Sunday was as wild a day as it gets in the SEC with four lower ranked women's teams picking up wins with two of those wins coming over No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Georgia. The SEC is the only Power 5 Women's Conference to have its conference tournament this coming week so many of these same teams will see each other much sooner than they had probably hoped. Sunday was a day of redemption for some teams on the men's side with both Oregon and Michigan overcoming tough losses to pick up a top 25 win. 

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Cal came into Friday evenings match against No. 23 Oregon with a perfect 33-0 record all-time against the Ducks but the streak nearly came to an end. Cal picked up the all-important doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Oregon came back in singles and picked up three quick straight set wins from Akihiro Tanaka, Cormac Clissold, and Ty Gentry to go in front 3-1. Cal came back to tie it up with Andre Goransson and Filip Bergevi each winning in straight sets so the match would be decided in a third set at No. 1 between a pair of Frenchmen. 

Cal senior Florian Lakat (Paris) took the first set 6-4 but Oregon sophomore Thomas Laurent (Montpellier) snagged the second 7-5 after breaking Lakat's 6-5 service game. After an exchange of holds, Laurent went up 30/40 on Lakat's 1-2 service game but Lakat hit back-to-back forehand winners to hold for 2-2. Laurent held for 3-2 and then he went up 30/40 on Lakat's serve but Lakat hit back-to-back service winners to hold for 3-3. Laurent held for 4-3 and then once again he'd go up 30/40 on Lakat's serve but Lakat hit an ace out wide and then on the deciding point he hit a service winner to hold for 4-4. Laurent had been cruising on his serve all set but Lakat would break him on the no-ad point after hitting a forehand winner that just clipped the sideline right in front of the chair. Laurent actually called the shot out but the chair quickly overruled it so now Lakat was serving for the match up 5-4. Lakat would serve it out from 40/15 to give Cal a tough 4-3 win. 

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Saturday was a busy day out west with USC and Baylor advancing to the finals of the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge while Oregon defeated Tulane to win the San Diego Spring Break Tournament. Virginia played its first competitive match in a month and dominated Notre Dame in South Bend. Mississippi State, Auburn, and Florida each went on the road in the SEC and won 4-3 matches.

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It's not uncommon for a No. 2 seed to knock out a host during the Kick-Off Weekend but when the No. 2 seed is Utah State and the No. 1 is TCU the idea of Utah State pulling it off was something that few outside of Logan could have ever imagined. TCU, which finished last year ranked 57 spots higher than Utah State, came into the match riding a 31-match home court winning streak while Utah State was only participating in a Kick-Off Weekend regional for the second time in school history. The Aggies, led by first-year head coach James Wilson, got off to a slow start in doubles after TCU jumped out to early break leads at No. 1 and No. 2. TCU's Jerry Lopez and Reese Stalder only needed 20 minutes to win 6-0 at No. 1 but the other two courts would tighten up with Utah State breaking back at No. 2 while No. 3 also went back and forth. TCU's No. 2 team of Alex Rybakov and Guillermo Nunez retook the break at 5-3 and then Rybakov served it out to win 6-3 which gave TCU the doubles point and early 1-0 lead. 

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The fall season came to a close on Sunday with Baylor, Oregon, North Texas, and Rice getting the strongest all-around performances from several of its players. See who won titles and see who came up short.   

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Saturday was semifinal day at all the fall tournaments - take a look down below to see who is playing in Sunday's finals. 

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The big upset of the day came in Starkville as the Bulldogs from Mississippi State upset the Bulldogs from Georgia 4-2.  Mississippi State took the doubles point for the 16th time this year and is now 11-0 in doubles at home.  State fell a break behind at both #1 and #3 but managed to turn both courts around and would clinch the point with a win at #1 over the #1 ranked team in the country.

Mississippi State kept the momentum going during singles play and jumped out to early break leads on 5 of 6 courts.

Mississippi State's Rishab Agarwal was 1st off the court with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #5 singles over Nick Wood in a match that was pretty lopsided the entire time.  Georgia's Wayne Montgomery would cut the deficit to 2-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 at #2 singles over Juan Cruz Estevarena.  Montgomery fell behind 5-3 in the 1st set but would break Estevarena at 4-5 and 5-6 to force the breaker then after jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the TB he took it 7-4.


Georgia managed to turn the tide on several courts to force some 3rd sets but when the match was on the line it was State's Florian Lakat, Mate Cutura, and Julian Cash who all rose to the occasion.

State's #3 Mate Cutura would come back from a set down to pick up the biggest win of his his collegiate career as he defeated #18 Nathan Pasha 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.  Cutura broke Pasha to go up 4-3 in the 3rd and 2 holds later he had his big time win.

State's #1 Florian Lakat cruised to a 6-2 opening but Georgia's Austin Smith came right back to take the 2nd set 6-2.  In the 3rd set Lakat broke Smith to go up 2-1 and would hold for 3-1 before Smith would take the next 3 games to go up 4-3.  Lakat wouldn't wilt though as he held for 4-4, broke Smith for 5-4, and then fought off not 1 but 2 break points to clinch the upset win.  See the video clip below of match point.


Just before Lakat clinched Georgia's Ben Wagland would pick up a win at #4 singles by a 6-3, 7-6(4) score.  In the one abandoned match Mississippi State's Julian Cash would have a commanding 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Georgia' Paul Oosterbaan.


Mississippi State recap

"That was an amazing performance by our guys and I cannot say enough about how much each one of them fought, MSU coach Matt Roberts said. "We knew going in how good Georgia is, but we also knew we could compete on that level. We brought a lot of energy in here today and our guys capitalized on it.

"We've been playing like a team more and more with each match, Roberts said when asked of the team's streak. "In practice and in matches, these guys come together and fight for each other. That's why we're playing at the level we're playing at right now.

"The way we played down the stretch of this match speaks a lot of how bad these guys wanted this win, Roberts said. "Rishab and Mate have kept on their hot streak and Florian was just too clutch there at the end. Again, so proud of this team.

"That was an unreal win for us today, Lakat said. "We kept playing for each other and feeding off each other's energy. I had so much confidence in myself, especially after that first set. Even though he came back in the second, I knew I wasn't going to lose this. I was going to do it for my team.

Georgia recap

"Mississippi State earned the win today," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We didn't play our best, and Mississippi State had a lot to do with that. We had some opportunities in doubles that we didn't take advantage of. They played very well in singles, and our guys fought hard but that wasn't enough today. All the credit goes to Mississippi State."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 3rd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#26 Mississippi State (16-5) 4, #6 Georgia (16-3) 2
April 3rd, 2015 - AJ Pitts Tennis Centre - Starkville, MS 
Singles 
1. #108 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.82) def. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.18) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
2. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59) def. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.75) 7-6(4), 6-2
3. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67) def. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.27) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.26) def. #122 Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.87) 6-3, 7-6(4)
5. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.68) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.86) 6-2, 6-2
6. Julian Cash (MSU 13.43) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.66) 6-2, 4-6, 5-2 DNF
Doubles
1. #14 Lakat/Cash (MSU) def. #1 Smith/Wagland (UGA) 6-4
2. Cutura/Schmid (MSU) def. Pasha/Diaz (UGA) 6-4
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Estevarena/Haden (MSU) 5-5 DNF
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5, 2, 3, 4, 1)
Mississippi State has now won 4 straight while Georgia's 10-match winning streak was snapped.

