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There was a solid schedule of matches on Friday and fortunately for us viewers almost all of them had a live stream available. There were a pair of top 25 teams going head to head and as expected both were close matches. #7 Illinois held on for a 4-3 road win at #24 Duke while #25 Oklahoma State pulled off the upset and beat #11 Wake Forest.

Oklahoma State took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then picked up first sets at #3, #5, and #6 while Wake took the rest. It looked like Dennis Uspensky was going to get the first set at #5 but Tristan Meraut broke him and then took the tiebreak 7-4.

Wake's Skander Mansouri tied it at 1-1 with a quick win at #2 but Oklahoma State's Arjun Kadhe answered with a straight set win at #3. Wake tied it at 2-2 when Jon Ho won in straights at #4 but Oklahoma State's Tristan Meraut answered with a straight set win at #5. Meraut got broke serving for the match up 7-6, 5-3 but he managed to break back to win it. Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg would break Christian Seraphim's 2-2 serve game in the third set and would hold three more times to close it out at #6 by a score of 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Below are video clips from Oklahoma State of the doubles and singles clinchers along with some words from head coach Jay Udwadia

#25 Oklahoma State 4, #11 Wake Forest 2
January 29, 2016 at Stillwater, OK (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.95) vs. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.01) 3-6, 6-4, 6-5, unf.
2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.23) def. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.73) 6-1, 6-4
3. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.81) def. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) 6-3, 6-2
4. #103 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.99) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.68) 6-2, 6-3
5. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.38) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.59) 7-6(4), 6-4
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.65) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) def. #25 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4
2. Temur Ismailov/Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-4
3. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) vs. Bogaerts/Uspensky (WF) 4-5, unf.
Match Notes
Oklahoma State 5-1; National ranking #25
Wake Forest 4-1; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,4,5)

Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap:
"Today was about getting over the hump and getting a nice win to start the season," coach Jay Udwadia said. "It was nice to capitalize it at home."

"It's a lot easier to win three singles points, than four, especially when you're playing the top teams in the country," Udwadia said. "I love how the team is playing with great energy and good spirit in doubles because it reflects our team."

"I played pretty solid, but I can say everyone else gave 100 percent and that makes me really happy," Kadhe said. "We needed to beat a top-15 team because mentally it helps takes everyone's confidence to another level."

"I was just trying to focus on my match and not worry about the other guys," Meraut said. "I'm here for them and I'll always cheer them on, but I wanted to take care of my point first. It was awesome being part of something like this for the first time."

"First, I want to thank the crowd today because they were really loud and that's what helped us," Kadhe said.

"You try to go one match at a time and we're not going to look past anyone this season, especially since Minnesota beat us last year," Udwadia said.

Illinois won the all-important doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 and then got singles victories from Jared Hiltzik, Aleks Vukic, and Alex Jesse to hold on for a 4-3 win. Give Duke's recap a read for all the pertinent details because as I've said before they do a tremendous job keeping tabs on everything.

#7 Illinois 4, #24 Duke 3
January 29, 2016 at Durham, NC (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.11) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.16) 6-2, 6-4
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.33) def. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.37) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
3. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.67) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.74) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
4. Vincent Lin (DU 13.40) def. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 6-2, 6-1
5. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.89) def. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.90) 6-3, 6-3
6. Josh Levine (DU 12.69) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3)
Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) 6-4
2. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Josh Levine/Ryan Dickerson (DU) 6-3
3. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) def. TJ Pura/Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Illinois 4-0; National ranking #7
Duke 1-3; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,5,3,6,2)
Official: Tina Chandler
T-2:36 A-309

Post match comments from Illinois's recap:
"I'm really happy for this team as they continue to search for an identity," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Anytime you go on the road and play a good team like Duke, you are going to have to find ways to win matches. Our doubles play and Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse put us in a position to win, but credit Duke for clawing its way back into the match, especially TJ Pura. In the end, Vukic gets a well-earned match-deciding victory, executing some of the fundamentals he has been so focused on. Again, happy for the guys and looking forward to another challenge tomorrow."

Post match comments from Duke's recap:
"That was a great college tennis match, Duke head coach Ramsey Smith said. "It came down to the last match. We had a great atmosphere with two teams playing extremely hard. We focused on all heart in singles and really digging in. I really felt like we did that on all six courts. I told the guys that if we keep that effort up that we're going to be fine.

"I was really happy with court one (doubles), Smith said. "I think that was one of the best matches they had played from start to finish.

"Vinny took out a ranked player (Childers) quickly, Smith said. "I moved him down a spot in the lineup and sometimes players don't handle that very well. He couldn't have handled it much better. His match really helped the other five guys out there get a real belief we could do it."

"I'm especially proud of Catalin, Smith added. "That guy is a gamer. He doesn't lose many matches. You have to beat him. Catalin stayed aggressive, stepped up and took the match at the end.

"I have all the confidence in the world in this team even though we're really young, Pura said. "The guys, especially the freshmen, I couldn't be more proud of. I think, if you look back at the Kentucky match to now, it's night and day the way we look. We're on the brink of making a breakthrough. We all feel it. The loss is really tough, but it's exciting. We're right there.

With an ESPN3 crowd watching on #29 Florida State cruised past #61 Alabama 6-1. Florida State swept all 3 doubles courts then picked up 3 quick straight set wins from Marco Nunez, Michael Rinaldi, and Terrance Whitehurst at 2, 4, and 6. They did play the other matches out with Florida State's Ben Lock winning a third set supertiebreak while Alabama's Becker O'Shaughnessey did the same. Below are highlights courtesy of FSU.

#29 Florida State 6, #61 Alabama 1
Jan. 29, 2016 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #15 Benjamin Lock (FS 14.16) def. #66 Mazen Osama (UA 13.51) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)
2. #77 Marco Nunez (FS 13.30) def. #106 Korey Lovett (UA 13.64) 6-1, 6-2
3. #123 B. O'Shaughnessey (UA 13.46) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS 13.29) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)
4. Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.27) def. Grayson Goldin (UA 13.39) 6-2, 6-1
5. Terrell Whitehurst (FS 13.38) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA 13.21) 7-5, 7-5
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FS 13.13) def. Spencer Richey (UA 12.93) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama (UA) 6-0
2. #55 Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. S Richey/Matthew Rossouw (UA) 6-4
3. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FS) def. Grayson Goldin/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 6-4
Match Notes
Alabama 5-2; National ranking #61
Florida State 5-1; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,4,3,1,5)
T-2:40 A-405

Quotes from FSU's recap
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist:
"It was a lot of fun tonight playing on ESPN3. We had a terrific crowd with the Golden Spear club seating and terrific support from the sororities on campus. Our guys love playing when we have a huge crowd like we did tonight. I was pleased with how we had three dominating matches in Marco, Terrance, and Michael. They set the stage winning the first set and closing their matches out. We'll look back on this match and see Alabama as a very good team down the road. It was a very good night for us in that we played well and we've beaten two SEC teams in a row. Those are good teams and we're building our resume. We look to build the momentum Sunday against a very good Troy team.

On Terrance Whitehurst:
"Terrance is undefeated for the spring. He's worked really hard on his game and improved his serve. His biggest thing is competing hard. He's a different player than a year ago, staying focused on his match. It's always fun because he has a good time and brings a lot of energy.

Senior Marco Nunez:
"We prepared really well for this team. Our coaches did a good job to get us focused for this match and the tactics and game plan for this match was assertive.

Quotes from Alabama's recap:
Tonight was a tale of two teams," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "One got in the way of themselves, and the other didn't. We just never got it going on all courts. It happens, and you move on. We will get better with more reps, focus and hard work."

"Becker keeps competing his tail off and leading by example," added Husack. "He didn't serve well and shot himself in the foot a few times, but he didn't cave in. A super effort."

The closest match of the day took place in Cambridge as #32 Tulane pulled out a tight, tight 4-3 win over #33 Harvard in a match where the final two courts went to a third set tiebreak to decide it. As is the case in many of these close matches the team that wins the double point seems to come out on top and this one was no exception.

Harvard's #2 team of Sebastian Beltrame and Kenny Tao won 6-2 but Tulane's #1 team of Dominik Koepfer and Chi-Shan Jao answered with a 6-3 win to bring all it all down to #2. Tulane's Sebastian Rey and Constantin Schmitz had 3 match points at #3 when Harvard's Kelvin Lam served at 5-6, 15-40 but the Crimson managed to hold to send it to a deciding tiebreak. Harvard got the early mini break to go up 1-0 but Tulane took the next 3 to go up 3-1 and ended up cruising from there to take it 7-4. As you'll see below this doubles point turned out to be pivotal.

Tulane got straight set singles wins from the ITA #1 Dominik Koepfer at #1 and Tyler Schick at #6 while Harvard's Sebastian Beltrame and Kenny Tao won in straights at #3 and #4 though Beltrame's sets were both tiebreaks. I love this clip below from Harvard's twitter talking about Kenny Tao - there is no team's twitter account that's more entertaining than Harvard's - they bring it every match so give them a follow.

With Tulane holding on to a 3-2 lead both of the final two courts would go to a third set. Harvard's Brian Yeung would get the early break at #2 to take a 3-1 lead on Tulane's Constantin Schmitz but Schmitz would break back, hold, and break again to go up 4-3. Yeung broke back and held to go up 5-4 before Schmitz held for 5-5. Each would hold one more time to send it a tiebreak and in the tiebreak it was all Schmitz as he pulled away for a 7-3 win which clinched the team victory for the Green Wave. They played out the final court and Harvard's Andy Zhou got the win 7-6(1) to make the final score 4-3 Tulane.

#32 Tulane 4, #33 Harvard 3
Jan 29, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass.
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.34) def. #71 Nicky Hu (HU 13.72) 6-2, 6-4
2. #63 Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.79) def. Brian Yeung (HU 13.10) 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3)
3. Sebastian Beltrame (HU 13.12) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.85) 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2)
4. Kenny Tao (HU 13.19) def. #111 Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.65) 6-4, 6-2
5. Andy Zhou (HU 13.35) def. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.53) 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (1)
6. Tyler Schick (TLN 13.10) def. Grant Solomon (HU 12.61) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. #44 Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HU) 6-3
2. #32 Sebastian Beltrame/Kenny Tao (HU) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-2
3. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Conor Haughey/Kelvin Lam (HU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
Tulane 4-1; National ranking #32
Harvard 3-2; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,4,6,3,2,5)

Quotes from Tulane's recap
"This was a tremendous team effort today, Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras said. "Our guys really showed a lot of heart from start to finish to beat a very strong Harvard team. Hats off to Coach Fish for having top-25 caliber teams year in and year out for the last 40 years. He is one of the special coaches in our sport that has done it the right way, done it with class and produced great players, teams, and young men since well before I was competing against him in my college days. He's a true role model for us coaches.

"The way that we got it done was probably even more special because it's specifically stuff that we talked about all week after our tough loss last weekend, Booras added. "We pushed the guys to put some things into play with their mental games and then with their execution of their tactics, and they responded. Constantin showed a lot of heart today coming back from a break down in the third set to clinch it for us in a tiebreaker.

