After a pretty ho-hum Saturday, Sunday brought us several good matches with a few upsets and a few near-upsets. #15/#11 USC pulled off the biggest upset of the day by going to Austin and defeating #3/#1 Texas 4-2. The Trojans grabbed the early lead with doubles wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. All matches that finished did so in straight sets with USC getting wins from Brandon Holt, Riley Smith, and Mor Bulis at 1, 5, and 6 while Texas picked up wins from Yuya Ito and Harrison Scott at 2 and 4 while Leo Telles led 6-4, 4-4 on 3. 

#8/#12 Mississippi State extended its home winning streak to 24 with a late rally to get past #22/#19 Georgia 4-3. Georgia claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Mississippi State fought back in singles with four opening sets. Strahinja Rakic and Nuno Borges rolled to straight set wins at No. 4 and No. 1 to make it 2-1 but Georgia's Trent Bryde would tie it at 2-2 with a straight set win at No. 3. Georgia senior Walker Duncan made it 3-2 with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 and it looked like match at No. 4 was all but over with Georgia freshman Philip Henning serving up 4-6, 6-2, 5-2 (30/0) against MSU senior Trevor Foshey. However on the 30/0 point Henning would go down on the baseline with what appeared to be a pretty severe ankle sprain.

Henning did his best to continue after a lengthy medical timeout but he could barely put any weight on his injured ankle and Foshey quickly won point after point. With the outcome of that match all but certain the focus went to No. 2 where MSU junior Giovanni Oradini led Georgia senior Jan Zielinski 5-4 in the third. Oradini had jumped out to a 4-1 lead early in the set but Zielinski managed to get it back on serve at 4-4. After Oradini held for 5-4 he'd get the pivotal break to close it out 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to make it 3-3. Moments later Foshey would close out Henning 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to extend the home winning streak to 25. Unlike most match clinchers there was no celebration in this one with Foshey and Henning hugging at the net while the teams exchanged handshakes. 

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Georgia Tech junior Chris Eubanks accepted a main draw wild card into the BB&T Atlanta Open, which is an ATP 250 event, with his opening round match scheduled for Tuesday, July 25. Eubanks has played in the main draw of the Atlanta event two years in a row though he had to go through qualies last year to do so. Eubanks has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 all year and was recently named the ACC Men's Player of the Year for the second year in a row. For more information see the release from the BB&T Atlanta Open. 

The NCAA Division II Men's Round of 16 got underway today in Altamonte Springs, Florida, with #1 West Florida, #2 Barry, #3 Columbus State, #4 Hawaii Pacific, #14 Azusa Pacific, #16 Ferris State, #18 Drury, and #23 Southwest Baptist moving on to tomorrow's quarterfinal round. Of those eight winners the only lower ranked team to win was Southwest Baptist which defeated #20 St. Mary's (TX) 5-3. The highest profile matchup in the quarterfinals will be #1 West Florida taking on #4 Hawaii Pacific. For the men's bracket click here and to see individual match results click hereThe women's round of 16 gets started tomorrow though I see that #1 BYU-Hawaii and #2 Barry are in the same quarterfinal so I'm not sure what's going on with the bracket making at the D2 level. The bracket is available here and the box scores from each match are available here. The brackets don't have any seeds listed (guess they don't do that?) so it's kind of hard to tell who is the better team without going through the rankings. 

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The San Diego area was a hotbed of activity on Thursday with close to a dozen college teams in town to participate in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships.  Several of them decided to take advantage of the warm sunny weather by scheduling a dual match the day before the individual tournament started and the results were pretty close across the board.

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

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

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

SDSU recap
Cal recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

USC recap
San Diego recap 

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

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

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

*Clinched the match

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

Ok State recap
UNLV recap

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

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

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

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


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

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

Arkansas recap
Alabama recap

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

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

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

Match Notes:
Alabama 8-9
Arkansas 11-5; National ranking #55
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Friday, 13 March 2015 13:01

Friday Preview

Friday will be a fairly light day of activity with just 8 teams in the Top 20 in action and with the only matchup between top 20 teams taking place in College Station as #9 Texas A&M hosts #11 Vanderbilt.

Before I preview that one here are a few others to keep an eye on today:

#31 San Diego (8-3) at #34 Texas Tech (12-4) - 1pm est - Live Scoring - San Diego is coming off a hard fought loss against USC and has wins on the year over South Carolina and South Florida while Texas Tech has only played 1 match in the last 3 weeks though has wins this year over Auburn and Mississippi State.  

#24 Florida State (10-4) at #19 Wake Forest (9-4) - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - FSU is coming off a weekend where the Noles beat Louisville and gave North Carolina all it wanted despite FSU playing without its #1 Benjamin Lock who was playing in the Davis Cup.  Wake has played its last 3 matches without its #1 Noah Rubin (wrist) going 1-2 in that stretch with respectable losses to Texas and Virginia and a win over TCU.  This should be a very competitive match that probably finishes 4-3 on way or the other.  

#28 Louisville (13-3) at #37 NC State (10-5) - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - Louisville comes off a weekend where they split with Notre Dame (W) and Florida State (L).  NC State on the other hand went 0-2 last week with a close 4-3 loss to North Carolina (playing w/o Schnur) before getting plowed by Virginia 7-0.  Like the FSU/Wake match this too will likely be a 4-3 match.  

#42 Mississippi State (11-3) at #18 Florida (6-5)- 5pm est - Live Scoring - State has won 4 in a row with a pair of recent wins over Alabama and Arkansas while Florida has dropped 3 of its last 4.  I think Florida should get the win here though State is more than capable of the upset. 

#11 Vanderbilt (13-3) at #9 Texas A&M (7-2) - 7pm est - Live Scoring - Last year Texas A&M rolled into Nashville and rolled over the Dores 4-0 so this year it'll be Vandy trying to return the favor.  Vandy is a stout 11-3 in doubles while Texas A&M is an equally impressive 8-1.  College Station is a tough place to play so for Vanderbilt to win this one they really need the doubles point.  Unfortunately for them I think Texas A&M gets the point but Vandy will put up a fight in singles.  The matchup at #1 should be a good one with Gonzales Austin bringing a 14-1 dual match record into this one while Jeremy Efferding is 6-1.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.34) vs. #65 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.03)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.43) vs. #71 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.19)
3. Daniel Valent (VU 13.73) vs. #48 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.73)
4. Kris Yee (VU 13.66) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.15)
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.87) vs. #89 A.J. Catanzariti (aTm 13.96)
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.93) vs. Max Lunkin (aTm 12.91)

Others who could play:  Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.54)

#1 singles - Austin has a 14-1 dual match record and has won 2 straight after dropping his only match to Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz while Efferding is 6-1 but 2-0 playing at #1. Efferding has won 3 straight and led Georgia's Wayne Montgomery 3-0 in the 3rd in a match that didn't finish.  This one will likely have a few close 7-5 type of sets and might not get to finish.  I'll say Austin is ahead when the match is clinched.

#2 singles - Johnson is 5-8 on the year and has lost 2 straight while Vinsant is 2-2, with 4 additional matches not finishing, though he got blown out 6-3, 6-0 his last time out against South Carolina's Andrew Adams.  I see Vinsant rebounding in this one and winning in 2.

#3 singles - Valent is 13-1 on the year and 3-0 since moving up from 4 to 3.  Valent has also won 5 straight with 2 of those wins over ranked opposition.  Adams on the other hand has really struggled this year with an 0-6 record and he actually was pulled from the lineup for the Aggies last match against South Carolina.  I've got to go with Valent in this one though if Adams sits and Rinderknech gets moved up I could see it going the other way.

