Day 1 of the Pac-12/SEC Challenge belonged to the Pac-12 as #8 USC edged #20 Florida 4-3 and #12 UCLA pulled away from #6 Georgia 6-1.

The day started off with #8 USC playing #20 Florida. USC came out of the shoot ready to go as they went up an early break on all 3 doubles courts. USC's #3 team of Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine broke the Florida serve on the opening game of the match and eventually went up 5-1. After Florida fought off two match points to hold for 2-5, USC's Rob Bellamy served it out for the 6-2 win.

USC's #2 team of Max de Vroome and Jack Jaede went up 2-1 after breaking Maxx Lipman at love but Lipman and Elliott Orkin would even it at 4-4 after they broke Jaede's serve from 30-40. Orkin held on the deciding point to put Florida up 5-4 but de Vroome held from 40-30 to tie it back up at 5-5. Jaede/de Vroome broke the Lipman serve at love and then Jaede held on the deciding point to take it 7-5.
The match at #1 was abandoned with Florida's Diego Hidalgo serving for the match up 6-5, 30-0.

Each team would take three first sets in singles with Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Gordon Watson taking them for Florida at 1, 2, and 5 while USC's Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget took sets at 3, 4, and 6.

USC's Thibault Forget was the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Florida's Jordan Belga in a match that took 1 hour and 5 minutes. Forget broke Belga to go up 3-2 in the first set and then broke Belga again from 15-40 to take the opening set 6-3. Forget won all the close games in the second set and broke to close it out.

Logan Smith extended USC's lead to 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Chase Perez-Blanco at #4. Smith broke Perez-Blanco to go up 3-1 in the first set and held serve pretty easily the rest of the way. Below is what most of the points looked like on Smith's service games. Smith served for the match up 6-3, 5-0 but Perez-Blanco broke him from 30-40. Smith returned the favor by breaking on the deciding point to finish off the match in 1 hour and 7 minutes.

Just minutes later Diego Hidalgo would put Florida on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Max de Vroome at #1 singles. The only break in the first set came when Hidalgo broke de Vroome from 15-40 to take the set 6-4. Hidalgo got the only break of the second set when he went up 4-2 and held two more times to close out the win in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Seconds later Elliott Orkin would bring Florida to within 3-2 after closing out Nick Crystal 6-3, 6-4 at #2 singles. Orkin jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first set but Crystal broke back and held to even it at 2-2. Orkin would break again to go up 5-3 and would then serve it out at love to take the set 6-3. Orkin broke again in the second set and served it out at the same time Hidalgo clinched (sorry no video)

Gordon Watson tied it up at 3-3 with a come from behind 7-6(3), 7-5 win at #5 singles over USC's Jack Jaede. Jaede jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and led 4-1 before Watson won three straight to tie it up at 4-4. Jaede held and then had two set points but Watson fought them off to hold for 5-5. Jaede held and once again had two set points but Watson came back and held to force a tiebreak. The tiebreak was all Watson as he went up 3-0 and would take it 7-3. Jaede went up an early break in the second set but he couldn't hold on to the lead as Watson broke to even it at 4-4 and then held to go up 5-4. Jaede held for 5-5 then Watson held and broke to close out the match in 1 hour and 37 minutes

The final match on court was at #3 singles between USC freshman Jake DeVine and Florida freshman Alfredo Perez. After 12 straight holds the first set went to a tiebreak with Perez getting the early mini-break to go up 2-0. DeVine took the next 4 points before Perez got the mini-break back and would lead 6-5. DeVine fought off set point when he got the benefit of a let cord to even it at 6-6 and would end up taking it 8-6.

Devine broke Perez to start the second set and the break lead would hold up until he got broke serving for the match up 5-4, 40-40.
Perez went up 40-15 on his next service game but DeVine took the next three points to break for a 6-5 lead. DeVine then held at love to close out the win in 1 hour and 39 minutes.


#8 USC 4, #20 Florida 3
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #3 Hidalgo/Watson (FLA) vs. Crystal/Verboven (USC) *6-5 (30-0)
2. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) def. #40 Lipman/Orkin (FLA) - 7-5
3. Bellamy/DeVine (USC) def. Perez-Blanco/Wardell (FLA) - 6-2
USC wins doubles point (42 minutes)
Order of finish: 3, 2
Singles competition
1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #115 Max de Vroome (USC) - 6-4, 6-3
2. #49 Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. #41 Nick Crystal (USC) - 6-3, 6-4
3. #83 Jake DeVine (USC) def. #91 Alfredo Perez (FLA) - 7-6(6), 7-5*
4. #69 Logan Smith (USC) def. #63 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) - 6-3, 6-1
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Jack Jaede (USC) - 7-6(3), 7-5
6. Thibault Forget (USC) def. Jordan Belga (FLA) - 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 4, 1, 2, 5, 3*

Quotes from Florida's recap
What Coach Perelman Said"The Gators lost a tough match today against a good USC team. It always stings when you lose a close match, but we saw our guys do a lot of positive things today. We believe in this team and we are looking forward to putting it all on the line again tomorrow against UCLA."
__________________________________________________________

The second match of the day at the Pac-12/SEC Challenge was between #6 Georgia and #12 UCLA. UCLA welcomed its #1 Mackenzie McDonald back to the lineup and he would play well in both singles and doubles. UCLA was fired up after its war chant and jumped all over Georgia in doubles.

It looks like UCLA would finish off the doubles point in about 20 minutes after they got off to quick starts at #1 and #3. UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki jumped out an early 3-0 lead at #1 and didn't face much resistance in its 6-1 win in a match that took just 20 minutes (match point below)

Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp opened up a 5-0 lead at #3 but then had trouble closing it out. Brymer got broke serving for it up 5-1, then Rapp was broke serving at 5-3, and then Brymer found himself facing two break points when serving at 5-5. Brymer came back to hold to make it 6-5 and then Reinberg held to send it a tiebreak.

While UCLA was struggling to finish it out at #3, Georgia's #2 team of Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski would close out Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell 6-4 with the match ending with some controversy. Oosterbaan was serving at 5-4, 40-40 when UCLA's guys though Oosterbaan's shot hit off his racket and then bounced off the court before going over. The chair didn't see it that way and then UCLA's guys refused to shake hands in the heat of the moment.


The tiebreak at #3 was all Bruins as Brymer and Rapp sprinted out a 5-1 lead and took it 7-2.


UCLA kept the momentum going in singles with Gage Brymer, Martin Redlicki, Karue Sell, and Joseph Di Giulio taking first sets while Austin Smith and Emil Reinberg picked up first sets for Georgia.

Joseph Di Giulio put UCLA up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ben Wagland at #6. Di Giulio broke Wagland early and often in route to winning in just 1 hour and 11 minutes


Karue Sell made it 3-0 Bruins with a 7-6(6), 6-2 win over Jan Zielinski at #4 singles. Sell broke Zielinski to start the match and led 5-3 before Zielinski won 3 straight to go up 6-5. Sell held to force a tiebreak and then went up 6-4 before Zielinski evened it at 6-6. Zielinski would double fault and then Sell got a service winner to take it 8-6 (clip below)


Sell broke early in the second set then broke again to close it out in 1 hour and 16 minutes.

After dropping the opening set, Mackenzie McDonald would come back to clinch the win with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Austin Smith at #1. McDonald went up 2-0 in the first set before Smith won the next 7 games to take the set and go up 1-0 in the second.  McDonald would break on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and would then hold on the deciding point to take the second set 6-4. McDonald broke immediately to start the third set then put the hammer down to take it in 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Originally they were going to stop at the clinch but with the weather looking iffy for Sunday they figured they might as well get as much tennis in as they could.

Martin Redlicki put UCLA up 5-0 with a 7-6(3), 7-6(5) win over Paul Oosterbaan at #2. Oosterbaan led 3-1 in the first set before Redlicki broke back to even it at 4-4. Redlicki would take the tiebreak 7-3 and then go up an early break in the second set. Oosterbaan broke back to even it at 2-2 then they stayed on serve until the tiebreak. Oosterbaan went up a mini-break at 2-1 but Redlicki erased it and took the final point off Oosterbaan's serve to win it.


Wayne Montgomery came back from a set down to beat Gage Brymer 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at #2.  - below is match point


Logan Staggs won the final match of the day but it took a little longer than he had hoped. Staggs led 5-1 in the third but Reinberg came back to even it up at 5-5. Staggs held for 6-5 then broke to close it out - below is match point


If you want to check out other video clips from the match you can go back through my twitter feed which has at least 100.

#12 UCLA 6, #6 Georgia 1
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Austin Smith (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. #45 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 7-6(2)
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3,2,5)

Quotes from Georgia's recap
"We lost a close match today and I was impressed with UCLA, said head coach Manuel Diaz. "They certainly played better than we did today. We came back from 5-1 down in doubles at No. 3 and did a good job at No. 2 doubles. But unfortunately we just came up a little bit short today. We lost a couple of three-set matches and one in two tiebreakers. But while we played tough, UCLA was a little bit tougher than us.


______________________________________________________

Illinois was attempting to go 2-0 on its Carolina swing but North Carolina was a little too strong and shut them out 4-0. North Carolina won the doubles point by taking a tiebreak at #2 doubles then picked up singles wins from Brett Clark, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly at 3, 4, and 5 with Murray providing the clincher. Below was a video clip of Murray's clincher and below that is an interview UNC did with Brett Clark.




#10 North Carolina 4, #7 Illinois 0
Jan 30, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles
1. Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL), 6-4
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL), 7-6(3)
3. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) , 6-3
Singles
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC)  vs. No. 21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 0-0 DNF
2. No. 13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) vs. Aleks Vukic (ILL),  2-6, 6-6 DNF
3. No. 43 Brett Clark (UNC) def. No. 41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL), 6-4, 6-3
4. Jack Murray (UNC) def. No. 67 Julian Childers (ILL), 6-0, 0-6, 6-1
5. No. 47 Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL), 6-4, 6-3
6. Anu Kodali (UNC) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL), 3-6, 3-5 DNF
Match Notes
Records: # 10 North Carolina 5-0; #7 Illinois 4-1
Order of match finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,3)

Comments from UNC's recap:
"I think we played better tonight than we did last weekend up top, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "I think we're hitting the ball better. We knew coming in Illinois has got some really good personnel up top. Ronnie played better, Brayden played better. But we've got to be competitive in all six spots, and doubles. We learned a lot tonight. We'll have another great week of practice and we're looking forward to having Oklahoma here on Sunday.

"It was a fun environment, Paul said. "It's an exciting sport with so many momentum swings.

