Sunday was as wild a day as it gets in the SEC with four lower ranked women's teams picking up wins with two of those wins coming over No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Georgia. The SEC is the only Power 5 Women's Conference to have its conference tournament this coming week so many of these same teams will see each other much sooner than they had probably hoped. Sunday was a day of redemption for some teams on the men's side with both Oregon and Michigan overcoming tough losses to pick up a top 25 win.
Thursday was a busy day in the SEC with eight teams in action however the highest profile match of the day didn't quite live up to expectations. Georgia, ranked No. 14, strolled into Starkville and took out the host No. 17 Mississippi State 4-0 in just under two and a half hours. The doubles point itself took just under an hour with two of the three matches going to tiebreaks. Mississippi State's No. 2 team of Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter won the only match that didn't go to a tiebreak. Cutura and Hunter broke from 30/40 to go up 3-2 and then they came back from 15/40 down to hold for 4-2. After an exchange of holds, Cutura and Hunter broke at love to take it 6-3.
The other two matches looked like they'd be blowouts after the way each started. Mississippi State's Niclas Braun and Trevor Foshey jumped out to a 4-1 lead at No. 1 but Georgia's Robert Loeb and Jan Zielinski came back to tie it at 4-4. Mississippi State held on the no-ad point for 5-4 and after three more holds it'd go to a tiebreak. Georgia jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak and they wouldn't drop a point on serve and would win it 7-3.
Georgia's Walker Duncan and Wayne Montgomery jumped out to a 4-0 lead at No. 2 doubles however Mississippi State's Nuno Borges and Giovanni Oradini would come all the way back to tie it at 5-5 after breaking Georgia on the no-ad point. Each team had an easy hold to push it to a tiebreak and then Georgia went up a mini-break at 2-1 and pulled away to win it 7-5.
Sandgren dominated the opening set winning 29 of 41 points in route to taking a 6-0 set in 31 minutes. More than 5 of those minutes came when Sandgren took a medical timeout, after going up 3-0, due to a blister ripping open on his right hand during the opening game of the match. The opening game tied for the longest game of the match with Sandgren holding in a five-deuce ten-minute service game. Mena had one break point at 30/40 but he couldn't convert and he was unable to convert much of anything the rest of the set. Mena gave away too many points with an unforced error count that was in the double digits.
Tennessee at Duke (6pm est) - Tennessee has won 13 of 21 in this series with 2 of those wins coming last year with the latter coming in the 2nd round of the NCAAs. Tennessee comes into this one on a 2 match losing streak after losing a heartbreaker to Columbia and then dropping one to Oklahoma State while Duke comes in undefeated and coming off back-to-back road wins last weekend over Illinois and Northwestern. Tennessee is starting 4 freshmen while Duke starts 3 seniors and 2 juniors so I think Duke's experience comes through in this one and they get it done at home in a 4-1/4-2 type of score.
1. Mikelis Libietis (TN) vs. Jason Tahir (DU)
2. Hunter Reese (TN) vs. Nicolas Alvarez (DU)
3. Igor Smelyanski (TN) vs. Raphael Hemmeler (DU)
4. Luis Valero (TN) vs. Bruno Semenzato (DU)
5. Jack Schipanski (TN) vs. Chris Mengel (DU)
6. Jess Jones (TN) vs. Josh Levine (DU)
South Florida at Oklahoma (6:30pm est) - South Florida came into this season with some high expectations but they've hit a rough patch and lost 2 of its last 3 while Oklahoma has won easily each time out. I don't see Oklahoma letting up and they'll win going away.
1. Roberto Cid (USF) vs. Andrew Harris (OU)
2. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) vs. Axel Alvarez (OU)
3. Oliver Pramming (USF) vs. Dane Webb (OU)
4. Sasha Gozun (USF) vs. Spencer Papa (OU)
5. Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Jose Salazar (OU)
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) vs. Alex Ghilea (OU)
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USC grabbed 4 1st sets and would finish each of them in straight sets with Eric Johnson putting the first point on the board with his 6-3, 6-1 blowout over David Wilczynski at #3 singles. Nick Crystal would finish off David Hsu 6-1, 6-3 at #6 singles a few minutes later which then set the stage for USC to close it out on the top 2 courts. After Stanford's Tom Fawcett fought off a match point on the deciding point of his serve, USC's Yannick Hanfmann would hold serve at love to close out the Cardinal freshman at #1 singles by a 6-4, 6-4 score. With the score now 3-1, Roberto Quiroz would provide the final dagger by finishing off John Morrissey 6-4, 6-4 at #2 singles. The coaches agreed to play out the final 2 courts and USC would take them both with Max De Vroome coming from a set down to win 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 at #5 singles over Nolan Paige and Jonny Wang doing the same at #4 singles and winning 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6) over Maciek Romanowicz.
