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The weekend of upsets continued on Saturday with three higher ranked team going down on top of the seven that were upset yesterday. The biggest upset in terms of ranking took place in Starkville but I'll start off in Evanston where Northwestern was looking to snap a 27-match, 19 year, losing streak to in-state rival Illinois.

Even though Northwestern was shutout by the Illini earlier this season it had to be optimistic with a big home crowd on hand. Northwestern got things started off on the right foot by claiming the doubles point for the 12th time in 14 tries with a 6-4 win at No. 2 and a 6-3 win at No. 3.

Illinois rebounded in singles and took four opening sets but it wouldn't be able to close out any of them in straight sets. Northwestern's Alp Horoz didn't have any issues closing out his match in straight sets as he whipped Brian Page 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 in just under an hour.

Julian Childers put the Illini on the board with a come from behind 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Fedor Baev at No. 4 and Aron Hiltzik would even the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over Strong Kirchheimer at No. 3.

Northwestern's Sam Shropshire put Northwestern back ahead after he upset Jared Hiltzik 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2. Shropshire jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third set before Hiltzik won three straight to go ahead 4-3. Shropshire broke Hiltzik's 5-5 service game and then served it out for the win.

Sam Shropshire (Pic vai Brian Lee/Daily Northwestern)
Illinois sophomore Aleks Vukic evened the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Konrad Zieba at No. 1 which meant it all came down to a pair of freshmen at No. 5 to decide it.

Illinois's Asher Hirsch took the first set 6-2 and led 5-2 in the second set but Ben Vandixhorn rallied back to even it at 5-5. It'd go to a tiebreak and Hirsch would lead 5-2 but Vandixhorn took six of the next seven points to take it 8-6 to force a third set. Vandixhorn went up a quick break in the third set and took the final set 6-2 to give Northwestern its historic win over Illinois.

Facts from NU's recap: beat a top-10 team for the first time since the ITA began archiving rankings in 1981.  At 13-1, they are off to the best start in program history, surpassing the 1988-89 team, which began that year 12-1.



#11 Northwestern 4, #8 Illinois 3
Mar 12, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #11 Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
2. #83 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #8 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
3. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #95 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-3
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Illinois 7-6; National ranking #8
Northwestern 13-1; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,4,3,2,1,5)
Official: John Coleman T-2:49 A-457

Post-Match Quotes from Northwestern's recap
 "We are trying to build a program here," head coach Arvid Swan said. "Our guys are buying in, and we are trying to break streaks. That was certainly a goal to beat Illinois."

"We knew we had to bring our A-game today, and we did," Swan said. "I am really proud of the team."

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"I give Northwestern a lot of credit. We had winning positions and multiple match points in spots where they came back and won," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Once we didn't capitalize, Northwestern did a good job of seizing opportunities. I'm not sure how to express the team's gratitude to the Net Nuts and all our alumni that made a road trip turn into an electric home atmosphere. Our students and all our supporters in Chicago are incredible. THANK YOU from the whole team."

"We need to have that growing mindset and building toward specific purposes," Dancer said. "It's an important time for all of us to have ownership. We are definitely looking to getting to California and the competition against Baylor."
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Mississippi State blanked No. 12 Kentucky for the first time since 1969 (per MSU recap) by really taking it to Kentucky in every faucet of the game. The match was originally scheduled to be played on Friday but rain pushed it back to Saturday and after the way the match went Kentucky probably wished it never stopped raining.
Rishab Agarwal (Pic by Kelly Price/MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State dominated in doubles by winning 6-1 at No. 1 and 6-2 at No. 2 and also led at No. 3 when the point was clinched.

State took five opening sets in singles and Rishab Agarwal, Nuno Borges, Niclas Braun, and Strahinja Rakic would each win in straight sets at 2, 3, 4, and 5 with Braun clinching the team win at No. 4.

State was on the verge of closing out the other two matches out as well but both were abandoned after it started to rain. Both teams have a quick turnaround with State hosting LSU on Sunday while Kentucky goes an hour down the road to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama.

#44 Mississippi State 5, #12 Kentucky 0
March 12, 2016 A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre Starkville, Miss.
Doubles competition
1. Nuno Borges/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. William Bushamuka/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-1
2. Mate Cutura/Trevor Foshey (MSU) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-2
3. Rishab Agarwal/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) vs. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) 5-4 susp.
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (MSU) vs. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2, 4-6, 5-3, susp.
2. #77 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. #108 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-4, 6-2
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-6(4), 7-6(1)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3, 6-4
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) Trey Yates (UK) 6-1, 7-5
6. Trevor Foshey (MSU) vs. Austin Hussey (UK) 2-6, 6-1, 5-4, susp.
Match Notes
Mississippi State 10-3; National Ranking #44
Kentucky 10-3; National Ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2);  Singles (2,5,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Miss State's recap
"The guys are hungry and we need these ranked wins, " head coach Matt Roberts said following the win. "The guys trust each other and they're seeing that all of their hard work is paying off on the court. It's a gradual process for us, because we have a lot of young guys and they have to understand what college tennis is all about.

"We know our doubles have the potential to beat a lot of good teams, Roberts said. "We've been working a lot on our doubles play lately and they're visualizing on winning the point, which has paid off.

"We're happy about today's win, but we know we have a lot of work ahead of us, "Roberts said. "We are still hungry and we're going to take it one match at a time. Tennessee is a great team and they're always good in doubles, so we know we have to bring it tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"The boys looked a bit tired today and the level of play was a little below what it has been, fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. "We will bounce back. This is a tough young group.
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Virginia will be the new No. 1 on Tuesday after defeating No. 13 Oklahoma 4-3 in a neutral site matchup that took place in Tulsa. Virginia took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then picked up three first sets in singles after Thai-Son Kwiatkowski came back from 5-2 down to take the set 7-5 at No. 2.

J.C. Aragone (Pic via Daily Progress)
Virginia's Henrik Wiersholm didn't have any issues as
he blew past OU's Florin Bragusi 6-0, 6-4 at No. 5 which put UVA up 2-0.  OU's Axel Alvarez put the Sooners on the board with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Ryan Shane at No. 1 but Thai-Son Kwiatkowski made it 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Alex Ghilea at No. 2.

J.C. Aragone clinched the win with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maxime Mora at No. 4.  The final two matches were played out with OU's Spencer Papa defeating Collin Altamirano 7-6, 6-2 and Andre Biro getting past Mac Styslinger 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 6.

I was following the live scoring/streaming but for whatever reason they only live scoring on three courts and the video crapped out mid-way through the first sets and never came back (at least it didn't for me). The scoring and video worked fine for the earlier USC/Tulsa match so it was disappointing to have it not work for the higher profile match. Let's hope this isn't an issue when the NCAA Championships roll into town in May.

#4 Virginia 4, #13 Oklahoma 3
March 12, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #41 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #13 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-2, 7-5 
2. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #99 Alex Ghilea (OU) 7-5, 6-3 
3. Spencer Papa (OU) def. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) 7-6(5), 6-2 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #92 Maxime Mora (OU) 6-4, 6-3 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-0, 6-4 
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Mac Styslinger (VA) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #24 Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-2 
2. #7 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #46 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-3 
3. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-2 
Match Notes:
Virginia 12-2; National Ranking #4
Oklahoma 7-6; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,2,4,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"Oklahoma is a great team so we are pleased to come out with the win," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "We continue to show signs of improvement with each match, but we still have lots of work ahead of us."

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"We played a very good match today and just came up a little short, head coach John Roddick said. "Give UVA a lot of credit, they played well. There were a lot of positives to take from this match and hopefully we can keep improving.
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In the opening match of the day in Tulsa it was No. 15 USC trouncing No. 26 Tulsa 7-0. USC took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 then the Trojans picked won on all six singles courts with three of them coming in straight sets.

Nick Crystal was off quickly with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Carlos Bautista at No. 2 and a short while later Laurens Verboven won 6-3, 6-4 over Dominic Bechard at No. 6. Max de Vroome would clinch the team match with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Or Ram-Harel at No. 1 and then Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget would each win in three sets to complete the shutout.

USC returns to the court next weekend when it faces Oklahoma and Baylor at the BNP Paribas Challenge in Indian Wells while Tulsa goes to TCU on Tuesday.

#15 USC 7, #26 Tulsa 0
March 12, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #32 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) 7-6, 6-1
2. #35 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 6-0, 6-2
3. #113 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
4. #40 Logan Smith (USC) def. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. #91 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa), 4-6, 6-0, 10-7
6. Laurens Verboven (USC) def. Dominic Bechard (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. #74 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. McCloskey/Kirby (Tulsa), 6-3
2. DeVroome/DeVine (USC) def. Ram-Harel/Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-2
3. Bechard/Bautista (Tulsa) vs. Jaede/T.Smith (USC), DNF 5-4
Match Notes:
USC 8-3; National Ranking #15
Tulsa 7-7; National Ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,6,1,3,5,4)
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In one of the best matches of the day it was No. 24 Michigan holding off a late charge to defeat No. 31 Columbia 4-2. Michigan took the doubles point to claim the early 1-0 lead but it wasn't an easy point. Columbia's Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski won 6-4 at No. 2 while Michigan's Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won 6-4 at No. 1. Columbia's Christopher Grant and Miguel Alda had two match points at No. 3 doubles when receiving serve up 5-4, 30-40 but they were able to close it out and ended up falling 7-5 to Michigan's Gabe Tishman and Myles Schalet.
Myles Schalet put Michigan ahead 2-0 when he knocked off Timothy Wang 6-2, 7-5 at No. 6. It looked like Wang was going to force a third set when he led 5-2 and was up 0-40 on the Schalet serve but the Michigan freshman fought back to win it in straights.
Michigan's Jathan Malik made it 3-0 when he got past Victor Pham 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2 but Columbia would get on the board with a three set win from Shawn Hadavi at No. 1.
Michigan's Carter Lin looked like he'd get the clinch at No. 4 however Columbia's Mike Vermeer fought off three match point to take the second set in a tiebreak and force a third.  Columbia's Michal Rolski would also force a third set when he took the second set over Runhao Hua at No. 5

Columbia's Eric Rubin cut the Michigan lead to 3-2 with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Kevin Wong at No. 5 so with the other two matches into a third set it looked like it was going to be a photo finish.

Michigan's Runhao Hua got the key break to go up 6-5 then he served it out from 40-30 to clinch the Michigan win.



"Michigan played well and deserved to win. Obviously not getting the doubles point after having two match points in the decider was tough, but our guys hung around well in singles. It will be great to get outdoors this week," said Columbia associate head coach Howard Endelman

#24 Michigan 4, #31 Columbia 2
March 12, 2016 at Tampa, Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #54 Shawn Hadavi (Columbia) def. #60 Alex Knight (U-M), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
2. #85 Jathan Malik (U-M) def. Victor Pham (Columbia), 6-3, 7-6 (8)
3. #123 Carter Lin (U-M) vs. Mike Vermeer (Columbia), 6-4, 6-7 (8), 4-4 abandoned
4. Eric Rubin (Columbia) def. Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1
5. Runhao Hua (U-M) def. Michal Rolski (Columbia), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
6. Myles Schalet (U-M) def. Timothy Wang (Columbia), 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (U-M) def. #10 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (Columbia), 6-4
2. #33 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (Columbia) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-4 
3. Gabe Tishman/Myles Schalet (U-M) def. Christopher Grant/Miguel Alda (Columbia), 7-5
Match Notes:
Michigan 11-3; National Ranking #24
Columbia 8-4; National Ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles 2-1-3; Singles 6-2-1-4-5

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Troy won for the 9th time in its last 10 matches by upsetting No. 65 UNC Wilmington 4-3. Wilmington took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 but Troy came back in singles and took five opening sets.

UNCW's Christiaan Van der Burgh took the Seahawks only first set and he'd be the first one to finish with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pablo Moreno at No. 2.

Troy's Daniel Bustamante and Giovani Samaha won in straight sets at 1 and 3 to even the match at 2-2 and then Mustapha Belcora put the Trojans ahead with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over Javier Restrepo at No. 4.

UNCW's Aviv Ben Shabat tied the match at 3-3 with a 1-6, 7-6, 6-1 win over Hassan Ndayishimiye at No. 6 but Troy's Andy Lau clinched it for the Trojans with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win over Andres Torres at No. 5.

Troy started off the season by playing a tough schedule and really paid for it by going just 1-10 but once everyone got settled in the wins have been raining down from the sky.

Troy 4, #65 UNC Wilmington 3
March 12, 2016 at Tampa, Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Doubles competition
1. Christiaan Van der Burgh/Aviv Ben Shabat (UNCW) def. Pablo Moreno/Andy Lau (TROY) 6-4
2. Andre Baldo/Vaclav Slezak (TROY) def. Javier Restrepo/Xander Veys (UNCW) 6-4
3. Gianlucca Massa/Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) def. G Samaha/Hassan Ndayishimiye (TROY) 6-4
Singles competition
1. Daniel Bustamante (TROY) def. Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) 6-4, 7-6
2. Christiaan Van der Burgh (UNCW) def. Pablo Moreno (TROY) 6-4, 6-4
3. Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Agustin Savarino (UNCW) 6-3, 6-4
4. Mustapha Belcora (TROY) def. Javier Restrepo (UNCW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
5. Andy Lau (TROY) def. Andres Torres (UNCW) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
6. Aviv Ben Shabat (UNCW) def. Hassan Ndayishimiye (TROY) 1-6, 7-6, 6-1
Match Notes:
UNC Wilmington 6-5; National Ranking #65
Troy 10-11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,6,5)
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Other Saturday scores:
#16 South Florida def. #23 Penn State 4-0 - USF recap
#33 Rice def. New Orleans 4-0 - Rice recap
#33 Rice def. UT Rio Grande Valley 4-0
#11 Northwestern def. Detroit 7-0
#24 Michigan def. Toledo 5-2 - Michigan recap
#63 New Mexico def. #71 Utah State 4-1 - New Mexico recap
#20 Oregon def. Fresno State 7-0 - Oregon recap
#49 Wisconsin def. Brown 4-2 - Wisconsin recap
Boise State def. Michigan State 5-2 - Boise State recap
San Diego State def. Arizona 4-3 - SDSU recap
#59 Georgia State def. Louisiana Lafayette 4-0 - Georgia State recap
#40 Old Dominion def. College of Charleston 6-1 - COC recap
NAIA #1 Georgia Gwinnett def. Tennessee Tech 4-0 - GGC recap


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Friday was a wild day of tennis with several teams coming from behind to pull out thrilling wins. The biggest comeback of the day took place in Blacksburg as No. 23 Florida State appeared to be down and out against No. 40 Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Florida State turned it around in singles and took first sets at one through four.

FSU's Benjamin Lock cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Joao Monteiro at No. 1 but Virginia Tech answered with a 7-6, 6-3 win from Aaron Gomez at No. 6.

The other four matches would go the distance and after Amerigo Contini put Virginia Tech up 3-1 with a win at No. 3 it looked like the Hokies were just moments away from clinching on a few other courts.

Andreas Bjerrehus and Marco Nunez were on serve headed toward a tiebreak at No. 2 but Virginia Tech had break leads on the other two courts. Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro led Aziz Dougaz 4-2 in the third at No. 4 and Mitch Harper led Jose Gracia 5-3 in the third at No. 5. Virginia Tech just needed to close out one of those three courts but amazingly they wouldn't be able to do it.

Marco Nunez put FSU's second point on the board after he won the third set tiebreak over Bjerrehus 7-1 and then Dougaz pulled out a third set tiebreak over Tessaro 10-8 to tie the match at 3-3.

Virginia Tech freshman Mitch Harper served for the match up 5-4 in the third but got broke from 30-40 (if I'm not mistaken). Gracia held quickly for 6-5 and then Harper finally held for 6-6. Harper led 4-3 in the tiebreak but Gracia took the next four points to close it out 7-4. Harper's serve really let him down deep in the third set because after he missed his first, Gracia was pouncing on his second serve.

#23 Florida State 4, #40 Virginia Tech 3
March 18, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #30 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. #18 Joao Monteiro (VT), 6-3, 6-2
2. #97 Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT), 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (1)
3. Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) def. #59 Edoardo Tessaro (VT), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8)
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
6. Aaron Gomez (VT) def. Jake Albo (FSU), 7-6 (2), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #21 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT) def. #26 Lock/Nunez (FSU), 6-4
2. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) vs. Contini/Tessaro (VT), 5-2, dnf.
3. Jai Corbett/Harper (VT) def. Gracia/Jack Haffey (FSU), 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida State 12-4; National Ranking #23
Virginia Tech 10-4; National Ranking #40
Order of Finish Singles: 1,6,3,2,4,5; Doubles: 3,1

Post-Match Quotes from FSU's recap
Head coach Dwayne Hultquist - "It was an unbelievable match. For us to win against a very tough program in Virginia Tech, who hosted an NCAA regional last year and has a lot of seniors in their lineup, was huge. It was a tough day. We overcame the adversity of not winning doubles. We had a good start to the singles portion, winning four first sets. When Jose fought back in the second set to force a third, that was a turning point for us. Aziz was clutch, overcoming a break down in the third for the win.

"It follows up our successes from last weekend, against North Carolina and Duke, and to win this match on the road really speaks to our seniors and our team to fight hard and not give up. Three matches we could have lost in a tiebreaker and we won all three. I love the spirit with our guys doing the Seminole chant. Our players really got behind Jose in the clincher. I'm proud of Jose for competing after being down in the third, he was winning points at the net. Great team effort.

On senior Benjamin Lock:
"Ben's on fire. In the ACC, he's playing a Top 20 player almost every match. He beat a player today that was in the finals of the National Indoors, a darn good player. Ben's success comes from his approach to the game we show up to practice, he's on the courts ready to go, training hard. He beat a good player, a great player, today. Beating him today at his place was huge.

Sophomore Jose Gracia:
"I was just taking it point by point in the tiebreaker. I never really thought about the moment, just wanted to keep playing my game. I was able to fight back from an early mini-break and my teammates kept cheering me on. I knew I was going to step up. I hit a backhand passing shot and took it to him. It was a very competitive match.
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Vanderbilt went on the road to Lexington and pulled off a 4-3 stunner over No. 17 Kentucky. Vandy won what turned out to be a crucial doubles point by taking the deciding court at No. 1 in a tiebreak. Kentucky rallied in singles and took four opening sets but they'd only be able to close out three of those with William Bushamuka, Trey Yates, and Jake Stefanik winning at 1, 5, and 6.

Vanderbilt picked up straight set wins from Cameron Klinger and Baker Newman at 3 and 4 so it all came down to a third set at No. 2.

Vanderbilt senior Rhys Johnson led Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura 5-1 in the third but Matsumura took the next five games to go up 6-5. Johnson got a hold to send it to a tiebreak then he pulled away in the tiebreak taking it by a 7-1 score.

#68 Vanderbilt 4, #17 Kentucky 3
Mar 18, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) def. Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3, 6-4
2. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) def. #108 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)
3. Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-5, 6-3
4. Baker Newman (VANDY) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-6, 3-0, retired
5. Trey Yates (UK) def. Kris Yee (VANDY) 6-2, 6-2
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Alex Ross (VANDY) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-6 
2. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) def. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-3 
3. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VANDY) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-2
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 10-8 (1-2); National ranking #68
Kentucky 11-4 (3-2); National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,3,1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Vandy's recap
"We've been close all year long, said head coach Ian Duvenhage, "and we've played a bunch of good matches and haven't had much to show for it in the win column. We've been talking about the fact that if we keep knocking on the door, and that we just have to stay with it and keep the faith beating these guys is not easy to do. The crowd was incredibly rowdy; it was actually very dramatic. But the point is that Rhys (Johnson) handled the situation extremely well. 

"I think our doubles has gotten better consistently with each week. I thought we played good doubles against Georgia, but obviously came up short. Today, we got in a bit of a jam at No. 2, but came back and kept it competitive. Baker and Tate got off the court early to give us a 1-0 lead. Then Rhys and Cam did what they've done pretty much all year I think at this point you have to say that they're one of the best doubles teams in the country.

"Rhys had a great third set, but then was having trouble converting. So he was in a pickle there serving at 5-6, and found a way to hold to get it into the tiebreaker.

"Well, honestly, I was just relieved to get to the tiebreaker, said Johnson. "Then once it started I just wanted to keep my first serve percentage up and try to make the guy play as many balls as possible. Fortunately, I came out on top of most of those points.
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Unranked Auburn dropped the doubles point but bounced back to win four singles matches to stun No. 22 Ole Miss 4-3.



Auburn 4, #22 Ole Miss 3
Mar 18, 2016 at Auburn, Ala. (Yarbrough Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. #103 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-4, 7-5
2. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #82 Marko Krickovic (AU) 6-2, 4-6, 4-1, retired
3. Dante Saleh (AU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Conner Huertas (AU) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Brandon Laubser (AU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Olle Thestrup (AU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. #48 Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-3
2. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Brandon Laubser/Olle Thestrup (AU) 6-2
3. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Conner Huertas/Dante Saleh (AU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes
Ole Miss 7-5, 2-3; National ranking #22
Auburn 9-6, 1-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,6,3,4,2)
Started outdoors; rain delay at 3:39 p.m.; play resumed indoors at 4:06
Official: Chris Rodger T-2:56

Post-Match Quote from Auburn's recap
"We showed real heart today after losing the doubles point, said Auburn head coach Eric Shore. "It was tough to lose that doubles point in a tiebreaker, but I thought we really fought back and battled in every singles match. We need to continue to do that in conference matches. It was a good start today.

Post-Match Quote from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"We were in good position after the doubles and started off well in singles. Unfortunately, we were not able to continue the momentum. We need to put this match behind us and move forward. We have had some good memories against Florida and I know that the guys are hungry to bounce back on Sunday.
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Florida picked up a huge win at home over a red-hot No. 13 Arkansas.  The Gators took the doubles point and then won five of six singles matches Elliott Orkin clinching the win at No. 2. 


#24 Florida 6, #13 Arkansas 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Gainesville, Fla. (Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #21 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #43 Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3, 3-6, 5-1
2. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Jose Salazar (AR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. #75 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. #51 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4, 6-3
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Johan den Toom (AR) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #2 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #31 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3
2. #60 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-2
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) vs. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 5-4, unf
Match Notes:
Arkansas 13-4; National ranking #13
Florida 8-4; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,5,2,1,3,4) T-3:00

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton - On the confidence this win over a Top-15 program builds 
"I felt we have been so close in a lot of matches that we lost this season. We lost four 4-3 matches but all of those matches have been on the road. I think it certainly helps us to play at home tonight in front of our fans. I also think we have learned from our experiences with those losses and we understand how we need to set our mindsets before the match. Just like going into the doubles with the right mindset and then when we win the doubles point, we make sure to get our hands wrapped around the first part of the singles match and really try to apply pressure early in those matches. I thought our guys did an unbelievable job tonight of setting the tone early in those singles matches where we won five of the first sets. Then we were able to finish in the end. When they made their push and came out hard like Texas Tech did and Ohio State did earlier, tonight we answered the bell. I am just really proud of our guys for seeing it through."
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Texas A&M welcomed in No. 25 Mississippi State and after taking the doubles point the Aggies picked up wins from Shane Vinsant, Jordi Arconada, AJ Catanzariti, and Jackson Withrow. State picked up wins by Mate Cutura and Niclas Braun at No. 1 and No. 4.


