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Well that didn't take long - on the first weekend of the season a pair of Top 15 teams got upset as unranked Kentucky went into Durham and beat #13 Duke 4-3 and #62 Washington rebounded from a Friday loss to UCSB and knocked off #12 Texas by a 4-3 score. As I mentioned when the preseason rankings came out a week ago, the rankings didn't really take into account the number of starters that some teams lost and thus ranked a few of them way too high. Both Texas and Duke fell into that category because each team had to replace 4 starters and most of the replacements were freshman.

Anyway back to the day's events starting first in Durham. Duke and Kentucky battled it out in doubles with all 3 matches going back and forth. Kentucky went up an early double break at #1 and led 3-0 but Duke would claw back and end up taking it in a tiebreak. Duke had the break lead at #2 but lost it only to break late and take it 7-5. Duke also had the early break lead at #3 but Kentucky came back to forth a tiebreak which Duke ultimately won.

4 of the 6 singles matches finished in straight sets as Kentucky's William Bushamuka, Ryotaro Matsumura, and Nils Ellefsen swept the top 3 spots while Duke's Adrian Chamdani won at #6. Kentucky had a 3-2 lead and just needed 1 of the final 2 courts but it wasn't look good for them on either. Duke's Catalin Mateas led Kentucky's Trey Yates 4-1 in the 3rd at #4 and Duke's Josh Levine was serving for the match at #5 leading Kentucky's Enzo Wallart 5-3 in the 3rd. Wallart wouldn't go away and would break back and push the match to a tiebreak. Levine took the first point in the tiebreak but Wallart took the next 7 to clinch the win for Kentucky. Duke's Mateas would close out Yates after Kentucky had already officially won it to make the final score 4-3. For a full blow-by-blow read Duke's extremely detailed recap.

Note: Kentucky won despite playing without Beck Pennington who started 22 matches last season at #1 singles (11-9)

Kentucky 4, #13 Duke 3
Jan 17, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #79 William Bushamuka (UK 13.95) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.53/20%) def. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) 6-1, 6-4
3. #117 Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.06) def. Vincent Lin (DU 13.46) 6-2, 6-2
4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.62) def. Trey Yates (UK 13.19) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
5. Enzo Wallart (UK 13.02) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.74) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1)
6. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) def. Austin Hussey (UK 12.92) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) def. Nils Ellefsen/Kevin Lai (UK) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Josh Levine/Ryan Dickerson (DU) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-5
3. Catalin Mateas/TJ Pura (DU) def. William Bushamuka/Charles Minc (UK) 7-6 (7)
Match Notes:
Kentucky 3-0
Duke 1-1; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,2,1,5,4)
T-3:08 A-278

A slew of post-match quotes from Kentucky's recap
"A very good win for us in the beginning stage of the year, said head coach Cedric Kauffman. "Beating this team on the road with three freshmen and two sophomores in the lineup after losing the doubles shows that we have come a long way from last year. The upperclassman are improving and this freshman class is the best in the country. We left a lot on the table in the doubles. We didn't close out some opportunities that we had. We will go over it this week. It was great to get Charles [Minc] back on the court. I can't wait for him to be at 100-percent and playing well.

"What a great team effort today by the guys, assistant coach Matt Emery said. "I thought we left a point on the board in the doubles. But what a great job our guys did of bouncing back and winning or being in a position to win at every spot in singles."

"A great win for us on the road and an amazing feeling to upset such a talented team, Ellefsen said following the match. "We should have closed out the doubles point as well, but we fought back in singles to win the match. So proud of the guys for today's effort.

"I though that as a team everyone gave it their all, especially the freshman in their first win against a ranked team, Bushamukasaid. "Enzo [Wallart] I thought was the man of the match, clinching for us in the third. Even though we just beat a top-15 team, we need to get back to work on Tuesday. I'm very proud of the team though.

"I'm very happy that we beat a top-15 team in Duke today, Matsumura said. "I knew we could do it. I think I did well in my first match against a ranked player. I have some goals for my next match, wanting to improve on my serve and overhead. Too many errors, but I am looking forward to beating Michigan next.

"I was really proud of William today, Emery continued. "This is a benchmark win for him, and we know it's only the beginning for him.  He was the tougher player on Court #1 today. I also can't say enough about the two freshman, Ryotaro and Enzo, today. They showed tremendous guts and poise for freshmen playing in their first big match on the road. They are two of the best freshmen in the country, and they proved that today."

"I'm very proud of the team today, Wallart said following the win. "After losing all three doubles very closely, we went back out there and gave everything we had. It was an incredible feeling winning 7-6 in the third and bringing the fourth point to the team for the win, especially in my second college match. We're ready for the season.

Post-match comments from Duke's recap:
We did some good things and fought hard, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "We had a couple courts where I thought we did a lot of really, really good things. We're a couple points away from winning that match and feeling great. Overall, we made some progress this week. We certainly have some work to do. The doubles point was obviously extremely intense, Smith said. "There were a lot of pressure situations on all three courts and we were able to come through. That was a big positive. Kentucky bounced back extremely well.

"Adrian was very impressive today, Smith said. "He didn't play the first match and wasn't in the lineup to begin with. He got in and played a guy who made a lot of balls. Adrian stepped up. I was encouraged with him.

"I thought Catalin looked very comfortable out there, Smith added. "I wish it had come down to him. Josh has won so many big matches for us and lost a tough one today. I have full confidence that Josh is going to win that match the majority of the time. From a freshman standpoint, I thought it was a great weekend.

It was a crazy weekend of tennis in Seattle - on Friday night #54 UCSB knocked off #62 Washington 4-3, then on Saturday #12 Texas beat #54 UCSB 6-1, and then finally today #62 Washington knocks off #12 Texas 4-3 - go figure. 

Texas didn't have any issues in doubles and claimed the point with wins at #1 and #2 but Washington turned things around in singles. Washington's Mitch Stewart, Gal Hakak, Enzo Sommer, and Sebastian Hawken each took first sets and it didn't take long for Stewart, Hakak, and Hawken to finish their matches off in straight sets. Washington was now up 3-1 but Texas trimmed it to 3-2 with a straight set win from Julain Zlobinsky at #6 but a short while later freshman Enzo Sommer closed the door on Texas by defeating #114 Michael Riechmann 7-5, 6-4. Texas's Adrian Ortiz beat Washington's Jake Douglas in the remaining match to make the final 4-3.

#62 Washington 4, #12 Texas 3
Jan 17, 2016 at Seattle, WA. (Nordstrom Tennis Center)
Doubles competition 
1 Adrian Ortiz/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Piers Foley/Enzo Sommer (UW), 6-4
2 George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Jake Douglas/Wendell Watanabe (UW), 6-2
3 Colin Markes/Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Kawika Lam/Mitch Stewart (UW), 5-4, susp.
Singles competition 
1 #84 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.89) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65), 6-3, 6-2
2 #122 Gal Hakak (UW 13.34) def. #94 Harrison Scott (UT 13.44), 6-3, 6-3
3 Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.61) def. #121 Jake Douglas (UW 13.26), 7-6, 7-5
4 Enzo Sommer (UW 13.49) def. #114 Michael Riechmann (UT 12.95), 7-5, 6-4
5 Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.56) def. John Mee (UT 13.40), 6-3, 6-2
6 Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.76) def. Piers Foley (UW 12.37), 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes
Washington 3-1
Texas 3-1; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,2,6,4,3)

Comments from Washington recap
"Today was great, it was a very close match like we had Friday night, said head coach Matt Anger. "I was really surprised all matches were straight sets, usually in a close match like that matches are going to go to three sets but it just seemed to work out that way today. Within all of those matches however it was still really close.  We were able to play a lot of freshmen today, and even two sophomores, said Anger. "So it was just a great win for the team, and also a lot of fun for those guys to get that great experience.

Comments from Texas recap
"I give credit to Washington," said UT head coach Michael Center. "They played very well. We were not quite as sharp in some areas today, and we were exploited. Once again, I was pleased with our doubles. The guys played hard, but we still have a lot of room for improvement."

Northwestern won its season opener on the road by blanking #36 Louisville 4-0. The only real suspense came during the doubles point which was decided in a tiebreak at #2. Northwestern won 9 of the 10 completed sets and was ahead in the other 3 when play was halted due to the clinch. Northwestern had to get back home to play Chicago State at 7pm central so that's why they cut bait and took off.

Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma had some nice things to say about the Northwestern team - read below.

#26 Northwestern 4, #36 Louisville 0
Jan 17, 2016 at Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Konrad Zieba (NW 14.22) vs. #108 Alex Gornet (LOU 13.11) 6-1, 5-3, unf
2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NW 13.71) def. Jeffrey Brown (LOU 13.02) 6-0, 6-3
3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NW 13.93) def. Sean Donohue (LOU 12.42) 6-1, 6-2
4. Fedor Baev (NW 13.00) vs. Brandon Lancaster (LOU 13.08) 2-6, 6-1, 4-1, unf
5. Alp Horoz (NW 13.04) vs. Courtney Lock (LOU 11.97) 6-3, 4-3, unf
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NW 12.87) def. Christian Haushammer (LOU 12.22) 7-6 (2), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #52 Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NW) def. #57 Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-3
2. Sam Shropshire/Konrad Zieba (NW) def. Haushammer/Lancaster (LOU) 7-6 (3)
3. Courtney Lock/George Hedley (LOU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NW) 6-4
Match Notes:
Northwestern 1-0; National ranking #26
Louisville Men's Tennis 2-1; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,6)
T-2:12 A-102

Comments from Louisville's recap
Friday, 22 January 2016 11:30

Men's Kick-Off Weekend Regional Previews

There will be 15 men's regionals taking place this weekend with 2 of the 15 getting started on Friday. I'll start off by previewing the USC and Illinois Regionals since they both start on Friday and I'll work my through all 15 of them by Friday evening. Keep checking back for updates since I'll just be adding on to this post. FYI, the numbers beside the school name are each player's current Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) as of 1/20/16. 

USC Regional (Fri/Sat) - Marks Stadium (no live scoring due to construction)

#57 UC Davis [4] at #8 USC [1]  4pm est/1pm pst  USC Twitter - This will be the dual-match opener for USC with the Trojans expected to start at least 3 freshmen while UC Davis kicked off its season on Wednesday with a 4-0 loss at #18 Stanford. The Aggies return all 6 starters from last year's team including its top player #38 Alec Adamson who had a tremendous fall winning four matches over ranked opponents. I don't foresee UC Davis getting on the board in this one with USC just too strong top to bottom. Prediction: USC 4-0 (Result: USC 7-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #115 Max De Vroome (USC 13.97) vs. #38 Alec Adamson (UCD 13.17)
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.07) vs. James Wade (UCD 12.89)
3. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.71) vs. Brett Bacharach (UCD 12.31)
4. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.75) vs. Bryce McKelvie (UCD 12.69)
5. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.45) vs. Everett Maltby (UCD 12.32)
6. Thibault Forget (USC 13.12) vs. Eli Whittle (UCD 12.22)
B: Jack Jaede (USC 13.36) & Rob Bellamy (USC 13.33), Jesse Ross (UCD 12.12)

#33 Pepperdine [2] vs. #37 Tulane [3] 1pm est/10am pst  Pepp/Tul Twitter - Tulane opened up its season last Saturday by posting a pair of 7-0 shutouts over Jackson State while this will be Pepperdine's dual-match opener. Pepperdine will be playing without its #1 Guilherme Hadlich (13.63) so that obviously won't help its cause. Tulane has the ITA #1 Dominik Koepfer anchoring its lineup so I'm sure that's at least one point that the Green Waves are banking on. I also like Sebastian Rey and Chi-Shan Jao at #4 and #6 and I think Tulane will pull out the doubles point as well. Pepperdine will have the edge at #3 and #5 and #2 may be the most even matchup on the board.  Prediction: Tulane 4-2 (Result: Tulane 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Stefan Menichella (Pepp 13.61) vs. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TU 14.26)
2. Pedro Iamachkine (Pepp 13.32) vs. #63 Constantin Schmitz (TU 13.67)
3. Lautara Pane (Pepp 13.18) vs. Alex Van Cott (TU 12.88)
4. Gabriel Sidney (Pepp 13.05) vs. #111 Sebastian Rey (TU 13.65)
5. Tom Hill (Pepp 12.31) vs. Nikolas Walterscheid-Tukic (TU 11.68)
6. Jack Van Slyke (Pepp 12.97) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TU 13.47)
B: Guilherme Galvao (Pepp 10.38)/Tyler Schick (TU 13.09)

Regional Final - USC def. Tulane 4-3 -
I think Tulane has the weapons to go toe-to-toe with USC and if they take the doubles point they could have a real shot at pulling the stunner. I'll say USC pulls it out but I won't be stunned if Tulane wins. (Result: USC 4-3)

Illinois Regional (Fri/Sat) - Atkins TC - Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

#25 Northwestern [2] vs. #24 Tulsa [3]  3pm est/2pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - Northwestern opened up its season by going on the road and shutting out #37 Louisville while Tulsa had a come from behind 4-3 win over #27 Cal last Friday night. Tulsa always seems to shuffle its lineup around so I wouldn't be surprised to see someone pulled like maybe McCloskey or Kirby. I like Shropshire and Kirchheimer at #2 and #3 but I think Ram-Harel will pull the mild upset at #1. I'll also take Tulsa in doubles and at #5 and #6. Prediction: Tulsa 4-3 (Result: NW 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.22) vs. #51 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.88)
2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.71) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 13.33)
3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.94) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.79)
4. Fedor Baev (NU 13.00) vs. Majed Kilani (TU 13.51)
5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.04) vs. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.71)
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.87) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.36)
B: Mihir Kumar (NU 12.84)/Francois Kellerman (TU 12.98)

#36 Notre Dame [4] at #7 Illinois [1] 7pm est/6pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - Notre Dame opened its season last weekend by beating Michigan State 6-1 and Detroit 7-0 while this will be Illinois's dual-match season opener after playing some tough competition last week at the Three Oaks Shootout (TCU/South Florida/Miss St). The Illini's recipe for success this year will be to clean up at the top of the lineup and I think that's what they'll be able to do against the Irish. I think Notre Dame takes the doubles point but Vukic, J Hiltzik, A Hiltzik, and Alex Jesse win in singles for Illinois. Prediction: Illinois 4-1 (Result: Illinois 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) vs. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.83)
2. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.67)
3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64) vs. Alex Lawson (ND 13.45)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.20) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.28)
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.06) vs. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.06)
6. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.92) vs. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.87)
B: Brian Page (ILL 12.55)/Kenny Sabacinski (ND 12.98)

Regional Final - Illinois def. Tulsa 4-1 - The Illini will get it done at 1 through 4 while Tulsa takes the doubles point and leads at 5 and #6. (Result: Illinois 4-0)

Oklahoma Regional (Sat/Sun) - Headington Family TC - Norman, Oklahoma

Utah State [4] at #2 Oklahoma [1] 3pm est/2pm cst - Live Scoring - Utah State dropped a pair last weekend to Iowa and Drake while most of Oklahoma's team went to Atlanta for the MLK Invitational. Oklahoma will roll to an easy win in this one. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0 (Result: Oklahoma 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.71) vs. Jaime Barajas (USU 12.50)
2. Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) vs. Jonas Maier (USU 11.26)
3. Spencer Papa (OU 14.01) vs. Jack Swindells (USU 12.49)
4. #92 Alex Ghiela (OU 14.17) vs. Daniel Echeverry (USU 11.96)
5. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.71) vs. Samuel Serrano (USU 11.72)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.70) vs. Luis Lopez (USU 11.59)
B. Maxime Mora (OU 13.50)/Romai Ugarte (USU 12.28)

#66 UTSA [2] vs. #64 Troy [3] 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring - Troy opened up its season by going on the road to play #37 Louisville, #21 Florida, and #17 Ole Miss and lost all 3 with its #1 Hassan Ndayishimye sitting out due an injury. UTSA opened up its season last Sunday and lost at Texas A&M 6-1. If Ndayishimye wasn't able to go last week he probably won't be able to play this week so I'd expect to see everyone else slide up a spot with Belcora playing at #6. Troy was competitive in each of its losses and I think they have a stronger lineup top to bottom. I'll take Troy in doubles and at #2, #3, and #6 singles. Prediction: Troy 4-0 (Result: Troy 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Diogo Casa (UTSA 12.42) vs. Hassan Ndayishimye (Troy 13.94)
2. Jake Rother (UTSA 11.73) vs. Daniel Bustamante (Troy 12.51)
3. Christian Carrillo (UTSA 11.27) vs. Andy Lau (Troy 12.20)
4. Eric Buchwalter (UTSA 10.02) vs. Giovani Samaha (Troy 13.03)
5. Mark Ginting (UTSA 11.81) vs. Filip Mansson (Troy 12.22)
6. Takeru Watanabe (UTSA 10.61) vs. Pablo Moreno (Troy 12.86)
B: Joao Riquelme (UTSA 11.86)/Mustapha Belcora (Troy 13.26)

Regional Final - Oklahoma def. Troy 4-0 - This weekend will be a walk in the park for OU with none of its opponents having the weapons to pose any kind of threat. (Result: Oklahoma 4-0)

UCLA Regional (Sat/Sun) - LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, California

#62 New Mexico [2] vs. #42 Georgia Tech [3]
12pm est/9am pst  Live Scoring - The Ramblin' Wreck opened up its season with a 4-3 win over East Tennessee State and a 6-1 win over Presbyterian while the Lobos went 1-5 last weekend dropping 2 matches to Texas Tech and Arizona while splitting with Pacific. New Mexico head coach Bart Scott has to find a way to get his guys refocused because Georgia Tech is a better team than Arizona and Pacific. I like New Mexico in doubles but I look for Georgia Tech to sweep the top 4 spots in the singles lineup with freshman Andrew Li the first to finish. Prediction: Georgia Tech 4-1 (Result: Georgia Tech 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:

1. #6 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.84) vs. Hayden Sabatka (NM 13.10)
2. Carlos Benito (GT 13.33) vs. Bart Van Leijsen (NM 12.67)
3. Michael Kay (GT 13.44) vs. Jorge Escutia (NM 12.69)
4. Andrew Li (GT 12.87) vs. Rodolfo Jauregui (NM 11.95)
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 12.83) vs. Augustus Ge (NM 12.29)
6. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.39) vs. Ricky Hernandez Tong (NM 12.45)
B. Daniel Yun (GT 12.41)/Michael Tran (NM 11.93)

#46 SMU [4] at #12 UCLA [1] 3pm est/12pm pst  Live Scoring - UCLA opened up its season on Wednesday with a 7-0 thrashing of #65 San Francisco in a match where Billy Martin earned career win #500. This will be SMU's season opener after the Mustangs had a few guys really light it up during the fall - most namely Nate Lammons and Hunter Johnson. I think this could be SMU's best year in quite some time but beating UCLA in LA is another story. I like UCLA in every spot and would still like them in every spot even if Mackenzie McDonald didn't play which he didn't on Wednesday against San Fran. Prediction: UCLA 4-0 (Result: UCLA 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.97) vs. #44 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.84)
2. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.81) vs. #32 Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.28)
3. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93) vs Markus Kerner (SMU 12.85)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.06) vs Samm Butler (SMU 13.77)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.98)
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.24) vs. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU 12.94)
B. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.29)/Yates Johnson (SMU 13.11)

