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TCU Regional
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center - Fort Worth, TX

[4] TCU Horned Frogs (24-3) vs. [49-64] Jackson State Tigers (6-18) - Friday 1pm CT - The only similarity between these two is that they both earned their leagues automatic berth with TCU defeating Texas Tech to win the Big 12 while Jackson State beat Alabama State to win the SWAC. TCU was one of the best teams in the country this year while Jackson State lost three times as many matches as they won. Jackson State won three matches in the SWAC, beat a D2 school, and beat a NAIA school twice while going 0-7 against ranked opponents. To make matters even worse Jackson State's post season roster does not include their usual No. 3 and No. 4 singles players, Miguel Martin Gomez and Stylianos Gkontsaris.  

Doubles Records: TCU 19-8, Jackson State 5-16
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 85, Jackson State 65

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 9th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.79) vs. Camilo Patino (JSU 11.87)
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.45) vs. Federico Boscarino (JSU 12.18)
3. #86 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.93) vs. Federico Mendieta (JSU 10.41)
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.79) vs. Richie Agarwal (JSU 10.91)
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.77) vs. Vishu Prasad (JSU 10.71)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.82) vs. Hernan Geria (JSU 9.46)
O: Reese Stalder (TCU 12.95) 

No analysis needed - blowout city with the over/under on match time listed at 75 minutes and the over/under on games Jackson State wins at 7 (yes that's in doubles and singles combined). Prediction: TCU 4-0. 



[17-32] Rice Owls (23-7) vs. [33-48] LSU Tigers (14-11) - Friday 10am CT - Rice punched its ticket by defeating Old Dominion in the finals of the Conference USA Tournament while LSU got in as an at-large after falling to Vanderbilt in the second round of the SEC Tournament. Both teams were exceptional in doubles with Rice going 22-1 when it won the doubles point while all 14 of LSU's wins came after it won the doubles point. Rice finished the regular season on a six-match winning streak which included wins over SMU, Tulane, and Old Dominion while LSU dropped its final two to Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Rice was almost unbeatable at home going 22-1 (Texas) but it was just 1-6 (Cornell) in road/neutral matches. LSU went 4-7 away from home with its most impressive road win coming at Kentucky. 

Rice defeated LSU 4-3 all the way back on January 31 however none of the individual matches will be rematches. 

Regular Season Meeting 

#56 Rice 4, #30 LSU 3 
1/31/2016 at Houston, TX (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #22 Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4, 6-2 
2. Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. #78 Justin Butsch (LSU) 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1 
3. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Simon Freund (LSU) 6-3, 7-5 
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 7-5, 7-5 
5. David Warren (RICE) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) 
6. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) 6-2, 6-1 
Doubles competition 
1. Adam Gustafsson/David Warren (RICE) vs. #13 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-5, unf 
2. #47 Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Tommy Bennett/Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4 
3. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) 6-1 
Match Notes 
LSU 1-2; National ranking #30 
Rice 5-0; National ranking #56 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,1,3,4,5,2) 
T-3:30 A-491

Doubles Records: Rice 23-7, LSU 20-5
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Rice 80, LSU 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. Tommy Bennett (RICE 13.38) vs. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.82)
2. Jamie Malik (RICE 13.04) vs. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.52)
3. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.63) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.53)
4. Jacob Hansen (RICE 13.68) vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.95)
5. David Warren (RICE 13.46) vs. Boris Arias (LSU 12.89)
6. Emanuel Llamas (RICE 12.70) vs. Simon Freund (LSU 13.05)
O: Nikola Samardzic (LSU 12.36)

As I referenced above the doubles point will be a big predictor of who wins this match. I like Jordan Daigle, Justin Butsch, and Gabor Csonka for LSU while I like Jake Hansen, David Warren, and Emanuel Llamas for Rice. I'm going to take LSU in doubles with Daigle clinching the win in three sets at No. 1  Prediction: LSU 4-3
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Regional Final - [33-48] LSU at [4] TCU - Saturday 1pm CT 

Doubles Records: TCU 19-8, LSU 20-5
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 85, LSU 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.79) vs. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.82)
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.45) vs. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.52)
3. #86 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.93) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.53)
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.79) vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.95)
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.77) vs. Boris Arias (LSU 12.89)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.82) vs. Simon Freund (LSU 13.05)
O: Reese Stalder (TCU 12.95); Nikola Samardzic (LSU 12.36)

LSU's best chance at getting on the scoreboard is in doubles but I think TCU takes the point and then gets wins from Rybakov, Lopez, and Johnson. Prediction: TCU 4-0

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Cal Regional
Hellman Tennis Complex - Berkeley, CA

[13] Cal Bears (17-6) vs. [49-64] Army Black Knights (18-8) - Saturday Noon PT - Cal earned an at-large bid after falling to UCLA in the finals of the Pac-12 Tournament while Army won a 4-3 thriller over Navy in the Patriot League Finals. The Black Knights only played two teams that were ranked at some point during the season with Miami and St. John's defeating them by a combined score of 8-1. Conversely everyone of Cal's opponents except for Hawaii was ranked at some point during the season. 

Doubles Records: Cal 15-6, Army 19-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Cal 84, Army 71

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 9th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 14.25) vs. Sam Lampman (ARMY 11.97)
2. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.27) vs. Grant Riechmann (ARMY 11.81)
3. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL 14.34) vs. David Mitchell (ARMY 12.23)
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.26) vs. Michael Nguyen (ARMY 12.29) 
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.63 vs. Kyle Barnes (ARMY 11.49)
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.56) vs. Harrison McCormick (ARMY 11.54)

Cal will win the doubles point and every completed set in singles with Lakat, Griffith, and Bergevi each picking up wins. Prediction: Cal 4-0. 



[17-32] Ole Miss Rebels (15-10) vs. [33-48] Denver Pioneers (18-7) - Saturday 9am PT - Ole Miss was awarded an at-large bid after falling to Georgia in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament while Denver earned an automatic berth after blanking Oral Roberts in the finals of the Summit League Tournament. Denver went 10-7 against teams that were ranked at some point during the season while Ole Miss went 10-10. Denver and Ole Miss had two common opponents with both defeating South Carolina and both losing to Memphis. Denver finished the season by winning its last seven (though only one was against a ranked opponent) while Ole Miss won three of its last five with all coming against ranked opposition. 

Doubles Records: Ole Miss 15-7, Denver 19-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Ole Miss 80, Denver 79

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #39 Gustav Hansson (MISS 13.93) vs. Henry Craig (DEN 13.68) 
2. #59 Stefan Lindmark (MISS 13.91) vs. Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.52)
3. Filip Kraljevic (MISS 13.48) vs. Yannik James (DEN 13.27) 
4. Fabian Fallert (MISS 13.02) vs. David Fox (DEN 13.16)
5. Grey Hamilton (MISS 12.92) vs. Alex Gasson (DEN 13.16) 
6. Zvonimir Babic (MISS 12.86) vs. Wyatt Lovera (DEN 12.03)
O: Ricardo Jorge (MISS 13.14); Jesse Ruder Hook (DEN 12.15)

Ricardo Jorge is listed at No. 4 in the Ole Miss lineup but he didn't play in the final three weeks of the regular season so I'm expecting Fallert, Hamilton, and Babic to move up a spot. I like Denver in doubles and Yannik James and Alex Gasson in singles but I see wins from Gustav Hansson, Stefan Lindmark, Fabian Fallert, and Zvonimir Babic for Ole Miss. Prediction: Ole Miss 4-3
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Regional Final - [17-32] Ole Miss at [13] Cal - Sunday 1pm PT -

Doubles Records: Cal 15-6, Ole Miss 15-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Cal 84, Ole Miss 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 14.25) vs. #39 Gustav Hansson (MISS 13.93)
2. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.27) vs. #59 Stefan Lindmark (MISS 13.91) 
3. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL 14.34) vs. Filip Kraljevic (MISS 13.48)
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.26) vs. Fabian Fallert (MISS 13.02)
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.63 vs. Grey Hamilton (MISS 12.92)
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.56) vs. Zvonimir Babic (MISS 12.86)
O: Ricardo Jorge (MISS 13.14)

Cal will be well rested after its first round match while Ole Miss will be coming off a tight win. I like Cal in doubles and Griffith, Bergevi, and Wikberg in singles. Prediction: Cal 4-0


Published in Blogs
The opening day of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and as you can see from the scores below there were a few surprises. All the top seeds cruised with only Illinois yielding a point while a pair of 33-48 seeds pulled off mild upsets.

Friday Finals:
[3] UCLA def. Weber State 4-0
[4] TCU def. Jackson State 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. Coastal Carolina 4-0
[10] USC def. UNLV 4-0
[11] Oklahoma def. UT Arlington 4-0
[12] Texas A&M def. George Washington 4-0
[15] Illinois def. Western Michigan 4-1
[17-32] Texas def. Lamar 4-0
[17-32] San Diego def. Vanderbilt 4-0
[17-32] Michigan def. East Tennessee State 4-3
[17-32] Georgia Tech def. UC Santa Barbara 4-1
[17-32] Mississippi State def. Memphis 4-1
[33-48] LSU def. Rice 4-3
[33-48] Oregon def. Tulsa 4-1

The match of the day on the men's side took place in Fort Worth between LSU and Rice. Rice won the regular season meeting 4-3 but LSU flipped the script today and won a 4-3 thriller.

