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In the first semifinal of the day North Carolina advanced to its first-ever final at the National Team Indoors after coming from behind to beat UCLA 4-2.

North Carolina didn't take the easy way though after dropping the doubles point for the second time in three matches this weekend. UCLA's new #3 team of Maxime Cressy and Karue Sell knocked off Blaine Boyden and Ronnie Schneider 6-3. Cressy/Sell broke UNC on the deciding point to go up 3-1 then held for 4-1. The teams exchanged holds until UCLA held from 40-15 to win 6-3.

North Carolina answered by winning at #2 doubles as Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur defeated Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp 6-4. Murray/Schnur broke UCLA to go up 2-1 and later on Schnur hit a clutch ace on the deciding point to extend the lead to 4-2. Each team held the rest of the way with Schnur serving it out to win 6-4.

UCLA would take the doubles point when Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki knocked off Brett Clark and Robert Kelly 6-3 at #1. McDonald and Redlicki, who would be my choice for the All-Tournament team at #1 doubles, went 3-0 on the week with wins over the ITA #3 and #13 teams. UCLA broke the Kelly serve to go up 4-2 but UNC broke McDonald to pull within 3-4. UCLA broke Clark on the deciding point to go up 5-3 then Redlicki served it out from 40-15 to win it 6-3. Here is match point courtesy of the ITA:

North Carolina lost the doubles point to Texas Tech on Friday but turned it around in singles so they had to have some confidence that they could do it again today.

Each team would claim three opening sets with Mackenzie McDonald, Logan Staggs, and Austin Rapp getting them for UCLA at 1, 5, and 6 while Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Jack Murray would take sets at 3, 4, and 5 for North Carolina.

Ronnie Schneider would finish first at #2 singles when he rolled over Gage Brymer 6-0, 6-4 in exactly 60 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer three times in the opening set including from 15-40 to take the set in precisely 20 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer to go up 3-1 in the second but Brymer broke back to make it 3-2. Each player held serve the rest of the way until Schneider broke Brymer's 4-5 service game on the deciding point to win it 6-0, 6-4.

Mackenzie McDonald made it 2-1 UCLA when he beat Brayden Schnur 6-3, 7-6(5) at #1 singles. McDonald won the first three games of the match, which included two breaks, before Schnur got on the board with a break to make it 1-3. Both guys held serve until McDonald broke Schnur from 30-40 to take the opening set 6-3. McDonald held and then broke to go up 2-0 in the second before Schnur broke back and held to make it 2-2. Schnur fought off a pair of break points to hold for 4-4 then they each held two more times to send it to a tiebreak. Schnur got the first mini-break when he went up 3-1* but Mackie took the next two points to even it at 3-3 at the changeover. Schnur dropped the 5-5 point on his serve and then Mackie closed it out on the next point to win it in one hour and twenty minutes.

Even though UCLA had taken the lead, North Carolina had a stranglehold on the other four courts with both Brett Clark and Anu Kodali nearing the finish line at #3 and #6.

Clark got off to a bit of slow start against Martin Redlicki by falling behind 2-0 but Clark broke back and then held on the deciding point to even it at 2-2. Each held serve three more times until Clark broke Redlicki on the deciding point to go up 6-5. Clark faced two break points when he went down 30-40 on his serve but he managed to get the hold to take the opening set 7-5. Clark broke Redlicki to start the second set and then came back from 15-40 down to hold for 2-0. After an exchange of holds, Clark would break again to go up 4-1 and would then hold for 5-1. Redlicki could have packed it in but he kept fighting and held for 2-5, broke on the deciding point to make it 3-5, and then held at love to make it 4-5*. Clark was serving for the match for a second time but he quickly found himself in a 0-30 hole. He got it back to 30-30 but Redlicki took the next point to go up 30-40. Clark managed to take the next two to wrap up the 7-5, 6-4 win in one hour and twenty-two minutes (2 minutes after McDonald's finish) and North Carolina had now tied it at 2-2.

Over at #6, Anu Kodali was up 4-2 in the third against Austin Rapp and was receiving on the deciding point. Kodali would get the break to go up 5-2 but Rapp would break right back to make it 5-3.  Rapp went up 40-30 on his next service game but Kodali took the next two points to clinch the 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in one hour and thirty-one minutes. Kodali had dropped the opening set 6-4 but turned it around in the second set when he broke Rapp to go up 5-3 and then served it out at love to take the set 6-3. Kodali broke Rapp at love to go up 3-2 in the third and then held for 4-2 - you know the rest.

North Carolina now led 3-2 plus Robert Kelly was up 5-2 in the third at #5 while Jack Murray was serving up 7-6, 4-5 at #4.

UCLA's Karue Sell would break Jack Murray's serve from 30-40 to take the second set 6-4 plus Logan Staggs would hold from 2-5 to stay in his match with Robert Kelly at #5. The Bruins were holding on by a thread but Robert Kelly had the scissors and was attempting to cut the cord. Staggs would go up 15-40 on Kelly's serve but Kelly fought off all three break points to get the hold and send North Carolina to it's first-ever National Team Indoors final.

Match point is below courtesy of UNC and then there are a number of post-match interviews also courtesy of UNC:

Details not listed above:

UCLA's Karue Sell served for the first set at #4 up 5-4 but got broke from 30-40 and then fell behind 4-0 in the first set tiebreak and dropped it 7-3.

Billy Martin talked about the match in further detail, "I thought it started out well in singles - we were up on 5 courts as far as break and leads - Martin went up an early break and Karue served for the set and then lost it in a tiebreak. Gage was the only one that didn't really have a good day. We kind of went south in a couple of matches - Logan had a great first set but Kelly picked it up in the second set and it was somewhat close in the third. I thought Austin had a good chance to win at #6 so that was somewhat disappointing that he lost there."

#7 North Carolina 4, #9 UCLA 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) def. Brayden Schnur (NC 14.09) 6-3, 7-6(5)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.01) def. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 6-0, 6-4
3. Brett Clark (NC 13.77) def. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) 7-5, 6-4
4. #89 Jack Murray (NC 13.77) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) 7-6(3), 4-6, unfinished
5. #62 Robert Kelly (NC 13.85) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC 13.21) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3
2. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (NC) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
3. Maxime Cressy/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-3
Match Notes:
UCLA 7-2; National ranking #9
North Carolina 8-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoor Semifinal

Post-Match Comments from UCLA's recap:
"I am tremendously happy with doubles, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin.  "The guys were playing good doubles on all three courts.  They came to play and competed well.  I thought after winning doubles, we'd have a fairly good chance at winning the match.

"I think our team has the potential to do really well, said McDonald.  "All in all, we can definitely hang with the top teams.  We learned a lot this weekend.  Losing today is going to make us hungrier and it will make us work harder.

"All in all, I thought we fought really hard, added Martin.  "We had our chancesnothing to be too upset about.  I'm pretty happy with us coming here and getting two really good wins against Georgia and A&M, and being in the battle with UNC.  It shows us that we're competitive.  This tournament showed us that we can play with just about anybody and expect to win.


The late-afternoon semifinal pitted #1 Virginia against #2 TCU though TCU was actually the #5 seed due to its loss the week prior against Cal. TCU was attempting to make it to its first NTI final since 1992 (lost 5-1 to Stanford) while Virginia was looking to advance to its sixth final in the last eight years.

During the 33 minute doubles point both #1 and #3 stayed on serve for several games while Virginia's Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski went up an early break at #2. Virginia's J.C. Aragone and Collin Altamirano would actually finish first at #3 after getting a late break to go up 5-3. Aragone would hold at love to give Virginia the 6-3 win. Roughly six minutes later Styslinger and Kwiatkowski would break from 30-40 to close out Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder 6-3. The match at #1 went unfinished with Virginia serving at 5-5 though Shane and Corinteli had a match point on Cameron Norrie's 4-5 service game but couldn't convert.

TCU needed to find a way to win four of six singles matches but it wasn't going to be easy after falling behind early at #3 and #6.

Henrik Wiersholm (Picture Courtesy of UVA)
Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm, who clinched the team's quarterfinal win over Wake Forest, came out of the gates on fire and needed just 16 minutes to take a 6-0 first set over TCU's Trevor Johnson at #6. Wiersholm broke Johnson from 15-40 to start the second set and then held and broke again to go 3-0. Johnson finally showed some life by breaking back and then holding from 40-15 to make it 3-2. Unfortunately for Johnson those two games were the last ones he'd win because Wiersholm took the next three to close it out 6-0, 6-2 in just 49 minutes.

Virginia sophomore Collin Altamirano, who had only dropped eight games in his previous two matches, needed just 23 minutes to take a 6-1 first set over TCU's Guillermo Nunez at #3. Altamirano opened up the match with a pair of holds and a break before Nunez got on the board with a hold from 40-30 to make it 3-1. Altarmirano held, broke, and held again to close out the set. Nunez showed a little spark in the second set by holding on the deciding point to go up 1-0 and then breaking on the deciding point to go up 2-0. After a hold made it 3-0, Altamirano calmed himself down and proceeded to win the next five games to go up 5-3. Nunez held to stay in the match but Altamirano would hold from 40-30 to close it out 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and seventeen minutes.

So Virginia was now ahead 3-0 but TCU was clinging to life on the other courts.  Jerry Lopez was in a first set tiebreak with J.C. Aragone at #5, Cameron Norrie was up a set on Ryan Shane at #1, Alex Rybakov was serving for the first set against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2, while Eduardo Nava had just broken Mac Styslinger who was serving for the first set at #4.  TCU had a lot of momentum in its favor but within a few minutes most of it would evaporate.

Virginia senior Mac Styslinger, who just got broke serving at 5-3, would break Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to take the first set 6-4. The deciding point was a short one with Nava sending a forehand long early in the rally.

TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was serving up 5-4 in the first against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2 but would get broke from 30-40 when he put a forehand into the high side of the net. Kwiatkowski then held for 6-5 and broke to take the set 7-5.

TCU junior Jerry Lopez came back from 6-4 down in the first set tiebreak against J.C. Aragone at #5 to go up 7-6 and was serving for the set. Lopez would hit a big forehand but it caught the net cord and kicked wide by a few feet to make it 7-7. Lopez shrugged it off and hit a forehand crosscourt to win the next point to go up 8-7. Aragone's serve won him the next two points as he hit a service winner and then an ace to make it 9-8. Lopez would then double fault on the next point and the set was Aragone's 7-6(8).

Despite losing the momentum on 2, 4, and 5, TCU got a little boost when Cameron Norrie knocked off Ryan Shane 7-5, 7-5 at #1. The reigning NCAA singles champion struggled a bit with his serve and that gave Norrie the window he needed to pull it out. Shane went up an early break when he broke Norrie's 2-2 service game on the deciding point but when Shane served for the set up 5-4 he fell behind 0-40. Shane hit a pair of forehand winners and then banged home an ace to get it to the deciding point but then he overcooked a forehand early in the point to get broke. Norrie quickly held for 6-5 then he'd break Shane again, this time from 15-40, to steal the opening set 7-5. Shane broke to start the second set and held for 2-0 but Norrie would get it back on serve when he broke Shane's 4-3 service game to make it 4-4. Norrie went up 30-40 on Shane's 5-6 service and when Shane hit a forehand wide the match was over and Norrie had a 7-5, 7-5 win.

Mac Styslinger (Pictures Courtesy of UVA)
TCU was on the board but the euphoria was short-lived because Mac Styslinger broke Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to go up 6-4, 5-3 at #4. Styslinger has had trouble in the past serving out matches and Nava was able to take advantage of that and broke from 15-40 after Styslinger pushed a backhand well wide. Styslinger may have been shaky on his serve but his return would win him the match as he broke from 30-40 when Nava put a backhand into the net.

Final score - Virginia 4, TCU 1

The other two matches were abandoned with both Alex Rybakov and Jerry Lopez serving for the second sets on their respective courts.

Here is a highlight clip courtesy of UVA and then a quick clip from David Roditi

#1 Virginia 4, #2 TCU 1
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) def. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) 7-5, 7-5
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) 7-5, 4-5, unf
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) 6-1, 6-4
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) 6-4, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 7-6(8), 2-5, unf
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 5-5, unf
2. #6 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-3
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 5-2; National ranking #2
Virginia 8-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,1,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championships Semifinal

Post Match Quotes From Virginia's recap:
"All of us players live for this, being able to close out a match and put the team in the finals," Styslinger said. "[Henrik Wiersholm] got us off to a strong start and then Collin [Altamirano] got the third point. It was really cool to be the one to give us the fourth point. I was just playing my game today. [Nava] is a really good player, so I knew I was going to have to play some good tennis out there."

"I think it says a lot about the ACC," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "Wake Forest played a tremendous match against us (Saturday) and obviously the success that UNC has had. I'm really just proud to be a part of the conference and excited to play, in the final regardless of the opponent. It's always the goal is to give yourself a chance and tomorrow will be another opportunity for these young men that have worked so hard, and I hope the fans come out again in big numbers."

Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap:
"It is disappointing to put yourself in a spot like this and not play up to your abilities. Some had to do with the way Virginia played and a lot had to do with ourselves. We can play better from top to bottom. Cameron (Norrie) had a huge weekend and a great win today. I am proud of our guys fighting back and we just couldn't overcome that big of a hole. Our young guys learn every match and today was no different. We will get back to work and continue to get better. The local support from TCU alumni this weekend in Virginia was awesome and much appreciated.

There six consolation matches on the schedule but the highest profile matches were Wake Forest/USC and Ohio State/Texas A&M with each of those four losing close matches the previous day in the quarterfinals.

Wake Forest rebounded from its 4-3 loss to Virginia by shutting out USC 4-0. The Demon Deacons won the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, and Romain Bogaerts at 1, 2, and 4.

Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky commented about today's match with USC and the tough loss to Virginia from the night before:

Match with USC:
"Both teams were in a similar situation today coming off tough losses yesterday. We got off to a great start in doubles, we won at 3 and were up 4-3, 0-40 at 2 and 4-2, 40-15 at 1. Within minutes we were down a break at 2 and back on serve at 1. However our 1 team pulled out the win and that gave us momentum going into singles. USC is a really good team but also quite young and we were able to use our experience on a couple courts to pull the match out. Great rebound by our team after an emotional loss yesterday."

Match with Virginia:
"Very tough loss yesterday. We came in very prepared and competed hard. Put ourselves in a position to win but UVA out played us in the end so credit to them. Certainly tough way to finish with the net cord but I still think it's a good rule, just a little unlucky in that moment. Great learning experience for us though, hopefully will help us improve as the season progresses."

#10 Wake Forest 4, #6 USC 0
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC) 7-6(10), 6-4
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Max de Vroome (USC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF) 5-7, 5-4, unfinished
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #43 Logan Smith (USC) 6-0, 7-6(2)
5. Thibault Forget (USC) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
6. Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF) 2-6, 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 4-3
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 9-2; National ranking #10
USC Men 6-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,2,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Ohio State dropped the doubles point for the second day in a row but they was able to rebound in singles and gutted out a 4-3 win over Texas A&M. The teams will actually meet again this Friday at 6pm in Columbus. 

#8 Ohio State 4, #3 Texas A&M 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 7-6, 6-4
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-0
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-0
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 6-2
3. Mikael Torpegaard/Matt Mendez (OSU vs. #33 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 5-2, unf.
Match Notes:
Ohio State 10-1; National ranking #8
Texas A&M 10-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

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

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - On the match
"I thought we came out with really good energy in the doubles and I was really pleased with that. We just didn't have the urgency from the get go in singles play. We didn't seem to be ready for a big fight today against Ohio State. Give Ty (Tucker) credit, Ohio State is always ready to come out and fight to win a match. I don't think we were able to match their energy once singles play started. This weekend was a good test for our guys and I know we will bounce back."

On Jackson and Arthur's doubles win
"They played lights out in the doubles, they could not have played any better. They won all of their three-all points. They really did a great job. Then Harry and Shane clinched the point, they are starting to come on and play better. That is a good sign for our doubles guys moving forward, because I think we are really good in all three doubles spots."

On Jordi's win over a ranked opponent
"Di Feo is one of the top guys in the country, I know he is ranked in the top-20. He is a tough out for any team. I am really proud and happy for Jordi. He had to play aggressive and come to the net and force the action. He played a really good first set tie-breaker and translated that into a straight set win. That win really gave us a chance to pull the match out, it just didn't fall our way in a couple matches."

On Shane's win over Diaz
"I know how big of a competitor Chris Diaz is and to play well against him you have to be able to finish out points. You have to finish well and attack, he is a great defender and his energy is unbelievable. You have to have the right mindset and execute your shots to beat him and Shane did that today.

Oklahoma finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after holding off Illinois 4-2. Oklahoma won a tight doubles point by winning 7-6(1) at #2 and getting a late break to win 7-5 at #3.

OU would take four first sets but they really cleaned up early on at 4, 5, and 6 after taking the first sets by a combined score of 18-1. Illinois's Julian Childers and Asher Hirsch fought back to take the second sets at 4 and 6 but OU's Maxime Mora never let up and won 6-0, 6-3 at #5 over Brian Page.

Illinois's Aleks Vukic actually finished first with a 6-3, 6-0 thrashing of OU's Axel Alvarez at #1 plus the Hiltzik brothers were looking better but Illinois would need to turn one of the other matches to keep it going.

Julian Childers looked a lot better in the second set but Florin Bragusi was able to hold him off and get the 6-1, 7-6(3) win at #4. Oklahoma led 3-1 plus Andre Biro was closing in on a win at #6.

OU's Andre Biro served for the match twice in the second set at #6 but Asher Hirsch broke him both times to force a tiebreak. Hirsch came from behind to win the breaker 7-5 to send it to a third set. Hirsch broke Biro to open the third set but Biro broke back and held for 2-1. Biro broke again to go up 3-1 but Hirsch broke back on the deciding point to put it back on serve at 3-2. Hirsch held on the deciding point to make it 3-3 and then Biro held quickly to go up 4-3. Hirsch went up 40-30 on his serve but Biro hit a backhand winner to bring up the deciding point. Hirsch missed his first serve and then he missed his second by a good five feet to double fault and give Biro the break for 5-3. With Biro serving 5-3 (deciding point) he'd come to the net but he didn't put much on a volley and left it in the middle of the court but Hirsch's attempt at a lob fell well short and Biro smashed it home at the net to clinch the OU win.

