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Semifinal Saturday was good as expected in the ACC with an almost three rain delay adding to the suspense.  North Carolina was looking for its third of the season over No. 1 Virginia and for the better part of four plus hours it looked like they'd get it.

In the high-profile doubles matchup at No. 1 it was the ITA No. 3 team of Brett Clark and Robert Kelly rolling over the ITA No. 2 team of Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli. Clark and Kelly broke UVA to start the match and then broke again to go up 5-2. Robert Kelly would serve it out to give UNC the 6-2.

UVA's Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone jumped out to an early 4-1 lead at No. 3 but UNC's Ronnie Schneider and Anu Kodali would take the next three to even it up at 4-4.

Over at No. 2, UNC's Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray broke Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger on the deciding point to go up 2-1 and then Murray held for 3-1. After three straight holds, UVA would break Murray to even it up at 4-4. UNC broke back and then Schnur served it out at love to win it 6-4.

Each took would take three opening sets in singles with UNC grabbing them at 1, 2, and 5 while UVA took them at 3, 4, and 6.

UNC's Brayden Schnur beat Ryan Shane for the third time this season with a win at No. 1. Schnur won the first eight games of the match before Shane finally got on the board in the third game of the second set. Schnur maintained his break lead and served it out to take it 6-0, 6-4.

Moments after Schnur finished the rain would start and play would be suspended for the better part of three hours. Here was where the scores stood at the time of the stoppage.

After play finally resumed, UNC's Ronnie Schneider was able to to close out Collin Altamirano on the deciding point, on a service overrule of all things, to win it 6-2, 6-4. North Carolina's lead was now 3-0 but getting the fourth point would prove to be too difficult.

UVA's Luca Corinteli would start the comeback with a win over Anu Kodali at No. 6. Corinteli took the first set 6-2 and then led 4-2 in the second. Kodali broke for 3-4 and then held for 4-4 and then the rain started. After the delay Kodali would break Corinteli but he'd be unable to serve out the set as Corinteli broke back to even it at 5-5. Corinteli held for 6-5 and then broke Kodali on the deciding point to win it 6-2, 7-5.

UVA's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would trim UNC's lead to 3-2 with a win over Brett Clark at No. 3. Kwiatkowski took the opening set 6-3 but Clark took the second 6-2. Kwiatkowski would break Clark to go up 5-3 and then he'd serve it out to win it 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

UNC's best chance of closing it out came at No. 4 where Robert Kelly had gone ahead 3-1 in the third set against J.C. Aragone. The UVA junior would hold for 2-3 and then break on the deciding point to even it at 3-3. It was all holds until the tiebreak when Aragone would go up 5-0. Kelly would come storming back to tie it at 5-5 but then he overcooked a forehand on a point he was seemingly in control of to go down *6-5. Aragone would close it out on the next point when Kelly sliced a backhand into the net and just like that the match was even at 3-3.

Henrik Wiersholm dropped the opening set at No. 5 but he didn't drop much the rest of the way and would nonchalantly clinch the match with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Jack Murray at No. 5

It's tough to say whether the rain really had that big of an impact because it's not like any of the individual courts really changed direction after the stoppage.

#1 Virginia 4, #3 North Carolina 3
Apr 23, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #31 Brayden Schnur (NC) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-0, 6-4 
2. #30 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. #40 Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-2, 6-4 
3. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #49 Brett Clark (NC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #100 Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. #114 Jack Murray (NC) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Anudeep Kodali (NC) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition 
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-2 
2. #32 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) def. #17 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) 6-4 
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) vs. Ronnie Schneider/Anudeep Kodali (NC) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,6,3,4,5) 
Match was suspended at 3:47 pm due to rain. Match continued at 6:30 pm

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Congratulations to North Carolina for a great run so far and I know they are going to be a great team in the NCAA Tournament," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I am proud of my guys for coming back from down 3-0. That shows a lot of toughness. I am really pleased with how they managed the weather delay we had in the middle of the match. They got themselves mentally and physically ready to go and came out and won all four matches that we needed. I am really proud of the overall effort and I am looking forward to playing for an ACC Championship tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"Congratulations to Virginia, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "They came out and played well.

"Doubles was definitely a huge positive, Murray said. "We've put a lot of emphasis on that in practice.

"Robert Kelly fought his tail off I'm really proud of his effort, said Paul, who was situated at the even-numbered courts and thus saw Kelly's match at No. 4 but not the other two three-set matches. "I'm proud of the whole team it's been a good week for us. We'll look at today and then get ready for the NCAA Tournament. Virginia was just a better team today. We're just going to go to work.

The other ACC semifinal between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech would also live up to its advance billing. Wake Forest won the regular season meeting 4-3 with four of six singles matches going the distance so I figured this one would probably be close as well.

Virginia Tech looked like it'd secure the doubles point after winning 6-0 at No. 2 and opening up a 5-3 lead at No. 1. However Wake's Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim would hold for 4-5 and then break to even it at 5-5. Wake's Romain Bogarets and Dennis Uspensky would break VT to go up 5-4 at No. 3 and then they'd serve it out to win it 6-4. Back at No. 1, Mansouri and Seraphim would hold for 6-5 and then break VT to win it 7-5.

Each team took three first sets in singles and just as Petros Chrysochos was closing in on the finish line at No. 2 the rain started coming down. Below were the scores at the time of the stoppage:

Once play resumed VT's Andreas Bjerrehus won two straight at No. 2 but Chrysochos closed it out on the next game to win it 6-2, 6-3.

Wake Forest senior Romain Bogaerts extended the Demon Deacons lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Edoardo Tessaro at No. 4.  Seconds later Virginia Tech freshman Mitch Harper would the Hokies on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Christian Seraphim at No. 5.

VT senior Joao Monteiro narrowed the Wake lead to 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Skander Mansouri at No. 1 but Wake was starting to pull away on the other two courts.

Jon Ho had opened up a 4-1 lead in the third at No. 3 but Dennis Uspensky would get the clinch at No. 6 with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Jai Corbett.

#7 Wake Forest 4, #36 Virginia Tech 2
Apr 23, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. #19 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #66 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-2, 6-3
3. Jon Ho (WF) vs. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 4-1, unfinished
4. #118 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #74 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 6-4, 6-4
5. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #15 A Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 7-5
2. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. #78 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-0
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 17-8 (7-5 ACC); National ranking #36
Wake Forest 28-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,5,1,6)
Play was suspended due to rain at 3:47 p.m.; play continued at 6:30 p.m.

Georgia is back in the finals of the SEC Tournament after defeating Mississippi State 4-1. The Red & Black Bulldogs jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and then the lead was quickly extended to 2-0 when Austin Smith won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

Georgia freshman Emil Reinberg would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 but Mississippi State would start to claw its way back into the match.

MSU freshman Nuno Borges would get a late break to defeat Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 plus MSU's Niclas Braun would go up 3-0 in the third against Walker Duncan at No. 3.

Georgia's Wayne Montgomery came back from 5-2 down in the first set to take it in a tiebreak and then he led 4-1 in the second set before Rishab Agarwal closed to win 4-3. Montgomery would serve it out from 5-4 and clinch the match with a 7-6(1), 6-4 win.

6 (1) Georgia 4, #25 (4) Mississippi State 1
4/23/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #33 Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #35 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #60 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
3. #98 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #96 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4, 7-5
4. Walker Duncan (UGA) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 0-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 3-2, unf
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles Results
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #45 Vaughn Hunter/Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-3
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Niclas Braun/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-2
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Rishab Agarwal/Nuno Borges (MSU) 5-3, unf
Match Notes:
(4) Mississippi State 16-8, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #25
(1) Georgia 20-3, 12-0 SEC; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,3,2)
SEC Tournament (Semifinals)

Post-Match Quotes from UGA's recap
"I thought we came out well prepared today," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We played exceptionally well in doubles and we came out ready to fight in singles. I take my hat off to Mississippi State. They were tenacious, gritty and tough at all positions. We had Emil come in at six and do a tremendous job there. Austin Smith was clicking on all cylinders. I'm just proud of this team for fighting and for giving us a win today."

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"We have to give credit to Georgia, as they have proven themselves to be an NCAA Championship contending team with the resume they've built this year," head coach Matt Roberts said. "To beat a team like that you have to be ready to compete extremely well at every position and we lacked in a few spots today."

"Our guys battled hard and gave us a chance to do something special, we just came up a little short," Roberts said. "All in all, I am very proud of what this group continues to do and we will learn from this as we prepare for the NCAA Tournament."

Florida advanced to the finals of the SEC Tournament for the second time in three years by avenging an earlier loss to Texas A&M. Florida took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Texas A&M battled back in singles and took four opening sets.

Florida's Alfredo Perez and Elliott Orkin were the the Gators to claim opening sets but they also managed to finish in straight sets with Perez winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 while Orkin won 7-6, 6-1 at No. 3.

Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco would clinch the shutout with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 4. The other matches were abandoned with Texas A&M up a double break on 1, Florida up a break on 5, and on-serve in the third at No. 6.

#11 Florida 4, #13 Texas A&M 0
4/23/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. No. 11 Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-2, 2-6, 5-1, unf.
2. No. 83 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. No. 53 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 36 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 7-6(3), 6-1
4. No. 123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Harrison Adams (TAMU) vs. Gordon Watson (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 3-4, unf.
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. McClain Kessler (UF) 6-4, 5-7, 1-1
Doubles competition
1. No. 1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. No. 68 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 5-4, unf.
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Aflredo Perez (UF) def. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida 17-6, 10-2; National ranking #11
Texas A&M 26-9, 8-4; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1); Singles (2, 3, 4)

Post-Match Quotes from Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
On the win over Texas A&M: "I'm really proud of our guys. I thought they showed up and came ready to play. We're really excited about the opportunity to compete in the Championship tomorrow.

"Credit to Texas A&M, they've got a great program and a great team. They beat us in the regular season and I think our guys were looking forward to the opportunity to play them again knowing we'd be pushed to the limit -- and we responded with that. I'm really proud of the way we fought back in both doubles and singles play. It says a lot about our resilience, toughness, and physical fitness.

On the opportunity to play Georgia tomorrow in the Tournament Championship:
"It's a great opportunity for us. We get a chance to play in the conference championship in one of the best conferences in collegiate tennis. I'm really proud of our guys for creating this opportunity with the effort and work they've put in this season.

"A lot has gone into this to get us to this point and the guys are hungry for it. They're certainly not satisfied. The loss we took in Athens a few weeks ago still sits right in our chests -- and we haven't forgotten about it. I know our guys will be motivated. And not only motivated to play in the match, but to go out and compete like champions. 

Post-Match Quotes from Steve Denton via Texas A&M's recap
On Rinderknech's tournament "One of the things we learned this weekend is that Arthur is one of the best players in the country and he showed that again today. How he has been playing in singles especially, after winning that emotional match yesterday and then turning around and playing well again today against another highly ranked singles player shows that he is playing at a really high level right now. It shows that he is playing with a lot of confidence and that is the biggest positive out of this tournament."

On bouncing back from dropping doubles point..."Our guys did a good job coming back and winning those first sets. Now what we as a coaching staff need to work on is getting the guys to press the issue and play aggressive in those situations. Give Florida a lot of credit, they came back and won all those second sets and put some scoreboard pressure on us. After we win a first set, let's apply pressure and not allow them to get back into the match."

 On the break before the NCAA Tournament starts
"First we need to get the guys a couple days rest and get home, but then we have a chance to work really hard for a couple weeks and prep for the tournament. It is both a positive and negative, we have to wait three weeks to play again, but we get three weeks to put in a training block and work with the guys and get better. It can propel us into something special and let us get ready to play our best tennis heading into the NCAA Tournament."

Oklahoma won the Bedlam Rivalry over Oklahoma State despite playing without Florin Bragusi (unknown). The Sooners took the doubles point when Maxime Mora and Andre Biro came back from 4-2 down in the tiebreak to win it 7-5.

Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Alex Ghilea won in straight sets to give OU's its four points.

10 Oklahoma def. 12 Oklahoma State, 4-0
April 23, 2016 | Greenwood Tennis Center | Stillwater, Oklahoma
Doubles | Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #36 Andrew Harris/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #6 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-2
3. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) 7-6 (7-5)
Singles | Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1
1. Andrew Harris (OU) def. #45 Julian Cash (OSU) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
2. #26 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #115 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. #71 Spencer Papa (OU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), unfinished
4. #57 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Andre Biro (OU) 6-0, 4-6, 0-2, unfinished
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. Maxime Mora (OU) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played a good match today," head coach John Roddick said. "Our intensity is getting better, but we still need more. We'll work on that this week. We are looking forward to the Big 12 Championship."

"Axel has been a tremendous player on some great teams," Roddick said. "His record shows that and we are happy for him. He deserves to go out with the records."

Post-Match Quotes from OSU's recap
"Anytime you play Oklahoma it's going to be a big match for us," coach Jay Udwadia said. "We had match point in doubles and didn't capitalize on that and we also had some key opportunities in singles that (Oklahoma) came up with, which happened to be the difference."

"It was a close match," Cash said. "I feel like we could have won all three doubles matches and taken the point, but in the end we just didn't take advantage of our opportunities today."

"Big 12 Championships are coming around and we've seen every team," coach Udwadia said. "We are going to work are butts off to get ready for that tournament and hopefully do something special at home."

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North Carolina Regional
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center - Chapel Hill, NC

[2] North Carolina Tar Heels (25-4) vs. [49-64] College of Charleston Cougars (19-6) - Saturday Noon ET - North Carolina got in as an at-large after falling to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament while Charleston punched its ticket by defeating UNC Wilmington in the finals of the Colonial Conference Tournament. Charleston went 1-5 against ranked opponents with the one win coming over UNC Wilmington. Charleston went 0-2 against ACC opponents falling to Virginia Tech and Clemson by a combined score of 13-1. Charleston has two starters that began their collegiate careers elsewhere with Juan Estevarena transferring in from Mississippi State while Garrett Gordon transferred in from Georgia Tech. 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 22-7, College of Charleston 15-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, College of Charleston 75

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 12th. 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. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. Juan Estevarena (COFC 13.14)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.07) vs. Rodrigo Encinas (COFC 12.51)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.21) vs. Charlie Ghriskey (COFC 12.05)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.90) vs. Zach Lewis (COFC 12.72)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.95) vs. Vasily Kichigin (COFC 12.30)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.23) vs. Garrett Gordon (COFC 11.82)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.24)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
UNC: Schneider 5
COFC: Lewis 7, Estevarena 5

Charleston won't be intimidated by North Carolina but it just won't have the firepower to keep up with the National Indoor Champions. I like UNC in doubles and Clark, Kelly, and Kodali in singles. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0. 

[17-32] Tulane Green Wave (15-8) vs. [33-48] Dartmouth Big Green (18-8) - Saturday 9am ET - Both teams got in as at-larges after Tulane fell to South Florida in the semifinals of the American Tournament while Dartmouth finished second in the Ivy League (no conference tournament). Dartmouth won the regular season meeting 4-3 in a match that was played indoors at Dartmouth back in late January. The matches at No. 1 and No. 2 will be the same while everything else will be different. Tulane played just about every match outdoors with the exception of a few including the earlier meeting at Dartmouth while Dartmouth played just about every match indoors. The weather forecast on Saturday looks good with temps expected to be in the low 70s. 