#21 Northwestern 6, #35 Notre Dame 1
Jan 29, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.28) def. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.78) 6-2, 7-5
2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.67) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.62) 6-1, 6-4
3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.06) def. Alex Lawson (ND 13.40) 6-3, 6-4
4. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 12.97) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.93) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.08) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.26) 6-2, 5-7, 10-7
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.93) def. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.86) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #52 Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. #6 Lawson/Monaghan (ND) 4-4, unf
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) 6-2
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Grayson Broadus/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-1
Match Notes:
Notre Dame 2-3; National ranking #35
Northwestern 4-1; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,3,1,5,4)
Official: John Coleman T-2:27 A-172

Last season Michigan went 1-16 against ranked opponents but so far this year they are 1-1 after a somewhat surprising 7-0 win over #34 Princeton on Friday evening at the USTA National Tennis Center. Princeton played without its #1 singles player Tom Colautti (13.40) which didn't help the Tigers but Michigan just ate them at the bottom of the lineup winning six sets 6-2 or better.

It's interesting but if you look at the Universal Tennis Ratings (UTRs) of each player you wouldn't be surprised at all by the results - in fact it would have actually been surprising had Michigan.

Michigan 7, #34 Princeton 0
Jan. 29, 2016 New York, N.Y.
Singles competition
1. Jathan Malik (UM 13.79) d. Diego Vives (PU 13.19), 7-6, 6-4
2. Davis Crocker (UM 12.69) d. #93 Alex Day (PU 12.95), 7-5, 6-7, 1-0
3. Alex Knight (UM 13.66) d. Josh Yablon (PU 12.97), 6-1, 3-6, 1-2 retired
4. Carter Lin (UM 12.83) d. Kial Kaiser (PU 12.67), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
5. Runhao Hua (UM 13.59) d. Jimmy Wasserman (PU 12.96), 6-2, 6-2 
6. Myles Schalet (UM 13.45) d. Luke Gamble (PU 12.85), 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) d. Alex Day/Luke Gamble (PU), 6-4
2. Diego Vives/Jimmy Wasserman (PU) d. Davis Crocker/Gabe Tishman (UM), 6-2
3. Lubomir Cuba/Carter Lin (UM) d. Josh Yablon/Thomas Colautti (PU), 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles: 2,3,1; Singles: 6,5,1,3,4,2

Quotes from head coach Billy Pate via Princeton's recap:
"I felt we played better in certain areas tonight and once again gave ourselves a good shot to get the doubles point. It certainly wasn't as lopsided as the final score might indicate. However, we didn't capitalize on crucial points in a few of the first sets to really give ourselves the necessary momentum. Michigan is a very balanced team and it showed in their success against us down low tonight. It was clearly a bit more challenging without Tom (Colautti) at the No. 1 singles position, but Michigan played a great match regardless. We'll need a quick turnaround for a very good Iowa squad tomorrow and I'm confident we'll continue to make adjustments and improve each match."

#43 Washington picked up a nice ranked win at home over #57 Cal Poly with the Huskies winning a close doubles point before getting three quick straight set wins from Jake Douglas, Enzo Sommer, and Sebastian Hawken at 3, 4, and 5 to seal it. Each of the three remaining matches played a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a third set.

#43 Washington 6, #57 Cal Poly 1
Jan. 29, 2016 at Seattle, WA (Nordstrom Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1 Donovan/Pang (CP) def. Foley/Sommer (UW) 6-4
2 Douglas/Watanabe (UW) def. (CP) Auproux/Tan (CP) 7-5
3 Lam/Stewart (UW) def. (CP) Enander/Shintani (CP) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles competition
1 #84 Mitch Stewart (UW) def. Garret Auproux (CP)  6-4, 2-6, 11-9
2 #122 Gal Hakak (UW) def.  Ben Donovan (CP) 4-6, 6-2, 10-8
3 #121 Jake Douglas (UW) def. Cory Pang (CP)  6-2, 6-4
4 Enzo Sommer (UW) def. Joshua Ortlip (CP)  6-2, 6-1
5 Sebastian Hawken (UW)  def. Axel Damiens (CP)  6-3, 6-2
6 Joao Barra (UW) def. Aiku Shintani (CP) 1-6, 7-5, 11-9
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 1, 6, 2

Comments from Washington's recap
"I think we came out strong in doubles, said head coach Matt Anger. "At number one doubles we did lose the first game but I feel like we were right on it afterwards, that was the one game that was costly.

"I'm very happy with the win tonight, said Anger. "I think once we clinched the match we might've slowed down a little bit. But if that's our biggest complaint it's for a good reason, when you have four points on the board.

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Saturday, 30 January 2016 12:21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Year's Meeting:

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

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

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

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

Last Year's Meeting:

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

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

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

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

Last Year's Meetings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#12 UCLA 6, #6 Georgia 1
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Austin Smith (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. #45 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 7-6(2)
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3,2,5)

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


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

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

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

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

Comments from Illinois's recap
"I give North Carolina a lot of credit," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Our guys never stopped fighting. We were a point away from swinging the doubles and had a number of opportunities we didn't capitalize on in singles. North Carolina is a good team. We will be excited to get back home Friday vs. Notre Dame."
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:01

Men's National Team Indoors - Round of 16 Previews

The draws are out and the lineups are set for the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships with play getting started on Friday at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Play gets started each day at 9am eastern and finishes each night around 9 to 10pm.

I'm going to preview each round of 16 match using the master lineups that each team submitted and I'll make my predictions as well. With this being an indoor event I'll also take into account which teams are comfortable playing indoors while others only play indoors a handful of times each season.

There will be live scoring on all 12 courts but only point-by-point scoring on courts 7-12. The same goes for streaming video in that it will only be available on courts 7-12 too.

[1] Virginia (5-0) vs. [16] San Diego (4-1) - 6:30pm est - Virginia is coming off an impressive 6-1 win over UCLA while San Diego is coming off a 7-0 loss to UCLA. This is San Diego's first trip to the National Team Indoors and it's too bad they got matched up with the host and #1 seed in the opening round. 

Overall Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 4-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 2-0
Doubles Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Alex Azaouzos (USD 12.32)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)

Virginia warmed up for the NTIs by taking it to UCLA and I think they'll probably make fairly quick work of San Diego. I like Virginia in doubles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, and Henrik Wiersholm in singles. Prediction: Virginia 4-0

[8] Oklahoma (3-2) vs. [9] Wake Forest (8-1) - 6:30pm est - Oklahoma split matches last weekend winning at Alabama 5-2 before falling to North Carolina 4-3. Wake Forest is coming off a pair of 7-0 wins after beating South Carolina at home and Tennessee on the road. Oklahoma welcomed back Andrew Harris (knee tendinitis) to its doubles lineup but it's yet to be seen if he'll be ready to play singles. John Roddick has Harris listed at #4 on the depth chart but I'd be a little surprised to see him play. Wake Forest rolled over Oklahoma just two weeks ago in Norman so it'll be interesting to see if the outcome is any different this time. Four of the six singles matches are shaping up to be rematches though if Harris plays only two would be rematches.

Overall Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Indoors Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Doubles Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 7-2

Result from 2 Weeks Ago

#11 Wake Forest 5, #2 Oklahoma 2
Jan 31, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26) def. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
2. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14) 6-2, 6-2
3. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) 7-5, 6-1
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 6-4, 4-5, retired
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.53) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61) 7-5, 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Austin Siegel/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Maxime Mora/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-4*, unf.
Match Notes
Wake Forest 5-1, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
Oklahoma 2-1, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 
O: Andrew Harris (OU 14.79)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

The return of Andrew Harris helped Oklahoma get the doubles point against North Carolina and I think OU takes it over Wake too. I think Axel Alvarez will atone for his loss to Skander Mansouri and I look for Maxime Mora to repeat his win over Dennis Uspensky however I like Wake Forest everywhere else. The one court that could swing the match the other way is #3 - if Alex Ghilea can beat Jon Ho then OU might able to pull it out. If Andrew Harris is able to play at #4 I think he probably still loses to Bogaerts while Bragusi would beat Uspensky and Seraphim would beat Mora. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3

[4] USC (5-0) vs. [13] South Florida (3-1) - 3:30pm est - USC is coming off a pair of 6-1 wins over Loyola Marymount and Grand Canyon though 7 of the 12 singles matches went three sets while South Florida blanked Minnesota 7-0 before losing to #2 Texas A&M 4-3. This will be USC's first indoor match of the season while South Florida played indoors at Minnesota.

Overall Record: USC 5-0, South Florida 3-1
Indoors Record: USC 0-0, South Florida 1-0
Doubles Record: USC 4-1, South Florida 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.46)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)

Last year USF made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Round of 16 and came up just short against Baylor. This year USF is making its first-ever National Indoor Round of 16 appearance and I think they are going to get over the hump and get a win. I like the Bulls in doubles and look for Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz to win at #1, #2, and #6. I also like Sasha Gozun at #3 for USF while I like Logan Smith and Laurens Verboven at #4 and #5 for USC. If USC were to win its best path would be the doubles point and #3, #4, and #5 singles. Prediction: South Florida 4-2

[5] TCU (3-1) vs. [12] Illinois (5-1) - 3:30pm est - TCU is coming off a tough weekend that saw the Horned Frogs beat Stanford 4-2 before getting beat by Cal 4-2 while Illinois is coming a routine 5-2 win over Notre Dame. According to the lineup Brad Dancer submitted, he is making some wholesale changes at the bottom of the lineup by inserting Brian Page at #5 and Toshiki Matsuya at #6 despite the fact that neither has played in a dual-match this season. He has Alex Jesse at #8 and Asher Hirsch at #9 despite both of those guys playing just about every match at #5 and #6. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see both Jesse and Hirsch back in the lineup but for the sake of my prediction I'll go along with what was submitted.

These teams actually met less than a month ago in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout in Fort Myers with each winning 6 matches. The only guaranteed rematch will come at #3 between Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik though Stalder and Hirsch could meet again #6 too. Alex Rybakov and Jared Hiltzik met back in August in the first round of the Champaign Futures with Rybakov winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

#3 TCU 6, #6 Illinois 6
Jan 17, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) def. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68): 6-4, 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.64): 6-2, 6-4
3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.30) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64): 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.19) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61): 7-6, 7-5
5. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.80) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79): 6-4, 6-3
6. Trey Daniel (TCU 12.32) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.55): 6-3, 6-3
7. Hudson Blake (TCU 12.41) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64): 6-4, 6-4
8. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.19) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU 11.38): 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL): 6-3
2. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 6-2
3. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Hudson Blake/Trey Daniel (TCU): 6-1
4. Eduardo Nava/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Pengxuan Jiang/Pablo Landa (ILL): 6-2

Overall Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1
Indoors Record: TCU 2-1, Illinois 5-1
Doubles Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) vs. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. Brian Page (ILL 12.43)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.14)
O: Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)/Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL)
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL)
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU) vs. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL)

I think the doubles point will be huge in this one because neither team wants to start off in a 1-0 hole knowing it needs to win 4 singles matches. Both teams are evenly stacked up top, TCU is going to be stronger at #4 and #5, and #6 will be a tough one to call with Trevor Johnson's status probably unknown until match time. I'm going to take Aleks Vukic at #1 and Jared Hiltzik #2 for the Illini and Eduardo Nava and Jerry Lopez at #4 and #5 for TCU. Both Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik have dropped 2 of their last 3 so that's a tough call but I'm leaning towards Nunez. If Trevor Johnson plays at #6 I think he'll win but if he doesn't I'd go with Illinois at that spot. So we're potentially looking at a match with the doubles point deciding the winner. Prediction: TCU 4-3

[6] Ohio State (8-0) vs. [11] Baylor (5-2) - 9am est - Ohio State has yet to drop a match or a point and is coming off a 4-0 win over Virginia Tech while Baylor dropped a pair last week to Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Both teams have strange doubles lineups showing in the lineup master and I think a part of that is some gamesmanship. Baylor is showing a guy at #3 doubles that isn't even listed on the school's website while Ohio State is showing Ralf Steinbach paired up with Riley Reist even though Steinbach and Martin Joyce are ranked #14.

