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The 2016 ITA Women's National Team Indoor Championship is set with #6 California taking on the defending champions, #5 North Carolina. Both teams escaped close wins and tomorrow's final should be a real enticing encounter. Doubles will be a big point for either team and Cal will be focused on its first-strike tennis to gather momentum. North Carolina has been in this situation before and I think they''ll use their experience to wear down and overwhelm the Bears. Any player on both teams can take the match and I'm not the most confident in my predictions. The matchup is essentially a coin flip.

Jonathan Kelley from On The Rise be recapping with his thoughts and quotes at ZooTennis later tonight and will be covering tomorrow's final as well.



(4)#6 California def. (8) #16 Ohio State 4-3
Ohio State was playing with house money after defeating #1 Vanderbilt and after dropping two consecutive doubles points after having match points, they took a 1-0 lead into singles. Anna Sanford and Miho Kowase upset at the No.1 line to capture the doubles, but the Bears took 4 first sets in singles. #10 Klara Fabikova dominated at No.2 to quickly tie the match before #2 Francesca DiLorenzo downed #5 Maegan Manasse at No.1. #81 Olivia Hauger, who's been quietly impressive this tournament, escaped a close two-set win at No.5 to tie the match back. Anna Sanford then pulled off an upset against former NCAA singles finalist Lynn Chi at No.3 to move the Buckeyes a point from an unlikely final. Unfortunately, Cal was up *4-2 in the third set of those matches and Denise Starr tied things up with a win over Miho Kowase. All eyes moved to No.6, where there were plenty of deciding (deuce with no-ad) points affecting the match. Karla Popovic won the final deciding point to put the Bears into their second-ever NTI final (1st: 2000). 


California vs. Ohio State 
1. #6 Sanford/Kowase (OSU) def. #3 Manasse/Starr (CAL), 7-6(7-5)
2. #43 Fabikova/Hauger (CAL) vs. DeSantis/Angeles Paz (OSU), 5-5, unfinished
3. Sneed/DiLorenzo (FSU) def. Chi/Smith (CAL), 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1*

1. #2 Francesca DiLorenzo (OSU, 12.05 UTR) def. #5 Maegan Manasse (CAL, 11.65 UTR), 6-2, 7-6(7-2)
2. #10 Klara Fabikova (CAL, 11.40 UTR) def. Gabriella DeSantis (OSU, 10.31 UTR), 6-2, 6-1
3. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.62 UTR) def. Lynn Chi (CAL, 11.25 UTR), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Denise Starr (CAL, 11.23 UTR) def. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.37 UTR), 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. #81 Olivia Hauger (CAL, 11.01 UTR) def. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.61 UTR), 6-4, 6-4
6. Karla Popovic (CAL, 10.60 UTR) def. Olivia Sneed (OSU, 9.85 UTR), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 5, 3, 4, 6*


(3)#5 North Carolina def. (2)#2 Georgia 4-2
Defending champion North Carolina needed to execute well in doubles and keep the momentum in singles. Unfortunately, UGA ignored that memo, taking the No.2 match first 6-0 before the Tar Heels rallied to score the first point. #109 Kennedy Shaffer then tied up things up at No.4 with a quick win over Kate Vialle. Jessie Aney, who moved up to the No.3 position, dominated Silvia Garcia to give UNC a 2-1 lead. Whitney Kay of UNC recovered from a first set bagel to upset #22 Caroline Brinson at No.2, but Georgia's Mariana Gould put the score at 3-2 at No.5. #112 Chlow Ouellet-Pizer, who clinched her first match for UNC in the quarterfinals would do it again, surviving Laura Patterson 6-4 in the 3rd to send the Tar Heels into their 3rd NTI final in 5 years.


North Carolina vs. Georgia
1. #2 Carter/Kay (UNC) def. #14 Perez/Gould (UGA), 6-4
2. Garcia/Brinson (UGA) def. #16 Aney/Vialle (UNC), 6-0
3. Dai/Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) def. Patterson/Shaffer (UGA), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3*

1. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA, 11.57 UTR) vs. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC, 11.73 UTR), 5-7, 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
2. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.76 UTR) def. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA, 11.32 UTR), 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.20 UTR) def. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA, 11.10 UTR), 6-0, 6-4
4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA, 11.33 UTR) def. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.54 UTR), 6-1, 6-2
5. Mariana Gould (UGA, 10.50 UTR) def. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.81 UTR), 7-6(7-3), 6-2
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.58 UTR) def. Laura Patterson (UGA, 10.05 UTR), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 2, 5, 6*


Consolation Matches
No. 7 Miami, 4 No. 6 Oklahoma State 3
Texas Tech 4, Alabama 1
No. 1 Vanderbilt 4, Virginia 0
Duke 4, No. 5 Texas A&M 0
Fresno State 4, Wisconsin 1
Michigan 4, LSU 2

Day 4 Predictions
Championship
No. 3 North Carolina def.  No. 4 California 4-3

This is the third consecutive day where I said Cal would fall, but the Tar Heel lineup and doubles prowess they hold will be just enough to cover. Hayley Carter vs. Maegan Manasse can be a popcorn match, but the middle of the lineup will decide the champion in my opinion. The No.3 line between Aney and Chi is the one that could go either way and affect the team result. Below are my predictions based on today's lineups. Aney and Vialle may swap if they use the Master Lineup. Should Aney play Starr, I would choose Aney and Chi over Vialle.

North Carolina vs. California
1. #2 Carter/Kay (UNC) vs. #3 Manasse/Starr (CAL)
2. #16 Aney/Vialle (UNC) vs. #43 Fabikova/Hauger (CAL) 
3. Dai/Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Chi/Smith (CAL)

1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC, 11.73 UTR) vs. #5 Maegan Manasse (CAL, 11.65 UTR)
2. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.76 UTR) vs. #10 Klara Fabikova (CAL, 11.40 UTR)
3. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.20 UTR) vs. Lynn Chi (CAL, 11.25 UTR)
4. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.54 UTR) vs. Denise Starr (CAL, 11.23 UTR)
5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.81 UTR) vs. #81 Olivia Hauger (CAL, 11.01 UTR) 
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.58 UTR) vs. Karla Popovic (CAL, 10.60 UTR) 

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Some days things go your way and some days they don't - for TCU, Oklahoma, and Stanford it was the latter while Cal, North Carolina, and Texas walked away with big smiles on its faces.

Cal got punched in the gut when it couldn't participate in the Kick-Off Weekend due to weather but they made up for it this weekend in spades with wins over #26 Texas and #2 TCU.

Both Cal and TCU played physical matches on Saturday with each getting pushed by its opponents but while Cal bounced back TCU wasn't able to keep up the Bears.

TCU pulled out the doubles point for the second day in a row with wins at #2 and #3 but Cal got humming in singles and took opening sets at #2, #3, #4, and #6.

TCU's Cameron Norrie made quick work of #3 Andre Goransson at #1 singles and Eduardo Nava was looking good at #5 but Cal was in total control on the other courts. Florian Lakat played at #1 against Texas and was saved by the bell when he trailed George Goldhoff 5-2 in the third. On Sunday it was his opponent, Alex Rybakov, that was wishing there was a bell because Lakat rolled over him 6-2, 6-2 in just an hour and five minutes.

Filip Bergevi continued his hot streak and took out Jerry Lopez 6-1, 6-4 at #4 and a few minutes later Billy Griffith put Cal ahead 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3 over Guillermo Nunez.

Cal's J.T. Nishimura (Photo Courtesy of Cal)
Cal's J.T. Nishimura, who has been on the wrong end of a few deciding matches, finally was able to close the door today but it didn't come easy. Nishimura took the opening set 6-2 but he fell behind Reese Stalder 5-1 in the second. Stalder got broke serving for the set twice and then Nishimura pulled out the second set tiebreak 7-5 and after an up and down opening month Cal had its signature win.


The match at #5 was abandoned but Eduardo Nava had a chance to close out Oskar Wikberg when he led 6-4, 5-3 but Wikberg took two straight to even it at 5-5.

TCU's David Roditi didn't mince any words when talking after the match:


#24 Cal 4, #2 TCU 2
Feb 07, 2016 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.52) def. #3 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.33) 6-1, 6-3
2. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 13.88) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) 6-2, 6-2
3. #39 Billy Griffith (CAL 13.52) def. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.18) 6-4, 6-4
4. #86 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.04) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 6-1, 6-4
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.98) vs. #54 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.57) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.50) def. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles competition
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (CAL) def. Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-3
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-4
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Billy Griffith/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 7-5
Match Notes
Cal 4-1; National ranking #24
TCU 3-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,4,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"I know it sounds a little clich, but it was a total team effort today, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We knew we had our backs against the wall after losing the doubles point, and every guy on our team came out in the singles with an intense focus. J.T. Nishimura clinched the match for us after being down 5-1 down in the second set. All of our guys focused on playing a complete match start to finish and the outcome was a result of the team's determination and tenacity today.

Post-Match Quotes from 
TCU's recap
"Cal deserves all the credit, said head coach David Roditi. They flat out beat us and they were better than we were today. We must learn from it and get better as a team. They came committed and jumped all over us from the start. Our highlight was another good performance in doubles and a very good result for Cameron (Norrie) in singles. Every match lets us know where we are and Cal showed us exactly that. We have just a few days to get ready for a very competitive weekend in Virginia.
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Oklahoma is probably hoping it doesn't have to play too many more ACC schools after losing to one for the second week in a row. Last Sunday Wake Forest came into Norman and won 5-2 and today North Carolina pulled out a tough 4-3 win in Chapel Hill.

Oklahoma welcomed back Andrew Harris to its doubles lineup and he played a big role in helping Oklahoma take the early 1-0 lead. Harris and his doubles partner Alex Ghilea won the deciding court at #1 with Harris holding from 40-15 to seal the 7-5 win.

North Carolina needed to win four singles matches and they put themselves in good position to do so after taking the opening sets at #2, #3, #4, and #5.

Oklahoma's Andre Biro put OU up 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Blaine Boyden at #6 but North Carolina answered with a 6-2, 6-4 win from Jack Murray at #4 and a 6-4, 6-4 win from Ronnie Schneider at #2.

Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez would put OU up 3-2 with a 7-6, 6-0 win over Brayden Schnur at #1 but North Carolina was up on the two other courts.

North Carolina's Brett Clark was serving for the match at #3 singles up 7-5, 5-4 but Florin Bragusi broke and then held on the deciding point to go up 6-5. Bragusi would break Clark again, this time on the deciding point, to take the second set 7-5 and off to a third set they went.

At #5 singles, North Carolina's Robert Kelly took the first set 7-5 but Oklahoma's Maxime Mora answered by taking the second set 6-4. Kelly sprinted out to a 4-1 lead in the third but Mora held and broke to put the match back on serve at 4-3. Kelly would break right back and then serve it out from 40-30 to take the match 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 (clip of match point below courtesy of UNC)

While Kelly was putting away Mora at #5, Brett Clark was opening up a big lead himself in the final set at #3. Clark broke Bragusi to start the third set and would break him again later in the set to go up 5-2. Clark would serve it out from 40-15 to clinch North Carolina's second top 10 win in the last week.

I watched the final sets of each match on the live feed and was impressed that both Kelly and Clark were playing aggressive and not waiting for their opponents to give it away.

Below are some match point and interviews courtesy of UNC.





#7 North Carolina 4, #5 Oklahoma 3
February 7, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
Order of match finish: (2,3,1)
1. Harris/Ghilea (OU) def. #1 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC), 7-5
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) def. Alvarez/Papa (OU), 6-4
3. Biro/Austin Siegel def. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) def. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.10), 7-6(3), 6-0
2. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.99), 6-4, 6-4
3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.78) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85), 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.10), 6-2, 6-4
5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.86) def. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) def. Blaine Boyden (UNC 13.15), 6-2, 6-2
Match Notes
UNC 6-0; National ranking #7
Oklahoma 3-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,2,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"It's a great win for us, to beat a team like Oklahoma after losing the doubles point, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "We had some really outstanding performances in the singles spots that we won. I'm proud of the guys, how hard they fought.

"We feed off our crowd, which was amazing today, Clark said. "It feels great it was a complete team win.
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Texas has had a rough go of it so far this season but they were able to get some redemption today with a surprising 4-3 win over #18 Stanford. The Longhorns took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but Stanford rebounded in singles by taking opening sets at #1, #3, #4, and #5. Tom Fawcett, Sameer Kumar, and Maciek Romanowicz would win in straight sets at #1, #4, and #5 to give Stanford a 3-1 lead but Texas would answer with straight set wins from Harrison Scott and Julian Zlobinsky at #2 and #6 to even it at 3-3.

The match would come down to #3 singles which saw Adrian Ortiz and Nolan Paige exchange a pair of lopsided first two sets. Paige gave Ortiz a first set breadstick but Ortiz got out the cream cheese and gave Paige a bagel in the second set.  The third set stayed on serve until Paige broke Ortiz to go up 6-5. Paige went up 40-30 but he squandered both match points with a pair of errors including a double fault on the deciding point.

I thought the Texas recap did a great job breaking down the tiebreak so I'll let you read what they wrote:

"Ortiz took a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak, but his double fault coupled with a pair of Paige passing forehand winners evened the breaker at three.  Paige assumed a 5-3 lead, but a big Ortiz serve yielded an errant Paige backhand, as Ortiz cut Paige's lead to 5-4.  Paige double-faulted once more for 5-all, and his long backhand on the next point set up match point for Ortiz at 6-5.

Ortiz smacked a forehand into the net for 6-all, though Paige went into the net once more to give Ortiz a 7-6 lead and another match point with Paige serving.  Ortiz lofted a well-placed top-spin lob over Paige and in bounds with room to spare to win the tiebreaker, 8-6 and seal the 4-3 Texas win"

#26 Texas 4, #18 Stanford 3
Feb 07, 2016 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Adrian Ortiz/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. #42 Nolan Paige/Maciek Romanowicz (SU), 6-3
2. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Tom Fawcett/Sameer Kumar (SU), 6-4
3. Yale Goldberg/David Wilczynsky (SU) def. Rodrigo Banzer/Harrison Scott (UT), 7-5
Singles competition
1. #9 Tom Fawcett (SU 14.67) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.70), 6-2, 6-1
2. #94 Harrison Scott (UT 13.52) def. #57 David Wilczynski (SU 13.83), 6-2, 6-4
3. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.77) def. Nolan Paige (SU 13.30), 1-6, 6-0, 7-6 (6)
4. Sameer Kumar (SU 13.96) def. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.56), 6-1, 6-1
5. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (SU 13.45) def. #114 Michael Riechmann (UT 13.09), 6-3, 6-2
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.82) def. #61 Michael Genender (SU 13.65), 7-6 (3), 6-1
Match Notes
Texas 5-5; National ranking #26
Stanford 5-3; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,1,5,2,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap
On today's match: "I think Stanford has a great team, said Texas head coach Michael Center. We knew this was going to be a tough stretch opening the season with such a young team, but we kept working hard and kept improving. Even though we lost some matches 4-0, we were actually in a lot of those matches. I just told them to stay with it, keep their patience, keep competing, and stay aggressive, and that's what they did. The key was getting that doubles point, which we've been coming up short in. I thought that gave us good momentum. Then we hung around and came through after being down 3-1, so it was a great team win today"

"They were both getting a little nervous there at the end," said Texas head coach Michael Center.  "They were both fighting their nerves, and he (Ortiz) gave up the serve on 5-all and got the break back.  He just held it together, stayed with his routine in between points and at the end of the day he made the play to win the match.  It was a great shot by Adrian to finish it off."

