Just one day after winning the program's third straight NCAA National Championship Athletic Director Craig Littlepage named former UVA associate head coach Andres Pedroso as the Cavaliers' new men's head coach and director of tennis. Pedroso, who served under the departing Brian Boland from 2010 to 2014, was a national coach for USTA Player Development prior to coming to Charlottesville and then after leaving in 2014 he began coaching privately in South Florida. Pedroso will also be responsible for hiring a new women's coach to replace Mark Guilbeau who stepped down on May 5. Below are some quotes from Virginia's release which is available here.

"I would like to thank President Sullivan, Craig Littlepage and Jon Oliver for this once in a lifetime opportunity to lead UVA Tennis and succeed one of the greatest collegiate coaches of all time in Brian Boland," Pedroso said. "Coach Boland started setting me up for success at the University of Virginia seven years ago, during my time as associate head coach. Moving forward, my intention is to only enhance, together with the entire UVA Tennis coaching staff, the world-class experience that our University and tennis program provide our student-athletes.

"Nothing will be more important than the overall development of our men's and women's student-athletes and maximizing their potential will continue to take a total team effort on the part of many who believe in our cause. UVA Tennis has always been based on building a community of quality people around a student-athlete experience that produces exceptional leaders and human beings. This will never change and I look forward to reaching out to every person who has or will make UVA Tennis an integral part of their life."

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The ITA released its final team, singles, and doubles rankings of the regular season with the team rankings falling in line with what I projected earlier in the week. The men's top five was Wake Forest, Virginia, Ohio State, USC, and UCLA while the women's top five was Florida, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, and Georgia. The NCAA followed the rankings when doing seeding on the men's side but as we found out on Tuesday they did not on the women's side with North Carolina moving up to No. 2 while Texas Tech passed Stanford for No. 6. 

In the men's singles rankings the only change in the top 10 was Illinois junior Aleks Vukic rising two spots to No. 3 which dropped Mississippi State sophomore Nuno Borges to No. 4 and Wake Forest sophomore Petros Chrysochos to No. 5. TCU's Cameron Norrie and Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard remained at No. 1 and No. 2. The NCAA seeding for the singles tournament mirrored the rankings to a T. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee '11) won his 11th career pro singles title with a straight set win over Facundo Mena in the finals of the $25K USA F24 Futures in Godfrey, Illinois. The match started just after 10 a.m. central with temperatures already approaching 90 degrees and the heat index just short of 100.

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.
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After a slow week things kick back into high gear tomorrow with the start of the Women's National Team Indoors and with a fairly full slate on the men's side.

Georgia at Georgia Tech (5pm est) - The Bulldogs have won 27 of the last 28 in the series but Georgia Tech looks better this year than they have in a while. These teams just met 2 weeks ago at the MLK Invitational in Atlanta with Georgia Tech taking 4 of 7 singles matches and 2 of 3 in doubles in the hidden dual format.  Georgia's Wayne Montgomery didn't participate in the weekend event so with him back in the lineup and possibly playing at #1 I think the Bulldogs will find a way to get to 4 points first however I think Georgia Tech will make it interesting and puts some pressure on Georgia especially at the 5 and 6 spots.  

Projected Line-Up
1.  Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT)
2.  Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Chris Eubanks (GT)
3.  Austin Smith (UGA) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT)
4.  Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Michael Kay (GT)
5.  Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. Carlos Benito (GT)
6.  Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Cole Fiegel (GT)

Florida State at Florida (5pm est) - The Gators have won 55 of 75 in the series and 7 in a row going back to 2007.  I could easily see each team picking up 3 points in singles so if that happens whoever takes the doubles point could win a tight one.  I'm leaning toward Florida at 1, 2, and 4 singles and FSU at 3, 5, and 6. I'll go with Florida in a squeaker.   

