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Friday, 22 January 2016 11:30

Men's Kick-Off Weekend Regional Previews

There will be 15 men's regionals taking place this weekend with 2 of the 15 getting started on Friday. I'll start off by previewing the USC and Illinois Regionals since they both start on Friday and I'll work my through all 15 of them by Friday evening. Keep checking back for updates since I'll just be adding on to this post. FYI, the numbers beside the school name are each player's current Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) as of 1/20/16. 

USC Regional (Fri/Sat) - Marks Stadium (no live scoring due to construction)

#57 UC Davis [4] at #8 USC [1]  4pm est/1pm pst  USC Twitter - This will be the dual-match opener for USC with the Trojans expected to start at least 3 freshmen while UC Davis kicked off its season on Wednesday with a 4-0 loss at #18 Stanford. The Aggies return all 6 starters from last year's team including its top player #38 Alec Adamson who had a tremendous fall winning four matches over ranked opponents. I don't foresee UC Davis getting on the board in this one with USC just too strong top to bottom. Prediction: USC 4-0 (Result: USC 7-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #115 Max De Vroome (USC 13.97) vs. #38 Alec Adamson (UCD 13.17)
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.07) vs. James Wade (UCD 12.89)
3. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.71) vs. Brett Bacharach (UCD 12.31)
4. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.75) vs. Bryce McKelvie (UCD 12.69)
5. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.45) vs. Everett Maltby (UCD 12.32)
6. Thibault Forget (USC 13.12) vs. Eli Whittle (UCD 12.22)
B: Jack Jaede (USC 13.36) & Rob Bellamy (USC 13.33), Jesse Ross (UCD 12.12)

#33 Pepperdine [2] vs. #37 Tulane [3] 1pm est/10am pst  Pepp/Tul Twitter - Tulane opened up its season last Saturday by posting a pair of 7-0 shutouts over Jackson State while this will be Pepperdine's dual-match opener. Pepperdine will be playing without its #1 Guilherme Hadlich (13.63) so that obviously won't help its cause. Tulane has the ITA #1 Dominik Koepfer anchoring its lineup so I'm sure that's at least one point that the Green Waves are banking on. I also like Sebastian Rey and Chi-Shan Jao at #4 and #6 and I think Tulane will pull out the doubles point as well. Pepperdine will have the edge at #3 and #5 and #2 may be the most even matchup on the board.  Prediction: Tulane 4-2 (Result: Tulane 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Stefan Menichella (Pepp 13.61) vs. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TU 14.26)
2. Pedro Iamachkine (Pepp 13.32) vs. #63 Constantin Schmitz (TU 13.67)
3. Lautara Pane (Pepp 13.18) vs. Alex Van Cott (TU 12.88)
4. Gabriel Sidney (Pepp 13.05) vs. #111 Sebastian Rey (TU 13.65)
5. Tom Hill (Pepp 12.31) vs. Nikolas Walterscheid-Tukic (TU 11.68)
6. Jack Van Slyke (Pepp 12.97) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TU 13.47)
B: Guilherme Galvao (Pepp 10.38)/Tyler Schick (TU 13.09)

Regional Final - USC def. Tulane 4-3 -
I think Tulane has the weapons to go toe-to-toe with USC and if they take the doubles point they could have a real shot at pulling the stunner. I'll say USC pulls it out but I won't be stunned if Tulane wins. (Result: USC 4-3)

Illinois Regional (Fri/Sat) - Atkins TC - Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

#25 Northwestern [2] vs. #24 Tulsa [3]  3pm est/2pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - Northwestern opened up its season by going on the road and shutting out #37 Louisville while Tulsa had a come from behind 4-3 win over #27 Cal last Friday night. Tulsa always seems to shuffle its lineup around so I wouldn't be surprised to see someone pulled like maybe McCloskey or Kirby. I like Shropshire and Kirchheimer at #2 and #3 but I think Ram-Harel will pull the mild upset at #1. I'll also take Tulsa in doubles and at #5 and #6. Prediction: Tulsa 4-3 (Result: NW 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.22) vs. #51 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.88)
2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.71) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 13.33)
3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.94) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.79)
4. Fedor Baev (NU 13.00) vs. Majed Kilani (TU 13.51)
5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.04) vs. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.71)
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.87) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.36)
B: Mihir Kumar (NU 12.84)/Francois Kellerman (TU 12.98)

#36 Notre Dame [4] at #7 Illinois [1] 7pm est/6pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - Notre Dame opened its season last weekend by beating Michigan State 6-1 and Detroit 7-0 while this will be Illinois's dual-match season opener after playing some tough competition last week at the Three Oaks Shootout (TCU/South Florida/Miss St). The Illini's recipe for success this year will be to clean up at the top of the lineup and I think that's what they'll be able to do against the Irish. I think Notre Dame takes the doubles point but Vukic, J Hiltzik, A Hiltzik, and Alex Jesse win in singles for Illinois. Prediction: Illinois 4-1 (Result: Illinois 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) vs. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.83)
2. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.67)
3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64) vs. Alex Lawson (ND 13.45)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.20) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.28)
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.06) vs. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.06)
6. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.92) vs. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.87)
B: Brian Page (ILL 12.55)/Kenny Sabacinski (ND 12.98)

Regional Final - Illinois def. Tulsa 4-1 - The Illini will get it done at 1 through 4 while Tulsa takes the doubles point and leads at 5 and #6. (Result: Illinois 4-0)

Oklahoma Regional (Sat/Sun) - Headington Family TC - Norman, Oklahoma

Utah State [4] at #2 Oklahoma [1] 3pm est/2pm cst - Live Scoring - Utah State dropped a pair last weekend to Iowa and Drake while most of Oklahoma's team went to Atlanta for the MLK Invitational. Oklahoma will roll to an easy win in this one. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0 (Result: Oklahoma 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.71) vs. Jaime Barajas (USU 12.50)
2. Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) vs. Jonas Maier (USU 11.26)
3. Spencer Papa (OU 14.01) vs. Jack Swindells (USU 12.49)
4. #92 Alex Ghiela (OU 14.17) vs. Daniel Echeverry (USU 11.96)
5. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.71) vs. Samuel Serrano (USU 11.72)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.70) vs. Luis Lopez (USU 11.59)
B. Maxime Mora (OU 13.50)/Romai Ugarte (USU 12.28)

#66 UTSA [2] vs. #64 Troy [3] 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring - Troy opened up its season by going on the road to play #37 Louisville, #21 Florida, and #17 Ole Miss and lost all 3 with its #1 Hassan Ndayishimye sitting out due an injury. UTSA opened up its season last Sunday and lost at Texas A&M 6-1. If Ndayishimye wasn't able to go last week he probably won't be able to play this week so I'd expect to see everyone else slide up a spot with Belcora playing at #6. Troy was competitive in each of its losses and I think they have a stronger lineup top to bottom. I'll take Troy in doubles and at #2, #3, and #6 singles. Prediction: Troy 4-0 (Result: Troy 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Diogo Casa (UTSA 12.42) vs. Hassan Ndayishimye (Troy 13.94)
2. Jake Rother (UTSA 11.73) vs. Daniel Bustamante (Troy 12.51)
3. Christian Carrillo (UTSA 11.27) vs. Andy Lau (Troy 12.20)
4. Eric Buchwalter (UTSA 10.02) vs. Giovani Samaha (Troy 13.03)
5. Mark Ginting (UTSA 11.81) vs. Filip Mansson (Troy 12.22)
6. Takeru Watanabe (UTSA 10.61) vs. Pablo Moreno (Troy 12.86)
B: Joao Riquelme (UTSA 11.86)/Mustapha Belcora (Troy 13.26)

Regional Final - Oklahoma def. Troy 4-0 - This weekend will be a walk in the park for OU with none of its opponents having the weapons to pose any kind of threat. (Result: Oklahoma 4-0)

UCLA Regional (Sat/Sun) - LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, California

#62 New Mexico [2] vs. #42 Georgia Tech [3]
12pm est/9am pst  Live Scoring - The Ramblin' Wreck opened up its season with a 4-3 win over East Tennessee State and a 6-1 win over Presbyterian while the Lobos went 1-5 last weekend dropping 2 matches to Texas Tech and Arizona while splitting with Pacific. New Mexico head coach Bart Scott has to find a way to get his guys refocused because Georgia Tech is a better team than Arizona and Pacific. I like New Mexico in doubles but I look for Georgia Tech to sweep the top 4 spots in the singles lineup with freshman Andrew Li the first to finish. Prediction: Georgia Tech 4-1 (Result: Georgia Tech 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:

1. #6 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.84) vs. Hayden Sabatka (NM 13.10)
2. Carlos Benito (GT 13.33) vs. Bart Van Leijsen (NM 12.67)
3. Michael Kay (GT 13.44) vs. Jorge Escutia (NM 12.69)
4. Andrew Li (GT 12.87) vs. Rodolfo Jauregui (NM 11.95)
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 12.83) vs. Augustus Ge (NM 12.29)
6. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.39) vs. Ricky Hernandez Tong (NM 12.45)
B. Daniel Yun (GT 12.41)/Michael Tran (NM 11.93)

#46 SMU [4] at #12 UCLA [1] 3pm est/12pm pst  Live Scoring - UCLA opened up its season on Wednesday with a 7-0 thrashing of #65 San Francisco in a match where Billy Martin earned career win #500. This will be SMU's season opener after the Mustangs had a few guys really light it up during the fall - most namely Nate Lammons and Hunter Johnson. I think this could be SMU's best year in quite some time but beating UCLA in LA is another story. I like UCLA in every spot and would still like them in every spot even if Mackenzie McDonald didn't play which he didn't on Wednesday against San Fran. Prediction: UCLA 4-0 (Result: UCLA 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.97) vs. #44 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.84)
2. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.81) vs. #32 Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.28)
3. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93) vs Markus Kerner (SMU 12.85)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.06) vs Samm Butler (SMU 13.77)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.98)
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.24) vs. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU 12.94)
B. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.29)/Yates Johnson (SMU 13.11)

Regional Final - UCLA def. Georgia Tech 4-0 - Georgia Tech is better than its ranking but it's not good enough to hang with UCLA. Bruins take the doubles point and gets wins from Redlicki, Brymer, and Staggs. (Result: UCLA 4-0)

Baylor Regional (Sat/Sun) - Hurd Tennis Center - Waco, Texas

#70 UC Irvine [4] at #4 Baylor [1] 1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video - The Anteaters opened up its spring schedule with a tough 4-1 loss at #19 San Diego in a match where virtually every court was hotly contested. This will be Baylor's dual-match opener after most of the team went to California last week for the Sherwood Cup with Julian Lenz winning the singles title and Will Little and Jimmy Bendeck finishing as runner-up in doubles. Irvine may keep a few courts close but Baylor is too strong to really be pushed. Bears take the doubles point and get wins from Lenz, Rios, and Little. Prediction: Baylor 4-0 (Result: Baylor 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Julian Lenz (BU 14.62) vs. #119 Sebastian Heim (UCI 13.55)
2. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.82) vs. Nico Mertens (UCI 13.10)
3. Vince Schneider (BU 13.78) vs. Tyler Pham (UCI 12.97)
4. Felipe Rios (BU 14.29) vs. Luca Marquard (UCI 12.84)
5. Will Little (BU 13.65) vs. Justin Agbayani (UCI 11.99)
6. Tomas Charlos (BU 13.15) vs. Vatsal Bajpai (UCI 11.85)
B. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.31)/Jonathan Hammel (UCI 12.01)

#49 Oregon [2] vs. #56 Old Dominion [3]  4pm est/3pm cst  Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video - This will be the season opener for ODU while Oregon opened up with a pair of wins over Seattle and blanked #48 UC Santa Barbara 7-0. I think ODU has to win the doubles point to have a legitimate shot in this one because I'm booking Ws for Laurent, Stevens, and Clissold at 2, 3, and 5 for the Ducks. I'm going to take Oregon in doubles as well while Podvinski squeezes out a point for ODU at 6 with Moundir all square with Maasland and Maestre leading Amos. Prediction: Oregon 4-1 (Result: Oregon 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #113 Daan Maasland (ORE 13.91) vs. Adam Moundir (ODU 13.63)
2. Thomas Laurent (ORE 14.08) vs. Michael Weindl (ODU 12.62)
3. Simon Stevens (ORE 13.41) vs. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU 12.43)
4. Jayson Amos (ORE 13.14) vs. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU 13.27)
5. Cormac Clissold (ORE 13.32) vs. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU 12.58)
6. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE 12.25) vs. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU 12.69)
B. Bart Sawicki (ORE 12.19)/Theophile Lanthiez (ODU 11.97)

Regional Final: Baylor def. Oregon 4-0 - I'll take BU in doubles and at 3, 4, and 5 singles while Oregon pushes Baylor on the courts. (Result: Baylor 4-2)

Duke Regional (Sat/Sun) - Ambler Tennis Center - Durham, North Carolina

#19 San Diego [2] vs. #26 Vanderbilt [3] 9am est  Live Scoring - The Toreros opened up with a 4-1 win over #70 UC Irvine while the Commodores went 3-0 last weekend including a 6-1 win at Middle Tennessee State. San Diego just added UMBC transfer Jaan Kononov to the roster so they'll have 4 ranked singles players in the starting lineup. Danny Valent takes over at #1 for Vandy after Gonzalez Austin graduated and he'll definitely have his hands full against Uros Petronijevic. The doubles point is a toss-up but I like Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, Romain Kalaydjian, and Jaan Kononov in singles for USD. Prediction: San Diego 4-2 (Result: San Diego 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.05) vs. #64 Danny Valent (VU 13.97)
2. #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.99) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.21)
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.54) vs. Baker Newman (VU 13.10)
4. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.22) vs. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.68)
5. #58 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.61) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.27)
6. Josh Page (USD 12.79) vs. Ryan Smith (VU 12.83)
B. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.25)/Alex Ross (VU 12.44)

#27 California [4] at #23 Duke [1] 12pm est Live Scoring/Video $ - Both Duke and Cal suffered 4-3 losses last weekend with Duke falling at home to Kentucky while Cal lost to Tulsa despite leading 3-2 and being up 5-3 and 4-2 in the final sets at #2 and #6 singles. Cal has five ranked players while Duke will start freshmen at #3, #4, and #5. Duke is playing at home and it'll be indoors which will suit them better but I still think Cal is the stronger team and finds the 4 points it needs to pull the mild upset. I'll go with Lakat, Bergevi, Griffith and Wikberg for Cal. Prediction: Cal 4-2


Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) vs. #3 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.36)
2. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 13.89)
3. Vincent Lin (DU 13.45) vs. #86 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.94)
4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.63) vs. #39 Billy Griffith (CAL 13.77)
5. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) vs. #54 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.37)
6. Josh Levine (DU 12.73) vs. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.59)
B. Ryan Dickerson (DU 13.25)/Mads Engsted (CAL 13.14)

Regional Final - Cal def. San Diego 4-3 - This should be a good one (assuming both win or for that matter both lose) but I think Cal takes the doubles points and gets wins from Goransson, Bergevi, and Nishimura. 

Regional Final (Take 2) - Duke def. San Diego 4-3 - San Diego will be coming off a hard fought match with Vanderbilt while Duke will have an extra day of rest after getting the free pass from Cal courtesy of the horrible weather. I'm going to take Duke in doubles and Alvarez, Mateas, and Levine in singles while Angus, Vittek, and Kononov win for USD. After having originally picking Duke to lose in the opening round I now have them advancing to Charlottesville. (Result: San Diego 4-2)

TCU Regional (Sat/Sun) - Bayard H Friedman TC - Fort Worth, Texas

#28 Oklahoma State [2] vs. #32 Harvard [3] 2pm est/1pm cst  Live Scoring - Oklahoma State opened up by shutting out UNLV and Creighton plus they picked up a nice 4-0 win at #44 Memphis while Harvard squeezed past William & Mary 4-3 and then rocked Boston College 6-1. Both teams have new #1s this season after Denis Nguyen (Harvard) and Jakob Sude (Oklahoma State) graduated and both replacements are extremely solid. While these teams are only separated by 4 spots in the latest rankings I think Oklahoma State is a good bit stronger. I like the Pokes in doubles and Kadhe, Gerch, and Finzelberg in singles. Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-1 (Result: Oklahoma State 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Temur Ismailov (OSU 14.10) vs. #71 Nicholas Hu (HU 13.75)
2. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.64) vs. Brian Yeung (HU 13.13)
3. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.66) vs. Sebastian Beltrame (HU 13.19)
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.72) vs. Kenneth Tao (HU 13.24)
5. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.35) vs. Andrew Zhou (HU 13.33)
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.52) vs. Kelvin Lam (HU 12.61)
B. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.21)/Grant Solomon (HU 12.60)

#39 San Diego State [4] at #3 TCU [1] 5pm est/4pm cst  Live Scoring - The Aztecs won its dual-match opener 5-2 over UC Riverside while the Horned Frogs spent last weekend playing in the Three Oaks Shootout against Illinois, South Florida, and Mississippi State. This will be the dual-match debut for TCU's highly touted freshmen, Alex Rybakov and Eduardo Nava, and I think both will win if they get to finish. I like TCU in doubles and Norrie, Nunez, and Nava in singles. Prediction: TCU 4-0 (Result: TCU 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68) vs. #53 Fred Gelbrich (SDSU 13.76)
2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.63) vs. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU 13.71)
3. #24 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 14.31) vs. Marko Goles Babic (SDSU 13.37)
4. #73 Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.67) vs. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU 13.16)
5. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61) vs. Sander Andersen (SDSU 12.63)
6. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.05) vs. Jonas Meinzer (SDSU 11.97)
B. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.81)/Cornelius Kolb (SDSU 12.23)

Regional Final: TCU def. Oklahoma State 4-0 - Okie State may have the lead on a few courts but TCU rolls through them in the others - TCU takes doubles and gets singles wins from Norrie, Rybakov, and Nunez in singles.  (Result: TCU 4-3)

South Florida Regional (Sat/Sun) - USF Varsity TC - Tampa, Florida

#29 Mississippi State [2] vs. #30 LSU [3] 10am est Live Scoring - This will be the dual-match opener for these SEC rivals with both wanting to start off the season on the right foot. LSU returns 5 singles starters while State basically has an entirely new roster with 7 of its 9 players joining the team over the last 4 months. State went just 2-9 in doubles last weekend when playing against TCU, South Florida, and Illinois in the Three Oaks Shootout so I've got to take LSU to win the doubles point. I like Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic at 3 and 5 for State but I think a healthy Jordan Daigle wins at 1 and he'll be joined in the winner's circle by Boris Arias and Gabor Csonka. Prediction: LSU 4-2 (Result: LSU 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.81) vs. #22 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64)
2. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.77) vs. #78 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.42)
3. Nuno Borges (MSU 13.85) vs. Simon Freund (LSU 13.11)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.48) vs. Boris Arias (LSU 13.62)
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.70) vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.06)
6. Vaughn Hunter (MSU 12.97) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.20)
B. Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.99)/Tam Trinh (LSU 12.61)