All in all not a bad effort from Stanford but as I mentioned in my preview I think they are a year away from taking out a top 10 team.
FYI, the # beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date of the recap. For more details about UTR check out their website.
#1 USC 6, #37 Stanford 1
Feb 27, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
(1) Morrissey/Stineman (Stan.) def. #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 6-3
(2) #30 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (Stan.) - 5-4 susp.
(3) Paige/Wilczynski (Stan.) def. Crystal/Wang (USC) - 7-5
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3
(1) #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (Stan 14.14) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.44) def. John Morrissey (Stan 14.10) - 6-4, 6-4*
(3) Eric Johnson (USC 13.97) def. David Wilczynski (Stan 13.86) - 6-3, 6-1
(4) #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Maciek Romanowicz (Stan 13.31) - 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
(5) #72 Max de Vroome (USC 14.14) def. Nolan Paige (Stan 13.32) - 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1
(6) #45 Nick Crystal (USC 13.93) def. David Hsu (Stan 13.95) - 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 2*, 5, 4
Baton Rouge, LA: This was a matchup between 1 team on the rise and the other on the fall as LSU took Tennessee to the woodshed and blew the Vols off the court with a 4-0 shutout that would have likely been 6-1 or 7-0 had they played it out. Tennessee falls to 8-5 as the Vols have yet to beat a ranked opponent and things won't get any easier because next up is a visit to College Station to face Texas A&M. LSU is now 10-1 and will likely be 11-1 after Kentucky visits on Sunday. Tennessee has battled some injuries but they just haven't seen a consistent level of play from most of the the lineup (except Libietis) with Hunter Reese the one in the biggest tailspin with him having dropped 7 of his last 9.
College Station, TX: This one was by far and away the biggest rout of the day in the SEC as Texas A&M just obliterated a reeling Kentucky team 4-0. Jeremy Efferding dropped just 1 game in his win at #1, AJ Catanzariti dropped only 3 games at #5, and Max Lunkin dropped just 4 games at #6. Texas A&M won all 9 completed sets and the only one at risk of dropping one was Rinderknech at 4. We've gotten used to seeing Kentucky in the top 10-15 for years now but this team is not even close to competing at the level with the Wildcats falling to 6-7 with 0 wins over anyone inside the top 200. The ITA doesn't publish the rankings below 75 but if they did I can guarantee you that Kentucky wouldn't be anywhere near the top 100.
Texas A&M recap
Other Notables Scores from Friday:
Wichita State upset #40 Denver 6-1 - box score
#41 Mississippi State shutout Alabama 4-0 - Miss St recap
#27 NC State held off #69 VCU 4-3 - NCST recap
#10 Ole Miss just got past #62 Tulane 5-2 - Ole Miss recap
#8 Ohio State beat #39 Penn State 6-1 though many of the courts were very close - Ohio St recap
#16 Vanderbilt blanked #67 Arkansas 4-0 - Vandy recap
#29 Drake beat #57 Iowa 5-2 - Iowa recap
Check back later for my preview of the feature matches on Saturday.
Today's match between Georgia and Tennessee was originally scheduled to be broadcasted on ESPN3 however recent weather delayed installation of the proper cables back to the Tennessee studio (per UT blog).
For those wondering where the live streaming went for the SEC schools that in the past have steamed matches (Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn, Texas A&M) I got the answer from Tammy Wilson, SEC Director of Communications:
"When we started the SEC Network this year, the schools gave the Network all rights which includes live streaming because we are also on WatchESPN / ESPN3. It's up to each institution if they want to utilize their production department to show tennis on those outlets (known as SEC Network+). We do have several schools that have shown tennis using this option"
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 12th. For more details about UTR check out their website.
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 19th. For more details about UTR check out their website.
