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Usually Tuesdays are reserved for the the release of the rankings, but today should have been renamed 4-3day with one match after another going down to the wire.

TCU and Northwestern were originally supposed to meet a few weeks ago in Evanston but due to bad weather TCU's flight was cancelled so they made up the match up today in Fort Worth. Today in Fort Worth there were high winds anticipated so play was moved indoors though evidently it never got as windy as forecasted.

The doubles point would be a precursor to the type of match that was going to take place over the next two hours and forty-five minutes. Northwestern's Fedor Baev and Strong Kirchheimer won 6-4 at No. 1 but minutes later TCU's Cameron Norrie and Jerry Lopez would pick up a 6-4 win at No. 3. The doubles point would be decided in a tiebreak at No. 2 with TCU's Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nuez coming back from 4-1 down to take it 7-6(5).

TCU's indoor facility has just five courts so the top five singles spots went on first with No. 6 not going on until the first match finished.

TCU took three of the five first sets and almost had a fourth but Northwestern's Strong Kirchheimer pulled out a tiebreak at No. 3. TCU sophomore Cameron Norrie finished first with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sam Shropshire at No. 2 and then Eduardo Nava made it 3-0 after he defeated Alp Horoz 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5.

Northwestern's Strong Kirchheimer started the Wildcats comeback with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Guillermo Nunez at No. 3 and then Fedor Baev pulled away from Jerry Lopez in the third set to win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 4.

Konrad Zieba tied it up at 3-3 with a big 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Alex Rybakov at No. 1 so it would all come down to a third set at No. 6 singles to decide it.

TCU sophomore Trevor Johnson took the first set 6-4 but Northwestern freshman Ben Vandixhorn took the second 6-3. Johnson started off the third set by holding and then breaking but Vandixhorn broke back and held for 2-2. Johnson would hold, break, hold, and break once more to close it out 6-2 in the third.



#3 TCU 4, #12 Northwestern 3
Mar 22, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Konrad Zieba (NW) def. #15 Alex Rybakov (TCU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NW) 6-2, 6-3
3. #97 Strong Kirchheimer (NW) def. #54 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 
4. Fedor Baev (NW) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
5. #103 Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Alp Horoz (NW) 6-1, 6-3
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NW) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NW) def. #67 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NW) 7-6 (7-5) 
3. Cameron Norrie/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NW) 6-4
Match Notes:
Northwestern 14-2; National ranking #12
TCU 14-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,5,3,4,1,6) 
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Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "This is obviously a great win for our guys. We showed a lot of resilience having to go indoors on such a beautiful day because of the prediction of wind. Our rules need to be adjusted, but credit to our guys and we should probably get credit as this being an away match. To be able to beat this Northwestern team on indoor courts that has won 14 of the last 15 matches is a great win for our guys.

"From the very beginning, you could tell that Cameron Norrie was ready to play and you could tell that Eduardo was ready to play. Alex Rybakov got off to a great start and he was looking good but that was a tough match. Guillermo (Nuez) also had a tough match at the No. 3 spot. We knew that it was going to be tough and if you want to beat (Strong) Kirchheimer, you better be ready to compete and we fell a little short there.

"You beat a team like this in these conditions and you are happy, but there are just so many things that we could have done better today. I feel like we got away with one. The highlight of the day was obviously Trevor (Johnson) who clutches the doubles and then comes back in singles after having to wait and wins a three-set match with everybody watching. I was so happy for him. He works so hard and he deserves all of the success he gets. I am pleased, but parts of our team got exposed today and we need to do something about that.

"Now we get to prepare for Texas A&M. That is going to be a tough match on Monday. They are doing very well and we played them twice last year, so I am sure they remember that. It is basically their same team from last year, so it will be a tough match."
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The biggest surprise of the day took place in Lexington as a short-handed Kentucky team knocked off No. 10 Illinois 4-3. Kentucky was playing without its usual No. 3 and No. 4 singles players, Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart, but the substitutes came through in a major way.

Illinois took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but Kentucky took four of six opening sets in singles. Kentucky senior Kevin Lai was first off the court with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Brian Page at No. 6. It was only Lai's second dual-match of the season and first against a Power 5 school.

UK sophomore Jake Stefanik put the Cats ahead 2-1 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Asher Hirsch at No. 5. It just Stefanik's fifth dual-match of the year although he was coming off a blowout win over Vanderbilt's Alex Ross.

UK sophomore William Bushamuka put Kentucky within a point of the win with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 win over Jared Hiltzik at No. 1. Hiltzik led 2-0 in the tiebreak when he was defaulted due to a fourth overrule which occurred on a Bushamuka first serve. Hiltzik took to Twitter after the match and was less than pleased with what he thought was some horrible officiating.

Aron Hiltzik trimmed the Kentucky lead to 3-2 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Trey Yates at No. 3 and Aleks Vukic tied it up with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Ryotaro Matsumura at No. 2.

The match would be decided at No. 4 singles between Kentucky freshman Austin Hussey and Illinois redshirt junior Julian Childers. Hussey took the first set 6-3 and led 3-1 in the second but Childers took the next five games to take it 6-3. Childers went up an early break in the third and would serve for the match up 5-4 but Hussey broke and then held for 6-5.

Hussey went up 0-15 on the Childers serve when a forehand down the line forced an error but Childers evened it at 15-all with a second serve service winner. Childers went up 30-15 with an overhead put away from the service line but a double fault on the next point made it 30-all. Childers went up 40-30 when a Hussey backhand sailed just long on the 15th shot of the rally but Hussey took the next point when Childers sent a forehand long on the 14th shot of the rally. Hussey elected to receive the deciding no-ad point in the ad-court and on the 19th shot of the rally he hit a forehand from the service line that Childers couldn't get back in play and that was game, set, and match.

The 17th shot of the rally was the shot that set up the finish because Hussey looped a forehand that the wind carried to the baseline so Childers had to hit a forehand above his shoulders. Childers couldn't get into position to hit an overhead so just tapped it back and the wind knocked it down enough that Hussey was able to come in and drill it.

Kudos to Kentucky for periscoping the final game!!




#18 Kentucky 4, #10 Illinois 3
March 22, 2016 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #27 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2-0)
2. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #59 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Trey Yates (UK) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
4. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
5. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Kevin Lai (UK) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) 6-3
2. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Kevin Lai/Trey Yates (UK) 6-4
3. Austin Hussey/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Alex Jeese/Julian Childers (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Illinois 8-7 (0-1); National ranking #10
Kentucky 12-4 (3-2); National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"I think today we showed that we can play against the best one-two punch in the country, fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffman said. "Today we really showed our depth without a couple guys in the lineup.

"I thought our guys stepped up big especially on the back end after losing the doubles point. I thought that our energy during doubles was a lot better than normal, especially on the third court that's what we're looking for on all courts and what they did was great.

"I think when Austin came down and watched matches as a senior in high school, he had that kind of idea in his head, and his performance today was enormous, Kauffmann said on the freshman's outing. "For him to come down and clinch the match like that wow. I know he's talked about it, but for him to do it is different. I'm really proud of how he did today.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We have to perform better at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We didn't close out matches where we had momentum. That is the difference in us becoming an elite team. We had some tough performances from Jared and Aleks. They played with great composure."
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Drake hadn't played in nine days and was coming off a tough loss to Wisconsin but the Bulldogs were able to gut out a come from behind 4-3 win over No. 26 Oregon.

Oregon blew Drake off the court in doubles winning 6-2 at both No. 2 and No. 3 and they also led 5-2 at No. 1 when play was stopped due to the clinch. Each team took three first sets and five of the six matches would finish in straight sets.

Drake's Ben Stride cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 6 but Oregon's Simon Stevens answered with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3. Drake's Ben Lott tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1 but Oregon's Cormac Clissold put the Ducks back ahead with a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 5. Drake's Calum MacGeoch tied it back up with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4 so the match would be decided in a third set at No. 2 between a pair of freshman.

Oregon's Thomas Laurent took the first set 7-5 but the second set was all Vinny Gillespie as the Scotland native took it 6-1. Gillespie broke Laurent to start the third set and then held for 2-0. Gillespie kept the break lead until Laurent broke for 4-4 and then held for 5-4. Gillespie held, broke, and then held to close it out 5-7, 6-1, 7-5.

It was the fourth time this season that Gillespie clinched a team win and also the fourth time he had been in the final match left on court. After dropping his first two he has now won the last two.

Also nice job by Drake getting some video clips after the match with Davidson and Vinny.

#44 Drake 4, #26 Oregon 3
Mar 22, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU) def. #94 Maasland, Daan (UO) 6-4, 6-4
2. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Laurent, Thomas (UO) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
3. Stevens, Simon (UO) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-4, 6-3
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Amos, Jayson (UO) 6-3, 7-5
5. Clissold, Cormac (UO) def. Wood, Ben (DU) 7-6, 6-1
6. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Young-Smith, Ethan (UO) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #20 Amos, Jayson/Soemarno, Armando (UO) vs. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 5-2 unf.
2. Maasland, Daan/Stevens, Simon (UO) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-2
3. Clissold, Cormac/Laurent, Thomas (UO) def. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) 6-2
Match Notes
Drake 13-6; National ranking #44
Oregon 13-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,1,5,4,2)



Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
"What a great effort from Ben (Lott) today, picking up a nationally ranked win. He is a guy that the team looks too and when he is winning and playing well the guys know we are in good shape," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.
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In the early match of the day it was No. 27 Tulsa holding on to edge #42 Dartmouth 4-3. Dartmouth won easily at No. 3 doubles but Tulsa cruised at No. 2. Tulsa's No. 1 team of Matthew Kirby and Okkie Kellerman broke Dartmouth's Sakinis and Glasnovic to go up 6-5 and then served it out to take the match 7-5.

All six singles matches would finish in straight sets after each team took three first sets. Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel, who normally plays at No. 1, picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2. Dartmouth's Dovydas Sakinis got past Juan Matias Gonzalez 7-6, 6-2 at No. 1. Dartmouth's George Wall won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 to tie the match at 2-all but Tulsa's Francois Kellerman put the Golden Hurricane back ahead with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6.

Dartmouth's Max Schmidt tied it at 3-all with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5 so it came down to No. 3 between Tulsa's Carlos Bautista and Dartmouth's Max Fliegner.

Flienger jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first set but Bautista took the next four to go up 5-3. Fliegner held for 4-5, broke for 5-5, and then held for 6-5. Bautista held to send it a tiebreak and then he took took the tiebreak 7-4. Fliegner broke Bautista to start the second set and then held for 2-0. After an exchange of holds Bautista would break to even it at 3-3 and then hold for 4-3. Bautista would break again and then hold to seal the win 7-6, 6-3.

#27 Tulsa 4, #42 Dartmouth 3 
March 22, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #55 Dovydas Sakinis (Dartmouth) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa), 7-6(2), 6-2
2. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) def. Ciro Riccardi (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-2
3. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) def. Max Fliegner (Dartmouth), 7-6(4), 6-3
4. George Wall (Dartmouth) def. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-3
5. Max Schmidt (Dartmouth) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-2
6. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) def. Eddie Grabill (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Kirby/O.Kellerman (Tulsa) def #59 Sakinis/Glasnovic (Dartmouth), 7-5
2. Tannenbaum/Wall (Dartmouth) def McCloskey/Bechard (Tulsa), 6-2
3. Kilani/Bautista (Tulsa) def Fliegner/Schidt (Dartmouth), 6-1
Match Notes:
Tulsa 8-8; National ranking #27
Dartmouth 11-7; National ranking #42
Order of doubles finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,4,6,5,3)
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UCLA made a quick trip down to Las Vegas to play UCLA but they ended up playing indoors in neighboring Henderson due to high wind. They played singles first and UCLA won five of six match with Karue Sell taking the day off.

Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio won in straight sets while Gage Brymer was pushed to a third set supertiebreak. Austin Rapp, who played his first match since injuring his ankle against North Carolina at the National Indoors on February 14, fell in a third set supertiebreak to Richard Solberg at No. 6.

UCLA swept all three courts in doubles with the closest match coming at No. 2 where Max Cressy and Joey D won 7-6(5).


#6 UCLA 6, UNLV 1
Mar 22, 2016 at Henderson, Nev. (Lifetime Club) 
Doubles competition
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Alberts/Amilon (UNLV) 6-1
2. Cressy/Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Gage-Brown/ Neto (UNLV) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Brymer/Rapp (UCLA) def. Cozbinov/Croxford (UNLV) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) 6-1, 6-3
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-4, 6-2
3. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
4. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) 6-3, 6-2
5. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV) 6-1, 6-4
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9)
Match Notes
UNLV 5-6
UCLA 12-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)
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Earlier in the day Pepperdine tumbled out of the top 10, but later in the day the Waves were all smiles after defeating No. 20 Stanford for the first time in program history. The match was originally scheduled for Monday but was pushed back to Tuesday due to rain. Rain was still a possibility on Tuesday so the team played singles first and wouldn't you know but it was all tied at 3-3 after singles.

Stanford picked up straight set wins from Carolina Doyle, Krista Hardebeck, and Kimberly Yee at 2, 3, and 6 while Pepperdine's Luisa Stefani won in straights at No. 1.

Pepperdine's Matea Cutura and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai each won in three-sets with Cutura the last one on court.

The doubles point decided the winner and it was Pepperdine winning 6-3 at No. 1 and 6-1 at No. 2 to take the point and the match.

#11 Pepperdine 4, #20 Stanford 3
Mar 22, 2016 at Palo Alto, Calif. (Taube Family Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1) No. 2 Luisa Stefani (PEPP) d. No. 23 Taylor Davidson (STAN) 6-4, 6-1
2) No. 57 Caroline Doyle (STAN) d. Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) 6-3, 6-3
3) No. 118 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) d. Laura Gulbe (PEPP) 6-4, 7-6 (12)
4) Matea Cutura (PEPP) d. Caroline Lampl (STAN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5) Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPP) d. Melissa Lord (STAN) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
6) Kimberly Yee (STAN) d. Michaela Capanno (PEPP) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 5, 6, 3, 4
Doubles competition
1) No. 29 Runglerdkriangkrai/Stefani (PEPP) d. No. 4 Davidson/Doyle (STAN) 6-3
2) No. 13 Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEPP) d. Lord/Yee (STAN) 6-1
3) No. 47 Hardebeck/Lampl (STAN) led Capannolo/Milovanovic 5-2, suspended
Order of Finish: 2, 1

Post-Match Quotes from Pepperdine's recap
"Our program is heading in the right direction and beating Stanford on their courts is another step forward for us, said head coach Per Nilsson.  "I'm really proud of the team and excited to see what they will do next.

"Matea stepped up today and showed a lot of toughness, said Nilsson.  "There was a lot of pressure on her to get us into doubles.

"We got really excited going into the doubles and Luisa and Jean came up with a big win to clinch the match, Nilsson said.
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Tulane stayed out west after playing in San Diego last week and picked up a nice 7-0 win over Santa Clara in Nor Cal. The Green Wave took the doubles point with Constantin Schmitz and Sebastian Rey winning the deciding match at No. 2 by a 7-5 score. 

Tulane won all six singles matches in straight sets with the "Dominator" Dominik Koepfer clinching the team win at No. 1. Koepfer is a rock solid 13-0 in dual-match play and 25-2 overall this year - its no wonder he is the ITA ranked No. 1 singles player. 

#22 Tulane 7, Santa Clara 0
Mar 22, 2016 at Santa Clara University (Degheri Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Ashot Khacharyan (SCU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #83 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Robert Seby (SCU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Connor Garnett (SCU) 6-2, 7-6
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Kamram Khan (SCU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Alex Van Cott (TLN) def. Sebastien Mathieu (SCU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Jeffrey Liang (SCU) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #21 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Connor Garnett/Robert Seby (SCU) 6-2
2. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Jeffrey Liang/Kamram Khan (SCU) 7-5
3. Ashot Khacharyan/Max Heerinckx (SCU) def. Nikolas Tukic/Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-3
Match Notes:
Tulane 12-4; National ranking #22
Santa Clara 6-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,1,4,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"The guys did a good job taking care of business today against a very solid Santa Clara team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "We set up some team goals and some individual goals about how we wanted to respond from our last match that we lost, and the guys held themselves accountable to reach those goals and learned a lot from today's match."

Post-Match Quotes from Santa Clara's recap
"Tulane is one of the best teams in the country so credit to them for coming out and getting after it," said Head Coach Derek Mills. "These matches against ranked teams are tough but we are learning how to compete against the best."



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What a match it was tonight in College Station between No. 3 TCU and No. 7 Texas A&M. These two former Big 12 rivals went toe-to-toe for three hours and fifteen minutes and in the end the match was decided in a third-set tiebreak at No. 5 singles.

TCU Celebrates (Photo by Sarah Lane/Texas A&M Athletics)

Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Arthur Rinderknech rolled to a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles but TCU's Alex Rybakov and Cameron Norrie won 7-5 at No. 3. The doubles point was decided at No. 1 and it was Texas A&M's new doubles pairing of Aleksandre Bakshi and Jackson Withrow that would take it 7-6(3).



Texas A&M had a few guys absent from the singles lineup with both Harrison Adams and AJ Catanzariti not playing so both Max Lunkin and Aleksandre Bakshi moved up to the No. 5 and No. 6 spots.

Each team took three opening sets in singles and five of the six matches would ultimately finish in straight sets.

TCU's Trevor Johnson was the first off the court after a 6-4, 6-3 win over Aleksandre Bakshi at No. 6. A short while later Guillermo Nunez would put he Horned Frogs ahead 2-1 after a 6-4, 6-4 win over over Jordi Arconada at No. 3. Nunez led 5-2 in the second but Arconada held and then broke to make it 5-4. Nunez would break from 30-40 to close it out.

Texas A&M redshirt senior Jackson Withrow would even the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Eduardo Nava at No. 4. Withrow led 4-2 in the second before Nava broke and held to make it 4-4. Withrow held for 5-4 and then broke Nava on the deciding point to win it 6-3, 6-4.


Arthur Rinderknech put Texas A&M back in front with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Rybakov at No. 2. Rybakov jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second set but Rinderknech held, broke, and then held to go up 3-2. Rybakov would hold for 3-3 and then break to go up 4-3 but Rinderknech would break back on the deciding point to level it at 4-4. Rinderknech held for 5-4 and then Rybakov went up 40-0 on his serve but Rinderknech took the next four points to win it 6-3, 6-4. 

Cameron Norrie tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Shane Vinsant at No. 1. Norrie served for the opening set up 5-4 but Vinsant broke him on the deciding point with a running forehand winner to make it 5-5. In the tiebreak, Vinsant was serving up 4-3 but Norrie took four of the next five points to take it 7-6(5). Vinsant jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set but Norrie won the last five games to take it 6-3.

The dual-match would be decided in a third set at No. 5 between Texas A&M junior Max Lunkin and TCU junior Jerry Lopez.

Lopez looked like he'd get the first break of the third set when he went up 0-40 on Lunkin's 2-2 service game but Lunkin came all the way back to hold for 3-2. Neither player would face a break point the rest of the way with Lopez holding from 40-30 to send it to a match deciding tiebreak. Note: Lunkin broke a string when Lopez was serving 6-5, 30-30 so he came to the net and Lopez passed him. Lunkin netted a second serve return on the next point to send it to a tiebreak.

Lopez opened up a 5-2* lead in the tiebreak but Lunkin came back to win the next three points to knot it at 5-5. Lopez hit an ace down the T to go up 6-5 but Lunkin would fight off the match point with a big forehand that forced a Lopez error. Lunkin double faulted on the next point to go down 7-6 but a Lopez forehand caught the tape and kicked wide to make it 7-7. Lopez forced a Lunkin error to go up 8-7 but Lunkin fought off his third match point by ripping a backhand from the center of the court which forced a Lopez error to make it 8-8. Lunkin hit a service winner to go up 9-8 but Lopez fought off a match point with an ace to make it 9-9. Lopez netted a forehand to go down 10-9 but Lunkin couldn't convert his second match point, first on his serve, when Lopez hit a forehand winner past a drawn in Lunkin to make it 10-10. Lopez went up 11-10 when Lunkin netted a forehand and then on his fourth match point he finally closed it out when Lunkin netted a backhand to make it 12-10.

I watched the match on the live stream and I was impressed with how these two guys were really going after their shots. A lot of times in tight moments you see guys/gals tapping the ball back and forth but not tonight. It was a great finish to a great match.


For a full point-by-point description of many of the key point check out my twitter feed.

