It was Big Slam Saturday at The Farm and as expected Cal and Stanford gave us another 4-3 classic. Last season each team won at the other's place and this year is starting off the same after Cal gutted out a 4-3 win in a match that took 3 hours and 59 minutes.

The 52-minute doubles point was extremely tight with breaks hard to come by at both #1 and #3. Cal's #2 team of Andre Goransson and Billy Griffith jumped out to a 5-2 lead but Stanford's Nolan Paige and David Wilczynski would come back and take five straight to win it 7-5.

The match at #1 stayed on serve until Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz double faulted on match point at 30-40 to give Cal's Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat the 7-5 win.

The doubles point would be decided in a tiebreak at #3 and it looked good for Cal's Mads Engsted and J.T. Nishimura after they went ahead 6-4. Stanford's Yale Goldberg and Sameer Kumar fought back to even it at 6-6 before Nishimura hit a service winner to make it 7-6. Goldberg hit a service winner to make it 7-7 and then Kumar put a volley away at the net to make it 8-7 Stanford. Engsted won both points on his serve to make it 9-8 Cal with the 8-8 point being a volley fest that ended with Kumar going long on a forehand. Cal would close it out on the next point with the video clip from Russ showing you how it happened.

Stanford came out strong in singles at the top of the lineup but while Tom Fawcett and David Wilczynski would claim first sets at #1 and #2, Nolan Paige would falter at #3. Paige led Cal's Billy Griffith 5-2 in the first set but Griffith would take five straight to take the set 7-5.

Cal ended up taking four first sets after sweeping the bottom three courts with Filip Bergevi, Oskar Wikberg, and Mads Engsted (subbed for Nishimura) taking them at #4, #5, and #6.

Filip Bergevi put Cal's second point on the board with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Sameer Kumar at #4. Bergevi broke Kumar's 4-4 service game and then held at love to take the opening set 6-4. Bergevi broke Kumar to start the second set and then broke him again to go up 3-0. It'd be all holds the rest of the way with Bergevi holding on the deciding point to close it out 6-4, 6-2 in a 1 hour and 6 minutes.

Billy Griffith would make it 3-0 Bears after he finished off Nolan Paige 7-5, 6-4 at #3 singles. As I mentioned above Griffith came back from 5-2 down to take the opening set 7-5, then in the second set it stayed on serve for a while. Griffith finally broke Paige's 4-4 service game and then held serve to win it in 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Stanford's David Wilczynski would put the Cardinal board after he knocked off Florian Lakat 6-4, 6-4 at #2. Wilczynski jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening set before Lakat held, broke, and held to go up 3-2. Wilczynski would break again a few games later and then serve out the set to take it 6-4. Wilczynski went up an early break in the second but Lakat broke back to make it 2-2. Wilczynski broke back on the deciding point to go up 3-2 and then held for 4-2. Each would hold two more times with Wilczynski serving it out to take it 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour and 17 minutes - match point below from Russ:

So Cal was still leading 3-1 but Stanford was starting to make its move. Tom Fawcett was getting ready to serve for the match at #1, Maciek Romanowicz had just got a split at #5, and Michael Genender was up a break in the second in an attempt to get a split at #6.

Fawcett would end up getting broke and would drop the second set in a tiebreak to Andre Goransson but Romanowicz wasn't letting go of his lead over Oskar Wikberg at #5. Wikberg took the opening set 6-3 and went up 2-0 in the second before Romanowicz put it all together and took 12 of the next 14 games to close out Wikberg 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in 2 hours and 3 minutes (match point below).

Tom Fawcett would tie it up at 3-3 but it'd take a while to finish off Andre Goransson at #1. Fawcett won the first set going away and then he went breaks on three separate occasions in the second set with the third break putting him up 5-4. Goransson would break from 30-40, when a Fawcett forehand hit the net cord and kicked wide, to make it 5-5. Both guys held to send it to a tiebreak and then Fawcett went up 3-1 but it'd be 3-3 at the changeover after a Fawcett double fault. Fawcett hit a volley winner for 4-3 and then went up 5-3 after Goransson double faulted. Goransson came back with an ace for 4-5 and then he tried to jump Fawcett's second serve but his return went into the net to make it 4-6. Fawcett had two match points but he'd lose the next three points on forehand errors. His best chance to close out the set came when he served up 6-4 because he hit a great first serve but Goransson hit an equally great return which forced the Fawcett error. Goransson took the tiebreak 8-6 when Fawcett was unable to pick up this low volley (clip below).
The third set stayed on serve until Goransson double faulted at 30-40 to put Fawcett up 4-2. Goransson broke back at love only to get broke from 30-40 to go down 5-3. Fawcett went up 30-0 on his serve but dropped the next four points to get broke to make it 5-4. The match would finish with a fifth consecutive break as Fawcett broke from 30-40 to take it 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-4 in 2 hours and 27 minutes.
The final match on court was at #6 between Stanford freshman Michael Genender and Cal senior Mads Engsted. Genender went up the early break in the opening set and served for the set up 5-4 but Engsted broke back and ended up taking it in a tiebreak 7-6(1). Clip below is set point for Engsted courtesy of Russ.
Genender went up 5-2 in the second and held serve on the deciding point to take it 6-3 as he lets out a huge roar. (Russ with the clip)
Genender went up 2-0 in the third and was up 30-40 on Engsted's serve but Engsted managed to hold for 1-2. Engsted broke from 15-40 to even it at 2-2 then he held at love to go up 3-2. Engsted broke again, this time from 30-40, to go up 4-2 and then he held for 5-2. Genender seemed like he was done but he kept fighting. He held for 3-5 then he broke from 30-40 to make it 4-5 when Engsted pushed a forehand well wide. Genender went down 15-40 on his 4-5 service game but he forced an Engsted error and then hit a service winner to bring up the deciding point. Engsted made an odd choice on the deciding point because he chose to receive into the ad-court and with Genender being left handed that meant he'd have to deal with that cutting lefty serve. Genender hit a great serve into Engsted's body for a service winner to hold for 5-5.
It seemed like the tide had turned and the match was there for Genender's taking but Engsted regrouped and held at love to go up 6-5. Genender would be serving at 5-6, 30-30 when he hit a double fault to make it 30-40. What was so bad about the double was that Genender spent a few seconds staring at the ball from the previous serve which had kicked back from the wall and rolled over to the sideline. Instead of going over and moving the ball out of the way he hit his second serve and missed badly. Engsted would clinch the Cal win on the next point when Genender put a forehand into the net and that was it - 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-5 in 2 hours and 52 minutes.

Thanks again to Russ Tahir for all the great video clips which really helped tell the story

#18 Cal 4, #22 Stanford 4-3
Feb. 20, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. (Taube Family Tennis Stadium)
Doubles competition
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford) 7-5
2. Nolan Paige/David Wilczynski (Stanford) def. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (Cal) 7-5
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Yale Goldberg/Sameer Kumar (Stanford) 7-6(8)
Singles competition
1. #3 Tom Fawcett (Stanford 14.75) def. #4 Andre Goransson (Cal 14.33) 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-4
2. #90 David Wilczynski (Stanford 13.80) def. #36 Florian Lakat (Cal 13.96) 6-4, 6-4
3. #32 Billy Griffith (Cal 13.92) def. #72 Nolan Paige (Stanford 13.32) 7-5, 6-4
4. Filip Bergevi (Cal 14.13) def. #113 Sameer Kumar (Stanford 13.99) 6-4, 6-2
5. #106 Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford 13.44) def. #63 Oskar Wikberg (Cal 13.59) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
6. Mads Engsted (Cal 13.22) def. #119 Michael Genender (Stanford 13.35) 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-5
Match Notes:
Cal 5-1; National Ranking #18
Stanford 5-4: National Ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,3,2,5,1,6)
T - 3:59

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"Another incredibly exciting match in our rivalry with Stanford, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Each of our last three regular-season matches has come down to the last set of the last match. You have to credit Stanford for their incredible fight today; they were behind most of the match and managed to hang in there long enough to have a chance to win it.

"I have to thank our Cal fans who came out today to help create a wonderful atmosphere for our players. And credit goes to our team because this was a total team effort today we lost at our top two spots and still found a way to win. It's a process, and our guys are learning how to maintain their competitive edge in many challenging situations.
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Ken Thomas of Radio Tennis was broadcasting from the Mississippi State versus Tulane match and he sure picked a good one. Tulane took the doubles point and got a quick win from Dominik Koepfer at #1 to go up 2-0 but Mississippi State tied it up at 2-2 with a straight set win from Niclas Braun at #4 and a three-set win from Nuno Borges at #2. The other three matches also went three-sets with Tulane's Chi-Shan Jao winning at #5 to put Tulane up 3-2 but Mississippi State took the last two with Strahinja Rakic winning 6-1 in the 3rd and Rishab Agarwal winning the deciding 6-3 in the 3rd.

Below are two clips of Agarwal's match point via MSU's Twitter



#26 Mississippi State 4, #27 Tulane 3
Feb 20, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.50) def. #41 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.92) 6-0, 6-2
2. Nuno Borges (MSU 13.89) def. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.73) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.79) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.63) 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
4. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.47) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.76) 7-5, 6-1
5. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.34) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.53) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
6. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.67) def. Tyler Schick (TLN 13.09) 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #7 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Nuno Borges/Niclas Braun (MSU) 6-4
2. Ian Van Cott/Alex Van Cott (TLN) vs. Mate Cutura/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 4-4, unfinished
3. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Rishab Agarwal/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) 6-2
Match Notes
Mississippi State 8-2; National ranking #26
Tulane 4-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,4,2,5,6,3)

Post-Match Quote from MSU's recap
"I am very pleased with how the team never went away today, head coach Matt Roberts said. "As we got deeper into the match, the guys showed great confidence in each other and showed how we are trusting each other more and more in tough situations.

Post-Match Quote from Tulane's recap
"Another nail-biter for us, Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras said. "Hats off to MSU for coming from behind to beat us today. It was a real battle, but we hate to give one away like that on our home courts.

"We did a good job getting a quick start in doubles and singles, Booras explained. "I'm really proud of how the guys have taken ownership of that element of competition in our first seven matches. That was a big bump for us to get over last year and the guys are showing a great understanding of how important that is.

"Tomorrow's match against Drake is going to be another really tough one and the guys will have to shake off this loss real quick tonight to reset for tomorrow, Booras concluded.
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Penn State ran its record to 7-0 with a hard fought 4-3 win over #60 Cornell in a match that last four hours and twenty-five minutes. 

Cornell took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but Penn State fought back and took four opening sets in singles. Leo Stakhovsky and Constant De La Bassetiere won in straight sets at #1 and #2 but Cornell picked up a straight set win from Bernardo Rosa at #3 and a three-set win from Chris Vrabel at #4 to go up 3-2. Penn State's Ben Lieb tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Dylan Brown at #6 then Tomas Hanzlik won the deciding match 7-5, 7-6(2) over Stefan Vinti at #5. 

#44 Penn State 4, #60 Cornell University 3
Feb 20, 2016 at University Park, Pa. (Sarni Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #47 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.41) def. David Volfson (CORN 13.56) 6-2, 6-4
2. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU 13.45) def. Colin Sinclair (CORN 13.40) 6-4, 6-4
3. Bernardo Rosa (CORN 12.88) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU 13.12) 7-5, 6-2
4. Chris Vrabel (CORN 13.44) def. Matt Barry (PSU 13.36) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
5. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.01) def. Stefan Vinti (CORN 13.23) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Ben Lieb (PSU 13.14) def. Dylan Brown (CORN 12.36) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Chris Vrabel/Bernardo Rosa (CORN) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 7-6 (7-3)
2. Colin Sinclair/David Volfson (CORN) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) 6-3
3. Karlo Lozic/Dylan Brown (CORN) vs. Aws Laaribi/C. De La Bassetiere (PSU) 5-5, unf.
Match Notes
Cornell University 3-6; National ranking #60
Penn State 7-0; National ranking #44
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)
T-4:25

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"I want to congratulate Cornell, said head coach Jeff Zinn. "They brought everything they had today. They battled. We knew they would battle and throw everything they had at us. I feel really good that we weathered the storm.

"He executed perfectly, said Coach Zinn on Hanzlik. "He got ahead and stayed ahead (on the tiebreak). He played a textbook tiebreaker to win the match.

"It was a great match, said Coach Zinn. "The crowd was great. They guys cheered each other on and created some great positive energy. We are trying to build positive team chemistry and it showed today. That chemistry helped pull Tomas and Ben through those final matches.

"It got tight in singles after we lost the doubles point, said assistant coach Paul Tobin. "Ben and Tomas did a great job. They both dug deep and helped secure the win.
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Oklahoma played without two of its top three singles players but still managed to get past #29 Tulsa 4-1. Andrew Harris played in doubles but not singles while Spencer Papa sat out both. OU took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 and then it got straight set wins from Axel Alvarez, Florin Bragusi, and Maxime Mora with Mora clinching it at #4.

Tulsa got its lone point from Majed Kilani at #5.

#8 Oklahoma 4, #29 Tulsa 1
Feb 20, 2016 at Tulsa, Okla. (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.30) def. #97 Carlos Bautista (TU 13.49) 6-3, 6-1 
2. #30 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.73) vs. #95 Alex Ghilea (OU 13.93) 3-6, 6-4, unfinished 
3. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.83) def. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.84) 6-3, 6-1
4. Maxime Mora (OU 13.66) def. Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.39) 6-3, 7-5
5. Majed Kilani (TU 13.53) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.86) 6-1, 6-2
6. Francois Kellerman (TU 12.65) vs. Austin Siegel (OU 13.30) 3-6, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #37 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Dylan McCloskey/Matthew Kirby (TU) 6-4
2. #52 Matias Gonzalez/Carlos Bautista (TU) def. Florin Bragusi/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-3 
3. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (OU) def. Or Ram-Harel/Dominic Bechard (TU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 6-3; National ranking #8
Tulsa 6-3; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,5,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"We did a good job putting away a very good Tulsa team tonight, head coach John Roddick said. "Especially considering we were shorthanded. We played focused tennis and finished sets when we had opportunities.
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Michigan ran its record to 6-2 with a 4-3 win over #62 Alabama. The Crimson Tide took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 but Michigan blew them off the court in singles with Jathan Malik, Alex Knight, Carter Lin, and Kevin Wong winning at #1, #2, #4 and #6 singles with Carter Lin providing the clincher.


Alabama's Korey Lovett and Spencer Richey won at #3 and #5 after the team outcome had already been decided.

#45 Michigan 4, #62 Alabama 3
Feb. 20, 2016 at Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Jathan Malik (MICH 13.74) def. Mazen Osama (UA 13.54) 6-4, 6-1
2. Alex Knight (MICH 13.68) def. Grayson Goldin (UA 13.35) 6-2, 6-2
3. Korey Lovett (UA 13.58) def. Runhao Hua (MICH 13.52) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Carter Lin (MICH 12.98) def. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA 13.48) 6-2, 6-4
5. Spencer Richey (UA 12.83) def. Myles Schalet (MICH 13.57) 6-2, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (MICH 13.03) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA 12.92) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (MICH) vs. Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama (UA) 2-5, unfinished
2. Grayson Goldin/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. Jathan Malik/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) 6-3
3. Spencer Richey/Matthew Rossouw (UA) def. Gabe Tishman/Myles Schalet (MICH) 6-1
Match Notes
Alabama 7-4
Michigan 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,1,2,4,5,3)

Post-Match Comments from Michigan's Adam Steinberg



Post-Match Quotes from Alabama's recap
"We came out with great energy and intensity in doubles, said Alabama head coach George Husack. "This has been an area of constant improvement and the results show.

"I hand it to Michigan as they came out with one goal in mind, and that was not to let the doubles result hold them back, added Husack. "We will work harder this week to prepare for the road ahead.


Other scores of interest:

#67 Boise State def. #50 Indiana 7-0
#17 San Diego def. #55 South Carolina 4-1
#32 UC Santa Barbara def. #38 San Diego State 5-2
#49 Rice def. #41 Princeton 4-3
BYU def. #69 Utah 5-2
Georgia State def. #65 Wichita State 4-3
#4 UCLA def. UC Irvine 7-0

#3 TCU def. #61 Cal Poly 7-0


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Texas A&M had been on the road for the last week and a half, and had lost its last three, but it managed to come from behind today to beat Illinois 4-2 despite playing without one of its top starters. Texas A&M senior Shane Vinsant missed today's match against Illinois due to a blister on his foot but the Aggies managed to stay focused in his absence and the team performed much better in singles than it did in doubles. The weather was right around 50 degrees outside but they played it indoors anyway. I was a little surprised at the lighter turnout of around 175 because I've been to Atkins in the past for some big matches and have seen well over 500 on hand.