Regional Final - UCLA def. Georgia Tech 4-0 - Georgia Tech is better than its ranking but it's not good enough to hang with UCLA. Bruins take the doubles point and gets wins from Redlicki, Brymer, and Staggs. (Result: UCLA 4-0)

Baylor Regional (Sat/Sun) - Hurd Tennis Center - Waco, Texas

#70 UC Irvine [4] at #4 Baylor [1] 1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video - The Anteaters opened up its spring schedule with a tough 4-1 loss at #19 San Diego in a match where virtually every court was hotly contested. This will be Baylor's dual-match opener after most of the team went to California last week for the Sherwood Cup with Julian Lenz winning the singles title and Will Little and Jimmy Bendeck finishing as runner-up in doubles. Irvine may keep a few courts close but Baylor is too strong to really be pushed. Bears take the doubles point and get wins from Lenz, Rios, and Little. Prediction: Baylor 4-0 (Result: Baylor 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Julian Lenz (BU 14.62) vs. #119 Sebastian Heim (UCI 13.55)
2. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.82) vs. Nico Mertens (UCI 13.10)
3. Vince Schneider (BU 13.78) vs. Tyler Pham (UCI 12.97)
4. Felipe Rios (BU 14.29) vs. Luca Marquard (UCI 12.84)
5. Will Little (BU 13.65) vs. Justin Agbayani (UCI 11.99)
6. Tomas Charlos (BU 13.15) vs. Vatsal Bajpai (UCI 11.85)
B. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.31)/Jonathan Hammel (UCI 12.01)

#49 Oregon [2] vs. #56 Old Dominion [3]  4pm est/3pm cst  Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video - This will be the season opener for ODU while Oregon opened up with a pair of wins over Seattle and blanked #48 UC Santa Barbara 7-0. I think ODU has to win the doubles point to have a legitimate shot in this one because I'm booking Ws for Laurent, Stevens, and Clissold at 2, 3, and 5 for the Ducks. I'm going to take Oregon in doubles as well while Podvinski squeezes out a point for ODU at 6 with Moundir all square with Maasland and Maestre leading Amos. Prediction: Oregon 4-1 (Result: Oregon 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #113 Daan Maasland (ORE 13.91) vs. Adam Moundir (ODU 13.63)
2. Thomas Laurent (ORE 14.08) vs. Michael Weindl (ODU 12.62)
3. Simon Stevens (ORE 13.41) vs. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU 12.43)
4. Jayson Amos (ORE 13.14) vs. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU 13.27)
5. Cormac Clissold (ORE 13.32) vs. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU 12.58)
6. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE 12.25) vs. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU 12.69)
B. Bart Sawicki (ORE 12.19)/Theophile Lanthiez (ODU 11.97)

Regional Final: Baylor def. Oregon 4-0 - I'll take BU in doubles and at 3, 4, and 5 singles while Oregon pushes Baylor on the courts. (Result: Baylor 4-2)

Duke Regional (Sat/Sun) - Ambler Tennis Center - Durham, North Carolina

#19 San Diego [2] vs. #26 Vanderbilt [3] 9am est  Live Scoring - The Toreros opened up with a 4-1 win over #70 UC Irvine while the Commodores went 3-0 last weekend including a 6-1 win at Middle Tennessee State. San Diego just added UMBC transfer Jaan Kononov to the roster so they'll have 4 ranked singles players in the starting lineup. Danny Valent takes over at #1 for Vandy after Gonzalez Austin graduated and he'll definitely have his hands full against Uros Petronijevic. The doubles point is a toss-up but I like Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, Romain Kalaydjian, and Jaan Kononov in singles for USD. Prediction: San Diego 4-2 (Result: San Diego 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.05) vs. #64 Danny Valent (VU 13.97)
2. #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.99) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.21)
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.54) vs. Baker Newman (VU 13.10)
4. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.22) vs. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.68)
5. #58 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.61) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.27)
6. Josh Page (USD 12.79) vs. Ryan Smith (VU 12.83)
B. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.25)/Alex Ross (VU 12.44)

#27 California [4] at #23 Duke [1] 12pm est Live Scoring/Video $ - Both Duke and Cal suffered 4-3 losses last weekend with Duke falling at home to Kentucky while Cal lost to Tulsa despite leading 3-2 and being up 5-3 and 4-2 in the final sets at #2 and #6 singles. Cal has five ranked players while Duke will start freshmen at #3, #4, and #5. Duke is playing at home and it'll be indoors which will suit them better but I still think Cal is the stronger team and finds the 4 points it needs to pull the mild upset. I'll go with Lakat, Bergevi, Griffith and Wikberg for Cal. Prediction: Cal 4-2


Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) vs. #3 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.36)
2. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 13.89)
3. Vincent Lin (DU 13.45) vs. #86 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.94)
4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.63) vs. #39 Billy Griffith (CAL 13.77)
5. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) vs. #54 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.37)
6. Josh Levine (DU 12.73) vs. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.59)
B. Ryan Dickerson (DU 13.25)/Mads Engsted (CAL 13.14)

Regional Final - Cal def. San Diego 4-3 - This should be a good one (assuming both win or for that matter both lose) but I think Cal takes the doubles points and gets wins from Goransson, Bergevi, and Nishimura. 

Regional Final (Take 2) - Duke def. San Diego 4-3 - San Diego will be coming off a hard fought match with Vanderbilt while Duke will have an extra day of rest after getting the free pass from Cal courtesy of the horrible weather. I'm going to take Duke in doubles and Alvarez, Mateas, and Levine in singles while Angus, Vittek, and Kononov win for USD. After having originally picking Duke to lose in the opening round I now have them advancing to Charlottesville. (Result: San Diego 4-2)

TCU Regional (Sat/Sun) - Bayard H Friedman TC - Fort Worth, Texas

#28 Oklahoma State [2] vs. #32 Harvard [3] 2pm est/1pm cst  Live Scoring - Oklahoma State opened up by shutting out UNLV and Creighton plus they picked up a nice 4-0 win at #44 Memphis while Harvard squeezed past William & Mary 4-3 and then rocked Boston College 6-1. Both teams have new #1s this season after Denis Nguyen (Harvard) and Jakob Sude (Oklahoma State) graduated and both replacements are extremely solid. While these teams are only separated by 4 spots in the latest rankings I think Oklahoma State is a good bit stronger. I like the Pokes in doubles and Kadhe, Gerch, and Finzelberg in singles. Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-1 (Result: Oklahoma State 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Temur Ismailov (OSU 14.10) vs. #71 Nicholas Hu (HU 13.75)
2. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.64) vs. Brian Yeung (HU 13.13)
3. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.66) vs. Sebastian Beltrame (HU 13.19)
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.72) vs. Kenneth Tao (HU 13.24)
5. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.35) vs. Andrew Zhou (HU 13.33)
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.52) vs. Kelvin Lam (HU 12.61)
B. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.21)/Grant Solomon (HU 12.60)

#39 San Diego State [4] at #3 TCU [1] 5pm est/4pm cst  Live Scoring - The Aztecs won its dual-match opener 5-2 over UC Riverside while the Horned Frogs spent last weekend playing in the Three Oaks Shootout against Illinois, South Florida, and Mississippi State. This will be the dual-match debut for TCU's highly touted freshmen, Alex Rybakov and Eduardo Nava, and I think both will win if they get to finish. I like TCU in doubles and Norrie, Nunez, and Nava in singles. Prediction: TCU 4-0 (Result: TCU 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68) vs. #53 Fred Gelbrich (SDSU 13.76)
2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.63) vs. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU 13.71)
3. #24 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 14.31) vs. Marko Goles Babic (SDSU 13.37)
4. #73 Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.67) vs. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU 13.16)
5. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61) vs. Sander Andersen (SDSU 12.63)
6. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.05) vs. Jonas Meinzer (SDSU 11.97)
B. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.81)/Cornelius Kolb (SDSU 12.23)

Regional Final: TCU def. Oklahoma State 4-0 - Okie State may have the lead on a few courts but TCU rolls through them in the others - TCU takes doubles and gets singles wins from Norrie, Rybakov, and Nunez in singles.  (Result: TCU 4-3)

South Florida Regional (Sat/Sun) - USF Varsity TC - Tampa, Florida

#29 Mississippi State [2] vs. #30 LSU [3] 10am est Live Scoring - This will be the dual-match opener for these SEC rivals with both wanting to start off the season on the right foot. LSU returns 5 singles starters while State basically has an entirely new roster with 7 of its 9 players joining the team over the last 4 months. State went just 2-9 in doubles last weekend when playing against TCU, South Florida, and Illinois in the Three Oaks Shootout so I've got to take LSU to win the doubles point. I like Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic at 3 and 5 for State but I think a healthy Jordan Daigle wins at 1 and he'll be joined in the winner's circle by Boris Arias and Gabor Csonka. Prediction: LSU 4-2 (Result: LSU 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.81) vs. #22 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64)
2. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.77) vs. #78 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.42)
3. Nuno Borges (MSU 13.85) vs. Simon Freund (LSU 13.11)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.48) vs. Boris Arias (LSU 13.62)
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.70) vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.06)
6. Vaughn Hunter (MSU 12.97) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.20)
B. Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.99)/Tam Trinh (LSU 12.61)

#31 Florida State [4] at #13 South Florida [1] 2pm est Live Scoring - FSU went 3-0 last weekend with notable wins over #74 South Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast while this will be USF's dual-match opener after the Bulls joined Mississippi State, TCU and Illinois last weekend for the Three Oaks Shootout. The most interesting storyline in this one has to be USF's Dominic Cotrone playing against the school that he transferred away from two years ago. Cotrone played #1 for FSU during the 2013 and 2014 seasons then sat out last season after transferring. Coincidently his last dual-match at FSU was against South Florida. I think USF takes the doubles point and gets wins from Cid, Cotrone, and Gozun at 1, 2, and 3 while and Dougaz, Whitehurst, and Gracia win for FSU at 4, 5, and 6. Prediction: South Florida 4-3 (Result: South Florida 4-3)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #17 Roberto Cid (USF 14.41) vs. #15 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.13)
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) vs. #77 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.30)
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) vs. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.41)
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.23) vs. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.26)
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.36) vs. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 13.29)
6. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.48) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.31)
B. Peter Bertran (USF 13.11)/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 12.75)

Regional Final: South Florida def. LSU 4-1 - Bulls take the doubles point and gets wins from Cid, Cotrone, and Kalyuzhnyy while Csonka wins for LSU. (Result: South Florida 4-0)

Georgia Regional (Sat/Sun) - Dan Magill TC - Athens, Georgia

#37 Louisville [2] vs. #44 Memphis [3] 9am est  Live Scoring - Memphis dropped its opener 4-0 to #28 Oklahoma State while Louisville went 3-1 last weekend with a notable win over #64 Troy and a 4-0 loss to #25 Northwestern. Memphis is stronger at 1, 2, and 3 while Louisville has the edge down low. Since they are playing these matches at Georgia's 4-court indoor facility that means if Memphis takes care of business up top Louisville's bottom 2 won't get a chance to play. I'm going with Memphis in doubles and Watson, Peniston, and Lemke at 1, 2, and 3. If everyone got to play I'd probably have this as a 5-2 Memphis win. Prediction: Memphis 4-0 (Result: Memphis 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #108 Alex Gornet (UL 13.11) vs. Andrew Watson (UM 13.73)
2. Jeffrey Brown (UL 13.11) vs. #87 Ryan Peniston (UM 13.92)
3. Carlos Neto (UL 11.46/40%) vs. Kai Lemke (UM 13.33)
4. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (UL 12.98) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (UM 12.53)
5. Brandon Lancaster (UL 12.90) vs. Felix Rauch (UM 12.47)
6. Sean Donohue (UL 12.42) vs. Shakeel Manji (UM 12.34)
B. Courtney Lock (UL 11.97)/Matt Story (UM 12.51)

#48 UC Santa Barbara [4] at #6 Georgia [1] 1pm est  Live Scoring/Blog - This is the opener for Georgia while UCSB won at Washington last week before falling to Texas and Oregon. Georgia will roll at home taking the doubles point and getting wins from Smith, Monty, an Duncan. Prediction: Georgia 4-0 (Result: Georgia 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.34) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.39)
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.29) vs. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.12)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.88) vs. #81 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB 13.63)
4. #105 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.43) vs. Oliver Sec (UCSB 13.18)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.70) vs. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.70)
6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.22) vs. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.44)
B. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.27)/Miles Seemann (UCSB 12.39)

Regional Final: Georgia def. Memphis 4-0 - Dawgs take the doubles point and get wins from Smith, Monty, and Oosterbaan. (Result: Georgia 4-1)

North Carolina Regional (Sat/Sun) - Cone-Kenfield TC - Chapel Hill, NC

#35 Drake [2] vs. #40 North Carolina State [3] - 9:30am est Live Scoring - Drake opened up with a 5-2 win over then #70 Utah State while NC State rolled over Elon and the Citadel. Drake has the smaller margin of error of the two teams and needs the doubles point to have a shot. I think Drake takes the doubles point and gets wins from Gillespie and Stride at 2 and 5 but Norenius, Horton, Weigel, and Malshev win the other courts and NC State get the win. Prediction: NC State 4-3 (Result: NC State 4-2)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Ben Lott (DU 13.31) vs. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.33)
2. Bayo Phillips (DU 12.39) vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.51)
3. Vincent Gillespie (DU 13.42) vs. Ivan Saveljic (NCST 12.15)
4. Calum MacGeoch (DU 12.65) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.28)
5. Ben Stride (DU 12.67) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.45)
6. Ben Clark (DU 12.12) vs. Georgiy Malshev (NCST 12.94)
B. Tom Hands (DU 12.23)/Igor Saveljic (NCST 12.91)

#50 Indiana [4] at #10 North Carolina [1] - 12:30pm est Live Scoring/Video - North Carolina opened up with a pair of routine wins over Georgetown and North Carolina A&T while this will be IU's dual-match opener. Indiana should be better this year than last however they're not going to get past North Carolina. Heels take the doubles point and gets wins from Schneider, Clark and Kelly. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0 (Result: North Carolina 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.20) vs. #27 Sam Monette (IU 13.59)
2. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05) vs. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU 13.04)
3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. Racheel Manji (IU 13.38)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.63) vs. Antonio Cembellin (IU 13.00)
5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.82) vs. Matt McCoy (IU 12.73)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.13) vs. Elliott Yee (IU 12.64)
B. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15)/Afonso Salgado (IU 12.62)

Regional Final: North Carolina def. North Carolina State 4-0 - I don't see UNC dropping a set in this one as Schnur, Murray, and Kelly win in singles. (Result: North Carolina 4-2)

Texas Regional (Sat/Sun) - Weller Indoor TC - Austin, Texas

#21 Florida [4] at #20 Texas [1] 11am est/10 cst Live Scoring - Florida opened up with a weekend sweep of Troy and Stetson while Texas is coming off a tough 4-3 loss at Washington. Texas may be hosting this regional but I think Florida is going to be the team to beat. I like the Gators in doubles and Hidalgo, Perez, and Kessler in singles. I think Texas's best chance to get a court is if Ortiz can beat Perez Blanco before Florida clinches. Prediction: Florida 4-0 (Result: Florida 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. George Goldhoff (TX 13.64) vs. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95)
2. #94 Harrison Scott (TX 13.44) vs. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.94)
3. Rodrigo Banzer (TX 13.51) vs. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.56)
4. Adrian Ortiz (TX 13.58) vs. #62 Chase Perez Blanco (UF 13.84)
5. #114 Michael Riechmann (TX 12.96) vs #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.48)
6. John Mee (TX 13.44) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.71)
B. Julian Zlobinsky (TX 12.76)/Maxx Lipman (UF 13.10)

#17 Mississippi [2] vs. #15 Texas Tech [3] 2pm est/1pm cst Live Scoring - Texas Tech is coming off a sensational weekend that saw the Red Raiders go 6-0 against New Mexico, Arizona, and Pacific while Ole Miss opened up with a 6-1 win over Troy. Ole Miss is the higher seed but I think Texas Tech is the deeper team top to bottom. I think the Rebels get wins from Hansson and Kraljevic at 2 and 3 but Tech will take the doubles point and get wins from Soares, Cailleau, Thomson. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-2 (Texas Tech 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #36 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.02) vs. #8 Felipe Soares (TT 14.00)
2. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.73) vs. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.75)
3. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.60) vs. #33 Alex Sendegeya (TT 14.09)
4. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.90) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.20)
5. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.23)
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 12.83) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.71)
B. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.91)/Augusto Stodart (TT 13.22)

Regional Final: Texas Tech def. Florida 4-2 - Originally I was planning on going with Florida in this one but after looking up and down the lineup I see more courts that favor Texas Tech. I really like Cailleau and Thomson at 4 and 6 and I think Tech gets at least 1 of the top 2 so Florida would need the doubles point and the other 3 courts but I just think that's too tall an order. (Result: Texas Tech 4-3)

Ohio State Regional (Sat/Sun) - Varsity TC - Columbus, Ohio

#71 Wichita State [4] at #9 Ohio State [1] 10am est  Live Scoring/Video - Ohio State won a tripleheader on Wednesday over Xavier, Dayton, and Butler while this will be Wichita State's spring opener. Not much analysis needed here - Buckeyes roll and do it quickly. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0 (Result: Ohio State 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #7 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.32) vs. Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.14)
2. #10 Hugo DiFeo (OSU 14.13) vs. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.41)
3. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.88) vs. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.53)
4. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.59) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 11.96)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.78) vs. Haru Inoue (WSU 12.34)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.61) vs. Edward Stoica (WSU 12.10)
B. Matt Mendez (OSU 13.26)/Austin William (WSU 11.29)

#51 South Carolina [2] vs. #52 Denver [3] 2pm est - Live Scoring/Video - South Carolina handled Presbyterian and Winthrop last weekend while this will be Denver's season opener. South Carolina is hopeful that Gabriel Friedrich will return to the lineup after having surgery in November because without him everyone else will have to slide up a spot. Denver's Diogo Rocha had a nice fall and Henry Craig is a solid player but South Carolina should have enough to win this one. I'll take Fennell, Friedrich, Schafer, and Mayronne for the Gamecocks while Denver takes the doubles point. Prediction: South Carolina 4-1 (Result: Denver 4-3 - Friedrich didn't play)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #116 Alex Fennell (SC 13.12) vs. #45 Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.31)
2. Gabriel Friedrich (SC 13.92) vs. Henry Craig (DEN 13.56)
3. #65 Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.54) vs. David Fox (DEN 12.96)
4. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.39) vs. Yannik James (DEN 12.92)
5. Thomas Mayronne (SC 12.99) vs. Alex Gasson (DEN 12.94)
6. Sam Swank (SC 12.79) vs. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN 11.87)
B. Wood Benton (SC 12.55)/Zach Fryer (DEN 12.01)

Regional Final: Ohio State def. South Carolina 4-0 - The Buckeyes are better at every spot including doubles. (Result: Ohio State 4-0)

