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It's go time for the ACC, Big 10, and Big 12 with each conference down to the semifinals of their conference tournaments plus the Pac 12 has reached its Championship match.

ACC:

#5 [1] Virginia vs. #16 [4] North Carolina - 10am est - Virginia won both the regular season meetings with the Wahoos beating UNC 6-1 in Charlottesville and blanking them 4-0 at the National Indoors in Chicago.  Neither match was particularly close though the match at UVA was the better of the two with UNC taking 3 sets and losing several 7-5.


FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #7 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.72) vs. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.69) 
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.79) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.31)
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (UNC 13.85) 
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (UNC 14.16) 
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 
6. JC Aragone (UVA 14.08) vs. Andrew Gores (UNC 12.14),
Bench: Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.96),  Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.50)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Shane (UVA) vs. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)
2. #63 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVA) vs. Murray/Schneider (UNC)

North Carolina is basically going to give away #5 or #6 singles because if a hobbled Esben Hess-Olesen plays at 5 he'll likely retire early-on or go down meekly and if he sits the drop off to its #7/#8 players is pretty severe. North Carolina needs the doubles point to have any reasonable hope of an upset but I don't see Virginia dropping the point for the second day in a row.  I like Virginia in doubles and Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, and JC Aragone at 2, 3, and 6. I think Brayden Schnur has a good shot at 1 and Jack Murray is more than capable of playing with Kwiatkowski at 4 but in the end Virginia wins. Prediction: Virginia 4-1


#11 [2] Wake Forest vs. #55 [10] Georgia Tech - 10am est - Wake Forest won the regular season meeting in Atlanta 5-2 but it was a close match that saw Wake win both #1 and #2 doubles in a tiebreak and then win the 2 deciding singles matches in a 3rd set. 

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) vs. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 
4. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs.  Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) vs.  Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.26) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 

Projected Doubles Lineup
1. Skander Mansouri/Chrstian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) vs. Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) 

Georgia Tech is playing lights out right now and they come into this one with nothing to lose while Wake Forest is definitely considered the heavy favorite.  I think Georgia Tech finds a way to take the doubles point and I like Segura and Kay in singles but Wake's top 2 of Rubin and Bogaerts should win along with Mansouri and Seraphim. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3


Big 12:


#2 [2] Baylor (20-4) vs. #6 [3] TCU (21-6) - 1pm est - Baylor won the regular season meeting at home 4-0 though all 6 of the singles matches and all of the 3 doubles match will be different this time.  TCU is coming off a 4-0 thrashing of Oklahoma State while Baylor won its regular season finale last Saturday over Texas Tech 4-1.  

Regular season result:

#5 Baylor 4, #13 TCU 0
Mar 03, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #20 Will Stein/Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #57 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-4
2. Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Facundo Lugones/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) vs. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.66) 6-2, 5-6 DNF
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.81) vs. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 6-3, 5-6 DNF
3. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.28) 6-3, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) vs. Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.53) 6-4, 3-6, 2-0 DNF
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.49) 6-0, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.38) 6-0, 6-2
Match Notes
TCU 8-4, 0-1; National ranking #13
Baylor 10-2, 1-0; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,5)

Singles Lineup:
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) vs. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96)
2. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) vs. #59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.97)
3. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) vs. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36)
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98)
5. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 

Doubles Lineup:
1. #18 Lenz/Galeano (BU) vs. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU)
2. #63 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) vs. #29 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
3. Rios/Schneider (BU) vs. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU)

Baylor's strength all year has been at doubles with BU an outstanding 22-1 while TCU is 15-10. TCU has won the doubles point the last 3 times out so I think they'll keep it close but Baylor still takes it. Lenz has to be considered the sizable favorite at #1 as is Rios at #6 but I think each of the other 4 courts is up for grabs.  

Lupieri beat Nunez 6-2, 6-0 back in October but Nunez is a different player now and has won 17 of his last 18 to rise up from #6 in the lineup to #2.  Lupieri has dropped 2 straight and 4 of his last 7 so he'll have to play better to beat Nunez.  Cameron Norrie had a nice fall but then struggled a little in the middle of the season but he's now rebounded to win his last 5 while Tchoutakian has won 4 of his last 5.  Diego Galeano has dealt with some injuries this year but he's won 5 of 6 since returning to the lineup while Lugones has been tearing it up and is currently riding a 9-match winning streak. Mate Zsiga has won 8 in a row (it'd probably be 14 in a row if his matches hadn't been stopped due to the clinch) while Arnau Dachs has won 4 in a row and 5 of 6.  Both Zsiga and Dachs have played at #1 and #2 singles in the past so each has a big time game.  

TCU has won 7 in a row and the guys are playing with a ton of confidence so I think they'll give Baylor all they want.  I do like Baylor in doubles and Lenz and Rios in singles but I like Nunez, Norrie, and Lugones for TCU at 2, 3, and 4.  I think it could come down to a 3rd set at #5 with the large vocal crowd pushing the Zsiga over the top.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3


#1 [1] Oklahoma (22-2) vs. #10 [4] Texas (19-5) - 1pm est - Oklahoma won the regular season meeting at home 4-1 and all but the top 2 singles spots will be rematches. It looks like none of the doubles courts will be rematches with Oklahoma tentatively scheduled to switch up its doubles pairings to find a spark for the postseason. Oklahoma hasn't played since beating Oklahoma State last Sunday while Texas beat Texas Tech yesterday in a hard fought 4-1 win.  

Regular season result:

#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 Glasspool/Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-3
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Bragusi/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)
T-2:18

Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) vs. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.88)
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.99)
3. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 14.02)
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.65)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.72)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Clement Homs (TX 13.35)

Doubles Lineup:
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU)  vs. #14 Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (TX)
2. Dane Webb/Nick Papac (OU) vs. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (TX)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (TX)

Oklahoma won the doubles point the first time and I think OU's new pairings will get them the point again today.

You got two of the best players in college tennis playing at #1 singles as Axel Alvarez puts his 19-0 dual match record on the line against Soren Hess-Olesen who was 15-0 until he dropped 3 of his last 5. Andrew Harris has won 5 in a row and 7 of 8 while Lloyd Glasspool has won 3 straight and he picked up a nice win over Felipe Soares yesterday.  Dane Webb has split his last 6 matches after being nearly unbeatable earlier in the season while Adrien Berkowicz has dropped 2 straight after winning the previous 4.  Alex Ghilea has won 6 of 7 while George Goldhoff has won 2 of 3 with a slew of unfinished matches sprinkled in.  Goldhoff clinched UT's win over Texas Tech by coming back from a set down to beat Jolan Cailleau - Cailleau happens to be the only to beat Alex Ghilea in the last 6 weeks.  Spencer Papa snapped a 2-match losing streak last Sunday by beating Okie State's Lukas Finzelberg while Nick Naumann has dropped 6 of 8 though he was up 3-0 in the 3rd yesterday against Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon when the match was halted.  Florin Bragusi has split his last 2 matches though 4 of his last 6 have gone unfinished.  1 of those unfinished matches came against Clement Homs who is 7-1 on the year after returning from a knee injury.

Texas has a shot at 1, 3, and 6 but I like Andrew Harris, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa at 2, 4, and 5 to give OU the 4 points it needs.  If Texas were to take the doubles point meaning OU would need 4 singles wins then I'd take Alvarez at #1 for the 4th point.   Prediction:  Oklahoma 4-1


Big 10:

#4 [1] Illinois (23-4) vs. #30 [4] Northwestern (20-8) - 1pm est - Illinois won the regular season meeting at home 5-2 in a match where Northwestern took the doubles point before Illinois won at 1 through 5 singles despite playing without Farris Gosea.

Regular Season Result:

#6 Illinois 5, Northwestern 2
Feb 19, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #96 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
2. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #64 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-1, 6-3
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-4, 6-3
4. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #11 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 8-3
2. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 8-5
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 8-3
Match Notes
Northwestern 6-5
Illinois 9-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,3,2,4,1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1.  #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04)
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73)
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68)
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43)
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) vs. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88)
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) 

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #58 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU)
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU)
3. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU)

Illinois is definitely the heavy favorite playing at home and I think they'll pull through with relative ease by taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from Farris Gosea, Aron Hiltzik, and Aleks Vukic.  Northwestern's only chance at pulling the stunner would be by taking the doubles point and getting wins at 1, 3, and 6. Prediction: Illinois 4-0


#12 [2] Ohio State (24-7) vs. #23 [3] Minnesota (20-6) - 1pm est - Ohio State won the regular season meeting in Columbus 4-2 though it was a very tight match.  Ohio State won the deciding court in doubles in a tiebreak before winning 3 straight set matches at 2, 4, and 6 with Minnesota winning at 1 and the other match going to a 3rd set. Minnesota is coming off a huge weekend that saw the Gophers beat both Illinois and Northwestern 4-3 in matches that came down a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match. Ohio State has won 8 in a row since it went down to Illinois back on March 29th though the competition in those 8 matches wasn't the toughest (except Minnesota).

Regular Season Result:

#11 Ohio State 4, #29 Minnesota 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.08) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.98) 7-5, 6-1
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.14) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.34) 6-3, 7-6 (1)
3. #104 Matic Spec (MINN 13.96) def. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.43) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.45) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.19) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.74) 5-7, 7-6, DNF
6. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.89) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.95) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #49 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) 8-7 (0)
2. #76 Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. #74 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-3
3. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 8-6
Match Notes
Minnesota 14-5 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #29
Ohio State 16-7 (4-1 B1G); National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,2)

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) vs. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10)
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48)
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) vs. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56)
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) vs. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.92) 
Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. #56 Mathiew Froment/Hamburg (MINN)
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) 
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN)

Ohio State is 25-6 in doubles while Minnesota is 22-4 with the Gophers have taken the point in 6 straight matches since dropping it to Ohio State on April 3rd.  The doubles point is a must for Minnesota if they are to win this one.  

Leandro Toledo has won 9 of 11 but those 2 losses came in his last 3 matches while Chris Diaz has won 9 straight though none have come against ranked opposition.  Diaz is 0-6 against ranked opponents in dual-match play while Toledo is 6-7. Matic Spec is riding a 13-match winning streak while Mikael Torpegaard has split his last 8 matches. Herkko Pollanen has won his last 4 while Felix Corwin has won 11 of 13 including the clincher win over Northwestern's Logan Staggs 7-6 in the 3rd.  Hunter Callahan has won 4 straight and 6 of 7 while Ruben Weber has lost 4 of 6 though he did win yesterday against Michigan's Alex Knight.  Kevin Metka has won 2 straight though 5 of his last 8 matches went unfinished while Jack Hamburg has won 4 straight including a resounding 6-4, 6-4 win last weekend over Illinois's Aleks Vukic.  Metka and Hamburg split sets in the first meeting.  Ralf Steinbach has won 4 straight and 8 of 9 while Mathieu Froment has won 4 of 5 including the match clincher against Illinois's Blake Bazarnik.  Steinbach won the first meeting 6-1, 6-3.

I think Minnesota gets the doubles point this time and also gets wins from Toledo and Spec at 1 and 2 but I look for Ohio State to win at 3, 4, 5, and 6 with Metka and Hamburg probably the last match on.  Prediction: Ohio State 4-3


Pac 12:

#26 [1] Stanford (17-5) vs. #8 [2] USC (21-4) - 8pm est/5pm pst - These two split the regular season meetings with USC winning 6-1 at home back in February in a non-conference match and Stanford winning 4-3 at home just 2 weeks ago.

Regular Season Results:

#36 Stanford 4, #5 USC 3
April 11, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
Doubles
1) No. 36 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) vs. Crystal/Quiroz (USC) abandoned
2) Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) d. Johnson/Wang (USC) 6-2
3) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2 
Singles
1) #41 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.32) d. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
2) #100 John Morrissey (STAN 13.95) d. #19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3
3) #123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) d. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4) #33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) d. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.18) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5) #75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) d. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) 6-4, 6-4
6) David Hsu (STAN 13.81) d. #86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, 2

#1 USC 6, #37 Stanford 1
Feb 27, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles
(1) Morrissey/Stineman (Stan.) def. #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 6-3
(2) #30 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (Stan.) - 5-4 susp.
(3) Paige/Wilczynski (Stan.) def. Crystal/Wang (USC) - 7-5
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3
Singles
(1) #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (Stan 14.14) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.44) def. John Morrissey (Stan 14.10) - 6-4, 6-4*
(3) Eric Johnson (USC 13.97) def. David Wilczynski (Stan 13.86) - 6-3, 6-1
(4) #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Maciek Romanowicz (Stan 13.31) - 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
(5) #72 Max de Vroome (USC 14.14) def. Nolan Paige (Stan 13.32) - 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1
(6) #45 Nick Crystal (USC 13.93) def. David Hsu (Stan 13.95) - 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 2*, 5, 4


Projected Doubles Lineup w W-L in ( ):
1. #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN 13-3) vs. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC 13-4)
2. #83 Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 9-2) vs. de Vroome/Johnson (USC 8-4) 
3. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN 10-2) vs. Crystal/Wang (USC 0-2)

Doubles Records:
Stanford: 19-3
USC: 15-10

Outside of Baylor I don't think there's been a better doubles team than Stanford with the Cardinal 19-3 on the year including wins over USC in each of the first two meetings.  USC had dropped the doubles point 3 straight times until they blew out UCLA yesterday which came as a bit of a surprise. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69)
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) vs. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33)
3. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) vs. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46)
4. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23) vs. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24)
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) vs. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18)
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) vs. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) 

Dual-match singles records:
1. Fawcett 13-5 vs. Hanfmann 9-7
2. Morrissey 15-5 vs. Johnson 18-2
3. Wilczynski 12-7 vs. Quiroz 14-4
4. Stineman 9-5 vs. Wang 15-3
5. Paige 11-7 vs. de Vroome 17-2
6. Hsu 11-4 vs. Crystal 16-2

Stanford may be the #1 seed but USC has to be considered the favorite. I like Stanford in doubles and Tom Fawcett at #1 but I like USC everywhere else.  Stanford's best path to a win would be the same as their last match against USC - doubles, 1, 2, and 6 singles however USC has shuffled 2 and 3 and I think that could be the difference. Prediction: USC 4-2


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

[13] North Carolina (21-10) vs. [49-64] William & Mary (16-12) - Friday 1pm - William & Mary got the automatic bid by beating the College of Charleston 4-1 in the Colonial Championship while North Carolina got an at-large bid after falling to #3 Virginia 4-0 in the ACC semifinals. William & Mary went 0-7 against ranked opponents with the closest loss being 4-3 to Old Dominion.

