Another big coaching opening was filled as LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva named Andy Brandi and his son Chris as the men's co-head coaches of the Tigers. Andy has plenty of coaching experience in the SEC after spending 17 exceptional seasons as the women's head coach at Florida from 1984 to 2001. During those 17 seasons, Andy won three NCAA Championships while his teams won 91% of its matches and lost zero SEC home matches! After Andy left Florida he served as Director of Tennis at the IMG Academy for five years and then most recently he was a national coach on the USTA Player Development staff.

Chris Brandi played collegiately at TCU and Florida from 2001 to 2005 and then was an assistant coach at Wake Forest in 2008 and at Baylor from 2009-2011; most recently he was a private tennis coach in Florida. Andy and Chris Brandi replace Jeff Brown who stepped down after 15 seasons. Below are some quotes from LSU's release:

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While the NCAA Division I Tournament got started last weekend the Division II Tournament wrapped up with the West Florida men and Barry women bringing home the trophy. UWF won its fourth national championship, first since 2014, with a 5-2 win over Barry. UWF took two of three doubles matches to go in front 2-1 and then it added straight set wins from Gabriel Dias and Serdar Bojadjiev and Alfonso Castellano provided the clincher with a three set win at No. 6. UWF's recap has more details plus you can rewatch the broadcast of the final at this link.

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The 69th Blue Gray Tennis Classic came to an end on Saturday with the Rice men and Auburn women capturing titles by winning three matches in a 30-hour window. Rice started the day on Friday with a 4-0 win over Boise State and then Rice and Virginia Tech met in the semifinals with the doubles point played on Friday while singles was played Saturday morning. Rice only dropped two points in doubles and then the Owls won 9 of 11 sets in singles with David Warren clinching the 4-0 win. In Saturday afternoon's championship match, Rice took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but then the teams split first sets in singles. South Carolina picked up straight set wins from Andrew Schafer and Alex Fennell while Rice's Tommy Bennett won in straight sets for Rice. With the match tied at 2-2 each of the remaining matches would be decided by few points late in the third set. 

South Carolina's Yancy Dennis served for the match at No. 3 up 5-4 in the third but Rice's Jake Hansen broke back, held, and broke again to win 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 which put Rice ahead 3-2. Rice sophomore Eric Rutledge would clinch the match at No. 5 by breaking Thomas Mayronne's 4-4 third set service game and then serving the match out to take it 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. The match at No. 1 went unfinished with Rice's Jamie Malik leading 4-2 in the third set tiebreak after Malik had fought off two match points to force the tiebreak 

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There was only one men's match on Friday that took place between ranked teams and it happened in Columbus as No. 3 Ohio State ran its record to 8-0 with an anything but easy 4-1 win over No. 15 Kentucky. The doubles point on the other hand was pretty easy with the Buckeyes winning big at No. 2 and No. 3. Ohio State rode the momentum from the doubles point into singles and took four opening sets but Kentucky managed to get splits on two of those courts. Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen tied the match with a straight set win at No. 4 but Ohio State countered with straight set wins from Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen at No. 1 and No. 5. Each of the remaining matches were in third sets but Ohio State sophomore Kyle Seelig would pull away from Kentucky's Enzo Wallart to clinch the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win at No. 6.

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Saturday was semifinal day at all the fall tournaments - take a look down below to see who is playing in Sunday's finals. 

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Ohio State just doesn't lose at home and they proved it again on Sunday winning for an unbelievable 200th time in a row as they handily beat a Top 25 South Florida team 4-0.  The streak began all the way back on April 6th, 2003 with a win over Purdue and has grown and grown as the years have gone by.  During the week I'm going to compile a list of everyone that Ohio State has beaten at home in the last 12 years so look for that no later than Wednesday.  Here is a good article that Colette Lewis wrote on the streak back in 2013.

In my opinion the biggest surprise for Ohio State this year has been the play of Chris Diaz at #1. Last year the Columbus native struggled in the middle of the lineup and went just 11-15 in dual match play but this year he has more than held his own Roberto Cid, Shane Vinsant, Or-Ram Harel, and Lukas Ollert.