Regular Season Meeting 

 #42 Dartmouth College 4, #32 Tulane 3 
Jan 31, 2016 at Hanover, N.H. (Boss Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #1 Koepfer, Dominik (TLN 14.35) def. #18 Sakinis, Dovydas (DART 13.98) 6-2, 6-4 
2. #63 Schmitz,Constantin (TLN 13.79) def. Riccardi, Ciro (DART 13.25) 6-3, 6-1 
3. Tannenbaum, Brendan (DART 12.73) def. Van Cott,Alex (TLN 12.86) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 
4. Fliegner, Max (DART 13.03) def. #111 Rey,Sebastian (TLN 13.65) 6-3, 6-4 
5. Wall, George (DART 12.75 ) def. Jao,Chi-Shan (TLN 13.53) 6-1, 6-0 
6. Schmidt, Max (DART 12.69) def. Schick,Tyler (TLN 13.10) 7-5, 6-2 
Doubles competition 
1. #17 Jao,Chi-Shan/Koepfer, Dominik (TLN) def. Dovydas/Tannenbaum (DART) 6-4 
2. Glasnovic, Roko/Schmidt, Max (DART) def. Van Cott,Ian/Van Cott,Alex (TLN) 6-2 
3. Rey,Sebastian/Schmitz,Constantin (TLN) def. Wall, George/Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-4 
Match Notes: 
Tulane 4-2; National ranking #32 
Dartmouth College 5-1; National ranking #42 
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,1,4,6,3)

Doubles Records: Tulane 15-7, Dartmouth 18-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Tulane 82, Dartmouth 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TUL 14.72) vs. #91 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.77)
2. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TUL 14.10) vs. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.06) 
3. Sebastian Rey (TUL 13.55) vs. George Wall (DART 13.19)
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TUL 13.47) vs. Max Fliegner (DART 13.45)
5. Ian Van Cott (TUL 12.62) vs. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART 12.71)
6. Alex Van Cott (TUL 12.79) vs. Max Schmidt (DART 12.65)
O: Tyler Schick (TUL 13.01); Roko Glasnovic (DART 13.16); Eddie Grabill (DART 13.02)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
TUL: Schmitz 3
DART: Sakinis 5, Fliegner 5

Dartmouth has Brendan Tannenbaum slotted at No. 5 but he's only played once since last February so I wouldn't be surprised if he sat and Schmidt and Glasnovic/Grabill moved up a spot. 

I think this match will follow along the same lines as the first meeting with Tulane expected to get wins in doubles and from Koepfer and Schmitz in singles. The other four matches will be close but I think Sebastian Rey will put the Green Wave over the top while Dartmouth will get a win from Max Fliegner with the others in a third set. Prediction: Tulane 4-1

Regional Final - [17-32] Tulane at [2] North Carolina - Sunday 1pm ET 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 22-7, Tulane 15-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, Tulane 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TUL 14.72)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.07) vs. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TUL 14.10)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.21) vs. Sebastian Rey (TUL 13.55)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.90) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TUL 13.47)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.95) vs. Ian Van Cott (TUL 12.62) 
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.23) vs. Alex Van Cott (TUL 12.79)

This will be Tulane's third match this season against a top 10 team with the other two ending in heartbreak after the Green Wave fell to USC and Texas Tech by 4-3 scores. Tulane isn't going to get blown off the court but North Carolina is just going to be too strong. I like UNC in doubles and Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali in singles. Tulane's best chances to get on the board will be at No. 1 and No. 4 but I think UNC will close out the other courts before those matches finish. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0.


Illinois Regional
Atkins Tennis Center - Champaign-Urbana, IL

[15] Illinois Fighting Illini (19-10) vs. [49-64] Western Michigan Broncos (20-5) - Friday 5pm CT - Illinois got in as an at-large after falling to Ohio State in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament while Western Michigan got the MAC's automatic berth after blanking Ball State in the finals of the conference tournament. WMU is 0-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 0-4 against Illinois with this being the Broncos fifth trip to the Champaign regional since 2004. WMU went 2-1 against Big Ten schools with wins over Purdue and Michigan State and a loss to Iowa. 

Illinois's strength has been its top three with Vukic and the Hiltziks going 53-12 in dual-match play while WMU's strongest performers have been Greiner (17-1), Loebel (18-4), Hamilton (14-5), and Cahn (10-2)

Doubles Records: Illinois 16-13, Western Michigan 22-3
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 83, Western Michigan 75

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.64) vs. Jefta Kecic (WMU 12.91)
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.70) vs. Maik Steiner (WMU 12.49)
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.90) vs. Matt Hamilton (WMU 12.51)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.59) vs. Ruben Greiner (WMU 12.57)
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.63) vs. Daniel Loebel (WMU 12.12)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Andrew Cahn (WMU 12.34)
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.90)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
ILL: Hirsch 3
WMU: Cahn 6, Hamilton 5, Greiner 4, Kecic 3, Loebel 3

WMU was a stout 22-3 in doubles so I wouldn't be surprised if they found a way to take the early 1-0 lead. Illinois will sweep the top three spots in singles and Aiden Jiang will get the clincher at No. 5 while WMU will be up on the other courts. Prediction: Illinois 4-1. 

[17-32] Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-8) vs. [33-48] Memphis Tigers (14-10) - Friday 2pm CT - Mississippi State got in as an at-large after falling to Georgia in the SEC semifinals while Memphis got the last at-large bid after losing to Tulane in the American quarterfinals. Memphis went 5-10 against ranked opponents although it did go 2-1 against the SEC with wins over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt and a loss to Georgia. Mississippi State went 9-8 against ranked opponents and 1-0 against the AAC with a tight 4-3 win over Tulane. 

Ryan Peniston was Memphis's top performer with a dual-match record of 14-6 (6-3 at 1 and 8-3 at 2) while Nuno Borges led the way for MSU with a dual-match record of 18-3 (2-0 at 1, 7-2 at 2, 9-1 at 3). 

Doubles Records: Mississippi State 10-13, Memphis 14-10
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingMississippi State 82, Memphis 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.73) vs. #108 Andrew Watson (MEM 14.05)
2. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.91) vs. #92 Ryan Peniston (MEM 14.26)
3. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.31) vs. Kai Lemke (MEM 13.33)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.66) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM 12.95)

5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.67) vs. Felix Rauch (MEM 12.71)
6. Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.64) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEM 12.42)
O: Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.90); Louis Asser (MEM 11.78)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)  
MSU: Borges 5

Memphis's best chance is to take the doubles point and get wins at 1, 2, and 6 but that's not going to easy. Mississippi State should be able to bank on wins from Borges, Braun, and Rakic at 3, 4, and 5 and I think State will squeeze out the doubles point as well. Memphis will get wins from Watson and Manji with the match at 2 going unfinished. Prediction: Mississippi State 4-2

Regional Final - [17-32] Mississippi State at [15] Illinois - Saturday 4pm CT 

January Hidden-Dual

#6 Illinois 7, #27 Mississippi State 5 
Jan 15, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
#21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Nuno Borges 6-3, 2-6, 7-6; 
Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. Aleks Vukic 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 
#41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Mate Cutura 6-2, 6-3; 
Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Alex Jesse 6-2, 6-0; 
Julian Childers (ILL) def. Strahinja Rakic 6-4, 6-3;
Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. Brian Page 6-4, 6-1; 
Asher Hirsch (ILL) def. Luka Sucevic 6-3, 4-6, 10-6; 
Pablo Landa (ILL) def. Lucas Sanchez 6-2, 6-3;
Doubles competition 
J. Hiltzik/Jesse (ILL) def. Rakic/Sucevic 6-1; 
Page/Childers (ILL) def. Borges/Cutura 6-3; 
Braun/Hunter (MSU) def. Vukic/A. Hiltzik 7-5; 
Agarwal/Sanchez (MSU) def. Hirsch/Landa 6-4

Doubles Records: Illinois 16-13, Mississippi State 10-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 83, Mississippi State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.64) vs. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.73)
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.70) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.91)
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.90) vs. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.31)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.59) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.66)
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.63) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.67) 
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.64) 
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.90); Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.90)

Illinois and Mississippi State didn't play an actual countable match this year but they did meet in January in a hidden-dual that was set up just like a dual-match. None of the individual matches will be a rematch but it was close then and it'll probably be close on Saturday. Nuno Borges is probably Mississippi State's best player, at least on paper, but he'll play at No. 3 singles where he went 9-1 on the year (also went 2-0 at 1 and 7-2 at 2). 

Weather alert: There is probably a better than average chance that this match gets played indoors because the weather forecast on Saturday calls for winds just in excess of 20 miles per hour. If it does get played outdoors it won't be very pleasant for the spectators with overcast skies and temperatures expected to be in the mid 50s. Playing indoors would definitely favor Illinois because Mississippi State doesn't host many indoor matches at its 2-court indoor facility.  

I like Illinois in doubles and Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik should both win up top but that fourth point will have to come from someone in the lower half of the lineup. I like MSU's Nuno Borges, Niclas Braun, and Strahinja Rakic at 3, 4, and 5 but Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch will clinch the win in a dramatic third set tiebreak at No. 6. Prediction: Illinois 4-3
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What a crazy day it was on Sunday with not one, not two, but three regional hosts going down. The day started off in College Station with the resumption of Saturday's match between Texas A&M and Texas and it finished in Lubbock with SMU kicking the door down and stunning Texas Tech.

When the season started if you told me that Texas would be in Tulsa for the NCAA Round of 16 I would have told you to go see a doctor. Well Texas made a believer of me and many today after going into enemy territory and knocking off Texas A&M in a 4-3 thriller.

The match originally began on Saturday but after Texas A&M took the doubles point the match was stopped early in singles due to rain. Play resumed Sunday morning at 11am central and within a matter of minutes Texas had five first sets in the bag after Rodrigo Banzer, Adrian Ortiz, and George Goldhoff closed out sets on 4, 2, and 1.

Texas senior Michael Riechmann put the first point on the board for the Longhorns after he defeated Jackson Withrow at No. 5. Riechmann took the opening set on Saturday but it looked like Withrow was going to get an early break in the second. Withrow had three break points on Riechmann's 1-2 service game but Riechmann fought all of them off to hold for 2-2. Riechmann would then break Withrow on the deciding point to go up 4-3 and then three games later he'd close it out with an ace down the T from 40-15 to win it 6-4, 6-4.

Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz would make it 2-1 after he pulled away from A&M senior Shane Vinsant at No. 2. When play began Vinsant was serving at 4-5 and he'd fight off a set point on the deciding point to even it at 5-5. Ortiz held for 6-5 and then broke Vinsant at love to take the opening set 7-5. Ortiz put the hammer down in the second set and raced out to a 5-0 lead and would hit a service winner on match point to take it 7-5, 6-1.

Texas freshman Harrison Scott would make it 3-1 Horns after he defeated A&M sophomore Jordi Arconada at No. 3. Scott took the opening set 6-3 and then he broke Arconada to go up 2-1 in the second. Arconada would reel off five in a row to take the second set 6-2 but he'd get broke to start the third set. Scott would add a second break to go up 5-2 and then he'd serve it out to win it 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

So Texas had a 3-1 lead but things were getting tense elsewhere. A&M's Arthur Rinderknech was serving 3-3, 40-40 in the third at 1, A&M's Harrison Adams was serving 4-1 in the third at 4, and A&M's Max Lunkin was serving for the match up 5-4 in the third at 6. It looked like A&M might come back and steal it and they would come oh so close.

Harrison Adams would hold serve two more times from 4-1 to close out Rodrigo Banzer at No. 4 to make it 3-2. Banzer looked like he might get off the court in straight sets when he led 6-2, 2-0 but Adams won four straight games to go up 4-2 and would end up getting the split by taking the set 6-4. Adams broke Banzer to start the third set but Banzer would break back to even it at 1-1. Adams broke again, this time on the deciding point, to go up 2-1 and then he'd break again to go up 4-1

Max Lunkin was serving 5-4, 40-30 in the third against Julian Zlobinsky at No. 6 but the Texas sophomore managed to break to knot it at 5-5. Lunkin quickly broke back and then he'd finally close the door on Zlobinsky to win it 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

As Lunkin was closing out Zlobinsky, Texas junior George Goldhoff was serving for the match at No. 1. Just 25 minutes earlier Goldhoff trailed Arthur Rinderknech 3-0 in the final set but Goldhoff managed to win five straight to go up 5-3. On the pivotal 3-3, 40-40 point that I mentioned above Rinderknech double faulted to put Goldhoff up 4-3. Rinderknech stopped the bleeding and held for 4-5 but Goldhoff quickly went up 30-0 on his next service game. Rinderknech was able to push it to the deciding point and then he'd get the break after Goldhoff couldn't handle a second overhead. Rinderknech would hold from 40-30 to go up 6-5 but Goldhoff would hold at love to send it to a match deciding tiebreak.

Goldhoff went up a mini-break at 1-0 but Rinderknech took the next four to go up 4-1. Goldhoff would then take the next five to go up 6-4 but a loose forehand error put it back on serve at 6-5. I'll let the video clip show you how it finish:

Texas is back in the Round of 16 for the third consecutive year and will next face Ohio State on Friday afternoon at 10am eastern.

#18 Texas 4, #12 Texas A&M 3
May 15, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #68 George Goldhoff (UT) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) 
2. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. #52 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 7-5, 6-1 
3. Harrison Scott (UT) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #89 Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. G Goldhoff/M Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) 6-4
Match Notes:
Texas 19-11; National ranking #18
Texas A&M 27-10; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,3,4,6,1)
NCAA Second Round, College Station Regional
Match postponed to Sunday due to weather

Post-Match Quotes from A&M's recap

Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton on the match
"It was a rollercoaster ride, it looked like after we won the doubles point yesterday like we had some momentum and then the rain delay. After the delay they came out and hit us in the mouth and got way ahead and we were able to battle our way back into the match today. They just came up with the shots at the end, I thought George [Goldhoff] was a little bit more aggressive, certainly at the end of the tiebreaker than Arthur was and that was the difference."

On coming back to tie the match at three-all
"We got down 3-1 and Harry came through for us. He got on top and started winning some off the key points in second and third sets. He won some three-all points which he was not doing in the first set and then Max hung in there and stayed the course. I knew it was going to be a close match it didn't shock me it was a 7-6 in the third last match on. That seems to be how we play these matches against a lot of teams especially when so much is on the line and the fact that we are playing to go to Tulsa. Everything was heightened and our guys gave their best effort, Texas just played a little bit better today."

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap:

Head Coach Michael Center on today's win
We beat a very good Texas A&M team who had an outstanding season on its home courts today. I'm so proud of how our guys stuck together and fought so hard. All we have talked about throughout this season has been 'Let's be a great team.' We repeated that phrase again in our preparation for today's match, and we really kept our focus on competing hard and being resilient. We didn't focus on winning certain matches and having to get results from certain people in our lineup. We kept our mindset on competing during every point, and we're obviously very excited for this victory.

On George Goldhoff's play to seal the victory
You have to give George a ton of credit for hanging in there when there were so many momentum swings in his match. He actually got down 3-0 to start the third set and battled back to win five straight to go up 5-3. He served for the match at 5-4 and was up 30-love, and he also had a match point in that game. Even when it was 5-5 and he was receiving serve, he was in control of some points. All of a sudden he's down 6-5, and I was so proud of the way he came back and served out the next game to force the tiebreak. Then you go to the tiebreak and he gets down 4-1 and it doesn't look good. But again, George fights back to go up 6-4. He played a little tentative on the next point, but to see him come back and hit the winner at 6-5 was a great moment.

On the play of the entire lineup today
We first have to give credit to Michael Riechmann and his win (at 5 singles) that got us off to a great start in singles. He was able to get a victory against probably the best player in the A&M lineup at his position and a sixth-year senior (Jackson Withrow) who held a 17-3 record entering the match. To see that score go up early today gave us a much-needed spark. Adrian Ortiz (at 2 singles) and Harrison Scott (at 3 singles) also gave us huge wins, and both Rodrigo (Banzer) and Julian (Zlobinsky) really fought hard in their three-set matches. We did not give A&M anything easy. I also want to give a shout-out to the Texas women's tennis team and their win at Duke on Saturday. We definitely discussed their win in getting ready for today and how we needed to join them in Tulsa, so they provided our group with some great inspiration.

On watching the team celebrate on the court after the win
That celebration is the culmination of an entire season of hard work by our players and staff. We lost five guys from our lineup after last year, and this young team has grown up so much over the course of the season. We've learned a lot from some of the close losses that we had, and we've grown from our wins as well. To know where we started this year and to see the emotion of our players here today after this win, it's a great feeling.

George Goldhoff on the final points of the tiebreaker
That might have been the craziest moment of my life. I was down 4-1 and my opponent (Rinderknech) had a pretty big serve, so there was only so much I could do. I just had to fight for every point. That's all you can do. I took it one point at a time and just tried to execute the best I could.  He double-faulted at four-all, and it all happened really fast after that. I was up 5-4 and then 6-4, and it hit me all at once that the next point was for the entire match. On that point, I had a pretty easy forehand at mid court but I netted it. On the last point, he got his serve in, and I got the return back. I mishit a ball and hit it a little deep, but he hit it back short. I had a backhand and I put it away. It was just surreal.

