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Saturday, 13 February 2016 02:24

Men's National Team Indoors - Quarterfinals Preview

[3] North Carolina (7-0) vs. [6] Ohio State (9-0)  - 9am est - The opening quarterfinal of the day should be a dandy with Ohio State come off a 4-0 rout of Baylor while North Carolina overcame Texas Tech 4-1. North Carolina may be the higher ranked team but I think Ohio State is the team to beat on the bottom of the draw. Ohio State has been downright dominant in doubles over the years and this year is no different with the Buckeyes a perfect 9-0.

Overall Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-2, Ohio State 9-0

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) 
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) 

I like Ohio State in a tight doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles I'll go with Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, and Martin Joyce for the Buckeyes with Ronnie Schneider, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly for UNC. The doubles point will be the different - Prediction: Ohio State 4-3



[2] Texas A&M (10-0) vs. [7] UCLA (6-1)  - 12pm est - Both teams are coming off tough round of 16 matches with UCLA coming from behind to beat Georgia 4-3 while Texas A&M held off Columbia 4-2. The doubles point is going to be huge in this match and it should be a great point with Texas A&M 10-0 in doubles while UCLA is 6-1. The individual doubles matchup to watch will be at #3 with Brymer/Rapp 5-0 while Arconada/Lunkin are 6-0. I think whoever takes the doubles point will take the match. 

Overall Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 2-0, UCLA 1-1
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) 
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52)
O: Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #12 M. McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 

I'm going to take UCLA at #1 and #2 doubles and in singles I see UCLA getting wins from McDonald, Redlicki, and Sell while Texas A&M picks up wins from Vinsant, Catanzariti, and Withrow. Prediction: UCLA 4-3



[1] Virginia (6-0) vs. [9] Wake Forest (9-1) - 3:30pm est - It'll be an all-ACC quarterfinal between Virginia and Wake Forest with Virginia coming off a 4-0 win over San Diego while Wake Forest looked really good in a 4-1 win over Oklahoma. Wake Forest will attempt to beat Virginia for the first time since 2003 while Virginia looks to advance to the semifinals after getting knocked out in the quarterfinals last season to Baylor. 

Overall Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Doubles Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 8-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

Wake Forest really needs to take the doubles point to put a little bit of pressure on Virginia and I think they've got a decent chance to do so. I'm going to take Wake at #1 and #3 doubles and I think the Demon Deacons will also put some pressure on Virginia at #4 and #5 singles. However in the end Virginia will get it done up top with Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and Collin Altamirano winning at 1, 2, and 3 plus Henrik Wiersholm will win at #6. I think Bogaerts and Uspensky will be up at #4 and #5 but Virginia will get the clinch before those matches finish. I expect this to be a pretty competitive match and wouldn't be surprised to see Mansouri and Ho push Shane and Altamirano to third sets. Prediction: Virginia 4-1



[4] USC (6-0) vs. [5] TCU (4-1) - 6:30pm est - TCU is coming off an impressive 4-0 win over Illinois while USC scratched and clawed its way to a 4-3 win over South Florida. TCU is comfortable with its lineup but it'll be interesting to see if Peter Smith makes a move at #5 or sticks with Verboven. If he pulls Verboven, he would have to move Forget up from #6 to #5 and most likely Jack Jaede would get the call at #6. USC overcame the loss of the doubles point to still beat South Florida but I don't see that happening against TCU.

Overall Record: USC 6-0, TCU 4-1
Indoors Record: USC 1-0, TCU 3-1
Doubles Record: USC 4-2, TCU 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU)

I look for TCU to pick up wins at #1 and #3 doubles and then the Horned Frogs will lean on USC in singles and will get wins from Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov, and Jerry Lopez at 1, 2, and 5. USC's best chances to win will come from Jake DeVine and Logan Smith. Prediction: TCU 4-1


Consolation Matches

[11] Baylor (5-3) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-1) - 9am est - Live Scoring - I expect Baylor's woes to continue and forecast a Texas Tech win with the Red Raiders taking the doubles point and picking up wins from Cailleau, Curry, and Thomson at 4, 5, and 6. Baylor will get a win from Lenz at 1. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08)
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. Felip Rios (BU 14.30) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. Will Little (BU 13.67) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)



[10] Georgia (3-2) vs. [15] Columbia (4-1) - 12pm est - Live Scoring - This will be the third year in a row that these teams have played with Georgia winning 4-3 in the NTI consolation draw last season and 4-2 the year prior during the Kick-Off Weekend. I think Columbia will take the doubles point and will pick up wins from Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at 3 and 4 but Georgia will get wins from Wayne Montgomery, Austin Smith, Emil Reinberg, and Nick Wood at 1, 2, 5, and 6. Prediction: Georgia 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) vs. Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)



[12] Illinois (5-2) vs. [13] South Florida (3-2) - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring - These teams faced each other in mid-January in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout with Illinois taking 5 of 7 singles matches while USF took 3 of 4 doubles matches. This is one of those matches where you have to wonder if both teams will really be that motivated after some tough losses yesterday. South Florida was right there with USC while Illinois got beat handily by TCU.  Assuming everyone shows up ready to play I'll take Illinois in doubles and Vukic, A Hiltzik, and Childers in singles while Cotrone, Bertran, and Kalyuzhnyy win for USF. Prediction: Illinois 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36)  vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)



[8] Oklahoma (3-3) vs. [16] San Diego (4-2) - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring - The defending champs got knocked out by Wake Forest yesterday while San Diego lost to Virginia. This is a match Oklahoma should win but San Diego may offer some resistance in a few spots. I'll take San Diego in doubles and Jordan Angus in singles but I like Axel Alvarez, Alex Ghilea, Florin Bragusi, Maxime Mora, and Andre Biro for OU. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)















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Sunday, 14 February 2016 01:09

Virginia and TCU Survive To Fight Another Day

It was definitely a day of thrillers as both Virginia and TCU each won 4-3 matches that came down to a close third set to decide the match.

Virginia came into its match against ACC foe Wake Forest riding an incredible 139-match conference winning streak but the streak would come oh so close to ending.

Wake Forest came out and claimed the doubles point by winning both #1 and #3 doubles in a tiebreak. Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim posted a 7-0 shutout in the tiebreak at #1 while Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky won the deciding tiebreak at #3 by taking it 7-3. Both Bogaerts and Uspensky really went after JC Aragone in the tiebreak as the Virginia junior dropped four straight points to put UVA in a 5-2 hole.

Virginia turned up the heat in singles and took first sets at 1, 3, 5, and 6 courtesy of Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano, J.C. Aragone, and Henrik Wiersholm while Wake Forest's Petros Chrysochos and Romain Bogaerts took opening sets at 2 and 4.

Ryan Shane put Virginia on the board with a quick 6-3, 6-1 win over Skander Mansouri at #1 singles in a match that lasted just 52 minutes.

J.C. Aragone would make it 2-1 Virginia as he rocked Dennis Uspensky 6-1, 6-2 at #5 singles in match that took 54 minutes.

Collin Altamirano stretched the lead to 3-1 as he rollover Jon Ho 6-2, 6-3 at #3 singles in one hour and sixteen minutes. Altamirano broke Ho's 1-1 service game in the opening set then broke him again to go up 4-1. Altamirano held two more times to take the opening set 6-2. Altamirano broke Ho to start the second set and would then go up 3-1 before Ho came back to even it at 3-3. Altamirano took the final three games to close it out 6-2, 6-3.

Wake Forest's Petros Chrysochos put Wake's second point on the board with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Thai-Son Kwaitkowski at #2.

Romain Bogaerts would tie the match up at 3-3 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Mac Styslinger at #4. Bogarets had a chance to close out the match earlier but he couldn't convert match points on Styslinger's 2-5 service game and then he squandered two more match points on his own 5-3 service game. After a Styslinger hold made it 5-5, Bogarets held service then broke Styslinger from 30-40 to finally close it out.

The match came down to a third set at #6 singles between Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm and Wake Forest sophomore Christian Seraphim. Wiersholm took the opening set 6-4 after getting the only break of the set to go up 4-3. Seraphim would get his first break of the match when he broke Wiersholm's 3-4 service game in the second set and then Seraphim would hold from 40-30 take the set 6-3.

Wiersholm held at love to start the third set and then Seraphim held from 40-15 to even it at 1-1. Wiersholm held at love again to go up 2-1 but Seraphim kept pace (barely) by holding on the deciding point to make it 2-2. Wiersholm held from 40-15 to go up 3-2 and then he broke Seraphim's serve on the deciding point when Seraphim dumped a forehand into the net. Seraphim would break right back from 30-40 to make it 3-4 but Wiersholm would return the favor and break at love to go up 5-3. Seraphim pushed Wiersholm to the deciding point when Wiersholm got a net cord ace to close it out. Below is a video clip of match point via KW Tennis Nation's Twitter
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#1 Virginia 4, #10 Wake Forest 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) def. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 6-3, 6-1
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 6-2, 6-3
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) 6-4, 7-5
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 6-1, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 7-6(0)
2. #4 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-3
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 7-6(3)
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 8-2; National ranking #10
Virginia 7-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,2,4,6)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals

Post Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I had just fought back from down 40-15 to get it to deuce for a match point and coach told me to look to my best serve and hit it," Wiersholm said. "My favorite serve on the ad side is the Slider-T. I hit the Slider-T, which hit the tape and barely went over. I couldn't believe it. I turned to my teammates and let it loose with all the happiness and excitement. It was a really special moment."

"This was a really exciting college tennis match," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It is the type of challenge that we need this early in the year. The guys passed the test in some very difficult situations. I give great credit to Wake Forest as they are an outstanding team and played their hearts out. It's great for the ACC and for tennis in general to have this level of excitement at a match. The fans were absolutely amazing today. We appreciate so much the enthusiasm and excitement they brought to the match. They really did make a difference and we certainly hope they will come out again tomorrow for the semis." 

"The doubles point got away from us after we had match points to clinch the doubles point at No. 3 and we dropped a breaker when we had a chance to close out the match at No. 1," Boland said. "It was a heartbreaker to lose the doubles point, but I was impressed with how we continued to compete, particularly with Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone. They were locked in and played every point and really played within themselves and played tremendous tennis. It was fantastic to see Henrik Wiersholm, who has really developed his game, to be put in the opportunity he was. He embraced the pressure and the environment and played his best tennis toward the end of the match when it mattered most."
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In the final match of the day it looked like #6 USC was going to pull the upset over #2 TCU but the Horned Frogs hung around and ended up outlasting USC 4-3.

USC took the doubles point with a 6-4 win from Max de Vroome and Jack Jaede at #2 and a 6-3 win from Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine at #3 while TCU's Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson won 6-3 at #1.

Half of the singles matches would finish quickly while the other half would go on into the night. TCU's Cameron Norrie made quick work of Nick Crystal at #1 singles taking it 6-1 6-2 and Eduardo Nava pushed TCU ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Logan Smith at #4. USC's Thibault Forget tied it up at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Jerry Lopez at #5.

USC's Jack Jaede would put the Trojans within a point of clinching after he came from behind to beat TCU's Trevor Johnson 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at #6. Jaede broke Johnson on the deciding point to take the second set and then he went up 2-0 in the third before Johnson evened it at 3-3. Jaede would break one last time to close out Johnson 6-4 in the 3rd.

Before Jaede got to the finish line it looked like Max de Vroome had a chance to get USC's third point. De Vroome led Alex Rybakov 6-4, 5-4 at #2 and was looking at a deciding point which also doubled as match point but Rybakov managed to hold to extend the match. Rybakov would then break de Vroome and hold to take the second set 7-5.

USC freshman Jake DeVine won a tough first set at #3 over Guillermo Nunez 7-6 but Nunez quickly jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second. Nunez served for the second set up 5-3 but DeVine broke on the deciding point to put it back on serve. However Nunez would break right back on the next game to take the set 6-4. Nunez went up 2-0 in the third but DeVine broke back and then held on the deciding point to make it 2-2. It stayed on serve until Nunez broke DeVine from 15-40 to go up 5-3 but DeVine wouldn't go down without a fight. DeVine went up 15-40 on the Nunez serve but Nunez hit a backhand winner to make it 30-40. Nunez then ripped a forehand that DeVine called out but when Nunez appealed the call the chair quickly overturned it to bring up the deciding point which was now also a match point and a break point. Nunez hit a well placed serve down the T in the deuce court and all DeVine could do was deflect it back in play and watch as Nunez closed in on the net and put it away into the open court to close the match out.

TCU had evened the match at 3-3 but there was still work left to be done on the remaining court at #2 singles. USC's Max de Vroome held to start the third set and then had two break points on the Rybakov serve but the TCU freshman came back to hold for 1-all. Rybakov broke de Vroome to go up 2-1 and then held on the deciding point to make it 3-1. Rybakov went up 30-40 on de Vroome 1-3 service game but de Vroome held on the deciding point when his forehand hit the net cord and dribbled over for a winner. Rybakov then hit a service winner on the deciding point to go up 4-2. De Vroome held and then broke Rybakov on the deciding point to even it at 4-all. De Vroome went up 40-30 on his next service game but dumped a pretty routine volley into the net to bring up yet another deciding point. This time de Vroome didn't mess around and hit a clean volley winner to go up 5-4. Rybakov would hold from 40-15 to make it 5-all but de Vroome held right back from 40-15 to go up 6-5. Rybakov would hit a service winner from 40-30 to send the match to a deciding tiebreak.

De Vroome served first and hit an overhead smash to go up 1-0 but Rybakov got a service winner and a backhand winner to go up 2-1. De Vroome double faulted to go down 1-3 but he followed that up with an ace to make it 2-3*. De Vroome pushed a backhand long to make it 4-2 Rybakov at the changeover. Rybakov hit a service winner to go up 5-2* but de Vroome answered with a hard forehand that skidded off the line to make it 5-3*. De Vroome then sailed a forehand long to make it *6-3 and then Rybakov closed it out on the next point to clinch the win.



#2 TCU 4, #6 USC 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 6-1, 6-2
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) def. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) 6-7, 7-5, 7-6(3)
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) def. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) def. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) 6-3, 6-0
5. Thibault Forget (USC 13.36) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 6-4, 6-0
6. Jack Jaede (USC 13.52) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 6-3
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) def. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 5-1; National ranking #2
USC Men 6-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,6,3,2)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "Huge win for our squad to comeback after a disappointing doubles and win four matches against a team like USC who has been in the finals of this tournament four years in a row and has the most recent national championships. Alex (Rybakov), freshman baseliner, comes back from a set down against a serve and volley senior indoors to clinch shows his character and his fight. Max de Vroome has been in that situation many times and clinched a NCAA title against Oklahoma two years ago in that same situation.

"Eduardo (Nava) played great tennis, Cameron (Norrie) gave us a needed quick point and Guillermo (Nuez) came back from a set down as well. I am so proud of all these guys. It took a huge team effort, including our non-participating players, since USC was super loud and energetic and we needed some help from the sidelines. At times it felt as if USC had 100 people out there. These types of matches will help us build character and become a stronger team.

"Now we have a huge challenge playing the top ranked team, home team and rested team on a short time. We will find out what type of character we have at this point tomorrow afternoon.



Consolation Matches:

#14 Texas Tech 4, #4 Baylor 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) def. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) def. #2 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 7-6, 6-2
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) def. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-1
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) 6-4, 6-0
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) def. Tyler Stayer (BU 0.00) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-2
2. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-1
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 7-5
Match Notes:
Baylor 5-4; National ranking #4
Texas Tech 11-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,4,2,3,1)
ITA National Indoors Consolation Bracket



#11 Georgia 4, #15 Columbia 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Hadavi, Shawn (COL 13.75) def. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 6-4, 6-3
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #108 Pham, Victor (COL 13.92) 7-6 (7-0), 6-2
3. #124 Rubin, Eric (COL 13.75) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) def. Vermeer, Mike (COL 13.76) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
5. Pham, Richard (COL 13.13) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) def. Wang, Timothy (COL 13.34) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #15 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 6-1
2. #20 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 5-4, unf
3. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) 6-2
Match Notes:
Georgia 4-2; National ranking #11
Columbia 4-2; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,2,6,5,4)
ITA Indoors Consolation Bracket


#12 Illinois 4, #13 South Florida 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) def. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) 7-6, 6-4
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) def. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) 6-1, 6-2
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71) 7-5, 6-4
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64) 6-3, 6-0
6. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) def. Alex Jesse (IL 12.97L) 7-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-4
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-5
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-2
Match Notes:
South Florida 3-3; National ranking #13
Illinois 5-2; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,5,3,6,4,1)
ITA Indoors Consolation Bracket


#5 Oklahoma 4, #16 San Diego 0
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 6-4, 1-6, 4-3, unf.
2. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 4-6, 3-1, 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) 7-5, 5-5, unf
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) def. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) def. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) def. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 4-3, unf
2. #57 Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Uros Petronijevic/Joshua Page (USD) 6-1
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-3
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-3; National ranking #16
Oklahoma 4-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,5,6)
ITA Indoors Consolation Bracket

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Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:22

Men's National Team Indoors - Semifinals Preview

[3] North Carolina (8-0) vs. [7] UCLA (7-1) - 12pm est - North Carolina is coming off a pretty thorough 4-2 win over Ohio State while UCLA rode the wave of momentum to get past Texas A&M 4-2. It'll be interesting to see if either team makes a change at the bottom of the singles lineup after each team's #6 took it on the chin yesterday. I think UNC probably sticks with Kodali since he had a pretty convincing win the previous day while I look for Billy Martin to give Austin Rapp another try at #6 after Joey Di Giulio came up well short yesterday against Lunkin.

