There was tennis played again in Seattle after snow wiped out Saturday's schedule at the Women's National Team Indoors and while most of the favorites won there was one mild upset. In an all-SEC dual, it was the No. 5 seed Georgia coming back from 3-1 down to defeat No. 4 Vanderbilt 4-3. The Commodores took the early lead with a 7-5 win at No. 1 doubles and a 6-4 win at No. 2 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Georgia's Katarina Jokic put the Bulldogs on the board with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 but Vandy answered seconds later with a 6-2, 7-6 win from Christina Rosca at No. 2. Vandy's Amanda Meyer extended the lead to 3-1 with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 4 and it looked like the match was all but over with Emily Smith leading 5-0 in the third at No. 5. However, Georgia junior Elena Christofi would win the next seven games to close it out 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. The Christofi comeback changed the momentum on the rest of the courts as well and both Meg Kowalski and Lourdes Carle would pull away in their third sets to complete the 4-3 Georgia win.
"We won a lot of third set matches today, and it was super exciting out there," said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. "This was our biggest test so far, and we knew anybody you play out here is going to be really good, and it's going to be a battle. It takes a lot of maturity and discipline to hang in there like Elena did after getting down 5-0 and fighting back. Katarina (Jokic) got us on the board at No. 1 with a big win in a matchup of two of the best players in the country and then two freshmen came through in Meg (Kowalski) and Lourdes.
Georgia Tech junior Chris Eubanks accepted a main draw wild card into the BB&T Atlanta Open, which is an ATP 250 event, with his opening round match scheduled for Tuesday, July 25. Eubanks has played in the main draw of the Atlanta event two years in a row though he had to go through qualies last year to do so. Eubanks has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 all year and was recently named the ACC Men's Player of the Year for the second year in a row. For more information see the release from the BB&T Atlanta Open.
The NCAA Division II Men's Round of 16 got underway today in Altamonte Springs, Florida, with #1 West Florida, #2 Barry, #3 Columbus State, #4 Hawaii Pacific, #14 Azusa Pacific, #16 Ferris State, #18 Drury, and #23 Southwest Baptist moving on to tomorrow's quarterfinal round. Of those eight winners the only lower ranked team to win was Southwest Baptist which defeated #20 St. Mary's (TX) 5-3. The highest profile matchup in the quarterfinals will be #1 West Florida taking on #4 Hawaii Pacific. For the men's bracket click here and to see individual match results click here. The women's round of 16 gets started tomorrow though I see that #1 BYU-Hawaii and #2 Barry are in the same quarterfinal so I'm not sure what's going on with the bracket making at the D2 level. The bracket is available here and the box scores from each match are available here. The brackets don't have any seeds listed (guess they don't do that?) so it's kind of hard to tell who is the better team without going through the rankings.
WOW - what a tremendous day of college tennis action! The day got started early with No. 2 Wake Forest hosting No. 5 North Carolina and it finished 10 hours later with No. 31 TCU pulling off an upset win over No. 6 Cal. Both of the matches in Orlando were tremendous with No. 36 Florida State and No. 15 Florida playing in front of a College MatchDay record-crowd and then at the same time on the other six courts you had Tulsa and Central Florida go down to the wire.
I'll start off with the biggest upset of the day, in terms of ranking, which took place in Palo Alto between a resurgent No. 41 Stanford and No. 8 Texas. The Cardinal was coming off a huge win on Tuesday night over No. 6 Cal in a match where it dropped the doubles point but rallied to win four singles matches. On Friday afternoon, Stanford managed to get out to the early lead after securing the doubles point for the seventh time in eleven matches. Stanford's No. 2 team of Sameer Kumar and Michael Genender broke Texas's Harrison Scott and Julian Zlobinsky on the no-ad point to go ahead 3-2 and then they held for 4-2. Texas would come back from 0/40 down to hold for 3-4 but Stanford would hold from 40/30 and then break from 15/40 to win it 6-3.
The last time Oklahoma came into Columbus they broke Ohio State's 200-match home court winning streak but on Sunday afternoon the only thing they'd break would be a few strings. Oklahoma looked poised to take the early lead after picking up a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles but they'd let break leads slip away on the other two courts. Oklahoma's Jochen Bertsch and Mason Bridegan jumped out to 3-1 lead at No. 3 but Ohio State's Hunter Tubert and Matt Mendez would take the next five games to win it 6-3. Oklahoma's Adrian Oetzbach and Alex Ghilea broke for a 3-2 lead at No. 2 and they'd extend the lead to 5-3 but Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo and Martin Joyce would hold from 40/15, break from 15/40, and hold from 40/15 to go in front 6-5. Oklahoma held to force a deciding tiebreak and they'd take the early mini-break lead at 1-0 but Ohio State rattled off the next four to go up 4-1. Oetzbach won both points on his serve to trim the deficit to 4-3 but Joyce took the next two on his serve to make it 6-3. Ohio State closed it out on the next point with Joyce hitting a volley winner and the Buckeyes had the 1-0 lead.