Sophomore Adrian Ortiz
On coming back in the second set: "I started off pretty slow. I was pretty nervous and he was actually playing pretty well. In the second set after losing 6-1, I said that I'm going to start playing better and playing loose. I started playing pretty good tennis and kind of got the strategy working against him, which was very solid. I was able to break him every game; I was serving well to close out that set 6-0.  Really throughout the whole match I was hanging some pretty decent lobs, and I just thought to myself that I needed to make a decent return on that point. I saw the opportunity (on match point), executed it and it worked."
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Ohio State stayed undefeated and unscored on with its 8th shutout of the year by defeating #19 Virginia Tech 4-0. Ohio State blew Virginia Tech off the court in doubles winning 6-3 at #1 and 6-2 at #2 but Virginia Tech put up some resistance on a few courts in singles. Each team took three opening sets but the difference was Ohio State finished each of its three in straight sets. Ralf Steinbach won 6-1, 6-4 at #5, Mikael Torpeggard won 6-3, 6-2 at #1, and Chris Diaz provided the clincher with a 6-2, 7-6 win at #2 over Andreas Bjerrehus.

Virginia Tech was a point away from winning at #3 and #4 and Mitch Harper and Martin Joyce were tied at 2-2 in the third at #6.

Ohio State is the only team from a power 5 conference that has yet to give up a point this season - fact that I dug up earlier in the week.

#8 Ohio State 4, #19 Virginia Tech 0
Feb 07, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #7 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.45) def. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.31) 6-3, 6-2
2. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) def. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.91) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Amerigo Contini (VT) vs. #10 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) 7-5, 5-4, unf.
4. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.66) vs. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) 6-4, 6-6, unf. 
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.37) 6-1, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) vs. Mitch Harper (VT 13.01) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 2-2, unf.
Doubles competition
1. #22 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #21 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 6-3
2. #24 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Edoardo Tessaro/Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-2
3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 5-2, unf.
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 4-2; National ranking #19
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,1,2)
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:16 A-261
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In a tail of two teams going in opposite directions it was Michigan winning its 5th in a row with a 7-0 thrashing over #25 Duke. Michigan took the doubles point and then took all six opening sets in singles and then closed out four of them in straight sets while Davis Crocker and Carter Lin won in three. Duke has now lost five of its last six and with a rough ACC schedule coming up its entirely possible that Duke may miss the NCAAs this season unless something changes very quickly.


#54 Michigan 7, #25 Duke 0
Feb 07, 2016 at Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Jathan Malik (UMICH 13.77) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.14) 6-2, 6-4
2. Alex Knight (UMICH 13.71) def. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.60) 6-4, 6-2
3. Davis Crocker (UMICH 12.75) def. Vincent Lin (DU 13.48) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Runhao Hua (UMICH 13.67) def. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.39) 6-3, 6-4
5. Carter Lin (UMICH 13.00) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.68) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (UMICH 12.91) def. Ryan Dickerson (DU 13.37) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UMICH) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) 6-4
2. Gabe Tishman/Kevin Wong (UMICH) vs. Ryan Dickerson/Josh Levine (DU) 5-6, unf
3. Jathan Malik/Tyler Gardiner (UMICH) def. Catalin Mateas/TJ Pura (DU) 6-2
Match Notes
Duke 2-5; National ranking #25
Michigan 5-1; National ranking #54
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,2,4,5,3)
T-2:25
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Texas A&M will most likely assume the #2 spot in the rankings after it beat #13 South Florida 4-3 on Sunday. The Aggies took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 then picked up straight set wins from Jordi Arconada, AJ Catanzariti, and Jackson Withrow at #3, #4, and #6 with Withrow providing the clincher at #6.

They played the remaining matches out after the clinch with South Florida's Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Peter Bertran each winning however by then the air had been let out of the balloon.


#3 Texas A&M 4, #13 South Florida 3
Feb 07, 2016 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #17 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.50) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) def. #29 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.13) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.86) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.72) 6-3, 6-3
4. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.46) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.08) 6-1, 6-4
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.45) 6-1, 0-6, 6-2
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.74) def. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-3
2. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-4
3. #29 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) 6-4
Match Notes:
Texas A&M: 9-0 record: National Ranking #3
South Florida: 3-1 record; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,5,1,2)

Post Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap
AJ Catanzariti, Texas A&M Sophomore
On the week's matches
"It was a pretty good test for the team. We wanted to see kind of what we are worth. Our team is deep this year and we got tested these last three matches and we came through in all three of them. (I'm) Playing pretty well, playing pretty solid. It's easy when you got guys so solid in the top of the lineup, and you look over and they are either winning or battling."

On playing at No. 4 against top-25 teams
"It's still a battle can't take anything for granted over there. We competed against three top-25 teams right now and we are going to be playing against top 16 teams again and I think we'll do pretty well."

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach
On the South Florida match
"We did a good job in the doubles obviously, tightly contested which against the good teams that is going to be the case in this format so we were able to secure that and then we won five of the first six sets. I kind of thought we would start out fairly well. In fairness to them they played Minnesota Friday night, there, indoors and then they come out here and it's obviously windy conditions. Same with us on Wednesday we played Baylor on slow indoor courts and here on Friday night against Florida State and totally different conditions, cold, court is dead, balls aren't going anywhere, night time outside it's windy and those are factors that kind of play into how you play."

On South Florida
I felt it was key for us to get off to a good start in those matches so we could get out in front until they settled in and they clearly were beginning to settle in as the match went on. They are a very good team and I knew they were, I think they are considerably better than their ranking. They have a lot of experienced players on their team, but they are a new top team so they are having to go places to get wins and play. A lot of that goes on with a team like that and to play people they have to go on the road and that is difficult to win on the road at any school especially against some of the top programs and I thought it was clear as the match went on they got better

On mindset going into ITA Indoors
We need to rest them now because we have some beat up guys. thank goodness we have depth with all the matches that we've played but we've played three really good teams and it's kind of a precursor to the indoor and what the SEC and NCAA tournament is like where you have to play on back to back days or every other day in tough physical and emotional matches and hopefully our guys will get better as a result.
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Wisconsin did something last night that it hadn't done in almost 6 years - it knocked off a top 25 team with a 4-3 win over #23 Minnesota. The last time the Badgers banked a top 25 win came back in 2010 when it upset #13 Illinois.

Minnesota took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Wisconsin got the four singles wins it needed with Josef Dodridge providing the clincher at #1. Minnesota was playing without its #2 Felix Corwin (13.90)

#74 Wisconsin 4, #23 Minnesota 3
Feb 07, 2016 at Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Josef Dodridge (WIS 13.33) def. Matic Spec (MINN 13.65) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
2. #95 Ruben Weber (MINN 13.35) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS 13.03) 6-3, 6-3
3. Lamar Remy (WIS 12.69) def. Justyn Levin (MINN 12.39) 6-3, 6-3
4. Osgar O'Hoisin (WIS 12.73) def. Josip Krstanovic (MINN 12.45) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
5. Marino Alpeza (MINN 12.36) def. Darius Mackenzie (WIS 12.21) 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-2
6. Jakhongir Jalolov (WIS 12.45) def. Jeremy Lynn (MINN 11.70) 7-6 (11-9), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Ruben Weber/Marino Alpeza (MINN) def. Josef Dodridge/Lamar Remy (WIS) 6-4
2. Jose Carranza/Jakhongir Jalolov (WIS) def. Justyn Levin/Josip Krstanovic (MINN) 6-1
3. Jeremy Lynn/Matic Spec (MINN) def. Alexander Kokorev/Darius Mackenzie (WIS) 6-2
Match Notes
Wisconsin 5-0; National ranking #74
Minnesota 2-4; National ranking #23
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1) Singles (3,2,6,5,4,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Wisconsin's recap
"I'm so proud of the fight in our guys," head coach Danny Westerman said after Wisconsin registered its highest-ranked win since 2010. "It was a complete team win and the support our guys give to one another is tremendous. We were down on a lot of singles courts early after doubles, but the guys just continued to fight and we found a way to win. Osgar (O'Hoisin) showed a ton of poise and trusted his game in the most critical point of the match.

"It's a fantastic win for Joe (Dodridge)," said Westerman. "He beat one of the top players in the Big Ten today in the highest pressure situation. It's a credit to him working extremely hard and sticking with the game plan."

Post-Match Quote from Minnesota's recap
"We just need to keep learning and keep trying to get better, head coach Geoff Young said.
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Possibly the closest finish off the weekend came in this one in Des Moines. #39 Drake came from behind to beat Western Michigan with the final two courts going to third set tiebreaks in a match that was filled with tiebreak.

Western Michigan won the doubles point by taking both #2 and #3 doubles in tiebreaks but Drake came back with four first sets. Bayo Philips and Tom Hands won in straight sets for Drake while Matej Svjetlicic and Ruben Greiner did the same for WMU.

Ben Lott and Vinny Gillespie won the two deciding matches at #1 and # in third set tiebreak with Lott taking it 10-8 and Gillespie 7-5.


#39 Drake 4, Western Michigan 3
Feb 07, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Center) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU 13.34) def. Jefta Kecic (WMU 12.77) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (10-8)
2. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.56) def. Maik Steiner (WMU 12.67) 6-4, 6-3
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.40) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU 12.70) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Matej Svjetlicic (WMU 12.31) def. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 12.69) 7-5, 7-5
5. Ruben Greiner (WMU 12.22) def. Clark, Ben (DU 12.47) 6-3, 6-3
6. Hands, Tom (DU 12.32) def. Daniel Loebel (WMU 12.04) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Philips, Bayo/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Ruben Greiner/Daniel Loebel (WMU) 6-2
2. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Lott, Ben/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Jefta Kecic/Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) def. Clark, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Drake 3-3; National ranking #39
Western Michigan 4-3; 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,6,5,4,3,1)



Some other Sunday scores of interest:

#61 Old Dominion upset #34 Dartmouth 4-3 - ODU dropped the doubles point but rallied to win at #1, #2, #3, and #5 singles with Aziz Kijametovic clinching the win 6-3 in the third at #3.

#21 Northwestern def. #60 Cornell 4-1 - Cats took the doubles point and got wins from Kirchheimer, Horoz, and Vandixhorn with VD clinching it at #6.

#36 Notre Dame def. #53 Indiana 5-2
#32 NC State def. #55 South Carolina 4-3
#10 Wake Forest def #40 Tennessee 7-0
#32 Harvard def. #27 Vanderbilt 4-3
#17 Oklahoma State def #64 Arkansas 5-2
#42 Oregon def. ##46 Louisville 6-1
#59 Boise State def. Santa Clara 4-3
#48 UC Santa Barbara def. #43 Pepperdine 4-2

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:01

Men's National Team Indoors - Round of 16 Previews

The draws are out and the lineups are set for the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships with play getting started on Friday at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Play gets started each day at 9am eastern and finishes each night around 9 to 10pm.

I'm going to preview each round of 16 match using the master lineups that each team submitted and I'll make my predictions as well. With this being an indoor event I'll also take into account which teams are comfortable playing indoors while others only play indoors a handful of times each season.

There will be live scoring on all 12 courts but only point-by-point scoring on courts 7-12. The same goes for streaming video in that it will only be available on courts 7-12 too.







[1] Virginia (5-0) vs. [16] San Diego (4-1) - 6:30pm est - Virginia is coming off an impressive 6-1 win over UCLA while San Diego is coming off a 7-0 loss to UCLA. This is San Diego's first trip to the National Team Indoors and it's too bad they got matched up with the host and #1 seed in the opening round. 

Overall Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 4-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 2-0
Doubles Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Alex Azaouzos (USD 12.32)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)

Virginia warmed up for the NTIs by taking it to UCLA and I think they'll probably make fairly quick work of San Diego. I like Virginia in doubles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, and Henrik Wiersholm in singles. Prediction: Virginia 4-0



[8] Oklahoma (3-2) vs. [9] Wake Forest (8-1) - 6:30pm est - Oklahoma split matches last weekend winning at Alabama 5-2 before falling to North Carolina 4-3. Wake Forest is coming off a pair of 7-0 wins after beating South Carolina at home and Tennessee on the road. Oklahoma welcomed back Andrew Harris (knee tendinitis) to its doubles lineup but it's yet to be seen if he'll be ready to play singles. John Roddick has Harris listed at #4 on the depth chart but I'd be a little surprised to see him play. Wake Forest rolled over Oklahoma just two weeks ago in Norman so it'll be interesting to see if the outcome is any different this time. Four of the six singles matches are shaping up to be rematches though if Harris plays only two would be rematches.

Overall Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Indoors Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Doubles Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 7-2

Result from 2 Weeks Ago

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

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 
O: Andrew Harris (OU 14.79)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

The return of Andrew Harris helped Oklahoma get the doubles point against North Carolina and I think OU takes it over Wake too. I think Axel Alvarez will atone for his loss to Skander Mansouri and I look for Maxime Mora to repeat his win over Dennis Uspensky however I like Wake Forest everywhere else. The one court that could swing the match the other way is #3 - if Alex Ghilea can beat Jon Ho then OU might able to pull it out. If Andrew Harris is able to play at #4 I think he probably still loses to Bogaerts while Bragusi would beat Uspensky and Seraphim would beat Mora. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3




[4] USC (5-0) vs. [13] South Florida (3-1) - 3:30pm est - USC is coming off a pair of 6-1 wins over Loyola Marymount and Grand Canyon though 7 of the 12 singles matches went three sets while South Florida blanked Minnesota 7-0 before losing to #2 Texas A&M 4-3. This will be USC's first indoor match of the season while South Florida played indoors at Minnesota.

Overall Record: USC 5-0, South Florida 3-1
Indoors Record: USC 0-0, South Florida 1-0
Doubles Record: USC 4-1, South Florida 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.46)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)

Last year USF made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Round of 16 and came up just short against Baylor. This year USF is making its first-ever National Indoor Round of 16 appearance and I think they are going to get over the hump and get a win. I like the Bulls in doubles and look for Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz to win at #1, #2, and #6. I also like Sasha Gozun at #3 for USF while I like Logan Smith and Laurens Verboven at #4 and #5 for USC. If USC were to win its best path would be the doubles point and #3, #4, and #5 singles. Prediction: South Florida 4-2



[5] TCU (3-1) vs. [12] Illinois (5-1) - 3:30pm est - TCU is coming off a tough weekend that saw the Horned Frogs beat Stanford 4-2 before getting beat by Cal 4-2 while Illinois is coming a routine 5-2 win over Notre Dame. According to the lineup Brad Dancer submitted, he is making some wholesale changes at the bottom of the lineup by inserting Brian Page at #5 and Toshiki Matsuya at #6 despite the fact that neither has played in a dual-match this season. He has Alex Jesse at #8 and Asher Hirsch at #9 despite both of those guys playing just about every match at #5 and #6. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see both Jesse and Hirsch back in the lineup but for the sake of my prediction I'll go along with what was submitted.

