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. 

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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 hereThe 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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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It seemed like the story of the day wasn't who was playing; it was who wasn't playing as several big names were missing from their respective team's starting lineups.

The big rematch between Baylor and Virginia didn't come close to matching the level of play that we saw the first time around.  Virginia was without 2 of it's starters with neither Thai-Son Kwiatkowski or Alexander Ritschard playing.   Below is a quote from Virginia's recap that talks about the absence of the 2 players:

 "We have two losses this year and both have come at the hands of Baylor," said head coach Brian Boland. "They were the better team today but I am so pleased with our process. What a tremendous group of guys, doing things the right way. We continue to get better as this group of guys really understands and accepts the process. Dustin Taylor, Scott Brown and the rest of the staff are doing a great job with this group. The best is in front of us and we continue to get better with each day. We didn't play two starters today and that was a choice I made.



Kim Gorum, who runs the In-Match Blog for Baylor, commented that Ritschard didn't make the trip to Waco due to being ill and also mentioned that Kwiatkowski practiced with the team the last few days so I'm not sure if he picked up a last minute illness or injury or if it was something else. 

With Kwiatkowski and Ritschard out, both Mac Styslinger and Henrik Wiersholm were chosen to fill in along with Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone having to slide up a spot.   Virginia also shifted its #2 and #3 doubles teams due to the absences and inserted Jonathan Cornish into the doubles lineup which was his first action since playing against Liberty and Morgan State (big step up in competition).  It should also be noted that Baylor's usual #4, Diego Galeano, played doubles but did not play singles and according to the blog he took an injury timeout to have his left knee wrapped during the doubles point.  

Just as Baylor did in the last meeting they jumped on Virginia during the doubles point with Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano winning 6-3 at #2 while Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios won 6-1 at #3. Virginia's #1 team of Ryan Shane Luca Corinteli won by a 6-3 score.  

Baylor kept the momentum going throughout the first sets and managed to take 5 of 6 with only Collin Altamirano grabbing 1 for Virginia at #3.  

Baylor's Mate Zsiga extended the BU lead to 2-0 as he was the first to finish with a 6-0, 6-2 shellacking of JC Aragone at #5.  UVA's Collin Altamirano would get the Hoos on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #3 but shortly thereafter Felipe Rios would make it 3-1 Baylor as Rios closed out Wiersholm 6-1, 6-4.  

Mitchell Frank dropped his opening set at #2 but then rallied to win 12 of the next 14 games to take out Tony Lupieri 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 and with that Virginia had closed to within 3-2.  There wouldn't be a 3rd and 4th point for Virginia because despite fighting hard at #1, Ryan Shane just couldn't get the lead wrestled away from Julian Lenz as Lenz managed to close out the match in straight sets despite Shane breaking him twice in the 2nd set.  After the clinch they played out the remaining match and within 2 or 3 minutes Vince Schneider gave Baylor its 5th point as he took out Styslinger 7-6, 6-4.  

Here some comments from Baylor's recap though it has no mention of the UVA guys missing in action.

TOP QUOTE #1
"We are just trying to get to four points. Some guys are playing great and some guys not so great. We have got some guys that have to get going. It seems like over the course of a year, it kind of flows that way. I am sure that some of the guys that didn't win today are going to be great later and vice versa. We have to take our team win and feel great about it. The guys that played great we have to take and try to improve and those that didn't have to bounce back for Tuesday." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"Julian is a very experienced guy. He has been in that situation a lot. We know he is going to be a fighter and be resilient. He was able to do that today and hold serve to get us out the door. Ryan plays huge and I am proud of Julian for getting through it." - Knoll on Julian Lenz's win

TOP QUOTE #3

"It's funny because we don't really practice doubles. We feel confident with our partners. Coach has figured out the lineup we need to win and it has worked. We don't do anything special to be honest. We try to make good decisions and it has worked so far." - senior Mate Zsiga on success in doubles