TCU and Texas both took one on the chin on Friday night but each rebounded nicely today by going on the road and defeating a quality opponent. TCU dropped a tough 4-2 match on Friday night at No. 13 Northwestern and today they were playing at the site of where their season ended a year ago - Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane were coming off an upset win over Texas so you had to figure it was going to be tough for them to play as well as they did on Friday.
TCU head coach David Roditi stuck with the same doubles pairings but he swapped his teams at No. 1 and No. 2 and both of those teams would be the ones to get wins. Guillermo Nunez and Alex Rybakov cruised to a 6-1 win at No. 2 while Reese Stalder and Jerry Lopez broke to take a 4-3 lead at No. 1 and would win 6-4. TCU didn't waste any time in singles and took five opening sets with Tulsa only able to take a set at No. 6. Cameron Norrie, Jerry Lopez, and Guillermo Nunez would each win in straight sets at No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4 with Norrie getting the clincher at No. 1.
Here some comments from Baylor's recap though it has no mention of the UVA guys missing in action.
Order of Finish: (3,1,2)
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.82) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.10) 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2
Ole Miss played well in doubles and took the point by winning at 1 and 3 but singles got off to a rough start when William Kallberg retired 3 games in at #4 singles. The Bama recap said it was due to injury but didn't specify what kind of injury but it must have been severe enough to force him to throw in the towel. Ole Miss regained the lead when Stefan Lindmark wiped the court with Danny Kerznerman 6-1, 6-0 at #2 but then Stuart Kenyon, who came in with a 5-7 dual match record, did the same and cleaned Zvonimir Babic's clock 6-1, 6-2 at #5. The biggest shocker came at #1 singles when Bama freshman Korey Lovett, who was 6-6 in dual match play, thumped #60 Nik Scholtz 6-2, 6-2. It was only Scholtz's 2nd dual match loss of the year and just his 3rd in the last 2 years. With the Tide up 3-2 it would be Bama junior Becker O'Shaughnessey who would seal the deal with a 6-4, 6-3 win at #3 singles over Gustav Hansson.
Ole Miss recap
"We had the momentum on our side after doubles, but when William retired, they (Alabama) rallied around that and played better than we did at certain spots," head coach Toby Hansson said. "We have to put it behind us and move on and get ready for a very good Baylor team on Tuesday."
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of today's (3/7) date. For more details about UTR check out their website.
Alabama 4, #9 Ole Miss 2
- #12 Virginia routed #31 North Carolina State 7-0. UVA won all 12 sets in singles.
- VCU upset #41 Penn State 4-3. VCU's Antonio Batlle Rodriguez came back from 4-2 down in the 3rd set to win the deciding match in a tiebreak 7-2
- Wisconsin-Green Bay beat big brother Wisconsin for the first time in program history - Phoenix recap
- #45 New Mexico edged Georgia State 4-2 in the 1st half of a doubleheader - (box score) and then the teams had to play doubles to decide the 2nd half with New Mexico winning that won 4-3 - (box score 2)
- #48 Mississippi State had its way with #55 Arkansas posting a 4-0 shutout - State recap
- Nevada (2-9) upset #50 San Francisco 6-1 - Wolfpack recap
So who should be on upset alert on Sunday?
- #2 Duke goes to Blacksburg to face a Virginia Tech team coming off an upset win over Notre Dame. The Hokies are 9-1 on the year with the only loss coming at North Carolina during the Kickoff Weekend. 5 of 6 singles matches in that one went the distance and that was a UNC team that was pretty much 100% healthy.
- #13 TCU goes to Winston Salem to face #20 Wake Forest though I guess the big story will be whether Noah Rubin is able to go for the Demon Deacons. Wake played well on Friday against Virginia without Rubin so you have to think if they can get him back they've got to like their chances against TCU. The Horned Frogs squeaked past Middle Tennessee State on Friday 4-3 in a match that saw TCU's #1 Cameron Norrie (14.64) lose 6-1, 6-3 to an unranked Ettore Zito (13.50)
- #5 Baylor goes to #47 Memphis but could the Bears be caught looking ahead to Tuesday's matchup against Ole Miss? That could have been what happened to Ole Miss today.
- #4 Georgia hosts #2
UCLA won the battle of the abbreviations with a 6-1 win over UNLV. UCLA was a little shorthanded with 2 of its top 3 players out of the doubles lineup with Mackenzie McDonald (14.91) and Martin Redlicki both participating in a Futures event in Calabasas this week. After UCLA dropped the doubles point things were actually looking a little concerning but fortunately Redlicki was able to make it back in time to play in singles because otherwise the Bruins would have had to slide everyone except Mkrtchian up 2 spots in the lineup which could have spelled trouble for UCLA. In all seriousness UCLA probably still would have won no worse than 5-2 even without Redlicki.