#4 singles - Yee is 8-7 in dual match play and 1-1 since dropping down from 3 to 4 in the lineup. Yee blew out Auburn's Joseph Van Dooren 6-1, 6-0 last weekend with that win stopping a 4 match losing streak.  Rinderknech is a solid 7-1 and has won 7 straight since dropping his 1st dual match. Rinderknech played at #3 the last time out and picked up a 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 win over South Carolina's Thiago Pinheiro.   Outside of #1 singles I think this will be the 2nd closest match and I'm going to take Rinderknech in 3.

#5 singles - Eswaran is 8-5 this year and 1-1 since moving up from 6 to 5 while Catanzariti is 5-3 though he's won 4 of his last 5.  Anything other than Catanzariti in 2 would be surprising.

#6 singles - Newman is 5-5 on the year and 3-0 since moving down from 5 to 6 while Lunkin is 3-1 and the last time out he was up 4-1 in the 3rd against South Carolina's Thomas Mayronne when the team match was clinched.   I'll go with Lunkin in 2 tight sets.

In my opinion Vanderbilt's best path to an upset would be to take the doubles point and pick up singles wins from Austin, Valent, and Newman.  If this were in Nashville I'd probably take Vanderbilt but I think that home court advantage pays off for the Aggies. Prediction:  Texas A&M 4-1
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Vanderbilt ran its record to 4-0 against teams from the state of Tennessee with an impressive 4-1 win over #40 Tennessee.  The Vols took the doubles point but Vandy took 5 opening sets and ended up getting wins from Gonzales Austin, Danny Valent, Baker Newman, and Suresh Eswaran.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 19th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#17 Vanderbilt 4, #40 Tennessee 1
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.40) def. #14 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.23) 6-4, 6-2
2. Hunter Reese (UT 13.28) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.45) 5-7, 6-1, 2-3 unf.
3. Danny Valent (VU 13.75) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.13) 6-2, 6-0
4. Luis Valero (UT 13.24) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.58) 7-6 (6), 4-6, 2-0
5. Baker Newman  (VU 12.87) def. Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.43) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
6. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.89) def. Brandon Fickey (UT 12.10) 6-1, 6-3
1. #2 Reese/Libietis, UT, def. #1 Austin/Johnson, VU, 6-2
2. Dromsky/Smelyanski, UT, def. Newman/Binet, VU, 7-5
3. Schipanski/Valero, UT, vs. Eswaran/Smith, VU, 6-6 unf.

Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,1,5).

Vandy recap

"I thought that was a very big win for us for a number of reasons," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "You know we didn't play a very good match last week at LSU, and I felt it was important that we get back on the right track immediately."

"Even though doubles wasn't our most stellar effort of the year, I thought we did a great job in singles especially early on. We talked about being ready to play from the very first point. At some point there I had looked up at the scoreboard and we were up 4-1 in every set at least and on some courts we were up 5-1, except on Rhys' court, we were on serve at 3-all. So I thought we really had a good start in singles that carried us through. They obviously made it closer towards the end there, but I thought we hung in well and we didn't panic when they started to change momentum."

"I also thought that Kris did a great job at finding a way to win the second set and to get momentum in our favor. Rhys did a good job after losing the second set to go down a break and then find a way to break back and get it back on serve... that definitely helped our momentum as a team All in all there were a lot of positives there today and it's a very good win for us against a really good tennis team, so I told the team to enjoy it for a little bit, but tomorrow we have to get back to work to get ready for Kentucky."

Tennessee recap


Georgia got all it wanted up top from East Tennessee State but the Bulldog managed to pull through on all courts to get the 7-0 win - they played 2 extra singles matches as well.

Georgia recap

"There were so many close matches," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had a couple of days off this week in what was the first opportunity we've had to give our guys a second day off, and they needed it. Rest and recovery right now is very important in the middle of the season. We may not have been quite as sharp as we had hoped, but it really had more to do with ETSU playing such a great match."

ETSU recap

"ETSU is a very deep and talented team," Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz said. "They pushed us to our limits today in every match."

"I was impressed with their fight and quality of play on every court," Diaz added. "They are every bit as good as most teams we have played against this year, and we have played some of the best teams in the nation. Coach Zaatini and Coach Rojas have that program pointed in the right direction."

"By no means am I satisfied with the result, but looking at a positive aspect of the defeat, I can say there is a lot of growth in this young Buccaneer team," ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini said. "Even though the score seems lobsided, I thought the guys fought extremely hard and showed courage all across the board."

"Despite the loss, I believe our team is blossoming and peaking at the right time. We have a long road ahead against some tough teams, but I believe the early challenges of the season are going to help us be ready to cross the finish the line with some speed. I love what I saw from our guys today."

#5 Georgia 7, East Tennessee State 0
March 19, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.18) def. David Biosca (ETSU 13.61) 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2)
2. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.60) def. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU 13.43) 6-4, 6-4
3. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.34) def. Conner Huertas (ETSU 12.70) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.27) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU 12.87) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.61) def. Robert Herrera (ETSU 13.47) 6-2, 6-4
6. Eric Diaz (UGA 12.96) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU 12.92) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
7. Peter Bertran (UGA 13.48) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU 12.61) 6-2, 6-1
8. Andy Martinez (UGA 12.53) def. Ricardo Pabon (ETSU 11.65) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 6-4
2. Robert Herrera/Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. #70 Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) 6-4
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Conner Huertas/Diego Nunez (ETSU) 7-5
Match Notes
East Tennessee State 4-7
Georgia 14-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)
Singles Order of Finish: 2,3,4,1,5,7,6, 8

Official: Clark Weaver T-4:49 A-196


Play got started in San Diego on Thursday afternoon and only 1 of the 2 hosts managed to move on into the winner's bracket as San Diego survived against Denver while San Diego State fell to Drake. The updated bracket is below with box scores further down.  

#30 San Diego (10-4, 2-0 WCC) 4, #43 Denver (8-6) 3
March 19, 2015 - Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center - San Diego, Calif.
Singles Competition
1. #58 Uros Petronijevic (USD 13.96) def. #93 Henry Craig (Denver 13.48) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. #97 Diogo Rocha (Denver 13.15) def. #81 Filip Vittek (USD 13.22) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.57) def. Alex Gasson (Denver 12.77) 6-4, 6-3
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.97) def. David Fox (Denver 12.79) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (1)
5. Yannick James (Denver 12.69) def. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.56) 7-6 (5), 6-2
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.68) def. Zach Fryer (Denver 11.64) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles Competition
1. #43 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson def. #41 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-1
2. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. Yannick James/Diogo Rocha (Denver) 4-3, unfinished
3. David Fox/Zach Fryer (Denver) def. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-2

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

San Diego recap

"I know the team very well," Head coach Brett Masi noted after the win. "They play with a lot of emotion and competitiveness. They came out strong in doubles and we just weren't ready for it today, which was a little disappointing. We haven't been playing with the quality we need to lately but, we are really proud of how the guys came out in singles."

"That win will give Romain give him a lot of confidence," Masi expressed. "For a while, the team has been relying on our top three guys in the tight matches. Today, Ciaran kick-started us at No. 6 wit his win. In the end, it was Romain who had a tough opponent, but chances early to take the match. Yet, he didn't break down, he stayed tough and played an incredible tiebreaker even after seeing Filip fall in his

"Princeton is another fiery team with a lot of energy and we have to get be ready for it," Masi said. "If we played the way we did today in the beginning, we are going to struggle in doubles. We are at home which favors us, and we feel pretty good about it. But again, we have to play well. There are five teams that are all ranked within a few spots of one another, so we have to be ready to go. And playing my former assistant coach, Ryan Keckley will be very exciting. We are really looking forward to this match-up."

Denver recap

"Very proud of the fight and competitiveness of our team today," said Head Coach Danny Westerman. "USD is very tough, especially on their own courts. We are excited for another great opportunity tomorrow versus a tough Indiana team."