Ohio State Recap


#8 Ohio State 4, #25 University of South Florida 0

Doubles competition
1. #44 Justin Roberts/Oliver Pramming (USF) def. #4 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-4
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 7-6 (7-3)
3. #27 Chris Diaz/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzales-Muniz (USF) 7-6 (7-4)

Singles competition
1. #21 Chris Diaz (OSU) led #19 Roberto Cid (USF) 6-3, 3-5
2. #89 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5, 6-3
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) led Ignacio Gonzales-Muniz (USF) 6-3, 3-4
4. Justin Roberts (USF) vs. #66 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4, 1-6
5. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Oliver Pramming (USF) 6-3, 6-2
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-3, 7-5

Match Notes:
University of South Florida 4-3; National ranking #25
Ohio State 8-1; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,2,6)
A-252

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Wake Forest played its 3rd straight 5-2 match and after losing the 1st one to Oklahoma they've now made it 2 in a row as they defeated a reeling Tennessee team that has now dropped 4 straight.  Wake won a tight doubles point which was decided by a tiebreak at #2 and also picked up a win at #1 doubles over the reigning NCAA Doubles Champs.  3 of Wake's 4 freshman picked up wins with Mansouri, Seraphim, and Tabrizi winning at 4, 5, and 6 and only Noah Rubin's loss at #1 in a 3rd set 10 point tiebreak soured the day.  

The Vols, like many teams in the 15-30 range, are having a hard time finding quality depth at the bottom half of the line-up and they continue to get uneven production from the newcomers (Schipanski, Smelyanski, Valero,  Jones) while also dealing with some injuries (Fickey/Smelyanski). One of the positives for UT has been the return to 2013 form (23-3) by #1 Mikelis Libietis after the big man struggled last year and finished 16-11 during the dual season.  Libietis beat the reigning Wimbledon junior champion Noah Rubin in a 3rd set supertiebreak.

Wake Forest Recap
Tennessee Recap


#18 Wake Forest 5, #20 Tennessee 2

Feb 08, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. - Wake Forest Tennis Complex (indoor) 

Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #2 Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (TENN) 6-3
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Luis Valero/Bartosz Sawicki (TENN) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Andrew Dromsky/Jack Schipanski (TENN) def. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #16 Mikelis Libietis (TENN) def. Noah Rubin (WF) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Hunter Reese (TENN) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
3. Jack Schipanski (TENN) def. #52 Jon Ho (WF) 6-3, 6-1
4. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Luis Valero (TENN) 6-3, 6-4
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jess Jones (TENN) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Andrew Dromsky (TENN) 6-1, 6-2

Match Notes
Tennessee 4-4; National ranking #20
Wake Forest 5-2; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,3,4,5,1,2)
T-3:00 A-192

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TCU's final warm up for next week National Indoors was a successful one as they rolled into Tulsa and came out with a 4-0 win.  Tulsa put up a fight on several courts with the Golden Hurricanes either leading or in striking distance on each of the 3 remaining courts but it was all for not as TCU got straight set wins from senior Arnau Dachs and a pair of guys that were ranked #2 (Nunez) and #3 (Norrie) in the ITA's preseason newcomer/freshman rankings.   TCU will likely be looking at a 1st round matchup against #3 Virginia next Friday so it will take a complete performance from everyone to keep it close.  

TCU Recap


#17 TCU 4, #40 Tulsa 0
Feb 08, 2015 at Tulsa, Okla. (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Alejandro Espejo/Carlos Bautista (TULSA) vs. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 5-3, unfinished
2. Cameron Norrie/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Dylan McCloskey/Matthew Kirby (TULSA) 6-3
3. Trevor Johnson/Hudson Blake (TCU) def. Or Ram-Harel/Juan Gonzalez (TULSA) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #24 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Juan Gonzalez (TULSA) 7-5, 6-4
2. Or Ram-Harel (TULSA) vs. Nick Chappell (TCU) 6-3, 5-7, 2-1, unfinished
3. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Alejandro Espejo (TULSA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Matthew Kirby (TULSA) vs. #91 Will Stein (TCU) 7-6, 4-3, unfinished
5. #87 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Dylan McCloskey (TULSA) 6-3, 6-1
6. Mitchell Pritchard (TULSA) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU) 2-6, 6-4, 0-2, unfinished

Match Notes
TCU 5-0; National ranking #17
Tulsa 7-4; National ranking #40
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Friday, 13 March 2015 13:01

Friday Preview

Friday will be a fairly light day of activity with just 8 teams in the Top 20 in action and with the only matchup between top 20 teams taking place in College Station as #9 Texas A&M hosts #11 Vanderbilt.

