The Sunday afternoon men's schedule was packed to the brim with three top 25 teams facing each other plus several other ranked teams would be tested against stiff competition. Last season Wake Forest went to Stillwater in late January and got beat so when they made the return trip on Sunday they had a pretty good idea of what was in store. Wake Forest jumped out to the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then less than an hour later the lead would grow even more. Wake sophomore Petros Chrysochos was nearly flawless in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Lukas Finzelberg at No. 2 and then junior Skander Mansouri made it 3-0 after Julian Cash retired after the first set at No. 1.

Oklahoma State battled back with straight set wins from Arjun Kadhe, Lucas Gerch, and Jurence Mendoza so the match would be decided between a pair of January admits. Wake's Borna Gojo took the first set 7-5 but Oklahoma State's Artur Dubinski stayed right with him in the second set. As the second set entered a tiebreak both players began to cramp though Gojo was able to power through it to take a 6-0 lead. Dubinski took three straight to pull within 6-3 but after he hit a volley winner he hobbled slowly to the back wall and before he was able to serve it up again the chair coded him for a time violation and the subsequent point penalty ended the match. Here is the stream of the finish - an odd scene to say the least!

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The opening day of the Women's National Team Indoor Championships is in the books with seven of the top eight seeds advancing to the quarterfinals. There were some blowouts and some close ones though none of them came down to the deciding court with 4-0 and 4-1 scores accounting for six of the eight results with the other two being 4-2. We'll start with the one seeding upset of the day which took place at the Tennis and Fitness Center in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Vanderbilt, which is the No. 8 seed, came into the match with a perfect 4-0 record during the doubles point while Texas Tech had only won the point once in four attempts. Many folks including myself though Vandy was a shoe-in to take the doubles point but Texas Tech must have figured something out in the off-week because the Red Raiders rolled in doubles by picking up a 6-2 win at No. 3 and a 6-3 win at No. 2.

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This past weekend was the first chance for several teams to knock the dust off their racquets and it was also our first chance to see some of the freshmen and January roster additions in action. I'll go back through the weekend that was and give my thoughts on several teams and where I see them headed this season plus I'll highlight those with stellar KOW performances. I'll also take a look at the freshmen and January roster additions that could be difference makers for their respective teams. 

So who impressed me the most - I'll start with Oklahoma, led by first-year head coach Nick Crowell, played some dominating doubles against No. 19 Michigan and No. 17 Illinois. The Sooners won all four completed matches and led 5-3 in the two that went unfinished. As good as the the John Roddick coached OU teams were the one thing they weren't very consistent at was winning the doubles point (.52%). In singles play we knew that Andrew Harris would perform well but only dropping four games against a quality player like Aleks Vukic was more just good - it was great! Crowell only had four players on the roster during the fall so he had to restock the bottom of the lineup and his four newcomers led by Jochen Bertsch and Adrian Oetzbach have definitely held their own. Bertsch clinched the 4-0 win over Illinois with a 1 & 1 win at No. 6 plus he had a break lead deep in the third against Michigan. OU didn't drop a set at all against Illinois and even though it was pushed pretty hard by Michigan all but one of the guys was in winning position. OU's strength is going to be its experienced top four but if it can keep winning the doubles point at a 70-80% clip and at least get a split at 5 and 6 they are going to be a tough out for most teams.  

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Brown Director of Athletics Jack Hayes announced the hiring of Tim Gray as the Bears new men's head coach. Gray most recently served as a consultant at Donovan Sports Strategies with his last head coaching job coming at Bradley during the 2013-14 season. Bradley went 3-19 in that one season and dropped the program a few months after the season. Gray also spent six years as the women's coach at Auburn, three years as the women's coach at Eastern Michigan, along with a few other stops at the D3 level. Gray replaces Bryan Koniecko who went 24-26 (.480) in two seasons before leaving to become the women's head coach at Central Florida.

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The draws for the US Open National Playoff were released today with Nick Meister (UCLA '12) the top seed on the men's side and Ayaka Okuno (semester at Georgia in 2013) is the top seed on the women's side. The doubles draws should be out soon with singles getting underway on Friday in New Haven, CT. Below are the draws with Universal Tennis Ratings listed as of 8/19.

