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While some conferences are already half way through their schedules others are just beginning. Both the Big 12 and Pac 12 kickoff conference play on Friday while the ACC, SEC, and Big 10 are nearing or have already passed its half way point.  Below are the 4 biggest matches of the day so make sure you keep an eye on these.

#14 North Carolina (14-6) at #8 Virginia (12-3) - 3pm est - North Carolina's biggest problem this year has been fielding a healthy starting 6 and there's a chance that its best 6 players may be on the court on Friday.  UNC's #1 Brayden Schnur has now missed the last 5 matches but the Tar Heels hope that he'll be able to go on Friday. Virginia has battled some injuries as well but they still haven't missed a beat in conference play with its current ACC winning streak at 129.  UNC is 15-5 in doubles while Virginia is 13-2.  These teams met earlier this year in Chicago, in the consolation draw, at the National Indoors with Virginia cruising to a 4-0 win.  This one might be a little closer but Virginia will still win comfortably. I like UVA in doubles and see singles wins from Frank, Shane, Altamirano, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone.  Prediction: Virginia 6-1

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

Projected Lineups:
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.48) vs. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.89)
2. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) vs. #6 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54)
3. #69 Brett Clark (UNC 13.74) vs. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.80)
4. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.03) vs. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.76)
5. Jack Murray (UNC 13.95) vs. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.89)
6. #99 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) vs. J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.94)

Others who could play: Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43), #112 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.93)

#17 Vanderbilt (15-5) at #5 Georgia (15-2) - 5pm est - The last time these two met came in the quarterfinals of last year's SEC Tournament which happened to be in Nashville.  Vandy pulled off the upset of the #1 seeded Bulldogs winning 4-2 but so far this year Georgia has been rolling in conference play.  Georgia is 12-5 in doubles while Vanderbilt is 14-6.  Both teams have really strong #1s with Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland the new ITA #1 and Vandy's Gonzales Austin and Rhys Johnson ranked #4 though they were #1 just 2 weeks ago.

Georgia will be a pretty heavy favorite at 2, 5, and 6 singles but the other 3 courts should all be close. Gonzales Austin and Daniel Valent have been the Dores stalwarts going 32-3 in dual match play while their opponents Wayne Montgomery and Nathan Pasha are a combined 20-5.  Both teams #4 players have been up and down with Wagland currently up and Yee currently down.  Wagland has won 3 straight after dropping 4 of 5 while Yee has lost 2 straight and 6 of 8.  I like Georgia in doubles and see them picking up wins from Smith, Wood, and Oosterbaan.  Prediction:  Georgia 4-0

Projected Lineups:
1. #7 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.47) vs. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.51) vs. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.17)
3. Daniel Valent (VU 13.88) vs. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.36)
4. Kris Yee (VU 13.59) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.25)
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.86) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83)
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.90) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.63)

Others who could play: Jeff Offerdahl (VU 12.60)

#11 Ohio State (15-6) at #19 Northwestern (12-6) - 6pm est - This matchup lost a little steam when Northwestern got upset Wednesday night by Rice which snapped the Wildcats 6 match winning streak. Ohio State has won 96 straight regular season Big 10 matches dating back to 2005 which happened to be the last time that Northwestern beat Ohio State.  The Buckeyes have won 12 straight in the series but this hasn't been the best year for Ohio State and its streaks because so far this year the Buckeyes 200-match home court winning streak and its 294-match top 10 streak have both been snapped.  I think the doubles point will be a key in this one because right now I see the singles courts split.  I like Torpegaard, Steinbach, and Metka at 1, 5, and 6 and Kirchheimer, Zieba, and Staggs at 2, 3, and 4.

Ohio State is a stout 17-4 in doubles though the Buckeyes have dropped the point 2 of the last 3 times out.  Northwestern is 10-8 in doubles but just 4-7 against ranked opponents.  I'll take Ohio State in doubles and therefore the match.  Prediction: Ohio State 4-3

Projected Lineups:
1. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) vs. #92 Sam Shropshire (NW 13.85)
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) vs. #124 Strong Kirchheimer (NW 13.75)
3. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) vs. Konrad Zieba (NW 13.70)
4. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.49) vs. Logan Staggs (NW 13.26)
5. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Mihir Kumar (NW 12.93)
6. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. Fedor Baev (NW 12.97)

Others who could play: Alp Horoz (NW 12.87)

#10 TCU (14-5) at #1 Oklahoma (17-1) - 6:30pm est - TCU brings a 5-match winning streak into this one while Oklahoma has won 7 straight.  Neither team has been too hot in doubles with Oklahoma 9-9 and TCU 10-7.  Oklahoma's strength has been its top 3 with Alvarez, Harris, and Webb a combined 37-5 in dual match play while TCU's top 3 of Chappell, Norrie, and Nunez is a combined 31-8.  Axel Alvarez has a team best 15-0 record for OU while Guillermo Nunez leads the way for TCU with a 14-0 record.  TCU has the talent to keep this one close but Oklahoma is still stronger top to bottom.  I like OU in doubles and Alvarez, Harris, and Papa in singles.  Prediction: Oklahoma 4-1

Projected Lineups:
1.  #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.82) vs. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59)
2.  #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.30)  vs. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74)
3.  #76 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.72) vs. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.32)
4.  Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.91) vs. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15)
5.  Will Stein (TCU 13.30) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.81)
6.  Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.64) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51)

Others who could play: Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.36), Jose Salazar (OU 13.72)

Other Friday storylines:

Can #23 Louisville follow up its big win over #14 North Carolina by winning in Atlanta against an upstart #73 Georgia Tech team?

Can #13 Ole Miss rebound from its loss to #34 Mississippi State by winning in Baton Rouge or does #24 LSU make it 3 conference wins in a row?

Will #3 Illinois show any mercy on #50 Penn State or will the Illini put the hammer down to make sure Penn State can't challenge anything this year?

#22 Oklahoma State has had some decent wins this year but they've yet to beat anybody in the top 25 - do they get over the hump against #7 Texas or do the Horns take it to them?

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Oklahoma got pushed by TCU in singles but ultimately the Sooners had too much depth and outlasted TCU 4-1.  After OU took the doubles point they picked up 4 1st sets and ended up getting wins from Andrew Harris, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa at 1, 4, and 5.  TCU's lone point came from freshman Guillermo Nunez as he hammered Dane Webb 6-3, 6-2 at #3.  The 2 remaining matches were abandoned with each early in the 3rd set.  

Oklahoma recap

"It was a good match, head coach John Roddick said. "TCU played very well and they played hard.  We got a pretty good lead on them and they forced us into third sets. Our guys competed well. Doubles was a lot better. We are really coming around there. All in all it's a good day.

Head Coach John Roddick
"Spencer did a great job getting off the court in straight sets like that, Roddick said. "I won't say that it was easy but he did a great job of taking care of business and getting us a 2-1 lead. That really put us in a good spot because we had other first sets. That gives them very little wiggle room and that was probably the biggest key to winning today.

"I think we were in good position on two courts and I'll never doubt Axel until he loses the last point, Roddick said. "We have been good at putting teams in position where they have very little margin for error. When you do that you will come out on top more often than not. We don't have a clock so you have to close them out and our guys did that.

TCU recap

"That was a good college match," head coach David Roditi said. "We played well in all our matches. When we play the No. 1 team on the road, we must capitalize on our opportunities. We lost eight games at deuce at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and we will learn from that and it will make us a better team next time out. Maybe it's the fact Oklahoma has forgotten how to lose that helped them in those situations, so they deserve credit for that.

"I thought Guillermo and Nick (Chappell) were competing exceptionally well. We have never beaten Dane Webb in a dual match and Guillermo was able to give us that point to even the match at 1-1. Now we must prepare for a tough Oklahoma State on Sunday."

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

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 TCU 1
March 27, 2015 at Norman, OK
Singles competition
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.30) 7-6(5), 6-4
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59) vs. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.82)  5-7, 6-4, 2-3 DNF
3. #76 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.72) def. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.32) 6-3, 6-2
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.91) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.81) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.30)  6-4, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.64) 6-3, 6-7(5), 3-2 DNF

Order of finish: 3, 5, 1, 4
Doubles competition
1. #6 Webb/Alvarez (OU) def. #19 Chappell/Stein (TCU)  6-1
2. Harris/Ghilea (OU) def. Norrie/Johnson (TCU)  6-3
3. Papa/Bragusi (OU) vs. Blake/Lugones (TCU) 3-4 DNF
Order of finish: 1, 2

Athens, GA:  Georgia stayed unbeaten in SEC play with a 4-1 win over Vanderbilt. Georgia took the doubles point when its #2 team of Eric Diaz and Nathan Pasha snapped a 5-match losing streak with a 6-3 win and then the Bulldogs picked up singles from Austin Smith, Paul Oosterbaan, and Nick Wood with Wood providing the clincher.  Vanderbilt's Daniel Valent picked up his first career win over a top 20 opponent when he rallied from a set down to win 12 of the final 13 games to knock off #18 Nathan Pasha 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.  Valent got off the court just moments before the Wood clinch.  All other matches were abandoned with #1 singles on serve in the 3rd and #4 just splitting sets.  

The big doubles match at #1 also went unfinished.  

Georgia recap

"We faced windy conditions today, but I told the guys coming in that it was an equalizer and we needed to be tough," said Georgia coach Manuel Diaz. "I thought we did a super job out there. We played great doubles, especially at No. 3, and it was wonderful to see our No. 2 team clinch for us. The singles matches were all competitive, and I'm proud of the effort everywhere."

Said Diaz: "Austin gave us a quick point, and Paul gave us the third point to set up Nick, who lost the first set and turned that around in such a quick manner. He won the second set and got ahead 3-0 in no time, and that was tremendous and showed a lot of composure, tenacity and maturity on his part. He went on to clinch and now we'll have a day or two off before we get ready for a big road trip next week."

Vanderbilt recap

#5 Georgia 4, #17 Vanderbilt 1
March 27, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59) vs. #7 Gonzales Austin (VAN 14.47) 4-6, 7-5, 0-1, unf
2. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.17) def. Rhys Johnson (VAN 13.51) 6-4, 6-3
3. Daniel Valent (VAN 13.88) def. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.36) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.25) vs. Kris Yee (VAN 13.59) 3-6, 6-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) def. Suresh Eswaran (VAN 12.86) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.63) def. Baker Newman (VAN 12.90) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #4 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VAN) 3-4, unf
2. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. #71 Pen Binet/Baker Newman (VAN) 6-3
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Suresh Eswaran/Daniel Valent (VAN) 6-1
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 15-6 (5-4); National ranking #17
Georgia 16-2 (8-0); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,3,5)

Official: Clark Weaver T-2:08 A-587

Virginia extended its ACC record winning streak to 130 with a 6-1 win over #14 North Carolina in a match that was played indoors with just 3 courts available due to a women's match being played at the same time.  Virginia took the doubles point and picked up singles wins from Ryan Shane and Mitchell Frank to lead 3-0 before North Carolina made a small push.  UNC's Jack Murray was up 2-1 in the 3rd on 3, Robert Kelly was serving for the first set on 4, and Oystein Steiro was a break up early on 5. Unfortunately for North Carolina, Virginia would respond with Collin Altamirano taking the final 5 games at #3 and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski taking 10 of the final 12 games to win on 4. UNC's lone point would come from Steiro at 5.  

