterfinals
T-2:05


#13 Ole Miss 4, #22 Vanderbilt 1
April 17, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Gonzales Austin (VANDY) def. #19 Nik Scholtz (OM) 6-2, 6-3
2. #87 Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) 6-3, 6-1
3. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #84 Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3, 6-4
4. William Kallberg (OM) def. Kris Yee (VANDY) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Ricardo Jorge (OM) vs. Suresh Eswaran (VANDY) 5-7, 6-4, 3-3, unf
6. Vinod Gowda (OM) vs. Baker Newman (VANDY) 7-5, 5-7, 0-0, unf
Doubles competition
1. #39 Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) vs. #2 Austin/Johnson (VU) 6-6 (5-4)
2. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Baker Newman/Pen Binet (VU) 6-3
3. William Kallberg/Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Jeffrey Offerdahl/Daniel Valent (VU) 7-5
Match Notes
Vanderbilt 19-7; National ranking #22
Ole Miss 17-7; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,3,4)
SEC Quarterfinal
T-2:33


#5 Georgia 4, #42 Tennessee 0
April 17, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #15 Mikelis Libietis (UT) vs. #29 Austin Smith (UGA) 7-6(2), 1-2* unf
2. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. Hunter Reese (UT) 6-4, 4-2 unf
3. #26 Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Jack Schipanski (UT) 6-2, 6-2
4. Luis Valero (UT) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-5, 1-1 unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Andrew Dromsky (UT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Brandon Fickey (UT) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #1 Ben Wagland/Austin Smith (UGA) def. #6 Libietis/Reese (UT) 7-6 (9)
2. Nathan Pasha/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Dromsky/Smelyanski (UT) 6-2
3. Luis Valero/Jack Schipanski (UT) def. Wayne Montgomery/Nick Wood (UGA) 6-3
Match Notes:
Tennessee 14-12; National ranking #42
Georgia 20-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6,3)
SEC quarterfinal
T-2:04


UTSA 4, Southern Miss 3
Apr 17, 2015 at Norfolk, Va. (Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #82 Tomas Stillman (UTSA) def. Tarun Surat (USM) 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3
2. Wen-Po Tseng (USM) def. Yannick Junger (UTSA) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
3. Chao-Yu Huang (USM) def. Tito Moreiras (UTSA) 6-3, 6-0
4. Brad Marriott (USM) def. Joel Rubio (UTSA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-6)
5. Joao Riquelme (UTSA) def. Alex Doleac (USM) 6-2, 6-3
6. Diogo Casa (UTSA) def. Mikhail Esipov (USM) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #67 Stillman/Moreiras (UTSA) def. Wen-Po Tseng/Chao-Yu Huang (USM) 8-3
2. Yannick Junger/Diogo Casa (UTSA) def. Tarun Surat/Daniel Merker (USM) 8-6
3. Joel Rubio/Jake Rother (UTSA) vs. Brad Marriott/Alex Doleac (USM) 6-6, unf
Match Notes:
Southern Miss 15-9
UTSA 15-8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,3,6,2,4,1)


Top 25 (through 4/17)

RankSchoolPoints
1Oklahoma84.79
2Baylor76.74
3Texas A&M 66.19
4Illinois65.61
5Virginia65.52
6Duke63.52
7USC62.70
8Georgia62.40
9TCU61.62
10Texas58.22
11Wake Forest48.21
12Ohio State47.07
13Ole Miss45.99
14UCLA42.38
15North Carolina*41.52
16Virginia Tech*41.01
17Texas Tech40.13
18Mississippi State39.89
19Columbia* 38.28
20Florida38.10
21San Diego38.02
22South Florida 35.83
23Vanderbilt34.83
24Minnesota*33.20
25Stanford*32.07
Published in Blogs
It's go time for the ACC, Big 10, and Big 12 with each conference down to the semifinals of their conference tournaments plus the Pac 12 has reached its Championship match.

ACC:

#5 [1] Virginia vs. #16 [4] North Carolina - 10am est - Virginia won both the regular season meetings with the Wahoos beating UNC 6-1 in Charlottesville and blanking them 4-0 at the National Indoors in Chicago.  Neither match was particularly close though the match at UVA was the better of the two with UNC taking 3 sets and losing several 7-5.


FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #7 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.72) vs. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.69) 
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.79) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.31)
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (UNC 13.85) 
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (UNC 14.16) 
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 
6. JC Aragone (UVA 14.08) vs. Andrew Gores (UNC 12.14),
Bench: Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.96),  Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.50)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Shane (UVA) vs. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)
2. #63 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVA) vs. Murray/Schneider (UNC)

North Carolina is basically going to give away #5 or #6 singles because if a hobbled Esben Hess-Olesen plays at 5 he'll likely retire early-on or go down meekly and if he sits the drop off to its #7/#8 players is pretty severe. North Carolina needs the doubles point to have any reasonable hope of an upset but I don't see Virginia dropping the point for the second day in a row.  I like Virginia in doubles and Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, and JC Aragone at 2, 3, and 6. I think Brayden Schnur has a good shot at 1 and Jack Murray is more than capable of playing with Kwiatkowski at 4 but in the end Virginia wins. Prediction: Virginia 4-1


#11 [2] Wake Forest vs. #55 [10] Georgia Tech - 10am est - Wake Forest won the regular season meeting in Atlanta 5-2 but it was a close match that saw Wake win both #1 and #2 doubles in a tiebreak and then win the 2 deciding singles matches in a 3rd set. 

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) vs. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 
4. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs.  Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) vs.  Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.26) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 

Projected Doubles Lineup
1. Skander Mansouri/Chrstian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) vs. Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) 

Georgia Tech is playing lights out right now and they come into this one with nothing to lose while Wake Forest is definitely considered the heavy favorite.  I think Georgia Tech finds a way to take the doubles point and I like Segura and Kay in singles but Wake's top 2 of Rubin and Bogaerts should win along with Mansouri and Seraphim. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3


Big 12:


#2 [2] Baylor (20-4) vs. #6 [3] TCU (21-6) - 1pm est - Baylor won the regular season meeting at home 4-0 though all 6 of the singles matches and all of the 3 doubles match will be different this time.  TCU is coming off a 4-0 thrashing of Oklahoma State while Baylor won its regular season finale last Saturday over Texas Tech 4-1.  

Regular season result:

#5 Baylor 4, #13 TCU 0
Mar 03, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #20 Will Stein/Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #57 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-4
2. Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Facundo Lugones/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) vs. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.66) 6-2, 5-6 DNF
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.81) vs. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 6-3, 5-6 DNF
3. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.28) 6-3, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) vs. Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.53) 6-4, 3-6, 2-0 DNF
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.49) 6-0, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.38) 6-0, 6-2
Match Notes
TCU 8-4, 0-1; National ranking #13
Baylor 10-2, 1-0; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,5)

Singles Lineup:
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) vs. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96)
2. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) vs. #59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.97)
3. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) vs. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36)
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98)
5. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 

Doubles Lineup:
1. #18 Lenz/Galeano (BU) vs. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU)
2. #63 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) vs. #29 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
3. Rios/Schneider (BU) vs. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU)

Baylor's strength all year has been at doubles with BU an outstanding 22-1 while TCU is 15-10. TCU has won the doubles point the last 3 times out so I think they'll keep it close but Baylor still takes it. Lenz has to be considered the sizable favorite at #1 as is Rios at #6 but I think each of the other 4 courts is up for grabs.  

