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Oklahoma Regional
Headington Family Tennis Center - Norman, OK

[1] Oklahoma (24-2) vs. [49-64] New Mexico State (11-13) - Friday 5pm - Not a whole lot of analysis needed for this one with the #1 team in the country playing the WAC champs who come in with a losing record.  This will be Oklahoma's 27th match this year but only the 2nd against an unranked opponent - Purdue was the other.

Doubles Records:  Oklahoma 14-12, New Mexico State 11-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Oklahoma 86, New Mexico State 73

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU 11.93)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. Paul Denele (NMSU 11.13)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. Christofer Goncalves (NMSU 12.24)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Patrick Pfister (NMSU 12.47)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) vs. Liam Goldberg (NMSU 12.31)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Germain Degardin (NMSU 12.33)

Oklahoma will take the doubles point and pick up wins from Alvarez, Harris, and Ghilea. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0

[17-32] Northwestern (20-9) vs. [33-48] Harvard (19-7) - Friday 2pm - These two will meet for the second time this year with Northwestern winning a 4-3 squeaker in Evanston back on February 8th.  Harvard finished the season by winning 4 of 5 however they did drop their finale at Dartmouth 4-3.  Northwestern dropped 2 of its last 3 with the Wildcats falling 4-3 at Minnesota in its regular season finale and then they beat Indiana in the Big 10 Tournament before getting shutout by Illinois in the quarterfinals.  Northwestern will be making its second trip to Norman this year after playing there during the kickoff weekend when it beat Arkansas before falling to Oklahoma.

Regular Season Meeting:

#26 Northwestern 4, #30 Harvard 3
Feb 08, 2015 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #57 Denis Nguyen (HV) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 7-5, 6-1
2. #108 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Nicky Hu (HV) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
3. Logan Staggs (NU) def. #86 Sebastian Beltrame (HV) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Alex Steinroeder (HV) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Fedor Baev (NU) def. Brian Yeung (HV) 7-5, 6-3
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Kenny Tao (HV) 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #7 Denis Nguyen/Brian Yeung (HV) def. Baev/Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5
2. Sebastian Beltrame/Nicky Hu (HV) def. Shropshire/Pasareanu (NU) 7-5
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Steinroeder/Grant Solomon (HV) 6-1
Match Notes
Harvard 4-1; National ranking #30
Northwestern University 4-4; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,1,5,2,6)
Official: John Coleman T-2:49 A-175

Doubles Records: Northwestern 17-12, Harvard 17-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Northwestern 81, Harvard 81

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #48 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04) vs. #34 Denis Nguyen (HV 13.70)
2. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73) vs. Nicky Hu (HV 13.83)
3. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.70) vs. Sebastian Beltrame (HV 13.45)
4. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43) vs. Brian Yeung (HV 13.23)
5. Fedor Baev (NU 12.89) vs. Kenny Tao (HV 13.22)
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14) vs. Alex Steinroeder (HV 13.38)
1st off the bench: Mihir Kumar (NW 12.96), Grant Solomon (HV 13.16)

#1 singles - Nguyen dropped 4 of his last 6 while Shropshire saw his 8-match winning streak get snapped by Jared Hiltzik in the Big 10 quarters.  Nguyen may have won the first meeting but Shropshire is playing better at the moment. Prediction: Shropshire in 2

#2 singles - Kirchheimer dropped 3 of his last 5 (2 of the losses were against top 60 players) while Nicky Hu won 3 of his last 5 (none against ranked). First match went 3 and this one probably will too.  Prediction: DNF or Hu in 3

#3 singles - Konrad Zieba didn't make his season debut until March 25th and went 6-3 while Beltrame split his last 8.  Prediction: Zieba in 2

#4 singles - Staggs played at #3 for half of the season (until Zieba returned) and more than held his own going 17-10 while Yeung was solid all season picking up a team best 15 dual-match wins. Prediction: Staggs in 2

#5 singles - Baev went 16-9 on the year although he lost his last 2 while Tao went 13-4 and finished on a 7-match winning streak.  Prediction: Tao in 2

#6 singles - Horoz went 17-5 on the year and finished on a 9-match winning streak while Steinroeder went 12-6 though he was just 4-3 in his last 7. Prediction: DNF or Horoz in 3

If this match were earlier in the year I'd like Harvard a little more but they just didn't seem to have the same punch down the stretch with several tighter matches against a few of the lower ranked Ivys. I like Harvard in doubles and Hu and Tao but I think Northwestern gets wins at 1, 3, 4, and 6 to pull it out in the end.  Prediction: Northwestern 4-2 

UCLA Regional
LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, CA

[16] UCLA (15-9) vs. [49-64] Florida Gulf Coast (17-5) - Friday 4pm - Florida Gulf Coast makes its first trip to the NCAAs after winning the Atlantic Sun while UCLA finished the regular season out with a 4-1 loss to USC in the Pac 12 semifinals.

Doubles Records: UCLA 17-7, FGCU 16-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  UCLA 84, FGCU 77

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) vs. Jordi Vives (FGCU 13.96)
2. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) vs. Andres Alfonzo (FGCU 13.23)
3. #118 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) vs. Ricky Ventura (FGCU 12.99)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.90) vs. Tianyu Bao (FGCU 12.31)
5. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) vs. Eduardo Alfonzo (FGCU 12.53)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.36) vs. Michael Beiler (FGCU 12.10)
Could also play: Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.82)

UCLA is better in every slot including doubles and should roll in this one - Bruins take the doubles point and get wins from Redlicki, Sell, and DiGiulio. Prediction: UCLA 4-0

[17-32] Texas Tech (18-8) vs. [33-48] UC Santa Barbara (15-9) - Friday 1pm - UCSB is back in the tournament for the 2nd time in the last 3 years after winning the Big West with a 4-3 win over UC Irvine while Texas Tech gets in as an at-large after losing to Texas 4-1 in the Big 12 quarterfinals. Texas Tech dropped 4 of its last 6 however each of the losses was to a top 10 team and they did sandwich wins over #1 Oklahoma and #29 Oklahoma State in between the losses.

Doubles Records: Texas Tech 8-9, UCSB 13-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Texas Tech 80, UCSB 77

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.47) vs. Tobais Galskov (UCSB 13.49)
2. #37 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.67) vs. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 12.84)
3. #117 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.74) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB 12.91)
4. #123 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.43) vs. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.96)
5. Francisco Zambon (TTU 13.00) vs. Erik Johnsson (UCSB 12.23)
6. Connor Curry (TTU 13.02) vs. Teague Hamilton (UCSB 12.67)

Neither team had great results during the doubles point but Texas Tech looks to be better at just about every spot in the singles lineup.  I'm going to take UCSB in doubles and I think they've got a shot at #1 singles but I like Texas Tech everywhere else. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-2

Coming up tomorrow - Texas and Georgia Regionals

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Friday, 08 May 2015 10:00

2nd Round Preview

I'm obviously making the assumption that my first round picks will be correct so based off those picks this is how I have the 2nd round playing out.  The doubles records and stats are as of Thursday so if the guys win or lose a match on Friday the numbers would change.

Oklahoma  Regional
Headington Family Tennis Center - Norman, OK

[1] Oklahoma (25-2) vs. [17-32] Northwestern (21-9) - 2pm est - This will be the second time this season that these two have met with Oklahoma winning 4-1 during the Kickoff Weekend in a match that was surprisingly close.  

Regular Season Meeting

#2 Oklahoma 4, #28 Northwestern 1
Jan 25, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. #108 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5, 7-5
4. Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0, unf
5. Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-5, 2-6, 5-4, unf
6. Jose Salazar (OU) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #38 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Kumar/Pasareanu (NU) 6-3
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Papa/Harris (OU) 6-3
3. Sam Shropshire/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Ghilea/Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Northwestern 2-2; National ranking #28
Oklahoma 3-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,6,1,3)

Doubles Records:  Oklahoma 15-12, Northwestern 17-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 86, Northwestern 81

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.25)  vs. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.70)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) vs. Fedor Baev (NU 12.89) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14)

Oklahoma was just getting its bearings straight in the first meeting but they are firing on all cylinders now - I like OU in doubles and look for Alvarez, Harris, and Papa to get the job done. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0.

UCLA Regional
LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, CA

[16] UCLA (16-9) vs. [17-32] Texas Tech (19-8) - 6pm est - These two met back during the Kickoff Weekend with UCLA pulling out the 4-1 win in a highly competitive match that had 4 singles matches go 3 sets.  Only #1 and #2 singles will be rematches from the first encounter plus the guy that played #3 for Texas Tech in the first meeting is no longer on the team. 

Regular Season Meeting:

#4 UCLA 4, #48 Texas Tech 1
Jan 24, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. #35 Dojas/Soares (TTU) def. #11 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-4
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Cornea/Sendegeya (TTU) 6-2
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) def. Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) 6-4
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Felipe Soares (TTU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU) 7-6, 3-6, 1-0, unf
3. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Victor Cornea (TTU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Alex Sendegeya (TTU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-6, 6-3
6. #90 Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Connor Curry (TTU) 6-2, 5-7, 2-2, unf
Match Notes
Texas Tech 6-2; National ranking #48
UCLA 3-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,4)

Doubles Records: UCLA 18-7, Texas Tech 9-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  UCLA 84, Texas Tech 80

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) vs. #37 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.67)
2. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.47)
3. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) vs. #117 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.74)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.90) vs. #123 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.43)
5. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.82) vs. Francisco Zambon (TTU 13.00) 
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) vs. Connor Curry (TTU 13.02) 
Could also play: Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.36) 

UCLA hasn't been the most consistent team at the bottom of the lineup (15-20 at #5 and #6) but the top has been rock solid with McDonald, Mkrtchian, and Redlicki combining to go 43-9 in dual match play.  Texas Tech may take one of the matches at the bottom but UCLA gets it done up top and in doubles.  Prediction: UCLA 4-1

Texas Regional
Caswell Tennis Center - Austin, TX

[8] Texas (20-6) vs. [17-32] California (19-8) - Saturday 2pm est - These two met last year in the NCAA Round of 16 with Texas winning 4-1 though Cal graduated its top 2 and added 3 newcomers to the roster while Texas has the exact same starting 6 as they had a year ago.  Last year Cal went into College Station and upset Texas A&M in the 2nd round so the Bears won't have a problem going on the road and playing in front of a tough crowd. 

Doubles Records:  Texas 12-13, Cal 17-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Texas 84, Cal 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.95) vs. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.21)
2. #42 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 14.01) vs. #97 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.94)
3. #54 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.98) vs. Greg Bayane (CAL 13.47)
4. George Goldhoff (TX 13.68) vs. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.48)
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.77) vs. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.70)
6. Clement Homs (TX 13.69) vs. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.51)

I like Cal's chances in doubles and I'd give Wikberg a good shot at #4  but I see Hess-Olesen, Berkowicz, Naumann, and Homs winning in singles for Texas. Prediction: Texas 4-2

Georgia Regional
Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, Ga

[8] Georgia (22-4) vs. [17-32] Florida State (20-10) - Saturday 3pm - This would be the 3rd second round meeting between these 2 in the last 5 years with Georgia coming back 3-1 down to win a 4-3 in 2010 and then Georgia won 4-1 in 2012.

Doubles Records: Georgia 18-8, Florida State 21-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Georgia 84, Florida State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #24 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.61) vs.  #46 Benjamin Lock (FSU 13.97)
2. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.24) vs. #101 Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.75)
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.32) vs. Marco Nunez (FSU 13.54)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.47) vs. 
C. Gonzalez Mendez (FSU 13.57)
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.43)
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.84) vs. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 12.97)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Montgomery 13-3 vs. Lock 14-7
2. Smith 14-6 vs. Rinaldi 12-8
3. Pasha 12-5 vs. Nunez 8-10
4. Wagland 10-5 vs. Gonzalez Mendez 13-10
5. Wood 14-6 vs. Gracia 13-10
6. Oosterbaan 13-3 vs. Whitehurst 12-7

Doubles is a near toss-up but I'm leaning toward Florida State however I think Georgia gets it done in singles with wins from Montgomery, Smith, Wagland, and Oosterbaan. Prediction: Georgia 4-2

TCU Regional
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center - Fort Worth, TX

[5] TCU (22-7) vs. [33-48] NC State (18-11) - Saturday 6pm  

Doubles Records: TCU 15-11, NC State 18-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, NC State 82

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 1st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) vs. #69 Robbie Mudge (NCST 13.89)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.00) vs. Beck Bond (NCST 13.68) 
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.33) vs. #110 Simon Norenius (NCST 13.76)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) vs. #93 Austin Powell (NCST 13.60) 
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.10) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.53) 
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.40) vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.43)

Dual Match Singles Records
Chappell 11-6 vs. Mudge 18-7
Nunez 18-1 vs. Bond 17-5
Norrie 14-8 vs. Norenius 15-8
Lugones 14-5 vs. Powell 14-11
Dachs 16-5 vs. Weigel 15-8
Stein 11-7 vs. Horton 14-12

The matchup at #2 singles ought to be a good one with Beck Bond (17-5) and Guillermo Nunez (18-1) combining to go 25-6 in dual match play. I think NC State steals the doubles point and gets a win at #1 from Robbie Mudge but TCU pulls out the rest though I expect several to be very close. Prediction: TCU 4-2  

Wake Forest Regional
Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Winston-Salem, NC

[12] Wake Forest (22-7) vs. [17-32] Florida (15-8)  - Saturday 3pm  

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 22-7, Florida 13-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Florida 83

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF 15.20) vs. #63 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) 
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.63) vs. Elliott Orkin (UF 14.19)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.34) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.77)
4. #106 Jon Ho (WF 13.81) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.78)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.72)  vs. #102 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.53)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.20)
Others who could play: Maksim Kan (WF 13.26), Jordan Belga (UF 13.04)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Rubin 19-3 vs. Hidalgo 10-5
2. Bogaerts 20-4 vs. Orkin 13-6
3. Mansouri 13-11 vs. Watson 10-6
4. Ho 17-8 vs. Perez-Blanco 12-3
5. Seraphim 17-9 vs. Lipman 5-11
6. Tabrizi 8-6 vs. Wardell 2-4