These teams actually met less than a month ago in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout in Fort Myers with each winning 6 matches. The only guaranteed rematch will come at #3 between Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik though Stalder and Hirsch could meet again #6 too. Alex Rybakov and Jared Hiltzik met back in August in the first round of the Champaign Futures with Rybakov winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

#3 TCU 6, #6 Illinois 6
Jan 17, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) def. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68): 6-4, 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.64): 6-2, 6-4
3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.30) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64): 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.19) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61): 7-6, 7-5
5. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.80) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79): 6-4, 6-3
6. Trey Daniel (TCU 12.32) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.55): 6-3, 6-3
7. Hudson Blake (TCU 12.41) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64): 6-4, 6-4
8. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.19) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU 11.38): 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL): 6-3
2. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 6-2
3. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Hudson Blake/Trey Daniel (TCU): 6-1
4. Eduardo Nava/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Pengxuan Jiang/Pablo Landa (ILL): 6-2

Overall Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1
Indoors Record: TCU 2-1, Illinois 5-1
Doubles Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) vs. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. Brian Page (ILL 12.43)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.14)
O: Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)/Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL)
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL)
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU) vs. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL)

I think the doubles point will be huge in this one because neither team wants to start off in a 1-0 hole knowing it needs to win 4 singles matches. Both teams are evenly stacked up top, TCU is going to be stronger at #4 and #5, and #6 will be a tough one to call with Trevor Johnson's status probably unknown until match time. I'm going to take Aleks Vukic at #1 and Jared Hiltzik #2 for the Illini and Eduardo Nava and Jerry Lopez at #4 and #5 for TCU. Both Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik have dropped 2 of their last 3 so that's a tough call but I'm leaning towards Nunez. If Trevor Johnson plays at #6 I think he'll win but if he doesn't I'd go with Illinois at that spot. So we're potentially looking at a match with the doubles point deciding the winner. Prediction: TCU 4-3




[6] Ohio State (8-0) vs. [11] Baylor (5-2) - 9am est - Ohio State has yet to drop a match or a point and is coming off a 4-0 win over Virginia Tech while Baylor dropped a pair last week to Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Both teams have strange doubles lineups showing in the lineup master and I think a part of that is some gamesmanship. Baylor is showing a guy at #3 doubles that isn't even listed on the school's website while Ohio State is showing Ralf Steinbach paired up with Riley Reist even though Steinbach and Martin Joyce are ranked #14.

Overall Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 5-2
Indoors Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-2
Doubles Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) vs. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68)
2. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) vs. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90)
3. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) vs. Felip Rios (BU 14.30)
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) vs. Will Little (BU 13.67)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77)
O: Matt Mendez (OSU 13.44)/Vince Schneider (BU 13.86)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU)
2. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU)
3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU)

Baylor's only chance to keep this one close is if Vince Schneider is available to play. If Schneider doesn't play I think we're looking at another Buckeye shutout with Ohio State taking doubles and Hugo Di Feo, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach winning in singles. I like Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at #1 and #2 but I think the other matches will finish too quickly for Baylor to get on the board. If Schneider were to play I'd still like Ohio State in doubles and at #3, #4, and #5. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0




[3] North Carolina (6-0) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-0) - 9am est - North Carolina is coming off a big 4-3 win over Oklahoma while Texas Tech hasn't faced a serious test since beating Florida three weeks ago on the final day of the Kick-Off Weekend. North Carolina has played all six of its matches indoors while Texas Tech will only be playing indoors for the third time this season.

Overall Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 10-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 2-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-1, Texas Tech 5-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)
O: Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21)/Augusto Stodart (TT 12.73)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)

This will the Red Raiders first-ever trip to the National Team Indoors and while I think they could probably beat about half the field I'm not so sure they can get past North Carolina. I like Bjorn Thomson at #6 and think Jolan Cailleau has a good chance at #4 but I like the Tar Heels in doubles and then look for Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Robert Kelly to push Carolina through to the quarterfinals. I also like Brayden Schnur at #1 but his match probably won't make it to the finish line. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1



[7] UCLA (5-1) vs. [10] Georgia (3-1) - 12pm est - These teams met just two weeks ago in Los Angeles with UCLA rolling to a 6-1 win but that match was outdoors in UCLA's backyard while this one will be indoors on the East Coast. UCLA is coming off a rough 6-1 loss to Virginia on Tuesday night while Georgia won handily 6-1 over a less than full strength Georgia Tech. UCLA will be at full strength while it's yet to be seen if Georgia will have the services of Walker Duncan who missed the last two matches with a foot injury. Duncan is slotted at the #3 spot in the master lineups but he was in a boot just two weeks ago so we'll see if he can go. After missing all of January with a wrist injury, Nick Wood played his first dual-match against Georgia Tech's #8 and won going away so I'd be surprised if he didn't play at #6 if he's feeling good. The only rematch from the previous encounter will be at #4 between Karue Sell and Jan Zielinski though if Duncan can't play Zielinski would move up to #3.

Here was an interesting quote from Billy Martin via the Daily Bruin about the match with Virginia and the court conditions - "I think we were very shocked at the whole pace of the match, Martin said. "It's an aggressive tennis. We were trying to set up points and rallies that you can do outside on the slower courts and slower conditions but indoors it just wasn't going to work.

#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)


Overall Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 3-1
Indoors Record: UCLA 0-1, Georgia 3-0
Doubles Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) vs. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 
2. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) 
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. Walker Duncan (UGA 13.50)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) vs. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81)
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) vs. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52) vs. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)/Nick Wood (UGA 13.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA)

Despite UCLA winning the previous match fairly comfortably, I think Georgia is probably the slight favorite in this one mainly due it being indoors (see Billy's comments above). I like Georgia in doubles at #2 and #3 and I think #1 will be a lot closer than it was last time.

I'm looking for these teams to split the top two courts with Mackenzie McDonald the likely winner at #1 while I see Austin Smith getting it done at #2. I like Martin Redlicki at #3 over either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski while I like Zielinski or Paul Oosterbaan over Karue Sell at #4. I'd take Oosterbaan over Staggs at #5 but think Staggs would get past Reinberg. I'd like DiGiulio at #6 over Reinberg but if Wood plays at #6 I'd take him. So as you can see a lot depends on the matchups - I think UCLA takes two of the top three regardless of pairings but I could see Georgia sweeping the bottom three if it's Zielinski, Oosterbaan, and Wood. Prediction: Georgia 4-2



[2] Texas A&M (9-0) vs. [15] Columbia (4-0) - 12pm est - Texas A&M is coming off a really nice week that saw the Aggies beat Baylor (indoors), Florida State, and South Florida while Columbia has only played Navy and North Florida since stunning Stanford during the Kick-Off Weekend. There's no doubt that Columbia will be the more comfortable team playing indoors since Texas A&M only ventures indoors about two or three times a season. Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were dropped down to #2 doubles after starting the year 0-3 at #1 while Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow will move up to #1. Rinderknech and Withrow have started four matches at #1 but those were against lighter competition so this will be a major step up.

Overall Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 4-0
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 1-0, Columbia 4-0
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Michal Rolski (CU 12.84)
O. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)

Texas A&M hasn't dropped the doubles point this season but I have a feeling Columbia is going to take it with wins at #1 and #2. I like Texas A&M at #1 and #6 with Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow expected to take care of business. The matchups at #2, #3, #4, and #5 could each go either way but I like Shane Vinsant and AJ Catanzariti at #2 and #5 while I'll go with Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at #3 and #4. Tight, tight match but the Aggies will barely avoid the upset loss. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3


Quarterfinals:
Virginia over Wake Forest
TCU over South Florida
Ohio State over North Carolina
Georgia over Texas A&M

Semfinals
Virginia over TCU
Ohio State over Georgia

Finals:
Virginia over Ohio State


What's everyone else think - higher seeds cruise or some outdoor teams get picked off inside?

I would have some polls on the site but Google has some issues right now and the poll widget isn't working.







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The action is heating up in Charlottesville with half of the day's Round of 16 matches already in the books. The first two matches of the day didn't have a ton of suspense as #8 Ohio State ran over #4 Baylor 4-0 and #7 North Carolina overcame the loss of the doubles point to beat #14 Texas Tech 4-1.

The second set of matches though were both thrillers with #3 Texas A&M holding off hard charging #14 Columbia 4-2 and #9 UCLA coming back from 3-2 down to beat #11 Georgia 4-3.

UCLA head coach Billy Martin wasn't exactly looking forward to another match with Georgia despite the Bruins success versus them two weeks ago, "I thought there were a couple of teams we might face in the opening round but Georgia wasn't one of them and I wasn't necessarily looking forward to seeing them again. I knew Manny would have them ready for us and knew it'd be a tough match and it was."

The doubles point between UCLA and Georgia mirrored the doubles point from their previous meeting two weeks ago. UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki beat Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland 6-3 at #1 (6-1 last meeting). The Bruin #1s broke serve to go 4-2 then held from 5-3 to seal the win.

Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski got a 6-4 win at #2 over UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell (6-4 last meeting). Oosterbaan and Zielinksi had a 4-2 lead but UCLA held and broke to even it at 4-4.  The Bulldog #2s broke back and held to take it 6-4.

The deciding match was at #3 between UCLA's Austin Rapp/Gage Brymer and Georgia's Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg. Georgia broke serve to start the match but UCLA broke back and held for a 2-1 lead. They stayed on serve until UCLA broke to go up 5-3 then they served it out for a 6-3 win (7-6(2) last meeting).

"The doubles point was huge after being down an early break at #3", said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "However once singles got underway it didn't look good for us early on."

Georgia got off to a quick start in singles with Wayne Montgomery, Austin Smith, Jan Zielinski, and Emil Reinberg taking the opening sets at #1, #2, #3, and #5 while Karue Sell and Austin Rapp took the opening sets at #4 and #6 for UCLA. I asked Billy Martin about Rapp getting the nod in singles over Joseph Di Giulio, "Austin had been practicing really well and played well in doubles both today and on Tuesday against Virginia. Joey hadn't adjusted as well to the speed of the indoor courts so I thought Austin gave us a little better chance."

Karue Sell extended UCLA's lead to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the big-serving Paul Oosterbaan. "Nobody on our team returns serve better than Karue, going in we liked the matchup and Karue was one of the guys I was counting on to get us a point", said Martin.

Georgia's Austin Smith cut the deficit to 2-1 when he defeated Gage Brymer 6-3, 6-3 at #2 singles and a short while later Emil Reinberg tied it at 2-2 with a back and forth 7-5, 6-4 win over Logan Staggs at #5. Staggs jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set but Reinberg took five straight games to take the set 6-4. In the second set Reinberg went up 5-2 only to see Staggs take the next three to even it at 5-5. Reinberg would take the final two to close it out 7-5, 6-4.

Each of the three remaining matches was headed to a third set with McDonald and Redlicki getting the equalizer at #1 and #3 while Wood did the same at #6 for Georgia.

Nick Wood, in just his second dual-match of the year after returning from a wrist injury, put Georgia ahead 3-2 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Austin Rapp at #6.

Martin Redlicki would even it at 3-3 with a wild 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Jan Zielinski at #3. Zielinski jumped out to a 5-1* lead in the opening set before Redlicki won the next three to make it *5-4. Zielinski held to take the set 6-4 but Redlicki cruised through the second taking it 6-1. Redlicki raced out to a *5-0 lead in the third and served for the match with a three-break lead but Zielinski kept fighting. The freshman from Poland broke Redlicki twice and held twice himself to pull within 5-4. Redlicki was finally able to close the match out on his third attempt and the Bruins were now just a point away.

Martin talked about Redlicki's slow start, "Zielinski went up early and then Martin got his first serve going and got a little more aggressive. Zielinski got a little tentative in the third set but then Martin did as well and luckily he held on his third attempt to win the match."

The final match on court was at #1 between UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Georgia's Wayne Montgomery. Montgomery broke McDonald to take first set 7-5 but McDonald turned it around in the second set breaking Montgomery twice to take it 6-2. Montgomery held serve to the start the third set but McDonald took the next 6 to close it out 6-1 in the third.

"Give it to Mackie for coming back despite being a little rusty in that opening set. Once he got his rhythm going in the second set I knew he'd play his best in the third. Mackie kept up his conditioning during his time away from the court (wrist injury) so I wasn't worried at all about his fitness down the stretch."

Match point below via UCLA's twitter:



I asked Billy how about his thoughts on his quarterfinal opponent, Texas A&M, "We know them fairly well and feel like we have at least a chance against them. To get the first win under our belts was huge - as you progress in the tournament you start playing a little better so we're hoping to keep improving tomorrow."


Quote from UCLA's recap
"I was really proud of the guysthat doubles point ended up being huge, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin.  "Mackie [McDonald] and Martin [Redlicki] came through for us in the end.  The big turnaround was on court 3.  Martin got his first serve going and got a little more aggressive.  Luckily he held on in the third to win the match.  

Quote from Georgia's recap
"It was a very tough, heartbreaking match for our guys," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "UCLA played very well and deserves all the credit for coming back after being down. Our guys just have to keep their heads up and keep fighting. We have to get better, and I know that we will."


#9 UCLA 4, #11 Georgia 3
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) def. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 6-3, 6-3
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) def. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) 6-4, 6-3
5. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) 6-4, 7-5
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #13 A. Smith/Wagland (UGA) 6-3
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-3
Match Notes:
Georgia 3-2; National ranking #11
UCLA 6-1; National ranking #9 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,2,6,5,3,1) 
ITA National Team Indoor First Round
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The other mid-afternoon match between #3 Texas A&M and #15 Columbia was also a battle that came down to a couple of third sets.

All three doubles courts finished with a 6-4 score with Texas A&M winning at #2 and #3 while Columbia took #1. Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Jordi Arconada broke to go up *5-2 at #3 but Columbia's Chris Grant and Eric Rubin broke back and held for 5-4*. Lunkin/Arconada would hold on their second attempt to close it out. Texas A&M's Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant closed out the doubles point by holding serve on the deciding point to win 6-4 at #2.  On that deciding point Mike Vermeer crushed a service return at Adams's feet and Adams hit a half-volley off his frame that hit the top of the net and fell over for a winner.

The teams split opening sets with Shawn Hadavi, Mike Vermeer, and Timmy Wang getting them for Columbia at 1, 4, and 6 while Shane Vinsant, Jordi Arconada, and AJ Catanzariti took sets at 2, 3, and 5 for Texas A&M.

AJ Catanzariti extended Texas A&M's lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Richard Pham at #5 but a few minutes later Mike Vermeer would put Columbia on the board after holding serve on the deciding point to win 6-2, 6-4 win over Harrison Adams at #4.

It'd be another 30 minutes before another court finished but when it did Columbia had evened the match at 2-2 after Shawn Hadavi upset #8 Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 at #1. Hadavi held serve to open the third set and then broke Rinderknech at love to go 2-0. After five consecutive holds, Hadavi broke Rinderknech at love to close out the win.

Shane Vinsant would put Texas A&M ahead 3-2 when he knocked off Victor Pham 6-4, 7-5 at #2. Pham led 4-2 in the first set but Vinsant won the final four games to take the opening set 6-4. Pham held on the deciding point and broke on the deciding point to go up 2-0 in the second. Pham held for 3-0 before Vinsant got an easy hold for 1-3. Vinsant broke on the deciding point to put it back on serve at 2-3 and then consolidated the break for 3-3. Vinsant broke again to go up 4-3 but Pham broke back and held to go up 5-4. Vinsant then held, broke, and held at love to close out Pham 6-4, 7-5.

Both of the remaining matches on court would go to a third set after Columbia's Eric Rubin got the split at #3 by winning the second set in a tiebreak while Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow did the same at #6. In fact both guys took the tiebreak by identical 7-4 scores.

Rubin and Texas A&M's Jordi Arconada stayed on serve in the third set until Arconada broke Rubin to go up 4-3. Arconada would hold for 5-3 and then break again to close out Rubin and send the Aggies on to the quarterfinals.

The remaining match at #6 was abandoned with Wang serving at 3-4 in the third. Wang had a chance to finish off his match in straight sets when he led Withrow 6-4, 6-6 (4-2) but he lost five straight points to drop the tiebreak 7-4.