Overall Record: North Carolina 8-0, UCLA 7-1
Indoors Record: North Carolina 8-0, UCLA 2-1
Doubles Record: North Carolina 6-2, UCLA 7-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.11)/Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Karue Sell/Maxime Cressy (UCLA)


1. Schnur vs. McDonald - Neither guy finished their match yesterday though both were ahead with Schnur leading Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard 7-6, 5-5 while McDonald led Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech 3-0 in the third. Prediction: McDonald (UCLA) in 3

2. Schneider vs. Brymer - Both guys won the clinching match yesterday with Schneider beating Ohio State's Chris Diaz in straight sets while Brymer came back from 3-0 down in the third to beat Texas A&M's Shane Vinsant. Prediction: Schneider (UNC) in 3

3. Clark vs. Redlicki - Clark is coming off a straight set loss to Ohio State's Hugo DiFeo while Redlicki beat Texas A&M's Jordi Arconada 6-2 in the third. Prediction: Redlicki (UCLA) in 3

4. Murray vs. Sell - Murray blew Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen off the court yesterday while Sell beat Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti in straight sets. Neither player has lost a dual-match this season with Sell 8-0 and Murray 6-0. Prediction: Sell (UCLA) in 3

5. Kelly vs. Staggs - Kelly is coming off a thorough beating of Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach while Staggs was beat pretty soundly by Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow. Prediction: Kelly (UNC) in 2

6. Kodali vs. Rapp or Di Giulio - Kodali went down pretty meekly to Ohio State's Martin Joyce just a day after he roughed up Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson while Di Giulio went down in straights to Texas A&M's Max Lunkin. Rapp played on Friday against Georgia's Nick Wood and lost 6-1 in the third. Prediction: Rapp (UCLA) in 3 - if Kodali vs. Di Giulio - Kodali (UNC) in 2

I like UNC in doubles and then singles should be fun to follow with so many of the courts evenly matched up. There aren't many courts where I'd consider one of the guys an overwhelming favorite except at #5 where I look for Robert Kelly to roll in straights over Logan Staggs. I look for McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, and Rapp to grind out wins at 1, 3, 4, and 6 while I like Ronnie Schneider and Robert Kelly at 2 and 5 for UNC. Prediction: UCLA 4-3



[1] Virginia (7-0) vs. [5] TCU (5-1)- 3:30pm est - Both teams are coming off heart-pounding thrillers after Virginia survived Wake Forest's upset attempt while TCU did the same against USC. Both teams dropped the doubles point yesterday and came back to win which isn't easy to do at this stage in the tournament. Virginia losing the point wasn't as big a surprise because Wake is really good at doubles and while TCU is good but they aren't great. 

Overall Record: Virginia 7-0, TCU 5-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 7-0, TCU 4-1
Doubles Record: Virginia 6-1, TCU 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU)

1. Shane vs. Norrie - Shane is coming off a 6-3, 6-1 rout of Wake's Skander Mansouri while Norrie rolled over USC's Nick Crystal 6-1, 6-2. Both are playing very well but Shane seems to be back in the zone that he was in during the NCAAs last year so I just don't see him losing today. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 2

2. Kwiatkowski vs. Rybakov - TSK is coming off a surprisingly lopsided loss to Petros Chrysochos while Alex Rybakov withstood the storm from Max de Vroome to win the clincher. You wonder how much Rybakov will have left in the tank after that 7-6 in the third thriller. Prediction: DNF with Rybakov (TCU) leading

3. Altamirano vs. Nunez - Guillermo Nunez is slowly returning to the form he had last season while Collin Altamirano has been blowing out everyone as of late. Nunez held off USC's Jake DeVine yesterday while Altamirano powered past Wake's Jon Ho.  Prediction: Altamirano (UVA) in 2

4. Styslinger vs. Nava - Nava is coming off a nice win over thrashing of USC's Logan Smith, who had been nearly unbeatable, while Styslinger has been struggling with consistency and is coming off losses in each of his last two completed matches against Wake's Romain Bogaerts and UCLA's Karue Sell. Prediction: Nava (TCU) in 2

5 - Aragone vs. Lopez - Aragone looked really solid against Uspensky while Lopez took one on the chin against Forget. Lopez is hit and miss on the court because he won a clutch match during the Kick-Off Weekend against Oklahoma State but then got blown out last weekend against Cal and yesterday against USC. Prediction: DNF with Aragone (UVA) leading in third

6. Wiersholm vs. Johnson - Wiersholm of course was the hero yesterday when he held off the big hitting Christian Seraphim in the deciding match while Johnson played just his second dual-match of the season yesterday and lost 6-4 in the third to USC's Jack Jaede. Prediction: Wiersholm (UVA) in 2

I look for Virginia to take the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles, while I think TCU will push Virginia fairly hard, I just don't see enough courts that'll go TCU's way. Prediction: Virginia 4-1


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In the first semifinal of the day North Carolina advanced to its first-ever final at the National Team Indoors after coming from behind to beat UCLA 4-2.

North Carolina didn't take the easy way though after dropping the doubles point for the second time in three matches this weekend. UCLA's new #3 team of Maxime Cressy and Karue Sell knocked off Blaine Boyden and Ronnie Schneider 6-3. Cressy/Sell broke UNC on the deciding point to go up 3-1 then held for 4-1. The teams exchanged holds until UCLA held from 40-15 to win 6-3.

North Carolina answered by winning at #2 doubles as Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur defeated Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp 6-4. Murray/Schnur broke UCLA to go up 2-1 and later on Schnur hit a clutch ace on the deciding point to extend the lead to 4-2. Each team held the rest of the way with Schnur serving it out to win 6-4.

UCLA would take the doubles point when Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki knocked off Brett Clark and Robert Kelly 6-3 at #1. McDonald and Redlicki, who would be my choice for the All-Tournament team at #1 doubles, went 3-0 on the week with wins over the ITA #3 and #13 teams. UCLA broke the Kelly serve to go up 4-2 but UNC broke McDonald to pull within 3-4. UCLA broke Clark on the deciding point to go up 5-3 then Redlicki served it out from 40-15 to win it 6-3. Here is match point courtesy of the ITA:


North Carolina lost the doubles point to Texas Tech on Friday but turned it around in singles so they had to have some confidence that they could do it again today.

Each team would claim three opening sets with Mackenzie McDonald, Logan Staggs, and Austin Rapp getting them for UCLA at 1, 5, and 6 while Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Jack Murray would take sets at 3, 4, and 5 for North Carolina.

Ronnie Schneider would finish first at #2 singles when he rolled over Gage Brymer 6-0, 6-4 in exactly 60 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer three times in the opening set including from 15-40 to take the set in precisely 20 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer to go up 3-1 in the second but Brymer broke back to make it 3-2. Each player held serve the rest of the way until Schneider broke Brymer's 4-5 service game on the deciding point to win it 6-0, 6-4.

Mackenzie McDonald made it 2-1 UCLA when he beat Brayden Schnur 6-3, 7-6(5) at #1 singles. McDonald won the first three games of the match, which included two breaks, before Schnur got on the board with a break to make it 1-3. Both guys held serve until McDonald broke Schnur from 30-40 to take the opening set 6-3. McDonald held and then broke to go up 2-0 in the second before Schnur broke back and held to make it 2-2. Schnur fought off a pair of break points to hold for 4-4 then they each held two more times to send it to a tiebreak. Schnur got the first mini-break when he went up 3-1* but Mackie took the next two points to even it at 3-3 at the changeover. Schnur dropped the 5-5 point on his serve and then Mackie closed it out on the next point to win it in one hour and twenty minutes.

Even though UCLA had taken the lead, North Carolina had a stranglehold on the other four courts with both Brett Clark and Anu Kodali nearing the finish line at #3 and #6.

Clark got off to a bit of slow start against Martin Redlicki by falling behind 2-0 but Clark broke back and then held on the deciding point to even it at 2-2. Each held serve three more times until Clark broke Redlicki on the deciding point to go up 6-5. Clark faced two break points when he went down 30-40 on his serve but he managed to get the hold to take the opening set 7-5. Clark broke Redlicki to start the second set and then came back from 15-40 down to hold for 2-0. After an exchange of holds, Clark would break again to go up 4-1 and would then hold for 5-1. Redlicki could have packed it in but he kept fighting and held for 2-5, broke on the deciding point to make it 3-5, and then held at love to make it 4-5*. Clark was serving for the match for a second time but he quickly found himself in a 0-30 hole. He got it back to 30-30 but Redlicki took the next point to go up 30-40. Clark managed to take the next two to wrap up the 7-5, 6-4 win in one hour and twenty-two minutes (2 minutes after McDonald's finish) and North Carolina had now tied it at 2-2.

Over at #6, Anu Kodali was up 4-2 in the third against Austin Rapp and was receiving on the deciding point. Kodali would get the break to go up 5-2 but Rapp would break right back to make it 5-3.  Rapp went up 40-30 on his next service game but Kodali took the next two points to clinch the 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in one hour and thirty-one minutes. Kodali had dropped the opening set 6-4 but turned it around in the second set when he broke Rapp to go up 5-3 and then served it out at love to take the set 6-3. Kodali broke Rapp at love to go up 3-2 in the third and then held for 4-2 - you know the rest.

North Carolina now led 3-2 plus Robert Kelly was up 5-2 in the third at #5 while Jack Murray was serving up 7-6, 4-5 at #4.

UCLA's Karue Sell would break Jack Murray's serve from 30-40 to take the second set 6-4 plus Logan Staggs would hold from 2-5 to stay in his match with Robert Kelly at #5. The Bruins were holding on by a thread but Robert Kelly had the scissors and was attempting to cut the cord. Staggs would go up 15-40 on Kelly's serve but Kelly fought off all three break points to get the hold and send North Carolina to it's first-ever National Team Indoors final.

Match point is below courtesy of UNC and then there are a number of post-match interviews also courtesy of UNC:




Details not listed above:

UCLA's Karue Sell served for the first set at #4 up 5-4 but got broke from 30-40 and then fell behind 4-0 in the first set tiebreak and dropped it 7-3.

Billy Martin talked about the match in further detail, "I thought it started out well in singles - we were up on 5 courts as far as break and leads - Martin went up an early break and Karue served for the set and then lost it in a tiebreak. Gage was the only one that didn't really have a good day. We kind of went south in a couple of matches - Logan had a great first set but Kelly picked it up in the second set and it was somewhat close in the third. I thought Austin had a good chance to win at #6 so that was somewhat disappointing that he lost there."

#7 North Carolina 4, #9 UCLA 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) def. Brayden Schnur (NC 14.09) 6-3, 7-6(5)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.01) def. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 6-0, 6-4
3. Brett Clark (NC 13.77) def. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) 7-5, 6-4
4. #89 Jack Murray (NC 13.77) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) 7-6(3), 4-6, unfinished
5. #62 Robert Kelly (NC 13.85) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC 13.21) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3
2. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (NC) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
3. Maxime Cressy/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-3
Match Notes:
UCLA 7-2; National ranking #9
North Carolina 8-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoor Semifinal

Post-Match Comments from UCLA's recap:
"I am tremendously happy with doubles, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin.  "The guys were playing good doubles on all three courts.  They came to play and competed well.  I thought after winning doubles, we'd have a fairly good chance at winning the match.

"I think our team has the potential to do really well, said McDonald.  "All in all, we can definitely hang with the top teams.  We learned a lot this weekend.  Losing today is going to make us hungrier and it will make us work harder.

"All in all, I thought we fought really hard, added Martin.  "We had our chancesnothing to be too upset about.  I'm pretty happy with us coming here and getting two really good wins against Georgia and A&M, and being in the battle with UNC.  It shows us that we're competitive.  This tournament showed us that we can play with just about anybody and expect to win.

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The late-afternoon semifinal pitted #1 Virginia against #2 TCU though TCU was actually the #5 seed due to its loss the week prior against Cal. TCU was attempting to make it to its first NTI final since 1992 (lost 5-1 to Stanford) while Virginia was looking to advance to its sixth final in the last eight years.

During the 33 minute doubles point both #1 and #3 stayed on serve for several games while Virginia's Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski went up an early break at #2. Virginia's J.C. Aragone and Collin Altamirano would actually finish first at #3 after getting a late break to go up 5-3. Aragone would hold at love to give Virginia the 6-3 win. Roughly six minutes later Styslinger and Kwiatkowski would break from 30-40 to close out Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder 6-3. The match at #1 went unfinished with Virginia serving at 5-5 though Shane and Corinteli had a match point on Cameron Norrie's 4-5 service game but couldn't convert.

TCU needed to find a way to win four of six singles matches but it wasn't going to be easy after falling behind early at #3 and #6.

Henrik Wiersholm (Picture Courtesy of UVA)
Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm, who clinched the team's quarterfinal win over Wake Forest, came out of the gates on fire and needed just 16 minutes to take a 6-0 first set over TCU's Trevor Johnson at #6. Wiersholm broke Johnson from 15-40 to start the second set and then held and broke again to go 3-0. Johnson finally showed some life by breaking back and then holding from 40-15 to make it 3-2. Unfortunately for Johnson those two games were the last ones he'd win because Wiersholm took the next three to close it out 6-0, 6-2 in just 49 minutes.

Virginia sophomore Collin Altamirano, who had only dropped eight games in his previous two matches, needed just 23 minutes to take a 6-1 first set over TCU's Guillermo Nunez at #3. Altamirano opened up the match with a pair of holds and a break before Nunez got on the board with a hold from 40-30 to make it 3-1. Altarmirano held, broke, and held again to close out the set. Nunez showed a little spark in the second set by holding on the deciding point to go up 1-0 and then breaking on the deciding point to go up 2-0. After a hold made it 3-0, Altamirano calmed himself down and proceeded to win the next five games to go up 5-3. Nunez held to stay in the match but Altamirano would hold from 40-30 to close it out 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and seventeen minutes.

So Virginia was now ahead 3-0 but TCU was clinging to life on the other courts.  Jerry Lopez was in a first set tiebreak with J.C. Aragone at #5, Cameron Norrie was up a set on Ryan Shane at #1, Alex Rybakov was serving for the first set against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2, while Eduardo Nava had just broken Mac Styslinger who was serving for the first set at #4.  TCU had a lot of momentum in its favor but within a few minutes most of it would evaporate.

Virginia senior Mac Styslinger, who just got broke serving at 5-3, would break Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to take the first set 6-4. The deciding point was a short one with Nava sending a forehand long early in the rally.

TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was serving up 5-4 in the first against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2 but would get broke from 30-40 when he put a forehand into the high side of the net. Kwiatkowski then held for 6-5 and broke to take the set 7-5.

TCU junior Jerry Lopez came back from 6-4 down in the first set tiebreak against J.C. Aragone at #5 to go up 7-6 and was serving for the set. Lopez would hit a big forehand but it caught the net cord and kicked wide by a few feet to make it 7-7. Lopez shrugged it off and hit a forehand crosscourt to win the next point to go up 8-7. Aragone's serve won him the next two points as he hit a service winner and then an ace to make it 9-8. Lopez would then double fault on the next point and the set was Aragone's 7-6(8).

Despite losing the momentum on 2, 4, and 5, TCU got a little boost when Cameron Norrie knocked off Ryan Shane 7-5, 7-5 at #1. The reigning NCAA singles champion struggled a bit with his serve and that gave Norrie the window he needed to pull it out. Shane went up an early break when he broke Norrie's 2-2 service game on the deciding point but when Shane served for the set up 5-4 he fell behind 0-40. Shane hit a pair of forehand winners and then banged home an ace to get it to the deciding point but then he overcooked a forehand early in the point to get broke. Norrie quickly held for 6-5 then he'd break Shane again, this time from 15-40, to steal the opening set 7-5. Shane broke to start the second set and held for 2-0 but Norrie would get it back on serve when he broke Shane's 4-3 service game to make it 4-4. Norrie went up 30-40 on Shane's 5-6 service and when Shane hit a forehand wide the match was over and Norrie had a 7-5, 7-5 win.

Mac Styslinger (Pictures Courtesy of UVA)
TCU was on the board but the euphoria was short-lived because Mac Styslinger broke Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to go up 6-4, 5-3 at #4. Styslinger has had trouble in the past serving out matches and Nava was able to take advantage of that and broke from 15-40 after Styslinger pushed a backhand well wide. Styslinger may have been shaky on his serve but his return would win him the match as he broke from 30-40 when Nava put a backhand into the net.


Final score - Virginia 4, TCU 1

The other two matches were abandoned with both Alex Rybakov and Jerry Lopez serving for the second sets on their respective courts.

Here is a highlight clip courtesy of UVA and then a quick clip from David Roditi



#1 Virginia 4, #2 TCU 1
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) def. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) 7-5, 7-5
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) 7-5, 4-5, unf
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) 6-1, 6-4
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) 6-4, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 7-6(8), 2-5, unf
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 5-5, unf
2. #6 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-3
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 5-2; National ranking #2
Virginia 8-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,1,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championships Semifinal

Post Match Quotes From Virginia's recap:
"All of us players live for this, being able to close out a match and put the team in the finals," Styslinger said. "[Henrik Wiersholm] got us off to a strong start and then Collin [Altamirano] got the third point. It was really cool to be the one to give us the fourth point. I was just playing my game today. [Nava] is a really good player, so I knew I was going to have to play some good tennis out there."

"I think it says a lot about the ACC," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "Wake Forest played a tremendous match against us (Saturday) and obviously the success that UNC has had. I'm really just proud to be a part of the conference and excited to play, in the final regardless of the opponent. It's always the goal is to give yourself a chance and tomorrow will be another opportunity for these young men that have worked so hard, and I hope the fans come out again in big numbers."

Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap:
"It is disappointing to put yourself in a spot like this and not play up to your abilities. Some had to do with the way Virginia played and a lot had to do with ourselves. We can play better from top to bottom. Cameron (Norrie) had a huge weekend and a great win today. I am proud of our guys fighting back and we just couldn't overcome that big of a hole. Our young guys learn every match and today was no different. We will get back to work and continue to get better. The local support from TCU alumni this weekend in Virginia was awesome and much appreciated.
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There six consolation matches on the schedule but the highest profile matches were Wake Forest/USC and Ohio State/Texas A&M with each of those four losing close matches the previous day in the quarterfinals.

