The opening day of the Men's National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago was a day of upsets and near-upsets as No. 2 Mississippi State and No. 4 Florida went down while No. 3 Wake Forest and No. 5 Texas survived and held on. The top seed Ohio State had no issues, North Carolina blanked a less than 100% Baylor, UCLA overcame the loss of one of its top players to get past Notre Dame, and Virginia surged past Stanford 4-2. 

The day started off with the biggest upset by seeding as No. 15 TCU defeated No. 2 Mississippi State 4-1. The Horned Frogs overcame the loss of the doubles point after dropping the decider at No. 1 in a tiebreak 7-5 but they rebounded in singles and took all six opening sets. Unlike the match against Florida last Sunday, this time TCU was able to close out its courts in straight sets with Reese Stalder, Bertus Kruger, Luc Fomba, and Sander Jong winning at No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6.  

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Boston College pulled off the upset of the day on Sunday with a historic first-ever top 10 win when it upset No. 10 Syracuse 4-3 in a match that started before noon but almost lasted until the kickoff of the Super Bowl. The Eagles, now 7-0, jumped out to the early lead with what turned out to be a crucial doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Syracuse bounced back in singles and took the opening set on three of the four courts in action however each team would claim two wins a piece which meant it'd come down to the final two matches to go on court at No. 5 and No. 6. Syracuse tied it up at 3-3 with a straight set win at No. 6 but BC would get the clincher from freshman Laura Lopez who picked up a 7-6, 6-3 at No. 5. 

"I am so proud of how hard our girls compete," said head coach Nigel Bentley. "They have worked so hard. They understand there are no short cuts. They earned an awesome win today against a top-10 team. Our captain senior Jackie Urbinati had another amazing third set comeback and everyone really fed off her energy. Yufei Long was outstanding beating one of the nation's top players."

"To watch Laura get her first ACC win under that kind of pressure was tremendous to witness. The doubles teams battled hard every point, and everybody contributed to this complete team win. I'm very happy for our team and program, it's a great day for BC women's tennis."

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Saturday, 31 January 2015 01:44

Friday 1/30/15 Men's Recap

What was expected to be an exciting Friday of college tennis didn't disappoint as both Notre Dame and Duke picked up tough hard fought wins over Northwestern and Illinois.   Oklahoma went on the road to Winston-Salem and put it to Wake Forest 


In Champaign, Illinois had a 17 match home court winning streak get snapped by a game bunch of Blue Devils from Durham.  Duke started things off by taking the doubles point but Illinois quickly tied it up as freshman stud Aleks Vukic steamrolled Bruno Semenzato at #4 singles 6-1 6-1.  It looked like Illinois was going to take a 2-1 lead with senior Ross Guignon up 6-1 5-0 on Duke junior Josh Levine at #6 singles however Levine wouldn't go away taking 1 game, then 2, then before you knew it he had it to a tiebreak which he took 7-3.  As Guignon/Levine moved into a 3rd set Duke put up a pair of straight wins from Chris Mengel at #5 singles and Jason Tahir at #1 singles to push the lead to 3-1.  Tim Kopinski would then finish off his comeback from a set down to defeat Raphael Hemmeler at #3 singles 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 which cut the Duke lead to 3-2. While Illinois's #2 Jared Hiltzik was up a break in the 3rd it would be Josh Levine that would put the final dagger in the hearts of the Illini comeback with Levine closing out a 0-6 7-6(3) 6-4 win. After the match was clinch Hiltzik was able to close out Nicolas Alvarez at #2 to make the final score 4-3 Duke.


Note:  Duke and Illinois have met every year since 1999.  Duke has now won 3 of the last 4 in the series after losing 10 straight from 2003-2011.

Duke recap
Illinois recap

#11 Duke 4, #8 Illinois 3
Jan 30, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. #3 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-3
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3
3. Chris Mengel/Bruno Semenzato (DU) led Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 5-3, unfinished

Singles competition
1. #36 Jason Tahir (DU) def. Farris Gosea (ILL) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #18 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #103 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
4. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #112 Bruno Semenzato (DU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Chris Mengel (DU) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 6-2, 7-5
6. Josh Levine (DU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 0-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4

Match Notes
Duke 5-0; National ranking #11
Illinois 3-1; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,6,2)
T-2:30 A-600

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In South Bend, Notre Dame and Northwestern had 4 singles matches go the distance but in the end it was Quentin Monaghan closing the door on Northwestern as he finished off Sam Shropshire 6-4 in the 3rd at #1 singles this despite letting a 5-1 lead in the 2nd set slip away.  The doubles point ended up being huge for the Irish and if the tandem of Cavalschi/Hagar hadn't rallied from 5-2 down in the tiebreak the outcome of the match very well could have been different.  

Notre Dame recap
Northwestern recap

#14 Notre Dame 4, #30 Northwestern 3
Jan 30, 2015 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Doubles competition
1. #8 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-4
2. #9 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Quentin Monaghan/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4
2. #108 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #82 Josh Hagar (ND) 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 7-5
3. Logan Staggs (NU) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-4, 6-4
4. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Billy Pecor (ND) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-5
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-2

Match Notes
Northwestern 2-2; National ranking #30
Notre Dame 2-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,6,5,1,2)
T-3:29 A-152

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What was expected to be a tight match between an up and comer in Wake Forest and a top 5 team in Oklahoma never really materialized as OU closed out the doubles point then picked up 3 fairly quick straight sets wins at 1, 3, and 6 singles from Andrew Harris, Dane Webb, and Alex Ghilea.  After the match was clinched, the 3 remaining matches all played 10 point super-tiebreaks in lieu of a full 3rd set and it was Wake Forest taking 2 of those 3 to get us to the final score of Oklahoma 5-2.  


Oklahoma recap
Wake Forest recap

#2 Oklahoma 5, #19 Wake Forest 2
Jan 30, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex (indoor))

Singles competition
1. #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Noah Rubin (WF) 6-3, 6-3
2. #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
3. #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-0, 6-2
4. #52 Jon Ho (WF) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-8)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 1-0 (10-5)
6. #50 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #102 Maksim Kan (WF) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #38 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Andrew Harris/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-4
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Florin Bragusi/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-6, unfinished

Match Notes
Oklahoma 4-0; National ranking #2
Wake Forest 3-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,6,1,2,4,5)
T-2:30 A-527


Other notable scores from Friday:
#37 Tulsa def. Wichita State 6-1 - recap
#38 Drake University def. Nebraska 5-2 - recap
#46 Minnesota def. #51 Dartmouth 6-1 - recap
#12 California def. UNLV  5-2 - recap


What's in store for Saturday - see below and follow along with the scoring links:

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What a start to the weekend it was with 2 thrillers taking place 100 miles apart as Texas A&M took out the new #1 Oklahoma 4-3 in College Station while Texas's Lloyd Glasspool refused to lay down as Texas knocked off North Carolina 4-3 in Austin.  

