Semifinal Saturday was good as expected in the ACC with an almost three rain delay adding to the suspense.  North Carolina was looking for its third of the season over No. 1 Virginia and for the better part of four plus hours it looked like they'd get it.

In the high-profile doubles matchup at No. 1 it was the ITA No. 3 team of Brett Clark and Robert Kelly rolling over the ITA No. 2 team of Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli. Clark and Kelly broke UVA to start the match and then broke again to go up 5-2. Robert Kelly would serve it out to give UNC the 6-2.

UVA's Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone jumped out to an early 4-1 lead at No. 3 but UNC's Ronnie Schneider and Anu Kodali would take the next three to even it up at 4-4.

Over at No. 2, UNC's Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray broke Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger on the deciding point to go up 2-1 and then Murray held for 3-1. After three straight holds, UVA would break Murray to even it up at 4-4. UNC broke back and then Schnur served it out at love to win it 6-4.


Each took would take three opening sets in singles with UNC grabbing them at 1, 2, and 5 while UVA took them at 3, 4, and 6.

UNC's Brayden Schnur beat Ryan Shane for the third time this season with a win at No. 1. Schnur won the first eight games of the match before Shane finally got on the board in the third game of the second set. Schnur maintained his break lead and served it out to take it 6-0, 6-4.

Moments after Schnur finished the rain would start and play would be suspended for the better part of three hours. Here was where the scores stood at the time of the stoppage.


After play finally resumed, UNC's Ronnie Schneider was able to to close out Collin Altamirano on the deciding point, on a service overrule of all things, to win it 6-2, 6-4. North Carolina's lead was now 3-0 but getting the fourth point would prove to be too difficult.

UVA's Luca Corinteli would start the comeback with a win over Anu Kodali at No. 6. Corinteli took the first set 6-2 and then led 4-2 in the second. Kodali broke for 3-4 and then held for 4-4 and then the rain started. After the delay Kodali would break Corinteli but he'd be unable to serve out the set as Corinteli broke back to even it at 5-5. Corinteli held for 6-5 and then broke Kodali on the deciding point to win it 6-2, 7-5.

UVA's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would trim UNC's lead to 3-2 with a win over Brett Clark at No. 3. Kwiatkowski took the opening set 6-3 but Clark took the second 6-2. Kwiatkowski would break Clark to go up 5-3 and then he'd serve it out to win it 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

UNC's best chance of closing it out came at No. 4 where Robert Kelly had gone ahead 3-1 in the third set against J.C. Aragone. The UVA junior would hold for 2-3 and then break on the deciding point to even it at 3-3. It was all holds until the tiebreak when Aragone would go up 5-0. Kelly would come storming back to tie it at 5-5 but then he overcooked a forehand on a point he was seemingly in control of to go down *6-5. Aragone would close it out on the next point when Kelly sliced a backhand into the net and just like that the match was even at 3-3.

Henrik Wiersholm dropped the opening set at No. 5 but he didn't drop much the rest of the way and would nonchalantly clinch the match with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Jack Murray at No. 5

It's tough to say whether the rain really had that big of an impact because it's not like any of the individual courts really changed direction after the stoppage.

#1 Virginia 4, #3 North Carolina 3
Apr 23, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #31 Brayden Schnur (NC) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-0, 6-4 
2. #30 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. #40 Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-2, 6-4 
3. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #49 Brett Clark (NC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #100 Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. #114 Jack Murray (NC) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Anudeep Kodali (NC) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition 
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-2 
2. #32 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) def. #17 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) 6-4 
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) vs. Ronnie Schneider/Anudeep Kodali (NC) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,6,3,4,5) 
Match was suspended at 3:47 pm due to rain. Match continued at 6:30 pm

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Congratulations to North Carolina for a great run so far and I know they are going to be a great team in the NCAA Tournament," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I am proud of my guys for coming back from down 3-0. That shows a lot of toughness. I am really pleased with how they managed the weather delay we had in the middle of the match. They got themselves mentally and physically ready to go and came out and won all four matches that we needed. I am really proud of the overall effort and I am looking forward to playing for an ACC Championship tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"Congratulations to Virginia, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "They came out and played well.

"Doubles was definitely a huge positive, Murray said. "We've put a lot of emphasis on that in practice.


"Robert Kelly fought his tail off I'm really proud of his effort, said Paul, who was situated at the even-numbered courts and thus saw Kelly's match at No. 4 but not the other two three-set matches. "I'm proud of the whole team it's been a good week for us. We'll look at today and then get ready for the NCAA Tournament. Virginia was just a better team today. We're just going to go to work.
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The other ACC semifinal between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech would also live up to its advance billing. Wake Forest won the regular season meeting 4-3 with four of six singles matches going the distance so I figured this one would probably be close as well.

Virginia Tech looked like it'd secure the doubles point after winning 6-0 at No. 2 and opening up a 5-3 lead at No. 1. However Wake's Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim would hold for 4-5 and then break to even it at 5-5. Wake's Romain Bogarets and Dennis Uspensky would break VT to go up 5-4 at No. 3 and then they'd serve it out to win it 6-4. Back at No. 1, Mansouri and Seraphim would hold for 6-5 and then break VT to win it 7-5.

Each team took three first sets in singles and just as Petros Chrysochos was closing in on the finish line at No. 2 the rain started coming down. Below were the scores at the time of the stoppage:


Once play resumed VT's Andreas Bjerrehus won two straight at No. 2 but Chrysochos closed it out on the next game to win it 6-2, 6-3.

Wake Forest senior Romain Bogaerts extended the Demon Deacons lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Edoardo Tessaro at No. 4.  Seconds later Virginia Tech freshman Mitch Harper would the Hokies on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Christian Seraphim at No. 5.

VT senior Joao Monteiro narrowed the Wake lead to 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Skander Mansouri at No. 1 but Wake was starting to pull away on the other two courts.

Jon Ho had opened up a 4-1 lead in the third at No. 3 but Dennis Uspensky would get the clinch at No. 6 with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Jai Corbett.

#7 Wake Forest 4, #36 Virginia Tech 2
Apr 23, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. #19 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #66 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-2, 6-3
3. Jon Ho (WF) vs. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 4-1, unfinished
4. #118 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #74 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 6-4, 6-4
5. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #15 A Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 7-5
2. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. #78 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-0
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 17-8 (7-5 ACC); National ranking #36
Wake Forest 28-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,5,1,6)
Play was suspended due to rain at 3:47 p.m.; play continued at 6:30 p.m.
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Georgia is back in the finals of the SEC Tournament after defeating Mississippi State 4-1. The Red & Black Bulldogs jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and then the lead was quickly extended to 2-0 when Austin Smith won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

Georgia freshman Emil Reinberg would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 but Mississippi State would start to claw its way back into the match.

MSU freshman Nuno Borges would get a late break to defeat Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 plus MSU's Niclas Braun would go up 3-0 in the third against Walker Duncan at No. 3.

Georgia's Wayne Montgomery came back from 5-2 down in the first set to take it in a tiebreak and then he led 4-1 in the second set before Rishab Agarwal closed to win 4-3. Montgomery would serve it out from 5-4 and clinch the match with a 7-6(1), 6-4 win.



6 (1) Georgia 4, #25 (4) Mississippi State 1
4/23/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #33 Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #35 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #60 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
3. #98 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #96 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4, 7-5
4. Walker Duncan (UGA) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 0-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 3-2, unf
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles Results
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #45 Vaughn Hunter/Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-3
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Niclas Braun/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-2
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Rishab Agarwal/Nuno Borges (MSU) 5-3, unf
Match Notes:
(4) Mississippi State 16-8, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #25
(1) Georgia 20-3, 12-0 SEC; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,3,2)
SEC Tournament (Semifinals)

Post-Match Quotes from UGA's recap
"I thought we came out well prepared today," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We played exceptionally well in doubles and we came out ready to fight in singles. I take my hat off to Mississippi State. They were tenacious, gritty and tough at all positions. We had Emil come in at six and do a tremendous job there. Austin Smith was clicking on all cylinders. I'm just proud of this team for fighting and for giving us a win today."

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"We have to give credit to Georgia, as they have proven themselves to be an NCAA Championship contending team with the resume they've built this year," head coach Matt Roberts said. "To beat a team like that you have to be ready to compete extremely well at every position and we lacked in a few spots today."

"Our guys battled hard and gave us a chance to do something special, we just came up a little short," Roberts said. "All in all, I am very proud of what this group continues to do and we will learn from this as we prepare for the NCAA Tournament."
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Florida advanced to the finals of the SEC Tournament for the second time in three years by avenging an earlier loss to Texas A&M. Florida took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Texas A&M battled back in singles and took four opening sets.

Florida's Alfredo Perez and Elliott Orkin were the the Gators to claim opening sets but they also managed to finish in straight sets with Perez winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 while Orkin won 7-6, 6-1 at No. 3.

Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco would clinch the shutout with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 4. The other matches were abandoned with Texas A&M up a double break on 1, Florida up a break on 5, and on-serve in the third at No. 6.



#11 Florida 4, #13 Texas A&M 0
4/23/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. No. 11 Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-2, 2-6, 5-1, unf.
2. No. 83 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. No. 53 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 36 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 7-6(3), 6-1
4. No. 123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Harrison Adams (TAMU) vs. Gordon Watson (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 3-4, unf.
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. McClain Kessler (UF) 6-4, 5-7, 1-1
Doubles competition
1. No. 1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. No. 68 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 5-4, unf.
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Aflredo Perez (UF) def. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida 17-6, 10-2; National ranking #11
Texas A&M 26-9, 8-4; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1); Singles (2, 3, 4)

Post-Match Quotes from Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
On the win over Texas A&M: "I'm really proud of our guys. I thought they showed up and came ready to play. We're really excited about the opportunity to compete in the Championship tomorrow.

"Credit to Texas A&M, they've got a great program and a great team. They beat us in the regular season and I think our guys were looking forward to the opportunity to play them again knowing we'd be pushed to the limit -- and we responded with that. I'm really proud of the way we fought back in both doubles and singles play. It says a lot about our resilience, toughness, and physical fitness.

On the opportunity to play Georgia tomorrow in the Tournament Championship:
"It's a great opportunity for us. We get a chance to play in the conference championship in one of the best conferences in collegiate tennis. I'm really proud of our guys for creating this opportunity with the effort and work they've put in this season.

"A lot has gone into this to get us to this point and the guys are hungry for it. They're certainly not satisfied. The loss we took in Athens a few weeks ago still sits right in our chests -- and we haven't forgotten about it. I know our guys will be motivated. And not only motivated to play in the match, but to go out and compete like champions. 

Post-Match Quotes from Steve Denton via Texas A&M's recap
On Rinderknech's tournament "One of the things we learned this weekend is that Arthur is one of the best players in the country and he showed that again today. How he has been playing in singles especially, after winning that emotional match yesterday and then turning around and playing well again today against another highly ranked singles player shows that he is playing at a really high level right now. It shows that he is playing with a lot of confidence and that is the biggest positive out of this tournament."

On bouncing back from dropping doubles point..."Our guys did a good job coming back and winning those first sets. Now what we as a coaching staff need to work on is getting the guys to press the issue and play aggressive in those situations. Give Florida a lot of credit, they came back and won all those second sets and put some scoreboard pressure on us. After we win a first set, let's apply pressure and not allow them to get back into the match."

 On the break before the NCAA Tournament starts
"First we need to get the guys a couple days rest and get home, but then we have a chance to work really hard for a couple weeks and prep for the tournament. It is both a positive and negative, we have to wait three weeks to play again, but we get three weeks to put in a training block and work with the guys and get better. It can propel us into something special and let us get ready to play our best tennis heading into the NCAA Tournament."
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Oklahoma won the Bedlam Rivalry over Oklahoma State despite playing without Florin Bragusi (unknown). The Sooners took the doubles point when Maxime Mora and Andre Biro came back from 4-2 down in the tiebreak to win it 7-5.

Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Alex Ghilea won in straight sets to give OU's its four points.

10 Oklahoma def. 12 Oklahoma State, 4-0
April 23, 2016 | Greenwood Tennis Center | Stillwater, Oklahoma
Doubles | Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #36 Andrew Harris/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #6 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-2
3. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) 7-6 (7-5)
Singles | Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1
1. Andrew Harris (OU) def. #45 Julian Cash (OSU) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
2. #26 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #115 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. #71 Spencer Papa (OU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), unfinished
4. #57 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Andre Biro (OU) 6-0, 4-6, 0-2, unfinished
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. Maxime Mora (OU) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played a good match today," head coach John Roddick said. "Our intensity is getting better, but we still need more. We'll work on that this week. We are looking forward to the Big 12 Championship."