George Goldhoff on reaching the Round of 16
Everybody was counting us out. We had lost five of six (singles) starters and people didn't think we were even going to make the NCAAs. This group of guys took that personally. We worked really hard to come back and prove everyone wrong.  I just can't put it into words what this group of guys has done.  The team stepped up, and we weren't going to rebuild. We wanted to get back to where we were last year. We're keeping it one match at a time, but it's huge to beat one of your biggest rivals on their courts. It's an incredible feeling. I can't put it into words how much this means to me.


Stanford had been knocking on the door all year only to be turned away time after time but on Sunday afternoon they finally got someone to answer and pulled off a surprising 4-3 win over Northwestern.

Stanford dropped the doubles point for only the sixth time this year after Northwestern picked up a 7-5 win at No. 1 and a 6-2 win at No. 2. Each team picked up three first sets in singles and all but one of them would finish in straight sets.

Stanford took a 2-1 lead after wins from Sameer Kumar and Maciek Romanowicz at No. 5 and No. 6 but Northwestern went ahead 3-2 after both Sam Shropshire and Strong Kirchheimer won at No. 2 and No. 3.

Stanford's Nolan Paige tied the match at 3-3 with a win at No. 4 so it'd all come down to No. 1 to decide it.

Stanford's Tom Fawcett appeared to have the opening set in control when he led Konrad Zieba 5-1 but Zieba reeled off six straight games to steal the set 7-5. Fawcett dominated the second set and took it 6-0 and then went ahead 2-0 in the third. Zieba held for 1-2 then Fawcett held and broke to go up a double break at 4-1. Zieba broke back and then came back from 0-40 down to hold for 3-4. It'd be all holds from there as Fawcett held to win it 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.

Stanford will be making its first Round of 16 appearance since 2012 and will face UCLA for the fourth time this season on Friday night at 8pm eastern.

Jonathan Kelley was in Evanston and will most likely have a report on his site On The Rise so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

#29 Stanford 4, #14 Northwestern 3
May 15, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Vandy Christie Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #15 Tom Fawcett (STAN) def. #20 Konrad Zieba (NU) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4
2. #40 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Michael Genender (STAN) 6-3, 6-4
3. #57 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #87 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-0, 6-4 
4. Nolan Paige (STAN) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Sameer Kumar (STAN) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #23 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-5 
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2
3. Sameer Kumar/Yale Goldberg (STAN) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Stanford 16-10; National ranking #29
Northwestern 26-5; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,3,2,6,1) 
NCAA Tournament Regional Final
Stanford Advances to Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla. 
Official: John Coleman 
T-3:12 A-414

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"We had a great year," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We will let this one sting a little, but we are going to be back next year ready to go."

"Great group of guys," Swan said. "I feel real excited for what the future holds for our program."

SMU pulled off the biggest surprise of the day when the 30th ranked Mustangs went to Lubbock and beat No. 8 Texas Tech 4-2. SMU took the doubles point for the 22nd time in 30 tries with a 6-3 win at No. 1 and a 7-5 win at No. 3.

SMU took four opening sets in singles and Hunter Johnson and Samm Butler would win in straight sets to make it 3-0. Texas Tech got a straight set win from Bjorn Thomson at No. 6 and Jolan Cailleau would win in three sets at No. 4 to cut the deficit to 3-2.

SMU redshirt senior Nate Lammons shook off a rough second set and pulled away from Hugo Dojas in the third set to clinch the match with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 win.

The Mustangs are back in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2001 and will face Florida on Friday at 1 p.m. eastern. 

#30 SMU 4, #8 Texas Tech 2
05/15/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. #19 Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4, 6-2
2. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU) def. #98 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
3. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-1, 6-3
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
5. Connor Curry (TT) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 4-6, 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Yates Johnson (SMU) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #31 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-3
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TT) vs. #54 Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-6 (0-1), unf.
3. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TT) 7-5
Match Notes:
SMU 22-8; National ranking #30
Texas Tech 28-6; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,6,4,2)
2016 NCAA Lubbock Regional - Second Round
T-2:35 A-220

Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
"This was a tremendous all-around team win for us," said Head Coach Carl Neufeld. "It's only fitting that our 5th-year senior Nate Lammons sealed the win for us. There is too much to say about him, having graduated with his undergrad and master's in Engineering, missing his commencement because of the tournament and advancing us to the Sweet 16 is fantastic."

"This match had all the drama, including a four and a half hour rain delay, them being the co-Big 12 champions and only have lost one home match in two years coming into today," said Neufeld. In singles, to beat a team like this at the top three spots and two of those players being ranked is an incredible feat and I couldn't be happier and proud for guys."

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Definitely not the way we wanted to end our season, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "It's very disappointing. I'm at a loss for words right now. We didn't play at the level we've played at all year. We broke down mentally in a lot of ways and weren't there for the fight that SMU gave us. Give credit to them they stepped up and took it to us. We just weren't ready to counter them in a few spots. Credit to SMU and congratulations to them.

"When you're getting beat down, I hope you can show some toughness, Masi said. "Bjorn and Jolan have been tough all year. They've stayed out there the whole time and given us their all. Bjorn has had a great first season. You're going to see a lot of great things from this kid for years to come. The future is bright which is a huge positive for our program.

"Today obviously wasn't our best, Thomson said. "I just want to say thank you to the whole team for making me part of the family, and a thank you to my coaches. My first season was so much better than I expected it to be. We lost today, but we've made some memories this season. We've got to push forward from here.


Florida's hot streak continued as the Gators rode the momentum from the doubles point to pick up three straight set wins to defeat South Florida 4-0.

Florida's Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson picked up a 6-4 win at No. 1 but USF's Dominic Cotrone and Peter Bertran won 6-4 at No. 2. USF's Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz served for the match at No. 3 up 5-4, 40-30 but Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco broke for 5-5 and then held to go up 6-5. Florida would break Roberto Cid's serve to win it 7-5.

Florida took four opening sets in singles and Gordon Watson, Alfredo Perez, and McClain Kessler each won in straight sets with Kessler clinching the match at No. 6. Below are some video highlights from Florida (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http)

Florida will now face SMU in the Round of 16 in Tulsa on Friday afternoon at 1pm eastern. This will be Florida's fifth NCAA Round of 16 appearance in the last seven years.

#9 Florida  4, #17 South Florida 0
May 15, 2016 at Ring Tennis Complex (Linder Stadium)
Singles Competition
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) vs. #2 Roberto Cid (USF) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
2. #53 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5, 6-1
3. #47 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. #37 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
4. Peter Bertran (USF) vs. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) 6-2, 6-4
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #28 Vadym Kalyuzhnyy/Sasha Gozun (USF) 6-4 
2. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) def. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) 7-5
Match Notes:
South Florida 21-9; National ranking #17 
Florida 20-6; National ranking #9 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,6) 
NCAA Second Round

Post-Match Quotes from Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
"I saw a confident group. First off, I would just like to say that South Florida came out and played some really good tennis and had a great season. It was a tough draw to face them in the second round. We knew that it was going to be a tough test. Our guys just came in with a lot of confidence. I think throughout these past five or six weeks we have gathered some momentum. It is definitely showing in our doubles play. Our guys are having fun playing and if we get down a little bit, our guys don't flinch. We just keep playing. I think that is the belief and the trust between these guys and in one another.

Our seniors at one are just leading the way in doubles and in singles as well. I think Diego and Gordon are playing about as well as you can in your senior campaign. That is really special. Our freshman core, McClain and Alfredo, they just keep producing for us. They compete and they work and they do all the little things out there that give us a change to be successful. Elliott and Chase, as well, were just out there battling today. So, it was a team win and victory.

I am really proud of our guys and really happy for all those that have been supporting us all year and our support staff. I am fortunate to be working with great coaches in Scott Perelman and Mark Merklein, just really thankful for the opportunity and to be able to move on."

Post-Match Quotes from South Florida's recap
"We knew it was going to be a tough match today, have to give it to Florida for hanging around when their backs were against the wall in doubles and it paid off big, said head coach Matt Hill. "We had two match points in doubles at three, right after winning at two and they saved those two points, that was really the turning point in doubles.

"We were up in some of the matches but Florida was too good today, said Hill. "We know they are a good team, they are SEC champions and we have a lot of respect for them.

"They (senior class of Cid, Cotrone, Gonzalez-Muniz, Dzib) changed the image and the brand of this program in college tennis, said Hill. "Now people have a lot of respect for our program, especially now that we have been in the mix. We've done some really good things over the last few years because of these guys, so all the credit goes to them.

Virginia advanced to the Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive year with a tough 4-1 win over No. 37 Penn State. The Hoos took the doubles point for the 26th time in 30 tries with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 while the match at No. 2 was on serve at the time of the clinch.

Virginia won all six first sets in singles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and J.C. Aragone would each win in straight sets with Aragone clinching at No. 5.

Penn State's Leo Stakhovsky, brother of ATP professional Sergiy, defeated the reigning NCAA Champion Ryan Shane 7-5, 7-6(6).

Both of the other matches were abandoned with each in a second set tiebreak.  Below are some video highlights from NBC29 in Cville (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http)

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Virginia will next face No. 16 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. eastern on Friday afternoon.

#1 Virginia 4, #37 Penn State 1
May 15, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-5, 7-6(6)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU) 6-4, 6-6 (2-1*), unf.
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-1, 6-0
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 6-4, 7-6(6)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Marc Collado (PSU) 6-4, 6-6 (5-5), unf.
Doubles competition
1. #4 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-3
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) vs. Matt Barry/Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) 4-5, unf
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Matt Galush/Aws Laaribi (PSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Penn State 22-9; National ranking #37
Virginia 26-4; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,1,5)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Second Round
T-2:30 A-284

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"I am happy for the guys to advance as I think this is certainly an exciting team," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "When we go to Tulsa, we are going to need to play a little better than we did today and make sure we finish matches. We made it a little bit harder for ourselves today than I thought we needed to, but at the same time, I like how we played the first half of the match. For whatever reason, we struggled to finish and were out there a little bit longer. Credit to Penn State for the great job they did, the great season they had and how hard they fought. They kept battling and made it hard for us. We are going to have to continue to get better over the next five days and play at a more-intense, focused level, but I know we will be ready come Friday."

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"I am really proud of our team today, said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "We played hard against the defending National Champions in Virginia. Ending the season is never easy but I end it being proud in Penn State and these men.

"This match was crazy close, you really had to be here to see it, said Coach Zinn. "There were multiple courts that went to close tiebreaks. The last three courts went to second-set tiebreaks that could have easily gone our way to push into a third set. A lot of it came down to the matches in doubles. We were close but couldn't hold on.

"Leo had the best win of his career today and what a way to end it, said Coach Zinn. "He beat the reigning National Champion in Ryan Shane. Overall, our singles players played well against a stacked Virginia team."

"Congratulations to Virginia on a well played match, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We had chances in singles but the defending National Champs were there to fight us the entire way. It has been an incredible year with this team. We were fortunate enough to have four incredible seniors who will leave a legacy with this team. The 2016 Penn State men's tennis team will be missed as a group.


Ohio State ran its record to 32-2 and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 11th consecutive year with a tough 4-2 win over No. 33 Virginia Tech.  The Buckeyes won the doubles point for the 30th time in 34 tries with 6-3 win at No. 1 and No. 3.

Each team took three first sets in singles and Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen would be the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mitch Harper at No. 5. VT's Edoardo Tessaro countered with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Ralf Steinbach at No. 4 and then Andreas Bjerrehus tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at No. 2.

Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to 19-0 with a 6-4, 7-6(2) when over Jai Corbett at No. 6 in a match that finished within seconds of the Bjerrehus/Diaz match at No. 2.

Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo would get the clincher at No. 3 with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Amerigo Contini. The match at No. 1 was abandoned with Mikael Torpegaard and Joao Monteiro just splitting sets though in the video below Ty Tucker said that Torp was cramping late in the second set.

Ohio State will face Texas for the second time this season on Friday morning at 10 a.m eastern. The Buckeyes blanked Texas 4-0 back on January 31 though Texas got the best of Ohio State the last time they met in Tulsa which came in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Ohio State recap
Virginia Tech recap

#5 Ohio State 4, #33 Virginia Tech 2
May 15, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) vs. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT) 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, unfinished
2. #72 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #88 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
4. #77 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-5, 6-4
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition 
1. #22 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #21 A Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 6-3
2. #44 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 4-4, unf
3. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3
Match Notes: 
Virginia Tech 18-9; National ranking #33
Ohio State 32-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,2,6,3) 
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Official: Jerii Banks  T-2:29  A-254


Georgia advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive year with a 4-1 win over Baylor. The Bulldogs won the doubles point for the 18th time in 25 matches with at 6-2 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2.

Georgia took four of six first sets though the first match to finish was at No. 1 where Baylor's Julian Lenz defeated Austin Smith 6-2, 1-0 ret. (right shoulder).

Georgia quickly finished the match off with Jan Zielinski, Nick Wood, and Paul Oosterbaan each only dropping three games in route to straight sets wins with Oosterbaan getting the clinch.

Georgia will now face USC on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. eastern. The teams were supposed to meet earlier this season in LA at the Pac-12/SEC Challenge but the match was cancelled due to rain.

Below are some video highlights from Georgia and Baylor (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http).

#7 Georgia 4, #35 Baylor 1
May 15, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis complex)
Singles Results
1. #12 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) 6-2, 1-0, retired
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 3-6, 4-4, unf
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4, 3-2, unf
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles Results
1. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #86 Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Baylor 16-14; National ranking #35
Georgia 22-4; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,5,6,3)
NCAA Second Round - Athens Regional
Official: Richard Rogers  T-1:55  A-841

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I thought we were a little tight in doubles at the beginning," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Our guys competed well and were able to get through some things there early on, but what a tremendous performance overall. I remember myself as a player here your last home match is a little overwhelming, but I thought we were terrific in singles and played very well today." 

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"Losing is awful. That's my overall thought. There's a finality when you lose in the NCAAs. You're always thinking about what's next as a coach. Now, there's nothing next for us for a while and that's tough. I thought our guys fought like little dogs and overcame a ton of adversity this year. It put us in the position to finish strong. We just didn't have enough today. I'm proud of the guys today. They fought hard." --head coach Matt Knoll on the season-ending loss


Oklahoma State is heading back to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2008, which coincidentally was the last time Tulsa hosted, after the Cowboys rolled over Arkansas 4-0. The Pokes won the doubles point for the 18th time in 26 tries. OSU's Lukas Finzelberg and Tristan Meraut trailed 4-2 but won the final four games to win 6-4 at No. 3. OSU's Lucas Gerch and Jurence Mendoza clinched the point with a 6-4 win at No. 2 in a match they lead the whole way.

While Arkansas had the upper hand at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, Oklahoma State had comfortable leads everywhere else. Lucas Gerch, Tristan Meraut, and Jurence Mendoza each won in straight sets with Meraut clinching the match at No. 4.

Oklahoma State will now face the top seed Virginia on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. eastern.

#16 Oklahoma State 4, #19 Arkansas 0
May 15, 2016 at Stillwater, Okla.(Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Mike Redlicki (AR) vs. #56 Julian Cash (OSU) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished
2. #62 Jose Salazar (AR) vs Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 6-4, 6-0
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (AR) 6-1, 6-4
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. William Albanese (AR) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) def. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Jose Salazar/Johan den Toom (AR) 6-4
Match Notes:
Arkansas 20-8; National ranking #19
Oklahoma State 19-7; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,4)
2016 NCAA Tournament - Second Round

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"We've got a special group of guys," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Every team is going though ups and down every season and this team has been through a lot. The sweet isn't as sweet without the bitter and to make the Sweet 16 is a great accomplishment for our team."

"I knew they were going to come out strong after losing the doubles point and we just needed to stay the course," Udwadia said. "I told the guys to relax and I think playing in the second round for the third-straight year really helped us too."

"It was great, I feel awesome," Gerch said. "There was such a great crowd and I think everyone played well, especially in doubles."

"When you're in the Sweet 16 everyone can play," Udwadia said. "We respect all opponents, but our job is to go out there and win matches and we are going to be prepared to battle."

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"Congratulations to Oklahoma State, they were better than us today and that was the biggest factor in the match, head coach Andy Jackson said. "We weren't able to physically match what they had on the second day and that was another factor.

Arkansas finished the 2016 season with a 20-9 overall record, including a 7-5 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1986, and for only the third time in program history. Their NCAA first round victory over Wichita State was the Hogs' first since 2006.

