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The stage is set for Quarterfinal Saturday and it should be a good one with 7 of the top 8 seeds still alive. It wouldn't surprise me to see all 4 matches finish with a 4-3 score and I'd actually be pretty surprised if at least 1 higher seed didn't go down.

For those that didn't see the notice tomorrow's matches have been moved up 2 hours to try and stay ahead of the rain so tune in at 11am eastern for 1st serve.

Let's dive in and get started:

[1] Oklahoma (27-2) vs. [8] Georgia (24-4) - Saturday 11am est.- Oklahoma is coming off a 4-3 win over #16 UCLA in a match that saw the Sooners win the doubles point and sweep the bottom 3 while Georgia beat #9 Texas 4-1 in a match where the Bulldogs took the doubles point and won at 2, 3, and 5. These teams are very familiar with each other because Oklahoma came to Georgia 3 times in a 4 month period to play in the Southern Intercollegiates, the Bulldog Scramble, and the MLK Invitational in Atlanta. In case you didn't know, OU Head Coach John Roddick is a Georgia graduate (98) and was also an assistant there from 2000 to 2002. OU's Assistant Coach Bo Hodge is also a Georgia graduate (04) and was part of the 2001 National Championship Team. This will be the 3rd time in 6 years that these two have met in the NCAA Tournament with Georgia beating OU in the 2010 Quarterfinals and the 2013 Round of 16.  

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. 

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.   

Doubles Records: Oklahoma 16-13, Georgia 20-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 87, Georgia 85

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.18) vs. #24 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.61)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) vs. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.31) 
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.21)  vs. #31 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.38)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.41) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.48)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.90) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.85) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.84)
Others who could play: Jose Salazar (OU 13.85), Peter Bertran (UGA 13.59)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Alvarez 23-1 (18-1) vs. Montgomery 14-3 (5-3)
2. Harris 18-5 (15-5) vs. Smith 15-6 (8-6)
3. Webb 15-7 (6-7) vs.  Pasha 15-5 (2-4)
4. Ghilea 19-4 (2-2) vs. Wagland 10-6 (1-3)
5. Papa 12-9 (0-7) vs. Wood 16-6 (1-4)
6. Bragusi 10-3 vs. Oosterbaan 13-3 (0-1)

#1 singles - Alvarez had his 23 match winning streak snapped in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to UCLA's #3 Mackenzie McDonald while Montgomery has won 7 in a row and was close to an 8th when his match with #4 Soren Hess-Olesen was halted with Montgomery up 5-3 (40-40) in the 3rd. Montgomery defeated Alvarez 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 back in September in the Southern Intercollegiate semifinals though that match was almost 9 months ago. This should be a good one with lots of long rallies and I think it goes 3 sets by I don't see Axel dropping a 2nd straight. Prediction: Alvarez (OU) in 3

#2 singles - Harris had his 8 match winning streak snapped in a 7-6, 7-6 loss to UCLA's #36 Dennis Mkrtchian while Smith has split his last 4 after beating Texas's #42 Lloyd Glasspool 6-3, 7-6. There was some talk that Harris was having some back trouble but I assume he'll be good to go after getting a 48 hour rest. Smith would have to play his best match this year to come out on top but I think Harris will be just a little too strong. Prediction: Harris (OU) in 2

#3 singles -  Webb has dropped 6 of his last 9 after going down 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to UCLA's #118 Martin Redlicki while Pasha has won 4 of his last 5 after beating Texas's #54 Adrien Berkowicz 6-3, 6-2. Pasha beat Webb 7-6, 6-4 back in January in the MLK Invitational in Atlanta. This will be a hard fought dual between a pair of seniors and a month or so ago I would have taken Webb in 2 but he's gone into a tailspin and Pasha is starting to come to life. Prediction: Pasha (UGA) in 2

#4 singles -  Ghilea has won 5 of his last 7 and 10 of 12 after he rolled over UCLA's Karue Sell 6-3, 6-4 while Wagland had his 7-match winning streak stopped with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Texas's George Goldhoff.  The "Machine" isn't a guy that's going to lay down and while Wagland will hang in there I think Ghilea will have a tad too much for him. Prediction: Ghilea (OU) in 2

#5 singles - Papa has won 2 in a row after he beat UCLA's Austin Rapp 6-3, 6-4 while Wood has won 5 of his last 6 after he came from behind in both sets to beat Texas's Nick Naumann 7-6, 7-5. This should be an interesting matchup with both guys likely to stay behind the baseline and hit forehands all day. Wood isn't going to be able to count on Papa checking out like Naumann and I think Wood hangs in there mentally and gets it done in a 3rd set. Prediction: Wood (UGA) in 3

#6 singles - Bragusi has won 3 of his last 5 after he clinched yesterday's match with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over UCLA's Joseph DiGiulio while Oosterbaan has won 12 in a row though his match yesterday against Texas's Clement Homs went unfinished with Oosterbaan up 2-1 in the 3rd. If Oosterbaan is going to win this one he better make sure it's not the last match to finish because nobody beats Florin Bragusi in a 3-3 match. I think Oosterbaan's serve will be popping and he'll run his winning streak to 13 with a somewhat surprising win. Prediction: Oosterbaan (UGA) in 3

I'm going to take Georgia in doubles with the Bulldogs taking #1 and #2.  I like Alvarez, Harris, and Ghilea at 1, 2, and 4 for OU but I like Pasha, Wood, and Oosterbaan at 3, 5, and 6 for Georgia. I think the Wood/Papa match will be the last one on and it should be some high drama. I'm going with a Saturday Stunner - Prediction: Georgia 4-3

[5] TCU (24-7) vs. [13] North Carolina (24-10) - Saturday 11am est - TCU is coming off a 4-0 whippin' of #12 Wake Forest while North Carolina clawed its way past #4 Illinois 4-3. These teams met last year in the regular season with UNC winning 4-3 when Brayden Schnur outlasted Nick Chappell 6-3 in the 3rd in the decider. The Schnur/Chappell matchup at #1 will be the only rematch. UNC is back in the quarterfinals for the 2nd year in a row and for the 3rd time in program history. TCU is back in the quarterfinals for the 9th time in program history though it'll be the first time since 2001.

Doubles Records: TCU 17-11, North Carolina 25-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, North Carolina 84

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) vs.  #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.63)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.11) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.36)
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.35) vs. #73 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) 
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.99) vs. Jack Murray (NC 14.17)  
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.13) vs. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77)
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.51) vs. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
Chappell 11-6 (4-6) vs. Schnur 10-7 (5-7) 
Nunez 20-1 (6-1) vs. Schneider 18-10 (7-10)
Norrie 16-8 (5-7) vs. Clark 20-7 (6-5) 
Lugones 16-5 (2-1) vs. Murray 19-7 (2-5) 
Dachs 17-5 (3-4) vs. Kelly 23-5 (1-2)
Stein 13-7 (0-2) vs. Hess-Olesen 5-4 (1-2)

1. Chappell has dropped 4 of his last 5 completed matches though he trailed Wake's #6 Noah Rubin 6-0, 4-4 before the match was stopped while Schnur has won 6 of 7 including a 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win over Illinois's #33 Farris Gosea.  Schnur beat Chappell 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a dual match last year. Prediction: Schnur (UNC) in 3

2. Nunez has won 5 in a row and is coming off the best win of his young collegiate career after drilling Wake's #16 Romain Bogaerts 6-3, 6-1 while Schneider won 4 of his last 7 after clinching UNC's win over Illiniois with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 win over #23 Jared Hiltzik. Schneider is tough competitor but Nunez made a believer out of me after he blew out Bogaerts. Prediction: Nunez (TCU) in 3

3. Norrie has won 8 in a row and was leading Wake's Skander Mansouri 6-2, 4-5 before the match was stopped while Clark has now dropped 2 in a row after falling to Illinois's #65 Tim Kopinski 4-6, 6-1, 6-0. Clark had won 8 of 9 prior to the 2-match slide. Norrie is playing his best tennis of the year right now and I think he rolls in this one. Prediction: Norrie (TCU) in 2 

4. Lugones has won 11 of his last 12 after dispatching Wake's Jon Ho 6-3, 6-2 while Murray has won 8 of his last 11 though he is coming off a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Illinois's #81 Aron Hiltzik. I look for Murray to bounce back and take this one in straights. Prediction: Murray (UNC) in 2

5. Dachs has won 6 in a row and he led Wake's Christian Seraphim 7-6, 2-1 before the match was halted while Kelly had his 8-match winning streak stopped with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Illinois's #74 Aleks Vukic. I think Kelly might be looking at a second straight match because I like Dachs. Prediction: Dachs (TCU) in 3

6. Stein has won 6 of his last 7 and is coming off a 6-2, 6-0 destruction of Wake's Keivon Tabrizi while Hess-Olesen has won his last 2 after soundly defeating Illinois's Toshiki Matsuya 6-3, 6-2. Stein has been playing well but it sounds like Hess-Olesen is playing like his old self which spells trouble. Prediction: Hess-Olesen (UNC) in 2

I think the winner of the doubles point will win this match and even though North Carolina has been playing well in doubles i think this TCU team will find way to get it done and will take the point with wins at 2 and 3. I like Nunez, Norrie, and Dachs for TCU and Schnur, Murray, and Hess-Olesen for UNC. I think Nunez will win the decider at #2 to put TCU into the semifinals. Prediction: TCU 4-3

[3] Virginia (26-3) vs. [6] Texas A&M (24-4) - Saturday 3pm est - Virginia is coming off a tough 4-0 win over #17 Columbia that saw the Hoos get challenged in several spots while Texas A&M pulled out a 4-3 thriller over #11 Ohio State. The Aggies are in the quarterfinals for the 2nd time in program history and first time since 2001 while Virginia returns to the quarters for the 11th year in a row.

Doubles Records: Virginia 26-3, Texas A&M 23-5
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 87, Texas A&M 85

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.88) vs. #47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.40) 
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.53) vs. #80 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.24)
3. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.72) vs. #84 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.34) 
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.77) vs. #78 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.64)
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.07) vs. #92 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.33)
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) vs. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.68) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Shane 19-6 (12-5) vs. Efferding 12-3 (4-3)
2. Frank 16-3 (11-3) vs. Vinsant 8-3 (6-2) 
3. Altamirano 18-3 (3-2) vs. Rinderknech 14-4 (1-3)
4. Kwiatkowski 21-3 (1-3) vs. Adams 5-10 (1-6)  
5. Ritschard 10-3 (2-1) vs. Catanzariti 20-5 (1-0)
6. Aragone 21-3 (0-1) vs. Arconada 10-4 (0-1)

#1 singles - Shane has won 10 of 12 and is coming off a 6-3, 6-4 win over Columbia's #17 Winston Lin in a match where Shane had to have his ankle taped after "tweaking" it while Efferding has won 3 in a row after beating Ohio State's #55 Mikael Torpegaard 7-5, 6-4. It'll be interesting to see if the ankle gives Shane any trouble because Efferding's best chance is if Shane isn't 100%. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 3

#2 singles - Frank has won 8 of his last 9 completed matches though he'd had 3 in a row go unfinished after he split sets with Columbia's Dragos Ignat.  Vinsant has won 2 in a row after he beat Ohio State's #50 Chris Diaz 6-4, 6-2. Frank won the only prior meeting 6-2, 6-1 back in 2013. Prediction: Frank (UVA) in 2.