Overall Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 5-2
Indoors Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-2
Doubles Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) vs. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68)
2. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) vs. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90)
3. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) vs. Felip Rios (BU 14.30)
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) vs. Will Little (BU 13.67)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77)
O: Matt Mendez (OSU 13.44)/Vince Schneider (BU 13.86)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU)
2. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU)
3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU)

Baylor's only chance to keep this one close is if Vince Schneider is available to play. If Schneider doesn't play I think we're looking at another Buckeye shutout with Ohio State taking doubles and Hugo Di Feo, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach winning in singles. I like Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at #1 and #2 but I think the other matches will finish too quickly for Baylor to get on the board. If Schneider were to play I'd still like Ohio State in doubles and at #3, #4, and #5. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0

[3] North Carolina (6-0) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-0) - 9am est - North Carolina is coming off a big 4-3 win over Oklahoma while Texas Tech hasn't faced a serious test since beating Florida three weeks ago on the final day of the Kick-Off Weekend. North Carolina has played all six of its matches indoors while Texas Tech will only be playing indoors for the third time this season.

Overall Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 10-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 2-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-1, Texas Tech 5-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)
O: Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21)/Augusto Stodart (TT 12.73)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)

This will the Red Raiders first-ever trip to the National Team Indoors and while I think they could probably beat about half the field I'm not so sure they can get past North Carolina. I like Bjorn Thomson at #6 and think Jolan Cailleau has a good chance at #4 but I like the Tar Heels in doubles and then look for Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Robert Kelly to push Carolina through to the quarterfinals. I also like Brayden Schnur at #1 but his match probably won't make it to the finish line. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1

[7] UCLA (5-1) vs. [10] Georgia (3-1) - 12pm est - These teams met just two weeks ago in Los Angeles with UCLA rolling to a 6-1 win but that match was outdoors in UCLA's backyard while this one will be indoors on the East Coast. UCLA is coming off a rough 6-1 loss to Virginia on Tuesday night while Georgia won handily 6-1 over a less than full strength Georgia Tech. UCLA will be at full strength while it's yet to be seen if Georgia will have the services of Walker Duncan who missed the last two matches with a foot injury. Duncan is slotted at the #3 spot in the master lineups but he was in a boot just two weeks ago so we'll see if he can go. After missing all of January with a wrist injury, Nick Wood played his first dual-match against Georgia Tech's #8 and won going away so I'd be surprised if he didn't play at #6 if he's feeling good. The only rematch from the previous encounter will be at #4 between Karue Sell and Jan Zielinski though if Duncan can't play Zielinski would move up to #3.

Here was an interesting quote from Billy Martin via the Daily Bruin about the match with Virginia and the court conditions - "I think we were very shocked at the whole pace of the match, Martin said. "It's an aggressive tennis. We were trying to set up points and rallies that you can do outside on the slower courts and slower conditions but indoors it just wasn't going to work.

#12 UCLA 6, #6 Georgia 1
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Austin Smith (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. #45 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 7-6(2)
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3,2,5)

Overall Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 3-1
Indoors Record: UCLA 0-1, Georgia 3-0
Doubles Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) vs. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 
2. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) 
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. Walker Duncan (UGA 13.50)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) vs. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81)
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) vs. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52) vs. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)/Nick Wood (UGA 13.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA)

Despite UCLA winning the previous match fairly comfortably, I think Georgia is probably the slight favorite in this one mainly due it being indoors (see Billy's comments above). I like Georgia in doubles at #2 and #3 and I think #1 will be a lot closer than it was last time.

I'm looking for these teams to split the top two courts with Mackenzie McDonald the likely winner at #1 while I see Austin Smith getting it done at #2. I like Martin Redlicki at #3 over either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski while I like Zielinski or Paul Oosterbaan over Karue Sell at #4. I'd take Oosterbaan over Staggs at #5 but think Staggs would get past Reinberg. I'd like DiGiulio at #6 over Reinberg but if Wood plays at #6 I'd take him. So as you can see a lot depends on the matchups - I think UCLA takes two of the top three regardless of pairings but I could see Georgia sweeping the bottom three if it's Zielinski, Oosterbaan, and Wood. Prediction: Georgia 4-2

[2] Texas A&M (9-0) vs. [15] Columbia (4-0) - 12pm est - Texas A&M is coming off a really nice week that saw the Aggies beat Baylor (indoors), Florida State, and South Florida while Columbia has only played Navy and North Florida since stunning Stanford during the Kick-Off Weekend. There's no doubt that Columbia will be the more comfortable team playing indoors since Texas A&M only ventures indoors about two or three times a season. Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were dropped down to #2 doubles after starting the year 0-3 at #1 while Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow will move up to #1. Rinderknech and Withrow have started four matches at #1 but those were against lighter competition so this will be a major step up.

Overall Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 4-0
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 1-0, Columbia 4-0
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Michal Rolski (CU 12.84)
O. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)

Texas A&M hasn't dropped the doubles point this season but I have a feeling Columbia is going to take it with wins at #1 and #2. I like Texas A&M at #1 and #6 with Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow expected to take care of business. The matchups at #2, #3, #4, and #5 could each go either way but I like Shane Vinsant and AJ Catanzariti at #2 and #5 while I'll go with Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at #3 and #4. Tight, tight match but the Aggies will barely avoid the upset loss. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3

Virginia over Wake Forest
TCU over South Florida
Ohio State over North Carolina
Georgia over Texas A&M

Virginia over TCU
Ohio State over Georgia

Virginia over Ohio State

What's everyone else think - higher seeds cruise or some outdoor teams get picked off inside?

I would have some polls on the site but Google has some issues right now and the poll widget isn't working.

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The second half of the day kicked off with USC playing South Florida on the stadium courts while TCU and Illinois duked it out on the back six.

South Florida knew it needed the doubles point to give itself a chance to win and it took the point with a 6-0 rout at #3 and a 6-3 win at #2.

Singles however was a different story as USC really jumped USF especially at the top of the lineup. USC's Nick Crystal, Max de Vroome, Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget took first sets while USF's only first set came from Peter Bertran at #5. Fortunately for South Florida, the Georgia transfer made quick work of USC's Laruens Verboven by winning 6-2, 6-1 at #5 singles in a match that took just a hour and fifteen minutes. South Florida was up 2-0 but USC still led on the other five courts.

Max de Vroome gave USC its first point with a 6-1, 6-4 over Dominic Cotrone at #2. de Vroome sprinted out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set before taking it 6-1 then he broke Cotrone to start the second set and really never looked back. The below clip from USC shows de Vroome serving for the match up 40-0:
Logan Smith evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Justin Roberts at #4. Smith broke Roberts to take the first set 6-4 then went up an early break in the second set and made it hold up.
Below is the clip of Smith serving 6-4, 5-3 (40-30):
Jake DeVine put USC up 3-2 with a 7-5, 7-6 win over Sasha Gozun at #3. DeVine broke Gozun to go up 2-1 in the first but Gozun broke back and held for 3-2. It stayed on serve until DeVine broke Gozun's 5-5 service game and then he followed that up with a hold to take the set. Gozun served for the second set up 5-3 but DeVine broke and then held to even it at 5-5. DeVine broke again to go up 6-5 but Gozun broke back on the deciding point to send the set to a tiebreak. The pivotal point in the tiebreak came when Gozun double faulted at 3-4 and three points later it'd be all over.
South Florida's Roberto Cid would tie the match up at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Nick Crystal at #1. Cid got off to a slow start but he took control in the second set and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Crystal got one of the breaks back but Cid still took the set 6-3. Cid broke Crystal to start the third set and then fought off a couple of break points to hold for 2-0. He would add another break down the stretch to close it out.

While Cid was finishing off Crystal, USC's Thibault Forget was pulling away from USF's Vadym Kalyuzhnyy at #6. Forget won the first set in a tiebreak but Kalyuzhnyy rolled to a 6-1 second set. Forget went up an early break in the third and then added a second break when he won the deciding point on Kalyuzhnyy's 2-4 service game. Forget would hold from 40-15 to give USC the win and put the Trojans into the NTI quarterfinals against TCU.

Also wanted to give a shoutout to USC for doing a great job in capturing these match points on Twitter - two thumbs up!!

#6 USC 4, #13 South Florida 3
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) def. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) 6-1, 6-4
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71) 7-5, 7-6(4)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 6-4, 6-3
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) def. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) 6-2, 6-1
6. Thibault Forget (USC 13.36) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37) 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 D Cotrone/J Roberts (USF) *5-4, 40-30 unf.
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-0
Match Notes:
South Florida 3-2; National ranking #13
USC 6-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,4,1,3,6)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Comments from USF's recap
"It was really competitive, a lot of energy, a lot of fans. It was good, it was fun. The type of environment that you train for and do all the hard work to be in." said Coach Matt Hill.

"They're both seniors (Cid & Gonzalez-Muniz). They've been around each other for a long time, and last year was the first time they've played together, had a great year. Kind of had a rocky start this year, but got back to the basics they were doing last year and they did a good job of that today against a really good team." said Coach Hill.

"We knew he (Bertran) was a really good player coming in." Coach Hill said, "We just had to get him settled down, and help find his style of play and to believe in what he's doing. It's going really well for him, so that's exciting for us."

The biggest surprise of the day came in the match between #2 TCU and #12 Illinois. Many thought TCU would ultimately get the win but I don't think anyone thought TCU would roll through Illinois as easily as they did.

The first sign of a potentially lopsided match came when TCU's Guillermo Nuez and Alex Rybakov won 6-0 at #3 doubles in just 22 minutes. Illinois wouldn't go down without a fight as the Illini's #2 team of Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik won 6-3 at #2. The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #1 and TCU's Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson managed to snap their 2 match losing streak by taking the tiebreak (score unknown-mystery).

TCU welcomed Trevor Johnson back to its singles lineup at #6 after he missed the last four months with an injury. The Horned Frogs rode the momentum from the doubles point and the return of Johnson by taking all six opening sets. Alex Rybakov, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson would each win in straight sets at 2, 3, and 6 to give TCU the 4-0 win in one hour and fifty-eight minutes.

Classic comments from Roditi following the match:

#2 TCU 4, #12 Illinois 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0, unfinished
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) def. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 6-4, 6-2
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 7-6, 2-2, unfinished
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 7-6, 1-1, unfinished
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64) 6-2, 6-2
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-0
Match Notes:
Illinois 4-2; National ranking #12
TCU 4-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,2)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We got outplayed today by TCU.  Anytime that happens with the crew that we have, you have to look at the coaching staff and our preparation," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We clearly could have done things differently. While we won't have a chance to play for a national title, there are still big implications left in this tournament.  It is up to us to have the guys more prepared for tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi
"Our boys learned from our Cal loss and they were ready to battle from the first point in doubles and singles. Illinois is a very good team and they are well coached with a lot of experience indoors. I am very proud of the way our guys came out playing. There was a huge tiebreaker in doubles for the point and there were very good performances by Alex (Rybakov) and Jerry (Lopez) in singles.