#31 Florida State [4] at #13 South Florida [1] 2pm est Live Scoring - FSU went 3-0 last weekend with notable wins over #74 South Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast while this will be USF's dual-match opener after the Bulls joined Mississippi State, TCU and Illinois last weekend for the Three Oaks Shootout. The most interesting storyline in this one has to be USF's Dominic Cotrone playing against the school that he transferred away from two years ago. Cotrone played #1 for FSU during the 2013 and 2014 seasons then sat out last season after transferring. Coincidently his last dual-match at FSU was against South Florida. I think USF takes the doubles point and gets wins from Cid, Cotrone, and Gozun at 1, 2, and 3 while and Dougaz, Whitehurst, and Gracia win for FSU at 4, 5, and 6. Prediction: South Florida 4-3 (Result: South Florida 4-3)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #17 Roberto Cid (USF 14.41) vs. #15 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.13)
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) vs. #77 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.30)
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) vs. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.41)
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.23) vs. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.26)
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.36) vs. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 13.29)
6. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.48) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.31)
B. Peter Bertran (USF 13.11)/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 12.75)

Regional Final: South Florida def. LSU 4-1 - Bulls take the doubles point and gets wins from Cid, Cotrone, and Kalyuzhnyy while Csonka wins for LSU. (Result: South Florida 4-0)

Georgia Regional (Sat/Sun) - Dan Magill TC - Athens, Georgia

#37 Louisville [2] vs. #44 Memphis [3] 9am est  Live Scoring - Memphis dropped its opener 4-0 to #28 Oklahoma State while Louisville went 3-1 last weekend with a notable win over #64 Troy and a 4-0 loss to #25 Northwestern. Memphis is stronger at 1, 2, and 3 while Louisville has the edge down low. Since they are playing these matches at Georgia's 4-court indoor facility that means if Memphis takes care of business up top Louisville's bottom 2 won't get a chance to play. I'm going with Memphis in doubles and Watson, Peniston, and Lemke at 1, 2, and 3. If everyone got to play I'd probably have this as a 5-2 Memphis win. Prediction: Memphis 4-0 (Result: Memphis 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #108 Alex Gornet (UL 13.11) vs. Andrew Watson (UM 13.73)
2. Jeffrey Brown (UL 13.11) vs. #87 Ryan Peniston (UM 13.92)
3. Carlos Neto (UL 11.46/40%) vs. Kai Lemke (UM 13.33)
4. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (UL 12.98) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (UM 12.53)
5. Brandon Lancaster (UL 12.90) vs. Felix Rauch (UM 12.47)
6. Sean Donohue (UL 12.42) vs. Shakeel Manji (UM 12.34)
B. Courtney Lock (UL 11.97)/Matt Story (UM 12.51)

#48 UC Santa Barbara [4] at #6 Georgia [1] 1pm est  Live Scoring/Blog - This is the opener for Georgia while UCSB won at Washington last week before falling to Texas and Oregon. Georgia will roll at home taking the doubles point and getting wins from Smith, Monty, an Duncan. Prediction: Georgia 4-0 (Result: Georgia 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.34) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.39)
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.29) vs. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.12)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.88) vs. #81 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB 13.63)
4. #105 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.43) vs. Oliver Sec (UCSB 13.18)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.70) vs. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.70)
6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.22) vs. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.44)
B. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.27)/Miles Seemann (UCSB 12.39)

Regional Final: Georgia def. Memphis 4-0 - Dawgs take the doubles point and get wins from Smith, Monty, and Oosterbaan. (Result: Georgia 4-1)

North Carolina Regional (Sat/Sun) - Cone-Kenfield TC - Chapel Hill, NC

#35 Drake [2] vs. #40 North Carolina State [3] - 9:30am est Live Scoring - Drake opened up with a 5-2 win over then #70 Utah State while NC State rolled over Elon and the Citadel. Drake has the smaller margin of error of the two teams and needs the doubles point to have a shot. I think Drake takes the doubles point and gets wins from Gillespie and Stride at 2 and 5 but Norenius, Horton, Weigel, and Malshev win the other courts and NC State get the win. Prediction: NC State 4-3 (Result: NC State 4-2)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Ben Lott (DU 13.31) vs. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.33)
2. Bayo Phillips (DU 12.39) vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.51)
3. Vincent Gillespie (DU 13.42) vs. Ivan Saveljic (NCST 12.15)
4. Calum MacGeoch (DU 12.65) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.28)
5. Ben Stride (DU 12.67) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.45)
6. Ben Clark (DU 12.12) vs. Georgiy Malshev (NCST 12.94)
B. Tom Hands (DU 12.23)/Igor Saveljic (NCST 12.91)

#50 Indiana [4] at #10 North Carolina [1] - 12:30pm est Live Scoring/Video - North Carolina opened up with a pair of routine wins over Georgetown and North Carolina A&T while this will be IU's dual-match opener. Indiana should be better this year than last however they're not going to get past North Carolina. Heels take the doubles point and gets wins from Schneider, Clark and Kelly. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0 (Result: North Carolina 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.20) vs. #27 Sam Monette (IU 13.59)
2. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05) vs. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU 13.04)
3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. Racheel Manji (IU 13.38)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.63) vs. Antonio Cembellin (IU 13.00)
5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.82) vs. Matt McCoy (IU 12.73)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.13) vs. Elliott Yee (IU 12.64)
B. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15)/Afonso Salgado (IU 12.62)

Regional Final: North Carolina def. North Carolina State 4-0 - I don't see UNC dropping a set in this one as Schnur, Murray, and Kelly win in singles. (Result: North Carolina 4-2)

Texas Regional (Sat/Sun) - Weller Indoor TC - Austin, Texas

#21 Florida [4] at #20 Texas [1] 11am est/10 cst Live Scoring - Florida opened up with a weekend sweep of Troy and Stetson while Texas is coming off a tough 4-3 loss at Washington. Texas may be hosting this regional but I think Florida is going to be the team to beat. I like the Gators in doubles and Hidalgo, Perez, and Kessler in singles. I think Texas's best chance to get a court is if Ortiz can beat Perez Blanco before Florida clinches. Prediction: Florida 4-0 (Result: Florida 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. George Goldhoff (TX 13.64) vs. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95)
2. #94 Harrison Scott (TX 13.44) vs. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.94)
3. Rodrigo Banzer (TX 13.51) vs. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.56)
4. Adrian Ortiz (TX 13.58) vs. #62 Chase Perez Blanco (UF 13.84)
5. #114 Michael Riechmann (TX 12.96) vs #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.48)
6. John Mee (TX 13.44) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.71)
B. Julian Zlobinsky (TX 12.76)/Maxx Lipman (UF 13.10)

#17 Mississippi [2] vs. #15 Texas Tech [3] 2pm est/1pm cst Live Scoring - Texas Tech is coming off a sensational weekend that saw the Red Raiders go 6-0 against New Mexico, Arizona, and Pacific while Ole Miss opened up with a 6-1 win over Troy. Ole Miss is the higher seed but I think Texas Tech is the deeper team top to bottom. I think the Rebels get wins from Hansson and Kraljevic at 2 and 3 but Tech will take the doubles point and get wins from Soares, Cailleau, Thomson. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-2 (Texas Tech 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #36 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.02) vs. #8 Felipe Soares (TT 14.00)
2. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.73) vs. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.75)
3. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.60) vs. #33 Alex Sendegeya (TT 14.09)
4. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.90) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.20)
5. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.23)
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 12.83) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.71)
B. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.91)/Augusto Stodart (TT 13.22)

Regional Final: Texas Tech def. Florida 4-2 - Originally I was planning on going with Florida in this one but after looking up and down the lineup I see more courts that favor Texas Tech. I really like Cailleau and Thomson at 4 and 6 and I think Tech gets at least 1 of the top 2 so Florida would need the doubles point and the other 3 courts but I just think that's too tall an order. (Result: Texas Tech 4-3)

Ohio State Regional (Sat/Sun) - Varsity TC - Columbus, Ohio

#71 Wichita State [4] at #9 Ohio State [1] 10am est  Live Scoring/Video - Ohio State won a tripleheader on Wednesday over Xavier, Dayton, and Butler while this will be Wichita State's spring opener. Not much analysis needed here - Buckeyes roll and do it quickly. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0 (Result: Ohio State 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #7 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.32) vs. Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.14)
2. #10 Hugo DiFeo (OSU 14.13) vs. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.41)
3. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.88) vs. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.53)
4. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.59) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 11.96)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.78) vs. Haru Inoue (WSU 12.34)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.61) vs. Edward Stoica (WSU 12.10)
B. Matt Mendez (OSU 13.26)/Austin William (WSU 11.29)

#51 South Carolina [2] vs. #52 Denver [3] 2pm est - Live Scoring/Video - South Carolina handled Presbyterian and Winthrop last weekend while this will be Denver's season opener. South Carolina is hopeful that Gabriel Friedrich will return to the lineup after having surgery in November because without him everyone else will have to slide up a spot. Denver's Diogo Rocha had a nice fall and Henry Craig is a solid player but South Carolina should have enough to win this one. I'll take Fennell, Friedrich, Schafer, and Mayronne for the Gamecocks while Denver takes the doubles point. Prediction: South Carolina 4-1 (Result: Denver 4-3 - Friedrich didn't play)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #116 Alex Fennell (SC 13.12) vs. #45 Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.31)
2. Gabriel Friedrich (SC 13.92) vs. Henry Craig (DEN 13.56)
3. #65 Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.54) vs. David Fox (DEN 12.96)
4. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.39) vs. Yannik James (DEN 12.92)
5. Thomas Mayronne (SC 12.99) vs. Alex Gasson (DEN 12.94)
6. Sam Swank (SC 12.79) vs. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN 11.87)
B. Wood Benton (SC 12.55)/Zach Fryer (DEN 12.01)

Regional Final: Ohio State def. South Carolina 4-0 - The Buckeyes are better at every spot including doubles. (Result: Ohio State 4-0)

Texas A&M Regional (Sat/Sun) - Mitchell TC - College Station, TX

#65 San Francisco [2] vs. #59 Boise State [3] 1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring - Boise State opened up with wins over 3 lighter opponents while San Francisco beat Hawaii but lost to Utah and UCLA. Pretty even matchup with Mitchell favored at #1 but everything else is a near toss-up. Coin flip says Boise State wins a close one. Prediction: Boise State 4-2 (Result: Boise State 4-3)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Nils Skajaa (SF 12.62) vs. Toby Mitchell (BSU 13.19)
2. Thomas Takemoto (SF 12.65) vs. Kyle Butters (BSU 12.83)
3. Vaso Valverde (SF 12.63) vs. Brian Foley (BSU 12.33)
4. Ryan Marker (SF 12.54) vs. Abraham Hewko (BSU 12.47)
5. Ty Maguire (SF 11.95) vs. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.49)
6. Woravin Kumthonkittikul (SF 12.06) vs. Tillman Haynes (BSU 11.60)
B. Christian Brockstedt (SF 11.33) vs. Pedro Cavalcante (BSU 12.36)

#68 Fresno State [4] at #5 Texas A&M [1] - 4pm est/3pm cst Live Scoring/Video - This will be Fresno State's dual-match opener while Texas A&M beat up on Lamar and USTA last weekend. Aggies cruise to a shutout behind singles wins from Vinsant, Arconada, and Lunkin. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-0 (Result: Texas A&M 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.51) vs. Euan McIntosh (FS 12.96)
2. #29 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.03) vs. Nikolas Papic (FS 12.49)
3. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.77) vs. Youssef Hassan (FS 11.85)
4. Harrison Adams (aTm 12.91) vs. Mantas Bugailiskis (FS 12.00)
5. AJ Catanzariti (aTm 13.51) vs. Jeremy Moser (FS 12.00)
6. Max Lunkin (aTm 13.41) vs. Patrik Pech (FS 13.13)
B. Jackson Withrow (aTm 13.87)/Jakob Keppelmann (FS 11.24)

Regional Final: Texas A&M def. Boise State 4-0 - this one won't be any closer than A&M's match with Fresno State. (Result: Texas A&M 4-0)

Columbia Regional (Sun/Mon) - Dick Savitt TC - New York, New York

#14 Virginia Tech [2] vs. #18 Stanford [3] - 10am est  Va Tech/Stanford Twitter - Stanford opened up its season with a pair of shutouts over Sacramento State and UC Davis while Virginia Tech went to Alabama and won 5-2. This should be a good one and possibly the match of the Kick-Off Weekend. I'm going to take Stanford in doubles and then I think this one probably comes down to how well Stanford's freshmen can handle the pressure at #5 and #6. This is one of the toughest to predict but I'm going with Wilczynski, Genender, and Kumar for Stanford and Monteiro, Bjerrehus, and Tessaro for Virginia Tech. Prediction: Stanford 4-3 (Result: Stanford 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.26) vs. #19 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.54)
2. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.49) vs. #57 David Wilczynski (ST 13.76)
3. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.84) vs. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.27)
4. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.73) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.10)
5. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.16) vs. #61 Michael Genender (ST 13.70)
6. Jai Corbett (VT 13.38) vs. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.92)
B. Mitch Harper (VT 13.12)/Yale Goldberg (ST 12.48)

#22 Minnesota [4] at #16 Columbia [1] 2pm est  Columbia/Minnesota Twitter - This is Columbia's dual-match opener while Minnesota hammered DePaul and South Dakota State last weekend. Columbia had to replace its top 4 starters from last year's team and its new #1 Shawn Hadavi played at #6 last season. Minnesota had to replace 3 starters but they returned the guys that played at #2, #3, and #4 last season. I'll take Minnesota in doubles and Spec and Corwin in singles but Columbia will win at 3, 4, 5, and 6 to pull it out in front of the loud home crowd. Prediction: Columbia 4-2 (Result: Columbia 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.58) vs. Matic Spec (MN 13.66)
2. Victor Pham (CU 13.84) vs. #101 Felix Corwin (MN 13.87)
3. Eric Rubin (CU 13.54) vs. #95 Ruben Weber (MN 13.34)
4. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.67) vs. Josip Krstanovic (MN 12.40)
5. Richard Pham (CU 12.99) vs. Justyn Levin (MN 12.35)
6. Tim Wang (CU 13.35) vs. Marino Alpeza (MN 12.37)
B. Michal Rolski (CU 12.71)/Jeremy Lynn (MN 11.79)

Regional Final: Stanford def. Columbia 4-1 - Stanford will be coming off a gut-wrenching win over Virginia Tech but they'll have enough left in the tank to get the win. Cardinal in doubles and Fawcett, Romanowicz, and Genender in singles. (Result: Columbia 4-3)

Wake Forest Regional (Sun/Mon) - Wake Forest TC - Winston-Salem, NC

#59 Auburn [4] at #11 Wake Forest [1] 11am est  Live Scoring/Video/Blog - Wake opened up with a pair of 8-1 wins over East Tennessee State and North Florida while Auburn blanked the mighty Citadel twice. Hinnisdaels and Krickovic will give Chrysochos and Mansouri all they want up top but Wake chomps down on Aubbie down low. I like Wake in doubles and Ho, Uspensky and Seraphim in singles. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0 (Result: Wake Forest 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.08) vs. #96 Max Hinnisdaels (AU 13.67)
2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.14) vs. #100 Marko Krickovic (AU 13.49)
3. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.86) vs. Dante Saleh (AU 13.17)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.12) vs. Connor Huertas (AU 12.91)
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.60) vs. Brandon Laubser (AU 12.33)
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.43) vs. Olle Thestrup (AU 12.64)
B. Maksim Kan (WF 13.20)/Joseph Van Dooren (AU 12.47)

#43 Tennessee [2] vs. #54 Cal Poly [3] 2pm est  Live Scoring/Video/Tennessee Blog (TBD) - Tennessee is off to a 4-0 start after breezing past Mercer, North Florida, Eastern Kentucky, and Southern Illinois while this will be Cal Poly's season opener. Tennessee has a young team with 5 underclassmen in the starting 6 and while Cal Poly has a shot at #1 and #2 they don't have shots anywhere else. Prediction: Tennessee 4-0 (Result: Tennessee 4-2)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #75 Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.18) vs. Ben Donovan (CP 13.41)
2. Luis Valero (UT 13.39) vs. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.78)
3. Timo Stodder (UT 14.11) vs. Cory Pang (CP 12.93)
4. Jack Schipanksi (UT 13.04) vs. Axel Damiens (CP 12.54)
5. Preston Touliatos UT 12.62) vs. Josh Ortlip (CP 13.40)
6. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.40) vs. Aiku Shintani (CP 12.03)
B. Jack Heslin (UT 13.18)/Karl Enander (CP 12.02)

Regional Final: Wake Forest def. Tennessee 4-0 - The Vols will put up more resistance than Auburn but Wake still rolls by taking the doubles point and getting singles wins from Mansouri, Bogaerts, and Uspensky. (Result: Wake Forest 4-0)

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Saturday, 23 January 2016 08:50

ITA Women: Top Seeds Cruise In Friday's ITA Kickoff

Six of the ITA Kickoff Regionals began today and all No.1 seeds cruised without much difficulty. Fresno State was the lone No.3 seed to earn a scalp into tomorrow's final. UGA and UNC were the top 2 teams to play and routed Wyoming and Yale, respectively. The closest match of the weekend, ranking-wise, was No.18 Ohio State's 4-3 thriller over No.19 Pepperdine. Tomorrow should bring some tighter matches and a few upsets. For my predictions for the entire weekend, check out my preview here.

#4 Georgia Regional: UGA routs, Old Dominion battles
It was a routine win for the Georgia Bulldogs, who claimed the victory over Wyoming before the No.6 match could get on court. Although Ellen Perez, who just arrived back in Athens after playing the Australian Open, was tested in her second set, UGA served only 6-1 or 6-2 sets across the board. Old Dominion dropped an incredibly tight doubles point in a tiebreaker, but took four first sets which propelled their win. ODU's Adriana Rajkovic had the biggest upset of the day by UTR standards and Kyla Klier had a near 1-point win on the court today also. UGA will cruise in their final tomorrow against ODU

Note: Georgia's indoor facility only has 4-courts so #5 and #6 singles don't go on until a court becomes available. 

