New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia named Emily Wang as the Aggies new women's head coach. Wang, who graduated from Illinois in 2007, had been the head coach at Eastern Illinois for the last two seasons posting a 28-17 (.622) record. Wang replaces Ivan Fernandez who left after seven seasons to take the women's head coaching job at UTEP. Below are some quotes from NMSU's release:
"Interest in our head women's tennis position was overwhelming," Moccia said. "Emily rose to the top during the process and I was glad we were able to recruit her to NM State. With her playing background in the Big 10 at Illinois and her returning Eastern Illinois to success they haven't seen in 25 years, I'm very confident she will do a tremendous job as our next head coach. I'd like to thank Erica Perkins Jasper, the ITA COO, for assisting me as well. Her knowledge of collegiate tennis coaches around the country was instrumental in our decision making."
"New Mexico State is a top-notch university, and I am excited to be part of the strong culture and part of the Aggie Athletics family," Wang said. "The women's tennis team has a lot of talent and potential. I'm excited to get on campus and look forward to a successful year."
A year ago Texas Tech won 28 matches and hosted a NCAA Regional but going into tonight's match against No. 4 Baylor the Red Raiders were winless in the Big 12 while having an overall record of just 10-14. Baylor was down a man with Jimmy Bendeck (#4 singles/#2 doubles) a late scratch so BU had to make adjustments to both its doubles and singles lineup. Texas Tech took advantage of the shift and picked up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 to take the early 1-0 lead. In singles play, Texas Tech would add five first sets and both Jolan Cailleau and Jackson Cobb would win in straight sets to make it 3-0. Baylor fought back to get splits at No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 while Texas Tech got a split at No. 2.
Baylor's Johannes Schretter, Max Tchoutakian, and Will Little would each pull through to tie the match at 3-3. Texas Tech senior Carlos DiLaura led Baylor freshman Constantin Frantzen 4-1 in the third at No. 5 but Frantzen took the next two to pull within 4-3. DiLaura broke back for 5-3 but Frantzen broke and held for 5-5 and two games later it went to a tiebreak. DiLaura went up 4-0 in the tiebreak but Frantzen rallied to tie it at 6-6. Frantzen had match points at 7-6 and 8-7 but DiLaura pulled it out 10-8.
George Washington Director of Athletics Patrick Nero announced the hiring of David Macpherson as the Colonials new men's tennis coach. Macpherson had been the Bryan Brothers coach since 2005 after having a successful pro career that lasted almost 20 years. Macpherson replaces Greg Munoz who resigned in the middle of his 10th season to become the Tennis Director at the Jakarta Tennis Academy in Indonesia. Torrie Browning, who recently became the women's head coach at GW, served as the interim coach and guided the team to a third straight conference title.
Baylor's Julian Lenz and Will Little cruised to a 6-2 win at #1 doubles but Texas A&M took the point with a 6-1 win at #2 and a 6-4 win at #3. Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Jordi Arconada had a 4-2 lead at #3 but Baylor's Felipe Rios and Jimmy Bendeck held and then broke on the deciding point to even it at 4-4. Bendeck went up 40-30 on his serve but Lunkin hit a volley winner and then Rios watch a screamer go past him that landed well inside the line to make it 5-4 A&M. Lunkin then held from 40-15 to seal the doubles point for Texas A&M.
The teams split first sets with Lenz, Rios, and Little taking them for BU while Shane Vinsant, AJ Catanzariti, and Jackson Withrow took sets for A&M.
All five matches that finished were straight setters and the first three finished within about 45 seconds of each other.
Shane Vinsant extended Texas A&M's lead to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Max Tchoutakian at #2 singles. Vinsant broke Tchoutakian at love to go up 5-4 in the first then served it out from 40-30 to take the opening set 6-4. Vinsant broke Tchoutakian to open the second set and then held for a 2-0 lead. Tchoutakian held and then broke to even it at 2-2 but Vinsant broke back to go up 3-2. Vinsant held serve three more times and closed out the 6-4, 6-4 win.