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Doubles Records: UNC 22-9, W&M 20-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UNC 84, W&M 75


FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 1st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.66) vs. Christian Cargill (W&M 13.05)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.35) vs. Will Juggins (W&M 12.31)
3. #73 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) vs. Addison Appleby (W&M 12.46) 
4. Jack Murray (NC 14.17) vs. Damon Niquet (W&M 12.72)
5. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) vs. Lars de Boer (W&M 12.28)
6. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) vs. Alec Miller (W&M 12.46) 
Others who could play: Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43)

North Carolina will take the doubles point and then get wins from Schnur, Schneider, and Murray to wrap it up in under two hours. William & Mary's only chance at picking up a point would come at #6 where Stuart DePaolo will be the likely fill-in for the less than 100% Hess-Olesen and Steiro.  Prediction: North Carolina 4-0


[17-32] Mississippi State (19-7) vs. [33-48] Denver (18-8) - Friday 10am - #50 Denver got in with the Summit League's automatic bid after beating IPFW 4-0 in the finals while #20 Mississippi State gets an at-large selection after losing to Texas A&M 4-0 in the SEC semifinals. Denver went 5-7 on the year against ranked opponents with its best win being 4-3 over #33 Drake. Denver pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent NCAA tournament history when it stunned Florida in Gainesville 2 years ago in the first round. Denver was a 49-64 seed while Florida was #15 and its very rare to see that large an upset.  Henry Craig is the only current starter that was on that senior-laden team from two years ago.

Doubles Records: Mississippi State 19-6, Denver 20-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Mississippi State 82, Denver 78

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #62 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.96) vs. #112 Henry Craig (DEN 13.64)
2. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.78) vs. #114 Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.23)
3. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67) vs. Alex Gasson (DEN 13.06)
4. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.89) vs. David Fox (DEN 12.77) 
5. Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.94) vs. Yannik James (DEN 12.97)
6. Julian Cash (MSU 13.40) vs. Wyatt Lovera (DEN 11.88)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) us W-L vs. ranked:
1. Lakat 14-6 (7-6) vs. Craig 15-6 (1-4) - won 9 straight
2. Estevarena 10-5 (1-2) vs. Rocha 20-3 (3-1) - won 9 straight
3. Cutura 12-7 (lost 4 straight) vs. Gasson 13-10
4. Agarwal 18-3 (won 11 straight) vs. Fox 12-9
5. Schmid 5-14 (lost 10 of 12) vs. James 16-6
6. Cash 9-6 vs. Lovera 6-4

You'd have to think if Denver were to pull of the upset here they'd have to take the doubles point and get wins from Henry Craig, Diogo Rocha, and Yannik James who went a combined 51-15 in dual match play because the other guys were a combined 31-23. I like the Pioneers chances in doubles but I only see Rocha with a decent chance of winning in singles. I'll go with Lakat, Cutura, Schmid, and Cash in singles for State with Agarwal also leading. Prediction: Mississippi State 4-2 


Illinois Regional
Atkins Tennis Center - Champaign-Urbana, IL

[4] Illinois (25-4) vs. [49-64] UWGB (18-7) - Friday 5pm - Illinois got the Big 10's automatic bid after blanking Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship while Green Bay got the Horizon's automatic bid after blanking Valparaiso in the Horizon League Championship. Illinois won the regular season meeting handily (box score below) with Green Bay going 0-6 on the year against ranked opposition.  Green Bay was tied for the worst doubles winning percentage out of the 64 teams that made the tournament.  

Regular Season Meeting:

#11 Illinois 4, Green Bay 0
Jan 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #77 Michael Tenzer (UWGB) 6-1, 6-2
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Leopold G Islinger (UWGB) 6-0, 6-3
3. #62 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Howard Scott (UWGB) 6-2, 4-3, unf
4. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Joshua Schramm (UWGB) 6-3, 3-4, unf
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) vs. Joey Leto (UWGB) 6-2, 3-1, unf
6. Brian Page (ILL) def. Jorge G Soler (UWGB) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Tenzer/Scott (UWGB) 2-5, unf
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Leto/Florian Kraenzler (UWGB) 6-1
3. Toshiki Matsuya/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Islinger/Michael Tebon (UWGB) 6-1
Match Notes
Green Bay 1-1
Illinois 2-0; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,1)

Doubles Records: Illinois 19-10, UWGB 11-14
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 86, UWGB 75

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.68)  vs. Michael Tenzer (GB 13.35)
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.57) vs. Leo Gomez Islinger (GB 12.88) 
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.30) vs. Howard Scott (GB 12.50) 
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) vs. Florian Kraenzler (GB 12.14) 
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.46) vs. Joshua Schramm (GB 11.84) 
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. Joey Leto (GB 12.02) 
Others who could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19), Blake Bazarnik (ILL 12.86)

The Illini won't have any issues here and won't come close to losing a set anywhere - dubs, J & A Hiltzik, and Vukic each win. Prediction: Illinois 4-0


[17-32] Louisville (23-8) vs. [33-48] Drake (24-6) - Friday 2pm - #32 Louisville got in as an at-large after losing to Clemson in the 1st round of the ACC Tournament while #33 Drake got the automatic bid after edging #68 Wichita State 4-3 in the Missouri Valley Championship. These two met in the regular season in Louisville with Drake winning fairly comfortably (box score below) although the Cardinals were without their #2 Albert Gornet for that match.  The only singles rematches will come at #1 and #4 with every other spot different this time.

Regular Season Meeting:

#46 Drake 5, #39 Louisville 2
Jan 18, 2015 at Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU) def. #46 Salibasic, Alen (DU) 6-0, 3-6, 6-2
2. #30 Lott, Ben (DU) def. #59 Albert Wagner (LOU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Frost, Matt (DU) def. Michael Lippens (LOU) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6
4. Patel, Ravi (DU) def. Chris Simich (LOU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Van Damrongsri (LOU) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Salibasic, Alen/Lott, Ben (DU) def. Albert Wagner/Chris Simich (LOU) 6-4
2. Patel, Ravi/Frost, Matt (DU) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Michael Lippens (LOU) 6-3
3. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Jeffrey Brown/Van Damrongsri (LOU) 6-5
Match Notes
Drake 2-0; National ranking #46
Louisville 0-1; National ranking #39
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,2,1,4,3,6)

Doubles Records: Louisville 22-9, Drake 21-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Louisville 81, Drake 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #5 Seb Stiefelmeyer (UL 14.70) vs. #40 Alen Salibasic (DU 13.79) 
2. Alex Gornet (UL 13.58) vs. #66 Ben Lott (DU 13.71)
3. #91 Albert Wagner (UL 13.78) vs. Matt Frost (DU 13.14)
4. Chris Simich (UL 13.25) vs. Ravi Patel (DU 13.51)
5. Van Damrongsri (UL 12.50) vs. Calum MacGeoch (DU 12.44) 
6. Michael Lippens (UL 12.90) vs. Ben Mullis (DU 13.09)
Others who could play: Luis Elizondo (UL 12.39), Jeffrey Brown (UL 12.70), Ben Stride (DU 12.92)

#1 singles - Seb Stiefelmeyer has won 9 in a row and has only lost 2 dual matches this year while Salibasic has won 5 of 6 and he also avenged the 1 loss to Tin Ostojic in the Missouri Valley Championship match. Prediction: Steifelmeyer (UL) in 2

#2 singles - Alex Gornet lost his last 3 and 6 of his last 10 while Ben Lott split his final 6. Prediction: Lott (DU) in 3

#3 singles - Albert Wagner won 4 of his last 5 including a win over Duke's #57 Raphael Hemmeler while Matt Frost finished the year on a 6-match winning streak.  Prediction: Wagner (UL) in 3

#4 singles Chris Simich lost his last 3 while Ravi Patel won his last 4 and 6 of his final 7. Patel beat Simich 6-4, 6-2 in the regular season meeting. Prediction:Patel (DU) in 2

#5 singles - Van Damrongsri won 7 of his final 8 while Calum MacGeoch lost his last 2 and lost the last one 6-1, 6-0. Prediction: Damrongsri (UL) in 3

#6 singles - Michael Lippens only played in a handful of matches down the stretch dropping 3 of his last 4 so it's possible Ecarma puts Luis Elozondo in at 6 though Elozondo dropped his final 3. Ben Mullis won 5 of his last 6. Prediction: Mullis (DU) in 2

I've got the singles matches split with Louisville winning at 1, 3, and 5 and Drake winning at 2, 4, and 6. Louisville dropped the doubles point in its final 4 conference matches while Drake went 6-9 in doubles against ranked teams though they won the point in 4 of their final 6 matches.  Tough one to call - really could go either way. Prediction: Drake 4-3




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Friday, 08 May 2015 10:00

2nd Round Preview

I'm obviously making the assumption that my first round picks will be correct so based off those picks this is how I have the 2nd round playing out.  The doubles records and stats are as of Thursday so if the guys win or lose a match on Friday the numbers would change.

Oklahoma  Regional
Headington Family Tennis Center - Norman, OK

[1] Oklahoma (25-2) vs. [17-32] Northwestern (21-9) - 2pm est - This will be the second time this season that these two have met with Oklahoma winning 4-1 during the Kickoff Weekend in a match that was surprisingly close.  


Regular Season Meeting

#2 Oklahoma 4, #28 Northwestern 1
Jan 25, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. #108 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5, 7-5
4. Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0, unf
5. Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-5, 2-6, 5-4, unf
6. Jose Salazar (OU) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #38 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Kumar/Pasareanu (NU) 6-3
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Papa/Harris (OU) 6-3
3. Sam Shropshire/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Ghilea/Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Northwestern 2-2; National ranking #28
Oklahoma 3-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,6,1,3)


Doubles Records:  Oklahoma 15-12, Northwestern 17-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 86, Northwestern 81

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.25)  vs. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.70)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) vs. Fedor Baev (NU 12.89) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14)

Oklahoma was just getting its bearings straight in the first meeting but they are firing on all cylinders now - I like OU in doubles and look for Alvarez, Harris, and Papa to get the job done. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0.



UCLA Regional
LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, CA

[16] UCLA (16-9) vs. [17-32] Texas Tech (19-8) - 6pm est - These two met back during the Kickoff Weekend with UCLA pulling out the 4-1 win in a highly competitive match that had 4 singles matches go 3 sets.  Only #1 and #2 singles will be rematches from the first encounter plus the guy that played #3 for Texas Tech in the first meeting is no longer on the team. 

Regular Season Meeting:

#4 UCLA 4, #48 Texas Tech 1
Jan 24, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Doubles
1. #35 Dojas/Soares (TTU) def. #11 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-4
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Cornea/Sendegeya (TTU) 6-2
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) def. Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) 6-4
Singles
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Felipe Soares (TTU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU) 7-6, 3-6, 1-0, unf
3. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Victor Cornea (TTU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Alex Sendegeya (TTU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-6, 6-3
6. #90 Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Connor Curry (TTU) 6-2, 5-7, 2-2, unf
Match Notes
Texas Tech 6-2; National ranking #48
UCLA 3-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,4)


Doubles Records: UCLA 18-7, Texas Tech 9-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  UCLA 84, Texas Tech 80

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) vs. #37 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.67)
2. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.47)
3. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) vs. #117 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.74)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.90) vs. #123 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.43)
5. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.82) vs. Francisco Zambon (TTU 13.00) 
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) vs. Connor Curry (TTU 13.02) 
Could also play: Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.36) 

UCLA hasn't been the most consistent team at the bottom of the lineup (15-20 at #5 and #6) but the top has been rock solid with McDonald, Mkrtchian, and Redlicki combining to go 43-9 in dual match play.  Texas Tech may take one of the matches at the bottom but UCLA gets it done up top and in doubles.  Prediction: UCLA 4-1


Texas Regional
Caswell Tennis Center - Austin, TX

[8] Texas (20-6) vs. [17-32] California (19-8) - Saturday 2pm est - These two met last year in the NCAA Round of 16 with Texas winning 4-1 though Cal graduated its top 2 and added 3 newcomers to the roster while Texas has the exact same starting 6 as they had a year ago.  Last year Cal went into College Station and upset Texas A&M in the 2nd round so the Bears won't have a problem going on the road and playing in front of a tough crowd. 

Doubles Records:  Texas 12-13, Cal 17-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Texas 84, Cal 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.95) vs. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.21)
2. #42 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 14.01) vs. #97 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.94)
3. #54 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.98) vs. Greg Bayane (CAL 13.47)
4. George Goldhoff (TX 13.68) vs. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.48)
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.77) vs. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.70)
6. Clement Homs (TX 13.69) vs. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.51)

I like Cal's chances in doubles and I'd give Wikberg a good shot at #4  but I see Hess-Olesen, Berkowicz, Naumann, and Homs winning in singles for Texas. Prediction: Texas 4-2


Georgia Regional
Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, Ga

[8] Georgia (22-4) vs. [17-32] Florida State (20-10) - Saturday 3pm - This would be the 3rd second round meeting between these 2 in the last 5 years with Georgia coming back 3-1 down to win a 4-3 in 2010 and then Georgia won 4-1 in 2012.