Princeton recap

"We really jumped off to a great start in doubles and played a strong doubles point. IU is a tough team that is well coached, so they rebounded after doubles and really pushed us in singles. We had to manage the momentum as the match progressed and I feel like once we saw the finish line, we did a great job of elevating our focus and getting the fourth point."

Indiana recap

#32 Princeton 4, #39 Indiana 1
Singles Competition
1. #119 Zack McCourt (Prin 13.55) def. Sam Monette (Indiana 13.59) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
2. Thomas Colautti (Prin 13.25) vs. Daniel Bednarczyk (Indiana 12.98) 7-6, 6-5,unf
3. Alexander Day (Prin 13.12) def. Sven Lalic (Indiana 12.97) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Raheel Manji (Indiana 13.06) def. Joshua Yablon (Prin 13.45) 6-4, 6-4
5. Dan Richardson (Prin 12.53) vs. Matthew McCoy (Indiana 12.68) 6-4, 4-4,un
6. Kial Kaiser (Prin 12.23) def. Stefan Lugonjic (Indiana 11.81) 6-4, 6-4 
Doubles Competition
1. #56 ZackMcCourt/Thomas Colautti (Prin) vs. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (Indiana) 5-4,unf
2. DiegoVives/Luke Gamble (Prin) def. Stefan Lugonjic/Chris Essick (Indiana) 6-3
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As the excitement of the NCAA Basketball Tournament sweeps the nation I'm sure we'll see some excitement on the tennis courts this weekend as well.  Wake Forest hosts Virginia Tech in a top 16 showdown, 6 top 30 teams will be in Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge, and 7 top 50 teams are in San Diego for the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Classic.  If you can't make it out in person follow along with the live scoring/update links down below.

It appears they have live streaming on 2 of the courts at Indian Wells - click here for those streams.

#16 Virginia Tech (12-1) at #12 Wake Forest (11-4) - 4pm est - Virginia Tech has been the biggest surprise of the season so far winning 12 of 13 but they'll have to leave the comforts of home for just the 4th time this year.  Wake Forest is on a roll as of late having won 3 straight 7-0 matches with the last 2 coming against a pair of top 30 teams (Florida St & Louisville).  Wake is 11-4 in doubles but has only won once when dropping the point (Clemson); conversely they've only lost once when winning the doubles point (Texas).  Virginia Tech is 8-5 in doubles and has come back to win 4 times after dropping the point (Alabama, Penn State, Notre Dame, Duke).

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 19th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups
1.  #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.42) vs. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80)
2.  #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) vs. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40)
3.  #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) vs. #69 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.56)
4.  Hunter Koontz (VT 13.62) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30)
5.  Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74)
6.  Florian Nicoud (VT 13.38) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28)

Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #64 Contini/Bjerrehus (VT) vs. #13 Seraphim/Mansouri (WF)
2. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT) vs. Rubin/Ho (WF)
3. Koontz/Nicoud (VT) vs. Keivon Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF)

#1 singles - #55 Amerigo Contini is 9-1 on the year in dual match play and 1-1 against ranked opponents (#91 Hunter Harrington-W, #22 Quentin Monaghan-L) while #63 Noah Rubin is 8-2 on the year including 4-2 against ranked opponents with notable wins against ITA #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and #34 Jason Tahir.  Prediction: Rubin in 2

#2 singles - #40 Andreas Bjerrehus is 11-1 in dual match play and 1-1 against ranked foes (#11 Nicolas Alvarez-W, #24 Ronnie Schneider-L) and is riding a 9-match winning streak while #12 Romain Bogaerts is 10-3 overall and 4-3 against ranked foes with notable wins against #3 Ryan Shane and #31 Cameron Norrie (all 3 losses were to top 11 players).  Prediction: Bogaerts in 3

#3 singles - #98 Joao Monteiro is 7-1 in dual match play splitting time between 3 and 4 and he won against his only ranked opponent, #34 Jason Tahir, while #69 Jonathan Ho is 11-4 splitting time between 3 and 4 with a 1-3 record against ranked opponents (L's-#27 Mitchell Frank, #39 Nick Chappell, #98 Jack Schipanski. W-#60 Adrien Berkowicz). Prediction: Ho in 3.

#4 singles - Hunter Koontz is a perfect 11-0 splitting time between 3 and 4 with his only match against a ranked opponent going unfinished (#57 Brett Clark 5-4 in 3rd) while Skander Mansouri is 7-6 splitting time between 3 and 4 with a 1-3 record against ranked foes (L's-#6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, #26 Dane Webb, #52 Lloyd Glasspool, W-#79 Michael Rinaldi).  Prediction: Koontz in 2.

#5 singles - Edoardo Tessaro is 10-1 playing at 3, 4, and 5 while Christian Seraphim is 10-4 playing primarily at 5.  Prediction: Tassaro in 3

#6 singles - Florian Nicoud is 8-2 splitting time between 4, 5, and 6 while Maksim Kan is 7-3 playing primarily at 6.  Prediction: Kan in 2.

Virginia Tech has only faced 2 teams in the Top 35 so far while Wake has already faced 8 so I think that big match experience will pay off Wake Forest and will expose Virginia Tech a tad.  I think the Hokies keep it close on several courts but the better team will win this one.  Prediction: Wake Forest 5-2

#4 USC (12-2) vs. #20 Tulsa (12-7) - 4:30pm est/1:30pm pst - USC had to be happy when they saw the draw released for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge because it'll give them a chance to avenge one of the biggest shockers in recent history (box score below). USC will be chomping at the bit for some payback and payback is exactly what they'll get because I don't see anyway that we see a repeat performance from February 28th.  I see the Trojans taking the doubles point and then picking up straight set wins from Eric Johnson, Jonny Wang, and Max De Vroome.  Prediction: USC 4-0

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.93) vs. #37 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.62)
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.38) vs. #100 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.77)
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.02) vs. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.82)
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.54)
5. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.90)
6. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.65)

#51 Tulsa 4, #1 USC 3
February 28th, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA (Marks Stadium)
Doubles | Order of finish: 3, 2*
1. Johnson/Quiroz (USC) vs. #33 Bautista/Espejo (TU), 4-2 (unf.)
2. Hanfmann/Wang (USC) def. McCloskey/Kirby (TU), 6-1
3. Smith/Forget (USC) def. Ram-Harel/Matias Gonzalez (TU), 6-0
Singles | Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 6, 5*, 4
1. #71 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.25) def. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) 6-3, 6-2
2. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.72) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) 6-4, 7-6(0)
3. #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.87) 7-5, 6-0
4. #72 Max De Vroome (USC 14.13) def. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71) 7-5, 5-7, 6-5(4)
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.52) def. Rob Bellamy (USC 13.09) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.56) def. Connor Farren (USC 13.70) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)

Below is the Friday schedule with accompanying scoring links and a few storylines to go with it:

Who wins the rematch between #28 Cal and #29 Columbia?  The first time they met in the consolation rounds of the National Indoors, Columbia won 4-3 with Winston Lin winning the clincher at #1 singles 6-3 in the 3rd.  Both teams lost the last time out with Cal losing to San Diego State while Columbia lost to Northwestern.

Will #33 Drake be able to make it 2 in a row in San Diego against a tough #22 Harvard team?  After dropping 2 of 3 last weekend in Tampa, Drake was able to rebound and beat San Diego State while Harvard had no trouble on Thursday with Middle Tennessee State.

Can #32 Princeton win for a 2nd day in a row on San Diego's home courts but with this match coming against the host Toreros?  #30 San Diego has been living close to the edge recently with a 4-3 win on Thursday against Denver and a 4-3 win last week at Rice.  Princeton drummed #39 Indiana pretty good on Thursday winning 4-1.