#9 Texas A&M 5, #25 Mississippi State 2
Mar 18, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (MSU) def. #14 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #34 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #77 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. #67 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Nuno Borges (MSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-4, 6-0
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #25 Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Nuno Borges/Niclas Braum (MSU) 6-2
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Mate Cutura/Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-3
3. #57 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Strahinja Rakic/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 5-4, unf
Match Notes:
Mississippi State 11-4, 3-2; National ranking #25
Texas A&M 16-4, 4-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,4,1,2,3)

Post-Match Quote from Texas A&M's recap
"It was another really tough SEC battle. I thought we did a great job in the doubles to secure that point. Down at the back of the line-up we were able to put three points on the board pretty quickly, which put a lot of pressure on Mississippi State. I was really pleased with that. The matches we were ahead in we were able to finish. I knew Mississippi State was going to be really good and I was really pleased with how well our guys performed. The motivation has to be internal and I thought our guys did a good job being internally motivated to play against a really tough Mississippi State team," - Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton

Post-Match Quote from Mississippi State's recap

"We played tough today and I thought Mate and Niclas stepped up in singles play, head coach Matt Roberts said. "We need to keep working hard and looking forward, because the SEC schedule doesn't get any easier. We'll take this loss and use it as a lesson and keep improving like we've done all year long.
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#11 Illinois 4, #21 Baylor 2
Mar 18, 2016 at Indian Wells, CA 
Singles competition
1. #8 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #17 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 6-4
2. #6 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #56 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Will Little (BU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Pablo Landa (ILL) 6-0, 6-2
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL), 6-0, 6-7(8), 0-1 
Doubles competition
1. #12 Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-0
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-1
Match Notes:
Illinois 8-6; National ranking #11
Baylor 11-5; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,1,3,4)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quote from Illinois's recap
"A very exciting win for the program.  It's an honor for Larry to invite his Illini to this event," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Indian Wells in the spring time is just a special place. Win or lose, these are great matches for our program. In singles, we continue to really fight and play hard. This team is fun to coach. It doesn't matter whether guys are winning or losing, they play hard and represent Illinois with great passion."  
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Tulane overcame the loss of the doubles point and gutted out a 4-3 win at No. 34 San Diego.


#28 Tulane 4, #34 San Diego 3
Mar 18, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #26 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 6-0, 6-4
2. #111 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. #53 Jordan Angus (USD) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-2, 6-1
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Jaan Kononov (USD) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
5. #118 Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles competition
1. #33 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-2
2. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-1
3. Jordan Angus/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) 6-3
Match Notes
San Diego 10-7; National ranking #34
Tulane 11-3; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,3,6,5,2,4)

Post-Match Quote from Tulane's recap
"Great gutsy win by these guys today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "I felt like we were losing almost the entire time except for the last 20 minutes. This is one of the things we try to enforce with the guys, you're never out of it, and there's always an opportunity. The guys did it today, under the gun, on the road, against a team that's been top-20 most of this year."



Post-Match Quotes from USD's recap
"Guys fought and fought and fought today against a battle tested, competitive team. Head Coach Ryan Keckley said of the match. "We played an inspired doubles point and came out of the gates up 1-0.

"We came up a tad short in singles. Our opportunities presented themselves with a few team match points, but those points are the hardest to capture. I am really proud of the group and continue to be impressed by the way we stand together as a unit. We'll be ready to use this experience tomorrow against a feisty Princeton squad."
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#8 Texas Tech 4, #36 Princeton 0
03/18/16 at San Diego, Calif. (Aztec Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Felipe Soares (TT) def. Diego Vives (PU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #94 Hugo Dojas (TT) def. #104 Alexander Day (PU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #124 Alex Sendegeya (TT) vs. Thomas Colautti (PU) 6-2, 4-6, 3-4, unfinished
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) vs. Joshua Yablon (PU) 4-6, 6-0, 3-4, unfinished
5. Bjorn Thomson (TT) vs. Luke Gamble (PU) 4-6, 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
6. Connor Curry (TT) def. Kial Kaiser (PU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) vs. Alexander Day/Luke Gamble (PU) 3-2, unfinished
2. #44 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Thomas Colautti/Ben Tso (PU) 6-1
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Kial Kaiser/Diego Vives (PU) 6-1
Match Notes
Princeton 12-6; National ranking #36
Texas Tech 18-2; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6)
T-2:15

Post-Match Quote from Texas Tech's recap
"Today's response was the answer that we needed to have," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "The energy level, the competitiveness and the team effort we showed from start to finish was what I was most proud about it. We were ready from the start. I thought we showed a great intensity level in doubles and carried that into singles. Hugo had a big bounce-back win, and I thought we learned some valuable lessons from yesterday's match."

Post-Match Quote from Princeton's recap
We lost to a very good Texas Tech team today, but clearly we had plenty of chances. We were in the match down the stretch, though having to win four three-setters against a team the caliber of Tech is a tough assignment. We put ourselves in that hole by playing a poor doubles point and losing four first sets in singles. However, we rallied and kept fighting to give ourselves an opportunity. We'll learn from this match and look foward to bouncing back tomorrow" - Princeton head coach Billy Pate
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#46 Denver 4, #49 Harvard 3
Mar 18, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Nicky Hu (HAR) def. Henry Craig (DEN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Sebastian Beltrame (HAR) 6-3, 6-3 
3. Kenny Tao (HAR) def. David Fox (DEN) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Brian Yeung (HAR) 6-7 (9), 7-6 (4), 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Kelvin Lam (HAR) 6-3, 6-4
6. Christopher Morrow (HAR) def. Zach Fryer (DEN) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 
Doubles competition
1. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HAR) 3-5 unf.
2. Diogo Rocha/Henry Craig (DEN) def. Sebastian Beltrame/Jean Thirouin (HAR) 6-1 
3. Jesse Ruder-Hook/ Yannik James (DEN) def. Christopher Morrow/Andy Zhou (HAR) 6-3
Match Notes:
Denver 10-5; National Ranking #46
Harvard 9-8; National Ranking #49
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,5,3,1,6,4)


#26 Memphis 4, #75 San Diego State 0
March 18, 2016 at San Diego (Aztec Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 100 Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. No. 86 Andrew Watson (MEM), 6-1, 5-7, DNF
2. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) vs. No. 61 Ryan Peniston (MEM), 7-6 (7), 2-5, DNF
3. Kai Lemke (MEM) def. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) def. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Felix Rauch (MEM) def. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU), 6-4, 6-4
6. Cornelius Kolb (SDSU) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEM) 7-5, 5-3, DNF
Doubles competition
1. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) def. Santiago Cevallos/Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) 6-3
2. Marko Goles-Babic/Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (MEM) 3-5, DNF 
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Hendrik Jebens/Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 8-7; National Ranking #26
San Diego State 5-8; National Ranking #75
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,5)

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North Florida 4, #64 Georgia State 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Yannick Zuern (UNF) def. Koeke,Jannis (GSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. Lasse Muscheites (UNF) def. Kennedy,Zackery (GSU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Julian Bradley (UNF) def. Andrukhou,Andrei (GSU) 4-5, 6-1, 6-4
4. Zach Goldberg (UNF) vs. Acuna,Sebastian (GSU) 3-6, 6-0, 5-4, unfinished 
5. MacFarlane,Jack (GSU) def. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF) 6-1, 6-0
6. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) vs. Jaworski,Felipe (GSU) 6-7, 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Acuna,Sebastian/Andrukhou,Andrei (GSU) def. Julian Bradley/Yannick Zuern (UNF) 6-2
2. Lasse Muscheites/Zach Goldberg (UNF) def. MacFarlane,Jack/Koeke,Jannis (GSU) 6-3 3. Jonathan Deautriell/Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) def. Jaworski,Felipe/Bishop,Joseph (GSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia State 9-4; National ranking #64
North Florida 4-9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,1,3)

Post-Match Quote from UNF's recap
"We had a good week at practice and we focused on responding to our two tough 4-3 losses," said senior Julian Bradley. "We faced some adversity with some people being injured, but we really focused this week on being a team and really fighting for each other. I thought it really showed today and we had a lot of fun - starting with the doubles point and then translated to singles. We had guys that were down a set and then they came back and it helped with our momentum for those guys to close out the second sets."
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#19 Georgia 7, #62 South Carolina 0
Mar 18, 2016 at Columbia, SC (Carolina Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #5 Smith/Wagland (UGA) d. #54 O'Keefe/Fennell (SC) 6-4
2. Oosterbaan/Zielinski (UGA) d. Friedrich/Swank (SC) 6-1
3. Mayronne/Dennis (SC) vs. #62 Montgomery/Reinberg (UGA) 5-5 (susp.) 
Singles competition
1. #27 Austin Smith (UGA) d. Gabriel Friedrich(SC) 6-4, 6-2
2. #25 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) d. Andrew Schafer (SC) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) d. Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 1-0 (7)
4. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) d. Alex Fennell (SC) 7-5, 7-6 (2)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) d. Thomas Mayronne (SC) 6-2, 6-4
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) d, Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia 9-3; National ranking #19
South Carolina 9-9; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,6,2,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from South Carolina's recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi: "We're going to move past this one. There were plenty of matches where we were right there; we just failed to move ahead. We failed to play the right way in big moments, and that's something that we have to learn from today. We're not going to get mad about the loss as long as we can learn from it. The major takeaway is exactly that. We just need to be a little more aggressive in the big moments, be willing to step up and play big."

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"Our guys played a complete match today, said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We were good from warm ups on. It was certainly tough on many courts and South Carolina challenged us at every position, but I'm proud of how everyone played out there today. Austin Smith continues to play outstanding tennis to lead the way for this team and it was very good to see Wayne Montgomery really come through and find his game.
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#43 Alabama 4, #48 LSU 3
March 18, 2016 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #81 Korey Lovett (UA) def. #102 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 7-5, 6-3
2. #62 Mazen Osama (UA) def. #106 Gabor Csonka (LSU) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-3
3. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 7-5, 6-3
4. Spencer Richey (UA) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Simon Freund (LSU) def. Matthew Rossouw (UA) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
6. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #42 Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama (UA) def. #8 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-4
2. Grayson Goldin/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-2
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Spencer Richey/Matthew Rossouw (UA) 6-3
Match Notes
Alabama 12-7, 3-2 SEC; National ranking #43
LSU 8-7, 1-4 SEC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,5,3,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Alabama's recap
"Tonight required mental and physical fortitude from start to finish," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "We had a great start in doubles, and it carried over into the first sets of singles. But then a light flashed red that said check engine. We had a choice, pull over for service or keep going until the engine would no longer run. Well, we had just enough oil, coolant and fuel to get the job done, and I'm happy for the guys. We'll spend a little time at the auto shop tomorrow and get refueled for Sunday's battle with a very good Texas A&M team."

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"We didn't play as well in double in certain spots that we usually do and we needed to give ourselves the momentum, Head Coach Jeff Brownsaid.

"We gave ourselves some chances, Brown added. "Ultimately, we didn't have enough to make the comeback but I think the guys are fighting as a team and we are hoping to continue to show improvement.
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Top-ranked Virginia had no trouble on Friday afternoon and blanked No. 33 NC State 7-0. Virginia took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Hoos swept all six singles matches. Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Henrik Wiersholm, and Mac Styslinger only dropped a combined nine games in their four matches at 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Ryan Shane and J.C. Aragone won their matches in three-sets at 1 and 4.

NC State sat both of its top two players, Nick Horton and Simon Norenius, either due to a minor injury or possibly due to competition day issues.

#1 Virginia 7, #33 NC State 0
March 18, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition 
1.) #13 Ryan Shane (VA) def. Thomas Weigel (ST) 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 
2. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST) 6-1, 6-2 
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST) 6-2, 6-1 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Michael Ogden (ST) 6-0, 6-2 
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Chris Mikrovas (ST) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition 
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) 4-3, unfinished 
2. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Thomas Weigel/Michael Ogden (ST) 6-2 
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Chris Mikrovas/Shoti Meparidze (ST) 6-2
Match Notes
Virginia 13-2; National ranking #1
NC State 12-9; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,3,2,1,4) 
T-2:48 A-153

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I was pleased with our overall performance today against a strong NC State team, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It was a positive for us to play in some pretty difficult conditions with swirling winds on the courts. Hopefully that gives us some good experience on how to deal with less-than-perfect conditions, because nothing is ever going to be just right. Now we look forward to preparing to play an outstanding Florida State team on Sunday.
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#51 Notre Dame 5, #69 Duke 2
Mar 18, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion) 
Singles competition
1. #42 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #20 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
2. Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Vincent Lin (DU) 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
3. Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. TJ Pura (DU) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4, 6-3
5. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Josh Levine (DU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) def. Adrian Chamdani (DU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Ryan Dickerson (DU) vs. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) 4-4, unf.
2. #71 Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Daniel McCall/Jason Lapidus (DU) 6-3
3. Josh Hagar/Nicolas Montoya (ND) def. Vincent Lin/Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-3
Match Notes
Duke 7-9, 1-3 ACC; National ranking #69
Notre Dame 9-8, 3-2 ACC; National ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,2,6)
T-3:08 A-123

Post-Match Quotes from Notre Dame's recap
"That's the epitome of pressure tennis, Irish head coach Ryan Sachire said. "I think to come through consistently like we did was awesome and something to build upon moving forward. We always talk about controlling what you can control and being gritty in responses to adversity and I thought our guys did a really good job of that today, and the heart they competed with was outstanding.

"I knew that I had a job to do and that was to win the match, Covalschi said. "After the first set I went down a break and, in the past, it was hard for me to hit the reset button, but the coaches encouraged me to control everything I can control, so I stayed as positive as I could and build some momentum and let it carry on point to point.

"I was really proud of our team from the perspective that it was a tough weekend last weekend, but we came back on Tuesday and had one of the best practices of the season and had another great practice on Wednesday, Sachire said. "We felt like we were turning the page quickly, which is what we needed to do. They came out and established themselves with confidence and played well.
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Clemson pulled out a tight doubles point that saw all three courts go to a tiebreak but No. 32 Georgia Tech dominated in singles and won all six matches in straight sets with no sets closer than 6-4.

#32 Georgia Tech 6, Clemson 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #15 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Alex Favrot (CU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. Luke Johnson (CU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Andrew Li (GT) def. Daffra Sanon (CU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Michael Kay (GT) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Christian Harris (CU) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #77 Alex Favrot/Luke Johnson (CU) def. Carlos Benito/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 7-6 (7-4)
2. #65 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) def. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Andrew Li/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 7-6 (9-7)
Match Notes
Clemson 11-8, 2-2 ACC
Georgia Tech 11-4, 4-1 ACC; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,4,5,2,3)
T-1:50 A-100

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne SAYS -- "Credit to Clemson for fighting through and getting the point. But it's only one point. It was great to see the way our guys responded. We went up a set in all six matches fairly quickly, then we got up early in the second sets and didn't relax. It was a great match for us going into spring break, typically the guys have a lot of tests this week. They played with a lot of energy."

Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
"All the credit to a good Georgia Tech team and its coaches today in Atlanta. Our team came out and continued to play solid doubles. In singles however, the positive energy and self talk we have brought to the courts this last month with our play was not there, said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "I know we will rebound and learn from today's match, and look forward to our next opportunity on Sunday against Wake Forest in North Carolina."
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Second-ranked North Carolina played without its No. 1 Brayden Schnur but still cruised to a 7-0 win over Louisville. UNC took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 then it won all six singles matches in straight sets with the closest set being 6-4.



#2 North Carolina 7, Louisville 0 
March 18, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #10 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. Alex Gornet (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #23 Brett Clark (NC) def. George Hedley (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
3. #41 Jack Murray (NC) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #80 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Blaine Boyden (NC) def. Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Sean Donohue (LOU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition 
1. #4 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (NC) def. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-2
2. Ronnie Schneider/Jack Murray (NC) def. George Hedley/C. Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-0
3. Sean Donohue/Courtney Lock (LOU) def. Andrew Gores/Blaine Boyden (NC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Louisville 9-10
North Carolina 17-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,3,1,5,6)
T-2:09  A-207

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"I liked the way we came out in doubles at one and two, really good energy, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "That set the tone for the whole day. I liked the way we played, up and down the lineup. A couple of slips here and there, but overall it was a good performance.

"Louisville's got a well-coached team their coach [Rex Ecarma] has been around a long time and he does a really good job of getting those guys prepared. We knew they'd fight us.

"At five and six, the freshmen did a good job of sticking in there and getting the job done, Schneider said. "It was a good start to the weekend and now we'll get ready for State. They always give us their best.

 "We're looking forward to playing NC State again, Paul said. "They've got a heck of a team and they gave us everything we could handle the last time here, so it will be a great match in Raleigh.

Post-Match Quotes from Louisville's recap
"North Carolina looks and plays like a team favored to win the national championship," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "Their confidence and body language were good and they won a majority of the close games."



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Usually Tuesdays are reserved for the the release of the rankings, but today should have been renamed 4-3day with one match after another going down to the wire.

TCU and Northwestern were originally supposed to meet a few weeks ago in Evanston but due to bad weather TCU's flight was cancelled so they made up the match up today in Fort Worth. Today in Fort Worth there were high winds anticipated so play was moved indoors though evidently it never got as windy as forecasted.

The doubles point would be a precursor to the type of match that was going to take place over the next two hours and forty-five minutes. Northwestern's Fedor Baev and Strong Kirchheimer won 6-4 at No. 1 but minutes later TCU's Cameron Norrie and Jerry Lopez would pick up a 6-4 win at No. 3. The doubles point would be decided in a tiebreak at No. 2 with TCU's Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nuez coming back from 4-1 down to take it 7-6(5).

TCU's indoor facility has just five courts so the top five singles spots went on first with No. 6 not going on until the first match finished.

TCU took three of the five first sets and almost had a fourth but Northwestern's Strong Kirchheimer pulled out a tiebreak at No. 3. TCU sophomore Cameron Norrie finished first with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sam Shropshire at No. 2 and then Eduardo Nava made it 3-0 after he defeated Alp Horoz 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5.

Northwestern's Strong Kirchheimer started the Wildcats comeback with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Guillermo Nunez at No. 3 and then Fedor Baev pulled away from Jerry Lopez in the third set to win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 4.

Konrad Zieba tied it up at 3-3 with a big 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Alex Rybakov at No. 1 so it would all come down to a third set at No. 6 singles to decide it.

TCU sophomore Trevor Johnson took the first set 6-4 but Northwestern freshman Ben Vandixhorn took the second 6-3. Johnson started off the third set by holding and then breaking but Vandixhorn broke back and held for 2-2. Johnson would hold, break, hold, and break once more to close it out 6-2 in the third.



#3 TCU 4, #12 Northwestern 3
Mar 22, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Konrad Zieba (NW) def. #15 Alex Rybakov (TCU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NW) 6-2, 6-3
3. #97 Strong Kirchheimer (NW) def. #54 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 
4. Fedor Baev (NW) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
5. #103 Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Alp Horoz (NW) 6-1, 6-3
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NW) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NW) def. #67 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NW) 7-6 (7-5) 
3. Cameron Norrie/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NW) 6-4
Match Notes:
Northwestern 14-2; National ranking #12
TCU 14-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,5,3,4,1,6) 
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Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "This is obviously a great win for our guys. We showed a lot of resilience having to go indoors on such a beautiful day because of the prediction of wind. Our rules need to be adjusted, but credit to our guys and we should probably get credit as this being an away match. To be able to beat this Northwestern team on indoor courts that has won 14 of the last 15 matches is a great win for our guys.

"From the very beginning, you could tell that Cameron Norrie was ready to play and you could tell that Eduardo was ready to play. Alex Rybakov got off to a great start and he was looking good but that was a tough match. Guillermo (Nuez) also had a tough match at the No. 3 spot. We knew that it was going to be tough and if you want to beat (Strong) Kirchheimer, you better be ready to compete and we fell a little short there.

"You beat a team like this in these conditions and you are happy, but there are just so many things that we could have done better today. I feel like we got away with one. The highlight of the day was obviously Trevor (Johnson) who clutches the doubles and then comes back in singles after having to wait and wins a three-set match with everybody watching. I was so happy for him. He works so hard and he deserves all of the success he gets. I am pleased, but parts of our team got exposed today and we need to do something about that.

"Now we get to prepare for Texas A&M. That is going to be a tough match on Monday. They are doing very well and we played them twice last year, so I am sure they remember that. It is basically their same team from last year, so it will be a tough match."
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The biggest surprise of the day took place in Lexington as a short-handed Kentucky team knocked off No. 10 Illinois 4-3. Kentucky was playing without its usual No. 3 and No. 4 singles players, Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart, but the substitutes came through in a major way.

Illinois took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but Kentucky took four of six opening sets in singles. Kentucky senior Kevin Lai was first off the court with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Brian Page at No. 6. It was only Lai's second dual-match of the season and first against a Power 5 school.

UK sophomore Jake Stefanik put the Cats ahead 2-1 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Asher Hirsch at No. 5. It just Stefanik's fifth dual-match of the year although he was coming off a blowout win over Vanderbilt's Alex Ross.

UK sophomore William Bushamuka put Kentucky within a point of the win with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 win over Jared Hiltzik at No. 1. Hiltzik led 2-0 in the tiebreak when he was defaulted due to a fourth overrule which occurred on a Bushamuka first serve. Hiltzik took to Twitter after the match and was less than pleased with what he thought was some horrible officiating.

Aron Hiltzik trimmed the Kentucky lead to 3-2 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Trey Yates at No. 3 and Aleks Vukic tied it up with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Ryotaro Matsumura at No. 2.

The match would be decided at No. 4 singles between Kentucky freshman Austin Hussey and Illinois redshirt junior Julian Childers. Hussey took the first set 6-3 and led 3-1 in the second but Childers took the next five games to take it 6-3. Childers went up an early break in the third and would serve for the match up 5-4 but Hussey broke and then held for 6-5.

Hussey went up 0-15 on the Childers serve when a forehand down the line forced an error but Childers evened it at 15-all with a second serve service winner. Childers went up 30-15 with an overhead put away from the service line but a double fault on the next point made it 30-all. Childers went up 40-30 when a Hussey backhand sailed just long on the 15th shot of the rally but Hussey took the next point when Childers sent a forehand long on the 14th shot of the rally. Hussey elected to receive the deciding no-ad point in the ad-court and on the 19th shot of the rally he hit a forehand from the service line that Childers couldn't get back in play and that was game, set, and match.

The 17th shot of the rally was the shot that set up the finish because Hussey looped a forehand that the wind carried to the baseline so Childers had to hit a forehand above his shoulders. Childers couldn't get into position to hit an overhead so just tapped it back and the wind knocked it down enough that Hussey was able to come in and drill it.

Kudos to Kentucky for periscoping the final game!!




#18 Kentucky 4, #10 Illinois 3
March 22, 2016 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #27 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2-0)
2. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #59 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Trey Yates (UK) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
4. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
5. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Kevin Lai (UK) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) 6-3
2. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Kevin Lai/Trey Yates (UK) 6-4
3. Austin Hussey/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Alex Jeese/Julian Childers (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Illinois 8-7 (0-1); National ranking #10
Kentucky 12-4 (3-2); National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"I think today we showed that we can play against the best one-two punch in the country, fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffman said. "Today we really showed our depth without a couple guys in the lineup.

"I thought our guys stepped up big especially on the back end after losing the doubles point. I thought that our energy during doubles was a lot better than normal, especially on the third court that's what we're looking for on all courts and what they did was great.

"I think when Austin came down and watched matches as a senior in high school, he had that kind of idea in his head, and his performance today was enormous, Kauffmann said on the freshman's outing. "For him to come down and clinch the match like that wow. I know he's talked about it, but for him to do it is different. I'm really proud of how he did today.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We have to perform better at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We didn't close out matches where we had momentum. That is the difference in us becoming an elite team. We had some tough performances from Jared and Aleks. They played with great composure."
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Drake hadn't played in nine days and was coming off a tough loss to Wisconsin but the Bulldogs were able to gut out a come from behind 4-3 win over No. 26 Oregon.

Oregon blew Drake off the court in doubles winning 6-2 at both No. 2 and No. 3 and they also led 5-2 at No. 1 when play was stopped due to the clinch. Each team took three first sets and five of the six matches would finish in straight sets.

Drake's Ben Stride cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 6 but Oregon's Simon Stevens answered with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3. Drake's Ben Lott tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1 but Oregon's Cormac Clissold put the Ducks back ahead with a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 5. Drake's Calum MacGeoch tied it back up with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4 so the match would be decided in a third set at No. 2 between a pair of freshman.

Oregon's Thomas Laurent took the first set 7-5 but the second set was all Vinny Gillespie as the Scotland native took it 6-1. Gillespie broke Laurent to start the third set and then held for 2-0. Gillespie kept the break lead until Laurent broke for 4-4 and then held for 5-4. Gillespie held, broke, and then held to close it out 5-7, 6-1, 7-5.