Before I preview that one here are a few others to keep an eye on today:

#31 San Diego (8-3) at #34 Texas Tech (12-4) - 1pm est - Live Scoring - San Diego is coming off a hard fought loss against USC and has wins on the year over South Carolina and South Florida while Texas Tech has only played 1 match in the last 3 weeks though has wins this year over Auburn and Mississippi State.  

#24 Florida State (10-4) at #19 Wake Forest (9-4) - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - FSU is coming off a weekend where the Noles beat Louisville and gave North Carolina all it wanted despite FSU playing without its #1 Benjamin Lock who was playing in the Davis Cup.  Wake has played its last 3 matches without its #1 Noah Rubin (wrist) going 1-2 in that stretch with respectable losses to Texas and Virginia and a win over TCU.  This should be a very competitive match that probably finishes 4-3 on way or the other.  


#28 Louisville (13-3) at #37 NC State (10-5) - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - Louisville comes off a weekend where they split with Notre Dame (W) and Florida State (L).  NC State on the other hand went 0-2 last week with a close 4-3 loss to North Carolina (playing w/o Schnur) before getting plowed by Virginia 7-0.  Like the FSU/Wake match this too will likely be a 4-3 match.  


#42 Mississippi State (11-3) at #18 Florida (6-5)- 5pm est - Live Scoring - State has won 4 in a row with a pair of recent wins over Alabama and Arkansas while Florida has dropped 3 of its last 4.  I think Florida should get the win here though State is more than capable of the upset. 



#11 Vanderbilt (13-3) at #9 Texas A&M (7-2) - 7pm est - Live Scoring - Last year Texas A&M rolled into Nashville and rolled over the Dores 4-0 so this year it'll be Vandy trying to return the favor.  Vandy is a stout 11-3 in doubles while Texas A&M is an equally impressive 8-1.  College Station is a tough place to play so for Vanderbilt to win this one they really need the doubles point.  Unfortunately for them I think Texas A&M gets the point but Vandy will put up a fight in singles.  The matchup at #1 should be a good one with Gonzales Austin bringing a 14-1 dual match record into this one while Jeremy Efferding is 6-1.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.34) vs. #65 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.03)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.43) vs. #71 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.19)
3. Daniel Valent (VU 13.73) vs. #48 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.73)
4. Kris Yee (VU 13.66) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.15)
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.87) vs. #89 A.J. Catanzariti (aTm 13.96)
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.93) vs. Max Lunkin (aTm 12.91)

Others who could play:  Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.54)

#1 singles - Austin has a 14-1 dual match record and has won 2 straight after dropping his only match to Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz while Efferding is 6-1 but 2-0 playing at #1. Efferding has won 3 straight and led Georgia's Wayne Montgomery 3-0 in the 3rd in a match that didn't finish.  This one will likely have a few close 7-5 type of sets and might not get to finish.  I'll say Austin is ahead when the match is clinched.

#2 singles - Johnson is 5-8 on the year and has lost 2 straight while Vinsant is 2-2, with 4 additional matches not finishing, though he got blown out 6-3, 6-0 his last time out against South Carolina's Andrew Adams.  I see Vinsant rebounding in this one and winning in 2.

#3 singles - Valent is 13-1 on the year and 3-0 since moving up from 4 to 3.  Valent has also won 5 straight with 2 of those wins over ranked opposition.  Adams on the other hand has really struggled this year with an 0-6 record and he actually was pulled from the lineup for the Aggies last match against South Carolina.  I've got to go with Valent in this one though if Adams sits and Rinderknech gets moved up I could see it going the other way.

