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

Texas recap

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

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

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

Texas Tech recap

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

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

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

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


TCU recap

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

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

South Florida recap

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

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

Tulane recap

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

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

Tulsa recap

#54 Tulane 4, #20 Tulsa 3
Apr 04, 2015 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Doubles -- Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Koepfer / Jao (TLN) def. Ram-Harel / Espejo (TU), 6-3
2. Kirby / McCloskey (TU) def. Van Cott / Van Cott (TLN), 6-4
3. Santos / Gonzalez (TU) def. Schmitz / Rey (TLN), 7-6(3) 
Singles -- Order of finish: 6, 3, 4, 5, 2, 1
1. #14 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.19) def. #33 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.75), 7-6(3),3-6,6-1
2. #74 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.83) def. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.70), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Alex Van Cott (TLN 13.19) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.69), 7-5, 6-1
4. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.35) def. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.51), 7-5, 6-2
5. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.50) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.19), 6-4, 7-6(5)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.62) def. Ian Van Cott (TLN 12.31), 6-1, 6-2
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Friday was a great day of tennis so hopefully these 4 matches below can bring us just as much enjoyment.

TCU has already beat Texas A&M once and that was on the road - can they win this one at home? Does Georgia wrap up a share of the SEC regular season title and the #1 seed in next week's SEC Tournament or does Ole Miss make a strong push for the top 10? Stanford has already beat both Cal and UCLA this year - could they possibly also beat USC today? Does UCLA regroup from the Stanford loss and beat an improving Cal? We'll have our answers in a few hours.


#7 Texas A&M (18-3) at #10 TCU (18-6) - 2pm est/1pm cst - This will be a rematch from the 1st day of the season when TCU went into College Station and beat Texas A&M 4-2 (box score below). Both teams have shuffled the lineup a good bit so it's to take with the only expected rematch to come at #5 singles between Catanzariti and Lugones.

Previous Result:

#37 TCU 4, #10 Texas A&M 2
Jan 24, 2015 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #29 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-4, 6-1
2. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Nick Chappell (TCU) 6-3, 3-6, 5-3, unf
3. #96 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #91 Will Stein (TCU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
5. Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-4, 7-5
6. #87 Guillermo Nunez (TCU) def. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #25 Adams/Vinsant (TAMU) def. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU) 6-3
2. #18 Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. #15 Norrie/Johnson (TCU) 6-3
3. Catanzariti/Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Dachs/Nunez (TCU) 4-5, unf
Match Notes
TCU 2-0; National ranking #37
Texas A&M 0-1; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,3,5,4)
ITA Kick-Off Week, First Round


Doubles Record:
Texas A&M 18-3 overall
TCU 12-10 overall

Projected Doubles Lineup with records in ( ):
1. #13 Adams/Vinsant (aTm 8-6) vs. #18 Chappell/Stein (TCU 8-9)
2. #41 Efferding/Jordan Szabo (aTm 14-4) vs. #29 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU 9-2)
3. Rinderknech/Catanzariti (aTm 14-2) vs. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU 3-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #60 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.26) vs. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.86)
2. #64 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.24) vs. #50 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.22)
3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.25) vs. #63 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.70)
4. #55 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.64) vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.88)
5. #78 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.24) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.85)
6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.37) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.34)

Others who could play: Max Lunkin (aTm 13.10, Jordan Szabo (aTm 13.10), Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.32)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 10th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match singles records:
1. Efferding 9-3 (5 straight matches DNFs) vs. Chappell 11-4 (won 9 of 11)
2. Vinsant 6-2 (won 4 in a row) vs. Norrie 10-8 (split last 6)
3. Rinderknech 11-2 (won 3 in a row) vs. Nunez 16-1 (won 16 of 17)
4. Adams 2-8 (won 2 in a row) vs. Dachs 13-5 (won 3 of 4)
5. Catanzariti 16-3 (won 12 in a row) vs. Lugones 12-4 (won 7 in a row)
6. Arconada 7-2 (won 5 in a row) vs. Stein 9-6 (won 5 of 6)

TCU has struggled in doubles most of the year while it's been a speciality of Texas A&M so I'll go with the Aggies in doubles.

There should be a lot of close matches in singles with every matchup fairly even.  Jeremy Efferding's last 5 matches have gone unfinished due to an early A&M clinch so it'll be interesting to see if that effects him any against Nick Chappell.  Chappell has gone 4-2 since taking over the #1 spot back on March 15th. Shane Vinsant has been sharp the last 2 weeks while Cameron Norrie has been a little up and down.  Both Arthur Rinderknech and Guillermo Nunez have been tearing it up all year so something has to give in this one  Harrison Adams started the year at #1 but after his struggles has fallen to #4 while Arnau Dachs has been steady week in and out.  Both AJ Catanzariti and Facundo Lugones have been tough all year so I expect a 3-setter in this one. Jordi Arconada just joined the team before the first match and didn't play for another month while Will Stein played at #3 but has since dropped to #6 after hitting a little lull in the middle of the season.

So who do I like in each?  If that match at #1 finishes I like Efferding in 3, I like Vinsant in 3, Rinderknech in 3, Dachs in 2, Catanzariti in 3, and Stein in 2. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-2



#14 Ole Miss (16-6) at #8 Georgia (18-3) - 5pm est - This is a big match for both teams with a Georgia win giving the Bulldogs a share of the SEC regular season championship and the #1 seed in next week's SEC Tournament while an Ole Miss win could potentially push the Rebels into the top 10 and would all but guarantee that Ole Miss would host a NCAA regional.

Georgia had to make some adjustments to its doubles lineup due to Eric Diaz undergoing an emergency appendectomy earlier in the week which will keep him out for at least a month.  Diaz and Nathan Pasha made up Georgia's #2 team so Pasha is now paired with Nick Wood and they'll play at 3. Georgia's #3 team of Wayne Montgomery and Paul Oosterbaan slid up a spot and will play at 2. Ole Miss already went through its doubles shakeup a month or so ago when William Kallberg injured his ankle.

Doubles Record:
Ole Miss 12-10 overall, 7-4 SEC
Georgia  14-7 overall, 7-4 SEC

Projected Doubles Lineup with records in ( ):
1. Scholtz/Babic (OM 8-5) vs. #1 Smith/Wagland (UGA 11-2)
2. Lindmark/Hansson (OM 3-3) vs. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA 9-4)
3. Kallberg/Grey Hamilton (OM 3-5) vs. Pasha/Wood (UGA 2-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #16 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.10) vs. #34 Austin Smith (UGA 14.22)
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18) vs. #27 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.51)
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.76) vs. #25 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.28)
4. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.30)
5. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.97) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.84)
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.14) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.68)

Others who could play: Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.90) - listed at #5 in official lineup but hasn't played singles in the last 3 matches

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 10th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match singles records:
1. Scholtz 13-3 (won 5 in a row) vs. Smith 13-4 (won 9 of 10)
2. Lindmark 14-3 (won 6 in a row and 8 of 9) vs. Montgomery 12-3 (won 5 in a row and 10 of 11)
3. Hansson 8-7 (won 4 of 5) vs. Pasha 11-4 (lost 2 in a row but had won 10 straight prior)
4. Kallberg 5-8 (lost 5 in a row) vs. Wagland 8-5 (won 5 in a row)
5. Gowda 8-3 (won 4 of 5) vs. Wood 11-5 (won 5 of 6)
6. Jorge 7-3 (split last 4) vs. Oosterbaan 10-3 (won 9 in a row)

It seems fitting that these long time rivals are matched up for the final regular season match of the year because usually one or both of them are in contention for the SEC crown.  Ole Miss was able to overcome the loss of the doubles point at South Carolina but it'll be much tougher to win 4 singles matches against Georgia.  I do like Nik Scholtz at #1 singles over Austin Smith but Georgia will be favored everywhere else.  I think Nathan Pasha, who'll be playing in his final regular season match in Athens, gets it done at #3 and I also like Ben Wagland and Nick Wood at #4 and #5.  The matchup at #2 between Stefan Lindmark and Wayne Montgomery should be a very good one but it'll likely not finish.  I'd say for Ole Miss to win the best path for them would be doubles, Scholtz, Lindmark, and Jorge.  Prediction: Georgia 4-1


#15 UCLA (13-7) at #27 California (16-6) - 6pm est/3pm pst - UCLA is coming off a rough 4-3 loss to Stanford while Cal gave USC all it wanted but still came up short 4-2. I personally think Dennis Mkrtchian should be playing at 2 and Michael Redlicki at 3 but we'll see if Billy switches them up today after Redlicki came up short yesterday at #2.  I like Cal in doubles and at 5 and 6 singles but I think the Bruins win at 1 - 4 and salvage the weekend with at least 1 win.  Prediction: UCLA 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.99) vs. #59 Andre Goransson (Cal 13.95)
2. #119 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.38) vs. #74 Filip Bergevi (Cal 13.85) 
3. #29 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.91) vs. Gregory Bayane (Cal 13.41) 
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.98) vs. Oskar Wikberg (Cal 13.38) 
5. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.37) vs. J.T. Nishimura (Cal 13.63)
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.95) vs. Mads Engsted (Cal 13.45) 


#5 USC (19-3) at #36 Stanford (14-4) - 5pm est/2pm pst - USC is coming off a tough 4-2 win at Cal while Stanford upset UCLA on Friday in what was one of the bigger wins for the Cardinal in recent memory.  These teams met back on February 27th in LA with USC winning 6-1 (box score below) and unless the teams shuffle their lineups some from yesterday there should be 5 singles rematches.  Stanford has a really good shot at doubles and at 1 and 2 singles but I think USC gets it done at 3 - 6.  Prediction: USC 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) vs. #41 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.32) 
2. #19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) vs. #100 John Morrissey (ST 13.95)
3. #123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) vs. David Wilczynski (ST 13.84) 
4. #33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) vs. Robert Stineman (ST 13.18) 
5. #75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.32) 
6. #86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) vs. David Hsu (ST 13.81) 

#1 USC 6, #37 Stanford 1
Feb 27, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.) 
DOUBLES
(1) Morrissey/Stineman (Stan.) def. #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 6-3
(2) #30 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (Stan.) - 5-4 susp.
(3) Paige/Wilczynski (Stan.) def. Crystal/Wang (USC) - 7-5
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3
SINGLES
(1) #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (Stan 14.14) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.44) def. John Morrissey (Stan 14.10) - 6-4, 6-4*
(3) Eric Johnson (USC 13.97) def. David Wilczynski (Stan 13.86) - 6-3, 6-1
(4) #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Maciek Romanowicz (Stan 13.31) - 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
(5) #72 Max de Vroome (USC 14.14) def. Nolan Paige (Stan 13.32) - 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1
(6) #45 Nick Crystal (USC 13.93) def. David Hsu (Stan 13.95) - 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 2*, 5, 4


Saturday schedule of play with scoring links:

#71 Arkansas at #47 South Carolina - 11am est - Live Scoring
#32 Minnesota at Michigan - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Wisconsin at Michigan State - 12pm est - Live Scoring or M-State Twitter if outdoors
#31 Drake at Southern Illinois - 12pm est - S Illinois Twitter
Iowa at #3 Illinois - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#35 Harvard at Penn - 1pm est - Harvard Twitter & Penn Twitter
Yale at #22 Columbia - 1pm est - Columbia Twitter
#54 Dartmouth at #30 Princeton - 1pm est - Princeton Twitter & Dartmouth Twitter
#7 Texas A&M at #10 TCU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Nebraska at #26 Northwestern - 2pm est - Live Scoring

#18 San Diego at Gonzaga - 3pm est - Streaming Video
#5 USC at #36 Stanford - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#14 Ole Miss at #8 Georgia - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Blog 
#15 UCLA at #27 Cal - 6pm est - Cal Twitter & Streaming Video


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I thought the big story of the day would be TCU thumping Texas A&M or Georgia blanking Ole Miss but Stanford stole their thunder as the Cardinal stunned #5 USC 4-3. Each of these 3 big matches all had monster crowds on hand with TCU drawing over 1700, Georgia had over 1800, and while I didn't see an attendence figure from Stanford the pictures I saw showed the stands pretty full.