#3 TCU 4, #7 Texas A&M 3
Mar 28, 2016 at College Station, TX (George P. Mitchell Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
2. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #15 Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
3. #54 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. #90 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #103 Eduardo Nava (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (12-10)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #67 H Blake/R Stalder (TCU) 7-6 (7-3)
2. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 6-2
3. Alex Rybakov/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Jordi Arconada/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 7-5
Match Notes
TCU 15-2; National ranking #3
Texas A&M 20-6; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,4,2,1,5)
T-3:15 A-288

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "That was an amazing college tennis match that I wish every Aggie and every Horned Frog could have witnessed. It had it all and even more drama than any of us could handle. This is why these guys work so hard for that feeling. Texas A&M had some guys that needed to step up and they did. They had players compete very well at some matches that typically don't play or play lower. I am proud of Jerry (Lopez) for his resilience and the way he handled the whole situation. Aggie fans did their job and Jerry had the serenity to continue focusing on the next point.

"Anytime you have a road match versus a top 10 team like Texas A&M you need your players to rise to the occasion and our guys did just that. The best part is that there is still more room for improvement on this team and when we clean a few things up, we will hit another level. Trevor (Johnson), Cameron (Norrie) and Guillermo (Nuez) did a very good job getting those first three points in straight sets and they gave Jerry a chance to clinch. Now we have a really tough doubleheader against a confident Rice team and local rival UT Arlington on Friday.

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap
Head Coach Steve Denton - On the matchup with TCU"The match was a close as it could get, 3-3 with the last match going into tiebreaker. Give credit to Jerry Lopez of TCU, he played tremendous in the tiebreaker. I was really proud of Max and how he played and competed against a really good player from TCU. He just kept hanging in there and fighting, but unfortunately it did not go our way tonight. I think our team grew up a little bit, playing against a team like that. It should give our guys a little bit of confidence, even though they are a little disappointed right now. TCU is a team that can compete for a national championship and with the way we fought them tonight, I told the team why can't' we compete at that level moving forward."

On Arthur's win
"That was good for Arthur, he had been struggling a little bit playing at the top of the lineup against everyone else's best players. So it was nice to see him get back on track and get a little more aggressive. Nice to see him play the type of tennis he needs to play to be successful. I was pleased with his effort and it was good for him and his confidence as he has been playing a bunch of really good players."

On Jackson's night
"Jackson continues to play well with house money. With his extra semester that he got from his waiver it is like every day is Christmas. He played well in the doubles, he lifted his game and Alex in the tiebreaker to get us that doubles point. He carried that over into a match against a really good player in Eduardo Nava. I'm pleased with his effort, he is a tough match up because the variation he can play with and the athleticism in his game. I'm happy he continues the have the success that he has had to start this spring.
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In a match that was pushed back a day by rain it was Mississippi State holding on to beat Auburn 4-2. Auburn won the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 2 in tiebreak 7-6(5) but State was a little stronger in singles.

MSU picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win from Rishab Agarwal at No. 2 and Nuno Borges won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3. Strahinja Rakic made it 3-1 MSU with a 7-6, 6-0 win at No. 5 and it looked like Niclas Braun was going to clinch the win when he led 6-4, 5-0 at No. 4. However Auburn's Connor Huertas would come back to take the set in a tiebreak to force a third.

Auburn picked up a win from Marko Krickovic at No. 1 but MSU got the clincher from Luka Sucevic when he won a third set tiebreak at No. 6.

#24 Mississippi State 4, #52 Auburn 2
March 28, 2016 A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre Starkville, Miss.
Doubles competition
1. Hinnisdaels/Krickovic (AUB) def. Cutura/Hunter (MSU) 6-3
2. Huertas/Saleh (AUB) def. Borges/Braun (MSU) 7-6(5)
3. Agarwal/Sucevic (MSU) def. Laubser/Nguyen (AUB) 6-4
Singles competition
1. Marko Krickovic (AUB) def. Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. No. 80 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. Max Hinnisdaels (AUB) 6-0, 6-0
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Dante Saleh (AUB) 6-3, 6-0
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) vs. Conner Huertas (AUB) 6-4, 6(8)-7, 0-0 susp.
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) vs. Brandon Laubser (AUB) 7-6(8), 6-0
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Olle Thestrup (AUB) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5)
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles 1, 3, 2 Singles 2, 3, 5, 1, 6

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"After an emotional match on Friday against Florida our guys became complacent today against Auburn, head coach Matt Roberts said. "We did just enough to get the win, but that's not acceptable. We need to use every match as an opportunity to improve and grow as a team.

"Our guys got a great learning experience today, Roberts said. "Going forward our guys are excited to train hard this week and get some work in on their games to prepare them for two great road matches.
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Usually we have to wait until the weekend to see top-25 matchups but we got a mid-week treat on Wednesday with three top-25 teams playing each other along with two other top-75 matchups.

The day started off in Lexington with No. 20 Kentucky and No. 5 Ohio State playing indoors due to high winds and the chance of rain.

Ohio State was able to claim the doubles point for 19th time in 23 tries after picking up wins at No. 1 and No. 3. The Buckeyes duo of Matt Mendez and Hugo Di Feo fell into an early 3-0 hole at No. 3 but rallied to take the next six games to close out Austin Hussey and Ryotaro Matsumura 6-3. Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce led Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart 5-3 at No. 1 but the Kentucky duo won the next two to even it at 5-5. Torpegaard and Joyce would take the next two games to close it out 7-5. The match at No. 2 was abandoned with Kentucky leading 6-5.

Kentucky's indoor facility only has four courts so the top four singles spots went on first with No. 5 and No. 6 not going on until matches finished.

It'd only take 60 minutes for the first court to open up because Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura whipped Chris Diaz 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. Matsumura opened a 4-0 lead in the first and second sets before Diaz finally got on the board. Someone needs to tell Matsumura that he doesn't have to pay for his court time so he can stay out there for longer than an hour :)

Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State)
Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard put the Buckeyes back on top with a 7-6(5), 6-0 win over William Bushamuka in one and ten minutes. The ITA No. 2 wasn't broken all day and now has a perfect 17-0 dual-match record.

Kentucky freshman Enzo Wallart would tie the match at 2-2 with a win over Herkko Pollanen at No. 4. Wallart broke Pollanen to go up 2-1 in the first and would hold for 3-1 before Pollanen held and broke back to even it at 3-3. Wallart broke back and held for 5-3 and would serve it out two games later to take the opening set 6-4. Wallart broke and then held to go up 2-0 in the second and he'd keep the break lead the rest of the way to close it out 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and thirty-six minutes.

Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State)
Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo would put the Buckeyes ahead 3-2 with a three set win over Nils Ellefsen at No. 3. Ellefsen jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set and would take it 6-2. Di Feo broke Ellefsen to start the second set and then held for 2-0. Di Feo went up a double break at 4-1 but Ellefsen took one of the breaks back and held to pull within 4-3. Di Feo would hold and then break again to take the second set 6-3. The third set stayed on serve until Ellefsen broke Di Feo to go up 4-3 however Di Feo would break back, hold, and break again to close it out 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and fifty-two minutes.

By this time the matches at No. 5 and No. 6 were getting deeper in the first sets. Ohio State just needed to win one of the two while Kentucky needed them both.

Ohio State redshirt junior Ralf Steinbach would earn the first break of the match when he broke Trey Yates to go up 6-5 in the first and then he'd serve it out to take the opening set 7-5. Steinbach broke Yates to go up 5-4 in the second and then he'd serve it out to clinch the team.

The match at No. 6 between Martin Joyce and Austin Hussey was abandoned with the Buckeye freshman up a set and on serve in the second.

#5 Ohio State 4, #20 Kentucky 2
Apr 06, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center - Indoors)
Singles competition
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #25 William Bushamuka (UK) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 
2. #52 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. #65 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. #26 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK) def. #70 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Trey Yates (UK) 7-5, 6-4 
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Austin Hussey (UK) 6-4, 3-4
Doubles competition
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-5
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) def. Ralf Steinbach/Hunter Tubert (OSU) 6-5 
3. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Austin Hussey/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Ohio State 21-2 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #5 
Kentucky 15-5 (5-3 SEC); National ranking #20 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
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A crowd of close to 500 was on hand in Gainesville and they got to see their Gators go toe-to-toe with the defending NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers.

All three doubles courts would finish with identical 6-4 scores. Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger broke Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin on the deciding point to go up 4-3. Styslinger held for 5-3 and then Orkin held on the deciding point to make it 5-4. Kwiatkowski served it out from 40-15 by hitting an ace down the T to clinch the 6-4 win.

Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco broke Virginia's Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone to go up 4-3 and then Perez held for 5-3. After a Virginia hold, Perez-Blanco would hold from 40-15 with a service winner on match point to clinch the 6-4 win.

The doubles point would be decided at No. 1 between the ITA ranked No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams. Virginia's Ryan Shane was serving 4-4, 40-0 but Florida's Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson would come back to break on the deciding point when they forced a Shane backhand error. Shane and Luca Corinteli would go up 15-40 on Watson's 5-4 service game but Watson hit a service winner for 30-40, Hidalgo hit a nice drop volley winner for 40-40, and then Watson hit another service winner to give Florida the doubles point.


Florida used the momentum from doubles to jump on Virginia in singles as the Gators went up early breaks on the bottom three courts. Virginia would claw back into each of those three matches and would also take break leads at No. 2 and No. 3.

Virginia junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would tie the match at 1-1 with a win over Elliott Orkin at No. 2. Kwiatkowski broke Orkin to go up 3-1 in the first but Orkin broke back to make it 3-2. Kwiatkowski would then break, hold, and break again to take the opening set 6-2. The only break of the second set came when Kwiatkowski broke Orkin's 4-5 service game to close the match out 6-2, 6-4.

Virginia junior J.C. Aragone put the Hoos ahead 2-1 with a win over Chase Perez-Blanco at No. 4. Aragone trailed 4-2* in the first but won the final four games to take the opening set 6-4. Aragone broke Perez-Blanco to go up 5-3 in the second and then served it out for a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Luca Corinteli (The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff)
Virginia junior Luca Corinteli would make it 3-1 after he came back from a set down to defeat McClain Kessler at No. 6. Kessler opened up a 3-0 lead to start the match and would take the opening set 6-3. Corinteli went up 3-0 to start the second and would break one more time to take the second set 6-2. Corinteli fought off a couple of break points to hold for 3-2 in the third and then he broke on the next game to go up 4-2. Corinteli would hold for 5-2 when he bludgeoned a forehand winner on the deciding point and then two games later he'd hold from 40-15 by hitting a service winner on match point to win it 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano and Henrik Wiersholm were both up a set and 5-3 so it appeared the match would be over in a matter of seconds.

Altamirano went up 30-40 on Alfredo Perez's 4-6, 3-5 service game but Perez would come back to hold when Altamirano left a lob too short and Perez hammered it home at the net. Altamirano was now serving for the match and after falling behind 15-40 he'd get it to the deciding point. A fairly lengthy point ensued and it'd end with Perez hitting a crosscourt forehand winner much to the dismay of Altamirano. Perez then held on the deciding point to go up 6-5 and then he'd break on yet another deciding point to take the second set 7-5.

Henrik Wiersholm (The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff) 
Meanwhile back over at No. 5, Henrik Wiersholm was struggling to close out his match against Gordon Watson. Wiersholm was broke serving for the match at 5-3 in the second and then Watson would hold for 5-5. Wiersholm came back from either 15-40 or 30-40 (lost track) to hold for 6-5 and then he went up 15-40 on Watson's 5-6 service game. Watson would hit three consecutive aces to get the hold and send the second set to a tiebreak. Wiersholm went up *4-0 in the tiebreak but Watson would take the next three to make it *4-3. Watson put a forehand into the net to make it 5-3 and then a backhand error made it 6-3. Watson would take the next two points on his serve to pull within 6-5 but Wiersholm would clinch the Virginia win on the next point when Watson put a forehand into the net.

The two remaining matches were played out with Florida's Diego Hidalgo getting a late break to defeat Ryan Shane 6-4 in the third while Altamirano righted the ship and pulled away to take it 6-2 in the third.




#3 Virginia 5, #14 Florida Gators 2
Apr 06, 2016 at Ring Tennis Complex (Gainesville, Fla.) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
2. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-2, 6-4
3. #38 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #109 Alfredo Perez (FLA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
4. J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #84 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 6-3
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Gordon Watson (FLA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. McClain Kessler (FLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-4
2. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. #58 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia 18-3; National ranking #3
Florida Gators (M) 12-5; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)
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Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Florida is a great team and this was an outstanding match," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "The Gators came out and played some great doubles. I thought we were also energetic and sharp, but things just didn't go our way. In singles, we responded really well from the beginning and were able to gain momentum. I was pleased with our overall performance tonight. We are now looking forward to the match on Friday at Georgia Tech."
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TCU ran its winning streak to 13 with a 7-0 shutout over SMU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. TCU blitzed SMU in doubles and took the point with 6-0 and 6-1 win at No. 2 and No. 3.

TCU took four of six first sets and Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson would each finish in straight sets with Johnson clinching the team win at No. 6.

The two remaining matches were played out with Eduardo Nava coming from behind to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Markus Kerner at No. 4 while Guillermo Nunez closed out the evening with a win in an abbreviated third set at No. 3.


#2 TCU 7, #25 SMU 0
Apr 06, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #82 Nate Lammons (SMU) 6-3, 6-4
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #48 Hunter Johnson (SMU) 6-4, 6-1
3. #61 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Samm Butler (SMU) 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 10-3
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Yates Johnson (SMU) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
Doubles competition
1. Guillermo Nuez/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. #24 Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) 2-4, unf
2. #82 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-0
3. Alex Rybakov/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Arkadijs Slobodkins/Tony Russell (SMU) 6-1
Match Notes:
SMU 19-6; National ranking #25
TCU 18-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6,4,5,3)
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Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"This was just a great performance. To beat a team like SMU with all the rivalry and emotions here and to beat them 7-0 means there is nothing else to say but great performance. At the end of the day, we played the best doubles we have played all year and we kept the streak alive. Some of our guys came back from a set down and the way that Eduardo Nava played the first set and for him to come back and win that match shows a lot of character on his part in how much he hates to lose. He put the ego aside and started making balls and started playing some really good tennis. The way that Trevor Johnson closed out that tiebreaker was a really huge part of the match and I am happy that our guys found a way to come through with the win.

"Now we have Big 12s and this is what we have been getting ready for. We have Oklahoma on Friday and we haven't beaten them in forever so it will be an exciting match and then we have Oklahoma State on Sunday. I hope every person that has been waiting to come out to watch a match will come out on Friday and Sunday. It is a good time for our program right now.
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#36 Oregon 4, #66 Pacific 0
Wednesday, April 6 | Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center | Stockton, Calif.
Singles competition
1 No. 120 Daan Maasland (Oregon) vs. Sem Verbeek (Pacific) unfinished
2 Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Daniel Alameh (Pacific) 6-3, 6-1
3 Simon Stevens (Oregon) vs. Jose Chamba (Pacific) unfinished
4 Jayson Amos (Oregon) vs. Miguel Diaz (Pacific) unfinished
5 Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Alex Giannini (Pacific) 6-1, 6-2
6 Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) def. Kumara Adavelly (Pacific) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 2
Doubles competition
1 No. 31 Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (Oregon) def. Miguel Diaz/Jose Chamba (Pacific) 7-6 (3)
2 Sem Verbeek/Alex Giannini (Pacific) def. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (Oregon) 6-3
3 Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Daniel Alameh/Kumara Adavelly (Pacific) 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

Post-Match Quotes from Pacific's recap
"I thought we had a great chance today," head coach Ryan Redondo said. "We had match points in doubles and a great amount of energy and momentum.  Once the doubles points slipped, Oregon really stepped up and took care of business in some positions.  Sem and Miguel did a great job today in both singles and doubles.  As the coach, I could have done some things better today to put us in a better position after the doubles, but it didn't happen.  We'll get ready for Saint Mary's this weekend and ready to get better and better each day."
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#52 East Tennessee State 6, #74 Middle Tennessee 1
Apr 06, 2016 at Johnson City, Tenn.
Singles competition
1. #85 David Biosca (ETSU) def. Gonzalo Morell (MT) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT) 6-3, 6-4
3. Diego Nunez (ETSU) def. Miguel Negre (MT) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Gian Issa (MT) 7-5, 6-4
5. Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) 6-2, 6-1
6. Robin Riethmueller (MT) def. Wenceslao Albin (ETSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #47 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Gian Issa/Miguel Negre (MT) 6-1
2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Gonzalo Morell/Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) 6-1
3. Ismael Merino/Wenceslao Albin (ETSU) vs. Ayed Zatar Cordero/Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) 3-4, unf
Match Notes:
Middle Tennessee 14-8, 1-1 CUSA; National ranking #74
East Tennessee State 12-5, 4-0 SoCon; National ranking #52
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,6,2,1,3)
T-2:38 A-74

Post-Match Quotes from ETSU's recap
"It is always great to win a match against a ranked opponent especially on your home court, said ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. "As long as we come into these last three matches ready to go, I think we will continue to have success.

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Just when you think you've seen it all you get a day like today with one thrilling finish after another. Before I can even talk about all the 4-3 matches I got to give a shoutout to No. 55 Notre Dame who absolutely stunned top-ranked North Carolina in one of the biggest upsets, in terms of ranking, in college tennis history.

The Fighting Irish entered the night with a 12-12 record, and that was after beating Chicago State twice last Sunday, so most people probably figured at best they'd win a set or maybe a court but surely not the match. It was the final home match of the season for Notre Dame which meant it was the swan song for the five seniors on the roster. Four of the seniors (Monaghan, Lawson, Sabacinski, Montoya) would start and they would each play a role in the upset victory.

Notre Dame grabbed the early momentum by going up breaks at No. 2 (4-0) and No. 3 doubles (3-0) while No. 1 stayed on serve. UNC's Robert Kelly and Brett Clark were the first off the court with a 6-4 victory at No. 1 but UND's Grayson Broadus and Nicolas Montoya would counter with a 6-4 win of their own at No. 3. UNC's Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur came back from 0-4 down to get within 4-5 but UND's Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar would hold on the deciding point to win it 6-4.

The outcome of the doubles point was just as surprising as anything else because the Irish had lost the point seven times in their last eight matches (didn't count Chicago State because they split 1 and 2 and won 3 by forfeit) while the Tar Heels had won the point in 12 of their last 13 matches.

North Carolina's Jack Murray, who normally plays at No. 4, was a late scratch from the singles lineup so Robert Kelly and Anu Kodali were bumped up a spot and Blaine Boyden came off the bench to play at No. 6.

Notre Dame jumped on North Carolina in singles and took opening sets at 1, 3, 4, and 5. Notre Dame senior Quentin Monaghan was the first to finish with an 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Brayden Schnur at No. 1. Monaghan broke Schnur go up 5-3 in the third and then held serve to close it out.

Notre Dame freshman Grayson Broadus extended the lead to 3-0 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over North Carolina freshman Blaine Boyden at No. 6 but then North Carolina junior Ronnie Schneider would put the Tar Heels on the board with a tight 7-6(6), 7-6(5) win over Josh Hagar at No. 2.

North Carolina had just got a split at No. 3 and both No. 4 and No. 5 were heading to third set tiebreaks so the match was still very much up in the air.

Notre Dame senior Alex Lawson would put an end to the suspense with an upset clinching 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(6) win over Robert Kelly at No. 4.


The remaining matches were played out with Notre Dame senior Kenneth Sabacinski outlasting North Carolina freshman Anu Kodali 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(10) at No. 5 and North Carolina senior Brett Clark knocking off Eddy Covalschi 6-7(2), 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3.

The last time Notre Dame had defeated a No. 1 team was all the way back on May 18, 1992, then they beat USC. As of this minute I expect UNC to come up from No. 55 to around No. 43 but it all depends on how everyone else does too.

ND Celebration (Photo by Marcus Snowden/ND)



#55 Notre Dame 5, #1 North Carolina 2
Eck Tennis Center, Notre Dame, Ind.
Doubles competition
1. #1 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) d. #12 Quentin Monaghan/Alex Lawson (ND), 6-4
2. #79 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) d. #17 Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC), 6-4
3. Grayson Broadus/Nicolas Montoya (ND) d. Ronnie Schneider/Anu Kodali (UNC), 6-4
Singles competition
1. #31 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.83) d. #29 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.07), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. #27 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 13.99). d. Josh Hagar (ND 13.58), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5)
3. #50 Brett Clark (UNC 14.05) d. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.20), 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-2
4. Alex Lawson (ND 13.32) d. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC 14.01), 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6)
5. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND 12.88) d. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.29), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (10)
6. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.97) d. Blaine Boyden (UNC 13.35), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Match Notes
North Carolina 21-3 (6-3 ACC); National ranking #1
Notre Dame 13-12 (5-6 ACC); National ranking #55
Order of finish:  Singles (1,6,2,4,5,3); Doubles (1,3,2)
T-3:21 A-255

Post-Match Quotes from UND's recap
"This is as special as it is because [North Carolina is] so good, the Callaghan Family Men's Head Tennis Coach Ryan Sachire said. "They have done so well this year and we couldn't have more respect for their program and their team, coaches and players. That's what set the table for something magical for our guys tonight.