"Axel has been a tremendous player on some great teams," Roddick said. "His record shows that and we are happy for him. He deserves to go out with the records."

Post-Match Quotes from OSU's recap
"Anytime you play Oklahoma it's going to be a big match for us," coach Jay Udwadia said. "We had match point in doubles and didn't capitalize on that and we also had some key opportunities in singles that (Oklahoma) came up with, which happened to be the difference."

"It was a close match," Cash said. "I feel like we could have won all three doubles matches and taken the point, but in the end we just didn't take advantage of our opportunities today."

"Big 12 Championships are coming around and we've seen every team," coach Udwadia said. "We are going to work are butts off to get ready for that tournament and hopefully do something special at home."





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Every year there are a handful of teams that play their way into the NCAA Tournament and after Baylor's performance today we can add another team to that list. Baylor came in to today's match against Oklahoma State firmly on the bubble and most likely needed a win to earn its spot in the NCAAs.

Due to the inclement weather the match was moved indoors and since there was a log-jam of matches to be played they played singles first. Oklahoma State won the regular season meeting less than two weeks ago in a match that was played indoors in Stillwater so you figured they had to feel pretty confident about their chances.

Oklahoma State came out strong in singles and looked like it'd take four first sets but Baylor's Jimmy Bendeck came back from 5-2 down to take the opening set at No. 4 in a tiebreak 7-6(8). So each team had three first sets but only one of the six matches would finish in straight sets.

Oklahoma's State's Jurence Mendoza cruised past Baylor's Tyler Stayer 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6 but it'd be another 45 minutes before another final came in.

Baylor's Max Tchoutakian dropped the first set to Arjun Kadhe at No. 2 but he broke Kadhe to go up 5-3 in the second. Kadhe would break back and then hold on the deciding point for 5-5 but Tchoutakian would then hold and break to take the second set 7-5. Tchoutakian raced out to a 5-0 lead in the third and ended up serving it out two games later to take it 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.


Baylor freshman Tommy Podvinski pulled off by far the biggest shocker of the day when he came back from a set down to defeat Lukas Finzelberg at No. 5. Podvinski came into the match with a 7-12 dual-match record with all his wins over teams that were ranked outside the top 100 plus Finzelberg had just beaten him 6-4, 6-1 two week prior. Finzelberg took the opening set 6-1 but Podvinski refused to go away this time. Podvinski went up an early break in the second and then broke again to take the set 6-3. Podvinski broke Finzelberg to go up 3-1 in the third and then held on from there to take it 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.


Baylor senior Julian Lenz would put the Bears up 3-1 with a three-set win over Julian Cash at No. 1. Lenz broke Cash to go up 2-1 in the first and ended up taking the opening set 6-3. In the second set Cash broke Lenz to go up 5-4 but Lenz would break back to even it at 5-5. Cash came right back and broke for 6-5 and then served out the set to take it 7-5. Cash broke Lenz to start the third set but Lenz broke back on the deciding point and then held for 2-1. It was all holds until Lenz broke Cash on the deciding point to win it 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.


Less than a minute after Lenz's win, Oklahoma State's Lucas Gerch would knock off Felipe Rios at No. 3 to cut the deficit to 3-2. Rios took the opening set 6-2 but Gerch came back to get the second 6-3. The third set was all holds and would go to a tiebreak to decide it. Both guys had mini-break leads but ultimately Gerch would take the tiebreak 9-7.

So it all came down to the final match at No. 4 between Baylor freshman Jimmy Bendeck and Oklahoma State sophomore Tristan Meraut.  A Bendeck win would give Baylor the win but if Meraut won the teams would come back on the court to play the doubles point.

Meraut looked like he had the first set in the bag after going up 5-2 but as I mentioned above Bendeck came all the way back to take the opening set 7-6(8). The second set also went to a tiebreak and after trailing 3-0 Bendeck would come back and take a 6-4* lead. Meraut would fight off both match points to even it at 6-6 before a Bendeck ace put him back in front 7-6. Meraut would fight off a third match point to even it at 7-7 and then he went ahead 8-7. Bendeck evened it at 8-8 but Meraut took the next two to take the tiebreak 10-8.

The third set stayed on serve until Bendeck broke at love to go up 5-4. Bendeck would then hold from 40-15 to give Baylor the dramatic 4-2 win.




Next up for Baylor will be the No. 1 seed Texas Tech who got a bye into the semifinals.

#42 Baylor 4, #15 Oklahoma State 2
Apr 29, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #16 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #52 Julian Cash (OSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
2. #99 Max Tchoutakian (BU) def. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU) 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (8-10), 6-4
5. Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-2, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #80 Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. #8 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) no result
2. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) vs. Jurence Mendoza/Lucas Gerch (OSU) no result
3. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) vs. Tristan Meraut/Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) no result
Match Notes
Baylor 15-12; National ranking #42
Oklahoma State 18-7; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,2,5,1,3,4)
Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal Match
Due to venue change/weather, singles was played first and doubles was not played



Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"Well, boy it was close. We had some match points at No. 3. Their guy is just really tough there and did a great job of scratching out the three-set win in the tiebreaker. We had some match points at No. 4 in the second set that we didn't get, so what a credit to Oklahoma State to fight off all those match points that we had. Sometimes you get to the third set after you've had all those opportunities and you go a little flat. Jimmy [Bendeck] was almost in the same situation when we were here two weeks ago when he lost the third set, 6-0. He was playing the same guy and played in a very similar situation. We talked a lot about it, and I was really proud of him. He was able to have the relaxed intensity he needed to play some of his best tennis." -- head coach Matt Knoll on the quarterfinal win

"It says we have a lot of good players that have come through here, and it's a credit to those guys. We've had a lot of good guys that have believe in the program and have committed themselves to getting better. I'm lucky to have been around when it's happened." -- Knoll on reaching the program's 19th semifinal appearance in 20 seasons

"We've played them twice this year, and lost to them twice. They've had a great season and are conference champions, so we've got a big match in front of us. A big task. It's going to be tough, but we're in an underdog role. We've got nothing to lose, and we're going to come out and take our swings and have some fun." -- Knoll on facing top-seed Texas Tech tomorrow

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"I have to give Baylor credit," OSU head coach Jay Udwadia said. "Their backs were against the wall, they needed to beat us to get into the tournament and they came out ready to go."

"I think it was standing-room only," Udwadia said. "It was nice for several hundred people to come out and we are appreciative of all their support."

"At the beginning, I was really frustrated because he was playing really well," Gerch said. "In the second set, I just really tried to stick with him and he gave me an opportunity so I used it. The third set was just a battle and it came down to a tiebreak."

"Baylor didn't give us much and we didn't capitalize on our opportunities," Udwadia said. "The difference was that they were winning matches when they were one point away. I just think they ended up being a little more mentally tough."
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The first Big 12 quarterfinal of the day between Oklahoma and Texas also had some excitement. Due to the weather the start time was moved up from an already early 9 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with singles action getting started first. Oklahoma's Andrew Harris did not play so it was back the old lineup that they used for most of the season.

Texas got off to a really slow start in singles with only Harrison Scott claiming a first set at No. 2. Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi put up the first point of the day with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Rodrigo Banzer at No. 4 and shortly thereafter Andre Biro would make it 2-0 with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Julian Zlobinsky at No. 6.

Oklahoma senior Axel Alvarez became the school's all-time wins leader after defeating George Goldhoff 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1. The win was Alvarez's 116th career singles wins and 213th overall win.

Texas freshman Harrison Scott put the Longhorns on the board with a 6-1, 7-6(6) win over Alex Ghilea at No. 3. Scott hadn't played lower than No. 2 all season so I was a little surprised to see him play that low.

Oklahoma freshman Maxime Mora would clinch the win after coming back from 5-2 down in the third to defeated Texas senior Michael Riechmann 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. The match at No. 2 was abandoned with Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz leading Spencer Papa 4-2 in the third.


Next up for Oklahoma is a rematch with TCU - TCU got a bye into the semifinals.

#10 Oklahoma 4, #18 Texas 1
Apr 29, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #25 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #59 George Goldhoff (UT) 6-3, 6-3 
2. #91 Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT) 6-2, 4-6, 2-4, unfinished 
3. Harrison Scott (UT) def. #81 Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
4. #51 Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maxime Mora (OU) def. Michael Riechmann (UT) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-0, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT) vs. #21 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) no result 
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) vs. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Austin Siegel (OU) no result
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) no result
Match Notes:
Texas 17-10, 1-4 Big 12; National ranking #18 
Oklahoma 14-9, 3-2 Big 12; National ranking #10 
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (4,6,1,3,5)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"Singles first is probably an advantage for us, head coach John Roddick said. "We can just come out and start from 0-0 and do our best part which is singles. Our guys did a good job. They were focused and even the point we lost, Alex (Ghilea) fought like crazy and was in a position to win the second set. Max (Mora) came back from 5-2 in the third and Spencer (Papa) kept forcing break points. Even in the matches that were tough there were a lot of good things that you want to see.

"It feels good (become OU's all-time wins leader), Alvarez said. "Right now maybe I don't appreciate it that much, but it is something that will be there for a long time I hope. I am just proud of it. I've had a good run here.

"He (Mora) started really sticking with the game plan and didn't get frustrated when things didn't go his way, Roddick said. "All of a sudden he got on a roll and settled into a rhythm. When your guy is serve-and-volley it's all about rhythm. He started to get what he wanted there and that was nice to see.

"Last time we played (TCU) it was a coin toss at 4-3, Alvarez said. "I think we will have opportunities. We are two very good teams so we just have to come out with more intensity and want it more than they do.

"If we play singles like we did today, and the doubles point is so short, we'll be in position to win a lot of points, Roddick said. "We'll see how it goes.

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap
Oklahoma played very well. I thought they got on top of us early. We had chances there to push back and get into the match and we just didn't capitalize today.  They just outplayed us. We struggled to finish a match. We had opportunities to split sets at some spots and we didn't get the job done.  It's a credit to them (Oklahoma). We've got two weeks now to get ready and wait for our NCAA Championships draw. Most likely we'll be heading over to College Station (Texas A&M) to play (NCAA first/second rounds).  Whoever we play, we'll be ready to go.  The guys have done a good job this year, but that one was a little disappointing.  I thought we could have capitalized on our opportunities a little better today.
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The top four seeds at the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis each moved on to the semifinals with Illinois facing the biggest challenge of the group.

Penn State upset Illinois just seven days ago but today it was the Illini that was able to pull out a 4-2 win. Illinois won the doubles point when Jared Hiltzik an Pengxuan Jiang took the deciding match at No. 2 in a tiebreak but Penn State battled back to take four opening sets in singles.

Both of the Hiltzik brothers picked up wins for Illinois with Jared defeating Constant De La Bassetiere at No. 2 while Aron beat Matt Barry at No. 3.

Penn State picked up straight set wins from Aws Laaribi and Marc Collado at No. 5 and No. 6 with Toshiki Matsuya evidently making his season debut at No. 5. The box score showed these two Penn State wins coming after the Hiltzik's won which seems odd considering the scorelines - how can a 1 & 1 no-ad match take longer than a 7-6, 6-0 match?

Illinois sophomore Aleks Vukic cliched the match with a come from behind 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Leonard Stakhovsky at No. 1. Next up for the Illini will be a third meeting this season against state rival Northwestern.

#17 (3) Illinois 4, #35 (6) Penn State 2
April 29, 2016 (Baseline Tennis Center | Minneapolis, Minn)
Singles Competition
1. Aleks Vukic (ILLINOIS) def. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
2. Jared Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU) 7-6 (3), 6-0
3. Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Julian Childers (ILLINOIS) vs. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 3-6, 6-2, 2-1 unfinished
5. Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILLINOIS) 6-1, 6-1
6. Marc Collado (PSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILLINOIS) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. Leonard Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) 6-2
2. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILLINOIS) def. Christian Lutschaunig/Matt Galush (PSU) 7-6 (1)
3. Aws Laaribi/Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILLINOIS) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,5,6,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We're happy to advance and I can't say it was a very interesting match. I didn't feel like Penn State was at their best. I didn't feel like we were at our best. I don't know what that was," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It was not a pretty tennis match today, and, I think, when it's not pretty, you kind of have to get down and fight and I felt Julian [Childers] did a great job of getting back in his. [Aleks] Vukic just did a good job at getting back and fighting and so forth and, when you don't feel good and you don't like the way things are going, you just have to get down and fight, and we did that on a couple courts, which was really great. Jared [Hiltzik] hit quadruple set point in the first set, and that was really good of him to fight out of that. It was a good fighting match from us today."