Virginia recap

"In a difficult situation, playing on only three courts, the guys handled it well," said head coach Brian Boland. "I was really impressed with North Carolina. They played some great doubles. Luca Corinteli carried the day for us in the doubles and that was a big point at the start of the match. We played well from top to bottom of the lineup and we continue to improve with each match. We look forward to the next challenge, which is Sunday against a great Duke team."

North Carolina recap

#8 Virginia 6, #14 North Carolina 1                    
Doubles Competition
1. #8 Shane/Corinteli (UVA) def. #27 Steiro/Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-6                     
2. #54 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Murray/Schneider (UNC) 8-2               
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVa) vs. Clark/Kelly (UNC) 6-7 DNF
Singles Competition
1. #6 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54) def. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) 7-5, 6-3 
2. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVa 14.89) def. #69 Brett Clark (UNC 13.74) 6-0, 6-1               
3. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVa 14.80) def. Jack Murray (UNC 13.95) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2      
4. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa 14.76) def. #99 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) 7-5, 6-2   
5. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa 13.55) 6-3, 6-4                 
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa 13.94) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.49) 7-5, 6-1  
Match Notes:
North Carolina 14-7, 3-2; National ranking #14
Virginia 13-3, 6-0; National ranking #8
It was expected to be a dynamite day with 4 matches taking place between top 15 teams but in the end we got 4 lopsided matches with 3 of the 4 wrapped up in under 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Illinois put an end to Ohio State's 97 match regular season Big 10 winning streak with a 4-0 win.  The Illini surprised many by taking the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 doubles.  Illinois' #2 team of Aron Hiltzik and Ross Guignon got a break to start the match and never looked and rolled to an 8-5 win.  Below is match point which includes a swing and miss by Diaz.

The Illinois' #3 team of Farris Gosea and Aleks Vukic fell behind 3-1 before taking the next 5 games to go up 6-3.  A couple of service hold later and Illinois had the doubles point.

Ohio State made a last minute change to the singles lineup as Ty Tucker removed its #3 Herkko Pollanen which moved everyone from 4 down up a slot with Matt Mendez coming in at #6.  I was told it was a coaches decision by Tucker and it may have had something to do with Pollanen's play in doubles.

Illinois jumped out to early break lead at 1, 2, 3, and 5 singles and really never looked back as Jared Hiltzik, Tim Kopinski, and Aleks Vukic completed the shutout with the singles portion taking just under an hour and twenty minutes.  Play was stopped after the clinch, which isn't typically the norm for the Big 10, but considering how lopsided the match was I think Ohio State wanted to call it a day and get back on the road to head home.

Below are the clinching points in each singles match plus this youtube link has some other highlights that I shot most from my phone - most of the singles is Vukic/Steinbach:

Illinois recap with interviews from Brad Dancer and Ross Guignon and a highlight package they put together via Illinois Sports Dept.

Ohio State recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 29th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#3 Illinois 4, #11 Ohio State 0
Mar 29, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #22 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) 6-2, 6-4
2. #64 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.50) vs. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
3. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL 13.98) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) 6-1, 6-3
4. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. #52 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.94) 7-6 (1), 1-2, unfinished
5. #50 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.27) def. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-2, 6-1
6. Matt Mendez (OSU 12.97) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) 6-0, 5-2 unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #75 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) vs. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-7
2. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-5
3. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #74 Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-7, 4-1; National ranking #11
Illinois 17-3, 5-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,1,3)

Who Wins On Sunday in Champaign

  33 (68%)
Ohio State
  15 (31%)

Votes so far: 48 


#8 Virginia extended its ACC winning streak to 131 matches with a 6-1 win over #4 Duke in a match that was closer than the final score indicated.  The doubles portion wasn't close at all with Virginia crushing Duke on all 3 courts but singles was much tighter with Duke getting 3 1st sets and having a break lead at 1 and 2 before Mitchell Frank and Ryan Shane rallied to take the opening set.  Virginia did a much better job closing out its matches with Frank, Shane, and Collin Altamirano each winning in straight sets. Both J.C. Aragone and Henrik Wiersholm would rally from a set down to win in 3. Duke's lone point came from Raphael Hemmeler who came back from 5-3 down in the 1st to win 10 of the next 11 games and take the match at #3 singles 7-5, 6-1 over Thai-Son Kwiatkowski. 

Virginia recap

"I really want to thank the crowd that gave us a great atmosphere to play in today," said head coach Brian Boland. "It was a great day of tennis and we are happy to get a win over a tremendous Duke team. I am glad that we were able to get to play at Snyder in front of what I consider the best fans in college tennis."

The win extended Virginia's win streak against conference opponents (regular season and tournaments) to 131 consecutive matches, the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.

"We played some tremendous doubles," said Boland. "We continue to get better every day in doubles. The guys have really embraced that part of our program. Luca continues to lead our team in doubles and he and Ryan are playing at a really high level at No. 1."

"I was really impressed with a lot of players today," said Boland. "Mitchell is such a great leader and gave us a lot of energy on the court today. I was pleased with how Ryan stayed composed at the end. He was serving to close out the match, had triple-matchpoint and got broken, but came right back and broke to serve it out again. That isn't easy to do. It was also great to see Henrik get the win at the end as he played an impressive tiebreaker."

Duke recap

#8 Virginia 6, #4 Duke 1
Mar 29, 2015 at Charlottesville, VA (Snyder Tennis Center) 
1. #8 Shane/Corinteli (UVa) def. #12 Alvarez/Hemmeler (Duke) 8-3
2. #54 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) vs. Levine/Tahir (Duke) 7-2 DNF
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVa) def. Mengel/Semenzato (Duke) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3,1
1. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVa 14.89) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (Duke 14.41) 7-5, 6-3
2. #6 Ryan Shane (UVa 14.54) def. #41 Jason Tahir (Duke 13.84) 7-6(3), 7-5
3. #101 Raphael Hemmeler (Duke 14.14) def. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa 14.76) 7-5, 6-1
4. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVa 14.75) def. Bruno Semenzato (Duke 13.94) 6-1, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (UVa 13.94) def. Josh Levine (Duke 12.71) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa 13.55) def. TJ Pura (Duke 13.55) 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-2
Order of Finish: 4,3,5,2,1,6
T-3:20 - clinched in 2:52

Who Wins on Sunday in Charlottesville

  47 (90%)
  5 (9%)

Votes so far: 52

Who Ends Virginia's ACC Record 127 Match Conference Winning Streak

  8 (10%)
Virginia Tech
  3 (3%)
North Carolina
  5 (6%)
Wake Forest
  9 (11%)
Not Happening in 2015
  54 (68%)

Votes so far: 79
Poll closed

Oklahoma just keeps on winning as the #1 Sooners rolled over arch rival Texas 4-1.   The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at 2 but OU's Andrew Harris and Alex Ghilea would pull it out 7-3 to give Oklahoma the 1-0 lead.  Oklahoma would take the opening set on 5 of 6 courts and would get straight set wins from Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Spencer Papa at 1, 2, and 5.  Texas got its lone point at #3 singles when Adrien Berkowicz knocked off Dane Webb 6-4, 6-3.

Oklahoma recap

"I think it is special, head coach John Roddick said. "We always seem to get our biggest crowd of the year, and we had another big one today. I think it means a lot to our lettermen and some of the other guys who took a pounding from them for years. I know they enjoy that and our guys enjoy playing in front of that many people.

"That was huge to get doubles, Roddick said. "We have been getting better each match. On three we had three or four break points that could have evened that one up. When it is that short you have to give yourself a chance and I liked what I saw. We played great at one again. Our doubles has come miles from four or five weeks ago.

"In the end there was a lot of energy, sophomore Andrew Harris said. "It pumped us all up. We know once we win the doubles point we are very very hard to beat. That gave us confidence.

"Axel went out and took care of business, Roddick said. "He played the way he needed to play to make the guy feel like he didn't have a chance.

"I was just really excited, Harris said. "I knew leading up to this match it would be a great opportunity. You don't get to play No. 1 in the country very often. I just really focused and took every chance I got. I was really focused and it showed. "

"Andrew beating the no. 1 player in the countrythat's how he can play when he really focuses and doesn't give any free points away, Roddick said. "That was a great effort.

"Spencer closed it out well, Roddick said. "He dealt with a little bit of adversity, but he handled it really well. He was able to close it out. The first three chances we had to close matches out, we did it. That's what we want to do.


Texas recap

#1 Oklahoma 4, #7 Texas 1
03/29/15 at Norman, OK (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.14) 6-1, 6-3
2. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.59) def. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.95) 6-1, 6-2
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.81) def. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.31) 6-4, 6-3
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.83) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.78) 6-4, 7-5
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Clement Homs (UT 13.36) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) def. #41 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-3
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Florin Bragusi/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 15-3, 1-1; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Oklahoma 19-1, 2-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)
Both Virginia and Texas A&M faced tough opposition on Sunday but both answered the bell and came out on top.  Virginia won the doubles point and then took all 6 opening sets and managed to finish the top 3 out in straights as Mitchell Frank, Ryan Shane, and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski all won.   Virginia played singles without one of its top 3 players as Collin Altamirano sat out due to a stomach bug.

Virginia Tech did show some fight down low but Virginia still managed to win 2 of those 3 with all going 3 sets.

Virginia recap

"I was pleased with the overall performance today," said head coach Brian Boland. "Virginia Tech showed why they are a top-15 team, if not better. They are solid from top to bottom. We had all the momentum, winning doubles and six first sets, but they never gave up. We had to overcome a little adversity today and I was happy with how we responded to that."

"Missing Collin and Alex (Ritschard) in singles, I was pleased with how the guys stepped up," said Boland. "Alex is continuing to get better and is getting close to being back. Collin had a stomach bug and was able to play doubles, but not singles today. I thought the team responded well to having to reshuffle the lineup a little bit."

Virginia Tech recap

"I would like to thank our fans that came out today, said head coach Jim Thompson. "UVA is a good team and deserves a lot of credit, but I was really proud of the way our guys fought hard in front of such a supportive HokieNation crowd.