Jackson Withrow made it 3-0 Aggies when he finished off Tommy Podvinski 6-2, 6-4 at #6 singles. Withrow broke Podvinski to go up 3-2 and then broke him again to go up 5-2 before serving out the set. There was only one break of serve in the second set and it came when Withrow hammered an overhead to break from 30-40 to go up 5-4. Podvinski took a 5-minute injury timeout (looked like he was getting hamstring stretched) but once play resumed Withrow held easily to close out the 6-2, 6-4 win.
Just second later, Julian Lenz put Baylor on the board when he beat #5 Arthur Rinderknech 6-4, 6-1 at #1 singles. Lenz earned the only break of serve in the first set when he broke Rinderknech on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then held to take the set. Lenz broke Rinderknech three times in the second set and cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 win.
Roughly 7 minutes later, Felipe Rios would give Baylor its second point with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Jordi Arconada at #3 singles. Rios broke Arconada to go up 6-5 in the first then held on the deciding point to take it 7-5. The second set was filled with breaks with Rios breaking to go up 2-1 but Arconada broke back and held for 3-2. Rios then held and broke to go up 4-3 but Arconada broke back to even it at 4-4. Rios would break again to go up 5-4 and then he held from 40-15 to take it 7-5, 6-4.
Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti would provide the clincher 10 minutes later when he beat Jimmy Bendeck 6-3, 7-6(3) at #5 singles. Catanzariti broke Bendeck to go up 3-1 in the first and then held to make it 4-1. Bendeck then held and broke to put it back on serve only to see Catanzariti break back and then hold from love to take the set 6-3. Catanzariti broke to go up 2-1 in the second but Bendeck broke back to even it at 3-3. It stayed on serve until Catanzariti broke to go up 6-5 but Bendeck broke back to force a tiebreak. Catanzariti raced out to a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak and ended up taking it 7-3.
The match between Harrison Adams and Will Little was abandoned with Adams serving for the match up 5-2 in the third.
2. #29 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.08) def. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) 6-4, 6-4
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.26) def. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.81) 7-5, 6-4
4. Harrison Adams (aTm 12.98) vs. Will Little (BU 13.67) 2-6, 6-3, *5-2 unf
5. AJ Catanzariti (aTm 13.43) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.49) 6-3, 7-6(3)
6. Jackson Withrow (aTm 14.13/30%) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.75) 6-2, 6-4
As you can see from below the guys were pumped up with the win over a ranked opponent.
North Carolina won the doubles point for the 12th time in its last 13 matches with a 6-4 win at No. 1 and a 6-3 win at No. 2. The Tar Heels rode the momentum from the doubles point and took five opening sets in singles.
Wake Forest freshman Dennis Uspensky earned the only first set for the Demon Deacons and he was also the first to finish with a 6-0, 6-3 rout over UNC freshman Anu Kodali. It was Uspensky's 10th win in his last 11 matches.
North Carolina junior Brayden Schnur put the Tar Heels back on top with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Skander Mansouri at No. 1. Schnur has now won his last two after dropping his three prior.
UNC 2 WFU 0 Schnur d. Mansouri 4,4 pic.twitter.com/j9N3CbmENyUNC Men's Tennis (@carolinatennis) April 3, 2016
North Carolina senior Brett Clark made it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jon Ho at No. 3. Clark came back from 15-40 on his 5-4 service game to close it out.
UNC 3, WFU 1 Clark overcomes 3 break pts to serve out match over Jon Ho 6-2, 6-4 pic.twitter.com/doegUFkFNZUNC Men's Tennis (@carolinatennis) April 3, 2016
Wake Forest freshman Petros Chrysochos put the Deacs second point on the board with a come from behind 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Ronnie Schneider at No. 2. Chrysochos broke Schneider to go up 3-2 in the third and then broke again to go up 5-2. Schneider would break back and hold for 4-5 but Chrysochos closed it out on his next service game for the win.