"Brayden's a good player and has a lot of firepower, and he just kind of got off to a slow start, so I knew if I competed well early in the set and gave myself a chance, I was going to be able to pull it out, Monaghan said.

"I had a sense that we were up in the match because I heard some screaming from the other side and a lot of cheering and saw [Broadus] get the job done, so I thought we might have been at three [points], Lawson said. "It's tough to keep your focus on each point and I think I did a really good job of that. I got down early [at 2-4] and got it back and got a match point at 6-5 and stayed calm after I didn't get that one and got the job done right after that.

"This is the best Notre Dame memory I've had, Sabacinski said. "I was just trying to do what [Sachire] was telling me to the best of my ability not thinking too much about winning or losing, but thinking about what I'm trying to do every point and trusting the process.

"As a team this was probably the biggest win [of our careers], said Monaghan of the senior class. "Obviously in the moment it feels like there's nothing better. To beat the No. 1 team in the country is pretty special and on our senior night we probably couldn't ask for a better ending.

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A season-high crowd of 1681 was on hand in Athens, Georgia, Friday evening and for most of the match it wasn't looking too good for the home team.

Florida got off to a nice start in doubles when Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin defeated Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski 6-3 at No. 2 doubles. Lipman and Orkin broke for 5-3, when Georgia double faulted on the deciding point, and then Orkin served it out at love. Georgia's Emil Reinberg and Wayne Montgomery won a tiebreak at No. 3 doubles by a 7-6(4) score over Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco so the point would be decided at No. 1. Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland went up 5-4, after Gordon Watson double faulted on the deciding point, but Watson and Diego Hidalgo would break Smith's serve from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. Hidalgo held at love for 6-5 and then Wagland went up 40-30 on his serve. Florida got it to the deciding point when Watson hit a volley winner at the net and then the Gators would get a look at a second serve on the deciding point. Wagland came in and Hidalgo ripped a return right at his feet and all Wagland could do was pop it up and Watson swatted it away for a winner to clinch it.

Florida made an interesting substitution to its singles lineup by starting Josh Wardell at No. 6 despite the fact that he hadn't played since January 17. McClain Kessler had started the previous nine matches at No. 6, going 6-3, but he must have pulled something in the match against Virginia on Wednesday.

Florida would jump out to early break leads at 1, 2, 4, and 5 and would take the opening set on each of those courts while Georgia got sets at 3 and 6.

Georgia senior Nick Wood would run his winning streak to eight with a quick 6-2, 6-2 win over Josh Wardell at No. 6. Georgia redshirt sophomore Paul Oosterbaan would put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Elliott Orkin at No. 3 in a match that Oosterbaan led just about the entire way.


Florida senior Diego Hidalgo would tie it up at 2-2 with a win over Austin Smith at No. 1. Hidalgo served for the first set up 5-2 but Smith broke and held for 5-4. Hidalgo finally served it out on his second attempt to take the opening set 6-4. Hidalgo broke Smith to start the second set but Smith would break back to even it at 2-2. Hidalgo returned the favor and broke on the next game and then a few games later he'd hold on the deciding point to win it 6-4, 6-4.

Florida appeared to be closing in on a huge win because Alfredo Perez was serving for the match at No. 2, Chase Perez-Blanco was serving for the match at No. 5, and Gordon Watson was serving up 3-1 in the third at No. 4.

Alfredo Perez took the opening set over Wayne Montgomery at No. 2 by a 6-2 score and then he broke Montgomery to go up 4-2 in the second. Montgomery would break back and hold for 4-4 before Perez held for 5-4. Montgomery would fight off a match point, on the deciding point, to hold for 5-5 and then he'd quickly break to go up 6-5. Montgomery would serve out the second set to take it 7-5.


Chase Perez-Blanco and Jan Zielinski played a streaky first set at No. 5. Perez-Blanco won the first three games, Zielinski took the next three, and then Perez-Blanco took the last three to take the set 6-3. Perez-Blanco broke Zielinski to start the second set but Zielinski broke back and held. Perez-Blanco would break for 4-3 and hold for 5-3 but Zielinski wouldn't go away. The Georgia freshman fought off two match points to hold for 4-5 and then he broke Perez-Blanco on the deciding point to tie it at 5-5. Zielinski would hold for 6-5 and then break to take the set 7-5.

On the next court over, Florida senior Gordon Watson led Georgia freshman Walker Duncan 3-1 in the third but Duncan would take the next four to go up 5-3. Watson held for 4-5 but Duncan served it out to take it 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Jan Zielinski would sprint out to a 3-0 lead in the third set at No. 5 but Chase Perez-Blanco would take the next three to tie it at 3-3. After three straight holds, Zielinski would break Perez-Blanco to seal the Georgia win.

Wayne Montgomery would finish off the night by closing out Alfredo Perez 6-3 in the third at No. 2 to make the final score 5-2.


John Frierson also had a great recap of this match with some more quotes - give it a read.

#7 Georgia 5, #14 Florida 2
April 8, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #22 Austin Smith (UGA) 6-4, 6-4
2. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #109 Alfredo Perez (FLA) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 6-4
4. #111 Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Gordon Watson (FLA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. #84 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Joshua Wardell (FLA) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #4 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-5
2. #58 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-3
3. Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 7-6 (4)
Match Notes
Florida 12-5, 7-2; National ranking #14
Georgia 15-3, 9-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,1,4,5,2)
Official: Clark Weaver T-3:11 A-1681

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm so proud of our team, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "For our guys to go out, regroup and fight the way that they did says a lot about them. I couldn't be prouder. We certainly earned this one. Florida has a really great team, and for us to overcome them playing so well makes me exceptionally proud of our guys."

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
On the match tonight... 
"It was a tough match. We came out and played as well as we possibly could in the doubles. I felt like our team came out ready to play. I felt like our team was ready to play and they really executed down the stretch in the doubles. Gordon and Diego to clinch the point, being down a break and ultimately winning that set was huge for us.

Once again, we did a great job responding early in the singles. I think for our group right now, there is just a little bit of doubt when we get in the position to close out matches and close out sets. In a couple of these matches, we are just stalling out a little bit and not playing as aggressively to close out the matches. Certainly we had opportunities at number two tonight at match point. We had match point at number five.

We just have to see it, believe it and go make it happen in those moments and play aggressively. I just don't think we quite did that tonight. I give Georgia a lot of credit. They came back and just continued to compete and use the crowd to their advantage. They energized themselves. Once they got rolling, they were tough. They gained a lot of momentum. That is what home court advantage does for you. I give them a lot of credit. They played well tonight. We will just have to come back and get after South Carolina on Sunday."
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TCU and Oklahoma played a 4-3 thriller in last year's NCAA semifinals and the two teams gave the 1287 on hand in Fort Worth another great one tonight.

TCU stormed out to a 1-0 lead after taking it to OU at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in doubles. Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nunez won 6-1 at No. 2 and Reese Stalder and Hudson Blake won 6-0 at No. 1. The match at No. 3 was abandoned with OU leading 5-0.

Oklahoma welcomed Andrew Harris back to the singles lineup for the first time since last May and his addition meant that everyone except Axel Alvarez got to slide down a spot.

Each team took three opening sets in singles and five of the six matches would end up finishing in straight sets.

Alex Ghilea quickly tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Eduardo Nava at No. 4 and Florin Bragusi wasn't too far behind as he rolled over Jerry Lopez 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5.

Axel Alvarez would make it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Cameron Norrie at No. 1 but TCU still had set leads on each of the remaining courts.

TCU's Trevor Johnson made it 3-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andre Biro at No. 6 and Alex Rybakov tied the match at 3-3 by defeating Andrew Harris 7-6, 6-4 at No. 2.

Oklahoma's Spencer Papa would force a third set at No. 3 by breaking Guillermo Nunez's 5-5 service game and then serving it out for a 7-5 second set. Papa would break Nunez to go up 3-2 in the third but Nunez would break back and hold for 4-3. Papa then held for 4-4 and broke to go up 5-4 but he'd be unable to serve it out as Nunez broke back for 5-5. Each would hold one more time to get the match to a tiebreak and then it was all Nunez as he raced out to a 4-1 lead and took it 7-3.

TCU's win snapped a nine-match losing streak to OU and gave the Horned Frogs its first win over the Sooners since 2008.




#2 TCU 4, #9 Oklahoma 3
Apr 08, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #36 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Andrew Harris (OU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
3. #61 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. #59 Spencer Papa (OU) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3)
4. #51 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Andre Biro (OU) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #82 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) def. #40 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-0
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. #85 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) 0-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 11-8, 0-1; National ranking #9
TCU 19-2, 1-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,5,1,6,2,3)
T-3:05 A-1287


Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap

Opening Statement
"What an unbelievable college match. This match had a lot of hype for many reasons. Oklahoma has a hell of a team with Andrew Harris back in the lineup and they have one of the best teams in the nation. We are ranked No. 2 right now and have one of the best teams in the nation, so very seldom does a match that has so much hype and so many expectations exceed those expectations. For this match to come down to the wire and have Oklahoma serve for the match and have Guillermo (Nuez) come back and pull out a huge win is hard to describe with words.

"I am glad there was no drama. Our crowd and our fans were great. It was just a good, clean college match. I was so impressed with the way Oklahoma came out at us at No. 1 singles. Axel Alvarez Llamas played an unbelievable match and for Harris to be playing at that level, (Alex) Rybakov had to really dig in to get a great win, which is pretty impressive. Oklahoma is only getting better and stronger as the year goes on. Their team is going to be really tough to deal with come postseason."

On the doubles matches
"Our doubles was the most impressive doubles I have ever been a part of. The level of play that Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder showed at No. 1 doubles, they could have beaten the Bryan brothers today. They played flawless, had unbelievable energy, executed exactly what they wanted to do out there, knew what they were going to expect and they executed perfectly. It was such a pleasure to watch those guys come so far and beat two of the best players in the nation, 6-0. It is something that they can be very proud of and speaks so much about their journey to this point. With Guillermo and Trevor (Johnson), we always felt that it could be a very good team and they showed it today beating two very good players as well. That was a great doubles point."
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Kentucky had a near-miss on Wednesday against Ohio State but on Friday evening the Wildcats were able to seal the deal against a top 10 opponent with a 4-3 thriller over No. 10 Texas A&M.

Texas A&M took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split first sets on the four indoor courts.

Texas A&M sophomore Arthur Rinderknech extended the Aggies lead to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over William Bushamuka at No. 1 but Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura countered with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Shane Vinsant at No. 2.

Kentucky junior Nils Ellefsen tied the match at 2-2 with a 7-5, 7-6(2) win over Jordi Arconada at No. 3 but Texas A&M sophomore AJ Catanzariti put the Aggies back on top with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over Enzo Wallart at No. 4.

The final two courts to go on would both go the distance and Kentucky would take them both. Sophomore Trey Yates came back from a set down to record a Universal Tennis Rating upset over Jackson Withrow 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5. Kentucky freshman Austin Hussey would finish off the Aggies with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(2) win over Max Lunkin at No. 6.



After the match there was more talk about an inordinate amount of overrules against the visiting team which has become a common theme lately in Lexington. There's always two sides to every story but when you hear the same thing time and time again there must be something to it. I've heard it from opposing teams that have both won and lost in Lexington so you can't say its just sour grapes. I don't know what the procedure is to have an officiating crew evaluated but it sounds like something needs to be done. It's one thing if a school has a home court advantage due to large crowds but its another if they are overruling opposing players at two or three times the rate of the host. I don't know the actual statistics on the number of overrules for each team in Lexington but from what I keep hearing it doesn't like it's equal. We need to have fair environments at all venues so hopefully this isn't something that continues in the future.

#20 Kentucky 4, #10 Texas A&M 3
04/08/16 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center - Indoors) 
Singles competition
1. #21 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.35) def. #25 William Bushamuka (UK 14.07) 6-4, 6-4
2. #52 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.35) def. #44 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.02) 6-3, 6-4
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.82) def. #125 Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
4. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.52) def. Enzo Wallart (UK 13.11) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
5. Trey Yates (UK 13.02) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.11) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Austin Hussey (UK 12.88) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.48) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition
1. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) vs. Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 5-6, unfinished
2. #78 Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 6-4
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 22-8; National ranking #10
Kentucky 17-6; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"It was a big win tonight, head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. "To win the match against a top-10 team again with this young team is special. We have a lot of respect for Texas A&M's players and coaches. They do a great job.

"The night goes to Trey Yates and Austin Hussey our Kentucky boy, Kauffmann added. "To be down 3-2 in overall score, down a set at five, and to win a breaker for the match was a gutsy effort by those two players. I am so happy for them. They showed a lot of poise and toughness out there.
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Texas Tech faced its first top 50 team at home on Friday afternoon and after a battle on several courts it pulled out a 5-2 win over No. 18 Tulsa.

Brett Masi split up his top doubles team of Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas, last year's NCAA runner-ups, and the change paid off as Tech won at No. 2 and No. 3 with Dojas and Carlos DiLaura clinching at No. 3.

Texas Tech took five first sets in singles with each of the top three courts going to tiebreaks. Tech freshman Bjorn Thomson rolled over Daniel Santos 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 and sophomore Alex Sendegeya put Tech up 3-0 with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Carlos Bautista at No. 3.

Tulsa freshman Majed Kilani put the Golden Hurricane on the board with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Jolan Cailleau at No. 4 but Texas Tech sophomore Connor Curry would clinch the match with a 6-2, 7-6(9) win over Francois Kellerman at No. 5.

The two remaining matches were played out with TT's Felipe Soares winning a 10-point supertiebreak at No. 1 while Tulsa's Juan Matias-Gonzalez won at No. 2 after they played a 10-point supertiebreak at 1-1 in the 3rd.



#11 Texas Tech 5, #18 Tulsa 2
04/08/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #20 Felipe Soares (TT) def. #46 Or Ram-Harel (TULSA) 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Juan Matias-Gonzalez (TULSA) def. #98 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 2-1 (10-7)
3. #117 Alex Sendegeya (TT) def. Carlos Bautista (TULSA) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
4. Majed Kilani (TULSA) def. Jolan Cailleau (TT) 7-5, 7-5
5. Connor Curry (TT) def. Francois Kellerman (TULSA) 6-2, 7-6 (11-9)
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Daniel Santos (TULSA) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #77 Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TULSA) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-3
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Dominic Bechard/Dylan McCloskey (TULSA) 6-1
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TT) def. Carlos Bautista/Majed Kilani (TULSA) 7-5
Match Notes
Tulsa 14-10; National ranking #18
Texas Tech 23-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,3,4,5,2,1)
T-3:00 A-285

Post-Match Quotes from TT's recap
"I'm really happy we won, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "We tried some new doubles pairings today and they paid off for us. In singles we won three first-set tiebreakers, which was huge. I think overall we're in a good place heading into our last four Big 12 matches.
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Texas rebounded from a tough 4-3 loss at Baylor by knocking off No. 12 Oklahoma State 4-0 in a match that was played about 20 miles from campus at the Polo Tennis Club in Dripping Springs. The Longhorns took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they took four opening sets in singles. 

Texas senior Michael Riechmann was the first off the court with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Lukas Finzelberg at No. 5 and junior George Goldhoff put UT a point away from the clinch with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Julian Cash at No. 1.

Texas freshman Rodrigo Banzer would clinch the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Tristan Meraut at No. 4. 

The remaining matches were abandoned with No. 2 about to split sets while Oklahoma State was close to get wins at No. 3 and No. 6.

It sure will be nice when Texas opens up its new facility next year so they don't have to keep playing these matches at different places all across the Greater Austin area. 

#17 Texas 4, #12 Oklahoma State 0
04/08/16 at Dripping Springs, Texas (Polo Tennis Club) 
Doubles competition
1. No. 68 Adrian Ortiz/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU), 6-3
2. No. 86 George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Arjun Kadhe/Tristan Meraut (OSU), 6-3
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Lukas Finzelberg/Julian Cash (OSU), 4-4, susp.
Singles competition
1. No. 87 George Goldhoff (UT) def. No. 45 Julian Cash (OSU), 7-6 (0), 6-3
2. Harrison Scott (UT) vs. No. 121 Arjun Kadhe (OSU), 7-5, 2-5, susp.
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT) 7-5, 5-2, susp.
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU), 7-5, 6-2
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU), 7-5, 6-1
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. John Mee (UT) 6-3, 5-5, susp
Match Notes
Texas 16-7 (1-1 Big 12); National ranking #17
Oklahoma State 16-4 (0-1 Big 12); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,1,4)

Post Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap

On tonight's match: I thought we really executed well in the doubles today, which we haven't done in the last few matches. I thought that was a big momentum builder for us to finish off the doubles, so I was really pleased with that. I knew the singles would be a challenge and there were a lot of first sets that could have gone either way. I think we got four of them, saved some set points on some courts, and when we really got the momentum, I thought we did a great job of pushing down the pedal to the metal and really finished them off. They have a really great team, obviously; they have been ranked in the top five for most of the year. It was a great team win. I thought the guys who weren't playing were cheering really hard and we competed very well. We took our opportunities tonight when we got momentum and we took advantage of it.

On the tight first sets in the singles: George [Goldhoff] was in a tiebreaker and Michael Riechmann and [Rodrigo] Banzer were all in really tight first sets where we saved set points. Even Harrison Scott was down in the first set. Those first four sets could have gone their way, so those four guys putting those first four sets on the board really put a lot of pressure on them. We could have lost all six first sets, so I thought that was really key tonight.
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It's definitely been a season to forget up on Rocky Top but it looked like the Vols were finally going to get a breakthrough win on Friday afternoon against No. 39 LSU.

LSU jumped out to the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point with wins at No 2 and No. 3 but Tennessee rebounded by taking four first sets in singles.

Tennessee junior Jack Schipanski blew out LSU freshman Nikola Samardzic 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 and freshman Timo Stodder put the Vols ahead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Justin Butsch at No. 2.

Tennessee sophomore Luis Valero was serving for the match at No. 1 up 6-3, 5-4 on Jordan Daigle when play was halted due to rain.

Here were the scores at the time of the delay:
1. Valero (UT) 6-3, *5-4, 0-30
3. Csonka (LSU) 6-4, 5-2*
5. Arias (LSU) 2-1*, 30-40, in 3rd
6. Fruend (LSU) 6-1, *5-6

After roughly 30 minutes play restarted and Valero was able to come back from a 0-30 hole to close out Daigle 6-3, 6-4.

Seconds later LSU sophomore Gabor Csonka would break Tennessee freshman Srdjan Jakovljevic to close out a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 and then a few seconds after that LSU sophomore Simon Freund would close out Jack Heslin 6-1, 7-6(7) at No. 6. So within three minutes of play restarting the score went from 2-1 UT to tied at 3-3.

The remaining match left on court was at No. 5 between LSU senior Boris Arias and Tennessee sophomore Preston Touliatos. After play resumed, Touliatos fought off break points to hold for 2-2 in the third then he'd break for 3-2 and hold for 4-2. Touliatos served for the match up 5-4 but Arias broke from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. After two more holds it'd go to a match deciding tiebreak. Touliatos went up 3-1 but Arias took the next four to go up *5-3. Touliatos took the next two to tie it at 5-5 but Arias took the last two to close it out.



#39 LSU 4, Tennessee 3
Apr 08, 2016 at Knoxville, Tenn. (Barksdale Stadium) 
Singles competition
1. #109 Luis Valero (UT) def. #79 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Timo Stodder (UT) def.  #95 Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jack Schipanski (UT) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Preston Touliatos (UT) 0-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Simon Freund (LSU) def. Jack Heslin (UT) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
Doubles competition
1. #11 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) def. #15 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT) 7-5
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Preston Touliatos/Jack Heslin (UT) 7-5
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Timo Stodder (UT) def. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-2
Match Notes:
LSU 13-9 (4-6 SEC); National ranking #39 
Tennessee 11-13 (0-9 SEC)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,1,3,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"Finding a way to win in a tough situation is a special thing, head coach Jeff Brown said. "It was a tough day. It was very cold, windy and not a lot of atmosphere there. We had some guys really step up in Gabor (Csonka), Boris (Arias) and Simon (Freund). They stepped up in a tough situation against a very hungry team, against a desperate team and it was a win that took a lot of character more than great play. It just took a lot of character.

Post-Match Quotes from UT's recap
"First, I'm incredibly proud of this team and how they continue to turn up and try to get better in practice," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "In these matches, they're fighting, giving everything they have. Today, we were one or two points away from getting over that hump. We're getting closer and closer. This team continues to fight and impress with their resiliency and desire to get over the hump. They're getting there. Different guys are stepping up.

"Now we're looking forward to Sunday's match against Texas A&M at noon. We look forward to a good crowd to support these guys."