Illinois got off to a quick start in doubles with its #2 team of Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik breaking Max Lunkin to open the match and its #3 team of Julian Childers and Aiden Jiang going up an early break as well. Childers and Jiang would stretch the lead to 5-0 and would end up taking it 6-1 in just 19 minutes. Vukic and Hiltzik went up a double break at #2 and led 3-0 before Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Jordi Arconada broke from 15-40 and held to make it 3-2. Vukic held for 4-2 when he hit a net cord ace at 40-30 and then Vukic and Hiltzik broke Arconada to go up 5-2. Aron Hiltzik clinched the doubles point when he hit a service winner on the deciding point - below are some video clips of a few points including match points at #3 (left) and #2 (right).


The match at #1 was abandoned with Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow leading Jared Hiltzik and Brian Page 5-2*. Below are a few clips from that match:



After a slow start in doubles Texas A&M turned up the heat in singles as Arthur Rinderknech, AJ Catanzariti, Jackson Withrow, and Max Lunkin went up early breaks at #1, #3, #5 and #6. Each would take the opening set as did Harrison Adams at #4 so that was five first sets for Texas A&M while Illinois got just the one from Jared Hiltzik at #2.

Jared Hiltzik was the first off the court as he put Illinois up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jordi Arconada at #2 singles. Hiltzik broke Arconada on the deciding point to start the match and then broke him again to take the opening set 6-3. They stayed on serve in the second set until Hiltzik broke to go up 4-2 and just two games later he'd break again to close it out in a whopping 55 minutes. Below are some highlights starting with Hiltzik's break on the opening game and it cuts to match point at the end. Of all the matches I got the least footage on this one since Hiltzik was in control most of the way.


Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow earned the Aggies first point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Brian Page at #5 singles. Withrow broke from 30-40 to go up 4-2 in the first but Page broke back from 15-40 to make it 4-3. Withrow broke right back and then held to take the opening set 6-3. After four straight holds to start the second set, Withrow broke on the deciding point to go up 3-2. Withrow then held for 4-2, broke from 30-40 for 5-2, and then held from 40-15 to close it out in 1 hour and 3 minutes. The below highlights pick up with Page serving 3-6, 2-4 (30-30) and finish with Withrow hammering home an ace on match point.


Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti tied up the match at 2-2 with an impressive 6-1, 7-6(1) win over Aron Hiltzik at #3. Catanzariti only needed 22 minutes to take the opening set but Hiltzik fought back in the second to go up 3-0. Catanzariti would reel off four straight to go up a break at 4-3 but Hiltzik would break back from 30-40 to even it at 4-4.  It stayed on serve until the tiebreak and then it was all Catanzariti as he rolled 7-1 to finish off the match in 1 hour and 13 minutes. In the video clip below it has the most of the tiebreak and if your wondering Hiltzik was overruled on the line call at 2-1 to make it 3-1 Catanzariti.



Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Asher Hirsch were locked in a tight battle at #6 singles. Lunkin took the first set 6-3 but Hirsch went up 5-3 in the second and was looking for a split. Lunkin held from 40-15 to make it 5-4 and then he broke from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. Lunkin went down 15-40 on his 5-5 service game but fought back to hold for 6-5. Hirsch held from 40-30 to send it a tiebreak but he'd quickly fall behind 3-1. Hirsch evened it up at 3-3 but he'd net a forehand on the next point to give the mini-break back to Lunkin at 4-3. Hirsch would then rattle off the next four to take the tiebreak 7-4. Below are clips from the close of the first set then the finish off the second set (for some reason the scoreboard got cut off the top during the upload)



Harrison Adams put Texas A&M ahead 3-2 with a 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 win over Julian Childers at #4. The first set was nip and tuck until Adams jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreak and took it 7-2. Childers came back and took the second 6-3 but Adams had the steadier hand down the stretch and took the final four games to close it out in 1 hour and 41 minutes. The video clip on the left is match point and the one on the right has Adams holding for 6-5 in the first, Childers holding for 6-6, then a few from the first set tiebreak.



Arthur Rinderknech would clinch the win for Texas A&M with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 win over Aleks Vukic at #1. Rinderknech needed just 25 minutes to take the first set 6-1 but Vukic fought back and broke Rinderknech at love to take the second set 7-5. Rinderknech broke to go up 3-2 in the third then he'd hold for 4-2. Vukic went up 40-0 on his next service game but Rinderknech came back to break on the deciding point for 5-2. Rinderknech would get broke at love and lose the next two points on the Vukic serve before taking the last four to win it in 1 hour and 55 minutes. The video clips start in the first set then pick up with Vukic serving 2-4 in the third.



Lunkin was a break in the third set at 2-1 when Rinderknech clinched.


#7 Texas A&M 4, #12 Illinois 2
February 21, 2016 at Urbana, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech, (TAMU 14.39) def. #12 Aleks Vukic (Ill 14.37) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (Ill 14.23) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.75) 6-3, 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.51) def. #69 Aron Hiltzik (Ill 13.63) 6-1, 7-6(1)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 12.98) def. Julian Childers (Ill 13.48) 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.01) def. Brian Page (Ill 12.38) 6-3, 6-2
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.39) vs. Asher Hirsh (Ill 12.77) 6-3, 6-7(4), *2-1 unf
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Brian Page (Ill) 5-2, unf
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (Ill) def. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2
3. Julian Childers/Aiden Jiang (Ill) def. Harrison Adams/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 11-3; National ranking #7
Illinois 6-4; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2); Singles (2, 5, 3, 4, 1)

I talked to Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton about today's match:


Post Match Quotes From Texas A&M's recap
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - Thoughts on the match
"It was a great team win for us, after losing a couple matches in a row it was big for our team to come back and play the level we were capable of playing. I was proud of our guys for playing hard and being in the match mentally. It was a big effort from the guys to come out and play the way we did. Winning five first sets in singles was huge for us and it shows that we can play at a very high level. I'm proud of the guys."

Winning the match after dropping doubles point
"It showed how good we can play if everyone plays up their level. We had some big wins today, with Arthur beating one of the toughest players in the country. He was great after having a tough go of it the last couple matches. We had a lot of heroes today, AJ was great today after winning the first set and coming back from being down in the second set to win in a tie breaker. That was a really big boost for the team. Harry, came back and won a big point for us. He hadn't broken serve for a while and got a couple big breaks in the third set. He played his best tennis on this trip in the last set today.

Post Match Quote From Illinois's recap
"We had some good doubles play. The guys came out on courts two and three and did a great job there," head coach Brad Dancer said. "I thought our urgency in singles early on was poor. Credit to our guys, as they always do, for fighting back to give ourselves a chance to win."
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#6 Ohio State got all it wanted from #23 Florida but in the end the Buckeyes pulled it out 4-3. Ohio State took the doubles point by picking up a 6-3 win at #1 and a 6-4 win at #2. The win by Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen came over the ITA #1 team of Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson. Below is the handshake from Ohio State's Twitter


Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce clinched the point at #2 when Martin Joyce held serve to give the Buckeyes the 6-4 win over Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin.

Ohio State came out strong in singles and took four opening sets and looked like it'd run away with this one but Florida fought back and forced a ton of third sets.

Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach needed just 53 minutes to put Ohio State up 2-0 after he defeated Gordon Watson 6-1, 6-4 at #5 singles. Florida's Alfredo Perez cut the lead to 2-1 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at #4 singles in a match that took 1 hour and 21 minutes. Florida's Elliott Orkin tied it at 2-2 with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Hugo Di Feo at #2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes. Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to 7-0 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Florida freshman McClain Kessler at #6 in 1 hour and 49 minutes. Just four minutes later, Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco would tie it at 3-3 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Herkko Pollanan at #3.

It all came down to a third set at #1 between Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard and Florida senior Diego Hidalgo. Torpegaard took the first set 7-6, Hidalgo got the second 6-2, then Torpegaard went up 4-1 in the third and broke again to win 6-2 in 2 hour and 7 minutes.

#6 Ohio State 4, #23 Florida Gators 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.52) def. #48 Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.04) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2
2. #21 Elliott Orkin (FLA 13.89) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.26) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. #88 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.97) def. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.64) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Alfredo Perez (FLA 13.96) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 7-5
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.97) def. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.50) 6-1, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.79) def. McClain Kessler (FLA 13.62) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 6-3
2. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #54 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco/Josh Wardell (FLA) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Florida Gators 4-3; National ranking #23
Ohio State 12-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,2,6,3,1)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:00 A-257

Post-Match Quotes from Florida head coach Brian Shelton via Florida's recap
"Ohio State is a very good team and have to credit the way Coach Tucker's guys were prepared to compete. It was a great environment there and I had so much success at home. Our guys fought hard and just came up one match shy of getting it done. Elliott and Chase showed great resolve fighting back and Alfredo did a nice job finishing against a tough competitor.

I really like my team and believe we are on our way. We are looking forward to getting after it in practice on Tuesday. The margins are small between winning and losing these matches, so we'll keep working to find that edge."
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Memphis won in Oxford for the second time in the last three years when it defeated Ole Miss 4-1.
Memphis won 6-3 at #3 doubles while Ole Miss got a 6-3 win at #1 doubles. Ole Miss was serving up 4-0 at #2 doubles but gave one of the breaks back but still led 5-2. Memphis held and then broke from 30-40 to make it 5-4. Memphis held from 40-30 to make it 5-5. Ole Miss held at love for 6-5 then the Rebels had two match points up 30-40. Memphis managed to hold with a service winner on the deciding point to send it a tiebreak. Ole Miss went up an early mini-break at 2-1 but Memphis took the next three to go up 4-2. Memphis's Ryan Peniston and Felix Rauch would end up taking it 7-3 to give the Tigers the point and early 1-0 lead.

The match was being played at Ole Miss's three-court indoor facility so after Memphis took the doubles point only the top three singles matches went on court. Memphis got wins from Ryan Peniston and Kai Lemke at #2 and #3 to go up 3-1 before Ole Miss got on the board with a 6-3, 7-6 win by Stefan Lindmark at #1.

Ole Miss needed a sweep of the bottom three but Memphis's Chris Patzanovsky closed out Ricardo Jorge 6-3, 6-4 at #4 to give Memphis the 4-1 win.

The other matches were abandoned with Memphis up a set at #6 while #5 was on serve in the first.

#28 Memphis 4, #19 Ole Miss 1
Feb 21, 2016 at Oxford, Mississippi (Gillom Sports Center) 
Singles competition
1. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM 13.94) def. #87 Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS 13.84) 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
2. #46 Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS 14.06) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.64) 6-4, 6-0
3. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS 13.48) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.86) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS 13.01) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.26) 6-3, 6-4
5. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.90) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS 12.40) 4-4, unf
6. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS 12.68) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.85) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. Filip Kraljevic/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEMPHIS) 6-3
2. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Memphis 6-2; National ranking #28
Ole Miss 4-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,1,4)
T-3:39 A-224

Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson via Ole Miss's recap
"Memphis got away with the doubles point that we had complete control over. You have to keep playing until the last point, and they did a better job at that. We weren't able to stop the momentum, but credit to Memphis, they did a great job and deserved to win.
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South Florida beat San Diego for the second time in the last seven days after winning 4-0. The Bulls took the doubles point and picked up wins from Dominic Cotrone, Sasha Gozun, and Peter Bertran at #2, #3, and #5.

San Diego head coach Ryan Keckley recapped the weekend split with South Carolina and South Florida.



#14 South Florida, #17 San Diego 0
February 21, 2016 at Tampa Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Doubles competition
1. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) vs. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) 4-5, unf
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Uros Petronijevic/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-4
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Josh Page/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.11) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.43) 4-6, 6-1 unf
2. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.32) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.43) 6-3, 6-2
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) def. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.88) 7-5, 6-0
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.08) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.21) 7-5, 2-3, unf
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.27) def. Joshua Page (USD 12.87) 6-1, 6-2
6. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.36) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.30) 7-6(2), 2-1
Match Notes
South Florida 6-3: National Ranking #14
San Diego 5-5: National Ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from South Florida's recap
"I thought the guys continued to improve and get better, head coach Matt Hill said. "Every day, every week they continue to look better and better. That's all we really care about here, is that were playing better in March than we did in February, and getting better into April and May. That's the goal.
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What was expected to be a close match turned into a rout as #47 Kentucky rolled into South Bend and gave #31 Notre Dame a good ole' fashioned beat down. Kentucky won the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 (with some new pairings) and then took all six first sets in singles. Ryotaro Matsumura, Nils Ellefsen, and Trey Yates each won with Ellefsen providing the clincher at #3.

Notre Dame did bounce back later on Sunday with a 4-0 win over Western Michigan in a match that had four singles matches go three-sets.

Kentucky has done a great job this year with getting post-match quotes from its coaching staff so make sure you give those a read for some more insight.

#47 Kentucky 4, #31 Notre Dame 0
Feb 21, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Singles competition
1. #25 William Bushamuka (UK 13.96) vs. #51 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.85) 6-4, 3-4, unf.
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.60) def. Alex Lawson (ND 13.35) 7-5, 6-2
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.47) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.84) 6-4, 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.92) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.32) 6-1, 5-5, unf
5. Trey Yates (UK 13.11) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 12.95) 6-4, 6-2
6. Charles Minc (UK 12.21) vs. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.90) 7-6(5), 1-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) def. Nils Ellefsen/William Bushamuka (UK) 6-4
2. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-4
3. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) def. Josh Hagar/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-4
Match Notes:
Kentucky 6-3; National ranking #47
Notre Dame 5-5; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,3)
T-2:08 A-114

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"We had to mix it up in the doubles, remarked fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann. "It wasn't an easy decision on what teams we needed to move around, but it paid off today. Gus and Kevin complemented each other well and Ryo and Enzo closed out a good team.

"I was very happy with our energy in the doubles, assistant coach Matt Emery added. "We switched up a couple things, and the guys really responded.  When we get the doubles point, we are very difficult to beat."

"Everyone came out to play, Kauffmann said on singles action. "To win all each of the first sets is a tough thing to do on the road. I am proud of the boys. Ryo, Nils and Trey played well and closed out the match very quickly. They took care of business.

"I was really proud of the matches I saw on the top three singles courts, Emery said "They came to play from the first point and never looked back.

"I was very proud of Trey Yates today as well, getting a big win for us at No. 5 singles. He has been so close in so many matches this year, and it was great to see it all come together for him today."
With the win, the Wildcats moves to 7-2 on the season. The loss for Notre Dame drops them to 5-5 in 2016.

"We are getting better every week and that's our goal, Kauffmann said. "This team will be one of the best teams in the country if we continue getting better and we believe in one another.
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#66 Iowa ran its record to 5-2 with a come from behind 4-3 win over Wichita State. Wichita State took the doubles point with tiebreak wins at #1 and #2 and then went up 3-1 after Tin Ostojic and Haru Inoue only dropped a total of 3 games in straight set wins at #1 and #5. As hard as it is to believe, Inoue's 6-0, 6-1 win the third match to finish with Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou squeezing in a 6-1, 6-2 win at #2. Iowa would also get a straight set win from Josh Silverstein at #3 and then both Jonas Larsen and Jake Jakoby would win in three-sets with Larsen clinching the match at #4.

Wichita State has played 13 matches this season with 7 of them finishing with a 4-3 score. Unfortunately for the Shockers they are just 2-5 in those matches.

#66 Iowa 4, #65 Wichita State 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #95 Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.21) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA 12.88) 6-2, 6-0
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA 12.71) def. #121 Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.72) 6-1, 6-2
3. Josh Silverstein (IOWA 12.91) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.55) 6-2, 6-4
4. Jonas Larsen (IOWA 11.98) def. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 11.96) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
5. Haru Inoue (WSU 12.42) def. Robin Haden (IOWA 12.61) 6-0, 6-1
6. Jake Jacoby (IOWA 12.77) def. Eddie Stoica (WSU 12.28) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #38 Jocelyn Devilliers/Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. Jake Jacoby/Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) 7-6
2. #22 Miroslav Herzan/Haru Inoue (WSU) def. Dominic Patrick/Josh Silverstein (IOWA) 7-6(8)
3. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (IOWA) def. Sergio de Vilchez/Eddie Stoica (WSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Iowa 5-2; National ranking #66
Wichita State 7-6; National ranking #65
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,5,3,6,4)
T-2:46

Post-Match Quote from Iowa's recap
"For Jonas to clinch the match in the third set for us shows the big strides he's made as a player since he's arrived on campus in August," said UI head coach Ross Wilson.
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#20 Northwestern ran its record to 10-1 with a tight 4-3 win over #32 Vanderbilt. Vandy took the doubles point by winning the deciding match at #1 in a tiebreak but Northwestern rallied in singles by taking first sets at the top four spots. Konrad Zieba, Sam Shropshire, and Fedor Baev put NU up 3-1 but Vandy tied it up at 3-3 with straight sets win from Kris Yee and Alex Ross at #5 and #6.