Doubles Records: Georgia 18-8, Florida State 21-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Georgia 84, Florida State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #24 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.61) vs.  #46 Benjamin Lock (FSU 13.97)
2. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.24) vs. #101 Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.75)
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.32) vs. Marco Nunez (FSU 13.54)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.47) vs. 
C. Gonzalez Mendez (FSU 13.57)
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.43)
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.84) vs. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 12.97)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Montgomery 13-3 vs. Lock 14-7
2. Smith 14-6 vs. Rinaldi 12-8
3. Pasha 12-5 vs. Nunez 8-10
4. Wagland 10-5 vs. Gonzalez Mendez 13-10
5. Wood 14-6 vs. Gracia 13-10
6. Oosterbaan 13-3 vs. Whitehurst 12-7

Doubles is a near toss-up but I'm leaning toward Florida State however I think Georgia gets it done in singles with wins from Montgomery, Smith, Wagland, and Oosterbaan. Prediction: Georgia 4-2


TCU Regional
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center - Fort Worth, TX

[5] TCU (22-7) vs. [33-48] NC State (18-11) - Saturday 6pm  

Doubles Records: TCU 15-11, NC State 18-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, NC State 82

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 1st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) vs. #69 Robbie Mudge (NCST 13.89)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.00) vs. Beck Bond (NCST 13.68) 
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.33) vs. #110 Simon Norenius (NCST 13.76)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) vs. #93 Austin Powell (NCST 13.60) 
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.10) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.53) 
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.40) vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.43)

Dual Match Singles Records
Chappell 11-6 vs. Mudge 18-7
Nunez 18-1 vs. Bond 17-5
Norrie 14-8 vs. Norenius 15-8
Lugones 14-5 vs. Powell 14-11
Dachs 16-5 vs. Weigel 15-8
Stein 11-7 vs. Horton 14-12

The matchup at #2 singles ought to be a good one with Beck Bond (17-5) and Guillermo Nunez (18-1) combining to go 25-6 in dual match play. I think NC State steals the doubles point and gets a win at #1 from Robbie Mudge but TCU pulls out the rest though I expect several to be very close. Prediction: TCU 4-2  


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

[12] Wake Forest (22-7) vs. [17-32] Florida (15-8)  - Saturday 3pm  

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 22-7, Florida 13-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Florida 83

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF 15.20) vs. #63 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) 
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.63) vs. Elliott Orkin (UF 14.19)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.34) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.77)
4. #106 Jon Ho (WF 13.81) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.78)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.72)  vs. #102 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.53)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.20)
Others who could play: Maksim Kan (WF 13.26), Jordan Belga (UF 13.04)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Rubin 19-3 vs. Hidalgo 10-5
2. Bogaerts 20-4 vs. Orkin 13-6
3. Mansouri 13-11 vs. Watson 10-6
4. Ho 17-8 vs. Perez-Blanco 12-3
5. Seraphim 17-9 vs. Lipman 5-11
6. Tabrizi 8-6 vs. Wardell 2-4

If Florida can find a way to take the doubles point I'd give them a reasonable shot at pulling the upset because Wake is a tad vulnerable to 3, 4, and 6. Having said that I like Wake Forest in doubles and see them getting singles wins from Noah Rubin, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim. I'll like Gordon Watson and Chase Perez-Blanco for Florida though they both might not get a chance to finish. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-1


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

[13] North Carolina (22-10) vs. [17-32] Mississippi State (20-7) - Saturday 3pm 

Doubles Records: UNC 23-9, Miss State 20-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UNC 84, Miss State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.66) vs. #62 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.96)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.35) vs. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.78)
3. #73 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) vs. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67)
4. Jack Murray (NC 14.17) vs. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.89)
5. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) vs. Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.94)
6. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) vs. Julian Cash (MSU 13.40)
Others who could play: Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Schnur 7-7 (3-7) vs. Lakat 14-6 (7-6) 
2. Schneider 17-10 (6-10) vs. Estevarena 10-5 (1-2) 
3. Clark 19-5 (6-4) vs. Cutura 12-7 (1-2) 
4. Murray 18-6 (2-4) vs. Agarwal 18-3 (1-1) 
5. Kelly 22-4 (1-1) vs. Schmid 5-14 (1-4)
6. DePaolo 5-8 vs. Cash 9-6 

Notable Streaks - Clark has won 7 of 8, Kelly has won 7 in a row, Agarwal has won 11 in a row, Schmid has lost 10 of 12

Hess-Olesen is listed at 6 and Steiro is listed at 7 in the singles lineup however each has battled injuries for most of the season so it wouldn't surprise me if neither played and DePaolo got the call at 6.  I like Mississippi State in doubles and Julian Cash in singles but North Carolina should sweep the top 3 and also pick up a win from Robert Kelly at 5 with #4 likely in a tight 3rd set. Prediction: North Carolina 4-2


Illinois Regional
Atkins Tennis Center - Champaign-Urbana, IL

[4] Illinois (26-4) vs. [33-48] Drake (25-6) - Saturday 3pm - Last year in the 2nd round Illinois was on the ropes against Memphis trailing 3-0 and facing what seemed like sure defeat when Memphis's #1 served for the win however the Illini fought back and won 4-3. Drake has a good team but Illinois is too strong from 1 to 5 to get upset here.  

Doubles Records: Illinois 20-10, Drake 21-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 86, Drake 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.68)  vs. #40 Alen Salibasic (DU 13.79)
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.57) vs. #66 Ben Lott (DU 13.71)
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.30) vs. Matt Frost (DU 13.14)
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) vs. Ravi Patel (DU 13.51)
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.46) vs. Calum MacGeoch (DU 12.44) 
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. Ben Mullis (DU 13.09)
Others who could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19), Blake Bazarnik (ILL 12.86), Ben Stride (DU 12.92)

I like the Illini in doubles and look for Jared Hiltzik, Tim Kopinski, and Aleks Vukic to pick up straight set wins at 2, 3, and 5.  Prediction: Illinois 4-0


Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

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After a wild and crazy first round of the NCAA Tournament, we had a more tame second round with 9 of the 16 matches being shutouts. 14 of the top 16 seeds advanced with Columbia and South Florida pulling off the mild upsets.

#17 Columbia punched its second ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-1 win over #14 Ole Miss. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but Ole Miss would take four opening sets in singles. Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz would even the match at 1-1 with a straight set win over Winston Lin at #1 but Columbia's Ashok Narayana and Shawn Hadavi would close out their respective matches in straight sets at 3 and 5 to put Columbia up 3-1. Columbia's Dragos Ignat, Mike Vermeer, and Bert Vancura would each take the 2nd sets after dropping the first and in a race to the finish line it'd be Vancura that would provide the clincher with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win at #6.



Comments from Columbia recap
"We knew that Ole Miss is very tough at home. They are very hard to beat here. So after Georgia Tech we thought we needed to win the doubles point," Howard Endelman, Associate Head Coach said.  "They are very strong at the top of the lineup, so we knew if we won the doubles point and put some pressure on them, it would give us a little edge heading into singles.  The guys played so well in doubles and I think it took some air out of the home crowd, which was good for us."

"I was on courts 5 and 6, so I couldn't see the other courts but I could see the main scoreboard, and it seemed like every first set was in a breaker, or 5-5, Endelman said.  "This match couldn't have been any closer.  We have to give Ole Miss a lot of credit.  They won four first sets, but our guys, they all hung in there.  Bert's opponent was playing great.  Bert just stayed around, stayed around and won the second set, and he was just incredible in the third.  It was probably one of the best sets I've ever seen him play.  {Shawn} Hadavi played a really good player and Shawn played one of the best tie-breakers I've ever seen him play.  They were just so tough.

"Last year we snuck up on people. No one picked us to beat Vanderbilt. This year, in many ways, was much harder.  No one was surprised by us. But our goal was always to get back to the Sweet 16, and to beat Ole Miss in Oxford to get there, is just incredible, Endelman concluded.

Comments from Ole Miss recap
"It was a very tough day," head coach Toby Hansson said. "Obviously it's disappointing when you lose. We thought we had a good chance to win this match today, and we just couldn't get it done."

"We came out a little slow in doubles and didn't have the energy and positive body language," Hansson said. "When things didn't go our way, we let it affect us a little."

"I told the guys we had an opportunity in singles, and even though we didn't play our best, we battled," Hansson said. "We had chances on several different courts.  I have to give Columbia a lot of credit for hanging around and never giving up on all the courts."

"Overall I am very pleased with the season," Hansson said. "With a little perspective I think the guys will realize that we've done some good things this year."

[2] #17 Columbia def. [1] #14 Ole Miss 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Oxford, MS (Palmer-Salloum Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #17 Winston Lin (CU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #108 Dragos Ignat (CU) 7-6(7), 4-6, 2-1, unf
3. Ashok Narayana (CU) def. Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
4. William Kallberg (OM) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6), 1-2, unf
5. Shawn Hadavi (CU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
6. Bert Vancura (CU) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Nik Scholtz/Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #46 Lin/Mike Vermeer (CU) 5-6, unf
2. #84 Ashok Narayana/Dragos Ignat (CU) def. Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 8-3
3. Max Schnur/Bert Vancura (CU) def. Grey Hamilton/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 8-5
Match Notes:
Columbia 16-5; National ranking #17
Ole Miss 18-9; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,6)


#18 South Florida stamped its first ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 shutout over #15 Virginia Tech. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then took 4 opening sets. Justin Roberts and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy picked up straight set wins at 5 and 6 to extend the lead to 3-0 and then Sasha Gozun would clinch the victory with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win at #2 over Andreas Bjerrehus.


Comments from USF recap
"It was an amazing day for the guys and all the work they've put in," head coach Matt Hill said. "It's a huge day for the program as well. We push the envelope and try to show other teams we're a program that's going to be around for a little while."

"Virginia Tech has very good doubles, especially at No. 1 and No. 2. I thought our guys did a great job of playing smart and competing really well throughout the doubles," Hill said.

"Our guys took it to another level in singles," Hill said. "They continue to impress the coaches on the big stages and in the big moments. They really enjoy it and elevate their game."

[2] #18 South Florida def. [1] #15 Virginia Tech 4-0
5/9/2015 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Roberto Cid (USF 14.37) vs. #68 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.20) 6-4, 6-5
2. #124 Sasha Gozun (USF 13.61) def. #43 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.99) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.80) vs. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.69) 7-6(4), 6-5
4. I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF 13.40) vs. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.89) 6-7(4), 6-4, 2-1
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.21) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.44) 6-2, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.29) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.03) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Doubles competition
1. #39 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) vs. #28 Roberts/Oliver Pramming (USF) 7-6
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT) 8-7(7)
3. Roberto Cid/I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF) def. Contini/Corbett (VT) 8-3
Match Notes:
USF 21-6; National ranking #18
Virginia Tech 20-5; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,2)


Other 2nd Round Results:



[11] #11 Ohio State def[2] #24 Vanderbilt 4-0 
May 9, 2015 - Columbus, OH (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #5 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. Kevin Metka/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-1
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Pen Binet/Ryan Smith (VU) 8-5
3. Ralf Steinbach/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Baker Newman/Suresh Eswaran (VU) 8-4
Singles Competition
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.58) vs. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.92) 7-6(5), 5-4
2. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.27) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.58) 6-1, 6-4
3. #88 Daniel Valent (VU 14.08) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.56) 6-3, 5-3, unf.
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.10) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.63) 6-4, 2-6, unf.
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.82) vs. Baker Newman (VU 12.90) 6-2, 7-6(6)
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.90) def. Jeff Offerdahl (VU 12.72) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 20-8; National ranking #24
Ohio State 27-8; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5)
Official: Jerri Banks T-2:06 A-192

Video

Comments from Oklahoma recap
"Singles was solid, head coach John Roddick said. "We didn't dig any holes. The one spot where we got down, we got out of it and had control of that match when it finished. Doubles was close. It came down to a tiebreaker and a few points here or there. Overall we are playing better there.

"It is pretty impressive to play like that at one, Roddick said. "When you are moving the ball around like that and not making errors it is tough to handle.

"He was just really patient, Roddick said. "He hit solid ground strokes in rallies and wasn't going for too much and didn't leave it short either. He just really did a good job of forcing that guy into errors all day. He won 12 games to five. That is pretty solid.

"We are going to get an idea of the practice schedule, but we are going to take a day off and then head out, Roddick said. "We are ready to get it going and I think the guys are excited to play.

[1] #1 Oklahoma def. [2] #28 Northwestern 4-1
May 09, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #48 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU) 2-6, 6-3, 0-1, unf
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Alp Horoz (NU) 7-5, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #64 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #57 Harris/Ghilea (OU) 8-5
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Webb/Papa (OU) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-4
Match Notes
Northwestern 21-9, 8-3; National ranking #28
Oklahoma 25-2,4-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,5,4)








[1] #10 Duke def. [2] #23 Stanford 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #14 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-0
2. #41 Jason Tahir (DU) led #71 John Morrissey (STAN) 2-6, 6-4, *5-4 unf
3. #57 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU) def. Davis Hsu (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
5. Chris Mengel (DU) led Robert Stineman (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 2-1* unf
6. TJ Pura (DU) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #9 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #20 Hemmeler/Alvarez (DU) 8-7 (3)
2. #69 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) 8-6
3. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (STAN) led Semenzato/Pura. (DU) 7-6
Match Notes
Duke 24-6; National ranking #10
Stanford 18-7; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,3,6)
NCAA Team Championship Second Round
Duke advances to NCAA Team Championship Round of 16
T-3:48 A-172



[1] #12 Wake Forest def. [3] #39 Pepperdine 4-0
May 09, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Outdoors)
Singles competition
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-4, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 7-6 (7-2), 1-5, unf
5. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) vs. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Maksim Kan (WF) vs. Tom Hill (PEP) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Hadlich/Thakkar (PEP) 7-3, unfi
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 8-2
3. Sam Bloom/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Stefan Menichella/Tom Hill (PEP) 8-2
Match Notes
Pepperdine 18-9; National ranking #39
Wake Forest 23-7; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,2)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - Second Round
Wake Forest goes for school-record 24th win
T-2:34 A-304

 
Comments from TCU recap
"Obviously that doubles point gave us a tremendous amount of momentum going into singles," head coach David Roditi said. "That is some of the most competitive points I have ever seen at the No. 3 position and it was anyone's match. Guillermo came up with a huge ace down match point and our No. 2 team of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson just keep getting it done. They are playing just such a high level and having so much fun. They are communicating and connecting and it is just fun to watch. The scary part is that we are winning doubles points and we can still play better. There is still room for improvement and that is exactly what we want going into next week.

