Semifinal Saturday was a busy one with two of the closest matches taking place at the same time in Stillwater at the Big 12 Championships.

TCU edged Oklahoma in the regular season 4-3 and even though Andrew Harris wasn't playing today you figured it would be still be a close one. TCU's usual No. 4 Eduardo Nava was out as well so each team had to shuffle its lineup a bit.

TCU took the doubles point but it was anything but easy - well it was easy at No. 3 but not on the other two courts. Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov won 6-1 at No. 3 but OU's Spencer Papa and Alex Ghilea picked up a 7-5 win at No. 1. OU's Axel Alvarez and Austin Siegel broke to go up 6-5 but TCU's Guillermo Nunez and Trevor Johnson would break Siegel to send it to a tiebreak. OU was serving up 5-4 in the tiebreak but TCU would win three of the next four points to close it out 7-5.

OU took all six first sets in singles and they'd go ahead 2-1 when Florin Bragusi and Andre Biro won at No. 4 and No. 6.

OU's Spencer Papa led Alex Rybakov 6-2, 4-2 at No. 2 but Rybakov would take the next four games to force a third set. Rybakov broke Papa to go up 4-2 in the third and he'd break him again to win it 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

TCU's Cameron Norrie would put the Horned Frogs back in front after coming back from a set down to beat Axel Alvarez  No. 1. After dropping the first set 7-5, Norrie would break Alvarez to go up 2-1 in the second and then he'd break again to go up 4-1 and would ultimately take the set 6-2. Norrie broke Alvarez to go up 3-2 in the third then he'd win the last three to take it 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

OU's Maxime Mora went up 2-0 in the third on Trevor Johnson at No. 5 but Johnson broke back and held for 2-2. The match would go to a tiebreak and Johnson would take it 7-5 after Mora double faulted while serving at 5-6.

The match at No. 3 was abandoned with it all even at 2-2 in the third.

#5 TCU 4, #10 Oklahoma 2
Apr 30, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #25 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #81 Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #87 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. #51 Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-7 (0-7), 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
4. Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Maxime Mora (OU) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Trey Daniel (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #21 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #60 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) 7-5
2. Guillermo Nuez/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Austin Siegel (OU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 15-10; National ranking #10
TCU 23-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,2,1,5)



Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap
 "Anytime anybody beats Oklahoma, it is a hell of a win. They have such a good program and for us to lose six first sets and come back and find a way to win three matches in three sets tells a lot about our resilience and our youth. We did not freak out, we stayed calm and bounced back. Obviously with Andrew Harris out of the lineup is always a huge boost to us, but at the same time they still have a lot of great players.

"The doubles was crazy. I thought we won it and then I thought we lost it and it just kept going back and forth. It was a huge performance by Trevor and Guillermo to find a way win on court two and secure that doubles point for us. I still feel like we need to do a better job in the first sets and we have to handle the moment a little bit better in doubles. I thought our emotions kind of got in the way. There is a little room for improvement, but at the same time if it was easy, everybody would be in the finals of the Big 12 Championship.

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played well in doubles and just came up a point or two short, but we competed, head coach John Roddick said. "In singles we started extremely well, but we have start finishing matches. We have some time to work on that before we head to NCAAs.
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The No. 1 seed Texas Tech advanced to the finals of the Big 12 Tournament for the first time ever with a tough 4-3 win over Baylor.  Baylor took the doubles point, just as it had done in the two previous meetings this season, but Tech fought back in singles especially in the lower half of the lineup.

Bjorn Thomson handed Tyler Stayer a double bagel at No. 6 and Jolan Cailleau knocked off yesterday's hero, Jimmy Bendeck, at No. 4 to put Texas Tech in front 2-1.

Connor Curry made it 3-1 after he defeated Tommy Podvinski 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5. Curry broke Podvinski to go up 6-5 in the second and then he served it out for the win.

Baylor's Julian Lenz kept the Bears hopes alive after he came back from 4-1* down in the third set to defeat Felipe Soares 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 1. Felipe Rios tied the match at 3-3 after his 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex Sendegeya at No. 3.

Texas Tech senior Hugo Dojas opened up a 5-1 lead in the third against Max Tchoutakian at No. 2 but the Baylor junior would hold, break, and hold to pull within 5-4. Dojas would hold from 40-15 with a service winner to close out Tchoutakian 3-6, 6-3, 6-4


#8 Texas Tech 4, #42 Baylor 3 
04/30/16 at Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center) 
Big 12 Tournament Semifinals 
Doubles 
1. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU) vs. #80 Tommy Podvinski/Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-5, unf
2. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU) defeats Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-4 
3. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) defeats Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU): 6-4 
Singles 
1. #16 Julian Lenz (BU) defeats #18 Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 
2. #110 Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats #99 Max Tchoutakian (BU): 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 
3. Felipe Rios (BU) defeats Alex Sendegeya (TTU): 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2 
4. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) defeats Jimmy Bendeck (BU): 6-2, 6-1 
5. Connor Curry (TTU) defeats Tommy Podvinski (BU): 6-2, 7-5 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) defeats Tyler Stayer (BU): 6-0, 6-0 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (27-4); National ranking No. 8 
Baylor (15-13); National ranking No. 42 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,4,5,1,3,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Hugo won some big points in the third set, head coach Brett Masi said. "There were three or four deuce points that decided games that could have gone either way. He played very aggressive and was dictating the match after the first set. That was key for him. Hugo also was able to draw from the match earlier this season where he beat the same opponent in a third set tiebreaker on the road. He served out a great final game to get to the finish line, and I'm very happy for him. 

"It's a tremendous feeling because we have given ourselves a chance to win the Big 12 Tournament, Dojas said. "Beating Baylor is unbelievable. I knew what I had to do to win the match. I had been working on my serve with Coach over the last week. It got me through pretty easy which allowed me to focus on breaking his service games.

"The bottom of the lineup has been our strength for a majority of the season, Masi said. "Jolan, Connor and Bjorn gave us three huge points quickly and really put the pressure on Baylor. What they were able to do was give Felipe and Hugo a chance to get back into their matches after they lost emotional first sets. We're pretty tough to beat when we're playing solid like that four through six in the lineup.

"I wasn't upset with their doubles effort, Masi said. "The message going into singles was more focused on awareness. We weren't making shots, and we weren't playing the right way. I told them to go back out there, execute and be solid. Baylor has been tough on us over the years. It was partly a mental thing because sometimes you feel like you have to go out there and do more even though we were able to beat them twice already this year.

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"They've got some spots where they're just better than us, and I think honestly that sort of wears you down after a while. I think our guys are competing incredibly hard, but then again they're No. 8 in the country for a reason. They're a little better than us. We've just got to continue to get better and try to get ready for the NCAA's." --head coach Matt Knoll on the close 4-3 loss

"We've got to take finals, so we've got to take a little step back for that. We've got some clear ideas of what our weaknesses are, so we're going to go out and work on those. We're also going to work on our strengths, and we're going to try to be a tough draw." --Knoll on preparing for the NCAA postseason
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It will be Ohio State and Illinois meeting in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament after each pulled through on Saturday. Ohio State took the doubles point and collected straight set wins from Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, and Martin Joyce to post a 4-0 shutout over Michigan.

#4 Ohio State 4, #24 Michigan 0
April 30, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #123 Alex Knight (UM) 6-2, 6-2
2. #96 Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. #95 Jathan Malik (UM) 3-6, 7-5, unfinished
3. #41 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Carter Lin (UM) 6-1, 7-5
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Runhao Hua (UM) 3-6, 6-5, unfinished
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Kevin Wong (UM) 3-6, 6-2, 2-1, unfinished
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Davis Crocker (UM) 6-4, 6-0
Doubles competition 
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #81 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 6-2
2. Ralf Steinbach/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) 6-3
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) vs. Myles Schalet/Tyler Gardiner (UM) 3-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
Michigan 20-7; National ranking #24
Ohio State 29-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,3) 
Big Ten Tournament Semifinal

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"The Big Ten is tough, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "It was a very tricky day today, and credit to Michigan for giving us a great war, but that's with 52 degrees and 20 miles an hour wind. It's not going to be tennis, it's going to be heart and guts, and some discipline. In some spots we were very good and some spots we need to work on for tomorrow."
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Illinois and Northwestern were meeting for the third time this season with each team having won on its home court. Northwestern took the doubles point but Illinois took the opening set in singles on four of six courts. 

Northwestern freshman Ben Vandixhorn defeated Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch 6-1, 7-5 at No. 5 to make it 2-0. Illinois answered with a three-set win from Aleks Vukic at No. 1 and a straight set win from Julian Childers at No. 4. 

Strong Kirchheimer came back from a set down to defeat Aron Hiltzik at No. 3 but that would be the last point the Wildcats would get. 

Illinois senior Jared Hiltzik won a three-setter over Sam Shropshire at No. 2 and freshman Pengxuan (Aiden) Jiang clinched the match with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Alp Horoz at No. 6. Jiang came into the match with a 1-4 dual-match record which made his win over Horoz all the more surprising.

#17 Illinois 4, #13 Northwestern 3
April 30, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Aleks Vukic (ILLINOIS) def. Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
2. Jared Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3
3. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
4. Julian Childers (ILLINOIS) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILLINOIS) 6-1, 7-5
6. Pengxuan Jiang (ILLINOIS) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. Strong Kirchheimer / Fedor Baev (NU) vs. Aleks Vukic / Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) 6-6 (6) unf
2. Konrad Zieba / Sam Shropshire (NU) vs. Pengxuan Jiang / Julian Childers (ILLINOIS) 6-0
3. Alp Horoz / Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. Jared Hiltzik / Asher Hirsch (ILLINOIS) 7-6 (1)
Match Notes:
Illinois 19-9; National ranking #17
Northwestern 25-4; National ranking #13
Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (5, 1, 4, 3, 2, 6)

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Number one, it was a great college tennis match. Northwestern has a great team.  Hats off to them and the season they've had. They're going to represent the Big Ten incredibly well in the NCAA Tournament and I wish them the best of luck," Dancer said. "Second, we did some great things in doubles today but it wasn't enough to get the doubles point and Northwestern built off that. The guys came out very focused for singles. To be honest, it was just a great college match in that it was just a battle on all the courts, all the way through." 

"It's exciting for our program and we obviously look forward to playing Ohio State," Dancer said. "This has been kind of the tour of avenging recent Big Ten losses, so we get one more shot at that."
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San Diego won its third straight West Coast Championship, and 30th straight conference match, with a 4-0 win over Pepperdine. USD took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 then the Toreros took five of six first sets in singles. Uros Petronijevic, Jordan Angus, and Jaan Kononov only dropped a combined 5 games in their wins at 1, 2, and 4.


#30 San Diego 4, #61 Pepperdine 0
April 30, 2016 at Claremont, Calif.
Singles Competition
1. #61 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Guilhereme Hadlich (PEP) 6-1, 6-1
2. #67 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-0, 6-0
3. Filip Vittek (USD) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 3-6, 1-4 unfinished
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Jack Van Slyke (PEP) 6-1, 6-2
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-1, 3-6 unfinished
6. Alex Araouzos (USD) vs. Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-2, 4-3 unfinished
Order Finished: (2,1,4)
Doubles Competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Pedro Iamachkine/ Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-0
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) def. Jack Van Slyke/ Guilhereme Hadlich (PEP) 6-4
3. Lautaro Pane/Tom Hill (PEP) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Alex Araouzos (USD) 6-4
Order Finished: (1,3,2)

USD Game Ball - Jordan Angus



Post-Match Quotes from USD's recap
"These guys were on top of their games this weekend, head coach Ryan Keckley said. "The last three weeks we really hit our stride and that was evident in today's match. The energy, the composure, the mentality, the fight... everything was impressive!

Keckley added, "We competed extremely well to win the doubles point amongst a very hostile Pepperdine crowd.

"I was lucky, Angus said. "Some days you play great, I had one of those days and won 11 love but it's not everyday, so I appreciate that.

"Our three seniors who clinched the match for us lost 5 games collectively. Keckley noted. "These seniors were on a mission to make sure they finished their careers here at USD on top.

"We came together as a team and finished as a team today and that's what I am most proud of!

"30-0 in the WCC is no small accomplishment and this team deserves all the praise. I am very excited to see where we can go from here." 
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UC Santa Barbara won the Big West for the second year in a row with a 4-1 win over Cal Poly. UCSB took the doubles point and then grabbed five of six first sets in singles. Cal Poly's Axel Damiens won in straight sets at No. 5 but UCSB rolled everywhere else. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, Anders Holm, and Teague Hamilton won in straight sets with Holm clinching the championship at No. 4.

UCSB's women's team also won the Big West Championship so it was a clean sweep for the Gauchos.


#1 UC Santa Barbara 4, #2 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1
April 30, 2016 at Indian Wells, CA
Doubles Competition    
1.  No. 76 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann(UCSB)  vs.  Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (CP)  4-2
2.  Nicolas Moreno de Alboran/Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Garrett Auproux/Tim Tan (CP) 6-2
3.  Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Dan Cardiff/Karl Enander (CP) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2
Singles Competition 
1.  Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) vs. Ben Donovan (CP) 6-3, 4-3, unf.
2.  Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) def. Garrett Auproux  (CP)  7-5, 6-3
3.  Morgan Mays (UCSB) vs. Corey Pang (CP) 7-6(5), 4-1, unf.
4.  Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Josh Ortlip (CP)  6-1, 2-6, 6-1
5.  Axel Damiens (CP) def. Cody Rakela (UCSB) 6-4, 6-3
6.  Teague Hamilton (UCSB) def. Sreyas Kolachalam (CP) 6-1, 7-5
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 5, 4

Post-Match Quotes from UCSB's recap
"I am so pleased with how our team played today," Head Coach Marty Davis said. "We were so dominant in every way and I really feel like were deserving of this championship."

"Hamilton got off the court so quick and I really think that gives us huge momentum when we can get out to a fast 2-0 lead," said Davis. "It's amazing to have a guy on our team that's 12-0 in singles." 

"I am so proud of these guys and they are really students of the game," Davis explained. "I really think we can do some damage in the NCAA Tournament."
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Top-seed Western Michigan won its 11th MAC Championship with a 4-0 shutout over the No. 3 seed Ball State.


Western Michigan 4, Ball State 0
Apr 30, 2016 at Vaughn Athletic Center (Aurora, Ill.)
Singles Competition
1. Jefta Kecic (WMU) vs. Lucas Andersen (BALL) 7-6, 1-0, unf.
2. Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Andrew Stutz (BALL) 6-2, 6-4
3. Nemanja Guzina (BALL) vs. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 7-6, 2-1, unf.
4. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Patrick Downs (BALL) 6-2, 6-3
5. Daniel Loebel (WMU) def. Conner Andersen (BALL) 6-1, 6-3 
6. Marko Guzina (BALL) vs. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-3, 5-2, unf.
Doubles Competition
1. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Andrew Stutz/Conner Andersen (BALL) 6-1 
2. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) vs. Patrick Downs/Lucas Andersen (BALL) 5-1, unf.
3. Jefta Kecic/Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) def. Marko Guzina/Matt Helm (BALL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Western Michigan 20-5
Ball State 13-12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,2,4)

Post-Match Quotes from WMU's recap
"I am very proud of our team and especially happy for our seniors," Head coach Dave Morin said. "They get to end their careers with a MAC Tournament Title. We've had a target on our back since the beginning of the season. We got together and realized how special this team could be."

"They played so great today and they really played very loose as a team," Morin said. "Doubles set the tone and we just got rolling. It was obvious these guys were hungry for a second title and we are super excited about winning the league and now we want to accept the next challenge and advanve in the NCAA Tournament."

Post-Match Quotes from Ball State's recap
"Western Michigan has been the best team all year and they didn't falter today," Ball State head men's tennis coach Bill Richards said.  "Credit to them.  I'm proud of our guys for the way finished the season but it's always disappointing to lose a championship match. I think the Buffalo win yesterday drained us some both physically and emotionally and we didn't quite have the energy we needed today but Western Michigan had a lot to do with that."
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Denver entered the Summit League in the fall of 2013 and has now won the conference title in each of its three season after defeating Oral Roberts 4-0. This will be the fourth year in a row that Denver has gone to the NCAA Tournament with the Pioneers also winning the WAC Championship back in 2013 which was the only year they were in that conference. 

#1 Denver 4, #3 Oral Roberts 0
Saturday, April 30 at Omaha, NE
Singles Competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN) vs. Barnabas Koncz (ORU) 6-4, 3-1, unfinished 
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Jan Pehnec (ORU) 6-2, 6-2 
3. Yannik James (DEN) def. Amar Saletovic (ORU) 6-2, 6-1 
4. David Fox (DEN) vs. Kenneth Boykin (ORU) 7-5, 3-0, unfinished 
5. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Michael Sosnowski (ORU) 6-1, 6-2 
6. Wyatt Lovera (DEN) vs. Alvaro Santamaria (ORU) 6-0, 5-3, unfinished 
Doubles Competition
1. Jan Pehnec/Kenneth Boykin (ORU) def. #37 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-3 
2. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James (DEN) def. Barnabas Koncz/Amar Saletovic (ORU) 7-5 
3. Diogo Rocha/Zach Fryer (DEN) def. Michael Sosnowski/Braxton Bates (ORU) 6-3 
Match Notes:
Oral Roberts 14-10 
Denver 17-7; National ranking No. 48 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,3,2) 
Summit League Men's Tennis Championships - Finals
Denver wins the Summit League Championship 
Official: Vern Weber

Post-Match Quotes from Denver's recap
"It feels great to win the conference championship, head coach Ricardo Rubio said after the match. "These guys worked hard throughout the year in really tight matches, which I think helped us in this situation to manage some of the matches in the Summit League championship. Winning the conference is not easy and for the team to do it now, three years in a row, is a great accomplishment. I'm very happy for them and we're looking forward to finding out who we will play in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

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Wake Forest Regional
Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Winston-Salem, NC

[6] Wake Forest Demon Deacons (29-5) vs. [49-64] Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (21-3) - Friday 3pm ET - Wake Forest earned the ACC's automatic berth after defeating No. 1 Virginia in the finals of the conference tournament while Coastal Carolina won the Big South's automatic berth after defeating Presbyterian 4-3. CCU only faced one ranked team this season with Duke shutting them out 4-0. 

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 27-6, Coastal Carolina 15-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Coastal Carolina 75

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 10th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.50) vs. Vuk Velickovic (CCU 12.90)
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.47) vs. Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU 12.86)
3. Jon Ho (13.56) vs. Pedro Leme (CCU 12.40)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) vs. Sebastian Schneider (CCU 12.50)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.96) vs. Rick Timmerman (CCU 12.16)
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.93) vs. Luiz Faria (CCU 12.33)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
WF: Uspensky 7
WSU: Velickovic 8, Faria 5

Wake will be a significant favorite on every court and after taking the doubles point I'll go with Mansouri, Chrysochos, and Uspensky in singles. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0. 




[17-32] Michigan Wolverines (20-7) vs. [33-48] East Tennessee State Buccaneers (18-5) - Friday Noon ET - Michigan was awarded an at-large bid after falling to Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament while East Tennessee State won its 10th consecutive conference championship after blanking Furman in the finals of the Southern Conference Tournament. ETSU is riding a 15-match winning streak and will be making its 14th NCAA appearance in the last 18 years. ETSU is 2-14 in those 14 appearances with wins over Notre Dame and Alabama in 2008 and 2010. 

ETSU went 4-5 against ranked opponents with the wins coming over Penn, North Florida, UNC Wilmington, and Middle Tennessee State. ETSU won the doubles point in its final 12 matches after winning it only 4 times in its first 11 matches. The only common opponent between Michigan and ETSU was Washington with Michigan beating them at home 5-2 while ETSU lost on the road 5-2. Michigan was a perfect 14-0 at home while it 6-7 in road/neutral matches. Michigan's only non-top 25 loss came against Notre Dame early in the season.

Doubles Records: Michigan 17-10, East Tennessee State 16-7
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingMichigan 81, East Tennessee State 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. Alex Knight (UM 13.63) vs. #80 David Biosca (ETSU 14.12)
2. #99 Jathan Malik (UM 13.66) vs. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU 13.49)
3. Carter Lin (UM 13.68) vs. Diego Nunez (ETSU 12.70)
4. Runhao Hua (UM 13.62) vs. Robert Herrera (ETSU 13.72)
5. Kevin Wong (UM 13.42) vs. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU 13.14)
6. Davis Crocker (UM 13.21) vs. Ismael Merino (ETSU 12.83)
O: Myles Schalet (UM 13.41)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
UM: Wong 5, Hua 3
ETSU: Herrera 13, Biosca 10, Ribeiro 10, Merino 8, Yllera 7, Nunez 4

If ETSU wins the doubles point I think they'll really put Michigan under some heat however I think Michigan grabs the early lead. I do like David Biosca and Ismael Merino in singles for ETSU but Jathan Malik, Carter Lin, and Kevin Wong will pull through for Michigan. Robert Herrera will be leading at the time of the clinch. Prediction: Michigan 4-2
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Regional Final - [17-32] Michigan at [6] Wake Forest - Saturday 3pm ET 

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 27-6, Michigan 17-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Michigan 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.50) vs. Alex Knight (UM 13.63) 
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.47) vs. #99 Jathan Malik (UM 13.66)
3. Jon Ho (13.56) vs. Carter Lin (UM 13.68)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) vs. Runhao Hua (UM 13.62) 
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.96) vs. Kevin Wong (UM 13.42)
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.93) vs. Davis Crocker (UM 13.21)

Wake will be coming off a routine win while Michigan will have left it all out on the court after winning a tough one against ETSU. I like Wake in doubles and Mansouri, Seraphim, and Uspensky in singles. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0

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Oklahoma Regional
Headington Family Tennis Center - Norman, OK

[11] Oklahoma Sooners (15-10) vs. [49-64] UT Arlington Mavericks (18-10) - Friday 4pm CT - Oklahoma got in as an at-large selection after falling to TCU in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament while UT Arlington got in for the first time in 10 years after defeating South Alabama in the finals of the Sun Belt Tournament. UTA went 4-7 against teams that were ranked at some point during the season with the wins coming over Georgia State, South Alabama, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and Wichita State. Oklahoma only played nine matches at home going 5-4 while UTA was 4-9 in road/neutral court matches.   

Doubles Records: Oklahoma 13-11, UT Arlington 17-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Oklahoma 85, UT Arlington 76

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 10th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #97 Andrew Harris (OU 14.54) vs. Guanarteme Nuez (UTA 13.00)
2. #25 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.31) vs. Jhonathan Gonzalez (UTA 12.65)
3. #82 Spencer Papa (OU 13.92) vs. Mario Muniesa (UTA 12.50)
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.04) vs. Daniel Armengol (UTA 13.02)
5. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.86) vs. Carlos Arbiza (UTA 12.85)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) vs. Mauricio Del Rio (UTA 12.47)
O: Maxime Mora (OU 13.68)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
OU: Harris 4, Bragusi 4
UTA: Arbiza 12, Muniesa 3

Andrew Harris didn't play singles in the final two matches after playing in the five previous ones. Oklahoma is going to win regardless of whether he plays or not but but if he sits UTA will keep it a little closer. I'll say Harris sits but OU still win the doubles point and gets wins from Alvarez, Ghilea, and Bragusi. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0. 


