Saturday was a busy day across the Pac-12 with 8 of the 9 men's schools in action while there were 4 in action on the women's side. On the men's side #7/#6 Stanford and Cal finished off weekend sweeps of #21 Arizona and Arizona State. Stanford won a top 25 showdown over Arizona in convincing fashion with the Cardinal winning every completed set in singles. Cal came back from 2-0 down with four straight set wins in singles to defeat Arizona State 4-2. 

#12/#21 Oregon overcame a slow start at home to defeat Washington 5-1. The Ducks dropped the doubles point but won a lot of close first sets and used that as a springboard to collect four straight set wins. 

#19/#12 USC was playing without one of its top players, Daniel Cukierman, but managed to pull through on the road over #41 Utah 4-2. The Trojans jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Utah won the top two spots in straight sets to pull within 3-2. Both of the remaining matches went three sets and it'd be USC freshman Jack Sands clinching at No. 5 with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win while the match at No. 3 went unfinished with Utah junior Slava Shainyan leading 6-5.

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Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced the hiring of Amanda Stone as the Lady Techsters new women's head coach. Stone comes to Ruston via D2's Northeastern State (Okla) where she won 81% of her matches as head coach over the past four seasons. Stone graduated from Northeastern State in 2007 and also spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Rochester prior to becoming coach at Northeastern State. Stone replaces Chad Camper who departed after three seasons to take the women's head coaching job at Chattanooga.

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New Mexico VP of Athletics Paul Krebs named Stephanie Wooten-Quijada as the Lobo's new women's coach. Wooten-Quijada, a 2009 Purdue graduate, resigned as the women's coach at UTRGV on July 24 after leading the program to an 11-11 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Wooten-Quijada replaces Kelsey McKenna who left after one year to take the head coaching position at Wisconsin.

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Who saw this one coming?  Alabama shocks #9 Ole Miss 4-2 in T-Town.  The same Alabama team that came into the match with an 8-9 record with the 8 wins being over powerhouses UAB, Samford, Jackson State (4X), and Jacksonville State (2X).  The same Ole Miss team that routed a top 15 Vanderbilt team last weekend and the same team that gave #1 Oklahoma all it wanted at the National Indoors.  Total head-scratcher....

Ole Miss played well in doubles and took the point by winning at 1 and 3 but singles got off to a rough start when William Kallberg retired 3 games in at #4 singles.  The Bama recap said it was due to injury but didn't specify what kind of injury but it must have been severe enough to force him to throw in the towel.  Ole Miss regained the lead when Stefan Lindmark wiped the court with Danny Kerznerman 6-1, 6-0 at #2 but then Stuart Kenyon, who came in with a 5-7 dual match record, did the same and cleaned Zvonimir Babic's clock 6-1, 6-2 at #5.  The biggest shocker came at #1 singles when Bama freshman Korey Lovett, who was 6-6 in dual match play, thumped #60 Nik Scholtz 6-2, 6-2.  It was only Scholtz's 2nd dual match loss of the year and just his 3rd in the last 2 years.  With the Tide up 3-2 it would be Bama junior Becker O'Shaughnessey who would seal the deal with a 6-4, 6-3 win at #3 singles over Gustav Hansson.

Alabama recap
Ole Miss recap

"We had the momentum on our side after doubles, but when William retired, they (Alabama) rallied around that and played better than we did at certain spots," head coach Toby Hansson said. "We have to put it behind us and move on and get ready for a very good Baylor team on Tuesday."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of today's (3/7) date.  For more details about UTR check out their website.

Alabama 4, #9 Ole Miss 2
March 7, 2015 at Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama Tennis Stadium)

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

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

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

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

Other Saturday results
  • #12 Virginia routed #31 North Carolina State 7-0.  UVA won all 12 sets in singles.  
  • VCU upset #41 Penn State 4-3.   VCU's Antonio Batlle Rodriguez came back from 4-2 down in the 3rd set to win the deciding match in a tiebreak 7-2

Virginia Commonwealth 4, #41 Penn State 3

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

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

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

Wisconsin-Green Bay 4, Wisconsin 1

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

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

  • #45 New Mexico edged Georgia State 4-2 in the 1st half of a doubleheader - (box score) and then the teams had to play doubles to decide the 2nd half with New Mexico winning that won 4-3 - (box score 2)
  • #48 Mississippi State had its way with #55 Arkansas posting a 4-0 shutout - State recap
  • Nevada (2-9) upset #50 San Francisco 6-1 - Wolfpack recap

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

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

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

So who should be on upset alert on Sunday?
  1. #2 Duke goes to Blacksburg to face a Virginia Tech team coming off an upset win over Notre Dame.  The Hokies are 9-1 on the year with the only loss coming at North Carolina during the Kickoff Weekend.  5 of 6 singles matches in that one went the distance and that was a UNC team that was pretty much 100% healthy.  
  2. #13 TCU goes to Winston Salem to face #20 Wake Forest though I guess the big story will be whether Noah Rubin is able to go for the Demon Deacons. Wake played well on Friday against Virginia without Rubin so you have to think if they can get him back they've got to like their chances against TCU.  The Horned Frogs squeaked past Middle Tennessee State on Friday 4-3 in a match that saw TCU's #1 Cameron Norrie (14.64) lose 6-1, 6-3 to an unranked Ettore Zito (13.50)
  3. #5 Baylor goes to #47 Memphis but could the Bears be caught looking ahead to Tuesday's matchup against Ole Miss?  That could have been what happened to Ole Miss today.    
  4. #4 Georgia hosts #2
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Ohio State Regional
OSU Varsity Tennis Center - Columbus, OH

[11] Ohio State (25-8) vs. [49-64] Buffalo (12-10) - Friday 1pm - #11 Ohio State got an at-large bid after losing to Illinois 4-0 in the Big 10 Championship Finals while Buffalo earned its first ever NCAA bid after beating Binghamton 4-2 in the MAC Championship. Buffalo went 0-4 on the year against ranked opponents. 

Doubles Records: Ohio State 26-7, Buffalo 11-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Ohio State 84, Buffalo 74

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. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.92) vs. Damien David (UB 12.95)
2. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.27) vs. Pablo Alvarez (UB 12.46)
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.56) vs. Sebastian Ionescu (UB 12.61)
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.10) vs. Jonathan Hannestad (UB 12.27)
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.82) vs. Amar Hromic (UB 11.91)
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.90) vs. Sergio Arevalillo (UB 11.78)
Others who could play Matt Mendez (OSU 13.03) 

Buckeyes take the doubles point and then pick up wins from Diaz, Callahan, and Steinbach. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0

[17-32] Vanderbilt (19-7) vs. [33-48] Notre Dame (14-11) - Friday 10am - Both teams got at-large bids with #24 Vanderbilt dropping its finale 4-1 to #14 Ole Miss in the SEC quarters while #35 Notre Dame lost to #42 Georgia Tech 4-0 in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. 