Jared Hiltzik won in two tiebreak sets over Spencer Papa at #2 and Aron Hiltzik was serving for the match at #3 at the time of the clinch.

Post-Match Quote from Illinois's recap:
"Tonight was frustrating. We played hard in doubles and were maybe a bit unfortunate in spots there," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Our guys that were down early in singles did a great job of fighting back into their matches to put themselves back into contention."

#5 Oklahoma 4, #12 Illinois 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) def. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 6-3, 6-0
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 7-6, 7-6(6)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) 4-6, 7-5, *5-4, unf. 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 6-1, 7-6(3)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) 6-0, 6-3
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-6, unf
2. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6(1)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 7-5
Match Notes:
Illinois 5-3; National ranking #12
Oklahoma 5-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,4,2,6)
ITA National Team Indoor Consolation Match

South Florida salvaged its weekend by coming from behind to beat San Diego 4-2. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but San Diego came out strong in singles and took the opening set on the top four courts. Note: South Florida's #3 Sasha Gozun did not play in singles so everyone from four down had to shift up one spot.

While USD's Filip Vittek would finish out Justin Roberts in straight sets at #3, South Florida would turn both #1 and #2 around and in the end Roberto Cid would end up clinching the win with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Uros Petronijevic at #1.

#13 South Florida 4, #16 San Diego 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) vs. Jordan Angus (USD 1397) 3-6, 7-5, 2-1, unfinished
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 6-4, 6-4
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) def. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) 7-5, 1-6, 6-0
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) def. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 6-1, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 3-4, unfinished
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Uros Petronijevic/Joshua Page (USD) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-2
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-4; National ranking #16
South Florida 4-3; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,3,6,4,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Texas Tech finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after defeating Georgia 4-2. Georgia took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Texas Tech would take five first sets with three of them coming in tiebreaks.

Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau and Alex Sendegeya picked up routine wins at #3 and #4 while Georgia's Austin Smith won comfortably at #2. The match was tied at 2-2 but Texas Tech was up on each of the remaining courts with Felipe Soares leading Wayne Montgomery 7-6, 5-3 at #1. Montgomery would hold for 4-5 and then break Soares at love to tie it at 5-5. Montgomery would eventually take the second set in a tiebreak to give Georgia a little boost.

Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson would put Tech ahead 3-2 when he finished off Nick Wood at #6. Thomson won the first set in a tiebreak and the second set swung back and forth with Thomson going up 3-1 only to see Wood win the next four to go up 5-3. Wood had at least three set points, and it might have been four, but he wasn't able to serve it out as Thomson broke twice and then held to win it 7-6(7), 7-5.

Texas Tech sophomore Connor Curry would provide the clincher with a win over Emil Reinberg at #5. Curry took the first set in a tiebreak and went up an early break in the second but Reinberg broke back. Reinberg had a set point on Curry's 4-5 service game but Curry held for 5-5 then broke for 6-5. Curry fell behind 30-40 on his service game but took the next two points to close it out 7-6(6), 7-5.

#14 Texas Tech 4, #11 Georgia 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 1-2, unf.
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #10 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 6-3, 6-2
3. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) def. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) 6-1, 6-4
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) 7-6(6), 7-5
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) 7-6(7), 5-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 5-6, unf.
3. #43 Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 6-3
Match Notes:
Texas Tech 12-1; National ranking #14
Georgia 4-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Connor and Bjorn are doing things for our team that you can't teach as a coach," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Their toughness and will to win has been key for us all season. There have been times where Connor has struggled to close out sets. We've talked about it, and he's learned some valuable lessons. It's about redeeming yourself when the opportunity arises. I was proud of the fight that Bjorn showed to win the last four games of the second set."

"There's a lot that our team can draw on and learn from the scenarios that we were put in this weekend," Masi said. "The last two days showed who we are and what we are about after we didn't have our best performance against North Carolina to start the tournament. The foundation and future of our program which are spots three through six in the lineup did an exceptional job of playing the guy in front of them. I'm proud of the way they executed and raised their levels against veteran players."

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm proud of our guys and we fought extremely hard, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "It was a tough battle and at moments I thought we were getting ready to win the whole dual match. But then the momentum swung a little bit back and forth and ultimately Texas Tech deserved to win. We just had too many ups and downs and they capitalized on it.

Both Baylor and Columbia came into this match 0-2 on the weekend and it looked like it'd be Baylor leaving winless after Columbia went ahead 3-1. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 and then Mike Vermeer beat Will Little 6-3, 6-4 at #4 and Timmy Wang beat Tommy Podvinski 6-3, 6-2 at #6. Columbia's Richard Pham also took the first set at #6 while Baylor's Julian Lenz, Max Tchoutakian, and Felipe Rios took first sets at #1, #2, and #3.

Baylor's got a 6-3, 6-3 win from Max Tchoutakian over Victor Pham at #2 and Felipe Rios cut CU's lead to 3-2 with a 7-6, 7-6 win over Eric Rubin at #3 (TB scores unknown). Julian Lenz tied it at 3-3 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win over Shawn Hadavi at #1 so the match would come down to #5 singles.

Columbia's Richard Pham took the opening set 7-6 but Baylor freshman Jimmy Bendeck rallied to take the second set 6-4. Pham would go up 4-2 in the third but Bendeck held and then Pham double faulted on the deciding point to give Bendeck the break to tie it at 4-4. Bendeck held for 5-4 then Pham double faulted two more times to go down 0-30. Bendeck would break from 15-40 to give Baylor the 4-3 win.

#4 Baylor 4, #15 Columbia 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) def. Hadavi, Shawn (COL 13.75) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) def. Pham, Victor (COL 13.92) 6-3, 6-3
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) def. #124 Rubin, Eric (COL 13.75) 7-6, 7-6
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL 13.76) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-4
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) def. #108 Pham, Richard (COL 13.13) 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
6. Wang, Timothy (COL 13.34) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.90) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #15 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 4-3, unfinished
2. #20 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2
3. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Columbia 4-3; National ranking #15
Baylor 6-4; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,6,4,3,1,5)
ITA National Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"We did a great job today. I was really proud of the guys. It was a lot of fun to wear the uniform today. This is the third time already this year that we have had last match on and leave it to a freshman to be the first guy to come through under that pressure. Jimmy just did a super job and I think the guys were a big part of that. The team was really supportive. Columbia is a great team. It is incredible to think about, but they lost 4-3 three days in a row here. They are tough, so it was good win for us. - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"We are kind of a work in progress. The competition is tough. We are playing the best schedule in the country and when you play these kind of teams there is not a lot of margin for error. You really have to be on your stuff. I knew that we would improve. We are just getting a little better every day. Our goal coming to this tournament was to be a better team at the end of it then we were at the beginning and we have done that. Now we have a couple weeks off and we have to get out to practice and keep working. We have a long way to go, but certainly it is great to leave here with some momentum and some positive energy. - Knoll on his team moving forward

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#9 Oklahoma State (10-1) vs. #14 South Florida (7-3) (Montgomery, AL) - 1:30pm est/12:30pm cst - Live Scoring - These teams were originally slotted in opposite ends of the draw at the Blue Gray but a last minute change was made and they'll end up facing each other in the semis. Oklahoma State is coming off a 4-0 win over Alabama in a match that could have finished 4-3 because the Tide led on each of the three remaining courts. South Florida was challenged by Boise State on Friday but still won it 4-0 and it probably would have finished 7-0 had it been played out.

South Florida loves playing outdoors while Oklahoma State is probably a little better indoors so I think that may help determine the outcome. Both teams have played great doubles this season so that should be a tightly contested point.

Doubles record: Oklahoma State 9-2, South Florida 8-2

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/27)
1. #75 Julian Cash (OSU 13.80) vs. #5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.50)
2. #115 Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.82) vs. #35 Dominic Cotrone USF 14.32)
3. #109 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.87) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.53)
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.58) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.12)
5. #123 Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.40) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.34)
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.77) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.45)

I like South Florida in doubles and then look for the Bulls to pick up singles wins from Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Peter Bertran at #1, #2, and #5 with Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz also ahead at #6. Oklahoma State's Arjun Kadhe and Lucas Gerch will pull through at #3 and #4 but it won't be enough. Prediction: South Florida 4-2

#4 UCLA (8-2) at #29 Stanford (5-5) - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring/Video - UCLA last played a week ago when it beat #62 UC Irvine 7-0 while Stanford is coming off a tough 5-2 loss to #13 USC. The teams split meetings last season with each winning on its home court. Stanford has dropped four in a row and is starting to reach a critical point in the season.  If the Cardinal doesn't get things turned around pretty soon it's going to end up on the wrong size of the NCAA tournament bubble.

Doubles record: UCLA 9-1, Stanford 7-3

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/27)
1. #19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) vs. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77)
2. #36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84)
3. #46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35)
4. #94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) vs. #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) vs. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) vs. Brandon Sutter (STAN 12.56)

Stanford had dropped the doubles point in three straight matches before it picked it up yesterday against USC. Stanford isn't going to beat UCLA without the doubles point though realistically it probably isn't going to win at all. I think UCLA is better in doubles plus it has a stronger top four and Di Giulio will be favored over Sutter at #6 if they get matched up. I'm going to take UCLA in doubles and Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Gage Brymer, Karue Sell, and Joseph Di Giulio in singles with Sameer Kumar picking up the lone point for the Cardinal. Three weeks ago I'd have said this was a pick'em or maybe would have leaned towards Stanford, but this Stanford team just hasn't figured out how to win the close matches....maybe they'll figure it out today but not likely. Prediction: UCLA 6-1

#2 Virginia (8-1) at #11 Illinois (6-4)
 - 7pm est/6pm cst - Live Scoring/Video - Virginia takes the court for the first time since losing to North Carolina 4-3 in the NTI finals two weeks ago while Illinois is coming off a 4-2 loss to Texas A&M last Sunday. I wouldn't be surprised to see each team make some small lineup adjustments. I could see Brian Boland moving Collin Altamirano up to #2 and J.C. Aragone up to #4. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Brad Dancer swap Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik at #1 and #2. The crowd at Atkins was a little small for the Texas A&M match but I have a feeling the place will be buzzing tonight. Illinois is going to need all the help it can get to stay in this match so for its sake I hope the crowd makes a difference.

Doubles record: Virginia 8-1, Illinois 6-4

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/27)
1. #14 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.62) vs. #9 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34)
2. #29 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.33) vs. #6 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.30)
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.64) vs. #66 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.59)
4. #111 J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.87) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.48)
5. Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.90) vs. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.86)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.38) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.77)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.57); Brian Page (ILL 12.44), Aiden Jiang (ILL 12.50)

I like Virginia in doubles at all three spots though Illinois probably has the best chances at #1 and #3. I'm going to take the Illini's Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik at #1 and #2 but Virginia is going to be too strong at #3 through #6 and will pull away to win it. Illinois's best formula for an upset would be to take the doubles point and get wins from Vukic, Jared Hiltzik, and Julian Childers - that's an awfully tough task against this deep Virginia team. Prediction: Virginia 5-2

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Man oh man what a day of tennis it was - we had some blowouts, some upsets, and some really big shockers. College tennis action was played outside in sunny skies, outside in windy conditions, and indoors in calm conditions. I'll start off with the match that I attended in Champaign-Urbana between #11 Illinois and #2 Virginia.

The temperature in C-U was in the mid-40s so there wasn't any doubt about whether the match would be played inside or outside. After having my complementary piece of pizza I walked into the Atkins Tennis Center and within the first 60 seconds I found out that Virginia would be playing without its #1 Ryan Shane. I talked with Ryan for a minute just before doubles and he said he's had a few things bothering him for a while and it was decided that it would be best to rest until he's back to 100%. He obviously wanted to be out there playing but at the same time he knew he needed to take care of his body so he could compete at the highest level in the later stages of the season. So Virginia had to retool two of its three doubles pairings and move everyone up a spot in the singles lineup.

Virginia's #2 doubles team of Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger were moved up to #1 while Luca Corinteli, who normally plays at #1 with Shane, was matched up with J.C. Aragone at #2. Aragone normally plays with Collin Altamirano at #3 but Brian Boland decided to sit Altamirano and go with the Jonathan Cornish/Harrison Richmond duo at #3. Cornish and Richmond were 3-0 on the season so it's not like they'd never played together before.

Virginia's #3 team of Cornish and Richmond took their first break lead when they broke the Aiden Jiang serve from 15-40 to go 2-1. They'd get a hold for 3-1 before Julian Childers held and then he and Jiang broke to make it 3-3. Jiang held from 40-30 to make it 4-3 Illini but Cornish held quickly to tie it up at 4-4.

Illinois jumped out to the early break lead at #2 when J.C. Aragone double faulted on the deciding point and Aleks Vukic would follow suit with a love hold to put he and Aron Hiltzik up 2-0. UVA's Luca Corinteli would hold to make it 1-2 and then Aragone would hit a service return winner on the deciding point of Aron Hiltzik's serve to make it 2-2 (clip on left). After three more holds, Corinteli and Aragone went up 15-40 on Hiltzik's 3-4 service game but they couldn't get that last point and the Illini held to make it 4-4 (clip on right).

The match at #1 between Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger and Jared Hiltzk/Alex Jesse had a slew of break points early on but neither team could cash in. Styslinger came back from 30-40 down on his 1-1 service game and Kwiatkowski came back from 15-40 down to hold on his 2-2 service game. Jared Hiltzik fought off a break point on his opening service game and I'm pretty sure Alex Jesse faced at least one break point too.

All four matches would be tied at 4-4 but it wouldn't stay that way for long because Cornish and Richmond broke the Childers serve from 30-40 to go up 5-4. Harrison Richmond would serve it out at love to give Virginia the 6-4 win at #3. (Not the best angle)

Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik broke Luca Coriniteli from 30-40 (clip on left) to go up 6-5 but Aron Hiltzik would be unable to serve it out and would be broke from 30-40 (clip on right) to send it to a tiebreak.

Corinteli and Aragone would go up 4-2 at the changeover, after Vukic pushed a volley long, and then a few points later they'd close out the 7-6(4) win to give Virginia the doubles point and early 1-0 lead.

The match at #1 was abandoned with Virginia leading 6-3 in the tiebreak. Virginia was up 6-2 but Kwiatkowski double faulted, on a foot fault, and before the next point could be played Virginia clinched it at #2.

The crowd of over 700 spread out for the singles point but dropping the doubles point didn't seem to take the air out of them or the team.

Virginia shifted everyone up a spot in the singles lineup with Luca Corinteli coming off the bench to play at #7 while Illinois switched up Jared Hiltzik and Vukic up top plus brought in Pablo Landa to play at #5.

Jared Hiltzik, Aron Hiltzik, and Pablo Landa jumped out to early break leads at 1, 3, and 5 while J.C. Aragone and Luca Corinteli went up breaks at 4 and 6.

Both Hiltzik brothers would take 6-2 opening sets with Aron (left) holding from 40-30 on an ace while Jared (right) broke from 15-40 when Altamirano put a forehand into the net.

Illinois redshirt freshman Pablo Landa jumped out to a 4-2 lead at #5 but Henrik Wiersholm took the next four games, including a break of Landa on the deciding point of his 4-5 service game, to take the opening set 6-4. 

Virginia junior Luca Corinteli went up 3-1 on Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch at #6 but Hirsch would break back and hold for 3-3. Corinteli would then hold, break, and hold again to take the set 6-3. 

Aleks Vukic and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski each had break opportunities throughout the first set at #2 but neither could convert and it'd go to a tiebreak. The clip on the left is Vukic holding on the deciding point for 6-5 and then on the right Kwiatkowski holds from 40-15 to make it 6-6. 

The tiebreak was all one-way traffic as Vukic took it 7-0 - point on the left puts Vukic up 4-0 and the one on the right makes it 7-0.

The match at #4 between J.C. Aragone and Julian Childers would also go to a tiebreak after Childers held on the deciding point to make it 6-6. Aragone got a couple of early mini breaks and put the hammer down and cruised to a 7-0 tiebreak. The point on the left put Aragone up 5-0 and then he made finished it out on the right.

So after an hour of singles play each team had three first sets with Illinois leading at 1, 2, and 3 while Virginia led at 4, 5, and 6.

Jared Hiltzik would put the Illini on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Collin Altamirano at #1 in a match that took 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Roughly 15 minutes later Henrik Wiersholm would put Virginia back ahead after the Virginia sophomore defeated Pablo Landa 6-4, 6-2 at #5. Wiersholm jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second set before Landa broke and held to make it 2-2. Wiersholm would hold and then break from 15-40 to go up 4-2 and then he'd hit an ace on the deciding point to make it 5-2. Wiersholm went up 15-40 on Landa's 2-5 service game but Landa would get it back to the deciding point with a pair of thumping forehands. Landa would double fault on the deciding point to end it (clip below).

The action was really starting to heat up as three of the four remaining matches were into a third set plus Aragone and Childers were going toe-to-toe in the second set at #4.

Illinois sophomore Aron Hiltzik dropped the second set to Mac Styslinger at #3 but Hiltzik would break Styslinger to start the third set and then hold on the deciding point (left) to go up 2-0. Hiltzik would have two break points on Styslinger's 0-2 service game but Mac fought them off (right) to hold for 1-2.

Styslinger would break at love to make it 2-2 and then hold to go up 3-2. Hiltzik held for 3-3 then broke on the deciding point to go up 4-3 (left). Hiltzik held from 40-15 to go up 5-3 (right) before Mac held to make 5-4.