Both of the remaining matches were into a third set and Wake would go up early breaks on both courts. An ailing Jack Murray would get broke to start the third set and then Seraphim held on the deciding point to make it 2-0. Murray would finally get a hold to make it 1-2 and then a couple of Seraphim double faults put it back on serve at 2-2.
Over at No. 4, Wake Forest senior Romain Bogaerts went up an early break on UNC sophomore Robert Kelly but Kelly broke right back to even it at 2-2. Bogaerts broke again to go up 3-2 but Kelly broke back for 3-3. Kelly held on the deciding point to go up 4-3 but Bogaerts held on the deciding point as well to make it 4-4.
Back at No. 5, Seraphim broke Murray to go up 3-2 and then held for 4-2. Murray held for 3-4 but Seraphim quickly held for 5-3. Seraphim would break Murray to close out the 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win and tie the match at 3-3.
Wake was now seemingly in the driver's seat because Bogaerts had broken Kelly to go 5-4 plus he had two match points up 40-30. Bogaerts double faulted to bring up the deciding point then a hobbling Kelly finished the next point with a volley at the net to make it 5-5. Bogaerts would break again to go up 6-5 and once again he'd be staring at some match points after going up 40-15 on his serve. Kelly erased all three to break and send the match to a deciding tiebreak.
Kelly took the first point on his serve but Bogaerts took the next five to go up 5-1 at the changeover. Kelly won the next point on the Bogaerts serve and then two more on his own serve to make it *5-4. Bogaerts went up 6-4 but Kelly put it back on serve at 6-5*. Bogaerts was able to win the next point, which was his seventh match point, to seal the 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-6(5) win.
Big win for the Deacs in Chapel Hill! pic.twitter.com/AYsjxtWI9pWake Men's Tennis (@WakeMTennis) April 3, 2016
Mississippi State, ranked No. 25, was coming off a tough 4-3 loss to state rival Ole Miss on Friday but the Bulldogs came into Fayetteville and upset No. 14 Arkansas 4-3.
MSU took the doubles point after Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter came back from an early 1-3 deficit to win the deciding match at No. 1 by a 7-5 score.
Arkansas took four first sets in singles and while they were able to finish three in straight sets it'd be that fourth one that would come back to get them.
MSU's Strahinja Rakic put the Bulldogs up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over David Herrerias at No. 5 but moments later Arkansas got on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win by Adam Sanjurjo over Luka Sucevic at No. 6.
MSU would go up 3-1 with a 6-3, 7-5 win by Nuno Borges over Jose Salazar at No. 2 but Arkansas countered with a 7-6, 6-1 win from Mike Redlicki over Mate Cutura at No. 1.
Arkansas's Giammarco Micolani was closing in on the finish line at No. 4 but MSU's Rishab Agarwal would seal the Bulldogs win with a come from behind 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Santiago Munoz at No. 3. Micolani did close out Niclas Bruan 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 but the team outcome had already been decided.
Tulsa continued its drive to host a NCAA regional by going on the road to New Orleans and knocking off No. 23 Tulane 4-3.
Tulsa won the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split first sets in singles.
Tulane's Mr. Automatic, Dominik Koepfer, was first off the court after rolling over Or Ram-Harel 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1. Tulane freshman Tyler Schick put the Green Wave ahead 2-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Daniel Santos at No. 6 but Tulsa countered with a 6-3, 7-5 win by Majed Kilani at No. 4.
Juan Matias Gonzalez put Tulsa ahead 3-2 with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Constantin Schmitz at No. 2 then Okkie Kellerman clinched the win with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 win over Alex Van Cott at No. 5.
Tulane's Sebastian Rey won the final match at No. 3 over Carlos Bautista 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) to make the final score 4-3.
The Sooners took the early momentum when they won the doubles point fairly easily with 6-2 win at No. 1 and No. 2. Each team claimed three first sets in singles but Oklahoma would take all completed second sets.
OU freshman Andre Biro was the first off the court with a 6-4, 6-3 win over FSU sophomore Terrance Whitehurst at No. 6. Biro has now won five in a row and seven of his last eight.