The participants for this year's American Collegiate Invitational were release today. The tournament will take place during the second week of the US Open with the winner earning a wild card into the following year's US Open if they meet certain criteria.

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The US Open National Playoff got underway today in New Haven with three of the four men's seeds and two of the four women's seeds advancing to the quarterfinals. The men's third seed Eric Quigley (Kentucky '12) was knocked off by UCLA senior Gage Brymer in two tiebreak sets while both the second and fourth seeds, Evan King and Jose Statham, came back from a set down to win in three sets. The top seed Nick Meister (UCLA '12) won the most lopsided match of the day 6-1, 6-1 over Philip Major.

The women's top seed Ayaka Okuno, who spent a semester at Georgia in 2013, was knocked off in straight sets by Sophie Chang while the fourth seed Ashley Weinhold lost in three-sets to North Carolina freshman Sara Daavettila. There was a Universal Tennis Rating upset as Eva Raszkiewicz rolled over Fernanda Contreras 6-3, 6-1 - Raszkiewicz's UTR was 1.52 lower but that didn't seem to bother her at all. All the results are listed in the table down below (two tabs) along with the quarterfinal matchups.

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Saturday didn't have any Top 10 showdowns but there were several solid matches between ranked teams.  The biggest upset of the day, in terms of ranking, came in Blacksburg as #37 Virginia Tech took it to #22 Penn State 4-1. The Hokies took 10 of 11 sets in singles after dropping the doubles point.  Penn State has now lost 2 of its last 3 and is looking at a tough road next weekend when they head to Chicago for the National Indoors against the best of the best with its opening match against #1 USC.


VT Recap
PSU Recap

#37 Virginia Tech 4, #22 Penn State 1

Singles
1. #35 Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) 7-5, 6-3
2. #61 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. Alex Fennell (PSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Joao Monteiro (VT) vs. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-3, 5-5, unfinished
4. Hunter Koontz (VT) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Aws Laaribi (PSU) vs. Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 2-6, 7-6, unfinished
6. #94 Florian Nicoud (VT) def. Nika Dolidze (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 6, 1

Doubles
1. Andreas Bjerrehus/Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Matt Barry/Alex Fennell (PSU) 6-2
2. Leonard Stakhovsky/Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Jai Corbett/Joao Monteiro (VT) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Michael Reilly/Roman Trkulja (PSU) def. Hunter Koontz/Florian Nicoud (VT) 7-5

Order of Finish: 1, 2



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The school known to most as "Dunk City" after its run a few years ago at the NCAA Basketball Tourney pulled off the biggest upset in school history when they knocked off #71 Miami 4-1.  The win was the Eagles first ever win over a ranked opponent.  

FGCU Recap
Miami Recap

Florida Gulf Coast 4,  #71 Miami 1

DOUBLES:
1. Henrique Tsukamoto/Piotr Lomacki (UM) def. Jordi Vives/Tianyu Bao (FGCU) 6-4
2. Wilfredo Gonzalez/Kevin Bondar (UM) def. Andres Alfonzo/Austin Bates (FGCU) 6-3
3. Nile Clark/Andrew Harrington (UM) vs. Ricky Ventura/Lucas Vaz (FGCU) 5-5, DNF

SINGLES:
1. Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. #56 Piotr Lomacki (UM) 6-4, 7-5
2. Andres Alfonzo (FGCU) def. Henrique Tsukamoto (UM) 6-3, 6-4
3. Wilfredo Gonzalez (UM) vs. Eduardo Alfonzo (FGCU) 4-6, 6-2, DNF
4. Ricky Ventura (FGCU) def. Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-1, 6-0
5. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Niclas Genovese (UM) 6-3, 6-3
6. Nile Clark (UM) vs. Michael Beiler (FGCU) 5-7, 6-0, 5-2, DNF

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In Stillwater, Oklahoma State started off taking the doubles point and then in singles play managed to pick up 3 straight set wins at 2, 3, and 6.  As a side note it was interesting that there were 2 singles matches that ended with 6-0 6-0 scores - don't see that often.  Things won't get any easier for Alabama as they head south to Norman to take on #2 Oklahoma while Oklahoma State will host an SEC school for the 2nd day in a row as Arkansas comes in.

