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Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:55

USC/UCLA Preview

The last several years this has been the biggest match of the season but this year these LA neighbors have taken a back seat to the big time tennis that's been taking place in the state of Texas.  USC and UCLA have an uncharacteristic 11 losses between them and both struggled last week in Northern California against Stanford and Cal.

Usually when these two play at the end of the season the #1 seed in the Pac 12 Tournament is at stake however Stanford has already locked that up so the winner of this takes the #2 seed and the loser falls to #3.

The Pac 12 Network will televise the singles portion starting at 6pm eastern/3pm pacific so tune in to hear the call from Paul Sunderland and Justin Gimlestob.

#9 USC (19-4) at #19 UCLA (14-7) - 5pm est/2pm pst - Live Scoring - Pac 12 Network - In this first meeting back on March 14th, USC took the doubles point and then cleaned up at the bottom 3 and if USC wants to win today they may have to do the same thing again.  USC has struggled in doubles this year going just 14-9 and the Trojans have dropped the point the last 2 times out.  UCLA has played better in doubles going 15-6 and has won the point in 5 of the last 6 matches.

Previous Result

#5 USC 4, #14 UCLA 1
March 14, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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
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

Doubles Record:
USC 14-9 overall, 3-3 Pac 12
UCLA 15-6, 5-1 Pac 12

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #12 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.73) vs. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.99)
2. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) vs. #32 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.93)
3. Eric Johnson (USC 14.31) vs. #102 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.31)
4. #36 Jonny Wang (USC 14.21) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.96)
5. #81 Max De Vroome (USC 14.12) vs. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.35)
6. #90 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.88)

Others who could play: Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.79), Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.07), Connor Farren (USC 13.87)

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 16th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Dual-Match Singles Results:
1. Hanfmann 9-5 vs. McDonald 11-1
2. Quiroz 13-4 vs. Mkrtchian 12-4
3. Johnson 17-2 vs. Redlicki 15-2
4. Wang 14-3 vs. Sell 14-5
5. De Vroome 15-2 vs. DiGiulio 6-6
6. Crystal 14-2 vs. Rapp 7-5

#1 singles - Yannick Hanfmann has really struggled lately dropping 5 of his last 7 singles matches and he has also sat out 2 of the last 4 doubles matches so you have to wonder if he's 100% healthy right now.  McDonald has won 4 in a row and has only lost once all year.  Prediction: McDonald (UCLA) in 3

#2 singles - Quiroz had 6-match winning streak snapped on Saturday by Stanford's John Morrissey in what turned out to be the deciding match.  It was a surprising loss considering Quiroz was up a set and 5-2 in the 2nd and also since Quiroz had beat Morrissey in straights a month earlier.  Mkrtchian has won 9 in a row and during that streak he also went 3-0 at #1 singles.  Mkrtchian rolled over Quiroz in the last meeting and if they are paired up again I think we'll see the same result. Prediction: Mkrtchian (UCLA) in 2

#3 singles - Johnson has been solid all season and is currently on a 3-match winning streak.  Johnson played at #1 singles against Oregon, Utah, and Arizona going 2-1 in that stretch.  Redlicki had an 11-match winning streak snapped last Friday by John Morrissey but he rebounded on Saturday and beat a tough Filip Bergevi.  This match is a near toss up and was tied at 1-1 in the 3rd in the last meeting. Prediction: DNF or Johnson (USC) in 3

#4 singles - Wang has won 12 in a row and he clinched the win against UCLA the last time they played.  Sell has won 6 in a row and 8 of 9 with the lone loss coming to Wang.  Prediction: Wang (USC) in 2

#5 singles - De Vroome has won 7 in a row and 12 of his last 13 although I'd be surprised if we see him give his opponent a double-bagel like he did in the previous meeting.  DiGiulio had a 4-match winning streak snapped by Stanford's Nolan Paige though he led Cal's JT Nishimura the next day in a match that was halted due to the clinch.  Prediction: De Vroome (USC) in 2

#6 singles - Crystal had a 4-match winning streak snapped by Stanford's David Hsu and in his 2 matches before that he was pushed to a 3rd set by Cal's Mads Engsted and Arizona's Trevor James. Rapp has split his last 4 matches and lost the last time out to Stanford's David Hsu 7-5, 7-5. Prediction: Crystal (USC) in 2

I think these teams are even at 1, 2, and 3 but USC is just too good at 4, 5, and 6.  I'll take UCLA in doubles and at 1 and 2 singles with USC taking 3-6.  Prediction: USC 4-3 (4-2 if they stop at the clinch)

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UCLA got off to a good start by going up early breaks on all 3 doubles courts and would cruise to wins at 2 and 3.  Singles would be a different story because USC's Eric Johnson, Roberto Quiroz, Max De Vroome, and Nick Crystal would take the opening set at 2, 3, 5, and 6 and then those 4 would pretty much run away with the 2nd sets to close out a 4-2 win.  UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald picked up the only singles point for the Bruins as he took it to #12 Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-3.

This match was supposed to be shown on TV on the Pac 12 network but the USC/UCLA women's match ran 90 minutes long and with the singles portion of this one only lasting 80 minutes that meant it was over before the broadcast ever started.

Normally you'd think a USC/UCLA match would pack them in but when you play it on a Thursday at 2pm local time this is the kind of crowd you get.

UCLA recap
USC recap

#9 USC 4, #19 UCLA 2
April 16, 2015 - Los Angeles Tennis Center
Singles Competition:
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.99) def. #12 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.73) 6-3, 6-3 
2. Eric Johnson (USC 14.31) def. #32 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.93) 6-3, 6-2
3. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) def. #102 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.31) 6-4, 6-1
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.96) vs. #36 Jonny Wang (USC 14.21) 7-6, 2-2, DNF
5. #81 Max De Vroome (USC 14.12) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.88) 6-1, 6-4
6. #90 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) def. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.35) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles Competition:
1. #9 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) 5-3 DNF
2. Di Giulio/ Sell (UCLA) def. De Vroome/Johnson (USC) 6-3
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) def. Crystal/Wang (USC) 6-1
Match Notes:
USC 20-4; 6-1 Pac-12; National ranking #9
UCLA 14-8; 5-2 Pac-12; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,5,3,1,6)

The match of the day at the SEC Tournament was between Tennessee and Alabama. Tennessee jumped out to a 3-0 lead by taking the doubles point and picking up wins at 1 and 2 from Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese however Alabama would come back and tie it up with wins from Nikko Madregallejo, Danny Kerznerman, and Andrew Goodwin at 3, 5, and 6.  In the deciding match Alabama's Stuart Kenyon would jump out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Tennessee's Luis Valero.  Valero would hold from 40-15 for 3-5 then would break Kenyon from 30-40 to put the match back on serve.  Valero would face a match point on the deciding point but he would get the hold with a service winner to even it at 5. Valero would break for 6-5 by winning the deciding point then he would serve it out at love for the win.

Alabama recap
Tennessee recap

"Luis been doing a great job for us all year," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "No one can prepare for that moment. You have to go in and see what you are made of. He just had faith that he was going to give us everything he had in that moment and he did."

"Mikelis and Hunter were phenomenal today," Winterbotham said. "That one-two punch, that commitment, was there for everybody to see. I'm incredibly proud of those guys."

"Alabama deserves a tremendous amount of credit for how they competed all day," Winterbotham said. "That was one of the toughest matches we've been in all year."

#42 (8) Tennessee 4, #61 (9) Alabama 3
April 16, 2015 at College Station, Texas (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #15 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.40) def. B. O'Shaughnessey (UA 13.42) 6-2, 6-4
2. Hunter Reese (UT 13.34) def. #115 Korey Lovett (UA 13.14) 6-3, 6-2
3. Nikko Madregallejo (UA 13.15) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.13) 6-4, 7-5
4. Luis Valero (UT 13.18) def. Stuart Kenyon (UA 12.48) 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5
5. Danny Kerznerman (UA 13.46) def. Igo Smelyanski (UT 13.29) 6-3, 6-1
6. Andrew Goodwin (UA 12.41) def. Jess Jones (UT 13.09) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #6 Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (UT) def. #32 Korey Lovett/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 6-3
2. Andrew Dromsky/Igo Smelyanski (UT) vs. Sean Donohue/Stuart Kenyon (UA) 6-5, unf
3. Luis Valero/Jack Schipanski (UT) def. Sam Edwards/Andrew Goodwin (UA) 7-5
Match Notes
Alabama 17-17; National ranking #61
Tennessee 14-11; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,5,6,3,4)
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Another action packed day of college tennis is in the books and it was the ACC giving us the 2 best matches of the day as Georgia Tech and North Carolina both pulled out 4-3 thrillers.

I'm big fan of the schools that take the time to put an audio or video interview out on twitter shortly after the match finished.  TCU has done a great job all year getting a 30-second interview with David Roditi out on twitter and the last few days Georgia Tech has done the same with Kenny Thorne.  It's always better to hear the comments from someone as opposed to reading them.  I'm also a fan of school's posting video clips of match points - just gives you a feeling that you're there and lets you see the emotion from the players after a big win.


In one of the early matches Georgia Tech came out of the gates like a bull seeing red. GT took the doubles point by winning at 1 and 3 and then took the opening set on 4 of 6 singles courts.  GT's Eduardo Segura finished first with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jai Corbett at #6 but VT's Joao Monteiro would trim the GT lead to 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Nathan Rakitt at #3.  Christopher Eubanks would make it 3-1 GT with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andreas Bjerrehus at #1.

VT's Hunter Koontz would make it 3-2 with a come from behind 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Michael Kayat #4 but it looked like the Carlos Benito was just moments away from finishing off Amerigo Contini at #2.