Wake Forest rebounded from its 4-3 loss to Virginia by shutting out USC 4-0. The Demon Deacons won the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, and Romain Bogaerts at 1, 2, and 4.

Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky commented about today's match with USC and the tough loss to Virginia from the night before:

Match with USC:
"Both teams were in a similar situation today coming off tough losses yesterday. We got off to a great start in doubles, we won at 3 and were up 4-3, 0-40 at 2 and 4-2, 40-15 at 1. Within minutes we were down a break at 2 and back on serve at 1. However our 1 team pulled out the win and that gave us momentum going into singles. USC is a really good team but also quite young and we were able to use our experience on a couple courts to pull the match out. Great rebound by our team after an emotional loss yesterday."

Match with Virginia:
"Very tough loss yesterday. We came in very prepared and competed hard. Put ourselves in a position to win but UVA out played us in the end so credit to them. Certainly tough way to finish with the net cord but I still think it's a good rule, just a little unlucky in that moment. Great learning experience for us though, hopefully will help us improve as the season progresses."

#10 Wake Forest 4, #6 USC 0
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC) 7-6(10), 6-4
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Max de Vroome (USC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF) 5-7, 5-4, unfinished
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #43 Logan Smith (USC) 6-0, 7-6(2)
5. Thibault Forget (USC) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
6. Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF) 2-6, 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 4-3
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 9-2; National ranking #10
USC Men 6-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,2,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match
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Ohio State dropped the doubles point for the second day in a row but they was able to rebound in singles and gutted out a 4-3 win over Texas A&M. The teams will actually meet again this Friday at 6pm in Columbus. 

#8 Ohio State 4, #3 Texas A&M 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 7-6, 6-4
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-0
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-0
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 6-2
3. Mikael Torpegaard/Matt Mendez (OSU vs. #33 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 5-2, unf.
Match Notes:
Ohio State 10-1; National ranking #8
Texas A&M 10-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap:

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - On the match
"I thought we came out with really good energy in the doubles and I was really pleased with that. We just didn't have the urgency from the get go in singles play. We didn't seem to be ready for a big fight today against Ohio State. Give Ty (Tucker) credit, Ohio State is always ready to come out and fight to win a match. I don't think we were able to match their energy once singles play started. This weekend was a good test for our guys and I know we will bounce back."

On Jackson and Arthur's doubles win
"They played lights out in the doubles, they could not have played any better. They won all of their three-all points. They really did a great job. Then Harry and Shane clinched the point, they are starting to come on and play better. That is a good sign for our doubles guys moving forward, because I think we are really good in all three doubles spots."

On Jordi's win over a ranked opponent
"Di Feo is one of the top guys in the country, I know he is ranked in the top-20. He is a tough out for any team. I am really proud and happy for Jordi. He had to play aggressive and come to the net and force the action. He played a really good first set tie-breaker and translated that into a straight set win. That win really gave us a chance to pull the match out, it just didn't fall our way in a couple matches."

On Shane's win over Diaz
"I know how big of a competitor Chris Diaz is and to play well against him you have to be able to finish out points. You have to finish well and attack, he is a great defender and his energy is unbelievable. You have to have the right mindset and execute your shots to beat him and Shane did that today.
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Oklahoma finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after holding off Illinois 4-2. Oklahoma won a tight doubles point by winning 7-6(1) at #2 and getting a late break to win 7-5 at #3.

OU would take four first sets but they really cleaned up early on at 4, 5, and 6 after taking the first sets by a combined score of 18-1. Illinois's Julian Childers and Asher Hirsch fought back to take the second sets at 4 and 6 but OU's Maxime Mora never let up and won 6-0, 6-3 at #5 over Brian Page.

Illinois's Aleks Vukic actually finished first with a 6-3, 6-0 thrashing of OU's Axel Alvarez at #1 plus the Hiltzik brothers were looking better but Illinois would need to turn one of the other matches to keep it going.

Julian Childers looked a lot better in the second set but Florin Bragusi was able to hold him off and get the 6-1, 7-6(3) win at #4. Oklahoma led 3-1 plus Andre Biro was closing in on a win at #6.

OU's Andre Biro served for the match twice in the second set at #6 but Asher Hirsch broke him both times to force a tiebreak. Hirsch came from behind to win the breaker 7-5 to send it to a third set. Hirsch broke Biro to open the third set but Biro broke back and held for 2-1. Biro broke again to go up 3-1 but Hirsch broke back on the deciding point to put it back on serve at 3-2. Hirsch held on the deciding point to make it 3-3 and then Biro held quickly to go up 4-3. Hirsch went up 40-30 on his serve but Biro hit a backhand winner to bring up the deciding point. Hirsch missed his first serve and then he missed his second by a good five feet to double fault and give Biro the break for 5-3. With Biro serving 5-3 (deciding point) he'd come to the net but he didn't put much on a volley and left it in the middle of the court but Hirsch's attempt at a lob fell well short and Biro smashed it home at the net to clinch the OU win.

Jared Hiltzik won in two tiebreak sets over Spencer Papa at #2 and Aron Hiltzik was serving for the match at #3 at the time of the clinch.

Post-Match Quote from Illinois's recap:
"Tonight was frustrating. We played hard in doubles and were maybe a bit unfortunate in spots there," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Our guys that were down early in singles did a great job of fighting back into their matches to put themselves back into contention."

#5 Oklahoma 4, #12 Illinois 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) def. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 6-3, 6-0
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 7-6, 7-6(6)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) 4-6, 7-5, *5-4, unf. 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 6-1, 7-6(3)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) 6-0, 6-3
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-6, unf
2. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6(1)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 7-5
Match Notes:
Illinois 5-3; National ranking #12
Oklahoma 5-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,4,2,6)
ITA National Team Indoor Consolation Match
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South Florida salvaged its weekend by coming from behind to beat San Diego 4-2. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but San Diego came out strong in singles and took the opening set on the top four courts. Note: South Florida's #3 Sasha Gozun did not play in singles so everyone from four down had to shift up one spot.

While USD's Filip Vittek would finish out Justin Roberts in straight sets at #3, South Florida would turn both #1 and #2 around and in the end Roberto Cid would end up clinching the win with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Uros Petronijevic at #1.

#13 South Florida 4, #16 San Diego 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) vs. Jordan Angus (USD 1397) 3-6, 7-5, 2-1, unfinished
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 6-4, 6-4
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) def. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) 7-5, 1-6, 6-0
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) def. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 6-1, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 3-4, unfinished
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Uros Petronijevic/Joshua Page (USD) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-2
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-4; National ranking #16
South Florida 4-3; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,3,6,4,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match
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Texas Tech finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after defeating Georgia 4-2. Georgia took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Texas Tech would take five first sets with three of them coming in tiebreaks.

Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau and Alex Sendegeya picked up routine wins at #3 and #4 while Georgia's Austin Smith won comfortably at #2. The match was tied at 2-2 but Texas Tech was up on each of the remaining courts with Felipe Soares leading Wayne Montgomery 7-6, 5-3 at #1. Montgomery would hold for 4-5 and then break Soares at love to tie it at 5-5. Montgomery would eventually take the second set in a tiebreak to give Georgia a little boost.

Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson would put Tech ahead 3-2 when he finished off Nick Wood at #6. Thomson won the first set in a tiebreak and the second set swung back and forth with Thomson going up 3-1 only to see Wood win the next four to go up 5-3. Wood had at least three set points, and it might have been four, but he wasn't able to serve it out as Thomson broke twice and then held to win it 7-6(7), 7-5.

Texas Tech sophomore Connor Curry would provide the clincher with a win over Emil Reinberg at #5. Curry took the first set in a tiebreak and went up an early break in the second but Reinberg broke back. Reinberg had a set point on Curry's 4-5 service game but Curry held for 5-5 then broke for 6-5. Curry fell behind 30-40 on his service game but took the next two points to close it out 7-6(6), 7-5.




#14 Texas Tech 4, #11 Georgia 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 1-2, unf.
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #10 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 6-3, 6-2
3. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) def. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) 6-1, 6-4
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) 7-6(6), 7-5
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) 7-6(7), 5-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 5-6, unf.
3. #43 Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 6-3
Match Notes:
Texas Tech 12-1; National ranking #14
Georgia 4-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Connor and Bjorn are doing things for our team that you can't teach as a coach," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Their toughness and will to win has been key for us all season. There have been times where Connor has struggled to close out sets. We've talked about it, and he's learned some valuable lessons. It's about redeeming yourself when the opportunity arises. I was proud of the fight that Bjorn showed to win the last four games of the second set."

"There's a lot that our team can draw on and learn from the scenarios that we were put in this weekend," Masi said. "The last two days showed who we are and what we are about after we didn't have our best performance against North Carolina to start the tournament. The foundation and future of our program which are spots three through six in the lineup did an exceptional job of playing the guy in front of them. I'm proud of the way they executed and raised their levels against veteran players."

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm proud of our guys and we fought extremely hard, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "It was a tough battle and at moments I thought we were getting ready to win the whole dual match. But then the momentum swung a little bit back and forth and ultimately Texas Tech deserved to win. We just had too many ups and downs and they capitalized on it.
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Both Baylor and Columbia came into this match 0-2 on the weekend and it looked like it'd be Baylor leaving winless after Columbia went ahead 3-1. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 and then Mike Vermeer beat Will Little 6-3, 6-4 at #4 and Timmy Wang beat Tommy Podvinski 6-3, 6-2 at #6. Columbia's Richard Pham also took the first set at #6 while Baylor's Julian Lenz, Max Tchoutakian, and Felipe Rios took first sets at #1, #2, and #3.

Baylor's got a 6-3, 6-3 win from Max Tchoutakian over Victor Pham at #2 and Felipe Rios cut CU's lead to 3-2 with a 7-6, 7-6 win over Eric Rubin at #3 (TB scores unknown). Julian Lenz tied it at 3-3 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win over Shawn Hadavi at #1 so the match would come down to #5 singles.

Columbia's Richard Pham took the opening set 7-6 but Baylor freshman Jimmy Bendeck rallied to take the second set 6-4. Pham would go up 4-2 in the third but Bendeck held and then Pham double faulted on the deciding point to give Bendeck the break to tie it at 4-4. Bendeck held for 5-4 then Pham double faulted two more times to go down 0-30. Bendeck would break from 15-40 to give Baylor the 4-3 win.

#4 Baylor 4, #15 Columbia 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) def. Hadavi, Shawn (COL 13.75) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) def. Pham, Victor (COL 13.92) 6-3, 6-3
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) def. #124 Rubin, Eric (COL 13.75) 7-6, 7-6
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL 13.76) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-4
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) def. #108 Pham, Richard (COL 13.13) 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
6. Wang, Timothy (COL 13.34) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.90) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #15 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 4-3, unfinished
2. #20 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2
3. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Columbia 4-3; National ranking #15
Baylor 6-4; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,6,4,3,1,5)
ITA National Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"We did a great job today. I was really proud of the guys. It was a lot of fun to wear the uniform today. This is the third time already this year that we have had last match on and leave it to a freshman to be the first guy to come through under that pressure. Jimmy just did a super job and I think the guys were a big part of that. The team was really supportive. Columbia is a great team. It is incredible to think about, but they lost 4-3 three days in a row here. They are tough, so it was good win for us. - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"We are kind of a work in progress. The competition is tough. We are playing the best schedule in the country and when you play these kind of teams there is not a lot of margin for error. You really have to be on your stuff. I knew that we would improve. We are just getting a little better every day. Our goal coming to this tournament was to be a better team at the end of it then we were at the beginning and we have done that. Now we have a couple weeks off and we have to get out to practice and keep working. We have a long way to go, but certainly it is great to leave here with some momentum and some positive energy. - Knoll on his team moving forward

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The featured match of the day took place in Palo Alto with Stanford hosting USC in a non conference matchup. Stanford had dropped the doubles point in three consecutive matches and it didn't get off to the best start after USC's Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine picked up a quick 6-2 win at #3. However a short while later Stanford's Nolan Paige and David Wilczynski would win 6-3 at #2 and then Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz sealed the doubles point with a 6-4 win at #1.

USC quickly turned things around in singles by taking five opening sets and Nick Crystal needed just over an hour to finish off David Wilczynski 6-3, 6-1 at #2. Stanford would end up being just as dominant in the second set as USC was in the first because the Cardinal took four second sets while USC's Jack Jaede forced a split at #5.

So it was a 1-1 match with all five matches into a third set but one by one they came off the board in USC's favor. Logan Smith made it 2-1 with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over Nolan Paige at #3 and then just moments minutes later both Jake DeVine and Thibault Forget would win within seconds of each other at #4 and #6. DeVine beat Sameer Kumar 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 at #4 while Forget got past Brandon Sutter 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 at #6.  Below is match point for Smith courtesy of USC:


They played the remaining courts out with Max de Vroome upsetting Tom Fawcett 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 at #1 and then in the final match to conclude it Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz edging Jack Jaede 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(8) at #5. The below clip from USC shows de Vroome winning it on a nice forehand winner:


The match ended up being a tale of three sets - USC controlled the first, Stanford the second, and in most courts USC dominated in the third.

The story remains the same with Stanford, they put up a good fight every time but they just can't seem to get over the hump. I also have to take my hat off to USC because they just keep plugging away and they keep finding ways to pull out close matches.

#13 USC 5, #29 Stanford 2
02/26/16 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1) Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) d. Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 6-4
2) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) 6-3
3) Rob Bellamy/DeVine (USC) d. Yale Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles competition
1) #65 Max de Vroome (USC 14.11) d. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2) #67 Nick Crystal (USC 13.95) d. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 6-1
3) #56 Logan Smith (USC 13.62) d. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
4) #92 Jake DeVine (USC 13.61) d. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.98) 6-3, 6-7 (9-7), 6-1
5) #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.42) d. Jack Jaede (USC 13.45) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8)
6) Thibault Forget (USC 13.50) d. Brandon Sutter (STAN 12.56) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3*
Match Notes
USC 7-2; National Ranking #13
Stanford 5-5; National Ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,4,6*,1,5)
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Last year Michigan won seven matches all season but tonight the Wolverines picked up win #8 after defeating #31 Washington 5-2. Michigan took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 then got singles wins from Alex Knight, Carter Lin, Runhao Hua, and Kevin Wong at #2, #4, #5, and #6.

Washington picked up wins from Mitch Stewart at #1 and Enzo Sommer at #3. Below are some highlights courtesy of Michigan:



#28 Michigan 5, #31 Washington 2
02/26/16 at Ann Arbor, Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1 -- #95 Mitch Stewart (Wash 13.83) d. #60 Jathan Malik (Mich 13.73), 7-6 (1), 6-2
2 -- Alex Knight (Mich 13.76) d. Jake Douglas (Wash 13.53), 6-0, 6-3
3 -- Enzo Sommer (Wash 13.73) d. Davis Crocker (Mich 12.80), 7-6 (2), 6-4 
4 -- Carter Lin (Mich 13.14) d. Gal Hakak (Wash 13.38), 6-2, 6-1
5 -- Runhao Hua (Mich 13.43) d. Sebastian Hawken (Wash 12.73), 6-1, 6-3
6 -- Kevin Wong (Mich 13.17) d. Piers Foley (Wash 12.56), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10)
Doubles competition
1 -- Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (Mich) vs. Foley/Watanabe (Wash), 5-3 abandoned 
2 -- Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (Mich) d. Lam/Sommer (Wash), 6-4
3 -- Lubomir Cuba/Davis Crocker (Mich) d. Douglas/Stewart (Wash), 6-3
Match Notes
Michigan 8-2; National Ranking #28
Washington 9-3; National Ranking #31
Order of finish:: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6,1,3)
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Texas Tech grabbed the early momentum against NC State by taking the doubles point but NC State put up a strong fight in singles. NC State was right there with Tech at the top three spots but the Red Raiders got it done down low by picking up wins from Jolan Cailleau, Connor Curry, and Bjorn Thomson.

Texas Tech finishes up its weekend trip on Sunday as the Red Raiders head west to Winston-Salem to face #5 Wake Forest.

#6 Texas Tech 4, #25 NC State 1
02/26/16 at Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #83 Simon Norenius (ST 13.48) vs. #18 Felipe Soares (TT 14.07) 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 0-2, unf
2. #72 Nick Horton (ST 13.72) vs. #97 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.77) 6-4, 4-3, unf
3. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.54) def. #87 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.24) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST 12.43) 6-1, 6-2
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.70) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST 12.35) 6-3, 6-3
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.74) def. Igor Saveljic (ST 12.73) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Ivan Saveljic/Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-1
2. Nick Horton/Thomas Weigel (ST) def. #56 Bjorn Thomson/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-3
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Simon Norenius/Michael Ogden (ST) 7-5
Match Notes
Texas Tech 15-1; National ranking #6
NC State 10-5; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"We sat down with Jolan and Connor and told them to we needed them to work harder in doubles," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "They stepped up and played more comfortable in tight situations today. I was proud of their effort. They were able to save deuce points on their serve, and Connor hit a great backhand up the line on match point. When we're able to win the doubles point, I feel that we're in a good position to win three singles matches with the depth of our lineup."
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St. John's went into Cambridge and stunned #32 Harvard 4-3. The Red Storm swept the doubles point then got singles wins from Daniel Skripnik, Robert Livi, and Andrei Crapcenco at #2, #3, and #5 with Skripnik clinching it at #2. Interestingly enough all six singles matches finished in straight sets.

The Red Storm is back at it on Saturday playing #38 Dartmouth for the second time in two weeks while Harvard hosts #15 Northwestern and Bryant on Sunday.