OSU Recap
Alabama Recap

#31 Oklahoma State 4, #45 Alabama 1


Doubles | Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Korey Lovett/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. #12 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 7-6 (4)
2. Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) def. Sean Donohue/Stuart Kenyon (UA) 7-5
3. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. Danny Kerznerman/Andrew Goodwin (UA) 6-0

Singles | Order of finish: 6, 4, 2, 3*
1. #98 Jakob Sude (OKST) vs. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA), 3-6, 6-2, 2-2 unf
2. #74 Arjun Kadhe (OKST) def. Korey Lovett (UA), 6-1, 7-5
3. Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. Stuart Kenyon (UA), 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Danny Kerznerman (UA) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST), 6-0, 6-0
5. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST) vs. Nikko Madregallejo (UA),7-6, 2-2 unf
6. Jurence Mendoza (OKST) def. Andrew Goodwin (UA), 6-0, 6-0

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In Evanston, Harvard continued the strong play that we've seen so far this year from the Ivy League schools as they knocked off Boise State 4-3.  Harvard won the doubles point going away then won 3 singles matches all in straight sets to go up 4-0.  Boise State would win the final 3 courts after the clinch to make the final score 4-3.  Boise State drops to 2-4 with the loss while Harvard goes to 5-1.

Harvard Recap
Boise State Recap

#30 Harvard 4, #45 Boise State 3
Feb. 7, 2015 at Evanston, Ill.

Doubles
1.  Denis Nguyen/Brian Young (Harvard) def. Toby Mitchell/ Garrett Patton (BSU) 6-2
2.  Sebastian Beltrame/Nicky Hu (Harvard) vs. Abe Hewko/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 5-3 (unf.)
3. Alex Steinroeder/Grant Solomon (Harvard) def. Brian Foley/Danny Moyer (BSU) 6-1
 Order of finish: 3, 1* 

Singles
1: Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Denis Nguyen (Harvard) 6-1, 5-7, 0-1 (7)
2: Nicky Hu (Harvard) def. Garrett Patton (BSU) 6-4, 6-4
3: Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Alex Steinroeder (Harvard) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
4: Brian Foley (BSU) def. Kenny Tao (Harvard) 6-4, 6-4
5: Brian Young (Harvard) def. Abe Hewko (BSU) 6-2, 6-4
6: Grant Solomon (Harvard) def. Danny Moyer (BSU) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 5, 2*, 4, 1, 3

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More Saturday Results

Nebraska def. Denver 4-3 with Husker #1 Dusty Boyer clinching it 7-6 in the 3rd - NEB Recap
#1 USC def UC Irvine 7-0 - USC Recap
#5 Illinois def. Purdue 6-1 in the Big 10 opener for each school - ILL Recap
#3 Virginia def. VCU 9-1 - UVA Recap
#10 UCLA def. San Diego State 4-0 - UCLA Recap
#33 Minnesota def. Wisconsin 4-1 in the Big 10 opener for each school - MN Recap


The Sunday schedule is fairly strong with the ones to watch being listed below.  Follow each of these and more at the Live Scoring Links tab at the top.

South Florida at Ohio State
Michigan at Duke
Tennessee at Wake Forest
TCU at Tulsa
NC State at South Carolina
Arkansas at Oklahoma State
Harvard at Northwestern




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Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:04

Saturday Preview

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

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


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


Projected Lineup:

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

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

Projected Lineup

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


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

Projected Lineup

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


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


Projected Lineup

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

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

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


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


Cal recap

#39 Stanford 4, #14 Cal 3

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

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

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


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

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


Ohio State recap

Notre Dame recap


#9 Ohio State 6, #17 Notre Dame 1

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

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

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

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

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


Wake recap

OK State recap


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

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

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

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

T-2:49 A-234


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

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

Harvard recap

Minnesota recap

#25 Harvard 5, #34 Minnesota 2


Singles:

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

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


Doubles:

