The calendar has turned to August which means several schools will be in session shortly so most of the current coaching openings should get filled sooner rather than later. Over the last week there have been three head coaching hires along with several assistant coaching hires. 

University of North Florida Director of Athletics Lee Moon announced the hiring of Matt Lucas as the Ospreys new men's head coach. Lucas comes to Jacksonville after serving as the associate head coach at Buffalo last season and will replace Mark Finnegan who departed after four seasons to become the men's assistant coach at Auburn. Below are some quotes from UNF's release:

"This is a great hire for our program and we are thrilled to have Matt and all his coaching experience leading our team," said Moon. "During the interview process, Matt demonstrated a real passion for the game and developing student-athletes. Throughout his career he has been a strong teacher of the game and has a wealth of experience in both collegiate and professional tennis. He is an outstanding recruiter and has strong ties to the tennis community in North Florida. We are excited to have Matt at UNF and look forward to watching him continue and even grow the success of our men's tennis program."

"I am extremely excited about this opportunity to lead the lead the men's tennis program at the University of North Florida," said Lucas. "I want to thank Lee Moon and Nick Morrow for entrusting me with the reigns of this great program. I also want to thank UNF women's coach Mariana Cobra for her support during the interview process. It is an exciting time for the tennis program and I look forward to helping build on the past successes while striving to further the national prominence of UNF Tennis and continue competing for ASUN Championships. Our guys will also be involved in the Jacksonville community and maintain their strong performances in the classroom as well. With my ties to the area, I can't wait to get back to the River City and begin working with the team. It is a great day to be and Osprey. SWOOP!"

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New Oklahoma women's coach Audra Cohen announced the hiring of Amy Sargeant as the Sooners new assistant coach. Sargeant played at Florida State from 2010 to 2013 and was the assistant coach at New Mexico last season. OU's previous assistant Vincent "Boomer" Saia took a job with the Vanderbilt women's program a few days ago but I haven't seen an official release yet from the school.

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Florida Gulf Coast was the big winner today as the Eagles earned its first ever NCAA berth by defeating North Florida 4-3 in the finals of the Atlantic Sun.  The teams met in the regular season 2 weeks ago with FGCU winning 7-0 but FGCU figured it wouldn't be as easy this time around despite UNF playing without its injured #1 Jack Findel-Hawkins (13.32).  The match, held in Jacksonville at UNF, started on Sunday but before the rain came UNF captured the doubles point by winning a pair of tiebreaks at 2 and 3.  Usually when you have the top 2 seeds playing for a conference championship you expect several 3-setters but all 6 singles matches finished in straight sets with no set closer than 6-4.

North Florida jumped out to a 3-1 lead with wins at 2 and 4 but Florida Gulf Coast rallied to take the final 3 matches with Ricky Ventura clinching it at #3 singles 6-1, 6-4.

For a more in-depth account of this match including the closing moments read this well written article by Seth Soffian from The South Florida News-Press.  This is an interesting quote from Ventura: "They were screaming. I was hearing everything," FGCU's No. 3 singles player said of hecklers at his end of the court while serving up 6-1, 5-4. "They were swearing at me, pushing the fence. I was really nervous."

FGCU recap

"This is an incredible accomplishment for this group of young men, but it also makes me think of all those that came before these guys," head coach CJ Weber said. "This has not been a one-year process, but a four-year process, when Coach [Dean] Tsamas was a sophomore as a player, not a coach; when Bao and Mikey were freshmen! This is the culmination of that four year journey, and it couldn't taste sweeter. It ended with us TAKING the match, and that has been our theme all year long, especially this week. It finished with Ricky hitting a line, not his opponent missing. I couldn't think of a better way to finish the tournament!"

"I am incredibly proud of this team," Vives said.  "Words can't describe moments like how we felt today! I'd like to thank everybody who believed and supported us this year! We did it and we aren't done yet!"

"This is a dream come true!" exclaimed Beiler. "For three years I've watched friends and other teams take titles for FGCU and now I get to be part of that magic. Such a special moment for our team. We went out there and took it and I am so proud to be an Eagle!"

"I'm proud of each of these guys, for all the hard work we have put in," said Alfonzo. "For all those 6 a.m. workouts, for competing the way they do and for being great teammates. I couldn't be any happier right now! Wings Up!"

"We have been waiting for this moment since the first day," said Ventura. "I am very happy to clinch the victory with my match and win the conference. I love these guys and I am very proud to be part of this team."

"I can't believe how much I have been through these past four years here," added Bao. "I love how much this team shares the same vision of what we can accomplish and followed through the entire season. Beiler and I knew what we could do since day one at FGCU and out hard work is paying off! This team is truly special and I could not have found a better place to play tennis!"

UNF recap

"We asked our guys to have heart. We asked our guys to compete with everything they have. They did that; we just came up a little short," said head coach Mark Finnegan. "I've got no regrets with how we played the match. Florida Gulf Coast played superb. They are well-coached and executed when they needed to.

"Our future is bright here are UNF," continued Finnegan. "We were on fire midway through the season and then battled some adversity. We kept fighting. We lose just one player next year and we are bringing in some great recruits. It's nothing but going up for UNF tennis."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 20th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#1 FGCU 4, #2 North Florida 3
Apr 19, 2015 at Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. Jordi Vives (FGCU 13.90) def. Norbert Nemcsek (UNF 12.61) 6-2, 6-4
2. Yannick Zuern (UNF 12.72) def. Andres Alfonzo (FGCU 13.24) 6-3, 6-1
3. Ricky Ventura (FGCU 12.88) def. Julian Bradley (UNF 12.73) 6-1, 6-4
4. Lasse Muscheites (UNF 12.65) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU 12.21) 6-2, 6-2
5. Eduardo Alfonzo (FGCU 12.44) def. Zach Goldberg (UNF 12.49) 6-4, 6-2
6. Michael Beiler (FGCU 12.04) def. Alberto De Meo (UNF 11.88) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Jordi Vives/Eduardo Alfonzo (FGCU) vs. Lasse Muscheites/Zach Goldberg (UNF) 7-6, unf
2. Norbert Nemcsek/Julian Bradley (UNF) def. Ricky Ventura/Lucas Vaz (FGCU) 8-7 (4)
3. Alberto De Meo/Yannick Zuern (UNF) def. Tianyu Bao/Andres Alfonzo (FGCU) 8-7 (3)
Match Notes:
No. 2 North Florida 17-7; National ranking #73
No. 1 FGCU 17-5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,2,4,6,5,3)
2015 Atlantic Sun Men's Tennis Championship
Weather delay at 4:05 pm Sunday; At 4:40 pm, match suspended to Monday
Match resumed with singles at 9:30 am
Florida Gulf Coast wins 2015 Atlantic Sun Tournament

There were a pair of upsets yesterday in the Big South semifinals with both the #1 and #2 seeds going down.  Here is the Big South's recap of Campbell's win and Winthrop's win.

Campbell 4, Coastal Carolina 2
Apr 20, 2015 at Asheville, N.C. (Asheville Racquet Club)
Singles competition
1. TSANGARIDES, P. (COASTALM) vs. Billington,Steven (CAM-M) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 1-2, unfinished
2. PEREIRA, Kaue (COASTALM) def. Schaefer,Lukas (CAM-M) 6-2, 6-2
3. VELICKOVIC, Vuk (COASTALM) def. Rakitin,Nicolas (CAM-M) 6-1, 6-3
4. Rossignon,Adrien (CAM-M) def. YEDIGARIAN, Garik (COASTALM) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
5. O'Neal,Jonathan (CAM-M) def. SAMED, Renan (COASTALM) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
6. Visser,Marthinus (CAM-M) def. LEME, Pedro (COASTALM) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. TSANGARIDES, P./PEREIRA, Kaue (COASTALM) def. Rossignon,Adrien/Visser,Marthinus (CAM-M) 8-6
2. Schaefer,Lukas/O'Neal,Jonathan (CAM-M) def. SAMED, Renan/LEME, Pedro (COASTALM) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Billington,Steven/Rakitin,Nicolas (CAM-M) def. YEDIGARIAN, Garik/VELICKOVIC, Vuk (COASTALM) 8-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,3,5,4)
Big South Men's Tennis Championships
Semifinal 1: No. 1 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 4 Campbell
Official: Wayne Tesh

Winthrop 4, Liberty 0
Apr 20, 2015 at Asheville, N.C. (Asheville Racquet Club)
Singles competition
1. MATHESON, Sam (LIBERTY) vs. MITCHELL, Tremayne (WUM) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 0-1, unfinished
2. COMERFORD, Dylan (WUM) def. AZUERO, Jorge (LIBERTY) 6-4, 6-4
3. PATRICK, Steven (WUM) def. SAMAAI, Egon (LIBERTY) 6-3, 6-4
4. BURGESS, Jason (LIBERTY) vs. NAGOVNAK, Peter (WUM) 6-7, 1-4, unfinished
5. CASTANO, Diego (LIBERTY) vs. FRANZANTI, Ruben (WUM) 7-6, 1-6, unfinished
6. CHEN, Michael (WUM) def. BUSH, David (LIBERTY) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
2. BUSH, David/AZUERO, Jorge (LIBERTY) vs. MITCHELL, Tremayne/PATRICK, Steven (WUM) 7-4, unfinished
3. RYAN, Joshua/CHEN, Michael (WUM) def. CASTANO, Diego/BURGESS, Jason (LIBERTY) 8-6
Match Notes:
Winthrop 13-8
Liberty 14-10
Order of finis
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The featured match of the day took place in Palo Alto with Stanford hosting USC in a non conference matchup. Stanford had dropped the doubles point in three consecutive matches and it didn't get off to the best start after USC's Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine picked up a quick 6-2 win at #3. However a short while later Stanford's Nolan Paige and David Wilczynski would win 6-3 at #2 and then Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz sealed the doubles point with a 6-4 win at #1.

USC quickly turned things around in singles by taking five opening sets and Nick Crystal needed just over an hour to finish off David Wilczynski 6-3, 6-1 at #2. Stanford would end up being just as dominant in the second set as USC was in the first because the Cardinal took four second sets while USC's Jack Jaede forced a split at #5.