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Virginia Tech managed to win the doubles point for the 10th time in 17 tries but the Hokies quickly fell behind on 4 singles courts.  The 1 court where Virginia Tech never trailed was at #4 as Hunter Koontz rolled to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Chris Simich.  

Louisville's Seb Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri would cruise to straight set wins at 1 and 5 and things were looking good for the Cards early on at 2 and 3.  

Louisville's #2 Alex Gornet led 5-3 in the opening set before VT's Andreas Bjerrehus would rally to take the next 4 games to take the 1st set 7-5 and then Bjerrehus would break Gornet late in the 2nd set to close out the 7-5, 6-4 win.   

Louisville's #3 Albert Wagner led 7-5, 3-1 before VT's Joao Monteiro kicked it up a few notches and came back to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Virginia Tech's #6 Jai Corbett took the opening set 6-3 before falling behind 5-2 in the 2nd set against Luis Elizondo.  Unfortunately for Louisville, Elizondo wouldn't be able to close out the set as Corbett came back to push it to a tiebreak and then took the TB 11-9 to clinch the team win.  

Virginia Tech recap
Louisville recap

"I've got to give Virginia Tech credit in that we had them on their heels and we just didn't put it away," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "The winner of this match has got an inside track to hosting the NCAA first and second round, When you get that moment, you've got to go seize it, and unfortunately we didn't seize it. Maybe it's this team's inexperience in having these types of big moments over the years. But really we had the moment and we were in position to win and basically waited for them to lose instead of us grabbing our moment."

#13 Virginia Tech 5, #23 Louisville 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Louisville, Ky (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.65) def. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.25) 6-2, 6-2
2. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79) def. #123 Alex Gornet (LOU 13.60) 7-5, 6-4
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.75) def. #94 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.61) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.66) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.37) 6-4, 6-3
5. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.36) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.28) 6-4, 6-3
6. Jai Corbett (VT 12.86) def. Luis Elizondo (LOU 12.21) 6-3, 7-6 (9)
Doubles competition
1. #68 Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) vs. #64 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 6-7, unf
2. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU) 8-7 (4)
3. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Van Damrongsri/Luis Elizondo (LOU) 8-2
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 15-2; National ranking #13
Louisville 19-5; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,5,1,2,6,3)
T-3:40 A-115
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The excellent Duke recap has all the details you need.  
Notre Dame recap

#5 Duke 5, #35 Notre Dame 2
April 3, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.50) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.44) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (6)
2. #34 Jason Tahir (DU 13.86) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.69) 6-3, 6-2
3. #101 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.36) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.01) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.97) def. Billy Pecor (ND 13.03) 7-5, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10)
5. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND 12.56) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.74) 6-4, 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.46) def. Alex Lawson (ND 12.80) 7-6 (5), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #9 Alex Lawson/Billy Pecor (ND) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Jason Tahir (DU) 8-4
2. Raphael Hemmeler/Josh Levine (DU) def. #22 Josh Hagar/Eddy Covalschi (ND) 8-2
3. Bruno Semenzato/TJ Pura (DU) def. Quentin Monaghan/Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 8-6
Match Notes
Notre Dame 12-7, 4-3 ACC; National ranking #35
Duke 17-3, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,6,3,1,4)
T-3:50 A-260
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Ohio State recap 
Minnesota recap

#11 Ohio State 4, #29 Minnesota 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.08) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.98) 7-5, 6-1
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.14) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.34) 6-3, 7-6 (1)
3. #104 Matic Spec (MINN 13.96) def. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.43) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.45) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.19) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.74) 5-7, 7-6, DNF
6. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.89) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.95) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #49 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) 8-7 (0)
2. #76 Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. #74 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-3
3. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 8-6
Match Notes
Minnesota 14-5 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #29
Ohio State 16-7 (4-1 B1G); National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,2)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:18 A-137
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Florida recap 

Quotes from the Match
Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On the importance of winning the doubles point to gain early momentum
It really was [important]. It's not easy to have a lead and then lose it. And the next thing you know you're facing elimination and that's exactly what happened today. I'm just really proud that Gordon [Watson] and Diego [Hidalgo] just continued to believe and continued to fight until the end. They were able to reverse it with a lob and a forehand and couple good volleys and the next thing you know they're in a tiebreaker. They did a nice job just hanging tough and really just being persistent out there on the court and making the plays when they had to.

On the consistency in singles from Elliott Orkin and Chase Perez-Blanco
It really is important. They've kind of been the anchors. Those two and Diego [Hidalgo] have been pretty rock solid for us on the singles court and it's huge. It's huge to have guys out there that are confident in what they're doing, understand their game, know how to play to their strengths and they're playing with a purpose out there, so that always helps you have a chance. Those guys in the big moments, they're playing aggressively and confidently in those moments and that's good to see. The more you win, the more your confidence grows. The sky is their limit right now.

On keeping the team focused when singles wins go back and forth

It's not easy. The team aspect is important to these guys. Individually they want to do well but they really want the team to do well. And so it's easy to start watching the scoreboards and seeing how their teammates are doing while they're trying to play, so it's our job as coaches to try to get them on task and make sure that they're focusing in on their individual matches and their game plans and paying attention to where they might need to make adjustments. It's not easy because they care about the team and they want the team to do well and they care about one another, so I kind of understand it, but at the same time they need to focus in on their court.

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Texas picked up win #300 for head coach Michael Center with a hard fought 4-1 win over Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders won the doubles point by winning tiebreaks at 2 and 3 but Texas was able to rally with singles wins from Soren Hess-Olesen, Adrien Berkowicz, Nick Naumann, and Clement Homs.

Texas recap

"I'm proud of the student-athletes I've had, not only this year but in the past, that have made contributions to our program while they were here and after their graduation," Center said after Saturday's win. "It has been very gratifying, and I'm looking forward to many more with this group."

"Every match is so hard to win in this conference and at this time of year," Center said. "We had some opportunities in doubles, but ended up losing two tiebreakers to put our backs against the wall. I know Texas Tech has a heck of a team in singles, but we played really well down the stretch and fought hard to get this win."

"Clement is strong, both physically and mentally, particularly in the moment when you really need him to step up," coach Michael Center said. "He is just a man out there right now. He is playing really tough. As he continues to play stronger, that makes our team stronger."

Texas Tech recap

"What a battle," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "We played well in doubles, but Texas was really strong at No. 1 and No. 3. We were still in the match at No. 2 and No. 4. We gave ourselves a chance, but unfortunately Texas was too good today."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 4th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#9 Texas 4, #21 Texas Tech 1
04/04/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.92) def. #40 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.65) 6-1, 6-3
2. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.90) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.45) 5-7, 6-2, 3-3, unf
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.89) def. Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.58) 6-3, 6-2
4. #113 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.38) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.68)  7-6 (2), 4-5, unf
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.76) def. Francisco Zambon (TTU 12.88) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.31) def. Connor Curry (TTU 12.94) 7-6 (7-2), 0-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #41 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #25 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TTU) 6-2
2. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TTU) def. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) def. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Texas Tech 16-6, 0-2; National ranking #21; Regional ranking #5
Texas 16-3, 2-1; National ranking #9; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,5,6)
T-2:46
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In front of a monster crowd of just under 1000, TCU rallied after dropping the doubles point and came back to win 4-3. TCU really dominated in singles taking 5 opening sets and they managed to close out 4 in straight sets with Cameron Norrie, Arnau Dachs, Facundo Lugones, and Will Stein all getting wins.  After the match had been clinched they did play the 2 remaining matches out and South Florida won them both with a 10 point tiebreak played in lieu of a 3rd set.  Bravo to the coaches for letting them play it out!!!