"In singles, our guys came out focused and let that excitement from doubles keep them going. Cameron Norrie is just too good and he is just too much for some guys at the No. 3 position. Guillermo finally closed out his m
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[4] Illinois (27-4) vs. [13] North Carolina (23-10) - Thursday 1pm - Illinois is coming off a 4-0 win over Green Bay and a 4-2 squeaker over #33 Drake while North Carolina blanked William & Mary and then won fairly comfortably over #20 Mississippi State 4-1. North Carolina welcomed Esben Hess-Olesen back to the singles lineup at #6 after he missed all but a handful of matches with injury troubles. Illinois won the regular season meeting 4-3 in a match that North Carolina played without its #2 Ronnie Schneider though Hess-Olesen was in at #3 so the bottom half of the lineup stayed the same.  The only singles rematches will come at #1 and #5. Below is the box score from that first meeting and here are a few video highlights that I shot when I was in attendance.  

#8 Illinois 4, #6 North Carolina 3
Jan 31, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #2 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Brett Clark (UNC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. #62 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 7-6 (5), 6-2
5. Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-4
2. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 6-1
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-1
Match Notes
North Carolina 6-1; National ranking #6
Illinois 4-1; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,6,3,2,1)

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Doubles Records: Illinois 20-11, North Carolina 24-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 86, North Carolina 84

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

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.69)  vs. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.64)
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.55) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.35)
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.24) vs. #73 Brett Clark (NC 13.88) 
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) vs. Jack Murray (NC 14.15) 
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.53) vs. Robert Kelly (NC 13.70)
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.39) vs. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.54)
Others who could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.40), Brian Page (ILL 12.68), Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.41)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Gosea 13-5 (5-5) vs. Schnur 9-7 (4-7) 
2. J Hiltzik 20-2 (11-2) vs. Schneider 17-10 (6-10) 
3. Kopinski 18-4 (2-3) vs. Clark 20-6 (6-4) 
4. A Hiltzik 17-3 (3-0) vs. Murray 19-6 (2-4) 
5. Vukic 22-2 (3-0) vs. Kelly 23-4 (1-1) 
6. Guignon 5-3 vs. Hess-Olesen 4-4 (1-2)

1. Gosea has won 8 in a row including a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 win on Saturday over Drake's #40 Alen Salibasic while Schnur has won 5 of 6 including a Saturday win over Mississippi State's #62 Florian Lakat 6-3, 6-4. Gosea came back from 5-2 down in the 3rd to beat Schnur in the regular season meeting to clinch the team win. Gosea has been the more consistent of the two all season and that's why I think he pulls through in this one. Prediction: Gosea (ILL) in 2

2. Jared Hiltzik has won 8 of his last 9 and he won on Saturday against Drake's #66 Ben Lott 7-5, 6-4 while Schneider has split his last 6 with his last match against Juan Cruz Estevarena going unfinished with Schneider leading 6-4, 3-4. There will probably be a lot of long rallies in this one but Hiltzik is just a notch better than Schnedier.  Prediction: Hiltzik (ILL) in 2

3. Kopinski has won 6 of his last 7 but he lost on Saturday to Drake's Matt Frost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 while Clark has won 8 of his last 10 but he also lost on Saturday to Mississippi State's Mate Cutura 6-2, 6-2. Prediction: DNF with Kopinski (ILL) leading in the 3rd

4. Aron Hiltzik has won 15 in a row though both his matches over the weekend went unfinished though he did lead Drake's Ravi Patel 5-2 in the 3rd. Murray has won 8 of his last 10 with his match on Saturday against Mississippi State's Rishab Agarwal going unfinished with Murray leading 7-5, 3-1. These are two evenly matched players but I like Hiltzik to pull through in what I think will be the match decider Prediction: Hiltzik (ILL) in 3

5. Vukic has won 20 of his last 21 including a 6-0, 6-3 win on Saturday over Drake's Calum MacGeoch while Kelly has won 8 in a row including a 6-2, 6-1 rout on Saturday over Mississippi State's Tassilo Schmid. Kelly beat Vukic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the regular season meeting. Both guys are playing extremely well but I think Vukic comes out on top this time. Prediction: Vukic (ILL) in 2

6. Guignon has won his last 2 including a 7-6, 6-4 win on Saturday over Drake's Ben Mullis while Hess-Olesen won 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday over Mississippi State's Julian Cash. It was Hess-Olesen's first win since beating Aron Hiltzik back on January 31st. Hess-Olesen has been battling injuries all year but when healthy he is a top half of the lineup player. Prediction: Hess-Olesen (UNC) in 3

The doubles point is a toss-up but I'll go with North Carolina based on their performance last weekend. If Hess-Olesen plays like he did against Cash he should win at #6 but I think Illinois gets it done everywhere else with Gosea, Vukic, and the Hiltzik brothers winning at 1, 2, 4, and 5. North Carolina's path to a win would be to take doubles and get wins from Schnur, Clark, and Hess-Olesen.  Prediction: Illinois 4-2



[5] TCU (23-7) vs. [12] Wake Forest (24-7) - Thursday 1pm - TCU is coming off a pair of shutouts over Marist and #30 Tulsa while Wake did the same and blanked George Washington and #39 Pepperdine. Wake's Jon Ho played in doubles but did not play in singles in either match so there must be an injury keeping him out. Wake will need him in the lineup to have a good shot at beating TCU for a 2nd time this year.  Wake Forest did win the regular season meeting 4-3 (box score below) in a match the Deacs played without its #1 Noah Rubin. However only 1 of the singles matches will be a rematch with that likely coming at #5 between Dachs and Seraphim and that'll only happen if Jon Ho returns to the lineup. 

#20 Wake Forest 4, #13 TCU 3
Mar 08, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #70 Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-5)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Will Stein (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) 6-2, 6-4
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4, 6-3
6. Maksim Kan (WF) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #28 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU) 6-2
2. Jon Ho/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Hudson Blake/Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Sam Bloom/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-3
Match Notes
TCU 9-5 (0-1 Big 12); National ranking #13
Wake Forest 9-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)
Used ITA shortened scoring format.
T-3:40 A-119


Doubles Records: TCU 16-11, Wake Forest 23-7
Projected Doubles Lineups with W-L ( ):
1. #23 Chappell/Stein (TCU 9-12) vs. #13 Seraphim/Mansouri (WF 17-7)
2. #30 Trevor Johnson/Norrie (TCU 13-2) vs. Rubin/Ho (WF 15-5) 
3. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU 7-2) vs. Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF 8-4)

This will be a monster doubles point that I think may decide who wins the match. Wake has taken the doubles point in 5 of its last 6 matches while TCU has won it in 4 of its last 5. TCU is 4-9 in doubles against top 25 opponents while Wake is 5-4. I'm going to take Wake at #1 and #3 to claim the point and take the early 1-0 lead.

UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, Wake Forest 84

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

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

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.04) vs. #6 Noah Rubin (WF 15.18)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.00) vs. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.63) 
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.31) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.36)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.96) vs. #106 Jon Ho (WF 13.81) 
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.10) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.70)
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.55) vs. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.04) 
Others who could play: Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.30), Maksim Kan (WF 13.30)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
Chappell 11-6 (4-6) vs. Rubin 21-3 (12-3)
Nunez 19-1 (5-1) vs. Bogaerts 21-4 (8-4)
Norrie 16-8 (5-7) vs. Mansouri 15-11 (1-7)
Lugones 15-5 (2-1) vs. Ho 17-8 (2-5)
Dachs 17-5 (3-4) vs. Seraphim 18-9
Stein 12-7 (0-2) vs. Tabrizi 8-6/Kan 10-5

1. Chappell has dropped 4 of his last 5 though he was ahead in both of his matches last weekend that went unfinished while Rubin has won 12 in a row and 16 of 17. Rubin is on a roll and I don't see Chappell derailing him. Prediction: Rubin (WF) in 2.

2. Nunez has won 4 in a row since his only loss to USF's Sasha Gozun (10 point TB instead of a 3rd set) while Bogaerts has won 9 in a row and he hasn't dropped a set since April 3rd. Nunez is coming off a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tulsa's #87 Alejandro Espejo while Bogaerts beat Pepperdine's Rakshay Thakkar 6-1, 6-4. This will be the first time that Nunez has played a top 20 player and it'll be by far his biggest test this year. I think Bogaerts has a little too much game and pulls it out in 3. Prediction: Bogaerts (WF) in 3

3. Norrie has won 8 in a row and is coming off a weekend where he only dropped 7 games in blowout wins over Tulsa's Matthew Kirby and Marist's Fredrik Bjerke while Mansouri has won 5 of his last 6 and is coming off a 6-4, 6-2 win over Pepperdine's Stefan Menichella. Mansouri is 1-7 against ranked opponents and I don't see him getting win #2 in this one. Prediction: Norrie (TCU) in 2

4. Lugones has won 10 of his last 11 while Ho has split his last 4. Ho played doubles last weekend but didn't play singles in either match. Lugones beat Marist's Joseph Dube 6-1, 6-0 but he trailed Tulsa's Juan Gonzalez 6-3, 4-5 when the match was stopped. If Ho plays and is close to 100% I think he wins this match. Prediction: Ho (WF) in 3

5. Dachs has won 6 in a row and is coming off a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tulsa's Carlos Bautista while Seraphim has won 4 of his last 5 and was headed for a split in his last match with Pepperdine's Pedro Iamachkine with the score 7-6, 1-5. Dachs won the regular season meeting 6-4, 6-3 and I think he wins this one by a similar score. Prediction: Dachs (TCU) in 2

6. Stein has won 5 of his last 6 while Tabrizi's last 4 matches have gone unfinished though he led in 3. Stein's last match against Tulsa's Dylan McCloskey was stopped in the 1st set since they only had 5 indoors courts and his match was last on while Tabrizi led Pepperdine's Lautaro Pane 6-2, 3-4 before that one was halted. Stein's the better player and should win this one. Prediction: Stein (TCU) in 2

In my opinion this is the toughest of Round of 16 matches to pick a winner. When I was filling out my bracket last week I pencilled in a 4-3 win for Wake but after Jon Ho didn't play singles last weekend that had me reconsidering my pick. I think for me it boils down to whether Ho plays because if he does play I think he and Wake Forest wins 4-3. If Ho doesn't play singles and they have to move Seraphim up to 4, Tabrizi to 5, and Kan to 6 then I think TCU wins 4-2 or 4-3. I'll stick with my original pick and go with Wake with Bogaerts clinching it at #2 singles.  Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3




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It was a wild and crazy Thursday with it taking 6+ hours to complete the opening matches due to a series of rain/lightning delays. Both the Oklahoma/UCLA and Georgia/Texas matches started outdoors and were finished indoors due to 3 rain delays and lastly a lightning delay.

Before I go through the matches I wanted to thank you guys on twitter for Periscoping some of the key points in the indoor matches where there wasn't streaming video available.  Big shout out to Jeff McMillan and Drew Mastin who both did a great job letting me and many others follow the end of the Oklahoma/UCLA and Georgia/Texas matches. Jeff also had footage of many of the key moments in the Virginia/Columbia match as well. They say a picture is worth a thousand words - well if that's the case then a video is worth a million words. It's so much better to be able to watch and experience these matches on some kind of video because words can only tell you so much.  Thanks again guys!!

The unpredictable Oklahoma doubles pairings surprised many of us by taking the doubles point with ease over UCLA.  Both Harris/Ghilea and Webb/Papa won 8-4 at #1 and #2 doubles.


In singles play Oklahoma raced out to a 3-0 lead after Alex Ghilea and Spencer Papa won by identical 6-3, 6-4 score at #4 and #5 singles and it looked like Florin Bragusi was going to potentially make it 4-0 when he led Joseph DiGiulio 6-3, 5-5 at #4.  However DiGiulio would hold for 6-5 then break Bragusi to send it to a 3rd set.

Mackenzie McDonald would put UCLA on the board when he handed Axel Alvarez his first dual-match loss of the year with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #1. Alvarez jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd before McDonald won 6 of the next 7 games to close the match out.

Martin Redlicki had just broken Dane Webb to go up 3-2 in the 3rd at #3 singles when play would be stopped by a lightning delay and with this being the 4th delay the decision was made to move all remaining matches indoors.
Once indoors Redlicki held onto the break lead and finished off Webb 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to trim the Oklahoma lead to 3-2.

After taking the 1st set in a tiebreak, UCLA's Dennis Mkrtchian would break Andrew Harris to go up 5-4 in the 2nd but Harris would break back and eventually push the match to a tiebreak. Mkrtchian would control the 2nd set tiebreak just like he did the first and would close it out for a 7-6(5), 7-6(3) win to knot the match at 3.

In the deciding match OU's Mr. Clutch Florin Bragusi would go up 4-2 in the 3rd and would end up serving out the match at love to take the match clinching 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win to send Oklahoma on to the Quarterfinals.

FYI, I embedded a video that has UGA/Texas highlights that starts to auto-play when this page is opened so if you hear sound that's where it's coming from. Can't see to figure out how to keep it from automatically playing. (if there are any readers that are fairly tech savvy send me a message and let me know how you can embed a URL without it automatically starting)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 15th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

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Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On his team's fight
"They played really well at the top. (Mackenzie) McDonald had a great match against Axel (Alverez). Axel played pretty well, he just missed a couple of opportunities and ended up losing it and at a high level that is what happens. He went on to play a really good match. I thought (Martin) Redlicki did a great job of closing Dane (Webb) out in the third set when they moved indoors. Dane had a couple chances to break back and didn't quite get there. Even Andrew (Harris) had a chance into the third. We got a little unlucky and you'd like to think you'd get a couple of those points that you need. But we didn't get them today and our guys down low pulled it through.