Lupieri beat Nunez 6-2, 6-0 back in October but Nunez is a different player now and has won 17 of his last 18 to rise up from #6 in the lineup to #2.  Lupieri has dropped 2 straight and 4 of his last 7 so he'll have to play better to beat Nunez.  Cameron Norrie had a nice fall but then struggled a little in the middle of the season but he's now rebounded to win his last 5 while Tchoutakian has won 4 of his last 5.  Diego Galeano has dealt with some injuries this year but he's won 5 of 6 since returning to the lineup while Lugones has been tearing it up and is currently riding a 9-match winning streak. Mate Zsiga has won 8 in a row (it'd probably be 14 in a row if his matches hadn't been stopped due to the clinch) while Arnau Dachs has won 4 in a row and 5 of 6.  Both Zsiga and Dachs have played at #1 and #2 singles in the past so each has a big time game.  

TCU has won 7 in a row and the guys are playing with a ton of confidence so I think they'll give Baylor all they want.  I do like Baylor in doubles and Lenz and Rios in singles but I like Nunez, Norrie, and Lugones for TCU at 2, 3, and 4.  I think it could come down to a 3rd set at #5 with the large vocal crowd pushing the Zsiga over the top.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3


#1 [1] Oklahoma (22-2) vs. #10 [4] Texas (19-5) - 1pm est - Oklahoma won the regular season meeting at home 4-1 and all but the top 2 singles spots will be rematches. It looks like none of the doubles courts will be rematches with Oklahoma tentatively scheduled to switch up its doubles pairings to find a spark for the postseason. Oklahoma hasn't played since beating Oklahoma State last Sunday while Texas beat Texas Tech yesterday in a hard fought 4-1 win.  

Regular season result:

#1 Oklahoma 4, #7 Texas 1
03/29/15 at Norman, OK (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.14) 6-1, 6-3
2. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.59) def. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.95) 6-1, 6-2
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.81) def. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.31) 6-4, 6-3
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.83) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.78) 6-4, 7-5
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Clement Homs (UT 13.36) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) def. #41 Glasspool/Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-3
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Bragusi/Papa (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 15-3, 1-1; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Oklahoma 19-1, 2-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)
T-2:18

Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) vs. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.88)
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.99)
3. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 14.02)
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.65)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.72)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Clement Homs (TX 13.35)

Doubles Lineup:
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU)  vs. #14 Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (TX)
2. Dane Webb/Nick Papac (OU) vs. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (TX)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (TX)

Oklahoma won the doubles point the first time and I think OU's new pairings will get them the point again today.

You got two of the best players in college tennis playing at #1 singles as Axel Alvarez puts his 19-0 dual match record on the line against Soren Hess-Olesen who was 15-0 until he dropped 3 of his last 5. Andrew Harris has won 5 in a row and 7 of 8 while Lloyd Glasspool has won 3 straight and he picked up a nice win over Felipe Soares yesterday.  Dane Webb has split his last 6 matches after being nearly unbeatable earlier in the season while Adrien Berkowicz has dropped 2 straight after winning the previous 4.  Alex Ghilea has won 6 of 7 while George Goldhoff has won 2 of 3 with a slew of unfinished matches sprinkled in.  Goldhoff clinched UT's win over Texas Tech by coming back from a set down to beat Jolan Cailleau - Cailleau happens to be the only to beat Alex Ghilea in the last 6 weeks.  Spencer Papa snapped a 2-match losing streak last Sunday by beating Okie State's Lukas Finzelberg while Nick Naumann has dropped 6 of 8 though he was up 3-0 in the 3rd yesterday against Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon when the match was halted.  Florin Bragusi has split his last 2 matches though 4 of his last 6 have gone unfinished.  1 of those unfinished matches came against Clement Homs who is 7-1 on the year after returning from a knee injury.

Texas has a shot at 1, 3, and 6 but I like Andrew Harris, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa at 2, 4, and 5 to give OU the 4 points it needs.  If Texas were to take the doubles point meaning OU would need 4 singles wins then I'd take Alvarez at #1 for the 4th point.   Prediction:  Oklahoma 4-1


Big 10:

#4 [1] Illinois (23-4) vs. #30 [4] Northwestern (20-8) - 1pm est - Illinois won the regular season meeting at home 5-2 in a match where Northwestern took the doubles point before Illinois won at 1 through 5 singles despite playing without Farris Gosea.

Regular Season Result:

#6 Illinois 5, Northwestern 2
Feb 19, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
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)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1.  #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04)
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73)
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68)
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43)
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) vs. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88)
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) 

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #58 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU)
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU)
3. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU)

Illinois is definitely the heavy favorite playing at home and I think they'll pull through with relative ease by taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from Farris Gosea, Aron Hiltzik, and Aleks Vukic.  Northwestern's only chance at pulling the stunner would be by taking the doubles point and getting wins at 1, 3, and 6. Prediction: Illinois 4-0


#12 [2] Ohio State (24-7) vs. #23 [3] Minnesota (20-6) - 1pm est - Ohio State won the regular season meeting in Columbus 4-2 though it was a very tight match.  Ohio State won the deciding court in doubles in a tiebreak before winning 3 straight set matches at 2, 4, and 6 with Minnesota winning at 1 and the other match going to a 3rd set. Minnesota is coming off a huge weekend that saw the Gophers beat both Illinois and Northwestern 4-3 in matches that came down a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match. Ohio State has won 8 in a row since it went down to Illinois back on March 29th though the competition in those 8 matches wasn't the toughest (except Minnesota).

Regular Season Result:

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) vs. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10)
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48)
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) vs. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56)
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) vs. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.92) 
Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. #56 Mathiew Froment/Hamburg (MINN)
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) 
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN)

Ohio State is 25-6 in doubles while Minnesota is 22-4 with the Gophers have taken the point in 6 straight matches since dropping it to Ohio State on April 3rd.  The doubles point is a must for Minnesota if they are to win this one.  

Leandro Toledo has won 9 of 11 but those 2 losses came in his last 3 matches while Chris Diaz has won 9 straight though none have come against ranked opposition.  Diaz is 0-6 against ranked opponents in dual-match play while Toledo is 6-7. Matic Spec is riding a 13-match winning streak while Mikael Torpegaard has split his last 8 matches. Herkko Pollanen has won his last 4 while Felix Corwin has won 11 of 13 including the clincher win over Northwestern's Logan Staggs 7-6 in the 3rd.  Hunter Callahan has won 4 straight and 6 of 7 while Ruben Weber has lost 4 of 6 though he did win yesterday against Michigan's Alex Knight.  Kevin Metka has won 2 straight though 5 of his last 8 matches went unfinished while Jack Hamburg has won 4 straight including a resounding 6-4, 6-4 win last weekend over Illinois's Aleks Vukic.  Metka and Hamburg split sets in the first meeting.  Ralf Steinbach has won 4 straight and 8 of 9 while Mathieu Froment has won 4 of 5 including the match clincher against Illinois's Blake Bazarnik.  Steinbach won the first meeting 6-1, 6-3.

I think Minnesota gets the doubles point this time and also gets wins from Toledo and Spec at 1 and 2 but I look for Ohio State to win at 3, 4, 5, and 6 with Metka and Hamburg probably the last match on.  Prediction: Ohio State 4-3


Pac 12:

#26 [1] Stanford (17-5) vs. #8 [2] USC (21-4) - 8pm est/5pm pst - These two split the regular season meetings with USC winning 6-1 at home back in February in a non-conference match and Stanford winning 4-3 at home just 2 weeks ago.