Note: South Florida's #1 doubles team fought off 8 match points before winning the doubles deciding point in a tiebreak.


TCU recap

"I couldn't be more impressed and proud of the way our guys responded to the adversity of having a doubles point ripped out of our paws," head coach David Roditi. "I give credit to the USF doubles team for that one. We had a choice and the guys responded the way any coach would ideally want them to respond. There were great performances by all our singles players and especially Cameron (Norrie), Facundo (Lugones) and Will Stein. Arnau (Dachs) could not have closed out the match any better. He was so professional and confident in the way he handled it.

"Today was also a beautiful sight with all of our families that brought their children and a huge thanks goes out to Sharon Keenum for putting together that magnificent Easter Egg Hunt. Now we will prepare for our cross-town rivals (SMU) at what I hear is an amazing new facility."

South Florida recap

#10 TCU 4, #22 USF 3
Apr 04, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #20 Roberto Cid (USF 14.16) def. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.90) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.60) def. #76 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.78) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
3. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.23) def. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.48) 6-1, 6-4
4. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.89) def. I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF 13.23) 6-4, 6-4
5. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.58) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.15) 6-1, 6-2
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.29) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.07) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #36 Oliver Pramming/Justin Roberts (USF) def. #19 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 7-6 (7-3)
2. #18 Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-1
3. Roberto Cid/I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF) def. Hudson Blake/Facundo Lugones (TCU) 6-4
Match Notes:
USF 14-5; National ranking #22
TCU 17-6; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,3,6,4,2,1)

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Tulane has had some nice wins this year but today was the icing on the cake as the Green Wave crashed down on #20 Tulsa 4-3.  The Golden Hurricane took the doubles point but Tulane came out strong in singles and took the opening set on 5 of 6 courts. The Green Wave would turn 5 of those 1st sets into 3 straight set wins with Alex Van Cott, Sebastian Rey, and Chi-Shan Jao winning at 3, 4, and 5.  Tulsa would get a straight set win at #6 from Dylan McCloskey and Alejandro Espejo (the lone senior on Senior Day) would come back from a set down to win at #2 singles.  With the match all square at 3 it would come down to a 3rd set at #1 singles to decide the winner. Tulane's Dominik Koepfer would pull through and clinch the biggest win for the program since Hurricane Katrina (per the Tulane recap)

Tulane recap

"Wow, what a great fight and full team effort by our boys," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "There were lots of ups and downs throughout but they kept battling and believing and came up with a nice road win."

"To get a top-20 road win against a conference rival really shows how hard these guys have worked and continued believing in the process," Booras added. "We've pushed them hard after each loss this year and they've responded positively to the challenges each time. We're still putting some pieces of the puzzle together, but it's nice to see them reap some fruits of their labors today against a top program.

Tulsa recap

#54 Tulane 4, #20 Tulsa 3
Apr 04, 2015 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Doubles -- Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Koepfer / Jao (TLN) def. Ram-Harel / Espejo (TU), 6-3
2. Kirby / McCloskey (TU) def. Van Cott / Van Cott (TLN), 6-4
3. Santos / Gonzalez (TU) def. Schmitz / Rey (TLN), 7-6(3) 
Singles -- Order of finish: 6, 3, 4, 5, 2, 1
1. #14 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.19) def. #33 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.75), 7-6(3),3-6,6-1
2. #74 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.83) def. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.70), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Alex Van Cott (TLN 13.19) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.69), 7-5, 6-1
4. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.35) def. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.51), 7-5, 6-2
5. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.50) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.19), 6-4, 7-6(5)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.62) def. Ian Van Cott (TLN 12.31), 6-1, 6-2
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It was a day of close matches as we saw several lower seeds pull off upsets.  In the ACC, #75 Clemson beat #32 Louisville 4-3 and #55 Georgia Tech hammered #35 Notre Dame 4-0.  In the Mountain West unranked Nevada sent #67 Utah State packing win a 4-2 win and Boise State did the same to #69 Fresno State by knocking them off 4-0.  In the Big Ten, Michigan beat #48 Penn State 4-2 and Nebraska came from behind to beat Michigan State 4-3.  In the Pac 12, #50 Oregon looked like it was going to upset #25 Cal but the Bears rallied to win 4-3.  Read about each match below.

Clemson lost the regular season meeting against Louisville at home by a 5-2 score though none of the singles matches were repeats this time around.  Louisville won the doubles point last time with Clemson taking it this time.  Clemson got wins from Alejandro Augusto, Luke Johnson, and Hampton Drake with the freshman from Hilton Head providing the clincher at #6 singles by taking the 3rd set 6-0.  Below are some interviews from Clemson's youtube:


The box score that Clemson posted actually showed Louisville winning 4-3 with Drake losing the last set 6-0 instead of winning - sounds like they were in disbelief too!


Clemson recap
Louisville recap

"Clemson got off to a great start with winning doubles and leading all six of the singles courts," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "It looked like we were too deep into a hole being down 0-2, but that is when we made a gutsy surge. Albert, Sebastian, and Van all regained control of extremely close matches to put us into the lead. But they played a little better than us and finished well in the two remaining courts. Those played with poise and avenged our 5-2 win against them at Clemson."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 23rd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#75 [11] Clemson 4, #32 [6] Louisville 3
April 23, 2015 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. Seb Stiefelmeyer (UL 14.68) def. Hunter Harrington (CU 13.44) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
2. Alejandro Augusto (CU 13.36) def. Alex Gornet (UL 13.56) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Albert Wagner (UL 13,74) def. Daffra Sanon (CU 13.11) 7-5, 6-1
4. Luke Johnson (CU 13.19) def. Chris Simich (UL 13.22) 6-1, 6-4
5. Van Damrongsri (UL 12.38) def. Austin Ansari (CU 12.54) 6-4, 7-5
6. Hampton Drake (CU 13.23) def. Luis Elizondo (UL 12.35) 6-3, 6-7 (7-6), 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Hunter Harrington/Luke Johnson (CU) def. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (UL) 8-5
2. Albert Wagner/Van Damrongsri (UL) vs. Drake/Dudley (CU) 7-6, unf
3. Austin Ansari/Alejandro Auguso (CU) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Chris Simich (UL) 8-6
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,5,1,2,6)


Georgia Tech avenged a 6-1 regular season loss at Notre Dame even though 5 of the 6 singles matches were repeats.  Notre Dame won the doubles point in the first match but Georgia Tech got the point this time around with wins at 1 and 2.  The biggest turnaround was at #5 as GT's Cole Fiegel smacked Billy Pecor 6-1, 6-0 after Pecor won the first meeting 7-5, 6-1.  Michael Kay clinched the win at #4 singles with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Alex Lawson though if Kay didn't clinch Benito was right there at #2 and Rakitt was up a set and a break at #3.

Note: GT recap showed Eric Schnurrenberger playing #6 for ND though ND's recap showed Kenneth Sabacinski.  The ACC's live scoring showed Sabacinski too however it also showed Nicolas Alvarez playing at #1 for Duke (he sat out) and Esben Hess-Olesen playing at #5 for UNC (sat out too).

