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The fourth Pac-12/SEC Challenge is in the books and the big winner from the weekend was the Florida Gators. Florida had only won one match at this event over the last three years but this year they doubled that number with a win over USC yesterday and today they took out UCLA 4-2. Florida started off the match in a 1-0 hole after UCLA won the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 3. The key point at No. 3 doubles came when UCLA's Max Cressy was serving at 4-4 (40/40). Florida's Elliott Orkin and McClain Kessler were in control of the point and had an overhead at the net to get the break but Cressy used his quick reflexes to block back the shot and it turned into a lob winner. Cressy and Gage Brymer would break Orkin on the next game to get the win. The doubles decider at No. 1 ended when Martin Redlicki hit a service return winner at 30/40 to give he and Evan Zhu the win.

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For the second day in a row Virginia faced a serious challenge but once again the bottom part of the lineup was able to come through when it counted and Virginia edged Kentucky 4-3. Virginia looked like it had the doubles point under control after winning 6-1 at No. 1 and leading 5-3 at No. 2 but Kentucky's Will Bushamuka and Nils Ellefsen won four straight games to win the decider 7-5. Virginia would try to rebound in singles but gaining early momentum would be a little tougher than usual since Virginia's strong No. 5 and No. 6 guys wouldn't get a chance to start immediately due to Kentucky indoor facility only having four courts.

Virginia freshman Carl Soderlund didn't waste any time in his match at No. 3 against Kentucky senior Beck Pennington. Soderlund played at No. 4 yesterday and he seemed to appreciate the bump up to No. 3 because he broke Pennington to start the match and about 25 minutes later he had a 6-0 first set in the bank. Pennington held to start the second set but Soderlund would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-1. Pennington held for 2-3 but then Soderlund won the final three games to close it out 6-0, 6-2. 

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Saturday, 31 January 2015 15:30

Illinois & Georgia both pick up Top 10 wins

For the 2nd night in a row Champaign was the scene of a nail-biter but this time it was the host Illini coming out on top as they gutted out a 4-3 win over #6 North Carolina in a match that saw 5 of 6 singles matches go the distance with the deciding match coming down to a 3rd set tiebreak.  

North Carolina was able to seize the early momentum by taking the doubles point which was a point the Tar Heels figured they'd need due to having 2 of its singles starters (#2 Ronnie Schneider-shoulder & #6 Oystein Steiro-elbow) out with injuries.  

As evidenced by the the singles scores below nothing would come easy on any of the courts and it would take almost 2 hours before the first match finished which occurred at #5 singles when UNC's Robert Kelly pulled off the upset and defeated #44 Aleks Vukic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.  With North Carolina taking 4 1st sets they had to feel good but finishing off 3 more courts would be a tall task.  

With North Carolina now leading 2-0, it looked like Illinois's Toshiki Matsuya would score the 1st point for the Illini when he had what appeared to be a commanding lead at #6 singles when he served up 6-2, 4-2 (40-15) but North Carolina's Stuart DePaolo would mount a comeback and take 4 straight games to steal the 2nd set 6-4 and force a 3rd set.  

As the match at #6 went to a 3rd set, Illinois would finally get on the board when Tim Kopinski defeated Jack Murray at #4 singles by a 7-6(5), 6-2 score in a match that was anything but easy for Kopinski. Tim jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the 1st set and had 2 break points for a 5-1 lead but Murray rallied and won 5 of the next 6 games and served for the set before Tim broke to send it the tiebreak. In the tiebreak Murray would lead 5-4 with 2 points on his serve but Kopinski got both points and then a 3rd straight, with the last coming via an overrule, to take the tiebreak 7-5.  Kopinski used that momentum to take the 2nd set in much easier fashion.  

With North Carolina's lead trimmed to 2-1, Illinois would get the equalizer to tie it at 2-2 when Matsuya regrouped and cruised to a 6-2 final set at #6 singles.

All 3 remaining matches were into a 3rd set and at #3 singles they stayed on serve until Illinois's Aron Hiltzik served at 3-4 and was facing the deciding deuce point.  With Hiltzik serving into the deuce court he hit what he thought was an ace down the T and headed back to the wall to grab his towel however Hess-Olesen called the serve wide and his call was seconded by the chair.  Hiltzik was able to get his 2nd serve in play but he was unable to get a clean hit on the Hess-Olesen return and as the ball sailed into the net it looked like Illinois's hopes of a comeback were going to be shattered because over at #1 singles North Carolina's Brayden Schnur had built a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Farris Gosea.

As UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen served for the match at #3, Gosea got an easy hold on 1 to cut the deficit to 3-5, and Illinois's Jared Hiltzik inched closer to the finish line at #2 as he had 2 match points on the Brett Clark while leading 5-3.   While Hess-Olsen did finish off the younger Hiltzik 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to put UNC up 3-2, the Tar Heel #1 Brayden Schnur was unable to do so at #1 singles getting broke at 30-40 which put the match back on serve.  On that 30-40 point, as Schnur came to the net Gosea was able to land a lob over Schnur's back shoulder and as Schnur turned to chase the ball he slipped and came down awkwardly and then walked around with a limp and held his side during the changeover.  Gosea would hold at 40-15 to tie it up at 5-5 before Schnur would get his bearings straight and put together a love hold for 6-5.  Gosea will then hold at 40-30 to send the match to a deciding 3rd set tiebreak.  Just as the tiebreak got going Illinois's Jared Hiltzik was able to tie the match at 3 as he served out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over UNC's Brett Clark at #2 singles so all attention was now on the 3rd set tiebreak at #1.  Schnur would jump out to a 4-2 lead before Gosea took 3 straight to lead 5-4 and Gosea was serving. Schnur would even it at 5 but then would hit a back hand into the net to give Gosea his 1st match point and Gosea would not waste it as he hit a backhand cross court past the drawn in Schnur to send the Illini faithful into a frenzy. Final score Illinois 4-3.