If Florida can find a way to take the doubles point I'd give them a reasonable shot at pulling the upset because Wake is a tad vulnerable to 3, 4, and 6. Having said that I like Wake Forest in doubles and see them getting singles wins from Noah Rubin, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim. I'll like Gordon Watson and Chase Perez-Blanco for Florida though they both might not get a chance to finish. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-1

North Carolina Regional
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center - Chapel Hill, NC

[13] North Carolina (22-10) vs. [17-32] Mississippi State (20-7) - Saturday 3pm 

Doubles Records: UNC 23-9, Miss State 20-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UNC 84, Miss State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.66) vs. #62 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.96)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.35) vs. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.78)
3. #73 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) vs. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67)
4. Jack Murray (NC 14.17) vs. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.89)
5. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) vs. Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.94)
6. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) vs. Julian Cash (MSU 13.40)
Others who could play: Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Schnur 7-7 (3-7) vs. Lakat 14-6 (7-6) 
2. Schneider 17-10 (6-10) vs. Estevarena 10-5 (1-2) 
3. Clark 19-5 (6-4) vs. Cutura 12-7 (1-2) 
4. Murray 18-6 (2-4) vs. Agarwal 18-3 (1-1) 
5. Kelly 22-4 (1-1) vs. Schmid 5-14 (1-4)
6. DePaolo 5-8 vs. Cash 9-6 

Notable Streaks - Clark has won 7 of 8, Kelly has won 7 in a row, Agarwal has won 11 in a row, Schmid has lost 10 of 12

Hess-Olesen is listed at 6 and Steiro is listed at 7 in the singles lineup however each has battled injuries for most of the season so it wouldn't surprise me if neither played and DePaolo got the call at 6.  I like Mississippi State in doubles and Julian Cash in singles but North Carolina should sweep the top 3 and also pick up a win from Robert Kelly at 5 with #4 likely in a tight 3rd set. Prediction: North Carolina 4-2

Illinois Regional
Atkins Tennis Center - Champaign-Urbana, IL

[4] Illinois (26-4) vs. [33-48] Drake (25-6) - Saturday 3pm - Last year in the 2nd round Illinois was on the ropes against Memphis trailing 3-0 and facing what seemed like sure defeat when Memphis's #1 served for the win however the Illini fought back and won 4-3. Drake has a good team but Illinois is too strong from 1 to 5 to get upset here.  

Doubles Records: Illinois 20-10, Drake 21-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 86, Drake 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.68)  vs. #40 Alen Salibasic (DU 13.79)
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.57) vs. #66 Ben Lott (DU 13.71)
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.30) vs. Matt Frost (DU 13.14)
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) vs. Ravi Patel (DU 13.51)
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.46) vs. Calum MacGeoch (DU 12.44) 
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. Ben Mullis (DU 13.09)
Others who could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19), Blake Bazarnik (ILL 12.86), Ben Stride (DU 12.92)

I like the Illini in doubles and look for Jared Hiltzik, Tim Kopinski, and Aleks Vukic to pick up straight set wins at 2, 3, and 5.  Prediction: Illinois 4-0

Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

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After a wild and crazy first round of the NCAA Tournament, we had a more tame second round with 9 of the 16 matches being shutouts. 14 of the top 16 seeds advanced with Columbia and South Florida pulling off the mild upsets.

#17 Columbia punched its second ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-1 win over #14 Ole Miss. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but Ole Miss would take four opening sets in singles. Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz would even the match at 1-1 with a straight set win over Winston Lin at #1 but Columbia's Ashok Narayana and Shawn Hadavi would close out their respective matches in straight sets at 3 and 5 to put Columbia up 3-1. Columbia's Dragos Ignat, Mike Vermeer, and Bert Vancura would each take the 2nd sets after dropping the first and in a race to the finish line it'd be Vancura that would provide the clincher with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win at #6.

Comments from Columbia recap
"We knew that Ole Miss is very tough at home. They are very hard to beat here. So after Georgia Tech we thought we needed to win the doubles point," Howard Endelman, Associate Head Coach said.  "They are very strong at the top of the lineup, so we knew if we won the doubles point and put some pressure on them, it would give us a little edge heading into singles.  The guys played so well in doubles and I think it took some air out of the home crowd, which was good for us."

"I was on courts 5 and 6, so I couldn't see the other courts but I could see the main scoreboard, and it seemed like every first set was in a breaker, or 5-5, Endelman said.  "This match couldn't have been any closer.  We have to give Ole Miss a lot of credit.  They won four first sets, but our guys, they all hung in there.  Bert's opponent was playing great.  Bert just stayed around, stayed around and won the second set, and he was just incredible in the third.  It was probably one of the best sets I've ever seen him play.  {Shawn} Hadavi played a really good player and Shawn played one of the best tie-breakers I've ever seen him play.  They were just so tough.

"Last year we snuck up on people. No one picked us to beat Vanderbilt. This year, in many ways, was much harder.  No one was surprised by us. But our goal was always to get back to the Sweet 16, and to beat Ole Miss in Oxford to get there, is just incredible, Endelman concluded.

Comments from Ole Miss recap
"It was a very tough day," head coach Toby Hansson said. "Obviously it's disappointing when you lose. We thought we had a good chance to win this match today, and we just couldn't get it done."

"We came out a little slow in doubles and didn't have the energy and positive body language," Hansson said. "When things didn't go our way, we let it affect us a little."

"I told the guys we had an opportunity in singles, and even though we didn't play our best, we battled," Hansson said. "We had chances on several different courts.  I have to give Columbia a lot of credit for hanging around and never giving up on all the courts."

"Overall I am very pleased with the season," Hansson said. "With a little perspective I think the guys will realize that we've done some good things this year."

[2] #17 Columbia def. [1] #14 Ole Miss 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Oxford, MS (Palmer-Salloum Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #17 Winston Lin (CU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #108 Dragos Ignat (CU) 7-6(7), 4-6, 2-1, unf
3. Ashok Narayana (CU) def. Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
4. William Kallberg (OM) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6), 1-2, unf
5. Shawn Hadavi (CU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
6. Bert Vancura (CU) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Nik Scholtz/Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #46 Lin/Mike Vermeer (CU) 5-6, unf
2. #84 Ashok Narayana/Dragos Ignat (CU) def. Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 8-3
3. Max Schnur/Bert Vancura (CU) def. Grey Hamilton/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 8-5
Match Notes:
Columbia 16-5; National ranking #17
Ole Miss 18-9; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,6)

#18 South Florida stamped its first ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 shutout over #15 Virginia Tech. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then took 4 opening sets. Justin Roberts and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy picked up straight set wins at 5 and 6 to extend the lead to 3-0 and then Sasha Gozun would clinch the victory with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win at #2 over Andreas Bjerrehus.

Comments from USF recap
"It was an amazing day for the guys and all the work they've put in," head coach Matt Hill said. "It's a huge day for the program as well. We push the envelope and try to show other teams we're a program that's going to be around for a little while."

"Virginia Tech has very good doubles, especially at No. 1 and No. 2. I thought our guys did a great job of playing smart and competing really well throughout the doubles," Hill said.

"Our guys took it to another level in singles," Hill said. "They continue to impress the coaches on the big stages and in the big moments. They really enjoy it and elevate their game."

[2] #18 South Florida def. [1] #15 Virginia Tech 4-0
5/9/2015 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Roberto Cid (USF 14.37) vs. #68 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.20) 6-4, 6-5
2. #124 Sasha Gozun (USF 13.61) def. #43 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.99) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.80) vs. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.69) 7-6(4), 6-5
4. I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF 13.40) vs. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.89) 6-7(4), 6-4, 2-1
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.21) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.44) 6-2, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.29) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.03) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Doubles competition
1. #39 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) vs. #28 Roberts/Oliver Pramming (USF) 7-6
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT) 8-7(7)
3. Roberto Cid/I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF) def. Contini/Corbett (VT) 8-3
Match Notes:
USF 21-6; National ranking #18
Virginia Tech 20-5; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,2)

Other 2nd Round Results:

[11] #11 Ohio State def[2] #24 Vanderbilt 4-0 
May 9, 2015 - Columbus, OH (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #5 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. Kevin Metka/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-1
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Pen Binet/Ryan Smith (VU) 8-5
3. Ralf Steinbach/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Baker Newman/Suresh Eswaran (VU) 8-4
Singles Competition
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.58) vs. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.92) 7-6(5), 5-4
2. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.27) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.58) 6-1, 6-4
3. #88 Daniel Valent (VU 14.08) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.56) 6-3, 5-3, unf.
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.10) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.63) 6-4, 2-6, unf.
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.82) vs. Baker Newman (VU 12.90) 6-2, 7-6(6)
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.90) def. Jeff Offerdahl (VU 12.72) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 20-8; National ranking #24
Ohio State 27-8; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5)
Official: Jerri Banks T-2:06 A-192


Comments from Oklahoma recap
"Singles was solid, head coach John Roddick said. "We didn't dig any holes. The one spot where we got down, we got out of it and had control of that match when it finished. Doubles was close. It came down to a tiebreaker and a few points here or there. Overall we are playing better there.

"It is pretty impressive to play like that at one, Roddick said. "When you are moving the ball around like that and not making errors it is tough to handle.

"He was just really patient, Roddick said. "He hit solid ground strokes in rallies and wasn't going for too much and didn't leave it short either. He just really did a good job of forcing that guy into errors all day. He won 12 games to five. That is pretty solid.

"We are going to get an idea of the practice schedule, but we are going to take a day off and then head out, Roddick said. "We are ready to get it going and I think the guys are excited to play.

[1] #1 Oklahoma def. [2] #28 Northwestern 4-1
May 09, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #48 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU) 2-6, 6-3, 0-1, unf
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Alp Horoz (NU) 7-5, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #64 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #57 Harris/Ghilea (OU) 8-5
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Webb/Papa (OU) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-4
Match Notes
Northwestern 21-9, 8-3; National ranking #28
Oklahoma 25-2,4-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,5,4)

[1] #10 Duke def. [2] #23 Stanford 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #14 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-0
2. #41 Jason Tahir (DU) led #71 John Morrissey (STAN) 2-6, 6-4, *5-4 unf
3. #57 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU) def. Davis Hsu (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
5. Chris Mengel (DU) led Robert Stineman (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 2-1* unf
6. TJ Pura (DU) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #9 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #20 Hemmeler/Alvarez (DU) 8-7 (3)
2. #69 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) 8-6
3. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (STAN) led Semenzato/Pura. (DU) 7-6
Match Notes
Duke 24-6; National ranking #10
Stanford 18-7; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,3,6)
NCAA Team Championship Second Round
Duke advances to NCAA Team Championship Round of 16
T-3:48 A-172

[1] #12 Wake Forest def. [3] #39 Pepperdine 4-0
May 09, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Outdoors)
Singles competition
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-4, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 7-6 (7-2), 1-5, unf
5. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) vs. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Maksim Kan (WF) vs. Tom Hill (PEP) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Hadlich/Thakkar (PEP) 7-3, unfi
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 8-2
3. Sam Bloom/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Stefan Menichella/Tom Hill (PEP) 8-2
Match Notes
Pepperdine 18-9; National ranking #39
Wake Forest 23-7; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,2)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - Second Round
Wake Forest goes for school-record 24th win
T-2:34 A-304

Comments from TCU recap
"Obviously that doubles point gave us a tremendous amount of momentum going into singles," head coach David Roditi said. "That is some of the most competitive points I have ever seen at the No. 3 position and it was anyone's match. Guillermo came up with a huge ace down match point and our No. 2 team of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson just keep getting it done. They are playing just such a high level and having so much fun. They are communicating and connecting and it is just fun to watch. The scary part is that we are winning doubles points and we can still play better. There is still room for improvement and that is exactly what we want going into next week.

"In singles, our guys came out focused and let that excitement from doubles keep them going. Cameron Norrie is just too good and he is just too much for some guys at the No. 3 position. Guillermo finally closed out his m
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We are just a few days away from the start of the Round of 16 in hopefully sunny Waco so let's start peeling the layers away and breaking down each match.

[1] Oklahoma (26-2) vs. [16] UCLA (17-9) - 10am est - Oklahoma is coming off a 4-0 win over New Mexico State and a 4-1 win over Northwestern while UCLA steamrolled both Florida Gulf Coast and Texas Tech 4-0. Even though Oklahoma won both matches comfortably the one area they didn't look as good in was doubles. OU dropped the point to Northwestern for the 2nd time this year and even New Mexico State challenged OU by winning at #2 doubles before OU clinched at #3 by a tight 8-6 score.  UCLA's strength all year has been its top 3 but against Texas Tech on Saturday the Bruins swept the bottom 3 and that was with Gage Brymer still on the sidelines. 

Oklahoma ended UCLA's season last year when they beat the Bruins 4-2 in the NCAA Semifinals in a match that saw OU win the doubles point by winning a tiebreak at #3 doubles and then winning the final two singles matches at #1 and #6 in 3rd set tiebreaks. The only pairing that will be a rematch is the Alex Ghilea/Karue Sell matchup at #4 - last year Ghilea won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) at #6. 

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

The UTR Power 6 is the combined UTRs of the starting 6 (rounded to a whole #).  An individual win/loss to anyone with a UTR difference of 1.0 or greater would be considered an upset.   

Doubles Records: Oklahoma 15-13, UCLA 19-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 86, UCLA 85

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.05) vs. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.21)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.02) vs. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 14.06)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.20)  vs. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.45)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.98) 
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.93) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.00) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.39)
Others who could play: Jose Salazar (OU 13.83), Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.83)

Note: Brymer is listed at #5 in the official lineup but with him not playing since March 28th I'm not going to put him in my projected lineup.

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. Alvarez 23-0 vs. McDonald 14-1
2. Harris 18-4 vs. Mkrtchian 14.5
3. Webb 15-6 vs. Redlicki 16-3
4. Ghilea 18-4 vs. Sell 16-6
5. Papa 11-9 vs. Rapp 8-7
6. Bragusi 9-3 vs. DiGiulio (UCLA) 8-8, 
Others: Salazar (OU) 8-4, Brymer (UCLA) 3-4 

1. Alvarez is 18-0 against ranked players which includes a pair of wins over #2 Julian Lenz and a win over #4 Soren Hess-Olesen while McDonald has won 7 in a row and is 12-1 against ranked players with his lone loss coming against Lenz. I think Mackie can hang with Alvarez but beating him is another story. Prediction: DNF with Alvarez (OU) leading in 3rd. 