"Our highlight of the day was to see Trevor (Johnson) healthy and ready to play doubles and singles for us. That is credit to him, our doctors, our trainer Lauren (Crawford), his trainer at home and our strength and conditioning coach Todd Kensler. We loved the support we got from some local TCU letterman and fans and now we look forward to the quarters versus a tough USC team late tomorrow.

Wake Forest was one of four teams to make its debut at the National Team Indoors but it ended up being the only one to win its opening round match. Wake beat Oklahoma 5-2 just 12 days ago and this match basically ended up being a carbon copy of that one.

In the last match, Wake took the doubles point by winning at #1 (7-5) and #2 (6-1) and in this match the Demon Deacons also won at #1 (6-1) and #2 (6-3).  #3 doubles went unfinished in both matches with Wake up 5-4 both times.

Wake's Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim took first sets at 1, 2, 4, and 6 while Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea and Maxime Mora took first sets at 3 and 5.

Seraphim was off the court first with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Andre Biro at #6. Seraphim took the previous meeting 6-4, 6-3.

Petros Chrysochos made it 3-0 Deacs after he dispatched Spencer Papa 6-4, 6-3 at #2. Chrysochos won the last meeting 6-2, 6-2.

Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea put the Sooners on the board with a 7-6, 7-5 win over Jon Ho at #4 in one of only two matchups that differed from the first encounter. Ghilea lost to Bogarets at #3 in the previous match.

Just moments later Wake's Romain Bogaerts would clinch the win with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Florin Bragusi at #4. Bogaerts also clinched the previous meeting by beating Ghilea.

The other matches were abandoned with Maxime Mora and Dennis Uspensky knotted at 4-4 in the third at #5 and Skander Mansouri leading Axel Alvarez 7-6, 6-6 at #1. The box score said it was 6-5 Alvarez but the Wake blog had it in the tiebreak with Alvarez leading 4-2.

I got a few comments after the match from Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky:
"Good win tonight. Thought our doubles was really strong, we've worked on it a lot and it's starting to show. We got off to some really good starts in singles as well. It was important to close out a couple of those matches to keep our momentum going. It's always hard to beat a great team twice and I was happy to see how our guys handled the challenge"

#10 Wake Forest 4, #5 Oklahoma 1
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 7-6, 6-6*, unf
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 6-3
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 7-6, 7-5
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 7-5, 2-6, 4-4, unf
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
2. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-3
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 5-4, unf.
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 8-1; National ranking #10
Oklahoma 3-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

The tournament host and #1 seed, Virginia, won a tough doubles point over San Diego then put the hammer down and drove away with a 4-0 win in match that took one hour and fifty-three minutes.

Virginia's Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli won 6-2 at #1 but San Diego put itself in good shape on the other two courts. USD's #2 team of Uros Petronijevic/Josh Page served for the match at #2 and had a pair of match points but couldn't convert and off they went to a tiebreak. USD's #3 team of Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov had three break points on Collin Altamirano's 5-5 service game but Altamirano managed to hold and then he and JC Aragone broke to win the match 7-5.

Any chance San Diego had of staying in the match went out the window with the doubles point. Virginia took all six opening sets with San Diego's best chance coming at #4 when Romain Kalaydjian served for the set up 6-5. However Virginia's Mac Styslinger would break and then run away in the tiebreak.

Collin Altamirano, Henrik Wiersholm, and Ryan Shane were the three that finished with Shane providing the clincher at #1.

The other matches were abandoned with Virginia just two games away from winning at #2 and #5 while Styslinger and Kalaydjian were still early in the second.

#1 Virginia 4, #16 San Diego 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) def. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) 7-5, 6-1
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97) 6-4, 4-1, unf
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) 6-1, 6-2
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) 7-6(3), *1-2, unf
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) vs. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-2
2. #4 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) vs. U Petronijevic/J Page (USD) 6-6, (5-4*) unf.
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 7-5
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-2; National ranking #16
Virginia 6-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,1)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I thought San Diego was an outstanding team and played a great match, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I thought we started out in doubles a little slow, but then we started to play a little bit better. It was good to get the doubles point, because it was really close. The momentum turned when we swept the first sets in singles. I was really impressed with the way the guys competed. I don't think we played as well as we can, but we competed well.

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Sunday, 21 February 2016 10:30

Sunday Preview - Texas A&M at Illinois

#7 Texas A&M (10-3) at #12 Illinois (6-3) - 1pm est/12pm cst - Texas A&M comes into this one having dropped three in a row after starting 10-0 while Illinois has split its last four though it dropped two of three during the National Indoors. As has been the case all season, Illinois has been relying on the top of its lineup to get it done with the bottom struggling to come through. The doubles point is going to be essential for the Illini because without it I really don't see them winning.

Doubles record: Illinois 5-4 (4-0 at home), Texas A&M 11-2 (1-1 away)
Indoor record: Illinois 6-3 (4-0 at home), Texas A&M 2-3 (1-1 away)

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/21)
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.39) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.37)
2. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.75) vs. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.23)
3. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 13.98) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.63)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 12.98) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.48)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.51) vs. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.86)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.01) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.77)
O: Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.39)/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.50), Brian Paige (ILL 12.38)

Texas A&M has played strong doubles this season while Illinois has been hit and miss though the Illini has yet to drop the point at home. I think the rowdy Net Nuts will help get Illinois over the top to take the early 1-0 lead. In singles Illinois will lean on its top 3 and get wins from Aleks Vukic, Jared Hiltzik, and Aron Hiltzik while I look for Harrison Adams, AJ Catanzariti, and Jackson Withrow to sweep the bottom 3 spots. If Texas A&M takes the doubles point and/or Shane Vinsant/Jordi Arconada beats Aron Hiltzik then the Aggies win it. Prediction: Illinois 4-3

Follow along at the live scoring/video link and I will also be on site with updates and video clips on Twitter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#9 Oklahoma State (10-1) vs. #14 South Florida (7-3) (Montgomery, AL) - 1:30pm est/12:30pm cst - Live Scoring - These teams were originally slotted in opposite ends of the draw at the Blue Gray but a last minute change was made and they'll end up facing each other in the semis. Oklahoma State is coming off a 4-0 win over Alabama in a match that could have finished 4-3 because the Tide led on each of the three remaining courts. South Florida was challenged by Boise State on Friday but still won it 4-0 and it probably would have finished 7-0 had it been played out.

South Florida loves playing outdoors while Oklahoma State is probably a little better indoors so I think that may help determine the outcome. Both teams have played great doubles this season so that should be a tightly contested point.

Doubles record: Oklahoma State 9-2, South Florida 8-2

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/27)
1. #75 Julian Cash (OSU 13.80) vs. #5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.50)
2. #115 Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.82) vs. #35 Dominic Cotrone USF 14.32)
3. #109 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.87) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.53)
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.58) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.12)
5. #123 Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.40) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.34)
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.77) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.45)

I like South Florida in doubles and then look for the Bulls to pick up singles wins from Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Peter Bertran at #1, #2, and #5 with Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz also ahead at #6. Oklahoma State's Arjun Kadhe and Lucas Gerch will pull through at #3 and #4 but it won't be enough. Prediction: South Florida 4-2

#4 UCLA (8-2) at #29 Stanford (5-5) - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring/Video - UCLA last played a week ago when it beat #62 UC Irvine 7-0 while Stanford is coming off a tough 5-2 loss to #13 USC. The teams split meetings last season with each winning on its home court. Stanford has dropped four in a row and is starting to reach a critical point in the season.  If the Cardinal doesn't get things turned around pretty soon it's going to end up on the wrong size of the NCAA tournament bubble.

Doubles record: UCLA 9-1, Stanford 7-3

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/27)
1. #19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) vs. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77)
2. #36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84)
3. #46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35)
4. #94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) vs. #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) vs. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) vs. Brandon Sutter (STAN 12.56)

Stanford had dropped the doubles point in three straight matches before it picked it up yesterday against USC. Stanford isn't going to beat UCLA without the doubles point though realistically it probably isn't going to win at all. I think UCLA is better in doubles plus it has a stronger top four and Di Giulio will be favored over Sutter at #6 if they get matched up. I'm going to take UCLA in doubles and Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Gage Brymer, Karue Sell, and Joseph Di Giulio in singles with Sameer Kumar picking up the lone point for the Cardinal. Three weeks ago I'd have said this was a pick'em or maybe would have leaned towards Stanford, but this Stanford team just hasn't figured out how to win the close matches....maybe they'll figure it out today but not likely. Prediction: UCLA 6-1

#2 Virginia (8-1) at #11 Illinois (6-4)
 - 7pm est/6pm cst - Live Scoring/Video - Virginia takes the court for the first time since losing to North Carolina 4-3 in the NTI finals two weeks ago while Illinois is coming off a 4-2 loss to Texas A&M last Sunday. I wouldn't be surprised to see each team make some small lineup adjustments. I could see Brian Boland moving Collin Altamirano up to #2 and J.C. Aragone up to #4. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Brad Dancer swap Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik at #1 and #2. The crowd at Atkins was a little small for the Texas A&M match but I have a feeling the place will be buzzing tonight. Illinois is going to need all the help it can get to stay in this match so for its sake I hope the crowd makes a difference.

Doubles record: Virginia 8-1, Illinois 6-4

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/27)
1. #14 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.62) vs. #9 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34)
2. #29 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.33) vs. #6 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.30)
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.64) vs. #66 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.59)
4. #111 J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.87) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.48)
5. Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.90) vs. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.86)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.38) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.77)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.57); Brian Page (ILL 12.44), Aiden Jiang (ILL 12.50)

I like Virginia in doubles at all three spots though Illinois probably has the best chances at #1 and #3. I'm going to take the Illini's Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik at #1 and #2 but Virginia is going to be too strong at #3 through #6 and will pull away to win it. Illinois's best formula for an upset would be to take the doubles point and get wins from Vukic, Jared Hiltzik, and Julian Childers - that's an awfully tough task against this deep Virginia team. Prediction: Virginia 5-2

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Man oh man what a day of tennis it was - we had some blowouts, some upsets, and some really big shockers. College tennis action was played outside in sunny skies, outside in windy conditions, and indoors in calm conditions. I'll start off with the match that I attended in Champaign-Urbana between #11 Illinois and #2 Virginia.

The temperature in C-U was in the mid-40s so there wasn't any doubt about whether the match would be played inside or outside. After having my complementary piece of pizza I walked into the Atkins Tennis Center and within the first 60 seconds I found out that Virginia would be playing without its #1 Ryan Shane. I talked with Ryan for a minute just before doubles and he said he's had a few things bothering him for a while and it was decided that it would be best to rest until he's back to 100%. He obviously wanted to be out there playing but at the same time he knew he needed to take care of his body so he could compete at the highest level in the later stages of the season. So Virginia had to retool two of its three doubles pairings and move everyone up a spot in the singles lineup.

Virginia's #2 doubles team of Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger were moved up to #1 while Luca Corinteli, who normally plays at #1 with Shane, was matched up with J.C. Aragone at #2. Aragone normally plays with Collin Altamirano at #3 but Brian Boland decided to sit Altamirano and go with the Jonathan Cornish/Harrison Richmond duo at #3. Cornish and Richmond were 3-0 on the season so it's not like they'd never played together before.