Rice won the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Owls also took four opening sets in singles. Despite falling behind LSU would quickly turn things around and would put the first two singles points on the board. Justin Butsch won the only straight set match of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jamie Malik at No. 2 and then Gabor Csonka would put the Tigers ahead with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Adam Gustafsson at No. 3.

Rice's Tommy Bennett would even the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 win over Jordan Daigle at No. 1. Rice freshman Jake Hansen would put the Owls ahead 3-2 with a come from behind win over Andrew Korinek at No. 4. Korinek led 5-2 in third set but Hansen battled back to force a tiebreak which he ultimately took 7-1.

LSU freshman Nikola Samardzic, who joined the team in January, tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 win over Emanuel Llamas at No. 6.

Boris Arias (Photo By Kyle Zedaker/LSU)
The match would be decided in a third set at No. 5 between LSU senior Boris Arias and Rice junior David Warren. Warren led 4-2 in the final set but Arias managed to hold, break, and hold to go up 5-4. Warren held and then broke to go up 6-5 but Arias would break back to force a tiebreak. Warren led 4-1 in the tiebreak but Arias won the next two points on his own serve and then a third straight point on Warren's serve to tie it at 4-4. Warren held for 5-4 and then Arias won both points on his serve for 6-5. Warren evened it at 6-6 but Arias would take the next two to clinch it 8-6.

Next up LSU will face TCU after the Horned Frogs routed Jackson State 4-0.

#36 LSU 4, #26 Rice 3
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
2. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4, 6-1
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Boris Arias (LSU) def. David Warren (RICE) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #29 Tommy Bennett/David Warren (RICE) def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3
2. Jamie Malik/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3 
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) 6-2
Match Notes:
LSU 15-11; National ranking #36
Rice 23-8; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship-First Round
T-3:28 & A-125 

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"It was a great college tennis match, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "Fortunately for us, we had Boris who has been very clutch through the years. It hasn't been his best year so for him to get back to doing that again was great to see and was a great match to be a part of.

Coach Brown commented on the three-week layoff between the SEC Tournament and NCAAs, which LSU was able to recover from after starting slow and dropping the doubles point.

"I felt that the three week layoff was really showing in doubles and the beginning of singles, Brown said. "For about an hour and 20 minutes of the match we were in a lot of trouble but we got in the rhythm and started getting back in it.

"We are hopeful that the SEC will change that and only have a two-week break between the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament. I think that really has been a big issue for us over the years and it was good that the guys were able to overcome that and be a part of a great match.

"TCU has had a great year, Brown said. "We look forward to getting back out tomorrow there and improving from what we did today.

Post-Match Comments from Rice's recap
"Unbelievable college tennis match, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "This is what we train for and dream of being a part of as coaches. (It's) the first round of the NCAA Championship and every single player left it all out on the court. Five singles matches went three sets. It just doesn't get any better than that, he added.

"I am really proud of being the coach of these guys, Ustundag said. "I felt they represented Rice really, really well out here today. I am really fired up about what this team has achieved this year. We met our goals for this year and we set some high standards going into next year and really brought some excitement back to Rice tennis.


#4 TCU 4, Jackson State 0
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Camilo Patino (JSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Federico Boscarino (JSU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
3. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Richie Agarwal (JSU) 6-2, 5-0, unfinished
5. Trey Daniel (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad (JSU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Geria Hernan (JSU) 6-1, 5-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Camilo Patino/Federico Boscarino (JSU) 5-1, unf
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad/Ryan Swanier (JSU) 6-0
3. Cameron Norrie/Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Richie Agarwal/F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Jackson State 6-19
TCU 25-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi
"Our guys were very business-like and took care of business today. I am proud of them for playing well and doing everything they can to win every single point. I congratulate Jackson State and head coach Lois Alexis for making it the NCAA Championship. It is something that is very hard to do and they deserve a lot of credit. I hope their team had a great experience and we did our best to create the best atmosphere possible so it was a memorable day for them.

"For us, it is now time to get ready for the other tigers the LSU Tigers. They won a really tough match earlier today and they are very match tough. They go through a whole season in the SEC and will be ready to battle. We are right where we want to be and our team is excited to keep the streak going here at home and also give us the best chance at seeing what we can do. Regardless of what goes on, I am very proud of this team. They have accomplished so much not only on the court, but also in the classroom.

"I also want to thank our athletic department and our financial aid office as they were also here today. I really want to thank Mike Scott for bringing out the whole office because it was a really beautiful day. Huge thanks to Mr. Del Conte for allowing the athletic department to come out and support us. It has been a pleasure and an honor to play in front of our fans all season and we have one more tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from Jackson State's recap
"Although we lost to the No. 5 team in the country, we played well today, said first-year head coach Lois Alexis. "I am extremely proud of this team.

"This is an experience we can build on next year, said Alexis.
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Oregon, which was the No. 3 seed in the Oklahoma regional, won it's first-ever NCAA Tournament match with a surprisingly straight forward 4-1 win over Tulsa.

Oregon won the doubles point for the 21st time in 24 tries by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Ducks took four opening sets in singles. Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel evened the match at 1-1 with a straight set win at No. 1 however Oregon would take over from there.

Ethan Young-Smith and Cormac Clissold won in straight sets at No. 6 and No. 5 and Thomas Laurent clinched the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Majed Kilani at No. 3.

Interesting note from Oregon's recap - Simon Stevens was up 4-2 in the second set tiebreak when Juan Matias Gonzalez got a third overrule which resulted in a point penalty which gave Stevens the tiebreak.

#38 Oregon 4, #23 Tulsa 1
Friday, May 13 | Norman, Okla. | Headington Family Tennis Center
Singles Competition
1. #48 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) def. Daan Maasland (Oregon) 6-4, 6-0
2. Simon Stevens (Oregon) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa) 6-7, 7-6(2), 1-0, unf.
3. Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa) 6-4, 7-5
4. Jayson Amos (Oregon) vs. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 6-4, 3-6, 3-1, unf.
5. Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 7-6 (3), 6-4
6. Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) def. Okkie Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1 #42 Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (Oregon) def. Or Ram-Harel/Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-2
2 Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (Oregon) def. Dylan McCloskey/Dominic Bechard (Tulsa) 6-4
3 Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (Oregon) vs. Matthew Kirby/Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 4-5, unf.
Match Notes
Oregon 19-7; National ranking #38
Tulsa 17-14; National ranking #23
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,5,3)

Post-Match Quote from Oregon's recap
Nils Schyllander, Head Coach - "I felt that these guys came here to win and they did just that. The preparation was awesome and it paid off as it was an unbelievable match. This was a good time to play our best match of the year."


Oklahoma got all it wanted in doubles but then cruised through singles and defeated UT Arlington 4-0. Axel Alvarez, Spencer Papa, and Andre Biro each won in straight sets while OU led on each of the remaining courts as well.  Andrew Harris played in doubles but he did not play in singles.

OU's video highlights

#10 Oklahoma 4, UT Arlington 0
May 13, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #97 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez (UTA) 6-2, 6-3 
2. #25 Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez (UTA) 6-1, 6-1
3. #82 Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Mario Muniesa (UTA) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
4. #61 Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished 
5. Andre Biro (OU) def. Carlos Abiza (UTA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Maxime Mora (OU) vs. Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. #24 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez/Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-2 
2. Carlos Abiza/Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) def. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-4
3. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez/Mario Muniesa (UTA) 7-6 (8-6)
Match Notes:
UT Arlington 18-11
Oklahoma 16-10; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"Doubles was close and we pulled it out, head coach John Roddick said. "Singles was just pretty solid. We lost a couple breaks here or there, but mostly it was just deuce points. All in all our guys did a good job of taking care of business. It was a good effort to be focused and disciplined. We're looking forward to tomorrow.

"It looked like he was in control and making good decisions, Roddick said. "That's his biggest thing is making good decisions all the time. He is hitting the ball well, hitting good pace and spin, so that was a very good effort on his part.

"They were obviously excited after their match, Roddick said. "I watched a good bit of it. They are playing for a lot for them so they are going to come out with a lot of energy. So will we. They may be as fired up as any team we've faced all year so it'll be a tough match.

Post-Match Quotes from UTA's recap
"It is the highest level of competition, for us to be exposed to this and this environment is huge," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "There aren't too many days we get to compete at this level. We are going to take it in and learn. We were playing against a Top-10 team that is going to have a chance to win the national championship. Competing against them in the way we did says a lot about our team."

"They never give up and refuse to lose," Benitez said. "It doesn't matter what part of the match they are in, they stay focused and determined."

For junior Mario Muniesa, the UTA match clincher during the Sun Belt Championship, the experience gave the Mavs a chance to compete on the biggest stage as they improve from year to year.

"This was one of the greatest seasons, not only for me, but for the program," Muniesa said. "After two years of struggling to get to the finals, we got to the championship, won it and got here. We did everything we could and we will be proud of ourselves for a great season."