YouTube Clips:
Video of Gosea serving at 4-5 in the 3rd and Schnur serving 5-5
Video of Gosea serving at 5-6 in the 3rd
Video of the 1st 6 points of the match
Video of the final 6 points of the match

Illinois recap

UNC recap

#8 Illinois 4, #6 North Carolina 3

Singles competition
1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #2 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Brett Clark (UNC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. #62 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-4
2. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-1
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-1

Match Notes:
North Carolina 6-1; National ranking #6
Illinois 4-1; National ranking #8

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


In the 2nd half the SEC/Pac 12 Challenge, Georgia looked to even the score for the SEC after Florida fell earlier to USC 4-2 and the Bulldogs would not let down the crowd and would take a thrilling (for the home fans) 4-2 win over UCLA. Georgia got things started off by taking the doubles point and looked poised to take all 4 1st sets but while Wayne Montgomery and Austin Smith were able to close out 6-1 sets at #2 and #3, UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki would take the opening sets at #1 and #4 in tiebreaks with McDonald fighting off set points at 5-6 40-40 and at 5-6 in the tiebreak.  While Montgomery cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win at #2 singles to give Georgia a 2-0 lead, UCLA would take the momentum back as McDonald and Redlicki both breezed through their 2nd sets to even the match at 2-2.  Due to there being 4 indoor courts in Athens, the matches at #5 and #6 singles weren't able to start until 2 courts opened up so the focus then turned to #3 singles where Georgia's Austin Smith jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the 2nd after taking the 1st 6-1 but Brymer would get it back on serve and ultimately send it to a 2nd set tiebreak.  With UCLA's Karue Sell taking the opening set at #5 singles and Joseph Di Giulio going up an early break at #6 singles the tiebreak at #3 was one that Georgia had to have to keep the match from snowballing the Bruins way.  Brymer would jump out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but Smith would rally and take 6 of the next 7 points to close out the 6-1, 7-6(5) win which put Georgia back ahead 3-2.  Georgia's Nick Wood was able to ride the energy coming from Smith's court and would ultimately come all the way back from a set down and seal the deal with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at #5 singles.  Final score Georgia 4-2.

Georgia recap

UCLA recap

#7 Georgia 4, #4 UCLA 2
Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
4. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
5. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Karue Sell (UCLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-5, 1-2, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #11 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #16 Paul Oosterbaan/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3
2. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5
3. #53 Nathan Pasha/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Austin Rapp/Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-3

Match Notes
UCLA 3-1; National ranking #4
Georgia 3-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown

Official: Clark Weaver T-3:19 A-630


Early final score in from Athens and it's #1 USC holding off a tough Florida squad 5-2.

USC recap

Florida recap

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

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Sunday, 01 February 2015 22:52

USC, Texas A&M, and Penn Steal The Day

The 4 team 4 match Pac 12/SEC Challenge came to a conclusion today in Athens and it was USC being crowned the unofficial champs by virtue of being the only team to finish the weekend undefeated.  The Trojans got off to a quick start by going up early breaks on all 3 doubles courts and while Georgia was able to get it back on serve at #3 doubles USC wouldn't let up at 1 or 2 and finished those 2 rather quickly to grab the 1-0 lead.  USC came out strong in singles as well taking 3 of 4 1st sets (4 indoor courts being utilized) and while Georgia would battle back they just couldn't keep up with the USC power.  Yannick Hanfmann, Roberto Quiroz, and Eric Johnson would give USC the 3 points it needed with wins at 1, 2, and 4 and as the weekend finished up USC would go 2-0, Georgia 1-1, Florida 1-1, and UCLA 0-2 (see below for FLA/UCLA box score)

USC recap
Georgia recap

#1 Southern California 4, #7 Georgia 0
Feb. 1, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)

1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #16 Paul Oosterbaan/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-2
2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) 6-3
3. #53 Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 4-4, unfinished

1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-5, 6-2
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) vs. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-2, unfinished
4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
5. Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) 1-1, unfinished
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. #104 Max De Vroome (USC) 0-1, unfinished

Match Notes
Southern California 5-0; National ranking #1
Georgia 3-1; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,4)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:20 A-510


Florida recap
UCLA recap

#17 Florida 4, #4 UCLA 3
Feb. 1, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)

1. #11 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #32 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 6-1
2. #49 Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-0
3. #43 Landert/Wardell (UF) def. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
Florida Wins Doubles Point

1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 6-1, 6-1
2. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4, 6-1
3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3
5. Oliver Landert (UF) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. #90 Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Joshua Wardell (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Match Notes
UCLA 3-2; National ranking #4
Florida 4-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown

Official: Clark Weaver T-3:33 A-196


In College Station, Texas A&M and Ohio State needed 2 days to finish its duel because play was halted yesterday by rain so the teams resumed play around noon today.  Texas A&M claimed the doubles point on Saturday and also picked up 2 1st sets before the rain settled in but Ohio State rallied on Sunday by taking 3 of the first 4 to finish to go ahead 3-2.  Ohio State's Kevin Metka would have a match point in the 2nd set tiebreak against Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech but the Aggie freshman would fight it off and send the match to a 3rd set.  While Rinderknech and Metka exchanged served holds in the 3rd, Texas A&M's #1 Shane Vinsant would take control of the match at #1 singles and would even the team score at 3 a piece.  Metka fought off break point after break point but in the 5 all service game he finally couldn't rally from 0-40 down and Rinderknech broke for 6-5 then served it out at 40-15 to give the Aggies a win over Ohio State for the 2nd time in the last 3 years.  

Texas A&M recap
Ohio State recap

#15 Texas A&M 4, #5 Ohio State 3

Jan 31, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)

1. #25 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
2. #18 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. #27 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 4-5, susp.

1. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #21 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-2
2. #89 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #29 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #96 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #66 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. #53 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
6. Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Match Notes
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #5
Texas A&M 1-1; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,4,6,1,5)


The biggest upset of the day came in State College when unranked Penn stunned #16 Penn State 5-2. The Nittany Lions were riding high coming off last weeks wins over Kentucky and South Florida ,which earned them a spot into the National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago, but Penn came to play and after taking the doubles point they would also snag 1st sets at 1, 4, and 6.  The Quakers would close out each of these courts as well picking up a come from behind win at 5.  With the win Penn has now won 37 of 51 career meetings against Penn State.

Penn recap
Penn State recap

Penn 5, #16 Penn State 2
Feb.1, 2015 at University Park, Pa.
(Indoor Tennis Center)

1. Jeremy Court/Nicolas Podesta (PENN) def. Michael Reilly/Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) 7-5
2. Matt Barry/Alex Fennell (PSU) def. Austin Kaplan/Marshall Sharp (PENN) 6-1
3. Vim De Alwis/Matt Nardella (PENN) def. Aws Laaribi/Roman Trkulja (PSU) 6-2

1. Nicolas Podesta (PENN) def. Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
2. Alex Fennell (PSU) def. Vim De Alwis (PENN) 6-3, 6-3
3. Matt Barry (PSU) def. Jeremy Court (PENN) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
4. Matt Nardella (PENN) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Josh Pompan (PENN) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 2-6, 7-5, 4-0, retired
6. Blaine Willenborg (PENN) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)

Match Notes:
Penn 3-0
Penn State 2-1; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,3,1,5,6)
The big match of the day in Gainesville had a close doubles point but once Georgia got the early lead it never looked back and ended up pulling away for a 4-1 win.

The doubles point looked like it was Florida's for the taking after the Gators #2 team of Elliott Orkin and Maxx Lipman cruised to a 6-1 win while its #1 tandem of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson jumped out to a 4-2 lead.   With Georgia's #3 team of Wayne Montgomery and Paul Oosterbaan also winning 6-1 the pressure would go back on Georgia's #1 team of Austin Smith and Ben Wagland and the undefeated tandem wouldn't go away as they took 3 straight games to go up 5-4 and were serving for the match.  There would then be 3 consecutive service breaks to send the match to a tiebreak. After falling behind 4-2 and 6-4, Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland would fight off 2 match points and eventually win the last 3 points to take the tiebreak 9-7 in a match that took 57 minutes.

In singles play Georgia would jump out to a break lead on all 6 courts and would end up taking 5 1st sets with Elliott Orkin grabbing the lone 1st set for Florida at #4.  Austin Smith would be 1st off the court with a 6-1, 6-4 win at #2 and then 15 minutes later Paul Oosterbaan would close out his match with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #6 which put Georgia up 3-0.  Elliott Orkin would give Florida its only point with a 7-5, 6-2 win at #4 but a short while later Nathan Pasha would clinch the victory for Georgia with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 win at #3 singles.  The 2 remaining matches were tied in the 3rd set at the time of the clinch.  

Georgia recap
Florida recap

FYI, the # beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date of the recap.  For more details about UTR check out their website.

#7 Georgia 4, #17 Florida 1
Singles competition
1. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.65) vs. #46 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.04) 6-3, 3-6, 1-1 DNF
2. #25 Austin Smith (UGA 14.12) def.. #103 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.72) 6-1, 6-4
3. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.26) def. Gordon Watson (UF 13.74) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 
4. #80 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.84) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.69) 7-5, 6-2
5. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.26) vs. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.30) 6-3, 6-7(0) DNF
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.57) def. Oliver Landert (UF 13.14) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #10 Wagland/Smith (UGA) def. #47 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 7-6 (7)
2. Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. Diaz/Pasha (UGA) 6-1
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Richard Brej/Landert (UF) 6-1

Match Notes:
Florida 5-3; National ranking #17
Georgia 8-2; National ranking #7

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

Auburn, AL:  In the SEC opener for each school, Auburn was able to grab the doubles point and then pick up 4 1st sets to put South Carolina into a hole that they just couldn't climb out of.   Auburn's Oliver Plaskett provided the clincher at #6 singles with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Thomas Mayronne. The remaining match at #2 was halted with Auburn's Marko Krickovic up 5-3 in the 3rd so more than likely this would have finished 5-2 in Auburn's favor had it been played out.

Auburn recap
South Carolina recap

#28 Auburn 4, #34 South Carolina 2

Singles competition 
1. Lukas Ollert (AU 14.31) def. Kyle Koch (USC 13.91) 6-2, 6-4
2. Marko Krickovic (AU 13.76) vs. Andrew Adams (USC 13.80) 6-2, 3-6, 5-3 DNF
3. Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU 13.89) def. Thiago Pinheiro (USC 13.26) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
4. Andrew Schafer (USC 13.39) def. Dante Saleh (AU 12.93) 7-5, 6-4
5. Harrison O'Keefe (USC 13.27) def. Joseph Van Dooren (AU 12.42) 6-3, 6-4
6. Oliver Plaskett (AU 11.88) def. Thomas Mayronne (USC 13.11) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Oliver Plaskett (AU) def. Kyle Koch/Thiago Pinheiro (USC) 7-5
2. Lukas Ollert/Joseph Van Dooren (AU) def. Harrison O'Keefe/Thomas Mayronne (USC) 6-4
3. Andrew Schafer/Andrew Adams (USC) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Dante Saleh (AU) 6-3

Match Notes:
South Carolina 8-6 (0-1 SEC); National ranking #34
Auburn 11-2 (1-0 SEC); National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,5,4,3,6)
Played indoors

Official: Chris Rodger T-3:13


Ann Arbor, MI:  The Dartmouth Big Green ran its record to 7-4 on the year with a 4-3 win on the road at Michigan.  Michigan was coming off a win over Memphis but couldn't duplicate the results against its Ivy League foe.