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

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


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


Princeton recap

Clemson recap


#50 Princeton 4, #35 Clemson 0

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

Singles
1. No. 117 Zack McCourt (PU 13.55) def. No. 90 Hunter Harrington (CU 13.64) 6-3, 6-4
2. Alejandro Augusto (CU 13.23) led Thomas Colautti (PU 13.02) 7-6, 1-1, DNF
3. Joshua Yablon (PU 13.36) def. Hampton Drake (CU 12.79) 6-4, 7-5
4. Alexander Day (PU 13.15) led Austin Ansari (CU 12.89) 6-3, 1-6, 5-1, DNF
5. Kial Kaiser (PU 12.29) led Daffra Sanon (CU 12.96) 6-2, 6-5, DNF
6. Luke Gamble (PU 12.84) def. Luke Johnson (CU 12.74) 6-4, 6-2
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The San Diego area was a hotbed of activity on Thursday with close to a dozen college teams in town to participate in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships.  Several of them decided to take advantage of the warm sunny weather by scheduling a dual match the day before the individual tournament started and the results were pretty close across the board.

The biggest upset came at San Diego State where the 60th ranked Aztecs upset #22 Cal 4-2.   Cal made a shift in the singles lineup and moved Greg Bayane up to 3 from his usual spot at 5/6 and with that Billy Griffith and J.T. Nishimura each played 1 spot lower than normal.  The changes didn't pay off as SDSU swept all 3 spots in addition to taking the all important doubles point.

Below is a comment from the Cal recap by Peter Wright:

"Once again, doubles turned out to be a key element in today's match, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We certainly generated a lot of opportunities today, but we played without our usual discipline and consistency. We're young and learning, but we definitely need to do a better job sticking to our game plan. We've been through this before, and a lot of it is growing pains. We'll be a much stronger team by the end of the year.

SDSU recap
Cal recap

#60 San Diego State 4, #22 California 2
Mar 05, 2015 at San Diego, Calif (Aztec Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #58 Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) vs. Filip Bergevi (CAL) 6-7 (5-7), 3-5, unfinished
3. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. Gregory Bayane (CAL) 7-6 (6-1), 7-6 (6-1)
4. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU) def. Billy Griffith (CAL) 6-3, 6-3
5. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Oskar Wikberg (CAL) def. Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) 7-6 (6-3), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Freddy Gelbrich/Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. #31 Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (CAL) 6-3
2. Thorsten Bertsch/Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) def. Andre Goransson/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 7-5
3. Marko Goles-Babic/Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) vs. Filip Bergevi/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-6 (8-8), unfinished

Match Notes:
California 9-4; National ranking #22
San Diego State 7-4, 0-1 MW; National ranking #60

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,6,3,5)
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La Jolla:  For the 2nd match in a row USC would drop both the doubles point and see Yannick Hanfmann go down at #1 singles however this time around they had the rest of the lineup come through and hold off a hard charging San Diego Toreros squad that was looking for its signature win. The 2 guys that didn't play singles against Tulsa were the ones that came through in the clutch as Nick Crystal provided the clincher at #6 singles by winning 6-4 in the 3rd and then after the clinch Eric Johnson won at #3 singles 6-2 in the 3rd.

Fortunately for USC they still have plenty of time to get refocused before the NCAAs roll around but their recent troubles have to be giving some teams, including their next opponent UCLA, some hope that a win over SC isn't just a pipe dream anymore.

USC recap
San Diego recap 

#6 Southern California (11-2) 5, #32 San Diego (8-3) 2
March 5, 2015 :: La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club)

Singles Competition
1. #115 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) 7-6(2), 6-2
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #68 Filip Vittek (USD) 7-6(6), 6-2
3. Eric Johnson (USC) def. Jordan Angus (USD) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2
4. #31 Jonny Wang (USC) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-2, 6-4
5. #72 Max de Vroome (USD) def. Geoffrey Fosso (USD) 6-3, 6-3
6. #45 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles Competition 
1. #2 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-3
2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. #30 Eric Johnson/Mac de Vroome (USC) 7-6(6)
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) def. Tanner Smith/Thibault Forget (USC) 7-5