Stanford took the doubles point with quick wins at 2 and 3 but then USC got off to a hot start in singles by taking the opening set on 4 courts. USC's Max De Vroome would tie the match at 1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #5 singles over Nolan Paige but moments later Stanford's David Hsu would knock off Nick Crystal at #6 singles by a 6-3, 6-4 score. Hsu's win over Crystal was probably the most surprising result because Crystal brought a 14-1 dual match record into the match and he had only dropped 4 games to Hsu in the first meeting in late February.  

It looked like USC would tie it back up at 2 when Roberto Quiroz led John Morrissey 7-6, 5-2 at #2 singles but Morrissey fought back to force a 3rd set.

Jonny Wang would tie it at 2 after he defeated Robert Stineman 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at #4 singles but Stanford would go up 3-2 when Tom Fawcett rallied from a set down to defeat Yannick Hanfmann 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at #1 singles.

Eric Johnson tied it at 3 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at #3 singles over David Wilczynski but by then Stanford's John Morrissey had opened up a 4-1 lead in the 3rd set at #2.

Morrissey would face 3 breaks points when serving at 4-2, 15-40 but he fought all 3 off and held for 5-2.  After a Quiroz hold, the pivotal point in Morrissey's 5-3 service game would come at 30-15. Quiroz was in control of the point and when Morrissey hit a volley that sat up on the service line everybody figured Quiroz would hit a forehand into the open court but instead he dumped it into the net.  Morrissey had 3 match points but only needed 1 as Quiroz's backhand sailed wide and with the miss Stanford had pulled off the rare double of beating USC and UCLA on back-to-back days. Below is the final service game via Sven Nommensen's youtube. 


Stanford recap

"I started playing more aggressive tennis and really went after my serve, said Morrissey. "I just wanted to keep the points short, stay and aggressive and do more with the serve and volley. This was a great match and the whole weekend was just phenomenal.

#36 Stanford 4, #5 USC 3
April 11, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
Doubles
1) No. 36 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) vs. Crystal/Quiroz (USC) abandoned
2) Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) d. Johnson/Wang (USC) 6-2
3) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2 
Singles
1) No. 41 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.32) d. No. 6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
2) No. 100 John Morrissey (STAN 13.95) d. No. 19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3
3) No. 123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) d. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4) No. 33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) d. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.18) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5) No. 75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) d. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) 6-4, 6-4
6) David Hsu (STAN 13.81) d. No. 86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, 2

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 10th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 
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What was expected to be one of the best matches of the day turned into one of the bigger blowouts as #10 TCU ran roughshod over #7 Texas A&M 4-0 in a match that last only an hour and 54 minutes. TCU was just 12-10 in doubles coming into this one but that didn't stop them from rolling Texas A&M at #2 and #3 to grab the point.

The teams split the opening sets in singles but before Texas A&M had a chance to get into the match TCU's Cameron Norrie, Facundo Lugones, and Cameron Norrie would all finish their respective matches in straight sets to seal the win in under 2 hours.  The amazing thing is that Shane Vinsant, Arthur Rinderknech, and AJ Catanzariti had only dropped a combined 7 matches coming in yet they all got routed on the same day. Hats off to David Roditi for getting past Texas A&M for a 2nd time this year.

TCU recap

"It is a huge win," head coach David Roditi said. "I have so much respect for the Texas A&M program overall and they have been absolutely dominating us for a long time. For this group to put in the work they have been doing and getting better and with the freshmen coming through like that speaks a lot about what this team really wants. This team was hungry and for them to come out and beat the SEC Champions 4-0 makes me so happy for them and so proud. It is just a great moment for our program."

"We played so bad in doubles at SMU in our last match and there was only one way we could go in doubles action and it was to get better," Roditi said. For our No. 3 doubles team to come out like that and take a quick set like that is huge. The way we look at the doubles point is that it is almost like a bonus point for us because we haven't been getting it that often. We are so used to not winning it that it is just a nice bonus when we do have it and it just makes a huge difference especially when you are playing at home. For a visiting team to come out here and be down the doubles point and take four singles from us is going to take a really good team to do that."

"That is one of our goals is to protect our home here," Roditi said. "For us to be able to play those teams at home is great. What a crowd and what a great day for college tennis. It was a clean match, a great atmosphere and people came out and supported us.

"I want to thank the alumni, the country club members and just the entire community for the support today. The guys really feed off of it and I hope to see every one of them at our match against Texas next weekend."

Texas A&M recap

#10 TCU 4, #7 Texas A&M 0
Apr 11, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #60 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.26) vs. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.86) 6-3, 0-3, unf
2. #63 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.70) def. #64 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.24) 6-3, 6-2
3. #50 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.22) def. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.25) 6-0, 6-4
4. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.88) vs. #55 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.64) 4-6, 6-3, unf
5. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.85) def. #78 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.24) 6-4, 6-2
6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.37) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.34) 7-6(5), 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #18 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) vs. #13 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 3-4, unf
2. #29 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #41 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-3
3. Hudson Blake/Guillermo Nu?ez (TCU) def. Arthur Rinderknech/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-1
Match Notes
Texas A&M 17-4; National ranking #7
TCU 19-6; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,5,2)
T - 1:54
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Who Wins The Rematch on Saturday in Fort Worth

#10 TCU
  19 (40%)
#7 Texas A&M
  28 (59%)

Votes so far: 47
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Georgia wrapped a share of the SEC regular season title and the #1 seed in next week's SEC Tournament with a 4-0 win over #14 Ole Miss.  The doubles point was up for grabs after Georgia won at #3 and Ole Miss won at 2.  There were no breaks of serve at #1 and in the tiebreak Ole Miss would lead 6-4 with Nik Scholtz serving for the point.  Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland would fight back to take the final 4 points and lock up the doubles point by winning the tiebreak 8-6. Odd twist at the end of the doubles (per UGA blog) - Ole Miss's Zvonimir Babic double faulted to give Georgia the point and after Georgia's guys hit the ball back Babic hit the ball out of the complex and apparently since it was the 2nd penalty against the team the chair assessed a game penalty that rolled over to singles.  Since Babic didn't play in singles that meant his partner Nik Scholtz started out down a break with Smith serving at 1-0 to begin play.

Georgia jumped all over Ole Miss in singles taking 5 of 6 opening sets and Nick Wood, Paul Oosterbaan, and Austin Smith would each close out their matches in straight sets to seal the shutout win.

It looked like Georgia senior Nathan Pasha would get the clinch because he led Gustav Hansson 6-4, 5-2 at #3 singles and he had a match point on the Hansson serve but Hansson managed to hold and then break to stay in it.  After Pasha held for 6-5, Austin Smith would hold serve himself to seal the win at #1 and thus halt all the remaining matches.

Below are some nice pics of the big crowd in Athens along with a clip showing match point for Smith.



Georgia recap

"This is a great way to end the regular season," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had great play on all six singles courts. Nick (Wood) gave us the first point, Paul (Oosterbaan) the second, and this was a tremendous win for Austin at No. 1. He is really locked in and finishing the regular season on point. He is playing tremendous tennis and is so focused right now. After we lost to Mississippi State, our guys recommitted, and they see how to handle the important matches and not take anything for granted. Now we go into the SEC Tournament with a lot of momentum and the number one seed."

"Ole Miss was serving so well and it kept them in the match," Diaz said. "Even though we got a lead in that tiebreaker, I thought our guys kept their composure and poise and continued to fight. That doubles point could have gone either way, and the match may have been a little bit different. I give credit to our No. 1 team. They played tremendous tennis."

Ole Miss recap

#8 Georgia 4, #14 Ole Miss 0
April 11, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #34 Austin Smith (UGA 14.22) def. #16 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.10) 6-4, 6-4
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18) vs. #27 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.51) 7-5, 3-3
3. #25 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.28) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.76) 6-4, 6-5, unf
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.30) vs. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) 7-6 (8-6), 2-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.84) def. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.97) 6-1, 6-2
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.68) def. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.47) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #46 Zvonimir Babic/Nik Scholtz (OM) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-2
3. Nathan Pasha/Nick Wood (UGA) def. Grey Hamilton/William Kallberg (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Ole Miss 16-7 (8-4); National ranking #14
Georgia 19-3 (11-1); National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1)

Official: Clark Weaver T-2:31 A-1811


Who Wins on Saturday in Athens

#8 Georgia
  33 (75%)
#14 Ole Miss
  11 (25%)

Votes so far: 44 
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Top 25 (as of 10pm Saturday)

RankSchoolPoints
1Oklahoma88.89
2Baylor74.06
3Illinois69.58
4Virginia64.87
5Georgia63.79
6Texas A&M 63.66
7TCU61.32
8Duke59.43
9USC58.73
10Texas58.00
11Ohio State47.91
12Ole Miss43.59
13North Carolina*43.02
14Virginia Tech41.59
15Wake Forest41.40
16San Diego39.10
17UCLA39.06
18Florida37.45
19South Florida 36.40
20Vanderbilt35.93
21Texas Tech34.60
22Mississippi State33.88
23Stanford*33.40
24Columbia* 32.17
25LSU*30.62

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Texas is the place to be today with 4 matches taking place between Top 20 teams.  It is semifinal Saturday at the SEC Tournament in College Station with the top 4 seeds set to meet up.  There's been a threat of rain each of the last 2 days which has forced matches to be moved up but as of now it looks like the rain should stay away until later in the day.

In Fort Worth, #7 TCU will host #10 Texas and over in Lubbock #16 Texas Tech will try to make it 2 huge upsets in the last week as they host #2 Baylor.


#2 Texas A&M (19-4) vs. #3 Mississippi State (19-6) - 1pm est - Live Scoring - Texas A&M won the regular season meeting 4-1 in Starkville (box score below) but it was a match that came down to the wire with Mississippi State in a winning position on the 2 courts that didn't finish. State gutted one out yesterday against Florida while Texas A&M rolled over LSU so the Aggies probably have some fresher legs. 

#7 Texas A&M 4, #35 Mississippi State 1
March 20, 2015 - AJ Pitts Tennis Centre - Starkville, MS
Singles - Order of finish (2, 4, 1, 6)
1. #71 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.19) def. #112 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.85) 7-6(6) 4-6 6-3
2. #65 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.09) def. Juan Estevarena (MSU 13.78) 6-2, 6-3
3. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.45) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.10) 7-5, 5-7, 6-5, unf
4. #89 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.23) def. #105 Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.98) 4-6 6-3 6-0
5. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.47) vs. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.35) 4-6, 6-4, 6-6 (8-7)
6. Max Lunkin (aTm 12.91) def. Julian Cash (MSU 13.46) 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5
Doubles - Order of finish (3, 1)
1. #46 Julian Cash/Florian Lakat (MSU) def. #9 Adams/Vinsant (aTm) 6-4
2. Mate Cutura/Tassilo Schmid (MSU) vs. #26 Efferding/Szabo (aTm) 5-4, unf
3. Estevarena/Robin Haden (MSU) def. Catanzariti/Rinderknech (aTm) 6-3

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

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #61 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.25) vs. #76 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.87) 
2. #69 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.16) vs. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.76) 
3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.20) vs. #118 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.70)
4. #55 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.60) vs. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.75)
5. #93 A.J. Catanzariti (aTm 14.18) vs. Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.82)
6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.45) vs. Julian Cash (MSU 13.36)
1st off the bench: Max Lunkin (aTm 13.09), Robin Haden (MSU 12.60)

Dual-Match singles records:
1. Efferding 9-3 (7 straight DNFs) vs. Lakat 14-6 (won 3 of 4)
2. Vinsant 6-3 (won 4 of 5) vs. Estevarena 10-5 (lost 4 of 6)
3. Rinderknech 11-3 (won 3 of 4) vs. Cutura 12-6 (lost 3 in a row after winning previous 8)
4. Adams 3-8 (won 3 in a row) vs. Agarwal 18-3 (won 11 in a row)
5. Catanzariti 17-4 (won 13 of 14) vs. Schmid 5-13 (lost 6 of 7 though won on Friday)
6. Arconada 8-2 (won 6 in a row) vs. Cash 9-5 (won 5 of 6)

Projected Doubles Lineup
1. #11 Adams/Vinsant (aTm 9-6) vs. #7 Cash/Lakat (MSU 8-2) 
2. #46 Efferding/Szabo (aTm 14-6) vs. Cutura/Schmid (MSU 14-4)
3. Rinderknech/Catanzariti (aTm 15-3) vs. Estevarena/Haden (MSU 7-4)

Doubles Record:
Texas A&M 19-4 overall, 10-3 SEC
Miss St  19-5 overall, 9-4 SEC

I think the home court advantage plays to A&M's favor today and I while I expect Mississippi State to be competitive I don't see them pulling the upset. I like Texas A&M in doubles and look for Shane Vinsant, Arthur Rinderknech, and AJ Catanzariti to pick up wins in singles. I think Efferding and Arconada will be ahead as well with Adams/Agarwal all even at the tie of the clinch. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-0



#1 Georgia (20-3) vs. #4 Ole Miss (17-7) - 4pm est - Live Scoring - These teams met just one week ago in Athens with Georgia winning 4-0 (box score below) but this one should be a little closer without the large home crowd in Georgia's favor.  