It was the fourth time this season that Gillespie clinched a team win and also the fourth time he had been in the final match left on court. After dropping his first two he has now won the last two.

Also nice job by Drake getting some video clips after the match with Davidson and Vinny.

#44 Drake 4, #26 Oregon 3
Mar 22, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU) def. #94 Maasland, Daan (UO) 6-4, 6-4
2. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Laurent, Thomas (UO) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
3. Stevens, Simon (UO) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-4, 6-3
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Amos, Jayson (UO) 6-3, 7-5
5. Clissold, Cormac (UO) def. Wood, Ben (DU) 7-6, 6-1
6. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Young-Smith, Ethan (UO) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #20 Amos, Jayson/Soemarno, Armando (UO) vs. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 5-2 unf.
2. Maasland, Daan/Stevens, Simon (UO) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-2
3. Clissold, Cormac/Laurent, Thomas (UO) def. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) 6-2
Match Notes
Drake 13-6; National ranking #44
Oregon 13-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,1,5,4,2)



Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
"What a great effort from Ben (Lott) today, picking up a nationally ranked win. He is a guy that the team looks too and when he is winning and playing well the guys know we are in good shape," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.
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In the early match of the day it was No. 27 Tulsa holding on to edge #42 Dartmouth 4-3. Dartmouth won easily at No. 3 doubles but Tulsa cruised at No. 2. Tulsa's No. 1 team of Matthew Kirby and Okkie Kellerman broke Dartmouth's Sakinis and Glasnovic to go up 6-5 and then served it out to take the match 7-5.

All six singles matches would finish in straight sets after each team took three first sets. Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel, who normally plays at No. 1, picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2. Dartmouth's Dovydas Sakinis got past Juan Matias Gonzalez 7-6, 6-2 at No. 1. Dartmouth's George Wall won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 to tie the match at 2-all but Tulsa's Francois Kellerman put the Golden Hurricane back ahead with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6.

Dartmouth's Max Schmidt tied it at 3-all with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5 so it came down to No. 3 between Tulsa's Carlos Bautista and Dartmouth's Max Fliegner.

Flienger jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first set but Bautista took the next four to go up 5-3. Fliegner held for 4-5, broke for 5-5, and then held for 6-5. Bautista held to send it a tiebreak and then he took took the tiebreak 7-4. Fliegner broke Bautista to start the second set and then held for 2-0. After an exchange of holds Bautista would break to even it at 3-3 and then hold for 4-3. Bautista would break again and then hold to seal the win 7-6, 6-3.

#27 Tulsa 4, #42 Dartmouth 3 
March 22, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #55 Dovydas Sakinis (Dartmouth) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa), 7-6(2), 6-2
2. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) def. Ciro Riccardi (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-2
3. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) def. Max Fliegner (Dartmouth), 7-6(4), 6-3
4. George Wall (Dartmouth) def. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-3
5. Max Schmidt (Dartmouth) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-2
6. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) def. Eddie Grabill (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Kirby/O.Kellerman (Tulsa) def #59 Sakinis/Glasnovic (Dartmouth), 7-5
2. Tannenbaum/Wall (Dartmouth) def McCloskey/Bechard (Tulsa), 6-2
3. Kilani/Bautista (Tulsa) def Fliegner/Schidt (Dartmouth), 6-1
Match Notes:
Tulsa 8-8; National ranking #27
Dartmouth 11-7; National ranking #42
Order of doubles finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,4,6,5,3)
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UCLA made a quick trip down to Las Vegas to play UCLA but they ended up playing indoors in neighboring Henderson due to high wind. They played singles first and UCLA won five of six match with Karue Sell taking the day off.

Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio won in straight sets while Gage Brymer was pushed to a third set supertiebreak. Austin Rapp, who played his first match since injuring his ankle against North Carolina at the National Indoors on February 14, fell in a third set supertiebreak to Richard Solberg at No. 6.

UCLA swept all three courts in doubles with the closest match coming at No. 2 where Max Cressy and Joey D won 7-6(5).


#6 UCLA 6, UNLV 1
Mar 22, 2016 at Henderson, Nev. (Lifetime Club) 
Doubles competition
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Alberts/Amilon (UNLV) 6-1
2. Cressy/Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Gage-Brown/ Neto (UNLV) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Brymer/Rapp (UCLA) def. Cozbinov/Croxford (UNLV) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) 6-1, 6-3
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-4, 6-2
3. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
4. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) 6-3, 6-2
5. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV) 6-1, 6-4
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9)
Match Notes
UNLV 5-6
UCLA 12-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)
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Earlier in the day Pepperdine tumbled out of the top 10, but later in the day the Waves were all smiles after defeating No. 20 Stanford for the first time in program history. The match was originally scheduled for Monday but was pushed back to Tuesday due to rain. Rain was still a possibility on Tuesday so the team played singles first and wouldn't you know but it was all tied at 3-3 after singles.

Stanford picked up straight set wins from Carolina Doyle, Krista Hardebeck, and Kimberly Yee at 2, 3, and 6 while Pepperdine's Luisa Stefani won in straights at No. 1.

Pepperdine's Matea Cutura and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai each won in three-sets with Cutura the last one on court.

The doubles point decided the winner and it was Pepperdine winning 6-3 at No. 1 and 6-1 at No. 2 to take the point and the match.

#11 Pepperdine 4, #20 Stanford 3
Mar 22, 2016 at Palo Alto, Calif. (Taube Family Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1) No. 2 Luisa Stefani (PEPP) d. No. 23 Taylor Davidson (STAN) 6-4, 6-1
2) No. 57 Caroline Doyle (STAN) d. Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) 6-3, 6-3
3) No. 118 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) d. Laura Gulbe (PEPP) 6-4, 7-6 (12)
4) Matea Cutura (PEPP) d. Caroline Lampl (STAN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5) Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPP) d. Melissa Lord (STAN) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
6) Kimberly Yee (STAN) d. Michaela Capanno (PEPP) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 5, 6, 3, 4
Doubles competition
1) No. 29 Runglerdkriangkrai/Stefani (PEPP) d. No. 4 Davidson/Doyle (STAN) 6-3
2) No. 13 Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEPP) d. Lord/Yee (STAN) 6-1
3) No. 47 Hardebeck/Lampl (STAN) led Capannolo/Milovanovic 5-2, suspended
Order of Finish: 2, 1

Post-Match Quotes from Pepperdine's recap
"Our program is heading in the right direction and beating Stanford on their courts is another step forward for us, said head coach Per Nilsson.  "I'm really proud of the team and excited to see what they will do next.

"Matea stepped up today and showed a lot of toughness, said Nilsson.  "There was a lot of pressure on her to get us into doubles.

"We got really excited going into the doubles and Luisa and Jean came up with a big win to clinch the match, Nilsson said.
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Tulane stayed out west after playing in San Diego last week and picked up a nice 7-0 win over Santa Clara in Nor Cal. The Green Wave took the doubles point with Constantin Schmitz and Sebastian Rey winning the deciding match at No. 2 by a 7-5 score. 

Tulane won all six singles matches in straight sets with the "Dominator" Dominik Koepfer clinching the team win at No. 1. Koepfer is a rock solid 13-0 in dual-match play and 25-2 overall this year - its no wonder he is the ITA ranked No. 1 singles player. 

#22 Tulane 7, Santa Clara 0
Mar 22, 2016 at Santa Clara University (Degheri Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Ashot Khacharyan (SCU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #83 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Robert Seby (SCU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Connor Garnett (SCU) 6-2, 7-6
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Kamram Khan (SCU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Alex Van Cott (TLN) def. Sebastien Mathieu (SCU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Jeffrey Liang (SCU) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #21 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Connor Garnett/Robert Seby (SCU) 6-2
2. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Jeffrey Liang/Kamram Khan (SCU) 7-5
3. Ashot Khacharyan/Max Heerinckx (SCU) def. Nikolas Tukic/Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-3
Match Notes:
Tulane 12-4; National ranking #22
Santa Clara 6-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,1,4,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"The guys did a good job taking care of business today against a very solid Santa Clara team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "We set up some team goals and some individual goals about how we wanted to respond from our last match that we lost, and the guys held themselves accountable to reach those goals and learned a lot from today's match."

Post-Match Quotes from Santa Clara's recap
"Tulane is one of the best teams in the country so credit to them for coming out and getting after it," said Head Coach Derek Mills. "These matches against ranked teams are tough but we are learning how to compete against the best."



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It was an extremely long day of tennis in Columbia, South Carolina, as rain pushed the schedule at the SEC Tournament back significantly and ultimately shifted play indoors. One of the opening matches of the day, which started at 9am ET, would be a barnburner as South Carolina was trying to pull off its third top-20 upset in the last five days.

The Gamecocks started off the morning by taking the doubles point over No. 13 Texas A&M with Gabriel Friedrich and Harrison O'Keefe winning the deciding tiebreak at No. 1 by a 7-1 score.

Texas A&M rebounded in singles by taking four opening sets but South Carolina's Andrew Schafer was the first one to finish after he defeated Jordi Arconada 6-1, 7-5 at No. 3.

Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow won the only other match that would finish in straight sets with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Wood Benton at No. 6. Harrison Adams tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Thomas Mayronne at No. 5 but South Carolina's Alex Fennell would put the Gamecocks back ahead 3-2 with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 4.

Texas A&M's Shane Vinsant would tie the match at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) win over Harrison O'Keefe at No. 2. Vinsant led 3-0 in the third set before O'Keefe came back to force a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Vinsant broke a 5-5 tie by getting a mini-break on O'Keefe's serve and then he won the last point on his own serve to close it out.

The match would be decided in a third set at No. 1 between South Carolina redshirt sophomore Gabriel Friedrich and Texas A&M sophomore Arthur Rinderknech. Friedrich came back from 15-40 down to hold for 4-4 and then he broke Rinderknech on the deciding point to go up 5-4. Rinderknech would calmly break back, from 15-40, to even it a 5-5 when Friedrich couldn't handle a volley at his feet. Rinderknech then fell behind 15-30 on his serve but he stuck a volley off the top of the net that forced a Friedrich error to make it 30-30. Rinderknech hit a service winner for 40-30 but then he pushed a forehand wide to bring up the deciding point. Rinderknech kicked a nice second serve out wide, in the ad-court, and after a nice forehand down the line he finished the point by tapping a volley into the open court.

Rinderknech went up 0-30 on Friedrich's 5-6 service game but Friedrich landed a timely net-cord service winner to make it 15-30. Just as Friedrich got ready to hit his next serve a train horn started blaring and then it started raining so Rinderknech put his hand up to stop play. The rain would start and stop for the next few hours and once lightning entered the equation the decision was made to move play indoors.

Play resumed after a two-hour and forty-eight minute delay and Rinderknech would take the first point to go up 15-40 when he hit a volley winner after a lengthy back and forth rally. Rinderknech put a forehand into the net to make it 30-40 but he'd close it out on the next point when a Friedrich forehand sailed long.




#13 (3) Texas A&M 4, #50 (11) South Carolina 3
4/22/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #58 Gabriel Friedrich (SC) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 
2. #53 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Andrew Schafer (SC) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-1, 7-5
4. Alex Fennell (SC) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
5. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Thomas Mayronne (SC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Wood Benton (SC) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. #67 Gabriel Friedrich/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) def. Aleksandre Bakshi/J. Withrow (TAMU) 7-6 (1) 
2. Alex Fennell/Sam Swank (SC) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Andrew Schafer/Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-4
Match Notes:
(3) Texas A&M 26-8, 8-4 SEC; National ranking #13
(11) South Carolina 14-15, 4-8 SEC; National ranking #50 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,5,4,2,1)
SEC Tournament (Quarterfinals)

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Steve Denton via aTm's recap
On the match "I think there is room for improvement and the first match in a tournament is normally the tightest so we will hopefully loosen up and play well tomorrow against a very good Florida team. There was a lot of pressure on this match, South Carolina was playing for place in the NCAA Tournament and we wanted to defend our title. I thought our guys competed really well, today was a great college tennis match."

On the Aggies prevailing through adversity
"Once we came inside it was an equalizer for both guys. It is always tougher being down a game and Gabe (Friedrich) was down 15-30 on his serve when we made the move. So that first point of the game indoors was huge, Arthur was able to come into the net and hit a volley winner. Once Arthur was up 40-15 and Gabe had to win three straight point it was really tough. Arthur played well today, but give a lot of credit to South Carolina today. They played with a lot of guts and we knew they would. They played really well in the doubles and gave us everything we wanted in a first match at the SEC Tournament."

On Shane Vinsant evening the match at three-all
"I thought Shane played a little more aggressive at the end of his third set, he was up 3-0 in the third and then the match tightened up. Anytime you play a tie-breaker in the third anybody can win, but Shane really came up with a couple big shots in the breaker to give us a chance and then Arthur came through for us again."

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Josh Goffi via SC's recap
"That's all we could ask for. Going into today, it was all about getting ourselves in position to win, which is first of all not backing down to Texas A&M, which we haven't beaten. The belief has been there. Our team arrived late in the season, and we've been working toward that all year. As far as I'm concerned, today came out as an L on paper, but it was an absolute win for us because our team has an identity. They finally believe that they are one of the top teams. They're a young squad, and we're going to continue to move forward here."

"Our team wanted it. Our back was against the wall. That was our season, right there -- if we win, we get into NCAAs; if we lose, we don't get into NCAAs. There's a lot of people that when their backs are against they wall, they come out and do some great things. Our boys showed up and put themselves into position today. We were two points away from winning the whole match and getting what we wanted. We missed a few opportunities, but that's the way it goes sometimes. Our guys -- I couldn't be more proud of them. I know it's clich and everybody says that, but it's been a long season and they've done everything we've asked and they arrived to a great level and became a great team today."
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In the other early morning match it was Florida shutting out Vanderbilt 4-0. The Gators took the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then both Diego Hidalgo and McClain Kessler picked up quick straight sets wins at No. 1 and No. 6 singles.

Each of the four remaining matches would go to a third set and Florida's Gordon Watson would clinch it at No. 5 with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 win over Kris Yee.

Vanderbilt was a point away from winning at both No. 2 and No. 3 while Florida was close to winning at No. 4.





#11 (2) Florida 4, #34 (7) Vanderbilt 0
4/22/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #11 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #34 Daniel Valent (VU) 6-3, 6-0
2. #83 Alfredo Perez (UF) vs. #103 Cameron Klinger (VU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-5, unfinished 
3. #36 Elliott Orkin (UF) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU) 6-4, 3-6, 5-6, unfinished
4. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) vs. Baker Newman (VU) 2-6, 6-1, 5-3, unfinished 
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Kris Yee (VU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
6. McClain Kessler (UF) def. Alex Ross (VU) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. #1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #14 Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VU) 6-1
2. #68 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Pen Binet/Tate Allwardt (VU) 6-1
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Alfredo Perez (UF) vs. Daniel Valent/Baker Newman (VU) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
(7) Vanderbilt 17-13, 6-6 SEC; National ranking #34 
(2) Florida 16-6, 10-2 SEC; National ranking #11 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,5)
SEC Tournament (Quarterfinals)

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
"We played really well overall today against a good Vanderbilt team. They came in hot after having won a couple big matches on the road recently and they took care of business yesterday to get in this position.

"We came in today though and matched it with leadership by our seniors, Gordon [Watson] and Diego [Hidalgo]. They came out and played really high-quality doubles play to get us started. At Court two, Max and Elliot came out of the gates swinging away and went up 5-0 with confidence.

"Ultimately we gave ourselves the opportunity to compete well today and we took advantage of it. I'm really happy for the seniors and this team in a tournament where you want to keep advancing."
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The final matches of the day at the SEC Tournament didn't finish until later in the evening and night as Georgia knocked off Ole Miss 4-0 in a match where singles was played first and then in the nightcap it was Mississippi State holding off Kentucky 4-2.





#6 (1) Georgia 4, #29 (9) Ole Miss 0
4/22/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (USC Field House)
Singles Competition
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #47 Gustav Hansson (UM) 6-2, 7-5
2. #35 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #51 Stefan Lindmark (UM) 6-4, 6-3 3. #96 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Grey Hamilton (UM) 6-2, 6-1
4. Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Fabian Fallert (UM) 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. Zvonimir Babic (UM) 2-6, 1-1, unfinished
6. Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Vinod Gowda (UM) 3-1, unfinished
Doubles Not Played
1. #28 Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (UM) vs. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) no result
2. Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (UM) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) no result
3. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (UM) vs. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) no result
Match Notes:
(9) Ole Miss 15-10, 5-7 SEC; National ranking #29 
(1) Georgia 19-3, 12-0 SEC; National ranking #6 
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (3,2,1,4)
SEC Tournament (Quarterfinals)




#25 (4) Mississippi State 4, #20 (5) Kentucky 2
4/22/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (USC Field House)
Singles Competition
1. #29 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #33 Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #60 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. #39 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-2, 6-4 
3. #98 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-2, 6-1
4. Trey Yates (UK) def. Niclas Braun (MSU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) def. Austin Hussey (UK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Trevor Foshey (MSU) def. Jake Stefanik (UK) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Doubles Not Played
1. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) vs. #45 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) no result
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) vs. Niclas Braun/Trevor Foshey (MSU) no result
3. Gus Benson/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) vs. Rishab Agarwal/Nuno Borges (MSU) no result
Match Notes:
(5) Kentucky 19-9, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #20
(4) Mississippi State 16-7, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #25 
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (3,1,4,2,5,6)
SEC Tournament (Quarterfinals)

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Ohio State clinched at least a share of its 11th consecutive Big Ten regular season title with a 4-0 win over No. 14 Northwestern. The Buckeyes picked up the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then took five opening sets in singles.

Ohio State redshirt senior Ralf Steinbach was the first off the court with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Fedor Baev at No. 4. Herkko Pollanen, who was playing at No. 6 for the first time in his collegiate career, wasn't too far behind as he cruised past Alp Horoz 6-4, 6-1.

Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard, who earlier this week became the ITA's No. 1 ranked singles player, provided the clincher as he broke Konrad Zieba to go up 7-5, 5-4 and then held at love to win it 7-5, 6-4.
The other matches were abandoned with Ohio State leading on two of three courts with the other tied in the third set.

Ohio State ran its Big Ten record to 10-0 with all 10 matches finishing with a 4-0 score. The Buckeyes can clinch the regular season title outright with a win over Illinois on Sunday.

#5 Ohio State 4, #14 Northwestern 0
April 22, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU) 7-5, 6-4
2. #93 Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. #41 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-2, 5-6, unfinished
3. #37 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. #78 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 2-6, 6-1, 3-2, unfinished
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 2-2, unfinished
6. #90 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition 
1. #20 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Strong Kirchheimer/Fedor Baev (NU) 6-4
2. #31 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #88 Sam Shropshire/Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-2
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) vs. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 2-5, unfinished
Match Notes: 
Northwestern 23-3 (9-1); National ranking #14
Ohio State 26-2 (10-0); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,6,1) 
Official: Marcus Lee  T-2:11  A-463

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"You can't win without great players and we've been fortunate enough to recruit great players who are great student-athletes and who want to win tennis matches, said Ohio State Director of Tennis Ty Tucker.  "Associate head coach Justin Kronauge has been here all 11 years and assistant coach David Schilling has been here 17 years so we've had great stability and that's been a huge part of it. A lot of great players and coaches have been a part of this run.

"The guys knew it was a big match tonight so we really didn't have to talk too much about the Big Ten title, said Tucker. "We've played a lot of big matches in the last 10 years here at Ohio State and by not really hyping the match up too much I think helped them stay loose and they came out and played well.
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Last weekend Penn State was riding a high after beating Wisconsin but then they crashed back down to earth after a stunning loss to unranked Minnesota. This afternoon Penn State was able to put that loss behind them and upset No. 15 Illinois 4-3.

Penn State took the all-important doubles point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 but Illinois rebounded by winning four opening sets in singles.

Illinois picked up straight set wins from Jared Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic at No. 1 and No. 2 to go up 2-1 but Penn State tied it at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-2 win by Marc Collado over Alex Jesse at No. 6. Illinois sophomore Aron Hiltzik put the Illini back in front 3-2 with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Matt Barry at No. 3 but Penn State junior Aws Laaribi tied it at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Pengxuan Jiang at No. 5.

It looked like Illinois might pull it out when Julian Childers led Tomas Hanzlik 5-3 in the third but Hanzlik won the final four games to defeat the cramping Childers 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Penn State improved to 13-0 at home and the win also meant that Penn State hit 20-wins in a season for just the second time in program history. Penn State all but guaranteed itself an at-large in next month's NCAA Tournament while Illinois's chances of hosting a regional took a pretty big hit.

#39 Penn State 4, #15 Illinois 3
April 22, 2016 at State College, Pa (Sarni Tennis Center)
Doubles Competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. David Kohan/Christian Lutschaunig (PSU), 6-2.
2. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) def. #90 Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL), 6-3.
3. Aws Laaribi/Matt Galush (PSU) def. Julian Childers/Alex Jesse, 6-4.
Singles Competition
1. #13 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU), 6-2, 6-2.
2. #3 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU), 7-5, 6-1.
3. #65 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Matt Barry (PSU) 7-6(2), 6-2.
4. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) def. Julian Childers (ILL), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
5. Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
6. Marc Collado (PSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILL), 6-3, 6-2.
Match Notes
Penn State 20-6 (6-4 B1G); National ranking #39
Illinois 17-8 (8-2 B1G); National ranking #15
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3) Singles (1,2,6,3,5,4)

Post-Match Quotes from PSU's recap
"It is a great way to get a top-16 win and get our 20th win of the season, said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "We definitely wanted to protect our home court, which we have done a great job of this year. We always talk about championship teams and what it takes to be one; you need to win your doubles and you need to be strong at 4, 5 and 6 to be an elite team. We did that today!

"We stress as a coaching staff to peak at the right times and to prepare for the championship season at the end, said Coach Zinn. "Our backs were against the wall in today's match and we knew we had to get a win. Every team member contributed on and off the court. That is why we won today. We truly embraced the ONETEAM' motto.

"This is a huge win for the team, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We knew taking the doubles point was crucial and we did it. In singles, we had some tough positions but Collado, Laaribi and Hanzlik were determined to win. Hanzlik had an outstanding match to clinch the win. This is truly what college tennis is all about.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Credit to Penn State. They beat us down the stretch in matches where we felt we had momentum early in the third sets," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's a tough loss for us to swallow, but at the same time our attention turns to Sunday and our meeting in Columbus. Anytime you have a loss like this it brings forth a time to reflect. As coaches, we need to do a better job of getting our guys who are fighting hard better prepared."
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UCLA and Cal were the big winners in the Pac-12 semifinals. UCLA dropped the doubles point to Stanford for the third time this season but once again they were able to rebound in singles and ended up winning fairly comfortably in the end.

Cal advanced to its first-ever Pac-12 Tournament Final with a 4-1 win over No. 8 USC. The Bears took the doubles point when Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat won the deciding match 7-6(6). Cal surprisingly took it to USC in several spots with Billy Griffith, Filip Bergevi, and J.T. Nishimura each winning in straight sets while USC's Nick Crystal won in straight sets at No. 2.


#2 UCLA 4, #32 Stanford 1
Apr 22, 2016 at Ojai, Calif. (Libbey Park) 
Doubles competition
1. #39 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-2
2. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 7-5
3. Cressy/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Kumar/Goldberg (STAN) 6-5, unfinished
Singles competition
1. #10 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #12 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-3
2. #42 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Michael Genender (STAN) 7-5, 4-3, unfinished
3. #55 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #77 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-2, 6-4
4. #92 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-3, 6-1
Match Notes
Stanford 14-10; National ranking #32
UCLA 21-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,1,3)
Pac-12 Championship Semifinals 

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"We're very pleased to get another solid win over a really good Stanford team, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin.  "I'm disappointed with the doubles outcome, as it's our third straight time losing the point to them.  They are a good doubles team, but I was hoping we could see some improvement there. 