The match came down to a third set at #3 between NU junior Strong Kirchheimer and Vandy sophomore Baker Newman. Kirchheimer took the first set 6-2, Newman the second 7-5, and then Kirchheimer finished it 6-3 in the third.

#20 Northwestern 4, #32 Vanderbilt 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #14 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.31) def. #97 Daniel Valent (VU 14.16) 6-3, 6-0
2. #57 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.77) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.15) 6-2, 6-3
3. #77 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.21) def. Baker Newman (VU 13.42) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
4. Fedor Baev (NU 12.97) def. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.90) 7-5, 6-1
5. Kris Yee (VU 13.14) def. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14) 6-2, 6-4
6. Alex Ross (VU 12.69) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.88) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VU) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VU) def. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-3
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Pen Binet/Daniel Valent (VU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 5-4; National ranking #32
Northwestern 10-1; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,1,6,5,3)
Official: John Coleman T-2:59 A-152

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"He is a kid who puts in so much hard work," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We are certainly happy to have him to win or lose a match. We feel good having Strong as the last man on the court."

"Vanderbilt is such a good, quality team, and it seems like every year we have really tight matches with them," Swan said. "I thought the guys did a really nice job."

Post-Match Quote from Vandy's recap
"Yeah it was a tough one to lose, like they all are, said head coach Ian Duvenhage, "especially the 4-3s, but we made progress. We played some really good doubles today and they just outplayed us in some positions and you have to give them credit for that. We will get back to practice tomorrow and work on the things we think we need to get better at. I think that in spite of the fact that we lost, we played a pretty good match with a few isolated exceptions.
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#27 Tulane bounced back from a tough loss to Mississippi State by defeating #35 Drake 4-1. Tulane won the doubles point by taking the deciding match in a tiebreak and then the Green Waves picked up singles wins from Dominik Koepfer, Constantin Schmitz, and Chi-Shan Jao while Drake got a win from Vinny Gillespie.

The remaining matches were abandoned with Tulane closing in on a win at #4 while it looked like #5 was headed for a split.


#27 Tulane 4, #35 Drake 1
Feb 21, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.51) def. Bayo Philips (DRAKE 12.66) 6-1, 6-1
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.72) def. #76 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.34) 6-0, 7-5
3. Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE 13.41) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.77) 6-2, 6-3
4. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.63) vs. Ben Stride (DRAKE 12.38) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
5. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.71) vs. Nikolas Tukic (TLN 11.96) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
6. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.34) def. Tom Hands (DRAKE 12.01) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #7 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Ben Lott/Ben Wood (DRAKE) 6-4
2. Calum MacGeoch/Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-4
3. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Ben Stride/Bayo Philips (DRAKE) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
Drake 6-5; National ranking #35
Tulane 5-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"We talked to the guys about how are you going to respond," Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras said. "You always have to put it out there on the line, especially in tennis, when you play 100 points and win about half of them and you win the match. You know you have some things that are going against you, but you have to keep responding in the right way. When you lose a team match like that, against a great SEC team, it can wreak havoc on your mind, but our guys responded well."

"Doubles has been great," Booras explained. "Our assistant coach James McKie has really brought a new element in, with the energy that we need and the tasks we need to do. The guys have really taken ownership and accountability. We're really stepping up in every position.

Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
 "Today was not the way we wanted or expected this road trip to end. Give all the credit to Tulane for coming out after their tough loss yesterday and putting together a performance like this," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. "We won't let this one match dictate our season. We've been competing well and playing well."

"We have a long season ahead with lots of tennis to be played. We'll return to Des Moines and start preparing for home matches with nationally ranked Purdue and Denver."
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#48 Washington won a tight doubles point over #52 Pepperdine and then got singles wins from Jake Douglas, Enzo Sommer, and Piers Foley while Pepperdine got a win from Lautaro Pane. Below is the clincher by Douglas:


#48 Washington 4, #52 Pepperdine 1
Feb 21, 2016 at Seattle, Washington (Nordstrom Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Foley/Wendell Watanabe (UW) def. #17 Hadlich/Sidney (Pepp) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Iamachkine/Pane (Pepp) def. Douglas/Stewart (UW) 6-2
3. Kawika Lam/Sommer (UW) def. Hill/Van Slyke (Pepp) 6-2
Singles competition              
1. #105 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.84) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (Pepp 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 4-1 (DNF)
2. Jake Douglas (UW 13.41) def. Stefan Menichella (Pepp 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Lautaro Pane (Pepp 13.52) def. Gal Hakak (UW 13.45) 6-3, 6-1
4. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.71) def. Jack Van Slyke (Pepp 12.84) 7-6, 6-4
5. Pedro Iamachkine (Pepp 13.39) vs. Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.70) 6-3, 3-6, 3-1 (DNF)
6. Piers Foley (UW 12.44) def. Tom Hill (Pepp 12.27) 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes:
Drake 6-5; National ranking #35
Tulane 5-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
"I'm really thrilled to get the win, it was just a great day for tennis, said head coach Matt Anger. "There were some really intense matches and a lot of competitive play. Doubles came down to being really close, coming down to the tie-breaker, said Anger. "Our guys were able to come up with some clutch shots to get that doubles point

"Right down the line in singles we did a good job, said Anger. "Gal was the only one that couldn't get the win but I have to tip my hat off to his opponent, he played very well and didn't give us a lot of chances, he was incredibly solid.

"I think we struggled a little out of the gate with Mitch and Sebastian, but they both were able to get the second set, said Anger. "Obviously if you need those courts it helps, but even if other guys are doing well it just helps the rest of the team along. Ultimately though it was great to finish with a win today.
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#16 Columbia really roughed up Minnesota on Sunday beating the Gophers for the second time in the last month. Columbia won all seven singles matches in straight sets and didn't give up more than four games in any set.

Minnesota's Felix Corwin started off the year at #1 but after breaking his wrist he's obviously struggled to gain any traction.

#16 Columbia 7, #45 Minnesota 0
Feb 21, 2016 at New York City. N.Y. 
Singles competition
1. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.93) def. Matic Spec (MINN 13.36) 6-3, 6-1
2. #108 Victor Pham (COL 13.83) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.23) 6-3, 6-3
3. #124 Eric Rubin (COL 13.75) def. Josip Krstanovic (MINN 12.47) 6-4, 6-4
4. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.75) def. Justyn Levin (MINN 12.36) 6-0, 6-3
5. Richard Pham (COL 13.08) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.62) 6-1, 6-2
6. Timothy Wang (COL 13.35) def. Marino Alpeza (MINN 12.33) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (COL) def. Marino Alpeza/Ruben Weber (MINN) 6-1
2. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (COL) def. Jeremy Lynn/Matic Spec (MINN) 6-2
3. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (COL) vs. vs. Josip Krstanovic/Justyn Levin (MINN) 4-2 unf
Match Notes
Minnesota 3-7; National ranking #45
Columbia 6-3; National ranking #16
T - 1:50
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#26 Texas went on the road and beat #49 Rice 4-0. The doubles point was decided by a tiebreak at #2 and then Texas picked up straight set wins from Harrison Scott and Rodrigo Banzer at #2 and #4 while Julian Zlobinsky clinched the win in three-sets at #6.

Each of the remaining matches had to gone to a third set when play was halted due to the clinch.

#26 Texas 4, #49 Rice 0
2/21/2016 at Houston, TX (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Jamie Malik (RICE 12.97) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.61) 3-6, 6-2, 1-1, unfinished
2. #109 Harrison Scott (UT 13.61) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE 13.27) 6-3, 6-0
3. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.56) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.76) 5-7, 6-4, 0-0, unfinished
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.31) def. David Warren (RICE 13.03) 6-2, 6-1
5. Jake Hansen (RICE 13.73) vs. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.01) 6-1, 5-7, 0-0, unfinished
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.89) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE 12.23) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Adam Gustafsson/David Warren (RICE) 6-2
2. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Tommy Bennett/Jamie Malik (RICE) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Jake Hansen/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Harrison Scott/Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 6-5; National ranking #26
Rice 9-2; National ranking #49
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,6)
T-2:38 A-350

Post-Match Quotes from Rice's recap
"I'm very proud of the effort we gave today, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "There were times in each of the matches when I felt we didn't handle the presser as well as we should have. We didn't take care of certain situations and it got away from us. There were two or three matches where we didn't handle the adversity well as I would have liked.

"One positive we take from today is the knowledge that the expectation is now much higher, both from ourselves and from the great crowds that came out this weekend to watch us play. Everybody expects us to win these matches now, Ustundag said.

"The goal going forward is to learn how to maintain our momentum and if it does start to slip away, to learn how to put a stop to it and get back our swagger, he continued. " Everybody is contributing, but often it's been at different times. We're yet to play six across and have a great effort on every court. It's exciting to think about it happening, but it's something we have to keep working towards, he added.

Post-Match Quote from Texas's recap
"This was a really good effort today by our guys," said 16th-year UT head coach Michael Center.  "We won a hard-fought doubles point, and they followed it up and competed really well all the way up and down the line in singles.  I'm proud of what they were able to get accomplished today.  We're excited about next week and the great opportunity we have to play a very good Wake Forest team."
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Emory won the Division 3 National Team Indoor Championship with a 7-2 win over Chicago which was the Eagles 6th NTI Championship in the 16 years of the event.

For more details on the match read the ITA's recap along with a report from D3 Tennis.























#5 Emory University 7, #6 University of Chicago 2
Feb 21, 2016 at Pepper Pike, Ohio
Singles competition
1. Rafe Mosetick (EUM) def. Chua, Nicolas (UCM) 75, 67 (47), 106
2. Jonathan Jemison (EUM) def. Kranz, Sven (UCM) 64, 63
3. Aman Manji (EUM) def. Pei, Charlie (UCM) 75, 64
4. Adrien Bouchet (EUM) def. Leung, Peter (UCM) 64, 64
5. Liu, David (UCM) def. Josh Goodman (EUM) 61, 61
6. Liu, Max (UCM) def. Andrew Harrington (EUM) 75, 75
Doubles competition
1. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding (EUM) def. Chua, Nicolas/Liu, David (UCM) 86
2. Rafe Mosetick/Jonathan Jemison (EUM) def. Leung, Peter/Pei, Charlie (UCM) 85
3. David Omsky/Andrew Harrington (EUM) def. Selin, Michael/Tsai, Luke (UCM) 84
Match Notes
University of Chicago 71 National ranking #6
Emory University 42 National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2) Singles (5,4,2,3,1,6)
ITA Indoor Nationals Championship Match
Emory is the no. 3 seed Chicago is the no. 4 seed





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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Other Friday Results:

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




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It had been 12 years since Tulane last defeated LSU but the Green Wave were able to get it done on Wednesday afternoon with a 4-2 win.

LSU took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but Tulane rebounded in singles by picking up five first sets. Tulane's Constantin Schmitz rolled over Justin Butsch 6-0, 6-2 at #2 but LSU went back ahead when Gabor Csonka beat Alex Van Cott 6-2, 6-0 at #4. Tulane's Chi-Shan Jao evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Simon Freund at #5.

Each of the three remaining matches would go the distance. The current ITA #1 Dominik Koepfer would put Tulane ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 win over Jordan Daigle at #1 - match point below from Tulane:

Roughly 10 minutes later Tulane's Sebastian Rey would seal the win with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory of Boris Arias at #3.




#35 Tulane 4, #32 LSU 2
Mar 02, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.68) def. #42 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.74) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.94) def. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.36) 6-0, 6-2
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.59) def. Boris Arias (LSU 13.34) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
4. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.38) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.66) 6-2, 6-0
5. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.38) def. Simon Freund (LSU 13.18) 6-0, 6-1
6. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.94) vs. Tyler Schick (TLN 13.02) 4-6, 6-4, 3-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #17 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) def. #27 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) 6-3
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Ian Van Cott/Alex Van Cott (TLN) 7-5
3. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-3
Match Notes:
LSU 6-3; National ranking #32
Tulane 8-3; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,4,5,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"What a great effort from our guys," Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras stated. "To beat an in-state rival like this, especially a SEC team with so much experience. To beat them 4-2 after dropping the doubles point showed a lot of character from our guys. Just so proud of how they fought today."

"Sebastian showed so much heart today," Booras added. "Just shows how gritty he is and how hungry he is to be successful and to push this team towards greatness. Proud that he was able to put himself in that position and really go after his game to get things done."

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"It started very intense with a very good doubles point and it ended intense with the three setters going on the last three courts, said Head Coach Jeff Brown. "They were just a little better than we were.

"Jordan did well although Koepfer got away from him in the third set, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "He gave himself a chance to get to that third set against a guy that's been dominating everyone. Jordan played at a really high level and, going forward, this is a match he will get a lot out of.
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This week is also the kickoff to another year of the Davis Cup with several current and former college guys playing for their respective home countries.  Below is a look at who is playing and where.




World Group

John Isner (Georgia '07), Mike Bryan (Stanford '98), and Bob Bryan (Stanford '98) will represent the United States versus Australia. Isner is scheduled to play Sam Groth and Bernard Tomic in singles while the Bryan brothers are schedule to play Groth and John Peers.

John Peers (Baylor '11) is scheduled to play doubles for Australia versus the United States. 

Dominic Inglot (Virginia '09) is scheduled to play doubles for Great Britain versus Japan.

Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State '10) is scheduled to play singles and doubles for Kazakhstan versus Serbia. He will play Novak Djokovic in the first rubber and is scheduled to play Victor Troicki in the fifth rubber. He is scheduled to team with Andrey Golubev in doubles.

Marcin Matkowski (UCLA '03) is scheduled to play doubles for Poland versus Argentina. 

Adil Shamasdin (Brown '05) is on Canada's roster though he will likely only play in case of an injury.
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Group 1 Americas 

Ecuador vs. Barbados
Emilio Gomez (USC '13) and Gonzalo Escobar (Texas Tech '12) are playing for Ecuador while Adam Hornby (Dalton State Jr) will be representing Barbados

Dominican Republic vs. Chile
Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (UNC '12) is playing for DOM.


Group 1 Asia/Oceania 

New Zealand vs. Korea Republic
Michael Venus (LSU '09) is scheduled to play singles and doubles for NZL.


Group 1 Europe/Africa 

Slovenia vs. Romania
Blaz Rola (Ohio State '13) is scheduled to play singles for Slovenia

Sweden vs. Russia
Robert Lindstedt (Pepperdine '98) and Johan Brunstrom (SMU '03) are scheduled to play doubles for Sweden.

Hungary vs. Israel
Peter Nagy (Texas A&M Corpus Christi '15) is scheduled to play singles for Hungary.
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Group 2 Americas

Mexico vs. Guatemala
Hans Hach (Abilene Christian '13) and Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (Texas '09) will represent Mexico while Wilfredo Gonzalez (Miami FL '15) will represent Guatemala. 

El Salvador vs. Puerto Rico 
Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa '11) will represent ESA while Alex Diaz (Georgia '16 Commit) will represent PUR.

Venezuela vs. Paraguay
Roberto Maytin (Baylor '13) will represent VEN while Ayed Zatar (Middle Tennessee State Fr) and Francisco Yim Kim (Troy Jr) will represent PRY.


Group 2 Asia/Oceania

Philippines vs. Kuwait
Treat Huey (Virginia '08), Ruben Gonzales (Illinois '08), and Francis Alcantara (Pepperdine '14) are representing PHL. Gonzales will singles while while Huey and Alcantara will play doubles. 



Group 2 Europe/Africa

Norway vs. Lithuania
Fredrik Ask (Arizona '14) is on Norway's roster though he will likely only play in case of an injury.

South Africa vs. Luxembourg
Tucker Vorster (Ole Miss '11), Ruan Roelofse (Illinois '09), and Dean O'Brien (Georgia Tech '11) are presenting RSA. Alex Knaff (Florida State '16 Commit) is playing singles for LUX.