We'll start off in College Station where #1 Oklahoma came to town expecting to waltz all over Texas A&M but the Aggies had other plans as they took the all important doubles point and were then able to pick up 3 1st sets and ultimately pulled off the stunner when freshman Arthur Rinderknech came back from a set down to knock off Oklahoma freshman Spencer Papa 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 at the #4 spot. Oklahoma swept the top 3 spots in the lineup and usually if you do that you've got to feel pretty good about your chances but Texas A&M was able to lock down the bottom 3 plus take the doubles point so there you have it - upset city.  


aTm recap

OU recap


#13 Texas A&M 4, #1 Oklahoma 3
George P Mitchell Tennis Center

Singles competition
1. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4, 6-2
2. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) def. #43 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 6-4, 6-1
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #36 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 7-5
*4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1
5. #51 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #8 Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) 6-4
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #13 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-3
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 7-5

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,6,5,3,4)
*Clinched Match


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Over in Austin it was a top 10 battle between Texas and North Carolina and the night started off on the positive side for Texas as the Horns won the doubles point for just the 5th time in 11 tries.  The teams would split the opening sets in singles and while Texas was able to close out both 1 and 5 in straights North Carolina did the same at 3 and 4.  North Carolina's Robert Kelly would tie it at 3 when he completed his comeback at #6 as he defeated Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz 6-1 in the 3rd and with Ronnie Schneider opening up a huge 5-1 lead in the 3rd it looked like Texas was done for.  

Schneider had a rather large lead in the 2nd set as well leading 5-3 but Glasspool managed to erase that and win the final 4 games of the set to force a 3rd so that had to be in the back of each players minds while the 3rd set came to a close.  As if on cue, Glasspool would break Schneider not once but twice to get it back on serve and tie it at 5 only to be broken himself which would give Schneider a 4th opportunity to serve the match out.  Glasspool would promptly break back and send it to a deciding tiebreak.  Glasspool would jump out to a 3-0 lead, then lose 3 straight, then win 3, then lose 3, and with it tied at 6-6 he'd finally finish it off by taking the final 2 points to give Texas the 4-3 win. Great win at home for Texas but a brutal, brutal loss for North Carolina. 

UNC recap - i love how the UNC recap omits the part about Schneider serving for the match 4 times 
Texas recap 

#10 Texas 4, #8 North Carolina 3                                        

Singles competition
1. #16 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-1, 6-4
2. Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Brett Clark (UNC) def. #65 Adrien Berkowicz (UT) 6-3, 7-5
4. #104 Jack Murray (UNC) def. George Goldhoff (UT) 7-5, 6-3
5. Nick Naumann (UT) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC) 6-1, 6-1
6. #75 Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz (UT) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Soren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. Brayden Schnur/Oystein Steiro (UNC) 6-4
2. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) def. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 6-3
3. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Nick Naumann/Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz (UT) 6-2

Match Notes:
North Carolina 9-3; National ranking #8
Texas 9-1; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,3,4,6,2)

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Vanderbilt came from behind to beat Minnesota 4-3 - it was Vandy's 6th match this year that has finished with a 4-3 score.  

I love the headline from Vandy's website - see anything spelled incorrectly.






Vanderbilt recap
Minnesota recap

#23 Vanderbilt, 4; #34 Minnesota 3
Singles Competition
1. #8 Gonzales Austin (VANDY) def. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN) 7-6, 5-7, 6-1
2. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN) 6-4, 6-3
3. Ruben Weber (MINN) def. Kris Yee (VANDY) 6-3, 6-3
4. Matic Spec (MINN) def. Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-1, 6-4
5. Felix Corwin (MINN) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 6-2, 6-0
6. Suresh Eswaran (VANDY) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #2 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (Vandy) def. #52 Jack Hamburg/Mathieu Froment (MINN) 6-2
2. Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. Ryan Smith/Baker Newman (Vandy) 6-2
3. Daniel Valent/Suresh Eswaran (Vandy) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 7-6

Match Notes
Vanderbilt 8-2 (0-0 SEC); National ranking #23
Minnesota 7-2 (0-0 Big Ten); National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,2,3,6,1)

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Illinois won its 25th straight over Northwestern but it was a little tougher than expected after Northwestern took the doubles point and then Illinois had to move everyone up a spot in the lineup with its #1 Farris Gosea not playing in singles.

Illinois recap

#6 Illinois 5, #26 Northwestern 2

Singles competition
1. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #96 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
2. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #64 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-1, 6-3
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-4, 6-3
4. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #11 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 8-3
2. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 8-5
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 8-3

Match Notes:
Northwestern 6-5
Illinois 9-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,3,2,4,1)

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The biggest upset of the day came in San Diego as a 4-4 San Diego State beat down #21 South Carolina 7-0.

SDSU recap
South Carolina recap

San Diego State 7, #21 South Carolina 0

Singles competition
1. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) def. Andrew Adams (USC) 6-1, 6-4
2. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) def. #103 Kyle Koch (USC) 7-6 (8-6), 0-6, 10-4
3. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. Thiago Pinheiro (USC) 6-3, 3-6, 10-6
4. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU) def. #120 Andrew Schafer (USC) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 11-9
5. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. Harrison O'Keefe (USC) 6-4, 6-0
6. Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) def. Sam Swank (USC) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Freddy Gelbrich/Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. Thiago Pinheiro/Kyle Koch (USC) 6-3
2. Thorsten Bertsch/Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) def. #46 Thomas Mayronne/Harrison O'Keefe (USC) 6-4
3. Marko Goles-Babic/Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) def. Andrew Schafer/Andrew Adams (USC) 7-5
Match Notes:
South Carolina 8-4; National ranking #21
San Diego State 5-4, 0-1 MW
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Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:04

Saturday Preview

Friday was an entertaining start to the weekend and I expect that Saturday should more of the same.  Let's take a look at the highlighted matches on Saturday.

The number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date so Notre Dame's Quentin Monaghan has a 14.28 UTR as of today 2/21.  For more details about UTR check out theirwebsite.  