St. John's 4, #32 Harvard 3
Feb 26, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass. (Murr Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Hu, Nicky (HARV 13.75) def. Lucas Hejhal (SJUMT 13.37) 7-6, 6-1
2. Daniel Skripnik (SJUMT 12.69) def. Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV 13.02) 6-4, 7-6*
3. Roberto Livi (SJUMT 13.12) def. Yeung, Brian (HARV 13.15) 6-1, 6-2
4. Tao, Kenny (HARV 13.09) def. Vaidik Munshaw (SJUMT 12.83) 6-3, 7-5
5. Andrei Crapcenco (SJUMT 12.54) def. Zhou, Andy (HARV 13.05) 6-2, 7-5
6. Lam, Kelvin (HARV 12.67) def. Dusan Vukicevic (SJUMT 12.75) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Daniel Skripnik/Roberto Livi (SJUMT) def. Yeung, Brian/Zhou, Andy (HARV) 7-6
2. Vaidik Munshaw/Alan Nunez Aguilera (SJUMT) def. Beltrame, Sebastian/Hu, Nicky (HARV) 6-4
3. Lucas Hejhal/Dusan Vukicevic (SJUMT) def. Haughey, Conor/Lam, Kelvin (HARV) 6-2
Match Notes:
St. John's 12-3
Harvard 8-5; National ranking #32

Post-Match Quotes from St. John's recap
"Today was a total team win. Each guy contributed to the biggest win in program history. To beat Harvard, a perennial top-30 program, on the road is a big step for us. Our guys came out in doubles and really set the tone especially Lucas and Dusan at the three, said Head Coach Eric Rebhuhn. Alan and Vaidik had great poise and came up clutch. Robbie played one of his best matches and kept the momentum. I am really impressed with Andrei and Danny's ability to come through when we needed them. We have been working hard since January for this opportunity. We were prepared we believed this was our time. I am so proud of our guys and happy for them.
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Penn State may have been undefeated coming into this match against Ohio State but the Buckeyes were definitely the heavy favorites. Ohio State won going away at #1 and #2 doubles and then picked up fairly quick wins from Mikael Torpegaard, Chris Diaz, and Ralf Steinbach at #1, #3, and #5 singles.

Two of the three remaining matches were into a third set when play was halted due to the clinch.

#3 Ohio State 4, #21 Penn State 0
Feb 26, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.53) def. #59 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.44) 6-0, 6-1
2. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.27) vs. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU 13.56) 5-7, 6-0, unf
3. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU 13.12) 6-1, 6-3
4. #98 Matt Barry (PSU 13.41) vs. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.66) 2-6, 6-4, 2-0, unf
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.98) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.11) 6-2, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.84) vs. Ben Lieb (PSU 13.15) 6-2, 5-6, unf
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-2 
2. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) 6-1
3. C. De La Bassetiere/Aws Laaribi (PSU) vs. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 5-1, unf.
Match Notes:
Penn State 9-1; National ranking #21
Ohio State 13-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,3)
Official: Marcus Lee 
T-1:57 A-176

Post Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"It is tough to come away with a loss but it was extremely close," said head coach Jeff Zinn. "We played well at the end, after about an hour and a half. Barry, Constant, Laaribi, Lieb, and Hanzlik all had really close matches."

"The difference in tonight's match (compared to the rest of the season) was that we didn't win the sudden death points," said Coach Zinn. "That could be because we were on the road or that we were up against one of the best in the country but that is what it came down to. We have to work on handling the pressure of the moment. I think we played very well. If we play them down the road, now we know what to expect."

"We were playing well in doubles and thought we had opportunity," said assistant coach Paul Tobin. "We competed well. Ohio State is an incredibly well coached team, who is known to be aggressive at the baseline. Overall, the guys played hard tonight. I think they will learn from this match."
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Wisconsin had the crowd whipped into a frenzy after taking the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but TCU was just way too strong in singles and won in straight sets at #1 through #5 with Eduardo Nava providing the clincher at #4.

Wisconsin was a UTR underdog on each of the six courts though Jose Carranza (11.95) did pull off an upset at #6 when he defeated Trevor Johnson (13.60) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8).

Below are clips from Wisconsin and TCU including Roditi's post-match recap.



#8 TCU 5, #36 Wisconsin 2
Feb 26, 2016 at Madison, Wisc. (Nielsen Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.38) def. Josef Dodridge (WIS 13.32) 6-1, 6-2
2. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.62) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS 12.96) 6-1, 7-5
3. #49 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.94) def. Lamar Remy (WIS 12.70) 6-2, 6-0
4. #99 Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.00) def. Osgar O'Hoisin (WIS 12.67) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.59) def. Darius Mackenzie (WIS 12.12) 6-2, 6-1
6. Jose Carranza (WIS 11.95) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.60) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
Doubles competition
1. Josef Dodridge/Lamar Remy (WIS) def. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-3
2. Jakhongir Jalolov/Jose Carranza (WIS) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Alexander Kokorev/Darius Mackenzie (WIS) 6-4
Match Notes
TCU 7-2; National ranking #8
Wisconsin 6-1; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,5,4,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap - head coach David Roditi
"Well, we are getting very good at bouncing back after doubles and that is great. We need to commit more time and more mental energy into our doubles play and practice. One set, no add and no warm-up means we must execute. The best way to execute is to practice. Our players came out strong right away and took the crowd out. All our guys played well and we will take a road win against a Big 10 school anyway. Now we get to sleep and drive tomorrow to Champaign, Ill. for another tough match Sunday against Illinois.

Post-Match Quotes from Wisconsin's recap
"It's the first time all year we've lost, and I think we saw some things that are very obvious that we can work on," said head coach Danny Westerman. "The other teams we've played all year, our best shots were good enough. Against a team like this, you've got to hit three or four good shots to win a play and we weren't quite ready to do that. And that's why TCU is as good as they are -- they're able to withstand our good shots and play their best tennis."

"The match started out great, we were playing great doubles and I felt like the home crowd and our energy was able to come through in that fast-paced doubles set," Westerman said. "In singles, I felt like we tried to do a little too much. I thought we over-respected them a little bit."

"Everyone needed to take a page out of Chema's book today," said Westerman. "He walked onto the court and he played his game. He wasn't too intimidated out there, he played his tennis, and when he had a chance to come to the net and end a point, he did. So the team can learn from him tonight."
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In a matchup of top 45 teams it was the host #44 Drake getting past #39 Purdue 5-2. Five of six singles matches went the distance with Drake winning three of them.

Ben Stride (Drake Sports)
Drake took the doubles point and got a straight set win from Calum MacGeoch at #4 while both Ben Stride and Tom Hands came back from a set down to pull away in the third at #5 and #6. Vinny Gillespie earned Drake's fifth and final point with a hard fought win over Ricky Medinilla at #3.

Purdue picked up wins from Gergely Madarasz and Benjamin Ugarte at #1 and #2.

Purdue is off until hosting Indiana on March 8th in the latest battle for the "Bucket" while Drake returns to the courts on Saturday with a visit from #40 Denver.

#44 Drake 5, #39 Purdue 2
Feb 25, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #58 Gergely Madarasz (PUR 13.61) def. Lott, Ben (DU 13.30) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
2. Benjamin Ugarte (PUR 13.15) def. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.65) 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-4 
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.50) def. Ricky Medinilla (PUR 13.15) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 12.76) def. Dominik Sochurek (PUR 11.52) 6-3, 6-3
5. Stride, Ben (DU 12.43) def. Mateus Silva (PUR 13.01) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Hands, Tom (DU 12.11) def. Arthur Dobradin (PUR 11.97) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Ricky Medinilla/Dominik Sochurek (PUR) 6-3
2. Gergely Madarasz/Benjamin Ugarte (PUR) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-4 3. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Mateus Silva/Arthur Dobradin (PUR) 7-5
Match Notes
Drake 7-5; National Ranking #44
Purdue 10-2; National Ranking #39
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,6,5,2,3)

Post-Match Quote from Drake's recap
"The boys came out and play exceptionally well tonight, and fought against an extremely tough Purdue team as five of the (singles) matches went to three sets," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. "Doubles was huge. We went with the changed doubles lineup that we went with against Tulane and reestablished our confidence to being able to close out some matches."
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#43 Iowa picked up a nice 4-2 win on Friday night over #40 Denver in a match that saw five of six singles matches go the distance.

Iowa took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but Denver's Henry Craig and Diogo Rocha put the Pioneers ahead 2-1 with wins at #1 and #2. Iowa's Josh Silverstein tied the match at 2-2 with a come from win #3 and then Jake Jacoby and Robin Haden won tight, tight matches at #6 and #4 with Haden providing the clincher.

Iowa opens up its Big Ten schedule next Saturday by hosting Nebraska while Denver stays in the state of Iowa for a Sunday matchup in Des Moines against #44 Drake.

#43 Iowa 4, #40 Denver 2
Feb 25, 2016 at Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye Tennis/Recreation Complex)
Singles competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN 13.41) def. Lefteris Theodorou (Iowa 12.77) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.26) def. Dominic Patrick (Iowa 12.81) 6-0, 6-3 
3. Josh Silverstein (Iowa 12.97) def. David Fox (DEN 13.13) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Robin Haden (Iowa 12.50) def. Alex Gasson (DEN  13.09) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 
5. Yannik James (DEN 12.95) vs.  Jones Larsen (Iowa 11.98) 6-7, 6-2, 6-6, unf. 
6. Jake Jacoby (Iowa 12.78) def. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN 11.93) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 
Doubles competition
1. Lefteris Theodorou/Jake Jacoby (Iowa) def. #20 Alex Gasson/Henry Craig (DEN) 6-4 
2. Josh Silverstein/Dominic Patrick (Iowa) def. Diogo Rocha/Yannik James (DEN) 6-2 
3. David Fox/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) vs. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (Iowa), 5-5 unf.
Match Notes:
Iowa 7-2; National Ranking #43
Denver 7-3; National Ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,4)



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Andrew Korinek (Chris Parent LSU Sports)
#37 LSU got all it wanted from #75 North Florida but the Bayou Bengals pulled it out 4-3. LSU took the doubles point with wins  at #1 and #2 then the teams split the top four courts in singles. LSU's Jordan Daigle and Gabor Csonka won in straight sets at #1 and #4 while Yannick Zuern and Lasse Muscheites won in straights for the Ospreys at #2 and #3.

The match was decided by a pair of three-setters at #5 and #6 and it was LSU senior Andrew Korinek clinching the win at #5 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Zach Goldberg.

The final match at #6 was played out with North Florida's Sahil Deshmukh winning 6-4 in the third.

Note: UNF played without its #1 singles and doubles player Jack Findel-Hawkins (13.43)

#37 LSU 4, #75 North Florida 3
2/26/2016 at LSU Tennis Complex (Baton Rouge, La.) 
Singles competition
1. #42 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64) def. Julian Bradley (UNF 13.12) 6-2, 6-1
2. Yannick Zuern (UNF 13.15) def. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.48) 6-0, 6-3
3. Lasse Muscheites (UNF 12.75) def. Boris Arias (LSU 13.45) 6-4, 6-2
4. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.30) def. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF 12.63) 6-0, 6-1
5. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.97) def. Zach Goldberg (UNF 12.65) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF 11.81) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU 12.65) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Zach Goldberg/Lasse Muscheites (UNF) 6-3
2. Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Julian Bradley/Yannick Zuern (UNF) 5-4
3. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Sahil Deshmukh/Jonathan Deautriell (UNF) 6-3
Match Notes
North Florida 2-7; National ranking #75
LSU 4-2; National ranking #37
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,2,1,3,5,6)
A-170

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"It would have been a long couple of days had Andrew (Korinek) not come up big, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "We certainly made it a little more difficult on ourselves, we didn't play good in a couple of spots today. It was a strange match with the potential of a lot of pressure falling onto a freshman but fortunately a senior came through.
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Ryotaro Matsumura (UK Athletics)
One of the better stories of the year so far continued to get even better as #18 Kentucky knocked off #64 Indiana 6-1. Last season Kentucky limped to a 14-16 record but this season they are playing extremely well with two freshmen, Matsumura and Wallart, in the top four plus William Bushamuka and Nils Ellefsen have been solid too.

Kentucky took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 then it took five of six singles matches. Bushamuka, Matsumura, Ellefsen, Wallart, and Trey Yates won at #1, #2, #3, #4, and #6 while Indiana's only point came from Antonio Cembellin at #5.

Kentucky opens up its SEC schedule next weekend by welcoming in Arkansas and Ole Miss while Indiana hosts Cornell next Thursday.

#18 Kentucky 6, #64 Indiana 1
Feb 26, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #31 William Bushamuka (UK 13.95) def. #37 Sam Monette (IND 13.89) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 
2. #90 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.58) def. Raheel Manji (IND 13.34) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.55) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IND 13.10) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.94) def. Matthew McCoy (IND 12.70) 6-0, 3-6, 7-5
5. Antonio Cembellin (IND 12.89) def. Charles Minc (UK 12.18) 7-5, 6-3 
6. Trey Yates (UK 13.12) def. Chris Essick (IND 11.92) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. William Bushamuka/Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (IND) 6-3 
2. Enzo Wallart/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IND) 6-3
3. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) vs. Afonso Salgado/Raheel Manji (IND) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Indiana 4-6; National ranking #64
Kentucky 8-2; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,2,1,4,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"A good team win overall tonight, fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann. "Doubles was pretty good. We didn't play great, but we competed well and that's what you want to see as a coach. You want to see how we handle ourselves when we are not playing our best. 

"In singles we are playing better as a group. William [Bushamuka] came back that showed a lot of mental toughness. Ryo [Matsumura] is a rock. Nils [Ellefsen] keeps coming up with the goods and he is closing out sets and matches like a great player. Enzo [Wallart] showed a lot of heart and courage at the end of the third set. I was happy for him. Trey [Yates] is catching his stride before sec which is great to see.

"I was really proud of our guys tonight, said assistant coach Matt Emery. "We came out again in doubles with a lot of intensity and really took it to them. We still have a lot to little things to clean up, but we really just took care of business in doubles and we are very difficult to beat when we get the doubles point.

"I thought all the guys did an unbelievable job of carrying that momentum into the singles. Things got a little tight in the second sets, but we handled the adversity really well.  William did a phenomenal job of righting the ship after a tough first set. He is continuing to prove why he is one of the best players in the country."

"I was really proud of Trey Yates today taking care of business after the match was clinched, Emery added. "It is great to him playing better each match and taking people out. It is awesome to see his hard work paying off. His work ethic and intensity is one of the keys to our team this year, and I love seeing his game start to click right in time for the SEC season."
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#33 Tulane 4, Arizona 1
Feb 26, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) vs. #96 Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) 7-6 (8-6), 2-2, unf
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Jason Jaruvang (ARIZ) 6-4, 6-2
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Harry Busby (ARIZ) 7-5, 6-3
4. Will Kneale (ARIZ) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 6-1, 6-2
5. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Trent Botha (ARIZ) 6-1, 6-3
6. Nikolas Tukic (TLN) vs. Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ) 1-6, 6-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. #27 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Will Kneale/Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ) 6-3
2. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) vs. Naoki Takeda/Will Adkisson (ARIZ) 4-4, unf
3. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Shoki Kasahara/Jason Jaruvang (ARIZ) 6-2
Match Notes:
Arizona 5-3
Tulane 6-3; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,5,2,3)




Other Friday Results:

#9 Oklahoma State def. Alabama 4-0
#14 South Florida def. #67 Boise State 4-0
#52 Princeton def. #48 Auburn 4-2
#58 BYU def. #72 Portland 5-2
New Mexico def. DePaul 6-1
New Mexico def. #53 Utah 7-0
Elon def. Brown 4-3
#19 Ole Miss def. #74 South Alabama 7-0
#63 Georgia State def. East Tennessee State 4-3
VCU def. George Mason 7-0
#45 Vanderbilt def. Murray State 7-0
#45 Vanderbilt def. Belmont 4-0




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One day you're on the top of the mountain and the next day your toppling down the hill. Illinois took the court today against #8 TCU just 16 hours removed from its big win over #2 Virginia so you had to figure they'd have a tough time replicating the same energy in such a short span.

It was sunny and 65 degrees outside at match time but the 25-30 mile per hour wind gusts kept play indoors. I knew the crowd wouldn't be as big as Saturday night but I was impressed with the Sunday afternoon turnout of just over 400.

Illinois got off to a quick start at #1 and #2 doubles while TCU jumped out to the early lead at #3. Illinois's #1 team of Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse broke the Cameron Norrie serve to go up 1-0 and then Hiltzik held for 2-0. Hiltzik and Jesse would break the Trevor Johnson serve on the deciding point to go up 3-0 and then a hold from Jesse made it 4-0. Norrie would double fault on the deciding point to make it 5-0 (left clip) then Hiltzik held from 40-15 (right clip) to give the Illini the 6-0 win in just 18 minutes.


TCU's #3 team of Alex Rybakov and Guillermo Nunez broke Julian Childers to take the early 1-0 lead then Nunez held at love for 2-0. Rybakov and Nunez would make it 3-0 when they broke the Brian Page serve from 30-40 and then Rybakov held to make it 4-0. Childers held for 1-4 and then Nunez quickly held for 5-1. Page held for 2-5 and then Rybakov served it out from 40-30 to give TCU the 6-2 win in 22 minutes.



Illinois's #2 team of Aron Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic broke Hudson Blake on the deciding point to go up 1-0 and Hiltzik held for 2-0. TCU's Reese Stalder held for 1-2 and then he and Blake broke the Vukic serve on the deciding point to make it 2-2. Blake held from 40-15 to make it 3-2 but Vukic held from 40-30 to even it at 3-3. Stalder would hit a service winner on the deciding point to make it 4-3 and then they'd break the Hiltzik serve from 30-40 to make it 5-3 - clip on the left shows both points. Blake served it out from 40-30 (right clip) by coming forward and hitting three volleys with the last being a winner. TCU's 6-3 win, in 28 minutes, sealed the doubles point and put the Horned Frogs up 1-0.


TCU jumped out an early break lead at #3 and #5 while Illinois grabbed an early break lead at #1, #2, and #4 with #6 staying on serve for a little while.

