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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Illinois recap

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

Texas recap

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

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

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

T-2:44

Who Wins on Saturday In Austin

Texas
  11 (40%)
 
Illinois
  16 (59%)
 

Votes so far: 27 

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

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


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


UCLA recap

Who Wins on Saturday at USC


USC
  25 (86%)
 
UCLA
  4 (13%)
 

Votes so far: 29 

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

Northwestern recap
Columbia recap

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

T-3:14 A-212
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It's been a good week so far for UNC-Wilmington as the Seahawks have already registered 2 Top 50 and will look to make it 3 on Sunday as they face #20 South Florida in the Championship of the USF Spring Break Tournament.  Below is the updated tournament bracket.



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

UNCW recap

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

As the excitement of the NCAA Basketball Tournament sweeps the nation I'm sure we'll see some excitement on the tennis courts this weekend as well.  Wake Forest hosts Virginia Tech in a top 16 showdown, 6 top 30 teams will be in Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge, and 7 top 50 teams are in San Diego for the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Classic.  If you can't make it out in person follow along with the live scoring/update links down below.

It appears they have live streaming on 2 of the courts at Indian Wells - click here for those streams.


#16 Virginia Tech (12-1) at #12 Wake Forest (11-4) - 4pm est - Virginia Tech has been the biggest surprise of the season so far winning 12 of 13 but they'll have to leave the comforts of home for just the 4th time this year.  Wake Forest is on a roll as of late having won 3 straight 7-0 matches with the last 2 coming against a pair of top 30 teams (Florida St & Louisville).  Wake is 11-4 in doubles but has only won once when dropping the point (Clemson); conversely they've only lost once when winning the doubles point (Texas).  Virginia Tech is 8-5 in doubles and has come back to win 4 times after dropping the point (Alabama, Penn State, Notre Dame, Duke).

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 19th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups
1.  #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.42) vs. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80)
2.  #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) vs. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40)
3.  #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) vs. #69 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.56)
4.  Hunter Koontz (VT 13.62) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30)
5.  Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74)
6.  Florian Nicoud (VT 13.38) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28)

Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #64 Contini/Bjerrehus (VT) vs. #13 Seraphim/Mansouri (WF)
2. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT) vs. Rubin/Ho (WF)
3. Koontz/Nicoud (VT) vs. Keivon Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF)



#1 singles - #55 Amerigo Contini is 9-1 on the year in dual match play and 1-1 against ranked opponents (#91 Hunter Harrington-W, #22 Quentin Monaghan-L) while #63 Noah Rubin is 8-2 on the year including 4-2 against ranked opponents with notable wins against ITA #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and #34 Jason Tahir.  Prediction: Rubin in 2

#2 singles - #40 Andreas Bjerrehus is 11-1 in dual match play and 1-1 against ranked foes (#11 Nicolas Alvarez-W, #24 Ronnie Schneider-L) and is riding a 9-match winning streak while #12 Romain Bogaerts is 10-3 overall and 4-3 against ranked foes with notable wins against #3 Ryan Shane and #31 Cameron Norrie (all 3 losses were to top 11 players).  Prediction: Bogaerts in 3

#3 singles - #98 Joao Monteiro is 7-1 in dual match play splitting time between 3 and 4 and he won against his only ranked opponent, #34 Jason Tahir, while #69 Jonathan Ho is 11-4 splitting time between 3 and 4 with a 1-3 record against ranked opponents (L's-#27 Mitchell Frank, #39 Nick Chappell, #98 Jack Schipanski. W-#60 Adrien Berkowicz). Prediction: Ho in 3.

#4 singles - Hunter Koontz is a perfect 11-0 splitting time between 3 and 4 with his only match against a ranked opponent going unfinished (#57 Brett Clark 5-4 in 3rd) while Skander Mansouri is 7-6 splitting time between 3 and 4 with a 1-3 record against ranked foes (L's-#6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, #26 Dane Webb, #52 Lloyd Glasspool, W-#79 Michael Rinaldi).  Prediction: Koontz in 2.

#5 singles - Edoardo Tessaro is 10-1 playing at 3, 4, and 5 while Christian Seraphim is 10-4 playing primarily at 5.  Prediction: Tassaro in 3

#6 singles - Florian Nicoud is 8-2 splitting time between 4, 5, and 6 while Maksim Kan is 7-3 playing primarily at 6.  Prediction: Kan in 2.

Virginia Tech has only faced 2 teams in the Top 35 so far while Wake has already faced 8 so I think that big match experience will pay off Wake Forest and will expose Virginia Tech a tad.  I think the Hokies keep it close on several courts but the better team will win this one.  Prediction: Wake Forest 5-2


#4 USC (12-2) vs. #20 Tulsa (12-7) - 4:30pm est/1:30pm pst - USC had to be happy when they saw the draw released for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge because it'll give them a chance to avenge one of the biggest shockers in recent history (box score below). USC will be chomping at the bit for some payback and payback is exactly what they'll get because I don't see anyway that we see a repeat performance from February 28th.  I see the Trojans taking the doubles point and then picking up straight set wins from Eric Johnson, Jonny Wang, and Max De Vroome.  Prediction: USC 4-0

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.93) vs. #37 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.62)
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.38) vs. #100 Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.77)
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.02) vs. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.82)
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.54)
5. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.90)
6. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.65)

#51 Tulsa 4, #1 USC 3
February 28th, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA (Marks Stadium)
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)


Below is the Friday schedule with accompanying scoring links and a few storylines to go with it:

Who wins the rematch between #28 Cal and #29 Columbia?  The first time they met in the consolation rounds of the National Indoors, Columbia won 4-3 with Winston Lin winning the clincher at #1 singles 6-3 in the 3rd.  Both teams lost the last time out with Cal losing to San Diego State while Columbia lost to Northwestern.

Will #33 Drake be able to make it 2 in a row in San Diego against a tough #22 Harvard team?  After dropping 2 of 3 last weekend in Tampa, Drake was able to rebound and beat San Diego State while Harvard had no trouble on Thursday with Middle Tennessee State.

