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."

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A day after USC lost a tough one at Stanford it rebounded and posted a 4-0 shutout over No. 12 Cal. USC's No. 3 team of Rob Bellamy and Jack Jaede broke for a 4-3 lead and they'd close it out a few games later for a 6-4 win. Cal picked up a 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles after Andre Goransson and Billy Griffith came back from a break down to win the final three games. The decider was at No. 1 between a pair of top 10 doubles teams. After 10 consecutive holds, USC's Brandon Holt and Riley Smith broke Cal's Florian Lakat and Filip Bergevi to go up 6-5 and then they'd serve it out to win it 7-5.

Cal came back strong in singles and took four opening sets but USC's Logan Smith and Thibault Forget each closed out their matches in straight sets to make it 3-0. Cal was a game away from wins at No. 1, No. 2, and No. 6 but USC's Jack Jaede got the clincher at No. 4 after coming back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 over Filip Bergevi. Each of the remaining matches were abandoned so the final stood at 4-0. 

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Big East:

St. John's repeated as Big East Champions with a 4-2 win over #2 Marquette.  The Red Storm took the doubles point with 8-5 wins at 1 and 3 and then Lucas Hejhal extended the lead to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-2 win at #1. Marquette answered with wins from Kris Trukov and Mackenzie Stearns at 4 and 5 to tie it at 2 but St. John's Robert Livi would put STJ back up 3-2 with a  6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win at #3. STJ's Erick Reyes would came back from a set down to clinch at #2 singles with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 win over Vukasin Teofanovic.





St. John's recap

"I'm very proud of our repeast as conference champions," said Head Coach Eric Rebhuhn.  "The team played tremendously at the BIG EAST Championship, having overcome much adversity throughout the year.  We look forward to playing in the NCAAs and making a long postseason run."

Marquette recap

"I am extremely proud of the way our guys battled all weekend long," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "We didn't get off to a great start in doubles, but I thought we played well in singles. Unfortunately we came up just short, but it was a great experience for our guys to see what it takes to win a championship."

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St. John's 4, Marquette 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Indianapolis, Ind. (Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Lucas Hejhal (SJU 13.07) def. Daniel Fernandez (MU 12.70) 7-5, 6-2
2. Erick Reyes (SJU 13.35) def. Vukasin Teofanovic (MU 12.49) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
3. Robert Livi (SJU 13.11) def. Nick Dykema (MU 12.46) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
4. Kris Trukov (MU 11.92) def. Vaidik Munshaw (SJU 12.69) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Mackenzie Stearns (MU 11.49) def. Elio Livi (SJU 12.22) 7-5 (7-5), 6-0
6. Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU 11.99) vs. Cameron Tehrani (MU 11.87) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Michael-John Every/Robert Livi (SJU) def. Dykema/Vukasin Teofanovic (MU) 8-5
2. Vasili Caripi/Lucas Hejhal (SJU) vs. Fernandez/Mackenzie Stearns (MU) 5-5, unf
3. Vaidik Munshaw/Erick Reyes (SJU) def. Andre Romanello/Kris Trukov (MU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,5,4,3,2)
No. 1 St. John's Wins Second Straight Championship Title
BIG EAST Championship Presented By New York Life
Men's Championship


Big Sky:

Idado won its 2nd straight Big Sky Championship with a 4-2 win over #6 Northern Arizona. Northern Arizona took the doubles point and picked up a win at #6 to go ahead 2-1 but Idaho picked up wins at 2, 3, 4, and 5 with Felipe Fonseca provider the clincher at #2 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Alexandre Locci.  The Idaho recap says it was the Vandals 1st championship since 1978 though they won it last year too.
Back to back Conference Champions. Way to compete!
Posted by Idaho Vandals Men's Tennis Team on Sunday, April 26, 2015


Idaho recap

"I am very proud of how the guys played today, head coach Jeff Beaman said. "We had to change our mentality a little bit after losing out on the doubles point. We talked about competing and every player came out [in singles] and did what they needed to.

"Felipe just continued with his amazing freshman year today, Beaman added. "He was playing with everything on the line and was able to win the clincher.

NAU recap

"Today was a tough day," said head coach Ki Kroll. "We came out strong playing very good doubles but in the end Idaho was the better team today."

"I am very proud of the way we fought and competed in today's Big Sky Championship," said Kroll

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 27th  For more details about UTR check out their website.

