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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:17

Baylor & UCLA Both Win Going Away

Tulsa showed up at the LA Tennis Center with nothing to lose after upsetting USC and Pepperdine and lose is exactly what they did.  Billy Martin's boys came to play and they gave Tulsa a pretty thorough beating in every facet of the match.  UCLA's #1 and #3 doubles teams both posted 6-0 shutouts to seal the doubles point and give UCLA the early 1-0 lead.

Things never got any closer in singles as UCLA cruised to 5 1st sets and the 2nd sets went just as quickly with Mackenzie McDonald, Dennis Mkrtchian, Martin Redlicki, and Karue Sell all winning in straight sets.  The only positive for Tulsa was Mitchell Pritchard taking the 1st set at #5 singles.  

UCLA recap
Tulsa recap

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#16 UCLA 5, #26 Tulsa 0
Mar 03, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

1. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #33 Bautista/Espejo (TU) 6-0
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) vs. Matthew Kirby/Ram-Harel (TU) 3-2, unfinished
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) def. McCloskey/Pritchard (TU) 6-0
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.87) def. #71 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.24) 6-4, 6-0
2. #35 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.50) def. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.67) 6-3, 6-2
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.23) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.44) 6-1, 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.03) def. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71) 6-3, 6-2
5. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.51) 3-6, 5-3, DNF
6. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.06) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.59) 6-3, 5-1, DNF

Match Notes
Tulsa 10-7; National ranking #26
UCLA 8-5; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,1,2,4)


Waco, TX:  TCU came out fired up in doubles and went up an early break on all 3 courts and led 3-0 on 1, 3-0 on 2, and 3-1 on 3 however Baylor would turn the tide at #2 and #3 doubles and win 6 of the next 7 games on 2 and 5 of the next 6 games on 3 to take the doubles point.  Singles would start out just the opposite of doubles with Baylor getting the jump on TCU and going up multiple breaks on every court except #2 singles.  Baylor would take the opening set on every court except #2 but TCU would finally show some life early in the 2nd sets at 4, 5, and 6.  WhWhile Guillermo Nunez was able to hold on to his break lead and take the 2nd set at #4, both Facundo Lugones and Trevor Johnson would fail to consolidate their breaks and would both fade down the stretch and go down in straight sets to Mate Zsiga and Felipe Rios. Baylor's Max Tchoutakian would win in straight sets at #3 and in just over 2 hours Baylor had posted a 4-0 shutout of TCU.  All remaining matches were abandoned though both BU's Julian Lenz and TCU's Nick Chappell each served for the match at 1 and 2 but both were broken and would not get a second chance due to the clinch.  

TCU recap

"I thought it was the best that we played coming out of the gate in doubles, head coach David Roditi said. "We were up a break in every match and if we continue to come out the way we started in doubles, we will win that doubles point. Baylor deserves a lot of credit for the way they played and they just competed better than we did.

Baylor recap

"It was a great win for us. It was a good atmosphere with the crowd in this building. I feel great about how we played. Momentum is big in these dual-matches. We won doubles and Felipe (Rios) got off quick, so we are up 2-0 and that puts us in a good spot. It creates pressure on the other team and I think we rode that." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

#5 Baylor 4, #13 TCU 0
Mar 03, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. #20 Will Stein/Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #57 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-4
2. Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Facundo Lugones/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4

Singles competition
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) vs. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.66) 6-2, 5-6 DNF
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.81) vs. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 6-3, 5-6 DNF
3. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.28) 6-3, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) vs. Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.53) 6-4, 3-6, 2-0 DNF
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.49) 6-0, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.38) 6-0, 6-2

Match Notes
TCU 8-4, 0-1; National ranking #13
Baylor 10-2, 1-0; National ranking #5
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They'll be 3 really good ones on Saturday with LA, Chicago, and Austin the places to be.  What's so great is that 2 of these 3 will be on TV with the Pac 12 Network carrying the singles portion of the USC/UCLA match and with the Longhorn Network carrying the Illinois/Texas match in its entirety.

It'll be interesting to see if USC can snap out of its recent funk or if UCLA can ride the comeback of Gage Brymer to an upset win.  It'll be interesting to see how Illinois looks after a 2 week layoff and whether they'll switch up 1 and 2 singles in an attempt to sweep the top 2 spots.  It will also will be interesting to see how Columbia looks playing outdoors at Northwestern and who they'll play in the lower half of the lineup.  Lots of questions to be answered in the next 24 hours - should be a great afternoon of tennis.

Below are my previews of each along with who I think will win on each court.

#14 UCLA (8-5) at #5 USC (11-2) - 2pm est - USC Live Stream - Pac 12 Network Coverage starts at 3pm with singles only.  This will be the 1st of 2 regular season matches between these 2 with a 3rd highly likely in the Pac 12 Tournament.  USC is 8-5 in doubles but has dropped the point the last 2 times out against Tulsa and San Diego while UCLA is 10-3 and has won the point in 7 of its last 8 matches.  I'm going to take the Bruins in doubles with wins at 1 and 3.  

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #5 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.93) vs. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.94)
2. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.51) vs. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.39)
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.19) vs. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) vs. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.22)
5. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.81) vs. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20)
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.82) vs. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.00)

Also could see action:  Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.41), Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.15)

#1 singles - #5 Mackenzie McDonald is 9-1 in dual match play with a 7-1 record against ranked opponents while #8 Yannick Hanfmann is 8-2 overall and 4-2 against ranked opponents however he's been run off the court the last 2 times out. I'll like Mackenzie McD in straights as Hanfmann's losing streak will grow to 3.

#2 singles - #33 Dennis Mkrtchian is 4-4 in dual match play with all but 1 of those matches coming against a ranked opponent while #20 Roberto Quiroz is 7-2 (all but 1 against ranked opponent) but just 2-2 in his last 4.  These 2 seniors have faced each other 7 times over the last 4 years with each having won 3 times with the one other match going unfinished.  In the only meeting this year Quiroz won 6-2, 6-0 in the final of the Sherwood Cup.  I'm going to go with the USC senior here and I look for Roberto Quiroz to win in 3.

#3 singles - Martin Redlicki has had a great freshman year going 9-1 in dual match play and is currently riding a 6-match winning streak while Eric Johnson is 10-1 in dual match play and he's riding an 8-match winning streak.  One of the streaks has to give here and I think it'll be Johnson's continuing on and Redlicki's falling to the wayside. Johnson in 2.

#4 singles - Karue Sell is 8-4 on the year playing 7 of those 12 at #4 while the double fisting #35 Jonny Wang is 5-3 but 2-0 since dropping down from 3 to 4.  The double fisting reference is of course relating to his 2 handed forehand and nothing else.  Wang won both of the previous encounters between these 2 so why not make it 3.  Wang in 2.

#5 singles - Gage Brymer, who is 1-3 in dual match play, will likely make his return to the court after missing the last 5 matches due to personal reasons.  #50 Max De Vroome is 6-1 on the year splitting time between 4 and 5 and the Big Dutchman has won 3 in a row with 2 of the last 3 going 3 sets. These 2 met 3 times last year with Brymer taking 2 of them however it's tough to tell what kind of Brymer we're going to see.  With a little hesitation I'm going to take Brymer in 3.

#6 singles - Austin Rapp is 3-3 on the year though he's had 5 other matches go unfinished of which he was trailing in 3 and tied in the other 2.  #51 Nick Crystal has been a stud at the bottom of the lineup going a perfect 9-0 with 7 of the 9 wins in straights.  Put #10 on the board as Crystal wins in 2.

When these 2 get together it's usually an instant classic and I think UCLA is going to play with enough purpose to make it another great one.  I like UCLA in doubles and at 1 and 5 but I think USC's guts it out at 2, 3, 4, and 6 with Roberto Quiroz winning a tight 3rd set to clinch it.  I will say that the only court where I see a clear favorite is at #6 singles (Crystal) - everywhere else in my opinion really could go either way depending on who is hot and who is not.  Prediction:  USC 4-3

#4 Illinois (13-2) at #8 Texas (11-1) - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Longhorn Network - This is the 1st of 3 big matches for Illinois with the Illini facing Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU on back-to-back-to-back days which will be a little tough since Illinois hasn't played in 2 weeks.  Texas hadn't played in almost 2 weeks as well but they got a warm up in on Thursday against Michigan State and got to rest a few starters as well.  Illinois is 8-7 in doubles but just 2-7 against ranked opposition while Texas is 5-7 in doubles and 3-7 against ranked teams.  One of Texas's biggest problems has been having too many guys banged up which has disrupted its doubles pairings but it looks like Texas is finally close to getting 100% healthy.  Texas's weak spot in doubles has been #3 where the Horns are just 3-9 while they're 8-4 at 1 and 7-4 at 2.  Illinois strongest spot has been #2 where they're 10-4 however they're just 6-6 at 1 and 6-5 at 3.  Picking a doubles winner in this one is crapshoot.  

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) vs. #2 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 15.02)
2. #61 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.56) vs. #52 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.84)
3. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) vs. #60 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.77)
4. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.96)
5. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.71)
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13..11) vs. John Mee (TX 13.56)

Also could see action:  Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz (TX 13.28), Ross Guignon (ILL 13.20)

#1 singles - #18 Jared Hiltzik is 12-0 on the year with 10 of those 12 wins at #2 singles while #2 Soren Hess-Olesen is a perfect 13-0 at #1 with 8 of those wins over ranked opponents.  The reason why I think we'll see Hiltzik at #1 instead of Gosea is because Hiltzik has a head-to-head win over Hess-Olsen (6-2, 6-4 - Feb 2014).  The SHO goes on - Hess-Olsen in 3.

#2 singles - #61 Farris Gosea is 5-4 on the year with all 9 matches at #1 but he lost in straights the last time out to Notre Dame's Quentin Monaghan.  #52 Lloyd Glasspool is 8-1 on the year including 3-1 against ranked opposition.  Gosea won the head-to-head last year 6-2, 6-1.  I like Gosea in 2.