#17 Notre Dame (6-1) at #9 Ohio State (10-3) - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - Ohio State goes for #200 in a row at home (according to my records) though it won't be easy as Notre Dame usually gives Ohio State a tough match just about every year.  Ohio State has won 10 straight in the series and leads the all-time series 28-27.  A year ago in South Bend, Notre Dame jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see Ohio State win 4 straight singles matches with the final 2 both being 7-6 in the 3rd.  If the projected lineups below hold up there will be just 1 rematch from last year with that being the match at 1 where Diaz knocked off Monaghan 7-6, 6-4.  Ohio State is 11-2 in doubles while Notre Dame is 6-1.  The Irish must take the doubles point to have a realistic chance at stopping the streak but I think Ohio State gets the point and picks up wins from the bottom 3 of Steinbach, Callahan, and Metka to pull it out.  Prediction:  Ohio State 4-1


Projected Lineup:

1. #29 Quentin Mongahan (ND 14.28) vs. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.80)
2. #92 Josh Hagar (ND 13.74) vs. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.95)
3. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.13) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.58)
4. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.45) vs. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.91)
5. Billy Pecor (ND 12.98) vs. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90)
6. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.48) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.80)

#32 Oklahoma State (8-2) at #19 Wake Forest (5-2) - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video - Oklahoma State is coming off a 4-3 win over Tulsa on Thursday while Wake has been idle for almost 2 weeks.  Last year Wake went to Stillwater and won 4-1 against a better Oklahoma State team but both teams have a lot of new faces in the lineup this year so this one could be very interesting.  Wake shouldn't have much trouble up top with both Rubin and Bogaerts expected to roll but the matches at 3-6 could all be tight 3 setters.  Wake is 5-2 in doubles while OK State is 6-4.  I like Gerch, Meraut, and Ferrigno at 3, 4, and 6 for OK State.  That leaves the doubles point and #5 singles as the swing points and I think Wake takes them both. Prediction:  Wake Forest 4-3

Projected Lineup

1. #88 Jakob Sude (OSU 13.54) vs. #55 Noah Rubin (WF 14.79)
2. #87 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.57) vs. #14 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.34)
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.82) vs. #57 Jon Ho (WF 13.49)
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.26) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.07)
5. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.62) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.40)
6. Nicolai Ferrigno (OSU 13.38) vs. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.92)


#34 Minnesota (7-2) at #25 Harvard (7-2) - 1pm est - Harvard Twitter & Video - Harvard comes in riding a 3 match winning streak after winning the ECAC Championships last weekend which included wins over Dartmouth, Princeton, and Yale while Minnesota comes off a hard fought 4-3 loss to Vanderbilt yesterday.  Both of Harvard's losses (Cal & Northwestern) have come on the road and both were close so the Crimson will be happy to get Minnesota at home.  Harvard went into the Twin Cities last year and came away with a 4-3 win so these teams will be fairly familiar with each other.  Both Harvard and Minnesota are 8-1 in doubles. Nguyen and Toledo met earlier this year at the ITA National Indoors with Nguyen winning in straight sets and in the match last year Nguyen won in straights as well.  I like Harvard at 1, 2, 3, and 6 while I like Minnesota at 4, 5, and doubles.  Prediction:  Harvard 4-3

Projected Lineup

1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MN 14.01) vs. #91 Denis Nguyen (HV 13.99)
2. Jack Hamburg (MN 13.15) vs. #80 Sebastian Beltrame (HV 13.21)
3. Ruben Weber (MN 13.14) vs. Nicky Hu (HV 13.78)
4. Matic Spec (MN 13.60) vs. Alex Steinroeder (HV 13.37)
5. Felix Corwin (MN 13.56) vs. Kenny Tao (HV 13.11)
6. Mathieu Froment (MN 13.04) vs. Shaun Chaudhuri (HV 13.26)


#39 Stanford (4-2) at #14 Cal (7-2) - 1pm est - Video & Cal Twitter - Cal is happy to be back in California after a trip to Chicago last weekend gave them their first 2 losses while Stanford will be playing its first competitive match since the Kickoff Weekend.  Cal hasn't exactly excelled in doubles going just 5-4 while Stanford is 5-1 however Stanford has faced just 2 top 50 opponents while Cal has faced 5 top 30 opponents.  Stanford came into the year with a lot of promise with a robust freshman class that brought in Tom Fawcett, David Wilczynski, and David Hsu but while Fawcett and Wilczynski have exceeded expectations many of the returning guys haven't played at the level they did a year ago. If Romanowicz and Paige were playing like they were capable of this would be Stanford's match to lose but I just can't take them seriously until they rise up and win a match like this.  I'll take Bergevi, Nishimura, Bayane, and Engsted  at 2, 4, 5, and 6 for Cal while I like Fawcett and Morrissey at 1 and 3 for Stanford. Prediction: Cal 4-3


Projected Lineup

1. #28 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.12) vs. #42 Andre Goransson (Cal 13.70)
2. David Wilczynski (ST 13.72) vs. #114 Filip Bergevi (Cal 13.66)
3. John Morrissey (ST 14.07) vs. Billy Griffith (Cal 13.68)
4. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.28) vs. JT Nishimura (Cal 13.86)
5. Nolan Paige (ST 13.36) vs. Greg Bayane (Cal 13.48)
6. Robert Stineman (ST 13.12) vs. Mads Engsted (Cal 13.41)

For other live scoring links check out my live scoring page.
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I knew it'd be hard for today's matches to follow up those from Friday but while a few of them came up short in the drama department the one that didn't was the "Big Slam" in Berkeley as Stanford pulled out a classic 4-3 win over rival Cal.  

Cal jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point with a 7-5 win at #3 doubles in the clinching match.  Stanford welcomed freshman David Hsu back into the singles lineup at 5 which shifted Nolan Paige to 6 while Cal made a switch at 5 and 6 and moved Greg Bayane up from 6 to 5 and dropped Wikberg from 5 to 6.  After dropping the doubles point the momentum shifted back to Stanford in singles as the Cardinal took 4 opening sets and managed to finish 3 of them off in straights as Tom Fawcett, John Morrissey, and "Rollin" Nolan Paige won at 1, 3, 6 to give Stanford a 3-1 lead.  Cal would answer back with wins from Filip Bergevi and Greg Bayane at 2 and 5 to tie it up at 3.  


All focus was centered on #4 singles where Cal freshman J.T. Nishimura had opened up a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set over Stanford junior Maciek Romanowicz and Nishimura was serving for the match. Nishimura fell behind 15-40 in his service game and after getting it back to the deciding point (40-40), which was also a match point, he would put a shot into the net to give Romanowicz the break. Romanowicz went up 40-15 on his 3-5 service game but then Nishimura hit a two-handed forehand winner to make it 40-30 and followed that up with a backhand winner past a drawn in Romanowicz to bring up the deciding point (40-40).  Nishimura chose the ad-court to receive the serve on what would be his final match point and Romanowicz landed his 1st serve out wide and as the outstretched arm of Nishimura deflected it back in play Romanowicz closed in toward the net and hit a volley into the open court for the hold.  Nishimura would now serve for the match for a 2nd time up 5-4 and he would quickly get broke at love as Romanowicz continued to play aggressively while Nishimura tightened up and had difficulty keeping the ball in play.  Romanowicz would then hold at 40-15 to go up 6-5 and would then race out to an 0-40 lead on the Nishimura serve. After a Romanowicz error made it 15-40 Nishimura wouldn't be able to keep the next one in play and with that Stanford had stunned its rival 4-3.