#4 Georgia 4, #74 Wyoming 0
1. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA, 11.61 UTR) vs. Magdalena Stencel (WY, 9.60 UTR) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished
2. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA, 11.19 UTR) def. Nastya Tokareva (WY, 9.11 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
3. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA, 11.02 UTR) def. Dorottya Jonas (WY, 9.24 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA, 11.29 UTR) def. Elisa Koonik (WY, 8.44 UTR) 6-1, 6-1
5. Miranda Talbert (WY, 7.99 UTR) vs. Mariana Gould (UGA, 10.38 UTR) 1-0 unfinished
6. Laura Patterson (UGA, UTR 9.72) vs. Sanne Hoekstra (WY, 7.30 UTR), Not Played
Order of finish: 4,3,2*
1. #14 Ellen Perez/Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Magdalena Stencel/Nastya Tokareva (WY) 6-3
2. Silvia Garcia/Caroline Brinson (UGA) vs. Miranda Talbert/Dorottya Jonas (WY) 4-3, unfinished
3. Kennedy Shaffer/Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Elisa Koonik/Sanne Hoekstra (WY) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,1*

#57 Old Dominion 4, #65 Tulane 2
1. Nikol Hristova (ODU, 9.93 UTR) def. Naz Karagoz (TLN, 9.43 UTR) 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
2. Kyla Klier (TLN, 9.35 UTR) def. Nataliya Vlasova (ODU, 10.22 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
3. Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU, 9.69 UTR) def. Ipek Birol (TLN, 9.41 UTR) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
4. Adriana Rajkovic (ODU, 8.78 UTR) def. Elena Muller (TLN, 10.21 UTR) 6-2, 6-2 - UTR Upset
5. Marijana Novakovic (ODU, 9.26 UTR) vs. Jacqui Katz (TLN, 9.51 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 4-1, unf
6. Ivana Vukovic (ODU, 8.93 UTR) def. Sofia Kurtz (TLN, 8.19 UTR) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
1. Ipek Birol/Sade Atkinson (TLN) def. Nikol Hristova/Marijana Novakovic (ODU) 6-1
2. Nataliya Vlasova/Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) def. Kyla Klier/Sofia Kurtz (TLN) 7-5
3. Elena Muller/Naz Karagoz (TLN) def. Ivana Vukovic/Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU) 7-6 (7-4)

#5 North Carolina Regional: Carter shines
Hayley Carter was the star today in Chapel Hill, dropping two games in singles and doubles and guiding UNC to a 4-0 rout over Yale. The Tar Heels were nearly flawless in doubles, which carried over into five first set wins in singles. They should continue to cruise over Tulsa, should you look at UTR ratings. Tulsa downed Marshall 4-0, with the No.1 match the only one in the Herd's favor. The Marshall-Yale encounter will be the closest of the weekend in my opinion.

#5 North Carolina 4, #68 Yale 0
1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC, 11.69 UTR) def. Tina Jiang (YALE, 10.19) 6-0, 6-2
2. Madeleine Hamilton (YALE, 10.18 UTR) vs. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.74 UTR) 7-6, 0-2, unf
3. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.41 UTR) vs. Ree Ree Li (YALE, 9.45 UTR) 6-2, 6-3, unfinished
4. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.19 UTR) vs. Sherry Li (YALE, 9.36 UTR) 6-3, 2-4, unfinished
5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.63 UTR) def. Courtney Amos (YALE, 9.11 UTR) 6-2, 6-0
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.53 UTR) def. Carol Finke (YALE, 9.29 UTR) 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 1,5,6*
1. #2 Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Tina Jiang/Madeleine Hamilton (YALE) 6-0
2. #16 Kate Vialle/Jessie Aney (UNC) def. Ree Ree Li/Valerie Shklover (YALE) 6-1
3. Ashley Dai/Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Carol Finke/Caroline Lynch (YALE) 5-1, unf
Order of finish: 1,2*

#48 Tulsa 4, #53 Marshall 0
1. Derya Turhan (Marshall, 10.07 UTR) vs. Saana Saarteinen (TUL, 10.40 UTR), 6-4, 1-2, unf
2. Ksenia Laskutova (TUL, 10.04 UTR) vs. Rachael Morales (Marshall, 9.37 UTR), 7-5, 3-2, unf
3. Rongrong Leenabanchong (TUL, 10.02 UTR) def. Maddie Silver (Marshall, 9.46 UTR), 6-2, 6-3
4. Marcelina Cichon (TUL, 10.24 UTR) def. Marija Bogicevic (Marshall, 8.52 UTR), 6-1, 6-3
5 Yelena Nemchen (TUL, 9.74 UTR) vs. Anna Pomyatinskya (Marshall, 9.85 UTR), 7-5, 1-0, unf
6. Mahitha Dadireddy (TUL, 9.63 UTR) def. Anne Gulsrud (Marshall, 7.90 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
1. Laskutova/Kuricova (TUL) def.Turhan/Morales (Marshall), 6-2
2. Leenabanchong/Matoula (TUL) def. Pomyatinskya/Silver (Marshall), 6-2
3. Saarteinen/Dadireddy (TUL) vs. Bogicevic/Gulsrud (Marshall), 4-3, unfinished

#8 Virginia Regional: UVA and Columbia cruise
As expected, it's a No.1 vs. No.2 final in Charlottesville, with Virginia and Columbia scoring 7-0 routs against BYU and Maryland, respectively. The UVA Cavaliers were dominant in doubles, blanking BYU at the top two positions and leading 5-1 at No.3 when play was suspended. BYU threw all they could handle at the No.8 team in the country, but Virginia's depth is too solid for any setbacks, capturing all matches in straight sets. Congratulations to Stephanie Nauta, who captured her 100th career singles victory (5th all-time at Virginia) when she clinched the win for UVA.
UVA plays Columbia for their berth in Madison. Columbia had a slightly difficult time against Maryland and they captured two small UTR upsets at the Nos. 3 and 5 positions. The match was more competitive than UVA/BYU with two matches splitting sets and the doubles point on the verge of going down to the wire. While Columbia lacks star power in their lineup, they have consistent depth. They'll need plenty of luck and upsets (and the doubles point) on their side if they want any chance at a win.

Virginia Regional

#8 Virginia 7, BYU 0
1. No. 4 Danielle Collins (UVA, 12.07 UTR) def. Mayci Jones (BYU, 9.43 UTR), 6-3, 6-1
2. No. 8 Julia Elbaba (UVA, 11.80 UTR) def. Savannah Ware (BYU, 10.12 UTR), 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 32 Skylar Morton (UVA, 10.85 UTR) def. Toby Miclat (BYU, 9.65 UTR), 7-5, 6-0
4. No. 30 Stephanie Nauta (UVA, 10.93 UTR) def. Nicolette Paulsen (BYU, 9.47 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
5. Victoria Olivarez (UVA, 10.06 UTR) def. Natella Nabieva (BYU, 8.16 UTR), 6-4, 7-5
6. Meghan Kelley (UVA, 10.17 UTR) def. Taylah Beckman (BYU, 8.25 UTR), 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 6,3,4*,2,1,5
1. No. 19 Collins/Kelley (UVA) def. Miclat/Beckman (BYU), 6-0
2. Elbaba/Morton (UVA) def. Poulsen/Ware (BYU), 6-0
3. Nauta/Olivarez (UVA) vs. Jones/Nabieva (BYU), 5-1, unfinished
Order of finish: 2,1*

#56 Columbia 7, #66 Maryland 0
1. Kanika Vaidya (COL, 10.49 UTR) def. Natalyia Bredikhina (MD, 9.79 UTR) 6-0, 6-2
2. Rima Asatrian (COL, 10.04 UTR) def. Arnelle Sullivan (MD, 9.80 UTR) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 10-3
3. Star Makarome (COL, 10.19 UTR) def. Alexandra Stanova (MD, 10.58 UTR) 6-2, 6-1
4. Alexandra Solovyev (COL, 9.92 UTR) def. Kristina Hovsepyan (MD, 8.67 UTR) 6-3, 6-4
5. Andrea Kevakian (COL 9.15 UTR) def. Olga Bredikhina (MD, 9.76 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
6. Sarah Hu (COL, 9.71 UTR) def. Caroline Williams (MD, 9.10 UTR) 4-6, 6-2, 10-5
Order of finish: 3,1,4*,5,6,2
1. Alexandra Stanova/Kristina Hovsepyan (MD) vs. Rima Asatrian/Alexandra Solovyev (COL) 5-3, 
2. Kanika Vaidya/Adi Milstein (COL) def. Natalyia Bredikhina/Caroline Williams (MD) 6-4
3. Star Makarome/Andrea Kevakian (COL) def. Olga Bredikhina/Arnelle Sullivan (MD) 6-3
Order of finish: 3,2*

#9 UCLA Regional: UCLA marches on, Fresno State pulls off upset
UCLA has been gifted a pretty easy Regional and routinely defeated UC Irvine today, 4-0. The top 4 of UCLA can scrape 2-3 matches against most teams, but the lower half of the lineup is alarming. Two walk-ons are filling in, but hopefully Terri Fleming will bounce in the singles lineup and can play Jada Hart should the Blue Chip signee be enrolled. The Bruins are set to face the underranked Fresno State, who upset Arkansas. I'm expecting a tight match in tomorrow's final should Fresno take the doubles point. They can defeat UCLA in the bottom two singles if lineups stay the same. Doubles is the most crucial key to the match if they want any chance at winning.

UCLA Regional

#9 UCLA 4, #70 UC Irvine 0
1. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA, 11.52 UTR) vs. Sarah Gong (UCI, 9.54 UTR) 6-2, 5-2, unf
2. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA, 10.63 UTR) def. Mazy Watrous (UCI, 8.64 UTR) 6-1, 6-0
3. Kristin Wiley (UCLA, 9.72 UTR) def. Vivien Dvali (UCI, 8.94 UTR) 6-2, 6-2
4. Alaina Miller (UCLA, 10.67 UTR) vs. Stephanie Hazell (UCI, 8.67 UTR) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0, unf
5. Maia Magill (UCLA, 7.96 UTR) vs. Andrea Duva (UCI, 8.01 UTR) 6-0, 5-4, unf
6. Laura Luca (UCLA, 7.09 UTR) def. Cassidy Branstine (UCI, 8.07 UTR) 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 2,6,3*
1. Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Sarah Gong/Mazy Watrous (UCI) 6-2
2. Terri Fleming/Maia Magill (UCLA) vs. Andrea Duva/Vivien Dvali (UCI) 5-2, unfinished
3. Alaina Miller/Kristin Wiley (UCLA) def. Cassidy Branstine/Stephanie Hazell (UCI) 6-0
Order of finish: 3,1*

#54 Fresno State 4, #34 Arkansas 1
1. Shannon Hudson (ARK, 10.52 UTR) vs. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (FS, 10.64 UTR) 3-6, 5-4, un
2. Sophie Watts (FS, 10.13 UTR) def. Ana Oparenovic (ARK, 10.45 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
3. Makenzie Craft (ARK, 9.77 UTR) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS, 9.63 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
4. Galina Bykova (FS, 9.74 UTR) def. Mia Jurasic (ARK, 9.69 UTR) 6-0, 6-4
5. Sasha Shkorupeieva (ARK, 9.94 UTR) vs. Emma Wilson (FS, 9.38 UTR) 1-6, 6-4, 3-1, un
6. Anneka Watts (FS, 9.10 UTR) def. Agne Cepelyte (ARK, 10.31 UTR) 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: 2,4,3,6*
1. Maiar Sherif Ahmed/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Flavia Araujo/Makenzie Craft (ARK) 6-4
2. #58 Anneka Watts/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Agne Cepelyte/Shannon Hudson (ARK) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Ana Oparenovic/Mia Jurasic (ARK) def. Olivia Noble/Sofya Malysheva (FS) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,1,2*

#16 Duke Regional: Duke, Mississippi State tested
The Duke Blue Devils were tested by Portland in their Regional opener, but strong play from freshmen Kaitlyn McCarthy and Jessica Ho and clincher Chalena Scholl put Duke into the final matchup against Mississipi State. It's nice to see Christina Makarova return this season after missing last year with an injury. Look for her to rack plenty of wins should she be in the No.6 position. Duke will have to clean up their mistakes as the Bulldogs are no slouch. Expect a couple of three set matches tomorrow and possibly an upset, but Duke should win easily if the right team shows up.

#16 Duke 4, #67 Portland 0
1. #28 Beatrice Capra (DUKE, 11.48 UTR) vs. Lucia Butkovska (POR, 10.77 UTR), 6-1, 4-5, uf
2. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE, 11.55 UTR) def. Maja Mladenovic (POR, 9.92 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
3. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE, 11.25 UTR) vs. Radina Dimitrova (POR, 9.17 UTR) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0, uf
4. #79 Chalena Scholl (DUKE, 10.63) def. Tatiana Grigoryan (POR, 7.96 UTR) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
5. Jessica Ho (DUKE, 10.26 UTR) def. Jelena Lazarevic (POR, 8.90 UTR) 6-3, 7-5
6. Christina Makarova (DUKE, 9.27 UTR) vs. Saroop Dhatt (POR, 8.61 UTR) 6-3, 2-1, uf
Order of finish: 2,5,4*
1. #26 Capra/Hamlin (DUKE) vs. Butkovska/Lazarevic (POR) 4-4, unfinished
2. Samantha Harris/McCarthy (DUKE) def. Dimitrova/Grigoryan (POR) 6-3
3. Alyssa Smith/Scholl (DUKE) def. Tori Troesch/Mladenovic (POR) 6-4
Order of finish: 2,3*

#29 Mississippi State 4, #36 Florida State 0
Singles competition
1. #13 Jasmine Lee (MSU, 11.81 UTR) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU, 10.80 UTR) 7-5, 6-1
2. Madison Harrison (MSU, 10.63 UTR) vs. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU, 10.58 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 3-3 susp.
3. Georgiana Patrasc (MSU, 10.51 UTR) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU, 10.51 UTR) 6-3, 6-4
4. Yukako Noi (FSU, 11.00) vs. #36 Anastasia Rentouli (MSU, 10.82 UTR) 7-5, 5-2 susp.
5. Kristina Vozniak (MSU, 9.50 UTR) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU, 9.52 UTR) 6-4, 6-2
6. Lana Rush (FSU, 9.02 UTR) vs. Jennifer Brown (MSU, 10.06 UTR) 6-3, 2-6, 2-0 susp.
Order of finish: 5,3,1*
Doubles competition
1. #41 Daneika Borthwick/Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. Madison Harrison/Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) 5-2 susp.
2. Jasmine Lee/Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) def. Julia Mikulski/Lana Rush (FSU) 6-0
3. #53 Jennifer Brown/Kristina Vozniak (MSU) def. Ariana Rahmanparast/Gabriella Castaneda 6-1
Order of finish: 2,3*

#22 TCU Regional: Ohio State Outlasts Pepperdine
There was no doubt TCU would down Houston and that the Ohio State/Pepperdine clash would go down to the wire. Houston holds a near-guarantee point with No.34 Despoina Vogasari at the No.1 slot and she outlasted South Florida transfer Olaya Garrido-Rivas in three sets. Freshman Marie Norris clinched both the singles and doubles matches for the Super Frogs, who will face a tough Ohio State squad tomorrow. The Buckeyes, the highest-ranked team at the Regional at No.18, had a brutally tough test against No. 19 Pepperdine. The Waves have all three doubles teams ranked in the Top 45, but an upset at No.1 that jumpstarted their doubles point victory. Five of the six singles matches went three sets, with Ohio State taking three of those, but the lone straight set match was the clincher. Olivia Sneed was last on court and pushed through a 7-5,6-2 win at No.6 to put the Buckeyes through. TCU Coach Lee Taylor Walker expects a bigger test tomorrow if his team wants to return to the National Team Indoor tournament. By far, this is one match tomorrow fans should keep an eye on.

#22 TCU 4, #42 Houston 1
1. #34 Despoina Vogasari (UH, 10.85 UTR) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU, 10.07 UTR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
2. Marie Norris (TCU, 10.86 UTR) def. Tina Rupert (UH, 9.52 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
3. Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU, 10.32 UTR) vs. Mina Markovic (UH, 9.66 UTR) 7-5, 4-4, unf
4. Caroline Wegner (TCU, 10.16 UTR) def. Rocio Martin (UH, N/A UTR) 6-1, 6-1
5. Seda Arantekin (TCU, 9.74 UTR) def. Maria Cardenas (UH, 9.34 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
6. Mia King (TCU, 9.42 UTR) vs. Marnie Stokes (UH, 8.14 UTR) 6-0, 3-0, unf
Order of finish: 4,1,5,2*
1. Despoina Vogasari/Tina Rupert (UH) vs. #17 Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU) 5-3, unfinished
2. Olaya Garrido-Rivas/Mia King (TCU) def. Mina Markovic/Maria Cardenas (UH) 6-4
3. Marie Norris/Alexis Pereira (TCU) def. Rocio Martin/Marnie Stokes (UH) 6-1

Order of finish: 3,2*

#18 Ohio State 4, #19 Pepperdine 3
1. #14 Luisa Stefani (PEP, 11.63 UTR) def. #2 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU, 12.02 UTR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. #102 Laura Gulbe (PEP, 10.96 UTR) def. Gabriella De Santis (OSU, 10.31 UTR) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
3. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.52 UTR) def. Matea Cutura (PEP, 10.37 UTR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
4. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.33 UTR) def. #96 Dzina Milovanovic (PEP, 10.31 UTR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.48 UTR) def. A. Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP, 10.30 UTR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU, 9.75 UTR) def. Christine Maddox (PEP, 10.00 UTR) 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish: 3,1,4,2,5,6*
1. #18 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEP) def. #6 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) 6-1
2. #8 Luisa Stefani/ A. Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) def. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) 6-3
3. #45 Laura Gulbe/Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) vs. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (OSU) 5-4 unfinished
Order of finish: 2,1*

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14 of the 15 ITA Kickoff Regionals saw play today, with Cal struggling with rain for the second consecutive day. Five Regionals were completed with 3 No.1 seeds, a No.2 seed and a surprise No.3 seed claiming final victories to join Wisconsin at the ITA National Team Indoor, being held February 5-8 in Madison, WI.

#5 North Carolina Regional: Tar Heels Dominate Singles
The UNC Tar Heels, the reigning NTI champions, looked in good form today, blanking #48 Tulsa 4-0 to advance to Madison. UNC dropped only 10 games in their 5 completed first sets, with the No.4 match in a tiebreaker when play was called. Maria Akkerman was the star of the weekend, losing just three games in her two matches combined. Hayley Carter continued to impress this weekend and Whitney Kay did a complete 180 from yesterday to completely rout her ranked opponent. In the 3rd/4th playoff, #53 Marshall rallied from 1-3 down to take out #68 Yale, with the Herd claiming the win at No.1.

#5 North Carolina 4, #48 Tulsa 0
1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC,11.69 UTR) def. Saana Saarteinen (TUL, 10.40 UTR) 6-0, 6-2
2. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.74 UTR) def. #95 Ksenia Laskutova (TUL, 10.04 UTR) 6-0, 6-1
3. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.41 UTR) vs. Rongrong Leenabancho (TUL, 10.02 UTR) 7-5, 0-0
4. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.19 UTR) vs. Marcelina Cichon (TUL, 10.24 UTR) 6-6, unf
5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.63 UTR) def. Yelena Nemchen (TUL, 9.74 UTR) 6-1, 6-0
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.53 UTR) def. Mahitda Dadireddy (TUL, 9.63 UTR) 6-4, 1-0
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 1*
#2 Carter/Kay (UNC) def. Laskutova/Kuricova (TUL) 6-1
#46 Matoula/Leenabancho (TUL) def. #16 Vialle/Aney (UNC) 6-2
Ashley Dai/Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) def. Saarteinen/Dadireddy (TUL) 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*

#8 Virginia Regional: Cavaliers Too Strong
Columbia caused a UTR upset at No.4 singles, but UVA's depth pushed the Cavaliers into the final NTI tournament. Danielle Collins continued her dominant season with a solid win over Kanika Vaidya, who spent the Fall season playing ITF tournaments. Virginia is a dark horse to go deep at NTI and continue throughout the season. They have one of, if not the best top 4 singles lineups in the country. BYU took the 3rd/4th playoff over Maryland with a 5-2 win. Mayci Jones won her first match since giving birth and sitting out last season and Natella Nabieva clinched with her own UTR upset.