Other Friday Scores:

ACC:
#3 Virginia def. #31 Georgia Tech 5-2 - UVA recap - UVA led 5-0 & GT won last two
#23 Florida State def. Louisville 4-3 - FSU recap - FSU led 4-0 & UL won last three
#40 Virginia Tech def. Clemson 5-2 - VT recap - Contini (#2/#3) didn't play singles for VT
#41 NC State def. #75 Miami FL 4-3 - NCST recap - Ivan Saleljic won decider 6-4 in 3rd

SEC:
#16 Arkansas def. #43 Vanderbilt 5-2 - ARK recap - VU took dubs & Arky took next five matches
#62 South Carolina def. #59 Auburn 4-3 - SC recap - Benton put SC ahead 4-2 by winning 6-1 in 3rd

Pac-12:
#4 UCLA def. Arizona 4-0 - UCLA recap - UCLA took dubs and won every completed set
#8 USC def. #72 Utah 4-1 - USC recap - de Vroome clinched 7-6, 6-4 at No. 1 - close match
#19 Cal def. #30 Washington 4-0 - CAL recap - Singles played first w Goransson clinching 6-2, 6-2
#42 Stanford def. #36 Oregon 4-2 - ST recap - Singles played first w Wilczynski clinching 6-3 in 3rd

Big Ten: 
#5 Ohio State def. Indiana 4-0 - IU recap - Diaz clinched 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2
#13 Northwestern def. Nebraska 4-1 - NW recap - Nebraska took dubs but NW won all singles sets
#15 Illinois def. #63 Iowa 4-0 - ILL recap - Aron Hiltzik clinched 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3
#21 Michigan def. Minnesota 4-1 - MICH recap - Tekavec clinched 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6
#33 Penn State def. #57 Michigan 4-1 - PSU recap - Barry clinched 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3
#44 Wisconsin def. Michigan State 7-0 - UW recap - UW won 12 of 14 singles sets
#63 Iowa def. Creighton 7-0 - UI recap - Iowa won 12 of 13 singles sets though several TBs

#29 San Diego def. San Francisco 6-0 - USD recap - Singles only - Uros got the gameball
#49 Denver def. Oral Roberts 6-1 - DU recap - ORU's only point came via a default
#56 Utah State def. Nevada 4-0 - USU recap - USU won all but one set in singles
#64 Boise State def. Fresno State 4-2 - BSU recap - Mitchell clinched 6-0 in 3rd


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Sunday may not have been the most scintillating day of tennis, compared to say Friday, but there were still plenty of storylines to keep us all entertained.

Two of the top teams in the American Athletic Conference tangled on Sunday in New Orleans as No. 27 Tulane hosted No. 22 South Florida. South Florida picked up a 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles while Tulane won 6-3 at No. 2. South Florida served for the match at No. 3 doubles up 5-4 but Tulane's Alex and Ian Van Cott broke and then held for 6-5. South Florida's Robert Cid and Ignacio Gonzales-Muniz held for 6-6 and then the Bulls duo broke a 4-4 tie in the breaker by winning the final 3 points to take it 7-4.

Each team would take three first sets in singles and the guy who won the first set ended up winning on every court except No. 1.

South Florida's Dominic Cotrone, Peter Bertran, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz would each win in straight sets with Cotrone clinching the match at No. 3. The teams played the remaining matches out with Tulane's Constantin Schmitz winning 7-6 in the third at No. 2 while Tulane's Tyler Schick won 7-5 in the third at No. 6.

The featured singles matchup at No. 1 between the ITA No. 1 Dominik Koepfer and ITA No. 5 Roberto Cid ended up going to a third set supertiebreak after each claimed a 7-6 set. Cid would hand Koepfer his first dual-match loss of the year and snap his 21-match winning streak by taking the supertiebreak 10-3.

It's too bad that match didn't get to play out to a full conclusion but maybe we'll see a rematch in two weeks at the conference tournament in Memphis.

#22 South Florida 5, #27 Tulane 2
Apr 10, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.48) def. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.73) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 1-0 (10-3) 
2. #115 Constantin Schmitz (TLN 14.07) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.69) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7)
3. #42 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.35) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.53) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
4. Peter Bertran (USF 13.33) def. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.53) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
5. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.38) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.79) 6-2, 6-2
6. Tyler Schick (TLN 13.04) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.09) 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. #71 Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. #26 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-3 
2. Constantin Schmitz/Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Peter Bertran/Dominic Cotrone (USF) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
USF 15-8; National ranking #22
Tulane 14-6; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,3,2,1,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Joey Knight's Tampa Bay Times article
"(Cid) was super sharp," said Bulls coach Matt Hill,  "It was obviously a really, really high-level match, one he's been looking forward to all week. There were a ton of momentum swings, especially early on."

"I wouldn't say (Cid) squandered (the first set), I'd say Dominik took it," Hill said.

"I was telling Roberto he was doing all the right stuff...he just kind of stayed the course and was able to take him, and it was pretty windy here. To see that level being played in these conditions is really, really rare."



Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"Today we saw a lot of good things from our guys, but South Florida is a very solid team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras explained. "Both USF and us have had great years so we knew it was going to be a great match. We need to keep on investing and putting ourselves in the fire."
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Second-ranked TCU won its 26th straight match at home and 15th straight match overall with a fairly routine 4-0 win over short-handed Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were playing without Julian Cash (No. 1 singles/doubles) and Lukas Finzelberg (No. 5 singles/No. 3 doubles) due to injury so everybody else had to move up at least one spot in the lineup.

TCU took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Horned Frogs took the opening set in singles on five of six courts.

Jerry Lopez and Trevor Johnson each picked up quick wins at No. 5 and No. 6 and then Guillermo Nunez clinched the match at No. 3. The total match time was just under two hours.

#2 TCU 4, #12 Oklahoma State 0
Apr 10, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.81) vs. #121 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 14.04) 6-3, 5-4, unf
2. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.89) vs. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.46) 7-6 (5-7), 2-3, unf
3. #61 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.90) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.59) 6-2, 6-4
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.91) vs. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.26) 7-5, 3-1, unf
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.70) def. Nate Roper (OSU 12.43) 6-0, 6-4
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.70) def. Mateo Ruiz Naranjo (OSU 12.82) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #82 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) vs. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) 4-4, unf
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Arjun Kadhe/Tristan Meraut (OSU) 6-3
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Nate Roper/Mateo Ruiz Naranjo (OSU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 16-5, 0-2; National ranking #12
TCU 20-2, 2-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,3)
T-1:57; A-1404


Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"Today wasn't easy because the conditions were a little bit breezy and it got a little swirly. I was really proud of our guys that kept on fighting especially Cameron (Norrie), (Alex) Rybakov and (Eduardo) Nava. You can tell that they weren't very comfortable with the conditions and the situation but they kept fighting and they kept hanging in there and making the best of it. That is the kind of attitude that we are going to need for the rest of the way.

"We played Oklahoma State earlier this year and they had three guys in that lineup that they didn't have today. We didn't get their best lineup today and at the same time, everyone can play and I didn't want our guys to lose their focus because they knew this wasn't their best lineup. I am proud of Trevor (Johnson) for going out there and being very business like and taking care of his match. Jerry (Lopez) took care of his match and Guillermo (Nuez) was in a great situation to clinch. I am just proud of our guys. It was a tough week and we asked a lot of them to be playing three top 25 teams in one week. I am looking forward to having a whole week to prepare for a very gutty and competitive team at Texas. Those coaches have done a great job of getting the Longhorns to where they are at right now. They are getting the most out of their players and that is a sign of good coaching and we will be ready for that."
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Ninth-ranked Oklahoma was able to rebound from a tough loss to TCU by knocking off No. 17 Texas 4-0. Texas's John Mee and Harrison Scott won 6-3 at No. 3 doubles while OU's Spencer Papa and Alex Ghilea won 6-4 at No. 2. OU's Axel Alvarez and Andrew Harris won the deciding match at No. 1 by a 7-5 score to give the Sooners the doubles point and early 1-0 lead.

Each team won three first sets in singles with Oklahoma claiming sets at 2, 4, and 6 while Texas took sets 1, 3, and 5.

Andrew Harris (University of Oklahoma)
OU junior Andrew Harris was the first to finish with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Harrison Scott at No. 2 and then less than 10 minutes later OU freshman Maxime Mora would extend the lead to 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over John Mee at No. 6.

OU sophomore Spencer Papa, two days removed from losing the decider against TCU, clinched the win by coming from behind to defeat Adrian Ortiz 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3.

The other matches were abandoned with Texas up a set at No. 1 and No. 5 while OU led at No. 4.

#9 Oklahoma 4, #17 Texas 0
Apr 10, 2016 at Austin, Texas (Polo Tennis Club)
Singles Competition
1. #87 George Goldhoff (UT 13.66) vs. #36 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.28) 7-6 (7-2), 1-4, unf
2. Andrew Harris (OU 14.67) def. Harrison Scott (UT 13.76) 6-2, 6-2
3. #59 Spencer Papa (OU 14.02) def. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.84) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
4. #51 Alex Ghilea (OU 13.93) vs. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.32) 7-6 (8-6), 2-1, unf
5. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.25) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.80) 7-6 (7-3), 4-5, unf
6. Maxime Mora (OU 13.61) def. John Mee (UT 13.15) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles Compeition
1. #40 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #68 A Ortiz/M Riechmann (UT) 7-5 
2. #85 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #86 George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-4
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) def. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 12-8, 1-1 Big 12; National ranking 
#9 Texas 16-8, 1-2 Big 12; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played a very solid match today against Texas," head coach John Roddick said. "Our doubles was solid and we did a great job competing in singles."

"It was great to see Andrew get us on the board quickly in singles and then Spencer did a great job of turning his match around after the first set," Roddick said. "Max was really solid in closing out his match at number six."

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap

On the Oklahoma match: You just have to give Oklahoma credit today. When we had opportunities for momentum, we didn't get it. On Friday night we took advantage of all of them and today, I felt like no matter whatever happened we couldn't quite get on top of them. They got on top of us today and they did a good job. With Andrew Harris in there playing well, that's a really good team. We just have to learn from it. We have some big matches coming up and we'll just keep pushing forward.
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Kentucky was coming off a top-10 win over Texas A&M but they weren't able to get past No. 39 LSU as the Bayou Bengals pulled off a 4-2 upset. LSU took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then each team took three first sets in singles.

Kentucky freshman Austin Hussey, who clinched the win over A&M, rolled over Simon Freund 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 and then fellow freshman Ryo Matsumura put the Wildcats ahead with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Justin Butsch at No. 2.

Jordan Daigle (LSU/Bridgette Hogan)
LSU senior Boris Arias tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Enzo Wallart at No. 4 and sophomore Gabor Csonka put the Tigers ahead with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Nils Ellefsen at No. 3.

LSU junior Jordan Daigle would clinch the team win by taking the final three games in the third set to defeat William Bushamuka 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. The remaining match at No. 5 was abandoned with it even at 2-2 in the third.

#39 LSU 4, #20 Kentucky 2
Apr 10, 2016 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles Competition                                                                         
1. #79 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.75) def. #25 William Bushamuka (UK 14.08) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
2. #52 Ryo Matsumura (UK 14.36) def. #95 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.55) 6-2, 6-1
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.53) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.83) 6-4, 6-3
4. Boria Arias (LSU 13.08) def. Enzo Wallart (UK 13.12) 6-1, 6-3
5. Trey Yates (UK) 13.08 vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.92) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 2-2, unfinished
6. Austin Hussey (UK 12.88) def. Simon Freund (LSU 13.13) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles Compeition
1. Nills Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) vs. #11 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 4-5, unf
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) 6-3
3. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Ryo Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 6-3
Match Notes
LSU 14-9; National ranking #39
Kentucky 17-7; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6, 2, 4, 3, 1)

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"The team came in very focused from yesterday's practice all the way through preparations for the match, head coach Jeff Brown said. "They were on a mission today and weren't going to let anything stop them. It's a win we've been building towards since the Mississippi State loss and we really came together as a team, and are looking to continue.
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New Mexico had lost three of its last four coming into Sunday match against No. 18 Tulsa but that didn't stop the Lobos from pulling off a stunning 4-3 upset. New Mexico took the doubles point when Jorge Escutia and Ricky Hernandez-Tong won a tiebreak at No. 3 and then each team took three opening sets in singles.

New Mexico's Bart Van Leijsen and Jorge Escutia won in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 3 to put the Lobos 3-0. Tulsa's Majed Kilani put the Golden Hurricane on the board with a three set win at No. 4 but New Mexico's Hayden Sabtaka clinched the match with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win over Or Ram-Harel at No. 1.

Note: Tulsa's Carlos Bautista (No. 3 singles/doubles) did not play for unknown reason.

New Mexico 4, #18 Tulsa 3
Apr 10, 2016 at Albuquerque, N.M. (McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium)
Singles Competition
1. Hayden Sabatka (NM 12.97) def. #46 Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.92) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
2. Bart Van Leijsen (NM 13.02) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.38) 7-5, 6-3 
3. Jorge Escutia (NM 12.59) def. Dylan McCloskey (TUL 12.74) 6-4, 6-3
4. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.59) def. Ricky Hernandez-Tong (NM 12.56) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 
5. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.92) def. Michael Tran (NM 12.02) 6-3, 7-6
6. Dominic Bechard (TUL 12.46) def. Rodolfo Jauregui (NM 11.86) 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #29 Hayden Sabatka/Bart Van Leijsen (NM) def. #77 Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TUL) 6-3
2. Agustus Ge/Rodolfo Jauregui (NM) vs. Dylan McCloskey/Dominic Bechard (TUL) 6-6, unf.
3. Jorge Escutia/Ricky Hernandez-Tong (NM) def. Majed Kilani/Juan Matias Gonzale (TUL) 7-6
Match Notes:
Tulsa 14-11; National ranking #18
New Mexico 14-13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from UNM's recap
"This was a good team win," said head coach Bart Scott. "All the guys stepped up in different areas to help us through. Tulsa is a very good team, we have respect for their coaches and program. The focus now shifts to Nevada."
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It's been a rough year for Indiana with the Hoosiers taking most of them on the chin but on Sunday they finally picked up a big win with a 4-0 shutout over No. 33 Penn State.

IU took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then IU asserted itself in singles by taking five opening sets. IU senior Sam Monette was the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Leonard Stakhovsky at No. 1 (both recaps referred to him as Leonardo).

IU freshman Afonso Salgado made it 3-0 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Ben Lieb at No. 6 and IU junior Matt McCoy clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tomas Hanzlik at No. 4.

IU will re-enter the rankings with the win and may be as high as No. 63 while the loss will knock Penn State down to around No. 39.

Indiana 4, #33 Penn State 0
April 10, 2016 at Bloomington, Indiana (IU Tennis Center)
Doubles Competition
1. #59 Daniel Bednarczyk/Sam Monette (IND) def. C. Lutschaunig/David Kohan (PSU) 6-2
2. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IND) vs. Leonard Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) 3-4, unfinished
3. Raheel Manji/Afonso Salgado (IND) def. C. De La Bassetiere/Matt Galush (PSU) 6-2
Singles Competition
1. #60 Sam Monette (IND 13.99) def. #110 Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU 13.53) 6-3, 6-2
2. Raheel Manji (IND 13.33) vs. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU 13.76) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
3. Daniel Bednarczyk (IND 12.97) vs. Matt Barry (PSU 13.48) 7-6 (7-5), 4-5, unfinished
4. Matthew McCoy (IND 12.67) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.07) 6-3, 6-4
5. Antonio Cembellin (IND 12.98) vs. Aws Laaribi (PSU 13.04) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 1-1, unfinished
6. Afonso Salgado (IND 12.48) def. Ben Lieb (PSU 12.99) 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes
Indiana 7-14
Penn State 18-5; National ranking #33
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,6,4)

Post-Match Quotes from PSU's recap
"Playing inside at Indiana is always a challenge, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "Despite the rankings, Indiana gave it to us in doubles and kept the momentum going in singles.

"We had opportunity in the singles but we couldn't get the job done, said Coach Tobin. "We just did not play to our potential today. We will take this week of work and practice to hone our focus for Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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In what has to be the one of the longest no-ad matches in college tennis history, it was UMKC defeating Grand Canyon 4-3 in a match that took an astounding six hours and fourteen minutes.

Due to rain the match was moved indoors to a three-court facility with singles play starting first. UMKC swept the top three courts but GC swept the bottom three with No. 4 and No. 5 going three sets.

The doubles point was played to decide the match and UMKC won all three courts within 60 seconds to take the point and the match. Both teams ended up sharing the regular season WAC title with New Mexico State.

UMKC had a pretty good recap so give it a read.

UMKC 4, Grand Canyon 3
4/10/2016 at Kansas City, Mo. (Carriage Club) 
Singles competition
1. Airam Castellano (UMKC 12.45) def. Mitch Maroscher (GCU 12.88) 6-1, 6-3
2. Andrey Smirnov (UMKC 12.20) def. Felix Schueller (GCU 12.43) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Uldis Gaismins (UMKC 11.93) def. Alexander Roggenkamp (GCU 11.97) 7-5, 6-1
4. Mathieu Rojaonah (GCU) def. Mike Psarros (UMKC 12.24) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Meidy Chazeau (GCU 12.02) def. Vinh Pham (UMKC 11.79) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Justin Cvitanovic (GCU 12.42) def. Amaury Navette (UMKC 11.67) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Airam Castellano/Mike Psarros (UMKC) def. Alexander Roggenkamp/Felix Schueller (GCU) 7-5
2. Uldis Gaismins/Amaury Navette (UMKC) def. Mitch Maroscher/Meidy Chazeau (GCU) 7-5
3. Andrey Smirnov/Vinh Pham (UMKC) def. Adrian Legarreta/Gregoire Balenci (GCU) 7-6 (7-2)
Match Notes
Grand Canyon 13-8, 4-1 WAC
UMKC 13-7, 4-1 WAC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)
Singles played first
T-6:14 A-25

Post-Match Quotes from GCU's recap
"We are pleased to be sharing the conference title with two other great teams," head coach Greg Prudhomme said. "The guys came to as close losing as they did winning throughout the match. We had a lot of things going against us but I am so proud of how hard our guys fought."

"We would have loved to be the champion by ourselves," Prudhomme added. "We had one goal before the season started and that was to be the WAC champion in the regular season and that is what we are. The amount of work the guys have put in this year has been fantastic and we are now in company with some great teams."
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Other Sunday Scores

ACC:
#1 North Carolina def. Boston College 6-1 - UNC recap - BC's lone point was in a 10-pt TB at No. 6
#3 Virginia def. Clemson 7-0 - UVA recap - close doubles point not so close singles
#23 Florida State def. #41 NC State 7-0 - FSU recap - Noles won 12 of 13 sets in singles - final home match for seniors Benjamin Lock, Marco Nunez, & Michael Rinaldi (top 3 singles players)
#23 Florida State def. Bethune-Cookman 0 - singles only - FSU won all but 1 set
#31 Georgia Tech def. #40 Virginia Tech - GT recap - Big win for GT/rough loss for VT - 4 of 6 singles matches went three sets - final home match for seniors Nathan Rakitt and Casey Kay
#75 Miami FL def. Louisville 5-2 - Miami recap - L'Ville took doubles & the U took three singles matches in straight sets and Jesse Flores clinched 7-6 in the third at No. 3.