Virginia's #3 team of Cornish and Richmond took their first break lead when they broke the Aiden Jiang serve from 15-40 to go 2-1. They'd get a hold for 3-1 before Julian Childers held and then he and Jiang broke to make it 3-3. Jiang held from 40-30 to make it 4-3 Illini but Cornish held quickly to tie it up at 4-4.

Illinois jumped out to the early break lead at #2 when J.C. Aragone double faulted on the deciding point and Aleks Vukic would follow suit with a love hold to put he and Aron Hiltzik up 2-0. UVA's Luca Corinteli would hold to make it 1-2 and then Aragone would hit a service return winner on the deciding point of Aron Hiltzik's serve to make it 2-2 (clip on left). After three more holds, Corinteli and Aragone went up 15-40 on Hiltzik's 3-4 service game but they couldn't get that last point and the Illini held to make it 4-4 (clip on right).

The match at #1 between Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger and Jared Hiltzk/Alex Jesse had a slew of break points early on but neither team could cash in. Styslinger came back from 30-40 down on his 1-1 service game and Kwiatkowski came back from 15-40 down to hold on his 2-2 service game. Jared Hiltzik fought off a break point on his opening service game and I'm pretty sure Alex Jesse faced at least one break point too.

All four matches would be tied at 4-4 but it wouldn't stay that way for long because Cornish and Richmond broke the Childers serve from 30-40 to go up 5-4. Harrison Richmond would serve it out at love to give Virginia the 6-4 win at #3. (Not the best angle)

Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik broke Luca Coriniteli from 30-40 (clip on left) to go up 6-5 but Aron Hiltzik would be unable to serve it out and would be broke from 30-40 (clip on right) to send it to a tiebreak.

Corinteli and Aragone would go up 4-2 at the changeover, after Vukic pushed a volley long, and then a few points later they'd close out the 7-6(4) win to give Virginia the doubles point and early 1-0 lead.

The match at #1 was abandoned with Virginia leading 6-3 in the tiebreak. Virginia was up 6-2 but Kwiatkowski double faulted, on a foot fault, and before the next point could be played Virginia clinched it at #2.

The crowd of over 700 spread out for the singles point but dropping the doubles point didn't seem to take the air out of them or the team.

Virginia shifted everyone up a spot in the singles lineup with Luca Corinteli coming off the bench to play at #7 while Illinois switched up Jared Hiltzik and Vukic up top plus brought in Pablo Landa to play at #5.

Jared Hiltzik, Aron Hiltzik, and Pablo Landa jumped out to early break leads at 1, 3, and 5 while J.C. Aragone and Luca Corinteli went up breaks at 4 and 6.

Both Hiltzik brothers would take 6-2 opening sets with Aron (left) holding from 40-30 on an ace while Jared (right) broke from 15-40 when Altamirano put a forehand into the net.

Illinois redshirt freshman Pablo Landa jumped out to a 4-2 lead at #5 but Henrik Wiersholm took the next four games, including a break of Landa on the deciding point of his 4-5 service game, to take the opening set 6-4. 

Virginia junior Luca Corinteli went up 3-1 on Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch at #6 but Hirsch would break back and hold for 3-3. Corinteli would then hold, break, and hold again to take the set 6-3. 

Aleks Vukic and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski each had break opportunities throughout the first set at #2 but neither could convert and it'd go to a tiebreak. The clip on the left is Vukic holding on the deciding point for 6-5 and then on the right Kwiatkowski holds from 40-15 to make it 6-6. 

The tiebreak was all one-way traffic as Vukic took it 7-0 - point on the left puts Vukic up 4-0 and the one on the right makes it 7-0.

The match at #4 between J.C. Aragone and Julian Childers would also go to a tiebreak after Childers held on the deciding point to make it 6-6. Aragone got a couple of early mini breaks and put the hammer down and cruised to a 7-0 tiebreak. The point on the left put Aragone up 5-0 and then he made finished it out on the right.

So after an hour of singles play each team had three first sets with Illinois leading at 1, 2, and 3 while Virginia led at 4, 5, and 6.

Jared Hiltzik would put the Illini on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Collin Altamirano at #1 in a match that took 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Roughly 15 minutes later Henrik Wiersholm would put Virginia back ahead after the Virginia sophomore defeated Pablo Landa 6-4, 6-2 at #5. Wiersholm jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second set before Landa broke and held to make it 2-2. Wiersholm would hold and then break from 15-40 to go up 4-2 and then he'd hit an ace on the deciding point to make it 5-2. Wiersholm went up 15-40 on Landa's 2-5 service game but Landa would get it back to the deciding point with a pair of thumping forehands. Landa would double fault on the deciding point to end it (clip below).

The action was really starting to heat up as three of the four remaining matches were into a third set plus Aragone and Childers were going toe-to-toe in the second set at #4.

Illinois sophomore Aron Hiltzik dropped the second set to Mac Styslinger at #3 but Hiltzik would break Styslinger to start the third set and then hold on the deciding point (left) to go up 2-0. Hiltzik would have two break points on Styslinger's 0-2 service game but Mac fought them off (right) to hold for 1-2.

Styslinger would break at love to make it 2-2 and then hold to go up 3-2. Hiltzik held for 3-3 then broke on the deciding point to go up 4-3 (left). Hiltzik held from 40-15 to go up 5-3 (right) before Mac held to make 5-4.

I wanted to stay and get a good angle of Hiltzik's match point but Vukic was serving for the match at #2 and it looked like he was going to finish first so I started going back and forth between the two courts. Vukic was serving up 5-1, 40-30 in the third but Kwiatkowski broke to stay in it. Seconds later Aron Hiltzik would hold from 40-15 to close out Mac Styslinger 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

The match was tied at 2-2 but all three remaining matches were nearing the finish line. Vukic had three match points on Kwiatkowski at 15-40, Aragone had a match point up 7-6 on Childers, and Hirsch had two match points up 5-4, 40-30. I started taping Hirsch's court but when it went to the deciding point I panned over and caught Aragone's match point and then tried to catch the 15-40 point at #2. In the middle of the point I went back over and caught the end of Hirsch clinching but the Illinois twitter clip shows it better.

So amidst all the hoopla it was now tied at 3-3 and Vukic still had two more match points on the Kwiatkowski serve. I'll let the video take it away:

Illinois wins it was 4-3 in dramatic fashion and the celebration continued on.

Notes - the third set of the Hirsch/Corinteli match was an absolute break-fest. Hirsch broke go to up 1-0 then Corinteli broke on the deciding point to make it 1-1. Hirsch broke from 30-40 to go up 2-1 but Corinteli broke back at love to make it 2-2. Each player held to make it 3-3 then Hirsch broke for 4-3. Corinteli broke on the deciding point to make it 4-4 but Hirsch broke back for 5-4. Hirsch finally held on the deciding point to win it 6-4.

Below are post-match interviews with Brad Dancer and Aleks Vukic via Illinois and down below the box score is the audio of the interview that I did with Brad.

#11 Illinois 4, #2 Virginia 3
February 27, 2016 at Urbana, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #11 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.30) def. #29 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.33) 6-2, 6-3
2. #9 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) def. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.64) 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 6-3
3. #66 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.59) def. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.90) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
4. #111 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.87) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.48) 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (8-6)
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.38) def. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.21) 6-4, 6-2
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.77) def. Luca Corinteli (VA 13.57) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) 6-6, unfinished
2. Luca Corinteli/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Harrison Richmond/Jonathan Cornish (VA) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Virginia 8-2; National ranking #2
Illinois 7-4; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,5,3,4,6,2)
Official: Doug Rice T-2:37 A-712

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap:
"We have a group of guys that work so hard and I'm really happy for them and proud of them," head coach Brad Dancer said. "I give Virginia a lot of credit. Our crowd is amazing here and it's a really tough place to play. They came in here and fought extremely hard, fighting us tooth and nail. All of our guys were tough today and that's what I'm proud of."

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap:
"I was really pleased with the opportunity to play tonight in a great environment and thought it was great to deal with the adversity we did, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I was also pleased with the team, they really left it all out there on the court tonight. We came up a little short, but I like where we are at in this point of the season. I think the players have really bought in to what we are doing and how we are doing it. I'm excited about what is to come. Hopefully we can get back to work in a couple of days and get ready for another tough trip coming up.

"Ryan has been nursing an injury for a week or so and I chose to keep him out of the lineup, Boland said. "Typical of Ryan, he was ready and willing to play, but for the sake of the long term and the process, I thought it was better to keep him out today and I feel that was the right decision.

While Illinois's upset over #2 Virginia was huge I don't think it was nearly as big as #26 Texas going into Winston-Salem and beating #5 Wake Forest.

Texas was just 6-5 going into the match with losses to a pair of schools outside the top 25 while Wake Forest had a program high ranking of #5 and had looked good in just about every match they'd played so far.

This one was played outdoors and it seemed rather windy, at least during the portions I saw on the live stream.

Texas picked up the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 but Wake Forest bounced back in singles and took four opening sets while Texas managed just two.

Christian Seraphim tied the match at 1-1 with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Julian Zlobinksy at #6 and Dennis Uspensky put Wake ahead with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Michael Riechmann at #5. Uspensky actually trailed 5-2 in the second set before winning five straight to close it out.

Skander Mansouri made it 3-1 Deacs after coming from a set behind to beat Harrison Scott 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at #2 so Wake just need one of the three remaining courts.

Texas's George Goldhoff pulled off the upset at #1 by defeating highly touted Wake Forest freshman Petro Chrysochos 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5) in a match where Goldhoff was serving 4-4, 0-40 in the third.

Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz tied it at 3-3 with a come from behind 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(3) win over Wake senior Romain Bogarets.

Rodrigo Banzer (TexasSports)
In the last match on court it'd be Texas freshman Rodrigo Banzer coming from behind as well to beat Wake senior Jon Ho 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(4).

Texas won the last three matches in third set tiebreaks and they did it on the road - unbelievable.

#26 Texas 4, #5 Wake Forest 3
Feb 27, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. George Goldhoff (UT 13.61) def. #34 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.10) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)
2. #25 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.31) def. Harrison Scott (UT 13.67) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
3. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.78) def. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.93) 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3)
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.43) def. Jon Ho (WF 14.04) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.41) def. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.04) 6-3, 7-5
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.90) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #21 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #44 Adrian Ortiz/M Riechmann (UT) 6-2
2. Julian Zlobinsky/George Goldhoff (UT) def. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-4
3. Harrison Scott/John Mee (UT) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 7-5 (0-0 Big 12); National ranking #26
Wake Forest 9-3 (0-0 ACC); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,2,1,3,4)
T-3:45 A-265

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap
"It was an amazing effort to win this match," said 16th-year head coach Michael Center.  "Wake Forest is a legitimate national title-contending team.  To come out here and beat them on its home courts and win three matches 7-6 in the third (sets)it just takes a lot of resiliency and competitiveness to do that.  We hung around and hung around and got the job done in the end.  It was just a great team effort."  

"George was in control to win the match in straight sets, but it got away," Center said.  "He was serving 4-all, love-40 in the third set, but he managed to get back in it and force a tiebreaker.  He continued to compete with tremendous effort against one of the best players, certainly one of the best freshmen in the country." 

