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Ohio State just doesn't lose at home and they proved it again on Sunday winning for an unbelievable 200th time in a row as they handily beat a Top 25 South Florida team 4-0.  The streak began all the way back on April 6th, 2003 with a win over Purdue and has grown and grown as the years have gone by.  During the week I'm going to compile a list of everyone that Ohio State has beaten at home in the last 12 years so look for that no later than Wednesday.  Here is a good article that Colette Lewis wrote on the streak back in 2013.

In my opinion the biggest surprise for Ohio State this year has been the play of Chris Diaz at #1. Last year the Columbus native struggled in the middle of the lineup and went just 11-15 in dual match play but this year he has more than held his own Roberto Cid, Shane Vinsant, Or-Ram Harel, and Lukas Ollert.




Ohio State Recap


#8 Ohio State 4, #25 University of South Florida 0

Doubles competition
1. #44 Justin Roberts/Oliver Pramming (USF) def. #4 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-4
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 7-6 (7-3)
3. #27 Chris Diaz/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzales-Muniz (USF) 7-6 (7-4)

Singles competition
1. #21 Chris Diaz (OSU) led #19 Roberto Cid (USF) 6-3, 3-5
2. #89 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5, 6-3
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) led Ignacio Gonzales-Muniz (USF) 6-3, 3-4
4. Justin Roberts (USF) vs. #66 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4, 1-6
5. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Oliver Pramming (USF) 6-3, 6-2
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-3, 7-5

Match Notes:
University of South Florida 4-3; National ranking #25
Ohio State 8-1; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,2,6)
A-252

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Wake Forest played its 3rd straight 5-2 match and after losing the 1st one to Oklahoma they've now made it 2 in a row as they defeated a reeling Tennessee team that has now dropped 4 straight.  Wake won a tight doubles point which was decided by a tiebreak at #2 and also picked up a win at #1 doubles over the reigning NCAA Doubles Champs.  3 of Wake's 4 freshman picked up wins with Mansouri, Seraphim, and Tabrizi winning at 4, 5, and 6 and only Noah Rubin's loss at #1 in a 3rd set 10 point tiebreak soured the day.  

The Vols, like many teams in the 15-30 range, are having a hard time finding quality depth at the bottom half of the line-up and they continue to get uneven production from the newcomers (Schipanski, Smelyanski, Valero,  Jones) while also dealing with some injuries (Fickey/Smelyanski). One of the positives for UT has been the return to 2013 form (23-3) by #1 Mikelis Libietis after the big man struggled last year and finished 16-11 during the dual season.  Libietis beat the reigning Wimbledon junior champion Noah Rubin in a 3rd set supertiebreak.

Wake Forest Recap
Tennessee Recap


#18 Wake Forest 5, #20 Tennessee 2

Feb 08, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. - Wake Forest Tennis Complex (indoor) 

Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #2 Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (TENN) 6-3
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Luis Valero/Bartosz Sawicki (TENN) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Andrew Dromsky/Jack Schipanski (TENN) def. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #16 Mikelis Libietis (TENN) def. Noah Rubin (WF) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Hunter Reese (TENN) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
3. Jack Schipanski (TENN) def. #52 Jon Ho (WF) 6-3, 6-1
4. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Luis Valero (TENN) 6-3, 6-4
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jess Jones (TENN) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Andrew Dromsky (TENN) 6-1, 6-2

Match Notes
Tennessee 4-4; National ranking #20
Wake Forest 5-2; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,3,4,5,1,2)
T-3:00 A-192

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TCU's final warm up for next week National Indoors was a successful one as they rolled into Tulsa and came out with a 4-0 win.  Tulsa put up a fight on several courts with the Golden Hurricanes either leading or in striking distance on each of the 3 remaining courts but it was all for not as TCU got straight set wins from senior Arnau Dachs and a pair of guys that were ranked #2 (Nunez) and #3 (Norrie) in the ITA's preseason newcomer/freshman rankings.   TCU will likely be looking at a 1st round matchup against #3 Virginia next Friday so it will take a complete performance from everyone to keep it close.  

TCU Recap


#17 TCU 4, #40 Tulsa 0
Feb 08, 2015 at Tulsa, Okla. (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Alejandro Espejo/Carlos Bautista (TULSA) vs. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 5-3, unfinished
2. Cameron Norrie/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Dylan McCloskey/Matthew Kirby (TULSA) 6-3
3. Trevor Johnson/Hudson Blake (TCU) def. Or Ram-Harel/Juan Gonzalez (TULSA) 6-3

Singles competition
1. #24 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Juan Gonzalez (TULSA) 7-5, 6-4
2. Or Ram-Harel (TULSA) vs. Nick Chappell (TCU) 6-3, 5-7, 2-1, unfinished
3. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Alejandro Espejo (TULSA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Matthew Kirby (TULSA) vs. #91 Will Stein (TCU) 7-6, 4-3, unfinished
5. #87 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Dylan McCloskey (TULSA) 6-3, 6-1
6. Mitchell Pritchard (TULSA) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU) 2-6, 6-4, 0-2, unfinished

Match Notes
TCU 5-0; National ranking #17
Tulsa 7-4; National ranking #40
Monday, 02 March 2015 23:25

Tuesday Preview - TCU/Baylor & Tulsa/UCLA

Nothing like a little mid-week tennis to get everybody excited and that's what we'll have Tuesday evening with #5 Baylor hosting #15 TCU and #21 UCLA hosting #51 Tulsa.

#15 TCU (8-3) at #5 Baylor (9-2) - 7pm est - Live Scoring & Blog + Video (if played outdoors) - This will be the Big 12 opener for both schools with Baylor fresh off a win over Virginia while TCU swept a pair of matches on Sunday against Wisconsin and Incarnate Word.  TCU started off the year with 5 straight wins including wins over Texas A&M and LSU but then got swept at the National Indoors by Duke, Virginia, and UCLA.  Baylor lost its opener at home to Illinois but since then they've beaten Tulsa, Duke, UCLA, and Virginia twice with just the 1 other loss to Oklahoma at the National Indoors semifinals.  Baylor is a perfect 11-0 in doubles and has only dropped 3 individual courts while TCU is just 4-5 so I can't see anyway that Baylor doesn't win this point.  TCU has used 7 different guys in singles with Trevor Johnson (13.38) also seeing plenty of action at 6 so it's possible he could play at 6 if either Dachs or Lugones can't play.  Diego Galeano has sat out the singles portion for the last 2 matches so it sounds like he isn't 100% so with the way the other guys have been playing I'd be surprised to see him singles in this one.    


FYI, the # beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date of this preview/recap. For more details about UTR check out their website.

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.66) vs. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69)   
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.81) vs. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 
3. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.99) vs. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) 
4. Will Stein (TCU 13.28) vs. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) 
5. Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.53) vs. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) 
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.49) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62)

#1 singles - Julian Lenz has jumped out to a 7-1 start in dual match play with 6 top 75 wins while Cameron Norrie is 6-3 but just 1-3 against ranked opponents.  Anything other than a Lenz win would be very surprising.  

#2 singles - Tony Lupieri is 5-3 in dual match play including a win over current #1 Thai Son Kwiatkowski but since that win he is 0-2 with losses to Mitchell Frank and Dane Webb.  Nick Chappel is 4-2 in dual play and 1-2 against ranked opponents with 3 other matches that didn't finish.  I think Chappell pulls the mild upset and takes this one in 3 if they play the matches out after the clinch.

#3 singles - Max Tchoutakian is 5-4 in dual match play but just 1-3 against ranked opponents while Arnau Dachs is 5-2 in dual match play but has dropped 2 of his last 3.  Dachs sat out a few matches and had a close one against Wisconsin yesterday so he may not be 100%.  I like Tchoutakian in straights against either Dachs or Stein. 

#4 singles -  Will Stein is 4-3 in dual match play but has dropped 2 of his last 3 while Schneider is 6-1 and 3-0 since moving up to #4 with wins over UCLA's Karue Sell and Virginia's Mac Styslinger.  I think Schneider has the hotter hand right now but Stein is more than capable of winning. 

#5 singles - Guillermo Nunez is 7-0 seeing action at 3, 4, 5, and 6 though none of those wins were against a ranked opponent while the up and down Mate Zsiga is 4-2 with 4 other matches that didn't finish (he was up big in 3 of those).  Zsiga either wins his matches in under a hour or they go closer to 2+ hours and go 3 sets and if he hadn't squandered the big lead against Ghilea in the NTI semis he'd be riding a 5 match winning streak.  Right now there is no way I can pick against Mate especially with it being at home so I'll go Zsiga in 2.  