2. Harris has won 8 in a row and 10 of 11 and is 15-4 against ranked players while Mkrtchian has won 11 of his last 12 and is 5-5 against ranked. Mkrtchian has had a great year but Harris is step up in class. Prediction: Harris (OU) in 2.

3. Webb has dropped 5 of his last 8 and was the only OU player to drop a set in the 1st/2nd round while Redlicki has won 13 of his last 15. The only common opponent they had was UNC's Brett Clark with Redlicki beating Clark in 3 while Webb lost to Clark in 2 but was up 3-0 in the 3rd in another match that went unfinished. Webb is going to have a hard time coming out of his slump with no easy ones from here on out. Prediction: Redlicki (UCLA) in 2

4. Ghilea has won 4 of his last 6 and 9 of 11 while Sell has won 8 of his last 9. Both players won each of their matches over the weekend in straight sets. Sell went 1-2 against ranked opponents losing to Jonny Wang twice and beating Texas Tech's Alex Sendegeya while Ghilea went 2-2 against ranked beating Mate Zsiga and Max De Vroome and losing to Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau and Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti. This is a match that Sell can win but he's come up short in the big ones too many times for me to take him. Prediction: Ghilea (OU) in 3.

5. Papa had dropped 4 of 5 until he rolled Northwestern's Fedor Baev 6-1, 6-4 in the 2nd round while Rapp had dropped 3 in a row until he beat Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon 6-4, 6-4 in the 2nd round. Rapp has got better as the season has went on but so has Papa and overall Papa is the better player. Prediction: Papa (OU) in 2

6. Bragusi has split his last 4 though one of those wins came in the deciding match of the Big 12 Championship against Felipe Rios while DiGiulio snapped a 3-match losing streak with a pair of wins last weekend including a 6-3, 6-4 win over Texas Tech's Connor Curry. Bragusi has come through in the clutch every time his name has been called and even though it won't come down to his match he'll still win going away. Prediction: Bragusi (OU) in 2

UCLA has won the doubles point in 5 of its last 6 matches and I look for the Bruins to make it 6 of 7 as I see them winning at #1 and #2. In looking over the singles matches I see OU as a pretty solid lock with Harris, Papa, and Bragusi at 2, 5, and 6 so UCLA would need 1, 3, and 4 to pull it out. I like Michael Redlicki at #3 over the slumping Dane Webb and I think both Mackenzie McDonald and Karue Sell can push their matches to 3rd sets but I can't quite see them getting the W. A potential game changer would be if Gage Brymer is able to play at #5 and play well.  I'd take a 100% Brymer over Papa which would have this match decided at #1. Regardless of who plays I think Oklahoma still pulls it out but they'll be pushed very hard by Billy's boys. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2

[8] Georgia (23-4) vs. [9] Texas (21-6) - 10am est - These teams last met in the 2014 National Indoors with Texas winning 4-3 in a match that had one of the stranger endings that you'll ever see.  With the match tied at 3 Georgia's Ben Wagland had a match point on the Goldhoff 30-40 serve but after calling the Goldhoff serve out he was overruled for a 3rd time (point penalty) which gave Goldhoff the game for 5-5 and then Wagland got a code violation for a verbal outburst which gave him a game penalty and since they played TBs at 5-5 (experimental scoring) that was the match.  Both Georgia and Wagland have put that fiasco behind them but it'll be interesting to see Wagland and Goldhoff matched up again at #4.

Georgia looked good in the 1st and 2nd rounds with 4-0 shutouts over Winthrop and #27 Florida State while Texas blew out Navy 4-0 before getting a major challenge from #26 Cal in the 2nd round. Texas won the match 4-1 but they were pushed at several spots before Soren Hess-Olesen came back from a set and 4-2 down to clinch it 6-3 in the 3rd.  

Doubles Records: Georgia 19-8, Texas 13-13 
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Georgia 85, Texas 84

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #24 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.62) vs. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 15.00)
2. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.24) vs. #42 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 14.01)
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.34) vs. #54 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.96)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.49) vs. 
George Goldhoff (TX 13.70)
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.84) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.75)
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.84) vs. Clement Homs (TX 13.83)
Others who could play: Peter Bertran (UGA 13.63), John Mee (TX 13.68)

Dual-Match Singles Records:
1. Montgomery 14-3 vs. Hess-Olesen 20-4
2. Smith 15-6 vs. Glasspool 13-4
3. Pasha 14-5 vs. Berkowicz 16-6
4. Wagland 10-5 vs. Goldhoff 7-6
5. Wood 15-6 vs. Naumann 11-9
6. Oosterbaan 13-3 vs. Homs 9-1

1. Montgomery has won 7 in a row and 11 of 12 with a 5-3 record against ranked opponents while Hess-Olesen has won 4 of his last 5 and is 14-5 against ranked opponents. Hess-Olesen came from behind on Saturday to beat Cal's #29 Andre Goransson 6-3 in the 3rd while Montgomery beat Florida State's #46 Benjamin Lock in straight sets. Hess-Olesen only had 1 match go unfinished while Montgomery had 9. It'll be interesting to see if that comes into play though I'm thinking this one probably won't finish because it'll be a long deuce filled grind. Prediction: DNF with it on serve in the 3rd.

2. Smith stopped a 2-match losing streak on Saturday when he beat Florida State's #101 Michael Rinaldi 6-2, 6-2 while Glasspool has won 4 of 5 after beating Cal's #97 Filip Bergevi 6-4, 7-5 in the 2nd round. Smith went 7-6 in dual match play against ranked opponents while Glasspool went 7-4. They had 2 common opponents this year with both beating Columbia's Dragos Ignat while Glasspool lost to FSU's Michael Rinaldi back in January. Prediction: Smith (UGA) in 3.

3. Pasha has won 3 of his last 4 after beating Florida State's Marco Nunez 7-6, 6-2 while Berkowicz has lost 3 of his last 4 after falling to Cal's Greg Bayane 7-5, 6-3. Berkowicz also sat out Friday's match against Navy which makes me wonder if he's 100%. Pasha went 2-4 against ranked opponents while Berkowicz went 5-5. Both guys beat Marco Nunez and Columbia's Max Schnur in straights.  Berkowicz is 1-3 in NCAA Tournament matches while Pasha is 7-2. This ones comes down to who is more consistent - I'll go with the Georgia senior over the Texas senior. Prediction: Pasha (UGA) in 2

4. Wagland has won his last 7 completed matches with 6 unfinished matches in between while Goldhoff has won 3 of his last 5 with 5 others going unfinished. Both of Wagland's matches last weekend went unfinished with him down a set but up a break in the 2nd against Florida State's Cristian Gonzalez Mendez while Goldhoff double bageled a guy from Navy and was on serve in the 3rd against Cal's Oskar Wikberg. They had 2 common opponents this year with Goldhoff beating Columbia's Bert Vancura while Wagland lost to him and Goldhoff lost to Illinois's Aleks Vukic while Wagland was in a 3rd set tiebreak with Vukic when the match was halted due to a clinch. These two met a year ago in the match I mentioned above with Goldhoff winning a wild one. This is a tough one to predict because both are fairly unpredictable but I'll go with the hotter hand. Prediction: Wagland (UGA) in 3

5. Wood has won 4 of his last 5 while Naumann has won 4 of his last 6. Naumann beat Cal's JT Nishimura 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday while Wood's match against Florida State's Jose Gracia went unfinished though Wood was up 6-3, 6-6 (7-7). They only had 1 common opponent this year in Columbia's Ashok Narayana - Wood beat him in 3 while Naumann was down a break in the 3rd when the match was halted. Naumann beat Wood 6-4, 6-3 a year ago during the National Indoors. I think Naumann is playing just a little better at the moment - Prediction: Naumann (TX) in 3

6. Oosterbaan has won 12 in a row while Homs has won 3 of his last 4. Oosterbaan's match on Saturday against Florida State's Terrance Whitehurst went unfinished with Paul serving for the match up 6-4, 6-5 while Homs led Cal's Billy Griffith 5-4 in the 3rd. Homs has wins this year over Florin Bragusi and Kevin Metka while Oosterbaan's best win came over Jordi Arconada. Oosterbaan's serve would have to be on fire to keep him in this one because I think Homs is just a little stronger. Prediction: Homs (TX) in 2

I like Georgia in doubles at #1 and #2 and then I look for Smith, Pasha, and Wagland to pick up wins at 2, 3, and 4. I like Naumann and Homs for Texas at 5 and 6 with 1 likely going unfinished. There should be several 3-setters but I think Georgia pulls it out. Prediction: Georgia 4-2 

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It was a wild and crazy Thursday with it taking 6+ hours to complete the opening matches due to a series of rain/lightning delays. Both the Oklahoma/UCLA and Georgia/Texas matches started outdoors and were finished indoors due to 3 rain delays and lastly a lightning delay.

Before I go through the matches I wanted to thank you guys on twitter for Periscoping some of the key points in the indoor matches where there wasn't streaming video available.  Big shout out to Jeff McMillan and Drew Mastin who both did a great job letting me and many others follow the end of the Oklahoma/UCLA and Georgia/Texas matches. Jeff also had footage of many of the key moments in the Virginia/Columbia match as well. They say a picture is worth a thousand words - well if that's the case then a video is worth a million words. It's so much better to be able to watch and experience these matches on some kind of video because words can only tell you so much.  Thanks again guys!!

The unpredictable Oklahoma doubles pairings surprised many of us by taking the doubles point with ease over UCLA.  Both Harris/Ghilea and Webb/Papa won 8-4 at #1 and #2 doubles.

In singles play Oklahoma raced out to a 3-0 lead after Alex Ghilea and Spencer Papa won by identical 6-3, 6-4 score at #4 and #5 singles and it looked like Florin Bragusi was going to potentially make it 4-0 when he led Joseph DiGiulio 6-3, 5-5 at #4.  However DiGiulio would hold for 6-5 then break Bragusi to send it to a 3rd set.

Mackenzie McDonald would put UCLA on the board when he handed Axel Alvarez his first dual-match loss of the year with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #1. Alvarez jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd before McDonald won 6 of the next 7 games to close the match out.

Martin Redlicki had just broken Dane Webb to go up 3-2 in the 3rd at #3 singles when play would be stopped by a lightning delay and with this being the 4th delay the decision was made to move all remaining matches indoors.
Once indoors Redlicki held onto the break lead and finished off Webb 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to trim the Oklahoma lead to 3-2.

After taking the 1st set in a tiebreak, UCLA's Dennis Mkrtchian would break Andrew Harris to go up 5-4 in the 2nd but Harris would break back and eventually push the match to a tiebreak. Mkrtchian would control the 2nd set tiebreak just like he did the first and would close it out for a 7-6(5), 7-6(3) win to knot the match at 3.

In the deciding match OU's Mr. Clutch Florin Bragusi would go up 4-2 in the 3rd and would end up serving out the match at love to take the match clinching 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win to send Oklahoma on to the Quarterfinals.

FYI, I embedded a video that has UGA/Texas highlights that starts to auto-play when this page is opened so if you hear sound that's where it's coming from. Can't see to figure out how to keep it from automatically playing. (if there are any readers that are fairly tech savvy send me a message and let me know how you can embed a URL without it automatically starting)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 15th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

[1] Oklahoma def. [16] UCLA 4-3
May 14, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts)
Doubles Competition
1.  #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #12 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-4
2.  Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. #86 Joseph De Guilio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 8-4
3.  Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Dennis Mkrtchian/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4, unf
Singles Competition  
1.  #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.20) def. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.19) 6-4, 6-4
2.  #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 14.09) def. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
3.  #118 MartinRedlicki (UCLA 14.44) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.22) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4
4.  #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.41) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) 6-3, 6-4
5.  Spencer Papa (OU 13.89) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.04)  6-3, 6-4
6.  Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) def. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.44)  6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (5, 4, 1, 3, 2, 6)
Oklahoma 27-2
UCLA 17-10


Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On his team's fight
"They played really well at the top. (Mackenzie) McDonald had a great match against Axel (Alverez). Axel played pretty well, he just missed a couple of opportunities and ended up losing it and at a high level that is what happens. He went on to play a really good match. I thought (Martin) Redlicki did a great job of closing Dane (Webb) out in the third set when they moved indoors. Dane had a couple chances to break back and didn't quite get there. Even Andrew (Harris) had a chance into the third. We got a little unlucky and you'd like to think you'd get a couple of those points that you need. But we didn't get them today and our guys down low pulled it through.

On the rain delays
"It's hard on the staff. You have to make sure you have everything when you come off. It was a difficult day. It's tough on the guys to go on and off the court. Our guys did a really good job handling that. They kind of knew because when the weather is like that you kind of know. These guys have dealt with days like that before with weather so it wasn't something they've never done. That helps with it and with the staff we have here it makes it a little bit easier.

More Comments from OU recap
On Florin Bragusi

"He is undefeated in that situation, head coach John Roddick said. "We are proud of that effort, and he is one of those guys you just want to have out there at the end.

"He did a good job, Roddick said. "I think moving indoors helped him. He was able to get the ball through the court a little bit more.

"I think it helped me to move inside, Bragusi said. "I play better indoors and I think the guy I was playing prefers to play outdoors. I think that helped me a little bit.

"It is a great feeling, but I just won one match, Bragusi said. "Everyone did a great job, especially in doubles. It feels great to clinch, but we won three other matches. It is a team victory.

On Georgia:
"We saw Georgia at the National Indoors and then we played them in January in a preseason tournament, Roddick said. "We have a day off after a tough match so we'll be ready to play and I'm sure they will be too.

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I looked over 1-10 a few days ago so today I'll look at the teams that finished the year ranked between 11-15.

The new recruits section is from tennisrecruiting.net and from school releases so its possible some of those guys may not end up where they are currently showing. Several teams will probably have some guys coming in from outside the U.S. so we probably won't know any names until the schools put out a release or we see the name on the roster in August/January. BC=Blue Chip, 5*=5 star, etc.

I'm sure we'll also see some guys transfer as we do every year. We probably won't know those until they show up on a new roster in the fall or we see a name with a different school beside it on the ITA All American list of participants in late September. I've added a new tab at the top to keep up with transfers throughout the summer.