#8 Georgia 4, #14 Ole Miss 0
April 11, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #34 Austin Smith (UGA 14.22) def. #16 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.10) 6-4, 6-4
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.19) vs. #27 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.51) 7-5, 3-3
3. #25 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.28) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.76) 6-4, 6-5, unf
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.30) vs. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) 7-6 (8-6), 2-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.84) def. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.97) 6-1, 6-2
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.68) def. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.47) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #46 Babic/Scholtz (OM) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-2
3. Nathan Pasha/Nick Wood (UGA) def. Grey Hamilton/William Kallberg (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Ole Miss 16-7 (8-4); National ranking #14
Georgia 19-3 (11-1); National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1)

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #29 Austin Smith (UGA 14.29) vs. #19 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.08)
2. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.50) vs. #87 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.19)
3. #26 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.30) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.73)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.29) vs. William Kallberg (OM 13.22)
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.93) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.08)
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.76) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.96)
1st off the bench: Peter Bertran (UGA 13.57), Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.87)

Dual-Match singles records:
1. Scholtz 13-5 (lost 2 in a row) vs. Smith 14-4 (won 10 of 11)
2. Lindmark 15-3 (won 7 in a row and 9 of 10) vs. Montgomery 12-3 (won 5 in a row and 10 of 11)
3. Hansson 9-7 (won 5 of 6) vs. Pasha 12-4 (won 11 of 13)
4. Kallberg 6-8 (lost 5 of 6) vs. Wagland 8-5 (won 5 in a row)
5. Jorge 7-3 (split last 4) vs. Wood 11-5 (won 5 of 6)
6. Gowda 8-4 (won 4 of 6) vs. Oosterbaan 11-3 (won 10 in a row)

Projected Doubles Lineup with records in ( ):
1. #1 Smith/Wagland (UGA 13-2) vs. #39 Scholtz/Babic (OM 8-6)
2. Pasha/Oosterbaan (UGA 1-0) vs. Lindmark/Hansson (OM 6-3)
3. Montgomery/Wood (UGA 0-1) vs. Kallberg/Grey Hamilton (OM 4-6)

Doubles Record:
Ole Miss 13-11 overall, 8-5 SEC
Georgia  16-7 overall, 9-4 SEC

Georgia has been the better team in doubles so I look for the Bulldogs to grab the early lead and then in singles we'll have 4 rematches from last week though the pairings at 5 and 6 will be different.  Even though Nik Scholtz has lost 2 straight including one to Smith last week, I think the Rebel senior turns it around today and get the win at #1 singles. After failing to close out his match last week against Gustav Hansson at #3, I think Nathan Pasha gets it done today and I also like both Nick Wood and Paul Oosterbaan at 5 and 6 for the Bulldogs.  If the matches at 2 and 4 were played out (which they won't be) I'd like Lindmark at 2 in a long 3-setter and Kallberg in a long 3-setter at 4.  I think this will be much closer than last week but the outcome will be the same. Prediction: Georgia 4-1 


#10 Texas (18-4) at #7 TCU (19-6) - 2pm est - TCU is coming off a blowout win over Texas A&M last Saturday while Texas got roughed up on Wednesday by Baylor. Texas has won 8 straight in the series with TCU's last win coming all the way back in 1996. The last 2 meetings in Fort Worth have been nail-biters with Texas coming from behind both times to win with the deciding matches being tight 3-setters.  Will this be the year that TCU gets over the hump? 

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L in ( ):
1. #23 Glasspool/Hess-Olesen (TX 10-7) vs. #21 Chappell/Stein (TCU 8-9)
2. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (TX 8-5) vs. #27 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU 10-2)
3. Naumann/Riechmann (TX 6-3) vs. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU 4-1)

Team Doubles Records:
TCU: 13-10 overall, 2-2 Big 12
Texas: 11-11 overall, 1-3 Big 12

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #5 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.97) vs. #44 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.91)
2. #48 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.94) vs. #47 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.93)
3. #49 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.99) vs. #43 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.33)
4. George Goldhoff (TX 13.70) vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.99)
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.76) vs. #121 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.87)
6. Clement Homs (TX 13.27) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.32)
Others who could play:  Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.31), John Mee (TX 13.62)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 18th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. Hess-Olesen 16-3 (lost 3 of 4 after winning 15 straight) vs. Chappell 11-4 (won 9 of 11)
2. Glasspool 11-3 (split last 4 but won 11 of 13) vs. Nunez 17-1 (won 2 of 3 and 17 of 18)
3. Berkowicz 15-3 (won 4 in a row) vs. Norrie 11-8 (won 3 in a row)
4. Goldhoff 5-5 (lost last match but won 3 prior) vs. Dachs 13-5 (won 3 of 5)
5. Naumann 9-8 (lost 5 of 7) vs. Lugones 13-4 (won 8 in a row)
6. Homs 6-0 (won 6 in a row) vs. Stein 9-6 (won 5 of 6)
Others: John Mee (TX) 7-4, Trevor Johnson (TCU)

Both teams are barely above .500 in doubles though TCU played very well its last time out.  If they play anywhere close to as good as they did against Texas A&M they should win the doubles point.  Soren Hess-Olesen holds a 3-0 H2H advantage over Nick Chappell with all 3 finishing in straight sets but I think Chappell can push this one to a 3rd set today but I'm not sure if he'll have enough to get the win.  Lloyd Glasspool has never lost to anyone from TCU going 6-0 over the last 4 years but Guillermo Nunez is playing some exceptional tennis right now.  Cameron Norrie rolled over Adrien Berkowicz 6-3, 6-1 back in the fall though Berkowicz has been playing much better this spring.  Arnau Dachs beat George Goldhoff last year 7-5, 6-3 and Dachs has definitely been the crisper of the two this year.  Facundo Lugones played at #1 and #2 singles in the 2 meetings last year falling to Glasspool 6-4 in the 3rd and being in a 3rd set against Soren Hess-Olesen when the Horns clinched.  Nick Naumann has struggled to find wins lately and has dropped 5 of his last 7.  Since returning from an ACL injury Clement Homs has looked very good while Will Stein's spring hasn't been as good as his fall.  

Everything is pointing towards a TCU win here and I think the Horned Frogs get it done.  TCU takes the doubles point and picks up singles wins from Norrie, Dachs, and Lugones.  Texas gets wins from Homs and Glasspool. Prediction: TCU 4-2


2 other bigger matches to keep an eye on:

#2 Baylor goes to Lubbock to face #16 Texas Tech and even though the Red Raiders are more than capable of staying in this one I don't think Baylor has any kind of hangover after its win over Texas.  I like Baylor in this one and I like them big. Prediction: Baylor 4-0 

#24 Stanford is coming off a huge weekend that saw the Cardinal upset both USC and UCLA while #28 California faced the same opponents but came up short both times. Stanford won the 1st meeting 4-3 and this one will likely come down to a few big points here and there.  I like Stanford in doubles and think the Cardinal gets wins up top from Fawcett, Morrissey, and Wilczynski.  Prediction: Stanford 4-3


Follow them all at the below scoring links.

Saturday Schedule:

SEC Tournament (College Station, TX)
#2 Texas A&M vs. #3 Miss St - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#1 Georgia vs. #4 Ole Miss - 4pm est - Live Scoring

AAC Tournament (Tulsa, OK) - Streaming Video & Live Scoring
#1 South Florida vs. #5 Memphis - 9am est 
#2 Tulsa vs #3 Tulane - 9am est 

Atlantic Sun (Jacksonville, FL) - Live Scoring
#2 North Florida vs. #3 USC Upstate - 2:30pm est
#1 FGCU vs. #4 Stetson - 5pm est

Colonial (Williamsburg, VA)
#1 UNC Wilmington vs. #4 College of Charleston - 2pm est - Live Scoring
#2 Elon vs #3 William & Mary - 2pm est - Live Scoring

Conference USA (Norfolk, VA)
#2 Old Dominion vs. #3 UTSA - 12pm est - Live Scoring
#1 Rice vs. #4 Charlotte - 12pm est - Live Scoring

Sunbelt Tournament (New Orleans, LA) 
#1 Troy vs. #5 Louisiana Lafayette - 4pm est - Live Scoring
#2 UT Arlington vs. #3 South Alabama - 4pm est - Live Scoring

Utah State at Boise State - 12:30pm est - Live Scoring
Arizona at Utah - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Texas at TCU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
NC State at Notre Dame - 2pm est - Live Scoring
San Diego at BYU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
St. Mary's at Pepperdine - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Washington at Oregon - 5pm est - Live Scoring
Cal at Stanford - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Baylor at Texas Tech - 7pm est - Live Scoring
Idaho at Boise State - 7:30pm est - Live Scoring







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Saturday was another great day of college tennis action with more than 2000 fans filling the stands in Fort Worth for the TCU/Texas match.  TCU hadn't beaten Texas since 1996 but that slump came to an end as TCU got it done 4-1.

TCU started off by taking the doubles point with a 6-1 win at #2 (Trevor Johnson & Cameron Norrie) and 7-6(4) win at #3 (Guillermo Nuez & Hudson Blake) .  It looked like TCU would take the point a bit easier but Texas's #1 team of Soren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool came back from 5-3 down to win 7-6(5) which made the match at #3 the decider.

TCU kept the momentum flowing in singles by taking 4 opening sets and they'd get the 3 singles victories they needed with all 3 coming in straight sets.  Cameron Norrie was off first with a 6-4, 6-0 win at #3 then Arnau Dachs rolled Clement Homs 6-1, 6-3 at #5. Texas's Soren Hess-Olesen would win at #1 singles 6-3, 6-4 to pull Texas to within 3-1 but a short while later TCU senior Will Stein would clinch the historic win with a 6-4, 7-6(8) at #6 singles over Nick Naumann.

Below are some comments from TCU's David Roditi:



TCU recap

"I am just really happy for the senior class and the freshmen," head coach David Roditi said. "You could tell from point one that Cameron Norrie came to play. He got us a quick doubles point and a quick singles point and then one of our seniors, Arnau Dachs, got us another quick singles point and it just us in a really good situation where all we had to do was win one of those matches. Nick Chappell did a good job of playing one of the best guys in the country, but I am proud and happy for all the seniors and especially Will Stein.

"To know where he came from, as a non-scholarship player who barely got on the team, and for him to get the opportunity to clinch the match and actually come through under so much pressure is amazing. He had so many excuses not to finish his match and even show up for singles after dropping his doubles match, but he overcame and that is the reason why he is out there because he can handle all that. He is the man. He is strong, confident and nobody rebounds better than Will Stein."

"From everyone in our program, we just want to thank every single person that came out and every single person that shared our tweets and participated in our tennis ball contests," Roditi said. "We just want to thank all of the Horned Frog fans and we hope that we made you proud. We are proud of our school, we are proud of the atmosphere out there and I thought it was respectful and the way a college match should be. I couldn't be any happier with how everything went today."

Texas recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 18th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#7 TCU 4, #10 Texas 1
Apr 18, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.97) def. #44 Nick Chappell (TCU 13,91) 6-3, 6-4
2. #47 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.93) vs. #48 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.94) 7-6(4), 6-6
3. #43 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.33) def. #49 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.99) 6-4, 6-0
4. #121 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.87) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.70) 4-6, 6-2, 3-4
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.99) def. Clement Homs (UT 13.27) 6-1, 6-3
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.32) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.76) 6-4, 7-6(8)
Doubles competition
1. #23 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #21 Stein/Chappell (TCU) 7-6 (5)
2. #27 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (UT) 6-1
3. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) def. Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (4)
Match Notes
Texas 18-5, 2-3; National ranking #10
TCU 20-6, 3-2; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,5,1,6)
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In the SEC Tournament semifinals the #2 seed and host Texas A&M Aggies rolled over Mississippi State 4-0.   Texas A&M took the doubles point and picked up singles wins from "Artillery" Arthur Rinderknech, AJ Catanzariti, and Jordi Arconada at 3, 5, and 6 singles.  Texas A&M was ahead or about to be even in each of the other 3 matches.