"We learned how to compete and not show that much respect to the better teams ranking wise. We saw that we could have beat them; we almost did in doubles. We didn't give up and we gave everything we had. They beat us, probably because they were better, but not because we gave up."
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Texas gave Lamar an early kick to the gut and then finished them off with a few roundhouses in route to a 4-0 win in the opening match of the Texas A&M regional.

The Longhorns won all nine completed sets in singles with George Goldhoff, Adrian Ortiz, and Michael Riechmann each winning in straight sets.

Next up for Texas will be a Lone Star Showdown against Texas A&M after the Aggies blanked George Washington 4-0.

#18 Texas 4, #56 Lamar 0 
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff (UT) def. Michael Feucht (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-3
2. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 7-5, 6-2
3. Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) vs. Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-4
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) vs. Juuso Laitinen (LAMAR) 7-6 (7-3), 4-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT) vs. Michael Feucht/Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 4-4
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem/Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 6-2
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) def. Juuso Laitinen/Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-2
Match Notes: 
Lamar 17-6; National ranking #56
Texas 18-11; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,2)
NCAA First Round College Station Regional
T-1:51

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap
The guys won all six first sets (in singles), and we played better in some spots and put pressure on them (Lamar).  We did a good job to finish the match.  This was a good day against a Lamar team that had a great season.  Lamar won a conference championship and beat a top-25 team in Rice.  It was a great year for Lamar. 

We're happy to keep going (to the second round).  We don't know who we're playing tomorrow but we assume it will be Texas A&M.  We've had a lot of great matches over the years and some tough matches over here (in College Station).  I expect another tough match tomorrow.  We've got a young group, but one thing they've been good at all year is being good competitors.  We'll do that again tomorrow and do our best to compete well.

Post-Match Quotes from Lamar's recap
"Texas played great today," said LU head coach Scott Shankles. "They got out to great starts on courts two and three, and they got the breaks at a good time for them. Then they held on to win the doubles point, and we just couldn't get back into it in those matches. I thought we were solid on court one.

"In singles, we dropped the first set on all six courts, but they were all close. We were right there with them but just couldn't get enough points to get the lead. Our guys fought hard and I'm very proud of how we competed," said Shankles.

"This experience will be huge for our guys next year," said Shankles.  "We return all but two players so this will be a valuable experience as we move forward. We accomplished a lot of things this season but I don't want our guys to just be content with this year. We can't get complacent. We need to continue to get better."


#12 Texas A&M 4, George Washington 0
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
2. #52 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW) 7-5, 3-3, unfinished
3. Chris Reynolds (GW) vs. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher (GW) 6-2, 6-3
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran (GW) 6-2, 6-4
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #89 Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. Tverijonas/Zelenkov (GW) 6-5, unf.
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) 6-3
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher/Fernando Sala (GW) 6-4
Match Notes:
George Washington 14-9
Texas A&M 27-9; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (6, 5, 4)
NCAA First Round, College Station Regional
T-2:07

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Steve Denton via Texas A&M's recap

On the doubles point
"We were down a break at three and were at 4-5 at one, George Washington played well in the doubles and it's the NCAA tournament. Everybody is going to give you your best shot. Our guys were resilient and able to turn a couple of those matches around. The doubles are a sprint and you have to value each point, with no ad scoring. Our guys have to come up with shots at important moments and thankfully the guys were able to do that today."

On today's match as a whole
"George Washington played well, I thought they were good in a lot off spots and played great. In the tournament you obviously want to win the matches and fairly comfortably if possible, but you want to be challenged as well. Today was good, some of our guys were challenged and they responded how we needed them to."

On playing Texas tomorrow
"Texas is going to fight, they are a scrappy group, a young group. They have lost some matches this year, but they compete really hard in all spots of their lineup. Texas has no holes in their lineup and we are going to have our hands full. We are going to have to have our 'A' game and hopefully all these tough matches we've played throughout the year will help us. When Texas A&M and Texas play, throw the win loss record out the window, it will be an emotional match. There is a lot on the line not just playing against your rival, but also trying to get to Tulsa. We played here a couple years ago, before we went to Illinois. It was a 4-3, last match on the court type of match so I anticipate another hard fought match and we know the guys will be ready to play."

Post-Match Quotes from GW's recap
"Texas A&M is obviously the 12-seed for a reason, said Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Torrie Browning. "They are a very good team and poised to go far. I was really proud of the way our guys came out in doubles, making the sets close. But, we really couldn't execute on a couple of key points. It hasn't been the easiest season but I'm still really proud of the way our team fought and the way we finished up.


"It means a lot to represent your school, and playing in a national championship team format is always a privilege," said Browning. "I know our guys really worked hard this year. We did a really good job of just getting here. Really proud of the way we made it through everything and handled adversity.
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San Diego defeated Vanderbilt for the second time this season with a 4-0 win in the opening match of the UCLA regional. Vanderbilt was playing without Cameron Klinger (injury?), who plays No. 3 singles (17-8) and #1 dubs with Rhys Johnson (18-8), and his absence was definitely felt.

San Diego's Uros Petronijevic and Filip Vittek beat Vandy's usual No. 2 doubles team 6-3 at No. 1 while Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 win at No. 3.

San Diego took five of six first sets and Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, and Romain Kalaydjian each won in straight sets with Vittek clinching at No. 3.

#28 San Diego 4, #34 Vanderbilt 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. #36 Daniel Valent (VANDY) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 0-1, unfinished
2. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) 6-2, 6-3
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2)
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. Kris Yee (VANDY) 3-6, 6-4, 2-0, unfinished
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Ross (VANDY) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-2, 4-6, 5-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Tate Allwardt/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-3
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) vs. Rhys Johnson/Kris Yee (VANDY) 5-3, unf
3. Alexandros Araouzos/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Baker Newman/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3
Match Notes
Vanderbilt 17-14; National ranking #34
San Diego 24-7; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,3)
NCAA Regionals - First Round


UCLA didn't have any trouble with Weber State in the second match of the day at the UCLA regional. The Bruins took the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they added five first sets in singles. Mackenzie McDonald, Karue Sell, and Logan Staggs each won in straight sets with Staggs clinching the match at No. 5.

Nice performance from Weber State's Stefan Cooper who led Gage Brymer 6-3, 5-2 at No. 3.

#2 UCLA 4, Weber State 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts)
Doubles
1. #2 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Cooper/Goswami (WSU) 6-1
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Fought/Gewert (WSU) 6-1
3. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Barlow/Chen (WSU) 3-3, unfinished
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
Singles
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Jakub Gewert (WSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Todd Fought (WSU) 6-1, 5-5, unfinished
3. Stefan Cooper (WSU) vs. 58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Hou-En Chen (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Landon Barlow (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) vs. Sanjay Goswami (WSU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
Match Notes
Weber State 14-8
UCLA 23-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,5)
NCAA Regionals - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"I was really happy with what I saw today from the team," said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "Up and down the line in both singles and doubles everybody looked really eager to get back into competition. I felt that the team was energized and ready to play,"

"We're going to have a much tougher match tomorrow against San Diego," added Martin. "I feel they are a very good team that has had an incredible end to the season. I know their confidence is high and they are going to want to avenge their loss to us earlier in the year. But I also feel that if we play well, we will have a great chance to win."

Post-Match Quotes from Weber State's recap
"Obviously UCLA is very good and in theory they should beat us," Director of Tennis Brad Ferreira said. " We competed well at a couple of spots. Our number three doubles was doing very well. Stefan Cooper was one serve game away from winning his match over a highly ranked player. Hou-En Chen played a very good first set while Todd Fought played a very good second set. It is exciting to see our two returners compete very well."

"This was a fantastic season and we will be sad to see our seniors go but I am excited to see the continued success of our program," Ferreira said.
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The second most exciting match of the day took place in Winston-Salem with Michigan winning a back and forth 4-3 match against East Tennessee State.

Michigan won what turned out to be a pivotal doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won the final three games to take the decider at No. 1 by a 7-5 score.

The Buccaneers bounced back in singles and grabbed four opening sets, two in tiebreaks, but Michigan would put the next point on the board when Carter Lin rolled over Diego Nunez 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3. ETSU's David Biosca trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alex Knight at No. 1 and then Robert Herrera evened it at 2-2 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Runhao Hua at No. 3.

Rogerio Ribeiro put ETSU up 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Jathan Malik at No. 2 but that'd be the last point that the Bucs could muster.

Michigan's Davis Crocker broke Ismael Merino to close out a 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 6 and less than 10 seconds later Kevin Wong would clinch it with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Sebastian Yllera at No. 5.

Michigan Celebration (Pic from Michigan)

#24 Michigan 4, #55 East Tennessee State 3
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #80 David Biosca (ETSU) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 7-5, 6-4
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. #96 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
3. Carter Lin (MICH) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Runhao Hua (MICH) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Kevin Wong (MICH) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3
6. Davis Crocker (MICH) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) def. #63 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 7-5
2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (MICH) 7-5
3. Myles Schalet/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) def. Ismael Merino/Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 7-5
Match Notes
East Tennessee State 18-6 (7-0 SoCon); National ranking #55
Michigan 21-7 (8-3 Big Ten); National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)
NCAA Tournament - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from ETSU's recap
"It was a hell of a college tennis match, remarked ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. "We gave it all we had and came up just short. The loss leaves a huge empty spot in our gut but I wouldn't have it any other way. Our boys represented ETSU with the highest sense of pride and love. If we had to lose, this is the way wanted it.