#3 singles - #32 Tim Kopinski is 12-1 on the year with a 4-1 record against ranked opponents while #60 Adrien Berkowicz is 11-2 but 2-2 against ranked opponents and he has lost 2 of his last 3. Kopinski has only dropped 23 games in his last 6 matches which means he's winning by roughly a 6-2, 6-2 score each time out - he'll drop a few than that but I think he gets the win.

#4 singles - #76 Aron Hiltzik is 8-3 on the year winning his only match against a ranked opponent (Steinbach) plus he has won 6 in a row. Nick Naumann is 7-3 on the year including 1-1 against ranked opposition (W - Nate Lammons & L -Ralf Steinbach) and he's won 2 in a row after dropping the previous 3 before that.  Hiltzik is 3 tight sets.

#5 singles - #49 Aleks Vukic is 9-1 in dual match play and he is currently riding a 7-match winning streak while George Goldhoff is 3-3 in what has been an injury riddled spring.  Vukic in 2.

#6 singles - Toshiki Matsuya is 6-1 on the year but he lost his last time out to Notre Dame's Alex Lawson while John Mee is 5-3 on the year and he's won his last 2.  I'll go with Mee in 3.

Illinois opened up the year by winning at Baylor and I see the Illini making it 2-0 in the state of Texas by picking up 4 wins in singles at 2, 3, 4, and 5.  Prediction:  Illinois 4-3

#23 Columbia (6-2)  at #16 Northwestern (11-5) - 1pm est - Live Scoring - This is a big match for both but in my opinion Columbia has more riding on it because they won't have too many more opportunities to move up in the rankings with a lower ranked schedule the rest of the way.  Columbia has won the doubles point 5 matches in a row after dropping it in its 1st 3 matches. Northwestern is 9-7 in doubles including 4-7 against ranked opponents.  Neither team's #1 doubles has done much of anything with Northwestern 3-11 and Columbia just 2-5.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #16 Winston Lin (CU 14.21) vs. #88 Sam Shropshire (NW 13.89)
2. #83 Dragos Ignat (CU 13.65) vs. #107 Strong Kirchheimer (NW 13.82)
3. Ashok Narayana (CU 13.47) vs. Logan Staggs (NW 13.22)
4. Bert Vancura (CU 12.82) vs. Mihir Kumar (NW 12.95)
5. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.41) vs. Fedor Baev (NW 12.97)
6. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.26) vs. Alp Horoz (NW 12.90)

Also could play: Eric Rubin (CU 13.35), Max Schnur (CU 13.15)

Columbia has had 8 different guys see action in at least 3 of the team's 8 matches so outside of 1 and 2 singles it's tough to know how they'll line up.

#1 singles: #16 Winston Lin is 5-2 in dual match play with ranked wins over Georgia's #17 Wayne Montgomery and Cal's #67 Andre Goransson while #88 Sam Shropshire is 11-5 but just 1-5 against ranked foes.  I'd consider Lin to be the favorite in this one and he should win in 2.

#2 singles: #83 Dragos Ignat is 5-3 in dual match play but 0-3 against ranked foes while #107 Strong Kirchheimer is 12-3 and has won 8 of his last 9 but he is also 0-3 against ranked opponents. Somebody is going to get a ranked win here assuming the match finishes - I'll take the Wildcat sophomore in 3.

#3 singles: Ashok Narayana is 5-1 playing 4 of the 6 matches at #4 while Logan Staggs is 8-7 but 7-4 at #3.  I like Narayana in 3.

#4 singles: Bert Vancura is 5-2 in dual match play and has won 5 of his last 6 while Mihir Kumar is 8-6 in dual match play and has won 4 of his last 5.  I like Vancura in 3.  

#5 singles: Mike Vermeer is 3-0 in dual match play while Fedor Baev is 10-4 with Baev winning 8 of his last 9.  I'll go with Baev in 3.

#6 singles: Shawn Hadavi is 3-2 in dual match play while Alp Horoz in 8-3.  I'll go with Horoz in 3.

In what should be a close match with several singles matches going 3 sets I'll go with Columbia in a mild upset with the Lions taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins at 1, 3, and 4. Prediction:  Columbia 4-3

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Saturday was a great day for college tennis with the 2 biggest matches of the day broadcasted on TV with The Longhorn Network showing Texas/Illinois while the Pac 12 Network showed USC/UCLA. The only thing that kind of stunk a bit was the fact that the 2 matches were being played simultaneously so while I did switch back and forth a bit I primarily stayed with the Texas/Illinois match because of how close it was throughout.

When the starting lineups were posted 30 minutes before the start of the Texas/Illinois match I had to do a double take because I didn't see Farris Gosea's name anywhere.  I was hoping the guys on the Longhorn Network would fill us in on Gosea's absence but the only thing they mentioned was that Gosea wasn't there (as in didn't make the trip to Texas).  My best guess is that he was sick and that's why he didn't travel - again totally a guess.

The one thing that I've noticed over the years, yet often forget, is that when a team is down its #1 the rest of the guys seems to rise to the occasion and perform better than you think they would.  I noticed that last night when Vanderbilt played Texas A&M without Gonzales Austin - the Dores didn't win but they fought hard on every court. Illinois did more than just fight on Saturday, they took care of business in doubles and in the middle and lower half of the lineup and came out of Austin with a win.

The Illini started things off by taking the doubles point for the 9th time on the year as its #1 team of Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski and its #2 team of Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page picked up 7-5 and 6-3 wins.  Today was the first time that Jared Hiltzik and Tim Kopinski had teamed up since October and it was the first time that Bazarnik/Page had played higher than #3 in the lineup.

Getting the doubles point had to be a huge relief for Illinois since they knew they'd only have to win 3 singles matches instead of 4 especially with how dominant Texas had been at 1 and 2 singles (26-0).

Lloyd Glasspool would be the first to finish as he defeated Tim Kopinski 6-2, 6-4 at #2 singles but a few mintues later Aleks Vukic would answer for Illinois with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #4 singles over George Goldhoff.   Texas's Soren Hess-Olesen would tie it up at 2 as he ran his dual match record to 14-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Jared Hiltzik at #1 singles.  Illinois would go back on top 3-2 as Aron Hiltzik closed out Adrien Berkowicz 6-4, 6-1 at #3 singles but getting the 4th point would require a come from behind win at either 5 or 6.  Both Toshiki Matsuya and Blake Bazarnik served for the 1st set yet neither was able to close it out and each would drop the opening set by a 7-5 score. Both guys would rally to take the 2nd set and while Matsuya fell behind 3-1 in the 3rd, Bazarnik would take over down the stretch and close out John Mee 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to give Illinois the nice road win in Austin.

The one thing I found interesting is that the original recap that Illinois put out mentioned that the Illini won despite playing without Farris Gosea (see pic below) but then for some reason they removed the mention.

Illinois recap

"Page was a big lift for us in doubles, head coach Brad Dancer said. "We've been leaning on him to be a difference maker and that was a big rally for us. Going into singles it was a tough match, the first one outdoors for us, and it was little windy. I don't think we were at our best but we battled. Our guys outside were great. We had a ton of alumni show and the environment that those alumni created was fantastic. We've been able to make some of our road matches feel like a home environment."

Texas recap

"I knew it would be a tough match today. Illinois has a very good team -- they compete well," Head Coach Michael Center said. "We are good too, but we have to make the plays at the right moment to be successful."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 13th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#4 Illinois 4, #8 Texas 2
03/14/15 at Austin, TX (Caswell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.02) def. #18 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) 6-1, 6-4
2. #52 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.84) def. #32 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.15) 6-2, 6-4
3. #76 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.76) def. #60 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.77) 6-4, 6-1
4. #49 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.19) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.71) 6-2, 6-2
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.96) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) 7-5, 4-6, 3-1, unf.
6. Blake Bazarnik (ILL 13.27) def. John Mee (UT 13.56) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #35 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) 7-5
2. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) def. Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-3
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes
Illinois 14-2; National ranking #4; Regional ranking #1
Texas 12-2; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,1,3,6)


Who Wins on Saturday In Austin

  11 (40%)
  16 (59%)

Votes so far: 27 


USC jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point for the 9th time in 14 tries and then they followed that up by taking 4 opening sets and would close out 3 of them in straight sets to knock off UCLA 4-1.  Even though UCLA won at #2 and was even at #1 and #3 it just never seemed like they had much of a chance because of the way USC was taking it to them at 4, 5, and 6.

#5 USC 4, #14 UCLA 1
March 14, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
1. #4 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #6 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) - 6-2
2. Di Giulio/ Sell (UCLA) def. #50 de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 6-3
3. Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) - 6-3
USC wins doubles point. -- Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.94) vs. #5 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.93) - 4-6, 6-3, 1-2 susp.
2. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.51) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.39) - 6-4, 6-3
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01) vs. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.19) - 7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-1 susp.
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.22) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) - 6-4, 7-6 (4)
5. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.00) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.81) - 7-5, 6-2
6. #50 Max de Vroome (USC 14.20) def. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.15) - 6-0, 6-0

USC recap - with comment from Peter Smith/Jonny Wang (courtesy of USC)

UCLA recap

Who Wins on Saturday at USC

  25 (86%)
  4 (13%)

Votes so far: 29 


Northwestern won the doubles point but Columbia came out ready for singles and took 5 opening sets.  Columbia's Winston Lin, Mike Vermeer, and Shawn Hadavi would each win in straight sets but the Lions wouldn't be able to find the elusive 4th point as Northwestern won all 3 remaining matches with each going deep into a 3rd set.

