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.
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."
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.
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
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
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
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
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)
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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.
#39 Stanford 4, #14 Cal 3
Feb 21, 2015 at Berkeley, CA. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
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
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
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3) Singles (6,3,1,2,5,4)
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
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.
OK State recap
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.
#25 Harvard 5, #34 Minnesota 2
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
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)
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
Notre Dame recap
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Game. Set. Match. #HAILSTATE pic.twitter.com/E8mvUGuLJf
MSU Men's Tennis (@HailStateMT) April 4, 2015
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 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.
"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
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
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
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
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
"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."
The excellent Duke recap has all the details you need.
Notre Dame recap
#5 Duke 5, #35 Notre Dame 2
Ohio State recap
#11 Ohio State 4, #29 Minnesota 2
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:18 A-137
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- Baylor didn't have enough healthy players to compete - I… Written by Bobby Knight on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:33 Ohio State Thumps USC & Also Named Top Seed at National Indoors (Blogs)
- Missed it but why did Wake get a forfeit over… Written by JL on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:26 Ohio State Thumps USC & Also Named Top Seed at National Indoors (Blogs)
- To tighten the schedule up for the ITA's in the… Written by Michael on Monday, 11 February 2019 17:15 Semifinals Set at Women's NTI; Florida Fights Past TCU; Ohio State Overpowers Georgia; Texas Tech Tops Tulane; LSU is Walking in Memphis; Old Dominion Women Stun Tennessee (Blogs)
- love your info; Tough times for the Trojans now; Fight… Written by stuart on Sunday, 10 February 2019 12:24 Wild Friday Recap: Long Opening Day at the Women's NTI in Seattle; Virginia Upsets #1 Wake Forest; Stanford Stuns #5 USC 4-3 (Blogs)