Big Ten
#5 Ohio State def. #57 Purdue 4-0 - OSU recap - Buckeyes won all 9 completed singles sets
#13 Northwestern def. #63 Iowa 4-0 - NU recap - Wildcats won 9 of 10 completed sets in singles
#15 Illinois def Nebraska 4-1 - ILL recap - Neb took dubs but ILL took 10 of 12 sets in singles
#21 Michigan def. #44 Wisconsin 5-2 - UM recap - Knight clinched 6-1 in the third at No. 1
Minnesota def. Michigan State 4-0 - MN recap - Gophers won 9 of 10 completed sets in singles

Pac 12:
#4 UCLA def. #72 Utah 4-0 - UCLA recap - Bruins won 8 of 9 completed sets in singles
#8 USC def. Arizona 4-0 - USC recap - doubles not played due to weather - USC won all sets
#19 Cal def. #36 Oregon 4-1 - Cal recap - dubs not played - Cal won 9 of 12 sets in singles

SEC:
#7 Georgia def. #59 Auburn 4-0 - UGA recap (includes video highlights) - Dawgs clinched a share of the SEC title and can win it outright with 1 more win or a Florida loss.
#10 Texas A&M def. Tennessee 5-2 - aTm recap - Rinderknech clinched to make it 4-0
#14 Florida def. #64 South Carolina - 6-1 - FLA recap - Gators won courts in straight sets
#24 Mississippi State def. #32 Alabama 5-2 - MSU recap - Bama led 2-0 before MSU took five of six singles matches with three going three sets
#35 Ole Miss def. #43 Vanderbilt 5-2 - Miss recap -  Hansson clinched to make it 4-1 - four singles matches went three sets

Ivy:
#26 Columbia def. Brown 6-1 - CU recap - Miguel Alda clinched to make it 4-1
#38 Dartmouth def. Penn 4-0 - Dart recap - Big Green won 8 of 10 completed sets in singles
#50 Harvard def. #37 Princeton 4-3 - Harv recap - Sebastian Beltrame won the decider 6-4 in the third at No. 2 after breaking at love.
#54 Cornell def. Yale 5-2 - CU recap - 5 of 6 singles matches went the distance


Other Ranked:
#28 Rice def. #25 SMU 4-2 - Rice recap - David Warren clinched 6-3 in the third at No. 5
#47 UC Santa Barbara def. UC Riverside 7-0 - UCSB recap - Gauchos cleaned up everywhere
#48 Old Dominion def. #69 UNC Wilmington 6-1 - ODU recap - UNCW won the doubles point and ODU swept singles - Monarchs have won 16 of their last 17
#52 East Tennessee State def. Mercer 7-0 - ETSU recap - Bucs won 12 of 13 sets in singles
#53 Pepperdine def. Portland 4-0 - PEP recap - Waves won 8 of 9 completed sets in singles
#56 Utah State def. Fresno State 4-0 - USU recap - USU coach Clancy Shields outdueled his brother, Fresno State coach Luke Shields
Nevada def. #64 Boise State 4-3 - NEV recap - Robert Margitfalvi won the decider 6-1 in the third - Wolf Pack was just 4-13 coming into this match
#73 Cal Poly def. UC Irvine 4-1 - CP recap - Corey Pang clinched the win 6-3, 7-6 at No. 3 - the other two remaining courts had just split sets







More to come....
Published in Blogs
The first big match of the day took place in Austin between No. 18 Texas and No. 2 TCU. The Horned Frogs took the doubles point with a 6-1 win at No. 3 from Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov and a 7-6(1) win at No. 1 from Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder.

Texas turned it around in singles and claimed five opening sets to really put TCU on its heels. The only Horned Frog to win a first set was also the first one to finish as Cameron Norrie defeated George Goldhoff 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1.

TCU found its fire in the second set and took all six sets to send five of the six matches to a third set. Jerry Lopez put TCU ahead 3-0 after completing his comeback with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Michael Riechmann at No. 5.

Texas's Julian Zlobinsky was on his way to a straight set win over Trevor Johnson at No. 6 but he hit a pothole late in the second set. Zlobinsky led 6-4, 5-3 but Johnson took the next four games to take the set 7-5.  Zlobinsky went up an early break in the third and was able to hold on this time and take it 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Adrian Ortiz pulled Texas to within 3-2 after he beat Eduardo Nava 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 4 and it looked like Harrison Scott would tie it up at 3-3 when he led Alex Rybakov 5-2 in the third at No. 2. Rybakov had other plans and would take the final five games of the match to close out Scott 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

The remaining match at No. 3 was abandoned with TCU's Guillermo Nunez serving at 4-5 in the third. UT's Rodrigo Banzer led 6-3, 5-3 but he lost three straight games before holding for 6-6 and then Nunez would bagel him in the tiebreak.

The difference in the match was Texas's inability to finish off courts when they had what appeared to be commanding leads. Scott led 5-2 in the third and lost, Banzer led 6-3, 5-3 and ended up with a DNF in the third, and Zlobinsky led 6-4, 5-3 and even though he won in three letting Johnson hang around kept Texas from gaining some momentum from an early win.


#2 TCU 4, #18 Texas 2
Apr 16, 2016 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #56 George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4, 6-1
2. #20 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Harrison Scott (UT) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
3. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) vs. #62 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 6-3, 6-7 (0-7), 5-4, unfinished
4. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Michael Riechmann (UT) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #69 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. George Goldhoff/M. Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (7-1)
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) vs. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 6-5, unfinished
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) 6-1
Match Notes:
TCU 21-2, 3-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
Texas 17-9, 1-3; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,5,6,4,2)
Match relocated to Weller Indoor Tennis Center

Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"Texas was all over us from the first point in singles. Texas head coach Michael Center and assistant coach Bruce Berque have the Longhorns playing at a very high level and if it weren't for our players' resilience and fight, we would have easily lost that match. I couldn't be more proud of our team and our players. They stayed calm and found ways to get those singles wins. We are in one of the toughest conferences in the country and winning on the road against a good and well-coached team is hard to do. The "Frog" factor showed up today and now we put ourselves in a position to win the conference regular season.

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap
It's getting later in the season, emotions are running high, there are things at stake with the conference tournament in positioning yourself, and NCAA seeding and the whole thing. So I told the guys before the match started that I'm really not looking to see how we play. What I want to see now is how we're competing and how resilient we can be, and I thought we were really resilient today. We competed really, really hard. So in that regard, I'm really proud of the team and proud of the effort. I think we're still improving, but we came up just a little bit short today. It was close all the way around, we just came up a little bit short.
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Cal made it 2 for 2 this year against Stanford this year after knocking off the Cardinal 4-2. Cal took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then came out firing in singles by taking the opening sets on four courts.

Filip Bergevi extended Cal's lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 7-6 win over Nolan Paige at No. 4. Stanford's Brandon Sutter was a late substitute in the singles lineup but his addition paid off as he took out Cal's Mads Engsted 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6.

Cal's Florian Lakat made it 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Tom Fawcett at No. 1 and then Andre Goransson clinched the win by defeating David Wilczynski 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2.




#16 Cal 4, #29 Stanford 1
April 16, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
Doubles competition
1. #11 F Bergevi/F Lakat (Cal) vs. #41 T Fawcett/M Romanowicz (Stanford) 4-3 unf
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (Stanford) 6-2
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Sameer Kumar/Yale Goldberg (Stanford) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #30 Florian Lakat (Cal) def. #10 Tom Fawcett (Stanford) 7-6(2), 6-3
2. #27 Andre Goransson (Cal) def. #72 David Wilczynski (Stanford) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
3. #68 Billy Griffith (Cal) vs. Michael Genender (Stanford) 6-4, 6-7(6) Abandoned
4. Filip Bergevi (Cal) def. Nolan Paige (Stanford) 6-0, 7-6(3)
5. #103 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Sameer Kumar (Stanford) 6-4, 5-7, 0-2 Abandoned
6. Brandon Sutter (Stanford) def. Mads Engsted (Cal) 6-4, 6-3
Match Notes
Cal 15-5 (5-2 Pac-12); National ranking #16
Stanford 13-9 (4-3 Pac-12); National ranking #29
Order of Finish: Singles (4,6,1,2); Doubles (3,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We knew today was going to be a challenge, Cal head coach Peter Wright said, "and Stanford came to Berkeley a day early to prepare, so we knew we had to bring out our best tennis. Seniors Mads Engsted and Oskar Wikberg were instrumental in earning us the doubles point.

"With Pac-12 Bay Area doing live TV, we also had Senior Day and McManus Legends Day, so it was our best crowd this year. Our fans are amazing, and they definitely made a difference today.

"Florian played one of his best matches of the year, and Andre is really starting to play well, Wright said. "Filip deserves a lot of credit for playing incredibly disciplined tennis. We're all excited to finish the regular season with a win over our rival, and now we're focusing our attention on the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAAs.
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Oregon more than likely locked up a spot in next month's NCAA Tournament by picking up a huge 4-2 win on the road over No. 35 Washington.

The Ducks took the doubles point with a 7-5 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2. Each team picked up three first sets in singles but only three of those would finish in straight sets with Washington's Mitch Stewart winning at No. 1 while Oregon's Thomas Laurent and Jayson Amos won at No. 3 and No. 4.

Washington cut the Oregon lead to 3-2 with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Cormac Clissold at No. 5 but Oregon's Ethan Young-Smith clinched the win by defeating Kawika Lam 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).



#41 Oregon 4, #35 Washington 2
April 16, 2016 at Seattle, Washington (Bill Quillian Stadium)
Doubles competition
1 #30 Amos/Soemarno (ORE) def. Foley/Watanabe (UW) 7-5
2 Maasland/Stevens (ORE) def. Lam/Sommer (UW) 6-4
3 Douglas/Hakak (UW) vs. Clissold/Laurent 5-6 (DNF)
Singles competition               
1 #104 Mitch Stewart (UW) def. Daan Maasland (ORE) 6-4, 6-1
2 Enzo Sommer (UW) def. Simon Stevens (ORE) 6-7, 7-5, 5-4 (DNF)
3 Thomas Laurent (ORE) def. Gal Hakak (UW) 6-4, 6-4
4 #124 Jayson Amos (ORE) def. Jake Douglas (UW) 6-3, 6-2
5 Sebastian Hawken (UW) def. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
6 Kawika Lam (UW) def. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE) def. Kawika Lam (UW) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(2)
Match Notes
Washington 16-8 (3-4 Pac-12); National ranking #35
Oregon 17-6 (3-4 Pac-12); National ranking #41
Order of Finish: Singles (4,1,3,5,6); Doubles (2,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
"It's was very disappointing to lose today, said head coach Matt Anger. "But I'm very excited about the game itself.

"Today was a beautiful day and a great day for college tennis to be on display as it should be, said Anger. "I didn't like the ultimate result today though and we just came up on the short end.
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Cal was one match away from an undefeated regular season but its bay area rivals, No. 17 Stanford, wouldn't have any of it and stunned the top-ranked Bears 4-3. Cal got things started off on the right foot by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Bears also took four opening sets in singles.

Stanford only took two first sets but Carol Zhao and Krista Hardebeck both finished in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 4 to give the Cardinal the 2-1 lead.

Cal's Klara Fabikova tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Taylor Davidson at No. 2 and it looked like Lynn Chi was going to make it 3-2 when she had a lead late in the third set against Stanford's Carolina Doyle. Chi led 5-4 and 6-5 but Doyle held both times and forced a third set tiebreak. Chi was serving up 5-2 in the tiebreak but Doyle won six of the next seven points to close it out 8-6. (Stanford's recap said Doyle fought off five match points in the TB but at most it would have been four if Chi led 6-2)


Cal's Karla Popovic tied the match at 3-3 by winning two close sets to close out Melissa Lord at No. 6. In the deciding match at No. 5, Stanford's Caroline Lampl would break Olivia Hauger's 3-4 service game and then serve it out to give the Cardinal the upset win.


#17 Stanford 4, #1 Cal 3
April 16, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. (Taube Family Tennis Stadium)
Doubles Competition
1. #3 Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr (Cal) def. #4 Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle (Stanford) - 6-4
2. Klara Fabikova/Olivia Hauger (Cal) def. Melissa Lord/Carol Zhao (Stanford) - 7-5
3. #49 Krista Hardebeck/Caroline Lampl (Stanford) vs. Lynn Chi/Maria Smith (Cal) - 6-5 unf.
Singles Competition
1. #56 Carol Zhao (Stanford) def. #10 Maegan Manasse (Cal) 6-1, 6-4
2. #12 Klara Fabikova (Cal) def. #33 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) 6-4, 6-4
3. #87 Caroline Doyle (Stanford) def. #68 Lynn Chi (Cal) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
4. #102 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) def. #73 Denise Starr (Cal) 6-2, 6-3
5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. #114 Olivia Hauger (Cal) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
6. Karla Popovic (Cal) def. Melissa Lord (Stanford) 7-6 (1), 7-5
Match Notes
Stanford 13-5 (8-1 Pac-12); National Ranking #17
Cal 19-1 (7-1 Pac-12); National Ranking #1
Order of Finish: Singles (1,4,2,3,6,5); Doubles (1,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"It was a great match, Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "I was really pleased with how we started the match with doubles. I thought we played much smarter and more consistent on all three courts in doubles. It was really good to get the doubles point and get momentum. Unfortunately, we weren't able to carry it through in a couple of singles matches.

"Stanford made some adjustments from the last time we faced them. It was a good lesson for us today. We battled hard and pushed till the last point. Credit to Stanford; they battled hard as well. This is why our matches are so great for our players' long-term development you learn so much whether you win or lose.

"Winning and losing's part of tennis. We're still on our path, and we are still looking to get better, with the postseason now upon us. This is what we've been training for. We'll learn from this. We're excited to move forward with this team.
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Top-seeded Coastal Carolina became the first team to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament by coming back from 3-1 down to defeat the No. 2 seed Presbyterian 4-3 in the finals of the Big South Conference Tournament.

Presbyterian looked like it had the match in control virtually the entire way. The Blue Hose took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then took four first sets in singles.

CCU's Vuk Velickovic was the first to finish with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 but PC's Brandon Mills answered with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 4. PC's Diego Manzanas came back from a set down to defeat Rick Timmerman 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 so the Blue Hose were just a point away from sewing up its first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament.

PC's Alexander Lykou had what appeared to be a commanding 6-1, 5-3 lead on Jabor Al-Mutawa at No. 1 but Jabor Al-Mutawa won the last 10 games of the match to take it 1-6, 7-5, 6-0. CCU's Luiz Faria tied the match at 3-3 with a come from behind 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Ben Kelley at No. 6.

The conference championship would be decided in a third set at No. 3 between CCU's Pedro Leme and PC's Danny Bruce. Leme jumped out to a double-break 4-1 lead but Bruce came back to tie it at 4-4. Bruce was serving at 30-40 when he chipped a shot that was close to the line - Leme made a late out call which incensed both Bruce and the PC coaches. It was all for naught because the chair upheld the call and Leme would be serving for the match up 5-4.

Leme served it out from 40-30 and the Chanticleers were headed to the NCAA for the sixth time in school history.




#1 Coastal Carolina 4, #2 Presbyterian 3 
April 16, 2016 at Lynchburg, VA 
Singles competition 
1. Al-Mutawa, Jabor (CCU) def. Alexander Lykou (PC) 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 
2. Velickovic, Vuk (CCU) def. Alejandro Bejar (PC) 6-2, 6-3 
3. Leme, Pedro (CCU) def. Danny Bruce (PC) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 
4. Brandon Mills (PC) def. Schneider, Sebastian (CCU) 6-2, 6-4 
5. Diego Manzanas (PC) def. Timmerman, Rick (CCU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 
6. Faria, Luiz (CCU) def. Ben Kelley (PC) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition 
1. Leme, Pedro/Velickovic, Vuk (CCU) vs. Alexander Lykou/Brandon Mills (PC) 4-4, unf
2. Danny Bruce/Ben Kelley (PC) def. Faria, Luiz/Timmerman, Rick (CCU) 6-4 
3. Joel Roberts/Diego Manzanas (PC) def. Al-Mutawa, Jabor/Schneider, Sebastian (CCU) 6-2
Match Notes: 
Presbyterian 14-16, 6-2 BSC 
Coastal Carolina 21-3, 8-0 BSC 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,4,5,1,6,3)
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Cal Poly stayed undefeated in Big West play with a thrilling 4-3 win over conference rival UC Davis. UCD took the doubles point but CP took five first sets in singles.

Cal Poly got straight sets wins from Garrett Auproux and Corey Pang at No. 2 and No. 3 while UCD's Everett Maltby won in straights at No. 5.

Cal Poly's Ben Donovan put the Mustangs ahead 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win at No. 1 but UC Davis's Tommy Lam tied it at 3-3 with a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6. Cal Poly's Josh Ortlip would win the deciding match 6-4 in the third over Bryce McKelvie to give CP the 4-3 win.

#65 Cal Poly 4, #69 UC Davis 3
April 16, 2016 at San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Mustang Tennis Courts)
Doubles Competition
1. Alec Adamson / Adam Levie (UCD) def. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (CP), 6-4
2. Brett Bacharach / Eli Whittle (UCD) vs. Garrett Auproux/Timothy Tan (CP), 4-3
3. Tommy Lam / Bryce McKelvie (UCD) def. Karl Enander/Dan Cardiff (CP), 6-1
Singles Competition
1. Ben Donovan (CP) def. Alec Adamson (UCD), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
2. Garrett Auproux (CP) def. James Wade (UCD), 6-1, 6-4
3. Corey Pang (CP) def. Brett Bacharach (UCD), 7-6, 6-1
4. Josh Ortlip (CP) def. Bryce McKelvie (UCD), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
5. Everett Maltby (UCD) def. Axel Damiens (CP), 6-3, 6-3
6. Tommy Lam (UCD) def. Sreyas Kolachalam (CP), 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
Match Notes
Cal Poly 13-8 (4-0 Big West)
UC Davis 15-6 (2-2 Big West)
Order of finish: Singles (2,3,5,1,6,4); Doubles (3,1)

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TCU won a share of the Big 12 regular season title with a 4-0 win over No. 43 Baylor in front of a huge crowd of 1816 - not bad for a Wednesday night.

Baylor had won the previous 16 meetings, with TCU's last win coming back in 2001, but it was definitely TCU's night. The Horned Frogs, who hadn't won a conference title since 2009 when they were in the Mountain West, were pretty dominate all night as they started it off by taking the doubles point with a 6-1 win at No. 3 and a 6-4 win at No. 1.

Once singles got underway, TCU kept its foot on the accelerator and won all six first sets. Trevor Johnson was off the court in under an hour with a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of Tyler Stayer at No. 6 and Jerry Lopez wasn't too far behind with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tommy Podvinski at No. 5.

TCU was ahead on all four remaining courts and in a race to clinch it was Alex Rybakov getting there first with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Max Tchoutakian at No. 2. The win over Baylor extends the Horned Frogs home winning streak to 28 and extends its overall winning streak to 17.



#4 TCU 4, #43 Baylor 0
Apr 20, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) vs. #15 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #87 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #88 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Felipe Rios (BU) 7-5, 3-3, unfinished
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #73 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) def. #77 Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-4
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 4-4, unfinished
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Baylor 14-12, 1-4; National ranking #43
TCU 22-2, 4-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,5,2)
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Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"This is a special accomplishment for our program and for this group of guys. We have such a young team and I don't think they even realize what they just accomplished. I know some of our guys that just graduated realize how hard it is to win this conference in tennis and in any sport. This is just such a competitive conference and I am proud of that.

"I hope our fans really enjoy this. This is for them and this is for the guys that have helped us get to this level and be able to recruit these guys that we just did. There is a lot of people that made this happen and I am just proud to be part of it as a coach and as an alumni."

On the singles and doubles matches
"I felt like we competed really well tonight. We got out of some moments like being down 0-40 on our serves and we would come back and hold. Anytime they were making a run at us, we just dug in deeper and deeper and were able to get out. When Guillermo (Nuez) won that sixth first set, I think it just kind of broke their will. It was hard for them to look around and see where they were going to get four points.

"I am really proud of our guys and I wish Cameron (Norrie) had a chance to finish his match because he deserved that win over a very good player in Julian Lenz. Lenz has been beating us for what feels like 10 years so it would have been nice to see Cameron beat him. In doubles, Hudson (Blake) and Reese (Stalder) are playing at such a high level. The way Hudson closed out that doubles point was pretty impressive. He just loves to compete and I love that about him."
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Oregon advanced to the quarterfinals at the Pac-12 Tournament in Ojai with a 4-0 win over Arizona. Oregon pulled out a tight doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then the Ducks took four opening sets in singles.

Oregon picked up straight set wins from Simon Stevens, Thomas Laurent, and Jayson Amos at 2, 3, and 4 with Stevens providing the clincher. The remaining matches were abandoned with Arizona up a set on two of the three courts.

Oregon will be back at it on Thursday with a noon pacific match versus the No. 4 seed Stanford with the winner of that match advancing to the semifinals against top-seeded UCLA.

The Arizona loss marked the end of the Tad Berkowitz era in Tucson with Berkowitz deciding last week to step down after 12 years as head coach of the Wildcats.

#35 Oregon 4, Arizona 0
Wednesday, April 20 | Ojai, Calif. | Libbey Park
Singles Competition
1. #125 Naoki Takeda (Arizona) vs. Daan Maasland (Oregon) 7-5, 3-4, unf.
2. Simon Stevens (Oregon) def. Will Kneale (Arizona) 7-6 (4), 6-1
3. Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Jason Jaruvang (Arizona) 6-0, 6-2
4. Jayson Amos (Oregon) def. Trent Botha (Arizona) 6-1, 6-4
5. Cormac Clissold (Oregon) vs. Harry Busby (Arizona) 7-6(5), 3-4
6. Shoki Kasahara (Arizona) vs. Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) 6-2, 3-6, 2-1, unf.
Doubles Competition
1. #35 Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (Oregon) vs. Will Kneale/Oliver Plaskett (Arizona) 6-6 unf
2. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (Oregon) def. Naoki Takeda/Will Adkisson (Arizona) 7-5
3. Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Shoki Kasahara/Matt Dunn (Arizona) 6-3
Match Notes
Oregon 18-6; National Ranking #35
Arizona 8-18
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Nils Schyllander via Oregon's recap
On the match"We certainly didn't play our best tennis today, but we played hard and we managed to get a convincing win. We're very excited to play Stanford tomorrow. We had a battle with them two weeks ago and we're looking forward to getting another shot at them.