[17-32] Tulsa Golden Hurricane (17-13) vs. [33-48] Oregon Ducks (18-7) - Friday 1pm CT - Tulsa got in as an at-large after falling to South Florida in the finals of the AAC while Oregon squeezed in as an at-large after falling to Stanford in the Pac-12 quarterfinals. Tulsa played one of the toughest schedules in the country with 23 of its 30 matches coming against opponents that were ranked at some point (15 in the current top 30) while 17 of Oregon's 25 matches were against ranked foes (5 in the current top 30). Tulsa was a streaky team all season with a five-match winning streak and two three-match winning streaks while it also had a five-match and three-match losing streak. Tulsa's Majed Kilani and Francois Kellerman were the only starters on the team with a winning dual-match record while all of Oregon's starters were at least two matches over .500.

This will be Oregon's fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament but they've yet to get a win with shutout losses in 1998, 2000, 2004, and a 4-2 loss to NC State in 2014. 

Tulsa will be playing just 130 miles from home while Oregon makes the 2000 mile flight in from Eugene. The weather condition will probably suit Tulsa more than Oregon with temperatures expected to be in the high 70s with winds around 10 miles per hour.

Doubles Records: Tulsa 16-13, Oregon 20-3
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingTulsa 80, Oregon 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #48 Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.84) vs. Daan Maasland (UO 13.51)
2. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.55) vs. Simon Stevens (UO 13.49)
3. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.75) vs. Thomas Laurens (UO 13.89)
4. Carlos Bautista (TUL 13.43) vs. Jayson Amos (UO 13.58)
5. Dylan McCloskey (TUL 12.76) vs. Cormac Clissold (UO 13.10)
6. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.84) vs. Ethan Young-Smith (UO 12.61)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)  
Or Ram-Harel (3) is the only starter on the two teams that has won more than two in a row. 

Oregon was strong in doubles all season so i see them grabbing the early lead after winning a tight doubles point. Tulsa should get a win at No. 1 with Or Ram-Harel riding a three-match winning streak while Daan Maasland struggled down the stretch dropping his final seven matches. I also like Juan Matias Gonzalez, Dylan McCloskey, and Francois Kellerman for Tulsa while I'll go with Thomas Laurent and Jayson Amos for Oregon. Prediction: Tulsa 4-3
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Regional Final - [17-32] Tulsa at [11] Oklahoma - Saturday 1pm CT -

Regular Season Meeting 

#8 Oklahoma 4, #29 Tulsa 1 
Feb 20, 2016 at Tulsa, Okla. (Michael D. Case Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.30) def. #97 Carlos Bautista (TU 13.49) 6-3, 6-1 
2. #30 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.73) vs. #95 Alex Ghilea (OU 13.93) 3-6, 6-4, unfinished 
3. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.83) def. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.84) 6-3, 6-1 
4. Maxime Mora (OU 13.66) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.39) 6-3, 7-5 
5. Majed Kilani (TU 13.53) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.86) 6-1, 6-2 
6. Francois Kellerman (TU 12.65) vs. Austin Siegel (OU 13.30) 3-6, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished 
Doubles competition 
1. #37 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Dylan McCloskey/Matthew Kirby (TU) 6-4 
2. #52 Matias Gonzalez/Carlos Bautista (TU) def. Florin Bragusi/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-3 
3. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (OU) def. Or Ram-Harel/Dominic Bechard (TU) 6-4 
Match Notes: 
Oklahoma 6-3; National ranking #8 
Tulsa 6-3; National ranking #29 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,5,4)


Doubles Records: Oklahoma 13-11, Tulsa 16-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Oklahoma 85, Tulsa 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #97 Andrew Harris (OU 14.54) vs. #48 Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.84) 
2. #25 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.31) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.55)
3. #82 Spencer Papa (OU 13.92) vs. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.75)
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.04) vs. Carlos Bautista (TUL 13.43)
5. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.86) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TUL 12.76)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) vs. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.84)
O: Maxime Mora (OU 13.68)

Oklahoma won the regular season meeting 4-1 without Andrew Harris in the lineup but I expect that he'll play in this one with a trip to Tulsa on the line. All the singles pairings will be different this time around with OU a decent sized favorite on just about every court. Tulsa may take the doubles point but I like Harris, Alvarez, Bragusi, and Biro for OU in singles.  Prediction: Oklahoma 4-1
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The opening day of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and as you can see from the scores below there were a few surprises. All the top seeds cruised with only Illinois yielding a point while a pair of 33-48 seeds pulled off mild upsets.

Friday Finals:
[3] UCLA def. Weber State 4-0
[4] TCU def. Jackson State 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. Coastal Carolina 4-0
[10] USC def. UNLV 4-0
[11] Oklahoma def. UT Arlington 4-0
[12] Texas A&M def. George Washington 4-0
[15] Illinois def. Western Michigan 4-1
[17-32] Texas def. Lamar 4-0
[17-32] San Diego def. Vanderbilt 4-0
[17-32] Michigan def. East Tennessee State 4-3
[17-32] Georgia Tech def. UC Santa Barbara 4-1
[17-32] Mississippi State def. Memphis 4-1
[33-48] LSU def. Rice 4-3
[33-48] Oregon def. Tulsa 4-1

The match of the day on the men's side took place in Fort Worth between LSU and Rice. Rice won the regular season meeting 4-3 but LSU flipped the script today and won a 4-3 thriller.

Rice won the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Owls also took four opening sets in singles. Despite falling behind LSU would quickly turn things around and would put the first two singles points on the board. Justin Butsch won the only straight set match of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jamie Malik at No. 2 and then Gabor Csonka would put the Tigers ahead with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Adam Gustafsson at No. 3.

Rice's Tommy Bennett would even the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 win over Jordan Daigle at No. 1. Rice freshman Jake Hansen would put the Owls ahead 3-2 with a come from behind win over Andrew Korinek at No. 4. Korinek led 5-2 in third set but Hansen battled back to force a tiebreak which he ultimately took 7-1.

LSU freshman Nikola Samardzic, who joined the team in January, tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 win over Emanuel Llamas at No. 6.

Boris Arias (Photo By Kyle Zedaker/LSU)
The match would be decided in a third set at No. 5 between LSU senior Boris Arias and Rice junior David Warren. Warren led 4-2 in the final set but Arias managed to hold, break, and hold to go up 5-4. Warren held and then broke to go up 6-5 but Arias would break back to force a tiebreak. Warren led 4-1 in the tiebreak but Arias won the next two points on his own serve and then a third straight point on Warren's serve to tie it at 4-4. Warren held for 5-4 and then Arias won both points on his serve for 6-5. Warren evened it at 6-6 but Arias would take the next two to clinch it 8-6.

Next up LSU will face TCU after the Horned Frogs routed Jackson State 4-0.

#36 LSU 4, #26 Rice 3
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
2. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4, 6-1
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Boris Arias (LSU) def. David Warren (RICE) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #29 Tommy Bennett/David Warren (RICE) def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3
2. Jamie Malik/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3 
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) 6-2
Match Notes:
LSU 15-11; National ranking #36
Rice 23-8; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship-First Round
T-3:28 & A-125 

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"It was a great college tennis match, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "Fortunately for us, we had Boris who has been very clutch through the years. It hasn't been his best year so for him to get back to doing that again was great to see and was a great match to be a part of.

Coach Brown commented on the three-week layoff between the SEC Tournament and NCAAs, which LSU was able to recover from after starting slow and dropping the doubles point.

"I felt that the three week layoff was really showing in doubles and the beginning of singles, Brown said. "For about an hour and 20 minutes of the match we were in a lot of trouble but we got in the rhythm and started getting back in it.

"We are hopeful that the SEC will change that and only have a two-week break between the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament. I think that really has been a big issue for us over the years and it was good that the guys were able to overcome that and be a part of a great match.

"TCU has had a great year, Brown said. "We look forward to getting back out tomorrow there and improving from what we did today.

Post-Match Comments from Rice's recap
"Unbelievable college tennis match, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "This is what we train for and dream of being a part of as coaches. (It's) the first round of the NCAA Championship and every single player left it all out on the court. Five singles matches went three sets. It just doesn't get any better than that, he added.

"I am really proud of being the coach of these guys, Ustundag said. "I felt they represented Rice really, really well out here today. I am really fired up about what this team has achieved this year. We met our goals for this year and we set some high standards going into next year and really brought some excitement back to Rice tennis.


#4 TCU 4, Jackson State 0
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Camilo Patino (JSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Federico Boscarino (JSU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
3. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Richie Agarwal (JSU) 6-2, 5-0, unfinished
5. Trey Daniel (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad (JSU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Geria Hernan (JSU) 6-1, 5-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Camilo Patino/Federico Boscarino (JSU) 5-1, unf
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad/Ryan Swanier (JSU) 6-0
3. Cameron Norrie/Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Richie Agarwal/F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Jackson State 6-19
TCU 25-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi
"Our guys were very business-like and took care of business today. I am proud of them for playing well and doing everything they can to win every single point. I congratulate Jackson State and head coach Lois Alexis for making it the NCAA Championship. It is something that is very hard to do and they deserve a lot of credit. I hope their team had a great experience and we did our best to create the best atmosphere possible so it was a memorable day for them.

"For us, it is now time to get ready for the other tigers the LSU Tigers. They won a really tough match earlier today and they are very match tough. They go through a whole season in the SEC and will be ready to battle. We are right where we want to be and our team is excited to keep the streak going here at home and also give us the best chance at seeing what we can do. Regardless of what goes on, I am very proud of this team. They have accomplished so much not only on the court, but also in the classroom.

"I also want to thank our athletic department and our financial aid office as they were also here today. I really want to thank Mike Scott for bringing out the whole office because it was a really beautiful day. Huge thanks to Mr. Del Conte for allowing the athletic department to come out and support us. It has been a pleasure and an honor to play in front of our fans all season and we have one more tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from Jackson State's recap
"Although we lost to the No. 5 team in the country, we played well today, said first-year head coach Lois Alexis. "I am extremely proud of this team.

"This is an experience we can build on next year, said Alexis.
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Oregon, which was the No. 3 seed in the Oklahoma regional, won it's first-ever NCAA Tournament match with a surprisingly straight forward 4-1 win over Tulsa.

Oregon won the doubles point for the 21st time in 24 tries by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Ducks took four opening sets in singles. Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel evened the match at 1-1 with a straight set win at No. 1 however Oregon would take over from there.

Ethan Young-Smith and Cormac Clissold won in straight sets at No. 6 and No. 5 and Thomas Laurent clinched the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Majed Kilani at No. 3.

Interesting note from Oregon's recap - Simon Stevens was up 4-2 in the second set tiebreak when Juan Matias Gonzalez got a third overrule which resulted in a point penalty which gave Stevens the tiebreak.

#38 Oregon 4, #23 Tulsa 1
Friday, May 13 | Norman, Okla. | Headington Family Tennis Center
Singles Competition
1. #48 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) def. Daan Maasland (Oregon) 6-4, 6-0
2. Simon Stevens (Oregon) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa) 6-7, 7-6(2), 1-0, unf.
3. Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa) 6-4, 7-5
4. Jayson Amos (Oregon) vs. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 6-4, 3-6, 3-1, unf.
5. Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 7-6 (3), 6-4
6. Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) def. Okkie Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1 #42 Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (Oregon) def. Or Ram-Harel/Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-2
2 Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (Oregon) def. Dylan McCloskey/Dominic Bechard (Tulsa) 6-4
3 Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (Oregon) vs. Matthew Kirby/Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 4-5, unf.
Match Notes
Oregon 19-7; National ranking #38
Tulsa 17-14; National ranking #23
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,5,3)

Post-Match Quote from Oregon's recap
Nils Schyllander, Head Coach - "I felt that these guys came here to win and they did just that. The preparation was awesome and it paid off as it was an unbelievable match. This was a good time to play our best match of the year."


Oklahoma got all it wanted in doubles but then cruised through singles and defeated UT Arlington 4-0. Axel Alvarez, Spencer Papa, and Andre Biro each won in straight sets while OU led on each of the remaining courts as well.  Andrew Harris played in doubles but he did not play in singles.

OU's video highlights

#10 Oklahoma 4, UT Arlington 0
May 13, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #97 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez (UTA) 6-2, 6-3 
2. #25 Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez (UTA) 6-1, 6-1
3. #82 Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Mario Muniesa (UTA) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
4. #61 Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished 
5. Andre Biro (OU) def. Carlos Abiza (UTA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Maxime Mora (OU) vs. Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. #24 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez/Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-2 
2. Carlos Abiza/Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) def. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-4
3. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez/Mario Muniesa (UTA) 7-6 (8-6)
Match Notes:
UT Arlington 18-11
Oklahoma 16-10; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"Doubles was close and we pulled it out, head coach John Roddick said. "Singles was just pretty solid. We lost a couple breaks here or there, but mostly it was just deuce points. All in all our guys did a good job of taking care of business. It was a good effort to be focused and disciplined. We're looking forward to tomorrow.

"It looked like he was in control and making good decisions, Roddick said. "That's his biggest thing is making good decisions all the time. He is hitting the ball well, hitting good pace and spin, so that was a very good effort on his part.

"They were obviously excited after their match, Roddick said. "I watched a good bit of it. They are playing for a lot for them so they are going to come out with a lot of energy. So will we. They may be as fired up as any team we've faced all year so it'll be a tough match.

Post-Match Quotes from UTA's recap
"It is the highest level of competition, for us to be exposed to this and this environment is huge," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "There aren't too many days we get to compete at this level. We are going to take it in and learn. We were playing against a Top-10 team that is going to have a chance to win the national championship. Competing against them in the way we did says a lot about our team."

"They never give up and refuse to lose," Benitez said. "It doesn't matter what part of the match they are in, they stay focused and determined."

For junior Mario Muniesa, the UTA match clincher during the Sun Belt Championship, the experience gave the Mavs a chance to compete on the biggest stage as they improve from year to year.

"This was one of the greatest seasons, not only for me, but for the program," Muniesa said. "After two years of struggling to get to the finals, we got to the championship, won it and got here. We did everything we could and we will be proud of ourselves for a great season."

"We learned how to compete and not show that much respect to the better teams ranking wise. We saw that we could have beat them; we almost did in doubles. We didn't give up and we gave everything we had. They beat us, probably because they were better, but not because we gave up."
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Texas gave Lamar an early kick to the gut and then finished them off with a few roundhouses in route to a 4-0 win in the opening match of the Texas A&M regional.

The Longhorns won all nine completed sets in singles with George Goldhoff, Adrian Ortiz, and Michael Riechmann each winning in straight sets.

Next up for Texas will be a Lone Star Showdown against Texas A&M after the Aggies blanked George Washington 4-0.

#18 Texas 4, #56 Lamar 0 
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff (UT) def. Michael Feucht (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-3
2. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 7-5, 6-2
3. Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) vs. Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-4
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) vs. Juuso Laitinen (LAMAR) 7-6 (7-3), 4-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT) vs. Michael Feucht/Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 4-4
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem/Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 6-2
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) def. Juuso Laitinen/Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-2
Match Notes: 
Lamar 17-6; National ranking #56
Texas 18-11; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,2)
NCAA First Round College Station Regional
T-1:51

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap
The guys won all six first sets (in singles), and we played better in some spots and put pressure on them (Lamar).  We did a good job to finish the match.  This was a good day against a Lamar team that had a great season.  Lamar won a conference championship and beat a top-25 team in Rice.  It was a great year for Lamar. 

We're happy to keep going (to the second round).  We don't know who we're playing tomorrow but we assume it will be Texas A&M.  We've had a lot of great matches over the years and some tough matches over here (in College Station).  I expect another tough match tomorrow.  We've got a young group, but one thing they've been good at all year is being good competitors.  We'll do that again tomorrow and do our best to compete well.

Post-Match Quotes from Lamar's recap
"Texas played great today," said LU head coach Scott Shankles. "They got out to great starts on courts two and three, and they got the breaks at a good time for them. Then they held on to win the doubles point, and we just couldn't get back into it in those matches. I thought we were solid on court one.

"In singles, we dropped the first set on all six courts, but they were all close. We were right there with them but just couldn't get enough points to get the lead. Our guys fought hard and I'm very proud of how we competed," said Shankles.

"This experience will be huge for our guys next year," said Shankles.  "We return all but two players so this will be a valuable experience as we move forward. We accomplished a lot of things this season but I don't want our guys to just be content with this year. We can't get complacent. We need to continue to get better."


#12 Texas A&M 4, George Washington 0
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
2. #52 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW) 7-5, 3-3, unfinished
3. Chris Reynolds (GW) vs. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher (GW) 6-2, 6-3
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran (GW) 6-2, 6-4
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #89 Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. Tverijonas/Zelenkov (GW) 6-5, unf.
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) 6-3
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher/Fernando Sala (GW) 6-4
Match Notes:
George Washington 14-9
Texas A&M 27-9; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (6, 5, 4)
NCAA First Round, College Station Regional
T-2:07

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Steve Denton via Texas A&M's recap

On the doubles point
"We were down a break at three and were at 4-5 at one, George Washington played well in the doubles and it's the NCAA tournament. Everybody is going to give you your best shot. Our guys were resilient and able to turn a couple of those matches around. The doubles are a sprint and you have to value each point, with no ad scoring. Our guys have to come up with shots at important moments and thankfully the guys were able to do that today."

On today's match as a whole
"George Washington played well, I thought they were good in a lot off spots and played great. In the tournament you obviously want to win the matches and fairly comfortably if possible, but you want to be challenged as well. Today was good, some of our guys were challenged and they responded how we needed them to."

On playing Texas tomorrow
"Texas is going to fight, they are a scrappy group, a young group. They have lost some matches this year, but they compete really hard in all spots of their lineup. Texas has no holes in their lineup and we are going to have our hands full. We are going to have to have our 'A' game and hopefully all these tough matches we've played throughout the year will help us. When Texas A&M and Texas play, throw the win loss record out the window, it will be an emotional match. There is a lot on the line not just playing against your rival, but also trying to get to Tulsa. We played here a couple years ago, before we went to Illinois. It was a 4-3, last match on the court type of match so I anticipate another hard fought match and we know the guys will be ready to play."

Post-Match Quotes from GW's recap
"Texas A&M is obviously the 12-seed for a reason, said Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Torrie Browning. "They are a very good team and poised to go far. I was really proud of the way our guys came out in doubles, making the sets close. But, we really couldn't execute on a couple of key points. It hasn't been the easiest season but I'm still really proud of the way our team fought and the way we finished up.


"It means a lot to represent your school, and playing in a national championship team format is always a privilege," said Browning. "I know our guys really worked hard this year. We did a really good job of just getting here. Really proud of the way we made it through everything and handled adversity.
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San Diego defeated Vanderbilt for the second time this season with a 4-0 win in the opening match of the UCLA regional. Vanderbilt was playing without Cameron Klinger (injury?), who plays No. 3 singles (17-8) and #1 dubs with Rhys Johnson (18-8), and his absence was definitely felt.

San Diego's Uros Petronijevic and Filip Vittek beat Vandy's usual No. 2 doubles team 6-3 at No. 1 while Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 win at No. 3.

San Diego took five of six first sets and Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, and Romain Kalaydjian each won in straight sets with Vittek clinching at No. 3.

#28 San Diego 4, #34 Vanderbilt 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. #36 Daniel Valent (VANDY) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 0-1, unfinished
2. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) 6-2, 6-3
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2)
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. Kris Yee (VANDY) 3-6, 6-4, 2-0, unfinished
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Ross (VANDY) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-2, 4-6, 5-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Tate Allwardt/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-3
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) vs. Rhys Johnson/Kris Yee (VANDY) 5-3, unf
3. Alexandros Araouzos/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Baker Newman/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3
Match Notes
Vanderbilt 17-14; National ranking #34
San Diego 24-7; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,3)
NCAA Regionals - First Round


UCLA didn't have any trouble with Weber State in the second match of the day at the UCLA regional. The Bruins took the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they added five first sets in singles. Mackenzie McDonald, Karue Sell, and Logan Staggs each won in straight sets with Staggs clinching the match at No. 5.

Nice performance from Weber State's Stefan Cooper who led Gage Brymer 6-3, 5-2 at No. 3.

#2 UCLA 4, Weber State 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts)
Doubles
1. #2 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Cooper/Goswami (WSU) 6-1
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Fought/Gewert (WSU) 6-1
3. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Barlow/Chen (WSU) 3-3, unfinished
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
Singles
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Jakub Gewert (WSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Todd Fought (WSU) 6-1, 5-5, unfinished
3. Stefan Cooper (WSU) vs. 58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Hou-En Chen (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Landon Barlow (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) vs. Sanjay Goswami (WSU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
Match Notes
Weber State 14-8
UCLA 23-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,5)
NCAA Regionals - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"I was really happy with what I saw today from the team," said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "Up and down the line in both singles and doubles everybody looked really eager to get back into competition. I felt that the team was energized and ready to play,"

"We're going to have a much tougher match tomorrow against San Diego," added Martin. "I feel they are a very good team that has had an incredible end to the season. I know their confidence is high and they are going to want to avenge their loss to us earlier in the year. But I also feel that if we play well, we will have a great chance to win."

Post-Match Quotes from Weber State's recap
"Obviously UCLA is very good and in theory they should beat us," Director of Tennis Brad Ferreira said. " We competed well at a couple of spots. Our number three doubles was doing very well. Stefan Cooper was one serve game away from winning his match over a highly ranked player. Hou-En Chen played a very good first set while Todd Fought played a very good second set. It is exciting to see our two returners compete very well."

"This was a fantastic season and we will be sad to see our seniors go but I am excited to see the continued success of our program," Ferreira said.
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The second most exciting match of the day took place in Winston-Salem with Michigan winning a back and forth 4-3 match against East Tennessee State.

Michigan won what turned out to be a pivotal doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won the final three games to take the decider at No. 1 by a 7-5 score.

The Buccaneers bounced back in singles and grabbed four opening sets, two in tiebreaks, but Michigan would put the next point on the board when Carter Lin rolled over Diego Nunez 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3. ETSU's David Biosca trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alex Knight at No. 1 and then Robert Herrera evened it at 2-2 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Runhao Hua at No. 3.

Rogerio Ribeiro put ETSU up 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Jathan Malik at No. 2 but that'd be the last point that the Bucs could muster.

Michigan's Davis Crocker broke Ismael Merino to close out a 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 6 and less than 10 seconds later Kevin Wong would clinch it with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Sebastian Yllera at No. 5.

Michigan Celebration (Pic from Michigan)

#24 Michigan 4, #55 East Tennessee State 3
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #80 David Biosca (ETSU) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 7-5, 6-4
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. #96 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
3. Carter Lin (MICH) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Runhao Hua (MICH) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Kevin Wong (MICH) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3
6. Davis Crocker (MICH) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) def. #63 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 7-5
2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (MICH) 7-5
3. Myles Schalet/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) def. Ismael Merino/Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 7-5
Match Notes
East Tennessee State 18-6 (7-0 SoCon); National ranking #55
Michigan 21-7 (8-3 Big Ten); National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)
NCAA Tournament - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from ETSU's recap
"It was a hell of a college tennis match, remarked ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. "We gave it all we had and came up just short. The loss leaves a huge empty spot in our gut but I wouldn't have it any other way. Our boys represented ETSU with the highest sense of pride and love. If we had to lose, this is the way wanted it.