"All eyes turned to Rodrigo at that point, and this was a first-semester freshman in Rodrigo playing a senior who has beaten us in the past," Center said.  "Rodrigo just played tough and aggressive, and he committed to what he has been doing so well.  He handled his nerves and got the win." 

"It was just one of those days where we were fighting and competing, and in the end we looked up and saw, 'Wow, we've got it.,' Center said.  "I can't give the guys enough credit. Wake Forest is really good just a very, very talented team."

Stanford was back at it on Saturday afternoon playing Pac-12 rival #4 UCLA less than 24 hours after the Cardinal played USC. Just as it had done against USC, Stanford managed to take the doubles point after picking up wins at #2 and #3.

Each team would pick up three first sets with Mackenzie McDonald, Karue Sell, and Logan Staggs taking them for UCLA at 1, 4, and 5 while Stanford got first sets from David Wilczynski, Nolan Paige, and Michael Genender at 2, 3, and 6.

UCLA's Karue Sell was off the court in just under an hour with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Sameer Kumar at #4 and then roughly 20 minutes later Mackenzie McDonald made it 2-1 Bruins when he defeated Tom Fawcett 6-3, 7-5 at #1 singles. Here are some highlights of that match via JayK1225's Youtube page:

Martin Redlicki put UCLA ahead 3-1 with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over David Wilczynski at #2 but Stanford wouldn't go away quietly. Michael Genender returned after sitting out yesterday and rolled over Joseph Di Giulio 6-1, 6-4 at #6. Nolan Paige earned a nice 7-5, 6-4 win over Gage Brymer at #3 though it took a little longer for Paige to close it out after he led 4-1 in the second. Brymer held for 2-4, then came back from 15-40 down to break for 3-4, and then held again to make it 4-4. Paige finally righted the ship and held and then broke Brymer to close it out.

The final match on court was at #5 between UCLA sophomore, and recent Northwestern transfer, Logan Staggs and Stanford senior Maciek Romanowicz. Staggs had dropped four of his previous five while Romanowicz had won four of his previous five. Staggs got the upper hand early on by taking the opening set 6-4 then he'd break Romanowicz to go up 5-3 in the second. Staggs went up 40-30 but Romanowicz hit a nice backhand overhead to bring up the deciding point. Staggs was in control of the deciding point but a slice brought Romanowicz to the net. Romanowicz was in position to hit the volley but Staggs put a little too much spin on his backhand and Romanowicz went into the net and that it. Here are highlights of the finish of the match courtesy of JayK

#4 UCLA 4, #29 Stanford 3
February 27, 2016 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Stadium)
Doubles competition
1) No. 3 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) d. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3
2) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3) Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) d. Brymer/Maxime Cressy 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles competition
1) No. 19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) d. No. 4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 6-3, 7-5
2) No. 36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) d. No. 48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3) No. 102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) d. No. 46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 7-5, 6-4
4) No. 94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) d. No. 88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99) 6-2, 6-2
5) Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) d. No. 114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38) 6-4, 6-3
6) No. 112 Michael Genender (STAN 13.38) d. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) 6-1, 6-4
Match Notes:
UCLA 9-2; National ranking #4
Stanford 5-6; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)

Post-Match Quote from UCLA's recap
"My match was a back-and-forth battle, said Staggs.  "We weren't playing great.  But the fact that the match came down to me was a great feeling, especially because it's my first year as a Bruin.

Post-Match Quotes from The Daily Stanford's recap by Alexa Corse
"I told the guys, We just can't seem to get our offense, defense and special teams going all at the same time,' said head coach Paul Goldstein of the team's struggle to display consistency and collect the four points needed from throughout the lineup in order to clinch a dual match victory.

"Nolan and Michael, who have really had challenges so far this year, had their best day today, Goldstein said. "We have other guys who have been phenomenal for us pretty consistently, but none of them had their day today.

"I feel so bad for the guys, said Goldstein. "In everyone one of the matches, we have chances. It's a testament to the guys, they keep working very hard.


#9 Oklahoma State picked up its second top 15 win of the season after it beat #14 South Florida 4-1. It looked South Florida would claim the doubles point after picking up a 6-0 win at #3 and leading 4-1 at #1 and 4-2 at #2. Oklahoma State's Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash won the next five games at #1 to take it 6-4 and then its #2 team of Temur Ismailov and Lucas Gerch got the match back on serve and then won the tiebreak 7-0 to give the Cowboys the early 1-0 lead.

South Florida's Dominic Cotrone, its #2 singles player, didn't play (reasons unknown) so everyone from #3 to #7 had to shift up a spot in the lineup.

Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg made it 2-0 Pokes with a double bagel win over Everth Dzib at #6. It was Dzib's first dual-match of the season and he was only in the lineup due to both Cotrone (14.32) and usual #6 Vadym Kalyuzyhnyy (13.31) sitting out.

Arjun Kadhe (Oklahoma State)
Cowboy freshman Temur Ismailov made it 3-0 with a sound 6-3, 6-3 win over Sasha Gozun at #2.

South Florida senior Roberto Cid gave the Bulls its only point with a a 6-4, 6-3 win over Julian Cash 6-4, 6-3 at #1.

Arjun Kadhe would clinch the win with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Justin Roberts at #4 and Oklahoma State would finish the weekend in Montgomery as the only undefeated team of the six participants.

Due to the number of teams playing this year, six as opposed to eight, the official Blue Gray Championship came down to just doubles between Oklahoma State and Alabama. They played 8-game pro sets with Alabama's Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama winning 8-6 at #1 while its #3 team of Matthew Rossouw/Spencer Richeyended won 8-5. Since singles was not played it does NOT go in the record books as an official match.

#9 Oklahoma State 4, #14 South Florida 1 
February 27, 2016 | Lagoon Park Tennis Center | Blue Gray Classic
Doubles competition
C1: No. 15 Kadhe/Cash (OSU) def. No. 46 Cotrone/Roberts (USF), 6-4
C2: Ismailov/Gerch (OSU) def. Gozun/Bertran (USF), 7-6(0)
C3: Cid/Gonzalez (USF) def. Mendoza/Finzelberg (OSU), 6-0
Singles competition
C1: No. 5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.50) def. No. 75 Julian Cash (OSU 13.80), 6-4, 6-3
C2: No. 115 Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.82) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.53), 6-3, 6-3
C3: No. 109 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.87) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.12), 6-2, 7-5
C4: Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.58) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.34), 6-4, 5-4 unf.  
C5: Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.40) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.45), 7-6(4), 1-2 unf.
C6: Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.77) def. Everth Dzib (USF 12.49), 6-0, 6-0 
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 11-1; National ranking #9
South Florida 7-4; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"The doubles point was an unbelievable comeback and it was huge for me and Julian (Cash) because we were down 4-1 at one point," junior Arjun Kadhe said.

"My singles match was very tough, but I managed to stay on top of my game and stayed confident as the match went on," Kadhe said. "It was nice to clinch for the team and it was a great week for the team because everyone played solid."

Baylor had dropped four of its previous five but the Bears got back into the win column on Saturday with a 4-0 win over #17 Memphis.

The doubles point was decided in a pair of tiebreaks with Baylor just needing one of the two. BU's #2 team of Felipe Rios and Will Little clinched the point with a 7-6(6) win over Ryan Peniston and Felix Rauch.

Baylor picked up five first sets and Julian Lenz, Felipe Rios, and Jimmy Bendeck each finished in straights to give the Bears a rather routine win over a top 20 Memphis team.

#34 Baylor 4, #17 Memphis 0
Feb 27, 2016 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Julian Lenz (BU 14.64) def. #57 Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS 14.11) 6-4, 6-2
2. Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS 13.86) vs. #62 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.93) 7-6, 4-2. 
3. #122 Felipe Rios (BU 14.09) def. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS 13.47) 6-3, 6-3
4. Will Little (BU 13.49) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS 13.08) 6-4, 6-5, unf.
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.32) def. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS 12.69) 6-4, 6-4
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.80) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS 12.39) 6-3, 5-5, unf.
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) 6-4
2. Felipe Rios/Will Little (BU) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. M Tchoutakian/T Podvinski (BU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes
Memphis 7-3; National ranking #17
Baylor 7-4; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
TOP QUOTE #1 - "We've improved. I think that's the biggest news. You look at where we are now compared to where we were three to four weeks ago, it's a massive difference. I'm really proud of the guys. They've worked hard. They're really pushing themselves in practice, and you can see the benefits of it." --head coach Matt Knoll on the win

TOP QUOTE #2 - "We're really playing at a whole different level than we were when we played here at home before we were headed to the National Indoor. I'm excited about what's coming up next. I think this team's got a bright future." --Knoll on the team's improvement

What was expected to be a close one turned into a Gator runaway as Florida steamrolled instate rival Florida State 7-0. Florida State looked like it might pull out the doubles point after winning 6-1 at #1 and leading 5-3 at #2 but Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin fought back to win the final four games to take it 7-5. Florida clinched the doubles point when Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco won 6-4 at #3.

The teams split first sets with Florida's Diego Hidalgo, Gordon Watson, and McClain Kessler each winning in straight sets to give Florida the win. They played the remaining three matches out and Florida would take all three with Elliott Orkin, Chase Perez-Blanco, and Alfredo Perez each winning in a third set supertiebreak to finish off the 7-0 win.

#41 Florida 7, #35 Florida State 0
February 27, 2016 Ring Tennis Complex, Gainesville, Fla.
Singles competition
1. #50 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #16 Benjamin Lock (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
2. #22 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. #85 Marco Nunez (FSU), 6-7 (5), 6-1, 1-0 (4)
3. #30 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (3)
4. #77 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (8)
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU), 6-1, 6-4
6. McClain Kessler (UF) def. Jose Gracia (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. #1 Hidalgo/Watson (UF), 6-1
2. #32 Maxx Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU), 7-5
3. Perez/Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Gracia/Whitehurst (FSU), 6-4
Match Notes
Florida 5-3; National ranking #41
Florida State 8-3; National ranking #35
Order of Finish Singles: 6,5,1,4,3,2; Doubles: 1,2,3
Attendance: 537  

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton  - On the Gators' sweep of FSU today 
"It was a great day. I was really anxious to see how our guys would respond after a tough loss to Ohio State and how they would react to a tough Florida State team that came in here with a lot of energy and would be well-prepared. They are a talented group. I was really anxious to see what our guys would bring. I was really pleased with what I saw.

Getting down in the doubles early and then finding a way to hang in there long enough to turn it in our favor was huge. We have a lot of respect for how Florida State plays doubles. We knew that was going to be one of the toughest points of the day. It certainly was. To get that point with Maxx Lipman making some plays at the end of the set was huge. Also, Alfredo making some huge plays at the end of the set at No. 3 doubles to clinch the doubles for us. It was pretty sweet.

I thought we got off to a pretty good start in singles. Our guys were certainly motivated and a little bit nervous. We played through the nerves and through the tough patches out there in the singles and were able to secure wins on every court."  

Sophomore Chase Perez-Blanco - On the doubles play this afternoon 
"It was a lot of fun. The energy was high. You could feel the crowd getting into it. Alfredo was playing some really good tennis. He saved me a couple times there. It was a lot of fun."

Post-Match Quotes from FSU's recap
Head coach Dwayne Hultquist: "We were in position to grab the doubles point and let it slip away. We did a good job bouncing back in singles, taking three first sets and actually having some other opportunities to get even more. Florida did a good job of closing it out the three matches they won the first set on and coming from behind on the other courts.