Idaho 4, Northern Arizona 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Gold River, Calif. (Gold River RQ)
Singles competition
1. Jordan Gobatie (NAU 12.22) vs. Odon Barta (UI 12.47) 6-2, 6-5 unf
2. Felipe Fonseca (UI 12.45) def. Alexandre Locci (NAU 12.08) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
3. Cristobal Ramos (UI 12.00) def. Kester Black(NAU 12.07) 6-4, 6-2
4. Mark Kovacs (UI 12.27) def. Eden Peleg (NAU 11.33) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jackson Varney (UI 11.52) def. Felix Schumann (NAU 11.82) 6-4, 6-0
6. Adi Zilberstein (NAU 11.44) def. Alberto Sanz (UI 10.14) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Gobatie/Locci (NAU) def. Ramos/Varney(UI) 8-6
2. Peleg/Zilberstein (NAU) def. Barta/Fonseca (UI) 8-5
3. Kovacs/Sanz (UI) vs. Black/Schumann (NAU) 6-7, unf
Match Notes
Northern Arizona No. 6
Idaho No. 2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,3,4,2)
Big Sky Tournament Final
T-3:02


Big West:

UC Santa Barbara won its 2nd Big West Championship in the last in 3 years with a 4-3 win over the #1 seed UC Irvine.  UCSB took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then jumped out to a 3-0 lead after picking up wins from Cody Rakela and Erik Johnsson at 4 and 5 but UC Irvine clawed back with wins from Sebastian Heim, Nico Mertens, and Rafael Davidian at 1, 3, and 6.  With the match even at 3 it would come down a 3rd set at #2 singles and in the end UCSB's Nathan Eshmade would pull it out winning 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 over Tyler Pham.

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UCSB recap
UCI recap

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 (3) UC Santa Barbara 4, (1) UC Irvine 3
April 26, 2015 - Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Doubles
1 Eshmade/Johnsson (UCSB) def. Agbayani/Poon (UCI) 6-2
2 Galskov/Sultan (UCSB) def. Hammel/Pham (UCI) 6-4
3 Heim/Hernandez (UCI) def. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) 6-4
UC Santa Barbara wins the doubles point
Singles
1 Sebastian Heim (UCI 13.67) def. Tobais Galskov (UCSB 13.49) 6-4, 6-2
2 Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 12.84) def. Tyler Pham (UCI 13.04) 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3
3 Nico Mertens (UCI 13.04) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB 12.92) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
4 Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.97) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI 12.43) 7-6 (4), 6-4
5 Erik Johnsson (UCSB 12.23) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI 12.01) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
6 Rafael Davidian (UCI 12.81) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB 12.67) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3)
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles 1, 3, 2 | Singles 5, 4, 1, 3, 6, 2
UCI (20-13, 4-1) | UCSB (15-9, 3-2)


Horizon League:

The Green Bay Phoenix are dancing for the 3rd time in the last 4 years after shutting out #2 Valparaiso 4-0.   UWGB took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then picked up 3 straight set wins from Leo Gomez Islinger, Howard Scott, and Joey Leto at 2, 3, and 6 with Islinger providing the clincher.  The 3 remaining courts were each in a 3rd set so it's a good thing for UWGB that they closed out the 3 matches when they did or it could have got a little tight.




UWGB recap

"This was a tough match, we were fortunate to get the doubles point and I think it really energized us, said head coach Mark Thomas.

"Leo is one of the most competitive guys I know, said Thomas. "If we're at 3-0, that's who I want on the court.

"I actually love that situation, said Gomez Islinger. "I wasn't tight at all, I just tried to stay relaxed and enjoy the moment and try to make the best of it.

"These guys, all year, have just battled and battled and battled, Thomas added. "That helped us today when we needed them to come up in the clutch.

Valpo recap

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Green Bay 4, Valpo 0
Apr. 26, 2015 at West Lafayette, Ind. (Schwartz Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Jeffrey Schorsch (VALPO 13.18) vs. Michael Tenzer (GB 13.34) 3-6, 6-3, 3-2, unf
2. Leo Gomez Islinger (GB 12.86) def. Dave Bacalla (VALPO 12.65) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Howard Scott (GB 12.50) def. Garrett Gardner (VALPO 11.78) 6-4, 6-4
4. Charlie Emhardt (VALPO 12.34) vs. Florian Kraenzler (GB 12.10) 7-6, 4-6, 0-0, unf
5. Kyle Dunn (VALPO 11.49) vs. Joshua Schramm (GB 11.72) 1-6, 6-2, 1-2, unf
6. Joey Leto (GB 12.01) def. Lucas Waak (VALPO 11.08) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles competition
1. Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt (VALPO) def. Tenzer/Kraenzler (GB) 6-3
2. Howard Scott/Joey Leto (GB) def. Bacalla/Chase Hamilton (VALPO) 7-5
3. Leo Gomez Islinger/Michael Tebon (GB) def. Waak/Gardner (VALPO) 6-2
Match Notes
Green Bay 17-7
Valpo 21-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (6, 3, 2)


MAAC:

#2 Marist avenged a 4-3 regular season loss to #1 Monmouth by winning the MAAC Championship for the 3rd year in a row and 12th time overall.  Marist took the pivotal doubles point with it coming down to a tiebreak at #3 and then each team would pick up 3 opening sets.  Monmouth would pick up wins at 1 and 5 but Marist got the 3 points it needed at 2, 3, and 5 with Rudy Kurz clinching it 6-3 in the 3rd at #2.
Marist recap

"What a wonderful win for our entire team and especially our seniors, Joe and Matteo, this win personally is the most rewarding and satisfying of any of our conference championships, said head coach Tim Smith. "We went in as the underdog to the team that beat us out for the regular season championship and the hard work, grit, and determination by the team made this a special victory."