Comments from Illinois's recap
"I give North Carolina a lot of credit," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Our guys never stopped fighting. We were a point away from swinging the doubles and had a number of opportunities we didn't capitalize on in singles. North Carolina is a good team. We will be excited to get back home Friday vs. Notre Dame."
Published in Blogs
Sunday, 31 January 2016 11:50

Sunday Preview - USC/UGA, UCLA/FLA, OU/Wake

I'm going to make my predictions on the 2 matches out in Los Angeles even though its looks like a wash out today - ground is wet as of 8am.  If they get these matches in they'd almost definitely play singles first and would only play doubles if necessary. (Both matches have been officially been cancelled due to rain)

#11 Wake Forest (4-1) at #2 Oklahoma (2-0) - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring & Fox Sports - Wake Forest is coming off a 4-2 loss at Oklahoma State on Friday night while Oklahoma plays for the first time since last weekend when they won a couple of tuneups against Troy and Utah State. The big question mark for Oklahoma is whether Andrew Harris makes his season debut because if he doesn't that might make Oklahoma a little vulnerable at the bottom of the lineup. I wouldn't be surprised to see Tony Bresky flop Bogaerts and Ho at #3 and #4 after Bogaerts got beat pretty soundly on Friday night at #3 against Oklahoma State's Arujn Kadhe. Last season Oklahoma went to Winston-Salem and won 5-2 but I think this one has the makings a 4-3 match.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) vs. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02)
2. Andrew Harris (OU 14.77) vs. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26)
3. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14)  vs. #103 Jonathan Ho (WF 14.00)
4. #91 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00)
5. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54)

I'm going to take Wake Forest in doubles because they've already played 5 matches together, with 3 of those being against tougher competition, while Oklahoma has just had the 2 against lighter opposition. If Andrew Harris plays in singles, which he hasn't since last year's NCAAs, he'll probably be a little rusty so I'd be surprised if he beat Skander Mansouri. If the lineups above are used I'd take Axel Alvarez, Spencer Papa, Alex Ghilea, and Florin Bragusi for Oklahoma and Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim for Wake Forest. If Harris doesn't play and OU has to slide everyone up I think it'll get interesting because I'd like Wake at 5 and 6 with Papa and Mansouri being the one that may decide it. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-3

Last Year's Meeting:

#2 Oklahoma 5, #19 Wake Forest 2
Jan 30, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex (indoor)
Singles competition
1. #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Noah Rubin (WF) 6-3, 6-3
2. #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
3. #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-0, 6-2
4. #52 Jon Ho (WF) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-8)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 1-0 (10-5)
6. #50 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #102 Maksim Kan (WF) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #38 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Andrew Harris/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-4
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Florin Bragusi/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-6, unfinished
Match Notes
Oklahoma 4-0; National ranking #2
Wake Forest 3-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,6,1,2,4,5)
T-2:30 A-527


#6 Georgia (2-1) vs. #8 USC (3-0) - 1pm est/10am pst - Live Scoring - Georgia is coming off a 6-1 loss to UCLA while USC is coming off a 4-3 win over Florida. Georgia had the more physical match yesterday with 3 of the 6 singles matches going to a third set plus Oosterbaan played 2 long tiebreak sets. All of the singles matches in the USC/Florida match finished in straight sets with only DeVine and Jaede playing tighter matches. Georgia may be the slightly stronger team but it all depends on how well they bounce back from yesterday.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.28) vs. #115 Max de Vroome (USC 13.95)
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.22) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.10)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.80) vs. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.51)
4. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.67) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.76)
5. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.26) vs. Jack Jaede (USC 13.48)
6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.24) vs. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.26)
Depth: Nick Wood (UGA 13.61); Laurens Verboven (USC 13.54), Rob Bellamy (USC 13.38)

USC played tremendous doubles against Florida while Georgia got off to too slow of a start at #1 and #3.  I'm going to take USC in doubles and if the teams stay with the same singles lineups as yesterday I see Georgia sweeping the top 3 while USC sweeps the bottom 3. Close match but the doubles point ends up being the difference. Prediction: USC 4-3

Last Year's Meeting:

#1 Southern California 4, #7 Georgia 0
Feb. 1, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Doubles competition 
1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #16 Paul Oosterbaan/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-2
2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) 6-3
3. #53 Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 4-4, un
Singles competition
1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-5, 6-2
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) vs. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-2, unf
4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
5. Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) 1-1, unf
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. #104 Max De Vroome (USC) 0-1, unf
Match Notes
Southern California 5-0; National ranking #1
Georgia 3-1; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,4)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:20 A-510


#20 Florida (3-2) at #12 UCLA (4-0) - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring - UCLA welcomed back Mackenzie McDonald on Saturday and after a sluggish start he found his rhythm in the second set and then played his best in the third. Florida went toe-to-toe with USC but couldn't overcome the loss of the doubles point and fell 4-3.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95) vs. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.98)
2. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.79) vs. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93)
3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.98) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.82)
4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.90) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.22)
5. Gordon Watson (UF 13.53) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.51)
6. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.30)vs. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.49)
Depth: #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.53), Jordan Belga (UF 12.92); Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.36)

UCLA is going to be favorite at just about every spot in the singles lineup assuming Mackie plays again today. Florida's best chances in my opinion are at #3 and #5 but it won't be enough to overcome UCLA winning all the other courts. If they stop at the clinch I'll go UCLA 4-0; if they play them out I'll say 5-2. Prediction: UCLA 5-2 

Last Year's Meeting:

#17 Florida 4, #4 UCLA 3
Feb. 1, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Doubles competition
1. #11 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #32 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 6-1
2. #49 Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-0
3. #43 Landert/Wardell (UF) def. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 6-1, 6-1
2. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4, 6-1
3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3
5. Oliver Landert (UF) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. #90 Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Joshua Wardell (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Match Notes
UCLA 3-2; National ranking #4
Florida 4-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown
Official: Clark Weaver T-3:33 A-196




Published in Blogs
It's been a busy week so far for Texas A&M after the Aggies knocked off #4 Baylor just two nights ago and with another big match on the horizon on Sunday against #13 South Florida it's possible they got caught looking ahead. #28 Florida State came to College Station on Friday night and gave A&M all it wanted before "Artillery" Arthur Rinderknech saved the day with a big win at #1 singles.

Texas A&M captured the doubles point with 6-3 wins at #2 and #3 and then each team picked up three first sets in singles. Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti and Max Lunkin put the Aggies up 3-0 after they each picked up a straight set win over one of the Whitehurst brothers at #5 and #6 singles. Florida State answered with straight sets wins from Michael Rinaldi and Aziz Dougaz at #3 and #4 and then Marco Nunez tied it up at 3-3 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 upset win over Shane Vinsant at #2.

It all came down to #1 and it looked like it would take a third set to decide it when Florida State's Benjamin Lock led Arthur Rinderknech 5-3 in the second. Rinderknech however had different ideas as he held for 4-5* and then broke Lock from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. Rinderknech held from 40-30 to go up 6-5 then he went up 30-40 on Lock's serve to give himself two match points. Lock fought off the first by hitting a well placed second serve out wide and then came to the net for a volley put away. On the deciding point, Rinderknech won a 10+ shot rally by gaining control of the point and then hammering a forehand that Lock couldn't get back in play.


#3 Texas A&M 4, #28 Florida State 3
February 5, 2016 Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, Texas
Singles Competition
1. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.50) def. #15 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.16), 7-5, 7-5
2. #77 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.38) def. #29 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.12), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.37) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.86), 6-4, 6-4
4. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.33) def. Harrison Adams (TAMU 12.99), 6-4, 6-4
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.46) def. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 13.43), 6-4, 6-3
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.46) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 13.22), 6-1, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. Adams/Vinsant (TAMU), 6-2
2. Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #55 Whitehurst/Whitehurst (FSU), 6-3
3. #29 Arconada/Lunkin (TAMU) def. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU), 6-3
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 6-0
Florida State 6-2
Order of Finish Singles: 6,5,4,3,2,1; Doubles: 1,3,2

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap:

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - On the Florida State match
"Florida State is a very tough team, from the top to the bottom of their lineup there are not any holes. They are really good in doubles and I thought we were fortunate to win the doubles point and after that we had a really battle on our hands, all of the matches were really close. I give a lot of credit to Florida State for coming here and really testing our team tonight. It is important for us to be able to rise up and play well when we have big matches and tough opponents. A match like tonight is great for the guy's confidence moving forward."

Looking ahead to Sunday's matches
"This is a tough week from a scheduling stand point, we have some tough matches on the schedule and add in that we had a double-header today and another one on Sunday. I knew that after the Baylor match on Wednesday night being such an emotional match for the team, I was proud that our guys had enough fuel in the tank to overcome a really good Florida State team. I know we will have another big battle on our hands Sunday against South Florida, I'm confident that our guys will play well."

Post-Match Quotes from Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist via FSU's recap: 
"It was a tough match. Well played, hard fought on both sides. We had a chance to win doubles and knew it would be important. We were up 3-1 on Court 3 and lost a few close games. That was key for them getting the doubles point. We had some good starts in singles. They broke back on some of them, but I was pleased with a lot of the effort we got today. It was intense and good preparation for us moving forward to postseason. I was pleased with Marco coming back down in the third to win the match and give us a chance. Aziz and Michael both got good wins too.

On fighting back after losing the doubles point for the first time this season:
"We did a good job coming back in singles and getting up breaks early in singles. We started quick and had some good opportunities.
__________________________________________________________

#9 UCLA looked very impressive last weekend against Georgia and its level didn't drop off much today as it shutout #16 San Diego 7-0. UCLA took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then got straight set wins from Martin Redlicki, Karue Sell, and Joseph Di Giulio at #2, #4, and #6 with Joey D providing the clincher. Mackenzie McDonald, Gage Brymer, and Logan Staggs each won in three-sets at #1, #3, and #5. 

UCLA heads to Charlottesville for the National Indoors next weekend but they'll play #1 Virginia as a warm up on Tuesday. 

#9 UCLA 7, #16 San Diego 0
Feb 05, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #7 Angus/Vittek (USD) 6-4
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Page/Petronijevic (USD) 6-3
3. Brymer/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Kalaydjian/Kononov (USD) 4-5, unfinished
Singles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.00) def. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.04) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.84) def. #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.96) 6-1, 6-3
3. Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.08) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.58) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.33) def. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.23) 6-1, 6-2
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) def. Joshua Page (USD 12.96) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.56) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.64) 6-3, 6-3
Match Notes
San Diego 4-0; National ranking #16
UCLA 4-0; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,2,6,1,3,5)

Post-Match Quote from San Diego's recap
"This UCLA team was hungry to prove exactly who they are." Keckley said. "They took it to us. We were on our heels the majority of the match and the scores reflect that."
_________________________________________________________

After taking several on the chin this season, #25 Duke was finally able to deliver a knockout blow itself as it went to Knoxville and came away with a 4-3 win over #40 Tennessee.