Baylor recap 
Virginia recap

#5 Baylor 5, #11 Virginia 2 - FINAL

Doubles:
1. #55 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) def. #56 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-3
2. Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (UVA) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Mac Styslinger/Jonathan Cornish (UVA) 6-1
Order of Finish: (3,1,2)

Singles
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) def. #2 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54) 6-4, 7-5 
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.85) def. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.69) def. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) 6-2, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) def. #91 Mac Styslinger (UVA 14.02) 7-6(6), 6-4
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. JC Aragone (UVA 13.88) 6-0, 6-2
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.77) 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: (5,3,6,2,1,4)
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Austin, TX:  Many people including me thought Wake Forest had a decent chance to pull the upset over Texas but when word spread that Noah Rubin was a no-go that changed the complexity of this match since Wake had to move everyone up a spot.  It was reported by Tennis Atlantic's Jeff McMillan that Rubin had a cast on his left wrist so that would explain him not playing.

Since there was no live scoring available (supposedly no internet?) the only scores updates during the match came from Jeff so if you want to check out his twitter for the flow of the match by all means take a look at it.

Neither team has released it's recap yet so I guess news of the win is traveling by telegraph.

Texas recap

#6 Texas 4, #12 Wake Forest 3 - FINAL
Doubles:
1. Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (TX) def. Seraphim/Mansouri (WF) 6-2
2. Ho/Tabrizi (WF) def. Goldhoff/Berkowicz (TX) 6-4
3. Bogaerts/Kan (WF) def. Naumann/Reichmann (TX) 6-4
Singles:
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.94) def. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.29) 6-3, 6-2
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.82) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.10) 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2
3. #70 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.55) def. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.75) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(8)
4. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.94) def. George Goldhoff (TX 13.75) 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) 
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.87) def. Maksim Kan (WF 13.34) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. John Mee (TX 13.54) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3


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Oxford, MS:  As with the other 2 matches above this one was played indoors at Ole Miss's 3 court facility so while that was fine during doubles it meant that only 3 singles matches could be played at once.  Ole Miss would take the doubles point by winning the deciding match at #3 in a tiebreak and then the Rebels would take each of the first 3 singles matches to go on to close out the 4-0 shutout.  Ole Miss won all 3 tiebreaks in the match and with it they took away any chance Vanderbilt had of gaining momentum.


Comments from Ole Miss's coach:
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Who saw this one coming?  Alabama shocks #9 Ole Miss 4-2 in T-Town.  The same Alabama team that came into the match with an 8-9 record with the 8 wins being over powerhouses UAB, Samford, Jackson State (4X), and Jacksonville State (2X).  The same Ole Miss team that routed a top 15 Vanderbilt team last weekend and the same team that gave #1 Oklahoma all it wanted at the National Indoors.  Total head-scratcher....

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.


Alabama recap
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
March 7, 2015 at Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama Tennis Stadium)

Doubles competition
1. William Kallberg/Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #26 Korey Lovett/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 6-3
2. Sean Donohue/Stuart Kenyon (UA) def. Zvonimir Babic/Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-3
3. Grey Hamilton/Nik Scholtz (OM) def. Danny Kerznerman/Nikko Madregallejo (UA) 6-3

Singles competition
1. Korey Lovett (UA 13.33) def. #60 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.30) 6-2, 6-2
2. #63 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.13) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA 13.86) 6-1, 6-0
3. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA 13.47) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.79) 6-4, 6-3
4. Nikko Madregallejo (UA 12.93) def. William Kallberg (OM 13.30) 1-2, retired
5. Stuart Kenyon (UA 12.24) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.82) 6-1, 6-2
6. #117 Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.08) vs. Sam Edwards (UA 12.37) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished

Match Notes
Ole Miss 9-3, 1-1 SEC; National ranking #9
Alabama 9-9, 1-2 SEC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,5,1,3)
T-1:54 A-134

Interesting note about this result:  Ohio State was projected to be at #11 in next week's rankings which meant when they played Florida on Tuesday that would have snapped a streak of being a top 10 team for 291 consecutive matches.  With the Ole Miss loss, Ohio State will be no worse than #10 on Tuesday.  