#3 singles - Altamirano has won 3 of his last 5 after being Columbia's Ashok Narayana 7-6, 6-0 while Rinderknech has won 3 of his last 4 including the match clincher yesterday against Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. Prediction: DNF with Rinderknech (aTm) leading

#4 singles - Kwiatkowski has won 10 in a row and 14 of his last 15 including a 6-2, 7-6 win over Columbia's Max Schnur while Adams has won 5 of his last 7 but is coming off a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 loss to Ohio State's Hunter Callahan.  Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 2

#5 singles - Ritschard has won his last 5 but his match against Columbia's Mike Vermeer went unfinished with Ritschard leading 2-0 in the 3rd.  Catanzariti had his 4-match winning streak stopped when he went down 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 to Ohio State's Kevin Metka though Catanzariti has still won 16 of his last 18. Prediction: Catanzariti (aTm) in 2   

#6 singles - Aragone has won 15 in a row though he was trailing Columbia's Shawn Hadavi 6-2, 5-5 the last time out while Arconada has won 8 of his last 10 completed matches though Jordi went down 7-6, 7-6 to Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach. Prediction: Aragone (UVA) in 3

I expect this to be a tight match from start to the finish and it'll start off with Texas A&M taking the doubles point for the 24th time this season with wins at 1 and 3. I'll go with Shane, Frank, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone in singles for Virginia and Catanzariti for Texas A&M with Rinderknech ahead at 3.  If Shane's ankle isn't close to 100% I wouldn't be surprised to see him go down to Efferding. I think Frank and Kwiatkowski are the only semi-locks but everything else is wide open in my opinion. I'll go with Virginia but not by much.  Prediction: Virginia 4-2

[2] Baylor (24-5) vs. [7] #8 USC (24-4) - Saturday 3pm est - Baylor is coming off a tighter than expected 4-1 win over #18 South Florida while USC crushed #10 Duke 4-0. Baylor won the first encounter 4-3 back on March 21st in Indian Wells in a match that had no singles matches go 3 sets which is odd considering how good these teams both are. Baylor has the home court advantage but USC is starting to look really good. 

Doubles Records: Baylor 26-2, USC 18-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Baylor 86, USC 86

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

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #2 Julian Lenz (BU 15.07) vs. #15 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.49) 
2. #35 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.12) vs. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.51) 
3. #58 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.41) vs. #85 Eric Johnson (USC 14.44) 
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.79) vs. #45 Jonny Wang (USC 14.37) 
5. #116 Mate Zsiga (BU 14.19) vs. #94 Max de Vroome (USC 14.16) 
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.17) vs. #61 Nick Crystal (USC 13.92) 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Lenz 15-4 (12-4) vs. Hanfmann 11-8 (8-8)
2. Lupieri 9-9 (4-9) vs. Quiroz 16-4 (9-4) 
3. Tchoutakian 15-8 (4-7) vs. Johnson 20-2 (4-1) 
4. Galeano 13-4 (2-2) vs. De Vroome 17-3 
5. Zsiga 13-3 (2-2) vs. De Vroome 18-3 
6. Rios 20-3 (1-0) vs. Crystal 18-2

#1 singles - Lenz has won 8 of his last 10 completed matches with the 2 losses coming to #1 Axel Alvarez and he's coming off a 6-3, 7-5 win over #21 Roberto Cid while Hanfmann has now won 2 in a row after drilling #13 Nicolas Alvarez yesterday 6-1, 6-1. Lenz won the first meeting over Hanfmann 6-2, 7-5. Prediction: Hanfmann (USC) in 3

#2 singles - Lupieri has lost his last 4 completed matches and was on the verge of going down against USF's Sasha Gozun when the match was halted with Gozun up 5-1 in the 3rd. Quiroz has won 9 of his last 10 and picked up a big win over Duke's #41 Jason Tahir 6-1, 7-5. Quiroz won the first meeting over Lupieri 6-4, 6-3 and I expect a similar scoreline on Saturday. Prediction: Quiroz (USC) in 2

#3 singles - Tchoutakian has split his last 4 after going down 6-3, 6-2 to USF's Oliver Pramming while Johnson has won 6 in a row and 18 of 19. Johnson's match against Duke's #57 Raphael Hemmeler went unfinished with EJ up 6-3, 4-4. Eric Johnson won the first meeting 6-3, 7-5 and I'd be surprised if the result was much different this time. Prediction: Johnson (USC) in 2

#4 singles - Galeano has won his last 6 including a 6-1, 6-2 win over USF's Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz while Wang has won 16 in a row and is coming off an unfinished match against Duke's Bruno Semenzato which had just split sets. Galeano didn't play in the first meeting against USC due to an injury. Prediction: Galeano (BU) in 3

#5 singles - Zsiga has won 11 of his last 12 completed matches although his match against USF's Justin Roberts went unfinished with it tied at 1 in the 3rd.  De Vroome has won 10 of his last 11 including a 6-3, 6-2 win over Duke's Chris Mengel. Zsiga won the first meeting 6-4, 6-4. Prediction: Zsiga (BU) in 3

#6 singles - Rios has won 10 of his last 11 including a 6-1, 6-4 win over USF's Vadym Kalyuzhnyy while Crystal has won 4 in a row and 8 of 9 but he just missed out on another win when his match against Duke's TJ Pura was halted with Crystal up 7-5, 5-0. Rios won the first meeting 6-2, 6-3. Prediction: Rios (BU) in 2

Baylor may have looked a tad unfocused in its match with South Florida but they'll be dialed in for this one against the defending national champs.  I like Baylor in doubles and then think they'll sweep the bottom 3 with Galeano, Zsiga, and Rios picking up wins. I look for USC to sweep the top 3 with Hanfmann, Quiroz, and Johnson winning. BU in a squeaker - Prediction: Baylor 4-3

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I was expecting 4 knock down drag em out fights but in the end there were 2 good matches and 2 that weren't as close as I anticipated.

It was expected to be another wet day with the chance of rain around 50% but the showers stayed away and for the most part is was a very pleasant day (for the spectators). It was overcast, humid, and windy for the first 2 matches and then the sun came out for the last 2 but the wind and humidity stayed around all day.

In the opening match of the day on the main Grandstand Courts it was #1 Oklahoma pushing past #7 Georgia 4-2.  This will be Oklahoma's second ever NCAA semifinal appearance with the first time coming last year.

In doubles all 3 courts stayed on serve until Georgia's #2 team of Nathan Pasha and Wayne Montgomery broke at love to go up 4-2 but OU's Dane Webb and Spencer Papa broke right back from 30-40 to put it back on serve.

OU's #1 team of Andrew Harris and Alex Ghilea would break the Ben Wagland serve from 15-40 to go up 5-3 then Andrew Harris would hold at love to make it 6-3. OU would break the Austin Smith serve for 7-3 then "The Machine" Alex Ghilea would serve it out (clip below) to give OU the 8-3 win at #1. It was only the 3rd loss on the year for the ITA #1 doubles team of Wagland/Smith.

OU's #3 team of Axel Alvarez and Jose Salazar would snag its first break when they broke the Eric Diaz serve from 30-40 to go up 5-3 and they'd follow that up with a hold for 6-3. After 3 straight holds (2 by UGA & 1 by OU) OU's Axel Alvarez would serve for the match up 7-5. Alvarez fell behind 15-30 on his serve but battled back to ad-in and that set up match point:

Georgia's #2 team led 7-6 in the unfinished match though it was on serve.

Georgia really came out firing on all cylinders in singles and would storm out to break leads at 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 singles. While Austin Smith, Nathan Pasha, and Nick Wood would win first sets for Georgia at 2, 3, and 5, OU's Alex Ghilea and Florin Bragusi would both rally back to take their opening sets at 4 and 6. Bragusi actually trailed 3-0 and was down 0-40 on his serve before he rallied to win 5 straight games and would ultimately take the set 6-4.

The only OU Sooner to never trail was its #1 Axel Alvarez as he broke the Wayne Montgomery serve to go up 3-1 and would never look back in route to a 6-1, 6-1 win in a match that lasted a surprisingly long 1 hour and 14 minutes (long considering the scoreline).  Here is match point for Axel:

Exactly 4 minutes later Georgia's Nathan Pasha would put the Bulldogs on the board as he finished off Dane Webb 6-2, 6-3 at #3 singles. For the second match in a row Pasha led wire to wire as he broke Webb early and often in route to the win. Here is match point from the fired up Pasha

OU's Florin Bragusi would be next off the court as he finished off Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 6-2 at #6 singles.  After falling behind 3-0, Bragusi rattled off 12 of the next 15 games with match point coming below (I was a little too far away to get a good shot)

Oklahoma would now lead 3-1 and even though Georgia's Nick Wood had a break lead in the 3rd at #5, the Sooners were in control on the other 2 courts.  OU's Andrew Harris battled back from a set down to go up 4-1 in the 3rd at #2 singles and he was serving to try and make it 5-1. OU's Alex Ghilea had opened up a 7-6, 5-2 lead at #4 so it appeared it was just a matter of time before OU put this one to bed.

Georgia wouldn't go down without a fight as Austin Smith broke Harris and then held to pull within 4-3 (still 1 break down). Wagland would hold and then break Ghilea to put it back on serve at 5-4.

Nick Wood would then close out Spencer Papa 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at #5 singles to pull Georgia to within 3-2 and it looked like for a few minutes that something special might be happening.

Wagland would hold for 5-5 but Ghilea quickly held for 6-5. Harris held for 5-3 but Smith held right back for 4-5. Wagland fell into a hole on his 5-6 service game and would fight off 2 match points but he couldn't fight off the 3rd as he double faulted to give Ghilea the match clinching 7-6(4), 7-5 win.

Below is the video clip I shot of match point and below that is the clip from the opposite side that OU shot - if Wagland's serve did indeed miss it sure couldn't have missed by much because as you can see Wagland wasn't pleased with the call.

At the time of the clinch Georgia's Austin Smith was up 15-30 on the Harris serve so it would have been high drama if he would have broke and Wagland could have forced a 3rd set.

Going into this week I knew the doubles point would be crucial to Georgia's hopes of advancing because winning 4 singles matches against this kind of competition wasn't going to be easy and it proved to be just a tad too difficult today against #1 Oklahoma.

Here is a highlight clip from OU's recap with a few interviews as well:


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. [8] #7 Georgia 4-2
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts 
Doubles Competition
1. #57 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. #1 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (GA) 8-3       
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Pasha (GA) 6-7 unf.
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Eric Diaz/Paul Osterbaan (GA) 8-5
Singles Competition
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 15.19) def.#24 Wayne Montgomery (GA 14.61) 6-1, 6-1
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 15.05) vs. #30 Austin Smith (GA 14.32) 4-6, 6-4, 5-4 (15-30) unf.
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (GA 14.38) def. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.22) 6-2, 6-3
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.42) def. Ben Wagland (GA 13.49) 7-6(4), 7-5
5. NickWood (GA 13.85) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.90) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.64) def. Paul Oosterbaan (GA 13.85) 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 29-2
Georgia 24-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,6,5,4)

Match Times:
Alvarez - 1 hour and 14 minutes
Pasha - 1 hour and 18 minutes
Bragusi - 1 hour and 31 minutes
Wood - 1 hour and 55 minutes
Ghilea - 2 hours and 21 minutes

Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
On the match results
"We were in a good position. It always gets a little tougher to close out, but we had two good opportunities. Georgia had us down early and I thought we played really well. We played doubles as well as we had all year, and who knows if that would have been the difference or not. We will never know. We've done this all year where we try to put teams in a position where it is going to take a heck of an effort to come back and beat us, and I think that's what our guys did today. It was a great effort.

On playing a conference opponent in the semifinals
"I think everybody in our conference knew our conference was really good all year. I think even throughout the recruiting season, when we saw who guys were bringing in, we knew it was going to be a really good conference. You still have to go out and play. I think TCU has gotten better all year long. From indoors, when I first really saw them, to now, I think they are better and are more confident in themselves. So it's going to be a tough match. It will be way tougher than the match we had with them at home. We controlled a lot of that match and their lineup is a lot different. I think it is going to be a really difficult match. We will be ready to come out and battle and get tough points.

More comments from the OU recap
"It was one of our top goals of the year to reach this point, Roddick said. "That was a goal, but we are not happy just being in the final four. We want to play another good match and get through that one to play for a national championship. Beating a team like Georgia, that is one of the best of all time, says a lot about our guys. They are fearless and they can put it on the line when it matters.

"Someone asked me how we are thriving in doubles, Roddick said. "I like hearing that because I haven't heard it all year. We are playing really well. Sometimes you go out and play really well and still lose, that's doubles. We're playing as well as we have all year and you can feel the confidence when they walk out there. They aren't wondering if they are going to play well, they know they are going to put out a good performance.

