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


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.


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."

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.


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.

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.


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


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


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

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.


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.

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).


#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)

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.

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) 
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
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.

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)
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
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.

[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

[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).

#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

#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.

#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

#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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