Projected Line-Up
1.  Benjamin Lock (FSU) vs. Maxx Lipman (FLA)
2.  Marco Nunez (FSU) vs. Elliott Orkin (FLA)
3.  Michael Rinaldi (FSU) vs. Gordon Watson (FLA)
4.  Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) vs. Diego Hidalgo (FLA)
5.  Jose Gracia (FSU) vs. Oliver Landert (FLA)
6.  Terrell Whitehurst (FSU) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA)

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.

Projected Line-Up
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.

Projected Line-Up
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)

To follow each of these matches click on the live scoring links below and as you can see you'll have tennis coverage going on from 9am to probably 10 or 11pm in Charlottesville at the NTIs so get those browsers set up to have multiple courts streaming at the same time.  

As a reminder there is a tab at the top that will always have the most updated live scoring links.

Women's National Team Indoors - Charlottesville, VA

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*[3] North Carolina vs. Oklahoma State - 9am est.
*[4] Duke vs. TCU - 12pm est.
[5] California vs. Vanderbilt - 12pm est.
*[1] UCLA vs. Kentucky - 3:30pm est.
[8] Georgia vs. Michigan - 3:30pm est.
[2] Florida vs. Clemson - 6:30pm est.
*[7] Virginia vs. USC - 6:30pm est.

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Men's Matches:
Murray State at Indiana - 9am est - Live Scoring
UAB at Auburn - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Northern Arizona at Arizona - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Middle Tennessee State at Vanderbilt - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Wake Forest at South Carolina - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Florida at Florida State - 5pm est - Live Scoring & ESPN3
Georgia at Georgia Tech - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Boise State at Northwestern - 5:30pm est - Live Scoring
Tennessee at Duke - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming & Tennessee Blog 

UAB at Auburn - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Oregon at Indiana - 6pm est - Live Scoring
South Florida at Oklahoma - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming 
New Mexico at TCU - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring
Kentucky at Illinois - 7pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Washington at Texas - 7pm est - Live Scoring
Baylor at Tulsa - 7pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Marquette at Iowa - 7pm est - Live Scoring
Cal vs. San Francisco (Bay Club SF) - 12:30am est/9:30pm pst - Cal Twitter

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The weekend is here and it was a fantastic Friday of tennis with the match of the day taking place in front of a national ESPN3 audience as Florida went into Tallahassee and pulled out a 4-2 win.

Florida State picked up the doubles point by winning at 1 and 3 but Florida came out swinging in singles taking 4 1st sets.  After FSU extended the lead to 2-0 with a Cristian Gonzalez Mendez win at 5, Florida started finishing off courts 1 by 1 with Gordon Watson winning at 4 then Chase Perez-Blanco at 6.  With the score tied at 2-2, each of the remaining matches went to a 3rd set and after Elliott Orkin closed out Michael Rinaldi at #3 to give Florida its first lead at 3-2 it appeared that Maxx Lipman would be the one to seal the victory.  Lipman was serving up 4-2 in the 3rd but Benjamin Lock got the break, then held, then broke again and served for the match up 5-4 40-15. Lock hit a serve out wide in the deuce court that Lipman returned from outside the doubles alley and with the ball floating back towards the singles line Lock decided to let it go thinking it would fall out. The ball ended up landing right on the middle of the line and 2 points later Lipman had it back on serve. With that match into a 3rd set tiebreak over at #2 singles Florida's Diego Hidalgo was serving for the match up 6-5 40-0.  FSU's Marco Nunez fought off 1 match point but on the next point he sliced a shot down the line and followed it in to the net and then watched as Hidalgo hit a forehand cross court to win it for Florida.  Gators 4 Seminoles 2 FINAL
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Florida recap
FSU recap

#14 Florida 4, #32 Florida State 2

Doubles competition
1. #24 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. #32 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) 6-0
2. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. C. Gonzalez Mendez/Jose Gracia (FS) 6-2
3. Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. #43 Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (UF) 6-3