OU sophomore Spencer Papa made it 3-0 Boomer Sooner with a come from behind 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over FSU senior Marco Nunez. Papa has now won four in a row after dropping six of his first nine.
OU junior Alex Ghilea would provide the clincher at No. 3 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over FSU senior Michael Rinaldi. The other three matches were abandoned with OU leading at No. 1 and No. 5 and FSU up at No. 4.
Both FSU and ESPN3 have highlights so give those videos a watch to find out more about this match.
Columbia and Harvard have been two of the Ivy's elite for years and they gave those in attendance and watching on the Ivy Digital Network a great show that most won't soon forget.
Columbia had won the doubles point 16 times in a row against Ivy League competition going into this week but it's now dropped the point 2 times in a row after falling at No. 1 and No. 2. Harvard's No. 1 team of Nicky Hu and Brien Young broke serve to go up 3-1 and then held the rest of the way to win it 6-3. Harvard took the doubles point when Sebastian Beltrame and Jean Thirouin defeated Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski 7-5 at No. 2. Vermeer and Rolski broke to go up 2-1 and then held for 3-1. Beltrame and Thirouin broke Columbia's 3-4 service game to tie it at 4-4 and then broke again from 5-6 to clinch it. The match at No. 3 was abandoned with Columbia serving at 5-6
Columbia rebounded in singles and took first sets at 3, 4, 5, and 6 while Harvard took sets at the top two spots.
Harvard senior Nick Hu put the Crimson ahead 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 whipping of Shawn Hadavi at No. 1. Hu broke Hadavi to go up 4-2 and broke again to take the opening set 6-2. Hu broke Hadavi to go up 2-0 in the second and never looked back.
Columbia senior Eric Rubin put the Lions on the board with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kenny Tao at No. 3. Rubin broke Tao's 3-4 service game and then held to take the opening set 6-3. Rubin broke Tao to start the second set and then broke him again to go up 4-1. Rubin held for 5-1, Tao held for 2-5, and then Tao erased multiple match points to break for 3-5. Rubin broke Tao on the deciding point to close it out 6-3, 6-3.
Fellow CU senior Mike Vermeer tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Andy Zhou at No. 4. Vermeer broke Zhou to go up 2-1 in the first but Zhou broke back a few games later to even it at 4-4. Vermeer would break back on the next game and then hold to take the set 6-4. Vermeer broke Zhou to start the second set then broke two more times to take it 6-4, 6-1.
The hero of Saturday's match against Dartmouth would put the Lions up 3-2 as CU freshman Timmy Wang defeated Christopher Morrow 7-5, 6-4 at No. 6. The first set stayed on serve until Wang broke Morrow's 5-6 service game on the deciding point to take the set 7-5. The second set was pretty similar with a slew of holds to start and a break to finish. Wang held on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then after going up 0-40 broke Morrow to close it out.
Columbia was just a point away from the win and had both of the Pham brothers on the two remaining courts at No. 2 and No. 5.
The older Pham, Richard, would be unable to get that fourth point after Harvard senior Kelvin Lam closed it out for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5. Pham was able to take the first set despite getting broken early on to go down 2-1. Pham broke back on the next game and broke again to take the opening set 7-5. Lam broke Pham's 1-1 service game for the second set in a row but this time he consolidated the break for 3-1 and then broke again to go up 4-1. After an exchange of holds, Lam was broke serving for the set up 5-2 but he did manage to hold the second time around at 5-4 to take the set 6-4. Pham broke Lam to go up 2-0 in the third but Lam would rattle off the next six games to take it 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and tie the match at 3-3.