#6 singles - Felipe Rios is 6-1 in dual match play and has won 6 straight since dropping his 1st collegiate dual match against Illinois's Ross Guignon while Facundo Lugones is 4-2 though he's lost his last 2 against tougher competition (UCLA's Karue Sell & LSU's Boris Arias).  If Trevor Johnson gets the call at 6 he'd bring a 5-1 dual match record into the match.  Ultimately I'd like Rios over both those guys.

It's possible Baylor could have a little bit of an emotional letdown after the big win over Virginia but it'd take a really big effort from TCU to pull the upset.  I'd say TCU's best chance would be to get wins from Chappell, Stein, Nunez, and whoever plays at 6.  A few of those guys may win but I don't see all 4 getting it done.  Prediction:  Baylor 5-2 


#51 Tulsa (10-6) at #21 UCLA (7-5) - 5pm est - Live Scoring - Tulsa has brought a Golden Hurricane down on each of its past 2 west coast victims with neither #1 USC or #53 Pepperdine able to overcome the Tulsa firepower.  UCLA, which had lost 3 of 4, finally stopped the bleeding with a nice 4-2 win on Saturday over an improving Stanford team.  UCLA is 9-3 in doubles while Tulsa is 9-6.  Tulsa has played in 5 consecutive matches that have finished with a 4-3 score - winning 3 of the 5.  

One of UCLA's biggest issues has been getting it's 6 most talented guys on the court at the same time. Gage Brymer, who was a rock last year as a freshman going 18-3 playing primarily at #4, has struggled this year and has only played in 5 of UCLA's 12 matches.  Brymer suffered a personal tragedy when his mother passed away in late January and has had trouble finding his form since then and actually pulled himself out of the starting lineup due to his level of play at the National Indoors after dropping his match against North Carolina's Oystein Steiro.  I guess at this point only Gage knows when he'll be ready to return to the court.  Joseph Di Giulio is another Bruin that's had trouble finding his form this year.  Last year Di Giulio went 9-3 playing at #6, with a slew of matches that didn't finish, but so far this year he's just 2-5 appearing in 9 of UCLA's 12 matches.  If UCLA can get those 2 guys back and playing at last year's form they'll be a tough 2 seed in someone's regional come in May.  


Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #71 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.24) vs. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.87)
2. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.67) vs. #35 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.50)
3. 
Juan Gonzalez (TU 13.44)vs. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.23)
4. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.88)  vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.03)
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.51) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.59) vs. 
Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.06)

Other possible singles additions:  Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.82), Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.50), Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71).  

#1 singles - Or Ram-Harel is 8-2 in dual match play with 3 wins over ranked opponents including the stunner on Friday over #6 Yannick Hanfmann while Mackenzie McDonald is 8-1 with 6 wins over ranked opponents. While Ram-Harel caught Hanfmann on the right day he won't catch McDonald and the Bruins sophomore wins this in 2. 

#2 singles - Espejo is 6-4 with his only ranked win coming over Roberto Quiroz while Mkrtchian is just 3-4 with 2 ranked wins and with 4 additional matches not finishing. Mkrtchian took a medical timeout during his match against Stanford due to flu symptoms but he was able to continue though the result wasn't too good.  I'm assuming that Mkrtchian still won't be at 100% and will likely come up short in this one -Espejo in 2.

#3 singles - Gonzalez is 0-6 on the year having played 2 matches each at 1, 2, and 3 while Redlicki is 8-1 with notable wins over Brett Clark and David Wilczynski. Gonzalez didn't play against USC but did play against Pepperdine losing 6-4 in the 3rd.  I like Redlicki in 3.

#4 singles - Kirby is 7-4 with notable wins over Herkko Pollanen and Diego Galeano but has dropped 3 straight while Sell is 7-4 but he's lost 3 of his last 5. 6 of Sell's 7 wins have come in straight sets so I say he makes it 7 of 8.  

#5 singles - Pritchard was the hero of the USC match by winning the clincher and is now 9-5 however he got blown out on Sunday by Pepperdine's Pedro Iamachkine 6-1, 6-1.  Rapp is 3-3 with 4 additional matches that didn't finish.  I'll go with the Tulsa freshman in this one.

#6 singles - McCloskey is 6-4 on the year splitting his last 4 matches while Tachi has seen action in just 3 matches going 2-0 including a come from behind win on Saturday over Stanford's David Hsu.  I'll go with Tachi in 3 in this one.  

The one thing that you can be assured of is that Tulsa won't catch UCLA sleeping but after 2 tough matches in the last few days the question is how much does Tulsa have left in the tank.  The doubles point could be the turning point in this one because if Tulsa can take it I could easily see them picking up 3 points in singles especially if Mkrtchian isn't 100% and neither Brymer or Di Giulio play.  However I do see the Bruins grabbing the doubles point and then picking up wins at 1, 3, and 4.  If they play it out after the clinch I think it'd finish 5-2. Prediction:  UCLA 4-1 







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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:17

Baylor & UCLA Both Win Going Away

Tulsa showed up at the LA Tennis Center with nothing to lose after upsetting USC and Pepperdine and lose is exactly what they did.  Billy Martin's boys came to play and they gave Tulsa a pretty thorough beating in every facet of the match.  UCLA's #1 and #3 doubles teams both posted 6-0 shutouts to seal the doubles point and give UCLA the early 1-0 lead.

Things never got any closer in singles as UCLA cruised to 5 1st sets and the 2nd sets went just as quickly with Mackenzie McDonald, Dennis Mkrtchian, Martin Redlicki, and Karue Sell all winning in straight sets.  The only positive for Tulsa was Mitchell Pritchard taking the 1st set at #5 singles.  

UCLA recap
Tulsa recap

FYI, the # beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date of this preview/recap. For more details about UTR check out their website.


#16 UCLA 5, #26 Tulsa 0
Mar 03, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles
1. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #33 Bautista/Espejo (TU) 6-0
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) vs. Matthew Kirby/Ram-Harel (TU) 3-2, unfinished
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) def. McCloskey/Pritchard (TU) 6-0
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.87) def. #71 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.24) 6-4, 6-0
2. #35 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.50) def. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.67) 6-3, 6-2
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.23) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.44) 6-1, 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.03) def. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71) 6-3, 6-2
5. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.51) 3-6, 5-3, DNF
6. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.06) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.59) 6-3, 5-1, DNF

Match Notes
Tulsa 10-7; National ranking #26
UCLA 8-5; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,1,2,4)

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Waco, TX:  TCU came out fired up in doubles and went up an early break on all 3 courts and led 3-0 on 1, 3-0 on 2, and 3-1 on 3 however Baylor would turn the tide at #2 and #3 doubles and win 6 of the next 7 games on 2 and 5 of the next 6 games on 3 to take the doubles point.  Singles would start out just the opposite of doubles with Baylor getting the jump on TCU and going up multiple breaks on every court except #2 singles.  Baylor would take the opening set on every court except #2 but TCU would finally show some life early in the 2nd sets at 4, 5, and 6.  WhWhile Guillermo Nunez was able to hold on to his break lead and take the 2nd set at #4, both Facundo Lugones and Trevor Johnson would fail to consolidate their breaks and would both fade down the stretch and go down in straight sets to Mate Zsiga and Felipe Rios. Baylor's Max Tchoutakian would win in straight sets at #3 and in just over 2 hours Baylor had posted a 4-0 shutout of TCU.  All remaining matches were abandoned though both BU's Julian Lenz and TCU's Nick Chappell each served for the match at 1 and 2 but both were broken and would not get a second chance due to the clinch.  

TCU recap

"I thought it was the best that we played coming out of the gate in doubles, head coach David Roditi said. "We were up a break in every match and if we continue to come out the way we started in doubles, we will win that doubles point. Baylor deserves a lot of credit for the way they played and they just competed better than we did.