Texas A&M Regional (Sat/Sun) - Mitchell TC - College Station, TX

#65 San Francisco [2] vs. #59 Boise State [3] 1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring - Boise State opened up with wins over 3 lighter opponents while San Francisco beat Hawaii but lost to Utah and UCLA. Pretty even matchup with Mitchell favored at #1 but everything else is a near toss-up. Coin flip says Boise State wins a close one. Prediction: Boise State 4-2 (Result: Boise State 4-3)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Nils Skajaa (SF 12.62) vs. Toby Mitchell (BSU 13.19)
2. Thomas Takemoto (SF 12.65) vs. Kyle Butters (BSU 12.83)
3. Vaso Valverde (SF 12.63) vs. Brian Foley (BSU 12.33)
4. Ryan Marker (SF 12.54) vs. Abraham Hewko (BSU 12.47)
5. Ty Maguire (SF 11.95) vs. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.49)
6. Woravin Kumthonkittikul (SF 12.06) vs. Tillman Haynes (BSU 11.60)
B. Christian Brockstedt (SF 11.33) vs. Pedro Cavalcante (BSU 12.36)

#68 Fresno State [4] at #5 Texas A&M [1] - 4pm est/3pm cst Live Scoring/Video - This will be Fresno State's dual-match opener while Texas A&M beat up on Lamar and USTA last weekend. Aggies cruise to a shutout behind singles wins from Vinsant, Arconada, and Lunkin. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-0 (Result: Texas A&M 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.51) vs. Euan McIntosh (FS 12.96)
2. #29 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.03) vs. Nikolas Papic (FS 12.49)
3. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.77) vs. Youssef Hassan (FS 11.85)
4. Harrison Adams (aTm 12.91) vs. Mantas Bugailiskis (FS 12.00)
5. AJ Catanzariti (aTm 13.51) vs. Jeremy Moser (FS 12.00)
6. Max Lunkin (aTm 13.41) vs. Patrik Pech (FS 13.13)
B. Jackson Withrow (aTm 13.87)/Jakob Keppelmann (FS 11.24)

Regional Final: Texas A&M def. Boise State 4-0 - this one won't be any closer than A&M's match with Fresno State. (Result: Texas A&M 4-0)

Columbia Regional (Sun/Mon) - Dick Savitt TC - New York, New York

#14 Virginia Tech [2] vs. #18 Stanford [3] - 10am est  Va Tech/Stanford Twitter - Stanford opened up its season with a pair of shutouts over Sacramento State and UC Davis while Virginia Tech went to Alabama and won 5-2. This should be a good one and possibly the match of the Kick-Off Weekend. I'm going to take Stanford in doubles and then I think this one probably comes down to how well Stanford's freshmen can handle the pressure at #5 and #6. This is one of the toughest to predict but I'm going with Wilczynski, Genender, and Kumar for Stanford and Monteiro, Bjerrehus, and Tessaro for Virginia Tech. Prediction: Stanford 4-3 (Result: Stanford 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.26) vs. #19 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.54)
2. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.49) vs. #57 David Wilczynski (ST 13.76)
3. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.84) vs. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.27)
4. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.73) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.10)
5. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.16) vs. #61 Michael Genender (ST 13.70)
6. Jai Corbett (VT 13.38) vs. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.92)
B. Mitch Harper (VT 13.12)/Yale Goldberg (ST 12.48)

#22 Minnesota [4] at #16 Columbia [1] 2pm est  Columbia/Minnesota Twitter - This is Columbia's dual-match opener while Minnesota hammered DePaul and South Dakota State last weekend. Columbia had to replace its top 4 starters from last year's team and its new #1 Shawn Hadavi played at #6 last season. Minnesota had to replace 3 starters but they returned the guys that played at #2, #3, and #4 last season. I'll take Minnesota in doubles and Spec and Corwin in singles but Columbia will win at 3, 4, 5, and 6 to pull it out in front of the loud home crowd. Prediction: Columbia 4-2 (Result: Columbia 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.58) vs. Matic Spec (MN 13.66)
2. Victor Pham (CU 13.84) vs. #101 Felix Corwin (MN 13.87)
3. Eric Rubin (CU 13.54) vs. #95 Ruben Weber (MN 13.34)
4. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.67) vs. Josip Krstanovic (MN 12.40)
5. Richard Pham (CU 12.99) vs. Justyn Levin (MN 12.35)
6. Tim Wang (CU 13.35) vs. Marino Alpeza (MN 12.37)
B. Michal Rolski (CU 12.71)/Jeremy Lynn (MN 11.79)

Regional Final: Stanford def. Columbia 4-1 - Stanford will be coming off a gut-wrenching win over Virginia Tech but they'll have enough left in the tank to get the win. Cardinal in doubles and Fawcett, Romanowicz, and Genender in singles. (Result: Columbia 4-3)

Wake Forest Regional (Sun/Mon) - Wake Forest TC - Winston-Salem, NC

#59 Auburn [4] at #11 Wake Forest [1] 11am est  Live Scoring/Video/Blog - Wake opened up with a pair of 8-1 wins over East Tennessee State and North Florida while Auburn blanked the mighty Citadel twice. Hinnisdaels and Krickovic will give Chrysochos and Mansouri all they want up top but Wake chomps down on Aubbie down low. I like Wake in doubles and Ho, Uspensky and Seraphim in singles. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0 (Result: Wake Forest 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.08) vs. #96 Max Hinnisdaels (AU 13.67)
2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.14) vs. #100 Marko Krickovic (AU 13.49)
3. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.86) vs. Dante Saleh (AU 13.17)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.12) vs. Connor Huertas (AU 12.91)
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.60) vs. Brandon Laubser (AU 12.33)
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.43) vs. Olle Thestrup (AU 12.64)
B. Maksim Kan (WF 13.20)/Joseph Van Dooren (AU 12.47)

#43 Tennessee [2] vs. #54 Cal Poly [3] 2pm est  Live Scoring/Video/Tennessee Blog (TBD) - Tennessee is off to a 4-0 start after breezing past Mercer, North Florida, Eastern Kentucky, and Southern Illinois while this will be Cal Poly's season opener. Tennessee has a young team with 5 underclassmen in the starting 6 and while Cal Poly has a shot at #1 and #2 they don't have shots anywhere else. Prediction: Tennessee 4-0 (Result: Tennessee 4-2)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #75 Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.18) vs. Ben Donovan (CP 13.41)
2. Luis Valero (UT 13.39) vs. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.78)
3. Timo Stodder (UT 14.11) vs. Cory Pang (CP 12.93)
4. Jack Schipanksi (UT 13.04) vs. Axel Damiens (CP 12.54)
5. Preston Touliatos UT 12.62) vs. Josh Ortlip (CP 13.40)
6. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.40) vs. Aiku Shintani (CP 12.03)
B. Jack Heslin (UT 13.18)/Karl Enander (CP 12.02)

Regional Final: Wake Forest def. Tennessee 4-0 - The Vols will put up more resistance than Auburn but Wake still rolls by taking the doubles point and getting singles wins from Mansouri, Bogaerts, and Uspensky. (Result: Wake Forest 4-0)

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Saturday, 23 January 2016 08:50

ITA Women: Top Seeds Cruise In Friday's ITA Kickoff

Six of the ITA Kickoff Regionals began today and all No.1 seeds cruised without much difficulty. Fresno State was the lone No.3 seed to earn a scalp into tomorrow's final. UGA and UNC were the top 2 teams to play and routed Wyoming and Yale, respectively. The closest match of the weekend, ranking-wise, was No.18 Ohio State's 4-3 thriller over No.19 Pepperdine. Tomorrow should bring some tighter matches and a few upsets. For my predictions for the entire weekend, check out my preview here.

#4 Georgia Regional: UGA routs, Old Dominion battles
It was a routine win for the Georgia Bulldogs, who claimed the victory over Wyoming before the No.6 match could get on court. Although Ellen Perez, who just arrived back in Athens after playing the Australian Open, was tested in her second set, UGA served only 6-1 or 6-2 sets across the board. Old Dominion dropped an incredibly tight doubles point in a tiebreaker, but took four first sets which propelled their win. ODU's Adriana Rajkovic had the biggest upset of the day by UTR standards and Kyla Klier had a near 1-point win on the court today also. UGA will cruise in their final tomorrow against ODU

Note: Georgia's indoor facility only has 4-courts so #5 and #6 singles don't go on until a court becomes available. 

#4 Georgia 4, #74 Wyoming 0
1. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA, 11.61 UTR) vs. Magdalena Stencel (WY, 9.60 UTR) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished
2. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA, 11.19 UTR) def. Nastya Tokareva (WY, 9.11 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
3. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA, 11.02 UTR) def. Dorottya Jonas (WY, 9.24 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA, 11.29 UTR) def. Elisa Koonik (WY, 8.44 UTR) 6-1, 6-1
5. Miranda Talbert (WY, 7.99 UTR) vs. Mariana Gould (UGA, 10.38 UTR) 1-0 unfinished
6. Laura Patterson (UGA, UTR 9.72) vs. Sanne Hoekstra (WY, 7.30 UTR), Not Played
Order of finish: 4,3,2*
1. #14 Ellen Perez/Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Magdalena Stencel/Nastya Tokareva (WY) 6-3
2. Silvia Garcia/Caroline Brinson (UGA) vs. Miranda Talbert/Dorottya Jonas (WY) 4-3, unfinished
3. Kennedy Shaffer/Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Elisa Koonik/Sanne Hoekstra (WY) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,1*

#57 Old Dominion 4, #65 Tulane 2
1. Nikol Hristova (ODU, 9.93 UTR) def. Naz Karagoz (TLN, 9.43 UTR) 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
2. Kyla Klier (TLN, 9.35 UTR) def. Nataliya Vlasova (ODU, 10.22 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
3. Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU, 9.69 UTR) def. Ipek Birol (TLN, 9.41 UTR) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
4. Adriana Rajkovic (ODU, 8.78 UTR) def. Elena Muller (TLN, 10.21 UTR) 6-2, 6-2 - UTR Upset
5. Marijana Novakovic (ODU, 9.26 UTR) vs. Jacqui Katz (TLN, 9.51 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 4-1, unf
6. Ivana Vukovic (ODU, 8.93 UTR) def. Sofia Kurtz (TLN, 8.19 UTR) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
1. Ipek Birol/Sade Atkinson (TLN) def. Nikol Hristova/Marijana Novakovic (ODU) 6-1
2. Nataliya Vlasova/Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) def. Kyla Klier/Sofia Kurtz (TLN) 7-5
3. Elena Muller/Naz Karagoz (TLN) def. Ivana Vukovic/Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU) 7-6 (7-4)

#5 North Carolina Regional: Carter shines
Hayley Carter was the star today in Chapel Hill, dropping two games in singles and doubles and guiding UNC to a 4-0 rout over Yale. The Tar Heels were nearly flawless in doubles, which carried over into five first set wins in singles. They should continue to cruise over Tulsa, should you look at UTR ratings. Tulsa downed Marshall 4-0, with the No.1 match the only one in the Herd's favor. The Marshall-Yale encounter will be the closest of the weekend in my opinion.

#5 North Carolina 4, #68 Yale 0
1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC, 11.69 UTR) def. Tina Jiang (YALE, 10.19) 6-0, 6-2
2. Madeleine Hamilton (YALE, 10.18 UTR) vs. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.74 UTR) 7-6, 0-2, unf
3. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.41 UTR) vs. Ree Ree Li (YALE, 9.45 UTR) 6-2, 6-3, unfinished
4. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.19 UTR) vs. Sherry Li (YALE, 9.36 UTR) 6-3, 2-4, unfinished
5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.63 UTR) def. Courtney Amos (YALE, 9.11 UTR) 6-2, 6-0
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.53 UTR) def. Carol Finke (YALE, 9.29 UTR) 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 1,5,6*
1. #2 Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Tina Jiang/Madeleine Hamilton (YALE) 6-0
2. #16 Kate Vialle/Jessie Aney (UNC) def. Ree Ree Li/Valerie Shklover (YALE) 6-1
3. Ashley Dai/Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Carol Finke/Caroline Lynch (YALE) 5-1, unf
Order of finish: 1,2*

#48 Tulsa 4, #53 Marshall 0
1. Derya Turhan (Marshall, 10.07 UTR) vs. Saana Saarteinen (TUL, 10.40 UTR), 6-4, 1-2, unf
2. Ksenia Laskutova (TUL, 10.04 UTR) vs. Rachael Morales (Marshall, 9.37 UTR), 7-5, 3-2, unf
3. Rongrong Leenabanchong (TUL, 10.02 UTR) def. Maddie Silver (Marshall, 9.46 UTR), 6-2, 6-3
4. Marcelina Cichon (TUL, 10.24 UTR) def. Marija Bogicevic (Marshall, 8.52 UTR), 6-1, 6-3
5 Yelena Nemchen (TUL, 9.74 UTR) vs. Anna Pomyatinskya (Marshall, 9.85 UTR), 7-5, 1-0, unf
6. Mahitha Dadireddy (TUL, 9.63 UTR) def. Anne Gulsrud (Marshall, 7.90 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
1. Laskutova/Kuricova (TUL) def.Turhan/Morales (Marshall), 6-2
2. Leenabanchong/Matoula (TUL) def. Pomyatinskya/Silver (Marshall), 6-2
3. Saarteinen/Dadireddy (TUL) vs. Bogicevic/Gulsrud (Marshall), 4-3, unfinished

#8 Virginia Regional: UVA and Columbia cruise
As expected, it's a No.1 vs. No.2 final in Charlottesville, with Virginia and Columbia scoring 7-0 routs against BYU and Maryland, respectively. The UVA Cavaliers were dominant in doubles, blanking BYU at the top two positions and leading 5-1 at No.3 when play was suspended. BYU threw all they could handle at the No.8 team in the country, but Virginia's depth is too solid for any setbacks, capturing all matches in straight sets. Congratulations to Stephanie Nauta, who captured her 100th career singles victory (5th all-time at Virginia) when she clinched the win for UVA.
UVA plays Columbia for their berth in Madison. Columbia had a slightly difficult time against Maryland and they captured two small UTR upsets at the Nos. 3 and 5 positions. The match was more competitive than UVA/BYU with two matches splitting sets and the doubles point on the verge of going down to the wire. While Columbia lacks star power in their lineup, they have consistent depth. They'll need plenty of luck and upsets (and the doubles point) on their side if they want any chance at a win.

Virginia Regional

#8 Virginia 7, BYU 0
1. No. 4 Danielle Collins (UVA, 12.07 UTR) def. Mayci Jones (BYU, 9.43 UTR), 6-3, 6-1
2. No. 8 Julia Elbaba (UVA, 11.80 UTR) def. Savannah Ware (BYU, 10.12 UTR), 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 32 Skylar Morton (UVA, 10.85 UTR) def. Toby Miclat (BYU, 9.65 UTR), 7-5, 6-0
4. No. 30 Stephanie Nauta (UVA, 10.93 UTR) def. Nicolette Paulsen (BYU, 9.47 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
5. Victoria Olivarez (UVA, 10.06 UTR) def. Natella Nabieva (BYU, 8.16 UTR), 6-4, 7-5
6. Meghan Kelley (UVA, 10.17 UTR) def. Taylah Beckman (BYU, 8.25 UTR), 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 6,3,4*,2,1,5
1. No. 19 Collins/Kelley (UVA) def. Miclat/Beckman (BYU), 6-0
2. Elbaba/Morton (UVA) def. Poulsen/Ware (BYU), 6-0
3. Nauta/Olivarez (UVA) vs. Jones/Nabieva (BYU), 5-1, unfinished
Order of finish: 2,1*

#56 Columbia 7, #66 Maryland 0
1. Kanika Vaidya (COL, 10.49 UTR) def. Natalyia Bredikhina (MD, 9.79 UTR) 6-0, 6-2
2. Rima Asatrian (COL, 10.04 UTR) def. Arnelle Sullivan (MD, 9.80 UTR) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 10-3
3. Star Makarome (COL, 10.19 UTR) def. Alexandra Stanova (MD, 10.58 UTR) 6-2, 6-1
4. Alexandra Solovyev (COL, 9.92 UTR) def. Kristina Hovsepyan (MD, 8.67 UTR) 6-3, 6-4
5. Andrea Kevakian (COL 9.15 UTR) def. Olga Bredikhina (MD, 9.76 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
6. Sarah Hu (COL, 9.71 UTR) def. Caroline Williams (MD, 9.10 UTR) 4-6, 6-2, 10-5
Order of finish: 3,1,4*,5,6,2
1. Alexandra Stanova/Kristina Hovsepyan (MD) vs. Rima Asatrian/Alexandra Solovyev (COL) 5-3, 
2. Kanika Vaidya/Adi Milstein (COL) def. Natalyia Bredikhina/Caroline Williams (MD) 6-4
3. Star Makarome/Andrea Kevakian (COL) def. Olga Bredikhina/Arnelle Sullivan (MD) 6-3
Order of finish: 3,2*

#9 UCLA Regional: UCLA marches on, Fresno State pulls off upset
UCLA has been gifted a pretty easy Regional and routinely defeated UC Irvine today, 4-0. The top 4 of UCLA can scrape 2-3 matches against most teams, but the lower half of the lineup is alarming. Two walk-ons are filling in, but hopefully Terri Fleming will bounce in the singles lineup and can play Jada Hart should the Blue Chip signee be enrolled. The Bruins are set to face the underranked Fresno State, who upset Arkansas. I'm expecting a tight match in tomorrow's final should Fresno take the doubles point. They can defeat UCLA in the bottom two singles if lineups stay the same. Doubles is the most crucial key to the match if they want any chance at winning.

UCLA Regional

#9 UCLA 4, #70 UC Irvine 0
1. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA, 11.52 UTR) vs. Sarah Gong (UCI, 9.54 UTR) 6-2, 5-2, unf
2. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA, 10.63 UTR) def. Mazy Watrous (UCI, 8.64 UTR) 6-1, 6-0
3. Kristin Wiley (UCLA, 9.72 UTR) def. Vivien Dvali (UCI, 8.94 UTR) 6-2, 6-2
4. Alaina Miller (UCLA, 10.67 UTR) vs. Stephanie Hazell (UCI, 8.67 UTR) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0, unf
5. Maia Magill (UCLA, 7.96 UTR) vs. Andrea Duva (UCI, 8.01 UTR) 6-0, 5-4, unf
6. Laura Luca (UCLA, 7.09 UTR) def. Cassidy Branstine (UCI, 8.07 UTR) 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 2,6,3*
1. Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Sarah Gong/Mazy Watrous (UCI) 6-2
2. Terri Fleming/Maia Magill (UCLA) vs. Andrea Duva/Vivien Dvali (UCI) 5-2, unfinished
3. Alaina Miller/Kristin Wiley (UCLA) def. Cassidy Branstine/Stephanie Hazell (UCI) 6-0
Order of finish: 3,1*

#54 Fresno State 4, #34 Arkansas 1
1. Shannon Hudson (ARK, 10.52 UTR) vs. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (FS, 10.64 UTR) 3-6, 5-4, un
2. Sophie Watts (FS, 10.13 UTR) def. Ana Oparenovic (ARK, 10.45 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
3. Makenzie Craft (ARK, 9.77 UTR) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS, 9.63 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
4. Galina Bykova (FS, 9.74 UTR) def. Mia Jurasic (ARK, 9.69 UTR) 6-0, 6-4
5. Sasha Shkorupeieva (ARK, 9.94 UTR) vs. Emma Wilson (FS, 9.38 UTR) 1-6, 6-4, 3-1, un
6. Anneka Watts (FS, 9.10 UTR) def. Agne Cepelyte (ARK, 10.31 UTR) 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: 2,4,3,6*
1. Maiar Sherif Ahmed/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Flavia Araujo/Makenzie Craft (ARK) 6-4
2. #58 Anneka Watts/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Agne Cepelyte/Shannon Hudson (ARK) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Ana Oparenovic/Mia Jurasic (ARK) def. Olivia Noble/Sofya Malysheva (FS) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,1,2*

#16 Duke Regional: Duke, Mississippi State tested
The Duke Blue Devils were tested by Portland in their Regional opener, but strong play from freshmen Kaitlyn McCarthy and Jessica Ho and clincher Chalena Scholl put Duke into the final matchup against Mississipi State. It's nice to see Christina Makarova return this season after missing last year with an injury. Look for her to rack plenty of wins should she be in the No.6 position. Duke will have to clean up their mistakes as the Bulldogs are no slouch. Expect a couple of three set matches tomorrow and possibly an upset, but Duke should win easily if the right team shows up.