#8 Virginia 6, #56 Columbia 1
1. #4 Danielle Collins (VUA, 12.07 UTR) def. Kanika Vaidya (COL, 10.49 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
2. #8 Julia Elbaba (UVA, 11.80 UTR) def. Rima Asatrian (COL, 10.04 UTR) 6-1, 6-4
3. #32 Skylar Morton (UVA, 10.85 UTR) def. Star Makarome (COL, 10.19 UTR) 6-2, 6-3
4. Alexandra Solovyev (COL, 9.92 UTR) def. #30 Stephanie Nauta (UVA, 10.93 UTR) 6-1, 0-6, 6-4 - UTR upset
5. Victoria Olivarez (UVA, 10.06 UTR) def. Andrea Kevakian (COL, 9.15 UTR) 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Meghan Kelley (UVA, 10.17 UTR) def. Sarah Hu (COL, 9.71 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 6*, 1, 4, 5
1. #19 Danielle Collins/Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Rima Asatrian/Alexandra Solovyev (COL) 6-2
2. Julia Elbaba/Skylar Morton (UVA) def. Adi Milstein/Kanika Vaidya (COL) 6-2
3. Stephanie Nauta/Victoria Olivarez (UVA) vs. Andrea Kevakian/Star Makarome (COL) 4-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 2, 1*

#9 UCLA Regional: Fresno State Stuns Bruins
While I said Fresno State needed to win the doubles point to stay competitive against UCLA, I'm pretty shocked that they pulled off the biggest upset of the year thus far. I was mighty impressed with Catherine Harrison's rout at No.1 as Maiar Sherif Ahmed had a solid fall and I was expecting three sets. Maia Magill gave UCLA the UTR upset of the day, but Galina Bykova nearly had one with her win at No.4 to clinch the victory. It's crucial that Terri Fleming get healthy to beef up the Bruin's lineup or the season may be a roller coaster for UCLA. Arkansas claimed 3rd place in the Regional with a solid 4-1 win over UCI. Cassidy Branstine had a 2 point UTR upset at No.6 over Agne Cepelyte.

#54 Fresno State 4, #9 UCLA 3
1. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA, 11.52 UTR) def. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (FS, 10.64 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
2. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA, 10.63 UTR) def. Sophie Watts (FS, 10.13 UTR) 7-5, 6-4
3. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS, 9.63 UTR) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA, 9.72 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
4. Galina Bykova (FS, 9.74 UTR) def. Alaina Miller (UCLA, 10.67 UTR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
5. Maia Magill (UCLA, 7.96 UTR) def. Emma Wilson (FS, 9.38 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 - UTR upset
6. Anneka Watts (FS, 9.10 UTR) def. Laura Luca (UCLA, 7.09 UTR) 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 6, 2, 3, 5, 4*
1. Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Maiar Sherif Ahmed/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 6-3
2. #58 Anneka Watts/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Terri Fleming/Maia Magill (UCLA) 6-1
3. Olivia Noble/Sofya Malysheva (FS) def. Alaina Miller/Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3*

#16 Duke Regional: Capra In Fine Form
Duke was dealt with an inspired Mississippi State squad in their Regional final, but Senior Beatrice Capra's upset over Jasmine Lee guided way for the Blue Devils to return to the NTI. MSU battled well and Kristina Vozniak was a game from creating a huge UTR upset against Chalena Scholl, while Madison Harrison, Kansas transfer and brother of Ryan and Christian, battled against Kaitlyn McCarthy. While the result was never really in doubt, look for MSU to cause some waves in the SEC. Another result expected was Florida State's 4-0 win over Portland in the 3rd/4th match. Portland was a game from a straight set win, just split sets in one match and was leading in the 3rd set in other remaining play.

#16 Duke 4, #29 Mississippi State 1
1. #28 Beatrice Capra (DU, 11.48 UTR) def. #13 Jasmine Lee (MSU, 11.81 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
2. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU, 11.55 UTR) def. Madison Harrison (MSU, 10.63 UTR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
3. Georgiana Patrasc (MSU, 10.51 UTR) def. Samantha Harris (DU, 11.04 UTR) 6-4, 7-5
4. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (DU, 11.25 UTR) vs. #36 Anastasia Rentouli (MSU, 10.82 UTR) 4-6, 5-4, unfinished
5. Kristina Vozniak (MSU, 9.50 UTR) vs. #79 Chalena Scholl (DU, 10.63 UTR) 1-6, 7-5, 5-3, unfinished
6. Jessica Ho (DU, 10.26 UTR) def. Jennifer Brown (MSU, 10.06 UTR) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 2, 1, 3*
1. #26 Beatrice Capra/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Georgiana Patrasc/Madison Harrison (MSU) 6-3 
2. Samantha Harris/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) vs. Jasmine Lee/Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) 5-3, unfinished 
3. Alyssa Smith/Chalena Scholl (DU) def. #53 Kristina Vozniak/Jennifer Brown (MSU) 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 1*

#22 TCU Regional: Ohio State Creates History
While I expected Ohio State to win this Regional, I was surprised to see how well they recovered from their grueling Pepperdine win to just swipe TCU. Although her two matches were unfinished, Gaby De Santis was able to put her matches yesterday in the past and compete well against a tough Marie Norris. It was also nice to see Francesca Di Lorenzo get over her second loss of the year with a quick win to set Ferny Angeles Paz up for the victory. OSU will play in their first ever NTI tournament with the win and expect a program-high ranking when the ITA releases their rankings next week. Pepperdine took a 5-0 wash over Houston to claim their first victory of their season in the 3rd/4th match.

#18 Ohio State 4, #22 TCU 0
1. #2 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU, 12.02 UTR) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU, 10.07 UTR) 6-2, 6-2
2. Gabriella De Santis (OSU, 10.31 UTR) vs. Marie Norris (TCU, 10.86 UTR) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
3. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.52 UTR) def. Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU, 10.32 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
4. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.33) vs. Caroline Wegner (TCU, 10.16 UTR) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.48 UTR) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU, 9.84 UTR) 6-0, 6-4
6. Grainne O'Neill (OSU, 9.70 UTR) vs. Seda Arantekin (TCU, 9.74 UTR) 0-0, unfinished
Order of finish: 3, 1, 5*
1. #6 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. #17 Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU) 6-4
2. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) vs. Marie Norris/Alexis Pereira (TCU) 5-2, unfinished
3. Olivia Sneed/Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas/Mia King (TCU) 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 1*

TCU Regional
No. 3 Pepperdine 5, No. 4 Houston 0
No. 2 Ohio State 4, No. 1 TCU 0 - Ohio State advances to #ITAIndoors
Virginia Regional
No. 1 Virginia 6, No. 2 Columbia 1 - Virginia advances to #ITAIndoorsNo. 4 BYU 5, No. 3 Maryland 2
North Carolina Regional
No. 1 North Carolina 4
, No. 2 Tulsa 0 - North Carolina advances to #ITAIndoors
Duke Regional
No. 3 Florida State 4, No. 4 Portland 0
No. 1 Duke 4, No. 2 Mississippi State 1 - Duke advances to #ITAIndoors
UCLA Regional
No. 3 Fresno State 4
, No. 1 UCLA 3 - Fresno State advances to #ITAIndoors

Miami (FL) Regional

No. 1 Miami (FL) 4, No. 4 Middle Tennessee State 0
No. 2 Auburn 4, No. 3 Michigan State 0

Texas Tech Regional
No. 1 Texas Tech 4, No. 4 Oregon 0
No. 3 Illinois 4, No. 2 Virginia Tech 3

Alabama Regional
No. 2 Texas 4, No. 3 Purdue 1
No. 1 Alabama 5, No. 4 Pennsylvania 0

Oklahoma State Regional
No. 1 Oklahoma State 4, No. 4 Notre Dame 0
No. 2 Northwestern 4, No. 3 Arizona State 2

Vanderbilt Regional
No. 1 Vanderbilt 4, No. 4 Denver 0
No. 3 Brown 4, No. 2 Penn State 0

Texas A&M Regional

No. 2 Wichita State 4, No. 3 Minnesota 1
No. 1 Texas A&M 4, No. 4 South Alabama 0

Michigan Regional
No. 2 Kentucky 4, No. 3 Dartmouth 1
No. 1 Michigan 4, No. 4 San Francisco 0

Georgia Tech Regional

No. 1 Georgia Tech 4, No. 4 William & Mary 1
No. 2 LSU 4, No. 3 DePaul 0

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Sunday was a great day for the guys from sunny San Diego as the Toreros went into snowy Durham and beat the host Duke Blue Devils 4-2 to clinch the school's first ever berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Sunday was also a day of near misses as #28 Oklahoma State, #40 NC State, #44 Memphis and #49 Oregon each put a considerable amount of pressure on the #1 seeds in their respective regionals before coming up just short in the end.

There were also several blowouts as Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Ohio State, UCLA, and South Florida each cruised in matches that took 2 hours or less.

The biggest comeback of the day took place in Austin as the #4 seed Texas Tech came back from 3-0 down to defeat the #3 seed Florida 4-3.

The Wake Forest and Columbia regionals got underway today, after weather pushed play back a day, and surprisingly neither of the matches in New York were close as Columbia rolled over Minnesota and Stanford drilled Virginia Tech

It was also interesting to see several of the #4 seeds take care of business in the consolation matches as collectively they went 7-2 with Wichita State's win over South Carolina probably the biggest surprise.

Back to the action, we start off the day in Durham as San Diego came into the regional finals coming off a 4-0 win over Vanderbilt while Duke got a free pass due to the weather keeping Cal from making the trip. Duke looked like it was going to take the doubles point when Josh Levine and Adrian Chamdani had a 5-3 lead at #2 doubles in the deciding court but San Diego's Joshua Page and Uros Petronijevic reeled off 4 straight games to win it 7-5.

San Diego rode the momentum from winning the doubles point by taking four first sets in singles but Duke's Catalin Mateas and Adrian Chamdani were the first to finish as they each rolled to straight set wins at #4 and #5. San Diego's Uros Petronijevic tied the match at 2-2 when he beat Nicolas Alvarez in straights at #1 and Filip Vittek put San Diego ahead for good when he came back from *4-6 down in the second set tiebreak at #3 to win the tiebreak 10-8 and the match 6-4, 7-6. Less than a minute later Joshua Page would close the door on Duke when he put an overhead away at the net to finish off Josh Levine 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. 

#19 San Diego 4, #23 Duke 2
Jan. 24, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #7 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) 6-4
2. Joshua Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Josh Levine/Adrian Chamdani (DU) 7-5
3. TJ Pura/Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Jaan Kononov/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.05) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) 6-4, 7-5
2. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) led #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.99) 3-6, 6-2, 4-3, unf
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.54) def. Vincent Lin (DU 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.63) def. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.22) 6-3, 6-2
5. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.61) 6-4, 6-4
6. Joshua Page (USD 12.79) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.73) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-0; National ranking #19
Duke 1-2; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,6)
T-2:33 A-182

"That was a tough loss, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "I think San Diego is a good team and they played well. I thought they competed extremely well. It was a really good match where we had some chances. Obviously doubles was a chance where we were one point away from winning it.

"We got down early in singles on a couple courts, Smith said. "I felt like we made a nice push midway through the singles and competed really well in that middle stretch. We got ourselves back in the match with the two freshmen getting off the court early. That was huge to change the momentum of the match.

"That's a tough loss for Vinny [Lin], Smith said. "I thought that's the best he's played all year. He competed great and left it all on the court. That was high-level tennis. Vinny just keeps getting better. I'm encouraged by him.

In Austin you had the #3 and #4 seeds meeting in the regional finals after Florida [4] shutout Texas [1] and Texas Tech [3] did the same to Ole Miss [2]. Going in I thought this would be a close match and I figured Texas Tech needed the doubles point but in the end they proved me and Florida wrong.

Florida took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles each team took three opening sets. Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco finished their matches in straight sets at #3 and #4 and just like that Florida was up 3-0. Texas Tech's Hugo Dojas put the Red Raiders on the board with a straight set win at #2 and Bjorn Thomson would make it 2 in a row when he knocked off Maxx Lipman 7-6, 6-4 at #6 singles. Connor Curry, who let a 5-3 first set lead slip away, won 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over McClain Kessler at #6 and the match was now all even at 3-3. Texas Tech's Felipe Soares had a 6-2, 3-4 lead on Diego Hidalgo but Hidalgo broke and held to take the second set 6-3. With the match on the line Hidalgo would go up 4-2 and have 4 break points to go up 5-2 but Soares came back from 0-40 down to hold for 3-4*. Soares would then break and hold again to go up 5-4 before Hidalgo held for 5-5. Soares quickly held and then he'd break Hidalgo to close out the 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 win.

#15 Texas Tech 4, #21 Florida 3 
01/24/16 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-3 
2. #46 Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 6-4 
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TTU) vs. Joshua Wardell/Chase Perez-Blanco (UF): 5-3, unf 
Singles competition 
1. #8 Felipe Soares (TTU 14.00) def. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95): 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 
2. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.75) def.#49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.94): 6-2, 6-4 
3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.56) def. #33 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 14.09): 6-3, 6-0 
4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.84) def. Jolan Cailleau (TTU 14.20): 6-3, 6-4 
5. Connor Curry (TTU 13.23) def. # 97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.48): 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU 13.71) def. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.10): 7-6 (3), 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (8-0); National ranking No. 15 
Florida (3-1); National ranking No. 21 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,4,2,6,5,1)

"Hugo had a solid weekend all the way around and was our MVP of the weekend," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Today's match was a dog fight. We were competing hard, and they were competing hard. We had to fight extremely hard to find that edge. Felipe played clutch games in the third set and hit excellent backhand passing shots something that he's not known for. It was his moment, and he wasn't going to let our team lose. Connor played extremely tough in the third set and learned the lessons from the first two sets of the match. Bjorn was very impressive. He went out there and was fearless to beat a veteran player the way he did."

"It's a huge win for us to come back and beat a program like Florida which has a lot of great tradition and history," Masi said. "The biggest thing that I see from our team is that if one guy can't do it that day someone else can step up and do it. A match like today and the way we were able to win shows our players how good this team can be. We have great senior leadership and a lot of depth. I'm proud of our guys for battling through adversity and finding a way to win."

What Coach Shelton Says
"We played some really good doubles today and competed hard across the line in singles. Texas Tech is a very good team with a lot of heart. It was a tough battle but we'll be better because of it. We can't wait to take the court again."

TCU got all it wanted and more from Big 12 rival Oklahoma State as the Cowboys rolled over TCU in doubles and then went toe-to-toe with the Horned Frogs in several spots in the singles lineup. TCU got a much needed boost from Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov as both guys won in straight sets while Eduardo Nava gutted a tight 7-6, 6-4 win over Tristan Meraut at #5. Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg won in straight sets at #6 and then Julian Cash would pull off a big time win over Guillermo Nunez taking it 6-4 in the third. The match came down to a third set at #4 between TCU's Jerry Lopez and Oklahoma State's Lucas Gerch.  Lopez went up 5-3 in the third and the match actually ended when Gerch was overruled on a line call for a third time causing a point penalty which subsequently ended the match.

#3 TCU 4, #28 Oklahoma State 3
Jan 24, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68) def. Temur Ismailov (OSU 14.10) 6-1, 6-2
2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.63) def. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.64) 7-5, 6-1
3. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.66) def. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.31) 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4
4. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.72) 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.05) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.35) 7-6 (6), 6-4
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.52) def. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.81) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 4-4, unf
2. Temur Ismailov/Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-2
3. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Alex Rybakov/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 4-1; National ranking #28
TCU 2-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5,3,4)

Quotes from TCU Head Coach David Roditi
"What a college match. It was everything we expected and then some. Oklahoma State is a strong, deep and well-coached team. It is not very often that you are taught a big lesson and also win. Today was one of those days. I'm proud of our singles wins. There were great wins today by Cameron (Norrie) and Alex (Rybakov) so quickly and then Eduardo (Nava) provided a huge point for us. We must improve our doubles and our mentality in practice. We are looking forward to taking such a young team to the national indoors.

Quotes from Oklahoma State Head Coach Jay Edwadia
"Unbelievable match that came right down to the very end. We knew it was going to be a battle and everyone fought hard, but it was disappointing to lose after such an amazing effort. It was a good test for us early on in the season to play a top-five team. We will regroup this week and get ready for next weekend's matches at home."

ACC rivals and Research Triangle neighbors North Carolina and North Carolina State went at it for just over 2 hours before North Carolina freshman Anu Kodali pulled off a come from behind 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Igor Saveljic at #6 to clinch the first match of his young career. NC State's Simon Norenius and Nick Horton blew past UNC's Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider at #1 and #2 and Thomas Weigel was up a set on Jack Murray at #4 but the Pack couldn't get a hold of another court.

#10 North Carolina 4, #40 NC State 2
Jan 24, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Saveljic/Saveljic (NCST), 6-0
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. Norenius.Horton (NCST), 5-5 DNF
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Mike Ogden/Weigel (NCST), 6-4
Singles competition
1. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.33) def. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.20), 6-3, 6-4
2. Nick Horton (NCST 13.51) def. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05), 6-3, 6-1
3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) def. Ivan Saveljic (NCST 12.15), 6-4, 6-2
4. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.28) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.63) 7-6(4), 5-5 DNF
5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.82) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.45), 6-4, 6-4
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.13) def. Igor Saveljic (NCST 12.91), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Match Stats:
Order of Finish: Singles (2,5,3,1,6); Doubles (1,3)
Records: North Carolina 4-0, NC State 4-1

Post Match Comments from Anu Kodali & Robert Kelly Via UNC's recap

Quotes from North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
"It's good to advance, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "NC State played really hard. We've got some work to do we've just got to keep getting better every single day. Now we get that opportunity at National Team Indoors.

"Anu played really well at the end, Paul said. "I left after he lost the first set and went over to the courts on the other side, so I didn't really see him, then I came back and obviously he was feeling a lot better. I really liked his body language and the way he finished that out. We had some freshmen step up Bo (Boyden) stepped up in doubles today.

"Robert and Brett had a very good weekend, Paul said. "Those two guys were the outstanding performers on our team, but it's a team sport. We look forward to playing in the national team indoors. We've got to get everyone playing well to do well in that tournament, and we will.

Quotes from NC State Head Coach Jon Choboy
"We have a number of new pieces in the line up from what we had last year. Getting to see the team compete against a high-level UNC team was good. We were only a few points from maybe being able to squeak this one out. The team really competed well." head coach Jon Choboy

A day after getting pushed by UC Irvine, Baylor got pushed even harder by Oregon and the match ended up coming down to a pair of third set tiebreaks to decide it. Oregon grabbed the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then got a quick win from Ethan Young-Smith at #6 to go up 2-0. Baylor got back in the match with straight set wins from Jimmy Bendeck, Will Little, and Julian Lenz (clips below) but they had a hard time finding the fourth point.