Next up for Michigan will be a match against Wake Forest after the Demon Deacons rolled over Coastal Carolina 4-0. Wake took the doubles point and Petros Chrysochos, Jon Ho, and Dennis Uspensky each won in straight sets.



Wake's No. 4 Romain Bogaerts did not play.

#6 Wake Forest 4, Coastal Carolina 0
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. VELICKOVIC, Vuk (CCU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (CCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. LEME, Pedro (CCU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. SCHNEIDER, Sebastian (CCU) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. FARIA, Luiz (CCU) 6-2, 6-0
6. #116 Maksim Kan (WF) vs. MIGLIANO, Francesco (CCU) 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Vuk Velickovic/Pedro Leme (CCU) 5-2, unf
2. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Nic Planchard/Francesco Migliano (CCU) 6-0
3. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luiz Faria/Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU) 6-2
Match Notes
Coastal Carolina 21-4 (8-0 Big South)
Wake Forest 30-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,2,3)
NCAA Tournament - First Round
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UC Santa Barbara jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point but Georgia Tech rebounded in singles. Chris Eubanks, Nathan Rakitt, and Michael Kay won in straight sets while Daniel Yun came back from a set down to defeat Anders Holm at No. 4.

Georgia Tech will meet USC on Saturday.

#32 Georgia Tech 4, #44 UC Santa Barbara 1
May 13, 2016 Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #78 Eshmade/Seemann (UCSB) def. #38 Kay/Kay (GT) 6-2
2. #37 Eubanks/Benito (GT) def. Alboran/Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) def. Rakitt/Li (GT) 7-5
Singles Competition
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
2. #113 Carlos Benito (GT) vs. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) 0-6, 6-3, 5-4 unf
3. Cole Fiegel (GT) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB) 6-7 (5), 4-2 unfinished
4. Daniel Yun (GT) def. Anders Holm (UCSB) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2*
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Cody Rakela (UCSB) 6-4, 6-4
6. Michael Kay (GT) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) 6-3, 7-5
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 17-8; National ranking #32
UC Santa Barbara 17-7; National ranking #44
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)Singles (1, 6, 5, 4*)
NCAA Championships - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne SAYS "We got out played for about an hour and a half. I'm not sure if it was because we haven't played in a while and still had exams on the brain. Credit UCSB, who has a talented team, for starting very strong. The character of our team surfaced and we fought back strong. Chris, Mike and Nathan did a great job of capturing the momentum with straight-set wins. We settled in nicely as a team and played with poise down the stretch. Carlos and Daniel fought back from first-set losses. Cole also was in a good position in his second set after losing the first. Daniel clinched it for us, so all that matters is we move on to the next round. We're looking forward to a strong start tomorrow and the opportunity to advance.



USC moved on to the second round with a 4-0 win over UNLV. USC took the doubles point and then picked up three quick straight set wins with Rob Bellamy clinching the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6.


USC's No. 4, Jake DeVine, did not play so Thibault Forget moved up from No. 5 while Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy each moved up as well.

#11 USC 4, UNLV 0
NCAA Championships - First Round
May 13, 2016 -- Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #46 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Amilon/Alberts (UNLV) - 7-5
2. Forget/de Vroome (USC) def. Neto/Brown (UNLV) - 6-3
3. Bellamy/T. Smith (USC) vs. Cozbinov/Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-5 susp.
Singles Competition 
1. #23 Max de Vroome (USC) vs. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) - 6-4, 3-4, susp.
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) - 6-1, 4-6, 2-1 susp.
3. #69 Logan Smith (USC) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) - 7-6 (3), 2-2 susp.
4. #121 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV)-- 6-1, 6-2
5. Jack Jaede (USC) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) -- 6-1, 6-2
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Richard Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-2, 6-2*
Match Notes
USC 16-6; National ranking #11
UNLV 15-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1) Singles (4,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from USC's recap
"Today was a great first step for us," head coach Peter Smith said. "Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy really stepped up and led our team today."

Post-Match Quotes from UNLV's recap
"We lost a very close doubles point and then started out slowly in singles, said UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook. "However, we were very much alive in all of the matches that didn't finish so I think we acquitted ourselves well today. The future of UNLV tennis is certainly bright with everyone coming back and we are excited for next season.
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Both of the top two seeds won in Champaign with the host Illini fighting off Western Michigan 4-1 while Mississippi State got past Memphis 4-1.

#21 Mississippi State 4, #42 Memphis 1
May 13, 2016 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS) def. Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) vs. Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS) 5-7, 4-3, unfinished 
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-4
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) vs. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-4), 2-3, unfinished 
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEMPHIS) 6-2
2. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-5) 
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. Niclas Braun/Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 14-11; National ranking #42
Mississippi State University 17-8; National ranking #21 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,3,4) 
Official: Doug Rice T-2:30


Post-Match Quotes from Mississippi State's recap
"We had seven guys that have never played in the NCAAs before today's match, head coach Matt Roberts said. "I was impressed how they battled and stepped up to win the doubles point over a tough Memphis team. That gave us a lot of energy going into singles which helped our confidence.

"The result in doubles helped us carry energy into singles, Sucevic said following his 10th singles win of the season. "I felt great from the beginning of singles after the doubles win, just like the other guys, and that helped us get this win today.

For Borges the win came after the freshman missed most of practice during the two weeks leading up to the NCAA Championship due to injury. Borges let his opponent creep back into the match at 4-4 in the second set, but the freshman would find his composure and come away with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Kai Lemke.

"The story of this match was how much Nuno stepped up for us, Roberts said. "He was uncertain if he was going to play today, but he dug deep and came through for us. I am proud of the way he fought today.

Post-Match Quotes from Memphis's recap
"These two/three seed matchups can always go either way, it comes down to a couple of points," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "We were right there. In doubles, I don't know that we played our best, and we still had a chance right down to the last point."

"That one point comes down to one court, and we had some match points that we saved, but credit to Mississippi State, they were able to come through," Goebel said. "But once again, a lot of learning points and a bright future for us."

"I don't think we were just satisfied getting in, they really wanted to win," Goebel said. "We gave ourselves some chances, but we just didn't play maybe our greatest match of the year. But we really overcame some adversity. We had a couple of guys overcome some injuries and we weren't sure they were even going to play, but to see them go out there and fight every point was good.

"Today, unfortunately, we didn't win against a very good SEC, top 25 team. We're going to set some very high goals for next year and hope to be back."


#15 Illinois 4, Western Michigan 1
May 13, 2016 at Champaign, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Jefta Kecic (WMU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-2, unfinished
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Maik Steiner (WMU) 7-6 (7-0), 4-4, unfinished
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Daniel Loebel (WMU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. #87 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Alex Jesse/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) 6-4
3. Jimmy Beckwith/Jefta Kecic (WMU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Asher Hirsch (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Western Michigan University 20-6
Illinois 20-10; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,4,3)
Play was suspended during singles and moved indoors at 3-1.
Official: Doug Rice A-285


Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Down at five and six singles, those are areas for us that haven't been stellar throughout the year. I think it's great for those guys near the bottom of the lineup to have that confidence and lead our team today to victory," head coach Brad Dancer said. "For us, we're excited for a great match and great challenge tomorrow and I'm sure the crowd will have a big part to do with it."

Post-Match Quotes from WMU's recap
"I thought it was a great environment for a collegiate tennis match, both fan bases were really into it, Head coach Dave Morin said. "We really played well and got off to a great start in doubles and that carried over into the singles. It was much closer than the 4-1 score would indicate. This is something that we can build on going into next year as we continue to pursue the goal of advancing in the NCAA Tournament.

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Published in Blogs
It's hard to believe that going into the fall Matt Roberts only had two returning players from his 2014-15 squad yet here we sit today with Mississippi State heading to the Round of 16 after routing Illinois 4-0.

State got off to a quick start in doubles and went up early breaks at No. 2 and No. 3. State's No. 3 team of Rishab Agarwal and Niclas Braun would win four straight games to go up 5-2 and they'd end up winning 6-3. State's Trevor Foshey and Luka Sucevic led 4-2 at No. 2 but Illinois's Alex Jesse and Aiden Jiang would end up breaking back and forcing a tiebreak. Before the tiebreak really got going State's No. 1 team of Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter would break serve to win 7-5 and clinch the doubles point. It was the first time since mid-February that State had won the doubles point in back-to-back matches.


State kept the momentum going in singles and won five opening sets. Luka Sucevic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Asher Hirsch at No. 6. A few minutes later Niclas Braun would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Julian Childers at No. 4 and then Nuno Borges would close the door on Illinois's season with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Aron Hiltzik at No. 3.

Mississippi State will be making its first appearance in the Round of 16 since 2013 and will face the winner of Sunday's match between North Carolina and Tulane.

#21 Mississippi State 4, #15 Illinois 0
2016 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Second Round
May 14, 2016 Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex Champaign, Ill.
Doubles Competition
1. #47 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. #87 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-5
2. Alex Jesse/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) vs. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-6 (1-2),
3. Rishab Agarwal/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Asher Hirsch/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU) vs. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
3. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2, 6-4
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 6-1, 6-2
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-4, 3-1, unfinished
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes
Mississippi State University 18-8; National ranking #21
Illinois 20-11; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,3)
T-2:09 A-217

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"I am so proud of these guys and what they've accomplished this season with their backs against the wall, head coach Matt Roberts said. "It is unheard of for a team this young to be this successful, but these guys defy the odds. Before Friday we had only two players with any postseason experience and our younger guys handled it like veterans.

"We are playing well in doubles right now and I feel like we've found the right formula to win, Roberts said. "We focused on our doubles the last couple of weeks and have developed our games a lot. The guys have played phenomenal in doubles this weekend.

"We had two players this time last year, Roberts said. "Rishab and Mate believed in this program and stuck with us. Loyalty pays off and for us to win this way is just great to reward two men.



Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"I think Mississippi State played really well; they're well-coached with great players and they obviously took it to us today," stated Dancer. "The guys knew that Mississippi State is a great team. I think for us too much extra stuff was on our minds; if it was going to be inside or outside and thinking about that stuff. Mississippi State just outplayed us today."
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The closest second round match of the day took place in Winston-Salem between Wake Forest and Michigan. Wake Forest got a quick 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles but both No. 2 and No. 3 would go to a tiebreak. Wake led 4-2 in the tiebreak at No. 2 but Michigan would come back to win 8-6. Wake was serving at 5-6 in the tiebreak at No. 3 when a double fault give Michigan the 7-5 win and thus the double point.

Roughly 25 minutes into singles action play would be halted for 11 minutes due to what must have just been a mist of rain. Shortly after play resumed Michigan's Runhao Hua picked up a win at No. 4 when his opponent Romain Bogaerts retired with a knee injury. Bogarets sat out Friday's match and also missed doubles on Saturday with the same injury.

Play was stopped again for 22 minutes but once it re-started Wake's Jon Ho finished off Carter Lin 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 to bring Wake to within 2-1. Petros Chrysochos evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Jathan Malik at No. 2 and then Skander Mansouri gave Wake its first lead of the day with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Alex Knight at No. 1.

Wake's Christian Seraphim and Dennis Uspensky both had break leads in the third set but closing out the matches wasn't going to be easy. Michigan's Davis Crocker came back from 3-1 down to go up 5-3 on Dennis Uspensky at No. 6 before Uspensky broke back to make it 5-4.

Seraphim broke to go up 2-1 in the third but Michigan's Kevin Wong broke back to even it at 3-3. Seraphim broke for 4-3 but Wong broke back for 4-4. Seraphim broke again to go up 5-4 and then he'd clinch the win with a service winner to push Wake back into the Round of 16 for the second year in a row.



Wake Forest and Oklahoma will now meet for a third time this season since Oklahoma won its match over Oregon.

#6 Wake Forest 4, #24 Michigan 2
May 14, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 6-3, 6-1
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #96 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-0, 7-5
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. Carter Lin (MICH) 6-1, 6-1
4. Runhao Hua (MICH) def. Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-1, 1-0, retired
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Kevin Wong (MICH) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Davis Crocker (MICH) 6-1, 2-6, 4-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) 6-2
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (MICH) def. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Tyler Gardiner/Myles Schalet (MICH) def. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Michigan 21-8 (8-3 Big Ten); National ranking #24
Wake Forest 31-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,2,1,5)
NCAA Tournament - Second Round
Play delayed from 4:19 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and from 4:52 p.m.-5:14 p.m. (rain).
T-3:20 A-378
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USC faced a stiff test at home against Georgia Tech but the Trojans managed to pull through thanks to some strong play down the stretch from Logan Smith and Jack Jaede.

Georgia Tech took the doubles point when Chris Eubanks and Carlos Benito won the decider at No. 2 by a 7-6(5) score. Each team took three opening sets in singles and three of the six matches would finish in straight sets.

USC's Thibault Forget tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Daniel Yun at No. 4 but Georgia Tech's Chris Eubanks answered with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Max de Vroome at No. 1.

USC's Nick Crystal tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Carlos Benito at No. 2 but each of the remaining matches were still up for grabs. While the matches at No. 3 and No. 5 were just entering a third set, Georgia Tech's Michael Kay was trying to close out Rob Bellamy at No. 6. Kay led 6-4, 5-5 but Bellamy held for 6-5 and then broke Kay to take the second set 7-5.

USC freshman Jack Jaede pulled away from GT senior Nathan Rakitt to win 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 at No. 5 and Logan Smith looked like he was moments away from clinching when he was serving up 5-2 in the third at No. 3. However GT's Cole Fiegel would break for 5-3 and then hold for 5-4. Smith won a pivotal point at 30-30 when Fiegel put a shot into the net and then on his first match point Smith would clinch it when Fiegel sent a forehand wide into the alley.


I thought Bellamy forcing a third set was huge because had he lost that would have put even more pressure on both Smith and Jaede. Granted they were both already up breaks when Bellamy won the second set but it still probably helped ease the tension a little bit.

USC will face the winner of Sunday's match between Georgia and Baylor.

#11 USC 4, #32 Georgia Tech 2
NCAA Championships - Second Round
May 14, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
(1) #46 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. #38 Kay/Kay (GT) - 6-1
(2) #37 Eubanks/Benito (GT) def. Forget/de Vroome (USC) - 7-6 (5)
(3) Rakitt/Li (GT) def. Bellamy/T. Smith (USC) - 6-3
Singles Competition
(1) #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #23 Max de Vroome (USC) - 6-3, 7-6 (2)
(2) #41 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #113 Carlos Benito (GT) - 6-4, 6-4
(3) #69 Logan Smtih (USC) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-4*
(4) #121 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Daniel Yun (GT)- 6-2, 6-3
(5) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) - 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1
(6) Rob Bellamy (USC) vs. Michael Kay (GT) - 4-6, 7-5, 3-2 susp.
Match Notes
USC 16-6; National ranking #11
Georgia Tech 17-9; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (4,1,2,5,3)

Post-Match Quotes from USC's recap
"Today was a very exciting college tennis match," said head coach Peter Smith. "Georgia Tech gave us all we could handle. Our fight from top to bottom is what our program is all about, and today that took us over the top."

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne - "That was an absolute battle, and USC deserves a lot of credit for holding us off. I'm proud of our team and the way we left it all out there, but we are definitely disappointed we didn't make the sweet 16. I'm proud of our seniors Nathan and Casey, who led this team extremely well all season. They left the team in a much better place than when they arrived. The future is bright for this team. Is it too early to say I'm excited about next year already?
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Oklahoma dropped the doubles point to Oregon but the Sooners managed to pull out four wins in singles to knock off the Ducks 4-2.

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#11 Oklahoma 4, #38 Oregon 2
May 14, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #97 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Daan Maasland (ORE) 7-6 (13-11), 6-4
2. #25 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Simon Stevens (ORE) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
3. Thomas Laurent (ORE) def. #82 Spencer Papa (OU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Jayson Amos (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
5. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 5-7, 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (ORE) def. #24 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-4
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (ORE) 6-5, unfinished
3. Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (ORE) def. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Oregon 19-8' National ranking #38
Oklahoma 17-10; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,4,2,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"We competed pretty hard, head coach John Roddick said. "That's what you have to do. Oregon was definitely feisty. They did the best they could to put us out of position. Overall I thought they probably competed a little better than we did. That's why the match was so close. A lot of credit goes to them.

"In doubles we have to get better, Roddick said. "The bottom line is that will hurt us at some point. We have to find a way to get doubles points, but we did what we were supposed to do in singles. Winning five out of six first sets in singles, we did what we needed to do and took care of business.

"We have a long week and tennis is a funny game and it doesn't matter how you feel today or tomorrow, because it can change quickly, Roddick said. "We have a lot of things to work on and we have to get playing the right way.

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Nils Schyllander via Oregon's recap
On the match
"We played to win, but in the end, we came up just short. It was a great match and we had many opportunities. I'm very proud of this team and how they've gone about competing all year.

On the future
"We're going to be loaded again next year. This season was a lot of firsts for the program, but we're going to keep building on that and keep moving the program in the right direction. We have a lot of youth on this team, but they're going to be the experiences veterans next year. Having them along with the high-powered recruits we have coming in is going to make for an exciting year and I can't wait to get started.
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TCU capped off an undefeated season at home with a 4-0 win over LSU. TCU really crushed LSU in doubles with Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder clinching the point with a 6-0 rout over the ITA No. 6 team of Jordan Daigle and Boris Arias.

TCU won all six first sets in singles and would end up taking all but one completed set with Cameron Norrie, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson each winning in straight sets.

Next up for TCU is the winner of Sunday's match between Cal and Ole Miss.


#4 TCU 4, #36 LSU 0
May 14, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-2, 4-6, 0-1, unfinished
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-1
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 4-1, unfinished
Match Notes:
LSU 15-12; National ranking #36
TCU 26-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,6)



Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"We came out of the gates strong. We were up a break in every doubles match right away. Hudson (Blake) and Reese (Stalder) beat their second top-10 team, which is remarkable considering where Hudson came from three to four years ago. We all knew that Reese was a great player, but for a freshman to be doing what he is doing is remarkable. Cameron Norrie has matured so much and as a coach we couldn't be asking more from him. That is where he needed to improve and he is just so business-like out there and I am really happy for him and proud of him. He is leading this team along with some of the other guys but he is doing a great job.

"Winning the first set on every court after winning the doubles point at home and after the match they had yesterday meant that we needed to capitalize on them being a little bit emotionally fatigued and we jumped on them and kept it going. I am proud of them. Eduardo Nava was about to win which means he was playing well. We need to fix a couple of things between now and Friday. There are key parts of our lineup that we need to address and fix. If we are going to win our Round of 16 match, we are going to need every single member of our team. Right now, we don't have every single person on our team competing and playing. Some of our teammates are just being selfish. We have to fix that and be ready for the Sweet 16. I am just happy to go undefeated at home. I am just thankful for our crowds, our fans and all our supporters out there because it just makes me really proud.

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"TCU played a great match from the beginning, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "We certainly didn't play our best today, certainly in doubles, but I thought the guys responded well and a few of the guys were starting to turn things around at the end.

"This LSU team really took a turn about mid season. They really did a good job at giving themselves the opportunity to make it to the tournament and to finish strong. A lot of credit to this team for responding to some of our demands and really handling it well.

"I have to give TCU credit, Brown said. "They played at a very high level. We are excited going forward with our top three guys coming back and with our new recruits coming in.

"We are looking forward to the future and thank the seniors for all of their contributions, Brown said. "They've meant a lot to the program and we are going to make them proud going forward.
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UCLA is heading back to the Round of 16 after shutting out San Diego for the second time this season. San Diego picked up a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles but UCLA countered with a 6-4 win at No. 1. San Diego's Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov broke UCLA to start the match and held for 2-0 but the Bruin duo of Max Cressy and Austin Rapp would come back to take the match in a tiebreak, 7-1, to give UCLA the doubles point. 

While San Diego was right there with UCLA up top it was a whole different story down low. UCLA's Karue Sell, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio ran wild and rocked Jaan Kononov, Romain Kalaydjian, and Alexandros Araouzos by a combined score of 36-9 to give the Bruins the shutout win. Below is the clincher from Staggs:


UCLA will play the winner of Sunday's match between Northwestern and Stanford.

#2 UCLA 4, #28 San Diego 0
May 14, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts) 
Doubles competition
1. #2 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Petronijevic/Vittek (USD) 6-4
2. Angus/Page (USD) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-2
3. Cressy/Rapp (UCLA) def. Araouzos/Kononov (USD) 7-6 (7-1)
Singles competition
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 7-6 (8-6), 2-1, unfinished
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) 4-6, 6-1, 1-2, unfinished
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Filip Vittek (USD) 7-6 (7-5), 0-2, unfinished
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-0, 6-1
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-2, 6-1
Match Notes
San Diego 24-8; National ranking #28
UCLA 24-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,6,5)
NCAA Round of 32

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"We were not looking good in doubles, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin of the Bruins' slow start.  "We got the job done at No. 1, but No. 2 was not having a good day.  We started down on court 3, but those guys came back and pulled it out for us.  I think that was a turning point for us momentum-wise.

"We won the first two singles matches relatively easy, said Martin of UCLA's momentum in singles.  "I think Karue and Joe let that doubles loss carry over and they were fired up in singles.  To me, that was an unbelievable turning pointthose guys rebounding like that. 

"Northwestern is a very good team, and we've certainly played Stanford a lot this season, said Martin of the Bruins' next match.  "Northwestern has been a top team all year.  It's kind of ironic because it's Logan's old teamso that will be interesting.  It will be a very competitive match either way.

"We're just going to take it one match at a time, and hopefully do something special, added Martin.
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Virginia Regional

Penn State was one of three higher seeds that won a first round match on Saturday after the Nittany Lions defeated Columbia 4-3. Penn State won the doubles point for the 20th time in 30 matches with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 3. 

Each team won three first sets with all but one match finishing in straight sets. Penn State's Leo Stakhovsky put the Nitts up 2-0 with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Shawn Hadavi at No. 1. Hadavi served for the second set up 5-4 but Stakovsky broke for 5-5. held for 6-5, and then broke again to win the match. Penn State's Matt Barry extended the lead to 3-0 after he beat his former high school teammate Eric Rubin 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3. 

Columbia freshman Victor Pham put the Lions on the board after he defeated Constant De La Bassetiere 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2. Mike Vermeer made it 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tomas Hanzlik at No. 4 and Miguel Alda, who was only playing his third dual-match of the year, defeated Aws Laaribi 7-6, 6-2 at No. 5 to tie the match at 3-3.

Columbia freshman Timmy Wang got a split at No. 6 against Penn State junior Marc Collado and Wang went up a break at 1-0 in the third. Collado would break back and proceed to win the final six games of the match to clinch the Penn State win. Below is match point courtesy of Penn State.

Penn State now will face No. 1 Virginia for a chance to go to Tulsa. 



#37 Penn State 4, #25 Columbia 3
May 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.(Snyder Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #81 Hadavi, Shawn (COL) 7-5, 7-5
2. Pham, Victor (COL) def. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Matt Barry (PSU) def. Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-4, 6-1
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Alda, Miguel (COL) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 7-6, 6-2
6. Marc Collado (PSU) def. Wang, Timothy (COL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #53 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-1
2. Matt Barry/Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Pham, Richard/Grant, Christopher (COL) 6-3
3. Matt Galush/Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Hadavi, Shawn/Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Penn State Men's Tennis 22-8; National ranking #37
Columbia 17-6; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - First Round
T-2:40

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"That was a really good college tennis match," said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "Our seniors came through today in Matt Barry and Leo Stakhovsky. Marc Collado played amazing at No. 6 and we are so proud at how far he has come this season. He fought hard out there and never gave up; that is what our coaching staff preaches everyday."