There's a possibility that a few guys may choose to leave school early (Rubin/Harris) and go pro but for now we'll assume if they have eligibility remaining they'll be back at the same place next year.

The returning depth players will mainly be guys that I think have a chance of playing so I may leave a few names off.

The # in ( ) beside the player's name is where they played in the lineup at the end of the year.

I'll take a wild guess at the starting 6 for next season but I won't really know until the roster is set and I see some results in the fall.

#11 North Carolina
  • Returning singles starters: Brayden Schnur (1), Ronnie Schneider (2), Brett Clark (3), Jack Murray (4), Robert Kelly (5)
  • Returning depth: Stuart DePaolo
  • Departing singles starters: Esben Hess-Olesen (6)
  • Departing depth: Oystein Steiro
  • Returning doubles starters: Schnur (1), Clark/Kelly (2), Schneider/Murray (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Hess-Olesen (1)
  • New Recruits: Anudeep Kodali (BC & UTR 13.46), Blaine Boyden (5* & UTR 13.23)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Schnur, Schneider, Clark, Murray, Kelly, Kodali/Boyden
Comments: North Carolina started 2 freshman this year and they'll likely start 1 more next year after losing Hess-Olesen and Steiro. North Carolina had a ton of injuries this year but if they stay healthy they should be a top 10 team.  Kodali and Boyden should battle for the 6 spot with everyone else likely to play in the same spot they held this year.

#12 Ohio State
  • Returning singles starters: Mikael Torpegaard (1), Chris Diaz (2), Herkko Pollanen (3), Ralf Steinbach (6)
  • Returning depth: Matt Mendez, Riley Reist, Charles Shewalter
  • Departing singles starters: Hunter Callahan (4), Kevin Metka (5)
  • Departing depth: None
  • Returning doubles starters: Steinbach (1), Diaz (2), Torpegaard/Pollanen (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Metka (1), Callahan (2)
  • New Recruits: Hugo DiFeo (UTR 13.83), Martin Joyce (BC & UTR 13.76), Kyle Seelig (BC & UTR 12.74), Hunter Tubert (5* & UTR 12.86), Alex Kobelt (3* & UTR 10.84)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: DiFeo, Torpegaard, Diaz, Pollanen, Steinbach, Joyce/Mendez
Comments: DiFeo isn't actually a new recruit because he was on the roster this past season but he wasn't eligible to play. Ty Tucker said he would have likely played at #1 if eligible so we'll assume he'll be at #1 next year. It's going to be tough to replace Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan because they were both big contributors in both singles and doubles. The Buckeyes need more consistency from Pollanen and Steinbach because both have been up and down over the last 2 years. It should be a pretty good battle for #6 singles because a lot of those guys look to pretty evenly qualified.  

#13 Wake Forest
  • Returning singles starters: Noah Rubin (1), Romain Bogaerts (2), Skander Mansouri (3), Jon Ho (4), Christian Seraphim (5), Keivon Tabrizi (6)
  • Returning depth: Maksim Kan, Sam Bloom, Anthony Delcore
  • Departing singles starters: None
  • Departing depth: None
  • Returning doubles starters: Mansouri/Seraphim (1), Rubin/Ho (2), Tabrizi/Bogaerts (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: None
  • New Recruits: Eric Rutledge (BC & UTR 13.43)
    • Potential starting 6 next year: same as this year
    Comments: Wake was an extremely young team this season starting 4 freshman so IF Noah Rubin comes back they should be able to make a push into the top 10 next season. If Rubin doesn't return Wake will still be a solid top 20 team but they'll be closer to 20 instead of 10.   

    #14 Columbia 
    • Returning singles starters: Dragos Ignat (2), Mike Vermeer (5), Shawn Hadavi (6)
    • Returning depth: Eric Rubin 
    • Departing singles starters: Winston Lin (1), Ashok Narayana (3), Max Schnur (4), 
    • Departing depth: Bert Vancura
    • Returning doubles starters: Vermeer (1), Ignat (2)
    • Departing doubles starters: Lin (1), Narayana (2), Schnur/Vancura (3)
    • New Recruits: Victor Pham (BC & UTR 13.55), Timothy Wang (5* & UTR 12.70), Jack Turchetta (4* & UTR 12.72), William Matheson (UTR 13.04), Robin Nguy (UTR 11.62)
      • Potential starting 6 next year: Ignat, Vermeer, V Pham, Hadavi, Rubin, Matheson
        Comments: Columbia loses 50% of its dual-match wins with Lin, Narayana, Schnur, and Vancura departing. Vancura started almost the entire year until the NCAA Round of 16 when Schnur came back into the lineup after missing most of the season. Bid Goswami has a pretty nice recruiting class coming in highlighted by Blue Chipper Victor Pham who I'd expect to play in the top half of the lineup. Columbia had a pretty deep bench so it's possible Richard Pham, Miguel Alda, Daniel Grunberger, and others could earn a spot in the rotation as well. 

        #15 UCLA
        • Returning singles starters: Mackenzie McDonald (1), Martin Redlicki (3), Karue Sell (4), Austin Rapp (5), Joseph DiGiulio (6)
        • Returning depth: Gage Brymer, Ryoto Tachi
        • Departing singles starters: Dennis Mkrtchian (2)
        • Departing depth: None
        • Returning doubles starters: McDonald/Redlicki (1), DiGiulio/Sell (2), Rapp (3)
        • Departing doubles starters: Mkrtchian (3)
        • New Recruits: Max Cressy (5* & UTR 12.93), Daniel Gealer (5* & UTR 12.45)
          • Potential starting 6 next year: McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, Brymer, Rapp, DiGiulio
            Comments: UCLA only loses 1 starter but Dennis Mkrtchian was a solid 15-5 in dual match play. UCLA really needs Gage Brymer and Joseph DiGiulio to play well next year otherwise they'll probably be back in the same boat they were in this year. UCLA should have the top 1-2 combo in the conference and one of the best in the country but those depth spots will make or break them.

            Check back tomorrow for 16-20.

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            Thursday, 24 December 2015 17:05

            2016 Season Preview - UCLA Bruins

            No team has been more consistent over the years than UCLA with the Bruins the only team to make the NCAA Round of 16 every year since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1999. UCLA head coach Billy Martin enters his 23rd year at the helm with 1 National Title (2005) and 4 National Runner-Ups (96/99/04/13) in his previous 22 years.

            Martin only loses 1 player from last year's Round of 16 team though that 1 guy was a valuable one with Dennis Mkrtchian going 15-5 in dual-match play with the majority of his matches coming at #2 singles.

            UCLA returns everyone else with Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki expected to anchor the singles and doubles lineup. McDonald went 15-1 in dual-match play last year with all his matches coming at #1 while Redlicki went 17-3 with most of his matches coming at #2 and #3. The pair combined to go 12-5 at #1 doubles and they also performed well over the summer winning the Costa Mesa Futures and making the semifinals at the Claremont Futures. McDonald is the only current college player with an ATP ranking inside the top 600 and he's well inside it at 372.

            Karue Sell (Sr), Gage Brymer (Jr), and Northwestern transfer Logan Staggs (Soph) are expected to occupy the #3, #4, and #5 spots (in some order). Sell had the second most dual-match wins (16) last season with most of his matches coming at #4 though he did go 4-0 at #3. Brymer only saw limited action last season after dealing with the loss of his mother and he only played in 1 fall tournament while dealing with an injury (see article from Daily Bruin). Logan Staggs is a welcome addition to the roster after going 18-11 in dual-match play last season at Northwestern. This fall Staggs beat USC's Logan Smith, Connor Farren, and Jack Jaede so he's already made himself known across town.

            Austin Rapp (Soph), Joseph Di Giulio (Jr), and Ryoto Tachi (RSr) are expected to compete for the #6 spot. Both Rapp and Di Giulio saw extensive action last season at #5 and #6 due to the absence of Brymer and with McDonald playing a few pro events. All 3 guys had some good singles results at the Southern California Intercollegiates and Di Giulio teamed with Sell for a team high 7 doubles wins.

            Billy Martin added a pair of TRN 5-stars with Hermosa Beach's Max Cressy and Los Angeles's Daniel Gealer joining the team in the fall. Cressy only participated in the fall ending Jack Kramer Classic while Gealer didn't play in any fall events.

            UCLA went 19-8 in doubles last season and Martin returns both his #1 and #2 doubles teams. The only spot up for grabs is at #3 and I think a Rapp/Brymer combo would probably work the best but Tachi or Staggs could sneak in there too.

            Below are each players fall college records (singles/doubles) along with a list of accomplishments. The ranking listed in front of a player is the ITA preseason ranking. Daniel Gealer, Nikolas Ramadan, and Reid Shumway didn't have any fall results

            #3 Mackenzie McDonald (didn't play college events) - made the finals at the $10K Claremont, CA USA F26 Futures before falling to Deiton Baughman 6-3 in the 3rd, made the semifinals at the $100K Tiburon Challenger, made the semifinals at the $50K Champaign Challenger, made the quarterfinals at the $100K Sacramento Challenger, made the quarterfinals at the $15K Wichita, KS USA F21 Futures, won the doubles title at the $10K Costa Mesa, CA USA F27 Futures (w Redlicki)

            #57 Martin Redlicki (7-3/0-0) - won the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional with wins over USC's #42 Nick Crystal and Logan Smith in the semis and finals, won the doubles title at the $10K Costa Mesa, CA USA F27 Futures (w McDonald)

            Karue Sell (6-3/7-3) - made the finals at the Southern California Intercollegiates before falling to #61 Max de Vroome (USC) 6-3 in the 3rd, made the doubles semifinals at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional (w Di Giulio), made the doubles semifinals at the Jack Kramer Classic (w Di Giulio)

            Gage Brymer (2-1/1-2) - made the quarterfinals at the Jack Kramer Classic

            Logan Staggs (5-2/2-2) - made the semifinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates, made the quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional

            Austin Rapp (4-3/1-2) - made the quarterfinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates

            Joseph Di Giulio (7-4/7-3) - made the quarterfinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates, made the doubles semifinals at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional (w Sell), made the doubles semifinals at the Jack Kramer Classic (w Sell)

            Ryoto Tachi (8-4/2-2) - won the consolation draw at the Southern California Intercollegiates, beat #67 Daan Maasland (Oregon) in route to a Round of 16 finish at the Jack Kramer Classic

            Max Cressy (1-2/1-1) - won his opening match at the Jack Kramer Classic, made the doubles quarterfinals at the Jack Kramer Classic (w Brymer)

            Michael Guzman (1-2/1-2) - won a consolation match at the Southern California Intercollegiates

            Nishanth Yamani (0-2/0-0) - participated at the Southern California Intercollegiates

            Travis Martin (0-1/0-1) - participated at the Southern California Intercollegiates

            Projected Depth Chart:
            1. Mackenzie McDonald
            2. Martin Redlicki
            3. Karue Sell
            4. Gage Brymer
            5. Logan Staggs
            6. Austin Rapp
            7. Joseph Di Giulio
            8. Ryoto Tachi
            9. Max Cressy
            10. Daniel Gealer
            11. Michael Guzman
            12. Nikolas Ramadan
            13. Reid Shumway
            14. Nishanth Yamani
            15. Travis Martin

            Players With A Current ATP Singles Ranking as of 12/21/15 - high in ( )
            #372 - Mackenzie McDonald (371)
            #1636 - Martin Redlicki (948)

            Universal Tennis Rating as of 12/24/15:
            15.00 - Mackenzie McDonald
            14.11 - Karue Sell
            13.87 - Martin Redlicki
            13.63 - Logan Staggs
            13.58 - Gage Brymer
            13.33 - Joseph Di Giulio
            13.31 - Austin Rapp
            13.11 - Ryoto Tachi
            12.65 - Nikolas Ramadan (0%)
            12.57 - Max Cressy (20%)
            12.32 - Daniel Gealer
            11.21 - Michael Guzman (50%)
            10.53 - Reid Shumway
            9.83 - Nishanth Yamani (10%)
            8.84 - Travis Martin (0%)
            **UTR reliability 100% unless otherwise noted

            Universal Tennis Rating as of 6/3/15
            15.05 - Mackenzie McDonald
            14.44 - Martin Redlicki
            13.98 - Karue Sell
            13.84 - Gage Brymer
            13.61 - Logan Staggs
            13.46 - Joseph Di Giulio
            13.10 - Ryoto Tachi
            13.07 - Austin Rapp
            12.93 - Max Cressy (20%)
            12.45 - Daniel Gealer
            12.30 - Nikolas Ramadan
            11.68 - Michael Guzman (50%)
            Didn't notate Reid Shumway, Nishanth Yamani, or Travis Martin in June

            Pre-College Ratings/Rankings:

            Peak ITF Junior Ranking:
            #12 - Mackenzie McDonald
            #33 - Karue Sell
            #41 - Martin Redlicki
            #146 - Gage Brymer
            #427 - Ryoto Tachi
            #816 - Joseph Di Giulio
            #943 - Austin Rapp
            #1406 - Daniel Gealer
            #1610 - Logan Staggs
            #1618 - Max Cressy

            TennisRecruiting.Net Star Rating/High Ranking (Americans Only)
            Blue Chip #1 - Gage Brymer
            Blue Chip #2 - Mackenzie McDonald
            Blue Chip #2 - Martin Redlicki
            Blue Chip #5 - Logan Staggs
            Blue Chip #6 - Joseph Di Giulio
            5-star #14 - Austin Rapp
            5-star #22 - Max Cressy
            5-star #40 - Daniel Gealer
            4-star #58 - Michael Guzman
            4-star #69 - Nikolas Ramadan
            1-star #399 - Reid Shumway
            1-star #1281 - Nishanth Yamani
            No Rating - Travis Martin

            TRN Yearly Recruiting Rankings:
            2015 - RV - (Cressy, Gealer)
            2014 - NR - (Redlicki, Rapp, Ramadan)
            2013 - #2 -  (McDonald, Brymer, Di Giulio, Guzman, Martin)
            2012 - NR - (Tachi, Yamani)
            2011 - #1 -  (Giron, Novikov, Mkrtchian, Sell, Ulrich)

            RV = received votes but not enough to make the Top 25; NR = Not Rated
            Martin Redlicki originally committed to Duke and switched to UCLA

            2016-17 Recruiting Class:
            Connor Rapp - Rancho Mirage, CA - TRN 4-star #62 - UTR 12.45

                                                        2016 ROSTER

              2016 SCHEDULE

            UCLA should be 3-0 coming into the Pac 12/SEC Showdown but they'll have a tough time against Georgia and will need to fire on all cylinders to beat a Florida team that beat them a year ago. They host a hungry San Diego squad before heading to Charlottesville for a week long stay that'll see them play #1 Virginia on a Tuesday and 3 Top 20 teams on the weekend at the National Team Indoors. A few weeks later they play at Stanford, home against USC, and home against Baylor in back-to-back-to-back matches before starting conference play at Oregon on March 25th. UCLA hosts both Stanford and Cal while they go to USC to close out the regular season. 