So it was a 1-1 match with all five matches into a third set but one by one they came off the board in USC's favor. Logan Smith made it 2-1 with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over Nolan Paige at #3 and then just moments minutes later both Jake DeVine and Thibault Forget would win within seconds of each other at #4 and #6. DeVine beat Sameer Kumar 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 at #4 while Forget got past Brandon Sutter 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 at #6.  Below is match point for Smith courtesy of USC:

They played the remaining courts out with Max de Vroome upsetting Tom Fawcett 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 at #1 and then in the final match to conclude it Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz edging Jack Jaede 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(8) at #5. The below clip from USC shows de Vroome winning it on a nice forehand winner:

The match ended up being a tale of three sets - USC controlled the first, Stanford the second, and in most courts USC dominated in the third.

The story remains the same with Stanford, they put up a good fight every time but they just can't seem to get over the hump. I also have to take my hat off to USC because they just keep plugging away and they keep finding ways to pull out close matches.

#13 USC 5, #29 Stanford 2
02/26/16 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1) Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) d. Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 6-4
2) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) 6-3
3) Rob Bellamy/DeVine (USC) d. Yale Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles competition
1) #65 Max de Vroome (USC 14.11) d. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2) #67 Nick Crystal (USC 13.95) d. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 6-1
3) #56 Logan Smith (USC 13.62) d. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
4) #92 Jake DeVine (USC 13.61) d. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.98) 6-3, 6-7 (9-7), 6-1
5) #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.42) d. Jack Jaede (USC 13.45) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8)
6) Thibault Forget (USC 13.50) d. Brandon Sutter (STAN 12.56) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3*
Match Notes
USC 7-2; National Ranking #13
Stanford 5-5; National Ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,4,6*,1,5)

Last year Michigan won seven matches all season but tonight the Wolverines picked up win #8 after defeating #31 Washington 5-2. Michigan took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 then got singles wins from Alex Knight, Carter Lin, Runhao Hua, and Kevin Wong at #2, #4, #5, and #6.

Washington picked up wins from Mitch Stewart at #1 and Enzo Sommer at #3. Below are some highlights courtesy of Michigan:

#28 Michigan 5, #31 Washington 2
02/26/16 at Ann Arbor, Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1 -- #95 Mitch Stewart (Wash 13.83) d. #60 Jathan Malik (Mich 13.73), 7-6 (1), 6-2
2 -- Alex Knight (Mich 13.76) d. Jake Douglas (Wash 13.53), 6-0, 6-3
3 -- Enzo Sommer (Wash 13.73) d. Davis Crocker (Mich 12.80), 7-6 (2), 6-4 
4 -- Carter Lin (Mich 13.14) d. Gal Hakak (Wash 13.38), 6-2, 6-1
5 -- Runhao Hua (Mich 13.43) d. Sebastian Hawken (Wash 12.73), 6-1, 6-3
6 -- Kevin Wong (Mich 13.17) d. Piers Foley (Wash 12.56), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10)
Doubles competition
1 -- Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (Mich) vs. Foley/Watanabe (Wash), 5-3 abandoned 
2 -- Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (Mich) d. Lam/Sommer (Wash), 6-4
3 -- Lubomir Cuba/Davis Crocker (Mich) d. Douglas/Stewart (Wash), 6-3
Match Notes
Michigan 8-2; National Ranking #28
Washington 9-3; National Ranking #31
Order of finish:: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6,1,3)

Texas Tech grabbed the early momentum against NC State by taking the doubles point but NC State put up a strong fight in singles. NC State was right there with Tech at the top three spots but the Red Raiders got it done down low by picking up wins from Jolan Cailleau, Connor Curry, and Bjorn Thomson.

Texas Tech finishes up its weekend trip on Sunday as the Red Raiders head west to Winston-Salem to face #5 Wake Forest.

#6 Texas Tech 4, #25 NC State 1
02/26/16 at Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #83 Simon Norenius (ST 13.48) vs. #18 Felipe Soares (TT 14.07) 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 0-2, unf
2. #72 Nick Horton (ST 13.72) vs. #97 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.77) 6-4, 4-3, unf
3. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.54) def. #87 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.24) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST 12.43) 6-1, 6-2
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.70) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST 12.35) 6-3, 6-3
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.74) def. Igor Saveljic (ST 12.73) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Ivan Saveljic/Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-1
2. Nick Horton/Thomas Weigel (ST) def. #56 Bjorn Thomson/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-3
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Simon Norenius/Michael Ogden (ST) 7-5
Match Notes
Texas Tech 15-1; National ranking #6
NC State 10-5; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"We sat down with Jolan and Connor and told them to we needed them to work harder in doubles," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "They stepped up and played more comfortable in tight situations today. I was proud of their effort. They were able to save deuce points on their serve, and Connor hit a great backhand up the line on match point. When we're able to win the doubles point, I feel that we're in a good position to win three singles matches with the depth of our lineup."

St. John's went into Cambridge and stunned #32 Harvard 4-3. The Red Storm swept the doubles point then got singles wins from Daniel Skripnik, Robert Livi, and Andrei Crapcenco at #2, #3, and #5 with Skripnik clinching it at #2. Interestingly enough all six singles matches finished in straight sets.

The Red Storm is back at it on Saturday playing #38 Dartmouth for the second time in two weeks while Harvard hosts #15 Northwestern and Bryant on Sunday.

St. John's 4, #32 Harvard 3
Feb 26, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass. (Murr Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Hu, Nicky (HARV 13.75) def. Lucas Hejhal (SJUMT 13.37) 7-6, 6-1
2. Daniel Skripnik (SJUMT 12.69) def. Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV 13.02) 6-4, 7-6*
3. Roberto Livi (SJUMT 13.12) def. Yeung, Brian (HARV 13.15) 6-1, 6-2
4. Tao, Kenny (HARV 13.09) def. Vaidik Munshaw (SJUMT 12.83) 6-3, 7-5
5. Andrei Crapcenco (SJUMT 12.54) def. Zhou, Andy (HARV 13.05) 6-2, 7-5
6. Lam, Kelvin (HARV 12.67) def. Dusan Vukicevic (SJUMT 12.75) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Daniel Skripnik/Roberto Livi (SJUMT) def. Yeung, Brian/Zhou, Andy (HARV) 7-6
2. Vaidik Munshaw/Alan Nunez Aguilera (SJUMT) def. Beltrame, Sebastian/Hu, Nicky (HARV) 6-4
3. Lucas Hejhal/Dusan Vukicevic (SJUMT) def. Haughey, Conor/Lam, Kelvin (HARV) 6-2
Match Notes:
St. John's 12-3
Harvard 8-5; National ranking #32

Post-Match Quotes from St. John's recap
"Today was a total team win. Each guy contributed to the biggest win in program history. To beat Harvard, a perennial top-30 program, on the road is a big step for us. Our guys came out in doubles and really set the tone especially Lucas and Dusan at the three, said Head Coach Eric Rebhuhn. Alan and Vaidik had great poise and came up clutch. Robbie played one of his best matches and kept the momentum. I am really impressed with Andrei and Danny's ability to come through when we needed them. We have been working hard since January for this opportunity. We were prepared we believed this was our time. I am so proud of our guys and happy for them.

Penn State may have been undefeated coming into this match against Ohio State but the Buckeyes were definitely the heavy favorites. Ohio State won going away at #1 and #2 doubles and then picked up fairly quick wins from Mikael Torpegaard, Chris Diaz, and Ralf Steinbach at #1, #3, and #5 singles.

Two of the three remaining matches were into a third set when play was halted due to the clinch.

#3 Ohio State 4, #21 Penn State 0
Feb 26, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.53) def. #59 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.44) 6-0, 6-1
2. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.27) vs. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU 13.56) 5-7, 6-0, unf
3. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU 13.12) 6-1, 6-3
4. #98 Matt Barry (PSU 13.41) vs. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.66) 2-6, 6-4, 2-0, unf
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.98) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.11) 6-2, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.84) vs. Ben Lieb (PSU 13.15) 6-2, 5-6, unf
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-2 
2. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) 6-1
3. C. De La Bassetiere/Aws Laaribi (PSU) vs. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 5-1, unf.
Match Notes:
Penn State 9-1; National ranking #21
Ohio State 13-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,3)
Official: Marcus Lee 
T-1:57 A-176

Post Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"It is tough to come away with a loss but it was extremely close," said head coach Jeff Zinn. "We played well at the end, after about an hour and a half. Barry, Constant, Laaribi, Lieb, and Hanzlik all had really close matches."

"The difference in tonight's match (compared to the rest of the season) was that we didn't win the sudden death points," said Coach Zinn. "That could be because we were on the road or that we were up against one of the best in the country but that is what it came down to. We have to work on handling the pressure of the moment. I think we played very well. If we play them down the road, now we know what to expect."

"We were playing well in doubles and thought we had opportunity," said assistant coach Paul Tobin. "We competed well. Ohio State is an incredibly well coached team, who is known to be aggressive at the baseline. Overall, the guys played hard tonight. I think they will learn from this match."

Wisconsin had the crowd whipped into a frenzy after taking the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but TCU was just way too strong in singles and won in straight sets at #1 through #5 with Eduardo Nava providing the clincher at #4.

Wisconsin was a UTR underdog on each of the six courts though Jose Carranza (11.95) did pull off an upset at #6 when he defeated Trevor Johnson (13.60) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8).

Below are clips from Wisconsin and TCU including Roditi's post-match recap.

#8 TCU 5, #36 Wisconsin 2
Feb 26, 2016 at Madison, Wisc. (Nielsen Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.38) def. Josef Dodridge (WIS 13.32) 6-1, 6-2
2. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.62) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS 12.96) 6-1, 7-5
3. #49 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.94) def. Lamar Remy (WIS 12.70) 6-2, 6-0
4. #99 Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.00) def. Osgar O'Hoisin (WIS 12.67) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.59) def. Darius Mackenzie (WIS 12.12) 6-2, 6-1
6. Jose Carranza (WIS 11.95) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.60) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
Doubles competition
1. Josef Dodridge/Lamar Remy (WIS) def. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-3
2. Jakhongir Jalolov/Jose Carranza (WIS) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Alexander Kokorev/Darius Mackenzie (WIS) 6-4
Match Notes
TCU 7-2; National ranking #8
Wisconsin 6-1; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,5,4,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap - head coach David Roditi
"Well, we are getting very good at bouncing back after doubles and that is great. We need to commit more time and more mental energy into our doubles play and practice. One set, no add and no warm-up means we must execute. The best way to execute is to practice. Our players came out strong right away and took the crowd out. All our guys played well and we will take a road win against a Big 10 school anyway. Now we get to sleep and drive tomorrow to Champaign, Ill. for another tough match Sunday against Illinois.