On the rain delays
"It's hard on the staff. You have to make sure you have everything when you come off. It was a difficult day. It's tough on the guys to go on and off the court. Our guys did a really good job handling that. They kind of knew because when the weather is like that you kind of know. These guys have dealt with days like that before with weather so it wasn't something they've never done. That helps with it and with the staff we have here it makes it a little bit easier.

More Comments from OU recap
On Florin Bragusi

"He is undefeated in that situation, head coach John Roddick said. "We are proud of that effort, and he is one of those guys you just want to have out there at the end.

"He did a good job, Roddick said. "I think moving indoors helped him. He was able to get the ball through the court a little bit more.

"I think it helped me to move inside, Bragusi said. "I play better indoors and I think the guy I was playing prefers to play outdoors. I think that helped me a little bit.

"It is a great feeling, but I just won one match, Bragusi said. "Everyone did a great job, especially in doubles. It feels great to clinch, but we won three other matches. It is a team victory.

On Georgia:
"We saw Georgia at the National Indoors and then we played them in January in a preseason tournament, Roddick said. "We have a day off after a tough match so we'll be ready to play and I'm sure they will be too.

The stage is set for Quarterfinal Saturday and it should be a good one with 7 of the top 8 seeds still alive. It wouldn't surprise me to see all 4 matches finish with a 4-3 score and I'd actually be pretty surprised if at least 1 higher seed didn't go down.

For those that didn't see the notice tomorrow's matches have been moved up 2 hours to try and stay ahead of the rain so tune in at 11am eastern for 1st serve.

Let's dive in and get started:

[1] Oklahoma (27-2) vs. [8] Georgia (24-4) - Saturday 11am est.- Oklahoma is coming off a 4-3 win over #16 UCLA in a match that saw the Sooners win the doubles point and sweep the bottom 3 while Georgia beat #9 Texas 4-1 in a match where the Bulldogs took the doubles point and won at 2, 3, and 5. These teams are very familiar with each other because Oklahoma came to Georgia 3 times in a 4 month period to play in the Southern Intercollegiates, the Bulldog Scramble, and the MLK Invitational in Atlanta. In case you didn't know, OU Head Coach John Roddick is a Georgia graduate (98) and was also an assistant there from 2000 to 2002. OU's Assistant Coach Bo Hodge is also a Georgia graduate (04) and was part of the 2001 National Championship Team. This will be the 3rd time in 6 years that these two have met in the NCAA Tournament with Georgia beating OU in the 2010 Quarterfinals and the 2013 Round of 16.  


FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 15th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Doubles Records: Oklahoma 16-13, Georgia 20-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 87, Georgia 85

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.18) vs. #24 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.61)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) vs. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.31) 
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.21)  vs. #31 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.38)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.41) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.48)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.90) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.85) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.84)
Others who could play: Jose Salazar (OU 13.85), Peter Bertran (UGA 13.59)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Alvarez 23-1 (18-1) vs. Montgomery 14-3 (5-3)
2. Harris 18-5 (15-5) vs. Smith 15-6 (8-6)
3. Webb 15-7 (6-7) vs.  Pasha 15-5 (2-4)
4. Ghilea 19-4 (2-2) vs. Wagland 10-6 (1-3)
5. Papa 12-9 (0-7) vs. Wood 16-6 (1-4)
6. Bragusi 10-3 vs. Oosterbaan 13-3 (0-1)

#1 singles - Alvarez had his 23 match winning streak snapped in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to UCLA's #3 Mackenzie McDonald while Montgomery has won 7 in a row and was close to an 8th when his match with #4 Soren Hess-Olesen was halted with Montgomery up 5-3 (40-40) in the 3rd. Montgomery defeated Alvarez 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 back in September in the Southern Intercollegiate semifinals though that match was almost 9 months ago. This should be a good one with lots of long rallies and I think it goes 3 sets by I don't see Axel dropping a 2nd straight. Prediction: Alvarez (OU) in 3

#2 singles - Harris had his 8 match winning streak snapped in a 7-6, 7-6 loss to UCLA's #36 Dennis Mkrtchian while Smith has split his last 4 after beating Texas's #42 Lloyd Glasspool 6-3, 7-6. There was some talk that Harris was having some back trouble but I assume he'll be good to go after getting a 48 hour rest. Smith would have to play his best match this year to come out on top but I think Harris will be just a little too strong. Prediction: Harris (OU) in 2

#3 singles -  Webb has dropped 6 of his last 9 after going down 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to UCLA's #118 Martin Redlicki while Pasha has won 4 of his last 5 after beating Texas's #54 Adrien Berkowicz 6-3, 6-2. Pasha beat Webb 7-6, 6-4 back in January in the MLK Invitational in Atlanta. This will be a hard fought dual between a pair of seniors and a month or so ago I would have taken Webb in 2 but he's gone into a tailspin and Pasha is starting to come to life. Prediction: Pasha (UGA) in 2

#4 singles -  Ghilea has won 5 of his last 7 and 10 of 12 after he rolled over UCLA's Karue Sell 6-3, 6-4 while Wagland had his 7-match winning streak stopped with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Texas's George Goldhoff.  The "Machine" isn't a guy that's going to lay down and while Wagland will hang in there I think Ghilea will have a tad too much for him. Prediction: Ghilea (OU) in 2

#5 singles - Papa has won 2 in a row after he beat UCLA's Austin Rapp 6-3, 6-4 while Wood has won 5 of his last 6 after he came from behind in both sets to beat Texas's Nick Naumann 7-6, 7-5. This should be an interesting matchup with both guys likely to stay behind the baseline and hit forehands all day. Wood isn't going to be able to count on Papa checking out like Naumann and I think Wood hangs in there mentally and gets it done in a 3rd set. Prediction: Wood (UGA) in 3

#6 singles - Bragusi has won 3 of his last 5 after he clinched yesterday's match with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over UCLA's Joseph DiGiulio while Oosterbaan has won 12 in a row though his match yesterday against Texas's Clement Homs went unfinished with Oosterbaan up 2-1 in the 3rd. If Oosterbaan is going to win this one he better make sure it's not the last match to finish because nobody beats Florin Bragusi in a 3-3 match. I think Oosterbaan's serve will be popping and he'll run his winning streak to 13 with a somewhat surprising win. Prediction: Oosterbaan (UGA) in 3

I'm going to take Georgia in doubles with the Bulldogs taking #1 and #2.  I like Alvarez, Harris, and Ghilea at 1, 2, and 4 for OU but I like Pasha, Wood, and Oosterbaan at 3, 5, and 6 for Georgia. I think the Wood/Papa match will be the last one on and it should be some high drama. I'm going with a Saturday Stunner - Prediction: Georgia 4-3



[5] TCU (24-7) vs. [13] North Carolina (24-10) - Saturday 11am est - TCU is coming off a 4-0 whippin' of #12 Wake Forest while North Carolina clawed its way past #4 Illinois 4-3. These teams met last year in the regular season with UNC winning 4-3 when Brayden Schnur outlasted Nick Chappell 6-3 in the 3rd in the decider. The Schnur/Chappell matchup at #1 will be the only rematch. UNC is back in the quarterfinals for the 2nd year in a row and for the 3rd time in program history. TCU is back in the quarterfinals for the 9th time in program history though it'll be the first time since 2001.

Doubles Records: TCU 17-11, North Carolina 25-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, North Carolina 84

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) vs.  #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.63)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.11) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.36)
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.35) vs. #73 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) 
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.99) vs. Jack Murray (NC 14.17)  
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.13) vs. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77)
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.51) vs. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
Chappell 11-6 (4-6) vs. Schnur 10-7 (5-7) 
Nunez 20-1 (6-1) vs. Schneider 18-10 (7-10)
Norrie 16-8 (5-7) vs. Clark 20-7 (6-5) 
Lugones 16-5 (2-1) vs. Murray 19-7 (2-5) 
Dachs 17-5 (3-4) vs. Kelly 23-5 (1-2)
Stein 13-7 (0-2) vs. Hess-Olesen 5-4 (1-2)

1. Chappell has dropped 4 of his last 5 completed matches though he trailed Wake's #6 Noah Rubin 6-0, 4-4 before the match was stopped while Schnur has won 6 of 7 including a 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win over Illinois's #33 Farris Gosea.  Schnur beat Chappell 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a dual match last year. Prediction: Schnur (UNC) in 3

2. Nunez has won 5 in a row and is coming off the best win of his young collegiate career after drilling Wake's #16 Romain Bogaerts 6-3, 6-1 while Schneider won 4 of his last 7 after clinching UNC's win over Illiniois with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 win over #23 Jared Hiltzik. Schneider is tough competitor but Nunez made a believer out of me after he blew out Bogaerts. Prediction: Nunez (TCU) in 3

3. Norrie has won 8 in a row and was leading Wake's Skander Mansouri 6-2, 4-5 before the match was stopped while Clark has now dropped 2 in a row after falling to Illinois's #65 Tim Kopinski 4-6, 6-1, 6-0. Clark had won 8 of 9 prior to the 2-match slide. Norrie is playing his best tennis of the year right now and I think he rolls in this one. Prediction: Norrie (TCU) in 2 

4. Lugones has won 11 of his last 12 after dispatching Wake's Jon Ho 6-3, 6-2 while Murray has won 8 of his last 11 though he is coming off a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Illinois's #81 Aron Hiltzik. I look for Murray to bounce back and take this one in straights. Prediction: Murray (UNC) in 2

5. Dachs has won 6 in a row and he led Wake's Christian Seraphim 7-6, 2-1 before the match was halted while Kelly had his 8-match winning streak stopped with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Illinois's #74 Aleks Vukic. I think Kelly might be looking at a second straight match because I like Dachs. Prediction: Dachs (TCU) in 3

6. Stein has won 6 of his last 7 and is coming off a 6-2, 6-0 destruction of Wake's Keivon Tabrizi while Hess-Olesen has won his last 2 after soundly defeating Illinois's Toshiki Matsuya 6-3, 6-2. Stein has been playing well but it sounds like Hess-Olesen is playing like his old self which spells trouble. Prediction: Hess-Olesen (UNC) in 2

I think the winner of the doubles point will win this match and even though North Carolina has been playing well in doubles i think this TCU team will find way to get it done and will take the point with wins at 2 and 3. I like Nunez, Norrie, and Dachs for TCU and Schnur, Murray, and Hess-Olesen for UNC. I think Nunez will win the decider at #2 to put TCU into the semifinals. Prediction: TCU 4-3


 
[3] Virginia (26-3) vs. [6] Texas A&M (24-4) - Saturday 3pm est - Virginia is coming off a tough 4-0 win over #17 Columbia that saw the Hoos get challenged in several spots while Texas A&M pulled out a 4-3 thriller over #11 Ohio State. The Aggies are in the quarterfinals for the 2nd time in program history and first time since 2001 while Virginia returns to the quarters for the 11th year in a row.

Doubles Records: Virginia 26-3, Texas A&M 23-5
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 87, Texas A&M 85

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.88) vs. #47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.40) 
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.53) vs. #80 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.24)
3. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.72) vs. #84 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.34) 
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.77) vs. #78 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.64)
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.07) vs. #92 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.33)
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) vs. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.68) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Shane 19-6 (12-5) vs. Efferding 12-3 (4-3)
2. Frank 16-3 (11-3) vs. Vinsant 8-3 (6-2) 
3. Altamirano 18-3 (3-2) vs. Rinderknech 14-4 (1-3)
4. Kwiatkowski 21-3 (1-3) vs. Adams 5-10 (1-6)  
5. Ritschard 10-3 (2-1) vs. Catanzariti 20-5 (1-0)
6. Aragone 21-3 (0-1) vs. Arconada 10-4 (0-1)

#1 singles - Shane has won 10 of 12 and is coming off a 6-3, 6-4 win over Columbia's #17 Winston Lin in a match where Shane had to have his ankle taped after "tweaking" it while Efferding has won 3 in a row after beating Ohio State's #55 Mikael Torpegaard 7-5, 6-4. It'll be interesting to see if the ankle gives Shane any trouble because Efferding's best chance is if Shane isn't 100%. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 3

#2 singles - Frank has won 8 of his last 9 completed matches though he'd had 3 in a row go unfinished after he split sets with Columbia's Dragos Ignat.  Vinsant has won 2 in a row after he beat Ohio State's #50 Chris Diaz 6-4, 6-2. Frank won the only prior meeting 6-2, 6-1 back in 2013. Prediction: Frank (UVA) in 2.

#3 singles - Altamirano has won 3 of his last 5 after being Columbia's Ashok Narayana 7-6, 6-0 while Rinderknech has won 3 of his last 4 including the match clincher yesterday against Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. Prediction: DNF with Rinderknech (aTm) leading

#4 singles - Kwiatkowski has won 10 in a row and 14 of his last 15 including a 6-2, 7-6 win over Columbia's Max Schnur while Adams has won 5 of his last 7 but is coming off a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 loss to Ohio State's Hunter Callahan.  Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 2

#5 singles - Ritschard has won his last 5 but his match against Columbia's Mike Vermeer went unfinished with Ritschard leading 2-0 in the 3rd.  Catanzariti had his 4-match winning streak stopped when he went down 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 to Ohio State's Kevin Metka though Catanzariti has still won 16 of his last 18. Prediction: Catanzariti (aTm) in 2   

#6 singles - Aragone has won 15 in a row though he was trailing Columbia's Shawn Hadavi 6-2, 5-5 the last time out while Arconada has won 8 of his last 10 completed matches though Jordi went down 7-6, 7-6 to Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach. Prediction: Aragone (UVA) in 3

I expect this to be a tight match from start to the finish and it'll start off with Texas A&M taking the doubles point for the 24th time this season with wins at 1 and 3. I'll go with Shane, Frank, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone in singles for Virginia and Catanzariti for Texas A&M with Rinderknech ahead at 3.  If Shane's ankle isn't close to 100% I wouldn't be surprised to see him go down to Efferding. I think Frank and Kwiatkowski are the only semi-locks but everything else is wide open in my opinion. I'll go with Virginia but not by much.  Prediction: Virginia 4-2



[2] Baylor (24-5) vs. [7] #8 USC (24-4) - Saturday 3pm est - Baylor is coming off a tighter than expected 4-1 win over #18 South Florida while USC crushed #10 Duke 4-0. Baylor won the first encounter 4-3 back on March 21st in Indian Wells in a match that had no singles matches go 3 sets which is odd considering how good these teams both are. Baylor has the home court advantage but USC is starting to look really good. 