Baylor recap

"It was a great win for us. It was a good atmosphere with the crowd in this building. I feel great about how we played. Momentum is big in these dual-matches. We won doubles and Felipe (Rios) got off quick, so we are up 2-0 and that puts us in a good spot. It creates pressure on the other team and I think we rode that." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

#5 Baylor 4, #13 TCU 0
Mar 03, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. #20 Will Stein/Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #57 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-4
2. Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Facundo Lugones/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4

Singles competition
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) vs. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.66) 6-2, 5-6 DNF
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.81) vs. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 6-3, 5-6 DNF
3. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.28) 6-3, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) vs. Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.53) 6-4, 3-6, 2-0 DNF
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.49) 6-0, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.38) 6-0, 6-2


Match Notes
TCU 8-4, 0-1; National ranking #13
Baylor 10-2, 1-0; National ranking #5
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Who saw this one coming?  Alabama shocks #9 Ole Miss 4-2 in T-Town.  The same Alabama team that came into the match with an 8-9 record with the 8 wins being over powerhouses UAB, Samford, Jackson State (4X), and Jacksonville State (2X).  The same Ole Miss team that routed a top 15 Vanderbilt team last weekend and the same team that gave #1 Oklahoma all it wanted at the National Indoors.  Total head-scratcher....

Ole Miss played well in doubles and took the point by winning at 1 and 3 but singles got off to a rough start when William Kallberg retired 3 games in at #4 singles.  The Bama recap said it was due to injury but didn't specify what kind of injury but it must have been severe enough to force him to throw in the towel.  Ole Miss regained the lead when Stefan Lindmark wiped the court with Danny Kerznerman 6-1, 6-0 at #2 but then Stuart Kenyon, who came in with a 5-7 dual match record, did the same and cleaned Zvonimir Babic's clock 6-1, 6-2 at #5.  The biggest shocker came at #1 singles when Bama freshman Korey Lovett, who was 6-6 in dual match play, thumped #60 Nik Scholtz 6-2, 6-2.  It was only Scholtz's 2nd dual match loss of the year and just his 3rd in the last 2 years.  With the Tide up 3-2 it would be Bama junior Becker O'Shaughnessey who would seal the deal with a 6-4, 6-3 win at #3 singles over Gustav Hansson.


Alabama recap
Ole Miss recap

"We had the momentum on our side after doubles, but when William retired, they (Alabama) rallied around that and played better than we did at certain spots," head coach Toby Hansson said. "We have to put it behind us and move on and get ready for a very good Baylor team on Tuesday."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of today's (3/7) date.  For more details about UTR check out their website.

Alabama 4, #9 Ole Miss 2
March 7, 2015 at Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama Tennis Stadium)

Doubles competition
1. William Kallberg/Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #26 Korey Lovett/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 6-3
2. Sean Donohue/Stuart Kenyon (UA) def. Zvonimir Babic/Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-3
3. Grey Hamilton/Nik Scholtz (OM) def. Danny Kerznerman/Nikko Madregallejo (UA) 6-3

Singles competition
1. Korey Lovett (UA 13.33) def. #60 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.30) 6-2, 6-2
2. #63 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.13) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA 13.86) 6-1, 6-0
3. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA 13.47) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.79) 6-4, 6-3
4. Nikko Madregallejo (UA 12.93) def. William Kallberg (OM 13.30) 1-2, retired
5. Stuart Kenyon (UA 12.24) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.82) 6-1, 6-2
6. #117 Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.08) vs. Sam Edwards (UA 12.37) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished

Match Notes
Ole Miss 9-3, 1-1 SEC; National ranking #9
Alabama 9-9, 1-2 SEC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,5,1,3)
T-1:54 A-134

Interesting note about this result:  Ohio State was projected to be at #11 in next week's rankings which meant when they played Florida on Tuesday that would have snapped a streak of being a top 10 team for 291 consecutive matches.  With the Ole Miss loss, Ohio State will be no worse than #10 on Tuesday.  

Other Saturday results
  • #12 Virginia routed #31 North Carolina State 7-0.  UVA won all 12 sets in singles.  
  • VCU upset #41 Penn State 4-3.   VCU's Antonio Batlle Rodriguez came back from 4-2 down in the 3rd set to win the deciding match in a tiebreak 7-2

Virginia Commonwealth 4, #41 Penn State 3

Singles competition
1. Michal Voscek (VCU 12.91) def. Alex Fennell (PSU 13.24) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Catalin Fifea (VCU 13.19) def. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU 13.53) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Matt Barry (PSU 13.37) def. Daryl Monfils (VCU 14.57 20%) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
4. Wilder Pimentel (VCU 12.48) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU 12.85) 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)
5. A. Batlle Rodriguez (VCU 10.96 20%) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU 12.82) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 12.85) def. Jacob Svensson (VCU 12.40) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Aws Laaribi/Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Joseph Cohen/Daryl Monfils (VCU) 6-3
2. Alex Fennell/Michael Reilly (PSU) def. Wilder Pimentel/Michal Voscek (VCU) 6-3
3. Catalin Fifea/A. Batlle Rodriguez (VCU) vs. Matt Barry/ChristianLutschaunig (PSU) 5-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
Penn State 5-8; National ranking #41
Virginia Commonwealth 12-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)

  • Wisconsin-Green Bay beat big brother Wisconsin for the first time in program history - Phoenix recap

Wisconsin-Green Bay 4, Wisconsin 1

Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 1)
1. Alexander Kokorev/Jakhongir Jalalov (W) vs. Michael Tenzer/Michael Tebon (GB), DNF, 5-2
2. Jose Carranza/Josef Dodridge (W) def. Joey Leto/Howard Scott (GB), 6-1
3. Lamar Remy/Tomas Pitra (W) def. Florian Kraenzler/Leopold Gomez Islinger (GB), 6-2

Singles  (Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6, 2)
1. Michael Tenzer (GB 13.35) vs. Josef Dodridge (W 13.10) 6-4, 6-6 (3-3) DNF
2. Leopold Gomez Islinger (GB 12.93) def. Alexander Kokorev (W 12.59), 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3
3. Lamar Remy (W 12.69) vs. Howard Scott (GB 12.67) 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 3-1 DNF
4. Florian Kraenzler (GB 11.67) def. Jakhongir Jalalov (W 11.95), 6-4, 7-5
5. Joshua Schramm (GB 11.52) def. Tomas Pitra (W 13.93 60%R), 7-5, 5-7, 3-1 (ret.)
6. Joey Leto (GB 11.74) def. Darius Mackenzie (W 11.84), 6-1, 4-6, 7-5

  • #45 New Mexico edged Georgia State 4-2 in the 1st half of a doubleheader - (box score) and then the teams had to play doubles to decide the 2nd half with New Mexico winning that won 4-3 - (box score 2)
  • #48 Mississippi State had its way with #55 Arkansas posting a 4-0 shutout - State recap
  • Nevada (2-9) upset #50 San Francisco 6-1 - Wolfpack recap

Nevada (2-7) 6, #50 San Francisco (6-4) 1

Doubles
1. Nils Skajaa/Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. Andrew Poustie/Fernando Sunago (NEV) 6-3
2. Billy Bumgardner/Robert Margitfalvi (NEV) def. Chris Brockstedt/Alex Santiago (USF) 6-3
3. Robert Allan/Moez Charqui (NEV) def. Thomas Takemoto/Vasco Valverde (USF) 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles
1. Moez Chargui (NEV 13.03) def. Bernardo Saraiva (USF 13.80) 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (4-7), 1-0 (10-6)
2. Andrew Poustie (NEV 13.12) def. Nils Skajaa (USF 12.64) 7-5, 6-4
3. Ryan Andrada (NEV 12.93) def. Thomas Takemoto (USF 12.06) 6-2, 6-3
4. Robert Allan (NEV 11.91) def. Vasco Valverde (USF 12.59) 6-4, 6-4
5. Mile Cilic (NEV 11.80) def. Chris Brockstedt (USF 11.43) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alex Santiago (USF 11.05) def. Peter O'Donovan (NEV 11.33) 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 2, 6, 1


So who should be on upset alert on Sunday?
  1. #2 Duke goes to Blacksburg to face a Virginia Tech team coming off an upset win over Notre Dame.  The Hokies are 9-1 on the year with the only loss coming at North Carolina during the Kickoff Weekend.  5 of 6 singles matches in that one went the distance and that was a UNC team that was pretty much 100% healthy.  
  2. #13 TCU goes to Winston Salem to face #20 Wake Forest though I guess the big story will be whether Noah Rubin is able to go for the Demon Deacons. Wake played well on Friday against Virginia without Rubin so you have to think if they can get him back they've got to like their chances against TCU.  The Horned Frogs squeaked past Middle Tennessee State on Friday 4-3 in a match that saw TCU's #1 Cameron Norrie (14.64) lose 6-1, 6-3 to an unranked Ettore Zito (13.50)
  3. #5 Baylor goes to #47 Memphis but could the Bears be caught looking ahead to Tuesday's matchup against Ole Miss?  That could have been what happened to Ole Miss today.    
  4. #4 Georgia hosts #2
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The upsets keep on coming and today it was #2 Duke's turn as the Blue Devils got stunned by #44 Virginia Tech 6-1.  What made the Hokies win that much more impressive was the fact that Virginia Tech played singles without its #1 player Amerigo Contini which meant everybody else had to slide up 1 spot in the lineup.  Duke was also without its #5 singles player Chris Mengel.