#3 Texas A&M 4, #15 Columbia 2
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.75) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) def. #108 Victor Pham (COL 13.92) 6-4, 7-5
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) def. #124 Eric Rubin (COL 13.75) 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3
4. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.76) def. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) 6-2, 6-4
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) def. Richard Pham (COL 13.13) 6-2, 6-1
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Timothy Wang (COL 13.34) 4-6, 7-6(4), 4-3*, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #15 Pham, Richard/Hadavi, Shawn (COL) def. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) 6-4
3. #33 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 4-1; National ranking #15
Texas A&M 10-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,4,1,2,3)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap:

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach
On the match
"As expected, I knew Columbia would play with a lot of energy against us. They are good indoor team and I thought today would play out much like it did, with a well-played tight match. Columbia played well, but give our guys a lot of credit. They started out a little slow after we won the doubles point. It looked like it took our guys a little bit of time to get acclimated to fast indoor courts. Once they started to get a feel for the courts we started to take a little control of a couple matches. Our guys really competed hard from there on out."

On Harry (Adams) and Shane (Vinsant) clinching the doubles point
"I think that kind of a win will really help their confidence moving forward. To get a win under their belt, especially with the way they won the match as Harry hit a half-volley that barely trickles over the net. Obviously we were really fortunate in that situation, but you have to feel good that maybe a little bit of luck will start going their way and will translate to more success throughout the rest of the season."

On AJ (Catanzariti) continuing to play well
"He has really been playing well with a lot of confidence, he got up early on his guy and played at a really high level from start to finish today. We are pleased with the level he been playing at the beginning of this season, he has been a rock in the lineup for us that we can really depend on to play well. It's tough not playing doubles and having to get into a singles match right away and be ready to play."

On Shane's match
"It seemed like it took Shane a little bit of time to acclimate to the match. As he got into the sets he played better and better, that really helped him close out that first set after being down a break early. Then again in the second set after going down he a break, but he was able to get back to even he really elevated his game and did a great job to close out the match. He served his best game of the match to close out the second set and win 7-5 over a good opponent.

On Jordi's clinch
"Jordi came out and won the first set then he had his chances in the second set, but his opponent played a really high level tie-breaker. Then Jordi not allowing that to rattle him shows a lot of mettle there and get back on track and get up a break in the third. In these matches a lot of times it come down to who win those deuce points and we were able to squeak out a couple more than they were today."

On tomorrow's match with UCLA
"They have one of the best players in college tennis in Mackenzie McDonald, he is a really good player and the rest of their team really rally around him. They will be a tough match up, they played an extra match here playing Virginia earlier this week. They have had a chance to get used to the courts. Their match today came down to a third-set on court one against Georgia. It will be great getting to play them again in the regular season, we haven't had the chance to play them in a while."
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In the opening match of the day on the main stadium courts, #7 North Carolina came back from losing the doubles point to defeat #14 Texas Tech 4-1.

Texas Tech won the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2. The matchup at #1 was a battle between the ITA #2 and #3 doubles teams in the country. Tech's Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares broke to go up 2-1 and then held four more times to take the match 6-4. UNC's Blaine Boyden and Ronnie Schneider cruised to a 6-2 win at #3 doubles so the doubles point came down to #2. Tech's Alex Sendegeya and Bjorn Thomson went up 4-2 but UNC's Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur broke and then held for 4-4. Murray/Schunr went up 15-40 on Tech's serve but Tech fought back to hold for 5-4. Schunr held on the deciding point to even it at 5-5 but Tech quickly held for 6-5. Tech had two match points on Murray's serve but the Tar Heels held to send it to a tiebreak. The tiebreak was even through the first four points but Texas Tech pulled away to a take it 7-3.

Singles got off to a strange start when Texas Tech's Felipe Soares was assessed a game penalty due to being excessively late to the start of his match against Brayden Schnur at #1. After the doubles point, Soares went to use a bathroom that was pretty far away from the court and unfortunately he wasn't able to make it back in time. Schnur started off the match by serving up 1-0 and he made fairly quick work of Soares by winning 6-2, 6-4 in a match that took right at an hour.



North Carolina ended up taking five opening sets with Texas Tech's only first set coming from Alex Sendegeya at #3.

Anu Kodali put North Carolina ahead 2-1 when he dispatched Bjorn Thomson 6-1, 6-3 in just under a hour and ten minutes at #6 singles.

UNC's Ronnie Schneider extended the lead to 3-1 when he beat Hugo Dojas 6-4, 6-4 at #2 singles in a hour and twenty-four minutes.



While the matches at #3 and #4 split sets, UNC's Robert Kelly was trying to close out his match at #5 in straight sets. Kelly took the first set over Connor Curry 6-4 while the second set went to a tiebreak. Kelly took the second set tiebreak 7-5 to clinch the win for North Carolina and set the Tar Heels up with a quarterfinals date against Ohio State.



#7 North Carolina 4, #14 Texas Tech 1
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Brayden Schnur (NC 14.09) def. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-2, 6-4
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.01) def. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 6-4, 6-4
3. Brett Clark (NC 13.77) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) 5-7, 6-0, unfinished
4. #89 Jack Murray (NC 13.77) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0, unfinished
5. #62 Robert Kelly (NC 13.85) def. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) 6-4, 7-6(5)
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC 13.21) def. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-4
2. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (NC) 7-6(3)
3. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 6-2
Match Notes:
Texas Tech 10-1; National ranking #14
North Carolina 6-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,2,5)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"It's a disappointing loss because of the fact that we got outplayed and didn't match the level of the intensity that our competition played with following the huge win we had in doubles," Texas Tech Brett Masi said. "If you beat team like North Carolina, you have to be ready for their best each point. Hats off to UNC for their efforts. We've got a quick turnaround ahead to play Baylor tomorrow morning. I feel confident that we can learn from our mistakes and raise our level of play."
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In the opening match of the day on the back six courts it was #8 Ohio State thrashing #4 Baylor 4-0 in a match that took just one hour and forty-five minutes. Ohio State won the doubles point with a 6-2 win at #2 and a 6-4 win at #3 while Baylor got a 6-4 win at #1 in a losing effort.

Ohio State got first sets from Hugo Di Feo, Herkko Pollanen, Ralf Steinbach, and Martin Joyce at 3, 4, 5, and 6 while Baylor picked up sets from Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at 1 and 2. Baylor wasn't able to make any headway in the second sets as Di Feo, Pollanen, Steinbach, and Joyce each closed out their matches in straight sets with Joyce and Steinbach having simultaneous finishes at #5 and #6.

#8 Ohio State 5, #4 Baylor 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) vs. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) 3-6, 6-3, unfinished
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) vs. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) 7-5, 3-2 unfinished
3. Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) def. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) 6-2, 6-2
4. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-2
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) 6-3, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. #14 Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
2. #19 Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Felipe Rios/Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2
3. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Tommy Podvinski/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Baylor 5-3; National ranking #4
Ohio State 9-0; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,4,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round
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Saturday, 13 February 2016 02:24

Men's National Team Indoors - Quarterfinals Preview

[3] North Carolina (7-0) vs. [6] Ohio State (9-0)  - 9am est - The opening quarterfinal of the day should be a dandy with Ohio State come off a 4-0 rout of Baylor while North Carolina overcame Texas Tech 4-1. North Carolina may be the higher ranked team but I think Ohio State is the team to beat on the bottom of the draw. Ohio State has been downright dominant in doubles over the years and this year is no different with the Buckeyes a perfect 9-0.

Overall Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-2, Ohio State 9-0

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) 
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) 

I like Ohio State in a tight doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles I'll go with Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, and Martin Joyce for the Buckeyes with Ronnie Schneider, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly for UNC. The doubles point will be the different - Prediction: Ohio State 4-3



[2] Texas A&M (10-0) vs. [7] UCLA (6-1)  - 12pm est - Both teams are coming off tough round of 16 matches with UCLA coming from behind to beat Georgia 4-3 while Texas A&M held off Columbia 4-2. The doubles point is going to be huge in this match and it should be a great point with Texas A&M 10-0 in doubles while UCLA is 6-1. The individual doubles matchup to watch will be at #3 with Brymer/Rapp 5-0 while Arconada/Lunkin are 6-0. I think whoever takes the doubles point will take the match. 

Overall Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 2-0, UCLA 1-1
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) 
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52)
O: Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #12 M. McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 

I'm going to take UCLA at #1 and #2 doubles and in singles I see UCLA getting wins from McDonald, Redlicki, and Sell while Texas A&M picks up wins from Vinsant, Catanzariti, and Withrow. Prediction: UCLA 4-3



[1] Virginia (6-0) vs. [9] Wake Forest (9-1) - 3:30pm est - It'll be an all-ACC quarterfinal between Virginia and Wake Forest with Virginia coming off a 4-0 win over San Diego while Wake Forest looked really good in a 4-1 win over Oklahoma. Wake Forest will attempt to beat Virginia for the first time since 2003 while Virginia looks to advance to the semifinals after getting knocked out in the quarterfinals last season to Baylor. 

Overall Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Doubles Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 8-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

Wake Forest really needs to take the doubles point to put a little bit of pressure on Virginia and I think they've got a decent chance to do so. I'm going to take Wake at #1 and #3 doubles and I think the Demon Deacons will also put some pressure on Virginia at #4 and #5 singles. However in the end Virginia will get it done up top with Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and Collin Altamirano winning at 1, 2, and 3 plus Henrik Wiersholm will win at #6. I think Bogaerts and Uspensky will be up at #4 and #5 but Virginia will get the clinch before those matches finish. I expect this to be a pretty competitive match and wouldn't be surprised to see Mansouri and Ho push Shane and Altamirano to third sets. Prediction: Virginia 4-1



[4] USC (6-0) vs. [5] TCU (4-1) - 6:30pm est - TCU is coming off an impressive 4-0 win over Illinois while USC scratched and clawed its way to a 4-3 win over South Florida. TCU is comfortable with its lineup but it'll be interesting to see if Peter Smith makes a move at #5 or sticks with Verboven. If he pulls Verboven, he would have to move Forget up from #6 to #5 and most likely Jack Jaede would get the call at #6. USC overcame the loss of the doubles point to still beat South Florida but I don't see that happening against TCU.

Overall Record: USC 6-0, TCU 4-1
Indoors Record: USC 1-0, TCU 3-1
Doubles Record: USC 4-2, TCU 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU)

I look for TCU to pick up wins at #1 and #3 doubles and then the Horned Frogs will lean on USC in singles and will get wins from Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov, and Jerry Lopez at 1, 2, and 5. USC's best chances to win will come from Jake DeVine and Logan Smith. Prediction: TCU 4-1


Consolation Matches

[11] Baylor (5-3) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-1) - 9am est - Live Scoring - I expect Baylor's woes to continue and forecast a Texas Tech win with the Red Raiders taking the doubles point and picking up wins from Cailleau, Curry, and Thomson at 4, 5, and 6. Baylor will get a win from Lenz at 1. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08)
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. Felip Rios (BU 14.30) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. Will Little (BU 13.67) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)



[10] Georgia (3-2) vs. [15] Columbia (4-1) - 12pm est - Live Scoring - This will be the third year in a row that these teams have played with Georgia winning 4-3 in the NTI consolation draw last season and 4-2 the year prior during the Kick-Off Weekend. I think Columbia will take the doubles point and will pick up wins from Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at 3 and 4 but Georgia will get wins from Wayne Montgomery, Austin Smith, Emil Reinberg, and Nick Wood at 1, 2, 5, and 6. Prediction: Georgia 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) vs. Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)



[12] Illinois (5-2) vs. [13] South Florida (3-2) - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring - These teams faced each other in mid-January in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout with Illinois taking 5 of 7 singles matches while USF took 3 of 4 doubles matches. This is one of those matches where you have to wonder if both teams will really be that motivated after some tough losses yesterday. South Florida was right there with USC while Illinois got beat handily by TCU.  Assuming everyone shows up ready to play I'll take Illinois in doubles and Vukic, A Hiltzik, and Childers in singles while Cotrone, Bertran, and Kalyuzhnyy win for USF. Prediction: Illinois 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36)  vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)



[8] Oklahoma (3-3) vs. [16] San Diego (4-2) - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring - The defending champs got knocked out by Wake Forest yesterday while San Diego lost to Virginia. This is a match Oklahoma should win but San Diego may offer some resistance in a few spots. I'll take San Diego in doubles and Jordan Angus in singles but I like Axel Alvarez, Alex Ghilea, Florin Bragusi, Maxime Mora, and Andre Biro for OU. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)















Published in Blogs
Saturday, 13 February 2016 23:38

UNC & UCLA Move On To the Semifinals

We now know what one of the semifinals will be at the 2016 Men's National Team Indoor Championships after #7 North Carolina overpowered #8 Ohio State 4-2 and #9 UCLA took control late to beat #2 Texas A&M 4-2.

In the opening match of the day North Carolina jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by doing something that no other team had been able to do to Ohio State this season - take the doubles point.  Ohio State came into the match with a perfect 9-0 record in doubles but North Carolina took the point fairly comfortably with a 6-2 win at #1 and a 6-4 win at #2.

Ohio State's #1 team of Ralf Steinbach and Martin Joyce broke serve to start the match and then went up 40-30 on Joyce's serve but UNC's Brett Clark and Robert Kelly broke back on the deciding point to even it at 1-1. Ohio State's Martin Joyce was in position to win the deciding point but he badly mishit an overhead to give UNC the break. UNC got a quick hold from Clark for 2-1 and then went up 0-40 on the Steinbach serve but the Buckeyes got it back to 40-40.  On the deciding point both Buckeyes got drawn to the net and UNC hit a nice lob over Steinbach's head which he wasn't able to return and UNC was now up 3-1. Kelly held to make it 4-1, they broke Joyce to make it 5-1, but Ohio State got one break back when they broke Clark to make it 5-2. Clark/Kelly broke Steinbach's serve to close out the match 6-2.

UNC's Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur struck first at #2 doubles when they broke to start the match and quickly jumped out a *4-1 lead. Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen would get one of the breaks back and would then hold to make it 4-3 UNC. Murray held for 5-3, Ohio State held for 4-5, and then Brayden Schnur served it out to give UNC the 6-4 win and thus the doubles point.

The match at #3 doubles was abandoned with Ohio State's Chris Diaz and Hugo Di Feo up a break at 4-3.

North Carolina kept up the pace in singles and claimed four opening sets with Brayden Schnur, Ronnie Schneider, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly taking them at 1, 2, 4, and 5. Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo and Martin Joyce took the opening sets at 3 and 6 but the Buckeyes would need to turn at least two other courts to keep this one going.

UNC's Robert Kelly was the first off the court with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Ralf Steinbach at #5 in a match where Kelly was never in trouble. Kelly broke Steinbach to start the second set and then pulled away without facing much resistance.
Martin Joyce gave Ohio State some good news when he rang up the Buckeyes first point with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Anu Kodali at #6. Joyce pretty much led the match wire to wire.

UNC's Jack Murray put the Tar Heels up 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Herkko Pollanen at #3 but Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo answered with a 6-2, 7-6(1) win at #3 over Brett Clark.

While Brayden Schnur and Mikael Torpegaard were likely headed to another tiebreak at #1, UNC's Ronnie Schneider finished off Chris Diaz 6-4, 6-4 in a break filled match at #2. Schneider broke Diaz to go up 4-3 in the second but Diaz broke back for 4-4. Schneider broke again and then served it out to clinch the UNC win.

As much as Ohio State was fighting all match it just seemed like losing the doubles point really deflated them. They got off to a slow start in singles and never recovered on those three courts that they lost in straights.

Here are some post-match clips from Ronnie Schneider, Jack Murray, and Brayden Schnur courtesy of UNC.




#7 North Carolina 4, #8 Ohio State 2
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Brayden Schnur (NC 14.09) vs. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) 7-6, 5-5, unfinished
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.01) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) 6-4, 6-4
3. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) def. Brett Clark (NC 13.77) 6-2, 7-6
4. #89 Jack Murray (NC 13.77) def. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) 6-2, 6-3
5. #62 Robert Kelly (NC 13.85) def. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-4, 6-1
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) def. Anudeep Kodali (NC 13.21) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-2
2. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (NC) def. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4
3. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) vs. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Ohio State 9-1; National ranking #8
North Carolina 7-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,4,3,2)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals
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The second match of the day had a lot of momentum swings with UCLA going up early, then Texas A&M dominated in the middle of the match, before UCLA closed strong to win it 4-2.