"On the season, we came from No. 69 to finish top 20 and win a round in the NCAA Tournament, Jackson said. "We feel really good about the direction we're going in. But I know what it takes to go further and we'll try to do that next year.


Cal advanced to the Round of 16 for the fifth time in the last six years with a 4-0 shutout over Ole Miss. The Bears won the doubles point for the 17th time in 23 matches with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

Cal took five of six first sets and picked up wins from Andre Goransson and Filip Bergevi at No. 2 and No. 4 and J.T. Nishimura provided the clincher at No. 6 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Zvonimir Babic.

Cal will now face TCU on Friday morning at 7 a.m. pacific time. Cal defeated TCU 4-2 back in February in a neutral site match in Austin.

#13 California 4, #27 Ole Miss 0
May 15, 2016 at Berkeley, California (Hellman Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL) vs. #39 Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-2, 4-4, unfinished
2. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL) def. #59 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-3, 6-1
3. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-2, 6-3
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) vs. Grey Hamilton (OM) 3-6, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #9 Florian Lakat/Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
2. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-3
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-2
Match Notes
Ole Miss 16-11; National ranking #27
California 19-6; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,6)
Cal advances to the NCAA Round of 16

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We came up against a very solid Mississippi team today, and I'm pleased with how we handled ourselves, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "The doubles point was a battle, and it ended up being critical for setting the tone for the match. When our guys faced adversity, they stayed calm and stuck to their game plans. It was a physical match today, and we were ready.

"This past week our team did an amazing job of balancing their academic lives and their athletic lives. We finished finals on Friday and started the NCAA championships on Saturday, so it's great to see the resiliency this group brings every day. We're looking forward to playing in Tulsa on Friday, and we know our next opponent, TCU, will be tough. We've played them once already this year, and we know they're a talented team.

"It's a great win, Nishimura added. "We're all excited and ready to go to Tulsa.

"We had a rough one in the first match of the year at Tulsa, Nishimura said. "But we bounced back and had a pretty good season, so we're excited to go back.

Post-Match Quotes from Toby Hansson via Ole Miss's recap

"We are proud of the guys' effort, but give Cal credit. They played better than we did today. Doubles was close again, but we just couldn't seem to get in the match in singles. We have a great group of young guys who kept battling throughout the season to get us to this point, and we are looking forward to helping them get better next year. The future looks bright.

North Carolina booked its third straight trip to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 win over No. 31 Tulane. The Tar Heels won the doubles point for the 24th time this season with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

UNC took five of six first sets in singles and would get straight set wins from Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali with Kelly clinching at No. 5.

North Carolina will now face Mississippi State on Friday at 5 p.m. eastern. North Carolina defeated Mississippi State in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament though State's roster is vastly different this year.

Below are some video highlights from North Carolina (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http).


#3 North Carolina 4, #31 Tulane 0
May 15, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (NC) vs. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC) vs. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) 7-6 (7-2), 3-3, unf
3. #46 Brett Clark (NC) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-1, 6-4
4. Jack Murray (NC) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-3, 3-5, unfinished
5. #117 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Ian Van Cott (TLN) 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #18 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-4
2. #27 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) vs. Constantin Schmitz/Tyler Schick (TLN) 4-3, unf
3. Ronnie Schneider/Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Sebastian Rey/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-2
Match Notes
Tulane 16-9; National ranking #31
North Carolina 27-4`; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,5)

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"Tulane's got a heck of a team, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "This round is always tough across the country this is a tough match to play. Congratulations to my team. We don't take this for granted.

Kodali, playing at No. 6, was the first to wrap up his singles match, beating Tyler Schick 6-1, 6-2 in less than an hour.  "Anu played well today in singles and doubles, Paul said. "I think that's the best match he's played.

"This is a special group third year in the sweet 16, Paul said. "I thought we played really well today I was really pleased with how we played in doubles and some starts we got singles. We still could get better we always say that. We're looking forward to the next round.

"It's been a fun year. Any time you're sitting at 20-plus wins, it's been a heck of a year. It's a very special group, but we've got more to do.

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"UNC really brought it and showed why they were No. 1 for most of the year, Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "Our guys performed well but we got a slow start and probably respected them too much in the beginning. Once we got our feet in the water and got used to the temperature, we started to play well in doubles and had chances to come back. Same thing happened in singles. Our guys fought for Tulane and what they've done for the whole year is a great body of work.

2nd Round Match Times/Attendance Figures

Friday Round of 16 Schedule - Tulsa, Oklahoma

[5] Ohio State vs. [17-32] Texas - 10am ET
[4] TCU vs. [13] Cal  - 10am ET
[1] Virginia vs. [16] Oklahoma State - 1pm ET
[9] Florida vs. [17-32] SMU - 1pm ET
[7] Georgia vs. [10] USC - 5pm ET
[2] North Carolina vs. [17-32] Mississippi State - 5pm ET
[3] UCLA vs. [17-32] Stanford - 8pm ET
[6] Wake Forest vs. [11] Oklahoma - 8pm ET

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[3] UCLA Bruins (24-2) vs. [17-32] Stanford Cardinal (15-10)  - Friday 8pm ET - UCLA booked its spot in the Sweet 16 after shutting out both Weber State and San Diego while Stanford knocked off Notre Dame 4-1 and Northwestern 4-3. UCLA is the only team to make the Sweet 16 every year since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1999 while Stanford is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2012. This will be the fourth meeting of the year with UCLA taking the previous three. 

Interesting notes: Stanford won the doubles point in each of those three previous matches yet UCLA came back and won each time. UCLA will have played the exact same singles lineup in all four matches while Tom Fawcett is the only Stanford player to have stayed in the same spot all year. Michael Genender started the year at #6 singles but has worked his way up to #2. 

Regular Season Meeting 1 

#2 UCLA 4, #32 Stanford 1 
Apr 22, 2016 at Ojai, Calif. (Libbey Park) 
Doubles competition 
1. #39 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-2 
2. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 7-5 
3. Cressy/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Kumar/Goldberg (STAN) 6-5, unfinished 
Singles competition 
1. #10 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #12 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-3 
2. #42 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Michael Genender (STAN) 7-5, 4-3, unfinished 
3. #55 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #77 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-2, 6-4 
4. #92 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-3, 6-1 
Match Notes 
Stanford 14-10; National ranking #32 
UCLA 21-2; National ranking #2 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,1,3) 
Pac-12 Championship Semifinals

Regular Season Meeting 2 

#5 UCLA 4, #36 Stanford 1 
Apr 01, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition 
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 4-5, unfinished 
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4 
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-3 
Singles competition 
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 4-6, 7-5, unfinished 
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #56 David Wilczynski (STAN) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) 
3. Michael Genender (STAN) vs. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-4, 5-6, unfinished 
4. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 6-4 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 
Match Notes 
Stanford 9-7; National ranking #36 
UCLA 15-2; National ranking #5 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)

Regular Season Meeting 3 

#4 UCLA 4, #29 Stanford 3 
February 27, 2016 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Stadium) 
Doubles competition 
1. No. 3 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) d. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3 
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4 
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) d. Brymer/Maxime Cressy 6-2 
Singles competition 
1. #19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) d. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 6-3, 7-5 
2. #36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) d. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 
3. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) d. #46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 7-5, 6-4 
4. #94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) d. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99) 6-2, 6-2 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) d. #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38) 6-4, 6-3 
6. #112 Michael Genender (STAN 13.38) d. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) 6-1, 6-4 
Match Notes: 
UCLA 9-2; National ranking #4 
Stanford 5-6; National ranking #29 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)

Doubles Records: UCLA 20-6, Stanford 18-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UCLA 85, Stanford 82

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 18th. 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. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.95) vs. #15 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.62) 
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.03) vs. Michael Genender (ST 13.53)
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.14) vs. #87 David Wilczynski (ST 13.64)
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.50) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.36)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) vs. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.64)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.70) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.57)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.22); Brandon Sutter (ST 12.68)

Who Is Streaking (>2)
UCLA: McDonald +12, Redlicki +10, Brymer +7, Di Giulio +6
Stanford: Wilczynski -3

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. McDonald 14-1 vs. Fawcett 16-5
2. Redlicki 17-3 vs. Genender 7-7
3. Brymer 13-5 vs. Wilczynski 6-11
4. Sell 19-2 vs. Paige 11-11
5. Staggs 14-6 vs. Kumar 11-8
6. Di Giulio 17-4 vs. Romanowicz 15-5

H2H Records (This Season)
McDonalds leads Fawcett 2-0
Brymer leads Wilczynski 1-0
Sell leads Paige 1-0
Di Giulio leads Romanowicz 1-0
Dubs - Fawcett/Romanowicz vs. McDonald/Redlicki tied 1-1
Dubs - Paige/Wilczynski leads Sell/Di Giulio 3-0
Dubs - Goldberg/Kumar leads Brymer/Cressy 2-0

UCLA is showing Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp as its #3 doubles pairing although I wouldn't be surprised to see Brymer removed and replaced with Max Cressy since Cressy and Rapp led Goldberg and Kumar the last time they played. I think UCLA has a better chance at the doubles point but I've still go to take Stanford because you just can't ignore that H2H. Stanford's best chance at winning this match is to take the doubles point and to pick up singles wins from David Wilczynski, Sameer Kumar, and Maciek Romanowicz because I don't see McDonald, Redlicki, or Sell losing. Having said that I like McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, and Di Giulio for UCLA while I think Wilczynski surprises Brymer with Staggs and Kumar early in a third set at the time of the clinch.. Prediction: UCLA 4-2. 

[6] Wake Forest Demon Deacons (31-5) vs. [11] Oklahoma Sooners (17-10) - Friday 8pm ET - Wake advanced to the Sweet 16 with a shutout over Coastal Carolina and a tight 4-2 win over Michigan while Oklahoma blanked UT Arlington before holding off Oregon 4-2. Wake won both regular season meetings however Andrew Harris didn't play singles in either. Harris's addition to the singles lineup means the only potential rematch will be at #4 between Romain Bogaerts and Alex Ghilea. Bogaerts didn't play at all in the Coastal Carolina match due to an injured knee but he did play singles in the Michigan match however he retired early in the second set. I'd be very surprised if Bogaerts didn't play but if he does it'll be a question of how well he can play. 

Oklahoma will also have the crowd on its side with its Norman campus just 130 miles away plus I'm sure there is a large OU alumni base in Tulsa. 

Regular Season Meeting 1 

#11 Wake Forest 5, #2 Oklahoma 2 
Jan 31, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26) def. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 
2. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14) 6-2, 6-2 
3. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) 7-5, 6-1
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 6-4, 4-5, retired 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.53) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61) 7-5, 6-3 
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) 6-4, 6-3 
Doubles competition 
1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5 
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Austin Siegel/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1 
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Maxime Mora/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-4*, unf. 
Match Notes 
Wake Forest 5-1, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11 
Oklahoma 2-1, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)

Regular Season Meeting 2 

#10 Wake Forest 4, #5 Oklahoma 1 
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club) 
Singles competition 
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 7-6, 6-6*, unf 
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 6-3 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 7-6, 7-5 
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 7-5, 2-6, 4-4, unf 
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) 6-1, 6-4 
Doubles competition 
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1 
2. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-3 
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 5-4, unf. 
Match Notes: 
Wake Forest 8-1; National ranking #10 
Oklahoma 3-3; National ranking #5 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 28-7, Oklahoma 14-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Oklahoma 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.41) vs. #97 Andrew Harris (OU 14.76)
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.60) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.29)
3. Jon Ho (13.56) vs. #82 Spencer Papa (OU 13.96)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.97) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.02)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.92) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.98) vs. Andre Biro (OU 13.74)
O: #116 Maksim Kan (WF 13.35); Maxime Mora (OU 13.68)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Mansouri 19-6 vs. Harris 5-1
2. Chrysochos 23-4 vs. Alvarez 11-8
3. Ho 17-12 vs. Papa 9-9
4. Bogaerts 22-7 vs. Ghilea 10-6
5. Seraphim 23-5 vs. Bragusi 9-6
6. Uspensky 27-5 vs. Biro 16-5
O: Kan 8-0/Mora 13-7

Wake won the doubles point in both of the regular season meetings and I see no reason why they won't make it three in a row. John Roddick has Andre Biro listed at the #6 spot in the singles lineup however I wouldn't be surprised if Maxime Mora gets the nod in this one due to his earlier success against Uspensky. 

I can see this match going one of two ways - either Wake wins a 4-3 thriller with Chrysochos clinching at #2 or Oklahoma wins 4-1 or 4-2. Before the tournament started I had this penciled in as a 4-3 Wake Forest win because I figured they'd take doubles, 1 of the top 3, and 2 of the bottom 3 however the Bogaerts injury has made me rethink things.

If Bogaerts was a 100% I'd take him over Ghilea but since it sounds like he won't be so I'm going to take "The Machine" in straights. I also like Andrew Harris and Spencer Papa at 1 and 3 so it comes down to whether I think Wake can win the remaining three courts. I like Seraphim's chances against Bragusi at 5 and Chrysochos and Alvarez should be a good one but I'm going to take Biro/Mora over Uspensky in a mild upset. I think Oklahoma is coming in under the radar but after this one they won't be. Upset Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2. 

[7] Georgia Bulldogs (22-4) vs. [10] USC Trojans (17-6) - Friday 5pm ET - Georgia rolls in into the Sweet 16 after a 4-0 win over South Carolina State and a 4-1 win over Baylor while USC blanked UNLV and then held off Georgia Tech 4-2. Georgia and USC were scheduled to meet back in late January at the Pac-12/SEC Showdown however the match was cancelled due to rain. Both teams are dealing with injury issues with Georgia's Austin Smith retiring in his match against Baylor with a right shoulder injury while USC's Jake DeVine didn't play at all last week with an undisclosed injury. 

Doubles Records: Georgia 18-7, USC 9-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Georgia 84, USC 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.52) vs. #23 Max de Vroome (USC 14.44) 
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 13.98) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.31)
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 14.01) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.70)
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.62) vs. #102 Jake DeVine (USC 13.78)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.76) vs. #121 Thibault Forget (USC 14.14)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.80) vs. Jack Jaede (USC 13.15)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.42); Rob Bellamy (USC 13.43); Laurens Verboven (USC 13.10)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Smith 19-5 vs. de Vroome 11-6
2. Montgomery 13-10 vs. Crystal 14-5
3. Oosterbaan 15-7 vs. Smith 14-7
4. Duncan 14-4 vs. DeVine 12-5
5. Zielinski 9-6 vs. Forget 17-1
6. Wood 14-2 vs. Jaede 8-4
O: Reinberg 10-3/Bellamy 2-2/Verboven 3-6

USC has the worst doubles record of all the remaining teams with the Trojans only winning the point 41% of the time so needless to say I'll take Georgia there. 

I expect Austin Smith to play but I think he's going to have a hard time beating de Vroome especially if that shoulder effects his serve. Nick Crystal has won 11 of his last 12 matches while Wayne Montgomery has won 6 of his last 7. This is a match that USC has to win because it sounds like Jake DeVine is iffy and if he can't go that will make USC a tad vulnerable at the bottom two spots. Paul Oosterbaan has won 7 of his last 8 while Logan Smith has split his last 6. Thibault Forget has won 6 straight and 17 of his last 18 so he'll be a pretty heavy favorite against either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski. Nick Wood has won 11 of his last 12 so he'll be favored over whoever he faces at #6. 

I'm going to take de Vroome, Crystal, and Forget at 1, 2, and 4 for USC and Oosterbaan, Zielinski, and Wood at 3, 5, and 6 for UGA. I'll take Georgia to win the match but if Jake DeVine is able to play at #4 and he happens to beat Walker Duncan then this match probably goes the other way. Prediction: Georgia 4-3. 