#4 singles - Yee is 8-7 in dual match play and 1-1 since dropping down from 3 to 4 in the lineup. Yee blew out Auburn's Joseph Van Dooren 6-1, 6-0 last weekend with that win stopping a 4 match losing streak.  Rinderknech is a solid 7-1 and has won 7 straight since dropping his 1st dual match. Rinderknech played at #3 the last time out and picked up a 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 win over South Carolina's Thiago Pinheiro.   Outside of #1 singles I think this will be the 2nd closest match and I'm going to take Rinderknech in 3.

#5 singles - Eswaran is 8-5 this year and 1-1 since moving up from 6 to 5 while Catanzariti is 5-3 though he's won 4 of his last 5.  Anything other than Catanzariti in 2 would be surprising.

#6 singles - Newman is 5-5 on the year and 3-0 since moving down from 5 to 6 while Lunkin is 3-1 and the last time out he was up 4-1 in the 3rd against South Carolina's Thomas Mayronne when the team match was clinched.   I'll go with Lunkin in 2 tight sets.

In my opinion Vanderbilt's best path to an upset would be to take the doubles point and pick up singles wins from Austin, Valent, and Newman.  If this were in Nashville I'd probably take Vanderbilt but I think that home court advantage pays off for the Aggies. Prediction:  Texas A&M 4-1
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Well the big match of the day was actually a good bit closer than I thought it would be after noticing that Vanderbilt was without its #1 singles player #10 Gonzales Austin who also makes up the #1 doubles team in the country with Rhys Johnson.  I still haven't seen anything official from anyone on why AJ didn't play but if I had to guess I'd say he was under the weather which I can relate to.

The one thing I don't get is how neither of the school's press releases bothered to even mention the fact that Austin didn't play.  I mean if the starting quarterback on the football team didn't play it'd have to be addressed by somebody, right?  If you are the person conducting the post match interviews wouldn't question #1 be "How do you think the absence of Vandy's #1 effected the match?" It sure would be my first question.   

Back to the match itself it was admirable that Vanderbilt was able to take the doubles point despite moving its #2 team up to #1 and putting together a make-shift team at #2 with both of those teams winning. 

In singles play, Texas A&M took 5 of 6 1st sets with AJ Catanzariti, Arthur Rinderknech, and Jeremy Efferding able to close them out in straights at 6, 4, and 1. On the 2 remaining courts Vandy had just got a split at #2 and was up a set and on serve at #3.  

Texas A&M recap


"Obviously the night did not start like we wanted to with the doubles, but a win like this when the guys have to gut it out and come from behind is good for their character as a team, Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. "Wins like this are good for our confidence that they can comeback against a quality opponent like Vanderbilt. Give Vanderbilt a lot of credit tonight, they played very well in the doubles and took it to us early.

"Matches like tonight where we don't win the doubles point, which we have become accustomed to doing this season, are good for this team, Denton added. "The first point is still a long way from the finish line and our guys have to just keep battling and good things will happen.

"Once again it very important for us to hold serve at home in conference play, Denton said. "I knew this was going to be a close match. I knew our guys would not be looking ahead to a very good Illinois team coming in here on Sunday. They have a tough match with Texas in Austin tomorrow then turnaround and play us here on Sunday. I expect a very high level college tennis match that will be really fun to watch.

Vanderbilt recap


"There were a lot of positives we can build on from this match," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "We had four really close first sets, and we just have to find a way to win those first sets. Today we came up short, but we just have to find ways to win when we have opportunities"

"We played with a great deal of emotion, intensity and urgency. Pen and Baker did a really good job at No. 1 and beat a ranked team. Rhys and Jeff also did a really great job at two. At No. 3 we were in the match serving at 4-5 and we just played a bad game at 4-5. If we had found a way to win that, we would have won all three doubles matches."