The Red Foxes are now 15-1 in MAAC championship play since 2008, amassing seven titles in eight years along the way.

"Lots of kudos to go around, but especially kudos to our third doubles team of Rudolf Kurz and Dylan Fletcher and the singles play of Matteo, Fredrik, and Rudy, Smith added. "We beat a very good team in Monmouth and I couldn't be any more proud of the way our players conducted themselves in the tournament. Wow what a good win.

Monmouth recap

"It's disappointing to come so close again and lose in the finals, commented head coach Cory Hubbard. "I thought this year we were ready and playing our best tennis of the season. We lost the doubles point on a tiebreaker and that really turned out to be the difference. I am happy with the way our guys battled back and hung in there because at No. 3, 4 and 5 we went down quick, but the team kept fighting and believing which is all that I can ask for. Even though the end result was difficult, we accomplished a lot this year, earning the regular season title, so we have taken one more step to getting to where we want to be.

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#2 Marist 4, #1 Monmouth 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Mercer County Park
Singles competition
1. Victor Pugliese (MON 13.05) def. Justin Chanthalangsy (MAR 11.64) 6-2, 6-0
2. Rudy Kurz (MAR 12.30) def. Przemyslaw Filipek (MON 12.21) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
3. Fredrik Bjerke (MAR 11.86) def. Ale Gomez Estrada (MON 12.27) 6-4, 6-4
4. Vidit Vaghela (MON 11.78) vs. Joseph Dube (MAR 11.88) 4-6, 6-3, 3-2, unf
5. Matteo Guidice (MAR 11.68) def. Luke Adamus (MON 11.63) 6-3, 6-1
6. Bee Kumthonkittikul (MON 11.64) def. Jan Dernic (MAR 11.12) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Victor Pugliese/Vidit Vaghela (MON) def. Joe Motta/Bjerke (MAR) 8-4
2. Justin Chanthalangsy/Matteo Guidice (MAR) def. Estrada/Ramy Behkiet (MON) 8-5
3. Rudy Kurz/Dylan Fletcher (MAR) def. Filipek/Christian Viera (MON) 8-7(2)
Match Notes:
Monmouth University 15-9
Marist College 15-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3) Singles (1,5,3,6,2)


Southern:

#1 East Tennessee State won its 9th straight conference championship with a 4-0 win over #2 Furman in a match played at Furman.  ETSU took the doubles point with 8-6 wins at 1 and 3 and then the Bucs would get straight set wins at 2, 3, and 6 with Diego Nunez clinching it with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3.

Interesting note: ETSU won the Southern Conference in 2005, then departed for the Atlantic Sun and won that league 7 of 8 years, then returned to the Southern and won it again.
ETSU recap

"It is just that mentality of wanting to keep the tradition going," ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini said. "Nine is my favorite number, so to get to this point is a little bit surreal."

"We prepare and understand that we have a solid teama group of hard fighters who don't give upbut to be able to put in work day in and day out and pull out the championship is like a dream."

"I believe todaybetter than any daywe played as a team," Zaatini said. "Today, we had a couple of our rocks lose, so to have the other guys step up and win it was huge. No. 1 and No. 3 Doubles came through, which allowed us to carry that confidence into singles play."

"Great teams always play their best when it matters most," ETSU assistant coach Ricky Rojas said. "We played great. I am proud of this team!"

Furman recap

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ETSU 4, Furman 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. David Biosca (ETSU 13.60) vs. Adam Steryous (FUR 12.87) 6-1, 5-4 unf
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU 13.41) def. Matt Browne (FUR 12.45) 6-3, 6-3
3. Diego Nunez (ETSU 12.46) def. Cameron Green (FUR 12.51) 6-4, 6-4
4. Ben Horst (FUR 12.18) vs. Conner Huertas (ETSU 12.82) 7-5, 4-3, unf
5. Jacob Behal (FUR 12.39) vs. Robert Herrera (ETSU 13.57) 6-4, 3-6, 1-2, unf
6. Ismael Merino (ETSU 12.90) def. Juan Sheppard (FUR 12.00) 7-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Matt Browne/Ben Horst (FUR) 8-6
2. Adam Steryous/Cameron Green (FUR) def. Ismael Merino/Robert Herrera (ETSU) 8-6
3. Diego Nunez/Conner Huertas (ETSU) def. Jacob Behal/Juan Sheppard (FUR) 8-6
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,6,3)

Southland:

#1 Texas A&M Corpus Christi won its 3rd straight Southland Championship with a 4-2 win over #2 seed and host Lamar.  Lamar squeaked out the doubles point by winning the deciding court at #3 in a tiebreak but A&M CC would rebound with wins from Kevin Bettendroffer, Guillaume Rauseo, and Javier Pujol at 2, 4, and 5 to go up 3-1.  Lamar closed the gap to 3-2 with a 7-6, 7-5 upset win by Nikita Lis (UTR 13.04) over Peter Nagy (UTR 14.28) but A&M CC's Ricardo Mayagoitia would clinch the title for the Islanders by winning 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at #3 over Benny Schweizer.