#4 Virginia 6, #13 Virginia Tech 1
April 5, 2015 - Snyder Tennis Center, Charlottesville, Va.
1. #29 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.96) def. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79) 6-4, 6-4
2. #6 Ryan Shane (VA 14.60) def. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.26) 6-3, 6-4
3. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.66) def. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.76) 7-6 (4), 6-0
4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.65) vs. #112 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.94) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.29) 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 13.46) def. Jai Corbett (VT 12.87) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
1. #8 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) vs. #64 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 7-6, unf
2. #54 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 8-5
3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 8-4

Match Notes:
Virginia 16-3 overall, 8-0 ACC
Virginia Tech 15-3 overall, 7-2 ACC
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,2,1,6,5,4)

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Despite the 4-0 score this one was much, much closer.  Texas A&M took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 then all 6 singles matches would go to a 3rd set.  Texas A&M would sweep the bottom 3 spots with Harrison Adams, AJ Catanzariti, and Jordi Arconada winning at 4, 5, and 6.  Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech was also up a break on 3 at the time of the clinch while the other 2 were even. 

Note: Harrison Adams came back from a 5-2 deficit in the 3rd and won the final 5 games to win the match.

Texas A&M recap

"Proud of the team win today and very excited to get our first road win against Florida, Texas A&M men's tennis head coach Steve Denton said. "Gainesville is a tough place to play. With six three setters today, the final score was not indicative of how exciting and close this match really was.

"Our freshmen keep coming up big, but Harry coming back from 5-2 down in the third was the game changer today, Denton said. "Harry won three deuce points in a row. We are all so proud of his fight today. He is gaining momentum with every match and so is the rest of this Aggie team.

"We will enjoy this one today and begin getting ready for LSU starting tomorrow, Denton added. "The mantra of this team is hungry and humble and not getting ahead of ourselves. We will enjoy this one today and begin getting ready for LSU starting tomorrow.

Florida recap

Quotes from the Match - Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton

On Florida's fight against the SEC-leading Texas A&M Aggies
I thought it was good. Texas A&M came in and played a really good match from start to finish. In doubles they came out ready to play and we just started too slow out there and put ourselves in a hole, losing our serve in two first service games on Court 1 and also on Court 3. So that kind of set the tone for the doubles. We were trying to play catch up there on Court 1 and did a good job of fighting and hanging in there and trying to get back, but we just dug too big a hole there. In singles play I was really pleased. I felt like up and down the board we competed well, played well, put ourselves in good positions in sets, and it was a tight match. It's one of those where [if] we get one our two points, we can pick those two points somewhere, I think we win a few more of those matches and we're still out there playing right now. Like I said, hats off to Texas A&M. They're a quality team. Not only are they talented but they compete hard and hopefully we get to see them again in a couple of weeks' time at the SEC Tournament.

On moving forward after today's loss
We certainly can learn from it. We're close against a top-10 team. We're not very far off at all so I think we can look at the positives, look at some of the things we did really well, and everybody on the court did things well. So we can focus in on those things and also look at areas where we can get a little bit better in the next week or two. Big weekend coming up with Tennessee and Kentucky, starting with Kentucky on Friday. It'll be a tough test up there on the road and we look forward to the challenge.

#8 Texas A&M 0, #16 Florida 0
Sunday, April 5, 2015 - Gainesville, FL - Scott Linder Stadium
1. #59 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.26) vs. #71 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.12) 6-3, 5-7, DNF
2. #67 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.23) vs. #115 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.21) 6-4, 5-7, 2-2, DNF
3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.17) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.76) 5-7, 6-4, 3-2, DNF
4. #51 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.60) def. #118 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.49) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 (2:00)
5. #79 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.25) def. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.54) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 (1:55)
6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.39) def. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.10) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 (2:05)
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Pretty decent schedule of matches for a Thursday with Duke making the 10 mile trip to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina plus at least 2 of the matches in the SEC should be competitive.  I have the live scoring links below so follow along when they get underway.

#6 Duke (19-3) at #16 North Carolina (16-8) - 3pm est - Live Scoring - North Carolina leads the overall series by a wide margin (89-38) but Duke has won 4 of the last 5 so for North Carolina's sake it's a good thing that Brayden Schnur came back last week.   The Tar Heels went 4-3 in Schnur's absense but upon his return they were able to beat both Boston College and Notre Dame last weekend.  Duke also beat BC and Notre Dame last weekend so both teams are currently riding 2 match winning streaks.

Duke is 16-6 in doubles however they just recently changed doubles pairings after dropping 3 in a row.  Duke switched up its #1 and #2 teams by pairing Nicolas Alvarez with Jason Tahir and Josh Levine with Raphael Hemmeler.  Previously Alvarez and Hemmeler have been teamed up as had Tahir and Levine.   North Carolina is 18-6 in doubles and they've won the point the last 3 times out.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 9th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.44) vs. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.49)
2. #42 Jason Tahir (DU 13.86) vs. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20)
3. #58 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.37) vs. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77)
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.96) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 14.06)
5. Josh Levine (DU 12.74) vs. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.48)
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.45) vs. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.52)

Others who could play: Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.47), Chris Mengel (DU 13.64)

Dual-match singles records:
1. Alvarez 12-4 (won 3 of last 5) vs. Schnur 3-5 (split last 2)
2. Tahir 9-10 (won 3 of last 4) vs. Schneider 13-7 (won 2 in a row)
3. Hemmeler 17-3 (won 7 in a row) vs. Clark 15-4 (won 3 in a row)
4. Semenzato 11-5 (won 4 of last 5) vs. Murray 14-4 (won 6 of last 7)
5. Levine 10-8 (lost 4 of last 5) vs. Steiro 11-9 (split last 4)
6. Pura 11-3 (won 6 of last 7) vs. Kelly 17-3 (split last 4)

When I look through these singles match-ups I don't see too many clear cut favorites. Alvarez has more matches under his belt but Schnur did take a 6-0 set last weekend over Quentin Monaghan. Tahir doesn't have the best record but every one of his losses was to a ranked player while Schneider did ok as a fill-in at #1 for Schnur though he did take a few beatings.  Both Clark and Hemmeler have been playing very good and Clark owns a 3-0 H2H over Hemmeler throughout their college careers. Both Semenzato and Murray have been playing well though I think Murray has been playing a little better lately.  Both Levine and Steiro have been so-so this year with each having taken some bad losses score-wise (6-1 6-1 etc.).  Both Pura and Kelly have been playing good though I think Kelly is just a hair better.

Tough one to predict but I'll take Duke in doubles and in singles at 1, 3, and 5 and UNC in singles at 2, 4, and 6.  Prediction: Duke 4-3

Other notable Thursday matches:

#7 Texas A&M (17-3) at #24 LSU (16-5) - 4pm est - Live Scoring - LSU has been playing some good tennis this year and has just missed out on a big upset twice in the last two weeks against top 20 opponents Florida and Ole Miss.  Texas A&M has been playing really well lately winning 5 of its last 6 matches by a 4-0 score. Texas A&M has always been an excellent home team but an average road team but this year the Aggies have played very well away from home.  LSU will challenge Texas A&M in a few spots (1, 4, 6) but the Aggies are too strong this year to lose this one. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-1

Projected Lineups:
1. #60 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.25) vs. #121 Chris Simpson (LSU 13.71) 
2. #64 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.27) vs. #76 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.29)
3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.24) vs. Boris Arias (LSU 13.51)
4. #55 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.62) vs. Tam Trinh (LSU 12.95)
5. #78 A.J. Catanzariti (aTm 14.23) vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.28)
6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.36) vs. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.60)

#71 Arkansas (11-13) at #8 Georgia (17-3) - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Blog - I don't see Georgia having any issues in this one despite having to shift one of its doubles teams due to senior Eric Diaz undergoing an emergency appendectomy earlier this week.  I wouldn't be surprised to see at least one Georgia starter sit out today to give Peter Bertran (13.56) or Andy Martinez (12.58) some playing time.  Prediction: Georgia 4-0.

Projected Lineups:
1. #93 Giammarco Micolani (ARK 13.49) vs. #34 Austin Smith (UGA 14.21)
2. William Albanese (ARK 12.41) vs. #27 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.50)
3. Santiago Munoz (ARK 12.86) vs. #25 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.27)
4. Jovan Parlic (ARK 12.84) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.29)
5. Johan Den Toom (ARK 12.73) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83)
6. David Herrerias (ARK 12.63) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.67)

#14 Ole Miss (15-6) at #47 South Carolina (12-13) - 5pm est - Live ScoringThis is a match Ole Miss can't afford to lose because a loss could potentially knock it out of the top 16.  The difference between #16 and #17 come tournament time is the difference between hosting a regional or going on the road.  A year ago South Carolina ran through Ole Miss 4-2 in Columbia with the biggest surprise coming at #1 singles as Andrew Adams beat Nik Scholtz 6-3, 6-2.  However these teams did meet earlier this year in Gainesville during the Kickoff Weekend and Ole Miss scratched out a 4-2 win (box score below).  The only repeat singles match-ups will come at 4 and 5. 

South Carolina has been in a tailspin for the last month dropping 5 straight conference matches and 10 of its last 14 matches overall.  During that 14 match stretch while South Carolina has been getting hammered on the road they have been competitive at home going 4-2   Ole Miss has been shaky on the road going just 1-3 in conference play and the 1 win was a huge come from behind win over LSU that saw Nik Scholtz fight off multiple match points.  

South Carolina is 15-10 in doubles but just 2-8 in the SEC while Ole Miss is 12-9 in doubles and 7-3 in the SEC. 

If you just looked at the team's rankings and records you'd think this one would be blowout city but I think this will be a very tightly contested match.  Ole Miss also goes to #8 Georgia on Saturday so it's possible they could be looking ahead to that one too. Ole Miss's strength all year has been its top 3 and I think they'll likely need to sweep those spots plus either win doubles or win at #6 singles to take this one.  I think that may be too tall an order so I'm going to go with the upset here and take South Carolina in doubles and in singles at 3, 4, and 5. Prediction: South Carolina 4-3

Projected Lineups:
1. #16 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.08) vs. Andrew Adams (SC 13.40)
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18) vs. Kyle Koch (SC 13.77)
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.75) vs. Thiago Pinheiro (SC 13.44)
4. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) vs. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.55)
5. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.85) vs. Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.37)
6. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.96) vs. Sam Swank (SC 12.31)

Others who could play: Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.13), Thomas Mayronne (SC 12.70)

#32 Ole Miss 4, #29 South Carolina 2
Jan. 25, 2015 at Gainesville, Fla. (Alfred Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #71 Thiago Phineiro (SC) 4-6, 7-6, 3-1, retired
2. #80 Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Andrew Adams (SC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Kyle Koch (SC) 6-3, 6-1
4. Andrew Schafer (SC) vs. William Kallberg (OM) 7-5, 6-7, 4-3, unfinished
5. Harrison O'Keefe (SC) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4, 7-5
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Thomas Mayronne (SC) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Thiago Phineiro/Kyle Koch (SC) def. Gustav Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 6-3
2. #46 Harrison O'Keefe/Thomas Mayronne (SC) def. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4
3. Andrew Schafer/Andrew Adams (SC) vs. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes
#32 Ole Miss 3-0; National ranking #32
#29 South Carolina 3-1; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,5,6,2,1)

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5Texas A&M 62.347

TCU came up .87 points after adding in its win over #44 SMU.