Does #35 Mississippi State have a top 10 upset in them with #7 Texas A&M in town? The Bulldogs got a road split last weekend winning at Auburn but losing at Florida while Texas A&M blitzed Vanderbilt but fell to Illinois.

BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge - Live Scoring & Streaming Video on courts 7 & 8.
Oklahoma vs Purdue - 11:30am est 
Cal vs. Columbia - 2pm est 
Tulsa vs. USC - 4:30pm est 
Baylor vs. BYU - 7pm est 

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic:

Harvard vs. Drake @SDSU - 12pm est - Harvard Twitter & Drake Twitter
Denver vs. Indiana @USD - 12pm est - Denver Twitter & Indiana Twitter
Middle Tennessee State at San Diego State - 4pm est - MTSU Twitter 
Princeton at San Diego - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Princeton Twitter 

Georgia Tech at Boston College - 10am est - GT Twitter
NC State at Duke - 3pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - w subsc
Florida at Arkansas - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Clemson at Miami - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia at Notre Dame - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
North Carolina at Louisville - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia Tech at Wake Forest - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Pepperdine at Gonzaga - 4pm est - Steaming Video
Nebraska at Wisconsin - 4pm est - Streaming Video
Penn State at Michigan State - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Ohio State at Michigan - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Auburn at Ole Miss - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
LSU at Alabama - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Texas A&M at Mississippi State - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Louisiana Lafayette at TCU - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring
Iowa at Minnesota - 7pm est - Live Scoring
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Friday brought us several close ones as 6 matches finished with a 4-3 final score though of course there were several that weren't as close most notably 3 of the 4 in Indian Wells.  

The big upset of the day came in Louisville as the #29 Cardinals stunned #10 North Carolina 5-2.  It looked like #7 Texas A&M might get picked off too however the Aggies rallied late and held off #35 Mississippi State 4-1.  #33 Drake came back from 3-0 down to stun #22 Harvard 4-3 and #23 LSU pulled out a tight 4-3 win on the road at #60 Alabama.

In the biggest match of the day #12 Wake Forest ran its winning streak to 4 with a 5-2 win over #16 Virginia Tech.  The Demon Deacons cruised past Va Tech in doubles and then Noah Rubin made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 beat down of Amerigo Contini at #1 singles.  Jon Ho would extend the lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at #4 singles over Hunter Koontz before Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro would put the Hokies on the board with a come from behind 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Christian Seraphim at #5 singles. Romain Bogaerts would clinch the win for Wake Forest with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win at #2 singles over Andreas Bjerrehus and then the teams would split the 2 remaining matches after the clinch.  

Wake Forest now sets its sights on #6 Duke with Wake making the short trip to Durham on Sunday.

Wake recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 20th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#12 Wake Forest 5, #16 Virginia Tech 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) def. #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.32) 6-1, 6-1
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) def. #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) def. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.62) 6-4, 6-3
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) def. Jai Corbett (VT 12.76) 7-6 (3), 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 8-3
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 12-2 (4-1 ACC); National ranking #16
Wake Forest 13-4 (3-1 ACC); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)
T-3:14 A-171

Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma picked up career win #400 today with a 5-2 stunner over #10 North Carolina.   The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #2 which Louisville pulled out (not sure what the TB score was though because it isn't listed anywhere).  Louisville ran through North Carolina in singles by picking up 4 1st sets and finishing 3 of them in straight sets with Albert Wagner clinching it at #3 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Esben Hess-Olsen.  

North Carolina is still a good team but they just aren't a great team without Brayden Schnur who missed his 5th straight match since retiring on 2/28 against Minnesota's Leandro Toledo.  

Louisville recap

"I am ecstatic for this group of players," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "A top 10 win against the elite in the ACC is something to be proud of. We always felt that they were capable of this, but sometimes potential never materializes - today it did. This UNC program has been so good for so long and mentally you have to overcome their great tradition before you even play the first point. I believe this can be the beginning of a second great run for us this season because there is a lot of excitement here."

"All of these teams have given their best for the program and me," said Ecarma. "I appreciate so much the leadership in our department. Everyone wants to work for Tom Jurich, I am one of the lucky ones. Kevin Miller has been with me since 1990 helping me every step of the way providing great mentorship. John Carns has given me great advice, support and friendship as well. My current and past assistant coaches, Brendan Burke, Mark Beckham, John Boetsch, Rodrigo DaSilva, Jakob Gustafsson and Matt Coomer have been a huge part of partnering with me to build a national level tennis program. The tennis staff of Meg Peavy, Melinda VanArsdale, Lori Korte, Kamari Wooten, Zach Farrell, Steve Hoelscher who have been beside me for years. Lastly, but most importantly, my family who have endured the almost ridiculous working hours of a head coach and still loving and supporting me every day. What is icing on the cake is not only the 400th win today as a coach but all 400 wins have been here at my alma mater - UofL."

UNC recap

#26 Louisville 5, #10 North Carolina 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Louisville (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
1. #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.67) def. #25 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.19) 6-3, 6-1
2. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.39) def. #57 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
3. #106 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.55) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 12.97) 6-4, 6-4
4. #115 Jack Murray (UNC 13.92) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.33) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (8)
5. #86 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) def. Michael Lippens (LOU 13.24) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Jeffrey Brown (LOU 12.68) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.50) 6-3, 6-4
1. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) def. #22 Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-5
2. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 8-7
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Chris Simich/Van Damrongsri (LOU) 8-5
Match Notes:
North Carolina 14-6, 3-1; National ranking #10
Louisville 15-4, 3-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,3,5,2,4)
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Saturday had several close ones with both Baylor and Oklahoma pulling through in the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge while San Diego and Princeton both won tight ones in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic.   There was also a good one in Nashville where Vanderbilt won a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match to avoid getting upset by unranked Kentucky.

The headliner of the day was between #3 Baylor and #4 USC.  It was almost a forgone conclusion that Baylor would take the doubles point with how dominant they'd been in doubles play but USC had the point well within grasp.  Baylor's #3 duo of Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios were first off the court with 6-3 win but USC's #1 pair of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz answered with a 6-4 win.  So it all came down to #2 doubles where Baylor's Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano had jumped out to an early break lead on USC's Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson.  USC's 2s would break back to even it at 4 then get a De Vroome hold to go up 5-4 and then would go up 0-30 on the Galeano serve.  The Baylor 2s would win 4 straight points to hold for 5-5 but then Eric Johnson would hold at 40-15 to put USC up 6-5.  For the second service game in a row Baylor would go down 0-30 but they'd dig themselves out again by winning 3 straight points to go up 40-30.  After USC got the next point to make it 40-40, which was a deciding/break point, Lenz dropped the hammer on a 1st serve and sent to a tiebreak.  The tiebreak was all Baylor as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and ended up cruising to a 7-1 win.

In singles, Baylor jumped out to an early break lead at 1, 2, 5, 6 while USC got the early advantage at 3 and 4.  The first to finish was Baylor's Felipe Rios as he snapped Nick Crystal's 10 match winning streak with a 6-2, 6-3 win at #6 singles.  After falling behind 4-2 in the 1st, USC's Roberto Quiroz would win 4 straight to close out the opening set then would keep the momentum going in the second and would finish off Tony Lupieri 6-4, 6-3 at #2 singles.

Eric Johnson would then even the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian at #3. Johnson led virtually the entire match before giving up his break lead late in the 2nd set.  After falling behind 5-4 in the 2nd, Johnson won the final 3 games to close it out.

It looked like for a while that Jonny Wang would be the first off the court after he jumped out to a 6-2, 4-1 lead on Vince Schneider but the BU sophomore rallied to take 4 straight to go up 5-4 in the 2nd. Wang would then do as Johnson did and win the final 3 games to close it out 6-2, 7-5.