On his team becoming the winningest squad under his tenure"These guys have done a great job from day one and they pay attention to the small details. They do the right things Monday through Thursday and it pays off when we're competing Friday through Sunday. The match today was a testament to that.

Post-Match Quotes from Arizona's recap
"These guys gave it everything they had today and I am so proud of their effort, said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "Most importantly, they are a team with character and compete with a lot of pride. They put us in a position today but we came up a little short.
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The second match of the day at the Pac-12 Tournament was much closer than the first with the match between Washington and Utah decided by a third set at No. 3 singles. Washington took the doubles point with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Huskies took four opening sets in singles.

Utah's David Micevski tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Enzo Sommer at No. 2 but Washington's Kawika Lam put the Huskies back ahead with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Jamey Swiggart at No. 6.

Utah's Egbert Weverink tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over Jake Douglas at No. 4 but Washington retook the lead when Mitch Stewart defeated Matt Cowley 7-5, 6-3 at No. 1.

Utah tied it up at 3-3 with Parker McGuiness holding off Sebastian Hawken 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 so the match would be decided at No. 3 between UW junior Gal Hakak and Utah freshman Dan Little.

Gal Hakak (UW)
Hakak took the opening set 6-1 and then Little claimed the second 6-4. Little held on the deciding point to even it at 4-4 in the third but Hakak quickly held for 5-4. Hakak would break Little from 15-40 to close it out 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Washington will be back on the court on Thursday afternoon at 3pm PT against the No. 3 seed California with the winner advancing to face USC in the semifinals.

Despite the loss Utah should feel proud of its season after second-year head coach Roeland Brateanu guided the Utes to its highest win total (17) since 1988.

[6] #37 Washington 4,  [7] #71 Utah 3
Wednesday, April 20 | Ojai, Calif. | Libbey Park
Doubles Competition
1 Foley/Watanabe (UW) vs. #87 Cowley/Little (UTAH) 3-5 (DNF)
2 Lam/Sommer (UW) def. McGuiness/Swiggart (UTAH) 6-3
3 Douglas/Hakak (UW) def. McGeehan/Weverink (UTAH) 6-3
Singles Competition
1 #91 Mitch Stewart (UW) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 7-5, 6-3
2 David Micevski (UTAH) def. Enzo Sommer (UW) 6-4, 6-4
3 Gal Hakak (UW) def. Dan Little (UTAH) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
4 Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Jake Douglas (UW) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
5 Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Sebastian Hawken (UW) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
6 Kawika Lam (UW) def. Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes
Washington 17-8; National ranking #37
Utah 17-10; National ranking #71
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,4,1,5,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
"It was another exciting Pac-12 tennis match today, said head coach Matt Anger. "They all are really, even if the score is 4-0, or 4-1 they're usually much closer than the score indicates.

"I really like Utah's team, said Anger. "They were missing some guys from early in the season that they have back now. They're a better team than where they are ranked right now.

"It was a tough match and a really good win for us to pull out today, said Anger. "I'm very excited that we get to play California tomorrow.
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Tennessee may have gone 0-12 in SEC play during the regular season but that didn't stop the Vols from pulling off a mild upset with a 4-3 win over Auburn.

Tennessee was in good shape in doubles after getting a 6-4 win at No. 1 while it's No. 3 team served for the match up 5-4. However Auburn would break back at No. 3 and go on to win both that court and No. 2 by 7-5 scores.

Auburn increased its lead to 3-0 with straight set wins from Dante Saleh and Brandon Laubser at No. 4 and No. 5 but Tennessee was in control on the other four courts.

Tennessee picked up straight set wins from Luis Valero, Igor Smelyanski, Timo Stodder, and Jack Heslin with Stodder clinching at No. 3.

Tennessee will play the No. 5 seed Kentucky on Thursday afternoon at 2pm eastern with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals against Mississippi State.



(13) Tennessee 4, #65 (12) Auburn 3
4/20/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #67 Luis Valero (UT) def. #75 Marko Krickovic (AU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Igor Smelyanski (UT) def. #99 Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 
3. Timo Stodder (UT) def. C. Huertas del Pino (AU) 7-5, 6-2
4. Dante Saleh (AU) def. Srdjan Jakoljevic (UT) 6-3, 6-0
5. Brandon Laubser (AU) def. Jack Schipanski (UT) 6-3, 6-1
6. Jack Heslin (UT) def. Olle Thestrup (AU) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. #23 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT) def. #37 Marko Krickovic/Edward Nguyen (AU) 6-4 
2. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Brandon Laubser (AU) def. Igor Smelyanski/Jack Heslin (UT) 7-5
3. Dante Saleh/C. Huertas del Pino (AU) def. Srdjan Jakoljevic/Timo Stodder (UT) 7-5
Match Notes:
(13) Tennessee 12-16, 0-12 SEC
(12) Auburn 12-14, 2-10 SEC; National ranking #65 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,6,1,2,3) 
SEC Tournament (1st Round)

Post-Match Quotes from Tennessee's recap
"Luis provided tremendous leadership, winning doubles and singles on court 1," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "He just really led us. You can just see the confidence oozing out of him right now. He's playing at a high level."

"It's really good to have Igor back in the lineup," Winterbotham said. "It makes us a better team. I think that made a big difference for us today."

"I'm really proud of Timo," Winterbotham said. "Timo's a very good player, but he's a freshman and hasn't been in this situation before. I thought he handled the match very well and finished strong."
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Sunday was a tremendous day for college tennis fans all across the country. There were over 1700 fans jammed into the Cary Tennis Park for the finals of the ACC Championship and probably at least five times that many watching throughout the country on ESPN3's national telecast. The final of the SEC Championships was also broadcast on ESPN3 while the final of the AAC Championships was broadcast on the American Network.

Wake Forest, Florida, Texas Tech, and South Florida may have been the winners of the day but the biggest winners were the supporters of college tennis. They were treated to a high-quality product that kept them on the edge of their seats and hopefully they'll continue coming back for seasons to come.

Virginia was seeking its tenth consecutive ACC Championship on Sunday while Wake Forest was seeking its first. Virginia had already defeated Wake Forest twice this season but as North Carolina found out on Saturday beating a team for a third time in the same season would prove to be too tough a challenge.

Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger won 6-2 at No. 2 doubles but Wake's Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim won 6-4 at No. 1. Wake's Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky won the decider at No. 3 by a 6-4 score to give Wake Forest the doubles point for the 27th time this season.

Wake's Skander Mansouri extended the lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ryan Shane at No. 1 but Virginia would quickly tie it up at 2-2 as both Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and J.C. Aragone won in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 4.

UVA sophomore Collin Altamirano put the Hoos ahead 3-2 after coming back from a set down and a break down in the third set to defeat Petros Chrysochos 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2. It looked like Virginia was well on its way to raising another trophy because both Henrik Wiersholm and Luca Corinteli were each up on their respective courts.

Wiersholm opened up a 3-0 in the third set against Christian Seraphim at No. 5 but Seraphim rallied to tie it at 4-4. Seraphim would break Wiersholm on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then he'd calmly serve it out from 40-15 when a Wiersholm backhand return sailed long. Seraphim's 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win avenged his two previous defeats to Wiersholm and tied the match at 3-3.

The last match on court was at No. 6 singles between Virginia junior Luca Corinteli and Wake freshman Dennis Uspensky. Corinteli looked like he was going to close it out in straight sets when he led 7-6, 4-1 but Uspensky fought his way back in it. Uspensky held, broke, and held to even it at 4-4 and then after an exchange of holds he'd find himself down 30-40 on his 5-6 service game. Uspensky would erase Corinteli's first match point with a service winner and then he'd get the hold on the deciding point when his forehand forced a Corinteli error. Uspensky raced out to a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak and would ultimately take it 7-3 to force a third set.

Corinteli would draw first blood in the third set when he broke Uspensky from 15-40 to go up 3-2. Corinteli held for 4-2 but Uspensky would hold and then break Corinteli at love to even it at 4-4. Uspensky would fall behind 30-40 on his 4-4 service game but a service winner and then a forehand winner would give him the hold for 5-4. Corinteli held from 40-15 to make it 5-5 and then Uspensky would find himself down 15-40 on his next service game. Uspensky hit a service winner to make it 30-40, got it the deciding point when a crosscourt forehand forced a Corinteli forehand error, and then Uspensky got the hold when a Corinteli backhand found the net. One thing I found interesting was the fact that Corinteli blocked the service return on each of those three points as opposed to taking a rip on the return - maybe it had been working early who knows.

Corinteli didn't let the missed opportunity phase him and he quickly held from 40-15 to send it to a match deciding tiebreak. Corinteli grabbed the early mini-break with a backhand winner but he'd double fault, by several feet, on the next point to make it 1-1. Corinteli went up 2-1 with a volley winner but Uspensky evened it at 2-2 when he used his wheels to track down a shot and then Corinteli's forehand found the net on the net shot. Uspensky went up 3-2 with an overhead winner and then Corinteli double faulted again to make it 4-2 (this double fault nearly hit Uspensky who was standing on the baseline). After the changeover Corinteli would double fault for a third time to go down 5-2 but he'd pull within 5-3 with a forehand winner down the line (Uspensky called the ball out but the chair overruled after Corinteli appealed - shot looked good on the stream). Uspensky went up 6-3 when Corinteli hit a forehand that sounded like it got more frame than string but Corinteli took the next point when an Uspensky's service return hit the net and kicked wide. Corinteli would then double fault, for a fourth time in the tiebreak, to give Uspensky the win and Wake Forest its first-ever ACC Championship.

It was Wake Forest's first win over Virginia since beating them 13 years ago at the 2003 ACC Tournament. Below is a brief highlight package from Wake and you can watch the full replay at this link here.



#7 Wake Forest 4, #1 Virginia 3
Apr 24, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park) 
Singles competition
1. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-0, 6-3
2. #40 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #19 Petros Chrysochos (WF) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 6-2
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #118 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-1, 6-4
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-4
2. #17 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-2
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) 6-4
Match Notes
Wake Forest 29-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #7
Virginia 24-4 (11-1 ACC); National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,4,3,2,5,6)
T-3:28

Post-Match Quotes from the ACC's recap
"It doesn't get any better than this in college tennis, said Wake Forest fifth-year head coach Tony Bresky. "I've been in this a long time, and I'm not sure I've been in a more exciting match. I am really happy for our seniors. They were my first recruiting class here, and they totally bought in to what we are trying to accomplish. This is really special for them.

"I was on the court here 10 years ago the last time Virginia lost (to Duke) in the same situation deciding match on Court 6, Bresky said. "This does make it special, having coached at Virginia, and to get this win for Wake Forest. We hadn't beaten Virginia since I've been here, and it has probably been 15 year since the last Wake beat Virginia So just a tremendous win all the way around.

"Towards the end, I really didn't believe what I did, to be honest with you, said Uspensky, an Atlantic Beach, New York, native who was named the tournament MVP. "Both of us were just playing out of our minds. I just tried to block out the crowd, focus on what I have been coached and not be distracted. I am very proud to be the one to help bring Wake Forest its first ACC championship.

"Being a freshman in that situation probably isn't the best thing, but I just tried to stay calm, Uspensky said. "I knew I had the shots to win it.

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"First of all, congratulations to Wake Forest for playing a great tournament, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "This was a great tournament for the guys and great preparation for the NCAA Tournament, which is when we are hoping to peak. This is all part of it. We will bounce back. We look forward to playing in the NCAA's and we know the guys will learn a lot from this.


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Florida won its fifth SEC Championship and in the process snapped Georgia's 16-match winning streak with a tough 4-2 win.

Florida won the doubles point in the regular season meeting and they'd win it again on Sunday. Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin would break serve to go up 5-3 and then they'd serve it out to win 6-3. Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco and Alfredo Perez would hold on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then they'd break Emil Reinberg from 15-40 to win it 6-4. The other match at No. 1 was abandoned with Georgia's Austin Smith serving at 4-5.

Florida freshman Alfredo Perez would extend the lead to 2-0 with a win over Wayne Montgomery at No. 2. Montgomery broke Perez to start the match and would serve up 3-2 but Perez would break, hold, break, and hold again to take the opening set 6-3. Perez broke Montgomery to go up 2-1 in the second and he'd break him again at love to close out the 6-3, 6-3 win.

Georgia senior Austin Smith would put Georgia on the board with a win over Diego Hidalgo at No. 1. Smith broke Hidalgo to start the match and he'd make the break lead hold up and take the opening set 6-4. Smith broke Hidalgo early in the second set and it'd be all holds from there on out to give Smith the 6-4, 6-4 win.

Florida sophomore Chase Perez-Blanco would make it 3-1 with a win over Walker Duncan at No. 4. Perez-Blanco broke Duncan to start the match and he'd break him again to go up 4-1. Perez-Blanco held from 5-2 to take the opening set 6-2. The second set was all holds but Duncan had a huge opportunity to take the set when he was up 0-40 on Perez-Blanco's 4-5 service game. On the deciding point Duncan got a look at second serve but he backed up and pulled a forehand return wide to give Perez-Blanco the hold. The set would go to a tiebreak and Perez-Blanco would get a mini-break to go up 5-3. Duncan won the next point when a Perez-Blanco forehand just missed the mark but Perez-Blanco wouldn't miss again and would close it out two points later.

Seconds later Georgia sophomore Paul Oosterbaan would close out Elliott Orkin at No. 3 to make it 3-2 Florida. Oosterbaan won the first set in a tiebreak and then he broke Orkin to go up 3-2 in the second. Oosterbaan would serve it out from 5-4 to win it 7-6(7), 6-4.

Georgia freshman Emil Reinberg had a chance to close out McClain Kessler in straight sets at No. 6 but Kessler would fight off a match point (on his serve) on the deciding point to force a second set tiebreak. Kessler ran away in the tiebreak and took 7-3 to force a third set.

Florida senior Gordon Watson would drop the first set to Nick Wood at No. 5 but he'd get a key break at 5-5 in the second to go up 6-5. Watson would then hold on the deciding point to take the second set 7-5. Watson broke Wood to go up 3-2 in the third and then he'd hold for 4-2. After an exchange of holds, Wood would go up 40-15 on his 3-5 service game but Watson would take the next three points to close out the match and clinch the SEC Championship.

Below are highlights and interviews from each school and you can watch the full replay at this link.




#11 (2) Florida 4, #6 (1) Georgia 2
4/24/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #11 Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-4, 6-4
2. #83 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. #35 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-3, 6-3
3. #96 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. #36 Elliott Orkin (UF) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
4. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Walker Duncan (UGA) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Nick Wood (UGA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. McClain Kessler (UF) 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 3-3, unfinished
Doubles Results
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) 4-5, unfinished
2. #68 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-3
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Alfredo Perez (UF) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-4
Match Notes:
(2) Florida 18-6, 10-2 SEC; National ranking #11
(1) Georgia 20-4, 12-0 SEC; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
SEC Tournament (Championship)


Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton on the win: "I couldn't be prouder of this group of guys. We prepared all season long for this moment -- to be in the finals, to fight for a conference championship. With every loss, with every win, with every practice. Our mantra all season long has become 'do what we do and be where we are'. Every day, our guys show up ready to work and ready to get better.

"I'm just really proud of our guys for sticking together this season, for bringing that enthusiasm to practice every day, and just becoming who they are while continuing to believe in themselves."

Senior Gordon Watson on the Win: "We had our goals set on the SEC Title. We weren't able to get it done during the regular season but that's just a testament of this team's resiliency. We were able to bounce back from A&M and Georgia and come in here, reset, and reevaluate ourselves. We took it one step at a time, one match at a time, and got it done today."     

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"It's a tough loss in the fact that we made it all the way to the finals and our guys really wanted to win this championship," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Florida played very well today. Our guys competed great. I was so proud of Austin Smith with a tremendous win at the No. 1 position once again. Our team is going to be ok. Our guys will bounce back. We have a couple of weeks to prepare for the NCAA Tournament and the warmer weather."


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Texas Tech clinched a share of the Big 12 regular season title and locked up the No. 1 seed in next week's conference tournament with a huge 4-2 win over No. 4 TCU.

TCU picked up a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles but Tech won 7-5 at No. 3 and 7-6(3) at No. 2 to take what would turn out to be a critical doubles point.

Texas Tech would take four opening sets in singles but they'd only be able to close out two of them in straight sets. TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was the first to finish as he rolled over Tech senior Hugo Dojas 6-3, 6-2. Tech senior Felipe Soares would put the Red Raiders back ahead with a huge 6-3, 6-4 win over the ITA No. 5 Cameron Norrie.


Tech junior Jolan Cailleau would extend the lead to 3-1 with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over TCU freshman Eduardo Nava at No. 4.


TCU sophomore would trim the Tech lead to 3-2 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Tech freshman Bjorn Thomson at No. 6.

Tech sophomore Alex Sendegeya would break TCU sophomore Guillermo Nunez to start the third set and it'd be all holds from there including this hold to clinch the win.


Tech snapped TCU's 17-match winning streak and the win was Tech's 26th of the year which sets a new program record for wins a season. Below are some highlights courtesy of TT:


#9 Texas Tech 4, #4 TCU 2 
04/24/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center) 
Doubles Competition
1. #73 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) defeats #85 A Sendegeya/B Thomson (TTU): 6-4 
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU): 7-6 (3) 
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 7-5 
Singles Competition
1. #20 Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU): 6-3, 6-4 
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) defeats #110 Hugo Dojas (TTU) 6-3, 6-2 
3. Alex Sendegeya (TTU) defeats #88 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 
4. #119 Jolan Cailleau (TTU) defeats Eduardo Nava (TCU): 7-6 (5), 6-2 
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) vs. Connor Curry (TTU) 4-6, 6-2, 5-2, unf.
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) defeats Bjorn Thomson (TTU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (26-4, 4-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 9 
TCU (22-3, 4-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 4 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,4,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"It's hard to put into words, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "We started here in September, and the guys put in a lot of work and it paid off. These guys earned this, the right way. I'm really proud of them. Last Friday, we had a tough loss (at Oklahoma State). We were talking about what we need to get better. Then, we came back and played like this for three straight matches. The team we beat today is a national title contender. Our guys deserve all the credit in the world.

"I can't describe the feeling, Sendegeya said. "To win the Big 12, that was one of our goals that we set out for at the beginning of the season. It means so much to do it for these seniors. We wanted it so bad for them. I had to fight as hard as I could. All the teammates, everyone just did a great job today. Everyone fought as hard as they could. For our seniors during their last home match and to just get it done for them, that was the motivating factor for me.

"Alex did a great job today, Masi said. "He's a tough kid and a tough competitor. Whenever he got an opening, he surged ahead and gave himself some room. We knew his opponent was going to fight back so it came down to whether or not Alex could build a big enough lead to sustain it. He served out a great last game. He stayed calm and cool and was clutch for us down the stretch.

"We've got a mark on our back now, Masi said. "Everybody will be gunning for us, and we'll have to work just as hard or even harder to back up our number one seed. I'll worry about that later this week. Right now, I want these guys to celebrate and enjoy this moment. This gives us so much confidence. These guys can now see what they've achieved and what they're capable of. We've just got to keep playing hard.



Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap
"Texas Tech did a great job competing in some key spots. They outplayed us in doubles and we were too hesitant and they were aggressive. I am happy for their coaching staff including former head coach Tim Siegel, which together with James Wilson put a very good squad out there and current head coach Brett Masi had them ready to play.

"We have been getting away with some things that cost teams titles and big accomplishments and I'm glad that happened now instead of next week so we can learn from the mistakes. We have a young team that has been asked to grow up fast. I am very proud of our play at No. 1 doubles and the comeback from Trevor Johnson and Jerry Lopez. It hurts to lose the deciding match after being up and in total control and Guillermo Nuez has won some huge matches for us and I know he will be even stronger next time. Alex Rybakov played at too high of a level today and I am proud of his win. Now it is time for us to go home and get ready for the conference tournament where we will have to battle a very tough team in the semifinals. Congratulations to Texas Tech for their share of the Big 12 title.
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Ohio State won its 10th outright Big Ten Title in the last 11 season with a 4-0 shutout over No. 15 Illinois (shared the title in that other year). The Buckeyes won a tough doubles point when Hugo Di Feo and Matt Mendez broke Illinois's serve on the deciding point to go up 6-5 and then they served it out to take it 7-5.


Each team won three first sets in singles and Ohio State sophomore, and current ITA No 1, Mikael Torpegaard would finish first with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Illinois senior Jared Hiltzik.

Ohio State junior Herkko Pollanen would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Alex Jesse at No. 6 but Illinois was still very much alive on several other courts.