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North Carolina won the big match of the day as they knocked off cross town rival #6 Duke 4-2.   The Tar Heels started off by taking the doubles point as its #3 team of Esben Hess-Olesen and Andrew Gores provided the clincher winning 8-5.  The senior duo had never played an official doubles match before today but were thrown together after fellow senior Oystein Steiro had to sit out with an injury.
Duke quickly tied the match at 1 with Chris Mengel picking up a win when Esben Hess-Olesen was retired with an injury when trailing 5-2 in the 1st.   Just a few minutes later UNC would retake the lead when Robert Kelly laid out TJ Pura 6-0, 6-1 at #6 singles.  I thought Kelly would win going in but I didn't think it'd be like that.  

Brayden Schnur would extend the UNC lead to 3-1 as the Tar Heel sophomore picked up his most impressive win of the year when he knocked off #11 Nicolas Alvarez 6-3, 6-4 at #1 singles.  Raphael Hemmeler would get Duke to within 3-2 after he scored a 7-5, 6-3 win at #3 singles over Brett Clark. 

Duke needed both of the final matches but UNC wouldn't even give them 1 as Ronnie Schneider came back from a set down to beat Jason Tahir at #2 and just moments later Jack Murray would finish off Bruno Semenzato at #4.  
Below is a video clip from UNC:

UNC recap

"Andrew Gores coming here on Senior Day and winning that doubles match was really key for us, and Esben [was key] too, said UNC head coach Sam Paul. "Then obviously we played really well up and down the line, at all the spots.

"It's great to have Brayden back. He had a big win today. I'm just really proud of my team's performance against an extremely good Duke program.

Duke recap

#16 North Carolina 5, #6 Duke 2
4/9/2015 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.49) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.44) 6-3, 6-4
2. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) def. #42 Jason Tahir (DU 13.86) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. #58 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.37) def. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) 7-5, 6-3
4. Jack Murray (UNC 14.06) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.96) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Chris Mengel (DU 13.64) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.47) 5-2, retired
6. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.52) def. TJ Pura (DU 13.45) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #59 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) vs. Nicolas Alvarez/Jason Tahir (DU) 6-7, unf
2. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. #88 Raphael Hemmeler/Josh Levine (DU) 8-4
3. Andrew Gores/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. TJ Pura/Bruno Semenzato (DU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Duke 19-4 (6-3 ACC); National ranking #6
North Carolina 17-8 (6-3 ACC); National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,6,1,3,2,4)
Moved indoors at 6:20 due to threat of a storm
T-3:56 A-443

#14 Ole Miss got all they wanted from #47 South Carolina but the Rebels dug deep after dropping the doubles point and fought back to win all but 1 singles match.  South Carolina led 2-0 after winning the doubles point and picking up a win at at #4 singles from Andrew Schafer.  South Carolina's Andrew Adams served for the first set at #1 and they also picked up a first set at #3 but Ole Miss stayed resilient and kept plugging away.  Nik Scholtz came back to take the 1st set on 1 and would eventually win in 3, Stefan Lindmark won in straights on 2, Gustav Hansson came back on 3 and had match points up 5-1 in the 3rd, Vinod Gowda won in straights on 5, and Ricardo Jorge won in straight on 6.

The 2 keys moments in the match in my opinion were Nik Scholtz coming back from 5-3 down (I believe) to win the opening set on 1 and Vinod Gowda taking the opening set in a tiebreak on 5.  If South Carolina would have taken those 2 opening sets that would have been 4 of 6 and might have put them over the top.  We'll never know because Ole Miss wouldn't let it happen.  

I also find the comments from South Carolina's coach a little odd.  He says the match earlier in the day against South Carolina State took a little too much out of them.  Per this release from Wednesday, the match with South Carolina State was schedule for Sunday after the Arkansas match. So why would you move up the match and play it before your match against a top 15 team when you could have played it after a match against a much lower ranked Arkansas team.  I'll be honest I didn't even know they played this match against South Carolina State earlier today and I kind of pay attention to college tennis.  South Carolina made no mention of this match on twitter or even there own website until after the Ole Miss match was played.  Strange stuff....I'm sure there was some good reason for moving it up.   

Ole Miss recap

"What a great job by the guys to bounce back after the doubles," head coach Toby Hansson said. "They were very determined and made it a physical match. Stefan, Ricardo and Vinod really gave us a lift winning in straight sets. In the end, we were able to play really well in the third sets and come out on top."

"It's always great being the one to clinch, but everyone deserves a lot of credit," said Scholtz after clinching for the fourth time in SEC play and second on the road. "We need to put this behind us now and prepare for Georgia. It's a massive opportunity and I have never been more excited for a match in a while." 

South Carolina recap

"We had an earlier scheduled match during the day against South Carolina State, which got us ready mentally for this match," said head coach Josh Goffi. "Unfortunately, it took a little bit of gas out of us and it showed at the end here (tonight). We were trying to get in, get a big lead early and we did that with doubles. Then (we wanted to) kind of get in and get out with singles early if we could, knowing that our guys might be a little bit fatigued from the previous match. Its one of those things that we had to scheduled in order to satisfy the .500 rule, its where we are in the season. Ole Miss played a great match. They took us the distance and I think they knew that was their goal today so credit to them. We'll pick it up, reevaluate and move forward on Saturday.

#14 Ole Miss 4, South Carolina 2
April 9, 2015 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #16 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.08) def. Andrew Adams (SC 13.40) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18) def. Kyle Koch (SC 13.77) 6-4, 6-4
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.75) vs. Thiago Phineiro (SC 13.44) 4-6, 6-1, 5-1, unf
4. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.55) def. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) 6-1, 6-3
5. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.96) def. Sam Swank (SC 12.31) 7-6 (9-7), 6-1
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.13) def. Thomas Mayronne (SC 12.70) 6-2, 6-3 
Doubles competition
1. #39 Thiago Phineiro/Kyle Koch (SC) def. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-3
2. Sam Swank/Thomas Mayronne (SC) vs. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 3-4, unf
3. Andrew Adams/Andrew Schafer (SC) def. William Kallberg/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-1
Match Notes
Ole Miss 16-6, 8-3; National ranking #14
South Carolina 12-14, 2-9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,2,6,5,1)

Texas A&M clinched at least a share of the SEC regular season championship with a 4-0 shutout over #24 LSU.  Texas A&M took the doubles point and after winning all 6 opening sets the Aggies got straight set wins from Arthur Rinderknech, AJ Catanzariti, and Jordi Arconada at 3, 5, and 6.

This match also marked the end of an era at "The Dub" which has been home to LSU tennis since 1976. The Tigers are in the process of building a brand new tennis facility which will have 12 outdoor courts and 6 indoor courts.  The new facility should be ready for the opening of next season.

Texas A&M recap

"It feels great for our team to have this type of success, Texas A&M men's tennis head coach Steve Denton said. "Our team really pulled together and is playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. The best thing about this team is that they are really hungry for more. I cannot give enough credit to our senior leadership as well as Assistant Coaches Bob McKinley and Kevin O'Shea along with all of our support staff that make our team success possible.

"We just continue to get off to good starts in matches and today was no exception, Denton said. "We had great doubles today and obviously winning first sets kept the pressure on LSU.

"Jordi is really making significant strides for us, Denton added. "He played great today and Arthur beating Arias today in convincing fashion was huge. Arias has been one of their hottest players coming into the match and we were all really impressed with Arthur's play today.

LSU recap

"A little bit of today was self inflicted," said head coach Jeff Brown. "We can't control the fact that A&M is obviously a very good team and they don't need much. They are good in a lot of spots without many holes and that's what we are trying to put together. We just couldn't get it done today."

"I have been here for four and a half years now and I really love this place, my coaches, my teammates and the whole LSU lifestyle," Simpson said. "There is definitely emotion because it is such a big part of my life and I have really matured since I have been here. I am going to miss a lot of people."

"This team has got some resolve," Brown said. "We have some goals that are still in front of us NCAA-wise and SEC tournament-wise. Our next opportunity is Sunday."

"There are a lot of favorite memories as a player including winning an SEC championship in 1985," Brown said. "There are so many memories before I was even here. As a coach we have had some great wins and to single it out wouldn't be fair. We will look to carry that tradition over to the new facility."

"I think definitely sophomore year we were playing [then-No. 6] Tennessee and we were tied 3-3 in the match," Simpson said. "I was playing [Mikelis Libietis] who was No. 3 in the country at the time. I was a set and 5-2 down before clinching the match."

#7 Texas A&M 4, #24 LSU 0
Apr 09, 2015 at Baton Rouge, La. (W.T. 'Dub' Robinson Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #60 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.25) vs. #121 Chris Simpson (LSU 13.71) 7-6, 1-1, unf
2. #64 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.27) vs. #76 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.29) 6-4, 5-5, unf
3. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.24) def. Boris Arias (LSU 13.51) 6-0, 6-4
4. #55 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.62) vs. Tam Trinh (LSU 12.95) 7-6, 3-3, unf
5. #78 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.23) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.28) 7-5, 6-2
6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.36) def. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.60) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #13 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #23 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-4
2. #41 Jordan Szabo/Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. Tam Trinh/Eric Perez (LSU) 6-2
3. Chris Simpson/Justin Butsch (LSU) vs. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 5-6, unf
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,3,5)

Georgia cruised past Arkansas 4-0 by taking the doubles point and picking up straight set wins from Austin Smith, Wayne Montgomery, and Paul Oosterbaan at 1, 2, and 5.

Next up for Georgia is a Saturday showdown against #14 Ole Miss with a share of the SEC regular season championship on the line for Georgia.  Texas A&M already clinched a share themselves with their 4-0 win over LSU.

Georgia recap

"Our guys are competing for an SEC title, so this is a very meaningful weekend for us as a team and for them as individuals as well," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We've had great performances by our No. 1 doubles team lately, and they take a lot of pride in finishing strong. Our guys know how good they are and that they can beat anyone in the country if they continue to take care of fundaments and compete as a team and compliment each other and have each other's backs. They are doing that extremely well."

Arkansas recap

#8 Georgia 4, #71 Arkansas 0
April 9, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #34 Austin Smith (UGA 14.21) def. #93 Giammarco Micolani (ARK 13.49) 6-1, 6-4
2. #27 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.50) def. William Albanese (ARK 12.41) 6-1, 6-2
3. #25 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.27) vs. Santiago Munoz (ARK 12.86) 7-5, 6-6 (1-4), unf
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.29) vs. Jovan Parlic (ARK 12.84) 6-4, 5-5, unf
5. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.67) def. Johan den Toom (ARK 12.73) 6-3, 6-4
6. Peter Bertran (UGA 13.56) vs. Juan Marino (ARK 12.50) 6-3, 1-6, 3-0, unf
Doubles competition
1. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Santiago Munoz/Branch Terrell (ARK) 6-1
2. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Jovan Parlic/Giammarco Micolani (ARK) 6-4
3. Nathan Pasha/Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Johan den Toom/William Albanese (ARK) 6-6 (2-1), unf 
Match Notes
Arkansas 11-14 (1-10); National ranking #71
Georgia 18-3 (10-1); National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,5)
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:21 A-357


Here is your current top 10 (through Thursday):

4Texas A&M 65.007

Texas A&M moved up to #4 after beating #24 LSU while Duke dropped from #6 to #8 after losing at #16 North Carolina.  Plenty of big matches left this weekend that will keep shuffling the deck.