Other Saturday results
  • #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

Virginia Commonwealth 4, #41 Penn State 3

Singles competition
1. Michal Voscek (VCU 12.91) def. Alex Fennell (PSU 13.24) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Catalin Fifea (VCU 13.19) def. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU 13.53) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Matt Barry (PSU 13.37) def. Daryl Monfils (VCU 14.57 20%) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
4. Wilder Pimentel (VCU 12.48) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU 12.85) 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)
5. A. Batlle Rodriguez (VCU 10.96 20%) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU 12.82) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 12.85) def. Jacob Svensson (VCU 12.40) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Aws Laaribi/Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Joseph Cohen/Daryl Monfils (VCU) 6-3
2. Alex Fennell/Michael Reilly (PSU) def. Wilder Pimentel/Michal Voscek (VCU) 6-3
3. Catalin Fifea/A. Batlle Rodriguez (VCU) vs. Matt Barry/ChristianLutschaunig (PSU) 5-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
Penn State 5-8; National ranking #41
Virginia Commonwealth 12-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)

  • Wisconsin-Green Bay beat big brother Wisconsin for the first time in program history - Phoenix recap

Wisconsin-Green Bay 4, Wisconsin 1

Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 1)
1. Alexander Kokorev/Jakhongir Jalalov (W) vs. Michael Tenzer/Michael Tebon (GB), DNF, 5-2
2. Jose Carranza/Josef Dodridge (W) def. Joey Leto/Howard Scott (GB), 6-1
3. Lamar Remy/Tomas Pitra (W) def. Florian Kraenzler/Leopold Gomez Islinger (GB), 6-2

Singles  (Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6, 2)
1. Michael Tenzer (GB 13.35) vs. Josef Dodridge (W 13.10) 6-4, 6-6 (3-3) DNF
2. Leopold Gomez Islinger (GB 12.93) def. Alexander Kokorev (W 12.59), 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3
3. Lamar Remy (W 12.69) vs. Howard Scott (GB 12.67) 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 3-1 DNF
4. Florian Kraenzler (GB 11.67) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (W 11.95), 6-4, 7-5
5. Joshua Schramm (GB 11.52) def. Tomas Pitra (W 13.93 60%R), 7-5, 5-7, 3-1 (ret.)
6. Joey Leto (GB 11.74) def. Darius Mackenzie (W 11.84), 6-1, 4-6, 7-5

  • #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

Nevada (2-7) 6, #50 San Francisco (6-4) 1

Doubles
1. Nils Skajaa/Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. Andrew Poustie/Fernando Sunago (NEV) 6-3
2. Billy Bumgardner/Robert Margitfalvi (NEV) def. Chris Brockstedt/Alex Santiago (USF) 6-3
3. Robert Allan/Moez Charqui (NEV) def. Thomas Takemoto/Vasco Valverde (USF) 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles
1. Moez Chargui (NEV 13.03) def. Bernardo Saraiva (USF 13.80) 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (4-7), 1-0 (10-6)
2. Andrew Poustie (NEV 13.12) def. Nils Skajaa (USF 12.64) 7-5, 6-4
3. Ryan Andrada (NEV 12.93) def. Thomas Takemoto (USF 12.06) 6-2, 6-3
4. Robert Allan (NEV 11.91) def. Vasco Valverde (USF 12.59) 6-4, 6-4
5. Mile Cilic (NEV 11.80) def. Chris Brockstedt (USF 11.43) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alex Santiago (USF 11.05) def. Peter O'Donovan (NEV 11.33) 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 2, 6, 1


So who should be on upset alert on Sunday?
  1. #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.  
  2. #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)
  3. #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. #4 Georgia hosts #2
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Typically Mondays only have 1 or 2 matches but there were a handful of decent ones on the slate today with Cal Poly going into Boise and winning, Memphis winning at South Alabama, and UCLA getting a slightly tougher than expected win over UNLV.

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.

UCLA recap
UNLV recap

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. 