Can #32 Princeton win for a 2nd day in a row on San Diego's home courts but with this match coming against the host Toreros?  #30 San Diego has been living close to the edge recently with a 4-3 win on Thursday against Denver and a 4-3 win last week at Rice.  Princeton drummed #39 Indiana pretty good on Thursday winning 4-1.

Does #35 Mississippi State have a top 10 upset in them with #7 Texas A&M in town? The Bulldogs got a road split last weekend winning at Auburn but losing at Florida while Texas A&M blitzed Vanderbilt but fell to Illinois.


BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge - Live Scoring & Streaming Video on courts 7 & 8.
Oklahoma vs Purdue - 11:30am est 
Cal vs. Columbia - 2pm est 
Tulsa vs. USC - 4:30pm est 
Baylor vs. BYU - 7pm est 

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic:

Harvard vs. Drake @SDSU - 12pm est - Harvard Twitter & Drake Twitter
Denver vs. Indiana @USD - 12pm est - Denver Twitter & Indiana Twitter
Middle Tennessee State at San Diego State - 4pm est - MTSU Twitter 
Princeton at San Diego - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Princeton Twitter 

Georgia Tech at Boston College - 10am est - GT Twitter
NC State at Duke - 3pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - w subsc
Florida at Arkansas - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Clemson at Miami - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia at Notre Dame - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
North Carolina at Louisville - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring
Virginia Tech at Wake Forest - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Pepperdine at Gonzaga - 4pm est - Steaming Video
Nebraska at Wisconsin - 4pm est - Streaming Video
Penn State at Michigan State - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Ohio State at Michigan - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Auburn at Ole Miss - 6pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
LSU at Alabama - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Texas A&M at Mississippi State - 6pm est - Live Scoring
Louisiana Lafayette at TCU - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring
Iowa at Minnesota - 7pm est - Live Scoring
Published in Blogs
Friday brought us several close ones as 6 matches finished with a 4-3 final score though of course there were several that weren't as close most notably 3 of the 4 in Indian Wells.  

The big upset of the day came in Louisville as the #29 Cardinals stunned #10 North Carolina 5-2.  It looked like #7 Texas A&M might get picked off too however the Aggies rallied late and held off #35 Mississippi State 4-1.  #33 Drake came back from 3-0 down to stun #22 Harvard 4-3 and #23 LSU pulled out a tight 4-3 win on the road at #60 Alabama.

In the biggest match of the day #12 Wake Forest ran its winning streak to 4 with a 5-2 win over #16 Virginia Tech.  The Demon Deacons cruised past Va Tech in doubles and then Noah Rubin made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 beat down of Amerigo Contini at #1 singles.  Jon Ho would extend the lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at #4 singles over Hunter Koontz before Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro would put the Hokies on the board with a come from behind 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Christian Seraphim at #5 singles. Romain Bogaerts would clinch the win for Wake Forest with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win at #2 singles over Andreas Bjerrehus and then the teams would split the 2 remaining matches after the clinch.  

Wake Forest now sets its sights on #6 Duke with Wake making the short trip to Durham on Sunday.

Wake recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 20th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 


#12 Wake Forest 5, #16 Virginia Tech 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) def. #55 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.32) 6-1, 6-1
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) def. #40 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. #98 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.85) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) def. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.62) 6-4, 6-3
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.04) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) def. Jai Corbett (VT 12.76) 7-6 (3), 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 8-3
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 12-2 (4-1 ACC); National ranking #16
Wake Forest 13-4 (3-1 ACC); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)
T-3:14 A-171
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Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma picked up career win #400 today with a 5-2 stunner over #10 North Carolina.   The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #2 which Louisville pulled out (not sure what the TB score was though because it isn't listed anywhere).  Louisville ran through North Carolina in singles by picking up 4 1st sets and finishing 3 of them in straight sets with Albert Wagner clinching it at #3 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Esben Hess-Olsen.  

North Carolina is still a good team but they just aren't a great team without Brayden Schnur who missed his 5th straight match since retiring on 2/28 against Minnesota's Leandro Toledo.  

Louisville recap

"I am ecstatic for this group of players," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "A top 10 win against the elite in the ACC is something to be proud of. We always felt that they were capable of this, but sometimes potential never materializes - today it did. This UNC program has been so good for so long and mentally you have to overcome their great tradition before you even play the first point. I believe this can be the beginning of a second great run for us this season because there is a lot of excitement here."

"All of these teams have given their best for the program and me," said Ecarma. "I appreciate so much the leadership in our department. Everyone wants to work for Tom Jurich, I am one of the lucky ones. Kevin Miller has been with me since 1990 helping me every step of the way providing great mentorship. John Carns has given me great advice, support and friendship as well. My current and past assistant coaches, Brendan Burke, Mark Beckham, John Boetsch, Rodrigo DaSilva, Jakob Gustafsson and Matt Coomer have been a huge part of partnering with me to build a national level tennis program. The tennis staff of Meg Peavy, Melinda VanArsdale, Lori Korte, Kamari Wooten, Zach Farrell, Steve Hoelscher who have been beside me for years. Lastly, but most importantly, my family who have endured the almost ridiculous working hours of a head coach and still loving and supporting me every day. What is icing on the cake is not only the 400th win today as a coach but all 400 wins have been here at my alma mater - UofL."

UNC recap

#26 Louisville 5, #10 North Carolina 2
Mar 20, 2015 at Louisville (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles
1. #1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.67) def. #25 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.19) 6-3, 6-1
2. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.39) def. #57 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
3. #106 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.55) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 12.97) 6-4, 6-4
4. #115 Jack Murray (UNC 13.92) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.33) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (8)
5. #86 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.59) def. Michael Lippens (LOU 13.24) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Jeffrey Brown (LOU 12.68) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.50) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles
1. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) def. #22 Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-5
2. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Albert Wagner (LOU) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 8-7
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Chris Simich/Van Damrongsri (LOU) 8-5
Match Notes:
North Carolina 14-6, 3-1; National ranking #10
Louisville 15-4, 3-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,3,5,2,4)
Saturday, 21 March 2015 12:02

Saturday Preview: USC/Baylor + Other Storylines

What a great day it'd be to be out in Indian Wells with 4 college matches going on highlighted by USC/Baylor plus you've got Djokovic/Murray and Federer/Raonic - high quality viewing.

The Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic wraps up today with San Diego and Drake meeting in the finals plus they'll be a good 3rd place match between Ivy League powers Harvard and Princeton.  Can Drake make it 3 wins in 3 days playing San Diego in the Toreros own backyard?

TCU hosts a pair of lower ranked teams with both Dartmouth and UT Arlington coming in though of course it's not that far for UT Arlington.  Any chance TCU gets caught napping and drops 1?

Kentucky is still looking for its first conference win of the season after some near misses against Georgia (2-4), Tennessee (3-4), and South Carolina (1-4).  Will Vanderbilt be able to follow up its win over Tennessee with another win over Big Blue?

Oklahoma takes on Columbia though you figure OU has to have its eyes set on either USC or Baylor. Will the Lions catch Oklahoma off-guard and pull off a surprise?

Now for the big one - Baylor/USC.  Both teams are playing well though Baylor is definitely playing a little better right now.  Can Baylor keep it up or does USC show that it's not one to be forgotten about?  Let's dive in and take a look at all the #s.  As a reminder in the singles matches the UTRs are after the school abbreviation.


#3 Baylor (13-2) vs. #4 USC (13-2) - 5pm est/2pm pst - Live Scoring & Streaming Video 

Doubles Records
Baylor - 14-0 overall & 28-4 on all courts (didn't play dubs vs. Memphis) 
USC - 8-5 overall & 21-11 on all courts

Projected Doubles Lineup - W/L in ( ) 
1. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-2) vs. #4 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC 8-3) 
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 10-1) vs. #50 Eric Johnson/Max De Vroome (USC 6-2) 
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU 10-1) vs. Thibault Forget/Nick Crystal (USC 2-0) 

Possible Lineup Shifts in Singles:

Baylor - When healthy, Diego Galeano has played at 4 though with him out of the lineup the bottom 3 has gelled so it'll be interesting to see if Matt Knoll leaves everything as-is or if he re-inserts Galeano.  Diego did play yesterday at 3 but Lupieri didn't so that didn't effect 4-6. It'd be hard to move Felipe Rios out of the lineup with as good as he's been playing this year. It'll also be interesting to see who Knoll goes with at #2 and #3 because both Max Tchoutakian and Tony Lupieri have been fairly interchangeable there - I'm thinking Lupieri ends up at 3 due to the past head-to-head win over Johnson plus I think Tchoutakian has a slightly better shot than Lupieri of beating Roberto Quiroz.

USC - Robert Quiroz has been a mainstay at #2 all year though his results as of late haven't been up to his usual high standards - it's possible he could be dropped down to #3 with Eric Johnson getting the call up to #2 - I don't think it'll happen but it could.  Peter Smith swapped Nick Crystal and Max De Vroome at #5 and #6 for the UCLA match but swapped them back yesterday against Tulsa.  

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) vs. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.93) 
2. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.17) vs. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.38)
3. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.27) vs. Eric Johnson (USC 14.02) 
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) vs. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) 
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.85)  vs. #50 Max De Vroome (USC 14.20) 
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) vs. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 
Other possible players: Diego Galeano (BU 13.62)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1.  Lenz 7-2 vs. Hanfmann 8-2
2.  Tchoutakian 9-4 vs. Quiroz 7-3
3.  Lupieri 6-3 vs. Johnson 11-1
4.  Schneider 9-1 vs. Wang 7-3
5.  Zsiga 5-2 vs. De Vroome 8-1
6.  Rios 9-1 vs. Crystal 10-0
Galeano 4-3

#1 singles - Lenz had a 4-match winning streak snapped by Nik Scholtz a week ago and his match yesterday was halted with Lenz up a set.  Hanfmann has hit a slight rough patch lately dropping his last 2 completed matches though his 2 most recent matches didn't finish.  Prediction: Lenz in 2.

#2 singles - Tchoutakian ran his winning streak to 4 with a 6-1, 6-2 over BYU's Shane Monroe while Quiroz has lost 3 of his last 5 and had his match go unfinished against Tulsa's Ajejandro Espejo with Espejo up a set. Prediction: Tchoutakian in 2

#3 singles - Lupieri didn't play on Friday against Purdue though he won his time out beating Stefan Lindmark in 3 while Johnson ran his winning streak to 10 with a routine 6-1, 6-4 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez.  Lupieri will be the highest ranked player that Johnson has faced this year.  These guys met once back in 2013 with Lupieri winning 6-3, 6-1.  Prediction: Lupieri in 3

#4 singles - Schneider ran his winning streak to 6 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over BYU's Jacob Sullivan while Wang ran his winning streak to 5 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Tulsa's Matthew Kirby.  Prediction: Wang in 2

#5 singles - In Zsiga's last 6 matches he has gone 3-0 with 3 other matches that went unfinished (he led in all 3) while De Vroome has won 5 in a row with the latest being a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard. These 2 have 1 career collegiate meeting with De Vroome winning 6-2, 6-3 a year ago in a consolation match at the Sherwood Cup.  Prediction: De Vroome in 3

#6 singles - Rios is riding a 9-match winning streak after winning 6-1, 6-1 yesterday against BYU's Aidan Carrazedo while Crystal has won 10 straight and he just missed out on #11 yesterday when his match was halted against Tulsa's Carlos Bautista with Crystal leading 6-3, 4-1.  Prediction: Crystal in 3

When you have 2 Top 5 teams playing you know that each has the talent to win so it's a matter of who shows up each court.  If Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz weren't both in a slump I'd take USC in this one but since they are and since Baylor has been playing well pretty much all throughout the lineup I'm going to take the Bears. I've got Baylor down to win doubles and 1, 2, and 3 singles with USC sweeping the bottom 3 but if just 1 of those guys the other way the result could be different. Prediction:  Baylor 4-3


Here are your live scoring/update links for Saturday's matches (though they are always up in the tab at the top too)