"Matt Galush and Aws Laaribi played strong in doubles to help bring us an early lead," said Coach Zinn.

"Thank you to everyone who came out today to cheer us on," said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We are looking forward to a good matchup tomorrow against the winner of Virginia/Monmouth. A chance to go to the Sweet Sixteen is on the line and we are excited at the chance to play for it."





#1 Virginia 4, Monmouth 0
May 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) vs. Vaghela, Vidit (MU) 6-6, unfinished
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. Filipek, Przemyslaw (MU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Vieira, Christian (MU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #4 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Filipek, Przemyslaw/Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 5-4, unfi
2. #16 TS Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Vaghela, Vidit/Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-0
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Vieira, Christian/Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-2
Match Notes
Monmouth 12-10
Virginia 25-4; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,6,4)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - First Round
T-1:32 A-416

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Monmouth is a good team that won the MAAC conference tournament with a lot of good players," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "This match wasn't easy for us in certain spots, which I think was a good thing. We want to be pushed a little bit in the first round. Sometimes it is the most difficult match. I thought that our three-week layoff showed in certain spots, but after 45 minutes, we settled down a bit and played better. It was good to get through the first round and now we will get ready to play Penn State tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from Monmouth's recap
"It was good that the guys were able to go in and felt like they belonged and were able to be competitive today, said Monmouth Head Coach Kyle Bailey. "A lot of games went to deuce. Vidit and Alejandro were right there with one of top doubles teams in the country and Vidit went toe-to-toe with the reigning NCAA Champion."  


"It was a great season, said Bailey. "We established what this program is about and moving forward, we can build off of today. This performance let the guys know that they belong and can play at this level. If we can play with these guys, we can play with anybody."

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One of the wildest matches of the day took place outdoors in Columbus as N. 33 Virginia Tech jumped out to early 3-1 lead but had to hold on to defeat No. 20 Kentucky 4-3.

The Hokies won the doubles point for the 18th time in 26 tries with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Virginia Tech also took four opening sets in singles and it was nearly five but Amerigo Contini dropped the first set tiebreak to Nils Ellefsen 14-12.

Kentucky's Trey Yates tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mitch Harper at No. 5 but Virginia Tech went ahead 3-1 with straight set wins from Joao Monteiro and Edoardo Tessaro at No. 1 and No. 4.

Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with a 7-6(12), 6-4 win over Contini at No. 3 but it looks like the end was near because Austin Hussey trailed Jai Corbett 5-2 in the third at No. 6. Hussey would miraculously win three straight to tie it at 5-5 and would then win the match in a tiebreak to even it at 3-3. 

Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura had clinched a slew of matches this year for the Wildcats so when he forced a third set at No. 2 against Andreas Bjerrehus it appeared that Kentucky might pull off the comeback. There were a few early breaks in the third set but Bjerrehus broke free and won the final three games to close out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win.

Next up for Virginia Tech is a rematch against Ohio State - the Buckeyes won the regular season meeting 4-0.

#33 Virginia Tech 4, #20 Kentucky 3
May 14, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #14 Joao Monterio (VT) def. #29 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-4, 6-4
2. #72 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #42 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 7-6 (14-12), 6-4
4. #77 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3, 6-4
5. Trey Yates (UK) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition 
1. #21 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monterio (VT) def. #43 Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) vs. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 4-4, unfinished
3. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Jake Stefanik/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 17-8; National ranking #33
Kentucky 19-9; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,1,4,3,6,2)
NCAA Tournament First Round
Official: Jeri Banks  T-2:48
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Baylor won a match that many, including me, didn't think they'd win. The Bears overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat Florida State 4-3.

Florida State took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Baylor junior Max Tchoutakian tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Marco Nunez at No. 2 but FSU's Terrance Whitehurst won in straight sets at No. 6 to put the Noles up 2-1.

Baylor senior Julian Lenz tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Benjamin Lock at No. 1 and Jimmy Bendeck gave BU its first lead with a come from behind 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Aziz Dougaz at No. 4.

FSU's Jose Gracia tied the match at 3-3 with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Tommy Podvinski but Baylor senior Felipe Rios clinched the match with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Michael Rinaldi at No. 3.


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#35 Baylor 4, #22 Florida State 3
May 14, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #12 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #11 Benjamin Lock (FSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU) def. #76 Marco Nunez (FSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-2
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FSU) vs. #86 M Tchoutakian/T Podvinski (BU) 6-6 (6-2), unf.
2. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-0
Match Notes
Baylor 16-13; National ranking #35
Florida State 18-9; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,1,4,5,3)
NCAA First Round - Athens Regional
Official: Richard Rogers T-3:15 A-201



Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"They really knocked us back on our heels (in doubles), but I thought the guys responded well. We fought for everything that we could get. I'm really proud of the effort. Felipe lost a first set, but came back and really turned it around. He did a great job clinching. Jimmy was great on four court. Florida State has a heck of a team and fought us really hard. We were lucky to win." --head coach Matt Knoll on the victory

"It was a tough match and I knew it was going to be tough. The coaches told me that the guy was tough and plays a game that I don't like that much. He plays very flat. I found a way even though I lost the first set." -- senior Felipe Rios on his three-set win

Post-Match Quotes from Florida State's recap
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist - "I was pleased with how well Jose came back. I thought he did a great job of fighting back. There were a lot of big points that could've gone either way. It was an incredibly tough draw. Baylor is a team that made National Team Indoors, they're a team that was one of the top seeds last year. They have their top three guys back, so we knew it was going to be a battle up top even though we were maybe slightly favored down low. The key match was really number four. We won the first set there and didn't quite finish it off. At four-all, we had some game points to go up 5-4, and it ended just one game away. I thought that was the defining moment of the match.
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Cal Regional

Ole Miss advanced to the second round of the Cal regional with a come from behind 4-3 win over Denver. The Rebels were playing without Filip Kraljevic, who was listed at #3 singles and #1 doubles, so they had to make some changes by moving up their #2 and #3 teams a spot while also shifting everyone from #4 through #6 up a spot.

Denver managed to take the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Denver got straight set wins from David Fox and Wyatt Lovera at No. 4 and No. 6 but Ole Miss managed to take the other four with Gustav Hansson clinching the match with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 win over Henry Craig at No. 1.

#27 Ole Miss 4, #47 Denver 3
May 14, 2016 at Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #39 Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Henry Craig (DU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
2. #59 Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Diogo Rocha (DU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Yannick James (DU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. David Fox (DU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Alex Gasson (DU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Wyatt Lovera (DU) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DU) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
2. Yannick James/Jesse Rudder-Hook (DU) def. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3
3. Ricardo Jorge/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Diogo Rocha/Zach Fryer (DU) 6-3
Match Notes
Denver 18-8; National ranking #47
Ole Miss 16-10; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,3,4,2,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We played a great match today against a good Denver team. Doubles could have gone either way. A lot of the singles courts were going our way and some weren't. The guys responded to the pressure situations and handled themselves really well. It was a total team effort from top to bottom and we are extremely proud of the guys.

On Grey and Ricardo' matches
"Grey served well and played a solid match. It was good to see him get the win, and his energy on the court fired up everyone else. Ricardo hasn't played a lot lately, but he stepped up and provided us a huge win. When he faced set points in the first set he maintained his focus and served his way out of it. Great job by both Grey and Ricky to get us on the board.

On Stefan and Gus at the top
"Stefan has been there many times, he loves to be in that position. He stuck to his game and then in the third set he was able to break and serve it out at the end. At that point everyone felt very good about the situation, because Gus has been there many times already in his career, especially this year. He loves to play third sets and we felt very confident he would win.

On playing Cal next
"We are looking forward to tomorrow's match against Cal. We are very familiar with some of their players. We just have to go out and play with the same intensity and focus we had today, and if we do that, we have a good chance to advance.

Gustav Hansson on the win
"It was a great team win. Everybody played well and responded to the challenge in singles. We are excited to be moving on and looking forward to a great match against Cal.


#13 California 4, Army West Point 0
May 14, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
Doubles Competition
1. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) vs. Kyle Barnes/Austin McCasin 6-1
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Sam Lampman/Michael Nguyen (Army) 5-4, unf.
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Grant Riechmann/David Mitchell (Army) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. #30 Florian Lakat (Cal) vs. Sam Lampman (Army) 6-4, 4-2 Abandoned
2. #31 Andre Goransson (Cal) def. Grant Riechmann (Army) 6-3, 6-0
3. #85 Billy Griffith (Cal) def. David Mitchell (Army) 6-0, 6-2
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. Michael Nguyen (Army) 6-4, 4-4 Abandoned
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Austin McCasin (Army) 6-2, 4-3 Abandoned
6. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Michael Sienko (Army) 6-2, 6-0
Match Notes
Cal 18-6; National ranking #13
Army 18-9
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"It was important for us to start the NCAA tournament with a solid performance, and that's just what we did today, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Army has a great team, and they posted solid results all season. Our guys did a good job of staying focused on their game plans, and we were excited to get back on the courts after a three-week break.

"Tomorrow will be a big challenge for us as Mississippi is playing well. The key for us will be staying aggressive and being quick to see the opportunities as they develop in the match.

Post-Match Quotes from Army's recap
"We played a very, very good team today," said Army head coach Jim Poling. "The guys fought hard and battled with them in a few sets, but this is one of the best teams we've ever played. I'm proud of our effort today."
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Oklahoma State Regional

#19 Arkansas 4, #67 Wichita State 2
NCAA Tournament First Round
May 14, 2016 at Stillwater, OK (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. No. 21 Mike Redlicki (ARK) def. No. 95 Tin Ostojic (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Miroslav Herzan (WSU) def. No. 62 Jose Salazar (ARK) 6-4, 6-3
3. Santiago Munoz (ARK) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
4. Haru Inoue (WSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (ARK) 6-1, 6-4
5. Adam Sanjurjo (ARK) def. Eddie Stoica (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
6. William Albanese (ARK) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU) 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-1, unfinished
Doubles Results
1. No. 19 Redlicki/Micolani (ARK) def. Devilliers/Ostojic (WSU) 6-1
2. Herzan/Inoue (WSU) def. Munoz/Sanjurjo (ARK) 6-4
3. Salazar/den Toom (ARK) def. Stoica/de Vilchez (WSU) 7-6(3)
Match Notes
Arkansas: 20-8; National ranking #19
Wichita State: 17-11; National ranking #67
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,2,4,3)
Attendance: 152

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"It was an unbelievable feeling, Munoz said. "We knew this was going to be a tough team and a tough match all the way to the end, and I'm really glad I was able to pull through.

"It crossed my mind during today's match of course thinking about what happened against South Carolina, he explained. "The way I looked at it was, If the guy beats me, he beats me. But I'm not going to let myself give into the match.'

"I just did the best I could and thank God it went our way.


Oklahoma State 4, Bryant University 0
May 14, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #56 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Max Vogt (BRYM) 6-0, 6-1
2. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Oliver Welsh (BRYM) 6-2, 6-3
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. Luke Lorenz (BRYM) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Michael Plutt (BRYM) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. Artur Jakubowski (BRYM) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
6. Nate Roper (OSU) vs. Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BRYM) 7-6 (9-7), unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Nick Lamart/Michael Plutt (BRYM) 6-1
2. Jurence Mendoza/Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Luke Lorenz/Max Vogt (BRYM) 6-1
3. Nate Roper/Tristan Meraut (OSU) vs. Josh Kliger/Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BRYM) 3-3, unf.
Match Notes:
Bryant University 11-12
Oklahoma State 19-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"It was a good performance; we hadn't played in a couple of weeks so it was good to get a victory," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Anytime you can get off the court with a win in the NCAA Tournament, you've got to be happy."

"We hadn't played in a couple of weeks now and there's always going to be a few things you're not happy with at the start, but I think doubles helped with that," Cash said.

"I'm just trying to stay focused on every point and I look over and I see the scores and everybody is doing really well," Roper said. "We were battling out there, but luckily I got the win in the set."
"Our guys came to play today and leading into Arkansas, I think we're playing in good form and we're definitely ready for the challenge," Udwadia said.

"It's another match for us, we played Arkansas earlier in the season and it was a close match," Cash said. "It was on their home territory and we look forward to having them here and seeing if we can get the job done again."
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Jonathan Kelley was in Evanston covering the Northwestern Regional so check out his post for all the details from Saturday's matches between Northwestern and Valparaiso and Stanford and Notre Dame.

First Round:
[1] Virginia def. Monmouth 4-0
[2] North Carolina def. College of Charleston 4-0
[5] Ohio State def. Tennessee Tech 4-0
[7] Georgia def. South Carolina State 4-0
[8] Texas Tech def. New Mexico State 4-0
[9] Florida def. North Florida 4-0
[13] Cal def. Army 4-0
[14] Northwestern def. Valparaiso 4-1
[16] Oklahoma State def. Bryant 4-0
[17-32] Tulane def. Dartmouth 4-0
[17-32] South Florida def. St. John's 4-0
[17-32] Arkansas def. Wichita State 4-2
[17-32] Stanford def. Notre Dame 4-1
[17-32] SMU def. Washington 5-0
[17-32] Ole Miss def. Denver 4-3
[33-48] Penn State def. Columbia 4-3
[33-48] Baylor def. Florida State 4-3
[33-48] Virginia Tech def. Kentucky 4-3

Second Round:
[4] TCU def. [33-48] LSU 4-0
[3] UCLA def. [17-32] San Diego 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. [17-32] Michigan 4-2
[10] USC def. [17-32] Georgia Tech 4-2
[11] Oklahoma def. [33-48] Oregon 4-2
[17-32] Mississippi State def. [15] Illinois 4-0
[12] Texas A&M vs. [17-32] Texas 1-0


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[3] UCLA Bruins (24-2) vs. [17-32] Stanford Cardinal (15-10)  - Friday 8pm ET - UCLA booked its spot in the Sweet 16 after shutting out both Weber State and San Diego while Stanford knocked off Notre Dame 4-1 and Northwestern 4-3. UCLA is the only team to make the Sweet 16 every year since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1999 while Stanford is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2012. This will be the fourth meeting of the year with UCLA taking the previous three. 

Interesting notes: Stanford won the doubles point in each of those three previous matches yet UCLA came back and won each time. UCLA will have played the exact same singles lineup in all four matches while Tom Fawcett is the only Stanford player to have stayed in the same spot all year. Michael Genender started the year at #6 singles but has worked his way up to #2. 

Regular Season Meeting 1 

#2 UCLA 4, #32 Stanford 1 
Apr 22, 2016 at Ojai, Calif. (Libbey Park) 
Doubles competition 
1. #39 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-2 
2. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 7-5 
3. Cressy/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Kumar/Goldberg (STAN) 6-5, unfinished 
Singles competition 
1. #10 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #12 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-3 
2. #42 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Michael Genender (STAN) 7-5, 4-3, unfinished 
3. #55 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #77 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-2, 6-4 
4. #92 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-3, 6-1 
Match Notes 
Stanford 14-10; National ranking #32 
UCLA 21-2; National ranking #2 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,1,3) 
Pac-12 Championship Semifinals


Regular Season Meeting 2 

#5 UCLA 4, #36 Stanford 1 
Apr 01, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition 
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 4-5, unfinished 
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4 
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-3 
Singles competition 
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 4-6, 7-5, unfinished 
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #56 David Wilczynski (STAN) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) 
3. Michael Genender (STAN) vs. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-4, 5-6, unfinished 
4. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 6-4 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 
Match Notes 
Stanford 9-7; National ranking #36 
UCLA 15-2; National ranking #5 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)


Regular Season Meeting 3 

#4 UCLA 4, #29 Stanford 3 
February 27, 2016 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Stadium) 
Doubles competition 
1. No. 3 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) d. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3 
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4 
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) d. Brymer/Maxime Cressy 6-2 
Singles competition 
1. #19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) d. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 6-3, 7-5 
2. #36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) d. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 
3. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) d. #46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 7-5, 6-4 
4. #94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) d. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99) 6-2, 6-2 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) d. #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38) 6-4, 6-3 
6. #112 Michael Genender (STAN 13.38) d. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) 6-1, 6-4 
Match Notes: 
UCLA 9-2; National ranking #4 
Stanford 5-6; National ranking #29 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)


Doubles Records: UCLA 20-6, Stanford 18-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UCLA 85, Stanford 82

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 18th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.95) vs. #15 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.62) 
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.03) vs. Michael Genender (ST 13.53)
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.14) vs. #87 David Wilczynski (ST 13.64)
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.50) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.36)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) vs. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.64)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.70) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.57)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.22); Brandon Sutter (ST 12.68)

Who Is Streaking (>2)
UCLA: McDonald +12, Redlicki +10, Brymer +7, Di Giulio +6
Stanford: Wilczynski -3

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. McDonald 14-1 vs. Fawcett 16-5
2. Redlicki 17-3 vs. Genender 7-7
3. Brymer 13-5 vs. Wilczynski 6-11
4. Sell 19-2 vs. Paige 11-11
5. Staggs 14-6 vs. Kumar 11-8
6. Di Giulio 17-4 vs. Romanowicz 15-5

H2H Records (This Season)
McDonalds leads Fawcett 2-0
Brymer leads Wilczynski 1-0
Sell leads Paige 1-0
Di Giulio leads Romanowicz 1-0
Dubs - Fawcett/Romanowicz vs. McDonald/Redlicki tied 1-1
Dubs - Paige/Wilczynski leads Sell/Di Giulio 3-0
Dubs - Goldberg/Kumar leads Brymer/Cressy 2-0

UCLA is showing Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp as its #3 doubles pairing although I wouldn't be surprised to see Brymer removed and replaced with Max Cressy since Cressy and Rapp led Goldberg and Kumar the last time they played. I think UCLA has a better chance at the doubles point but I've still go to take Stanford because you just can't ignore that H2H. Stanford's best chance at winning this match is to take the doubles point and to pick up singles wins from David Wilczynski, Sameer Kumar, and Maciek Romanowicz because I don't see McDonald, Redlicki, or Sell losing. Having said that I like McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, and Di Giulio for UCLA while I think Wilczynski surprises Brymer with Staggs and Kumar early in a third set at the time of the clinch.. Prediction: UCLA 4-2. 



[6] Wake Forest Demon Deacons (31-5) vs. [11] Oklahoma Sooners (17-10) - Friday 8pm ET - Wake advanced to the Sweet 16 with a shutout over Coastal Carolina and a tight 4-2 win over Michigan while Oklahoma blanked UT Arlington before holding off Oregon 4-2. Wake won both regular season meetings however Andrew Harris didn't play singles in either. Harris's addition to the singles lineup means the only potential rematch will be at #4 between Romain Bogaerts and Alex Ghilea. Bogaerts didn't play at all in the Coastal Carolina match due to an injured knee but he did play singles in the Michigan match however he retired early in the second set. I'd be very surprised if Bogaerts didn't play but if he does it'll be a question of how well he can play. 

Oklahoma will also have the crowd on its side with its Norman campus just 130 miles away plus I'm sure there is a large OU alumni base in Tulsa. 

Regular Season Meeting 1 

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


Regular Season Meeting 2 

#10 Wake Forest 4, #5 Oklahoma 1 
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club) 
Singles competition 
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 7-6, 6-6*, unf 
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 6-3 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 7-6, 7-5 
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 7-5, 2-6, 4-4, unf 
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) 6-1, 6-4 
Doubles competition 
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1 
2. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-3 
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 5-4, unf. 
Match Notes: 
Wake Forest 8-1; National ranking #10 
Oklahoma 3-3; National ranking #5 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round


Doubles Records: Wake Forest 28-7, Oklahoma 14-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Oklahoma 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.41) vs. #97 Andrew Harris (OU 14.76)
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.60) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.29)
3. Jon Ho (13.56) vs. #82 Spencer Papa (OU 13.96)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.97) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.02)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.92) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.98) vs. Andre Biro (OU 13.74)
O: #116 Maksim Kan (WF 13.35); Maxime Mora (OU 13.68)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Mansouri 19-6 vs. Harris 5-1
2. Chrysochos 23-4 vs. Alvarez 11-8
3. Ho 17-12 vs. Papa 9-9
4. Bogaerts 22-7 vs. Ghilea 10-6
5. Seraphim 23-5 vs. Bragusi 9-6
6. Uspensky 27-5 vs. Biro 16-5
O: Kan 8-0/Mora 13-7

Wake won the doubles point in both of the regular season meetings and I see no reason why they won't make it three in a row. John Roddick has Andre Biro listed at the #6 spot in the singles lineup however I wouldn't be surprised if Maxime Mora gets the nod in this one due to his earlier success against Uspensky. 

I can see this match going one of two ways - either Wake wins a 4-3 thriller with Chrysochos clinching at #2 or Oklahoma wins 4-1 or 4-2. Before the tournament started I had this penciled in as a 4-3 Wake Forest win because I figured they'd take doubles, 1 of the top 3, and 2 of the bottom 3 however the Bogaerts injury has made me rethink things.

If Bogaerts was a 100% I'd take him over Ghilea but since it sounds like he won't be so I'm going to take "The Machine" in straights. I also like Andrew Harris and Spencer Papa at 1 and 3 so it comes down to whether I think Wake can win the remaining three courts. I like Seraphim's chances against Bragusi at 5 and Chrysochos and Alvarez should be a good one but I'm going to take Biro/Mora over Uspensky in a mild upset. I think Oklahoma is coming in under the radar but after this one they won't be. Upset Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2. 



[7] Georgia Bulldogs (22-4) vs. [10] USC Trojans (17-6) - Friday 5pm ET - Georgia rolls in into the Sweet 16 after a 4-0 win over South Carolina State and a 4-1 win over Baylor while USC blanked UNLV and then held off Georgia Tech 4-2. Georgia and USC were scheduled to meet back in late January at the Pac-12/SEC Showdown however the match was cancelled due to rain. Both teams are dealing with injury issues with Georgia's Austin Smith retiring in his match against Baylor with a right shoulder injury while USC's Jake DeVine didn't play at all last week with an undisclosed injury. 

Doubles Records: Georgia 18-7, USC 9-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Georgia 84, USC 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.52) vs. #23 Max de Vroome (USC 14.44) 
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 13.98) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.31)
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 14.01) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.70)
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.62) vs. #102 Jake DeVine (USC 13.78)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.76) vs. #121 Thibault Forget (USC 14.14)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.80) vs. Jack Jaede (USC 13.15)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.42); Rob Bellamy (USC 13.43); Laurens Verboven (USC 13.10)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Smith 19-5 vs. de Vroome 11-6
2. Montgomery 13-10 vs. Crystal 14-5
3. Oosterbaan 15-7 vs. Smith 14-7
4. Duncan 14-4 vs. DeVine 12-5
5. Zielinski 9-6 vs. Forget 17-1
6. Wood 14-2 vs. Jaede 8-4
O: Reinberg 10-3/Bellamy 2-2/Verboven 3-6

USC has the worst doubles record of all the remaining teams with the Trojans only winning the point 41% of the time so needless to say I'll take Georgia there. 