Georgia Tech recap
Notre Dame recap


#55 Georgia Tech 4, #35 Notre Dame 0
Apr 23, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #9 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.61) vs. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.75) 7-6, 2-3,
2. Carlos Benito (GT 13.50) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.52) 6-4, 5-3 unf.
3. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.16) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.86) 7-6 (3), 3-1, unf
4. Michael Kay (GT 13.39) def. Alex Lawson (ND 13.17) 7-5, 6-2
5. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.11) def. Billy Pecor (ND 13.08) 6-1, 6-0
6. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.36) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.31) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #87 Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. #12 Billy Pecor/Alex Lawson (ND) 8-6
2. Christopher Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) def. #30 Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) 8-3
3. Dougie Benard/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Cole Fiegel/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-6
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 13-11, 4-8 ACC; National ranking #55
Notre Dame 14-11, 6-6 ACC; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6,4)


The match of the day at the ACC Tournament was this one between Florida State and NC State.  NC State looked good early on in doubles after jumping out to leads on all 3 courts - 4-2 on 1, 7-4 on 2, and 5-3 on 3.  NC State's #2 team won 8-5 and its #3 team served for the match up 7-6 but Florida State wouldn't go away. FSU's #3 team of the Whitehurst brothers broke back to force the tiebreak then won it 7-3 in the TB.  FSU's #1 team won the final 2 points of the tiebreak to win that court 7-5.

NC State came out strong in singles and took the opening set on 5 of 6 courts however they'd be unable to finish them out because Florida State would win 3rd set tiebreaks at 3, 4, and 5 with Cristian Mendez clinching the come from behind win at #3 - Mendez was down a break at 4-3 in the 3rd before breaking back.  Terrell Whitehurst came back from 5-2 down in his 3rd set tiebreak at #5 to win 7-5.  Florida's State #1 Benjamin Lock also had a match point at the time of the clinch.

Both teams played without singles starters - FSU's #3 Marco Nunez and NCST's #2 Simon Norenius both didn't play.  Norenius retired in his match against Notre Dame last weekend with an injury while Nunez played twice last weekend but only won 3 games.  I'm not sure if Nunez was injured and that's why he played poorly last week or if he was held out for different reasons.

FSU recap

"It's one of those matches where nothing came easy for either team, head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "We used tiebreak wins on five courts today. Because we played them a few weeks ago, I felt we were at a disadvantage having to come back up to their turf and play again and deal with the revenge factor, but we toughed it out and got the win.

"We were down match point and that was an unbelievable point to send the match to a tiebreaker on [Court] 3, Hultquist said. "I loved how Terrance and Terrell competed to get that point for us.

"When you're put in these matches, you have to be fearless, Hultquist said. "I loved how Jose closed it out with an ace.

"I love how Cristian toughed it out, Hultquist said. "Nothing came easy and all three sets were tight.

"I'm excited to be able to clinch in my senior year, Gonzalez Mendez said. "I played well throughout. In the first set I left points out there, but I persevered and I had built a confidence that carried through to the second and third sets.

"Against Virginia, you have to go for your shots, Hultquist said. "Obviously they're the best team in conference and have been for years. You have to want the ball and not worry about mistakes.

NC State recap

#33 [8] Florida State 4, #37 [9] NC State 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. Benjamin Lock (FS 13.95) vs. Robbie Mudge (ST 13.83) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 5-3, unf
2. Beck Bond (ST 13.55) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.81) 6-3, 6-1
3. C. Gonzalez Mendez (FS 13.55) def. Austin Powell (ST 13.56) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Jose Gracia (FS 13.36) def. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.54) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Terrell Whitehurst (FS 12.89) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST 11.99) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Nick Horton (ST 13.41) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FS 12.73) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. Beck Bond/Nick Horton (ST) 8-7 (7-5)
2. Ian Dempster/Thomas Weigel (ST) def. Jose Gracia/C. Gonzalez Mendez (FS) 8-5
3. Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. Robbie Mudge/Austin Powell (ST) 8-7 (7-3)
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,6,4,5,3)



So close, yet so far away - that's how Oregon has to feel after todays match.  The Ducks jumped on Cal early by taking the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 and then took 4 opening sets in singles. Cormac Clissold was the only Duck to finish in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-2 win at #5, which put Oregon up 2-0, but then Billy Griffith put Cal on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #6.  The 4 other singles matches would each go the distance with the person losing the 1st set winning in the end. There were so many twists and turns in each match along the way that it got tough to keep track of.

Cal's Andre Goransson would even the match at 2-2 with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win at #1 singles over Daan Maasland.  Goransson sprinted out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set and served for the match but Maasland would break, hold, and break again to even the match up at 5-5.  Goransson would then break back and serve it out to finally secure the win.

Cal's Oskar Wikberg would put Cal ahead 3-2 when he completed his comeback at #4 singles with a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over Jayson Amos.  It looked like Amos was going to finish off Wikberg in straight sets when he led 6-3, 5-3 but Wikberg held for 4-5, broke Amos serving for the match to even it at 5, then held serve for 6-5.  If I remember correctly Amos had at least 1 match point on the 5-4 serve game.  Amos would then come back from 0-40 down to hold and send it to a tiebreak but Wikberg would take the final 2 points of the TB to take it 7-5 and send the match to a 3rd set. Wikberg broke Amos to go up 2-1 in the 3rd but Amos would break right back and then hold to go up 3-2.  After 3 straight holds, Wikberg would break Amos to go up 5-4 and then he'd serve it out to put that 3rd point on the board.

Oregon's Daniel Sardu would tie it up at 3-3 with a come from behind 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5) win over Filip Bergevi at #2 singles.  It looked like Bergevi would close this one out in straight sets when he led 6-2, 5-4 but Sardu fought off a slew of match points to hold for 5-5 and would ultimately push the 2nd set to a tiebreak.  Bergevi led 6-5 in the tiebreak but Sardu would take the final 3 points to take it 8-6.  Sardu jumped out a 5-2 lead in the 3rd before Bergevi charged back to tie it at 5-5.  Each would hold 1 more time to send it a tiebreak then Sardu got the early mini-break and held on to take it 7-5.

The final remaining court left was at #3 singles as Cal's Greg Bayane opened up a 4-0 lead in the 3rd over Oregon's Simon Stevens.  Before we proceed forward lets go back to the 2nd set where it looked like Stevens was going to close out Bayane in straights after leading 6-4, 5-3.  Bayane held for 4-5 then would break Stevens in a lengthy service game that had at least 5 deuces with Stevens having at least 2 match points (may have been 3).  Bayane held for 6-5 then Stevens held to send it a tiebreak but the TB was all Bayane as he cruised 7-2.  Jumping back to where we started, after Bayane held for 4-0 Stevens would finally snap out of his slump and hold for 1-4.  Bayane quickly held for 5-1 and then had 2 match points on the Stevens' serve before Stevens held for 2-5.  Bayane went up 40-15 on his 5-2 service game but Stevens got it back to deuce.  Bayane got the next point to give himself another match point but then Stevens would take the next 3 points to break for 3-5.  Stevens would then go down 30-40 on his service game but would fight back to hold for 4-5.  It just seemed like this one was heading for a dramatic 3rd set tiebreak but Bayane finally righted the ship and would hold from 40-15 to propel Cal into Friday's semifinals against rival Stanford.