The doubles point was tooth and nail the whole way with all three courts going to a tiebreak at virtually the same time. UCLA got early break leads in all three tiebreaks but Texas A&M got both #1 and #3 back on serve by the time they hit the changeover. UCLA's #1 team of Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki would take the next three points to go up 6-3 and Redlicki was serving to try and close it out. Redlicki dumped a mid-court overhead into the net to make it 6-4 but the Bruins closed it out on the next point to take it 7-4.

UCLA's #2 team of Austin Rapp and Gage Brymer, who normally play at #3, led 4-2 at the changeover and then extended the lead to 6-4* against Texas A&M's Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant. Adams came forward on the next point but his volley sailed long and UCLA had the court and the doubles point with a 7-6(4) win.

The match at #3 between Texas A&M's Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada and UCLA's Karue Sell/Maxime Cressy officially went unfinished with A&M up 6-4 in the TB. The odd thing was A&M won the match 7-4 but for whatever reason it wasn't counted - must have finished a split second after the clinch though on my streaming feed it finished at least 10 seconds before UCLA clinched at #2.

Sell normally plays doubles with Joseph DiGiulio but Billy Martin decide to switch it up and bring in the freshman Max Cressey, "Cressy has a good serve and volleys well and Karue and Joe hadn't looked as good indoors and were struggling to hold serve so I thought we'd make a change."

"Winning the doubles point is always big when your playing teams of this caliber plus it gave us some momentum going into singles," said head coach UCLA head coach Billy Martin.

Each team took three opening sets in singles with Arthur Rinderknech, Jackson Withrow, and Max Lunkin taking sets for Texas A&M at 1, 5, and 6 while UCLA's Gage Brymer, Martin Redlicki, and Karue Sell secured sets for UCLA at 2, 3, and 4.

Texas A&M really turned the tide in the second sets when Shane Vinsant earned a split with a 6-1 set over Gage Brymer at #2 while Jordi Arconada took the second set 6-4 over Martin Redlicki at #3. AJ Catanzariti dropped the opening set at #4 to Karue Sell but Catanzariti went up 3-0 in the second. Both Jackson Withrow and Max Lunkin were closing in on wins at #5 and #6 plus Arthur Rinderknech had come back from 5-1 down in the second to level his match with Mackenzie McDonald at 5-5.

UCLA's Billy Martin was starting to get concerned and rightfully so, "we won three first sets and it looked good but then it took a turn in the second sets plus we were down the whole time at #5 and #6."

Jackson Withrow closed out Logan Staggs 6-3, 6-2 at #5 and just minutes later Max Lunkin finished off Joseph Di Giulio 6-1, 6-4 at #6. Texas A&M was now up 2-1 and seemed to have UCLA right where it wanted them but just as quickly as Texas A&M took the momentum the tide turned back in UCLA's favor.

Martin Redlicki regrouped at #3 after dropping the second set to Jordi Arconada. He quickly went up 4-1 in the third and ended up finishing off Arconada 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to even the match up at 2-2. "The new balls at the start of the third set really helped Martin's serve and it helped his forehand penetrate better through the court," said Billy Martin.

UCLA's Karue Sell reeled off four straight games at #4 and would serve up a set and 4-3 but Catanzariti would break back and hold to go up 5-4. Sell held for 5-5 and then went up 0-40 on Catanzariti's serve but Catanzariti fought off all four break points to hold for 6-5. Sell held from 40-30 to send it to a second set tiebreak and then got his first mini-break to go up 3-2. Sell would go on to win 4 of the next 5 points to close out Catanzariti 6-4, 7-6(3) and put UCLA up 3-2.

"Karue got a bit tired and played a little sloppy early in the second set but he clawed his way back in. He is such a veteran and has been so rock solid over the years, his record has been exceptional, and he knows what to do in these big moments and how to embrace it," said assistant coach Grant Chen.

Gage Brymer had dropped 9 of the last 10 games to lose the second set and go down a double-break at 3-0 in the third set but he started to pick up some stream off Sell's rally on the adjacent court. He also got some relief when Mackenzie McDonald closed out the second set at #1 which meant the entire match wouldn't necessarily be riding on his shoulders. Brymer broke Vinsant to make it 1-3, then held for 2-3, and broke again to even it at 3-3. Brymer held for 4-3 then broke Vinsant on the deciding point to go up 5-3. Brymer would hold at love to close out a wild comeback win 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 and send the Bruins on to the National Indoor Semifinals.


UCLA assistant head coach Grant Chen talked about Brymer's match, "It just shows you the momentum swings Vinsant loosened up and made more balls and Gage loses 9 out of 10 - Gage relaxed a little in the third and did what he did in the first set which was moving the ball around more and hitting less unforced errors Vinsant may have got a little tired or nervous plus Gage really fed off Karue's win on the next court over. Guys like Gage love being in those situations where they have a chance to close out the match for the team."

Billy Martin talked briefly about tomorrow's semifinal opponent, "North Carolina has been playing really well they beat Ohio State convincingly at #4 and #5 singles plus they put a lot of pressure on them by winning the doubles point. They've beaten some really good teams recently and it'll be a tough match but we're going to give it our best shot."

#9 UCLA 4, #2 Texas A&M 2
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #34 M McDonald (UCLA 15.01) vs. #8 A Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) 4-6, 7-6(3) , 3-0 unf.
2. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) def. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) 6-4, 7-6(3)
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) 6-3, 6-2
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 7-6(4)
2. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 7-6(4)
3. Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) vs. Maxime Cressy/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-6, (6-4)
Match Notes:
UCLA 7-1; National ranking #9
Texas A&M 10-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,3,4,2)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap:
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - On the match
"It started with a highly-contested doubles point, it's not often that you see all three doubles matches go into a tie-breaker. Those could have gone either way, but they were able to win that point and it turned out that was a crucial point today. With how decisively we won at five and six, if we had taken that doubles point and put a lot of scoreboard pressure on them up 3-0 with four matches still on the court. That could have made the difference. After the doubles I thought the key was a couple tie-breakers in singles matches that also did not go our way, with Arthur and AJ in tie-breakers in the second-set. Losing tie-breakers in the doubles and in those two singles matches was the real difference today."

On tomorrow's consolation match with Ohio State
"Ohio State competes really hard, they are a really good team. We will have to rise up and play well if we want to walk out here with another win. It will be a hotly contested match between two top-10 teams."


Published in Blogs
Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:22

Men's National Team Indoors - Semifinals Preview

[3] North Carolina (8-0) vs. [7] UCLA (7-1) - 12pm est - North Carolina is coming off a pretty thorough 4-2 win over Ohio State while UCLA rode the wave of momentum to get past Texas A&M 4-2. It'll be interesting to see if either team makes a change at the bottom of the singles lineup after each team's #6 took it on the chin yesterday. I think UNC probably sticks with Kodali since he had a pretty convincing win the previous day while I look for Billy Martin to give Austin Rapp another try at #6 after Joey Di Giulio came up well short yesterday against Lunkin.

Overall Record: North Carolina 8-0, UCLA 7-1
Indoors Record: North Carolina 8-0, UCLA 2-1
Doubles Record: North Carolina 6-2, UCLA 7-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.11)/Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Karue Sell/Maxime Cressy (UCLA)


1. Schnur vs. McDonald - Neither guy finished their match yesterday though both were ahead with Schnur leading Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard 7-6, 5-5 while McDonald led Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech 3-0 in the third. Prediction: McDonald (UCLA) in 3

2. Schneider vs. Brymer - Both guys won the clinching match yesterday with Schneider beating Ohio State's Chris Diaz in straight sets while Brymer came back from 3-0 down in the third to beat Texas A&M's Shane Vinsant. Prediction: Schneider (UNC) in 3

3. Clark vs. Redlicki - Clark is coming off a straight set loss to Ohio State's Hugo DiFeo while Redlicki beat Texas A&M's Jordi Arconada 6-2 in the third. Prediction: Redlicki (UCLA) in 3

4. Murray vs. Sell - Murray blew Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen off the court yesterday while Sell beat Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti in straight sets. Neither player has lost a dual-match this season with Sell 8-0 and Murray 6-0. Prediction: Sell (UCLA) in 3

5. Kelly vs. Staggs - Kelly is coming off a thorough beating of Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach while Staggs was beat pretty soundly by Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow. Prediction: Kelly (UNC) in 2

6. Kodali vs. Rapp or Di Giulio - Kodali went down pretty meekly to Ohio State's Martin Joyce just a day after he roughed up Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson while Di Giulio went down in straights to Texas A&M's Max Lunkin. Rapp played on Friday against Georgia's Nick Wood and lost 6-1 in the third. Prediction: Rapp (UCLA) in 3 - if Kodali vs. Di Giulio - Kodali (UNC) in 2

I like UNC in doubles and then singles should be fun to follow with so many of the courts evenly matched up. There aren't many courts where I'd consider one of the guys an overwhelming favorite except at #5 where I look for Robert Kelly to roll in straights over Logan Staggs. I look for McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, and Rapp to grind out wins at 1, 3, 4, and 6 while I like Ronnie Schneider and Robert Kelly at 2 and 5 for UNC. Prediction: UCLA 4-3



[1] Virginia (7-0) vs. [5] TCU (5-1)- 3:30pm est - Both teams are coming off heart-pounding thrillers after Virginia survived Wake Forest's upset attempt while TCU did the same against USC. Both teams dropped the doubles point yesterday and came back to win which isn't easy to do at this stage in the tournament. Virginia losing the point wasn't as big a surprise because Wake is really good at doubles and while TCU is good but they aren't great. 

Overall Record: Virginia 7-0, TCU 5-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 7-0, TCU 4-1
Doubles Record: Virginia 6-1, TCU 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU)

1. Shane vs. Norrie - Shane is coming off a 6-3, 6-1 rout of Wake's Skander Mansouri while Norrie rolled over USC's Nick Crystal 6-1, 6-2. Both are playing very well but Shane seems to be back in the zone that he was in during the NCAAs last year so I just don't see him losing today. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 2

2. Kwiatkowski vs. Rybakov - TSK is coming off a surprisingly lopsided loss to Petros Chrysochos while Alex Rybakov withstood the storm from Max de Vroome to win the clincher. You wonder how much Rybakov will have left in the tank after that 7-6 in the third thriller. Prediction: DNF with Rybakov (TCU) leading

3. Altamirano vs. Nunez - Guillermo Nunez is slowly returning to the form he had last season while Collin Altamirano has been blowing out everyone as of late. Nunez held off USC's Jake DeVine yesterday while Altamirano powered past Wake's Jon Ho.  Prediction: Altamirano (UVA) in 2

4. Styslinger vs. Nava - Nava is coming off a nice win over thrashing of USC's Logan Smith, who had been nearly unbeatable, while Styslinger has been struggling with consistency and is coming off losses in each of his last two completed matches against Wake's Romain Bogaerts and UCLA's Karue Sell. Prediction: Nava (TCU) in 2

5 - Aragone vs. Lopez - Aragone looked really solid against Uspensky while Lopez took one on the chin against Forget. Lopez is hit and miss on the court because he won a clutch match during the Kick-Off Weekend against Oklahoma State but then got blown out last weekend against Cal and yesterday against USC. Prediction: DNF with Aragone (UVA) leading in third

6. Wiersholm vs. Johnson - Wiersholm of course was the hero yesterday when he held off the big hitting Christian Seraphim in the deciding match while Johnson played just his second dual-match of the season yesterday and lost 6-4 in the third to USC's Jack Jaede. Prediction: Wiersholm (UVA) in 2

I look for Virginia to take the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles, while I think TCU will push Virginia fairly hard, I just don't see enough courts that'll go TCU's way. Prediction: Virginia 4-1


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In the first semifinal of the day North Carolina advanced to its first-ever final at the National Team Indoors after coming from behind to beat UCLA 4-2.

North Carolina didn't take the easy way though after dropping the doubles point for the second time in three matches this weekend. UCLA's new #3 team of Maxime Cressy and Karue Sell knocked off Blaine Boyden and Ronnie Schneider 6-3. Cressy/Sell broke UNC on the deciding point to go up 3-1 then held for 4-1. The teams exchanged holds until UCLA held from 40-15 to win 6-3.

North Carolina answered by winning at #2 doubles as Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur defeated Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp 6-4. Murray/Schnur broke UCLA to go up 2-1 and later on Schnur hit a clutch ace on the deciding point to extend the lead to 4-2. Each team held the rest of the way with Schnur serving it out to win 6-4.

UCLA would take the doubles point when Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki knocked off Brett Clark and Robert Kelly 6-3 at #1. McDonald and Redlicki, who would be my choice for the All-Tournament team at #1 doubles, went 3-0 on the week with wins over the ITA #3 and #13 teams. UCLA broke the Kelly serve to go up 4-2 but UNC broke McDonald to pull within 3-4. UCLA broke Clark on the deciding point to go up 5-3 then Redlicki served it out from 40-15 to win it 6-3. Here is match point courtesy of the ITA:


North Carolina lost the doubles point to Texas Tech on Friday but turned it around in singles so they had to have some confidence that they could do it again today.

Each team would claim three opening sets with Mackenzie McDonald, Logan Staggs, and Austin Rapp getting them for UCLA at 1, 5, and 6 while Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Jack Murray would take sets at 3, 4, and 5 for North Carolina.

Ronnie Schneider would finish first at #2 singles when he rolled over Gage Brymer 6-0, 6-4 in exactly 60 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer three times in the opening set including from 15-40 to take the set in precisely 20 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer to go up 3-1 in the second but Brymer broke back to make it 3-2. Each player held serve the rest of the way until Schneider broke Brymer's 4-5 service game on the deciding point to win it 6-0, 6-4.

Mackenzie McDonald made it 2-1 UCLA when he beat Brayden Schnur 6-3, 7-6(5) at #1 singles. McDonald won the first three games of the match, which included two breaks, before Schnur got on the board with a break to make it 1-3. Both guys held serve until McDonald broke Schnur from 30-40 to take the opening set 6-3. McDonald held and then broke to go up 2-0 in the second before Schnur broke back and held to make it 2-2. Schnur fought off a pair of break points to hold for 4-4 then they each held two more times to send it to a tiebreak. Schnur got the first mini-break when he went up 3-1* but Mackie took the next two points to even it at 3-3 at the changeover. Schnur dropped the 5-5 point on his serve and then Mackie closed it out on the next point to win it in one hour and twenty minutes.

Even though UCLA had taken the lead, North Carolina had a stranglehold on the other four courts with both Brett Clark and Anu Kodali nearing the finish line at #3 and #6.

Clark got off to a bit of slow start against Martin Redlicki by falling behind 2-0 but Clark broke back and then held on the deciding point to even it at 2-2. Each held serve three more times until Clark broke Redlicki on the deciding point to go up 6-5. Clark faced two break points when he went down 30-40 on his serve but he managed to get the hold to take the opening set 7-5. Clark broke Redlicki to start the second set and then came back from 15-40 down to hold for 2-0. After an exchange of holds, Clark would break again to go up 4-1 and would then hold for 5-1. Redlicki could have packed it in but he kept fighting and held for 2-5, broke on the deciding point to make it 3-5, and then held at love to make it 4-5*. Clark was serving for the match for a second time but he quickly found himself in a 0-30 hole. He got it back to 30-30 but Redlicki took the next point to go up 30-40. Clark managed to take the next two to wrap up the 7-5, 6-4 win in one hour and twenty-two minutes (2 minutes after McDonald's finish) and North Carolina had now tied it at 2-2.