"You beat Wayne Montgomery one and onehe's a guy that makes you play a lot of balls, Roddick said. "We've played him in a lot of situations and it's almost always a tough three-setter. To rebound like that after losing you first match of the year, stands out to me. He played a high level of tennis and it's tough to breathe out there when he is hitting the ball that big and not making any errors.

"It was important for me after the loss I had in the last match," Alvarez said. "I really wanted to win this one mentally. I just put a lot of intensity into it and I was focused from the beginning. I wanted it really badly. I played my best tennis today."

Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
On the match results
"There is no denying, our guys fought to the very end, very courageous match. Oklahoma just played a little bit better than we did. You know, they are not No. 1 for nothing. I am pleased with the way [we competed], I think we can play a little bit better in certain spots. Oklahoma just controlled play and they dictated play more than we did, and they got the victory.               

On Nick Wood and Nathan Pasha winning their matches
"We actually looked good in a lot of spots. We had a chance to win the match all the way to the very end. It was Nick and Nathan who put us in that position. We kind of just made a run out of them. Austin [Smith] was up a set there. Ben [Wangland] broke back to get the tiebreaker. We just couldn't close either one of those sets. We competed well. You've got to give the credit to Oklahoma, they played a little bit better than we did. They deserved to go forward and we wish them the best.

In the other early quarterfinal match, played on the Riverside courts, it was #5 TCU upending #13 North Carolina 4-1 in a match that felt like it was being played in Fort Worth due to the large contingent of TCU fans.

It was a very tightly contested doubles point with both #1 and #2 staying on serve until deep into the point and in fact there wasn't a break of serve at all on #2. TCU's #1 team of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson would break to go up 6-5 and would then hold for 7-5 and would eventually take it 8-6.

It looked like UNC's #3 team of Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider would close it out a little easier but TCU's Guillermo Nunez and Hudson Blake kept hanging around. UNC's Jack Murray served for the match up 7-4 but got broke and then Ronnie Schneider served for it up 7-6 but he got broke as well so on to a tiebreak it went. UNC raced out to a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak but Jack Murray double faulted on consecutive points to put it back on serve. UNC would finally close it out on the next point when Ronnie Schneider's service return was too much for Guillermo Nunez to handle at the net.

It all came down to a tiebreak at #2 doubles to decide the point and UNC would have a match point up 6-5 but TCU's Facundo Lugones would put this point away at the net to even it at 6.

A Nick Chappell service winner made it 7-6 and it would set the stage for this match point (first clip is one I shot and 2nd is from TCU:

In singles TCU's Nick Chappell, Facundo Lugones, and Arnau Dachs would go up early breaks at 1, 4, and 5 while North Carolina's Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Esben Hess-Olesen would go up breaks at 2, 3, and 6.

TCU's Facundo Lugones jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead at #4 but Jack Murray would take the next 3 to put it back on serve at 3-3. Lugones then held for 4-3, broke for 5-3, and then served it out for a 6-3 set. Lugones would then close out the 2nd set in just 24 minutes for a 6-3, 6-1 win which put TCU up 2-0.

UNC's Ronnie Schneider opened up an early 4-2 lead in the 1st set against Guillermo Nunez at #2 but Nunez would take the next 3 to go up 5-4. Schneider would end up taking the set in a tiebreak and would then pull away in the 2nd for a 7-6(5), 6-1 win

TCU's Nick Chappell would extend the TCU lead to 3-1 after he upset #11 Brayden Schnur 6-4, 6-2 at #1 singles. Chappell wouldn't be broke all day while in turn he broke Schnur's serve 3 times - the 1st came when Schnur served at 1-1 in the 1st set and the next came in Schnur's opening service game of the 2nd set.  Here's match point for Chappell:

TCU was now looking for that clinching point but it wasn't looking too good at either #3 or #6 because at #3 UNC's Brett Clark led Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-6 (5-1) and at #6 UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen led Will Stein 6-3, 3-2 with Hess-Olesen up a break in that 2nd set.

So TCU looked to senior Arnau Dachs down at #5 singles. Dachs broke the Robert Kelly serve at 2-2 and held from there to take the 1st set 6-4. Kelly would jump out to a 4-1 lead in the 2nd but then Dachs would hold, break, and hold again to knot it at 4-4. After another exchange of holds Dachs would get the big break to go up 6-5 and would be serving for the match. Dachs would go up 40-15 and the video clips will show you the rest (1st is mine/2nd is TCU's)

In the matches that went unfinished, UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen was serving 6-3, 5-6 at #6 while TCU's Cameron Norrie came back from 5-1 down in that 2nd set TB to take it 7-5 and in fact had just held serve to go up 1-0 in the 3rd.

TCU will be making its 1st NCAA semifinal appearance since 2001 and 4th all time when it face Oklahoma on Monday.

Interesting tidbit - it was brought to my attention that TCU is the only remaining team in the field to start a left handed player - 3 in singles (Chappell, Nunez, Norrie) and 4 in doubles (Blake). Thanks to David Roditi and Paul Chappell for pointing that out.

[5] TCU def. [13] North Carolina 4-1  
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Riverside Courts 
Doubles Competition          
1.  #30 Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)  8-6
2.  Nick Chappell/Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. #45 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 8-7(6)
3.  Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. G. Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 8-7(5)
 Singles Competition      
1.  #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) def. #11 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.63) 6-4, 6-2
2.  #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.36) def. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.11) 7-6(5),6-1        
3.  #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.35) vs. #73 Brett Clark (UNC 13.85) 3-6, 7-6[6], 1-0 unf
4.  Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.99) def. Jack Murray (UNC 14.17)  6-3, 6-1
5.  Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.13) def. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77)  6-4, 7-5
6.  Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.51) 6-3, 5-6 unf
Match Notes:
TCU 25-7
North Carolina 24-11
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,1,5)

Match Times:
Lugones - 1 hour 8 minutes
Schneider - 1 hour 30 minutes
Chappell - 1 hour 37 minutes
Dachs - 1 hour 54 minutes

TCU Head Coach Dave Roditi
On the match results...
"Just an unbelievable college match. Two good teams playing each other and leaving absolutely everything we both have on the court. We're happy to be on the winning side today. That's a well-coached team and a team we've been battling for the last few years. It always comes down to a few points, and it was no different today."

On success this season...
"You start with your players, committed players, support from our administration and our fans. Then on top of that, you put our best recruit, [assistant coach] Devin Bowen. I keep saying he's the one doing all the work on the court with them, mentally and physically. As you can see in these matches, it's not so much how you play, it's how you compete and how you handle the moment. Our guys did a great job of that today, and that's a credit to Devin Bowen, and also to our conditioning coach Todd Kensler. These are tough conditions. It's hot and humid, and I felt like at the end, we looked stronger."

More comments from the TCU recap
"Well, just an unbelievable college match," Roditi said. "Two good teams playing each other, leaving absolutely everything we both have on the court. We just had to get on the winning side today. That's a well-coached team and it's a team we've been battling for the last few years. It always comes down to a few points and it was no different today.

"Today our seniors stepped up and especially Nick Chappell who stepped up huge. We got three points from our seniors in singles and we had two seniors winning in doubles. That's the beauty about today's win. It was a completely different group than maybe it was in other matches when you had (Guillermo) Nuez and (Cameron) Norrie stepping up in the singles. Today, they allowed other guys to step up and that's what makes a good team, that you can get points at any position at any time. It gives us depth and makes us tough to beat."

North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
On the match results
"First of all, congratulations to TCU. Well, the doubles point would've been a big momentum boost for us; obviously we were just points away from getting it done there. They outplayed us in singles, but our guys didn't quit. They fought hard, I think Nick Chappell won a great match here at one, and they just won up and down the line. So I'm sad that I won't get to work with our seniors any more. That's the hard part about today; it's the last day to work with your seniors. You have to appreciate everything they've done for our program. I hate to see it end, but I'm looking forward to next year and going back to work.


In the 2nd match of the day on the Riverside Courts it was #3 Virginia flooring #5 Texas A&M 4-0 in just 2 hours and 29 minutes. Virginia has now reached the NCAA semifinals 6 times in a row and 8 times in the last 9 years.

Texas A&M was a long shot going in but they had to have the doubles point to have a fighting chance but Virginia just overwhelmed them from the get-go at #2 and #3 doubles.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone jumped out to a 3-1 lead at #3 and never looked back in route to an 8-4 win - here is match point with Altamirano serving and Aragone cleaning up at the net:

#2 doubles wasn't any closer as Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger broke early for a 4-2 lead then broke again to win it 8-4 - here is match point with TSK hitting a nice lob and then he follows it up with a "hush please" to the partisan A&M crowd.

At the time of the clinch Texas A&M was serving for the match at #1 doubles up 7-4, 15-30.

Winning the doubles point seemed to energize Virginia and deflate Texas A&M because the Hoos came out smokin' in singles with Ryan Shane, Mitchell Frank, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and JC Aragone all going up early breaks at 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6. All 5 would close out the opening sets and then Alexander Ritschard would put point #2 on the board for Virginia with a 6-2, 6-1 destruction of #92 AJ Catanzariti at #5 singles - here is match point and it ends with Ritschard slapping an ace down the T:

#19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski extended the UVA lead to 3-0 with an equally impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over #78 Harrison Adams - this one finished up less than 2 minutes after Ritschard's win so I wasn't able to get a clip of match point since the matches were on opposite ends.

Roughly 14 minutes later JC Aragone would close the door on Texas A&M's season as the UVA sophomore and ACC Tournament MVP would take out Jordi Arconada 6-4, 6-3 - here is match point of the clincher:

At the time of the clinch Texas A&M was still in the other matches with #47 Jeremy Efferding down a set but up a break in the 2nd at #1 against #8 Ryan Shane, #84 Arthur Rinderknech had just held for a 1-0 lead in the 3rd at #3 against #77 Collin Altamirano, and #80 Shane Vinsant was on serve in the 2nd after dropping the 1st to #20 Mitchell Frank.

Here is the highlight clip that Virginia put together which is always well produced:

I honestly thought this would be a closer match but Virginia never let Texas A&M get its foot in the door - Steve Denton's comments below about losing the doubles point said it all. The only singles result that surprised me was #5 singles - I really liked Catanzariti's chances with the way he had been playing lately (despite the loss to Metka) but Ritschard just blitzed him.

Match Times:
Ritschard - 1 hour and 6 minutes
Kwiatkowski -1 hour and 8 minutes
Aragone - 1 hour and 20 minutes  

[3] Virginia def. [6] #5 Texas A&M 4-0  
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Riverside Courts 
Doubles Competition    
1. #10 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (aTm) vs. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) 7-4
2. #42 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (UVA) def. #56 Efferding/Szabo (aTm) 8-4
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Rinderknech/Catanzariti (aTm) 8-5 
Singles Competition
1. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.88) vs. #47 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.40)  6-2, 2-3, unf
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.53) vs. #80 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.24) 6-3, 2-1, unf
3. #84 Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.34) vs. #77 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.72) 6-1,1-6,1-0
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.77) def. #78 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.64) 6-1, 6-2
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.07) def. #92 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.33) 6-2, 6-1
6. J.C. Aragone(UVA 14.08) def. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.68) 6-4, 6-3
Match Notes:
Virginia 27-3
Texas A&M 24-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,4,6)

Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
On the match results
"Really pleased with how the team played. They had a lot of energy in doubles. [Texas] A&M competed hard, so congratulations to them for having a great season. We're just thrilled to move on. I thought the guys played well today in doubles and kept the momentum in singles, and it's good to get a win."

On momentum of the match
"We've faced adversity quite a bit, so today probably wasn't as much. But it felt like the guys kept the momentum. I was really pleased with how well the guys played and how focused and disciplined they were throughout the entire match."

On getting to play outside
"We were thrilled to get outside. We worked so hard on our conditioning and making sure that we're prepared to play in difficult elements. We've spent a lot of time talking and working on it, so we certainly wanted to get outside if we had a chance, and the guys certainly adapted to it."

More Comments from UVA recap
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to play Baylor in the semifinals," said head coach Brian Boland. "They are a great team, which we saw in the two matches earlier this season when they beat us. They are the No. 2 team in the nation, playing on their home courts in front of their fans, and should be the favorites. We embrace the underdog role and are excited for the opportunity to play this match on Monday."