Northwestern recap
Columbia recap

#16 Northwestern University 4, #23 Columbia 3
Mar 14, 2015 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Winston Lin (COL 14.21) def. #88 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.89) 6-2, 6-3
2. #107 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.82) def. #83 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.65) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3)
3. Logan Staggs (NU 13.22) def. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.47) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Mihir Kumar (NU 12.95) def. Bert Vancura (COL 12.82) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
5. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.97) 7-5, 6-4
6. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.26) def. Alp Horoz (NU 12.90) 6-2, 6-4 
Doubles competition
1. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. #20 Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (COL) 6-3
2. #57 Winston Lin/Mike Vermeer (COL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-3
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Dragos Ignat/Bert Vancura (COL) 6-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,1,5,3,2,4)

T-3:14 A-212

It's been a good week so far for UNC-Wilmington as the Seahawks have already registered 2 Top 50 and will look to make it 3 on Sunday as they face #20 South Florida in the Championship of the USF Spring Break Tournament.  Below is the updated tournament bracket.

UNCW 4, #48 Penn State 3
Singles competition
1. C. Van der Burgh (UNCW 12.90) def. Alex Fennell (PSU 13.25) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU 13.56) def. Xander Veys (UNCW 13.21) 6-4, 6-1
3. Santtu Leskinen (UNCW 12.86) def. Matt Barry (PSU 13.36) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
4. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 12.90) def. Sam Williams (UNCW 12.87) 6-3, 6-3
5. Zach Hublitz (UNCW 12.95) def. Nika Dolidze (PSU 12.26) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
6. Andres Torres (UNCW 12.62) def. Marc Collado (PSU 12.44) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #75 Leonard Stakhovsky/Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. C. Van der Burgh/Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) 6-2
2. Xander Veys/Sam Williams (UNCW) vs. Michael Reilly/Alex Fennell (PSU) 4-5 unf.
3. Christian Lutshaunig/Matt Barry (PSU) def. Josh Hublitz/Javier Restrepo (UNCW) 6-3
Match Notes:
Penn State 6-9; National ranking #48
UNCW 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)
USF Spring Break Tournament Semifinals

UNCW recap

"It's a testament to the fitness and character of this team," said Mait DuBois, the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year. "When we played Penn State last year in the NCAA Tournament, we were within 20 minutes of winning and lost. We were within 20 minutes of losing today and it didn't look like we had a chance, but the guys hung around and found a way to win."

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Typically Mondays only have 1 or 2 matches but there were a handful of decent ones on the slate today with Cal Poly going into Boise and winning, Memphis winning at South Alabama, and UCLA getting a slightly tougher than expected win over UNLV.

UCLA won the battle of the abbreviations with a 6-1 win over UNLV.  UCLA was a little shorthanded with 2 of its top 3 players out of the doubles lineup with Mackenzie McDonald (14.91) and Martin Redlicki both participating in a Futures event in Calabasas this week.  After UCLA dropped the doubles point things were actually looking a little concerning but fortunately Redlicki was able to make it back in time to play in singles because otherwise the Bruins would have had to slide everyone except Mkrtchian up 2 spots in the lineup which could have spelled trouble for UCLA. In all seriousness UCLA probably still would have won no worse than 5-2 even without Redlicki.

For those that don't know - Calabasas is only about 20 miles from Westwood - I didn't know that myself until I looked it up.

UCLA recap
UNLV recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 23rd.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#19 UCLA 6, UNLV 1
March 23, 2015  (LA Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.63) def. Ace Matias (UNLV 13.75) 7-6 (6), 6-4
2. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.17) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV 12.93) 6-2, 6-4
3. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV 11.66) 6-1, 6-1, 
4. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.78) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV 12.78) 6-4, 7-5
5. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.83) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV 11.91) 6-3, 7-6(8)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.40) def. Ozzy Abraham (UNLV 11.31) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Adam Gage-Brown/Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-3
2. Dennis Mkrtchian/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-1
3. Ozzy Abraham/Cozbinov (UNLV) def. Gage Brymer/Ryoto Tachi (UCLA) 6-2

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

What's been a rough year for Boise State got a little rougher on Monday when Cal Poly came in and took the doubles point and followed it up by taking 4 of 6 singles matches.

Cal Poly recap
Boise St recap

#65 Cal Poly 5, Boise State 2 
March 23, 2015 at Boise, Idaho (Boas Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (CP) 6-3
2. Garrett Auproux/Devin Barber (CP) def. Abe Hewko/Garrett Patton (BSU) 7-5
3. Karl Enander/Lucas Lesoeur (CP) def. Brian Foley/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-3
Order of finish: 1,3,2
Singles competition
1. Garrett Patton (BSU 13.02) def. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.62) 7-6 (4), 6-2
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU 12.87) def. Ben Donovan (CP 13.68) 6-4, 6-3
3. Corey Pang (CP 12.29) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU 12.53) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Lucas Lesoeur (CP 11.84) def. Brian Foley (BSU 12.59) 6-4, 6-4
5. Naveen Beasley (CP 12.37) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.23) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
6. Axel Damiens (CP 11.75) def. Abe Hewko (BSU 12.05) 7-5, 6-3

Match Notes:
Order of finish: 6,1,2,5,3,4
Cal Poly 10-7
Boise State 6-11

Memphis picked up a nice road win over a ranked opponent as the Tigers beat the Jags 4-1. Memphis came into this match ranked #73 but should jump up at least 15 spots tomorrow based off its win on Saturday over SMU.  South Alabama has now dropped 4 of its last 5 and will likely drop out of the rankings.  Interesting note:  USA's Tim Srkala was originally supposed to attend Memphis this year but at the last minute he switched to South Alabama - he did actually show up on Memphis's roster briefly and was supposed to play in the season opening tournament at Purdue but never did.

S. Alabama recap

"It was a very tough match for us today," said USA head coach Nick Brochu. "It was a little disappointing, but it was a great battle. We had a lot of three-set matches. Memphis is a great team."

"Daniel played great at No. 1," said Brochu. "He beat an amazing, ranked player. That's going to help his ranking."

"It was great to see that even though we were down on some courts and lost the first set, we came back and won the second set," said Brochu. "We had four matches going into three sets today, so that was a great battle. It hurts when you lose in three sets because you were so close."

"Memphis is known for being really good in doubles," said Brochu. "That would have been a great point for us since it was their strength. That was kind of hard for us to swallow."

Memphis recap

"That was a tight one," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It's always tough to get a win on the road and that being our third match in four days was a tough finish to that run. But I feel like the guys are starting to play better and better and it'll be nice to have a weekend off now to prepare for the end of season run."

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Get your dinner done early because there's some big time tennis tonight in Waco as #2 Baylor hosts #1 Oklahoma.  Baylor will have a blog running in addition to providing live scoring and streaming video so if you're around a computer check it out.  All the scoring, video, blog, twitter links are done below at the bottom of this post.

#1 Oklahoma (20-1) at #2 Baylor (17-3) - 7pm est - Oklahoma has already beat Baylor twice this year, once indoors in Chicago and once outdoors in California (box scores below), so you'd think it'd be tough to beat them again.  Since the 2nd meeting Oklahoma has played and beat #10 TCU, #9 Texas, and #29 Tulsa while Baylor hasn't played anyone substantial.  It'll be interesting to see if that lack of competition over these last 3 weeks will hurt Baylor.  The Bears will have the home court advantage with a loud, rowdy crowd cheering on every point so we'll get to see how Oklahoma handles it though they managed just fine in Columbus against Ohio State.  The teams have split the doubles point in the previous 2 meetings but I like Baylor to take the point this time around because of the influence of the crowd.

Prematch comments via Baylor:

"It's going to be a blast," head coach Matt Knoll said. "I've been here a long time and this is only going to be the second time we've ever had this situation. On top of that we'll have a No.1 vs. No. 2 match in singles as well, so it's going to be a special day. It's a big day for the program and something that we're very excited about. It's going to bring out the best in us."

"I think they're super good," Knoll said. "I think the margins are small when you go against the best teams like this. We have to focus. We have to have fight. We have to do the intangible things, and I think we're going to have a chance. Having the chance to play in front of a big crowd here is going to be a special event for our guys and build a lot of enthusiasm and momentum going into the NCAA Championships."

Baylor's preview video below

Doubles Records:
Baylor: 18-1 overall & 40-7 on all courts
Oklahoma: 12-9 overall & 33-22 on all courts

Projected Doubles Lineup with records in ( ):
1. #8 Alvarez/Webb (OU 15-4) vs. #51 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU 5-4)
2. #52 Ghilea/Harris (OU 6-5) vs. #54 Lenz/Galeano (BU 14-1)
3. Papa/Bragusi (OU 2-3) vs. Schneider/Rios (BU 12-2)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.76) vs. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.77)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.85) vs. #31 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.12)
3. #30 Dane Webb (OU 14.24) vs. #61 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.33)
4. #70 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.19) vs. Diego Galeano (BU 13.63)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.86) vs. #117 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.58) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 13.83)
Also could play: Jose Salazar (OU 13.73), Vince Schneider (BU 13.51)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 9th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. Alvarez 17-0 vs. Lenz 11-2
2. Harris 12-4 vs. Lupieri 9-5
3. Webb 13-3 vs. Tchoutakian 12-5
4. Ghilea 13-2 vs. Galeano 7-3
5. Papa 9-5 vs. Zsiga 8-2
6. Bragusi 7-1 vs. Rios 12-2

Others: Salazar (7-4), Schneider (10-3)

It seems that Diego Galeano may have worked his way back into the singles lineup while Vince Schneider has sat the last few out.  It's possible that they could both play but more than likely just 1 will play.  If Axel Alvarez plays at #1 singles (Matt Knoll's comments above allude to that) we'll have a matchup between the ITA #1 and #2 players with Julian Lenz the current #1.