Over at #6, Anu Kodali was up 4-2 in the third against Austin Rapp and was receiving on the deciding point. Kodali would get the break to go up 5-2 but Rapp would break right back to make it 5-3.  Rapp went up 40-30 on his next service game but Kodali took the next two points to clinch the 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in one hour and thirty-one minutes. Kodali had dropped the opening set 6-4 but turned it around in the second set when he broke Rapp to go up 5-3 and then served it out at love to take the set 6-3. Kodali broke Rapp at love to go up 3-2 in the third and then held for 4-2 - you know the rest.

North Carolina now led 3-2 plus Robert Kelly was up 5-2 in the third at #5 while Jack Murray was serving up 7-6, 4-5 at #4.

UCLA's Karue Sell would break Jack Murray's serve from 30-40 to take the second set 6-4 plus Logan Staggs would hold from 2-5 to stay in his match with Robert Kelly at #5. The Bruins were holding on by a thread but Robert Kelly had the scissors and was attempting to cut the cord. Staggs would go up 15-40 on Kelly's serve but Kelly fought off all three break points to get the hold and send North Carolina to it's first-ever National Team Indoors final.

Match point is below courtesy of UNC and then there are a number of post-match interviews also courtesy of UNC:




Details not listed above:

UCLA's Karue Sell served for the first set at #4 up 5-4 but got broke from 30-40 and then fell behind 4-0 in the first set tiebreak and dropped it 7-3.

Billy Martin talked about the match in further detail, "I thought it started out well in singles - we were up on 5 courts as far as break and leads - Martin went up an early break and Karue served for the set and then lost it in a tiebreak. Gage was the only one that didn't really have a good day. We kind of went south in a couple of matches - Logan had a great first set but Kelly picked it up in the second set and it was somewhat close in the third. I thought Austin had a good chance to win at #6 so that was somewhat disappointing that he lost there."

#7 North Carolina 4, #9 UCLA 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) def. Brayden Schnur (NC 14.09) 6-3, 7-6(5)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.01) def. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 6-0, 6-4
3. Brett Clark (NC 13.77) def. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) 7-5, 6-4
4. #89 Jack Murray (NC 13.77) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) 7-6(3), 4-6, unfinished
5. #62 Robert Kelly (NC 13.85) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC 13.21) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3
2. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (NC) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
3. Maxime Cressy/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-3
Match Notes:
UCLA 7-2; National ranking #9
North Carolina 8-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoor Semifinal

Post-Match Comments from UCLA's recap:
"I am tremendously happy with doubles, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin.  "The guys were playing good doubles on all three courts.  They came to play and competed well.  I thought after winning doubles, we'd have a fairly good chance at winning the match.

"I think our team has the potential to do really well, said McDonald.  "All in all, we can definitely hang with the top teams.  We learned a lot this weekend.  Losing today is going to make us hungrier and it will make us work harder.

"All in all, I thought we fought really hard, added Martin.  "We had our chancesnothing to be too upset about.  I'm pretty happy with us coming here and getting two really good wins against Georgia and A&M, and being in the battle with UNC.  It shows us that we're competitive.  This tournament showed us that we can play with just about anybody and expect to win.

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The late-afternoon semifinal pitted #1 Virginia against #2 TCU though TCU was actually the #5 seed due to its loss the week prior against Cal. TCU was attempting to make it to its first NTI final since 1992 (lost 5-1 to Stanford) while Virginia was looking to advance to its sixth final in the last eight years.

During the 33 minute doubles point both #1 and #3 stayed on serve for several games while Virginia's Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski went up an early break at #2. Virginia's J.C. Aragone and Collin Altamirano would actually finish first at #3 after getting a late break to go up 5-3. Aragone would hold at love to give Virginia the 6-3 win. Roughly six minutes later Styslinger and Kwiatkowski would break from 30-40 to close out Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder 6-3. The match at #1 went unfinished with Virginia serving at 5-5 though Shane and Corinteli had a match point on Cameron Norrie's 4-5 service game but couldn't convert.

TCU needed to find a way to win four of six singles matches but it wasn't going to be easy after falling behind early at #3 and #6.

Henrik Wiersholm (Picture Courtesy of UVA)
Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm, who clinched the team's quarterfinal win over Wake Forest, came out of the gates on fire and needed just 16 minutes to take a 6-0 first set over TCU's Trevor Johnson at #6. Wiersholm broke Johnson from 15-40 to start the second set and then held and broke again to go 3-0. Johnson finally showed some life by breaking back and then holding from 40-15 to make it 3-2. Unfortunately for Johnson those two games were the last ones he'd win because Wiersholm took the next three to close it out 6-0, 6-2 in just 49 minutes.

Virginia sophomore Collin Altamirano, who had only dropped eight games in his previous two matches, needed just 23 minutes to take a 6-1 first set over TCU's Guillermo Nunez at #3. Altamirano opened up the match with a pair of holds and a break before Nunez got on the board with a hold from 40-30 to make it 3-1. Altarmirano held, broke, and held again to close out the set. Nunez showed a little spark in the second set by holding on the deciding point to go up 1-0 and then breaking on the deciding point to go up 2-0. After a hold made it 3-0, Altamirano calmed himself down and proceeded to win the next five games to go up 5-3. Nunez held to stay in the match but Altamirano would hold from 40-30 to close it out 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and seventeen minutes.

So Virginia was now ahead 3-0 but TCU was clinging to life on the other courts.  Jerry Lopez was in a first set tiebreak with J.C. Aragone at #5, Cameron Norrie was up a set on Ryan Shane at #1, Alex Rybakov was serving for the first set against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2, while Eduardo Nava had just broken Mac Styslinger who was serving for the first set at #4.  TCU had a lot of momentum in its favor but within a few minutes most of it would evaporate.

Virginia senior Mac Styslinger, who just got broke serving at 5-3, would break Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to take the first set 6-4. The deciding point was a short one with Nava sending a forehand long early in the rally.

TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was serving up 5-4 in the first against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2 but would get broke from 30-40 when he put a forehand into the high side of the net. Kwiatkowski then held for 6-5 and broke to take the set 7-5.

TCU junior Jerry Lopez came back from 6-4 down in the first set tiebreak against J.C. Aragone at #5 to go up 7-6 and was serving for the set. Lopez would hit a big forehand but it caught the net cord and kicked wide by a few feet to make it 7-7. Lopez shrugged it off and hit a forehand crosscourt to win the next point to go up 8-7. Aragone's serve won him the next two points as he hit a service winner and then an ace to make it 9-8. Lopez would then double fault on the next point and the set was Aragone's 7-6(8).

Despite losing the momentum on 2, 4, and 5, TCU got a little boost when Cameron Norrie knocked off Ryan Shane 7-5, 7-5 at #1. The reigning NCAA singles champion struggled a bit with his serve and that gave Norrie the window he needed to pull it out. Shane went up an early break when he broke Norrie's 2-2 service game on the deciding point but when Shane served for the set up 5-4 he fell behind 0-40. Shane hit a pair of forehand winners and then banged home an ace to get it to the deciding point but then he overcooked a forehand early in the point to get broke. Norrie quickly held for 6-5 then he'd break Shane again, this time from 15-40, to steal the opening set 7-5. Shane broke to start the second set and held for 2-0 but Norrie would get it back on serve when he broke Shane's 4-3 service game to make it 4-4. Norrie went up 30-40 on Shane's 5-6 service and when Shane hit a forehand wide the match was over and Norrie had a 7-5, 7-5 win.

Mac Styslinger (Pictures Courtesy of UVA)
TCU was on the board but the euphoria was short-lived because Mac Styslinger broke Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to go up 6-4, 5-3 at #4. Styslinger has had trouble in the past serving out matches and Nava was able to take advantage of that and broke from 15-40 after Styslinger pushed a backhand well wide. Styslinger may have been shaky on his serve but his return would win him the match as he broke from 30-40 when Nava put a backhand into the net.


Final score - Virginia 4, TCU 1

The other two matches were abandoned with both Alex Rybakov and Jerry Lopez serving for the second sets on their respective courts.

Here is a highlight clip courtesy of UVA and then a quick clip from David Roditi



#1 Virginia 4, #2 TCU 1
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) def. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) 7-5, 7-5
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) 7-5, 4-5, unf
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) 6-1, 6-4
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) 6-4, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 7-6(8), 2-5, unf
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 5-5, unf
2. #6 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-3
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 5-2; National ranking #2
Virginia 8-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,1,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championships Semifinal

Post Match Quotes From Virginia's recap:
"All of us players live for this, being able to close out a match and put the team in the finals," Styslinger said. "[Henrik Wiersholm] got us off to a strong start and then Collin [Altamirano] got the third point. It was really cool to be the one to give us the fourth point. I was just playing my game today. [Nava] is a really good player, so I knew I was going to have to play some good tennis out there."

"I think it says a lot about the ACC," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "Wake Forest played a tremendous match against us (Saturday) and obviously the success that UNC has had. I'm really just proud to be a part of the conference and excited to play, in the final regardless of the opponent. It's always the goal is to give yourself a chance and tomorrow will be another opportunity for these young men that have worked so hard, and I hope the fans come out again in big numbers."

Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap:
"It is disappointing to put yourself in a spot like this and not play up to your abilities. Some had to do with the way Virginia played and a lot had to do with ourselves. We can play better from top to bottom. Cameron (Norrie) had a huge weekend and a great win today. I am proud of our guys fighting back and we just couldn't overcome that big of a hole. Our young guys learn every match and today was no different. We will get back to work and continue to get better. The local support from TCU alumni this weekend in Virginia was awesome and much appreciated.
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There six consolation matches on the schedule but the highest profile matches were Wake Forest/USC and Ohio State/Texas A&M with each of those four losing close matches the previous day in the quarterfinals.

Wake Forest rebounded from its 4-3 loss to Virginia by shutting out USC 4-0. The Demon Deacons won the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, and Romain Bogaerts at 1, 2, and 4.

Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky commented about today's match with USC and the tough loss to Virginia from the night before:

Match with USC:
"Both teams were in a similar situation today coming off tough losses yesterday. We got off to a great start in doubles, we won at 3 and were up 4-3, 0-40 at 2 and 4-2, 40-15 at 1. Within minutes we were down a break at 2 and back on serve at 1. However our 1 team pulled out the win and that gave us momentum going into singles. USC is a really good team but also quite young and we were able to use our experience on a couple courts to pull the match out. Great rebound by our team after an emotional loss yesterday."

Match with Virginia:
"Very tough loss yesterday. We came in very prepared and competed hard. Put ourselves in a position to win but UVA out played us in the end so credit to them. Certainly tough way to finish with the net cord but I still think it's a good rule, just a little unlucky in that moment. Great learning experience for us though, hopefully will help us improve as the season progresses."

#10 Wake Forest 4, #6 USC 0
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC) 7-6(10), 6-4
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Max de Vroome (USC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF) 5-7, 5-4, unfinished
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #43 Logan Smith (USC) 6-0, 7-6(2)
5. Thibault Forget (USC) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
6. Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF) 2-6, 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 4-3
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 9-2; National ranking #10
USC Men 6-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,2,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match
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Ohio State dropped the doubles point for the second day in a row but they was able to rebound in singles and gutted out a 4-3 win over Texas A&M. The teams will actually meet again this Friday at 6pm in Columbus. 

#8 Ohio State 4, #3 Texas A&M 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 7-6, 6-4
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-0
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-0
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 6-2
3. Mikael Torpegaard/Matt Mendez (OSU vs. #33 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 5-2, unf.
Match Notes:
Ohio State 10-1; National ranking #8
Texas A&M 10-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap:

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - On the match
"I thought we came out with really good energy in the doubles and I was really pleased with that. We just didn't have the urgency from the get go in singles play. We didn't seem to be ready for a big fight today against Ohio State. Give Ty (Tucker) credit, Ohio State is always ready to come out and fight to win a match. I don't think we were able to match their energy once singles play started. This weekend was a good test for our guys and I know we will bounce back."

On Jackson and Arthur's doubles win
"They played lights out in the doubles, they could not have played any better. They won all of their three-all points. They really did a great job. Then Harry and Shane clinched the point, they are starting to come on and play better. That is a good sign for our doubles guys moving forward, because I think we are really good in all three doubles spots."

On Jordi's win over a ranked opponent
"Di Feo is one of the top guys in the country, I know he is ranked in the top-20. He is a tough out for any team. I am really proud and happy for Jordi. He had to play aggressive and come to the net and force the action. He played a really good first set tie-breaker and translated that into a straight set win. That win really gave us a chance to pull the match out, it just didn't fall our way in a couple matches."

On Shane's win over Diaz
"I know how big of a competitor Chris Diaz is and to play well against him you have to be able to finish out points. You have to finish well and attack, he is a great defender and his energy is unbelievable. You have to have the right mindset and execute your shots to beat him and Shane did that today.
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Oklahoma finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after holding off Illinois 4-2. Oklahoma won a tight doubles point by winning 7-6(1) at #2 and getting a late break to win 7-5 at #3.

OU would take four first sets but they really cleaned up early on at 4, 5, and 6 after taking the first sets by a combined score of 18-1. Illinois's Julian Childers and Asher Hirsch fought back to take the second sets at 4 and 6 but OU's Maxime Mora never let up and won 6-0, 6-3 at #5 over Brian Page.

Illinois's Aleks Vukic actually finished first with a 6-3, 6-0 thrashing of OU's Axel Alvarez at #1 plus the Hiltzik brothers were looking better but Illinois would need to turn one of the other matches to keep it going.

Julian Childers looked a lot better in the second set but Florin Bragusi was able to hold him off and get the 6-1, 7-6(3) win at #4. Oklahoma led 3-1 plus Andre Biro was closing in on a win at #6.

OU's Andre Biro served for the match twice in the second set at #6 but Asher Hirsch broke him both times to force a tiebreak. Hirsch came from behind to win the breaker 7-5 to send it to a third set. Hirsch broke Biro to open the third set but Biro broke back and held for 2-1. Biro broke again to go up 3-1 but Hirsch broke back on the deciding point to put it back on serve at 3-2. Hirsch held on the deciding point to make it 3-3 and then Biro held quickly to go up 4-3. Hirsch went up 40-30 on his serve but Biro hit a backhand winner to bring up the deciding point. Hirsch missed his first serve and then he missed his second by a good five feet to double fault and give Biro the break for 5-3. With Biro serving 5-3 (deciding point) he'd come to the net but he didn't put much on a volley and left it in the middle of the court but Hirsch's attempt at a lob fell well short and Biro smashed it home at the net to clinch the OU win.

Jared Hiltzik won in two tiebreak sets over Spencer Papa at #2 and Aron Hiltzik was serving for the match at #3 at the time of the clinch.

Post-Match Quote from Illinois's recap:
"Tonight was frustrating. We played hard in doubles and were maybe a bit unfortunate in spots there," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Our guys that were down early in singles did a great job of fighting back into their matches to put themselves back into contention."

#5 Oklahoma 4, #12 Illinois 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) def. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 6-3, 6-0
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 7-6, 7-6(6)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) 4-6, 7-5, *5-4, unf. 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 6-1, 7-6(3)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) 6-0, 6-3
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-6, unf
2. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6(1)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 7-5
Match Notes:
Illinois 5-3; National ranking #12
Oklahoma 5-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,4,2,6)
ITA National Team Indoor Consolation Match
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South Florida salvaged its weekend by coming from behind to beat San Diego 4-2. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but San Diego came out strong in singles and took the opening set on the top four courts. Note: South Florida's #3 Sasha Gozun did not play in singles so everyone from four down had to shift up one spot.