Well its time to put the 2014-15 season in the rear-view mirror and start looking ahead to next year. There are 4 teams (TCU/USC/Texas/Duke) in the final top 10 that will have to replace 4 starters so those teams could face an uphill climb next year to return to the top 10.

The new recruits section is from tennisrecruiting.net so its possible some of those guys may not end up where they are currently showing. Several teams will probably have some guys coming in from outside the U.S. so we probably won't know any names until the schools put out a release or we see the name on the roster in August/January.

I'm sure we'll also see some guys transfer as we do every year. We probably won't know those until they show up on a new roster in the fall or we see a name with a different school beside it on the ITA All American list of participants in late September. I've added a new tab at the top to keep up with transfers throughout the summer.

There's a possibility that a few guys may choose to leave school early (Rubin/Harris) and go pro but for now we'll assume if they have eligibility remaining they'll be back at the same place next year.

The returning depth players will mainly be guys that I think have a chance of playing so I may leave a few names off.

I'll go team-by-team based off the final top 25 of the season and the # in ( ) beside the player's name is where they played in the lineup at the end of the year.

I'll take a wild guess at the starting 6 for next season but I won't really know until the roster is set and I see some results in the fall.

I'll start off with the top 10 and do the next 10 in a few days.

#1 Virginia
  • Returning singles starters: Ryan Shane (1), Collin Altamirano (3), Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (4), Alexander Ritschard (5), J.C. Aragone (6)
  • Departing singles starters: Mitchell Frank (2)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Shane, Altamirano, Kwiatkowski, Ritschard, Aragone, Styslinger/Wiersholm
  • Returning doubles starters: Shane/Corinteli (1), Kwiatkowski/Styslinger (2), Altamirano/Aragone (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: None
  • Returning depth: Mac Styslinger, Henrik Wiersholm, Luca Corinteli, Harrison Richmond
  • Departing depth: None
  • New Recruits: None at the moment
Comments: It's never easy to replace someone as accomplished as Mitchell Frank but Virginia has the horses in the barn to make the transition somewhat seamless. Virginia hosts the National Indoors next February so they won't be playing during the Kickoff Weekend. Virginia should be the preseason #1 or at the very least #2.

#2 Oklahoma
  • Returning singles starters: Axel Alvarez (1), Andrew Harris (2), Alex Ghilea (4), Spencer Papa (5), Florin Bragusi (6)
  • Departing singles starters: Dane Webb (3)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Alvarez, Harris, Redlicki, Ghilea, Papa, Bragusi
  • Returning doubles starters: Ghilea/Harris (1), Papa (2), Alvarez/Jose Salazar (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Webb (2)
  • Returning depth: Jose Salazar, Austin Siegel
  • Departing depth: Nick Papac
  • New Recruits: Michael Redlicki (former Duke #1)
Comments: The Redlicki transfer won't become official until he enrolls in school but it appears to be a done deal. OU should be just as good next year if Redlicki is able to play at the level he played out a few years back.

#3 Baylor
  • Returning singles starters: Julian Lenz (1), Max Tchoutakian (3), Felipe Rios (6)
  • Departing singles starters: Tony Lupieri (2), Diego Galeano (4), Mate Zsiga (5)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Lenz, Tchoutakian, Rios, Schneider, Benitez, Little/Schretter
  • Returning doubles starters: Lenz (1), Rios/Vince Schneider (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Galeano (1), Lupieri/Zsiga (2)
  • Returning depth: Vince Schneider, Juan Benitez, William Little, Johannes Schretter
  • Departing depth: None
  • New Recruits: None at the moment
Comments: The returning depth guys should be capable of filling some of the starting spots left open by the 3 departing seniors though it'd be tough to see Baylor being as good as they were this year. Tchoutakian played at #2 early in the season before dropping to #3 and Rios did very well at #6 so I wouldn't see him having too much of an issue stepping up to play at #3 or #4.  

#4 TCU
  • Returning singles starters: Guillermo Nunez (2), Cameron Norrie (3)
  • Departing singles starters: Nick Chappell (1), Facundo Lugones (4), Arnau Dachs (5), Will Stein (6)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Nunez, Norrie, Johnson, Stalder, Daniel, Anderson
  • Returning doubles starters: Norrie/Trevor Johnson (1), Nunez/Hudson Blake (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Chappell/Lugones (2), Stein (1) - most of the year.
  • Returning depth: Trevor Johnson, Trey Daniel
  • Departing depth: None
  • New Recruits: Reese Stalder (5* & UTR 13.26), Gregory Anderson (4* & UTR 12.47), Gianni Mancini (4* & UTR 11.53)
Comments: TCU loses a slew of wins (55.5% of dual-match wins) with the 4 seniors departing. Trevor Johnson should be a quality lower lineup starter and Stalder will have a shot at starting but TCU will likely need to bring in at least 2 high-level guys from overseas to have any shot at another top 10 season because right now I don't see anyone that can fill the 3 and 4 spots in the singles lineup.

#5 Texas A&M
  • Returning singles starters: Shane Vinsant (2), Arthur Rinderknech (3), Harrison Adams (4), AJ Catanzariti (5), Jordi Arconada (6)
  • Departing singles starters: Jeremy Efferding (1)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Vinsant, Rinderknech, Adams, Catanzariti, Arconada, Lunkin/Withrow/Gordon/Janglin/Colunga
  • Returning doubles starters: Vinsant/Adams (1), Rinderknech/Catanzariti (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Efferding/Szabo (2)
  • Returning depth: Max Lunkin, Frankie Colunga, Jackson Withrow (sat out last season)
  • Departing depth: Jordan Szabo
  • New Recruits: Henry Gordon (5* & UTR 12.98), Kevin Lam (4* & UTR 12.24), Oscar Janglin (UTR 12.93)
Comments: I'm assuming Jackson Withrow will have a redshirt season though it's possible he may be done. A&M should be a top 10 team again next year with Rinderknech, Catanzariti, and Arconada likely to be that much better with a year under their belts. 

#6 Illinois
  • Returning singles starters: Jared Hiltzik (2), Aron Hiltzik (4), Aleks Vukic (5)
  • Departing singles starters: Farris Gosea (1), Tim Kopinski (3), Ross Guignon (6)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: J Hiltzik, A Hiltzik, Vukic, Matsuya, Jesse, Page/Childers/Hirsch
  • Returning doubles starters: J. Hiltzik (1), Vukic (2), A Hiltzik (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Kopinski (1), Gosea (2), Guignon (3)
  • Returning depth: Toshiki Matsuya, Julian Childers, Alex Jesse, Brian Page, Pablo Landa 
  • Departing depth: Blake Bazarnik 
  • New Recruits: Asher Hirsch (5* & UTR 12.98), Pengxuan Jiang 5* & UTR 11.75)
Comments: Illinois loses 2 of its top 3 but with Aron Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic shifting up they'll still most likely have the top starting 3 in the B1G. How well the Illini can fill the bottom 3 will determine whether they'll be a top 10 team or be in that 10 to 20 range.  

#7 USC 
  • Returning singles starters: Max De Vroome (5), Nick Crystal (6)
  • Departing singles starters: Yannick Hanfmann (1), Roberto Quiroz (2), Eric Johnson (3), Jonny Wang (4)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: De Vroome, Crystal, Farren, L Smith, Boyd, Devine/Bellamy/Forget/T Smith/Jaede
  • Returning doubles starters: De Vroome (2), Crystal/Forget (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Hanfmann/Quiroz (1), Johnson (2)
  • Returning depth: Connor Farren, Rob Bellamy, Thibault Forget, Tanner Smith
  • Departing depth: None 
  • New Recruits: Kalman Boyd (BC & UTR 13.53), Logan Smith (BC & UTR 13.73), Jake Devine ( & UTR 13.62), Jack Jaede (UTR 13.19)
Comments: USC will have to replace its top 4 (accounted for 59.3% of its dual match wins) which will be a mighty tough task.  Peter Smith has the 3rd best recruiting class per TR.Net and it wouldn't surprise me to see another high-caliber player added before next season. USC will still be good next year but I can't say they'll be a top 5 team without seeing the newcomers in action. A lot will be expected of De Vroome, Crystal, and Farren next year.

#8 Georgia
  • Returning singles starters: Wayne Mongtomery (1), Austin Smith (2), Ben Wagland (4), Nick Wood (5), Paul Oosterbaan (6)
  • Departing singles starters: Nathan Pasha (3)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Montgomery, Paul, Smith, Wagland, Wood, Oosterbaan/Duncan/Bertran
  • Returning doubles starters: Smith/Wagland (1), Montgomery (2), Oosterbaan (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Pasha (2), Diaz (3)
  • Returning depth: Peter Bertran
  • Departing depth: Eric Diaz 
  • New Recruits: Tommy Paul (BC & UTR 14.75), Walker Duncan (BC & UTR 13.66), and Emil Reinberg (BC & UTR 12.99)
Comments: Manny Diaz brings in the #1 recruiting class per TR.Net and if they all show up on campus Georgia should be a top 3 team next year with a serious shot at a National Title. There are only 7 current college players with a UTR higher than Tommy Paul so to say he can play is an understatement. 

#9 Texas
  • Returning singles starters: George Goldhoff (4), Nick Naumann (5)
  • Departing singles starters: Soren Hess-Olesen (1), Lloyd Glasspool (2), Adrien Berkowicz (3), Clement Homs (6)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Civita-Telles, Goldhoff, Naumann, Mee, Riechmann, Caruana/Ortiz-Ruiz/Scott
  • Returning doubles starters: Goldhoff (2), Naumann/Michael Riechmann (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (1), Lewis (2)
  • Returning depth: John Mee, Michael Riechmann, Adrian Ortiz-Ruiz, Julian Zlobinsky
  • Departing depth: Jacoby Lewis
  • New Recruits: Liam Caruana (BC & UTR 13.57), John Goodwin (4* & UTR 12.67), Harrison Scott (UTR 13.38), Ben Cardone (No Info), Leonardo Civita-Telles (UTR 13.73)
Comments: Texas has to replace 63% of its dual match wins from this season which will be tough to say the least. Texas has a very deep recruiting class coming in with Civita-Telles and Caruana both likely to start next year.

#10 Duke 
  • Returning singles starters: Nicolas Alvarez (1), TJ Pura (6)
  • Departing singles starters: Jason Tahir (2), Raphael Hemmeler (3), Bruno Semenzato (4), Chris Mengel (5)
  • Potential starting 6 next year: Alvarez, Mateas, Lin, Pura, Levine, Chamdni/Dickerson/McCall
  • Returning doubles starters: Alvarez (1), Levine (2), Pura (3)
  • Departing doubles starters: Hemmeler (1), Tahir (2), Semenzato (3)
  • Returning depth: Josh Levine, Daniel McCall
  • Departing depth: None
  • New Recruits: Adrian Chamdni (BC & UTR 13.04), Vincent Lin (BC & UTR 13.47), Catalin Mateas (BC & UTR 13.55), Ryan Dickerson (5* & UTR 13.01) 
Comments: Duke loses 4 of its top 5 (57% of its dual match wins) so the new recruits will have to show up on Day 1 ready to go or it could be a tough year. 

RankAvgSchoolPrevious Week
195.93University of Virginia 3
294.39University of Oklahoma 1
384.63Baylor University 2
470.97TCU 6
568.75Texas A&M University 5
668.21University of Illinois 4
766.38University of Southern California 8
866.32University of Georgia 7
960.26University of Texas 9
1056.90Duke University 10
1154.53North Carolina 13
1252.03Ohio State University 11
1349.25Wake Forest University 12
1445.48Columbia University 17
1544.17UCLA 16
1643.25University of South Florida 18
1740.94University of Mississippi 14
1840.61Virginia Tech 15
1938.93Texas Tech University 19
2036.87Stanford University 23
2136.55University of Minnesota 25
2236.08University of San Diego 21
2336.04Mississippi State University 20
2434.93Vanderbilt University 24
2533.73University of Florida 22
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Thursday, 24 December 2015 00:20

2016 Season Preview - USC Trojans

During USC's stretch of dominance, which saw them win 4 National Titles in 5 years, one of the biggest things that contributed to USC's success (aside from Steve Johnson) was the lack of turnover among its starters. The last time USC had to replace more than 2 starters was all the back in 2008 (Van't Hof, Sacks, Piotrowski) but this season they have to replace 4 with Yannick Hanfmann, Roberto Quiroz, Eric Johnson, and Jonny Wang all moving on after 4 spectacular seasons.