Duke dropped the doubles point for the fourth straight match but unlike the previous three they were able to win four singles matches this time around. Nicolas Alvarez, Catalin Mateas, Vincent Lin, and Josh Levine each won in straight sets at #1, #2, #4, and #5 with Alvarez providing the clincher.

Tennessee picked up wins from Luis Valero and Srdjan Jakovljevic #3 and #6 in a losing efford. 



#25 Duke 4, #40 Tennessee 3
Feb. 5, 2016 at Knoxville, Tenn. (Goodfriend Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #23 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) 6-4
2. Igor Smelyanski/Timo Stodder (UT) def. Josh Levine/Daniel McCall (DU) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Jack Heslin/Preston Touliatos (UT) def. Catalin Mateas/TJ Pura (DU) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.11) def. #75 Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.45) 6-3, 7-5
2. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.60) def. Timo Stodder (UT 14.06) 6-3, 6-3
3. Luis Valero (UT 13.40) def. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.38) 6-3, 6-2
4. Vincent Lin (DU 13.47) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 12.98) 6-1, 6-1
5. Josh Levine (DU 12.65) def. Preston Touliatos (UT 12.63) 6-2, 6-2
6. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.46) def. Daniel McCall (DU 12.02) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
Match Notes:
Duke 2-4; National ranking #25
Tennessee 3-2; National ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,3,2,1,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Duke's recap
"I am really happy for our guys," head coach Ramsey Smith said. "It was a complete team effort and I was proud of our fight out there. After a tough start to the year, Nico has really turned things around and played some great tennis under pressure tonight to clinch the match for us."

"We got swept in doubles on the road and could have easily have gotten discouraged," Smith said. "But we bounced back strong in the singles and rode the momentum until the end."

Post-Match Quotes from Tennessee's recap
"It's a constant throughout the year, from the first day to the last day, is that you go out and play your game," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "When you can't play your game, you fight and find a way to play your game. We're still learning that."
_________________________________________________________

#37 Memphis may want to play all its matches in Nashville going forward after going 2-0 over the last two days. Thursday night the Tigers beat #27 Vanderbilt 5-2 and then tonight they knocked off #32 Harvard 6-0 though virtually every court was a dogfight.

Memphis's Andrew Watson and Shakeel Manji sealed the doubles point by winning the tiebreak at #3 doubles by a score of 12-10. Memphis then swept each of the five completed matches though all but one court had at least one set go to a tiebreak.

Note: Harvard's recap shows the final as 6-1 with Lam winning by retirement at #6.

#37 Memphis 6, #32 Harvard 0
Feb. 5, 2016 at Nashville, Tenn. (Currey Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (Memphis) def. #44 Conor Haughey/Kelvin Lam (Harvard), 6-2
2. #32 Sebastian Beltrame/Kenny Tao (Harvard) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (Memphis), 7-5
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (Memphis) def. Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (Harvard), 7-6 (10)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*
Singles competition
1. Ryan Peniston (Memphis 14.03) def. #71 Nicky Hu (Harvard 13.76), 6-4, 7-6
2. #87 Andrew Watson (Memphis 13.86) def. Sebastian Beltrame (Harvard 13.12), 6-3, 7-6
3. Kai Lemke (Memphis 13.43) def. Brian Yeung (Harvard 13.16), 6-3, 7-6
4. Chris Patzanovsky (Memphis 12.93) def. Kenny Tao (Harvard 13.16), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. Felix Rauch (Memphis 12.59) def. Andy Zhou (Harvard 13.21), 6-1, 7-6
6. Kelvin Lam (Harvard 12.64) vs. Shakeel Manji (Memphis 12.42), 6-4, uf
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3*, 2, 1

Post-Match Quotes from Memphis's recap
"It was a good couple of matches for us," Goebel said. "Today we played a very good doubles point and carried momentum in to singles. Our energy was great and I am proud to finish strong in close matches against such well-coached teams in Vandy and Harvard."
Published in Blogs
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:09

Tuesday Preview - #9 UCLA vs. #1 Virginia

There's going to be a ton of good tennis this weekend in Charlottesville with Virginia hosting the National Team Indoors but I think the best matchup of the week might be tonight with Virginia hosting #9 UCLA. I have these teams as #1 and #2 in my rankings and I expect that this will be a very, very good match with plenty of courts going three sets.

This will be Virginia's first real test of the season while UCLA has been tested a few times but this will be the first time that the Bruins have played indoors. The doubles point will be more crucial for UCLA because it's going to be hard enough to win three singles matches over Virginia let alone four.

Here is an article from the Daily Bruin talking about the match from a Bruin standpoint and here is one from the Daily Progress coming from the Virginia standpoint. Virginia will also be down one usual starter with last season's #5 Alexander Ritschard recovering from a shoulder injury.

Let's dive into the numbers and see what they say.



#9 UCLA (5-0) at #1 Virginia (4-0) - 6pm est - Live Scoring/Video

Doubles Records: UCLA 5-0, Virginia 4-0

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #15 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA)
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA)
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Collin Altamirano/JC Aragone (UVA)

Dual-Match Doubles Records:
1. McDonald/Redlicki (2-0) vs. Shane/Corinteli (3-1)
2. Di Giulio/Sell (2-1) vs. Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (2-0)
3. Brymer/Rapp (3-0) vs. Altamirano/Aragone (2-0)

Picking the winner of the doubles point is tough with the shortened format but it seems to me that UCLA is a little more battle tested and I think they'll catch Virginia a little off guard and take the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3.

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.98) vs. #11 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68)
2. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.84) vs. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68)
3. Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.12) vs. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) vs. Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91)
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) vs. #74 JC Aragone (UVA 13.86)
6. Joey Di Giulio (UCLA 13.56) vs. #90 Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.43)/Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. McDonald (2-0) vs. Shane (1-1)
2. Redlicki (3-0) vs. Kwiatkowski (4-0)
3. Brymer (4-1) vs. Altamirano (4-0)
4. Sell (5-0) vs. Styslinger (2-0)
5. Staggs (3-0) vs. Aragone (4-0)
6. Di Giulio (4-0) vs. Wiersholm (2-0)

1. Shane beat McDonald 6-4, 7-5 back in September in the second round of the Costa Mesa Futures, which was an event Shane won, while McDonald won the only college H2H meeting but that was back in 2014 when each was playing at #3. Shane has started out a little slow this season while McDonald has returned from his wrist injury just fine. McDonald may be unranked (due to not playing in the fall) but everyone knows he's a top 5 player. Shane has to keep the double-faults to a minimum because you can't give a player like Mackie too many free points.  Prediction: McDonald (UCLA) in 3

2. Kwiatkowski had a tremendous fall winning the All-Americans and he's off to a good start in dual-match play while Redlicki is coming off his best match of the young season after beating #34 Jordan Angus (USD) 6-1, 6-3. Kwiatkowski is much more comfortable indoors with the Charlotte native 6-1 this season playing indoors while Redlicki is 0-2. Kwiatkowski won the only H2H matchup 6-2, 7-6 in qualies of the 2014 All-Americans. Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 2

3. This will be a battle of No Cal versus So Cal as Sacramento's Altamirano takes on Irvine's Brymer. The last time these two faced off Altamirano won 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals of the 2013 USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo. Altamirano didn't play in the fall but he won his toughest match a few weeks ago when he beat Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen 7-5, 6-4. Brymer didn't play much in the fall either but he made it to the finals of the Sherwood Cup before falling to Baylor's Julian Lenz and he's coming off a three set win over San Diego's Filip Vittek. Prediction: Altamirano (UVA) in 3

4. Both Sell and Styslinger have been around the block a few times but this will be the first-ever meeting between these two seniors. Sell hasn't dropped a set in dual-match play and is coming off a 6-1, 6-2 shellacking of San Diego's Romain Kalaydjian while Styslinger has cruised to easy wins in his matches against Kentucky and Elon. Sell was just 1-5 indoors last season and this will be his first match indoors this season so it'll be interesting to see if he plays as well in the controlled environment. If this match was outdoors I'd probably take Sell in two but with it being indoors I think it's closer to a toss-up. Prediction: Sell (UCLA) in 3

5. Just like the matchup at #3 this will be No Cal versus So Cal as Tracy's Logan's Staggs takes on Yorba Linda's JC Aragone. Playing indoors shouldn't phase Staggs as much as his teammates because he did spend last season at Northwestern where he played plenty of tennis indoors. Staggs won his last two matches in three-sets while Aragone has cruised through each of his four although none of his opponents were close to the level of Staggs. This one has the makings of a tough three-setter that will probably come down to some deciding points. Prediction: Aragone (UVA) in 3

6. Di Giulio has been on a tear lately winning his last four in straights sets against quality competition while Wiersholm rolled in his two matches against Furman and Kentucky. If this match was outdoors I'd give Di Giulio more of a chance but I think Wiersholm will get it done indoors. Prediction: Wiersholm (UVA) in 2

I'm going to take Virginia in a tight one but I think #3, #4, and #5 are all swing matches that could turn the match one way or another. If they were playing this match outdoors in LA I'd look for UCLA to pull the upset but with it being indoors I've got to go with Virginia. Prediction: Virginia 4-3



Published in Blogs
The draws have been released for this year's Men's National Team Indoors and while most of the teams were slotted where I expected there were a few surprises.

I expected Ohio State and UCLA to pass USC based off each picking up top 20 wins last week but the committee kept USC in front despite its best win this year being against #22 Florida.

I thought a two loss Baylor, with a best win over #42 Oregon, would fall behind a one loss Illinois with the Illini having wins over #21, #25, #36 (2X) and the one loss coming to #3 North Carolina - I'd love to hear the logic on keeping Baylor that high.

I thought South Florida may drop one spot after losing to Texas A&M but they held firm at #13 - can't argue too much with this one because it was a 4-3 loss to a #3 team.

Despite all that the pairings look pretty good though we'll see UCLA and Georgia and Wake Forest and Oklahoma play each other for the second time in two weeks.