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"We had our chances but unlike last week the big points did not go our way, said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "I want to congratulate Illinois; they played like they had a chip on their shoulder from last week. I want to congratulate the team on a terrific year so far. We have played every match, every point like it is our last and I think that we are back to where we should be. I am proud of the guys for believing in each other. Our team chemistry has helped us tremendously this year.

"This was a tough loss, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We had the opportunity to take the doubles point with a win on court two. The guys competed well in singles but Illinois became too strong for the top half of the singles lineup. Marc Collado and Aws Laaribi did a great job getting us two points in their two-set matches. We will be ready for the NCAA Tournament coming up in two weeks.

"We aren't even close to done playing tennis this year, said Coach Zinn. "I still see so much fight in these boys. They are looking forward to jumping right into the NCAA Tournament. "
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#4 (1) Ohio State 4, (9) Nebraska 0
April 29, 2016 (Baseline Tennis Center | Minneapolis, Minn - Indoors)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #93 Dusty Boyer (NEB) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
2. #96 Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Marc Herrmann (NEB) 6-1, 6-2
3. #41 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Toby Boyer (NEB) 6-2, 3-5, unfinished
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Bradford Zitsch (NEB) 7-6 (7-4), 2-1, unfinished
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Tomislav Antoljak (NEB) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. Dusty Boyer/Toby Boyer (NEB) def. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3
2. Ralf Steinbach/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Marc Herrmann/Scott Elsass (NEB) 6-4
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Bradford Zitsch/Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) 6-1
Match Notes: 
Nebraska 14-12
Ohio State 28-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,1) 
Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal Match

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"It was a good win for the Buckeyes, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "Any team you play in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament is going to be good. Everyone's got scholarships and everyone's got good players, so it was nice to get the doubles point and then go on from there.

Post-Match Quotes from Nebraska's recap
"It was a tough match today," said Head Coach McDermott. "Ohio State played very well and deserved the win. We improved a ton this year as a team, especially because we lost some close 4-3 matches to ranked schools early in the year. Most teams would have given up, but our team held strong and in the end we got better and ended up winning four conference matches. We will be back into next week's ITA National Rankings which has been one of our team goals."
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#13 (2) Northwestern 4, #53 (7) Purdue 1
April 29, 2016 (Baseline Tennis Center Minneapolis, Minn)
Singles competition 
1. #20 Konrad Zieba (NU) vs. #48 Gergely Madarasz (Purdue) 7-6 (5), 3-2, unf
2. #40 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #97 Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue) 6-1, 6-2
3. #75 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) 6-1, 6-0
4. Mateus Silva (Purdue) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) vs. Dominik Sochurek (Purdue) 6-4, 6-6, unfinished 
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Renan Hanayama (Purdue) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition 
1. Strong Kirchheimer/Fedor Baev (NU) def. Dominik Sochurek/Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue) 7-5 
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Gergely Madarasz/Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) 6-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. Mateus Silva/Renan Hanayama (Purdue) 6-5 unf
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 1); Singles (3, 2, 4, 6)

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"It provides a lot of momentum when the top of the lineup performs like they did today," head coach Arvid Swan said. "Purdue is an excellent team, and we just gave a great effort today."

"We are excited for the opportunity tomorrow," Swan said. "We will prepare like we have done for every match this year and compete at a high level."

Post-Match Quotes from Purdue's recap
"From our side, we were excited to see how much he grew the past three years, Purdue head men's tennis coach Pawel Gajdzik said. "Mateus is a true Boilermaker at heart. He's going to graduate with a great degree. I know he is going to be missed on this team and is always welcomed with open arms.
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#24 (4) Michigan, #72 (12) Iowa 1
April 29, 2016 (Baseline Tennis Center Minneapolis, Minn)
Singles competition 
1. Josh Silverstein (UI) def. #113 Alex Knight (UM): 6-2, 6-2
2. #95 Jathan Malik (UM) vs. Lefteris Theodorou (UI): 7-5, 1-6, unf.
3. Carter Lin (UM) def. Robin Haden (UI): 6-2, 6-0
4. Runhao Hua (UM) def. Jake Jacoby (UI): 6-0, 6-2
5. Kevin Wong (UM) vs. Jonas Larsen (UI): 6-1, 5-4, unf.
6. Davis Crocker (UM) def. Dominic Patrick (UI): 6-1, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #81 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) vs. Josh Silverstein/Lefteris Theodorou (UI): 5-2, unf.
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) def. Jake Jacoby/Jonas Larsen (UI): 6-3
3. Lubomir Cuba/Gabe Tishman (UM) def. Nils Hallestrand/Dominic Patrick (UI): 6-2
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,1,6)
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San Diego and Pepperdine will meet on Saturday in the finals of the WCC Championship after San Diego blanked Portland while Pepperdine won a 4-3 thriller of BYU.

San Diego won a tight doubles point to go up 1-0 and then the Toreros picked up straight set wins from Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, and Romain Kalaydjian.

#30 San Diego 4, Portland 0
Apr 29, 2016 at Claremont, Calif. (Biszantz Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #61 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. PERVOLARAKIS, Mike (POR) 6-2, 5-7, unfinished
2. #67 Jordan Angus (USD) def. GARCIA, Mathieu (POR) 6-1, 6-4
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. GARCIA, Pierre (POR) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. WALLACE, Alex (POR) 6-2, 1-6, 2-2, unfinished
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. FAN, Felix (POR) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. DONAT, Carlos (POR) 6-3, 5-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #89 Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) vs. GARCIA, M/PERVOLARAKIS, M (POR) 5-5, unf
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) def. WALLACE, Alex/ANDREASEN, Kent (POR) 7-6
3. Alexandros Araouzos/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. FAN, Felix/GARCIA, Pierre (POR) 6-3
Match Notes
Portland 16-8, 6-3
San Diego 22-7, 9-0; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,3,5)
Semifinals WCC Championships

Post-Match Quotes from Portland's recap
"I don't think we have anything to be embarrassed about today," Portland head coach Aaron Gross said. "USD is by far the best team in the conference talent-wise and just had a little bit too much for us today. We had some chances in the doubles, which would have put us in a little better position going into the singles, but they just have a little too much firepower all the way through their lineup."

"The good news is Mike was hanging in very well at No. 1 and I feel like Alex had grabbed momentum of the third set in his match," Gross noted. "But we just needed a few too many things to go right today for singles after we had lost the doubles point. A very good team like USD doesn't give you those opportunities easily. Obviously we aren't happy with the results today and that is one of the things I really like about this young team they don't defer to anybody."

"When we have a moment I'm sure we will sit back and look at the season and have special memories from it," Gross added. "We are also very encouraged going forward for the next couple of years with this group intact."


Pepperdine avenged a 4-2 regular season loss to BYU by defeating the Cougars 4-3. BYU won the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 but Pepperdine rebounded in singles and went ahead 3-1 with wins from Jack Van Slyke, Stefan Menichella, and Gabriel Sidney at 4, 5, and 6. BYU tied it at 3-3 after Shane Monroe and Keaton Cullimore won at 1 and 2 but Pepperdine's Pedro Iamachkine clinched the match with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3.


#61 (3) Pepperdine 4, #60 (2) BYU 3
Apr 29, 2016 at Claremont, Calif.
Singles competition
1. Shane Monroe (BYU) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. Lautaro Pane (PU) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
3. Pedro Iamachkine (PU) def. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
4. Jack Van Slyke (PU) def. John Pearce (BYU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Stefan Menichella (PU) def. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Gabriel Sidney (PU) def. Aidan Carrazedo (BYU) 6-2, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Shane Monroe/Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) def. Pedro Iamachkine/Stefan Menichella (PU) 6-3
2. John Pearce/Jacob Sullivan (BYU) def. Guilherme Hadlich/Jack Van Slyke (PU) 6-2
3. Lautaro Pane/Tom Hill (PU) vs. Keaton Cullmore/Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) 5-2, unf.
Match Notes
BYU 12-10; National ranking #60
Pepperdine University 14-10; National ranking #61
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,5,4,1,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Pepperdine's recap

"It's always a relief to know that it is in my power to get the victory, said Iamachkine.  "Last year, I had a lot of experience clinching matches and I know my teammates rely on me in those key moments.  I enjoy that pressure and I love the battle. 

"We are strongest in singles play, said Iamachkine.  "With our singles guys on the court giving their best and the four guys outside the court encouraging us.  It's always a team effort and we are ready to take them.

"It feels good to win today.  It feels like we got over the second bump and we have one more match left this weekend.  It's either put it all on the court or go home, and we are ready to bring out best game.

"It feels really good to win today, said Sidney.  "I started playing my best tennis again today.  After going down to start, I knew I had to relax and did and try to play my best tennis so that felt good.

"The two victories we've had the past two days have been really important to us because we had a lot of tough moments and injuries during the season, said Sidney.  "We are showing the Pepperdine way by fighting through all the matches and coming out with 100 percent effort. 

"Unfortunately we didn't win the doubles point either day, but it's just a point and a team needs four to win so we planned to go into singles aggressively and we got the victory on both days.
"We have been looking to go up against San Diego since the beginning of the tournament, Sidney said.  "It was always the goal to be in the finals against them. 

"We expect good things tomorrow after these last two solid wins.  It built our confidence up and I think it is going to be a great match.

Post-Match Quotes from BYU's recap
"We executed our game plan extremely well to win the doubles point. We knew the second half of the match would be a dog fight- and it was," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "Both teams competed extremely hard and left everything on the court. We came up a little short, but I was proud of my guys and was pleased that both teams displayed great sportsmanship. We had a good season and have a lot to be proud of, but we'll be hungry for even better results next season."
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It was a sad day in Wichita as both UMBC and Hartford said farewell to college tennis after each were defeated at the Missouri Valley Tournament. Both schools announced last fall that after this season they would be discontinuing the programs in a cost cutting measure.

Hartford's farewell was  quick one as they went fell to Southern Illinois in just 1 hour and 16 minutes. I was hoping to watch all three men's matches but due to the rain they ended up sending SIU and HU to the Genesis Health Club which was about 5 miles from the Crestview Country Club.

SIU won the doubles point with routine wins at 2 and 3 and then they blitzed Hartford in singles and won easily at 1, 2, 3, and 4 with simultaneous finishes at 1 and 3.

Southern Illinois 5, Hartford 0
Apr 29, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Genesis Health Club)
Singles Competition
1. Jonny Rigby (SIU) def. Daniel Rombola (HARTFORD) 6-1, 6-0
2. Piotr Baranski (SIU) def. Will Drumwright (HARTFORD) 6-1, 6-2
3. Wilder Pimentel (SIU) def. Juan Molina (HARTFORD) 6-1, 6-0
4. Peter Molloy (SIU) def. Bryan Einstoss (HARTFORD) 6-1, 6-1
5. Alex Pozo (SIU) vs. Luis Montes (HARTFORD) 6-3, 2-1, unfinished
6. Daniel Martinez (SIU) vs. Harrison Max (HARTFORD) 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. Jonny Rigby/Piotr Baranski (SIU) vs. Daniel Rombola/Luis Montes (HARTFORD) 4-3, unf
2. Wilder Pimentel/Alex Pozo (SIU) def. Will Drumwright/Bryan Einstoss (HARTFORD) 6-2
3. Peter Molloy/Daniel Martinez (SIU) def. Juan Molina/Jairus Baker (HARTFORD) 6-1
Match Notes:
Hartford 2-16
Southern Illinois 13-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,4,1,3)


UMBC's swan-song was by far and away the best match of the day in Wichita. Illinois State jumped out to early break leads at 2 and 3 and ended up winning those courts 6-2 and 6-4.

Each team won two first sets at the four-court facility and ultimately that was completed would finish in straight sets.

UMBC's Melker Svard won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 but ISU's Christoffer Greve answered with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4. UMBC's Alex Drean tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3 but ISU's Urh Krajnc Domiter answered with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 1.

UMBC's Biyik Akinshemoyin was serving for the match up 6-1, 5-0 (40-0) but before he could get that last point ISU's Dylan Steffens clinched at No. 6 with a 6-3, 6-0 win.