Regular Season Results:

#36 Stanford 4, #5 USC 3
April 11, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
Doubles
1) No. 36 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) vs. Crystal/Quiroz (USC) abandoned
2) Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) d. Johnson/Wang (USC) 6-2
3) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2 
Singles
1) #41 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.32) d. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
2) #100 John Morrissey (STAN 13.95) d. #19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3
3) #123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) d. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4) #33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) d. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.18) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5) #75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) d. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) 6-4, 6-4
6) David Hsu (STAN 13.81) d. #86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, 2

#1 USC 6, #37 Stanford 1
Feb 27, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles
(1) Morrissey/Stineman (Stan.) def. #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 6-3
(2) #30 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (Stan.) - 5-4 susp.
(3) Paige/Wilczynski (Stan.) def. Crystal/Wang (USC) - 7-5
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3
Singles
(1) #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (Stan 14.14) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.44) def. John Morrissey (Stan 14.10) - 6-4, 6-4*
(3) Eric Johnson (USC 13.97) def. David Wilczynski (Stan 13.86) - 6-3, 6-1
(4) #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Maciek Romanowicz (Stan 13.31) - 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
(5) #72 Max de Vroome (USC 14.14) def. Nolan Paige (Stan 13.32) - 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1
(6) #45 Nick Crystal (USC 13.93) def. David Hsu (Stan 13.95) - 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 2*, 5, 4


Projected Doubles Lineup w W-L in ( ):
1. #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN 13-3) vs. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC 13-4)
2. #83 Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 9-2) vs. de Vroome/Johnson (USC 8-4) 
3. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN 10-2) vs. Crystal/Wang (USC 0-2)

Doubles Records:
Stanford: 19-3
USC: 15-10

Outside of Baylor I don't think there's been a better doubles team than Stanford with the Cardinal 19-3 on the year including wins over USC in each of the first two meetings.  USC had dropped the doubles point 3 straight times until they blew out UCLA yesterday which came as a bit of a surprise. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69)
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) vs. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33)
3. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) vs. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46)
4. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23) vs. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24)
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) vs. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18)
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) vs. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) 

Dual-match singles records:
1. Fawcett 13-5 vs. Hanfmann 9-7
2. Morrissey 15-5 vs. Johnson 18-2
3. Wilczynski 12-7 vs. Quiroz 14-4
4. Stineman 9-5 vs. Wang 15-3
5. Paige 11-7 vs. de Vroome 17-2
6. Hsu 11-4 vs. Crystal 16-2

Stanford may be the #1 seed but USC has to be considered the favorite. I like Stanford in doubles and Tom Fawcett at #1 but I like USC everywhere else.  Stanford's best path to a win would be the same as their last match against USC - doubles, 1, 2, and 6 singles however USC has shuffled 2 and 3 and I think that could be the difference. Prediction: USC 4-2


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What a day of tennis in Waco - 2 semifinal matches played simultaneously on adjacent courts with both coming down to a 3rd set tiebreak to decide it and they both finished within seconds of each other.

It's too bad those FoxSports cameras weren't in operation today because it was rough trying to watch the conclusion of the Baylor/TCU match due to the streaming video being reduced to freeze-frame video.  As a side note, for those that were wondering, it was confirmed today by Baylor that PlaySight will be installing new HD cameras with sound in time for the NCAAs so the viewing public won't have to be subjected to any more of the current setup.  Click on this link for a preview of the kind of clarity that you'll see - choose Indian Wells during daylight hours.  PlaySight operated the streaming for Virginia Tech and did the streaming for the National Indoors at the MidTown Athletic Club in Chicago and at Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Cup.


Back to business - we'll start with Baylor/TCU.  Baylor ran its doubles record to 23-1 by picking up a 6-4 win from Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano (18-1) at #1 and a 6-3 win from Vinny Schneider and Felipe Rios (16-3) at #3. TCU's Trevor Johnson and Cameron Norrie ran their record to 12-2 with a 6-3 win at #2.  

Baylor's Julian Lenz, Tony Lupieri, and Diego Galeano would get off to quick starts at 1, 2 and 4 singles by going up early breaks and each would eventually close out the opening set.  TCU's Arnau Dachs and Will Stein would get early break leads at 5 and 6 but while Dachs took his opening set 6-1, Stein would let a 5-2 lead slip away and drop the opening set to Felipe Rios 7-6(5). Stein served for the set up 5-2 and up 5-4 but got broke each time.  Below is an amusing quote from the BU blog:


Rios served for the set up 6-5 but got broke at love and then in the TB Rios went up 6-3 only to lose both points on serve before Stein gave him the tiebreak by double faulting.  TCU's Cameron Norrie would break Max Tchoutakian at 4-4 and then serve to take the opening set at #4 by a 6-4 score.  So that was 4 opening sets for Baylor and just 2 for TCU.

It appeared that Baylor's Julian Lenz would be the first to finish as he served for the match at #1 up 6-1, 5-3 however TCU's Nick Chappell had other plans and would break Lenz at love and then come all the way back to take the second set 7-5.

Lenz's doubles parter Diego Galeano would finish off Facundo Lugones 6-3, 6-3 at #4 singles to make it 2-0 Baylor but a few minutes later TCU's Cameron Norrie would put the Horned Frogs on the board with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian at #3. Felipe Rios would make it 3-1 BU as he gave Will Stein a second set breadstick to finish off a 7-6, 6-1 win at #6.

Arnau Dachs would trim the BU lead to 3-2 with a 6-1, 7-6(7) win over Mate Zsiga at #5.  Zsiga led 3-0 in the 2nd set before Dachs came back to tie it at 3, then Zsiga had 2 set points when Dachs served at 5-6 but Dachs managed to get it to the tiebreak. Zsiga served up 6-5 in the TB but lost both points on his serve then after fighting off a match point on the Dachs serve Dachs took the final 2 points to close it out.

Tony Lupieri was looking good at #2 when he led Guillermo Nunez 6-3, 2-0 but Nunez hung around and eventually wore Lupieri out as he took it 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0.

With the match tied at 3 it all came down to the 3rd set at #1 and TCU's Nick Chappell would deliver the first blow by breaking Lenz to start the set and following that up with a hold for 2-0.  Lenz would hold for 1-2, then break Chappell from 15-40 to tie it at 2, then hold for 3-2.  Chappell held, Lenz held, then Chappell held again this time on the 40-40 deciding point so it was now 4-4.  After another set of holds Chappell would break Lenz on the 30-40 point to go up 6-5.  After falling behind 0-30 and 30-40 Chappell would get it to 40-40 which meant we had a match point/break point.  Chappell would put a forehand into the net to give Lenz the break and then it was all Lenz in the deciding tiebreak as he jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win.

Tremendous match between those 2 teams and with the video not working well I have to say job well done to Kim Gorum for giving us the blow-by-blow on the Baylor blog.

Below is a clip that David Roditi shot of the crowd on match point and below that is the final point of the tiebreak.  


Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"The mistake that you can make is when you start scoreboard watching and paying attention to stuff like that. You've got to get to four points. We got to three relatively quickly but we just couldn't seem to find that fourth one and that's tennis. You've got to stay focused and keep pushing. I thought TCU really took the momentum there from us for a while and just really played an exceptional level of tennis." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"I know they're excited to see us in the final. They just love beating us so we're going to go out and give it another shot and see if we can get over the line." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final tomorrow.

TCU recap


"I am obviously disappointed. We were right there and had a match point, but I couldn't be more proud of our guys for the way they fought back," head coach David Roditi said. "We didn't have the best start possible and it is hard on the road, but we kept fighting and came back in some matches. Nick (Chappell) was down a set and 5-3 in the second and I couldn't be more proud of Nick for coming back in that second set and winning. He then put himself in a situation to get us a win and I know he wanted that match more than anybody. I am proud of him for the way he played and Baylor deserves the credit. They hit the shots at the right time.