Benito took the opening set 6-4 and had a match point on Contini's 5-6 serve game but Contini would hold to force a tiebreak.  In the TB, Benito jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to see Contini take the next 7 points to send it to a 3rd set.

Virginia Tech clearly had the momentum on its side because less than 5 minutes later they would tie up the match at 3 as Edoardo Tessaro knocked Cole Fiegel 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at #5 singles.  Back over at #2, Contini would break Benito to go up 4-2 but Benito broke right back and held for 4-4.  After each held once more, Benito would break again and would then serve it out at love (match point below).

Personally I thought for sure that Virginia Tech would win after Benito failed to close out the 2nd set but Benito showed some resilience to put the tiebreak behind him. Great win by Georgia Tech and it should be enough to get the Yellow Jackets into the NCAAs as an at-large.

Georgia Tech recap & Thorne Audio Clip

"Eddie's done a great job for us of being the catalyst and getting off the court for us the last few matches," said Thorne. "That's been a big one for us. Everybody else battled, no one got down too quick and kept everybody in it. Chris did a great job of beating a very good player. And what can you say about Carlos. He could've finished in two, but he fought back and never gave in."

"We did another nice job with the doubles today," said Thorne. "The No. 1 was kind of a see-saw, but we hung with it, kept serving well. No. 3 closed it out for us, which was important. Emotions are running high, and getting the doubles point helps. Virginia Tech has lost doubles and come back to win against some good teams, so we didn't have any illusions of being in good shape."

Virginia Tech recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 24th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#55 Georgia Tech 4, #14 Virginia Tech 3
Apr 24, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #37 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-3, 7-5
2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. #64 Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
3. #121 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) 6-1, 6-3
4. #105 Hunter Koontz (VT) def. Michael Kay (GT) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #87 Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. #35 Bjerrehus/Koontz (VT) 8-5
2. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) vs. Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 7-7, un
3. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Contini/Corbett (VT) 8-6
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 14-11; National ranking #55
Virginia Tech 19-4; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,1,4,5,2)
Quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament

In the late quarterfinal match Duke took the court without its #1 Nicolas Alvarez but gave North Carolina all it wanted.  Duke took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then TJ Pura would pick up a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over over Andrew Gores at #6 singles.  It was only Gores 4th dual-match this year and the only reason he played was due to injuries to Oystein Steiro and Esben Hess-Olesen.

Robert Kelly put North Carolina on the board with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Josh Levine at #5 and then Brayden Schnur would even the match with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 win at #1 over Jason Tahir.  Tahir trailed 5-2 in the 1st set before rallying to take the set in a tiebreak.

UNC's #3 Brett Clark would make it 3-2 UNC with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Bruno Semenzato but Raphael Hemmeler would tie it back up with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 win over Ronnie Schneider at #2.  Duke's twitter said Hemmeler was fighting cramps in the 3rd set and even had to call a medical timeout for treatment.

It also came down to a 3rd set at #4 between UNC's Jack Murray and Duke's Chris Mengel. Murray broke Mengel to go up 5-3 but Mengel would break back and hold for 5-5.  After Murray held for 6-5 he'd finish the match off by converting his 3rd match point to win it 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

The Duke recap has more game by game details if you want to check it out below.

North Carolina recap

"What a great match on both sides, said UNC head coach Sam Paul. "I'm extremely proud of our team after losing the doubles point and then not looking good in singles (initially)We fought back and found a way to get back into the match. It was a great college tennis match and I'm just proud of my team.

Duke recap

"It was a really high-level match from start to finish, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "It was two teams leaving everything they had out there. Doubles was close and singles were close. There were a couple momentum swings, but it came down to a point or two here or there. I am proud of my guys. We fought so hard. We certainly put ourselves in a position to win, but just couldn't quite finish off a very good UNC team.

"The doubles was very impressive because UNC is so good in doubles, Smith added. "To slide our No 2 and No. 3 teams up and have a new team with Hemmeler and McCall showed incredible effort. Our energy was great and we found a way.

#16 North Carolina 4, #9 Duke 3
Singles competition
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.65) def. #46 Jason Tahir (DU 14.02) 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-3
2. #70 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.23) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.27) 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-0
3. #68 Brett Clark (UNC 13.82) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.90) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
4. #117 Jack Murray (UNC 14.13) def. Chris Mengel (DU 13.65) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
5. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.72) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.69) 7-6(6), 6-3
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.31) def. Andrew Gores (UNC 12.64) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Levine/Tahir (DU) def. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC) 8-7
2. Pura/Semenzato (DU) def. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC) 8-6
3. Murray/Schneider (UNC) def. Hemmeler/McCall (DU) 8-5
Match Notes:
North Carolina 21-9; National ranking #16
Duke 22-6; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4)

Other ACC Matches:

Virginia dropped the doubles point against Florida State but responded by taking all 6 opening sets and would get straight set wins from Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and JC Aragone at 1, 4, 5, and 6.

Wake Forest whipped Clemson 4-0 with the Deacs taking the doubles point and getting wins from Noah Rubin (6-2, 6-2), Romain Bogaerts (6-0, 6-0), and Christian Seraphim (6-2, 6-3) at 1, 2, and 5. Clemson was up a set at 4 and 6 but they were still early in the 2nd set when Wake clinched.

Big 12:

The opening match of the day between Texas and Texas Tech was played indoors due to rain and to speed things along they started with singles. Texas took the opening set on every court except #4 with Soren Hess-Olesen coming back from 5-2 down at #1 to take the set 7-5.  Hess-Olesen would finish first at #1 and then Clement Homs would be off next at #6.  It looked like Nick Naumann might make it 3-0 but he dropped his second set in a tiebreak and it was around that time that Texas Tech started gaining some momentum.  Tech's Alex Sendegeya would come back from a set down to win in 3 over Adrien Berkowicz at #3 and Felipe Soares would push Lloyd Glasspool to a 3rd set at #2. Glasspool would turn it around in the 3rd set and close out Soares and a short while later George Goldhoff would complete his comeback at #4 with a 3-set win over Jolan Cailleau to clinch the UT win.

Texas recap

"I saw a lot of fight and determination today," Head Coach Michael Center said. "I wanted to see us compete at all six spots, and I saw that today. Texas Tech made a great run at us, but I was really pleased to see the final push that we made at the end to clinch the match."

"I started figuring things out as the match went on," Goldhoff said. "I was doing the right things, but I wasn't executing. When I finally executed, I really started to tire him out. He's a good player -- he's not going to give you anything. I'm just happy to step-up help the team."

#10 Texas 4, #17 Texas Tech 1
04/24/15 at Waco, TX (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.85) def. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.53) 7-5, 6-2
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.96) def. #32 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.64) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
3. #120 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.72) def. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.99) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. George Goldhoff (UT 13.62) def. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.39) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.69) vs. Francisco Zambon (TTU 12.95) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 3-0, unf
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.33) def. Connor Curry (TTU 12.96) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
Doubles competition
1. #23 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TTU) vs. #14 Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 
2. Alex Sendegeya/Jolan Cailleau (TTU) vs. George Goldhoff/Jacoby Lewis (UT) 
3. Connor Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) 
Match Notes
Texas Tech 18-8; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #5
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (1,6,3,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Quarterfinal
Singles matches played first. Doubles went uncontested.

The 2nd match of the day was played outdoors but it looked like Oklahoma State left its equipment indoors because TCU absolutely throttled them on every court.  TCU took all 6 opening sets and Will Stein, Facundo Lugones, Cameron Norrie, and Arnau Dachs would each win in straight sets to close out the 4-0 win.  Had there not been a 55 minute rain delay the singles portion would have been over in just over an hour.

TCU recap

"I am very pleased with the way our team came out of the gate," head coach David Roditi said. "We won every first set on all six courts and our team handled a lot of the changes well today. There were questions if we were going to play indoors or outdoors, singles or doubles first, when do we eat and finally the changing of the match time. Our guys handled it really well and got a good warm-up and came out playing as well as we could play.

"I thought it was great to see our fans come out here and support us on a neutral site. Our women's team came out and supported us and that is very much appreciated. What a great performance today by Will Stein. For him to come out there and win 6-0, 6-1 was a very good first point for our team."

"We just beat a very good team and for us to beat a team like Oklahoma State and not have to go to doubles is huge and I think that is probably going to help us for tomorrow," Roditi said. "We have a very tough match against Baylor on their home courts and they are one of the best teams in the nation. The fact that we were able to not go to doubles and not drag it on too much will help the guys tomorrow."

Oklahoma State recap

"We are disappointed today," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Give some credit to TCU. They have a very good team. They showed up early on in the singles, and we made a little comeback at the end that fell short. Now we've just got to see Tuesday, with the dance, where we go. Obviously we are not hosting but we are still going to do the same things we do in practice and get ready for it like we always do. We will bounce back and we will be ready."

#6 TCU 4, #29 Oklahoma State 0
Apr 24, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.91) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.75) 6-4, 5-4, unf
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.93) vs. #124 Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.63) 6-3, 5-6, unf
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.32) def. #119 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.34) 6-2, 6-3
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) def. Tristan Meraut (OKST 13.58) 6-1, 6-1
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.97) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.76) 6-3, 6-3
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.33) def. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.53) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition - not played due to weather
1. Jurence Mendoza/Tristan Meraut (OKST) vs. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 
2. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) vs. #29 Trevor Johnson/Norrie (TCU) 
3. #25 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) vs. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 16-9 (0-5); National ranking #29
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,4,3)
Big 12 Conference Tournament First Round
Due to rain in the area, singles were contested first and doubles were not played as the match was decided 55 minute rain delay

Pac 12:

A day after Cal won a 4-3 thriller over Oregon they'd have tables turned on them and drop a tight one to Stanford 4-1.  Stanford got the doubles point by winning big at #1 and then taking a tiebreak at #2 (haven't actually seen the TB score anywhere and I wasn't paying attention during the doubles point).