#1 singles - Alvarez played at #2 in both the previous matches winning fairly convincingly each time while Lenz beat Harris once and had the other match get halted by the clinch.  Alvarez has won 17 in a row and has only dropped 1 set in his last 9 matches and that's against 7 ranked opponents.  Lenz has won 4 in a row with wins over #6 Yannick Hanfmann, #7 Andrew Harris, and JUCO #1 Guy Iradukunda. Prediction: Alvarez (OU) in 3

#2 singles - Harris played at #1 in both the previous matches losing once with another not finishing while Lupieri has played at both #2 and #3 and lost badly both times. Lupieri has won 3 of his last 5 though the last 3 were against light competition.  Harris has won 4 of 5 with wins over #5 Soren Hess-Olesen, #21 Winston Lin, #22 Mitchell Frank, and #50 Cameron Norrie with the lone loss to Lenz.  Prediction: Harris (OU) in 2

#3 singles - Webb beat Lupieri in the 1st match at #3 singles and was up early in the 3rd set against Tchoutakian in the 2nd meeting while Tchoutakian dropped the 1st match at #2 against Alvarez. Webb put a stop to a 2-match slide by beating Tulsa's Matthew Kirby a week ago. Tchoutakian has won 7 of his last 8 though just 1 was against a ranked opponent (Memphis #62 Andrew Watson) while the loss was to USC's Eric Johnson. Prediction: Tchoutakian (BU) in 3

#4 singles - Ghilea roughed up Vince Schneider in the last meeting and had the huge comeback against Mate Zsiga in the 1st while Galeano sat out the last match and dropped the 1st one in 3 sets to Spencer Papa. Ghilea has won 4 straight and 6 of his last 7 and also had big leads in 2 others that went unfinished while Galeano has won 5 straight since his loss to Papa in Chicago.  Prediction: Ghilea (OU) in 2

#5 singles -  Papa beat Galeano at #4 in the 1st meeting but was trailing Zsiga in the 2nd meeting while Zsiga of course had the tough loss in the 1st meeting to Ghilea. Papa has won 4 straight with quality wins over Nick Naumann, Will Stein, and Shawn Hadavi while Zsiga won 6 in a row since his loss to Ghilea and he also led in 4 others that went unfinished.  Zsiga may be playing the best tennis on the team right now.  Prediction: Zsiga (BU) in 2

#6 singles - Bragusi knocked off Rios in the last meeting but didn't play the first while Rios did play the first and beat Jose Salazar.  Since the last meeting all 3 of Bragusi's matches have gone unfinished though he had small leads in all 3 while Rios has won his last 2 though both were against light competition.  Rios has rolled in just about all his matches this year with the exceptions being his first collegiate dual match against Ross Guignon and his matches against Oklahoma.  I think the crowd and the familiarity with the courts will push him past Bragusi this time around. Prediction: Rios (BU) in 3

I feel reasonably confident about 2, 4, and 5 but the matches at 1, 3, and 6 could all potentially swing the other way.  Oklahoma could certainly win this match but I think enough courts will fall Baylor's way to get them the upset win. Prediction: Baylor 4-3

Previous Meetings This Year:

#1 Oklahoma 4, #3 Baylor 1
Mar 22, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 13-2) def. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-4) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 12-1) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 3-4) 6-2
3. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 1-2) def.  Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU 11-2) 6-4
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) 6-3, 6-2
2.  #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-1, 6-2
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) 6-3, 5-7, 0-1
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) 7-5, 4-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) def. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)   Singles (2,4,1,6)

#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2
National Indoors Semifinals - Chicago, IL - February 15th, 2015
1. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) vs. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 4-2
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. 
Papa/Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. 
Salazar/Ghilea (OU) 6-1
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 4-6, 5-5 DNF
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish - Doubles (3,2)  Singles (3,2,4,6,5)

#5 USC (18-3) at #27 Cal (16-5) - 6pm est/3pm pst - Both teams have cruised past Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Utah over the last 2 weeks so this one should be each's biggest test since Indian Wells.  Cal may grab the doubles point but I think USC rolls in singles.  Prediction: USC 6-1

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) vs. #59 Andre Goransson (CAL 13.95)
2. #123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) vs. #74 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.85)
3. #19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) vs. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.57)
4. #75 Max De Vroome (USC 14.06) vs. Grey Bayane (CAL 13.41) 
5. #33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) vs. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.38)
6. #86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.63)

Others who could play: Mads Engsted (CAL 13.45)

#15 UCLA (13-6) at #36 Stanford (13-4) - 7pm est/4pm pst - The Pac 12 rivals will meet for the 2nd time this year after UCLA won the 1st meeting 5-2 (box score below).  UCLA has been playing much better tennis recently while Stanford is still trying to find the right lineup.  While UCLA blew out out Washington and Oregon two weeks ago, Stanford was pushed to the brink by Oregon before pulling out a 4-3 win.  I could see Stanford grabbing a court here or there but it won't be enough.  Prediction: UCLA 5-2

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.99) vs. #41 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.32)
2. #29 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.91) vs. #100 John Morrissey (ST 13.95)
3. #119 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.38) vs. David Wilczynski (ST 13.84)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.98) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.32)
5. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.78) vs. Robert Stineman (ST 13.18)
6. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.37) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.21)

Others who could play: Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.95), David Hsu (ST 13.81) 

Results of 1st Meeting:

#21 UCLA 5, #37 Stanford 2
Feb 28, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) 6-4
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) 5-6, unfinished
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.87) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.14) 7-5, 6-2
2. John Morrissey (STAN 14.10) def. #35 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.50) 6-3, 6-1
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.23) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.86) 7-6(7), 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.03) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.31) 6-1, 6-3
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91) 6-3, 6-7(6), (10-7)
6. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.06) def. David Hsu (STAN 13.95) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
Match Notes
Stanford 6-4; National ranking #37
UCLA 7-5; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,4,1,3,5,6)

#20 Mississippi State (17-5) at #21 Vanderbilt (16-6) - 6pm est/5pm cst -  Mississippi State has won 5 straight and 6 of its last 7 while Vandy has split its last 6.  Vandy has dropped the doubles point in 3 of the last 4 matches and is 15-7 overall while State has split the point the last 4 times out and is 17-4 overall.  I think Vanderbilt finds a way to take the doubles point and get singles wins from Austin, Valent, and Eswaran while State gets wins from Estevarena, Agarwal, and Cash.  Prediction: Vanderbilt 4-3

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #73 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.89) vs. #9 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.58)
2. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.76) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.54)
3. #96 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.76) vs. #83 Daniel Valent (VU 14.00)
4. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.76) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.59)
5. Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.78) vs. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.94)
6. Julian Cash (MSU 13.43) vs. Baker Newman (VU 12.91)

Friday Daily Schedule:
Virginia Tech at VCU - 11am est - Live Scoring
San Diego at Portland - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Oregon at Arizona - 2:30pm est - Live Scoring
Memphis at South Florida - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Boise State at Nevada - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Georgia Tech at Virginia - 3pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Clemson at Notre Dame - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring
Purdue at Penn State - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Miami at Wake Forest - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Florida State at NC State - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Auburn at Tennessee - 4pm est - Live Scoring & UT Blog
Florida at Kentucky - 5pm est - Live Scoring
Louisville at Boston College - 5pm est - Louisville Twitter
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Indiana at Ohio State - 6pm est - Live Scoring
USC at Cal - 6pm est - Cal Twitter & Streaming Video
Washington at Utah - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Oklahoma at Baylor - 7pm est - Live Scoring & Video (if outdoors) & 
The match between #1 Oklahoma and #2 Baylor had a ton of hype coming in and boy did those 2 teams deliver a classic. A huge crowd of just under 1500 was on hand in Waco along with many more following along at home via the Baylor blog and live scoreboard.

The first surprise of the day came when the doubles lineups were announced. According to Kim Gorum, who was running Baylor's terrific blog, Baylor's doubles lineups were challenged earlier in the week by the opposing coaches in the Big 12. The coaches didn't like the fact that Baylor's #1 team had a record of 5-4 while it's #2 and #3 teams were a combined 26-3.  The challenge was upheld so Baylor had to move its #2 to #1, its #3 to #2, and while they could have kept the Zsiga/Lupieri duo together at #3 they decided to switch it up and pair Max Tchoutakian with Mate Zsiga at #3.  

Despite the shuffle, Baylor still came out strong and took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3.  The clinching win at #1 was a little harder than it could have been because Diego Galeano got broke at love when he was serving for it up 5-3 but Baylor would come back and take it in a tiebreak.

Once singles got underway, the Sooner Schooner made a lap around the complex and deposited 4 first sets in OU's bank and then it gave Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb a little extra gas to get those 2 back in their respective matches.

While 4 of the singles matches were tightly contested there were 2 that were never in doubt.  Andrew Harris would be the first to finish at #2 singles as he nearly led wire to wire in his 6-2, 7-5 win over Tony Lupieri.  Alex Ghilea would be off next as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win at #4 over Diego Galeano.  The wins by Harris and Ghilea put Oklahoma ahead 2-1.

It looked like Baylor would tie it back up at 2 when Max Tchoutakian opened up a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set over Dane Webb at #3 singles.  Webb would hold at love to make it 5-3 then Tchoutakian went up 40-30 on his serve to give himself 2 match points.  On the first match point Tchoutakian was overruled by the chair on a baseline call and then on the second match point Tchoutakian would get overruled again this time on a shot on the opposite side of the court (per the BU blog).  I figured after getting broke under those circumstances that Tchoutakian would pack it in but he kept himself in the match and got it to a tiebreak.  Webb would fall behind 1-0 in the tiebreak but he wouldn't trail again and would take it 7-4.  The Webb victory put Oklahoma up 3-1 meaning they just needed 1 of the remaining 3 courts.

This result reminded me of Dane's come from behind win over Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski when Dane trailed 6-3, 5-3 and faced a match point on TSK's serve yet came back to win in 3.

Baylor's Felipe Rios would pull Baylor to within 3-2 when he avenged his loss to Florin Bragui by winning 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.  After Bragusi took the opening set, he would have a break lead in the second set 4 times but Rios kept breaking back before finally holding for a 5-4 lead.  Bragusi would end up going 1 for 6 on his service game in the second set because Rios would break him one more time to take the set 7-5.  Rios jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the 3rd set before Bragusi tied it up at 4 but Rios would hold and break 1 more time to take the match 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.