#16 Duke 4, #67 Portland 0
1. #28 Beatrice Capra (DUKE, 11.48 UTR) vs. Lucia Butkovska (POR, 10.77 UTR), 6-1, 4-5, uf
2. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE, 11.55 UTR) def. Maja Mladenovic (POR, 9.92 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
3. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE, 11.25 UTR) vs. Radina Dimitrova (POR, 9.17 UTR) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0, uf
4. #79 Chalena Scholl (DUKE, 10.63) def. Tatiana Grigoryan (POR, 7.96 UTR) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
5. Jessica Ho (DUKE, 10.26 UTR) def. Jelena Lazarevic (POR, 8.90 UTR) 6-3, 7-5
6. Christina Makarova (DUKE, 9.27 UTR) vs. Saroop Dhatt (POR, 8.61 UTR) 6-3, 2-1, uf
Order of finish: 2,5,4*
1. #26 Capra/Hamlin (DUKE) vs. Butkovska/Lazarevic (POR) 4-4, unfinished
2. Samantha Harris/McCarthy (DUKE) def. Dimitrova/Grigoryan (POR) 6-3
3. Alyssa Smith/Scholl (DUKE) def. Tori Troesch/Mladenovic (POR) 6-4
Order of finish: 2,3*

#29 Mississippi State 4, #36 Florida State 0
Singles competition
1. #13 Jasmine Lee (MSU, 11.81 UTR) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU, 10.80 UTR) 7-5, 6-1
2. Madison Harrison (MSU, 10.63 UTR) vs. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU, 10.58 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 3-3 susp.
3. Georgiana Patrasc (MSU, 10.51 UTR) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU, 10.51 UTR) 6-3, 6-4
4. Yukako Noi (FSU, 11.00) vs. #36 Anastasia Rentouli (MSU, 10.82 UTR) 7-5, 5-2 susp.
5. Kristina Vozniak (MSU, 9.50 UTR) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU, 9.52 UTR) 6-4, 6-2
6. Lana Rush (FSU, 9.02 UTR) vs. Jennifer Brown (MSU, 10.06 UTR) 6-3, 2-6, 2-0 susp.
Order of finish: 5,3,1*
Doubles competition
1. #41 Daneika Borthwick/Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. Madison Harrison/Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) 5-2 susp.
2. Jasmine Lee/Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) def. Julia Mikulski/Lana Rush (FSU) 6-0
3. #53 Jennifer Brown/Kristina Vozniak (MSU) def. Ariana Rahmanparast/Gabriella Castaneda 6-1
Order of finish: 2,3*

#22 TCU Regional: Ohio State Outlasts Pepperdine
There was no doubt TCU would down Houston and that the Ohio State/Pepperdine clash would go down to the wire. Houston holds a near-guarantee point with No.34 Despoina Vogasari at the No.1 slot and she outlasted South Florida transfer Olaya Garrido-Rivas in three sets. Freshman Marie Norris clinched both the singles and doubles matches for the Super Frogs, who will face a tough Ohio State squad tomorrow. The Buckeyes, the highest-ranked team at the Regional at No.18, had a brutally tough test against No. 19 Pepperdine. The Waves have all three doubles teams ranked in the Top 45, but an upset at No.1 that jumpstarted their doubles point victory. Five of the six singles matches went three sets, with Ohio State taking three of those, but the lone straight set match was the clincher. Olivia Sneed was last on court and pushed through a 7-5,6-2 win at No.6 to put the Buckeyes through. TCU Coach Lee Taylor Walker expects a bigger test tomorrow if his team wants to return to the National Team Indoor tournament. By far, this is one match tomorrow fans should keep an eye on.

#22 TCU 4, #42 Houston 1
1. #34 Despoina Vogasari (UH, 10.85 UTR) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU, 10.07 UTR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
2. Marie Norris (TCU, 10.86 UTR) def. Tina Rupert (UH, 9.52 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
3. Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU, 10.32 UTR) vs. Mina Markovic (UH, 9.66 UTR) 7-5, 4-4, unf
4. Caroline Wegner (TCU, 10.16 UTR) def. Rocio Martin (UH, N/A UTR) 6-1, 6-1
5. Seda Arantekin (TCU, 9.74 UTR) def. Maria Cardenas (UH, 9.34 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
6. Mia King (TCU, 9.42 UTR) vs. Marnie Stokes (UH, 8.14 UTR) 6-0, 3-0, unf
Order of finish: 4,1,5,2*
1. Despoina Vogasari/Tina Rupert (UH) vs. #17 Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU) 5-3, unfinished
2. Olaya Garrido-Rivas/Mia King (TCU) def. Mina Markovic/Maria Cardenas (UH) 6-4
3. Marie Norris/Alexis Pereira (TCU) def. Rocio Martin/Marnie Stokes (UH) 6-1

Order of finish: 3,2*

#18 Ohio State 4, #19 Pepperdine 3
1. #14 Luisa Stefani (PEP, 11.63 UTR) def. #2 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU, 12.02 UTR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. #102 Laura Gulbe (PEP, 10.96 UTR) def. Gabriella De Santis (OSU, 10.31 UTR) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
3. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.52 UTR) def. Matea Cutura (PEP, 10.37 UTR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
4. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.33 UTR) def. #96 Dzina Milovanovic (PEP, 10.31 UTR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.48 UTR) def. A. Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP, 10.30 UTR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU, 9.75 UTR) def. Christine Maddox (PEP, 10.00 UTR) 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish: 3,1,4,2,5,6*
1. #18 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEP) def. #6 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) 6-1
2. #8 Luisa Stefani/ A. Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) def. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) 6-3
3. #45 Laura Gulbe/Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) vs. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (OSU) 5-4 unfinished
Order of finish: 2,1*

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Sunday was a great day for the guys from sunny San Diego as the Toreros went into snowy Durham and beat the host Duke Blue Devils 4-2 to clinch the school's first ever berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Sunday was also a day of near misses as #28 Oklahoma State, #40 NC State, #44 Memphis and #49 Oregon each put a considerable amount of pressure on the #1 seeds in their respective regionals before coming up just short in the end.

There were also several blowouts as Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Ohio State, UCLA, and South Florida each cruised in matches that took 2 hours or less.

The biggest comeback of the day took place in Austin as the #4 seed Texas Tech came back from 3-0 down to defeat the #3 seed Florida 4-3.

The Wake Forest and Columbia regionals got underway today, after weather pushed play back a day, and surprisingly neither of the matches in New York were close as Columbia rolled over Minnesota and Stanford drilled Virginia Tech

It was also interesting to see several of the #4 seeds take care of business in the consolation matches as collectively they went 7-2 with Wichita State's win over South Carolina probably the biggest surprise.

Back to the action, we start off the day in Durham as San Diego came into the regional finals coming off a 4-0 win over Vanderbilt while Duke got a free pass due to the weather keeping Cal from making the trip. Duke looked like it was going to take the doubles point when Josh Levine and Adrian Chamdani had a 5-3 lead at #2 doubles in the deciding court but San Diego's Joshua Page and Uros Petronijevic reeled off 4 straight games to win it 7-5.

San Diego rode the momentum from winning the doubles point by taking four first sets in singles but Duke's Catalin Mateas and Adrian Chamdani were the first to finish as they each rolled to straight set wins at #4 and #5. San Diego's Uros Petronijevic tied the match at 2-2 when he beat Nicolas Alvarez in straights at #1 and Filip Vittek put San Diego ahead for good when he came back from *4-6 down in the second set tiebreak at #3 to win the tiebreak 10-8 and the match 6-4, 7-6. Less than a minute later Joshua Page would close the door on Duke when he put an overhead away at the net to finish off Josh Levine 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. 

#19 San Diego 4, #23 Duke 2
Jan. 24, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #7 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) 6-4
2. Joshua Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Josh Levine/Adrian Chamdani (DU) 7-5
3. TJ Pura/Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Jaan Kononov/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.05) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) 6-4, 7-5
2. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) led #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.99) 3-6, 6-2, 4-3, unf
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.54) def. Vincent Lin (DU 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.63) def. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.22) 6-3, 6-2
5. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.61) 6-4, 6-4
6. Joshua Page (USD 12.79) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.73) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-0; National ranking #19
Duke 1-2; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,6)
T-2:33 A-182

"That was a tough loss, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "I think San Diego is a good team and they played well. I thought they competed extremely well. It was a really good match where we had some chances. Obviously doubles was a chance where we were one point away from winning it.

"We got down early in singles on a couple courts, Smith said. "I felt like we made a nice push midway through the singles and competed really well in that middle stretch. We got ourselves back in the match with the two freshmen getting off the court early. That was huge to change the momentum of the match.

"That's a tough loss for Vinny [Lin], Smith said. "I thought that's the best he's played all year. He competed great and left it all on the court. That was high-level tennis. Vinny just keeps getting better. I'm encouraged by him.

In Austin you had the #3 and #4 seeds meeting in the regional finals after Florida [4] shutout Texas [1] and Texas Tech [3] did the same to Ole Miss [2]. Going in I thought this would be a close match and I figured Texas Tech needed the doubles point but in the end they proved me and Florida wrong.

Florida took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles each team took three opening sets. Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco finished their matches in straight sets at #3 and #4 and just like that Florida was up 3-0. Texas Tech's Hugo Dojas put the Red Raiders on the board with a straight set win at #2 and Bjorn Thomson would make it 2 in a row when he knocked off Maxx Lipman 7-6, 6-4 at #6 singles. Connor Curry, who let a 5-3 first set lead slip away, won 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over McClain Kessler at #6 and the match was now all even at 3-3. Texas Tech's Felipe Soares had a 6-2, 3-4 lead on Diego Hidalgo but Hidalgo broke and held to take the second set 6-3. With the match on the line Hidalgo would go up 4-2 and have 4 break points to go up 5-2 but Soares came back from 0-40 down to hold for 3-4*. Soares would then break and hold again to go up 5-4 before Hidalgo held for 5-5. Soares quickly held and then he'd break Hidalgo to close out the 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 win.

#15 Texas Tech 4, #21 Florida 3 
01/24/16 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-3 
2. #46 Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 6-4 
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TTU) vs. Joshua Wardell/Chase Perez-Blanco (UF): 5-3, unf 
Singles competition 
1. #8 Felipe Soares (TTU 14.00) def. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95): 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 
2. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.75) def.#49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.94): 6-2, 6-4 
3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.56) def. #33 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 14.09): 6-3, 6-0 
4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.84) def. Jolan Cailleau (TTU 14.20): 6-3, 6-4 
5. Connor Curry (TTU 13.23) def. # 97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.48): 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU 13.71) def. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.10): 7-6 (3), 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (8-0); National ranking No. 15 
Florida (3-1); National ranking No. 21 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,4,2,6,5,1)

"Hugo had a solid weekend all the way around and was our MVP of the weekend," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Today's match was a dog fight. We were competing hard, and they were competing hard. We had to fight extremely hard to find that edge. Felipe played clutch games in the third set and hit excellent backhand passing shots something that he's not known for. It was his moment, and he wasn't going to let our team lose. Connor played extremely tough in the third set and learned the lessons from the first two sets of the match. Bjorn was very impressive. He went out there and was fearless to beat a veteran player the way he did."

"It's a huge win for us to come back and beat a program like Florida which has a lot of great tradition and history," Masi said. "The biggest thing that I see from our team is that if one guy can't do it that day someone else can step up and do it. A match like today and the way we were able to win shows our players how good this team can be. We have great senior leadership and a lot of depth. I'm proud of our guys for battling through adversity and finding a way to win."

What Coach Shelton Says
"We played some really good doubles today and competed hard across the line in singles. Texas Tech is a very good team with a lot of heart. It was a tough battle but we'll be better because of it. We can't wait to take the court again."

TCU got all it wanted and more from Big 12 rival Oklahoma State as the Cowboys rolled over TCU in doubles and then went toe-to-toe with the Horned Frogs in several spots in the singles lineup. TCU got a much needed boost from Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov as both guys won in straight sets while Eduardo Nava gutted a tight 7-6, 6-4 win over Tristan Meraut at #5. Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg won in straight sets at #6 and then Julian Cash would pull off a big time win over Guillermo Nunez taking it 6-4 in the third. The match came down to a third set at #4 between TCU's Jerry Lopez and Oklahoma State's Lucas Gerch.  Lopez went up 5-3 in the third and the match actually ended when Gerch was overruled on a line call for a third time causing a point penalty which subsequently ended the match.

#3 TCU 4, #28 Oklahoma State 3
Jan 24, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68) def. Temur Ismailov (OSU 14.10) 6-1, 6-2
2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.63) def. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.64) 7-5, 6-1
3. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.66) def. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.31) 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4
4. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.72) 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.05) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.35) 7-6 (6), 6-4
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.52) def. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.81) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 4-4, unf
2. Temur Ismailov/Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-2
3. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Alex Rybakov/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 4-1; National ranking #28
TCU 2-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5,3,4)

Quotes from TCU Head Coach David Roditi
"What a college match. It was everything we expected and then some. Oklahoma State is a strong, deep and well-coached team. It is not very often that you are taught a big lesson and also win. Today was one of those days. I'm proud of our singles wins. There were great wins today by Cameron (Norrie) and Alex (Rybakov) so quickly and then Eduardo (Nava) provided a huge point for us. We must improve our doubles and our mentality in practice. We are looking forward to taking such a young team to the national indoors.

Quotes from Oklahoma State Head Coach Jay Edwadia
"Unbelievable match that came right down to the very end. We knew it was going to be a battle and everyone fought hard, but it was disappointing to lose after such an amazing effort. It was a good test for us early on in the season to play a top-five team. We will regroup this week and get ready for next weekend's matches at home."

ACC rivals and Research Triangle neighbors North Carolina and North Carolina State went at it for just over 2 hours before North Carolina freshman Anu Kodali pulled off a come from behind 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Igor Saveljic at #6 to clinch the first match of his young career. NC State's Simon Norenius and Nick Horton blew past UNC's Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider at #1 and #2 and Thomas Weigel was up a set on Jack Murray at #4 but the Pack couldn't get a hold of another court.

#10 North Carolina 4, #40 NC State 2
Jan 24, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Saveljic/Saveljic (NCST), 6-0
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. Norenius.Horton (NCST), 5-5 DNF
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Mike Ogden/Weigel (NCST), 6-4
Singles competition
1. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.33) def. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.20), 6-3, 6-4
2. Nick Horton (NCST 13.51) def. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05), 6-3, 6-1
3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) def. Ivan Saveljic (NCST 12.15), 6-4, 6-2
4. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.28) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.63) 7-6(4), 5-5 DNF
5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.82) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.45), 6-4, 6-4
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.13) def. Igor Saveljic (NCST 12.91), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Match Stats:
Order of Finish: Singles (2,5,3,1,6); Doubles (1,3)
Records: North Carolina 4-0, NC State 4-1

Post Match Comments from Anu Kodali & Robert Kelly Via UNC's recap

Quotes from North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
"It's good to advance, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "NC State played really hard. We've got some work to do we've just got to keep getting better every single day. Now we get that opportunity at National Team Indoors.

"Anu played really well at the end, Paul said. "I left after he lost the first set and went over to the courts on the other side, so I didn't really see him, then I came back and obviously he was feeling a lot better. I really liked his body language and the way he finished that out. We had some freshmen step up Bo (Boyden) stepped up in doubles today.

"Robert and Brett had a very good weekend, Paul said. "Those two guys were the outstanding performers on our team, but it's a team sport. We look forward to playing in the national team indoors. We've got to get everyone playing well to do well in that tournament, and we will.

Quotes from NC State Head Coach Jon Choboy
"We have a number of new pieces in the line up from what we had last year. Getting to see the team compete against a high-level UNC team was good. We were only a few points from maybe being able to squeak this one out. The team really competed well." head coach Jon Choboy

A day after getting pushed by UC Irvine, Baylor got pushed even harder by Oregon and the match ended up coming down to a pair of third set tiebreaks to decide it. Oregon grabbed the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then got a quick win from Ethan Young-Smith at #6 to go up 2-0. Baylor got back in the match with straight set wins from Jimmy Bendeck, Will Little, and Julian Lenz (clips below) but they had a hard time finding the fourth point.

Felipe Rios served for the match twice in the third set at #3, and had 3 match points along the way, but Simon Stevens broke him both times to force a third set tiebreak. Max Tchoutakian let a double-break *4-1 third set lead slip away and had to hold serve to force a third set tiebreak at #2. Tchoutakian went up 3-1 in the tiebreak but Laurent won the next 2 to even it at 3-3. Tchoutakian finally put it all together and took the last 4 to close it out.

#4 Baylor 4, #49 Oregon 2
Jan. 24, 2016 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Julian Lenz (BU 14.62) def. #113 Daan Maasland (UO 13.91) 6-4, 6-4
2. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.82) def. Thomas Laurent (UO 14.08) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.29) vs. Simon Stevens (UO 13.41) 2-6, 6-3, 6-6 (3-3)
4. Will Little (BU 13.65) def. Jayson Amos (UO 13.14) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.31) def. Cormac Clissold (UO 13.32) 6-3, 6-3
6. Ethan Young-Smith (UO 12.25) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 12.74) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (UO) def. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) 7-5
2. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (UO) def. Max Tchoutakian/Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3
3. Jimmy Bendeck/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Bart Sawicki/Cormac Clissold (UO) 6-3
Match Notes
Oregon 4-1; National ranking #49
Baylor 2-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,1,4,2)

Quotes from Baylor Head Coach Matt Knoll
"Any positive experience is a great experience. Certainly, Max will gain confidence that he was able to win 7-6 in the third set with the match on the line. That's special. Not a lot of guys have had a chance to be in that situation. He was able to get through it, so that's pretty cool." --head coach Matt Knoll on Max Tchoutakian's match-clinching moment

"Oregon just hammered us for the first hour. They did a great job. They beat us in doubles, and they were killing us in singles. We did a great job in the middle, and we starting feeling like we were taking control of the match. At the end, they fought back and it was a coin flip. We're fortunate. Oregon was really good, really competitive." -- Knoll on today's match

"Watching those guys compete makes you proud to be wear a Baylor uniform. I had so much fun watching those guys get out there and fight for every point. The pride, effort and energy that they showed was really special. I hope the people that are out there watching our program are as excited as I am to watch those guys for the next four years. Boy, they're going to be unbelievable for us. Real heroes." -- Knoll on freshman Jimmy Bendeck and redshirt freshman Will Little

Georgia won a tight doubles point over Memphis and then overcome a loss by Wayne Montgomery at #2 to pull out a 4-1 win. It looked the match was going to come down to #5 and #6 singles when Andrew Watson led 5-3 in the third at #1 but Austin Smith rallied and won the next four games to clinch the win for the Dawgs.  