The match would be decided in a third set at No. 2 between Columbia freshman Victor Pham and Harvard junior Sebastian Beltrame. There was only one break of serve in the first set and it came when Beltrame broke to go up 4-2. The only break of the second set came when Pham broke Beltrame to take the set 6-4. Beltrame broke Pham to start the third set and held for 2-0 but Pham would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-2. The next big point would come with Beltrame serving at 3-4, deciding point. Beltrame would hit an ace to hold for 4-4 and then it would be all holds until the tiebreak.
|Victor Pham (Columbia)|
Freshman Victor Pham with his second 3-3, 7-6 in the third clinch of the season pic.twitter.com/XjsiECVwQxColumbia Mens Tennis (@ColumbiaMTennis) April 3, 2016
I ventured down to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, this past weekend and was treated to a good one on Sunday as VCU held off a late charging Middle Tennessee State to win 4-3.
VCU took the early 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. VCU's Catalin Fifea and Michal Voscek didn't have any trouble at No. 3 as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held from 5-1 to take it 6-1. VCU's Arvid Noren and Louis Ishizaka faced more resistance at No. 2 and in fact trailed 2-0 before holding and then breaking on the deciding point to even it at 2-2. VCU broke again and would serve for the match up 5-3 but MTSU broke from 15-40 to put it back on serve at 5-4*. VCU would return the favor and break on a double fault to win it 6-4. The clip on the left is match point at No. 3 and the one on the right is the point before the clinch at No. 2 (not much to see on the double fault that ended it).
MTSU turned up the heat in singles and took five opening sets and would get a pair of quick straight set wins at No. 1 and No. 3.
MTSU freshman and recent Davis Cup participant, Ayed Zatar Cordero, needed just 51 minutes to dispatch VCU's Daryl Monfils 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. For those wondering Daryl is the younger brother of ATP pro Gael Monfils.
Fellow freshman Gonzalo Morell made it 2-1 Blue Raiders after he defeated Michal Voscek 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1. Morell actually served for the first set up 5-0 but got broke. He served it out at love the second time around to take it 6-2. The second set wasn't much closer with Morell breaking early and often before finishing the match by breaking to take it 6-2, 6-1.
VCU junior Catalin Fifea tied the match at 2-2 with a 7-6(2), 6-4 win over Gian Issa at No. 4. Fifea served for the match up 7-6, 5-3 but got broke on the deciding point however he would break Issa on the deciding point to close it out. I wasn't able to get a good angle on match point but Fifea came to the net and got lobbed by Issa and then Fifea got the tip of his frame on the ball and his shot landed just on the other side for a winner. The clip below is Fifea serving 7-6, 5-3, deciding point.
VCU went ahead 3-2 when freshman Vitor Lima came from behind to defeat Miguel Negre 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. Negre broke Lima to take the opening set 6-4 but Lima broke Negre three times in the second set to take it 6-1. Lima held, broke, and held to go up 3-0 in the third before Negre got on the board to make it 3-1. It was all holds down the stretch and Lima would hold from 40-30 to close it out. The clip on the left is Lima serving up 4-2 in the third and on the right is match point.
MTSU freshman Luis Morillo Diaz tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3) win over Louis Ishizaka at No. 5. Ishizaka broke Morillo Diaz to go up 3-1 in the third but Morillo Diaz won the next four to go up 5-3. Ishizaka held for 4-5, broke for 5-5, and held to go up 6-5. Morillo Diaz held to send it to a tiebreak but and then after falling behind 0-3 he's win the next seven to take it 7-3. The video clip picks up with VCU leading 3-1 - as you can see the big scoreboard wasn't working due to technical issues.
Everyone hustled back over to court No. 6 to see the conclusion of the match between VCU freshman Philip Mobius and MTSU senior Robin Riethmueller. Mobius actually served for the match up 5-1 in the third but Riethmueller took four straight to even it at 5-5. Mobius held for 6-5 and after going 15-40 would break Riethmueller from 30-40 to clinch it.