BNP Collegiate Challenge Live Scoring & Streaming Video
Purdue vs. #28 Cal - 11:30am est
#1 Oklahoma vs. #29 Columbia - 2pm est 
#4 USC vs. #3 Baylor - 5pm est
#20 Tulsa vs. BYU - 8pm est

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic:
#22 Harvard vs. #32 Princeton (3rd P) @USD - 1pm est - Harvard Twitter & Princeton Twitter 
Middle Tenn St vs. #39 Indiana (7th P) @SDSU - 1pm est - MTSU Twitter & Indiana Twitter
#43 Denver at #38 San Diego State (5th P) - 5pm est - Denver Twitter
#33 Drake at #30 San Diego (Championship) - 5pm est - Live Scoring San Diego Twitter

SMU at Memphis - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Dartmouth at TCU - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Kentucky at Vanderbilt - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Arizona at Boise State - 3pm est - Live Scoring
Pepperdine at Portland - 3pm est - LIve Scoring & Streaming
UT Arlington at TCU - 6pm est - Live Scoring


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Saturday had several close ones with both Baylor and Oklahoma pulling through in the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge while San Diego and Princeton both won tight ones in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic.   There was also a good one in Nashville where Vanderbilt won a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match to avoid getting upset by unranked Kentucky.

The headliner of the day was between #3 Baylor and #4 USC.  It was almost a forgone conclusion that Baylor would take the doubles point with how dominant they'd been in doubles play but USC had the point well within grasp.  Baylor's #3 duo of Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios were first off the court with 6-3 win but USC's #1 pair of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz answered with a 6-4 win.  So it all came down to #2 doubles where Baylor's Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano had jumped out to an early break lead on USC's Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson.  USC's 2s would break back to even it at 4 then get a De Vroome hold to go up 5-4 and then would go up 0-30 on the Galeano serve.  The Baylor 2s would win 4 straight points to hold for 5-5 but then Eric Johnson would hold at 40-15 to put USC up 6-5.  For the second service game in a row Baylor would go down 0-30 but they'd dig themselves out again by winning 3 straight points to go up 40-30.  After USC got the next point to make it 40-40, which was a deciding/break point, Lenz dropped the hammer on a 1st serve and sent to a tiebreak.  The tiebreak was all Baylor as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and ended up cruising to a 7-1 win.

In singles, Baylor jumped out to an early break lead at 1, 2, 5, 6 while USC got the early advantage at 3 and 4.  The first to finish was Baylor's Felipe Rios as he snapped Nick Crystal's 10 match winning streak with a 6-2, 6-3 win at #6 singles.  After falling behind 4-2 in the 1st, USC's Roberto Quiroz would win 4 straight to close out the opening set then would keep the momentum going in the second and would finish off Tony Lupieri 6-4, 6-3 at #2 singles.

Eric Johnson would then even the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian at #3. Johnson led virtually the entire match before giving up his break lead late in the 2nd set.  After falling behind 5-4 in the 2nd, Johnson won the final 3 games to close it out.

It looked like for a while that Jonny Wang would be the first off the court after he jumped out to a 6-2, 4-1 lead on Vince Schneider but the BU sophomore rallied to take 4 straight to go up 5-4 in the 2nd. Wang would then do as Johnson did and win the final 3 games to close it out 6-2, 7-5.

USC was now just a point away with a 3-2 lead but Baylor had the upper hand on each of the 2 remaining courts.  Baylor senior Mate Zsiga would tie it up a 3 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Max De Vroome at #5 singles.  Zsiga led this match wire to wire by breaking De Vroome to start both the first set and second sets.  Zsiga would not be broke the entire match.

The final match on court was at #1 singles between Julian Lenz and Yannick Hanfmann.  Lenz cruised in the 1st set taking it 6-2 and it stayed close deep into the 2nd set until Hanfmann broke Lenz to go up 5-4.  However Hanfmann would get broke serving for the set and Lenz would consolidate the break with a hold and would then break again to take the match 6-2, 7-5.

It's interesting to note that all 6 singles matches were finished in straight sets and none even made it to a tiebreak.

Baylor recap

TOP QUOTE #1
"It was a great match at No. 2 doubles. There were a lot of dramatic momentum swings. You looked up there for a while and it felt like we were going to win and then you looked up there a little while later and it felt like they were going to win. I thought both teams did a good job of competing hard. We fought off a match point to get to the tiebreaker and then did a great job in the tiebreaker." - head coach Matt Knoll on doubles

TOP QUOTE #2
"It is kind of funny that we had such a competitive match and all the matches only went two sets. They are super good, but Felipe (Rios) certainly helped us get momentum with what he did. It was really good tennis all over the place." - Knoll on the singles wins

TOP QUOTE #3

"It is great to be in the finals. We knew at this event we were going to have to play great to win matches. Now we have the No. 1 team in the country waiting for us in the finals. They beat us earlier this year and have a great program. It is going to be a super opportunity for us. We have to play these kind of matches to get better and it is going to help us. It is a great chance for our guys to be pushed." - Knoll on playing Oklahoma

USC recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 21st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#3 Baylor 4, #4 Southern California 3
Mar 21, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #8 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.92) 6-2, 7-5
2. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.36) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-4, 6-3
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.01) def. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) 6-3, 7-5
4. #35 Jonny Wang (USC 14.18) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 7-5
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) def. #50 Max de Vroome (USC 14.30) 6-4, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) def. #51 Nick Crystal (USC 14.06) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #4 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #50 Eric Johnson/Max de Vroome (USC) 7-6 (7-1)
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Thibault Forget/Nick Crystal (USC) 6-3
Match Notes
Southern California 13-3; National ranking #4
Baylor 14-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4,5,1)

Who Wins?

Baylor
  2 (33%)
USC
  4 (66%)

Votes so far: 6 

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In the first semifinal of the day it looked like Columbia had a really good chance to pull off the upset after they took the doubles point and 3 opening sets against #1 Oklahoma.  However while Oklahoma's Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Spencer Papa would finish off each of their matches in straight sets only Columbia's Mike Vermeer would be able to do the same.  After Max Schnur took the first set 7-6 at #3, Oklahoma's Dane Webb would win 12 of the next 17 games to clinch the win. The match at #4 was halted with Columbia's Ashok Narayana leading 3-2 in the 3rd set.  