Doubles Records: Baylor 26-2, USC 18-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Baylor 86, USC 86

#3 Baylor 4, #4 Southern California 3
Mar 21, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.92) 6-2, 7-5
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.36) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-4, 6-3
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01) def. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) 6-3, 7-5
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.18) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 7-5
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) def. #50 Max de Vroome (USC 14.30) 6-4, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) def. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.06) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #4 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #50 Eric Johnson/Max de Vroome (USC) 7-6 (7-1)
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Thibault Forget/Nick Crystal (USC) 6-3
Match Notes
Southern California 13-3; National ranking #4
Baylor 14-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4,5,1) 


Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #2 Julian Lenz (BU 15.07) vs. #15 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.49) 
2. #35 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.12) vs. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.51) 
3. #58 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.41) vs. #85 Eric Johnson (USC 14.44) 
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.79) vs. #45 Jonny Wang (USC 14.37) 
5. #116 Mate Zsiga (BU 14.19) vs. #94 Max de Vroome (USC 14.16) 
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.17) vs. #61 Nick Crystal (USC 13.92) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Lenz 15-4 (12-4) vs. Hanfmann 11-8 (8-8)
2. Lupieri 9-9 (4-9) vs. Quiroz 16-4 (9-4) 
3. Tchoutakian 15-8 (4-7) vs. Johnson 20-2 (4-1) 
4. Galeano 13-4 (2-2) vs. De Vroome 17-3 
5. Zsiga 13-3 (2-2) vs. De Vroome 18-3 
6. Rios 20-3 (1-0) vs. Crystal 18-2

#1 singles - Lenz has won 8 of his last 10 completed matches with the 2 losses coming to #1 Axel Alvarez and he's coming off a 6-3, 7-5 win over #21 Roberto Cid while Hanfmann has now won 2 in a row after drilling #13 Nicolas Alvarez yesterday 6-1, 6-1. Lenz won the first meeting over Hanfmann 6-2, 7-5. Prediction: Hanfmann (USC) in 3

#2 singles - Lupieri has lost his last 4 completed matches and was on the verge of going down against USF's Sasha Gozun when the match was halted with Gozun up 5-1 in the 3rd. Quiroz has won 9 of his last 10 and picked up a big win over Duke's #41 Jason Tahir 6-1, 7-5. Quiroz won the first meeting over Lupieri 6-4, 6-3 and I expect a similar scoreline on Saturday. Prediction: Quiroz (USC) in 2

#3 singles - Tchoutakian has split his last 4 after going down 6-3, 6-2 to USF's Oliver Pramming while Johnson has won 6 in a row and 18 of 19. Johnson's match against Duke's #57 Raphael Hemmeler went unfinished with EJ up 6-3, 4-4. Eric Johnson won the first meeting 6-3, 7-5 and I'd be surprised if the result was much different this time. Prediction: Johnson (USC) in 2

#4 singles - Galeano has won his last 6 including a 6-1, 6-2 win over USF's Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz while Wang has won 16 in a row and is coming off an unfinished match against Duke's Bruno Semenzato which had just split sets. Galeano didn't play in the first meeting against USC due to an injury. Prediction: Galeano (BU) in 3

#5 singles - Zsiga has won 11 of his last 12 completed matches although his match against USF's Justin Roberts went unfinished with it tied at 1 in the 3rd.  De Vroome has won 10 of his last 11 including a 6-3, 6-2 win over Duke's Chris Mengel. Zsiga won the first meeting 6-4, 6-4. Prediction: Zsiga (BU) in 3

#6 singles - Rios has won 10 of his last 11 including a 6-1, 6-4 win over USF's Vadym Kalyuzhnyy while Crystal has won 4 in a row and 8 of 9 but he just missed out on another win when his match against Duke's TJ Pura was halted with Crystal up 7-5, 5-0. Rios won the first meeting 6-2, 6-3. Prediction: Rios (BU) in 2

Baylor may have looked a tad unfocused in its match with South Florida but they'll be dialed in for this one against the defending national champs.  I like Baylor in doubles and then think they'll sweep the bottom 3 with Galeano, Zsiga, and Rios picking up wins. I look for USC to sweep the top 3 with Hanfmann, Quiroz, and Johnson winning. BU in a squeaker - Prediction: Baylor 4-3


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I was expecting 4 knock down drag em out fights but in the end there were 2 good matches and 2 that weren't as close as I anticipated.

It was expected to be another wet day with the chance of rain around 50% but the showers stayed away and for the most part is was a very pleasant day (for the spectators). It was overcast, humid, and windy for the first 2 matches and then the sun came out for the last 2 but the wind and humidity stayed around all day.

In the opening match of the day on the main Grandstand Courts it was #1 Oklahoma pushing past #7 Georgia 4-2.  This will be Oklahoma's second ever NCAA semifinal appearance with the first time coming last year.

In doubles all 3 courts stayed on serve until Georgia's #2 team of Nathan Pasha and Wayne Montgomery broke at love to go up 4-2 but OU's Dane Webb and Spencer Papa broke right back from 30-40 to put it back on serve.

OU's #1 team of Andrew Harris and Alex Ghilea would break the Ben Wagland serve from 15-40 to go up 5-3 then Andrew Harris would hold at love to make it 6-3. OU would break the Austin Smith serve for 7-3 then "The Machine" Alex Ghilea would serve it out (clip below) to give OU the 8-3 win at #1. It was only the 3rd loss on the year for the ITA #1 doubles team of Wagland/Smith.


OU's #3 team of Axel Alvarez and Jose Salazar would snag its first break when they broke the Eric Diaz serve from 30-40 to go up 5-3 and they'd follow that up with a hold for 6-3. After 3 straight holds (2 by UGA & 1 by OU) OU's Axel Alvarez would serve for the match up 7-5. Alvarez fell behind 15-30 on his serve but battled back to ad-in and that set up match point:


Georgia's #2 team led 7-6 in the unfinished match though it was on serve.

Georgia really came out firing on all cylinders in singles and would storm out to break leads at 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 singles. While Austin Smith, Nathan Pasha, and Nick Wood would win first sets for Georgia at 2, 3, and 5, OU's Alex Ghilea and Florin Bragusi would both rally back to take their opening sets at 4 and 6. Bragusi actually trailed 3-0 and was down 0-40 on his serve before he rallied to win 5 straight games and would ultimately take the set 6-4.

The only OU Sooner to never trail was its #1 Axel Alvarez as he broke the Wayne Montgomery serve to go up 3-1 and would never look back in route to a 6-1, 6-1 win in a match that lasted a surprisingly long 1 hour and 14 minutes (long considering the scoreline).  Here is match point for Axel:



Exactly 4 minutes later Georgia's Nathan Pasha would put the Bulldogs on the board as he finished off Dane Webb 6-2, 6-3 at #3 singles. For the second match in a row Pasha led wire to wire as he broke Webb early and often in route to the win. Here is match point from the fired up Pasha


OU's Florin Bragusi would be next off the court as he finished off Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 6-2 at #6 singles.  After falling behind 3-0, Bragusi rattled off 12 of the next 15 games with match point coming below (I was a little too far away to get a good shot)


Oklahoma would now lead 3-1 and even though Georgia's Nick Wood had a break lead in the 3rd at #5, the Sooners were in control on the other 2 courts.  OU's Andrew Harris battled back from a set down to go up 4-1 in the 3rd at #2 singles and he was serving to try and make it 5-1. OU's Alex Ghilea had opened up a 7-6, 5-2 lead at #4 so it appeared it was just a matter of time before OU put this one to bed.

Georgia wouldn't go down without a fight as Austin Smith broke Harris and then held to pull within 4-3 (still 1 break down). Wagland would hold and then break Ghilea to put it back on serve at 5-4.

Nick Wood would then close out Spencer Papa 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at #5 singles to pull Georgia to within 3-2 and it looked like for a few minutes that something special might be happening.


Wagland would hold for 5-5 but Ghilea quickly held for 6-5. Harris held for 5-3 but Smith held right back for 4-5. Wagland fell into a hole on his 5-6 service game and would fight off 2 match points but he couldn't fight off the 3rd as he double faulted to give Ghilea the match clinching 7-6(4), 7-5 win.

Below is the video clip I shot of match point and below that is the clip from the opposite side that OU shot - if Wagland's serve did indeed miss it sure couldn't have missed by much because as you can see Wagland wasn't pleased with the call.



At the time of the clinch Georgia's Austin Smith was up 15-30 on the Harris serve so it would have been high drama if he would have broke and Wagland could have forced a 3rd set.

Going into this week I knew the doubles point would be crucial to Georgia's hopes of advancing because winning 4 singles matches against this kind of competition wasn't going to be easy and it proved to be just a tad too difficult today against #1 Oklahoma.

Here is a highlight clip from OU's recap with a few interviews as well:


Video


FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 15th. For more details about UTR check out their website

[1] Oklahoma def. [8] #7 Georgia 4-2
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts 
Doubles Competition
1. #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (GA) 8-3       
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Pasha (GA) 6-7 unf.
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Eric Diaz/Paul Osterbaan (GA) 8-5
Singles Competition
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.19) def.#24 Wayne Montgomery (GA 14.61) 6-1, 6-1
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) vs. #30 Austin Smith (GA 14.32) 4-6, 6-4, 5-4 (15-30) unf.
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (GA 14.38) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.22) 6-2, 6-3
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.42) def. Ben Wagland (GA 13.49) 7-6(4), 7-5
5. NickWood (GA 13.85) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.90) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) def. Paul Oosterbaan (GA 13.85) 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 29-2
Georgia 24-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,6,5,4)

Match Times:
Alvarez - 1 hour and 14 minutes
Pasha - 1 hour and 18 minutes
Bragusi - 1 hour and 31 minutes
Wood - 1 hour and 55 minutes
Ghilea - 2 hours and 21 minutes

Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On the match results
"We were in a good position. It always gets a little tougher to close out, but we had two good opportunities. Georgia had us down early and I thought we played really well. We played doubles as well as we had all year, and who knows if that would have been the difference or not. We will never know. We've done this all year where we try to put teams in a position where it is going to take a heck of an effort to come back and beat us, and I think that's what our guys did today. It was a great effort.

On playing a conference opponent in the semifinals
"I think everybody in our conference knew our conference was really good all year. I think even throughout the recruiting season, when we saw who guys were bringing in, we knew it was going to be a really good conference. You still have to go out and play. I think TCU has gotten better all year long. From indoors, when I first really saw them, to now, I think they are better and are more confident in themselves. So it's going to be a tough match. It will be way tougher than the match we had with them at home. We controlled a lot of that match and their lineup is a lot different. I think it is going to be a really difficult match. We will be ready to come out and battle and get tough points.

More comments from the OU recap
"It was one of our top goals of the year to reach this point, Roddick said. "That was a goal, but we are not happy just being in the final four. We want to play another good match and get through that one to play for a national championship. Beating a team like Georgia, that is one of the best of all time, says a lot about our guys. They are fearless and they can put it on the line when it matters.

"Someone asked me how we are thriving in doubles, Roddick said. "I like hearing that because I haven't heard it all year. We are playing really well. Sometimes you go out and play really well and still lose, that's doubles. We're playing as well as we have all year and you can feel the confidence when they walk out there. They aren't wondering if they are going to play well, they know they are going to put out a good performance.

"You beat Wayne Montgomery one and onehe's a guy that makes you play a lot of balls, Roddick said. "We've played him in a lot of situations and it's almost always a tough three-setter. To rebound like that after losing you first match of the year, stands out to me. He played a high level of tennis and it's tough to breathe out there when he is hitting the ball that big and not making any errors.

"It was important for me after the loss I had in the last match," Alvarez said. "I really wanted to win this one mentally. I just put a lot of intensity into it and I was focused from the beginning. I wanted it really badly. I played my best tennis today."

Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
On the match results
"There is no denying, our guys fought to the very end, very courageous match. Oklahoma just played a little bit better than we did. You know, they are not No. 1 for nothing. I am pleased with the way [we competed], I think we can play a little bit better in certain spots. Oklahoma just controlled play and they dictated play more than we did, and they got the victory.               

On Nick Wood and Nathan Pasha winning their matches
"We actually looked good in a lot of spots. We had a chance to win the match all the way to the very end. It was Nick and Nathan who put us in that position. We kind of just made a run out of them. Austin [Smith] was up a set there. Ben [Wangland] broke back to get the tiebreaker. We just couldn't close either one of those sets. We competed well. You've got to give the credit to Oklahoma, they played a little bit better than we did. They deserved to go forward and we wish them the best.
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In the other early quarterfinal match, played on the Riverside courts, it was #5 TCU upending #13 North Carolina 4-1 in a match that felt like it was being played in Fort Worth due to the large contingent of TCU fans.

It was a very tightly contested doubles point with both #1 and #2 staying on serve until deep into the point and in fact there wasn't a break of serve at all on #2. TCU's #1 team of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson would break to go up 6-5 and would then hold for 7-5 and would eventually take it 8-6.

It looked like UNC's #3 team of Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider would close it out a little easier but TCU's Guillermo Nunez and Hudson Blake kept hanging around. UNC's Jack Murray served for the match up 7-4 but got broke and then Ronnie Schneider served for it up 7-6 but he got broke as well so on to a tiebreak it went. UNC raced out to a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak but Jack Murray double faulted on consecutive points to put it back on serve. UNC would finally close it out on the next point when Ronnie Schneider's service return was too much for Guillermo Nunez to handle at the net.