Next up for Michigan will be a match against Wake Forest after the Demon Deacons rolled over Coastal Carolina 4-0. Wake took the doubles point and Petros Chrysochos, Jon Ho, and Dennis Uspensky each won in straight sets.



Wake's No. 4 Romain Bogaerts did not play.

#6 Wake Forest 4, Coastal Carolina 0
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. VELICKOVIC, Vuk (CCU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (CCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. LEME, Pedro (CCU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. SCHNEIDER, Sebastian (CCU) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. FARIA, Luiz (CCU) 6-2, 6-0
6. #116 Maksim Kan (WF) vs. MIGLIANO, Francesco (CCU) 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Vuk Velickovic/Pedro Leme (CCU) 5-2, unf
2. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Nic Planchard/Francesco Migliano (CCU) 6-0
3. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luiz Faria/Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU) 6-2
Match Notes
Coastal Carolina 21-4 (8-0 Big South)
Wake Forest 30-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,2,3)
NCAA Tournament - First Round
A-281
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UC Santa Barbara jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point but Georgia Tech rebounded in singles. Chris Eubanks, Nathan Rakitt, and Michael Kay won in straight sets while Daniel Yun came back from a set down to defeat Anders Holm at No. 4.

Georgia Tech will meet USC on Saturday.

#32 Georgia Tech 4, #44 UC Santa Barbara 1
May 13, 2016 Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #78 Eshmade/Seemann (UCSB) def. #38 Kay/Kay (GT) 6-2
2. #37 Eubanks/Benito (GT) def. Alboran/Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) def. Rakitt/Li (GT) 7-5
Singles Competition
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
2. #113 Carlos Benito (GT) vs. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) 0-6, 6-3, 5-4 unf
3. Cole Fiegel (GT) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB) 6-7 (5), 4-2 unfinished
4. Daniel Yun (GT) def. Anders Holm (UCSB) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2*
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Cody Rakela (UCSB) 6-4, 6-4
6. Michael Kay (GT) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) 6-3, 7-5
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 17-8; National ranking #32
UC Santa Barbara 17-7; National ranking #44
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)Singles (1, 6, 5, 4*)
NCAA Championships - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne SAYS "We got out played for about an hour and a half. I'm not sure if it was because we haven't played in a while and still had exams on the brain. Credit UCSB, who has a talented team, for starting very strong. The character of our team surfaced and we fought back strong. Chris, Mike and Nathan did a great job of capturing the momentum with straight-set wins. We settled in nicely as a team and played with poise down the stretch. Carlos and Daniel fought back from first-set losses. Cole also was in a good position in his second set after losing the first. Daniel clinched it for us, so all that matters is we move on to the next round. We're looking forward to a strong start tomorrow and the opportunity to advance.



USC moved on to the second round with a 4-0 win over UNLV. USC took the doubles point and then picked up three quick straight set wins with Rob Bellamy clinching the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6.


USC's No. 4, Jake DeVine, did not play so Thibault Forget moved up from No. 5 while Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy each moved up as well.

#11 USC 4, UNLV 0
NCAA Championships - First Round
May 13, 2016 -- Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #46 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Amilon/Alberts (UNLV) - 7-5
2. Forget/de Vroome (USC) def. Neto/Brown (UNLV) - 6-3
3. Bellamy/T. Smith (USC) vs. Cozbinov/Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-5 susp.
Singles Competition 
1. #23 Max de Vroome (USC) vs. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) - 6-4, 3-4, susp.
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) - 6-1, 4-6, 2-1 susp.
3. #69 Logan Smith (USC) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) - 7-6 (3), 2-2 susp.
4. #121 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV)-- 6-1, 6-2
5. Jack Jaede (USC) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) -- 6-1, 6-2
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Richard Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-2, 6-2*
Match Notes
USC 16-6; National ranking #11
UNLV 15-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1) Singles (4,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from USC's recap
"Today was a great first step for us," head coach Peter Smith said. "Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy really stepped up and led our team today."

Post-Match Quotes from UNLV's recap
"We lost a very close doubles point and then started out slowly in singles, said UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook. "However, we were very much alive in all of the matches that didn't finish so I think we acquitted ourselves well today. The future of UNLV tennis is certainly bright with everyone coming back and we are excited for next season.
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Both of the top two seeds won in Champaign with the host Illini fighting off Western Michigan 4-1 while Mississippi State got past Memphis 4-1.

#21 Mississippi State 4, #42 Memphis 1
May 13, 2016 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS) def. Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) vs. Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS) 5-7, 4-3, unfinished 
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-4
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) vs. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-4), 2-3, unfinished 
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEMPHIS) 6-2
2. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-5) 
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. Niclas Braun/Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 14-11; National ranking #42
Mississippi State University 17-8; National ranking #21 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,3,4) 
Official: Doug Rice T-2:30


Post-Match Quotes from Mississippi State's recap
"We had seven guys that have never played in the NCAAs before today's match, head coach Matt Roberts said. "I was impressed how they battled and stepped up to win the doubles point over a tough Memphis team. That gave us a lot of energy going into singles which helped our confidence.

"The result in doubles helped us carry energy into singles, Sucevic said following his 10th singles win of the season. "I felt great from the beginning of singles after the doubles win, just like the other guys, and that helped us get this win today.

For Borges the win came after the freshman missed most of practice during the two weeks leading up to the NCAA Championship due to injury. Borges let his opponent creep back into the match at 4-4 in the second set, but the freshman would find his composure and come away with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Kai Lemke.

"The story of this match was how much Nuno stepped up for us, Roberts said. "He was uncertain if he was going to play today, but he dug deep and came through for us. I am proud of the way he fought today.

Post-Match Quotes from Memphis's recap
"These two/three seed matchups can always go either way, it comes down to a couple of points," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "We were right there. In doubles, I don't know that we played our best, and we still had a chance right down to the last point."

"That one point comes down to one court, and we had some match points that we saved, but credit to Mississippi State, they were able to come through," Goebel said. "But once again, a lot of learning points and a bright future for us."

"I don't think we were just satisfied getting in, they really wanted to win," Goebel said. "We gave ourselves some chances, but we just didn't play maybe our greatest match of the year. But we really overcame some adversity. We had a couple of guys overcome some injuries and we weren't sure they were even going to play, but to see them go out there and fight every point was good.

"Today, unfortunately, we didn't win against a very good SEC, top 25 team. We're going to set some very high goals for next year and hope to be back."


#15 Illinois 4, Western Michigan 1
May 13, 2016 at Champaign, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Jefta Kecic (WMU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-2, unfinished
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Maik Steiner (WMU) 7-6 (7-0), 4-4, unfinished
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Daniel Loebel (WMU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. #87 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Alex Jesse/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) 6-4
3. Jimmy Beckwith/Jefta Kecic (WMU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Asher Hirsch (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Western Michigan University 20-6
Illinois 20-10; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,4,3)
Play was suspended during singles and moved indoors at 3-1.
Official: Doug Rice A-285


Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Down at five and six singles, those are areas for us that haven't been stellar throughout the year. I think it's great for those guys near the bottom of the lineup to have that confidence and lead our team today to victory," head coach Brad Dancer said. "For us, we're excited for a great match and great challenge tomorrow and I'm sure the crowd will have a big part to do with it."

Post-Match Quotes from WMU's recap
"I thought it was a great environment for a collegiate tennis match, both fan bases were really into it, Head coach Dave Morin said. "We really played well and got off to a great start in doubles and that carried over into the singles. It was much closer than the 4-1 score would indicate. This is something that we can build on going into next year as we continue to pursue the goal of advancing in the NCAA Tournament.

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Published in Blogs
It's hard to believe that going into the fall Matt Roberts only had two returning players from his 2014-15 squad yet here we sit today with Mississippi State heading to the Round of 16 after routing Illinois 4-0.

State got off to a quick start in doubles and went up early breaks at No. 2 and No. 3. State's No. 3 team of Rishab Agarwal and Niclas Braun would win four straight games to go up 5-2 and they'd end up winning 6-3. State's Trevor Foshey and Luka Sucevic led 4-2 at No. 2 but Illinois's Alex Jesse and Aiden Jiang would end up breaking back and forcing a tiebreak. Before the tiebreak really got going State's No. 1 team of Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter would break serve to win 7-5 and clinch the doubles point. It was the first time since mid-February that State had won the doubles point in back-to-back matches.


State kept the momentum going in singles and won five opening sets. Luka Sucevic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Asher Hirsch at No. 6. A few minutes later Niclas Braun would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Julian Childers at No. 4 and then Nuno Borges would close the door on Illinois's season with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Aron Hiltzik at No. 3.

Mississippi State will be making its first appearance in the Round of 16 since 2013 and will face the winner of Sunday's match between North Carolina and Tulane.