Doubles Records: Vanderbilt 15-11, Notre Dame 18-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Vanderbilt 82, Notre Dame 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.58) vs. #9 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.67)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.58) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.57) 
3. #88 Daniel Valent (VU 14.08) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.90)
4. Kris Yee (VU 13.63) vs. Billy Pecor (ND 13.05)
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 13.12) vs. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.27)
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.90) vs. Alex Lawson (ND 13.20) 
Others who could play Kenny Sabacinski (ND 12.72) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Austin 20-2 (12-2) vs. Monaghan 20-3 (13-3)
2. Johnson 8-10 (1-5) vs. Hager 10-12 (2-10)
3. Valent 19-3 (2-1) vs. Covalschi 6-16 (1-8)
4. Yee 7-11 vs. Pecor 7-11 (0-3)
5. Eswaran 12-9 (0-1) vs. Schnurrenberger 5-5 (0-1)
6. Newman 7-7 vs. Lawson 8-11 (0-1)

#1 singles - Austin won 9 of his last 10 while Monaghan won 12 of his last 13. Prediction: Austin (VU) in 3
#2 singles - Johnson split his last 6 while Hagar won 5 of his last 8.  Prediction: Hagar (ND) in 2.
#3 singles - Valent won 6 of his final 7 while Covalschi dropped his last 7. Prediction: Valent (VU) in 2
#4 singles - Yee splits his last 4 while Pecor lost 6 of his last 7. Prediction: Yee (VU) in 3
#5 singles - Eswaran won his last 4 while Schnurrenberger lost his last 5. Prediction: Eswaran (VU) in 3
#6 singles - 4 of Newman's last 5 matches didn't finish though he won 3 of his last 4 that did finish while Lawson lost his last 2 after winning his 3 prior. Prediction: DNF with Lawson (ND) leading.

I'll take Notre Dame in doubles and Hager in singles but I like Austin, Valent, Yee, and Eswaran for Vandy. Prediction: Vanderbilt 4-2

Texas A&M Regional
Mitchell Tennis Center - College Station, TX

[6] Texas A&M (21-4) vs. [49-64] Eastern Kentucky (18-7) - Friday 3pm - #5 Texas A&M got an automatic by beating #7 Georgia 4-2 to win the SEC Championship while Eastern Kentucky got an automatic bid for defeating Austin Peay 4-2 in the Ohio Valley Championship. Eastern Kentucky went 0-1 against ranked opponents losing to #32 Louisville 6-1.

Doubles Records: Texas A&M 21-4, Eastern Kentucky 14-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Texas A&M 85, Eastern Kentucky 72

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.39) vs. Alex Alvaro (EKU 12.47)
2. #80 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.20) vs. Ramon Van Flymen (EKU 12.29)
3. #84 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.38) vs. Daridge Saidi (EKU 11.70)
4. #78 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.65) vs. Sebastian Mueller (EKU 11.91)
5. #92 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.35) vs. Diogo Soares (EKU 12.13)
6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.63) vs. Juanjo De La Llera (EKU 11.52)

The Colonels had a nice year but it'll come to an end in College Station as Texas A&M picks up the doubles point and wins from Efferding, Rinderknech, and Catanzariti. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-0

[17-32] Oklahoma State (16-9) vs. [33-48] New Mexico (20-10) - Friday 12pm - Both teams got at-large selections with #32 Oklahoma State getting one despite dropping 4 straight and 6 of 7 while #38 New Mexico had won 9 of 10 until being upset at home by #63 Boise State in the Mountain West semifinals.  

Doubles Records: Oklahoma State 12-11, New Mexico 17-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Oklahoma State 82, New Mexico 78

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #32 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.78) vs. Hayden Sabatka (NM 13.32)
2. #115 Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.68) vs. #89 Samir Iftikhar (NM 13.40)
3. #122 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.40) vs. Mitch McDaniels (NM 13.07)
4. Tristan Meraut (OKST 13.64) vs. Bart Van Leijsen (NM 12.85)
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.81) vs. Augie Ge (NM 12.19)
6. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.58) vs. James Hignett (NM 12.81)
Others who could play: Jurence Mendoza (OKST 13.12), Jorge Escutia (NM 12.92)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Sude 9-8 (4-7) vs. Sabatka 15-12 (1-6)
2. Gerch 14-4 (3-2) vs. Iftikhar 7-7 (1-2)
3. Kadhe 10-9 (2-6) vs. McDaniels 15-6 (1-2)
4. Meraut 8-3 (0-1) vs. Van Leijsen 11-8 (1-0)
5. Finzelberg 9-7 (1-2) vs. Ge 7-2
6. Ferrigno 11-3 vs. Hignet 10-10

#1 singles - 4 of Sude's final 5 matches went unfinished though he has wins on the year over Notre Dame's #9 Quentin Monaghan, Texas #4 Soren Hess-Olesen, and TCU's #39 Cameron Norrie. Sabatka won 4 of his final 6 with his only ranked win coming over San Diego State's #121 Freddy Gelbrich. Prediction: Sude (OSU) in 2

#2 singles - Gerch dropped his final 3 though the opponents were #7 Andrew Harris, #49 Nick Chappell, and Hugo Dojas. Gerch has wins on the year over Texas's #42 Lloyd Glasspool and Memphis's #98 Andrew Watson.  Iftikhar split his last 8 and his best win came in his match of the year when he beat Texas Tech's #37 Felipe Soares. Prediction: Gerch (OSU) in 2.

#3 singles - Kadhe dropped his final 4 though all his opponents were ranked while McDaniels won 5 of his last 6. McDaniels spent some time at #1 earlier in the season and he beat Arkansas's #79 Giammarco Micolani and took TCU's #49 Nick Chappell to a 3rd set. Prediction: McDaniels (NM) in 2.

#4 singles - Meraut dropped his final 3 and missed most of April with an injury while Van Leijsen won 6 of his last 7 and beat Texas Tech's #117 Alex Sendegeya earlier in the year. Prediction: DNF with Meraut (OSU) leading.

#5 singles - Finzelberg dropped his final 3 but had won 5 of 6 prior while Ge played 4 matches in April going 1-0 with 3 others that didn't finish. Prediction: Finzelberg (OSU) in 2.