It all came down to a tiebreak at #2 doubles to decide the point and UNC would have a match point up 6-5 but TCU's Facundo Lugones would put this point away at the net to even it at 6.


A Nick Chappell service winner made it 7-6 and it would set the stage for this match point (first clip is one I shot and 2nd is from TCU:



In singles TCU's Nick Chappell, Facundo Lugones, and Arnau Dachs would go up early breaks at 1, 4, and 5 while North Carolina's Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Esben Hess-Olesen would go up breaks at 2, 3, and 6.

TCU's Facundo Lugones jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead at #4 but Jack Murray would take the next 3 to put it back on serve at 3-3. Lugones then held for 4-3, broke for 5-3, and then served it out for a 6-3 set. Lugones would then close out the 2nd set in just 24 minutes for a 6-3, 6-1 win which put TCU up 2-0.

UNC's Ronnie Schneider opened up an early 4-2 lead in the 1st set against Guillermo Nunez at #2 but Nunez would take the next 3 to go up 5-4. Schneider would end up taking the set in a tiebreak and would then pull away in the 2nd for a 7-6(5), 6-1 win

TCU's Nick Chappell would extend the TCU lead to 3-1 after he upset #11 Brayden Schnur 6-4, 6-2 at #1 singles. Chappell wouldn't be broke all day while in turn he broke Schnur's serve 3 times - the 1st came when Schnur served at 1-1 in the 1st set and the next came in Schnur's opening service game of the 2nd set.  Here's match point for Chappell:


TCU was now looking for that clinching point but it wasn't looking too good at either #3 or #6 because at #3 UNC's Brett Clark led Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-6 (5-1) and at #6 UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen led Will Stein 6-3, 3-2 with Hess-Olesen up a break in that 2nd set.

So TCU looked to senior Arnau Dachs down at #5 singles. Dachs broke the Robert Kelly serve at 2-2 and held from there to take the 1st set 6-4. Kelly would jump out to a 4-1 lead in the 2nd but then Dachs would hold, break, and hold again to knot it at 4-4. After another exchange of holds Dachs would get the big break to go up 6-5 and would be serving for the match. Dachs would go up 40-15 and the video clips will show you the rest (1st is mine/2nd is TCU's)



In the matches that went unfinished, UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen was serving 6-3, 5-6 at #6 while TCU's Cameron Norrie came back from 5-1 down in that 2nd set TB to take it 7-5 and in fact had just held serve to go up 1-0 in the 3rd.

TCU will be making its 1st NCAA semifinal appearance since 2001 and 4th all time when it face Oklahoma on Monday.

Interesting tidbit - it was brought to my attention that TCU is the only remaining team in the field to start a left handed player - 3 in singles (Chappell, Nunez, Norrie) and 4 in doubles (Blake). Thanks to David Roditi and Paul Chappell for pointing that out.

[5] TCU def. [13] North Carolina 4-1  
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Riverside Courts 
Doubles Competition          
1.  #30 Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)  8-6
2.  Nick Chappell/Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. #45 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 8-7(6)
3.  Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. G. Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 8-7(5)
 Singles Competition      
1.  #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) def. #11 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.63) 6-4, 6-2
2.  #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.36) def. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.11) 7-6(5),6-1        
3.  #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.35) vs. #73 Brett Clark (UNC 13.85) 3-6, 7-6[6], 1-0 unf
4.  Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.99) def. Jack Murray (UNC 14.17)  6-3, 6-1
5.  Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.13) def. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77)  6-4, 7-5
6.  Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.51) 6-3, 5-6 unf
Match Notes:
TCU 25-7
North Carolina 24-11
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,1,5)

Match Times:
Lugones - 1 hour 8 minutes
Schneider - 1 hour 30 minutes
Chappell - 1 hour 37 minutes
Dachs - 1 hour 54 minutes

TCU Head Coach Dave Roditi
On the match results...
"Just an unbelievable college match. Two good teams playing each other and leaving absolutely everything we both have on the court. We're happy to be on the winning side today. That's a well-coached team and a team we've been battling for the last few years. It always comes down to a few points, and it was no different today."

On success this season...
"You start with your players, committed players, support from our administration and our fans. Then on top of that, you put our best recruit, [assistant coach] Devin Bowen. I keep saying he's the one doing all the work on the court with them, mentally and physically. As you can see in these matches, it's not so much how you play, it's how you compete and how you handle the moment. Our guys did a great job of that today, and that's a credit to Devin Bowen, and also to our conditioning coach Todd Kensler. These are tough conditions. It's hot and humid, and I felt like at the end, we looked stronger."

More comments from the TCU recap
"Well, just an unbelievable college match," Roditi said. "Two good teams playing each other, leaving absolutely everything we both have on the court. We just had to get on the winning side today. That's a well-coached team and it's a team we've been battling for the last few years. It always comes down to a few points and it was no different today.

"Today our seniors stepped up and especially Nick Chappell who stepped up huge. We got three points from our seniors in singles and we had two seniors winning in doubles. That's the beauty about today's win. It was a completely different group than maybe it was in other matches when you had (Guillermo) Nuez and (Cameron) Norrie stepping up in the singles. Today, they allowed other guys to step up and that's what makes a good team, that you can get points at any position at any time. It gives us depth and makes us tough to beat."



North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
On the match results
"First of all, congratulations to TCU. Well, the doubles point would've been a big momentum boost for us; obviously we were just points away from getting it done there. They outplayed us in singles, but our guys didn't quit. They fought hard, I think Nick Chappell won a great match here at one, and they just won up and down the line. So I'm sad that I won't get to work with our seniors any more. That's the hard part about today; it's the last day to work with your seniors. You have to appreciate everything they've done for our program. I hate to see it end, but I'm looking forward to next year and going back to work.


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In the 2nd match of the day on the Riverside Courts it was #3 Virginia flooring #5 Texas A&M 4-0 in just 2 hours and 29 minutes. Virginia has now reached the NCAA semifinals 6 times in a row and 8 times in the last 9 years.

Texas A&M was a long shot going in but they had to have the doubles point to have a fighting chance but Virginia just overwhelmed them from the get-go at #2 and #3 doubles.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone jumped out to a 3-1 lead at #3 and never looked back in route to an 8-4 win - here is match point with Altamirano serving and Aragone cleaning up at the net:


#2 doubles wasn't any closer as Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger broke early for a 4-2 lead then broke again to win it 8-4 - here is match point with TSK hitting a nice lob and then he follows it up with a "hush please" to the partisan A&M crowd.



At the time of the clinch Texas A&M was serving for the match at #1 doubles up 7-4, 15-30.

Winning the doubles point seemed to energize Virginia and deflate Texas A&M because the Hoos came out smokin' in singles with Ryan Shane, Mitchell Frank, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and JC Aragone all going up early breaks at 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6. All 5 would close out the opening sets and then Alexander Ritschard would put point #2 on the board for Virginia with a 6-2, 6-1 destruction of #92 AJ Catanzariti at #5 singles - here is match point and it ends with Ritschard slapping an ace down the T:


#19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski extended the UVA lead to 3-0 with an equally impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over #78 Harrison Adams - this one finished up less than 2 minutes after Ritschard's win so I wasn't able to get a clip of match point since the matches were on opposite ends.

Roughly 14 minutes later JC Aragone would close the door on Texas A&M's season as the UVA sophomore and ACC Tournament MVP would take out Jordi Arconada 6-4, 6-3 - here is match point of the clincher:


At the time of the clinch Texas A&M was still in the other matches with #47 Jeremy Efferding down a set but up a break in the 2nd at #1 against #8 Ryan Shane, #84 Arthur Rinderknech had just held for a 1-0 lead in the 3rd at #3 against #77 Collin Altamirano, and #80 Shane Vinsant was on serve in the 2nd after dropping the 1st to #20 Mitchell Frank.

Here is the highlight clip that Virginia put together which is always well produced:


I honestly thought this would be a closer match but Virginia never let Texas A&M get its foot in the door - Steve Denton's comments below about losing the doubles point said it all. The only singles result that surprised me was #5 singles - I really liked Catanzariti's chances with the way he had been playing lately (despite the loss to Metka) but Ritschard just blitzed him.

Match Times:
Ritschard - 1 hour and 6 minutes
Kwiatkowski -1 hour and 8 minutes
Aragone - 1 hour and 20 minutes  

[3] Virginia def. [6] #5 Texas A&M 4-0  
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Riverside Courts 
Doubles Competition    
1. #10 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (aTm) vs. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) 7-4
2. #42 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (UVA) def. #56 Efferding/Szabo (aTm) 8-4
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Rinderknech/Catanzariti (aTm) 8-5 
Singles Competition
1. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.88) vs. #47 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.40)  6-2, 2-3, unf
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.53) vs. #80 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.24) 6-3, 2-1, unf
3. #84 Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.34) vs. #77 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.72) 6-1,1-6,1-0
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.77) def. #78 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.64) 6-1, 6-2
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.07) def. #92 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.33) 6-2, 6-1
6. J.C. Aragone(UVA 14.08) def. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.68) 6-4, 6-3
Match Notes:
Virginia 27-3
Texas A&M 24-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,4,6)



Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
On the match results
"Really pleased with how the team played. They had a lot of energy in doubles. [Texas] A&M competed hard, so congratulations to them for having a great season. We're just thrilled to move on. I thought the guys played well today in doubles and kept the momentum in singles, and it's good to get a win."

On momentum of the match
"We've faced adversity quite a bit, so today probably wasn't as much. But it felt like the guys kept the momentum. I was really pleased with how well the guys played and how focused and disciplined they were throughout the entire match."

On getting to play outside
"We were thrilled to get outside. We worked so hard on our conditioning and making sure that we're prepared to play in difficult elements. We've spent a lot of time talking and working on it, so we certainly wanted to get outside if we had a chance, and the guys certainly adapted to it."

More Comments from UVA recap
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to play Baylor in the semifinals," said head coach Brian Boland. "They are a great team, which we saw in the two matches earlier this season when they beat us. They are the No. 2 team in the nation, playing on their home courts in front of their fans, and should be the favorites. We embrace the underdog role and are excited for the opportunity to play this match on Monday."

I looked over 1-10 a few days ago so today I'll look at the teams that finished the year ranked between 11-15.

The new recruits section is from tennisrecruiting.net and from school releases so its possible some of those guys may not end up where they are currently showing. Several teams will probably have some guys coming in from outside the U.S. so we probably won't know any names until the schools put out a release or we see the name on the roster in August/January. BC=Blue Chip, 5*=5 star, etc.


I'm sure we'll also see some guys transfer as we do every year. We probably won't know those until they show up on a new roster in the fall or we see a name with a different school beside it on the ITA All American list of participants in late September. I've added a new tab at the top to keep up with transfers throughout the summer.

There's a possibility that a few guys may choose to leave school early (Rubin/Harris) and go pro but for now we'll assume if they have eligibility remaining they'll be back at the same place next year.

The returning depth players will mainly be guys that I think have a chance of playing so I may leave a few names off.

The # in ( ) beside the player's name is where they played in the lineup at the end of the year.

I'll take a wild guess at the starting 6 for next season but I won't really know until the roster is set and I see some results in the fall.


#11 North Carolina
  • Returning singles starters: Brayden Schnur (1), Ronnie Schneider (2), Brett Clark (3), Jack Murray (4), Robert Kelly (5)
  • Returning depth: Stuart DePaolo
  • Departing singles starters: Esben Hess-Olesen (6)
  • Departing depth: Oystein Steiro
  • Returning doubles starters: Schnur (1), Clark/Kelly (2), Schneider/Murray (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Hess-Olesen (1)
  • New Recruits: Anudeep Kodali (BC & UTR 13.46), Blaine Boyden (5* & UTR 13.23)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Schnur, Schneider, Clark, Murray, Kelly, Kodali/Boyden
Comments: North Carolina started 2 freshman this year and they'll likely start 1 more next year after losing Hess-Olesen and Steiro. North Carolina had a ton of injuries this year but if they stay healthy they should be a top 10 team.  Kodali and Boyden should battle for the 6 spot with everyone else likely to play in the same spot they held this year.


#12 Ohio State
  • Returning singles starters: Mikael Torpegaard (1), Chris Diaz (2), Herkko Pollanen (3), Ralf Steinbach (6)
  • Returning depth: Matt Mendez, Riley Reist, Charles Shewalter
  • Departing singles starters: Hunter Callahan (4), Kevin Metka (5)
  • Departing depth: None
  • Returning doubles starters: Steinbach (1), Diaz (2), Torpegaard/Pollanen (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Metka (1), Callahan (2)
  • New Recruits: Hugo DiFeo (UTR 13.83), Martin Joyce (BC & UTR 13.76), Kyle Seelig (BC & UTR 12.74), Hunter Tubert (5* & UTR 12.86), Alex Kobelt (3* & UTR 10.84)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: DiFeo, Torpegaard, Diaz, Pollanen, Steinbach, Joyce/Mendez
Comments: DiFeo isn't actually a new recruit because he was on the roster this past season but he wasn't eligible to play. Ty Tucker said he would have likely played at #1 if eligible so we'll assume he'll be at #1 next year. It's going to be tough to replace Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan because they were both big contributors in both singles and doubles. The Buckeyes need more consistency from Pollanen and Steinbach because both have been up and down over the last 2 years. It should be a pretty good battle for #6 singles because a lot of those guys look to pretty evenly qualified.  


#13 Wake Forest
  • Returning singles starters: Noah Rubin (1), Romain Bogaerts (2), Skander Mansouri (3), Jon Ho (4), Christian Seraphim (5), Keivon Tabrizi (6)
  • Returning depth: Maksim Kan, Sam Bloom, Anthony Delcore
  • Departing singles starters: None
  • Departing depth: None
  • Returning doubles starters: Mansouri/Seraphim (1), Rubin/Ho (2), Tabrizi/Bogaerts (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: None
  • New Recruits: Eric Rutledge (BC & UTR 13.43)
    • Potential starting 6 next year: same as this year
    Comments: Wake was an extremely young team this season starting 4 freshman so IF Noah Rubin comes back they should be able to make a push into the top 10 next season. If Rubin doesn't return Wake will still be a solid top 20 team but they'll be closer to 20 instead of 10.   