[2] North Carolina Tar Heels (27-4) vs. [17-32] Mississippi State Bulldogs (18-8) - Friday 5pm ET - North Carolina booked its spot in the Sweet 16 with a pair of 4-0 wins over the College of Charleston and Tulane while Mississippi State beat Memphis 4-1 and then rocked Illinois 4-0. Mississippi State was a slight underdog last weekend against Illinois but they'll be a heavy underdog in this one with North Carolina having spent most of the year inside the top 5. 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 24-7, Mississippi State 12-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, Mississippi State 82

Projected Singles Lineups

1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.57)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.14) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.90)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.22) vs. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.34)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.94) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.73)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.98) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.65)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.29) vs. Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.94)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.22); Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.61) 

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Schnur 8-10 vs. Cutura 5-10
2. Schneider 21-5 vs. Agarwal 16-7
3. Clark 22-5 vs. Borges 20-3
4. Murray 19-5 vs. Braun 16-4
5. Kelly 25-4 vs. Rakic 14-8
6. Kodali 13-5 vs. Sucevic 10-3

Mississippi State hadn't won the doubles point in consecutive matches since February but they managed to do it last weekend against Memphis and Illinois. I don't see it happening for a third match in a row because North Carolina has the ITA #3 team playing at #1 and the ITA #27 team playing at #2. 

It's interesting that both Brayden Schnur and Mate Cutura have sub .500 dual-match records because every one else in the lineup has a winning record. Ronnie Schneider is riding a 6-match winning streak while Rishab Agarwal has split his last 6. Nuno Borges is State's hottest player after winning 7 straight and 10 of his last 11 while his opponent Brett Clark has won 7 of his last 8. Neither Jack Murray or Niclas Braun have been lighting up recently with Murray having lost 4 of his last 7 while Braun has split his last 6. Robert Kelly has won 6 of his last 9 with all 3 losses being 7-6 in the third while Strahinja Rakic has won 4 of his last 6 but his last 3 went unfinished. Luca Sucevic has won 4 of his last 5 while Anu Kodali has split his last 6.

I'm going to take UNC in doubles and Schnur, Schneider, and Kelly in singles while I think Braun wins at 4 for State with the other two matches in a third set. North Carolina will win but Mississippi State will make them earn it. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1. 

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After a great first half of the day in Tulsa we were treated to a gem in the evening as Georgia and USC went toe-to-toe for the better part of three hours. USC came into the round of 16 with the worst doubles winning percentage (.409) out of the teams still left in the field but that didn't stop them from getting off to a quick start against Georgia.

USC's No. 1 team of Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven opened the match by holding on the deciding point to take a 1-0 lead and then they'd break Austin Smith to go up 2-0. Crystal held for 3-0 before Ben Wagland finally put Georgia on the board with a hold for 1-3. Verboven held on the deciding point for 4-1 and then USC broke Austin Smith on the deciding point to go up 5-1. Crystal went up 40-15 on his next service game but had to hit a service winner on the deciding point to win it 6-1.

USC also started off well at No. 2 as Max de Vroome and Thibault Forget broke Paul Oosterbaan on the deciding point to take the early 1-0 lead. USC maintained the break lead until de Vroome was broke from 30-40 to even it at 3-3.

The match at No. 3 stayed on serve until USC's Jack Jaede and Tanner Smith broke Emil Reinberg from 30-40 to go up 5-4. On the 30-40 point Reinberg called USC's shot deep however the chair disagreed and overruled the call. Tanner Smith would serve it out from 40-15 to give USC the 6-4 win and thus the early 1-0 lead.

USC rode the momentum from the doubles point and jumped on Georgia in singles by going up breaks on five of six courts (No. 1 was the exception).

USC freshman Jack Jaede held to start his match at No. 5 and then Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski donated a break by double faulting on the deciding point to make it 2-0 (Zielinski trailed 0-40 and battled back to 40-40 before the DF). Zielinski broke back at love to make it 2-1 however Jaede broke back and then held for 4-1. Jaede would come from 30-40 down to take the opening set 6-3 after Zielinski pushed this backhand well long on the deciding point.

Jaede went up a break in the second at 3-2 when he broke Zielinski on the deciding point and he'd break again to go up 5-2. Jaede quickly served it out from 40-15 to take it 6-3, 6-2 and extend USC's lead to 2-0. The official box score showed this match finished after #2 singles but it beat that one to the finish line by at least 90 seconds.

Georgia's Wayne Montgomery double faulted the break to Nick Crystal to start the match at No. 2 however he'd win the next seven games to take the opening set 6-1 and go up an early break in the second set at 1-0. Crystal would get the match back on serve however Montgomery would break from 30-40 to go up 5-4 when Crystal sprayed a forehand wide. Montgomery would serve it out on the deciding point to win it 6-1, 6-4 to pull Georgia to within 2-1.

USC sophomore Thibault Forget would put the Trojans ahead 3-1 after holding on to defeat Georgia freshman Walker Duncan at No. 4 singles. Forget broke Duncan to start the match and then broke him again to go up 3-0 in the opening frame. Forget would maintain the two break lead and hold on the deciding point to take the first set 6-2. Forget quickly jumped out to a break lead in the second set and he'd eventually serve for the match up 5-4. Duncan would break on the deciding point when Forget netted a forehand much to the delight of the Georgia faithful (couldn't avoid the fence in these clips).

Duncan held to go up 6-5, which I believe was his first lead all match, and then Forget would send it to a tiebreak by holding for 6-6. Duncan went ahead 3-1 in the tiebreak but Forget would win the next three to go up 4-3. Duncan hit a service winner and then an ace to go up 5-4. Duncan looked like he'd go up 6-4 but he badly mishit an overhead off the frame to make it 5-5. A Forget forehand winner made it 6-5 but Duncan got a service winner to even it at 6-6. Forget went ahead 7-6 with a nice backhand crosscourt winner and then he'd win it on the next point when a Duncan forehand caught the tape and kicked just wide.

Georgia may have been down 3-1 but they weren't out of it yet because Paul Oosterbaan had a set lead at No. 3 and Nick Wood was up a break in the third at No. 6 while Austin Smith and Max de Vroome were just starting a third set at No. 1.

Wood dropped the opening set to USC's Rob Bellamy 6-4 (Bellamy served for it at 5-2 before serving it out from 5-4) and then went a break down in the second at 2-1. Wood would then win the next 10 games to take the second set 6-2 and go up 5-0 in the third. Bellamy held for 1-5 but Wood served it out to trim the USC lead to 3-2 (no video because both No. 3 and No. 4 were in tiebreaks a few courts away).

Oosterbaan came back from a break down to take the opening set 6-4 and then he broke Logan Smith to go up 3-2 in the second. Oosterbaan held for 4-2 but Smith held, broke, and held to go up 5-4. The set would go to a tiebreak with Oosterbaan leading 4-2 at the first changeover. Smith would take four of the next five points to go up 6-5 and then it looked like he had the set won but he pushed a volley just wide to make it 6-6 (Smith went for the line while Oosterbaan was on the opposite side of the court). Oosterbaan took the next point to go up 7-6 and he had a chance to serve it out but he mis-hit an overhead from the center of the court to make it 7-7. Oosterbaan would close it out two points later when Smith sent a forehand long and the match was now tied at 3-3.

So the stage was set for a dramatic finish with Georgia senior Austin Smith and USC senior Max de Vroome playing a third set for all the marbles. Smith had taken the opening set 7-6(5) before de Vroome rolled to a 6-1 second set. The third set stayed on serve until de Vroome broke Smith on the deciding point to go up 4-3.
De Vroome came back from 15-30 down to hold for 5-3 and then Smith held for 4-5 after de Vroome sent a forehand long at 40-30. Smith went up 15-40 on de Vroome's service but Max got it back to the deciding point which was now also a match point.  Smith would hit an aggressive backhand which forced a de Vroome error and it was back on serve at 5-5 (clip below is the full service game)

Smith fell behind 30-40 on his 5-5 service game but a service winner brought up the deciding point. Smith would hit a big forehand down the line which forced de Vroome's backhand to sail long and it was now 6-5 (video starts with Smith serving at 30-all)

Smith went up 15-40 on de Vroome's serve and then clinched when Max wasn't able to pick up a low volley at the net. It was truely a great finish to a great match with both players slugging it out. The first clip is de Vroome's final service game starting at 0-15 and all the clips below that are from different angles courtesy of both Georgia and the NCAA.

#7 Georgia (23-4) def. #10 Southern California (17-7), 4-3 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Manuel Diaz (Georgia) and Peter Smith (Southern California)
1. #46 Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) def. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (Georgia), 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) vs. Max de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC), 5-4 DNF
3. Jack Jaede/Tanner Smith (USC) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3
1. #17 Austin Smith (Georgia) def. #23 Max de Vroome (Southern California), 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. #41 Nick Crystal (Southern California), 6-1, 6-4
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia) def. #69 Logan Smith (Southern California), 6-4, 7-6 (7)
4. #121 Thibault Forget (Southern California) def. #123 Walker Duncan (Georgia), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
5. Jack Jaede (Southern California) def. Jan Zielinski (Georgia), 6-3, 6-4
6. Nick Wood (Georgia) def. Rob Bellamy (Southern California), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 4, 6, 3, 1

Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
Opening Statement...
"One of the best tennis matches I have been involved with in a long time. I couldn't have asked our guys to give anymore. That was a great USC team that took us to the woodshed in doubles play, but we competed hard. I didn't think we played a poor doubles point though. You got to give them (USC) credit though, because they put us in a position where it came down to our guys fighting and trying to establish a little bit of momentum. With a few matches here and there we just kind of got back in it. That was a tremendous performance from both players in the No. 1 singles position. That was high-level tennis, and I couldn't be prouder of Austin. He has been doing this all year, and he has been our rock. It came down it him, and you got to give him all the credit.

On Austin Smith's play...
"He has certainly been one of our tri-captains. While we know that we have six guys out there that can win at any spot, but I think that Austin has been a tremendous steady point for us. He has taken on our opponents' best player every time, and he has learned so much this year. He has learned to embrace the difficult moments even when things aren't going his way while maintaining a positive attitude. The willingness to play big when the moment called for him is just a testament to the great player that he has become.

Austin Smith, Georgia (#1 singles)
On what was going on in his head being down 5-3 and then scoring 4 straight to win it...
"At one point I was thinking that this could be my last match ever with the team, with the team that I love and that I would do anything for and I just decided I was going to do everything in my power to keep us going and I didn't want it to be my last match. I just gave it my all and I feel like things clicked for me. I started serve receiving really well and time just let instincts take over. Towards the end I wasn't really thinking that much.

On whether or not there was a turning point in the match...
"Not really, obviously when he is serving 5-3 on a deuce point it is obvious that if I lose that point it is over, so that is definitely a turning point, but even then there was a deuce point the next game. Every single game was neck and neck, he played an unbelievable match and I am at a loss for words right now. I am just happy to be through.

Southern California Head Coach Peter Smith
Comments on the match...
"I think with matches like that you have this overwhelming sense of being a part of something that is bigger than you. It's such a great rivalry between UGA (Georgia) and us (Southern California). To play that quality of a match for three and half hours, you really feel like its a honor and privilege
to be a part of it. It hurts to lose, but it was just a great match. It ends with our two best players, who are seniors, who have had such successful careers, going out. You just feel sorry that you had to lose it, but they played a great match and that's the way sports go.


The last match of the evening was expected to be on of the better ones but Oklahoma didn't mess around and absolutely floored Wake Forest 4-0. Wake had taken both of the regular season meetings but that was without OU's Andrew Harris in the singles lineup.

Wake took the doubles point in both of the previous meetings but Oklahoma would get on Friday with a 6-2 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2.

Oklahoma won all six first sets in singles and Andrew Harris, Spencer Papa, and Alex Ghilea would each win in straights with Harris breaking Skander Mansouri to clinch it at No. 1.

#11 Oklahoma (18-10) def. #6 Wake Forest (31-6), 4-0
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 7 p.m.
Head Coaches: Tony Bresky (Wake Forest) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
1. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (Wake Forest), 6-2
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. #79 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (Wake Forest), 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (Wake Forest) def. Andre Biro/Max Mora (Oklahoma), 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #13 Skander Mansouri (Wake Forest), 6-4, 6-4
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 6-3, 5-4 DNF
3. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. Jon Ho (Wake Forest), 6-3, 6-3
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) def. Romain Bogaerts (Wake Forest), 6-1, 6-0
5. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma) vs. Christian Seraphim (Wake Forest), 6-4, 4-4 DNF
6. Andre Biro (Oklahoma) vs. Dennis Uspensky (Wake Forest), 6-4, 5-1 DNF
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1

Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
Opening Statement...
"I'd like to congratulate Wake Forrest on the season they had after winning the ACC tournament. They have been an impressive team, and obviously they beat us twice but we didn't have this guy (Andrew Harris) in the line-up. Andrew, being in the line-up, changes the complexion of the match, and I think every coach knows that. When he (Andrew) is in the line-up it takes a lot of pressure off a lot of guys because everyone can nudge down one spot in the line-up. Our guys had to battle a lot of the year with out him, and we played a little higher than what we wanted. We lost a lot of matches that way, but over the course of time it helps your guys get tougher and it tests them. We got a good idea of who is playing well right now and who to play, and I think that is the big difference between winning and losing the match.

On the attitude of the team...
"It doesn't get easier, and maybe with success sometimes it gets harder because guys get complacent and comfortable. We have had a long year battling injures, and we have had a lot of things to deal with as a team. It doesn't get easier just because you are in the finals. If you have a bullseye on your back and if you are complacent you a target and people will take you out. It's not something that we think just because we were there once or twice that we will be there again. It's a different year and a different tournament and we have to play well.

On the leadership of the team...
"We have been focused as a team for a little while now. That's the one thing that I feel is out of a coach's control. By nature coaches are control freaks. Your guys have to be leaders and you have to have internal team control that does not come from the top, and I think it's something that we have found and our guys are doing better with it. We played the best match that we have played all year tonight, and so it's coming together right now. Our guys had long talks together and I probably wasn't at all of them and some of them probably weren't pleasant. That's how you grow as a team. I'm proud of the team for coming together, better later than never.

Andrew Harris, Oklahoma (#1 singles)
On what this win does for him...
"I feel amazing. I felt so much relief after I won that match point. It's been a very tough year for me, because my knee has been injured a while. I came back from that knee injury and played a few matches then I injured my groin a little bit. It's just been very frustrating so this win gives me a lot of confidence going into my next match against UCLA.

On the leadership of the team...
"We lost two great players last year, and they left a bit of a hole to fill but like coach said we have had a lot of meetings without the coaches. We definitely come out better after it, and we understand each other better. We are playing better as a team, and it's much better compared to the start of the year.

On playing close to Norman...
"I was surprised at how many people turned out. We had more fans here than we did at our home matches so it was definitely nice. It was really great support.

Wake Forest Head Coach Tony Bresky
Comments on the match and playing Oklahoma for a third time this season...
"It's the third time we've played them (Oklahoma), obviously, congrats to them, they totally out-played us. The scoreboard says it wasn't close. They played great. Obviously an experienced and tough team, congrats to them.

Did the pro-Oklahoma environment have any affect on your team's play...
"No, not really. They're fans were very cordial. We have played at more hostile environments. I think their play probably had a lot to do with how we played.

UCLA punched its ticket to the Elite 8 by beating Pac-12 rival Stanford for the fourth time this season despite losing the doubles point in each of those four matches.

Stanford won the doubles point when Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz won the decider 7-5 at No. 1 which came when Romanowicz held on the deciding point.

UCLA came back and took four opening sets in singles and Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, and Gage Brymer would each finish in straight sets to put UCLA ahead 3-1.

Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz won in straight sets at No. 6 but Karue Sell would clinch the match with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 win over Nolan Paige at No. 4

#3 UCLA (25-2) def. #17-32 Stanford (15-11), 4-2 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 7 p.m.
Head Coaches: Billy Martin (UCLA) and Paul Goldstein (Stanford)
1. #23 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford) def. #2 Mackie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA), 7-5
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige/David Wilczynski (Stanford), 6-4
3. Yale Goldberg/Sameer Kumar (Stanford) def. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. #6 Mackie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Tom Fawcett (Stanford), 6-1, 6-2
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Michael Genender (Stanford), 7-5, 6-2
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #87 David Wilczynski (Stanford), 7-5, 6-3
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (Stanford), 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Sameer Kumar (Stanford), 6-3, 5-7, 5-3 DNF  
6. Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA), 6-3, 7-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 6, 4

UCLA Head Coach Billy Martin
Opening Statement...
"We have had so many great battles with Stanford, and unfortunately in my era we have been on the down turn on a lot of them. It's always good
to get a win here, especially in the first round no matter who it's against. I was particularly worried about this match, because it was our fourth time
to play Stanford this year. I always feel like we were kind of spreading it thin trying to get a team four times in one year. I couldn't help but to reflect back to 1996 when we were undefeated going into the finals to of the NCAA's when we played a Stanford team that we beat three times earlier in the season, but we lost to them in the finals. As superstitious as I am I could only sort of reflect back to that moment. I didn't tell anybody about this until now, but that has been bothering me and I am glad we got over the hump. I think that the first round here was really to acclimate, because the lights were difficult on those back courts and we really haven't had much practice time. I think that we will play a little bit better next time. I am not sure if we are playing Wake Forrest or Oklahoma, but whoever we play we have got a really tough match on our hands.