Stanford got a quick 6-1, 6-3 win from David Hsu at #6 but Cal would take the opening set on the other 5 courts and would go up break leads in the 2nd at 3, 4, and 5. Oskar Wikberg would close out Robert Stineman 6-4, 6-3 at #4 to make it 2-1 but Cal just couldn't shut the door anywhere else.

Greg Bayane led David Wilczynski 7-5, 5-2 at #3 and had a slew of match points in the next 2 games but Wilczynski weathered the storm and took 5 straight games to take the set 7-5.  As a side note Wilczynski led the first set 5-3 and then proceeded to lose 7 straight games.

Billy Griffith clinched Cal's win over Stanford last week and it looked like he was going to ring up another win today when he led Nolan Paige 6-2, 5-3 but Paige wouldn't go away.  Paige fought off multiple match points to get the second set to a tiebreak then took the TB 7-3.

Over at #2 singles, Stanford's John Morrissey battled back from a set down to take out Filip Bergevi 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Morrissey broke Bergevi to go up 5-3 in the 3rd then served it out from 40-15 to put Stanford up 3-1.  Bergevi was on the court for close to 3 hours yesterday so fatigue may have played a role in this one.

Stanford's Tom Fawcett also battled back from a set down and would serve for the match and team win up 5-3 in the 3rd but Andre Goransson would break him from 30-40 to put it back on serve. Fawcett would then have a match point on the Goransson serve but Andre held for 5-5.  Fawcett then fell behind 0-30 on his 5-5 service game but would win 4 straight points to hold for 6-5.

With the match at #1 headed towards a tiebreak it looked like Cal was finally going to get that 2nd point with Billy Griffith once against nearing the finish line with a 5-3 lead in the 3rd.  However he'd be unable to serve it out with Paige breaking him at love to knot the match at 5.  Paige would hold for 6-5 and would then jump out to a 15-40 lead and would ultimately break from 30-40 to clinch the Stanford win.

The match at #1 was in a 3rd set tiebreak tied at 3-3 and Bayane was up 3-0 in the 3rd at #3.

Stanford recap
Cal recap

"It was a tough match today that was well within our grasp, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We put ourselves into good positions on almost every court, and I think we played some great tennis. Overall, I think we're very close to the level we need to be playing at the NCAAs in two weeks. Our guys are super excited about what lies ahead for us in the postseason.

#1 Stanford 4, #4 California 1
April 24, 2015 - Ojai, CA 
1. #13 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #49 Bayane/Melton (CAL), 8-1
2. #83 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Bergevi/Engsted (CAL), 8-7
3. #86 Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) def. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN), 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.18), 3-6, 6-3, 6-6 (3-3) unf
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) def. #99 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.85), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Gregory Bayane (CAL 13.45) vs. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.83) 7-5, 5-7, 3-0 unf
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.42) def. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23), 6-4, 6-3
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) def. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.47), 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. Mads Engsted (CAL 13.54), 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 2, 5

In the night cap in Ojai it was USC defeating UCLA 4-1.  USC crushed UCLA in doubles winning 8-0 at #1 and 8-4 at #2 but UCLA would come back in singles and take the opening set at 1, 2, 3, and 5. While Mackenzie McDonald finished his match at #1 in straight sets none of the other guys could do the same as USC would rally to force 3rd sets at 2, 3, and 5.  USC's Nick Crystal cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at #6 and Jonny Wang had just enough to beat Karue Sell 6-4, 7-6 at #5.  With both #2 and #3 singles deep in the 3rd set it would be Max De Vroome that would deliver the final blow for USC as he knocked off Austin Rapp 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 at #5 to end USC to the Championship against Stanford.

UCLA recap
USC recap

#8 USC 4, #15 UCLA 1
Apr 24, 2015 at Ojai, CA - Libbey Park 
1. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) def. #9 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 8-0
2. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. #84 Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 8-2
3. Crystal/Wang (USC) vs. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) 4-4, unfinished
USC Wins Doubles Point
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.70) 6-3, 6-4
2. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.32) vs. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) 5-7, 6-3, 4-3, unf
3. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) vs. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) 1-6, 6-3, 5-5, unf
4. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.97) 6-4, 7-6
5. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-3
6. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.37) 6-2, 6-1
Match Notes
UCLA 15-9; National ranking #15
USC 21-4; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,4,5)

Big 10:

Not a whole lot of excitement at the B1G quarterfinals as each of the higher seeds took care of business without much issue.

#1 seed Illinois took the doubles point over Iowa then picked up singles wins from Farris Gosea (6-4, 6-1), Tim Kopinski (6-0, 6-4), and Aleks Vukic (6-0, 6-3) at 2, 3, and 5.  Illinois was also up at 4 and 6 while Iowa's Matt Hagan had a 2-0 lead in the 3rd at #1 singles.

#2 seed Ohio State took the doubles point over Nebraska then picked up singles wins from Hunter Callahan (6-2, 6-3), Kevin Metka (6-0, 6-1), and Ralf Steinbach (6-2, 6-3) at 4, 5, and 6.  Nebraska took the opening set at 1 and 2 with Ohio State taking the opening set at 3.

#3 seed Minnesota took the doubles point over Michigan then picked up singles wins from Leandro Toledo (6-2, 6-3), Matic Spec (6-3, 6-1), and Ruben Weber (6-4, 7-6) at 1, 2, and 4.  The other 3 courts were all early in the 3rd set.

#4 seed Northwestern took the doubles point over Indiana then picked up singles wins from Strong Kirchheimer (6-3, 5-7, 6-1), Logan Staggs (6-0, 6-3), and Alp Horoz (6-3, 6-4) at 2, 4, and 6. Indiana's Sven Lalic won 6-3, 6-3 at #3 and Northwestern had the lead in the other 2 matches.

Other Conference Tournaments:

MAC Semifinals (DeKalb, IL) - #4 Buffalo upset #1 Northern Illinois 4-2 as Damien David won the clincher 6-3 in the 3rd at #1 singles.  #3 Binghamton upset the #2 seed Western Michigan 4-3 as Sid Hazarika won the deciding match at #1 singles 6-4 in the 3rd.  Buffalo is back in the conference finals for the second year in a row and fourth time in six years. Buffalo has lost in the finals to Western Michigan in each of those appearance and Western Michigan had won the MAC 7 of the previous 9 season.  Binghamton will be playing in its 8th consecutive conference final but its first in the MAC after departing the America East.  Binghamton will seeking its 10th NCAA bid in the last 13 years.

Binghamton's site has a post match interview with coach Nick Zieziula and has match point int the deciding match at this link (couldn't upload video to this site due to format/size)

West Coast (San Diego) - #1 San Diego rolled past #4 Pacific 4-0 and #2 Pepperdine edged #3 San Francisco 4-1.  San Diego has won 22 consecutive WCC matches and will meet Pepperdine in the finals for the second year in a row.

For other details check out my Conference Tournament Page which has scores, schedules, and scoring/twitter links.

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It's go time for the ACC, Big 10, and Big 12 with each conference down to the semifinals of their conference tournaments plus the Pac 12 has reached its Championship match.


#5 [1] Virginia vs. #16 [4] North Carolina - 10am est - Virginia won both the regular season meetings with the Wahoos beating UNC 6-1 in Charlottesville and blanking them 4-0 at the National Indoors in Chicago.  Neither match was particularly close though the match at UVA was the better of the two with UNC taking 3 sets and losing several 7-5.

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

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #7 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.72) vs. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.69) 
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.79) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.31)
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (UNC 13.85) 
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (UNC 14.16) 
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 
6. JC Aragone (UVA 14.08) vs. Andrew Gores (UNC 12.14),
Bench: Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.96),  Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.50)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Shane (UVA) vs. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)
2. #63 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVA) vs. Murray/Schneider (UNC)

North Carolina is basically going to give away #5 or #6 singles because if a hobbled Esben Hess-Olesen plays at 5 he'll likely retire early-on or go down meekly and if he sits the drop off to its #7/#8 players is pretty severe. North Carolina needs the doubles point to have any reasonable hope of an upset but I don't see Virginia dropping the point for the second day in a row.  I like Virginia in doubles and Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, and JC Aragone at 2, 3, and 6. I think Brayden Schnur has a good shot at 1 and Jack Murray is more than capable of playing with Kwiatkowski at 4 but in the end Virginia wins. Prediction: Virginia 4-1

#11 [2] Wake Forest vs. #55 [10] Georgia Tech - 10am est - Wake Forest won the regular season meeting in Atlanta 5-2 but it was a close match that saw Wake win both #1 and #2 doubles in a tiebreak and then win the 2 deciding singles matches in a 3rd set. 

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) vs. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 
4. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs.  Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) vs.  Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.26) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 

Projected Doubles Lineup
1. Skander Mansouri/Chrstian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) vs. Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) 

Georgia Tech is playing lights out right now and they come into this one with nothing to lose while Wake Forest is definitely considered the heavy favorite.  I think Georgia Tech finds a way to take the doubles point and I like Segura and Kay in singles but Wake's top 2 of Rubin and Bogaerts should win along with Mansouri and Seraphim. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3

Big 12:

#2 [2] Baylor (20-4) vs. #6 [3] TCU (21-6) - 1pm est - Baylor won the regular season meeting at home 4-0 though all 6 of the singles matches and all of the 3 doubles match will be different this time.  TCU is coming off a 4-0 thrashing of Oklahoma State while Baylor won its regular season finale last Saturday over Texas Tech 4-1.  