USC was now just a point away with a 3-2 lead but Baylor had the upper hand on each of the 2 remaining courts.  Baylor senior Mate Zsiga would tie it up a 3 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Max De Vroome at #5 singles.  Zsiga led this match wire to wire by breaking De Vroome to start both the first set and second sets.  Zsiga would not be broke the entire match.

The final match on court was at #1 singles between Julian Lenz and Yannick Hanfmann.  Lenz cruised in the 1st set taking it 6-2 and it stayed close deep into the 2nd set until Hanfmann broke Lenz to go up 5-4.  However Hanfmann would get broke serving for the set and Lenz would consolidate the break with a hold and would then break again to take the match 6-2, 7-5.

It's interesting to note that all 6 singles matches were finished in straight sets and none even made it to a tiebreak.

Baylor recap

"It was a great match at No. 2 doubles. There were a lot of dramatic momentum swings. You looked up there for a while and it felt like we were going to win and then you looked up there a little while later and it felt like they were going to win. I thought both teams did a good job of competing hard. We fought off a match point to get to the tiebreaker and then did a great job in the tiebreaker." - head coach Matt Knoll on doubles

"It is kind of funny that we had such a competitive match and all the matches only went two sets. They are super good, but Felipe (Rios) certainly helped us get momentum with what he did. It was really good tennis all over the place." - Knoll on the singles wins


"It is great to be in the finals. We knew at this event we were going to have to play great to win matches. Now we have the No. 1 team in the country waiting for us in the finals. They beat us earlier this year and have a great program. It is going to be a super opportunity for us. We have to play these kind of matches to get better and it is going to help us. It is a great chance for our guys to be pushed." - Knoll on playing Oklahoma

USC recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 21st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#3 Baylor 4, #4 Southern California 3
Mar 21, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.92) 6-2, 7-5
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.36) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-4, 6-3
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01) def. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) 6-3, 7-5
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.18) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 7-5
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) def. #50 Max de Vroome (USC 14.30) 6-4, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) def. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.06) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #4 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #50 Eric Johnson/Max de Vroome (USC) 7-6 (7-1)
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Thibault Forget/Nick Crystal (USC) 6-3
Match Notes
Southern California 13-3; National ranking #4
Baylor 14-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4,5,1)

Who Wins?

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Votes so far: 6 


In the first semifinal of the day it looked like Columbia had a really good chance to pull off the upset after they took the doubles point and 3 opening sets against #1 Oklahoma.  However while Oklahoma's Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Spencer Papa would finish off each of their matches in straight sets only Columbia's Mike Vermeer would be able to do the same.  After Max Schnur took the first set 7-6 at #3, Oklahoma's Dane Webb would win 12 of the next 17 games to clinch the win. The match at #4 was halted with Columbia's Ashok Narayana leading 3-2 in the 3rd set.  

OU recap

"Dane did a terrific job for us, Roddick said. "He turned his match around and did a terrific job of clinching the match for us. Columbia really made us work hard today.

"Andrew did a great job not letting Lin into the match," Roddick said. "Axel and Spencer also did a great job of capitalizing on their opportunities."

#1 Oklahoma 4, #29 Columbia 2
Mar 21, 2015 at Indian Wells, California
Singles competition
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) def. #16 Winston Lin (COL 14.23) 6-2, 6-2
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #83 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.63) 6-4, 6-1
3. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) def. Max Schnur (COL 13.13) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) vs. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.35) 4-6, 6-4, 2-3, unf
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) def. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.32) 6-1, 6-3
6. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.38) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #20 Max Schnur/Ashok Narayana (COL) 6-4
2. #57 Winston Lin/Mike Vermeer (COL) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Dragos Ignat/Bert Vancura (COL) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 7-3; National ranking #29
Oklahoma 15-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,5,6,3)

BNP Paribas Collegiate Challange Semifinals

San Diego won the tournament it co-hosted with San Diego State by knocking off #33 Drake 4-2. The Toreros took the doubles point and picked up straight sets wins by Uros Petronijevic, Filip Vittek, and Jordan Angus at 1, 2, and 3 singles.

San Diego recap

"It's a team goal to go undefeated throughout the year, and to be undefeated at home thus far has been huge," head coach Brett Masi noted afer the victory. "To play all three matches at home this week was a big advantage. We play our best tennis on our home courts, but playing back-to-back matches everyday against top-45 teams is not easy. In the end, it feels great to take first place in a tournament, especially hosting. We won in 2011 at the inaugural tournament, and since then we haven't been able to do so until today. It's a great tournament and we were able to turn it around even after struggling in our last couple of matches on the road. We played great tennis the past few days and I am really proud of the guys for staying focused and playing their best tennis."

Drake recap

#30 San Diego 4, #33 Drake 2
March 21, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #58 Uros Petronijevic (USD 13.96) def. #42 Alen Salibasic (DRAKE 13.87) 6-1, 6-4
2. #81 Filip Vittek (USD 13.22) def. #38 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.70) 7-5, 6-4
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.59) def. Matt Frost (DRAKE 13.05) 6-4, 6-3
4. Ravi Patel (DRAKE 13.55) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.97) 6-3, 6-4
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.80) vs. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.43) 4-6, 6-1, 1-2, unf
6. Ben Mullis (DRAKE 13.20) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.68) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #41 Filip Vittek/Jordan Angus (USD) def. Ben Lott/Bayo Phillips (DRAKE) 6-3
2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. Alen Salibasic/Ben Mullis (DRAKE) 4-5, unf
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) def. Matt Frost/Ravi Patel (DRAKE) 6-1
Match Notes
Drake 18-6; National ranking #33
San Diego 12-4; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,3,4,2)

Final round of Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic

Princeton capped off the weekend in San Diego by taking 3rd place in the San Diego Classic with a 4-3 win over Ivy League rival Harvard.  With the match deadlocked at 3-3 it came down to a 3rd set at #6 and it was Princeton's Luke Gamble who was the hero as he broke Shaun Chaudhuri to go up 4-3 and then he held serve two more times to take it 6-4 in the 3rd.  

Princeton recap

Coach Billy Pate on the matches:
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There were 3 good matches on Wednesday's docket with the higher ranked team winning each of them.

#1 Oklahoma overcame the loss of the doubles point to #20 Tulsa by taking it to the Golden Hurricanes in singles winning all 10 completed sets.  Axel Alvarez, Dane Webb, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa all won in singles.

#8 Texas A&M was pushed by #48 Rice in doubles but pulled out the deciding court in a tiebreak.  The Aggies took 9 of 10 completed sets in singles and got its 3 points from Harrison Adams, AJ Catanzariti, and Max Lunkin.  The win by #51 Harrison Adams was his first dual match win this season after starting out 0-8.

#17 San Diego defeated #41 Pepperdine 4-1 to put the Toreros 2 up on the Waves in the WCC standings.  San Diego took the doubles point and picked up singles wins from Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, and Geoffrey Fosso. Pepperdine's Pedro Iamachkine picked up the Waves lone point winning at #4 singles.  