I wanted to stay and get a good angle of Hiltzik's match point but Vukic was serving for the match at #2 and it looked like he was going to finish first so I started going back and forth between the two courts. Vukic was serving up 5-1, 40-30 in the third but Kwiatkowski broke to stay in it. Seconds later Aron Hiltzik would hold from 40-15 to close out Mac Styslinger 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

The match was tied at 2-2 but all three remaining matches were nearing the finish line. Vukic had three match points on Kwiatkowski at 15-40, Aragone had a match point up 7-6 on Childers, and Hirsch had two match points up 5-4, 40-30. I started taping Hirsch's court but when it went to the deciding point I panned over and caught Aragone's match point and then tried to catch the 15-40 point at #2. In the middle of the point I went back over and caught the end of Hirsch clinching but the Illinois twitter clip shows it better.

So amidst all the hoopla it was now tied at 3-3 and Vukic still had two more match points on the Kwiatkowski serve. I'll let the video take it away:

Illinois wins it was 4-3 in dramatic fashion and the celebration continued on.

Notes - the third set of the Hirsch/Corinteli match was an absolute break-fest. Hirsch broke go to up 1-0 then Corinteli broke on the deciding point to make it 1-1. Hirsch broke from 30-40 to go up 2-1 but Corinteli broke back at love to make it 2-2. Each player held to make it 3-3 then Hirsch broke for 4-3. Corinteli broke on the deciding point to make it 4-4 but Hirsch broke back for 5-4. Hirsch finally held on the deciding point to win it 6-4.

Below are post-match interviews with Brad Dancer and Aleks Vukic via Illinois and down below the box score is the audio of the interview that I did with Brad.

#11 Illinois 4, #2 Virginia 3
February 27, 2016 at Urbana, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #11 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.30) def. #29 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.33) 6-2, 6-3
2. #9 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) def. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.64) 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 6-3
3. #66 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.59) def. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.90) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
4. #111 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.87) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.48) 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (8-6)
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.38) def. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.21) 6-4, 6-2
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.77) def. Luca Corinteli (VA 13.57) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) 6-6, unfinished
2. Luca Corinteli/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Harrison Richmond/Jonathan Cornish (VA) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Virginia 8-2; National ranking #2
Illinois 7-4; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,5,3,4,6,2)
Official: Doug Rice T-2:37 A-712

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap:
"We have a group of guys that work so hard and I'm really happy for them and proud of them," head coach Brad Dancer said. "I give Virginia a lot of credit. Our crowd is amazing here and it's a really tough place to play. They came in here and fought extremely hard, fighting us tooth and nail. All of our guys were tough today and that's what I'm proud of."

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap:
"I was really pleased with the opportunity to play tonight in a great environment and thought it was great to deal with the adversity we did, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I was also pleased with the team, they really left it all out there on the court tonight. We came up a little short, but I like where we are at in this point of the season. I think the players have really bought in to what we are doing and how we are doing it. I'm excited about what is to come. Hopefully we can get back to work in a couple of days and get ready for another tough trip coming up.

"Ryan has been nursing an injury for a week or so and I chose to keep him out of the lineup, Boland said. "Typical of Ryan, he was ready and willing to play, but for the sake of the long term and the process, I thought it was better to keep him out today and I feel that was the right decision.

While Illinois's upset over #2 Virginia was huge I don't think it was nearly as big as #26 Texas going into Winston-Salem and beating #5 Wake Forest.

Texas was just 6-5 going into the match with losses to a pair of schools outside the top 25 while Wake Forest had a program high ranking of #5 and had looked good in just about every match they'd played so far.

This one was played outdoors and it seemed rather windy, at least during the portions I saw on the live stream.

Texas picked up the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 but Wake Forest bounced back in singles and took four opening sets while Texas managed just two.

Christian Seraphim tied the match at 1-1 with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Julian Zlobinksy at #6 and Dennis Uspensky put Wake ahead with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Michael Riechmann at #5. Uspensky actually trailed 5-2 in the second set before winning five straight to close it out.

Skander Mansouri made it 3-1 Deacs after coming from a set behind to beat Harrison Scott 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at #2 so Wake just need one of the three remaining courts.

Texas's George Goldhoff pulled off the upset at #1 by defeating highly touted Wake Forest freshman Petro Chrysochos 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5) in a match where Goldhoff was serving 4-4, 0-40 in the third.

Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz tied it at 3-3 with a come from behind 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(3) win over Wake senior Romain Bogarets.

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In the last match on court it'd be Texas freshman Rodrigo Banzer coming from behind as well to beat Wake senior Jon Ho 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(4).

Texas won the last three matches in third set tiebreaks and they did it on the road - unbelievable.

#26 Texas 4, #5 Wake Forest 3
Feb 27, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. George Goldhoff (UT 13.61) def. #34 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.10) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)
2. #25 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.31) def. Harrison Scott (UT 13.67) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
3. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.78) def. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.93) 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3)
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.43) def. Jon Ho (WF 14.04) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.41) def. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.04) 6-3, 7-5
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.90) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #21 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #44 Adrian Ortiz/M Riechmann (UT) 6-2
2. Julian Zlobinsky/George Goldhoff (UT) def. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-4
3. Harrison Scott/John Mee (UT) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 7-5 (0-0 Big 12); National ranking #26
Wake Forest 9-3 (0-0 ACC); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,2,1,3,4)
T-3:45 A-265

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap
"It was an amazing effort to win this match," said 16th-year head coach Michael Center.  "Wake Forest is a legitimate national title-contending team.  To come out here and beat them on its home courts and win three matches 7-6 in the third (sets)it just takes a lot of resiliency and competitiveness to do that.  We hung around and hung around and got the job done in the end.  It was just a great team effort."  

"George was in control to win the match in straight sets, but it got away," Center said.  "He was serving 4-all, love-40 in the third set, but he managed to get back in it and force a tiebreaker.  He continued to compete with tremendous effort against one of the best players, certainly one of the best freshmen in the country." 

"All eyes turned to Rodrigo at that point, and this was a first-semester freshman in Rodrigo playing a senior who has beaten us in the past," Center said.  "Rodrigo just played tough and aggressive, and he committed to what he has been doing so well.  He handled his nerves and got the win." 

"It was just one of those days where we were fighting and competing, and in the end we looked up and saw, 'Wow, we've got it.,' Center said.  "I can't give the guys enough credit. Wake Forest is really good just a very, very talented team."

Stanford was back at it on Saturday afternoon playing Pac-12 rival #4 UCLA less than 24 hours after the Cardinal played USC. Just as it had done against USC, Stanford managed to take the doubles point after picking up wins at #2 and #3.

Each team would pick up three first sets with Mackenzie McDonald, Karue Sell, and Logan Staggs taking them for UCLA at 1, 4, and 5 while Stanford got first sets from David Wilczynski, Nolan Paige, and Michael Genender at 2, 3, and 6.

UCLA's Karue Sell was off the court in just under an hour with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Sameer Kumar at #4 and then roughly 20 minutes later Mackenzie McDonald made it 2-1 Bruins when he defeated Tom Fawcett 6-3, 7-5 at #1 singles. Here are some highlights of that match via JayK1225's Youtube page:

Martin Redlicki put UCLA ahead 3-1 with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over David Wilczynski at #2 but Stanford wouldn't go away quietly. Michael Genender returned after sitting out yesterday and rolled over Joseph Di Giulio 6-1, 6-4 at #6. Nolan Paige earned a nice 7-5, 6-4 win over Gage Brymer at #3 though it took a little longer for Paige to close it out after he led 4-1 in the second. Brymer held for 2-4, then came back from 15-40 down to break for 3-4, and then held again to make it 4-4. Paige finally righted the ship and held and then broke Brymer to close it out.

The final match on court was at #5 between UCLA sophomore, and recent Northwestern transfer, Logan Staggs and Stanford senior Maciek Romanowicz. Staggs had dropped four of his previous five while Romanowicz had won four of his previous five. Staggs got the upper hand early on by taking the opening set 6-4 then he'd break Romanowicz to go up 5-3 in the second. Staggs went up 40-30 but Romanowicz hit a nice backhand overhead to bring up the deciding point. Staggs was in control of the deciding point but a slice brought Romanowicz to the net. Romanowicz was in position to hit the volley but Staggs put a little too much spin on his backhand and Romanowicz went into the net and that it. Here are highlights of the finish of the match courtesy of JayK

#4 UCLA 4, #29 Stanford 3
February 27, 2016 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Stadium)
Doubles competition
1) No. 3 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) d. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3
2) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3) Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) d. Brymer/Maxime Cressy 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles competition
1) No. 19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) d. No. 4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 6-3, 7-5
2) No. 36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) d. No. 48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3) No. 102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) d. No. 46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 7-5, 6-4
4) No. 94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) d. No. 88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99) 6-2, 6-2
5) Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) d. No. 114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38) 6-4, 6-3
6) No. 112 Michael Genender (STAN 13.38) d. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) 6-1, 6-4
Match Notes:
UCLA 9-2; National ranking #4
Stanford 5-6; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)

Post-Match Quote from UCLA's recap
"My match was a back-and-forth battle, said Staggs.  "We weren't playing great.  But the fact that the match came down to me was a great feeling, especially because it's my first year as a Bruin.

Post-Match Quotes from The Daily Stanford's recap by Alexa Corse
"I told the guys, We just can't seem to get our offense, defense and special teams going all at the same time,' said head coach Paul Goldstein of the team's struggle to display consistency and collect the four points needed from throughout the lineup in order to clinch a dual match victory.

"Nolan and Michael, who have really had challenges so far this year, had their best day today, Goldstein said. "We have other guys who have been phenomenal for us pretty consistently, but none of them had their day today.

"I feel so bad for the guys, said Goldstein. "In everyone one of the matches, we have chances. It's a testament to the guys, they keep working very hard.


#9 Oklahoma State picked up its second top 15 win of the season after it beat #14 South Florida 4-1. It looked South Florida would claim the doubles point after picking up a 6-0 win at #3 and leading 4-1 at #1 and 4-2 at #2. Oklahoma State's Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash won the next five games at #1 to take it 6-4 and then its #2 team of Temur Ismailov and Lucas Gerch got the match back on serve and then won the tiebreak 7-0 to give the Cowboys the early 1-0 lead.

South Florida's Dominic Cotrone, its #2 singles player, didn't play (reasons unknown) so everyone from #3 to #7 had to shift up a spot in the lineup.

Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg made it 2-0 Pokes with a double bagel win over Everth Dzib at #6. It was Dzib's first dual-match of the season and he was only in the lineup due to both Cotrone (14.32) and usual #6 Vadym Kalyuzyhnyy (13.31) sitting out.

Arjun Kadhe (Oklahoma State)
Cowboy freshman Temur Ismailov made it 3-0 with a sound 6-3, 6-3 win over Sasha Gozun at #2.

South Florida senior Roberto Cid gave the Bulls its only point with a a 6-4, 6-3 win over Julian Cash 6-4, 6-3 at #1.

Arjun Kadhe would clinch the win with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Justin Roberts at #4 and Oklahoma State would finish the weekend in Montgomery as the only undefeated team of the six participants.

Due to the number of teams playing this year, six as opposed to eight, the official Blue Gray Championship came down to just doubles between Oklahoma State and Alabama. They played 8-game pro sets with Alabama's Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama winning 8-6 at #1 while its #3 team of Matthew Rossouw/Spencer Richeyended won 8-5. Since singles was not played it does NOT go in the record books as an official match.

#9 Oklahoma State 4, #14 South Florida 1 
February 27, 2016 | Lagoon Park Tennis Center | Blue Gray Classic
Doubles competition
C1: No. 15 Kadhe/Cash (OSU) def. No. 46 Cotrone/Roberts (USF), 6-4
C2: Ismailov/Gerch (OSU) def. Gozun/Bertran (USF), 7-6(0)
C3: Cid/Gonzalez (USF) def. Mendoza/Finzelberg (OSU), 6-0
Singles competition
C1: No. 5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.50) def. No. 75 Julian Cash (OSU 13.80), 6-4, 6-3
C2: No. 115 Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.82) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.53), 6-3, 6-3
C3: No. 109 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.87) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.12), 6-2, 7-5
C4: Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.58) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.34), 6-4, 5-4 unf.  
C5: Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.40) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.45), 7-6(4), 1-2 unf.
C6: Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.77) def. Everth Dzib (USF 12.49), 6-0, 6-0 
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 11-1; National ranking #9
South Florida 7-4; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"The doubles point was an unbelievable comeback and it was huge for me and Julian (Cash) because we were down 4-1 at one point," junior Arjun Kadhe said.

"My singles match was very tough, but I managed to stay on top of my game and stayed confident as the match went on," Kadhe said. "It was nice to clinch for the team and it was a great week for the team because everyone played solid."

Baylor had dropped four of its previous five but the Bears got back into the win column on Saturday with a 4-0 win over #17 Memphis.

The doubles point was decided in a pair of tiebreaks with Baylor just needing one of the two. BU's #2 team of Felipe Rios and Will Little clinched the point with a 7-6(6) win over Ryan Peniston and Felix Rauch.

Baylor picked up five first sets and Julian Lenz, Felipe Rios, and Jimmy Bendeck each finished in straights to give the Bears a rather routine win over a top 20 Memphis team.

#34 Baylor 4, #17 Memphis 0
Feb 27, 2016 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Julian Lenz (BU 14.64) def. #57 Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS 14.11) 6-4, 6-2
2. Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS 13.86) vs. #62 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.93) 7-6, 4-2. 
3. #122 Felipe Rios (BU 14.09) def. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS 13.47) 6-3, 6-3
4. Will Little (BU 13.49) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS 13.08) 6-4, 6-5, unf.
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.32) def. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS 12.69) 6-4, 6-4
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.80) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS 12.39) 6-3, 5-5, unf.
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) 6-4
2. Felipe Rios/Will Little (BU) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. M Tchoutakian/T Podvinski (BU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes
Memphis 7-3; National ranking #17
Baylor 7-4; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
TOP QUOTE #1 - "We've improved. I think that's the biggest news. You look at where we are now compared to where we were three to four weeks ago, it's a massive difference. I'm really proud of the guys. They've worked hard. They're really pushing themselves in practice, and you can see the benefits of it." --head coach Matt Knoll on the win

TOP QUOTE #2 - "We're really playing at a whole different level than we were when we played here at home before we were headed to the National Indoor. I'm excited about what's coming up next. I think this team's got a bright future." --Knoll on the team's improvement

What was expected to be a close one turned into a Gator runaway as Florida steamrolled instate rival Florida State 7-0. Florida State looked like it might pull out the doubles point after winning 6-1 at #1 and leading 5-3 at #2 but Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin fought back to win the final four games to take it 7-5. Florida clinched the doubles point when Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco won 6-4 at #3.

The teams split first sets with Florida's Diego Hidalgo, Gordon Watson, and McClain Kessler each winning in straight sets to give Florida the win. They played the remaining three matches out and Florida would take all three with Elliott Orkin, Chase Perez-Blanco, and Alfredo Perez each winning in a third set supertiebreak to finish off the 7-0 win.

#41 Florida 7, #35 Florida State 0
February 27, 2016 Ring Tennis Complex, Gainesville, Fla.
Singles competition
1. #50 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #16 Benjamin Lock (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
2. #22 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. #85 Marco Nunez (FSU), 6-7 (5), 6-1, 1-0 (4)
3. #30 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (3)
4. #77 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (8)
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU), 6-1, 6-4
6. McClain Kessler (UF) def. Jose Gracia (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. #1 Hidalgo/Watson (UF), 6-1
2. #32 Maxx Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU), 7-5
3. Perez/Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Gracia/Whitehurst (FSU), 6-4
Match Notes
Florida 5-3; National ranking #41
Florida State 8-3; National ranking #35
Order of Finish Singles: 6,5,1,4,3,2; Doubles: 1,2,3
Attendance: 537  

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton  - On the Gators' sweep of FSU today 
"It was a great day. I was really anxious to see how our guys would respond after a tough loss to Ohio State and how they would react to a tough Florida State team that came in here with a lot of energy and would be well-prepared. They are a talented group. I was really anxious to see what our guys would bring. I was really pleased with what I saw.

Getting down in the doubles early and then finding a way to hang in there long enough to turn it in our favor was huge. We have a lot of respect for how Florida State plays doubles. We knew that was going to be one of the toughest points of the day. It certainly was. To get that point with Maxx Lipman making some plays at the end of the set was huge. Also, Alfredo making some huge plays at the end of the set at No. 3 doubles to clinch the doubles for us. It was pretty sweet.

I thought we got off to a pretty good start in singles. Our guys were certainly motivated and a little bit nervous. We played through the nerves and through the tough patches out there in the singles and were able to secure wins on every court."  

Sophomore Chase Perez-Blanco - On the doubles play this afternoon 
"It was a lot of fun. The energy was high. You could feel the crowd getting into it. Alfredo was playing some really good tennis. He saved me a couple times there. It was a lot of fun."

Post-Match Quotes from FSU's recap
Head coach Dwayne Hultquist: "We were in position to grab the doubles point and let it slip away. We did a good job bouncing back in singles, taking three first sets and actually having some other opportunities to get even more. Florida did a good job of closing it out the three matches they won the first set on and coming from behind on the other courts.

On Lock and Nunez's win over the No. 1 doubles team:
"They beat them last year and have played well this spring and are still undefeated in the spring. Ben and Marco are one of the better teams in the country.

Senior Benjamin Lock:
"It was a good win for Marco and myself. We have been playing quality doubles this spring and Marco has been clutch on the big points. We really don't focus on our opponents that much, we have a certain style that we play and we just try and give our best effort each match to help the team win the doubles point. We beat this Florida team last year, but to beat the No. 1 team in the nation was pretty cool and we were happy about it.

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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 17:43

UCLA/USC Preview

It's once again time for the battle for LA as #6 UCLA hosts #12 USC. Both schools are coming off wins at Stanford with UCLA squeezing out a 4-3 win while USC was a little more impressive in its 5-2 win. Both will be heading to La Jolla for the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships later in the week so this will be a chance to get some momentum before the guys play in that individual tournament.