I expect Austin Smith to play but I think he's going to have a hard time beating de Vroome especially if that shoulder effects his serve. Nick Crystal has won 11 of his last 12 matches while Wayne Montgomery has won 6 of his last 7. This is a match that USC has to win because it sounds like Jake DeVine is iffy and if he can't go that will make USC a tad vulnerable at the bottom two spots. Paul Oosterbaan has won 7 of his last 8 while Logan Smith has split his last 6. Thibault Forget has won 6 straight and 17 of his last 18 so he'll be a pretty heavy favorite against either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski. Nick Wood has won 11 of his last 12 so he'll be favored over whoever he faces at #6. 

I'm going to take de Vroome, Crystal, and Forget at 1, 2, and 4 for USC and Oosterbaan, Zielinski, and Wood at 3, 5, and 6 for UGA. I'll take Georgia to win the match but if Jake DeVine is able to play at #4 and he happens to beat Walker Duncan then this match probably goes the other way. Prediction: Georgia 4-3. 




[2] North Carolina Tar Heels (27-4) vs. [17-32] Mississippi State Bulldogs (18-8) - Friday 5pm ET - North Carolina booked its spot in the Sweet 16 with a pair of 4-0 wins over the College of Charleston and Tulane while Mississippi State beat Memphis 4-1 and then rocked Illinois 4-0. Mississippi State was a slight underdog last weekend against Illinois but they'll be a heavy underdog in this one with North Carolina having spent most of the year inside the top 5. 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 24-7, Mississippi State 12-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, Mississippi State 82

Projected Singles Lineups

1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.57)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.14) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.90)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.22) vs. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.34)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.94) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.73)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.98) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.65)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.29) vs. Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.94)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.22); Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.61) 

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Schnur 8-10 vs. Cutura 5-10
2. Schneider 21-5 vs. Agarwal 16-7
3. Clark 22-5 vs. Borges 20-3
4. Murray 19-5 vs. Braun 16-4
5. Kelly 25-4 vs. Rakic 14-8
6. Kodali 13-5 vs. Sucevic 10-3

Mississippi State hadn't won the doubles point in consecutive matches since February but they managed to do it last weekend against Memphis and Illinois. I don't see it happening for a third match in a row because North Carolina has the ITA #3 team playing at #1 and the ITA #27 team playing at #2. 

It's interesting that both Brayden Schnur and Mate Cutura have sub .500 dual-match records because every one else in the lineup has a winning record. Ronnie Schneider is riding a 6-match winning streak while Rishab Agarwal has split his last 6. Nuno Borges is State's hottest player after winning 7 straight and 10 of his last 11 while his opponent Brett Clark has won 7 of his last 8. Neither Jack Murray or Niclas Braun have been lighting up recently with Murray having lost 4 of his last 7 while Braun has split his last 6. Robert Kelly has won 6 of his last 9 with all 3 losses being 7-6 in the third while Strahinja Rakic has won 4 of his last 6 but his last 3 went unfinished. Luca Sucevic has won 4 of his last 5 while Anu Kodali has split his last 6.

I'm going to take UNC in doubles and Schnur, Schneider, and Kelly in singles while I think Braun wins at 4 for State with the other two matches in a third set. North Carolina will win but Mississippi State will make them earn it. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1. 








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After a great first half of the day in Tulsa we were treated to a gem in the evening as Georgia and USC went toe-to-toe for the better part of three hours. USC came into the round of 16 with the worst doubles winning percentage (.409) out of the teams still left in the field but that didn't stop them from getting off to a quick start against Georgia.

USC's No. 1 team of Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven opened the match by holding on the deciding point to take a 1-0 lead and then they'd break Austin Smith to go up 2-0. Crystal held for 3-0 before Ben Wagland finally put Georgia on the board with a hold for 1-3. Verboven held on the deciding point for 4-1 and then USC broke Austin Smith on the deciding point to go up 5-1. Crystal went up 40-15 on his next service game but had to hit a service winner on the deciding point to win it 6-1.




USC also started off well at No. 2 as Max de Vroome and Thibault Forget broke Paul Oosterbaan on the deciding point to take the early 1-0 lead. USC maintained the break lead until de Vroome was broke from 30-40 to even it at 3-3.


The match at No. 3 stayed on serve until USC's Jack Jaede and Tanner Smith broke Emil Reinberg from 30-40 to go up 5-4. On the 30-40 point Reinberg called USC's shot deep however the chair disagreed and overruled the call. Tanner Smith would serve it out from 40-15 to give USC the 6-4 win and thus the early 1-0 lead.


USC rode the momentum from the doubles point and jumped on Georgia in singles by going up breaks on five of six courts (No. 1 was the exception).

USC freshman Jack Jaede held to start his match at No. 5 and then Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski donated a break by double faulting on the deciding point to make it 2-0 (Zielinski trailed 0-40 and battled back to 40-40 before the DF). Zielinski broke back at love to make it 2-1 however Jaede broke back and then held for 4-1. Jaede would come from 30-40 down to take the opening set 6-3 after Zielinski pushed this backhand well long on the deciding point.


Jaede went up a break in the second at 3-2 when he broke Zielinski on the deciding point and he'd break again to go up 5-2. Jaede quickly served it out from 40-15 to take it 6-3, 6-2 and extend USC's lead to 2-0. The official box score showed this match finished after #2 singles but it beat that one to the finish line by at least 90 seconds.


Georgia's Wayne Montgomery double faulted the break to Nick Crystal to start the match at No. 2 however he'd win the next seven games to take the opening set 6-1 and go up an early break in the second set at 1-0. Crystal would get the match back on serve however Montgomery would break from 30-40 to go up 5-4 when Crystal sprayed a forehand wide. Montgomery would serve it out on the deciding point to win it 6-1, 6-4 to pull Georgia to within 2-1.


USC sophomore Thibault Forget would put the Trojans ahead 3-1 after holding on to defeat Georgia freshman Walker Duncan at No. 4 singles. Forget broke Duncan to start the match and then broke him again to go up 3-0 in the opening frame. Forget would maintain the two break lead and hold on the deciding point to take the first set 6-2. Forget quickly jumped out to a break lead in the second set and he'd eventually serve for the match up 5-4. Duncan would break on the deciding point when Forget netted a forehand much to the delight of the Georgia faithful (couldn't avoid the fence in these clips).


Duncan held to go up 6-5, which I believe was his first lead all match, and then Forget would send it to a tiebreak by holding for 6-6. Duncan went ahead 3-1 in the tiebreak but Forget would win the next three to go up 4-3. Duncan hit a service winner and then an ace to go up 5-4. Duncan looked like he'd go up 6-4 but he badly mishit an overhead off the frame to make it 5-5. A Forget forehand winner made it 6-5 but Duncan got a service winner to even it at 6-6. Forget went ahead 7-6 with a nice backhand crosscourt winner and then he'd win it on the next point when a Duncan forehand caught the tape and kicked just wide.


Georgia may have been down 3-1 but they weren't out of it yet because Paul Oosterbaan had a set lead at No. 3 and Nick Wood was up a break in the third at No. 6 while Austin Smith and Max de Vroome were just starting a third set at No. 1.

Wood dropped the opening set to USC's Rob Bellamy 6-4 (Bellamy served for it at 5-2 before serving it out from 5-4) and then went a break down in the second at 2-1. Wood would then win the next 10 games to take the second set 6-2 and go up 5-0 in the third. Bellamy held for 1-5 but Wood served it out to trim the USC lead to 3-2 (no video because both No. 3 and No. 4 were in tiebreaks a few courts away).

Oosterbaan came back from a break down to take the opening set 6-4 and then he broke Logan Smith to go up 3-2 in the second. Oosterbaan held for 4-2 but Smith held, broke, and held to go up 5-4. The set would go to a tiebreak with Oosterbaan leading 4-2 at the first changeover. Smith would take four of the next five points to go up 6-5 and then it looked like he had the set won but he pushed a volley just wide to make it 6-6 (Smith went for the line while Oosterbaan was on the opposite side of the court). Oosterbaan took the next point to go up 7-6 and he had a chance to serve it out but he mis-hit an overhead from the center of the court to make it 7-7. Oosterbaan would close it out two points later when Smith sent a forehand long and the match was now tied at 3-3.

So the stage was set for a dramatic finish with Georgia senior Austin Smith and USC senior Max de Vroome playing a third set for all the marbles. Smith had taken the opening set 7-6(5) before de Vroome rolled to a 6-1 second set. The third set stayed on serve until de Vroome broke Smith on the deciding point to go up 4-3.
De Vroome came back from 15-30 down to hold for 5-3 and then Smith held for 4-5 after de Vroome sent a forehand long at 40-30. Smith went up 15-40 on de Vroome's service but Max got it back to the deciding point which was now also a match point.  Smith would hit an aggressive backhand which forced a de Vroome error and it was back on serve at 5-5 (clip below is the full service game)


Smith fell behind 30-40 on his 5-5 service game but a service winner brought up the deciding point. Smith would hit a big forehand down the line which forced de Vroome's backhand to sail long and it was now 6-5 (video starts with Smith serving at 30-all)


Smith went up 15-40 on de Vroome's serve and then clinched when Max wasn't able to pick up a low volley at the net. It was truely a great finish to a great match with both players slugging it out. The first clip is de Vroome's final service game starting at 0-15 and all the clips below that are from different angles courtesy of both Georgia and the NCAA.






#7 Georgia (23-4) def. #10 Southern California (17-7), 4-3 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Manuel Diaz (Georgia) and Peter Smith (Southern California)
Doubles
1. #46 Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) def. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (Georgia), 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) vs. Max de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC), 5-4 DNF
3. Jack Jaede/Tanner Smith (USC) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3
Singles
1. #17 Austin Smith (Georgia) def. #23 Max de Vroome (Southern California), 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. #41 Nick Crystal (Southern California), 6-1, 6-4
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia) def. #69 Logan Smith (Southern California), 6-4, 7-6 (7)
4. #121 Thibault Forget (Southern California) def. #123 Walker Duncan (Georgia), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
5. Jack Jaede (Southern California) def. Jan Zielinski (Georgia), 6-3, 6-4
6. Nick Wood (Georgia) def. Rob Bellamy (Southern California), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 4, 6, 3, 1



Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
Opening Statement...
"One of the best tennis matches I have been involved with in a long time. I couldn't have asked our guys to give anymore. That was a great USC team that took us to the woodshed in doubles play, but we competed hard. I didn't think we played a poor doubles point though. You got to give them (USC) credit though, because they put us in a position where it came down to our guys fighting and trying to establish a little bit of momentum. With a few matches here and there we just kind of got back in it. That was a tremendous performance from both players in the No. 1 singles position. That was high-level tennis, and I couldn't be prouder of Austin. He has been doing this all year, and he has been our rock. It came down it him, and you got to give him all the credit.

On Austin Smith's play...
"He has certainly been one of our tri-captains. While we know that we have six guys out there that can win at any spot, but I think that Austin has been a tremendous steady point for us. He has taken on our opponents' best player every time, and he has learned so much this year. He has learned to embrace the difficult moments even when things aren't going his way while maintaining a positive attitude. The willingness to play big when the moment called for him is just a testament to the great player that he has become.

Austin Smith, Georgia (#1 singles)
On what was going on in his head being down 5-3 and then scoring 4 straight to win it...
"At one point I was thinking that this could be my last match ever with the team, with the team that I love and that I would do anything for and I just decided I was going to do everything in my power to keep us going and I didn't want it to be my last match. I just gave it my all and I feel like things clicked for me. I started serve receiving really well and time just let instincts take over. Towards the end I wasn't really thinking that much.

On whether or not there was a turning point in the match...
"Not really, obviously when he is serving 5-3 on a deuce point it is obvious that if I lose that point it is over, so that is definitely a turning point, but even then there was a deuce point the next game. Every single game was neck and neck, he played an unbelievable match and I am at a loss for words right now. I am just happy to be through.

Southern California Head Coach Peter Smith
Comments on the match...
"I think with matches like that you have this overwhelming sense of being a part of something that is bigger than you. It's such a great rivalry between UGA (Georgia) and us (Southern California). To play that quality of a match for three and half hours, you really feel like its a honor and privilege
to be a part of it. It hurts to lose, but it was just a great match. It ends with our two best players, who are seniors, who have had such successful careers, going out. You just feel sorry that you had to lose it, but they played a great match and that's the way sports go.

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The last match of the evening was expected to be on of the better ones but Oklahoma didn't mess around and absolutely floored Wake Forest 4-0. Wake had taken both of the regular season meetings but that was without OU's Andrew Harris in the singles lineup.

Wake took the doubles point in both of the previous meetings but Oklahoma would get on Friday with a 6-2 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2.

Oklahoma won all six first sets in singles and Andrew Harris, Spencer Papa, and Alex Ghilea would each win in straights with Harris breaking Skander Mansouri to clinch it at No. 1.

#11 Oklahoma (18-10) def. #6 Wake Forest (31-6), 4-0
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 7 p.m.
Head Coaches: Tony Bresky (Wake Forest) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
Doubles
1. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (Wake Forest), 6-2
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. #79 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (Wake Forest), 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (Wake Forest) def. Andre Biro/Max Mora (Oklahoma), 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles
1. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #13 Skander Mansouri (Wake Forest), 6-4, 6-4
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 6-3, 5-4 DNF
3. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. Jon Ho (Wake Forest), 6-3, 6-3
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) def. Romain Bogaerts (Wake Forest), 6-1, 6-0
5. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma) vs. Christian Seraphim (Wake Forest), 6-4, 4-4 DNF
6. Andre Biro (Oklahoma) vs. Dennis Uspensky (Wake Forest), 6-4, 5-1 DNF
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1



Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
Opening Statement...
"I'd like to congratulate Wake Forrest on the season they had after winning the ACC tournament. They have been an impressive team, and obviously they beat us twice but we didn't have this guy (Andrew Harris) in the line-up. Andrew, being in the line-up, changes the complexion of the match, and I think every coach knows that. When he (Andrew) is in the line-up it takes a lot of pressure off a lot of guys because everyone can nudge down one spot in the line-up. Our guys had to battle a lot of the year with out him, and we played a little higher than what we wanted. We lost a lot of matches that way, but over the course of time it helps your guys get tougher and it tests them. We got a good idea of who is playing well right now and who to play, and I think that is the big difference between winning and losing the match.

On the attitude of the team...
"It doesn't get easier, and maybe with success sometimes it gets harder because guys get complacent and comfortable. We have had a long year battling injures, and we have had a lot of things to deal with as a team. It doesn't get easier just because you are in the finals. If you have a bullseye on your back and if you are complacent you a target and people will take you out. It's not something that we think just because we were there once or twice that we will be there again. It's a different year and a different tournament and we have to play well.

On the leadership of the team...
"We have been focused as a team for a little while now. That's the one thing that I feel is out of a coach's control. By nature coaches are control freaks. Your guys have to be leaders and you have to have internal team control that does not come from the top, and I think it's something that we have found and our guys are doing better with it. We played the best match that we have played all year tonight, and so it's coming together right now. Our guys had long talks together and I probably wasn't at all of them and some of them probably weren't pleasant. That's how you grow as a team. I'm proud of the team for coming together, better later than never.

Andrew Harris, Oklahoma (#1 singles)
On what this win does for him...
"I feel amazing. I felt so much relief after I won that match point. It's been a very tough year for me, because my knee has been injured a while. I came back from that knee injury and played a few matches then I injured my groin a little bit. It's just been very frustrating so this win gives me a lot of confidence going into my next match against UCLA.

On the leadership of the team...
"We lost two great players last year, and they left a bit of a hole to fill but like coach said we have had a lot of meetings without the coaches. We definitely come out better after it, and we understand each other better. We are playing better as a team, and it's much better compared to the start of the year.

On playing close to Norman...
"I was surprised at how many people turned out. We had more fans here than we did at our home matches so it was definitely nice. It was really great support.

Wake Forest Head Coach Tony Bresky
Comments on the match and playing Oklahoma for a third time this season...
"It's the third time we've played them (Oklahoma), obviously, congrats to them, they totally out-played us. The scoreboard says it wasn't close. They played great. Obviously an experienced and tough team, congrats to them.

Did the pro-Oklahoma environment have any affect on your team's play...
"No, not really. They're fans were very cordial. We have played at more hostile environments. I think their play probably had a lot to do with how we played.
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UCLA punched its ticket to the Elite 8 by beating Pac-12 rival Stanford for the fourth time this season despite losing the doubles point in each of those four matches.

Stanford won the doubles point when Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz won the decider 7-5 at No. 1 which came when Romanowicz held on the deciding point.

UCLA came back and took four opening sets in singles and Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, and Gage Brymer would each finish in straight sets to put UCLA ahead 3-1.

Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz won in straight sets at No. 6 but Karue Sell would clinch the match with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 win over Nolan Paige at No. 4



#3 UCLA (25-2) def. #17-32 Stanford (15-11), 4-2 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 7 p.m.
Head Coaches: Billy Martin (UCLA) and Paul Goldstein (Stanford)
Doubles
1. #23 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford) def. #2 Mackie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA), 7-5
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige/David Wilczynski (Stanford), 6-4
3. Yale Goldberg/Sameer Kumar (Stanford) def. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles
1. #6 Mackie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Tom Fawcett (Stanford), 6-1, 6-2
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Michael Genender (Stanford), 7-5, 6-2
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #87 David Wilczynski (Stanford), 7-5, 6-3
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (Stanford), 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Sameer Kumar (Stanford), 6-3, 5-7, 5-3 DNF  
6. Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA), 6-3, 7-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 6, 4


UCLA Head Coach Billy Martin
Opening Statement...
"We have had so many great battles with Stanford, and unfortunately in my era we have been on the down turn on a lot of them. It's always good
to get a win here, especially in the first round no matter who it's against. I was particularly worried about this match, because it was our fourth time
to play Stanford this year. I always feel like we were kind of spreading it thin trying to get a team four times in one year. I couldn't help but to reflect back to 1996 when we were undefeated going into the finals to of the NCAA's when we played a Stanford team that we beat three times earlier in the season, but we lost to them in the finals. As superstitious as I am I could only sort of reflect back to that moment. I didn't tell anybody about this until now, but that has been bothering me and I am glad we got over the hump. I think that the first round here was really to acclimate, because the lights were difficult on those back courts and we really haven't had much practice time. I think that we will play a little bit better next time. I am not sure if we are playing Wake Forrest or Oklahoma, but whoever we play we have got a really tough match on our hands.

Karue Sell, UCLA (#4 singles)
On his singles match...
"He started by serving me really well, but I was kind of adjusting to the lights. I couldn't really see the ball for the first five or six games. Whenever he tossed the ball up to serve I couldn't really see the ball so it kind of turned into a guessing game. He came out fired up and playing really well. I just played him in a match a couple weeks ago and it was a much easier match, but this time he played pretty well. I just wanted to hang in there and try not to give him too much comfort because he was ripping the ball. I was feeling the ball well for the most part, but a couple points went his way in the first set and he ended up winning that set. I was still confident I could get the win coming into the second set, and I started playing better and moving the ball better. In the third set I just kind of rolled, and so it ended up being a pretty good first match and first round.

Stanford Head Coach Paul Goldstein
Comments on the match...
"It's a difficult, emotional thing, that our season has come to an end. We had ups and downs as a team, but as we gathered as a team in September we talked about playing our best tennis in May and I think we accomplished that as team. We lost to a team today that clearly had our number. That's the fourth time they've beaten us this year, we won the doubles point all four times. I'm proud of those guys for being able to do that. They (UCLA) proved again today that they were the superior team on the singles court, but we got better, we competed better today than we did three weeks ago at the Pac 12 Conference Championships, in which we won the doubles point and basically then got smoked in singles. But today we didn't get smoked at all. It was close across the board. I feel for my senior Nolan (Paige) there, he played his heart out in his last match. We couldn't get him a win today. I am pleased we got better. That's good group of young men there that I'm very proud to be associated with. I'm happy for our seniors, who got a chance to be in the round of sixteen for the first time in their career. The words that were said in that huddle there after the match as we gathered as a team are very special to me. That's very much why I do the job, I feel very privileged to be associated with these guys.
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North Carolina played without one of its starters but still managed to post a 4-0 shutout over Mississippi State. UNC's Robert Kelly who plays at No. 1 doubles and No. 5 singles sat out with a minor injury but his teammates were able to pick up the slack.

UNC's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams moved up a spot and both were able to pull through with Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray clinching the point with a 7-6(5) win at No. 1.

UNC took four opening sets in singles and Brayden Schnur, Brett Clark, and Jack Murray would win in straight sets with Murray clinching it at No. 4.



#2 North Carolina (27-4) def. #17-32 Mississippi State (18-8), 4-0
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Sam Paul (North Carolina) and Matt Roberts (Mississippi State)
Doubles
1. #27 Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. #47 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU), 7-6 (5)
2. Anu Kodali/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU), 6-2 
3. Rishab Agarwal/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Brett Clark/Andrew Gores (UNC), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (North Carolina) def. #34 Mate Cutura (Mississippi State), 6-3, 6-4
2. #54 Rishab Agarwal (Mississippi State) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina), 7-5, 3-4 DNF
3. #46 Brett Clark (North Carolina) def. #70 Nuno Borges (Mississippi State), 6-4, 6-4
4. Jack Murray (North Carolina) def. Niclas Braun (Mississippi State), 6-4, 6-3
5. Strahinja Rakic (Mississippi State) vs. Anu Kodali (North Carolina), 6-4, 6-5 DNF
6. Blaine Boyden (North Carolina) vs. Luka Sucevic (Mississippi State), 6-3, 5-5 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4     



North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
Opening Statement...
"First of all congratulations to Matt. I know he lost four players from last year's team and to make it here is tremendous by him. They had a great year. I think the doubles point was critical for us to gain some momentum going into singles. Brett, as he has done his entire career, stepped up and got us on the board real quickly. That's a really good win for him, and Jack played the best singles match he has played all year. We look forward to moving on.

On coming into the tournament as the No. 2-ranked team...
"We learned a lot because we were No. 1 in the country for about five or six weeks, and I think our team grew a lot during that period. We definitely felt like we had a target, but I felt we have settled in and started playing better tennis towards the end of the year. We played better in the ACC tournament, and even though we lost to Virginia I thought we played really well there. I think that we have learned to take one match at a time, and we are not really talking about the rankings. We are just worried about taking care of business on the court that day.

Brett Clark, North Carolina (#4 singles)
"On whether winning the first single gives momentum to the rest of the team...
"Definitely, I think all first sets are big on any court. It is nice when the matches are decided by a few points here and there to get quick wins if you can. I thought the whole team did good, doubles were good and we got a lot of great starts on a lot of courts and our off court guys did a good job of letting us know that the momentum was headed our way. I took a lot of positive from that. I just tried to do the best that I could do and focus on my court.

On whether or not he feels like the team was a target or an aggressor coming into this tournament...
"Obviously after winning national indoors the whole country was out to get us because we had a great start to the year and we talked about it as a team, a bunch. It was a little uncharted water for us but we were so excited to be there and be in those big matches. I think exactly what coach said, once we got settled and then realized what we could do to hopefully jump on opponents and have that little intimidation factor to start matches I think we used that really well throughout the ACC season and hopefully we can keep going.