For those that don't know - Calabasas is only about 20 miles from Westwood - I didn't know that myself until I looked it up.
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 23rd. For more details about UTR check out their website.
What's been a rough year for Boise State got a little rougher on Monday when Cal Poly came in and took the doubles point and followed it up by taking 4 of 6 singles matches.
Cal Poly recap
Boise St recap
Friday Results Singles/Doubles
2016 FLORIDA GULF COAST INVITE - DAY ONE RESULTS
A. Alfonzo /E. Alfonzo (Florida Gulf Coast) def. Korinek /Trinh (LSU) 6-2
"Today was a really good day for our freshman, UK head coach Cedric Kauffmann said, who is embarking on his fourth year at the helm of Kentucky men's tennis. "We competed well overall but we have to tweak some things in doubles. The effort was certainly there. We will get better through the weekend to get ready for the season opener next weekend.
Illinois sophomore Aleks Vukic (14.49) got a qualifying wild card into his hometown ATP 250 Apia International Sydney and promptly thanked the tournament directors by upsetting #62 Sergiy Stakhovsky (15.25) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Vukic got off to a slow start and fell behind 3-0 in the first and ultimately dropped the opening set 6-3. The second set stayed on serve until Vukic broke Stakhovsky to go up 5-3 and then he held serve to take the set 6-3. Vukic broke Stakhovsky to start the third set and held for a 2-0 lead but Stakhovsky would take the next 3 to go up 3-2. Vukic would break Stakhovsky's 4-4 service game from 30-40 and would then serve it out from 40-15 to earn his first career win over a top 100 opponent. Next up for Vukic is #264 Maximilian Marterer (15.05) with the winner qualifying for the main draw. Vukic earned 6 ATP points for the win over Stakhovsky and if he gets past Marterer he'd earn another 6.
Vukic wasn't the only guy with college ties to beat an ATP Top 100 player in Sydney as #198 Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine '14 -14.54) upended #81 Ernests Gulbis (15.25) 6-3, 7-5. Sarkissian broke Gulbis to go up 3-1 in the first set and held the break lead to take the set 6-3. Sarkissian broke Gulbis to go up 4-3 in the second but Gulbis broke back in the next game. Sarkissian broke again to go up 6-5 and then he held at love to seal the 6-3, 7-5. Next up for Sarkissian is #471 Lukasz Kubot (14.63) with Kubot a top 100 player before an injury sidelined him for most of last year.
TCU sophomore Cameron Norrie (14.68) also took advantage of his qualifying wild card by routing Chung-Hyo Woo (12.70) 6-1, 6-2 at ASB Classic in Auckland. Next up Norrie will face 2004 NCAA Singles Champion Benjamin Becker (Baylor 15.17) with the winner qualifying for the main draw. Norrie earned 6 ATP points for his win over Woo.
BYU won the first dual-match of the season that I'm aware of by blanking Southern Utah 7-0 with 10 of the 12 sets ending in 6-0.
BYU 7, Southern Utah 0
Ryan Shane's run at the LA F1 Futures came to an end on Friday as he fell to #303 Philip Bester 6-2, 6-3. Here is a brief excerpt from Steve Pratt's recap which includes some quotes from Shane:
#261 Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee '11) def. #528 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepp '13) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(2)
#351 Stefan Kozlov def. #383 Gianluigi Quinzi 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
#303 Philip Bester def. #730 Ryan Shane (Virginia Sr) 6-2, 6-3
#468 Clay Thompson (UCLA '14) def. #453 Ed Corrie (Texas '11) 6-2, 6-2
#468 Clay Thompson (UCLA '14) vs. #303 Philip Bester
There are 2 Futures events in the U.S. next week with most of the guys that played in LA heading to Long Beach while the other is a clay court event in Plantation, Florida. Below are the qualifying draws for each with both loaded with college players.
Crystal, Bellamy, Ji, Laser, Forget, T Smith, Jaede, de Vroome all play on Saturday in Long Beach 25K Future qualies pic.twitter.com/sVFKNX9TaHUSC Men's Tennis (@USCMensTennis) January 9, 2016
Zeke Clark (2016 Illinois Commit) dropped his semifinal match at the Grade 1 Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica to fellow American JJ Wolf 2-6, 6-6, 6-0 - Colette Lewis has more details on this event at ZooTennis
Saturday Results Singles/Doubles
Washington opened up its season by beating Seattle twice both by 7-0 scores. The Huskies only dropped 1 set in singles in the two combined dual-matches - UW recap
Both of the former college guys lost in the semifinals of the Los Angeles F1 Futures:
#303 Philip Bester def. #468 Clay Thompson (UCLA '14) 6-3, 6-3
The qualifying draws in Long Beach are loaded with the most of the same guys that were playing in Los Angeles while there are a lot of college guys playing on clay down in Plantation, Florida.
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