Singles competition
1. Benjamin Lock (FS) vs. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-6 (3-0), unfinished
2. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #99 Marco Nunez (FS) 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
3. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Jose Gracia (FS) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. C. Gonzalez Mendez (FS) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 6-2, 6-4
6. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Terrell Whitehurst (FS) 7-5, 6-4

Match Notes:
Florida 5-2; National ranking #14
Florida State 7-2; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,6,3,2)


In Atlanta, Georgia Tech and Georgia renewed their annual rivalry and as expected it was much closer than the 71 spots between the 2 in last week's rankings.  Georgia Tech really jumped on Georgia in doubles breaking early on all 3 courts and cruised to 6-2 wins at 1 and 3.  In singles Georgia would take 4 1st sets and close out 3 of those in straight sets.  With Georgia leading 3-2 it would come down to a pair of 3rd sets at both #2 and #5 singles and while the Eubanks/Smith match at 2 would stay on serve, Georgia's Nick Wood would jump out to an insurmountable 4-0 lead on 5. Tech's Carlos Benito would get a game to make it 4-1 but Wood won the last 2 to clinch the win for the Bulldogs.   

Georgia recap
Georgia Tech recap

#4 Georgia 4, #75 Georgia Tech 3

 Doubles competition
1. Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. #16 Peter Oosterbaan/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-2
2. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) vs. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) 5-3, unfinished
3. Michael Kay/Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #53 Nathan Pasha/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-2

Singles competition 
1. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #49 Nathan Rakitt (GT) 6-3, 6-2
2. Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Eduardo Segura (GT) 6-1, 7-5
4. Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Michael Kay (GT) 6-4, 6-4
5. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Carlos Benito (GT) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 
6. Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Peter Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)

Match Notes:
Georgia 4-1; National ranking #4
Georgia Tech 5-1; National ranking #75 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,6,4,5,2)


In Durham, Tennessee got off to a good start by taking the doubles point but after that it was all Duke as the Blue Devils gave Tennessee a pretty thorough beating at 2 through 5 spot winning all 4 of those in straight sets.  

Duke recap
Tennessee recap

#6 Duke 5, #20 Tennessee 2

Doubles competition
1. #2 Hunter Reese/Mikelis Libietis (UT) def. Raphael Hemmeler/Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 6-1
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Brandon Fickey/Luis Valero (UT) 6-4
3. Andrew Dromsky/Jack Schipanski (UT) def. Chris Mengel/Bruno Semenzato (DU) 6-4

Singles competition
1. #16 Mikelis Libietis (UT) def. #36 Jason Tahir (DU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #18 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. Hunter Reese (UT) 6-3, 6-2
3. #103 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. Jack Schipanski (UT) 6-2, 6-3
4. #112 Bruno Semenzato (DU) def. Luis Valero (UT) 6-4, 7-5
5. Chris Mengel (DU) def. Brandon Fickey (UT) 6-3, 6-1
6. Josh Levine (DU) def. Jess Jones (UT) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)

Match Notes
Tennessee 4-3; National ranking #20
Duke 7-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,5,1,3,4,6)
T-2:31 A-436


In Norman, Oklahoma dropped the doubles point to South Florida but then took all 6 singles matches only dropping 2 sets along the way.

USF recap

#2 Oklahoma 6, #25 USF 1

1: #38 Alvarez/Webb (OU) def. #44 Pramming/Roberts (USF), 6-3
2: Gozun/Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Harris/Papa (OU), 6-3
3: Cid/Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Ghilea/Bragusi (OU), 7-6 (1)

1: #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. #19 Roberto Cid (USF), 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
2: #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Sasha Gozun (USF), 7-5, 6-4
3: #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF), 6-4, 6-2
4: Spencer Papa (OU) def. Oliver Pramming (USF), 6-4, 7-5
5: #50 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Justin Roberts (USF), 6-0, 6-3
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Stanford came out strong and took the doubles point over USC but once singles got going so did Stanford's chances of an upset.