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It's been a great weekend of tennis so let's see if North Carolina and Wake Forest can finish it off in style.

#16 North Carolina (17-8) at #13 Wake Forest (15-6) - 2pm est - UNC is coming off a big 5-2 win over Duke while Wake Forest streamrolled Miami 7-0.  UNC continues to be hampered by injuries with both Esben Hess-Olesen (13.48) and Oystein Steiro (13.47) likely to miss their final regular season match in the powder blue.  If neither Hess-Olesen or Steiro can play doubles I'm not sure who UNC will put out though Brayden Schnur should be more than capable even though he hasn't played doubles since returning from his injury.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.55) vs. #26 Noah Rubin (WF 14.88)
2. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) vs. #13 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.34)
3. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) vs. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.71)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 14.12) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.19)
5. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.56) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.68)
6. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.46) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.33)
Others who could play: Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.85)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 11th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. Schnur 4-5 (2-1 ACC) vs. Rubin 12-3 (6-1 ACC)
2. Schneider 14-7 (6-3 ACC) vs. Bogaerts 14-4 (7-1 ACC)
3. Clark 15-5 (6-3 ACC) vs. Ho 14-6 (5-3 ACC)
4. Murray 15-4 (7-2 ACC) vs. Mansouri 9-9 (4-4 ACC)
5. Kelly 18-3 (7-2 ACC) vs. Seraphim 13-6 (6-2 ACC)
6. DePaolo 5-6 (1-4 ACC) vs. Kan 8-4 (3-2 ACC)

Others: Steiro 11-9 (3-5 ACC), Hess-Olesen 3-4 (0-2 ACC), Tabrizi 6-6 (1-3 ACC)

Doubles Records:
UNC - 15-6 overall, 7-3 ACC - won 4 in a row and 9 of 11
Wake - 16-5 overall, 6-2 ACC - won 8 of 9

I think the doubles point is huge for North Carolina because without Hess-Olesen or Steiro in the singles lineup they are going to have a really hard time winning at #6 with DePaolo which would put them in a 2-0 hole if they lose doubles.  North Carolina's bread and butter this year has been Clark, Murray, and Kelly and I think they'll need all 3 to win today. The only singles pairing that has met prior is Clark/Ho with Clark winning 6-0, 6-4 last year.

I'll go with Schnur, Clark, Murray, and Kelly for UNC with Wake getting points for doubles, Bogaerts, and Kan.  Prediction: UNC 4-3

Sunday Schedule with other storylines:

Can #20 Mississippi State lock up the #3 seed in the SEC Tournament with a win over #24 LSU or do the Tigers pull the mild upset?

Today is the final home match for Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese - can these Vol legends push #43 Tennessee to an upset win over #17 Florida?

#6 Duke got blitzed on Thursday by #16 North Carolina, will the Blue Devils rebound today against #33 Florida State or will the Noles pull off the big upset?

#35 Harvard and #30 Princeton will be meeting for the 3rd time this year with each having won once - who takes the 3rd meeting?  Both Harvard's and Princeton's twitter accounts will be buzzing with updates so log in to find out how it all plays out.

#2 Baylor lost that heartbreaker to #1 Oklahoma on Friday but they'll have to prepared today because #25 Oklahoma State is more than capable of giving BU all it wants. Does BU have a letdown or is it business as usual?

#1 Oklahoma finishes off its road trip by going to Lubbock to face #23 Texas Tech who is coming off a 4-3 win over #25 Oklahoma State.  Can Oklahoma avoid the letdown from the Baylor match or will the Red Raiders come out with "Guns Up" and pull the ultimate shocker?

#46 Memphis at Central Florida - 10am est - UCF Twitter
#24 LSU at #20 Mississippi State - 11am est - Live Scoring

St. John's at VCU - 11am est - Live Scoring
Middle Tennessee State at #19 South Florida - 11:30am est - Live Scoring

#17 Florida at #43 Tennessee - 12pm est - Live Scoring & UT Blog
Miami at #34 NC State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#33 Florida State at #6 Duke - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Purdue at #11 Ohio State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
#32 Minnesota at Michigan State - 12pm est - Live Scoring or M-State Twitter 
#41 Indiana at #50 Penn State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Wisconsin at Michigan - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#72 Iowa at #26 Northwestern - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Nebraska at #3 Illinois - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#28 Louisville at #4 Virginia - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
#52 Auburn at Kentucky - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#59 Alabama at #21 Vanderbilt - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#61 Brown at #22 Columbia - 1pm est - Columbia Twitter
#54 Dartmouth at Penn - 1pm est - Dartmouth Twitter & Penn Twitter
#35 Harvard at #30 Princeton - 1pm est - Princeton Twitter & Harvard Twitter
#55 Rice at #44 SMU - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#16 North Carolina at #13 Wake Forest - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Georgia Tech at #12 Virginia Tech - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Oregon at Utah - 2pm est - Live Scoring
#66 Utah State at Nevada - 3pm est - Live Scoring
#25 Oklahoma State at #2 Baylor - 3pm est - Live Scoring & Video (if outdoors) & Blog
#1 Oklahoma at #23 Texas Tech - 3pm est - Live Scoring
#62 Washington at Arizona - 3pm est - Live Scoring
San Diego State at New Mexico - 4pm est - Live Scoring
#37 San Diego State at #45 New Mexico - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Wright State at #11 Ohio State - 4:30pm est - Live Scoring
#70 Clemson at Boston College - 5pm est - Clemson Twitter
Monmouth at #50 Penn State - 5pm est - Live Scoring
Charlotte at #34 NC State - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Video
The Citadel at #13 Wake Forest - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Video

Updated Top 25 going into today's matches (includes results through yesterday)

6Texas A&M 63.66
11Ohio State47.91
12Ole Miss43.59
13North Carolina*43.02
14Virginia Tech41.59
15Wake Forest41.40
16San Diego39.10
19South Florida 36.40
21Texas Tech34.60
22Mississippi State33.88
24Columbia* 32.17
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Just when we thought the weekend couldn't get any crazier #23 Texas Tech pulled off a 4-3 stunning upset over seemingly unstoppable #1 Oklahoma.

Texas Tech was just 7-9 in doubles coming in but they managed to take the point over Oklahoma by winning 6-3 at #3 doubles and 7-6(6) at #1.  Oklahoma was 12-10 in doubles coming in but time and time again they overcame the early deficit to come back and win - not today.  (TT's live scoring & recap showed Nick Papac with Spencer Papa at #3 dubs but it was Florin Bragusi who partnered with Papa).

Oklahoma would take the opening set at 1, 2, 4, and 6 singles while Texas Tech took the opening set at 3 and 5.  Texas Tech's Alex Sendegeya would run his dual match record to 17-6 with a 6-2, 6-3 upset over #30 Dane Webb which extended the Tech lead to 2-0.

Oklahoma would then make a run by winning the next 3 completed matches as Axel Alvarez, Andrew Harris, and Florin Bragusi each won in straight sets at 1, 2, and 6 singles.  Oklahoma would now lead 3-2 but they were trailing in each of the other 2 matches.

Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau would then tie it at 3-3 as he won the only match that went 3 sets when he defeated Alex Ghilea 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at #4 singles.

It all came down to #5 singles where Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon had a set lead on OU's Spencer Papa.  Zambon served to stay in the 2nd set at 4-5 and 5-6 and held both times to push the set to a tiebreak.  Zambon would get the mini break to go up 6-5 then the senior from Campinas, Brazil would close it out and Texas Tech had its 1st ever win over a #1 program.  The video clip below is courtesy of Texas Tech and it shows Zambon putting away match point at the net.

Texas Tech recap

"What makes this so special is that it was Fran, our senior captain who closed out the match," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "Doubles, Alex, Jolan, Fran ... what can I say. I am really in shock that we beat the No. 1 team in the nation. The fact that it came down to Francisco Zambon was absolutely perfect."

"This was amazing," said Red Raider senior Francisco Zambon. "We have been preparing for this the entire year. We played like we have been playing. We didn't do anything different.

"I have had some very good memories and some very bad memories over the last four years, but today is something special for myself, the entire team, coach (Siegel) and (assistant coach) James (Wilson). It something I will always remember."

"I do not know if there is any other place in college tennis where the crowd is like that. I am just so excited to play Baylor next week," added Zambon.

Oklahoma recap

#23 Texas Tech 4, #1 Oklahoma 3
Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
1. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.77) def. #35 Felipe Soares (TT 13.60) 7-6 (4), 6-3
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.85) def. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.50) 6-3, 6-1
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.57) def. #30 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-2, 6-3
4. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.43) def. #70 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.20) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.90) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.60) def. Connor Curry (TT 12.93) 6-4, 6-3
1. #33 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) def. #8 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) 7-6 (6)
2. #52 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 7-6 (1)
3. Francisco Zambon/Connor Curry (TT) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Stats
Records: #1 Oklahoma (21-2, 3-1 Big 12); #23 Texas Tech (18-6, 2-2 Big 12).
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,2,6,1,4,5)
Note: This is Texas Tech's first-ever win over a team ranked No. 1.
T-2:35 A-719

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 11th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Wake Forest opened it up by taking the doubles point with an 8-6 win at #3 and an 8-7(5) win at 2. The Demon Deacons followed that up that by taking the opening set on all 6 courts and it looked like the rout was on after the Deacs picked up straight set wins from Maksim Kan and Romain Bogaerts at 2 and 6.

North Carolina however would fight back by taking the 2nd set on each of the 4 remaining courts. The amazing thing about taking all those 2nd sets was the fact that UNC was down a break in 3 of them.  UNC's Robert Kelly put the Tar Heels on the board by defeating Christian Seraphim at #5 singles and while both Brett Clark and Jack Murray had pushed their matches into a 3rd set it wasn't looking as promising at #1.  UNC's Brayden Schnur was able to force a 3rd set against Noah Rubin but Rubin would quickly race out to a 4-0 lead and would end up cruising to the finish line for the 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win.

After the match had been decided both Clark and Murray completed their comebacks by each winning in 3.  Clark actually came back from 5-2 down to win his final set 7-5.