#6 Georgia 4, #44 Memphis 1
Jan 24, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility) 
Singles competition
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.34) def. #87 Andrew Watson (UM 13.73) 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5
2. Ryan Peniston (UM 13.92) def. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.29) 6-4, 7-6 (10)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.88) def. Kai Lemke (UM 13.33) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3
4. #105 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.43) def. Chris Patzanovsky (UM 12.53) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.70) vs. Felix Rauch (UM 12.47) 6-4, 1-1, unfinished
6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.22) vs. Shakeel Manji (UM 12.34) 2-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (UM) 6-2
2. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (UM) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-2
3. #45 Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Shakeel Manji/Andrew Watson (UM) 7-5
Match Notes
Memphis 1-2; National ranking #44
Georgia 2-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,3,1)
ITA Kickoff Championship Match
Official: Clark Weaver T-3:18 A-304

Quotes from Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
"It's certainly always good to overwhelm your opponent, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "But it's also good to be challenged and to answer that challenge, and I thought our guys did that. We were pushed and challenged in both the doubles point as well as the singles. Losing the first set in three out of four singles hurt. It is something that we take a lot of pride in, but I'm proud of the way we fought back.

"We hung tough and overcame a tough situation, Diaz added. "I was really proud of Austin, he found himself down three or four match points and fought through to give us the win.

Quotes from Memphis Head Coach Paul Goebel
"That was a serious college tennis match," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "That was a level up from our Oklahoma State match and I thought we played really well in that one. It's tough, because we had a lot of positives and we were so close. It was a huge opportunity and you don't get a chance to go in to number six in the country and have a chance at the win that often."

"We've just got to seal the deal," Goebel said. "But that was a fun match to play in. I really feel like it's better to play in that environment against that level of competition. That's why we schedule the way we do. Their fans were really in to it and they were really complimentary of the great tennis post match. That was fun, really fun, but really tough to take right now too."

South Florida booked its first ever trip to the National Team Indoors with a 4-0 win over LSU. South Florida took the doubles point and then won all 6 first sets before getting wins from Roberto Cid, Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz with Cid providing the clincher.


#13 South Florida 4, #30 LSU 0
Jan 24, 2016 at Tampa, FL (USF Varsity Tennis Courts) 
1. Roberto Cid (USF 14.41) def. Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64) 7-6 (2), 6-2
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) vs. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.42) 7-5, 5-2, unf
3. Simon Freund (LSU 13.11) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) 2-6, 6-3, 2-2, unf
4. Boris Arias (LSU 13.62) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.33) 3-6, 7-5, unf
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.36) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.06) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.48) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.20) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1
1. Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-2
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) vs. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 5-3 unf
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) def. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-3

Quotes from LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown
"I think South Florida did a good job of coming out really aggressive having a had a long match yesterday, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "I thought we responded really well after we got down and we will take some good lessons from today and move on.

Quotes from South Florida Head Coach Matt Hill
"We spoke to the guy's point blank before the doubles started, look, the standard that you brought yesterday was not the standard that we play at, so we need to step it up, head coach Matt Hill said.

"We are one of the best doubles teams in the country, they just did a poor job of showing that yesterday.

"It was unbelievable, Hill said. "This is why you work your tail off to get into the Top 15, so you can host these events, so you can be the No. 1 seed here and have your crowd enjoying and experiencing the level of this team.

UCLA won the all-important doubles and then got straight set singles wins from Gage Brymer, Karue Sell, and Joseph DiGiulio at 2, 3, and 6 with Joey D providing the clincher in the Bruins 4-0 win over Georgia Tech. GT led on 2 of the 3 courts that were abandoned at the time of the clinch. Below are clinching videos courtesy of U-C-L-A

#12 UCLA 4, #42 Georgia Tech 0
Jan 24, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.84) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.81) 7-6(6), 4-2, unf
2. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93) def. Carlos Benito (GT 13.33) 6-2, 6-3
3. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.06) def. Michael Kay (GT 13.44) 6-2, 6-3
4. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Andrew Li (GT 12.87) 7-6(4), 2-1, unf
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 12.83) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.24) 7-6(5), 1-1, unf
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.29) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.39) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. #36 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) 5-4, unf
2. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Cole Fiegel/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 6-3
3. Maxime Cressy/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Nathan Rakitt/Andrew Li (GT) 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 3-0; National ranking #42
UCLA 2-0; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,6)

Comments from Georgia Tech Head Coach Kenny Thorne "I'm proud of our guys for fighting hard but very disappointed in this match. I give UCLA credit for coming out in doubles and playing a little better than us. We also got down early in singles matches but fought back strong. We were in the match but didn't play our best all the way up and down our lineup. It was a good opportunity missed. We have learned a lot about ourselves these past two weeks and each guy knows what he needs to work on. We can definitely get better than where we are right now, and we aren't in a bad place. That is good news for this team and should motivate us all to get going.

Both of the matches in New York City finished as 4-0 shutouts but they were both much closer than the score indicated. Virginia Tech looked like it was in control of the doubles point after it got a 6-0 win at #3 and led 5-3 at both #1 and #2 but they just couldn't close the point out and Stanford came back to take both #1 and #2 in tiebreaks.

Each team won 3 first sets in singles and fortunately for Stanford it was able to close out each of its 3 in straight sets as Sameer Kumar, Nolan Paige, and Tom Fawcett won at 6, 4, and 1 with Fawcett clinching. Virginia Tech's Andreas Bjerrehus was a game away from a win at #3 at the time of the clinch and VT was up on the other 2 courts as well. Losing that doubles point really ended up sinking the Hokies.

#18 Stanford 4, #14 Virginia Tech 0
Jan 24, 2016 at New York (USTA National Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #9 Tom Fawcett (Stanford 14.54) def. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.26) 6-1, 6-4
2. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.49) vs. #57 David Wilczynski (Stanford 13.76) 7-5, 1-1 dnf
3. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.84) vs. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford 13.27) 6-3, 5-1 dnf
4. Nolan Paige (Stanford 13.10) def. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.73) 6-3, 6-4
5. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.16) vs. #61 Michael Geneder (Stanford 13.70) 6-4, 3-2 dnf
6. Sameer Kumar (Stanford 13.92) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.38) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. #42 Romanowicz/Paige (Stanford) def. #21 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT) 7-6(3)
2. Fawcett/Kumar (Stanford) def. Contini/Tessaro (VT) 7-6(5)
3. Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Wilczynski/Yale Goldberg (Stanford) 6-0
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,1)

In the other match that was being played simultaneously, Columbia's #1 doubles team of Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham came back from the dead to gut out a tiebreak win to give Columbia the doubles point. Minnesota's #1 team of Matic Spec/Felix Corwin served for the match up 5-3, 40-15 but they couldn't get the last point and ended up getting broke. In the tiebreak Minnesota double faulted at 6-6 and then Richard Pham hit a well placed serve and Shawn Hadavi cleaned it up at the net to clinch the doubles point for the Lions.

Columbia and Minnesota split first sets and Victor Pham, Mike Vermeer, and Richard Pham each won in straights for Columbia with Victor Pham providing the clincher at #2.

#16 Columbia 4, #22 Minnesota 0
Jan 24, 2016 at New York (USTA National Tennis Center) 
Singles Competition
1) Matic Spec (Minn 13.66) vs. Shawn Hadavi (Col 13.58) 6-2, 4-5, unf.
2) Victor Pham (Col 13.84) def. Felix Corwin (Minn 13.87), 6-3, 6-2
3) Ruben Weber (Minn 13.34) vs. Eric Rubin (Col 13.54) 7-6(5), 1-2, unf.
4) Mike Vermeer (Col 13.67) def. Josip Krstanovic (Minn 12.40), 6-3, 6-1
5) Richard Pham (Col 12.99) def. Justyn Levin (Minn 12.35), 6-3, 6-2
6) Marino Alpeza (Minn 12.37) vs. Timothy Wang (Col 13.35) 7-5, 2-5, unf.
Doubles Competition
1) Hadavi/R. Pham (Col) def. Spec/Corwin (Minn), 7-6 (6)
2) Vermeer/Rolski (Col) def. Alpeza/Weber (Minn), 6-4
3) Levin/Krstanovic (Minn) def. Alda/Rubin (Col), 7-6 (5)
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,2)

Quote from Howard Endelman, Columbia Associate Head Coach: 
"Obviously, saving those three match points at #1 doubles was a pivotal moment from a momentum perspective. Winning the doubles point is always important, but I think today it also helped to take some pressure off our young guys in singles playing their first dual match."


2nd Round (Regional Finals)
[1] TCU def. [2] Oklahoma State 4-3
[1] Texas A&M def. [3] Boise State 4-0
[1] Oklahoma def. [3] Troy 4-0
[1] UCLA def. [3] Georgia Tech 4-0
[1] Ohio State def. [3] Denver 4-0
[1] North Carolina def. [3] NC State 4-2
[2] San Diego def. [1] Duke 4-2
[1] Baylor def. [2] Oregon 4-2
[1] South Florida def. [3] LSU 4-0
[3] Texas Tech def. [4] Florida 4-3
[1] Georgia def. [3] Memphis 4-1

2nd Round (Consolation)
[2] Drake def. [4] Indiana 4-2
[4] Wichita State def. [2] South Carolina 4-2
[3] Harvard def. [4] San Diego State 4-3
[4] SMU def. [2] New Mexico 4-0
[4] UC Santa Barbara def. [2] Louisville 4-3
[2] Ole Miss def. [1] Texas 4-3
[4] UC Irvine def. [3] Old Dominion 4-0
[4] Florida State def. [2] Mississippi State 4-1
[4] Utah State def. [2] UTSA 4-0
[4] Fresno State def. [2] San Francisco 4-3

1st Round:
[1] Columbia def. [4] Minnesota 4-0
[3] Stanford def [2] Virginia Tech 4-0
[1] Wake Forest def. [4] Auburn 4-1
[2] Tennessee def. [3] Cal Poly 4-2

#11 Wake Forest 4, #59 Auburn 1
Jan 24, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.08) vs. #96 Maxime Hinnisdaels (AUB 13.67) 2-6, 6-0, 1-3, unf
2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.14) vs. #100 Marko Krickovic (AUB 13.49) 3-6, 5-6, unf
3. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.86) def. Dante Saleh (AUB 13.17) 6-3, 6-4
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.12) def. Conner Huertas (AUB 12.91) 6-3, 6-2
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.60) def. Brandon Laubser (AUB 12.33) 6-3, 6-1
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.43) def. Olle Thestrup (AUB 12.64) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Edward Nguyen (AUB) def. #25 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Brandon Laubser/Conner Huertas (AUB) 6-3
3. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Olle Thestrup (AUB) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-3
Match Notes
Auburn 2-1, 0-0 SEC; National ranking #59
Wake Forest 3-0, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,3,4,6)
T-2:10 A-134

Tennessee was playing without its #1 Igor Smelyanski (13.18) but managed to slide past Cal Poly 4-2.

Tennessee 4, Cal Poly 2
Jan 24, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Luis Valero (UT 13.39) def. Ben Donovan (CP 13.41) 6-4, 6-4
2. Timo Stodder (UT 14.22) def. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.78) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1
3. Corey Pang (CP 12.93) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.04) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
4. Josh Ortlip (CP 13.40) def. Preston Touliatos (UT 12.62) 6-2, 6-1
5. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.40) def. Axel Damiens (CP 12.54) 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3
6. Jack Heslin (UT 13.18) vs. Aiku Shintani (CP 12.03) 7-5, 3-6, 5-5 unf.
Doubles competition
1. #23 Schipanski/Valero, UT, def. Pang/Donovan, CP, 6-4
2. Auproux/Tan, CP, def. Heslin/Touliatos, UT, 6-4
3. Stodder/Sullivan, UT, def. Shintani/Enander, CP, 6-4
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,2,3,5).

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Saturday Preview - Stanford/TCU & Ole Miss/Baylor

#18 Stanford (5-1) vs. #2 TCU (2-0) - (Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge - Austin) - 12pm est/11am cst - Live Scoring - Stanford is coming off back-to-back shutouts of Santa Clara and San Diego State while TCU hasn't played since squeaking out a 4-3 win over Oklahoma State during the Kick-Off Weekend two weeks ago. Stanford missed out qualifying for the National Indoors since it lost to Columbia 4-3 so this weekend is a chance for the Cardinal to pick up a couple of ranked wins. TCU is looking to use this weekend to toughen up some more before going to Charlottesville for the NTIs.

Doubles Records: Stanford 6-0, TCU 1-1

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #9 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.67) vs. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. #57 David Wilczynski (ST 13.83) vs. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.69)
3. Nolan Paige (ST 13.30) vs. #24 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 14.17)
4. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.97) vs. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
5. #61 Michael Genender (ST 13.64) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
6.  #89 Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.45) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.01)
O: Brandon Sutter (ST 12.57)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Stanford is usually strong in doubles and this season is no different with the Cardinal being 6-0. I'd be surprised if Stanford didn't take the doubles point but it's going to be tough but not impossible to take 3 singles matches over TCU. Tom Fawcett knocked off Cameron Norrie 6-4, 7-6 in the round of 16 at the National Indoor Intercollegiates so it'll be interesting to see if he can do again or whether Roditi moves up Rybakov to #1 and puts Norrie at #2. TCU will be pretty heavy favorites at #2 and #3 and Lopez will be favored over Kumar at #4 but not by much. Genender and Johnson should be a good one with this being Johnson's first dual-match of the season after sitting out the Kick-Off Weekend with an injury. Johnson probably gets the win but if he's not fully back to speed Genender could beat him. I like Nava at #6 over the up and down Maciek Romanowicz. The match at #1 probably won't finish but if it does I'd lean towards Fawcett over Norrie. Stanford's best winning formula is to take the doubles point and get wins from Fawcett, Genender, and Kumar. Prediction: TCU 4-2

#20 Ole Miss (2-1) at #5 Baylor (5-1) - 7pm est/6pm cst  Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video (Indoors) - Baylor is coming off its first loss of the year after falling at home Wednesday night 4-2 to Texas A&M while Ole Miss takes the court for the first time since a 4-3 road win at Texas during the Kick-Off Weekend which was two weeks ago. Baylor went to Oxford last season and won 4-1 but both teams have several new roster additions so you can't take much from that result.

Doubles Records: Ole Miss 2-1, Baylor 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #36 Stefan Lindmark (OM 13.97) vs. Julian Lenz (BU 14.70)
2. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.83) vs. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.92)
3. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.65) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30)
4. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.92) vs. Will Little (BU 13.70)
5. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.92) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.52)
6. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.84) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77)
O: Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.12); Vince Schneider (BU 13.84)

Ole Miss has to take the doubles point to have a realistic shot in this one but I think Baylor gets the point and the early momentum.

1. Julian Lenz has now won 10 straight with all 10 coming in straight sets including a 6-4, 6-1 win over #5 Arthur Rinderknech on Wednesday. Stefan Lindmark is coming off a 7-5, 6-3 win over Texas's George Goldhoff but Lenz is the stronger player and I expect him to win in straights. Prediction: Lenz (BU) in 2

2. Max Tchoutakian and Gustav Hansson played last season with Tchoutakian winning a close three-setter. Tchoutakian is coming off a straight set loss to Texas A&M's Shane Vinsant while Gustav Hansson is coming off a three-set win over Texas's Harrison Scott. This one is a near toss-up but I'm leaning towards Hansson to get the win. Prediction: Hansson (OM) in 2

3. Felipe Rios has won six straight including a 7-5, 6-4 win over Texas A&M's Jordi Arconada while Filip Kraljevic has won his last two including a 6-1, 6-2 rout of Texas's Rodrigo Banzer. This should be a closer match too but I like Rios in 3.  Prediction: Rios (BU) in 3

4. Will Little has won eight of his last nine though he was on the verge of a loss to Texas A&M's Harrison Adams when the match was halted with Adams up 5-2 in the third. Grey Hamilton has dropped his last five and is coming off a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss to Texas's Adrian Ortiz. Prediction: Little (BU) in 2

5. Jimmy Bendeck had a six-match winning streak get snapped in a 6-3, 7-6 loss to Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti while Fabian Fallert split his first two dual-matches but is coming off a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 loss to Texas's Michael Riechmann. Prediction: Bendeck (BU) in 3

6. Tommy Podvinski is 2-4 in dual-match play and is coming off a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow while Vinod Gowda dropped his only dual-match 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Texas's Julian Zlobinsky. Prediction: Gowda (OM) in 2

I expect they'll stop on the clinch but either way I look for Baylor to come away with the win. Prediction: Baylor 4-2

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Saturday was a day for some great tennis in the state of Texas with Ole Miss winning a thriller over Baylor in Waco while TCU and Cal won battles over Stanford and Texas in Austin.

Ole Miss came into the match having only played 3 times all season while Baylor was playing its 5th match in the last 8 days. Baylor got off to a hot start in doubles and at one point led 5-1 at #1, 3-0 at #2, and 4-2 at #3 but unbelievably they'd only get 1 more game between the 3 courts combined. Julian Lenz and Will Little got that 1 game and finished off the match at #1 winning 6-2 but Ole Miss started chipping away at the deficit everywhere else. The Rebel's #3 team of Fabian Fallert and Grey Hamilton won 4 straight game to close out Felipe Rios and Jimmy Bendeck 6-4. The biggest momentum shift in that one came when Ole Miss was serving at 4-4, 15-40 and they managed to come back and get the hold. Moments later Stefan Lindmark and Ricardo Jorge completed their comeback by winning the final 6 games at #2 to win 6-3.

Losing the doubles point in the manner they lost it was a back breaker for Baylor because with its lack of depth down low it meant that they'd have to find a way to sweep the top 4 courts and they almost did it.

Ole Miss head coach Toby Hansson made a few changes to his singles lineup that ended up paying dividends later in the match. He removed Grey Hamilton, who was 0-3 at #4, and slid Fabian Fallert up from #5 to #4 and brought Ricardo Jorge off the bench to play at #5. He also swapped Gustav Hansson (no relation) and Filip Kraljevic at #2 and #3 after each had played in the other spot in the first three matches.

Each team took three opening sets in singles with Lenz, Tchoutakian, and Little getting them for Baylor while Hansson, Jorge, and Gowda rang them up for Ole Miss. Ricardo Jorge would be off the court in just 65 minutes as he crushed Jimmy Bendeck 6-2, 6-1 at #5 singles but about 20 minutes later Baylor's Julian Lenz would answer with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Stefan Lindmark at #1.

Ole Miss still had all the momentum because Vinod Gowda was pulling away at #6 and Gustav Hansson was up a set and a break at #3 so for Baylor to get back in it they'd need Felipe Rios to figure something out at #3. While Vinod Gowda closed out Tommy Podvinski 6-2, 6-3 at #6, Rios would come back to break Hansson twice in the second set and take the set 6-4.

So it was now 3-1 Ole Miss with both #2 and #3 singles into a third set plus Baylor's Will Little was up a set and heading to a second set tiebreak at #4.