    #14 Columbia 
    • Returning singles starters: Dragos Ignat (2), Mike Vermeer (5), Shawn Hadavi (6)
    • Returning depth: Eric Rubin 
    • Departing singles starters: Winston Lin (1), Ashok Narayana (3), Max Schnur (4), 
    • Departing depth: Bert Vancura
    • Returning doubles starters: Vermeer (1), Ignat (2)
    • Departing doubles starters: Lin (1), Narayana (2), Schnur/Vancura (3)
    • New Recruits: Victor Pham (BC & UTR 13.55), Timothy Wang (5* & UTR 12.70), Jack Turchetta (4* & UTR 12.72), William Matheson (UTR 13.04), Robin Nguy (UTR 11.62)
      • Potential starting 6 next year: Ignat, Vermeer, V Pham, Hadavi, Rubin, Matheson
        Comments: Columbia loses 50% of its dual-match wins with Lin, Narayana, Schnur, and Vancura departing. Vancura started almost the entire year until the NCAA Round of 16 when Schnur came back into the lineup after missing most of the season. Bid Goswami has a pretty nice recruiting class coming in highlighted by Blue Chipper Victor Pham who I'd expect to play in the top half of the lineup. Columbia had a pretty deep bench so it's possible Richard Pham, Miguel Alda, Daniel Grunberger, and others could earn a spot in the rotation as well. 


        #15 UCLA
        • Returning singles starters: Mackenzie McDonald (1), Martin Redlicki (3), Karue Sell (4), Austin Rapp (5), Joseph DiGiulio (6)
        • Returning depth: Gage Brymer, Ryoto Tachi
        • Departing singles starters: Dennis Mkrtchian (2)
        • Departing depth: None
        • Returning doubles starters: McDonald/Redlicki (1), DiGiulio/Sell (2), Rapp (3)
        • Departing doubles starters: Mkrtchian (3)
        • New Recruits: Max Cressy (5* & UTR 12.93), Daniel Gealer (5* & UTR 12.45)
          • Potential starting 6 next year: McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, Brymer, Rapp, DiGiulio
            Comments: UCLA only loses 1 starter but Dennis Mkrtchian was a solid 15-5 in dual match play. UCLA really needs Gage Brymer and Joseph DiGiulio to play well next year otherwise they'll probably be back in the same boat they were in this year. UCLA should have the top 1-2 combo in the conference and one of the best in the country but those depth spots will make or break them.


            Check back tomorrow for 16-20.



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            Saturday, 02 January 2016 01:43

            2016 Season Preview - North Carolina Tar Heels

            North Carolina has a lot of tradition (been playing tennis since 1908) but prior to last season it had never made the NCAA quarterfinals in consecutive years. Sam Paul had to feel confident going into the 2015 season, due to having an experienced starting 6, but as the season rocked on the injury bug took turns biting his starters and some of his reserves. Throughout the course of the season Brayden Schnur (knee-7), Ronnie Schneider (shoulder-3), Esben Hess-Olesen (back-21), and Oystein Steiro (foot-11) would miss a combined 51 starts which meant Paul constantly had to shuffle both his singles and doubles lineups. Despite all the changes the Tar Heels still managed to win 24 matches including an upset of #4 Illinois in the Sweet Sixteen before losing a tough 4-1 match to TCU in the Elite 8.

            Sam Paul is back for his 23rd season as head coach of the Tar Heels and with his top 5 singles starters returning (all ranked) he's probably hoping for a little smoother ride this year. Esben Hess-Olesen and Oystein Steiro both graduated so Paul will have to replace those 16 dual-match singles wins and his top 2 choices to do so are both freshmen. Anu Kodali, who was a Top 15 Blue Chip, picked up his first career ranked win when he beat NC State's #71 Simon Norenius at the Duke Bonk Invitational while Bo Boyden, a Top 25 5-star, posted a 4-4 singles record this fall. I'd say Kodali definitely has the inside track to the #6 spot with Boyden likely the first off the bench at #7.

            Brayden Schnur (Jr) will be back at #1 singles for a 3rd year in a row after going 10-8 last year. Schnur didn't play any college events this fall though he did beat Ruben Bemelmans (ATP #98) in the opening round of qualies at the Rogers Cup.

            Ronnie Schneider (Jr) will be back at #2 singles for a 3rd year in a row after going 19-10 last year with 6 of those wins coming at #1 when Schnur was out. Ronnie didn't play the busiest schedule this fall but he did beat a pair of top 35 opponents at the ITA All-Americans in route to a quarterfinal appearance.

            Brett Clark (Sr) and Robert Kelly (Soph) both had outstanding falls with each going 11-3 in singles and 10-2 in doubles. The duo made the doubles final at both the ITA All-Americans and National Indoor Intercollegiates so I'd expect them to be ranked in the top 5 when the next doubles rankings come out next week.  Clark made the singles final at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional while Kelly made the quarters and both won a singles flight at the Duke Bonk Invitational. Kelly had a team high 23 dual-match wins last season with most of them coming at #5 while Clark's 20 dual-match wins were second on the team. I'd expect Clark to be back at #3 this season and it's possible that Kelly could move up to #4 but he'll probably start out at #5.

            Jack Murray (Jr) had a fairly light fall with the junior from Beverly Hills, Michigan only playing in 2 events.  Murray's best result came at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional where he made it to the semifinals before falling to Wake's Skander Mansouri.  Murray had a strong sophomore year going 19-8 with his time split between #3 and #4 and I expect him to be back in the #4 spot to start out this year.

            North Carolina went 25-10 in doubles last year and they've got a solid #1 team this year in Brett Clark and Robert Kelly. Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray should be back together again this season and you have to figure that Brayden Schnur will probably team up with either Kodali or Boyden to fill the other spot.


            Below are each players fall college records (singles/doubles) along with a list of accomplishments. The ranking listed in front of a player is the ITA preseason ranking. Connor Daly didn't play any fall events.

            #9 Brayden Schnur (didn't play college events) - made the singles finals at the Canada F3 Futures, made the quarters at the Canada F4 Futures, made the second round at the Cary NC Challenger

            #14 Ronnie Schneider (3-3/2-1) - beat #32 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio St) and #35 Shane Vinsant (Texas A&M) at the ITA All-Americans before falling to #20 Tom Fawcett (Stanford) in the quarterfinals, picked up an ATP point in singles at the Decatur USA F24 Futures by beating a top 300 player

            #51 Brett Clark (11-3/10-2) - made it to the doubles final at the ITA All-Americans (w Kelly) before falling to Virginia's Styslinger/Kwiatkowski in a 3rd set supertiebreak, made it to the doubles final at the National Indoor Intercollegiates (w Kelly) before falling to Texas Tech's Dojas/Soares in a 3rd set supertiebreak, won the White doubles draw at the Duke Bonk Invitational (w Kelly), beat Gabriel Friedrich (S Carolina) and #72 Jon Ho (Wake) before falling to Skander Mansouri (Wake) in the singles finals at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional, won the White singles draw at the Duke Bonk Invitational, beat #18 Felipe Soares (Texas Tech) in the consolation draw at the ITA All-Americans

            #89 Jack Murray (6-2/3-2) - made it to the semifinals at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional, made it to the final round of the doubles qualie draw at the All-Americans (w Schneider)

            #105 Robert Kelly (11-3/10-2) - made it to the doubles final at the ITA All-Americans (w Clark) before falling to Virginia's Styslinger/Kwiatkowski in a 3rd set supertiebreak, made it to the doubles final at the National Indoor Intercollegiates (w Clark) before falling to Texas Tech's Dojas/Soares in a 3rd set supertiebreak, won the White doubles draw at the Duke Bonk Invitational (w Clark), won the Blue singles draw at the Duke Bonk Invitational, made it the quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional, qualifed for the main draw at the ITA All-Americans

            Anudeep Kodali (5-3/4-2) - beat #71 Simon Norenius (NC State) in the semifinals of the Black Draw at the Duke Bonk Invitational before falling to #107 Marko Krickovic (Auburn) in the finals, made the doubles final at the Bonk (w Boyden)

            Bo Boyden (4-4/4-2) - won his first round singles match at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional, won his first round pre-qualie match at the ITA All-Americans, made the doubles final at the Duke Bonk Invitational (w Kodali), finished fourth in the Black Draw at the Bonk

            Stuart DePaolo (5-7/2-2) - made the Red Draw singles final at the NC State Wolfpack Invitational

            Chad Hoskins (2-7, 2-2) - won a singles consolation match at the Duke Bonk Invitational and Wolfpack Fall Invitational

            Andrew Gores (0-0/1-1) - won his first round doubles match at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional (w Murray)


            Projected Depth Chart:
            1. Brayden Schnur
            2. Ronnie Schneider
            3. Brett Clark
            4. Jack Murray
            5. Robert Kelly
            6. Anudeep Kodali
            7. Blaine Boyden
            8. Stuart DePaolo
            9. Chad Hoskins
            10. Andrew Gores
            11. Connor Daly
            **Arturo Schmidt (January Admit)


            Players With A Current ATP Singles Ranking as of 12/28/15 - high in ( )
            #669 - Brayden Schnur (456)
            #1335 - Ronnie Schneider (1020)


            Universal Tennis Rating as of 1/1/16:
            14.22 - Brayden Schnur
            14.07 - Ronnie Schneider
            13.85 - Robert Kelly
            13.79 - Brett Clark
            13.68 - Jack Murray
            13.33 - Arturo Schmidt
            13.31 - Anudeep Kodali
            13.18 - Blaine Boyden
            12.35 - Stuart DePaolo
            11.33 - Chad Hoskins
            11.92 - Andrew Gores (30%)
            9.96 - Connor Daly (0%)

            Universal Tennis Rating as of 6/3/15
            14.48 - Brayden Schnur
            14.40 - Ronnie Schneider
            13.94 - Jack Murray
            13.80 - Brett Clark
            13.72 - Robert Kelly
            13.46 - Anudeep Kodali
            13.23 - Blaine Boyden
            12.54 - Stuart DePaolo
            11.95 - Chad Hoskins (20%)
            11.77 - Andrew Gores (30%)
            **didn't make note of Connor Daly's UTR


            Pre-College Ratings/Rankings:

            Peak ITF Junior Ranking:
            #26 - Brayden Schnur
            #105 - Anudeep Kodali
            #207 - Ronnie Schneider
            #517 - Jack Murray
            #574 - Arturo Schmidt
            #1368 - Robert Kelly

            TennisRecruiting.Net Star Rating/High Ranking (Americans Only)
            Blue Chip #1 - Ronnie Schneider
            Blue Chip #3 - Brett Clark
            Blue Chip #12 - Jack Murray
            Blue Chip #15 - Anudeep Kodali
            5-star #8 - Robert Kelly
            5-star #25 - Blaine Boyden
            5-star #49 - Stuart DePaolo
            4-star #100 - Chad Hoskins
            4-star #132 - Andrew Gores
            3-star #183 - Connor Daly

            TRN Yearly Recruiting Rankings:
            2015 - #11 (Kodali, Boyden, Schmidt)
            2014 - NR - (Kelly)
            2013 - #3 - (Schnur, Schneider, Murray, Skattum)
            2012 - #10 (Clark, DePaolo, Hoskins, Daly)

            NR = Not Ranked


            2016 ROSTER





            2016 SCHEDULE

            North Carolina should start off the season with 4 straight wins before Illinois and Oklahoma come to Chapel Hill on back-to-back Saturdays. Oklahoma will be a decent sized favorite over North Carolina but it will be a good test for the Tar Heels before they head to Charlottesville for the National Team Indoors. After a few more cupcakes, North Carolina gets Vanderbilt at home before they get started in ACC play with a road trip to Florida State and Miami. The Tar Heels get Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest at home while they go to Duke, Notre Dame, and NC State.






            2015 STATS







            Returning singles starters: Brayden Schnur (1), Ronnie Schneider (2), Brett Clark (3), Jack Murray (4), Robert Kelly (5)
            Returning depth: Stuart DePaolo

            Departing singles starters: Esben Hess-Olesen (6)
            Departing depth: Oystein Steiro
              Returning doubles starters: Schnur (1), Clark/Kelly (2), Schneider/Murray (3)
              Departing doubles starters: Hess-Olesen (1)


              EXPECTATIONS:
              Virginia is still the favorite in the ACC but a healthy North Carolina should finish no worse than 2nd. I think a 21-4 regular season record is achievable because North Carolina gets Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest at home with its toughest road matches coming at Florida State and Duke. North Carolina should host another NCAA Regional and if they do that a trip to the Sweet Sixteen will be a near lock.  How far they go past the Sweet Sixteen will depend on how well they do at #1 and #6 with those being the 2 most important spots in my opinion.


              LAST TIME OUT

              North Carolina's season came to an end in the NCAA quarterfinals when they lost a tough doubles point and then couldn't get enough going in singles before going down 4-1 - my recap with video clips.

              [5] TCU def. [13] North Carolina 4-1  
              May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Riverside Courts 
              Doubles Competition          
              1.  #30 Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)  8-6
              2.  Nick Chappell/Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. #45 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 8-7(6)
              3.  Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. G. Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 8-7(5)
               Singles Competition      
              1.  #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) def. #11 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.63) 6-4, 6-2
              2.  #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.36) def. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.11) 7-6(5),6-1        
              3.  #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.35) vs. #73 Brett Clark (UNC 13.85) 3-6, 7-6[6], 1-0 unf
              4.  Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.99) def. Jack Murray (UNC 14.17)  6-3, 6-1
              5.  Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.13) def. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77)  6-4, 7-5
              6.  Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.51) 6-3, 5-6 unf
              Match Notes:
              TCU 25-7
              North Carolina 24-11
              Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,1,5)

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