The matchup at #1 singles between the ITA #1 Julian Lenz and ITA #2 Axel Alvarez was everything it was built up to be.  Lenz jumped out to a double break lead in the 1st set and was serving up 4-1 but Alvarez charged back to force a tiebreak.  Alvarez would go up 4-1 in the tiebreak before Lenz himself made a comeback to win 6 straight points to take the tiebreak 7-4.  Alvarez jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the 2nd but Lenz would break back and knot it at 3.  Alvarez would break again, hold, and break yet again to take the final 3 games of the 2nd set and take it 6-3.  After Alvarez held to go up 1-0 in the 3rd, Lenz called a medical timeout to have his knee looked at before the 30-40 point.  Lenz would get broke following the timeout and then Alvarez held for 3-0. After 3 straight holds, Lenz would break Alvarez to get the match back on serve but Alvarez would then break back to go up 5-3. Lenz would then break Alvarez, who was serving for the match, but Axel finally said enough is enough and broke back to win the match 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 and with that Oklahoma had the win.

Seconds after the clinch, Baylor's Mate Zsiga would close out his tiebreak at #5 but it was too little too late for BU.

Sometimes my predictions may not be the best but I came about as close as possible to nailing this one on the head.  The only singles match I missed was Webb/Tchoutakain with my prediction of Tchoutakian in 3 coming up short thanks to Dane's tremendous comeback.

If this were a boxing match, somebody would be asking for a rematch.  I think we'll probably get at least 1 more from these 2 in the coming weeks.

I thought this was a cool pic that Tom Perrotta posted on twitter:

Short video clip below from Baylor:

Oklahoma recap

"It was an exciting match in a tough environment," head coach John Roddick said. "I am just glad we got out of there with a win. It was an unbelievable effort by our guys. All-in-all our mentality and our competitiveness was fantastic."

"Harris and Ghilea going through and winning and giving us two points on the board with straight-sets wins was really nice," Roddick said.

"Dane fighting off two match points is just Dane being Dane," Roddick said. "You always get that effort win or lose from Dane and 99 percent of the time he seems to come out on top in those matches. I couldn't be more proud."

"Florin had a chance to win there and he played some really good tennis," Roddick said. "He played well enough to win. Two good players played a great match and someone had to lose."

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Friday was a great day of tennis so hopefully these 4 matches below can bring us just as much enjoyment.

TCU has already beat Texas A&M once and that was on the road - can they win this one at home? Does Georgia wrap up a share of the SEC regular season title and the #1 seed in next week's SEC Tournament or does Ole Miss make a strong push for the top 10? Stanford has already beat both Cal and UCLA this year - could they possibly also beat USC today? Does UCLA regroup from the Stanford loss and beat an improving Cal? We'll have our answers in a few hours.

#7 Texas A&M (18-3) at #10 TCU (18-6) - 2pm est/1pm cst - This will be a rematch from the 1st day of the season when TCU went into College Station and beat Texas A&M 4-2 (box score below). Both teams have shuffled the lineup a good bit so it's to take with the only expected rematch to come at #5 singles between Catanzariti and Lugones.

Previous Result:

#37 TCU 4, #10 Texas A&M 2
Jan 24, 2015 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #29 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-4, 6-1
2. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Nick Chappell (TCU) 6-3, 3-6, 5-3, unf
3. #96 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #91 Will Stein (TCU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
5. Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-4, 7-5
6. #87 Guillermo Nunez (TCU) def. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #25 Adams/Vinsant (TAMU) def. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU) 6-3
2. #18 Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. #15 Norrie/Johnson (TCU) 6-3
3. Catanzariti/Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Dachs/Nunez (TCU) 4-5, unf
Match Notes
TCU 2-0; National ranking #37
Texas A&M 0-1; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,3,5,4)
ITA Kick-Off Week, First Round

Doubles Record:
Texas A&M 18-3 overall
TCU 12-10 overall

Projected Doubles Lineup with records in ( ):
1. #13 Adams/Vinsant (aTm 8-6) vs. #18 Chappell/Stein (TCU 8-9)
2. #41 Efferding/Jordan Szabo (aTm 14-4) vs. #29 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU 9-2)
3. Rinderknech/Catanzariti (aTm 14-2) vs. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU 3-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #60 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.26) vs. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.86)
2. #64 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.24) vs. #50 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.22)
3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.25) vs. #63 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.70)
4. #55 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.64) vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.88)
5. #78 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.24) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.85)
6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.37) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.34)

Others who could play: Max Lunkin (aTm 13.10, Jordan Szabo (aTm 13.10), Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.32)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 10th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match singles records:
1. Efferding 9-3 (5 straight matches DNFs) vs. Chappell 11-4 (won 9 of 11)
2. Vinsant 6-2 (won 4 in a row) vs. Norrie 10-8 (split last 6)
3. Rinderknech 11-2 (won 3 in a row) vs. Nunez 16-1 (won 16 of 17)
4. Adams 2-8 (won 2 in a row) vs. Dachs 13-5 (won 3 of 4)
5. Catanzariti 16-3 (won 12 in a row) vs. Lugones 12-4 (won 7 in a row)
6. Arconada 7-2 (won 5 in a row) vs. Stein 9-6 (won 5 of 6)

TCU has struggled in doubles most of the year while it's been a speciality of Texas A&M so I'll go with the Aggies in doubles.

There should be a lot of close matches in singles with every matchup fairly even.  Jeremy Efferding's last 5 matches have gone unfinished due to an early A&M clinch so it'll be interesting to see if that effects him any against Nick Chappell.  Chappell has gone 4-2 since taking over the #1 spot back on March 15th. Shane Vinsant has been sharp the last 2 weeks while Cameron Norrie has been a little up and down.  Both Arthur Rinderknech and Guillermo Nunez have been tearing it up all year so something has to give in this one  Harrison Adams started the year at #1 but after his struggles has fallen to #4 while Arnau Dachs has been steady week in and out.  Both AJ Catanzariti and Facundo Lugones have been tough all year so I expect a 3-setter in this one. Jordi Arconada just joined the team before the first match and didn't play for another month while Will Stein played at #3 but has since dropped to #6 after hitting a little lull in the middle of the season.

So who do I like in each?  If that match at #1 finishes I like Efferding in 3, I like Vinsant in 3, Rinderknech in 3, Dachs in 2, Catanzariti in 3, and Stein in 2. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-2

#14 Ole Miss (16-6) at #8 Georgia (18-3) - 5pm est - This is a big match for both teams with a Georgia win giving the Bulldogs a share of the SEC regular season championship and the #1 seed in next week's SEC Tournament while an Ole Miss win could potentially push the Rebels into the top 10 and would all but guarantee that Ole Miss would host a NCAA regional.

Georgia had to make some adjustments to its doubles lineup due to Eric Diaz undergoing an emergency appendectomy earlier in the week which will keep him out for at least a month.  Diaz and Nathan Pasha made up Georgia's #2 team so Pasha is now paired with Nick Wood and they'll play at 3. Georgia's #3 team of Wayne Montgomery and Paul Oosterbaan slid up a spot and will play at 2. Ole Miss already went through its doubles shakeup a month or so ago when William Kallberg injured his ankle.

Doubles Record:
Ole Miss 12-10 overall, 7-4 SEC
Georgia  14-7 overall, 7-4 SEC

Projected Doubles Lineup with records in ( ):
1. Scholtz/Babic (OM 8-5) vs. #1 Smith/Wagland (UGA 11-2)
2. Lindmark/Hansson (OM 3-3) vs. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA 9-4)
3. Kallberg/Grey Hamilton (OM 3-5) vs. Pasha/Wood (UGA 2-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #16 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.10) vs. #34 Austin Smith (UGA 14.22)
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18) vs. #27 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.51)
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.76) vs. #25 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.28)
4. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.30)
5. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.97) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.84)
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.14) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.68)

Others who could play: Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.90) - listed at #5 in official lineup but hasn't played singles in the last 3 matches

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 10th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match singles records:
1. Scholtz 13-3 (won 5 in a row) vs. Smith 13-4 (won 9 of 10)
2. Lindmark 14-3 (won 6 in a row and 8 of 9) vs. Montgomery 12-3 (won 5 in a row and 10 of 11)
3. Hansson 8-7 (won 4 of 5) vs. Pasha 11-4 (lost 2 in a row but had won 10 straight prior)
4. Kallberg 5-8 (lost 5 in a row) vs. Wagland 8-5 (won 5 in a row)
5. Gowda 8-3 (won 4 of 5) vs. Wood 11-5 (won 5 of 6)
6. Jorge 7-3 (split last 4) vs. Oosterbaan 10-3 (won 9 in a row)

It seems fitting that these long time rivals are matched up for the final regular season match of the year because usually one or both of them are in contention for the SEC crown.  Ole Miss was able to overcome the loss of the doubles point at South Carolina but it'll be much tougher to win 4 singles matches against Georgia.  I do like Nik Scholtz at #1 singles over Austin Smith but Georgia will be favored everywhere else.  I think Nathan Pasha, who'll be playing in his final regular season match in Athens, gets it done at #3 and I also like Ben Wagland and Nick Wood at #4 and #5.  The matchup at #2 between Stefan Lindmark and Wayne Montgomery should be a very good one but it'll likely not finish.  I'd say for Ole Miss to win the best path for them would be doubles, Scholtz, Lindmark, and Jorge.  Prediction: Georgia 4-1

#15 UCLA (13-7) at #27 California (16-6) - 6pm est/3pm pst - UCLA is coming off a rough 4-3 loss to Stanford while Cal gave USC all it wanted but still came up short 4-2. I personally think Dennis Mkrtchian should be playing at 2 and Michael Redlicki at 3 but we'll see if Billy switches them up today after Redlicki came up short yesterday at #2.  I like Cal in doubles and at 5 and 6 singles but I think the Bruins win at 1 - 4 and salvage the weekend with at least 1 win.  Prediction: UCLA 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.99) vs. #59 Andre Goransson (Cal 13.95)
2. #119 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.38) vs. #74 Filip Bergevi (Cal 13.85) 
3. #29 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.91) vs. Gregory Bayane (Cal 13.41) 
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.98) vs. Oskar Wikberg (Cal 13.38) 
5. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.37) vs. J.T. Nishimura (Cal 13.63)
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.95) vs. Mads Engsted (Cal 13.45) 