On "jumping on the opponent today...
"That has been the game plan the whole NCAA tournament, to win the first 15 minutes of doubles and singles. We had a good start against Tulane and now again here, that is exactly what we are trying to do with the teams. It's good.

Mississippi State Head Coach Matt Roberts
Comments on the match...
"First of all, I'm very proud of the way the guys handled themselves the character they exude, the sportsmanship, the way they compete, they way they compete as a team. The way they keep it all about tennis and nothing personal, where sometimes you see these other guys do that. I'm just proud of the way they carried themselves, first of all, and they did a great job tonight. It just came down to not closing out the doubles point. We had great opportunities there, give North Carolina credit, they kept competing and played big in the big moments in doubles. It put our back up against the wall going into singles, but we've done it a lot this year. We've been battling through that 0-1 deficit a lot this year and we come out successful. But, singles were a lot of deuce deciding points, we didn't capitalize on. I think they won more deuce deciding points than us and that usually comes down to a little more belief I think. We are kind of new at this stage and it's great for us as young as we are to get to this stage this quick. Hopefully, we can make it to National Indoors, these high level events, so then we feel like we deserve to win a little more in these big moments and North Carolina played those moments better than us today. North Carolina is well coached, they are a great team, and they're going to do great in the tournament I'm sure. It's just really a good experience for our guys. It stings. We're going to keep are heads high.
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Florida advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 2005 with a 4-0 win over SMU. The Gators took the doubles point when Chase Perez-Blanco and Alfredo Perez won the decider 7-6(2) at No. 3.

Florida took four opening sets in singles and Chase Perez-Blanco, Gordon Watson, and McClain Kessler each won in straight sets with Perez-Blanco clinching at No. 4. 


Florida highlight video here.

#9 Florida (21-6) def. #17-32 SMU (22-9), 4-0 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 12 noon
Head Coaches: Bryan Shelton (Florida) and Carl Neufeld (SMU)
Doubles
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (Florida) def. #31 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU), 7-5
2. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) def. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (Florida), 6-0
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida) def. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU), 7-6 (2)
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
Singles
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (Florida) vs. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU), 6-2, 3-4 DNF
2. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU) vs. #53 Alfredo Perez (Florida), 6-2, 4-4 DNF
3. Samm Butler (SMU) vs. #37 Elliott Orkin (Florida), 7-5, 1-4 DNF
4. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida) def. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Gordon Watson (Florida) def. Yates Johnson (SMU), 6-2, 6-2
6. McClain Kessler (Florida) def. Tony Russell (SMU), 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4



Florida Head Coach Bryan Shelton
Opening Statement...
"I thought we came out and played well. Hats off to SMU. I think they had a great season. Obviously, we knew it would be a tough match being in the round of 16 with everybody in this tournament being so good. I am really proud of our guys even with the delay today I thought our preparation was great and we came out with great energy. Doubles as usual was pretty crucial for us and I felt like we won two hard fought sets out there in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, which kind of set the tone for the rest of the match. I also felt we did a really nice job of after the doubles point coming out really strong in singles. We won four out of the first six sets, and we were able to close it out really well. I am just really proud of our guys. We obviously played well at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions.

On coming out strong in the doubles point...
"We always want to focus on holding the serve, and I felt like we did a really nice job of that. I don't know if we ever got broken on the No. 1 or No. 3 courts. On the No. 1 court we served second so we were always down a game, which can be a lot of pressure especially when you are deep in those sets when you are serving to stay in the match. I felt like we handled that situation really well. Obviously I have a lot of trust in our players to make plays out there on the court. Chase (Perez-Blanco) and Alfredo (Perez) won so many matches this season, and I think that in those moments we don't panic and we just stay in there and hang tough. I think that is the difference sometimes between winning and losing.

On Gordon Watson's play...
"He is feeling it. I have always said he is one of the most dangerous players in college tennis when he is in good form as he is right now. We watch him day in and day out and the guy comes up with something special every single day. He is moving so well, and his movement puts a lot of pres- sure on opponents. He is also serving well and hitting his spots, and he can hang in from the back and he can slice and dice you. He knows the front part of the court really well, and he is a smart player who knows how to make other guys feel uncomfortable. Gordon (Watson) is very confident right now, and all those things add up for trouble for the other guy most of the time. Just really pleased with him and how he is playing and leading. I think he is playing like an All-American senior for sure.

Chase Perez-Blanco, Florida (#4 singles)
On keeping mentally focused through the delay...
"It's tough when you are sitting around all day. We really didn't know when we were going to play we just knew we were going to play after Ohio State and Texas. We just got loose, and then we cooled down and warmed up again. We always try to be ready to play when called upon, and good at that today.

On his singles play...
"I thought I played really well. My opponent played really good as well, and he was really solid off the baseline so my goal was just to make a lot of balls and be aggressive. I thought I did that today. Also, I didn't get on the defensive side that much, which really allowed me to attack and move forward in the court.

On the resiliency of the team...
"We all have confidence in each other so it doesn't matter who is going to clinch it. It just happened to be me today, and it was my time to clinch. It could have been anyone. Everyone is confident in each other, and we believe we can pull it out.

SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld
Cooment on the match...
"I am very excited and proud of our team, our teams improvement through the semester and the year in general. I feel like we are playing our best tennis right now at the end. Florida is a very good team and their record shows how good they are with their SEC championship at the end and their improvements towards the end of the season. The backbone of the team is doubles and they had very good doubles and I thought that was very important, they played great. I felt like we took a little hit and it gave them that boost that they needed in confidence and it took a little gas away from us but they are a very good team. I don't know that we would have beat them or could've beat them, but I know that if we would've won the doubles it would have been a lot more interesting. I am sure they can beat any team that is here and we will see as the tournament falls. I am very proud of our team's improvement and that is what our main goal is at that beginning of the year, to play the best at the end and we certainly saw that based on our record.


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[1] Virginia Cavaliers (27-4) vs. [9] Florida Gators (21-6) - Noon CT - Virginia moved into the quarterfinals after pulling out a hard fought 4-2 win over Oklahoma State while Florida's bottom of the lineup help propel them to a 4-0 win over SMU. Virginia won the regular season meeting in Gainesville 5-2 and it looks like the top three spots in the lineup will all be rematches. Virginia is trying to make it back to the NCAA semifinals for the seventh year in a row while Florida last made the semis in 2005. Florida has won its last nine matches while Virginia has won its last three. 

Doubles Records: Virginia 27-4, Florida 22-5
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 86, Florida 84

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 16th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Regular Season Meeting 

#3 Virginia 5, #14 Florida 2 
Apr 06, 2016 at Ring Tennis Complex (Gainesville, Fla.) 
Singles competition 
1. #17 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 
2. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-2, 6-4 
3. #38 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #109 Alfredo Perez (FLA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 
4. J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #84 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 6-3 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Gordon Watson (FLA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) 
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. McClain Kessler (FLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 
Doubles competition 
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-4 
2. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. #58 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4 
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) 6-4 
Match Notes 
Virginia 18-3; National ranking #3 
Florida 12-5; National ranking #14 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3) 
A-459

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.39) vs. #10 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.64) 
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) vs. #53 Alfredo Perez (UF 14.39)
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.50) vs. #37 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.10)
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.37) vs. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 14.03) 
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.90) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.54)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.53)  vs. McClain Kessler (UF 13.73)
O: Luca Corinteli (VA 13.68) 

Dual-Match Records:
1. Shane 14-12 vs. Hidalgo 17-5 
2. Altamirano 24-4 vs. Perez 19-4
3. Kwiatkowski 21-6 vs. Orkin 16-7
4. Ritschard 3-0 vs. Perez-Blanco 15-7
5. Aragone 23-4 vs. Watson 17-5
6. Wiersholm 23-2 vs. Kessler 14-5 
Bench: Corinteli 10-3

When the bracket first came out I had this penciled in as a Virginia win but I really like the way Florida has been playing these last three matches. Florida hasn't made it this far in over a decade so they're playing with house money while Virginia is still carrying the banner as defending national champs and has the weight of the number one seed hanging on them. 

Florida won the doubles point in the first meeting and I think they'll take it again in this one. Virginia will be favored on just about every court but I think Florida is going to find a way to pull off a couple of big upsets. In my opinion Thai-Son Kwiatkowski is Virginia's biggest lock and I expect him, Henrik Wiersholm, and Alex Ritschard to each pull through to put Virginia on the verge of clinching it. However I think Diego Hidalgo gets past Ryan Shane for the second time this year, Gordon Watson pulls off a mild upset over J.C. Aragone, and Alfredo Perez upsets Collin Altamirano to give Florida a stunning win.  Upset Prediction: Florida 4-3  




[5] Ohio State Buckeyes (33-2) vs. [13] Cal Bears (20-6) - Noon CT - Ohio State is coming off a really tough 4-3 win over Texas while Cal pulled off a nice surprise with a 4-3 win over TCU. Both teams had grueling matches on Friday but they should be well rested for this one after having a full day off in between. It'll be interesting to see how Mikael Torpegaard responds after suffering his first dual-match loss while both Billy Griffith and J.T. Nishimura will try to rebound after losing for only the third time this year.

Doubles Records: Ohio State 31-4, Cal 17-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Ohio State 85, Cal 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 15.18) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 14.23)
2. #88 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.81) vs. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.26)
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.42) vs. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL 14.34)
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 14.05) vs. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.24)
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.83) vs. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.63)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.92) vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.53)

Dual-Match Records
1. Torpegaard 23-1 vs. Lakat 9-8
2. Diaz 8-8 vs. Goransson 12-10
3. Di Feo 14-6 vs. Griffith 15-3
4. Steinbach 24-3 vs. Bergevi 18-3
5. Pollanen 14-5 vs. Wikberg 11-4
6. Joyce 20-0 vs. Nishimura 11-3

Ohio State will be the favorite in doubles and I'd be really surprised if they dropped the point. I'm expecting Mikael Torpegaard to bounce back and win at No. 1 and I think Martin Joyce will remain undefeated at No. 6. I like Cal's Andre Goransson and Filip Bergevi at No. 2 and No. 4 but Herkko Pollanen gets it done again at No. 5 to send the Buckeyes back to the semifinals for the first time since 2013. Prediction: Ohio State 4-2. 




[3] UCLA Bruins (25-2) vs. [11] Oklahoma Sooners (18-10)  - Sunday 4pm CT - UCLA is coming off a 4-2 win over Stanford while Oklahoma hammered Wake Forest 4-0. These two last met in the last year's NCAA Round of 16 with Oklahoma winning a 4-3 thriller in a match that started outdoors and was moved indoors due to rain.  

2015 NCAA Round of 16 

[1] Oklahoma def. [16] UCLA 4-3 
May 14, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts) 
Doubles Competition 
1. #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #12 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-4 
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. #86 Joseph De Guilio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 8-4 
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Dennis Mkrtchian/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4, unf 
Singles Competition 
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.20) def. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.19) 6-4, 6-4 
2. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 14.09) def. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) 7-6(5), 7-6(3) 
3. #118 MartinRedlicki (UCLA 14.44) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.22) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4 
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.41) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) 6-3, 6-4 
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.89) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.04) 6-3, 6-4 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) def. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.44) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 
Match Notes: 
Order of Finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (5, 4, 1, 3, 2, 6) 
Oklahoma 27-2 UCLA 17-10

Doubles Records: UCLA 20-7, Oklahoma 15-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UCLA 85, Oklahoma 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.95) vs. #97 Andrew Harris (OU 14.76)
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.03) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.29)
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.14) vs. #82 Spencer Papa (OU 13.96)
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.50) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.02)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.70) vs. Andre Biro (OU 13.74)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.22); Maxime Mora (OU 13.68)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. McDonald 15-1 vs. Harris 6-1
2. Redlicki 18-3 vs. Alvarez 11-8
3. Brymer 14-5 vs. Papa 10-9
4. Sell 20-2 vs. Ghilea 11-6
5. Staggs 14-6 vs. Bragusi 9-6
6. Di Giulio 17-5 vs. Biro 16-5

Oklahoma will definitely be the crowd favorite with a large contingent of OU fans expected to turn Tulsa into Norman East. Oklahoma played really well in doubles against Wake Forest but I think UCLA will play a little better and take the early 1-0 lead. The matchup at No. 1 should between Mackenzie McDonald and Andrew Harris will be well worth the price of admission and I like McDonald to come away with the win. I'm going to take Alvarez, Papa, and Ghilea for OU while I like Staggs and Di Giulio for UCLA. Bruins pull it out with the doubles point being the difference. Prediction: UCLA 4-3. 



[2] North Carolina Tar Heels (28-4) vs. [7] Georgia Bulldogs (23-4) - Sunday 4pm CT - North Carolina is coming off a 4-0 win over Mississippi State while Georgia came back from 3-1 down to defeat USC 4-3. The last time these teams met was in the 2014 NCAA Tournament in Athens with North Carolina coming away with a 4-2 win. The biggest question marks for North Carolina is whether or not Robert Kelly will play after he sat out Friday's match against Mississippi State with a minor injury plus can Jack Murray play that well two matches in a row. For Georgia you have to wonder if Austin Smith will be fully recharged after his match against Max de Vroome and will Jan Zielinski play better on Sunday or will we possibly see a change in the lineup with Nick Wood moving up to 5 with Emil Reinberg coming up to 6. 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 25-7, Georgia 18-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, Georgia 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.52)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.14) vs. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 13.98)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.22) vs. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 14.01)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.94) vs. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.62)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.98) vs. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.76)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.29) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.80)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.22); Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.42)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Schnur 9-10 vs. Smith 20-5
2. Schneider 21-5 vs. Montgomery 14-10
3. Clark 23-5 vs. Oosterbaan 16-7
4. Murray 20-5 vs. Duncan 14-5
5. Kelly 25-4 vs. Zielinski 9-7
6. Kodali 13-5 vs. Wood 15-2

I'll make these predictions based off UNC having the services of Robert Kelly on Sunday. 

I'll take North Carolina to win the doubles point though I think Georgia will play much better than they did against USC. North Carolina will get it done in the middle of the singles lineup with Clark, Murray, and Kelly each winning while Smith, Montgomery, and Wood will either win or have the lead  Prediction: North Carolina 4-2. 

Note: if Kelly can't play I think Georgia wins the doubles point and also wins at No. 5 to steal it 4-3.

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Sunday was unbelievable day to be in Tulsa with two heart-pounding 4-3 thrillers with the Cal and Ohio State match coming down to a third set tiebreak to decide the winner. The crowds were a little light around noon central but by 1 p.m. the stands were filling up and by the time the Cal/Ohio State match came to a conclusion it was standing room only. The actual paid attendance was just over 1100 but by the time you added in coaches, players, volunteers, and media you probably had close to 1400 people crammed in there which made for a great environment.


Ohio State came into this match with a staunch 31-4 doubles record while Cal had won the point a very respectable 18 times in 24 matches. Ohio State jumped out to early break leads at No. 1 and No. 2 while Cal took the early lead at No. 3.

Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen opened up their match at No. 1 by winning the first five games and they had a match point on the deciding point to win it 6-0 but Filip Bergevi managed to get the hold. Pollanen would serve it out to give Ohio State the quick 6-1 win.

Cal's Mads Engsted and J.T. Nishimura got off to the quick start at No. 3 as they led 4-1 but they faced a big point when Nishimura served at 4-2, 40-40. Engsted was able to use some quick reflexes and a little luck to hit a volley winner to give Cal the hold for 5-2 (clip below). Two games later Engsted would serve it out to give Cal the 6-3 win.


Ohio State's Martin Joyce and Ralf Steinbach broke Cal to go up 3-2 at No. 2 but Cal went up 30-40 on Joyce's serve. Joyce hammered an ace down the T to get it to the deciding point and it looked like Joyce would get the hold but Ohio State wasn't able to put away - I'll let the video show you what happened (this is the point that Ty Tucker was talking about in his post-match interview).


Cal's Oskar Wikberg would hold for 4-3, they'd break Steinbach on the deciding point for 5-3, and then Andre Goransson would serve it out to give Cal the 6-3.


It was the first time in 18 matches that Ohio State had dropped the doubles point and it would also set the tone for singles. Ohio State's Chris Diaz, Ralf Steinbach, Herkko Pollanen, and Martin Joyce would each go up breaks in the first set but Joyce would be the only Buckeye to actually win the set.

Steinbach broke Filip Bergevi to start the match but Bergevi would get it back on serve at 2-2. Steinbach would break again to go up 4-3 but Bergevi would break back on the deciding point to even it at 4-4. Bergevi would hold for 5-4 and then he'd break Steinbach again on the deciding point to take the opening set 6-4. The second set was pretty similar to the first because time and time again Bergevi won the big points. Bergevi broke Steinbach on the deciding point to go up 3-1 and then he'd break him again on a deciding point to close out the match 6-4, 6-2.


Less than a minute after Bergevi's win, Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce would put the Buckeyes on the board with a straight set win over J.T. Nishimura at No. 6. Joyce broke Nishimura to go up 4-2 in the first and he'd close out the opening set 6-3. Joyce opened up a 3-0 lead in the second set and cruised to the finish line with a 6-3, 6-2 win to up his dual-match record to 21-0.


Cal senior Oskar Wikberg would put the Bears within a point of the the clinch with a straight set win over Herkko Pollanen at No. 5. Pollanen broke Wikberg to start the match and held for 2-0 but Wikberg would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-2. Pollanen held and then broke on the deciding point to go up 4-3 but Wikberg would break, hold, and break to take the opening set 6-4. The second started off just like the first with Pollanen breaking then holding for a 2-0 lead. Wikberg held, broke, and then held on the deciding point with a little serve and volley action to go up 3-2. Wikberg broke and then held for 5-2 before Pollanen finally got a hold for 3-5. Wikberg went up 40-15 but Pollanen got it back to the deciding point. Wikberg landed his first serve and then hit a low volley that Pollanen couldn't return and that was it.


Cal's lead was now 3-1 but Ohio State was starting to make its move on each of the three remaining courts.

Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo dropped the opening set to Billy Griffith at No. 3 but then he jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second. Di Feo got broke serving for the set not once but twice and all of a sudden it was back on serve at 5-4. Griffith fell behind 15-40 on his serve and then he double faulted the break to give Di Feo the 6-4 set. Di Feo went up 3-1 in the third but Griffith would break and then hold to even it at 3-3. Di Feo would hold at love for 4-3 and then he'd break Griffith on the deciding point to go up 5-3. Di Feo would serve it out at love to take it 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.


Both Mikael Torpegaard and Chris Diaz had come back from a set down and now both had break leads in the third set so it seemed like Ohio State just might pull this one out after all.

Diaz and Cal's Andre Goransson exchanged breaks virtually the entire match with service holds extremely hard to come by. Diaz jumped out to the early 2-0 lead but Goransson would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-2. Goransson broke again to go up 4-2 but Diaz would break back and then hold from 40-30 to even it at 4-4. After three straight holds, Goransson would break Diaz one more time to close out the first set 7-5. Diaz broke Goransson to start the second set but Goransson would immediately break back to even it at 1-1. Diaz would break for 4-3 and then he'd fight off four break points to hold for 5-3. Diaz broke Goransson to take the second set 6-3 and then it seemed like Goransson's body really started to fade as the third set went on - watch the clip to see how badly he was moving


As Diaz started to pull away in the third set, Ohio State sophomore and ITA #1 Mikael Torpegaard was seemingly nearing the finish line at No. 1.

Cal junior Florian Lakat took the opening set 6-3 and then went up an early break in the second before Torpegaard got it together and won the next six games to take the second set 6-2. The third set stayed on serve until Torpegaard broke Lakat from 30-40 to go up 5-3. Torpegaard was serving for the match but unbelievably he would double fault at 30-all and 30-40 to gift wrap the break to Lakat. Lakat would hold at love for 5-5 and then he'd break Torpegaard from 30-40 to go up 6-5. Lakat went up 40-15 and had three match points but he hammered a forehand long to make it 40-30, he hit a double fault that landed two courts over to make it 40-40, and then a forehand went just long on a point that lasted just short of a minute so off to a tiebreak they went.

As the tiebreak was starting up Chris Diaz did manage to close out Andre Goransson 6-2 in the third so it truly was going to be a winner take all tiebreak.

Lakat went up a mini-break to start the tiebreak and then won both points on his serve to go up 3-0. Torpegaard won the next three before Lakat held for 4-3. Lakat went up a mini-break at 5-4 but Torpegaard evened it at 5-5. Lakat held for 6-5 and then Torpegaard fought off a match point with a gutsy drop shot to even it at 6-6. Lakat went up 7-6 after Torpegaard put a pretty tight backhand into the net and then he won it on the next point when Torpegaard pushed a forehand into the alley. The clip below starts with Lakat serving at 1-0 the tiebreak and goes all the way to the celebration.



#13 California (21-6) def. #5 Ohio State (33-2), 4-3
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 12 noon
Head Coaches: Ty Tucker (Ohio State) and Peter Wright (California)
Doubles
1. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State) def. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal), 6-1
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State), 6-3
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (Ohio State), 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
Singles
1. #30 Florian Lakat (California) def. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State), 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (6)
2. #88 Chris Diaz (Ohio State) def. #31 Andre Goransson (California), 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (Ohio State) def. #85 Billy Griffith (California), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (California) def. Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State), 6-4, 6-2
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (California) def. #103 Herkko Pollanen (Ohio State), 6-4, 6-3
6. Martin Joyce (Ohio State) def. J.T. Nishimura (California), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 5, 3, 2, 1


California Head Coach Peter Wright
On his team's win
"Ohio State is an incredible team and they battle so well. They really brought that match back. We were on top of them early and they kept fighting.
It was just an incredible college match at the end. They had chances to win the match, we had chances to win the match. Up and down, back and forth. It's college tennis at its finest. We've had a couple of nail biters here so far. I just have to say I'm super proud of my guys, coming through when it counts. I'm incredibly proud. The Tulsa fans were amazing.

On the importance of the doubles point
"Today we weren't the favorite going into the doubles point. Ohio State has been very strong in doubles all year. We've played incredibly well at #2 and #3 doubles. It gave us the opportunity to get out in front of Ohio State and build the lead that we did. Ohio State was great at pulling it back.

On making it to the semifinals
"It's been a while. It's really exciting for us. We've been building to this. We have two seniors in our lineup one in doubles and one in singles., but these guys have had this in their sights. It's not just the semifinals. This tournament and coming to Tulsa has been a big part of how we prepared this season and what we want to accomplish. Certainly, every match is on a razor's edge. We feel fortunate to be in the semifinals, but we feel we've earned it too.

On how the Pac-12 prepares a team for this tournament
"Every conference is a little different, but we have a tough conference. We have one team now in the semifinals, but we have solid teams on the men's and women's sides. It's great. I think the guys being able to compete against the best players in the country on a weekly basis just really helps them in preparation for the NCAA Championships. Our Pac-12 tournament is incredible. The Pac-12 is a great tennis conference, and I think what you see at the NCAA Championships year in and year out is a reflection of that.