Duke started off fine by taking the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 but Virginia Tech would pick off Duke 1 by 1 in singles.  Florian Nicoud started things off by blowing out Josh Levine at #5 singles 6-1, 6-3 then Aaron Gomez gave Tech its first lead when he finished off TJ Pura 7-6(5), 6-0 at #6 singles.  Andreas Bjerrehus would put Virginia Tech up 3-1 when he broke Nicolas Alvarez to take the match at #1 singles 7-6(7), 6-4. With all remaining matches in the 3rd set it looked like VT's Hunter Koontz was going to be the one to clinch because he led 4-2 in the 3rd at #3 while Duke's Bruno Semenzato led 5-3 in the 3rd on #4 and Duke's Jason Tahir led 4-3 in the 3rd on #2. However Semenzato would be unable to serve it out up 5-4 then Edoardo Tessaro would consolidate the break with a hold to go up 6-5.  With Koontz nearing the finish line at 3, Tessaro decided he wanted to close it out himself and he broke Semenzato again to take the match and give Virginia Tech the stunning win.  Koontz would also win his match at #3 as would Joao Monteiro at #2 to make the final score 6-1 VT.

Note: ACC conference matches play a pro-set to 8 in doubles and utilize regular ad scoring similar to what will be used during the NCAA Championships.  The Big 10 is the only other major conference to use the same format while everyone else is playing no-ad. 

Virginia Tech recap

"This was a great win for our program, said head coach Jim Thompson. "We were down a player in singles and for the guys to come in here and step up, really shows our depth. I'm proud of this team and the work that these guys put in everyday to be the best they can be.

Duke recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of today's (3/8) date.  For more details about UTR check out their website.

#44 Virginia Tech 6, #2 Duke 1
March 8, 2015 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #74 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.76) def. #8 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.31) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
2. Joao Monteiro (VT 13.79) def. #32 Jason Tahir (DU 13.77) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
3. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.32) def. #99 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.01) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3
4. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 12.69) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.88) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
5. Florian Nicoud (VT 13.31) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.74) 6-1, 6-3
6. Aaron Gomez (VT 12.83) def. TJ Pura (DU 13.35) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #11 Nicolas Alvarez/Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. Amerigo Contini/Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 8-5
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Hunter Koontz/Florian Nicoud (VT) 8-4
3. Edoardo Tessaro/Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Bruno Semenzato/TJ Pura 8-3
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 10-1, 2-0 ACC; National ranking #44
Duke 13-2, 0-1 ACC; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1,4,3,2)



#20 Wake Forest 4, #13 TCU 3 
Singles competition
1. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.28) def. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.64) 6-4, 6-4
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.71) def. #70 Jon Ho (WF 13.47) 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-5)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.09) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.26) 6-4, 6-4
4. Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.49) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.95) 6-2, 6-4
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.98) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.50) 6-4, 6-3
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.31) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.46) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #28 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 6-2
2. Jon Ho/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Hudson Blake/Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Sam Bloom/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 9-5 (0-1 Big 12); National ranking #13
Wake Forest 9-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)
Used ITA shortened scoring format.
A-119

TCU recap

"Today was a disappointing loss," head coach David Roditi said. "We had a great opportunity to play a team without their best player. We had the opening and we didn't handle the moment very well. I give credit to Wake Forest for handling it better than us.

"We will need to figure out what we need to change in doubles. At the moment, we are not playing with a full team. For us to be the team we appeared to be a month ago, we need every player competing better. When we all start competing well, we will then get the results we believe we can get. Until then we will continue to be disappointed against the top teams. We have five days to figure it our before we play Michigan at home next Sunday."

#4 Georgia 4, #28 LSU 2
Singles competition
1. #25 Austin Smith (UGA 14.08) def. #64 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.28) 6-1, 6-1
2. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.68) def. #98 Chris Simpson (LSU 13.48) 6-2, 6-2
3. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.20) def. #125 Tam Trinh (LSU 13.00) 6-3, 6-4
4. #119 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.52) def. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.24) 6-3, 6-3
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.68) vs. Boris Arias (LSU 13.24) 7-6 (7-5), 4-2, unfinished
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.54) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.31) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #57 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-2
2. Eric Perez/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) 6-0
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Justin Butsch/Chris Simpson (LSU) 4-4, unfinished
Match Notes: 
LSU 11-2 (2-2); National ranking #28
Georgia 11-2 (4-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,2,3,4,6)
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:08 A-376

Georgia recap
LSU recap

Said head coach Manuel Diaz: "LSU played a tremendous doubles match and it was the first doubles point that we've dropped in a long time. They just outplayed us. Our guys really came back in singles and asserted themselves. I thought we had tremendous wins at the top of the lineup. Paul, who is continuing to improve in every match, did a tremendous job in clinching the win for us."

"We jumped on them in doubles and had some leads on several courts," said head coach Jeff Brown. "[Georgia] did a good job of fighting back on most of those courts and closing out the matches they had leads in."

#34 Minnesota 4, #24 Drake 3 - Minnesota recap
Baseline Tennis Center (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Singles competition
1. #55 Alen Salibasic (DRAKE 13.77) def. #30 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.01) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #34 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.75) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.09) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
3. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.23) def. Ravi Patel (DRAKE 13.60) 6-1, 6-4
4. Matic Spec (MINN 13.62) def. Ben Stride (DRAKE 12.83) 6-1, 6-2
5. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.67) def. Matt Frost (DRAKE 12.90) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.15) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.83) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. No. 41 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. Ben Lott/Bayo Philips (DRAKE) 6-4
2. No. 48 Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. Matt Frost/Ravi Patel (DRAKE) 6-4
3. Alen Salibasic/Ben Mullis (DRAKE) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 6-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,3,6,2,5)


#66 Wichita State 6, #58 Nebraska 1 - Shockers recap - Recap says they played in front of a large crowd - attendance listed at 55 - if that's large what's small?
Mar 08, 2015 at Wichita, Kan. (Genesis)
Singles competition
1. #61 Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.73) def. Dusty Boyer (NEB 13.22) 6-3, 6-4
2. Tomislav Gregurovic (WSU 12.83) def. Marc Herrmann (NEB 12.42) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6
3. Ilija Cuic (WSU 13.13) def. Linus Erhart (NEB 13.09) 7-5, 6-3
4. Guillermo de Vilchez (WSU 12.27) def. Chris Hobgarski (NEB 12.39) 6-1, 7-5
5. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB 12.41) def. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.66) 7-6 (11-9), 6-2
6. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.44) def. V. Stavropoulos (NEB 12.06) 6-1, 7-6 
Doubles competition
1. #24 Tomislav Gregurovic/Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. Dusty Boyer/Linus Erhart (NEB) 6-4
2. Ilija Cuic/Guillermo de Vilchez (WSU) def. Scott Elsass/Bradford Zitsch (NEB) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Andrew Dzulynsky/Marc Herrmann (NEB) def. Jocelyn Devilliers/Miroslav Herzan (WSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Nebraska 5-5; National ranking #58
Wichita State 10-3; National ranking #66
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,4,6,5,2)
T-2:45 A-55

#10 Texas A&M 4, #40 South Carolina 2
Singles competition
1. Andrew Adams (SC 13.75) def. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.27) 6-3, 6-0
2. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.03) def. Kyle Koch (SC 13.74) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.18) def. Thiago Pinheiro (SC 13.28) 6-1, 1-6, 7-6(2)
4. #101 Andrew Schafer (SC 13.43) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.59) 6-0, 6-4
5. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.06) def. Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.29) 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-0
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 12.94) vs. Thomas Maryonne (SC 12.92) 2-6, 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Kyle Koch/Thiago Pinheiro (SC) def. #8 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2
2. #22 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. #44 Thomas Maryonne/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Andrew Adams/Andrew Schafer (SC) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,3,2)