"I am also extremely proud of the way our guys handled this whole situation. I thought our guys couldn't show more class and I am proud to say I am their coach."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#2 Baylor 4, #6 TCU 3
Apr 25, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) def. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.97) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36) def. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) 6-4, 7-5
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98) 6-3, 6-3
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07) def. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 6-4
2. #29 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #53 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Baylor 20-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
Big 12 Conference Tournament Semifinal
T-3:10



"Oklahoma goes up 1-0" is a phrase that hasn't been said too often this year but a reconfigured doubles lineup gave the Sooners the point that turned out to be the difference.  Oklahoma was just 12-12 in doubles going into the Big 12 Tournament so John Roddick decided to roll the dice and split up his #1 team of Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb (who are ranked #10) by pairing Webb with Spencer Papa at #2 and Alvarez with Jose Salazar at #3. He moved his #2 team of Alex Ghilea and Andrew Harris up to #1 and they would deliver a 6-4 win to go with the 6-4 win that Webb and Papa picked up at #2.
Texas came out really hot in singles and took the opening set on courts 3, 4, 5, and 6 while Oklahoma got the opening set on 1 and 2.  According to OU's twitter it was the 1st time all year that the Sooners had dropped 4 opening sets.

Adrien Berkowicz was the first to finish as he beat Dane Webb 6-3, 7-5 at #3 singles. Berkowicz got broke serving for it up 5-4 in the 2nd but he would break right back and then serve it out.  This was the second time that Berkowicz has beaten Webb in the last 4 weeks.

Clement Homs would make it 2-1 Texas as he rubbed out Florin Bragusi 6-2, 6-4 at #6 singles but Axel Alvarez would even it at 2 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Soren Hess-Olesen #1. Alvarez served for the match up 5-3 in the 2nd but Hess-Olesen broke and held before Alvarez held and broke to win it.
Nick Naumann would put Texas back ahead with a 7-6(3), 7-5 win over Spencer Papa at #5.  Papa had a break lead in the 2nd set but he couldn't consolidate it and Naumann would ultimately break again to close out the match.

Andrew Harris would tie it at 3 with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Lloyd Glasspool at #2 singles which set the stage for the deciding match at #4 between Texas's George Goldhoff and Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea.

Goldhoff took the opening set 6-2 but Ghilea came back from a break down to take the second 6-3. Ghilea broke to go up 3-2 in the 3rd but Goldhoff would break back and hold to go up 4-3.  Ghilea held for 4-4 then broke and was serving for the match up 5-4 but Goldhoff would break back to tie it at 5. Ghilea would break again only to have Goldhoff break back to send it to a deciding tiebreak. Ghilea went up 4-2 in the TB and ended up pulling away to take it 7-3. Below is match point for Ghilea.

Oklahoma recap

John Roddick, Oklahoma Head Coach On what he saw from his team today: "We have to do a better job of taking opportunities when we have them. In certain spots we had opportunities early that we didn't take advantage of, and then the match ended up getting tough. That's a credit to Texas for playing really well and they are a tough team.

On rematch with Baylor: "We've obviously played them three times already this year, so both teams know each other well and both teams know what they have to do. It's going to be up to the players at this point to make sure that they execute their game plans. Really I think whatever team executes is the team that is going to win tomorrow.

Texas recap

"George has nothing to hang his head about," Head Coach Michael Center said. "His level of play continues to go up with every match down the stretch. He just came up a little bit short against a great opponent today. I'm proud of him.

"I wanted us to compete at all nine spots today, and that's what we did," Center continued. "We are walking out of here feeling a lot different than the last time we played Oklahoma. We really played like a team today and had opportunities at every single spot. All the way up-and-down the line, we played with a will to win. I'm excited about taking this team to the NCAA tournament."

Michael Center, Texas Head Coach On today's result:
"Obviously you are disappointed to lose. We didn't come here to play close. During conference season we had some points that got off the board on us pretty quickly where we got behind. We really wanted to challenge on all nine spots today and that's what I thought we did. We didn't execute in some critical points in the doubles, but we gave ourselves a chance and that's all you can ask for in match like that. I think we are walking out of here feeling a lot different about ourselves than we did the last time we played them

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 Texas 3
04/25/15 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) def. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.88) 6-4, 7-5
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.99) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 14.02) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-3, 7-5
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.72) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.35) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #14 Soren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 6-4
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Oklahoma 22-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,1,5,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Semifinal
T-3:11


PAC  12

Tonight's Pac 12 Championship match was the rubber match in the USC/Stanford series with each winning at home.  Stanford would take the doubles point for the 3rd time this year against USC by winning 8-6 at 1 and 8-5 at 2 while USC won 8-2 at 3.

USC turned up the heat in singles by taking the opening set on every court except #5 although the scoreboard showed De Vroome taking the set at #5 until it was switched a couple of games into the 2nd set.  Jonny Wang cut through Nolan Paige like a buzz-saw and racked up a 6-2, 6-2 win at #4 to even the match at 1.

Roberto Quiroz would put USC up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3 over David Wilczynski. Video clip is set point in the 1st set.  USC's twitter had a video of match point but the picture was black with audio only.

David Hsu would even the match at 2 with a somewhat surprising 7-5, 6-4 win over Big Max De Vroome at #5.  Hsu had a nice fall then hit a rough patch early in the dual-match season but rebounded to win his last 10 matches.  De Vroome's 9-match winning streak was snapped.

Tom Fawcett would come back from a set down to roll over Yannick Hanfmann 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at #1. This was the second time in the last 2 weeks that Fawcett came back from a set down to beat Hanfmann.  Hanfmann finishes the regular season by dropping his final 5.

Nick Crystal would tie it at 3 with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Maciek Romanowicz at #6. Crystal broke Romanowicz to go up 5-4 and then served it out at love.

Exactly 3 minutes later the match would come to a conclusion as Eric Johnson put the finishing touches on his 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over John Morrissey at #2 singles.  Morrissey was the hero in the last meeting when he came back 7-6, 5-2 down to beat Roberto Quiroz but Johnson wasn't going to let the same thing happen to him.  Below is match point courtesy of USC's Twitter.

I also wanted to give props to USC for taking these short video clips - it really helps tell the story when you've got video to go with it.
USC recap
Stanford recap

#8 USC 4, #26 Stanford 3
April 25, 2015 - Libbey Park (Ojai, Calif.)
Doubles
(1) #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) def. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 8-6
(2) #83 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 8-5
(3) Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 8-2
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles
1 #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69) 2-6,6-1,6-2
2 #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33) def. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) 6-2,4-6,6-2
3 #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4 #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) 6-2, 6-2
5 David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) 7-5, 6-4
6 #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.17) 7-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 3, 5, 1, 6, 2*
2015 PAC-12 TOURNAMENT (Ojai, Calif.) - CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH




ACC

The morning started off nicely in Cary with ESPN3 broadcasting the Virginia/North Carolina match however just a few minutes into singles the rain would come and force both the UVA/UNC and Wake/GT matches to go indoors.  It also meant the end of the streaming telecast so it was back to tracking the live scoreboard and the school's twitter account to see who was serving.

Virginia took the doubles point outdoors with wins at 1 and 2 but when the rain came the match was moved indoors to Duke's indoor facility.  Virginia picked up 3 straight set wins from Ryan Shane, Mitchell Frank, and JC Aragone at 1, 2, and 6 singles to extend Virginia's ACC winning streak to 138 matches.  Virginia has also won 26 consecutive matches in the ACC Tournament.

When Shane led 6-1, 5-1 the action on his court and Altamirano's court came to a halt due to a leak in the roof.  Neither of those matches was able to restart until another court opened up.  It would have been something if Shane would have got screwed out of a win because of something like that. Fortunately for him he wasn't - below is an interview he did after the match



Virginia recap

"When you get into the business, you don't imagine you will be in 12 straight conference finals, especially in a league as tough as the ACC," said head coach Brian Boland. "It says a lot about the great players and coaches that have come through the program. We look forward to the opportunity to play another final against a really good Wake team. I know the guys are excited for it."

"It was important to get the doubles point because of the long delay," said Boland. "It felt like two different matches, so it helped to be up 1-0 before we started the second half of the match a few hours later. One of the things we have done well this year is deal with adversity and adjust to the conditions. That was definitely the case today."