#21 Mississippi State 4, #15 Illinois 0
2016 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Second Round
May 14, 2016 Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex Champaign, Ill.
Doubles Competition
1. #47 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. #87 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-5
2. Alex Jesse/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) vs. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-6 (1-2),
3. Rishab Agarwal/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Asher Hirsch/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU) vs. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
3. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2, 6-4
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 6-1, 6-2
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-4, 3-1, unfinished
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes
Mississippi State University 18-8; National ranking #21
Illinois 20-11; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,3)
T-2:09 A-217

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"I am so proud of these guys and what they've accomplished this season with their backs against the wall, head coach Matt Roberts said. "It is unheard of for a team this young to be this successful, but these guys defy the odds. Before Friday we had only two players with any postseason experience and our younger guys handled it like veterans.

"We are playing well in doubles right now and I feel like we've found the right formula to win, Roberts said. "We focused on our doubles the last couple of weeks and have developed our games a lot. The guys have played phenomenal in doubles this weekend.

"We had two players this time last year, Roberts said. "Rishab and Mate believed in this program and stuck with us. Loyalty pays off and for us to win this way is just great to reward two men.



Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"I think Mississippi State played really well; they're well-coached with great players and they obviously took it to us today," stated Dancer. "The guys knew that Mississippi State is a great team. I think for us too much extra stuff was on our minds; if it was going to be inside or outside and thinking about that stuff. Mississippi State just outplayed us today."
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The closest second round match of the day took place in Winston-Salem between Wake Forest and Michigan. Wake Forest got a quick 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles but both No. 2 and No. 3 would go to a tiebreak. Wake led 4-2 in the tiebreak at No. 2 but Michigan would come back to win 8-6. Wake was serving at 5-6 in the tiebreak at No. 3 when a double fault give Michigan the 7-5 win and thus the double point.

Roughly 25 minutes into singles action play would be halted for 11 minutes due to what must have just been a mist of rain. Shortly after play resumed Michigan's Runhao Hua picked up a win at No. 4 when his opponent Romain Bogaerts retired with a knee injury. Bogarets sat out Friday's match and also missed doubles on Saturday with the same injury.

Play was stopped again for 22 minutes but once it re-started Wake's Jon Ho finished off Carter Lin 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 to bring Wake to within 2-1. Petros Chrysochos evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Jathan Malik at No. 2 and then Skander Mansouri gave Wake its first lead of the day with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Alex Knight at No. 1.

Wake's Christian Seraphim and Dennis Uspensky both had break leads in the third set but closing out the matches wasn't going to be easy. Michigan's Davis Crocker came back from 3-1 down to go up 5-3 on Dennis Uspensky at No. 6 before Uspensky broke back to make it 5-4.

Seraphim broke to go up 2-1 in the third but Michigan's Kevin Wong broke back to even it at 3-3. Seraphim broke for 4-3 but Wong broke back for 4-4. Seraphim broke again to go up 5-4 and then he'd clinch the win with a service winner to push Wake back into the Round of 16 for the second year in a row.



Wake Forest and Oklahoma will now meet for a third time this season since Oklahoma won its match over Oregon.

#6 Wake Forest 4, #24 Michigan 2
May 14, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 6-3, 6-1
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #96 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-0, 7-5
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. Carter Lin (MICH) 6-1, 6-1
4. Runhao Hua (MICH) def. Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-1, 1-0, retired
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Kevin Wong (MICH) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Davis Crocker (MICH) 6-1, 2-6, 4-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) 6-2
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (MICH) def. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Tyler Gardiner/Myles Schalet (MICH) def. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Michigan 21-8 (8-3 Big Ten); National ranking #24
Wake Forest 31-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,2,1,5)
NCAA Tournament - Second Round
Play delayed from 4:19 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and from 4:52 p.m.-5:14 p.m. (rain).
T-3:20 A-378
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USC faced a stiff test at home against Georgia Tech but the Trojans managed to pull through thanks to some strong play down the stretch from Logan Smith and Jack Jaede.

Georgia Tech took the doubles point when Chris Eubanks and Carlos Benito won the decider at No. 2 by a 7-6(5) score. Each team took three opening sets in singles and three of the six matches would finish in straight sets.

USC's Thibault Forget tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Daniel Yun at No. 4 but Georgia Tech's Chris Eubanks answered with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Max de Vroome at No. 1.

USC's Nick Crystal tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Carlos Benito at No. 2 but each of the remaining matches were still up for grabs. While the matches at No. 3 and No. 5 were just entering a third set, Georgia Tech's Michael Kay was trying to close out Rob Bellamy at No. 6. Kay led 6-4, 5-5 but Bellamy held for 6-5 and then broke Kay to take the second set 7-5.

USC freshman Jack Jaede pulled away from GT senior Nathan Rakitt to win 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 at No. 5 and Logan Smith looked like he was moments away from clinching when he was serving up 5-2 in the third at No. 3. However GT's Cole Fiegel would break for 5-3 and then hold for 5-4. Smith won a pivotal point at 30-30 when Fiegel put a shot into the net and then on his first match point Smith would clinch it when Fiegel sent a forehand wide into the alley.


I thought Bellamy forcing a third set was huge because had he lost that would have put even more pressure on both Smith and Jaede. Granted they were both already up breaks when Bellamy won the second set but it still probably helped ease the tension a little bit.

USC will face the winner of Sunday's match between Georgia and Baylor.

#11 USC 4, #32 Georgia Tech 2
NCAA Championships - Second Round
May 14, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
(1) #46 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. #38 Kay/Kay (GT) - 6-1
(2) #37 Eubanks/Benito (GT) def. Forget/de Vroome (USC) - 7-6 (5)
(3) Rakitt/Li (GT) def. Bellamy/T. Smith (USC) - 6-3
Singles Competition
(1) #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #23 Max de Vroome (USC) - 6-3, 7-6 (2)
(2) #41 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #113 Carlos Benito (GT) - 6-4, 6-4
(3) #69 Logan Smtih (USC) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-4*
(4) #121 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Daniel Yun (GT)- 6-2, 6-3
(5) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) - 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1
(6) Rob Bellamy (USC) vs. Michael Kay (GT) - 4-6, 7-5, 3-2 susp.
Match Notes
USC 16-6; National ranking #11
Georgia Tech 17-9; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (4,1,2,5,3)

Post-Match Quotes from USC's recap
"Today was a very exciting college tennis match," said head coach Peter Smith. "Georgia Tech gave us all we could handle. Our fight from top to bottom is what our program is all about, and today that took us over the top."

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne - "That was an absolute battle, and USC deserves a lot of credit for holding us off. I'm proud of our team and the way we left it all out there, but we are definitely disappointed we didn't make the sweet 16. I'm proud of our seniors Nathan and Casey, who led this team extremely well all season. They left the team in a much better place than when they arrived. The future is bright for this team. Is it too early to say I'm excited about next year already?
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Oklahoma dropped the doubles point to Oregon but the Sooners managed to pull out four wins in singles to knock off the Ducks 4-2.

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#11 Oklahoma 4, #38 Oregon 2
May 14, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #97 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Daan Maasland (ORE) 7-6 (13-11), 6-4
2. #25 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Simon Stevens (ORE) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
3. Thomas Laurent (ORE) def. #82 Spencer Papa (OU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Jayson Amos (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
5. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 5-7, 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (ORE) def. #24 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-4
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (ORE) 6-5, unfinished
3. Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (ORE) def. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Oregon 19-8' National ranking #38
Oklahoma 17-10; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,4,2,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"We competed pretty hard, head coach John Roddick said. "That's what you have to do. Oregon was definitely feisty. They did the best they could to put us out of position. Overall I thought they probably competed a little better than we did. That's why the match was so close. A lot of credit goes to them.

"In doubles we have to get better, Roddick said. "The bottom line is that will hurt us at some point. We have to find a way to get doubles points, but we did what we were supposed to do in singles. Winning five out of six first sets in singles, we did what we needed to do and took care of business.

"We have a long week and tennis is a funny game and it doesn't matter how you feel today or tomorrow, because it can change quickly, Roddick said. "We have a lot of things to work on and we have to get playing the right way.

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Nils Schyllander via Oregon's recap
On the match
"We played to win, but in the end, we came up just short. It was a great match and we had many opportunities. I'm very proud of this team and how they've gone about competing all year.

On the future
"We're going to be loaded again next year. This season was a lot of firsts for the program, but we're going to keep building on that and keep moving the program in the right direction. We have a lot of youth on this team, but they're going to be the experiences veterans next year. Having them along with the high-powered recruits we have coming in is going to make for an exciting year and I can't wait to get started.
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TCU capped off an undefeated season at home with a 4-0 win over LSU. TCU really crushed LSU in doubles with Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder clinching the point with a 6-0 rout over the ITA No. 6 team of Jordan Daigle and Boris Arias.

TCU won all six first sets in singles and would end up taking all but one completed set with Cameron Norrie, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson each winning in straight sets.

Next up for TCU is the winner of Sunday's match between Cal and Ole Miss.