Cal recap

#39 Stanford 4, #14 Cal 3

Feb 21, 2015 at Berkeley, CA. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
Doubles:

1. No. 30 Bayane/Melton (Cal) def Morrissey/Stineman (Stanford) 6-3 2. Fawcett/Romanowicz (Stanford) def. #32 Goransson/Wikberg (Cal) 6-2
3. Bergevi/Engsted (Cal) def. Paige/Wilczynski (Stanford) 7-5
Singles
1. #28 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.12) def. #42 Andre Goransson (Cal 13.70) 6-2, 6-4
2. #114 Filip Bergevi (Cal 13.66) def. David Wilczynski (ST 13.72) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. John Morrissey (ST 14.07) def. Billy Griffith (Cal 13.68) 6-4, 6-1
4. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.28) def. J.T. Nishimura (Cal 13.86) 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
5. Greg Bayane (Cal 13.48) def. David Hsu (ST 13.98) 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-2
6. Nolan Paige (ST 13.37) def. Oskar Wikberg (Cal 13.30) 6-2, 6-3

Match Stats
Order of Finish:  Doubles (2,1,3)  Singles (6,3,1,2,5,4)


FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date so Tom Fawcett has a 14.12 UTR as of today 2/21. For more details about UTR check out their website

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In Columbus, the 184 people in attendance didn't realize they were witnessing the Buckeyes historic 200th consecutive home win with most having thought they hit that number against South Florida 2 weeks ago but as I reported it was actually 199 so today was 200.  The doubles point was the only real drama in this one with Ohio State taking the deciding match at #3 in a tiebreak.  In singles the Buckeyes took 4 1st sets and finished them all in straights and would also pick up a 3 set win from Ralf Steinbach at 5. Notre Dame's lone point would come at #1 singles as Quentin Monaghan cruised past Chris Diaz. 


Ohio State recap

Notre Dame recap


#9 Ohio State 6, #17 Notre Dame 1

Singles competition
1. #29 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.28) def. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.80) 6-1, 6-3
2. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.95) def. #92 Josh Hagar (ND 13.74) 6-2, 6-3
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.58) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.13) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
4. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.45) 6-2, 6-2
5. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.91) def. Billy Pecor (ND 12.98) 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.80) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.48) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #7 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. #4 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) 6-3
2. #17 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-3
3. #36 Chris Diaz/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Quentin Monaghan/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 7-6(5)  

Match Notes:
Notre Dame 6-2; National ranking #17
Ohio State 11-3; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,6,1,3,5)

Official: Marcus Lee T-2:43 A-184

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In Winston Salem, Wake Forest picked up the doubles point by winning at 1 and 2 then picked up 3 hard fought straight set wins at 1, 2, and 4 with 3 of the 6 sets going to a tiebreak.  Oklahoma State won at 5 and 6 then after the match had been clinched won a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set at #3 singles.  


Wake recap

OK State recap


#19 Wake Forest 4, #32 Oklahoma State 3
Feb 21, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. #55 Noah Rubin (WF 14.79) def. #88 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.54) 6-3, 7-6 (3)
2. #14 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.34) def. #87 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.57) 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7)
3. Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.82) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.07) 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (10), 1-0 (10-2)
4. #57 Jon Ho (WF 13.49) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.82) 7-5, 6-3
5. Tristan Meraut (OKST 13.26) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.40) 6-3, 6-4
6. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.38) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.92) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #50 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #10 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 6-1
2. Romain Bogaerts/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Tristan Meraut/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 6-4
3. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. Sam Bloom/Anthony Delcore (WF) 6-3

Match Notes
Oklahoma State 8-3, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #32
Wake Forest 7-2, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,1,6,2,3)

T-2:49 A-234


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Saturday was a big day for the Ivy League as Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell all knocked off Power 5 schools. 

In Cambridge, Harvard justified its top 25 ranking by knocking off Minnesota 5-2.  Minnesota won a tight doubles point that came down to a tiebreaker at #2 but once singles got going so did the Crimson as they took 5 1st sets and ended up closing out 3 of those in straight sets while also picking up a pair of 3-set wins at 3 and 4.  

Harvard recap

Minnesota recap

#25 Harvard 5, #34 Minnesota 2


Singles:

1. #91 Denis Nguyen (HV 13.99) def. #25 Leandro Toledo (MN 14.01) 6-2, 6-4
2. Ruben Weber (MN 13.14) def. #80 Sebastian Beltrame (HV 13.21) 6-3, 7-6(5)

3. Nicky Hu (HV 13.78) def. Jack Hamburg (MN 13.15) 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(8)
4. Alex Steinroeder (HV 13.37) def. Matic Spec (MN 13.60) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. Kenny Tao (HV 13.11) def. Felix Corwin (MN 13.56) 7-5, 7-6(6)
6. Brian Yeung (HV 13.19) def. Mathieu Froment (MN 13.04) 6-1, 6-2


Doubles:

1. Nguyen/Yeung (HV) def. Froment/Hamburg (MN) 7-5
2. Corwin/Toledo (MN) def. Beltrame/Hu (HV) 7-6(7)
3. Spec/Frueh (MN) def. Steinroeder/Solomon (HV) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,2,4,5,3)


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In Montgomery, Princeton advanced to the finals of the Blue Gray classic with a 4-0 rout over Clemson.  Princeton took the doubles point by winning at 1 and 3 then they took 5 1st sets with Zack McCourt, Joshua Yablon, and Luke Gamble quickly closing out their opponents at 1, 3, and 6 to complete the shutout.  This was Princeton's 2nd big win in as many days after they beat #30 Mississippi State 4-3 on Friday.  The Tigers will face #24 South Florida in Sunday's championship match at 1pm eastern.  


Princeton recap

Clemson recap


#50 Princeton 4, #35 Clemson 0

Doubles
1. Zack McCourt/Thomas Colautti (PU) def. Hunter Harrington/Luke Johnson (CU) 6-4
2. Hampton Drake/Christian Harris (CU) led Alexander Day/Luke Gamble (PU) 4-3
3. Diego Vives/Joshua Yablon (PU) def. Austin Ansari/Alejandro Augusto (CU) 6-2

Singles
1. No. 117 Zack McCourt (PU 13.55) def. No. 90 Hunter Harrington (CU 13.64) 6-3, 6-4
2. Alejandro Augusto (CU 13.23) led Thomas Colautti (PU 13.02) 7-6, 1-1, DNF
3. Joshua Yablon (PU 13.36) def. Hampton Drake (CU 12.79) 6-4, 7-5
4. Alexander Day (PU 13.15) led Austin Ansari (CU 12.89) 6-3, 1-6, 5-1, DNF
5. Kial Kaiser (PU 12.29) led Daffra Sanon (CU 12.96) 6-2, 6-5, DNF
6. Luke Gamble (PU 12.84) def. Luke Johnson (CU 12.74) 6-4, 6-2
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Compared to what we'll see on Sunday (Virginia at Baylor, Wake Forest at Texas, Vanderbilt at Ole Miss) Saturday should be fairly tame day with just 1 matchup between top 15 schools.  Below are the best ones that I saw on the docket so check them out if you get a chance.