             2015 STATS

            Returning singles starters: Mackenzie McDonald (1), Martin Redlicki (3), Karue Sell (4), Austin Rapp (5), Joseph DiGiulio (6)
            Departing singles starters: Dennis Mkrtchian (2)

            Returning depth: Gage Brymer, Ryoto Tachi
            Departing depth: None

            Returning doubles starters: McDonald/Redlicki (1), DiGiulio/Sell (2), Rapp (3)
            Departing doubles starters: Mkrtchian (3)

            UCLA has the best 1-2 combo in the Pac 12 and they are always strong in doubles but it's going to be the singles play of Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp/Joseph Di Giulio that will determine whether this team makes a run at the Pac 12 title. UCLA only went 2-9 last season away from the L.A. Tennis Center so it's imperative that they host a regional if they want to keep the streak alive of making it to an 18th straight NCAA Round of 16.  I'm expecting this team to be somewhere in the 14-8 to 16-6 range at the end of the regular and right on the cusp of the top 16.

            LAST TIME OUT

            The Bruins left it all on the court in its Round of 16 match against #1 Oklahoma and pushed the Sooners to the brink before OU's Florin Bragusi pulled out the deciding match 6-4 in the 3rd at #6 singles. The match started outdoors but after the 4th rain delay it was finally moved indoors and Bragusi was able to adjust a little better than Di Giulio - recap

            [1] Oklahoma def. [16] UCLA 4-3
            May 14, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts)
            Doubles Competition
            1.  #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #12 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-4
            2.  Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. #86 Joseph De Guilio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 8-4
            3.  Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Dennis Mkrtchian/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4, unf
            Singles Competition  
            1.  #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.20) def. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.19) 6-4, 6-4
            2.  #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 14.09) def. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
            3.  #118 MartinRedlicki (UCLA 14.44) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.22) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4
            4.  #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.41) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.00) 6-3, 6-4
            5.  Spencer Papa (OU 13.89) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.04)  6-3, 6-4
            6.  Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) def. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.44)  6-3, 5-7, 6-4
            Match Notes:
            Order of Finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (5, 4, 1, 3, 2, 6)
            Oklahoma 27-2
            UCLA 17-10

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            Saturday, 23 January 2016 08:50

            ITA Women: Top Seeds Cruise In Friday's ITA Kickoff

            Six of the ITA Kickoff Regionals began today and all No.1 seeds cruised without much difficulty. Fresno State was the lone No.3 seed to earn a scalp into tomorrow's final. UGA and UNC were the top 2 teams to play and routed Wyoming and Yale, respectively. The closest match of the weekend, ranking-wise, was No.18 Ohio State's 4-3 thriller over No.19 Pepperdine. Tomorrow should bring some tighter matches and a few upsets. For my predictions for the entire weekend, check out my preview here.

            #4 Georgia Regional: UGA routs, Old Dominion battles
            It was a routine win for the Georgia Bulldogs, who claimed the victory over Wyoming before the No.6 match could get on court. Although Ellen Perez, who just arrived back in Athens after playing the Australian Open, was tested in her second set, UGA served only 6-1 or 6-2 sets across the board. Old Dominion dropped an incredibly tight doubles point in a tiebreaker, but took four first sets which propelled their win. ODU's Adriana Rajkovic had the biggest upset of the day by UTR standards and Kyla Klier had a near 1-point win on the court today also. UGA will cruise in their final tomorrow against ODU

            Note: Georgia's indoor facility only has 4-courts so #5 and #6 singles don't go on until a court becomes available. 

            #4 Georgia 4, #74 Wyoming 0
            1. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA, 11.61 UTR) vs. Magdalena Stencel (WY, 9.60 UTR) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished
            2. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA, 11.19 UTR) def. Nastya Tokareva (WY, 9.11 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
            3. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA, 11.02 UTR) def. Dorottya Jonas (WY, 9.24 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
            4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA, 11.29 UTR) def. Elisa Koonik (WY, 8.44 UTR) 6-1, 6-1
            5. Miranda Talbert (WY, 7.99 UTR) vs. Mariana Gould (UGA, 10.38 UTR) 1-0 unfinished
            6. Laura Patterson (UGA, UTR 9.72) vs. Sanne Hoekstra (WY, 7.30 UTR), Not Played
            Order of finish: 4,3,2*
            1. #14 Ellen Perez/Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Magdalena Stencel/Nastya Tokareva (WY) 6-3
            2. Silvia Garcia/Caroline Brinson (UGA) vs. Miranda Talbert/Dorottya Jonas (WY) 4-3, unfinished
            3. Kennedy Shaffer/Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Elisa Koonik/Sanne Hoekstra (WY) 6-2
            Order of finish: 3,1*

            #57 Old Dominion 4, #65 Tulane 2
            1. Nikol Hristova (ODU, 9.93 UTR) def. Naz Karagoz (TLN, 9.43 UTR) 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
            2. Kyla Klier (TLN, 9.35 UTR) def. Nataliya Vlasova (ODU, 10.22 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
            3. Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU, 9.69 UTR) def. Ipek Birol (TLN, 9.41 UTR) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
            4. Adriana Rajkovic (ODU, 8.78 UTR) def. Elena Muller (TLN, 10.21 UTR) 6-2, 6-2 - UTR Upset
            5. Marijana Novakovic (ODU, 9.26 UTR) vs. Jacqui Katz (TLN, 9.51 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 4-1, unf
            6. Ivana Vukovic (ODU, 8.93 UTR) def. Sofia Kurtz (TLN, 8.19 UTR) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
            1. Ipek Birol/Sade Atkinson (TLN) def. Nikol Hristova/Marijana Novakovic (ODU) 6-1
            2. Nataliya Vlasova/Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) def. Kyla Klier/Sofia Kurtz (TLN) 7-5
            3. Elena Muller/Naz Karagoz (TLN) def. Ivana Vukovic/Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU) 7-6 (7-4)

            #5 North Carolina Regional: Carter shines
            Hayley Carter was the star today in Chapel Hill, dropping two games in singles and doubles and guiding UNC to a 4-0 rout over Yale. The Tar Heels were nearly flawless in doubles, which carried over into five first set wins in singles. They should continue to cruise over Tulsa, should you look at UTR ratings. Tulsa downed Marshall 4-0, with the No.1 match the only one in the Herd's favor. The Marshall-Yale encounter will be the closest of the weekend in my opinion.

            #5 North Carolina 4, #68 Yale 0
            1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC, 11.69 UTR) def. Tina Jiang (YALE, 10.19) 6-0, 6-2
            2. Madeleine Hamilton (YALE, 10.18 UTR) vs. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.74 UTR) 7-6, 0-2, unf
            3. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.41 UTR) vs. Ree Ree Li (YALE, 9.45 UTR) 6-2, 6-3, unfinished
            4. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.19 UTR) vs. Sherry Li (YALE, 9.36 UTR) 6-3, 2-4, unfinished
            5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.63 UTR) def. Courtney Amos (YALE, 9.11 UTR) 6-2, 6-0
            6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.53 UTR) def. Carol Finke (YALE, 9.29 UTR) 6-2, 6-0
            Order of finish: 1,5,6*
            1. #2 Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Tina Jiang/Madeleine Hamilton (YALE) 6-0
            2. #16 Kate Vialle/Jessie Aney (UNC) def. Ree Ree Li/Valerie Shklover (YALE) 6-1
            3. Ashley Dai/Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Carol Finke/Caroline Lynch (YALE) 5-1, unf
            Order of finish: 1,2*

            #48 Tulsa 4, #53 Marshall 0
            1. Derya Turhan (Marshall, 10.07 UTR) vs. Saana Saarteinen (TUL, 10.40 UTR), 6-4, 1-2, unf
            2. Ksenia Laskutova (TUL, 10.04 UTR) vs. Rachael Morales (Marshall, 9.37 UTR), 7-5, 3-2, unf
            3. Rongrong Leenabanchong (TUL, 10.02 UTR) def. Maddie Silver (Marshall, 9.46 UTR), 6-2, 6-3
            4. Marcelina Cichon (TUL, 10.24 UTR) def. Marija Bogicevic (Marshall, 8.52 UTR), 6-1, 6-3
            5 Yelena Nemchen (TUL, 9.74 UTR) vs. Anna Pomyatinskya (Marshall, 9.85 UTR), 7-5, 1-0, unf
            6. Mahitha Dadireddy (TUL, 9.63 UTR) def. Anne Gulsrud (Marshall, 7.90 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
            1. Laskutova/Kuricova (TUL) def.Turhan/Morales (Marshall), 6-2
            2. Leenabanchong/Matoula (TUL) def. Pomyatinskya/Silver (Marshall), 6-2
            3. Saarteinen/Dadireddy (TUL) vs. Bogicevic/Gulsrud (Marshall), 4-3, unfinished

            #8 Virginia Regional: UVA and Columbia cruise
            As expected, it's a No.1 vs. No.2 final in Charlottesville, with Virginia and Columbia scoring 7-0 routs against BYU and Maryland, respectively. The UVA Cavaliers were dominant in doubles, blanking BYU at the top two positions and leading 5-1 at No.3 when play was suspended. BYU threw all they could handle at the No.8 team in the country, but Virginia's depth is too solid for any setbacks, capturing all matches in straight sets. Congratulations to Stephanie Nauta, who captured her 100th career singles victory (5th all-time at Virginia) when she clinched the win for UVA.
            UVA plays Columbia for their berth in Madison. Columbia had a slightly difficult time against Maryland and they captured two small UTR upsets at the Nos. 3 and 5 positions. The match was more competitive than UVA/BYU with two matches splitting sets and the doubles point on the verge of going down to the wire. While Columbia lacks star power in their lineup, they have consistent depth. They'll need plenty of luck and upsets (and the doubles point) on their side if they want any chance at a win.

            Virginia Regional

            #8 Virginia 7, BYU 0
            1. No. 4 Danielle Collins (UVA, 12.07 UTR) def. Mayci Jones (BYU, 9.43 UTR), 6-3, 6-1
            2. No. 8 Julia Elbaba (UVA, 11.80 UTR) def. Savannah Ware (BYU, 10.12 UTR), 6-2, 6-2
            3. No. 32 Skylar Morton (UVA, 10.85 UTR) def. Toby Miclat (BYU, 9.65 UTR), 7-5, 6-0
            4. No. 30 Stephanie Nauta (UVA, 10.93 UTR) def. Nicolette Paulsen (BYU, 9.47 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
            5. Victoria Olivarez (UVA, 10.06 UTR) def. Natella Nabieva (BYU, 8.16 UTR), 6-4, 7-5
            6. Meghan Kelley (UVA, 10.17 UTR) def. Taylah Beckman (BYU, 8.25 UTR), 6-2, 6-1
            Order of finish: 6,3,4*,2,1,5
            1. No. 19 Collins/Kelley (UVA) def. Miclat/Beckman (BYU), 6-0
            2. Elbaba/Morton (UVA) def. Poulsen/Ware (BYU), 6-0
            3. Nauta/Olivarez (UVA) vs. Jones/Nabieva (BYU), 5-1, unfinished
            Order of finish: 2,1*

            #56 Columbia 7, #66 Maryland 0
            1. Kanika Vaidya (COL, 10.49 UTR) def. Natalyia Bredikhina (MD, 9.79 UTR) 6-0, 6-2
            2. Rima Asatrian (COL, 10.04 UTR) def. Arnelle Sullivan (MD, 9.80 UTR) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 10-3
            3. Star Makarome (COL, 10.19 UTR) def. Alexandra Stanova (MD, 10.58 UTR) 6-2, 6-1
            4. Alexandra Solovyev (COL, 9.92 UTR) def. Kristina Hovsepyan (MD, 8.67 UTR) 6-3, 6-4
            5. Andrea Kevakian (COL 9.15 UTR) def. Olga Bredikhina (MD, 9.76 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
            6. Sarah Hu (COL, 9.71 UTR) def. Caroline Williams (MD, 9.10 UTR) 4-6, 6-2, 10-5
            Order of finish: 3,1,4*,5,6,2
            1. Alexandra Stanova/Kristina Hovsepyan (MD) vs. Rima Asatrian/Alexandra Solovyev (COL) 5-3, 
            2. Kanika Vaidya/Adi Milstein (COL) def. Natalyia Bredikhina/Caroline Williams (MD) 6-4
            3. Star Makarome/Andrea Kevakian (COL) def. Olga Bredikhina/Arnelle Sullivan (MD) 6-3
            Order of finish: 3,2*

            #9 UCLA Regional: UCLA marches on, Fresno State pulls off upset
            UCLA has been gifted a pretty easy Regional and routinely defeated UC Irvine today, 4-0. The top 4 of UCLA can scrape 2-3 matches against most teams, but the lower half of the lineup is alarming. Two walk-ons are filling in, but hopefully Terri Fleming will bounce in the singles lineup and can play Jada Hart should the Blue Chip signee be enrolled. The Bruins are set to face the underranked Fresno State, who upset Arkansas. I'm expecting a tight match in tomorrow's final should Fresno take the doubles point. They can defeat UCLA in the bottom two singles if lineups stay the same. Doubles is the most crucial key to the match if they want any chance at winning.