Karue Sell, UCLA (#4 singles)
On his singles match...
"He started by serving me really well, but I was kind of adjusting to the lights. I couldn't really see the ball for the first five or six games. Whenever he tossed the ball up to serve I couldn't really see the ball so it kind of turned into a guessing game. He came out fired up and playing really well. I just played him in a match a couple weeks ago and it was a much easier match, but this time he played pretty well. I just wanted to hang in there and try not to give him too much comfort because he was ripping the ball. I was feeling the ball well for the most part, but a couple points went his way in the first set and he ended up winning that set. I was still confident I could get the win coming into the second set, and I started playing better and moving the ball better. In the third set I just kind of rolled, and so it ended up being a pretty good first match and first round.

Stanford Head Coach Paul Goldstein
Comments on the match...
"It's a difficult, emotional thing, that our season has come to an end. We had ups and downs as a team, but as we gathered as a team in September we talked about playing our best tennis in May and I think we accomplished that as team. We lost to a team today that clearly had our number. That's the fourth time they've beaten us this year, we won the doubles point all four times. I'm proud of those guys for being able to do that. They (UCLA) proved again today that they were the superior team on the singles court, but we got better, we competed better today than we did three weeks ago at the Pac 12 Conference Championships, in which we won the doubles point and basically then got smoked in singles. But today we didn't get smoked at all. It was close across the board. I feel for my senior Nolan (Paige) there, he played his heart out in his last match. We couldn't get him a win today. I am pleased we got better. That's good group of young men there that I'm very proud to be associated with. I'm happy for our seniors, who got a chance to be in the round of sixteen for the first time in their career. The words that were said in that huddle there after the match as we gathered as a team are very special to me. That's very much why I do the job, I feel very privileged to be associated with these guys.

North Carolina played without one of its starters but still managed to post a 4-0 shutout over Mississippi State. UNC's Robert Kelly who plays at No. 1 doubles and No. 5 singles sat out with a minor injury but his teammates were able to pick up the slack.

UNC's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams moved up a spot and both were able to pull through with Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray clinching the point with a 7-6(5) win at No. 1.

UNC took four opening sets in singles and Brayden Schnur, Brett Clark, and Jack Murray would win in straight sets with Murray clinching it at No. 4.

#2 North Carolina (27-4) def. #17-32 Mississippi State (18-8), 4-0
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Sam Paul (North Carolina) and Matt Roberts (Mississippi State)
1. #27 Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. #47 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU), 7-6 (5)
2. Anu Kodali/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU), 6-2 
3. Rishab Agarwal/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Brett Clark/Andrew Gores (UNC), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (North Carolina) def. #34 Mate Cutura (Mississippi State), 6-3, 6-4
2. #54 Rishab Agarwal (Mississippi State) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina), 7-5, 3-4 DNF
3. #46 Brett Clark (North Carolina) def. #70 Nuno Borges (Mississippi State), 6-4, 6-4
4. Jack Murray (North Carolina) def. Niclas Braun (Mississippi State), 6-4, 6-3
5. Strahinja Rakic (Mississippi State) vs. Anu Kodali (North Carolina), 6-4, 6-5 DNF
6. Blaine Boyden (North Carolina) vs. Luka Sucevic (Mississippi State), 6-3, 5-5 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4     

North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
Opening Statement...
"First of all congratulations to Matt. I know he lost four players from last year's team and to make it here is tremendous by him. They had a great year. I think the doubles point was critical for us to gain some momentum going into singles. Brett, as he has done his entire career, stepped up and got us on the board real quickly. That's a really good win for him, and Jack played the best singles match he has played all year. We look forward to moving on.

On coming into the tournament as the No. 2-ranked team...
"We learned a lot because we were No. 1 in the country for about five or six weeks, and I think our team grew a lot during that period. We definitely felt like we had a target, but I felt we have settled in and started playing better tennis towards the end of the year. We played better in the ACC tournament, and even though we lost to Virginia I thought we played really well there. I think that we have learned to take one match at a time, and we are not really talking about the rankings. We are just worried about taking care of business on the court that day.

Brett Clark, North Carolina (#4 singles)
"On whether winning the first single gives momentum to the rest of the team...
"Definitely, I think all first sets are big on any court. It is nice when the matches are decided by a few points here and there to get quick wins if you can. I thought the whole team did good, doubles were good and we got a lot of great starts on a lot of courts and our off court guys did a good job of letting us know that the momentum was headed our way. I took a lot of positive from that. I just tried to do the best that I could do and focus on my court.

On whether or not he feels like the team was a target or an aggressor coming into this tournament...
"Obviously after winning national indoors the whole country was out to get us because we had a great start to the year and we talked about it as a team, a bunch. It was a little uncharted water for us but we were so excited to be there and be in those big matches. I think exactly what coach said, once we got settled and then realized what we could do to hopefully jump on opponents and have that little intimidation factor to start matches I think we used that really well throughout the ACC season and hopefully we can keep going.

On "jumping on the opponent today...
"That has been the game plan the whole NCAA tournament, to win the first 15 minutes of doubles and singles. We had a good start against Tulane and now again here, that is exactly what we are trying to do with the teams. It's good.

Mississippi State Head Coach Matt Roberts
Comments on the match...
"First of all, I'm very proud of the way the guys handled themselves the character they exude, the sportsmanship, the way they compete, they way they compete as a team. The way they keep it all about tennis and nothing personal, where sometimes you see these other guys do that. I'm just proud of the way they carried themselves, first of all, and they did a great job tonight. It just came down to not closing out the doubles point. We had great opportunities there, give North Carolina credit, they kept competing and played big in the big moments in doubles. It put our back up against the wall going into singles, but we've done it a lot this year. We've been battling through that 0-1 deficit a lot this year and we come out successful. But, singles were a lot of deuce deciding points, we didn't capitalize on. I think they won more deuce deciding points than us and that usually comes down to a little more belief I think. We are kind of new at this stage and it's great for us as young as we are to get to this stage this quick. Hopefully, we can make it to National Indoors, these high level events, so then we feel like we deserve to win a little more in these big moments and North Carolina played those moments better than us today. North Carolina is well coached, they are a great team, and they're going to do great in the tournament I'm sure. It's just really a good experience for our guys. It stings. We're going to keep are heads high.

Florida advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 2005 with a 4-0 win over SMU. The Gators took the doubles point when Chase Perez-Blanco and Alfredo Perez won the decider 7-6(2) at No. 3.

Florida took four opening sets in singles and Chase Perez-Blanco, Gordon Watson, and McClain Kessler each won in straight sets with Perez-Blanco clinching at No. 4. 

Florida highlight video here.

#9 Florida (21-6) def. #17-32 SMU (22-9), 4-0 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 12 noon
Head Coaches: Bryan Shelton (Florida) and Carl Neufeld (SMU)
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (Florida) def. #31 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU), 7-5
2. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) def. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (Florida), 6-0
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida) def. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU), 7-6 (2)
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (Florida) vs. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU), 6-2, 3-4 DNF
2. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU) vs. #53 Alfredo Perez (Florida), 6-2, 4-4 DNF
3. Samm Butler (SMU) vs. #37 Elliott Orkin (Florida), 7-5, 1-4 DNF
4. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida) def. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Gordon Watson (Florida) def. Yates Johnson (SMU), 6-2, 6-2
6. McClain Kessler (Florida) def. Tony Russell (SMU), 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4

Florida Head Coach Bryan Shelton
Opening Statement...
"I thought we came out and played well. Hats off to SMU. I think they had a great season. Obviously, we knew it would be a tough match being in the round of 16 with everybody in this tournament being so good. I am really proud of our guys even with the delay today I thought our preparation was great and we came out with great energy. Doubles as usual was pretty crucial for us and I felt like we won two hard fought sets out there in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, which kind of set the tone for the rest of the match. I also felt we did a really nice job of after the doubles point coming out really strong in singles. We won four out of the first six sets, and we were able to close it out really well. I am just really proud of our guys. We obviously played well at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions.

On coming out strong in the doubles point...
"We always want to focus on holding the serve, and I felt like we did a really nice job of that. I don't know if we ever got broken on the No. 1 or No. 3 courts. On the No. 1 court we served second so we were always down a game, which can be a lot of pressure especially when you are deep in those sets when you are serving to stay in the match. I felt like we handled that situation really well. Obviously I have a lot of trust in our players to make plays out there on the court. Chase (Perez-Blanco) and Alfredo (Perez) won so many matches this season, and I think that in those moments we don't panic and we just stay in there and hang tough. I think that is the difference sometimes between winning and losing.

On Gordon Watson's play...
"He is feeling it. I have always said he is one of the most dangerous players in college tennis when he is in good form as he is right now. We watch him day in and day out and the guy comes up with something special every single day. He is moving so well, and his movement puts a lot of pres- sure on opponents. He is also serving well and hitting his spots, and he can hang in from the back and he can slice and dice you. He knows the front part of the court really well, and he is a smart player who knows how to make other guys feel uncomfortable. Gordon (Watson) is very confident right now, and all those things add up for trouble for the other guy most of the time. Just really pleased with him and how he is playing and leading. I think he is playing like an All-American senior for sure.

Chase Perez-Blanco, Florida (#4 singles)
On keeping mentally focused through the delay...
"It's tough when you are sitting around all day. We really didn't know when we were going to play we just knew we were going to play after Ohio State and Texas. We just got loose, and then we cooled down and warmed up again. We always try to be ready to play when called upon, and good at that today.

On his singles play...
"I thought I played really well. My opponent played really good as well, and he was really solid off the baseline so my goal was just to make a lot of balls and be aggressive. I thought I did that today. Also, I didn't get on the defensive side that much, which really allowed me to attack and move forward in the court.

On the resiliency of the team...
"We all have confidence in each other so it doesn't matter who is going to clinch it. It just happened to be me today, and it was my time to clinch. It could have been anyone. Everyone is confident in each other, and we believe we can pull it out.

SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld
Cooment on the match...
"I am very excited and proud of our team, our teams improvement through the semester and the year in general. I feel like we are playing our best tennis right now at the end. Florida is a very good team and their record shows how good they are with their SEC championship at the end and their improvements towards the end of the season. The backbone of the team is doubles and they had very good doubles and I thought that was very important, they played great. I felt like we took a little hit and it gave them that boost that they needed in confidence and it took a little gas away from us but they are a very good team. I don't know that we would have beat them or could've beat them, but I know that if we would've won the doubles it would have been a lot more interesting. I am sure they can beat any team that is here and we will see as the tournament falls. I am very proud of our team's improvement and that is what our main goal is at that beginning of the year, to play the best at the end and we certainly saw that based on our record.

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[1] Virginia Cavaliers (27-4) vs. [9] Florida Gators (21-6) - Noon CT - Virginia moved into the quarterfinals after pulling out a hard fought 4-2 win over Oklahoma State while Florida's bottom of the lineup help propel them to a 4-0 win over SMU. Virginia won the regular season meeting in Gainesville 5-2 and it looks like the top three spots in the lineup will all be rematches. Virginia is trying to make it back to the NCAA semifinals for the seventh year in a row while Florida last made the semis in 2005. Florida has won its last nine matches while Virginia has won its last three. 

Doubles Records: Virginia 27-4, Florida 22-5
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 86, Florida 84

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 16th. 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.   

Regular Season Meeting 

#3 Virginia 5, #14 Florida 2 
Apr 06, 2016 at Ring Tennis Complex (Gainesville, Fla.) 
Singles competition 
1. #17 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 
2. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-2, 6-4 
3. #38 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #109 Alfredo Perez (FLA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 
4. J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #84 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 6-3 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Gordon Watson (FLA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) 
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. McClain Kessler (FLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 
Doubles competition 
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-4 
2. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. #58 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4 
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) 6-4 
Match Notes 
Virginia 18-3; National ranking #3 
Florida 12-5; National ranking #14 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3) 

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.39) vs. #10 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.64) 
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) vs. #53 Alfredo Perez (UF 14.39)
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.50) vs. #37 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.10)
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.37) vs. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 14.03) 
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.90) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.54)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.53)  vs. McClain Kessler (UF 13.73)
O: Luca Corinteli (VA 13.68) 

Dual-Match Records:
1. Shane 14-12 vs. Hidalgo 17-5 
2. Altamirano 24-4 vs. Perez 19-4
3. Kwiatkowski 21-6 vs. Orkin 16-7
4. Ritschard 3-0 vs. Perez-Blanco 15-7
5. Aragone 23-4 vs. Watson 17-5
6. Wiersholm 23-2 vs. Kessler 14-5 
Bench: Corinteli 10-3

When the bracket first came out I had this penciled in as a Virginia win but I really like the way Florida has been playing these last three matches. Florida hasn't made it this far in over a decade so they're playing with house money while Virginia is still carrying the banner as defending national champs and has the weight of the number one seed hanging on them. 

Florida won the doubles point in the first meeting and I think they'll take it again in this one. Virginia will be favored on just about every court but I think Florida is going to find a way to pull off a couple of big upsets. In my opinion Thai-Son Kwiatkowski is Virginia's biggest lock and I expect him, Henrik Wiersholm, and Alex Ritschard to each pull through to put Virginia on the verge of clinching it. However I think Diego Hidalgo gets past Ryan Shane for the second time this year, Gordon Watson pulls off a mild upset over J.C. Aragone, and Alfredo Perez upsets Collin Altamirano to give Florida a stunning win.  Upset Prediction: Florida 4-3  

[5] Ohio State Buckeyes (33-2) vs. [13] Cal Bears (20-6) - Noon CT - Ohio State is coming off a really tough 4-3 win over Texas while Cal pulled off a nice surprise with a 4-3 win over TCU. Both teams had grueling matches on Friday but they should be well rested for this one after having a full day off in between. It'll be interesting to see how Mikael Torpegaard responds after suffering his first dual-match loss while both Billy Griffith and J.T. Nishimura will try to rebound after losing for only the third time this year.

Doubles Records: Ohio State 31-4, Cal 17-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Ohio State 85, Cal 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 15.18) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 14.23)
2. #88 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.81) vs. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.26)
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.42) vs. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL 14.34)
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 14.05) vs. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.24)
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.83) vs. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.63)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.92) vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.53)

Dual-Match Records
1. Torpegaard 23-1 vs. Lakat 9-8
2. Diaz 8-8 vs. Goransson 12-10
3. Di Feo 14-6 vs. Griffith 15-3
4. Steinbach 24-3 vs. Bergevi 18-3
5. Pollanen 14-5 vs. Wikberg 11-4
6. Joyce 20-0 vs. Nishimura 11-3

Ohio State will be the favorite in doubles and I'd be really surprised if they dropped the point. I'm expecting Mikael Torpegaard to bounce back and win at No. 1 and I think Martin Joyce will remain undefeated at No. 6. I like Cal's Andre Goransson and Filip Bergevi at No. 2 and No. 4 but Herkko Pollanen gets it done again at No. 5 to send the Buckeyes back to the semifinals for the first time since 2013. Prediction: Ohio State 4-2. 

[3] UCLA Bruins (25-2) vs. [11] Oklahoma Sooners (18-10)  - Sunday 4pm CT - UCLA is coming off a 4-2 win over Stanford while Oklahoma hammered Wake Forest 4-0. These two last met in the last year's NCAA Round of 16 with Oklahoma winning a 4-3 thriller in a match that started outdoors and was moved indoors due to rain.  