OU recap

"Dane did a terrific job for us, Roddick said. "He turned his match around and did a terrific job of clinching the match for us. Columbia really made us work hard today.

"Andrew did a great job not letting Lin into the match," Roddick said. "Axel and Spencer also did a great job of capitalizing on their opportunities."


#1 Oklahoma 4, #29 Columbia 2
Mar 21, 2015 at Indian Wells, California
Singles competition
1. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) def. #16 Winston Lin (COL 14.23) 6-2, 6-2
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #83 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.63) 6-4, 6-1
3. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) def. Max Schnur (COL 13.13) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) vs. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.35) 4-6, 6-4, 2-3, unf
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) def. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.32) 6-1, 6-3
6. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.38) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #20 Max Schnur/Ashok Narayana (COL) 6-4
2. #57 Winston Lin/Mike Vermeer (COL) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Dragos Ignat/Bert Vancura (COL) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 7-3; National ranking #29
Oklahoma 15-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,5,6,3)

BNP Paribas Collegiate Challange Semifinals
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San Diego won the tournament it co-hosted with San Diego State by knocking off #33 Drake 4-2. The Toreros took the doubles point and picked up straight sets wins by Uros Petronijevic, Filip Vittek, and Jordan Angus at 1, 2, and 3 singles.

San Diego recap

"It's a team goal to go undefeated throughout the year, and to be undefeated at home thus far has been huge," head coach Brett Masi noted afer the victory. "To play all three matches at home this week was a big advantage. We play our best tennis on our home courts, but playing back-to-back matches everyday against top-45 teams is not easy. In the end, it feels great to take first place in a tournament, especially hosting. We won in 2011 at the inaugural tournament, and since then we haven't been able to do so until today. It's a great tournament and we were able to turn it around even after struggling in our last couple of matches on the road. We played great tennis the past few days and I am really proud of the guys for staying focused and playing their best tennis."

Drake recap

#30 San Diego 4, #33 Drake 2
March 21, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #58 Uros Petronijevic (USD 13.96) def. #42 Alen Salibasic (DRAKE 13.87) 6-1, 6-4
2. #81 Filip Vittek (USD 13.22) def. #38 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.70) 7-5, 6-4
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.59) def. Matt Frost (DRAKE 13.05) 6-4, 6-3
4. Ravi Patel (DRAKE 13.55) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.97) 6-3, 6-4
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.80) vs. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.43) 4-6, 6-1, 1-2, unf
6. Ben Mullis (DRAKE 13.20) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.68) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #41 Filip Vittek/Jordan Angus (USD) def. Ben Lott/Bayo Phillips (DRAKE) 6-3
2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. Alen Salibasic/Ben Mullis (DRAKE) 4-5, unf
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) def. Matt Frost/Ravi Patel (DRAKE) 6-1
Match Notes
Drake 18-6; National ranking #33
San Diego 12-4; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,3,4,2)

Final round of Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic
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Princeton capped off the weekend in San Diego by taking 3rd place in the San Diego Classic with a 4-3 win over Ivy League rival Harvard.  With the match deadlocked at 3-3 it came down to a 3rd set at #6 and it was Princeton's Luke Gamble who was the hero as he broke Shaun Chaudhuri to go up 4-3 and then he held serve two more times to take it 6-4 in the 3rd.  

Princeton recap

Coach Billy Pate on the matches:
Sunday brings us 3 matches between Top 15 teams with the headliner taking place in Indian Wells between #1 Oklahoma and #3 Baylor.  The other 2 big ones are in Oxford where #13 Ole Miss hosts #15 Florida and in Durham where #6 Duke hosts #12 Wake Forest.  It should also be mentioned that all 3 are rematches from earlier in the year with 2 playing each other during the Kickoff Weekend and the other meeting at the National Indoors.  There's a full schedule at the bottom of this post with scoring links as well.

#1 Oklahoma (16-1) vs. #3 Baylor (14-2) - 1pm est/10am pst - This will be a rematch from the National Indoor Semifinals which was a match Oklahoma won 4-2 (box score below).  Baylor had its chances in the match and had Mate Zsiga not let a 6-4, 5-2 lead slip away at #5 singles the outcome could have been different.  The only singles court which projects to be a rematch is at #1 singles and that was the only court that didn't finish last time.  Baylor has been far and away the better team in doubles so the Bears will look to get that early 1-0 lead like they have in every match that the doubles point has been played.  Oklahoma will look to lean on its top 3 in singles as they have all year while Baylor hopes its bottom 3 continues its recent dominance.  Let's take a look at the lineups and records. 

Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-3) vs. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 12-2)
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 11-1) vs. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 3-3)
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU 11-1) vs. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 0-2)

Doubles Records
Baylor - 15-0 overall & 30-5 on all courts (didn't play dubs vs. Memphis) 
Oklahoma - 9-8 overall & 26-18 on all courts

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 21st.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) vs. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) 
2. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) vs. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47)
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) 
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) vs. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13)
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) 
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) 

Dual Match Singles Records:
1.  Lenz 8-2 vs. Harris 10-3
2.  Lupieri 6-4 vs. Alvarez 14-0
3.  Tchoutakian 9-5 vs. Webb 12-1
4.  Schneider 9-2 vs. Ghilea 10-2
5.  Zsiga 6-2 vs. Papa 6-5
6.  Rios 10-1 vs. Bragusi 6-1
Galeano 4-3

#1 singles - Lenz clinched BU's win over USC with a 6-2, 7-5 win over #8 Yannick Hanfmann while Harris blew out #16 Winston Lin 6-2, 6-2.  These guys were tied at 5-5 in the 3rd set in the first encounter earlier this year in a match filled with as many breaks as holds.  Prediction: Lenz in 3

#2 singles - Lupieri took one on the chin against USC's Roberto Quiroz falling 6-4, 6-3 while Alvarez ran his winning streak to 14 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Columbia's Dragos Ignat.  Prediction:  Alvarez in 2

#3 singles - Tchoutakian came up short against USC's Eric Johnson losing 6-3, 7-5 which stopped his 4-match winning streak while Webb provided the clincher against Columbia with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Max Schnur which means Webb has won 12 of his last 13.  Prediction:  Webb in 2

#4 singles - Schneider saw his 6-match winning streak gets snapped with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to USC's Jonny Wang while Ghilea's match against Columbia Ashok Narayana went unfinished with Ghilea trailing 3-2 in the 3rd. Prediction: Schneider in 3.