Regular season result:

#5 Baylor 4, #13 TCU 0
Mar 03, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #20 Will Stein/Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #57 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-4
2. Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Facundo Lugones/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) vs. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.66) 6-2, 5-6 DNF
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.81) vs. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 6-3, 5-6 DNF
3. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.28) 6-3, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) vs. Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.53) 6-4, 3-6, 2-0 DNF
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.49) 6-0, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.38) 6-0, 6-2
Match Notes
TCU 8-4, 0-1; National ranking #13
Baylor 10-2, 1-0; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,5)

Singles Lineup:
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) vs. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96)
2. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) vs. #59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.97)
3. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) vs. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36)
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98)
5. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 

Doubles Lineup:
1. #18 Lenz/Galeano (BU) vs. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU)
2. #63 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) vs. #29 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
3. Rios/Schneider (BU) vs. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU)

Baylor's strength all year has been at doubles with BU an outstanding 22-1 while TCU is 15-10. TCU has won the doubles point the last 3 times out so I think they'll keep it close but Baylor still takes it. Lenz has to be considered the sizable favorite at #1 as is Rios at #6 but I think each of the other 4 courts is up for grabs.  

Lupieri beat Nunez 6-2, 6-0 back in October but Nunez is a different player now and has won 17 of his last 18 to rise up from #6 in the lineup to #2.  Lupieri has dropped 2 straight and 4 of his last 7 so he'll have to play better to beat Nunez.  Cameron Norrie had a nice fall but then struggled a little in the middle of the season but he's now rebounded to win his last 5 while Tchoutakian has won 4 of his last 5.  Diego Galeano has dealt with some injuries this year but he's won 5 of 6 since returning to the lineup while Lugones has been tearing it up and is currently riding a 9-match winning streak. Mate Zsiga has won 8 in a row (it'd probably be 14 in a row if his matches hadn't been stopped due to the clinch) while Arnau Dachs has won 4 in a row and 5 of 6.  Both Zsiga and Dachs have played at #1 and #2 singles in the past so each has a big time game.  

TCU has won 7 in a row and the guys are playing with a ton of confidence so I think they'll give Baylor all they want.  I do like Baylor in doubles and Lenz and Rios in singles but I like Nunez, Norrie, and Lugones for TCU at 2, 3, and 4.  I think it could come down to a 3rd set at #5 with the large vocal crowd pushing the Zsiga over the top.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3

#1 [1] Oklahoma (22-2) vs. #10 [4] Texas (19-5) - 1pm est - Oklahoma won the regular season meeting at home 4-1 and all but the top 2 singles spots will be rematches. It looks like none of the doubles courts will be rematches with Oklahoma tentatively scheduled to switch up its doubles pairings to find a spark for the postseason. Oklahoma hasn't played since beating Oklahoma State last Sunday while Texas beat Texas Tech yesterday in a hard fought 4-1 win.  

Regular season result:

#1 Oklahoma 4, #7 Texas 1
03/29/15 at Norman, OK (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.14) 6-1, 6-3
2. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.59) def. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.95) 6-1, 6-2
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.81) def. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.31) 6-4, 6-3
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.83) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.78) 6-4, 7-5
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Clement Homs (UT 13.36) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) def. #41 Glasspool/Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-3
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Bragusi/Papa (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 15-3, 1-1; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Oklahoma 19-1, 2-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)

Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) vs. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.88)
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.99)
3. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 14.02)
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.65)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.72)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Clement Homs (TX 13.35)

Doubles Lineup:
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU)  vs. #14 Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (TX)
2. Dane Webb/Nick Papac (OU) vs. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (TX)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (TX)

Oklahoma won the doubles point the first time and I think OU's new pairings will get them the point again today.

You got two of the best players in college tennis playing at #1 singles as Axel Alvarez puts his 19-0 dual match record on the line against Soren Hess-Olesen who was 15-0 until he dropped 3 of his last 5. Andrew Harris has won 5 in a row and 7 of 8 while Lloyd Glasspool has won 3 straight and he picked up a nice win over Felipe Soares yesterday.  Dane Webb has split his last 6 matches after being nearly unbeatable earlier in the season while Adrien Berkowicz has dropped 2 straight after winning the previous 4.  Alex Ghilea has won 6 of 7 while George Goldhoff has won 2 of 3 with a slew of unfinished matches sprinkled in.  Goldhoff clinched UT's win over Texas Tech by coming back from a set down to beat Jolan Cailleau - Cailleau happens to be the only to beat Alex Ghilea in the last 6 weeks.  Spencer Papa snapped a 2-match losing streak last Sunday by beating Okie State's Lukas Finzelberg while Nick Naumann has dropped 6 of 8 though he was up 3-0 in the 3rd yesterday against Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon when the match was halted.  Florin Bragusi has split his last 2 matches though 4 of his last 6 have gone unfinished.  1 of those unfinished matches came against Clement Homs who is 7-1 on the year after returning from a knee injury.

Texas has a shot at 1, 3, and 6 but I like Andrew Harris, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa at 2, 4, and 5 to give OU the 4 points it needs.  If Texas were to take the doubles point meaning OU would need 4 singles wins then I'd take Alvarez at #1 for the 4th point.   Prediction:  Oklahoma 4-1

Big 10:

#4 [1] Illinois (23-4) vs. #30 [4] Northwestern (20-8) - 1pm est - Illinois won the regular season meeting at home 5-2 in a match where Northwestern took the doubles point before Illinois won at 1 through 5 singles despite playing without Farris Gosea.

Regular Season Result:

#6 Illinois 5, Northwestern 2
Feb 19, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #96 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
2. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #64 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-1, 6-3
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-4, 6-3
4. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #11 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 8-3
2. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 8-5
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 8-3
Match Notes
Northwestern 6-5
Illinois 9-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,3,2,4,1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1.  #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04)
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73)
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68)
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43)
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) vs. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88)
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) 

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #58 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU)
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU)
3. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU)

Illinois is definitely the heavy favorite playing at home and I think they'll pull through with relative ease by taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from Farris Gosea, Aron Hiltzik, and Aleks Vukic.  Northwestern's only chance at pulling the stunner would be by taking the doubles point and getting wins at 1, 3, and 6. Prediction: Illinois 4-0

#12 [2] Ohio State (24-7) vs. #23 [3] Minnesota (20-6) - 1pm est - Ohio State won the regular season meeting in Columbus 4-2 though it was a very tight match.  Ohio State won the deciding court in doubles in a tiebreak before winning 3 straight set matches at 2, 4, and 6 with Minnesota winning at 1 and the other match going to a 3rd set. Minnesota is coming off a huge weekend that saw the Gophers beat both Illinois and Northwestern 4-3 in matches that came down a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match. Ohio State has won 8 in a row since it went down to Illinois back on March 29th though the competition in those 8 matches wasn't the toughest (except Minnesota).

Regular Season Result:

#11 Ohio State 4, #29 Minnesota 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.08) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.98) 7-5, 6-1
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.14) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.34) 6-3, 7-6 (1)
3. #104 Matic Spec (MINN 13.96) def. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.43) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.45) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.19) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.74) 5-7, 7-6, DNF
6. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.89) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.95) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #49 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) 8-7 (0)
2. #76 Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. #74 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-3
3. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 8-6
Match Notes
Minnesota 14-5 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #29
Ohio State 16-7 (4-1 B1G); National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,2)

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) vs. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10)
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48)
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) vs. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56)
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) vs. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.92) 
Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. #56 Mathiew Froment/Hamburg (MINN)
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) 
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN)

Ohio State is 25-6 in doubles while Minnesota is 22-4 with the Gophers have taken the point in 6 straight matches since dropping it to Ohio State on April 3rd.  The doubles point is a must for Minnesota if they are to win this one.  

Leandro Toledo has won 9 of 11 but those 2 losses came in his last 3 matches while Chris Diaz has won 9 straight though none have come against ranked opposition.  Diaz is 0-6 against ranked opponents in dual-match play while Toledo is 6-7. Matic Spec is riding a 13-match winning streak while Mikael Torpegaard has split his last 8 matches. Herkko Pollanen has won his last 4 while Felix Corwin has won 11 of 13 including the clincher win over Northwestern's Logan Staggs 7-6 in the 3rd.  Hunter Callahan has won 4 straight and 6 of 7 while Ruben Weber has lost 4 of 6 though he did win yesterday against Michigan's Alex Knight.  Kevin Metka has won 2 straight though 5 of his last 8 matches went unfinished while Jack Hamburg has won 4 straight including a resounding 6-4, 6-4 win last weekend over Illinois's Aleks Vukic.  Metka and Hamburg split sets in the first meeting.  Ralf Steinbach has won 4 straight and 8 of 9 while Mathieu Froment has won 4 of 5 including the match clincher against Illinois's Blake Bazarnik.  Steinbach won the first meeting 6-1, 6-3.

I think Minnesota gets the doubles point this time and also gets wins from Toledo and Spec at 1 and 2 but I look for Ohio State to win at 3, 4, 5, and 6 with Metka and Hamburg probably the last match on.  Prediction: Ohio State 4-3

Pac 12:

#26 [1] Stanford (17-5) vs. #8 [2] USC (21-4) - 8pm est/5pm pst - These two split the regular season meetings with USC winning 6-1 at home back in February in a non-conference match and Stanford winning 4-3 at home just 2 weeks ago.