Wake Forest recap 
North Carolina recap

#13 Wake Forest 4, #16 North Carolina 3
April 12, 2015 - Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition                                                                                    
1. #26 Noah Rubin (WF 14.88) def. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.55) 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2
2. #13 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.34) def. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) 6-2, 6-3
3. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.19) 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5
4. Jack Murray (UNC 14.12) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.71) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.56) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.68) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.33) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.46) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #59 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. #9 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 8-6
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 8-7 (7-5)
3. Romain Bogaerts/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Andrew Gores/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-6
Match Notes
North Carolina 17-9 (6-4 ACC); National ranking #16
Wake Forest 17-6 (7-3 ACC); National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5,1,4,3)
Match played outdoors.
Match delayed one hour due to WF women's tennis match beforehand.
T-4:04 A-458

Who Wins on Sunday in Winston-Salem

#13 Wake Forest
  25 (51%)
#16 North Carolina
  24 (48%)

Votes so far: 49
Poll closed 

Baylor got off to a slow start in doubles but still managed to pick up the point by taking both 1 and 3 in tiebreakers.  The singles portion took a while, due to a few rain delays, but Baylor pulled through with wins from Max Tchoutakian, Diego Galeano, and Felipe Rios at 3, 4, and 6.  Oklahoma State was very competitive on some of the other courts as well.  Big time match for Baylor coming up on Wednesday in Austin against Texas.

Baylor recap

"Well we started slow. We didn't come out the way that we would like to come out in the doubles. We are obviously a little lucky to win two tie-breakers in matches that we easily could have lost. It's a credit to the guys - when the chips were down they found a way to win and that's a great sign of a great competitor." - head coach Matt Knoll on the doubles

"We were able to scratch out some tough games today. It was a good finish for us. We kind of got our minds right and started to roll." - Knoll on the win

"We've got to figure out how to be at our best when our best is needed. It's needed when you are playing big matches. It's a process for us. I'm happy to get through it. We're going to have to be a heck of a lot better when we go down to Austin on Wednesday." - Knoll on what his team needs to do to improve


"Well you need guys doing that. Anytime you get a quick point, it makes a heck of a difference. You kind of back your opponent into a corner. Once we kind of got rolling, we started backing them into a corner. There was a point there when they won the second set on two and a lot of the first sets were close and this thing could have gone either way. Then we won all those other close sets and we just started to roll." - Knoll on Rios' quick singles win

OK State recap

#2 Baylor 4, #25 Oklahoma State 0
Apr 12, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.78) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.71) 7-5, 2-5 unf
2. #31 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.16) vs. #98 Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.76) 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 unf
3. #61 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) def. #118 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.51) 7-5, 6-1
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.65) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.78) 6-3, 6-4
5. #117 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.87) vs. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.50) 7-5, 4-3 unf
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.84) def. Jurence Mendoza (OKST 13.01) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #54 Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. #26 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. #51 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-2
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 7-6 (7-2)
Match Notes
Oklahoma State 16-7 (0-4); National ranking #25
Baylor 18-4 (2-1); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,4)
Match had two rain delays.
Rain delay 1 was 3 minutes (3:39-3:42)
Rain delay 2 was 40 minutes (4:15-4:55)
Match was moved to Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center during second delay.

#4 Virginia ran its ACC winning streak to 134 consecutive matches with a routine 6-1 win over #29 Louisville.  Virginia won 5 of 6 singles matches in straight sets as Mitchell Frank, Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, J.C. Aragone, and Henrik Wiersholm were all victorious.   Louisville picked up its lone point from Seb Stiefelmeyer at #1 singles as he defeated Virginia's Collin Altamirano in a 10 point tiebreak that was played in lieu of a 3rd set.

Virginia recap

"I thought the team played well today," said head coach Brian Boland. "There were great conditions to play and I was happy we could have a result like this to close out our regular season home schedule. We once again had a great crowd out here and hopefully we will get to play two more matches in this atmosphere in the NCAAs."

"Outside of the success our players have had long after they have left here, there is nothing I am more proud of than the consistency we have had as a program," said Boland. "We have tremendous respect for the ACC and to win 12 straight regular season titles is an incredible accomplishment."

Louisville recap

#4 Virginia 6, #28 Louisville 1
Apr 12, 2015 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.61) def. #72 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.81) 3-6, 6-3, 10-5
2. #22 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.90) def. #104 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.79) 6-2, 6-4
3. #3 Ryan Shane (VA 14.71) def. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.65) 6-3, 6-4
4. #14 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.61) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.33) 6-3, 6-3
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) def. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.35) 6-0, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 13.49) def. Luis Elizondo (LOU 12.28) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) vs. #56 Jeffrey Brown/Alex Gornet (LOU) 6-7, unf
2. #55 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Van Damrongsri/Albert Wagner (LOU) 8-3
3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Chris Simich/Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU) 8-4
Match Notes
Louisville 23-6, 7-4; National ranking #28
Virginia 18-3, 10-0; National ranking #4
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Most of the conference tournaments have reached the quarterfinals so its time for the rubber to hit the road as the higher seeds start to face a little heat.  Below I'll take a look at the matches in the ACC, Big 12, Pac 12, and Big 10.  I'm not seeing any upsets in these 4 conferences although the match between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech could be very, very close.

The Mountain West Network has wall-to-wall coverage of every match on both the men's and women's side and I must say that I've been very impressed with the production they've put out so far. If you haven't checked it out yet make sure you do sometime today, tomorrow, or Sunday.  The announcers are knowledgeable and easy to listen to, they have decent graphics, they keep shuffling between courts, and the picture quality is very good.  I've not seen anything else better this year and that includes what I've seen on the Pac 12 Network, Fox Sports, and ESPN3.  Several of the conferences have done a nice job at least getting the Championship match on TV this year however no other conference have broadcast every match like the MW is doing.  2 thumbs up MW - nice work!!

Now to the conference previews:

#9 [5] Duke (22-5) vs. #16 [4] North Carolina (20-9) - 12pm est - These teams met just 2 weeks ago with North Carolina pulling off the mild upset 5-2.  Both teams look like they'll have the same singles lineup though Josh Levine will likely play at #6 for Duke instead of TJ Pura who lost 6-0, 6-1 in the last meeting.  Duke definitely didn't enter the ACC Tourney with much momentum after getting stunned by Georgia Tech 4-3 last Sunday.  Duke's #1 Nicolas Alvarez didn't play on Thursday against Miami and it's possible he won't play in this one due to an injury.

Regular Season Result:

#16 North Carolina 5, #6 Duke 2
4/9/2015 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.49) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.44) 6-3, 6-4
2. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) def. #42 Jason Tahir (DU 13.86) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. #58 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.37) def. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) 7-5, 6-3
4. Jack Murray (UNC 14.06) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.96) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Chris Mengel (DU 13.64) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.47) 5-2, retired
6. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.52) def. TJ Pura (DU 13.45) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #59 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) vs. Nicolas Alvarez/Jason Tahir (DU) 6-7, unf
2. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. #88 Hemmeler/ Levine (DU) 8-4
3. Andrew Gores/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. TJ Pura/Bruno Semenzato (DU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Duke 19-4 (6-3 ACC); National ranking #6
North Carolina 17-8 (6-3 ACC); National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,6,1,3,2,4)
Moved indoors at 6:20 due to threat of a storm
T-3:56 A-443

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #14 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) vs. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC)
2. #46 Jason Tahir (DU) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC)
3. 70 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) vs. #68 Brett Clark (UNC)
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU) vs. #117 Jack Murray (UNC)
5. Chris Mengel (DU) vs. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC)
6. Josh Levine (DU) vs. Robert Kelly (UNC)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #17 Alvarez/Hemmeler (DU) vs. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)
2. Tahir/Levine (DU) vs. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC)
3. Semenzato/Pura (DU) vs. Murray/Schneider (UNC)

Whether Nicolas Alvarez plays could likely determine whether this is a close match or a potential UNC runaway.  Duke just doesn't seem to be firing on all cylinders right now with injuries playing a big role.  I look for UNC to send Duke packing as the Tar Heels will take the doubles point and then pick up singles wins from Brayden Schnur, Jack Murray and Robert Kelly.  Prediction: North Carolina 4-1

Other ACC matches:

#5 [1] Virginia vs. #33 [8] Florida State - Cavs handled FSU 6-1 last weekend in Tallahassee - anything other than 4-0 would be surprising.  Prediction: Virginia 4-0

#11 [3] Wake Forest vs. #75 [11] Clemson - Wake won the regular season meeting 6-1 with Clemson only taking 3 sets in singles.  Clemson played an inspired match against Louisville on Thursday and may keep this one close in a few spots but Wake is too deep to stumble.  Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0

#14 [2] Virginia Tech vs. #55 [10] Georgia Tech - I think this will probably be the closest match of the day in Cary.  Georgia Tech is playing its best tennis of the year right now but Virginia Tech is playing well too.  VT won the regular season meeting 6-1 with only half the courts fairly close.  For Georgia Tech to pull the upset they'd need the doubles point and most likely 1, 4, and 5 singles. I think the Yellow Jackets will be close but they'll just fall short.  Prediction: Virginia Tech 4-3

Big 12:

#10 [4] Texas (18-5) vs. #17 [5] Texas Tech (18-7) - 9:30am est - Texas won the regular season meeting 4-1 though at the time of the clinch Texas Tech led on one court and was tied on another.  Texas Tech finished the regular season winning 2 of 3 which included a win over #1 Oklahoma. Texas Tech likely needs a win to lock up a top 16 ranking which should be enough to let them host a NCAA regional. Texas will look to rebound after losing its final 2 matches of the regular season to Baylor and TCU. 

Regular Season Result:

#9 Texas 4, #21 Texas Tech 1
04/04/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.92) def. #40 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.65) 6-1, 6-3
2. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.90) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.45) 5-7, 6-2, 3-3, unf
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.89) def. Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.58) 6-3, 6-2
4. #113 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.38) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.68)  7-6 (2), 4-5, unf
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.76) def. Francisco Zambon (TTU 12.88) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.31) def. Connor Curry (TTU 12.94) 7-6 (7-2), 0-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #41 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #25 Dojas/Soares (TTU) 6-2
2. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TTU) def. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) def. Naumann/Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Texas Tech 16-6, 0-2; National ranking #21; Regional ranking #5
Texas 16-3, 2-1; National ranking #9; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,5,6)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.85) vs. #32 Felipe Soares (TT 13.64)
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.96) vs. Hugo Dojas (TX 13.53)
3. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.99) vs. #120 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.72)
4. George Goldhoff (TX 13.62) vs. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.39)
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.69)  vs. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.95)
6. Clement Homs (TX 13.33) vs. Connor Curry (TT 12.96)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #14 Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (TX) vs. #23 Dojas/Soares (TT)
2. Jacoby Lewis/Goldhoff (TX) vs. Sendegeya/Cailleau (TT)
3. Naumann/Michael Riechmann (TX) vs. Zambon/Curry (TT)

Texas went just 1-4 in doubles in Big 12 play while Texas Tech went 3-2. Texas looks like it'll make a slight change at #2 with Jacoby Lewis set to team up with George Goldhoff. I don't think Texas Tech can win this one without the doubles point but they'll have to try because I think Texas grabs the point to take the early 1-0 lead.  I think the same guys that won in singles last time will win this time - Soren Hess-Olesen, Adrien Berkowicz, and Clement Homs.  Prediction: Texas 4-1

#6 [3] TCU (20-6) vs. #29 [6] Oklahoma State (16-8) - 1pm est - TCU won the regular season meeting in Stillwater 4-2 though none of the singles matches will be rematches this time around.  TCU bring a 6-match winning streak into this one while Oklahoma State has lost 3 straight. 