Each team also released its depth chart with a few notables listed below:

Oklahoma - Andrew Harris at #4 - I'm thinking he's still iffy with knee tendinitis
Ohio State - Chris Diaz at 2, Hugo Di Feo at #3
TCU - Eduardo Nava at 4, Jerry Lopez at 5
USC - Nick Crystal at 1, Max de Vroome at 2
Georgia - Jan Zielinski at 4, Paul Oosterbaan at 5, Walker Duncan at #3 though he's been in a walking boot for a few weeks - probably doubtful
Virginia - Alex Ritschard at 4 - hasn't played yet due to a shoulder injury - probably sits
Baylor - Vince Schneider at 5 - hasn't played yet due to reasons unknown - looks like Baylor went over to the intramural courts to get a few backups - I couldn't find any intel on the guys listed at 8, 9, and 10.

Over the next two days I'll do my round of 16 previews so keep an eye out for those. 






Line-Up Substitution Policy: Master line-ups must be played throughout the event. If a player is removed from the line-up, all players listed below the removed player will move up in position. "Shuffling of line-up is NOT permitted. In doubles, you may direct line substitute for a sick/injured player as long as the teams are still playing in order of ability. The opposing coach may protest a doubles line-up if he feels they are not in order prior to the start of the match. The on-site ITA Games Committee will have final ruling on all on-site protests. 

It wasn't listed in the policy but anybody from #6 on down can play at #6 so that means someone listed at #8 could jump #7.
__________________________________________________________

The big matchup of the day between #1 Virginia and #9 UCLA ended up falling well short of expectations. Virginia jumped on UCLA in doubles by going up an early break at #2 and ultimately Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would break again to win 6-2. The match at #1 stayed on serve until Virginia's Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli broke to go up 4-3 then they broke again to win it 6-3. They played out the match at #3 with UCLA's Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp pulling it out 7-6.

Virginia dominated in singles winning all six first sets and they'd finish five of those off in straight sets with Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, J.C. Aragone, and Henrik Wiersholm winning at #1, #2, #3, #5, and #6. Aragone was the only one I recall coming back from a break down with Staggs jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the second set at #5.

UCLA's Karue Sell earned the only point for the Bruins with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Mac Styslinger at #4.

The live stream of the match was fine but unfortunately the live scoring was not. I tried following on my phone for a bit because I was out and about but I'd either get a blank scoreboard or if the scores popped in they wouldn't update. When I got home I was able to get the scores to come up but they would update intermittently. The scoreboard was rarely in sync with the streaming video and at time was games behind so it made it difficult to figure out what was really going on. Let's hope the live scoring issues get addressed before the NTIs get underway on Friday.

#1 Virginia 6, #9 UCLA 1
Feb 09, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boyd Tinsley Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #11 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) def. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.98) 6-3, 7-6(6)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.12) 6-3, 6-3
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.84) 7-6(3), 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) def. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. #74 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) def. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) 7-6, 6-4
6. #90 Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.56) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #14 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 6-3
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-2
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 7-6
Match Notes
UCLA 5-1; National ranking #9
Virginia 5-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,2,5,1,3,4)
T-2:35 A-362

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"UCLA is a great team with tremendous depth from top to bottom," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "We are really playing at a high level for this point in the season and there is still room for improvement in front of us. The team has really come together and it has been a really enjoyable journey so far."

"UCLA has one of the best players in the country at No. 1 and we do as well, so we knew that would be a tightly-contested match," Boland said. "Thai keeps rolling at two. He is playing some really good tennis. I think the same could be said of Collin, who is so solid. I was really impressed with our one, two and three tonight."

"I believe this win will give us a lot a confidence as we head into National Indoors, an event that we have looked forward to hosting for a long time," Boland said. "I can already feel the excitement for Friday night. We hope that people really come out and support us. I believe this weekend is going to be really special for the players."

Published in Blogs
The draws are out and the lineups are set for the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships with play getting started on Friday at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Play gets started each day at 9am eastern and finishes each night around 9 to 10pm.

I'm going to preview each round of 16 match using the master lineups that each team submitted and I'll make my predictions as well. With this being an indoor event I'll also take into account which teams are comfortable playing indoors while others only play indoors a handful of times each season.

There will be live scoring on all 12 courts but only point-by-point scoring on courts 7-12. The same goes for streaming video in that it will only be available on courts 7-12 too.







[1] Virginia (5-0) vs. [16] San Diego (4-1) - 6:30pm est - Virginia is coming off an impressive 6-1 win over UCLA while San Diego is coming off a 7-0 loss to UCLA. This is San Diego's first trip to the National Team Indoors and it's too bad they got matched up with the host and #1 seed in the opening round. 

Overall Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 4-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 2-0
Doubles Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Alex Azaouzos (USD 12.32)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)

Virginia warmed up for the NTIs by taking it to UCLA and I think they'll probably make fairly quick work of San Diego. I like Virginia in doubles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, and Henrik Wiersholm in singles. Prediction: Virginia 4-0



[8] Oklahoma (3-2) vs. [9] Wake Forest (8-1) - 6:30pm est - Oklahoma split matches last weekend winning at Alabama 5-2 before falling to North Carolina 4-3. Wake Forest is coming off a pair of 7-0 wins after beating South Carolina at home and Tennessee on the road. Oklahoma welcomed back Andrew Harris (knee tendinitis) to its doubles lineup but it's yet to be seen if he'll be ready to play singles. John Roddick has Harris listed at #4 on the depth chart but I'd be a little surprised to see him play. Wake Forest rolled over Oklahoma just two weeks ago in Norman so it'll be interesting to see if the outcome is any different this time. Four of the six singles matches are shaping up to be rematches though if Harris plays only two would be rematches.

Overall Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Indoors Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Doubles Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 7-2

Result from 2 Weeks Ago

#11 Wake Forest 5, #2 Oklahoma 2
Jan 31, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26) def. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
2. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14) 6-2, 6-2
3. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) 7-5, 6-1
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 6-4, 4-5, retired
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.53) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61) 7-5, 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Austin Siegel/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Maxime Mora/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-4*, unf.
Match Notes
Wake Forest 5-1, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
Oklahoma 2-1, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 
O: Andrew Harris (OU 14.79)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

The return of Andrew Harris helped Oklahoma get the doubles point against North Carolina and I think OU takes it over Wake too. I think Axel Alvarez will atone for his loss to Skander Mansouri and I look for Maxime Mora to repeat his win over Dennis Uspensky however I like Wake Forest everywhere else. The one court that could swing the match the other way is #3 - if Alex Ghilea can beat Jon Ho then OU might able to pull it out. If Andrew Harris is able to play at #4 I think he probably still loses to Bogaerts while Bragusi would beat Uspensky and Seraphim would beat Mora. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3




[4] USC (5-0) vs. [13] South Florida (3-1) - 3:30pm est - USC is coming off a pair of 6-1 wins over Loyola Marymount and Grand Canyon though 7 of the 12 singles matches went three sets while South Florida blanked Minnesota 7-0 before losing to #2 Texas A&M 4-3. This will be USC's first indoor match of the season while South Florida played indoors at Minnesota.

Overall Record: USC 5-0, South Florida 3-1
Indoors Record: USC 0-0, South Florida 1-0
Doubles Record: USC 4-1, South Florida 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.46)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)

Last year USF made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Round of 16 and came up just short against Baylor. This year USF is making its first-ever National Indoor Round of 16 appearance and I think they are going to get over the hump and get a win. I like the Bulls in doubles and look for Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz to win at #1, #2, and #6. I also like Sasha Gozun at #3 for USF while I like Logan Smith and Laurens Verboven at #4 and #5 for USC. If USC were to win its best path would be the doubles point and #3, #4, and #5 singles. Prediction: South Florida 4-2



[5] TCU (3-1) vs. [12] Illinois (5-1) - 3:30pm est - TCU is coming off a tough weekend that saw the Horned Frogs beat Stanford 4-2 before getting beat by Cal 4-2 while Illinois is coming a routine 5-2 win over Notre Dame. According to the lineup Brad Dancer submitted, he is making some wholesale changes at the bottom of the lineup by inserting Brian Page at #5 and Toshiki Matsuya at #6 despite the fact that neither has played in a dual-match this season. He has Alex Jesse at #8 and Asher Hirsch at #9 despite both of those guys playing just about every match at #5 and #6. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see both Jesse and Hirsch back in the lineup but for the sake of my prediction I'll go along with what was submitted.

These teams actually met less than a month ago in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout in Fort Myers with each winning 6 matches. The only guaranteed rematch will come at #3 between Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik though Stalder and Hirsch could meet again #6 too. Alex Rybakov and Jared Hiltzik met back in August in the first round of the Champaign Futures with Rybakov winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

#3 TCU 6, #6 Illinois 6
Jan 17, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) def. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68): 6-4, 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.64): 6-2, 6-4
3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.30) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64): 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.19) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61): 7-6, 7-5
5. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.80) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79): 6-4, 6-3
6. Trey Daniel (TCU 12.32) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.55): 6-3, 6-3
7. Hudson Blake (TCU 12.41) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64): 6-4, 6-4
8. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.19) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU 11.38): 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL): 6-3
2. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 6-2
3. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Hudson Blake/Trey Daniel (TCU): 6-1
4. Eduardo Nava/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Pengxuan Jiang/Pablo Landa (ILL): 6-2

Overall Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1
Indoors Record: TCU 2-1, Illinois 5-1
Doubles Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) vs. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. Brian Page (ILL 12.43)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.14)
O: Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)/Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL)
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL)
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU) vs. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL)

I think the doubles point will be huge in this one because neither team wants to start off in a 1-0 hole knowing it needs to win 4 singles matches. Both teams are evenly stacked up top, TCU is going to be stronger at #4 and #5, and #6 will be a tough one to call with Trevor Johnson's status probably unknown until match time. I'm going to take Aleks Vukic at #1 and Jared Hiltzik #2 for the Illini and Eduardo Nava and Jerry Lopez at #4 and #5 for TCU. Both Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik have dropped 2 of their last 3 so that's a tough call but I'm leaning towards Nunez. If Trevor Johnson plays at #6 I think he'll win but if he doesn't I'd go with Illinois at that spot. So we're potentially looking at a match with the doubles point deciding the winner. Prediction: TCU 4-3




[6] Ohio State (8-0) vs. [11] Baylor (5-2) - 9am est - Ohio State has yet to drop a match or a point and is coming off a 4-0 win over Virginia Tech while Baylor dropped a pair last week to Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Both teams have strange doubles lineups showing in the lineup master and I think a part of that is some gamesmanship. Baylor is showing a guy at #3 doubles that isn't even listed on the school's website while Ohio State is showing Ralf Steinbach paired up with Riley Reist even though Steinbach and Martin Joyce are ranked #14.