#19 UCLA 6, UNLV 1
March 23, 2015  (LA Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.63) def. Ace Matias (UNLV 13.75) 7-6 (6), 6-4
2. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.17) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV 12.93) 6-2, 6-4
3. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV 11.66) 6-1, 6-1, 
4. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.78) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV 12.78) 6-4, 7-5
5. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.83) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV 11.91) 6-3, 7-6(8)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.40) def. Ozzy Abraham (UNLV 11.31) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Adam Gage-Brown/Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-3
2. Dennis Mkrtchian/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-1
3. Ozzy Abraham/Cozbinov (UNLV) def. Gage Brymer/Ryoto Tachi (UCLA) 6-2

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

#65 Cal Poly 5, Boise State 2 
March 23, 2015 at Boise, Idaho (Boas Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (CP) 6-3
2. Garrett Auproux/Devin Barber (CP) def. Abe Hewko/Garrett Patton (BSU) 7-5
3. Karl Enander/Lucas Lesoeur (CP) def. Brian Foley/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-3
Order of finish: 1,3,2
Singles competition
1. Garrett Patton (BSU 13.02) def. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.62) 7-6 (4), 6-2
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU 12.87) def. Ben Donovan (CP 13.68) 6-4, 6-3
3. Corey Pang (CP 12.29) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU 12.53) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Lucas Lesoeur (CP 11.84) def. Brian Foley (BSU 12.59) 6-4, 6-4
5. Naveen Beasley (CP 12.37) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.23) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
6. Axel Damiens (CP 11.75) def. Abe Hewko (BSU 12.05) 7-5, 6-3

Match Notes:
Order of finish: 6,1,2,5,3,4
Cal Poly 10-7
Boise State 6-11
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Memphis picked up a nice road win over a ranked opponent as the Tigers beat the Jags 4-1. Memphis came into this match ranked #73 but should jump up at least 15 spots tomorrow based off its win on Saturday over SMU.  South Alabama has now dropped 4 of its last 5 and will likely drop out of the rankings.  Interesting note:  USA's Tim Srkala was originally supposed to attend Memphis this year but at the last minute he switched to South Alabama - he did actually show up on Memphis's roster briefly and was supposed to play in the season opening tournament at Purdue but never did.

S. Alabama recap

"It was a very tough match for us today," said USA head coach Nick Brochu. "It was a little disappointing, but it was a great battle. We had a lot of three-set matches. Memphis is a great team."

"Daniel played great at No. 1," said Brochu. "He beat an amazing, ranked player. That's going to help his ranking."

"It was great to see that even though we were down on some courts and lost the first set, we came back and won the second set," said Brochu. "We had four matches going into three sets today, so that was a great battle. It hurts when you lose in three sets because you were so close."

"Memphis is known for being really good in doubles," said Brochu. "That would have been a great point for us since it was their strength. That was kind of hard for us to swallow."

Memphis recap

"That was a tight one," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It's always tough to get a win on the road and that being our third match in four days was a tough finish to that run. But I feel like the guys are starting to play better and better and it'll be nice to have a weekend off now to prepare for the end of season run."

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LSU's guys were the top performers in Day 1 of the FGCU Invitational as they went 5-2 in singles and 2-1 in doubles. Kentucky had 2 freshmen make their debuts as Ryotaro Matsumura (14.08) won in straight sets over Memphis's Felix Rauch (12.63) while Enzo Wallart (13.17) lost a tough 3-setter to Memphis's Kai Lemke (13.38).