"Our guys took the doubles defeat well and put it behind them, said Martin.  "This was as good a match as we've had all year as far as everybody looking really focused from the start, winning all six first sets in singles.  We really took charge and sent a message to Stanford that dropping doubles didn't bother us.  I was really happy with our resilience.

"We're very excited for him, said Martin of Sell's accomplishment of winning 100 singles matches.  "He's done an incredible job for us the past four years.  I'd be surprised if there are many guys that have a better dual match record than Karue.  He has really been a rock for us throughout the years.  He'll be a tough one to lose next year, so I hope we can send him out with a conference tournament title and an NCAA title. 

"We're very excited to advanceit's one of our four major goals every year, said Martin.  "We want to go undefeated at home, win Pac-12 regular season, win the conference tournament, and then the NCAA Championships.  Tomorrow we have a chance to attain the third of our four goals.

"We're going to be up for whoever we play, added Martin of facing either USC or Cal in the title match.  "They're both really good teamsthere's no doubt about it.  We know how good USC is, and we played Cal without one of its better players.  If they beat USC today, they'll be a better team than the one we beat at home this season.  Either way, we're going to have to play very well tomorrow.


[3] #16 California 4, [2] #8 USC 1
Apr 22, 2016 at Ojai, Calif. (Libbey Park) 
Doubles competition
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (CAL) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC), 7-6 (6)
2. Max de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL), 6-1
3. J.T. Nishimura/Mads Engsted (CAL) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC), 6-3
Singles Competition
1. No. 27 Florian Lakat (CAL) vs. No. 23 Max de Vroome (USC), susp. 4-6, 6-4
2. No. 43 Nick Crystal (USC) def. No. 28 Andre Goransson (CAL), 6-4, 7-5
3. No. 82 Billy Griffith (CAL) def. No. 59 Logan Smith (USC), 6-4, 6-2
4. Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. No. 106 Jake DeVine (USC), 6-3, 6-3
5. No. 122 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) vs. No. 117 Thibault Forget (USC), susp. 7-6(4), 1-3
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Laurens Verbovens (USC), 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes
California 17-5; National ranking #16
USC 15-6; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,2,3)
Pac-12 Championship Semifinals 

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"The guys are excited, but not surprised about beating USC today, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "After losing to them in L.A. a few weeks ago, we knew we had to make some improvements, and today's match was in part a validation of the work our team has been putting in.

"The doubles point was crucial today, Wright said. "Florian Lakat and Filip Bergevi won a thrilling tiebreaker to give us the lead. USC is a well-coached team, and we knew we were in for a battle today. J.T. Nishimura set the tone with a solid straight-set victory, and after that we never looked back. It's great to be in the Pac-12 team finals for the first time, and we're looking forward to a rematch with UCLA tomorrow night.
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I am in Memphis this week at the American Athletic Conference Championships and once singles got underway I noticed that only five of the six courts on the one bank were being utilized. Evidently during the downpour on Thursday a crack opened up on court 1 with a good amount of water seeping down into the crack. Due to the amount of water absorbed they couldn't make any repairs until after the water had evaporated so each of the matches just played five singles courts at once.



All four quarterfinal matches finished with a 4-0 score with the two closest matches taking place between Tulane and Memphis and SMU and Central Florida. Tulane claimed the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Green Wave took all five first sets in singles.

Dominik Koepfer and Sebastian Rey won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 3 but Memphis would earn splits on the other three courts. While both No. 2 and No. 4 were early in the third set, Tulane's Ian Van Cott would get a late break and then hold on the deciding point to clinch the Tulane win.


#31 Tulane 4, #42 Memphis 0
Apr 22, 2016 at Memphis,Tenn. (MUS)
Singles Competition
1. #2 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #81 Ryan Peniston (MEM) 6-4, 6-4
2. #104 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) vs. #101 Andrew Watson (MEM) 7-5, 4-6, 1-1, unf
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Kai Lemke (MEM) 6-4, 6-4
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) 7-5, 3-6, 2-1, unf
5. Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Felix Rauch (MEM) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEM) 4-1, unf
Doubles Competition
1. #22 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) 6-4
2. Tyler Schick/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) vs. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEM) 5-4, unf
3. Sebastian Rey/Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 14-9; National ranking #42
Tulane 15-7; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,5) T-2:34



Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"What a great win from our guys today and what a great Memphis team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We stepped up from under the pressure and took it to them. In singles, we got off to a couple of quick starts then Memphis began to punch back, but we absorbed those punches and stepped up our game and punched back."

Post-Match Quotes from Memphis's recap
"It's a fun time of year being in the conference championships and being able to host it was really special," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "We had a great crowd today and it was a really good college tennis match. Two teams that have both been ranked in the top 25 in the nation and to play in the first match in our conference tournament really shows how strong the conference has become." 

"When you make a tough schedule, it can go either way," Goebel said. "We had a young team, a lot of freshmen and sophomores, but they handled it very well. There were a couple of chances, it was a really fine line in a couple of matches there. We lost the doubles point today, but I think we lost five out of the six on no-ad points. If we can get those points to go our way, maybe the outcome is different. But credit to our opponent for that."

"We kept fighting the whole match. In these last three matches, we lost first sets and came back and pushed them to a third set, which is really good. We had a couple of guys who have been really injured and haven't practice the last couple of weeks, but that shows what our Tiger pride is about. I think they're gaining experience and learning how they are going to have to play the big points. I think our conference keeps getting better and better and we've maintained, we've proved that we can play with any of the teams in our conference and any teams in the nation, and that's exciting, but we just have to keep working and adding to each of their games and see where we can be next year."
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No. 27 SMU got off to a strong start in doubles but Central Florida would take three of five opening sets in singles. SMU's Samm Butler and Ronald Slobodchikov won easily at No. 3 and No. 5 though the fourth point would take a little longer.

SMU's Nate Lammons overcame a sluggish start to get the clincher with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Inaki Espindola at No. 1.


Central Florida's Chris Barrus was serving for the match at No. 2 at the time of the clinch though he was behind 15-30.

#27 SMU 4, UCF 0
Apr 22, 2016 at Memphis, Tenn. 
Singles competition
1. #105 Nate Lammons (SMU) def. Inaki Espindola (UCF) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
2. Chris Barrus (UCF) vs. #61 Hunter Johnson (SMU) 6-4, *6-5 (15-30), unf.
3. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Jose Sangroniz (UCF) 6-1, 6-1
4. Markus Kerner (SMU) vs. Mariano Porter (UCF) 1-6, 6-4, 5-0, unf
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Nicolo De Fraia (UCF) 6-3, 6-0
6. Yates Johnson (SMU) vs. Reece Acree (UCF) 5-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. #26 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Inaki Espindola/Chris Barrus (UCF) 6-2
2. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) def. Tyler Pate/Reece Acree (UCF) 6-3
3. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) vs. Jack Thiessen/Mariano Porter (UCF) 4-3, unf
Match Notes
UCF 9-13
SMU 20-7; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,5,1)
T-2:10

Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
"I'm proud of our guys, beating a tough UCF team today, said Head Coach Carl Neufeld. "I thought we fought incredibly hard and I think that is the most important part if want to continue playing.

Post-Match Quotes from UCF's recap
"We are proud of the guys' effort today versus a good team. They jumped on us early in doubles to gain momentum. We responded winning 3 of 5 first sets in singles. (We only used 5 courts due to maintenance issues.) We were gaining momentum. Credit to a top 30 team who responded like champs. They put the clamps on us."

"Our focus now is to finish the academic semester as best we can. Then we prepare for the summer season which lays the foundation for a successful fall 2016 season."
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The other two matches at the AAC both finished in under two hours with the top-seed South Florida steamrolling East Carolina and the second-seed Tulsa overpowering Temple.



#23 Tulsa 4, Temple 0
Apr 22, 2016 at Memphis, Tenn. 
Singles competition
1. #46 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) defeated Santiago Canete (Temple), 6-1, 6-1
2. Majed Kilani (Tulsa) defeated Artem Kapshuk (Temple), 6-3, 6-3
3. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) vs. Nicolas Paulus (Temple) 6-3, 4-4, unf.
4. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa) vs. Hicham Belkssir (Temple), 6-3, 6-5, unf.
5. Okkie Kellerman (Tulsa) defeated Florian Mayer (Temple), 6-0, 6-4
6. Daniel Santos (Tulsa) vs. Vineet Naran (Temple), 1-2, unf.
Doubles competition
1. Kirby/O.Kellerman (Tulsa) defeated Belkssir/Naran (Temple), 6-2
2. McCloskey/Bechard (Tulsa) defeated Canete/Kapshuk (Temple), 6-2
3. Kilani/Bautista (Tulsa) vs. Mayer/Paulus (Temple), 3-3
Match Notes 
Tulsa 16-12; National ranking #23
Temple 20-6; 
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,2)




#17 South Florida 4, East Carolina 0
Apr 22, 2016 at Memphis, Tenn. (MUS)
Singles competition
1. #4 Roberto Cid (USF) def. Tendai Tapfuma (ECU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Kasey Countee (ECU) 6-3, 6-4
3. #48 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. Fredric Lehfeldt (ECU) 6-2, 5-3, unfinished 
4. Peter Bertran (USF) def. James Ling (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Vlad Anghel (ECU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) vs. Will Bissett (ECU) unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #34 Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Tendai Tapfuma/James Ling (ECU) 6-1
2. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) vs. Fredric Lehfeldt/Vlad Anghel (ECU) 4-2, unfinished 
3. Roberto Cid/Everth Dzib (USF) def. Kasey Countee/Will Bissett (ECU) 6-2
Match Notes:
East Carolina 11-13
South Florida18-8; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,4,2) 
T-1:36

Post-Match Quotes from USF's recap
"I was pleased with the way our guys competed today from start to finish, said head coach Matt Hill. "We didn't know these guys very well and they have some really good young players, so I thought the guys handled the situation really well.

"There will be some adversity thrown our way in this tournament and we are going to have to deal with that and handle that well, said Hill. "We need to expect that, so when the adversity comes, we are not surprised, because it's how we respond that is going to gives us our best chance.
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All four men's matches at the ACC Tournament got moved indoors at various locations through the Research Triangle. Two of the four matches would be decided in third set breaks.

Wake Forest defeated Notre Dame 4-3 when Romain Bogaerts came back from 5-2 down in the deciding tiebreak to beat Alex Lawson 7-6(5).

Virginia Tech defeated Florida State 4-3 when Amerigo Contini came back from 4-1 down in the third set to defeat Michael Rinaldi 7-6(2).

In the other two quarterfinals matches North Carolina shutout Georgia Tech 4-0 and Virginia beat NC State 4-1.

For full details you can check out the ACC's recap

#7 Wake Forest 4, #41 Notre Dame 3
Apr 22, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #32 Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Josh Hagar (ND) def. #19 Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-1, 7-5
3. Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
4. #118 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. #12 A. Lawson/Q. Monaghan (ND) 5-6, unf
2. #78 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. #44 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Grayson Broadus/Nicolas Montoya (ND) 6-3
Match Notes
Notre Dame 15-13; National ranking #41
Wake Forest 27-5; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,1,3,5,4)
Match moved to Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. due to rain.

Post-Match Quotes from ND's recap
"I'm really, really proud of our team and the way we fought, the Callaghan Family Head Men's Tennis Coach Ryan Sachire said. "Wake Forest is obviously one of the very best teams in the country and we just continued to battle, scratch, claw, fight and put ourselves in a position to win was awesome. This is the way we want to compete match in and match out.

"You're going to win some of these and lose some of these and it's not about that, it's about how you go about it, Sachire said. "Those two seniors have been through the wars. The know what to do and they executed under an immense amount of pressure. I wouldn't second-guess one point, one shot of what they did. They did a great job.


#36 Virginia Tech def. #21 Florida State, 4-3
April 22, 2016 Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Chapel Hill, N.C. 
Singles competition
1. #22 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #9 Benjamin Lock (FSU), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
2. #66 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #69 Marco Nunez (FSU), 7-5, 7-6 (4)
3. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2)
4. Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU), 7-5, 6-1
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Aaron Gomez (VT), 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #16 Lock/Nunez (FSU) vs. #15 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT), 5-3, dnf.
2. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Contini/Tessaro (VT), 6-3
3. Gracia/Whitehurst (FSU) def. Jai Corbett/Harper (VT), 6-3
Match Notes
Order of Finish Singles: 6,4,1,2,5,3; Doubles: 2,3

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Dwayne Hultquist via FSU's recap
"It was a great college match. It was competitive. Virginia Tech is an outstanding team and one of the most underranked teams in the country based on what their ability is. We had a great win over them earlier in the season at their place, and this is a great win for them to beat us. The difference came down to the flipping of the matches (5 of 7 spots changed results from the regular season match). We won the doubles point this time, and they won it last time. They were good at closing matches out in the decisive sets. That's exactly what we did up there.

I'm extremely proud of Jose. He was down to match point and came back and won. I was very pleased with Terrance, one of his best matches of the year in convincing fashion.

I'm sure Michael feels bad about not winning his match, but that's only one of four points that occurred. He did a great job of coming back from a first set loss. We lost the match in the first set they won five of six.

On what he said to the team after the match:
"I told them the key was the flipping of the matches and that we didn't play good enough in the first sets. They did a good job of not giving up and digging in and fighting. Certainly, it's advantageous for Virginia Tech to play indoors, but we did a good job in a hard-fought indoor match.

On how the team will prepare over the next three weeks for the NCAA Tournament:
"The first thing is we have to get through finals. We're fortunate to have a couple guys, Ben and Marco, playing in the Tallahassee Challenger next week. We'll take some days off to regroup and get our bodies healthier and train hard. There's some things we can correct and improve on, but this is not a bad loss.
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Texas Tech kept its hopes of winning a share of the Big 12 with a hard fought 5-2 win over Texas. The Red Raiders took the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then took four opening sets in singles. Felipe Soares and Jolan Cailleau would clinch at the same time to give Tech the win.



No. 9 Texas Tech 5, No. 19 Texas 2 
04/22/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #73 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU) vs. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT): 6-3 
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) defeats Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-2 
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT): 6-3 
Singles competition
1. #20 Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats #64 George Goldhoff (UT): 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 
2. #110 Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats Harrison Scott (UT): 6-4, 7-6 (3) 
3. Alex Sendegeya (TTU) defeats Adrian Ortiz (UT): 6-3, 6-4 
4. #119 Jolan Cailleau (TTU) defeats Rodrigo Banzer (UT): 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) defeats Connor Curry (TTU): 7-5, 6-2 
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) defeats Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (25-4, 3-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 9 
Texas (17-10, 1-4 Big 12); National ranking No. 19 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,3,2,6,1,4) 

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"It was awesome to come right out of the gate and win the doubles point, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "It was a fun atmosphere, and the electric crowd was a huge help for us. I thought our guys handled some pressure moments well in the middle of the doubles matches. We weren't playing our best when singles started. However, we found a way to get four first sets, and that carried us forward.

"It was amazing feeling and the first time beating Texas in my career, Soares said. "It was great to be at home and to have my parents here. I love third sets, it can go both ways. I felt that he (Goldhoff) was under all the pressure tonight. The crowd was unbelievable, and they helped me a lot. My serve was huge. I felt I served very well in the spots that I wanted to, and that helped me a lot too.

"Hugo and Felipe are the most veteran guys on the team, Masi said. They had never beat Texas, so that had to be on their mind. Hugo played a great breaker in the second set. I thought it was important that he got us off the court and got us to three points. Jolan and Felipe were doing a good job in their third sets and both went out to big leads early. Again, they were looking to fight back after they lost their second sets. We were able to build ourselves a cushion and were able to bring the victory home.

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap
"It was a tough match," said 16th-year UT head coach Michael Center.  "Obviously, Texas Tech has an outstanding team, and there's a reason they're in the top 10 (nationally). We fought them really, really hard."

"There were a couple of things in doubles that didn't go our way, and that was unfortunate, but I thought the guys rebounded in the singles," Center said.  "We gave ourselves a chance to win." 

"Tech has two All-Americans at the top who scored on us, but we were outstanding tonight at Nos. 5 and 6 singles," Center added.  "I give a lot of credit to our guys. They've gone through a rugged season. We've played a great schedule, and the guys have improved and fought hard. We'll go back to work and get ready for the postseason starting next week."



Also don't forget about my conference central page which has all the results from the various conference tournaments along with the schedule of play for Saturday.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Every year there are a handful of teams that play their way into the NCAA Tournament and after Baylor's performance today we can add another team to that list. Baylor came in to today's match against Oklahoma State firmly on the bubble and most likely needed a win to earn its spot in the NCAAs.

Due to the inclement weather the match was moved indoors and since there was a log-jam of matches to be played they played singles first. Oklahoma State won the regular season meeting less than two weeks ago in a match that was played indoors in Stillwater so you figured they had to feel pretty confident about their chances.

Oklahoma State came out strong in singles and looked like it'd take four first sets but Baylor's Jimmy Bendeck came back from 5-2 down to take the opening set at No. 4 in a tiebreak 7-6(8). So each team had three first sets but only one of the six matches would finish in straight sets.

Oklahoma's State's Jurence Mendoza cruised past Baylor's Tyler Stayer 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6 but it'd be another 45 minutes before another final came in.

Baylor's Max Tchoutakian dropped the first set to Arjun Kadhe at No. 2 but he broke Kadhe to go up 5-3 in the second. Kadhe would break back and then hold on the deciding point for 5-5 but Tchoutakian would then hold and break to take the second set 7-5. Tchoutakian raced out to a 5-0 lead in the third and ended up serving it out two games later to take it 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.


Baylor freshman Tommy Podvinski pulled off by far the biggest shocker of the day when he came back from a set down to defeat Lukas Finzelberg at No. 5. Podvinski came into the match with a 7-12 dual-match record with all his wins over teams that were ranked outside the top 100 plus Finzelberg had just beaten him 6-4, 6-1 two week prior. Finzelberg took the opening set 6-1 but Podvinski refused to go away this time. Podvinski went up an early break in the second and then broke again to take the set 6-3. Podvinski broke Finzelberg to go up 3-1 in the third and then held on from there to take it 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.


Baylor senior Julian Lenz would put the Bears up 3-1 with a three-set win over Julian Cash at No. 1. Lenz broke Cash to go up 2-1 in the first and ended up taking the opening set 6-3. In the second set Cash broke Lenz to go up 5-4 but Lenz would break back to even it at 5-5. Cash came right back and broke for 6-5 and then served out the set to take it 7-5. Cash broke Lenz to start the third set but Lenz broke back on the deciding point and then held for 2-1. It was all holds until Lenz broke Cash on the deciding point to win it 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.


Less than a minute after Lenz's win, Oklahoma State's Lucas Gerch would knock off Felipe Rios at No. 3 to cut the deficit to 3-2. Rios took the opening set 6-2 but Gerch came back to get the second 6-3. The third set was all holds and would go to a tiebreak to decide it. Both guys had mini-break leads but ultimately Gerch would take the tiebreak 9-7.

So it all came down to the final match at No. 4 between Baylor freshman Jimmy Bendeck and Oklahoma State sophomore Tristan Meraut.  A Bendeck win would give Baylor the win but if Meraut won the teams would come back on the court to play the doubles point.

Meraut looked like he had the first set in the bag after going up 5-2 but as I mentioned above Bendeck came all the way back to take the opening set 7-6(8). The second set also went to a tiebreak and after trailing 3-0 Bendeck would come back and take a 6-4* lead. Meraut would fight off both match points to even it at 6-6 before a Bendeck ace put him back in front 7-6. Meraut would fight off a third match point to even it at 7-7 and then he went ahead 8-7. Bendeck evened it at 8-8 but Meraut took the next two to take the tiebreak 10-8.

The third set stayed on serve until Bendeck broke at love to go up 5-4. Bendeck would then hold from 40-15 to give Baylor the dramatic 4-2 win.




Next up for Baylor will be the No. 1 seed Texas Tech who got a bye into the semifinals.

#42 Baylor 4, #15 Oklahoma State 2
Apr 29, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #16 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #52 Julian Cash (OSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
2. #99 Max Tchoutakian (BU) def. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU) 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (8-10), 6-4
5. Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-2, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #80 Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. #8 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) no result
2. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) vs. Jurence Mendoza/Lucas Gerch (OSU) no result
3. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) vs. Tristan Meraut/Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) no result
Match Notes
Baylor 15-12; National ranking #42
Oklahoma State 18-7; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,2,5,1,3,4)
Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal Match
Due to venue change/weather, singles was played first and doubles was not played



Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"Well, boy it was close. We had some match points at No. 3. Their guy is just really tough there and did a great job of scratching out the three-set win in the tiebreaker. We had some match points at No. 4 in the second set that we didn't get, so what a credit to Oklahoma State to fight off all those match points that we had. Sometimes you get to the third set after you've had all those opportunities and you go a little flat. Jimmy [Bendeck] was almost in the same situation when we were here two weeks ago when he lost the third set, 6-0. He was playing the same guy and played in a very similar situation. We talked a lot about it, and I was really proud of him. He was able to have the relaxed intensity he needed to play some of his best tennis." -- head coach Matt Knoll on the quarterfinal win

"It says we have a lot of good players that have come through here, and it's a credit to those guys. We've had a lot of good guys that have believe in the program and have committed themselves to getting better. I'm lucky to have been around when it's happened." -- Knoll on reaching the program's 19th semifinal appearance in 20 seasons

"We've played them twice this year, and lost to them twice. They've had a great season and are conference champions, so we've got a big match in front of us. A big task. It's going to be tough, but we're in an underdog role. We've got nothing to lose, and we're going to come out and take our swings and have some fun." -- Knoll on facing top-seed Texas Tech tomorrow

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"I have to give Baylor credit," OSU head coach Jay Udwadia said. "Their backs were against the wall, they needed to beat us to get into the tournament and they came out ready to go."

"I think it was standing-room only," Udwadia said. "It was nice for several hundred people to come out and we are appreciative of all their support."

"At the beginning, I was really frustrated because he was playing really well," Gerch said. "In the second set, I just really tried to stick with him and he gave me an opportunity so I used it. The third set was just a battle and it came down to a tiebreak."

"Baylor didn't give us much and we didn't capitalize on our opportunities," Udwadia said. "The difference was that they were winning matches when they were one point away. I just think they ended up being a little more mentally tough."
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The first Big 12 quarterfinal of the day between Oklahoma and Texas also had some excitement. Due to the weather the start time was moved up from an already early 9 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with singles action getting started first. Oklahoma's Andrew Harris did not play so it was back the old lineup that they used for most of the season.

Texas got off to a really slow start in singles with only Harrison Scott claiming a first set at No. 2. Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi put up the first point of the day with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Rodrigo Banzer at No. 4 and shortly thereafter Andre Biro would make it 2-0 with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Julian Zlobinsky at No. 6.

Oklahoma senior Axel Alvarez became the school's all-time wins leader after defeating George Goldhoff 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1. The win was Alvarez's 116th career singles wins and 213th overall win.

Texas freshman Harrison Scott put the Longhorns on the board with a 6-1, 7-6(6) win over Alex Ghilea at No. 3. Scott hadn't played lower than No. 2 all season so I was a little surprised to see him play that low.

Oklahoma freshman Maxime Mora would clinch the win after coming back from 5-2 down in the third to defeated Texas senior Michael Riechmann 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. The match at No. 2 was abandoned with Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz leading Spencer Papa 4-2 in the third.


Next up for Oklahoma is a rematch with TCU - TCU got a bye into the semifinals.

#10 Oklahoma 4, #18 Texas 1
Apr 29, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #25 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #59 George Goldhoff (UT) 6-3, 6-3 
2. #91 Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT) 6-2, 4-6, 2-4, unfinished 
3. Harrison Scott (UT) def. #81 Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
4. #51 Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maxime Mora (OU) def. Michael Riechmann (UT) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-0, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT) vs. #21 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) no result 
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) vs. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Austin Siegel (OU) no result
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) no result
Match Notes:
Texas 17-10, 1-4 Big 12; National ranking #18 
Oklahoma 14-9, 3-2 Big 12; National ranking #10 
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (4,6,1,3,5)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"Singles first is probably an advantage for us, head coach John Roddick said. "We can just come out and start from 0-0 and do our best part which is singles. Our guys did a good job. They were focused and even the point we lost, Alex (Ghilea) fought like crazy and was in a position to win the second set. Max (Mora) came back from 5-2 in the third and Spencer (Papa) kept forcing break points. Even in the matches that were tough there were a lot of good things that you want to see.