"Overall, it was a great match," said Boland. "We have so much respect for North Carolina and we knew we would have to play well today. It was great to see Ryan have that kind of delay with the roof leak and come back to break to win the match. I thought that was really impressive and he is playing some great tennis right now."

North Carolina recap

#5 Virginia 4, #16 North Carolina 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #7 Ryan Shane (VA 14.72) def. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.69) 6-1, 6-1
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.79) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.31) 7-5, 6-3
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) 6-4, 1-1, unf
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (NC 14.16) 6-2, 4-6, 3-3, unf
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) 4-6, 6-3, 2-2, unf
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) def. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. Esben Hess-Olesen/Schnur (NC) 8-5
2. Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Clark/Kelly (NC) 8-5
3. Collin Altamirano/Mitchell Frank (VA) vs. Murray/Schneider (NC) 6-7, unf
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2)


In the other semifinal Wake Forest jumped Georgia Tech in doubles by winning 8-2 at #2 and 8-1 at #3 and then they kept it going in singles as Noah Rubin, Skander Mansouri, and Christian Seraphim all won in straight sets.  Georgia Tech was hanging in there on the other courts but they couldn't break through at 1, 3, and 5.  The Georgia Tech recap also has an audio interview with Kenny Thorne.

Wake Forest recap
Georgia Tech recap

"Wake Forest really took it to us in doubles. I really felt good about our game plan in all three matches, but we didn't execute well at the beginning of the matches," said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. "Same thing in singles. Wake just took it to us; they played better than us. They're a good team and deserve to be ranked No. 11."

#11 Wake Forest 4, #55 Georgia Tech 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) def. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 6-4, 6-3
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 6-2, 5-5, unf
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 6-4, 6-2
4. #91 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 1-1, unf
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 6-2, 2-5, unf
Doubles competition
1. #11 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 3-5, unf
2. Noah Rubin/Jon Ho (WF) def. Christopher Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Cole Fiegel/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-1
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 14-12; National ranking #55
Wake Forest 22-6; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,5)
Semifinals of the ACC Tournament
Doubles played outdoors at Cary Tennis Park
Singles played indoors at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.


Big 10

Both of the semifinals matches were supposed to be played simultaneously but rain forced them indoors so they were played one at a time.  

In the opening match the host Illini steamrolled past Northwestern 4-0.  Illinois took the doubles point with an 8-4 win at #1 and an 8-6 win at #3.  Below is a video clip of match point at #1. 

Jared Hiltzik, Farris Gosea, and Aleks Vukic would each win in straight sets at 1, 2, and 5 with Gosea providing the clincher at #2.  Below are video clips of match point at 1 and 2.

Illinois recap

"Northwestern, they have a great team," head coach Brad Dancer said. "They have a great indoor team. So they posed a lot of challenges for us in that sense, but our guys responded today. We're thrilled to play at home, to play in front of our fans and to have a chance to win a Big Ten title tomorrow."




Northwestern recap

#4 Illinois 4, #30 Northwestern 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04) 6-4, 6-4
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73) 6-3, 6-2
3. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68) vs. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) 7-6 (6), 2-2, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43) 7-5, 3-3, unf
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) vs. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #58 Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-4
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-7, un
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Northwestern 20-8 (8-3)
Illinois 24-4 (10-1); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,2)


The second semifinal between Ohio State and Minnesota was actually played outdoors after the rain cleared out.  Ohio State took the doubles point by winning 8-4 at 2 and 3 and then they took 5 opening sets with Hunter Callahan, Kevin Metka, and Ralf Steinbach winning at 4, 5, and 6 singles.

Ohio State recap
Minnesota recap

#12 Ohio State 4, #23 Minnesota 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-3, 4-4, unf
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 6-4, 3-4, unf
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48) 7-5, 1-0, unf
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56) 6-4, 6-4
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 6-3, 6-4
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Mathiew Froment (MINN 12.92) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #56 Mathiew Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-6
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Felix Corwin/Leandro Toledo (MINN) 8-4
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN) 8-4
Match Notes
Minnesota 19-7 (9-1); National ranking #23
Ohio State 25-7 (10-1); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,5)


Other Conference Tournaments:

WCC:

San Diego won its 2nd consecutive West Coast Conference Championship as the top seeded Toreros beat #2 Pepperdine 4-1.  San Diego took the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, and Geoffrey Fosso with Angus providing the clincher at #3.

San Diego recap

"It feels amazing," junior Jordan Angus said, a transfer from Mississippi State University. "I am so proud of the guys. Every match counts the same, but to be the one to win is definitely special. I came here to try and make history, but the work ethic of these guys has been incredible and we have definitely earned our success."

"The sky is the limit for us," senior Ciaran Fitzgerald noted after claiming back-to-back WCC Championships. "We have worked our butt off all year and this is the part we are all gunning for. We aren't satisfied with just winning conference, we are hungry to make history at USD and reach the NCAA Sweet 16. I truly belive we can compete with the best in the country. The coaches have worked us hard and we are ready for wherever we go for regionals."

"As great as this is," Masi added. "This team is really striving for more. They really want to get to the Round of 16 at the NCAA's. They want to set a mark at USD. This team believes they can do it. I'm excited to work with them the next couple of weeks to get them ready for that and hopefully we can get there."

Pepperdine recap

"I'm very proud of how this team competed, not only this weekend but the entire season," said first-year head coach Marcelo Ferreira. "Every player embraced our philosophy and fought so hard for each other, and for the program. The match today was incredibly close; small details determine the outcome of the match. Our guys laid it all out on the line, but unfortunately we came up short today. Credit goes to USD for capitalizing on the opportunities they created."

#22 San Diego 4, #42 Pepperdine 1
April 25, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Barnes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #52 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.02) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (PEPP 13.44) 7-6 (4), 5-6
2. #77 Filip Vittek (USD 13.44) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEPP 13.08) 6-4, 6-2
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.67) def. Stefan Menichella (PEPP 13.24) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.90) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEPP 12.97) 7-5, 4-3, unf
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.93) def. Luca Marquard (PEPP 12.55) 6-2, 6-3
6. Lautaro Pane (PEPP 12.85) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.70) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
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Championship Sunday is here and 2 of the 3 will be available over the air with Fox Sports 2 televising the Big 12 Championship LIVE and ESPN3 covering the ACC Championship (weather permitting).  The Virginia/Wake Forest match gets underway at 10am so it should be over by the time Oklahoma and Baylor tie it on for a 4th time. Illinois also has a live stream of the Big 10 Championship although they don't have sound and the picture is just so-so.

#1 Oklahoma (23-2) at #2 Baylor (21-4) - 1pm est - This will be the 4th match of the year between these 2 with Oklahoma having won the first 3.  I'd expect nothing more than epic fight to the finish and at this point anything is possible.  Below are the box scores of each of the previous matches starting with the most recent and working back to the National Indoors in February.  