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.

USC recap
Stanford recap

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.

LSU recap
Tennessee recap

#31 LSU 4, #56 Tennessee 0

Singles competition
1. #64 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.29) vs. #15 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.17) 4-6, 7-5 DNF
2. #98 Chris Simpson (LSU 13.41) def. Hunter Reese (UT 13.52) 6-1, 6-2
3. #125 Tam Trinh (LSU 12.92) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.03) 7-5, 6-2
4. Boris Arias (LSU 13.20) vs. Luis Valero (UT 13.29) 7-6, 4-4 DNF
5. #119 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.48) vs. Jess Jones (UT 13.03) 6-3, 5-3 DNF
6. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.17) def. Bartosz Sawicki (UT 12.51) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #57 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) vs. #3 Hunter Reese/Mikelis Libietis (UT) 4-5 DNF
2. Tam Trinh/Eric Perez (LSU) def. Bartosz Sawicki/Luis Valero (UT) 6-2
3. Chris Simpson/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Jack Schipanski/Andrew Dromsky (UT)) 6-4

Match Notes:
Tennessee 8-5 (0-1 SEC); National ranking #56
LSU 10-1 (1-0 SEC); National ranking #31

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


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
Kentucky recap

#9 Texas A&M def. Kentucky, 4-0
George P Mitchell Tennis Center
February, 27, 2015

Singles competition 
1. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 13.97) def. #83 Beck Pennington (UK 13.53) 6-1, 6-0
2. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.28) vs. Jerry Lopez (UK 13.33) 6-4, 5-3 unfinished
3. #39 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.91) vs. #122 William Bushamuka (UK 13.00) 6-1, 5-5 unfinished
4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.06) vs. Kevin Lai (UK 13.03) 6-4, 0-3 unfinished
5. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.98) def. Trey Yates (UK 12.88) 6-1, 6-2
*6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 12.78) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK 12.39) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #8 Shane Vinsant & Harrison Adams (TAMU) vs. #45 Beck Pennington & Kevin Lai (UK) 4-5, unfinished
2. #22 Jeremy Efferding & Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Jerry Lopez & William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti & Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Nils Ellefsen & Jake Stefanik (UK) 6-3

Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3), Singles (5,1,6)

*Clinched the Match

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.

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This morning I got a chance to watch the Fox Sports Oklahoma telecast of Tuesday's Oklahoma/Virginia match and I must say I was impressed with the production of the match and the quality of the announcing.  The version I watched was taped and edited but they did a good job bouncing around from court to court.  They started the telecast a few games into singles and started showing the match at #1 singles but they also showed several games of the Alvarez/Shane match at #2 singles.  After those 2 matches finished up they showed the last 3 games of the Webb/Kwiatkowski match and then showed the last several games of the Bragusi/Aragone match. The only 2 courts they didn't go to were #4 and #5 singles.  I know the match was viewable live for a fee through Oklahoma's site though I don't know if that version had announcers or was just plain old streaming.  I also saw where the match was going to be replayed several times on Fox College Sports so if you have that channel check out a few minutes of the replay.

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"

In Knoxville, Tennessee seemingly had the doubles point all but clinched when they had 4 match points at #3 doubles but Georgia's Wayne Montgomery and Paul Oosterbaan rallied back to force a tiebreak then cruised through the tiebreak 7-3 to give Georgia the point.  Singles was fairly lopsided with Georgia taking 5 1st sets and finishing 3 of them in just over an hour with Austin Smith, Nick Wood, and Paul Oosterbaan all picking up wins.  The 3 remaining matches were abandoned with the match at #1 singles on-serve in the 3rd, Georgia's Nathan Pasha up a set at #3, and Tennessee's Igor Smelyanski up a set and on serve in the 2nd at #5. 

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. 