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


#9 Texas A&M 4, #11 Vanderbilt 1
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, TX
Singles competition
1. #65 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.03) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY 13.43) 6-3, 6-4
2. #71 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.19) vs. Daniel Valent (VANDY 13.73) 6-4, 4-6, unfinished
3. #48 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.73) vs. Kris Yee (VANDY 13.66) 5-7, 5-4, unfinished
4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.15) def. Suresh Eswaran (VANDY 12.87) 7-5, 6-3
5. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.54) def. Baker Newman (VANDY 12.93) 7-5, 6-3
6. #89 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.96) def. Jeffrey Offerdahl (VANDY 12.67) 6-1, 6-4 
Doubles competition
1. Baker Newman/Pen Binet (VANDY) def. #9 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
2. Jeffrey Offerdahl/Rhys Johnson (VANDY) def. #26 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Suresh Eswaran/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-4 
Order of Finish
Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,5,1)

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Wake Forest welcomed back its #1 Noah Rubin and he helped deliver a shutout over Florida State. Also check out the scoreline at #4 singles - 20-18 1st set tiebreak.  

Wake recap
Florida State recap

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Going into today's match against #12 Wake Forest, NC State had played in 11 matches that finished with a 4-3 score with the Pack on the losing end in 7 of those 11 matches.  It was just last weekend that NC State had #16 Virginia Tech on the ropes but the Pack couldn't slam the door shut and watched as the Hokies #5 rallied from 5-2 down in the 3rd to win.

Today NC State finally broke through as they upset Wake Forest 4-3.  The Wolfpack took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 and then picked up singles wins from Simon Norenius, Austin Powell, and Beck Bond at 2, 3, and 4 to seal the deal.  The match was played indoors at NC State's 4-court indoor facility so the matches at 5 and 6 didn't go on until a court opened up.  Both were played out after the clinch with Wake winning both.

NC State recap
Wake Forest recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 26th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 


#38 NC State 4, #12 Wake Forest 3
Mar 28, 2015 at Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #27 Noah Rubin (WFU 14.79) def. #60 Robbie Mudge (ST 13.63) 6-2, 6-4
2. Simon Norenius (ST 13.81) def. #8 Romain Bogaerts (WFU 14.38) 7-5, 1-6, 6-2
3. #85 Austin Powell (ST 13.53) def. #80 Jon Ho (WFU 13.63) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
4. Beck Bond (ST 13.43) def. Skander Mansouri (WFU 13.28) 6-1, 6-3
5. Christian Seraphim (WFU 13.71) def. Nick Horton (ST 13.46) 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 10-5
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WFU 12.89) def. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.38) 7-6 (1), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #10 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WFU) def. Nick Horton/Beck Bond (ST) 8-4
2. Simon Norenius/Robbie Mudge (ST) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WFU) 8-6
3. Thomas Weigel/Ian Dempster (ST) def. Romain Bogaerts/Keivon Tabrizi (WFU) 8-4
Match Notes
NC State 10-8; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)
A-112
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Florida State jumped out to a 3-0 lead but had to hold off a Dartmouth charge to win 4-3.  FSU freshman Terrell Whitehurst clinched the win with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 win at #6 singles.

Florida State recap

"Today showed how important the doubles point really is, associate coach Nick Crowell said. "We were a few match points down at third doubles, and came through in the clutch to win it. In a 4-3 match, you can see how important that doubles point is.

"Our depth really showed through today, winning at 4, 5, and 6, Crowell said. "We knew they were going to come in and be strong all the way through the lineup with two ranked players. They came in and did a great job, and I'm just glad we were able to close that match out at No. 6."

Dartmouth recap

#32 Florida State 4, #60 Dartmouth 3
3/28/2015 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #86 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.58) def. #106 Benjamin Lock (FS 13.86) 6-4, 6-2
2. #91 Chris Kipouras (DART 13.37) def. Marco Nunez (FS 13.57) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
3. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.15) def. #90 Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.62) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
4. C. Gonzalez Mendez (FS 13.49) def. Diego Pedraza (DART 12.80) 6-0, 6-3
5. Jose Gracia (FS 13.37) def. Max Schmidt (DART 12.68) 6-3, 6-4
6. Terrell Whitehurst (FS 12.67) def. Sam Todd (DART 12.75) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #30 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. #21 Chris Kipouras/Dovydas Sakinis (DART) 6-2
2. C. Gonzalez Mendez/Michael Rinaldi (FS) vs. Max Schmidt/Tannenbaum (DART) 4-5, unf
3. Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. Diego Pedraza/Sam Todd (DART) 7-5
Match Notes:
Dartmouth 9-8; National ranking #60
Florida State 16-5; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,5,1,2,3,6)

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Auburn started off on the right foot by taking the doubles point but Florida was too strong at both the top and bottom of the lineup and pulled out a 4-1 win.  