"I also thought that Kris did a great job at finding a way to win the second set and to get momentum in our favor. Rhys did a good job after losing the second set to go down a break and then find a way to break back and get it back on serve... that definitely helped our momentum as a team All in all there were a lot of positives there today and it's a very good win for us against a really good tennis team, so I told the team to enjoy it for a little bit, but tomorrow we have to get back to work to get ready for Kentucky."
Georgia got all it wanted up top from East Tennessee State but the Bulldog managed to pull through on all courts to get the 7-0 win - they played 2 extra singles matches as well.
"There were so many close matches," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had a couple of days off this week in what was the first opportunity we've had to give our guys a second day off, and they needed it. Rest and recovery right now is very important in the middle of the season. We may not have been quite as sharp as we had hoped, but it really had more to do with ETSU playing such a great match."
"Despite the loss, I believe our team is blossoming and peaking at the right time. We have a long road ahead against some tough teams, but I believe the early challenges of the season are going to help us be ready to cross the finish the line with some speed. I love what I saw from our guys today."
San Diego recap
"Princeton is another fiery team with a lot of energy and we have to get be ready for it," Masi said. "If we played the way we did today in the beginning, we are going to struggle in doubles. We are at home which favors us, and we feel pretty good about it. But again, we have to play well. There are five teams that are all ranked within a few spots of one another, so we have to be ready to go. And playing my former assistant coach, Ryan Keckley will be very exciting. We are really looking forward to this match-up."
"Very proud of the fight and competitiveness of our team today," said Head Coach Danny Westerman. "USD is very tough, especially on their own courts. We are excited for another great opportunity tomorrow versus a tough Indiana team."
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FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 2nd. For more details about UTR check out their website.
In Oxford, Ole Miss would defeat Tennessee for the 6th time in a row with a 4-0 shutout. Ole Miss took the doubles point which included at win at #1 by Nik Scholtz and Zvonimir Babic over the ITA #2 team of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese. The Rebels kept things rolling in singles and picked up 3 straight set wins from Stefan Lindmark, Gustav Hansson, and Ricardo Jorge at 2, 3, and 5 Lindmark providing the clincher. Tennessee was up on 2 of the 3 remaining courts but those matches would be halted at the clinch.
Ole Miss recap
"In the locker room we talked about how the doubles point is only one point, and we needed to maintain the momentum," Coach Hansson said. "We controlled the singles from the beginning. Gus had three deciding points go against him, but he when he finally got that break he was able to win the set and then get up big in the second. Ricardo had a tough match-up with a solid lefty at six, but he played well. How fitting for Stefan to close it out, he is playing some excellent tennis right now. It was a very impressive performance tonight with a great crowd for Easter weekend."
After a rough, rough start to the year, Kentucky has finally started putting things together and tonight they made it 2 ranked wins in a row with a 4-1 win over #58 Arkansas. The Wildcats took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins in singles from Beck Pennington, Jerry Lopez, and Jake Stefanik. Arkansas's lone point came from Santiago Munoz at #4 singles.
This match was supposed to be shown on TV on the Pac 12 network but the USC/UCLA women's match ran 90 minutes long and with the singles portion of this one only lasting 80 minutes that meant it was over before the broadcast ever started.
Normally you'd think a USC/UCLA match would pack them in but when you play it on a Thursday at 2pm local time this is the kind of crowd you get.
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2. Eric Johnson (USC 14.31) def. #32 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.93) 6-3, 6-2
5. #81 Max De Vroome (USC 14.12) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.88) 6-1, 6-4
6. #90 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) def. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.35) 6-3, 6-3
The match of the day at the SEC Tournament was between Tennessee and Alabama. Tennessee jumped out to a 3-0 lead by taking the doubles point and picking up wins at 1 and 2 from Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese however Alabama would come back and tie it up with wins from Nikko Madregallejo, Danny Kerznerman, and Andrew Goodwin at 3, 5, and 6. In the deciding match Alabama's Stuart Kenyon would jump out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Tennessee's Luis Valero. Valero would hold from 40-15 for 3-5 then would break Kenyon from 30-40 to put the match back on serve. Valero would face a match point on the deciding point but he would get the hold with a service winner to even it at 5. Valero would break for 6-5 by winning the deciding point then he would serve it out at love for the win.
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