It was a great, hard-fought match by both teams that had plenty of swings but VCU was just a little strong down the stretch. Thanks again to MTSU head coach Jimmy Borendame and assistant coach Daniel Leitner for the invite - the facilities were nice especially the brand new indoor facility. I also enjoyed my Artful Doughnuts - may have had more than one :)
VCU 4, #64 Middle Tennessee 3
Other Notable Sunday Results:
#3 Virginia def. #75 Duke 6-1 - UVA recap - closer than the score (four 3rd sets)
#42 NC State def. Louisville 4-3 - NCST recap - Horton clinched at 2 to make it 4-2
#45 Virginia Tech def. #51 Notre Dame 6-1 - VT recap
#31 Georgia Tech def. Boston College 6-1 - GT recap
Clemson def. #67 Miami FL 4-3 - CU recap
#4 Ohio State def. Nebraska 4-0 - OSU recap
#15 Illinois def. #30 Wisconsin 4-0 - UI recap (w highlights)
#20 Michigan def. #53 Purdue 4-1 - UM recap (w highlights)
#33 Penn State def. #60 Iowa 4-0 - PSU recap
Indiana at Michigan State 6-1 - IU recap
#10 Texas A&M def. #59 South Carolina 6-1 - aTm recap - closer than the score (five 3rd sets)
#41 Alabama def. #37 Ole Miss 4-3 - Bama recap - Rossouw clinched at 5 to make it 4-2
#43 Vanderbilt def. #55 Auburn 4-3 - VU recap- Valent won decider in 3rd
#34 Princeton def. Yale 4-1 - PU recap
#40 Dartmouth def. #56 Cornell 4-2 - Dart recap
Penn def. Brown 4-3 - Penn recap
#17 South Florida def. Central Florida 4-0 - USF recap
#49 UC Santa Barbara def. UC Irvine 6-1 - UCSB recap
#50 Old Dominion def. South Alabama 4-0 - ODU recap
#52 Georgia State def. College of Charleston 4-1 - GSU recap
#57 East Tennessee State def. #63 UNC Wilmington 4-1 - ETSU recap
#58 Utah State def. Air Force 6-1 - USU recap
Elon def. #62 William & Mary 5-2 - Elon recap
#69 Boise State def. #70 New Mexico 4-1 - BSU recap
#73 Cal Poly def. Hawaii 7-0 - CP recap
The day started off in Lexington with No. 20 Kentucky and No. 5 Ohio State playing indoors due to high winds and the chance of rain.
Ohio State was able to claim the doubles point for 19th time in 23 tries after picking up wins at No. 1 and No. 3. The Buckeyes duo of Matt Mendez and Hugo Di Feo fell into an early 3-0 hole at No. 3 but rallied to take the next six games to close out Austin Hussey and Ryotaro Matsumura 6-3. Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce led Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart 5-3 at No. 1 but the Kentucky duo won the next two to even it at 5-5. Torpegaard and Joyce would take the next two games to close it out 7-5. The match at No. 2 was abandoned with Kentucky leading 6-5.
Kentucky's indoor facility only has four courts so the top four singles spots went on first with No. 5 and No. 6 not going on until matches finished.
It'd only take 60 minutes for the first court to open up because Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura whipped Chris Diaz 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. Matsumura opened a 4-0 lead in the first and second sets before Diaz finally got on the board. Someone needs to tell Matsumura that he doesn't have to pay for his court time so he can stay out there for longer than an hour :)
|Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State)|
Kentucky freshman Enzo Wallart would tie the match at 2-2 with a win over Herkko Pollanen at No. 4. Wallart broke Pollanen to go up 2-1 in the first and would hold for 3-1 before Pollanen held and broke back to even it at 3-3. Wallart broke back and held for 5-3 and would serve it out two games later to take the opening set 6-4. Wallart broke and then held to go up 2-0 in the second and he'd keep the break lead the rest of the way to close it out 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and thirty-six minutes.
|Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State)|
By this time the matches at No. 5 and No. 6 were getting deeper in the first sets. Ohio State just needed to win one of the two while Kentucky needed them both.
Ohio State redshirt junior Ralf Steinbach would earn the first break of the match when he broke Trey Yates to go up 6-5 in the first and then he'd serve it out to take the opening set 7-5. Steinbach broke Yates to go up 5-4 in the second and then he'd serve it out to clinch the team.