Florida recap

Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On reactions to today's win

I'm really proud of our guys and how they responded to adversity today. I'm proud of JB [Jordan Belga] for coming through after getting down today. I'm so happy to see him clinch the match. Diego [Hidalgo], Elliott [Orkin] and Josh [Wardell] really were outstanding in singles. It was also nice to see Gordon [Watson] and Chase [Perez-Blanco] battle with what was probably not their best stuff. It was a great team win.

Auburn recap

"You have to give Florida credit. They did not panic after doubles," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "We have to be better at the top of the lineup and we were not today. We need everybody playing well and we were not getting that. You are not going to beat a team like that if you are not ready and you are not battling."

#20 Florida 4, #45 Auburn 1
Mar 28, 2015 at Auburn, Ala. (Yarbrough Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.02) def. Lukas Ollert (AU 14.11) 6-0, 6-0
2. Elliott Orkin (FLA 14.11) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU 13.91) 6-2, 6-0
3. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.75) vs. Marko Krickovic (AU 13.75) 6-4, 4-5, unf
4. Dante Saleh (AU 12.93) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.54) 6-4, 4-3, unf
5. Jordan Belga (FLA 12.97) def. Joseph Van Dooren (AU 12.25) 6-4, 6-3
6. Joshua Wardell (FLA 13.08) def. Oliver Plaskett (AU 11.94) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Lukas Ollert (AU) def. Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 6-3
2. Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (FLA) def. Oliver Plaskett/Petar Tomic (AU) 6-1
3. Joseph Van Dooren/Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (FLA) 7-6 (7-3)
Match Notes:
Florida 10-6; National ranking #20
Auburn 14-8; National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,6,5)
Played outdoors
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TCU Regional
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center - Fort Worth, TX

[5] TCU (21-7) vs. [49-64] Marist (15-7) - Friday 6pm - #6 TCU got in as an at-large after falling to #2 Baylor 4-3 in the Big 12 Semifinals while Marist is back in the NCAAs for the 3rd year in a row after beating Monmouth 4-2 in the MAAC Championship. 

Doubles Records: TCU 14-11, Marist 13-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, Marist 71

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 1st.  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. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) vs. Justin Chanthalangsy (MAR 11.65)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.00) vs. Rudy Kurz (MAR 12.36)
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.33) vs. Fredrik Bjerke (MAR 11.98)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) vs. Joseph Dube (MAR 11.88)
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.10) vs. Matteo Guidice (MAR 11.87)
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.40) vs. Jan Dernic (MAR 11.16)

Not much analysis needed here - TCU takes the doubles point and picks up wins from Chappell, Norrie, and Stein. Prediction: TCU 4-0 


[17-32] Tulsa (17-12) vs. [33-48] North Carolina State (17-11) - Friday 3pm - Both teams got in as at-large selections after #37 NC State lost 4-2 to #27 Florida State in the opening round of the ACC Tournament while #30 Tulsa was blanked by #18 South Florida in the AAC Championship Finals.  NC State was without Simon Norenius for the FSU match due to a back injury that forced him to retire in the Pack's regular season finale against Notre Dame on April 18th. Both teams had the highest highs and the lowest lows.  Tulsa beat #8 USC and #11 Ohio State yet lost to #43 Tulane and #65 Washington.  NC State beat #12 Wake Forest yet lost to #48 South Carolina.  NC State lost 8 matches by a 4-3 score including one against #15 Virginia Tech where the Pack's Nick Horton led 5-2 in the 3rd in what would have been the deciding match. 