Overall Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 5-2
Indoors Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-2
Doubles Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) vs. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68)
2. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) vs. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90)
3. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) vs. Felip Rios (BU 14.30)
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) vs. Will Little (BU 13.67)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77)
O: Matt Mendez (OSU 13.44)/Vince Schneider (BU 13.86)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU)
2. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU)
3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU)

Baylor's only chance to keep this one close is if Vince Schneider is available to play. If Schneider doesn't play I think we're looking at another Buckeye shutout with Ohio State taking doubles and Hugo Di Feo, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach winning in singles. I like Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at #1 and #2 but I think the other matches will finish too quickly for Baylor to get on the board. If Schneider were to play I'd still like Ohio State in doubles and at #3, #4, and #5. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0




[3] North Carolina (6-0) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-0) - 9am est - North Carolina is coming off a big 4-3 win over Oklahoma while Texas Tech hasn't faced a serious test since beating Florida three weeks ago on the final day of the Kick-Off Weekend. North Carolina has played all six of its matches indoors while Texas Tech will only be playing indoors for the third time this season.

Overall Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 10-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 2-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-1, Texas Tech 5-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)
O: Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21)/Augusto Stodart (TT 12.73)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)

This will the Red Raiders first-ever trip to the National Team Indoors and while I think they could probably beat about half the field I'm not so sure they can get past North Carolina. I like Bjorn Thomson at #6 and think Jolan Cailleau has a good chance at #4 but I like the Tar Heels in doubles and then look for Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Robert Kelly to push Carolina through to the quarterfinals. I also like Brayden Schnur at #1 but his match probably won't make it to the finish line. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1



[7] UCLA (5-1) vs. [10] Georgia (3-1) - 12pm est - These teams met just two weeks ago in Los Angeles with UCLA rolling to a 6-1 win but that match was outdoors in UCLA's backyard while this one will be indoors on the East Coast. UCLA is coming off a rough 6-1 loss to Virginia on Tuesday night while Georgia won handily 6-1 over a less than full strength Georgia Tech. UCLA will be at full strength while it's yet to be seen if Georgia will have the services of Walker Duncan who missed the last two matches with a foot injury. Duncan is slotted at the #3 spot in the master lineups but he was in a boot just two weeks ago so we'll see if he can go. After missing all of January with a wrist injury, Nick Wood played his first dual-match against Georgia Tech's #8 and won going away so I'd be surprised if he didn't play at #6 if he's feeling good. The only rematch from the previous encounter will be at #4 between Karue Sell and Jan Zielinski though if Duncan can't play Zielinski would move up to #3.

Here was an interesting quote from Billy Martin via the Daily Bruin about the match with Virginia and the court conditions - "I think we were very shocked at the whole pace of the match, Martin said. "It's an aggressive tennis. We were trying to set up points and rallies that you can do outside on the slower courts and slower conditions but indoors it just wasn't going to work.

#12 UCLA 6, #6 Georgia 1
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Austin Smith (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. #45 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 7-6(2)
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3,2,5)


Overall Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 3-1
Indoors Record: UCLA 0-1, Georgia 3-0
Doubles Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) vs. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 
2. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) 
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. Walker Duncan (UGA 13.50)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) vs. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81)
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) vs. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52) vs. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)/Nick Wood (UGA 13.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA)

Despite UCLA winning the previous match fairly comfortably, I think Georgia is probably the slight favorite in this one mainly due it being indoors (see Billy's comments above). I like Georgia in doubles at #2 and #3 and I think #1 will be a lot closer than it was last time.

I'm looking for these teams to split the top two courts with Mackenzie McDonald the likely winner at #1 while I see Austin Smith getting it done at #2. I like Martin Redlicki at #3 over either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski while I like Zielinski or Paul Oosterbaan over Karue Sell at #4. I'd take Oosterbaan over Staggs at #5 but think Staggs would get past Reinberg. I'd like DiGiulio at #6 over Reinberg but if Wood plays at #6 I'd take him. So as you can see a lot depends on the matchups - I think UCLA takes two of the top three regardless of pairings but I could see Georgia sweeping the bottom three if it's Zielinski, Oosterbaan, and Wood. Prediction: Georgia 4-2



[2] Texas A&M (9-0) vs. [15] Columbia (4-0) - 12pm est - Texas A&M is coming off a really nice week that saw the Aggies beat Baylor (indoors), Florida State, and South Florida while Columbia has only played Navy and North Florida since stunning Stanford during the Kick-Off Weekend. There's no doubt that Columbia will be the more comfortable team playing indoors since Texas A&M only ventures indoors about two or three times a season. Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were dropped down to #2 doubles after starting the year 0-3 at #1 while Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow will move up to #1. Rinderknech and Withrow have started four matches at #1 but those were against lighter competition so this will be a major step up.

Overall Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 4-0
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 1-0, Columbia 4-0
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Michal Rolski (CU 12.84)
O. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)

Texas A&M hasn't dropped the doubles point this season but I have a feeling Columbia is going to take it with wins at #1 and #2. I like Texas A&M at #1 and #6 with Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow expected to take care of business. The matchups at #2, #3, #4, and #5 could each go either way but I like Shane Vinsant and AJ Catanzariti at #2 and #5 while I'll go with Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at #3 and #4. Tight, tight match but the Aggies will barely avoid the upset loss. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3


Quarterfinals:
Virginia over Wake Forest
TCU over South Florida
Ohio State over North Carolina
Georgia over Texas A&M

Semfinals
Virginia over TCU
Ohio State over Georgia

Finals:
Virginia over Ohio State


What's everyone else think - higher seeds cruise or some outdoor teams get picked off inside?

I would have some polls on the site but Google has some issues right now and the poll widget isn't working.







Published in Blogs
The action is heating up in Charlottesville with half of the day's Round of 16 matches already in the books. The first two matches of the day didn't have a ton of suspense as #8 Ohio State ran over #4 Baylor 4-0 and #7 North Carolina overcame the loss of the doubles point to beat #14 Texas Tech 4-1.

The second set of matches though were both thrillers with #3 Texas A&M holding off hard charging #14 Columbia 4-2 and #9 UCLA coming back from 3-2 down to beat #11 Georgia 4-3.

UCLA head coach Billy Martin wasn't exactly looking forward to another match with Georgia despite the Bruins success versus them two weeks ago, "I thought there were a couple of teams we might face in the opening round but Georgia wasn't one of them and I wasn't necessarily looking forward to seeing them again. I knew Manny would have them ready for us and knew it'd be a tough match and it was."

The doubles point between UCLA and Georgia mirrored the doubles point from their previous meeting two weeks ago. UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki beat Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland 6-3 at #1 (6-1 last meeting). The Bruin #1s broke serve to go 4-2 then held from 5-3 to seal the win.

Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski got a 6-4 win at #2 over UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell (6-4 last meeting). Oosterbaan and Zielinksi had a 4-2 lead but UCLA held and broke to even it at 4-4.  The Bulldog #2s broke back and held to take it 6-4.

The deciding match was at #3 between UCLA's Austin Rapp/Gage Brymer and Georgia's Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg. Georgia broke serve to start the match but UCLA broke back and held for a 2-1 lead. They stayed on serve until UCLA broke to go up 5-3 then they served it out for a 6-3 win (7-6(2) last meeting).

"The doubles point was huge after being down an early break at #3", said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "However once singles got underway it didn't look good for us early on."

Georgia got off to a quick start in singles with Wayne Montgomery, Austin Smith, Jan Zielinski, and Emil Reinberg taking the opening sets at #1, #2, #3, and #5 while Karue Sell and Austin Rapp took the opening sets at #4 and #6 for UCLA. I asked Billy Martin about Rapp getting the nod in singles over Joseph Di Giulio, "Austin had been practicing really well and played well in doubles both today and on Tuesday against Virginia. Joey hadn't adjusted as well to the speed of the indoor courts so I thought Austin gave us a little better chance."

Karue Sell extended UCLA's lead to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the big-serving Paul Oosterbaan. "Nobody on our team returns serve better than Karue, going in we liked the matchup and Karue was one of the guys I was counting on to get us a point", said Martin.

Georgia's Austin Smith cut the deficit to 2-1 when he defeated Gage Brymer 6-3, 6-3 at #2 singles and a short while later Emil Reinberg tied it at 2-2 with a back and forth 7-5, 6-4 win over Logan Staggs at #5. Staggs jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set but Reinberg took five straight games to take the set 6-4. In the second set Reinberg went up 5-2 only to see Staggs take the next three to even it at 5-5. Reinberg would take the final two to close it out 7-5, 6-4.

Each of the three remaining matches was headed to a third set with McDonald and Redlicki getting the equalizer at #1 and #3 while Wood did the same at #6 for Georgia.

Nick Wood, in just his second dual-match of the year after returning from a wrist injury, put Georgia ahead 3-2 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Austin Rapp at #6.

Martin Redlicki would even it at 3-3 with a wild 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Jan Zielinski at #3. Zielinski jumped out to a 5-1* lead in the opening set before Redlicki won the next three to make it *5-4. Zielinski held to take the set 6-4 but Redlicki cruised through the second taking it 6-1. Redlicki raced out to a *5-0 lead in the third and served for the match with a three-break lead but Zielinski kept fighting. The freshman from Poland broke Redlicki twice and held twice himself to pull within 5-4. Redlicki was finally able to close the match out on his third attempt and the Bruins were now just a point away.

Martin talked about Redlicki's slow start, "Zielinski went up early and then Martin got his first serve going and got a little more aggressive. Zielinski got a little tentative in the third set but then Martin did as well and luckily he held on his third attempt to win the match."

The final match on court was at #1 between UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Georgia's Wayne Montgomery. Montgomery broke McDonald to take first set 7-5 but McDonald turned it around in the second set breaking Montgomery twice to take it 6-2. Montgomery held serve to the start the third set but McDonald took the next 6 to close it out 6-1 in the third.

"Give it to Mackie for coming back despite being a little rusty in that opening set. Once he got his rhythm going in the second set I knew he'd play his best in the third. Mackie kept up his conditioning during his time away from the court (wrist injury) so I wasn't worried at all about his fitness down the stretch."

Match point below via UCLA's twitter:



I asked Billy how about his thoughts on his quarterfinal opponent, Texas A&M, "We know them fairly well and feel like we have at least a chance against them. To get the first win under our belts was huge - as you progress in the tournament you start playing a little better so we're hoping to keep improving tomorrow."


Quote from UCLA's recap
"I was really proud of the guysthat doubles point ended up being huge, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin.  "Mackie [McDonald] and Martin [Redlicki] came through for us in the end.  The big turnaround was on court 3.  Martin got his first serve going and got a little more aggressive.  Luckily he held on in the third to win the match.  