Also wanted to give props to A&M CC's Twitter guy/gal for doing a great job with match updates.




A&M CC recap

"This was the best tennis college match I have ever been a part of as a coach and a player," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "I can't tell you how much respect I have for Lamar, Coach Scott Shankles and the way their team competed today. I also can't put into words how proud I am of our team and the amount of heart that they showed to never give up and the courage they had to pull this out today.

"I can't begin to tell you about the courage of little Ricardo Mayagoitia who has the biggest heart in the world for his team. I will never forget how hard this team fought today. This was absolute electric environment for five hours."  

"Lamar's crowd was amazing and the way they competed on their home court was as tenacious as I have ever seen," Moore said. "I don't think there is one person of the 200 plus people there today that didn't scream for five hours. There were two teams that deserved to win this match.

"It took every member of this men's and women's team and every member of the Islanders Athletics department that was here fighting as hard as they could to pull this off today. I also want to take a moment to thank Stephanie McDonald and the staff at the Southland Conference as well as the staff at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center, who even with numerous rain delays and adverse conditions made this an amazing experience for all the student-athletes."

"I'm very humbled and blessed to be a part of this exceptionally high-character tennis program," Moore added.

Lamar recap

"We did a really good job against Corpus Christi today. They have more experience than us in this scenario, and I believe that helped them," said head coach Scott Shankles. "You have to tip your hat to them. They are champions for a reason.

"Today they were a better team late just by a little bit," he said.

"Nagy is a great player, and is probably the mostly mentally tough player we have ever come across in our league," said Shankles. "So for Nik to beat a guy who is nationally ranked really says a lot of him. He's lost to him in the past, but never lets those losses affect him."

"Nik always comes in with a game plan, and he had a good one today," said Shankles. "Clearly he executed it the way he intended and I'm very proud of him for doing that."

"That wasn't the result that we wanted, but there's nothing to be ashamed to finish second," said Shankles. "We'll learn from it and get better. Hopefully it'll help us get back here again and win it."

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#60 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 4, Lamar 2
4/26/2015 at Beaumont, Texas
Singles competition
1. Nikita Lis (LU 13.04) def. #101 Peter Nagy (AMCC 14.28) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
2. Kevin Bettendroffer (AMCC 13.08) def. Michael Feucht (LU 12.80) 6-3, 6-4
3. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC 12.83) def. Benny Schweizer (LU 12.28) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
4. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC 12.86) def. Jeandr Hoogenboezem (LU 12.21)6-2,1-6,6-2
5. Javier Pujol (AMCC 12.38) def. Mikko Rajamaki (LU 11.77) 6-1, 6-3
6. Paul Cook (AMCC 12.07) vs. Juuso Laitinen (LU 11.85) 7-5, 1-6, 4-5, unf
Doubles competition
1. Peter Nagy/Arthur Bedel (AMCC) def. Lis/Hoogenboezem (LU) 8-6
2. Feucht, Michael/Schweizer, Benny (LU) def. Rauseo/Bettendroffer (AMCC) 8-4
3. Rajamaki, Mikko/Laitinen, Juuso (LU) def. Mayagoitia/Cook (AMCC) 8-7 (9-7)
Match Notes:
Lamar 14-11
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 19-6; National ranking #60
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,5,1,3)
2015 Southland Conference Championships
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - #1 Seed
Lamar - #2 Seed
A&M-Corpus Christi receives Southland's automatic bid to NCAA Championships


The Summit League

#1 Denver won its 2nd straight Summit Championship by overwhelming #3 IPFW 4-0. Denver took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then the Pioneers took all 6 opening sets with Henry Craig, Diogo Rocha, and Alex Gasson finishing off their matches in straight sets at 1, 2, and 3.

It was a sad day for the IPFW tennis program because it was announced a few months ago that the program was going to be dropped after this season so as of today there is no more IPFW men's or women's tennis.

Note: Every court except #6 singles had a Universal Tennis Rating gap of more than 1.0 which means IPFW was a huge underdog on those 5 courts.



Denver recap

"We are really happy with how the guys played and competed all weekend," said Assistant Coach Drew Eberly. "I'm really proud of their effort and can't wait to see what we can do in the NCAA's."