Hanfmann, Quiroz, Johnson, and Wang accounted for 59% of USC's dual-match singles wins last season though the 2 returning starters, Max de Vroome (Sr) and Nick Crystal (Jr), each won 18 dual-matches which tied them for 2nd on the team.

Peter Smith welcomes back several quality depth players with a few of them likely to start this season. If healthy, I think that both Connor Farren (Jr) and Rob Bellamy (Jr) will be in the starting 6 with Thibault Forget (Guy Forget's son) and Tanner Smith (Peter Smith's son) just on the outside looking in.

Smith brought in the 3rd ranked recruiting class by TennisRecruiting.Net (really 2nd since Tommy Paul turned pro instead of going to Georgia) with at least 2 of the 4 newcomers likely to have a spot in the starting lineup on January 22nd. Logan Smith (Blue Chip/13.82 UTR) had the best fall among the group with Jake DeVine (Blue Chip/13.23 UTR), Kalman Boyd (Blue Chip/UTR 13.34), and Jack Jaede (UTR 13.34) pretty much neck and neck with each other. Smith, Jaede, and DeVine each had a ranked win with DeVine beating #36 Florian Lakat (Cal), Smith beating teammate #61 Max de Vroome, and Jaede beating #96 David Hsu (Stanford). Boyd didn't have a ranked win but he did beat Cal's Billy Griffith who had 4 ranked wins in the fall and will likely be ranked in January.

It'll be tough to project the singles lineup but I have de Vroome and Crystal inked in at #1 and #2 with Farren and Logan Smith at #3 and #4. I think Rob Bellamy has earned a spot at either #5 or #6 with the other spot up for grabs between the 3 other freshman and Thibault Forget. I have a feeling the lineup will get shuffled frequently in the opening month with Peter Smith looking to see who can handle the pressure situations the best.

It's also going to be interesting to see who Peter Smith puts out for doubles. Hanfmann and Quiroz played #1 last year but they're both gone as is Eric Johnson who teamed with Max de Vroome at #2. Nick Crystal and Thibault Forget finished the year playing at #3 doubles but they didn't play together at all during the fall. 16 different doubles combinations were used during the fall so it's hard to tell who will play with whom but I'm sure they'll get it figured out.

Below are each players fall college records (singles/doubles) along with a list of accomplishments. The ranking listed in front of a player is the ITA preseason ranking.

#61 Max de Vroome (15-3/3-4) - won the Southern California Intercollegiate Championship, made the quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional, came through qualies at the ITA All-Americans and won his opening round main draw match, made the quarterfinals at the Cajun Classic

#42 Nick Crystal (9-3/3-3) - beat 2 ranked players at the Cajun Classic, #66 Arjun Kadhe (Okla St) and #91 Justin Butsch (LSU), before falling to #48 Jordan Daigle (LSU) in the finals, made the semifinals at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional, beat #18 Felipe Soares (Tx Tech) and #39 Beck Pennington (KY) before losing to Hugo Di Feo (Ohio St) in the Round of 16 at the ITA All-Americans.

Connor Farren (11-4/9-3) - won the consolation draw at the Southwest Regional, made the singles semifinals at the San Diego State Fall Invite, made the semifinals at the Jack Kramer Classic, made the doubles semifinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates (w T Smith) and San Diego State Fall Invite (w Forget)

Logan Smith (9-4/5-4) - made the finals of the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional before falling 6-4 in the 3rd to #57 Martin Redlicki (UCLA), made the quarterfinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates, made the doubles quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional (w DeVine), picked up 1st ATP point at the Xi'an China F10 Futures

Rob Bellamy (7-3/6-3) - made the semifinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates which included a win over the D2's #1 player Jan Meyer (Azusa Pacific), made the Round of 16 at the Southwest Regional, made the doubles semifinals at the San Diego State Fall Invite (w T Smith), made the doubles semifinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates (w DeVine), picked up 1st ATP point at the Vancouver Canada F5 Futures.

Jake DeVine (10-5/6-5) - beat #36 Florian Lakat (Cal) in route to a quarterfinal finish at the Battle in the Bay Classic, made the finals at the San Diego State Fall Invite, made the doubles finals at the Jack Kramer Classic (w Forget), made the doubles semifinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates (w Bellamy)

Jack Jaede (8-4/3-3) - made the quarterfinals at the Battle in the Bay Classic before losing to #22 Andre Goransson (Cal) 6-3 in the 3rd, made the quarterfinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates, picked up 1st ATP point at the Australia F5 Futures

Kalman Boyd (7-4/6-3) - made the quarterfinals at the Battle in the Bay Classic, made the doubles finals at the Southern California Intercollegiates (w Laser)

Thibault Forget (11-7/7-3) - made the finals of the Jack Kramer Classic before losing to #37 Naoki Takeda (Arizona) 6-4 in the 3rd, made the finals of the Flight 2 singles draw at the San Diego State Fall Invite, made the doubles finals at the Jack Kramer Classic (w DeVine), made the doubles semifinals at the San Diego State Fall Invite (w Farren)

Tanner Smith (5-1/8-4) - won the Flight 2 singles draw at the San Diego State Fall Invite, made the doubles semifinals at the San Diego State Fall Invite (w Bellamy), made the doubles semifinals at the Southern California Intercollegiates (w Farren)

Henry Ji (2-2/0-1) - made the semifinals of the Flight 2 singles draw at the San Diego State Fall Invite

David Laser (3-3/6-4) - made the finals of the Flight 3 singles draw at the San Diego State Fall Invite, made the doubles finals at the Southern California Intercollegiates (w Boyd)

Projected Depth Chart (6 through 9 almost even):
1. Max de Vroome
2. Nick Crystal
3. Connor Farren
4. Logan Smith
5. Rob Bellamy
6. Jake DeVine
7. Thibault Forget
8. Jack Jaede
9. Kalman Boyd
10. Tanner Smith
11. Henry Ji
12. David Laser

Players With A Current ATP Singles Ranking as of 12/21/15 - high in ( )
#1029 - Connor Farren (882)
#1481 - Jack Jaede (1438)
#1900 - Max de Vroome (1515)
#1900 - Logan Smith (1872)
#2087 - Rob Bellamy (1861)

Universal Tennis Rating as of 12/23/15:
14.14 - Nick Crystal
13.99 - Max de Vroome
13.82 - Logan Smith
13.65 - Connor Farren
13.34 - Jack Jaede
13.34 - Kalman Boyd
13.33 - Rob Bellamy
13.23 - Jake DeVine
13.14 - Thibault Forget
13.02 - Henry Ji
12.64 - Tanner Smith
11.73 - David Laser

Universal Tennis Rating as of 6/3/15
14.16 - Max de Vroome
13.95 - Nick Crystal
13.90 - Connor Farren
13.73 - Logan Smith
13.62 - Jake DeVine
13.53 - Kalman Boyd
13.22 - Rob Bellamy
13.19 - Jack Jaede
13.19 - Thibault Forget
12.76 - Tanner Smith
12.11 - Henry Ji
11.51 - David Laser

Pre-College Ratings/Rankings:

Peak ITF Junior Ranking:
#12 - Connor Farren
#21 - Max de Vroome
#42 - Logan Smith
#72 - Kalman Boyd
#193 - Jake DeVine
#267 - Nick Crystal
#600 - Jack Jaede
#757 - Rob Bellamy
#1179 - Henry Ji

TennisRecruiting.Net Star Rating/High Ranking (Americans Only)
Blue Chip #1 - Kalman Boyd
Blue Chip #2 - Connor Farren
Blue Chip #2 - Logan Smith
Blue Chip #3 - Jake DeVine
Blue Chip #5 - Rob Bellamy
5-star #28 - Nick Crystal
4-star #48 - Henry Ji
2-star #550 - David Laser
No Star #153 - Tanner Smith

TRN Yearly Recruiting Rankings:
2015 - #2 - (L. Smith, DeVine, Boyd, Jaede)
2014 - NR - (Ji, T. Smith)
2013 - #7 - (Crystal, Bellamy, Farren, Laser)
2012 - NR - (de Vroome)

2016-17 Recruiting Class:
Brandon Holt - Rolling Hills, CA - TRN Blue Chip #5 - UTR 14.21
Riley Smith - Long Beach, CA - TRN Blue Chip #11 - UTR 13.34

                                            2016 ROSTER


USC opens up the dual-match season during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend by playing UC Davis and the winner of Pepperdine/Tulane match with both the Waves and the Green Wave on the uptick. The following weekend Georgia and Florida come to town for the Pac 12/SEC Showdown which will take place 13 miles away at UCLA. USC goes on the road to play both UCLA and Stanford in "non" conference matches plus they'll face San Diego in La Jolla prior to the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships.  When USC goes to Tulsa on March 12th they'll be looking to achieve 2 things - avenge the stunning loss to the Golden Hurricane from last season and get a feel for the courts that they'll be playing on during the NCAA Championships. USC will face both Oklahoma and Baylor in Indian Wells during the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge and after that they start up conference play with UCLA, Stanford, and Cal all coming to Marks Stadium.  

Returning singles starters: Max De Vroome (5), Nick Crystal (6)
Departing singles starters: Yannick Hanfmann (1), Roberto Quiroz (2), Eric Johnson (3), Jonny Wang (4)

Returning singles depth: Rob Bellamy, Connor Farren, Thibault Forget, Tanner Smith,
Departing singles depth: None

Returning doubles starters: De Vroome (2), Crystal/Forget (3)
Departing doubles starters: Hanfmann/Quiroz (1), Johnson (2)

USC will be contention for another Pac 12 title but I wouldn't consider them the favorites this year due to the number of contributors who departed from last season. How they fare will depend on how well the freshman perform on the court and how well the team comes together as a unit after losing all that senior leadership. The late January matches against Florida and Georgia will tell us a lot about this young team because Georgia will be favored and I'd consider the Florida match a pick'em. 


USC lost to Baylor 4-2 in the NCAA Quarterfinals in a highly competitive match that saw Baylor win most of the close sets in addition to the doubles point. The link has a few video clips including the ones where USC couldn't convert multiple set points at #4 and #6 singles in the 2 matches that ended up putting Baylor over the top.

[2] Baylor def. [7] #8 USC 4-2
May 16, 2015 - Hurd Tennis Center Grandstand Courts
Doubles Competition      
1. #8 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) 8-4
2. #79 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) def. #74 de Vroome/Johnson (USC) 8-5
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) vs. NickCrystal/Thibault Forget (USC) 6-6, UF
Singles Competition        
1. #2 Julian Lenz (BU 15.07) vs. #15 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.49) 7-5, 3-6, 1-1, UF
2. #25 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.51) def. #35 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.12) 6-3, 6-3
3. #85 Eric Johnson (USC 14.44) def. #58 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.41) 6-3, 6-4
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.79) def. #45 Jonny Wang (USC 14.37) 6-3, 7-6 (0)
5. #116 Mate Zsiga (BU 14.19) def. #94 Max de Vroome (USC 14.16) 6-3, 6-3
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.17) def. #61 NickCrystal (USC 13.92) 7-5, 7-6 (5)
Match Notes:
Baylor 25-5
USC 25-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,2,6,4)

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Friday, 22 January 2016 11:30

Men's Kick-Off Weekend Regional Previews

There will be 15 men's regionals taking place this weekend with 2 of the 15 getting started on Friday. I'll start off by previewing the USC and Illinois Regionals since they both start on Friday and I'll work my through all 15 of them by Friday evening. Keep checking back for updates since I'll just be adding on to this post. FYI, the numbers beside the school name are each player's current Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) as of 1/20/16. 