Quote from Georgia's recap
"It was a very tough, heartbreaking match for our guys," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "UCLA played very well and deserves all the credit for coming back after being down. Our guys just have to keep their heads up and keep fighting. We have to get better, and I know that we will."


#9 UCLA 4, #11 Georgia 3
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) def. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 6-3, 6-3
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) def. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) 6-4, 6-3
5. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) 6-4, 7-5
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #13 A. Smith/Wagland (UGA) 6-3
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-3
Match Notes:
Georgia 3-2; National ranking #11
UCLA 6-1; National ranking #9 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,2,6,5,3,1) 
ITA National Team Indoor First Round
________________________________________________________

The other mid-afternoon match between #3 Texas A&M and #15 Columbia was also a battle that came down to a couple of third sets.

All three doubles courts finished with a 6-4 score with Texas A&M winning at #2 and #3 while Columbia took #1. Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Jordi Arconada broke to go up *5-2 at #3 but Columbia's Chris Grant and Eric Rubin broke back and held for 5-4*. Lunkin/Arconada would hold on their second attempt to close it out. Texas A&M's Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant closed out the doubles point by holding serve on the deciding point to win 6-4 at #2.  On that deciding point Mike Vermeer crushed a service return at Adams's feet and Adams hit a half-volley off his frame that hit the top of the net and fell over for a winner.

The teams split opening sets with Shawn Hadavi, Mike Vermeer, and Timmy Wang getting them for Columbia at 1, 4, and 6 while Shane Vinsant, Jordi Arconada, and AJ Catanzariti took sets at 2, 3, and 5 for Texas A&M.

AJ Catanzariti extended Texas A&M's lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Richard Pham at #5 but a few minutes later Mike Vermeer would put Columbia on the board after holding serve on the deciding point to win 6-2, 6-4 win over Harrison Adams at #4.

It'd be another 30 minutes before another court finished but when it did Columbia had evened the match at 2-2 after Shawn Hadavi upset #8 Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 at #1. Hadavi held serve to open the third set and then broke Rinderknech at love to go 2-0. After five consecutive holds, Hadavi broke Rinderknech at love to close out the win.

Shane Vinsant would put Texas A&M ahead 3-2 when he knocked off Victor Pham 6-4, 7-5 at #2. Pham led 4-2 in the first set but Vinsant won the final four games to take the opening set 6-4. Pham held on the deciding point and broke on the deciding point to go up 2-0 in the second. Pham held for 3-0 before Vinsant got an easy hold for 1-3. Vinsant broke on the deciding point to put it back on serve at 2-3 and then consolidated the break for 3-3. Vinsant broke again to go up 4-3 but Pham broke back and held to go up 5-4. Vinsant then held, broke, and held at love to close out Pham 6-4, 7-5.

Both of the remaining matches on court would go to a third set after Columbia's Eric Rubin got the split at #3 by winning the second set in a tiebreak while Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow did the same at #6. In fact both guys took the tiebreak by identical 7-4 scores.

Rubin and Texas A&M's Jordi Arconada stayed on serve in the third set until Arconada broke Rubin to go up 4-3. Arconada would hold for 5-3 and then break again to close out Rubin and send the Aggies on to the quarterfinals.

The remaining match at #6 was abandoned with Wang serving at 3-4 in the third. Wang had a chance to finish off his match in straight sets when he led Withrow 6-4, 6-6 (4-2) but he lost five straight points to drop the tiebreak 7-4.


#3 Texas A&M 4, #15 Columbia 2
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.75) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) def. #108 Victor Pham (COL 13.92) 6-4, 7-5
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) def. #124 Eric Rubin (COL 13.75) 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3
4. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.76) def. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) 6-2, 6-4
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) def. Richard Pham (COL 13.13) 6-2, 6-1
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Timothy Wang (COL 13.34) 4-6, 7-6(4), 4-3*, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #15 Pham, Richard/Hadavi, Shawn (COL) def. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) 6-4
3. #33 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 4-1; National ranking #15
Texas A&M 10-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,4,1,2,3)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap:

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach
On the match
"As expected, I knew Columbia would play with a lot of energy against us. They are good indoor team and I thought today would play out much like it did, with a well-played tight match. Columbia played well, but give our guys a lot of credit. They started out a little slow after we won the doubles point. It looked like it took our guys a little bit of time to get acclimated to fast indoor courts. Once they started to get a feel for the courts we started to take a little control of a couple matches. Our guys really competed hard from there on out."

On Harry (Adams) and Shane (Vinsant) clinching the doubles point
"I think that kind of a win will really help their confidence moving forward. To get a win under their belt, especially with the way they won the match as Harry hit a half-volley that barely trickles over the net. Obviously we were really fortunate in that situation, but you have to feel good that maybe a little bit of luck will start going their way and will translate to more success throughout the rest of the season."

On AJ (Catanzariti) continuing to play well
"He has really been playing well with a lot of confidence, he got up early on his guy and played at a really high level from start to finish today. We are pleased with the level he been playing at the beginning of this season, he has been a rock in the lineup for us that we can really depend on to play well. It's tough not playing doubles and having to get into a singles match right away and be ready to play."

On Shane's match
"It seemed like it took Shane a little bit of time to acclimate to the match. As he got into the sets he played better and better, that really helped him close out that first set after being down a break early. Then again in the second set after going down he a break, but he was able to get back to even he really elevated his game and did a great job to close out the match. He served his best game of the match to close out the second set and win 7-5 over a good opponent.

On Jordi's clinch
"Jordi came out and won the first set then he had his chances in the second set, but his opponent played a really high level tie-breaker. Then Jordi not allowing that to rattle him shows a lot of mettle there and get back on track and get up a break in the third. In these matches a lot of times it come down to who win those deuce points and we were able to squeak out a couple more than they were today."

On tomorrow's match with UCLA
"They have one of the best players in college tennis in Mackenzie McDonald, he is a really good player and the rest of their team really rally around him. They will be a tough match up, they played an extra match here playing Virginia earlier this week. They have had a chance to get used to the courts. Their match today came down to a third-set on court one against Georgia. It will be great getting to play them again in the regular season, we haven't had the chance to play them in a while."
_____________________________________________________________

In the opening match of the day on the main stadium courts, #7 North Carolina came back from losing the doubles point to defeat #14 Texas Tech 4-1.

Texas Tech won the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2. The matchup at #1 was a battle between the ITA #2 and #3 doubles teams in the country. Tech's Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares broke to go up 2-1 and then held four more times to take the match 6-4. UNC's Blaine Boyden and Ronnie Schneider cruised to a 6-2 win at #3 doubles so the doubles point came down to #2. Tech's Alex Sendegeya and Bjorn Thomson went up 4-2 but UNC's Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur broke and then held for 4-4. Murray/Schunr went up 15-40 on Tech's serve but Tech fought back to hold for 5-4. Schunr held on the deciding point to even it at 5-5 but Tech quickly held for 6-5. Tech had two match points on Murray's serve but the Tar Heels held to send it to a tiebreak. The tiebreak was even through the first four points but Texas Tech pulled away to a take it 7-3.

Singles got off to a strange start when Texas Tech's Felipe Soares was assessed a game penalty due to being excessively late to the start of his match against Brayden Schnur at #1. After the doubles point, Soares went to use a bathroom that was pretty far away from the court and unfortunately he wasn't able to make it back in time. Schnur started off the match by serving up 1-0 and he made fairly quick work of Soares by winning 6-2, 6-4 in a match that took right at an hour.



North Carolina ended up taking five opening sets with Texas Tech's only first set coming from Alex Sendegeya at #3.

Anu Kodali put North Carolina ahead 2-1 when he dispatched Bjorn Thomson 6-1, 6-3 in just under a hour and ten minutes at #6 singles.

UNC's Ronnie Schneider extended the lead to 3-1 when he beat Hugo Dojas 6-4, 6-4 at #2 singles in a hour and twenty-four minutes.



While the matches at #3 and #4 split sets, UNC's Robert Kelly was trying to close out his match at #5 in straight sets. Kelly took the first set over Connor Curry 6-4 while the second set went to a tiebreak. Kelly took the second set tiebreak 7-5 to clinch the win for North Carolina and set the Tar Heels up with a quarterfinals date against Ohio State.



#7 North Carolina 4, #14 Texas Tech 1
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Brayden Schnur (NC 14.09) def. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-2, 6-4
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.01) def. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 6-4, 6-4
3. Brett Clark (NC 13.77) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) 5-7, 6-0, unfinished
4. #89 Jack Murray (NC 13.77) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0, unfinished
5. #62 Robert Kelly (NC 13.85) def. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) 6-4, 7-6(5)
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC 13.21) def. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-4
2. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (NC) 7-6(3)
3. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 6-2
Match Notes:
Texas Tech 10-1; National ranking #14
North Carolina 6-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,2,5)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"It's a disappointing loss because of the fact that we got outplayed and didn't match the level of the intensity that our competition played with following the huge win we had in doubles," Texas Tech Brett Masi said. "If you beat team like North Carolina, you have to be ready for their best each point. Hats off to UNC for their efforts. We've got a quick turnaround ahead to play Baylor tomorrow morning. I feel confident that we can learn from our mistakes and raise our level of play."
__________________________________________________________

In the opening match of the day on the back six courts it was #8 Ohio State thrashing #4 Baylor 4-0 in a match that took just one hour and forty-five minutes. Ohio State won the doubles point with a 6-2 win at #2 and a 6-4 win at #3 while Baylor got a 6-4 win at #1 in a losing effort.

Ohio State got first sets from Hugo Di Feo, Herkko Pollanen, Ralf Steinbach, and Martin Joyce at 3, 4, 5, and 6 while Baylor picked up sets from Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at 1 and 2. Baylor wasn't able to make any headway in the second sets as Di Feo, Pollanen, Steinbach, and Joyce each closed out their matches in straight sets with Joyce and Steinbach having simultaneous finishes at #5 and #6.

#8 Ohio State 5, #4 Baylor 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) vs. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) 3-6, 6-3, unfinished
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) vs. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) 7-5, 3-2 unfinished
3. Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) def. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) 6-2, 6-2
4. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-2
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) 6-3, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. #14 Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
2. #19 Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Felipe Rios/Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2
3. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Tommy Podvinski/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Baylor 5-3; National ranking #4
Ohio State 9-0; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,4,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round
Published in Blogs
[3] North Carolina (7-0) vs. [6] Ohio State (9-0)  - 9am est - The opening quarterfinal of the day should be a dandy with Ohio State come off a 4-0 rout of Baylor while North Carolina overcame Texas Tech 4-1. North Carolina may be the higher ranked team but I think Ohio State is the team to beat on the bottom of the draw. Ohio State has been downright dominant in doubles over the years and this year is no different with the Buckeyes a perfect 9-0.