Dartmouth recap
Michigan recap

#50 Dartmouth 4, #52 Michigan 3

1. #82 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.61) def. Alex Petrone (U-M 13.59), 6-2, 6-4
2. #112 Michael Zhu (U-M 12.69) def. #108 Chris Kipouras (DART 13.22), 6-4, 6-3
3. Runhao Hua (U-M 13.44) def. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.11), 6-4, 6-7 (6), 10-4
4. Alex Knight (U-M 12.99) def. Diego Pedraza (DART 12.88), 7-6 (4), 6-2
5. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART 12.89) def. Davis Crocker (U-M 12.15), 6-4, 6-4
6. Max Schmidt (DART 12.68) def. Carter Lin (U-M 13.09), 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

1. #18 Dovydas Sakinis/Chris Kipouras (DART) def. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-4
2. Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (U-M) vs. Brendan Tannenbaum/Max Schmidt (DART), 5-5 (DNF)
3. Sam Todd/Diego Pedraza (DART) def. Davis Crocker/Tyler Gardiner (U-M), 6-2

Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1, Singles 1-2-5-4-6-3



The owners of 38 NCAA Division 1 Men's Team National Championships will meet on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles as the #1 USC Trojans host the #37 Stanford Cardinal.

USC's media guide shows they lead the all-time series 109-76 with the 1st match played in 1925 while Stanford's shows USC leads it 63-59 with the 1st match coming in 1967.  I'd have to go with USC's as the more accurate source since I know Stanford was playing tennis long before 1967. Stanford has won 17 NCAA Championships with the last coming in 2000 while USC has won 21 NCAA Championships including 5 of the last 6.

USC has won 8 straight in the series with Stanford's last win over SC coming back in 2011 at the National Indoors. This USC team is full of experience with the top 4 spots in the singles lineup occupied by seniors along with a junior and a sophomore at 5 and 6. Stanford on the other hand is starting 3 freshmen, a senior, and 2 juniors.

Let's breakdown the individual match-ups and see if Stanford has any shot at getting close to 4 points against the #1 Trojans.

Stanford freshman #26 Tom Fawcett has turned some heads so far this year with his stellar play which includes 3 wins over top 60 opponents and he is currently the 3rd highest ranked freshman in the latest rankings behind only Duke's #8 Nicolas Alvarez and Georgia's #17 Wayne Montgomery. USC senior Yannick Hanfmann just seems to keep plugging along with 11 of his 13 wins over ranked opponents with 8 of those 11 over top 50 opponents.  Both of these guys are undefeated in dual match play so somebody has to lose - I'll take experience over youth.

Stanford's David Wilczynski has done something you don't see too often - he has played at every spot in the singles lineup after starting the year at 6 and has since played at 5, 4, 3, 2, and this past Tuesday against Hawaii he played at 1 so that's 6 different positions in 7 matches.  The reason for the upward slide has been strictly performance based as all his dual match wins have been blowouts with the lone loss coming in 3 sets to Cal's Filip Bergevi.  One item to note is that while the wins have been impressive only 1 has been over a ranked opponent (#123 Perez-Blanco). Wilczynski's opponent will be #20 Roberto Quiroz who already has 7 wins over ranked opponents and 5 of those over top 50 opponents.  Quiroz is just too seasoned for the Cardinal freshman and will take this one in 2.

Stanford's John Morrissey spent the last 2 years playing atop the Cardinal singles lineup but has been pushed down to #3 after a slow start to the year in conjunction with the strong play of both Fawcett and Wilczyns
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Friday, 27 February 2015 13:23

Stanford/USC Preview

The owners of 38 NCAA Division 1 Men's Team National Championships will meet on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles as the #1 USC Trojans host the #37 Stanford Cardinal.

USC's media guide shows they lead the all-time series 109-76 with the 1st match played in 1925 while Stanford's shows USC leads it 63-59 with the 1st match coming in 1967.  I'd have to go with USC's as the more accurate source since I know Stanford was playing tennis long before 1967. Stanford has won 17 NCAA Championships with the last coming in 2000 while USC has won 21 NCAA Championships including 5 of the last 6.

USC has won 8 straight in the series with Stanford's last win over SC coming back in 2011 at the National Indoors. This USC team is full of experience with the top 4 spots in the singles lineup occupied by seniors along with a junior and a sophomore at 5 and 6. Stanford on the other hand is starting 3 freshmen, a senior, and 2 juniors.

Let's breakdown the individual match-ups and see if Stanford has any shot at getting close to 4 points against the #1 Trojans.

Stanford freshman #26 Tom Fawcett has turned some heads so far this year with his stellar play which includes 3 wins over top 60 opponents and he is currently the 3rd highest ranked freshman in the latest rankings behind only Duke's #8 Nicolas Alvarez and Georgia's #17 Wayne Montgomery. USC senior Yannick Hanfmann just seems to keep plugging along with 11 of his 13 wins over ranked opponents with 8 of those 11 over top 50 opponents.  Both of these guys are undefeated in dual match play so somebody has to lose - I'll take experience over youth.

Stanford's David Wilczynski has done something you don't see too often - he has played at every spot in the singles lineup after starting the year at 6 and has since played at 5, 4, 3, 2, and this past Tuesday against Hawaii he played at 1 so that's 6 different positions in 7 matches.  The reason for the upward slide has been strictly performance based as all his dual match wins have been blowouts with the lone loss coming in 3 sets to Cal's Filip Bergevi.  One item to note is that while the wins have been impressive only 1 has been over a ranked opponent (#123 Perez-Blanco). Wilczynski's opponent will be #20 Roberto Quiroz who already has 7 wins over ranked opponents and 5 of those over top 50 opponents.  Quiroz is just too seasoned for the Cardinal freshman and will take this one in 2.