IPFW recap

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#51 Denver 4, IPFW 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Fort Wayne, Ind. (Dr. Rudy and Rhonda Kachmann Tennis Ctr.)
Singles competition
1. #113 Henry Craig (DEN 13.65) def. Gerard Guell (IPFW 12.06) 6-3, 6-2
2. #109 Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.22) def. Andres Cobos (IPFW 11.81) 6-3, 6-3
3. Alex Gasson (DEN 13.02) def. Carlos do Val (IPFW 11.45) 6-0, 6-1
4. David Fox (DEN 12.73) vs. Daniel Cardenas (IPFW 11.44) 6-4, 5-2, unf
5. Yannik James (DEN 12.98) vs. Martin Muadi (IPFW 11.67) 6-4, 3-4, unf
6. Wyatt Lovera (DEN 11.88) vs. Karl Wangensten-Oye (IPFW 11.51) 6-4, 2-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. #40 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DEN) vs. Gerard Guell/Martin Muadi (IPFW) 6-5, unf
2. Diogo Rocha/Yannik James (DEN) def. Andres Cobos/Daniel Cardenas (IPFW) 8-4
3. David Fox/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Connor Andrews/Derek Romer (IPFW) 8-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,2)
2015 Summit League Championship Match


WAC:

#1 New Mexico State won its 1st ever WAC Championship with a 4-3 win over UT Pan American. UTPA took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 but NMSU responded with lopsided wins from Patrick Pfister, Liam Goldberg, and Germain Degardin at 4, 5, and 6. UTPA tied it up at 3 with wins from Juan Cruz Soria and Hector Ramirez at 1 and 2 which meant it would come down to a 3rd set at #3 singles.  After dropping the first set 6-3 Christofer Goncalves would take the next two 7-5, 7-5 to give NMSU its championship.




NMSU recap
UTPA recap

"We didn't get it done today," Broncs head coach Brandon Stokes said. "But it wasn't from a lack of energy, effort, spirit, resiliency, intensity or brotherhood. Our family possesses these qualities more than any team in our conference or region."

"Congratulations to New Mexico State," Stokes said. "Their freshman of the year beat our freshman of the year in the deciding match 7-5 in the third. They won it. This is a temporary moment of sadness that we will keep in perspective balanced by other issues in our personal history and social history that transcend sports. Tomorrow we start improving our team and program for next season and the seasons after that. The process is bigger than any one results."

"I am honored to be the coach, teacher and mentor to these seven Broncs," Stokes said. "It has been an amazing year. This is only the beginning."

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New Mexico State 4, Texas-Pan American 3
Apr 26, 2015 at WAC Men's Tennis Championship - Kansas City, Mo. (Plaza Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Juan Cruz Soria (UTPA 12.91) def. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU 11.93) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. Hector Ramirez (UTPA 12.20) def. Paul Denele (NMSU 11.13) 6-2, 6-2
3. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU 12.24) def. Koby Jansen (UTPA 12.24) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
4. Patrick Pfister (NMSU 12.50) def. Elliot Johnstone (UTPA 11.10) 6-1, 6-0
5. Liam Goldberg (NMSU 12.32) def. Miguel Alvarez Hevia (UTPA 11.64) 6-4, 6-2
6. Germain Degardin (NMSU 12.33) def. Ethan Ammon (UTPA 10.65) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Juan Cruz Soria/Koby Jansen (UTPA) def. Trecakov/Liam Goldberg (NMSU) 8-6
2. Ethan Ammon/Hector Ramirez (UTPA) def. Goncalves/Pfister (NMSU) 8-6
3. Paul Denele/Germain Degardin (NMSU) vs. Nikola Crvelin/ Johnstone (UTPA) 4-3, 
Match Notes:
Texas-Pan American 10-13
New Mexico State 11-13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,5,2,1,3)

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Oklahoma Regional
Headington Family Tennis Center - Norman, OK

[1] Oklahoma (24-2) vs. [49-64] New Mexico State (11-13) - Friday 5pm - Not a whole lot of analysis needed for this one with the #1 team in the country playing the WAC champs who come in with a losing record.  This will be Oklahoma's 27th match this year but only the 2nd against an unranked opponent - Purdue was the other.

Doubles Records:  Oklahoma 14-12, New Mexico State 11-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Oklahoma 86, New Mexico State 73

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  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. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU 11.93)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. Paul Denele (NMSU 11.13)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU 12.24)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Patrick Pfister (NMSU 12.47)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) vs. Liam Goldberg (NMSU 12.31)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Germain Degardin (NMSU 12.33)

Oklahoma will take the doubles point and pick up wins from Alvarez, Harris, and Ghilea. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0


[17-32] Northwestern (20-9) vs. [33-48] Harvard (19-7) - Friday 2pm - These two will meet for the second time this year with Northwestern winning a 4-3 squeaker in Evanston back on February 8th.  Harvard finished the season by winning 4 of 5 however they did drop their finale at Dartmouth 4-3.  Northwestern dropped 2 of its last 3 with the Wildcats falling 4-3 at Minnesota in its regular season finale and then they beat Indiana in the Big 10 Tournament before getting shutout by Illinois in the quarterfinals.  Northwestern will be making its second trip to Norman this year after playing there during the kickoff weekend when it beat Arkansas before falling to Oklahoma.