#5 singles - Zsiga ran his winning streak to 4 with a dominant 6-4, 6-4 win over Max De Vroome while Papa stopped a 4-match losing streak with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Columbia's Shawn Hadavi.  Prediction:  Zsiga in 2

#6 singles - Rios ran his winning to 10 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over USC's Nick Crystal which in fact ended Crystal's own 10-match winning streak while Bragusi suffered his 1st career dual match loss by going down 6-2, 6-4 to Columbia's Mike Vermeer. Prediction: Rios in 3

I think it's going to be Baylor's day and I see the Bears avenging the earlier loss to Oklahoma.  Prediction: Baylor 4-2


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


Who Wins

Oklahoma
  2 (50%)
 
Baylor
  2 (50%)
 

Votes so far: 4


#15 Florida (9-5) at #13 Ole Miss (11-4) - 12pm est/11am cst - This will be a rematch from the Kickoff Weekend which saw Ole Miss win 4-3 in Gainesville (box score below).  In that match Ole Miss got it done in singles after dropping the doubles point and I think we'll see a similar type of result today.  Ole Miss is 9-6 in doubles while Florida is 8-6 so neither team has been too sharp to start off the match.  Ole Miss most likely will be a man down with its #4 William Kallberg recovering from an ankle injury but the Rebels strength is its top 3 and I think that's where Ole Miss gets it done today. I like Ole Miss in doubles and at 1, 2, and 3 singles in a match that will likely be played indoors at Ole Miss's 3 court facility due to rain in the area.  If played indoors I'll go with Ole Miss to win 4-1.  If played outdoors I'll take Ole Miss 4-2.  

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #64 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) vs. #23 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.13)
2. #78 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.11) vs. #82 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18)
3. #99 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.59) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.63)
4. Gordon Watson (UF 13.72) vs. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.81)
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.49) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.79)
6. Josh Wardell (UF 13.04) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.10)


#32 Ole Miss 4, #13 Florida 3
Jan. 24, 2015 at Gainesville, Florida (Alfred Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 7-5, 6-3
2. #80 Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Gordon Watson (UF) 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
4. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. William Kallberg (OM) 6-3, 6-3
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4, 6-2
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #32 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) def. Gustav Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 6-2
2. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2
3. #43 Joshyua Wardell/Oliver Landert (UF) def. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-4
Match Notes
#32 Ole Miss 2-0; National ranking #32
#13 Florida 2-1; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,1,2,6,3)


#12 Wake Forest (12-4) at #6 Duke (15-2) - 3pm est - Wake Forest is riding a 4-match winning streak while Duke has won 2 in a row since falling to Virginia Tech.  Duke is 14-3 in doubles while Wake is 13-3 so both teams are used to jumping out to a 1-0 lead.  Duke won the 1st meeting during the Kickoff Weekend 4-1 (box score below) but I think Wake is playing much better now and I look for the Demon Deacons to pull off the mild upset by rebounding from dropping the doubles point and by grabbing singles wins at 1, 2, 4 and 6. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #63 Noah Rubin (WF 14.80) vs. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.27)
2. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.40) vs. #34 Jason Tahir (DU 13.84)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.30) vs. Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.08)
4. #69 Jon Ho (WF 13.56) vs. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.86)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.74) vs. Chris Mengel (DU 13.63)
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.28) vs. TJ Pura (DU 13.39)


#12 Duke 4, #18 Wake Forest 1
Jan 23, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Noah Rubin (WF) def. #36 Jason Tahir (DU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #18 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #12 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
3. #112 Bruno Semenzato (DU) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-2, 1-6, 4-5, unfinished
4. #103 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. #52 Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 6-4
5. Chris Mengel (DU) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU) vs. #102 Maksim Kan (WF) 1-6, 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Raphael Hemmeler/Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Noah Rubin/Jon Ho (WF) 6-4
3. Chris Mengel/Bruno Semenzato (DU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Maksim Kan (WF) 3-5, unfinished
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,1,5,2)

Other interesting storylines:

Does #4 USC brush off the loss to Baylor and take out its frustrations on #29 Columbia or will the Lions rise up and catch USC at a low point?

Can #11 Ohio State start a new home winning streak against Michigan State or can Sparty pull off a 2nd big win this weekend after knocking off Penn State on Friday?

A few weeks ago Alabama upset a top 10 Ole Miss team, can they do it again and take out #7 Texas A&M?

After losing 5-straight road matches can South Carolina upset #5 Georgia or will the Dawgs open a can on their next door neighbors?

Sunday Schedule:

BNP Collegiate Challenge Live Scoring & Streaming Video
Sunday Schedule:
#1 Oklahoma vs. #3 Baylor - 1pm est
#20 Tulsa vs. #28 Cal - 2pm est
#75 UC Irvine vs. Purdue - 3pm est
#4 USC vs. #29 Columbia - 4pm est

Florida at Ole Miss - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
Clemson at Florida State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & ESPN3
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming
Virginia at Boston College - 12pm est - UVA Twitter
Virginia Tech at NC State - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan State at Ohio State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Michigan at Penn State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Louisiana Lafayette at Texas Tech - 12pm est - Live Scoring
Dartmouth vs. Oklahoma State (@ TCU) - 12pm est - Dartmouth Twitter & OK St Twitter
Minnesota at Nebraska - 1pm est - Live Scoring
UT Pan American at Texas - 1pm est - Live Scoring
South Carolina at Georgia - 1pm est - Live Scoring & Blog
Auburn at Arkansas - 2pm est - Live Scoring
LSU at Mississippi State - 2pm est - 
Get your dinner done early because there's some big time tennis tonight in Waco as #2 Baylor hosts #1 Oklahoma.  Baylor will have a blog running in addition to providing live scoring and streaming video so if you're around a computer check it out.  All the scoring, video, blog, twitter links are done below at the bottom of this post.