#6 singles - Ferrigno won 3 of his last 4 though he took a bad beating in his final match against TCU's Will Stein losing 6-0, 6-1 while Hignet lost his last 4 though he'd won the 5 prior. Prediction: Ferrigno (OSU) in 2.

I'll take New Mexico in doubles and I like McDaniels at 3 for the Lobos but it's all Okie State everywhere else with Sude, Gerch, Finzelberg, and Ferrigno all rolling in straight sets. Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-2
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While conference play got underway in the SEC and ACC there was a non-conference battle brewing in Des Moines between #36 Drake and #33 Iowa. The two schools, separated by just 115 miles, are the only two schools in the state of Iowa that play Division 1 men's tennis so bragging rights were at stake Friday night. A boisterous crowd of close to 200, with a decent amount of black and gold, was on hand to see if Drake could make it five in a row over the Hawkeyes.

Drake got off to a good start at #3 doubles when Ben Stride and Calum MacGeoch jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Iowa's Robin Haden and Nils Hallestrand. Drake would hold on the deciding point to stretch the lead to 4-1 and then break again for 5-1. MacGeoch would serve it out from 40-30 to give Drake the 6-1 win in 24 minutes.

The match at #1 between Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou and Jake Jacoby and Drake's Ben Lott and Ben Wood would stay on serve until Iowa broke the Ben Wood serve to go up 5-3. Jacoby would serve it out at love to give Iowa the 6-3 win in 27 minutes. The clip on the left is some early action, very nice touch by Jacoby on one shot, and then the clip on the right shows Iowa breaking and then serving it out.

The doubles point would be decided at #2 between Iowa's Josh Silverstein and Dominic Patrick and Drake's Bayo Philips and Vinny Gillespie. Iowa jumped out to the early 2-1 lead when it broke the Gillespie serve on the deciding point and then Patrick held for 3-1. Iowa would break the Philips serve to go up 4-1 but Drake broke back and then Gillespie held for 3-4. Silverstein held for 5-3 and then Philips held for 4-5. Patrick would serve it out from 40-30 to give Iowa the 6-4 win in 33 minutes. Below clip shows the Philips hold followed by the Patrick hold to clinch the doubles point.

The court layout at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center has courts 1, 3, and 5 on one side of the stands and then courts 2, 4, and 6 on the other side. Drake took all three odd number first sets while Iowa swept the evens.

Drake's Ben Lott was first off the court with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Dominic Patrick at #1. Lott broke the Patrick serve to go up 3-1 in the first and then it was all holds the rest of the way. Lott would break Patrick to start the second set and would then break him again to clinch the win in 1 hour and 4 minutes. I didn't catch a clip of match point since the scoreboard was still showing 4-3 in the second but here is a clip of him serving at 4-2 in the first (left) and then winning the set 6-3 (right).

Drake's Ben Stride put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jonas Larsen at #5. Stride broke Larsen to go up 2-1 in the first and then held for 3-1. Larsen would hold and break back to even it at 3-3 but Stride would take the next three games to close out the opening set 6-3. The second set stayed on serve up until Stride broke Larsen to close it out in 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Iowa's Jake Jacoby tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Drake's Tom Hands at #6. Jacoby broke Hands to go up 3-1 in the first and then ran away with the set 6-1. Jacoby broke Hands to start the second set and then held for 2-0. Hands would break later in the set to even it at 4-4 but Jacoby broke again to go up 6-5. Jacoby fell behind 15-40 on his serve however he'd take the next three points to close out Hands in 1 hour and 21 minutes. The clip below shows Jacoby breaking for 6-5 and then coming back to close it out.

Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou put the Hawkeyes ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Bayo Philips at #2.  Theodorou broke Philips to go up 2-1 in the first and then broke again to go up 5-2 and would hold to take the set 6-2. Theodorou looked like he'd close it out in straight sets after breaking to go up 5-4 but Philips broke at love, held at 40-30, and broke from 15-40 to take the set 7-5. The clip shows that four game sequence.

The third set stayed on serve until Theodorou broke Philips on the deciding point (left) to go up 3-2 and then a few games later it all was over with the clip on the right showing the clincher.

Roughly 14 minutes later Drake's Calum MacGeoch would even it the match at 3-3 with a 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2 win over Robin Haden at #4. Each player held serve six times in the first set but in the tiebreak it was the receiver that won most of the points. MacGeoch was serving up 3-2 but he lost both of his points then Haden was serving up 4-3 but he lost both of his points. MacGeoch was serving up 5-4 but Haden drilled the return and then finished the point with an overhead for 5-5. MacGeoch would take the next point to go up 6-5 but Haden took the next three to take the set 7-6(6). Below are several of the points from the tiebreak.

MacGeoch jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second and took the set 6-3 and then he cruised through the third set before closing it out 6-2 in 1 hour and 52 minutes

The last match on court was at #3 between Drake's Vinny Gillespie and Iowa's Josh Silverstein. Silverstein led 5-3 in the first set but Gillespie held and then broke on the deciding point to make it 5-5. Gillespie held and then broke again to take the set 7-5. Clip on left is Silverstein holding for 5-3 and then clip on right is Gillespie breaking for 5-5.

Silverstein rolled through the second set 6-2 but Gillespie held to start the third set and then broke to go up 2-0. Silverstein broke back, held, broke again, and then held again to go up 4-2. Things were looking good for Iowa and bleak for Drake but Gillespie would claw his way back into it.  Gillespie fell behind 0-30 on his 2-4 service game but he hit an ace on the deciding point to make it 3-4. Gillespie broke Silverstein from 30-40 to make it 4-4 and then held for 5-4. Silverstein was up 30-15 on his 4-5 service game but he lost a backbreaking point to make it 30-30 (in the clip below). Gillespie put a forehand into the net to make it 40-30 but Silverstein returned the favor with a backhand error to bring up the deciding point. Silverstein came in but mishit an overhead and Drake had won 4-3.

The clip on the left shows Gillespie holding for 3-4 and then breaking for 4-4. The clip on the right is the last few points on Silverstein's serve.

#36 Drake 4, #33 Iowa 3
Mar 04, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center-Indoors) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU 13.31) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA 12.80) 6-3, 6-3
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA 12.79) def. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.69) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.48) def. Josh Silverstein (IOWA 13.04) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 12.99) def. Robin Haden (IOWA 12.56) 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2
5. Stride, Ben (DU 12.44) def. Jonas Larsen (IOWA 12.10) 6-3, 6-4
6. Jake Jacoby (IOWA 12.85) def. Hands, Tom (DU 12.34) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Lefteris Theodorou/Jake Jacoby (IOWA) def. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 6-3
2. Josh Silverstein/Dominic Patrick (IOWA) def. Philips, Bayo/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) 6-4
3. Stride, Ben/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (IOWA) 6-1
Match Notes
Drake 9-5; National Ranking #36
Iowa 7-3; National Ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,6,2,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
"Hats off to Iowa for coming in here on our home court on a rowdy Friday night with a great crowd and putting up the fight that they did. Credit to our guys for handling that pressure after falling behind and being able to steal the win in the end," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.