Baylor's Max Tchoutakian fell behind 2-0* in the third at #2 but he got it back on serve and then broke Filip Kraljevic to go up 5-3. While Tchoutakian served for the match at #2 it looked like his teammate at #4 was about to go to a third set because Will Little trailed Fabian Fallert 6-3 in the second set tiebreak.

All of a sudden things started to go Baylor's way. Will Little won the next two points to pull within 6-5 and just when it looked like Fallert was going to take the set, Little pulled a running backhand lob out of his hat and tied it up at 6-6. Less than a minute later both Fallert and Kraljevic would put forehands into the net and in a blink of an eye the match was tied at 3-3. The fans were going nuts as you can see below and Baylor had newfound life.

As easily as Baylor had blown the doubles point it now looked like Ole Miss was about to return the favor in singles but this one wasn't quite over yet. Felipe Rios was up 2-1 in the third on the remaining court and had worked Gustav Hansson to the deciding point but Hansson managed to hold to even it at 2-2.  Hansson would then go up 0-40 on Rios's serve and would eventually get the break from 30-40 when Rios hit a backhand slice that was a foot or two short from clearing the net.

Hansson was just a few holds away from closing it out and it looked good when he went up 40-15 on his next service game. After a Hansson forehand error made it 40-30, Rios hit a forehand that Hansson called long but after Rios appealed the call the chair overturned it to make it 40-40. However it was also Hansson's third overrule of the match which meant there was a corresponding point penalty which gave Rios the break to even it at 3-3. I was watching on the live stream and I thought the ball may have clipped the line but again that's me watching on the stream while Hansson was standing right over the ball.

Gustav Hansson (Photo Via OleMissSports.com
The big point on Rios's next service game came at 30-all - about 3 or 4 shots in Rios apparently broke a string so he hit a squash forehand which squashed into the bottom part of the net. Rios changed out rackets after the point but the new stick wouldn't help him as he dumped a forehand into the net to donate the break back to Hansson.

As the third set rocked on Rios was going out of his way to try and hit forehands while Hansson seemed to be moving around rather effortlessly and was hitting the ball just as well off both wings.

Hansson rang up a quick hold from 40-15 to extend his lead to 5-3 but Rios held himself from 40-15 to make it 5-4. Hansson went up 40-15 but Rios got it to the deciding point after Hansson put an off-balance forehand into the net. The deciding point was pretty quick as Rios sent a forehand long and Ole Miss came away with the 4-3 win.

#20 Ole Miss 4, #4 Baylor 3
Feb 06, 2016 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Julian Lenz (BU 14.70) def. #36 Stefan Lindmark (OM 13.97) 7-5, 6-2
2. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.92) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.65) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.83) def. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
4. Will Little (BU 13.70) def. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.92) 6-3, 7-6 (6)
5. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.12) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.52) 6-2, 6-1
6. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.84) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-2
2. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-3
3. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
Match Notes
Ole Miss 3-1; National ranking #20
Baylor 5-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,6,4,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss head coach Toby Hansson via the Ole Miss recap
"What a great college tennis match. It was a fantastic team effort. I am really happy for everybody on the team. We've put in so much work and this is huge for us.

On overcoming a slow start "We got off to a slow start in doubles, but the guys did a tremendous job of composing themselves and turning it around to shift the momentum in our favor. In singles everyone battled hard and we were able to get two straight set wins at five and six to maintain momentum. We were in control for a large part of the match, but credit Baylor. They did a great job of bouncing back and making it close. In the end we responded well when Baylor got back in it. Gus was able to stay calm and continue to fight as hard as he could. 

On feeling of having Gus out there to close it out"We really have a lot of confidence in Gus. He went down a few times and was physically hurting, but he was able to overcome it. He's tough. He's been there before for the team and we knew he could get it done. He has a tremendous attitude and works really hard. We are really happy for him and for the team.

Sophomore Gustav Hansson on clinching the win
"I saw Filip and Fabi were fighting, and then unfortunately both lost. I got an early break [in the third] but then I got overruled; the crowd went crazy. It was tough and I was cramping, but I just tried to stay calm and play one ball at a time. I just tried to focus on each point. It was a great effort by everyone. We continue to get better. We have great team chemistry, everyone is working hard and it's a lot of fun.

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor head coach Matt Knoll via the BU recap
"I was really pleased with how we did once we were down 3-1. We really rose up and fought. Will and Max just did a fantastic job. It was a great effort from Felipe to come back and win the second set. We gave ourselves a chance to win. 

"We have a lot to talk about. We controlled No. 1 doubles and were up a break on the other two and we just kind of let our foot off the accelerator. I think our guys started scoreboard watching and thinking we were just going to show up at the finish line. They outcompeted us in the doubles at the end. You have to credit them. We have to get a lot better. We are playing good teams and learning that we have a lot of growing to do. We are going to have to grow fast. Knoll on doubles play and improvements for next week.


In the opening match of the day in Austin, TCU and Stanford went toe-to-toe for over 3 hours with every singles matches tightly contested after a close doubles point.

Stanford came into the match undefeated in doubles but TCU put an end to that streak by picking up a 6-4 win at #3 and a 7-5 win at #2. It just so happened that TCU switched up its doubles pairings at #2 and #3 by splitting up Rybakov and Stalder and bringing Hudson Blake in at #2 and moving Guillermo Nunez down to #3 and the moves ended up paying off. Rybakov and Nunez went up a break to start the match but Yale Goldberg and David Wilczynski broke back to even the match at 2-2. Rybakov and Nunez broke again late and then held to take it 6-4 which clinched the doubles point.

Stanford fought back in singles and took four opening sets but they'd be unable to close out any of them in straight sets. TCU's Guillermo Nunez made it 2-0 after coming back from a set down to beat Nolan Paige at #3 and then Eduardo Nava would extend the lead to 3-0 by winning the only straight set match of the day 7-6, 7-6 over Michael Genender at #5. Stanford's Tom Fawcett came back from a set down to upend #4 Cameron Norrie 6-4 in the third at #1 and Maciek Romanowicz scored a win at #6 over Trey Daniel 6-3 in the third. So it was now 3-2 TCU and Stanford's Sameer Kumar had gone up 4-1 in the third at #4 but unfortunately for the Cardinal David Wilczynski was in trouble at #2. Wilczynski took the first set over TCU freshman phenom Alex Rybakov but Rykavov took the second 6-4. The third set would be all Rybakov as he cruised to the finish line with a 6-0 set and TCU had survived to fight another day.

The match between Kumar and Lopez was abandoned but Lopez had got it back on serve before the clinch.  

#2 TCU 4, #18 Stanford 2
Feb 06, 2016 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #9 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.67) def. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.69) def. #57 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.83) 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-0
3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) def. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.30) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
4. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.97) 6-7 (8), 6-3, 3-4, unf
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.01) def. #61 Michael Genender (STAN 13.64) 7-6, 7-6
6. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.45) def. Trey Daniel (TCU 12.56) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #42 Nolan Paige/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Tom Fawcett/Sameer Kumar (STAN) 7-5
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Yale Goldberg/David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-4
Match Notes:
Stanford 5-2; National ranking #18
TCU 3-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,5,1,6,2)

Post-Match Quotes from TCU Head Coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"That is one of the closest dual matches on every single court that I have seen since I have been a coach in six years where basically every match could go either way. That is how I felt with every single match including the doubles. I thought Stanford was very well coached. I know both coaches very well and you are not going to find two better coaches from any team. Our guys were ready for a battle and I feel like it helped our guys get through that because that is exactly what we were expecting and we were prepared for it to go the distance.

"Overall, I am just really proud of the fight that we showed today. We were ready for a battle and our guys brought it. We fought every single match and we came back in two matches down a set to win. That is great to see. I remember a few seasons ago, we would talk about how we weren't winning matches when we were down a set and if we continue to do that, we are sending a message that no matter how far down we are, we are going to keep battling back. I am proud of our team for doing that.

On the doubles matches
"That doubles point is beautiful when you can get it and I was very pleased to win with two teams that have never played together in a dual match. Today seemed like the right combination to put up there and I felt like that is where we could make the biggest improvement from the last dual matches. Moving forward, we needed to play better doubles. Today, we found a way to play better doubles and get that doubles point.

On the crowd
"It was nice to see tennis alumni and tennis fans come to watch us play. Members of our team that are not in our travel party along with some members of the women's tennis team made it down and it was nice to be on the road and have that kind of support.

On playing Cal tomorrow
"We just had a very physical match, but we are going to have to get ready for an extremely tough team in Cal tomorrow. Cal can be a top-5 team and you can put whatever ranking you want next to their name, but I know and everybody knows that they are a lot closer to No. 1 than No. 24. We will be ready for that. The last couple of times we have played Cal, it has come down to the wire and we have been on the losing end of that. Tomorrow, we are going to change that and we are going to come out and fight.

The second match of the day in Austin saw five of six singles matches go three-sets but Cal ended up winning the first three to finish and closed out Texas 4-0. Cal took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 and then took four opening sets in singles. Filip Bergevi got a quick 6-1, 6-3 win at #3 and then Andre Goransson came back from dropping the first set in a tiebreak to steamrolling Harrison Scott 6-2, 6-0 in the final two sets to get the win at #2. Billy Griffith clinched the win at #4 with the other three matches going unfinished.

#24 Cal 4, #26 Texas 0
Feb. 6, 2016, in Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Adrian Ortiz/Michael Riechmann (Texas) def. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) 6-2
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (Texas) 6-4
3. Billy Griffith/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Rodrigo Banzer/Harrison Scott (Texas) 6-1
Singles competition
1. George Goldhoff (Texas) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (Cal) 6-4, 2-6, 5-2 unf
2. #3 Andre Goransson (Cal) def. #94 Harrison Scott (Texas) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-0
3. #86 Filip Bergevi (Cal) def. Rodrigo Banzer (Texas) 6-1, 6-3
4. #39 Billy Griffith (Cal) def. Adrian Ortiz (Texas) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
5. #54 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. #114 Michael Riechmann (Texas) 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 unf
6. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) vs. Julian Zlobinsky (Texas) 6-4, 2-6, 5-5 unf
Match Notes
Cal 3-1; National Ranking #24
Texas 4-5; National Ranking #26
Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2*); Singles (3, 2, 4)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We played better in doubles today, and we came out with purpose in the singles, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "With five of the singles matches going into the third set, we had quite a battle on our hands. Texas is a perennial top team in the country, and today we finished up with high-quality play late in the third sets to clinch the victory.

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap - Texas head coach Michael Center
Once again it was kind of a similar match to what we've seen lately.  We played really hard.  We were in position (to win) on a lot of courts, but we're just having a hard time finishing these matches.  We're making some mistakes early in the doubles and we're getting down and fighting back.  We're just having a hard time crossing the finish line. We're competing with the teams but have to find a way to get it done in the end.  We've got another great chance tomorrow against Stanford; just have to keep going at this point.
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#5 Oklahoma (3-1) at #7 North Carolina (5-0) - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Video - Oklahoma is coming off a 5-2 win at #63 Alabama on Friday while North Carolina last played a week ago when it shutout #12 Illinois 4-0. The Sooners really have missed the presence of its #2 Andrew Harris (14.76) who has been sidelined for a while with knee tendinitis and without him they've had to make adjustments to both the singles and doubles lineups. Axel Alvarez comes into this match having lost two straight and the team has dropped the doubles point in two straight matches. North Carolina has been battling some injuries as well though both Brayden Schnur (tendinitis) and Ronnie Schneider (ankle) have continued to play but their results have been just so-so (2-3). 

Doubles Records: Oklahoma 2-2, UNC 5-0

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.10)
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01)
3. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.86) vs. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.78)
4. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.78)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.86)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) vs. Anudeep Kodali (UNC 13.19)
O: Austin Siegel (OU 13.31)/Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15)

North Carolina comes into this one as the clear favorite and I'd actually be pretty surprised if they lost. I like UNC in doubles and I see Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Robert Kelly winning in singles while OU's Axel Alvarez returns to the win column and he's joined by Alex Ghilea and Andre Biro. If OU can find a way to take the doubles point then this will be a war that comes down to the final court. Prediction: North Carolina 4-3

#24 California (3-1) vs. #2 TCU (3-0) - (Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge - Austin) - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring - TCU is coming off a tough 4-2 win over #18 Stanford while Cal beat #26 Texas 4-0 though all the remaining matches were tight. Cal has made some changes in its lineup today and has moved Andrew Goransson back to #1 and also brought Billy Griffith up from 4 to 3.

Doubles Records: Cal 3-1, TCU 2-1

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #3 Andre Goransson (Cal 14.33)
2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.69) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (Cal 13.88) 
3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #39 Billy Griffith (Cal 13.83)
4. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. #86 Filip Bergevi (Cal 14.04) 
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.01) vs. #54 Oskar Wikberg (Cal 13.57)
6. #73 Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) vs. J.T. Nishimura (Cal 13.50)
O: Trey Daniel (TCU 12.56), Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)/Mads Engsted (Cal 13.23)

It'll be interesting to see if TCU can have another strong day in doubles or whether Cal wins the point for the fourth time in a row. TCU got all it wanted yesterday and I think this will be a similar match with Cal just as strong in singles and probably a little stronger in some spots. I look for Cameron Norrie to rebound after a tough loss to Tom Fawcett while Alex Rybakov will take care of business at #2 against Florian Lakat. Both Guillermo Nunez and Billy Griffith won three-setters yesterday and I see them going three today but I like Nunez to get the win. I like Cal at the bottom of the lineup with Filip Bergevi on a roll having only dropped 10 games in his last 3 matches while Wikberg has been playing well too. The match at #6 is tough to call since I'm not sure if Trevor Johnson will actually play today but I'll go with Nishimura over whoever he faces. The doubles point may be the difference but I think the battle test Horned Frogs pull through. Prediction: TCU 4-2

#19 Virginia Tech (3-1) at #8 Ohio State (7-0) - 12pm est Live Scoring/Video - Ohio State is the only major D1 school that has yet to yield a point while Virginia Tech comes in looking to atone for its rough loss to Stanford during the Kick-Off Weekend. The Hokies did play on Friday beating Richmond and St. Bonaventure but the competition today will be a major step up. Ohio State last took the court a week ago when it blanked Texas 4-0.

Doubles Records: Virginia Tech 3-1, Ohio State 7-0

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.31) vs. #7 Mikael Torpeggard (OSU 14.45)
2. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.91) vs. #10 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23)
3. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.36) vs. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98)
4. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.63) vs. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61)
5. Jai Corbett (VT 13.33) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
6. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.20) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74)
O: Mitch Harper (VT 13.01)/Matt Mendez (OSU 13.44)

Ohio State should take the doubles point to grab the early lead and then I look for Chris Diaz, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach to give Ohio State wins in singles. I imagine they'll stop on the clinch but if not I'd like Joao Monteiro and Aaron Gomez at #1 and #6 for VT while I'd take Hugo DiFeo at #2 over Bjerrehus. If they play it out I'd say Ohio State 5-2 but on the clinch 4-0. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0

#13 South Florida (3-0) at #3 Texas A&M (7-0)  1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - South Florida is coming off a 7-0 rout at #23 Minnesota while Texas A&M held off #28 Florida State 4-3. It'll be interesting to see if the wake up call by Florida State was enough to fire up the Aggies or whether it was a sign of things to come. South Florida has more than a punchers chance in singles with its best chances coming at 2, 3, and 4 and you can't ever count out Roberto Cid at #1.

Doubles Records: South Florida 2-1, Texas A&M 7-0

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.50) vs. #17 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. #29 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.13) vs. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.86) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 12.99) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.08)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.47) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhyy (USF 13.36)
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.45) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.46)
O: Jackson Withrow (13.74/50%)/Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)

Texas A&M has yet to drop the doubles point and I think they'll use the usually windy conditions to its advantage and take the early lead. I'll take Rinderknech, Adams, Catanzariti, and Lunkin in singles for A&M while South Florida gets wins from Cotrone and Gozun. I like Texas A&M but if USF can take the doubles point and get a win from Roberto Cid I think that'd be enough to pull the upset. Prediction: Texas A&M 5-2

#17 Oklahoma State will face a stiff test in Fayetteville against #64 Arkansas but I think the Pokes will find a way to avoid to barely avoid the upset - Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-3

#18 Stanford will bounce back from its tough loss to TCU and find some redemption against #26 Texas. The Longhorns won't lay down and will find wins from Harrison Scott and Julian Zlobinsky but Stanford still wins - Prediction: Stanford 4-2

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Some days things go your way and some days they don't - for TCU, Oklahoma, and Stanford it was the latter while Cal, North Carolina, and Texas walked away with big smiles on its faces.

Cal got punched in the gut when it couldn't participate in the Kick-Off Weekend due to weather but they made up for it this weekend in spades with wins over #26 Texas and #2 TCU.

Both Cal and TCU played physical matches on Saturday with each getting pushed by its opponents but while Cal bounced back TCU wasn't able to keep up the Bears.

TCU pulled out the doubles point for the second day in a row with wins at #2 and #3 but Cal got humming in singles and took opening sets at #2, #3, #4, and #6.

TCU's Cameron Norrie made quick work of #3 Andre Goransson at #1 singles and Eduardo Nava was looking good at #5 but Cal was in total control on the other courts. Florian Lakat played at #1 against Texas and was saved by the bell when he trailed George Goldhoff 5-2 in the third. On Sunday it was his opponent, Alex Rybakov, that was wishing there was a bell because Lakat rolled over him 6-2, 6-2 in just an hour and five minutes.

Filip Bergevi continued his hot streak and took out Jerry Lopez 6-1, 6-4 at #4 and a few minutes later Billy Griffith put Cal ahead 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3 over Guillermo Nunez.

Cal's J.T. Nishimura (Photo Courtesy of Cal)
Cal's J.T. Nishimura, who has been on the wrong end of a few deciding matches, finally was able to close the door today but it didn't come easy. Nishimura took the opening set 6-2 but he fell behind Reese Stalder 5-1 in the second. Stalder got broke serving for the set twice and then Nishimura pulled out the second set tiebreak 7-5 and after an up and down opening month Cal had its signature win.

The match at #5 was abandoned but Eduardo Nava had a chance to close out Oskar Wikberg when he led 6-4, 5-3 but Wikberg took two straight to even it at 5-5.

TCU's David Roditi didn't mince any words when talking after the match:

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

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"I know it sounds a little clich, but it was a total team effort today, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We knew we had our backs against the wall after losing the doubles point, and every guy on our team came out in the singles with an intense focus. J.T. Nishimura clinched the match for us after being down 5-1 down in the second set. All of our guys focused on playing a complete match start to finish and the outcome was a result of the team's determination and tenacity today.

Post-Match Quotes from 
TCU's recap
"Cal deserves all the credit, said head coach David Roditi. They flat out beat us and they were better than we were today. We must learn from it and get better as a team. They came committed and jumped all over us from the start. Our highlight was another good performance in doubles and a very good result for Cameron (Norrie) in singles. Every match lets us know where we are and Cal showed us exactly that. We have just a few days to get ready for a very competitive weekend in Virginia.

Oklahoma is probably hoping it doesn't have to play too many more ACC schools after losing to one for the second week in a row. Last Sunday Wake Forest came into Norman and won 5-2 and today North Carolina pulled out a tough 4-3 win in Chapel Hill.