Doubles Records: Tulsa 15-13, NC State 18-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Tulsa 79, NC State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #27 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.87)  vs. #69 Robbie Mudge (NCST 13.89)
2. #87 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.80) vs. Beck Bond (NCST 13.68) 
3. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.84)  vs. #110 Simon Norenius (NCST 13.76)
4. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.24) vs. #93 Austin Powell (NCST 13.60) 
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.63) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.53) 
6. Carlos Bautista (TU 13.03)  vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.43) 
Others who could play: Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.66), Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.14)

Tulsa may be the higher seed but NC State is the stronger team top to bottom.  Tulsa's 3, 4, and 5 combined to go 24-31 in dual match play while NC State's 3, 4, and 5 went 44-27. All of NC State's starting 6 recorded at least 14 dual-match wins while none of Tulsa's did. In my opinion Tulsa's only chance is to take the doubles point and then take 1, 2, and 6 singles.  However I think NC State takes the doubles point and then gets wins from Norenius, Powell, and Weigel to send the Pack on to the next round. Prediction: NC State 4-1  



Wake Forest Regional
Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Winston-Salem, NC

[12] Wake Forest (22-7) vs. [49-64] George Washington (13-12)  - Friday 3pm - GW got the the Atlantic 10's automatic bid after defeating VCU 4-2 while Wake Forest came up just short losing 4-2 to #3 Virginia in the ACC Championship.  George Washington tied UW Green Bay for the worst doubles winning percentage of all the teams that made the NCAA Tournament.  

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 21-7, GW 11-14
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, GW 76

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF 15.20) vs. Francisco Dias (GW 13.38) 
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.63) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW 13.15) 
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.34) vs. Chris Fletcher (GW 11.96) 
4. #106 Jon Ho (WF 13.81) vs. Christos Hadjigeorgiou (GW 11.97) 
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.72)  vs. Chris Reynolds (GW 12.08)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW 13.17)
Others who could play: Maksim Kan (WF 13.26), Cahit Kapukiran (GW 12.48) 

The Demon Deacons will be off the court well before sundown as they'll take the doubles point and then pick up singles wins from Noah Rubin, Jon Ho, and Christian Seraphim.  Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0


[17-32] Florida (14-8) vs. [33-48] Pepperdine (17-9) - Friday 12pm - Both teams got in as at-large selections after #22 Florida lost 4-3 to #20 Mississippi State in the SEC quarterfinals while #39 Pepperdine lost 4-1 to #21 San Diego in the finals of the WCC Championship.  Neither team excelled in doubles with Pepperdine at .500 while Florida is just 2 over.  Florida went 5-8 against top 30 opponents while Pepperdine went 0-5.

Doubles Records: Florida 12-10, Pepperdine 13-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Florida 83, Pepperdine 78

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #63 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (PEPP 13.39)
2. Elliott Orkin (UF 14.19) vs. Rakshay Thakkar (PEPP 13.05)
3. Gordon Watson (UF 13.77) vs. Stefan Menichella (PEPP 13.27)
4. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.78) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEPP 13.02)
5. #102 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.53) vs. Luca Marquard (PEPP 12.59)
6. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.20) vs. Lautaro Pane (PEPP 12.99)
Others who could play: Jordan Belga (UF 13.04), Tom Hill (PEPP 12.19)

Pepperdine will be coming across the country to play this match with it starting at 9am pacific time so we'll see how awake they are for the doubles point. Pepperdine's strongest spot in singles is #6 with the Waves going 17-2 in dual match play while #6 was one of Florida's weaker spot with the Gators going just 6-10.  Both teams had losing records at #1 with Pepperdine going 8-10 and Florida 5-9.  Of course one thing you have to take into consideration is each's strength of schedule - Florida only played 3 matches against unranked teams while Pepperdine played 10 unranked teams.  I like Florida in doubles and then look for Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Maxx Lipman to pick up wins in singles. Pepperdine's best chances at winning are at 3, 4, and 6 and it wouldn't surprise me if they won 1 or 2 of those courts.  Prediction: Florida 4-1












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