Overall Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-2, Ohio State 9-0

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) 
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) 

I like Ohio State in a tight doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles I'll go with Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, and Martin Joyce for the Buckeyes with Ronnie Schneider, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly for UNC. The doubles point will be the different - Prediction: Ohio State 4-3



[2] Texas A&M (10-0) vs. [7] UCLA (6-1)  - 12pm est - Both teams are coming off tough round of 16 matches with UCLA coming from behind to beat Georgia 4-3 while Texas A&M held off Columbia 4-2. The doubles point is going to be huge in this match and it should be a great point with Texas A&M 10-0 in doubles while UCLA is 6-1. The individual doubles matchup to watch will be at #3 with Brymer/Rapp 5-0 while Arconada/Lunkin are 6-0. I think whoever takes the doubles point will take the match. 

Overall Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 2-0, UCLA 1-1
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) 
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52)
O: Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #12 M. McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 

I'm going to take UCLA at #1 and #2 doubles and in singles I see UCLA getting wins from McDonald, Redlicki, and Sell while Texas A&M picks up wins from Vinsant, Catanzariti, and Withrow. Prediction: UCLA 4-3



[1] Virginia (6-0) vs. [9] Wake Forest (9-1) - 3:30pm est - It'll be an all-ACC quarterfinal between Virginia and Wake Forest with Virginia coming off a 4-0 win over San Diego while Wake Forest looked really good in a 4-1 win over Oklahoma. Wake Forest will attempt to beat Virginia for the first time since 2003 while Virginia looks to advance to the semifinals after getting knocked out in the quarterfinals last season to Baylor. 

Overall Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Doubles Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 8-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

Wake Forest really needs to take the doubles point to put a little bit of pressure on Virginia and I think they've got a decent chance to do so. I'm going to take Wake at #1 and #3 doubles and I think the Demon Deacons will also put some pressure on Virginia at #4 and #5 singles. However in the end Virginia will get it done up top with Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and Collin Altamirano winning at 1, 2, and 3 plus Henrik Wiersholm will win at #6. I think Bogaerts and Uspensky will be up at #4 and #5 but Virginia will get the clinch before those matches finish. I expect this to be a pretty competitive match and wouldn't be surprised to see Mansouri and Ho push Shane and Altamirano to third sets. Prediction: Virginia 4-1



[4] USC (6-0) vs. [5] TCU (4-1) - 6:30pm est - TCU is coming off an impressive 4-0 win over Illinois while USC scratched and clawed its way to a 4-3 win over South Florida. TCU is comfortable with its lineup but it'll be interesting to see if Peter Smith makes a move at #5 or sticks with Verboven. If he pulls Verboven, he would have to move Forget up from #6 to #5 and most likely Jack Jaede would get the call at #6. USC overcame the loss of the doubles point to still beat South Florida but I don't see that happening against TCU.

Overall Record: USC 6-0, TCU 4-1
Indoors Record: USC 1-0, TCU 3-1
Doubles Record: USC 4-2, TCU 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU)

I look for TCU to pick up wins at #1 and #3 doubles and then the Horned Frogs will lean on USC in singles and will get wins from Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov, and Jerry Lopez at 1, 2, and 5. USC's best chances to win will come from Jake DeVine and Logan Smith. Prediction: TCU 4-1


Consolation Matches

[11] Baylor (5-3) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-1) - 9am est - Live Scoring - I expect Baylor's woes to continue and forecast a Texas Tech win with the Red Raiders taking the doubles point and picking up wins from Cailleau, Curry, and Thomson at 4, 5, and 6. Baylor will get a win from Lenz at 1. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08)
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. Felip Rios (BU 14.30) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. Will Little (BU 13.67) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)



[10] Georgia (3-2) vs. [15] Columbia (4-1) - 12pm est - Live Scoring - This will be the third year in a row that these teams have played with Georgia winning 4-3 in the NTI consolation draw last season and 4-2 the year prior during the Kick-Off Weekend. I think Columbia will take the doubles point and will pick up wins from Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at 3 and 4 but Georgia will get wins from Wayne Montgomery, Austin Smith, Emil Reinberg, and Nick Wood at 1, 2, 5, and 6. Prediction: Georgia 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) vs. Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)



[12] Illinois (5-2) vs. [13] South Florida (3-2) - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring - These teams faced each other in mid-January in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout with Illinois taking 5 of 7 singles matches while USF took 3 of 4 doubles matches. This is one of those matches where you have to wonder if both teams will really be that motivated after some tough losses yesterday. South Florida was right there with USC while Illinois got beat handily by TCU.  Assuming everyone shows up ready to play I'll take Illinois in doubles and Vukic, A Hiltzik, and Childers in singles while Cotrone, Bertran, and Kalyuzhnyy win for USF. Prediction: Illinois 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36)  vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)



[8] Oklahoma (3-3) vs. [16] San Diego (4-2) - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring - The defending champs got knocked out by Wake Forest yesterday while San Diego lost to Virginia. This is a match Oklahoma should win but San Diego may offer some resistance in a few spots. I'll take San Diego in doubles and Jordan Angus in singles but I like Axel Alvarez, Alex Ghilea, Florin Bragusi, Maxime Mora, and Andre Biro for OU. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)















Published in Blogs
Saturday, 13 February 2016 23:38

UNC & UCLA Move On To the Semifinals

We now know what one of the semifinals will be at the 2016 Men's National Team Indoor Championships after #7 North Carolina overpowered #8 Ohio State 4-2 and #9 UCLA took control late to beat #2 Texas A&M 4-2.

In the opening match of the day North Carolina jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by doing something that no other team had been able to do to Ohio State this season - take the doubles point.  Ohio State came into the match with a perfect 9-0 record in doubles but North Carolina took the point fairly comfortably with a 6-2 win at #1 and a 6-4 win at #2.

Ohio State's #1 team of Ralf Steinbach and Martin Joyce broke serve to start the match and then went up 40-30 on Joyce's serve but UNC's Brett Clark and Robert Kelly broke back on the deciding point to even it at 1-1. Ohio State's Martin Joyce was in position to win the deciding point but he badly mishit an overhead to give UNC the break. UNC got a quick hold from Clark for 2-1 and then went up 0-40 on the Steinbach serve but the Buckeyes got it back to 40-40.  On the deciding point both Buckeyes got drawn to the net and UNC hit a nice lob over Steinbach's head which he wasn't able to return and UNC was now up 3-1. Kelly held to make it 4-1, they broke Joyce to make it 5-1, but Ohio State got one break back when they broke Clark to make it 5-2. Clark/Kelly broke Steinbach's serve to close out the match 6-2.

UNC's Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur struck first at #2 doubles when they broke to start the match and quickly jumped out a *4-1 lead. Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen would get one of the breaks back and would then hold to make it 4-3 UNC. Murray held for 5-3, Ohio State held for 4-5, and then Brayden Schnur served it out to give UNC the 6-4 win and thus the doubles point.

The match at #3 doubles was abandoned with Ohio State's Chris Diaz and Hugo Di Feo up a break at 4-3.

North Carolina kept up the pace in singles and claimed four opening sets with Brayden Schnur, Ronnie Schneider, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly taking them at 1, 2, 4, and 5. Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo and Martin Joyce took the opening sets at 3 and 6 but the Buckeyes would need to turn at least two other courts to keep this one going.

UNC's Robert Kelly was the first off the court with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Ralf Steinbach at #5 in a match where Kelly was never in trouble. Kelly broke Steinbach to start the second set and then pulled away without facing much resistance.
Martin Joyce gave Ohio State some good news when he rang up the Buckeyes first point with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Anu Kodali at #6. Joyce pretty much led the match wire to wire.

UNC's Jack Murray put the Tar Heels up 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Herkko Pollanen at #3 but Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo answered with a 6-2, 7-6(1) win at #3 over Brett Clark.

While Brayden Schnur and Mikael Torpegaard were likely headed to another tiebreak at #1, UNC's Ronnie Schneider finished off Chris Diaz 6-4, 6-4 in a break filled match at #2. Schneider broke Diaz to go up 4-3 in the second but Diaz broke back for 4-4. Schneider broke again and then served it out to clinch the UNC win.

As much as Ohio State was fighting all match it just seemed like losing the doubles point really deflated them. They got off to a slow start in singles and never recovered on those three courts that they lost in straights.

Here are some post-match clips from Ronnie Schneider, Jack Murray, and Brayden Schnur courtesy of UNC.




#7 North Carolina 4, #8 Ohio State 2
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Brayden Schnur (NC 14.09) vs. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) 7-6, 5-5, unfinished
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.01) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) 6-4, 6-4
3. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) def. Brett Clark (NC 13.77) 6-2, 7-6
4. #89 Jack Murray (NC 13.77) def. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) 6-2, 6-3
5. #62 Robert Kelly (NC 13.85) def. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-4, 6-1
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) def. Anudeep Kodali (NC 13.21) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-2
2. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (NC) def. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4
3. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) vs. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Ohio State 9-1; National ranking #8
North Carolina 7-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,4,3,2)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals
_________________________________________________________

The second match of the day had a lot of momentum swings with UCLA going up early, then Texas A&M dominated in the middle of the match, before UCLA closed strong to win it 4-2.

The doubles point was tooth and nail the whole way with all three courts going to a tiebreak at virtually the same time. UCLA got early break leads in all three tiebreaks but Texas A&M got both #1 and #3 back on serve by the time they hit the changeover. UCLA's #1 team of Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki would take the next three points to go up 6-3 and Redlicki was serving to try and close it out. Redlicki dumped a mid-court overhead into the net to make it 6-4 but the Bruins closed it out on the next point to take it 7-4.

UCLA's #2 team of Austin Rapp and Gage Brymer, who normally play at #3, led 4-2 at the changeover and then extended the lead to 6-4* against Texas A&M's Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant. Adams came forward on the next point but his volley sailed long and UCLA had the court and the doubles point with a 7-6(4) win.

The match at #3 between Texas A&M's Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada and UCLA's Karue Sell/Maxime Cressy officially went unfinished with A&M up 6-4 in the TB. The odd thing was A&M won the match 7-4 but for whatever reason it wasn't counted - must have finished a split second after the clinch though on my streaming feed it finished at least 10 seconds before UCLA clinched at #2.