Stanford's John Morrissey spent the last 2 years playing atop the Cardinal singles lineup but has been pushed down to #3 after a slow start to the year in conjunction with the strong play of both Fawcett and Wilczynski.  Wang had another great fall with 4 ranked wins but has dropped 3 of his last 4 though all 3 losses have been against top 80 opponents.  I give Morrissey a decent chance in this one but I think Wang pulls it out in 3.

USC's Eric Johnson had a fairly substandard fall but the light switch flipped on at the start of the dual match season as Johnson has now won 8 of 9 including 6 straight with the last 5 in straight sets against some tough competition.  Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz really came out of the gate slow dropping 5 of 8 then he dropped his 1st 3 dual matches before pulling off an improbable comeback from 2-5 down in the 3rd last Saturday against Cal's J.T. Nishimura.   It wouldn't surprise me if Johnson was moved up to 3 and Wang dropped to 4 but if Johnson plays at 4 he takes this one in straights.

Stanford's David Hsu had a strong fall going 8-2 but since the 1st of the year he's just 2-4.  USC's Max De Vroome has had an awkward start to the spring with just 4 of 8 matches reaching a conclusion with the last one to finish being De Vroome's lone loss to Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea.  If the Hsu from the fall was playing this match I'd take him in 3, but he doesn't seem 100% right now so I'll take the big Dutchman in 2.

USC's Nick Crystal has been on fire this year going undefeated in dual match play along with a stout 11-3 record in the individual portion of the season that included wins over Tom Fawcett, Andre Goransson, Max De Vroome, and his potential Stanford opponent Nolan Paige.   Paige has won 4 straight after dropping his 1st 2 dual matches however those 4 opponents have been unranked.  I'll go with Crystal in 2.

Stanford has an improved team but they're a year away from taking out a team like USC.  Prediction: USC 6-1

#37 Stanford (6-2) at #1 USC (9-1) - 4pm eastern  - USC Streaming & Pac 12 Net Coverage begins at 5:30

Projected Lineups with UTRs (as of 2/26) after the school abbreviation:

1. #26 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.14 - 6-0/18-4) vs. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05 - 7-0/13-2)  
2. David Wilczynski (ST 13.86 - 6-1/15-6) vs. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.44 - 5-1/13-3) 
3. John Morrissey (ST 14.10 - 5-2/7-5) vs. #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23 - 2-3/13-7) 
4. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.31 4-3/6-8) vs. Eric Johnson (USC 13.97 - 8-1/12-7) 
5. David Hsu (ST 13.95 - 2-2/10-6) vs. #72 Max De Vroome (USC 14.14 - 3-1/13-5)
6. Nolan Paige (ST 13.32 - 5-2/16-8) vs. #45 Nick Crystal (USC 13.93 - 7-0/18-3)  

1. Morrissey/Stineman (ST 3-2) vs. #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC 5-2/13-3)   
2. #49 Romanowicz/Fawcett (ST 5-1/9-1) vs. #30 Johnson/De Vroome (USC 6-0)
3. Paige/Wilczynski (ST 2-1) vs. Crystal/Connor Farren (USC 2-2/7-2)

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Stanford came out strong and took the doubles point over USC but once singles got going so did Stanford's chances of an upset.

USC grabbed 4 1st sets and would finish each of them in straight sets with Eric Johnson putting the first point on the board with his 6-3, 6-1 blowout over David Wilczynski at #3 singles.  Nick Crystal would finish off David Hsu 6-1, 6-3 at #6 singles a few minutes later which then set the stage for USC to close it out on the top 2 courts. After Stanford's Tom Fawcett fought off a match point on the deciding point of his serve, USC's Yannick Hanfmann would hold serve at love to close out the Cardinal freshman at #1 singles by a 6-4, 6-4 score.  With the score now 3-1, Roberto Quiroz would provide the final dagger by finishing off John Morrissey 6-4, 6-4 at #2 singles. The coaches agreed to play out the final 2 courts and USC would take them both with Max De Vroome coming from a set down to win 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 at #5 singles over Nolan Paige and Jonny Wang doing the same at #4 singles and winning 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6) over Maciek Romanowicz.

All in all not a bad effort from Stanford but as I mentioned in my preview I think they are a year away from taking out a top 10 team.

USC recap
Stanford recap

FYI, the # beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date of the recap. For more details about UTR check out their website.

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


Baton Rouge, LA:  This was a matchup between 1 team on the rise and the other on the fall as LSU took Tennessee to the woodshed and blew the Vols off the court with a 4-0 shutout that would have likely been 6-1 or 7-0 had they played it out.  Tennessee falls to 8-5 as the Vols have yet to beat a ranked opponent and things won't get any easier because next up is a visit to College Station to face Texas A&M.  LSU is now 10-1 and will likely be 11-1 after Kentucky visits on Sunday.  Tennessee has battled some injuries but they just haven't seen a consistent level of play from most of the the lineup (except Libietis) with Hunter Reese the one in the biggest tailspin with him having dropped 7 of his last 9.