Texas A&M recap

"I think today was a pretty good day, we came out on top of a really good team, Texas A&M men's tennis head coach Steve Denton said. "Mississippi State is really good up and down the lineups and have had some great success in doubles play this season. So today's doubles point was really huge for us, when we played in Starkville they put us on our heels winning the doubles point.

"Shane and Harry played really well yesterday having only lost six or seven points in the whole doubles match and they continued that today, Denton said. "The two of them are playing with a lot of energy and we need that going into tomorrow's match and on into the tournament.

"The freshman really had to fight to get that point for us today, Denton added. "They dug themselves a hole and had to fight to get out of it, they did that yesterday also. They two of them have a lot of belief in themselves and that really shows on the court and on the scoreboard. "

Mississippi State recap

"That was a tough loss today, but I'm really proud of my guys. They fought at every moment and never gave in, MSU coach Matt Roberts said. "This is a tough place to play. Texas A&M had a good home crowd and fed off that energy, but I felt like our guys responded well. In the end, we came up short, but nonetheless I'm proud of this team.

"While we're down that we couldn't get this win, we are excited to begin our postseason run, Roberts said. "We have two weeks to train, prepare and get everything in order, from the classroom to the courts. We're ready to get back at it once we get home to Starkville.

#6 Texas A&M 4, #20 Mississippi State 0
Apr 18, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #76 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.87) vs. #61 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.25) 7-6(6), 2-5
2. #69 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.16) vs. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.76) 6-4, 1-6, 4-1
3. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.20) def. #118 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.70) 6-0, 3-0, ret
4. #55 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.60) vs. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.75) 2-6, 6-3, 3-3
5. #93 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.18) def. Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.82) 7-6(3), 6-1
6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.45) def. Julian Cash (MSU 13.36) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #11 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #7 Lakat/Cash (MSU) 6-2
2. #46 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) vs. Cutura/Schmid (MSU) 6-5, unf
3. AJ Catanzariti/Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Estevarena/Robin Haden (MSU) 7-6(4)
Match Notes:
Mississippi State 19-7; National ranking #20
Texas A&M 20-4; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,5,6)
SEC Semifinals
T-2:42


The second SEC semifinal was much more competitive than the first as Ole Miss gave Georgia all it wanted during the singles portion.  Georgia jumped Ole Miss in doubles going up early breaks on all 3 courts and would close out 1 and 2 to take the point.  Ole Miss would come out firing in singles by taking the first set on 4 courts though it looked like it'd be 5 when Stefan Lindmark led Wayne Montgomery 5-1 at #2 singles. Montgomery came all the way back to force a tiebreak then after falling behind 6-4 in the tiebreak he'd win 4 straight points to take the opening set.

Georgia's Ben Wagland took the other first set for the Bulldogs and he'd be the first to finish as he defeated William Kallberg 7-5, 6-2 at #4 singles.  Nik Scholtz would then snap a 2-match losing streak and avenge his loss to Austin Smith by winning 7-5, 6-4 at #1 singles to pull the Rebels to within 2-1.

Wayne Montgomery would complete his comeback with a 7-6, 6-2 win at #2 singles then a short while later Nick Wood would close the door on Ole Miss as he came back from a set down to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 at #5 singles over Zvonimir Babic.

Below are video clips of match points via UGA's Twitter


Georgia recap

"We played a tremendous doubles point and felt very comfortable," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "But Ole Miss came out, and they are quiet and you think they aren't into it, but they are really good. Big props to Ben Wagland, who played a tremendous match. He was down a break in the first and came back quickly and reasserted himself and broke for the first set and cruised from there. He played a very good match."

"I can't say enough about Wayne," Diaz said. "He was down two breaks in the first set, but just fought like nobody's business and got himself back on track and just played even better to close out the second set. I can't tell you what a great effort that was. His opponent had not lost all year in dual match play in the SEC. He beat a really tough player today who was on a hot streak."

Said Diaz: "We had lost the first set at both No. 3 and 6, so that's a lot of pressure on Nick, who was down a set, but he reasserted himself and came through big time for us."

Ole Miss recap

"It was a tough match," head coach Toby Hansson said. "We got beat in doubles, but the guys did a good job of putting that behind them and really started off well in singles. We were up on most courts and looking good. We were competing well and had a good grip on the match. It really could have gone either way. I have to give Georgia a lot of credit for playing well and winning this match."

#5 Georgia 4, #13 Ole Miss 1
April 18, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P. MItchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #19 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.08) def. #29 Austin Smith (UGA 14.29) 7-5, 6-4
2. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.50) def. #87 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.19) 7-6(6), 6-2
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.73) vs. #26 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.30) 7-6(8), 3-3, unf
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.29) def. William Kallberg (OM 13.22) 7-5, 6-2
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.93) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.87) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
6. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.96) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.76) 7-6(5), 4-3, unf
Doubles competition
1. #1 Ben Wagland/Austin Smith (UGA) def. #39 Scholtz/Babic (OM) 6-1
2. Nathan Pasha/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Lindmark/Hansson (OM) 6-4
3. Wayne Montgomery/Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Kallberg/Jorge (OM) 5-4, unf
Match Notes
Ole Miss 17-8; National ranking #13
Georgia 21-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,2,5)
SEC Semifinals
T-2:20



Stanford beat Cal 4-3 back on February 21st but the Bears turned the tables today and pulled out a 4-3 win of their own.  Stanford took the doubles point and got singles wins from David Hsu and John Morrissey but Cal won everywhere else with Andre Goransson, Oskar Wikberg, J.T. Nishimura, and Billy Griffith winning at 1, 3, 4, and 5.

Griffith served for the match up 5-2 40-15 but Paige came back to break and then when Paige served at 3-5 he fought off a match point on his serve to pull within 4-5.  Griffith charged ahead 40-15 on his service game before Paige got it back to the deciding point.  Griffith would then unload on a forehand and catch Paige leaning the wrong way and that was it - Bears win 4-3

Cal recap
Stanford recap

#28 California 4, #24 Stanford 3
April 18, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center) 
Doubles
1) No. 22 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) d. Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (CAL) 6-2
2) Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) vs. Bergevi/Engsted (CAL) 5-5
3) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. No. 73 Goransson/Wikberg (CAL) 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3
Singles
1) #35 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.06) d. #31 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) 7-5, 6-0
2) #60 John Morrissey (STAN 13.97) d. #91 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.91) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
3) Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.37) d. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 6-3
4) J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.65) d. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.27) 7-5, 7-5
5) Billy Griffith (CAL 13.57) d. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.38) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
6) David Hsu (STAN 13.80) d. Mads Engsted (CAL 13.51) 7-6 (1), 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 4, 3, 2, 5



#2 Baylor avoided a letdown after a big win over Texas by taking care of business in Lubbock as teh Bears took out Texas Tech 4-1.  Baylor's #2 Tony Lupieri sat out in singles which slid everyone else up a spot but Baylor didn't miss a beat as Julian Lenz, Mate Zsiga, and Felipe Rios picked up straight set wins at 1, 4, and 5.  Texas Tech's lone point came from Connor Curry as he beat Vince Schneider in straight sets at #6.

Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"I'm happy for the team. They've worked so hard so far this year, and they did a great job of coming through in a tough environment today. And I'm really proud of them." - head coach Matt Knoll on the win

TOP QUOTE #2
"I think we grew us a team today doing that, and I thought the team really got a lot out of it today. It's one of those days where you don't walk out there expecting to play your best tennis, but you just want to be competitive and gritty, and I thought our guys showed a lot of grit." - Knoll on his team

Texas Tech recap

"There is a reason they are the No. 2 team in the nation," said Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel. "I thought we had chances, but didn't get the breaks when we needed them. I am proud of Connor (Curry) and Alex (Sendegeya) played great. I thought if Hugo (Dojas) and Felipe (Soares) got to the third, we could have changed the momentum."

"The fans have been great this season. We have had some great crows this year. We had 915 here tonight. They really have made the difference for us," added Siegel. "The make this place a special environment."

#2 Baylor 4, #16 Texas Tech 1
Apr 18, 2015 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #33 Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4, 6-4
2. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) vs. Hugo Dojas (TT) 7-6(6), 3-4 
3. Diego Galeano (BU) vs. #113 Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0
4. #112 Mate Zsiga (BU) def. #106 Jolan Cailleau (TT) 6-1, 6-2
5. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-1, 6-2
6. Connor Curry (TT) def. Vince Schneider (BU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #25 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #16 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-4
2. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Alex Sendegeya/Jolan Cailleau (TT) 7-5
3. Tony Lupieri/Max Tchoutakian (BU) def. Francisco Zambon/Connor Curry (TT) 7-5
Match Notes
Baylor (20-4, 4-1 Big 12); National ranking #2
Texas Tech (18-7, 2-3 Big 12); National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,6,1)
T-2:05 A-915


Conference Tournament Roundup:

AAC Tournament Semifinals (Tulsa, OK) - The #1 seed South Florida beat #5 Memphis 4-1 and the #2 seed Tulsa held off #3 Tulane 4-3.   

Atlantic Sun Semifinals (Jacksonville, FL) - Both matches were postponed until Sunday due to rain however the rain didn't come until midway through singles.  #2 UNF leads #3 USC Upstate 2-0 though USC Upstate leads on 3 courts and another is even.  #1 FGCU leads #4 Stetson 2-1 and is up on 4 and 5 though Stetson is up on 2 and 3

Colonial Semifinals (Williamsburg, VA) - Upset city as both the #1 and #2 seeds got upset as the #4 seed College of Charleston beat #1 UNC Wilmington 4-3 (recap) and the #3 seed William & Mary beat #2 Elon 4-1 (recap).

Conference USA Semifinals (Norfolk, VA) - #1 seed Rice rolled over #4 Charlotte while #3 UTSA upset the host #2 Old Dominion 4-2 (recap).  

Missouri Valley Semifinals (St. Louis) - #1 seed Drake won 4-1 over Ililnois State while #2 Wichita State held off UMBC 4-2.  

Sunbelt Semifinals (New Orleans, LA) - #1 Troy beat #5 Louisiana Lafayette 4-1 while #3 South Alabama knocked off #2 UT Arlington 4-1. 


Current Top 25 (through Saturday)

RankSchoolPoints
1Oklahoma84.79
2Baylor77.91
3Texas A&M 66.71
4Illinois65.61
5Virginia65.52
6Georgia65.15
7TCU65.07
8Duke63.52
9USC62.70
10Texas57.03
11Wake Forest48.21
12Ohio State47.07
13Ole Miss45.58
14UCLA42.38
15North Carolina*41.52
16Virginia Tech*41.01
17Texas Tech39.80
18Mississippi State39.23
19Columbia* 38.28
20Florida38.10
21San Diego38.02
22South Florida 36.43
23Vanderbilt34.83
24Minnesota*33.20
25California32.67





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Most of the conference tournaments have reached the quarterfinals so its time for the rubber to hit the road as the higher seeds start to face a little heat.  Below I'll take a look at the matches in the ACC, Big 12, Pac 12, and Big 10.  I'm not seeing any upsets in these 4 conferences although the match between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech could be very, very close.

The Mountain West Network has wall-to-wall coverage of every match on both the men's and women's side and I must say that I've been very impressed with the production they've put out so far. If you haven't checked it out yet make sure you do sometime today, tomorrow, or Sunday.  The announcers are knowledgeable and easy to listen to, they have decent graphics, they keep shuffling between courts, and the picture quality is very good.  I've not seen anything else better this year and that includes what I've seen on the Pac 12 Network, Fox Sports, and ESPN3.  Several of the conferences have done a nice job at least getting the Championship match on TV this year however no other conference have broadcast every match like the MW is doing.  2 thumbs up MW - nice work!!