USC swept all three meetings last season with the Trojans winning 4-1 at home, 4-2 in Westwood, and 4-1 at the Pac 12 Tournament in Ojai though Max de Vroome and Nick Crystal are the only 2 returning starters from those USC teams. This will be USC's second dual-match this season at the LA Tennis Center after it defeated #30 Florida 4-3 during the Pac-12/SEC Challenge.

#12 USC (7-2) at #6 UCLA (9-2) - 5:30pm est/2:30pm pst - Live Scoring

Doubles record: UCLA 9-2, USC 5-4
UCLA home record: 6-0 (Georgia, San Diego, Georgia Tech, UC Irvine, SMU, San Francisco)
USC road record: 1-0 (Stanford)

Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC)
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC)
3. Gage Brymer/Max Cressy (UCLA) vs. Rob Bellamy/Jake Devine (USC)

I see the doubles point being decided at #2 because I like UCLA at #1 and USC at #3. I'll take Jaede and de Vroome over Sell and Joey D to give USC the doubles point.

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 3/1)
1. #19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) vs. #65 Max de Vroome (USC 14.12)
2. #36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.87) vs. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 13.97)
3.  #46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.11) vs. #56 Logan Smith (USC 13.64)
4. #94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.35) vs. #92 Jake DeVine (USC 13.62)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.35) vs. Thibault Forget (USC 13.51)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.48) vs. Jack Jaede (USC 13.48)

Dual-Match Singles Record:
1. McDonald (6-1) vs. de Vroome (3-4)
2. Redlicki (7-2) vs. Crystal (4-4)
3. Brymer (6-5) vs. Smith (7-2)
4. Sell (10-0) vs. DeVine (6-1)
5. Staggs (5-4) vs. Forget (6-0)
6. Di Giulio (5-3) vs. Jaede (4-2)

Court-By-Court Breakdown:

1. McDonald (Jr) is 8-2 against USC over the last three years in both dual-match and individual play and he won the one H2H over de Vroome (Sr) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 back in October 2014 at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional. Mackie has won his last four while de Vroome has lost two of his last three though he's coming off a huge win last weekend over Stanford's Tom Fawcett. De Vroome is 10-8 in his college career against UCLA players and he's won his last seven. It would take a huge effort from Max to get the win here but I can't see Mackie losing at home. Prediction: McDonald (UCLA) in 2

2. Redlicki (Soph) is 6-2 against USC players and Crystal (Jr) is 4-4 against UCLA while Redlicki won the one H2H against Crystal 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 back in October in the semis of the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional. Redlicki has won two straight and four of his last five including a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Stanford's David Wilczynski last Saturday while Crystal has lost three of his last four though he whipped Stanford's David Wilczynski 6-3, 6-1 last Friday. This is a court that UCLA is going to be counting on and I think Redlicki pulls it out. Prediction: Redlicki (UCLA) in 3

3. Brymer (Jr) is 6-3 in his career against USC players while Smith is 3-2 against UCLA. Brymer has split his last four matches but is coming off a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Stanford's Nolan Paige. Smith has also split his last four matches (though he won the five prior) and is coming off a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over Paige. I think this is a court that Peter Smith is banking on if the Trojans are going to win. I'm going to take the freshman here with in a little bit of an upset. Prediction: Smith (USC) in 2

4. Sell (Sr) is 8-9 in his career against USC while DeVine (Fr) is 1-1. Sell has only dropped two sets in 11 dual-matches (10-0 record) and is coming off a 6-2, 6-2 rolling of Stanford's Sameer Kumar while DeVine is 6-1 and is coming off a 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 win over Kumar. The experienced senior from Brazil will be a little too much from the freshman from California. Prediction: Sell (UCLA) in 2

5. Staggs (Soph) is 3-1 this season against USC while Forget (Soph) is 2-3 against UCLA though Forget beat Staggs 6-4, 6-0 in the round of 16 at the Sherwood Cup. Staggs is coming off a match clinching straight set win over Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz while Forget is undefeated in dual-match play and is coming off a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 win over Stanford's Brandon Sutter. I think the confidence of Staggs win over Romanowicz will carry over to the his match and he'll get past Forget. Prediction: Staggs (UCLA) in 3

6. Di Giulio (Jr) is just 3-10 against USC while Jaede (Fr) is 1-2 against UCLA. This will be the first meeting between these two with both coming off losses. Di Giulio lost to Stanford's Michael Genender 6-1, 6-4 last Saturday while Jaede lost to Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz 7-6 in the third. I'm going to take the hotter hand in this one and go with the USC freshman from Australia. Prediction: Jaede (USC) in 2.

Match Prediction: UCLA 4-3

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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 02:30

UCLA Outduels USC & San Diego Burns the Rice

Last season USC won all three meetings against UCLA, but so far this season it's Bruins 1 and Trojans 0. UCLA claimed this year's first edition of the Battle for LA by taking out #12 USC 5-2.

UCLA took the doubles point for the 10th time in 12 tries but it didn't do it with a win at #1. USC's Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven surprised the ITA #3 team of Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki 6-4. Crystal/Verboven jumped out to a 4-1 lead before McDonald/Redlick won three straight to even it at 4-4. Crystal/Verboven held for 5-4 and then broke to win it 6-4.

UCLA's #2 team of Karue Sell and Joseph Di Giulio were the first off the court with a 6-2 win over Max de Vroome and Jack Jaede. Sell/Di Giulio broke to go up 4-2 then held and broke again to win it 6-2.

The doubles point was decided at #3 between UCLA's Max Cressy/Gage Brymer and USC's Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine. Cressy and Brymer broke USC to start the match and would hold to the lead the rest of the way to win it 6-4.

UCLA kept the momentum going in singles by taking opening sets at 1, 3, 4, and 6 while USC claimed the opening set at 2 and 5.

UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio raced off the court in 55 minutes with a 6-1, 6-1 rout over Jack Jaede at #6. Di Giulio broke Jaede to start the match and held for 2-0. Jaede got on the board with a hold then Joey D proceeded to reel off five straight games to close out the first set 6-1 and go up 1-0 in the second. Jaede held serve to even it at 1-1 then Joey reeled off another five-bagger to hand Jaede a double-breadstick defeat. Nice backhand winner by Joey to win it:

Roughly 10 minutes later Mackenzie McDonald would make it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Max de Vroome at #1. McDonald broke de Vroome to start the match and held for 2-0. After an exchange of holds, McDonald would break again to go up 4-1 and would then consolidate the break for 5-1. De Vroome held for 2-5 and then Mackie served out the set to take it 6-2. The second set stayed on serve until Mackie broke to go up 3-2 and then held for 4-2. Mackie would serve it out from 5-4 to take it 6-4.

USC's Thibault Forget would put the Trojans on the board with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Logan Staggs at #5. Forget won 10 of the first 11 games to jump out to a 6-1, 4-0 lead but Staggs would come back to take the next four to even the second set at 4-4. Forget finally righted the ship with a pair of holds and then he'd break Staggs to close it out in 1 hour and 32 minutes.

Less than a minute later USC's Nick Crystal would finish off Martin Redlicki 7-6(5), 6-2 at #2. The first set stayed on serve up until the tiebreak with Crystal the tiebreak 7-5. The second set was even at 2-2 then Crystal took the last four games to close it out 6-2.

Both of the remaining matches were headed to a third set with USC needing both of them if it wanted to pull off the comeback.

Over at #4, UCLA senior Karue Sell broke USC freshman Jake DeVine to start the match but DeVine would break back to even it at 3-3. Sell would break again to go up 5-4 and then serve out the opening set to take it 6-4. DeVine took a break lead in the second when he went up 3-1 but Sell broke back and held for 3-3. After an exchange of holds DeVine broke Sell to take the set 6-4. DeVine held to start the third set but then Sell took the next six to clinch the team win with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win in 1 hour and 49 minutes.

UCLA's Gage Brymer would defeat USC's Logan Smith in the final match of the night 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(6) at #3. Smith started off the match by holding and then going up a break but Brymer broke back and held for 2-2. If stayed on serve until Brymer broke to up 5-4 then he served out the set to take 6-4.  Smith rolled through the second set by breaking Brymer to go up 3-1 and then he'd break him again to take the set 6-2. Brymer broke Smith to start the third but Smith broke back for 1-1. Brymer broke again to go up 3-2 but was broke in the next game. Brymer broke yet again to go up 6-5 but Smith broke back to send it a tiebreak. Smith led 4-2 at the changeover by Brymer took five of the next six point to finish off the 5-2 with for U-C-L-A.

Nice job by UCLA and USC to get those match point video clips.

#6 UCLA 5, #12 USC 2
Mar 1, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. #3 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-4
2. Sell/Di Giulio (UCLA) def. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) 6-2
3. Cressy/Brymer (UCLA) def. Bellamy/DeVine (USC) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) def. #65 Max de Vroome (USC 14.12) 6-2, 6-4
2. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 13.97) def. #36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.87) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
3. #46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.11) def. #56 Logan Smith (USC 13.64) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6)
4. #94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.35) def. #92 Jake DeVine (USC 13.62) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
5. Thibault Forget (USC 13.51) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.35) 6-1, 7-5
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.48) def. Jack Jaede (USC 13.48) 6-1, 6-1
Match Notes
USC 7-3; National ranking #12
UCLA 10-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,1,5,2,4,3)


#31 San Diego was able to play the underdog card against #29 Rice, largely due to a clerical error, and used the extra motivation to role to a 4-0 win. San Diego won at #1 and #3 doubles by 6-1 scores and then the Toreros picked up straight set wins in singles from Uros Petronijevic, Jordan Angus, and Alexandros Araouzos at #1, #2, and #6. Araouzos clinched the win and thus got USD's gameball for the match (nice post-match feature that USD has been doing)

#31 San Diego 4, #29 Rice 0
3/1/ 2016 at San Diego, CA (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #33 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.21) def. Jamie Malik (RICE 13.02) 6-3, 6-4
2. #38 Jordan Angus (USD 13.78) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.55) 6-3, 6-2
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.46) vs. Tommy Bennett (RICE 13.17) 6-3, 5-3, unf.
4. Jake Hansen (RICE 13.75) vs. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) 6-4, 5-2, unf.
5. David Warren (RICE 13.08) vs. Joshua Page (USD 12.86) 7-6(2), 3-2, unf
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD 12.50) def. Henrik Munch (RICE 12.78) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. David Warren/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 6-1
2. Joshua Page/Jordan Angus (USD) vs. Tommy Bennett/Jamie Malik (RICE) 4-3, unf
3. Romain Kalaydjian/Alexandros Araouzos (USD) def. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) 6-1
Match Notes
Rice 12-3; National ranking #29
San Diego 7-5; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,6)

Quotes from USD's recap
"I was really impressed with our doubles this afternoon. It is slowly coming together and the new energy is huge for this team. Head Coach Ryan Keckley said.

"We were fortunate to take the first four single sets and carried the momentum the whole way through the match.
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Friday, 11 March 2016 11:16

Thursday Recap + Weekend Preview (3/11-3/13)

There were actually four ranked versus ranked matches on Thursday with the higher ranked team winning three of the four.

No. 4 Virginia went to Tulsa, the site of this year's NCAA Championships, and rolled over No. 26 Tulsa 6-1. Virginia won a pretty tight doubles point by breaking Tulsa's 5-6 service game at No. 3 to claim the point.  Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano, Mac Styslinger, and Henrik Wiersholm won in straight sets for Virginia at 1, 2, 5, and 6 while Thai-Son Kwiatkowski won a three-set battle over Dylan McCloskey at 3. Tulsa's Juan Matias Gonzalez earned the lone point for the Golden Hurricane with a straight set win at No. 4.

No. 4 Virginia 6, No. 26 Tulsa 1
March 10, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #14 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.67) def. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa 13.74) 6-3, 6-3
2. #47 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.19) def. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa 13.43) 6-4, 6-4
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.69) def. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa 12.80) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
4. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa 13.38) def. #116 J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.95) 6-2, 6-4
5. Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.79) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa 13.71) 6-1, 6-4
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.40) def. Dominic Bechard (Tulsa 12.42) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. #6 Shane/Corinteli (UVA) def. Kirby/McCloskey (Tulsa) 6-4
2. Ram-Harel/Gonzalez (Tulsa) def. No. 7 Kwiatkowski/Styslinger (UVA) 6-4
3. Aragone/Altamirano (UVA) def. Bechard/Bautista (Tulsa) 7-5
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,1,4,3,2)
Records: Tulsa 7-6; National ranking #26
Virginia 11-2; National ranking #4

Quote from UVA's recap
"I was pleased with our performance tonight against an extremely-competitive Tulsa team," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I was particularly pleased with the performances of Mac Styslinger and Henrik Wiersholm. They really stepped up tonight in singles which created tremendous momentum. This team keeps improving with each match. Now we will focus on getting ready to play Oklahoma on Saturday."

UCLA played without its No. 1 Mackenzie McDonald, due to him getting a main draw wild card in Indian Wells, but the Bruins still had more than enough to shutout No. 55 BYU 7-0.

The Bruins took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 then won five of six singles matches in straight sets with Ryoto Tachi winning the final match at No. 6 in three-sets. Below is the clincher from Karue Sell which officially gave the Bruins the win:

#6 UCLA 7, #55 BYU 0
Mar 10, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Bourgeois/Carrazedo (BYU) 6-3
2. Cressy/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Pearce/Sullivan (BYU) 5-6, unfinished
3. Brymer/Rapp (UCLA) def. Cullimore/Goryachkov (BYU) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #57 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.88) def. Shane Monroe (BYU 13.36) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
2. #72 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.03) def. Keaton Cullimore (BYU 13.58) 7-5, 6-2
3. #93 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.41) def. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU 12.94) 6-2, 6-4
4. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.35) def. John Pearce (BYU 12.38) 6-1, 6-2
5. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.50) def. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU 12.52) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.18) def. Aidan Carrazedo (BYU 12.17) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
Match Notes
BYU 11-3; National ranking #55
UCLA 11-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,2,6)

Quote from BYU's recap
"UCLA is one of the best teams in the country," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "It's always a difficult transition to go from Provo to Los Angeles, but overall, I was pleased with our performance. We competed well and had the right mindset, especially in our doubles play. Some matches were closer than others, but I thought all of our players went out with a great mentality today."


No. 69 South Carolina dropped its first two SEC matches last weekend but it moved into the win column on Thursday with a 5-2 road win at No. 56 Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 and then the Commodores took three of five first sets in singles (5-court indoor facility) but they'd have trouble closing those out.

South Carolina's Gabriel Friedrich tied the match at 1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Daniel Valent at No. 1 and then Thomas Mayronne put the Gamecocks ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Baker Newman at No. 4. Vandy's Kris Yee tied the match at 2 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Yancy Dennis at No. 5 but that'd be the last set that the VU would win.

Andrew Schafer came from behind to beat Cameron Klinger 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 and Harrison O'Keefe clinched the Gamecocks win with a 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over Rhys Johnson at No. 3. The final match at No. 6, which didn't start until the match at No. 1 finished, was declared a South Carolina win with Sam Swank leading 5-0 in the first set.

South Carolina also picked up another win earlier in the day when it beat Murray State 6-1. 

#69 South Carolina 5, #56 Vanderbilt 2
Mar 10, 2016 at Nashville, Tenn (Currey Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Gabriel Friedrich (SC 13.85) def. #54 Daniel Valent (VU 14.04) 6-4, 6-3
2. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.09) def. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.87) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.69) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.08) 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5
4. Thomas Mayronne (SC 13.54) def. Baker Newman (VU 13.50) 6-3, 7-6(3)
5. Kris Yee (VU 13.08) def. Yancy Dennis (SC 12.44) 6-4, 7-5
6. Sam Swank (SC 12.77) def. Pen Binet (VU 12.90) 5-0, ret.
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VU) def. #51 Alex Fennell/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 6-3
2. Gabriel Friedrich/Sam Swank (SC) def. #76 Pen Binet/Daniel Valent (VU) 4-3 unf.
3. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VU) def. Thomas Mayronne/Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-1
Match Notes:
South Carolina 9-8; National ranking #69
Vanderbilt 8-7; National ranking #56
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)

Post-Match Quote from SC's recap
"Vanderbilt is a tough, well-coached team, and they didn't give us anything at all. They made us earn everything we got today. Every one of our guys had to dig real deep, and that's exactly what this team needed to start believing in all of the hard worked they've put in. I couldn't be more proud of the boys today." - head coach Josh Goffi

No. 29 San Diego had a successful day as it swept a doubleheader over No. 70 Penn and Arizona. San Diego took the doubles point in both matches and then picked up more than enough singles matches to get the wins. Jaan Kononov got the game ball for winning both of his matches.

#29 San Diego 5, #70 Penn 2 
March 10, 2016 at San Diego, California (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 29 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Kyle Mautner (PENN) 6-3, 6-2 
2. No. 58 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Vim De Alwis (PENN) 6-3, 6-2
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Josh Pompan (PENN) 6-0, 6-1
4. Matt Nardella (PENN) def. Joshua Page (USD) 6-3, 2-6, 4-0 retired
5. Blaine Willenborg (PENN) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6
6. Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Ismael Lahlou (PENN) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Austin Kaplan/Nicholai Westergaard (PENN) 6-2
2. Jordan Angus/Josh Page (USD) def. Gabriel Rapoport/Thomas Spratt (PENN) 6-2
3. Romain Kalaydjian/Alexandros Araouzos (USD) v. B Willenborg/Vim De Alwis (PENN) 4-4 unf
Match Notes:
San Diego 8-5; National ranking #29
Penn 5-10; National ranking #70
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,2,1*,4,5,6)

#29 San Diego 6, Arizona 1
March 10, 2016 at San Diego, California (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 96 Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) def. No. 29 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 7-5, 3-4 retired
2. No. 58 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Jason Jaruvang (ARIZ) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Will Kneale (ARIZ) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
4. No. 118 Romain Kalaydjian def. Harry Busby (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-1
5. Jaan Kononv (USD) def. Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alex Aarouzos (USD) def. Trent Botha (ARIZ) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Oliver Plaskett/Will Kneale (ARIZ) 6-4
2. Jordan Angus/Josh Page (USD) def. Naoki Takeda/Will Adkinsson (ARIZ) 6-3
3. Romain Kalaydjian/ Alexandros Araouzos (USD) v. J Jaruvang/S Kasahara (ARIZ) 5-4 unf
Match Notes:
San Diego 9-5; National ranking #29
Arizona 8-9;
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,5,3*,1,6,2)

Post-Match Quote from AZ's recap
"Great effort today despite the loss, said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "It's nice to have Naoki back in the lineup and he picked up a great win over a very strong player.