Cal recap
Oregon recap

#25 [4] California 4, #50 [5] Oregon 3
April 23, 2015 - Ojai, CA (Libbey Park)
Doubles
1. #49 Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (CAL) def. #77 Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (ORE), 8-3
2. Daniel Sardu/Joey Swaysland (UO) def. Filip Bergevi/Mads Engsted (CAL), 8-4
3. Cormac Clissold/Jayson Amos (UO) def. #86 Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL), 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
Singles
1. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.18) def. #115 Daan Maasland (UO 13.92), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
2. Daniel Sardu (UO 13.29) def. #99 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.85), 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5)
3. Gregory Bayane (CAL 13.45) def. Simon Stevens (UO 13.31), 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.42) def. Jayson Amos (UO 13.43), 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
5. Cormac Clissold (UO 12.93) def. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.65), 6-3, 6-2
6. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.47) def. Joey Swaysland (UO 12.47), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 4, 2, 3
T - 4:34


Another candidate for match of the day came in the Big Ten as Nebraska came back from 3-1 down to defeat Michigan State 4-3.  Nebraska won the doubles point going away but Michigan State picked up straight set wins from Brett Forman, Jasper Koenen, and Michael Dube at 2, 5, and 6 to take the 3-1 lead.  Michigan State's Harry Jadun was also up a set on #3 but Nebraska's Marc Hermann rallied back and won 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Nebraska also picked up a win at #4 as Andrew Dzulynsky beat Mac Roy 7-6, 6-4.  With the match tied at 3-3 it all came down to #1 between Nebraska's Dusty Boyer and Michigan State's Gijs Linders.  Boyer took the first set 7-6 but Linders broke Boyer to go up 6-5 in the second then served it out to even the match at a set a piece.  Linders opened up a double break lead in the 3rd and was serving up 3-0 before Boyer regained his footing and started the comeback. Boyer would go ahead 6-5 then break Linders to take it 7-5 in the 3rd and send Nebraska onto the quarterfinals.

Nebraska recap
Michigan State recap

"It was a tough match, especially without JP (John Patrick Mullane)," head coach Gene Orlando said. "But the guys stepped up in his absence."

"The seniors have had a great career," Orlando said. "And Linders being named First-Team All-Big Ten is great."

[10] Nebraska 4, [7] Michigan State 3
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #111 Dusty Boyer (NEB 13.08) def. Gijs Linders (MSU 13.00) 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-5
2. Brett Forman (MSU 13.35) def. Linus Erhart (NEB 13.23) 6-3, 6-2
3. Marc Herrmann (NEB 12.41) def. Harry Jadun (MSU 12.99) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
4. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB 12.24) def. Mac Roy (MSU 12.45) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
5. Jasper Koenen (MSU 11.99) def. Chris Hobgarski (NEB 12.14) 6-3, 6-2
6. Michael Dube (MSU 12.13) def. Bradford Zitsch (NEB 12.13) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Bradford Zitsch/Dusty Boyer (NEB) def. Harry Jadun/Jasper Koenen (MSU) 8-3
2. Linus Erhart/Scott Elsass (NEB) def. Mac Roy/Gijs Linders (MSU) 8-1
3. Brett Forman/Doug Zade (MSU) vs. Marc Herrmann/Chris Hobgarski (NEB) 5-3, unf
Match Notes:
Nebraska 11-12, 3-8
Michigan State 12-16, 3-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,2,6,4,3,1)


Michigan jumped out to the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point but Penn State went ahead 2-1 with wins from Leo Stakhovsky and Roman Trkulja at 1 and 5. Michigan's Alex Knight evened the match at 2 with an easy win at 3 and then Kevin Wong would come back from a set down to win 12 of the final 13 games to put the Wolverines ahead 3-2.  While Penn State's Matt Barry fought hard to force a 3rd set at #3, Michigan's Runhao Hua would pull away down the stretch at #2 and would end up clinching the match by winning 6-1 in the 3rd.

Michigan recap
Penn State recap

"A very difficult loss but Michigan just outplayed us today," said Tobin. "We have to give them credit when it's due. We had opportunities across the board, but we were not able to hang on to our leads."

[11] Michigan 4, #48 [6] Penn State 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.33) def. Michael Zhu (MICH 12.93) 6-1, 6-2
2. Runhao Hua (MICH 13.54) def. Alex Fennell (PSU 12.91) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Matt Barry (PSU 13.43) vs. Alex Petrone (MICH 12.91) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 1-2, unf
4. Alex Knight (MICH 12.99) def. Thomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.19) 6-1, 6-3
5. Roman Trkulja (PSU 12.81) def. Davis Crocker (MICH 12.23) 6-4, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (MICH 12.64) def. Nika Dolidze (PSU 12.41) 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (MICH) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Alex Fennell (PSU) 8-6
2. Mike Reilly/Matt Barry (PSU) def. Alex Petrone/Kevin Wong (MICH) 8-4
3. Michael Zhu/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) def. Aws Laaribi/ChristianLutschaunig (PSU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Michigan 7-14, 3-8
Penn State 15-15, 5-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,4,6,2,3)


Nevada avenged a 4-1 loss to #67 Utah State, from just 2 weeks ago, by defeating the Aggies 4-2 in today's Mountain West quarterfinal.   Nevada took the doubles point and picked up singles wins from Moez Chargui, Andrew Poustie, and Robert Margitfalvi at 1, 3, and 5.  Nevada was also ahead in the other court that didn't finish.  

Nevada recap
Utah State recap

[7] Nevada 4, #67 [2] Utah State 2
Apr 23, 2015 at Albuquerque, NM (McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. Moez Chargui (NEV 13.31) def. Karan Salwan (USU 12.72) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. Ryan Andrada (NEV 12.97) vs. Dennis Baumgartner (USU 12.77) 7-6 (1), 5-4, unf
3. Andrew Poustie (NEV 13.08) def. Marcus Fritz (USU 12.53) 6-2, 6-1
4. Jack Swindells (USU 12.33) def. Fernando Sunago (NEV 12.26) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Robert Margitfalvi (NEV 12.10) def. Jaime Barajas (USU 12.73) 6-1, 6-4
6. Sebastian Schneider (USU 12.64) def. Robert Allan (NEV 12.10) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Fernando Sunago/Andrew Poustie (NEV) def. Karan Salwan/Matt Sweet (USU) 6-4
2. Jaime Barajas/Jack Swindells (USU) def. Margitfalvi/Ryan Andrada (NEV) 6-3
3. Moez Chargui/Robert Allan (NEV) def. Marcus Fritz/Dennis Baumgartner (USU) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Nevada 7-15
Utah State 18-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,6,5,4,1)
No. 7 Nevada will play the winner of No. 3 SDSU/No. 6 UNLV on Sat., April 25


Boise State has picked the right time to start playing better and as a result they've now won 3 straight after avenging a loss 4-3 from last Saturday by defeating #69 Fresno State 4-0.  Boise State took the doubles point by picking up wins at 1 and 3 then the Broncos got singles wins from Garrett Patton, Thomas Tenreiro, and Abe Hewko at 1, 2, and 6.