Now to the conference previews:

#9 [5] Duke (22-5) vs. #16 [4] North Carolina (20-9) - 12pm est - These teams met just 2 weeks ago with North Carolina pulling off the mild upset 5-2.  Both teams look like they'll have the same singles lineup though Josh Levine will likely play at #6 for Duke instead of TJ Pura who lost 6-0, 6-1 in the last meeting.  Duke definitely didn't enter the ACC Tourney with much momentum after getting stunned by Georgia Tech 4-3 last Sunday.  Duke's #1 Nicolas Alvarez didn't play on Thursday against Miami and it's possible he won't play in this one due to an injury.


Regular Season Result:

#16 North Carolina 5, #6 Duke 2
4/9/2015 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.49) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.44) 6-3, 6-4
2. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) def. #42 Jason Tahir (DU 13.86) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. #58 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.37) def. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) 7-5, 6-3
4. Jack Murray (UNC 14.06) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.96) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Chris Mengel (DU 13.64) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.47) 5-2, retired
6. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.52) def. TJ Pura (DU 13.45) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #59 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) vs. Nicolas Alvarez/Jason Tahir (DU) 6-7, unf
2. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. #88 Hemmeler/ Levine (DU) 8-4
3. Andrew Gores/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. TJ Pura/Bruno Semenzato (DU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Duke 19-4 (6-3 ACC); National ranking #6
North Carolina 17-8 (6-3 ACC); National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,6,1,3,2,4)
Moved indoors at 6:20 due to threat of a storm
T-3:56 A-443

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #14 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) vs. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC)
2. #46 Jason Tahir (DU) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC)
3. 70 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) vs. #68 Brett Clark (UNC)
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU) vs. #117 Jack Murray (UNC)
5. Chris Mengel (DU) vs. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC)
6. Josh Levine (DU) vs. Robert Kelly (UNC)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #17 Alvarez/Hemmeler (DU) vs. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)
2. Tahir/Levine (DU) vs. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC)
3. Semenzato/Pura (DU) vs. Murray/Schneider (UNC)

Whether Nicolas Alvarez plays could likely determine whether this is a close match or a potential UNC runaway.  Duke just doesn't seem to be firing on all cylinders right now with injuries playing a big role.  I look for UNC to send Duke packing as the Tar Heels will take the doubles point and then pick up singles wins from Brayden Schnur, Jack Murray and Robert Kelly.  Prediction: North Carolina 4-1


Other ACC matches:

#5 [1] Virginia vs. #33 [8] Florida State - Cavs handled FSU 6-1 last weekend in Tallahassee - anything other than 4-0 would be surprising.  Prediction: Virginia 4-0

#11 [3] Wake Forest vs. #75 [11] Clemson - Wake won the regular season meeting 6-1 with Clemson only taking 3 sets in singles.  Clemson played an inspired match against Louisville on Thursday and may keep this one close in a few spots but Wake is too deep to stumble.  Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0

#14 [2] Virginia Tech vs. #55 [10] Georgia Tech - I think this will probably be the closest match of the day in Cary.  Georgia Tech is playing its best tennis of the year right now but Virginia Tech is playing well too.  VT won the regular season meeting 6-1 with only half the courts fairly close.  For Georgia Tech to pull the upset they'd need the doubles point and most likely 1, 4, and 5 singles. I think the Yellow Jackets will be close but they'll just fall short.  Prediction: Virginia Tech 4-3


Big 12:

#10 [4] Texas (18-5) vs. #17 [5] Texas Tech (18-7) - 9:30am est - Texas won the regular season meeting 4-1 though at the time of the clinch Texas Tech led on one court and was tied on another.  Texas Tech finished the regular season winning 2 of 3 which included a win over #1 Oklahoma. Texas Tech likely needs a win to lock up a top 16 ranking which should be enough to let them host a NCAA regional. Texas will look to rebound after losing its final 2 matches of the regular season to Baylor and TCU. 

Regular Season Result:

#9 Texas 4, #21 Texas Tech 1
04/04/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.92) def. #40 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.65) 6-1, 6-3
2. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.90) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.45) 5-7, 6-2, 3-3, unf
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.89) def. Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.58) 6-3, 6-2
4. #113 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.38) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.68)  7-6 (2), 4-5, unf
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.76) def. Francisco Zambon (TTU 12.88) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.31) def. Connor Curry (TTU 12.94) 7-6 (7-2), 0-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #41 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #25 Dojas/Soares (TTU) 6-2
2. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TTU) def. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) def. Naumann/Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Texas Tech 16-6, 0-2; National ranking #21; Regional ranking #5
Texas 16-3, 2-1; National ranking #9; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,5,6)
T-2:46

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.85) vs. #32 Felipe Soares (TT 13.64)
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.96) vs. Hugo Dojas (TX 13.53)
3. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.99) vs. #120 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.72)
4. George Goldhoff (TX 13.62) vs. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.39)
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.69)  vs. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.95)
6. Clement Homs (TX 13.33) vs. Connor Curry (TT 12.96)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #14 Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (TX) vs. #23 Dojas/Soares (TT)
2. Jacoby Lewis/Goldhoff (TX) vs. Sendegeya/Cailleau (TT)
3. Naumann/Michael Riechmann (TX) vs. Zambon/Curry (TT)

Texas went just 1-4 in doubles in Big 12 play while Texas Tech went 3-2. Texas looks like it'll make a slight change at #2 with Jacoby Lewis set to team up with George Goldhoff. I don't think Texas Tech can win this one without the doubles point but they'll have to try because I think Texas grabs the point to take the early 1-0 lead.  I think the same guys that won in singles last time will win this time - Soren Hess-Olesen, Adrien Berkowicz, and Clement Homs.  Prediction: Texas 4-1



#6 [3] TCU (20-6) vs. #29 [6] Oklahoma State (16-8) - 1pm est - TCU won the regular season meeting in Stillwater 4-2 though none of the singles matches will be rematches this time around.  TCU bring a 6-match winning streak into this one while Oklahoma State has lost 3 straight. 

Regular Season Result:

#10 TCU 4, #22 Oklahoma State 2
Mar 29, 2015 at Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #87 Jakob Sude (OKST) def. #37 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #36 Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Lucas Gerch (OKST) 6-3, 6-2
3. #76 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 7-6 (5), 2-5, unf
4. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST) 7-5, 6-3
5. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #24 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) vs. #19 Chappell/Stein (TCU) 5-4, un
2. #18 Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Gerch/Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST) 6-2
3. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) def. Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 6-4
Match Notes
TCU 15-6, 1-2; National ranking #10
Oklahoma State 15-5, 0-2; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5,4)


Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.91) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OSU 13.75)
2. #59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.93) vs. #124 Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.63)
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.32) vs. #119 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.34)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) vs. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.58)
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.97) vs. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.76)
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.33) vs. Nicolai Ferrigno (OSU 13.53)
1st off bench: Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.32), Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.08)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU) vs. #25 Kadje/Sude (OSU)
2. #29 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Ferrigno/Gerch (OSU)
3. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU) vs. Finzelberg/Mendoza (OSU)

I don't see anyway that TCU gets caught looking ahead to Baylor - the Horned Frogs will take care of business by taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from Nunez, Norrie, and Dachs. Prediction: TCU 4-1.


Pac 12:

#26 [1] Stanford vs. #25 [4] Cal - 3pm est - This will be the 3rd meeting this year between these two with each winning 4-3 on the others home court.  I've got to think that fatigue will play a factor in this one after Cal spent 4 hours and 34 minutes on the court on Thursday against Oregon while Stanford probably sat in the shade and chuckled.  When they played last Saturday Cal sat its #3 Grey Bayane and moved everyone else up a spot and in doing so they were able to win at 3, 4, and 5.  I wonder if they'll try to do that again on Friday or keep Bayane out there even though he played the longest mach of the day on Thursday.  I like Stanford in doubles and Fawcett, Morrissey, and Hsu in singles. Prediction: Stanford 4-1 

#8 [2] USC vs. #15 [3] UCLA - 6pm est - This will be the 3rd meeting this year between these two with USC winning 4-2 last Thursday in Westwood and 4-1 at Marks in mid-March.  UCLA has a shot in doubles and at 1, 2, 3, and 4 singles but USC will win easily at 5 and 6.  In addition to winning at 5 and 6 I also like USC at 3 and 4 assuming it's Quiroz at 3.  Prediction: USC 4-2



B1G:

#4 [1] Illinois vs.  #70 [8] Iowa - 11am est - For the most part its been a great season for Iowa as the Hawkeyes have stayed ranked just about the entire year.  That's the good news - the bad news is they face a top 5 Illinois team in Champaign.  Illinois won the regular season meeting 6-1 but they'll stop here on the clinch.  Prediction: Illinois 4-0

#30 [4] Northwestern vs. #44 [5] Indiana - 11am est - Northwestern won the regular season meeting in Bloomington 4-3 in a match that came down to a 3rd set tiebreak at #5 singles.  Indiana struggled yesterday against a bad Purdue team and that was coming off a bad loss at home last Sunday against Michigan State.  Northwestern had won 8 in a row until they got clipped by Minnesota last Sunday losing 4-3 in a match that came down to a 3rd set tiebreak at #4. Northwestern is on the rise and Indiana is headed down. Prediction: Northwestern 4-1

#12 [2] Ohio State vs. [10] Nebraska - 3pm est - Ohio State beat Nebraska 4-1 last Sunday in Lincoln in a match played indoors on just 4 courts.  This one is outdoors on 6 so no points for Nebraska. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0

#23 [3] Minnesota vs. [11] Michigan - 3pm est - Minnesota clobbered Michigan in the regular season winning 6-1 in Ann Arbor in a match where the closest singles match was 6-2, 6-4. The Gophers are on fire right now and Michigan isn't going to be the one to cool them off. Prediction: Minnesota 4-0
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Another action packed day of college tennis is in the books and it was the ACC giving us the 2 best matches of the day as Georgia Tech and North Carolina both pulled out 4-3 thrillers.

I'm big fan of the schools that take the time to put an audio or video interview out on twitter shortly after the match finished.  TCU has done a great job all year getting a 30-second interview with David Roditi out on twitter and the last few days Georgia Tech has done the same with Kenny Thorne.  It's always better to hear the comments from someone as opposed to reading them.  I'm also a fan of school's posting video clips of match points - just gives you a feeling that you're there and lets you see the emotion from the players after a big win.

ACC:

In one of the early matches Georgia Tech came out of the gates like a bull seeing red. GT took the doubles point by winning at 1 and 3 and then took the opening set on 4 of 6 singles courts.  GT's Eduardo Segura finished first with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jai Corbett at #6 but VT's Joao Monteiro would trim the GT lead to 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Nathan Rakitt at #3.  Christopher Eubanks would make it 3-1 GT with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andreas Bjerrehus at #1.

VT's Hunter Koontz would make it 3-2 with a come from behind 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Michael Kayat #4 but it looked like the Carlos Benito was just moments away from finishing off Amerigo Contini at #2.

Benito took the opening set 6-4 and had a match point on Contini's 5-6 serve game but Contini would hold to force a tiebreak.  In the TB, Benito jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to see Contini take the next 7 points to send it to a 3rd set.

Virginia Tech clearly had the momentum on its side because less than 5 minutes later they would tie up the match at 3 as Edoardo Tessaro knocked Cole Fiegel 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at #5 singles.  Back over at #2, Contini would break Benito to go up 4-2 but Benito broke right back and held for 4-4.  After each held once more, Benito would break again and would then serve it out at love (match point below).

Personally I thought for sure that Virginia Tech would win after Benito failed to close out the 2nd set but Benito showed some resilience to put the tiebreak behind him. Great win by Georgia Tech and it should be enough to get the Yellow Jackets into the NCAAs as an at-large.


Georgia Tech recap & Thorne Audio Clip

"Eddie's done a great job for us of being the catalyst and getting off the court for us the last few matches," said Thorne. "That's been a big one for us. Everybody else battled, no one got down too quick and kept everybody in it. Chris did a great job of beating a very good player. And what can you say about Carlos. He could've finished in two, but he fought back and never gave in."

"We did another nice job with the doubles today," said Thorne. "The No. 1 was kind of a see-saw, but we hung with it, kept serving well. No. 3 closed it out for us, which was important. Emotions are running high, and getting the doubles point helps. Virginia Tech has lost doubles and come back to win against some good teams, so we didn't have any illusions of being in good shape."