Post-Match Quotes from Wisconsin's recap
"It's the first time all year we've lost, and I think we saw some things that are very obvious that we can work on," said head coach Danny Westerman. "The other teams we've played all year, our best shots were good enough. Against a team like this, you've got to hit three or four good shots to win a play and we weren't quite ready to do that. And that's why TCU is as good as they are -- they're able to withstand our good shots and play their best tennis."

"The match started out great, we were playing great doubles and I felt like the home crowd and our energy was able to come through in that fast-paced doubles set," Westerman said. "In singles, I felt like we tried to do a little too much. I thought we over-respected them a little bit."

"Everyone needed to take a page out of Chema's book today," said Westerman. "He walked onto the court and he played his game. He wasn't too intimidated out there, he played his tennis, and when he had a chance to come to the net and end a point, he did. So the team can learn from him tonight."

In a matchup of top 45 teams it was the host #44 Drake getting past #39 Purdue 5-2. Five of six singles matches went the distance with Drake winning three of them.

Ben Stride (Drake Sports)
Drake took the doubles point and got a straight set win from Calum MacGeoch at #4 while both Ben Stride and Tom Hands came back from a set down to pull away in the third at #5 and #6. Vinny Gillespie earned Drake's fifth and final point with a hard fought win over Ricky Medinilla at #3.

Purdue picked up wins from Gergely Madarasz and Benjamin Ugarte at #1 and #2.

Purdue is off until hosting Indiana on March 8th in the latest battle for the "Bucket" while Drake returns to the courts on Saturday with a visit from #40 Denver.

#44 Drake 5, #39 Purdue 2
Feb 25, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #58 Gergely Madarasz (PUR 13.61) def. Lott, Ben (DU 13.30) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
2. Benjamin Ugarte (PUR 13.15) def. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.65) 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-4 
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.50) def. Ricky Medinilla (PUR 13.15) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 12.76) def. Dominik Sochurek (PUR 11.52) 6-3, 6-3
5. Stride, Ben (DU 12.43) def. Mateus Silva (PUR 13.01) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Hands, Tom (DU 12.11) def. Arthur Dobradin (PUR 11.97) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Ricky Medinilla/Dominik Sochurek (PUR) 6-3
2. Gergely Madarasz/Benjamin Ugarte (PUR) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-4 3. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Mateus Silva/Arthur Dobradin (PUR) 7-5
Match Notes
Drake 7-5; National Ranking #44
Purdue 10-2; National Ranking #39
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,6,5,2,3)

Post-Match Quote from Drake's recap
"The boys came out and play exceptionally well tonight, and fought against an extremely tough Purdue team as five of the (singles) matches went to three sets," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. "Doubles was huge. We went with the changed doubles lineup that we went with against Tulane and reestablished our confidence to being able to close out some matches."

#43 Iowa picked up a nice 4-2 win on Friday night over #40 Denver in a match that saw five of six singles matches go the distance.

Iowa took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but Denver's Henry Craig and Diogo Rocha put the Pioneers ahead 2-1 with wins at #1 and #2. Iowa's Josh Silverstein tied the match at 2-2 with a come from win #3 and then Jake Jacoby and Robin Haden won tight, tight matches at #6 and #4 with Haden providing the clincher.

Iowa opens up its Big Ten schedule next Saturday by hosting Nebraska while Denver stays in the state of Iowa for a Sunday matchup in Des Moines against #44 Drake.

#43 Iowa 4, #40 Denver 2
Feb 25, 2016 at Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye Tennis/Recreation Complex)
Singles competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN 13.41) def. Lefteris Theodorou (Iowa 12.77) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.26) def. Dominic Patrick (Iowa 12.81) 6-0, 6-3 
3. Josh Silverstein (Iowa 12.97) def. David Fox (DEN 13.13) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Robin Haden (Iowa 12.50) def. Alex Gasson (DEN  13.09) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 
5. Yannik James (DEN 12.95) vs.  Jones Larsen (Iowa 11.98) 6-7, 6-2, 6-6, unf. 
6. Jake Jacoby (Iowa 12.78) def. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN 11.93) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 
Doubles competition
1. Lefteris Theodorou/Jake Jacoby (Iowa) def. #20 Alex Gasson/Henry Craig (DEN) 6-4 
2. Josh Silverstein/Dominic Patrick (Iowa) def. Diogo Rocha/Yannik James (DEN) 6-2 
3. David Fox/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) vs. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (Iowa), 5-5 unf.
Match Notes:
Iowa 7-2; National Ranking #43
Denver 7-3; National Ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,4)


Andrew Korinek (Chris Parent LSU Sports)
#37 LSU got all it wanted from #75 North Florida but the Bayou Bengals pulled it out 4-3. LSU took the doubles point with wins  at #1 and #2 then the teams split the top four courts in singles. LSU's Jordan Daigle and Gabor Csonka won in straight sets at #1 and #4 while Yannick Zuern and Lasse Muscheites won in straights for the Ospreys at #2 and #3.

The match was decided by a pair of three-setters at #5 and #6 and it was LSU senior Andrew Korinek clinching the win at #5 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Zach Goldberg.

The final match at #6 was played out with North Florida's Sahil Deshmukh winning 6-4 in the third.

Note: UNF played without its #1 singles and doubles player Jack Findel-Hawkins (13.43)

#37 LSU 4, #75 North Florida 3
2/26/2016 at LSU Tennis Complex (Baton Rouge, La.) 
Singles competition
1. #42 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64) def. Julian Bradley (UNF 13.12) 6-2, 6-1
2. Yannick Zuern (UNF 13.15) def. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.48) 6-0, 6-3
3. Lasse Muscheites (UNF 12.75) def. Boris Arias (LSU 13.45) 6-4, 6-2
4. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.30) def. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF 12.63) 6-0, 6-1
5. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.97) def. Zach Goldberg (UNF 12.65) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF 11.81) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU 12.65) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Zach Goldberg/Lasse Muscheites (UNF) 6-3
2. Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Julian Bradley/Yannick Zuern (UNF) 5-4
3. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Sahil Deshmukh/Jonathan Deautriell (UNF) 6-3
Match Notes
North Florida 2-7; National ranking #75
LSU 4-2; National ranking #37
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,2,1,3,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"It would have been a long couple of days had Andrew (Korinek) not come up big, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "We certainly made it a little more difficult on ourselves, we didn't play good in a couple of spots today. It was a strange match with the potential of a lot of pressure falling onto a freshman but fortunately a senior came through.

Ryotaro Matsumura (UK Athletics)
One of the better stories of the year so far continued to get even better as #18 Kentucky knocked off #64 Indiana 6-1. Last season Kentucky limped to a 14-16 record but this season they are playing extremely well with two freshmen, Matsumura and Wallart, in the top four plus William Bushamuka and Nils Ellefsen have been solid too.

Kentucky took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 then it took five of six singles matches. Bushamuka, Matsumura, Ellefsen, Wallart, and Trey Yates won at #1, #2, #3, #4, and #6 while Indiana's only point came from Antonio Cembellin at #5.

Kentucky opens up its SEC schedule next weekend by welcoming in Arkansas and Ole Miss while Indiana hosts Cornell next Thursday.

#18 Kentucky 6, #64 Indiana 1
Feb 26, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #31 William Bushamuka (UK 13.95) def. #37 Sam Monette (IND 13.89) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 
2. #90 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.58) def. Raheel Manji (IND 13.34) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.55) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IND 13.10) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.94) def. Matthew McCoy (IND 12.70) 6-0, 3-6, 7-5
5. Antonio Cembellin (IND 12.89) def. Charles Minc (UK 12.18) 7-5, 6-3 
6. Trey Yates (UK 13.12) def. Chris Essick (IND 11.92) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. William Bushamuka/Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (IND) 6-3 
2. Enzo Wallart/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IND) 6-3
3. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) vs. Afonso Salgado/Raheel Manji (IND) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Indiana 4-6; National ranking #64
Kentucky 8-2; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,2,1,4,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"A good team win overall tonight, fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann. "Doubles was pretty good. We didn't play great, but we competed well and that's what you want to see as a coach. You want to see how we handle ourselves when we are not playing our best. 

"In singles we are playing better as a group. William [Bushamuka] came back that showed a lot of mental toughness. Ryo [Matsumura] is a rock. Nils [Ellefsen] keeps coming up with the goods and he is closing out sets and matches like a great player. Enzo [Wallart] showed a lot of heart and courage at the end of the third set. I was happy for him. Trey [Yates] is catching his stride before sec which is great to see.

"I was really proud of our guys tonight, said assistant coach Matt Emery. "We came out again in doubles with a lot of intensity and really took it to them. We still have a lot to little things to clean up, but we really just took care of business in doubles and we are very difficult to beat when we get the doubles point.

"I thought all the guys did an unbelievable job of carrying that momentum into the singles. Things got a little tight in the second sets, but we handled the adversity really well.  William did a phenomenal job of righting the ship after a tough first set. He is continuing to prove why he is one of the best players in the country."

"I was really proud of Trey Yates today taking care of business after the match was clinched, Emery added. "It is great to him playing better each match and taking people out. It is awesome to see his hard work paying off. His work ethic and intensity is one of the keys to our team this year, and I love seeing his game start to click right in time for the SEC season."