On what it means for both the men's and women's teams to advance to the semifinals
"It's incredible. We did a facility renovation that opened last year, and we had a lot of our friends and family, the Cal family, come together and raise almost $4 million. That has been transformational to our program. As our women's team plays and as our men's team plays, we have a lot of pride in what we do in representing the school. Having both of our teams there, I think you'll notice that we've been at every one of the women's matches, they've been at every one of our matches, and that really makes a difference. Having that support that's one of the great things about this champi- onship. It's a coed championship, and you'll see the women cheering for the men's teams and the men cheering for the women's teams, and that's really what makes this such a special tournament.

Florian Lakat, California (#1 singles)
On his match...
"I think that my match was just a reflection of the whole match, as a whole. A lot of ups and downs and everyone across the board kept fighting and we stuck to the process. I was down 5-3, maybe 30 minutes earlier I actually looked really good for us and all of the sudden it switched and here I am down 5-3. We all stayed in there, the guys helped me a lot. I for sure would not have done it without them in the crowd, I love the guys coming and supporting me, it made the push for the team.

On if there were any crucial points for him...
"Not really, it is just point after point you know, that point view. You cannot be thinking about oh, I got to win this point here. It is all about process and just sticking to the game plan.

On what is going through his mind during the tie break...
"Same thing. Ups and downs, I am serving for it. I have three match points, huge rallies, I don't make it, it goes back to a breaker, up 3-0 back to 3-3. Lot of ups and downs all across the courts and it could have gone either way. I am glad it turned in our favor.


Ohio State Head Coach Ty Tucker
Comments on the match...
"Obviously it was a touch match, California did a good job at No. 1 singles, the guy (Florian Lakat) stepped up and hit the ball in some tight moments. He made some errors, but kept hitting it. I thought my guy (Mikael Torpegaard) got a little bit tight, served for the match at 5-3 and double faulted twice in that match. That's what you want in the NCAA Championships, a chance to go to the final four with your horse serving, 5-3, in the third set, I'd take it everyday of the week. But, we did a poor job in the start, we had a break on two doubles and gave it back on a deuce-point where there was an overhead involved inside the service line and gave that back. Then looked a little shell-shocked. Talked to the guys before the match, and I said you're going to have to face some adversity. That was the point; we didn't get back up onto the horse and start riding until about 40 minutes in the singles. But once we got going, we started to establish what we do, started putting points on the board, all the way to the end. We came back after being down for about two hours, and came back to have our opportunity to win. That's what you get when you let it slip away from you in the beginning.
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The other early afternoon quarterfinal really wasn't much off a match as No. 1 Virginia trounced No. 9 Florida 4-0. Virginia was in control of the doubles point pretty early on and would win 6-3 at both No. 1 and No. 3.

Virginia won all six first sets in singles and while Florida came back a little in the second set it wasn't nearly enough as Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alex Ritschard, and J.C. Aragone each won in straight sets with Ritschard clinching the win at No. 4.

The Virginia and Florida highlight packages can get up caught up on the rest of the details.




#1 Virginia (28-4) def. #9 Florida (21-7), 4-0
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 12 noon
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Bryan Shelton (Florida)
Doubles
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) def. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF), 6-3
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (UVA) vs. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF), 5-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida), 6-3 
Order of Finish: 1, 3
Singles
1. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia) vs. #10 Diego Hidalgo (Florida), 6-3, 4-6, 3-1 DNF
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia) vs. #53 Alfredo Perez (Florida), 6-4, 5-4 DNF
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #37 Elliott Orkin (Florida), 7-6 (2), 6-2
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia) def. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida), 6-3, 7-6 (4) 
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia) vs. Gordon Watson (Florida), 7-6 (2), 4-6, 2-2 DNF
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. McClain Kessler (Florida), 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 4


Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
On his team's win...
"Congratulations to Florida on having a great season, winning the SEC Championship, and coming in here and doing as well as they did. They made it tough on us. 

"I thought we played really well today. We came out incredibly strong in doubles, executing well and moving well. We had an enormous amount of energy. I'm really pleased with how we started. We got off to an excellent start in singles as well. We used the momentum and it carried over. The guys are locked in and seem to be playing really well. Now we just need to prepare for whoever is next.

On what it says about the players and the program to advance to the semifinals for the seventh time...
"It's probably one of the things I'm most proud of. Consistency is hard to come by, and you have to keep the focus on year after year. There are so many great coaches and competitive programs out there, that it's hard to be consistent. When these guys put the orange and blue on, they have a tremendous amount of pride. I'm really proud of that. They play for something bigger than themselves, and it really shows day in and day out in practice, as well as the matches.

On whether depth has separated his team over the last two seasons...
"Depth has been a strength for us for a long time. I think you'll see that over a lot of the top programs. Certainly we believe in our depth, but I'm really pleased with how we played at the top of the lineup as well. Ryan Shane was about ready to go up two breaks in the third. He's playing some great tennis and moving well. Then we were serving for it at #2 with Collin Altamirano. I like how we were playing up and down the lineup. I thought it was a strong performance. Everyone was focused on their job and doing what they can. We left it out there and played a really complete match.

Luca Corinteli, Virginia (#1 doubles)
On his match being against two of the top ranked doubles teams...
"We played them earlier in the year in Gainesville and I was talking to Ryan about it before the match. I thought these guys were one of the best teams we've played all year. They serve really well, return well, both of them were great volleys so I knew it was going to come down to a couple of points. We won a couple deuce points at the beginning of the match and we came out with a ton of energy. Like I said before, this is how doubles points work it's whoever can get those deuce points and they went our way today so we got the job done.

"We have been very close, become best friends. We have known each other for so long and I know this is the last tournament that we can play with each other in the orange and blue so we are just trying to enjoy it as much as possible. I know I am going to miss being able to play with him. We just keep it really light on the court that is how he is in singles as well. I don't know if you have gotten to see too many of his matches but that's just the kind of guy he is and it is what makes him so good.

Florida Head Coach Bryan Shelton
Comments on the match...
"I thought UVA came out and played really well today, it started in the doubles. When we played them in the season we were able to get that doubles point. They came out really strong today, serving well and really playing aggressively. I felt like they were just able to get off to a better start today and once they seized the momentum, they were able hold on to it throughout the singles. Our guys had an incredible year, I felt like we got better throughout the whole season and obviously in the postseason winning the SEC title, as well as, making a good run here (NCAA Championships) up to this point. I feel like we have a solid foundation, and solid core and looking forward to just continuing it next season with this group. Just proud of my seniors, who gave us so much throughout the season this year, Diego (Hidalgo) and Gordon (Watson). I'm really excited about the individual tournament and opportunities that lie ahead there.
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The late afternoon time slot was just like the early one with one close match and one that was never in doubt. The one that was never in doubt was this one between No. 7 Georgia and No. 2 North Carolina. North Carolina was playing without Robert Kelly (#1 dubs/#5 singles), who was unavailable due to a lower body injury, and Georgia definitely took advantage of the situation. Just as UNC had done against Mississippi State on Friday it shifted both its No. 2 and No. 3 teams up a spot while Brett Clark who normally plays with Kelly was paired up with Blaine Boyden at No. 3.

North Carolina got off to a good start at No. 3 when its makeshift team of Boyden and Clark broke Emil Reinberg on the deciding point to take a 2-0 lead. There would be five straight holds before Boyden and Clark broke Wayne Montgomery to win it 6-2.

Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski broke Anu Kodali to start the match at No. 2 and they'd break him one more time to win it 6-3.

The doubles point would be decided at No. 1 and for the first 25 minutes North Carolina was in control. Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur broke Ben Wagland from 30-40 to go up 2-1 and then Jack Murray would hold on the deciding point for 3-1. After an Austin Smith hold, Schnur would hold from 40-30 to put UNC up 4-2. Wagland would hold for 3-4 and then Jack Murray would start off the next game serving at 0-15 after Brayden Schnur was given a point penalty for arguing with the chair over a call in the previous game. Smith and Wagland would break Murray for 4-4 and then they'd break him again to take the match 7-5.


With Kelly also out of the singles lineup that meant that Anu Kodali had to move up one spot to No. 5 while Blaine Boyden came off the bench to play at No. 6.

Georgia's got off to a quick start on four of the six courts with Wayne Montgomery, Walker Duncan, Jan Zielinski, and Nick Wood each going up early breaks while North Carolina's Brayden Schnur and Brett Clark took break leads on the other two courts.

Duncan and Jack Murray exchanged early breaks at No. 4 but Duncan would break again to go up 4-2. Duncan held for 5-2 and then two games later he'd hold to take the opening set 6-3. The second set was all Duncan as he'd win all six games to close out a 6-3, 6-0 win. The first clip is an unbelievable tweener that Duncan hit in his 5-0 game and the second clip is match.



Less than seven minutes later the match would be over as both Nick Wood and Jan Zielinski won in straight sets with Zielinski clinching about 30 seconds after Wood's finish. The total match time was just 2 hours and 7 minutes.



North Carolina's Brayden Schnur and Brett Clark were both a game away from winning at the time of the clinch while Georgia's Wayne Montgomery was up a set on the other court.

Here are some additional highlights from Georgia.



#7 Georgia (24-4) def. #2 North Carolina (28-5), 4-0 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Sam Paul (North Carolina) and Manuel Diaz (Georgia)
Doubles
1. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (Georgia) def. #27 Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC), 7-5
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def. Anu Kodali/Ronnie Schneider (UNC), 6-3
3. Blaine Boyden/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (North Carolina) vs. #17 Austin Smith (Georgia), 6-4, 5-3 DNF
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina), 6-3, 3-3 DNF
3. #46 Brett Clark (North Carolina) vs. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia), 6-2, 5-3 DNF
4. #123 Walker Duncan (Georgia) def. Jack Murray (North Carolina), 6-3, 6-0
5. Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def. Anu Kodali (North Carolina), 6-4, 6-2
6. Nick Wood (Georgia) def. Blaie Boyden (North Carolina), 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 5



Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
On his feelings going into the semifinals...
"Well, first of all I am so excited about the fact that these guys have worked so hard. We have overcome so much this year. You know, not just us,
a whole lot of teams come into this tournament and I know North Carolina was affected by not having Robert Kelly in the lineup, but honestly to see our team handle adversity, nobody knows this until this moment probably but Austin Smith pulled his bicep tendon completely out of the socket the Monday of the regional. He didn't practice at all that week, I held him out of the Saturday match in the round of 64. He played in the round of 32, he was not in good form but he got a cortisone shot on Monday. Long story short, he has practiced two hours in two weeks and to see him handle that adversity, and to see our team rally around him and everybody has really pulled together. To me that has just been the most rewarding thing to see, our team come together. We have three seniors, one of them is right here (Nick Wood), just a terrific contributor for four years and himself dislocated his ankle as a freshman and lost that year pretty much. That's been the story, these guys have shown a lot of toughness and they've shown how much they've wanted it. This year I think we have a closer team than we have had in a long time. All the credit to them.

On what he tells his players now...
"Well, there is not a whole lot of time to enjoy this victory today. You get to enjoy it for an hour or two and we have a shorter window to prepare for the semifinals match. We have had a day's break between the last two matches and we have got to be ready to bounce back a little bit quicker. We've got to try and get our minds on whomever we place next, still to be decided. We are a little bit fortunate in that sense that we maybe get a little bit of rest. We get to do what we get to do here, and hopefully get these guys some good food and get them in bed.

Nick Wood, Georgia (#6 singles)
On fighting through teammate Austin Smith's injury before regionals, and how the team responded...
"He's contributed so much for us this year. When he went down, it was the rest of the guys' time to step up, and contribute back for him. We kind of rallied around him, and we're just playing for each other right now. Like Coach (Manuel Diaz) said, we're just such a close team, and we have a special bond that has taken us this far. It's pretty special.

On his match...
"I played a good match. I felt pretty comfortable out there. Once I got that early break in the second set, I kind of just rolled. I was just playing loose and playing relaxed and just having fun out there, just trying to enjoy my last run here, and it's just been incredible.

On being a senior and working to get to the next step...
"Coach talks about all the stories of them winning the national championship. It's pretty inspiring. We're just really inspired right now, and we're look- ing to take that championship. We're not settling for anything less.

North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
Comments on the match...
"First of all congratulations to Georgia, they played a great a match, they just out-played us today. The doubles point was key; they got a lot mo- mentum from that. The sad thing for us, it's your last chance to coach, Brett Clark. Our seniors worked so hard. He's been to three elite eights in his career. Andrew Gores, he came back for a fifth year. I'm really proud of him, how hard he worked. I appreciate what he did coming back for his fifth year, and Stuart DePaolo. That's the sad thing about today, we don't have another day to coach those guys and work with those guys. I want to congratulate my guys on a great season. We were a little bit injured coming in and that was unfortunate for us. But again, Georgia just out-played us anyway, that's the way sports go sometimes. We weren't able to handle it. Congratulations to them. This was record-breaking year for us, our kids won a National Championship in February, and we've been highly ranked consistently all year, and looking forward to next year.
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The other late afternoon quarterfinal matched up UCLA and Oklahoma. There wasn't any doubt who the locals were cheering for with the crowd roaring every time Oklahoma won a point.

Oklahoma got off to the hot start at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles while UCLA was running away with the match at No. 3. UCLA's Maxime Cressy and Austin Rapp broke OU to go up 3-1 and then they'd break again for 5-1 and serve it out for a 6-1 win. OU's Axel Alvarez and Andrew Harris jumped out to a 3-0 lead at No. 1 and would upset the ITA No. 2 ranked team of Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki 6-3. The doubles point would be decided in a tiebreak at No. 2 between OU's Alex Ghilea and Spencer Papa and UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell. Ghilea and Papa won the first four points of the tiebreak but Di Giulio and Sell would take four of the next five to pull within 5-4. Papa would take the next two on his serve to win it 7-6(4).

Each team took three opening sets in singles and four of the six matches would finish in straight sets. OU sophomore Spencer Papa put the Sooners ahead 2-0 with a straight set win over Gage Brymer at No. 3. Papa broke Brymer to go up 3-1 in the first and he'd make that break lead hold up for a 6-3 opening set. Papa broke Brymer to start the second set and he'd eventually lead 5-3 but Brymer would hold for 4-5. Papa had three match points on his serve after going up 40-15 but Brymer would come back to get the break for 5-5. Brymer had to start off his next game down 0-15 because of a point penalty for excessive noise (I thought I heard the chair say it was due to the noise from the UCLA bench area). Papa would break Brymer on a double fault to go up 6-5 and then he's serve it out from 40-15 to win it 6-3, 7-5.


Moments later Karue Sell would put UCLA on the board with a straight set win over Alex Ghilea at No. 4. Sell broke Ghilea to go up 6-5 in the first but Ghilea broke back to force a tiebreak. Sell would roll through the tiebreak and win it 7-3. Ghilea went up a break at 3-2 in the second but Sell won the final four games to take it 7-6, 6-3.

Florin Bragusi would put Oklahoma ahead 3-1 after he defeated Logan Staggs in straight sets at No. 5. Bragusi broke Staggs to start the match but Staggs would break back for 3-all. Braugsi would immediately break back and a few games later he would take set 6-4. Bragusi broke Staggs to go up 3-2 in the second but he would be broke serving for the match to even it at 5-5. Bragusi would break back and then he'd serve it out at love to win 6-4, 7-5.


UCLA sophomore Martin Redlicki would put the Bruins second point on the board with a straight set win over Axel Alvarez at No. 2. Redlicki won the first set 7-5 after breaking Alvarez's 5-6 service game. Alvarez would break for 2-1 in the second and he'd eventually lead 5-3. Redlicki would take the next three games to go up 6-5 and he'd have three match points after going up 15-40 on Alvarez's serve. Alvarez managed to fight each off to send it to a tiebreak. Redlicki went up 6-2 in the tiebreak but Alvarez would take three straight to pull within 6-5. Redlicki would win it on the next point when an Alvarez backhand sailed long.

Despite trailing 3-2, UCLA was in good shape because Mackenzie McDonald had a 5-2 lead in the third set at No. 1 while Joseph Di Giulio led 2-0 in the third set at No. 6.

Andrew Harris wouldn't go down quietly at No. 1 as the OU junior would take the next three games to even it at 5-5. McDonald held for 6-5 and then he broke Harris from 30-40 to win it 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.


The deciding match would be at No. 6 between UCLA junior Joseph Di Giulio and Oklahoma freshman Andre Biro. Di Giulio looked like he'd close this match out in straight sets win he led 6-4, 4-1 but Biro charged back and took six of the next seven games to take the second set 7-5. Di Giulio went up 2-0 in the second but Biro rattled off four straight games to go ahead 4-2 (Di Giulio was broke on his 2-1 service game when he called a Biro shot long at 30-40 but upon Biro's appeal the chair overruled the call). Di Giulio came back from 30-40 down to hold for 3-4. Biro would hold easily from 40-15 to go up 5-3 and then he'd break from 30-40 to clinch the win.


Video

#11 Oklahoma (19-10) def. #3 UCLA (25-3), 4-3
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Billy Martin (UCLA) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
Doubles
1. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #2 Mackie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA), 6-3
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA), 7-6 (4)
3. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (OU), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles
1. #6 Mackie McDonald (UCLA) def. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
3. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA), 6-3, 7-5
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma), 7-6 (3), 6-3
5. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA), 6-4, 7-5
6. Andre Biro (Oklahoma) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5, 2, 1, 6


Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On his team's win...
"It was a great match. The doubles came down to the end. In the singles, UCLA fought incredibly hard. They just played tremendous. We've had three of those with UCLA the last three years, so we expected them to play well, and that's what they did. You have to give UCLA a lot of credit for how they competed. It was an incredible effort by both teams. I thought after they won at 1 and 2, and we were down a break at 6, it doesn't look great there, but you just keep fighting and going, and (Andre) Biro did a really nice job of stepping up and not letting the moment get to him at all, and just played rock solid tennis. It was just a great match, and too bad someone had to lose that one.

On whether they were worried about UCLA coming back after losing the doubles point (had lost 5 of 6 doubles points)...
"I didn't know. I probably should have. I didn't know. We talk about the doubles point, I'm sure other teams do too, where if you win or lose it, you just have to put it behind you. Obviously in the back of your mind when you're thinking you have to win three, it's a lot easier road. I didn't know. It's like what I said in the opening statement, UCLA all those guys competed hard. That's why they're able to do that. That's an interesting stat, and a lot of credit to them just to keep competing no matter what it's looking like out there.

On coming back from two down in singles....
"That's kind of the spot of the match where we just lost those two that I alluded to earlier. That was for us, and for everybody, a big moment in the match. For Andre (Biro) to settle down and get the break back early in that set so you're not fighting uphill the whole way, was really good for a freshman to be able to come in and settle down and execute, and get some great passing shots there and earn some points. So that was huge to
get right back in it at that particular moment. No player or coach is going to want to be down it's 3-all and then you're down 2-0 at the third break. Everybody will take being up 2-0. Right there, you have to figure out what you need to do to execute, and then you have to go do it. Andre did a great job in that moment.

On the crowd support...
"It was great. It was a great environment. That was probably by far the most people that have ever watched the Sooners play tennis. I'm sure for the guys it's fun to play in. I can speak from experience playing at Georgia in front of Georgia in the NCAA's, and it's something you never forget.

Spencer Papa, Oklahoma (#3 singles)
On the importance of doubles and his match specifically...
"I think that me and Alex were starting to play some of our best doubles and we have kind of struggled throughout the season, but we have been practicing for the last couple of weeks, just focusing on doubles, and it paid off today.

On what it is like to be here in Tulsa for the tournament...
"We're lucky we are close and have a bunch of fans that can come out. I have played on these courts for the last three or four years, so I am used to them and I think that was a little bit of an advantage for me today.

UCLA Head Coach Billy Martin
Opening Statement...
"We have had some really good matches with Oklahoma in the past three years, and we haven't been successful. The doubles point was really crucial, and I thought that we fought back really good in the No. 2 doubles position. I thought we fought pretty well in singles. Obviously, we had a chance to win that No. 6 singles position after being up a set, and that's one we probably shouldn't have let slip away but unfortunately we did. That young man (OU's Andre Biro) hung in there and played pretty well to win that match, but a great college tennis match. There were two good teams fighting their hearts out today, and unfortunately we were on the bottom side. There is nothing to be ashamed of because that is a really good team. Oklahoma has taken there lumps without Harris in their line-up, but I knew with him in the line-up it's a completely different team and as good of a team as there is in college tennis. I think they have a good as chance as anybody else left to win the tournament.
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[1] Virginia Cavaliers (28-4) vs. [13] Cal Bears (21-6) - Monday 4pm CT - Virginia advanced to its seventh straight NCAA semifinals with a 4-0 shellacking of Florida while Cal advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1991 after winning a 4-3 thriller over Ohio State. These teams last met in the quarterfinals of the 2014 National Team Indoors in Houston though only a handful of guys were on those teams. Cal has been the cinderella story on the men's side after taking out the No. 4 and No. 5 while Virginia played its best tennis yesterday in its match against Florida. If Virginia plays like it did in that match there isn't anyone that's going to beat them in these next two days.  

2014 National Team Indoors Quarterfinals 

#1 Virginia, #11 California 0 
February 14, 2014 at Houston, Texas (Downtown Club at the Met) 
Doubles Competition
1. Domijan/J.Shane (UVa) def. McLachlan/Goransson (Cal) 6-3 
2. Frank/Corinteli (UVa) vs. Bayane/Melton (Cal) 4-4 DNF 
3. Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Bergevi/Johnson (Cal) 6-2 
Order of Finish: 3,1 
Singles Competition
1. #3 Mitchell Frank (UVa) led #62 Ben McLachlan (Cal) 6-3, 5-1 DNF 
2. Alex Domijan (UVa) def. #68 Campbell Johnson (Cal) 6-1, 6-3 
3. Ryan Shane (UVa) def. Filip Bergevi (Cal) 6-0, 6-2 
4. Justin Shane (UVa) led #118 Andre Goransson (Cal) 6-4, 4-1 DNF 
5. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Gregory Bayane (Cal) 6-0, 6-1 
6. #62 Jordan Daigle (UVa) led Mads Engsted (Cal) 6-3, 3-2 DNF
Order of Finish: 5,2,3

Doubles Records: Virginia 28-4, Cal 18-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 86, Cal 84

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 16th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.39) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 14.23)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) vs. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.26)
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.50) vs. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL 14.34)
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.37) vs. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.24)
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.90) vs. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.63)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.53)  vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.53)
O: Luca Corinteli (VA 13.68) 

Dual-Match Records:
1. Shane 14-12 vs. Lakat 10-8
2. Altamirano 24-4 vs. Goransson 12-11
3. Kwiatkowski 22-6 vs. Griffith 15-4
4. Ritschard 4-0 vs. Bergevi 19-3
5. Aragone 23-4 vs. Wikberg 12-4
6. Wiersholm 24-2 vs. Nishimura 11-4
Bench: Corinteli 10-3

Cal has been able to take the doubles point two matches in a row but I think their luck runs out today with Virginia picking up wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Both Florian Lakat and Andre Goransson played extremely physical matches yesterday so it'll be interesting to see how they look less than 24 hours later. Cal has made a great run this week that has surpassed just about everyone expectations but I just can't see them getting past Virginia. I'll take Altamirano, Kwiatkowski, and Wiersholm with Shane also leading while Bergevi and Wikberg will have leads for Cal but won't finish.  Prediction: Virginia 4-0



[7] Georgia Bulldogs (24-4) vs. [11] Oklahoma Sooners (19-10) - Monday 4pm CT - Georgia advanced to its first NCAA semifinal since 2013 with a 4-0 win over North Carolina while Oklahoma is into the semifinals for the third year in a row after outlasting UCLA 4-3. There are all kinds of interesting storylines in this one - Oklahoma head coach John Roddick is a Georgia graduate, Georgia assistant Bo Hodge (also a Georgia graduate) was an Oklahoma assistant for the previous four years before coming to Athens last summer, and Nick Papac, Georgia's volunteer assistant, just graduated from Oklahoma last year. The teams last met in last year's NCAA quarterfinals with Oklahoma winning 4-2 - there will be two individual rematches with Andrew Harris and Austin Smith playing at No. 1 after playing at No. 2 last year while Axel Alvarez and Wayne Montgomery will play at No. 2 after playing at No. 1 last year. 