USC Regional (Fri/Sat) - Marks Stadium (no live scoring due to construction)

#57 UC Davis [4] at #8 USC [1]  4pm est/1pm pst  USC Twitter - This will be the dual-match opener for USC with the Trojans expected to start at least 3 freshmen while UC Davis kicked off its season on Wednesday with a 4-0 loss at #18 Stanford. The Aggies return all 6 starters from last year's team including its top player #38 Alec Adamson who had a tremendous fall winning four matches over ranked opponents. I don't foresee UC Davis getting on the board in this one with USC just too strong top to bottom. Prediction: USC 4-0 (Result: USC 7-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #115 Max De Vroome (USC 13.97) vs. #38 Alec Adamson (UCD 13.17)
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.07) vs. James Wade (UCD 12.89)
3. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.71) vs. Brett Bacharach (UCD 12.31)
4. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.75) vs. Bryce McKelvie (UCD 12.69)
5. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.45) vs. Everett Maltby (UCD 12.32)
6. Thibault Forget (USC 13.12) vs. Eli Whittle (UCD 12.22)
B: Jack Jaede (USC 13.36) & Rob Bellamy (USC 13.33), Jesse Ross (UCD 12.12)

#33 Pepperdine [2] vs. #37 Tulane [3] 1pm est/10am pst  Pepp/Tul Twitter - Tulane opened up its season last Saturday by posting a pair of 7-0 shutouts over Jackson State while this will be Pepperdine's dual-match opener. Pepperdine will be playing without its #1 Guilherme Hadlich (13.63) so that obviously won't help its cause. Tulane has the ITA #1 Dominik Koepfer anchoring its lineup so I'm sure that's at least one point that the Green Waves are banking on. I also like Sebastian Rey and Chi-Shan Jao at #4 and #6 and I think Tulane will pull out the doubles point as well. Pepperdine will have the edge at #3 and #5 and #2 may be the most even matchup on the board.  Prediction: Tulane 4-2 (Result: Tulane 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Stefan Menichella (Pepp 13.61) vs. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TU 14.26)
2. Pedro Iamachkine (Pepp 13.32) vs. #63 Constantin Schmitz (TU 13.67)
3. Lautara Pane (Pepp 13.18) vs. Alex Van Cott (TU 12.88)
4. Gabriel Sidney (Pepp 13.05) vs. #111 Sebastian Rey (TU 13.65)
5. Tom Hill (Pepp 12.31) vs. Nikolas Walterscheid-Tukic (TU 11.68)
6. Jack Van Slyke (Pepp 12.97) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TU 13.47)
B: Guilherme Galvao (Pepp 10.38)/Tyler Schick (TU 13.09)

Regional Final - USC def. Tulane 4-3 -
I think Tulane has the weapons to go toe-to-toe with USC and if they take the doubles point they could have a real shot at pulling the stunner. I'll say USC pulls it out but I won't be stunned if Tulane wins. (Result: USC 4-3)

Illinois Regional (Fri/Sat) - Atkins TC - Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

#25 Northwestern [2] vs. #24 Tulsa [3]  3pm est/2pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - Northwestern opened up its season by going on the road and shutting out #37 Louisville while Tulsa had a come from behind 4-3 win over #27 Cal last Friday night. Tulsa always seems to shuffle its lineup around so I wouldn't be surprised to see someone pulled like maybe McCloskey or Kirby. I like Shropshire and Kirchheimer at #2 and #3 but I think Ram-Harel will pull the mild upset at #1. I'll also take Tulsa in doubles and at #5 and #6. Prediction: Tulsa 4-3 (Result: NW 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.22) vs. #51 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.88)
2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.71) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU 13.33)
3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.94) vs. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.79)
4. Fedor Baev (NU 13.00) vs. Majed Kilani (TU 13.51)
5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.04) vs. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.71)
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.87) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TU 13.36)
B: Mihir Kumar (NU 12.84)/Francois Kellerman (TU 12.98)

#36 Notre Dame [4] at #7 Illinois [1] 7pm est/6pm cst  Live Scoring/Video - Notre Dame opened its season last weekend by beating Michigan State 6-1 and Detroit 7-0 while this will be Illinois's dual-match season opener after playing some tough competition last week at the Three Oaks Shootout (TCU/South Florida/Miss St). The Illini's recipe for success this year will be to clean up at the top of the lineup and I think that's what they'll be able to do against the Irish. I think Notre Dame takes the doubles point but Vukic, J Hiltzik, A Hiltzik, and Alex Jesse win in singles for Illinois. Prediction: Illinois 4-1 (Result: Illinois 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) vs. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.83)
2. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.67)
3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64) vs. Alex Lawson (ND 13.45)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.20) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.28)
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.06) vs. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 13.06)
6. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.92) vs. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.87)
B: Brian Page (ILL 12.55)/Kenny Sabacinski (ND 12.98)

Regional Final - Illinois def. Tulsa 4-1 - The Illini will get it done at 1 through 4 while Tulsa takes the doubles point and leads at 5 and #6. (Result: Illinois 4-0)

Oklahoma Regional (Sat/Sun) - Headington Family TC - Norman, Oklahoma

Utah State [4] at #2 Oklahoma [1] 3pm est/2pm cst - Live Scoring - Utah State dropped a pair last weekend to Iowa and Drake while most of Oklahoma's team went to Atlanta for the MLK Invitational. Oklahoma will roll to an easy win in this one. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0 (Result: Oklahoma 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.71) vs. Jaime Barajas (USU 12.50)
2. Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) vs. Jonas Maier (USU 11.26)
3. Spencer Papa (OU 14.01) vs. Jack Swindells (USU 12.49)
4. #92 Alex Ghiela (OU 14.17) vs. Daniel Echeverry (USU 11.96)
5. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.71) vs. Samuel Serrano (USU 11.72)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.70) vs. Luis Lopez (USU 11.59)
B. Maxime Mora (OU 13.50)/Romai Ugarte (USU 12.28)

#66 UTSA [2] vs. #64 Troy [3] 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring - Troy opened up its season by going on the road to play #37 Louisville, #21 Florida, and #17 Ole Miss and lost all 3 with its #1 Hassan Ndayishimye sitting out due an injury. UTSA opened up its season last Sunday and lost at Texas A&M 6-1. If Ndayishimye wasn't able to go last week he probably won't be able to play this week so I'd expect to see everyone else slide up a spot with Belcora playing at #6. Troy was competitive in each of its losses and I think they have a stronger lineup top to bottom. I'll take Troy in doubles and at #2, #3, and #6 singles. Prediction: Troy 4-0 (Result: Troy 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Diogo Casa (UTSA 12.42) vs. Hassan Ndayishimye (Troy 13.94)
2. Jake Rother (UTSA 11.73) vs. Daniel Bustamante (Troy 12.51)
3. Christian Carrillo (UTSA 11.27) vs. Andy Lau (Troy 12.20)
4. Eric Buchwalter (UTSA 10.02) vs. Giovani Samaha (Troy 13.03)
5. Mark Ginting (UTSA 11.81) vs. Filip Mansson (Troy 12.22)
6. Takeru Watanabe (UTSA 10.61) vs. Pablo Moreno (Troy 12.86)
B: Joao Riquelme (UTSA 11.86)/Mustapha Belcora (Troy 13.26)

Regional Final - Oklahoma def. Troy 4-0 - This weekend will be a walk in the park for OU with none of its opponents having the weapons to pose any kind of threat. (Result: Oklahoma 4-0)

UCLA Regional (Sat/Sun) - LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, California

#62 New Mexico [2] vs. #42 Georgia Tech [3]
12pm est/9am pst  Live Scoring - The Ramblin' Wreck opened up its season with a 4-3 win over East Tennessee State and a 6-1 win over Presbyterian while the Lobos went 1-5 last weekend dropping 2 matches to Texas Tech and Arizona while splitting with Pacific. New Mexico head coach Bart Scott has to find a way to get his guys refocused because Georgia Tech is a better team than Arizona and Pacific. I like New Mexico in doubles but I look for Georgia Tech to sweep the top 4 spots in the singles lineup with freshman Andrew Li the first to finish. Prediction: Georgia Tech 4-1 (Result: Georgia Tech 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:

1. #6 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.84) vs. Hayden Sabatka (NM 13.10)
2. Carlos Benito (GT 13.33) vs. Bart Van Leijsen (NM 12.67)
3. Michael Kay (GT 13.44) vs. Jorge Escutia (NM 12.69)
4. Andrew Li (GT 12.87) vs. Rodolfo Jauregui (NM 11.95)
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 12.83) vs. Augustus Ge (NM 12.29)
6. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.39) vs. Ricky Hernandez Tong (NM 12.45)
B. Daniel Yun (GT 12.41)/Michael Tran (NM 11.93)

#46 SMU [4] at #12 UCLA [1] 3pm est/12pm pst  Live Scoring - UCLA opened up its season on Wednesday with a 7-0 thrashing of #65 San Francisco in a match where Billy Martin earned career win #500. This will be SMU's season opener after the Mustangs had a few guys really light it up during the fall - most namely Nate Lammons and Hunter Johnson. I think this could be SMU's best year in quite some time but beating UCLA in LA is another story. I like UCLA in every spot and would still like them in every spot even if Mackenzie McDonald didn't play which he didn't on Wednesday against San Fran. Prediction: UCLA 4-0 (Result: UCLA 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.97) vs. #44 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.84)
2. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.81) vs. #32 Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.28)
3. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93) vs Markus Kerner (SMU 12.85)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.06) vs Samm Butler (SMU 13.77)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.98)
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.24) vs. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU 12.94)
B. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.29)/Yates Johnson (SMU 13.11)

Regional Final - UCLA def. Georgia Tech 4-0 - Georgia Tech is better than its ranking but it's not good enough to hang with UCLA. Bruins take the doubles point and gets wins from Redlicki, Brymer, and Staggs. (Result: UCLA 4-0)

Baylor Regional (Sat/Sun) - Hurd Tennis Center - Waco, Texas

#70 UC Irvine [4] at #4 Baylor [1] 1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video - The Anteaters opened up its spring schedule with a tough 4-1 loss at #19 San Diego in a match where virtually every court was hotly contested. This will be Baylor's dual-match opener after most of the team went to California last week for the Sherwood Cup with Julian Lenz winning the singles title and Will Little and Jimmy Bendeck finishing as runner-up in doubles. Irvine may keep a few courts close but Baylor is too strong to really be pushed. Bears take the doubles point and get wins from Lenz, Rios, and Little. Prediction: Baylor 4-0 (Result: Baylor 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Julian Lenz (BU 14.62) vs. #119 Sebastian Heim (UCI 13.55)
2. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.82) vs. Nico Mertens (UCI 13.10)
3. Vince Schneider (BU 13.78) vs. Tyler Pham (UCI 12.97)
4. Felipe Rios (BU 14.29) vs. Luca Marquard (UCI 12.84)
5. Will Little (BU 13.65) vs. Justin Agbayani (UCI 11.99)
6. Tomas Charlos (BU 13.15) vs. Vatsal Bajpai (UCI 11.85)
B. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.31)/Jonathan Hammel (UCI 12.01)

#49 Oregon [2] vs. #56 Old Dominion [3]  4pm est/3pm cst  Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video - This will be the season opener for ODU while Oregon opened up with a pair of wins over Seattle and blanked #48 UC Santa Barbara 7-0. I think ODU has to win the doubles point to have a legitimate shot in this one because I'm booking Ws for Laurent, Stevens, and Clissold at 2, 3, and 5 for the Ducks. I'm going to take Oregon in doubles as well while Podvinski squeezes out a point for ODU at 6 with Moundir all square with Maasland and Maestre leading Amos. Prediction: Oregon 4-1 (Result: Oregon 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #113 Daan Maasland (ORE 13.91) vs. Adam Moundir (ODU 13.63)
2. Thomas Laurent (ORE 14.08) vs. Michael Weindl (ODU 12.62)
3. Simon Stevens (ORE 13.41) vs. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU 12.43)
4. Jayson Amos (ORE 13.14) vs. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU 13.27)
5. Cormac Clissold (ORE 13.32) vs. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU 12.58)
6. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE 12.25) vs. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU 12.69)
B. Bart Sawicki (ORE 12.19)/Theophile Lanthiez (ODU 11.97)