While USD's Filip Vittek would finish out Justin Roberts in straight sets at #3, South Florida would turn both #1 and #2 around and in the end Roberto Cid would end up clinching the win with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Uros Petronijevic at #1.

#13 South Florida 4, #16 San Diego 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) vs. Jordan Angus (USD 1397) 3-6, 7-5, 2-1, unfinished
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 6-4, 6-4
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) def. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) 7-5, 1-6, 6-0
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) def. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 6-1, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 3-4, unfinished
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Uros Petronijevic/Joshua Page (USD) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-2
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-4; National ranking #16
South Florida 4-3; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,3,6,4,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match
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Texas Tech finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after defeating Georgia 4-2. Georgia took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Texas Tech would take five first sets with three of them coming in tiebreaks.

Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau and Alex Sendegeya picked up routine wins at #3 and #4 while Georgia's Austin Smith won comfortably at #2. The match was tied at 2-2 but Texas Tech was up on each of the remaining courts with Felipe Soares leading Wayne Montgomery 7-6, 5-3 at #1. Montgomery would hold for 4-5 and then break Soares at love to tie it at 5-5. Montgomery would eventually take the second set in a tiebreak to give Georgia a little boost.

Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson would put Tech ahead 3-2 when he finished off Nick Wood at #6. Thomson won the first set in a tiebreak and the second set swung back and forth with Thomson going up 3-1 only to see Wood win the next four to go up 5-3. Wood had at least three set points, and it might have been four, but he wasn't able to serve it out as Thomson broke twice and then held to win it 7-6(7), 7-5.

Texas Tech sophomore Connor Curry would provide the clincher with a win over Emil Reinberg at #5. Curry took the first set in a tiebreak and went up an early break in the second but Reinberg broke back. Reinberg had a set point on Curry's 4-5 service game but Curry held for 5-5 then broke for 6-5. Curry fell behind 30-40 on his service game but took the next two points to close it out 7-6(6), 7-5.




#14 Texas Tech 4, #11 Georgia 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 1-2, unf.
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #10 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 6-3, 6-2
3. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) def. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) 6-1, 6-4
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) 7-6(6), 7-5
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) 7-6(7), 5-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 5-6, unf.
3. #43 Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 6-3
Match Notes:
Texas Tech 12-1; National ranking #14
Georgia 4-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Connor and Bjorn are doing things for our team that you can't teach as a coach," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Their toughness and will to win has been key for us all season. There have been times where Connor has struggled to close out sets. We've talked about it, and he's learned some valuable lessons. It's about redeeming yourself when the opportunity arises. I was proud of the fight that Bjorn showed to win the last four games of the second set."

"There's a lot that our team can draw on and learn from the scenarios that we were put in this weekend," Masi said. "The last two days showed who we are and what we are about after we didn't have our best performance against North Carolina to start the tournament. The foundation and future of our program which are spots three through six in the lineup did an exceptional job of playing the guy in front of them. I'm proud of the way they executed and raised their levels against veteran players."

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm proud of our guys and we fought extremely hard, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "It was a tough battle and at moments I thought we were getting ready to win the whole dual match. But then the momentum swung a little bit back and forth and ultimately Texas Tech deserved to win. We just had too many ups and downs and they capitalized on it.
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Both Baylor and Columbia came into this match 0-2 on the weekend and it looked like it'd be Baylor leaving winless after Columbia went ahead 3-1. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 and then Mike Vermeer beat Will Little 6-3, 6-4 at #4 and Timmy Wang beat Tommy Podvinski 6-3, 6-2 at #6. Columbia's Richard Pham also took the first set at #6 while Baylor's Julian Lenz, Max Tchoutakian, and Felipe Rios took first sets at #1, #2, and #3.

Baylor's got a 6-3, 6-3 win from Max Tchoutakian over Victor Pham at #2 and Felipe Rios cut CU's lead to 3-2 with a 7-6, 7-6 win over Eric Rubin at #3 (TB scores unknown). Julian Lenz tied it at 3-3 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win over Shawn Hadavi at #1 so the match would come down to #5 singles.

Columbia's Richard Pham took the opening set 7-6 but Baylor freshman Jimmy Bendeck rallied to take the second set 6-4. Pham would go up 4-2 in the third but Bendeck held and then Pham double faulted on the deciding point to give Bendeck the break to tie it at 4-4. Bendeck held for 5-4 then Pham double faulted two more times to go down 0-30. Bendeck would break from 15-40 to give Baylor the 4-3 win.

#4 Baylor 4, #15 Columbia 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) def. Hadavi, Shawn (COL 13.75) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) def. Pham, Victor (COL 13.92) 6-3, 6-3
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) def. #124 Rubin, Eric (COL 13.75) 7-6, 7-6
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL 13.76) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-4
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) def. #108 Pham, Richard (COL 13.13) 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
6. Wang, Timothy (COL 13.34) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.90) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #15 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 4-3, unfinished
2. #20 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2
3. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Columbia 4-3; National ranking #15
Baylor 6-4; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,6,4,3,1,5)
ITA National Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"We did a great job today. I was really proud of the guys. It was a lot of fun to wear the uniform today. This is the third time already this year that we have had last match on and leave it to a freshman to be the first guy to come through under that pressure. Jimmy just did a super job and I think the guys were a big part of that. The team was really supportive. Columbia is a great team. It is incredible to think about, but they lost 4-3 three days in a row here. They are tough, so it was good win for us. - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"We are kind of a work in progress. The competition is tough. We are playing the best schedule in the country and when you play these kind of teams there is not a lot of margin for error. You really have to be on your stuff. I knew that we would improve. We are just getting a little better every day. Our goal coming to this tournament was to be a better team at the end of it then we were at the beginning and we have done that. Now we have a couple weeks off and we have to get out to practice and keep working. We have a long way to go, but certainly it is great to leave here with some momentum and some positive energy. - Knoll on his team moving forward

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When Virginia and North Carolina step on the court at 11am it'll be the first time ever that a pair of ACC schools will play for the Men's National Team Indoor Championship. It's North Carolina first appearance in the finals while Virginia will be making its sixth final in the last eight years and seventh overall.

Virginia has owned North Carolina over the last 10 years winning the last 15 matches with North Carolina's last win coming back on April 14th, 2006 (4-3 at UNC). Of course to be fair I have to mention that Virginia has won 140 straight matches against ACC schools with its last loss coming to Duke at the ACC Tournament in April of 2006. 

Recent H2H History:
Virginia def. North Carolina 4-0 - 4/25/15 - ACC Tourney Semifinals (Cary)
Virginia def. North Carolina 6-1 - 3/27/15 - Charlottesville
Virginia def. North Carolina 4-0 - 2/15/15 - National Indoors Consolation (Chicago)
Virginia def. North Carolina 4-0 - 4/27/14 - ACC Tourney Championship (Cary)
Virginia def. North Carolina 7-0 - 3/21/14 - Chapel Hill
Virginia def. North Carolina 4-0 - 4/26/13 - ACC Tourney Quarterfinals (Cary)
Virginia def. North Carolina 6-1 - 3/24/13 - Charlottesville

North Carolina leads all-time H2H 65-34

Virginia's Road To The Finals:
def. [16] San Diego 4-0
def. [9] Wake Forest 4-3
def. [5] TCU 4-1

North Carolina's Road To The Finals:
def. [14] Texas Tech 4-1
def. [6] Ohio State 4-2
def. [7] UCLA 4-2


[1] Virginia (8-0) vs. [3] North Carolina (9-0) - 11am est

Overall Record: Virginia 8-0, North Carolina 9-0
Indoors Record: Virginia 8-0, North Carolina 9-0
Doubles Record: Virginia 7-1, North Carolina 6-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC)


NTI Results By Player:

#27 Ryan Shane:
lost to TCU's #6 Cameron Norrie 7-5, 7-5
def. Wake's #28 Skander Mansouri 6-3, 6-1
def. San Diego's #20 Uros Petronijevic 7-5, 6-1

Brayden Schnur:
lost to UCLA's #34 Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 7-6(5)
unfinished vs. Ohio State's #5 Mikael Torpegaard 7-6, 5-5
def. Texas Tech's #11 Felipe Soares 6-2, 6-3
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#2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski:
unfinished vs. TCU's #122 Alex Rybakov 7-5, 4-5*
lost to Wake's #125 Petros Chrysochos 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
unfinished vs. San Diego's #24 Jordan Angus 6-4, 4-1

#23 Ronnie Schneider:
def. UCLA's #80 Gage Brymer 6-0, 6-4
def. Ohio State's #42 Chris Diaz 6-4, 6-4
def. Texas Tech's #110 Hugo Dojas 6-4, 6-4
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Collin Altamirano:
def. TCU's #38 Guillermo Nunez 6-1, 6-4
def. Wake's #79 Jon Ho 6-2, 6-3
def. San Diego's Filip Vittek 6-1, 6-2

#29 Brett Clark:
def. UCLA's #37 Martin Redlicki 7-5, 6-4
lost to Ohio State's #16 Hugo Di Feo 6-2, 7-6
unfinished vs. Texas Tech's #61 Alex Sendegeya 5-7, 6-0
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#78 Mac Styslinger:
def. TCU's Eduardo Nava 6-4, 6-4
lost to Wake's Romain Bogaerts 6-4, 7-5
unfinished vs. San Diego's #120 Romain Kalaydjian 7-6, 1-2*

#89 Jack Murray:
unfinished vs. UCLA's Karue Sell 7-6(3), 4-6
def. Ohio State's #18 Herkko Pollanen 6-2, 6-3
unfinished vs. Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau 6-1, 4-6, 1-0*
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JC Aragone:
unfinished vs. TCU's Jerry Lopez 7-6(8), 2-5*
def. Wake's Dennis Uspensky 6-1, 6-2
unfinished vs. San Diego's Josh Page 7-5, 4-1

#62 Robert Kelly
def. UCLA's Logan Staggs 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
def. Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach 6-4, 6-1
def. Texas Tech's Connor Curry 6-4, 7-6
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Henrik Wiersholm: 
def. TCU's Trevor Johnson 6-0, 6-2
def. Wake's Christian Seraphim 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
def. San Diego's #98 Jaan Kononov 6-2, 6-1

Anu Kodali
def. UCLA's Austin Rapp 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
lost to Ohio State's Martin Joyce 6-2, 6-3
def. Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson 6-1, 6-3


H2H history by position:

#1 singles (Ryan Shane vs. Brayden Schnur):
Shane def. Schnur 6-1, 6-1 - 4/25/15 - ACC Tournament in Cary, NC

#2 singles (Thai-Son Kwiatkowski vs. Ronnie Schneider):
Schneider def. Kwiatkowski 6-3, 6-2 - 2011 Kalamazoo - Boys 16 Round of 16
Kwiatkowski def. Schneider 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 - April 2012 - Easter Bowl Quarterfinals
Kwiatkowski def. Schneider 6-3, 6-4 - July 2014 - Tulsa F20 Futures Round of 16

#3 singles (Altamirano vs. Clark):
Altamirano led Clark 6-4, 1-2 unf - 4/25/15 - ACC Tournament in Cary, NC

#4 singles (Styslinger vs. Murray):
None

#5 singles (Aragone vs. Kelly):
Aragone def. Kelly 6-1, 6-3 - 2/15/15 - National Team Indoors Consolation in Chicago

#6 singles (Wiersholm vs. Kodali):
Wiersholm def. Kodali 6-3, 6-3 - May 2013 - Plantation ITF Round of 64


1. Shane (4-2) vs. Schnur (2-4) - Shane is coming off a 7-5, 7-5 loss to TCU's Cameron Norrie in a match where his serve let him down a bit while Schnur lost 6-3, 7-6 to UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald. Schnur has played pretty good this week but I don't think he can good enough to beat Shane. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 2

2. Kwiatkowski (5-1) vs. Schneider (5-1) - Kwiatkowski is the only starter that hasn't won a match this week (1 loss to Chrysochos & 2 DNFs though led in both matches) while Schneider is a perfect 3-0 with wins over Gage Brymer, Chris Diaz, and Hugo Dojas. This is a match that I could see going either way but I think Kwiatkowski finds a way to keep it together and gets the win. Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 3

3. Altamirano (8-0) vs. Clark (6-1) - Altamirano is coming off a 6-1, 6-4 win over Guillermo Nunez and has only dropped 13 games in his last 3 matches while Clark is coming off an impressive 7-5, 6-4 win over Martin Redlicki. Clark will keep this one close but Altamirano still wins in 2. Prediction: Altamirano (UVA) in 2 

4. Styslinger (3-2) vs. Murray (6-0) - Styslinger clinched the win over TCU by beating Eduardo Nava 6-4, 6-4 while Murray split sets with UCLA's Karue Sell. It's tough to go against Styslinger after he had such a big win but Murray has been the steadier player this weekend. Prediction: Murray (UNC) in 2

5 - Aragone (6-0) vs. Kelly (8-0) - Aragone was pushed by TCU's Jerry Lopez and but led 7-6, 2-5 when the team clinched while Kelly clinched UNC's win over UCLA with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Logan Staggs. Aragone whipped Kelly a year ago at the NTIs but Kelly has been playing some great tennis this week. If this match finishes I think Kelly just might get him. Prediction: Kelly (UNC) in 3

6. Wiersholm (6-0) vs. Kodali (4-1) - Wiersholm is coming of a 6-0, 6-2 win over TCU's Trevor Johnson while Kodali came from behind to beat UCLA's Austin Rapp 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Kodali has won a couple of nice matches this week but I don't see anyway he wins this one let alone take a set. Prediction: Wiersholm (UVA) in 2

I'm going to take North Carolina in doubles and at #4 and #5 but I've got Virginia at #1, #2, #3, and #6 with Kwiatkowski clinching the win. I will say this - if Ronnie Schneider can beat Thai-Son Kwiatkowski I think UNC wins the match. Prediction: Virginia 4-3










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Monday, 15 February 2016 14:55

North Carolina Comeback Stuns Virginia

North Carolina has done it - they've snapped Virginia's 140-match ACC winning streak and they did it in Charlottesville in the finals of the National Team Indoors. It what will go down as one of the all-time classics, North Carolina came back from dropping the doubles point and four first sets to defeat #1 Virginia 4-2.

(Picture Courtesy of North Carolina)

The doubles point started off fairly promising for North Carolina with the Tar Heels going up early breaks at #1 and #3 but Virginia would quickly erase the deficits. UNC's #1 team of Brett Clark and Robert Kelly broke Luca Corinteli's serve from 15-40, after Ryan Shane missed a few volleys, to go up 2-1 but Corinteli and Shane broke the Clark serve at love to even it at 2-2.

Virginia's #2 team of Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after Kwiatkowski held and they broke the Brayden Schnur serve to go up 2-0. Schnur and Jack Murray would break back from 30-40 after Schnur hit two straight backhand winners (first one crosscourt, the second was a return winner down the line after Kwiatkowski started moving to the center to poach). Murray fell behind 0-40 on his serve but he and Schnur won the next four points to hold for 2-2 after Styslinger netted a forehand on the deciding point.

UNC's #3 team of Ronnie Schneider and Blaine "Bo" Boyden broke J.C. Aragone to start the match and then Boyden went up 40-30 on his serve. Boyden double faulted to bring up the deciding point and then Collin Altramirano jumped on his second serve by hitting a low forehand right at his feet but the Tar Heel freshman was unable to scoop it so UVA had the break for 1-1. Altamirano and Schneider exchanged holds then UNC went up 30-40 on Aragone's 2-2 service game. Aragone fought off both break points to hold for 3-2 with a big serve down the T winning the deciding point.