Friday Results Singles/Doubles
LSU 5-2/2-1
Kentucky 5-3/1-3
Memphis 3-4/2-1
FGCU 2-6/2-2

2016 FLORIDA GULF COAST INVITE - DAY ONE RESULTS
Singles Competition
#87 Andrew Watson (Memphis) def. Nils Ellefsen (Kentucky) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
Ryan Peniston (Memphis) def. Trey Yates (Kentucky) 6-1, 6-4
Ryotaro Matsumura (Kentucky) def. Felix Rauch (Memphis) 6-2, 6-2
Kai Lemke (Memphis) def. Enzo Wallart (Kentucky) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Austin Hussey (Kentucky) def. Shakeel Manji (Memphis) 6-2, 6-3
Jake Stefanik (Kentucky) def. Chris Patzanovsky (Memphis) 6-3, 6-2
Gus Benson (Kentucky) def. Louis Asser (Memphis) 7-5, 7-6, 10-4
Kevin Lai (Kentucky) def. Sam Chaffin (Florida Gulf Coast) 6-2, 6-3
#78 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Ricky Ventura (Florida Gulf Coast) 7-6, 6-3
Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Andres Alfonzo  (Florida Gulf Coast) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
Boris Arias (LSU) def. Oliver Landert (Florida Gulf Coast) 7-5, 6-3
Enduado Alfonzo, (Florida Gulf Coast) def Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
Ezequiel Cerrini (Florida Gulf Coast) def. Simon Freud (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Javier Fernandez (Florida Gulf Coast) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 
Cameron Andry (LSU) def. Lucas Vaz (Florida Gulf Coast) 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2

Doubles Competition
Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (Memphis) def. Ellefsen/Lai (Kentucky) 6-4
Wallart/Matsumura (Kentucky) def. Peniston/Rauch(Memphis) 6-4
Watson/Manji (Memphis) def. Yates/Benson (Kentucky) 7-6 (7-4)
Perrigan/Chaffin (Florida Gulf Coast) def. Stefanik/Hussey (Kentucky) 6-4
Arias/Csonka, (LSU) def. Ventura /Fernandez (Florida Gulf Coast) 6-3
Freund /Butsch (LSU) def. Landert/Vaz (Florida Gulf Coast) 6-4
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.

"This was a great opening to the spring, LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "The guys competed hard and played well for the first match back. We want to play even better tomorrow and string good matches together.

"Today was a good first day for the guys," said FGCU head coach CJ Weber. "I was especially excited for Javi and Ezequiel to represent the Green and Blue for the first time. They both competed with class and grit. For Ezequiel to win his first match as an Eagle, that was something special and Javi's is coming soon. Eduardo had an awesome day going 2-0 with two quality, hard-fought wins. He's clearly ready for his senior year."


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
Jan. 8, 2016 at Provo, Utah (Indoor Tennis Court)
Singles competition
1. Keaton Cullimore (BYU 13.48) def. Dario Rios (SUU 8.06/20%) 6-0, 6-0
2. Shane Monroe (BYU 13.28) def. Ryan Andrus (SUU 9.49) 6-0, 6-2
3. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU 12.61) def. Jacob Nelson (SUU 11.26/10%) 6-0, 6-0
4. John Pearce (BYU 12.48) def. Brandon Olcott (SUU 8.32) 6-0, 6-0
5. Jeremy Bourgeios (BYU 12.17) def. Joshua Coen (SUU 9.51/10%) 6-0, 6-2
6. J.D. Malan (BYU 11.79) def. Peyton Garnett (SUU 8.00/10%) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Goryachkov/Jacob Sullivan (BYU) def. Jacob Nelson/Ryan Andrus (SUU) 5-3
2. Cullimore/Monroe (BYU) def. Brandon Olcott/Dario Rios (SUU) 6-1
3. Pearce/Bourgeios (BYU) def. Joshua Coen/Peyton Garnett (SUU) 6-2
Match Notes:
SUU Men's Tennis 0-1
BYU Men's Tennis 1-0
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,4,1,2)
T-2 hours


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:

This spring, Shane will try and become the first player since USC's Steve Johnson to win back-to-back NCAA singles titles. "It wasn't a tough decision to come back, said Shane, who led the Cavaliers to their second NCAA team title in three years last May. "It's such a great team and we only lost one guy. It's a great environment and they're helping me with my schedule and to get ready for the Tour. Besides, three out of four national championships wouldn't be bad way to go out.