Bulgaria vs. Turkey
Vasko Mladenov (St. John's '13) is playing doubles for BUL.

Bosnia/Herzegovina vs. Tunisia
Amer Delic (Illinois '03) is the captain of BOS/HERZ and is on the roster but will only play in case of an injury. Anis Ghorbel (Drake '13) and Skander Mansouri (Wake Forest Soph) are representing TUN. Ghorbel is playing singles while Mansouri is scheduled to play doubles.

Latvia vs. Monaco
Mikelis Libietis (Tennessee '15) is representing LAT and will be playing singles and doubles.

Zimbabwe vs. Finland
Courtney Lock (Louisville Soph) is representing ZIM and will play singles.

Georgia vs. Denmark
Benjamin Hannestad (South Florida '16 Commit) will represent DEN though he's not scheduled to play unless there is an injury.
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Group 3 Europe - round robin pool play

Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest Fr) is representing Cyprus
def. Rafn Kumar Bonifacius (Iceland/UTR 12.18) 6-0, 6-2
def. Eric Cervos Noguer (Andora) 6-0, 6-0

David O'Hare (Memphis '14) and Bjorn Thomson (Texas Tech Fr) are representing Ireland
O'Hare/Sam Barry def. Dece/Shypheja (Albania) 6-0, 6-0
O'Hare/Peter Bothwell def. Mikayel Avetisyan/Mikayel Khachatryan (Armenia) 6-1, 6-2
Thomson def. Sedrak Khachatryan (Armenia/UTR 12.74) 6-2, 6-2

Here was a roundup with results over at the Smarthlete.

If there is anyone I missed let me know!!!







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In what had to be the match of the day it was No. 8 Texas A&M outlasting No. 30 Florida 4-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes. Florida jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Texas A&M came out ready to go in singles and took five opening sets.

Jordi Arconada was off the court first with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Chase Perez-Blanco at No. 3 but Florida's Gordon Watson answered with a 6-4, 6-4 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 5.

Texas A&M senior Jackson Withrow evened the match at 2-2 with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Florida freshman McClain Kessler at No. 6 but Florida retook the lead when freshman Alfredo Perez rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Texas A&M senior Harrison Adams.

Shane Vinsant (12th Man)
Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech made it 3-3 with a 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 win over Diego Hidalgo at No. 1. Rinderknech led 5-3 in the third but Hidalgo held and then broke from 30-40 to even it at 5-5. Rinderknech broke back and then served it out to get the win.

Shane Vinsant was the hero for the Aggies after he held on to beat Florida junior Elliott Orkin 7-6(4), 6-7(9), 7-6(2). Vinsant led 6-4 in the second set tiebreak but Orkin fought back to win the set and force a third. Orkin broke Vinsant to go up 3-1 in the third but Vinsant broke back and held for 3-3. Both held serve the rest of the way then Vinsant got the big lead in the tiebreak and closed it out 7-2. 

#8 Texas A&M 4, #30 Florida 3
Mar 06, 2016 at College Station, Texas (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) def. #31 Rinderknech/Withrow (A&M) 6-1
2. #32 Lipman/Orkin (UF) vs. Adams/Vinsant (A&M) 5-4, susp.
3. Perez/Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Arconada/Catanzariti (A&M) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #13 Arthur Rinderknech (A&M 14.42) def. #50 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.13) 6-1, 6-7(5), 7-5 
2. #53 Shane Vinsant (A&M 13.93) def. #22 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.96)  7-6 (4), 6-7(9), 7-6 (2) 
3. #106 Jordi Arconada (A&M 13.69) def. #30 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.96) 6-4, 6-1
4. #77 Alfredo Perez (UF 14.07) vs. Harrison Adams (A&M 13.11) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Gordon Watson (UF 13.53) def. AJ Catanzariti (A&M 13.55) 6-4, 6-4 
6. Jackson Withrow (A&M 13.95) def. McClain Kessler (UF 13.63) 7-6(4), 6-2
Match Notes
Texas A&M 13-3; National Ranking #8
Florida 6-4; National Ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,5,6,4,1,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - Key to defeating Florida
"I thought Shane Vinsant was a real MVP of the match against a very good Florida team. His resiliency and fight to stay in a match against a really good player in Elliott Orkin was very impressive. For a few moments it didn't look good after he had a chance to win the match in the second-set tie-breaker then going down a break in the third set. He just figured a way to stay in the match and fight and took some chances. He played a very fantastic tie-breaker to clinch the match for the team."

How the team will use today's match moving forward in SEC play
"Every one of these SEC matches are a real fight, we found a way to survive two of them this weekend. I think our guys will gain confidence after fighting from behind today, after dropping the doubles point against a good team. We knew we had to take four singles matches if we wanted to win. The guys came out with a fight in singles against Florida, taking five first sets. We really turned the momentum in our favor and outlasted a comeback from Florida. Shane and Arthur played really good third-sets today."

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton - On this afternoon's match
"Texas A&M played a great match. Our guys fought so hard and my two assistant coaches did a heck of a job, but I have to do a better job and help us get over this hump. I really love this team and trust them to continue to stay the course. They are doing their job and I have to do mine. We'll get back after it this week with same passion and energy."
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In a match that was closer than the final score it was No. 4 Ohio State winning on the road in Norman over No. 13 Oklahoma 4-1. The match was originally scheduled to be played outdoors because the temperature was in the 60s however high winds moved play indoors.

Ohio State took the doubles point for the 13th time in 16 tries by picking up 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Buckeyes added four first sets in singles.

Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard extended the Buckeyes lead to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Axel Alvarez at No. 1 and then Martin Joyce made it 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Andre Biro at No. 6.

Oklahoma freshman Maxime Mora put the Sooners on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5 but Ohio State senior captain Chris Diaz slammed the door shut with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Florin Bragusi at No. 4.

The two remaining matches were abandoned with OU's Alex Ghilea leading 5-0 (40-0) in the third at No. 2 over the hobbled Hugo Di Feo while Spencer Papa was up a set and leading 1-0 in the second set tiebreak at No. 3.

OU has a nice highlight package below since it was broadcast on Fox Sports so definitely check it out

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#4 Ohio State 4, #13 Oklahoma 1
Mar 06, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.54) def. #63 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Alex Ghilea (OU 13.96) vs. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.26) 4-6, 6-2, 5-0, (40-0) unfinished
3. Spencer Papa (OU 13.94) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 14.05) 7-5, 6-6 (1-0), unfinished
4. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.07) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.81) 6-2, 6-4
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.69) def. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.67) 6-4, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.86) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.79) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #35 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-4
2. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Spencer Papa (OU) def. #13 Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Ohio State 15-1; National Ranking #4
Oklahoma 7-5; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,5,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"It's a great day when you can get a road win over a good team like Oklahoma, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "The guys came out and got the doubles point and then did what we needed to do in singles. It was some of the best tennis we've played this year.

"Matt is a tremendous tennis player, Tucker said. "If you want to be one of the top teams in the country, you better have a good bench. Matt is a great player and he stepped up big for us today.

"We got up 3-0 and it looked like they were starting to get some momentum but our captain came through, said Tucker. "Chris (Diaz) finished it with a tremendous drop-shot volley on the deuce point. It takes a really good player to pull off a shot like that in that situation.

The win was the sixth-straight for the Buckeyes who got a total team effort on Sunday. "We got wins from six different players today and we needed every one of them, said volunteer assistant coach David Schilling.

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"I thought we played at a good level, head coach John Roddick said. "Ohio State is a very good team and they beat us, but this is the best I have seen our level in a few weeks so I think we can build some confidence on that. We have some guys who have been struggling with some things start to figure it out. Much different attitude in the locker room, even though it's a loss, than say the Arkansas match. Again, give Ohio State a lot of credit. That's a team that can be there at the end of the NCAAs.

"Max had a great win and Ghilea, even though he didn't win that, the guy was stalling and we all know that was a win. All in all I am pleased with the direction we are going. Harris is getting healthier and healthier and when that time comes we are going to be firing on all cylinders. We have a lot of work to do and bodies to get healthy, but it was a much better effort and we're going in a much better direction.
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The biggest upset of the day took place in Winston-Salem as No 40 NC State knocked off No. 7 Wake Forest 4-3. The Demon Deacons were playing without its No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, Skander Mansouri and Petros Chrysochos, who were both playing in the Davis Cup and NC State was able to cash in on their absences.

NC State took the doubles pint with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then each team won three first sets in singles.

Wake's bottom three of Christian Seraphim, Maksim Kan, and Keivon Tabrizi each won in routine fashion while NC State's Nick Horton and Simon Norenius also cruised at No. 1 and No. 2.

The match would be decided in a third set at No. 3 between NC State senior Thomas Weigel and Wake freshman Dennis Uspensky. Weigel held to start the third set and then broke to go up 2-0 but Uspensky would break back to make it 2-1. Uspensky held for 2-2 then broke to go up 3-2 but Weigel would take the last four games to close it out 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 and give the Pack a huge win.


#40 NC State 4, #7 Wake Forest 3
March 6, 2016 at Wake Forest Tennis Complex (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Singles competition
1. #72 Nick Horton (ST 13.67) def. Jon Ho (WF 14.01) 6-3, 6-2
2. #83 Simon Norenius (ST 13.52) def. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.97) 6-4, 6-3
3. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.77) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.49) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
4. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.59) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST 12.31) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maksim Kan (WF 13.22) def. Igor Saveljic (ST 12.62) 6-2, 6-3
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.08) def. Michael Odgen (ST 11.03) 6-2, 6-1 
Doubles competition
1. Ivan Saveljic/Michael Odgen (ST) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3
2. Christian Seraphim/Jon Ho (WF) def. Nick Horton/Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-1
3. Simon Norenius/Thomas Weigel (ST) def. Sam Bloom/Anthony Delcore (WF) 6-4
Match Notes
NC State 12-7 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #40
Wake Forest 13-4 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,4,1,5,2,3)
T-2:56 A-190
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South Florida got all it wanted and more from No. 19 Michigan but in the end it was the Bulls senior leader, Roberto Cid, who clinched the win with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory of Jathan Malik at #1.

#17 USF 4, #19 University of Michigan 3
Mar 06, 2016 at University of South Florida (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.40) def. #60 Jathan Malik (UM 13.69) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4
2. Alex Knight (UM 13.86) def. #35 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.34) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.46) def. Carter Lin (UM 13.30) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.17) def. Davis Crocker (UM 12.88) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Runhao Hua (UM 13.55) def. Peter Bertran (USF 13.30) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 
6. Kevin Wong (UM 13.20) def. Everth Dzib (USF 12.31) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #46 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 6-4 
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) def. Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5
3. Peter Bertran/Everth Dzib (USF) def. Lubomir Cuba/Myles Schalet (UM) 7-5
Match Notes
Michigan 10-3; National ranking #19
South Florida 8-5; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,2,5,1)

Post-Match Quotes from USF's recap

"I think that's what the best players in the world do, they find ways to win when they're not feeling well or not at their best, head coach Matt Hill said. "I thought (Jathan) Malik from Michigan did a nice job with his strategy, his plan and how he executed what he needed to do. I thought obviously Roberto did a good job of staying the course and then being resilient until the time was right, I thought he did a good job of finishing it out at the end.
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Kentucky finished off a nice weekend with a 4-3 win over #26 Ole Miss. Ole Miss took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Kentucky fought back and took five first sets in singles.

Nils Ellefsen rolled over Filip Kraljevic 6-2, 6-2 at #3 and moments later Enzo Wallart finished off Fabian Fallert 6-1, 6-0 at #4. William Bushamuka extended Kentucky's lead to 3-1 with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Stefan Lindmark at #1 but Ole Miss's Grey Hamilton answered with a 6-0, 7-6 win at #5. Zvonimir Babic tied at 3-3 when Charles Minc was forced to retire with an injury but Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura will clinch another match with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over Gustav Hansson at #2.

#22 Kentucky 4, #26 Ole Miss 3
Mar 06, 2016 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition                                                                        
1. #31 William Bushamuka (UK 13.98) def. #69 Stefan Lindmark (OM 13.91) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
2. #90 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.57) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.72) 7-5, 7-6 (4)
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.61) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.62) 6-2, 6-2
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.94) def. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.89) 6-1, 6-0
5. Grey Hamilton (OM 13.00) def. Trey Yates (UK 13.11) 6-0, 7-6 (5)
6. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.70) def. Charles Minc (UK 12.17) 3-6, 6-3, 2-0, retired
Doubles competition
1. Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) def. Nils Ellefsen/William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2
2. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Ricardo Jorge/Stefan Lindmark (OM) 5-1
3. Grey Hamilton/Fabian Fallert (OM) def. Austin Hussey/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-4
Match Notes
Ole Miss 6-3; National ranking #26
Kentucky 10-2; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,1,5,6,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"Today was bitter-sweet for me, head coach Cedric Kauffman said following Kentucky's second win in three days. "It was a great effort by our guys. We are becoming a tough group. I am sad for Charles [Minc] and I hope his injury is not too bad - we will know more about it mid-week. Our guys on the top four courts competed incredibly well today. I'm proud of the team and the great performance this weekend.

"A huge win by Ryo today to clinch the match, said assistant coach Matt Emery. "I envisioned moments just like this when I recruited Ryo. This was his first time playing the deciding match, and he handled like a seasoned veteran. He won this match because he is one of the toughest, if not the toughest, mentally in college tennis."

"Our guys at one through four singles were absolute studs today, Emery added. "Nils and Enzo came right out of the gate and took it to them.  I can't stress enough how much Nils means to this program. He has become such a rock for us in the middle of the lineup.

"I was really proud of William today on the top court. He played a really solid match from start to finish. He was fearless in the second set tiebreaker to close it out."

"I can't stress enough how proud I am of this group of guys, Emery concluded. "They had a lot of adversity thrown at them today. It was a difficult situation, having to play outdoors without having hit literally one ball outdoors in the past two months. To beat a top 30 team - a team that thrives in an outdoor environment - is a really solid accomplishment.  This match came down to toughness and our guys responded in a huge way."

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"It was an exciting college tennis match that came down to a few points here and there to decide it. We got off to a good start with the doubles; Grey and Fabi got the break to win it 6-4 and clinch the point. It's tough to win on the road in this league when you don't at least one match in the top three singles.

On the last match with Gustav Hansson
"We were really in control in the first set with Gus up 5-2, 40-30 and just couldn't close the door. He had a lot of close games in that match. A credit to him though, he was down 3-1 in the second and comes back to serve for it. Unfortunately, it didn't go our way, but that's how it is in close matches. We just have to figure out a way to win more of them as team.

On bouncing back
"We are looking forward to coming back to Oxford and playing two good teams in LSU and Texas A&M. It will be another challenging weekend, but we are excited to play in front of our home crowd.
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No. 36 Drake made it three wins in three days with a tough 4-2 win over No. 65 Cornell. Drake won the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but Cornell fought back and claimed four first sets in singles.

Drake's Calum MacGeoch put Drake ahead 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bernardo Casares Rosa at No. 4 but Cornell's Colin Sinclair put the Big Red on the board with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Bayo Philips at No 2.


Cornell was close to winning on three of the other four courts and in fact it was serving for the match at No. 1, No. 3, and No. 6 at just about the same time. Unfortunately for the Big Red only Karlo Lozic could seal the deal as he won 6-2, 6-4 over Tom Hands at No. 6.


Cornell freshman David Volfson served for the match at No. 1 up 5-2 and 5-4 in the second but got broke on both occasions and ended up dropping the set to Ben Lott in a tiebreak.

Cornell junior Chris Vrabel served for the match at No. 3 up 6-4, 5-4 but got broke by Vinny Gillespie. Vrabel led 6-5 in the tiebreak and got a look at a Gillespie second serve but his backhand return sailed long and things would south after that point.

Drake's Ben Stride put the Bulldogs ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win over Stefan Vinti at No. 5. (clip not the best with it being on the far cout)


Vinny Gillespie opened up a 5-1 lead in the third set and he would serve for the match up 5-2. Gillespie led 40-15 but Vrabel came back and broke to make it 5-3. Gillespie would break back with Vrabel double faulting on match point to give Gillespie the 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 win.