Illinois's Aleks Vukic had a set lead on Chris Diaz at No. 2, Julian Childers at one time led Ralf Steinbach 6-4, 3-0 at No. 4, and Pengxuan Jiang had a set lead on Martin Joyce at No. 5.

Joyce would come back to take the second set 6-3 and then he'd go up 4-0 in the third but Steinbach would beat him to the finish line as he won 12 of the last 14 games to close out Childers 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to clinch yet another B1G Championship.


Ohio State became the first team in the history of the Big Ten to ever make it through the regular season without dropping a point in conference play. I guess you could say Chris Diaz's final regular season contribution was that he probably made Aleks Vukic hit 25 shots to win each point which kept Vukic from closing the match out before Steinbach clinched.  

#5 Ohio State 4, #15 Illinois 0
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #13 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3, 6-4
2. #3 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. 93 Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-5, 5-2, unf.
3. #37 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. #65 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 6-6, unf.
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 4-6, 6-3, 4-0, unf.
6. #90 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILL) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition 
1. #20 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-3
2. #90 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #31 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) 7-5
Match Notes:
Illinois 17-9 (8-3); National ranking #15
Ohio State 27-2 (11-0); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,6,4)
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:41 A-292

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"Everyone knows that anything can happen with the doubles point and we were very fortunate to win a wild one today, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "I'm just so proud of the guys of the way they came out and battled.

"It was a tremendous team effort today. Tucker said. "Torpegaard and Pollanen did their thing, Hugo played well, Chris Diaz battled one of the best players in the country and Martin and Ralf both clawed back after losing the first. This is a great group of student-athletes and Ohio State should be very proud of these guys.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Today we were outcoached. Ohio State made better mid-match adjustments and cost us from putting points on the board," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We have to play with more discipline in doubles and stay on tactics in singles. When you see your guys fighting but losing ground, we as coaches have to have them better prepared for the nuances of competition. We will be ready of the Big Ten Tournament."

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Semifinal Saturday was a busy one with two of the closest matches taking place at the same time in Stillwater at the Big 12 Championships.

TCU edged Oklahoma in the regular season 4-3 and even though Andrew Harris wasn't playing today you figured it would be still be a close one. TCU's usual No. 4 Eduardo Nava was out as well so each team had to shuffle its lineup a bit.

TCU took the doubles point but it was anything but easy - well it was easy at No. 3 but not on the other two courts. Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov won 6-1 at No. 3 but OU's Spencer Papa and Alex Ghilea picked up a 7-5 win at No. 1. OU's Axel Alvarez and Austin Siegel broke to go up 6-5 but TCU's Guillermo Nunez and Trevor Johnson would break Siegel to send it to a tiebreak. OU was serving up 5-4 in the tiebreak but TCU would win three of the next four points to close it out 7-5.

OU took all six first sets in singles and they'd go ahead 2-1 when Florin Bragusi and Andre Biro won at No. 4 and No. 6.

OU's Spencer Papa led Alex Rybakov 6-2, 4-2 at No. 2 but Rybakov would take the next four games to force a third set. Rybakov broke Papa to go up 4-2 in the third and he'd break him again to win it 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

TCU's Cameron Norrie would put the Horned Frogs back in front after coming back from a set down to beat Axel Alvarez  No. 1. After dropping the first set 7-5, Norrie would break Alvarez to go up 2-1 in the second and then he'd break again to go up 4-1 and would ultimately take the set 6-2. Norrie broke Alvarez to go up 3-2 in the third then he'd win the last three to take it 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

OU's Maxime Mora went up 2-0 in the third on Trevor Johnson at No. 5 but Johnson broke back and held for 2-2. The match would go to a tiebreak and Johnson would take it 7-5 after Mora double faulted while serving at 5-6.

The match at No. 3 was abandoned with it all even at 2-2 in the third.

#5 TCU 4, #10 Oklahoma 2
Apr 30, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #25 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #81 Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #87 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. #51 Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-7 (0-7), 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
4. Florin Bragusi (OU) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Maxime Mora (OU) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Trey Daniel (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #21 Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #60 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) 7-5
2. Guillermo Nuez/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Austin Siegel (OU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 15-10; National ranking #10
TCU 23-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,2,1,5)



Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap
 "Anytime anybody beats Oklahoma, it is a hell of a win. They have such a good program and for us to lose six first sets and come back and find a way to win three matches in three sets tells a lot about our resilience and our youth. We did not freak out, we stayed calm and bounced back. Obviously with Andrew Harris out of the lineup is always a huge boost to us, but at the same time they still have a lot of great players.

"The doubles was crazy. I thought we won it and then I thought we lost it and it just kept going back and forth. It was a huge performance by Trevor and Guillermo to find a way win on court two and secure that doubles point for us. I still feel like we need to do a better job in the first sets and we have to handle the moment a little bit better in doubles. I thought our emotions kind of got in the way. There is a little room for improvement, but at the same time if it was easy, everybody would be in the finals of the Big 12 Championship.

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played well in doubles and just came up a point or two short, but we competed, head coach John Roddick said. "In singles we started extremely well, but we have start finishing matches. We have some time to work on that before we head to NCAAs.
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The No. 1 seed Texas Tech advanced to the finals of the Big 12 Tournament for the first time ever with a tough 4-3 win over Baylor.  Baylor took the doubles point, just as it had done in the two previous meetings this season, but Tech fought back in singles especially in the lower half of the lineup.

Bjorn Thomson handed Tyler Stayer a double bagel at No. 6 and Jolan Cailleau knocked off yesterday's hero, Jimmy Bendeck, at No. 4 to put Texas Tech in front 2-1.

Connor Curry made it 3-1 after he defeated Tommy Podvinski 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5. Curry broke Podvinski to go up 6-5 in the second and then he served it out for the win.

Baylor's Julian Lenz kept the Bears hopes alive after he came back from 4-1* down in the third set to defeat Felipe Soares 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 1. Felipe Rios tied the match at 3-3 after his 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex Sendegeya at No. 3.

Texas Tech senior Hugo Dojas opened up a 5-1 lead in the third against Max Tchoutakian at No. 2 but the Baylor junior would hold, break, and hold to pull within 5-4. Dojas would hold from 40-15 with a service winner to close out Tchoutakian 3-6, 6-3, 6-4


#8 Texas Tech 4, #42 Baylor 3 
04/30/16 at Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center) 
Big 12 Tournament Semifinals 
Doubles 
1. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU) vs. #80 Tommy Podvinski/Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-5, unf
2. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU) defeats Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-4 
3. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) defeats Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU): 6-4 
Singles 
1. #16 Julian Lenz (BU) defeats #18 Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 
2. #110 Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats #99 Max Tchoutakian (BU): 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 
3. Felipe Rios (BU) defeats Alex Sendegeya (TTU): 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2 
4. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) defeats Jimmy Bendeck (BU): 6-2, 6-1 
5. Connor Curry (TTU) defeats Tommy Podvinski (BU): 6-2, 7-5 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) defeats Tyler Stayer (BU): 6-0, 6-0 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (27-4); National ranking No. 8 
Baylor (15-13); National ranking No. 42 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,4,5,1,3,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Hugo won some big points in the third set, head coach Brett Masi said. "There were three or four deuce points that decided games that could have gone either way. He played very aggressive and was dictating the match after the first set. That was key for him. Hugo also was able to draw from the match earlier this season where he beat the same opponent in a third set tiebreaker on the road. He served out a great final game to get to the finish line, and I'm very happy for him. 

"It's a tremendous feeling because we have given ourselves a chance to win the Big 12 Tournament, Dojas said. "Beating Baylor is unbelievable. I knew what I had to do to win the match. I had been working on my serve with Coach over the last week. It got me through pretty easy which allowed me to focus on breaking his service games.

"The bottom of the lineup has been our strength for a majority of the season, Masi said. "Jolan, Connor and Bjorn gave us three huge points quickly and really put the pressure on Baylor. What they were able to do was give Felipe and Hugo a chance to get back into their matches after they lost emotional first sets. We're pretty tough to beat when we're playing solid like that four through six in the lineup.

"I wasn't upset with their doubles effort, Masi said. "The message going into singles was more focused on awareness. We weren't making shots, and we weren't playing the right way. I told them to go back out there, execute and be solid. Baylor has been tough on us over the years. It was partly a mental thing because sometimes you feel like you have to go out there and do more even though we were able to beat them twice already this year.

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"They've got some spots where they're just better than us, and I think honestly that sort of wears you down after a while. I think our guys are competing incredibly hard, but then again they're No. 8 in the country for a reason. They're a little better than us. We've just got to continue to get better and try to get ready for the NCAA's." --head coach Matt Knoll on the close 4-3 loss

"We've got to take finals, so we've got to take a little step back for that. We've got some clear ideas of what our weaknesses are, so we're going to go out and work on those. We're also going to work on our strengths, and we're going to try to be a tough draw." --Knoll on preparing for the NCAA postseason
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It will be Ohio State and Illinois meeting in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament after each pulled through on Saturday. Ohio State took the doubles point and collected straight set wins from Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, and Martin Joyce to post a 4-0 shutout over Michigan.

#4 Ohio State 4, #24 Michigan 0
April 30, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #123 Alex Knight (UM) 6-2, 6-2
2. #96 Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. #95 Jathan Malik (UM) 3-6, 7-5, unfinished
3. #41 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Carter Lin (UM) 6-1, 7-5
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Runhao Hua (UM) 3-6, 6-5, unfinished
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Kevin Wong (UM) 3-6, 6-2, 2-1, unfinished
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Davis Crocker (UM) 6-4, 6-0
Doubles competition 
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #81 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 6-2
2. Ralf Steinbach/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) 6-3
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) vs. Myles Schalet/Tyler Gardiner (UM) 3-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
Michigan 20-7; National ranking #24
Ohio State 29-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,3) 
Big Ten Tournament Semifinal

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"The Big Ten is tough, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "It was a very tricky day today, and credit to Michigan for giving us a great war, but that's with 52 degrees and 20 miles an hour wind. It's not going to be tennis, it's going to be heart and guts, and some discipline. In some spots we were very good and some spots we need to work on for tomorrow."
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Illinois and Northwestern were meeting for the third time this season with each team having won on its home court. Northwestern took the doubles point but Illinois took the opening set in singles on four of six courts. 

Northwestern freshman Ben Vandixhorn defeated Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch 6-1, 7-5 at No. 5 to make it 2-0. Illinois answered with a three-set win from Aleks Vukic at No. 1 and a straight set win from Julian Childers at No. 4. 

Strong Kirchheimer came back from a set down to defeat Aron Hiltzik at No. 3 but that would be the last point the Wildcats would get. 

Illinois senior Jared Hiltzik won a three-setter over Sam Shropshire at No. 2 and freshman Pengxuan (Aiden) Jiang clinched the match with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Alp Horoz at No. 6. Jiang came into the match with a 1-4 dual-match record which made his win over Horoz all the more surprising.

#17 Illinois 4, #13 Northwestern 3
April 30, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Aleks Vukic (ILLINOIS) def. Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
2. Jared Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3
3. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
4. Julian Childers (ILLINOIS) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILLINOIS) 6-1, 7-5
6. Pengxuan Jiang (ILLINOIS) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. Strong Kirchheimer / Fedor Baev (NU) vs. Aleks Vukic / Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS) 6-6 (6) unf
2. Konrad Zieba / Sam Shropshire (NU) vs. Pengxuan Jiang / Julian Childers (ILLINOIS) 6-0
3. Alp Horoz / Mihir Kumar (NU) vs. Jared Hiltzik / Asher Hirsch (ILLINOIS) 7-6 (1)
Match Notes:
Illinois 19-9; National ranking #17
Northwestern 25-4; National ranking #13
Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (5, 1, 4, 3, 2, 6)

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Number one, it was a great college tennis match. Northwestern has a great team.  Hats off to them and the season they've had. They're going to represent the Big Ten incredibly well in the NCAA Tournament and I wish them the best of luck," Dancer said. "Second, we did some great things in doubles today but it wasn't enough to get the doubles point and Northwestern built off that. The guys came out very focused for singles. To be honest, it was just a great college match in that it was just a battle on all the courts, all the way through." 

"It's exciting for our program and we obviously look forward to playing Ohio State," Dancer said. "This has been kind of the tour of avenging recent Big Ten losses, so we get one more shot at that."
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San Diego won its third straight West Coast Championship, and 30th straight conference match, with a 4-0 win over Pepperdine. USD took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 then the Toreros took five of six first sets in singles. Uros Petronijevic, Jordan Angus, and Jaan Kononov only dropped a combined 5 games in their wins at 1, 2, and 4.


#30 San Diego 4, #61 Pepperdine 0
April 30, 2016 at Claremont, Calif.
Singles Competition
1. #61 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Guilhereme Hadlich (PEP) 6-1, 6-1
2. #67 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-0, 6-0
3. Filip Vittek (USD) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 3-6, 1-4 unfinished
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Jack Van Slyke (PEP) 6-1, 6-2
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-1, 3-6 unfinished
6. Alex Araouzos (USD) vs. Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-2, 4-3 unfinished
Order Finished: (2,1,4)
Doubles Competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Pedro Iamachkine/ Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-0
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) def. Jack Van Slyke/ Guilhereme Hadlich (PEP) 6-4
3. Lautaro Pane/Tom Hill (PEP) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Alex Araouzos (USD) 6-4
Order Finished: (1,3,2)

USD Game Ball - Jordan Angus



Post-Match Quotes from USD's recap
"These guys were on top of their games this weekend, head coach Ryan Keckley said. "The last three weeks we really hit our stride and that was evident in today's match. The energy, the composure, the mentality, the fight... everything was impressive!

Keckley added, "We competed extremely well to win the doubles point amongst a very hostile Pepperdine crowd.

"I was lucky, Angus said. "Some days you play great, I had one of those days and won 11 love but it's not everyday, so I appreciate that.

"Our three seniors who clinched the match for us lost 5 games collectively. Keckley noted. "These seniors were on a mission to make sure they finished their careers here at USD on top.

"We came together as a team and finished as a team today and that's what I am most proud of!

"30-0 in the WCC is no small accomplishment and this team deserves all the praise. I am very excited to see where we can go from here." 
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UC Santa Barbara won the Big West for the second year in a row with a 4-1 win over Cal Poly. UCSB took the doubles point and then grabbed five of six first sets in singles. Cal Poly's Axel Damiens won in straight sets at No. 5 but UCSB rolled everywhere else. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, Anders Holm, and Teague Hamilton won in straight sets with Holm clinching the championship at No. 4.

UCSB's women's team also won the Big West Championship so it was a clean sweep for the Gauchos.


#1 UC Santa Barbara 4, #2 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1
April 30, 2016 at Indian Wells, CA
Doubles Competition    
1.  No. 76 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann(UCSB)  vs.  Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (CP)  4-2
2.  Nicolas Moreno de Alboran/Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Garrett Auproux/Tim Tan (CP) 6-2
3.  Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Dan Cardiff/Karl Enander (CP) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2
Singles Competition 
1.  Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) vs. Ben Donovan (CP) 6-3, 4-3, unf.
2.  Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) def. Garrett Auproux  (CP)  7-5, 6-3
3.  Morgan Mays (UCSB) vs. Corey Pang (CP) 7-6(5), 4-1, unf.
4.  Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Josh Ortlip (CP)  6-1, 2-6, 6-1
5.  Axel Damiens (CP) def. Cody Rakela (UCSB) 6-4, 6-3
6.  Teague Hamilton (UCSB) def. Sreyas Kolachalam (CP) 6-1, 7-5
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 5, 4

Post-Match Quotes from UCSB's recap
"I am so pleased with how our team played today," Head Coach Marty Davis said. "We were so dominant in every way and I really feel like were deserving of this championship."

"Hamilton got off the court so quick and I really think that gives us huge momentum when we can get out to a fast 2-0 lead," said Davis. "It's amazing to have a guy on our team that's 12-0 in singles." 

"I am so proud of these guys and they are really students of the game," Davis explained. "I really think we can do some damage in the NCAA Tournament."
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Top-seed Western Michigan won its 11th MAC Championship with a 4-0 shutout over the No. 3 seed Ball State.


Western Michigan 4, Ball State 0
Apr 30, 2016 at Vaughn Athletic Center (Aurora, Ill.)
Singles Competition
1. Jefta Kecic (WMU) vs. Lucas Andersen (BALL) 7-6, 1-0, unf.
2. Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Andrew Stutz (BALL) 6-2, 6-4
3. Nemanja Guzina (BALL) vs. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 7-6, 2-1, unf.
4. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Patrick Downs (BALL) 6-2, 6-3
5. Daniel Loebel (WMU) def. Conner Andersen (BALL) 6-1, 6-3 
6. Marko Guzina (BALL) vs. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-3, 5-2, unf.
Doubles Competition
1. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. Andrew Stutz/Conner Andersen (BALL) 6-1 
2. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) vs. Patrick Downs/Lucas Andersen (BALL) 5-1, unf.
3. Jefta Kecic/Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) def. Marko Guzina/Matt Helm (BALL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Western Michigan 20-5
Ball State 13-12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,2,4)

Post-Match Quotes from WMU's recap
"I am very proud of our team and especially happy for our seniors," Head coach Dave Morin said. "They get to end their careers with a MAC Tournament Title. We've had a target on our back since the beginning of the season. We got together and realized how special this team could be."

"They played so great today and they really played very loose as a team," Morin said. "Doubles set the tone and we just got rolling. It was obvious these guys were hungry for a second title and we are super excited about winning the league and now we want to accept the next challenge and advanve in the NCAA Tournament."

Post-Match Quotes from Ball State's recap
"Western Michigan has been the best team all year and they didn't falter today," Ball State head men's tennis coach Bill Richards said.  "Credit to them.  I'm proud of our guys for the way finished the season but it's always disappointing to lose a championship match. I think the Buffalo win yesterday drained us some both physically and emotionally and we didn't quite have the energy we needed today but Western Michigan had a lot to do with that."
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Denver entered the Summit League in the fall of 2013 and has now won the conference title in each of its three season after defeating Oral Roberts 4-0. This will be the fourth year in a row that Denver has gone to the NCAA Tournament with the Pioneers also winning the WAC Championship back in 2013 which was the only year they were in that conference. 

#1 Denver 4, #3 Oral Roberts 0
Saturday, April 30 at Omaha, NE
Singles Competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN) vs. Barnabas Koncz (ORU) 6-4, 3-1, unfinished 
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Jan Pehnec (ORU) 6-2, 6-2 
3. Yannik James (DEN) def. Amar Saletovic (ORU) 6-2, 6-1 
4. David Fox (DEN) vs. Kenneth Boykin (ORU) 7-5, 3-0, unfinished 
5. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Michael Sosnowski (ORU) 6-1, 6-2 
6. Wyatt Lovera (DEN) vs. Alvaro Santamaria (ORU) 6-0, 5-3, unfinished 
Doubles Competition
1. Jan Pehnec/Kenneth Boykin (ORU) def. #37 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-3 
2. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James (DEN) def. Barnabas Koncz/Amar Saletovic (ORU) 7-5 
3. Diogo Rocha/Zach Fryer (DEN) def. Michael Sosnowski/Braxton Bates (ORU) 6-3 
Match Notes:
Oral Roberts 14-10 
Denver 17-7; National ranking No. 48 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,3,2) 
Summit League Men's Tennis Championships - Finals
Denver wins the Summit League Championship 
Official: Vern Weber

Post-Match Quotes from Denver's recap
"It feels great to win the conference championship, head coach Ricardo Rubio said after the match. "These guys worked hard throughout the year in really tight matches, which I think helped us in this situation to manage some of the matches in the Summit League championship. Winning the conference is not easy and for the team to do it now, three years in a row, is a great accomplishment. I'm very happy for them and we're looking forward to finding out who we will play in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

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Championship Sunday delivered some great matches throughout the country but the highest profile match took place in Stillwater as Texas Tech met TCU in the finals of the Big 12 Championships. The teams were regular season co-champs but Texas Tech got the No. 1 seed due to its win over TCU in the regular season.

Texas Tech won the doubles point in the regular season meeting and they'd do it again today after picking up a 7-5 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2.

TCU bounced back in singles, minus Eduardo Nava, and took five opening sets with Texas Tech getting it's only first set from Alex Sendegeya at No. 3. TCU sophomore Trevor Johnson put the Horned Frogs on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Connor Curry at No. 5 and then fellow sophomore Cameron Norrie put them ahead with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Felipe Soares at No. 1.

TCU freshman Alex Rybakov made it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Hugo Dojas at No. 2 but Texas Tech sophomore Alex Sendegeya countered with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Guillermo Nunez at No. 3.

TCU junior Jerry Lopez would get the Big 12 Championship clincher with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Jolan Cailleau at No. 4.


The match at No. 6 was abandoned with the score even it at 4-4 in the third.