#3 Georgia 4, #55 Tennessee 0
1. #14 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.17) vs. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.67) 1-6 6-4 2-1 
2. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. Hunter Reese (UT 13.25) 6-3, 6-4
3. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.28) vs. #95 Jack Schipanski (UT 13.05) 6-3, 5-5 unf.
4. Nick Wood (UGA 13.72) def. Luis Valero (UT 13.27) 6-1, 6-4
5. Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.51) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.25) 6-4, 4-5 unf.
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.60) def. Andrew Dromsky (UT 12.33) 6-4, 6-0
1. #7 Smith/Wagland, UGA, def. #2 Libietis/Reese, UT, 6-4
2. Dromsky/Smelyanski, UT, def. #70 Diaz/Pasha, UGA, 6-3
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan, UGA, def. Schipanski/Valero, UT, 7-6 (3)

Match Notes
Georgia 12-2 (5-0); National ranking #3
Tennessee 9-7 (1-3); National ranking #55
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,4,2)

Georgia recap

"Our guys played very well today," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "Tennessee really challenged us in doubles, and it came down to a tiebreaker. Our guys got better in that tiebreaker, and that is a sign of a championship team. I thought we did a tremendous job in all of our singles matches, so it was a good day for our guys."

"Our No. 1 doubles team had a very good win against the defending NCAA champions," Manuel Diaz said. "At No. 3 we were down an early break but our guys did a phenomenal job of competing under pressure."

Tennessee recap

"We are in a place where we know what we have to do," head coach Sam Winterbotham said after the match. "It's become clearer as the season has gone on where our deficiencies are and where our strengths are. We are in the process of correcting those deficiencies and using our strengths. The match today was against a very good team, and the truth is that if we did two things better, we can take that match. As the double points, we had four match points to clench the double's point, so the score line is a little bit misleading. I thought they played very well in singles. They managed their match well."


Columbia, SC:  South Carolina took the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Kyle Koch, Harrison O'Keefe, and Thomas Mayronne at 2, 5, and 6.  Kentucky got its lone point from Beck Pennington at #1 singles.  Kentucky made a little bit of a charge by taking 2nd sets at 1, 2, and 3 but they weren't able to make any headway at the bottom 3. 

#38 South Carolina 4, Kentucky 1
Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 1)
1. #44 Kyle Koch / Thiago Pinheiro (SC) def. #58 Beck Pennington/Kevin Lai (UK) 7-6 (1)
2. #47 Thomas Mayronne / Harrison O'Keefe (SC) def. Jerry Lopez/Nils Ellefson (UK) 6-3
3.Andrew Adams / Andrew Schafer (SC) led William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) 6-5 susp
Singles (Order of Finish: 5, 1, 6, 2*)
1. #92 Beck Pennington (UK 13.41) def. Andrew Adams (SC 13.57) 6-4, 6-3
2. Kyle Koch (SC 13.79) def. Jerry Lopez (UK 13.28) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
3. Thiago Pinheiro (SC 13.39) vs. #125 William Bushamuka (UK 13.05) 6-2, 1-6, 5-5 
4. #113 Andrew Schafer (SC 13.60) led Trey Yates (UK 12.93) 7-6 (6), 5-6 susp
5. Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.27) def. Kevin Lai (UK 13.12) 6-2, 6-2
6. Thomas Mayronne (SC 12.92) def. Jake Stefanik (UK 12.81) 7-6 (5), 6-3

Kentucky recap
South Carolina recap

"This was a great match for us," South Carolina head coach Josh Goffi said. "The team is getting stronger with every match. Now that we have a full lineup, everyone's confidence is growing, especially after a win like this. The doubles point was sticky - down a break on 3 from the start with 1 and 2 teetering. We were finally able to pull ahead on 2, which gave 1 the confidence to win, and that point played a big role in today's win. What I loved about today was the resilience. There were a lot of momentum swings, but we stuck with it and made the final push to the end of the match, which is something we have not always done well this season."