#4 TCU 4, #36 LSU 0
May 14, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-2, 4-6, 0-1, unfinished
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-1
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 4-1, unfinished
Match Notes:
LSU 15-12; National ranking #36
TCU 26-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,6)



Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"We came out of the gates strong. We were up a break in every doubles match right away. Hudson (Blake) and Reese (Stalder) beat their second top-10 team, which is remarkable considering where Hudson came from three to four years ago. We all knew that Reese was a great player, but for a freshman to be doing what he is doing is remarkable. Cameron Norrie has matured so much and as a coach we couldn't be asking more from him. That is where he needed to improve and he is just so business-like out there and I am really happy for him and proud of him. He is leading this team along with some of the other guys but he is doing a great job.

"Winning the first set on every court after winning the doubles point at home and after the match they had yesterday meant that we needed to capitalize on them being a little bit emotionally fatigued and we jumped on them and kept it going. I am proud of them. Eduardo Nava was about to win which means he was playing well. We need to fix a couple of things between now and Friday. There are key parts of our lineup that we need to address and fix. If we are going to win our Round of 16 match, we are going to need every single member of our team. Right now, we don't have every single person on our team competing and playing. Some of our teammates are just being selfish. We have to fix that and be ready for the Sweet 16. I am just happy to go undefeated at home. I am just thankful for our crowds, our fans and all our supporters out there because it just makes me really proud.

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"TCU played a great match from the beginning, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "We certainly didn't play our best today, certainly in doubles, but I thought the guys responded well and a few of the guys were starting to turn things around at the end.

"This LSU team really took a turn about mid season. They really did a good job at giving themselves the opportunity to make it to the tournament and to finish strong. A lot of credit to this team for responding to some of our demands and really handling it well.

"I have to give TCU credit, Brown said. "They played at a very high level. We are excited going forward with our top three guys coming back and with our new recruits coming in.

"We are looking forward to the future and thank the seniors for all of their contributions, Brown said. "They've meant a lot to the program and we are going to make them proud going forward.
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UCLA is heading back to the Round of 16 after shutting out San Diego for the second time this season. San Diego picked up a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles but UCLA countered with a 6-4 win at No. 1. San Diego's Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov broke UCLA to start the match and held for 2-0 but the Bruin duo of Max Cressy and Austin Rapp would come back to take the match in a tiebreak, 7-1, to give UCLA the doubles point. 

While San Diego was right there with UCLA up top it was a whole different story down low. UCLA's Karue Sell, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio ran wild and rocked Jaan Kononov, Romain Kalaydjian, and Alexandros Araouzos by a combined score of 36-9 to give the Bruins the shutout win. Below is the clincher from Staggs:


UCLA will play the winner of Sunday's match between Northwestern and Stanford.

#2 UCLA 4, #28 San Diego 0
May 14, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts) 
Doubles competition
1. #2 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Petronijevic/Vittek (USD) 6-4
2. Angus/Page (USD) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-2
3. Cressy/Rapp (UCLA) def. Araouzos/Kononov (USD) 7-6 (7-1)
Singles competition
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 7-6 (8-6), 2-1, unfinished
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) 4-6, 6-1, 1-2, unfinished
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Filip Vittek (USD) 7-6 (7-5), 0-2, unfinished
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-0, 6-1
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-2, 6-1
Match Notes
San Diego 24-8; National ranking #28
UCLA 24-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,6,5)
NCAA Round of 32

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"We were not looking good in doubles, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin of the Bruins' slow start.  "We got the job done at No. 1, but No. 2 was not having a good day.  We started down on court 3, but those guys came back and pulled it out for us.  I think that was a turning point for us momentum-wise.

"We won the first two singles matches relatively easy, said Martin of UCLA's momentum in singles.  "I think Karue and Joe let that doubles loss carry over and they were fired up in singles.  To me, that was an unbelievable turning pointthose guys rebounding like that. 

"Northwestern is a very good team, and we've certainly played Stanford a lot this season, said Martin of the Bruins' next match.  "Northwestern has been a top team all year.  It's kind of ironic because it's Logan's old teamso that will be interesting.  It will be a very competitive match either way.

"We're just going to take it one match at a time, and hopefully do something special, added Martin.
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Virginia Regional

Penn State was one of three higher seeds that won a first round match on Saturday after the Nittany Lions defeated Columbia 4-3. Penn State won the doubles point for the 20th time in 30 matches with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 3. 

Each team won three first sets with all but one match finishing in straight sets. Penn State's Leo Stakhovsky put the Nitts up 2-0 with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Shawn Hadavi at No. 1. Hadavi served for the second set up 5-4 but Stakovsky broke for 5-5. held for 6-5, and then broke again to win the match. Penn State's Matt Barry extended the lead to 3-0 after he beat his former high school teammate Eric Rubin 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3. 

Columbia freshman Victor Pham put the Lions on the board after he defeated Constant De La Bassetiere 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2. Mike Vermeer made it 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tomas Hanzlik at No. 4 and Miguel Alda, who was only playing his third dual-match of the year, defeated Aws Laaribi 7-6, 6-2 at No. 5 to tie the match at 3-3.

Columbia freshman Timmy Wang got a split at No. 6 against Penn State junior Marc Collado and Wang went up a break at 1-0 in the third. Collado would break back and proceed to win the final six games of the match to clinch the Penn State win. Below is match point courtesy of Penn State.

Penn State now will face No. 1 Virginia for a chance to go to Tulsa. 



#37 Penn State 4, #25 Columbia 3
May 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.(Snyder Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #81 Hadavi, Shawn (COL) 7-5, 7-5
2. Pham, Victor (COL) def. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Matt Barry (PSU) def. Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-4, 6-1
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Alda, Miguel (COL) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 7-6, 6-2
6. Marc Collado (PSU) def. Wang, Timothy (COL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #53 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-1
2. Matt Barry/Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Pham, Richard/Grant, Christopher (COL) 6-3
3. Matt Galush/Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Hadavi, Shawn/Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Penn State Men's Tennis 22-8; National ranking #37
Columbia 17-6; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - First Round
T-2:40

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"That was a really good college tennis match," said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "Our seniors came through today in Matt Barry and Leo Stakhovsky. Marc Collado played amazing at No. 6 and we are so proud at how far he has come this season. He fought hard out there and never gave up; that is what our coaching staff preaches everyday."

"Matt Galush and Aws Laaribi played strong in doubles to help bring us an early lead," said Coach Zinn.

"Thank you to everyone who came out today to cheer us on," said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We are looking forward to a good matchup tomorrow against the winner of Virginia/Monmouth. A chance to go to the Sweet Sixteen is on the line and we are excited at the chance to play for it."





#1 Virginia 4, Monmouth 0
May 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) vs. Vaghela, Vidit (MU) 6-6, unfinished
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. Filipek, Przemyslaw (MU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Vieira, Christian (MU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #4 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Filipek, Przemyslaw/Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 5-4, unfi
2. #16 TS Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Vaghela, Vidit/Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-0
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Vieira, Christian/Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-2
Match Notes
Monmouth 12-10
Virginia 25-4; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,6,4)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - First Round
T-1:32 A-416

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Monmouth is a good team that won the MAAC conference tournament with a lot of good players," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "This match wasn't easy for us in certain spots, which I think was a good thing. We want to be pushed a little bit in the first round. Sometimes it is the most difficult match. I thought that our three-week layoff showed in certain spots, but after 45 minutes, we settled down a bit and played better. It was good to get through the first round and now we will get ready to play Penn State tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from Monmouth's recap
"It was good that the guys were able to go in and felt like they belonged and were able to be competitive today, said Monmouth Head Coach Kyle Bailey. "A lot of games went to deuce. Vidit and Alejandro were right there with one of top doubles teams in the country and Vidit went toe-to-toe with the reigning NCAA Champion."  


"It was a great season, said Bailey. "We established what this program is about and moving forward, we can build off of today. This performance let the guys know that they belong and can play at this level. If we can play with these guys, we can play with anybody."

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One of the wildest matches of the day took place outdoors in Columbus as N. 33 Virginia Tech jumped out to early 3-1 lead but had to hold on to defeat No. 20 Kentucky 4-3.

The Hokies won the doubles point for the 18th time in 26 tries with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Virginia Tech also took four opening sets in singles and it was nearly five but Amerigo Contini dropped the first set tiebreak to Nils Ellefsen 14-12.

Kentucky's Trey Yates tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mitch Harper at No. 5 but Virginia Tech went ahead 3-1 with straight set wins from Joao Monteiro and Edoardo Tessaro at No. 1 and No. 4.

Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with a 7-6(12), 6-4 win over Contini at No. 3 but it looks like the end was near because Austin Hussey trailed Jai Corbett 5-2 in the third at No. 6. Hussey would miraculously win three straight to tie it at 5-5 and would then win the match in a tiebreak to even it at 3-3. 

Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura had clinched a slew of matches this year for the Wildcats so when he forced a third set at No. 2 against Andreas Bjerrehus it appeared that Kentucky might pull off the comeback. There were a few early breaks in the third set but Bjerrehus broke free and won the final three games to close out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win.

Next up for Virginia Tech is a rematch against Ohio State - the Buckeyes won the regular season meeting 4-0.