There are several schools that are entering spring break and while some are taking time off others are traveling for out of conference matches. South Florida is hosting the USF Spring Break Tournament with No. 23 Penn State, No. 65 UNC Wilmington, No. 75 Florida Gulf Coast, and Troy coming to town to play multiple matches over the next three days.

There are only two matches this weekend matching up teams inside the top 15 with both taking place on Saturday. Last year's NCAA Championship match participants, No. 4 Virginia and No. 13 Oklahoma, will meet in a neutral site match in Tulsa. Oklahoma is looking to rebound after a tough loss to Ohio State while Virginia got acclimated to the surroundings on Thursday by winning outdoors at Tulsa.

The other top 15 matchup takes place on Saturday in Evanston as No. 11 Northwestern tries to avenge an early-season 4-0 loss at No. 8 Illinois. Northwestern hasn't beat Illinois since 1997 so to say they'd be thrilled with a win over the Illini would be a huge understatement. Northwestern's best route to a win will probably be the doubles point, one of the top three, and two of the bottom three.

There are three several good SEC matches on Friday with the best ones being No. 32 Arkansas hosting No 7 Texas A&M and No. 44 Mississippi State hosting No. 12 Kentucky. Both Arkansas and Mississippi State are up and coming team so I wouldn't be surprised to see one of them score an upset.

No. 1 North Carolina, who has been kind of quiet since winning the NTIs, goes to Florida for the weekend to play No. 51 Florida State and No. 75 Miami (FL).

I think there's a really interesting match on Saturday in Ann Arbor as No. 24 Michigan welcomes in No. 31 Columbia. Both teams would like to find a way to get in the top 16 by the end of the season, to host a NCAA regional, and winning a match like this would go a ways towards achieving that goal.

No. 26 Tulsa welcomes in No. 15 USC on Saturday afternoon. It was a little over a year ago that Tulsa pulled off one of the biggest stunners in recent memory when it went to LA and beat No. 1 USC 4-3. USC did beat Tulsa a few weeks later in Indian Wells but you have to figure the loss will still be used as extra motivation for this encounter.

Follow everything at the below live scoring links.

Friday, March 11th
#23 Penn State vs. #65 UNC Wilmington (Tampa) - 10am est - Penn State Twitter
IUPUI at Louisville - 10am est - Live Scoring
#38 Notre Dame at Clemson - 11am est - Live Scoring
#58 Pacific vs. Hawaii (Albuquerque) - 11am est/9am mst - Pacific Twitter
#71 Utah State vs. New Mexico State (Albuquerque) - 11am est/9am mst - USU Twitter
#54 Middle Tennessee State at Florida Atlantic - 1pm est - MTSU Twitter
Santa Clara vs. Grand Canyon (Albuquerque) - 2pm est/12pm mst - Santa Clara Twitter
San Francisco at #63 New Mexico - 2pm est/12pm mst - New Mexico Twitter
#66 Duke at #74 Miami FL - 2:30pm est - Live Scoring/ESPN3
#75 Florida Gulf Coast vs. Troy (Tampa) - 2:30pm est - FGCU Twitter
#67 East Tennessee State at Central Florida - 3:30pm est - ETSU Twitter
UNLV at #52 UC Santa Barbara - 4pm est/1pm pst - UCSB Twitter
UC Riverside at Loyola Marymount - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring & Video
#7 Texas A&M at #32 Arkansas - 4pm est/3pm cst - Live Scoring
#42 Georgia Tech at Louisville - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Boston College at #9 Wake Forest - 4pm est - Live Scoring/Video & WF Blog
#70 Penn at San Diego State - 5pm est/2pm pst - Penn Twitter
#1 North Carolina at #51 Florida State - 5pm est - Live Scoring
#64 Auburn at #25 Florida - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#72 Tennessee at #50 Alabama - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring
#43 LSU at #22 Ole Miss - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring & Rebel Blog
Gonzaga at #35 Washington - 6pm est/3pm pst - Live Scoring/Video
Brown at #36 Drake - 7pm est/6pm cst - Live Scoring
Nebraska at #47 Iowa - 7pm est/6pm cst - Live Scoring

USF Spring Break Tournament - #16 South Florida, #23 Penn State, #65 UNC Wilmington, #75 Florida Gulf Coast, Troy

Saturday, March 12th
#23 Penn State at #16 South Florida - 10am est - Live Scoring
#31 Columbia at #24 Michigan - 11am est - Live Scoring/Video
Oral Roberts at Wichita State - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring
#12 Kentucky at #44 Mississippi State - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring
Tennessee Tech at #1 Georgia Gwinnett (NAIA) - 12pm est - Video
New Orleans at #33 Rice - 12pm est/11am cst - Live Scoring/Video
#15 USC at #26 Tulsa - 12pm est/10am cst - Live Scoring/Video
#8 Illinois at #11 Northwestern - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring & Video $
Louisiana-Lafayette at #59 Georgia State - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#65 UNC Wilmington vs Troy (Tampa) - 2pm est - UNCW Twitter
#49 Wisconsin vs. Brown (Des Moines) - 2pm est/1pm cst - Wisconsin Twitter
Fresno State at #20 Oregon - 2pm est/11am pst - Live Scoring/Video
Air Force at Stetson - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Arizona at San Diego State - 3pm est/12pm pst - Arizona Twitter
Michigan State at Boise State - 3:30pm est/1:30pm mst - Live Scoring
#4 Virginia vs. #13 Oklahoma (Tulsa) - 4pm est/3pm cst - Live Scoring/Video
UT Rio Grande Valley at #33 Rice - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring/Video
Toledo at #24 Michigan - 6pm est - Live Scoring/Video
Detroit at #11 Northwestern - 7:30pm est/6:30pm cst - Live Scoring & Video $

Sunday, March 13th
#65 UNC Wilmington at #16 South Florida - 9am est - Live Scoring
Air Force vs. Army (Orlando) - 10am est - Air Force Live Stream (click away)
#47 Iowa at #5 Oklahoma State - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring & Video
#49 Wisconsin at #36 Drake - 12pm est/11am cst - Live Scoring
#66 Duke at #51 Florida State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
#42 Georgia Tech at #27 NC State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#1 North Carolina at #74 Miami FL - 12pm est - Live Scoring/ESPN3
#39 Virginia Tech at Boston College - 12pm est - VT Twitter
#38 Notre Dame at #9 Wake Forest - 12pm est - Live Scoring/Video & WF Blog
Clemson at Louisville - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Prairie View A&M at #37 SMU 1pm est/12pm cst   Live Scoring
#17 Georgia vs. #56 Vanderbilt - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring
#12 Kentucky at #50 Alabama - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring
#7 Texas A&M at #22 Ole Miss - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring & Rebel Blog
#72 Tennessee at #44 Mississippi State - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring
#43 LSU at #32 Arkansas - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring
Troy at #16 South Florida - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring
Lamar at #5 Oklahoma State - 4pm est/3pm cst - Live Scoring & Video
#45 Purdue at #14 Cal (Burlingame) - 2:30pm est/11:30am pst - Cal Twitter
#19 Texas at #29 San Diego - 3pm est/12pm pst - Live Scoring
Morehead State at #9 Wake Forest - 5pm est - Live Scoring/Video & WF Blog
Ball State at #56 Vanderbilt - 5pm est/4pm cst - Live Scoring
Northern Colorado at #37 SMU 5:30pm est/4:30pm cst   Live Scoring
The Citadel at #50 Alabama - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring
Northern Kentucky at Louisville - 6pm est - Live Scoring
#47 Iowa vs. Lamar (Stillwater) - 8pm est/7pm cst - Iowa Twitter & Video

Monday, March 14th
Prairie View A&M at #18 Baylor  2pm est/1pm cst   Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
#10 Texas Tech vs. Indiana (San Diego) - 3pm est/12pm pst - Texas Tech/Indiana Twitter
Prairie View A&M at #18 Baylor  5pm est/4pm cst   Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
Prairie View A&M at #18 Baylor  8pm est/7pm cst   Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
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Usually Tuesdays are reserved for the the release of the rankings, but today should have been renamed 4-3day with one match after another going down to the wire.

TCU and Northwestern were originally supposed to meet a few weeks ago in Evanston but due to bad weather TCU's flight was cancelled so they made up the match up today in Fort Worth. Today in Fort Worth there were high winds anticipated so play was moved indoors though evidently it never got as windy as forecasted.

The doubles point would be a precursor to the type of match that was going to take place over the next two hours and forty-five minutes. Northwestern's Fedor Baev and Strong Kirchheimer won 6-4 at No. 1 but minutes later TCU's Cameron Norrie and Jerry Lopez would pick up a 6-4 win at No. 3. The doubles point would be decided in a tiebreak at No. 2 with TCU's Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nuez coming back from 4-1 down to take it 7-6(5).

TCU's indoor facility has just five courts so the top five singles spots went on first with No. 6 not going on until the first match finished.

TCU took three of the five first sets and almost had a fourth but Northwestern's Strong Kirchheimer pulled out a tiebreak at No. 3. TCU sophomore Cameron Norrie finished first with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sam Shropshire at No. 2 and then Eduardo Nava made it 3-0 after he defeated Alp Horoz 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5.

Northwestern's Strong Kirchheimer started the Wildcats comeback with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Guillermo Nunez at No. 3 and then Fedor Baev pulled away from Jerry Lopez in the third set to win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 4.

Konrad Zieba tied it up at 3-3 with a big 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Alex Rybakov at No. 1 so it would all come down to a third set at No. 6 singles to decide it.

TCU sophomore Trevor Johnson took the first set 6-4 but Northwestern freshman Ben Vandixhorn took the second 6-3. Johnson started off the third set by holding and then breaking but Vandixhorn broke back and held for 2-2. Johnson would hold, break, hold, and break once more to close it out 6-2 in the third.

#3 TCU 4, #12 Northwestern 3
Mar 22, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Konrad Zieba (NW) def. #15 Alex Rybakov (TCU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NW) 6-2, 6-3
3. #97 Strong Kirchheimer (NW) def. #54 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 
4. Fedor Baev (NW) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
5. #103 Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Alp Horoz (NW) 6-1, 6-3
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NW) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NW) def. #67 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NW) 7-6 (7-5) 
3. Cameron Norrie/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NW) 6-4
Match Notes:
Northwestern 14-2; National ranking #12
TCU 14-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,5,3,4,1,6) 

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "This is obviously a great win for our guys. We showed a lot of resilience having to go indoors on such a beautiful day because of the prediction of wind. Our rules need to be adjusted, but credit to our guys and we should probably get credit as this being an away match. To be able to beat this Northwestern team on indoor courts that has won 14 of the last 15 matches is a great win for our guys.

"From the very beginning, you could tell that Cameron Norrie was ready to play and you could tell that Eduardo was ready to play. Alex Rybakov got off to a great start and he was looking good but that was a tough match. Guillermo (Nuez) also had a tough match at the No. 3 spot. We knew that it was going to be tough and if you want to beat (Strong) Kirchheimer, you better be ready to compete and we fell a little short there.

"You beat a team like this in these conditions and you are happy, but there are just so many things that we could have done better today. I feel like we got away with one. The highlight of the day was obviously Trevor (Johnson) who clutches the doubles and then comes back in singles after having to wait and wins a three-set match with everybody watching. I was so happy for him. He works so hard and he deserves all of the success he gets. I am pleased, but parts of our team got exposed today and we need to do something about that.

"Now we get to prepare for Texas A&M. That is going to be a tough match on Monday. They are doing very well and we played them twice last year, so I am sure they remember that. It is basically their same team from last year, so it will be a tough match."

The biggest surprise of the day took place in Lexington as a short-handed Kentucky team knocked off No. 10 Illinois 4-3. Kentucky was playing without its usual No. 3 and No. 4 singles players, Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart, but the substitutes came through in a major way.

Illinois took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but Kentucky took four of six opening sets in singles. Kentucky senior Kevin Lai was first off the court with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Brian Page at No. 6. It was only Lai's second dual-match of the season and first against a Power 5 school.

UK sophomore Jake Stefanik put the Cats ahead 2-1 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Asher Hirsch at No. 5. It just Stefanik's fifth dual-match of the year although he was coming off a blowout win over Vanderbilt's Alex Ross.

UK sophomore William Bushamuka put Kentucky within a point of the win with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 win over Jared Hiltzik at No. 1. Hiltzik led 2-0 in the tiebreak when he was defaulted due to a fourth overrule which occurred on a Bushamuka first serve. Hiltzik took to Twitter after the match and was less than pleased with what he thought was some horrible officiating.

Aron Hiltzik trimmed the Kentucky lead to 3-2 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Trey Yates at No. 3 and Aleks Vukic tied it up with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Ryotaro Matsumura at No. 2.

The match would be decided at No. 4 singles between Kentucky freshman Austin Hussey and Illinois redshirt junior Julian Childers. Hussey took the first set 6-3 and led 3-1 in the second but Childers took the next five games to take it 6-3. Childers went up an early break in the third and would serve for the match up 5-4 but Hussey broke and then held for 6-5.

Hussey went up 0-15 on the Childers serve when a forehand down the line forced an error but Childers evened it at 15-all with a second serve service winner. Childers went up 30-15 with an overhead put away from the service line but a double fault on the next point made it 30-all. Childers went up 40-30 when a Hussey backhand sailed just long on the 15th shot of the rally but Hussey took the next point when Childers sent a forehand long on the 14th shot of the rally. Hussey elected to receive the deciding no-ad point in the ad-court and on the 19th shot of the rally he hit a forehand from the service line that Childers couldn't get back in play and that was game, set, and match.

The 17th shot of the rally was the shot that set up the finish because Hussey looped a forehand that the wind carried to the baseline so Childers had to hit a forehand above his shoulders. Childers couldn't get into position to hit an overhead so just tapped it back and the wind knocked it down enough that Hussey was able to come in and drill it.

Kudos to Kentucky for periscoping the final game!!

#18 Kentucky 4, #10 Illinois 3
March 22, 2016 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #27 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2-0)
2. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #59 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Trey Yates (UK) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
4. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
5. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Kevin Lai (UK) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) 6-3
2. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Kevin Lai/Trey Yates (UK) 6-4
3. Austin Hussey/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Alex Jeese/Julian Childers (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Illinois 8-7 (0-1); National ranking #10
Kentucky 12-4 (3-2); National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"I think today we showed that we can play against the best one-two punch in the country, fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffman said. "Today we really showed our depth without a couple guys in the lineup.

"I thought our guys stepped up big especially on the back end after losing the doubles point. I thought that our energy during doubles was a lot better than normal, especially on the third court that's what we're looking for on all courts and what they did was great.

"I think when Austin came down and watched matches as a senior in high school, he had that kind of idea in his head, and his performance today was enormous, Kauffmann said on the freshman's outing. "For him to come down and clinch the match like that wow. I know he's talked about it, but for him to do it is different. I'm really proud of how he did today.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We have to perform better at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We didn't close out matches where we had momentum. That is the difference in us becoming an elite team. We had some tough performances from Jared and Aleks. They played with great composure."

Drake hadn't played in nine days and was coming off a tough loss to Wisconsin but the Bulldogs were able to gut out a come from behind 4-3 win over No. 26 Oregon.

Oregon blew Drake off the court in doubles winning 6-2 at both No. 2 and No. 3 and they also led 5-2 at No. 1 when play was stopped due to the clinch. Each team took three first sets and five of the six matches would finish in straight sets.

Drake's Ben Stride cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 6 but Oregon's Simon Stevens answered with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3. Drake's Ben Lott tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1 but Oregon's Cormac Clissold put the Ducks back ahead with a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 5. Drake's Calum MacGeoch tied it back up with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4 so the match would be decided in a third set at No. 2 between a pair of freshman.

Oregon's Thomas Laurent took the first set 7-5 but the second set was all Vinny Gillespie as the Scotland native took it 6-1. Gillespie broke Laurent to start the third set and then held for 2-0. Gillespie kept the break lead until Laurent broke for 4-4 and then held for 5-4. Gillespie held, broke, and then held to close it out 5-7, 6-1, 7-5.

It was the fourth time this season that Gillespie clinched a team win and also the fourth time he had been in the final match left on court. After dropping his first two he has now won the last two.

Also nice job by Drake getting some video clips after the match with Davidson and Vinny.

#44 Drake 4, #26 Oregon 3
Mar 22, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU) def. #94 Maasland, Daan (UO) 6-4, 6-4
2. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Laurent, Thomas (UO) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
3. Stevens, Simon (UO) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-4, 6-3
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Amos, Jayson (UO) 6-3, 7-5
5. Clissold, Cormac (UO) def. Wood, Ben (DU) 7-6, 6-1
6. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Young-Smith, Ethan (UO) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #20 Amos, Jayson/Soemarno, Armando (UO) vs. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 5-2 unf.
2. Maasland, Daan/Stevens, Simon (UO) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-2
3. Clissold, Cormac/Laurent, Thomas (UO) def. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) 6-2
Match Notes
Drake 13-6; National ranking #44
Oregon 13-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,1,5,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
"What a great effort from Ben (Lott) today, picking up a nationally ranked win. He is a guy that the team looks too and when he is winning and playing well the guys know we are in good shape," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.