#5 USC (19-3) at #36 Stanford (14-4) - 5pm est/2pm pst - USC is coming off a tough 4-2 win at Cal while Stanford upset UCLA on Friday in what was one of the bigger wins for the Cardinal in recent memory.  These teams met back on February 27th in LA with USC winning 6-1 (box score below) and unless the teams shuffle their lineups some from yesterday there should be 5 singles rematches.  Stanford has a really good shot at doubles and at 1 and 2 singles but I think USC gets it done at 3 - 6.  Prediction: USC 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) vs. #41 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.32) 
2. #19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) vs. #100 John Morrissey (ST 13.95)
3. #123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) vs. David Wilczynski (ST 13.84) 
4. #33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) vs. Robert Stineman (ST 13.18) 
5. #75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.32) 
6. #86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) vs. David Hsu (ST 13.81) 

#1 USC 6, #37 Stanford 1
Feb 27, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.) 
(1) Morrissey/Stineman (Stan.) def. #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 6-3
(2) #30 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (Stan.) - 5-4 susp.
(3) Paige/Wilczynski (Stan.) def. Crystal/Wang (USC) - 7-5
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3
(1) #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (Stan 14.14) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.44) def. John Morrissey (Stan 14.10) - 6-4, 6-4*
(3) Eric Johnson (USC 13.97) def. David Wilczynski (Stan 13.86) - 6-3, 6-1
(4) #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Maciek Romanowicz (Stan 13.31) - 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
(5) #72 Max de Vroome (USC 14.14) def. Nolan Paige (Stan 13.32) - 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1
(6) #45 Nick Crystal (USC 13.93) def. David Hsu (Stan 13.95) - 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 2*, 5, 4

Saturday schedule of play with scoring links:

#71 Arkansas at #47 South Carolina - 11am est - Live Scoring
#32 Minnesota at Michigan - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
Wisconsin at Michigan State - 12pm est - Live Scoring or M-State Twitter if outdoors
#31 Drake at Southern Illinois - 12pm est - S Illinois Twitter
Iowa at #3 Illinois - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#35 Harvard at Penn - 1pm est - Harvard Twitter & Penn Twitter
Yale at #22 Columbia - 1pm est - Columbia Twitter
#54 Dartmouth at #30 Princeton - 1pm est - Princeton Twitter & Dartmouth Twitter
#7 Texas A&M at #10 TCU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Nebraska at #26 Northwestern - 2pm est - Live Scoring

#18 San Diego at Gonzaga - 3pm est - Streaming Video
#5 USC at #36 Stanford - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#14 Ole Miss at #8 Georgia - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Blog 
#15 UCLA at #27 Cal - 6pm est - Cal Twitter & Streaming Video

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Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:55

USC/UCLA Preview

The last several years this has been the biggest match of the season but this year these LA neighbors have taken a back seat to the big time tennis that's been taking place in the state of Texas.  USC and UCLA have an uncharacteristic 11 losses between them and both struggled last week in Northern California against Stanford and Cal.

Usually when these two play at the end of the season the #1 seed in the Pac 12 Tournament is at stake however Stanford has already locked that up so the winner of this takes the #2 seed and the loser falls to #3.

The Pac 12 Network will televise the singles portion starting at 6pm eastern/3pm pacific so tune in to hear the call from Paul Sunderland and Justin Gimlestob.

#9 USC (19-4) at #19 UCLA (14-7) - 5pm est/2pm pst - Live Scoring - Pac 12 Network - In this first meeting back on March 14th, USC took the doubles point and then cleaned up at the bottom 3 and if USC wants to win today they may have to do the same thing again.  USC has struggled in doubles this year going just 14-9 and the Trojans have dropped the point the last 2 times out.  UCLA has played better in doubles going 15-6 and has won the point in 5 of the last 6 matches.

Previous Result

#5 USC 4, #14 UCLA 1
March 14, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
1. #4 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #6 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) - 6-2
2. Di Giulio/ Sell (UCLA) def. #50 de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 6-3
3. Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) - 6-3
USC wins doubles point. -- Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.94) vs. #5 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.93) - 4-6, 6-3, 1-2 susp.
2. #33 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.51) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.39) - 6-4, 6-3
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01) vs. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.19) - 7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-1 susp.
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.22) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) - 6-4, 7-6 (4)
5. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.00) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.81) - 7-5, 6-2
6. #50 Max de Vroome (USC 14.20) def. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.15) - 6-0, 6-0

Doubles Record:
USC 14-9 overall, 3-3 Pac 12
UCLA 15-6, 5-1 Pac 12

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #12 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.73) vs. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.99)
2. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) vs. #32 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.93)
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.31) vs. #102 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.31)
4. #36 Jonny Wang (USC 14.21) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.96)
5. #81 Max De Vroome (USC 14.12) vs. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.35)
6. #90 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.88)

Others who could play: Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.79), Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.07), Connor Farren (USC 13.87)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 16th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match Singles Results:
1. Hanfmann 9-5 vs. McDonald 11-1
2. Quiroz 13-4 vs. Mkrtchian 12-4
3. Johnson 17-2 vs. Redlicki 15-2
4. Wang 14-3 vs. Sell 14-5
5. De Vroome 15-2 vs. DiGiulio 6-6
6. Crystal 14-2 vs. Rapp 7-5

#1 singles - Yannick Hanfmann has really struggled lately dropping 5 of his last 7 singles matches and he has also sat out 2 of the last 4 doubles matches so you have to wonder if he's 100% healthy right now.  McDonald has won 4 in a row and has only lost once all year.  Prediction: McDonald (UCLA) in 3

#2 singles - Quiroz had 6-match winning streak snapped on Saturday by Stanford's John Morrissey in what turned out to be the deciding match.  It was a surprising loss considering Quiroz was up a set and 5-2 in the 2nd and also since Quiroz had beat Morrissey in straights a month earlier.  Mkrtchian has won 9 in a row and during that streak he also went 3-0 at #1 singles.  Mkrtchian rolled over Quiroz in the last meeting and if they are paired up again I think we'll see the same result. Prediction: Mkrtchian (UCLA) in 2

#3 singles - Johnson has been solid all season and is currently on a 3-match winning streak.  Johnson played at #1 singles against Oregon, Utah, and Arizona going 2-1 in that stretch.  Redlicki had an 11-match winning streak snapped last Friday by John Morrissey but he rebounded on Saturday and beat a tough Filip Bergevi.  This match is a near toss up and was tied at 1-1 in the 3rd in the last meeting. Prediction: DNF or Johnson (USC) in 3

#4 singles - Wang has won 12 in a row and he clinched the win against UCLA the last time they played.  Sell has won 6 in a row and 8 of 9 with the lone loss coming to Wang.  Prediction: Wang (USC) in 2

#5 singles - De Vroome has won 7 in a row and 12 of his last 13 although I'd be surprised if we see him give his opponent a double-bagel like he did in the previous meeting.  DiGiulio had a 4-match winning streak snapped by Stanford's Nolan Paige though he led Cal's JT Nishimura the next day in a match that was halted due to the clinch.  Prediction: De Vroome (USC) in 2

#6 singles - Crystal had a 4-match winning streak snapped by Stanford's David Hsu and in his 2 matches before that he was pushed to a 3rd set by Cal's Mads Engsted and Arizona's Trevor James. Rapp has split his last 4 matches and lost the last time out to Stanford's David Hsu 7-5, 7-5. Prediction: Crystal (USC) in 2

I think these teams are even at 1, 2, and 3 but USC is just too good at 4, 5, and 6.  I'll take UCLA in doubles and at 1 and 2 singles with USC taking 3-6.  Prediction: USC 4-3 (4-2 if they stop at the clinch)

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UCLA got off to a good start by going up early breaks on all 3 doubles courts and would cruise to wins at 2 and 3.  Singles would be a different story because USC's Eric Johnson, Roberto Quiroz, Max De Vroome, and Nick Crystal would take the opening set at 2, 3, 5, and 6 and then those 4 would pretty much run away with the 2nd sets to close out a 4-2 win.  UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald picked up the only singles point for the Bruins as he took it to #12 Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-3.

This match was supposed to be shown on TV on the Pac 12 network but the USC/UCLA women's match ran 90 minutes long and with the singles portion of this one only lasting 80 minutes that meant it was over before the broadcast ever started.

Normally you'd think a USC/UCLA match would pack them in but when you play it on a Thursday at 2pm local time this is the kind of crowd you get.

UCLA recap
USC recap

#9 USC 4, #19 UCLA 2
April 16, 2015 - Los Angeles Tennis Center
Singles Competition:
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.99) def. #12 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.73) 6-3, 6-3 
2. Eric Johnson (USC 14.31) def. #32 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.93) 6-3, 6-2
3. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) def. #102 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.31) 6-4, 6-1
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.96) vs. #36 Jonny Wang (USC 14.21) 7-6, 2-2, DNF
5. #81 Max De Vroome (USC 14.12) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.88) 6-1, 6-4
6. #90 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) def. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.35) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles Competition:
1. #9 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) 5-3 DNF
2. Di Giulio/ Sell (UCLA) def. De Vroome/Johnson (USC) 6-3
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) def. Crystal/Wang (USC) 6-1
Match Notes:
USC 20-4; 6-1 Pac-12; National ranking #9
UCLA 14-8; 5-2 Pac-12; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,5,3,1,6)

The match of the day at the SEC Tournament was between Tennessee and Alabama. Tennessee jumped out to a 3-0 lead by taking the doubles point and picking up wins at 1 and 2 from Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese however Alabama would come back and tie it up with wins from Nikko Madregallejo, Danny Kerznerman, and Andrew Goodwin at 3, 5, and 6.  In the deciding match Alabama's Stuart Kenyon would jump out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Tennessee's Luis Valero.  Valero would hold from 40-15 for 3-5 then would break Kenyon from 30-40 to put the match back on serve.  Valero would face a match point on the deciding point but he would get the hold with a service winner to even it at 5. Valero would break for 6-5 by winning the deciding point then he would serve it out at love for the win.