#33 Tulane 4, Arizona 1
Feb 26, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) vs. #96 Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) 7-6 (8-6), 2-2, unf
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Jason Jaruvang (ARIZ) 6-4, 6-2
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Harry Busby (ARIZ) 7-5, 6-3
4. Will Kneale (ARIZ) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 6-1, 6-2
5. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Trent Botha (ARIZ) 6-1, 6-3
6. Nikolas Tukic (TLN) vs. Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ) 1-6, 6-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. #27 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Will Kneale/Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ) 6-3
2. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) vs. Naoki Takeda/Will Adkisson (ARIZ) 4-4, unf
3. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Shoki Kasahara/Jason Jaruvang (ARIZ) 6-2
Match Notes:
Arizona 5-3
Tulane 6-3; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,5,2,3)

Other Friday Results:

#9 Oklahoma State def. Alabama 4-0
#14 South Florida def. #67 Boise State 4-0
#52 Princeton def. #48 Auburn 4-2
#58 BYU def. #72 Portland 5-2
New Mexico def. DePaul 6-1
New Mexico def. #53 Utah 7-0
Elon def. Brown 4-3
#19 Ole Miss def. #74 South Alabama 7-0
#63 Georgia State def. East Tennessee State 4-3
VCU def. George Mason 7-0
#45 Vanderbilt def. Murray State 7-0
#45 Vanderbilt def. Belmont 4-0

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Friday was a wild day of tennis with several teams coming from behind to pull out thrilling wins. The biggest comeback of the day took place in Blacksburg as No. 23 Florida State appeared to be down and out against No. 40 Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Florida State turned it around in singles and took first sets at one through four.

FSU's Benjamin Lock cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Joao Monteiro at No. 1 but Virginia Tech answered with a 7-6, 6-3 win from Aaron Gomez at No. 6.

The other four matches would go the distance and after Amerigo Contini put Virginia Tech up 3-1 with a win at No. 3 it looked like the Hokies were just moments away from clinching on a few other courts.

Andreas Bjerrehus and Marco Nunez were on serve headed toward a tiebreak at No. 2 but Virginia Tech had break leads on the other two courts. Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro led Aziz Dougaz 4-2 in the third at No. 4 and Mitch Harper led Jose Gracia 5-3 in the third at No. 5. Virginia Tech just needed to close out one of those three courts but amazingly they wouldn't be able to do it.

Marco Nunez put FSU's second point on the board after he won the third set tiebreak over Bjerrehus 7-1 and then Dougaz pulled out a third set tiebreak over Tessaro 10-8 to tie the match at 3-3.

Virginia Tech freshman Mitch Harper served for the match up 5-4 in the third but got broke from 30-40 (if I'm not mistaken). Gracia held quickly for 6-5 and then Harper finally held for 6-6. Harper led 4-3 in the tiebreak but Gracia took the next four points to close it out 7-4. Harper's serve really let him down deep in the third set because after he missed his first, Gracia was pouncing on his second serve.

#23 Florida State 4, #40 Virginia Tech 3
March 18, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #30 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. #18 Joao Monteiro (VT), 6-3, 6-2
2. #97 Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT), 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (1)
3. Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) def. #59 Edoardo Tessaro (VT), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8)
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
6. Aaron Gomez (VT) def. Jake Albo (FSU), 7-6 (2), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #21 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT) def. #26 Lock/Nunez (FSU), 6-4
2. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) vs. Contini/Tessaro (VT), 5-2, dnf.
3. Jai Corbett/Harper (VT) def. Gracia/Jack Haffey (FSU), 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida State 12-4; National Ranking #23
Virginia Tech 10-4; National Ranking #40
Order of Finish Singles: 1,6,3,2,4,5; Doubles: 3,1

Post-Match Quotes from FSU's recap
Head coach Dwayne Hultquist - "It was an unbelievable match. For us to win against a very tough program in Virginia Tech, who hosted an NCAA regional last year and has a lot of seniors in their lineup, was huge. It was a tough day. We overcame the adversity of not winning doubles. We had a good start to the singles portion, winning four first sets. When Jose fought back in the second set to force a third, that was a turning point for us. Aziz was clutch, overcoming a break down in the third for the win.

"It follows up our successes from last weekend, against North Carolina and Duke, and to win this match on the road really speaks to our seniors and our team to fight hard and not give up. Three matches we could have lost in a tiebreaker and we won all three. I love the spirit with our guys doing the Seminole chant. Our players really got behind Jose in the clincher. I'm proud of Jose for competing after being down in the third, he was winning points at the net. Great team effort.

On senior Benjamin Lock:
"Ben's on fire. In the ACC, he's playing a Top 20 player almost every match. He beat a player today that was in the finals of the National Indoors, a darn good player. Ben's success comes from his approach to the game we show up to practice, he's on the courts ready to go, training hard. He beat a good player, a great player, today. Beating him today at his place was huge.

Sophomore Jose Gracia:
"I was just taking it point by point in the tiebreaker. I never really thought about the moment, just wanted to keep playing my game. I was able to fight back from an early mini-break and my teammates kept cheering me on. I knew I was going to step up. I hit a backhand passing shot and took it to him. It was a very competitive match.

Vanderbilt went on the road to Lexington and pulled off a 4-3 stunner over No. 17 Kentucky. Vandy won what turned out to be a crucial doubles point by taking the deciding court at No. 1 in a tiebreak. Kentucky rallied in singles and took four opening sets but they'd only be able to close out three of those with William Bushamuka, Trey Yates, and Jake Stefanik winning at 1, 5, and 6.

Vanderbilt picked up straight set wins from Cameron Klinger and Baker Newman at 3 and 4 so it all came down to a third set at No. 2.

Vanderbilt senior Rhys Johnson led Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura 5-1 in the third but Matsumura took the next five games to go up 6-5. Johnson got a hold to send it to a tiebreak then he pulled away in the tiebreak taking it by a 7-1 score.

#68 Vanderbilt 4, #17 Kentucky 3
Mar 18, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) def. Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3, 6-4
2. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) def. #108 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)
3. Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-5, 6-3
4. Baker Newman (VANDY) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-6, 3-0, retired
5. Trey Yates (UK) def. Kris Yee (VANDY) 6-2, 6-2
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Alex Ross (VANDY) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-6 
2. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) def. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-3 
3. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VANDY) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-2
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 10-8 (1-2); National ranking #68
Kentucky 11-4 (3-2); National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,3,1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Vandy's recap
"We've been close all year long, said head coach Ian Duvenhage, "and we've played a bunch of good matches and haven't had much to show for it in the win column. We've been talking about the fact that if we keep knocking on the door, and that we just have to stay with it and keep the faith beating these guys is not easy to do. The crowd was incredibly rowdy; it was actually very dramatic. But the point is that Rhys (Johnson) handled the situation extremely well. 

"I think our doubles has gotten better consistently with each week. I thought we played good doubles against Georgia, but obviously came up short. Today, we got in a bit of a jam at No. 2, but came back and kept it competitive. Baker and Tate got off the court early to give us a 1-0 lead. Then Rhys and Cam did what they've done pretty much all year I think at this point you have to say that they're one of the best doubles teams in the country.

"Rhys had a great third set, but then was having trouble converting. So he was in a pickle there serving at 5-6, and found a way to hold to get it into the tiebreaker.

"Well, honestly, I was just relieved to get to the tiebreaker, said Johnson. "Then once it started I just wanted to keep my first serve percentage up and try to make the guy play as many balls as possible. Fortunately, I came out on top of most of those points.

Unranked Auburn dropped the doubles point but bounced back to win four singles matches to stun No. 22 Ole Miss 4-3.

Auburn 4, #22 Ole Miss 3
Mar 18, 2016 at Auburn, Ala. (Yarbrough Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. #103 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-4, 7-5
2. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #82 Marko Krickovic (AU) 6-2, 4-6, 4-1, retired
3. Dante Saleh (AU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Conner Huertas (AU) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Brandon Laubser (AU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Olle Thestrup (AU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. #48 Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-3
2. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Brandon Laubser/Olle Thestrup (AU) 6-2
3. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Conner Huertas/Dante Saleh (AU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes
Ole Miss 7-5, 2-3; National ranking #22
Auburn 9-6, 1-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,6,3,4,2)
Started outdoors; rain delay at 3:39 p.m.; play resumed indoors at 4:06
Official: Chris Rodger T-2:56

Post-Match Quote from Auburn's recap
"We showed real heart today after losing the doubles point, said Auburn head coach Eric Shore. "It was tough to lose that doubles point in a tiebreaker, but I thought we really fought back and battled in every singles match. We need to continue to do that in conference matches. It was a good start today.

Post-Match Quote from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"We were in good position after the doubles and started off well in singles. Unfortunately, we were not able to continue the momentum. We need to put this match behind us and move forward. We have had some good memories against Florida and I know that the guys are hungry to bounce back on Sunday.

Florida picked up a huge win at home over a red-hot No. 13 Arkansas.  The Gators took the doubles point and then won five of six singles matches Elliott Orkin clinching the win at No. 2. 

#24 Florida 6, #13 Arkansas 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Gainesville, Fla. (Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #21 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #43 Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3, 3-6, 5-1
2. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Jose Salazar (AR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. #75 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. #51 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4, 6-3
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Johan den Toom (AR) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #2 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #31 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3
2. #60 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-2
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) vs. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 5-4, unf
Match Notes:
Arkansas 13-4; National ranking #13
Florida 8-4; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,5,2,1,3,4) T-3:00

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton - On the confidence this win over a Top-15 program builds 
"I felt we have been so close in a lot of matches that we lost this season. We lost four 4-3 matches but all of those matches have been on the road. I think it certainly helps us to play at home tonight in front of our fans. I also think we have learned from our experiences with those losses and we understand how we need to set our mindsets before the match. Just like going into the doubles with the right mindset and then when we win the doubles point, we make sure to get our hands wrapped around the first part of the singles match and really try to apply pressure early in those matches. I thought our guys did an unbelievable job tonight of setting the tone early in those singles matches where we won five of the first sets. Then we were able to finish in the end. When they made their push and came out hard like Texas Tech did and Ohio State did earlier, tonight we answered the bell. I am just really proud of our guys for seeing it through."

Texas A&M welcomed in No. 25 Mississippi State and after taking the doubles point the Aggies picked up wins from Shane Vinsant, Jordi Arconada, AJ Catanzariti, and Jackson Withrow. State picked up wins by Mate Cutura and Niclas Braun at No. 1 and No. 4.