TCU's Jerry Lopez didn't waste any time at #5 after breaking Pablo Landa's opening service game from 15-40 to go up 1-0. Lopez quickly held for 2-0 and then broke on the deciding point to make it 3-0. Clip on the left is the first break and then on the right is the second break.



Landa took one of the breaks back but Lopez broke again from 30-40 to make it 4-1. Lopez held for 5-1 and then Landa held on the deciding point to make it 2-5. Lopez served out the opening set to take it 6-2. After each held serve to start the second set Lopez would break from 30-40 to go up 2-1. Lopez cruised through the next four games and served it out at love to take it it 6-2, 6-1 in just 52 minutes.



For the second day in a row Jared Hiltzik would give Illinois its first point after he defeated Alex Rybakov 6-4, 7-6(1) at #1. Hiltzik broke Rybakov at love to take an early 2-1 lead (left) and then after a Hiltzik hold Rybakov would hold for 2-3 (right).


Hiltzik came back from 30-40 down to hold for 4-2 and then four games later he'd hold again to take the opening set 6-4. Hiltzik would go up an early break in the second set and was plowing through each of his service games. The clip below shows Hiltzik holding for 5-3 and then Rybakov holds for 4-5.


Hiltzik would finally have a poor service game and Rybakov would break him from 15-40 to even it at 5-5 (left). Rybakov held for 6-5 and then Hiltzik held to send it to a tiebreak (right).


The tiebreak was all Hiltzik as he led 5-1 at the changeover and closed it out two points later to win the match in 1 hour and 17 minutes. The clips shows a few points of the tiebreak including match point at the end.



Cameron Norrie would extend TCU's lead to 3-1 after he defeated Aleks Vukic 6-4, 7-5 at #2. Vukic broke Norrie to go up 2-1 in the first and then held for 3-1. Norrie would hold and then break Vukic on the deciding point to make it 3-3.  The break actually came on an overrule on the far side and Vukic argued with the chair for a good minute but to no avail. After three straight holds Norrie broke Vukic to take the set 6-4. Vukic broke Norrie on the deciding point to go up 1-0 in the second but Norrie broke back on the deciding point to make it 1-1. A few games later Norrie would come back from 30-40 down to hold for 3-2 and then Vukic did the same thing to hold for 3-3. It would stay on serve until Norrie broke Vukic from 15-40 to close it out in 1 hour and 27 minutes. Guillermo Nunez was serving for the match at the same time so that's why I wasn't able to get a better shot of this match point.


Less than two minutes later Guillermo Nunez would clinch the win for TCU with a 7-6(6), 6-3 win over Aron Hiltzik at #3. Nunez went up 2-1 in the first after breaking Hiltzik on the deciding point but Hiltzik would break back on the deciding point to even it at 2-2 (left clip). A few games later Nunez would break back on the deciding point to go up 4-3 (right).


Nunez was serving up 5-4, 40-15 but Hiltzik came back to break and even it at 5-5 (left). Hiltzik held for 6-5 and then Nunez held to send it to a tiebreak (right).


Nunez went up 4-0 in the tiebreak but Hiltzik fought back to even it at 6-6. Hiltzik would double fault to put Nunez up 7-6 and then Nunez closed out the tiebreak on the next point. Below are clips from multiple points throughout the tiebreak - as you can hear the people beside me weren't pleased with the call on the double fault.


Nunez drew first blood in the second set when he broke Hiltzik from 30-40 on a big forehand to go up 3-1.


Nunez then held from 40-15 to go up 4-1 before Hiltzik held for 2-4 and then Nunez held at love for 5-2 (both holds on clip on left).  Hiltzik then held and went up 0-40 on the Nunez serve but the TCU sophomore would take the next four to close it out and clinch the Horned Frogs win. The clip on the right picks it up with Nunez serving at 15-40.


They played the remaining matches out with Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch picking up a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Trevor Johnson at #6 (left) while TCU freshman Eduardo Nava defeated Julian Childers 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 at #4 (right). Note: Nava trailed 2-5 in the first set and won five straight to take the set 7-5.



TCU is back on the road next weekend for matches at South Florida and Central Florida while Illinois is off for two weeks before playing at Northwestern.


#8 TCU 5, #11 Illinois 2
Feb 28, 2016 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #11 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.30) def. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.40) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.63) def. #9 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) 6-4, 7-5
3. #49 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.95) def. #66 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.60) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. #99 Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.00) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.49) 7-5, 1-6, 7-5
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.63) def. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.22) 6-2, 6-1
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.76) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.62) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-0
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 6-2
Match Notes
TCU 8-2; National ranking #8
Illinois 7-5; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,2,3,6,4)
T-2:30 A-407





Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - Opening Statement
"It was very nice to get that doubles point today. There was a great comeback from Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder to clinch the doubles point for us. In singles, there was a battle all the way around. Beating Aleks Vukic is something to be proud of for Cameron Norrie because he doesn't lose to just anybody. There was also a very mature performance today by Nunez to beat Aron Hiltzik and Jerry Lopez did what he needed to do and got off the court quickly. I'm very proud of the way we handled the good crowd and stayed focused in our match. Illinois had a great win last night over No. 2 Virginia and it's not easy to bounce back the next day and play another top team. We now get to be outdoors and be ready for another tough road trip to USF and UCF.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We didn't take care of things where we needed to," head coach Brad Dancer said. "If you do that against a good team, you're going to lose. I give TCU a lot of credit because Atkins isn't an easy place to play."
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In the big stunner of the day #51 Arkansas went into Norman and upset #10 Oklahoma 5-2. Arkansas took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 and then they added four first sets at #1, #2, #4 and #5.

Arkansas redshirt freshman Adam Sanjurjo made it 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Maxime Mora at #5 but OU would tie it up at 2-2 with straight sets wins from Alex Ghilea and Andre Biro at #3 and #6.

Giammarco Micolani (pic via Arkasas)
Mike Redilicki would put Arkansas ahead 3-2 when he beat Axel Alvarez in straight sets and Giammarco Micolani would clinch it with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Florin Bragusi at #4. Jose Salazar, who transferred from Oklahoma, won the final match of the day for Arkansas as he defeated Spencer Papa 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

I'd say you have to go back a good decade to find a win as big as this one for the Hogs. Arkansas last made the NCAA tournament in 2006 and these are its conference wins totals over the last 8 years - 3, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2, 3, and 0. This program has come a long, long way since Andy Jackson took over the helm on June 11, 2013.

Arkansas has another big match coming up on Friday when it opens SEC play in Lexington against #18 Kentucky. OU returns to the court today when it hosts #17 Memphis at 2pm central.

#51 Arkansas 5, #10 Oklahoma 2
Feb 28, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #82 Mike Redlicki (AR 13.95) def. #63 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.31) 6-4, 7-6 (6-0)
2. Jose Salazar (AR 14.01) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.99) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
3. #100 Alex Ghilea (OU 13.94) def. Santiago Munoz (AR 13.09) 6-2, 6-2
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR 13.11) def. #119 Florin Bragusi (OU 13.86) 6-3, 7-5
5. Adam Sanjurjo (AR 13.29) def. Maxime Mora (OU 13.69) 6-0, 6-4
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.79) def. William Albanese (AR 12.52) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #49 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) def. #35 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-3
2. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 5-4, unfinished
3. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) def. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Arkansas 10-2; National ranking #51
Oklahoma 6-4; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,3,6,1,4,2)
T-2:45

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"This is a great win for us; the team competed really hard, head coach Andy Jackson said. "Mike, Giammarco and others were really clutch today.

"Now we play Kentucky on Friday and our challenge is to prepare to face another top team, because we know how good and how ready they'll be. We're excited to continue our season and start SEC competition.

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"Arkansas played a great match," head coach John Roddick said. "They are a really good team and they deserve credit. We have to refocus, come back tomorrow and play much better against Memphis."
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Wake Forest was coming off a stunning 4-3 loss to #25 Texas but they turned it around on Sunday in a bit way. The Demon Deacons took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at #1 and #2 then they jumped on #6 Texas Tech in singles by taking five of six opening sets. Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, and Dennis Uspensky each rolled in straight sets at #1, #2, and #5 to give Wake the 4-0 shutout win just a hair over two hours. 

As you can see from Brett Masi's comments below, he wasn't impressed with the energy and level of play especially after a good performance on Friday against NC State.

Texas Tech is off for the next two weeks before hosting Indiana on March 14th while Wake opens ACC play on Friday with a visit from Georgia Tech followed by Sunday matches against NC State and Tennessee Tech. 

#5 Wake Forest 4, #6 Texas Tech 0
Feb 28, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #25 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) def. #18 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-1, 7-5
2. #34 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.11) def. #97 Hugo Dojas (TT 14.08) 6-2, 6-4
3. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.93) vs. #87 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.83) 6-3, 3-6, 1-1, unf
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.26) vs. Jon Ho (WF 14.04) 7-6(1), 3-0, unf
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.41) def. Connor Curry (TT 13.71) 6-0, 6-2
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.74) 6-4, 4-6, 0-0, unf
Doubles competition
1. #21 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. #56 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-4
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-2
Match Notes
Texas Tech 15-2 (0-0 Big 12); National ranking #6
Wake Forest 10-3 (0-0 ACC); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,1)
T-2:02 A-222

Post-Match Quote from Texas Tech's recap
"This wasn't our best day in terms of play, competing and energy level," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "When you play a team like Wake Forest, you can't expect to be able to fight back from a bad start. Basically, we didn't show up to start the match. We had some hope during a few of the second sets in singles but couldn't get the job done. Hopefully, this is an experience we will learn from. We have a few weeks to improve and get ready for a tough round of matches."


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Northwestern picked up a nice ranked road win on Sunday when it blanked #32 Harvard in Cambridge. Northwestern took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 then won all six singles matches by winning 12 of 14 sets.  NU's 12-1 start equals the previous mark that was set all the way back in the 1988-89 season.

Northwestern will be off for the next two weeks before hosting Illinois and Detroit on March 12th while Harvard is off for almost three weeks before heading to San Diego for the Mission Valley Spring Classic with other participants including San Diego, San Diego State, Denver, Memphis, Princeton, Texas Tech, and Tulane.

#15 Northwestern 7, #32 Harvard 0
Feb 28, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass. (Murr Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Konrad Zieba (NU 14.44) def. Hu, Nicky (HARV 13.77) 6-3, 6-4
2. Sam Shropshire (NU 13.78) def. Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV 13.03) 6-3, 6-4
3. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.29) def. Tao, Kenny (HARV 13.10) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
4. Fedor Baev (NU 13.11) def. Lam, Kelvin (HARV 12.64) 7-6, 6-2
5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.13) def. Zhou, Andy (HARV 13.06) 4-6, 7-6, 10-2
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.81) def. Thirouin, Jean (HARV 12.93) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Yeung, Brian/Zhou, Andy (HARV) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5, unfinished
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Hu, Nicky/Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV) 6-3
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Haughey, Conor/Lam, Kelvin (HARV) 6-2
Match Notes:
Northwestern 12-1; National ranking #15
Harvard 8-5; National ranking #32
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,1,4*,6,3,5)
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Ohio State and Notre Dame usually play competitive matches every season and Sunday's match in South Bend was no different. Ohio State dropped the doubles point for the third time this the year when Notre Dame's Grayson Broadus and Quentin Monaghan won 6-2 win at #2 and Josh Hagar and Eric Schnurrenberger won 6-3 win at #3.

Martin Joyce (Pic via tennisworldusa.org)
Ohio State rebounded in singles by taking five of six first sets. Mikael Torpegaard was off the court quickly with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Quentin Monaghan at #1 and Herkko Pollanen followed suit with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Eric Schnurrenberger at #5.

Notre Dame's Alex Lawson tied the match at 2-2 after coming back from a first set bagel to defeat Chris Diaz 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 at #3.

Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo made it 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Eddy Covalschi at #2. The win by Di Feo snapped a two-match losing streak after he won his first six.

Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to a perfect 8-0 by clinching the team win with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win over Grayson Broadus at #6. Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach won the final match 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 over Eric Schnurrenberger.

The Buckeyes will return to the court next Sunday for a nationally televised match at Oklahoma while Notre Dame opens up conference play on Thursday at Boston College.

#3 Ohio State 5, #47 Notre Dame 2
Feb 26, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion) 
Singles competition
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.54) def. #40 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.90) 6-1, 6-2
2. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.28) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.98) 6-4, 6-3
3. Alex Lawson (ND 13.43) def. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.02) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.99) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.34) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
5. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.67) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 12.91) 6-4, 6-2
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.85) def. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.90) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4
2. Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-2
3. Josh Hagar/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Ohio State 14-1; National ranking #3
Notre Dame 6-6; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,2,6,4)
T-2:44 A-147

Post-Match Quote from Notre Dame's recap
On the match against No. 3 Ohio State, Coach Sachire said, "Our guys went after it. Ohio State was just a little too good today. It gives us a direction of where to improve. We need to improve our tennis moving forward, but I think the way we approached the match, it was good.
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Adam Steinberg's guys just keep on winning as they swept weekend matches over #31 Washington and #22 Tulsa.

Tulsa took the doubles point by winning both #1 and #3 in tiebreaks but Michigan turned up the heat in singles and took four opening sets. Alex Knight, Runhao Hua, and Kevin Wong would each finish in straight sets at #2, #5, and #6 while Carter Lin clinched the match at #3 with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez.



Michigan joins the other snowbirds and heads to Florida this week with a Thursday match at Miami before playing at South Florida on Sunday. Tulsa plays at SMU next Sunday before welcoming in Virginia and USC the following week.

#28 Michigan 4, #22 Tulsa 1
02/28/16 at Ann Arbor, Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa 13.75) vs. #60 Jathan Malik (Michigan 13.73), DNF 7-6(5), 6-6
2. Alex Knight (Michigan 13.76) def. #110 Carlos Bautista (Tulsa 13.44), 6-3, 6-3
3. Carter Lin (Michigan 13.14) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa 13.37), 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2
4. Majed Kilani (Tulsa 13.69) vs. Davis Crocker (Michigan 12.80), 6-2, 3-6, 3-3
5. Runhao Hua (Michigan 13.43) def. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa 12.68), 6-1, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (Michigan 13.17) def. Matthew Kirby (Tulsa 12.54) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Kirby/O.Kellerman (Tulsa) defeated Knight/Hua, 7-6(5)
2. Malik/Wong (Michigan) defeated Bautista/Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-4
3. McCloskey/Bechard (Tulsa) defeated Cuba/Crocker (Michigan), 7-6(9)
Match Notes
Tulsa 7-4; National Ranking #22
Michigan 9-2; National Ranking #29
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-1-3, Singles 6-2-5-3
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A rough week for #25 NC State got worse on Sunday as the Wolfpack dropped its third match in a row with a 4-1 loss to #55 Old Dominion. ODU hadn't beat NC State since 2007 though with this win the Monarchs have won five of the last nine in the series.

Zvonimir Podvinski (@ ODU Sports)
ODU's Michael Weindl and Jacob Nicolussi won 6-2 at #2 doubles while NC State's Simon Norenius and Michael Ogden won 6-4 at #3. The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #1 with ODU's Adam Moundir and Aziz Kijametovic taking it 7-6(5)

The Monarchs took four opening sets in singles with Javier Jover Maestre, Zvonimir Podvinski, and Jacob Nicolussi each winning in straight sets at #4, #5, and #6 with Podvinski providing the clincher.

Note: I believe Podvinski's brother is Tomislav (Tommy) who plays at Baylor - both are from Zagreb, Croatia though maybe Podvinski is like Smith over there.

Old Dominion went 8-0 during the month of February while NC State went 7-5.  ODU plays at Elon and Charlotte next weekend while NC State goes to Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

#55 Old Dominion 4, #25 NC State 1 
Feb 28, 2016 at Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #83 Simon Norenius (ST 13.46) def. #103 Adam Moundir (ODU 13.62) 6-3, 6-4
2. #72 Nick Horton (ST 13.73) vs. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU 12.92) 6-3, 5-7, unf
3. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.63) vs. Michael Weindl (ODU 12.78) 4-6, 6-4, 1-2, unf
4. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU 13.12) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST 12.44) 6-1, 6-1
5. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU 12.78) def. Igor Saveljic (ST 12.74) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
6. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU 12.50) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST 12.37) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition 
1. #43 Adam Moundir/Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) def. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Michael Weindl/Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) def. Nick Horton/Thomas Weigel (ST) 6-2
3. Simon Norenius/Michael Ogden (ST) def. J. Jover Maestre/J. Nunez Navarro (ODU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Old Dominion 7-3; National ranking #55
NC State 10-5; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from ODU's recap
"Great team effort today, said ODU head coach Aljosa Piric. "All twelve guys played their role today and earned this win against a good N.C. State team. I am happy with the way we competed. The doubles point came down to a tie-break on Aziz and Adam's court. We took that point and continued the momentum on Courts 4 and 6. Javier and Jacob were the catalysts for today's singles win. On the other courts, we hung in there, we embraced adversity and kept fighting.  That's what this team is all about.

 "We will go home, get some well-deserved rest and on Tuesday we will continue to build, concluded Piric. "We have a tough weekend against Elon and Charlotte ahead.
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Columbia finished its Tennessee road trip undefeated after it held on to beat #45 Vanderbilt 4-3. The match was played indoors at Vandy's five-court facility so the deciding match at #6 singles didn't go on court until the first singles match finished up.

Columbia took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Vanderbilt would take first sets on four of the five courts. Mike Vermeer earned the one first set for Columbia at #3 and then he finished off Rhys Johnson 6-1, 6-3 to make it 2-0.

Vanderbilt racked up straight set wins from Daniel Valent, Cameron Klinger, and Baker Newman at #1, #2, and #4 to put the Commodores up 3-2.

Columbia junior Richard Pham jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set by winning all five games on deciding points but Kris Yee came back to win seven straight games, five on the deciding point, to take the opening set 7-5. Pham would take the second set 6-4 then pull away in the third to close out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win to even the overall match at 3-3.