"It feels good (become OU's all-time wins leader), Alvarez said. "Right now maybe I don't appreciate it that much, but it is something that will be there for a long time I hope. I am just proud of it. I've had a good run here.

"He (Mora) started really sticking with the game plan and didn't get frustrated when things didn't go his way, Roddick said. "All of a sudden he got on a roll and settled into a rhythm. When your guy is serve-and-volley it's all about rhythm. He started to get what he wanted there and that was nice to see.

"Last time we played (TCU) it was a coin toss at 4-3, Alvarez said. "I think we will have opportunities. We are two very good teams so we just have to come out with more intensity and want it more than they do.

"If we play singles like we did today, and the doubles point is so short, we'll be in position to win a lot of points, Roddick said. "We'll see how it goes.

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap
Oklahoma played very well. I thought they got on top of us early. We had chances there to push back and get into the match and we just didn't capitalize today.  They just outplayed us. We struggled to finish a match. We had opportunities to split sets at some spots and we didn't get the job done.  It's a credit to them (Oklahoma). We've got two weeks now to get ready and wait for our NCAA Championships draw. Most likely we'll be heading over to College Station (Texas A&M) to play (NCAA first/second rounds).  Whoever we play, we'll be ready to go.  The guys have done a good job this year, but that one was a little disappointing.  I thought we could have capitalized on our opportunities a little better today.
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The top four seeds at the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis each moved on to the semifinals with Illinois facing the biggest challenge of the group.

Penn State upset Illinois just seven days ago but today it was the Illini that was able to pull out a 4-2 win. Illinois won the doubles point when Jared Hiltzik an Pengxuan Jiang took the deciding match at No. 2 in a tiebreak but Penn State battled back to take four opening sets in singles.

Both of the Hiltzik brothers picked up wins for Illinois with Jared defeating Constant De La Bassetiere at No. 2 while Aron beat Matt Barry at No. 3.

Penn State picked up straight set wins from Aws Laaribi and Marc Collado at No. 5 and No. 6 with Toshiki Matsuya evidently making his season debut at No. 5. The box score showed these two Penn State wins coming after the Hiltzik's won which seems odd considering the scorelines - how can a 1 & 1 no-ad match take longer than a 7-6, 6-0 match?

Illinois sophomore Aleks Vukic cliched the match with a come from behind 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Leonard Stakhovsky at No. 1. Next up for the Illini will be a third meeting this season against state rival Northwestern.

#17 (3) Illinois 4, #35 (6) Penn State 2
April 29, 2016 (Baseline Tennis Center | Minneapolis, Minn)
Singles Competition
1. Aleks Vukic (ILLINOIS) def. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
2. Jared Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU) 7-6 (3), 6-0
3. Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Julian Childers (ILLINOIS) vs. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 3-6, 6-2, 2-1 unfinished
5. Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILLINOIS) 6-1, 6-1
6. Marc Collado (PSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILLINOIS) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. Leonard Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) 6-2
2. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILLINOIS) def. Christian Lutschaunig/Matt Galush (PSU) 7-6 (1)
3. Aws Laaribi/Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILLINOIS) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,5,6,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We're happy to advance and I can't say it was a very interesting match. I didn't feel like Penn State was at their best. I didn't feel like we were at our best. I don't know what that was," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It was not a pretty tennis match today, and, I think, when it's not pretty, you kind of have to get down and fight and I felt Julian [Childers] did a great job of getting back in his. [Aleks] Vukic just did a good job at getting back and fighting and so forth and, when you don't feel good and you don't like the way things are going, you just have to get down and fight, and we did that on a couple courts, which was really great. Jared [Hiltzik] hit quadruple set point in the first set, and that was really good of him to fight out of that. It was a good fighting match from us today."

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"We had our chances but unlike last week the big points did not go our way, said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "I want to congratulate Illinois; they played like they had a chip on their shoulder from last week. I want to congratulate the team on a terrific year so far. We have played every match, every point like it is our last and I think that we are back to where we should be. I am proud of the guys for believing in each other. Our team chemistry has helped us tremendously this year.

"This was a tough loss, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We had the opportunity to take the doubles point with a win on court two. The guys competed well in singles but Illinois became too strong for the top half of the singles lineup. Marc Collado and Aws Laaribi did a great job getting us two points in their two-set matches. We will be ready for the NCAA Tournament coming up in two weeks.

"We aren't even close to done playing tennis this year, said Coach Zinn. "I still see so much fight in these boys. They are looking forward to jumping right into the NCAA Tournament. "
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#4 (1) Ohio State 4, (9) Nebraska 0
April 29, 2016 (Baseline Tennis Center | Minneapolis, Minn - Indoors)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #93 Dusty Boyer (NEB) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
2. #96 Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Marc Herrmann (NEB) 6-1, 6-2
3. #41 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Toby Boyer (NEB) 6-2, 3-5, unfinished
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Bradford Zitsch (NEB) 7-6 (7-4), 2-1, unfinished
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Tomislav Antoljak (NEB) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. Dusty Boyer/Toby Boyer (NEB) def. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3
2. Ralf Steinbach/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Marc Herrmann/Scott Elsass (NEB) 6-4
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Bradford Zitsch/Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) 6-1
Match Notes: 
Nebraska 14-12
Ohio State 28-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,1) 
Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal Match

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"It was a good win for the Buckeyes, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "Any team you play in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament is going to be good. Everyone's got scholarships and everyone's got good players, so it was nice to get the doubles point and then go on from there.

Post-Match Quotes from Nebraska's recap
"It was a tough match today," said Head Coach McDermott. "Ohio State played very well and deserved the win. We improved a ton this year as a team, especially because we lost some close 4-3 matches to ranked schools early in the year. Most teams would have given up, but our team held strong and in the end we got better and ended up winning four conference matches. We will be back into next week's ITA National Rankings which has been one of our team goals."
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#13 (2) Northwestern 4, #53 (7) Purdue 1
April 29, 2016 (Baseline Tennis Center Minneapolis, Minn)
Singles competition 
1. #20 Konrad Zieba (NU) vs. #48 Gergely Madarasz (Purdue) 7-6 (5), 3-2, unf
2. #40 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #97 Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue) 6-1, 6-2
3. #75 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) 6-1, 6-0
4. Mateus Silva (Purdue) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) vs. Dominik Sochurek (Purdue) 6-4, 6-6, unfinished 
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Renan Hanayama (Purdue) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition 
1. Strong Kirchheimer/Fedor Baev (NU) def. Dominik Sochurek/Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue) 7-5 
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Gergely Madarasz/Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) 6-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. Mateus Silva/Renan Hanayama (Purdue) 6-5 unf
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 1); Singles (3, 2, 4, 6)

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"It provides a lot of momentum when the top of the lineup performs like they did today," head coach Arvid Swan said. "Purdue is an excellent team, and we just gave a great effort today."

"We are excited for the opportunity tomorrow," Swan said. "We will prepare like we have done for every match this year and compete at a high level."

Post-Match Quotes from Purdue's recap
"From our side, we were excited to see how much he grew the past three years, Purdue head men's tennis coach Pawel Gajdzik said. "Mateus is a true Boilermaker at heart. He's going to graduate with a great degree. I know he is going to be missed on this team and is always welcomed with open arms.
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#24 (4) Michigan, #72 (12) Iowa 1
April 29, 2016 (Baseline Tennis Center Minneapolis, Minn)
Singles competition 
1. Josh Silverstein (UI) def. #113 Alex Knight (UM): 6-2, 6-2
2. #95 Jathan Malik (UM) vs. Lefteris Theodorou (UI): 7-5, 1-6, unf.
3. Carter Lin (UM) def. Robin Haden (UI): 6-2, 6-0
4. Runhao Hua (UM) def. Jake Jacoby (UI): 6-0, 6-2
5. Kevin Wong (UM) vs. Jonas Larsen (UI): 6-1, 5-4, unf.
6. Davis Crocker (UM) def. Dominic Patrick (UI): 6-1, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #81 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) vs. Josh Silverstein/Lefteris Theodorou (UI): 5-2, unf.
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) def. Jake Jacoby/Jonas Larsen (UI): 6-3
3. Lubomir Cuba/Gabe Tishman (UM) def. Nils Hallestrand/Dominic Patrick (UI): 6-2
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,1,6)
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San Diego and Pepperdine will meet on Saturday in the finals of the WCC Championship after San Diego blanked Portland while Pepperdine won a 4-3 thriller of BYU.

San Diego won a tight doubles point to go up 1-0 and then the Toreros picked up straight set wins from Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, and Romain Kalaydjian.

#30 San Diego 4, Portland 0
Apr 29, 2016 at Claremont, Calif. (Biszantz Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #61 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. PERVOLARAKIS, Mike (POR) 6-2, 5-7, unfinished
2. #67 Jordan Angus (USD) def. GARCIA, Mathieu (POR) 6-1, 6-4
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. GARCIA, Pierre (POR) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. WALLACE, Alex (POR) 6-2, 1-6, 2-2, unfinished
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. FAN, Felix (POR) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. DONAT, Carlos (POR) 6-3, 5-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #89 Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) vs. GARCIA, M/PERVOLARAKIS, M (POR) 5-5, unf
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) def. WALLACE, Alex/ANDREASEN, Kent (POR) 7-6
3. Alexandros Araouzos/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. FAN, Felix/GARCIA, Pierre (POR) 6-3
Match Notes
Portland 16-8, 6-3
San Diego 22-7, 9-0; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,3,5)
Semifinals WCC Championships

Post-Match Quotes from Portland's recap
"I don't think we have anything to be embarrassed about today," Portland head coach Aaron Gross said. "USD is by far the best team in the conference talent-wise and just had a little bit too much for us today. We had some chances in the doubles, which would have put us in a little better position going into the singles, but they just have a little too much firepower all the way through their lineup."

"The good news is Mike was hanging in very well at No. 1 and I feel like Alex had grabbed momentum of the third set in his match," Gross noted. "But we just needed a few too many things to go right today for singles after we had lost the doubles point. A very good team like USD doesn't give you those opportunities easily. Obviously we aren't happy with the results today and that is one of the things I really like about this young team they don't defer to anybody."

"When we have a moment I'm sure we will sit back and look at the season and have special memories from it," Gross added. "We are also very encouraged going forward for the next couple of years with this group intact."


Pepperdine avenged a 4-2 regular season loss to BYU by defeating the Cougars 4-3. BYU won the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 but Pepperdine rebounded in singles and went ahead 3-1 with wins from Jack Van Slyke, Stefan Menichella, and Gabriel Sidney at 4, 5, and 6. BYU tied it at 3-3 after Shane Monroe and Keaton Cullimore won at 1 and 2 but Pepperdine's Pedro Iamachkine clinched the match with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3.


#61 (3) Pepperdine 4, #60 (2) BYU 3
Apr 29, 2016 at Claremont, Calif.
Singles competition
1. Shane Monroe (BYU) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. Lautaro Pane (PU) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
3. Pedro Iamachkine (PU) def. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
4. Jack Van Slyke (PU) def. John Pearce (BYU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Stefan Menichella (PU) def. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Gabriel Sidney (PU) def. Aidan Carrazedo (BYU) 6-2, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Shane Monroe/Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) def. Pedro Iamachkine/Stefan Menichella (PU) 6-3
2. John Pearce/Jacob Sullivan (BYU) def. Guilherme Hadlich/Jack Van Slyke (PU) 6-2
3. Lautaro Pane/Tom Hill (PU) vs. Keaton Cullmore/Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) 5-2, unf.
Match Notes
BYU 12-10; National ranking #60
Pepperdine University 14-10; National ranking #61
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,5,4,1,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Pepperdine's recap

"It's always a relief to know that it is in my power to get the victory, said Iamachkine.  "Last year, I had a lot of experience clinching matches and I know my teammates rely on me in those key moments.  I enjoy that pressure and I love the battle. 

"We are strongest in singles play, said Iamachkine.  "With our singles guys on the court giving their best and the four guys outside the court encouraging us.  It's always a team effort and we are ready to take them.

"It feels good to win today.  It feels like we got over the second bump and we have one more match left this weekend.  It's either put it all on the court or go home, and we are ready to bring out best game.

"It feels really good to win today, said Sidney.  "I started playing my best tennis again today.  After going down to start, I knew I had to relax and did and try to play my best tennis so that felt good.

"The two victories we've had the past two days have been really important to us because we had a lot of tough moments and injuries during the season, said Sidney.  "We are showing the Pepperdine way by fighting through all the matches and coming out with 100 percent effort. 

"Unfortunately we didn't win the doubles point either day, but it's just a point and a team needs four to win so we planned to go into singles aggressively and we got the victory on both days.
"We have been looking to go up against San Diego since the beginning of the tournament, Sidney said.  "It was always the goal to be in the finals against them. 

"We expect good things tomorrow after these last two solid wins.  It built our confidence up and I think it is going to be a great match.

Post-Match Quotes from BYU's recap
"We executed our game plan extremely well to win the doubles point. We knew the second half of the match would be a dog fight- and it was," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "Both teams competed extremely hard and left everything on the court. We came up a little short, but I was proud of my guys and was pleased that both teams displayed great sportsmanship. We had a good season and have a lot to be proud of, but we'll be hungry for even better results next season."
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It was a sad day in Wichita as both UMBC and Hartford said farewell to college tennis after each were defeated at the Missouri Valley Tournament. Both schools announced last fall that after this season they would be discontinuing the programs in a cost cutting measure.

Hartford's farewell was  quick one as they went fell to Southern Illinois in just 1 hour and 16 minutes. I was hoping to watch all three men's matches but due to the rain they ended up sending SIU and HU to the Genesis Health Club which was about 5 miles from the Crestview Country Club.

SIU won the doubles point with routine wins at 2 and 3 and then they blitzed Hartford in singles and won easily at 1, 2, 3, and 4 with simultaneous finishes at 1 and 3.

Southern Illinois 5, Hartford 0
Apr 29, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Genesis Health Club)
Singles Competition
1. Jonny Rigby (SIU) def. Daniel Rombola (HARTFORD) 6-1, 6-0
2. Piotr Baranski (SIU) def. Will Drumwright (HARTFORD) 6-1, 6-2
3. Wilder Pimentel (SIU) def. Juan Molina (HARTFORD) 6-1, 6-0
4. Peter Molloy (SIU) def. Bryan Einstoss (HARTFORD) 6-1, 6-1
5. Alex Pozo (SIU) vs. Luis Montes (HARTFORD) 6-3, 2-1, unfinished
6. Daniel Martinez (SIU) vs. Harrison Max (HARTFORD) 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. Jonny Rigby/Piotr Baranski (SIU) vs. Daniel Rombola/Luis Montes (HARTFORD) 4-3, unf
2. Wilder Pimentel/Alex Pozo (SIU) def. Will Drumwright/Bryan Einstoss (HARTFORD) 6-2
3. Peter Molloy/Daniel Martinez (SIU) def. Juan Molina/Jairus Baker (HARTFORD) 6-1
Match Notes:
Hartford 2-16
Southern Illinois 13-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,4,1,3)


UMBC's swan-song was by far and away the best match of the day in Wichita. Illinois State jumped out to early break leads at 2 and 3 and ended up winning those courts 6-2 and 6-4.

Each team won two first sets at the four-court facility and ultimately that was completed would finish in straight sets.

UMBC's Melker Svard won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 but ISU's Christoffer Greve answered with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4. UMBC's Alex Drean tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3 but ISU's Urh Krajnc Domiter answered with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 1.

UMBC's Biyik Akinshemoyin was serving for the match up 6-1, 5-0 (40-0) but before he could get that last point ISU's Dylan Steffens clinched at No. 6 with a 6-3, 6-0 win.



Illinois State 4, UMBC 2
(Apr 29, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. -- Crestview Country Club)
Singles Competition
1. Urh Krajnc Domiter (ILS) def. Justin Carter (UMBC) 7-5, 6-2
2. Melker Svard (UMBC) def. Jakub Eisner (ILS) 6-4, 6-0
3. Alex Drean (UMBC) def. Rodrigo Oliveira (ILS) 6-4, 6-4
4. Christoffer Greve (ILS) def. Eliott Loubatie (UMBC) 6-3, 7-5
5. Biyik Akinshemoyin (UMBC) vs. Andreas Boers (ILS) 6-1, 5-0, (40-0) 
6. Dylan Steffens (ILS) def. Kevin Hsieh (UMBC) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles Competition
1. Melker Svardand/Eliott Loubatie(UMBC) vs. Jakub Eisner/Andreas Boers (ILS) 6-6 (0-3)
2. Christoffer Greve/Dylan Steffens (ILS) def. Justin Carter/Alex Drean (UMBC) 6-2
3. Rodrigo Oliveira/Rolando Torrellas (ILS) def. BiyikAkinshemoyin/KevinHsieh (UMBC) 6-4
Match Notes
Order of finish: Singles (2,4,3,1,6); Doubles (2,3) 
Start Time: 9 a.m.
Duration: 2:50
Attendance: 0

Post-Match Quotes from ISU's recap
"I'm really pleased with how we kept up the intensity and focus stemming from out last match," said head coach Mark Klysner. "We played some solid doubles and that for sure gave us a nice advantage leading into singles. UMBC came out firing in singles and took a couple of matches off of us. The guys managed to keep their composure though. With Chris winning comfortably and Urh playing some of his better tennis all year winning at number one, it really just came down to Dylan clinching it for us. He's been instrumental at closing out matches for us. We are really looking forward to the semifinals now."



Drake didn't have too much trouble in its 4-0 win over America East No. 1 seed Stony Brook. Drake took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then took three of four first sets at the four-court indoor facility. Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch each won within about 15 seconds of each other to make it 3-0 - here is match point for Gillespie.


Drake's Tom Hands would come back from a break down in the third set to clinch the match with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Tyler Hoffman at No. 4 (sorry video clip of MP wasn't good due to distance and lighting).

Drake 4, Stony Brook 0
Apr 29, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Crestview Country Club) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU) vs. Raphael Termat (SB) 7-6, 4-3, unf.
2. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Jose Morales (SB) 6-3, 6-0
3. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Samuel Taieb (SB) 6-2, 6-1
4. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Tyler Hoffman (SB) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Stride, Ben (DU) vs. Rodrigo Hadlich (SB) 6-3, 1-0, unf. 
6. Wood, Ben (DU) vs. Kenzo Kauffmann (SB) 6-2, 1-1, unf. 
Doubles competition
1. Lott, Ben/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Jose Morales/Samuel Taieb (SB) 6-3
2. Raphael Termat/Kenzo Kauffmann (SB) vs. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 5-4, unf
3. Hands, Tom/Clark, Ben (DU) def. Rodrigo Hadlich/Tyler Hoffman (SB) 6-3  
Match Notes
Drake 16-11
Stony Brook 7-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,3,4)
MVC Men's Tennis Tournament
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Semifinal Saturday was a busy one with two of the closest matches taking place at the same time in Stillwater at the Big 12 Championships.

TCU edged Oklahoma in the regular season 4-3 and even though Andrew Harris wasn't playing today you figured it would be still be a close one. TCU's usual No. 4 Eduardo Nava was out as well so each team had to shuffle its lineup a bit.

TCU took the doubles point but it was anything but easy - well it was easy at No. 3 but not on the other two courts. Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov won 6-1 at No. 3 but OU's Spencer Papa and Alex Ghilea picked up a 7-5 win at No. 1. OU's Axel Alvarez and Austin Siegel broke to go up 6-5 but TCU's Guillermo Nunez and Trevor Johnson would break Siegel to send it to a tiebreak. OU was serving up 5-4 in the tiebreak but TCU would win three of the next four points to close it out 7-5.

OU took all six first sets in singles and they'd go ahead 2-1 when Florin Bragusi and Andre Biro won at No. 4 and No. 6.

OU's Spencer Papa led Alex Rybakov 6-2, 4-2 at No. 2 but Rybakov would take the next four games to force a third set. Rybakov broke Papa to go up 4-2 in the third and he'd break him again to win it 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

TCU's Cameron Norrie would put the Horned Frogs back in front after coming back from a set down to beat Axel Alvarez  No. 1. After dropping the first set 7-5, Norrie would break Alvarez to go up 2-1 in the second and then he'd break again to go up 4-1 and would ultimately take the set 6-2. Norrie broke Alvarez to go up 3-2 in the third then he'd win the last three to take it 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

OU's Maxime Mora went up 2-0 in the third on Trevor Johnson at No. 5 but Johnson broke back and held for 2-2. The match would go to a tiebreak and Johnson would take it 7-5 after Mora double faulted while serving at 5-6.

The match at No. 3 was abandoned with it all even at 2-2 in the third.

#5 TCU 4, #10 Oklahoma 2
Apr 30, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #25 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #81 Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #87 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. #51 Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-7 (0-7), 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
4. Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Maxime Mora (OU) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Trey Daniel (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #21 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #60 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) 7-5
2. Guillermo Nuez/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Austin Siegel (OU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 15-10; National ranking #10
TCU 23-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,2,1,5)



Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap
 "Anytime anybody beats Oklahoma, it is a hell of a win. They have such a good program and for us to lose six first sets and come back and find a way to win three matches in three sets tells a lot about our resilience and our youth. We did not freak out, we stayed calm and bounced back. Obviously with Andrew Harris out of the lineup is always a huge boost to us, but at the same time they still have a lot of great players.

"The doubles was crazy. I thought we won it and then I thought we lost it and it just kept going back and forth. It was a huge performance by Trevor and Guillermo to find a way win on court two and secure that doubles point for us. I still feel like we need to do a better job in the first sets and we have to handle the moment a little bit better in doubles. I thought our emotions kind of got in the way. There is a little room for improvement, but at the same time if it was easy, everybody would be in the finals of the Big 12 Championship.

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played well in doubles and just came up a point or two short, but we competed, head coach John Roddick said. "In singles we started extremely well, but we have start finishing matches. We have some time to work on that before we head to NCAAs.
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The No. 1 seed Texas Tech advanced to the finals of the Big 12 Tournament for the first time ever with a tough 4-3 win over Baylor.  Baylor took the doubles point, just as it had done in the two previous meetings this season, but Tech fought back in singles especially in the lower half of the lineup.

Bjorn Thomson handed Tyler Stayer a double bagel at No. 6 and Jolan Cailleau knocked off yesterday's hero, Jimmy Bendeck, at No. 4 to put Texas Tech in front 2-1.

Connor Curry made it 3-1 after he defeated Tommy Podvinski 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5. Curry broke Podvinski to go up 6-5 in the second and then he served it out for the win.

Baylor's Julian Lenz kept the Bears hopes alive after he came back from 4-1* down in the third set to defeat Felipe Soares 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 1. Felipe Rios tied the match at 3-3 after his 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex Sendegeya at No. 3.

Texas Tech senior Hugo Dojas opened up a 5-1 lead in the third against Max Tchoutakian at No. 2 but the Baylor junior would hold, break, and hold to pull within 5-4. Dojas would hold from 40-15 with a service winner to close out Tchoutakian 3-6, 6-3, 6-4


#8 Texas Tech 4, #42 Baylor 3 
04/30/16 at Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center) 
Big 12 Tournament Semifinals 
Doubles 
1. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU) vs. #80 Tommy Podvinski/Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-5, unf
2. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU) defeats Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-4 
3. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) defeats Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU): 6-4 
Singles 
1. #16 Julian Lenz (BU) defeats #18 Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 
2. #110 Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats #99 Max Tchoutakian (BU): 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 
3. Felipe Rios (BU) defeats Alex Sendegeya (TTU): 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2 
4. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) defeats Jimmy Bendeck (BU): 6-2, 6-1 
5. Connor Curry (TTU) defeats Tommy Podvinski (BU): 6-2, 7-5 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) defeats Tyler Stayer (BU): 6-0, 6-0 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (27-4); National ranking No. 8 
Baylor (15-13); National ranking No. 42 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,4,5,1,3,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Hugo won some big points in the third set, head coach Brett Masi said. "There were three or four deuce points that decided games that could have gone either way. He played very aggressive and was dictating the match after the first set. That was key for him. Hugo also was able to draw from the match earlier this season where he beat the same opponent in a third set tiebreaker on the road. He served out a great final game to get to the finish line, and I'm very happy for him. 