Here is a brief post-match interview that I did with the hero Vinny Gillespie (video looks better if you click the top to open in YouTube - otherwise it sways from side-to-side)



#36 Drake 4, #65 Cornell 2
Mar 06, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU 13.34) vs. Volfson, David (CU 13.50) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), *0-1, unfinished
2. Sinclair, Colin (CU 13.43) def. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.70) 6-4, 6-2
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.49) def. Vrabel, Chris (CU 13.44) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 13.01) def. Casares Rosa, Bernardo (CU 12.81) 6-2, 6-2
5. Stride, Ben (DU 12.43) def. Vinti, Stefan (CU 13.24) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
6. Lozic, Karlo (CU 12.82) def. Hands, Tom (DU 12.34) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) vs. Casares Rosa, Bernardo/Vrabel, Chris (CU) 3-4*, unfinished
2. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Sinclair, Colin/Volfson, David (CU) 6-1
3. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Vinti, Stefan/Brown, Dylan (CU) 6-1
Match Notes
Drake 11-5; National ranking #36
Cornell 5-8; National ranking #65
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,6,5,3)
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Miami has now won five of its last six after defeating No. 47 Florida State 4-3 which was the Canes first win over FSU since 2011. Florida State took the doubles point and four opening sets in singles and was looking good for most of the match.

Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst won in straight sets at No. 5 and No. 6 to put FSU up 3-0 but Miami started chipping away everywhere else. Jesse Flores and Max Andrews won in straight sets at No. 4 and No. 3 and both Christian Langmo and Piotr Lomacki earned splits at No. 2 and No. 1.

Langmo would hand Marco Nunez a third set bagel to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 at No. 2 and a short while later Lomacki would seal the win with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Benjamin Lock.

Below is match point from the "U" with this match and many of its other show on ESPN3 - to watch a replay of this one you can click on this link. I'll have a post later in the week about why Miami is able to stream so many matches.


Miami 4, #47 Florida State 3
Mar 06, 2016 at Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #78 Piotr Lomacki (UM 13.87) def. #16 Benjamin Lock (FS 14.05) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 
2. #81 Christian Langmo (UM 13.38) def. #85 Marco Nunez (FS 13.37) 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 
3. Max Andrews (UM 13.38) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.34) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
4. Jesse Flores (UM 12.91) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS 13.39) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
5. Jose Gracia (FS 13.12) def. Fermin Calvo (UM 12.99) 6-3, 6-1
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FS 13.07) def. Niclas Genovese (UM 11.83) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. Jesse Flores/Christian Langmo (UM) 6-1
2. Nile Clark/Piotr Lomacki (UM) vs. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FS) 5-6, unfinished 
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FS) def. Max Andrews/Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-4
Match Notes:
Florida State 9-4, 1-1 ACC; National ranking #47 
Miami 6-4, 1-0 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,4,3,2,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Miami's recap
"Obviously, this is a big match for us at home against FSU, said head coach Mario Rincon. "We play in the best conference in the country and every team in the conference is so good, so its great to have an ACC win already.

"I'm so proud of the guys and the way they fought, every one of them, Rincon said.

"FSU played great doubles, Rincon said. "We just couldn't hang with them. They made a lot of first serves and they over powered us. They were just too strong and too good for us in the doubles, but it was key for us to regroup.

"These guys have worked so hard for so long, Rincon said. "We really haven't been awarded with many wins lately and they deserve this one. I'm so happy for them."
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No. 2 Virginia won this year's rendition of the Commonwealth Clash with a 6-1 win over No. 53 Virginia Tech. The Hoos took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 while No. 1 was abandoned with Virginia Tech having match point in the tiebreak.

There were a lot of close sets in singles but Virginia won just about all of them with Ryan Shane, Collin Altarmirano, J.C. Aragone, Henrik Wiersholm, and Luca Coriniteli each picking up wins.

Virginia's Tech senior Andreas Bjerrehus picked up the Hokies lone point when Thai-Son Kwiatkowski retired down 5-2 in the second set though I was told it wasn't because he was hurt.

#2 Virginia 6, #53 Virginia Tech 1
Mar 06, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #14 Ryan Shane (VA 14.64) def. #20 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.27) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2)
2. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) def. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) 7-6 (6), 5-2 ret.
3. #29 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.24) def. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.16) 6-2, 6-1
4. #111 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.84) def. #76 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.82) 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-1
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.40) def. Mitch Harper (VT 12.88) 7-5, 7-5
6. Luca Corinteli (VA 13.53) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.32) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #12 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) vs. #7 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) 6-6 (6-5) unf
2. Collin Altamirano/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 7-5
3. J.C. Aragone/Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia 10-2; National ranking #2
Virginia Tech 8-3; National ranking #53
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,6,2,5,1,4)

Post-Match Quote from Virginia's recap

"Playing at Virginia Tech is really difficult and they are, without question, one of the best teams we have played this year," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "Our team is doing some great things and the character some of our guys showed tonight was so impressive. I see a ton of players improving in this group and we as a staff are so pleased. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are on the right track."
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SMU tumbled out of the top 75 last week but they'll be coming back in with a vengeance after blanking No. 20 Tulsa 4-0.  The Mustangs took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 1 in a tiebreak and then it came out strong in singles and took four opening sets.

Nate Lammons, Samm Butler, and Markus Kerner each picked up straight set wins at No. 2, 3, and 4 with Kerner providing the clincher.

SMU 4, #20 Tulsa 0
Mar 06, 2016 at Dallas, Texas (SMU Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.43) vs. Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.75) 4-6, 4-3, unf
2. Nate Lammons (SMU 14.09) def. Carlos Bautista (TUL 13.41) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. Samm Butler (SMU 13.84) def. Dylan McCloskey (TUL 12.87) 6-1, 6-2
4. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.92) def. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.71) 6-4, 6-3
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.68) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.39) 6-7 (1), 4-3, unf
6. Yates Johnson (SMU 13.16) vs. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.76) 6-2, 4-6, 2-2, unf
Doubles Competition
1. Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TUL) 7-6 (9-7)
2. Nate Lammons/Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) def. Carlos Bautista/Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL) 6-4
3. Dominic Bechard/Dylan McCloskey (TUL) def. Markus Kerner/Samm Butler (SMU) 7-5
Match Notes:
Tulsa 7-5; National ranking #20
SMU 10-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,4)
T-2:24 A-119

Post-Match Quote from SMU's recap
"Real fantastic team win, from top to bottom, singles and doubles, said Head Coach Carl Neufeld. We're improving and I'm really proud of that, but we still have a long way to go but that's good news because we just beat one of the better teams in the country.
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Tulane picked up a big conference win over No. 23 Memphis and did it in impressive fashion. The Green Wave won a tight doubles point in a tiebreak No. 1 and then won all six singles matches though many of them were very close.

#35 Tulane 7, #23 Memphis 0
Mar 06, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.68) def. Andrew Watson (MEM 14.06) 7-5, 7-5
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.95) def. #57 Ryan Peniston (MEM 13.84) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.60) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM 13.13) 7-6, 7-5
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.39) def. Kai Lemke (MEM 13.46) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
5. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.66) def. Felix Rauch (MEM 12.72) 3-6, 7-5, 4-3, retired
6. Tyler Schick (TLN 13.03) def. Shakeel Manji (MEM 12.37) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #27 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) 7-6
2. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (MEM) def. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-4
3. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) 6-2
Match Notes
Memphis 8-4; National ranking #23
Tulane 9-3; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"The match went great today, Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras stated. "It was a nail biter right from the start with that doubles point coming down to a tiebreaker on the last match there at number one. Both teams put it on the line at all positions, and we expected nothing less from a team as tough as Memphis.

"To have a top 25 ranked team come in, we know they're going to put everything on the line, Booras explained. "I was happy with how our guys stepped up to the challenge. In singles we got a nice start which helped set the tone of things. Memphis turned it around, came right back on us at pretty much every position, but we dealt with the adversity well and came out with a victory.


Other Sunday scores:

Mississippi State def. South Carolina 5-2
Georgia def. Alabama 6-1
Arkansas def. Tennessee 5-2
LSU def. Auburn 5-2
Georgia Tech def. Duke 4-3
TCU def. Central Florida 7-0
Notre Dame def. Louisville 5-2
East Tennessee State def. Samford 5-2
Denver def. Penn 6-1
Washington def. Minnesota 5-2
Utah State def. Pacific 6-1






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After a calm Wednesday the pace picked up on Thursday with Ohio State taking on South Florida while the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic got underway with four close matches at two different sites.

No. 4 Ohio State made its outdoors debut in Tampa and despite getting tested the Buckeyes still had enough in the tank to get past No. 16 South Florida 4-3.  Ohio State's Chris Diaz didn't play in doubles (reasons unknown) but the Buckeyes still managed to win at No. 1 and No. 2. Diaz's normal partner, Hugo Di Feo, and Matt Mendez led 5-3 at No. 3 when the point was clinched.

Ohio State took four opening sets in singles and Martin Joyce quickly finished his match at No. 6 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Everth Dzib. USF sophomore Peter Bertran rolled over Chris Diaz 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 and junior Sasha Gozun cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ralf Steinbach at No. 3.

Ohio State junior Herkko Pollanen defeated Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 and then Mikael Torpegaard clinched the match with a 7-6(0), 6-1 win over Roberto Cid at No. 1.

The final match was played out at No. 2 with South Florida's Dominic Cotrone getting past Hugo Di Feo 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Note: South Florida was playing without two of its usual starters with both Justin Roberts and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy out of the lineup.


#4 Ohio State 4, #16 South Florida 3
Mar 17, 2016 at Tampa, Fla. (USF Varsity Courts)
Singles competition
1. Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Roberto Cid (USF) 7-6 (7-0), 6-1
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF) def. Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Peter Bertran (USF) def. Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) 6-2, 6-3
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Everth Dzib (USF) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Sasha Gozun/Dominic Cotrone (USF) 6-4
2. Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) 6-4
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) vs. Everth Dzib/Peter Bertran (USF) 5-3, unf.
Match Notes
Ohio State 16-1; National ranking #4
USF 11-6; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,4,3,5,1,2)
A-198
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San Diego got off to a slow start against No. 49 Harvard by dropping the doubles point but the Toreros managed to turn it around in singles and came away with a 4-1 win.

San Diego won five of six first sets in singles with Filip Vittek, Romain Kalaydjian, Jaan Kononov, and Alexandros Araouzos winning at 3, 4, 5, and 6 with Vittek clinching it at No. 3.

#34 San Diego 4, #49 Harvard 1
Mar 17, 2016 at San Diego, CA (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. #122 Hu, Nicky (HARV) 3-6, 6-3, 4-3, unf
2. #53 Jordan Angus (USD) vs. Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV) 6-2, 4-6, 3-3, unf
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Tao, Kenny (HARV) 7-5, 6-2
4. #118 Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Lam, Kelvin (HARV) 7-5, 6-2
5. Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Zhou, Andy (HARV) 7-5, 6-1
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) def. Thirouin, Jean (HARV) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Hu, Nicky/Yeung, Brian (HARV) def. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-4
2. Joshua Page/Jordan Angus (USD) def. Zhou, Andy/Morrow, Christopher (HARV) 6-1
3. Thirouin, Jean/Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV) def. A Araouzos/R Kalaydjian (USD) 6-2
Match Notes
Harvard 9-6; National ranking #49
San Diego 9-6; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,5,3)



Post-Match Quotes from USD's recap
"We came out a bit flat in doubles but bounced back nicely in the first hour of singles play." Head Coach Ryan Keckley said. "It was important for us to capture the momentum early in certain match ups and we did just that."

"It was impressive to see our lower spots have so much success today." Keckley said. "We are really starting to hit our stride and we look forward to tomorrow's match up with a skilled Tulane team."
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No. 8 Texas Tech got all it wanted against No. 75 San Diego State but the Red Raiders held on to win 4-3. Texas Tech won what turned out to be an important doubles point by taking the deciding court at No. 1 in a tiebreak.

Bjorn Thomson (Pic Via Texas Tech)
Tech won four first sets in singles but it'd only be able to finish two of those in straight sets. Tech's Felipe Soares and Jolan Cailleau won easily at No. 1 and No. 4 but SDSU's Hendrik Jebens and Cornelius Kolb also won easily at No. 2 and No. 6.

SDSU's Milen Iankiev tied the match at 3-3 by coming back from a set down to defeat Alex Sendegeya 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3. The final match on court at No. 6 was freshman versus freshman. Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson took the first set 6-3 but SDSU's Sander Gjoels-Andersen got the second 6-4. Thomson got the one break he needed in the third and clinched it 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

#8 Texas Tech 4, #75 San Diego State 3
03/17/16 at San Diego, Calif. (Aztec Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Felipe Soares (TT) def. #100 Freddy Gelbrich (SDST) 6-2, 6-1
2. Hendrik Jebens (SDST) def. #94 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-1, 6-2
3. Milen Iankiev (SDST) def. #124 Alex Sendegeya (TT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Marko Goles-Babic (SDST) 6-3, 6-3
5. Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDST) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
6. Cornelius Kolb (SDST) def. Connor Curry (TT) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Santiago Cevallos/Milen Iankiev (SDST) 7-6 (8-6)
2. #44 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Marko Goles-Babic/Freddy Gelbrich (SDST) 6-2
3. Hendrik Jebens/Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDST) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 7-5
Match Notes
San Diego State 5-7; National ranking #75
Texas Tech 17-2; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,2,4,6,3,5)
T-3:02

Post-Match Quotes from TT's recap
"We weren't all there today," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "The bottom line is we need to regroup quickly and learn from this performance. San Diego State played us hard and wanted to win. Luckily, we had a few guys come through in the clutch and give us the win."

Post-Match Quotes from SDSU's recap
"I'm proud of the team, head coach Gene Carswell said. "We battled back in several different situations and to have it come down to a final set against a team that's top eight in the country, it shows that the team is expecting a lot more out of the season from what we've done up to now. Today's performance shows that our guys are putting in some hard work on the practice courts.
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No. 46 Denver took the doubles point over No. 28 Tulane but the Green Waves came back in singles and swept the top four to get a tough 4-3 win.

Tulane's Dominik Koepfer, Sebastian Rey, and Chi-Shan Jao won in straight sets at 1, 3, and 4 while Denver's Zach Fryer won in straight sets at 6. Denver's Yannik James won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 5 over Alex Van Cott but Tulane's Constantin Schmitz clinched the win at No. 2 with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win over Diogo Rocha.

#28 Tulane 4, #46 Denver 3
Mar 17, 2016 at San Diego, Calif. (University of San Diego) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Henry Craig (DU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
2. #111 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Diogo Rocha (DU) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. David Fox (DU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Alex Gasson (DU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Yannik James (DU) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Zach Fryer (DU) def. Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #33 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) vs. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DU) 5-4, unf
2. Diogo Rocha/Henry Craig (DU) def. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-3
3. Yannik James/Zach Fryer (DU) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-4
Match Notes
Denver 9-5; National ranking #46
Tulane 10-3; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,6,3,1,5,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"Denver has a very tough team, just as we expected, and put a lot of heat on us from the beginning, Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras stated. "Our guys showed a lot of fight and focus under pressure today to pull out a win.

"We played a pretty flat doubles point to go down 1-0, Booras explained. "We challenged them in our short break between doubles and singles to snap out of it and not let it affect them the wrong way emotionally and to come out sprinting in singles. They responded to the challenge to get a great start and maintained control and stuck with their game plans to close them out.
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In a battle of the Tigers it was Princeton pulling away from Memphis 4-2. Princeton took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then Princeton grabbed four first sets in singles.

Memphis only took two first sets in singles but both Andrew Watson and Ryan Peniston finished in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 2 to put Memphis ahead 2-1. Princeton's Kial Kaiser won in straight sets at No. 6 and then Thomas Colautti put Princeton ahead 3-2 with a straight sets win at No. 3.

Princeton's Joshua Yablon and Luke Gamble both went ahead 5-0 in the third and in a race to the finish line it'd be Yablon that would get the clincher at No. 4.