Texas A&M recap


#19 North Carolina 5, #29 Florida State 2
Doubles: 
1. Marco Nunez/Jose Gracia (FSU) vs. #34 Esben Hess-Olesen/Oystein Steiro (UNC), 7-6, dnf
2. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Michael Rinaldi/Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU), 8-6
3. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Terrance & Terrell Whitehurst (FSU), 8-5
Singles:
1. #27 Ronnie Schneider(UNC 13.99) def. Marco Nunez(FSU 13.35), 7-6(2) 5-7,7-6(7)
2. #81 Brett Clark (UNC 13.75) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.50), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.79) def. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.40), 7-5, 7-5
4. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU 13.40) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.62), 6-3, 6-3
5. #86 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.57) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 12.82), 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
6. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 12.61) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.36), 6-3, 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida State 12-4 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #29
North Carolina 13-5 (2-0 ACC); National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
Sunny, 67 degrees, wind gusts 13-22 mph
T-4:20 A-223


Both teams were without its #1 singles player with UNC's Brayden Schnur out with an injury and FSU's Benjamin Lock playing in the Davis Cup.

North Carolina recap
Florida State recap

"It was a very hard-fought match, said North Carolina head coach Sam Paul. "We were able to come back and get the job done.

"Today was a long, hard battle against a really good North Carolina team, head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "Unfortunately, UNC came out on top, but it was hard played and a really good college tennis match.

"Jose had some good points, and had set point a couple times that got away from him, Hultquist said. "Michael battled back in the third set, and Marco was able to rebound from a first set loss against a Top 30 player. Cristian was great all weekend. Our guys played well today, we just came up short.


#5 Baylor 4, #47 Memphis 0
Mar 08, 2015 at Memphis, Tenn. (Racquet Club of Memphis)
Singles competition
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.71) vs. #54 Connor Glennon (MEM 13.89) 7-5, 3-3 DNF
2. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) def. #50 Andrew Watson (MEM 13.71) 6-1, 6-4
3. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.31) vs. Ryan Peniston (MEM 13.57) 7-6, 0-1 DNF
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.75) def. Patrick Mayer (MEM12.73) 7-5, 6-2
5. Vince Schneider (BU 13.49) def. Kai Lemke (MEM 12.66) 6-4, 6-2
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.69) def. Shakeel Manji (MEM 11.78) 6-2, 6-1

Match Notes
Baylor (11-2, 1-0 Big 12); National ranking #5
University of Memphis (6-4, 2-0 American); National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,2,4,5)
Singles matches were played first due to threat of inclement weather.

Memphis recap
Baylor recap 

TOP QUOTE #1
"We didn't get off to a very good start. I think we were down a break on five of six courts, but once we got our legs underneath us we played pretty well. We didn't lose a set, so overall it was a good day. It was a little bit of a flat environment at the beginning. It was cold, so the balls don't really bounce. The tennis was a little bit different, but once we got started the guys did a great job." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"Mississippi has a tough environment. I surveyed a bunch of people around the country a few years ago and asked where they thought the toughest place to play in America was and a lot of them said Ole Miss, so that's why we scheduled them. We came down here a couple years ago and got beat. They have a great team. We are going to get all we want down there. It will be a big challenge for us and we are really looking forward to it." - Knoll on facing No. 10 Mississippi Tuesday


#33 Louisville 5, #23 Notre Dame 2
Mar 08, 2015 at Louisville, Ky (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Seb Stiefelmeyer(LOU 14.69) def. #24 Quentin Monaghan(ND 14.28) 7-6(1), 6-4
2. #104 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.69) def. #102 Josh Hagar (ND 13.77) 6-2, 6-1
3. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.46) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.14) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6)
4. Michael Lippens (LOU 13.25) def. Billy Pecor (ND 13.00) 6-3, 6-3
5. Alex Lawson (ND 12.85) def. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.38) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Chris Simich (LOU 13.39) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.52) 6-2, 6-1 
Doubles competition
1. #19 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Van Damrongsri (LOU) 8-5
2. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) vs. Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 4-7, unfinished
3. Dougie Barnard/Billy Pecor (ND) def. Albert Wagner/Chris Simich (LOU) 8-5
Match Notes
Notre Dame 6-5; National ranking #23
Louisville 13-3; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)
T-3:45 A-103

Louisville recap
Notre Dame recap

"I am so happy for the upperclassman today," said head coach Rex Ecarma. "They were 0-3 against the Fighting Irish and made this match a personal one. When you respect a team as much as we respect Notre Dame, they will get our best effort. Our theme today was positive self-talk and that is what Chris (Simich), Albert (Wagner) and Michael (Lippens) did. They closed games with confidence and continually pumped themselves up."

"The hero was the engine of our team, Sebastian Stiefelmeyer," said Ecarma. "He knew he had to take the fourth and final point into his own hands. He was down 2-5 and fought for a straight set win. He and Quentin Monaghan played maybe the best singles match of the season so far. The icing on the cake was Alex Gornet's win in three sets. I also have to mention a special speech from former Cardinal Tennis standout, Tim Barnoud, who shared his special team memories with the current players. He also taught them about the lifetime bond of brotherhood that he has with his Cardinal teammates."


#14 Vanderbilt 4, #35 Auburn 0 
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Monday, 16 March 2015 17:21

TCU Derails the Illini Train

In terms of rankings today's TCU win over Illinois was an upset, but I don't think too many would call it completely unexpected with Illinois playing its 3rd Top 20 opponent on the road in as many days.  I'm guessing the Illini's energy tank was much closer to E than it was to F while TCU was likely beyond ecstatic having the chance to host a top 5 team on its home courts.

TCU did play on Sunday against Michigan and while the score-lines today were a little closer they really wasn't much of a difference.  They are both listed below so you can take a look at them.

TCU took the doubles point without too much resistance by winning 6-3 and 6-1 at 1 and 2.  In singles, TCU moved Cameron Norrie down to #3 for the 1st time this year after he'd played all but 1 match at #1.  David Roditi also moved Guillermo Nunez up to #2 for the 1st time in his career and Nunez rewarded the coach's decision with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of #32 Tim Kopinski.  Arnau Dachs and Facundo Lugones would also pick up quick wins at 5 and 6 and in under 1 hour and 45 minutes TCU had its 4-0 shutout over Illinois.


Big win for the TCU program but you've also got to tip your hat to the weekend that Illinois had beating both Texas and Texas A&M despite playing without it's #1 singles player.  Note:  This article in the Daily Illini said Gosea was suspended for violating team rules so only Brad Dancer knows how long he'll be out.

TCU recap

"It was fun to get this big win at home," Roditi said. "Our seniors stepped up. Facundo Lugones and Arnau Dachs, and the little beast Guillermo Nunez continue to play at a really high level. That really helped the other guys stay calm. Will Stein is also playing great tennis and he was up a break late in the second set against a guy that's hardly lost."

"That doubles point was huge," Roditi said. "We finally won a doubles point over a top program."

"Our No. 1 and No. 2 doubles team came out and set the tone," Roditi said. "They were up two breaks right from the beginning."

"We beat a very, very good team that competes really well," Roditio said. "We had a full week of outdoor weather where we could practice. That helped so we could play at this level. (Assistant coach) Devin Bowen has been all about preparation all year long, and he prepared them for this."

Illinois recap

"No ifs, ands or buts about it, TCU was just better than us today," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Their coaches and players were obviously well prepared and deserved the victory. The March through Texas came up one match short. We look forward to hopefully having another shot later this spring."