#34 South Carolina (8-6) at #17 Florida (5-3) - 1pm est. - Live Scoring - South Carolina comes into this one on a 3-match losing streak which includes a 4-2 loss on Thursday to Auburn while Florida is coming off a tough 4-1 loss to Georgia. Florida is 4-4 in doubles while South Carolina is 11-3 with both dropping the doubles point the last time out. Here's an interesting stat that you don't see too often for a team at this level - South Carolina is 0-13 at the #1 singles spot this year.  Most likely that streak will stay intact tomorrow because I'd be surprised if Hidalgo didn't beat Koch.  


The 2nd weakest spot for South Carolina is #2 singles where they are just 6-6.  The 2 participants at #2 singles have lost a combined 13 matches in a row with Andrew Adams on an 8-match slide while Maxx Lipman has dropped 5 straight.  I think Lipman is the one that breaks his streak and gets the win. The matchup at #3 will be interesting because you have Thiago Pinheiro (1-8 dual match record) taking on Gordon Watson (4-3).  Most of Pinheiro's losses came at #1 against some stiff competition and 7 of his 9 losses have gone 3 sets so while Watson should win it likely won't be easy.  With South Carolina underdogs at those top 3 spots they'd need to sweep the bottom 3 and get the doubles point and if they couldn't do it at Auburn it isn't going to happen at Florida. Prediction:  Florida 4-2

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. Kyle Koch (USC 13.91) vs. #46 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.04) 
2. Andrew Adams (USC 13.80) vs. #103 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.72) 
3. Thiago Pinheiro (USC 13.26) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.74) 
4. #101 Andrew Schafer (USC 13.39) vs. #80 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.84) 
5. Harrison O'Keefe (USC 13.27) vs. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.30) 
6. Thomas Mayronne (USC 13.11) vs. Oliver Landert (UF 13.14) 


#37 Stanford (6-3) at #21 UCLA (6-5) - 4pm est. - Live Scoring - It's been a while since UCLA was off to this rough a start as the Bruins limp into this one just above the .500 mark while Stanford comes in after giving #1 USC a decent match the day before though the Cardinal came out on the wrong end of a 6-1 score.  One of the unknowns at this point is whether Gage Brymer will be back in the lineup but I'm going to assume he is after missing the last few. UCLA is 8-3 in doubles while Stanford is 7-2.  UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki are each 7-1 in dual match play and I look for them both to win at their respective positions and I also think Dennis Mkrtchian is playing well enough to get past John Morrissey so I'm predicting a UCLA sweep at the top 3 spots.  I do think Stanford will pull out the doubles point and get at least 1 win if not 2 from the bottom 3 but it won't be enough. Prediction:  UCLA 5-2

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #26 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.14) vs. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.87)
2. John Morrissey (ST 14.10) vs. #35 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.50)
3. David Wilczynski (ST 13.86) vs. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.23)
4. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.31) vs. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.83)
5. Nolan Paige (ST 13.32) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.03)
6. David Hsu (ST 13.95) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91)


#3 Illinois (11-2) at #14 Notre Dame (6-2) - 4pm est. -  Live Scoring  - This match was originally scheduled for earlier in February but due to poor weather conditions it was pushed back until today.  The home team has won each of the last 10 meetings in this rivalry going all the way back to 2006 but this is probably the best team Illinois has put out since 2007 while Notre Dame is a good team but not as good as the team they had last year.  Notre Dame is 6-2 in doubles while Illinois is 6-5. I like Notre Dame in doubles and I think Quentin Monaghan has a good shot of beating Farris Gosea at 1 but the rest of the Illini lineup is just too stout and I see the Illini winning at 2, 3, 4, 5, an 6 to take it.  Prediction: Illinois 5-2

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #52 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.59) vs. #24 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.28)
2. #19 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.50) vs. #102 Josh Hagar (ND 13.75)
3. #33 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.19) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.12)
4. #67 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.80) vs. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.45)
5. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.18) vs. Billy Pecor (ND 12.99)
6. Toshiki Matsuya ((LL 13.09) vs. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.52)

A couple of other ones to keep an eye on though I don't expect anything close to an upset:

#7 Georgia (8-2) at #28 Auburn (11-2) - 2pm est. - Auburn has been somewhat of a surprise so far, at least record wise, though their highest ranked win is over #34 South Carolina.  Georgia is undefeated against everyone except USC.  I'm sure they'll stop this one at the clinch so unless Auburn takes the doubles point they're not going to get on the board.  Prediction:  Georgia 4-0

#26 Florida State (9-2) at #2 Oklahoma (11-1) - 4:30pm est. - Florida State has lost the only 2 matches that it's played against top 25 opponents while Oklahoma already has 8 wins over top 25 opponents - Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0

Check out my live scoring page for a list of all the matches of the day with scoring/video/blog/twitter links.
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Shocker of the day, week, month, year, decade, century, maybe longer - #1 USC playing without Eric Johnson and Nick Crystal goes down to #51 Tulsa 4-3.

USC came out strong and really blew out Tulsa in doubles winning 6-1 and 6-0 at 2 and 3 despite having new doubles pairing on each court.  Eric Johnson did play in doubles but I guess it was a coaches decision to give him and Nick Crystal the day off in singles and it ultimately proved to be costly.

Still even with those 2 guys out of the singles lineup you figure there is no way that Hanfmann and Quiroz are both going to lose and sure enough they both did in straight sets.

When I was looking at Saturday's matches and deciding which ones to preview I quickly passed this one over because I didn't think there was any way possible that Tulsa could win this match regardless of whether USC sat a couple of guys.  But I guess there is a reason they play the matches because you never know what can happen on a given day.

Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel pulled off the 1st upset of the day when he took out Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-2 at #1 singles to tie the match up at 1 but a short while later Jonny Wang would put USC back ahead 2-1 with a 7-5, 6-0 win at #3 singles over Matthew Kirby.  Tulsa's Alejandro Espejo evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 7-6(0) win over Roberto Quiroz at #2 singles which set the stage for 3 3rd sets on the remaining courts. After dropping the 1st set at both #5 and #6, Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard and Dylan McCloskey would each take the 2nd set and would both head to a 3rd set tiebreaker. McCloskey would jump out to a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak but USC's Connor Farren would fight off 3 match points to tie it at 6.  Farren would hit each of the next 2 shots just long (he appealed both calls to the chair but neither was overturned much to his dismay) and with that Tulsa had taken a 3-2 lead. The tiebreaker at #5 was just a few points behind but Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard would grab the early lead and never give it up as he finished off Rob Bellamy 7-5 in the tiebreak to clinch the stunning Tulsa win.