Oklahoma welcomed back Andrew Harris to its doubles lineup and he played a big role in helping Oklahoma take the early 1-0 lead. Harris and his doubles partner Alex Ghilea won the deciding court at #1 with Harris holding from 40-15 to seal the 7-5 win.

North Carolina needed to win four singles matches and they put themselves in good position to do so after taking the opening sets at #2, #3, #4, and #5.

Oklahoma's Andre Biro put OU up 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Blaine Boyden at #6 but North Carolina answered with a 6-2, 6-4 win from Jack Murray at #4 and a 6-4, 6-4 win from Ronnie Schneider at #2.

Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez would put OU up 3-2 with a 7-6, 6-0 win over Brayden Schnur at #1 but North Carolina was up on the two other courts.

North Carolina's Brett Clark was serving for the match at #3 singles up 7-5, 5-4 but Florin Bragusi broke and then held on the deciding point to go up 6-5. Bragusi would break Clark again, this time on the deciding point, to take the second set 7-5 and off to a third set they went.

At #5 singles, North Carolina's Robert Kelly took the first set 7-5 but Oklahoma's Maxime Mora answered by taking the second set 6-4. Kelly sprinted out to a 4-1 lead in the third but Mora held and broke to put the match back on serve at 4-3. Kelly would break right back and then serve it out from 40-30 to take the match 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 (clip of match point below courtesy of UNC)

While Kelly was putting away Mora at #5, Brett Clark was opening up a big lead himself in the final set at #3. Clark broke Bragusi to start the third set and would break him again later in the set to go up 5-2. Clark would serve it out from 40-15 to clinch North Carolina's second top 10 win in the last week.

I watched the final sets of each match on the live feed and was impressed that both Kelly and Clark were playing aggressive and not waiting for their opponents to give it away.

Below are some match point and interviews courtesy of UNC.

#7 North Carolina 4, #5 Oklahoma 3
February 7, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
Order of match finish: (2,3,1)
1. Harris/Ghilea (OU) def. #1 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC), 7-5
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) def. Alvarez/Papa (OU), 6-4
3. Biro/Austin Siegel def. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) def. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.10), 7-6(3), 6-0
2. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.99), 6-4, 6-4
3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.78) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85), 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.10), 6-2, 6-4
5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.86) def. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) def. Blaine Boyden (UNC 13.15), 6-2, 6-2
Match Notes
UNC 6-0; National ranking #7
Oklahoma 3-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,2,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"It's a great win for us, to beat a team like Oklahoma after losing the doubles point, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "We had some really outstanding performances in the singles spots that we won. I'm proud of the guys, how hard they fought.

"We feed off our crowd, which was amazing today, Clark said. "It feels great it was a complete team win.

Texas has had a rough go of it so far this season but they were able to get some redemption today with a surprising 4-3 win over #18 Stanford. The Longhorns took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but Stanford rebounded in singles by taking opening sets at #1, #3, #4, and #5. Tom Fawcett, Sameer Kumar, and Maciek Romanowicz would win in straight sets at #1, #4, and #5 to give Stanford a 3-1 lead but Texas would answer with straight set wins from Harrison Scott and Julian Zlobinsky at #2 and #6 to even it at 3-3.

The match would come down to #3 singles which saw Adrian Ortiz and Nolan Paige exchange a pair of lopsided first two sets. Paige gave Ortiz a first set breadstick but Ortiz got out the cream cheese and gave Paige a bagel in the second set.  The third set stayed on serve until Paige broke Ortiz to go up 6-5. Paige went up 40-30 but he squandered both match points with a pair of errors including a double fault on the deciding point.

I thought the Texas recap did a great job breaking down the tiebreak so I'll let you read what they wrote:

"Ortiz took a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak, but his double fault coupled with a pair of Paige passing forehand winners evened the breaker at three.  Paige assumed a 5-3 lead, but a big Ortiz serve yielded an errant Paige backhand, as Ortiz cut Paige's lead to 5-4.  Paige double-faulted once more for 5-all, and his long backhand on the next point set up match point for Ortiz at 6-5.

Ortiz smacked a forehand into the net for 6-all, though Paige went into the net once more to give Ortiz a 7-6 lead and another match point with Paige serving.  Ortiz lofted a well-placed top-spin lob over Paige and in bounds with room to spare to win the tiebreaker, 8-6 and seal the 4-3 Texas win"

#26 Texas 4, #18 Stanford 3
Feb 07, 2016 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Adrian Ortiz/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. #42 Nolan Paige/Maciek Romanowicz (SU), 6-3
2. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Tom Fawcett/Sameer Kumar (SU), 6-4
3. Yale Goldberg/David Wilczynsky (SU) def. Rodrigo Banzer/Harrison Scott (UT), 7-5
Singles competition
1. #9 Tom Fawcett (SU 14.67) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.70), 6-2, 6-1
2. #94 Harrison Scott (UT 13.52) def. #57 David Wilczynski (SU 13.83), 6-2, 6-4
3. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.77) def. Nolan Paige (SU 13.30), 1-6, 6-0, 7-6 (6)
4. Sameer Kumar (SU 13.96) def. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.56), 6-1, 6-1
5. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (SU 13.45) def. #114 Michael Riechmann (UT 13.09), 6-3, 6-2
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.82) def. #61 Michael Genender (SU 13.65), 7-6 (3), 6-1
Match Notes
Texas 5-5; National ranking #26
Stanford 5-3; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,1,5,2,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap
On today's match: "I think Stanford has a great team, said Texas head coach Michael Center. We knew this was going to be a tough stretch opening the season with such a young team, but we kept working hard and kept improving. Even though we lost some matches 4-0, we were actually in a lot of those matches. I just told them to stay with it, keep their patience, keep competing, and stay aggressive, and that's what they did. The key was getting that doubles point, which we've been coming up short in. I thought that gave us good momentum. Then we hung around and came through after being down 3-1, so it was a great team win today"

"They were both getting a little nervous there at the end," said Texas head coach Michael Center.  "They were both fighting their nerves, and he (Ortiz) gave up the serve on 5-all and got the break back.  He just held it together, stayed with his routine in between points and at the end of the day he made the play to win the match.  It was a great shot by Adrian to finish it off."

Sophomore Adrian Ortiz
On coming back in the second set: "I started off pretty slow. I was pretty nervous and he was actually playing pretty well. In the second set after losing 6-1, I said that I'm going to start playing better and playing loose. I started playing pretty good tennis and kind of got the strategy working against him, which was very solid. I was able to break him every game; I was serving well to close out that set 6-0.  Really throughout the whole match I was hanging some pretty decent lobs, and I just thought to myself that I needed to make a decent return on that point. I saw the opportunity (on match point), executed it and it worked."

Ohio State stayed undefeated and unscored on with its 8th shutout of the year by defeating #19 Virginia Tech 4-0. Ohio State blew Virginia Tech off the court in doubles winning 6-3 at #1 and 6-2 at #2 but Virginia Tech put up some resistance on a few courts in singles. Each team took three opening sets but the difference was Ohio State finished each of its three in straight sets. Ralf Steinbach won 6-1, 6-4 at #5, Mikael Torpeggard won 6-3, 6-2 at #1, and Chris Diaz provided the clincher with a 6-2, 7-6 win at #2 over Andreas Bjerrehus.

Virginia Tech was a point away from winning at #3 and #4 and Mitch Harper and Martin Joyce were tied at 2-2 in the third at #6.

Ohio State is the only team from a power 5 conference that has yet to give up a point this season - fact that I dug up earlier in the week.

#8 Ohio State 4, #19 Virginia Tech 0
Feb 07, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #7 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.45) def. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.31) 6-3, 6-2
2. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) def. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.91) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Amerigo Contini (VT) vs. #10 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) 7-5, 5-4, unf.
4. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.66) vs. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) 6-4, 6-6, unf. 
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.37) 6-1, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) vs. Mitch Harper (VT 13.01) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 2-2, unf.
Doubles competition
1. #22 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #21 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 6-3
2. #24 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Edoardo Tessaro/Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-2
3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 5-2, unf.
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 4-2; National ranking #19
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,1,2)
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:16 A-261

In a tail of two teams going in opposite directions it was Michigan winning its 5th in a row with a 7-0 thrashing over #25 Duke. Michigan took the doubles point and then took all six opening sets in singles and then closed out four of them in straight sets while Davis Crocker and Carter Lin won in three. Duke has now lost five of its last six and with a rough ACC schedule coming up its entirely possible that Duke may miss the NCAAs this season unless something changes very quickly.

#54 Michigan 7, #25 Duke 0
Feb 07, 2016 at Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Jathan Malik (UMICH 13.77) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.14) 6-2, 6-4
2. Alex Knight (UMICH 13.71) def. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.60) 6-4, 6-2
3. Davis Crocker (UMICH 12.75) def. Vincent Lin (DU 13.48) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Runhao Hua (UMICH 13.67) def. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.39) 6-3, 6-4
5. Carter Lin (UMICH 13.00) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.68) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (UMICH 12.91) def. Ryan Dickerson (DU 13.37) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UMICH) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) 6-4
2. Gabe Tishman/Kevin Wong (UMICH) vs. Ryan Dickerson/Josh Levine (DU) 5-6, unf
3. Jathan Malik/Tyler Gardiner (UMICH) def. Catalin Mateas/TJ Pura (DU) 6-2
Match Notes
Duke 2-5; National ranking #25
Michigan 5-1; National ranking #54
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,2,4,5,3)

Texas A&M will most likely assume the #2 spot in the rankings after it beat #13 South Florida 4-3 on Sunday. The Aggies took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 then picked up straight set wins from Jordi Arconada, AJ Catanzariti, and Jackson Withrow at #3, #4, and #6 with Withrow providing the clincher at #6.

They played the remaining matches out after the clinch with South Florida's Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Peter Bertran each winning however by then the air had been let out of the balloon.

#3 Texas A&M 4, #13 South Florida 3
Feb 07, 2016 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #17 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.50) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) def. #29 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.13) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.86) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.72) 6-3, 6-3
4. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.46) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.08) 6-1, 6-4
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.45) 6-1, 0-6, 6-2
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.74) def. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-3
2. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-4
3. #29 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) 6-4
Match Notes:
Texas A&M: 9-0 record: National Ranking #3
South Florida: 3-1 record; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,5,1,2)

Post Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap
AJ Catanzariti, Texas A&M Sophomore
On the week's matches
"It was a pretty good test for the team. We wanted to see kind of what we are worth. Our team is deep this year and we got tested these last three matches and we came through in all three of them. (I'm) Playing pretty well, playing pretty solid. It's easy when you got guys so solid in the top of the lineup, and you look over and they are either winning or battling."

On playing at No. 4 against top-25 teams
"It's still a battle can't take anything for granted over there. We competed against three top-25 teams right now and we are going to be playing against top 16 teams again and I think we'll do pretty well."

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach
On the South Florida match
"We did a good job in the doubles obviously, tightly contested which against the good teams that is going to be the case in this format so we were able to secure that and then we won five of the first six sets. I kind of thought we would start out fairly well. In fairness to them they played Minnesota Friday night, there, indoors and then they come out here and it's obviously windy conditions. Same with us on Wednesday we played Baylor on slow indoor courts and here on Friday night against Florida State and totally different conditions, cold, court is dead, balls aren't going anywhere, night time outside it's windy and those are factors that kind of play into how you play."

On South Florida
I felt it was key for us to get off to a good start in those matches so we could get out in front until they settled in and they clearly were beginning to settle in as the match went on. They are a very good team and I knew they were, I think they are considerably better than their ranking. They have a lot of experienced players on their team, but they are a new top team so they are having to go places to get wins and play. A lot of that goes on with a team like that and to play people they have to go on the road and that is difficult to win on the road at any school especially against some of the top programs and I thought it was clear as the match went on they got better

On mindset going into ITA Indoors
We need to rest them now because we have some beat up guys. thank goodness we have depth with all the matches that we've played but we've played three really good teams and it's kind of a precursor to the indoor and what the SEC and NCAA tournament is like where you have to play on back to back days or every other day in tough physical and emotional matches and hopefully our guys will get better as a result.

Wisconsin did something last night that it hadn't done in almost 6 years - it knocked off a top 25 team with a 4-3 win over #23 Minnesota. The last time the Badgers banked a top 25 win came back in 2010 when it upset #13 Illinois.

Minnesota took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Wisconsin got the four singles wins it needed with Josef Dodridge providing the clincher at #1. Minnesota was playing without its #2 Felix Corwin (13.90)

#74 Wisconsin 4, #23 Minnesota 3
Feb 07, 2016 at Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Josef Dodridge (WIS 13.33) def. Matic Spec (MINN 13.65) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
2. #95 Ruben Weber (MINN 13.35) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS 13.03) 6-3, 6-3
3. Lamar Remy (WIS 12.69) def. Justyn Levin (MINN 12.39) 6-3, 6-3
4. Osgar O'Hoisin (WIS 12.73) def. Josip Krstanovic (MINN 12.45) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
5. Marino Alpeza (MINN 12.36) def. Darius Mackenzie (WIS 12.21) 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-2
6. Jakhongir Jalolov (WIS 12.45) def. Jeremy Lynn (MINN 11.70) 7-6 (11-9), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Ruben Weber/Marino Alpeza (MINN) def. Josef Dodridge/Lamar Remy (WIS) 6-4
2. Jose Carranza/Jakhongir Jalolov (WIS) def. Justyn Levin/Josip Krstanovic (MINN) 6-1
3. Jeremy Lynn/Matic Spec (MINN) def. Alexander Kokorev/Darius Mackenzie (WIS) 6-2
Match Notes
Wisconsin 5-0; National ranking #74
Minnesota 2-4; National ranking #23
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1) Singles (3,2,6,5,4,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Wisconsin's recap
"I'm so proud of the fight in our guys," head coach Danny Westerman said after Wisconsin registered its highest-ranked win since 2010. "It was a complete team win and the support our guys give to one another is tremendous. We were down on a lot of singles courts early after doubles, but the guys just continued to fight and we found a way to win. Osgar (O'Hoisin) showed a ton of poise and trusted his game in the most critical point of the match.

"It's a fantastic win for Joe (Dodridge)," said Westerman. "He beat one of the top players in the Big Ten today in the highest pressure situation. It's a credit to him working extremely hard and sticking with the game plan."

Post-Match Quote from Minnesota's recap
"We just need to keep learning and keep trying to get better, head coach Geoff Young said.

Possibly the closest finish off the weekend came in this one in Des Moines. #39 Drake came from behind to beat Western Michigan with the final two courts going to third set tiebreaks in a match that was filled with tiebreak.

Western Michigan won the doubles point by taking both #2 and #3 doubles in tiebreaks but Drake came back with four first sets. Bayo Philips and Tom Hands won in straight sets for Drake while Matej Svjetlicic and Ruben Greiner did the same for WMU.

Ben Lott and Vinny Gillespie won the two deciding matches at #1 and # in third set tiebreak with Lott taking it 10-8 and Gillespie 7-5.

#39 Drake 4, Western Michigan 3
Feb 07, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Center) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU 13.34) def. Jefta Kecic (WMU 12.77) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (10-8)
2. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.56) def. Maik Steiner (WMU 12.67) 6-4, 6-3
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.40) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU 12.70) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Matej Svjetlicic (WMU 12.31) def. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 12.69) 7-5, 7-5
5. Ruben Greiner (WMU 12.22) def. Clark, Ben (DU 12.47) 6-3, 6-3
6. Hands, Tom (DU 12.32) def. Daniel Loebel (WMU 12.04) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Philips, Bayo/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Ruben Greiner/Daniel Loebel (WMU) 6-2
2. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Lott, Ben/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Jefta Kecic/Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) def. Clark, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Drake 3-3; National ranking #39
Western Michigan 4-3; 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,6,5,4,3,1)

Some other Sunday scores of interest:

#61 Old Dominion upset #34 Dartmouth 4-3 - ODU dropped the doubles point but rallied to win at #1, #2, #3, and #5 singles with Aziz Kijametovic clinching the win 6-3 in the third at #3.

#21 Northwestern def. #60 Cornell 4-1 - Cats took the doubles point and got wins from Kirchheimer, Horoz, and Vandixhorn with VD clinching it at #6.

#36 Notre Dame def. #53 Indiana 5-2
#32 NC State def. #55 South Carolina 4-3
#10 Wake Forest def #40 Tennessee 7-0
#32 Harvard def. #27 Vanderbilt 4-3
#17 Oklahoma State def #64 Arkansas 5-2
#42 Oregon def. ##46 Louisville 6-1
#59 Boise State def. Santa Clara 4-3
#48 UC Santa Barbara def. #43 Pepperdine 4-2

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:01

Men's National Team Indoors - Round of 16 Previews

The draws are out and the lineups are set for the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships with play getting started on Friday at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Play gets started each day at 9am eastern and finishes each night around 9 to 10pm.

I'm going to preview each round of 16 match using the master lineups that each team submitted and I'll make my predictions as well. With this being an indoor event I'll also take into account which teams are comfortable playing indoors while others only play indoors a handful of times each season.

There will be live scoring on all 12 courts but only point-by-point scoring on courts 7-12. The same goes for streaming video in that it will only be available on courts 7-12 too.

[1] Virginia (5-0) vs. [16] San Diego (4-1) - 6:30pm est - Virginia is coming off an impressive 6-1 win over UCLA while San Diego is coming off a 7-0 loss to UCLA. This is San Diego's first trip to the National Team Indoors and it's too bad they got matched up with the host and #1 seed in the opening round. 

Overall Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 4-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 2-0
Doubles Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Alex Azaouzos (USD 12.32)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)

Virginia warmed up for the NTIs by taking it to UCLA and I think they'll probably make fairly quick work of San Diego. I like Virginia in doubles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, and Henrik Wiersholm in singles. Prediction: Virginia 4-0

[8] Oklahoma (3-2) vs. [9] Wake Forest (8-1) - 6:30pm est - Oklahoma split matches last weekend winning at Alabama 5-2 before falling to North Carolina 4-3. Wake Forest is coming off a pair of 7-0 wins after beating South Carolina at home and Tennessee on the road. Oklahoma welcomed back Andrew Harris (knee tendinitis) to its doubles lineup but it's yet to be seen if he'll be ready to play singles. John Roddick has Harris listed at #4 on the depth chart but I'd be a little surprised to see him play. Wake Forest rolled over Oklahoma just two weeks ago in Norman so it'll be interesting to see if the outcome is any different this time. Four of the six singles matches are shaping up to be rematches though if Harris plays only two would be rematches.

Overall Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Indoors Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Doubles Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 7-2

Result from 2 Weeks Ago

#11 Wake Forest 5, #2 Oklahoma 2
Jan 31, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26) def. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
2. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14) 6-2, 6-2
3. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) 7-5, 6-1
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 6-4, 4-5, retired
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.53) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61) 7-5, 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Austin Siegel/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Maxime Mora/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-4*, unf.
Match Notes
Wake Forest 5-1, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
Oklahoma 2-1, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 
O: Andrew Harris (OU 14.79)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

The return of Andrew Harris helped Oklahoma get the doubles point against North Carolina and I think OU takes it over Wake too. I think Axel Alvarez will atone for his loss to Skander Mansouri and I look for Maxime Mora to repeat his win over Dennis Uspensky however I like Wake Forest everywhere else. The one court that could swing the match the other way is #3 - if Alex Ghilea can beat Jon Ho then OU might able to pull it out. If Andrew Harris is able to play at #4 I think he probably still loses to Bogaerts while Bragusi would beat Uspensky and Seraphim would beat Mora. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3

[4] USC (5-0) vs. [13] South Florida (3-1) - 3:30pm est - USC is coming off a pair of 6-1 wins over Loyola Marymount and Grand Canyon though 7 of the 12 singles matches went three sets while South Florida blanked Minnesota 7-0 before losing to #2 Texas A&M 4-3. This will be USC's first indoor match of the season while South Florida played indoors at Minnesota.