#36 Princeton 4, #26 Memphis 2
Mar 17, 2016 at San Diego, Calif (Aztec Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #86 Andrew Watson (MEM) def. Diego Vives (PT) 6-3, 6-2
2. #61 Ryan Peniston (MEM) def. Alexander Day (PT) 6-3, 6-1
3. Thomas Colautti (PT) def. Kai Lemke (MEM) 6-2, 6-4
4. Joshua Yablon (PT) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 
5. Luke Gamble (PT) vs. Felix Rauch (MEM) 6-2, 5-7, 5-0 unf.
6. Kial Kaiser (PT) def. Shakeel Manji (MEM) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Alexander Day/Luke Gamble (PT) def. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (MEM) 6-4 
2. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEM) def. Thomas Colautti/Ben Tso (PT) 6-4 
3. Diego Vives/Kial Kaiser (PT) def. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) 7-5
Match Notes:
Princeton 12-4; National ranking #36
Memphis 7-7; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles: 1,2,3; Singles: 2,1,6,3,4

Post-Match Quotes from Princeton's recap
Coach Billy Pate on the match: "This was another great win for us, particularly as we haven't been as sharp in the previous three matches we played outdoors before today. Memphis is a very strong team and has had a lot of success this year. As it is much of the time, the doubles was pivotal and it allowed us some breathing room as the match wore on. Though we won four first sets in singles, Memphis made a push by going up 2-1 as they were exceptionally strong at the top two positions. I was pleased with the way we kept our poise and finished with confidence. It will be a great opportunity for us tomorrow and we look forward to getting back out and building on today's match."
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No. 39 Columbia picked up its second road win in the last three days with a 4-3 win in Dallas over No. 44 SMU.

It looked like Columbia would start off in a 1-0 hole when SMU won at No. 1 doubles and led 5-0 at No. 3 doubles. However CU's No. 3 team of Miguel Alda and Christopher Grant won the next seven games to take it 7-5 and clinch the doubles point for the Lions.

Each team took three opening sets in singles and four of the six matches would finish in straight sets. Michal Rolski put Columbia up 2-0 with a routine 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6 over Yates Johnson. SMU's Samm Butler countered with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3 and his teammate Ronald Slobodchikov won 6-2, 7-5 over Richard Pham at No. 5.

Eric Rubin (Pic Via Columbia)
Columbia freshman Victor Pham put the Lions back ahead 3-2 with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Nate Lammons at No. 2 and senior Eric Rubin would clinch it with a 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3 win over Markus Kerner at No. 4.

The final match was played out with SMU's Hunter Johnson winning 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 over Shawn Hadavi.

Columbia finishes up its road trip on Saturday afternoon at No. 3 TCU while SMU welcomes in Dartmouth, Marquette, and Texas Permian Basin this weekend. 

#39 Columbia 4, #44 SMU 3
Mar 17, 2016 at Dallas, Texas (Turpin Stadium)
Singles Competition
1. #71 Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. #64 Hadavi, Shawn (COLU) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-2
2. Pham, Victor (COLU) def. #87 Nate Lammons (SMU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Vermeer, Mike (COLU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Rubin, Eric (COLU) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-3
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Pham, Richard (COLU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Rolski, Michal (COLU) def. Yates Johnson (SMU) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. #28 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COLU) 6-2
2. #32 Rolski, Michal/Vermeer, Mike (COLU) def. #22 N Lammons/Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) 6-3
3. Alda, Miguel/Grant, Christopher (COLU) def. Markus Kerner/Samm Butler (SMU) 7-5
Match Notes:
Columbia 10-4; National ranking #39
SMU 13-5; National ranking #44
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,3,5,2,4,1)
T-3:12 A-98

"Terrific match that could not have been closer. #1 and #4 singles were in first set breakers at the same time as the first set at #2 was 5-all. SMU is a great team and we got a little lucky to get the doubles point. That being said, happy for our #3 dubs guys. They lost two match points that ultimately decided the Michigan match. Then they come back tonight from three match points down, which turned out to be the difference," said Columbia associate head coach Howard Endelman.


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Friday was a wild day of tennis with several teams coming from behind to pull out thrilling wins. The biggest comeback of the day took place in Blacksburg as No. 23 Florida State appeared to be down and out against No. 40 Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Florida State turned it around in singles and took first sets at one through four.

FSU's Benjamin Lock cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Joao Monteiro at No. 1 but Virginia Tech answered with a 7-6, 6-3 win from Aaron Gomez at No. 6.

The other four matches would go the distance and after Amerigo Contini put Virginia Tech up 3-1 with a win at No. 3 it looked like the Hokies were just moments away from clinching on a few other courts.

Andreas Bjerrehus and Marco Nunez were on serve headed toward a tiebreak at No. 2 but Virginia Tech had break leads on the other two courts. Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro led Aziz Dougaz 4-2 in the third at No. 4 and Mitch Harper led Jose Gracia 5-3 in the third at No. 5. Virginia Tech just needed to close out one of those three courts but amazingly they wouldn't be able to do it.

Marco Nunez put FSU's second point on the board after he won the third set tiebreak over Bjerrehus 7-1 and then Dougaz pulled out a third set tiebreak over Tessaro 10-8 to tie the match at 3-3.

Virginia Tech freshman Mitch Harper served for the match up 5-4 in the third but got broke from 30-40 (if I'm not mistaken). Gracia held quickly for 6-5 and then Harper finally held for 6-6. Harper led 4-3 in the tiebreak but Gracia took the next four points to close it out 7-4. Harper's serve really let him down deep in the third set because after he missed his first, Gracia was pouncing on his second serve.

#23 Florida State 4, #40 Virginia Tech 3
March 18, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #30 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. #18 Joao Monteiro (VT), 6-3, 6-2
2. #97 Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT), 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (1)
3. Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) def. #59 Edoardo Tessaro (VT), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8)
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
6. Aaron Gomez (VT) def. Jake Albo (FSU), 7-6 (2), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #21 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT) def. #26 Lock/Nunez (FSU), 6-4
2. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) vs. Contini/Tessaro (VT), 5-2, dnf.
3. Jai Corbett/Harper (VT) def. Gracia/Jack Haffey (FSU), 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida State 12-4; National Ranking #23
Virginia Tech 10-4; National Ranking #40
Order of Finish Singles: 1,6,3,2,4,5; Doubles: 3,1

Post-Match Quotes from FSU's recap
Head coach Dwayne Hultquist - "It was an unbelievable match. For us to win against a very tough program in Virginia Tech, who hosted an NCAA regional last year and has a lot of seniors in their lineup, was huge. It was a tough day. We overcame the adversity of not winning doubles. We had a good start to the singles portion, winning four first sets. When Jose fought back in the second set to force a third, that was a turning point for us. Aziz was clutch, overcoming a break down in the third for the win.

"It follows up our successes from last weekend, against North Carolina and Duke, and to win this match on the road really speaks to our seniors and our team to fight hard and not give up. Three matches we could have lost in a tiebreaker and we won all three. I love the spirit with our guys doing the Seminole chant. Our players really got behind Jose in the clincher. I'm proud of Jose for competing after being down in the third, he was winning points at the net. Great team effort.

On senior Benjamin Lock:
"Ben's on fire. In the ACC, he's playing a Top 20 player almost every match. He beat a player today that was in the finals of the National Indoors, a darn good player. Ben's success comes from his approach to the game we show up to practice, he's on the courts ready to go, training hard. He beat a good player, a great player, today. Beating him today at his place was huge.

Sophomore Jose Gracia:
"I was just taking it point by point in the tiebreaker. I never really thought about the moment, just wanted to keep playing my game. I was able to fight back from an early mini-break and my teammates kept cheering me on. I knew I was going to step up. I hit a backhand passing shot and took it to him. It was a very competitive match.
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Vanderbilt went on the road to Lexington and pulled off a 4-3 stunner over No. 17 Kentucky. Vandy won what turned out to be a crucial doubles point by taking the deciding court at No. 1 in a tiebreak. Kentucky rallied in singles and took four opening sets but they'd only be able to close out three of those with William Bushamuka, Trey Yates, and Jake Stefanik winning at 1, 5, and 6.

Vanderbilt picked up straight set wins from Cameron Klinger and Baker Newman at 3 and 4 so it all came down to a third set at No. 2.

Vanderbilt senior Rhys Johnson led Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura 5-1 in the third but Matsumura took the next five games to go up 6-5. Johnson got a hold to send it to a tiebreak then he pulled away in the tiebreak taking it by a 7-1 score.

#68 Vanderbilt 4, #17 Kentucky 3
Mar 18, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) def. Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3, 6-4
2. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) def. #108 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)
3. Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-5, 6-3
4. Baker Newman (VANDY) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-6, 3-0, retired
5. Trey Yates (UK) def. Kris Yee (VANDY) 6-2, 6-2
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Alex Ross (VANDY) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-6 
2. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) def. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-3 
3. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VANDY) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-2
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 10-8 (1-2); National ranking #68
Kentucky 11-4 (3-2); National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,3,1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Vandy's recap
"We've been close all year long, said head coach Ian Duvenhage, "and we've played a bunch of good matches and haven't had much to show for it in the win column. We've been talking about the fact that if we keep knocking on the door, and that we just have to stay with it and keep the faith beating these guys is not easy to do. The crowd was incredibly rowdy; it was actually very dramatic. But the point is that Rhys (Johnson) handled the situation extremely well. 

"I think our doubles has gotten better consistently with each week. I thought we played good doubles against Georgia, but obviously came up short. Today, we got in a bit of a jam at No. 2, but came back and kept it competitive. Baker and Tate got off the court early to give us a 1-0 lead. Then Rhys and Cam did what they've done pretty much all year I think at this point you have to say that they're one of the best doubles teams in the country.

"Rhys had a great third set, but then was having trouble converting. So he was in a pickle there serving at 5-6, and found a way to hold to get it into the tiebreaker.

"Well, honestly, I was just relieved to get to the tiebreaker, said Johnson. "Then once it started I just wanted to keep my first serve percentage up and try to make the guy play as many balls as possible. Fortunately, I came out on top of most of those points.
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Unranked Auburn dropped the doubles point but bounced back to win four singles matches to stun No. 22 Ole Miss 4-3.



Auburn 4, #22 Ole Miss 3
Mar 18, 2016 at Auburn, Ala. (Yarbrough Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. #103 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-4, 7-5
2. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #82 Marko Krickovic (AU) 6-2, 4-6, 4-1, retired
3. Dante Saleh (AU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Conner Huertas (AU) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Brandon Laubser (AU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Olle Thestrup (AU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU) def. #48 Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-3
2. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Brandon Laubser/Olle Thestrup (AU) 6-2
3. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Conner Huertas/Dante Saleh (AU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes
Ole Miss 7-5, 2-3; National ranking #22
Auburn 9-6, 1-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,6,3,4,2)
Started outdoors; rain delay at 3:39 p.m.; play resumed indoors at 4:06
Official: Chris Rodger T-2:56

Post-Match Quote from Auburn's recap
"We showed real heart today after losing the doubles point, said Auburn head coach Eric Shore. "It was tough to lose that doubles point in a tiebreaker, but I thought we really fought back and battled in every singles match. We need to continue to do that in conference matches. It was a good start today.

Post-Match Quote from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"We were in good position after the doubles and started off well in singles. Unfortunately, we were not able to continue the momentum. We need to put this match behind us and move forward. We have had some good memories against Florida and I know that the guys are hungry to bounce back on Sunday.
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Florida picked up a huge win at home over a red-hot No. 13 Arkansas.  The Gators took the doubles point and then won five of six singles matches Elliott Orkin clinching the win at No. 2. 


#24 Florida 6, #13 Arkansas 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Gainesville, Fla. (Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #21 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #43 Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3, 3-6, 5-1
2. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Jose Salazar (AR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. #75 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. #51 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4, 6-3
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Johan den Toom (AR) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #2 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #31 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3
2. #60 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-2
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) vs. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 5-4, unf
Match Notes:
Arkansas 13-4; National ranking #13
Florida 8-4; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,5,2,1,3,4) T-3:00

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton - On the confidence this win over a Top-15 program builds 
"I felt we have been so close in a lot of matches that we lost this season. We lost four 4-3 matches but all of those matches have been on the road. I think it certainly helps us to play at home tonight in front of our fans. I also think we have learned from our experiences with those losses and we understand how we need to set our mindsets before the match. Just like going into the doubles with the right mindset and then when we win the doubles point, we make sure to get our hands wrapped around the first part of the singles match and really try to apply pressure early in those matches. I thought our guys did an unbelievable job tonight of setting the tone early in those singles matches where we won five of the first sets. Then we were able to finish in the end. When they made their push and came out hard like Texas Tech did and Ohio State did earlier, tonight we answered the bell. I am just really proud of our guys for seeing it through."
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Texas A&M welcomed in No. 25 Mississippi State and after taking the doubles point the Aggies picked up wins from Shane Vinsant, Jordi Arconada, AJ Catanzariti, and Jackson Withrow. State picked up wins by Mate Cutura and Niclas Braun at No. 1 and No. 4.


#9 Texas A&M 5, #25 Mississippi State 2
Mar 18, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (MSU) def. #14 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #34 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #77 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. #67 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Nuno Borges (MSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-4, 6-0
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #25 Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Nuno Borges/Niclas Braum (MSU) 6-2
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Mate Cutura/Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-3
3. #57 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Strahinja Rakic/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 5-4, unf
Match Notes:
Mississippi State 11-4, 3-2; National ranking #25
Texas A&M 16-4, 4-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,4,1,2,3)

Post-Match Quote from Texas A&M's recap
"It was another really tough SEC battle. I thought we did a great job in the doubles to secure that point. Down at the back of the line-up we were able to put three points on the board pretty quickly, which put a lot of pressure on Mississippi State. I was really pleased with that. The matches we were ahead in we were able to finish. I knew Mississippi State was going to be really good and I was really pleased with how well our guys performed. The motivation has to be internal and I thought our guys did a good job being internally motivated to play against a really tough Mississippi State team," - Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton

Post-Match Quote from Mississippi State's recap

"We played tough today and I thought Mate and Niclas stepped up in singles play, head coach Matt Roberts said. "We need to keep working hard and looking forward, because the SEC schedule doesn't get any easier. We'll take this loss and use it as a lesson and keep improving like we've done all year long.
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#11 Illinois 4, #21 Baylor 2
Mar 18, 2016 at Indian Wells, CA 
Singles competition
1. #8 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #17 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 6-4
2. #6 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #56 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Will Little (BU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Pablo Landa (ILL) 6-0, 6-2
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL), 6-0, 6-7(8), 0-1 
Doubles competition
1. #12 Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-0
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-1
Match Notes:
Illinois 8-6; National ranking #11
Baylor 11-5; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,1,3,4)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quote from Illinois's recap
"A very exciting win for the program.  It's an honor for Larry to invite his Illini to this event," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Indian Wells in the spring time is just a special place. Win or lose, these are great matches for our program. In singles, we continue to really fight and play hard. This team is fun to coach. It doesn't matter whether guys are winning or losing, they play hard and represent Illinois with great passion."  
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Tulane overcame the loss of the doubles point and gutted out a 4-3 win at No. 34 San Diego.


#28 Tulane 4, #34 San Diego 3
Mar 18, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #26 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 6-0, 6-4
2. #111 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. #53 Jordan Angus (USD) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-2, 6-1
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Jaan Kononov (USD) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
5. #118 Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles competition
1. #33 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-2
2. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-1
3. Jordan Angus/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) 6-3
Match Notes
San Diego 10-7; National ranking #34
Tulane 11-3; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,3,6,5,2,4)

Post-Match Quote from Tulane's recap
"Great gutsy win by these guys today," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "I felt like we were losing almost the entire time except for the last 20 minutes. This is one of the things we try to enforce with the guys, you're never out of it, and there's always an opportunity. The guys did it today, under the gun, on the road, against a team that's been top-20 most of this year."



Post-Match Quotes from USD's recap
"Guys fought and fought and fought today against a battle tested, competitive team. Head Coach Ryan Keckley said of the match. "We played an inspired doubles point and came out of the gates up 1-0.

"We came up a tad short in singles. Our opportunities presented themselves with a few team match points, but those points are the hardest to capture. I am really proud of the group and continue to be impressed by the way we stand together as a unit. We'll be ready to use this experience tomorrow against a feisty Princeton squad."
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#8 Texas Tech 4, #36 Princeton 0
03/18/16 at San Diego, Calif. (Aztec Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Felipe Soares (TT) def. Diego Vives (PU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #94 Hugo Dojas (TT) def. #104 Alexander Day (PU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #124 Alex Sendegeya (TT) vs. Thomas Colautti (PU) 6-2, 4-6, 3-4, unfinished
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) vs. Joshua Yablon (PU) 4-6, 6-0, 3-4, unfinished
5. Bjorn Thomson (TT) vs. Luke Gamble (PU) 4-6, 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
6. Connor Curry (TT) def. Kial Kaiser (PU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) vs. Alexander Day/Luke Gamble (PU) 3-2, unfinished
2. #44 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Thomas Colautti/Ben Tso (PU) 6-1
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Kial Kaiser/Diego Vives (PU) 6-1
Match Notes
Princeton 12-6; National ranking #36
Texas Tech 18-2; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6)
T-2:15

Post-Match Quote from Texas Tech's recap
"Today's response was the answer that we needed to have," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "The energy level, the competitiveness and the team effort we showed from start to finish was what I was most proud about it. We were ready from the start. I thought we showed a great intensity level in doubles and carried that into singles. Hugo had a big bounce-back win, and I thought we learned some valuable lessons from yesterday's match."