Regular Season Results:

#36 Stanford 4, #5 USC 3
April 11, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
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 
1) #41 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.32) d. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
2) #100 John Morrissey (STAN 13.95) d. #19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3
3) #123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) d. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4) #33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) d. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.18) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5) #75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) d. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) 6-4, 6-4
6) David Hsu (STAN 13.81) d. #86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, 2

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

Projected Doubles Lineup w W-L in ( ):
1. #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN 13-3) vs. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC 13-4)
2. #83 Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 9-2) vs. de Vroome/Johnson (USC 8-4) 
3. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN 10-2) vs. Crystal/Wang (USC 0-2)

Doubles Records:
Stanford: 19-3
USC: 15-10

Outside of Baylor I don't think there's been a better doubles team than Stanford with the Cardinal 19-3 on the year including wins over USC in each of the first two meetings.  USC had dropped the doubles point 3 straight times until they blew out UCLA yesterday which came as a bit of a surprise. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69)
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) vs. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33)
3. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) vs. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46)
4. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23) vs. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24)
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) vs. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18)
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) vs. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) 

Dual-match singles records:
1. Fawcett 13-5 vs. Hanfmann 9-7
2. Morrissey 15-5 vs. Johnson 18-2
3. Wilczynski 12-7 vs. Quiroz 14-4
4. Stineman 9-5 vs. Wang 15-3
5. Paige 11-7 vs. de Vroome 17-2
6. Hsu 11-4 vs. Crystal 16-2

Stanford may be the #1 seed but USC has to be considered the favorite. I like Stanford in doubles and Tom Fawcett at #1 but I like USC everywhere else.  Stanford's best path to a win would be the same as their last match against USC - doubles, 1, 2, and 6 singles however USC has shuffled 2 and 3 and I think that could be the difference. Prediction: USC 4-2

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What a day of tennis in Waco - 2 semifinal matches played simultaneously on adjacent courts with both coming down to a 3rd set tiebreak to decide it and they both finished within seconds of each other.

It's too bad those FoxSports cameras weren't in operation today because it was rough trying to watch the conclusion of the Baylor/TCU match due to the streaming video being reduced to freeze-frame video.  As a side note, for those that were wondering, it was confirmed today by Baylor that PlaySight will be installing new HD cameras with sound in time for the NCAAs so the viewing public won't have to be subjected to any more of the current setup.  Click on this link for a preview of the kind of clarity that you'll see - choose Indian Wells during daylight hours.  PlaySight operated the streaming for Virginia Tech and did the streaming for the National Indoors at the MidTown Athletic Club in Chicago and at Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Cup.

Back to business - we'll start with Baylor/TCU.  Baylor ran its doubles record to 23-1 by picking up a 6-4 win from Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano (18-1) at #1 and a 6-3 win from Vinny Schneider and Felipe Rios (16-3) at #3. TCU's Trevor Johnson and Cameron Norrie ran their record to 12-2 with a 6-3 win at #2.  

Baylor's Julian Lenz, Tony Lupieri, and Diego Galeano would get off to quick starts at 1, 2 and 4 singles by going up early breaks and each would eventually close out the opening set.  TCU's Arnau Dachs and Will Stein would get early break leads at 5 and 6 but while Dachs took his opening set 6-1, Stein would let a 5-2 lead slip away and drop the opening set to Felipe Rios 7-6(5). Stein served for the set up 5-2 and up 5-4 but got broke each time.  Below is an amusing quote from the BU blog:

Rios served for the set up 6-5 but got broke at love and then in the TB Rios went up 6-3 only to lose both points on serve before Stein gave him the tiebreak by double faulting.  TCU's Cameron Norrie would break Max Tchoutakian at 4-4 and then serve to take the opening set at #4 by a 6-4 score.  So that was 4 opening sets for Baylor and just 2 for TCU.

It appeared that Baylor's Julian Lenz would be the first to finish as he served for the match at #1 up 6-1, 5-3 however TCU's Nick Chappell had other plans and would break Lenz at love and then come all the way back to take the second set 7-5.

Lenz's doubles parter Diego Galeano would finish off Facundo Lugones 6-3, 6-3 at #4 singles to make it 2-0 Baylor but a few minutes later TCU's Cameron Norrie would put the Horned Frogs on the board with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian at #3. Felipe Rios would make it 3-1 BU as he gave Will Stein a second set breadstick to finish off a 7-6, 6-1 win at #6.

Arnau Dachs would trim the BU lead to 3-2 with a 6-1, 7-6(7) win over Mate Zsiga at #5.  Zsiga led 3-0 in the 2nd set before Dachs came back to tie it at 3, then Zsiga had 2 set points when Dachs served at 5-6 but Dachs managed to get it to the tiebreak. Zsiga served up 6-5 in the TB but lost both points on his serve then after fighting off a match point on the Dachs serve Dachs took the final 2 points to close it out.

Tony Lupieri was looking good at #2 when he led Guillermo Nunez 6-3, 2-0 but Nunez hung around and eventually wore Lupieri out as he took it 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0.

With the match tied at 3 it all came down to the 3rd set at #1 and TCU's Nick Chappell would deliver the first blow by breaking Lenz to start the set and following that up with a hold for 2-0.  Lenz would hold for 1-2, then break Chappell from 15-40 to tie it at 2, then hold for 3-2.  Chappell held, Lenz held, then Chappell held again this time on the 40-40 deciding point so it was now 4-4.  After another set of holds Chappell would break Lenz on the 30-40 point to go up 6-5.  After falling behind 0-30 and 30-40 Chappell would get it to 40-40 which meant we had a match point/break point.  Chappell would put a forehand into the net to give Lenz the break and then it was all Lenz in the deciding tiebreak as he jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win.

Tremendous match between those 2 teams and with the video not working well I have to say job well done to Kim Gorum for giving us the blow-by-blow on the Baylor blog.

Below is a clip that David Roditi shot of the crowd on match point and below that is the final point of the tiebreak.  

Baylor recap

"The mistake that you can make is when you start scoreboard watching and paying attention to stuff like that. You've got to get to four points. We got to three relatively quickly but we just couldn't seem to find that fourth one and that's tennis. You've got to stay focused and keep pushing. I thought TCU really took the momentum there from us for a while and just really played an exceptional level of tennis." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"I know they're excited to see us in the final. They just love beating us so we're going to go out and give it another shot and see if we can get over the line." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final tomorrow.

TCU recap

"I am obviously disappointed. We were right there and had a match point, but I couldn't be more proud of our guys for the way they fought back," head coach David Roditi said. "We didn't have the best start possible and it is hard on the road, but we kept fighting and came back in some matches. Nick (Chappell) was down a set and 5-3 in the second and I couldn't be more proud of Nick for coming back in that second set and winning. He then put himself in a situation to get us a win and I know he wanted that match more than anybody. I am proud of him for the way he played and Baylor deserves the credit. They hit the shots at the right time.

"I am also extremely proud of the way our guys handled this whole situation. I thought our guys couldn't show more class and I am proud to say I am their coach."

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

#2 Baylor 4, #6 TCU 3
Apr 25, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) def. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.97) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36) def. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) 6-4, 7-5
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98) 6-3, 6-3
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07) def. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 6-4
2. #29 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #53 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Baylor 20-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
Big 12 Conference Tournament Semifinal

"Oklahoma goes up 1-0" is a phrase that hasn't been said too often this year but a reconfigured doubles lineup gave the Sooners the point that turned out to be the difference.  Oklahoma was just 12-12 in doubles going into the Big 12 Tournament so John Roddick decided to roll the dice and split up his #1 team of Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb (who are ranked #10) by pairing Webb with Spencer Papa at #2 and Alvarez with Jose Salazar at #3. He moved his #2 team of Alex Ghilea and Andrew Harris up to #1 and they would deliver a 6-4 win to go with the 6-4 win that Webb and Papa picked up at #2.
Texas came out really hot in singles and took the opening set on courts 3, 4, 5, and 6 while Oklahoma got the opening set on 1 and 2.  According to OU's twitter it was the 1st time all year that the Sooners had dropped 4 opening sets.

Adrien Berkowicz was the first to finish as he beat Dane Webb 6-3, 7-5 at #3 singles. Berkowicz got broke serving for it up 5-4 in the 2nd but he would break right back and then serve it out.  This was the second time that Berkowicz has beaten Webb in the last 4 weeks.

Clement Homs would make it 2-1 Texas as he rubbed out Florin Bragusi 6-2, 6-4 at #6 singles but Axel Alvarez would even it at 2 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Soren Hess-Olesen #1. Alvarez served for the match up 5-3 in the 2nd but Hess-Olesen broke and held before Alvarez held and broke to win it.
Nick Naumann would put Texas back ahead with a 7-6(3), 7-5 win over Spencer Papa at #5.  Papa had a break lead in the 2nd set but he couldn't consolidate it and Naumann would ultimately break again to close out the match.

Andrew Harris would tie it at 3 with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Lloyd Glasspool at #2 singles which set the stage for the deciding match at #4 between Texas's George Goldhoff and Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea.

Goldhoff took the opening set 6-2 but Ghilea came back from a break down to take the second 6-3. Ghilea broke to go up 3-2 in the 3rd but Goldhoff would break back and hold to go up 4-3.  Ghilea held for 4-4 then broke and was serving for the match up 5-4 but Goldhoff would break back to tie it at 5. Ghilea would break again only to have Goldhoff break back to send it to a deciding tiebreak. Ghilea went up 4-2 in the TB and ended up pulling away to take it 7-3. Below is match point for Ghilea.