"We had great results from Lott on court one and Stride on court five, as they neutralized that momentum from dropping the doubles point," Kozlowski said.

"Vinny has been in that positions several times and he has handled that situation better and better as the season has worn on," Kozlowski said about the decisive match point coming down to Gillespie.

Post-Match Quotes from Iowa's recap
"We started off the match really well with doubles, got up a break on number one and two doubles and we were able to carry the momentum and get that first point," said Iowa head coach Ross Wilson.

"Going into singles, we won three of the first sets," said Wilson. "Lefty ended up pulling out a match in the third set and Jake got a win in two sets. We just didn't play well in a couple spots."

"Unfortunately Josh, although he was winning, just couldn't finish," said Wilson.

"Extremely tough loss for us today. I think the home crowd really helped Drake out at the end of the match but our guys battled and that's what it's about," said Wilson.

"We've got to be able to be comfortable in this environment and pull off a couple wins with matches like this if we want to accomplish our goals this year."

#32 LSU was able to take the doubles point, which included a win from Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle over the ITA #1 team of Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo, but #30 Florida was just too strong in singles. The Gators picked up straight set wins from Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, Alfredo Perez, and McClain Kessler at 1, 2, 4, and 6 with Hidalgo providing the clincher.

They played the remaining matches out with LSU's Gabor Csonka and January addition Nikola Samardzic picking up wins at 3 and 5.

#30 Florida 4, #32 LSU 3
3/4/2016 at Baton Rouge, LA (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #50 Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.13) def. #42 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.74) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #22 Elliott Orkin (FLA 13.96) def. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.36) 6-3, 6-4
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.36) def. #30 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.96) 6-4, 7-5
4. #77 Alfredo Perez (FLA 14.07) def. Boris Arias (LSU 13.34) 6-0, 6-3
5. Nikola Samardzic (LSU 12.21/30%) def. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.53) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6-1)
6. McClain Kessler (FLA 13.63) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.93) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #17 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (FLA) 6-3
2. #32 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) vs. Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) 5-4 unfinished
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Josh Wardell/Alfredo Perez (FLA) 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida Gators (M) 6-3; National ranking #30
LSU 6-4; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,2,6,1,3,5)

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"There were several momentum changes in this match, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "Us getting a ton of momentum in the doubles, to them kind of deflating our momentum by getting the edge in a lot of first sets in singles. We played great doubles obviously, beating the No. 1 team in the nation.

"We certainly got a lot out of it today, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "For Nick (Samardzic), it was a great rise in his level, from where he was just a week ago to where he was able to play now is very exciting.

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton - On tonight's first SEC win for the Gators... 
"I am proud of our guys for coming back strong after losing the doubles point. We got off to such a good start in singles which shifted the match back in our favor. I was happy to see Diego clinch the match for us. Alfredo played some of his best tennis tonight and Elliott and McClain just competed like Gators. 

It doesn't get easier as we travel to Texas A&M for a huge conference match. It will take a team effort to get the job done there and I wouldn't want it any other way."

In a match between two SEC programs on the rise, it was #22 Kentucky coming back from 2-0 down to defeat #27 Arkansas 5-2. The match was played indoors at Kentucky's four-court indoor facility so after Arkansas took the doubles and picked up a pair of first sets it had to be feeling good about its chances.

Ryotaro Matsumura (Pic Via Kentucky)
Arkansas took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and Mike Redlicki put them ahead 2-0 with a straight sets at No. 1 over William Bushamuka. Kentucky's freshman phenom, Ryotaro Matsumura, put the Wildcats on the board by running his dual-match record to 9-1 with a straight set win over  Jose Salazar at No. 2. After these two matches finished up the matches at No. 5 and No. 6 were able to get underway.

Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen evened the match at 2-2 when broke Santiago Munoz's 4-4 service game in the third set then served it out for a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win at No. 3. Moments later Enzo Wallart put Kentucky ahead 3-2 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Giammarco Micolani at No. 4. Trey Yates would complete the comeback and clinch the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Adam Sanjurjo at No. 5.

They played it out (which it looks just about everyone is doing this season - thumbs up) with Kentucky's Charles Minc defeating Johan den Toom 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6.

I just wanted to mention how a good job Kentucky's SID has been doing with the school's recaps - they've had good details and are usually loaded with plenty of quotes - keep it up!!

#22 Kentucky 5, #27 Arkansas 2
3/4/2016 at Lexington, Ky (Boone Tennis Center-Indoors)
Singles competition
1. #82 Mike Redlicki (AR 14.01) def. #31 William Bushamuka (UK 13.98) 6-2, 6-4
2. #90 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.56) def. Jose Salazar (AR 14.03) 6-2, 6-2
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.60) def. Santiago Munoz (AR 12.98) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.94) def. Giammarco Micolani (AR 13.13) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
5. Trey Yates (UK 13.10) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR 13.56) 6-4, 6-4
6. Charles Minc (UK 12.16) def. Johan den Toom (AR 12.64) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Nils Ellefsen/William Bushamuka (UK) def. #49 Mike Redlicki/Giammarco Micolani (AR) 6-3
2. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-5
3. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) def. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-4
Match Notes
Arkansas 10-3 (0-1 SEC); National ranking #27
Kentucky 9-2 (1-0 SEC); National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
What a great college match tonight, assistant coach Matt Emery said. "We knew this was going to be a tough match. We have an incredible amount of respect for their coaching staff. Coach Jackson is a Hall of Fame coach so we knew they were going to fight hard.

"Trey Yates tonight proved why he is one of the toughest players in the country.  He is playing better each match, which is a testament to his work ethic. He was a stud tonight."

"This match was great for us because it proved how deep we are from top to bottom.  To lose the doubles point and lose at No. 1 singles, two places we have been really strong all season, and come back and win 5-2 is a testament to these guys' competitiveness and belief."

"It was really special seeing Charles Minc get a win and get going.  I'm proud of him for keeping his confidence after a couple of losses.  He is going to do some special things for us this year."

After a rough start to the season No. 70 New Mexico has finally started to turn things around. The Lobos picked up its third straight win, and second over a ranked opponent, by coming back from 3-2 down to defeat No. 44 BYU 4-3.