Virginia Tech recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 24th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#55 Georgia Tech 4, #14 Virginia Tech 3
Apr 24, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #37 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-3, 7-5
2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. #64 Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
3. #121 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) 6-1, 6-3
4. #105 Hunter Koontz (VT) def. Michael Kay (GT) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #87 Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. #35 Bjerrehus/Koontz (VT) 8-5
2. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) vs. Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 7-7, un
3. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Contini/Corbett (VT) 8-6
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 14-11; National ranking #55
Virginia Tech 19-4; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,1,4,5,2)
Quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament


In the late quarterfinal match Duke took the court without its #1 Nicolas Alvarez but gave North Carolina all it wanted.  Duke took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then TJ Pura would pick up a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over over Andrew Gores at #6 singles.  It was only Gores 4th dual-match this year and the only reason he played was due to injuries to Oystein Steiro and Esben Hess-Olesen.

Robert Kelly put North Carolina on the board with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Josh Levine at #5 and then Brayden Schnur would even the match with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 win at #1 over Jason Tahir.  Tahir trailed 5-2 in the 1st set before rallying to take the set in a tiebreak.

UNC's #3 Brett Clark would make it 3-2 UNC with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Bruno Semenzato but Raphael Hemmeler would tie it back up with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 win over Ronnie Schneider at #2.  Duke's twitter said Hemmeler was fighting cramps in the 3rd set and even had to call a medical timeout for treatment.

It also came down to a 3rd set at #4 between UNC's Jack Murray and Duke's Chris Mengel. Murray broke Mengel to go up 5-3 but Mengel would break back and hold for 5-5.  After Murray held for 6-5 he'd finish the match off by converting his 3rd match point to win it 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

The Duke recap has more game by game details if you want to check it out below.


North Carolina recap

"What a great match on both sides, said UNC head coach Sam Paul. "I'm extremely proud of our team after losing the doubles point and then not looking good in singles (initially)We fought back and found a way to get back into the match. It was a great college tennis match and I'm just proud of my team.

Duke recap

"It was a really high-level match from start to finish, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "It was two teams leaving everything they had out there. Doubles was close and singles were close. There were a couple momentum swings, but it came down to a point or two here or there. I am proud of my guys. We fought so hard. We certainly put ourselves in a position to win, but just couldn't quite finish off a very good UNC team.

"The doubles was very impressive because UNC is so good in doubles, Smith added. "To slide our No 2 and No. 3 teams up and have a new team with Hemmeler and McCall showed incredible effort. Our energy was great and we found a way.

#16 North Carolina 4, #9 Duke 3
Singles competition
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.65) def. #46 Jason Tahir (DU 14.02) 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-3
2. #70 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.23) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.27) 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-0
3. #68 Brett Clark (UNC 13.82) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.90) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
4. #117 Jack Murray (UNC 14.13) def. Chris Mengel (DU 13.65) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
5. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.72) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.69) 7-6(6), 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.31) def. Andrew Gores (UNC 12.64) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Levine/Tahir (DU) def. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC) 8-7
2. Pura/Semenzato (DU) def. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC) 8-6
3. Murray/Schneider (UNC) def. Hemmeler/McCall (DU) 8-5
Match Notes:
North Carolina 21-9; National ranking #16
Duke 22-6; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4)

Other ACC Matches:

Virginia dropped the doubles point against Florida State but responded by taking all 6 opening sets and would get straight set wins from Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and JC Aragone at 1, 4, 5, and 6.

Wake Forest whipped Clemson 4-0 with the Deacs taking the doubles point and getting wins from Noah Rubin (6-2, 6-2), Romain Bogaerts (6-0, 6-0), and Christian Seraphim (6-2, 6-3) at 1, 2, and 5. Clemson was up a set at 4 and 6 but they were still early in the 2nd set when Wake clinched.


Big 12:

The opening match of the day between Texas and Texas Tech was played indoors due to rain and to speed things along they started with singles. Texas took the opening set on every court except #4 with Soren Hess-Olesen coming back from 5-2 down at #1 to take the set 7-5.  Hess-Olesen would finish first at #1 and then Clement Homs would be off next at #6.  It looked like Nick Naumann might make it 3-0 but he dropped his second set in a tiebreak and it was around that time that Texas Tech started gaining some momentum.  Tech's Alex Sendegeya would come back from a set down to win in 3 over Adrien Berkowicz at #3 and Felipe Soares would push Lloyd Glasspool to a 3rd set at #2. Glasspool would turn it around in the 3rd set and close out Soares and a short while later George Goldhoff would complete his comeback at #4 with a 3-set win over Jolan Cailleau to clinch the UT win.

Texas recap

"I saw a lot of fight and determination today," Head Coach Michael Center said. "I wanted to see us compete at all six spots, and I saw that today. Texas Tech made a great run at us, but I was really pleased to see the final push that we made at the end to clinch the match."

"I started figuring things out as the match went on," Goldhoff said. "I was doing the right things, but I wasn't executing. When I finally executed, I really started to tire him out. He's a good player -- he's not going to give you anything. I'm just happy to step-up help the team."

#10 Texas 4, #17 Texas Tech 1
04/24/15 at Waco, TX (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.85) def. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.53) 7-5, 6-2
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.96) def. #32 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.64) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
3. #120 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.72) def. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.99) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. George Goldhoff (UT 13.62) def. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.39) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.69) vs. Francisco Zambon (TTU 12.95) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 3-0, unf
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.33) def. Connor Curry (TTU 12.96) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
Doubles competition
1. #23 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TTU) vs. #14 Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 
2. Alex Sendegeya/Jolan Cailleau (TTU) vs. George Goldhoff/Jacoby Lewis (UT) 
3. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) 
Match Notes
Texas Tech 18-8; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #5
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (1,6,3,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Quarterfinal
Singles matches played first. Doubles went uncontested.


The 2nd match of the day was played outdoors but it looked like Oklahoma State left its equipment indoors because TCU absolutely throttled them on every court.  TCU took all 6 opening sets and Will Stein, Facundo Lugones, Cameron Norrie, and Arnau Dachs would each win in straight sets to close out the 4-0 win.  Had there not been a 55 minute rain delay the singles portion would have been over in just over an hour.




TCU recap

"I am very pleased with the way our team came out of the gate," head coach David Roditi said. "We won every first set on all six courts and our team handled a lot of the changes well today. There were questions if we were going to play indoors or outdoors, singles or doubles first, when do we eat and finally the changing of the match time. Our guys handled it really well and got a good warm-up and came out playing as well as we could play.

"I thought it was great to see our fans come out here and support us on a neutral site. Our women's team came out and supported us and that is very much appreciated. What a great performance today by Will Stein. For him to come out there and win 6-0, 6-1 was a very good first point for our team."

"We just beat a very good team and for us to beat a team like Oklahoma State and not have to go to doubles is huge and I think that is probably going to help us for tomorrow," Roditi said. "We have a very tough match against Baylor on their home courts and they are one of the best teams in the nation. The fact that we were able to not go to doubles and not drag it on too much will help the guys tomorrow."

Oklahoma State recap

"We are disappointed today," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Give some credit to TCU. They have a very good team. They showed up early on in the singles, and we made a little comeback at the end that fell short. Now we've just got to see Tuesday, with the dance, where we go. Obviously we are not hosting but we are still going to do the same things we do in practice and get ready for it like we always do. We will bounce back and we will be ready."

#6 TCU 4, #29 Oklahoma State 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.91) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.75) 6-4, 5-4, unf
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.93) vs. #124 Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.63) 6-3, 5-6, unf
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.32) def. #119 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.34) 6-2, 6-3
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) def. Tristan Meraut (OKST 13.58) 6-1, 6-1
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.97) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.76) 6-3, 6-3
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.33) def. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.53) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition - not played due to weather
1. Jurence Mendoza/Tristan Meraut (OKST) vs. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 
2. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) vs. #29 Trevor Johnson/Norrie (TCU) 
3. #25 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) vs. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 16-9 (0-5); National ranking #29
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,4,3)
Big 12 Conference Tournament First Round
Due to rain in the area, singles were contested first and doubles were not played as the match was decided 55 minute rain delay
T-2:10


Pac 12:

A day after Cal won a 4-3 thriller over Oregon they'd have tables turned on them and drop a tight one to Stanford 4-1.  Stanford got the doubles point by winning big at #1 and then taking a tiebreak at #2 (haven't actually seen the TB score anywhere and I wasn't paying attention during the doubles point).

Stanford got a quick 6-1, 6-3 win from David Hsu at #6 but Cal would take the opening set on the other 5 courts and would go up break leads in the 2nd at 3, 4, and 5. Oskar Wikberg would close out Robert Stineman 6-4, 6-3 at #4 to make it 2-1 but Cal just couldn't shut the door anywhere else.

Greg Bayane led David Wilczynski 7-5, 5-2 at #3 and had a slew of match points in the next 2 games but Wilczynski weathered the storm and took 5 straight games to take the set 7-5.  As a side note Wilczynski led the first set 5-3 and then proceeded to lose 7 straight games.

Billy Griffith clinched Cal's win over Stanford last week and it looked like he was going to ring up another win today when he led Nolan Paige 6-2, 5-3 but Paige wouldn't go away.  Paige fought off multiple match points to get the second set to a tiebreak then took the TB 7-3.

Over at #2 singles, Stanford's John Morrissey battled back from a set down to take out Filip Bergevi 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Morrissey broke Bergevi to go up 5-3 in the 3rd then served it out from 40-15 to put Stanford up 3-1.  Bergevi was on the court for close to 3 hours yesterday so fatigue may have played a role in this one.

Stanford's Tom Fawcett also battled back from a set down and would serve for the match and team win up 5-3 in the 3rd but Andre Goransson would break him from 30-40 to put it back on serve. Fawcett would then have a match point on the Goransson serve but Andre held for 5-5.  Fawcett then fell behind 0-30 on his 5-5 service game but would win 4 straight points to hold for 6-5.

With the match at #1 headed towards a tiebreak it looked like Cal was finally going to get that 2nd point with Billy Griffith once against nearing the finish line with a 5-3 lead in the 3rd.  However he'd be unable to serve it out with Paige breaking him at love to knot the match at 5.  Paige would hold for 6-5 and would then jump out to a 15-40 lead and would ultimately break from 30-40 to clinch the Stanford win.

The match at #1 was in a 3rd set tiebreak tied at 3-3 and Bayane was up 3-0 in the 3rd at #3.

Stanford recap
Cal recap

"It was a tough match today that was well within our grasp, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We put ourselves into good positions on almost every court, and I think we played some great tennis. Overall, I think we're very close to the level we need to be playing at the NCAAs in two weeks. Our guys are super excited about what lies ahead for us in the postseason.

#1 Stanford 4, #4 California 1
April 24, 2015 - Ojai, CA 
Doubles
1. #13 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #49 Bayane/Melton (CAL), 8-1
2. #83 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Bergevi/Engsted (CAL), 8-7
3. #86 Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) def. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN), 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
Singles
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.18), 3-6, 6-3, 6-6 (3-3) unf
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) def. #99 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.85), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Gregory Bayane (CAL 13.45) vs. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.83) 7-5, 5-7, 3-0 unf
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.42) def. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23), 6-4, 6-3
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) def. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.47), 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. Mads Engsted (CAL 13.54), 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 2, 5


In the night cap in Ojai it was USC defeating UCLA 4-1.  USC crushed UCLA in doubles winning 8-0 at #1 and 8-4 at #2 but UCLA would come back in singles and take the opening set at 1, 2, 3, and 5. While Mackenzie McDonald finished his match at #1 in straight sets none of the other guys could do the same as USC would rally to force 3rd sets at 2, 3, and 5.  USC's Nick Crystal cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at #6 and Jonny Wang had just enough to beat Karue Sell 6-4, 7-6 at #5.  With both #2 and #3 singles deep in the 3rd set it would be Max De Vroome that would deliver the final blow for USC as he knocked off Austin Rapp 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 at #5 to end USC to the Championship against Stanford.