Timothy Wang (@ Ethan Wu/Columbia Spectator)
The final match on court was at #6 as Columbia freshman Timmy Wang was taking on Vanderbilt freshman Alex Ross. Wang rolled to a 6-1 first set then led 5-2 in the second before Ross broke and held to make it 5-4. Wang went down 15-30 but won the next 3 points to close it out the 6-1, 6-4 win.

"Happy for Rich and Tim. We had 3 straight matches at National Indoors so close like today. It went the other way for Rich at 3-3 against Baylor, so this result was nice for him. For Timmy to serve it out like that for the match was pretty tough," said Columbia assistant coach Howard Endelman.

Columbia next plays in two weeks when it goes to Ann Arbor to face Michigan while Vanderbilt plays at #1 North Carolina on Friday

#23 Columbia 4, #45 Vanderbilt 3
Feb 28, 2016 at Nashville, TN (Currey Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #10  Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU) def. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger; 6-0
2. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VU) def. Michal Rolski/Mike Vermer (CU); 6-4
3. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (CU) def. Tate Allwardt/Baker Newman (VU); 7-5
Singles competition
1. #64 Daniel Valent (VU 14.08) def. #54 Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.97); 6-0, 6-4
2. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.79) def. Victor Pham (CU 13.84); 7-5, 6-1
3. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.79) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.14); 6-1, 6-3
4. Baker Newman (VU 13.44) def. Michal Rolski (CU 12.82); 6-2, 6-4
5. Richard Pham (CU 13.21) def. Kris Yee (VU 13.20); 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
6. Timothy Wang (CU 13.35) def. Alex Ross (VU 12.73); 6-1, 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 8-3; National ranking #23
Vanderbilt 8-5; National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,4,2,5,6)




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The featured match of the day took place in Tampa as No. 3 TCU rolled into town to face No. 17 South Florida. South Florida got the win at No. 1 doubles but TCU came back and won at No. 2 and No. 3 with Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder clinching the point 7-6(1) at No. 2.

Each team picked up three first sets in singles but South Florida struck first when Justin Roberts closed out Eduardo Nava 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4. TCU freshman Alex Rybakov put the Horned Frogs back ahead 2-1 when he ran through Dominic Cotrone 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 and a short while later Jerry Lopez would make it 3-1 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Peter Bertran at No. 5.

Guillermo Nunez clinched TCU's win over Illinois last Sunday and he'd clinch again today with a 7-6(6), 7-5 win over Sasha Gozun at No. 4. Nunez trailed 4-1 in the second set before winning six of the last seven games to close it out.

They played both of the remaining matches out and in a battle of top five players it was South Florida's Roberto Cid knocking off TCU's Cameron Norrie 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. TCU's Trevor Johnson also picked up a win at No. 6 defeating Sebastien Butler 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Johnson trailed 3-1 in the third before rallying.


#3 TCU 5, #17 South Florida 2
March 5, 2016 at Tampa, Florida (USF Varsity Courts)
Doubles Competition
1. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Sasha Gozun/Robert Cid (USF) 7-6(1)
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU) def. Peter Bertran/Everth Dzib (USF) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.39) def. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.67) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.51) def. #35 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.34) 6-3, 6-2
3. #49 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.98) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.46) 7-6(6), 7-5
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.16) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.95) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61) def. Peter Bertran (USF 13.30) 6-4, 7-5
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.72) def. Sebastien Butler (USF 11.96) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
Match Notes
TCU 9-2; National Ranking #3
South Florida 7-5; National Ranking #17
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,5,3,6,1)
T-3:00 A-187

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap:
Head Coach David Roditi
"Today was a great road win for the guys. This was completely different conditions than last weekend and against a very good, well coached top tennis program. Due to I being busy all week having a baby, assistant coach Devin Bowen has done a tremendous job getting the squad ready to battle. He and Facundo Lugones have been doing all the work.

"The doubles point on the road is great to get and we had our bottom two teams step up huge and win it. USF does not lose the point very often and they did have a guy hurt that I think would have made a big impact in their doubles lineup. Alex Rybakov and Jerry Lopez did a good job of getting quick singles points that put them in a tough situation where we just needed one more win. It was nice to get two more with Guillermo Nuez clinching and Trevor Johnson pulling it out 7-5 in the third set. It is great to see different players stepping up for our squad and now they hit the road to Orlando to play UCF tomorrow. Thanks to our loyal tennis letterman who came to watch and our academic advisor Rosie Tarnowski for doing babysitting duties. It sure was a team effort today.

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It was a good weekend for Princeton against the Big Ten as the Tigers took out #24 Penn State earlier today 6-1. Princeton was coming off a 6-1 over Indiana yesterday and had the quick turnaround this morning with the early start time but if they were tied you sure couldn't tell from the scorelines.

Penn State took the doubles point by winning at No. 2 in a tiebreak (score unknown) but Princeton rebounded in singles by taking four first sets.

Diego Vives, Alex Day, and Josh Yablon each won in straight sets at No. 1, No. 2, and No. 5 to put Princeton up 3-1 but each of the remaining matches would go three sets. Luke Gamble would get the clincher at No. 4 with 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 win over Aws Laaribi and then both Kial Kaiser and Tom Colautti would also win to give Princeton the singles sweep.

Note: No. 3 singles played a tiebreak at 3-3 in the third set hence the 4-3 final.

#38 Princeton 6, #24 Penn State 1
March 5, 2016 at Princeton, New Jersey (Jadwin Gym)
Doubles Competition
1. Day/Gamble (PRIN) def. Christian Lutschaunig/David Kohan (PSU), 7-5.
2. Matt Barry/Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Colautti/Vives (PRIN), 7-6.
3. Constant De La Bassetiere/Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Johnathan Carcione/Yablon (PRIN), 6-4.
Singles Competition
1. Diego Vives (PRIN 13.28) def. #59 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.26), 6-1, 6-3.
2. No. 108 Alex Day (PRIN 12.94) def. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU 13.57), 6-4, 6-3.
3. Tom Colautti (PRIN 13.10) def. No. 98 Matt Barry (PSU 13.47), 5-7, 6-4, 4-3*.
4. Luke Gamble (PRIN 13.00) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU 13.02), 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.
5. Josh Yablon (PRIN 13.02) def. Ben Lieb (PSU 13.17), 6-3, 6-4.
6. Kial Kaiser (PRIN 12.79) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.18), 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.
Match Notes
Princeton 11-4; National Ranking #38
Penn State 10-2; National Ranking #24
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,5,4,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Princeton's recap
Coach Billy Pate on the match: "It is very rare to lose a doubles point and come back to win all six singles againast a team the caliber of Penn State. We actually played pretty well in doubles and simply fell on the short end, so in a way it gave us a better sense of urgency. The team showed me a lot today in terms of their grittiness and perseverance. This was a significant win and a great weekend for us. We now have a few days off for the guys to get through midterms before embarking on spring break and another set of very challenging matches before Ivy League play begins. I really like where we are right now as a team, but it's vital we keep our foot on the gas pedal and remain focused for the challenges ahead."

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"We played an extremely well-coached Princeton team, said head coach Jeff Zinn. "They play an aggressive style of tennis and we just weren't playing it back.

"We had three three-set matches that we couldn't finish and that was the match, said Coach Zinn. "We played great at doubles and will work on finishing out those three-set singles matches this next week in Florida.

"Playing Princeton at their place is always tough, said assistant coach Paul Tobin. "The courts are super fast and that isn't always consistent with how we play. As a team, we must learn how to attack and take more risks when playing on these quick surfaces.

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Tuesday was a good day for Marcelo Ferreira's guys with the Waves re-entering the rankings earlier in the day at No. 71 and then later in the day they took care of business and upset No. 26 Memphis 4-2.

Pepperdine won the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split first sets in singles. Pepperdine junior Stefan Menichella was off the court quickly with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 4 but Memphis countered with a 6-3, 6-2 win by sophomore Kai Lemke at No. 3.

Waves sophomore Lautaro Pane made it 3-1 by picking up a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over Ryan Peniston at No. 2 but Tigers sophomore Shakeel Manji answered with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Tom Hill at No. 6.

Waves sophomore Pedro Iamachkine clinched the team win with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Felix Rauch and the remaining match at No. 1 was abandoned with it tied at 3-3 in the third.



#71 Pepperdine 4, #26 Memphis 2
Mar 15, 2016 at Malibu, Calif. (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Hadlich, Guilherme (PEP 13.69) vs. #86 Andrew Watson (MEM 13.87) 5-7, 6-3, 3-3, unf
2. Pane, Lautaro (PEP 13.79) def. #61 Ryan Peniston (MEM 14.03) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
3. Kai Lemke (MEM 13.44) def. Sidney, Gabriel (PEP 12.90) 6-3, 6-2
4. Menichella, Stefan (PEP 13.40) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM 13.11) 6-2, 6-0
5. Iamachkine, Pedro (PEP 13.27) def. Felix Rauch (MEM 12.72) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
6. Shakeel Manji (MEM 12.33) def. Hill, Tom (PEP 12.23) 7-5, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #27 Gabriel Sidney/Guilherme Hadlich(PEP) vs. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (MEM) 5-5, unf
2. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEM) 6-4
3. Tom Hill/Stefan Menichella (PEP) def. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) 7-5
Match Notes
Memphis 7-6, 1-1 AAC; National ranking #26
Pepperdine 5-5, 1-0 WCC; National ranking #71
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,3,2,6,5)

Quotes from Pepperdine's recap
"I am really proud of the way we came out to play doubles today, said head coach Marcelo Ferreira.  "We have been talking so much about the importance of the doubles point and how we always need to be resilient and ready to fight back when things are not going our way. 

"We were down a break at doubles two and three and not playing our best tennis, but the guys stuck to the strategy and refused to lose and were able to come out on top.

"We were able to carry over the momentum from doubles and play very good singles on most courts from the beginning, Ferreira said.  "That definitely gave us the edge to win three first sets.  I'm very proud of the way Menichella competed today and I'm glad he was able to pull off the win.

"I'm happy for Lautaro [Pane] also, who was able to bounce back after losing the second set 6-2 against a very solid player, to win in the third, said Ferreira.

"I'm incredibly happy with the way Pedro [Iamachkine] played today, Ferreira said.  "He truly embraced his identity and committed to making every shot.  He understands that by embracing that style, he will be able to break opponents down and that's what happened today.

"Our focus now is already on a very tough opponent with No. 6 Oklahoma State coming up on Saturday.  We hope to have a great turnout to support the Waves in this next challenge.
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Third-ranked TCU got all it wanted and more from No. 29 Tulsa but the Horned Frogs had just enough to get the 4-2 win. TCU was playing without its usual No. 1, Cameron Norrie, with Norrie in the main draw at the $125K Irving Challenger so everyone else had to shift up a spot in the lineup. 

Tulsa pulled out the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 1 in a tiebreak and then the teams split first sets with TCU winning them up top and Tulsa taking them down low. 

TCU junior Jerry Lopez won the only match to finish in straight sets with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Carlos Bautista at No. 3.

Guillermo Nunez put TCU ahead 2-1 with a tough 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-4 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez at No. 2 and then junior Trey Daniel made it 3-1 with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 win over Francois Kellerman at No. 6.

Tulsa freshman Majed Kilani kept the Golden Hurricane alive by pulling out a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(1) win over Trevor Johnson at No. 5 but moments later TCU freshman Alex Rybakov clinched the match with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 win over Or Ram-Harel at No. 1.

The remaining match at No. 4 was abandoned with Eduardo Nava leading Dylan McCloskey 5-2 in the third. 


#3 TCU 4, #29 Tulsa 2
Mar 15, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.54) def. #39 Or Ram-Harel (TULSA 13.66) 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
2. #48 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.94) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TULSA 13.36) 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 6-4
3. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.65) def. Carlos Bautista (TULSA 13.43) 6-4, 7-5
4. #109 Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.86) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TULSA 12.76) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 5-2, unf
5. Majed Kilani (TULSA 13.72) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.64) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1)
6. Trey Daniel (TCU 12.70) def. Francois Kellerman (TULSA 12.79) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #79 Dylan McCloskey/Matthew Kirby (TULSA) def. H Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Trevor Johnson/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez/Or Ram-Harel (TULSA) 6-3
3. Dominic Bechard/Carlos Bautista (TULSA) def. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 7-5
Match Notes
Tulsa 7-8; National ranking #29
TCU 11-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,6,5,1)
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Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "That was a hell of a match. What a fun college match for people to come out and watch. We appreciate every single one of them that came to our match and stayed for out match because I think they got their money's worth. We didn't expect anything less when we play Tulsa because it doesn't matter what the situation is, it is always a dramatic match and there is always a lot going on. I am proud of our guys to come through like that. We lost some matches today, but I thought Trevor did a great job against Kilani because that guy has been winning a lot and he is one of their emotional leaders. Trevor did a great job of giving himself a chance to win. If he keeps doing that, he is going to win that match next time.

"The good part is that we found a way to win and come back and keep the streak alive. It is just great to fight like that. I am proud of our fight, I am proud of our heart and I am proud of our resilience. There were some guys that didn't feel 100 percent today and didn't practice all week and they had to step up and play. We didn't have Cameron Norrie today for good reason and the team was challenged to play without one of their best players on the team. Trey Daniel stepped up in a big way and I am so happy for Trey because he had to fight for that win. He has come so close so many times and lost those matches and he figured out a way to win that one with pure heart. He dealt with some pressure there and it came down to the wire and I am just really happy for him because it gave us a crucial win for our team. That took all wind out of Tulsa's sail.

On the physicality in today's match
"Today was a very physical match and Todd Kensler has done a great job of getting our guy's in shape and keeping them in shape. That guy on court six ran out of gas and Trey looked like he could go two more hours. That is a lot of credit to Trey for staying in shape and Todd Kensler for the job he is doing with our guys.
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Lamar earned its first national ranking under current head coach Scott Shankles but Nebraska stole the day with a 4-2 win. No. 61 Lamar started off the day by defeating Nebraska-Omaha 6-1 but it just couldn't out-muscle Nebraska later in the day. 
Marc Herrmann (Pic Via Nebraska)

Nebraska freshman Toby Boyer started off the day by picking up a 6-4, 6-2 win over Sebastian Santibanez at No. 3 and then senior Andrew Dzulynsky made it 2-0 with 7-5, 6-1 win over Jeandre Hoogenboezem at No. 5.

Lamar evened it up when sophomore Benny Schweizer defeated Tomislav Antoljak 7-6, 6-2 at No. 4 and redshirt junior Juuso Laitinen got past Ford Zitsch 7-6, 7-5 at No. 6

Nebraska senior Dusty Boyer put the Big Red a point away with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-3 win over Michael Feucht at No. 1 and then  fellow senior Marc Herrmann clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Nikita Lis at No. 2.

The doubles point was not played.

Nebraska 4, #61 Lamar 2
Mar 15, 2016 at Lincoln, Nebraska (Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Dusty Boyer (NEB 13.31) def. Michael Feucht (LU 13.27) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
2. Marc Herrmann (NEB 12.90) def. Nikita Lis (LU 13.16) 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2
3. Toby Boyer (NEB 12.93) def. Sebastian Santibanez (LU 12.85) 6-4, 6-2
4. Benny Schweizer (LU 12.44) def. Tomislav Antoljak (NEB 12.21) 7-6 (7), 6-2
5. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB 12.29) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem (LU 12.16) 7-5, 6-1
6. Juuso Laitinen (LU 12.19) def. Ford Zitsch (NEB 12.22) 7-6 (6), 7-5
Match Notes
Nebraska 8-4
Lamar 8-5; National Ranking #61
Order of finish: Singles (3,5,6,4,1,2)
Doubles Not Played

Post-Match Quotes from Nebraska's recap
"It was a good team win today," said Head Coach Kerry McDermott. "We felt like this was going to be a very competitive match coming in. They had just beaten Iowa last week, and they just earned a ranking. We were hoping to get that ranking and they kind of stole it from us. We just kind of told the guys before the match, let's prove something to ourselves and the team that we are going to get that ranking back.

"I was really proud of the way the guys played today, especially winning four of the six singles (matches). I thought we did a really good job, didn't even have to go into the doubles point. As a team I feel good that we were starting to come together and make our strides right now as the season progresses. Today especially, we did a good job of getting a lot of the first sets, and I thought Marc Herrmann and Dusty (Boyer) did a great job at the end there, closing out their matches and making things happen."

Post-Match Quote from Lamar's recap
"The difference in Nebraska match was they came out with confidence and got early leads," said head coach Scott Shankles. "They won the first set in four of the six matches. In two of those four we had breaks but didn't take advantage of them. We got a little bit of momentum with Juuso and Benny winning but once again Nebraska got out to better starts in the third sets of the remaining matches and won."
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Texas Tech got its week off to early start by pulling away from Indiana 6-1. The match took place in San Diego which is where the Red Raiders will stay the rest of the week since its participating in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic

Connor Curry (Pic via Texas Tech)
Tech took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 3 then it took four opening sets in singles. Jolan Cailleau cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4, Alex Sendegeya won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3, and Connor Curry clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Afonso Salgado.

The remaining matches were played out with Indiana getting its lone point from Antonio Cembellin at No. 6 while Tech picked up a three-set win from Felipe Soares at No. 1 and a straight set win from Hugo Dojas at No. 2.