#1 Oklahoma 4, #2 Baylor 3
April 10, 2015 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles Competion
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.76) def. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.77) 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.85) def. #31 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.12) 6-2, 7-5
3. #30 Dane Webb (OU 14.24) def. #61 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.33) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)
4. #70 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.19) def. Diego Galeano (BU 13.63) 6-3, 6-3
5. #117 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.86) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(5)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.83) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.58) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #54 Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. #8 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 7-6(4)
2. #52 Ghilea/Harris (OU) def. Vince Schneider/Rios (BU) 6-4  
3. Zsiga/Tchoutakian (BU) def. Papa/Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 21-1 (3-0); National Ranking #1
Baylor 17-4 (1-1); National Ranking #2
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,3,6,1,5)


#1 Oklahoma 4, #3 Baylor 1
Mar 22, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Doubles
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 13-2) def. #40 Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-4) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 12-1) def. #69 Ghilea/Harris (OU 3-4) 6-2
3. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 1-2) def.  Vince Schneider/Rios (BU 11-2) 6-4
Singles
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) 6-3, 6-2
2.  #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-1, 6-2
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) 6-3, 5-7, 0-1
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) 7-5, 4-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) def. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)   Singles (2,4,1,6)


#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2
February 15th, 2015 at National Indoors Semifinals - Chicago, IL  
Doubles:
1. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) vs. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 4-2
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. 
Papa/Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. 
Salazar/Ghilea (OU) 6-1
Singles:
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 4-6, 5-5 DNF
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish - Doubles (3,2)  Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
  
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 15.00) 
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.95) vs. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11)
3. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34)
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.86) vs. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.96) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) 

Dual Match Singles Records
1. Alvarez 20-0 vs. Lenz 14-3
2. Harris 16-4 vs. Lupieri 9-8
3. Webb 15-5 vs. Tchoutakian 13-7
4. Ghilea 16-3 vs. Galeano 10-4
5. Papa 10-8 vs. Zsiga 10-3
6. Bragusi 8-3 vs. Rios 17-2

Record Against BU:
1. Alvarez 3-0
2. Harris 1-1
3. Webb 2-0
4. Ghilea 3-0
5. Papa 1-1
6. Bragusi 1-1

Record Against OU:
1. Lenz 1-1
2. Lupieri 0-3
3. Tchoutakian 0-2
4. Galeano 0-2
5. Zsiga 1-1
6. Rios 2-1

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L in ( ):
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 10-5) vs. #18 Lenz/Galeano (BU 18-1)
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU 1-0) vs.  #63 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU 5-6)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU 0-1) vs. Rios/Schneider (BU 16-3)

Doubles Records:
Oklahoma: 13-12
Baylor: 23-1

I've gone with Baylor in 2 of the 3 meetings and was dead on the money the last time except for the match at #3 between Webb and Tchoutakian.  Dare I go with Baylor for a 3rd time?  I got to take Baylor in doubles because they are 23-1 in doubles for a reason.  All 6 singles matches will be rematches from the last time around but they can't possibly all go the same way this time.  I like Alvarez and Harris up top for OU and I like Tchoutakian and Rios at 3 and 6 for BU.  I think Papa gets past Zsiga this time but I'll take Galeano in an upset over Ghilea at #4.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3  


ACC:

#5 Virginia (22-3) vs. #11 Wake Forest (21-6) - 10am est - Virginia won the regular season meeting in Winston-Salem 5-2 however Wake's #1 Noah Rubin did not play in that match.  Below is the box score from that encounter which had 4 singles blowouts with 2 others playing a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.  

#12 Virginia 5, #20 Wake Forest 2
March 6, 2015 - Winston Salem, NC
Doubles:
1. #55 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) vs. #28 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 5-6 DNF
2. Kwiatkowski/Aragone def. Ho/Tabrizi (WF) 8-3
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVa) def. Kan/Bogaerts (WF) 8-1
Singles:
1. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #2 Ryan Shane (UVa) 6-4, 6-7, 10-8
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #70 Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
3. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-2, 6-3
4. Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) 6-0, 6-1
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVa) 6-3, 6-4
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Maksim Kan (WF) 6-2, 6-2
Match Notes:
Virginia 8-2 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #12
Wake Forest 8-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
T-2:55 A-251

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #7 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.72) vs. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08)
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.79) vs. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50)
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) 
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.75) vs. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82)
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.00) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73)
6. JC Aragone (UVA 14.08) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.26) or Keivon Tabrizi (13.05)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Shane 16-5 vs. Rubin 18-3
2. Frank 16-3 vs. Bogaerts 19-4
3. Altamirano 16-2 vs. Mansouri 13-10
4. Kwiatkowski 18-3 vs. Ho 17-7
5. Ritschard 7-3 vs. Seraphim 17-8
6. Aragone 18-3 vs. Kan 10-5 or Tabrizi 8-6

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L records in ( )
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Shane (UVA 15-2) vs. Mansouri/Seraphim (WF 16-6)
2. #63 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA 13-1) vs. Ho/Rubin (WF 13-4)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVA 12-3) vs. Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF 8-4) 

Doubles Records:
Virginia 22-3
Wake Forest 21-6

Virginia has owned the ACC for the last decade but Wake Forest might be able to give them one of their biggest tests in quite some time.  The doubles point should be tightly contested and its a point that Wake Forest has to have to even think about beating Virginia.  I think Wake will take the doubles point to put Virginia on its heels but the only places in the singles lineup where I could see Wake potentially winning are at 1 and 5. I like Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and JC Aragone in singles to give Virginia yet another ACC Championship.  Prediction: Virginia 4-2  


Big 10:


#4 Illinois (24-4) vs. #12 Ohio State (25-7) - 1pm est - This will be the 3rd meeting of the year with Illinois having won both of the previous meetings.  The first match back in February was pretty close but the one last month in Champaign was a blowout.  

#3 Illinois 4, #11 Ohio State 0
Mar 29, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #22 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) 6-2, 6-4
2. #64 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.50) vs. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
3. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL 13.98) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) 6-1, 6-3
4. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. #52 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.94) 7-6 (1), 1-2, unfinished
5. #50 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.27) def. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-2, 6-1
6. Matt Mendez (OSU 12.97) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) 6-0, 5-2 unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #75 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) vs. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-7
2. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-5
3. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #74 Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-7, 4-1; National ranking #11
Illinois 17-3, 5-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,1,3)
T-2:20

Illinois 4, Ohio State 2
February 15th, 2015 - Chicago, IL (National Indoors Consolation)
Singles competition
1. #41 Farris Gosea (ILL) vs. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 5-1, unfinished
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #7 Steinbach/Metka (OSU) def. #11 Kopinski/ Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-0
2. Jared Hiltzik/Gosea (ILL) vs. #36 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 2-5, unfinished
3. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,5,2,4)


Projected Singles Lineup
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs.  #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26)
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) vs. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90)
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55)
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07)
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77)
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
Also could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19), Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 12.86

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Jared Hiltzik 19-2 vs. Diaz 15-7
2. Gosea 10-5 vs. Torpegaard 14-8
3. Kopinski 18-3 vs. Pollanen 13-7
4. Aron Hiltzik 16-3 vs. Callahan 20-5
5. Vukic 19-2 vs. Metka 18-5
6. Guignon 4-3 or Matsuya 8-2 or Bazarnik 7-6 vs. Steinbach 20-6

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L records in ( )
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL 5-4) vs. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU 19-6)
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL 10-0) vs. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 12-7)
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL 5-2) vs. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU 18-6)

Doubles Records:
Illinois 18-10
Ohio State 26-6

Ohio State has been the better team at doubles though Illinois beat them up in the last meeting.  I think Ohio State will play much better this time around and I look for them to take the doubles point to grab the early 1-0 lead.  Illinois is going to be favored on at least 4 courts so for Ohio State to win they're going to have to win a pick em' and pull an upset somewhere. Ralf Steinbach should roll at #6 but I like the Hiltzik brothers at 1 and 4, Gosea at 2, and Vukic at 5.  Prediction: Illinois 4-2


So what's everyone think?  Any way Ohio State wins in Champaign?  Can Wake Forest possibly end Virginia's monster ACC winning streak?  Am I crazy to take Baylor or will Oklahoma make it 4-0 against BU?





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Monday, 27 April 2015 02:17

Championship Sunday Recap

I didn't think Oklahoma and Baylor could top some of their previous meetings but they sure tried their best today.  In a match that was delayed multiple times by weather it was #1 Oklahoma doing the unthinkable and beating #2 Baylor for the 4th time this year and for the 2nd time in Waco.