2015 NCAA Round of 16 

[1] Oklahoma def. [16] UCLA 4-3 
May 14, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts) 
Doubles Competition 
1. #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #12 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-4 
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. #86 Joseph De Guilio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 8-4 
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Dennis Mkrtchian/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4, unf 
Singles Competition 
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.20) def. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.19) 6-4, 6-4 
2. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 14.09) def. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) 7-6(5), 7-6(3) 
3. #118 MartinRedlicki (UCLA 14.44) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.22) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4 
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.41) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) 6-3, 6-4 
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.89) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.04) 6-3, 6-4 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) def. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.44) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 
Match Notes: 
Order of Finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (5, 4, 1, 3, 2, 6) 
Oklahoma 27-2 UCLA 17-10

Doubles Records: UCLA 20-7, Oklahoma 15-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UCLA 85, Oklahoma 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.95) vs. #97 Andrew Harris (OU 14.76)
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.03) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.29)
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.14) vs. #82 Spencer Papa (OU 13.96)
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.50) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.02)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.70) vs. Andre Biro (OU 13.74)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.22); Maxime Mora (OU 13.68)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. McDonald 15-1 vs. Harris 6-1
2. Redlicki 18-3 vs. Alvarez 11-8
3. Brymer 14-5 vs. Papa 10-9
4. Sell 20-2 vs. Ghilea 11-6
5. Staggs 14-6 vs. Bragusi 9-6
6. Di Giulio 17-5 vs. Biro 16-5

Oklahoma will definitely be the crowd favorite with a large contingent of OU fans expected to turn Tulsa into Norman East. Oklahoma played really well in doubles against Wake Forest but I think UCLA will play a little better and take the early 1-0 lead. The matchup at No. 1 should between Mackenzie McDonald and Andrew Harris will be well worth the price of admission and I like McDonald to come away with the win. I'm going to take Alvarez, Papa, and Ghilea for OU while I like Staggs and Di Giulio for UCLA. Bruins pull it out with the doubles point being the difference. Prediction: UCLA 4-3. 

[2] North Carolina Tar Heels (28-4) vs. [7] Georgia Bulldogs (23-4) - Sunday 4pm CT - North Carolina is coming off a 4-0 win over Mississippi State while Georgia came back from 3-1 down to defeat USC 4-3. The last time these teams met was in the 2014 NCAA Tournament in Athens with North Carolina coming away with a 4-2 win. The biggest question marks for North Carolina is whether or not Robert Kelly will play after he sat out Friday's match against Mississippi State with a minor injury plus can Jack Murray play that well two matches in a row. For Georgia you have to wonder if Austin Smith will be fully recharged after his match against Max de Vroome and will Jan Zielinski play better on Sunday or will we possibly see a change in the lineup with Nick Wood moving up to 5 with Emil Reinberg coming up to 6. 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 25-7, Georgia 18-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, Georgia 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.52)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.14) vs. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 13.98)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.22) vs. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 14.01)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.94) vs. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.62)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.98) vs. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.76)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.29) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.80)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.22); Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.42)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Schnur 9-10 vs. Smith 20-5
2. Schneider 21-5 vs. Montgomery 14-10
3. Clark 23-5 vs. Oosterbaan 16-7
4. Murray 20-5 vs. Duncan 14-5
5. Kelly 25-4 vs. Zielinski 9-7
6. Kodali 13-5 vs. Wood 15-2

I'll make these predictions based off UNC having the services of Robert Kelly on Sunday. 

I'll take North Carolina to win the doubles point though I think Georgia will play much better than they did against USC. North Carolina will get it done in the middle of the singles lineup with Clark, Murray, and Kelly each winning while Smith, Montgomery, and Wood will either win or have the lead  Prediction: North Carolina 4-2. 

Note: if Kelly can't play I think Georgia wins the doubles point and also wins at No. 5 to steal it 4-3.

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Sunday was unbelievable day to be in Tulsa with two heart-pounding 4-3 thrillers with the Cal and Ohio State match coming down to a third set tiebreak to decide the winner. The crowds were a little light around noon central but by 1 p.m. the stands were filling up and by the time the Cal/Ohio State match came to a conclusion it was standing room only. The actual paid attendance was just over 1100 but by the time you added in coaches, players, volunteers, and media you probably had close to 1400 people crammed in there which made for a great environment.

Ohio State came into this match with a staunch 31-4 doubles record while Cal had won the point a very respectable 18 times in 24 matches. Ohio State jumped out to early break leads at No. 1 and No. 2 while Cal took the early lead at No. 3.

Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen opened up their match at No. 1 by winning the first five games and they had a match point on the deciding point to win it 6-0 but Filip Bergevi managed to get the hold. Pollanen would serve it out to give Ohio State the quick 6-1 win.

Cal's Mads Engsted and J.T. Nishimura got off to the quick start at No. 3 as they led 4-1 but they faced a big point when Nishimura served at 4-2, 40-40. Engsted was able to use some quick reflexes and a little luck to hit a volley winner to give Cal the hold for 5-2 (clip below). Two games later Engsted would serve it out to give Cal the 6-3 win.

Ohio State's Martin Joyce and Ralf Steinbach broke Cal to go up 3-2 at No. 2 but Cal went up 30-40 on Joyce's serve. Joyce hammered an ace down the T to get it to the deciding point and it looked like Joyce would get the hold but Ohio State wasn't able to put away - I'll let the video show you what happened (this is the point that Ty Tucker was talking about in his post-match interview).

Cal's Oskar Wikberg would hold for 4-3, they'd break Steinbach on the deciding point for 5-3, and then Andre Goransson would serve it out to give Cal the 6-3.

It was the first time in 18 matches that Ohio State had dropped the doubles point and it would also set the tone for singles. Ohio State's Chris Diaz, Ralf Steinbach, Herkko Pollanen, and Martin Joyce would each go up breaks in the first set but Joyce would be the only Buckeye to actually win the set.

Steinbach broke Filip Bergevi to start the match but Bergevi would get it back on serve at 2-2. Steinbach would break again to go up 4-3 but Bergevi would break back on the deciding point to even it at 4-4. Bergevi would hold for 5-4 and then he'd break Steinbach again on the deciding point to take the opening set 6-4. The second set was pretty similar to the first because time and time again Bergevi won the big points. Bergevi broke Steinbach on the deciding point to go up 3-1 and then he'd break him again on a deciding point to close out the match 6-4, 6-2.

Less than a minute after Bergevi's win, Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce would put the Buckeyes on the board with a straight set win over J.T. Nishimura at No. 6. Joyce broke Nishimura to go up 4-2 in the first and he'd close out the opening set 6-3. Joyce opened up a 3-0 lead in the second set and cruised to the finish line with a 6-3, 6-2 win to up his dual-match record to 21-0.

Cal senior Oskar Wikberg would put the Bears within a point of the the clinch with a straight set win over Herkko Pollanen at No. 5. Pollanen broke Wikberg to start the match and held for 2-0 but Wikberg would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-2. Pollanen held and then broke on the deciding point to go up 4-3 but Wikberg would break, hold, and break to take the opening set 6-4. The second started off just like the first with Pollanen breaking then holding for a 2-0 lead. Wikberg held, broke, and then held on the deciding point with a little serve and volley action to go up 3-2. Wikberg broke and then held for 5-2 before Pollanen finally got a hold for 3-5. Wikberg went up 40-15 but Pollanen got it back to the deciding point. Wikberg landed his first serve and then hit a low volley that Pollanen couldn't return and that was it.

Cal's lead was now 3-1 but Ohio State was starting to make its move on each of the three remaining courts.

Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo dropped the opening set to Billy Griffith at No. 3 but then he jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second. Di Feo got broke serving for the set not once but twice and all of a sudden it was back on serve at 5-4. Griffith fell behind 15-40 on his serve and then he double faulted the break to give Di Feo the 6-4 set. Di Feo went up 3-1 in the third but Griffith would break and then hold to even it at 3-3. Di Feo would hold at love for 4-3 and then he'd break Griffith on the deciding point to go up 5-3. Di Feo would serve it out at love to take it 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Both Mikael Torpegaard and Chris Diaz had come back from a set down and now both had break leads in the third set so it seemed like Ohio State just might pull this one out after all.

Diaz and Cal's Andre Goransson exchanged breaks virtually the entire match with service holds extremely hard to come by. Diaz jumped out to the early 2-0 lead but Goransson would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-2. Goransson broke again to go up 4-2 but Diaz would break back and then hold from 40-30 to even it at 4-4. After three straight holds, Goransson would break Diaz one more time to close out the first set 7-5. Diaz broke Goransson to start the second set but Goransson would immediately break back to even it at 1-1. Diaz would break for 4-3 and then he'd fight off four break points to hold for 5-3. Diaz broke Goransson to take the second set 6-3 and then it seemed like Goransson's body really started to fade as the third set went on - watch the clip to see how badly he was moving

As Diaz started to pull away in the third set, Ohio State sophomore and ITA #1 Mikael Torpegaard was seemingly nearing the finish line at No. 1.

Cal junior Florian Lakat took the opening set 6-3 and then went up an early break in the second before Torpegaard got it together and won the next six games to take the second set 6-2. The third set stayed on serve until Torpegaard broke Lakat from 30-40 to go up 5-3. Torpegaard was serving for the match but unbelievably he would double fault at 30-all and 30-40 to gift wrap the break to Lakat. Lakat would hold at love for 5-5 and then he'd break Torpegaard from 30-40 to go up 6-5. Lakat went up 40-15 and had three match points but he hammered a forehand long to make it 40-30, he hit a double fault that landed two courts over to make it 40-40, and then a forehand went just long on a point that lasted just short of a minute so off to a tiebreak they went.

As the tiebreak was starting up Chris Diaz did manage to close out Andre Goransson 6-2 in the third so it truly was going to be a winner take all tiebreak.

Lakat went up a mini-break to start the tiebreak and then won both points on his serve to go up 3-0. Torpegaard won the next three before Lakat held for 4-3. Lakat went up a mini-break at 5-4 but Torpegaard evened it at 5-5. Lakat held for 6-5 and then Torpegaard fought off a match point with a gutsy drop shot to even it at 6-6. Lakat went up 7-6 after Torpegaard put a pretty tight backhand into the net and then he won it on the next point when Torpegaard pushed a forehand into the alley. The clip below starts with Lakat serving at 1-0 the tiebreak and goes all the way to the celebration.

#13 California (21-6) def. #5 Ohio State (33-2), 4-3
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 12 noon
Head Coaches: Ty Tucker (Ohio State) and Peter Wright (California)
1. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State) def. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal), 6-1
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State), 6-3
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (Ohio State), 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1. #30 Florian Lakat (California) def. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State), 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (6)
2. #88 Chris Diaz (Ohio State) def. #31 Andre Goransson (California), 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (Ohio State) def. #85 Billy Griffith (California), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (California) def. Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State), 6-4, 6-2
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (California) def. #103 Herkko Pollanen (Ohio State), 6-4, 6-3
6. Martin Joyce (Ohio State) def. J.T. Nishimura (California), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 5, 3, 2, 1

California Head Coach Peter Wright
On his team's win
"Ohio State is an incredible team and they battle so well. They really brought that match back. We were on top of them early and they kept fighting.
It was just an incredible college match at the end. They had chances to win the match, we had chances to win the match. Up and down, back and forth. It's college tennis at its finest. We've had a couple of nail biters here so far. I just have to say I'm super proud of my guys, coming through when it counts. I'm incredibly proud. The Tulsa fans were amazing.

On the importance of the doubles point
"Today we weren't the favorite going into the doubles point. Ohio State has been very strong in doubles all year. We've played incredibly well at #2 and #3 doubles. It gave us the opportunity to get out in front of Ohio State and build the lead that we did. Ohio State was great at pulling it back.

On making it to the semifinals
"It's been a while. It's really exciting for us. We've been building to this. We have two seniors in our lineup one in doubles and one in singles., but these guys have had this in their sights. It's not just the semifinals. This tournament and coming to Tulsa has been a big part of how we prepared this season and what we want to accomplish. Certainly, every match is on a razor's edge. We feel fortunate to be in the semifinals, but we feel we've earned it too.

On how the Pac-12 prepares a team for this tournament
"Every conference is a little different, but we have a tough conference. We have one team now in the semifinals, but we have solid teams on the men's and women's sides. It's great. I think the guys being able to compete against the best players in the country on a weekly basis just really helps them in preparation for the NCAA Championships. Our Pac-12 tournament is incredible. The Pac-12 is a great tennis conference, and I think what you see at the NCAA Championships year in and year out is a reflection of that.

On what it means for both the men's and women's teams to advance to the semifinals
"It's incredible. We did a facility renovation that opened last year, and we had a lot of our friends and family, the Cal family, come together and raise almost $4 million. That has been transformational to our program. As our women's team plays and as our men's team plays, we have a lot of pride in what we do in representing the school. Having both of our teams there, I think you'll notice that we've been at every one of the women's matches, they've been at every one of our matches, and that really makes a difference. Having that support that's one of the great things about this champi- onship. It's a coed championship, and you'll see the women cheering for the men's teams and the men cheering for the women's teams, and that's really what makes this such a special tournament.

Florian Lakat, California (#1 singles)
On his match...
"I think that my match was just a reflection of the whole match, as a whole. A lot of ups and downs and everyone across the board kept fighting and we stuck to the process. I was down 5-3, maybe 30 minutes earlier I actually looked really good for us and all of the sudden it switched and here I am down 5-3. We all stayed in there, the guys helped me a lot. I for sure would not have done it without them in the crowd, I love the guys coming and supporting me, it made the push for the team.

On if there were any crucial points for him...
"Not really, it is just point after point you know, that point view. You cannot be thinking about oh, I got to win this point here. It is all about process and just sticking to the game plan.

On what is going through his mind during the tie break...
"Same thing. Ups and downs, I am serving for it. I have three match points, huge rallies, I don't make it, it goes back to a breaker, up 3-0 back to 3-3. Lot of ups and downs all across the courts and it could have gone either way. I am glad it turned in our favor.

Ohio State Head Coach Ty Tucker
Comments on the match...
"Obviously it was a touch match, California did a good job at No. 1 singles, the guy (Florian Lakat) stepped up and hit the ball in some tight moments. He made some errors, but kept hitting it. I thought my guy (Mikael Torpegaard) got a little bit tight, served for the match at 5-3 and double faulted twice in that match. That's what you want in the NCAA Championships, a chance to go to the final four with your horse serving, 5-3, in the third set, I'd take it everyday of the week. But, we did a poor job in the start, we had a break on two doubles and gave it back on a deuce-point where there was an overhead involved inside the service line and gave that back. Then looked a little shell-shocked. Talked to the guys before the match, and I said you're going to have to face some adversity. That was the point; we didn't get back up onto the horse and start riding until about 40 minutes in the singles. But once we got going, we started to establish what we do, started putting points on the board, all the way to the end. We came back after being down for about two hours, and came back to have our opportunity to win. That's what you get when you let it slip away from you in the beginning.

The other early afternoon quarterfinal really wasn't much off a match as No. 1 Virginia trounced No. 9 Florida 4-0. Virginia was in control of the doubles point pretty early on and would win 6-3 at both No. 1 and No. 3.

Virginia won all six first sets in singles and while Florida came back a little in the second set it wasn't nearly enough as Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alex Ritschard, and J.C. Aragone each won in straight sets with Ritschard clinching the win at No. 4.

The Virginia and Florida highlight packages can get up caught up on the rest of the details.

#1 Virginia (28-4) def. #9 Florida (21-7), 4-0
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 12 noon
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Bryan Shelton (Florida)
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) def. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF), 6-3
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (UVA) vs. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF), 5-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida), 6-3 
Order of Finish: 1, 3
1. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia) vs. #10 Diego Hidalgo (Florida), 6-3, 4-6, 3-1 DNF
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia) vs. #53 Alfredo Perez (Florida), 6-4, 5-4 DNF
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #37 Elliott Orkin (Florida), 7-6 (2), 6-2
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia) def. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida), 6-3, 7-6 (4) 
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia) vs. Gordon Watson (Florida), 7-6 (2), 4-6, 2-2 DNF
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. McClain Kessler (Florida), 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 4

Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
On his team's win...
"Congratulations to Florida on having a great season, winning the SEC Championship, and coming in here and doing as well as they did. They made it tough on us. 

"I thought we played really well today. We came out incredibly strong in doubles, executing well and moving well. We had an enormous amount of energy. I'm really pleased with how we started. We got off to an excellent start in singles as well. We used the momentum and it carried over. The guys are locked in and seem to be playing really well. Now we just need to prepare for whoever is next.