New Mexico took the doubles point and then each team won three first sets. Five of the six matches would finish in straight sets with BYU's Shane Monroe, Keaton Cullmore, and John Pearce winning at #1, #2, and #6 while New Mexico's Ricky Hernandez-Tong and Augustus Ge won at #4 and #5.

The match came down to a third set at #3 and it'd be New Mexico sophomore Jorge Escutia pulling through in the clutch with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win over Andrey Goryachkov.

#70 New Mexico 4, #44 BYU 3
Mar 04, 2016 at Albuquerque, N.M. (McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. Shane Monroe (BYU 13.27) def. Hayden Sabatka (NM 12.95) 6-2, 6-3
2. Keaton Cullimore (BYU 13.53) def. Bart Van Leijsen (NM 12.86) 6-4, 7-5
3. Jorge Escutia (NM 12.49) def. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU 12.84) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
4. Ricky Hernandez-Tong (NM 12.33) def. Jacob Sullivan (BYU 12.38) 6-3, 6-4
5. Augustus Ge (NM 12.40) def. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU 12.48) 7-5, 6-4
6. John Pearce (BYU 12.27) def. Sean Baklini (NM 12.00) 7-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #16 Hayden Sabatka/Bart Van Leijsen (NM) def. Jeremy Bourgeois/Aidan Carrazedo (BYU) 6-3
2. Rodolfo Jauregui/Agustus Ge (NM) def. Keaton Cullimore/Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) 7-5
3. John Pearce/Jacob Sullivan (BYU) def. Jorge Escutia/Ricky Hernandez-Tong (NM) 6-3
Match Notes:
New Mexico 5-10; National ranking #70
BYU 11-2: National ranking #44
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,6,2,5,3)

Post-Match Quotes from New Mexico's recap
"Great college tennis match tonight, it usually is when New Mexico and BYU get together," said head coach Bart Scott. "BYU fought to the end and I give them a lot of credit. The doubles point proved to be huge and Augie and Rodolfo were clutch!  Then Jorge clinches another match for us.  It was a fun match and a total team effort."

Post-Match Quotes from BYU's recap
"Give credit to New Mexico," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "Their players made plays and put the ball in the court when they needed to. We didn't play like a team that is ranked No. 44 in the nation, but we'll lick our wounds, learn the lessons that need to be learned and put time in on the practice court."

No. 7 Wake Forest opened up ACC play against No. 34 Georgia Tech but it did so without its top two singles players with both Skander Mansouri and Petros Chrysochos playing in the Davis Cup. Despite their absence Wake was still able to win the doubles point and then it got straight set wins from Romain Bogaerts, Maksim Kan, and Christian Seraphim at No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 with Bogaerts clinching the match at No. 2.

Georgia Tech picked up wins from Chris Eubanks and Daniel Yun at No. 1 and No. 6 while Wake's Dennis Uspensky won in a third set supertiebreak at No. 3.

#7 Wake Forest 5, #34 Georgia Tech 2
Mar 04, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #12 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.94) def. Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 7-5, 6-4
2. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.96) def. Carlos Benito (GT 13.22) 6-3, 7-5
3. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.48) def. Andrew Li (GT 13.32) 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
4. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.58) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.19) 6-1, 6-2
5. Maksim Kan (WF 13.22) def. Michael Kay (GT 13.25) 6-3, 6-3
6. Daniel Yun (GT 12.59) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.08) 7-6 (11-9), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. #41 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) 7-5
2. Jon Ho/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Carlos Benito/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 6-3
3. Andrew Li/Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Keivon Tabrizi/Maksim Kan (WF) 6-4
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 7-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #34
Wake Forest 13-3 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,1,2,6,3)
T-2:40 A-198

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
"We played well at No. 3 doubles. We played one very bad game at No. 2 doubles and their team served well from there, said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. "And at No. 1 we played returned much better than in past matches but didn't serve quite as well. Credit to Wake for playing a good doubles point.

"In singles, we went down early and fought back but couldn't fully recover, said Thorne. "One big positive was Daniel Yun playing strong at number 6. He has been playing well, and he showed he can win at a high level.

Other Friday Results:
#21 Oregon def. Minnesota 6-1 - Oregon recap
#49 Alabama def. #72 South Carolina 5-2 - Alabama recap
#8 Texas A&M def. #66 Auburn 6-1 - aTm recap
#16 Georgia def. #50 Mississippi State 5-2 - Georgia recap
#26 Ole Miss def. #64 Tennessee 5-2 - Ole Miss recap
#47 Florida State def. Clemson 7-0 - FSU recap (five 3rd sets)
#1 North Carolina def. #54 Vanderbilt 7-0 - UNC recap (five 3rd sets)
#2 Virginia def. Louisville 7-0 - Virginia recap
#53 Virginia Tech def. #40 NC State 6-1 - VT recap
#15 Texas def. UTSA 5-0 - Texas recap
#15 Texas def. Louisiana Lafayette 4-0 - Texas recap
#46 UC Santa Barbara def. Sacramento State 7-0 - UCSB recap
#75 Cal Poly def. San Francisco 4-3 - Cal Poly recap
#38 Princeton def. #58 Indiana 6-1 - Princeton recap
#48 Denver def. Utah 5-1 - Denver recap
SMU def. Wichita State 4-1 - SMU recap
Texas A&M Corpus Christi def. South Alabama 4-0 - A&M CC recap
Southern Miss def. DePaul 4-3 - USM recap
Southern Miss def. Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-3 USM recap

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Sunday may not have been the most scintillating day of tennis, compared to say Friday, but there were still plenty of storylines to keep us all entertained.

Two of the top teams in the American Athletic Conference tangled on Sunday in New Orleans as No. 27 Tulane hosted No. 22 South Florida. South Florida picked up a 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles while Tulane won 6-3 at No. 2. South Florida served for the match at No. 3 doubles up 5-4 but Tulane's Alex and Ian Van Cott broke and then held for 6-5. South Florida's Robert Cid and Ignacio Gonzales-Muniz held for 6-6 and then the Bulls duo broke a 4-4 tie in the breaker by winning the final 3 points to take it 7-4.

Each team would take three first sets in singles and the guy who won the first set ended up winning on every court except No. 1.

South Florida's Dominic Cotrone, Peter Bertran, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz would each win in straight sets with Cotrone clinching the match at No. 3. The teams played the remaining matches out with Tulane's Constantin Schmitz winning 7-6 in the third at No. 2 while Tulane's Tyler Schick won 7-5 in the third at No. 6.