            UCLA Regional

            #9 UCLA 4, #70 UC Irvine 0
            1. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA, 11.52 UTR) vs. Sarah Gong (UCI, 9.54 UTR) 6-2, 5-2, unf
            2. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA, 10.63 UTR) def. Mazy Watrous (UCI, 8.64 UTR) 6-1, 6-0
            3. Kristin Wiley (UCLA, 9.72 UTR) def. Vivien Dvali (UCI, 8.94 UTR) 6-2, 6-2
            4. Alaina Miller (UCLA, 10.67 UTR) vs. Stephanie Hazell (UCI, 8.67 UTR) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0, unf
            5. Maia Magill (UCLA, 7.96 UTR) vs. Andrea Duva (UCI, 8.01 UTR) 6-0, 5-4, unf
            6. Laura Luca (UCLA, 7.09 UTR) def. Cassidy Branstine (UCI, 8.07 UTR) 6-4, 6-1
            Order of finish: 2,6,3*
            1. Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Sarah Gong/Mazy Watrous (UCI) 6-2
            2. Terri Fleming/Maia Magill (UCLA) vs. Andrea Duva/Vivien Dvali (UCI) 5-2, unfinished
            3. Alaina Miller/Kristin Wiley (UCLA) def. Cassidy Branstine/Stephanie Hazell (UCI) 6-0
            Order of finish: 3,1*

            #54 Fresno State 4, #34 Arkansas 1
            1. Shannon Hudson (ARK, 10.52 UTR) vs. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (FS, 10.64 UTR) 3-6, 5-4, un
            2. Sophie Watts (FS, 10.13 UTR) def. Ana Oparenovic (ARK, 10.45 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
            3. Makenzie Craft (ARK, 9.77 UTR) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS, 9.63 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
            4. Galina Bykova (FS, 9.74 UTR) def. Mia Jurasic (ARK, 9.69 UTR) 6-0, 6-4
            5. Sasha Shkorupeieva (ARK, 9.94 UTR) vs. Emma Wilson (FS, 9.38 UTR) 1-6, 6-4, 3-1, un
            6. Anneka Watts (FS, 9.10 UTR) def. Agne Cepelyte (ARK, 10.31 UTR) 7-5, 6-3
            Order of finish: 2,4,3,6*
            1. Maiar Sherif Ahmed/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Flavia Araujo/Makenzie Craft (ARK) 6-4
            2. #58 Anneka Watts/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Agne Cepelyte/Shannon Hudson (ARK) 7-6 (7-4)
            3. Ana Oparenovic/Mia Jurasic (ARK) def. Olivia Noble/Sofya Malysheva (FS) 6-2
            Order of finish: 3,1,2*

            #16 Duke Regional: Duke, Mississippi State tested
            The Duke Blue Devils were tested by Portland in their Regional opener, but strong play from freshmen Kaitlyn McCarthy and Jessica Ho and clincher Chalena Scholl put Duke into the final matchup against Mississipi State. It's nice to see Christina Makarova return this season after missing last year with an injury. Look for her to rack plenty of wins should she be in the No.6 position. Duke will have to clean up their mistakes as the Bulldogs are no slouch. Expect a couple of three set matches tomorrow and possibly an upset, but Duke should win easily if the right team shows up.

            #16 Duke 4, #67 Portland 0
            1. #28 Beatrice Capra (DUKE, 11.48 UTR) vs. Lucia Butkovska (POR, 10.77 UTR), 6-1, 4-5, uf
            2. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE, 11.55 UTR) def. Maja Mladenovic (POR, 9.92 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
            3. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE, 11.25 UTR) vs. Radina Dimitrova (POR, 9.17 UTR) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0, uf
            4. #79 Chalena Scholl (DUKE, 10.63) def. Tatiana Grigoryan (POR, 7.96 UTR) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
            5. Jessica Ho (DUKE, 10.26 UTR) def. Jelena Lazarevic (POR, 8.90 UTR) 6-3, 7-5
            6. Christina Makarova (DUKE, 9.27 UTR) vs. Saroop Dhatt (POR, 8.61 UTR) 6-3, 2-1, uf
            Order of finish: 2,5,4*
            1. #26 Capra/Hamlin (DUKE) vs. Butkovska/Lazarevic (POR) 4-4, unfinished
            2. Samantha Harris/McCarthy (DUKE) def. Dimitrova/Grigoryan (POR) 6-3
            3. Alyssa Smith/Scholl (DUKE) def. Tori Troesch/Mladenovic (POR) 6-4
            Order of finish: 2,3*

            #29 Mississippi State 4, #36 Florida State 0
            Singles competition
            1. #13 Jasmine Lee (MSU, 11.81 UTR) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU, 10.80 UTR) 7-5, 6-1
            2. Madison Harrison (MSU, 10.63 UTR) vs. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU, 10.58 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 3-3 susp.
            3. Georgiana Patrasc (MSU, 10.51 UTR) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU, 10.51 UTR) 6-3, 6-4
            4. Yukako Noi (FSU, 11.00) vs. #36 Anastasia Rentouli (MSU, 10.82 UTR) 7-5, 5-2 susp.
            5. Kristina Vozniak (MSU, 9.50 UTR) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU, 9.52 UTR) 6-4, 6-2
            6. Lana Rush (FSU, 9.02 UTR) vs. Jennifer Brown (MSU, 10.06 UTR) 6-3, 2-6, 2-0 susp.
            Order of finish: 5,3,1*
            Doubles competition
            1. #41 Daneika Borthwick/Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. Madison Harrison/Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) 5-2 susp.
            2. Jasmine Lee/Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) def. Julia Mikulski/Lana Rush (FSU) 6-0
            3. #53 Jennifer Brown/Kristina Vozniak (MSU) def. Ariana Rahmanparast/Gabriella Castaneda 6-1
            Order of finish: 2,3*

            #22 TCU Regional: Ohio State Outlasts Pepperdine
            There was no doubt TCU would down Houston and that the Ohio State/Pepperdine clash would go down to the wire. Houston holds a near-guarantee point with No.34 Despoina Vogasari at the No.1 slot and she outlasted South Florida transfer Olaya Garrido-Rivas in three sets. Freshman Marie Norris clinched both the singles and doubles matches for the Super Frogs, who will face a tough Ohio State squad tomorrow. The Buckeyes, the highest-ranked team at the Regional at No.18, had a brutally tough test against No. 19 Pepperdine. The Waves have all three doubles teams ranked in the Top 45, but an upset at No.1 that jumpstarted their doubles point victory. Five of the six singles matches went three sets, with Ohio State taking three of those, but the lone straight set match was the clincher. Olivia Sneed was last on court and pushed through a 7-5,6-2 win at No.6 to put the Buckeyes through. TCU Coach Lee Taylor Walker expects a bigger test tomorrow if his team wants to return to the National Team Indoor tournament. By far, this is one match tomorrow fans should keep an eye on.

            #22 TCU 4, #42 Houston 1
            1. #34 Despoina Vogasari (UH, 10.85 UTR) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU, 10.07 UTR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
            2. Marie Norris (TCU, 10.86 UTR) def. Tina Rupert (UH, 9.52 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
            3. Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU, 10.32 UTR) vs. Mina Markovic (UH, 9.66 UTR) 7-5, 4-4, unf
            4. Caroline Wegner (TCU, 10.16 UTR) def. Rocio Martin (UH, N/A UTR) 6-1, 6-1
            5. Seda Arantekin (TCU, 9.74 UTR) def. Maria Cardenas (UH, 9.34 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
            6. Mia King (TCU, 9.42 UTR) vs. Marnie Stokes (UH, 8.14 UTR) 6-0, 3-0, unf
            Order of finish: 4,1,5,2*
            1. Despoina Vogasari/Tina Rupert (UH) vs. #17 Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU) 5-3, unfinished
            2. Olaya Garrido-Rivas/Mia King (TCU) def. Mina Markovic/Maria Cardenas (UH) 6-4
            3. Marie Norris/Alexis Pereira (TCU) def. Rocio Martin/Marnie Stokes (UH) 6-1

            Order of finish: 3,2*

            #18 Ohio State 4, #19 Pepperdine 3
            1. #14 Luisa Stefani (PEP, 11.63 UTR) def. #2 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU, 12.02 UTR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
            2. #102 Laura Gulbe (PEP, 10.96 UTR) def. Gabriella De Santis (OSU, 10.31 UTR) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
            3. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.52 UTR) def. Matea Cutura (PEP, 10.37 UTR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
            4. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.33 UTR) def. #96 Dzina Milovanovic (PEP, 10.31 UTR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
            5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.48 UTR) def. A. Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP, 10.30 UTR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
            6. Olivia Sneed (OSU, 9.75 UTR) def. Christine Maddox (PEP, 10.00 UTR) 7-5, 6-2
            Order of finish: 3,1,4,2,5,6*
            1. #18 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEP) def. #6 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) 6-1
            2. #8 Luisa Stefani/ A. Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) def. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) 6-3
            3. #45 Laura Gulbe/Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) vs. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (OSU) 5-4 unfinished
            Order of finish: 2,1*

            Published in Blogs
            Sunday was a great day for the guys from sunny San Diego as the Toreros went into snowy Durham and beat the host Duke Blue Devils 4-2 to clinch the school's first ever berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Sunday was also a day of near misses as #28 Oklahoma State, #40 NC State, #44 Memphis and #49 Oregon each put a considerable amount of pressure on the #1 seeds in their respective regionals before coming up just short in the end.

            There were also several blowouts as Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Ohio State, UCLA, and South Florida each cruised in matches that took 2 hours or less.

            The biggest comeback of the day took place in Austin as the #4 seed Texas Tech came back from 3-0 down to defeat the #3 seed Florida 4-3.

            The Wake Forest and Columbia regionals got underway today, after weather pushed play back a day, and surprisingly neither of the matches in New York were close as Columbia rolled over Minnesota and Stanford drilled Virginia Tech

            It was also interesting to see several of the #4 seeds take care of business in the consolation matches as collectively they went 7-2 with Wichita State's win over South Carolina probably the biggest surprise.

            Back to the action, we start off the day in Durham as San Diego came into the regional finals coming off a 4-0 win over Vanderbilt while Duke got a free pass due to the weather keeping Cal from making the trip. Duke looked like it was going to take the doubles point when Josh Levine and Adrian Chamdani had a 5-3 lead at #2 doubles in the deciding court but San Diego's Joshua Page and Uros Petronijevic reeled off 4 straight games to win it 7-5.

            San Diego rode the momentum from winning the doubles point by taking four first sets in singles but Duke's Catalin Mateas and Adrian Chamdani were the first to finish as they each rolled to straight set wins at #4 and #5. San Diego's Uros Petronijevic tied the match at 2-2 when he beat Nicolas Alvarez in straights at #1 and Filip Vittek put San Diego ahead for good when he came back from *4-6 down in the second set tiebreak at #3 to win the tiebreak 10-8 and the match 6-4, 7-6. Less than a minute later Joshua Page would close the door on Duke when he put an overhead away at the net to finish off Josh Levine 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. 

            #19 San Diego 4, #23 Duke 2
            Jan. 24, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
            Doubles competition
            1. #7 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) 6-4
            2. Joshua Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Josh Levine/Adrian Chamdani (DU) 7-5
            3. TJ Pura/Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Jaan Kononov/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3
            Singles competition
            1. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.05) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) 6-4, 7-5
            2. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) led #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.99) 3-6, 6-2, 4-3, unf
            3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.54) def. Vincent Lin (DU 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
            4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.63) def. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.22) 6-3, 6-2
            5. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.61) 6-4, 6-4
            6. Joshua Page (USD 12.79) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.73) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
            Match Notes:
            San Diego 4-0; National ranking #19
            Duke 1-2; National ranking #23
            Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,6)
            T-2:33 A-182

            "That was a tough loss, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "I think San Diego is a good team and they played well. I thought they competed extremely well. It was a really good match where we had some chances. Obviously doubles was a chance where we were one point away from winning it.

            "We got down early in singles on a couple courts, Smith said. "I felt like we made a nice push midway through the singles and competed really well in that middle stretch. We got ourselves back in the match with the two freshmen getting off the court early. That was huge to change the momentum of the match.

            "That's a tough loss for Vinny [Lin], Smith said. "I thought that's the best he's played all year. He competed great and left it all on the court. That was high-level tennis. Vinny just keeps getting better. I'm encouraged by him.

            In Austin you had the #3 and #4 seeds meeting in the regional finals after Florida [4] shutout Texas [1] and Texas Tech [3] did the same to Ole Miss [2]. Going in I thought this would be a close match and I figured Texas Tech needed the doubles point but in the end they proved me and Florida wrong.

            Florida took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles each team took three opening sets. Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco finished their matches in straight sets at #3 and #4 and just like that Florida was up 3-0. Texas Tech's Hugo Dojas put the Red Raiders on the board with a straight set win at #2 and Bjorn Thomson would make it 2 in a row when he knocked off Maxx Lipman 7-6, 6-4 at #6 singles. Connor Curry, who let a 5-3 first set lead slip away, won 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over McClain Kessler at #6 and the match was now all even at 3-3. Texas Tech's Felipe Soares had a 6-2, 3-4 lead on Diego Hidalgo but Hidalgo broke and held to take the second set 6-3. With the match on the line Hidalgo would go up 4-2 and have 4 break points to go up 5-2 but Soares came back from 0-40 down to hold for 3-4*. Soares would then break and hold again to go up 5-4 before Hidalgo held for 5-5. Soares quickly held and then he'd break Hidalgo to close out the 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 win.

            #15 Texas Tech 4, #21 Florida 3 
            01/24/16 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center) 
            Doubles competition
            1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-3 
            2. #46 Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 6-4 
            3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TTU) vs. Joshua Wardell/Chase Perez-Blanco (UF): 5-3, unf 
            Singles competition 
            1. #8 Felipe Soares (TTU 14.00) def. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95): 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 
            2. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.75) def.#49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.94): 6-2, 6-4 
            3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.56) def. #33 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 14.09): 6-3, 6-0 
            4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.84) def. Jolan Cailleau (TTU 14.20): 6-3, 6-4 
            5. Connor Curry (TTU 13.23) def. # 97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.48): 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 
            6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU 13.71) def. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.10): 7-6 (3), 6-4 
            Match Notes 
            Texas Tech (8-0); National ranking No. 15 
            Florida (3-1); National ranking No. 21 
            Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,4,2,6,5,1)

            "Hugo had a solid weekend all the way around and was our MVP of the weekend," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Today's match was a dog fight. We were competing hard, and they were competing hard. We had to fight extremely hard to find that edge. Felipe played clutch games in the third set and hit excellent backhand passing shots something that he's not known for. It was his moment, and he wasn't going to let our team lose. Connor played extremely tough in the third set and learned the lessons from the first two sets of the match. Bjorn was very impressive. He went out there and was fearless to beat a veteran player the way he did."