Illinois State 4, UMBC 2
(Apr 29, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. -- Crestview Country Club)
Singles Competition
1. Urh Krajnc Domiter (ILS) def. Justin Carter (UMBC) 7-5, 6-2
2. Melker Svard (UMBC) def. Jakub Eisner (ILS) 6-4, 6-0
3. Alex Drean (UMBC) def. Rodrigo Oliveira (ILS) 6-4, 6-4
4. Christoffer Greve (ILS) def. Eliott Loubatie (UMBC) 6-3, 7-5
5. Biyik Akinshemoyin (UMBC) vs. Andreas Boers (ILS) 6-1, 5-0, (40-0) 
6. Dylan Steffens (ILS) def. Kevin Hsieh (UMBC) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles Competition
1. Melker Svardand/Eliott Loubatie(UMBC) vs. Jakub Eisner/Andreas Boers (ILS) 6-6 (0-3)
2. Christoffer Greve/Dylan Steffens (ILS) def. Justin Carter/Alex Drean (UMBC) 6-2
3. Rodrigo Oliveira/Rolando Torrellas (ILS) def. BiyikAkinshemoyin/KevinHsieh (UMBC) 6-4
Match Notes
Order of finish: Singles (2,4,3,1,6); Doubles (2,3) 
Start Time: 9 a.m.
Duration: 2:50
Attendance: 0

Post-Match Quotes from ISU's recap
"I'm really pleased with how we kept up the intensity and focus stemming from out last match," said head coach Mark Klysner. "We played some solid doubles and that for sure gave us a nice advantage leading into singles. UMBC came out firing in singles and took a couple of matches off of us. The guys managed to keep their composure though. With Chris winning comfortably and Urh playing some of his better tennis all year winning at number one, it really just came down to Dylan clinching it for us. He's been instrumental at closing out matches for us. We are really looking forward to the semifinals now."



Drake didn't have too much trouble in its 4-0 win over America East No. 1 seed Stony Brook. Drake took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then took three of four first sets at the four-court indoor facility. Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch each won within about 15 seconds of each other to make it 3-0 - here is match point for Gillespie.


Drake's Tom Hands would come back from a break down in the third set to clinch the match with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Tyler Hoffman at No. 4 (sorry video clip of MP wasn't good due to distance and lighting).

Drake 4, Stony Brook 0
Apr 29, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Crestview Country Club) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU) vs. Raphael Termat (SB) 7-6, 4-3, unf.
2. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Jose Morales (SB) 6-3, 6-0
3. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Samuel Taieb (SB) 6-2, 6-1
4. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Tyler Hoffman (SB) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Stride, Ben (DU) vs. Rodrigo Hadlich (SB) 6-3, 1-0, unf. 
6. Wood, Ben (DU) vs. Kenzo Kauffmann (SB) 6-2, 1-1, unf. 
Doubles competition
1. Lott, Ben/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Jose Morales/Samuel Taieb (SB) 6-3
2. Raphael Termat/Kenzo Kauffmann (SB) vs. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 5-4, unf
3. Hands, Tom/Clark, Ben (DU) def. Rodrigo Hadlich/Tyler Hoffman (SB) 6-3  
Match Notes
Drake 16-11
Stony Brook 7-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,3,4)
MVC Men's Tennis Tournament
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Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

[1] Virginia (24-4) vs. [49-64] Monmouth (11-9) - Saturday Noon ET - Virginia is the No. 1 overall seed though it got in as an at-large after losing to Wake Forest in the finals of the ACC Championship. Monmouth earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth after coming back from 3-0 down to beat Quinnipiac in the finals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). 

Doubles Records: Virginia 24-4, Monmouth 11-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 86, Monmouth 72

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 7th. 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. Vidit Vaghela (MU 12.16)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.18) vs. Przemyslaw Filipek (MU 12.07)
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.52) vs. Nicola Pipoli (MU 12.69)
4. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) vs. Ale Gomez Estrada (MU 12.09)
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.62) vs. Christian Vieira (MU 11.72)
6. Luca Corinteli (VA 13.68) vs. Alberto Giuffrida (MU 11.41)
O: Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.44); 

Monmouth's NCAA debut will probably be over in less than 90 minutes as I expect the defending champs to roll over the Hawks. Prediction: Virginia 4-0. 


[17-32] Columbia (17-5) vs. [33-48] Penn State (21-8) - Saturday 9am ET - Columbia earned the Ivy League's automatic bid after going undefeated in the conference play during the regular season while Penn State earned an at-large bid after losing to Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. 

Doubles Records: Columbia 15-7, Penn State 19-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Columbia 82, Penn State 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #81 Shawn Hadavi (CU 14.07) vs. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.62)
2. Victor Pham (CU 13.59) vs. Constant De La Basseteire (PSU 13.79) 
3. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75) vs. Matt Barry (PSU 13.45)
4. Mike Vermeer (CU 14.10) vs. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.10)
5. Richard Pham (CU 13.07) vs. Aws Laaribi (PSU 13.13)
6. Michal Rolski (CU 13.11) vs. Marc Collado (PSU 13.07)
O: Miguel Alda (CU 12.82), Timothy Wang (CU 13.21); Ben Lieb (PSU 12.94)

Columbia's quest to make it back to the round of 16 for the third year in a row should start off a win though I expect Penn State to keep it pretty close. I look for Columbia to take the doubles point and then pick up singles wins from Shawn Hadavi, Eric Rubin, and Mike Vermeer while Penn State will get a win from Constant De La Basseteire with the other going unfinished. Prediction: Columbia 4-1


Regional Final - [17-32] Columbia at [1] Virginia - Sunday 1pm ET

Virginia ended Columbia's season last year in the NCAA round of 16 in a match that was much closer than the 4-0 final. I expect Columbia to give Virginia a stiff test but the Cavaliers are just too strong top to bottom and will book its ticket to Tulsa. Prediction: Virginia 4-0

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Oklahoma State Regional
Greenwood Tennis Center - Stillwater, OK

[16] Oklahoma State (18-7) vs. [49-64] Bryant (11-11) - Saturday - Noon CT - Oklahoma State earned an at-large bid after falling to Baylor in the quarterfinals at the Big 12 Tournament while Bryant punched its third straight ticket to the NCAAs with a 4-0 win over St. Francis University. 

Doubles Records: Oklahoma State 16-8, Bryant 11-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Oklahoma State 82, Bryant 70

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #56 Julian Cash (OSU 13.87) vs. Max Vogt (BU 12.32)
2. Arjun Kadhe (OSU 14.00) vs. Oliver Welsh (BU 11.29)
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.94) vs. Luke Lorenz (BU 11.54)
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.62) vs. Michael Plutt (BU 11.53)
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.86) vs. Artur Jakubowski (BU 11.99)
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.39) vs. Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BU 11.43)

As with most of the 1 vs. 16 matches I don't expect this one to be close. I expect Oklahoma State to take the doubles point and then win three straight sets singles matches. Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-0 


[17-32] Arkansas (19-8) vs. [33-48] Wichita State (17-10) - Saturday - 9am CT - Arkansas earned an at-large after a loss in the opening round of the SEC Tournament to South Carolina. Wichita State earned the Missouri Valley's automatic bid after winning a 4-3 thriller of Drake in the finals. Arkansas lost its last three and four of its last six while Wichita State won its final four.

Doubles Records: Arkansas 13-10, Wichita State 18-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Arkansas 81, Wichita State 78

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #21 Michael Redlicki (ARK 14.35) vs. #95 Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.69)
2. #62 Jose Salazar (ARK 14.20) vs. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.90)
3. Santiago Munoz (ARK 13.23) vs. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.85)
4. Giammarco Micolani (ARK 13.55) vs. Haru Inoue (WSU 13.16)
5. Adam Sanjurjo (ARK 13.42) vs. Eddie Stoica (WSU 12.58)
6. Johan den Toom (ARK 12.74) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 12.38)

Arkansas should win this match but I don't think it'll be a slam dunk. I like Wichita State in doubles point and I think the Shockers will win at either at No. 5 or No. 6 and possibly both. Fortunately for Arkansas they'll sweep the top four spots to pull out a close one. Prediction: Arkansas 4-2



Regional Final - [17-32] Arkansas at [16] Oklahoma State - Sunday 1pm CT

Regular Season Meeting

#17 Oklahoma State 5, #64 Arkansas 2
Feb 07, 2016 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Dills Indoor Courts)
Singles Competition
1. Mike Redlicki (AR) def. Temur Ismailov (OSU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
2. #68 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (AR) 6-3, 6-3 
3. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Jose Salazar (AR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4 
5. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) def. Johan den Toom (AR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
Doubles Competition
1. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3
2. Lucas Gerch/Temur Ismailov (OSU) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4
3. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) def. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 8-1; National ranking #17
Arkansas 2-1; National ranking #64
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,2,3,6,1,4) 
T-3:01 A-257

Oklahoma State won the regular season meeting 5-2 but four of the six singles matchups will be different this time since Temur Ismailov is no longer on Okie State's roster. I like Oklahoma State in doubles and Lucas Gerch and Jurence Mendoza in singles but I'm going to take Michael Redlicki, Jose Salazar, Giammarco Micolani, and Adam Sanjurjo to pull it out for Arkansas. Prediction: Arkansas 4-3









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What a crazy day it was on Sunday with not one, not two, but three regional hosts going down. The day started off in College Station with the resumption of Saturday's match between Texas A&M and Texas and it finished in Lubbock with SMU kicking the door down and stunning Texas Tech.

When the season started if you told me that Texas would be in Tulsa for the NCAA Round of 16 I would have told you to go see a doctor. Well Texas made a believer of me and many today after going into enemy territory and knocking off Texas A&M in a 4-3 thriller.

The match originally began on Saturday but after Texas A&M took the doubles point the match was stopped early in singles due to rain. Play resumed Sunday morning at 11am central and within a matter of minutes Texas had five first sets in the bag after Rodrigo Banzer, Adrian Ortiz, and George Goldhoff closed out sets on 4, 2, and 1.

Texas senior Michael Riechmann put the first point on the board for the Longhorns after he defeated Jackson Withrow at No. 5. Riechmann took the opening set on Saturday but it looked like Withrow was going to get an early break in the second. Withrow had three break points on Riechmann's 1-2 service game but Riechmann fought all of them off to hold for 2-2. Riechmann would then break Withrow on the deciding point to go up 4-3 and then three games later he'd close it out with an ace down the T from 40-15 to win it 6-4, 6-4.

Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz would make it 2-1 after he pulled away from A&M senior Shane Vinsant at No. 2. When play began Vinsant was serving at 4-5 and he'd fight off a set point on the deciding point to even it at 5-5. Ortiz held for 6-5 and then broke Vinsant at love to take the opening set 7-5. Ortiz put the hammer down in the second set and raced out to a 5-0 lead and would hit a service winner on match point to take it 7-5, 6-1.

Texas freshman Harrison Scott would make it 3-1 Horns after he defeated A&M sophomore Jordi Arconada at No. 3. Scott took the opening set 6-3 and then he broke Arconada to go up 2-1 in the second. Arconada would reel off five in a row to take the second set 6-2 but he'd get broke to start the third set. Scott would add a second break to go up 5-2 and then he'd serve it out to win it 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

So Texas had a 3-1 lead but things were getting tense elsewhere. A&M's Arthur Rinderknech was serving 3-3, 40-40 in the third at 1, A&M's Harrison Adams was serving 4-1 in the third at 4, and A&M's Max Lunkin was serving for the match up 5-4 in the third at 6. It looked like A&M might come back and steal it and they would come oh so close.

Harrison Adams would hold serve two more times from 4-1 to close out Rodrigo Banzer at No. 4 to make it 3-2. Banzer looked like he might get off the court in straight sets when he led 6-2, 2-0 but Adams won four straight games to go up 4-2 and would end up getting the split by taking the set 6-4. Adams broke Banzer to start the third set but Banzer would break back to even it at 1-1. Adams broke again, this time on the deciding point, to go up 2-1 and then he'd break again to go up 4-1

Max Lunkin was serving 5-4, 40-30 in the third against Julian Zlobinsky at No. 6 but the Texas sophomore managed to break to knot it at 5-5. Lunkin quickly broke back and then he'd finally close the door on Zlobinsky to win it 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

As Lunkin was closing out Zlobinsky, Texas junior George Goldhoff was serving for the match at No. 1. Just 25 minutes earlier Goldhoff trailed Arthur Rinderknech 3-0 in the final set but Goldhoff managed to win five straight to go up 5-3. On the pivotal 3-3, 40-40 point that I mentioned above Rinderknech double faulted to put Goldhoff up 4-3. Rinderknech stopped the bleeding and held for 4-5 but Goldhoff quickly went up 30-0 on his next service game. Rinderknech was able to push it to the deciding point and then he'd get the break after Goldhoff couldn't handle a second overhead. Rinderknech would hold from 40-30 to go up 6-5 but Goldhoff would hold at love to send it to a match deciding tiebreak.

Goldhoff went up a mini-break at 1-0 but Rinderknech took the next four to go up 4-1. Goldhoff would then take the next five to go up 6-4 but a loose forehand error put it back on serve at 6-5. I'll let the video clip show you how it finish:


Texas is back in the Round of 16 for the third consecutive year and will next face Ohio State on Friday afternoon at 10am eastern.