LSU recap
Tennessee recap

#31 LSU 4, #56 Tennessee 0

Singles competition
1. #64 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.29) vs. #15 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.17) 4-6, 7-5 DNF
2. #98 Chris Simpson (LSU 13.41) def. Hunter Reese (UT 13.52) 6-1, 6-2
3. #125 Tam Trinh (LSU 12.92) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.03) 7-5, 6-2
4. Boris Arias (LSU 13.20) vs. Luis Valero (UT 13.29) 7-6, 4-4 DNF
5. #119 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.48) vs. Jess Jones (UT 13.03) 6-3, 5-3 DNF
6. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.17) def. Bartosz Sawicki (UT 12.51) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #57 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) vs. #3 Hunter Reese/Mikelis Libietis (UT) 4-5 DNF
2. Tam Trinh/Eric Perez (LSU) def. Bartosz Sawicki/Luis Valero (UT) 6-2
3. Chris Simpson/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Jack Schipanski/Andrew Dromsky (UT)) 6-4

Match Notes:
Tennessee 8-5 (0-1 SEC); National ranking #56
LSU 10-1 (1-0 SEC); National ranking #31

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


College Station, TX:  This one was by far and away the biggest rout of the day in the SEC as Texas A&M just obliterated a reeling Kentucky team 4-0.  Jeremy Efferding dropped just 1 game in his win at #1, AJ Catanzariti dropped only 3 games at #5, and Max Lunkin dropped just 4 games at #6.  Texas A&M won all 9 completed sets and the only one at risk of dropping one was Rinderknech at 4.  We've gotten used to seeing Kentucky in the top 10-15 for years now but this team is not even close to competing at the level with the Wildcats falling to 6-7 with 0 wins over anyone inside the top 200. The ITA doesn't publish the rankings below 75 but if they did I can guarantee you that Kentucky wouldn't be anywhere near the top 100.

Texas A&M recap
Kentucky recap

#9 Texas A&M def. Kentucky, 4-0
George P Mitchell Tennis Center
February, 27, 2015

Singles competition 
1. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 13.97) def. #83 Beck Pennington (UK 13.53) 6-1, 6-0
2. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.28) vs. Jerry Lopez (UK 13.33) 6-4, 5-3 unfinished
3. #39 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.91) vs. #122 William Bushamuka (UK 13.00) 6-1, 5-5 unfinished
4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.06) vs. Kevin Lai (UK 13.03) 6-4, 0-3 unfinished
5. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.98) def. Trey Yates (UK 12.88) 6-1, 6-2
*6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 12.78) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK 12.39) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #8 Shane Vinsant & Harrison Adams (TAMU) vs. #45 Beck Pennington & Kevin Lai (UK) 4-5, unfinished
2. #22 Jeremy Efferding & Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Jerry Lopez & William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti & Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Nils Ellefsen & Jake Stefanik (UK) 6-3

Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3), Singles (5,1,6)

*Clinched the Match

Other Notables Scores from Friday:
Wichita State upset #40 Denver 6-1 - box score
#41 Mississippi State shutout Alabama 4-0 - Miss St recap
#27 NC State held off #69 VCU 4-3 - NCST recap
#10 Ole Miss just got past #62 Tulane 5-2 - Ole Miss recap
#8 Ohio State beat #39 Penn State 6-1 though many of the courts were very close - Ohio St recap
#16 Vanderbilt blanked #67 Arkansas 4-0 - Vandy recap
#29 Drake beat #57 Iowa 5-2 - Iowa recap


Check back later for my preview of the feature matches on Saturday.

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Shocker of the day, week, month, year, decade, century, maybe longer - #1 USC playing without Eric Johnson and Nick Crystal goes down to #51 Tulsa 4-3.

USC came out strong and really blew out Tulsa in doubles winning 6-1 and 6-0 at 2 and 3 despite having new doubles pairing on each court.  Eric Johnson did play in doubles but I guess it was a coaches decision to give him and Nick Crystal the day off in singles and it ultimately proved to be costly.

Still even with those 2 guys out of the singles lineup you figure there is no way that Hanfmann and Quiroz are both going to lose and sure enough they both did in straight sets.

When I was looking at Saturday's matches and deciding which ones to preview I quickly passed this one over because I didn't think there was any way possible that Tulsa could win this match regardless of whether USC sat a couple of guys.  But I guess there is a reason they play the matches because you never know what can happen on a given day.

Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel pulled off the 1st upset of the day when he took out Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-2 at #1 singles to tie the match up at 1 but a short while later Jonny Wang would put USC back ahead 2-1 with a 7-5, 6-0 win at #3 singles over Matthew Kirby.  Tulsa's Alejandro Espejo evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 7-6(0) win over Roberto Quiroz at #2 singles which set the stage for 3 3rd sets on the remaining courts. After dropping the 1st set at both #5 and #6, Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard and Dylan McCloskey would each take the 2nd set and would both head to a 3rd set tiebreaker. McCloskey would jump out to a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak but USC's Connor Farren would fight off 3 match points to tie it at 6.  Farren would hit each of the next 2 shots just long (he appealed both calls to the chair but neither was overturned much to his dismay) and with that Tulsa had taken a 3-2 lead. The tiebreaker at #5 was just a few points behind but Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard would grab the early lead and never give it up as he finished off Rob Bellamy 7-5 in the tiebreak to clinch the stunning Tulsa win.

Now it wouldn't be college tennis if there wasn't some kind of uncertainty about something and if you look at each of the school's recaps they both show a different singles lineup from Tulsa at 3, 4, 5, and 6 than what the scoreboard during the match showed.  I watched the live stream on courts 5 and 6 at the end and while the clarity wasn't good enough to make out faces I do remember hearing the Tulsa players yelling out "Come on Mitchell" during the tiebreak at #5 singles so the assumption is that Mitchell Pritchard did play at #5 singles and clinch the match despite the recap saying differently. The score entered into the ITA's system also shows the lineup that matches the scoreboard.  All I want to do is to give credit to where it's due so if it was Carlos Bautista that clinched it at #5 like the recaps say then so be it.

UPDATE:  Both the USC and Tulsa recaps below now show the correct people for Tulsa so it's nice to see Pritchard get his recognition for clinching.  