            "It's a huge win for us to come back and beat a program like Florida which has a lot of great tradition and history," Masi said. "The biggest thing that I see from our team is that if one guy can't do it that day someone else can step up and do it. A match like today and the way we were able to win shows our players how good this team can be. We have great senior leadership and a lot of depth. I'm proud of our guys for battling through adversity and finding a way to win."

            What Coach Shelton Says
            "We played some really good doubles today and competed hard across the line in singles. Texas Tech is a very good team with a lot of heart. It was a tough battle but we'll be better because of it. We can't wait to take the court again."

            TCU got all it wanted and more from Big 12 rival Oklahoma State as the Cowboys rolled over TCU in doubles and then went toe-to-toe with the Horned Frogs in several spots in the singles lineup. TCU got a much needed boost from Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov as both guys won in straight sets while Eduardo Nava gutted a tight 7-6, 6-4 win over Tristan Meraut at #5. Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg won in straight sets at #6 and then Julian Cash would pull off a big time win over Guillermo Nunez taking it 6-4 in the third. The match came down to a third set at #4 between TCU's Jerry Lopez and Oklahoma State's Lucas Gerch.  Lopez went up 5-3 in the third and the match actually ended when Gerch was overruled on a line call for a third time causing a point penalty which subsequently ended the match.

            #3 TCU 4, #28 Oklahoma State 3
            Jan 24, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
            Singles competition
            1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68) def. Temur Ismailov (OSU 14.10) 6-1, 6-2
            2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.63) def. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.64) 7-5, 6-1
            3. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.66) def. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.31) 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4
            4. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.72) 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3
            5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.05) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.35) 7-6 (6), 6-4
            6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.52) def. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.81) 6-3, 6-2
            Doubles competition
            1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 4-4, unf
            2. Temur Ismailov/Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-2
            3. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Alex Rybakov/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-2
            Match Notes:
            Oklahoma State 4-1; National ranking #28
            TCU 2-0; National ranking #3
            Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5,3,4)

            Quotes from TCU Head Coach David Roditi
            "What a college match. It was everything we expected and then some. Oklahoma State is a strong, deep and well-coached team. It is not very often that you are taught a big lesson and also win. Today was one of those days. I'm proud of our singles wins. There were great wins today by Cameron (Norrie) and Alex (Rybakov) so quickly and then Eduardo (Nava) provided a huge point for us. We must improve our doubles and our mentality in practice. We are looking forward to taking such a young team to the national indoors.

            Quotes from Oklahoma State Head Coach Jay Edwadia
            "Unbelievable match that came right down to the very end. We knew it was going to be a battle and everyone fought hard, but it was disappointing to lose after such an amazing effort. It was a good test for us early on in the season to play a top-five team. We will regroup this week and get ready for next weekend's matches at home."

            ACC rivals and Research Triangle neighbors North Carolina and North Carolina State went at it for just over 2 hours before North Carolina freshman Anu Kodali pulled off a come from behind 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Igor Saveljic at #6 to clinch the first match of his young career. NC State's Simon Norenius and Nick Horton blew past UNC's Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider at #1 and #2 and Thomas Weigel was up a set on Jack Murray at #4 but the Pack couldn't get a hold of another court.

            #10 North Carolina 4, #40 NC State 2
            Jan 24, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
            Doubles competition
            1. Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Saveljic/Saveljic (NCST), 6-0
            2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. Norenius.Horton (NCST), 5-5 DNF
            3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Mike Ogden/Weigel (NCST), 6-4
            Singles competition
            1. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.33) def. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.20), 6-3, 6-4
            2. Nick Horton (NCST 13.51) def. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05), 6-3, 6-1
            3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) def. Ivan Saveljic (NCST 12.15), 6-4, 6-2
            4. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.28) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.63) 7-6(4), 5-5 DNF
            5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.82) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.45), 6-4, 6-4
            6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.13) def. Igor Saveljic (NCST 12.91), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
            Match Stats:
            Order of Finish: Singles (2,5,3,1,6); Doubles (1,3)
            Records: North Carolina 4-0, NC State 4-1

            Post Match Comments from Anu Kodali & Robert Kelly Via UNC's recap

            Quotes from North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
            "It's good to advance, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "NC State played really hard. We've got some work to do we've just got to keep getting better every single day. Now we get that opportunity at National Team Indoors.

            "Anu played really well at the end, Paul said. "I left after he lost the first set and went over to the courts on the other side, so I didn't really see him, then I came back and obviously he was feeling a lot better. I really liked his body language and the way he finished that out. We had some freshmen step up Bo (Boyden) stepped up in doubles today.

            "Robert and Brett had a very good weekend, Paul said. "Those two guys were the outstanding performers on our team, but it's a team sport. We look forward to playing in the national team indoors. We've got to get everyone playing well to do well in that tournament, and we will.

            Quotes from NC State Head Coach Jon Choboy
            "We have a number of new pieces in the line up from what we had last year. Getting to see the team compete against a high-level UNC team was good. We were only a few points from maybe being able to squeak this one out. The team really competed well." head coach Jon Choboy

            A day after getting pushed by UC Irvine, Baylor got pushed even harder by Oregon and the match ended up coming down to a pair of third set tiebreaks to decide it. Oregon grabbed the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then got a quick win from Ethan Young-Smith at #6 to go up 2-0. Baylor got back in the match with straight set wins from Jimmy Bendeck, Will Little, and Julian Lenz (clips below) but they had a hard time finding the fourth point.

            Felipe Rios served for the match twice in the third set at #3, and had 3 match points along the way, but Simon Stevens broke him both times to force a third set tiebreak. Max Tchoutakian let a double-break *4-1 third set lead slip away and had to hold serve to force a third set tiebreak at #2. Tchoutakian went up 3-1 in the tiebreak but Laurent won the next 2 to even it at 3-3. Tchoutakian finally put it all together and took the last 4 to close it out.

            #4 Baylor 4, #49 Oregon 2
            Jan. 24, 2016 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center) 
            Singles competition
            1. Julian Lenz (BU 14.62) def. #113 Daan Maasland (UO 13.91) 6-4, 6-4
            2. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.82) def. Thomas Laurent (UO 14.08) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
            3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.29) vs. Simon Stevens (UO 13.41) 2-6, 6-3, 6-6 (3-3)
            4. Will Little (BU 13.65) def. Jayson Amos (UO 13.14) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
            5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.31) def. Cormac Clissold (UO 13.32) 6-3, 6-3
            6. Ethan Young-Smith (UO 12.25) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 12.74) 6-1, 6-1
            Doubles competition
            1. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (UO) def. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) 7-5
            2. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (UO) def. Max Tchoutakian/Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3
            3. Jimmy Bendeck/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Bart Sawicki/Cormac Clissold (UO) 6-3
            Match Notes
            Oregon 4-1; National ranking #49
            Baylor 2-0; National ranking #4
            Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,1,4,2)

            Quotes from Baylor Head Coach Matt Knoll
            "Any positive experience is a great experience. Certainly, Max will gain confidence that he was able to win 7-6 in the third set with the match on the line. That's special. Not a lot of guys have had a chance to be in that situation. He was able to get through it, so that's pretty cool." --head coach Matt Knoll on Max Tchoutakian's match-clinching moment

            "Oregon just hammered us for the first hour. They did a great job. They beat us in doubles, and they were killing us in singles. We did a great job in the middle, and we starting feeling like we were taking control of the match. At the end, they fought back and it was a coin flip. We're fortunate. Oregon was really good, really competitive." -- Knoll on today's match

            "Watching those guys compete makes you proud to be wear a Baylor uniform. I had so much fun watching those guys get out there and fight for every point. The pride, effort and energy that they showed was really special. I hope the people that are out there watching our program are as excited as I am to watch those guys for the next four years. Boy, they're going to be unbelievable for us. Real heroes." -- Knoll on freshman Jimmy Bendeck and redshirt freshman Will Little

            Georgia won a tight doubles point over Memphis and then overcome a loss by Wayne Montgomery at #2 to pull out a 4-1 win. It looked the match was going to come down to #5 and #6 singles when Andrew Watson led 5-3 in the third at #1 but Austin Smith rallied and won the next four games to clinch the win for the Dawgs.  

            #6 Georgia 4, #44 Memphis 1
            Jan 24, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility) 
            Singles competition
            1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.34) def. #87 Andrew Watson (UM 13.73) 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5
            2. Ryan Peniston (UM 13.92) def. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.29) 6-4, 7-6 (10)
            3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.88) def. Kai Lemke (UM 13.33) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3
            4. #105 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.43) def. Chris Patzanovsky (UM 12.53) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
            5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.70) vs. Felix Rauch (UM 12.47) 6-4, 1-1, unfinished
            6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.22) vs. Shakeel Manji (UM 12.34) 2-4, unfinished
            Doubles competition
            1. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (UM) 6-2
            2. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (UM) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-2
            3. #45 Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Shakeel Manji/Andrew Watson (UM) 7-5
            Match Notes
            Memphis 1-2; National ranking #44
            Georgia 2-0; National ranking #6
            Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,3,1)
            ITA Kickoff Championship Match
            Official: Clark Weaver T-3:18 A-304

            Quotes from Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
            "It's certainly always good to overwhelm your opponent, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "But it's also good to be challenged and to answer that challenge, and I thought our guys did that. We were pushed and challenged in both the doubles point as well as the singles. Losing the first set in three out of four singles hurt. It is something that we take a lot of pride in, but I'm proud of the way we fought back.

            "We hung tough and overcame a tough situation, Diaz added. "I was really proud of Austin, he found himself down three or four match points and fought through to give us the win.

            Quotes from Memphis Head Coach Paul Goebel
            "That was a serious college tennis match," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "That was a level up from our Oklahoma State match and I thought we played really well in that one. It's tough, because we had a lot of positives and we were so close. It was a huge opportunity and you don't get a chance to go in to number six in the country and have a chance at the win that often."

            "We've just got to seal the deal," Goebel said. "But that was a fun match to play in. I really feel like it's better to play in that environment against that level of competition. That's why we schedule the way we do. Their fans were really in to it and they were really complimentary of the great tennis post match. That was fun, really fun, but really tough to take right now too."

            South Florida booked its first ever trip to the National Team Indoors with a 4-0 win over LSU. South Florida took the doubles point and then won all 6 first sets before getting wins from Roberto Cid, Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz with Cid providing the clincher.


            #13 South Florida 4, #30 LSU 0
            Jan 24, 2016 at Tampa, FL (USF Varsity Tennis Courts) 
            1. Roberto Cid (USF 14.41) def. Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64) 7-6 (2), 6-2
            2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) vs. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.42) 7-5, 5-2, unf
            3. Simon Freund (LSU 13.11) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) 2-6, 6-3, 2-2, unf
            4. Boris Arias (LSU 13.62) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.33) 3-6, 7-5, unf
            5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.36) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.06) 6-1, 6-3
            6. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.48) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.20) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1
            1. Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-2
            2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) vs. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 5-3 unf
            3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) def. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-3

            Quotes from LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown
            "I think South Florida did a good job of coming out really aggressive having a had a long match yesterday, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "I thought we responded really well after we got down and we will take some good lessons from today and move on.

            Quotes from South Florida Head Coach Matt Hill
            "We spoke to the guy's point blank before the doubles started, look, the standard that you brought yesterday was not the standard that we play at, so we need to step it up, head coach Matt Hill said.

            "We are one of the best doubles teams in the country, they just did a poor job of showing that yesterday.

            "It was unbelievable, Hill said. "This is why you work your tail off to get into the Top 15, so you can host these events, so you can be the No. 1 seed here and have your crowd enjoying and experiencing the level of this team.

            UCLA won the all-important doubles and then got straight set singles wins from Gage Brymer, Karue Sell, and Joseph DiGiulio at 2, 3, and 6 with Joey D providing the clincher in the Bruins 4-0 win over Georgia Tech. GT led on 2 of the 3 courts that were abandoned at the time of the clinch. Below are clinching videos courtesy of U-C-L-A

            #12 UCLA 4, #42 Georgia Tech 0
            Jan 24, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
            Singles competition
            1. #6 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.84) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.81) 7-6(6), 4-2, unf
            2. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93) def. Carlos Benito (GT 13.33) 6-2, 6-3
            3. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.06) def. Michael Kay (GT 13.44) 6-2, 6-3
            4. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Andrew Li (GT 12.87) 7-6(4), 2-1, unf
            5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 12.83) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.24) 7-6(5), 1-1, unf
            6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.29) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.39) 6-2, 6-4
            Doubles competition
            1. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. #36 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) 5-4, unf
            2. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Cole Fiegel/Christopher Eubanks (GT) 6-3
            3. Maxime Cressy/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Nathan Rakitt/Andrew Li (GT) 6-4
            Match Notes:
            Georgia Tech 3-0; National ranking #42
            UCLA 2-0; National ranking #12
            Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,6)

            Comments from Georgia Tech Head Coach Kenny Thorne "I'm proud of our guys for fighting hard but very disappointed in this match. I give UCLA credit for coming out in doubles and playing a little better than us. We also got down early in singles matches but fought back strong. We were in the match but didn't play our best all the way up and down our lineup. It was a good opportunity missed. We have learned a lot about ourselves these past two weeks and each guy knows what he needs to work on. We can definitely get better than where we are right now, and we aren't in a bad place. That is good news for this team and should motivate us all to get going.

            Both of the matches in New York City finished as 4-0 shutouts but they were both much closer than the score indicated. Virginia Tech looked like it was in control of the doubles point after it got a 6-0 win at #3 and led 5-3 at both #1 and #2 but they just couldn't close the point out and Stanford came back to take both #1 and #2 in tiebreaks.

            Each team won 3 first sets in singles and fortunately for Stanford it was able to close out each of its 3 in straight sets as Sameer Kumar, Nolan Paige, and Tom Fawcett won at 6, 4, and 1 with Fawcett clinching. Virginia Tech's Andreas Bjerrehus was a game away from a win at #3 at the time of the clinch and VT was up on the other 2 courts as well. Losing that doubles point really ended up sinking the Hokies.