#18 Texas 4, #12 Texas A&M 3
May 15, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #68 George Goldhoff (UT) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) 
2. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. #52 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 7-5, 6-1 
3. Harrison Scott (UT) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #89 Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. G Goldhoff/M Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) 6-4
Match Notes:
Texas 19-11; National ranking #18
Texas A&M 27-10; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,3,4,6,1)
NCAA Second Round, College Station Regional
Match postponed to Sunday due to weather

Post-Match Quotes from A&M's recap

Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton on the match
"It was a rollercoaster ride, it looked like after we won the doubles point yesterday like we had some momentum and then the rain delay. After the delay they came out and hit us in the mouth and got way ahead and we were able to battle our way back into the match today. They just came up with the shots at the end, I thought George [Goldhoff] was a little bit more aggressive, certainly at the end of the tiebreaker than Arthur was and that was the difference."

On coming back to tie the match at three-all
"We got down 3-1 and Harry came through for us. He got on top and started winning some off the key points in second and third sets. He won some three-all points which he was not doing in the first set and then Max hung in there and stayed the course. I knew it was going to be a close match it didn't shock me it was a 7-6 in the third last match on. That seems to be how we play these matches against a lot of teams especially when so much is on the line and the fact that we are playing to go to Tulsa. Everything was heightened and our guys gave their best effort, Texas just played a little bit better today."

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap:

Head Coach Michael Center on today's win
We beat a very good Texas A&M team who had an outstanding season on its home courts today. I'm so proud of how our guys stuck together and fought so hard. All we have talked about throughout this season has been 'Let's be a great team.' We repeated that phrase again in our preparation for today's match, and we really kept our focus on competing hard and being resilient. We didn't focus on winning certain matches and having to get results from certain people in our lineup. We kept our mindset on competing during every point, and we're obviously very excited for this victory.

On George Goldhoff's play to seal the victory
You have to give George a ton of credit for hanging in there when there were so many momentum swings in his match. He actually got down 3-0 to start the third set and battled back to win five straight to go up 5-3. He served for the match at 5-4 and was up 30-love, and he also had a match point in that game. Even when it was 5-5 and he was receiving serve, he was in control of some points. All of a sudden he's down 6-5, and I was so proud of the way he came back and served out the next game to force the tiebreak. Then you go to the tiebreak and he gets down 4-1 and it doesn't look good. But again, George fights back to go up 6-4. He played a little tentative on the next point, but to see him come back and hit the winner at 6-5 was a great moment.

On the play of the entire lineup today
We first have to give credit to Michael Riechmann and his win (at 5 singles) that got us off to a great start in singles. He was able to get a victory against probably the best player in the A&M lineup at his position and a sixth-year senior (Jackson Withrow) who held a 17-3 record entering the match. To see that score go up early today gave us a much-needed spark. Adrian Ortiz (at 2 singles) and Harrison Scott (at 3 singles) also gave us huge wins, and both Rodrigo (Banzer) and Julian (Zlobinsky) really fought hard in their three-set matches. We did not give A&M anything easy. I also want to give a shout-out to the Texas women's tennis team and their win at Duke on Saturday. We definitely discussed their win in getting ready for today and how we needed to join them in Tulsa, so they provided our group with some great inspiration.

On watching the team celebrate on the court after the win
That celebration is the culmination of an entire season of hard work by our players and staff. We lost five guys from our lineup after last year, and this young team has grown up so much over the course of the season. We've learned a lot from some of the close losses that we had, and we've grown from our wins as well. To know where we started this year and to see the emotion of our players here today after this win, it's a great feeling.

George Goldhoff on the final points of the tiebreaker
That might have been the craziest moment of my life. I was down 4-1 and my opponent (Rinderknech) had a pretty big serve, so there was only so much I could do. I just had to fight for every point. That's all you can do. I took it one point at a time and just tried to execute the best I could.  He double-faulted at four-all, and it all happened really fast after that. I was up 5-4 and then 6-4, and it hit me all at once that the next point was for the entire match. On that point, I had a pretty easy forehand at mid court but I netted it. On the last point, he got his serve in, and I got the return back. I mishit a ball and hit it a little deep, but he hit it back short. I had a backhand and I put it away. It was just surreal.

George Goldhoff on reaching the Round of 16
Everybody was counting us out. We had lost five of six (singles) starters and people didn't think we were even going to make the NCAAs. This group of guys took that personally. We worked really hard to come back and prove everyone wrong.  I just can't put it into words what this group of guys has done.  The team stepped up, and we weren't going to rebuild. We wanted to get back to where we were last year. We're keeping it one match at a time, but it's huge to beat one of your biggest rivals on their courts. It's an incredible feeling. I can't put it into words how much this means to me.

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Stanford had been knocking on the door all year only to be turned away time after time but on Sunday afternoon they finally got someone to answer and pulled off a surprising 4-3 win over Northwestern.

Stanford dropped the doubles point for only the sixth time this year after Northwestern picked up a 7-5 win at No. 1 and a 6-2 win at No. 2. Each team picked up three first sets in singles and all but one of them would finish in straight sets.

Stanford took a 2-1 lead after wins from Sameer Kumar and Maciek Romanowicz at No. 5 and No. 6 but Northwestern went ahead 3-2 after both Sam Shropshire and Strong Kirchheimer won at No. 2 and No. 3.

Stanford's Nolan Paige tied the match at 3-3 with a win at No. 4 so it'd all come down to No. 1 to decide it.

Stanford's Tom Fawcett appeared to have the opening set in control when he led Konrad Zieba 5-1 but Zieba reeled off six straight games to steal the set 7-5. Fawcett dominated the second set and took it 6-0 and then went ahead 2-0 in the third. Zieba held for 1-2 then Fawcett held and broke to go up a double break at 4-1. Zieba broke back and then came back from 0-40 down to hold for 3-4. It'd be all holds from there as Fawcett held to win it 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.

Stanford will be making its first Round of 16 appearance since 2012 and will face UCLA for the fourth time this season on Friday night at 8pm eastern.


Jonathan Kelley was in Evanston and will most likely have a report on his site On The Rise so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

#29 Stanford 4, #14 Northwestern 3
May 15, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Vandy Christie Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #15 Tom Fawcett (STAN) def. #20 Konrad Zieba (NU) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4
2. #40 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Michael Genender (STAN) 6-3, 6-4
3. #57 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #87 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-0, 6-4 
4. Nolan Paige (STAN) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Sameer Kumar (STAN) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #23 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-5 
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2
3. Sameer Kumar/Yale Goldberg (STAN) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Stanford 16-10; National ranking #29
Northwestern 26-5; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,3,2,6,1) 
NCAA Tournament Regional Final
Stanford Advances to Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla. 
Official: John Coleman 
T-3:12 A-414

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"We had a great year," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We will let this one sting a little, but we are going to be back next year ready to go."

"Great group of guys," Swan said. "I feel real excited for what the future holds for our program."
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SMU pulled off the biggest surprise of the day when the 30th ranked Mustangs went to Lubbock and beat No. 8 Texas Tech 4-2. SMU took the doubles point for the 22nd time in 30 tries with a 6-3 win at No. 1 and a 7-5 win at No. 3.

SMU took four opening sets in singles and Hunter Johnson and Samm Butler would win in straight sets to make it 3-0. Texas Tech got a straight set win from Bjorn Thomson at No. 6 and Jolan Cailleau would win in three sets at No. 4 to cut the deficit to 3-2.

SMU redshirt senior Nate Lammons shook off a rough second set and pulled away from Hugo Dojas in the third set to clinch the match with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 win.

The Mustangs are back in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2001 and will face Florida on Friday at 1 p.m. eastern. 


#30 SMU 4, #8 Texas Tech 2
05/15/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. #19 Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4, 6-2
2. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU) def. #98 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
3. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-1, 6-3
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
5. Connor Curry (TT) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 4-6, 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Yates Johnson (SMU) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #31 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-3
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TT) vs. #54 Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-6 (0-1), unf.
3. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TT) 7-5
Match Notes:
SMU 22-8; National ranking #30
Texas Tech 28-6; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,6,4,2)
2016 NCAA Lubbock Regional - Second Round
T-2:35 A-220

Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
"This was a tremendous all-around team win for us," said Head Coach Carl Neufeld. "It's only fitting that our 5th-year senior Nate Lammons sealed the win for us. There is too much to say about him, having graduated with his undergrad and master's in Engineering, missing his commencement because of the tournament and advancing us to the Sweet 16 is fantastic."

"This match had all the drama, including a four and a half hour rain delay, them being the co-Big 12 champions and only have lost one home match in two years coming into today," said Neufeld. In singles, to beat a team like this at the top three spots and two of those players being ranked is an incredible feat and I couldn't be happier and proud for guys."

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Definitely not the way we wanted to end our season, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "It's very disappointing. I'm at a loss for words right now. We didn't play at the level we've played at all year. We broke down mentally in a lot of ways and weren't there for the fight that SMU gave us. Give credit to them they stepped up and took it to us. We just weren't ready to counter them in a few spots. Credit to SMU and congratulations to them.

"When you're getting beat down, I hope you can show some toughness, Masi said. "Bjorn and Jolan have been tough all year. They've stayed out there the whole time and given us their all. Bjorn has had a great first season. You're going to see a lot of great things from this kid for years to come. The future is bright which is a huge positive for our program.

"Today obviously wasn't our best, Thomson said. "I just want to say thank you to the whole team for making me part of the family, and a thank you to my coaches. My first season was so much better than I expected it to be. We lost today, but we've made some memories this season. We've got to push forward from here.

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Florida's hot streak continued as the Gators rode the momentum from the doubles point to pick up three straight set wins to defeat South Florida 4-0.

Florida's Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson picked up a 6-4 win at No. 1 but USF's Dominic Cotrone and Peter Bertran won 6-4 at No. 2. USF's Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz served for the match at No. 3 up 5-4, 40-30 but Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco broke for 5-5 and then held to go up 6-5. Florida would break Roberto Cid's serve to win it 7-5.

Florida took four opening sets in singles and Gordon Watson, Alfredo Perez, and McClain Kessler each won in straight sets with Kessler clinching the match at No. 6. Below are some video highlights from Florida (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http)


Florida will now face SMU in the Round of 16 in Tulsa on Friday afternoon at 1pm eastern. This will be Florida's fifth NCAA Round of 16 appearance in the last seven years.

#9 Florida  4, #17 South Florida 0
May 15, 2016 at Ring Tennis Complex (Linder Stadium)
Singles Competition
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) vs. #2 Roberto Cid (USF) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
2. #53 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5, 6-1
3. #47 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. #37 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
4. Peter Bertran (USF) vs. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) 6-2, 6-4
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #28 Vadym Kalyuzhnyy/Sasha Gozun (USF) 6-4 
2. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) def. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) 7-5
Match Notes:
South Florida 21-9; National ranking #17 
Florida 20-6; National ranking #9 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,6) 
NCAA Second Round

Post-Match Quotes from Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
"I saw a confident group. First off, I would just like to say that South Florida came out and played some really good tennis and had a great season. It was a tough draw to face them in the second round. We knew that it was going to be a tough test. Our guys just came in with a lot of confidence. I think throughout these past five or six weeks we have gathered some momentum. It is definitely showing in our doubles play. Our guys are having fun playing and if we get down a little bit, our guys don't flinch. We just keep playing. I think that is the belief and the trust between these guys and in one another.

Our seniors at one are just leading the way in doubles and in singles as well. I think Diego and Gordon are playing about as well as you can in your senior campaign. That is really special. Our freshman core, McClain and Alfredo, they just keep producing for us. They compete and they work and they do all the little things out there that give us a change to be successful. Elliott and Chase, as well, were just out there battling today. So, it was a team win and victory.

I am really proud of our guys and really happy for all those that have been supporting us all year and our support staff. I am fortunate to be working with great coaches in Scott Perelman and Mark Merklein, just really thankful for the opportunity and to be able to move on."

Post-Match Quotes from South Florida's recap
"We knew it was going to be a tough match today, have to give it to Florida for hanging around when their backs were against the wall in doubles and it paid off big, said head coach Matt Hill. "We had two match points in doubles at three, right after winning at two and they saved those two points, that was really the turning point in doubles.

"We were up in some of the matches but Florida was too good today, said Hill. "We know they are a good team, they are SEC champions and we have a lot of respect for them.

"They (senior class of Cid, Cotrone, Gonzalez-Muniz, Dzib) changed the image and the brand of this program in college tennis, said Hill. "Now people have a lot of respect for our program, especially now that we have been in the mix. We've done some really good things over the last few years because of these guys, so all the credit goes to them.
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Virginia advanced to the Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive year with a tough 4-1 win over No. 37 Penn State. The Hoos took the doubles point for the 26th time in 30 tries with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 while the match at No. 2 was on serve at the time of the clinch.