Tulsa recap
USC recap

#51 Tulsa 4, #1 USC 3

Doubles | Order of finish: 3, 2*
1. Johnson/Quiroz (USC) vs. #33 Bautista/Espejo (TU), 4-2 (unf.)
2. Hanfmann/Wang (USC) def. McCloskey/Kirby (TU), 6-1
3. Smith/Forget (USC) def. Ram-Harel/Matias Gonzalez (TU), 6-0

Singles | Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 6, 5*, 4
1. #71 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.25) def. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) 6-3, 6-2
2. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.72) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) 6-4, 7-6(0)
3. #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.87) 7-5, 6-0
4. #72 Max De Vroome (USC 14.13) def. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71) 7-5, 5-7, 6-5(4)
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.52) def. Rob Bellamy (USC 13.09) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.56) def. Connor Farren (USC 13.70) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)

South Bend, IN:  After Notre Dame won a tight doubles point that was decided by a tiebreak on 1, the teams would split 1st sets with Notre Dame taking the opening set at 1, 5, and 6 (5 & 6 in tiebreaks) with Illinois grabbing the opening set at 2, 3, and 4.  All singles matches except #5 would finish in straight sets with Tim Kopinski and Aleks Vukic winning at #3 and #4 to put Illinois up 2-1.  Notre Dame would answer with straight set wins at #6 and #1 by Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan to put the Irish up 3-2.  Illinois's Hiltzik brothers would then take center stage and rise to the occasion as Jared finished off Josh Hagar in straight sets at #2 singles and then Aron would win 12 straight games at #5 singles to clinch the team win with a 6-7, 6-0, 6-0 win.

Note - Notre Dame's #4 Eric Schnurrenberger sat out due to injury which forced the Irish to shift everyone up a spot from 4 on down.

Illinois recap
Notre Dame recap

#3 Illinois 4, #14 Notre Dame 3

Singles competition
1. #24 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.28) def. #52 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.59) 6-4, 6-4
2. #19 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.50) def. #102 Josh Hagar (ND 13.75) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #33 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.19) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.12) 6-1, 6-2
4. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.18) def. Billy Pecor (ND 12.99) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
5. #67 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.80) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.52) 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-0
6. Alex Lawson (ND 12.80) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.09) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #19 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. #14 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Jared Hiltzik/Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-3
3. Billy Pecor/Dougie Barnard (ND) def. Aron Hiltzik/Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) 6-4

Match Notes:
Illinois 12-2; National ranking #3
Notre Dame 6-3; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,6,1,2,5)

T-3:05 A-286


Los Angeles, CA:  UCLA won the doubles point but Stanford kept it close in singles by winning 3 first sets but the one set they really needed was at #3 singles and once UCLA's Martin Redlicki took it 9-7 in the tiebreak things started going UCLA's way. Karue Sell, Mackenzie McDonald, and Martin Redlicki would all win in straights with Redlicki clinching it.  Stanford picked up a straight set win from John Morrissey at #2. After the match was clinched, UCLA's Ryoto Tachi finished off a 3rd set bagel of David Hsu at #6 while Stanford's Nolan Paige won a 10 point supertiebreak that was played in place of a 3rd set at #5.

Notes - UCLA played without its usual #4 singles player Gage Brymer and according to the UCLA recap Dennis Mkrtchian sustained some kind of injury during the first set of his match at #2 singles.

UCLA recap
Stanford recap

#21 UCLA 5, #37 Stanford 2
Feb 28, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

1. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) 6-4
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) 5-6, unfinished
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.87) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.14) 7-5, 6-2
2. John Morrissey (STAN 14.10) def. #35 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.50) 6-3, 6-1
3. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.23) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.86) 7-6(7), 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.03) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.31) 6-1, 6-3
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91) 6-3, 6-7(6), (10-7)
6. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.06) def. David Hsu (STAN 13.95) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0

Match Notes
Stanford 6-4; National ranking #37
UCLA 7-5; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,4,1,3,5,6)


North Carolina started the morning off with a routine 4-1 win over Minnesota with the Tar Heels taking all completed sets except for the 1 set that Brayden Schnur dropped at #1 singles before he retired early in the 2nd set.  No word yet on what caused the retirement.  Minnesota also played without it's usual #2 Jack Hamburg (13.04) so everyone else had to slide up a slot which didn't help the Gophers cause.

UNC recap

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The San Diego area was a hotbed of activity on Thursday with close to a dozen college teams in town to participate in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships.  Several of them decided to take advantage of the warm sunny weather by scheduling a dual match the day before the individual tournament started and the results were pretty close across the board.

The biggest upset came at San Diego State where the 60th ranked Aztecs upset #22 Cal 4-2.   Cal made a shift in the singles lineup and moved Greg Bayane up to 3 from his usual spot at 5/6 and with that Billy Griffith and J.T. Nishimura each played 1 spot lower than normal.  The changes didn't pay off as SDSU swept all 3 spots in addition to taking the all important doubles point.

Below is a comment from the Cal recap by Peter Wright:

"Once again, doubles turned out to be a key element in today's match, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We certainly generated a lot of opportunities today, but we played without our usual discipline and consistency. We're young and learning, but we definitely need to do a better job sticking to our game plan. We've been through this before, and a lot of it is growing pains. We'll be a much stronger team by the end of the year.

SDSU recap
Cal recap

#60 San Diego State 4, #22 California 2
Mar 05, 2015 at San Diego, Calif (Aztec Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #58 Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) vs. Filip Bergevi (CAL) 6-7 (5-7), 3-5, unfinished
3. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. Gregory Bayane (CAL) 7-6 (6-1), 7-6 (6-1)
4. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU) def. Billy Griffith (CAL) 6-3, 6-3
5. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Oskar Wikberg (CAL) def. Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) 7-6 (6-3), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Freddy Gelbrich/Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. #31 Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (CAL) 6-3
2. Thorsten Bertsch/Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) def. Andre Goransson/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 7-5
3. Marko Goles-Babic/Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) vs. Filip Bergevi/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-6 (8-8), unfinished

Match Notes:
California 9-4; National ranking #22
San Diego State 7-4, 0-1 MW; National ranking #60

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

La Jolla:  For the 2nd match in a row USC would drop both the doubles point and see Yannick Hanfmann go down at #1 singles however this time around they had the rest of the lineup come through and hold off a hard charging San Diego Toreros squad that was looking for its signature win. The 2 guys that didn't play singles against Tulsa were the ones that came through in the clutch as Nick Crystal provided the clincher at #6 singles by winning 6-4 in the 3rd and then after the clinch Eric Johnson won at #3 singles 6-2 in the 3rd.