Oklahoma recap

John Roddick, Oklahoma Head Coach On what he saw from his team today: "We have to do a better job of taking opportunities when we have them. In certain spots we had opportunities early that we didn't take advantage of, and then the match ended up getting tough. That's a credit to Texas for playing really well and they are a tough team.

On rematch with Baylor: "We've obviously played them three times already this year, so both teams know each other well and both teams know what they have to do. It's going to be up to the players at this point to make sure that they execute their game plans. Really I think whatever team executes is the team that is going to win tomorrow.

Texas recap

"George has nothing to hang his head about," Head Coach Michael Center said. "His level of play continues to go up with every match down the stretch. He just came up a little bit short against a great opponent today. I'm proud of him.

"I wanted us to compete at all nine spots today, and that's what we did," Center continued. "We are walking out of here feeling a lot different than the last time we played Oklahoma. We really played like a team today and had opportunities at every single spot. All the way up-and-down the line, we played with a will to win. I'm excited about taking this team to the NCAA tournament."

Michael Center, Texas Head Coach On today's result:
"Obviously you are disappointed to lose. We didn't come here to play close. During conference season we had some points that got off the board on us pretty quickly where we got behind. We really wanted to challenge on all nine spots today and that's what I thought we did. We didn't execute in some critical points in the doubles, but we gave ourselves a chance and that's all you can ask for in match like that. I think we are walking out of here feeling a lot different about ourselves than we did the last time we played them

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 Texas 3
04/25/15 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) def. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.88) 6-4, 7-5
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.99) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 14.02) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-3, 7-5
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.72) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.35) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #14 Soren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 6-4
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Oklahoma 22-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,1,5,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Semifinal

PAC  12

Tonight's Pac 12 Championship match was the rubber match in the USC/Stanford series with each winning at home.  Stanford would take the doubles point for the 3rd time this year against USC by winning 8-6 at 1 and 8-5 at 2 while USC won 8-2 at 3.

USC turned up the heat in singles by taking the opening set on every court except #5 although the scoreboard showed De Vroome taking the set at #5 until it was switched a couple of games into the 2nd set.  Jonny Wang cut through Nolan Paige like a buzz-saw and racked up a 6-2, 6-2 win at #4 to even the match at 1.

Roberto Quiroz would put USC up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3 over David Wilczynski. Video clip is set point in the 1st set.  USC's twitter had a video of match point but the picture was black with audio only.

David Hsu would even the match at 2 with a somewhat surprising 7-5, 6-4 win over Big Max De Vroome at #5.  Hsu had a nice fall then hit a rough patch early in the dual-match season but rebounded to win his last 10 matches.  De Vroome's 9-match winning streak was snapped.

Tom Fawcett would come back from a set down to roll over Yannick Hanfmann 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at #1. This was the second time in the last 2 weeks that Fawcett came back from a set down to beat Hanfmann.  Hanfmann finishes the regular season by dropping his final 5.

Nick Crystal would tie it at 3 with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Maciek Romanowicz at #6. Crystal broke Romanowicz to go up 5-4 and then served it out at love.

Exactly 3 minutes later the match would come to a conclusion as Eric Johnson put the finishing touches on his 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over John Morrissey at #2 singles.  Morrissey was the hero in the last meeting when he came back 7-6, 5-2 down to beat Roberto Quiroz but Johnson wasn't going to let the same thing happen to him.  Below is match point courtesy of USC's Twitter.

I also wanted to give props to USC for taking these short video clips - it really helps tell the story when you've got video to go with it.
USC recap
Stanford recap

#8 USC 4, #26 Stanford 3
April 25, 2015 - Libbey Park (Ojai, Calif.)
(1) #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) def. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 8-6
(2) #83 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 8-5
(3) Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 8-2
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1 #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69) 2-6,6-1,6-2
2 #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33) def. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) 6-2,4-6,6-2
3 #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4 #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) 6-2, 6-2
5 David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) 7-5, 6-4
6 #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.17) 7-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 3, 5, 1, 6, 2*


The morning started off nicely in Cary with ESPN3 broadcasting the Virginia/North Carolina match however just a few minutes into singles the rain would come and force both the UVA/UNC and Wake/GT matches to go indoors.  It also meant the end of the streaming telecast so it was back to tracking the live scoreboard and the school's twitter account to see who was serving.

Virginia took the doubles point outdoors with wins at 1 and 2 but when the rain came the match was moved indoors to Duke's indoor facility.  Virginia picked up 3 straight set wins from Ryan Shane, Mitchell Frank, and JC Aragone at 1, 2, and 6 singles to extend Virginia's ACC winning streak to 138 matches.  Virginia has also won 26 consecutive matches in the ACC Tournament.

When Shane led 6-1, 5-1 the action on his court and Altamirano's court came to a halt due to a leak in the roof.  Neither of those matches was able to restart until another court opened up.  It would have been something if Shane would have got screwed out of a win because of something like that. Fortunately for him he wasn't - below is an interview he did after the match

Virginia recap

"When you get into the business, you don't imagine you will be in 12 straight conference finals, especially in a league as tough as the ACC," said head coach Brian Boland. "It says a lot about the great players and coaches that have come through the program. We look forward to the opportunity to play another final against a really good Wake team. I know the guys are excited for it."

"It was important to get the doubles point because of the long delay," said Boland. "It felt like two different matches, so it helped to be up 1-0 before we started the second half of the match a few hours later. One of the things we have done well this year is deal with adversity and adjust to the conditions. That was definitely the case today."

"Overall, it was a great match," said Boland. "We have so much respect for North Carolina and we knew we would have to play well today. It was great to see Ryan have that kind of delay with the roof leak and come back to break to win the match. I thought that was really impressive and he is playing some great tennis right now."

North Carolina recap

#5 Virginia 4, #16 North Carolina 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #7 Ryan Shane (VA 14.72) def. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.69) 6-1, 6-1
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.79) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.31) 7-5, 6-3
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) 6-4, 1-1, unf
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (NC 14.16) 6-2, 4-6, 3-3, unf
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) 4-6, 6-3, 2-2, unf
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) def. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. Esben Hess-Olesen/Schnur (NC) 8-5
2. Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Clark/Kelly (NC) 8-5
3. Collin Altamirano/Mitchell Frank (VA) vs. Murray/Schneider (NC) 6-7, unf
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2)

In the other semifinal Wake Forest jumped Georgia Tech in doubles by winning 8-2 at #2 and 8-1 at #3 and then they kept it going in singles as Noah Rubin, Skander Mansouri, and Christian Seraphim all won in straight sets.  Georgia Tech was hanging in there on the other courts but they couldn't break through at 1, 3, and 5.  The Georgia Tech recap also has an audio interview with Kenny Thorne.

Wake Forest recap
Georgia Tech recap

"Wake Forest really took it to us in doubles. I really felt good about our game plan in all three matches, but we didn't execute well at the beginning of the matches," said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. "Same thing in singles. Wake just took it to us; they played better than us. They're a good team and deserve to be ranked No. 11."

#11 Wake Forest 4, #55 Georgia Tech 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) def. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 6-4, 6-3
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 6-2, 5-5, unf
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 6-4, 6-2
4. #91 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 1-1, unf
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 6-2, 2-5, unf
Doubles competition
1. #11 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 3-5, unf
2. Noah Rubin/Jon Ho (WF) def. Christopher Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Cole Fiegel/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-1
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 14-12; National ranking #55
Wake Forest 22-6; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,5)
Semifinals of the ACC Tournament
Doubles played outdoors at Cary Tennis Park
Singles played indoors at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Big 10

Both of the semifinals matches were supposed to be played simultaneously but rain forced them indoors so they were played one at a time.  

In the opening match the host Illini steamrolled past Northwestern 4-0.  Illinois took the doubles point with an 8-4 win at #1 and an 8-6 win at #3.  Below is a video clip of match point at #1. 

Jared Hiltzik, Farris Gosea, and Aleks Vukic would each win in straight sets at 1, 2, and 5 with Gosea providing the clincher at #2.  Below are video clips of match point at 1 and 2.

Illinois recap

"Northwestern, they have a great team," head coach Brad Dancer said. "They have a great indoor team. So they posed a lot of challenges for us in that sense, but our guys responded today. We're thrilled to play at home, to play in front of our fans and to have a chance to win a Big Ten title tomorrow."

Northwestern recap

#4 Illinois 4, #30 Northwestern 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04) 6-4, 6-4
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73) 6-3, 6-2
3. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68) vs. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) 7-6 (6), 2-2, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43) 7-5, 3-3, unf
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) vs. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #58 Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-4
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-7, un
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Northwestern 20-8 (8-3)
Illinois 24-4 (10-1); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,2)

The second semifinal between Ohio State and Minnesota was actually played outdoors after the rain cleared out.  Ohio State took the doubles point by winning 8-4 at 2 and 3 and then they took 5 opening sets with Hunter Callahan, Kevin Metka, and Ralf Steinbach winning at 4, 5, and 6 singles.

Ohio State recap
Minnesota recap

#12 Ohio State 4, #23 Minnesota 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-3, 4-4, unf
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 6-4, 3-4, unf
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48) 7-5, 1-0, unf
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56) 6-4, 6-4
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 6-3, 6-4
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Mathiew Froment (MINN 12.92) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #56 Mathiew Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-6
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Felix Corwin/Leandro Toledo (MINN) 8-4
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN) 8-4
Match Notes
Minnesota 19-7 (9-1); National ranking #23
Ohio State 25-7 (10-1); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,5)

Other Conference Tournaments:


San Diego won its 2nd consecutive West Coast Conference Championship as the top seeded Toreros beat #2 Pepperdine 4-1.  San Diego took the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, and Geoffrey Fosso with Angus providing the clincher at #3.