"It's a tremendous feeling because we have given ourselves a chance to win the Big 12 Tournament, Dojas said. "Beating Baylor is unbelievable. I knew what I had to do to win the match. I had been working on my serve with Coach over the last week. It got me through pretty easy which allowed me to focus on breaking his service games.

"The bottom of the lineup has been our strength for a majority of the season, Masi said. "Jolan, Connor and Bjorn gave us three huge points quickly and really put the pressure on Baylor. What they were able to do was give Felipe and Hugo a chance to get back into their matches after they lost emotional first sets. We're pretty tough to beat when we're playing solid like that four through six in the lineup.

"I wasn't upset with their doubles effort, Masi said. "The message going into singles was more focused on awareness. We weren't making shots, and we weren't playing the right way. I told them to go back out there, execute and be solid. Baylor has been tough on us over the years. It was partly a mental thing because sometimes you feel like you have to go out there and do more even though we were able to beat them twice already this year.

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"They've got some spots where they're just better than us, and I think honestly that sort of wears you down after a while. I think our guys are competing incredibly hard, but then again they're No. 8 in the country for a reason. They're a little better than us. We've just got to continue to get better and try to get ready for the NCAA's." --head coach Matt Knoll on the close 4-3 loss

"We've got to take finals, so we've got to take a little step back for that. We've got some clear ideas of what our weaknesses are, so we're going to go out and work on those. We're also going to work on our strengths, and we're going to try to be a tough draw." --Knoll on preparing for the NCAA postseason
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It will be Ohio State and Illinois meeting in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament after each pulled through on Saturday. Ohio State took the doubles point and collected straight set wins from Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, and Martin Joyce to post a 4-0 shutout over Michigan.

#4 Ohio State 4, #24 Michigan 0
April 30, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #123 Alex Knight (UM) 6-2, 6-2
2. #96 Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. #95 Jathan Malik (UM) 3-6, 7-5, unfinished
3. #41 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Carter Lin (UM) 6-1, 7-5
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Runhao Hua (UM) 3-6, 6-5, unfinished
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Kevin Wong (UM) 3-6, 6-2, 2-1, unfinished
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Davis Crocker (UM) 6-4, 6-0
Doubles competition 
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #81 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 6-2
2. Ralf Steinbach/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) 6-3
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) vs. Myles Schalet/Tyler Gardiner (UM) 3-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
Michigan 20-7; National ranking #24
Ohio State 29-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,3) 
Big Ten Tournament Semifinal

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"The Big Ten is tough, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "It was a very tricky day today, and credit to Michigan for giving us a great war, but that's with 52 degrees and 20 miles an hour wind. It's not going to be tennis, it's going to be heart and guts, and some discipline. In some spots we were very good and some spots we need to work on for tomorrow."
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Illinois and Northwestern were meeting for the third time this season with each team having won on its home court. Northwestern took the doubles point but Illinois took the opening set in singles on four of six courts. 

Northwestern freshman Ben Vandixhorn defeated Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch 6-1, 7-5 at No. 5 to make it 2-0. Illinois answered with a three-set win from Aleks Vukic at No. 1 and a straight set win from Julian Childers at No. 4. 

Strong Kirchheimer came back from a set down to defeat Aron Hiltzik at No. 3 but that would be the last point the Wildcats would get. 

Illinois senior Jared Hiltzik won a three-setter over Sam Shropshire at No. 2 and freshman Pengxuan (Aiden) Jiang clinched the match with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Alp Horoz at No. 6. Jiang came into the match with a 1-4 dual-match record which made his win over Horoz all the more surprising.

#17 Illinois 4, #13 Northwestern 3
April 30, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Aleks Vukic (ILLINOIS) def. Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
2. Jared Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3
3. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
4. Julian Childers (ILLINOIS) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILLINOIS) 6-1, 7-5
6. Pengxuan Jiang (ILLINOIS) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. Strong Kirchheimer / Fedor Baev (NU) vs. Aleks Vukic / Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) 6-6 (6) unf
2. Konrad Zieba / Sam Shropshire (NU) vs. Pengxuan Jiang / Julian Childers (ILLINOIS) 6-0
3. Alp Horoz / Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. Jared Hiltzik / Asher Hirsch (ILLINOIS) 7-6 (1)
Match Notes:
Illinois 19-9; National ranking #17
Northwestern 25-4; National ranking #13
Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (5, 1, 4, 3, 2, 6)

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Number one, it was a great college tennis match. Northwestern has a great team.  Hats off to them and the season they've had. They're going to represent the Big Ten incredibly well in the NCAA Tournament and I wish them the best of luck," Dancer said. "Second, we did some great things in doubles today but it wasn't enough to get the doubles point and Northwestern built off that. The guys came out very focused for singles. To be honest, it was just a great college match in that it was just a battle on all the courts, all the way through." 

"It's exciting for our program and we obviously look forward to playing Ohio State," Dancer said. "This has been kind of the tour of avenging recent Big Ten losses, so we get one more shot at that."
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San Diego won its third straight West Coast Championship, and 30th straight conference match, with a 4-0 win over Pepperdine. USD took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 then the Toreros took five of six first sets in singles. Uros Petronijevic, Jordan Angus, and Jaan Kononov only dropped a combined 5 games in their wins at 1, 2, and 4.


#30 San Diego 4, #61 Pepperdine 0
April 30, 2016 at Claremont, Calif.
Singles Competition
1. #61 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Guilhereme Hadlich (PEP) 6-1, 6-1
2. #67 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-0, 6-0
3. Filip Vittek (USD) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 3-6, 1-4 unfinished
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Jack Van Slyke (PEP) 6-1, 6-2
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-1, 3-6 unfinished
6. Alex Araouzos (USD) vs. Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-2, 4-3 unfinished
Order Finished: (2,1,4)
Doubles Competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Pedro Iamachkine/ Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-0
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) def. Jack Van Slyke/ Guilhereme Hadlich (PEP) 6-4
3. Lautaro Pane/Tom Hill (PEP) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Alex Araouzos (USD) 6-4
Order Finished: (1,3,2)

USD Game Ball - Jordan Angus



Post-Match Quotes from USD's recap
"These guys were on top of their games this weekend, head coach Ryan Keckley said. "The last three weeks we really hit our stride and that was evident in today's match. The energy, the composure, the mentality, the fight... everything was impressive!

Keckley added, "We competed extremely well to win the doubles point amongst a very hostile Pepperdine crowd.

"I was lucky, Angus said. "Some days you play great, I had one of those days and won 11 love but it's not everyday, so I appreciate that.

"Our three seniors who clinched the match for us lost 5 games collectively. Keckley noted. "These seniors were on a mission to make sure they finished their careers here at USD on top.

"We came together as a team and finished as a team today and that's what I am most proud of!

"30-0 in the WCC is no small accomplishment and this team deserves all the praise. I am very excited to see where we can go from here." 
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UC Santa Barbara won the Big West for the second year in a row with a 4-1 win over Cal Poly. UCSB took the doubles point and then grabbed five of six first sets in singles. Cal Poly's Axel Damiens won in straight sets at No. 5 but UCSB rolled everywhere else. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, Anders Holm, and Teague Hamilton won in straight sets with Holm clinching the championship at No. 4.

UCSB's women's team also won the Big West Championship so it was a clean sweep for the Gauchos.


#1 UC Santa Barbara 4, #2 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1
April 30, 2016 at Indian Wells, CA
Doubles Competition    
1.  No. 76 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann(UCSB)  vs.  Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (CP)  4-2
2.  Nicolas Moreno de Alboran/Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Garrett Auproux/Tim Tan (CP) 6-2
3.  Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Dan Cardiff/Karl Enander (CP) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2
Singles Competition 
1.  Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) vs. Ben Donovan (CP) 6-3, 4-3, unf.
2.  Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) def. Garrett Auproux  (CP)  7-5, 6-3
3.  Morgan Mays (UCSB) vs. Corey Pang (CP) 7-6(5), 4-1, unf.
4.  Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Josh Ortlip (CP)  6-1, 2-6, 6-1
5.  Axel Damiens (CP) def. Cody Rakela (UCSB) 6-4, 6-3
6.  Teague Hamilton (UCSB) def. Sreyas Kolachalam (CP) 6-1, 7-5
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 5, 4

Post-Match Quotes from UCSB's recap
"I am so pleased with how our team played today," Head Coach Marty Davis said. "We were so dominant in every way and I really feel like were deserving of this championship."

"Hamilton got off the court so quick and I really think that gives us huge momentum when we can get out to a fast 2-0 lead," said Davis. "It's amazing to have a guy on our team that's 12-0 in singles." 

"I am so proud of these guys and they are really students of the game," Davis explained. "I really think we can do some damage in the NCAA Tournament."
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Top-seed Western Michigan won its 11th MAC Championship with a 4-0 shutout over the No. 3 seed Ball State.


Western Michigan 4, Ball State 0
Apr 30, 2016 at Vaughn Athletic Center (Aurora, Ill.)
Singles Competition
1. Jefta Kecic (WMU) vs. Lucas Andersen (BALL) 7-6, 1-0, unf.
2. Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Andrew Stutz (BALL) 6-2, 6-4
3. Nemanja Guzina (BALL) vs. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 7-6, 2-1, unf.
4. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Patrick Downs (BALL) 6-2, 6-3
5. Daniel Loebel (WMU) def. Conner Andersen (BALL) 6-1, 6-3 
6. Marko Guzina (BALL) vs. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-3, 5-2, unf.
Doubles Competition
1. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Andrew Stutz/Conner Andersen (BALL) 6-1 
2. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) vs. Patrick Downs/Lucas Andersen (BALL) 5-1, unf.
3. Jefta Kecic/Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) def. Marko Guzina/Matt Helm (BALL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Western Michigan 20-5
Ball State 13-12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,2,4)

Post-Match Quotes from WMU's recap
"I am very proud of our team and especially happy for our seniors," Head coach Dave Morin said. "They get to end their careers with a MAC Tournament Title. We've had a target on our back since the beginning of the season. We got together and realized how special this team could be."

"They played so great today and they really played very loose as a team," Morin said. "Doubles set the tone and we just got rolling. It was obvious these guys were hungry for a second title and we are super excited about winning the league and now we want to accept the next challenge and advanve in the NCAA Tournament."

Post-Match Quotes from Ball State's recap
"Western Michigan has been the best team all year and they didn't falter today," Ball State head men's tennis coach Bill Richards said.  "Credit to them.  I'm proud of our guys for the way finished the season but it's always disappointing to lose a championship match. I think the Buffalo win yesterday drained us some both physically and emotionally and we didn't quite have the energy we needed today but Western Michigan had a lot to do with that."
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Denver entered the Summit League in the fall of 2013 and has now won the conference title in each of its three season after defeating Oral Roberts 4-0. This will be the fourth year in a row that Denver has gone to the NCAA Tournament with the Pioneers also winning the WAC Championship back in 2013 which was the only year they were in that conference. 

#1 Denver 4, #3 Oral Roberts 0
Saturday, April 30 at Omaha, NE
Singles Competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN) vs. Barnabas Koncz (ORU) 6-4, 3-1, unfinished 
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Jan Pehnec (ORU) 6-2, 6-2 
3. Yannik James (DEN) def. Amar Saletovic (ORU) 6-2, 6-1 
4. David Fox (DEN) vs. Kenneth Boykin (ORU) 7-5, 3-0, unfinished 
5. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Michael Sosnowski (ORU) 6-1, 6-2 
6. Wyatt Lovera (DEN) vs. Alvaro Santamaria (ORU) 6-0, 5-3, unfinished 
Doubles Competition
1. Jan Pehnec/Kenneth Boykin (ORU) def. #37 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-3 
2. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James (DEN) def. Barnabas Koncz/Amar Saletovic (ORU) 7-5 
3. Diogo Rocha/Zach Fryer (DEN) def. Michael Sosnowski/Braxton Bates (ORU) 6-3 
Match Notes:
Oral Roberts 14-10 
Denver 17-7; National ranking No. 48 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,3,2) 
Summit League Men's Tennis Championships - Finals
Denver wins the Summit League Championship 
Official: Vern Weber

Post-Match Quotes from Denver's recap
"It feels great to win the conference championship, head coach Ricardo Rubio said after the match. "These guys worked hard throughout the year in really tight matches, which I think helped us in this situation to manage some of the matches in the Summit League championship. Winning the conference is not easy and for the team to do it now, three years in a row, is a great accomplishment. I'm very happy for them and we're looking forward to finding out who we will play in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

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Championship Sunday delivered some great matches throughout the country but the highest profile match took place in Stillwater as Texas Tech met TCU in the finals of the Big 12 Championships. The teams were regular season co-champs but Texas Tech got the No. 1 seed due to its win over TCU in the regular season.

Texas Tech won the doubles point in the regular season meeting and they'd do it again today after picking up a 7-5 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2.

TCU bounced back in singles, minus Eduardo Nava, and took five opening sets with Texas Tech getting it's only first set from Alex Sendegeya at No. 3. TCU sophomore Trevor Johnson put the Horned Frogs on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Connor Curry at No. 5 and then fellow sophomore Cameron Norrie put them ahead with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Felipe Soares at No. 1.

TCU freshman Alex Rybakov made it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Hugo Dojas at No. 2 but Texas Tech sophomore Alex Sendegeya countered with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Guillermo Nunez at No. 3.

TCU junior Jerry Lopez would get the Big 12 Championship clincher with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Jolan Cailleau at No. 4.


The match at No. 6 was abandoned with the score even it at 4-4 in the third.


TCU 4, Texas Tech 2
May 01, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #18 Felipe Soares (TT) 6-2, 6-4
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-2, 6-3
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT) def. #87 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Jolan Cailleau (TT) 6-4, 7-5
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Connor Curry (TT) 6-2, 6-2
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT) vs. Reese Stalder (TCU) 4-6, 6-1, 4-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. #60 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) 7-5
2. Felipe Soares/Connor Curry (TT) def. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 6-4
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-4
Match Notes:
TCU 24-3
Texas Tech 27-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,2,3,4)



Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap
Opening Statement
"This is an unbelievable feeling and such an incredible accomplishment for our whole program and our school. It was so great to see our former players here because every single person that has come through our program has had something to do with this title. I am happy for these guys because they were able to hang in there and beat a very tough Texas Tech team.

On the doubles
"I felt like we were playing like they were going to give it to us during doubles. I haven't been that tough on them between doubles and singles this season, but I felt like today we needed to wake up and know that Texas Tech is not the type of team that is going to give you the win. They are a bunch of tough players at positions one through six and we had to confront that, face it and compete like dogs. Even in the middle of that match, I felt like we still needed to take it up one more notch with enthusiasm and energy and just get our claws out and fight for it. When you are trying to win a Big 12 Championship, you have to fight for it. I didn't feel like we had that attitude in the doubles.

On the tournament as a whole
"I am proud of these guys. They have faced adversity both days at this tournament and they came through. For such a young team, we are growing up fast. I am very proud and I am happy for all our fans that came out and thankful for all our students and fans back home that came out to our matches. This is a great accomplishment for all of us in this program and a great way to end the season and get ready for postseason. We basically start a new season on Tuesday.

"I also don't know how many three set matches we won in two days, but that is credit to the job our strength and conditioning coach Todd Kensler has done all year long. He has been getting these guys ready for long matches and getting them in shape. I give credit to the players for going through it and also credit to our athletic trainer Lauren Crawford who keeps our players healthy. We are out there fully healthy at this time in the season and it is not a coincidence. That is credit to the players, Lauren and Todd.

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Our guys have had a great year to this point, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "I don't think we played at our best today. I do see a lot of great things for this team to come. We'll have to be ready the next time we get an opportunity like this. I think we need to be a little more aggressive. Today, they were the ones that inserted themselves against us. The next time we get an opportunity like this we have to do a better job across the board.

"We have a lot of big matches still to play, Masi said. "We're going to get the opportunity to host an NCAA Regional in a couple of weeks. We'll begin to prepare for the teams that will come to Lubbock once the field is announced on Tuesday. Right now, it's about getting bodies healthy and getting bodies stronger. This team will be fine and has already had a very successful year. Again, we're going to find ourselves in another moment like this and be able to rebound.


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Ohio State won it's 11th Big Ten Tournament title, and 9th in the last 11 years, with a 4-1 win over the No. 3 seed Illinois. Ohio State claimed the doubles point with a pair of 6-2 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 then Buckeyes claimed five opening sets in singles.

Aron Hiltzik was the only  Illini to take a first set and he'd also be the first to finish as he defeated Hugo Di Feo 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3. Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce put the Buckeyes back in front with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Alex Jesse at No. 6. Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard would remain undefeated on the season in dual-match play (23-0) with a 7-6(1), 6-1 win over Aleks Vukic in a battle of two of the top four ranked players.

Ohio State junior Herkko Pollanen would clinch the Championship with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win over Illinois freshman Aiden Jiang.  The other matches were abandoned with Illinois's Jared Hiltzik up 4-1 in the third at No. 2 while Ralf Steinbach and Julian Childers had just split sets at No. 4.


I do have to mention that it was very frustrating for the college tennis fans out there that there was NOT any live scoring for this match or any of the matches outdoors at Minnesota. If you are hosting a conference championship, especially if you are in a Power $ Conference, then something needs to be done to make sure the college tennis fans have a way to follow the matches. I know Minnesota said there was no wi-fi signal at its outdoors courts but unless those courts are in a blackhole you figure there had to be a wireless cell signal. If you have that turn your phone into a wi-fi hotspot and there you go. If that wasn't an option then get a few volunteers to text someone back indoors with scoring updates so a live scoreboard could be kept reasonably current. I attended conference tournaments each of the last two weekends and both the AAC and MVC did a great job keeping up with live scoring. I have no idea how the planning of a conference tournament works but if keeping the public informed with scores isn't one of the top priorities then someone else needs to be organizing it.

I guess it's some consolation that we can watch what happened when the Big Ten Network shows us the match on May 10th at 7:30 p.m. eastern.

#4 Ohio State 4, #17 Illinois 1
May 1, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1
2. #17 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #96 Chris Diaz (OSU) 2-6, 6-3, 4-1, unf
3. #71 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #41 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Julian Childers (ILL) 6-4, 5-7, unf
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILL) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. #25 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #71 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-2
2. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. #36 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-1
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 6-2
Match Notes: 
Illinois 19-10; National ranking #17
Ohio State 29-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"We are feeling pretty good. It feels pretty amazing, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "It never gets easier, and I am proud of the guys. Most of the season they played with a target on their back by being the highest ranked team in the Big Ten and everybody comes out with nothing to lose. They did a great job winning the doubles point and defending the Buckeye name."

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We got outplayed today by Ohio state. They were a better team than us," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We are showing some improvement in our singles play. Doubles will have to be something that we will take a close look at before the NCAA tournament. We have a great group of guys. It has been a fun and we are looking forward to the NCAA tournament."


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UNLV won its first conference championship since 2007 with a 4-3 win over Boise State in the finals of the Mountain West Championships. Boise State came into the match with a 13-0 record in the Mountain West Tournament but it wasn't able to win No. 14.

UNLV took the crucial doubles point and then Jakob Amilon extended the lead to 2-0 with a straight set win at No. 1. Boise State tied it up at 2-2 after Toby Mitchell and Kyle Butters won at No. 3 and No. 4 but the Rebels would retake the lead after Adam Gage-Brown won at No. 5.

Boise State's Thomas Tenreiro tied it at 3-3 with a three-set win at No. 2 but UNLV's Richard Solberg had opened up a 5-1 lead in the third set against Lew Roskilly at No. 6. Roskilly would break and hold to pull within 5-3 but Solberg closed it out from 40-30 with a forehand winner to give UNLV the Championship.

Below are some highlights from the Mountain West Network which does a phenomenal job every year covering the conference tournament. Not only do they have live scoring for every match but they also have a streaming broadcast of every men's and women's match (including the opening rounds).



(4) UNLV 4, #59 (2) Boise State 3
May 01, 2016 at Las Vegas, Nev. (Fertitta Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 7-6, 6-3
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV) 6-3, 7-5
5. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 7-6 (6-2), 6-2
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) def. Kyle Butters/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-4
2. Adam Gage-Brown/Evaldo Neto (UNLV) def. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 6-3
3. Brian Foley/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Alexandr Cozbinov/Richard Solberg (UNLV) 6-2
Match Notes
Boise State 20-10; National ranking #59
UNLV 15-9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,4,5,2,6)
Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship Final
T-2:44

Post-Match Quotes from UNLV's recap
"On our Facebook page, Mehdi Bouras' dad wrote a nice message to the team saying 'Don't just be happy to be in the final -- go out and win it.' And that's what I told the guys -- and that's what we did," said head coach Owen Hambrook. "And this one is for Mehdi (2011 Mountain West Player of the Year who tragically passed away at the age of 24 in 2013). It's been a while since our last one and it feels awesome. This is for all of the Rebels, not just this year's group, but all of them over the years. This is such a great group of guys -- one through nine -- and they got it done today."

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Army is heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history after winning a 4-3 thriller over the top seed Navy in the final of the Patriot League Championships. This was the third straight year, and eighth time in the last ten years, these two had met in the finals.

Navy won the regular season meeting just one week ago 4-2 but today it was Army that flipped the script. The Mids won the doubles point and then all four singles matches at one through four would go three-sets at the four-court indoor facility.

Navy's Austin Jones won at No. 1 but Army picked up wins from Grant Riechmann, David Mitchell, and Michael Nguyen at No. 2, 3, and 4. Navy's Tucker Massie tied it at 3-3 with a straight set win at No. 6 so the match would be decided in a third set tiebreak at No. 5. Army's Kyle Barnes opened up a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak before Navy's Krishna Jana won the next to make it 6-4. Barnes would close it out on the next point to seal the Patriot Championship.



#2 Army West Point 4, #1 Navy 3
May 01, 2016 at Bethlehem, Pa. (Lewis Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Jones, Austin (NAVY) def. Lampman, Sam (ARMY) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Riechmann, Grant (ARMY) def. Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 7-5
3. Mitchell, David (ARMY) def. Wong, Aries (NAVY) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
4. Nguyen, Michael (ARMY) def. Sims, Walker (NAVY) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
5. Barnes, Kyle (ARMY) def. Jana, Krishna (NAVY) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Massie, Tucker (NAVY) def. McCormick, Harrison (ARMY) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Jones, Austin/Massie, Tucker (NAVY) def. McCormick, Harrison/Riechmann, Grant (ARMY) 6-3
2. Sims, Walker/Wong, Aries (NAVY) def. Barnes, Kyle/McCasin, Austin (ARMY) 6-4
3. Majkic, Andrey/Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) vs. Lampman, Sam/Nguyen, Michael (ARMY) 4-4, unf
Match Notes
Army West Point 18-8
Navy 22-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,3,2,6,5)
Patriot League Tournament Championship

Post-Match Quotes from Army's recap
"It was an exciting match," said Army head coach Jim Poling. "It's always fun to play and compete against Navy. I thought we competed hard and it was a great match, one of the best matches we've played in a while.

"Kyle hung in tough and was competitive," stated Poling. "He was a grinder."

Post-Match Quotes from Navy's recap
"We were 1-4 in three-set singles matches, said Navy head coach Chris Garner. "We had opportunities in each of the four matches we lost, but were unable to cross the finish line.

"It was a great environment for both teams. You could really see how much it meant to all of the players.

"Austin Jones had an incredible season, both on and off the court with this team, said Garner. "I hope we have players who look to step up next season to continue building upon the culture the players have been creating the last two seasons.
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St. John's won its third straight Big East Championship, and fifth overall, with a 4-0 win over Marquette in the final. The Red Storm took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Lucas Hejhal, Roberto Livi, and Vaidik Munshaw with Munshaw clinching at No. 4.