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

*Clinched the match
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La Jolla:  Oklahoma State got all it wanted and probably more than it thought it would from UNLV but still managed to hold on to a 4-2 win.  The Cowboys picked up the doubles point and a pair of quick wins from Nicolai Ferrigno and Jurence Mendoza at 5 and 6 but all the remaining matches would go the distance.  UNLV's Ace Matias and Denys Pume would win at 1 and 2 to pull the Runnin' Rebels to within 3-2 plus UNLV's #4 Alex Cozbinov had a break lead deep in the 3rd. Fortunately for Oklahoma State, its #3 Arjun Kadhe would be able to hold off Jakob Amilon 6-4 in the 3rd to clinch the match.

Ok State recap
UNLV recap

#37 Oklahoma State 4, UNLV 2
March 5, 2015 :: La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club)

Doubles | Order of finish: 1, 3
1. No. 17 Sude/Kadhe (OSU) def. Matias/Pume (UNLV), 6-0
2. Lu. Gerch/Ferrigno (OSU) vs. Amilon/Alberts (UNLV), 4-3 unf.
3. Finzelberg/Mendoza (OSU) def. Gage-Brown/Cozbinov (UNLV), 6-3

Singles | Order of finish: 5, 6, 2, 1, 3
1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. No. 92 Jakob Sude (OSU), 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3
2. Denys Pume (UNLV) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU), 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-1
3. No. 113 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV), 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-4
4. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Alex Cozbinov (UNLV), 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 2-4 unf.
5. Nicolai Ferrigno (OSU) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV), 6-2, 6-1

6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Ozzy Abraham (UNLV), 6-2, 6-3


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Fayetteville, AR:  In a matchup between a pair of teams with no one ranked in singles it was Arkansas barely holding on to beat Alabama 4-3.  The Hogs took the doubles point by winning a tiebreak at 2 then jumped on the Tide by taking 5 opening sets.  Arkansas would finish both 5 and 6 in straight sets but Alabama would take the 2nd set at 1, 3, and 4 as well as see Danny Kerznerman close out Jovan Parlic in straight sets at 2. Both Becker O'Shaughnessey and Nikko Madregallejo would roll in the 3rd set to complete the comeback at 3 and 4 for Bama but with the match on the line Arkansas's #1 Giammarco Micolani would hold off Korey Lovett 6-3 in the 3rd to clinch it for Arkansas.

Note: For those that didn't notice Alabama played 6, yes 6, dual matches this past Saturday against some lighter competition in an attempt to make sure it's dual match record stays above .500 so they're eligible for the NCAAs if they are ranked high enough.  Last year Alabama was the only team that would have made the NCAA off its ranking but due to having a record below .500 they missed out.  I think the .500 rule is a good one to make sure the best teams go to the NCAAs but the NCAA needs to put a stipulation in there that only so many of these "bought" wins count towards your record - to be able to schedule this many matches at the last second because a team's record is well below .500 isn't in the spirit of the rule.  Just my 2 cents.

Arkansas recap
Alabama recap

#55 Arkansas 4, Alabama 3
March 5, 2015 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Dills Indoor Tennis Center)

Doubles Competition
1. #26 B. O'Shaughnessey/Korey Lovett (UA) def. Santiago Munoz/Branch Terrell (ARK) 6-3
2. Jovan Parlic/Giammarco Micolani (ARK) def. Sean Donohue/Stuart Kenyon (UA) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Johan den Toom/William Albanese (ARK) def. Danny Kerznerman/Nikko Madregallejo (UA) 6-3

Singles Competition
1. Giammarco Micolani (ARK) def. Korey Lovett (UA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. Danny Kerznerman (UA) def. Jovan Parlic (ARK) 6-4, 6-3
3. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. Johan den Toom (ARK) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Nikko Madregallejo (UA) def. William Albanese (ARK) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
5. Santiago Munoz (ARK) def. Stuart Kenyon (UA) 6-4, 6-3
6. David Herrerias (ARK) def. Sean Donohue (UA) 6-2, 6-2

Match Notes:
Alabama 8-9
Arkansas 11-5; National ranking #55
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