Boise State recap
Fresno State recap

[5] Boise State (13-15) 4, #69 [4] Fresno State (16-10)
April 23, 2015 at Albuquerque, N.M. (McKinnon Family Tennis Center)
Doubles Results
1. Tenreiro/Roskilly (BSU) def. McIntosh/Hassan (FS) 6-3
2. Patton/Mitchell (BSU) vs. Papic/Nakireddi (FS) 6-5 DNF
3. Foley/Hewko (BSU) def. Glynn/Komati (FS) 6-3
Order of finish: 1,3
Singles Results
1. Garrett Patton (BSU 13.24) def. Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FS 12.93) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU 12.92) def. Euan McIntosh (FS 12.89) 6-3, 6-1
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU 12.46) vs. Nikolas Papic (FS 12.68) 1-6, 6-4, 2-1 DNF
4. Brian Foley (BSU 12.58) vs. Adam Glynn (FS 13.06) 6-3, 4-5 DNF
5. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.18) vs. Eric Komati (FS 12.85) 6-1, 5-6 DNF
6. Abe Hewko (BSU 12.05) def. Youssef Hassan (FS 12.03) 6-1, 6-4

Order of finish: 6,2,1

Published in Blogs
Sometimes rematches result in different outcomes and sometimes they don't - tonight's Ohio State/Texas A&M match in Columbus turned out to be the latter. These teams met just five days ago in the National Indoors consolation rounds with Ohio State pulling out a 4-3 squeaker but this evening it was all Buckeyes.

Last week Texas A&M won the doubles point, though Herkko Pollanen didn't play, but tonight with Pollanen playing at #1 with Mikael Torpegaard they and the team cruised past A&M.

Ohio State swapped Martin Joyce and Ralf Steinbach at #5 and #6 and Hugo Di Feo and Chris Diaz at #2 and #3. Texas A&M swapped Jordi Arconada and Shane Vinsant at #2 and #3 which meant both of those matchups stayed the same from the previous meeting. Harrison Adams also returned to the lineup tonight after sitting out on Sunday. (box score from last week is below tonight's box score)

Ohio State won four first sets in singles with Chris Diaz, Martin Joyce, and Ralf Steinbach winning in straight sets at #3, #5, and #6 with Diaz providing the clincher. The match only took an hour and forty-six minutes so those 267 in attendance got a chance to eat dinner at a reasonable hour.

It was interesting to see some differences in scores from the one match to the next. Vinsant beat Diaz 6-4, 6-4 last time but tonight Diaz rolled him 6-3, 6-2. Last time Steinbach beat Withrow in a long three setter but tonight he beats him 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour.

Below are a few match points courtesy of TOSU (first time I recall seeing some video clips - awesome) and below the box scores are some quotes from Ty Tucker (also awesome since we usually don't hear much from Ty).



#6 Ohio State 4, #7 Texas A&M 0
Feb 19, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.52) vs. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.39) 6-4, 3-2, unf
2. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.75) vs. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.26) 7-5, 0-3, unf
3. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) def. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 13.98) 6-3, 6-2
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 12.98) vs. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.64) 7-6, 2-3, unf.
5. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.79) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.51) 6-3, 6-3
6. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.96) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.00) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. A Rinderknech/J Withrow (TAMU) 5-2, unf
2. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2
3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. #33 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 10-3; National ranking #7
Ohio State 11-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,3) Official: Marcus Lee T-1:46 A-267

#8 Ohio State 4, #3 Texas A&M 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 7-6, 6-4
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-0
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-0
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 6-2
3. Mikael Torpegaard/Matt Mendez (OSU vs. #33 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 5-2, unf.

Post-Match Quotes via Ohio State's recap
"It's never easy beating a good team twice in a week," said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "We got smoked in doubles on Sunday and we made a couple of adjustments this week and guys stepped up and set the tone early. Doubles may be their best point and when we were able to get the upper hand early, I think it shocked them a little bit."

"The win feels good but we can't celebrate too long because another top-25 team in Florida is coming in on Sunday," Tucker said.
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#15 Oklahoma State sat a few of its singles starters (reasons unknown) and one of its doubles pairings against unranked Georgia State and it nearly came back to bite them. Oklahoma State sat its usual #3 team of Lukas Finzelberg/Jurance Mendoza and wouldn't you know it but the doubles point came down to that court with Georgia State's Jannis Koeke and Joseph Bishop taking it 7-6(5).

Oklahoma State sat its usual #2, #59 Julian Cash (13.81), and #4, Lucas Gerch (13.56), in singles after each played in doubles which meant both Jurence Mendoza and Nathan Roper moved into the lineup. Mendoza had only played in two of Oklahoma State's nine dual match while Roper had appeared just once.

Oklahoma State took four first sets in singles but only Temur Ismailov and Tristan Meraut would be able to finish in straight sets at #1 and #3. Lukas Finzelberg put Oklahoma State up 3-1 after a three-set win at #4 but Georgia State's Zack Kennedy would answer with a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) upset win over Arjun Kadhe at #2.

Both of the remaining matches went deep into the third set but Oklahoma State would get the win when Jurence Mendoza broke Jack MacFarlane from 15-40 to take it 7-6, 2-6, 7-5 at #5.

Note: Zack Kennedy's win over Arjun Kadhe at #2 was a Universal Tennis Rating upset since the variance between the two was greater than 1.00.



Georgia State's Felipe Jaworski won the remaining court 7-6(6) in the third at #6.

#15 Oklahoma State def. Georgia State, 4-3 
February 19, 2016 | Greenwood Tennis Center | Stillwater, Oklahoma 
Doubles Competition
1. #5 Kadhe/Cash (OSU) def. Acuna/Andrukhov (GSU), 6-3
2. Kennedy/MacFarlane (GSU) def. #48 Ismailov/Gerch 6-4
3. Koeke/Bishop (GSU) def. Meraut/Ruiz (OSU) 7-6 (7-5)
Singles Competition
1. Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.83) def. Jannis Koeke (GSU 13.42), 6-2, 6-4 
2. Zackery Kennedy (GSU 12.73) def. #111 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.91), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)
3. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.32) def. Sebastian Acuna (GSU 12.56), 6-3, 6-0
4. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.80) def. Andrei Andrukhov (GSU 12.05), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. #93 Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.20) def. Jack MacFarlane (GSU 12.55), 7-6 (2), 2-6, 7-5
6. Felipe Jaworski (GSU 12.39) def. Nathan Roper (OSU 12.24), 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (6)
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State: 9-1: National Rankings #15
Georgia State 4-3: 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,4,2,5*,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"Tonight was a tough match," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Georgia State came ready to play and it got tight at the end, but it was nice to see Jurence (Mendoza) clinch the match.  I think we needed to do a better job of playing with more energy today because we can't rely on catching up at the end each time."

"It means that I'm getting older (picked up 200th career win)," Udwadia said. "I've had some really great players play for me in my time, so it's really all about the team because at the end of the day I just want the team to win."

"At the end of the day, we got a win over a very good team with some struggle and it was nice to see the team get through it," Udwadia said.

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia State's recap
Today was a great college tennis match. It's always exciting to have the chance to play against a top-15 team and I thought our guys definitely stepped up to the challenge, said head coach Brett Ross. "All of our guys stayed focused for three straight hours and as a coach you can't ask for more than that from you players. It's encouraging to know that this young team was so close pulling off the biggest win in school history.
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#33 LSU was playing just it's fourth match of the season on Friday, and its first dual-match at the brand-new LSU Tennis Complex, and it gave the fans a lot to cheer about as it shutout #35 Drake 4-0.