The match at No. 6 between Martin Joyce and Austin Hussey was abandoned with the Buckeye freshman up a set and on serve in the second.
A crowd of close to 500 was on hand in Gainesville and they got to see their Gators go toe-to-toe with the defending NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers.
All three doubles courts would finish with identical 6-4 scores. Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger broke Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin on the deciding point to go up 4-3. Styslinger held for 5-3 and then Orkin held on the deciding point to make it 5-4. Kwiatkowski served it out from 40-15 by hitting an ace down the T to clinch the 6-4 win.
Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco broke Virginia's Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone to go up 4-3 and then Perez held for 5-3. After a Virginia hold, Perez-Blanco would hold from 40-15 with a service winner on match point to clinch the 6-4 win.
The doubles point would be decided at No. 1 between the ITA ranked No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams. Virginia's Ryan Shane was serving 4-4, 40-0 but Florida's Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson would come back to break on the deciding point when they forced a Shane backhand error. Shane and Luca Corinteli would go up 15-40 on Watson's 5-4 service game but Watson hit a service winner for 30-40, Hidalgo hit a nice drop volley winner for 40-40, and then Watson hit another service winner to give Florida the doubles point.
ACE by Watson!! Doubles Point!!! Diego and Gordon take down No. 2 Shane and Coriteli, 6-4!! #GoGators #Five0 pic.twitter.com/hqVtsyqsOMGator Men's Tennis (@GatorsMTN) April 6, 2016
Florida used the momentum from doubles to jump on Virginia in singles as the Gators went up early breaks on the bottom three courts. Virginia would claw back into each of those three matches and would also take break leads at No. 2 and No. 3.
Virginia junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would tie the match at 1-1 with a win over Elliott Orkin at No. 2. Kwiatkowski broke Orkin to go up 3-1 in the first but Orkin broke back to make it 3-2. Kwiatkowski would then break, hold, and break again to take the opening set 6-2. The only break of the second set came when Kwiatkowski broke Orkin's 4-5 service game to close the match out 6-2, 6-4.
Virginia junior J.C. Aragone put the Hoos ahead 2-1 with a win over Chase Perez-Blanco at No. 4. Aragone trailed 4-2* in the first but won the final four games to take the opening set 6-4. Aragone broke Perez-Blanco to go up 5-3 in the second and then served it out for a 6-4, 6-3 win.
|Luca Corinteli (The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff)|
Virginia's Collin Altamirano and Henrik Wiersholm were both up a set and 5-3 so it appeared the match would be over in a matter of seconds.
Altamirano went up 30-40 on Alfredo Perez's 4-6, 3-5 service game but Perez would come back to hold when Altamirano left a lob too short and Perez hammered it home at the net. Altamirano was now serving for the match and after falling behind 15-40 he'd get it to the deciding point. A fairly lengthy point ensued and it'd end with Perez hitting a crosscourt forehand winner much to the dismay of Altamirano. Perez then held on the deciding point to go up 6-5 and then he'd break on yet another deciding point to take the second set 7-5.
|Henrik Wiersholm (The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff)|
The two remaining matches were played out with Florida's Diego Hidalgo getting a late break to defeat Ryan Shane 6-4 in the third while Altamirano righted the ship and pulled away to take it 6-2 in the third.
TCU ran its winning streak to 13 with a 7-0 shutout over SMU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. TCU blitzed SMU in doubles and took the point with 6-0 and 6-1 win at No. 2 and No. 3.
TCU took four of six first sets and Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson would each finish in straight sets with Johnson clinching the team win at No. 6.
The two remaining matches were played out with Eduardo Nava coming from behind to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Markus Kerner at No. 4 while Guillermo Nunez closed out the evening with a win in an abbreviated third set at No. 3.
Win No. 25 at home came via a 7-0 sweep of SMU & @RoditiTCUTennis recaps the last nonconference match of the seasonhttps://t.co/Gy3hpW7wpSTCU Men's Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) April 7, 2016