Now that he's out of the tournament, Shane said he will try and take in some sights before moving on to play in Long Beach next week. "I'll try to go to Hollywood, he said. "I've been to Santa Monica shopped around a little bit while it was raining.

Quarterfinal Results:
#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

Semifinals:
#261 Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee '11) vs. #351 Stefan Kozlov
#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.



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

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Kentucky and Memphis were the big winners on Day 2 of the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational. Kentucky went 9-2 overall including 6-1 in singles with freshman Ryotaro Matsamura rolling for a second day in both singles and doubles. Memphis's Ryan Peniston knocked off  LSU's #78 Justin Butch in 2 close sets and Memphis freshman Chris Patzanovsky picked up a win over LSU's Tam Trinh. Sunday wraps up the tournament with each starting dual-match play in the coming weeks. Below the scores are quotes from 3 of the 4 coaches.

Saturday Results Singles/Doubles
Kentucky 6-1/3-1
Memphis 5-2/2-1
LSU 2-5/1-2
FGCU 1-6/1-3

2-day totals
Kentucky 11-4/4-4
Memphis 8-6/4-2
LSU 7-7/3-3
FGCU 3-12/3-5

Singles Competition
Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. Ricky Ventura (FGCU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
Trey Yates (UK) def. Eduardo  Alfonzo (FGCU) 6-1, 6-2
Ryotaro Matsamura (UK) def. Ezequiel Cerrini (FGCU) 6-1, 6-1
Andres Alfonzo (FGCU) def. Austin Hussey (UK) 6-1, 2-6, 6-0
Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Oliver Landert (FGCU) 6-2, 6-3
Gus Benson (UK) def. Javier Fernandez (FGCU) 6-2, 6-2
Kevin Lai (UK) def. Lucas Vaz (FGCU) 6-3, 6-0
Ryan Peniston (Memphis) def. #78 Justin Butsch (LSU) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
#87 Andrew Watson (Memphis) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
Kai Lemke (Memphis) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-4, 7-6, 6-3
Chris Patzanovsky (Memphis) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-1, 6-4
Simon Freund (LSU) def. Louis Asser (Memphis) 6-4, 6-2
Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Shakeel Manji (Memphis) 6-0, 5-7, 6-3
Felix Rauch (Memphis) def. Cameron Andry (LSU) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles Competition
E. Alfonzo/A. Alfonzo (FGCU) def. Ellefsen/Lai (UK) 6-4
Matsamura/Wallart (UK) def. Landert/Vaz (FGCU) 6-3
Yates/Benson (UK) def. Chaffin/Perrigan (FGCU) 6-3
Hussey/Stefanik (UK) def. Cerrini/Fernandez (FGCU) 6-3
Lemke/Asser (Memphis) def. Butsch/Freund (LSU) 7-6
Peniston/Rauch (Memphis) def. Trinh/Korinek (LSU) 6-3
Arias /Csonka (LSU) def. Watson /Manji (Memphis) 6-3

"It was a solid day, winning three of four doubles matches and six of seven singles against the home team is never easy, said fourth-year UK head coach Cedric Kauffman said. "Nils [Ellefsen] and Kevin [Lai] have to perform better for us to be special. Too many unforced errors, too many position breakdowns and low percentages on their first hits. We need them to be great.

"Austin [Hussey] fought hard to come back and force a third set, but he stopped swinging and moving in the beginning of the third. He gave too much away with unforced errors, but he's grown a lot since September. If he continues to develop, he will make an impact. The others played solid, and that's all we need from everyone. We'll have a good test tomorrow again in an tough SEC team.

"I was really happy with the way our young team competed today, assistant coach Matt Emery remarked. "I thought Ryotaro has done a phenomenal job the past two days of taking care of business. To go 4-0 in your first two days of competition is never easy. I see him being a rock for us this year.

"I was really proud of Trey for bouncing back after a tough first day yesterday. For us to be successful, we will need a lot of days like today from him this year.

"Austin did a great job of coming back in the second against a tough outdoor player. This experience is invaluable to him as a freshman. He has improved as much as I have seen anyone improve at this level in one semester.