Alabama recap
Tennessee recap

"Luis been doing a great job for us all year," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "No one can prepare for that moment. You have to go in and see what you are made of. He just had faith that he was going to give us everything he had in that moment and he did."

"Mikelis and Hunter were phenomenal today," Winterbotham said. "That one-two punch, that commitment, was there for everybody to see. I'm incredibly proud of those guys."

"Alabama deserves a tremendous amount of credit for how they competed all day," Winterbotham said. "That was one of the toughest matches we've been in all year."

#42 (8) Tennessee 4, #61 (9) Alabama 3
April 16, 2015 at College Station, Texas (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #15 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.40) def. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA 13.42) 6-2, 6-4
2. Hunter Reese (UT 13.34) def. #115 Korey Lovett (UA 13.14) 6-3, 6-2
3. Nikko Madregallejo (UA 13.15) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.13) 6-4, 7-5
4. Luis Valero (UT 13.18) def. Stuart Kenyon (UA 12.48) 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5
5. Danny Kerznerman (UA 13.46) def. Igo Smelyanski (UT 13.29) 6-3, 6-1
6. Andrew Goodwin (UA 12.41) def. Jess Jones (UT 13.09) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #6 Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (UT) def. #32 Korey Lovett/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 6-3
2. Andrew Dromsky/Igo Smelyanski (UT) vs. Sean Donohue/Stuart Kenyon (UA) 6-5, unf
3. Luis Valero/Jack Schipanski (UT) def. Sam Edwards/Andrew Goodwin (UA) 7-5
Match Notes
Alabama 17-17; National ranking #61
Tennessee 14-11; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,5,6,3,4)
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Another action packed day of college tennis is in the books and it was the ACC giving us the 2 best matches of the day as Georgia Tech and North Carolina both pulled out 4-3 thrillers.

I'm big fan of the schools that take the time to put an audio or video interview out on twitter shortly after the match finished.  TCU has done a great job all year getting a 30-second interview with David Roditi out on twitter and the last few days Georgia Tech has done the same with Kenny Thorne.  It's always better to hear the comments from someone as opposed to reading them.  I'm also a fan of school's posting video clips of match points - just gives you a feeling that you're there and lets you see the emotion from the players after a big win.


In one of the early matches Georgia Tech came out of the gates like a bull seeing red. GT took the doubles point by winning at 1 and 3 and then took the opening set on 4 of 6 singles courts.  GT's Eduardo Segura finished first with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jai Corbett at #6 but VT's Joao Monteiro would trim the GT lead to 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Nathan Rakitt at #3.  Christopher Eubanks would make it 3-1 GT with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andreas Bjerrehus at #1.

VT's Hunter Koontz would make it 3-2 with a come from behind 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Michael Kayat #4 but it looked like the Carlos Benito was just moments away from finishing off Amerigo Contini at #2.

Benito took the opening set 6-4 and had a match point on Contini's 5-6 serve game but Contini would hold to force a tiebreak.  In the TB, Benito jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to see Contini take the next 7 points to send it to a 3rd set.

Virginia Tech clearly had the momentum on its side because less than 5 minutes later they would tie up the match at 3 as Edoardo Tessaro knocked Cole Fiegel 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at #5 singles.  Back over at #2, Contini would break Benito to go up 4-2 but Benito broke right back and held for 4-4.  After each held once more, Benito would break again and would then serve it out at love (match point below).

Personally I thought for sure that Virginia Tech would win after Benito failed to close out the 2nd set but Benito showed some resilience to put the tiebreak behind him. Great win by Georgia Tech and it should be enough to get the Yellow Jackets into the NCAAs as an at-large.

Georgia Tech recap & Thorne Audio Clip

"Eddie's done a great job for us of being the catalyst and getting off the court for us the last few matches," said Thorne. "That's been a big one for us. Everybody else battled, no one got down too quick and kept everybody in it. Chris did a great job of beating a very good player. And what can you say about Carlos. He could've finished in two, but he fought back and never gave in."

"We did another nice job with the doubles today," said Thorne. "The No. 1 was kind of a see-saw, but we hung with it, kept serving well. No. 3 closed it out for us, which was important. Emotions are running high, and getting the doubles point helps. Virginia Tech has lost doubles and come back to win against some good teams, so we didn't have any illusions of being in good shape."

Virginia Tech recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 24th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#55 Georgia Tech 4, #14 Virginia Tech 3
Apr 24, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #37 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-3, 7-5
2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. #64 Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
3. #121 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) 6-1, 6-3
4. #105 Hunter Koontz (VT) def. Michael Kay (GT) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #87 Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. #35 Bjerrehus/Koontz (VT) 8-5
2. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) vs. Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 7-7, un
3. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Contini/Corbett (VT) 8-6
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 14-11; National ranking #55
Virginia Tech 19-4; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,1,4,5,2)
Quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament

In the late quarterfinal match Duke took the court without its #1 Nicolas Alvarez but gave North Carolina all it wanted.  Duke took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then TJ Pura would pick up a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over over Andrew Gores at #6 singles.  It was only Gores 4th dual-match this year and the only reason he played was due to injuries to Oystein Steiro and Esben Hess-Olesen.

Robert Kelly put North Carolina on the board with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Josh Levine at #5 and then Brayden Schnur would even the match with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 win at #1 over Jason Tahir.  Tahir trailed 5-2 in the 1st set before rallying to take the set in a tiebreak.

UNC's #3 Brett Clark would make it 3-2 UNC with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Bruno Semenzato but Raphael Hemmeler would tie it back up with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 win over Ronnie Schneider at #2.  Duke's twitter said Hemmeler was fighting cramps in the 3rd set and even had to call a medical timeout for treatment.

It also came down to a 3rd set at #4 between UNC's Jack Murray and Duke's Chris Mengel. Murray broke Mengel to go up 5-3 but Mengel would break back and hold for 5-5.  After Murray held for 6-5 he'd finish the match off by converting his 3rd match point to win it 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

The Duke recap has more game by game details if you want to check it out below.

North Carolina recap

"What a great match on both sides, said UNC head coach Sam Paul. "I'm extremely proud of our team after losing the doubles point and then not looking good in singles (initially)We fought back and found a way to get back into the match. It was a great college tennis match and I'm just proud of my team.

Duke recap

"It was a really high-level match from start to finish, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "It was two teams leaving everything they had out there. Doubles was close and singles were close. There were a couple momentum swings, but it came down to a point or two here or there. I am proud of my guys. We fought so hard. We certainly put ourselves in a position to win, but just couldn't quite finish off a very good UNC team.

"The doubles was very impressive because UNC is so good in doubles, Smith added. "To slide our No 2 and No. 3 teams up and have a new team with Hemmeler and McCall showed incredible effort. Our energy was great and we found a way.

#16 North Carolina 4, #9 Duke 3
Singles competition
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.65) def. #46 Jason Tahir (DU 14.02) 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-3
2. #70 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.23) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.27) 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-0
3. #68 Brett Clark (UNC 13.82) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.90) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
4. #117 Jack Murray (UNC 14.13) def. Chris Mengel (DU 13.65) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
5. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.72) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.69) 7-6(6), 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.31) def. Andrew Gores (UNC 12.64) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Levine/Tahir (DU) def. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC) 8-7
2. Pura/Semenzato (DU) def. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC) 8-6
3. Murray/Schneider (UNC) def. Hemmeler/McCall (DU) 8-5
Match Notes:
North Carolina 21-9; National ranking #16
Duke 22-6; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4)

Other ACC Matches:

Virginia dropped the doubles point against Florida State but responded by taking all 6 opening sets and would get straight set wins from Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and JC Aragone at 1, 4, 5, and 6.

Wake Forest whipped Clemson 4-0 with the Deacs taking the doubles point and getting wins from Noah Rubin (6-2, 6-2), Romain Bogaerts (6-0, 6-0), and Christian Seraphim (6-2, 6-3) at 1, 2, and 5. Clemson was up a set at 4 and 6 but they were still early in the 2nd set when Wake clinched.

Big 12:

The opening match of the day between Texas and Texas Tech was played indoors due to rain and to speed things along they started with singles. Texas took the opening set on every court except #4 with Soren Hess-Olesen coming back from 5-2 down at #1 to take the set 7-5.  Hess-Olesen would finish first at #1 and then Clement Homs would be off next at #6.  It looked like Nick Naumann might make it 3-0 but he dropped his second set in a tiebreak and it was around that time that Texas Tech started gaining some momentum.  Tech's Alex Sendegeya would come back from a set down to win in 3 over Adrien Berkowicz at #3 and Felipe Soares would push Lloyd Glasspool to a 3rd set at #2. Glasspool would turn it around in the 3rd set and close out Soares and a short while later George Goldhoff would complete his comeback at #4 with a 3-set win over Jolan Cailleau to clinch the UT win.

Texas recap

"I saw a lot of fight and determination today," Head Coach Michael Center said. "I wanted to see us compete at all six spots, and I saw that today. Texas Tech made a great run at us, but I was really pleased to see the final push that we made at the end to clinch the match."

"I started figuring things out as the match went on," Goldhoff said. "I was doing the right things, but I wasn't executing. When I finally executed, I really started to tire him out. He's a good player -- he's not going to give you anything. I'm just happy to step-up help the team."