In the early match of the day it was No. 27 Tulsa holding on to edge #42 Dartmouth 4-3. Dartmouth won easily at No. 3 doubles but Tulsa cruised at No. 2. Tulsa's No. 1 team of Matthew Kirby and Okkie Kellerman broke Dartmouth's Sakinis and Glasnovic to go up 6-5 and then served it out to take the match 7-5.

All six singles matches would finish in straight sets after each team took three first sets. Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel, who normally plays at No. 1, picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2. Dartmouth's Dovydas Sakinis got past Juan Matias Gonzalez 7-6, 6-2 at No. 1. Dartmouth's George Wall won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 to tie the match at 2-all but Tulsa's Francois Kellerman put the Golden Hurricane back ahead with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6.

Dartmouth's Max Schmidt tied it at 3-all with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5 so it came down to No. 3 between Tulsa's Carlos Bautista and Dartmouth's Max Fliegner.

Flienger jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first set but Bautista took the next four to go up 5-3. Fliegner held for 4-5, broke for 5-5, and then held for 6-5. Bautista held to send it a tiebreak and then he took took the tiebreak 7-4. Fliegner broke Bautista to start the second set and then held for 2-0. After an exchange of holds Bautista would break to even it at 3-3 and then hold for 4-3. Bautista would break again and then hold to seal the win 7-6, 6-3.

#27 Tulsa 4, #42 Dartmouth 3 
March 22, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #55 Dovydas Sakinis (Dartmouth) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa), 7-6(2), 6-2
2. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) def. Ciro Riccardi (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-2
3. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) def. Max Fliegner (Dartmouth), 7-6(4), 6-3
4. George Wall (Dartmouth) def. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-3
5. Max Schmidt (Dartmouth) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-2
6. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) def. Eddie Grabill (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Kirby/O.Kellerman (Tulsa) def #59 Sakinis/Glasnovic (Dartmouth), 7-5
2. Tannenbaum/Wall (Dartmouth) def McCloskey/Bechard (Tulsa), 6-2
3. Kilani/Bautista (Tulsa) def Fliegner/Schidt (Dartmouth), 6-1
Match Notes:
Tulsa 8-8; National ranking #27
Dartmouth 11-7; National ranking #42
Order of doubles finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,4,6,5,3)

UCLA made a quick trip down to Las Vegas to play UCLA but they ended up playing indoors in neighboring Henderson due to high wind. They played singles first and UCLA won five of six match with Karue Sell taking the day off.

Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio won in straight sets while Gage Brymer was pushed to a third set supertiebreak. Austin Rapp, who played his first match since injuring his ankle against North Carolina at the National Indoors on February 14, fell in a third set supertiebreak to Richard Solberg at No. 6.

UCLA swept all three courts in doubles with the closest match coming at No. 2 where Max Cressy and Joey D won 7-6(5).

#6 UCLA 6, UNLV 1
Mar 22, 2016 at Henderson, Nev. (Lifetime Club) 
Doubles competition
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Alberts/Amilon (UNLV) 6-1
2. Cressy/Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Gage-Brown/ Neto (UNLV) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Brymer/Rapp (UCLA) def. Cozbinov/Croxford (UNLV) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) 6-1, 6-3
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-4, 6-2
3. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
4. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) 6-3, 6-2
5. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV) 6-1, 6-4
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9)
Match Notes
UNLV 5-6
UCLA 12-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)

Earlier in the day Pepperdine tumbled out of the top 10, but later in the day the Waves were all smiles after defeating No. 20 Stanford for the first time in program history. The match was originally scheduled for Monday but was pushed back to Tuesday due to rain. Rain was still a possibility on Tuesday so the team played singles first and wouldn't you know but it was all tied at 3-3 after singles.

Stanford picked up straight set wins from Carolina Doyle, Krista Hardebeck, and Kimberly Yee at 2, 3, and 6 while Pepperdine's Luisa Stefani won in straights at No. 1.

Pepperdine's Matea Cutura and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai each won in three-sets with Cutura the last one on court.

The doubles point decided the winner and it was Pepperdine winning 6-3 at No. 1 and 6-1 at No. 2 to take the point and the match.

#11 Pepperdine 4, #20 Stanford 3
Mar 22, 2016 at Palo Alto, Calif. (Taube Family Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1) No. 2 Luisa Stefani (PEPP) d. No. 23 Taylor Davidson (STAN) 6-4, 6-1
2) No. 57 Caroline Doyle (STAN) d. Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) 6-3, 6-3
3) No. 118 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) d. Laura Gulbe (PEPP) 6-4, 7-6 (12)
4) Matea Cutura (PEPP) d. Caroline Lampl (STAN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5) Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPP) d. Melissa Lord (STAN) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
6) Kimberly Yee (STAN) d. Michaela Capanno (PEPP) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 5, 6, 3, 4
Doubles competition
1) No. 29 Runglerdkriangkrai/Stefani (PEPP) d. No. 4 Davidson/Doyle (STAN) 6-3
2) No. 13 Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEPP) d. Lord/Yee (STAN) 6-1
3) No. 47 Hardebeck/Lampl (STAN) led Capannolo/Milovanovic 5-2, suspended
Order of Finish: 2, 1

Post-Match Quotes from Pepperdine's recap
"Our program is heading in the right direction and beating Stanford on their courts is another step forward for us, said head coach Per Nilsson.  "I'm really proud of the team and excited to see what they will do next.

"Matea stepped up today and showed a lot of toughness, said Nilsson.  "There was a lot of pressure on her to get us into doubles.

"We got really excited going into the doubles and Luisa and Jean came up with a big win to clinch the match, Nilsson said.

Tulane stayed out west after playing in San Diego last week and picked up a nice 7-0 win over Santa Clara in Nor Cal. The Green Wave took the doubles point with Constantin Schmitz and Sebastian Rey winning the deciding match at No. 2 by a 7-5 score. 

Tulane won all six singles matches in straight sets with the "Dominator" Dominik Koepfer clinching the team win at No. 1. Koepfer is a rock solid 13-0 in dual-match play and 25-2 overall this year - its no wonder he is the ITA ranked No. 1 singles player. 

#22 Tulane 7, Santa Clara 0
Mar 22, 2016 at Santa Clara University (Degheri Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Ashot Khacharyan (SCU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #83 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Robert Seby (SCU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Connor Garnett (SCU) 6-2, 7-6
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Kamram Khan (SCU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Alex Van Cott (TLN) def. Sebastien Mathieu (SCU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Jeffrey Liang (SCU) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #21 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Connor Garnett/Robert Seby (SCU) 6-2
2. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Jeffrey Liang/Kamram Khan (SCU) 7-5
3. Ashot Khacharyan/Max Heerinckx (SCU) def. Nikolas Tukic/Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-3
Match Notes:
Tulane 12-4; National ranking #22
Santa Clara 6-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,1,4,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"The guys did a good job taking care of business today against a very solid Santa Clara team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "We set up some team goals and some individual goals about how we wanted to respond from our last match that we lost, and the guys held themselves accountable to reach those goals and learned a lot from today's match."

Post-Match Quotes from Santa Clara's recap
"Tulane is one of the best teams in the country so credit to them for coming out and getting after it," said Head Coach Derek Mills. "These matches against ranked teams are tough but we are learning how to compete against the best."

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When North Carolina defeated Virginia to win the National Team Indoors back in February many thought that win wiped out all the streaks that Virginia had over North Carolina. It turns out there was another streak that was still intact going into today's match and that was the fact that Virginia had won the doubles point over North Carolina in 18 straight matches dating all the way back to April 3, 2004. Well that streak was broken today when North Carolina found a way to pull out the point in dramatic fashion.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone didn't waste any time at No. 3 as they ran all over Ronnie Schneider and Andrew Gores 6-0.

North Carolina's No. 2 team of Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray took their first lead of the match when they broke to go up 4-3 and then Murray held for 5-3. Virginia's Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwaitkowski would hold for 4-5, break Schnur for 5-5, and then hold for 6-5. Murray held to send it to a tiebreak and in the tiebreak the UNC pair jumped out to a 5-2* lead. UNC served up 6-4 but UVA got the mini-break back only to see UNC take the next point to win it 7-6(5).

The doubles point would finish in the next 60 seconds with the remaining match at No. 1 also in a tiebreak. After 12 consecutive holds, Virginia's Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the tiebreak but UNC's Brett Clark and Robert Kelly took the next three to go up 4-3. UNC went up a mini-break for 5-4 and then took the next point to go up 6-4. UVA took the next two to even it at 6-6 but UNC took the last two to win it 8-6.

North Carolina got off to a quick start in singles with Brayden Schnur, Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali each going up early breaks while Henrik Wiersholm was the only Cavalier to come out of the gates strong.

UNC sophomore Robert Kelly was the first off the court with a surprising 6-2, 6-3 romp over JC Aragone at No. 5. The reason I say surprising is because Aragone had rolled Kelly in the two previous meetings but not today. Kelly broke Aragone to start the match but Aragone broke back and held for 2-1. Kelly then reeled off seven straight games, which was two more games than he won in the previous meeting, to take the opening set 6-2 and go up 2-0 in the second. After a Aragone hold, Kelly would hold for 3-1, break for 4-1, and hold for 5-1. Aragone would hold for 2-5, break for 3-5, but Kelly broke back to close it out.

UVA sophomore Henrik Wiersholm would put the Cavaliers on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Jack Murray at No. 4. Murray broke Wiersholm to start the match but he wouldn't lead again as Wiersholm broke back and then broke two more times to take the opening set 6-2. Wiersholm held to start the second set then broke Murray to go up 2-0. Murray broke back but Wiersholm broke again, held, and then broke one more time to go up 5-1. Murray broke and held to pull within 3-5 but Wiersholm was finally able to serve it out for a 6-2, 6-3 win.

UNC freshman Anu Kodali would extend the lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mac Styslinger at No. 6. Kodali broke Styslinger to go up 3-2 in the first and would break again to go up 5-2. Styslinger got one of the breaks back and then held for 4-5 but Kodali held to take the set 6-4. Kodali jumped out to a double break 3-0 lead in the second set before Styslinger broke and held to pull within 3-2. It was all holds the rest of the way with Kodali taking it 6-4, 6-4.

All three remaining courts were into a third set with UNC needing just one of them while UVA needed all three.

UNC junior Brayden Schnur came out of the gates on fire at No. 1 by breaking UVA's Ryan Shane to go up 2-1 in the first and then he'd break again to go up 4-1. Shane got one of the breaks back but Schnur immediately broke back and then held to take the opening set 6-2. Shane turned things around in the second set and opened up a 3-0 lead and would cruise to a 6-1 set. Shane broke Schnur to start the third set and held for 2-0 but Schnur would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-2. It stayed on serve the rest of the way and went to a tiebreak.

Schnur went up *3-1 but he'd double fault and then miss a forehand to make it 3-3. They'd alternate the next five points with Schnur going up 6-5 after Shane hit a double fault at 5-5. Schnur would cash in on his first match point with a service winner to seal the big win.

 Schnur's serve on match point hit the tape and the change of pace was enough to throw Shane off which helped force his return to go long.

The two remaining matches were played out with UVA's Collin Altamirano coming back from 4-1 down in the third to win 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Ronnie Schneider at No. 2 and UVA's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski coming back from 3-1 down in the third to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Another great match with the same outcome as the last one.

#1 North Carolina 4, #3 Virginia 3
Apr 01, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) 7-6(6)
2. #31 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) def. #8 M Styslinger/T-S Kwiatkowski (UVA) 7-6(5)
3. Collin Altamirano/JC Aragone (UVA) def. Ronnie Schneider/Andrew Gores (UNC) 6-0
Singles competition
1. #46 Brayden Schnur (UNC 13.94) def. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.57) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(5)
2. #63 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.11) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.57) def. #37 Brett Clark (UNC 13.88) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.41) def. #95 Jack Murray (UNC 13.79) 6-2, 6-3
5. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.89) def. #88 JC Aragone (UVA 13.83) 6-2, 6-3
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.24) def. #124 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.72) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes
North Carolina 21-1 (6-1 ACC); National ranking #1
Virginia 16-3 (6-1 ACC); National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,6,1,3,2)

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"What a great match high-level tennis all the way up and down the line, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "Virginia's got a great team, a great program. They handle everything with class. I'm just really proud of our team and proud of our effort.

 "We were locked in dogfights everywhere else, Paul said in talking about the top three courts in the third sets. 

Schnur, playing at No. 1, went into a third-set tiebreaker as Schneider lead in his third set on No. 2 and Clark held the advantage on No. 3. Both Schneider and Clark would eventually fall, but Schnur made sure the Tar Heels still got the team win by claiming the tie-breaker 7-5 to seal the win over eighth-ranked Shane, the defending NCAA singles champion.  

"I knew he's a really good player, said Schnur,  "He has a lot of weapons. but I knew eventually I'd get my break and get back in the match, and as long as I played my game I'd be fine.

 "I thought the crowd was the biggest factor that was the biggest crowd we've had, at least since I've been here, and that played a huge role in today's win, Schnur said.

"On big days, big occasions, he's just there he's done it his whole career, Paul said of his No. 1 player. "He loves the moment and loves the bigger crowds. I'm really happy for him.

 "It's definitely a big accomplishment Virginia is a really good team and they have a really good program, but the season's not over, Schnur said. "It's just one match and we have another 

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Congratulations to North Carolina, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I truly believe we are right where we need to be at this point in the regular season, we just unfortunately lose a few breakers that cost us the match. If that is going to happen, now is the time for that. We are only going to get better by the day. We need to get healthy. Alexander Ritschard, who has been out all spring, is getting closer by the day. We are taking it extremely slow with him, but not having one of your best players makes it tough. Ryan Shane has not been healthy throughout the year, but he is heading in the right direction and this is the best he has felt. We will stick to the process. With our goal being success in the postseason, we are right where we need to be.


Texas A&M came into tonight's match with Georgia riding a 21-match home court winning against SEC opponents but despite winning the doubles point it wouldn't reach 22.

Texas A&M looked good in doubles and took the point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3. Max Lunkin and Arthur Rinderknech came back from *1-3 down to defeat Wayne Montgomery and Emil Reinberg 6-4 at No. 3. Shane Vinsant and Harrison Adams broke serve to go up 3-2 and never looked back in a 6-4 win over Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski at No. 2.

Texas A&M used the momentum from doubles and jumped out to early break leads on several courts in singles but Georgia would rebound and take five of six first sets.

The one court where Georgia never trailed was at No. 3. Walker Duncan jumped out to the early lead on Jordi Arconada and despite a road-bump late in the second set would take it 6-1, 7-6(6).

Georgia sophomore Wayne Montgomery put Georgia ahead 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Shane Vinsant at No. 2. Vinsant led 4-1 in the first but Montgomery won five straight to close out the set 6-4. Montgomery served for the match up 5-2 in the second but Vinsant broke to stay alive. Montgomery would break back on the deciding point to close it out.

Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski put Georgia up 3-1 with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 5. Zielinski opened up a double-break 3-0 lead to start the match but Catanzariti took the next four to go up 4-3. Zielinski was able to reverse the trend by holding, breaking, and holding to take the set 6-4. Catanzariti rolled through the second set but Zielinski dominated the third to put the Bulldogs just a point away from the win.

Austin Smith (Photo Via UGA)
Georgia was up on all three remaining courts and it'd be senior Austin Smith that would close out the Aggies with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Arthur Rinderknech at No. 1. Rinderknech took the opening set 6-2 but Smith was looking good in the second after breaking to go up 5-4. Rinderknech fought off two set points to break for 5-5 but Smith broke back and held to take the set 7-5. Smith broke Rinderknech to go up 3-2 in the third and then broke again for 5-2. Smith held at love to close out the win and essentially end Texas A&M's hopes of repeating as regular season conference champs.

The two remaining matches were abandoned with UGA's Paul Oosterbaan leading 4-2 in the third at No. 4 while Max Lunkin and Nick Wood had just split sets at No. 6.

#7 Georgia 4, #10 Texas A&M 1 
Apr 01, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA 14.36) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.33) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
2. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.12) def. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.03) 6-4, 6-3
3. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.52) def. #90 Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.72) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
4. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.75) vs. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.04) 7-5, 4-6, 4-2, unf
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.75) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.51) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.43) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 0-0, unf
Doubles Results
1. Jackson Withrow/Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) vs. #5 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 4-4, unf
2. Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-4 
Match Notes:
Georgia 13-3, 7-0; National ranking #7
Texas A&M 20-7, 5-3; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,5,1)
Time - 2:45 Attendance 531

Post-Match Quotes from UGA's recap
"This was a statement win for our team tonight, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We just played light outs and our guys showed a lot of fight, composure and maturity to get the win. We are a team that is growing up real fast at this point in the season, and I could not be more proud of this group of guys.

"We had to battle through some tough conditions and that showed in doubles, Diaz added. "Our guys were locked in all day though, and I had a great feeling about how we would respond. We just kept playing and were able to pull out a victory against a very good Texas A&M team.


The Friday schedule kicked off with an early one in windy Blacksburg between No. 45 Virginia Tech and No. 6 Wake Forest. Wake was able to take the doubles point with 6-2 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but Virginia Tech turned the tide in singles and took five opening sets with Wake's only first set coming from freshman Petros Chrysochos.

It just so happened that Chrysochos was first off the court with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Andreas Bjerrehus at No. 2 but Virginia Tech senior Amerigo Contini followed closely behind with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jon Ho at No. 3.

Wake Forest would take the second set on each of remaining four courts and Christian Seraphim would complete his comeback at No. 6 with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Jai Corbett. Wake's lead was now 3-1 but Virginia Tech's Mitch Harper would trim it to 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Dennis Uspensky at No. 5. Harper broke Uspensky to go up 4-2 in the third and then held onto the break lead to close it out.