TCU 4, Texas Tech 2
May 01, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #18 Felipe Soares (TT) 6-2, 6-4
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-2, 6-3
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT) def. #87 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Jolan Cailleau (TT) 6-4, 7-5
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Connor Curry (TT) 6-2, 6-2
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT) vs. Reese Stalder (TCU) 4-6, 6-1, 4-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. #60 Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) 7-5
2. Felipe Soares/Connor Curry (TT) def. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 6-4
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-4
Match Notes:
TCU 24-3
Texas Tech 27-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,2,3,4)



Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap
Opening Statement
"This is an unbelievable feeling and such an incredible accomplishment for our whole program and our school. It was so great to see our former players here because every single person that has come through our program has had something to do with this title. I am happy for these guys because they were able to hang in there and beat a very tough Texas Tech team.

On the doubles
"I felt like we were playing like they were going to give it to us during doubles. I haven't been that tough on them between doubles and singles this season, but I felt like today we needed to wake up and know that Texas Tech is not the type of team that is going to give you the win. They are a bunch of tough players at positions one through six and we had to confront that, face it and compete like dogs. Even in the middle of that match, I felt like we still needed to take it up one more notch with enthusiasm and energy and just get our claws out and fight for it. When you are trying to win a Big 12 Championship, you have to fight for it. I didn't feel like we had that attitude in the doubles.

On the tournament as a whole
"I am proud of these guys. They have faced adversity both days at this tournament and they came through. For such a young team, we are growing up fast. I am very proud and I am happy for all our fans that came out and thankful for all our students and fans back home that came out to our matches. This is a great accomplishment for all of us in this program and a great way to end the season and get ready for postseason. We basically start a new season on Tuesday.

"I also don't know how many three set matches we won in two days, but that is credit to the job our strength and conditioning coach Todd Kensler has done all year long. He has been getting these guys ready for long matches and getting them in shape. I give credit to the players for going through it and also credit to our athletic trainer Lauren Crawford who keeps our players healthy. We are out there fully healthy at this time in the season and it is not a coincidence. That is credit to the players, Lauren and Todd.

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Our guys have had a great year to this point, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "I don't think we played at our best today. I do see a lot of great things for this team to come. We'll have to be ready the next time we get an opportunity like this. I think we need to be a little more aggressive. Today, they were the ones that inserted themselves against us. The next time we get an opportunity like this we have to do a better job across the board.

"We have a lot of big matches still to play, Masi said. "We're going to get the opportunity to host an NCAA Regional in a couple of weeks. We'll begin to prepare for the teams that will come to Lubbock once the field is announced on Tuesday. Right now, it's about getting bodies healthy and getting bodies stronger. This team will be fine and has already had a very successful year. Again, we're going to find ourselves in another moment like this and be able to rebound.


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Ohio State won it's 11th Big Ten Tournament title, and 9th in the last 11 years, with a 4-1 win over the No. 3 seed Illinois. Ohio State claimed the doubles point with a pair of 6-2 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 then Buckeyes claimed five opening sets in singles.

Aron Hiltzik was the only  Illini to take a first set and he'd also be the first to finish as he defeated Hugo Di Feo 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3. Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce put the Buckeyes back in front with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Alex Jesse at No. 6. Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard would remain undefeated on the season in dual-match play (23-0) with a 7-6(1), 6-1 win over Aleks Vukic in a battle of two of the top four ranked players.

Ohio State junior Herkko Pollanen would clinch the Championship with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win over Illinois freshman Aiden Jiang.  The other matches were abandoned with Illinois's Jared Hiltzik up 4-1 in the third at No. 2 while Ralf Steinbach and Julian Childers had just split sets at No. 4.


I do have to mention that it was very frustrating for the college tennis fans out there that there was NOT any live scoring for this match or any of the matches outdoors at Minnesota. If you are hosting a conference championship, especially if you are in a Power $ Conference, then something needs to be done to make sure the college tennis fans have a way to follow the matches. I know Minnesota said there was no wi-fi signal at its outdoors courts but unless those courts are in a blackhole you figure there had to be a wireless cell signal. If you have that turn your phone into a wi-fi hotspot and there you go. If that wasn't an option then get a few volunteers to text someone back indoors with scoring updates so a live scoreboard could be kept reasonably current. I attended conference tournaments each of the last two weekends and both the AAC and MVC did a great job keeping up with live scoring. I have no idea how the planning of a conference tournament works but if keeping the public informed with scores isn't one of the top priorities then someone else needs to be organizing it.

I guess it's some consolation that we can watch what happened when the Big Ten Network shows us the match on May 10th at 7:30 p.m. eastern.

#4 Ohio State 4, #17 Illinois 1
May 1, 2016 at Minneapolis, MN (Baseline Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1
2. #17 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #96 Chris Diaz (OSU) 2-6, 6-3, 4-1, unf
3. #71 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #41 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Julian Childers (ILL) 6-4, 5-7, unf
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILL) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. #25 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #71 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-2
2. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. #36 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-1
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 6-2
Match Notes: 
Illinois 19-10; National ranking #17
Ohio State 29-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"We are feeling pretty good. It feels pretty amazing, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "It never gets easier, and I am proud of the guys. Most of the season they played with a target on their back by being the highest ranked team in the Big Ten and everybody comes out with nothing to lose. They did a great job winning the doubles point and defending the Buckeye name."

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We got outplayed today by Ohio state. They were a better team than us," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We are showing some improvement in our singles play. Doubles will have to be something that we will take a close look at before the NCAA tournament. We have a great group of guys. It has been a fun and we are looking forward to the NCAA tournament."


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UNLV won its first conference championship since 2007 with a 4-3 win over Boise State in the finals of the Mountain West Championships. Boise State came into the match with a 13-0 record in the Mountain West Tournament but it wasn't able to win No. 14.

UNLV took the crucial doubles point and then Jakob Amilon extended the lead to 2-0 with a straight set win at No. 1. Boise State tied it up at 2-2 after Toby Mitchell and Kyle Butters won at No. 3 and No. 4 but the Rebels would retake the lead after Adam Gage-Brown won at No. 5.

Boise State's Thomas Tenreiro tied it at 3-3 with a three-set win at No. 2 but UNLV's Richard Solberg had opened up a 5-1 lead in the third set against Lew Roskilly at No. 6. Roskilly would break and hold to pull within 5-3 but Solberg closed it out from 40-30 with a forehand winner to give UNLV the Championship.

Below are some highlights from the Mountain West Network which does a phenomenal job every year covering the conference tournament. Not only do they have live scoring for every match but they also have a streaming broadcast of every men's and women's match (including the opening rounds).



(4) UNLV 4, #59 (2) Boise State 3
May 01, 2016 at Las Vegas, Nev. (Fertitta Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 7-6, 6-3
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV) 6-3, 7-5
5. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 7-6 (6-2), 6-2
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) def. Kyle Butters/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-4
2. Adam Gage-Brown/Evaldo Neto (UNLV) def. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 6-3
3. Brian Foley/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Alexandr Cozbinov/Richard Solberg (UNLV) 6-2
Match Notes
Boise State 20-10; National ranking #59
UNLV 15-9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,4,5,2,6)
Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship Final
T-2:44

Post-Match Quotes from UNLV's recap
"On our Facebook page, Mehdi Bouras' dad wrote a nice message to the team saying 'Don't just be happy to be in the final -- go out and win it.' And that's what I told the guys -- and that's what we did," said head coach Owen Hambrook. "And this one is for Mehdi (2011 Mountain West Player of the Year who tragically passed away at the age of 24 in 2013). It's been a while since our last one and it feels awesome. This is for all of the Rebels, not just this year's group, but all of them over the years. This is such a great group of guys -- one through nine -- and they got it done today."

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Army is heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history after winning a 4-3 thriller over the top seed Navy in the final of the Patriot League Championships. This was the third straight year, and eighth time in the last ten years, these two had met in the finals.

Navy won the regular season meeting just one week ago 4-2 but today it was Army that flipped the script. The Mids won the doubles point and then all four singles matches at one through four would go three-sets at the four-court indoor facility.

Navy's Austin Jones won at No. 1 but Army picked up wins from Grant Riechmann, David Mitchell, and Michael Nguyen at No. 2, 3, and 4. Navy's Tucker Massie tied it at 3-3 with a straight set win at No. 6 so the match would be decided in a third set tiebreak at No. 5. Army's Kyle Barnes opened up a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak before Navy's Krishna Jana won the next to make it 6-4. Barnes would close it out on the next point to seal the Patriot Championship.



#2 Army West Point 4, #1 Navy 3
May 01, 2016 at Bethlehem, Pa. (Lewis Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Jones, Austin (NAVY) def. Lampman, Sam (ARMY) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Riechmann, Grant (ARMY) def. Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 7-5
3. Mitchell, David (ARMY) def. Wong, Aries (NAVY) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
4. Nguyen, Michael (ARMY) def. Sims, Walker (NAVY) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
5. Barnes, Kyle (ARMY) def. Jana, Krishna (NAVY) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Massie, Tucker (NAVY) def. McCormick, Harrison (ARMY) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Jones, Austin/Massie, Tucker (NAVY) def. McCormick, Harrison/Riechmann, Grant (ARMY) 6-3
2. Sims, Walker/Wong, Aries (NAVY) def. Barnes, Kyle/McCasin, Austin (ARMY) 6-4
3. Majkic, Andrey/Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) vs. Lampman, Sam/Nguyen, Michael (ARMY) 4-4, unf
Match Notes
Army West Point 18-8
Navy 22-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,3,2,6,5)
Patriot League Tournament Championship

Post-Match Quotes from Army's recap
"It was an exciting match," said Army head coach Jim Poling. "It's always fun to play and compete against Navy. I thought we competed hard and it was a great match, one of the best matches we've played in a while.

"Kyle hung in tough and was competitive," stated Poling. "He was a grinder."

Post-Match Quotes from Navy's recap
"We were 1-4 in three-set singles matches, said Navy head coach Chris Garner. "We had opportunities in each of the four matches we lost, but were unable to cross the finish line.

"It was a great environment for both teams. You could really see how much it meant to all of the players.

"Austin Jones had an incredible season, both on and off the court with this team, said Garner. "I hope we have players who look to step up next season to continue building upon the culture the players have been creating the last two seasons.
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St. John's won its third straight Big East Championship, and fifth overall, with a 4-0 win over Marquette in the final. The Red Storm took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Lucas Hejhal, Roberto Livi, and Vaidik Munshaw with Munshaw clinching at No. 4.



St. John's 4, Marquette 0 
May 1, 2016 at Cayce, SC (Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center)
Singles: 
1. Lucas Hejhal (SJU) def. Daniel Fernandez (MU), 6-3, 6-3 
2. Daniel Skripnik (SJU) vs. Alvaro Verdu (MU), 7-5, 2-6, unfinished 
3. Roberto Livi (SJU) def. Nick Dykema (MU), 6-2, 6-2 
4. Vaidik Munshaw (SJU) def. Mackenzie Sterns (MU), 6-4, 7-6 
5. Andrei Crapcenco (SJU) vs. Greg Anderson (MU), 4-6, 6-2, 2-2, unfinished 
6. Dusan Vukicevic (SJU) vs. Andre Romanello (MU), 6-1, 6-7, unfinished 
Doubles: 
1. Vaidik Munshaw/Daniel Skripnik (SJU) vs. Daniel Fernandez/Nick Dykema (MU), 3-4, unf
2. Lucas Hejhal/Alan Nunez Aguilera (SJU) def. Alvaro Verdu/Greg Anderson (MU), 6-3 
3. Michael-John Every/Dusan Vukicevic (SJU) def. Mackenzie Sterns/Kris Trukov (MU), 6-2 
Match notes 
St. John's, 21-5 
Marquette 14-10 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,4)

Post-Match Quotes from St. John's recap
"Today was an unbelievable effort by the entire team. I'm so excited for the guys as we put in a lot of hard work the last few weeks. We had a historic season to this point, but it all came down to today, said Assistant Coach Cory Hubbard. The heat from the weekend was a factor, and we have a deep team so some guys being rested was key. It was fitting that our three most experienced guys got the wins in singles. Roberto Livi was unbelievable again in the tournament and it played out perfectly having Lucas Hejhal and Vaidik Munshaw get the final points. It's been a great season with 21 wins, but we truly feel we can make a run in the NCAA Tournament.
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Weber State came from behind to win the Big Sky Championship with a 4-3 win over Idaho in the finals. Weber State took the early lead by taking the doubles point but the Vandals bounced back and picked up straight set wins at 1, 3, and 4 while the Wildcats won in straight sets at 5.

The final two matches went to a third set and Weber State's Todd Fought and Sanjay Goswami won them both with Goswami clinching 6-4 in the third at No. 6.


Weber State 4, Idaho 3
May 1, 2016 at Sacramento, Ca
Singles competition
1. Barta, Odon (UI) def. GEWERT, Jakub (WSU) 6-0, 7-5
2. FOUGHT, Todd (WSU) def. Fonseca, Felipe (UI) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
3. Kovacs, Mark (UI) def. COOPER, Stefan (WSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Varney, Jackson (UI) def. CHEN, Hou-En (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. BARLOW, Landon (WSU) def. Vasheshnikov, Artem (UI) 6-4, 6-0
6. GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) def. Coutinho, Lucas (UI) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Varney, Jackson/Vasheshnikov, Artem (UI) def. COOPER, Stefan/GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) 6-2
2. FOUGHT, Todd/GEWERT, Jakub (WSU) def. Barta, Odon/Fonseca, Felipe (UI) 6-4
3. BARLOW, Landon/CHEN, Hou-En (WSU) def. Coutinho, Lucas/Kovacs, Mark (UI) 6-3
Match Notes:
Idaho 16-7
Weber State 14-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,4,5,1,2,6)
Big Sky Championship Final
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Post-Match Quotes from Weber State's recap
"Idaho has an extremely talented team and we played our best tennis to barely pull it out," Director of Tennis Brad Ferreira said. "What an exciting day for Weber State tennis. I couldn't be prouder of this incredible group of men."

"I hate to say that someone deserves something but these seniors deserved this win," Ferreira said. "They have worked hard and competed extremely well for four years. They've had disappointment of being in the championships three other times and not getting it done. With a 36-6 Big Sky Record they deserved some recognition."

Post-Match Quotes from Idaho's recap
"We fought well, just not well enough," said head coach Abid Akbar.  "I hope the boys have their heads held high because I'm proud of them."
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Valparaiso booked its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and set a school record for wins with a 4-0 win over Green Bay in the finals of the Horizon League Championships. The Crusaders took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 then picked up singles wins from Jeffrey Schorsch, Charlie Emhardt, and Garrett Gardner with Gardner clinching at No. 5.

Garrett Gardner's Clinching Moment (Jose Juarez, Oakland Athletics)


#1 Valparaiso 4, #2 Green Bay 0
May 1, 2016 at Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center (Indoor Courts)
Singles Competition
1. SCHORSCH, Jeffrey (VALPO) def. SCOTT, Howard (GB) 6-2, 6-4
2. KISSELL, Chad (VALPO) vs. GOMEZ ISLINGER, Leo. (GB) 6-2, 3-6, 2-3, unfinished
3. BACALLA, Dave (VALPO) vs. KRAENZLER, Florian (GB) 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 1-3, unfinished 
4. EMHARDT, Charlie (VALPO) def. SCHRAMM, Joshua (GB) 6-2, 6-2
5. GARDNER, Garrett (VALPO) def. RIDOUT, Charlie (GB) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. DUNN, Kyle (VALPO) vs. LETO, Joey (GB) 5-7, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt (VALPO) def. Leo Gomez Islinger/Florian Kraenzler (GB) 6-3 
2. Dave Bacalla/Garrett Gardner (VALPO) def. Howard Scott /Joey Leto (GB) 6-2
3. Miles McDowall/Matej Kostadinov(GB) def. Chad Kissell/Kyle Dunn (VALPO) 6-3
Match Notes:
Valparaiso 22-5
Green Bay 13-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5) 
Horizon League Men's Tennis Championship 

Post-Match Quotes from NWI Times
"The saying we've been going with all year has been count on me,' Emhardt said. "Everyone goes out and does their thing on their court. Everyone on the team was accountable. (Jeffrey) and I brought it early and were lucky enough to be done quickly. I think that gave the rest of our guys confidence.

 "It's hard to put into words the feelings right now, Emhardt said. "Looking back, it's the workouts, the extra sets in the weight room. It's how you eat, how you sleep. All the extra hours on the court. Everything pays off in that one moment.

"This has just been building, associate head coach Michael Woodson said. "It just felt like it was our time. There were no nerves, I wasn't nervous for a single second. The guys were just confidence, and when things got tight, we did it the right way.

"We're getting right back to work, Woodson said. "Our five losses were on the road to strong teams that are ranked or were ranked at the time. We know that nobody wants to play us. Nobody wants to see Valpo on the other side of the court. Of course we're excited right now, but we are not done. We're going to build on this and we're going to make a run in the NCAA tournament.

Post-Match Quotes from Green Bay's recap
"I think we got a great effort from all the guys," first-year head coach Daniel Bickett said. "We left it all out on the court. Hats off to Valpo, they played a tremendous match. We gave them our best shot and they kept bringing it."

"I'm proud of this team. It was a challenging year, there were a lot of things that could have knocked us off our path and we just kept growing and moving forward."

"I've only had the pleasure of coaching (the seniors) for one year, but I could tell that the intensity, the level of passion that they bring is a big reason why our program is where it is today."

"I told them we're going to do our best to continue to pass that torch down to the next group of guys. We have a great group that's coming back next year, and we'll take this as a learning experience."
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Monmouth won its first-ever conference championship and corresponding NCAA Tournament bid with a wild come from behind 4-3 win over Quinnipiac. The Bobcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead after taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from Julian Rozenstein and Jonas Kuwert.

The Hawks rallied with with straight sets wins from Przemyslaw Filipek and Alberto Giuffrida to pull with 3-2 and then Vidit Vaghela would tie it at 3-3 with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 1. Christian Vieira would win the deciding match over Luke Roser in a third set tiebreak with each having match points before Vieira pulled it out 11-9.




Monmouth 4, Quinnipiac University 3
May 1, 2016 at West Windsor, New Jersey
Singles competition
1. Vaghela, Vidit (MU) def. Ezaka, Kei (QUI) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
2. Filipek, Przemyslaw (MU) def. Zaretsky, Freddie (QUI) 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4)
3. Rozenstein, Julian (QUI) def. Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Kuwert, Jonas (QUI) def. Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Vieira, Christian (MU) def. Roser, Luke (QUI) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (11-9)
6. Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) def. Haraguchi, Ryoma (QUI) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Kuwert, Jonas/Zaretsky, Freddie (QUI-) def. Filipek, Przemyslaw/Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 6-4
2. Vaghela, Vidit/Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) def. Roser, Luke/Ezaka, Kei (QUI) 6-2
3. Rozenstein, Julian/Haraguchi, Ryoma (QUI) def. Vieira, Christian/Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Quinnipiac University 16-8
Monmouth 12-9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,6,2,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Monmouth's recap
"I'm so proud of the guys for all the work that they've put into this and they never quit, said Monmouth Head Coach Kyle Bailey. "They just kept fighting and found something deep within when they were down 3-0 to come back. It's just a testament to their character and the heart that they have to keep fighting and find a way.
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New Mexico State earned an NCAA berth for the second year in a row and for the fourth time in school history with a 4-3 win over UMKC in the finals of the WAC Championship.

UMKC took the doubles point and picked up wins from Airam Castellano and Amaury Navette at No. 1 and No. 6 but New Mexico State was able to win everywhere else.

The Aggies got straight sets wins from Liam Goldberg and Mauri Benitez at No. 3 and No. 5 and both Christofer Goncalves and Stijn de Haan won in three sets at No. 2 and No. 4 with Goncalves getting the clincher.



New Mexico State 4, Missouri-Kansas City 3
May 01, 2016 at Brownsville, TX (Brownsville Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Airam Castellano (UMKC) def. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU) def. Andrey Smirnov (UMKC) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 
3. Liam Goldberg (NMSU) def. Uldis Gaismins (UMKC) 6-3, 6-2
4. Stijn de Haan (NMSU) def. Mike Psarros (UMKC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
5. Mauri Benitez (NMSU) def. Vinh Pham (UMKC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
6. Amaury Navette (UMKC) def. Enrique Asmar (NMSU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles Competition
1. Airam Castellano/Mike Psarros (UMKC) def. Strahinja Trecakov/Liam Goldberg (NMSU) 7-5
2. Uldis Gaismins/Amaury Navette (UMKC) vs. Christofer Goncalves/Stijn de Haan (NMSU) unf
3. Andrey Smirnov/Vinh Pham (UMKC) def. Mauri Benitez/Enrique Asmar (NMSU) 7-6 (7-3)
Match Notes:
NM State 12-9
Missouri-Kansas City 17-8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,5,6,4,2) Men's Championship Match
Official: Maggie Hiller 
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