#33 Virginia Tech 4, #20 Kentucky 3
May 14, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #14 Joao Monterio (VT) def. #29 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-4, 6-4
2. #72 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #42 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 7-6 (14-12), 6-4
4. #77 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3, 6-4
5. Trey Yates (UK) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition 
1. #21 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monterio (VT) def. #43 Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) vs. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 4-4, unfinished
3. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Jake Stefanik/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 17-8; National ranking #33
Kentucky 19-9; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,1,4,3,6,2)
NCAA Tournament First Round
Official: Jeri Banks  T-2:48
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Baylor won a match that many, including me, didn't think they'd win. The Bears overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat Florida State 4-3.

Florida State took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Baylor junior Max Tchoutakian tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Marco Nunez at No. 2 but FSU's Terrance Whitehurst won in straight sets at No. 6 to put the Noles up 2-1.

Baylor senior Julian Lenz tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Benjamin Lock at No. 1 and Jimmy Bendeck gave BU its first lead with a come from behind 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Aziz Dougaz at No. 4.

FSU's Jose Gracia tied the match at 3-3 with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Tommy Podvinski but Baylor senior Felipe Rios clinched the match with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Michael Rinaldi at No. 3.


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#35 Baylor 4, #22 Florida State 3
May 14, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #12 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #11 Benjamin Lock (FSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU) def. #76 Marco Nunez (FSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-2
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FSU) vs. #86 M Tchoutakian/T Podvinski (BU) 6-6 (6-2), unf.
2. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-0
Match Notes
Baylor 16-13; National ranking #35
Florida State 18-9; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,1,4,5,3)
NCAA First Round - Athens Regional
Official: Richard Rogers T-3:15 A-201



Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"They really knocked us back on our heels (in doubles), but I thought the guys responded well. We fought for everything that we could get. I'm really proud of the effort. Felipe lost a first set, but came back and really turned it around. He did a great job clinching. Jimmy was great on four court. Florida State has a heck of a team and fought us really hard. We were lucky to win." --head coach Matt Knoll on the victory

"It was a tough match and I knew it was going to be tough. The coaches told me that the guy was tough and plays a game that I don't like that much. He plays very flat. I found a way even though I lost the first set." -- senior Felipe Rios on his three-set win

Post-Match Quotes from Florida State's recap
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist - "I was pleased with how well Jose came back. I thought he did a great job of fighting back. There were a lot of big points that could've gone either way. It was an incredibly tough draw. Baylor is a team that made National Team Indoors, they're a team that was one of the top seeds last year. They have their top three guys back, so we knew it was going to be a battle up top even though we were maybe slightly favored down low. The key match was really number four. We won the first set there and didn't quite finish it off. At four-all, we had some game points to go up 5-4, and it ended just one game away. I thought that was the defining moment of the match.
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Cal Regional

Ole Miss advanced to the second round of the Cal regional with a come from behind 4-3 win over Denver. The Rebels were playing without Filip Kraljevic, who was listed at #3 singles and #1 doubles, so they had to make some changes by moving up their #2 and #3 teams a spot while also shifting everyone from #4 through #6 up a spot.

Denver managed to take the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Denver got straight set wins from David Fox and Wyatt Lovera at No. 4 and No. 6 but Ole Miss managed to take the other four with Gustav Hansson clinching the match with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 win over Henry Craig at No. 1.

#27 Ole Miss 4, #47 Denver 3
May 14, 2016 at Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #39 Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Henry Craig (DU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
2. #59 Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Diogo Rocha (DU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Yannick James (DU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. David Fox (DU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Alex Gasson (DU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Wyatt Lovera (DU) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DU) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
2. Yannick James/Jesse Rudder-Hook (DU) def. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3
3. Ricardo Jorge/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Diogo Rocha/Zach Fryer (DU) 6-3
Match Notes
Denver 18-8; National ranking #47
Ole Miss 16-10; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,3,4,2,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We played a great match today against a good Denver team. Doubles could have gone either way. A lot of the singles courts were going our way and some weren't. The guys responded to the pressure situations and handled themselves really well. It was a total team effort from top to bottom and we are extremely proud of the guys.

On Grey and Ricardo' matches
"Grey served well and played a solid match. It was good to see him get the win, and his energy on the court fired up everyone else. Ricardo hasn't played a lot lately, but he stepped up and provided us a huge win. When he faced set points in the first set he maintained his focus and served his way out of it. Great job by both Grey and Ricky to get us on the board.

On Stefan and Gus at the top
"Stefan has been there many times, he loves to be in that position. He stuck to his game and then in the third set he was able to break and serve it out at the end. At that point everyone felt very good about the situation, because Gus has been there many times already in his career, especially this year. He loves to play third sets and we felt very confident he would win.

On playing Cal next
"We are looking forward to tomorrow's match against Cal. We are very familiar with some of their players. We just have to go out and play with the same intensity and focus we had today, and if we do that, we have a good chance to advance.

Gustav Hansson on the win
"It was a great team win. Everybody played well and responded to the challenge in singles. We are excited to be moving on and looking forward to a great match against Cal.


#13 California 4, Army West Point 0
May 14, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
Doubles Competition
1. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) vs. Kyle Barnes/Austin McCasin 6-1
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Sam Lampman/Michael Nguyen (Army) 5-4, unf.
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Grant Riechmann/David Mitchell (Army) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. #30 Florian Lakat (Cal) vs. Sam Lampman (Army) 6-4, 4-2 Abandoned
2. #31 Andre Goransson (Cal) def. Grant Riechmann (Army) 6-3, 6-0
3. #85 Billy Griffith (Cal) def. David Mitchell (Army) 6-0, 6-2
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. Michael Nguyen (Army) 6-4, 4-4 Abandoned
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Austin McCasin (Army) 6-2, 4-3 Abandoned
6. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Michael Sienko (Army) 6-2, 6-0
Match Notes
Cal 18-6; National ranking #13
Army 18-9
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"It was important for us to start the NCAA tournament with a solid performance, and that's just what we did today, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Army has a great team, and they posted solid results all season. Our guys did a good job of staying focused on their game plans, and we were excited to get back on the courts after a three-week break.

"Tomorrow will be a big challenge for us as Mississippi is playing well. The key for us will be staying aggressive and being quick to see the opportunities as they develop in the match.

Post-Match Quotes from Army's recap
"We played a very, very good team today," said Army head coach Jim Poling. "The guys fought hard and battled with them in a few sets, but this is one of the best teams we've ever played. I'm proud of our effort today."
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Oklahoma State Regional

#19 Arkansas 4, #67 Wichita State 2
NCAA Tournament First Round
May 14, 2016 at Stillwater, OK (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. No. 21 Mike Redlicki (ARK) def. No. 95 Tin Ostojic (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Miroslav Herzan (WSU) def. No. 62 Jose Salazar (ARK) 6-4, 6-3
3. Santiago Munoz (ARK) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
4. Haru Inoue (WSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (ARK) 6-1, 6-4
5. Adam Sanjurjo (ARK) def. Eddie Stoica (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
6. William Albanese (ARK) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU) 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-1, unfinished
Doubles Results
1. No. 19 Redlicki/Micolani (ARK) def. Devilliers/Ostojic (WSU) 6-1
2. Herzan/Inoue (WSU) def. Munoz/Sanjurjo (ARK) 6-4
3. Salazar/den Toom (ARK) def. Stoica/de Vilchez (WSU) 7-6(3)
Match Notes
Arkansas: 20-8; National ranking #19
Wichita State: 17-11; National ranking #67
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,2,4,3)
Attendance: 152

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"It was an unbelievable feeling, Munoz said. "We knew this was going to be a tough team and a tough match all the way to the end, and I'm really glad I was able to pull through.

"It crossed my mind during today's match of course thinking about what happened against South Carolina, he explained. "The way I looked at it was, If the guy beats me, he beats me. But I'm not going to let myself give into the match.'

"I just did the best I could and thank God it went our way.


Oklahoma State 4, Bryant University 0
May 14, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #56 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Max Vogt (BRYM) 6-0, 6-1
2. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Oliver Welsh (BRYM) 6-2, 6-3
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. Luke Lorenz (BRYM) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Michael Plutt (BRYM) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. Artur Jakubowski (BRYM) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
6. Nate Roper (OSU) vs. Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BRYM) 7-6 (9-7), unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Nick Lamart/Michael Plutt (BRYM) 6-1
2. Jurence Mendoza/Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Luke Lorenz/Max Vogt (BRYM) 6-1
3. Nate Roper/Tristan Meraut (OSU) vs. Josh Kliger/Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BRYM) 3-3, unf.
Match Notes:
Bryant University 11-12
Oklahoma State 19-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"It was a good performance; we hadn't played in a couple of weeks so it was good to get a victory," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Anytime you can get off the court with a win in the NCAA Tournament, you've got to be happy."

"We hadn't played in a couple of weeks now and there's always going to be a few things you're not happy with at the start, but I think doubles helped with that," Cash said.

"I'm just trying to stay focused on every point and I look over and I see the scores and everybody is doing really well," Roper said. "We were battling out there, but luckily I got the win in the set."
"Our guys came to play today and leading into Arkansas, I think we're playing in good form and we're definitely ready for the challenge," Udwadia said.

"It's another match for us, we played Arkansas earlier in the season and it was a close match," Cash said. "It was on their home territory and we look forward to having them here and seeing if we can get the job done again."
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Jonathan Kelley was in Evanston covering the Northwestern Regional so check out his post for all the details from Saturday's matches between Northwestern and Valparaiso and Stanford and Notre Dame.