Skander Mansouri (Photo Via WF)
While Edoardo Tessaro and Romain Bogaerts were on serve in the third at No. 4, Wake's Skander Mansouri would go break Joao Monteiro to go up 5-3 in the third at No. 1. Mansouri went up 40-15 and hit a first serve that Monteiro blocked back. The wind caught it and started to pull it back towards the net so Mansouri had to rush in and hit a forehand as the ball dipped below the net and he pulled it off with a winner to close it out and give Wake the win.

The remaining match at No. 4 was played with Tessaro getting a late break and then a hold to knock off Bogaerts 6-3 in the third.

Next up for Wake Forest is a Sunday showdown at No. 1 North Carolina.

Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky, "Virginia Tech is a very strong team, much much better then their current ranking. We knew it would be a difficult match. We got off to a great start with the doubles point but slow starts in singles as we lost 5 first sets. Petros was able to win in straights and we were able to push 4 others to 3rd sets. Christian finished his match off and then Skander played really well towards the end of his match to clinch the team win. Conditions really changed throughout the match and the wind became a big factor, really good preparation for the rest of the season. Should be another great battle on Sunday."

#6 Wake Forest 4, #45 Virginia Tech 3
Apr 01, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #21 Joao Monteiro (VT) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
2. #36 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #74 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-4, 6-1
3. Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 6-1
4. #72 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
5. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #7 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) vs. #12 S Mansouri/C Seraphim (WF) 5-3, unf
2. #48 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 6-2
3. Dennis Uspensky/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Mitch Harper/Jai Corbett (VT) 6-2
Match Notes
Wake Forest 23-4 (7-1 ACC); National ranking #6
Virginia Tech 12-6 (4-4 ACC); National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,3,6,5,1,4)

Fifth-ranked UCLA overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat No. 36 Stanford 4-1. Stanford took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but UCLA was just a little too strong in singles.

Logan Staggs set the tone of the day with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Nolan Paige at No. 5 and Karue Sell would make it 2-1 Bruins with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sameer Kumar at No. 4.

Martin Redlicki made it 3-1 with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over David Wilczynski at No. 2 and Joseph Di Giulio clinch the match with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Maciek Romanowicz at No. 6.

#5 UCLA 4, #36 Stanford 1
Apr 01, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 4-5, unfinished
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 4-6, 7-5, unfinished
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #56 David Wilczynski (STAN) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Michael Genender (STAN) 4-6, 6-5, unfinished
4. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Match Notes
Stanford 9-7; National ranking #36
UCLA 15-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)

Ninth-ranked USC dropped the doubles point against Cal but turned things around in singles to defeat No. 16 Cal 4-2.

Cal took the doubles point with a 6-0 win at No. 1 and a 6-3 win at No. 3 and then each team split opening sets in singles.

Nick Crystal, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget won in straight sets for USC at 2, 3, and 5 while Cal got a straight set win from Filip Bergevi at 4.

USC senior Max de Vroome would clinch the match with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Florian Lakat at No. 1.

#9 USC 4, #16 California 2
April 1, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles competition
1. #44 Bergevi/Lakat (CAL) def. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-0
2. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) def. Goransson/Griffith (USC) - 6-2
3. Nishimura/Shen (CAL) def. Forget/T. Smith (USC) - 6-3
Singles competition
1. #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #28 Florian Lakat (CAL) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-1*
2. #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #40 Billy Griffith (CAL) - 6-2, 6-4
3. #58 Logan Smith (USC) def. #17 Andre Goransson (CAL) - 6-2, 6-4
4. Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. #109 Jake DeVine (USC) - 7-6 (5), 6-4
5. Thibault Forget (USC) def. #62 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) - 6-3, 6-1
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) - 2-6, 7-6 (5), 2-1 susp.
Match Notes:
USC 12-4; National ranking #9
Cal 11-4; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,3,4,1*)

Post-Match Quote from USC's recap
"It was great to open the facility with the energy we had today, head coach Peter Smith said of the Trojans' first match at the newly renovated Marks Stadium. "The energy from our crowd transferred to our team.  It was just a gritty performance from the boys."

Post-Match Quote from Cal's recap
"We did a great job in doubles, but we struggled to bring that same energy to the singles, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We had our opportunities today, and it's certainly disappointing to come away with a loss. We're looking forward to a battle with UCLA tomorrow.

The biggest upset of the day took place at the site of this year's NCAA Championships as No. 24 Tulsa took out No. 8 Oklahoma State 4-1. Oklahoma State was down a couple of players with neither Julian Cash or Lukas Finzelberg in the lineup and Tulsa took advantage of the situation.

Tulsa took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then each team took three first sets in singles. Tulsa got a quick 6-1, 6-1 win from Francois Kellerman over Mateo Ruiz at No. 5 and Majed Kilani would make it 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jurence Mendoza at No. 4.

Lucas Gerch kept Oklahoma State in the match with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez at No. 2 but Daniel Santos would clinch the win for the Golden Hurricane with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Nathan Roper at No. 6.

Note - Ruiz had only played in 1 dual-match prior to tonight while Roper was playing his fourth dual-match.

Oklahoma State was riding high just a few weeks ago but things seem to have taken a sharp turn in the other direction. The schedule isn't going to get any easier down the stretch so if the Cowboys can't rally the troops they're going to end up going on the road for the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

#24 Tulsa def. #8 Oklahoma State, 4-1
April 1, 2016 | Case Tennis Center | Tulsa, Oklahoma
Doubles competition
1. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TUL), 6-3
2. Dominic Bechard/Dylan McCloskey (TUL) def. Tristan Meraut/Nathan Roper (OSU), 6-2
3. Majed Kilani/Carlos Bautista (TUL) def. Arjun Kadhe/Mateo Ruiz (OSU), 6-4
Singles competition
1. #121 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.98) vs. #53 Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.90), 4-6, 7-6(4), 4-3 unf.
2. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.83) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.37), 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
3. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.53) vs. Carlos Bautista (TUL 13.30), 7-5, 4-6, 6-6 (1-5) unf.  
4. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.53) def. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.31), 6-4, 6-4
5. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.73) def. Mateo Ruiz (OSU 12.91), 6-1, 6-1
6. Daniel Santos (TUL 12.63) def. Nathan Roper (OSU 12.37), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes
Tulsa 10-9; National ranking #24
Oklahoma State 16-3; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)

#19 Kentucky 5, Tennessee 2
Apr 01, 2016 at Knoxville, Tenn. (Barksdale Stadium)
Singles competition
1. Luis Valero (UT) def. #26 William Bushamuka (UK) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2 
2. Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. Timo Stodder (UT) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT) def. Trey Yates (UK) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
4. Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Jack Schipanski (UT) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
5. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Preston Touliatos (UT) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (14-12) 
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Jack Heslin (UT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. #26 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Trey Yates/William Bushamuka (UK) def. Preston Touliatos/Jack Heslin (UT) 7-5
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Timo Stodder (UT) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Kentucky 15-5  ; National ranking #19
Tennessee 6-12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,4,1,3,5)

Post-Match Quotes from UK's recap
"A road win in our conference is never easy. Winning the doubles point was nice. We played much better in the big points.

"Our guys are a little tired right now. We talked about taking care of themselves better for the end of the season. I expect them to do it. Healthy, we can be an elite team, but it comes with sacrifice that other teams are not willing to do. We will rest and get back to work.

Other Friday Scores:
#29 Washington def. Utah 4-3 - UW recap
#39 Oregon def. Arizona 4-0

#4 Ohio State def. #60 Iowa 4-0
#12 Northwestern def. #30 Wisconsin 4-0
#15 Illinois def. Minnesota 4-0
#20 Michigan def. Indiana 4-1
#33 Penn State def. Nebraska 4-3 - PSU recap

#22 Florida State def. #51 Notre Dame 4-3 - FSU recap - Lock 7-6 in the 3rd
#31 Georgia Tech def. #67 Miami 5-2
#75 Duke def. #42 NC State 5-2
Clemson def. Boston College 4-3 - CU recap

#11 Florida def. #43 Vanderbilt 5-2
#14 Arkansas def. #41 Alabama 4-3 - Arky recap - nice comeback
#37 Ole Miss def. #25 Mississippi State 4-3 - Ole Miss recap - record crowd
#44 LSU def. #59 South Carolina 4-3 - LSU recap - two rain delays

#2 TCU def. UT Arlington 4-0
#2 TCU def. #26 Rice 4-1
#18 Oklahoma def. #17 South Florida 4-1

#58 Utah State def. #70 New Mexico 4-3 - USU recap - Swindells 6-4 in 3rd
#68 Loyola Marymount def. #72 Pacific 4-3 - Box Score
#35 Memphis def. #64 Middle Tennessee State 4-1
#54 Pepperdine def. St. Mary's CA 4-0
#57 East Tennessee State def. Furman 6-1
#69 Boise State def. Air Force 6-1
#49 UC Santa Barbara def. Hawaii 7-0

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It was a nice weekend for the two Southern California Pac-12 schools as both UCLA and USC swept their Northern California neighbors, Cal and Stanford. Both Cal and Stanford went 2-0 in doubles on the weekend but neither could do enough damage in singles to make the early lead hold up.

Cal's Mads Engsted and JT Nishimura cruised to a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles over Gage Brymer and Max Cressy but the Bruins appeared to be in control with 4-1* and *4-2  leads at No. 1 and No. 2. Cal would get the break back on both courts and Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat would take the final five games at No. 1 to win it 6-4 and give the Bears the doubles point.

UCLA came back in singles and took opening sets at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. UCLA sophomore Martin Redlicki made quick work over the slumping Andre Goransson by winning 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. Goransson went 13-2 in the fall with 7 ranked wins but he's just 5-8 in dual-match play with a 1-8 record against ranked opponents.

UCLA senior Karue Sell would put the Bruins ahead 2-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Oskar Wikberg at No. 4. Sell went up early breaks in both sets and never looked back.

UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald won his ninth straight match and put the Bruins a point away from the clinch with a 6-2, 7-6(3) win over Florian Lakat No. 1.

It looked like Cal senior Mads Engsted would pick up a win at No. 5 when he led Logan Staggs 6-4, 5-1 but Staggs would rally and take the next six games to steal the second set 7-5.

Cal sophomore J.T. Nishimura put the Bears second point on the board with a come from behind 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Joseph Di Giulio at No. 6. The win was Nishimura's third in a row while Di Giulio saw his six match winning streak get snapped.

Cal's hopes of a comeback were fading by the minute as Logan Staggs had opened up a big lead in the third at No. 5 while Gage Brymer was just a game away at No. 3.

Brymer probably thought he'd need three sets to get past Cal's Filip Bergevi, especially since Bergevi led 6-2 in the first set tiebreak, but Brymer came back to take the opening set tiebreak 10-8. Brymer went up 3-1 in the second set but Bergevi broke and held to even it at 3-3. Bergevi would serve for the second set up 5-4 but Brymer broke and held for 6-5. Brymer went up 30-40 on the Bergevi serve while Staggs was up 5-1, 40-0 at No. 5. Brymer didn't waste any time and finished off Bergevi on the next point to take it 7-6, 7-5.

Note: Cal's Billy Griffith, who has been playing at No. 2 singles/doubles, didn't play for unknown reasons

#5 UCLA 4, #16 California 2
Apr 02, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #44 Bergevi/Lakat (CAL) def. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-4
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) vs. Goransson/Wikberg (CAL) 5-4, unfinished
3. Engsted/Nishimura (CAL) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-2
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Florian Lakat (CAL) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #17 Andre Goransson (CAL) 6-1, 6-3
3. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Filip Bergevi (CAL) 7-6 (10-8), 7-5
4. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #62 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-2, 6-3
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Mads Engsted (CAL) 4-6, 7-5, 5-1, unfinished
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes
California 11-5; National ranking #16
UCLA 16-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,4,1,6,3)

Post-Match Quote from Cal's recap
"We played better today in singles and doubles, and this team continues to improve over the course of the season, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Billy Griffith was out in doubles and singles today, and we still managed to play UCLA tough all the way to the end.

For the second day in a row USC dropped the doubles point, after Stanford won at No. 1 and No. 3, but the Trojans turned things around in singles and won it 6-1.

USC freshman Jake DeVine was the first off the court with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of Sameer Kumar at No. 4 and then senior Max de Vroome would make it 2-1 Trojans with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Tom Fawcett at No. 1. It was de Vroome's sixth straight win and his second over Fawcett in the last five weeks.
USC freshman Jack Jaede put the Trojans head 3-1 with a 6-4, 7-6(7) win over Maciek Romanowicz at No. 6. Jaede came back from a 4-0 deficit in the second set tiebreak and fought off a set point when serving at 6-7.

USC sophomore Thibault Forget ran his dual-match record to 13-1 with a clinching 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Nolan Paige at No. 5.

The two remaining matches were played out with USC's Nick Crystal coming back from 5-7, 1-4 down at No. 2 to win 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 over David Wilczynski while USC's Logan Smith defeated Michael Genender 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 at No. 3

#9 USC 6, #36 Stanford 1
April 2, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles competition
1. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-4
2. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) vs. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 6-6 susp.
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. DeVine/Forget (USC) - 6-3 
Singles competition
1. #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) - 6-3, 7-5
2. #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #56 David Wilczinski (STAN) - 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
3. #58 Logan Smith (USC) def. Michael Genender (STAN) - 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
4. #109 Jake DeVine (USC) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) - 6-1, 6-2
5. Thibault Forget (USC) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-3*
6. Jack Jaede (USC) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) - 6-4, 7-6 (7)
Match Notes
USC 13-4; National ranking #9
Stanford 10-8; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,1,6,5*,3,2)


For the second time in the last seven days SMU went on the road and knocked off a top 20 team after picking up 4-2 win over No. 17 South Florida. The match was originally supposed to be played outdoors on USF's campus in Tampa but the wet weather forced the match indoors some 60 miles away at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.

The change in venue didn't effect USF's play in doubles as the Bulls took the point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but SMU was able to retake the momentum during single play.

Hunter Johnson (SMU)
The Mustangs took four opening sets and would win two of them in straight sets and the other two in three sets. Marker Kerner and Yates Johnson were the straight set winners at No. 4 and No. 6 while Samm Butler and Hunter Johnson won in three sets at No. 2 and No. 3.

South Florida's Roberto Cid won in straight sets at No. 1 while the match at No. 5 was abandoned with USF up a set.

FYI, the original box score from SMU's recap showed Yates Johnson losing and Slobodchikov winning but the recap said otherwise. I also suspect that the matches at No. 2 and No. 3 were reversed because Cotrone has played No. 1 or No. 2 all year with the same going for Hunter Johnson.

#27 SMU 4, #17 South Florida 2
Apr 02, 2016 at Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
Singles Competition
1. Roberto Cid (USF) def. Nate Lammons (SMU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
3. Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. Dominic Cotrone (USF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4. Markus Kerner (SMU) def. Peter Bertran (USF) 6-3, 6-3
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-7, 4-1 unfinished
6. Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Doubles Competition
1. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) 7-5
2. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) def. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) 6-1
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 7-5
Match Notes:
SMU 19-5; National ranking #27
USF Men's Tennis 13-8; National ranking #17

Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
"Having the match originally slated for a 2 p.m. eastern start but then got moved up to 11 a.m. because of the potential weather conditions and then have it moved once again to a 4:15 p.m. start and moved to a different city is a lot to ask for our guys but they handled it very well, said Head Coach Carl Neufeld.

"There were a lot of twists and turns in today's match and I believe this was our most complete performance of the year because of that, said Neufeld. "We showed perseverance and were resilient even after being down, we kept playing and continued with our effort throughout the match and you are going to need to do that in order to beat a top 20 team on the road.

After a great day of tennis we were treated to a great nightcap with No. 12 Texas Tech pulling out a dramatic 4-3 win in Waco over No. 38 Baylor.

Baylor's Max Tchoutakian and Tommy Podvinski played at No. 1 doubles for the first-time ever and rolled over the ITA No. 6 team of Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares 6-1. Baylor claimed the doubles point when Felipe Rios and Jimmy Bendeck, who were playing at No. 2 for the first-time ever, defeated the ITA No. 53 team of Alex Sendegeya and Bjorn Thomson 6-3.

The reason Baylor had to make some changes to its doubles and singles lineups was because Will Little, who normally played at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles, had to sit out with an injury.

It didn't take long for Texas Tech to take the lead because Connor Curry took care of Tommy Podvinski 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 while Bjorn Thomson defeated walk-on Tyler Stayer 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6. Alex Sendegeya extended the lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Felipe Rios at No. 3. It was Sendegeya's fourth win in his last five matches while Rios dropped his fifth straight.

Baylor started its comeback when senior Julian Lenz ousted Felipe Soares 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1 and it continued when freshman Jimmy Bendeck tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-2, 7-6(5) win over Jolan Cailleau at No. 3.

As Bendeck finished off Cailleau at No. 4, Texas Tech senior Hugo Dojas was serving for the second set at No. 2 leading Max Tchoutakian 5-2. Dojas held on the deciding point when Tchoutakian was overruled, for the third time in the match, on a line call on Dojas's serve. Dojas had the second set 6-2 plus with the point penalty he started off the third set up 0-15 on Tchoutakian's serve.

Tchoutakian shook off the point penalty and held from 40-15 to go up 1-0. Tchoutakian would then break on the deciding point to go up 2-0 but Dojas broke back from 30-40 to make it 1-2. Tchoutakian broke again on the deciding point to go up 3-1 and then he went up 40-30 on his next service game. Tchoutakian would hit an overhead into the bottom of the net to bring up the deciding point and then Dojas forced a Tchoutakian error to get the break for 2-3. After four straight breaks, Dojas would hold for 3-3 and then Tchoutakian would come back from 30-40 down to hold for 4-3.

Dojas went down 15-40 on his 3-4 service game when Tchoutakian called Dojas's first serve out. Dojas appealed the call and the chair overturned it. Since it was Tchoutakian's fourth overrule it resulted in a game penalty and thus erased all three break points that Dojas was facing.

Hugo Dojas (Texas Tech)
Dojas would then break from 30-40 to go up 5-4 but he wouldn't be able to serve it out with Tchoutakian breaking from 30-40 to tie it at 5-5.