Austin, TX:  Texas sat 2 of its regular starters (Lloyd Glasspool & Nick Naumann) but still managed to shutout Michigan State 7-0 and only dropped 1 set in singles along the way.  This match was pretty much just a tune-up to get the Longhorns ready for what's coming up which is Illinois on Saturday and Ohio State next Tuesday.

#8 Texas 7, Michigan State 0
03/12/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.02) def. #123 Gijs Linders (MSU 12.85) 6-2, 6-0
2. #52 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.77) def. Brett Forman (MSU 13.49) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
3. #60 George Goldhoff (UT 13.71) def. Harry Jadun (MSU 12.81) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz (UT 13.28) def. John Patrick Mullane (MSU 13.17) 6-3, 6-0
5. John Mee (UT 13.56) def. Mac Roy (MSU 11.96) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.61) def. Michael Dube (MSU 12.07) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #35 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #21 Harry Jadun/John Patrick Mullane (MSU) 6-4
2. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) def. Brett Forman/Gijs Linders (MSU) 6-4
3. Doug Zade/Jasper Koenen (MSU) def. John Mee/Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz (UT) 6-2
Match Notes
Michigan State 8-8
Texas 12-1; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,6,5,2,3)
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Vanderbilt ran its record to 4-0 against teams from the state of Tennessee with an impressive 4-1 win over #40 Tennessee.  The Vols took the doubles point but Vandy took 5 opening sets and ended up getting wins from Gonzales Austin, Danny Valent, Baker Newman, and Suresh Eswaran.

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. 

#17 Vanderbilt 4, #40 Tennessee 1
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.40) def. #14 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.23) 6-4, 6-2
2. Hunter Reese (UT 13.28) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.45) 5-7, 6-1, 2-3 unf.
3. Danny Valent (VU 13.75) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.13) 6-2, 6-0
4. Luis Valero (UT 13.24) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.58) 7-6 (6), 4-6, 2-0
5. Baker Newman  (VU 12.87) def. Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.43) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
6. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.89) def. Brandon Fickey (UT 12.10) 6-1, 6-3
1. #2 Reese/Libietis, UT, def. #1 Austin/Johnson, VU, 6-2
2. Dromsky/Smelyanski, UT, def. Newman/Binet, VU, 7-5
3. Schipanski/Valero, UT, vs. Eswaran/Smith, VU, 6-6 unf.

Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,1,5).

Vandy recap

"I thought that was a very big win for us for a number of reasons," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "You know we didn't play a very good match last week at LSU, and I felt it was important that we get back on the right track immediately."

"Even though doubles wasn't our most stellar effort of the year, I thought we did a great job in singles especially early on. We talked about being ready to play from the very first point. At some point there I had looked up at the scoreboard and we were up 4-1 in every set at least and on some courts we were up 5-1, except on Rhys' court, we were on serve at 3-all. So I thought we really had a good start in singles that carried us through. They obviously made it closer towards the end there, but I thought we hung in well and we didn't panic when they started to change momentum."

"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."

Tennessee recap


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.

Georgia recap

"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."

ETSU recap

"ETSU is a very deep and talented team," Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz said. "They pushed us to our limits today in every match."

"I was impressed with their fight and quality of play on every court," Diaz added. "They are every bit as good as most teams we have played against this year, and we have played some of the best teams in the nation. Coach Zaatini and Coach Rojas have that program pointed in the right direction."

"By no means am I satisfied with the result, but looking at a positive aspect of the defeat, I can say there is a lot of growth in this young Buccaneer team," ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini said. "Even though the score seems lobsided, I thought the guys fought extremely hard and showed courage all across the board."

"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."