#10 Texas 4, #17 Texas Tech 1
04/24/15 at Waco, TX (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.85) def. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.53) 7-5, 6-2
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.96) def. #32 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.64) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
3. #120 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.72) def. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.99) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. George Goldhoff (UT 13.62) def. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.39) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.69) vs. Francisco Zambon (TTU 12.95) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 3-0, unf
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.33) def. Connor Curry (TTU 12.96) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
Doubles competition
1. #23 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TTU) vs. #14 Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 
2. Alex Sendegeya/Jolan Cailleau (TTU) vs. George Goldhoff/Jacoby Lewis (UT) 
3. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) 
Match Notes
Texas Tech 18-8; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #5
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (1,6,3,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Quarterfinal
Singles matches played first. Doubles went uncontested.

The 2nd match of the day was played outdoors but it looked like Oklahoma State left its equipment indoors because TCU absolutely throttled them on every court.  TCU took all 6 opening sets and Will Stein, Facundo Lugones, Cameron Norrie, and Arnau Dachs would each win in straight sets to close out the 4-0 win.  Had there not been a 55 minute rain delay the singles portion would have been over in just over an hour.

TCU recap

"I am very pleased with the way our team came out of the gate," head coach David Roditi said. "We won every first set on all six courts and our team handled a lot of the changes well today. There were questions if we were going to play indoors or outdoors, singles or doubles first, when do we eat and finally the changing of the match time. Our guys handled it really well and got a good warm-up and came out playing as well as we could play.

"I thought it was great to see our fans come out here and support us on a neutral site. Our women's team came out and supported us and that is very much appreciated. What a great performance today by Will Stein. For him to come out there and win 6-0, 6-1 was a very good first point for our team."

"We just beat a very good team and for us to beat a team like Oklahoma State and not have to go to doubles is huge and I think that is probably going to help us for tomorrow," Roditi said. "We have a very tough match against Baylor on their home courts and they are one of the best teams in the nation. The fact that we were able to not go to doubles and not drag it on too much will help the guys tomorrow."

Oklahoma State recap

"We are disappointed today," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Give some credit to TCU. They have a very good team. They showed up early on in the singles, and we made a little comeback at the end that fell short. Now we've just got to see Tuesday, with the dance, where we go. Obviously we are not hosting but we are still going to do the same things we do in practice and get ready for it like we always do. We will bounce back and we will be ready."

#6 TCU 4, #29 Oklahoma State 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.91) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.75) 6-4, 5-4, unf
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.93) vs. #124 Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.63) 6-3, 5-6, unf
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.32) def. #119 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.34) 6-2, 6-3
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) def. Tristan Meraut (OKST 13.58) 6-1, 6-1
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.97) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.76) 6-3, 6-3
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.33) def. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.53) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition - not played due to weather
1. Jurence Mendoza/Tristan Meraut (OKST) vs. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 
2. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) vs. #29 Trevor Johnson/Norrie (TCU) 
3. #25 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) vs. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 16-9 (0-5); National ranking #29
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,4,3)
Big 12 Conference Tournament First Round
Due to rain in the area, singles were contested first and doubles were not played as the match was decided 55 minute rain delay

Pac 12:

A day after Cal won a 4-3 thriller over Oregon they'd have tables turned on them and drop a tight one to Stanford 4-1.  Stanford got the doubles point by winning big at #1 and then taking a tiebreak at #2 (haven't actually seen the TB score anywhere and I wasn't paying attention during the doubles point).

Stanford got a quick 6-1, 6-3 win from David Hsu at #6 but Cal would take the opening set on the other 5 courts and would go up break leads in the 2nd at 3, 4, and 5. Oskar Wikberg would close out Robert Stineman 6-4, 6-3 at #4 to make it 2-1 but Cal just couldn't shut the door anywhere else.

Greg Bayane led David Wilczynski 7-5, 5-2 at #3 and had a slew of match points in the next 2 games but Wilczynski weathered the storm and took 5 straight games to take the set 7-5.  As a side note Wilczynski led the first set 5-3 and then proceeded to lose 7 straight games.

Billy Griffith clinched Cal's win over Stanford last week and it looked like he was going to ring up another win today when he led Nolan Paige 6-2, 5-3 but Paige wouldn't go away.  Paige fought off multiple match points to get the second set to a tiebreak then took the TB 7-3.

Over at #2 singles, Stanford's John Morrissey battled back from a set down to take out Filip Bergevi 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Morrissey broke Bergevi to go up 5-3 in the 3rd then served it out from 40-15 to put Stanford up 3-1.  Bergevi was on the court for close to 3 hours yesterday so fatigue may have played a role in this one.

Stanford's Tom Fawcett also battled back from a set down and would serve for the match and team win up 5-3 in the 3rd but Andre Goransson would break him from 30-40 to put it back on serve. Fawcett would then have a match point on the Goransson serve but Andre held for 5-5.  Fawcett then fell behind 0-30 on his 5-5 service game but would win 4 straight points to hold for 6-5.

With the match at #1 headed towards a tiebreak it looked like Cal was finally going to get that 2nd point with Billy Griffith once against nearing the finish line with a 5-3 lead in the 3rd.  However he'd be unable to serve it out with Paige breaking him at love to knot the match at 5.  Paige would hold for 6-5 and would then jump out to a 15-40 lead and would ultimately break from 30-40 to clinch the Stanford win.

The match at #1 was in a 3rd set tiebreak tied at 3-3 and Bayane was up 3-0 in the 3rd at #3.

Stanford recap
Cal recap

"It was a tough match today that was well within our grasp, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We put ourselves into good positions on almost every court, and I think we played some great tennis. Overall, I think we're very close to the level we need to be playing at the NCAAs in two weeks. Our guys are super excited about what lies ahead for us in the postseason.

#1 Stanford 4, #4 California 1
April 24, 2015 - Ojai, CA 
1. #13 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #49 Bayane/Melton (CAL), 8-1
2. #83 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Bergevi/Engsted (CAL), 8-7
3. #86 Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) def. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN), 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.18), 3-6, 6-3, 6-6 (3-3) unf
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) def. #99 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.85), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Gregory Bayane (CAL 13.45) vs. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.83) 7-5, 5-7, 3-0 unf
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.42) def. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23), 6-4, 6-3
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) def. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.47), 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. Mads Engsted (CAL 13.54), 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 2, 5

In the night cap in Ojai it was USC defeating UCLA 4-1.  USC crushed UCLA in doubles winning 8-0 at #1 and 8-4 at #2 but UCLA would come back in singles and take the opening set at 1, 2, 3, and 5. While Mackenzie McDonald finished his match at #1 in straight sets none of the other guys could do the same as USC would rally to force 3rd sets at 2, 3, and 5.  USC's Nick Crystal cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at #6 and Jonny Wang had just enough to beat Karue Sell 6-4, 7-6 at #5.  With both #2 and #3 singles deep in the 3rd set it would be Max De Vroome that would deliver the final blow for USC as he knocked off Austin Rapp 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 at #5 to end USC to the Championship against Stanford.

UCLA recap
USC recap

#8 USC 4, #15 UCLA 1
Apr 24, 2015 at Ojai, CA - Libbey Park 
1. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #9 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-0
2. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. #84 Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 8-2
3. Crystal/Wang (USC) vs. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) 4-4, unfinished
USC Wins Doubles Point
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.70) 6-3, 6-4
2. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.32) vs. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) 5-7, 6-3, 4-3, unf
3. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) vs. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) 1-6, 6-3, 5-5, unf
4. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.97) 6-4, 7-6
5. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-3
6. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.37) 6-2, 6-1
Match Notes
UCLA 15-9; National ranking #15
USC 21-4; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,4,5)

Big 10:

Not a whole lot of excitement at the B1G quarterfinals as each of the higher seeds took care of business without much issue.

#1 seed Illinois took the doubles point over Iowa then picked up singles wins from Farris Gosea (6-4, 6-1), Tim Kopinski (6-0, 6-4), and Aleks Vukic (6-0, 6-3) at 2, 3, and 5.  Illinois was also up at 4 and 6 while Iowa's Matt Hagan had a 2-0 lead in the 3rd at #1 singles.

#2 seed Ohio State took the doubles point over Nebraska then picked up singles wins from Hunter Callahan (6-2, 6-3), Kevin Metka (6-0, 6-1), and Ralf Steinbach (6-2, 6-3) at 4, 5, and 6.  Nebraska took the opening set at 1 and 2 with Ohio State taking the opening set at 3.

#3 seed Minnesota took the doubles point over Michigan then picked up singles wins from Leandro Toledo (6-2, 6-3), Matic Spec (6-3, 6-1), and Ruben Weber (6-4, 7-6) at 1, 2, and 4.  The other 3 courts were all early in the 3rd set.

#4 seed Northwestern took the doubles point over Indiana then picked up singles wins from Strong Kirchheimer (6-3, 5-7, 6-1), Logan Staggs (6-0, 6-3), and Alp Horoz (6-3, 6-4) at 2, 4, and 6. Indiana's Sven Lalic won 6-3, 6-3 at #3 and Northwestern had the lead in the other 2 matches.

Other Conference Tournaments:

MAC Semifinals (DeKalb, IL) - #4 Buffalo upset #1 Northern Illinois 4-2 as Damien David won the clincher 6-3 in the 3rd at #1 singles.  #3 Binghamton upset the #2 seed Western Michigan 4-3 as Sid Hazarika won the deciding match at #1 singles 6-4 in the 3rd.  Buffalo is back in the conference finals for the second year in a row and fourth time in six years. Buffalo has lost in the finals to Western Michigan in each of those appearance and Western Michigan had won the MAC 7 of the previous 9 season.  Binghamton will be playing in its 8th consecutive conference final but its first in the MAC after departing the America East.  Binghamton will seeking its 10th NCAA bid in the last 13 years.

Binghamton's site has a post match interview with coach Nick Zieziula and has match point int the deciding match at this link (couldn't upload video to this site due to format/size)

West Coast (San Diego) - #1 San Diego rolled past #4 Pacific 4-0 and #2 Pepperdine edged #3 San Francisco 4-1.  San Diego has won 22 consecutive WCC matches and will meet Pepperdine in the finals for the second year in a row.

For other details check out my Conference Tournament Page which has scores, schedules, and scoring/twitter links.

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