2015 NCAA Quarterfinals 

[1] Oklahoma def. [8] #7 Georgia 4-2 
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts 
Doubles Competition 
1. #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (GA) 8-3 
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Pasha (GA) 6-7 unf. 
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Eric Diaz/Paul Osterbaan (GA) 8-5 
Singles Competition 
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.19) def.#24 Wayne Montgomery (GA 14.61) 6-1, 6-1 
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) vs. #30 Austin Smith (GA 14.32) 4-6, 6-4, 5-4 (15-30) unf. 
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (GA 14.38) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.22) 6-2, 6-3 
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.42) def. Ben Wagland (GA 13.49) 7-6(4), 7-5 
5. NickWood (GA 13.85) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.90) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) def. Paul Oosterbaan (GA 13.85) 6-4, 6-2 
Match Notes: 
Oklahoma 29-2 
Georgia 24-5 
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,6,5,4)


Doubles Records: Georgia 19-8, Oklahoma 16-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Georgia 84, Oklahoma 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.52) vs. #97 Andrew Harris (OU 14.76)
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 13.98) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.29)
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 14.01) vs. #82 Spencer Papa (OU 13.96)
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.62) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.02)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.76) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.80) vs. Andre Biro (OU 13.74)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.42)Maxime Mora (OU 13.68)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Smith 20-5 vs. Harris 6-2
2. Montgomery 14-10 vs. Alvarez 11-9
3. Oosterbaan 16-7 vs. Papa 11-9
4. Duncan 15-5 vs. Ghilea 11-7
5. Zielinski 10-7 vs. Bragusi 10-6
6. Wood 16-2 vs. Biro 17-5

Georgia got off the court an hour quicker than OU did yesterday but Harris and Biro were the only ones that played three sets. Oklahoma has won the doubles point two matches in a row against teams that were pretty strong so it'll be interesting to see if they can keep the magic going for a third day in a row in front of what should be a raucous later afternoon crowd. I like Montgomery, Oosterbaan, and Wood for Georgia but I think OU will take the point and get wins from Harris, Ghilea, and Bragusi. If Georgia can find a way to win the doubles point, like yesterday, they might be able to lean on OU in singles and get a quick win or two which would put a ton of pressure on them to come back. I'm going to take Boomer Sooner but if Georgia takes the doubles point I think the Dawgs will be playing for a Natty tomorrow nite!  Prediction: Oklahoma 4-3. 

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It was an interesting day at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa with rain forcing one of the two semifinal matches indoors. Virginia had little trouble dispatching Cal in the indoor semifinal while Oklahoma won a 4-3 thriller in the nightcap which was played outdoors.

Sooners Win (Photo By Ty Russell - SoonerSports)
The Oklahoma/Georgia match was originally scheduled to start at 4 p.m. central time but due to periodic showers it was put on hold while Virginia and Cal went indoors with a 5:25 p.m. central start. The reason Virginia and Cal couldn't start until 5:25 was because the second women's semifinal didn't finish until 4:20 and neither Virginia or Cal had been able to hit since the morning so they needed an hour to get warmed up. Since Virginia was the highest remaining seed they were given the earlier start time which meant Oklahoma and Georgia had the chance to go outdoors if it dried up. The official starting time of 7 p.m. wasn't announced until close to 6 p.m. so a lot of the local OU fans probably didn't get the memo because the crowds weren't anywhere near what I thought they would be. Coincidentally the paid attendance of 1197 was actually the best this week but many of those fans came for the Oklahoma State women's match at 10 a.m. and were long gone by the time the men's matches started.

Oklahoma didn't have nearly the home court advantage that I thought it would plus Georgia's play early on in doubles kept most of the noise at bay. Georgia's Wayne Montgomery and Emil Reinberg broke the Austin Siegel serve to start the match at No. 3 and then Reinberg held on the deciding point for 2-0.

Georgia's Ben Wagland and Austin Smith went up 15-40 on Andrew Harris's opening service game at No. 1 but Harris was able to battle back and hold for 1-0. After that opening game, neither team would get get much traction on the others service return with very few service games even reaching 40-30.

Break opportunities at No. 2 doubles were few and far between as well with each player holding serve pretty easily until OU's Alex Ghilea faced a pair of break points at 3-3, 30-40. Ghilea was able to get the hold for 4-3 with a pair of service winners.

Meanwhile back at No. 3, Georgia had maintained its break advantage and led 4-2 but Biro would hold from 40-15 for 3-4 and then Montgomery would find himself in a 15-40 hole. Montgomery and Reinberg got it to the deciding point but OU would get the break when they attacked the net and put one down at Reinberg's feet which he was unable to scoop up. Siegel would get a quick hold for 5-4 and all of a sudden Reinberg was serving to stay in the match.

While Georgia's lead at No. 3 had evaporated the Bulldogs were also in some trouble at No. 2 with Paul Oosterbaan serving at 4-5, 30-30. OU's Alex Ghilea hit a forehand that hit the net cord and kicked up over the head of the 6' 7" Oosterbaan and landed perfectly on the back line for a winner which gave OU a pair of match points. Oosterbaan fought off the first match point but he couldn't fight off the second after Spencer Papa drilled a return at his feet and OU had the 6-4 win.
Less than 45 seconds later the doubles point would be over because after falling behind 15-40, Emil Reinberg would double fault at 30-40 to give OU the 6-4 win.
After the way Georgia started off I really thought they were going to take the doubles point because they seemingly had the upper hand the majority of the time but they just couldn't take advantage of the opportunities that were presented to them. Oklahoma's guys didn't get a ton of break opportunities but they made sure to convert the few that they got and ultimately that was the difference.

This was the third match in a row that Oklahoma had won the doubles point so that had to be a confidence booster for them knowing they had the extra point in the bank.

Once singles got underway the break point opportunities that were few and far between in doubles were plentiful in singles. Oklahoma's Andrew Harris jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on Austin Smith at No. 1 while Axel Alvarez went up 3-1 against Wayne Montgomery at No. 2. Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan broke Spencer Papa for a 3-2 at No. 3 while Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi and Andre Biro went up 4-2 on Jan Zielinski and Nick Wood.

Andrew Harris's 2-0 lead at No. 1 quickly evaporated as Austin Smith won the next eight games to take the opening set 6-2 and go up a break at 2-0 in the second. Harris would finally stop the streak by breaking Smith for 1-2 but Smith would break back and then hold for 4-1. Smith would get broke serving for the match up 5-3 but he'd break Harris from 30-40, on a double fault, to close it out 6-2, 6-4. Coincidently Harris also double faulted the first set away as well.
Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan would put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 after he got past Spencer Papa at No. 3. Ooosterbaan served extremely well all night long and after going up that break at 3-2 in the first he'd hold to take the opening set 6-4. Oosterbaan would break Papa's 5-5 service game in the second set and then he'd serve it out from 40-15 to win 6-4, 7-5. Of the 12 guys playing singles Oosterbaan was the only one not to get broke all night long.

So Georgia had it's first lead of the night but it still needed to find two more courts if it was going to win the match.

One of the courts that Georgia was banking on was at No. 6 as senior Nick Wood was battling OU freshman Andre Biro. Biro won the deciding match against UCLA in the quarterfinals and it looked like that added confidence was giving him a boost because he played from ahead virtually the entire night. Biro broke Wood to go up 4-2 in the opening set but Wood broke back on the deciding point to make it 3-4. It would stay on serve until the tiebreak though Biro had to hold on the deciding point for 6-5 while Wood fought off two set points to hold on the deciding point for 6-6. Wood was up 5-3* in the tiebreak but Biro won the last four points to take the opening set 7-6(5). Biro broke Wood to go up 3-2 in the second but Wood broke back for 3-3. Biro would break again for 4-3 but once again Wood broke back for 4-4. After consecutive holds Biro would break Wood to go up 6-5 and then he'd serve it out to win it 7-6(5), 7-5.
The team match was now tied at 2-2 but it looked like Oklahoma was going to close it out any minute because Axel Alvarez was serving for the match at No. 2 up 5-4 in the third while Florin Bragusi was receiving up 5-2 in the third at No. 5.

Bragusi got off to a quick start in his match at No. 5 against Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski by going up an early break at 4-2 and he'd break Zielinski again to take the opening set 6-2. Zielinski went up a break at 3-2 in the second but Bragusi would break back and hold for 4-3. Zielinski would then hold, break, and hold again to send the match to a third set. Bragusi quickly turned it around and won the opening three games of the third set including a hold on the deciding point for 3-0. Zielinski held for 1-3 and then he had a break point on the deciding point but Bragusi fought it off to May 24, 2016 ">hold for 4-1. Zielinski held for 2-4 and then once again he'd have a break point on the deciding point but Bragusi hit a service winner to go up 5-2. Bragusi jumped out to a 15-40 lead on Zielinski's serve and would break to win it by showing a tremendous of hustle - watch the clip below.

Bragusi's win put OU ahead 3-2 but Georgia wasn't done yet because Wayne Montgomery would break Axel Alvarez from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. Montgomery held for 6-5 and then he'd break Alvarez at love to win it 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.

With the match tied at 3-3 it'd come to a third set at No. 4 between Oklahoma junior Alex "The Machine" Ghilea and Georgia freshman Walker Duncan. Ghilea and Duncan played an epic first set that took an hour and eight minutes to complete with Duncan taking it 10-8 in the tiebreak. Ghilea actually served for the first set up 5-4 and 6-5 but Duncan broke back on both occasions. Ghilea broke Duncan on the deciding point to go up 3-1 in the second but Duncan broke back on the deciding point and then held for 3-3. Ghilea would hold, break, and hold again to take the second set 6-3.

Ghilea would break Duncan to open the third set and then he'd hold for 2-0. Duncan went up 40-0 on his 0-2 service game but it took a forehand winner on the deciding point to get the hold for 1-2.
Ghilea held from 40-15 for 3-1 and then he'd break Duncan from 15-40 with a laser forehand that he hit on the run.
Ghilea would hold on the deciding point for 5-1 after hitting a big forehand and then following it up with a volley winner at the net.
Duncan would hold from 40-15 for 2-5 but Ghilea would serve it out from 40-30 to sent Oklahoma back to the NCAA Championship match for the third year in a row. The first clip is mine, the second is OUs, and the third is the NCAAs (best one).


This was a fantastic 3 hour and 12 minute thriller that teetered back and forth. There was a good 15-20 minute period where Georgia really seemed to be taking over because they had just got wins on 1 and 3 plus Montgomery and Zielinski had earned splits on 2 and 5. Plus at that time Duncan was still up a set at 3 and Wood had close to forcing a third set at 6. Oklahoma was able to ride it out and the Machine was able to use his big-match experience to stay calm and bring it home.

I know someone of you aren't big twitter users but if you want to check out a slew of video clips from the match you can go back through my timeline to watch them. I linked several here but there were probably about 75 that I didn't.

Video

#11 Oklahoma (20-10) def. #7 Georgia (24-5), 4-3
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m. (Delayed until 7 p.m.)
Head Coaches: Manuel Diaz (Georgia) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
Doubles
1. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA), 5-4 DNF
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA), 6-4
3. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (OU) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA), 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3
Singles
1. #17 Austin Smith (Georgia) def. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 6-2, 6-4
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia) def. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma), 6-4, 7-5
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) def. #123 Walker Duncan (Georgia), 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-2
5. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma) def. Jan Zielinski (Georgia), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
6. Andre Biro (Oklahoma) def. Nick Wood (Georgia), 7-6 (5), 7-5
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 2, 5, 4


Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On his team's win...
"I'd like to congratulate Georgia. What a match, two nights in a row. It's a shame people have to lose those matches. Especially our teams have a lot of crossover, a lot of mutual respect. It's a great program they have. It was just a hell of a match tonight.

On the last match OU won...
"As you sit there as a coach and watch, you can see the scoreboard and maybe you don't know exactly what's going on on all the other courts. It looked like we were in position on some other courts, I think at #2 singles with Axel (Alvarez) up a break in the third. We had just broken with Biro
to go up a break in the second, and Florin (Bragusi) was up a break in the third. You look, and that's when Alex (Ghilea) hadn't won the second set yet. It looks good, and you're hoping to close it out so it doesn't come down to that. But we've seen all these matches before, and to close out three matches against three very good Georgia players is a big ask. That's what I told Alex. I said you have to dig in here, and there's a very good chance that you're going to be the guy here. That's what he wants. He loves that. Florin and Alex, our two remains, have won probably more clinching matches than anyone in OU history. Either one of them out on the court is who we want to have out there. Alex loves that position, as you can see. He did a good job of taking control of that third set early.

On emotions after this match, given his relationship with Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz...
"It's harder now than during the match. When you're shaking hands it's harder. But when you're out there, you want to win and you want your team to win. You want your team to execute. We don't focus a lot on winning and losing. We focus on doing our job and trying to execute and doing what we need to do to give ourselves the best chance to win matches. Because in tennis, there's no forgone conclusion ever. So that's what we focus on. That's what we do during the matches. Afterwards, yeah it's bittersweet at this point. If we're not playing, I'm cheering for the Dogs. That's just the way it is, the way it'll always be.

On the importance of winning the doubles point in this match...
"If we didn't turn our doubles around, we would've lost the last two matches. The other two teams matched us in singles. We won three points the last two nights. If we don't play the kind of doubles we've been playing this week, then we're not sitting here trying to get ready for the finals. So
it's been a huge boost to play. We've spent a lot of time, and Florin can attest to it, in the last three or four weeks just focusing on doubles, and not knowing if that's enough time or not to really see a big improvement, and it's been I'm proud of the guys to be able to come on this stage and be able to start executing a lot of different things. We just decided we had to do something different, because what we were doing wasn't working.

On playing Virginia in the final...
"(Virginia Head Coach) Brian (Boland) and I are good friends too, so that's another one where, it's fun to play them in these moments, and we always talk about trying to play in the finals, Manny and I, Brian and I. We've had good matches with Virginia over the last few years. I expect tomorrow to be another good one. They've been probably, them and USC, over the last 10 years, one of the dominant programs. So we're just trying to break in to that. Tomorrow is a step in that direction. For us, if this team can do that, we've come a long way. We've come a long way regardless. Virginia got out of here quick, and we have a lot of preparing to do. I know my guys are going to fight tomorrow. Our team is competitive, and you don't lose that just because you're a little bit tired. I think we're going to feel good tomorrow.

On what Alex Ghilea did to turn the match around...
"He hit the ball a lot better. In the third set, he hit the ball a lot better than he did in the first set. He had a lot of chances. He wasn't making errors up until 40-30, deuce that's when he was making errors, on those points in the first set. I think that caused him to be a little tentative. Once he finally it's like it's time and pressure, you have to keep doing it. You're right there, you have to win a couple of the big points, and he had them on his racket, he was just making errors. I just said there's nothing to change, it's just execution. Tennis is a funny sport. All of a sudden you execute two or three times, and the train started going out of the station, and you saw in the third set, he was rolling. Walker (Duncan) was fighting like crazy in the third set, and it got interesting there. Walker made it interesting there, I think at the 4-1 game, maybe to break. It's a big difference between 5-1 and 4-2, and Walker had a chance there and he fought really hard. But Alex was really going. His forehand up the line caught fire a little bit and he hit some winners, and that's why he was able to extend his lead in the third set.

On whether his players try to hit winners...
"We don't really talk about hitting winners. If it happens to be a winner, that's great. If you hit it to the right spot enough times with enough pressure, you're going to end up hitting winners. Sometimes you start getting a guy off balance and you can hit it up the line. It might look like a guy is trying to hit a winner, but I promise you my guys aren't trying to hit winners. That's not what we do. We try to construct points, and he (Alex) did a fantastic job at the end. When you play that way and you're trying to use your forehand and he missed a couple but in the third set, I know we don't keep stats at the NCAA, but I'd love to see the forced winners and unforced errors. It has to be pretty remarkable there.

On the tension going to the third set of the last match, knowing what's at stake...
"It's weird. Every match is different. For me, it's strange because it's different every time. I think it depends on how your guys are playing. It's differ- ent every time. Tonight, once Alex really established what he wanted to establish, I wasn't nervous at all, because I felt like he was doing what he needed to do to have a very good chance of winning that match. Sometimes when guys aren't doing it, it's nail-biting. It feels like it takes years off your life. Tonight, I don't think that was the case. I have a lot of confidence in Alex out there, and even Andre (Biro) and Florin, when I was looking at the scores, I knew what they were doing and how they were doing it, and they did a great job.

Florin Bragusi, Oklahoma (#5 singles)
On if he was aware of the match scores...
"I wasn't really trying to look at the scoreboard because I don't really like that, I can't be nervous. So I just try and focus on my match and then just win that. I was just trying to focus on my match and that was it pretty much.

On what he did at the completion of his match...
"I looked at the scoreboard and saw Alex was the last match, so I just ran to his court.

On what is going through his mind about advancing to the championship match again...
"It's crazy that we are in the finals but we got one more match to go so we just have to get ready for our match and drink everything we can, get treatment and all that stuff and then we just have to be ready to play a great match tomorrow against a very good team, Virginia.


Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
On the match tonight...
"Well, it was a tremendous college match, all the credit goes to Oklahoma. They were able to pull the doubles (point) out. I thought we had some pretty good momentum early on in the doubles. We seemed to be controlling play on least a couple courts, up a break at No. 3 (court). Oklahoma just seemed to win the big points in doubles and took the momentum. It wound up being the difference (of the match). You have to give them credit. They won at No. 5 and No. 6, where I thought we had chances to win, one or two of those (matches). I thought our guys played with a lot of heart, and really put it all on the line. Oklahoma just sneaked out one more match than we needed to win. The credit goes to them.
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While the nightcap was a barnburner the early match was a relative walk in the park for the top-seed Virginia. Cal really needed to get off to a quick start to have any chance but Virginia was able to jump on them in doubles at both No. 2 and No. 3.

Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone broke Mads Engsted on the deciding point to go up 3-2 and then they'd break J.T. Nishimura on another deciding point to go up 5-2. Altamirano would serve it out from 40-30 to win it 6-2.
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger broke Oskar Wikberg from 15-40 to go up 4-2 and then Styslinger would hold for 5-2. Goransson held for 3-5 and then Kwiatkowski held on the deciding point to give Virginia the 6-3 win and early 1-0 lead in the match (video clarity wasn't the best - sorry about that I needed to be about 25 feet closer to get a better shot).
The doubles point took 28 minutes and after a 10 minute break singles would get underway. Virginia came out of the shoot pretty quickly and went up breaks on five of six courts.

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would only need 48 minutes to roll over Billy Griffith 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4. Kwiatkowski jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set then made that lead hold up the rest of the way.

J.C. Aragone needed just an hour and two minutes to defeat Oskar Wikberg 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 and then two minutes later Henrik Wiersholm would close out Mads Engsted 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6. All said and done the match last 1 hour and 42 minutes.


#1 Virginia (29-4) def. #13 California (21-7), 4-0
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m. (Delayed until 5:25 p.m.)
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Peter Wright (California)
Doubles
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) vs. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal), 4-4 DNF
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (UVA) def. A Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal), 6-3
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal), 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2
Singles
1. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (California), 6-1, 6-6 DNF
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia) vs. #31 Andre Goransson (California), 6-4, 2-3 DNF
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #85 Billy Griffith (California), 6-3, 6-0
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (California) vs. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia), 6-3, 4-3 DNF
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. #124 Oskar Wikberg (California), 6-3, 6-4
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. Mads Engsted (California), 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 6



Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
On his team's win
"Congratulations to Cal-Berkeley on a tremendous season. Making a run to the Final Four is a great accomplishment. I'm sure they would have liked to have gone further, but they fought hard today. I was just pleased with how well we played throughout the entire match.

On his team's experience in the finals
"We've been in the final, this is at least my fifth time. Obviously in '13 and '15 we had some success. I don't think there is anything more important than experience. I think it's invaluable, and everyone on the court was there last year when we won the NCAA Championship. I think that's really helpful, and I certainly feel we're fortunate to have the veterans on the court that we do.

On the mindset going into the finals
"We're hungry. We're eager. We love being together. It's an incredible group of guys who love being around each other. They're the best of friends. They have an incredible culture that they've developed, and I'm just proud to be part of the journey. I know it's been enjoyable. This is my 20th year as a head coach, and certainly one of my favorites, in terms of the journey that we've taken. Like any season, you have some adversity. We've had that this year. We're healthy and we're playing our best tennis right now, so we're right where we want to be.

On potential opponents Georgia and Oklahoma
"They're both great programs, and regardless of who we play, we'll be ready. We played Oklahoma last year, and they've certainly had another run this year late in the season. They've had some struggles throughout the year. We played them earlier in the year, here in Tulsa. We won a close 4-3, and both of us were missing a player due to injury. With Georgia, we haven't seen them this year, but they're having a great run in the tournament. We'll see what happens tonight, and we'll be ready regardless.

Luca Corinteli, Virginia (#1 doubles)
Opening Statement...
On having played in last year's championship match and how that will help in tomorrow's match...
"I think that just having the experience from being in the finals last year and coming out on top helps. We have always had a target on our back all year long, and embracing that is something we have gotten comfortable with. You can never really put it into words, but we are just grateful to be in this position. We are all really excited.


California Head Coach Peter Wright
On the match today...
"It was a tough match for us today, Virginia is just an incredibly strong team and the doubles point was a critical piece of it for us today. But when I reflect on today's match, I reflect on the run this team has had this year and it has been an incredible run. Our senior class has done an amazing job, I am proud of how we competed today. Virginia is strong, solid and our guys fought back and we actually had some opportunities in a few of the matches there to really bring this thing back. Overall, I am not disappointed with our performance.

On bringing a 13 seed in the semifinals...
"We never saw ourselves as the 13 seed coming in here. We saw ourselves as a team that if somebody is going to beat us they are going to have to play well to beat us. We just didn't have the same picture that everybody else had and we didn't look at the numbers and the seeding the way that everybody else did and I think that reflected in our play throughout the tournament. Today, that was a very strong Virginia team and they beat us so we have to tip our hat to them, a well-coached, strong team.

On having both California teams in the semifinals...
"It says a lot about our tennis program, our kids that we have and both teams in the semifinals of the national championships is incredible. It is a wonderful feat and we haven't done it in the past so it is the first time at California to have that. Our guys are extremely proud of what they have been able to accomplish here and I know our women are as well. I know for us, we feel like we are a program on the rise and we would like to have two national champions next year.

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