On what it says about the players and the program to advance to the semifinals for the seventh time...
"It's probably one of the things I'm most proud of. Consistency is hard to come by, and you have to keep the focus on year after year. There are so many great coaches and competitive programs out there, that it's hard to be consistent. When these guys put the orange and blue on, they have a tremendous amount of pride. I'm really proud of that. They play for something bigger than themselves, and it really shows day in and day out in practice, as well as the matches.

On whether depth has separated his team over the last two seasons...
"Depth has been a strength for us for a long time. I think you'll see that over a lot of the top programs. Certainly we believe in our depth, but I'm really pleased with how we played at the top of the lineup as well. Ryan Shane was about ready to go up two breaks in the third. He's playing some great tennis and moving well. Then we were serving for it at #2 with Collin Altamirano. I like how we were playing up and down the lineup. I thought it was a strong performance. Everyone was focused on their job and doing what they can. We left it out there and played a really complete match.

Luca Corinteli, Virginia (#1 doubles)
On his match being against two of the top ranked doubles teams...
"We played them earlier in the year in Gainesville and I was talking to Ryan about it before the match. I thought these guys were one of the best teams we've played all year. They serve really well, return well, both of them were great volleys so I knew it was going to come down to a couple of points. We won a couple deuce points at the beginning of the match and we came out with a ton of energy. Like I said before, this is how doubles points work it's whoever can get those deuce points and they went our way today so we got the job done.

"We have been very close, become best friends. We have known each other for so long and I know this is the last tournament that we can play with each other in the orange and blue so we are just trying to enjoy it as much as possible. I know I am going to miss being able to play with him. We just keep it really light on the court that is how he is in singles as well. I don't know if you have gotten to see too many of his matches but that's just the kind of guy he is and it is what makes him so good.

Florida Head Coach Bryan Shelton
Comments on the match...
"I thought UVA came out and played really well today, it started in the doubles. When we played them in the season we were able to get that doubles point. They came out really strong today, serving well and really playing aggressively. I felt like they were just able to get off to a better start today and once they seized the momentum, they were able hold on to it throughout the singles. Our guys had an incredible year, I felt like we got better throughout the whole season and obviously in the postseason winning the SEC title, as well as, making a good run here (NCAA Championships) up to this point. I feel like we have a solid foundation, and solid core and looking forward to just continuing it next season with this group. Just proud of my seniors, who gave us so much throughout the season this year, Diego (Hidalgo) and Gordon (Watson). I'm really excited about the individual tournament and opportunities that lie ahead there.

The late afternoon time slot was just like the early one with one close match and one that was never in doubt. The one that was never in doubt was this one between No. 7 Georgia and No. 2 North Carolina. North Carolina was playing without Robert Kelly (#1 dubs/#5 singles), who was unavailable due to a lower body injury, and Georgia definitely took advantage of the situation. Just as UNC had done against Mississippi State on Friday it shifted both its No. 2 and No. 3 teams up a spot while Brett Clark who normally plays with Kelly was paired up with Blaine Boyden at No. 3.

North Carolina got off to a good start at No. 3 when its makeshift team of Boyden and Clark broke Emil Reinberg on the deciding point to take a 2-0 lead. There would be five straight holds before Boyden and Clark broke Wayne Montgomery to win it 6-2.

Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski broke Anu Kodali to start the match at No. 2 and they'd break him one more time to win it 6-3.

The doubles point would be decided at No. 1 and for the first 25 minutes North Carolina was in control. Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur broke Ben Wagland from 30-40 to go up 2-1 and then Jack Murray would hold on the deciding point for 3-1. After an Austin Smith hold, Schnur would hold from 40-30 to put UNC up 4-2. Wagland would hold for 3-4 and then Jack Murray would start off the next game serving at 0-15 after Brayden Schnur was given a point penalty for arguing with the chair over a call in the previous game. Smith and Wagland would break Murray for 4-4 and then they'd break him again to take the match 7-5.

With Kelly also out of the singles lineup that meant that Anu Kodali had to move up one spot to No. 5 while Blaine Boyden came off the bench to play at No. 6.

Georgia's got off to a quick start on four of the six courts with Wayne Montgomery, Walker Duncan, Jan Zielinski, and Nick Wood each going up early breaks while North Carolina's Brayden Schnur and Brett Clark took break leads on the other two courts.

Duncan and Jack Murray exchanged early breaks at No. 4 but Duncan would break again to go up 4-2. Duncan held for 5-2 and then two games later he'd hold to take the opening set 6-3. The second set was all Duncan as he'd win all six games to close out a 6-3, 6-0 win. The first clip is an unbelievable tweener that Duncan hit in his 5-0 game and the second clip is match.

Less than seven minutes later the match would be over as both Nick Wood and Jan Zielinski won in straight sets with Zielinski clinching about 30 seconds after Wood's finish. The total match time was just 2 hours and 7 minutes.

North Carolina's Brayden Schnur and Brett Clark were both a game away from winning at the time of the clinch while Georgia's Wayne Montgomery was up a set on the other court.

Here are some additional highlights from Georgia.

#7 Georgia (24-4) def. #2 North Carolina (28-5), 4-0 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Sam Paul (North Carolina) and Manuel Diaz (Georgia)
1. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (Georgia) def. #27 Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC), 7-5
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def. Anu Kodali/Ronnie Schneider (UNC), 6-3
3. Blaine Boyden/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (North Carolina) vs. #17 Austin Smith (Georgia), 6-4, 5-3 DNF
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina), 6-3, 3-3 DNF
3. #46 Brett Clark (North Carolina) vs. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia), 6-2, 5-3 DNF
4. #123 Walker Duncan (Georgia) def. Jack Murray (North Carolina), 6-3, 6-0
5. Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def. Anu Kodali (North Carolina), 6-4, 6-2
6. Nick Wood (Georgia) def. Blaie Boyden (North Carolina), 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 5

Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
On his feelings going into the semifinals...
"Well, first of all I am so excited about the fact that these guys have worked so hard. We have overcome so much this year. You know, not just us,
a whole lot of teams come into this tournament and I know North Carolina was affected by not having Robert Kelly in the lineup, but honestly to see our team handle adversity, nobody knows this until this moment probably but Austin Smith pulled his bicep tendon completely out of the socket the Monday of the regional. He didn't practice at all that week, I held him out of the Saturday match in the round of 64. He played in the round of 32, he was not in good form but he got a cortisone shot on Monday. Long story short, he has practiced two hours in two weeks and to see him handle that adversity, and to see our team rally around him and everybody has really pulled together. To me that has just been the most rewarding thing to see, our team come together. We have three seniors, one of them is right here (Nick Wood), just a terrific contributor for four years and himself dislocated his ankle as a freshman and lost that year pretty much. That's been the story, these guys have shown a lot of toughness and they've shown how much they've wanted it. This year I think we have a closer team than we have had in a long time. All the credit to them.

On what he tells his players now...
"Well, there is not a whole lot of time to enjoy this victory today. You get to enjoy it for an hour or two and we have a shorter window to prepare for the semifinals match. We have had a day's break between the last two matches and we have got to be ready to bounce back a little bit quicker. We've got to try and get our minds on whomever we place next, still to be decided. We are a little bit fortunate in that sense that we maybe get a little bit of rest. We get to do what we get to do here, and hopefully get these guys some good food and get them in bed.

Nick Wood, Georgia (#6 singles)
On fighting through teammate Austin Smith's injury before regionals, and how the team responded...
"He's contributed so much for us this year. When he went down, it was the rest of the guys' time to step up, and contribute back for him. We kind of rallied around him, and we're just playing for each other right now. Like Coach (Manuel Diaz) said, we're just such a close team, and we have a special bond that has taken us this far. It's pretty special.

On his match...
"I played a good match. I felt pretty comfortable out there. Once I got that early break in the second set, I kind of just rolled. I was just playing loose and playing relaxed and just having fun out there, just trying to enjoy my last run here, and it's just been incredible.

On being a senior and working to get to the next step...
"Coach talks about all the stories of them winning the national championship. It's pretty inspiring. We're just really inspired right now, and we're look- ing to take that championship. We're not settling for anything less.

North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
Comments on the match...
"First of all congratulations to Georgia, they played a great a match, they just out-played us today. The doubles point was key; they got a lot mo- mentum from that. The sad thing for us, it's your last chance to coach, Brett Clark. Our seniors worked so hard. He's been to three elite eights in his career. Andrew Gores, he came back for a fifth year. I'm really proud of him, how hard he worked. I appreciate what he did coming back for his fifth year, and Stuart DePaolo. That's the sad thing about today, we don't have another day to coach those guys and work with those guys. I want to congratulate my guys on a great season. We were a little bit injured coming in and that was unfortunate for us. But again, Georgia just out-played us anyway, that's the way sports go sometimes. We weren't able to handle it. Congratulations to them. This was record-breaking year for us, our kids won a National Championship in February, and we've been highly ranked consistently all year, and looking forward to next year.

The other late afternoon quarterfinal matched up UCLA and Oklahoma. There wasn't any doubt who the locals were cheering for with the crowd roaring every time Oklahoma won a point.

Oklahoma got off to the hot start at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles while UCLA was running away with the match at No. 3. UCLA's Maxime Cressy and Austin Rapp broke OU to go up 3-1 and then they'd break again for 5-1 and serve it out for a 6-1 win. OU's Axel Alvarez and Andrew Harris jumped out to a 3-0 lead at No. 1 and would upset the ITA No. 2 ranked team of Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki 6-3. The doubles point would be decided in a tiebreak at No. 2 between OU's Alex Ghilea and Spencer Papa and UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell. Ghilea and Papa won the first four points of the tiebreak but Di Giulio and Sell would take four of the next five to pull within 5-4. Papa would take the next two on his serve to win it 7-6(4).

Each team took three opening sets in singles and four of the six matches would finish in straight sets. OU sophomore Spencer Papa put the Sooners ahead 2-0 with a straight set win over Gage Brymer at No. 3. Papa broke Brymer to go up 3-1 in the first and he'd make that break lead hold up for a 6-3 opening set. Papa broke Brymer to start the second set and he'd eventually lead 5-3 but Brymer would hold for 4-5. Papa had three match points on his serve after going up 40-15 but Brymer would come back to get the break for 5-5. Brymer had to start off his next game down 0-15 because of a point penalty for excessive noise (I thought I heard the chair say it was due to the noise from the UCLA bench area). Papa would break Brymer on a double fault to go up 6-5 and then he's serve it out from 40-15 to win it 6-3, 7-5.

Moments later Karue Sell would put UCLA on the board with a straight set win over Alex Ghilea at No. 4. Sell broke Ghilea to go up 6-5 in the first but Ghilea broke back to force a tiebreak. Sell would roll through the tiebreak and win it 7-3. Ghilea went up a break at 3-2 in the second but Sell won the final four games to take it 7-6, 6-3.

Florin Bragusi would put Oklahoma ahead 3-1 after he defeated Logan Staggs in straight sets at No. 5. Bragusi broke Staggs to start the match but Staggs would break back for 3-all. Braugsi would immediately break back and a few games later he would take set 6-4. Bragusi broke Staggs to go up 3-2 in the second but he would be broke serving for the match to even it at 5-5. Bragusi would break back and then he'd serve it out at love to win 6-4, 7-5.

UCLA sophomore Martin Redlicki would put the Bruins second point on the board with a straight set win over Axel Alvarez at No. 2. Redlicki won the first set 7-5 after breaking Alvarez's 5-6 service game. Alvarez would break for 2-1 in the second and he'd eventually lead 5-3. Redlicki would take the next three games to go up 6-5 and he'd have three match points after going up 15-40 on Alvarez's serve. Alvarez managed to fight each off to send it to a tiebreak. Redlicki went up 6-2 in the tiebreak but Alvarez would take three straight to pull within 6-5. Redlicki would win it on the next point when an Alvarez backhand sailed long.

Despite trailing 3-2, UCLA was in good shape because Mackenzie McDonald had a 5-2 lead in the third set at No. 1 while Joseph Di Giulio led 2-0 in the third set at No. 6.

Andrew Harris wouldn't go down quietly at No. 1 as the OU junior would take the next three games to even it at 5-5. McDonald held for 6-5 and then he broke Harris from 30-40 to win it 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

The deciding match would be at No. 6 between UCLA junior Joseph Di Giulio and Oklahoma freshman Andre Biro. Di Giulio looked like he'd close this match out in straight sets win he led 6-4, 4-1 but Biro charged back and took six of the next seven games to take the second set 7-5. Di Giulio went up 2-0 in the second but Biro rattled off four straight games to go ahead 4-2 (Di Giulio was broke on his 2-1 service game when he called a Biro shot long at 30-40 but upon Biro's appeal the chair overruled the call). Di Giulio came back from 30-40 down to hold for 3-4. Biro would hold easily from 40-15 to go up 5-3 and then he'd break from 30-40 to clinch the win.


#11 Oklahoma (19-10) def. #3 UCLA (25-3), 4-3
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Billy Martin (UCLA) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
1. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #2 Mackie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA), 6-3
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA), 7-6 (4)
3. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (OU), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. #6 Mackie McDonald (UCLA) def. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
3. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA), 6-3, 7-5
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma), 7-6 (3), 6-3
5. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA), 6-4, 7-5
6. Andre Biro (Oklahoma) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5, 2, 1, 6

Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On his team's win...
"It was a great match. The doubles came down to the end. In the singles, UCLA fought incredibly hard. They just played tremendous. We've had three of those with UCLA the last three years, so we expected them to play well, and that's what they did. You have to give UCLA a lot of credit for how they competed. It was an incredible effort by both teams. I thought after they won at 1 and 2, and we were down a break at 6, it doesn't look great there, but you just keep fighting and going, and (Andre) Biro did a really nice job of stepping up and not letting the moment get to him at all, and just played rock solid tennis. It was just a great match, and too bad someone had to lose that one.

On whether they were worried about UCLA coming back after losing the doubles point (had lost 5 of 6 doubles points)...
"I didn't know. I probably should have. I didn't know. We talk about the doubles point, I'm sure other teams do too, where if you win or lose it, you just have to put it behind you. Obviously in the back of your mind when you're thinking you have to win three, it's a lot easier road. I didn't know. It's like what I said in the opening statement, UCLA all those guys competed hard. That's why they're able to do that. That's an interesting stat, and a lot of credit to them just to keep competing no matter what it's looking like out there.

On coming back from two down in singles....
"That's kind of the spot of the match where we just lost those two that I alluded to earlier. That was for us, and for everybody, a big moment in the match. For Andre (Biro) to settle down and get the break back early in that set so you're not fighting uphill the whole way, was really good for a freshman to be able to come in and settle down and execute, and get some great passing shots there and earn some points. So that was huge to
get right back in it at that particular moment. No player or coach is going to want to be down it's 3-all and then you're down 2-0 at the third break. Everybody will take being up 2-0. Right there, you have to figure out what you need to do to execute, and then you have to go do it. Andre did a great job in that moment.

On the crowd support...
"It was great. It was a great environment. That was probably by far the most people that have ever watched the Sooners play tennis. I'm sure for the guys it's fun to play in. I can speak from experience playing at Georgia in front of Georgia in the NCAA's, and it's something you never forget.

Spencer Papa, Oklahoma (#3 singles)
On the importance of doubles and his match specifically...
"I think that me and Alex were starting to play some of our best doubles and we have kind of struggled throughout the season, but we have been practicing for the last couple of weeks, just focusing on doubles, and it paid off today.

On what it is like to be here in Tulsa for the tournament...
"We're lucky we are close and have a bunch of fans that can come out. I have played on these courts for the last three or four years, so I am used to them and I think that was a little bit of an advantage for me today.

UCLA Head Coach Billy Martin
Opening Statement...
"We have had some really good matches with Oklahoma in the past three years, and we haven't been successful. The doubles point was really crucial, and I thought that we fought back really good in the No. 2 doubles position. I thought we fought pretty well in singles. Obviously, we had a chance to win that No. 6 singles position after being up a set, and that's one we probably shouldn't have let slip away but unfortunately we did. That young man (OU's Andre Biro) hung in there and played pretty well to win that match, but a great college tennis match. There were two good teams fighting their hearts out today, and unfortunately we were on the bottom side. There is nothing to be ashamed of because that is a really good team. Oklahoma has taken there lumps without Harris in their line-up, but I knew with him in the line-up it's a completely different team and as good of a team as there is in college tennis. I think they have a good as chance as anybody else left to win the tournament.
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