The featured singles matchup at No. 1 between the ITA No. 1 Dominik Koepfer and ITA No. 5 Roberto Cid ended up going to a third set supertiebreak after each claimed a 7-6 set. Cid would hand Koepfer his first dual-match loss of the year and snap his 21-match winning streak by taking the supertiebreak 10-3.

It's too bad that match didn't get to play out to a full conclusion but maybe we'll see a rematch in two weeks at the conference tournament in Memphis.

#22 South Florida 5, #27 Tulane 2
Apr 10, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.48) def. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.73) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 1-0 (10-3) 
2. #115 Constantin Schmitz (TLN 14.07) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.69) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7)
3. #42 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.35) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.53) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
4. Peter Bertran (USF 13.33) def. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.53) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
5. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.38) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.79) 6-2, 6-2
6. Tyler Schick (TLN 13.04) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.09) 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. #71 Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. #26 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-3 
2. Constantin Schmitz/Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Peter Bertran/Dominic Cotrone (USF) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
USF 15-8; National ranking #22
Tulane 14-6; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,3,2,1,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Joey Knight's Tampa Bay Times article
"(Cid) was super sharp," said Bulls coach Matt Hill,  "It was obviously a really, really high-level match, one he's been looking forward to all week. There were a ton of momentum swings, especially early on."

"I wouldn't say (Cid) squandered (the first set), I'd say Dominik took it," Hill said.

"I was telling Roberto he was doing all the right stuff...he just kind of stayed the course and was able to take him, and it was pretty windy here. To see that level being played in these conditions is really, really rare."

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"Today we saw a lot of good things from our guys, but South Florida is a very solid team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras explained. "Both USF and us have had great years so we knew it was going to be a great match. We need to keep on investing and putting ourselves in the fire."

Second-ranked TCU won its 26th straight match at home and 15th straight match overall with a fairly routine 4-0 win over short-handed Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were playing without Julian Cash (No. 1 singles/doubles) and Lukas Finzelberg (No. 5 singles/No. 3 doubles) due to injury so everybody else had to move up at least one spot in the lineup.

TCU took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Horned Frogs took the opening set in singles on five of six courts.

Jerry Lopez and Trevor Johnson each picked up quick wins at No. 5 and No. 6 and then Guillermo Nunez clinched the match at No. 3. The total match time was just under two hours.

#2 TCU 4, #12 Oklahoma State 0
Apr 10, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.81) vs. #121 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 14.04) 6-3, 5-4, unf
2. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.89) vs. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.46) 7-6 (5-7), 2-3, unf
3. #61 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.90) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.59) 6-2, 6-4
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.91) vs. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.26) 7-5, 3-1, unf
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.70) def. Nate Roper (OSU 12.43) 6-0, 6-4
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.70) def. Mateo Ruiz Naranjo (OSU 12.82) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #82 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) vs. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) 4-4, unf
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Arjun Kadhe/Tristan Meraut (OSU) 6-3
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Nate Roper/Mateo Ruiz Naranjo (OSU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 16-5, 0-2; National ranking #12
TCU 20-2, 2-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,3)
T-1:57; A-1404

Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"Today wasn't easy because the conditions were a little bit breezy and it got a little swirly. I was really proud of our guys that kept on fighting especially Cameron (Norrie), (Alex) Rybakov and (Eduardo) Nava. You can tell that they weren't very comfortable with the conditions and the situation but they kept fighting and they kept hanging in there and making the best of it. That is the kind of attitude that we are going to need for the rest of the way.

"We played Oklahoma State earlier this year and they had three guys in that lineup that they didn't have today. We didn't get their best lineup today and at the same time, everyone can play and I didn't want our guys to lose their focus because they knew this wasn't their best lineup. I am proud of Trevor (Johnson) for going out there and being very business like and taking care of his match. Jerry (Lopez) took care of his match and Guillermo (Nuez) was in a great situation to clinch. I am just proud of our guys. It was a tough week and we asked a lot of them to be playing three top 25 teams in one week. I am looking forward to having a whole week to prepare for a very gutty and competitive team at Texas. Those coaches have done a great job of getting the Longhorns to where they are at right now. They are getting the most out of their players and that is a sign of good coaching and we will be ready for that."

Ninth-ranked Oklahoma was able to rebound from a tough loss to TCU by knocking off No. 17 Texas 4-0. Texas's John Mee and Harrison Scott won 6-3 at No. 3 doubles while OU's Spencer Papa and Alex Ghilea won 6-4 at No. 2. OU's Axel Alvarez and Andrew Harris won the deciding match at No. 1 by a 7-5 score to give the Sooners the doubles point and early 1-0 lead.

Each team won three first sets in singles with Oklahoma claiming sets at 2, 4, and 6 while Texas took sets 1, 3, and 5.

Andrew Harris (University of Oklahoma)
OU junior Andrew Harris was the first to finish with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Harrison Scott at No. 2 and then less than 10 minutes later OU freshman Maxime Mora would extend the lead to 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over John Mee at No. 6.

OU sophomore Spencer Papa, two days removed from losing the decider against TCU, clinched the win by coming from behind to defeat Adrian Ortiz 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3.

The other matches were abandoned with Texas up a set at No. 1 and No. 5 while OU led at No. 4.

#9 Oklahoma 4, #17 Texas 0
Apr 10, 2016 at Austin, Texas (Polo Tennis Club)
Singles Competition
1. #87 George Goldhoff (UT 13.66) vs. #36 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.28) 7-6 (7-2), 1-4, unf
2. Andrew Harris (OU 14.67) def. Harrison Scott (UT 13.76) 6-2, 6-2
3. #59 Spencer Papa (OU 14.02) def. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.84) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
4. #51 Alex Ghilea (OU 13.93) vs. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.32) 7-6 (8-6), 2-1, unf
5. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.25) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.80) 7-6 (7-3), 4-5, unf
6. Maxime Mora (OU 13.61) def. John Mee (UT 13.15) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles Compeition
1. #40 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #68 A Ortiz/M Riechmann (UT) 7-5 
2. #85 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #86 George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-4
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) def. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 12-8, 1-1 Big 12; National ranking 
#9 Texas 16-8, 1-2 Big 12; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played a very solid match today against Texas," head coach John Roddick said. "Our doubles was solid and we did a great job competing in singles."

"It was great to see Andrew get us on the board quickly in singles and then Spencer did a great job of turning his match around after the first set," Roddick said. "Max was really solid in closing out his match at number six."

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap

On the Oklahoma match: You just have to give Oklahoma credit today. When we had opportunities for momentum, we didn't get it. On Friday night we took advantage of all of them and today, I felt like no matter whatever happened we couldn't quite get on top of them. They got on top of us today and they did a good job. With Andrew Harris in there playing well, that's a really good team. We just have to learn from it. We have some big matches coming up and we'll just keep pushing forward.