On Lock and Nunez's win over the No. 1 doubles team:
"They beat them last year and have played well this spring and are still undefeated in the spring. Ben and Marco are one of the better teams in the country.

Senior Benjamin Lock:
"It was a good win for Marco and myself. We have been playing quality doubles this spring and Marco has been clutch on the big points. We really don't focus on our opponents that much, we have a certain style that we play and we just try and give our best effort each match to help the team win the doubles point. We beat this Florida team last year, but to beat the No. 1 team in the nation was pretty cool and we were happy about it.

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One day you're on the top of the mountain and the next day your toppling down the hill. Illinois took the court today against #8 TCU just 16 hours removed from its big win over #2 Virginia so you had to figure they'd have a tough time replicating the same energy in such a short span.

It was sunny and 65 degrees outside at match time but the 25-30 mile per hour wind gusts kept play indoors. I knew the crowd wouldn't be as big as Saturday night but I was impressed with the Sunday afternoon turnout of just over 400.

Illinois got off to a quick start at #1 and #2 doubles while TCU jumped out to the early lead at #3. Illinois's #1 team of Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse broke the Cameron Norrie serve to go up 1-0 and then Hiltzik held for 2-0. Hiltzik and Jesse would break the Trevor Johnson serve on the deciding point to go up 3-0 and then a hold from Jesse made it 4-0. Norrie would double fault on the deciding point to make it 5-0 (left clip) then Hiltzik held from 40-15 (right clip) to give the Illini the 6-0 win in just 18 minutes.

TCU's #3 team of Alex Rybakov and Guillermo Nunez broke Julian Childers to take the early 1-0 lead then Nunez held at love for 2-0. Rybakov and Nunez would make it 3-0 when they broke the Brian Page serve from 30-40 and then Rybakov held to make it 4-0. Childers held for 1-4 and then Nunez quickly held for 5-1. Page held for 2-5 and then Rybakov served it out from 40-30 to give TCU the 6-2 win in 22 minutes.

Illinois's #2 team of Aron Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic broke Hudson Blake on the deciding point to go up 1-0 and Hiltzik held for 2-0. TCU's Reese Stalder held for 1-2 and then he and Blake broke the Vukic serve on the deciding point to make it 2-2. Blake held from 40-15 to make it 3-2 but Vukic held from 40-30 to even it at 3-3. Stalder would hit a service winner on the deciding point to make it 4-3 and then they'd break the Hiltzik serve from 30-40 to make it 5-3 - clip on the left shows both points. Blake served it out from 40-30 (right clip) by coming forward and hitting three volleys with the last being a winner. TCU's 6-3 win, in 28 minutes, sealed the doubles point and put the Horned Frogs up 1-0.

TCU jumped out an early break lead at #3 and #5 while Illinois grabbed an early break lead at #1, #2, and #4 with #6 staying on serve for a little while.

TCU's Jerry Lopez didn't waste any time at #5 after breaking Pablo Landa's opening service game from 15-40 to go up 1-0. Lopez quickly held for 2-0 and then broke on the deciding point to make it 3-0. Clip on the left is the first break and then on the right is the second break.

Landa took one of the breaks back but Lopez broke again from 30-40 to make it 4-1. Lopez held for 5-1 and then Landa held on the deciding point to make it 2-5. Lopez served out the opening set to take it 6-2. After each held serve to start the second set Lopez would break from 30-40 to go up 2-1. Lopez cruised through the next four games and served it out at love to take it it 6-2, 6-1 in just 52 minutes.

For the second day in a row Jared Hiltzik would give Illinois its first point after he defeated Alex Rybakov 6-4, 7-6(1) at #1. Hiltzik broke Rybakov at love to take an early 2-1 lead (left) and then after a Hiltzik hold Rybakov would hold for 2-3 (right).

Hiltzik came back from 30-40 down to hold for 4-2 and then four games later he'd hold again to take the opening set 6-4. Hiltzik would go up an early break in the second set and was plowing through each of his service games. The clip below shows Hiltzik holding for 5-3 and then Rybakov holds for 4-5.

Hiltzik would finally have a poor service game and Rybakov would break him from 15-40 to even it at 5-5 (left). Rybakov held for 6-5 and then Hiltzik held to send it to a tiebreak (right).

The tiebreak was all Hiltzik as he led 5-1 at the changeover and closed it out two points later to win the match in 1 hour and 17 minutes. The clips shows a few points of the tiebreak including match point at the end.

Cameron Norrie would extend TCU's lead to 3-1 after he defeated Aleks Vukic 6-4, 7-5 at #2. Vukic broke Norrie to go up 2-1 in the first and then held for 3-1. Norrie would hold and then break Vukic on the deciding point to make it 3-3.  The break actually came on an overrule on the far side and Vukic argued with the chair for a good minute but to no avail. After three straight holds Norrie broke Vukic to take the set 6-4. Vukic broke Norrie on the deciding point to go up 1-0 in the second but Norrie broke back on the deciding point to make it 1-1. A few games later Norrie would come back from 30-40 down to hold for 3-2 and then Vukic did the same thing to hold for 3-3. It would stay on serve until Norrie broke Vukic from 15-40 to close it out in 1 hour and 27 minutes. Guillermo Nunez was serving for the match at the same time so that's why I wasn't able to get a better shot of this match point.

Less than two minutes later Guillermo Nunez would clinch the win for TCU with a 7-6(6), 6-3 win over Aron Hiltzik at #3. Nunez went up 2-1 in the first after breaking Hiltzik on the deciding point but Hiltzik would break back on the deciding point to even it at 2-2 (left clip). A few games later Nunez would break back on the deciding point to go up 4-3 (right).

Nunez was serving up 5-4, 40-15 but Hiltzik came back to break and even it at 5-5 (left). Hiltzik held for 6-5 and then Nunez held to send it to a tiebreak (right).

Nunez went up 4-0 in the tiebreak but Hiltzik fought back to even it at 6-6. Hiltzik would double fault to put Nunez up 7-6 and then Nunez closed out the tiebreak on the next point. Below are clips from multiple points throughout the tiebreak - as you can hear the people beside me weren't pleased with the call on the double fault.

Nunez drew first blood in the second set when he broke Hiltzik from 30-40 on a big forehand to go up 3-1.

Nunez then held from 40-15 to go up 4-1 before Hiltzik held for 2-4 and then Nunez held at love for 5-2 (both holds on clip on left).  Hiltzik then held and went up 0-40 on the Nunez serve but the TCU sophomore would take the next four to close it out and clinch the Horned Frogs win. The clip on the right picks it up with Nunez serving at 15-40.

They played the remaining matches out with Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch picking up a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Trevor Johnson at #6 (left) while TCU freshman Eduardo Nava defeated Julian Childers 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 at #4 (right). Note: Nava trailed 2-5 in the first set and won five straight to take the set 7-5.

TCU is back on the road next weekend for matches at South Florida and Central Florida while Illinois is off for two weeks before playing at Northwestern.

#8 TCU 5, #11 Illinois 2
Feb 28, 2016 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #11 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.30) def. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.40) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.63) def. #9 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) 6-4, 7-5
3. #49 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.95) def. #66 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.60) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. #99 Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.00) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.49) 7-5, 1-6, 7-5
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.63) def. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.22) 6-2, 6-1
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.76) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.62) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-0
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 6-2
Match Notes
TCU 8-2; National ranking #8
Illinois 7-5; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,2,3,6,4)
T-2:30 A-407

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - Opening Statement
"It was very nice to get that doubles point today. There was a great comeback from Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder to clinch the doubles point for us. In singles, there was a battle all the way around. Beating Aleks Vukic is something to be proud of for Cameron Norrie because he doesn't lose to just anybody. There was also a very mature performance today by Nunez to beat Aron Hiltzik and Jerry Lopez did what he needed to do and got off the court quickly. I'm very proud of the way we handled the good crowd and stayed focused in our match. Illinois had a great win last night over No. 2 Virginia and it's not easy to bounce back the next day and play another top team. We now get to be outdoors and be ready for another tough road trip to USF and UCF.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We didn't take care of things where we needed to," head coach Brad Dancer said. "If you do that against a good team, you're going to lose. I give TCU a lot of credit because Atkins isn't an easy place to play."

In the big stunner of the day #51 Arkansas went into Norman and upset #10 Oklahoma 5-2. Arkansas took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 and then they added four first sets at #1, #2, #4 and #5.

Arkansas redshirt freshman Adam Sanjurjo made it 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Maxime Mora at #5 but OU would tie it up at 2-2 with straight sets wins from Alex Ghilea and Andre Biro at #3 and #6.

Giammarco Micolani (pic via Arkasas)
Mike Redilicki would put Arkansas ahead 3-2 when he beat Axel Alvarez in straight sets and Giammarco Micolani would clinch it with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Florin Bragusi at #4. Jose Salazar, who transferred from Oklahoma, won the final match of the day for Arkansas as he defeated Spencer Papa 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

I'd say you have to go back a good decade to find a win as big as this one for the Hogs. Arkansas last made the NCAA tournament in 2006 and these are its conference wins totals over the last 8 years - 3, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2, 3, and 0. This program has come a long, long way since Andy Jackson took over the helm on June 11, 2013.

Arkansas has another big match coming up on Friday when it opens SEC play in Lexington against #18 Kentucky. OU returns to the court today when it hosts #17 Memphis at 2pm central.

#51 Arkansas 5, #10 Oklahoma 2
Feb 28, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #82 Mike Redlicki (AR 13.95) def. #63 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.31) 6-4, 7-6 (6-0)
2. Jose Salazar (AR 14.01) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.99) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
3. #100 Alex Ghilea (OU 13.94) def. Santiago Munoz (AR 13.09) 6-2, 6-2
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR 13.11) def. #119 Florin Bragusi (OU 13.86) 6-3, 7-5
5. Adam Sanjurjo (AR 13.29) def. Maxime Mora (OU 13.69) 6-0, 6-4
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.79) def. William Albanese (AR 12.52) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #49 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) def. #35 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-3
2. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 5-4, unfinished
3. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) def. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Arkansas 10-2; National ranking #51
Oklahoma 6-4; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,3,6,1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"This is a great win for us; the team competed really hard, head coach Andy Jackson said. "Mike, Giammarco and others were really clutch today.

"Now we play Kentucky on Friday and our challenge is to prepare to face another top team, because we know how good and how ready they'll be. We're excited to continue our season and start SEC competition.

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"Arkansas played a great match," head coach John Roddick said. "They are a really good team and they deserve credit. We have to refocus, come back tomorrow and play much better against Memphis."

Wake Forest was coming off a stunning 4-3 loss to #25 Texas but they turned it around on Sunday in a bit way. The Demon Deacons took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at #1 and #2 then they jumped on #6 Texas Tech in singles by taking five of six opening sets. Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, and Dennis Uspensky each rolled in straight sets at #1, #2, and #5 to give Wake the 4-0 shutout win just a hair over two hours. 

As you can see from Brett Masi's comments below, he wasn't impressed with the energy and level of play especially after a good performance on Friday against NC State.

Texas Tech is off for the next two weeks before hosting Indiana on March 14th while Wake opens ACC play on Friday with a visit from Georgia Tech followed by Sunday matches against NC State and Tennessee Tech. 