#17 TCU 4, #4 Illinois 0
Mar 16, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) vs. #39 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.83) 7-5, 1-1, unf
2. #116 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.61) def. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) 6-2, 6-0
3. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) vs.  #31 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.47) 7-5, 2-2, unf
4. Will Stein (TCU 13.21) vs. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) 6-4, 4-2, unf
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.87) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 13.27) 6-3, 6-1
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.35) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.12) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #29 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-3
2. #23 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-1
3. Hudson Blake/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 3-4, unf
Match Notes
Illinois 15-3, 3-0; National ranking #4
TCU 11-5, 0-1; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,5,6)
A-345

#17 TCU 5, #70 Michigan 0
Mar 15, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #39 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.83) vs. Alex Petrone (UM 13.63) 6-0, 5-5, unf
2. #31 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.47) def. Michael Zhu (UM 12.69) 6-2, 6-3
3. #116 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.61) def. Runhao Hua (UM 13.36) 6-2, 6-3
4. Will Stein (TCU 13.21) vs. Alex Knight (UM 13.09) 6-4, 4-3, unf
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.87) def. Davis Crocker (UM 12.19) 6-1, 6-1
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.35) def. Kevin Wong (UM 12.71) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #29 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (UM) 6-4
2. #23 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) vs. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 4-4, unf
3. Hudson Blake/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Kevin Wong/Tyler Gardiner (UM) 6-0
Match Notes
Michigan 3-8; National ranking #70
TCU 10-5; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,5,2,3)
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While some conferences are already half way through their schedules others are just beginning. Both the Big 12 and Pac 12 kickoff conference play on Friday while the ACC, SEC, and Big 10 are nearing or have already passed its half way point.  Below are the 4 biggest matches of the day so make sure you keep an eye on these.


#14 North Carolina (14-6) at #8 Virginia (12-3) - 3pm est - North Carolina's biggest problem this year has been fielding a healthy starting 6 and there's a chance that its best 6 players may be on the court on Friday.  UNC's #1 Brayden Schnur has now missed the last 5 matches but the Tar Heels hope that he'll be able to go on Friday. Virginia has battled some injuries as well but they still haven't missed a beat in conference play with its current ACC winning streak at 129.  UNC is 15-5 in doubles while Virginia is 13-2.  These teams met earlier this year in Chicago, in the consolation draw, at the National Indoors with Virginia cruising to a 4-0 win.  This one might be a little closer but Virginia will still win comfortably. I like UVA in doubles and see singles wins from Frank, Shane, Altamirano, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone.  Prediction: Virginia 6-1


FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 26th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Lineups:
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.48) vs. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.89)
2. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) vs. #6 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54)
3. #69 Brett Clark (UNC 13.74) vs. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.80)
4. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.03) vs. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.76)
5. Jack Murray (UNC 13.95) vs. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.89)
6. #99 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) vs. J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.94)

Others who could play: Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43), #112 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.93)


#17 Vanderbilt (15-5) at #5 Georgia (15-2) - 5pm est - The last time these two met came in the quarterfinals of last year's SEC Tournament which happened to be in Nashville.  Vandy pulled off the upset of the #1 seeded Bulldogs winning 4-2 but so far this year Georgia has been rolling in conference play.  Georgia is 12-5 in doubles while Vanderbilt is 14-6.  Both teams have really strong #1s with Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland the new ITA #1 and Vandy's Gonzales Austin and Rhys Johnson ranked #4 though they were #1 just 2 weeks ago.

Georgia will be a pretty heavy favorite at 2, 5, and 6 singles but the other 3 courts should all be close. Gonzales Austin and Daniel Valent have been the Dores stalwarts going 32-3 in dual match play while their opponents Wayne Montgomery and Nathan Pasha are a combined 20-5.  Both teams #4 players have been up and down with Wagland currently up and Yee currently down.  Wagland has won 3 straight after dropping 4 of 5 while Yee has lost 2 straight and 6 of 8.  I like Georgia in doubles and see them picking up wins from Smith, Wood, and Oosterbaan.  Prediction:  Georgia 4-0

Projected Lineups:
1. #7 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.47) vs. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.51) vs. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.17)
3. Daniel Valent (VU 13.88) vs. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.36)
4. Kris Yee (VU 13.59) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.25)
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.86) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83)
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.90) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.63)

Others who could play: Jeff Offerdahl (VU 12.60)


#11 Ohio State (15-6) at #19 Northwestern (12-6) - 6pm est - This matchup lost a little steam when Northwestern got upset Wednesday night by Rice which snapped the Wildcats 6 match winning streak. Ohio State has won 96 straight regular season Big 10 matches dating back to 2005 which happened to be the last time that Northwestern beat Ohio State.  The Buckeyes have won 12 straight in the series but this hasn't been the best year for Ohio State and its streaks because so far this year the Buckeyes 200-match home court winning streak and its 294-match top 10 streak have both been snapped.  I think the doubles point will be a key in this one because right now I see the singles courts split.  I like Torpegaard, Steinbach, and Metka at 1, 5, and 6 and Kirchheimer, Zieba, and Staggs at 2, 3, and 4.

Ohio State is a stout 17-4 in doubles though the Buckeyes have dropped the point 2 of the last 3 times out.  Northwestern is 10-8 in doubles but just 4-7 against ranked opponents.  I'll take Ohio State in doubles and therefore the match.  Prediction: Ohio State 4-3

Projected Lineups:
1. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) vs. #92 Sam Shropshire (NW 13.85)
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) vs. #124 Strong Kirchheimer (NW 13.75)
3. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) vs. Konrad Zieba (NW 13.70)
4. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.49) vs. Logan Staggs (NW 13.26)
5. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Mihir Kumar (NW 12.93)
6. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. Fedor Baev (NW 12.97)

Others who could play: Alp Horoz (NW 12.87)


#10 TCU (14-5) at #1 Oklahoma (17-1) - 6:30pm est - TCU brings a 5-match winning streak into this one while Oklahoma has won 7 straight.  Neither team has been too hot in doubles with Oklahoma 9-9 and TCU 10-7.  Oklahoma's strength has been its top 3 with Alvarez, Harris, and Webb a combined 37-5 in dual match play while TCU's top 3 of Chappell, Norrie, and Nunez is a combined 31-8.  Axel Alvarez has a team best 15-0 record for OU while Guillermo Nunez leads the way for TCU with a 14-0 record.  TCU has the talent to keep this one close but Oklahoma is still stronger top to bottom.  I like OU in doubles and Alvarez, Harris, and Papa in singles.  Prediction: Oklahoma 4-1

Projected Lineups:
1.  #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.82) vs. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59)
2.  #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.30)  vs. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74)
3.  #76 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.72) vs. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.32)
4.  Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.91) vs. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15)
5.  Will Stein (TCU 13.30) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.81)
6.  Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.64) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51)

Others who could play: Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.36), Jose Salazar (OU 13.72)


Other Friday storylines:

Can #23 Louisville follow up its big win over #14 North Carolina by winning in Atlanta against an upstart #73 Georgia Tech team?

Can #13 Ole Miss rebound from its loss to #34 Mississippi State by winning in Baton Rouge or does #24 LSU make it 3 conference wins in a row?

Will #3 Illinois show any mercy on #50 Penn State or will the Illini put the hammer down to make sure Penn State can't challenge anything this year?

#22 Oklahoma State has had some decent wins this year but they've yet to beat anybody in the top 25 - do they get over the hump against #7 Texas or do the Horns take it to them?






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Oklahoma got pushed by TCU in singles but ultimately the Sooners had too much depth and outlasted TCU 4-1.  After OU took the doubles point they picked up 4 1st sets and ended up getting wins from Andrew Harris, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa at 1, 4, and 5.  TCU's lone point came from freshman Guillermo Nunez as he hammered Dane Webb 6-3, 6-2 at #3.  The 2 remaining matches were abandoned with each early in the 3rd set.  

Oklahoma recap

"It was a good match, head coach John Roddick said. "TCU played very well and they played hard.  We got a pretty good lead on them and they forced us into third sets. Our guys competed well. Doubles was a lot better. We are really coming around there. All in all it's a good day.

Head Coach John Roddick
"Spencer did a great job getting off the court in straight sets like that, Roddick said. "I won't say that it was easy but he did a great job of taking care of business and getting us a 2-1 lead. That really put us in a good spot because we had other first sets. That gives them very little wiggle room and that was probably the biggest key to winning today.

"I think we were in good position on two courts and I'll never doubt Axel until he loses the last point, Roddick said. "We have been good at putting teams in position where they have very little margin for error. When you do that you will come out on top more often than not. We don't have a clock so you have to close them out and our guys did that.

TCU recap

"That was a good college match," head coach David Roditi said. "We played well in all our matches. When we play the No. 1 team on the road, we must capitalize on our opportunities. We lost eight games at deuce at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and we will learn from that and it will make us a better team next time out. Maybe it's the fact Oklahoma has forgotten how to lose that helped them in those situations, so they deserve credit for that.