Baylor came out strong in doubles and jumped out to early break leads at 1 and 3 while Oklahoma got the early break lead at 2.  While Baylor's #1 team of Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano would pull away for a quick 6-1 win its #3 team of Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios would lose its early 3-1 lead and would find itself down 4-3.  After an exchange of holds Oklahoma's Jose Salazar and Axel Alvarez would break the Vince Schneider serve from 15-40 to take the match 6-4.  Schneider actually double faulted on match point.

Over at #2, OU's Spencer Papa and Dane Webb jumped out to the early 3-0 lead but Baylor held and broke to put it back on serve at 3-2.  OU would break right back and hold for 5-2 then after each held Dane Webb would serve it out at love to take it 6-3 and with that Oklahoma had the early 1-0 lead. Baylor was 23-1 in doubles coming in but OU's new doubles pairings found a way to get it done.

There would be an hour and a half weather delay after the doubles point but once they got started it was all Oklahoma early on.  The Sooners jumped out to early break leads at 1, 3, 5, and 6 but just a few minutes it started to rain and lightning so the players were sent back to the locker room and would have to wait out a 41 minute delay.

After play resumed Axel Alvarez, Andrew Harris, and Florin Bragusi would each take first at 1, 2, and 6.  Dane Webb had a double break lead on Max Tchoutakian at #3 but the BU sophomore came all the way back and took the opening set in a tiebreak.  Mate Zsiga came back from 5-3 down at #5 to take the 1st set over Dane Webb in a tiebreak and Diego Galeano would take the opening set at #4 over Alex Ghilea.  So after the hot start by Oklahoma the rain seemed to cool them off as each team took 3 opening sets.

Oklahoma would quickly open up a 3-0 lead as Axel Alvarez would finish off Julian Lenz at #1 singles in a matchup of #1 vs. #2 and Andrew Harris would finish off Tony Lupieri in straight sets at #2.  Max Tchoutakian would avenge a tough loss to Dane Webb in the last meeting by getting a straight set win at #3 and Diego Galeano would pull off an upset of Alex Ghilea at #4 and just like that Baylor was within striking distance.

Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi had a chance to close the match out but he would drop the second set in a tiebreak to Felipe Rios.  As a side note - when Rios went up 7-6 in the tiebreak Fox Sports 2 cut away from the match to take a commercial break so by the time they came back the 3rd set had already started.

Mate Zsiga would even the match at 3 with a 3 set win over Spencer Papa at #5 and when Rios broke Bragusi to go up 3-2 in the 3rd it looked like Baylor was going to pull off the improbable comeback. Rios went up 40-30 in his 3-2 service game but through in a daily double and then Bragusi hammered a nice-angled forehand that Rios couldn't catch up to and with that we were back on serve.  After each held serve Rios would have a break point on Bragusi's 4-4 service game and would get a look at a second serve but Rios pushed a forehand wide to make it 5-4 OU.  Rios would then double fault at 15-all and again at 15-40 to drop the match and give Oklahoma the 4-3 win.

The OU recap has a lot of good details that I'm too tired to rehash so give it a read and also check out Tennis Atlantic's Twitter for a slew of good video clips during the match. Jeff McMillan did a great job posting clips within seconds after the points took place.

Below is highlight clip from Fox Sports

Video


OU recap

"That was a great match, head coach John Roddick said. "A lot of credit goes to Baylor, because, as you saw, that match goes either way. That was a coin flip situation and you are not going to see better tennis than down there at (court) six. It was a heck of a match, and I was really proud of our guys for just kind of grinding through that one and pulling it out at the end

"He (Bragusi) went down a break but handled it really well," Roddick said. "It is always a question of how you handle adversity. It didn't faze him. He got the break back and from that point on he was rock solid. He executed what he wanted to do and did it really well."

"I just wanted to bring it home," Bragusi said. "I felt like I had to win that one. I have clinched in the past against Ohio State and Virginia, but this was by far the best I've had because it was for a trophy. It's just crazy."

 "I think he (Alvarez) is showing that he is playing the best tennis in the country right now," Roddick said. "He is doing it in a manner that sometimes puts out matches in complete control. He is proving that he is the best player in the country."

"It (being the #1 seed) would be a big deal for us," Roddick said. "The guys have earned it and they've played hard all year. They've won some really tough matches that could have gone the other way. You still have to go out and play the tournament though."

Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"We didn't really show out at every spot. In general we have done that this season. This season that has been one of our strengths, and we didn't today. Against a team at this level that's going to make it tough for you. It was good for us and great for us. Great experience, we got pushed everywhere, I think we will be better for it. We've got to take a few weeks now before the NCAA tournament and get back to work on some fundamentals and clean some things up and I think we will be better." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"We had played them three times before today and we hadn't beaten (Dane) Webb, and we hadn't beaten (Alex) Ghilea. We beat two of the guys we hadn't beaten and I thought that was a step in the right direction. We won a lot of tiebreakers. I think we competed well. Three tiebreakers we contested and we won all three of them, and I think that showed a lot of grit and a lot of toughness from our guys. Down the stretch we didn't play as fundamentally sound as we needed to and we didn't show out in a couple spots, and that's kind of the story." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final

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

#2 Oklahoma 4, #1 Baylor 3
Apr 26, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) def. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 15.00) 6-1, 6-4
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 6-4, 6-4
3. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.35) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.74) def. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) 6-4, 7-5
5. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.95) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) def. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-1
2. Spencer Papa/Dane Webb (OU) def. #63 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Jose Salazar/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) 6-4 
Match Notes
Oklahoma 22-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Baylor 23-3 (4-1); National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,6)
Big 12 Conference Championship Final
The break between doubles and singles was 1:27 due to inclement weather
There was a 41 minute delay during singles play due to inclement weather



ACC:

Virginia wins the ACC Championship - sound familiar?  The Cavaliers won the ACC Championship for the 11th time in the last 12 years and extended their ACC winning streak to 139 matches with a 4-2 win over Wake Forest.  Virginia played without one of the best players with Mitchell Frank held out due to a back injury.  The match was originally scheduled to start at 10am and was to be broadcast by ESPN3 but unfortunately rain delayed the start over 5 hours and ended up pushing it indoors over at Duke.

Once play got started Virginia would take the doubles point to grab the early lead and would then pick up a pair of straight set wins from Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and JC Aragone at 3 and 5.  Wake would answer with wins at 1 and 2 from Noah Rubin and Romain Bogaerts but moments later Alex Ritschard would drop the hammer on Jon Ho at #4 to clinch the Championship.  Below are video clips from UVA showing match point and an interview with the tournament MVP JC Aragone.







Virginia recap

"Winning the ACC Championship never gets old," said head coach Brian Boland. "Other than the success my former players have had in life after leaving UVa, the thing I am most proud of is the consistency we have had year after year. It says a lot about the hard work that our players have put into the program and their ability to be ready to play every single day. It is a streak that I never imagined could be possible in a league as challenging as the ACC.

"It was a tough tournament this year," added Boland. "This league keeps getting better and better. I have a ton of respect for Tony Bresky and what he has done at Wake Forest. He was my assistant for 10 years, so it is tough to see him lose. We won a lot of championships together."

"That tiebreaker that Ryan had in the first set against Noah (Rubin) was big because it allowed Wake to get back into the match," said Boland. "I was pleased with how Alex and Mac stayed focused at the end. Alex didn't let up after winning the first set, which is easy to do after winning a close first set. I am proud of how he played the second set and clinching this title is a big moment in his career."

"Playing without Mitchell made it tough today because he is a big part of our team," said Boland. "His back acted up after yesterday's match and I decided not to put him out there today. That is where the depth we have built up really helps us. Everyone on this team is ready to contribute if we call on them and guys stepped up big today."