San Diego recap

"It feels amazing," junior Jordan Angus said, a transfer from Mississippi State University. "I am so proud of the guys. Every match counts the same, but to be the one to win is definitely special. I came here to try and make history, but the work ethic of these guys has been incredible and we have definitely earned our success."

"The sky is the limit for us," senior Ciaran Fitzgerald noted after claiming back-to-back WCC Championships. "We have worked our butt off all year and this is the part we are all gunning for. We aren't satisfied with just winning conference, we are hungry to make history at USD and reach the NCAA Sweet 16. I truly belive we can compete with the best in the country. The coaches have worked us hard and we are ready for wherever we go for regionals."

"As great as this is," Masi added. "This team is really striving for more. They really want to get to the Round of 16 at the NCAA's. They want to set a mark at USD. This team believes they can do it. I'm excited to work with them the next couple of weeks to get them ready for that and hopefully we can get there."

Pepperdine recap

"I'm very proud of how this team competed, not only this weekend but the entire season," said first-year head coach Marcelo Ferreira. "Every player embraced our philosophy and fought so hard for each other, and for the program. The match today was incredibly close; small details determine the outcome of the match. Our guys laid it all out on the line, but unfortunately we came up short today. Credit goes to USD for capitalizing on the opportunities they created."

#22 San Diego 4, #42 Pepperdine 1
April 25, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Barnes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #52 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.02) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (PEPP 13.44) 7-6 (4), 5-6
2. #77 Filip Vittek (USD 13.44) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEPP 13.08) 6-4, 6-2
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.67) def. Stefan Menichella (PEPP 13.24) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.90) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEPP 12.97) 7-5, 4-3, unf
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.93) def. Luca Marquard (PEPP 12.55) 6-2, 6-3
6. Lautaro Pane (PEPP 12.85) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.70) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
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USC Regional
Marks Stadium - Los Angeles, CA

[7] USC (22-4) vs. [49-64] Idaho (16-11) - Friday 4pm - The Vandals are in the NCAAs for the 2nd year in a row after beating Northern Arizona 4-2 in the Big Sky Championship. #8 USC got the Pac 12's automatic bid after beating #23 Stanford 4-3 in the Pac 12 Championship.

Doubles Records: USC 15-11, Idaho 15-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: USC 86, Idaho 71

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

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #15 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.59) vs. Odon Barta (UI 12.52)
2. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) vs. Felipe Fonseca (UI 12.44)
3. #85 Eric Johnson (USC 14.36) vs. Cristobal Ramos (UI 12.07)
4. #45 Jonny Wang (USC 14.37) vs. Mark Kovacs (UI 12.39)
5. #94 Max de Vroome (USC 14.17) vs. Jackson Varney (UI 11.67)
6. #61 Nick Crystal (USC 14.02) vs. Alberto Sanz (UI 9.93)
Others who could play: Connor Farren (USC 13.95) 

USC as expected will win this one going away by taking the doubles point and then picking up wins from Johnson, Wang, and Crystal. Prediction: USC 4-0

[17-32] San Diego (23-4) vs. [33-48] San Diego State (18-8) - Friday 1pm - #21 San Diego earned the automatic bid from the West Coast Conference after beating #39 Pepperdine 4-1 in the WCC Championship while #40 San Diego State got one of the last at-large bids after getting upset by Nevada in the Mountain West semifinals.  These teams met just 4 weeks ago with San Diego winning 4-2 (box score below).  SDSU split its last 6 matches though they've been trying to rotate guys in at #6 since Khachatryan went out. San Diego finished the regular season on a 15-match winning streak with 8 of those wins over ranked opponents.  

Regular season meeting:

#18 San Diego 4, #37 San Diego State 2
April 8, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Aztec Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #46 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. #105 Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. #67 Filip Vittek (USD) def. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. Jordan Angus (USD) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Marko Goles Babic (SDSU) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD) vs. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) 7-5, 5-7, 3-3, unfinished
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #60 Freddy Gelbrich/Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. #34 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-2
2. Thorsten Bertsch/Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) def. Uros Petronijevic/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-2
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) vs. Marko Goles Babic/Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) 2-5, 
Match Notes
San Diego State 15-6, 3-1 MW; National ranking #37
San Diego 17-4, 6-0 WCC; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,2,3,6,4)

Doubles Records: San Diego 21-6, San Diego State 16-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: San Diego 80, San Diego State 79

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #56 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.14) vs. #121 Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU 13.64)
2. #72 Filip Vittek (USD 13.58) vs. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU 13.44)
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.79) vs. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU 13.49)
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.92) vs. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU 12.82) 
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.94) vs. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU 13.14) 
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.66) vs. Santiago Cevallos (SDSU 11.36)

#1 singles - Petronijevic finished the regular season on an 8-match winning streak and is 14-5 on the season while Gelbrich won 4 of his last 7 and went 15-6. Petronijevic won the first meeting easily and I'd be surprised if the result were different this time. Prediction: Petronijevic (USD) in 2.

#2 singles - Vittek went 18-3 on the year and won 8 of his last 9 while Jebens went 18-4 and had a 14-match winning streak going until he lost in the conference tournament to Nevada's Ryan Andrada. Vittek beat Jebens 6-0, 6-1 a year ago though Jebens is playing much better this year. Prediction: DNF with Vittek (USD) leading.

#3 singles - Angus went 21-4 and won 14 of his last 15 with the lone loss coming against SDSU's Hendrik Jebens while Goles-Babic went 18-3 but just 3-2 down the stretch. Prediction: DNF with Angus (USD) leading

#4 singles - Kalaydjian went 11-10 but he finished the year on a 5-match winning streak and he was ahead in the his last 3 matches which were all halted by a clinch while Bertsch went 9-9 and finished the year on a 6-match losing streak with most of the losses pretty lopsided. Prediction: Kalaydjian (USD) in 2

#5 singles - Fosso went 10-6 and won 2 of his last 3 with 3 other matches going unfinished while Ianakiev went 14-8 and finished on a 4-match winning streak.  The first match between these two was tied in the 3rd set when USD clinched. Prediction: Ianakiev (SDSU) in 2.

#6 singles - Fitzgerald went 11-9 and had a 6-match winning streak snapped in the finale against Pepperdine's Lautaro Pane while Cevallos only saw action in a handful of matches this year. Prediction: Fitzgerald (USD) in 2

I don't see this one being as close as the first encounter and I look for San Diego to take the doubles point and then pick up singles wins from Petronijevic, Kalaydjian, and Fitzgerald. SDSU will pick up its lone point from Ianakiev at #5.   Prediction: San Diego 4-1

Duke Regional
Ambler Tennis Stadium - Durham, NC

[10] Duke (22-6) vs. [49-64] South Carolina State (14-4) - Friday 1pm - #10 Duke got an at-large bid after falling to #13 North Carolina 4-3 in the ACC quarterfinals.  South Carolina State made it to the finals of MEAC Championship but its match with Bethune-Cookman was cancelled by rain so they got the automatic bid since they won the regular season. SC State went 0-3 against ranked opponents getting shut out twice by #48 South Carolina and losing 5-2 to #57 Troy.

Doubles Records: Duke 20-8, South Carolina State 13-4
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Duke 84, South Carolina State 74

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #13 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.55) vs. Rodney Carey (SCSU 12.56)
2. #41 Jason Tahir (DU 14.08) vs. Martin Figura (SCSU 12.38)
3. #57 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.25) vs. Vladyslav Yanchenko (SCSU 12.40)
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.93) vs. Soufiane Mouline (SCSU 12.25)
5. Chris Mengel (DU 13.69) vs. Stanislav Baco (SCSU 10.49)
6. TJ Pura (DU 13.37) vs. Jackub Vikek (SCSU 12.38)
Others that could play: Josh Levine (DU 12.78) 

Duke's #1 Nicolas Alvarez has been nursing a muscle injury so it wouldn't surprise me if he sat this one out to give it 1 more day to heal. Duke will take the doubles point then get wins from Tahir, Hemmeler, and Mengel. Prediction: Duke 4-0 

[17-32] Stanford (17-6) vs. [33-48] Tennessee (14-12) - Friday 10am - Both teams got at-large bids with #23 Stanford falling 4-3 to #8 USC in the Pac-12 Championship while #41 Tennessee was blanked by #7 Georgia in the SEC quarterfinals.  Tennessee's Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese are the defending NCAA Doubles Champions and they also have 2 ITA All-American Championships as well but they aren't exactly going out with a bang with the duo just 12-7 this year in dual-match doubles play.

Doubles Records: Stanford 20-3, Tennessee 17-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Stanford 83, Tennessee 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.47) vs. #14 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.56)
2. #71 John Morrissey (STAN 14.03) vs. Hunter Reese (UT 13.39)
3. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.88) vs. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.13)
4. David Hsu (STAN 13.85) vs. Luis Valero (UT 13.11)
5. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.20) vs. Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.13)
6. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.33) vs. Jess Jones (UT 13.08)

Others who could play: Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.20), Andrew Dromsky (UT 12.12)

#1 singles - Fawcett went 14-5 and split his last 4 matches while Libietis went 17-1 and finished the year on a 6-match winning streak.  Prediction: Libietis (UT) in 2

#2 singles - Morrissey went 16-6 and won 5 of his last 7 which included wins over Filip Bergevi, Roberto Quiroz, and Martin Redlicki while Reese went 7-12 though he did split his last 4.  Prediction: Morrissey (ST) in 2

#3 singes - Wilczynski went 12-8 and lost 4 of his last 5 while Schipanski went 10-11 and dropped 6 of his last 7 with all but 1 in straight sets. Prediction: Wilczynski (ST) in 3.