Overall Record: USC 5-0, South Florida 3-1
Indoors Record: USC 0-0, South Florida 1-0
Doubles Record: USC 4-1, South Florida 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.46)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)

Last year USF made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Round of 16 and came up just short against Baylor. This year USF is making its first-ever National Indoor Round of 16 appearance and I think they are going to get over the hump and get a win. I like the Bulls in doubles and look for Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz to win at #1, #2, and #6. I also like Sasha Gozun at #3 for USF while I like Logan Smith and Laurens Verboven at #4 and #5 for USC. If USC were to win its best path would be the doubles point and #3, #4, and #5 singles. Prediction: South Florida 4-2

[5] TCU (3-1) vs. [12] Illinois (5-1) - 3:30pm est - TCU is coming off a tough weekend that saw the Horned Frogs beat Stanford 4-2 before getting beat by Cal 4-2 while Illinois is coming a routine 5-2 win over Notre Dame. According to the lineup Brad Dancer submitted, he is making some wholesale changes at the bottom of the lineup by inserting Brian Page at #5 and Toshiki Matsuya at #6 despite the fact that neither has played in a dual-match this season. He has Alex Jesse at #8 and Asher Hirsch at #9 despite both of those guys playing just about every match at #5 and #6. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see both Jesse and Hirsch back in the lineup but for the sake of my prediction I'll go along with what was submitted.

These teams actually met less than a month ago in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout in Fort Myers with each winning 6 matches. The only guaranteed rematch will come at #3 between Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik though Stalder and Hirsch could meet again #6 too. Alex Rybakov and Jared Hiltzik met back in August in the first round of the Champaign Futures with Rybakov winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

#3 TCU 6, #6 Illinois 6
Jan 17, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) def. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68): 6-4, 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.64): 6-2, 6-4
3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.30) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64): 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.19) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61): 7-6, 7-5
5. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.80) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79): 6-4, 6-3
6. Trey Daniel (TCU 12.32) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.55): 6-3, 6-3
7. Hudson Blake (TCU 12.41) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64): 6-4, 6-4
8. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.19) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU 11.38): 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL): 6-3
2. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 6-2
3. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Hudson Blake/Trey Daniel (TCU): 6-1
4. Eduardo Nava/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Pengxuan Jiang/Pablo Landa (ILL): 6-2

Overall Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1
Indoors Record: TCU 2-1, Illinois 5-1
Doubles Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) vs. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. Brian Page (ILL 12.43)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.14)
O: Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)/Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL)
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL)
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU) vs. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL)

I think the doubles point will be huge in this one because neither team wants to start off in a 1-0 hole knowing it needs to win 4 singles matches. Both teams are evenly stacked up top, TCU is going to be stronger at #4 and #5, and #6 will be a tough one to call with Trevor Johnson's status probably unknown until match time. I'm going to take Aleks Vukic at #1 and Jared Hiltzik #2 for the Illini and Eduardo Nava and Jerry Lopez at #4 and #5 for TCU. Both Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik have dropped 2 of their last 3 so that's a tough call but I'm leaning towards Nunez. If Trevor Johnson plays at #6 I think he'll win but if he doesn't I'd go with Illinois at that spot. So we're potentially looking at a match with the doubles point deciding the winner. Prediction: TCU 4-3

[6] Ohio State (8-0) vs. [11] Baylor (5-2) - 9am est - Ohio State has yet to drop a match or a point and is coming off a 4-0 win over Virginia Tech while Baylor dropped a pair last week to Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Both teams have strange doubles lineups showing in the lineup master and I think a part of that is some gamesmanship. Baylor is showing a guy at #3 doubles that isn't even listed on the school's website while Ohio State is showing Ralf Steinbach paired up with Riley Reist even though Steinbach and Martin Joyce are ranked #14.

Overall Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 5-2
Indoors Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-2
Doubles Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) vs. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68)
2. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) vs. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90)
3. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) vs. Felip Rios (BU 14.30)
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) vs. Will Little (BU 13.67)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77)
O: Matt Mendez (OSU 13.44)/Vince Schneider (BU 13.86)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU)
2. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU)
3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU)

Baylor's only chance to keep this one close is if Vince Schneider is available to play. If Schneider doesn't play I think we're looking at another Buckeye shutout with Ohio State taking doubles and Hugo Di Feo, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach winning in singles. I like Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at #1 and #2 but I think the other matches will finish too quickly for Baylor to get on the board. If Schneider were to play I'd still like Ohio State in doubles and at #3, #4, and #5. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0

[3] North Carolina (6-0) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-0) - 9am est - North Carolina is coming off a big 4-3 win over Oklahoma while Texas Tech hasn't faced a serious test since beating Florida three weeks ago on the final day of the Kick-Off Weekend. North Carolina has played all six of its matches indoors while Texas Tech will only be playing indoors for the third time this season.

Overall Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 10-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 2-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-1, Texas Tech 5-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)
O: Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21)/Augusto Stodart (TT 12.73)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)

This will the Red Raiders first-ever trip to the National Team Indoors and while I think they could probably beat about half the field I'm not so sure they can get past North Carolina. I like Bjorn Thomson at #6 and think Jolan Cailleau has a good chance at #4 but I like the Tar Heels in doubles and then look for Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Robert Kelly to push Carolina through to the quarterfinals. I also like Brayden Schnur at #1 but his match probably won't make it to the finish line. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1

[7] UCLA (5-1) vs. [10] Georgia (3-1) - 12pm est - These teams met just two weeks ago in Los Angeles with UCLA rolling to a 6-1 win but that match was outdoors in UCLA's backyard while this one will be indoors on the East Coast. UCLA is coming off a rough 6-1 loss to Virginia on Tuesday night while Georgia won handily 6-1 over a less than full strength Georgia Tech. UCLA will be at full strength while it's yet to be seen if Georgia will have the services of Walker Duncan who missed the last two matches with a foot injury. Duncan is slotted at the #3 spot in the master lineups but he was in a boot just two weeks ago so we'll see if he can go. After missing all of January with a wrist injury, Nick Wood played his first dual-match against Georgia Tech's #8 and won going away so I'd be surprised if he didn't play at #6 if he's feeling good. The only rematch from the previous encounter will be at #4 between Karue Sell and Jan Zielinski though if Duncan can't play Zielinski would move up to #3.

Here was an interesting quote from Billy Martin via the Daily Bruin about the match with Virginia and the court conditions - "I think we were very shocked at the whole pace of the match, Martin said. "It's an aggressive tennis. We were trying to set up points and rallies that you can do outside on the slower courts and slower conditions but indoors it just wasn't going to work.

#12 UCLA 6, #6 Georgia 1
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Austin Smith (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. #45 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 7-6(2)
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3,2,5)

Overall Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 3-1
Indoors Record: UCLA 0-1, Georgia 3-0
Doubles Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) vs. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 
2. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) 
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. Walker Duncan (UGA 13.50)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) vs. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81)
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) vs. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52) vs. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)/Nick Wood (UGA 13.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA)

Despite UCLA winning the previous match fairly comfortably, I think Georgia is probably the slight favorite in this one mainly due it being indoors (see Billy's comments above). I like Georgia in doubles at #2 and #3 and I think #1 will be a lot closer than it was last time.

I'm looking for these teams to split the top two courts with Mackenzie McDonald the likely winner at #1 while I see Austin Smith getting it done at #2. I like Martin Redlicki at #3 over either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski while I like Zielinski or Paul Oosterbaan over Karue Sell at #4. I'd take Oosterbaan over Staggs at #5 but think Staggs would get past Reinberg. I'd like DiGiulio at #6 over Reinberg but if Wood plays at #6 I'd take him. So as you can see a lot depends on the matchups - I think UCLA takes two of the top three regardless of pairings but I could see Georgia sweeping the bottom three if it's Zielinski, Oosterbaan, and Wood. Prediction: Georgia 4-2

[2] Texas A&M (9-0) vs. [15] Columbia (4-0) - 12pm est - Texas A&M is coming off a really nice week that saw the Aggies beat Baylor (indoors), Florida State, and South Florida while Columbia has only played Navy and North Florida since stunning Stanford during the Kick-Off Weekend. There's no doubt that Columbia will be the more comfortable team playing indoors since Texas A&M only ventures indoors about two or three times a season. Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were dropped down to #2 doubles after starting the year 0-3 at #1 while Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow will move up to #1. Rinderknech and Withrow have started four matches at #1 but those were against lighter competition so this will be a major step up.

Overall Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 4-0
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 1-0, Columbia 4-0
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Michal Rolski (CU 12.84)
O. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)

Texas A&M hasn't dropped the doubles point this season but I have a feeling Columbia is going to take it with wins at #1 and #2. I like Texas A&M at #1 and #6 with Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow expected to take care of business. The matchups at #2, #3, #4, and #5 could each go either way but I like Shane Vinsant and AJ Catanzariti at #2 and #5 while I'll go with Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at #3 and #4. Tight, tight match but the Aggies will barely avoid the upset loss. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3

Virginia over Wake Forest
TCU over South Florida
Ohio State over North Carolina
Georgia over Texas A&M

Virginia over TCU
Ohio State over Georgia

Virginia over Ohio State

What's everyone else think - higher seeds cruise or some outdoor teams get picked off inside?

I would have some polls on the site but Google has some issues right now and the poll widget isn't working.

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The second half of the day kicked off with USC playing South Florida on the stadium courts while TCU and Illinois duked it out on the back six.

South Florida knew it needed the doubles point to give itself a chance to win and it took the point with a 6-0 rout at #3 and a 6-3 win at #2.

Singles however was a different story as USC really jumped USF especially at the top of the lineup. USC's Nick Crystal, Max de Vroome, Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget took first sets while USF's only first set came from Peter Bertran at #5. Fortunately for South Florida, the Georgia transfer made quick work of USC's Laruens Verboven by winning 6-2, 6-1 at #5 singles in a match that took just a hour and fifteen minutes. South Florida was up 2-0 but USC still led on the other five courts.

Max de Vroome gave USC its first point with a 6-1, 6-4 over Dominic Cotrone at #2. de Vroome sprinted out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set before taking it 6-1 then he broke Cotrone to start the second set and really never looked back. The below clip from USC shows de Vroome serving for the match up 40-0:
Logan Smith evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Justin Roberts at #4. Smith broke Roberts to take the first set 6-4 then went up an early break in the second set and made it hold up.
Below is the clip of Smith serving 6-4, 5-3 (40-30):
Jake DeVine put USC up 3-2 with a 7-5, 7-6 win over Sasha Gozun at #3. DeVine broke Gozun to go up 2-1 in the first but Gozun broke back and held for 3-2. It stayed on serve until DeVine broke Gozun's 5-5 service game and then he followed that up with a hold to take the set. Gozun served for the second set up 5-3 but DeVine broke and then held to even it at 5-5. DeVine broke again to go up 6-5 but Gozun broke back on the deciding point to send the set to a tiebreak. The pivotal point in the tiebreak came when Gozun double faulted at 3-4 and three points later it'd be all over.
South Florida's Roberto Cid would tie the match up at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Nick Crystal at #1. Cid got off to a slow start but he took control in the second set and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Crystal got one of the breaks back but Cid still took the set 6-3. Cid broke Crystal to start the third set and then fought off a couple of break points to hold for 2-0. He would add another break down the stretch to close it out.

While Cid was finishing off Crystal, USC's Thibault Forget was pulling away from USF's Vadym Kalyuzhnyy at #6. Forget won the first set in a tiebreak but Kalyuzhnyy rolled to a 6-1 second set. Forget went up an early break in the third and then added a second break when he won the deciding point on Kalyuzhnyy's 2-4 service game. Forget would hold from 40-15 to give USC the win and put the Trojans into the NTI quarterfinals against TCU.

Also wanted to give a shoutout to USC for doing a great job in capturing these match points on Twitter - two thumbs up!!

#6 USC 4, #13 South Florida 3
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) def. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) 6-1, 6-4
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71) 7-5, 7-6(4)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 6-4, 6-3
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) def. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) 6-2, 6-1
6. Thibault Forget (USC 13.36) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37) 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 D Cotrone/J Roberts (USF) *5-4, 40-30 unf.
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-0
Match Notes:
South Florida 3-2; National ranking #13
USC 6-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,4,1,3,6)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Comments from USF's recap
"It was really competitive, a lot of energy, a lot of fans. It was good, it was fun. The type of environment that you train for and do all the hard work to be in." said Coach Matt Hill.

"They're both seniors (Cid & Gonzalez-Muniz). They've been around each other for a long time, and last year was the first time they've played together, had a great year. Kind of had a rocky start this year, but got back to the basics they were doing last year and they did a good job of that today against a really good team." said Coach Hill.

"We knew he (Bertran) was a really good player coming in." Coach Hill said, "We just had to get him settled down, and help find his style of play and to believe in what he's doing. It's going really well for him, so that's exciting for us."

The biggest surprise of the day came in the match between #2 TCU and #12 Illinois. Many thought TCU would ultimately get the win but I don't think anyone thought TCU would roll through Illinois as easily as they did.

The first sign of a potentially lopsided match came when TCU's Guillermo Nuez and Alex Rybakov won 6-0 at #3 doubles in just 22 minutes. Illinois wouldn't go down without a fight as the Illini's #2 team of Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik won 6-3 at #2. The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #1 and TCU's Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson managed to snap their 2 match losing streak by taking the tiebreak (score unknown-mystery).

TCU welcomed Trevor Johnson back to its singles lineup at #6 after he missed the last four months with an injury. The Horned Frogs rode the momentum from the doubles point and the return of Johnson by taking all six opening sets. Alex Rybakov, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson would each win in straight sets at 2, 3, and 6 to give TCU the 4-0 win in one hour and fifty-eight minutes.

Classic comments from Roditi following the match:

#2 TCU 4, #12 Illinois 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0, unfinished
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) def. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 6-4, 6-2
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 7-6, 2-2, unfinished
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 7-6, 1-1, unfinished
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64) 6-2, 6-2
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-0
Match Notes:
Illinois 4-2; National ranking #12
TCU 4-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,2)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We got outplayed today by TCU.  Anytime that happens with the crew that we have, you have to look at the coaching staff and our preparation," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We clearly could have done things differently. While we won't have a chance to play for a national title, there are still big implications left in this tournament.  It is up to us to have the guys more prepared for tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi
"Our boys learned from our Cal loss and they were ready to battle from the first point in doubles and singles. Illinois is a very good team and they are well coached with a lot of experience indoors. I am very proud of the way our guys came out playing. There was a huge tiebreaker in doubles for the point and there were very good performances by Alex (Rybakov) and Jerry (Lopez) in singles.

"Our highlight of the day was to see Trevor (Johnson) healthy and ready to play doubles and singles for us. That is credit to him, our doctors, our trainer Lauren (Crawford), his trainer at home and our strength and conditioning coach Todd Kensler. We loved the support we got from some local TCU letterman and fans and now we look forward to the quarters versus a tough USC team late tomorrow.

Wake Forest was one of four teams to make its debut at the National Team Indoors but it ended up being the only one to win its opening round match. Wake beat Oklahoma 5-2 just 12 days ago and this match basically ended up being a carbon copy of that one.

In the last match, Wake took the doubles point by winning at #1 (7-5) and #2 (6-1) and in this match the Demon Deacons also won at #1 (6-1) and #2 (6-3).  #3 doubles went unfinished in both matches with Wake up 5-4 both times.

Wake's Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim took first sets at 1, 2, 4, and 6 while Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea and Maxime Mora took first sets at 3 and 5.

Seraphim was off the court first with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Andre Biro at #6. Seraphim took the previous meeting 6-4, 6-3.

Petros Chrysochos made it 3-0 Deacs after he dispatched Spencer Papa 6-4, 6-3 at #2. Chrysochos won the last meeting 6-2, 6-2.

Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea put the Sooners on the board with a 7-6, 7-5 win over Jon Ho at #4 in one of only two matchups that differed from the first encounter. Ghilea lost to Bogarets at #3 in the previous match.

Just moments later Wake's Romain Bogaerts would clinch the win with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Florin Bragusi at #4. Bogaerts also clinched the previous meeting by beating Ghilea.

The other matches were abandoned with Maxime Mora and Dennis Uspensky knotted at 4-4 in the third at #5 and Skander Mansouri leading Axel Alvarez 7-6, 6-6 at #1. The box score said it was 6-5 Alvarez but the Wake blog had it in the tiebreak with Alvarez leading 4-2.

I got a few comments after the match from Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky:
"Good win tonight. Thought our doubles was really strong, we've worked on it a lot and it's starting to show. We got off to some really good starts in singles as well. It was important to close out a couple of those matches to keep our momentum going. It's always hard to beat a great team twice and I was happy to see how our guys handled the challenge"

#10 Wake Forest 4, #5 Oklahoma 1
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 7-6, 6-6*, unf
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 6-3
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 7-6, 7-5
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 7-5, 2-6, 4-4, unf
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
2. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-3
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 5-4, unf.
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 8-1; National ranking #10
Oklahoma 3-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

The tournament host and #1 seed, Virginia, won a tough doubles point over San Diego then put the hammer down and drove away with a 4-0 win in match that took one hour and fifty-three minutes.

Virginia's Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli won 6-2 at #1 but San Diego put itself in good shape on the other two courts. USD's #2 team of Uros Petronijevic/Josh Page served for the match at #2 and had a pair of match points but couldn't convert and off they went to a tiebreak. USD's #3 team of Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov had three break points on Collin Altamirano's 5-5 service game but Altamirano managed to hold and then he and JC Aragone broke to win the match 7-5.

Any chance San Diego had of staying in the match went out the window with the doubles point. Virginia took all six opening sets with San Diego's best chance coming at #4 when Romain Kalaydjian served for the set up 6-5. However Virginia's Mac Styslinger would break and then run away in the tiebreak.

Collin Altamirano, Henrik Wiersholm, and Ryan Shane were the three that finished with Shane providing the clincher at #1.

The other matches were abandoned with Virginia just two games away from winning at #2 and #5 while Styslinger and Kalaydjian were still early in the second.

#1 Virginia 4, #16 San Diego 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) def. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) 7-5, 6-1
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97) 6-4, 4-1, unf
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) 6-1, 6-2
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) 7-6(3), *1-2, unf
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) vs. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-2
2. #4 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) vs. U Petronijevic/J Page (USD) 6-6, (5-4*) unf.
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 7-5
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-2; National ranking #16
Virginia 6-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,1)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I thought San Diego was an outstanding team and played a great match, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I thought we started out in doubles a little slow, but then we started to play a little bit better. It was good to get the doubles point, because it was really close. The momentum turned when we swept the first sets in singles. I was really impressed with the way the guys competed. I don't think we played as well as we can, but we competed well.

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