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

Prematch comments via Baylor:

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

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

Baylor's preview video below




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Previous Meetings This Year:

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

#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2
National Indoors Semifinals - Chicago, IL - February 15th, 2015
Doubles:
1. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) vs. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 4-2
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. 
Papa/Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. 
Salazar/Ghilea (OU) 6-1
Singles:
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 4-6, 5-5 DNF
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish - Doubles (3,2)  Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
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#5 USC (18-3) at #27 Cal (16-5) - 6pm est/3pm pst - Both teams have cruised past Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Utah over the last 2 weeks so this one should be each's biggest test since Indian Wells.  Cal may grab the doubles point but I think USC rolls in singles.  Prediction: USC 6-1

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

Others who could play: Mads Engsted (CAL 13.45)
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#15 UCLA (13-6) at #36 Stanford (13-4) - 7pm est/4pm pst - The Pac 12 rivals will meet for the 2nd time this year after UCLA won the 1st meeting 5-2 (box score below).  UCLA has been playing much better tennis recently while Stanford is still trying to find the right lineup.  While UCLA blew out out Washington and Oregon two weeks ago, Stanford was pushed to the brink by Oregon before pulling out a 4-3 win.  I could see Stanford grabbing a court here or there but it won't be enough.  Prediction: UCLA 5-2

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

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

Results of 1st Meeting:

#21 UCLA 5, #37 Stanford 2
Feb 28, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Doubles
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
Singles
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)
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#20 Mississippi State (17-5) at #21 Vanderbilt (16-6) - 6pm est/5pm cst -  Mississippi State has won 5 straight and 6 of its last 7 while Vandy has split its last 6.  Vandy has dropped the doubles point in 3 of the last 4 matches and is 15-7 overall while State has split the point the last 4 times out and is 17-4 overall.  I think Vanderbilt finds a way to take the doubles point and get singles wins from Austin, Valent, and Eswaran while State gets wins from Estevarena, Agarwal, and Cash.  Prediction: Vanderbilt 4-3

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Short video clip below from Baylor:



Oklahoma recap

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Previous Result:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


Saturday schedule of play with scoring links:

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

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


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I thought the big story of the day would be TCU thumping Texas A&M or Georgia blanking Ole Miss but Stanford stole their thunder as the Cardinal stunned #5 USC 4-3. Each of these 3 big matches all had monster crowds on hand with TCU drawing over 1700, Georgia had over 1800, and while I didn't see an attendence figure from Stanford the pictures I saw showed the stands pretty full.


Stanford took the doubles point with quick wins at 2 and 3 but then USC got off to a hot start in singles by taking the opening set on 4 courts. USC's Max De Vroome would tie the match at 1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #5 singles over Nolan Paige but moments later Stanford's David Hsu would knock off Nick Crystal at #6 singles by a 6-3, 6-4 score. Hsu's win over Crystal was probably the most surprising result because Crystal brought a 14-1 dual match record into the match and he had only dropped 4 games to Hsu in the first meeting in late February.  

It looked like USC would tie it back up at 2 when Roberto Quiroz led John Morrissey 7-6, 5-2 at #2 singles but Morrissey fought back to force a 3rd set.

Jonny Wang would tie it at 2 after he defeated Robert Stineman 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at #4 singles but Stanford would go up 3-2 when Tom Fawcett rallied from a set down to defeat Yannick Hanfmann 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at #1 singles.

Eric Johnson tied it at 3 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at #3 singles over David Wilczynski but by then Stanford's John Morrissey had opened up a 4-1 lead in the 3rd set at #2.

Morrissey would face 3 breaks points when serving at 4-2, 15-40 but he fought all 3 off and held for 5-2.  After a Quiroz hold, the pivotal point in Morrissey's 5-3 service game would come at 30-15. Quiroz was in control of the point and when Morrissey hit a volley that sat up on the service line everybody figured Quiroz would hit a forehand into the open court but instead he dumped it into the net.  Morrissey had 3 match points but only needed 1 as Quiroz's backhand sailed wide and with the miss Stanford had pulled off the rare double of beating USC and UCLA on back-to-back days. Below is the final service game via Sven Nommensen's youtube. 


Stanford recap

"I started playing more aggressive tennis and really went after my serve, said Morrissey. "I just wanted to keep the points short, stay and aggressive and do more with the serve and volley. This was a great match and the whole weekend was just phenomenal.

#36 Stanford 4, #5 USC 3
April 11, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
Doubles
1) No. 36 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) vs. Crystal/Quiroz (USC) abandoned
2) Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) d. Johnson/Wang (USC) 6-2
3) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2 
Singles
1) No. 41 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.32) d. No. 6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
2) No. 100 John Morrissey (STAN 13.95) d. No. 19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3
3) No. 123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) d. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4) No. 33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) d. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.18) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5) No. 75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) d. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) 6-4, 6-4
6) David Hsu (STAN 13.81) d. No. 86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, 2

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 10th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 
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What was expected to be one of the best matches of the day turned into one of the bigger blowouts as #10 TCU ran roughshod over #7 Texas A&M 4-0 in a match that last only an hour and 54 minutes. TCU was just 12-10 in doubles coming into this one but that didn't stop them from rolling Texas A&M at #2 and #3 to grab the point.

The teams split the opening sets in singles but before Texas A&M had a chance to get into the match TCU's Cameron Norrie, Facundo Lugones, and Cameron Norrie would all finish their respective matches in straight sets to seal the win in under 2 hours.  The amazing thing is that Shane Vinsant, Arthur Rinderknech, and AJ Catanzariti had only dropped a combined 7 matches coming in yet they all got routed on the same day. Hats off to David Roditi for getting past Texas A&M for a 2nd time this year.