#5 Georgia 7, East Tennessee State 0
March 19, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.18) def. David Biosca (ETSU 13.61) 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2)
2. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.60) def. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU 13.43) 6-4, 6-4
3. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.34) def. Conner Huertas (ETSU 12.70) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.27) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU 12.87) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.61) def. Robert Herrera (ETSU 13.47) 6-2, 6-4
6. Eric Diaz (UGA 12.96) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU 12.92) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
7. Peter Bertran (UGA 13.48) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU 12.61) 6-2, 6-1
8. Andy Martinez (UGA 12.53) def. Ricardo Pabon (ETSU 11.65) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 6-4
2. Robert Herrera/Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. #70 Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) 6-4
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Conner Huertas/Diego Nunez (ETSU) 7-5
Match Notes
East Tennessee State 4-7
Georgia 14-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)
Singles Order of Finish: 2,3,4,1,5,7,6, 8

Official: Clark Weaver T-4:49 A-196


Play got started in San Diego on Thursday afternoon and only 1 of the 2 hosts managed to move on into the winner's bracket as San Diego survived against Denver while San Diego State fell to Drake. The updated bracket is below with box scores further down.  

#30 San Diego (10-4, 2-0 WCC) 4, #43 Denver (8-6) 3
March 19, 2015 - Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center - San Diego, Calif.
Singles Competition
1. #58 Uros Petronijevic (USD 13.96) def. #93 Henry Craig (Denver 13.48) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. #97 Diogo Rocha (Denver 13.15) def. #81 Filip Vittek (USD 13.22) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.57) def. Alex Gasson (Denver 12.77) 6-4, 6-3
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.97) def. David Fox (Denver 12.79) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (1)
5. Yannick James (Denver 12.69) def. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.56) 7-6 (5), 6-2
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.68) def. Zach Fryer (Denver 11.64) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles Competition
1. #43 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson def. #41 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-1
2. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. Yannick James/Diogo Rocha (Denver) 4-3, unfinished
3. David Fox/Zach Fryer (Denver) def. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3*) Singles (6, 3, 5, 1, 2, 4*)

San Diego recap

"I know the team very well," Head coach Brett Masi noted after the win. "They play with a lot of emotion and competitiveness. They came out strong in doubles and we just weren't ready for it today, which was a little disappointing. We haven't been playing with the quality we need to lately but, we are really proud of how the guys came out in singles."

"That win will give Romain give him a lot of confidence," Masi expressed. "For a while, the team has been relying on our top three guys in the tight matches. Today, Ciaran kick-started us at No. 6 wit his win. In the end, it was Romain who had a tough opponent, but chances early to take the match. Yet, he didn't break down, he stayed tough and played an incredible tiebreaker even after seeing Filip fall in his

"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."

Denver recap

"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."

Princeton recap

"We really jumped off to a great start in doubles and played a strong doubles point. IU is a tough team that is well coached, so they rebounded after doubles and really pushed us in singles. We had to manage the momentum as the match progressed and I feel like once we saw the finish line, we did a great job of elevating our focus and getting the fourth point."

Indiana recap

#32 Princeton 4, #39 Indiana 1
Singles Competition
1. #119 Zack McCourt (Prin 13.55) def. Sam Monette (Indiana 13.59) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
2. Thomas Colautti (Prin 13.25) vs. Daniel Bednarczyk (Indiana 12.98) 7-6, 6-5,unf
3. Alexander Day (Prin 13.12) def. Sven Lalic (Indiana 12.97) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Raheel Manji (Indiana 13.06) def. Joshua Yablon (Prin 13.45) 6-4, 6-4
5. Dan Richardson (Prin 12.53) vs. Matthew McCoy (Indiana 12.68) 6-4, 4-4,un
6. Kial Kaiser (Prin 12.23) def. Stefan Lugonjic (Indiana 11.81) 6-4, 6-4 
Doubles Competition
1. #56 ZackMcCourt/Thomas Colautti (Prin) vs. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (Indiana) 5-4,unf
2. DiegoVives/Luke Gamble (Prin) def. Stefan Lugonjic/Chris Essick (Indiana) 6-3
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