Post-Match Quote from Princeton's recap
We lost to a very good Texas Tech team today, but clearly we had plenty of chances. We were in the match down the stretch, though having to win four three-setters against a team the caliber of Tech is a tough assignment. We put ourselves in that hole by playing a poor doubles point and losing four first sets in singles. However, we rallied and kept fighting to give ourselves an opportunity. We'll learn from this match and look foward to bouncing back tomorrow" - Princeton head coach Billy Pate
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#46 Denver 4, #49 Harvard 3
Mar 18, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Nicky Hu (HAR) def. Henry Craig (DEN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Sebastian Beltrame (HAR) 6-3, 6-3 
3. Kenny Tao (HAR) def. David Fox (DEN) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Brian Yeung (HAR) 6-7 (9), 7-6 (4), 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Kelvin Lam (HAR) 6-3, 6-4
6. Christopher Morrow (HAR) def. Zach Fryer (DEN) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 
Doubles competition
1. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HAR) 3-5 unf.
2. Diogo Rocha/Henry Craig (DEN) def. Sebastian Beltrame/Jean Thirouin (HAR) 6-1 
3. Jesse Ruder-Hook/ Yannik James (DEN) def. Christopher Morrow/Andy Zhou (HAR) 6-3
Match Notes:
Denver 10-5; National Ranking #46
Harvard 9-8; National Ranking #49
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,5,3,1,6,4)


#26 Memphis 4, #75 San Diego State 0
March 18, 2016 at San Diego (Aztec Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 100 Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. No. 86 Andrew Watson (MEM), 6-1, 5-7, DNF
2. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) vs. No. 61 Ryan Peniston (MEM), 7-6 (7), 2-5, DNF
3. Kai Lemke (MEM) def. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) def. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Felix Rauch (MEM) def. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU), 6-4, 6-4
6. Cornelius Kolb (SDSU) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEM) 7-5, 5-3, DNF
Doubles competition
1. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) def. Santiago Cevallos/Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) 6-3
2. Marko Goles-Babic/Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (MEM) 3-5, DNF 
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Hendrik Jebens/Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 8-7; National Ranking #26
San Diego State 5-8; National Ranking #75
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,5)

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North Florida 4, #64 Georgia State 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Yannick Zuern (UNF) def. Koeke,Jannis (GSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. Lasse Muscheites (UNF) def. Kennedy,Zackery (GSU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Julian Bradley (UNF) def. Andrukhou,Andrei (GSU) 4-5, 6-1, 6-4
4. Zach Goldberg (UNF) vs. Acuna,Sebastian (GSU) 3-6, 6-0, 5-4, unfinished 
5. MacFarlane,Jack (GSU) def. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF) 6-1, 6-0
6. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) vs. Jaworski,Felipe (GSU) 6-7, 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Acuna,Sebastian/Andrukhou,Andrei (GSU) def. Julian Bradley/Yannick Zuern (UNF) 6-2
2. Lasse Muscheites/Zach Goldberg (UNF) def. MacFarlane,Jack/Koeke,Jannis (GSU) 6-3 3. Jonathan Deautriell/Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) def. Jaworski,Felipe/Bishop,Joseph (GSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia State 9-4; National ranking #64
North Florida 4-9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,1,3)

Post-Match Quote from UNF's recap
"We had a good week at practice and we focused on responding to our two tough 4-3 losses," said senior Julian Bradley. "We faced some adversity with some people being injured, but we really focused this week on being a team and really fighting for each other. I thought it really showed today and we had a lot of fun - starting with the doubles point and then translated to singles. We had guys that were down a set and then they came back and it helped with our momentum for those guys to close out the second sets."
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#19 Georgia 7, #62 South Carolina 0
Mar 18, 2016 at Columbia, SC (Carolina Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #5 Smith/Wagland (UGA) d. #54 O'Keefe/Fennell (SC) 6-4
2. Oosterbaan/Zielinski (UGA) d. Friedrich/Swank (SC) 6-1
3. Mayronne/Dennis (SC) vs. #62 Montgomery/Reinberg (UGA) 5-5 (susp.) 
Singles competition
1. #27 Austin Smith (UGA) d. Gabriel Friedrich(SC) 6-4, 6-2
2. #25 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) d. Andrew Schafer (SC) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) d. Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 1-0 (7)
4. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) d. Alex Fennell (SC) 7-5, 7-6 (2)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) d. Thomas Mayronne (SC) 6-2, 6-4
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) d, Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes:
Georgia 9-3; National ranking #19
South Carolina 9-9; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,6,2,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from South Carolina's recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi: "We're going to move past this one. There were plenty of matches where we were right there; we just failed to move ahead. We failed to play the right way in big moments, and that's something that we have to learn from today. We're not going to get mad about the loss as long as we can learn from it. The major takeaway is exactly that. We just need to be a little more aggressive in the big moments, be willing to step up and play big."

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"Our guys played a complete match today, said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We were good from warm ups on. It was certainly tough on many courts and South Carolina challenged us at every position, but I'm proud of how everyone played out there today. Austin Smith continues to play outstanding tennis to lead the way for this team and it was very good to see Wayne Montgomery really come through and find his game.
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#43 Alabama 4, #48 LSU 3
March 18, 2016 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #81 Korey Lovett (UA) def. #102 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 7-5, 6-3
2. #62 Mazen Osama (UA) def. #106 Gabor Csonka (LSU) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-3
3. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 7-5, 6-3
4. Spencer Richey (UA) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Simon Freund (LSU) def. Matthew Rossouw (UA) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
6. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #42 Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama (UA) def. #8 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-4
2. Grayson Goldin/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-2
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Spencer Richey/Matthew Rossouw (UA) 6-3
Match Notes
Alabama 12-7, 3-2 SEC; National ranking #43
LSU 8-7, 1-4 SEC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,5,3,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Alabama's recap
"Tonight required mental and physical fortitude from start to finish," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "We had a great start in doubles, and it carried over into the first sets of singles. But then a light flashed red that said check engine. We had a choice, pull over for service or keep going until the engine would no longer run. Well, we had just enough oil, coolant and fuel to get the job done, and I'm happy for the guys. We'll spend a little time at the auto shop tomorrow and get refueled for Sunday's battle with a very good Texas A&M team."

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"We didn't play as well in double in certain spots that we usually do and we needed to give ourselves the momentum, Head Coach Jeff Brownsaid.

"We gave ourselves some chances, Brown added. "Ultimately, we didn't have enough to make the comeback but I think the guys are fighting as a team and we are hoping to continue to show improvement.
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Top-ranked Virginia had no trouble on Friday afternoon and blanked No. 33 NC State 7-0. Virginia took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Hoos swept all six singles matches. Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Henrik Wiersholm, and Mac Styslinger only dropped a combined nine games in their four matches at 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Ryan Shane and J.C. Aragone won their matches in three-sets at 1 and 4.

NC State sat both of its top two players, Nick Horton and Simon Norenius, either due to a minor injury or possibly due to competition day issues.

#1 Virginia 7, #33 NC State 0
March 18, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition 
1.) #13 Ryan Shane (VA) def. Thomas Weigel (ST) 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 
2. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST) 6-1, 6-2 
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST) 6-2, 6-1 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Michael Ogden (ST) 6-0, 6-2 
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Chris Mikrovas (ST) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition 
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) 4-3, unfinished 
2. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Thomas Weigel/Michael Ogden (ST) 6-2 
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Chris Mikrovas/Shoti Meparidze (ST) 6-2
Match Notes
Virginia 13-2; National ranking #1
NC State 12-9; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,3,2,1,4) 
T-2:48 A-153

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I was pleased with our overall performance today against a strong NC State team, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It was a positive for us to play in some pretty difficult conditions with swirling winds on the courts. Hopefully that gives us some good experience on how to deal with less-than-perfect conditions, because nothing is ever going to be just right. Now we look forward to preparing to play an outstanding Florida State team on Sunday.
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#51 Notre Dame 5, #69 Duke 2
Mar 18, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion) 
Singles competition
1. #42 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #20 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
2. Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Vincent Lin (DU) 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
3. Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. TJ Pura (DU) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4, 6-3
5. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Josh Levine (DU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) def. Adrian Chamdani (DU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Ryan Dickerson (DU) vs. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) 4-4, unf.
2. #71 Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Daniel McCall/Jason Lapidus (DU) 6-3
3. Josh Hagar/Nicolas Montoya (ND) def. Vincent Lin/Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-3
Match Notes
Duke 7-9, 1-3 ACC; National ranking #69
Notre Dame 9-8, 3-2 ACC; National ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,2,6)
T-3:08 A-123

Post-Match Quotes from Notre Dame's recap
"That's the epitome of pressure tennis, Irish head coach Ryan Sachire said. "I think to come through consistently like we did was awesome and something to build upon moving forward. We always talk about controlling what you can control and being gritty in responses to adversity and I thought our guys did a really good job of that today, and the heart they competed with was outstanding.

"I knew that I had a job to do and that was to win the match, Covalschi said. "After the first set I went down a break and, in the past, it was hard for me to hit the reset button, but the coaches encouraged me to control everything I can control, so I stayed as positive as I could and build some momentum and let it carry on point to point.

"I was really proud of our team from the perspective that it was a tough weekend last weekend, but we came back on Tuesday and had one of the best practices of the season and had another great practice on Wednesday, Sachire said. "We felt like we were turning the page quickly, which is what we needed to do. They came out and established themselves with confidence and played well.
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Clemson pulled out a tight doubles point that saw all three courts go to a tiebreak but No. 32 Georgia Tech dominated in singles and won all six matches in straight sets with no sets closer than 6-4.

#32 Georgia Tech 6, Clemson 1
Mar 18, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #15 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Alex Favrot (CU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. Luke Johnson (CU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Andrew Li (GT) def. Daffra Sanon (CU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Michael Kay (GT) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Christian Harris (CU) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #77 Alex Favrot/Luke Johnson (CU) def. Carlos Benito/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 7-6 (7-4)
2. #65 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) def. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Andrew Li/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 7-6 (9-7)
Match Notes
Clemson 11-8, 2-2 ACC
Georgia Tech 11-4, 4-1 ACC; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,4,5,2,3)
T-1:50 A-100

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne SAYS -- "Credit to Clemson for fighting through and getting the point. But it's only one point. It was great to see the way our guys responded. We went up a set in all six matches fairly quickly, then we got up early in the second sets and didn't relax. It was a great match for us going into spring break, typically the guys have a lot of tests this week. They played with a lot of energy."

Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
"All the credit to a good Georgia Tech team and its coaches today in Atlanta. Our team came out and continued to play solid doubles. In singles however, the positive energy and self talk we have brought to the courts this last month with our play was not there, said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "I know we will rebound and learn from today's match, and look forward to our next opportunity on Sunday against Wake Forest in North Carolina."
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Second-ranked North Carolina played without its No. 1 Brayden Schnur but still cruised to a 7-0 win over Louisville. UNC took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 then it won all six singles matches in straight sets with the closest set being 6-4.



#2 North Carolina 7, Louisville 0 
March 18, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #10 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. Alex Gornet (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #23 Brett Clark (NC) def. George Hedley (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
3. #41 Jack Murray (NC) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #80 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Blaine Boyden (NC) def. Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Sean Donohue (LOU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition 
1. #4 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (NC) def. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-2
2. Ronnie Schneider/Jack Murray (NC) def. George Hedley/C. Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-0
3. Sean Donohue/Courtney Lock (LOU) def. Andrew Gores/Blaine Boyden (NC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Louisville 9-10
North Carolina 17-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,3,1,5,6)
T-2:09  A-207

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"I liked the way we came out in doubles at one and two, really good energy, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "That set the tone for the whole day. I liked the way we played, up and down the lineup. A couple of slips here and there, but overall it was a good performance.

"Louisville's got a well-coached team their coach [Rex Ecarma] has been around a long time and he does a really good job of getting those guys prepared. We knew they'd fight us.

"At five and six, the freshmen did a good job of sticking in there and getting the job done, Schneider said. "It was a good start to the weekend and now we'll get ready for State. They always give us their best.

 "We're looking forward to playing NC State again, Paul said. "They've got a heck of a team and they gave us everything we could handle the last time here, so it will be a great match in Raleigh.

Post-Match Quotes from Louisville's recap
"North Carolina looks and plays like a team favored to win the national championship," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "Their confidence and body language were good and they won a majority of the close games."



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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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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....
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Sunday was a tremendous day for college tennis with five matches broadcast on National TV. The day started off with Fox College Sports Pacific/Fox Sport Oklahoma showing the Oklahoma/Kansas women's match. Then you had Fox Sports 2 showing a doubleheader in Stillwater with the Oklahoma State women hosting TCU while the Oklahoma State men hosted Baylor. Lastly you had the Pac-12 Network showing a UCLA/USC doubleheader with the men playing first and then the women second.

Despite these matches being on television the stands were packed and the crowds were loud which made for a great environment for those of us that watched from home. I hope today was a glimpse into the future and not just a once a year thing. I'd love to be able to watch multiple matches every weekend and I want to applaud both Fox Sports, the Pac-12 Network, and ESPN for getting matches on its different platforms. The Tennis Channel broadcasted the finals of the Oracle/ITA Masters back in September but I don't believe they've had any college tennis on since so maybe that's something that will change in the future.

Now to the matches themselves - the Pac-12 regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament were at stake as No. 4 USC hosted No. 9 UCLA. USC got off to a nice start in doubles as Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine drilled Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp 6-1 at No. 3. USC's Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven jumped out to an early break lead on Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki but the UCLA No. 1s broke back to even it at 3-3. McDonald and Redlicki would break to go up 5-4 and then Redlicki served it out to give UCLA the 6-4 win. The doubles point would be decided at No. 2 between UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell and USC's Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede. After Sell held for 6-5, UCLA would break Jack Jaede from 30-40 to win it 7-5 and give UCLA the doubles point.


The doubles portion wasn't shown on TV so after it finished up there was about a 15 minute break until singles got underway at 1:30pm local time. UCLA would first sets at 1, 2, 3, and 6 while USC got the opening set at 4 and 5.

USC freshman Jake DeVine put the first point on the board for the Trojans after he rolled over UCLA senior Karue Sell 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4. UCLA junior Gage Brymer would put the Bruins back ahead 2-1 with a 6-2, 6-2 rolling of USC freshman Logan Smith at No. 3.

UCLA junior Joseph Di Giulio took a 6-0 first set over USC junior Rob Bellamy at No. 6 but Bellamy hung tough in the second. Bellamy fought off three match points while serving at 4-5, 15-40 but he found himself down 30-40 on his 5-6 service game. Di Giulio mishit the return which brought Bellamy forward but Bellamy wasn't able to do enough with the mid-court forehand and would get passed at the net a few shots later to drop the match 6-0, 7-5.


USC sophomore Thibault Forget would pull the Trojans to within 3-2 after he defeated UCLA sophomore Logan Staggs at No. 5. Forget took the first set 6-3 then he broke Staggs at love to go up 5-4 in the second. Forget went down 0-30 but he'd take the next four points to close it out 6-3, 6-4.


UCLA sophomore Martin Redlicki won the first set 7-5 at No. 2 but USC junior Nick Crystal would take the second 6-2. Redlicki broke Crystal to go up 3-1 in the third then he held for 4-1. After a few holds, Redlicki went up 40-30 on his 5-3 service game but he pushed a forehand well wide to bring up the deciding point. Crystal chose to receive into the ad-court, which in hindsight probably wasn't his best option, because Redlicki swung his lefty serve out wide and then followed it up with a big forehand that Crystal couldn't get back and that was it - UCLA 4 USC 2 - FINAL.

The match at No. 1 was abandoned with UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald leading Max de Vroome 7-6, 6-5*.  Below is a highlight clip from the Pac-12 Network and down below the box score was a post-match interview with Martin Redlicki.

Here are the seeds for next week's Pac-12 Tournament - UCLA 1, USC 2, Cal 3, Stanford 4, Oregon 5, Washington 6, Utah 7, Arizona 8.  UCLA and USC get a double-bye and won't play until the semifinals on Friday. Both the semifinals and finals will be broadcast LIVE on the Pac-12 Network so don't forget to tune in.