Tchoutakian held at love for 6-5 and then Dojas held from 40-30 to send it to a tiebreak. Tchoutakian went up an early mini-break at *2-1 but a well hit drop shot by Dojas evened it at 2-2. Tchoutakian went up another mini-break when he punished a pretty weak Dojas second serve to go up *4-3 but Dojas evened it at 4-4 when he forced a Tchoutakian backhand error.

Dojas went up 5-4* with a forehand winner on the sideline - I thought the shot was pretty close but there was no way Tchoutakian could risk an overrule which would have defaulted him.

Dojas went up 6-4 with an ace down the T but he followed that up with a double fault to make it 6-5*.  The match would come to a conclusion on the next point when Tchoutakian hit a solid backhand that hit the tape and kicked back on his side of the court. Dojas had the win taking it 6-7, 6-2, 7-6.

#12 Texas Tech 4, #38 Baylor 3 
04/02/16, Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center) 
Doubles Competition
1. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. #6 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-1 
2. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. #53 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 6-3 
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TTU) vs. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU): 4-5, unf
Singles Competition
1. #20 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #14 Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-4, 7-5 
2. #108 Hugo Dojas (TTU) def. #66 Max Tchoutakian (BU): 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5) 
3. #116 Alex Sendegeya (TTU) def. Felipe Rios (BU): 6-4, 6-1 
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Jolan Cailleau (TTU): 6-2, 7-6 (5) 
5. Connor Curry (TTU) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU): 6-1, 6-0 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) def. Tyler Stayer (BU): 6-2, 6-1 
Match Notes 
Baylor (11-9, 0-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 38 
Texas Tech (22-3, 1-0 Big 12); National ranking No. 12 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,5,3,1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"The best thing that I saw from Hugo was his calmness," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "He didn't worry about what the score was in a high intensity match. He played each point hard. There were some big points and some big momentum swings during the third set. Hugo handled all the situations and finished great at the end. I was proud of his effort. This wasn't an easy environment to play in front of. We've struggled to beat Baylor in recent years. To beat them twice in the same year will definitely give us some confidence heading into next week."

"Baylor isn't at their best at No. 5 and No. 6 singles like they've been in the past," Masi said. "It was important for us to get on the scoreboard right away after losing the doubles point. Alex played a phenomenal match and did a great job of maintaining his game plan after he won the first set. He executed his game plan to perfection. When Alex took away everything his opponent liked to do, he didn't have an answer. To go up 3-1, it forced them to play from behind the whole time. I would like to see us play better at other spots, but its college tennis. You have ups and downs. Regardless, we handled it extremely well. I was proud of the team's effort overall."

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"We fought like little dogs, but that is the way it goes sometimes. Credit their guy. He played big under pressure. He was a little more physical than we were down the stretch. He was getting more out of his serve than we were. It was a coin flip out there and unfortunately we weren't able to execute as well as they did. They deserved to win. - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"Our No. 1 doubles team had a huge win. They have developed and improved a ton. That is a team that has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the country at that we beat. I am really proud of them. That has been a real positive for us. We have tried to figure out a way to give ourselves the best chance to win the doubles point. - head coach Matt Knoll on the doubles point

Columbia debuted its new PlaySight HD cameras on Saturday afternoon and the viewing audience got to see an exciting Ivy League match against No. 40 Dartmouth. Columbia came into the match having won its last 16 doubles points against Ivy League foes but Dartmouth was poised to put an end to that streak.

Columbia's Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski were the first to finish with a close 7-5 win over Dovydas Sakinis and Max Fliegner at No. 2. They broke to start the match but Dartmouth broke back for 2-2 and then held for 3-2. It stayed on serve until Vermeer and Rolski broke on the deciding point to go up 6-5 and then CU served it out for the win.

Dartmouth would answer with a 7-5 win of its own as Max Schmidt and Roko Glasnovic defeated Miguel Alda and Christopher Grant at No. 3. Schmidt and Glasnovic trailed *2-4 but they won three straight to go up 5-4. Columbia would hold on the deciding point for 5-5 but Dartmouth held and then broke on the deciding point to win 7-5.

Over at No. 1, Dartmouth's Brendan Tannenbaum and George Wall jumped out to an early *3-1 lead but Columbia's Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham broke back and held for 3-3. It would stay on serve the rest of the way until Columbia went up 3-0* in the deciding tiebreak and they'd eventually make it 5-2*. Dartmouth's Tannenbaum would hit two big first serves to make it 4-5* then Hadavi double faulted to make it 5-5. Wall hit a return winner off a Hadavi second serve to make it *6-5 and then he won the next point on his serve to take it 7-5.

Columbia came back in singles and took opening sets on the first four courts while Dartmouth took the last two. Four of the six matches would finish in straight sets with Columbia senior Mike Vermeer the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Brendan Tannenbaum at No. 4. Vermeer broke Tannenbaum to go up 4-3 in the first and then he held and broke again to take the opening set 6-3. Vermeer went up 5-0 in the second and served it out two games later for a 6-3, 6-1 win.

Columbia junior Shawn Hadavi gave Columbia its first lead of the day with a routine 6-2, 6-2 win over Dovydas Sakinis at No. 1. Hadavi opened up a 4-0 lead to start the match before Sakinis held and broke to make it 4-2. Hadavi broke back and held to take the set 6-2. Hadavi went up 5-0 in the second and had a match point on his serve on the deciding point but Sakinis got the break. Sakinis held for 2-5 before Hadavi served it out.

Dartmouth sophomore Max Fliegner tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Richard Pham at No. 5.  Fliegner broke Pham to go up 4-2 in the first and then held for 5-2. Pham would hold and break for 4-5 but Fliegner broke back to take the set 6-4. Fliegner rolled in the second set going up 5-2 and then breaking to win it 6-2.

Columbia senior Eric Rubin put Columbia back in front with a 6-4, 6-3 win over George Wall at No. 3. Wall broke Rubin to start the match and held for 2-0 but Rubin held, broke, and held to go up 3-2. Rubin would break Wall's 4-5 service game to take the opening set 6-4. Rubin jumped out to a 3-0* lead in the second but Wall held, broke, and held to even it at 3-3. Rubin would promptly take the next three to close it out 6-3.

Both of the remaining matches would go three-sets and it would ultimately be Columbia freshman Timmy Wang that would clinch it with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Max Schmidt at No. 6. Schmidt jumped out to a double-break 4-1 lead in the first set before Wang broke and held to make *4-3. Schmidt held and then broke to take the opening set 6-3. Wang broke Schmidt to go up 3-2 in the second but Schmidt broke back for 3-3. Wang broke back and held for 5-3 and would take the set 6-4. Wang broke Schmidt's 3-3 service game in the third set but Schmidt broke back to even it at 4-4. Wang would break back to go up 5-4 thanks to a couple of Schmidt double fault and then the Columbia freshman would serve it out from 40-30 to clinch the win. Video clip from Columbia senior Chris Sabaitis:

The remaining match at No. 2 was abandoned with Columbia freshman Victor Pham serving up a break at 4-3 in the third.

#28 Columbia 4, #40 Dartmouth 2
Apr 02, 2016 at New York, NY (Dick Savitt Tennis Center)
Doubles Competition
1. Brandan Tannenbaum/George Wall (DART) def. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU), 7-6(5)
2. #28 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU) def. Dovydas Sakinis/Max Fliegner (DART), 7-5
3. Max Schmidt/Roko Glasnovic (DART) def. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (CU), 7-5
Singles Competition
1. #64 Shawn Hadavi (CU) def. #81 Dovydas Sakinis (DART), 6-2, 6-2
2. Victor Pham (CU) vs. Ciro Riccardi (DART), 7-5, 4-6, 4-3, DNF
3. Eric Rubin (CU) def. George Wall (DART), 6-4, 6-3
4. Mike Vermeer (CU) def. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART), 6-3, 6-1
5. Max Fliegner (DART) def. Richard Pham (CU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Timothy Wang (CU) def. Max Schmidt (DART), 3-6 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes
Columbia 12-5; National ranking #28
Dartmouth 12-8; National ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,1,5,3,6)

Post-Match Quote from Columbia head coach Bid Goswami:
"Losing the doubles point after being up 5-2 in the deciding tiebreak was very difficult, but the guys kept their heads up going into singles. For the second match in a row, Victor Pham saving set points before winning his first set was very important. Shawn Hadavi played unbelievable tennis against Sakinis, last year's Ivy Player of  the Year who won Regionals this fall. And I am so proud of how freshman Timmy Wang fought so hard and seemed to grit his way to a win in his first Ivy match."

Post-Match Quotes from Dartmouth's recap
"We did a nice job on all three doubles courts today, head coach Chris Drake said. "Whether we needed to come back from being down on an early break or stay composed after losing a lead, we did the right things to give ourselves a shot. In the end, we played a good-tiebreaker to get the doubles point. In singles, we had them on the roes in a few sets that we didn't end up winning, and against a team as good as Columbia and in that building they usually make you pay for it.

"We had tremendous support from several of our former players and from many of our parents, and their enthusiastic and constant support was a huge factor in helping us compete so well today, Drake continued. "We will now quickly get ready to play against a very good Cornell team tomorrow afternoon. 

Cornell, ranked No. 56, pulled off a mild upset with a 4-1 win at home over No. 47 Harvard. Cornell's Bernardo Casares Rosa and Chris Vrabel broke to go up 5-4 and then served it out for a 6-4 win at No. 2. The Big Red would take the doubles point when Colin Sinclair and David Volfson pulled out a tiebreak at No. 1 by a 7-5 score with an overrule on match point.
Each team claimed three first sets in singles after Harvard pulled out tiebreaks at No. 1 and No. 5. Cornell junior Colin Sinclair would extend the Big Red lead to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Sebastian Beltrame at No. 2. Sinclair trailed 2-5* in the first set but won the last five games to take the set 7-5. Sinclair broke early in the second set but Beltrame got back on serve at 2-2. Sinclair would break a few games later and then close it out 6-4.

Big Red freshman Karlo Lozic pushed the lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jean Thirouin at No. 6. Lozic broke to go up 3-2 in the first and served out the set from 5-4. The second set had a similar script with Lozic breaking fairly early in the set then holding on the rest of the way.

Harvard would get on the board with Kenny Tao winning a fairly quick three-setter 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 over Chris Vrabel at No. 3. Tao broke to go up 4-2 in the third and held for 5-2 and would then serve it out a few games later.

While Harvard had a set lead on two of the three remaining courts, it'd be Cornell senior Stefan Vinti that would slam the door shut with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Andy Zhou at No. 4. Vinti jumped up to a 4-1 lead in the first set but had to break to take the set 6-4. Vinti went up 3-0 in the second and held on from there to win it.

#56 Cornell 4, #47 Harvard 2
Apr 02, 2016 at Ithaca, NY(Reis Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #117 Nicky Hu (HARV) vs. David Volfson (CORN) 7-6(6), 5-2
2. Colin Sinclair (CORN) def. Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) 7-5, 6-4
3. Kenny Tao (HARV) def. Chris Vrabel (CORN) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
4. Stefan Vinti (CORN) def. Andy Zhou (HARV) 6-4, 6-3
5. Kelvin Lam (HARV) vs. Bernardo Casares Rosa (CORN) 7-6(6), 1-4
6. Karlo Lozic (CORN) def. Jean Thirouin (HARV) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Colin Sinclair/David Volfson (CORN) def. Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HARV) 7-6(5)
2. Bernardo Casares Rosa/Chris Vrabel (CORN) def. Jean Thirouin/Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) 6-4
3. Dylan Brown/Stefan Vinti (CORN) vs. Kenny Tao/Andy Zhou (HARV) DNF
Match Notes
Cornell 8-9; National ranking #56
Harvard 12-9; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,4)

Memphis won its fifth match in a row and second match in the last two days with a 4-0 shutout over VCU in a match that was held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Memphis took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Tigers took five opening sets in singles.

Memphis sophomore Kai Lemke was off the court in just 50 minutes with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Catalin Fifea at No. 3. Fellow sophomore Andrew Watson extended the Memphis lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Michal Voscek at No. 1 in a match that lasted 1 hour and 11 minutes. 

Shakeel Manji, another sophomore, clinched the win for Memphis with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win over Louis Ishizaka at No. 6 in a match that last 1 hour and 24 minutes. I was about three courts away so this is as good a shot as I could get. 

VCU's Arvid Noren was serving up 5-1 (40-30) in the third when Manji clinched so unfortunately he didn't get to finish. The other two matches were on serve in the third set.

Memphis only has one match left in the regular season and that comes in two weeks when South Florida comes to Memphis. VCU will be back at it on Sunday facing Middle Tennessee State. 

#35 Memphis 4, VCU 0
Apr 02, 2016 at Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Buck Bouldin Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #105 Andrew Watson (MEM) def. Michal Voscek (VCU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Vitor Lima (VCU) vs. #76 Ryan Peniston (MEM) 1-6, 6-4, 2-1*, unf.
3. Kai Lemke (MEM) def. Catalin Fifea (VCU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) vs. Daryl Monfils (VCU) 6-7, 6-3 unf.
5. Arvid Noren (VCU) vs. Felix Rauch (MEM) 2-6, 6-2, *5-1 (40-30), unf.
6. Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Louis Ishizaka (VCU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) def. Vitor Lima/Daryl Monfils (VCU) 7-5
2. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEM) vs. Arvid Noren/Louis Ishizaka (VCU) 4-3, unf.
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Michal Voscek/Catalin Fifea (VCU) 6-0
Match Notes:
VCU 14-7
Memphis 14-8; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,1,6)

Post-Match Quote from Memphis's recap
"This was a good weekend for us," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It was just what we needed, we showed some toughness."

Pacific picked a nice 4-3 win on Saturday over No. 54 Pepperdine. Pacific won the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but Pepperdine rallied to take four first sets in singles.

Pepperdine would pick up straight set wins from Pedro Iamachkine and Jack Van Slyke at No. 5 and No. 6 while Pacific got straight set wins from Sem Verbeek and Miguel Diaz at No. 1 and No. 4.

Pepperdine's Lautaro Pane tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win at No. 2 but Pacific's Daniel Alameh would win the decider 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 over Stefan Menichella at No. 3.

The finish of the match was a little confusing if you were following the live scoring at home because the scoreboard showed Menichella winning both the first and second sets yet it still kept recording a score in the third set. Even after Alameh won the final set 6-3 the scoreboard showed that Pepperdine won the match 4-3. It wasn't until several minutes later that it changed to show Alameh winning the second set and thus the match.

#72 Pacific 4, #54 Pepperdine 3
Apr 02, 2016 at Stockton, Calif. (Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Sem Verbeek (PAC) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP) 6-4, 6-1
2. Lautaro Pane (PEP) def. Jose Chamba (PAC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
3. Daniel Alameh (PAC) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
4. Miguel Diaz (PAC) def. Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Alex Giannini (PAC) 6-1, 6-4
6. Jack Van Slyke (PEP) def. Kumara Adavelly (PAC) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Miguel Diaz/Jose Chamba (PAC) def. PANE, Lautaro/IAMACHKINE, Pedro (PEP) 6-4
2. Sem Verbeek/Alex Giannini (PAC) def. MENICHELLA, Stefan/SIDNEY, Gabriel (PEP) 6-3
3. Guilherme Hadlich/Jack Van Slyke (PEP) def. Bernardo Oliveira/Kumara Adavelly (PAC) 6-2
Match Notes
Pepperdine 8-8, 2-1 WCC; National ranking #54
Pacific 12-9, 4-1 WCC; National ranking #72
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,6,4,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Pacific's recap
"What an epic match," head coach Ryan Redondo said. "We had great synergy in doubles, which was key.  It was tooth and nail all the way through and everyone at Pacific was a part of that victory.  Their were special moments all over that match and I am really proud of the team.  They are the warriors in the arena and I give them full team effort-credit.  Yet, the ride still goes on. We have big match on Wednesday against the Oregon Ducks at home.  Practice is always our focus."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We can learn from this," Roddick said. "We've played a lot better in the last 45 days and we aren't going to let one match slow that down. We just have to get back to work this week and play at a high level."

Rice and Tulane played a wild match that started outdoors and finished indoors. Tulane won 6-2 at No. 2 doubles but Rice took the point by winning 7-5 in the tiebreak at both No. 1 and No. 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Day ceremony for Rice's Adam Gustafsson

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"Tremendous battle but congratulations to Rice for winning a tough match," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "We were losing for like five hours straight and then all of a sudden we had team match points. That's what we tell our guys, to always believe and keep fighting until the last point is played. Ian did a great job of coming back from 5-3 down in third set to get up 6-4 in the tiebreaker. Even though he didn't get the victory I'm proud of the way he put it all on the line there for Tulane. This kind of experience hurts but I know it will pay off if we keep on investing."

George Washington punched its ticket to the dance by beating VCU 4-3 in the finals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. It was the third year in a row these teams had met in the finals and was also the fifth time in the last six years that GW had earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We have a tradition of excellence here, and we've worked hard to keep that up. With that, there's a huge target on our back. We've done so well for so many years, other teams are always trying to knock us down. But when you come together as a team, anything is possible, and that's what happened today."

Columbia won the Ivy League regular season title for the third year in a row with a 5-1 win on the road at Penn. Columbia actually locked up the Ivy League's NCAA automatic berth on Friday when it beat Princeton but this win over Penn gave them the outright regular season title.

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

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

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

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

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

"Everybody did their part, including the entire coaching staff," Goswami added. "We have made believers out of the guys and they believed in themselves.

Jackson State won its fourth SWAC Championship, but first since 1998, with a 4-1 win over Alabama State. The Tigers took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Federico Boscarino, Stylianos Gkontsaris, and Richie Agarwal at 2, 4, and 6 with Agarwal clinching the championship. Alabama State got a straight set win from Takura Mlambo at No. 1 in a losing effort.

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

Other Notable Ranked Sunday Scores

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

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

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

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

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

#73 Utah def. Arizona 6-1

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

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