Now it wouldn't be college tennis if there wasn't some kind of uncertainty about something and if you look at each of the school's recaps they both show a different singles lineup from Tulsa at 3, 4, 5, and 6 than what the scoreboard during the match showed.  I watched the live stream on courts 5 and 6 at the end and while the clarity wasn't good enough to make out faces I do remember hearing the Tulsa players yelling out "Come on Mitchell" during the tiebreak at #5 singles so the assumption is that Mitchell Pritchard did play at #5 singles and clinch the match despite the recap saying differently. The score entered into the ITA's system also shows the lineup that matches the scoreboard.  All I want to do is to give credit to where it's due so if it was Carlos Bautista that clinched it at #5 like the recaps say then so be it.

UPDATE:  Both the USC and Tulsa recaps below now show the correct people for Tulsa so it's nice to see Pritchard get his recognition for clinching.  






Tulsa recap
USC recap

#51 Tulsa 4, #1 USC 3

Doubles | Order of finish: 3, 2*
1. Johnson/Quiroz (USC) vs. #33 Bautista/Espejo (TU), 4-2 (unf.)
2. Hanfmann/Wang (USC) def. McCloskey/Kirby (TU), 6-1
3. Smith/Forget (USC) def. Ram-Harel/Matias Gonzalez (TU), 6-0


Singles | Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 6, 5*, 4
1. #71 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.25) def. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) 6-3, 6-2
2. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.72) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) 6-4, 7-6(0)
3. #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.87) 7-5, 6-0
4. #72 Max De Vroome (USC 14.13) def. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71) 7-5, 5-7, 6-5(4)
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.52) def. Rob Bellamy (USC 13.09) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.56) def. Connor Farren (USC 13.70) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)
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South Bend, IN:  After Notre Dame won a tight doubles point that was decided by a tiebreak on 1, the teams would split 1st sets with Notre Dame taking the opening set at 1, 5, and 6 (5 & 6 in tiebreaks) with Illinois grabbing the opening set at 2, 3, and 4.  All singles matches except #5 would finish in straight sets with Tim Kopinski and Aleks Vukic winning at #3 and #4 to put Illinois up 2-1.  Notre Dame would answer with straight set wins at #6 and #1 by Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan to put the Irish up 3-2.  Illinois's Hiltzik brothers would then take center stage and rise to the occasion as Jared finished off Josh Hagar in straight sets at #2 singles and then Aron would win 12 straight games at #5 singles to clinch the team win with a 6-7, 6-0, 6-0 win.

Note - Notre Dame's #4 Eric Schnurrenberger sat out due to injury which forced the Irish to shift everyone up a spot from 4 on down.

Illinois recap
Notre Dame recap

#3 Illinois 4, #14 Notre Dame 3

Singles competition
1. #24 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.28) def. #52 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.59) 6-4, 6-4
2. #19 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.50) def. #102 Josh Hagar (ND 13.75) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #33 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.19) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.12) 6-1, 6-2
4. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.18) def. Billy Pecor (ND 12.99) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
5. #67 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.80) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.52) 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-0
6. Alex Lawson (ND 12.80) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.09) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #19 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. #14 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Jared Hiltzik/Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-3
3. Billy Pecor/Dougie Barnard (ND) def. Aron Hiltzik/Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) 6-4

Match Notes:
Illinois 12-2; National ranking #3
Notre Dame 6-3; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,6,1,2,5)

T-3:05 A-286

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Los Angeles, CA:  UCLA won the doubles point but Stanford kept it close in singles by winning 3 first sets but the one set they really needed was at #3 singles and once UCLA's Martin Redlicki took it 9-7 in the tiebreak things started going UCLA's way. Karue Sell, Mackenzie McDonald, and Martin Redlicki would all win in straights with Redlicki clinching it.  Stanford picked up a straight set win from John Morrissey at #2. After the match was clinched, UCLA's Ryoto Tachi finished off a 3rd set bagel of David Hsu at #6 while Stanford's Nolan Paige won a 10 point supertiebreak that was played in place of a 3rd set at #5.

Notes - UCLA played without its usual #4 singles player Gage Brymer and according to the UCLA recap Dennis Mkrtchian sustained some kind of injury during the first set of his match at #2 singles.

UCLA recap
Stanford recap


#21 UCLA 5, #37 Stanford 2
Feb 28, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles
1. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) 6-4
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) 5-6, unfinished
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.87) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.14) 7-5, 6-2
2. John Morrissey (STAN 14.10) def. #35 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.50) 6-3, 6-1
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.23) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.86) 7-6(7), 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.03) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.31) 6-1, 6-3
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91) 6-3, 6-7(6), (10-7)
6. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.06) def. David Hsu (STAN 13.95) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0

Match Notes
Stanford 6-4; National ranking #37
UCLA 7-5; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,4,1,3,5,6)

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North Carolina started the morning off with a routine 4-1 win over Minnesota with the Tar Heels taking all completed sets except for the 1 set that Brayden Schnur dropped at #1 singles before he retired early in the 2nd set.  No word yet on what caused the retirement.  Minnesota also played without it's usual #2 Jack Hamburg (13.04) so everyone else had to slide up a slot which didn't help the Gophers cause.

UNC recap

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After dropping a 4-3 thriller to Ohio State earlier in the year at the National Indoors, Texas reversed its fortune today and took out #11 Ohio State 4-1 in a match that the Horns seemed in control of just about the entire way.  Ohio State was 15-3 in doubles coming into this one but Texas got the point by winning at 2 and 3 by scores of 6-4 and 6-2.

With the nearly unbeatable Soren Hess-Olesen at 1, Texas knew it had at least 1 point in the bag and Soren quickly delivered that point with his 17th consecutive win with a 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Chris Diaz.  The Buckeye junior had one opening in the match after going up 2-0 in the 2nd but Hess-Olesen came back and won 6 of the next 7 games to close it out.

Ralf Steinbach would get Ohio State on the board at #5 singles with a 7-6(4), 6-1 over Nick Naumann.  Naumann had 3 chances to take the opening set when Steinbach served at 5-6, 15-40 but Steinbach forced his way to the net on each of the 3 points and managed to put 2 away with Naumann going long on a lob on the other.  In the 1st set tiebreak after Steinbach got the early mini-break to go up 1-0, Naumann got overruled on a Steinbach serve, which happened right in front of the chair, and Naumann never really seemed to recover.

Clement Homs would extend the Texas lead to 3-1 as he closed out Kevin Metka 6-4, 7-6(4) at #6 singles  Homs broke Metka early in the 1st set and rode that break throughout the set.  Metka jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd and would serve for the set up 5-3 but on the deciding point Homs put a volley down at Metka's feet and the Buckeye senior was unable to scoop it up which put it back on serve.  Homs jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but Metka won the next 2 on the Homs serve to pull within 4-3.  Metka's usually reliable volley let him down on the next point as he pushed one well long and 2 points later Homs smacked a forehand winner down the line to finish it off.