St. John's 4, Marquette 0 
May 1, 2016 at Cayce, SC (Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center)
Singles: 
1. Lucas Hejhal (SJU) def. Daniel Fernandez (MU), 6-3, 6-3 
2. Daniel Skripnik (SJU) vs. Alvaro Verdu (MU), 7-5, 2-6, unfinished 
3. Roberto Livi (SJU) def. Nick Dykema (MU), 6-2, 6-2 
4. Vaidik Munshaw (SJU) def. Mackenzie Sterns (MU), 6-4, 7-6 
5. Andrei Crapcenco (SJU) vs. Greg Anderson (MU), 4-6, 6-2, 2-2, unfinished 
6. Dusan Vukicevic (SJU) vs. Andre Romanello (MU), 6-1, 6-7, unfinished 
Doubles: 
1. Vaidik Munshaw/Daniel Skripnik (SJU) vs. Daniel Fernandez/Nick Dykema (MU), 3-4, unf
2. Lucas Hejhal/Alan Nunez Aguilera (SJU) def. Alvaro Verdu/Greg Anderson (MU), 6-3 
3. Michael-John Every/Dusan Vukicevic (SJU) def. Mackenzie Sterns/Kris Trukov (MU), 6-2 
Match notes 
St. John's, 21-5 
Marquette 14-10 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,4)

Post-Match Quotes from St. John's recap
"Today was an unbelievable effort by the entire team. I'm so excited for the guys as we put in a lot of hard work the last few weeks. We had a historic season to this point, but it all came down to today, said Assistant Coach Cory Hubbard. The heat from the weekend was a factor, and we have a deep team so some guys being rested was key. It was fitting that our three most experienced guys got the wins in singles. Roberto Livi was unbelievable again in the tournament and it played out perfectly having Lucas Hejhal and Vaidik Munshaw get the final points. It's been a great season with 21 wins, but we truly feel we can make a run in the NCAA Tournament.
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Weber State came from behind to win the Big Sky Championship with a 4-3 win over Idaho in the finals. Weber State took the early lead by taking the doubles point but the Vandals bounced back and picked up straight set wins at 1, 3, and 4 while the Wildcats won in straight sets at 5.

The final two matches went to a third set and Weber State's Todd Fought and Sanjay Goswami won them both with Goswami clinching 6-4 in the third at No. 6.


Weber State 4, Idaho 3
May 1, 2016 at Sacramento, Ca
Singles competition
1. Barta, Odon (UI) def. GEWERT, Jakub (WSU) 6-0, 7-5
2. FOUGHT, Todd (WSU) def. Fonseca, Felipe (UI) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
3. Kovacs, Mark (UI) def. COOPER, Stefan (WSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Varney, Jackson (UI) def. CHEN, Hou-En (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. BARLOW, Landon (WSU) def. Vasheshnikov, Artem (UI) 6-4, 6-0
6. GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) def. Coutinho, Lucas (UI) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Varney, Jackson/Vasheshnikov, Artem (UI) def. COOPER, Stefan/GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) 6-2
2. FOUGHT, Todd/GEWERT, Jakub (WSU) def. Barta, Odon/Fonseca, Felipe (UI) 6-4
3. BARLOW, Landon/CHEN, Hou-En (WSU) def. Coutinho, Lucas/Kovacs, Mark (UI) 6-3
Match Notes:
Idaho 16-7
Weber State 14-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,4,5,1,2,6)
Big Sky Championship Final
T-2:35 A-351

Post-Match Quotes from Weber State's recap
"Idaho has an extremely talented team and we played our best tennis to barely pull it out," Director of Tennis Brad Ferreira said. "What an exciting day for Weber State tennis. I couldn't be prouder of this incredible group of men."

"I hate to say that someone deserves something but these seniors deserved this win," Ferreira said. "They have worked hard and competed extremely well for four years. They've had disappointment of being in the championships three other times and not getting it done. With a 36-6 Big Sky Record they deserved some recognition."

Post-Match Quotes from Idaho's recap
"We fought well, just not well enough," said head coach Abid Akbar.  "I hope the boys have their heads held high because I'm proud of them."
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Valparaiso booked its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and set a school record for wins with a 4-0 win over Green Bay in the finals of the Horizon League Championships. The Crusaders took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 then picked up singles wins from Jeffrey Schorsch, Charlie Emhardt, and Garrett Gardner with Gardner clinching at No. 5.

Garrett Gardner's Clinching Moment (Jose Juarez, Oakland Athletics)


#1 Valparaiso 4, #2 Green Bay 0
May 1, 2016 at Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center (Indoor Courts)
Singles Competition
1. SCHORSCH, Jeffrey (VALPO) def. SCOTT, Howard (GB) 6-2, 6-4
2. KISSELL, Chad (VALPO) vs. GOMEZ ISLINGER, Leo. (GB) 6-2, 3-6, 2-3, unfinished
3. BACALLA, Dave (VALPO) vs. KRAENZLER, Florian (GB) 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 1-3, unfinished 
4. EMHARDT, Charlie (VALPO) def. SCHRAMM, Joshua (GB) 6-2, 6-2
5. GARDNER, Garrett (VALPO) def. RIDOUT, Charlie (GB) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. DUNN, Kyle (VALPO) vs. LETO, Joey (GB) 5-7, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt (VALPO) def. Leo Gomez Islinger/Florian Kraenzler (GB) 6-3 
2. Dave Bacalla/Garrett Gardner (VALPO) def. Howard Scott /Joey Leto (GB) 6-2
3. Miles McDowall/Matej Kostadinov(GB) def. Chad Kissell/Kyle Dunn (VALPO) 6-3
Match Notes:
Valparaiso 22-5
Green Bay 13-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5) 
Horizon League Men's Tennis Championship 

Post-Match Quotes from NWI Times
"The saying we've been going with all year has been count on me,' Emhardt said. "Everyone goes out and does their thing on their court. Everyone on the team was accountable. (Jeffrey) and I brought it early and were lucky enough to be done quickly. I think that gave the rest of our guys confidence.

 "It's hard to put into words the feelings right now, Emhardt said. "Looking back, it's the workouts, the extra sets in the weight room. It's how you eat, how you sleep. All the extra hours on the court. Everything pays off in that one moment.

"This has just been building, associate head coach Michael Woodson said. "It just felt like it was our time. There were no nerves, I wasn't nervous for a single second. The guys were just confidence, and when things got tight, we did it the right way.

"We're getting right back to work, Woodson said. "Our five losses were on the road to strong teams that are ranked or were ranked at the time. We know that nobody wants to play us. Nobody wants to see Valpo on the other side of the court. Of course we're excited right now, but we are not done. We're going to build on this and we're going to make a run in the NCAA tournament.

Post-Match Quotes from Green Bay's recap
"I think we got a great effort from all the guys," first-year head coach Daniel Bickett said. "We left it all out on the court. Hats off to Valpo, they played a tremendous match. We gave them our best shot and they kept bringing it."

"I'm proud of this team. It was a challenging year, there were a lot of things that could have knocked us off our path and we just kept growing and moving forward."

"I've only had the pleasure of coaching (the seniors) for one year, but I could tell that the intensity, the level of passion that they bring is a big reason why our program is where it is today."

"I told them we're going to do our best to continue to pass that torch down to the next group of guys. We have a great group that's coming back next year, and we'll take this as a learning experience."
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Monmouth won its first-ever conference championship and corresponding NCAA Tournament bid with a wild come from behind 4-3 win over Quinnipiac. The Bobcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead after taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from Julian Rozenstein and Jonas Kuwert.

The Hawks rallied with with straight sets wins from Przemyslaw Filipek and Alberto Giuffrida to pull with 3-2 and then Vidit Vaghela would tie it at 3-3 with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 1. Christian Vieira would win the deciding match over Luke Roser in a third set tiebreak with each having match points before Vieira pulled it out 11-9.




Monmouth 4, Quinnipiac University 3
May 1, 2016 at West Windsor, New Jersey
Singles competition
1. Vaghela, Vidit (MU) def. Ezaka, Kei (QUI) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
2. Filipek, Przemyslaw (MU) def. Zaretsky, Freddie (QUI) 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4)
3. Rozenstein, Julian (QUI) def. Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Kuwert, Jonas (QUI) def. Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Vieira, Christian (MU) def. Roser, Luke (QUI) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (11-9)
6. Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) def. Haraguchi, Ryoma (QUI) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Kuwert, Jonas/Zaretsky, Freddie (QUI-) def. Filipek, Przemyslaw/Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 6-4
2. Vaghela, Vidit/Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) def. Roser, Luke/Ezaka, Kei (QUI) 6-2
3. Rozenstein, Julian/Haraguchi, Ryoma (QUI) def. Vieira, Christian/Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Quinnipiac University 16-8
Monmouth 12-9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,6,2,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Monmouth's recap
"I'm so proud of the guys for all the work that they've put into this and they never quit, said Monmouth Head Coach Kyle Bailey. "They just kept fighting and found something deep within when they were down 3-0 to come back. It's just a testament to their character and the heart that they have to keep fighting and find a way.
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New Mexico State earned an NCAA berth for the second year in a row and for the fourth time in school history with a 4-3 win over UMKC in the finals of the WAC Championship.

UMKC took the doubles point and picked up wins from Airam Castellano and Amaury Navette at No. 1 and No. 6 but New Mexico State was able to win everywhere else.

The Aggies got straight sets wins from Liam Goldberg and Mauri Benitez at No. 3 and No. 5 and both Christofer Goncalves and Stijn de Haan won in three sets at No. 2 and No. 4 with Goncalves getting the clincher.



New Mexico State 4, Missouri-Kansas City 3
May 01, 2016 at Brownsville, TX (Brownsville Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Airam Castellano (UMKC) def. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU) def. Andrey Smirnov (UMKC) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 
3. Liam Goldberg (NMSU) def. Uldis Gaismins (UMKC) 6-3, 6-2
4. Stijn de Haan (NMSU) def. Mike Psarros (UMKC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
5. Mauri Benitez (NMSU) def. Vinh Pham (UMKC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
6. Amaury Navette (UMKC) def. Enrique Asmar (NMSU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles Competition
1. Airam Castellano/Mike Psarros (UMKC) def. Strahinja Trecakov/Liam Goldberg (NMSU) 7-5
2. Uldis Gaismins/Amaury Navette (UMKC) vs. Christofer Goncalves/Stijn de Haan (NMSU) unf
3. Andrey Smirnov/Vinh Pham (UMKC) def. Mauri Benitez/Enrique Asmar (NMSU) 7-6 (7-3)
Match Notes:
NM State 12-9
Missouri-Kansas City 17-8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,5,6,4,2) Men's Championship Match
Official: Maggie Hiller 
T-2:47
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North Carolina Regional
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center - Chapel Hill, NC

[2] North Carolina Tar Heels (25-4) vs. [49-64] College of Charleston Cougars (19-6) - Saturday Noon ET - North Carolina got in as an at-large after falling to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament while Charleston punched its ticket by defeating UNC Wilmington in the finals of the Colonial Conference Tournament. Charleston went 1-5 against ranked opponents with the one win coming over UNC Wilmington. Charleston went 0-2 against ACC opponents falling to Virginia Tech and Clemson by a combined score of 13-1. Charleston has two starters that began their collegiate careers elsewhere with Juan Estevarena transferring in from Mississippi State while Garrett Gordon transferred in from Georgia Tech. 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 22-7, College of Charleston 15-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, College of Charleston 75

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 12th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. Juan Estevarena (COFC 13.14)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.07) vs. Rodrigo Encinas (COFC 12.51)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.21) vs. Charlie Ghriskey (COFC 12.05)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.90) vs. Zach Lewis (COFC 12.72)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.95) vs. Vasily Kichigin (COFC 12.30)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.23) vs. Garrett Gordon (COFC 11.82)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.24)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
UNC: Schneider 5
COFC: Lewis 7, Estevarena 5

Charleston won't be intimidated by North Carolina but it just won't have the firepower to keep up with the National Indoor Champions. I like UNC in doubles and Clark, Kelly, and Kodali in singles. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0. 



[17-32] Tulane Green Wave (15-8) vs. [33-48] Dartmouth Big Green (18-8) - Saturday 9am ET - Both teams got in as at-larges after Tulane fell to South Florida in the semifinals of the American Tournament while Dartmouth finished second in the Ivy League (no conference tournament). Dartmouth won the regular season meeting 4-3 in a match that was played indoors at Dartmouth back in late January. The matches at No. 1 and No. 2 will be the same while everything else will be different. Tulane played just about every match outdoors with the exception of a few including the earlier meeting at Dartmouth while Dartmouth played just about every match indoors. The weather forecast on Saturday looks good with temps expected to be in the low 70s. 

Regular Season Meeting 

 #42 Dartmouth College 4, #32 Tulane 3 
Jan 31, 2016 at Hanover, N.H. (Boss Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #1 Koepfer, Dominik (TLN 14.35) def. #18 Sakinis, Dovydas (DART 13.98) 6-2, 6-4 
2. #63 Schmitz,Constantin (TLN 13.79) def. Riccardi, Ciro (DART 13.25) 6-3, 6-1 
3. Tannenbaum, Brendan (DART 12.73) def. Van Cott,Alex (TLN 12.86) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 
4. Fliegner, Max (DART 13.03) def. #111 Rey,Sebastian (TLN 13.65) 6-3, 6-4 
5. Wall, George (DART 12.75 ) def. Jao,Chi-Shan (TLN 13.53) 6-1, 6-0 
6. Schmidt, Max (DART 12.69) def. Schick,Tyler (TLN 13.10) 7-5, 6-2 
Doubles competition 
1. #17 Jao,Chi-Shan/Koepfer, Dominik (TLN) def. Dovydas/Tannenbaum (DART) 6-4 
2. Glasnovic, Roko/Schmidt, Max (DART) def. Van Cott,Ian/Van Cott,Alex (TLN) 6-2 
3. Rey,Sebastian/Schmitz,Constantin (TLN) def. Wall, George/Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-4 
Match Notes: 
Tulane 4-2; National ranking #32 
Dartmouth College 5-1; National ranking #42 
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,1,4,6,3)


Doubles Records: Tulane 15-7, Dartmouth 18-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Tulane 82, Dartmouth 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TUL 14.72) vs. #91 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.77)
2. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TUL 14.10) vs. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.06) 
3. Sebastian Rey (TUL 13.55) vs. George Wall (DART 13.19)
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TUL 13.47) vs. Max Fliegner (DART 13.45)
5. Ian Van Cott (TUL 12.62) vs. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART 12.71)
6. Alex Van Cott (TUL 12.79) vs. Max Schmidt (DART 12.65)
O: Tyler Schick (TUL 13.01); Roko Glasnovic (DART 13.16); Eddie Grabill (DART 13.02)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
TUL: Schmitz 3
DART: Sakinis 5, Fliegner 5

Dartmouth has Brendan Tannenbaum slotted at No. 5 but he's only played once since last February so I wouldn't be surprised if he sat and Schmidt and Glasnovic/Grabill moved up a spot. 

I think this match will follow along the same lines as the first meeting with Tulane expected to get wins in doubles and from Koepfer and Schmitz in singles. The other four matches will be close but I think Sebastian Rey will put the Green Wave over the top while Dartmouth will get a win from Max Fliegner with the others in a third set. Prediction: Tulane 4-1
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Regional Final - [17-32] Tulane at [2] North Carolina - Sunday 1pm ET 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 22-7, Tulane 15-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, Tulane 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TUL 14.72)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.07) vs. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TUL 14.10)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.21) vs. Sebastian Rey (TUL 13.55)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.90) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TUL 13.47)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.95) vs. Ian Van Cott (TUL 12.62) 
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.23) vs. Alex Van Cott (TUL 12.79)

This will be Tulane's third match this season against a top 10 team with the other two ending in heartbreak after the Green Wave fell to USC and Texas Tech by 4-3 scores. Tulane isn't going to get blown off the court but North Carolina is just going to be too strong. I like UNC in doubles and Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali in singles. Tulane's best chances to get on the board will be at No. 1 and No. 4 but I think UNC will close out the other courts before those matches finish. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0.

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Illinois Regional
Atkins Tennis Center - Champaign-Urbana, IL

[15] Illinois Fighting Illini (19-10) vs. [49-64] Western Michigan Broncos (20-5) - Friday 5pm CT - Illinois got in as an at-large after falling to Ohio State in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament while Western Michigan got the MAC's automatic berth after blanking Ball State in the finals of the conference tournament. WMU is 0-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 0-4 against Illinois with this being the Broncos fifth trip to the Champaign regional since 2004. WMU went 2-1 against Big Ten schools with wins over Purdue and Michigan State and a loss to Iowa. 

Illinois's strength has been its top three with Vukic and the Hiltziks going 53-12 in dual-match play while WMU's strongest performers have been Greiner (17-1), Loebel (18-4), Hamilton (14-5), and Cahn (10-2)

Doubles Records: Illinois 16-13, Western Michigan 22-3
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 83, Western Michigan 75

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.64) vs. Jefta Kecic (WMU 12.91)
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.70) vs. Maik Steiner (WMU 12.49)
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.90) vs. Matt Hamilton (WMU 12.51)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.59) vs. Ruben Greiner (WMU 12.57)
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.63) vs. Daniel Loebel (WMU 12.12)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Andrew Cahn (WMU 12.34)
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.90)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
ILL: Hirsch 3
WMU: Cahn 6, Hamilton 5, Greiner 4, Kecic 3, Loebel 3

WMU was a stout 22-3 in doubles so I wouldn't be surprised if they found a way to take the early 1-0 lead. Illinois will sweep the top three spots in singles and Aiden Jiang will get the clincher at No. 5 while WMU will be up on the other courts. Prediction: Illinois 4-1. 


[17-32] Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-8) vs. [33-48] Memphis Tigers (14-10) - Friday 2pm CT - Mississippi State got in as an at-large after falling to Georgia in the SEC semifinals while Memphis got the last at-large bid after losing to Tulane in the American quarterfinals. Memphis went 5-10 against ranked opponents although it did go 2-1 against the SEC with wins over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt and a loss to Georgia. Mississippi State went 9-8 against ranked opponents and 1-0 against the AAC with a tight 4-3 win over Tulane. 

Ryan Peniston was Memphis's top performer with a dual-match record of 14-6 (6-3 at 1 and 8-3 at 2) while Nuno Borges led the way for MSU with a dual-match record of 18-3 (2-0 at 1, 7-2 at 2, 9-1 at 3). 

Doubles Records: Mississippi State 10-13, Memphis 14-10
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingMississippi State 82, Memphis 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.73) vs. #108 Andrew Watson (MEM 14.05)
2. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.91) vs. #92 Ryan Peniston (MEM 14.26)
3. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.31) vs. Kai Lemke (MEM 13.33)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.66) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM 12.95)

5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.67) vs. Felix Rauch (MEM 12.71)
6. Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.64) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEM 12.42)
O: Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.90); Louis Asser (MEM 11.78)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)  
MSU: Borges 5

Memphis's best chance is to take the doubles point and get wins at 1, 2, and 6 but that's not going to easy. Mississippi State should be able to bank on wins from Borges, Braun, and Rakic at 3, 4, and 5 and I think State will squeeze out the doubles point as well. Memphis will get wins from Watson and Manji with the match at 2 going unfinished. Prediction: Mississippi State 4-2
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Regional Final - [17-32] Mississippi State at [15] Illinois - Saturday 4pm CT 

January Hidden-Dual

#6 Illinois 7, #27 Mississippi State 5 
Jan 15, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
#21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Nuno Borges 6-3, 2-6, 7-6; 
Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. Aleks Vukic 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 
#41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Mate Cutura 6-2, 6-3; 
Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Alex Jesse 6-2, 6-0; 
Julian Childers (ILL) def. Strahinja Rakic 6-4, 6-3;
Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. Brian Page 6-4, 6-1; 
Asher Hirsch (ILL) def. Luka Sucevic 6-3, 4-6, 10-6; 
Pablo Landa (ILL) def. Lucas Sanchez 6-2, 6-3;
Doubles competition 
J. Hiltzik/Jesse (ILL) def. Rakic/Sucevic 6-1; 
Page/Childers (ILL) def. Borges/Cutura 6-3; 
Braun/Hunter (MSU) def. Vukic/A. Hiltzik 7-5; 
Agarwal/Sanchez (MSU) def. Hirsch/Landa 6-4

Doubles Records: Illinois 16-13, Mississippi State 10-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 83, Mississippi State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.64) vs. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.73)
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.70) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.91)
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.90) vs. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.31)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.59) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.66)
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.63) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.67) 
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.64) 
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.90); Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.90)

Illinois and Mississippi State didn't play an actual countable match this year but they did meet in January in a hidden-dual that was set up just like a dual-match. None of the individual matches will be a rematch but it was close then and it'll probably be close on Saturday. Nuno Borges is probably Mississippi State's best player, at least on paper, but he'll play at No. 3 singles where he went 9-1 on the year (also went 2-0 at 1 and 7-2 at 2). 

Weather alert: There is probably a better than average chance that this match gets played indoors because the weather forecast on Saturday calls for winds just in excess of 20 miles per hour. If it does get played outdoors it won't be very pleasant for the spectators with overcast skies and temperatures expected to be in the mid 50s. Playing indoors would definitely favor Illinois because Mississippi State doesn't host many indoor matches at its 2-court indoor facility.  

I like Illinois in doubles and Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik should both win up top but that fourth point will have to come from someone in the lower half of the lineup. I like MSU's Nuno Borges, Niclas Braun, and Strahinja Rakic at 3, 4, and 5 but Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch will clinch the win in a dramatic third set tiebreak at No. 6. Prediction: Illinois 4-3
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The opening day of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and as you can see from the scores below there were a few surprises. All the top seeds cruised with only Illinois yielding a point while a pair of 33-48 seeds pulled off mild upsets.

Friday Finals:
[3] UCLA def. Weber State 4-0
[4] TCU def. Jackson State 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. Coastal Carolina 4-0
[10] USC def. UNLV 4-0
[11] Oklahoma def. UT Arlington 4-0
[12] Texas A&M def. George Washington 4-0
[15] Illinois def. Western Michigan 4-1
[17-32] Texas def. Lamar 4-0
[17-32] San Diego def. Vanderbilt 4-0
[17-32] Michigan def. East Tennessee State 4-3
[17-32] Georgia Tech def. UC Santa Barbara 4-1
[17-32] Mississippi State def. Memphis 4-1
[33-48] LSU def. Rice 4-3
[33-48] Oregon def. Tulsa 4-1

The match of the day on the men's side took place in Fort Worth between LSU and Rice. Rice won the regular season meeting 4-3 but LSU flipped the script today and won a 4-3 thriller.

Rice won the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Owls also took four opening sets in singles. Despite falling behind LSU would quickly turn things around and would put the first two singles points on the board. Justin Butsch won the only straight set match of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jamie Malik at No. 2 and then Gabor Csonka would put the Tigers ahead with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Adam Gustafsson at No. 3.

Rice's Tommy Bennett would even the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 win over Jordan Daigle at No. 1. Rice freshman Jake Hansen would put the Owls ahead 3-2 with a come from behind win over Andrew Korinek at No. 4. Korinek led 5-2 in third set but Hansen battled back to force a tiebreak which he ultimately took 7-1.

LSU freshman Nikola Samardzic, who joined the team in January, tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 win over Emanuel Llamas at No. 6.

Boris Arias (Photo By Kyle Zedaker/LSU)
The match would be decided in a third set at No. 5 between LSU senior Boris Arias and Rice junior David Warren. Warren led 4-2 in the final set but Arias managed to hold, break, and hold to go up 5-4. Warren held and then broke to go up 6-5 but Arias would break back to force a tiebreak. Warren led 4-1 in the tiebreak but Arias won the next two points on his own serve and then a third straight point on Warren's serve to tie it at 4-4. Warren held for 5-4 and then Arias won both points on his serve for 6-5. Warren evened it at 6-6 but Arias would take the next two to clinch it 8-6.

Next up LSU will face TCU after the Horned Frogs routed Jackson State 4-0.