#9 Texas A&M 5, #25 Mississippi State 2
Mar 18, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (MSU) def. #14 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #34 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #77 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. #67 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Nuno Borges (MSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-4, 6-0
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #25 Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Nuno Borges/Niclas Braum (MSU) 6-2
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Mate Cutura/Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-3
3. #57 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Strahinja Rakic/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 5-4, unf
Match Notes:
Mississippi State 11-4, 3-2; National ranking #25
Texas A&M 16-4, 4-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,4,1,2,3)

Post-Match Quote from Texas A&M's recap
"It was another really tough SEC battle. I thought we did a great job in the doubles to secure that point. Down at the back of the line-up we were able to put three points on the board pretty quickly, which put a lot of pressure on Mississippi State. I was really pleased with that. The matches we were ahead in we were able to finish. I knew Mississippi State was going to be really good and I was really pleased with how well our guys performed. The motivation has to be internal and I thought our guys did a good job being internally motivated to play against a really tough Mississippi State team," - Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton

Post-Match Quote from Mississippi State's recap

"We played tough today and I thought Mate and Niclas stepped up in singles play, head coach Matt Roberts said. "We need to keep working hard and looking forward, because the SEC schedule doesn't get any easier. We'll take this loss and use it as a lesson and keep improving like we've done all year long.

#11 Illinois 4, #21 Baylor 2
Mar 18, 2016 at Indian Wells, CA 
Singles competition
1. #8 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #17 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 6-4
2. #6 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #56 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Will Little (BU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Pablo Landa (ILL) 6-0, 6-2
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL), 6-0, 6-7(8), 0-1 
Doubles competition
1. #12 Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-0
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-1
Match Notes:
Illinois 8-6; National ranking #11
Baylor 11-5; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,1,3,4)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quote from Illinois's recap
"A very exciting win for the program.  It's an honor for Larry to invite his Illini to this event," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Indian Wells in the spring time is just a special place. Win or lose, these are great matches for our program. In singles, we continue to really fight and play hard. This team is fun to coach. It doesn't matter whether guys are winning or losing, they play hard and represent Illinois with great passion."  

Tulane overcame the loss of the doubles point and gutted out a 4-3 win at No. 34 San Diego.

#28 Tulane 4, #34 San Diego 3
Mar 18, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #26 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 6-0, 6-4
2. #111 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. #53 Jordan Angus (USD) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-2, 6-1
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Jaan Kononov (USD) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
5. #118 Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles competition
1. #33 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-2
2. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-1
3. Jordan Angus/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) 6-3
Match Notes
San Diego 10-7; National ranking #34
Tulane 11-3; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,3,6,5,2,4)

Post-Match Quote from Tulane's recap
"Great gutsy win by these guys today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "I felt like we were losing almost the entire time except for the last 20 minutes. This is one of the things we try to enforce with the guys, you're never out of it, and there's always an opportunity. The guys did it today, under the gun, on the road, against a team that's been top-20 most of this year."

Post-Match Quotes from USD's recap
"Guys fought and fought and fought today against a battle tested, competitive team. Head Coach Ryan Keckley said of the match. "We played an inspired doubles point and came out of the gates up 1-0.

"We came up a tad short in singles. Our opportunities presented themselves with a few team match points, but those points are the hardest to capture. I am really proud of the group and continue to be impressed by the way we stand together as a unit. We'll be ready to use this experience tomorrow against a feisty Princeton squad."

#8 Texas Tech 4, #36 Princeton 0
03/18/16 at San Diego, Calif. (Aztec Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Felipe Soares (TT) def. Diego Vives (PU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #94 Hugo Dojas (TT) def. #104 Alexander Day (PU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #124 Alex Sendegeya (TT) vs. Thomas Colautti (PU) 6-2, 4-6, 3-4, unfinished
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) vs. Joshua Yablon (PU) 4-6, 6-0, 3-4, unfinished
5. Bjorn Thomson (TT) vs. Luke Gamble (PU) 4-6, 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
6. Connor Curry (TT) def. Kial Kaiser (PU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) vs. Alexander Day/Luke Gamble (PU) 3-2, unfinished
2. #44 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Thomas Colautti/Ben Tso (PU) 6-1
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Kial Kaiser/Diego Vives (PU) 6-1
Match Notes
Princeton 12-6; National ranking #36
Texas Tech 18-2; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6)

Post-Match Quote from Texas Tech's recap
"Today's response was the answer that we needed to have," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "The energy level, the competitiveness and the team effort we showed from start to finish was what I was most proud about it. We were ready from the start. I thought we showed a great intensity level in doubles and carried that into singles. Hugo had a big bounce-back win, and I thought we learned some valuable lessons from yesterday's match."

Post-Match Quote from Princeton's recap
We lost to a very good Texas Tech team today, but clearly we had plenty of chances. We were in the match down the stretch, though having to win four three-setters against a team the caliber of Tech is a tough assignment. We put ourselves in that hole by playing a poor doubles point and losing four first sets in singles. However, we rallied and kept fighting to give ourselves an opportunity. We'll learn from this match and look foward to bouncing back tomorrow" - Princeton head coach Billy Pate

#46 Denver 4, #49 Harvard 3
Mar 18, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Nicky Hu (HAR) def. Henry Craig (DEN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Sebastian Beltrame (HAR) 6-3, 6-3 
3. Kenny Tao (HAR) def. David Fox (DEN) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Brian Yeung (HAR) 6-7 (9), 7-6 (4), 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Kelvin Lam (HAR) 6-3, 6-4
6. Christopher Morrow (HAR) def. Zach Fryer (DEN) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 
Doubles competition
1. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HAR) 3-5 unf.
2. Diogo Rocha/Henry Craig (DEN) def. Sebastian Beltrame/Jean Thirouin (HAR) 6-1 
3. Jesse Ruder-Hook/ Yannik James (DEN) def. Christopher Morrow/Andy Zhou (HAR) 6-3
Match Notes:
Denver 10-5; National Ranking #46
Harvard 9-8; National Ranking #49
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,5,3,1,6,4)

#26 Memphis 4, #75 San Diego State 0
March 18, 2016 at San Diego (Aztec Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 100 Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. No. 86 Andrew Watson (MEM), 6-1, 5-7, DNF
2. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) vs. No. 61 Ryan Peniston (MEM), 7-6 (7), 2-5, DNF
3. Kai Lemke (MEM) def. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) def. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Felix Rauch (MEM) def. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU), 6-4, 6-4
6. Cornelius Kolb (SDSU) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEM) 7-5, 5-3, DNF
Doubles competition
1. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) def. Santiago Cevallos/Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) 6-3
2. Marko Goles-Babic/Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (MEM) 3-5, DNF 
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Hendrik Jebens/Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 8-7; National Ranking #26
San Diego State 5-8; National Ranking #75
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,5)


North Florida 4, #64 Georgia State 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Yannick Zuern (UNF) def. Koeke,Jannis (GSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. Lasse Muscheites (UNF) def. Kennedy,Zackery (GSU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Julian Bradley (UNF) def. Andrukhou,Andrei (GSU) 4-5, 6-1, 6-4
4. Zach Goldberg (UNF) vs. Acuna,Sebastian (GSU) 3-6, 6-0, 5-4, unfinished 
5. MacFarlane,Jack (GSU) def. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF) 6-1, 6-0
6. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) vs. Jaworski,Felipe (GSU) 6-7, 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Acuna,Sebastian/Andrukhou,Andrei (GSU) def. Julian Bradley/Yannick Zuern (UNF) 6-2
2. Lasse Muscheites/Zach Goldberg (UNF) def. MacFarlane,Jack/Koeke,Jannis (GSU) 6-3 3. Jonathan Deautriell/Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) def. Jaworski,Felipe/Bishop,Joseph (GSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia State 9-4; National ranking #64
North Florida 4-9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,1,3)

Post-Match Quote from UNF's recap
"We had a good week at practice and we focused on responding to our two tough 4-3 losses," said senior Julian Bradley. "We faced some adversity with some people being injured, but we really focused this week on being a team and really fighting for each other. I thought it really showed today and we had a lot of fun - starting with the doubles point and then translated to singles. We had guys that were down a set and then they came back and it helped with our momentum for those guys to close out the second sets."

#19 Georgia 7, #62 South Carolina 0
Mar 18, 2016 at Columbia, SC (Carolina Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #5 Smith/Wagland (UGA) d. #54 O'Keefe/Fennell (SC) 6-4
2. Oosterbaan/Zielinski (UGA) d. Friedrich/Swank (SC) 6-1
3. Mayronne/Dennis (SC) vs. #62 Montgomery/Reinberg (UGA) 5-5 (susp.) 
Singles competition
1. #27 Austin Smith (UGA) d. Gabriel Friedrich(SC) 6-4, 6-2
2. #25 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) d. Andrew Schafer (SC) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) d. Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 1-0 (7)
4. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) d. Alex Fennell (SC) 7-5, 7-6 (2)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) d. Thomas Mayronne (SC) 6-2, 6-4
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) d, Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia 9-3; National ranking #19
South Carolina 9-9; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,6,2,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from South Carolina's recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi: "We're going to move past this one. There were plenty of matches where we were right there; we just failed to move ahead. We failed to play the right way in big moments, and that's something that we have to learn from today. We're not going to get mad about the loss as long as we can learn from it. The major takeaway is exactly that. We just need to be a little more aggressive in the big moments, be willing to step up and play big."

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"Our guys played a complete match today, said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We were good from warm ups on. It was certainly tough on many courts and South Carolina challenged us at every position, but I'm proud of how everyone played out there today. Austin Smith continues to play outstanding tennis to lead the way for this team and it was very good to see Wayne Montgomery really come through and find his game.