Felipe Rios served for the match twice in the third set at #3, and had 3 match points along the way, but Simon Stevens broke him both times to force a third set tiebreak. Max Tchoutakian let a double-break *4-1 third set lead slip away and had to hold serve to force a third set tiebreak at #2. Tchoutakian went up 3-1 in the tiebreak but Laurent won the next 2 to even it at 3-3. Tchoutakian finally put it all together and took the last 4 to close it out.

#4 Baylor 4, #49 Oregon 2
Jan. 24, 2016 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Julian Lenz (BU 14.62) def. #113 Daan Maasland (UO 13.91) 6-4, 6-4
2. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.82) def. Thomas Laurent (UO 14.08) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.29) vs. Simon Stevens (UO 13.41) 2-6, 6-3, 6-6 (3-3)
4. Will Little (BU 13.65) def. Jayson Amos (UO 13.14) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.31) def. Cormac Clissold (UO 13.32) 6-3, 6-3
6. Ethan Young-Smith (UO 12.25) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 12.74) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (UO) def. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) 7-5
2. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (UO) def. Max Tchoutakian/Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3
3. Jimmy Bendeck/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Bart Sawicki/Cormac Clissold (UO) 6-3
Match Notes
Oregon 4-1; National ranking #49
Baylor 2-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,1,4,2)

Quotes from Baylor Head Coach Matt Knoll
"Any positive experience is a great experience. Certainly, Max will gain confidence that he was able to win 7-6 in the third set with the match on the line. That's special. Not a lot of guys have had a chance to be in that situation. He was able to get through it, so that's pretty cool." --head coach Matt Knoll on Max Tchoutakian's match-clinching moment

"Oregon just hammered us for the first hour. They did a great job. They beat us in doubles, and they were killing us in singles. We did a great job in the middle, and we starting feeling like we were taking control of the match. At the end, they fought back and it was a coin flip. We're fortunate. Oregon was really good, really competitive." -- Knoll on today's match

"Watching those guys compete makes you proud to be wear a Baylor uniform. I had so much fun watching those guys get out there and fight for every point. The pride, effort and energy that they showed was really special. I hope the people that are out there watching our program are as excited as I am to watch those guys for the next four years. Boy, they're going to be unbelievable for us. Real heroes." -- Knoll on freshman Jimmy Bendeck and redshirt freshman Will Little

Georgia won a tight doubles point over Memphis and then overcome a loss by Wayne Montgomery at #2 to pull out a 4-1 win. It looked the match was going to come down to #5 and #6 singles when Andrew Watson led 5-3 in the third at #1 but Austin Smith rallied and won the next four games to clinch the win for the Dawgs.  

#6 Georgia 4, #44 Memphis 1
Jan 24, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility) 
Singles competition
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.34) def. #87 Andrew Watson (UM 13.73) 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5
2. Ryan Peniston (UM 13.92) def. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.29) 6-4, 7-6 (10)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.88) def. Kai Lemke (UM 13.33) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3
4. #105 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.43) def. Chris Patzanovsky (UM 12.53) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.70) vs. Felix Rauch (UM 12.47) 6-4, 1-1, unfinished
6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.22) vs. Shakeel Manji (UM 12.34) 2-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (UM) 6-2
2. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (UM) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-2
3. #45 Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Shakeel Manji/Andrew Watson (UM) 7-5
Match Notes
Memphis 1-2; National ranking #44
Georgia 2-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,3,1)
ITA Kickoff Championship Match
Official: Clark Weaver T-3:18 A-304

Quotes from Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
"It's certainly always good to overwhelm your opponent, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "But it's also good to be challenged and to answer that challenge, and I thought our guys did that. We were pushed and challenged in both the doubles point as well as the singles. Losing the first set in three out of four singles hurt. It is something that we take a lot of pride in, but I'm proud of the way we fought back.

"We hung tough and overcame a tough situation, Diaz added. "I was really proud of Austin, he found himself down three or four match points and fought through to give us the win.

Quotes from Memphis Head Coach Paul Goebel
"That was a serious college tennis match," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "That was a level up from our Oklahoma State match and I thought we played really well in that one. It's tough, because we had a lot of positives and we were so close. It was a huge opportunity and you don't get a chance to go in to number six in the country and have a chance at the win that often."

"We've just got to seal the deal," Goebel said. "But that was a fun match to play in. I really feel like it's better to play in that environment against that level of competition. That's why we schedule the way we do. Their fans were really in to it and they were really complimentary of the great tennis post match. That was fun, really fun, but really tough to take right now too."

South Florida booked its first ever trip to the National Team Indoors with a 4-0 win over LSU. South Florida took the doubles point and then won all 6 first sets before getting wins from Roberto Cid, Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz with Cid providing the clincher.


#13 South Florida 4, #30 LSU 0
Jan 24, 2016 at Tampa, FL (USF Varsity Tennis Courts) 
1. Roberto Cid (USF 14.41) def. Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64) 7-6 (2), 6-2
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) vs. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.42) 7-5, 5-2, unf
3. Simon Freund (LSU 13.11) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) 2-6, 6-3, 2-2, unf
4. Boris Arias (LSU 13.62) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.33) 3-6, 7-5, unf
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.36) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.06) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.48) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.20) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1
1. Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-2
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) vs. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 5-3 unf
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) def. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-3

Quotes from LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown
"I think South Florida did a good job of coming out really aggressive having a had a long match yesterday, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "I thought we responded really well after we got down and we will take some good lessons from today and move on.

Quotes from South Florida Head Coach Matt Hill
"We spoke to the guy's point blank before the doubles started, look, the standard that you brought yesterday was not the standard that we play at, so we need to step it up, head coach Matt Hill said.

"We are one of the best doubles teams in the country, they just did a poor job of showing that yesterday.

"It was unbelievable, Hill said. "This is why you work your tail off to get into the Top 15, so you can host these events, so you can be the No. 1 seed here and have your crowd enjoying and experiencing the level of this team.

UCLA won the all-important doubles and then got straight set singles wins from Gage Brymer, Karue Sell, and Joseph DiGiulio at 2, 3, and 6 with Joey D providing the clincher in the Bruins 4-0 win over Georgia Tech. GT led on 2 of the 3 courts that were abandoned at the time of the clinch. Below are clinching videos courtesy of U-C-L-A

#12 UCLA 4, #42 Georgia Tech 0
Jan 24, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.84) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.81) 7-6(6), 4-2, unf
2. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93) def. Carlos Benito (GT 13.33) 6-2, 6-3
3. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.06) def. Michael Kay (GT 13.44) 6-2, 6-3
4. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Andrew Li (GT 12.87) 7-6(4), 2-1, unf
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 12.83) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.24) 7-6(5), 1-1, unf
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.29) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.39) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. #36 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) 5-4, unf
2. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Cole Fiegel/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 6-3
3. Maxime Cressy/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Nathan Rakitt/Andrew Li (GT) 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 3-0; National ranking #42
UCLA 2-0; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,6)

Comments from Georgia Tech Head Coach Kenny Thorne "I'm proud of our guys for fighting hard but very disappointed in this match. I give UCLA credit for coming out in doubles and playing a little better than us. We also got down early in singles matches but fought back strong. We were in the match but didn't play our best all the way up and down our lineup. It was a good opportunity missed. We have learned a lot about ourselves these past two weeks and each guy knows what he needs to work on. We can definitely get better than where we are right now, and we aren't in a bad place. That is good news for this team and should motivate us all to get going.

Both of the matches in New York City finished as 4-0 shutouts but they were both much closer than the score indicated. Virginia Tech looked like it was in control of the doubles point after it got a 6-0 win at #3 and led 5-3 at both #1 and #2 but they just couldn't close the point out and Stanford came back to take both #1 and #2 in tiebreaks.

Each team won 3 first sets in singles and fortunately for Stanford it was able to close out each of its 3 in straight sets as Sameer Kumar, Nolan Paige, and Tom Fawcett won at 6, 4, and 1 with Fawcett clinching. Virginia Tech's Andreas Bjerrehus was a game away from a win at #3 at the time of the clinch and VT was up on the other 2 courts as well. Losing that doubles point really ended up sinking the Hokies.

#18 Stanford 4, #14 Virginia Tech 0
Jan 24, 2016 at New York (USTA National Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #9 Tom Fawcett (Stanford 14.54) def. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.26) 6-1, 6-4
2. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.49) vs. #57 David Wilczynski (Stanford 13.76) 7-5, 1-1 dnf
3. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.84) vs. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford 13.27) 6-3, 5-1 dnf
4. Nolan Paige (Stanford 13.10) def. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.73) 6-3, 6-4
5. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.16) vs. #61 Michael Geneder (Stanford 13.70) 6-4, 3-2 dnf
6. Sameer Kumar (Stanford 13.92) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.38) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. #42 Romanowicz/Paige (Stanford) def. #21 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT) 7-6(3)
2. Fawcett/Kumar (Stanford) def. Contini/Tessaro (VT) 7-6(5)
3. Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Wilczynski/Yale Goldberg (Stanford) 6-0
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,1)

In the other match that was being played simultaneously, Columbia's #1 doubles team of Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham came back from the dead to gut out a tiebreak win to give Columbia the doubles point. Minnesota's #1 team of Matic Spec/Felix Corwin served for the match up 5-3, 40-15 but they couldn't get the last point and ended up getting broke. In the tiebreak Minnesota double faulted at 6-6 and then Richard Pham hit a well placed serve and Shawn Hadavi cleaned it up at the net to clinch the doubles point for the Lions.

Columbia and Minnesota split first sets and Victor Pham, Mike Vermeer, and Richard Pham each won in straights for Columbia with Victor Pham providing the clincher at #2.

#16 Columbia 4, #22 Minnesota 0
Jan 24, 2016 at New York (USTA National Tennis Center) 
Singles Competition
1) Matic Spec (Minn 13.66) vs. Shawn Hadavi (Col 13.58) 6-2, 4-5, unf.
2) Victor Pham (Col 13.84) def. Felix Corwin (Minn 13.87), 6-3, 6-2
3) Ruben Weber (Minn 13.34) vs. Eric Rubin (Col 13.54) 7-6(5), 1-2, unf.
4) Mike Vermeer (Col 13.67) def. Josip Krstanovic (Minn 12.40), 6-3, 6-1
5) Richard Pham (Col 12.99) def. Justyn Levin (Minn 12.35), 6-3, 6-2
6) Marino Alpeza (Minn 12.37) vs. Timothy Wang (Col 13.35) 7-5, 2-5, unf.
Doubles Competition
1) Hadavi/R. Pham (Col) def. Spec/Corwin (Minn), 7-6 (6)
2) Vermeer/Rolski (Col) def. Alpeza/Weber (Minn), 6-4
3) Levin/Krstanovic (Minn) def. Alda/Rubin (Col), 7-6 (5)
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,2)

Quote from Howard Endelman, Columbia Associate Head Coach: 
"Obviously, saving those three match points at #1 doubles was a pivotal moment from a momentum perspective. Winning the doubles point is always important, but I think today it also helped to take some pressure off our young guys in singles playing their first dual match."


2nd Round (Regional Finals)
[1] TCU def. [2] Oklahoma State 4-3
[1] Texas A&M def. [3] Boise State 4-0
[1] Oklahoma def. [3] Troy 4-0
[1] UCLA def. [3] Georgia Tech 4-0
[1] Ohio State def. [3] Denver 4-0
[1] North Carolina def. [3] NC State 4-2
[2] San Diego def. [1] Duke 4-2
[1] Baylor def. [2] Oregon 4-2
[1] South Florida def. [3] LSU 4-0
[3] Texas Tech def. [4] Florida 4-3
[1] Georgia def. [3] Memphis 4-1

2nd Round (Consolation)
[2] Drake def. [4] Indiana 4-2
[4] Wichita State def. [2] South Carolina 4-2
[3] Harvard def. [4] San Diego State 4-3
[4] SMU def. [2] New Mexico 4-0
[4] UC Santa Barbara def. [2] Louisville 4-3
[2] Ole Miss def. [1] Texas 4-3
[4] UC Irvine def. [3] Old Dominion 4-0
[4] Florida State def. [2] Mississippi State 4-1
[4] Utah State def. [2] UTSA 4-0
[4] Fresno State def. [2] San Francisco 4-3

1st Round:
[1] Columbia def. [4] Minnesota 4-0
[3] Stanford def [2] Virginia Tech 4-0
[1] Wake Forest def. [4] Auburn 4-1
[2] Tennessee def. [3] Cal Poly 4-2

#11 Wake Forest 4, #59 Auburn 1
Jan 24, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.08) vs. #96 Maxime Hinnisdaels (AUB 13.67) 2-6, 6-0, 1-3, unf
2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.14) vs. #100 Marko Krickovic (AUB 13.49) 3-6, 5-6, unf
3. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.86) def. Dante Saleh (AUB 13.17) 6-3, 6-4
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.12) def. Conner Huertas (AUB 12.91) 6-3, 6-2
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.60) def. Brandon Laubser (AUB 12.33) 6-3, 6-1
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.43) def. Olle Thestrup (AUB 12.64) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Edward Nguyen (AUB) def. #25 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Brandon Laubser/Conner Huertas (AUB) 6-3
3. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Olle Thestrup (AUB) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-3
Match Notes
Auburn 2-1, 0-0 SEC; National ranking #59
Wake Forest 3-0, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,3,4,6)
T-2:10 A-134

Tennessee was playing without its #1 Igor Smelyanski (13.18) but managed to slide past Cal Poly 4-2.

Tennessee 4, Cal Poly 2
Jan 24, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Luis Valero (UT 13.39) def. Ben Donovan (CP 13.41) 6-4, 6-4
2. Timo Stodder (UT 14.22) def. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.78) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1
3. Corey Pang (CP 12.93) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.04) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
4. Josh Ortlip (CP 13.40) def. Preston Touliatos (UT 12.62) 6-2, 6-1
5. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.40) def. Axel Damiens (CP 12.54) 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3
6. Jack Heslin (UT 13.18) vs. Aiku Shintani (CP 12.03) 7-5, 3-6, 5-5 unf.
Doubles competition
1. #23 Schipanski/Valero, UT, def. Pang/Donovan, CP, 6-4
2. Auproux/Tan, CP, def. Heslin/Touliatos, UT, 6-4
3. Stodder/Sullivan, UT, def. Shintani/Enander, CP, 6-4
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,2,3,5).

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Saturday, 30 January 2016 12:21

Saturday Preview - USC/FLA, UCLA/UGA, UNC/ILL

Typically during the regular season we don't see a ton of great matches on Saturday but today we get 3 with 2 of them taking place at UCLA and the other at North Carolina. What's kind of interesting is that all 6 of these teams played each other on the same day 364 days ago. Last year North Carolina went to Illinois and USC and UCLA went to Athens to play Georgia and Florida. I'd consider almost all 3 of these matches as toss-ups with a lot depending on who plays and where they play.

It's always easier to make predictions on these matches when I know the lineups in advance like I do for the Kick-Off Weekend, National Indoors, and NCAAs. During these non-conference matches you see a lot of guys moved around plus there are always a few guys battling some injuries so you never know who will play and will sit until match time.

Regardless I'll still give it the old college try and try to improve on my 41-5 record on this young season.

#6 Georgia (2-0) at #12 UCLA (3-0) - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring - This will be UCLA's first big test of the year after the Bruins beat SMU and Georgia Tech last weekend while Georgia is coming off wins over UCSB and Memphis. We already know that Georgia's #105 Walker Duncan (13.49), who played at #4 last week, is a no-go due to a foot injury but what we don't know is if Nick Wood (13.61), who would likely play at #4 or #5, is going to be ready after missing last week's matches with a wrist injury. UCLA's big gun Mackenzie McDonald (14.98) is coming back from a wrist fracture and after missing last week's matches it sounds like he'll be a game-time decision. My best guess is that neither Wood or McDonald will play so I'll proceed under those assumptions. While UCLA has played all its matches outdoors this will be Georgia's first time stepping out into the sun so that could play a role too.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.28) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.82)
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.22) vs. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.80) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.22)
4. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.67) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.51)
5. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.24) vs. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.49)
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.26) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.36)
Depth: Nick Wood (UGA 13.61); Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.17)

Neither team has dropped the doubles point this season but UCLA has looked a little better even without Mackie playing. I'm going to take UCLA in doubles and Karue Sell, Logan Staggs, and Joseph DiGiulio in singles while Georgia will get wins from Austin Smith, Wayne Montgomery, and Emil Reinberg. I'll take the home team in this one but if Georgia can find a way to win at #4 or #5 they could end up stealing it. Prediction: UCLA 4-3 

Last Year's Meeting:

#7 Georgia 4, #4 UCLA 2
Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
4. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
5. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Karue Sell (UCLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-5, 1-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #11 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #16 Oosterbaan/Wagland (UGA) 6-3
2. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5
3. #53 Nathan Pasha/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Austin Rapp/Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-3
Match Notes
UCLA 3-1; National ranking #4
Georgia 3-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown - Official: Clark Weaver
T-3:19 A-630

#20 Florida (3-1) vs. #8 USC (2-0) - 1pm est/10am pst - Live Scoring - USC is coming off a nail-biting 4-3 win over Tulane while Florida lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Texas Tech after leading 3-1. As far as I know USC's starters are all healthy while Florida's Gordon Watson has only played doubles but if he was completely healthy I assume he'd be in the singles lineup as well. I'd be surprised to see USC put out the same lineup today that they put out last weekend and I look for Laurens Verboven to drop down some (if not out of the starting 6) while Logan Smith and Jake DeVine come up a spot. I think Florida probably plays the same guys at 1 through 6 though I wouldn't be surprised to see Alfredo Perez possibly moved up to #2 after the way he's been playing.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95) vs. #115 Max de Vroome (USC 13.95)
2. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.79) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.10)
3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.98) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.76)
4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.90) vs. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.51)
5. #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.53) vs. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.54)
6. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.30) vs. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.26)
Depth: Gordon Watson (UF 13.53); Jack Jaede (USC 13.48), Rob Bellamy (USC 13.38)

Florida has yet to drop the doubles point while USC dropped the point to Tulane last weekend. I like the Gators in doubles and the 2 freshmen, Alfredo Perez and McClain Kessler, in singles but USC gets wins from Max de Vroome, Nick Crystal, Jake DeVine, and Thibault Forget at 1, 2, 4, and 6 to pull out another tight one. Prediction: USC 4-3

Last Year's Meeting:

#1 Southern California 5, #17 Florida 2
Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2, 7-5
3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Eric Johnson (USC) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
5. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 6-2, 7-5
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Jordan Belga (UF) 7-6(5), 2-6, 1-0(6)
Doubles competition
1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #32 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4
3. #43 Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (UF) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 6-5, unf
Match Notes:
Southern California 4-0; National ranking #1
Florida 3-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown Official: Clark Weaver 
T-3:36 A-189

#7 Illinois (4-0) at #10 North Carolina (4-0) - 6pm est - Live Scoring - The Illini are coming off a tough 4-3 win on the road at Duke while North Carolina got pushed pretty hard from Indiana and NC State last weekend. Both Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider struggled last weekend so it'll be interesting to see how they play tonight. Julian Childers is coming off a blowout loss to Duke's Vincent Lin so it'll be interesting to see if he can regroup.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.11) vs. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09)
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) vs. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.00)
3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.75) vs. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.75)
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.37) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.76)
5. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.89) vs. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.86)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.16)
Depth: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.07); Bo Boyden (UNC 13.13)

Both teams are undefeated in doubles play but while Illinois has dropped a few individual courts North Carolina has yet to lose anywhere. It's tough to go against Jared Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic at the top of the lineup so I think they both gets wins but I'm not sure I see anymore courts that will go the Illini's way. I like North Carolina in doubles and Jack Murray, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali in singles. If they finish at the match at #3, I'll take Clark in a 3-setter. For Illinois to get the win they would need to take the doubles point and then win two of the top three and at least one down low but I think North Carolina has a little too much going its way and will get the win at home. Prediction: North Carolina 5-2

Last Year's Meetings:

[13] North Carolina def. [4] Illinois 4-3
May 14, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center/Grandstand Courts)
Doubles Competition    
1. Ebsen Hess-Olesen/Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. #36 J Hiltzik/Kopinski (ILL) 8-5
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. #45 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 7-5, UNF
3. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Blake Bazarnik/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 8-4
Singles Competition 
1. #11 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.63) def. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.60) 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.36) def. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.56) 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.20) def. #73 Brett Clark (UNC 13.84) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) def. Jack Murray (UNC 14.17) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.37) def. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 6-3, 6-2
6. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.40) 6-3, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,3,4,1,2)
North Carolina 24-10
Illinois 27-5

#8 Illinois 4, #6 North Carolina 3
January 31, 2015 at Champaign, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #2 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)
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 (7-5), 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/Brayden Schnur (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)
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Day 1 of the Pac-12/SEC Challenge belonged to the Pac-12 as #8 USC edged #20 Florida 4-3 and #12 UCLA pulled away from #6 Georgia 6-1.