Regular Season Result:

#10 TCU 4, #22 Oklahoma State 2
Mar 29, 2015 at Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #87 Jakob Sude (OKST) def. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Lucas Gerch (OKST) 6-3, 6-2
3. #76 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 7-6 (5), 2-5, unf
4. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST) 7-5, 6-3
5. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #24 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) vs. #19 Chappell/Stein (TCU) 5-4, un
2. #18 Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Gerch/Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST) 6-2
3. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) def. Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 6-4
Match Notes
TCU 15-6, 1-2; National ranking #10
Oklahoma State 15-5, 0-2; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5,4)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.91) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OSU 13.75)
2. #59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.93) vs. #124 Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.63)
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.32) vs. #119 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.34)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) vs. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.58)
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.97) vs. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.76)
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.33) vs. Nicolai Ferrigno (OSU 13.53)
1st off bench: Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.32), Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.08)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU) vs. #25 Kadje/Sude (OSU)
2. #29 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Ferrigno/Gerch (OSU)
3. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU) vs. Finzelberg/Mendoza (OSU)

I don't see anyway that TCU gets caught looking ahead to Baylor - the Horned Frogs will take care of business by taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from Nunez, Norrie, and Dachs. Prediction: TCU 4-1.

Pac 12:

#26 [1] Stanford vs. #25 [4] Cal - 3pm est - This will be the 3rd meeting this year between these two with each winning 4-3 on the others home court.  I've got to think that fatigue will play a factor in this one after Cal spent 4 hours and 34 minutes on the court on Thursday against Oregon while Stanford probably sat in the shade and chuckled.  When they played last Saturday Cal sat its #3 Grey Bayane and moved everyone else up a spot and in doing so they were able to win at 3, 4, and 5.  I wonder if they'll try to do that again on Friday or keep Bayane out there even though he played the longest mach of the day on Thursday.  I like Stanford in doubles and Fawcett, Morrissey, and Hsu in singles. Prediction: Stanford 4-1 

#8 [2] USC vs. #15 [3] UCLA - 6pm est - This will be the 3rd meeting this year between these two with USC winning 4-2 last Thursday in Westwood and 4-1 at Marks in mid-March.  UCLA has a shot in doubles and at 1, 2, 3, and 4 singles but USC will win easily at 5 and 6.  In addition to winning at 5 and 6 I also like USC at 3 and 4 assuming it's Quiroz at 3.  Prediction: USC 4-2


#4 [1] Illinois vs.  #70 [8] Iowa - 11am est - For the most part its been a great season for Iowa as the Hawkeyes have stayed ranked just about the entire year.  That's the good news - the bad news is they face a top 5 Illinois team in Champaign.  Illinois won the regular season meeting 6-1 but they'll stop here on the clinch.  Prediction: Illinois 4-0

#30 [4] Northwestern vs. #44 [5] Indiana - 11am est - Northwestern won the regular season meeting in Bloomington 4-3 in a match that came down to a 3rd set tiebreak at #5 singles.  Indiana struggled yesterday against a bad Purdue team and that was coming off a bad loss at home last Sunday against Michigan State.  Northwestern had won 8 in a row until they got clipped by Minnesota last Sunday losing 4-3 in a match that came down to a 3rd set tiebreak at #4. Northwestern is on the rise and Indiana is headed down. Prediction: Northwestern 4-1

#12 [2] Ohio State vs. [10] Nebraska - 3pm est - Ohio State beat Nebraska 4-1 last Sunday in Lincoln in a match played indoors on just 4 courts.  This one is outdoors on 6 so no points for Nebraska. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0

#23 [3] Minnesota vs. [11] Michigan - 3pm est - Minnesota clobbered Michigan in the regular season winning 6-1 in Ann Arbor in a match where the closest singles match was 6-2, 6-4. The Gophers are on fire right now and Michigan isn't going to be the one to cool them off. Prediction: Minnesota 4-0
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Another action packed day of college tennis is in the books and it was the ACC giving us the 2 best matches of the day as Georgia Tech and North Carolina both pulled out 4-3 thrillers.

I'm big fan of the schools that take the time to put an audio or video interview out on twitter shortly after the match finished.  TCU has done a great job all year getting a 30-second interview with David Roditi out on twitter and the last few days Georgia Tech has done the same with Kenny Thorne.  It's always better to hear the comments from someone as opposed to reading them.  I'm also a fan of school's posting video clips of match points - just gives you a feeling that you're there and lets you see the emotion from the players after a big win.


In one of the early matches Georgia Tech came out of the gates like a bull seeing red. GT took the doubles point by winning at 1 and 3 and then took the opening set on 4 of 6 singles courts.  GT's Eduardo Segura finished first with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jai Corbett at #6 but VT's Joao Monteiro would trim the GT lead to 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Nathan Rakitt at #3.  Christopher Eubanks would make it 3-1 GT with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andreas Bjerrehus at #1.

VT's Hunter Koontz would make it 3-2 with a come from behind 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Michael Kayat #4 but it looked like the Carlos Benito was just moments away from finishing off Amerigo Contini at #2.

Benito took the opening set 6-4 and had a match point on Contini's 5-6 serve game but Contini would hold to force a tiebreak.  In the TB, Benito jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to see Contini take the next 7 points to send it to a 3rd set.

Virginia Tech clearly had the momentum on its side because less than 5 minutes later they would tie up the match at 3 as Edoardo Tessaro knocked Cole Fiegel 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at #5 singles.  Back over at #2, Contini would break Benito to go up 4-2 but Benito broke right back and held for 4-4.  After each held once more, Benito would break again and would then serve it out at love (match point below).

Personally I thought for sure that Virginia Tech would win after Benito failed to close out the 2nd set but Benito showed some resilience to put the tiebreak behind him. Great win by Georgia Tech and it should be enough to get the Yellow Jackets into the NCAAs as an at-large.

Georgia Tech recap & Thorne Audio Clip

"Eddie's done a great job for us of being the catalyst and getting off the court for us the last few matches," said Thorne. "That's been a big one for us. Everybody else battled, no one got down too quick and kept everybody in it. Chris did a great job of beating a very good player. And what can you say about Carlos. He could've finished in two, but he fought back and never gave in."

"We did another nice job with the doubles today," said Thorne. "The No. 1 was kind of a see-saw, but we hung with it, kept serving well. No. 3 closed it out for us, which was important. Emotions are running high, and getting the doubles point helps. Virginia Tech has lost doubles and come back to win against some good teams, so we didn't have any illusions of being in good shape."

Virginia Tech recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 24th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#55 Georgia Tech 4, #14 Virginia Tech 3
Apr 24, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #37 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-3, 7-5
2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. #64 Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
3. #121 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) 6-1, 6-3
4. #105 Hunter Koontz (VT) def. Michael Kay (GT) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #87 Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. #35 Bjerrehus/Koontz (VT) 8-5
2. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) vs. Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 7-7, un
3. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Contini/Corbett (VT) 8-6
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 14-11; National ranking #55
Virginia Tech 19-4; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,1,4,5,2)
Quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament

In the late quarterfinal match Duke took the court without its #1 Nicolas Alvarez but gave North Carolina all it wanted.  Duke took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then TJ Pura would pick up a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over over Andrew Gores at #6 singles.  It was only Gores 4th dual-match this year and the only reason he played was due to injuries to Oystein Steiro and Esben Hess-Olesen.

Robert Kelly put North Carolina on the board with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Josh Levine at #5 and then Brayden Schnur would even the match with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 win at #1 over Jason Tahir.  Tahir trailed 5-2 in the 1st set before rallying to take the set in a tiebreak.

UNC's #3 Brett Clark would make it 3-2 UNC with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Bruno Semenzato but Raphael Hemmeler would tie it back up with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 win over Ronnie Schneider at #2.  Duke's twitter said Hemmeler was fighting cramps in the 3rd set and even had to call a medical timeout for treatment.

It also came down to a 3rd set at #4 between UNC's Jack Murray and Duke's Chris Mengel. Murray broke Mengel to go up 5-3 but Mengel would break back and hold for 5-5.  After Murray held for 6-5 he'd finish the match off by converting his 3rd match point to win it 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

The Duke recap has more game by game details if you want to check it out below.

North Carolina recap

"What a great match on both sides, said UNC head coach Sam Paul. "I'm extremely proud of our team after losing the doubles point and then not looking good in singles (initially)We fought back and found a way to get back into the match. It was a great college tennis match and I'm just proud of my team.

Duke recap

"It was a really high-level match from start to finish, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "It was two teams leaving everything they had out there. Doubles was close and singles were close. There were a couple momentum swings, but it came down to a point or two here or there. I am proud of my guys. We fought so hard. We certainly put ourselves in a position to win, but just couldn't quite finish off a very good UNC team.

"The doubles was very impressive because UNC is so good in doubles, Smith added. "To slide our No 2 and No. 3 teams up and have a new team with Hemmeler and McCall showed incredible effort. Our energy was great and we found a way.

#16 North Carolina 4, #9 Duke 3
Singles competition
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.65) def. #46 Jason Tahir (DU 14.02) 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-3
2. #70 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.23) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.27) 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-0
3. #68 Brett Clark (UNC 13.82) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.90) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
4. #117 Jack Murray (UNC 14.13) def. Chris Mengel (DU 13.65) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
5. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.72) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.69) 7-6(6), 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.31) def. Andrew Gores (UNC 12.64) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Levine/Tahir (DU) def. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC) 8-7
2. Pura/Semenzato (DU) def. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC) 8-6
3. Murray/Schneider (UNC) def. Hemmeler/McCall (DU) 8-5
Match Notes:
North Carolina 21-9; National ranking #16
Duke 22-6; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4)

Other ACC Matches:

Virginia dropped the doubles point against Florida State but responded by taking all 6 opening sets and would get straight set wins from Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and JC Aragone at 1, 4, 5, and 6.

Wake Forest whipped Clemson 4-0 with the Deacs taking the doubles point and getting wins from Noah Rubin (6-2, 6-2), Romain Bogaerts (6-0, 6-0), and Christian Seraphim (6-2, 6-3) at 1, 2, and 5. Clemson was up a set at 4 and 6 but they were still early in the 2nd set when Wake clinched.

Big 12:

The opening match of the day between Texas and Texas Tech was played indoors due to rain and to speed things along they started with singles. Texas took the opening set on every court except #4 with Soren Hess-Olesen coming back from 5-2 down at #1 to take the set 7-5.  Hess-Olesen would finish first at #1 and then Clement Homs would be off next at #6.  It looked like Nick Naumann might make it 3-0 but he dropped his second set in a tiebreak and it was around that time that Texas Tech started gaining some momentum.  Tech's Alex Sendegeya would come back from a set down to win in 3 over Adrien Berkowicz at #3 and Felipe Soares would push Lloyd Glasspool to a 3rd set at #2. Glasspool would turn it around in the 3rd set and close out Soares and a short while later George Goldhoff would complete his comeback at #4 with a 3-set win over Jolan Cailleau to clinch the UT win.