So all three courts were on serve midway through the doubles point but things would change quickly. Virginia broke the Boyden serve at #3 to go up 4-2 but UNC would go up 15-40 on the Altamirano serve. Altamirano would then hit a service winner for 30-40, Aragone speared one at the net for 40-40, and then Altamirano hit another service winner on a big kicker out wide to hold for 5-2.

Back at #1, each team would hold serve until Brett Clark served at 3-4. Clark/Kelly fell behind 30-40 and then UVA got the break for 5-3 when Clark netted a low volley. Luca Corinteli would be serving for the match at #1 while Schneider was serving 2-5, deciding point, at #3. Schneider got the hold for 3-5 which meant Virginia would also be serving for the match at #3.

Corinteli got an easy hold to win it at #1 and less than two minutes later Aragone would hold at love when Altamirano spiked an overhead on match point. Virginia had taken the 1-0 lead in 29 minutes by winning the doubles point for the third time this weekend while North Carolina had dropped it for the third time of the weekend. The match at #2 was abandoned with UNC's Schnur serving at 3-4, 40-15.

While Virginia had to feel a little more confident after winning the doubles point, UNC didn't show any signs of letting it bother them.

"In the past when there was a longer gap between singles and doubles you'd have more time to dwell on what just happened in doubles. But with just five minutes the guys are in such a rush to get ready for singles they don't really have the time to think about what just happened," said UNC head coach Sam Paul. "They had a quick players-only meeting and told me they were focused on getting it done in singles."

Virginia served first on all six courts, which made it easier to follow, and everyone held except for Mac Styslinger who went down an early break at #4 to Jack Murray. Ryan Shane got the first break for Virginia when he broke Brayden Schnur from 30-40 to go up 2-0 at #1. J.C. Aragone followed suit and broke Robert Kelly to take a 2-0 lead at #5 but Kelly would break back from 30-40 to make it 1-2. Henrik Wiersholm, who came into the match 3-0 on the weekend, broke Anu Kodali on the deciding point to go up 2-0 at #6. Collin Altamirano broke Brett Clark from 30-40 to go up 2-0 at #3 and he'd consolidate the break with a love hold to make it 3-0.

So in the opening 10 minutes of singles action you had Virginia already up breaks on three courts, with North Carolina up a break on one, and two on serve.

Virginia's J.C. Aragone broke Robert Kelly's 2-3 service game from 15-40 to go up 4-2 and then he'd hold from 40-30 to go up 5-2. Aragone would break Kelly again from 30-40 to claim the opening set 6-2 in just 24 minutes.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano would make it two first sets for the Hoos when he came back from 15-40 down to hold and take the opening set 6-1 in 26 minutes - on the deciding point Altamirano hit a big forehand that nicked the net and the change of direction and pace was enough to force a Clark error.

Less than a minute later, Ryan Shane would give Virginia another first set when he broke Brayden Schnur for the third time to take it 6-2. After Shane opened up a 3-0 lead in the first, Schnur held for 1-3, Shane held for 4-1, and then Shane broke from 30-40 to go up 5-1. Schnur broke back from 30-40 to make it 2-5 but Shane broke again for the set.

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Ronnie Schneider had held seven times in a row to start the match at #2 but Schneider was facing three break points when he went down 15-40 on his 3-4 service game. Schneider hit a volley winner for 30-40 and then Kwiatkowski went long on a service return to bring up the deciding point. Schneider hit an inside out forehand but Kwiatkowski countered with a backhand crosscourt winner to break for 5-3. Kwiatkowski went up 40-15 on his serve but Schneider won the next two to bring up the deciding point. Kwiatkowski would double fault to give the break to Schneider and put it back on serve at 5-4. Schneider fell behind 15-40 on his serve but he got it back to the deciding point when Kwiatkowski sliced a backhand into the net at 30-40. Kwiatkowski would force a Schneider backhand error to get the break and take the opening set 6-4 in 41 minutes. So after seven straight holds the set finished with three straight breaks (pattern forming).

Anu Kodali (picture from GoHeels.com)
Virginia had four first sets but North Carolina's Anu Kodali had just given the Tar Heels its first after coming back from 2-0 down to take the set 6-2 in 37 minutes. Kodali started the comeback by breaking Henrik Wiersholm's 2-0 service game on the deciding point and then after a hold he'd break from 30-40 to go up 3-2. After a hold made it 4-2, he'd break again on the deciding point when Wiersholm put a backhand into the net to make it 5-2. Kodali would hold at love to take the set 6-2.

Roughly seven minutes later, Jack Murray would give North Carolina its second first set after he held from 40-30 to take it 6-4 in 44 minutes. Murray looked like he'd close out the set about 10 minutes earlier when he served for it up 5-2 but Styslinger broke and then held from 40-15 to make it 5-4.

So after 45 minutes of play Virginia had four opening sets and North Carolina had two but Virginia's J.C. Aragone was about to turn one of the first sets into a straight set win.

J.C. Aragone (picture from virginiasports.com)
Aragone broke Kelly to go up 3-1 in the second and then held at love to make it 4-1. Aragone was playing at a breakneck pace and Kelly just couldn't seem to get himself settled. Kelly would hold on the deciding point to make it 2-4 and then he went up 15-30 on Aragone's serve. Kelly would put a second serve return into the net and then Aragone hit a service winner to go up 40-30. Arogone hammered a big serve and then ripped a forehand from inside the service line to get the hold. Kelly held one more time before Aragone held at love to close it out 6-2, 6-3 in 55 minutes.

Anu Kodali would ring up North Carolina's first point at #6 when he closed out Henrik Wiersholm 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour and 18 minutes. Kodali came into the match as the biggest underdog by UTR standards (1.27 difference) but he sure didn't play like it. "Anu really stepped up big," said Sam Paul. "It helped us tremendously to put that first point on the board. Anu played really solid this week with his win over Thomson (Texas Tech) on Friday giving him some confidence and then he played well against Rapp too."

Virginia's lead was 2-1, and it had set leads on three of the four remaining courts, but North Carolina really picked up the pace at the top three spots.

Brayden Schnur broke Ryan Shane to start the second set and then held for 2-0. Shane fell behind 0-30 on his 0-2 service game but took the next four points to hold for 1-2. Schnur would fall behind 15-40 on his next service game but after getting it back to the deciding point he'd double fault to make it 2-2. Shane held for 3-2 and then he went up 0-40 on Schnur's serve. Schnur came all the way back to get the hold after Shane went long on a forehand at 30-40 and then Shane put a forehand into the net on the deciding point to make it 3-3. Schnur would break for 4-3 and then on the deciding point of his service game he hit an off-speed serve out wide that caught Shane by surprise and after Shane's return fell short of the net Schnur yelled out "that's so smart" in reference to his serve selection. Shane held for 4-5 and then he'd go up 15-40 on Schnur's serve. Schnur got it to the deciding point but he'd hit a half volley on the sideline that sat up perfectly for Shane who then hit a crosscourt winner for the break. Schnur broke back from 30-40 and then he'd finally serve out the set at love to send the match to a third set.  The biggest change I saw between the first and second sets was the decline in Shane's first service percentage. He really struggled in the second set with many of his first serves missing badly.

While Schnur got the split at #1 both Ronnie Schneider and Brett Clark were trying to do the same at #2 and #3.

Schneider got the first break of the second set when he broke Kwiatkowski from 30-40 to go up 3-2 and then he'd hold for 4-2. After an exchange of holds, Kwiatkowski would double fault from 0-40 to give Schneider the set 6-3.

Clark was looking good at #3 when he went up 5-2 but Altamirano held and then broke from 15-40 to put it back on serve at 5-4. Clark went up 30-40 on Altamirano's serve but he put a forehand into the net and then on the deciding point he got a look at a second serve but missed the return long by a few feet to make it 5-5. Clark held from 40-30 to go up 6-5 and then Altamirano did the same to send it to a tiebreak. Clark jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak with one of the points coming as a result of Altamirano being overruled for the third time in the match. Clark would end up taking the tiebreak 7-2 and Altamirano proceeded to rip off a series of four letter words that I'm not going to repeat.

Clark winning the tiebreak and forcing a third set was huge for UNC. If Altamirano takes it we're looking at a 3-1 Virginia lead with the other Tar Heels knowing if they lose it's all over. Keeping the score at 2-1 probably kept the guys a little looser.

While North Carolina got splits up top, Virginia's Mac Styslinger would get a split at #4 after he gave Jack Murray a second set bagel in 23 minutes. Murray would rebound in the third set and jump out to a 4-0 lead but it'd be a while before this one would reach the finish line.

Back at #1, Ryan Shane served to start the third set but he quickly went down 0-40. Shane's forehand and serve would bail him out as he hit a forehand winner, an ace, a service winner, and another ace on the deciding point to hold for 1-0. On the deciding point, Schnur tried calling the serve out after it had already hit the wall but upon Shane's appeal it was quickly overturned. Neither player would face another break point until Shane went down 15-40 on his 5-5 service game. Once again Shane used his big serve and forehand to come back and hold after hitting a forehand winner on the deciding point. Schnur then held easily from 40-15 to send it to a match deciding tiebreak.

Over at #2, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would strike first blood in the third when he broke Ronnie Schneider to go up 2-1. A few games later Schneider went up 15-30 on Kwiatkowski's 4-3 service game but Kwiatkowski took the next three points to hold for 5-3. The big point in that rally came on the 30-all point when Kwiatkowski was pretty much dead at the net but Schneider hit it right at him and Kwiatkowski hit a reflex volley for a winner. Schneider would then come back from 15-30 down on his 3-5 service game to hold for 4-5. With Kwiatkowski serving for the match he'd quickly go down 0-30 and then he thought he hit a good second serve out wide but it was called out and confirmed by the chair. Kwiatkowski was livid and voiced his opinion to the chair for 30 seconds or so and then on the next point he hit a wild swinging volley that missed well long (and wide). Kwiatkowski would quickly calm himself down and would break back to go up 6-5 which gave himself a second chance to serve it out. Schneider would flip the script and break back from 15-40 after Kwiatkowski hit a forehand wide and this one was heading for a match deciding tiebreak.

Mac Styslinger had made a big comeback at #4 by winning four straight games to tie up Jack Murray at 4-4. Styslinger was serving at 30-all when he hit a running backhand down the line but Murray called it out. Styslinger immediately appealed to the chair who overturned the call to make it 40-30 (couldn't really tell on the live stream but I thought it was good at first glance). Murray got it to the deciding point and then hit a menacing forehand winner to break for 5-4. Styslinger broke back from 30-40 to even it at 5-5 but Murray would break on the deciding point to go up 6-5 - on that deciding point Murray hit a backhand that clipped the tape which threw Styslinger off and forced the error.

With Murray getting ready to serve for the match again, both of the tiebreaks at #1 and #2 were tied at 3-3 at the changeover. Schnur would go up 6-4 in his tiebreak and then Ryan Shane would put a mid-court overhead into the net to give Schnur the 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) win at #1. Schneider went up 6-3* but Kwiatkowski hit a volley winner and then an overhead winner to make it *6-5. On match point Schneider hit a serve down the T, came in and hit a forehand to Kwiatkowski's backhand, and then Kwiatkowski hit it into the net to clinch the 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) win for Schneider at #2. Both matches finished within 30 seconds of each other and took 2 hours and 8 minutes.

North Carolina now led 3-2 and Murray was serving 6-5, 15-0. Murray would go up 40-30 but on a long rally he'd hit a backhand into the net to bring up the deciding point. Styslinger would pull a backhand just wide and the mob-scene was on - Murray had clinched North Carolina's first-ever ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 win in 2 hours and 13 minutes.



The remaining match at #4 was abandoned with Brett Clark serving for the match up 5-4 after trailing Collin Altamirano 1-4.

Below is match point courtesy of UNC and then there are three separate videos that were tweeted to me by J who recorded the tiebreaks at #1, #2, as well as Murray's final service game at #4.




Huge shoutout to UNC's Drew Parker for getting all the below interviews (Murray/Schnur on top and Clark down low) done and uploaded for our viewing pleasure. Drew also captured a slew of UNC's match points over the weekend which I definitely appreciated. Thanks for your hard work Drew!!







#7 North Carolina 4, #1 Virginia 2
Feb 15, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.04) def. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.59) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(4)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05) def. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.79) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.82) vs. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) 1-6, 7-6(2), *5-4, unf.
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.75) def. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.93) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.82) def. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 6-2, 6-3
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.20) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.47) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) def. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3
2.  #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. J Murray/B Schnur (NC) 4-3* (40-15)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) def. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-3
Match Notes:
Virginia 8-1; National ranking #1
North Carolina 10-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,1,2,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championship



Post-Match Comments from North Carolina head coach Sam Paul

"Jack has been one of our best points over the last 3 years so for him to get through that was great."

In talking about the match itself - "It was a classic college tennis match pretty amazing drama which is what makes it such a great sport. We were in some holes with Thai serving for it twice and Brett was down some in the third but our guys kept plugging along. Virginia is so tough, I mean they set the standard in our league and the nation so to be able to beat them is great for us."

In talking about his top two singles players (Schnur & Schneider) - "Just a huge win by Brayden. He missed the entire fall with an injury but he's improved every week since he came back at the Kick-Off Weekend. His movement is a lot better than it was just four weeks ago and I can't say enough about his mental toughness.

"I tell you Ronnie is such a fighter. He broke his leg after the All-Americans and was out for 8 weeks but he's really started hitting his stride in the last 2 weeks.

"Huge crowd 700-800 on a Monday morning with plenty of snow on the ground. It says a lot about Brian and the program that they can get that many out on a day like today."


Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap:

"Credit to North Carolina," Boland said. "They just hung in there and gave themselves a chance to win in the end. It would have been very easy for them to look up at the scoreboard and go away, but they kept fighting on every court."

"I would definitely rather lose here than in May, but it's not something we want to do," said Shane, the defending NCAA singles champion. "If we step back and look at it, it really came down to just a few shots."

Boland said: "Perhaps the nerves and emotions got to us a little bit. But it was great for us. This is what you want early in the season. What an incredible environment, on a snowy Monday, to have this many people out here, cheering on the `Hoos and college tennis at a national indoor championship."

"They played really well," Shane said. "It hurts, obviously, because we haven't lost to an ACC team [since 2006], but I think we'll be more driven and motivated to come back and be ready by May."

"I think the reason we were able to get us to this point is because it really wasn't something that was a focus," said Boland. "I don't think you win 140 matches [in a row] in the ACC over 10 years unless you can really focus on the job at hand, day in and day out."

As disappointing as it was to lose to UNC, "I'm really proud of our team," Boland said. "I thought we played remarkably well in terms of how we competed. Surely we can play better, but that's the goal at the end of the season, come the ACC and NCAA championships. This was a tournament that we certainly always want to win, but it's not what we're aiming for."

"A loss like this kind of wakes us up," Shane said. "It'll get us motivated. I feel like we'll be ready to go, work on the things we need to work on, and be ready by May."

NCAA tennis is employing a new scoring system this season, with the goal of speeding up matches. There will be "more upsets because of it, and that's OK," Boland told reporters.

"We have to embrace that, and I believe our players will grow from it and hopefully we can continue to get better and develop and take this loss as an opportunity to win down the road."

"It's good to have this break now that we've had a chance to really kind of measure where we're at against the best in the country," Boland said. "I'm really pleased with what's happening right now. We have great leadership, a tremendous culture, and I'm blessed to coach this team. These guys are winners up and down the lineup, and it's just been so far an unbelievable journey, and I'm looking forward to the rest."

I was live tweeting during the match so if you want to go back through the hundreds of tweets to get a feel for the flow of the match be my guest.

Also make sure you read the ITA's recap which has several other quotes.



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