Regular Season Meeting:

#26 Northwestern 4, #30 Harvard 3
Feb 08, 2015 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #57 Denis Nguyen (HV) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 7-5, 6-1
2. #108 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Nicky Hu (HV) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
3. Logan Staggs (NU) def. #86 Sebastian Beltrame (HV) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Alex Steinroeder (HV) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Fedor Baev (NU) def. Brian Yeung (HV) 7-5, 6-3
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Kenny Tao (HV) 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #7 Denis Nguyen/Brian Yeung (HV) def. Baev/Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5
2. Sebastian Beltrame/Nicky Hu (HV) def. Shropshire/Pasareanu (NU) 7-5
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Steinroeder/Grant Solomon (HV) 6-1
Match Notes
Harvard 4-1; National ranking #30
Northwestern University 4-4; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,1,5,2,6)
Official: John Coleman T-2:49 A-175

Doubles Records: Northwestern 17-12, Harvard 17-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Northwestern 81, Harvard 81

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #48 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04) vs. #34 Denis Nguyen (HV 13.70)
2. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73) vs. Nicky Hu (HV 13.83)
3. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.70) vs. Sebastian Beltrame (HV 13.45)
4. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43) vs. Brian Yeung (HV 13.23)
5. Fedor Baev (NU 12.89) vs. Kenny Tao (HV 13.22)
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14) vs. Alex Steinroeder (HV 13.38)
1st off the bench: Mihir Kumar (NW 12.96), Grant Solomon (HV 13.16)

#1 singles - Nguyen dropped 4 of his last 6 while Shropshire saw his 8-match winning streak get snapped by Jared Hiltzik in the Big 10 quarters.  Nguyen may have won the first meeting but Shropshire is playing better at the moment. Prediction: Shropshire in 2

#2 singles - Kirchheimer dropped 3 of his last 5 (2 of the losses were against top 60 players) while Nicky Hu won 3 of his last 5 (none against ranked). First match went 3 and this one probably will too.  Prediction: DNF or Hu in 3

#3 singles - Konrad Zieba didn't make his season debut until March 25th and went 6-3 while Beltrame split his last 8.  Prediction: Zieba in 2

#4 singles - Staggs played at #3 for half of the season (until Zieba returned) and more than held his own going 17-10 while Yeung was solid all season picking up a team best 15 dual-match wins. Prediction: Staggs in 2

#5 singles - Baev went 16-9 on the year although he lost his last 2 while Tao went 13-4 and finished on a 7-match winning streak.  Prediction: Tao in 2

#6 singles - Horoz went 17-5 on the year and finished on a 9-match winning streak while Steinroeder went 12-6 though he was just 4-3 in his last 7. Prediction: DNF or Horoz in 3

If this match were earlier in the year I'd like Harvard a little more but they just didn't seem to have the same punch down the stretch with several tighter matches against a few of the lower ranked Ivys. I like Harvard in doubles and Hu and Tao but I think Northwestern gets wins at 1, 3, 4, and 6 to pull it out in the end.  Prediction: Northwestern 4-2 



UCLA Regional
LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, CA

[16] UCLA (15-9) vs. [49-64] Florida Gulf Coast (17-5) - Friday 4pm - Florida Gulf Coast makes its first trip to the NCAAs after winning the Atlantic Sun while UCLA finished the regular season out with a 4-1 loss to USC in the Pac 12 semifinals.

Doubles Records: UCLA 17-7, FGCU 16-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  UCLA 84, FGCU 77

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) vs. Jordi Vives (FGCU 13.96)
2. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) vs. Andres Alfonzo (FGCU 13.23)
3. #118 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) vs. Ricky Ventura (FGCU 12.99)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.90) vs. Tianyu Bao (FGCU 12.31)
5. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) vs. Eduardo Alfonzo (FGCU 12.53)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.36) vs. Michael Beiler (FGCU 12.10)
Could also play: Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.82)

UCLA is better in every slot including doubles and should roll in this one - Bruins take the doubles point and get wins from Redlicki, Sell, and DiGiulio. Prediction: UCLA 4-0


[17-32] Texas Tech (18-8) vs. [33-48] UC Santa Barbara (15-9) - Friday 1pm - UCSB is back in the tournament for the 2nd time in the last 3 years after winning the Big West with a 4-3 win over UC Irvine while Texas Tech gets in as an at-large after losing to Texas 4-1 in the Big 12 quarterfinals. Texas Tech dropped 4 of its last 6 however each of the losses was to a top 10 team and they did sandwich wins over #1 Oklahoma and #29 Oklahoma State in between the losses.