The day started off with #8 USC playing #20 Florida. USC came out of the shoot ready to go as they went up an early break on all 3 doubles courts. USC's #3 team of Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine broke the Florida serve on the opening game of the match and eventually went up 5-1. After Florida fought off two match points to hold for 2-5, USC's Rob Bellamy served it out for the 6-2 win.

USC's #2 team of Max de Vroome and Jack Jaede went up 2-1 after breaking Maxx Lipman at love but Lipman and Elliott Orkin would even it at 4-4 after they broke Jaede's serve from 30-40. Orkin held on the deciding point to put Florida up 5-4 but de Vroome held from 40-30 to tie it back up at 5-5. Jaede/de Vroome broke the Lipman serve at love and then Jaede held on the deciding point to take it 7-5.
The match at #1 was abandoned with Florida's Diego Hidalgo serving for the match up 6-5, 30-0.

Each team would take three first sets in singles with Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Gordon Watson taking them for Florida at 1, 2, and 5 while USC's Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget took sets at 3, 4, and 6.

USC's Thibault Forget was the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Florida's Jordan Belga in a match that took 1 hour and 5 minutes. Forget broke Belga to go up 3-2 in the first set and then broke Belga again from 15-40 to take the opening set 6-3. Forget won all the close games in the second set and broke to close it out.

Logan Smith extended USC's lead to 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Chase Perez-Blanco at #4. Smith broke Perez-Blanco to go up 3-1 in the first set and held serve pretty easily the rest of the way. Below is what most of the points looked like on Smith's service games. Smith served for the match up 6-3, 5-0 but Perez-Blanco broke him from 30-40. Smith returned the favor by breaking on the deciding point to finish off the match in 1 hour and 7 minutes.

Just minutes later Diego Hidalgo would put Florida on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Max de Vroome at #1 singles. The only break in the first set came when Hidalgo broke de Vroome from 15-40 to take the set 6-4. Hidalgo got the only break of the second set when he went up 4-2 and held two more times to close out the win in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Seconds later Elliott Orkin would bring Florida to within 3-2 after closing out Nick Crystal 6-3, 6-4 at #2 singles. Orkin jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first set but Crystal broke back and held to even it at 2-2. Orkin would break again to go up 5-3 and would then serve it out at love to take the set 6-3. Orkin broke again in the second set and served it out at the same time Hidalgo clinched (sorry no video)

Gordon Watson tied it up at 3-3 with a come from behind 7-6(3), 7-5 win at #5 singles over USC's Jack Jaede. Jaede jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and led 4-1 before Watson won three straight to tie it up at 4-4. Jaede held and then had two set points but Watson fought them off to hold for 5-5. Jaede held and once again had two set points but Watson came back and held to force a tiebreak. The tiebreak was all Watson as he went up 3-0 and would take it 7-3. Jaede went up an early break in the second set but he couldn't hold on to the lead as Watson broke to even it at 4-4 and then held to go up 5-4. Jaede held for 5-5 then Watson held and broke to close out the match in 1 hour and 37 minutes

The final match on court was at #3 singles between USC freshman Jake DeVine and Florida freshman Alfredo Perez. After 12 straight holds the first set went to a tiebreak with Perez getting the early mini-break to go up 2-0. DeVine took the next 4 points before Perez got the mini-break back and would lead 6-5. DeVine fought off set point when he got the benefit of a let cord to even it at 6-6 and would end up taking it 8-6.

Devine broke Perez to start the second set and the break lead would hold up until he got broke serving for the match up 5-4, 40-40.
Perez went up 40-15 on his next service game but DeVine took the next three points to break for a 6-5 lead. DeVine then held at love to close out the win in 1 hour and 39 minutes.

#8 USC 4, #20 Florida 3
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #3 Hidalgo/Watson (FLA) vs. Crystal/Verboven (USC) *6-5 (30-0)
2. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) def. #40 Lipman/Orkin (FLA) - 7-5
3. Bellamy/DeVine (USC) def. Perez-Blanco/Wardell (FLA) - 6-2
USC wins doubles point (42 minutes)
Order of finish: 3, 2
Singles competition
1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #115 Max de Vroome (USC) - 6-4, 6-3
2. #49 Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. #41 Nick Crystal (USC) - 6-3, 6-4
3. #83 Jake DeVine (USC) def. #91 Alfredo Perez (FLA) - 7-6(6), 7-5*
4. #69 Logan Smith (USC) def. #63 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) - 6-3, 6-1
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Jack Jaede (USC) - 7-6(3), 7-5
6. Thibault Forget (USC) def. Jordan Belga (FLA) - 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 4, 1, 2, 5, 3*

Quotes from Florida's recap
What Coach Perelman Said"The Gators lost a tough match today against a good USC team. It always stings when you lose a close match, but we saw our guys do a lot of positive things today. We believe in this team and we are looking forward to putting it all on the line again tomorrow against UCLA."

The second match of the day at the Pac-12/SEC Challenge was between #6 Georgia and #12 UCLA. UCLA welcomed its #1 Mackenzie McDonald back to the lineup and he would play well in both singles and doubles. UCLA was fired up after its war chant and jumped all over Georgia in doubles.

It looks like UCLA would finish off the doubles point in about 20 minutes after they got off to quick starts at #1 and #3. UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki jumped out an early 3-0 lead at #1 and didn't face much resistance in its 6-1 win in a match that took just 20 minutes (match point below)

Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp opened up a 5-0 lead at #3 but then had trouble closing it out. Brymer got broke serving for it up 5-1, then Rapp was broke serving at 5-3, and then Brymer found himself facing two break points when serving at 5-5. Brymer came back to hold to make it 6-5 and then Reinberg held to send it a tiebreak.

While UCLA was struggling to finish it out at #3, Georgia's #2 team of Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski would close out Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell 6-4 with the match ending with some controversy. Oosterbaan was serving at 5-4, 40-40 when UCLA's guys though Oosterbaan's shot hit off his racket and then bounced off the court before going over. The chair didn't see it that way and then UCLA's guys refused to shake hands in the heat of the moment.

The tiebreak at #3 was all Bruins as Brymer and Rapp sprinted out a 5-1 lead and took it 7-2.

UCLA kept the momentum going in singles with Gage Brymer, Martin Redlicki, Karue Sell, and Joseph Di Giulio taking first sets while Austin Smith and Emil Reinberg picked up first sets for Georgia.

Joseph Di Giulio put UCLA up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ben Wagland at #6. Di Giulio broke Wagland early and often in route to winning in just 1 hour and 11 minutes

Karue Sell made it 3-0 Bruins with a 7-6(6), 6-2 win over Jan Zielinski at #4 singles. Sell broke Zielinski to start the match and led 5-3 before Zielinski won 3 straight to go up 6-5. Sell held to force a tiebreak and then went up 6-4 before Zielinski evened it at 6-6. Zielinski would double fault and then Sell got a service winner to take it 8-6 (clip below)

Sell broke early in the second set then broke again to close it out in 1 hour and 16 minutes.

After dropping the opening set, Mackenzie McDonald would come back to clinch the win with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Austin Smith at #1. McDonald went up 2-0 in the first set before Smith won the next 7 games to take the set and go up 1-0 in the second.  McDonald would break on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and would then hold on the deciding point to take the second set 6-4. McDonald broke immediately to start the third set then put the hammer down to take it in 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Originally they were going to stop at the clinch but with the weather looking iffy for Sunday they figured they might as well get as much tennis in as they could.

Martin Redlicki put UCLA up 5-0 with a 7-6(3), 7-6(5) win over Paul Oosterbaan at #2. Oosterbaan led 3-1 in the first set before Redlicki broke back to even it at 4-4. Redlicki would take the tiebreak 7-3 and then go up an early break in the second set. Oosterbaan broke back to even it at 2-2 then they stayed on serve until the tiebreak. Oosterbaan went up a mini-break at 2-1 but Redlicki erased it and took the final point off Oosterbaan's serve to win it.

Wayne Montgomery came back from a set down to beat Gage Brymer 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at #2.  - below is match point

Logan Staggs won the final match of the day but it took a little longer than he had hoped. Staggs led 5-1 in the third but Reinberg came back to even it up at 5-5. Staggs held for 6-5 then broke to close it out - below is match point

If you want to check out other video clips from the match you can go back through my twitter feed which has at least 100.

#12 UCLA 6, #6 Georgia 1
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Austin Smith (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. #45 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 7-6(2)
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3,2,5)

Quotes from Georgia's recap
"We lost a close match today and I was impressed with UCLA, said head coach Manuel Diaz. "They certainly played better than we did today. We came back from 5-1 down in doubles at No. 3 and did a good job at No. 2 doubles. But unfortunately we just came up a little bit short today. We lost a couple of three-set matches and one in two tiebreakers. But while we played tough, UCLA was a little bit tougher than us.


Illinois was attempting to go 2-0 on its Carolina swing but North Carolina was a little too strong and shut them out 4-0. North Carolina won the doubles point by taking a tiebreak at #2 doubles then picked up singles wins from Brett Clark, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly at 3, 4, and 5 with Murray providing the clincher. Below was a video clip of Murray's clincher and below that is an interview UNC did with Brett Clark.

#10 North Carolina 4, #7 Illinois 0
Jan 30, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
1. Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL), 6-4
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL), 7-6(3)
3. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) , 6-3
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC)  vs. No. 21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 0-0 DNF
2. No. 13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) vs. Aleks Vukic (ILL),  2-6, 6-6 DNF
3. No. 43 Brett Clark (UNC) def. No. 41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL), 6-4, 6-3
4. Jack Murray (UNC) def. No. 67 Julian Childers (ILL), 6-0, 0-6, 6-1
5. No. 47 Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL), 6-4, 6-3
6. Anu Kodali (UNC) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL), 3-6, 3-5 DNF
Match Notes
Records: # 10 North Carolina 5-0; #7 Illinois 4-1
Order of match finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,3)

Comments from UNC's recap:
"I think we played better tonight than we did last weekend up top, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "I think we're hitting the ball better. We knew coming in Illinois has got some really good personnel up top. Ronnie played better, Brayden played better. But we've got to be competitive in all six spots, and doubles. We learned a lot tonight. We'll have another great week of practice and we're looking forward to having Oklahoma here on Sunday.

"It was a fun environment, Paul said. "It's an exciting sport with so many momentum swings.

Comments from Illinois's recap
"I give North Carolina a lot of credit," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Our guys never stopped fighting. We were a point away from swinging the doubles and had a number of opportunities we didn't capitalize on in singles. North Carolina is a good team. We will be excited to get back home Friday vs. Notre Dame."
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Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:13

ITA Women's National Team Indoor Preview

The second-largest team tournament in collegiate tennis behind the NCAAs is the ITA National Team Indoor event. 15 schools advanced in Kick-Off Regionals to join host Wisconsin in Madison in the prestigious event that lasts from Friday through Monday. Last year, North Carolina dropped only 2 points in its 4 matches to clinch its 2nd title in 3 years. Lots of questions come into the tournament - can UNC match its title run after two of its three stars left? Can Vanderbilt show the world that its NCAA title isn't a fluke? Will UGA turn its consistency into a national title? Will a new team emerge from Madison as a top-tier team?

Round of 16 Preview

(1)#1 Vanderbilt vs. #15 Duke
Vanderbilt got one of the worst first-round matchups in the entire tournament, playing a Duke team that won this event most recently in 2014. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see Duke pull off the stunner. The (obvious) key to this match is doubles, which can go either way with the quicker format. In singles, Capra and Sharma are near locks for Duke and Vanderbilt, respectively. Francis Altick has had an incredible past 8 months and is considered the favorite against a tough Kaitlyn McCarthy. The match can be decided at the bottom three and the No.4 line is basically a coin flip and at No.5, Georgina Sellyn is due for a huge win in her comeback from injury.

Prediction: Vanderbilt 4-3; Both teams are so close in ability, I'm very excited to see how this one progresses. The reigning NCAA champions may have just enough confidence to squeak by in a very tight encounter.

Vanderbilt vs. Duke
1. #11 Colton/Campbell vs. #26 Capra/Hamlin
2. Sharma/Yates vs. Harris/McCarthy
3. Altick/Contreras vs. Scholl/Smith

1. #24 Sydney Campbell (11.14 UTR)  vs. #28 Beatrice Capra (11.51 UTR)
2. #15 Frances Altick (11.65 UTR) vs. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (11.58 UTR)
3. #33 Astra Sharma (11.25 UTR)  vs. #79 Chalena Scholl (10.58 UTR)
4. Courtney Colton (11.06 UTR) vs. Samantha Harris (10.93 UTR)
5. Georgina Sellyn (9.79 UTR) vs. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (11.26 UTR)
6. Fernanda Contreras (10.99 UTR) vs. Jessica Ho (10.27 UTR) 

(8)#16 Ohio State vs. #30 Fresno State
Both teams advanced to Madison in Regionals they traveled to, but Fresno State was the lone No.3 seed and they stunned #9 UCLA en route to victory. Ohio State went to TCU as the highest-ranked team in their Regional, but was awarded the No.2 seed. Fresno State vaulted to #30 from #54 in the latest ITA poll thanks to their win, while OSU hit a program-best #16. The Buckeyes recently traveled to Michigan and defeated their rival 4-2 indoors for an extra confidence boost. The No.1 singles match between DiLorenzo and M.Sherif Ahmed is the highlight of the entire match and the Bulldogs could sneak a surprise win at No.2 singles

Prediction: Ohio State
 4-0; The Buckeyes are on fire and running on the highest confidence and will be no match for Fresno State. OSU is extremely well-trained indoors and will snag the win before the Bulldogs can sink their teeth.

Ohio State vs. Fresno State
1. #6 Sanford/Kowase vs. Sherif Ahmed/Sherif Ahmed
2. DeSantis/Angeles Paz vs. #58 Watts/Watts
3. Sneed/DiLorenzo vs. Malysheva/Noble

1. #2 Francesca DiLorenzo (12.03 UTR) vs. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (10.56 UTR)
2. Gabriella DeSantis (10.28 UTR) vs. Sophie Watts (10.17 UTR)
3. Anna Sanford (10.59 UTR) vs. Rana Sherif Ahmed (9.66 UTR)
4. Miho Kowase (10.34 UTR) vs. Galina Bykova (9.86 UTR)
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (10.53 UTR) vs. Emma Wilson (9.38 UTR)
6. Olivia Sneed (9.83 UTR) vs. Sofya Malysheva (8.45 UTR) 

(4)#6 California vs. #NR Wisconsin
California's lineup is one of the highest-quality in the country, especially with the addition of Maria Smith in January. The Bears won their rain-delayed Regional, while Wisconsin gets in as the host wildcard. Lauren Chypyha has evolved greatly as a player throughout her time in Madison, but Cal's depth is extraordinary deep compared to Wisconsin. I think the Badgers will improve from their last season or two and the experience they get by playing 3 matches against Top 20 teams will be influential in that.

Prediction: California
 4-0; Cal is on another level compared to Wisconsin and should cruise into the quarterfinals.

California vs. Wisconsin
1. #3 Manasse/Starr vs. Chypyha/Kirsch
2. #43 Fabikova/Hauger vs. Rider/Stepanova
3. Chi/Smith vs. Burich/Grambeau

1. #5 Maegan Manasse (11.63 UTR) vs. #66 Lauren Chypyha (10.65 UTR)
2. #10 Klara Fabikova (11.37 UTR) vs. Ekaterina Stepanova (9.95 UTR)
3. Lynn Chi (11.21 UTR) vs. Kendall Kirsch (9.86 UTR)
4. Denise Starr (11.19 UTR) vs. Maria Avgerinos (9.70 UTR)
5. #81 Olivia Hauger (10.99 UTR) vs. Kelsey Grambeau (9.01 UTR)
6. Karla Popovic (10.57 UTR) vs. Sydney Rider (8.98 UTR) 

(5)#7 Texas A&M vs. #9 Virginia
The biggest news of the last week was the announcement that five players from Virginia's squad were suspended for violation of team rules. It was said that players left their hotel room for a snowball fight as a winter storm approached, but there have been rumblings that things were deeper for the decision. After an upset loss to South Carolina with only 5 players, UVA inserted a lineup with everyone minus Skylar Morton and Cassie Mercer, which could've make the Cavalier lineup even stronger. Texas A&M can push Virginia, but have to cause some upsets to have a fighting chance to upset, even though they're the favorites on paper.

Prediction: Virginia
 4-1; This match is on Virginia's racquet. If the players suspended are reinstated, UVA will have enough depth to conquer the Aggies.