Sell normally plays doubles with Joseph DiGiulio but Billy Martin decide to switch it up and bring in the freshman Max Cressey, "Cressy has a good serve and volleys well and Karue and Joe hadn't looked as good indoors and were struggling to hold serve so I thought we'd make a change."

"Winning the doubles point is always big when your playing teams of this caliber plus it gave us some momentum going into singles," said head coach UCLA head coach Billy Martin.

Each team took three opening sets in singles with Arthur Rinderknech, Jackson Withrow, and Max Lunkin taking sets for Texas A&M at 1, 5, and 6 while UCLA's Gage Brymer, Martin Redlicki, and Karue Sell secured sets for UCLA at 2, 3, and 4.

Texas A&M really turned the tide in the second sets when Shane Vinsant earned a split with a 6-1 set over Gage Brymer at #2 while Jordi Arconada took the second set 6-4 over Martin Redlicki at #3. AJ Catanzariti dropped the opening set at #4 to Karue Sell but Catanzariti went up 3-0 in the second. Both Jackson Withrow and Max Lunkin were closing in on wins at #5 and #6 plus Arthur Rinderknech had come back from 5-1 down in the second to level his match with Mackenzie McDonald at 5-5.

UCLA's Billy Martin was starting to get concerned and rightfully so, "we won three first sets and it looked good but then it took a turn in the second sets plus we were down the whole time at #5 and #6."

Jackson Withrow closed out Logan Staggs 6-3, 6-2 at #5 and just minutes later Max Lunkin finished off Joseph Di Giulio 6-1, 6-4 at #6. Texas A&M was now up 2-1 and seemed to have UCLA right where it wanted them but just as quickly as Texas A&M took the momentum the tide turned back in UCLA's favor.

Martin Redlicki regrouped at #3 after dropping the second set to Jordi Arconada. He quickly went up 4-1 in the third and ended up finishing off Arconada 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to even the match up at 2-2. "The new balls at the start of the third set really helped Martin's serve and it helped his forehand penetrate better through the court," said Billy Martin.

UCLA's Karue Sell reeled off four straight games at #4 and would serve up a set and 4-3 but Catanzariti would break back and hold to go up 5-4. Sell held for 5-5 and then went up 0-40 on Catanzariti's serve but Catanzariti fought off all four break points to hold for 6-5. Sell held from 40-30 to send it to a second set tiebreak and then got his first mini-break to go up 3-2. Sell would go on to win 4 of the next 5 points to close out Catanzariti 6-4, 7-6(3) and put UCLA up 3-2.

"Karue got a bit tired and played a little sloppy early in the second set but he clawed his way back in. He is such a veteran and has been so rock solid over the years, his record has been exceptional, and he knows what to do in these big moments and how to embrace it," said assistant coach Grant Chen.

Gage Brymer had dropped 9 of the last 10 games to lose the second set and go down a double-break at 3-0 in the third set but he started to pick up some stream off Sell's rally on the adjacent court. He also got some relief when Mackenzie McDonald closed out the second set at #1 which meant the entire match wouldn't necessarily be riding on his shoulders. Brymer broke Vinsant to make it 1-3, then held for 2-3, and broke again to even it at 3-3. Brymer held for 4-3 then broke Vinsant on the deciding point to go up 5-3. Brymer would hold at love to close out a wild comeback win 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 and send the Bruins on to the National Indoor Semifinals.


UCLA assistant head coach Grant Chen talked about Brymer's match, "It just shows you the momentum swings Vinsant loosened up and made more balls and Gage loses 9 out of 10 - Gage relaxed a little in the third and did what he did in the first set which was moving the ball around more and hitting less unforced errors Vinsant may have got a little tired or nervous plus Gage really fed off Karue's win on the next court over. Guys like Gage love being in those situations where they have a chance to close out the match for the team."

Billy Martin talked briefly about tomorrow's semifinal opponent, "North Carolina has been playing really well they beat Ohio State convincingly at #4 and #5 singles plus they put a lot of pressure on them by winning the doubles point. They've beaten some really good teams recently and it'll be a tough match but we're going to give it our best shot."

#9 UCLA 4, #2 Texas A&M 2
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #34 M McDonald (UCLA 15.01) vs. #8 A Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) 4-6, 7-6(3) , 3-0 unf.
2. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) def. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) 6-4, 7-6(3)
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) 6-3, 6-2
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 7-6(4)
2. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 7-6(4)
3. Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) vs. Maxime Cressy/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-6, (6-4)
Match Notes:
UCLA 7-1; National ranking #9
Texas A&M 10-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,3,4,2)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap:
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - On the match
"It started with a highly-contested doubles point, it's not often that you see all three doubles matches go into a tie-breaker. Those could have gone either way, but they were able to win that point and it turned out that was a crucial point today. With how decisively we won at five and six, if we had taken that doubles point and put a lot of scoreboard pressure on them up 3-0 with four matches still on the court. That could have made the difference. After the doubles I thought the key was a couple tie-breakers in singles matches that also did not go our way, with Arthur and AJ in tie-breakers in the second-set. Losing tie-breakers in the doubles and in those two singles matches was the real difference today."

On tomorrow's consolation match with Ohio State
"Ohio State competes really hard, they are a really good team. We will have to rise up and play well if we want to walk out here with another win. It will be a hotly contested match between two top-10 teams."


Published in Blogs
[3] North Carolina (8-0) vs. [7] UCLA (7-1) - 12pm est - North Carolina is coming off a pretty thorough 4-2 win over Ohio State while UCLA rode the wave of momentum to get past Texas A&M 4-2. It'll be interesting to see if either team makes a change at the bottom of the singles lineup after each team's #6 took it on the chin yesterday. I think UNC probably sticks with Kodali since he had a pretty convincing win the previous day while I look for Billy Martin to give Austin Rapp another try at #6 after Joey Di Giulio came up well short yesterday against Lunkin.

Overall Record: North Carolina 8-0, UCLA 7-1
Indoors Record: North Carolina 8-0, UCLA 2-1
Doubles Record: North Carolina 6-2, UCLA 7-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.11)/Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Karue Sell/Maxime Cressy (UCLA)


1. Schnur vs. McDonald - Neither guy finished their match yesterday though both were ahead with Schnur leading Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard 7-6, 5-5 while McDonald led Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech 3-0 in the third. Prediction: McDonald (UCLA) in 3

2. Schneider vs. Brymer - Both guys won the clinching match yesterday with Schneider beating Ohio State's Chris Diaz in straight sets while Brymer came back from 3-0 down in the third to beat Texas A&M's Shane Vinsant. Prediction: Schneider (UNC) in 3

3. Clark vs. Redlicki - Clark is coming off a straight set loss to Ohio State's Hugo DiFeo while Redlicki beat Texas A&M's Jordi Arconada 6-2 in the third. Prediction: Redlicki (UCLA) in 3

4. Murray vs. Sell - Murray blew Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen off the court yesterday while Sell beat Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti in straight sets. Neither player has lost a dual-match this season with Sell 8-0 and Murray 6-0. Prediction: Sell (UCLA) in 3

5. Kelly vs. Staggs - Kelly is coming off a thorough beating of Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach while Staggs was beat pretty soundly by Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow. Prediction: Kelly (UNC) in 2

6. Kodali vs. Rapp or Di Giulio - Kodali went down pretty meekly to Ohio State's Martin Joyce just a day after he roughed up Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson while Di Giulio went down in straights to Texas A&M's Max Lunkin. Rapp played on Friday against Georgia's Nick Wood and lost 6-1 in the third. Prediction: Rapp (UCLA) in 3 - if Kodali vs. Di Giulio - Kodali (UNC) in 2

I like UNC in doubles and then singles should be fun to follow with so many of the courts evenly matched up. There aren't many courts where I'd consider one of the guys an overwhelming favorite except at #5 where I look for Robert Kelly to roll in straights over Logan Staggs. I look for McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, and Rapp to grind out wins at 1, 3, 4, and 6 while I like Ronnie Schneider and Robert Kelly at 2 and 5 for UNC. Prediction: UCLA 4-3



[1] Virginia (7-0) vs. [5] TCU (5-1)- 3:30pm est - Both teams are coming off heart-pounding thrillers after Virginia survived Wake Forest's upset attempt while TCU did the same against USC. Both teams dropped the doubles point yesterday and came back to win which isn't easy to do at this stage in the tournament. Virginia losing the point wasn't as big a surprise because Wake is really good at doubles and while TCU is good but they aren't great. 

Overall Record: Virginia 7-0, TCU 5-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 7-0, TCU 4-1
Doubles Record: Virginia 6-1, TCU 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU)

1. Shane vs. Norrie - Shane is coming off a 6-3, 6-1 rout of Wake's Skander Mansouri while Norrie rolled over USC's Nick Crystal 6-1, 6-2. Both are playing very well but Shane seems to be back in the zone that he was in during the NCAAs last year so I just don't see him losing today. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 2

2. Kwiatkowski vs. Rybakov - TSK is coming off a surprisingly lopsided loss to Petros Chrysochos while Alex Rybakov withstood the storm from Max de Vroome to win the clincher. You wonder how much Rybakov will have left in the tank after that 7-6 in the third thriller. Prediction: DNF with Rybakov (TCU) leading

3. Altamirano vs. Nunez - Guillermo Nunez is slowly returning to the form he had last season while Collin Altamirano has been blowing out everyone as of late. Nunez held off USC's Jake DeVine yesterday while Altamirano powered past Wake's Jon Ho.  Prediction: Altamirano (UVA) in 2

4. Styslinger vs. Nava - Nava is coming off a nice win over thrashing of USC's Logan Smith, who had been nearly unbeatable, while Styslinger has been struggling with consistency and is coming off losses in each of his last two completed matches against Wake's Romain Bogaerts and UCLA's Karue Sell. Prediction: Nava (TCU) in 2

5 - Aragone vs. Lopez - Aragone looked really solid against Uspensky while Lopez took one on the chin against Forget. Lopez is hit and miss on the court because he won a clutch match during the Kick-Off Weekend against Oklahoma State but then got blown out last weekend against Cal and yesterday against USC. Prediction: DNF with Aragone (UVA) leading in third

6. Wiersholm vs. Johnson - Wiersholm of course was the hero yesterday when he held off the big hitting Christian Seraphim in the deciding match while Johnson played just his second dual-match of the season yesterday and lost 6-4 in the third to USC's Jack Jaede. Prediction: Wiersholm (UVA) in 2

I look for Virginia to take the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles, while I think TCU will push Virginia fairly hard, I just don't see enough courts that'll go TCU's way. Prediction: Virginia 4-1


Published in Blogs
Page 7 of 9