Less than 15 seconds later the match would be over as Adrien Berkowicz would close out Hunter Callahan 7-6(3), 6-3 at #3 singles.  Callahan had his chances in the opening set and in fact served for the set twice up 5-4 and 6-5 but he just couldn't close it out. Berkowicz dominated the tiebreak and for the most part the 2nd set.

The other 2 matches were abandoned with #2 on serve in the 3rd and Texas up a set at #4 and on serve in the 2nd.

Key stat of the match:  Texas won all 4 tiebreaks

Texas recap
Ohio State recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 14th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#8 Texas 4, #11 Ohio State 1
03/17/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.01) def. #44 Chris Diaz (OHST 13.99) 6-1, 6-3
2. #52 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.86) vs. #28 Mikael Torpegaard (OHST 13.96) 4-6, 6-4, 3-3, unf
3. #60 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.78) def. Hunter Callahan (OHST 13.89) 7-6(3), 6-3
4. George Goldhoff (UT 13.73) vs. #114 Herkko Pollanen (OHST 13.54) 7-6(6), 4-3, unf
5. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OHST 13.90) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.94) 7-6(4), 6-1
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.62) def. Kevin Metka (OHST 13.95) 6-4, 7-6(4)
Doubles competition
1. #12 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OHST) def. #35 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-1
2. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) def. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OHST) 6-4
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. #34 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OHST) 6-2 
Match Notes
Ohio State 13-6; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #2
Texas 13-2; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #2

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,5,6,3)

Here's an interesting doubles formation that you don't see too often - one guy is serving and the other is behind him and it looks like he's in position to return serve.



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Texas Tech ran its record to an impressive 15-4 with a nice road win at Notre Dame. The match came down to #6 singles which was the only one to go 3 sets and it was Texas Tech freshman Connor Curry getting it done 6-3 in the 3rd.  

Texas Tech recap

"First of all, it was just another incredible effort by our guys," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "After losing the doubles point, you saw this team rally back to beat a really good Notre Dame team on their home court. This Notre Dame beat No. 14 Northwestern and No. 31 Oklahoma State and lost a close match to No. 2 Illinois."

Notre Dame recap

#24 Texas Tech 4, #36 Notre Dame 3
Mar 17, 2015 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Singles competition
1. #22 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.38) def. #43 Felipe Soares (TT 13.68) 7-6(3), 6-3
2. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.51) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.11) 6-3, 6-4
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.48) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.73) 6-2, 6-1
4. #109 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.39) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.47) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alex Lawson (ND 12.80) def. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.85) 6-4, 6-4
6. Connor Curry (TT 12.80) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.46) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #8 Billy Pecor/Alex Lawson (ND) vs. #24 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) 5-4, un
2. #14 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. Alex Sendegeya/Jolan Cailleau (TT) 6-3
3. Quentin Monaghan/Dougie Barnard (ND) def. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas Tech 15-4; National ranking #24
Notre Dame 8-6; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,5,2,1,6)
T-2:34 A-40

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Utah re-entered the ITA rankings today but they'll likely re-exit them next week after Loyola Marymount moved its record to 7-6 with a 4-1 mild upset.  Interesting note: LMU had the higher UTR on each of the 6 courts so it's hard to call it too big an upset.  

Loyola Marymount 4, #72 Utah 1
Mar 17, 2015 at Los Angeles, Calif. (LMU Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Charles Boyce (LMU 12.95) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH 12.85) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2. Errol Smith (LMU 13.14) vs. Parker McGuiness (UTAH 12.77) 6-1, 6-7(4), 3-2, unf
3. Felix Van Kann (LMU 12.40) vs. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH 12.06) 1-6, 6-2, 2-3, unf
4. Cristobal Rivera (LMU 12.85) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH 12.49) 6-2, 7-6(5)
5. Joat Farah (LMU 12.20) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH 12.06) 6-4, 7-5
6. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH 11.75) def. Othar Kordsachia (LMU 12.29) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Errol Smith/Joat Farah (LMU) def. Cedric Willems/Matt Cowley (UTAH) 6-3
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Parker McGuiness/Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Johan Jonhagen/Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Othar Kordsachia/Luke Bohuslav (LMU) 6-4
Match Notes
Utah 9-6; National ranking #72
LMU 7-6
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The big upset of the day came in Starkville as the Bulldogs from Mississippi State upset the Bulldogs from Georgia 4-2.  Mississippi State took the doubles point for the 16th time this year and is now 11-0 in doubles at home.  State fell a break behind at both #1 and #3 but managed to turn both courts around and would clinch the point with a win at #1 over the #1 ranked team in the country.

Mississippi State kept the momentum going during singles play and jumped out to early break leads on 5 of 6 courts.

Mississippi State's Rishab Agarwal was 1st off the court with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #5 singles over Nick Wood in a match that was pretty lopsided the entire time.  Georgia's Wayne Montgomery would cut the deficit to 2-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 at #2 singles over Juan Cruz Estevarena.  Montgomery fell behind 5-3 in the 1st set but would break Estevarena at 4-5 and 5-6 to force the breaker then after jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the TB he took it 7-4.


Georgia managed to turn the tide on several courts to force some 3rd sets but when the match was on the line it was State's Florian Lakat, Mate Cutura, and Julian Cash who all rose to the occasion.

State's #3 Mate Cutura would come back from a set down to pick up the biggest win of his his collegiate career as he defeated #18 Nathan Pasha 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.  Cutura broke Pasha to go up 4-3 in the 3rd and 2 holds later he had his big time win.

State's #1 Florian Lakat cruised to a 6-2 opening but Georgia's Austin Smith came right back to take the 2nd set 6-2.  In the 3rd set Lakat broke Smith to go up 2-1 and would hold for 3-1 before Smith would take the next 3 games to go up 4-3.  Lakat wouldn't wilt though as he held for 4-4, broke Smith for 5-4, and then fought off not 1 but 2 break points to clinch the upset win.  See the video clip below of match point.


Just before Lakat clinched Georgia's Ben Wagland would pick up a win at #4 singles by a 6-3, 7-6(4) score.  In the one abandoned match Mississippi State's Julian Cash would have a commanding 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Georgia' Paul Oosterbaan.


Mississippi State recap

"That was an amazing performance by our guys and I cannot say enough about how much each one of them fought, MSU coach Matt Roberts said. "We knew going in how good Georgia is, but we also knew we could compete on that level. We brought a lot of energy in here today and our guys capitalized on it.

"We've been playing like a team more and more with each match, Roberts said when asked of the team's streak. "In practice and in matches, these guys come together and fight for each other. That's why we're playing at the level we're playing at right now.

"The way we played down the stretch of this match speaks a lot of how bad these guys wanted this win, Roberts said. "Rishab and Mate have kept on their hot streak and Florian was just too clutch there at the end. Again, so proud of this team.