Regional Final: Baylor def. Oregon 4-0 - I'll take BU in doubles and at 3, 4, and 5 singles while Oregon pushes Baylor on the courts. (Result: Baylor 4-2)

Duke Regional (Sat/Sun) - Ambler Tennis Center - Durham, North Carolina

#19 San Diego [2] vs. #26 Vanderbilt [3] 9am est  Live Scoring - The Toreros opened up with a 4-1 win over #70 UC Irvine while the Commodores went 3-0 last weekend including a 6-1 win at Middle Tennessee State. San Diego just added UMBC transfer Jaan Kononov to the roster so they'll have 4 ranked singles players in the starting lineup. Danny Valent takes over at #1 for Vandy after Gonzalez Austin graduated and he'll definitely have his hands full against Uros Petronijevic. The doubles point is a toss-up but I like Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, Romain Kalaydjian, and Jaan Kononov in singles for USD. Prediction: San Diego 4-2 (Result: San Diego 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.05) vs. #64 Danny Valent (VU 13.97)
2. #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.99) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.21)
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.54) vs. Baker Newman (VU 13.10)
4. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.22) vs. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.68)
5. #58 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.61) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.27)
6. Josh Page (USD 12.79) vs. Ryan Smith (VU 12.83)
B. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.25)/Alex Ross (VU 12.44)

#27 California [4] at #23 Duke [1] 12pm est Live Scoring/Video $ - Both Duke and Cal suffered 4-3 losses last weekend with Duke falling at home to Kentucky while Cal lost to Tulsa despite leading 3-2 and being up 5-3 and 4-2 in the final sets at #2 and #6 singles. Cal has five ranked players while Duke will start freshmen at #3, #4, and #5. Duke is playing at home and it'll be indoors which will suit them better but I still think Cal is the stronger team and finds the 4 points it needs to pull the mild upset. I'll go with Lakat, Bergevi, Griffith and Wikberg for Cal. Prediction: Cal 4-2


Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) vs. #3 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.36)
2. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 13.89)
3. Vincent Lin (DU 13.45) vs. #86 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.94)
4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.63) vs. #39 Billy Griffith (CAL 13.77)
5. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) vs. #54 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.37)
6. Josh Levine (DU 12.73) vs. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.59)
B. Ryan Dickerson (DU 13.25)/Mads Engsted (CAL 13.14)

Regional Final - Cal def. San Diego 4-3 - This should be a good one (assuming both win or for that matter both lose) but I think Cal takes the doubles points and gets wins from Goransson, Bergevi, and Nishimura. 

Regional Final (Take 2) - Duke def. San Diego 4-3 - San Diego will be coming off a hard fought match with Vanderbilt while Duke will have an extra day of rest after getting the free pass from Cal courtesy of the horrible weather. I'm going to take Duke in doubles and Alvarez, Mateas, and Levine in singles while Angus, Vittek, and Kononov win for USD. After having originally picking Duke to lose in the opening round I now have them advancing to Charlottesville. (Result: San Diego 4-2)

TCU Regional (Sat/Sun) - Bayard H Friedman TC - Fort Worth, Texas

#28 Oklahoma State [2] vs. #32 Harvard [3] 2pm est/1pm cst  Live Scoring - Oklahoma State opened up by shutting out UNLV and Creighton plus they picked up a nice 4-0 win at #44 Memphis while Harvard squeezed past William & Mary 4-3 and then rocked Boston College 6-1. Both teams have new #1s this season after Denis Nguyen (Harvard) and Jakob Sude (Oklahoma State) graduated and both replacements are extremely solid. While these teams are only separated by 4 spots in the latest rankings I think Oklahoma State is a good bit stronger. I like the Pokes in doubles and Kadhe, Gerch, and Finzelberg in singles. Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-1 (Result: Oklahoma State 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Temur Ismailov (OSU 14.10) vs. #71 Nicholas Hu (HU 13.75)
2. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.64) vs. Brian Yeung (HU 13.13)
3. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.66) vs. Sebastian Beltrame (HU 13.19)
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.72) vs. Kenneth Tao (HU 13.24)
5. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.35) vs. Andrew Zhou (HU 13.33)
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.52) vs. Kelvin Lam (HU 12.61)
B. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.21)/Grant Solomon (HU 12.60)

#39 San Diego State [4] at #3 TCU [1] 5pm est/4pm cst  Live Scoring - The Aztecs won its dual-match opener 5-2 over UC Riverside while the Horned Frogs spent last weekend playing in the Three Oaks Shootout against Illinois, South Florida, and Mississippi State. This will be the dual-match debut for TCU's highly touted freshmen, Alex Rybakov and Eduardo Nava, and I think both will win if they get to finish. I like TCU in doubles and Norrie, Nunez, and Nava in singles. Prediction: TCU 4-0 (Result: TCU 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68) vs. #53 Fred Gelbrich (SDSU 13.76)
2. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.63) vs. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU 13.71)
3. #24 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 14.31) vs. Marko Goles Babic (SDSU 13.37)
4. #73 Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.67) vs. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU 13.16)
5. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61) vs. Sander Andersen (SDSU 12.63)
6. Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.05) vs. Jonas Meinzer (SDSU 11.97)
B. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.81)/Cornelius Kolb (SDSU 12.23)

Regional Final: TCU def. Oklahoma State 4-0 - Okie State may have the lead on a few courts but TCU rolls through them in the others - TCU takes doubles and gets singles wins from Norrie, Rybakov, and Nunez in singles.  (Result: TCU 4-3)

South Florida Regional (Sat/Sun) - USF Varsity TC - Tampa, Florida

#29 Mississippi State [2] vs. #30 LSU [3] 10am est Live Scoring - This will be the dual-match opener for these SEC rivals with both wanting to start off the season on the right foot. LSU returns 5 singles starters while State basically has an entirely new roster with 7 of its 9 players joining the team over the last 4 months. State went just 2-9 in doubles last weekend when playing against TCU, South Florida, and Illinois in the Three Oaks Shootout so I've got to take LSU to win the doubles point. I like Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic at 3 and 5 for State but I think a healthy Jordan Daigle wins at 1 and he'll be joined in the winner's circle by Boris Arias and Gabor Csonka. Prediction: LSU 4-2 (Result: LSU 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.81) vs. #22 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64)
2. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.77) vs. #78 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.42)
3. Nuno Borges (MSU 13.85) vs. Simon Freund (LSU 13.11)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.48) vs. Boris Arias (LSU 13.62)
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.70) vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.06)
6. Vaughn Hunter (MSU 12.97) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.20)
B. Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.99)/Tam Trinh (LSU 12.61)

#31 Florida State [4] at #13 South Florida [1] 2pm est Live Scoring - FSU went 3-0 last weekend with notable wins over #74 South Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast while this will be USF's dual-match opener after the Bulls joined Mississippi State, TCU and Illinois last weekend for the Three Oaks Shootout. The most interesting storyline in this one has to be USF's Dominic Cotrone playing against the school that he transferred away from two years ago. Cotrone played #1 for FSU during the 2013 and 2014 seasons then sat out last season after transferring. Coincidently his last dual-match at FSU was against South Florida. I think USF takes the doubles point and gets wins from Cid, Cotrone, and Gozun at 1, 2, and 3 while and Dougaz, Whitehurst, and Gracia win for FSU at 4, 5, and 6. Prediction: South Florida 4-3 (Result: South Florida 4-3)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #17 Roberto Cid (USF 14.41) vs. #15 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.13)
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) vs. #77 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.30)
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) vs. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.41)
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.23) vs. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.26)
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.36) vs. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 13.29)
6. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.48) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.31)
B. Peter Bertran (USF 13.11)/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 12.75)

Regional Final: South Florida def. LSU 4-1 - Bulls take the doubles point and gets wins from Cid, Cotrone, and Kalyuzhnyy while Csonka wins for LSU. (Result: South Florida 4-0)

Georgia Regional (Sat/Sun) - Dan Magill TC - Athens, Georgia

#37 Louisville [2] vs. #44 Memphis [3] 9am est  Live Scoring - Memphis dropped its opener 4-0 to #28 Oklahoma State while Louisville went 3-1 last weekend with a notable win over #64 Troy and a 4-0 loss to #25 Northwestern. Memphis is stronger at 1, 2, and 3 while Louisville has the edge down low. Since they are playing these matches at Georgia's 4-court indoor facility that means if Memphis takes care of business up top Louisville's bottom 2 won't get a chance to play. I'm going with Memphis in doubles and Watson, Peniston, and Lemke at 1, 2, and 3. If everyone got to play I'd probably have this as a 5-2 Memphis win. Prediction: Memphis 4-0 (Result: Memphis 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #108 Alex Gornet (UL 13.11) vs. Andrew Watson (UM 13.73)
2. Jeffrey Brown (UL 13.11) vs. #87 Ryan Peniston (UM 13.92)
3. Carlos Neto (UL 11.46/40%) vs. Kai Lemke (UM 13.33)
4. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (UL 12.98) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (UM 12.53)
5. Brandon Lancaster (UL 12.90) vs. Felix Rauch (UM 12.47)
6. Sean Donohue (UL 12.42) vs. Shakeel Manji (UM 12.34)
B. Courtney Lock (UL 11.97)/Matt Story (UM 12.51)

#48 UC Santa Barbara [4] at #6 Georgia [1] 1pm est  Live Scoring/Blog - This is the opener for Georgia while UCSB won at Washington last week before falling to Texas and Oregon. Georgia will roll at home taking the doubles point and getting wins from Smith, Monty, an Duncan. Prediction: Georgia 4-0 (Result: Georgia 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.34) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.39)
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.29) vs. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.12)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.88) vs. #81 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB 13.63)
4. #105 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.43) vs. Oliver Sec (UCSB 13.18)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.70) vs. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.70)
6. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.22) vs. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.44)
B. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.27)/Miles Seemann (UCSB 12.39)

Regional Final: Georgia def. Memphis 4-0 - Dawgs take the doubles point and get wins from Smith, Monty, and Oosterbaan. (Result: Georgia 4-1)

North Carolina Regional (Sat/Sun) - Cone-Kenfield TC - Chapel Hill, NC

#35 Drake [2] vs. #40 North Carolina State [3] - 9:30am est Live Scoring - Drake opened up with a 5-2 win over then #70 Utah State while NC State rolled over Elon and the Citadel. Drake has the smaller margin of error of the two teams and needs the doubles point to have a shot. I think Drake takes the doubles point and gets wins from Gillespie and Stride at 2 and 5 but Norenius, Horton, Weigel, and Malshev win the other courts and NC State get the win. Prediction: NC State 4-3 (Result: NC State 4-2)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Ben Lott (DU 13.31) vs. Simon Norenius (NCST 13.33)
2. Bayo Phillips (DU 12.39) vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.51)
3. Vincent Gillespie (DU 13.42) vs. Ivan Saveljic (NCST 12.15)
4. Calum MacGeoch (DU 12.65) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.28)
5. Ben Stride (DU 12.67) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST 12.45)
6. Ben Clark (DU 12.12) vs. Georgiy Malshev (NCST 12.94)
B. Tom Hands (DU 12.23)/Igor Saveljic (NCST 12.91)

#50 Indiana [4] at #10 North Carolina [1] - 12:30pm est Live Scoring/Video - North Carolina opened up with a pair of routine wins over Georgetown and North Carolina A&T while this will be IU's dual-match opener. Indiana should be better this year than last however they're not going to get past North Carolina. Heels take the doubles point and gets wins from Schneider, Clark and Kelly. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0 (Result: North Carolina 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.20) vs. #27 Sam Monette (IU 13.59)
2. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05) vs. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU 13.04)
3. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. Racheel Manji (IU 13.38)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.63) vs. Antonio Cembellin (IU 13.00)
5. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.82) vs. Matt McCoy (IU 12.73)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.13) vs. Elliott Yee (IU 12.64)
B. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15)/Afonso Salgado (IU 12.62)

Regional Final: North Carolina def. North Carolina State 4-0 - I don't see UNC dropping a set in this one as Schnur, Murray, and Kelly win in singles. (Result: North Carolina 4-2)