Virginia won all six first sets in singles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and J.C. Aragone would each win in straight sets with Aragone clinching at No. 5.

Penn State's Leo Stakhovsky, brother of ATP professional Sergiy, defeated the reigning NCAA Champion Ryan Shane 7-5, 7-6(6).

Both of the other matches were abandoned with each in a second set tiebreak.  Below are some video highlights from NBC29 in Cville (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http)

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Virginia will next face No. 16 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. eastern on Friday afternoon.

#1 Virginia 4, #37 Penn State 1
May 15, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-5, 7-6(6)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU) 6-4, 6-6 (2-1*), unf.
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-1, 6-0
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 6-4, 7-6(6)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Marc Collado (PSU) 6-4, 6-6 (5-5), unf.
Doubles competition
1. #4 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-3
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) vs. Matt Barry/Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) 4-5, unf
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Matt Galush/Aws Laaribi (PSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Penn State 22-9; National ranking #37
Virginia 26-4; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,1,5)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Second Round
T-2:30 A-284

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"I am happy for the guys to advance as I think this is certainly an exciting team," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "When we go to Tulsa, we are going to need to play a little better than we did today and make sure we finish matches. We made it a little bit harder for ourselves today than I thought we needed to, but at the same time, I like how we played the first half of the match. For whatever reason, we struggled to finish and were out there a little bit longer. Credit to Penn State for the great job they did, the great season they had and how hard they fought. They kept battling and made it hard for us. We are going to have to continue to get better over the next five days and play at a more-intense, focused level, but I know we will be ready come Friday."

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"I am really proud of our team today, said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "We played hard against the defending National Champions in Virginia. Ending the season is never easy but I end it being proud in Penn State and these men.

"This match was crazy close, you really had to be here to see it, said Coach Zinn. "There were multiple courts that went to close tiebreaks. The last three courts went to second-set tiebreaks that could have easily gone our way to push into a third set. A lot of it came down to the matches in doubles. We were close but couldn't hold on.

"Leo had the best win of his career today and what a way to end it, said Coach Zinn. "He beat the reigning National Champion in Ryan Shane. Overall, our singles players played well against a stacked Virginia team."

"Congratulations to Virginia on a well played match, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We had chances in singles but the defending National Champs were there to fight us the entire way. It has been an incredible year with this team. We were fortunate enough to have four incredible seniors who will leave a legacy with this team. The 2016 Penn State men's tennis team will be missed as a group.

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Ohio State ran its record to 32-2 and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 11th consecutive year with a tough 4-2 win over No. 33 Virginia Tech.  The Buckeyes won the doubles point for the 30th time in 34 tries with 6-3 win at No. 1 and No. 3.

Each team took three first sets in singles and Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen would be the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mitch Harper at No. 5. VT's Edoardo Tessaro countered with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Ralf Steinbach at No. 4 and then Andreas Bjerrehus tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at No. 2.

Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to 19-0 with a 6-4, 7-6(2) when over Jai Corbett at No. 6 in a match that finished within seconds of the Bjerrehus/Diaz match at No. 2.

Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo would get the clincher at No. 3 with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Amerigo Contini. The match at No. 1 was abandoned with Mikael Torpegaard and Joao Monteiro just splitting sets though in the video below Ty Tucker said that Torp was cramping late in the second set.


Ohio State will face Texas for the second time this season on Friday morning at 10 a.m eastern. The Buckeyes blanked Texas 4-0 back on January 31 though Texas got the best of Ohio State the last time they met in Tulsa which came in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Ohio State recap
Virginia Tech recap

#5 Ohio State 4, #33 Virginia Tech 2
May 15, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) vs. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT) 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, unfinished
2. #72 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #88 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
4. #77 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-5, 6-4
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition 
1. #22 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #21 A Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 6-3
2. #44 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 4-4, unf
3. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3
Match Notes: 
Virginia Tech 18-9; National ranking #33
Ohio State 32-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,2,6,3) 
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Official: Jerii Banks  T-2:29  A-254

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Georgia advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive year with a 4-1 win over Baylor. The Bulldogs won the doubles point for the 18th time in 25 matches with at 6-2 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2.

Georgia took four of six first sets though the first match to finish was at No. 1 where Baylor's Julian Lenz defeated Austin Smith 6-2, 1-0 ret. (right shoulder).

Georgia quickly finished the match off with Jan Zielinski, Nick Wood, and Paul Oosterbaan each only dropping three games in route to straight sets wins with Oosterbaan getting the clinch.

Georgia will now face USC on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. eastern. The teams were supposed to meet earlier this season in LA at the Pac-12/SEC Challenge but the match was cancelled due to rain.

Below are some video highlights from Georgia and Baylor (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http).




#7 Georgia 4, #35 Baylor 1
May 15, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis complex)
Singles Results
1. #12 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) 6-2, 1-0, retired
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 3-6, 4-4, unf
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4, 3-2, unf
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles Results
1. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #86 Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Baylor 16-14; National ranking #35
Georgia 22-4; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,5,6,3)
NCAA Second Round - Athens Regional
Official: Richard Rogers  T-1:55  A-841

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I thought we were a little tight in doubles at the beginning," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Our guys competed well and were able to get through some things there early on, but what a tremendous performance overall. I remember myself as a player here your last home match is a little overwhelming, but I thought we were terrific in singles and played very well today." 

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"Losing is awful. That's my overall thought. There's a finality when you lose in the NCAAs. You're always thinking about what's next as a coach. Now, there's nothing next for us for a while and that's tough. I thought our guys fought like little dogs and overcame a ton of adversity this year. It put us in the position to finish strong. We just didn't have enough today. I'm proud of the guys today. They fought hard." --head coach Matt Knoll on the season-ending loss

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Oklahoma State is heading back to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2008, which coincidentally was the last time Tulsa hosted, after the Cowboys rolled over Arkansas 4-0. The Pokes won the doubles point for the 18th time in 26 tries. OSU's Lukas Finzelberg and Tristan Meraut trailed 4-2 but won the final four games to win 6-4 at No. 3. OSU's Lucas Gerch and Jurence Mendoza clinched the point with a 6-4 win at No. 2 in a match they lead the whole way.

While Arkansas had the upper hand at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, Oklahoma State had comfortable leads everywhere else. Lucas Gerch, Tristan Meraut, and Jurence Mendoza each won in straight sets with Meraut clinching the match at No. 4.

Oklahoma State will now face the top seed Virginia on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. eastern.



#16 Oklahoma State 4, #19 Arkansas 0
May 15, 2016 at Stillwater, Okla.(Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Mike Redlicki (AR) vs. #56 Julian Cash (OSU) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished
2. #62 Jose Salazar (AR) vs Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 6-4, 6-0
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (AR) 6-1, 6-4
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. William Albanese (AR) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) def. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Jose Salazar/Johan den Toom (AR) 6-4
Match Notes:
Arkansas 20-8; National ranking #19
Oklahoma State 19-7; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,4)
2016 NCAA Tournament - Second Round
T-1:50

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"We've got a special group of guys," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Every team is going though ups and down every season and this team has been through a lot. The sweet isn't as sweet without the bitter and to make the Sweet 16 is a great accomplishment for our team."

"I knew they were going to come out strong after losing the doubles point and we just needed to stay the course," Udwadia said. "I told the guys to relax and I think playing in the second round for the third-straight year really helped us too."

"It was great, I feel awesome," Gerch said. "There was such a great crowd and I think everyone played well, especially in doubles."

"When you're in the Sweet 16 everyone can play," Udwadia said. "We respect all opponents, but our job is to go out there and win matches and we are going to be prepared to battle."

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"Congratulations to Oklahoma State, they were better than us today and that was the biggest factor in the match, head coach Andy Jackson said. "We weren't able to physically match what they had on the second day and that was another factor.

Arkansas finished the 2016 season with a 20-9 overall record, including a 7-5 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1986, and for only the third time in program history. Their NCAA first round victory over Wichita State was the Hogs' first since 2006.

"On the season, we came from No. 69 to finish top 20 and win a round in the NCAA Tournament, Jackson said. "We feel really good about the direction we're going in. But I know what it takes to go further and we'll try to do that next year.

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Cal advanced to the Round of 16 for the fifth time in the last six years with a 4-0 shutout over Ole Miss. The Bears won the doubles point for the 17th time in 23 matches with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

Cal took five of six first sets and picked up wins from Andre Goransson and Filip Bergevi at No. 2 and No. 4 and J.T. Nishimura provided the clincher at No. 6 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Zvonimir Babic.

Cal will now face TCU on Friday morning at 7 a.m. pacific time. Cal defeated TCU 4-2 back in February in a neutral site match in Austin.

#13 California 4, #27 Ole Miss 0
May 15, 2016 at Berkeley, California (Hellman Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL) vs. #39 Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-2, 4-4, unfinished
2. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL) def. #59 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-3, 6-1
3. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-2, 6-3
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) vs. Grey Hamilton (OM) 3-6, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #9 Florian Lakat/Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
2. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-3
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-2
Match Notes
Ole Miss 16-11; National ranking #27
California 19-6; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,6)
Cal advances to the NCAA Round of 16

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We came up against a very solid Mississippi team today, and I'm pleased with how we handled ourselves, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "The doubles point was a battle, and it ended up being critical for setting the tone for the match. When our guys faced adversity, they stayed calm and stuck to their game plans. It was a physical match today, and we were ready.

"This past week our team did an amazing job of balancing their academic lives and their athletic lives. We finished finals on Friday and started the NCAA championships on Saturday, so it's great to see the resiliency this group brings every day. We're looking forward to playing in Tulsa on Friday, and we know our next opponent, TCU, will be tough. We've played them once already this year, and we know they're a talented team.

"It's a great win, Nishimura added. "We're all excited and ready to go to Tulsa.

"We had a rough one in the first match of the year at Tulsa, Nishimura said. "But we bounced back and had a pretty good season, so we're excited to go back.

Post-Match Quotes from Toby Hansson via Ole Miss's recap

"We are proud of the guys' effort, but give Cal credit. They played better than we did today. Doubles was close again, but we just couldn't seem to get in the match in singles. We have a great group of young guys who kept battling throughout the season to get us to this point, and we are looking forward to helping them get better next year. The future looks bright.
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North Carolina booked its third straight trip to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 win over No. 31 Tulane. The Tar Heels won the doubles point for the 24th time this season with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

UNC took five of six first sets in singles and would get straight set wins from Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali with Kelly clinching at No. 5.

North Carolina will now face Mississippi State on Friday at 5 p.m. eastern. North Carolina defeated Mississippi State in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament though State's roster is vastly different this year.

Below are some video highlights from North Carolina (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http).

Video

#3 North Carolina 4, #31 Tulane 0
May 15, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (NC) vs. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC) vs. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) 7-6 (7-2), 3-3, unf
3. #46 Brett Clark (NC) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-1, 6-4
4. Jack Murray (NC) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-3, 3-5, unfinished
5. #117 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Ian Van Cott (TLN) 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #18 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-4
2. #27 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) vs. Constantin Schmitz/Tyler Schick (TLN) 4-3, unf
3. Ronnie Schneider/Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Sebastian Rey/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-2
Match Notes
Tulane 16-9; National ranking #31
North Carolina 27-4`; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,5)
T-1:54



Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"Tulane's got a heck of a team, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "This round is always tough across the country this is a tough match to play. Congratulations to my team. We don't take this for granted.

Kodali, playing at No. 6, was the first to wrap up his singles match, beating Tyler Schick 6-1, 6-2 in less than an hour.  "Anu played well today in singles and doubles, Paul said. "I think that's the best match he's played.

"This is a special group third year in the sweet 16, Paul said. "I thought we played really well today I was really pleased with how we played in doubles and some starts we got singles. We still could get better we always say that. We're looking forward to the next round.

"It's been a fun year. Any time you're sitting at 20-plus wins, it's been a heck of a year. It's a very special group, but we've got more to do.


Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"UNC really brought it and showed why they were No. 1 for most of the year, Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "Our guys performed well but we got a slow start and probably respected them too much in the beginning. Once we got our feet in the water and got used to the temperature, we started to play well in doubles and had chances to come back. Same thing happened in singles. Our guys fought for Tulane and what they've done for the whole year is a great body of work.
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2nd Round Match Times/Attendance Figures






Friday Round of 16 Schedule - Tulsa, Oklahoma

[5] Ohio State vs. [17-32] Texas - 10am ET
[4] TCU vs. [13] Cal  - 10am ET
[1] Virginia vs. [16] Oklahoma State - 1pm ET
[9] Florida vs. [17-32] SMU - 1pm ET
[7] Georgia vs. [10] USC - 5pm ET
[2] North Carolina vs. [17-32] Mississippi State - 5pm ET
[3] UCLA vs. [17-32] Stanford - 8pm ET
[6] Wake Forest vs. [11] Oklahoma - 8pm ET


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[1] Virginia Cavaliers (26-4) vs. [16] Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-7) - 1pm ET - Virginia advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 4-0 win over Monmouth and a 4-1 win over Penn State while Oklahoma State beat Bryant and Arkansas 4-0. Oklahoma State will only be playing 75 miles from its Stillwater campus so it should have a good amount of fan support but it'll take a Herculean effort to get past Virginia. 