#43 Alabama 4, #48 LSU 3
March 18, 2016 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #81 Korey Lovett (UA) def. #102 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 7-5, 6-3
2. #62 Mazen Osama (UA) def. #106 Gabor Csonka (LSU) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-3
3. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 7-5, 6-3
4. Spencer Richey (UA) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Simon Freund (LSU) def. Matthew Rossouw (UA) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
6. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #42 Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama (UA) def. #8 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-4
2. Grayson Goldin/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-2
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Spencer Richey/Matthew Rossouw (UA) 6-3
Match Notes
Alabama 12-7, 3-2 SEC; National ranking #43
LSU 8-7, 1-4 SEC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,5,3,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Alabama's recap
"Tonight required mental and physical fortitude from start to finish," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "We had a great start in doubles, and it carried over into the first sets of singles. But then a light flashed red that said check engine. We had a choice, pull over for service or keep going until the engine would no longer run. Well, we had just enough oil, coolant and fuel to get the job done, and I'm happy for the guys. We'll spend a little time at the auto shop tomorrow and get refueled for Sunday's battle with a very good Texas A&M team."

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"We didn't play as well in double in certain spots that we usually do and we needed to give ourselves the momentum, Head Coach Jeff Brownsaid.

"We gave ourselves some chances, Brown added. "Ultimately, we didn't have enough to make the comeback but I think the guys are fighting as a team and we are hoping to continue to show improvement.

Top-ranked Virginia had no trouble on Friday afternoon and blanked No. 33 NC State 7-0. Virginia took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Hoos swept all six singles matches. Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Henrik Wiersholm, and Mac Styslinger only dropped a combined nine games in their four matches at 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Ryan Shane and J.C. Aragone won their matches in three-sets at 1 and 4.

NC State sat both of its top two players, Nick Horton and Simon Norenius, either due to a minor injury or possibly due to competition day issues.

#1 Virginia 7, #33 NC State 0
March 18, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition 
1.) #13 Ryan Shane (VA) def. Thomas Weigel (ST) 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 
2. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST) 6-1, 6-2 
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST) 6-2, 6-1 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Michael Ogden (ST) 6-0, 6-2 
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Chris Mikrovas (ST) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition 
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) 4-3, unfinished 
2. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Thomas Weigel/Michael Ogden (ST) 6-2 
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Chris Mikrovas/Shoti Meparidze (ST) 6-2
Match Notes
Virginia 13-2; National ranking #1
NC State 12-9; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,3,2,1,4) 
T-2:48 A-153

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I was pleased with our overall performance today against a strong NC State team, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It was a positive for us to play in some pretty difficult conditions with swirling winds on the courts. Hopefully that gives us some good experience on how to deal with less-than-perfect conditions, because nothing is ever going to be just right. Now we look forward to preparing to play an outstanding Florida State team on Sunday.

#51 Notre Dame 5, #69 Duke 2
Mar 18, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion) 
Singles competition
1. #42 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #20 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
2. Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Vincent Lin (DU) 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
3. Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. TJ Pura (DU) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4, 6-3
5. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Josh Levine (DU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) def. Adrian Chamdani (DU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Ryan Dickerson (DU) vs. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) 4-4, unf.
2. #71 Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Daniel McCall/Jason Lapidus (DU) 6-3
3. Josh Hagar/Nicolas Montoya (ND) def. Vincent Lin/Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-3
Match Notes
Duke 7-9, 1-3 ACC; National ranking #69
Notre Dame 9-8, 3-2 ACC; National ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,2,6)
T-3:08 A-123

Post-Match Quotes from Notre Dame's recap
"That's the epitome of pressure tennis, Irish head coach Ryan Sachire said. "I think to come through consistently like we did was awesome and something to build upon moving forward. We always talk about controlling what you can control and being gritty in responses to adversity and I thought our guys did a really good job of that today, and the heart they competed with was outstanding.

"I knew that I had a job to do and that was to win the match, Covalschi said. "After the first set I went down a break and, in the past, it was hard for me to hit the reset button, but the coaches encouraged me to control everything I can control, so I stayed as positive as I could and build some momentum and let it carry on point to point.

"I was really proud of our team from the perspective that it was a tough weekend last weekend, but we came back on Tuesday and had one of the best practices of the season and had another great practice on Wednesday, Sachire said. "We felt like we were turning the page quickly, which is what we needed to do. They came out and established themselves with confidence and played well.

Clemson pulled out a tight doubles point that saw all three courts go to a tiebreak but No. 32 Georgia Tech dominated in singles and won all six matches in straight sets with no sets closer than 6-4.

#32 Georgia Tech 6, Clemson 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #15 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Alex Favrot (CU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. Luke Johnson (CU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Andrew Li (GT) def. Daffra Sanon (CU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Michael Kay (GT) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Christian Harris (CU) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #77 Alex Favrot/Luke Johnson (CU) def. Carlos Benito/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 7-6 (7-4)
2. #65 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) def. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Andrew Li/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 7-6 (9-7)
Match Notes
Clemson 11-8, 2-2 ACC
Georgia Tech 11-4, 4-1 ACC; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,4,5,2,3)
T-1:50 A-100

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne SAYS -- "Credit to Clemson for fighting through and getting the point. But it's only one point. It was great to see the way our guys responded. We went up a set in all six matches fairly quickly, then we got up early in the second sets and didn't relax. It was a great match for us going into spring break, typically the guys have a lot of tests this week. They played with a lot of energy."

Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
"All the credit to a good Georgia Tech team and its coaches today in Atlanta. Our team came out and continued to play solid doubles. In singles however, the positive energy and self talk we have brought to the courts this last month with our play was not there, said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "I know we will rebound and learn from today's match, and look forward to our next opportunity on Sunday against Wake Forest in North Carolina."

Second-ranked North Carolina played without its No. 1 Brayden Schnur but still cruised to a 7-0 win over Louisville. UNC took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 then it won all six singles matches in straight sets with the closest set being 6-4.

#2 North Carolina 7, Louisville 0 
March 18, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #10 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. Alex Gornet (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #23 Brett Clark (NC) def. George Hedley (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
3. #41 Jack Murray (NC) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #80 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Blaine Boyden (NC) def. Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Sean Donohue (LOU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition 
1. #4 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (NC) def. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-2
2. Ronnie Schneider/Jack Murray (NC) def. George Hedley/C. Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-0
3. Sean Donohue/Courtney Lock (LOU) def. Andrew Gores/Blaine Boyden (NC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Louisville 9-10
North Carolina 17-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,3,1,5,6)
T-2:09  A-207

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"I liked the way we came out in doubles at one and two, really good energy, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "That set the tone for the whole day. I liked the way we played, up and down the lineup. A couple of slips here and there, but overall it was a good performance.

"Louisville's got a well-coached team their coach [Rex Ecarma] has been around a long time and he does a really good job of getting those guys prepared. We knew they'd fight us.

"At five and six, the freshmen did a good job of sticking in there and getting the job done, Schneider said. "It was a good start to the weekend and now we'll get ready for State. They always give us their best.

 "We're looking forward to playing NC State again, Paul said. "They've got a heck of a team and they gave us everything we could handle the last time here, so it will be a great match in Raleigh.

Post-Match Quotes from Louisville's recap
"North Carolina looks and plays like a team favored to win the national championship," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "Their confidence and body language were good and they won a majority of the close games."

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A good crowd of around 100 gathered in Memphis for the finals of the American Conference Championship where South Florida was looking to win the title for the third consecutive year. South Florida and Tulsa met just nine days prior with USF winning 7-0 though Tulsa sat its top singles player Or Ram-Harel so this one figured to be much closer.

The top seeded Bulls got off to a good start at No. 1 doubles while Tulsa went up an early break at No. 2.  USF's Vadym Kalyuzhnyy and Sasha Gozun broke on the no-ad point when Gozun cleaned it up the net to make it 4-2

Kalyuzhnyy held from 40-15 to make it 5-2 and then the Bulls would break at love to win it 6-2

Tulsa's Dylan McCloskey and Dominic Bechard broke Dominic Cotrone to start the match and then McCloskey held for 2-0. Humorous note: Cotrone's first serve of the match drilled his partner Peter Bertran right in the back of the head. I thought I had the clip but for some reason it didn't take.

USF's Peter Bertran would hold for 1-2 and then he and Cotrone would break the Bechard serve to make it 2-2. Cotrone held for 3-2 and then McCloskey held on the no-ad point for 3-3. Tulsa broke Bertran to go up 4-3 but USF would break Bechard again to make it 4-4.

Meanwhile over at No. 3 it stayed on serve until USF's Robert Cid and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz broke the Carlos Bautista serve to go up 4-3. Cid would hold on the no-ad point for 5-3 and then USF would go up 30-40 on the Majed Kilani serve. Gonzalez-Muniz would hit a sweet return winner while falling down to win it though there was some confusion for a few seconds because Tulsa made a late out call. The chair told Tulsa the call came too late and the ball was good regardless so South Florida had the doubles point and the early 1-0 lead.

After the doubles point Tulsa head coach Vince Westbrook got vocal and really challenged his guys to step it up in singles and they did just that early on. Tulsa went breaks on four courts but Juan Matias Gonzalez wouldn't be able to close out his set after leading 5-3 at No. 2. Gozun held for 4-5 and then broke Matias Gonzalez at love to make it 5-5.

Gozun would hold quickly for 6-5 and then Matias Gonzalez would double fault on the deciding point to drop the set 7-5.

So with Gozun getting the set on two that meant each team picked up three first sets. Tulsa's Or-Ram Harel went up an early break on Roberto Cid at No. 1 and took the set 6-4, Tulsa's Majed Kilani won the set at No. 3 over Dominic Cotrone in a tiebreak, and Francois Kellerman took a 6-3 opening set at No. 5 over Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz.

The aforementioned Sasha Gozun would be the first one to finish after he picked up an early break in the second set and would then serve it out to defeat Juan Matias Gonzalez 7-5, 6-3.

Less than a few minutes later the lead would be extended to 3-0 when Vadym Kaluzhnyy closed out Dylan McCloskey at No. 6. Kalyuzhnyy went up a quick break in the first set and then broke again to take the set 6-2. Kalyuzhnyy served for the match up 5-3 in the second but McCloskey would break from 30-40 to stay in it. McCloskey held from 40-15 to even it at 5-5 but Kalyuzhnyy held from 40-15 as well to go up 6-5. McCloskey fell behind 30-40 on his 5-6 service game but he would take the next point to bring up the deciding point. Kalyuzhnyy would get the break to win the match when McCloskey put a backhand into the net after a somewhat length rally.