#10 Texas Tech 6, Indiana 1
03/14/16 at San Diego, Calif. (La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Felipe Soares (TT 14.00) def. #44 Sam Monette (IU 13.95) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
2. #94 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.74) def. Raheel Manji (IU 13.33) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. #124 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.72) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU 13.04) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.25) def. Matthew McCoy (IU 12.76) 6-1, 6-0
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.59) def. Afonso Salgado (IU 12.42) 6-4, 6-1
6. Antonio Cembellin (IU 12.88) def. Augusto Stodart (TT 12.39) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Daniel Bednarczyk/Sam Monette (IU) def. #1 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-2
2. #44 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IU) 6-4
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Raheel Manji/Afonso Salgado (IU) 7-5
Match Notes
Indiana 4-10
Texas Tech 16-2; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,3,5,6,1,2)
T-1:48

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"We got off to a slow start in doubles, but I was proud that we were able to take it to them in singles," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "I was proud of the fight that Jolan and Connor showed to come back from down 5-0 in doubles. They continued to battle and played determined tennis. We've been preaching improvement. It's not always about winning or losing, it's about taking the right steps to be ready for Big 12 play next month."

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It was a good day for the Pac-12 at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge as both No. 14 Cal and No. 12 USC picked up wins over Big 12 opponents.

In the first match of the day it was the Battle of the Bears as Cal took on No. 21 Baylor. BU's Max Tchoutakian and Tommy Podvinski picked up a 6-2 win at No. 2 but Cal's Mads Engsted and J.T. Nishimura countered with a 6-3 win at No. 3. Cal's No. 1 team of Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat served for the match up 5-3 but BU's Julian Lenz and Will Little broke and then Lenz held for 5-5. Cal held for 6-5 then Bergevi and Lakat broke the Little serve from 30-40 to win it 7-5.


In singles action there were three close matches and three routs. Baylor only took two first sets but Julian Lenz was able to close out his match over Florian Lakat in straight sets with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1. Cal's Filip Bergevi put Cal ahead 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Will Little at No. 4 and then Andre Goransson put Cal up 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Felipe Rios at No. 3.
Baylor made a charge on the other courts with Max Tchoutakian pushing Billy Griffth to a third set at No. 2 while Tommy Podvinski got the equalizer at No. 6 against J.T. Nishimura. Baylor's Jimmy Bendeck was also looking good at No. 5 with the freshman up a set and break on Oskar Wikberg.

Baylor needed to win all three matches but it was going to be tough after Max Tchoutakian went down an early double break to Billy Griffith at No. 2. Griffith was serving up 3-0 but Tchoutakian broke and then held to make it 3-2. Griffith, who was playing at No. 2 for the first time this season, wouldn't get broke again and would hold on to clinch it 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

The other matches were abandoned with BU's Jimmy Bendeck serving for the match at No. 5 while Cal's J.T. Nishimura was serving up 2-1 in the third at No. 6.

#14 California 4, #21 Baylor 1
Mar 19, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #31 Florian Lakat (CAL) 6-2, 6-2
2. #37 Billy Griffith (CAL) def. #56 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. #10 Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Will Little (BU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) vs. #52 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 7-6(6), *5-4
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-3, 4-6, *2-1
Doubles competition
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (CAL) def. #12 Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) 7-5
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (CAL) 6-2
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-3
Match Notes
California 8-2; National ranking #14
Baylor 11-6; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,3,2)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We got off to a strong start in doubles and carried it into the singles, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Billy Griffith continues to be a rock in singles and overall, and our team is doing a good job of creating offensive opportunities and then capitalizing.

"Baylor is always a tough team, and they kept themselves in the match with some outstanding play. It's fairly warm here, and I think our training has been paying off because we looked like we could play five sets out there today.
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The second match of the day was a rematch from the 2014 National Team Indoor Finals and 2013 NCAA Finals as No. 12 USC met No. 15 Oklahoma.

Oklahoma got off to a good start in doubles when Axel Alvarez and Andrew Harris won 6-2 at No. 1 but USC was determined not to drop a second court. USC's No. 2 and No. 3 teams were both receiving up 6-5 and Max de Vroome and Jake DeVine would get their break of the Alex Ghilea serve to win it 7-5 at No. 2.
Just seconds later USC's No. 3 team of Jack Jaede and Tanner Smith would break OU to win that court by the same 7-5 score.
USC got off to a good start in singles by taking opening sets at 1, 2, 5, and 6 while OU got sets at 3, and 4. USC's Thibault Forget made quick work of Maxime Mora at No. 5 by taking it 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour. USC's Nick Crystal made it 3-0 when he defeated Alex Ghilea 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2.
Oklahoma's Andre Biro put the Sooners on the board with a come from behind 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over Laurens Verboven at No. 6 but it would slim pickens after that for OU.

USC had a pair of freshmen closing in on the finish line and it'd be Jake DeVine that would get there first with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Spencer Papa at No. 3.
The other matches were abandoned with USC's Logan Smith leading 5-2 in the third at No. 4 while Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez led 5-4 in the third at No. 1.

#12 USC 4, #15 Oklahoma 1
Mar 19, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #41 Axel Alvarez (OU) vs. #32 Max de Vroome (USC) 4-6, 6-4, 5-4, unf.
2. #35 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #99 Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Jake Devine (USC) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. #40 Logan Smith (USC) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU) 4-6, 6-3, 5-2 unf.
5. #91 Thibault Forget (USC) def. #92 Maxime Mora (OU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Laurens Verboven (USC) 1-6, 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC)  6-2
2. Max de Vroome/Jake Devine (USC) def. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5
3. Jack Jaede/Tanner Smith (USC) def. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) 7-5
Match Notes
USC 9-3; National ranking #12
Oklahoma 7-7; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"USC played very well today and they deserved to win, head coach John Roddick said. "They played the big points well and took it to us. We'll have a chance to get back on track against a very good Cal team tomorrow.
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Third-ranked TCU won its seventh straight match by knocking off No. 39 Columbia 4-0.  Columbia's Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski won 6-4 at No. 2 but TCU took the other two courts with Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder winning 6-4 at No. 1 while Alex Rybakov and Cameron Norrie won 6-3 at No. 3.

TCU was playing without its usual No. 3 singles player, Guillermo Nunez, but the Horned Frogs did just fine without him. Trevor Johnson made quick work of Richard Pham by picking up a 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 and a few minutes later Alex Rybakov put TCU up 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Victor Pham at No. 2 (for those wondering the Phams are brothers). Reese Stalder would close out the Lions with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Timothy Wang at No. 6.

The other three matches were abandoned with Columbia's Shawn Hadavi and Mike Vermeer up sets at No. 1 and No. 4 while TCU's Jerry Lopez led at No. 3.

TCU will be back at it tomorrow against Dartmouth while Columbia returns to the court next Saturday at Cornell.  Listen to Big Tex talk about today's match:

#3 TCU 4, #39 Columbia 0
March 19, 2016 at Fort Worth, Tx (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #64 Hadavi, Shawn (COL) vs. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4, 0-3, unf
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Pham, Victor (COL) 6-2, 6-1
3. Jerry Lopez (TCU) vs. Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-4, 3-2, unf
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL) vs. #109 Eduardo Nava (TCU) 6-2, 3-3, unf.
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Pham, Richard (COL) 6-0, 6-2
6. Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Wang, Timothy (COL) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. #10 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 6-4
2. #32 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. Trevor Johnson/Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-4
3. Alex Rybakov/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Grant, Christopher/Alda, Miguel (COL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Columbia 10-5; National ranking #39
TCU 12-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,6)
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Eighth-ranked Texas Tech won the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic with a hard fought 4-3 win over No. 28 Tulane. The Red Raiders claimed the doubles point with a 7-5 win at No. 2 and a 6-3 win at No. 3 while Tulane won 6-3 at No. 1.

Tulane tied the match at 1-1 when the ITA #1 Dominik Koepfer cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Felipe Soares at No. 1. Texas Tech retook the lead when freshman Bjorn Thomson knocked off Alex Van Cott 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 and then Alex Sendegeya made it 3-1 when he defeated Sebastian Rey 6-3, 7-6(7) at No. 3.

It looked like Tech's Connor Curry would get the clincher when he led 6-2, 4-1 at No. 6 but Tulane's Tyler Schick rallied to take the second set in a tiebreak.

Tulane's Constantin Schmitz put the Green Waves second point on the board with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 win over Hugo Dojas at No. 2 and then Tyler Schick tied the match at 3-3 with a 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Connor Curry at No. 6.

Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau came all the way back from 6-3, 5-1 down to clinch the win and tournament title with a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 win over Chi-Shan Jao at No. 4.

#8 Texas Tech 4, #28 Tulane 3
Mar 19, 2016 at San Diego, Calif. (Aztec Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #22 Felipe Soares (TT) 6-3, 6-1
2. #111 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. #94 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
3. #124 Alex Sendegeya (TT) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-3, 7-6(7)
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4
5. Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 6-1, 6-4
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Connor Curry (TT) 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #33 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #1 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. #44 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) 7-5
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Nikolas Tukic/Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-3
Match Notes
Tulane 19-2; National ranking #28
Texas Tech 11-4; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,3,2,6,4)
T-3:26

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"This was a great team win today, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "It was a gutsy and hard fought performance. We had an opportunity to close out the match at six and didn't. They had a chance at four and Jolan battled back from down a set and down 5-1 to clinch the match. Incredible fight and belief shown by him.

"I'm very proud of our team to come out to California and win four matches in six days especially against the level of competition we faced, Masi said. "That isn't easy against anyone. We will have a couple days off and get ready for another tough tournament next weekend in Houston. I know our team will be ready, and we have to be ready to do it again.

Post-Match Quote from Tulane's recap
"This one stings but what an unbelievable match, Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Went back and forth all day at most of the positions. We had some match points but didn't convert. Our guys fought their tails off after losing a tight doubles point to get us back into it and give us a chance to win four singles matches. Need to chalk this one up to experience and come out hungry for the next one.
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Utah State defeated Boise State for the first time in school history with a 4-3 win on Saturday. Utah State took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Aggies went up 3-0 with wins from Jack Swindels and Samuel Serrano at No. 3 and No. 5.

Boise State cut the deficit to 3-1 with a straight set win from Abe Hewko at No. 6 but Utah State's Jonas Maier was close to clinching at No. 2 with a 4-1 lead in the third over Thomas Tenreiro. The BSU senior would rally to take six of the next seven games to close out Maier 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Boise State was looking good when Brian Foley led Jaime Barajas 5-2 in the third at No. 1 and Kyle Butters led Luis Lopez by a set at No. 4. However Barajas would come back and win the last five games to stun Foley 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 and clinch the USU win.

They played the remaining match out with Butters needing three-sets to get past Lopez 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 at No. 4.

#58 Utah State 4, Boise State 3
Mar 19, 2016 at Logan, Utah (USU Outdoor Courts) 
Singles competition
1. Jaime Barajas (USU) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Jonas Maier (USU) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. Jack Swindells (USU) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Luis Lopez (USU) 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-5
5. Samuel Serrano (USU) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Abe Hewko (BSU) def. Romai Ugarte (USU) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Romai Ugarte/Luis Lopez (USU) vs. Kyle Butters/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 5-4, unfinished
2. Jack Swindells/Jonas Maier (USU) def. Thomas Tenreiro/Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-4
3. Andrew Nakajima/Jaime Barajas (USU) def. Brian Foley/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-1
Match Notes
Boise State 9-8
Utah State 14-5; National ranking #58
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,3,6,2,1,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Utah State's recap
"We're taking it one match at a time," said USU head coach Clancy Shields, a Boise State alumnus. "Our ultimate goal is at the end of the year, so this was obviously a big step for us, as they've won it four years in a row. We won, but we could have improved on some areas, and I think the guys know that. But we'll celebrate this. We've never beaten Boise State in our program history, so it's a milestone victory."
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Other scores from San Diego:

#34 San Diego 4, #36 Princeton 0
Mar 19, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Diego Vives (PU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #53 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Thomas Colautti (PU) 6-3, 7-6
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. #104 Alexander Day (PU) 6-3, 6-4
4. #118 Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Joshua Yablon (PU) 7-6, 4-1, unf
5. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. Luke Gamble (PU) 7-6, 2-2, unf.
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. Kial Kaiser (PU) 7-6, 4-3, unf
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Alexander Day/Luke Gamble (PU) 6-4
2. Diego Vives/Jimmy Wasserman (PU) def. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3
3. Jordan Angus/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Kial Kaiser/Ben Tso (PU) 6-4
Match Notes
San Diego 11-7; National ranking #34
Princeton 12-7; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,2)

Post-Match Quote from Princeton's recap
Coach Billy Pate on the match: "Credit to USD, they played a great match. I was pleased with how we went after it today, emotionally and physically. We gave ourselves a chance, but simply couldn't grab one of those tight first sets. Losing 4 of 6 singles in first-set tiebreakers was disappointing, especially considering how strong the top half of USD's lineup is. That's where they are particularly experienced and dangerous. Nonetheless, this was a successful tournament and we're excited to prepare for league play."


#26 Memphis 4, #46 Denver 2
Mar 19, 2016 at San Diego, Calif. (Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #86 Andrew Watson (MEM) def. Henry Craig (DEN) 7-6 (6), 6-0 
2. #61 Ryan Peniston (MEM) def. Diogo Rocha (DEN) 6-3, 6-3 
3. David Fox (DEN) def. Kai Lemke (MEM) 6-2, 6-3 
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) 6-4, 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) Felix Rauch (MEM) 4-6, 6-4, 2-2, unf.
6. Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Zach Fryer 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) def. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-3
2. Diogo Rocha/Henry Craig (DEN) Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEM) unf.
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manhji (MEM) def. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James (DEN) 6-2


#49 Harvard 4, #75 San Diego State 1
March 19, 2016 at San Diego, Ca (Aztec Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #100 Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. Nicky Hu (HARV), 6-4, 6-7 (2), DNF
2. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) vs. Sebastian Beltrame (HARV), 6-3, 6-4
3. Kenny Tao (HARV) def. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Brian Yeung (HARV) def. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU), 7-6 (5), 6-4
5. Andy Zhou (HARV) def. Cornelius Kolb (SDSU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) vs. Christopher Morrow (HARV), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 DNF
Doubles competition
1. Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HARV) def. Freddy Gelbrich/Hendrik Jebens (SDSU), 7-5
2. Santiago Cevallos/Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. Sebastian Beltrame/Jean Thirouin (HARV), 6-4
3. Christopher Morrow/Andy Zhou (HARV) def. S Gjoels-Andersen/J Meinzer (SDSU), 6-0
Match Notes
Harvard 10-8; National ranking #49
San Diego State 5-9; National ranking #75
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2.1); Singles (5,2,3,4)
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Six-ranked Oklahoma State went to Malibu and took the doubles point and then won all six singles matches in a 7-0 win over #71 Pepperdine.

#6 Oklahoma State 7, #71 Pepperdine 0
Mar 19, 2016 at Malibu, Calif. (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #49 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Hadlich, Guilherme (PEP) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
2. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Pane, Lautaro (PEP) 7-5, 7-6 (11-9)
3. #115 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Sidney, Gabriel (PEP) 6-2, 6-2
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Menichella, Stefan (PEP) 6-2, 6-4
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) def. Iamachkine, Pedro (PEP) 6-4, 6-3
6. #125 Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Van Slyke, Jack (PEP) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8
Doubles competition
1. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) vs. #27 Guilherme Hadlich/Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 5-4, unf.
2. Lucas Gerch/Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Pedro Iamachkine/Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-3
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Tom Hill/Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-2
Match Notes
Oklahoma State 14-1; National ranking #6
Pepperdine 5-5, 1-0 WCC; National ranking #71
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,5,6,1,2)





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There were several close matches on Sunday but there was only one that saw a top-five team go down. Georgia, ranked No. 19, was hosting No. 4 Ohio State on a mild and breezy day in Athens. After a week of sunny skies and temperatures in the high-70s, the conditions in Athens weren't as favorable with cloudy skies, an increasing breeze, and temperature hovering in the mid-50s. Despite the conditions a crowd of just over 1000 filled into the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and they were treated to a stellar performance by the home-standing Bulldogs.

Georgia Wins!! (Photo Courtesy of Bill Kallenberg)
I personally thought Ohio State would roll in doubles, but Georgia seemed determined to not let that happen.

Ohio State's No. 3 team of Matt Mendez and Hugo Di Feo earned the first break when they broke the Wayne Montgomery serve from 30-40 to go up 2-1. Hugo Di Feo would then hold on the deciding point for 3-1 with an Emil Reinberg forehand sailed wide. Clip of that point also shows Ohio State's interesting formation with Mendez standing on the same side as Di Feo.


Georgia would get its first break of the day at No. 2 when Jan Zielinski hit a perfect lob on the deciding point to break the Ralf Steinbach's serve to make it 3-1.  However Ohio State's Steinbach and Martin Joyce would break the Paul Oosterbaan serve at love to put it back on serve at 3-2*.

Meanwhile over at No. 1 it would be Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland that would earn the first break. Smith/Wagland went up 0-40 on Herkko Pollanen's 3-3 service game before finally breaking on the deciding point to go up 4-3.



Back at No. 2, Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski would break Ralf Steinbach's 3-4 service game from 30-40 to go up 5-3. Oosterbaan would then serve it out at love with Zielinski hammering home an overhead on match point to give Georgia the 6-3 win. (clip below is the break for 5-3; didn't get match point because scoreboard was showing 30-0)


After falling behind 3-1 at No. 3, Georgia's Emil Reinberg would hold and then he and Wayne Montgomery would break Matt Mendez to make it 3-3. Montgomery would hold at love for 4-3 and then the slow clap began with Georgia having a match point at No. 1 on the Mikael Torpegaard 3-5 service game. Austin Smith would hit a nice backhand return at Torpegaard's feet and the Buckeye sophomore wasn't able to get it back over and that was the match.


The wind didn't seem to be as much a factor during the doubles point but once singles got underway it seemed to pick up a good bit.

Ohio State was looking to rebound after losing the doubles point, for only the fourth time in 18 matches, but it wasn't going to be easy. The Buckeyes started off well in singles and actually had break leads on five of the six courts but they'd only be able to take first sets at No. 1 and No. 6.

Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on Austin Smith at No. 1 before Smith held, broke, and held to pull with 4-3. After an exchange of holds, Torpegaard would hold on the deciding point to take the opening set 6-4. Clip on left shows Torp breaking Smith from 30-40 in opening game of the match and the clip on the right is set point for Torp.