First Round:
[1] Virginia def. Monmouth 4-0
[2] North Carolina def. College of Charleston 4-0
[5] Ohio State def. Tennessee Tech 4-0
[7] Georgia def. South Carolina State 4-0
[8] Texas Tech def. New Mexico State 4-0
[9] Florida def. North Florida 4-0
[13] Cal def. Army 4-0
[14] Northwestern def. Valparaiso 4-1
[16] Oklahoma State def. Bryant 4-0
[17-32] Tulane def. Dartmouth 4-0
[17-32] South Florida def. St. John's 4-0
[17-32] Arkansas def. Wichita State 4-2
[17-32] Stanford def. Notre Dame 4-1
[17-32] SMU def. Washington 5-0
[17-32] Ole Miss def. Denver 4-3
[33-48] Penn State def. Columbia 4-3
[33-48] Baylor def. Florida State 4-3
[33-48] Virginia Tech def. Kentucky 4-3

Second Round:
[4] TCU def. [33-48] LSU 4-0
[3] UCLA def. [17-32] San Diego 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. [17-32] Michigan 4-2
[10] USC def. [17-32] Georgia Tech 4-2
[11] Oklahoma def. [33-48] Oregon 4-2
[17-32] Mississippi State def. [15] Illinois 4-0
[12] Texas A&M vs. [17-32] Texas 1-0


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

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

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 16th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.39) vs. #56 Julian Cash (OSU 13.84)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) vs. Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.97)
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.50) vs. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.97)
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.37) vs. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.61)
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.90) vs. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.86)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.53)  vs. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.30)
O: Luca Corinteli (VA 13.68) 

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

Regular Season Meeting: 

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


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

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

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

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



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

Regular Season Meeting 

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


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

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

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

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



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Well that didn't take long - we already have our first upset of the day as No. 13 California withstood a late rally by TCU to hold on for a 4-3 win. The match was supposed to be played outdoors but it had to be played indoors since the courts were still wet from yesterday's rain plus there was still a light mist in the air up until about 10:30 a.m.

Cal dropped the doubles point in the regular season meeting but then took over in singles and won 4-2; today Cal got off to the quick start in doubles by going up early breaks on a few courts but closing them out wouldn't be easy.

TCU's Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov jumped out to a 4-2 lead at No. 3 but Cal's Mads Engsted and J.T. Nishimura would break back and then fight off two break points to hold for 4-4 - video clip shows the no-ad point with Engsted using some quick reflexes at the net to win the point.


TCU would hold for 5-4 and then they'd break the Engsted serve to win it 6-4.


Cal's Andre Goransson and Oskar Wikberg had opened up a big 5-2 lead at No. 2 but TCU's Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nunez would fight back to even it at 5-5 (Cal had two match points while serving at 5-3, 40-30). The match would go to a tiebreak but it was all one sided as Goransson and Wikberg raced out to a 6-1 lead. Goransson double faulted two times in a row to make it 6-3 and then Nunez put one at away the net to make it 6-4. Goransson would redeem himself on the next point and would clinch the 7-6(4) win with a nice volley at the net.


Over on court 1, Cal's Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat were up 6-5 and Lakat was serving for the match up 40-30. Lakat double faulted to bring up the deciding point but then he hit a service winner to clinch the doubles point with a 7-5 win.


Cal really came out strong in singles by going up breaks on five of the six courts but TCU would fight back on many of them.

TCU sophomore Cameron Norrie fell behind Florian Lakat 0-2 in the opening set but he held, broke, and held to go up 3-2. Norrie would break Lakat again to take the opening set 6-4 and then he'd run away in the second set to win it 6-4, 6-1.


Cal would regain the lead when TCU's Eduardo Nava was forced to a retire with what appeared to be a pretty severe groin injury after he went down while leading Oskar Wikberg 2-1 in the first set tiebreak. Here was the final point of the match which came with Nava serving in the opening game of the second set.


Cal junior Filip Bergevi extended the lead to 3-1 with a pretty thorough win over Jerry Lopez at No. 4. Bergevi broke Lopez to go up 3-1 in the opening set but Lopez would break back for 3-2. Bergevi would break again to go up 4-2, hold for 5-2, and then broke once more to take the opening set 6-2. Bergevi earned the first break of the second set by going up 3-1 and then a few games later he'd serve it out for a 6-2, 6-3 win.


TCU may have been down but they weren't out as Guillermo Nunez cut the deficit to 3-2 with a win over Billy Griffith at No. 3. The first set went back and forth with Nunez coming back from a break down to win it 6-4. Nunez sprinted out to a 5-2 lead in the second set but Griffith would hold and break to put it back on serve at 5-4. Nunez would break back to close it out 6-4, 6-4.


TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was up an early break on Andre Goransson in the third set at No. 2 but Cal sophomore J.T. Nishimura led Trevor Johnson 3-0 in the third set at No. 6. Nishimura wouldn't win another game as Johnson reeled off six straight to close it out 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.


The match was now tied at 3-3 and it looks like TCU may pull off the epic comeback but Cal junior Andre Goransson stayed the course and picked up this pivotal break to put the match back on serve at 3-3 in the third.


After a series of holds, Rybakov would find himself in a huge hole while serving at 5-6, 0-40. He managed to fight off the first two match points but he couldn't fight off a third as Andre Goransson pulled it out 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.


#13 California (20-6) def. #4 TCU (26-4), 4-3
May 20, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center  Indoors)
Head Coaches: David Roditi (TCU) and Peter Wright (California)
Doubles
1. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU), 7-5
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU), 7-6 (4)
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal), 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #30 Florian Lakat (California), 6-4, 6-1
2. #31 Andre Goransson (California) def. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
3. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. #85 Billy Griffith (California), 6-4, 6-4
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (California) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU), 6-2, 6-3
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (California) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU), 7-6 (4), ret. inj.
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. J.T. Nishimura (California), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 4, 3, 6, 2




California Head Coach Peter Wright
Opening Statement...
"Every time that we play TCU it is a battle. The doubles was critical for us today, and it really came to a couple of points here and there. I felt that gave us some momentum going into singles play. TCU fights hard and they are a great team who is well coached. Our guys battled as well, and I really think at the end of the day that you can't have a finer tennis match to start off the NCAA Championships.

Did the win over TCU earlier this season give you some confidence going into this match
"In rematches where you are playing the team for a second or third time of the year you realize how hard it is to beat a team twice and its even harder to beat a team three times. I was really proud of how our guys focused on the task at hand one match at a time and one point at a time. The expectation that we had was that we were going to win this match, and not a lot of other people thought that. I think that we knew that going in and that was a little bit of extra pressure on us, but I think that we arose to the challenge.

On previously playing indoors in the Case Tennis Center against Tulsa in January and how it helped in today's match
"When the match got brought indoors this morning first thing I thought is that we have played here before. We lost to Tulsa here indoors right out of the gates in one of the first matches of the season. We know those indoor courts well, and we got a lot of Cal tennis fans here in Tulsa. Tulsa is a wonderful tennis town, and you couldn't have better fans than the tennis fans in Tulsa. We have got some Cal fans here that have been really supportive of us, and so we are comfortable here and we really like Tulsa a lot. They have great restaurants and wonderful people who are friendly. 


Andre Goransson, California (#2 singles)
On the final set of his singles match 
"It was a tough one. I saw that J.T. was up 3-0 in the third set, and then it came down to 3-2. I was down a break so I figured that it would come down to me. I said to myself that the journey will not be over yet for the team, and I was able to break back and win 7-5. It was pretty intense.

On the last ten minutes of the match
"It was a really close game. I held pretty comfortably, and I had match point at 5-4.  It was tough, because I knew the match could be over. I served pretty well at 5-5 and at 6-5. I trailed love-40 in the last point, and then I scored four match points in a row and was able to finish with an overhand so that was nice.

On playing indoors on this court previously
"I remember coming here in January and that was quite a nightmare, because we lost 4-3 and I lost my match. You know the surface and you can correct your mistakes a little bit. It was nice to get revenge on the indoor court, not the opponent but the court, we lost on earlier in the season.  




TCU Head Coach David Roditi
Opening Statement...
"It was a great college match, absolutely. It had everything, you had great tennis, you had comebacks and you had an injury in there. I hope Eduardo (Nava) is okay. We will deal with that.  They did a good job. I wish we had come up on the winning end. It didn't look very good for a long time. Our guys fought, like they have been fighting all year, so resilient. I was proud of Trevor (Johnson) for what he did; great win for Guillermo (Nunez); (Cameron) Norrie has been a stud all year.  They did a great job.  They (Cal) have spots that are very strong, that we knew would be really tough to get and we got one of those points. Trevor came through huge. (Alex) Rybakov, he's never going to experience something like this, this is great for Rybakov's development and what a great experience. I would put my life on Alex in that situation anytime.  He's been nothing but a stud. I'd like to see that match again. We just had a lot to overcome.  We have young team, very young team. We have one junior, and everybody else is a freshman or sophomore in the singles lineup and one junior in doubles. The future looks so good. I love these guys.  
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