Doubles Records: Virginia 26-4, Oklahoma State 18-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 86, Oklahoma State 82

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. #56 Julian Cash (OSU 13.84)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) vs. Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.97)
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.50) vs. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.97)
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.37) vs. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.61)
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.90) vs. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.86)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.53)  vs. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.30)
O: Luca Corinteli (VA 13.68) 

Dual-Match Records:
1. Shane 14-11 vs. Cash 11-8
2. Altamirano 23-4 vs. Kadhe 14-7
3. Kwiatkowski 21-6 vs. Gerch 16-2
4. Ritschard 2-0 vs. Meraut 11-7
5. Aragone 23-3 vs. Finzelberg 12-3
6. Wiersholm 22-2 vs. Mendoza 10-1
Bench: Corinteli 10-3/Roper 2-4

Virginia is definitely the stronger team but I think Oklahoma State will keep it fairly close in its first Round of 16 appearance since 2008. I'm going to take Virginia in doubles and Altamirano, Ritschard, and Wiersholm in singles. Oklahoma State's best chance at pulling off the stunner would be to take the doubles point and to get wins from Cash, Kadhe, and Finzelberg. Prediction: Virginia 4-0. 



[9] Florida Gators (20-6) vs. [17-32] SMU Mustangs (22-8) - Saturday 1pm ET - Florida has now won eight in a row after shutting out North Florida and South Florida in the first two rounds while SMU is into the Round of 16 for the first time since 2001 after beating Washington 5-0 and Texas Tech 4-2. 

Doubles Records: Florida 21-5, SMU 22-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Florida 84, SMU 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.64) vs. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.60)
2. #53 Alfredo Perez (UF 14.39) vs. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.91)
3. #37 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.10) vs. Samm Butler (SMU 13.82)
4. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 14.03) vs. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.83)
5. Gordon Watson (UF 13.54) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.38)
6. McClain Kessler (UF 13.73) vs. Yates Johnson (SMU 13.23)

Dual-Match Records
1. Hidalgo 17-5 vs. H Johnson 12-6
2. Perez 19-4 vs. Lammons 19-4
3. Orkin 16-7 vs. Butler 19-4
4. Perez-Blanco 14-7 vs. Kerner 11-12
5. Watson 16-5 vs. Slobodchikov 16-3
6. Kessler 13-5 vs. Y Johnson 12-5

Florida seems to be playing with a swagger and while SMU is playing well I don't think they are playing well enough to pull off the upset. I like Florida in doubles and Hidalgo, Perez-Blanco, and Kessler in singles. SMU's best chances are in doubles and at 2, 3, and 5.  Prediction: Florida 4-0. 



[5] Ohio State Buckeyes (32-2) vs. [17-32] Texas Longhorns (19-11) - 10am ET - Ohio State punched its ticket to the Round of 16 for the 11th year in a row with a 5-0 win over Tennessee Tech and a 4-2 win over Virginia Tech. Texas is back in the Round of 16 for the third year in a row after defeating Lamar 4-0 and Texas A&M 4-3. Ohio State won the regular season meeting 4-0 though as you can see from the box score below it was a much closer match than the score indicates. 

Regular Season Meeting: 

#8 Ohio State 4, #26 Texas 0 
Jan 31, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #7 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.43) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.69) 6-4, 7-6 (1) 
2. #10 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.20) vs. #94 Harrison Scott (UT 13.49) 6-2, 5-7, 1-2, unf 
3. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.53) vs. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.95) 4-6, 6-4, 3-1, unf 
4. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) def. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.73) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.80) def. #114 Michael Riechmann (UT 13.05) 6-3, 6-3 
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.73) vs. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.72) 6-3, 5-7, 4-2, unf 
Doubles competition 
1. #22 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT) 6-3 
2. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Julian Zlobinsky/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4 
3. Rodrigo Banzer/Harrison Scott (UT) def. #24 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas 4-4; National ranking #26 
Ohio State 7-0; National ranking #8 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,4) 
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:35 A-222


Doubles Records: Ohio State 30-4, Texas 14-14
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Ohio State 85, Texas 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 15.18) vs. #68 George Goldhoff (UT 13.66)
2. #88 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.81) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.76)
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.42) vs. Harrison Scott (UT 13.69)
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 14.05) vs. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.36)
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.83) vs. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.32)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.92) vs. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.88)
O: Matt Mendez (OSU 13.55); John Mee (UT 13.13)

Dual-Match Records
1. Torpegaard 23-0 vs. Goldhoff 10-11
2. Diaz 7-8 vs. Ortiz 14-6
3. Di Feo 14-5 vs. Scott 14-10
4. Steinbach 24-2 vs. Banzer 7-7
5. Pollanen 13-5 vs. Riechmann 17-7
6. Joyce 19-0 vs. Zlobinsky 13-6

Ohio State is a huge favorite in doubles with the Buckeyes having the highest doubles winning % of the remaining 16 teams while Texas is 14th out of 16. Ohio State will be favored on just about every court but Texas will be playing with a lot of confidence after slaying Texas A&M. Ralf Steinbach had his 12-match winning streak snapped by Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro but I think he gets back into the win column by knocking off Rodrigo Banzer at #4. I like the undefeated Martin Joyce at #6 and also look for Mikael Torpegaard to stay undefeated with a win at #1. I like Adrian Oritz and Michael Riechmann for Texas at 2 and 5 and I wouldn't be surprised if Harrison Scott is close to the finish line at 3. I'm going to take the Buckeyes but if Texas finds a way to take the doubles point it could get pretty wild. Prediction: Ohio State 4-2. 



[4] TCU Horned Frogs (26-3) vs. [13] Cal Bears (19-6) - 10am ET - TCU cruised through the first two rounds with 4-0 wins over Jackson State and LSU while Cal was equally impressive with 4-0 wins over Army and Ole Miss. Cal knocked off TCU 4-2 back on February 7th in a match that took place indoors in Austin as part of the Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge. TCU was without its #6 starter, Trevor Johnson, in that match but Cal really took it them at 2, 3, and 4. The matches at 3, 4, and 5 will all be rematches while 1, 2, and 6 will have new pairings. 

Regular Season Meeting 

#24 Cal 4, #2 TCU 2 
Feb 07, 2016 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.52) def. #3 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.33) 6-1, 6-3 
2. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 13.88) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) 6-2, 6-2 
3. #39 Billy Griffith (CAL 13.52) def. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.18) 6-4, 6-4 
4. #86 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.04) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 6-1, 6-4 
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.98) vs. #54 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.57) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished 
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.50) def. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) 
Doubles competition 
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (CAL) def. Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-3 
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-4 
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Billy Griffith/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 7-5 
Match Notes 
Cal 4-1; National ranking #24 
TCU 3-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,4,3,6)


Doubles Records: TCU 21-8, Cal 17-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, Cal 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.77) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 14.23)
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.44) vs. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.26)
3. #86 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.91) vs. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL 14.34)
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.78) vs. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.24)
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.75) vs. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.63)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.79) vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.53)

Dual-Match Records
1. Norrie 17-4 vs. Lakat 9-7
2. Rybakov 18-4 vs. Goransson 11-10
3. Nunez 13-7 vs. Griffith 15-2
4. Lopez 16-5 vs. Bergevi 17-3
5. Nava 9-6 vs. Wikberg 10-4
6. Johnson 17-6 vs. Nishimura 11-2

Despite the 7am pacific start time I think Cal answers the early morning call and takes the doubles point. I look for Cameron Norrie to win his fifth match in a row at #1 and I also look for Alex Rybakov to win his ninth straight match at #2. I like Cal's Billy Griffith and Filip Bergevi to win their 6th and 7th straight matches at #3 and #4 but I think Eduardo Nava stops his three-match losing streak with a win at #5. Trevor Johnson has won 13 of his last 14 and I look for that to go to 14 of 15 with a three-set win at #6. TCU survives, barely, and moves on to the quarterfinals.  Prediction: TCU 4-3



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I think we now know that nothing is going to be easy for anyone in this year's NCAA Tournament as evidenced by yesterday's women's matches and today's first three men's matches.

Ohio State and Texas were supposed to start at 9 a.m. this morning but due to the wet courts outside they got put on hold and stayed on hold for a while. It seemed like the plan was to have them play indoors after the conclusion of the TCU/Cal match but the decision was made to move them outdoors so at 12:12 p.m. central time doubles finally begin under grey skies.

Ohio State would take the all-important doubles point for the 31st time in 35 tries when Martin Joyce and Ralf Steinbach pulled out a 7-6(5) tiebreak at No. 2.


Each team three opening sets in singles though for a while it looked like Texas would get four. Adrian Ortiz led Chris Diaz 5-2 at No. 2 but Diaz fought back to take the opening set 7-6(2).

Herkko Pollanen would put the Buckeyes up 2-0 after he took it to Julian Zlobinsky 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5.

Texas senior Michael Riechmann would put the Longhorns on the board with an impressive 6-4, 6-4 win over Ralf Steinbach at No. 4.


Texas junior George Goldhoff tied the match at 2-2 with a huge 7-6(4), 6-0 win over the top-ranked Mikael Torpegaard at No. 1. Torpegaard came into the match with a perfect 23-0 dual-match record which made the result that much more surprising.


Ohio State senior Chris Diaz put the Buckeyes back in front with a 7-6(2), 6-0 win over Adrian Ortiz at No. 2.


Texas freshman Harrison Scott tied the match at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo. Scott led 5-2 in the third and but Di Feo held and then broke to put it back on serve at 5-4. Scott would then break back to seal it (sorry no video).

The match would be decided at No. 6 between Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce and Texas sophomore John Mee. Joyce came into the match with a perfect 19-0 dual-match record while Mee was playing in just his 10th dual match this year due to Rodrigo Banzer's injury.

Mee took the opening set 6-3 with Joyce countering with a 6-3 second set. Joyce broke Mee to go up 3-2 in the third and then he'd hold at love to go up 5-3. Mee fought off a match point serving at 3-5, 40-40 when Joyce pushed his second serve return long (clip below)


Mee would then break Joyce at love to even it at 5-5 but Joyce broke back on the deciding point to go up 6-5. Mee would break Joyce at love, for a second time, to send it to a match deciding tiebreak. Joyce jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak before Mee won two in a row to make it 6-3. Joyce would close it out on the next point to win it 7-3 and send Ohio State back to the quarterfinals.


Here is the full tiebreak starting with Mee serving at 0-0



#5 Ohio State (33-2) def. #17-32 Texas (19-12), 4-3
May 20, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center  Indoors)
Head Coaches: Ty Tucker (Ohio State) and Michael Center (Texas) 
Doubles
1. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT), 6-4
2. Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (Texas), 7-6 (5)
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (Texas) vs. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU), 6-5 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 2
Singles
1. #68 George Goldhoff (Texas) def. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State), 7-6 (4), 6-0
2. #88 Chris Diaz (Ohio State) def. Adrian Ortiz (Texas), 7-6 (2), 6-0
3. Harrison Scott (Texas) def. #45 Hugo Di Feo (Ohio State), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Michael Riechmann (Texas) def. Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State), 6-4, 6-4
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (Ohio State) def. Julian Zlobinsky (Texas), 6-2, 6-0
6. Martin Joyce (Ohio State) def. John Mee (Texas), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 1, 2, 3, 6 



Ohio State Head Coach Ty Tucker
Opening Statement...
"First thing, I want to give a lot of credit to Coach Center and Texas. They (Texas) have done an amazing job of having a group of young guys ready to play. I was shocked a little bit today, and I spent the first hour of the singles point thinking that we were getting out-competed in a couple of spots, and usually that is unlike the Buckeyes. We played Texas earlier this year and they fought hard then, and it was a great college tennis match today.

On how you prepare for the delay
"You can't prepare for it. You just have to have good guys that know that they are in the final 16 of the tournament. They are going to crown a winner and you want to keep surviving and advancing, and that's pretty much what it was. We got out here at 6:30 this morning and everybody was up at 5:45 a.m. and eating breakfast by 6:15 a.m. We finally took the court for play at 12:05 p.m. It's not going to be easy for anybody. It wasn't easy for us, Texas or our girls last night who got sent to Oklahoma State at 11:00 p.m. It was nice to win a match when we didn't compete at our best in my opinion.