"I thought Guillermo and Nick (Chappell) were competing exceptionally well. We have never beaten Dane Webb in a dual match and Guillermo was able to give us that point to even the match at 1-1. Now we must prepare for a tough Oklahoma State on Sunday."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 26th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 TCU 1
March 27, 2015 at Norman, OK
Singles competition
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.30) 7-6(5), 6-4
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.59) vs. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.82)  5-7, 6-4, 2-3 DNF
3. #76 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.72) def. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.32) 6-3, 6-2
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.91) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.81) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.30)  6-4, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.64) 6-3, 6-7(5), 3-2 DNF

Order of finish: 3, 5, 1, 4
Doubles competition
1. #6 Webb/Alvarez (OU) def. #19 Chappell/Stein (TCU)  6-1
2. Harris/Ghilea (OU) def. Norrie/Johnson (TCU)  6-3
3. Papa/Bragusi (OU) vs. Blake/Lugones (TCU) 3-4 DNF
Order of finish: 1, 2
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Athens, GA:  Georgia stayed unbeaten in SEC play with a 4-1 win over Vanderbilt. Georgia took the doubles point when its #2 team of Eric Diaz and Nathan Pasha snapped a 5-match losing streak with a 6-3 win and then the Bulldogs picked up singles from Austin Smith, Paul Oosterbaan, and Nick Wood with Wood providing the clincher.  Vanderbilt's Daniel Valent picked up his first career win over a top 20 opponent when he rallied from a set down to win 12 of the final 13 games to knock off #18 Nathan Pasha 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.  Valent got off the court just moments before the Wood clinch.  All other matches were abandoned with #1 singles on serve in the 3rd and #4 just splitting sets.  

The big doubles match at #1 also went unfinished.  

Georgia recap

"We faced windy conditions today, but I told the guys coming in that it was an equalizer and we needed to be tough," said Georgia coach Manuel Diaz. "I thought we did a super job out there. We played great doubles, especially at No. 3, and it was wonderful to see our No. 2 team clinch for us. The singles matches were all competitive, and I'm proud of the effort everywhere."

Said Diaz: "Austin gave us a quick point, and Paul gave us the third point to set up Nick, who lost the first set and turned that around in such a quick manner. He won the second set and got ahead 3-0 in no time, and that was tremendous and showed a lot of composure, tenacity and maturity on his part. He went on to clinch and now we'll have a day or two off before we get ready for a big road trip next week."

Vanderbilt recap

#5 Georgia 4, #17 Vanderbilt 1
March 27, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.59) vs. #7 Gonzales Austin (VAN 14.47) 4-6, 7-5, 0-1, unf
2. #31 Austin Smith (UGA 14.17) def. Rhys Johnson (VAN 13.51) 6-4, 6-3
3. Daniel Valent (VAN 13.88) def. #18 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.36) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.25) vs. Kris Yee (VAN 13.59) 3-6, 6-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) def. Suresh Eswaran (VAN 12.86) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.63) def. Baker Newman (VAN 12.90) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #4 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VAN) 3-4, unf
2. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. #71 Pen Binet/Baker Newman (VAN) 6-3
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Suresh Eswaran/Daniel Valent (VAN) 6-1
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 15-6 (5-4); National ranking #17
Georgia 16-2 (8-0); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,3,5)

Official: Clark Weaver T-2:08 A-587
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Virginia extended its ACC record winning streak to 130 with a 6-1 win over #14 North Carolina in a match that was played indoors with just 3 courts available due to a women's match being played at the same time.  Virginia took the doubles point and picked up singles wins from Ryan Shane and Mitchell Frank to lead 3-0 before North Carolina made a small push.  UNC's Jack Murray was up 2-1 in the 3rd on 3, Robert Kelly was serving for the first set on 4, and Oystein Steiro was a break up early on 5. Unfortunately for North Carolina, Virginia would respond with Collin Altamirano taking the final 5 games at #3 and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski taking 10 of the final 12 games to win on 4. UNC's lone point would come from Steiro at 5.  

Virginia recap

"In a difficult situation, playing on only three courts, the guys handled it well," said head coach Brian Boland. "I was really impressed with North Carolina. They played some great doubles. Luca Corinteli carried the day for us in the doubles and that was a big point at the start of the match. We played well from top to bottom of the lineup and we continue to improve with each match. We look forward to the next challenge, which is Sunday against a great Duke team."

North Carolina recap

#8 Virginia 6, #14 North Carolina 1                    
Doubles Competition
1. #8 Shane/Corinteli (UVA) def. #27 Steiro/Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-6                     
2. #54 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Murray/Schneider (UNC) 8-2               
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVa) vs. Clark/Kelly (UNC) 6-7 DNF
Singles Competition
1. #6 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54) def. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) 7-5, 6-3 
2. #29 Mitchell Frank (UVa 14.89) def. #69 Brett Clark (UNC 13.74) 6-0, 6-1               
3. #55 Collin Altamirano (UVa 14.80) def. Jack Murray (UNC 13.95) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2      
4. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa 14.76) def. #99 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) 7-5, 6-2   
5. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVa 13.55) 6-3, 6-4                 
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa 13.94) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.49) 7-5, 6-1  
Match Notes:
North Carolina 14-7, 3-2; National ranking #14
Virginia 13-3, 6-0; National ranking #8
The match of the day took place in Fort Worth as #10 TCU held on to beat #21 Texas Tech 4-2. TCU had a dominant performance in doubles and then picked up a couple of quick wins from Facundo Lugones and Will Stein at 5 and 6 before having to withstand a Red Raider rally on the other 4 courts. Texas Tech pulled to within 3-2 after Jolan Cailleau and Felipe Soares won in straight sets at 4 and 1 and Alex Sendegeya was a game away from a win at 5 leading 5-3 in the 3rd.  However TCU's Cameron Norrie would fight off a set point in the 2nd set tiebreaker and close out his match in straight sets to clinch the TCU win.

TCU recap with comments and video clip from David Roditi (courtesy of TCU)

"That was a great college battle," head coach David Roditi said. "Our boys had to dig in deep. We had many opportunities to finish the match earlier and I'm proud of our guys for continuing to dig and fight for every point.

"There was a great doubles performance at No. 2 and a great clinch for our No. 1 doubles team. When we win the doubles point and then get quick wins on courts five and six, it puts us in a very good position and puts a lot of pressure on our opponents. Now we take care of our bodies and be ready for another top-25 battle on Saturday."




Texas Tech recap

"I am so proud of this team," said Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel. "We had incredible fight to battle back from a 3-0 deficit."

"We were down, 3-2, and Hugo (Dojas) had set point in the second set tiebreaker, while Alex (Sendegeya) was up 5-3 in the third," added Siegel. "We were basically one point away from being tied 3-3 with the deciding match going to the third. "I am proud of our team. It was a great college tennis match."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 2nd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#10 TCU 4, #21 Texas Tech 2
Apr 02, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #40 Felipe Soares (TT 13.65) def. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.86) 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4)
2. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.29) def. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (6)
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.58) vs. #76 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.78) 6-3, 4-6, 5-3, unf
4. #113 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.37) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.89) 6-4, 6-4
5. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.58) def. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.88) 6-0, 6-2
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.30) def. Connor Curry (TT 12.93) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #19 Will Stein/Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #25 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-4
2. #18 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-2
3. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) vs. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TT) 5-2, unf
Match Notes
Texas Tech 16-5, 0-1; National ranking #21
TCU 16-6, 2-2; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,6,4,1,2)
T-2:45
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In Oxford, Ole Miss would defeat Tennessee for the 6th time in a row with a 4-0 shutout.  Ole Miss took the doubles point which included at win at #1 by Nik Scholtz and Zvonimir Babic over the ITA #2 team of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese.  The Rebels kept things rolling in singles and picked up 3 straight set wins from Stefan Lindmark, Gustav Hansson, and Ricardo Jorge at 2, 3, and 5 Lindmark providing the clincher.  Tennessee was up on 2 of the 3 remaining courts but those matches would be halted at the clinch.

Ole Miss recap

"They are very good in doubles, so for us to get the doubles point, I think it kind of deflated them a little," head coach Toby Hansson said. "We played solid at three doubles. They have a great team at one, very experienced, so to get that win was huge to clinch the point."