UCLA recap
USC recap

#8 USC 4, #15 UCLA 1
Apr 24, 2015 at Ojai, CA - Libbey Park 
Doubles
1. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #9 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-0
2. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. #84 Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 8-2
3. Crystal/Wang (USC) vs. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) 4-4, unfinished
USC Wins Doubles Point
Singles
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.70) 6-3, 6-4
2. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.32) vs. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) 5-7, 6-3, 4-3, unf
3. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) vs. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) 1-6, 6-3, 5-5, unf
4. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.97) 6-4, 7-6
5. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-3
6. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.37) 6-2, 6-1
Match Notes
UCLA 15-9; National ranking #15
USC 21-4; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,4,5)


Big 10:

Not a whole lot of excitement at the B1G quarterfinals as each of the higher seeds took care of business without much issue.

#1 seed Illinois took the doubles point over Iowa then picked up singles wins from Farris Gosea (6-4, 6-1), Tim Kopinski (6-0, 6-4), and Aleks Vukic (6-0, 6-3) at 2, 3, and 5.  Illinois was also up at 4 and 6 while Iowa's Matt Hagan had a 2-0 lead in the 3rd at #1 singles.

#2 seed Ohio State took the doubles point over Nebraska then picked up singles wins from Hunter Callahan (6-2, 6-3), Kevin Metka (6-0, 6-1), and Ralf Steinbach (6-2, 6-3) at 4, 5, and 6.  Nebraska took the opening set at 1 and 2 with Ohio State taking the opening set at 3.

#3 seed Minnesota took the doubles point over Michigan then picked up singles wins from Leandro Toledo (6-2, 6-3), Matic Spec (6-3, 6-1), and Ruben Weber (6-4, 7-6) at 1, 2, and 4.  The other 3 courts were all early in the 3rd set.

#4 seed Northwestern took the doubles point over Indiana then picked up singles wins from Strong Kirchheimer (6-3, 5-7, 6-1), Logan Staggs (6-0, 6-3), and Alp Horoz (6-3, 6-4) at 2, 4, and 6. Indiana's Sven Lalic won 6-3, 6-3 at #3 and Northwestern had the lead in the other 2 matches.


Other Conference Tournaments:

MAC Semifinals (DeKalb, IL) - #4 Buffalo upset #1 Northern Illinois 4-2 as Damien David won the clincher 6-3 in the 3rd at #1 singles.  #3 Binghamton upset the #2 seed Western Michigan 4-3 as Sid Hazarika won the deciding match at #1 singles 6-4 in the 3rd.  Buffalo is back in the conference finals for the second year in a row and fourth time in six years. Buffalo has lost in the finals to Western Michigan in each of those appearance and Western Michigan had won the MAC 7 of the previous 9 season.  Binghamton will be playing in its 8th consecutive conference final but its first in the MAC after departing the America East.  Binghamton will seeking its 10th NCAA bid in the last 13 years.



Binghamton's site has a post match interview with coach Nick Zieziula and has match point int the deciding match at this link (couldn't upload video to this site due to format/size)


West Coast (San Diego) - #1 San Diego rolled past #4 Pacific 4-0 and #2 Pepperdine edged #3 San Francisco 4-1.  San Diego has won 22 consecutive WCC matches and will meet Pepperdine in the finals for the second year in a row.


For other details check out my Conference Tournament Page which has scores, schedules, and scoring/twitter links.







Published in Blogs
It's go time for the ACC, Big 10, and Big 12 with each conference down to the semifinals of their conference tournaments plus the Pac 12 has reached its Championship match.

ACC:

#5 [1] Virginia vs. #16 [4] North Carolina - 10am est - Virginia won both the regular season meetings with the Wahoos beating UNC 6-1 in Charlottesville and blanking them 4-0 at the National Indoors in Chicago.  Neither match was particularly close though the match at UVA was the better of the two with UNC taking 3 sets and losing several 7-5.


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

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #7 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.72) vs. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.69) 
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.79) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.31)
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (UNC 13.85) 
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (UNC 14.16) 
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 
6. JC Aragone (UVA 14.08) vs. Andrew Gores (UNC 12.14),
Bench: Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.96),  Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.50)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Shane (UVA) vs. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)
2. #63 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVA) vs. Murray/Schneider (UNC)

North Carolina is basically going to give away #5 or #6 singles because if a hobbled Esben Hess-Olesen plays at 5 he'll likely retire early-on or go down meekly and if he sits the drop off to its #7/#8 players is pretty severe. North Carolina needs the doubles point to have any reasonable hope of an upset but I don't see Virginia dropping the point for the second day in a row.  I like Virginia in doubles and Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, and JC Aragone at 2, 3, and 6. I think Brayden Schnur has a good shot at 1 and Jack Murray is more than capable of playing with Kwiatkowski at 4 but in the end Virginia wins. Prediction: Virginia 4-1


#11 [2] Wake Forest vs. #55 [10] Georgia Tech - 10am est - Wake Forest won the regular season meeting in Atlanta 5-2 but it was a close match that saw Wake win both #1 and #2 doubles in a tiebreak and then win the 2 deciding singles matches in a 3rd set. 

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) vs. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 
4. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs.  Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) vs.  Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.26) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 

Projected Doubles Lineup
1. Skander Mansouri/Chrstian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) vs. Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) 

Georgia Tech is playing lights out right now and they come into this one with nothing to lose while Wake Forest is definitely considered the heavy favorite.  I think Georgia Tech finds a way to take the doubles point and I like Segura and Kay in singles but Wake's top 2 of Rubin and Bogaerts should win along with Mansouri and Seraphim. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3


Big 12:


#2 [2] Baylor (20-4) vs. #6 [3] TCU (21-6) - 1pm est - Baylor won the regular season meeting at home 4-0 though all 6 of the singles matches and all of the 3 doubles match will be different this time.  TCU is coming off a 4-0 thrashing of Oklahoma State while Baylor won its regular season finale last Saturday over Texas Tech 4-1.  

Regular season result:

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

Singles Lineup:
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) vs. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96)
2. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) vs. #59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.97)
3. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) vs. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36)
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98)
5. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 

Doubles Lineup:
1. #18 Lenz/Galeano (BU) vs. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU)
2. #63 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) vs. #29 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
3. Rios/Schneider (BU) vs. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU)

Baylor's strength all year has been at doubles with BU an outstanding 22-1 while TCU is 15-10. TCU has won the doubles point the last 3 times out so I think they'll keep it close but Baylor still takes it. Lenz has to be considered the sizable favorite at #1 as is Rios at #6 but I think each of the other 4 courts is up for grabs.  

Lupieri beat Nunez 6-2, 6-0 back in October but Nunez is a different player now and has won 17 of his last 18 to rise up from #6 in the lineup to #2.  Lupieri has dropped 2 straight and 4 of his last 7 so he'll have to play better to beat Nunez.  Cameron Norrie had a nice fall but then struggled a little in the middle of the season but he's now rebounded to win his last 5 while Tchoutakian has won 4 of his last 5.  Diego Galeano has dealt with some injuries this year but he's won 5 of 6 since returning to the lineup while Lugones has been tearing it up and is currently riding a 9-match winning streak. Mate Zsiga has won 8 in a row (it'd probably be 14 in a row if his matches hadn't been stopped due to the clinch) while Arnau Dachs has won 4 in a row and 5 of 6.  Both Zsiga and Dachs have played at #1 and #2 singles in the past so each has a big time game.  

TCU has won 7 in a row and the guys are playing with a ton of confidence so I think they'll give Baylor all they want.  I do like Baylor in doubles and Lenz and Rios in singles but I like Nunez, Norrie, and Lugones for TCU at 2, 3, and 4.  I think it could come down to a 3rd set at #5 with the large vocal crowd pushing the Zsiga over the top.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3


#1 [1] Oklahoma (22-2) vs. #10 [4] Texas (19-5) - 1pm est - Oklahoma won the regular season meeting at home 4-1 and all but the top 2 singles spots will be rematches. It looks like none of the doubles courts will be rematches with Oklahoma tentatively scheduled to switch up its doubles pairings to find a spark for the postseason. Oklahoma hasn't played since beating Oklahoma State last Sunday while Texas beat Texas Tech yesterday in a hard fought 4-1 win.  

Regular season result:

#1 Oklahoma 4, #7 Texas 1
03/29/15 at Norman, OK (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.14) 6-1, 6-3
2. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.59) def. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.95) 6-1, 6-2
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.81) def. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.31) 6-4, 6-3
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.83) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.78) 6-4, 7-5
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Clement Homs (UT 13.36) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) def. #41 Glasspool/Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-3
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Bragusi/Papa (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 15-3, 1-1; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Oklahoma 19-1, 2-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)
T-2:18

Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) vs. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.88)
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.99)
3. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 14.02)
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.65)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.72)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Clement Homs (TX 13.35)

Doubles Lineup:
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU)  vs. #14 Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (TX)
2. Dane Webb/Nick Papac (OU) vs. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (TX)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (TX)

Oklahoma won the doubles point the first time and I think OU's new pairings will get them the point again today.

You got two of the best players in college tennis playing at #1 singles as Axel Alvarez puts his 19-0 dual match record on the line against Soren Hess-Olesen who was 15-0 until he dropped 3 of his last 5. Andrew Harris has won 5 in a row and 7 of 8 while Lloyd Glasspool has won 3 straight and he picked up a nice win over Felipe Soares yesterday.  Dane Webb has split his last 6 matches after being nearly unbeatable earlier in the season while Adrien Berkowicz has dropped 2 straight after winning the previous 4.  Alex Ghilea has won 6 of 7 while George Goldhoff has won 2 of 3 with a slew of unfinished matches sprinkled in.  Goldhoff clinched UT's win over Texas Tech by coming back from a set down to beat Jolan Cailleau - Cailleau happens to be the only to beat Alex Ghilea in the last 6 weeks.  Spencer Papa snapped a 2-match losing streak last Sunday by beating Okie State's Lukas Finzelberg while Nick Naumann has dropped 6 of 8 though he was up 3-0 in the 3rd yesterday against Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon when the match was halted.  Florin Bragusi has split his last 2 matches though 4 of his last 6 have gone unfinished.  1 of those unfinished matches came against Clement Homs who is 7-1 on the year after returning from a knee injury.

Texas has a shot at 1, 3, and 6 but I like Andrew Harris, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa at 2, 4, and 5 to give OU the 4 points it needs.  If Texas were to take the doubles point meaning OU would need 4 singles wins then I'd take Alvarez at #1 for the 4th point.   Prediction:  Oklahoma 4-1


Big 10:

#4 [1] Illinois (23-4) vs. #30 [4] Northwestern (20-8) - 1pm est - Illinois won the regular season meeting at home 5-2 in a match where Northwestern took the doubles point before Illinois won at 1 through 5 singles despite playing without Farris Gosea.

Regular Season Result:

#6 Illinois 5, Northwestern 2
Feb 19, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #96 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
2. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #64 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-1, 6-3
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-4, 6-3
4. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #11 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 8-3
2. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 8-5
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 8-3
Match Notes
Northwestern 6-5
Illinois 9-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,3,2,4,1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1.  #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04)
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73)
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68)
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43)
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) vs. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88)
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) 

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #58 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU)
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU)
3. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU)

Illinois is definitely the heavy favorite playing at home and I think they'll pull through with relative ease by taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from Farris Gosea, Aron Hiltzik, and Aleks Vukic.  Northwestern's only chance at pulling the stunner would be by taking the doubles point and getting wins at 1, 3, and 6. Prediction: Illinois 4-0


#12 [2] Ohio State (24-7) vs. #23 [3] Minnesota (20-6) - 1pm est - Ohio State won the regular season meeting in Columbus 4-2 though it was a very tight match.  Ohio State won the deciding court in doubles in a tiebreak before winning 3 straight set matches at 2, 4, and 6 with Minnesota winning at 1 and the other match going to a 3rd set. Minnesota is coming off a huge weekend that saw the Gophers beat both Illinois and Northwestern 4-3 in matches that came down a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match. Ohio State has won 8 in a row since it went down to Illinois back on March 29th though the competition in those 8 matches wasn't the toughest (except Minnesota).

Regular Season Result:

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) vs. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10)
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48)
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) vs. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56)
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) vs. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.92) 
Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. #56 Mathiew Froment/Hamburg (MINN)
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) 
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN)

Ohio State is 25-6 in doubles while Minnesota is 22-4 with the Gophers have taken the point in 6 straight matches since dropping it to Ohio State on April 3rd.  The doubles point is a must for Minnesota if they are to win this one.  