Doubles Records: Texas Tech 8-9, UCSB 13-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Texas Tech 80, UCSB 77

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.47) vs. Tobais Galskov (UCSB 13.49)
2. #37 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.67) vs. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 12.84)
3. #117 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.74) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB 12.91)
4. #123 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.43) vs. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.96)
5. Francisco Zambon (TTU 13.00) vs. Erik Johnsson (UCSB 12.23)
6. Connor Curry (TTU 13.02) vs. Teague Hamilton (UCSB 12.67)

Neither team had great results during the doubles point but Texas Tech looks to be better at just about every spot in the singles lineup.  I'm going to take UCSB in doubles and I think they've got a shot at #1 singles but I like Texas Tech everywhere else. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-2


Coming up tomorrow - Texas and Georgia Regionals

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

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

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

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

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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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



New Mexico State 4, Missouri-Kansas City 3
May 01, 2016 at Brownsville, TX (Brownsville Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Airam Castellano (UMKC) def. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU) def. Andrey Smirnov (UMKC) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 
3. Liam Goldberg (NMSU) def. Uldis Gaismins (UMKC) 6-3, 6-2
4. Stijn de Haan (NMSU) def. Mike Psarros (UMKC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
5. Mauri Benitez (NMSU) def. Vinh Pham (UMKC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
6. Amaury Navette (UMKC) def. Enrique Asmar (NMSU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles Competition
1. Airam Castellano/Mike Psarros (UMKC) def. Strahinja Trecakov/Liam Goldberg (NMSU) 7-5
2. Uldis Gaismins/Amaury Navette (UMKC) vs. Christofer Goncalves/Stijn de Haan (NMSU) unf
3. Andrey Smirnov/Vinh Pham (UMKC) def. Mauri Benitez/Enrique Asmar (NMSU) 7-6 (7-3)
Match Notes:
NM State 12-9
Missouri-Kansas City 17-8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,5,6,4,2) Men's Championship Match
Official: Maggie Hiller 
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Florida Regional
Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex (Linder Stadium) - Gainesville, FL

[9] Florida Gators (18-6) vs. [49-64] North Florida Ospreys (11-11) - Saturday Noon ET - The Florida regional is the only regional that had all four teams get in after winning their conference tournament. Florida got the SEC's automatic bid after beating Georgia in the finals of the SEC Tournament while North Florida earned its first-ever NCAA berth after defeating USC-Upstate in the finals of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Florida has won the doubles point nine straight times (7 of 9 opponents ranked inside top 50) and in fact they've only dropped three individual doubles matches in that nine-match span. UNF has won the doubles point in 12 of its last 13 matches though none of those opponents were ranked inside the top 50. 

Doubles Records: Florida 19-5, North Florida 14-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Florida 84, North Florida 78

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 8th. 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. #10 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.61) vs. #109 Jack Findel-Hawkins (UNF 13.55)
2. #53 Alfredo Perez (UF 14.41) vs. Lasse Muscheites (UNF 13.16)
3. #37 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.11) vs. Yannick Zuern (UNF 13.35)
4. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 14.04) vs. Julian Bradley (UNF 12.97)
5. Gordon Watson (UF 13.56) vs. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF 12.28)
6. McClain Kessler (UF 13.75) vs. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF 12.45)
O: Maxx Lipman (UF 13.26); Zachary Goldberg (UNF 12.74)

North Florida will be making the short 80-mile drive from Jacksonville to Gainesville so I expect they'll have some support but unless they are playing Canadian doubles I don't see anyway they win this match. I like Florida in doubles and Perez, Watson, and Kessler to finish first in singles. Prediction: Florida 4-0. 


[17-32] South Florida Bulls (20-8) vs. [33-48] St. John's Red Storm (21-5) - Saturday 9am ET - USF got the American's automatic bid after defeating Tulsa in the finals of the conference tournament while St. John's punched its ticket after blanking Marquette in the finals of the Big East Tournament. USF won the doubles point in 10 of its last 11 matches (Tulane) while St. John's went 2-3 in doubles against ranked opponents. USF has Justin Roberts slotted to play at No. 5 but he only played a handful of matches down the stretch due to an injury so it'll be interesting to see if he plays or sits. 