Justin Butsch (Photo Jake Johnson/LSU Sports)
LSU swept all three doubles courts then picked up wins from Jordan Daigle, Justin Butsch, and Andrew Korinek at #1, #2, and #6 with Butsch getting the clincher.

The other three matches were abandoned with Drake up on two of them and LSU the other.

LSU also shutout Nicholls State 7-0 later that evening to finish the day unbeaten. LSU returns to the courts next Friday with North Florida coming in and then the Tigers play a doubleheader on Sunday aganst Stetson and Lamar. Drake continues its road trip with a Saturday match at Louisiana Lafayette then on Sunday it'll be in New Orleans to play Tulane.

#33 LSU 4, #35 Drake 0
Feb 19, 2016 at Baton Rouge, LA (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.72) def. #76 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.32) 6-2, 7-5
2. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.47) def. Bayo Philips (DRAKE 12.65) 6-4, 7-5
3. Vinn Gillespie (DRAKE 13.41) def. Simon Freund (LSU 13.25) 6-7, 6-0, 3-1
4. Boris Arias (LSU 13.39) def. Ben Stride (DRAKE 12.39) 6-3, 6-7, 2-0
5. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.70) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.24) 7-6, 4-3
6. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.04) def. Tom Hands (DRAKE 12.22) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #25 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Vinn Gillespie/Bayo Philips (DRAKE) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Ben Lott/Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE) 6-4
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Ben Stride/Tom Hands (DRAKE) 6-0
Match Notes:
Drake University 5-3; National ranking #39
LSU 2-2; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,2) A-170

Post-Match Comments via Drake's recap
"Credit to LSU for its strong start and play in doubles. It was our first match outdoors and oddly we gained a bit of confidence in doubles as we started seeing the ball better and striking it better as the match went on," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.

"We did well in singles pushing three of the matches into third sets and also having control of court five. We will continue to play better and stronger outdoors as we continue this weekend. We are pumped for Louisiana on Saturday and then wrapping this trip up at No. 27 Tulane on Sunday," Kozlowski said.
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#20 Northwestern picked up a nice 6-1 win on Friday evening over #30 NC State. Northwestern took the doubles point and then won on every court in singles except at #2.

Ben Vandixhorn (Leeks Lim/Daily NU)
Despite the 6-1 score the match was actually fairly close with four of the six matches decided by a point here and there. NU's Strong Kirchheimer and Fedor Baev won the two matches that weren't very close as each won 6-2, 6-3 at #3 and #4. Ben Vandixhorn clinched the win after he put Northwestern up 4-0 with a 6-4, 7-6(7) win at #6 over Igor Saveljic. 

They played the remaining matches out, which I am a huge fan of, with NU's Konrad Zieba beating NC State's Nick Horton in a third set supertiebreak at #1, NU's Alp Horoz defeating NC State's Shoti Meparidze 7-5, 7-6 at #5, and NC State gettting is lone win from Simon Norenius at #2 with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Sam Shropshire.

Northwestern is back at it again on Sunday when it hosts #32 Vanderbilt and UIC while NC State heads to East Lansing to play Michigan State on Sunday

#20 Northwestern 6, #30 North Carolina State 1
Feb 19, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #14 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.31) def. #53 Nick Horton (NCST 13.66) 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (10-3)
2. #74 Simon Norenius (NCST 13.40) def. #57 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.77) 7-5, 7-5
3. #77 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.21) def. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.56) 6-2, 6-3
4. Fedor Baev (NU 12.96) def. Ivan Saveljic (NCST 12.33) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.13) def. Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.40) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.88) def. Igor Saveljic (NCST 12.74) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
Doubles competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. Nick Horton/Simon Norenius (NCST) 5-4, unf.
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (NCST) 6-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Thomas Weigel/Shoti Meparidze (NCST) 6-2
Match Notes:
North Carolina State 9-2; National ranking 
#30 Northwestern 8-1; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,6,1,2,5) 
Official: John Coleman 
A-84

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"The guys competed hard again tonight in every spot," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We played good doubles to start the match which helped going into singles."
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South Florida won a close doubles point after Roberto Cid and Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz came back from 5-3 down to beat South Carolina's Thomas Mayronne/Andrew Schafer 7-6(4).

Justin Roberts (Pic via Dave Knachel/Virginia Tech)
Cid made it 2-0 USF after he crushed Alex Fennell 6-1, 6-0 but South Carolina's Harrison O'Keefe answered with a 6-3, 6-3 win at #3 over USF's Sasha Gozun. Gonzalez-Muniz extended the USF lead to 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 win at #6 over Wood Benton and then Justin Roberts clinched it with a 7-6, 6-4 win at #4 over Andrew Schafer.

The other two matches were abandoned with the scored at even.

South Carolina will stay in Tampa for an extra day and play #17 San Diego while South Florida will be back on the courts on Sunday when it hosts San Diego.

#14 South Florida 4, #55 South Carolina 1
Feb 19, 2016 at Tampa, Florida (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles Competition
1. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.43) def. Alex Fennell (SC 13.25) 6-1, 6-0
2. Gabriel Friedrich (SC 13.84) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) 6-4, 1-6, 1-1, unf.
3. Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.69) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.56) 6-3, 6-3
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.07) def. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.18) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 
5. Thomas Mayronne (SC 13.48) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.26) 3-6, 7-5, unf.
6. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.37) def. Wood Benton (SC 12.71) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. Alex Fennell/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) vs. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) 5-5, unf.
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Sam Swank/Gabriel Friedrich (SC) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) def. T Mayronne/Andrew Schafer (SC) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
South Carolina 5-5; National Ranking #55
South Florida Tennis 5-3; National Rankings #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,6,4)

Post-Match Quotes from USF's recap
"Justin has been putting in the work and doing the right things, and just hadn't gotten the results yet," head coach Matt Hill said.  "I think today was a great example of how he stayed with his game plan and it paid off for him. I think it'll help him a lot moving forward, he's playing great tennis and it's great to see him putting it together in the big moments now.

"It's big actually, because I've been losing the first set quite a bit," Cid said. "One of my goals today was to have a strong start, win the first couple games and just keep rolling. I think I did that, for sure, so I am happy, definitely, to win in straight sets.
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Daan Maasland (Pic via Taylor Wilder/The Daily Emerald)
In a matchup between top 50 teams it was all #37 Oregon as the Ducks blanked #50 Indiana 7-0. Oregon won the doubles point by picking up 6-4 wins at #2 and #3 but the teams would split first sets in singles. Oregon's Jayson Amos, Cormac Clissold, and Ethan Young-Smith each finished in straight sets at #3, #4, and #6 while Daan Maasland, Thomas Laurent, and Simon Stevens would come from behind to win in three-sets at #1, #2, and #5. #49 Daan Maasland won the matchup of ranked players as he defeated #45 Sam Montette 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at #1.


All in all a very dominating performance from Oregon who now sits at 10-1. Oregon hosts #67 Boise State on Sunday while Indiana and Boise State will play today in Eugene.