"Every team out here is a good team, so we don't really look at the rankings too much, Scholtz said. "We know that if we don't play well, we're not going to win. Today we played solid. With the new rules, if you let up in doubles, it's over quick. Getting the doubles point gives you such a momentum boost. You could see that most everyone fed off the doubles point and played really well in singles. We took care of business.  Obviously I am a little disappointed I couldn't finish my match, but at the end of the day it's a team sport, and we won 4-0."

"I played pretty well today," Lindmark said. "He's a great player, but the match-up favored me. I knew that he didn't like to play long rallies, and I like playing that type of player. Prior to this match, I didn't realize I was undefeated until I saw it being mentioned.  To be honest I thought about it more this match and it made me a little nervous."

"In the locker room we talked about how the doubles point is only one point, and we needed to maintain the momentum," Coach Hansson said. "We controlled the singles from the beginning. Gus had three deciding points go against him, but he when he finally got that break he was able to win the set and then get up big in the second. Ricardo had a tough match-up with a solid lefty at six, but he played well.  How fitting for Stefan to close it out, he is playing some excellent tennis right now. It was a very impressive performance tonight with a great crowd for Easter weekend."

Below is match point via Ole Miss's YouTube Page



Tennessee recap

#13 Ole Miss 4, Tennessee 0
April 2, 2015 at Oxford, Mississippi (Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #15 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.15) vs. #14 Mikelis Liebietis (UT 14.34) 6-3, 3-3, unf
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.19) def. #119 Jack Schipanski (UT 13.11) 6-3, 6-1
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.69) def. Luis Valero (UT 13.32) 6-4, 6-0
4. Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.29) vs. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) 6-3, 3-5, unf
5. Jess Jones (UT 13.09) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.93) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.11) def. Andrew Dromsky (UT 12.26) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. #2 Mikelis Liebietis/Hunter Reese (UT) 6-4
2. Andrew Dromsky/Igor Smelyanski (UT) def. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3
3. William Kallberg/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT) 6-1
Match Notes
Tennessee 11-10, 3-6
Ole Miss 14-6, 6-3; National ranking #13

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,2)
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After a rough, rough start to the year, Kentucky has finally started putting things together and tonight they made it 2 ranked wins in a row with a 4-1 win over #58 Arkansas. The Wildcats took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins in singles from Beck Pennington, Jerry Lopez, and Jake Stefanik.  Arkansas's lone point came from Santiago Munoz at #4 singles.

Kentucky recap
Arkansas recap

Kentucky 4, #58 Arkansas 1
April 2, 2015 at Fayetteville, Arkansas (George M. Billingsley TC) 
Singles competition
1. #62 Beck Pennington (KY 13.51) def. #81 Giammarco Micolani (ARK 13.57) 7-5, 6-3
2. Jerry Lopez (KY 13.51) def. William Albanese (ARK 12.42) 6-2, 6-3
3.  William Bushamuka (KY 13.28) vs. Jovan Parlic (ARK 12.76) 6-2, 0-6, 4-1, unf
4. Santiago Munoz (ARK 12.74) def. Trey Yates (KY 13.01) 6-3, 6-3
5. Johan den Toom (ARK 12.69) vs. Nils Ellefsen (KY 12.26) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0, unf
6. Jake Stefanik (KY 12.86) def. David Herrerias (ARK 12.60) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Santiago Munoz/Branch Terrell (ARK) def. #59 Kevin Lai/Beck Pennington (KY) 6-3
2. Nils Ellefsen/Jerry Lopez (KY) def. Jovan Parlic/Giammarco Micolani (ARK) 6-4
3. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (KY) def. Johan den Toom/William Albanese (ARK) 6-4
Match Notes:
Kentucky 11-13, 2-7 SEC
Arkansas 11-12, 1-8 SEC

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

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Saturday brings us a pair of Top 25 matches with #9 Texas hosting #21 Texas Tech and #10 TCU hosting #22

#21 Texas Tech (16-5) at #9 Texas (15-3) - 4pm est (Longhorn Network) -  Texas Tech is coming off a close 4-2 loss to TCU while Texas lost to Oklahoma 4-1 last Sunday.  Neither team has played well in doubles with Texas going 9-9 while Texas Tech is a poor 5-9 (didn't play doubles point in 7 matches).  The weather forecast calls for cloudy skies and temps in the low 60s for this one.

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

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #40 Felipe Soares (TT 13.65) vs. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.92)
2. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.45) vs. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.90)
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.58) vs. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.89)
4. #113 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.38) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.68)
5. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.88) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.76)
6. Connor Curry (TT 12.94) vs. Clement Homs (TX 13.31)

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. #40 Soares 12-7 (won 6 of last 7) vs. #1 Hess-Olesen 15-2 (lost 2 straight)
2. Dojas 12-5 (won 3 of last 4) vs. #34 Glasspool 9-3 (lost 2 straight but won 9 of 11)
3. Sendegeya 15-5 (won 9 of last 10) vs. #72 Berkowicz 14-3 (won 4 of last 5)
4. Cailleau 16-3 (won 11 straight) vs. Goldhoff 4-4 (won 2 straight)
5. Zambron 8-6 (lost 2 of last 3) vs. Naumann 7-7 (lost 4 in a row)
6. Curry 7-5 (won 5 of last 6) vs. Homs 4-0 (won 4 straight)

Projected Doubles Lineup with W-L in ( ):
1. #25 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT 6-3) vs. #41 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 8-7)
2. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TT 1-5) vs. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (TX 7-3)
3. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TT 3-4) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (TX 4-1)

I like Texas in doubles and I expect Soren-Hess Olesen to return to his winning ways after going 0-2 last weekend.  I think Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau will extend his winning streak to 12 with a win at #4 and I think Zambron will be close to handing Nick Naumann his 5th loss in a row at #5.  As I mentioned above I like Soren at #1 plus I also look for Glasspool and Homs to win at #2 and #6 with the remaining match at #3 splitting sets.  Prediction: Texas 4-1



#22 South Florida (14-5) at #10 TCU (16-6) - South Florida is coming off a 4-1 win at SMU while TCU defeated Texas Tech 4-2 on Thursday.  USF has been the better team in doubles going 15-4 while TCU is 13-8.  Going into the year I figured these were both teams with top 20 potential but wasn't sure which one would break through.  TCU has answered the bell and moved into the top 10 while South Florida has played well against some of the big boys but hasn't been able to bust through with a top 10 win.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #20 Roberto Cid (USF 14.16) vs. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.23)
2. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.48) vs. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.90)
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.60) vs. #76 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.78)
4. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.23)  vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.89)
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.15)  vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.58)
6. Justin Roberts (USF 13.07)  vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.29)

I look for South Florida to take the doubles point and I think they have a decent chance at 4 and 5 but TCU slides through at 1, 2, 3, and 6.  I wanted to add the W-L records for each but ran out of time - sorry! Prediction: TCU 4-3


Saturday Storylines

Kentucky seems to finally be putting it all together after a rough start to the year.  The Wildcats have won 2 straight conference matches and in the 3 losses before that they gave Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Georgia all they wanted.  Can UK make it 3 in a row or does #14 Ole Miss put them away by taking the doubles point and sweeping the top 3 singles?

#51 Oregon came close to knocking off #38 Stanford yesterday - can they take that next step against #33 Cal or are the Bears too strong?

#28 Columbia has only played 1 match in the last 2 weeks - can they knock off the rust and pick up a road win in Hanover or does #50 Dartmouth win its Ivy League opener?

Follow along at the scoring links below:

Illinois at Michigan State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Northwestern at Michigan - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Middle Tennessee State vs. VCU (@ Memphis) - 1pm est - MTSU Twitter
Columbia at Dartmouth - 1pm est - Dartmouth Twitter
Cornell at Harvard - 1pm est - Harvard Twitter
Princeton at Brown - 1pm est - Princeton Twitter
NC State at Georgia Tech - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
William & Mary at Virginia - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Kentucky at Ole Miss - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Ole Miss Blog

Tennessee at Arkansas - 2pm est - Live Scoring & UT Blog
South Florida at TCU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Tulane at Tulsa - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Boston College at Duke - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Texas Tech at Texas - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Longhorn Network
Utah at UCLA - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Arizona at USC - 4pm est - Streaming Video
Cal at Oregon - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming Video
Pepperdine at Santa Clara - 5pm est - SC Twitter
St. Mary's at San Diego - 4pm est - USD Twitter
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