#5 Wake Forest 4, #6 Texas Tech 0
Feb 28, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #25 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) def. #18 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-1, 7-5
2. #34 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.11) def. #97 Hugo Dojas (TT 14.08) 6-2, 6-4
3. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.93) vs. #87 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.83) 6-3, 3-6, 1-1, unf
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.26) vs. Jon Ho (WF 14.04) 7-6(1), 3-0, unf
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.41) def. Connor Curry (TT 13.71) 6-0, 6-2
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.74) 6-4, 4-6, 0-0, unf
Doubles competition
1. #21 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. #56 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-4
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-2
Match Notes
Texas Tech 15-2 (0-0 Big 12); National ranking #6
Wake Forest 10-3 (0-0 ACC); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,1)
T-2:02 A-222

Post-Match Quote from Texas Tech's recap
"This wasn't our best day in terms of play, competing and energy level," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "When you play a team like Wake Forest, you can't expect to be able to fight back from a bad start. Basically, we didn't show up to start the match. We had some hope during a few of the second sets in singles but couldn't get the job done. Hopefully, this is an experience we will learn from. We have a few weeks to improve and get ready for a tough round of matches."


Northwestern picked up a nice ranked road win on Sunday when it blanked #32 Harvard in Cambridge. Northwestern took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 then won all six singles matches by winning 12 of 14 sets.  NU's 12-1 start equals the previous mark that was set all the way back in the 1988-89 season.

Northwestern will be off for the next two weeks before hosting Illinois and Detroit on March 12th while Harvard is off for almost three weeks before heading to San Diego for the Mission Valley Spring Classic with other participants including San Diego, San Diego State, Denver, Memphis, Princeton, Texas Tech, and Tulane.

#15 Northwestern 7, #32 Harvard 0
Feb 28, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass. (Murr Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Konrad Zieba (NU 14.44) def. Hu, Nicky (HARV 13.77) 6-3, 6-4
2. Sam Shropshire (NU 13.78) def. Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV 13.03) 6-3, 6-4
3. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.29) def. Tao, Kenny (HARV 13.10) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
4. Fedor Baev (NU 13.11) def. Lam, Kelvin (HARV 12.64) 7-6, 6-2
5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.13) def. Zhou, Andy (HARV 13.06) 4-6, 7-6, 10-2
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.81) def. Thirouin, Jean (HARV 12.93) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Yeung, Brian/Zhou, Andy (HARV) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5, unfinished
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Hu, Nicky/Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV) 6-3
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Haughey, Conor/Lam, Kelvin (HARV) 6-2
Match Notes:
Northwestern 12-1; National ranking #15
Harvard 8-5; National ranking #32
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,1,4*,6,3,5)

Ohio State and Notre Dame usually play competitive matches every season and Sunday's match in South Bend was no different. Ohio State dropped the doubles point for the third time this the year when Notre Dame's Grayson Broadus and Quentin Monaghan won 6-2 win at #2 and Josh Hagar and Eric Schnurrenberger won 6-3 win at #3.

Martin Joyce (Pic via tennisworldusa.org)
Ohio State rebounded in singles by taking five of six first sets. Mikael Torpegaard was off the court quickly with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Quentin Monaghan at #1 and Herkko Pollanen followed suit with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Eric Schnurrenberger at #5.

Notre Dame's Alex Lawson tied the match at 2-2 after coming back from a first set bagel to defeat Chris Diaz 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 at #3.

Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo made it 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Eddy Covalschi at #2. The win by Di Feo snapped a two-match losing streak after he won his first six.

Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to a perfect 8-0 by clinching the team win with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win over Grayson Broadus at #6. Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach won the final match 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 over Eric Schnurrenberger.

The Buckeyes will return to the court next Sunday for a nationally televised match at Oklahoma while Notre Dame opens up conference play on Thursday at Boston College.

#3 Ohio State 5, #47 Notre Dame 2
Feb 26, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion) 
Singles competition
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.54) def. #40 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.90) 6-1, 6-2
2. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.28) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.98) 6-4, 6-3
3. Alex Lawson (ND 13.43) def. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.02) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.99) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.34) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
5. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.67) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 12.91) 6-4, 6-2
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.85) def. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.90) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4
2. Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-2
3. Josh Hagar/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Ohio State 14-1; National ranking #3
Notre Dame 6-6; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,2,6,4)
T-2:44 A-147

Post-Match Quote from Notre Dame's recap
On the match against No. 3 Ohio State, Coach Sachire said, "Our guys went after it. Ohio State was just a little too good today. It gives us a direction of where to improve. We need to improve our tennis moving forward, but I think the way we approached the match, it was good.

Adam Steinberg's guys just keep on winning as they swept weekend matches over #31 Washington and #22 Tulsa.

Tulsa took the doubles point by winning both #1 and #3 in tiebreaks but Michigan turned up the heat in singles and took four opening sets. Alex Knight, Runhao Hua, and Kevin Wong would each finish in straight sets at #2, #5, and #6 while Carter Lin clinched the match at #3 with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez.

Michigan joins the other snowbirds and heads to Florida this week with a Thursday match at Miami before playing at South Florida on Sunday. Tulsa plays at SMU next Sunday before welcoming in Virginia and USC the following week.

#28 Michigan 4, #22 Tulsa 1
02/28/16 at Ann Arbor, Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa 13.75) vs. #60 Jathan Malik (Michigan 13.73), DNF 7-6(5), 6-6
2. Alex Knight (Michigan 13.76) def. #110 Carlos Bautista (Tulsa 13.44), 6-3, 6-3
3. Carter Lin (Michigan 13.14) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa 13.37), 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2
4. Majed Kilani (Tulsa 13.69) vs. Davis Crocker (Michigan 12.80), 6-2, 3-6, 3-3
5. Runhao Hua (Michigan 13.43) def. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa 12.68), 6-1, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (Michigan 13.17) def. Matthew Kirby (Tulsa 12.54) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Kirby/O.Kellerman (Tulsa) defeated Knight/Hua, 7-6(5)
2. Malik/Wong (Michigan) defeated Bautista/Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-4
3. McCloskey/Bechard (Tulsa) defeated Cuba/Crocker (Michigan), 7-6(9)
Match Notes
Tulsa 7-4; National Ranking #22
Michigan 9-2; National Ranking #29
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-1-3, Singles 6-2-5-3

A rough week for #25 NC State got worse on Sunday as the Wolfpack dropped its third match in a row with a 4-1 loss to #55 Old Dominion. ODU hadn't beat NC State since 2007 though with this win the Monarchs have won five of the last nine in the series.

Zvonimir Podvinski (@ ODU Sports)
ODU's Michael Weindl and Jacob Nicolussi won 6-2 at #2 doubles while NC State's Simon Norenius and Michael Ogden won 6-4 at #3. The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #1 with ODU's Adam Moundir and Aziz Kijametovic taking it 7-6(5)

The Monarchs took four opening sets in singles with Javier Jover Maestre, Zvonimir Podvinski, and Jacob Nicolussi each winning in straight sets at #4, #5, and #6 with Podvinski providing the clincher.

Note: I believe Podvinski's brother is Tomislav (Tommy) who plays at Baylor - both are from Zagreb, Croatia though maybe Podvinski is like Smith over there.

Old Dominion went 8-0 during the month of February while NC State went 7-5.  ODU plays at Elon and Charlotte next weekend while NC State goes to Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

#55 Old Dominion 4, #25 NC State 1 
Feb 28, 2016 at Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #83 Simon Norenius (ST 13.46) def. #103 Adam Moundir (ODU 13.62) 6-3, 6-4
2. #72 Nick Horton (ST 13.73) vs. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU 12.92) 6-3, 5-7, unf
3. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.63) vs. Michael Weindl (ODU 12.78) 4-6, 6-4, 1-2, unf
4. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU 13.12) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST 12.44) 6-1, 6-1
5. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU 12.78) def. Igor Saveljic (ST 12.74) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
6. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU 12.50) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST 12.37) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition 
1. #43 Adam Moundir/Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) def. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Michael Weindl/Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) def. Nick Horton/Thomas Weigel (ST) 6-2
3. Simon Norenius/Michael Ogden (ST) def. J. Jover Maestre/J. Nunez Navarro (ODU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Old Dominion 7-3; National ranking #55
NC State 10-5; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from ODU's recap
"Great team effort today, said ODU head coach Aljosa Piric. "All twelve guys played their role today and earned this win against a good N.C. State team. I am happy with the way we competed. The doubles point came down to a tie-break on Aziz and Adam's court. We took that point and continued the momentum on Courts 4 and 6. Javier and Jacob were the catalysts for today's singles win. On the other courts, we hung in there, we embraced adversity and kept fighting.  That's what this team is all about.

 "We will go home, get some well-deserved rest and on Tuesday we will continue to build, concluded Piric. "We have a tough weekend against Elon and Charlotte ahead.

Columbia finished its Tennessee road trip undefeated after it held on to beat #45 Vanderbilt 4-3. The match was played indoors at Vandy's five-court facility so the deciding match at #6 singles didn't go on court until the first singles match finished up.

Columbia took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Vanderbilt would take first sets on four of the five courts. Mike Vermeer earned the one first set for Columbia at #3 and then he finished off Rhys Johnson 6-1, 6-3 to make it 2-0.

Vanderbilt racked up straight set wins from Daniel Valent, Cameron Klinger, and Baker Newman at #1, #2, and #4 to put the Commodores up 3-2.

Columbia junior Richard Pham jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set by winning all five games on deciding points but Kris Yee came back to win seven straight games, five on the deciding point, to take the opening set 7-5. Pham would take the second set 6-4 then pull away in the third to close out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win to even the overall match at 3-3.

Timothy Wang (@ Ethan Wu/Columbia Spectator)
The final match on court was at #6 as Columbia freshman Timmy Wang was taking on Vanderbilt freshman Alex Ross. Wang rolled to a 6-1 first set then led 5-2 in the second before Ross broke and held to make it 5-4. Wang went down 15-30 but won the next 3 points to close it out the 6-1, 6-4 win.

"Happy for Rich and Tim. We had 3 straight matches at National Indoors so close like today. It went the other way for Rich at 3-3 against Baylor, so this result was nice for him. For Timmy to serve it out like that for the match was pretty tough," said Columbia assistant coach Howard Endelman.

Columbia next plays in two weeks when it goes to Ann Arbor to face Michigan while Vanderbilt plays at #1 North Carolina on Friday

#23 Columbia 4, #45 Vanderbilt 3
Feb 28, 2016 at Nashville, TN (Currey Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #10  Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU) def. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger; 6-0
2. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VU) def. Michal Rolski/Mike Vermer (CU); 6-4
3. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (CU) def. Tate Allwardt/Baker Newman (VU); 7-5
Singles competition
1. #64 Daniel Valent (VU 14.08) def. #54 Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.97); 6-0, 6-4
2. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.79) def. Victor Pham (CU 13.84); 7-5, 6-1
3. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.79) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.14); 6-1, 6-3
4. Baker Newman (VU 13.44) def. Michal Rolski (CU 12.82); 6-2, 6-4
5. Richard Pham (CU 13.21) def. Kris Yee (VU 13.20); 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
6. Timothy Wang (CU 13.35) def. Alex Ross (VU 12.73); 6-1, 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 8-3; National ranking #23
Vanderbilt 8-5; National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,4,2,5,6)

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