Texas A&M vs. Virginia
1. Pierson/Paalma vs. #19 Collins/Kelley
2. Bhosale/Mamalat vs. Elbaba/Nauta 
3. Gavrilovska/Gonzalez vs. Olivarez/Susi 

1. #53 Saska Gavrilovska (11.12 UTR) vs. #4 Danielle Collins (12.04 UTR)
2. #58 Rachel Pierson (10.81 UTR) vs. #8 Julia Elbaba (11.83 UTR)
3. #106 Rutuja Bhosale (10.72 UTR) vs. #30 Stephanie Nauta (10.88 UTR)
4. Eva Paalma (10.08 UTR) vs. Victoria Olivarez (10.04 UTR)
5. Domenica Gonzalez (10.69 UTR) vs. Maci Epstein (10.39 UTR)
6. Ines Deheza (10.65 UTR) vs. Meghan Kelley (10.20 UTR)

(3)#5 North Carolina vs. #13 Alabama

North Carolina always brings their best team for the Indoor tournament, but this will be their first big test without Jamie Loeb and Caroline Price. Alabama is a good first test for the Tar Heels, as they play strong doubles and can push in singles. 2-time reigning NCAA doubles champ Maya Jansen has been sitting out (with an injury, I presume) and not having her in the lineup works extremely well in UNC's favor. Look for Hayley Carter and Andie Daniell to have a strong tournament individually. I'm also looking at Kate Vialle, who has quietly moved up the Tar Heel lineup and contributed greatly in her time.

Prediction: North Carolina
 4-0; Looking at their lineup, I just realized how stacked North Carolina is. They have another ranked player at No.7 and then Ashley Dai at No.8. The loss of Jansen is a costly one for the Crimson Tide, but they could give some teams a freight in the backdraw.

North Carolina vs. Alabama
1. #2 Carter/Kay vs. #48 Routliffe/Daniell
2. #16 Aney/Vialle vs. Spielmann/Savva
3. Dai/Ouellet-Pizer vs. Dunn/Greene

1. #6 Hayley Carter (11.73 UTR) #vs. 63 Erin Routliffe (10.83 UTR)
2. #88 Whitney Kay (10.76 UTR) vs. #41 Andie Daniell (11.31 UTR)
3. Kate Vialle (10.54 UTR) vs. Joanna Savva (9.65 UTR)
4. #68 Jessie Aney (11.20 UTR) vs. Danielle Spielmann (10.56 UTR)
5. Marika Akkerman (10.81 UTR) vs. Natalia Maynetto (10.02 UTR)
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (10.58 UTR) vs. Aryn Greene (8.89 UTR)

(6)#10 Oklahoma State vs. #T-18 LSU
Chris Young's OSU Cowgirls have constantly improved every year and it's nice to see them utilize their talent into a Top 10 program. It's also nice to see Julia Sell bring the LSU Tigers back into the Top 20. She brings the No.1 recruiting class for next fall with star signing Raveena Kingsley still committed. LSU will need to capture the doubles points to and probable wins in singles at Nos. 1, 5 and 6. I don't see Lushkova and Laurente dropping their matches, while the No.2 match looks to be the tipping point. Not much separates the two teams, but OSU and their talent in the middle of the lineup is a hair stronger.

Prediction: Oklahoma State
 4-1; OSU is incredibly consistent throughout their lineup with possibly their No.6 spot a "weakness." LSU will grit out a point (or two), but the Cowgirls will march on in a close encounter.

Oklahoma State vs. LSU
1. #27 Katarina Adamovic (10.60 UTR) vs. #23 Joana Vale Costa (11.20 UTR)
2. #38 Vladica Babic (10.94 UTR) vs. #52 Jessica Golovin (10.93 UTR)
3. #46 Viktoriya Lushkova (10.69 UTR) vs. #93 Skylar Kuykendall (10.59 UTR)
4. #89 Kelsey Laurente (10.73 UTR) vs. Ryann Foster (10.30 UTR)
5. Katarina Stresnakova (10.60 UTR) vs. Abby Owens (10.66 UTR)
6. Carla Tur Mari (10.24 UTR) vs. Ella Taylor (10.39 UTR)

1. #9 Laurente/Alavarez vs. Vale Costa/Foster
2. #23 Lushkova/Tur Mari vs. Kuykendall/Owens
3. Adamovic/Babic vs. Holloway/Taylor

(7)#11 Miami vs. #12 Michigan
If I were a betting man, I'd put good money down that this could be one of the longer matches of this first round. Miami's team is full of claycourt-style players who will outgrind and extend rallies to debilitate their opponents. Unfortunately, they play a Michigan team who plays indoors nearly year-round. It's a nice matchup for both teams and I wouldn't be surprised to see a few of my picks turn out to favor the other side. This is another match where the doubles point is crucial and will affect the winner of this match.

Prediction: Miami 
4-3; The 1-2 duo of Lohan and Wagner are too strong this year and they will power the Hurricanes into the quarterfinals

Miami vs. Michigan
1. #7 Sinead Lohan (11.86 UTR) vs. #17 Ronit Yurovsky (11.24 UTR)
2. #9 Stephanie Wagner (11.71 UTR) vs. #19 Brienne Minor (11.37 UTR)
3. Clementina Riobueno (10.60 UTR) vs. #107 Kate Fahey (10.96 UTR)
4. #80 Wendy Zhang (10.82 UTR) vs. Mira Ruder-Hook (10.04 UTR)
5. Clara Taniellian (10.15 UTR) vs. Alex Najarian (10.42 UTR)
6. Ana Madcur (10.39 UTR) vs. Sara Remynse (9.92 UTR)

1. Wagner/Zhang vs. Ruder-Hook/Minor
2. Lohan/Madcur vs. Yurovsky/Fahey
3. Fuentes/Riobueno vs. Remynse/Najarian

(2)#2 Georgia vs. #17 Texas Tech
Although they're a championship-calibre team from the South, UGA is a strong indoor squad. As the 8th seed last year, they battled their way to a tight runner-up finish. I'm very impressed with the year Ellen Perez has had, as well as the strong rise of Caroline Brinson. While they proud a solid Top 2 for the Dawgs, I think the key for a big run sits on Silvia Garcia. The Spaniard has had such a great career in Athens, but last year hit a down point at the NTI, going winless in singles. Alex Valenstein could grab a W for Texas Tech at No.5, but I'm having trouble finding two other points for the Red Raiders to score the upset. Should UGA remain healthy and armor themselves with the right mindset, they have a very strong chance to return to the NTI final.

Prediction: Georgia 
4-0; Georgia's consistency guides them to many Final Fours and other deep runs and they'll be too strong for the Red Raiders.

Georgia vs. Texas Tech
1. #12 Ellen Perez (11.61 UTR) vs. #77 Gabriela Talaba (11.09 UTR)
2. #22 Caroline Brinson (11.26 UTR) vs. Lynn Kiro (10.50 UTR)
3. #82 Silvia Garcia (10.98 UTR) vs. Sarah Dvorak (10.86 UTR)
4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (11.23 UTR) vs. Sabrina Federici (10.55 UTR)
5. Mariana Gould (10.46 UTR) vs. Alex Valenstein (10.28 UTR)
6. Laura Patterson (9.79 UTR) vs. Felicity Maltby (10.81 UTR)

1. #14 Perez/Gould vs. Kiro/Talaba
2. Garcia/Brinson vs. Dvorak/Valenstein
3. Patterson/Shaffer vs. Federici/Maltby

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Saturday, 06 February 2016 03:42

Women's NTI Day 1: Top 4 Seeds Blank Out Opponents

I'll gladly take a solid 6/8 correct on Day 1 with one match going 4-3 and the other a match I thought would be as tight as it could get.

I think the story of the day was how competitive doubles was for nearly every match. Three of the eight doubles points were decided by a tiebreaker (Vanderbilt/Duke, Ohio State/Fresno State and Virginia/Texas A&M). With the 6-game, no-ad scoring format, does doubles have the same psychological effect on teams after a close point? Jonathan Kelley from On The Rise is covering the event for ZooTennis and you can read his recap with quotes here.

Someone in the comments pointed out how Florida, Stanford, USC and Baylor elected to skip the NTI to schedule their own tough matches and prepare differently for the off-season. Should teams who skip be penalized come NCAA seeding time and does it put an asterisk next to the champion's name? Feel free to discuss in the comments.

(1)#1 Vanderbilt def. #15 Duke 4-0
I'm a little surprised that Vanderbilt put a clinic on Duke in singles. After a tight doubles point, Vanderbilt took 5 opening sets and took it to another level. Sydney Campbell's win over Beatrice Capra wasn't an upset on paper, but it's a statement win for the Commodore seeking to be among the nation's best. Chalena Scholl was a point from a UTR upset against Frances Altick, who was swapped with Astra Sharma in the lineup, but the match was called before the junior could grab one of the biggest wins of her collegiate career. Vanderbilt will need another quick start against Ohio State to push them forward in the tournament.

Vanderbilt vs. Duke 
1. #11 Colton/Campbell (VAN) vs. #26 Capra/Hamlin (DUKE), 6-1
2. Sharma/Yates (VAN) def. Harris/McCarthy (DUKE), 7-6(7-1)
3. Scholl/Smith (DUKE) def. Altick/Sellyn (VAN), 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*

1. #24 Sydney Campbell (VAN, 11.21 UTR) def. #28 Beatrice Capra (DUKE, 11.53 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
2. #33 Astra Sharma (VAN, 11.26 UTR) def. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE, 11.66 UTR), 6-4, 6-2
3. #79 Chalena Scholl (DUKE, 10.56 UTR) #15 Frances Altick (VAN, 11.68 UTR), 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
4. Courtney Colton (VAN, 11.07 UTR) def. Samantha Harris (DUKE, 10.87 UTR), 6-4, 6-4
5. Georgina Sellyn (VAN, 10.05 UTR) vs. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE, 11.21 UTR), 6-2, 4-6, 1-0, unfinished
6. Ellie Yates (VAN, 10.17 UTR) vs. Jessica Ho (DUKE, 10.26 UTR), 6-4, 4-4, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4*

(8)#16 Ohio State def. #30 Fresno State 4-2
The doubles point of the day by far goes to the Fresno State Bulldogs, who saved a combined 9 match points in the Top 2 positions to claim the first get of the match. Unfortunately, Ohio State stormed back by taking 5 of the 6 first sets and quickly went up 3-1 before Sophie Watts took the match at No.2 singles. Anna Sanford, whose younger sister had a stellar run at the $100k ITF event in Midland this week, clinched the match at No.3. Miho Kowase was a game from clinching as well when play was called off. For the Buckeyes to have any chance against Vanderbilt, a positive start with the doubles point is crucial.

Ohio State vs. Fresno State
1. Sherif Ahmed/Sherif Ahmed (FSU) def. #6 Sanford/Kowase (OSU), 7-6(11-9)
2. #58 Watts/Watts (FSU) def. DeSantis/Angeles Paz (OSU), 7-5
3. Sneed/DiLorenzo (FSU) def. Malysheva/Noble (FSU), 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*

1. #2 Francesca DiLorenzo (OSU, 12.05 UTR) def. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (FSU, 10.64 UTR), 6-2, 6-1
2. Sophie Watts (FSU, 10.18 UTR) def. Gabriella DeSantis (OSU, 10.31 UTR), 6-3, 6-3
3. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.62 UTR) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FSU, 9.69 UTR), 7-6(7-2), 6-1
4. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.37 UTR) vs. Galina Bykova (FSU, 9.92 UTR), 6-2, 5-4, unfinished
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.61 UTR) def. Emma Wilson (FSU, 9.34 UTR), 6-3, 6-0
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU, 9.85 UTR) def. Anneka Watts (FSU, 9.35 UTR), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 1, 2, 3*

(4)#6 California def. #NR Wisconsin 4-0
I assumed that this match would be one of the least competitive of the Round of 16, but I was pleasantly surprised with how Wisconsin competed. Lauren Chypyha rose to the occasion and was leading #5 Manasse before play was called. Stepanova also battled hard in her second set after getting blown out in the first. Unfortunately, that was all that highlighted the Badger's first NTI outing in front of their home crowd as Cal steamrolled in the middle of the singles lineup. Tomorrow's match vs. Virginia will be a tall task for the Bears and their hunt towards a National title.

California vs. Wisconsin
1. #3 Manasse/Starr (CAL) def. Chypyha/Kirsch (WIS), 6-2
2. #43 Fabikova/Hauger (CAL) def. Rider/Stepanova (WIS), 6-3
3. Chi/Smith (CAL) def. Burich/Grambeau (WIS), 5-3, unfinished
Order of Finish: 1, 2*

1. #66 Lauren Chypyha (WIS, 10.67 UTR) vs. #5 Maegan Manasse (CAL, 11.65 UTR), 7-5, 1-1, unfinished
2. #10 Klara Fabikova (CAL, 11.40 UTR) vs. Ekaterina Stepanova (WIS, 10.01 UTR), 6-0, 4-5, unfinished
3. Lynn Chi (CAL, 11.25 UTR) def. Kendall Kirsch (WIS, 9.87 UTR), 6-3, 6-1
4. Denise Starr (CAL, 11.23 UTR) def. Maria Avgerinos (WIS, 9.77 UTR), 6-1, 6-1
5. #81 Olivia Hauger (CAL, 11.01 UTR) def. Sydney Rider (WIS, 8.96 UTR), 6-1, 6-1
6. Karla Popovic (CAL, 10.60 UTR) vs. Lauren Burich (WIS, 8.92 UTR), 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3*

#7 Virginia def. (5)#9 Texas A&M 4-1
Virginia put up a surprisingly solid test against Texas A&M, who can surprise any team on any day. Although they're missing two key players due to suspension, the Cavaliers still managed to snatch five of the opening sets in singles and storm away with the win. It's worth noting that Danielle Collins, someone who struggles indoors, battled back from 6-1, 3-0 down to win the second set and force a third until play was called. Julia Elbaba handled the awkward situation of playing a former teammate well and pushed out Rachel Pierson to claim the first singles point. Meghan Kelley announced her return to the lineup by clinching the win at No.5 and putting UVA in the quarterfinals against Cal.

Texas A&M vs. Virginia
1.#19 Collins/Kelley (UVA) def. Pierson/Paalma (TAMU), 6-3
2. Elbaba/Nauta (UVA) def. Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU), 7-6(7-5)
3. Gavrilovska/Gonzalez def. Olivarez/Wingo (UVA), 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*

1. #4 Danielle Collins (UVA, 12.10 UTR) vs. #53 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU, 11.15 UTR), 1-6, 7-5, 1-0, unfinished
2. #8 Julia Elbaba (UVA, 11.78 UTR) def. #58 Rachel Pierson (TAMU, 10.77 UTR), 6-2, 6-4
3. #30 Stephanie Nauta (UVA, 10.94 UTR)  def. #106 Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU, 10.72 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
4. Eva Paalma (TAMU, 10.21 UTR) def. Victoria Olivarez (UVA, 10.06 UTR), 6-3, 6-3
5. Meghan Kelley (UVA, 10.22 UTR) vs. Domenica Gonzalez (TAMU, 10.54 UTR), 7-5, 6-2
6. Erica Susi (UVA, 10.10 UTR) def. Ines Deheza (TAMU, 10.55 UTR), 7-6(7-4), 1-3, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 5*

(3)#5 North Carolina def. #13 Alabama 4-0

As I mentioned in yesterday's preview, the lineup of North Caroline is just too strong for a team like Alabama. UNC's doubles, one of the nation's best, shined against the Crimson Tide and led to a strong finish in singles. Hayley Carter was the player of the match, clinching both doubles and singles points and dropping only 6 games total. Whitney Kay also had a strong match in singles, leading Andie Daniell before UNC captured the victory. The Tar Heels are looking very good to at least make the championship match and their quarterfinal against LSU will have a few hiccups, but they will march on.

North Carolina vs. Alabama
1. #2 Carter/Kay (UNC) def. #48 Routliffe/Daniell (BAMA), 6-2
2. #16 Aney/Vialle (UNC) def. Spielmann/Savva (BAMA), 6-0
3. Dai/Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Dunn/Greene (BAMA), 5-3, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1*

1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC, 11.73 UTR) def. #63 Erin Routliffe (BAMA, 10.85 UTR), 6-1, 6-3
2. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.76 UTR) vs. #41 Andie Daniell (BAMA, 11.34 UTR), 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
3. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.54 UTR) vs. Joanna Savva (BAMA, 9.69 UTR), 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
4. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.20 UTR) def. Danielle Spielmann (BAMA, 10.58 UTR), 6-0, 6-3
5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.81 UTR) vs. Natalia Maynetto (BAMA, 10.03 UTR), 6-6, unfinished
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.58 UTR) def. Aryn Greene (BAMA, 8.89 UTR), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 1*

#T-18 LSU def. (6)#10 Oklahoma State 4-3
The first match of the day was the only one to go to the complete distance and ended in the first upset of the tournament. Oklahoma State unsurprisingly took the doubles point, but LSU retaliated by snagging five opening sets. The match that ultimately decided the match was Ryann Foster's win over Kelsey Laurente, which completed first. The rest of the match remained in tight contention and it began to be known that it would be decided at No.6 singles. Tur Mari served for the second set, but Taylor bounced back by breaking the Cowgirl serve consecutively to put the Tigers into a surprise quarterfinal. 

Oklahoma State vs. LSU
1. #9 Laurente/Alavarez (OSU) vs. Vale Costa/Foster (LSU), 4-4, unfinished
2. #23 Lushkova/Tur Mari (OSU) def. Kuykendall/Owens (LSU), 6-1
3. Adamovic/Babic (OSU) def. Holloway/Taylor (LSU), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3*

1. #23 Joana Vale Costa (LSU, 11.20 UTR) def. #27 Katarina Adamovic (OSU, 10.60 UTR), 7-5, 6-4
2. #38 Vladica Babic (OSU, 10.94 UTR) def. #52 Jessica Golovin (10.93 UTR), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #46 Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU, 10.69 UTR) def. #93 Skylar Kuykendall (10.59 UTR), 6-3, 6-4
4. Ryann Foster (LSU, 10.30 UTR) def. #89 Kelsey Laurente (OSU, 10.73 UTR), 6-1, 6-3
5. Abby Owens (LSU, 10.66 UTR) def. Katarina Stresnakova (OSU, 10.60 UTR), 6-1, 7-6(7-5)
6. Ella Taylor (LSU, 10.39 UTR) def. Carla Tur Mari (OSU, 10.24 UTR), 7-5, 7-5 
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 5, 2, 1, 6*

#12 Michigan def. (7) #11 Miami 4-2
While the doubles point went down to the wire, all three matches were whitewashes for the winner. However, the opposite could be said for the singles matches. Miami took the momentum when they captured 3 opening sets and the first two singles points. Freshman Brienne Minor stunned Stephanie Wagner to tie things at 2-2. Ronit Yurovsky battled back from a set down to upset Sinead Lohan and clinch the win for the Wolverines, who clearly clearly showed how seasoned they are indoors compared to a team like Miami. Michigan's quarterfinal against Georgia could be just as close and exciting as their match against the Hurricanes. The big question mark is the bottom of the lineup (for both teams), as well as who can manage their doubles better.