#4 UCLA 4, #9 USC 2
Apr 17, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Buntmann Family Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #42 Crystal/Verboven (USC) 6-4
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) 7-5
3. Bellamy/DeVine (USC) def. Brymer/Rapp (UCLA) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #8 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #19 Max de Vroome (USC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-5, unf
2. #45 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #43 Nick Crystal (USC) 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #55 Logan Smith (USC) 6-2, 6-2
4. #106 Jake DeVine (USC) def. #86 Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-2, 6-0
5. #120 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA) 6-3, 6-4
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Rob Bellamy (USC) 6-0, 7-5
Match Notes
UCLA 20-2; National ranking #4
USC 15-5; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,6,5,2)



Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"It means a lot to sweep USC this year, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin of beating the Trojans at home and on the road.  "This is a very good USC team.  They're going to be very determined to beat us next week in Ojai should we play each other.  

"It was a great win for us, said Martin.  "It gives us momentum heading into the conference tournament next week in Ojai.  There's a very good chance we could play the Trojans again.  We'll have to get past an extremely tough Oregon or Stanford in the semifinals on Friday to possibly get a chance to play either USC or Cal, I think.  It gives us momentum and keeps us in a positive mind frame.   

"We can't get too self-satisfied though, added Martin.  We have to keep working hardthere's another month to go till NCAAs.  The win certainly gives us hope that we're doing the right things and that we're at least one of the teams going into the tournament with a shot to possibly win it.


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When it comes to Big 12 tennis you never know what to expect. Eighth-ranked Oklahoma was coming off a 4-0 rout over Baylor while No. 10 Texas Tech was coming off a 4-1 loss to Oklahoma State. Logic would say that OU would roll over Tech but logic got left outdoors while the teams went indoors due to inclement weather.

Texas Tech took the early 1-0 lead after it won the doubles point by winning tiebreaks at No. 2 and No. 3 while No. 1 was also in a tiebreak as well.

Tech took four opening sets in singles but it'd be Oklahoma's Andrew Harris that would finish first with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hugo Dojas at No. 2.

Texas Tech went back ahead when Felipe Soares ousted Axel Alvarez 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 and then Bjorn Thomson would make it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Maxime Mora at No. 6. Jolan Cailleau would clinch the win by defeating Alex Ghilea 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4.



Texas Tech set a new regular season mark for wins with 24 and also snapped OU's 13-match home winning streak over Big 12 opponents.

#10 Texas Tech 4, #8 Oklahoma 1 
04/17/16 at Norman, Okla. (Gregg Wadley Indoor Pavilion) 
Doubles Competition
1. #73 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU) vs. #46 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (OU): 6-6, unf
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU) def. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU): 7-6 (2) 
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU) def. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU): 7-6 (5) 
Singles Competition
1. #18 Felipe Soares (TTU) def. #23 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU): 6-3, 6-4 
2. Andrew Harris (OU) def. #100 Hugo Dojas (TTU): 6-3, 6-1 
3. #121 Alex Sendegeya (TTU) vs. #69 Spencer Papa (OU): 6-3, 5-4, unf.
4. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) def. #46 Alex Ghilea (OU): 6-4, 6-3 
5. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Connor Curry (TTU) 7-5, 2-1, unf.
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) def. Maxime Mora (OU): 6-2, 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (24-4, 2-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 10 
Oklahoma (13-9, 2-2 Big 12); National ranking No. 8 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"That's the type of performance we've been searching for," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "We've been wanting to come out of the gate and compete hard. We had a talk with the team yesterday about what we needed to do and how we needed to play to our potential. We didn't strike gold. We just came out and executed. We played to win and were forcing the issue during those big moments in the tiebreakers. It was the most competitive and most exciting doubles point we've had all season."

"After doubles, I was most proud of the fact that we played with something still to prove," Masi said. "We carried the momentum from doubles and won four first sets. It wasn't about tennis, it was about the heart and the mind. We were able to win today because of the attitude and the mindset we played with. Still, the players had good game plans and strong execution. Jolan has had some tough singles matches over the last couple of weeks. He's worked hard, and everything that he's been working in practice clicked for him today. It was a big growth moment for him to close out the match on his serve."

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"I thought we started off well in doubles," head coach John Roddick said. "That has been a problem we've had. We started well, we just have to finish it. Losing two breakers, and then the other one in a breaker, there isn't a lot to be upset with. Both teams played a good point and Texas Tech just won it. We'll take starts like that every time.

"These last three matches he (Andrew Harris) has been very sharp and beaten some very good players," Roddick said. "Before he came to college he had a long layoff, about 10 months, and came back very quickly. He has done that twice now. He is a great ball striker so once you can move again and get your tennis fitness under yourself you can play good tennis pretty quickly. A lot of credit to Andrew to be able to get thrown into the mix of the Big 12 regular season and to play as well as he is. That is a great effort.

"In singles you give credit to Texas Tech," Roddick said. "They came out and played hard and played with more energy that we did. They kind of took it to us. We have to have more energy. This is the first time I haven't seen much energy from our guys. Tech kind of took our will away so give them credit for playing that well."

"We can learn from this," Roddick said. "We've played a lot better in the last 45 days and we aren't going to let one match slow that down. We just have to get back to work this week and play at a high level."
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Rice and Tulane played a wild match that started outdoors and finished indoors. Tulane won 6-2 at No. 2 doubles but Rice took the point by winning 7-5 in the tiebreak at both No. 1 and No. 3.


Tulane would take first sets at 1, 2, and 3 while Rice took the opening set at 4, 5, and 6. Rice junior David Warren put the Owls up 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 rout over Tulane freshman Tyler Schick at No. 5. Tulane junior Sebastian Rey put the Green Wave on the board with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Adam Gustafsson at No. 3 but Rice freshman Jake Hansen made it 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Chi-Shan Jao at No. 4.

Tulane sophomore Constantin Schmitz trimmed the Rice lead to 3-2 with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win over Jamie Malik at No. 2 which left just two matches left on court.

Tulane senior, and current ITA No. 1, Dominik Koepfer had just split sets with Tommy Bennett at No. 1 while the match at No. 6 was midway through the third sets.

Rice freshman Emanuel Llamas jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set on Tulane senior Ian Van Cott but Van Cott would break, hold, and break to put the match back on serve at 4-3. Llamas would break back to go up 5-3 but after falling behind 0-40 on his serve play would be halted due to rain.

It was decided that the match would be completed indoors at the MET in downtown Houston so after a one hour and five minute delayed play resumed.  Koepfer had a 3-0 lead when they went indoors but Bennett would take the next three to even it at 3-3. Koepfer finished out the match by winning the last three games to take it 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3.

In the deciding match at No. 6, Van Cott would get the break to put the match back on serve and then he'd come back from 15-30 down to hold from 40-30 to tie it at 5-5. Llamas got a quick hold for 6-5 but once again Van Cott would come back from 15-30 down to hold from 40-30 to send the match to a tiebreak. Van Cott led 6-4 in the tiebreak and had the match on his racket but Llamas got the mini-break back, won the new two points on his serve, and then took the last one on Van Cott's serve to win it 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6) to clinch the Rice win.


#26 Rice 4, #28 Tulane 3
4/17/2016 at Houston, Tx (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
2. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 6-4, 6-0
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-3, 6-4
5. David Warren (RICE) def. Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-1, 6-1
6. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Doubles competition
1. #40 Tommy Bennett/David Warren (RICE) def. #17 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) 7-6 (5)
2. Constantin Schmitz/Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Adam Gustafsson/Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-2
3. Jake Hansen/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Ian Van Cott/Sebastian Rey (TLN) 7-6 (5)
Match Notes
Tulane 14-7; National ranking #28
Rice 20-7; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,3,4,2,1,6)
Match delayed 1:05 and finished indoors
T-4:06

Senior Day ceremony for Rice's Adam Gustafsson



Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"Tremendous battle but congratulations to Rice for winning a tough match," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "We were losing for like five hours straight and then all of a sudden we had team match points. That's what we tell our guys, to always believe and keep fighting until the last point is played. Ian did a great job of coming back from 5-3 down in third set to get up 6-4 in the tiebreaker. Even though he didn't get the victory I'm proud of the way he put it all on the line there for Tulane. This kind of experience hurts but I know it will pay off if we keep on investing."
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George Washington punched its ticket to the dance by beating VCU 4-3 in the finals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. It was the third year in a row these teams had met in the finals and was also the fifth time in the last six years that GW had earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

GW took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 2 doubles by a 7-5 score then the Colonials jumped out to a 3-0 lead after getting straight wins from Julian Tverijonas and Chris Reynolds at No. 1 and No. 3.

VCU charged back and tied the match at 3-3 with wins from Vitor Lima, Catalin Fifea, and Louis Ishizaka at 2, 4, and 6 but GW's Cahit Kapukiran would clinch the championship with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Arvid Noren at No. 5.



George Washington 4, VCU 3
April 17, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles Competition
1. Julius Tverijonas (GW) def. Michal Voscek (VCU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Vitor Lima (VCU) def. Danil Zelenkov (GW) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Chris Reynolds (GW) def. Daryl Monfils (VCU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Catalin Fifea (VCU) def. Chris Fletcher (GW) 6-2, 7-6(6)
5. Cahit Kapukiran (GW) def. Arvid Noren (VCU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Louis Ishizaka (VCU) def. Christos Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. Julius Tverijonas/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Vitor Lima/Daryl Monfils (VCU), 6-3
2. Cahit Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) def. Arvid Noren/Louis Ishizaka (VCU), 7-5
3. Michal Voscek/Catalin Fifea (VCU) def. Chris Fletcher/Fernando Sala (GW), 6-2
Match Notes
George Washington 14-8
VCU 18-8
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,6,2,4,5)

Post-Match Quotes from GW's recap
"That doubles point was crucial again," said interim head coach Torrie Browning. "To get three doubles points this weekend the way that we have was just amazing, and so important."

"Chris Reynolds has been huge for us; he's been great all season," said Coach Browning. "I've seen a total boost in confidence within Reynolds this season, and that's because he works so hard in practice every day. He's the type of player that is such a good listener - so coachable - Rafa (Aita, assitant coach) and I love working with him. The energy that he brings is great. He cares so much and that's why he does so well." 

"Julius just got it done at one," added Coach Browning. "I think he finally found his game again - the last few weeks he said he wasn't feeling it, but I think he found the right balance of being on the defensive and being aggressive. When he was aggressive, he was on. He played how he needed to play to win."

"With Cahit I wasn't worried," said Coach Browning. "He's had some slow starts this spring, but he finds ways to win, so I wasn't concerned. We talked to him about a few things he should do after that first set, and then he was on it, that was it.

"We have a tradition of excellence here, and we've worked hard to keep that up. With that, there's a huge target on our back. We've done so well for so many years, other teams are always trying to knock us down. But when you come together as a team, anything is possible, and that's what happened today."
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Columbia won the Ivy League regular season title for the third year in a row with a 5-1 win on the road at Penn. Columbia actually locked up the Ivy League's NCAA automatic berth on Friday when it beat Princeton but this win over Penn gave them the outright regular season title.

Columbia won a tight doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 then the Lions took four first sets in singles. Mike Vermeer, Eric Rubin, and Timothy Wang would win in straight sets with Wang clinching the win at No. 6.

Two of the three remaining matches were played out with CU's Shawn Hadavi winning a 10-point supertiebreak at No. 1, Penn's Blaine Willenborg winning at No. 5 when a regular 7-point tiebreak was played at 3-3, while the match at No. 2 was abandoned because the guys wanted to play it out but the officials wouldn't let them since the other courts were already playing tiebreaks.

Interesting stat: Mike Vermeer's 3-year career stats for singles - 18-0 in Ivies (3 matches not finished), 49-4 overall. 7-0 this year in Ivies - talk about Mr. Automatic!!



#25 Columbia 5, Penn 1
April 17, 2016 at Philadelphia, PA (Hamlin Tennis Center 
Doubles Competition
1 - Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU) def. Austin Kaplan/Nicholi Westergaard, 7-6(3)
2 - Matt Nardella/Blaine Willenborg (UP) def. Shawn Hadavi/Victor Pham, 7-6(3)
3 - Christopher Grant/Richard Pham (CU) def. Vim De Alwis/Kyle Mautner, 7-5
Singles Competition
1 - Shawn Hadavi (CU) def. Kyle Mautner, 7-5, 3-6, 10-2
2 - Victor Pham (CU) vs. Vim De Alwis, 3-6, 6-2, 0-1*, abandoned
3 - Mike Vermeer (CU) def. Josh Pompan, 6-2, 6-2
4 - Eric Rubin (CU) def. Matt Nardella, 6-3, 6-2
5 - Blaine Willenborg (UP) def. Miguel Alda, 6-3, 1-6, 4-3(8-6)
6 - Timothy Wang (CU) def. Ismael Lahlou 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 17-5; National ranking #25
Penn 7-15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1) Singles (4,3,6,5,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Columbia's recap
"In 34 years of coaching, I have never won three in a row," said The Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Men's Tennis Bid Goswami. "We did it all year from the get-go. I felt like all season long, everybody was rooting for each other and every match we would fight."

"Everybody did their part, including the entire coaching staff," Goswami added. "We have made believers out of the guys and they believed in themselves.
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Jackson State won its fourth SWAC Championship, but first since 1998, with a 4-1 win over Alabama State. The Tigers took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Federico Boscarino, Stylianos Gkontsaris, and Richie Agarwal at 2, 4, and 6 with Agarwal clinching the championship. Alabama State got a straight set win from Takura Mlambo at No. 1 in a losing effort.



Jackson State 4, Alabama State 1
Apr 17, 2016 at New Orleans, La. (City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Takura Mlambo (ALST) def. Camilo Patino (JKST) 6-3, 6-3
2. Federico Boscarino (JKST) def. Ronald Mataba (ALST) 6-2, 6-2
3. Karlo Skvorc (ALST) vs. Miguel Martin Gomez (JKST) 5-7, 6-3, unfinished
4. Stylianos Gkontsaris (JKST) def. Szabin Pusztay (ALST) 6-4, 6-1
5. Patrik Cvik (ALST) vs. Federico Mendieta (JKST) 6-0, 3-6, unfinished
6. Richie Agarwal (JKST) def. Jarred Thompson (ALST) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Federico Boscarino/Camilo Patino (JKST) def. Patrik Cvik/Szabin Pusztay (ALST) 6-3
2. Adam Coyne/Takura Mlambo (ALST) def. Miguel Martin Gomez/Hernan Geria (JKST) 6-1
3. Richie Agarwal/Federico Mendieta (JKST) def. Ronald Mataba/Karlo Skvorc (ALST) 7-5
Match Notes:
Jackson State 6-18
Alabama State 7-10
Order of finish; Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,1,6)


Other Notable Ranked Sunday Scores

#14 Oklahoma State def. #37 Baylor 4-2
#19 South Florida def. #38 Memphis 4-0

#55 Cornell at #46 Princeton 4-3
#36 Dartmouth def. Yale 4-1
#48 Harvard def. Brown 5-2

#1 Virginia def. Miami FL 7-0
#5 North Carolina def #64 Duke 6-1
#7 Wake Forest def. Louisville 6-1
#22 Florida State def. Boston College 6-1
#43 Notre Dame def. #42 NC State  6-1

#3 Ohio State def #47 Wisconsin 4-0
#15 Northwestern def. Michigan State 4-0
#17 Illinois def. #21 Michigan 4-1
Minnesota def. #39 Penn State 4-3 - MN recap - Justyn Levin won decider 6-4 in 3rd at #5
Nebraska def. #59 Purdue 4-2
#70 Indiana def #67 Iowa 4-0

#6 Georgia def #32 Ole Miss 4-0
#13 Florida def. Tennessee 6-1
#20 Kentucky at #63 Auburn 4-1
#45 Vanderbilt def #34 Alabama 4-2
#58 South Carolina def #12 Arkansas 4-3 - SC recap - Andrew Schafer won the decider 6-4 in the 3rd at #2 - Redlicki didn't play singles for Ark.

#73 Utah def. Arizona 6-1

#24 Tulsa def. Central Florida 7-0
#31 San Diego def. #56 Pepperdine 4-0
#44 Old Dominion def. Middle Tennessee State 4-3
San Diego State def. #57 Utah State 4-3
#68 Boise State def. UNLV 4-1
Portland def. #71 Pacific 4-1
#72 UNC Wilmington def. #53 Georgia State 4-3









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