            #18 Stanford 4, #14 Virginia Tech 0
            Jan 24, 2016 at New York (USTA National Tennis Center)
            Singles Competition
            1. #9 Tom Fawcett (Stanford 14.54) def. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.26) 6-1, 6-4
            2. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.49) vs. #57 David Wilczynski (Stanford 13.76) 7-5, 1-1 dnf
            3. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.84) vs. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford 13.27) 6-3, 5-1 dnf
            4. Nolan Paige (Stanford 13.10) def. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.73) 6-3, 6-4
            5. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.16) vs. #61 Michael Geneder (Stanford 13.70) 6-4, 3-2 dnf
            6. Sameer Kumar (Stanford 13.92) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.38) 6-1, 7-5
            Doubles Competition
            1. #42 Romanowicz/Paige (Stanford) def. #21 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT) 7-6(3)
            2. Fawcett/Kumar (Stanford) def. Contini/Tessaro (VT) 7-6(5)
            3. Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Wilczynski/Yale Goldberg (Stanford) 6-0
            Match Notes
            Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,1)

            In the other match that was being played simultaneously, Columbia's #1 doubles team of Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham came back from the dead to gut out a tiebreak win to give Columbia the doubles point. Minnesota's #1 team of Matic Spec/Felix Corwin served for the match up 5-3, 40-15 but they couldn't get the last point and ended up getting broke. In the tiebreak Minnesota double faulted at 6-6 and then Richard Pham hit a well placed serve and Shawn Hadavi cleaned it up at the net to clinch the doubles point for the Lions.

            Columbia and Minnesota split first sets and Victor Pham, Mike Vermeer, and Richard Pham each won in straights for Columbia with Victor Pham providing the clincher at #2.

            #16 Columbia 4, #22 Minnesota 0
            Jan 24, 2016 at New York (USTA National Tennis Center) 
            Singles Competition
            1) Matic Spec (Minn 13.66) vs. Shawn Hadavi (Col 13.58) 6-2, 4-5, unf.
            2) Victor Pham (Col 13.84) def. Felix Corwin (Minn 13.87), 6-3, 6-2
            3) Ruben Weber (Minn 13.34) vs. Eric Rubin (Col 13.54) 7-6(5), 1-2, unf.
            4) Mike Vermeer (Col 13.67) def. Josip Krstanovic (Minn 12.40), 6-3, 6-1
            5) Richard Pham (Col 12.99) def. Justyn Levin (Minn 12.35), 6-3, 6-2
            6) Marino Alpeza (Minn 12.37) vs. Timothy Wang (Col 13.35) 7-5, 2-5, unf.
            Doubles Competition
            1) Hadavi/R. Pham (Col) def. Spec/Corwin (Minn), 7-6 (6)
            2) Vermeer/Rolski (Col) def. Alpeza/Weber (Minn), 6-4
            3) Levin/Krstanovic (Minn) def. Alda/Rubin (Col), 7-6 (5)
            Match Notes
            Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,2)

            Quote from Howard Endelman, Columbia Associate Head Coach: 
            "Obviously, saving those three match points at #1 doubles was a pivotal moment from a momentum perspective. Winning the doubles point is always important, but I think today it also helped to take some pressure off our young guys in singles playing their first dual match."


            2nd Round (Regional Finals)
            [1] TCU def. [2] Oklahoma State 4-3
            [1] Texas A&M def. [3] Boise State 4-0
            [1] Oklahoma def. [3] Troy 4-0
            [1] UCLA def. [3] Georgia Tech 4-0
            [1] Ohio State def. [3] Denver 4-0
            [1] North Carolina def. [3] NC State 4-2
            [2] San Diego def. [1] Duke 4-2
            [1] Baylor def. [2] Oregon 4-2
            [1] South Florida def. [3] LSU 4-0
            [3] Texas Tech def. [4] Florida 4-3
            [1] Georgia def. [3] Memphis 4-1

            2nd Round (Consolation)
            [2] Drake def. [4] Indiana 4-2
            [4] Wichita State def. [2] South Carolina 4-2
            [3] Harvard def. [4] San Diego State 4-3
            [4] SMU def. [2] New Mexico 4-0
            [4] UC Santa Barbara def. [2] Louisville 4-3
            [2] Ole Miss def. [1] Texas 4-3
            [4] UC Irvine def. [3] Old Dominion 4-0
            [4] Florida State def. [2] Mississippi State 4-1
            [4] Utah State def. [2] UTSA 4-0
            [4] Fresno State def. [2] San Francisco 4-3

            1st Round:
            [1] Columbia def. [4] Minnesota 4-0
            [3] Stanford def [2] Virginia Tech 4-0
            [1] Wake Forest def. [4] Auburn 4-1
            [2] Tennessee def. [3] Cal Poly 4-2

            #11 Wake Forest 4, #59 Auburn 1
            Jan 24, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center) 
            Singles competition
            1. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.08) vs. #96 Maxime Hinnisdaels (AUB 13.67) 2-6, 6-0, 1-3, unf
            2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.14) vs. #100 Marko Krickovic (AUB 13.49) 3-6, 5-6, unf
            3. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.86) def. Dante Saleh (AUB 13.17) 6-3, 6-4
            4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.12) def. Conner Huertas (AUB 12.91) 6-3, 6-2
            5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.60) def. Brandon Laubser (AUB 12.33) 6-3, 6-1
            6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.43) def. Olle Thestrup (AUB 12.64) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
            Doubles competition
            1. Marko Krickovic/Edward Nguyen (AUB) def. #25 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 7-6 (8-6)
            2. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Brandon Laubser/Conner Huertas (AUB) 6-3
            3. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Olle Thestrup (AUB) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-3
            Match Notes
            Auburn 2-1, 0-0 SEC; National ranking #59
            Wake Forest 3-0, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
            Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,3,4,6)
            T-2:10 A-134

            Tennessee was playing without its #1 Igor Smelyanski (13.18) but managed to slide past Cal Poly 4-2.

            Tennessee 4, Cal Poly 2
            Jan 24, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center) 
            Singles competition
            1. Luis Valero (UT 13.39) def. Ben Donovan (CP 13.41) 6-4, 6-4
            2. Timo Stodder (UT 14.22) def. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.78) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1
            3. Corey Pang (CP 12.93) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.04) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
            4. Josh Ortlip (CP 13.40) def. Preston Touliatos (UT 12.62) 6-2, 6-1
            5. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.40) def. Axel Damiens (CP 12.54) 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3
            6. Jack Heslin (UT 13.18) vs. Aiku Shintani (CP 12.03) 7-5, 3-6, 5-5 unf.
            Doubles competition
            1. #23 Schipanski/Valero, UT, def. Pang/Donovan, CP, 6-4
            2. Auproux/Tan, CP, def. Heslin/Touliatos, UT, 6-4
            3. Stodder/Sullivan, UT, def. Shintani/Enander, CP, 6-4
            Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,2,3,5).

            Published in Blogs
            Saturday, 30 January 2016 12:21

            Saturday Preview - USC/FLA, UCLA/UGA, UNC/ILL

            Typically during the regular season we don't see a ton of great matches on Saturday but today we get 3 with 2 of them taking place at UCLA and the other at North Carolina. What's kind of interesting is that all 6 of these teams played each other on the same day 364 days ago. Last year North Carolina went to Illinois and USC and UCLA went to Athens to play Georgia and Florida. I'd consider almost all 3 of these matches as toss-ups with a lot depending on who plays and where they play.

            It's always easier to make predictions on these matches when I know the lineups in advance like I do for the Kick-Off Weekend, National Indoors, and NCAAs. During these non-conference matches you see a lot of guys moved around plus there are always a few guys battling some injuries so you never know who will play and will sit until match time.

            Regardless I'll still give it the old college try and try to improve on my 41-5 record on this young season.

            #6 Georgia (2-0) at #12 UCLA (3-0) - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring - This will be UCLA's first big test of the year after the Bruins beat SMU and Georgia Tech last weekend while Georgia is coming off wins over UCSB and Memphis. We already know that Georgia's #105 Walker Duncan (13.49), who played at #4 last week, is a no-go due to a foot injury but what we don't know is if Nick Wood (13.61), who would likely play at #4 or #5, is going to be ready after missing last week's matches with a wrist injury. UCLA's big gun Mackenzie McDonald (14.98) is coming back from a wrist fracture and after missing last week's matches it sounds like he'll be a game-time decision. My best guess is that neither Wood or McDonald will play so I'll proceed under those assumptions. While UCLA has played all its matches outdoors this will be Georgia's first time stepping out into the sun so that could play a role too.

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.28) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.82)
            2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.22) vs. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93)
            3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.80) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.22)
            4. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.67) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.51)
            5. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.24) vs. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.49)
            6. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.26) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.36)
            Depth: Nick Wood (UGA 13.61); Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.17)

            Neither team has dropped the doubles point this season but UCLA has looked a little better even without Mackie playing. I'm going to take UCLA in doubles and Karue Sell, Logan Staggs, and Joseph DiGiulio in singles while Georgia will get wins from Austin Smith, Wayne Montgomery, and Emil Reinberg. I'll take the home team in this one but if Georgia can find a way to win at #4 or #5 they could end up stealing it. Prediction: UCLA 4-3 

            Last Year's Meeting:

            #7 Georgia 4, #4 UCLA 2
            Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
            Singles competition
            1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
            2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
            3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
            4. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
            5. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Karue Sell (UCLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
            6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-5, 1-2, unfinished
            Doubles competition
            1. #11 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #16 Oosterbaan/Wagland (UGA) 6-3
            2. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5
            3. #53 Nathan Pasha/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Austin Rapp/Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-3
            Match Notes
            UCLA 3-1; National ranking #4
            Georgia 3-0; National ranking #7
            Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
            SEC/Pac-12 Showdown - Official: Clark Weaver
            T-3:19 A-630

            #20 Florida (3-1) vs. #8 USC (2-0) - 1pm est/10am pst - Live Scoring - USC is coming off a nail-biting 4-3 win over Tulane while Florida lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Texas Tech after leading 3-1. As far as I know USC's starters are all healthy while Florida's Gordon Watson has only played doubles but if he was completely healthy I assume he'd be in the singles lineup as well. I'd be surprised to see USC put out the same lineup today that they put out last weekend and I look for Laurens Verboven to drop down some (if not out of the starting 6) while Logan Smith and Jake DeVine come up a spot. I think Florida probably plays the same guys at 1 through 6 though I wouldn't be surprised to see Alfredo Perez possibly moved up to #2 after the way he's been playing.

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95) vs. #115 Max de Vroome (USC 13.95)
            2. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.79) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.10)
            3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.98) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.76)
            4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.90) vs. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.51)
            5. #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.53) vs. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.54)
            6. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.30) vs. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.26)
            Depth: Gordon Watson (UF 13.53); Jack Jaede (USC 13.48), Rob Bellamy (USC 13.38)

            Florida has yet to drop the doubles point while USC dropped the point to Tulane last weekend. I like the Gators in doubles and the 2 freshmen, Alfredo Perez and McClain Kessler, in singles but USC gets wins from Max de Vroome, Nick Crystal, Jake DeVine, and Thibault Forget at 1, 2, 4, and 6 to pull out another tight one. Prediction: USC 4-3

            Last Year's Meeting:

            #1 Southern California 5, #17 Florida 2
            Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
            Singles competition
            1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
            2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2, 7-5
            3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
            4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Eric Johnson (USC) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
            5. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 6-2, 7-5
            6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Jordan Belga (UF) 7-6(5), 2-6, 1-0(6)
            Doubles competition
            1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #32 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 7-6 (7-5)
            2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4
            3. #43 Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (UF) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 6-5, unf
            Match Notes:
            Southern California 4-0; National ranking #1
            Florida 3-2; National ranking #17
            Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,5)
            SEC/Pac-12 Showdown Official: Clark Weaver 
            T-3:36 A-189

            #7 Illinois (4-0) at #10 North Carolina (4-0) - 6pm est - Live Scoring - The Illini are coming off a tough 4-3 win on the road at Duke while North Carolina got pushed pretty hard from Indiana and NC State last weekend. Both Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider struggled last weekend so it'll be interesting to see how they play tonight. Julian Childers is coming off a blowout loss to Duke's Vincent Lin so it'll be interesting to see if he can regroup.

            Projected Singles Lineup:
            1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.11) vs. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09)
            2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) vs. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.00)
            3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.75) vs. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.75)
            4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.37) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.76)
            5. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.89) vs. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.86)
            6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.16)
            Depth: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.07); Bo Boyden (UNC 13.13)

            Both teams are undefeated in doubles play but while Illinois has dropped a few individual courts North Carolina has yet to lose anywhere. It's tough to go against Jared Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic at the top of the lineup so I think they both gets wins but I'm not sure I see anymore courts that will go the Illini's way. I like North Carolina in doubles and Jack Murray, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali in singles. If they finish at the match at #3, I'll take Clark in a 3-setter. For Illinois to get the win they would need to take the doubles point and then win two of the top three and at least one down low but I think North Carolina has a little too much going its way and will get the win at home. Prediction: North Carolina 5-2

            Last Year's Meetings:

            [13] North Carolina def. [4] Illinois 4-3
            May 14, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center/Grandstand Courts)
            Doubles Competition    
            1. Ebsen Hess-Olesen/Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. #36 J Hiltzik/Kopinski (ILL) 8-5
            2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. #45 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 7-5, UNF
            3. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Blake Bazarnik/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 8-4
            Singles Competition 
            1. #11 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.63) def. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.60) 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2
            2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.36) def. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.56) 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3
            3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.20) def. #73 Brett Clark (UNC 13.84) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
            4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) def. Jack Murray (UNC 14.17) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
            5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.37) def. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 6-3, 6-2
            6. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.40) 6-3, 6-2
            Match Notes:
            Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,3,4,1,2)
            North Carolina 24-10
            Illinois 27-5

            #8 Illinois 4, #6 North Carolina 3
            January 31, 2015 at Champaign, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
            Singles competition
            1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #2 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)
            2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Brett Clark (UNC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
            3. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. #62 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
            4. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
            5. Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
            6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
            Doubles competition
            1. Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-4
            2. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-1
            3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-1
            Match Notes:
            North Carolina 6-1; National ranking #6
            Illinois 4-1; National ranking #8

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