Texas recap

"I saw a lot of fight and determination today," Head Coach Michael Center said. "I wanted to see us compete at all six spots, and I saw that today. Texas Tech made a great run at us, but I was really pleased to see the final push that we made at the end to clinch the match."

"I started figuring things out as the match went on," Goldhoff said. "I was doing the right things, but I wasn't executing. When I finally executed, I really started to tire him out. He's a good player -- he's not going to give you anything. I'm just happy to step-up help the team."

#10 Texas 4, #17 Texas Tech 1
04/24/15 at Waco, TX (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.85) def. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.53) 7-5, 6-2
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.96) def. #32 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.64) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
3. #120 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.72) def. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.99) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. George Goldhoff (UT 13.62) def. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.39) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.69) vs. Francisco Zambon (TTU 12.95) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 3-0, unf
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.33) def. Connor Curry (TTU 12.96) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
Doubles competition
1. #23 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TTU) vs. #14 Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 
2. Alex Sendegeya/Jolan Cailleau (TTU) vs. George Goldhoff/Jacoby Lewis (UT) 
3. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) 
Match Notes
Texas Tech 18-8; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #5
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (1,6,3,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Quarterfinal
Singles matches played first. Doubles went uncontested.

The 2nd match of the day was played outdoors but it looked like Oklahoma State left its equipment indoors because TCU absolutely throttled them on every court.  TCU took all 6 opening sets and Will Stein, Facundo Lugones, Cameron Norrie, and Arnau Dachs would each win in straight sets to close out the 4-0 win.  Had there not been a 55 minute rain delay the singles portion would have been over in just over an hour.

TCU recap

"I am very pleased with the way our team came out of the gate," head coach David Roditi said. "We won every first set on all six courts and our team handled a lot of the changes well today. There were questions if we were going to play indoors or outdoors, singles or doubles first, when do we eat and finally the changing of the match time. Our guys handled it really well and got a good warm-up and came out playing as well as we could play.

"I thought it was great to see our fans come out here and support us on a neutral site. Our women's team came out and supported us and that is very much appreciated. What a great performance today by Will Stein. For him to come out there and win 6-0, 6-1 was a very good first point for our team."

"We just beat a very good team and for us to beat a team like Oklahoma State and not have to go to doubles is huge and I think that is probably going to help us for tomorrow," Roditi said. "We have a very tough match against Baylor on their home courts and they are one of the best teams in the nation. The fact that we were able to not go to doubles and not drag it on too much will help the guys tomorrow."

Oklahoma State recap

"We are disappointed today," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Give some credit to TCU. They have a very good team. They showed up early on in the singles, and we made a little comeback at the end that fell short. Now we've just got to see Tuesday, with the dance, where we go. Obviously we are not hosting but we are still going to do the same things we do in practice and get ready for it like we always do. We will bounce back and we will be ready."

#6 TCU 4, #29 Oklahoma State 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.91) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.75) 6-4, 5-4, unf
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.93) vs. #124 Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.63) 6-3, 5-6, unf
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.32) def. #119 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.34) 6-2, 6-3
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) def. Tristan Meraut (OKST 13.58) 6-1, 6-1
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.97) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.76) 6-3, 6-3
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.33) def. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.53) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition - not played due to weather
1. Jurence Mendoza/Tristan Meraut (OKST) vs. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 
2. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) vs. #29 Trevor Johnson/Norrie (TCU) 
3. #25 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) vs. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 16-9 (0-5); National ranking #29
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,4,3)
Big 12 Conference Tournament First Round
Due to rain in the area, singles were contested first and doubles were not played as the match was decided 55 minute rain delay

Pac 12:

A day after Cal won a 4-3 thriller over Oregon they'd have tables turned on them and drop a tight one to Stanford 4-1.  Stanford got the doubles point by winning big at #1 and then taking a tiebreak at #2 (haven't actually seen the TB score anywhere and I wasn't paying attention during the doubles point).

Stanford got a quick 6-1, 6-3 win from David Hsu at #6 but Cal would take the opening set on the other 5 courts and would go up break leads in the 2nd at 3, 4, and 5. Oskar Wikberg would close out Robert Stineman 6-4, 6-3 at #4 to make it 2-1 but Cal just couldn't shut the door anywhere else.

Greg Bayane led David Wilczynski 7-5, 5-2 at #3 and had a slew of match points in the next 2 games but Wilczynski weathered the storm and took 5 straight games to take the set 7-5.  As a side note Wilczynski led the first set 5-3 and then proceeded to lose 7 straight games.

Billy Griffith clinched Cal's win over Stanford last week and it looked like he was going to ring up another win today when he led Nolan Paige 6-2, 5-3 but Paige wouldn't go away.  Paige fought off multiple match points to get the second set to a tiebreak then took the TB 7-3.

Over at #2 singles, Stanford's John Morrissey battled back from a set down to take out Filip Bergevi 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Morrissey broke Bergevi to go up 5-3 in the 3rd then served it out from 40-15 to put Stanford up 3-1.  Bergevi was on the court for close to 3 hours yesterday so fatigue may have played a role in this one.

Stanford's Tom Fawcett also battled back from a set down and would serve for the match and team win up 5-3 in the 3rd but Andre Goransson would break him from 30-40 to put it back on serve. Fawcett would then have a match point on the Goransson serve but Andre held for 5-5.  Fawcett then fell behind 0-30 on his 5-5 service game but would win 4 straight points to hold for 6-5.

With the match at #1 headed towards a tiebreak it looked like Cal was finally going to get that 2nd point with Billy Griffith once against nearing the finish line with a 5-3 lead in the 3rd.  However he'd be unable to serve it out with Paige breaking him at love to knot the match at 5.  Paige would hold for 6-5 and would then jump out to a 15-40 lead and would ultimately break from 30-40 to clinch the Stanford win.

The match at #1 was in a 3rd set tiebreak tied at 3-3 and Bayane was up 3-0 in the 3rd at #3.

Stanford recap
Cal recap

"It was a tough match today that was well within our grasp, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We put ourselves into good positions on almost every court, and I think we played some great tennis. Overall, I think we're very close to the level we need to be playing at the NCAAs in two weeks. Our guys are super excited about what lies ahead for us in the postseason.

#1 Stanford 4, #4 California 1
April 24, 2015 - Ojai, CA 
1. #13 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #49 Bayane/Melton (CAL), 8-1
2. #83 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Bergevi/Engsted (CAL), 8-7
3. #86 Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) def. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN), 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.18), 3-6, 6-3, 6-6 (3-3) unf
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) def. #99 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.85), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Gregory Bayane (CAL 13.45) vs. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.83) 7-5, 5-7, 3-0 unf
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.42) def. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23), 6-4, 6-3
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) def. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.47), 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. Mads Engsted (CAL 13.54), 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 2, 5

In the night cap in Ojai it was USC defeating UCLA 4-1.  USC crushed UCLA in doubles winning 8-0 at #1 and 8-4 at #2 but UCLA would come back in singles and take the opening set at 1, 2, 3, and 5. While Mackenzie McDonald finished his match at #1 in straight sets none of the other guys could do the same as USC would rally to force 3rd sets at 2, 3, and 5.  USC's Nick Crystal cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at #6 and Jonny Wang had just enough to beat Karue Sell 6-4, 7-6 at #5.  With both #2 and #3 singles deep in the 3rd set it would be Max De Vroome that would deliver the final blow for USC as he knocked off Austin Rapp 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 at #5 to end USC to the Championship against Stanford.

UCLA recap
USC recap

#8 USC 4, #15 UCLA 1
Apr 24, 2015 at Ojai, CA - Libbey Park 
1. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #9 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-0
2. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. #84 Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 8-2
3. Crystal/Wang (USC) vs. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) 4-4, unfinished
USC Wins Doubles Point
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.70) 6-3, 6-4
2. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.32) vs. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) 5-7, 6-3, 4-3, unf
3. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) vs. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) 1-6, 6-3, 5-5, unf
4. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.97) 6-4, 7-6
5. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-3
6. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.37) 6-2, 6-1
Match Notes
UCLA 15-9; National ranking #15
USC 21-4; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,4,5)

Big 10:

Not a whole lot of excitement at the B1G quarterfinals as each of the higher seeds took care of business without much issue.

#1 seed Illinois took the doubles point over Iowa then picked up singles wins from Farris Gosea (6-4, 6-1), Tim Kopinski (6-0, 6-4), and Aleks Vukic (6-0, 6-3) at 2, 3, and 5.  Illinois was also up at 4 and 6 while Iowa's Matt Hagan had a 2-0 lead in the 3rd at #1 singles.

#2 seed Ohio State took the doubles point over Nebraska then picked up singles wins from Hunter Callahan (6-2, 6-3), Kevin Metka (6-0, 6-1), and Ralf Steinbach (6-2, 6-3) at 4, 5, and 6.  Nebraska took the opening set at 1 and 2 with Ohio State taking the opening set at 3.

#3 seed Minnesota took the doubles point over Michigan then picked up singles wins from Leandro Toledo (6-2, 6-3), Matic Spec (6-3, 6-1), and Ruben Weber (6-4, 7-6) at 1, 2, and 4.  The other 3 courts were all early in the 3rd set.

#4 seed Northwestern took the doubles point over Indiana then picked up singles wins from Strong Kirchheimer (6-3, 5-7, 6-1), Logan Staggs (6-0, 6-3), and Alp Horoz (6-3, 6-4) at 2, 4, and 6. Indiana's Sven Lalic won 6-3, 6-3 at #3 and Northwestern had the lead in the other 2 matches.

Other Conference Tournaments:

MAC Semifinals (DeKalb, IL) - #4 Buffalo upset #1 Northern Illinois 4-2 as Damien David won the clincher 6-3 in the 3rd at #1 singles.  #3 Binghamton upset the #2 seed Western Michigan 4-3 as Sid Hazarika won the deciding match at #1 singles 6-4 in the 3rd.  Buffalo is back in the conference finals for the second year in a row and fourth time in six years. Buffalo has lost in the finals to Western Michigan in each of those appearance and Western Michigan had won the MAC 7 of the previous 9 season.  Binghamton will be playing in its 8th consecutive conference final but its first in the MAC after departing the America East.  Binghamton will seeking its 10th NCAA bid in the last 13 years.

Binghamton's site has a post match interview with coach Nick Zieziula and has match point int the deciding match at this link (couldn't upload video to this site due to format/size)

West Coast (San Diego) - #1 San Diego rolled past #4 Pacific 4-0 and #2 Pepperdine edged #3 San Francisco 4-1.  San Diego has won 22 consecutive WCC matches and will meet Pepperdine in the finals for the second year in a row.

For other details check out my Conference Tournament Page which has scores, schedules, and scoring/twitter links.

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