On Martin's performance in clinching the winning point
"Poor Martin, he didn't know what was going on. All he knew was that he had three Ohio State coaches in his face every point, and so we didn't give him any time to think for himself. Martin and Torpegaard have been horses for us all year. Torpegaard got beat who's the No. 1 ranked player in the country. To us it is a tough day. It is probably the hottest day weather-wise that we have played in all year.

Martin Joyce, Ohio State (#6 singles)
On his match
"It was tough for sure, and I feel like in the first set he (John Mee) definitely out-competed me. I got a couple lucky breaks in the second, and was able to get a lead and get to the third. I also felt some of that momentum from the second set carried over to the third set for sure.

On what he was thinking knowing the match depended on him
"It's tough when you start seeing everybody come over to your court, especially when there was only a couple of people there in the beginning. I just tried to think about it as little as possible, and just focused on what I was doing out there.

Texas Head Coach Michael Center
Opening Statement...
"It was a great match. Ohio State is one of the favorites to win the national championship and we're a tiebreaker in the third set, last match on to win the match. We came a long way this year. Couldn't be prouder of these guys, what they did, the commitment they made to each other, the commitment they made to their tennis. It was just a phenomenal, phenomenal effort today and we just came up a little bit short at the end.
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Top-seeded Virginia got all it wanted from Oklahoma State but in the end the Cavaliers were just a little too strong and pulled out a 4-2 win. Virginia won the doubles point for the 27th time in 31 matches by picking up a 6-2 at No. 1 and a 6-1 win at No. 2.

Virginia took four of six first sets and both Alex Ritschard and Henrik Wiersholm would win in straight sets at No. 4 and No. 6 to put Virginia up 3-0.

Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg put the Cowboys on the board with a three-set win over J.C. Aragone at No. 5 and then Julian Cash won in three-sets over Ryan Shane at No. 1 to make it 3-2.

Oklahoma State's Lucas Gerch opened up a 5-2 lead in the third set at No. 3 but Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would fight off a few match points to put it back on serve at 4-5.

Meanwhile at No. 2, Virginia's Collin Altamirano was starting to pull away from Arjun Kadhe in the third set. Altamirano broke Kadhe at love to go up 2-1 and then he'd hold on the deciding point to go up 3-1. Altamirano would break again for 4-1 and then hold for 5-1. Kadhe would hold for 2-5 but Altamirano served it out from 40-30 to clinch a 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2 win and send Virginia back to the quarterfinals.


Here are some highlights from Virginia


#1 Virginia (27-4) def. #16 Oklahoma State (20-8), 4-2
May 20, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Jay Udwadia (Oklahoma State)
Doubles
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU), 6-2
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU), 6-1
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA), 4-3 DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1
Singles
1. #56 Julian Cash (Oklahoma State) def. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia) def. Arjun Kadhe (Oklahoma State), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) vs. Lucas Gerch (Oklahoma State), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 5-5 DNF
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia) def. Tristan Meraut (Oklahoma State), 7-6 (1), 6-1
5. Lukas Finzelberg (Oklahoma State) def. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. Jurence Mendoza (Oklahoma State), 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 4, 2



Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
Opening Statement...
"We came out and played really well in doubles. I thought our energy and execution was great. Credit to Oklahoma State as they hung in there during singles and made it really challenging for us, but in the end we were able to finish the match. We would expect nothing less from a team as strong as Oklahoma State as they have had an incredible year and they are able to compete with anyone in the country. They (Oklahoma State) made it a tough match, and it certainly was a bit challenging for us. Survive and advance. We are happy to be moving on to the quarterfinals.

On playing at a venue where Oklahoma State presence was heavy...
"This team has a tremendous amount of experience, and as you know at this time of the year that is invaluable. Every match is going to be a chal- lenge and you can see that throughout the tournament so far. There are great matches and there is a tremendous amount of parody. We will just continue to focus on what we can control, and we are looking forward to moving on. It is all about just staying composed in those big moments.

Luca Corintelli, Virginia (#1 doubles)
On how important it was to get the doubles point...
"We knew coming in that Oklahoma State was really good in doubles, and they are really good up and down the line. It was crucial for us to come out with a lot of energy after waiting an extra hour to play. I thought that our warm-up was really good. We respected our opponents and executed our game plans really well. Doubles is always some what of a toss up, but we gave ourselves the best chance today with our energy and preparation.

On a turning point in his match...
"To be honest I thought that we came out of the gates really hot, and Ryan was serving really well. I felt like we were really playing our game, and it all happened so fast. I don't know if there was a specific turning point, but we played on our terms and things went our way. We are fortunate to get the win.

Oklahoma State Head Coach Jay Udwadia
Opening Statement...
"Yeah, I'm still kind of in match mode. That was a very close match there. The guys fought extremely hard. I think this was kind of a depiction of how we've played all season. We were just battling. It was no different today. The overall season, I think I told someone once we're done you can look back and see what we did. We did some good, special things and I like the direction of our program, where we're going. As a coach you want to keep on building and that's going to continue to be our goal. But, I want to say a huge thank you for our whole staff here, Nate, my assistant, Nick, our strength coach, our trainers, everyone, its the athletic department that really helps us out as well. I want to send a huge thank you to them and the team, for every match, being there and making a special season for the Pokes.



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Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced the hiring of Kelcy McKenna as the Badgers new women's coach. McKenna spent the previous four years at New Mexico with the first three as an assistant/associate before taking over as the head coach last season (went 15-7). McKenna replaces Tina Samara who resigned after three seasons to take the Pacific job.



NC State head coach Jon Choboy announced that he has hired Maciek Sykut as his new assistant coach. Sykut will replace Mat Cloer who recently took a position at the new Lake Norman Tennis Center in Mooresville, North Carolina after serving as the assistant at NC State for the last four seasons. Sykut played at Florida State from 2005 to 2009 and was a volunteer assistant at NC State from 2012 to 2014.

Jackson State's men's program was placed on probation for one-year after the NCAA found that former coach, Scott Pennington, violated several different NCAA rules during the 2014-15 season.
Here is the full release from the NCAA and here are some other details from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger but in a nutshell Pennington let an ineligible player practice and play in a match using someone else's name (among other things). Jackson State went winless during that season so I'm not sure what Pennington had to gain by doing what he did. On a site note Jackson State must have the worst website of any Division 1 program that I've ever seen - maybe they are remodeling it because you can't find anything of value on that site.

Virginia put out a release mentioning that Fox College Sports will be airing a half-hour special from the fine folks at College Tennis Weekly with Tony Minnis about the most recent NCAA Championships in Tulsa. The Fox College Sports channel is available on most cable/satellite providers in the sports tier (if you subscribe to it). The first airing will be next Tuesday at 11:30 p.m. ET so don't forget to set the DVR - for other showtimes check out the Virginia article.

Oklahoma State's $17.5 million Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center was named as one of the 12 winners in the USTA's Facility Awards program - click here for the full release. Oklahoma State's new facility hosted the Big 12 Championships last season and was also used as a back-up site for the NCAA Championships.


Wimbledon (Grass) - John Isner moved on to the third round by defeating Matthew Barton in three tiebreak sets while Benjamin Becker was beating handily by Tomas Berdych. Steve Johnson's third round match was halted by rain with Johnson up a break in the first set.

Second Round
[18] #17 John Isner (Georgia '07) def. #248 Matthew Barton 7-6(8), 7-6(3), 7-6(8)
[10] #9 Tomas Berdych def. #102 Benjamin Becker (Baylor '05) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

Third Round
[18] #17 John Isner (Georgia '07) vs. [12] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
#29 Steve Johnson (USC '12) vs. #37 Grigor Dimitrov *4-3


$25K Wichita, KS, USA F23 (Hard) - Sekou Bangoura had a nice day in Wichita - the former Florida Gators knocked off the top seed Tommy Paul in his singles quarterfinal match and then he and Darian King won the doubles title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Eric Quigley (Kentucky '12) and Nicolas Meister (UCLA '12). It was Bangoura's 14th career doubles title and second with Darian King.

Jared Hiltzik made the biggest comeback of the day in Wichita when he rallied from 6-2, 4-2 down to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. Hiltzik fought off three match points when serving 4-5, 0/40 in the second set and then he broke from 15/40 to go up 6-5 before serving out the set in a two-deuce game.

Quarterfinals
[5] #252 Sekou Bangoura (Florida '11) def. [1] #202 Tommy Paul 6-2, 7-6(4)
#640 Cameron Norrie (TCU Rising Jr) def. [8] #450 Clay Thompson (UCLA '14) 6-2, 7-6(4)
#596 Jared Hiltzik (Illinois '16) def. #1057 Ryan Haviland (Stanford '02) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
[Q] #1825 Dominik Koepfer (Tulane '16) def. #499 Takanyi Garanganga 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

Semifinals
[5] #252 Sekou Bangoura (Florida '11) vs. #640 Cameron Norrie (TCU Rising Jr)
#596 Jared Hiltzik (Illinois '16) vs. [Q] #1825 Dominik Koepfer (Tulane '16)


$10K Pittsburgh, PA USA F22 (Clay) - Connor Smith lost his singles match but he 16-year old Danny Thomas won the doubles title with a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6) win over Robbie Mudge (NC State '15) and Rob Galloway (Wofford '15).

Quarterfinals
#1096 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA Rising Sr) def. [4] #462 Adam El Mihdawy 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
#787 Winston Lin (Columbia '15) def. [3] #417 Connor Smith (Ohio St '13) 6-3, 6-4
[2] #451 Kaichi Uchida def. #994 Patrick Daciek (Virginia Tech '12) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

Semifinals
#1096 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA Rising Sr) vs. [5] #527 Jose Statham
#787 Winston Lin (Columbia '15) vs. [2] #451 Kaichi Uchida


$25K Kelowna, Canada, F4 (Hard) - Jason Jung came up short in the singles quarterfinals but he and 35-year old John-Paul Fruttero (Cal '03) won the doubles title with a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Jarryd Chaplin (Tennessee '14) and Ben McLachlan (Cal '14). The doubles title was Fruttero's 15th of his career but first since 2012 - interesting fact he won his first two doubles titles in 2002 and 2003 with new Auburn coach Bobby Reynolds. It was Jung's ninth career doubles title and third of the year.

Quarterfinals
#560 Ray Sarmiento (USC '14) vs. [Q] #2141 Riaan Du Toit (Central Florida '13) 6-2, 6-3
#357 Blake Mott def. [2] #289 Jason Jung (Michigan '12) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Semifinals
#560 Ray Sarmiento (USC '14) vs. [8] #464 Sebastien Boltz


$25K Montauban, France, F12 (Clay) - #905 Florent Diep (Florida '14) lost 7-6(8), 6-1 to #352 Caio Zampieri in the quarterfinals. Diep led 5-3 in the first set and had a set point on his serve but got broke and dropped the set in a long tiebreak. The second set went downhill pretty quickly after he got broke serving at 1-2.

$10K Harare, Zimbabwe, F2 (Hard) - #1509 Mitchell Frank (Virginia '15) and #342 Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss '15) both lost in the semifinals. Frank went down 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 to #315 Lloyd Harris while Scholtz lost 7-6(5), 6-4 to #503 Marc Polmans. Scholtz and Tucker Vorster (Ole Miss '11) lost 6-4, 6-2 in the doubles final to Hugo Nys and Vishnu Vardhan.

$10K Nieuwpoort, Belgium, F3 (Clay) - #534 Joran Vliegen (East Carolina '14) fell in the singles quarterfinals to the top seed #323 Filip Horansky 6-2, 6-3 however he and Sander Gille (East Tennessee State '12) won their 15th doubles title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Laurens Verboven (USC Rising Soph) and Stijn Meulemans.

$10K Kamen, Germany, F5 (Clay) - #619 Jonas Luetjen (Ole Miss '13) lost his quarterfinal match to #326 Christopher Heyman 7-6(3), 6-3. Luetjen jumped out to a double-break 3-0 lead in the first set but Heyman got on the board after breaking in a four-deuce game. Heyman broke in a two-deuce game to even it at 4-4 and then cruised in the first set tiebreak. Heyman broke Luetjen to go up 3-2 in the second and then broke again to win it.

$10K Cali, Colombia, F3 Futures (Clay) - #551 Roberto Quiroz (USC '15) advanced to his third final of the year after a 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-2 win over #557 Marcelo Barrios Vera. Quiroz will attempt to win his third career singles final when he meets #727 Gonzalo Villanueva on Saturday.

$10K Kazan, Russia, F2 Futures (Clay) - #797 Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU Rising Jr) lost in the semifinals to the top seed #421 Marc Giner 6-3, 6-1.







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