Texas A&M recap
Rice recap

"The guys were excited to play tonight. They all did a lot of work to bring our a good crowd and we had an energetic turnout who gave us a lot of support. When Max and David came back from being down to win at one, I really felt at that point that the doubles point was going to be ours. The crowd was really into the match and it was a lot of fun to be on the courts. When it didn't get the point and some of the crowd left, I think too much wind went out of our sails. "

#8 Texas A&M 4, #48 Rice 0
4/1/2015 at George R. Brown Tennis Center - Houston, TX
Singles competition
1. #59 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.23) vs. Srikar Alla (RICE 13.23) 6-4, 5-0, unf
2. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.10) vs. Max Andrews (RICE 13.29) 7-5, 4-3, unf
3. #51 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.59) def. Jamie Malik (RICE 12.93) 6-3, 6-2
4. #79 AJ Catanzarti (TAMU 14.27) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.01) 6-4, 6-0
5. David Warren (RICE 13.03) vs. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.35) 2-6, 6-4, 0-0, unf
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 12.98) def. Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE 11.83) 7-6(7), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Max Andrews/David Warren (RICE) def. #13 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
2. #33 Jordan Szabo/Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. Zach Yablon/Jamie Malik (RICE) 7-6 (6)
3. Arthur Rinderknech/AJ Catanzarti (TAMU) def. Adam Gustafsson/Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas A&M 15-3; National ranking #8
Rice 11-12; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,6)

T-2:30 A-300

Oklahoma recap

"We talked and we feel that we can play a better doubles point than that, head coach John Roddick said. "Tulsa played well. The mistakes we made we won't make in the future.

"All in all, to come out in singles and put those kinds of scores up in singles against a team that is capable of big upsets, and is a top-20 team is exactly what you want to see, Roddick said.

 "Dane got down 3-0, but didn't let if faze him much, Roddick said. "We had a game plan that started clicking and he just stuck with it. He did a really good job mentally. That is not easy to do when you don't necessarily feel that you are playing your best tennis and then you have a bad start. To turn it around was a great effort.

"I have a good record, but I had some trouble last weekend, Webb said. "Everyone else played well so we still won pretty quick which was nice. I got down 3-0 today, but I didn't think I was playing badly. It was just windy and he [Kirby] hit a few awkward winners. After that I won seven in a row and took the second set so I felt pretty good about it.

"It is a great feeling, Ghilea said. "Just to win a match is important and to clinch is even better. I know Florin (Bragusi) and Andrew (Harris) were up in their second sets so we had good chances on every court.

"We are definitely still going to work hard, but I am ready for a weekend off mentally, Webb said. "My body feels good, but it is stressful playing these three times a week, particularly with the schedule that we have. I am ready for a weekend to relax.

Tulsa recap

#1 Oklahoma 4, #20 Tulsa 1
Apr 01, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Doubles (Order of Finish: 1,2,3*)
1. Or Ram-Harel/Alejandro Espejo (TU) def. #6 Axel Alvarez/Dane Webb (OU) 6-3
2. Matthew Kirby/Dylan McCloskey (TU) def. Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-4
3. Florin Bragusi/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Mitchell Pritchard/Daniel Santos (TU) 6-0
Singles (Order of Finish: (1,5,3,4*)
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59) def. #33 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.57) 6-1, 6-0
2. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) vs. #74 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.85) 6-4, 3-3, DNF
3. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.31) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.81) 6-3, 6-2
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.33) 6-2, 6-2
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.82) def. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.64) 6-1, 6-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.50) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.88) 7-6, 3-0, DNF

San Diego recap
Pepperdine recap

#17 San Diego 4 def. #41 Pepperdine 1
April 1, 2015 - Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center - Malibu, Calif. 
Singles Competition
Guilherme Hadlich (PEP 13.22) vs. #46 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.00) 6-7(4), 6-2, 1-0, unf
#57 Filip Vittek (USD 13.38) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP 13.26) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
Jordan Angus (USD 13.67) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP 13.04) 6-3, 6-2
Pedro Iamachkine (PEP 12.89) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.90) 6-4, 6-3
Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.86) def. Luca Marquard (PEP 12.30) 6-3, 6-3
Lautaro Pane (PEP 12.93) vs. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.65) 6-2, 5-7, 1-1, unf
Doubles Competition
#43 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Guilherme Hadlich/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-3
Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Pedro Iamachkine/Tom Hill (PEP) 6-2
Lautaro Pane/Luca Marquard (PEP) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) 6-3
Published in Blogs
What a day of tennis in Waco - 2 semifinal matches played simultaneously on adjacent courts with both coming down to a 3rd set tiebreak to decide it and they both finished within seconds of each other.

It's too bad those FoxSports cameras weren't in operation today because it was rough trying to watch the conclusion of the Baylor/TCU match due to the streaming video being reduced to freeze-frame video.  As a side note, for those that were wondering, it was confirmed today by Baylor that PlaySight will be installing new HD cameras with sound in time for the NCAAs so the viewing public won't have to be subjected to any more of the current setup.  Click on this link for a preview of the kind of clarity that you'll see - choose Indian Wells during daylight hours.  PlaySight operated the streaming for Virginia Tech and did the streaming for the National Indoors at the MidTown Athletic Club in Chicago and at Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Cup.

Back to business - we'll start with Baylor/TCU.  Baylor ran its doubles record to 23-1 by picking up a 6-4 win from Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano (18-1) at #1 and a 6-3 win from Vinny Schneider and Felipe Rios (16-3) at #3. TCU's Trevor Johnson and Cameron Norrie ran their record to 12-2 with a 6-3 win at #2.  

Baylor's Julian Lenz, Tony Lupieri, and Diego Galeano would get off to quick starts at 1, 2 and 4 singles by going up early breaks and each would eventually close out the opening set.  TCU's Arnau Dachs and Will Stein would get early break leads at 5 and 6 but while Dachs took his opening set 6-1, Stein would let a 5-2 lead slip away and drop the opening set to Felipe Rios 7-6(5). Stein served for the set up 5-2 and up 5-4 but got broke each time.  Below is an amusing quote from the BU blog:

Rios served for the set up 6-5 but got broke at love and then in the TB Rios went up 6-3 only to lose both points on serve before Stein gave him the tiebreak by double faulting.  TCU's Cameron Norrie would break Max Tchoutakian at 4-4 and then serve to take the opening set at #4 by a 6-4 score.  So that was 4 opening sets for Baylor and just 2 for TCU.

It appeared that Baylor's Julian Lenz would be the first to finish as he served for the match at #1 up 6-1, 5-3 however TCU's Nick Chappell had other plans and would break Lenz at love and then come all the way back to take the second set 7-5.

Lenz's doubles parter Diego Galeano would finish off Facundo Lugones 6-3, 6-3 at #4 singles to make it 2-0 Baylor but a few minutes later TCU's Cameron Norrie would put the Horned Frogs on the board with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian at #3. Felipe Rios would make it 3-1 BU as he gave Will Stein a second set breadstick to finish off a 7-6, 6-1 win at #6.

Arnau Dachs would trim the BU lead to 3-2 with a 6-1, 7-6(7) win over Mate Zsiga at #5.  Zsiga led 3-0 in the 2nd set before Dachs came back to tie it at 3, then Zsiga had 2 set points when Dachs served at 5-6 but Dachs managed to get it to the tiebreak. Zsiga served up 6-5 in the TB but lost both points on his serve then after fighting off a match point on the Dachs serve Dachs took the final 2 points to close it out.

Tony Lupieri was looking good at #2 when he led Guillermo Nunez 6-3, 2-0 but Nunez hung around and eventually wore Lupieri out as he took it 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0.

With the match tied at 3 it all came down to the 3rd set at #1 and TCU's Nick Chappell would deliver the first blow by breaking Lenz to start the set and following that up with a hold for 2-0.  Lenz would hold for 1-2, then break Chappell from 15-40 to tie it at 2, then hold for 3-2.  Chappell held, Lenz held, then Chappell held again this time on the 40-40 deciding point so it was now 4-4.  After another set of holds Chappell would break Lenz on the 30-40 point to go up 6-5.  After falling behind 0-30 and 30-40 Chappell would get it to 40-40 which meant we had a match point/break point.  Chappell would put a forehand into the net to give Lenz the break and then it was all Lenz in the deciding tiebreak as he jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win.