#4 singles - Hsu went 12-4 but really came into his own late and finished on a 10-match winning streak while Valero went 11-8 and won 5 of his last 7. Prediction: Hsu (ST) in 2

#5 singles - Stineman went 9-5 but lost 4 of his last 5 while Smelyanski went 3-8 and dropped his last 2 in straight sets. Neither player is playing well at the moment so this one is a toss up. Prediction: DNF with Stineman (ST) leading late in the 2nd

#6 singles - Paige went 11-8 but dropped 4 of his last 6 while Jones went 6-7 and he lost his last 3 with 6 of his last 9 going unfinished due to the clinch. Prediction: DNF with Paige (ST) leading in the 3rd

Tennessee's only shot in this one is to take the doubles point and then scrape out wins at 1, 3, and 6 but I think Stanford takes the doubles point for the 21st time this year and then the Cardinal will gets wins from Morrissey, Wilczysnki, and Hsu with Stineman and Paige also leading at the time of the clinch.  Prediction: Stanford 4-1

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Friday, 08 May 2015 10:00

2nd Round Preview

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

Oklahoma  Regional
Headington Family Tennis Center - Norman, OK

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

Regular Season Meeting

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

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

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

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

UCLA Regional
LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, CA

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

Regular Season Meeting:

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

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

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

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

Texas Regional
Caswell Tennis Center - Austin, TX

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

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

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

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

Georgia Regional
Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, Ga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Illinois Regional
Atkins Tennis Center - Champaign-Urbana, IL

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

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

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

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

Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other 2nd Round Results:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"In singles, our guys came out focused and let that excitement from doubles keep them going. Cameron Norrie is just too good and he is just too much for some guys at the No. 3 position. Guillermo finally closed out his m
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[2] Baylor (23-5) vs. [17-32] #18 South Florida (21-6) - Thursday 8pm - Baylor is coming off shutout wins over Bryant and #29 LSU while South Florida blanked #63 Boise State and #15 Virginia Tech. This is South Florida's first ever trip to the Round of 16 while Baylor is back for the 14th consecutive year. 

Doubles Records: Baylor 25-2, South Florida 22-5
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Baylor 86, South Florida 82

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

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 12th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #2 Julian Lenz (BU 15.06) vs. #21 Roberto Cid (USF 14.37) 
2. #35 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.10) vs. #124 Sasha Gozun (USF 13.65)
3. #58 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.39) vs. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.69)
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.76) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.34) 
5. #116 Mate Zsiga (BU 14.13) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.19)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.13) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.32) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Lenz 14-4 (11-4) vs. Cid 9-4 (6-4)
2. Lupieri 9-9 (4-9) vs. Gozun 7-6 (3-4)
3. Tchoutakian 15-7 (4-7) vs. Pramming 8-4 (2-2)
4. Galeano 12-4 (2-2) vs. Gonzalez-Muniz 8-4 (0-4)
5. Zsiga 13-3 (2-2) vs. Roberts 8-4 (0-1)
6. Rios 19-3 (1-0) vs. Kalyuzhnyy 9-2

#1 singles - Lenz has won 7 of his last 9 completed matches with the 2 losses coming to #1 Axel Alvarez while Cid has won his last 5. Neither finished a match last weekend though they were both ahead in each with Lenz leading LSU's #76 Jordan Daigle 6-4, 3-4 and Cid leading Virginia Tech's #68 Amerigo Contini 6-4, 6-5. Prediction: Lenz (BU) in 2.

#2 singles - Lupieri has lost his last 4 completed matches though both his matches last weekend went unfinished with his match with LSU's Chris Simpson tied at 1-1 in the 3rd. Gozun has won his last 3 completed matches with 5 other matches in between going unfinished.  Gozun won the clincher over Virginia Tech's #43 Andreas Bjerrehus 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Prediction: DNF with Gozun (USF) leading.

#3 singles - Tchoutakian has won 6 of his last 8 while his match against LSU's Boris Arias went unfinished with Max leading 7-6, 0-1. Pramming has won 8 of his last 9 though his match against Virginia Tech's #109 Jorge Monteiro went unfinished with Monteiro leading 7-6, 6-5. Prediction: DNF with Tchoutakian (BU) leading.

#4 singles - Galeano has won his last 5 including a 6-4, 6-2 win over LSU's Tam Trinh while Gonzalez-Muniz has won his last 2 though 5 of his last 7 have gone unfinished including his match against Virginia Tech's #105 Hunter Koontz which Muniz led 2-1 in the 3rd. Prediction: Galeano (BU) in 2

#5 singles - Zsiga has won 11 of his last 12 completed matches including a 6-4, 6-0 win over LSU's Andrew Korinek. Roberts has won 6 in a row including a 6-0, 6-2 dismantling of Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro. I don't see Zsiga dropping the match or even a set. Prediction: Zsiga (BU) in 2

#6 singles - Rios has won 9 of his last 10 including a 6-1, 6-1 win over LSU's Simon Freund while Kalyuzhnyy has won 5 in a row including a 6-4, 7-6 win over Virginia Tech's Jai Corbett. Prediction: DNF with Rios (BU) leading

I like Baylor at #2 and #3 doubles and then look for Lenz, Galeano, and Zsiga to pick up straight set wins at 1, 4, and 5. South Florida will be competitive in the other spots but Baylor is too strong to slip up. Prediction: Baylor 4-0

[7] USC (24-4) vs. [10] Duke (24-6) - Thursday 8pm - USC posted a pair of shutouts last weekend with routine wins over Idaho and #40 San Diego State while Duke blanked South Carolina State before coming from behind to beat #23 Stanford 4-1. These teams last met in the 2012 NCAA Quarterfinals with USC winning 4-1.

Doubles Records: USC 17-11, Duke 21-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: USC 86, Duke 84

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #15 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.56) vs. #13 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.52)
2. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.49) vs. #41 Jason Tahir (DU 14.09)
3. #85 Eric Johnson (USC 14.36) vs. #57 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.28)
4. #45 Jonny Wang (USC 14.36) vs. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.90)
5. #94 Max de Vroome (USC 14.15) vs. Chris Mengel (DU 13.69)
6. #61 Nick Crystal (USC 13.99) vs. TJ Pura (DU 13.43)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Hanfmann 10-8 (7-8) vs. Alvarez 14-6 (7-6)
2. Quiroz 15-4 (8-4) vs. Tahir 13-12 (4-12)
3. Johnson 20-2 (4-1) vs. Hemmeler 21-5 (6-4)
4. Wang 18-3 (0-2) vs. Semenzato 16-7 (0-4)
5. De Vroome 17-3 (0-2) vs. Mengel 14-3 (0-1)
6. Crystal 18-2 vs. Pura 17-5

#1 singles - Hanfmann snapped a 5-match losing streak with a win over Idaho's Odon Barta and he was leading SDSU's #121 Freddy Gelbrich 6-3, 3-4 when the match was halted by the clinch. Alvarez has split his last 6 but is coming off a 6-4, 6-0 win over Stanford's #26 Tom Fawcett.  Hanfmann beat Alvarez 6-1, 6-1 back in October in the quarterfinals of the ITA All Americans but Hanfmann isn't the same player right now. Prediction: Alvarez (DU) in 2.

#2 singles - Quiroz has won 8 of his last 9 and he led SDSU's Hendrik Jebens 6-3, 5-3 the last time out while Tahir has won 4 of his last 5 and he was serving for the match against Stanford's #71 John Morrissey before the match got stopped. This will be the 4th career meeting between these two but the 1st since Quiroz won 6-2, 6-4 back in 2012 at the USTA Clay Court Invitational. The other 2 matches came back in the 2011-12 season with both going unfinished with Quiroz leading. Tahir has played several ranked opponents close but he's come out on the short end of the stick more times than not - I look for the same thing to happen again here. Prediction: Quiroz (USC) in 3

#3 singes - Johnson has won 6 in a row and 18 of 19 and is coming off a quick win over SDSU's Marko Goles-Babic after GB retired down 3-0 in the 1st.  Hemmeler is coming off a 6-4, 6-4 win over Stanford David Wilczynski and has now split his last 4 though he's won 11 of his last 13. This should be the closest of all the matches with both guys having great seasons.  Prediction: DNF with Johnson (USC) leading in 3rd

#4 singles - Wang has won 16 in a row and is coming off a 6-3, 6-2 win over SDSU's Thorsten Bertsch while Semenzato has won 5 of his last 6 and is coming off a 6-2, 6-3 win over Stanford's David Hsu which snapped Hsu's 11-match winning streak. Prediction: Wang (USC) in 3.

#5 singles - De Vroome has won 9 of his last 10 but neither match last weekend finished though he led in both. Mengel has won 4 of his last 5 with his last match against Stanford's Robert Stineman going unfinished with Mengel up a break in the 3rd.  Prediction: DNF with Mengel (DU) leading in 3rd. 

#6 singles - Crystal has won 4 in a row and 8 of 9 including a 6-0, 6-3 win over SDSU's Santiago Cevallos while Pura has won 4 in a row and 6 of 7 including the 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 match clinching win over Stanford's Nolan Paige. Crystal beat Pura 6-2, 6-2 back on October 10th in the opening round of the Battle In the Bay Classic. PredictionCrystal (USC) in 2.

I'm going to take USC in doubles with wins at #1 and #3 and then in singles USC gets it done at 2, 4, and 6 while Duke gets a win at 1. I think as many as 4 of these singles matches will go to a 3rd set.  Prediction: USC 4-1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

More Comments from OU recap
On Florin Bragusi

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

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

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

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

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

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