Kentucky was coming off a top-10 win over Texas A&M but they weren't able to get past No. 39 LSU as the Bayou Bengals pulled off a 4-2 upset. LSU took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then each team took three first sets in singles.

Kentucky freshman Austin Hussey, who clinched the win over A&M, rolled over Simon Freund 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 and then fellow freshman Ryo Matsumura put the Wildcats ahead with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Justin Butsch at No. 2.

Jordan Daigle (LSU/Bridgette Hogan)
LSU senior Boris Arias tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Enzo Wallart at No. 4 and sophomore Gabor Csonka put the Tigers ahead with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Nils Ellefsen at No. 3.

LSU junior Jordan Daigle would clinch the team win by taking the final three games in the third set to defeat William Bushamuka 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. The remaining match at No. 5 was abandoned with it even at 2-2 in the third.

#39 LSU 4, #20 Kentucky 2
Apr 10, 2016 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles Competition                                                                         
1. #79 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.75) def. #25 William Bushamuka (UK 14.08) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
2. #52 Ryo Matsumura (UK 14.36) def. #95 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.55) 6-2, 6-1
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.53) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.83) 6-4, 6-3
4. Boria Arias (LSU 13.08) def. Enzo Wallart (UK 13.12) 6-1, 6-3
5. Trey Yates (UK) 13.08 vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.92) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 2-2, unfinished
6. Austin Hussey (UK 12.88) def. Simon Freund (LSU 13.13) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles Compeition
1. Nills Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) vs. #11 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 4-5, unf
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) 6-3
3. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Ryo Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 6-3
Match Notes
LSU 14-9; National ranking #39
Kentucky 17-7; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6, 2, 4, 3, 1)

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"The team came in very focused from yesterday's practice all the way through preparations for the match, head coach Jeff Brown said. "They were on a mission today and weren't going to let anything stop them. It's a win we've been building towards since the Mississippi State loss and we really came together as a team, and are looking to continue.

New Mexico had lost three of its last four coming into Sunday match against No. 18 Tulsa but that didn't stop the Lobos from pulling off a stunning 4-3 upset. New Mexico took the doubles point when Jorge Escutia and Ricky Hernandez-Tong won a tiebreak at No. 3 and then each team took three opening sets in singles.

New Mexico's Bart Van Leijsen and Jorge Escutia won in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 3 to put the Lobos 3-0. Tulsa's Majed Kilani put the Golden Hurricane on the board with a three set win at No. 4 but New Mexico's Hayden Sabtaka clinched the match with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win over Or Ram-Harel at No. 1.

Note: Tulsa's Carlos Bautista (No. 3 singles/doubles) did not play for unknown reason.

New Mexico 4, #18 Tulsa 3
Apr 10, 2016 at Albuquerque, N.M. (McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium)
Singles Competition
1. Hayden Sabatka (NM 12.97) def. #46 Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.92) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
2. Bart Van Leijsen (NM 13.02) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.38) 7-5, 6-3 
3. Jorge Escutia (NM 12.59) def. Dylan McCloskey (TUL 12.74) 6-4, 6-3
4. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.59) def. Ricky Hernandez-Tong (NM 12.56) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 
5. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.92) def. Michael Tran (NM 12.02) 6-3, 7-6
6. Dominic Bechard (TUL 12.46) def. Rodolfo Jauregui (NM 11.86) 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #29 Hayden Sabatka/Bart Van Leijsen (NM) def. #77 Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TUL) 6-3
2. Agustus Ge/Rodolfo Jauregui (NM) vs. Dylan McCloskey/Dominic Bechard (TUL) 6-6, unf.
3. Jorge Escutia/Ricky Hernandez-Tong (NM) def. Majed Kilani/Juan Matias Gonzale (TUL) 7-6
Match Notes:
Tulsa 14-11; National ranking #18
New Mexico 14-13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from UNM's recap
"This was a good team win," said head coach Bart Scott. "All the guys stepped up in different areas to help us through. Tulsa is a very good team, we have respect for their coaches and program. The focus now shifts to Nevada."

It's been a rough year for Indiana with the Hoosiers taking most of them on the chin but on Sunday they finally picked up a big win with a 4-0 shutout over No. 33 Penn State.

IU took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then IU asserted itself in singles by taking five opening sets. IU senior Sam Monette was the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Leonard Stakhovsky at No. 1 (both recaps referred to him as Leonardo).

IU freshman Afonso Salgado made it 3-0 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Ben Lieb at No. 6 and IU junior Matt McCoy clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tomas Hanzlik at No. 4.

IU will re-enter the rankings with the win and may be as high as No. 63 while the loss will knock Penn State down to around No. 39.

Indiana 4, #33 Penn State 0
April 10, 2016 at Bloomington, Indiana (IU Tennis Center)
Doubles Competition
1. #59 Daniel Bednarczyk/Sam Monette (IND) def. C. Lutschaunig/David Kohan (PSU) 6-2
2. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IND) vs. Leonard Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) 3-4, unfinished
3. Raheel Manji/Afonso Salgado (IND) def. C. De La Bassetiere/Matt Galush (PSU) 6-2
Singles Competition
1. #60 Sam Monette (IND 13.99) def. #110 Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU 13.53) 6-3, 6-2
2. Raheel Manji (IND 13.33) vs. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU 13.76) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
3. Daniel Bednarczyk (IND 12.97) vs. Matt Barry (PSU 13.48) 7-6 (7-5), 4-5, unfinished
4. Matthew McCoy (IND 12.67) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.07) 6-3, 6-4
5. Antonio Cembellin (IND 12.98) vs. Aws Laaribi (PSU 13.04) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 1-1, unfinished
6. Afonso Salgado (IND 12.48) def. Ben Lieb (PSU 12.99) 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes
Indiana 7-14
Penn State 18-5; National ranking #33
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,6,4)

Post-Match Quotes from PSU's recap
"Playing inside at Indiana is always a challenge, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "Despite the rankings, Indiana gave it to us in doubles and kept the momentum going in singles.

"We had opportunity in the singles but we couldn't get the job done, said Coach Tobin. "We just did not play to our potential today. We will take this week of work and practice to hone our focus for Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In what has to be the one of the longest no-ad matches in college tennis history, it was UMKC defeating Grand Canyon 4-3 in a match that took an astounding six hours and fourteen minutes.

Due to rain the match was moved indoors to a three-court facility with singles play starting first. UMKC swept the top three courts but GC swept the bottom three with No. 4 and No. 5 going three sets.