South Florida clearly had the match in its grips because Roberto Cid was about to get a split at No. 1 plus Peter Bertran was nearing the finish line at No. 4.

Bertran, who transferred to USF from Georgia, went up an early break in the first set but Carlos Bautista would break back to even it at 3-3. Bertran would break again and would then serve out the opening set on this point to take it 6-4.

There were a few break of serve in the second set but Bertran would get the last one when he broke Bautista from 30-40 to go up 6-5.

Bertran would go up 30-15 with a massive forehand winner down the line but a double fault on the next point would make it 30-all. Bertran would go up 40-30 after a Bautista forehand error and then he'd clinch the Championship on this point.

Match Highlights
Post-Match Interview w Matt Hill Trophy Presentation

You can watch the full replay of this match on the American Network here.

#17 South Florida 4, #23 Tulsa 0
Apr 24, 2016 at Memphis, Tenn. (MUS)
Singles Competition
1. #46 Or Ram-Harel (TULSA) vs. #4 Roberto Cid (USF) 6-4, 2-5, unf.
2. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TULSA) 7-5, 6-3
3. Majed Kilani (TULSA) vs. #48 Dominic Cotrone (USF) 7-6(3), 3-2, unf.
4. Peter Bertran (USF) def. Carlos Bautista (TULSA) 6-4, 7-5
5. Francois Kellerman (TULSA) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) 6-3, 5-6, unf.
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Dylan McCloskey (TULSA) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. #34 Vadym Kalyuzhnyy/Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TULSA) 6-2
2. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) vs. Dylan McCloskey/Dominic Bechard (TULSA) 4-4, unf
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) def. Majed Kilani/Carlos Bautista (TULSA) 6-3
Match Notes:
Tulsa 17-13; National ranking #23
USF Men's Tennis 20-8; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,6,4) 

Post-Match Quotes from USF's recap
"There wasn't a doubt that once singles came out everyone was ready to go, us and them, Said head coach Matt Hill. "We knew it was going to be a war all the way through and that's what it was.

"I couldn't be more proud, there is a lot of adversity that comes with winning championships and we've handled it well, said Hill. "We are just really excited for today and excited for NCAA's coming up.

"We have the 10th toughest schedule in the country, so to be that successful from the first position, he's been incredible this year, said Hill.

"It's crazy, I didn't expect any of this when I came to college, it's a great feeling knowing that since my freshman year we've been able to do well in conference play, said Cid. "It's a huge accomplishment and hopefully these guys continue to keep it up next year.


The College of Charleston was playing in the finals for the Colonial Championship for the third year in a row but it finally got over the hump by defeating the top seed UNC Wilmington 4-3.

Charleston dropped the doubles point but rallied to win four matches in singles with Juan Estevarena (Mississippi State transfer) providing the clincher at No. 1 with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Santtu Leskinen. Here is a video clip of match point - note Leskinen trying to break his racket and then starting to hobble afterwards.

Charleston's last conference title came in 2012 when it won the Southern Conference before leaving for the Colonial the following year.

#2 College of Charleston 4, #1 UNCW 3
April 24, 2016 | Jimmy Powell Tennis Center | Elon, N.C.
Singles Competition
1. Juan Estevarena (COFC) def. #120 Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. C. Van der Burgh (UNCW) def. Rodrigo Encinas (COFC) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
3. Charlie Ghriskey (COFC) def. Agustin Savarino (UNCW) 6-2, 6-2
4. Zack Lewis (COFC) def. Aviv Ben Shabat (UNCW) 6-2, 6-2
5. Andres Torres (UNCW) def. Vasily Kichigin (COFC) 6-4, 6-4
6. Garrett Gordon (COFC) def. Josh Hublitz (UNCW) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. Juan Estevarena/Rodrigo Encinas (COFC) def. C. Van der Burgh/Aviv Ben Shabat (UNCW) 6-4
2. Santtu Leskinen/Taylor Cramer (UNCW) def. Josh Record/Vasily Kichigin (COFC) 6-3
3. Agustin Savarino/Josh Hublitz (UNCW) def. Charlie Ghriskey/Zack Lewis (COFC) 7-6 (7-2)
Match Notes
Charleston 19-6
UNCW 12-9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,5,3,6,2,1)
2016 CAA Men's Tennis Finals

Post-Match Quotes from Charleston's recap
"I am extremely proud, and excited for our guys. Head coach Jay Bruner said. "They fought just like they have all season. They continued to get better and better as the season went on and they earned this win today against a very good [UNCW] team.

The University of Texas at Arlington set a new-all time wins record and won it's first Sun Belt Conference Title with a 4-1 win over a short-handed South Alabama.

South Alabama grabbed the early lead when it won the deciding match at No. 1 doubles in a tiebreak but UTA would come roaring back in singles. The Mavericks picked up straight set wins at 2, 3, 5, and 6 with junior Mario Muniesa clinching the championship at No. 3 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Olivier Gingras.

UTA's last appearance at the NCAAs came back in 2006 when it won the Southland Conference.

USA's Tim Srkala (10-11 dual-match record at 1 and 2) was able to play doubles but he couldn't go in singles (was seen in a boot after doubles) and Pierre Noyon (8-8 dual-match record) also couldn't go as well. 

UT Arlington Mavericks 4, South Alabama Jaguars 1
Apr 24, 2016 at New Orleans, La. (City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Tuki Jacobs (USA) vs. Guanarteme Nuez (UTA) 5-7, 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
2. Jhonathan Gonzalez (UTA) def. Juan Troglia (USA) 6-1, 7-5
3. Mario Muniesa (UTA) def. Olivier Gingras (USA) 6-4, 7-5
4. Gerhard Gruindelingh (USA) vs. Daniel Armengol (UTA) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 2-1, unfinished
5. Carlos Arbiza (UTA) def. Dallas Teague (USA) 6-4, 6-3
6. Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) def. Lucas Gonzalez (USA) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Olivier Gingras/Gerhard Gruindelingh (USA) def. Daniel Armengol/J Gonzalez (UTA) 7-6 (9-7)
2. Carlos Arbiza/Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) def. Tim Srkala/Dallas Teague (USA) 6-2
3. Tuki Jacobs/Juan Troglia (USA) def. Mario Muniesa/Guanarteme Nuez (UTA) 6-4
Match Notes
UT Arlington 18-10
South Alabama 15-12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,2,3)
2016 Men's Tennis Championship
#2 South Alabama vs. #5 UT Arlington
Official: Dale Williamson T-3:26 A-276

Post-Match Quotes from UTA's recap
"I was so happy for the kids," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "They worked so hard from Day 1. Being able to win this title is just an amazing memory. I am so proud of every single player. They have worked so hard on and off the court."

"These kids are going to be in the history books forever," Benitez said. "It is just an amazing feeling. They will be able to go back in their elder years and see this season. It was a united team effort and potentially one of the best teams in UT Arlington history."

Junior Mario Muniesa, the match winner, was quick to point out it was not just the student-athletes on the court who deserved credit.

"Thank you to all of the coaches," Muniesa said. "They were one of the most important parts of this big win. They have been pushing us and believing in us. They also deserve the credit. It is not just about nine guys on our team, it is about our coaches too."

"I just decided to go for a big serve and he missed on the return," Muniesa said. "I was extremely happy. We were all celebrating and it was just ecstasy."

Post-Match Quotes from USA's recap
"It was a great effort, especially with the cards we were dealt," USA head coach Nick Brochu said. "We tried to win the championship without our No. 2 and No. 4, but that's not an excuse.  Everybody stepped up. We had our No. 7 and 8 step up and play great tennis, and throughout the tournament, everybody stepped up. I'm really proud of those guys. We had a long, tough year and had some great results. To make it to the final this year was great.

"UT Arlington is really tough. They beat Louisiana-Lafayette in the first round and then upset the No. 1 seed Georgia State yesterday. They were tough and it went all the way down to the wire."

"When it gets this close, it's tough to swallow," Brochu said. "I know those guys wanted to win today. I think it was a great accomplishment to make it to the final. I'm very proud of what they did today and this season. I look at the season as a good season; this is not a disappointment."

"I'm really proud of my seniors," Brochu added. "The three seniors gave so much to this program. They did so much and they mean so much to us, so we're going to miss them."

Rice won its first Conference USA Championship since 2010 with a tough 4-2 win over Old Dominion in front of over 500 fans in Houston. Rice rolled over ODU in doubles winning 6-0 at No. 2 and 6-1 at No. 3 and then the teams would split first sets in singles.

ODU struck first with Adam Moundir winning at No. 1 and then Michael Weindl put the Monarchs ahead 2-1 with a win at No. 3. Rice evened it up at 2-2 when Emanuel Llamas won at No. 6 and Jake Hansen put the Owls ahead for good with a win at No. 4

David Warren would provide the clincher with a come from behind 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Zvonimir Podvinski at No. 5.

#26 Rice 4, #45 Old Dominion University 2
4/24/2016 at Houston, Tx (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Adam Moundir (ODU) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 7-5, 6-1
2. Tommy Bennett (RICE) vs. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) 6-2, 5-6, unfinished
3. Michael Weindl (ODU) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 6-2, 6-4
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU) 6-0, 6-4
5. David Warren (RICE) def. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #30 Tommy Bennett/David Warren (RICE) vs. #59 A Kijametovic/A Moundir (ODU) 4-1, unf
2. Adam Gustafsson/Jamie Malik (RICE) def. Jacob Nicolussi/Michael Weindl (ODU) 6-0
3. Jake Hansen/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Darragh Glavin/Theophile Lanthiez (ODU) 6-1
Match Notes
Old Dominion University 19-5; National ranking #45
Rice 23-7; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,6,4,5)
2016 Conference USA Men's Championship
T-2:25 A-537

Other Conference Tournament Results:

East Tennessee State won its 10th consecutive conference championship, and second straight SOCON, with a 4-0 win over Furman in the finals of the Southern Conference. ETSU won all three doubles match with a simultaneous finish at No. 1 and No. 3 then the Bucs took five of six first sets in singles.

Diego Nunez made it 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3 and then Ismael Merino made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6. Rogerios Ribeiro would clinch the championship at No. 2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Cameron Green.