Tremendous match between those 2 teams and with the video not working well I have to say job well done to Kim Gorum for giving us the blow-by-blow on the Baylor blog.

Below is a clip that David Roditi shot of the crowd on match point and below that is the final point of the tiebreak.  

Baylor recap

"The mistake that you can make is when you start scoreboard watching and paying attention to stuff like that. You've got to get to four points. We got to three relatively quickly but we just couldn't seem to find that fourth one and that's tennis. You've got to stay focused and keep pushing. I thought TCU really took the momentum there from us for a while and just really played an exceptional level of tennis." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"I know they're excited to see us in the final. They just love beating us so we're going to go out and give it another shot and see if we can get over the line." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final tomorrow.

TCU recap

"I am obviously disappointed. We were right there and had a match point, but I couldn't be more proud of our guys for the way they fought back," head coach David Roditi said. "We didn't have the best start possible and it is hard on the road, but we kept fighting and came back in some matches. Nick (Chappell) was down a set and 5-3 in the second and I couldn't be more proud of Nick for coming back in that second set and winning. He then put himself in a situation to get us a win and I know he wanted that match more than anybody. I am proud of him for the way he played and Baylor deserves the credit. They hit the shots at the right time.

"I am also extremely proud of the way our guys handled this whole situation. I thought our guys couldn't show more class and I am proud to say I am their coach."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#2 Baylor 4, #6 TCU 3
Apr 25, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) def. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.97) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36) def. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) 6-4, 7-5
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98) 6-3, 6-3
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07) def. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 6-4
2. #29 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #53 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Baylor 20-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
Big 12 Conference Tournament Semifinal

"Oklahoma goes up 1-0" is a phrase that hasn't been said too often this year but a reconfigured doubles lineup gave the Sooners the point that turned out to be the difference.  Oklahoma was just 12-12 in doubles going into the Big 12 Tournament so John Roddick decided to roll the dice and split up his #1 team of Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb (who are ranked #10) by pairing Webb with Spencer Papa at #2 and Alvarez with Jose Salazar at #3. He moved his #2 team of Alex Ghilea and Andrew Harris up to #1 and they would deliver a 6-4 win to go with the 6-4 win that Webb and Papa picked up at #2.
Texas came out really hot in singles and took the opening set on courts 3, 4, 5, and 6 while Oklahoma got the opening set on 1 and 2.  According to OU's twitter it was the 1st time all year that the Sooners had dropped 4 opening sets.

Adrien Berkowicz was the first to finish as he beat Dane Webb 6-3, 7-5 at #3 singles. Berkowicz got broke serving for it up 5-4 in the 2nd but he would break right back and then serve it out.  This was the second time that Berkowicz has beaten Webb in the last 4 weeks.

Clement Homs would make it 2-1 Texas as he rubbed out Florin Bragusi 6-2, 6-4 at #6 singles but Axel Alvarez would even it at 2 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Soren Hess-Olesen #1. Alvarez served for the match up 5-3 in the 2nd but Hess-Olesen broke and held before Alvarez held and broke to win it.
Nick Naumann would put Texas back ahead with a 7-6(3), 7-5 win over Spencer Papa at #5.  Papa had a break lead in the 2nd set but he couldn't consolidate it and Naumann would ultimately break again to close out the match.

Andrew Harris would tie it at 3 with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Lloyd Glasspool at #2 singles which set the stage for the deciding match at #4 between Texas's George Goldhoff and Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea.

Goldhoff took the opening set 6-2 but Ghilea came back from a break down to take the second 6-3. Ghilea broke to go up 3-2 in the 3rd but Goldhoff would break back and hold to go up 4-3.  Ghilea held for 4-4 then broke and was serving for the match up 5-4 but Goldhoff would break back to tie it at 5. Ghilea would break again only to have Goldhoff break back to send it to a deciding tiebreak. Ghilea went up 4-2 in the TB and ended up pulling away to take it 7-3. Below is match point for Ghilea.

Oklahoma recap

John Roddick, Oklahoma Head Coach On what he saw from his team today: "We have to do a better job of taking opportunities when we have them. In certain spots we had opportunities early that we didn't take advantage of, and then the match ended up getting tough. That's a credit to Texas for playing really well and they are a tough team.

On rematch with Baylor: "We've obviously played them three times already this year, so both teams know each other well and both teams know what they have to do. It's going to be up to the players at this point to make sure that they execute their game plans. Really I think whatever team executes is the team that is going to win tomorrow.

Texas recap

"George has nothing to hang his head about," Head Coach Michael Center said. "His level of play continues to go up with every match down the stretch. He just came up a little bit short against a great opponent today. I'm proud of him.

"I wanted us to compete at all nine spots today, and that's what we did," Center continued. "We are walking out of here feeling a lot different than the last time we played Oklahoma. We really played like a team today and had opportunities at every single spot. All the way up-and-down the line, we played with a will to win. I'm excited about taking this team to the NCAA tournament."

Michael Center, Texas Head Coach On today's result:
"Obviously you are disappointed to lose. We didn't come here to play close. During conference season we had some points that got off the board on us pretty quickly where we got behind. We really wanted to challenge on all nine spots today and that's what I thought we did. We didn't execute in some critical points in the doubles, but we gave ourselves a chance and that's all you can ask for in match like that. I think we are walking out of here feeling a lot different about ourselves than we did the last time we played them

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 Texas 3
04/25/15 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) def. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.88) 6-4, 7-5
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.99) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 14.02) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-3, 7-5
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.72) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.35) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #14 Soren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 6-4
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Oklahoma 22-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,1,5,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Semifinal

PAC  12

Tonight's Pac 12 Championship match was the rubber match in the USC/Stanford series with each winning at home.  Stanford would take the doubles point for the 3rd time this year against USC by winning 8-6 at 1 and 8-5 at 2 while USC won 8-2 at 3.

USC turned up the heat in singles by taking the opening set on every court except #5 although the scoreboard showed De Vroome taking the set at #5 until it was switched a couple of games into the 2nd set.  Jonny Wang cut through Nolan Paige like a buzz-saw and racked up a 6-2, 6-2 win at #4 to even the match at 1.

Roberto Quiroz would put USC up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3 over David Wilczynski. Video clip is set point in the 1st set.  USC's twitter had a video of match point but the picture was black with audio only.

David Hsu would even the match at 2 with a somewhat surprising 7-5, 6-4 win over Big Max De Vroome at #5.  Hsu had a nice fall then hit a rough patch early in the dual-match season but rebounded to win his last 10 matches.  De Vroome's 9-match winning streak was snapped.

Tom Fawcett would come back from a set down to roll over Yannick Hanfmann 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at #1. This was the second time in the last 2 weeks that Fawcett came back from a set down to beat Hanfmann.  Hanfmann finishes the regular season by dropping his final 5.

Nick Crystal would tie it at 3 with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Maciek Romanowicz at #6. Crystal broke Romanowicz to go up 5-4 and then served it out at love.

Exactly 3 minutes later the match would come to a conclusion as Eric Johnson put the finishing touches on his 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over John Morrissey at #2 singles.  Morrissey was the hero in the last meeting when he came back 7-6, 5-2 down to beat Roberto Quiroz but Johnson wasn't going to let the same thing happen to him.  Below is match point courtesy of USC's Twitter.

I also wanted to give props to USC for taking these short video clips - it really helps tell the story when you've got video to go with it.
USC recap
Stanford recap

#8 USC 4, #26 Stanford 3
April 25, 2015 - Libbey Park (Ojai, Calif.)
(1) #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) def. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 8-6
(2) #83 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 8-5
(3) Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 8-2
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1 #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69) 2-6,6-1,6-2
2 #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33) def. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) 6-2,4-6,6-2
3 #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4 #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) 6-2, 6-2
5 David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) 7-5, 6-4
6 #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.17) 7-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 3, 5, 1, 6, 2*


The morning started off nicely in Cary with ESPN3 broadcasting the Virginia/North Carolina match however just a few minutes into singles the rain would come and force both the UVA/UNC and Wake/GT matches to go indoors.  It also meant the end of the streaming telecast so it was back to tracking the live scoreboard and the school's twitter account to see who was serving.