#37 Oregon 7, #50 Indiana 0
February 19, 2016 at Eugene, Oregon (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Doubles Competition
1. #36 Amos/Soemarno (ORE) vs. Monette/Bednarczyk (IU) 4-4 unfinished
2. Maasland/Stevens (ORE) def. Salgado/Manji (IU) 6-4
3. Clissold/Laurent (ORE) def. Chris Essick/Elliott Yee (IU) 6-4
Singles Competition
1. #49 Daan Maasland (ORE 13.83) def. #45 Sam Monette (IU 13.87) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. Thomas Laurent (ORE 14.02) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU 13.10) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
3. Jayson Amos (ORE 13.30) def. Matt McCoy (IU 12.83) 6-4, 6-0
4. Simon Stevens (ORE 13.47) def. Raheel Manji (IU 13.37) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Cormac Clissold (ORE 13.15) def. Antonio Cembellin (IU 12.93) 6-1, 6-4
6. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE 12.32) def. Alfonso Salgado (IU 12.62) 6-3, 6-4
Match Notes:
Oregon 10-1; National Ranking #37
Indiana 4-4; National Ranking #50 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,3,6,2,1,4)

Post-Match Quotes via Oregon's recap
Head Coach Nils Schyllander:
"There was a great crowd tonight and a great energy in the building. These guys showed that they have a lot of character and we all showed up tonight. It was a good complete-team effort.

Senior Daan Maasland on his three-set match:
"I didn't play too bad in the first set, but on a couple close points, I went too big and gave him easy points which led to him winning the set.  In the second set, I found my way and started to play more aggressive and more of my game. From when it was 1-1 in the second set, I stepped up and the points started going my way and my serve was better.
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The opening day of the Division 3 National Team Indoors in Cleveland saw both the #1 and #2 seeds get upset. The hosts, Case Western Reserve, beat the #1 seed Washington University (STL) 6-3 and Carnegie Mellon beat the #2 seed Pomona-Pitzer 5-4. If you'll notice when looking at the scores the doubles points are played to 8 and they also playing regular ad-scoring.

Get all the details over Division 3 Tennis plus the ITA's site.


#6 University of Chicago 6, #8 Trinity University (Tex.) 3
Feb 19, 2016 at Pepper Pike, Ohio
Singles competition
1. Paxton Deuel (TRINITY 12.68) def. Chua, Nicolas (UCM 12.27) 26, 76 (86), 64
2. Adam Krull (TRINITY 12.26) def. Kranz, Sven (UCM 12.31) 64, 61
3. Pei, Charlie (UCM 12.11) def. Wilson Lambeth (TRINITY 11.52) 64, 61
4. Leung, Peter (UCM 12.66) def. Matt Tyer (TRINITY 10.91) 62, 62
5. Liu, David (UCM 12.19) def. Chas Mayer (TRINITY 11.59) 36, 64, 62
6. Liu, Max (UCM 12.14) def. Clayton Niess (TRINITY 11.08) 76 (74), 46, 119
Doubles competition
1. Chua, Nicolas/Liu, David (UCM) def. Adam Krull/Matt Tyer (TRINITY) 8-3
2. Pei, Charlie/Leung, Peter (UCM) def. Paxton Deuel/Clayton Niess (TRINITY) 8-2
3. Eliot Guin/Wilson Lambeth (TRINITY) def. Zhang, Gordon/Kranz, Sven (UCM) 8-3
Match Notes
Trinity University (Tex.) 3-4 National ranking #8
University of Chicago 6-0 National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1) Singles (3,4,2,5,1,6)
Chicago is the #4 seed Trinity is the #5 seed


#14 Case Western Reserve Univ. 6, #3 Washington U. 3
Feb 19, 2016 at Pepper Pike, Ohio
Singles competition
1. CJ Krimbill (CWR 12.47) def. Jeremy Bush (WASHU 12.03) 63, 62
2. Johnny Wu (WASHU 12.22) def. James Fojtasek (CWR 11.42) 64, 63
3. Robert Stroup (CWR 10.79) def. Tyler Kratky (WASHU 11.96) 67 (57), 64, 63
4. John Carswell (WASHU 11.39) def. Louis Stuerke (CWR 11.13) 61, 60
5. Kevin Dong (CWR 10.58) def. Jake Klein (WASHU 11.28) 64, 63
6. Joshua Dughi (CWR 11.05) def. Shaun Berman (WASHU 12.10/80%) 62, 62
Doubles competition
1. CJ Krimbill/Louis Stuerke (CWR) def. Josh Cogan/Tyler Kratky (WASHU) 8-4
2. Jeremy Bush/Konrad Kozlowski (WASHU) def. Adam Collins/Freddy Daum (CWR) 9-7
3. James Fojtasek/Phil Gruber (CWR) def. Shaun Berman/Radha Vishbubhotla (WASHU) 8-3
Match Notes
Washington U. 2-1 National ranking #3
Case Western Reserve Univ. 2-0 National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (4,1,5,6,2,3)
Wash U. is the #1 seed, CWRU is the #8 seed


#5 Emory University 8, #10 Kenyon College 1
Feb 19, 2016 at Pepper Pike, Ohio
Singles competition
1. Sam Geier (KEN 12.53) def. Rafe Mosetick (EU 13.01) 64, 62
2. Jonathan Jemison (EU 13.09) def. Michael Liu (KEN 11.63) 62, 62
3. Aman Manji (EU 12.26) def. Robert Turlington (KEN 11.49) 64, 46, 10-8
4. Adrien Bouchet (EU 11.90) def. Nicholas Paolucci (KEN 10.99) 46, 63, 11-9
5. Josh Goodman (EU 12.34) def. Tristan Kaye (KEN 9.89/20%) 60, 62
6. Andrew Harrington (EU 11.36) def. Mike Roberts (KEN 10.80/20%) 62, 62
Doubles competition
1. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding (EU) def. Sam Geier/Tristan Kaye (KEN) 8-6
2. Rafe Mosetick/Jonathan Jemison (EU) def. Nicholas Paolucci/Peter Hazlett (KEN) 8-1
3. David Omsky/Andrew Harrington (EU) def. Mike Roberts/Robert Turlington (KEN) 8-3
Match Notes
Kenyon College 1-4 National ranking #10
Emory University 2-2 National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1) Singles (5,1,2,4,6,3)
Emory is the #3 seed Kenyon is the #6 seed


#11 Carnegie Mellon University 5, #4 Pomona-Pitzer 4
Feb 19, 2016 at Pepper Pike, Ohio
Singles competition
1. Jake Yasgoor (PP 12.89) def. Abhishek Alla (CMU 12.64) 60, 60
2. Daniel Levine (CMU 12.13) def. Graham Maassen (PP 11.82) 64, 75
3. Kenny Zheng (CMU 11.40) def. Jonathan Kim (PP 12.00) 76 (74), 36, 75
4. Vayum Arora (CMU 11.64) def. Anthony Bello (PP 11.87) 46, 64, 63
5. Marko Mandic (PP 11.46) def. Kiril Kirkov (CMU 11.33) 61, 63
6. Josh Gearou (PP 19.71) def. Chaz Downing (CMU 10.75) 76 (97), 76 (72)
Doubles competition
1. Daniel Levine/Vayum Arora (CMU) def. Jonathan Kim/Graham Maassen (PP) 8-3
2. Marko Mandic/Spencer Simonides (PP) def. Jeffrey Chen/Kenny Zheng (CMU) 9-8 (9-7)
3. Abhishek Alla/Yuvraj Kumar (CMU) def. Anthony Bello/Jake Yasgoor (PP) 8-6
Match Notes
Carnegie Mellon University 5-2 National ranking #11
Pomona-Pitzer 1-2 National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (1,5,2,4,3,6)
Pomona-Pitzer is the #2 seed CMU is the #7 seed



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