Leandro Toledo has won 9 of 11 but those 2 losses came in his last 3 matches while Chris Diaz has won 9 straight though none have come against ranked opposition.  Diaz is 0-6 against ranked opponents in dual-match play while Toledo is 6-7. Matic Spec is riding a 13-match winning streak while Mikael Torpegaard has split his last 8 matches. Herkko Pollanen has won his last 4 while Felix Corwin has won 11 of 13 including the clincher win over Northwestern's Logan Staggs 7-6 in the 3rd.  Hunter Callahan has won 4 straight and 6 of 7 while Ruben Weber has lost 4 of 6 though he did win yesterday against Michigan's Alex Knight.  Kevin Metka has won 2 straight though 5 of his last 8 matches went unfinished while Jack Hamburg has won 4 straight including a resounding 6-4, 6-4 win last weekend over Illinois's Aleks Vukic.  Metka and Hamburg split sets in the first meeting.  Ralf Steinbach has won 4 straight and 8 of 9 while Mathieu Froment has won 4 of 5 including the match clincher against Illinois's Blake Bazarnik.  Steinbach won the first meeting 6-1, 6-3.

I think Minnesota gets the doubles point this time and also gets wins from Toledo and Spec at 1 and 2 but I look for Ohio State to win at 3, 4, 5, and 6 with Metka and Hamburg probably the last match on.  Prediction: Ohio State 4-3


Pac 12:

#26 [1] Stanford (17-5) vs. #8 [2] USC (21-4) - 8pm est/5pm pst - These two split the regular season meetings with USC winning 6-1 at home back in February in a non-conference match and Stanford winning 4-3 at home just 2 weeks ago.

Regular Season Results:

#36 Stanford 4, #5 USC 3
April 11, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
Doubles
1) No. 36 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) vs. Crystal/Quiroz (USC) abandoned
2) Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) d. Johnson/Wang (USC) 6-2
3) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2 
Singles
1) #41 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.32) d. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
2) #100 John Morrissey (STAN 13.95) d. #19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3
3) #123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) d. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4) #33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) d. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.18) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5) #75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) d. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) 6-4, 6-4
6) David Hsu (STAN 13.81) d. #86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, 2

#1 USC 6, #37 Stanford 1
Feb 27, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles
(1) Morrissey/Stineman (Stan.) def. #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 6-3
(2) #30 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (Stan.) - 5-4 susp.
(3) Paige/Wilczynski (Stan.) def. Crystal/Wang (USC) - 7-5
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3
Singles
(1) #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (Stan 14.14) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.44) def. John Morrissey (Stan 14.10) - 6-4, 6-4*
(3) Eric Johnson (USC 13.97) def. David Wilczynski (Stan 13.86) - 6-3, 6-1
(4) #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Maciek Romanowicz (Stan 13.31) - 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
(5) #72 Max de Vroome (USC 14.14) def. Nolan Paige (Stan 13.32) - 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1
(6) #45 Nick Crystal (USC 13.93) def. David Hsu (Stan 13.95) - 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 2*, 5, 4


Projected Doubles Lineup w W-L in ( ):
1. #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN 13-3) vs. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC 13-4)
2. #83 Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 9-2) vs. de Vroome/Johnson (USC 8-4) 
3. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN 10-2) vs. Crystal/Wang (USC 0-2)

Doubles Records:
Stanford: 19-3
USC: 15-10

Outside of Baylor I don't think there's been a better doubles team than Stanford with the Cardinal 19-3 on the year including wins over USC in each of the first two meetings.  USC had dropped the doubles point 3 straight times until they blew out UCLA yesterday which came as a bit of a surprise. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69)
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) vs. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33)
3. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) vs. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46)
4. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23) vs. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24)
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) vs. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18)
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) vs. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) 

Dual-match singles records:
1. Fawcett 13-5 vs. Hanfmann 9-7
2. Morrissey 15-5 vs. Johnson 18-2
3. Wilczynski 12-7 vs. Quiroz 14-4
4. Stineman 9-5 vs. Wang 15-3
5. Paige 11-7 vs. de Vroome 17-2
6. Hsu 11-4 vs. Crystal 16-2

Stanford may be the #1 seed but USC has to be considered the favorite. I like Stanford in doubles and Tom Fawcett at #1 but I like USC everywhere else.  Stanford's best path to a win would be the same as their last match against USC - doubles, 1, 2, and 6 singles however USC has shuffled 2 and 3 and I think that could be the difference. Prediction: USC 4-2


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What a day of tennis in Waco - 2 semifinal matches played simultaneously on adjacent courts with both coming down to a 3rd set tiebreak to decide it and they both finished within seconds of each other.

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"The mistake that you can make is when you start scoreboard watching and paying attention to stuff like that. You've got to get to four points. We got to three relatively quickly but we just couldn't seem to find that fourth one and that's tennis. You've got to stay focused and keep pushing. I thought TCU really took the momentum there from us for a while and just really played an exceptional level of tennis." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"I know they're excited to see us in the final. They just love beating us so we're going to go out and give it another shot and see if we can get over the line." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final tomorrow.

TCU recap


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

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

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

#2 Baylor 4, #6 TCU 3
Apr 25, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) def. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.97) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36) def. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) 6-4, 7-5
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98) 6-3, 6-3
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07) def. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 6-4
2. #29 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #53 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Baylor 20-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
Big 12 Conference Tournament Semifinal
T-3:10



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

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

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

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

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

Oklahoma recap

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

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

Texas recap

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

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

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

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 Texas 3
04/25/15 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) def. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.88) 6-4, 7-5
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.99) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 14.02) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-3, 7-5
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.72) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.35) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #14 Soren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 6-4
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Oklahoma 22-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,1,5,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Semifinal
T-3:11


PAC  12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#8 USC 4, #26 Stanford 3
April 25, 2015 - Libbey Park (Ojai, Calif.)
Doubles
(1) #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) def. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 8-6
(2) #83 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 8-5
(3) Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 8-2
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles
1 #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69) 2-6,6-1,6-2
2 #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33) def. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) 6-2,4-6,6-2
3 #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4 #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) 6-2, 6-2
5 David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) 7-5, 6-4
6 #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.17) 7-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 3, 5, 1, 6, 2*
2015 PAC-12 TOURNAMENT (Ojai, Calif.) - CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH




ACC

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

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

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



Virginia recap

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

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

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

North Carolina recap

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


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

Wake Forest recap
Georgia Tech recap

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

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


Big 10

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

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

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

Illinois recap

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




Northwestern recap

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


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

Ohio State recap
Minnesota recap

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


Other Conference Tournaments:

WCC:

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

San Diego recap

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

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

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

Pepperdine recap

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

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

[5] TCU (21-7) vs. [49-64] Marist (15-7) - Friday 6pm - #6 TCU got in as an at-large after falling to #2 Baylor 4-3 in the Big 12 Semifinals while Marist is back in the NCAAs for the 3rd year in a row after beating Monmouth 4-2 in the MAAC Championship. 

Doubles Records: TCU 14-11, Marist 13-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, Marist 71

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 1st.  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. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) vs. Justin Chanthalangsy (MAR 11.65)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.00) vs. Rudy Kurz (MAR 12.36)
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.33) vs. Fredrik Bjerke (MAR 11.98)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) vs. Joseph Dube (MAR 11.88)
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.10) vs. Matteo Guidice (MAR 11.87)
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.40) vs. Jan Dernic (MAR 11.16)

Not much analysis needed here - TCU takes the doubles point and picks up wins from Chappell, Norrie, and Stein. Prediction: TCU 4-0 


[17-32] Tulsa (17-12) vs. [33-48] North Carolina State (17-11) - Friday 3pm - Both teams got in as at-large selections after #37 NC State lost 4-2 to #27 Florida State in the opening round of the ACC Tournament while #30 Tulsa was blanked by #18 South Florida in the AAC Championship Finals.  NC State was without Simon Norenius for the FSU match due to a back injury that forced him to retire in the Pack's regular season finale against Notre Dame on April 18th. Both teams had the highest highs and the lowest lows.  Tulsa beat #8 USC and #11 Ohio State yet lost to #43 Tulane and #65 Washington.  NC State beat #12 Wake Forest yet lost to #48 South Carolina.  NC State lost 8 matches by a 4-3 score including one against #15 Virginia Tech where the Pack's Nick Horton led 5-2 in the 3rd in what would have been the deciding match. 

Doubles Records: Tulsa 15-13, NC State 18-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Tulsa 79, NC State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #27 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.87)  vs. #69 Robbie Mudge (NCST 13.89)
2. #87 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.80) vs. Beck Bond (NCST 13.68) 
3. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.84)  vs. #110 Simon Norenius (NCST 13.76)
4. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.24) vs. #93 Austin Powell (NCST 13.60) 
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.63) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.53) 
6. Carlos Bautista (TU 13.03)  vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.43) 
Others who could play: Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.66), Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.14)

Tulsa may be the higher seed but NC State is the stronger team top to bottom.  Tulsa's 3, 4, and 5 combined to go 24-31 in dual match play while NC State's 3, 4, and 5 went 44-27. All of NC State's starting 6 recorded at least 14 dual-match wins while none of Tulsa's did. In my opinion Tulsa's only chance is to take the doubles point and then take 1, 2, and 6 singles.  However I think NC State takes the doubles point and then gets wins from Norenius, Powell, and Weigel to send the Pack on to the next round. Prediction: NC State 4-1  



Wake Forest Regional
Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Winston-Salem, NC

[12] Wake Forest (22-7) vs. [49-64] George Washington (13-12)  - Friday 3pm - GW got the the Atlantic 10's automatic bid after defeating VCU 4-2 while Wake Forest came up just short losing 4-2 to #3 Virginia in the ACC Championship.  George Washington tied UW Green Bay for the worst doubles winning percentage of all the teams that made the NCAA Tournament.  

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 21-7, GW 11-14
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, GW 76

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF 15.20) vs. Francisco Dias (GW 13.38) 
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.63) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW 13.15) 
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.34) vs. Chris Fletcher (GW 11.96) 
4. #106 Jon Ho (WF 13.81) vs. Christos Hadjigeorgiou (GW 11.97) 
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.72)  vs. Chris Reynolds (GW 12.08)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW 13.17)
Others who could play: Maksim Kan (WF 13.26), Cahit Kapukiran (GW 12.48) 

The Demon Deacons will be off the court well before sundown as they'll take the doubles point and then pick up singles wins from Noah Rubin, Jon Ho, and Christian Seraphim.  Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0


[17-32] Florida (14-8) vs. [33-48] Pepperdine (17-9) - Friday 12pm - Both teams got in as at-large selections after #22 Florida lost 4-3 to #20 Mississippi State in the SEC quarterfinals while #39 Pepperdine lost 4-1 to #21 San Diego in the finals of the WCC Championship.  Neither team excelled in doubles with Pepperdine at .500 while Florida is just 2 over.  Florida went 5-8 against top 30 opponents while Pepperdine went 0-5.

Doubles Records: Florida 12-10, Pepperdine 13-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Florida 83, Pepperdine 78

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #63 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (PEPP 13.39)
2. Elliott Orkin (UF 14.19) vs. Rakshay Thakkar (PEPP 13.05)
3. Gordon Watson (UF 13.77) vs. Stefan Menichella (PEPP 13.27)
4. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.78) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEPP 13.02)
5. #102 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.53) vs. Luca Marquard (PEPP 12.59)
6. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.20) vs. Lautaro Pane (PEPP 12.99)
Others who could play: Jordan Belga (UF 13.04), Tom Hill (PEPP 12.19)

Pepperdine will be coming across the country to play this match with it starting at 9am pacific time so we'll see how awake they are for the doubles point. Pepperdine's strongest spot in singles is #6 with the Waves going 17-2 in dual match play while #6 was one of Florida's weaker spot with the Gators going just 6-10.  Both teams had losing records at #1 with Pepperdine going 8-10 and Florida 5-9.  Of course one thing you have to take into consideration is each's strength of schedule - Florida only played 3 matches against unranked teams while Pepperdine played 10 unranked teams.  I like Florida in doubles and then look for Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Maxx Lipman to pick up wins in singles. Pepperdine's best chances at winning are at 3, 4, and 6 and it wouldn't surprise me if they won 1 or 2 of those courts.  Prediction: Florida 4-1












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