Fortunately for USC they still have plenty of time to get refocused before the NCAAs roll around but their recent troubles have to be giving some teams, including their next opponent UCLA, some hope that a win over SC isn't just a pipe dream anymore.

USC recap
San Diego recap 

#6 Southern California (11-2) 5, #32 San Diego (8-3) 2
March 5, 2015 :: La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club)

Singles Competition
1. #115 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) 7-6(2), 6-2
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #68 Filip Vittek (USD) 7-6(6), 6-2
3. Eric Johnson (USC) def. Jordan Angus (USD) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2
4. #31 Jonny Wang (USC) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-2, 6-4
5. #72 Max de Vroome (USD) def. Geoffrey Fosso (USD) 6-3, 6-3
6. #45 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles Competition 
1. #2 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-3
2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. #30 Eric Johnson/Mac de Vroome (USC) 7-6(6)
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) def. Tanner Smith/Thibault Forget (USC) 7-5

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

*Clinched the match

La Jolla:  Oklahoma State got all it wanted and probably more than it thought it would from UNLV but still managed to hold on to a 4-2 win.  The Cowboys picked up the doubles point and a pair of quick wins from Nicolai Ferrigno and Jurence Mendoza at 5 and 6 but all the remaining matches would go the distance.  UNLV's Ace Matias and Denys Pume would win at 1 and 2 to pull the Runnin' Rebels to within 3-2 plus UNLV's #4 Alex Cozbinov had a break lead deep in the 3rd. Fortunately for Oklahoma State, its #3 Arjun Kadhe would be able to hold off Jakob Amilon 6-4 in the 3rd to clinch the match.

Ok State recap
UNLV recap

#37 Oklahoma State 4, UNLV 2
March 5, 2015 :: La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club)

Doubles | Order of finish: 1, 3
1. No. 17 Sude/Kadhe (OSU) def. Matias/Pume (UNLV), 6-0
2. Lu. Gerch/Ferrigno (OSU) vs. Amilon/Alberts (UNLV), 4-3 unf.
3. Finzelberg/Mendoza (OSU) def. Gage-Brown/Cozbinov (UNLV), 6-3

Singles | Order of finish: 5, 6, 2, 1, 3
1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. No. 92 Jakob Sude (OSU), 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3
2. Denys Pume (UNLV) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU), 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-1
3. No. 113 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV), 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-4
4. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Alex Cozbinov (UNLV), 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 2-4 unf.
5. Nicolai Ferrigno (OSU) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV), 6-2, 6-1

6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Ozzy Abraham (UNLV), 6-2, 6-3


Fayetteville, AR:  In a matchup between a pair of teams with no one ranked in singles it was Arkansas barely holding on to beat Alabama 4-3.  The Hogs took the doubles point by winning a tiebreak at 2 then jumped on the Tide by taking 5 opening sets.  Arkansas would finish both 5 and 6 in straight sets but Alabama would take the 2nd set at 1, 3, and 4 as well as see Danny Kerznerman close out Jovan Parlic in straight sets at 2. Both Becker O'Shaughnessey and Nikko Madregallejo would roll in the 3rd set to complete the comeback at 3 and 4 for Bama but with the match on the line Arkansas's #1 Giammarco Micolani would hold off Korey Lovett 6-3 in the 3rd to clinch it for Arkansas.

Note: For those that didn't notice Alabama played 6, yes 6, dual matches this past Saturday against some lighter competition in an attempt to make sure it's dual match record stays above .500 so they're eligible for the NCAAs if they are ranked high enough.  Last year Alabama was the only team that would have made the NCAA off its ranking but due to having a record below .500 they missed out.  I think the .500 rule is a good one to make sure the best teams go to the NCAAs but the NCAA needs to put a stipulation in there that only so many of these "bought" wins count towards your record - to be able to schedule this many matches at the last second because a team's record is well below .500 isn't in the spirit of the rule.  Just my 2 cents.

Arkansas recap
Alabama recap

#55 Arkansas 4, Alabama 3
March 5, 2015 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Dills Indoor Tennis Center)

Doubles Competition
1. #26 B. O'Shaughnessey/Korey Lovett (UA) def. Santiago Munoz/Branch Terrell (ARK) 6-3
2. Jovan Parlic/Giammarco Micolani (ARK) def. Sean Donohue/Stuart Kenyon (UA) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Johan den Toom/William Albanese (ARK) def. Danny Kerznerman/Nikko Madregallejo (UA) 6-3

Singles Competition
1. Giammarco Micolani (ARK) def. Korey Lovett (UA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. Danny Kerznerman (UA) def. Jovan Parlic (ARK) 6-4, 6-3
3. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. Johan den Toom (ARK) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Nikko Madregallejo (UA) def. William Albanese (ARK) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
5. Santiago Munoz (ARK) def. Stuart Kenyon (UA) 6-4, 6-3
6. David Herrerias (ARK) def. Sean Donohue (UA) 6-2, 6-2

Match Notes:
Alabama 8-9
Arkansas 11-5; National ranking #55
They'll be 3 really good ones on Saturday with LA, Chicago, and Austin the places to be.  What's so great is that 2 of these 3 will be on TV with the Pac 12 Network carrying the singles portion of the USC/UCLA match and with the Longhorn Network carrying the Illinois/Texas match in its entirety.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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