Miami vs. Michigan
1. Ruder-Hook/Minor (MICH) def. Wagner/Zhang (MIA), 6-2
2. Yurovsky/Fahey (MICH) def. Lohan/Madcur (MIA), 6-1
3. Fuentes/Riobueno (MIA) def. Remynse/Najarian (MICH), 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*

1. #17 Ronit Yurovsky (MICH, 11.25 UTR) def. #7 Sinead Lohan (MIA, 11.86 UTR), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #19 Brienne Minor (MICH, 11.39 UTR) def. #9 Stephanie Wagner (MIA, 11.65 UTR), 6-2, 6-4
3. #107 Kate Fahey (MICH, 10.98 UTR) def. Clementina Riobueno (MIA, 10.70 UTR), 7-5, 6-3
4. Mira Ruder-Hook (MICH, 10.07 UTR) vs. #80 Wendy Zhang (MIA, 10.92 UTR), 6-4, 4-6, 3-1, unfinished
5. Clara Taniellian (MIA, 10.30 UTR) def. Alex Najarian (MICH, 10.43 UTR), 6-4, 6-2
6. Ana Madcur (MIA, 10.55 UTR) def. Teona Velehorschi (MICH, 10.16 UTR), 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 2, 3, 1*

(2)#2 Georgia def. #17 Texas Tech 4-0
One reader mentioned that Hannah King, who adds a great deal of depth, will be out of UGA's lineup for a few months. After a slight test in doubles, Georgia was able to clinch the match before Texas Tech could grab a point at Nos. 5 and 6, two weak spots for the doubles. Caroline Brinson had the match of the day in my opinion, double bageling Lynn Kiro, who is extremely underrated. If UGA wants any shot at a title, the trio of Brinson, Ellen Perez and Kennedy Shaffer will be instrumental in keeping the Bulldogs afloat this season. The match against Michigan will give them plenty of tests to gauge their depth and consistency.

Georgia vs. Texas Tech
1. #14 Perez/Gould (UGA) vs. Kiro/Talaba (TT), 6-5, unfinished
2. Garcia/Brinson (UGA) def. Dvorak/Valenstein (TT), 6-3
3. Patterson/Shaffer (UGA) def. Federici/Maltby (TT), 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3*

1. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA, 11.57 UTR) vs. #77 Gabriela Talaba (TT, 11.06 UTR), 6-1, 6-2
2. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA, 11.32 UTR) vs. Lynn Kiro (TT, 10.60 UTR), 6-0, 6-0
3. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA, 11.10 UTR) vs. Sarah Dvorak (TT, 10.85 UTR), 6-2, 2-5, unfinished
4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA, 11.33 UTR) vs. Sabrina Federici (TT, 10.65 UTR), 6-2, 6-3
5. Alex Valenstein (TT, 10.31 UTR) vs. Mariana Gould (UGA, 10.50 UTR), 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
6. Felicity Maltby (TT, 10.78 UTR) vs. Laura Patterson (UGA, 10.05 UTR), 6-2, 5-5, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4*

Day 2 Predictions
No. 1 Vanderbilt def. No. 8 Ohio State 4-2
No. 2 Georgia def. Michigan, 4-0
No. 3 North Carolina def. LSU 4-0
Virginia def. No. 4 California 4-3

I think Vanderbilt will struggle against Ohio State and possibly lose the doubles point, but their lineup is just a shade stronger than the Buckeyes and that'll be the difference. Georgia will have trouble against Michigan, but I think they will grab a shutout before the Wolverines can claw their way back. UNC is looking extremely good in this tournament, while LSU may not have enough firepower to overcome the Tar Heels. My upset of the day will go to Virginia, who will need to shine in doubles and the Top 3 singles positions. The key in that match is No.2 between the powerful Fabikova and the consistent Julia Elbaba.

Consolation Draw
No. 5 Texas A&M def. Wisconsin 4-1
No. 6 Oklahoma State def. Alabama 4-0
No. 7 Miami (FL) def. Texas Tech 4-1
Duke def. Fresno State 4-0

The consolation matches will be more straightforward tomorrow. I'll call Chypyha to steal a point in singles, but Texas A&M will cruise otherwise. Oklahoma State's doubles and Top 4 singles players will be too much for Alabama to power down. Texas Tech will throw a lot at Miami (possibly the doubles point and maybe a singles win as well), but the Hurricanes are solid enough to grab the W. Duke had the worst draw of the tournament and had the potential to upset Vanderbilt and they should cruise through Fresno State.

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Saturday's action is complete at the 2016 ITA Women's National Team Indoors and the semifinals are set with #16 Ohio State playing #6 Cal and #5 North Carolina facing off against #2 Georgia. Ohio State had the stunner of the year taking out the reigning NCAA champions Vanderbilt, while the rest of the remaining teams lived up to their seeding.

Again, I'd like to thank Jonathan Kelley from On The Rise for his tweets and coverage at the NTI. You will be able to check out his thoughts and quotes at ZooTennis later tonight.

(8) #16 Ohio State def. (1) #1 Vanderbilt 4-3
After having match points to claim the doubles point and then proceeding to lose it for the second consecutive day, the Buckeyes stormed back to take 4 first sets. One of Vanderbilt's greatest strengths is the ability to rally and push its opponents when down. Astra Sharma continued to cruise and gave the Commodores a 2-0 lead at No.3, crushing Anna Sanford 6-2, 6-2. Olivia Sneed, who is underrated in my opinion, gave OSU their first point of the match at No.6. Ferny Angeles Paz had a thriller of a tiebreaker after squandering match point at 5-4 deuce. The Peru native saved 7 set points to overcome Georgina Sellyn at No.5 and tie the match, which had the 3 remaining courts in a third set. Francesca DiLorenzo gave Ohio State their first lead with a solid win (and after a second set breadstick) over Sydney Campbell. Frances Altick, who was match point down in her unfinished match yesterday, recovered from a set down to keep Vanderbilt in contention and set up the 3-3 showdown at No.4. Miho Kowase, sister of All-American Maho and probably the smallest competitor in Madison, wore down Courtney Colton and ended the match with a volley winner, which Jonathan Kelley captured below.

Ohio State vs. Vanderbilt
1. #11 Colton/Campbell (VAN) def. #6 Sanford/Kowase (OSU), 7-5
2. Sharma/Yates (VAN) def. DeSantis/Angeles Paz (OSU), 6-2
3. Sneed/DiLorenzo (FSU) def. Altick/Contreras (VAN), 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1*

1. #2 Francesca DiLorenzo (OSU, 12.05 UTR) def. #24 Sydney Campbell (VAN, 11.21 UTR), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
2. #15 Frances Altick (VAN, 11.68 UTR) def. Gabriella DeSantis (OSU, 10.31 UTR), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. #33 Astra Sharma (VAN, 11.26 UTR) def. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.62 UTR), 6-2, 6-2
4. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.37 UTR) vs. Courtney Colton (VAN, 11.07 UTR), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.61 UTR) def. Georgina Sellyn (VAN, 10.05 UTR), 6-1, 7-6(13-11)
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU, 9.85 UTR) def. Ellie Yates (VAN, 10.17 UTR), 6-0, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 5, 1, 2, 4*

(4)#6 California def. #7 Virginia 4-1
Virginia was going to have to have a near-flawless day to escape the California Bears. Cal stormed to a quick doubles point and then a blitz win by Karla Popovic at No.6. Danielle Collins gave the Cavaliers their first point of the match by knocking out Maegan Manasse in a Top 5 battle. Olivia Hauger put the Bears within a point of a semifinal berth with a win over Meghan Kelley at No.5. Denise Starr found herself in a third set after bageling Victoria Olivarez at No.4, but secured a break she needed to put Cal through. Julia Elbaba was two games from victory in a Top 10 matchup against Klara Fabikova before play was called and Lynn Chi was in a close battle against Stephanie Nauta when Starr clinched the win.

California vs. Virginia
1. #3 Manasse/Starr (CAL) def. #19 Collins/Kelley (VA) 6-2
2. #43 Klara Fabikova/Olivia Hauger (CAL) vs. Elbaba/Nauta (VA) 5-2, unfinished
3. Chi/Smith (CAL) def. Olivarez/Susi (VA) 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2*

1. #4 Danielle Collins (UVA, 12.10 UTR) def#5 Maegan Manasse (CAL, 11.65 UTR), 6-3, 6-1
2. #8 Julia Elbaba (UVA, 11.78 UTR)  vs. #10 Klara Fabikova (CAL, 11.40 UTR), 6-3, 5-6, unfinished
3. Lynn Chi (CAL, 11.25 UTR) vs. #30 Stephanie Nauta (UVA, 10.94 UTR), 7-6(7-1), 4-4, unfinished
4. Denise Starr (CAL, 11.23 UTR) def. Victoria Olivarez (UVA, 10.06 UTR), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
5. #81 Olivia Hauger (CAL, 11.01 UTR) def. Meghan Kelley (UVA, 10.22 UTR), 6-4, 6-4
6. Karla Popovic (CAL, 10.60 UTR) def. Taylor Wingo (UVA, UTR), 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 5, 4*

(3)#5 North Carolina def. #T-18 LSU 4-1
North Carolina continued their march towards another NTI title with another solid team effort. The Tar Heels looked impressive in their doubles matches, snatching the point with the loss of only 3 games. Whitney Kay scored an upset at No. 2 over Jessica Golovin to increase the UNC lead before Hayley Carter routed Joana Vale Costa at No.1. Cater continues to shine this week and I wouldn't be surprised to see her on the All-Tournament team in singles and doubles. Skylar Kuykendall gave the Tigers their first point with a straight-set win at No.3 over Kate Vialle, but it wouldn't be long before Chloe Ouellet-Pizer clinched the match for North Carolina at No.6. Jessie Aney was up in the final set against Ryann Foster at No.4 and Marika Akkerman was two games from her win at No.5 when play was called.

North Carolina vs. LSU
1. #2 Carter/Kay (UNC) vs. Vale Costa/Foster (LSU), 5-4, unfinished
2. #16 Aney/Vialle (UNC) def. Kuykendall/Owens (LSU), 6-0
3. Dai/Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) def. Holloway/Taylor (LSU), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3*

1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC, 11.73 UTR) def. #23 Joana Vale Costa (LSU, 11.20 UTR), 6-1, 6-3
2. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.76 UTR) def. #52 Jessica Golovin (10.93 UTR), 6-3, 6-1
3. #93 Skylar Kuykendall (10.59 UTR) def. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.54 UTR), 6-2, 6-4
4. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.20 UTR) def. Ryann Foster (LSU, 10.30 UTR), 6-3, 2-6, 2-1, unfinished
5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.81 UTR) vs. Abby Owens (LSU, 10.66 UTR), 6-3, 5-6, unfinished
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.58 UTR) def. Ella Taylor (LSU, 10.39 UTR), 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3, 6*

(2)#2 Georgia def. #12 Michigan 1
UGA had to be ready for a strong test from Michigan, who knows how to play indoors well. The Bulldogs competed well in doubles to secure that point, but Brienne Minor was quick to give them a bigger lead by knocking out Caroline Brinson quite convincingly. Silvia Garcia and Mariana Gould captured points 2 and 3 for Georgia at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively. Kennedy Shaffer moved up a position in the lineup and downed Kate Fahey at No.3 to advance UGA through to the semifinals against North Carolina. At No.6, Laura Patterson was a set and 3-2 up against Teona Velehorschi and Ellen Perez was tied in a third set against Ronit Yurovsky at No.1 when play was called.

Georgia vs. Michigan

1. #14 Perez/Gould (UGA) vs. Ruder-Hook/Minor (MICH), 5-4, unfinished
2. Garcia/Brinson (UGA) def. Yurovsky/Fahey (MICH), 6-3
3. Patterson/Shaffer (UGA) def. Hall/Najarian (MICH), 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2*

1. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA, 11.57 UTR) vs. #17 Ronit Yurovsky (MICH, 11.25 UTR), 6-2, 4-6, 1-1, unfinished
2. #19 Brienne Minor (MICH, 11.39 UTR)  def. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA, 11.32 UTR), 6-3, 6-1
3. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA, 11.33 UTR) def. #107 Kate Fahey (MICH, 10.98 UTR), 6-2, 6-4
4. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA, 11.10 UTR) def. Mira Ruder-Hook (MICH, 10.07 UTR), 6-2, 6-3
5. Mariana Gould (UGA, 10.50 UTR) def. Alex Najarian (MICH, 10.43 UTR), 6-4, 6-4
6. Laura Patterson (UGA, 10.05 UTR) vs. Teona Velehorschi (MICH, 10.16 UTR), 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 5, 3*

Consolation Matches (will be updated tonight when play ends)
No. 6 Oklahoma State 4, Alabama 1
Texas Tech 4, No. 7 Miami 3
No. 5 Texas A&M 4, Wisconsin 0
Duke 4, Fresno State 0

Day 3 Predictions
No. 8 Ohio State def. No. 4 California 4-3
No. 3 North Carolina def. No. 2 Georgia 4-2

No. 6 Oklahoma State def. No. 7 Miami 4-2
Alabama def. Texas Tech 4-2
Fresno State def. Wisconsin 4-2
Duke def. No. 5 Texas A&M 4-1

I think the Cal-Ohio State match will go down to the wire, but the doubles point and middle of the lineup will be big keys for the Buckeyes. Last year, an eighth-seeded Georgia upset the top seeds/reigning NCAA champions en route to the final, so are the cards laid out for Ohio State to do it again? If OSU, a team making their NTI debut, can handle the moment and the emotions after a big win, I think they have a good chance to win. However, I'm looking forward to the Georgia-UNC match, which has the potential to be a blockbuster. On paper, UNC are the underdogs, but with the calibre of their doubles and the depth of their lineup, I think they should be able to make the finals again. The Hayley Carter-Ellen Perez matchup could have some of the best shotmaking of the entire match and expect an upset or two from UGA if they can sink their teeth into the match.

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#5 Oklahoma (3-1) at #7 North Carolina (5-0) - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Video - Oklahoma is coming off a 5-2 win at #63 Alabama on Friday while North Carolina last played a week ago when it shutout #12 Illinois 4-0. The Sooners really have missed the presence of its #2 Andrew Harris (14.76) who has been sidelined for a while with knee tendinitis and without him they've had to make adjustments to both the singles and doubles lineups. Axel Alvarez comes into this match having lost two straight and the team has dropped the doubles point in two straight matches. North Carolina has been battling some injuries as well though both Brayden Schnur (tendinitis) and Ronnie Schneider (ankle) have continued to play but their results have been just so-so (2-3). 

Doubles Records: Oklahoma 2-2, UNC 5-0

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.10)
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01)
3. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.86) vs. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.78)
4. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.78)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.86)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) vs. Anudeep Kodali (UNC 13.19)
O: Austin Siegel (OU 13.31)/Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15)

North Carolina comes into this one as the clear favorite and I'd actually be pretty surprised if they lost. I like UNC in doubles and I see Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Robert Kelly winning in singles while OU's Axel Alvarez returns to the win column and he's joined by Alex Ghilea and Andre Biro. If OU can find a way to take the doubles point then this will be a war that comes down to the final court. Prediction: North Carolina 4-3

#24 California (3-1) vs. #2 TCU (3-0) - (Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge - Austin) - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring - TCU is coming off a tough 4-2 win over #18 Stanford while Cal beat #26 Texas 4-0 though all the remaining matches were tight. Cal has made some changes in its lineup today and has moved Andrew Goransson back to #1 and also brought Billy Griffith up from 4 to 3.

Doubles Records: Cal 3-1, TCU 2-1

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #3 Andre Goransson (Cal 14.33)
2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.69) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (Cal 13.88) 
3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #39 Billy Griffith (Cal 13.83)
4. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. #86 Filip Bergevi (Cal 14.04) 
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.01) vs. #54 Oskar Wikberg (Cal 13.57)
6. #73 Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) vs. J.T. Nishimura (Cal 13.50)
O: Trey Daniel (TCU 12.56), Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)/Mads Engsted (Cal 13.23)

It'll be interesting to see if TCU can have another strong day in doubles or whether Cal wins the point for the fourth time in a row. TCU got all it wanted yesterday and I think this will be a similar match with Cal just as strong in singles and probably a little stronger in some spots. I look for Cameron Norrie to rebound after a tough loss to Tom Fawcett while Alex Rybakov will take care of business at #2 against Florian Lakat. Both Guillermo Nunez and Billy Griffith won three-setters yesterday and I see them going three today but I like Nunez to get the win. I like Cal at the bottom of the lineup with Filip Bergevi on a roll having only dropped 10 games in his last 3 matches while Wikberg has been playing well too. The match at #6 is tough to call since I'm not sure if Trevor Johnson will actually play today but I'll go with Nishimura over whoever he faces. The doubles point may be the difference but I think the battle test Horned Frogs pull through. Prediction: TCU 4-2

#19 Virginia Tech (3-1) at #8 Ohio State (7-0) - 12pm est Live Scoring/Video - Ohio State is the only major D1 school that has yet to yield a point while Virginia Tech comes in looking to atone for its rough loss to Stanford during the Kick-Off Weekend. The Hokies did play on Friday beating Richmond and St. Bonaventure but the competition today will be a major step up. Ohio State last took the court a week ago when it blanked Texas 4-0.

Doubles Records: Virginia Tech 3-1, Ohio State 7-0

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.31) vs. #7 Mikael Torpeggard (OSU 14.45)
2. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.91) vs. #10 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23)
3. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.36) vs. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98)
4. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.63) vs. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61)
5. Jai Corbett (VT 13.33) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
6. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.20) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74)
O: Mitch Harper (VT 13.01)/Matt Mendez (OSU 13.44)

Ohio State should take the doubles point to grab the early lead and then I look for Chris Diaz, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach to give Ohio State wins in singles. I imagine they'll stop on the clinch but if not I'd like Joao Monteiro and Aaron Gomez at #1 and #6 for VT while I'd take Hugo DiFeo at #2 over Bjerrehus. If they play it out I'd say Ohio State 5-2 but on the clinch 4-0. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0

#13 South Florida (3-0) at #3 Texas A&M (7-0)  1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - South Florida is coming off a 7-0 rout at #23 Minnesota while Texas A&M held off #28 Florida State 4-3. It'll be interesting to see if the wake up call by Florida State was enough to fire up the Aggies or whether it was a sign of things to come. South Florida has more than a punchers chance in singles with its best chances coming at 2, 3, and 4 and you can't ever count out Roberto Cid at #1.

Doubles Records: South Florida 2-1, Texas A&M 7-0

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.50) vs. #17 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. #29 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.13) vs. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.86) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 12.99) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.08)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.47) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhyy (USF 13.36)
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.45) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.46)
O: Jackson Withrow (13.74/50%)/Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)

Texas A&M has yet to drop the doubles point and I think they'll use the usually windy conditions to its advantage and take the early lead. I'll take Rinderknech, Adams, Catanzariti, and Lunkin in singles for A&M while South Florida gets wins from Cotrone and Gozun. I like Texas A&M but if USF can take the doubles point and get a win from Roberto Cid I think that'd be enough to pull the upset. Prediction: Texas A&M 5-2

#17 Oklahoma State will face a stiff test in Fayetteville against #64 Arkansas but I think the Pokes will find a way to avoid to barely avoid the upset - Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-3

#18 Stanford will bounce back from its tough loss to TCU and find some redemption against #26 Texas. The Longhorns won't lay down and will find wins from Harrison Scott and Julian Zlobinsky but Stanford still wins - Prediction: Stanford 4-2

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