TCU recap

"It is a huge win," head coach David Roditi said. "I have so much respect for the Texas A&M program overall and they have been absolutely dominating us for a long time. For this group to put in the work they have been doing and getting better and with the freshmen coming through like that speaks a lot about what this team really wants. This team was hungry and for them to come out and beat the SEC Champions 4-0 makes me so happy for them and so proud. It is just a great moment for our program."

"We played so bad in doubles at SMU in our last match and there was only one way we could go in doubles action and it was to get better," Roditi said. For our No. 3 doubles team to come out like that and take a quick set like that is huge. The way we look at the doubles point is that it is almost like a bonus point for us because we haven't been getting it that often. We are so used to not winning it that it is just a nice bonus when we do have it and it just makes a huge difference especially when you are playing at home. For a visiting team to come out here and be down the doubles point and take four singles from us is going to take a really good team to do that."

"That is one of our goals is to protect our home here," Roditi said. "For us to be able to play those teams at home is great. What a crowd and what a great day for college tennis. It was a clean match, a great atmosphere and people came out and supported us.

"I want to thank the alumni, the country club members and just the entire community for the support today. The guys really feed off of it and I hope to see every one of them at our match against Texas next weekend."

Texas A&M recap

#10 TCU 4, #7 Texas A&M 0
Apr 11, 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #60 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.26) vs. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.86) 6-3, 0-3, unf
2. #63 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.70) def. #64 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.24) 6-3, 6-2
3. #50 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.22) def. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.25) 6-0, 6-4
4. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.88) vs. #55 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.64) 4-6, 6-3, unf
5. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.85) def. #78 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.24) 6-4, 6-2
6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.37) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.34) 7-6(5), 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #18 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) vs. #13 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 3-4, unf
2. #29 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #41 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-3
3. Hudson Blake/Guillermo Nu?ez (TCU) def. Arthur Rinderknech/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-1
Match Notes
Texas A&M 17-4; National ranking #7
TCU 19-6; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,5,2)
T - 1:54
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Who Wins The Rematch on Saturday in Fort Worth

#10 TCU
  19 (40%)
#7 Texas A&M
  28 (59%)

Votes so far: 47
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Georgia wrapped a share of the SEC regular season title and the #1 seed in next week's SEC Tournament with a 4-0 win over #14 Ole Miss.  The doubles point was up for grabs after Georgia won at #3 and Ole Miss won at 2.  There were no breaks of serve at #1 and in the tiebreak Ole Miss would lead 6-4 with Nik Scholtz serving for the point.  Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland would fight back to take the final 4 points and lock up the doubles point by winning the tiebreak 8-6. Odd twist at the end of the doubles (per UGA blog) - Ole Miss's Zvonimir Babic double faulted to give Georgia the point and after Georgia's guys hit the ball back Babic hit the ball out of the complex and apparently since it was the 2nd penalty against the team the chair assessed a game penalty that rolled over to singles.  Since Babic didn't play in singles that meant his partner Nik Scholtz started out down a break with Smith serving at 1-0 to begin play.

Georgia jumped all over Ole Miss in singles taking 5 of 6 opening sets and Nick Wood, Paul Oosterbaan, and Austin Smith would each close out their matches in straight sets to seal the shutout win.

It looked like Georgia senior Nathan Pasha would get the clinch because he led Gustav Hansson 6-4, 5-2 at #3 singles and he had a match point on the Hansson serve but Hansson managed to hold and then break to stay in it.  After Pasha held for 6-5, Austin Smith would hold serve himself to seal the win at #1 and thus halt all the remaining matches.

Below are some nice pics of the big crowd in Athens along with a clip showing match point for Smith.



Georgia recap

"This is a great way to end the regular season," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had great play on all six singles courts. Nick (Wood) gave us the first point, Paul (Oosterbaan) the second, and this was a tremendous win for Austin at No. 1. He is really locked in and finishing the regular season on point. He is playing tremendous tennis and is so focused right now. After we lost to Mississippi State, our guys recommitted, and they see how to handle the important matches and not take anything for granted. Now we go into the SEC Tournament with a lot of momentum and the number one seed."

"Ole Miss was serving so well and it kept them in the match," Diaz said. "Even though we got a lead in that tiebreaker, I thought our guys kept their composure and poise and continued to fight. That doubles point could have gone either way, and the match may have been a little bit different. I give credit to our No. 1 team. They played tremendous tennis."

Ole Miss recap

#8 Georgia 4, #14 Ole Miss 0
April 11, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #34 Austin Smith (UGA 14.22) def. #16 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.10) 6-4, 6-4
2. #84 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.18) vs. #27 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.51) 7-5, 3-3
3. #25 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.28) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.76) 6-4, 6-5, unf
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.30) vs. William Kallberg (OM 13.25) 7-6 (8-6), 2-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.84) def. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.97) 6-1, 6-2
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.68) def. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.47) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #46 Zvonimir Babic/Nik Scholtz (OM) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-2
3. Nathan Pasha/Nick Wood (UGA) def. Grey Hamilton/William Kallberg (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Ole Miss 16-7 (8-4); National ranking #14
Georgia 19-3 (11-1); National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1)

Official: Clark Weaver T-2:31 A-1811


Who Wins on Saturday in Athens

#8 Georgia
  33 (75%)
#14 Ole Miss
  11 (25%)

Votes so far: 44 
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Top 25 (as of 10pm Saturday)

RankSchoolPoints
1Oklahoma88.89
2Baylor74.06
3Illinois69.58
4Virginia64.87
5Georgia63.79
6Texas A&M 63.66
7TCU61.32
8Duke59.43
9USC58.73
10Texas58.00
11Ohio State47.91
12Ole Miss43.59
13North Carolina*43.02
14Virginia Tech41.59
15Wake Forest41.40
16San Diego39.10
17UCLA39.06
18Florida37.45
19South Florida 36.40
20Vanderbilt35.93
21Texas Tech34.60
22Mississippi State33.88
23Stanford*33.40
24Columbia* 32.17
25LSU*30.62

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