Wake recap

#5 Virginia 4, #11 Wake Forest 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA 14.72) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) def. #93 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.75) 6-3, 6-4
3. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.75) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) 6-2, 6-3
4. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.00) def. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) 6-2, 6-4
6. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.97) vs. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) 2-6, 6-4, 3-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. #11 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 8-6
2. #63 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 8-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) vs. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-7
Match Notes
Wake Forest 22-7; National ranking #11
Virginia 23-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,1,2,4)
ACC Men's Tennis Championship Finals
Match moved to Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center at Duke University due to rain at Cary Tennis Park.

Final Poll Results:



Unfortunately the ESPN3 broadcast of the ACC Championship never made it on the air due to the rain which kind of baffles me - they knew that rain was likely so you think there would have been a plan in place to move equipment or do something to get it on the air.  Below is a picture of the Mountain West Network's broadcast of the Championship and as you an tell they are playing indoors in a bubble after playing outdoors in Albuquerque all weekend.  If the MW Network can pick up and move things on the fly are you telling me the media giant that is the ESPN Network can't do the same? 




Big 10:

For the 2nd time in the last 4 years Illinois has won the Big 10 Championship after the Illini defeated the #2 seed Ohio State 4-0.  Illinois picked up the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then jumped on Ohio State in singles by going up break on all 6 courts. Aleks Vukic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win at #5 over Kevin Metka.  The win was Vukic's 42nd on the year which ties Ryler DeHeart's singles season win record.

Farris Gosea extended the lead to 3-0 with 6-3, 6-2 win over Mikael Torpegaard at #2.

Ohio State was starting to turn several courts around in an attempt to get back in the match but Aron Hiltzik would close the door at #4 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Hunter Callahan to give the Illini the Championship.
Below are interviews done by Illinois with Brad Dancer, Aron Hiltzik, and Ross Guignon.





Illinois recap

"You work so hard for such a long period of time and then for these guys to have this moment in front of the incredible Net Nuts and the fans that came out today," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's a magical experience for them. I'm so happy for the guys."

Ohio State recap

#4 Illinois 4, #12 Ohio State 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-2, 5-6, unf
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) 6-3, 6-2
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) 6-3, 2-6, 0-1, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) 6-4, 6-4
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-0, 0-6, 3-4, unfi
Doubles competition
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-5
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-2
3. Matt Mendez/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 8-4
Match Notes:
Ohio State 25-8, 10-1; National ranking #12
Illinois 25-4, 12-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,4)



Mountain West:

Boise State won its fourth consecutive Mountain West Championship by defeating the #7 seed Nevada 4-3.  Boise State entered the tournament as a 5 seed with just a 12-15 record but Greg Patton's team got hot at the right time and upset the host and #1 seed New Mexico in the semifinals after shutting out #69 Fresno State in the quarterfinals.

Nevada took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 but Boise State took 4 opening sets at 3, 4, 5, and 6 and would ultimately finish each off in straight sets with Brian Foley clinching the win at #4.  All 6 singles matches finished in straight sets which you wouldn't typically expect in a championship match but hey it is what it is.

Below is a highlight clip from the Mountain West Network which did an OUTSTANDING job covering the conference tournament.  They did a full broadcast of every single match on both the men's and women's side and they did it well.  All the major conferences, which are doing backstrokes in stacks of cash, should pick up the phone and call the MW and ask them how they did it.  I mean if the little ole' Mountain West can put on this kind of coverage why can't the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12?



Boise State recap

"I feel like we've crawled through the desert, climbed the highest mountain, traversed roaring rivers, been hit by a tsunami and all of a sudden we've reached the top," said head coach Greg Patton. "This was one of our goals and we never wavered from it. The way we did it was constant team building, by getting these guys to play fearlessly and positively. We got them to truly trust each other and know their teammates would come through for them and they really learned to care about the journey."

"I have to be the happiest man in the universe," Patton said. "We did it. We really did do it. It means so much because nobody thought we could do it except us. This is our time."

"This is so incredibly special," said Patton. "This is one of the legacies of our program. We go to the NCAA Tournament and we win conference titles. I have to hand it to these guys. They didn't ride the highway to this championship. They had to take the back roads."

"All of a sudden the opportunity was going to start knocking," said Greg Patton. "It was going to be at the doorstep. We just had to make sure there was someone ready to answer the door. That was Brian."

"Brian's first set tiebreaker was critical," said Greg Patton. "He knew what the score was and that we were fighting for our lives. Sometimes when he gets in a spot like that he cares so much that he can get tight. Instead, he came out in that tiebreak and played some of the best tennis of his life. Brian went to that place in his life and his game where he had extreme confidence and wasn't afraid."

Nevada recap

Boise State 4, Nevada 3
Apr 26, 2015 at Albuquerque, N.M. (Linda Estes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Chargui, Moez (NEVADA 13.34) def. Garrett Patton (BSU 13.26) 7-5, 6-2
2. Andrada, Ryan (NEVADA 12.91) def. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU 12.94) 6-4, 6-3
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU 12.51) def. Poustie, Andrew (NEVADA 13.12) 6-0, 6-2
4. Brian Foley (BSU 12.61) def. Sunago, Fernando (NEVADA 12.26) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.22) def. Cilic, Mile (NEVADA 11.99) 6-4, 6-2
6. Abe Hewko (BSU 12.09) def. Margitfalvi, Robert (NEVADA 12.15) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. POUSTIE, Andrew/SUNAGO, Fernando (NEVADA) def. Thomas Tenreiro/Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-4
2. Garrett Patton/Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. ANDRADA, Ryan/MARGITFALVI, Robert (NEVADA) 6-4
3. ALLAN, Robert/CHARGUI, Moez (NEVADA) def. Abe Hewko/Brian Foley (BSU) 6-2
Match Notes
Nevada 9-16
Boise State 15-15
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,5,2,1,4)
Fourth-straight tournament title for Boise State



Atlantic 10:

George Washington won the A10 for the 2nd consecutive year and for the 4th time in 5 years with a 4-2 win over #2 VCU. Francisco Dias clinched the title at #1 singles with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win over Michal Voscek.

The tournament is held in Mason, Ohio at the site of the ATP Master Series Event which gave the guys at #1 singles an opportunity to play in the stadium court.  As you can see it was a "late" arriving crowd on all courts.





GW recap

"Doubles was special today," said Head Coach Greg Munoz. "VCU is tough. We played them better than we expected, and we were really happy with the results there. The doubles point proved crucial today."

"It's never an individual who wins this, it's a team effort, and we have some guys who have played some incredible matches this year. We have a lot of freshman that have struggled at times but have had some big wins," said Coach Munoz. "It was nice to see our upperclassmen come through in singles today. To have the upperclassmen use their experience to help us win in the big moments when they occur is huge. These matches can go either way. We're just happy to get this one."

VCU recap

George Washington 4, VCU 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Mason, Ohio (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Francisco Dias (GW 13.29) def. Michal Voscek (VCU 13.26) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
2. Danil Zelenkov (GW 13.09) def. Daryl Monfils (VCU 13.28) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
3. Catalin Fifea (VCU 12.97) def. Chris Fletcher (GW 11.89) 7-6 (3), 6-2
4. Joseph Cohen (VCU 12.25) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW 12.08) 6-0, 6-2
5. Wilder Pimentel (VCU 12.67) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW 13.17) 6-1, 3-6, 0-1, unf
6. Cahit Kapukiran (GW 12.44) def. Toni Batlle (VCU 11.84) 6-2, 7-6 (10)
Doubles competition
1. Francisco Dias/Chris Fletcher (GW) def. Cohen/Monfils (VCU) 8-3
2. Julius Tverijonas/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Fifea/Pimentel (VCU) 8-5
3. Michal Voscek/Louis Ishizaka (VCU) vs. Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) 3-7, 
Match Notes
George Washington 13-12
VCU 16-13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,2,6,1)
2015 A-10 Championship Final

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