"Today was a tough day," said FGCU head coach CJ Weber. "I felt Kentucky competed really well but I hope we are able to learn from these moments to get better. That's what these matches are all about. Andres was the player to go 2-0 today, so I'm very happy for him. He and his brother played an amazing doubles match to win at the number one spot. I'm happy he also got a win in singles because he's striking the ball well."

"We got a lot out of today's matches, LSU Head Coach Jeff Brownsaid. "It was another competitive day and it was also extremely warm so that was a bonus.


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

Washington 7, Seattle 0
Doubles:
1 (UW) Foley/Sommer def. (SU) Berkabile/Alderson 7-5
2 (UW) Douglas/Watanabe def. (SU) Stormans/Leahy 6-4
3 (UW) Lam/Stewart def. (SU) Schoettler/Kalmus 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles:
1 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.93) def. John Stormans (SU 11.49) 6-2, 6-0
2 Jake Douglas (UW 13.37) def. Tanner Berkabile (SU 11.32) 6-2, 6-2
3 Enzo Sommer (UW 13.63) def. Ian Clare (SU 11.56)  6-3, 6-1
4 Rishabh Raman (UW 12.72) def. Matt Alderson (SU 11.27) 6-1, 6-0
5 Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.70) def. Michael Schoettler (SU 11.60) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(8)
6 Piers Foley (UW 12.49) def. Connor Leahy (SU 11.56) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 1, 3, 2, 5

Washington 7, Seattle 0
Doubles:
1 (SU) Berkabile/Stormans def. (UW) Foley/Sommer 6-4
2 (UW) Lam/Watanabe def. (SU) Alderson/Leahy 6-3
3 (UW) Hakak/Hawken def. (SU) Nguyen/Kalmus 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
Singles:
1 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.93) def. John Stormans (SU 11.49) 6-1, 6-2
2 Gal Hakak (UW 13.42) def. Tanner Berkabile (SU 11.32) 6-0, 6-0
3 Joao Barra (UW 12.86) def. Ian Clare (SU 11.56) 6-0, 6-1
4 Rishabh Raman (UW 12.72) def. Matt Alderson (SU 11.27) 6-1, 6-1
5 Kawika Lam (UW 12.13) def. Michael Schoettler (SU 11.60) 6-4, 6-2
6 Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.70) def. Connor Leahy (SU 11.56) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 4, 3, 5, 1



Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine '14 - 14.54) qualified for his second career ATP main draw by defeating Poland's Lukasz Kubot (14.63) 6-3, 6-3. Sarkissian broke Kubot early to go up 2-1 and then broke him again to go up 4-1. Sarkissian was broken serving for the set up 5-2 but he'd break back on the next game to take the opening set 6-3. There would only be one break of serve in the second set with Alex breaking Kubot to go up 4-2 and then he'd hold comfortably two more times to close out the 6-3, 6-3 win. Sarkissian picks up 12 points and $1840 for qualifying - next up he faces #58 Simone Bolelli (15.50).



Illinois sophomore Aleks Vukic (14.49) came up short in his attempt to qualify in Sydney as he went down 6-1, 7-6(7) to Germany's #264 Maximilian Marterer (15.05). Vukic only broke serve once but it came at a good time with Marterer serving for the match up 6-1, 5-4. Vukic went down an early mini-break in the tiebreaker but fought back from 2-5 down to even it at 5-5. Vukic fired an ace facing match point at 5-6 and had a set point after winning the next point. Unfortunately Marterer took the next 3 points to win it 6-1, 7-6(7).

TCU sophomore Cameron Norrie (14.68) came up well in short in his attempt to qualify in Auckland, New Zealand as 2004 NCAA Champion and Baylor graduate Benjamin Becker (15.17) rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 win in a match that took just 49 minutes. 


Both of the former college guys lost in the semifinals of the Los Angeles F1 Futures:

Semifinals:
#351 Stefan Kozloz def. #261 Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee '11) 6-1, 6-1
#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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