"That was an unreal win for us today, Lakat said. "We kept playing for each other and feeding off each other's energy. I had so much confidence in myself, especially after that first set. Even though he came back in the second, I knew I wasn't going to lose this. I was going to do it for my team.

Georgia recap

"Mississippi State earned the win today," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We didn't play our best, and Mississippi State had a lot to do with that. We had some opportunities in doubles that we didn't take advantage of. They played very well in singles, and our guys fought hard but that wasn't enough today. All the credit goes to Mississippi State."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 3rd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#26 Mississippi State (16-5) 4, #6 Georgia (16-3) 2
April 3rd, 2015 - AJ Pitts Tennis Centre - Starkville, MS 
Singles 
1. #108 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.82) def. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.18) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
2. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59) def. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.75) 7-6(4), 6-2
3. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67) def. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.27) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.26) def. #122 Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.87) 6-3, 7-6(4)
5. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.68) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.86) 6-2, 6-2
6. Julian Cash (MSU 13.43) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.66) 6-2, 4-6, 5-2 DNF
Doubles
1. #14 Lakat/Cash (MSU) def. #1 Smith/Wagland (UGA) 6-4
2. Cutura/Schmid (MSU) def. Pasha/Diaz (UGA) 6-4
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Estevarena/Haden (MSU) 5-5 DNF
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5, 2, 3, 4, 1)
Mississippi State has now won 4 straight while Georgia's 10-match winning streak was snapped.

Which Bulldogs Win on Friday in Starkville

Georgia
  40 (86%)
 
Mississippi State
  6 (13%)
 

Votes so far: 46
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Virginia Tech managed to win the doubles point for the 10th time in 17 tries but the Hokies quickly fell behind on 4 singles courts.  The 1 court where Virginia Tech never trailed was at #4 as Hunter Koontz rolled to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Chris Simich.  

Louisville's Seb Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri would cruise to straight set wins at 1 and 5 and things were looking good for the Cards early on at 2 and 3.  

Louisville's #2 Alex Gornet led 5-3 in the opening set before VT's Andreas Bjerrehus would rally to take the next 4 games to take the 1st set 7-5 and then Bjerrehus would break Gornet late in the 2nd set to close out the 7-5, 6-4 win.   

Louisville's #3 Albert Wagner led 7-5, 3-1 before VT's Joao Monteiro kicked it up a few notches and came back to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Virginia Tech's #6 Jai Corbett took the opening set 6-3 before falling behind 5-2 in the 2nd set against Luis Elizondo.  Unfortunately for Louisville, Elizondo wouldn't be able to close out the set as Corbett came back to push it to a tiebreak and then took the TB 11-9 to clinch the team win.  

Virginia Tech recap
Louisville recap

"I've got to give Virginia Tech credit in that we had them on their heels and we just didn't put it away," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "The winner of this match has got an inside track to hosting the NCAA first and second round, When you get that moment, you've got to go seize it, and unfortunately we didn't seize it. Maybe it's this team's inexperience in having these types of big moments over the years. But really we had the moment and we were in position to win and basically waited for them to lose instead of us grabbing our moment."

#13 Virginia Tech 5, #23 Louisville 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Louisville, Ky (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.65) def. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.25) 6-2, 6-2
2. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79) def. #123 Alex Gornet (LOU 13.60) 7-5, 6-4
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.75) def. #94 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.61) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.66) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.37) 6-4, 6-3
5. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.36) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.28) 6-4, 6-3
6. Jai Corbett (VT 12.86) def. Luis Elizondo (LOU 12.21) 6-3, 7-6 (9)
Doubles competition
1. #68 Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) vs. #64 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 6-7, unf
2. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU) 8-7 (4)
3. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Van Damrongsri/Luis Elizondo (LOU) 8-2
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 15-2; National ranking #13
Louisville 19-5; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,5,1,2,6,3)
T-3:40 A-115
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The excellent Duke recap has all the details you need.  
Notre Dame recap

#5 Duke 5, #35 Notre Dame 2
April 3, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.50) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.44) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (6)
2. #34 Jason Tahir (DU 13.86) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.69) 6-3, 6-2
3. #101 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.36) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.01) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.97) def. Billy Pecor (ND 13.03) 7-5, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10)
5. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND 12.56) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.74) 6-4, 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.46) def. Alex Lawson (ND 12.80) 7-6 (5), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #9 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Jason Tahir (DU) 8-4
2. Raphael Hemmeler/Josh Levine (DU) def. #22 Josh Hagar/Eddy Covalschi (ND) 8-2
3. Bruno Semenzato/TJ Pura (DU) def. Quentin Monaghan/Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 8-6
Match Notes
Notre Dame 12-7, 4-3 ACC; National ranking #35
Duke 17-3, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,6,3,1,4)
T-3:50 A-260
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Ohio State recap 
Minnesota recap

#11 Ohio State 4, #29 Minnesota 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.08) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.98) 7-5, 6-1
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.14) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.34) 6-3, 7-6 (1)
3. #104 Matic Spec (MINN 13.96) def. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.43) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.45) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.19) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.74) 5-7, 7-6, DNF
6. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.89) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.95) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #49 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) 8-7 (0)
2. #76 Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. #74 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-3
3. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 8-6
Match Notes
Minnesota 14-5 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #29
Ohio State 16-7 (4-1 B1G); National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,2)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:18 A-137
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Florida recap 

Quotes from the Match
Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On the importance of winning the doubles point to gain early momentum
It really was [important]. It's not easy to have a lead and then lose it. And the next thing you know you're facing elimination and that's exactly what happened today. I'm just really proud that Gordon [Watson] and Diego [Hidalgo] just continued to believe and continued to fight until the end. They were able to reverse it with a lob and a forehand and couple good volleys and the next thing you know they're in a tiebreaker. They did a nice job just hanging tough and really just being persistent out there on the court and making the plays when they had to.

On the consistency in singles from Elliott Orkin and Chase Perez-Blanco
It really is important. They've kind of been the anchors. Those two and Diego [Hidalgo] have been pretty rock solid for us on the singles court and it's huge. It's huge to have guys out there that are confident in what they're doing, understand their game, know how to play to their strengths and they're playing with a purpose out there, so that always helps you have a chance. Those guys in the big moments, they're playing aggressively and confidently in those moments and that's good to see. The more you win, the more your confidence grows. The sky is their limit right now.

On keeping the team focused when singles wins go back and forth

It's not easy. The team aspect is important to these guys. Individually they want to do well but they really want the team to do well. And so it's easy to start watching the scoreboards and seeing how their teammates are doing while they're trying to play, so it's our job as coaches to try to get them on task and make sure that they're focusing in on their individual matches and their game plans and paying attention to where they might need to make adjustments. It's not easy because they care about the team and they want the team to do well and they care about one another, so I kind of understand it, but at the same time they need to focus in on their court.

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