Doubles Records: South Florida 22-6, St. John's 20-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: South Florida 84, St. John's 78

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #2 Roberto Cid (USF 14.82) vs. Lucas Hejhal (STJ 13.12)
2. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.86) vs. Daniel Skripnik (STJ 12.76)
3. #47 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.41) vs. Roberto Livi (STJ 13.36)

4. Peter Bertran (USF 13.49) vs. Vaidik Munshaw (STJ 12.96)
5. Justin Roberts (USF 13.57) vs. Dusan Vukicevic (STJ 12.84)
6. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.47) vs. Andrei Crapcenco (STJ 12.62)
O: Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.11)

This is the second time in three years that St. John's has been sent to Gainesville for the NCAA Tournament but at least they don't have to play the No. 1 seed this time. Of course South Florida is as close as it gets to a No. 1 seed and I expect they'll play like one in this match. I like the Bulls in doubles and Cid, Gozun, and Cotrone in singles. Prediction: South Florida 4-0



Regional Final - When the draw came out I'm sure neither Florida or South Florida was happy to see each other's name. Florida was probably hoping that as a top 10 seed it'd see someone ranked outside the top 20 while South Florida was probably thinking as a team ranked No. 17 it'd get sent to either Oklahoma State, Illinois, or Northwestern. These teams know each other fairly well with both sending guys to the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional back in October. Roberto Cid won that event and beat half of Florida's team including Diego Hidalgo in the finals. South Florida is just as good as Florida up top but the Gators should have the upper hand down low. I like Roberto Cid and Dominic Cotrone for USF but I think Florida takes the doubles point and gets wins from Alfredo Perez, Gordon Watson, and McClain Kessler with Chase Perez-Blanco and Peter Bertran in a third set at No. 4. Prediction: Florida 4-2



Texas Tech Regional
McLeod Tennis Complex - Lubbock, TX

[8] Texas Tech Red Raiders (27-5) vs. [49-64] New Mexico State Aggies (12-9) - Saturday - 1pm CT - Texas Tech got in as an at-large after falling to TCU in the finals of the Big 12 Tournament while New Mexico State earned an automatic berth after defeating UMKC in the finals of the WAC Tournament. NMSU played five teams that were either ranked at the time or ranked now and it went 0-5 and was outscored 31-2. 

Doubles Records: Texas Tech 18-11, NMSU 8-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Texas Tech 83, NMSU 73

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #19 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) vs. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU 12.23)
2. #98 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.70) vs. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU 12.71)
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.78) vs. Liam Goldberg (NMSU 12.49) 
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.89) vs. Stijn de Haan (NMSU 11.99)
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.45) vs. Mauri Benitez (NMSU 12.13)
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.60) vs. Enrique Asmar (NMSU 11.90)

New Mexico State had success at the WAC Tournament which was held in Brownsville, Texas but I don't see any success for them in Lubbock. Red Raiders run roughshod all over the Aggies and win it going away. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-0




[17-32] SMU Mustangs (20-8) vs. [33-48] Washington Huskies (17-9) - Saturday - 10am CT - SMU got in as an at-large after falling to Tulsa in the semifinals of the AAC Tournament while Washington got in as an at-large after falling to Cal in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. SMU had a nice season and picked up top 25 wins over Oklahoma State, South Florida and Tulsa. Washington jump started its season with a win at home over Texas and then pretty much locked up its bid when it upset USC in late March. 

Interesting stat: Washington was just 1-6 on the road with that one win being a 4-3 win over Utah in the Pac-12 Tournament. 

Doubles Records: SMU 20-8, Washington 16-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: SMU 81, Washington 80

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.61) vs. #118 Mitch Stewart (UW 14.26)
2. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.91) vs. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.51)
3. Samm Butler (SMU 13.85) vs. Gal Hakak (UW 13.68)
4. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.84) vs. Jake Douglas (UW 13.36)
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.47) vs. Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.63)
6. Yates Johnson (SMU 13.24) vs. Piers Foley (UW 12.37)
O: Kawika Lam (UW 12.20)

SMU will definitely be more at home because its Dallas campus is just 350 miles from Lubbock while Washington has to make the 1800 mile plane ride from Seattle.  This match will start at 8 a.m. pacific time so if Washington comes out a step slow it's going to be in trouble because I don't see the Huskies winning without the doubles point. Hunter Johnson played at No. 2 singles in the conference tournament but he's back up to No. 1 after starting 12 of 24 matches at the top spot during the regular season.

I like SMU in doubles and Ronald Slobodchikov and Yates Johnson in singles so it'll be just a matter of finding one more point somewhere in the top four. UW's Mitch Stewart and Jake Douglas will be favored at No. 1 and No. 4 with both No. 2 and No. 3 almost to close to call. I'll say Nate Lammons clinches the win with a three-setter over Enzo Sommer to give SMU the win. Prediction: SMU 4-1


Regional Final: SMU played seven different teams this season from the state of Texas but Texas Tech wasn't one of them. Texas Tech has been too solid this year to get tripped up in this one but I think SMU keeps it interesting for a few hours. I wouldn't be surprised if SMU took the doubles point and possibly No. 3 singles but I like the home team everywhere else. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-1


Coming up next: Ohio State and Texas A&M regionals.....


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