Torpegaard would go up an early break in the second set before Smith broke on the deciding point to even it at 2-2. Torpegaard would break back and then take the next three after that to win it 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour and 17 minutes. Clip on left is Smith breaking for 2-2; clip on right is the final two points of the match.


Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo started off the match at No. 2 by holding on the deciding point and then he'd hold on another deciding point to go up 2-1 (clip on left). Di Feo would snag the first break of the match when he broke Wayne Montgomery on the deciding point to go up 3-1 (clip on right).


Montgomery would break back from 15-40 and then consolidate the break for 3-3. Montgomery would break again, this time from 30-40, to go up 4-3 but Di Feo would break right back from 15-40 to make it 4-4. Di Feo would hold for 5-4 and then Montgomery held on the deciding point, which was also a set point for Di Feo, to make it 5-5 (clip on left). Montgomery broke for 6-5 and then held from 40-30 to take the opening set 7-5 (clip on right).


Montgomery raced out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and was up 0-40 on Di Feo's serve but the Buckeye redshirt freshman managed to hold for 2-5. Di Feo broke from 30-40 for 3-5 but Montgomery broke back to win it 7-5, 6-3 in 1 hour and 28 minutes.


Meanwhile down at No. 6, Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce had a match point with Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski serving at 4-6, 4-5 (40-40). Zielinski managed to get the hold for 5-5 as the clip will show (sorry about the pole).  Quick note: the only break of the match up until this point was when Joyce broke Zielinski to take the first set 6-4.



After a pair of holds, Zielinski and Joyce went to a tiebreak. Zielinski jumped out to a double mini-break lead at *4-1 but Joyce got one back to make it 5-2*. Zielinski got one of the next two to go up *6-3 but Joyce rattled off three straight to even it at 6-6. Zielinski took the mini-break back and then won the set 7-6(6) when he hit a forehand down the line that Joyce couldn't get back into play. The clip starts with Zielinski serving up 6-3 then after Joyce ties it at 6-6 it skips to Zielinski serivng at 7-6.


As Zielinski was forcing a third set at No. 6, Georgia's Nick Wood was trying to close out Herkko Pollanen at No. 5. Wood jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the match and held on the deciding point to close out the first set 6-2 (clip).


The second set started with four straight holds until Wood broke to go up 3-2. Wood would hold again a few games later to make it 5-3 but Pollanen would hold and then break Wood from 30-40 to even it at 5-5. Clip shows the 30-40 point where Wood mis-hits and overhead.


After each held one more time, Pollanen would jump out to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak and end up forcing a third set by taking 7-6(5).



Over at No. 3 singles, Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Ohio State's Chris Diaz were locked in a pretty tight battle in which service breaks were more the norm than service holds.

Diaz broke Oosterbaan to start the match (left) but Paul broke right back for 1-1. Diaz would break again on the deciding point for 2-1 (right). but Oosterbaan broke back from 15-40 to make it 2-2.


Oosterbaan would get the first hold of the match, and take his first lead, when the 6'7" redshirt sophomore from Kalamazoo ripped an ace on the deciding point.


Oosterbaan went up 30-40 on Diaz's 2-3 service game but the Buckeye senior came back to hold for 3-3 when Oosterbaan wasn't able to do enough with a mid-court forehand (left). Oosterbaan then held for 4-3 and broke for 5-3 but Diaz would break back from 30-40 to stay in the set (right).


Diaz held for 5-5 and then each held one more time to sent it to a tiebreak. The tiebreak was on serve when Diaz was serving at 4-5 but Oosterbaan would take the next two points to close out the set 7-6(4).


Oosterbaan broke Diaz to start the second set and then held on the deciding point for 2-0. Oosterbaan would extend his lead to 3-1 before Diaz held (deciding point), broke (left), held, and broke on the deciding point to go up 5-3 (right).


Oosterbaan would break for 4-5 and hold for 5-5 but then Diaz held on the deciding point for 6-5 and then broke from 30-40 to send it to a third set.


So, while No. 3, No. 5, and No. 6 were just starting a third set, the match at No. 4 between Ralf Steinbach and Walker Duncan was already several games into the third set. Walker Duncan trailed 4-2 in the opening set but he came back to take a 6-5 lead. The Georgia freshman then broke from 30-40 to take the opening set 7-5 (clip).


Steinbach dominated the second set taking it 6-2 and then he went up 4-2 in the third. Duncan would hold, break, and hold to up 5-4 and then he'd have a match point on the deciding point. Steinbach hit a service winner for the hold (left) and then he broke Duncan from 30-40 (right), on a point he was seemingly out of, to go up 6-5.


Steinbach would go down 15-40 on his serve but he'd come back to get the hold and tie the match at 2-2 with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in 2 hours and 2 minutes.


Nick Wood was able to put his second set collapse behind him and run away from Herkko Pollanen in the third set and take it 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2 in a match that took 2 hours and 29 minutes.


The two remaining matches on court were both in the home stretch. Martin Joyce was serving for the match at No. 6 up 6-5, after breaking Zielinski at love, while Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan was serving for the match at No. 2 up 5-2.

Oosterbaan and Ohio State's Chris Diaz exchanged a plethora of breaks all day so it wasn't too surprising when Diaz broke from 30-40 to make it 3-5 (clip).


Diaz would hold for 4-5 but Oosterbaan would close it out with an easy overhead from 40-15 to take it 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 in 2 hours and 2 hours and 32 minutes. The first clip is the one I shot from the stands and the second was one that Georgia's SID shot from courtside.


The match at No. 6 was abandoned with Zielinski leading 4-1* in the tiebreak. Zielinski broke Joyce to force the tiebreak after trailing 6-5.

To see all these video clips in chronological order you can check out my twitter feed.  Here is Georgia's highlight package.


#19 Georgia 4, #4 Ohio State 2
Mar 16, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #27 Austin Smith (UGA) 6-4, 6-2
2. #25 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #24 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 7-5, 6-3 
3. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. #65 Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4 
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 
5. Nick Wood (UGA) def. #46 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2
6. Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU) 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 (4-1*)
Doubles Competition
1. #5 Ben Wagland/Austin Smith (UGA) def. #11 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-3
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3
3. #62 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 4-3*, unf
Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-2; National ranking #4
Georgia 10-3; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,2,4,5,3)
Official: Clark Weaver
T-3:11 A-1010



Georgia's coach Manuel Diaz, Nick Wood, and Paul Oosterbaan talked to several members of the press after the match and here are those recordings



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A week ago Florida State upset then No. 1 North Carolina but on Sunday it wasn't able to do it again as current No. 1 Virginia rolled to a 7-0 win.

Watch the video highlights from NBC29 in Charlottesville


#1 Virginia 7, #23 Florida State 0
Mar 20, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boars Head Sports Club) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Ryan Shane (VA) def. #30 Benjamin Lock (FS) 6-3, 6-2
2. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #97 Marco Nunez (FS) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS) 6-3, 6-3
4. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-1, 6-1
5. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Jose Gracia (FS) 7-5, 6-1
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Jake Albo (FS) 7-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. #26 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) 5-4, unfinished
2. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Michael Rinaldi/Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-2
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Jose Gracia/Jack Haffey (FS) 6-2
Match Notes
Florida State 12-5, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #23
Virginia 14-2, 4-0 ACC; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,1,5,3,6,2)
T-2:31 A-279

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Florida State is an outstanding team, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It really took a complete effort from our entire team today. I am very proud of the way that we played and of the results this weekend.
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Third-ranked TCU made it a weekend sweep of the Ivy League with a 4-0 shutout over No. 35 Dartmouth. Guillermo Nunez sat out in singles for the second match in a row but TCU still managed to win all nine completed singles sets.


#3 TCU 4, #35 Dartmouth College 0
Mar 20, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #55 Sakinis, Dovydas (DART) 6-2, 6-2
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. Riccardi, Ciro (DART) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
3. #109 Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Wall, George (DART) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-2, 6-1
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Glasnovic, Roko (DART) 6-1, 7-5
6. Trey Daniel (TCU) vs. Grabill, Eddie (DART) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. #59 Sakinis, Dovydas/Glasnovic, Roko (DART) 3-5, unf
2. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Wall, George/Tannenbaum, Brendan (DART) 6-1
3. Guillermo Nuez/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Schmidt, Max/Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-1
Match Notes
Dartmouth College 11-6; National ranking #35
TCU 13-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,1,5)
A-212

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "This was a very solid win against a very good Dartmouth team. I thought our new doubles combinations paid off. Trevor (Johnson) and Guillermo (Nuez) played really well at No. 3 and they had never played together and it was kind of fun to see a very dynamic team. I am just happy that regardless of who they played with, they were ready to play and followed the fundamentals of doubles.

"In singles, we did a good job of jumping all over them. We won all of the first sets and that put Dartmouth in a very tough position. I do think that Dartmouth was making a run there in the second sets in every match and they were up in almost every match except on courts one and three so this could have been a five-hour match, but Trevor was able to break at 5-all and served it out beautifully just being aggressive, coming forward and playing his type of game that pays off for him. I am happy for where we are because I think we are in a good place.

On the upcoming match against No. 7 Northwestern
"Now we have a battle with Northwestern on Tuesday. I know it's a little breezy out and cold here so it is probably not the best weather to come and sit on the bleachers, but we are going to need our fans on Tuesday. We are going to need our students and staff to come out and eat lunch here at the tennis center. The match could be indoors because its supposed to be really windy, but we are going to need everything we have to go up against this team that is No. 7 in the nation and won 11 straight matches. They are an indoor team so it is going to be a battle.
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The Pac-12 was trying to go 4-0 on the weekend against the Big 12 at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Challenge in Indian Wells and USC did its part with a 4-1 win over No. 21 Baylor.

Baylor jumped out to the early 1-0 lead when Felipe Rios and Jimmy Bendeck came back from 6-3 down in the tiebreak to beat Tanner Smith and Jack Jaede 7-6(9) in the deciding match at No. 3.

USC really dominated in singles and took all six opening sets and Max de Vroome, Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget would each win in straight sets to complete the 4-1 win. Below was the only clip of a match point in singles - DeVine hammers a service return to win it at No. 3:


#12 USC 4, #21 Baylor 1
Mar 20, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden) 
Singles competition
1. #32 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #17 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-2, 6-1
2. #35 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. #56 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 4-3
3. #113 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #40 Logan Smith (USC) def. Will Little (BU) 6-3, 6-2
5. #91 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2, 5-3
Doubles competition
1. #74 Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) def. #12 Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) 7-5
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Max de Vroome/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-3
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Tanner Smith/Jack Jaede (USC) 7-6 (11-9)
Match Notes
USC 10-3; National ranking #12
Baylor 11-7; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,3,4)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"I want to thank Oracle for hosting the event. It's an elite event, really special for our team to be here in this environment with everything that it has to offer. I think it's really much appreciated that their support of college tennis is led by Mark Hurd. We're really excited about that. head coach Matt Knoll on the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge

"The competition was tough. These teams were really good, and you have to give them all the credit in the world. These three teams (Illinois, California, USC) came out and made it hard on us. We have a young team that's growing, and I think we knew it was going to be a challenge to play this level of competition, but we were excited to come out and play these good teams. Unfortunately, it didn't go our way on the scoreboard, but we gained a lot and our guys are getting better. We're excited about going back, practicing in a few days and getting after it again. Knoll on the team's performance at the event
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Cal was trying to make it a Pac-12 sweep of the weekend and before the match with Oklahoma Cal's Florian Lakat got the chance of a lifetime when he was asked to help warm up world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for his match against Milos Raonic.
Oklahoma was able to secure the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead when Andre Biro and Max Mora won the deciding match at No. 3 by a 7-5 score.

Each team would take three first sets and in an interesting twist all six would finish in straight sets. Cal's Oskar Wikberg rolled over Mora 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 but OU retook the lead when Andre Biro beat J.T. Nishimura 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6. Spencer Papa made it 3-1 Boomer Sooner when he defeated Billy Griffith 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2 but Florian Lakat was able to use that pre-match inspiration to defeat Axel Alvarez 7-6, 6-2, at No. 2.

Filip Bergevi tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Florin Bragusi at No. 4 but Alex Ghilea brought it home for OU and defeated Andre Goransson 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3.

Nice job by the ITA crew for getting some video clips of several match points since live scoring coverage was limited in the non-Baylor matches.

#15 Oklahoma 4, #14 California 3
Mar 20, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden) 
Singles competition
1. No. 31 Florian Lakat (Cal) def. No. 41 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 7-6, 6-2
2. Spencer Papa (OU) def. No. 37 Billy Griffith (Cal) 6-3, 7-6
3. Alex Ghilea (OU) def. No. 10 Andre Goransson (Cal) 7-5, 6-4
4. Filip Bergevi (Cal) def. Florin Bragusi (OU) 7-6(2), 6-3
5. No. 52 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. No 92 Max Mora (OU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. No. 46 Axel Alvarez Llamas /Andrew Harris (OU) 6-2
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (Cal) 6-0
3. Andre Biro/Max Mora (OU) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) 7-5
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 8-7; National ranking #15
California 8-3; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,6,2,1,4,3)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played a very tough match against a really good Cal team," head coach John Roddick said. "We fought hard and pulled it out in the end. Alex had the biggest win of he collegiate career to clinch the match, so that was great to see."

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"Amazing, Lakat said. "I'd never hit with one of those top players before. Obviously I was a little nervous coming in. It was kind of a dream that's come true. We all want to maybe go pro after college, and getting to play my favorite player the No. 1 player in the world before his final was an amazing privilege. It was a great 45 minutes. It was a lot of fun.

"We played an incredibly exciting match today, and even though we lost, we are playing high-quality tennis, Cal head coach Peter Wright added. "This has been an incredible weekend for us on many levels, including having dinner at (Oracle chairman) Larry Ellison's house where Rafael Nadal gave an inspirational talk to all of the players on Friday night. We played on the tournament grounds of the BNP Paribas event, and we were treated to exceptional hospitality. Florian Lakat had an incredible experience warming up Novak Djokovic on center court for the final today.

"We played two very high-quality teams, and I feel we're engaged in a process that will lead us to success in the postseason. Doubles turned out to be key for us today, and while it's obviously disappointing to lose, there were many bright spots along the way. We're excited about starting the Pac-12 season next weekend.
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Florida won its third straight match with a 6-1 win over No. 22 Ole Miss. Florida took the doubles point and won five of six singles matches with Ole Miss's lone point came at No. 2.


#24 Florida Gators (M) 6, #22 Ole Miss 1
Mar 20, 2016 at Gainesville, Fla. (Ring Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #21 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #103 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-8)
3. #75 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 6-1
4. #51 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-1, 6-3
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Grey Hamilton (OM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) def. Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 5-3
2. #60 Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (FLA) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Florida 9-4; National ranking #24
Ole Miss 7-6; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,5,1,2,6)
A-240

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Assistant Coach Mark Merklein
On how the team was physically prepared for two Top-25 matches this weekend 
"That was a concern, coming in. We knew we had two really tough teams this weekend. Physically, we are training hard. The guys are doing work day in and day out. That is really all we can control is being fit and knowing that we are ready to compete and they are doing that. The guys have really bonded well and bought into the work piece of it. It gives them a chance to compete against anybody, any day."

On playing out the singles match and physical aspect of the match 
"It is tough. The match is over, but the guys continue to fight for the team and for themselves. Physically, you have to dig deep for the match because it is extended. Elliott, again, is a guy that is never going to give up. I can say that across the board with all of the guys on our team. No one is going to give in whether the match is live or not. That is what makes this group special and I feel like we have a great opportunity this year to do some damage."

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We lost a close doubles point. In singles we worked hard and created some opportunities, but we were not able to take advantage of them today and put pressure on Florida. I know this team will bounce back from this loss.
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Mississippi State, ranked No. 25, rebounded from a Friday loss to Texas A&M by winning at LSU 4-2. LSU took the doubles point but State was able to get it done in singles.

MSU picked up straight set wins from Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic at No. 3 and No. 6 and then Mate Cutura and Rashab Agarwal added three-sets at No 1. and No. 2 to give the Bulldogs the win.

#25 Mississippi State 4, #48 LSU 2
3/20/2016 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (STATE) def. #102 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. #77 Rishab Agarwal (STATE) def. #106 Gabor Csonka (LSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Nuno Borges (STATE) def. Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Simon Freund (LSU) vs. Niclas Braun (STATE) 2-6, 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
5. Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Trevor Foshey (STATE) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
6. Strahinja Rakic (STATE) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #8 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Niclas Braun/Nuno Borges (STATE) 6-2
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) vs. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (STATE) 4-3, unfinished
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Strahinja Rakic/Trevor Foshey (STATE) 6-2
Match Notes
Mississippi State 12-4, 4-2 SEC; National ranking #25
LSU 8-8, 1-5 SEC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,1,2,5)
A-174

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"Doubles was a good point for us, Head Coach Jeff Brownsaid. "Their singles lineup has been very strong at the one, two, three and four spots and they got the bonus today because Boris (Arias) didn't have his best day. It was difficult. It was a fine margin of error that we could have squeaked through but we couldn't quite get it done.
  
"I feel bad for the guys today, Brown said. "They did make a lot of improvements that we as a team demanded out of them from recent matches. For the most part we did a lot of things but they still came up short today. We have to keep building on the positives and fix a couple of things and prepare for our next match.

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap 
"Today was a great team effort from all eight Bulldogs, head coach Matt Roberts said. "LSU competed very well and required us to be mentally tough at all spots and to compete together as one unit. Rishab, Nuno and Mate all showed incredible poise under pressure today to win the way they did against a tough team in LSU. "

"It took Rishab a little bit today to step up and play physical, Roberts said. "Once he started looking for his forehand more, everything flowed from there including his return and transition on big points. He learned from his loss Friday and did a great job coming back and winning.

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