The doubles point was played to decide the match and UMKC won all three courts within 60 seconds to take the point and the match. Both teams ended up sharing the regular season WAC title with New Mexico State.

UMKC had a pretty good recap so give it a read.

UMKC 4, Grand Canyon 3
4/10/2016 at Kansas City, Mo. (Carriage Club) 
Singles competition
1. Airam Castellano (UMKC 12.45) def. Mitch Maroscher (GCU 12.88) 6-1, 6-3
2. Andrey Smirnov (UMKC 12.20) def. Felix Schueller (GCU 12.43) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Uldis Gaismins (UMKC 11.93) def. Alexander Roggenkamp (GCU 11.97) 7-5, 6-1
4. Mathieu Rojaonah (GCU) def. Mike Psarros (UMKC 12.24) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Meidy Chazeau (GCU 12.02) def. Vinh Pham (UMKC 11.79) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Justin Cvitanovic (GCU 12.42) def. Amaury Navette (UMKC 11.67) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Airam Castellano/Mike Psarros (UMKC) def. Alexander Roggenkamp/Felix Schueller (GCU) 7-5
2. Uldis Gaismins/Amaury Navette (UMKC) def. Mitch Maroscher/Meidy Chazeau (GCU) 7-5
3. Andrey Smirnov/Vinh Pham (UMKC) def. Adrian Legarreta/Gregoire Balenci (GCU) 7-6 (7-2)
Match Notes
Grand Canyon 13-8, 4-1 WAC
UMKC 13-7, 4-1 WAC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)
Singles played first
T-6:14 A-25

Post-Match Quotes from GCU's recap
"We are pleased to be sharing the conference title with two other great teams," head coach Greg Prudhomme said. "The guys came to as close losing as they did winning throughout the match. We had a lot of things going against us but I am so proud of how hard our guys fought."

"We would have loved to be the champion by ourselves," Prudhomme added. "We had one goal before the season started and that was to be the WAC champion in the regular season and that is what we are. The amount of work the guys have put in this year has been fantastic and we are now in company with some great teams."

Other Sunday Scores

#1 North Carolina def. Boston College 6-1 - UNC recap - BC's lone point was in a 10-pt TB at No. 6
#3 Virginia def. Clemson 7-0 - UVA recap - close doubles point not so close singles
#23 Florida State def. #41 NC State 7-0 - FSU recap - Noles won 12 of 13 sets in singles - final home match for seniors Benjamin Lock, Marco Nunez, & Michael Rinaldi (top 3 singles players)
#23 Florida State def. Bethune-Cookman 0 - singles only - FSU won all but 1 set
#31 Georgia Tech def. #40 Virginia Tech - GT recap - Big win for GT/rough loss for VT - 4 of 6 singles matches went three sets - final home match for seniors Nathan Rakitt and Casey Kay
#75 Miami FL def. Louisville 5-2 - Miami recap - L'Ville took doubles & the U took three singles matches in straight sets and Jesse Flores clinched 7-6 in the third at No. 3.

Big Ten
#5 Ohio State def. #57 Purdue 4-0 - OSU recap - Buckeyes won all 9 completed singles sets
#13 Northwestern def. #63 Iowa 4-0 - NU recap - Wildcats won 9 of 10 completed sets in singles
#15 Illinois def Nebraska 4-1 - ILL recap - Neb took dubs but ILL took 10 of 12 sets in singles
#21 Michigan def. #44 Wisconsin 5-2 - UM recap - Knight clinched 6-1 in the third at No. 1
Minnesota def. Michigan State 4-0 - MN recap - Gophers won 9 of 10 completed sets in singles

Pac 12:
#4 UCLA def. #72 Utah 4-0 - UCLA recap - Bruins won 8 of 9 completed sets in singles
#8 USC def. Arizona 4-0 - USC recap - doubles not played due to weather - USC won all sets
#19 Cal def. #36 Oregon 4-1 - Cal recap - dubs not played - Cal won 9 of 12 sets in singles

#7 Georgia def. #59 Auburn 4-0 - UGA recap (includes video highlights) - Dawgs clinched a share of the SEC title and can win it outright with 1 more win or a Florida loss.
#10 Texas A&M def. Tennessee 5-2 - aTm recap - Rinderknech clinched to make it 4-0
#14 Florida def. #64 South Carolina - 6-1 - FLA recap - Gators won courts in straight sets
#24 Mississippi State def. #32 Alabama 5-2 - MSU recap - Bama led 2-0 before MSU took five of six singles matches with three going three sets
#35 Ole Miss def. #43 Vanderbilt 5-2 - Miss recap -  Hansson clinched to make it 4-1 - four singles matches went three sets

#26 Columbia def. Brown 6-1 - CU recap - Miguel Alda clinched to make it 4-1
#38 Dartmouth def. Penn 4-0 - Dart recap - Big Green won 8 of 10 completed sets in singles
#50 Harvard def. #37 Princeton 4-3 - Harv recap - Sebastian Beltrame won the decider 6-4 in the third at No. 2 after breaking at love.
#54 Cornell def. Yale 5-2 - CU recap - 5 of 6 singles matches went the distance

Other Ranked:
#28 Rice def. #25 SMU 4-2 - Rice recap - David Warren clinched 6-3 in the third at No. 5
#47 UC Santa Barbara def. UC Riverside 7-0 - UCSB recap - Gauchos cleaned up everywhere
#48 Old Dominion def. #69 UNC Wilmington 6-1 - ODU recap - UNCW won the doubles point and ODU swept singles - Monarchs have won 16 of their last 17
#52 East Tennessee State def. Mercer 7-0 - ETSU recap - Bucs won 12 of 13 sets in singles
#53 Pepperdine def. Portland 4-0 - PEP recap - Waves won 8 of 9 completed sets in singles
#56 Utah State def. Fresno State 4-0 - USU recap - USU coach Clancy Shields outdueled his brother, Fresno State coach Luke Shields
Nevada def. #64 Boise State 4-3 - NEV recap - Robert Margitfalvi won the decider 6-1 in the third - Wolf Pack was just 4-13 coming into this match
#73 Cal Poly def. UC Irvine 4-1 - CP recap - Corey Pang clinched the win 6-3, 7-6 at No. 3 - the other two remaining courts had just split sets

More to come....
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New Mexico Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs announced the hiring of Ben Dunbar as New Mexico's new men's head coach. Dunbar, who played at New Mexico from 2008 to 2012, was an assistant coach at New Mexico for the last two seasons. Dunbar replaces Bart Scott who resigned last month after two years at the helm of the Lobos.
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