#36 LSU 4, #26 Rice 3
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
2. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4, 6-1
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Boris Arias (LSU) def. David Warren (RICE) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #29 Tommy Bennett/David Warren (RICE) def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3
2. Jamie Malik/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3 
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) 6-2
Match Notes:
LSU 15-11; National ranking #36
Rice 23-8; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship-First Round
T-3:28 & A-125 

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"It was a great college tennis match, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "Fortunately for us, we had Boris who has been very clutch through the years. It hasn't been his best year so for him to get back to doing that again was great to see and was a great match to be a part of.

Coach Brown commented on the three-week layoff between the SEC Tournament and NCAAs, which LSU was able to recover from after starting slow and dropping the doubles point.

"I felt that the three week layoff was really showing in doubles and the beginning of singles, Brown said. "For about an hour and 20 minutes of the match we were in a lot of trouble but we got in the rhythm and started getting back in it.

"We are hopeful that the SEC will change that and only have a two-week break between the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament. I think that really has been a big issue for us over the years and it was good that the guys were able to overcome that and be a part of a great match.

"TCU has had a great year, Brown said. "We look forward to getting back out tomorrow there and improving from what we did today.

Post-Match Comments from Rice's recap
"Unbelievable college tennis match, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "This is what we train for and dream of being a part of as coaches. (It's) the first round of the NCAA Championship and every single player left it all out on the court. Five singles matches went three sets. It just doesn't get any better than that, he added.

"I am really proud of being the coach of these guys, Ustundag said. "I felt they represented Rice really, really well out here today. I am really fired up about what this team has achieved this year. We met our goals for this year and we set some high standards going into next year and really brought some excitement back to Rice tennis.


#4 TCU 4, Jackson State 0
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Camilo Patino (JSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Federico Boscarino (JSU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
3. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Richie Agarwal (JSU) 6-2, 5-0, unfinished
5. Trey Daniel (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad (JSU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Geria Hernan (JSU) 6-1, 5-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Camilo Patino/Federico Boscarino (JSU) 5-1, unf
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad/Ryan Swanier (JSU) 6-0
3. Cameron Norrie/Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Richie Agarwal/F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Jackson State 6-19
TCU 25-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi
"Our guys were very business-like and took care of business today. I am proud of them for playing well and doing everything they can to win every single point. I congratulate Jackson State and head coach Lois Alexis for making it the NCAA Championship. It is something that is very hard to do and they deserve a lot of credit. I hope their team had a great experience and we did our best to create the best atmosphere possible so it was a memorable day for them.

"For us, it is now time to get ready for the other tigers the LSU Tigers. They won a really tough match earlier today and they are very match tough. They go through a whole season in the SEC and will be ready to battle. We are right where we want to be and our team is excited to keep the streak going here at home and also give us the best chance at seeing what we can do. Regardless of what goes on, I am very proud of this team. They have accomplished so much not only on the court, but also in the classroom.

"I also want to thank our athletic department and our financial aid office as they were also here today. I really want to thank Mike Scott for bringing out the whole office because it was a really beautiful day. Huge thanks to Mr. Del Conte for allowing the athletic department to come out and support us. It has been a pleasure and an honor to play in front of our fans all season and we have one more tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from Jackson State's recap
"Although we lost to the No. 5 team in the country, we played well today, said first-year head coach Lois Alexis. "I am extremely proud of this team.

"This is an experience we can build on next year, said Alexis.
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Oregon, which was the No. 3 seed in the Oklahoma regional, won it's first-ever NCAA Tournament match with a surprisingly straight forward 4-1 win over Tulsa.

Oregon won the doubles point for the 21st time in 24 tries by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Ducks took four opening sets in singles. Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel evened the match at 1-1 with a straight set win at No. 1 however Oregon would take over from there.

Ethan Young-Smith and Cormac Clissold won in straight sets at No. 6 and No. 5 and Thomas Laurent clinched the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Majed Kilani at No. 3.

Interesting note from Oregon's recap - Simon Stevens was up 4-2 in the second set tiebreak when Juan Matias Gonzalez got a third overrule which resulted in a point penalty which gave Stevens the tiebreak.

#38 Oregon 4, #23 Tulsa 1
Friday, May 13 | Norman, Okla. | Headington Family Tennis Center
Singles Competition
1. #48 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) def. Daan Maasland (Oregon) 6-4, 6-0
2. Simon Stevens (Oregon) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa) 6-7, 7-6(2), 1-0, unf.
3. Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa) 6-4, 7-5
4. Jayson Amos (Oregon) vs. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 6-4, 3-6, 3-1, unf.
5. Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 7-6 (3), 6-4
6. Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) def. Okkie Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1 #42 Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (Oregon) def. Or Ram-Harel/Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-2
2 Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (Oregon) def. Dylan McCloskey/Dominic Bechard (Tulsa) 6-4
3 Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (Oregon) vs. Matthew Kirby/Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 4-5, unf.
Match Notes
Oregon 19-7; National ranking #38
Tulsa 17-14; National ranking #23
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,5,3)

Post-Match Quote from Oregon's recap
Nils Schyllander, Head Coach - "I felt that these guys came here to win and they did just that. The preparation was awesome and it paid off as it was an unbelievable match. This was a good time to play our best match of the year."


Oklahoma got all it wanted in doubles but then cruised through singles and defeated UT Arlington 4-0. Axel Alvarez, Spencer Papa, and Andre Biro each won in straight sets while OU led on each of the remaining courts as well.  Andrew Harris played in doubles but he did not play in singles.

OU's video highlights

#10 Oklahoma 4, UT Arlington 0
May 13, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #97 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez (UTA) 6-2, 6-3 
2. #25 Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez (UTA) 6-1, 6-1
3. #82 Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Mario Muniesa (UTA) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
4. #61 Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished 
5. Andre Biro (OU) def. Carlos Abiza (UTA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Maxime Mora (OU) vs. Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. #24 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez/Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-2 
2. Carlos Abiza/Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) def. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-4
3. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez/Mario Muniesa (UTA) 7-6 (8-6)
Match Notes:
UT Arlington 18-11
Oklahoma 16-10; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"Doubles was close and we pulled it out, head coach John Roddick said. "Singles was just pretty solid. We lost a couple breaks here or there, but mostly it was just deuce points. All in all our guys did a good job of taking care of business. It was a good effort to be focused and disciplined. We're looking forward to tomorrow.

"It looked like he was in control and making good decisions, Roddick said. "That's his biggest thing is making good decisions all the time. He is hitting the ball well, hitting good pace and spin, so that was a very good effort on his part.

"They were obviously excited after their match, Roddick said. "I watched a good bit of it. They are playing for a lot for them so they are going to come out with a lot of energy. So will we. They may be as fired up as any team we've faced all year so it'll be a tough match.

Post-Match Quotes from UTA's recap
"It is the highest level of competition, for us to be exposed to this and this environment is huge," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "There aren't too many days we get to compete at this level. We are going to take it in and learn. We were playing against a Top-10 team that is going to have a chance to win the national championship. Competing against them in the way we did says a lot about our team."

"They never give up and refuse to lose," Benitez said. "It doesn't matter what part of the match they are in, they stay focused and determined."

For junior Mario Muniesa, the UTA match clincher during the Sun Belt Championship, the experience gave the Mavs a chance to compete on the biggest stage as they improve from year to year.

"This was one of the greatest seasons, not only for me, but for the program," Muniesa said. "After two years of struggling to get to the finals, we got to the championship, won it and got here. We did everything we could and we will be proud of ourselves for a great season."

"We learned how to compete and not show that much respect to the better teams ranking wise. We saw that we could have beat them; we almost did in doubles. We didn't give up and we gave everything we had. They beat us, probably because they were better, but not because we gave up."
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Texas gave Lamar an early kick to the gut and then finished them off with a few roundhouses in route to a 4-0 win in the opening match of the Texas A&M regional.

The Longhorns won all nine completed sets in singles with George Goldhoff, Adrian Ortiz, and Michael Riechmann each winning in straight sets.

Next up for Texas will be a Lone Star Showdown against Texas A&M after the Aggies blanked George Washington 4-0.

#18 Texas 4, #56 Lamar 0 
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff (UT) def. Michael Feucht (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-3
2. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 7-5, 6-2
3. Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) vs. Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-4
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) vs. Juuso Laitinen (LAMAR) 7-6 (7-3), 4-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT) vs. Michael Feucht/Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 4-4
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem/Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 6-2
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) def. Juuso Laitinen/Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-2
Match Notes: 
Lamar 17-6; National ranking #56
Texas 18-11; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,2)
NCAA First Round College Station Regional
T-1:51

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap
The guys won all six first sets (in singles), and we played better in some spots and put pressure on them (Lamar).  We did a good job to finish the match.  This was a good day against a Lamar team that had a great season.  Lamar won a conference championship and beat a top-25 team in Rice.  It was a great year for Lamar. 

We're happy to keep going (to the second round).  We don't know who we're playing tomorrow but we assume it will be Texas A&M.  We've had a lot of great matches over the years and some tough matches over here (in College Station).  I expect another tough match tomorrow.  We've got a young group, but one thing they've been good at all year is being good competitors.  We'll do that again tomorrow and do our best to compete well.

Post-Match Quotes from Lamar's recap
"Texas played great today," said LU head coach Scott Shankles. "They got out to great starts on courts two and three, and they got the breaks at a good time for them. Then they held on to win the doubles point, and we just couldn't get back into it in those matches. I thought we were solid on court one.

"In singles, we dropped the first set on all six courts, but they were all close. We were right there with them but just couldn't get enough points to get the lead. Our guys fought hard and I'm very proud of how we competed," said Shankles.

"This experience will be huge for our guys next year," said Shankles.  "We return all but two players so this will be a valuable experience as we move forward. We accomplished a lot of things this season but I don't want our guys to just be content with this year. We can't get complacent. We need to continue to get better."


#12 Texas A&M 4, George Washington 0
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
2. #52 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW) 7-5, 3-3, unfinished
3. Chris Reynolds (GW) vs. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher (GW) 6-2, 6-3
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran (GW) 6-2, 6-4
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #89 Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. Tverijonas/Zelenkov (GW) 6-5, unf.
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) 6-3
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher/Fernando Sala (GW) 6-4
Match Notes:
George Washington 14-9
Texas A&M 27-9; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (6, 5, 4)
NCAA First Round, College Station Regional
T-2:07

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Steve Denton via Texas A&M's recap

On the doubles point
"We were down a break at three and were at 4-5 at one, George Washington played well in the doubles and it's the NCAA tournament. Everybody is going to give you your best shot. Our guys were resilient and able to turn a couple of those matches around. The doubles are a sprint and you have to value each point, with no ad scoring. Our guys have to come up with shots at important moments and thankfully the guys were able to do that today."

On today's match as a whole
"George Washington played well, I thought they were good in a lot off spots and played great. In the tournament you obviously want to win the matches and fairly comfortably if possible, but you want to be challenged as well. Today was good, some of our guys were challenged and they responded how we needed them to."

On playing Texas tomorrow
"Texas is going to fight, they are a scrappy group, a young group. They have lost some matches this year, but they compete really hard in all spots of their lineup. Texas has no holes in their lineup and we are going to have our hands full. We are going to have to have our 'A' game and hopefully all these tough matches we've played throughout the year will help us. When Texas A&M and Texas play, throw the win loss record out the window, it will be an emotional match. There is a lot on the line not just playing against your rival, but also trying to get to Tulsa. We played here a couple years ago, before we went to Illinois. It was a 4-3, last match on the court type of match so I anticipate another hard fought match and we know the guys will be ready to play."

Post-Match Quotes from GW's recap
"Texas A&M is obviously the 12-seed for a reason, said Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Torrie Browning. "They are a very good team and poised to go far. I was really proud of the way our guys came out in doubles, making the sets close. But, we really couldn't execute on a couple of key points. It hasn't been the easiest season but I'm still really proud of the way our team fought and the way we finished up.


"It means a lot to represent your school, and playing in a national championship team format is always a privilege," said Browning. "I know our guys really worked hard this year. We did a really good job of just getting here. Really proud of the way we made it through everything and handled adversity.
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San Diego defeated Vanderbilt for the second time this season with a 4-0 win in the opening match of the UCLA regional. Vanderbilt was playing without Cameron Klinger (injury?), who plays No. 3 singles (17-8) and #1 dubs with Rhys Johnson (18-8), and his absence was definitely felt.

San Diego's Uros Petronijevic and Filip Vittek beat Vandy's usual No. 2 doubles team 6-3 at No. 1 while Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 win at No. 3.

San Diego took five of six first sets and Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, and Romain Kalaydjian each won in straight sets with Vittek clinching at No. 3.

#28 San Diego 4, #34 Vanderbilt 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. #36 Daniel Valent (VANDY) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 0-1, unfinished
2. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) 6-2, 6-3
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2)
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. Kris Yee (VANDY) 3-6, 6-4, 2-0, unfinished
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Ross (VANDY) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-2, 4-6, 5-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Tate Allwardt/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-3
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) vs. Rhys Johnson/Kris Yee (VANDY) 5-3, unf
3. Alexandros Araouzos/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Baker Newman/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3
Match Notes
Vanderbilt 17-14; National ranking #34
San Diego 24-7; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,3)
NCAA Regionals - First Round


UCLA didn't have any trouble with Weber State in the second match of the day at the UCLA regional. The Bruins took the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they added five first sets in singles. Mackenzie McDonald, Karue Sell, and Logan Staggs each won in straight sets with Staggs clinching the match at No. 5.

Nice performance from Weber State's Stefan Cooper who led Gage Brymer 6-3, 5-2 at No. 3.

#2 UCLA 4, Weber State 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts)
Doubles
1. #2 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Cooper/Goswami (WSU) 6-1
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Fought/Gewert (WSU) 6-1
3. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Barlow/Chen (WSU) 3-3, unfinished
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
Singles
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Jakub Gewert (WSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Todd Fought (WSU) 6-1, 5-5, unfinished
3. Stefan Cooper (WSU) vs. 58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Hou-En Chen (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Landon Barlow (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) vs. Sanjay Goswami (WSU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
Match Notes
Weber State 14-8
UCLA 23-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,5)
NCAA Regionals - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"I was really happy with what I saw today from the team," said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "Up and down the line in both singles and doubles everybody looked really eager to get back into competition. I felt that the team was energized and ready to play,"

"We're going to have a much tougher match tomorrow against San Diego," added Martin. "I feel they are a very good team that has had an incredible end to the season. I know their confidence is high and they are going to want to avenge their loss to us earlier in the year. But I also feel that if we play well, we will have a great chance to win."

Post-Match Quotes from Weber State's recap
"Obviously UCLA is very good and in theory they should beat us," Director of Tennis Brad Ferreira said. " We competed well at a couple of spots. Our number three doubles was doing very well. Stefan Cooper was one serve game away from winning his match over a highly ranked player. Hou-En Chen played a very good first set while Todd Fought played a very good second set. It is exciting to see our two returners compete very well."

"This was a fantastic season and we will be sad to see our seniors go but I am excited to see the continued success of our program," Ferreira said.
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The second most exciting match of the day took place in Winston-Salem with Michigan winning a back and forth 4-3 match against East Tennessee State.

Michigan won what turned out to be a pivotal doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won the final three games to take the decider at No. 1 by a 7-5 score.

The Buccaneers bounced back in singles and grabbed four opening sets, two in tiebreaks, but Michigan would put the next point on the board when Carter Lin rolled over Diego Nunez 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3. ETSU's David Biosca trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alex Knight at No. 1 and then Robert Herrera evened it at 2-2 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Runhao Hua at No. 3.

Rogerio Ribeiro put ETSU up 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Jathan Malik at No. 2 but that'd be the last point that the Bucs could muster.

Michigan's Davis Crocker broke Ismael Merino to close out a 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 6 and less than 10 seconds later Kevin Wong would clinch it with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Sebastian Yllera at No. 5.

Michigan Celebration (Pic from Michigan)

#24 Michigan 4, #55 East Tennessee State 3
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #80 David Biosca (ETSU) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 7-5, 6-4
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. #96 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
3. Carter Lin (MICH) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Runhao Hua (MICH) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Kevin Wong (MICH) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3
6. Davis Crocker (MICH) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) def. #63 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 7-5
2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (MICH) 7-5
3. Myles Schalet/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) def. Ismael Merino/Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 7-5
Match Notes
East Tennessee State 18-6 (7-0 SoCon); National ranking #55
Michigan 21-7 (8-3 Big Ten); National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)
NCAA Tournament - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from ETSU's recap
"It was a hell of a college tennis match, remarked ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. "We gave it all we had and came up just short. The loss leaves a huge empty spot in our gut but I wouldn't have it any other way. Our boys represented ETSU with the highest sense of pride and love. If we had to lose, this is the way wanted it.



Next up for Michigan will be a match against Wake Forest after the Demon Deacons rolled over Coastal Carolina 4-0. Wake took the doubles point and Petros Chrysochos, Jon Ho, and Dennis Uspensky each won in straight sets.



Wake's No. 4 Romain Bogaerts did not play.

#6 Wake Forest 4, Coastal Carolina 0
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. VELICKOVIC, Vuk (CCU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (CCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. LEME, Pedro (CCU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. SCHNEIDER, Sebastian (CCU) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. FARIA, Luiz (CCU) 6-2, 6-0
6. #116 Maksim Kan (WF) vs. MIGLIANO, Francesco (CCU) 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Vuk Velickovic/Pedro Leme (CCU) 5-2, unf
2. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Nic Planchard/Francesco Migliano (CCU) 6-0
3. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luiz Faria/Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU) 6-2
Match Notes
Coastal Carolina 21-4 (8-0 Big South)
Wake Forest 30-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,2,3)
NCAA Tournament - First Round
A-281
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UC Santa Barbara jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point but Georgia Tech rebounded in singles. Chris Eubanks, Nathan Rakitt, and Michael Kay won in straight sets while Daniel Yun came back from a set down to defeat Anders Holm at No. 4.

Georgia Tech will meet USC on Saturday.

#32 Georgia Tech 4, #44 UC Santa Barbara 1
May 13, 2016 Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #78 Eshmade/Seemann (UCSB) def. #38 Kay/Kay (GT) 6-2
2. #37 Eubanks/Benito (GT) def. Alboran/Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) def. Rakitt/Li (GT) 7-5
Singles Competition
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
2. #113 Carlos Benito (GT) vs. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) 0-6, 6-3, 5-4 unf
3. Cole Fiegel (GT) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB) 6-7 (5), 4-2 unfinished
4. Daniel Yun (GT) def. Anders Holm (UCSB) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2*
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Cody Rakela (UCSB) 6-4, 6-4
6. Michael Kay (GT) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) 6-3, 7-5
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 17-8; National ranking #32
UC Santa Barbara 17-7; National ranking #44
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)Singles (1, 6, 5, 4*)
NCAA Championships - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne SAYS "We got out played for about an hour and a half. I'm not sure if it was because we haven't played in a while and still had exams on the brain. Credit UCSB, who has a talented team, for starting very strong. The character of our team surfaced and we fought back strong. Chris, Mike and Nathan did a great job of capturing the momentum with straight-set wins. We settled in nicely as a team and played with poise down the stretch. Carlos and Daniel fought back from first-set losses. Cole also was in a good position in his second set after losing the first. Daniel clinched it for us, so all that matters is we move on to the next round. We're looking forward to a strong start tomorrow and the opportunity to advance.



USC moved on to the second round with a 4-0 win over UNLV. USC took the doubles point and then picked up three quick straight set wins with Rob Bellamy clinching the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6.


USC's No. 4, Jake DeVine, did not play so Thibault Forget moved up from No. 5 while Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy each moved up as well.

#11 USC 4, UNLV 0
NCAA Championships - First Round
May 13, 2016 -- Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #46 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Amilon/Alberts (UNLV) - 7-5
2. Forget/de Vroome (USC) def. Neto/Brown (UNLV) - 6-3
3. Bellamy/T. Smith (USC) vs. Cozbinov/Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-5 susp.
Singles Competition 
1. #23 Max de Vroome (USC) vs. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) - 6-4, 3-4, susp.
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) - 6-1, 4-6, 2-1 susp.
3. #69 Logan Smith (USC) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) - 7-6 (3), 2-2 susp.
4. #121 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV)-- 6-1, 6-2
5. Jack Jaede (USC) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) -- 6-1, 6-2
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Richard Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-2, 6-2*
Match Notes
USC 16-6; National ranking #11
UNLV 15-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1) Singles (4,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from USC's recap
"Today was a great first step for us," head coach Peter Smith said. "Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy really stepped up and led our team today."

Post-Match Quotes from UNLV's recap
"We lost a very close doubles point and then started out slowly in singles, said UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook. "However, we were very much alive in all of the matches that didn't finish so I think we acquitted ourselves well today. The future of UNLV tennis is certainly bright with everyone coming back and we are excited for next season.
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Both of the top two seeds won in Champaign with the host Illini fighting off Western Michigan 4-1 while Mississippi State got past Memphis 4-1.

#21 Mississippi State 4, #42 Memphis 1
May 13, 2016 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS) def. Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) vs. Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS) 5-7, 4-3, unfinished 
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-4
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) vs. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-4), 2-3, unfinished 
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEMPHIS) 6-2
2. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-5) 
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. Niclas Braun/Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 14-11; National ranking #42
Mississippi State University 17-8; National ranking #21 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,3,4) 
Official: Doug Rice T-2:30


Post-Match Quotes from Mississippi State's recap
"We had seven guys that have never played in the NCAAs before today's match, head coach Matt Roberts said. "I was impressed how they battled and stepped up to win the doubles point over a tough Memphis team. That gave us a lot of energy going into singles which helped our confidence.

"The result in doubles helped us carry energy into singles, Sucevic said following his 10th singles win of the season. "I felt great from the beginning of singles after the doubles win, just like the other guys, and that helped us get this win today.

For Borges the win came after the freshman missed most of practice during the two weeks leading up to the NCAA Championship due to injury. Borges let his opponent creep back into the match at 4-4 in the second set, but the freshman would find his composure and come away with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Kai Lemke.

"The story of this match was how much Nuno stepped up for us, Roberts said. "He was uncertain if he was going to play today, but he dug deep and came through for us. I am proud of the way he fought today.

Post-Match Quotes from Memphis's recap
"These two/three seed matchups can always go either way, it comes down to a couple of points," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "We were right there. In doubles, I don't know that we played our best, and we still had a chance right down to the last point."

"That one point comes down to one court, and we had some match points that we saved, but credit to Mississippi State, they were able to come through," Goebel said. "But once again, a lot of learning points and a bright future for us."

"I don't think we were just satisfied getting in, they really wanted to win," Goebel said. "We gave ourselves some chances, but we just didn't play maybe our greatest match of the year. But we really overcame some adversity. We had a couple of guys overcome some injuries and we weren't sure they were even going to play, but to see them go out there and fight every point was good.

"Today, unfortunately, we didn't win against a very good SEC, top 25 team. We're going to set some very high goals for next year and hope to be back."


#15 Illinois 4, Western Michigan 1
May 13, 2016 at Champaign, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Jefta Kecic (WMU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-2, unfinished
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Maik Steiner (WMU) 7-6 (7-0), 4-4, unfinished
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Daniel Loebel (WMU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. #87 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Alex Jesse/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) 6-4
3. Jimmy Beckwith/Jefta Kecic (WMU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Asher Hirsch (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Western Michigan University 20-6
Illinois 20-10; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,4,3)
Play was suspended during singles and moved indoors at 3-1.
Official: Doug Rice A-285


Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Down at five and six singles, those are areas for us that haven't been stellar throughout the year. I think it's great for those guys near the bottom of the lineup to have that confidence and lead our team today to victory," head coach Brad Dancer said. "For us, we're excited for a great match and great challenge tomorrow and I'm sure the crowd will have a big part to do with it."

Post-Match Quotes from WMU's recap
"I thought it was a great environment for a collegiate tennis match, both fan bases were really into it, Head coach Dave Morin said. "We really played well and got off to a great start in doubles and that carried over into the singles. It was much closer than the 4-1 score would indicate. This is something that we can build on going into next year as we continue to pursue the goal of advancing in the NCAA Tournament.

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