#1 East Tennessee State 4, #3 Furman 0
April 24, 2016 at Chattanooga, TN (Champions Club)
Singles competition
1. #76 David Biosca (ETSU) vs. Adam Steryous (FUR) 6-4, 4-6, unfinished
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Cameron Green (FUR) 6-4, 6-4
3. Diego Nunez (ETSU) def. Matt Browne (FUR) 6-4, 6-4
4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) vs. Ben Horst (FUR) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0, unfinished
5. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) vs. Josh Pistorius (FUR) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
6. Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. Alex Steryous (FUR) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #57 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Matt Browne/Ben Horst (FUR) 6-4
2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Alex Steryous/Cameron Green (FUR) 6-2
3. Sebastian Yllera/Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. Josh Pistorius/Adam Steryous (FUR) 6-4
Match Notes
ETSU 18-5; National ranking #55
Furman 10-16
Order of finish: Singles (3,6,2)

Post-Match Quotes
"It is an amazing feeling to get to 10 in a row, ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini said. "10 is a big number when talking about consecutive championships. To be able to accomplish this with this group of seniors is pretty amazing. I am thankful to our administration, past players and teams who started the streak and also supporting staff, especially Ricky Rojas. It is obvious this does not happen overnight and this one feels as good as every other. I am excited for the kids and future of ETSU.

Lamar won its first ever Southland Conference Championship with a 4-1 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Jeandre Hoogenboezem clinched the title with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win at No. 5

Lamar University 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0
April 23, 2016 Schlief Tennis Complex Nacogdoches, Texas
1. Michael Feucht (LU) vs. Kevin Bettendroffer (AMCC), 1-6, 6-3, 4-3 Unf.
2. Nikita Lis (LU) def. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC), 6-4, 6-2
3. Benny Schweizer (LU) def. Javier Pujol (AMCC), 6-3, 6-3
4. Sebastian Santibanez (LU) def. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC), 6-7 (5-7), 3-1, Unf.
5. Jeandre Hoogenboezem (LU) def. Paul Cook (AMCC), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
6. Juuso Laitinen (LU) def. Carlos Pedrosa (AMCC), 6-4, 7-6
1. Bettendroffer/Bedel (AMCC) def. Feucht/Schweizer (LU), 6-2 
2. Rauseo/Cook (AMCC) def. Hoogenboezem/Lis (LU), 5-4, Unf. 
3. Mayagoita/Pujol (AMCC) def. Laitinen/Santibanez (LU), 6-2
Match Notes
2016 Southland Conference Championships Men's Finals

Post-Match Quotes:
"It's almost hard to put into words what I'm feeling right now," said head coach Scott Shankles. "The guys have worked so hard this year, and to see their hard work pay off is such a great feeling. I'm just so happy for them and our fans."

"You have to take your hats off to A&M-Corpus Christi," said Shankles. "They played lights out in doubles and really brought the energy today. I was very impressed with how they played. We didn't have any answers. I don't think there is anything we could have done differently. They were just playing that well, but we took the break to settle down and get focused on singles."

"We knew we could control their energy if we got out to good starts in singles," said Shankles. "That's all it takes, and we were able to do that. Slowly, we were able to take over the momentum. We sustained that momentum until the end."

Tennessee Tech earned its first bid to the NCAAs since 2007 by defeating Eastern Kentucky 4-3 in the finals of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. According to the recap/box score EKU won at No. 2 singles by default after splitting sets so I'd be interested to hear what the story was on that one. Marcos Bernardes broke the 3-3 tie by defeating Diogo Soares 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the deciding match at No. 5 singles.

Tennessee Tech 4, Eastern Kentucky 3
Apr 24, 2016 at Nashville, Tenn.
Singles Competition 
1. Mena, Eduardo (TTU) def. Ramon van Flymen (EKU) 6-1, 6-1 
2. Alex Alvaro (EKU) def. Arovin, Alex (TTU) 0-6, 6-2, 99-0
3. Esteban, Alberto (TTU) def. Guillem Sanchis (EKU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 
4. Nicolas, Guille (TTU) def. Sebastian Mueller (EKU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Bernardes, Marcos (TTU) def. Diogo Soares (EKU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 
6. Florian Graskamp (EKU) def. Alfonso, Jorge (TTU) 6-4, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. Alex Alvaro/Sebastian Mueller (EKU) def. Arovin, Alex/Esteban, Alberto (TTU) 6-2
2. Ramon van Flymen/Diogo Soares (EKU) def. Mena, Eduardo/Bernardes, Marcos (TTU) 6-2 3. Alfonso, Jorge/Nicolas, Guille (TTU) vs. Guillem Sanchis/Diego Asis (EKU) 4-3, unfinished
Match Notes:
Doubles finish: 1, 2
Singles finish: 1, 2, 4, 3, 6, 5


North Florida won its first-ever Atlantic Sun Championship with a 4-0 win over the No. 4 seed and host USC-Upstate. Sahil Deshmukh provider the clincher by defeating Ignacio Garrido 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 at No. 5

#2 North Florida 4, #4 USC Upstate 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Spartanburg, S.C. (USC Upstate Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Jack Findel-Hawkins (UNF) vs. Ramon Simonetti (UPST) 3-6, 6-4, 2-0 DNF
2. Lasse Muscheites (UNF) vs. Ankush Arora (UPST) 6-4, 6-5 DNF
3. Yannick Zuern (UNF) def. Jamie Yates (UPST) 6-3, 6-3
4. Lenhard Haupt (UPST) vs. Julian Bradley (UNF) 6-4, 5-4 DNF
5. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) def. Ignacio Garrido (UPST) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
6. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF) def. Raj Dharni (UPST) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Ramon Simonetti/Ankush Arora (UPST) def. Jack Findel-Hawkins/Yannick Zuern (UNF) 6-4
2. Lasse Muscheites/Zach Goldberg (UNF) def. Jamie Yates/Raj Dharni (UPST) 6-2
3. Julian Bradley/Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) def. Ignacio Garrido/Matt Bennion (UPST) 6-4
Match Notes:
No. 2 North Florida 11-11
No. 4 USC Upstate
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,3,5)

Post-Match Quotes:
"We are excited to be to get this championship under our belt and now play with freedom towards the NCAA Championship," said head coach Mark Finnegan. "More importantly, this means so much to the program because over the last five years we have had so many great teams, but unfortunately not be at full health for the championship. This year we were closest we could be to full heatlh and we saved our best and we finished well.

"I think it is an amazing achievement from the guys. We focused on what we call a real team all semester long and we've had our ups and downs with being a real team," said added Finnegan. "Today we did a great job and this weekend with being a real team and ultimately, real teams win championships."

"There are too many people to thank, but Nick Morrow is a great supervisor and Randy Jenks has just done so much for UNF tennis with the Jacksonville community," said Finnegan. "To all of the alumni, this one is for them because without them and the foundation laid at UNF, this championship would not be possible."

Bryant won its third straight Northeast Conference Championship with a 4-0 shutout over the St. Francis University Red Flash (love the nickname). Michael Plutt came back from 3-0 down in the second set to clinch the championship with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4.

Bryant 4, Saint Francis U 0
04/24/16 at West Windsor, NJ (Mercer County Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. VOGT, Max (BRY) vs. GERVAIS, Washi (SFU) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished
2. WELSH, Oliver (BRY) vs. FOO-KUNE, Alec Dylan (SFU) 4-6, 5-3, unfinished
3. LORENZ, Luke (BRY) def. TICO, Rodrigo (SFU) 6-2, 6-0
4. PLUTT, Michael (BRY) def. SUNTAR, Jan Vit (SFU) 6-4, 6-3
5. JAKUBOWSKI, Artur (BRY) vs. AVUSKI, Plamen (SFU) 6-2, 5-6, unfinished
6. ORTIZ-GARCIA, Jorge (BRY) def. VAN DER HEIJDEN, R. (SFU) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. GERVAIS, Washi/FOO-KUNE, Alec Dylan (SFU) def. PLUTT, M/LAMART, Nick (BRY) 6-4
2. VOGT, Max/LORENZ, Luke (BRY) def. TICO, Rodrigo/VAN DER HEIJDEN, R. (SFU) 6-4
3. ORTIZ-GARCIA, Jorge/KLIGER, Josh (BRY) def. AVUSKI, P/SUNTAR, Jan Vit (SFU) 6-1
Match Notes
2016 NEC Men's Tennis Championships - Championship - Match #12

South Carolina State won its eight MEAC Championship in a row with a 4-0 win over Florida A&M. FAMU won the regular season meeting 4-3 but this one wasn't close at all with Martin Figura clinching the title with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1.

South Carolina State 4, Florida A&M 0
Apr 23, 2016 at Norfolk, VA (Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. FIGURA,Martin (SCSUM) def. OKUNGBOWA,Courage (FAMUM) 6-2, 6-1
2. YANCHENKO,Vladyslav (SCSUM) def. SMALL,Karlyn (FAMUM) 6-3, 6-0
3. WAITMAN, C. Agustin (FAMUM) vs. VITEK,Jakub (SCSUM) 7-6, 2-1, unfinished
4. ESPINOZA,Walner (FAMUM) vs. BACO,Stanislav (SCSUM) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
5. STUPAR,Aleksander (SCSUM) def. EVANS,Jalen (FAMUM) 6-4, 6-2
6. SKOROMNYY,Illya (FAMUM) vs. DIAZ,Edgar (SCSUM) 6-4, 2-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. VITEK,Jakub/FIGURA,Martin (SCSUM) def. WAITMAN, C. Agustin/ESPINOZA,Walner (FAMUM) 7-6 (7-5)
3. EVANS,Jalen/SMALL,Karlyn (FAMUM) def. BACO,Stanislav/DIAZ,Edgar (SCSUM) 6-1
Match Notes
South Carolina State 12-8
Florida A&M 9-12
2016 MEAC Men's Tennis Championship

Post-Match Quotes
"We've battled so many injuries this year," South Carolina State Head Coach Hardeep Judge said. "Everybody stepped up all year long. We played FAMU and it was a tough match in Tallahasse earlier in the year. We worked on a lot of things we needed to work on and I think that was the difference."

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