Virginia took the doubles point outdoors with wins at 1 and 2 but when the rain came the match was moved indoors to Duke's indoor facility.  Virginia picked up 3 straight set wins from Ryan Shane, Mitchell Frank, and JC Aragone at 1, 2, and 6 singles to extend Virginia's ACC winning streak to 138 matches.  Virginia has also won 26 consecutive matches in the ACC Tournament.

When Shane led 6-1, 5-1 the action on his court and Altamirano's court came to a halt due to a leak in the roof.  Neither of those matches was able to restart until another court opened up.  It would have been something if Shane would have got screwed out of a win because of something like that. Fortunately for him he wasn't - below is an interview he did after the match

Virginia recap

"When you get into the business, you don't imagine you will be in 12 straight conference finals, especially in a league as tough as the ACC," said head coach Brian Boland. "It says a lot about the great players and coaches that have come through the program. We look forward to the opportunity to play another final against a really good Wake team. I know the guys are excited for it."

"It was important to get the doubles point because of the long delay," said Boland. "It felt like two different matches, so it helped to be up 1-0 before we started the second half of the match a few hours later. One of the things we have done well this year is deal with adversity and adjust to the conditions. That was definitely the case today."

"Overall, it was a great match," said Boland. "We have so much respect for North Carolina and we knew we would have to play well today. It was great to see Ryan have that kind of delay with the roof leak and come back to break to win the match. I thought that was really impressive and he is playing some great tennis right now."

North Carolina recap

#5 Virginia 4, #16 North Carolina 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #7 Ryan Shane (VA 14.72) def. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.69) 6-1, 6-1
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.79) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.31) 7-5, 6-3
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) 6-4, 1-1, unf
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (NC 14.16) 6-2, 4-6, 3-3, unf
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) 4-6, 6-3, 2-2, unf
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) def. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. Esben Hess-Olesen/Schnur (NC) 8-5
2. Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Clark/Kelly (NC) 8-5
3. Collin Altamirano/Mitchell Frank (VA) vs. Murray/Schneider (NC) 6-7, unf
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2)

In the other semifinal Wake Forest jumped Georgia Tech in doubles by winning 8-2 at #2 and 8-1 at #3 and then they kept it going in singles as Noah Rubin, Skander Mansouri, and Christian Seraphim all won in straight sets.  Georgia Tech was hanging in there on the other courts but they couldn't break through at 1, 3, and 5.  The Georgia Tech recap also has an audio interview with Kenny Thorne.

Wake Forest recap
Georgia Tech recap

"Wake Forest really took it to us in doubles. I really felt good about our game plan in all three matches, but we didn't execute well at the beginning of the matches," said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. "Same thing in singles. Wake just took it to us; they played better than us. They're a good team and deserve to be ranked No. 11."

#11 Wake Forest 4, #55 Georgia Tech 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) def. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 6-4, 6-3
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 6-2, 5-5, unf
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 6-4, 6-2
4. #91 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 1-1, unf
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 6-2, 2-5, unf
Doubles competition
1. #11 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 3-5, unf
2. Noah Rubin/Jon Ho (WF) def. Christopher Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Cole Fiegel/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-1
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 14-12; National ranking #55
Wake Forest 22-6; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,5)
Semifinals of the ACC Tournament
Doubles played outdoors at Cary Tennis Park
Singles played indoors at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Big 10

Both of the semifinals matches were supposed to be played simultaneously but rain forced them indoors so they were played one at a time.  

In the opening match the host Illini steamrolled past Northwestern 4-0.  Illinois took the doubles point with an 8-4 win at #1 and an 8-6 win at #3.  Below is a video clip of match point at #1. 

Jared Hiltzik, Farris Gosea, and Aleks Vukic would each win in straight sets at 1, 2, and 5 with Gosea providing the clincher at #2.  Below are video clips of match point at 1 and 2.

Illinois recap

"Northwestern, they have a great team," head coach Brad Dancer said. "They have a great indoor team. So they posed a lot of challenges for us in that sense, but our guys responded today. We're thrilled to play at home, to play in front of our fans and to have a chance to win a Big Ten title tomorrow."

Northwestern recap

#4 Illinois 4, #30 Northwestern 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04) 6-4, 6-4
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73) 6-3, 6-2
3. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68) vs. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) 7-6 (6), 2-2, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43) 7-5, 3-3, unf
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) vs. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #58 Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-4
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-7, un
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Northwestern 20-8 (8-3)
Illinois 24-4 (10-1); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,2)

The second semifinal between Ohio State and Minnesota was actually played outdoors after the rain cleared out.  Ohio State took the doubles point by winning 8-4 at 2 and 3 and then they took 5 opening sets with Hunter Callahan, Kevin Metka, and Ralf Steinbach winning at 4, 5, and 6 singles.

Ohio State recap
Minnesota recap

#12 Ohio State 4, #23 Minnesota 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-3, 4-4, unf
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 6-4, 3-4, unf
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48) 7-5, 1-0, unf
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56) 6-4, 6-4
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 6-3, 6-4
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Mathiew Froment (MINN 12.92) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #56 Mathiew Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-6
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Felix Corwin/Leandro Toledo (MINN) 8-4
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN) 8-4
Match Notes
Minnesota 19-7 (9-1); National ranking #23
Ohio State 25-7 (10-1); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,5)

Other Conference Tournaments:


San Diego won its 2nd consecutive West Coast Conference Championship as the top seeded Toreros beat #2 Pepperdine 4-1.  San Diego took the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, and Geoffrey Fosso with Angus providing the clincher at #3.

San Diego recap

"It feels amazing," junior Jordan Angus said, a transfer from Mississippi State University. "I am so proud of the guys. Every match counts the same, but to be the one to win is definitely special. I came here to try and make history, but the work ethic of these guys has been incredible and we have definitely earned our success."

"The sky is the limit for us," senior Ciaran Fitzgerald noted after claiming back-to-back WCC Championships. "We have worked our butt off all year and this is the part we are all gunning for. We aren't satisfied with just winning conference, we are hungry to make history at USD and reach the NCAA Sweet 16. I truly belive we can compete with the best in the country. The coaches have worked us hard and we are ready for wherever we go for regionals."

"As great as this is," Masi added. "This team is really striving for more. They really want to get to the Round of 16 at the NCAA's. They want to set a mark at USD. This team believes they can do it. I'm excited to work with them the next couple of weeks to get them ready for that and hopefully we can get there."

Pepperdine recap

"I'm very proud of how this team competed, not only this weekend but the entire season," said first-year head coach Marcelo Ferreira. "Every player embraced our philosophy and fought so hard for each other, and for the program. The match today was incredibly close; small details determine the outcome of the match. Our guys laid it all out on the line, but unfortunately we came up short today. Credit goes to USD for capitalizing on the opportunities they created."

#22 San Diego 4, #42 Pepperdine 1
April 25, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Barnes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #52 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.02) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (PEPP 13.44) 7-6 (4), 5-6
2. #77 Filip Vittek (USD 13.44) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEPP 13.08) 6-4, 6-2
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.67) def. Stefan Menichella (PEPP 13.24) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.90) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEPP 12.97) 7-5, 4-3, unf
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.93) def. Luca Marquard (PEPP 12.55) 6-2, 6-3
6. Lautaro Pane (PEPP 12.85) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.70) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
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