Texas Regional (Sat/Sun) - Weller Indoor TC - Austin, Texas

#21 Florida [4] at #20 Texas [1] 11am est/10 cst Live Scoring - Florida opened up with a weekend sweep of Troy and Stetson while Texas is coming off a tough 4-3 loss at Washington. Texas may be hosting this regional but I think Florida is going to be the team to beat. I like the Gators in doubles and Hidalgo, Perez, and Kessler in singles. I think Texas's best chance to get a court is if Ortiz can beat Perez Blanco before Florida clinches. Prediction: Florida 4-0 (Result: Florida 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. George Goldhoff (TX 13.64) vs. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95)
2. #94 Harrison Scott (TX 13.44) vs. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.94)
3. Rodrigo Banzer (TX 13.51) vs. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.56)
4. Adrian Ortiz (TX 13.58) vs. #62 Chase Perez Blanco (UF 13.84)
5. #114 Michael Riechmann (TX 12.96) vs #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.48)
6. John Mee (TX 13.44) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.71)
B. Julian Zlobinsky (TX 12.76)/Maxx Lipman (UF 13.10)

#17 Mississippi [2] vs. #15 Texas Tech [3] 2pm est/1pm cst Live Scoring - Texas Tech is coming off a sensational weekend that saw the Red Raiders go 6-0 against New Mexico, Arizona, and Pacific while Ole Miss opened up with a 6-1 win over Troy. Ole Miss is the higher seed but I think Texas Tech is the deeper team top to bottom. I think the Rebels get wins from Hansson and Kraljevic at 2 and 3 but Tech will take the doubles point and get wins from Soares, Cailleau, Thomson. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-2 (Texas Tech 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #36 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.02) vs. #8 Felipe Soares (TT 14.00)
2. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.73) vs. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.75)
3. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.60) vs. #33 Alex Sendegeya (TT 14.09)
4. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.90) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.20)
5. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.23)
6. Ricardo Jorge (OM 12.83) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.71)
B. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.91)/Augusto Stodart (TT 13.22)

Regional Final: Texas Tech def. Florida 4-2 - Originally I was planning on going with Florida in this one but after looking up and down the lineup I see more courts that favor Texas Tech. I really like Cailleau and Thomson at 4 and 6 and I think Tech gets at least 1 of the top 2 so Florida would need the doubles point and the other 3 courts but I just think that's too tall an order. (Result: Texas Tech 4-3)

Ohio State Regional (Sat/Sun) - Varsity TC - Columbus, Ohio

#71 Wichita State [4] at #9 Ohio State [1] 10am est  Live Scoring/Video - Ohio State won a tripleheader on Wednesday over Xavier, Dayton, and Butler while this will be Wichita State's spring opener. Not much analysis needed here - Buckeyes roll and do it quickly. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0 (Result: Ohio State 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #7 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.32) vs. Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.14)
2. #10 Hugo DiFeo (OSU 14.13) vs. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.41)
3. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.88) vs. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.53)
4. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.59) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 11.96)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.78) vs. Haru Inoue (WSU 12.34)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.61) vs. Edward Stoica (WSU 12.10)
B. Matt Mendez (OSU 13.26)/Austin William (WSU 11.29)

#51 South Carolina [2] vs. #52 Denver [3] 2pm est - Live Scoring/Video - South Carolina handled Presbyterian and Winthrop last weekend while this will be Denver's season opener. South Carolina is hopeful that Gabriel Friedrich will return to the lineup after having surgery in November because without him everyone else will have to slide up a spot. Denver's Diogo Rocha had a nice fall and Henry Craig is a solid player but South Carolina should have enough to win this one. I'll take Fennell, Friedrich, Schafer, and Mayronne for the Gamecocks while Denver takes the doubles point. Prediction: South Carolina 4-1 (Result: Denver 4-3 - Friedrich didn't play)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #116 Alex Fennell (SC 13.12) vs. #45 Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.31)
2. Gabriel Friedrich (SC 13.92) vs. Henry Craig (DEN 13.56)
3. #65 Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.54) vs. David Fox (DEN 12.96)
4. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.39) vs. Yannik James (DEN 12.92)
5. Thomas Mayronne (SC 12.99) vs. Alex Gasson (DEN 12.94)
6. Sam Swank (SC 12.79) vs. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN 11.87)
B. Wood Benton (SC 12.55)/Zach Fryer (DEN 12.01)

Regional Final: Ohio State def. South Carolina 4-0 - The Buckeyes are better at every spot including doubles. (Result: Ohio State 4-0)

Texas A&M Regional (Sat/Sun) - Mitchell TC - College Station, TX

#65 San Francisco [2] vs. #59 Boise State [3] 1pm est/12pm cst  Live Scoring - Boise State opened up with wins over 3 lighter opponents while San Francisco beat Hawaii but lost to Utah and UCLA. Pretty even matchup with Mitchell favored at #1 but everything else is a near toss-up. Coin flip says Boise State wins a close one. Prediction: Boise State 4-2 (Result: Boise State 4-3)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Nils Skajaa (SF 12.62) vs. Toby Mitchell (BSU 13.19)
2. Thomas Takemoto (SF 12.65) vs. Kyle Butters (BSU 12.83)
3. Vaso Valverde (SF 12.63) vs. Brian Foley (BSU 12.33)
4. Ryan Marker (SF 12.54) vs. Abraham Hewko (BSU 12.47)
5. Ty Maguire (SF 11.95) vs. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.49)
6. Woravin Kumthonkittikul (SF 12.06) vs. Tillman Haynes (BSU 11.60)
B. Christian Brockstedt (SF 11.33) vs. Pedro Cavalcante (BSU 12.36)

#68 Fresno State [4] at #5 Texas A&M [1] - 4pm est/3pm cst Live Scoring/Video - This will be Fresno State's dual-match opener while Texas A&M beat up on Lamar and USTA last weekend. Aggies cruise to a shutout behind singles wins from Vinsant, Arconada, and Lunkin. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-0 (Result: Texas A&M 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.51) vs. Euan McIntosh (FS 12.96)
2. #29 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.03) vs. Nikolas Papic (FS 12.49)
3. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.77) vs. Youssef Hassan (FS 11.85)
4. Harrison Adams (aTm 12.91) vs. Mantas Bugailiskis (FS 12.00)
5. AJ Catanzariti (aTm 13.51) vs. Jeremy Moser (FS 12.00)
6. Max Lunkin (aTm 13.41) vs. Patrik Pech (FS 13.13)
B. Jackson Withrow (aTm 13.87)/Jakob Keppelmann (FS 11.24)

Regional Final: Texas A&M def. Boise State 4-0 - this one won't be any closer than A&M's match with Fresno State. (Result: Texas A&M 4-0)

Columbia Regional (Sun/Mon) - Dick Savitt TC - New York, New York

#14 Virginia Tech [2] vs. #18 Stanford [3] - 10am est  Va Tech/Stanford Twitter - Stanford opened up its season with a pair of shutouts over Sacramento State and UC Davis while Virginia Tech went to Alabama and won 5-2. This should be a good one and possibly the match of the Kick-Off Weekend. I'm going to take Stanford in doubles and then I think this one probably comes down to how well Stanford's freshmen can handle the pressure at #5 and #6. This is one of the toughest to predict but I'm going with Wilczynski, Genender, and Kumar for Stanford and Monteiro, Bjerrehus, and Tessaro for Virginia Tech. Prediction: Stanford 4-3 (Result: Stanford 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.26) vs. #19 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.54)
2. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.49) vs. #57 David Wilczynski (ST 13.76)
3. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.84) vs. #89 Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.27)
4. #46 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.73) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.10)
5. Aaron Gomez (VT 13.16) vs. #61 Michael Genender (ST 13.70)
6. Jai Corbett (VT 13.38) vs. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.92)
B. Mitch Harper (VT 13.12)/Yale Goldberg (ST 12.48)

#22 Minnesota [4] at #16 Columbia [1] 2pm est  Columbia/Minnesota Twitter - This is Columbia's dual-match opener while Minnesota hammered DePaul and South Dakota State last weekend. Columbia had to replace its top 4 starters from last year's team and its new #1 Shawn Hadavi played at #6 last season. Minnesota had to replace 3 starters but they returned the guys that played at #2, #3, and #4 last season. I'll take Minnesota in doubles and Spec and Corwin in singles but Columbia will win at 3, 4, 5, and 6 to pull it out in front of the loud home crowd. Prediction: Columbia 4-2 (Result: Columbia 4-0)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.58) vs. Matic Spec (MN 13.66)
2. Victor Pham (CU 13.84) vs. #101 Felix Corwin (MN 13.87)
3. Eric Rubin (CU 13.54) vs. #95 Ruben Weber (MN 13.34)
4. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.67) vs. Josip Krstanovic (MN 12.40)
5. Richard Pham (CU 12.99) vs. Justyn Levin (MN 12.35)
6. Tim Wang (CU 13.35) vs. Marino Alpeza (MN 12.37)
B. Michal Rolski (CU 12.71)/Jeremy Lynn (MN 11.79)

Regional Final: Stanford def. Columbia 4-1 - Stanford will be coming off a gut-wrenching win over Virginia Tech but they'll have enough left in the tank to get the win. Cardinal in doubles and Fawcett, Romanowicz, and Genender in singles. (Result: Columbia 4-3)

Wake Forest Regional (Sun/Mon) - Wake Forest TC - Winston-Salem, NC

#59 Auburn [4] at #11 Wake Forest [1] 11am est  Live Scoring/Video/Blog - Wake opened up with a pair of 8-1 wins over East Tennessee State and North Florida while Auburn blanked the mighty Citadel twice. Hinnisdaels and Krickovic will give Chrysochos and Mansouri all they want up top but Wake chomps down on Aubbie down low. I like Wake in doubles and Ho, Uspensky and Seraphim in singles. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0 (Result: Wake Forest 4-1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.08) vs. #96 Max Hinnisdaels (AU 13.67)
2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.14) vs. #100 Marko Krickovic (AU 13.49)
3. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.86) vs. Dante Saleh (AU 13.17)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.12) vs. Connor Huertas (AU 12.91)
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.60) vs. Brandon Laubser (AU 12.33)
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.43) vs. Olle Thestrup (AU 12.64)
B. Maksim Kan (WF 13.20)/Joseph Van Dooren (AU 12.47)

#43 Tennessee [2] vs. #54 Cal Poly [3] 2pm est  Live Scoring/Video/Tennessee Blog (TBD) - Tennessee is off to a 4-0 start after breezing past Mercer, North Florida, Eastern Kentucky, and Southern Illinois while this will be Cal Poly's season opener. Tennessee has a young team with 5 underclassmen in the starting 6 and while Cal Poly has a shot at #1 and #2 they don't have shots anywhere else. Prediction: Tennessee 4-0 (Result: Tennessee 4-2)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #75 Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.18) vs. Ben Donovan (CP 13.41)
2. Luis Valero (UT 13.39) vs. Garrett Auproux (CP 12.78)
3. Timo Stodder (UT 14.11) vs. Cory Pang (CP 12.93)
4. Jack Schipanksi (UT 13.04) vs. Axel Damiens (CP 12.54)
5. Preston Touliatos UT 12.62) vs. Josh Ortlip (CP 13.40)
6. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT 13.40) vs. Aiku Shintani (CP 12.03)
B. Jack Heslin (UT 13.18)/Karl Enander (CP 12.02)

Regional Final: Wake Forest def. Tennessee 4-0 - The Vols will put up more resistance than Auburn but Wake still rolls by taking the doubles point and getting singles wins from Mansouri, Bogaerts, and Uspensky. (Result: Wake Forest 4-0)

Published in Blogs
There were just 4 matches on the Friday's schedule and none of them were particularly close with USC, Tulane, Illinois, and Northwestern each rolling into the second round.

Tulane started off the day by really taking it to Pepperdine with the Green Wave cruising to the doubles point and then getting runaway singles wins from Dominik Koepfer, Sebastian Rey, and Chi-Shan Jao at 1, 4, and 6. 

USC sat its #1 Max DeVroome and still rolled to a 7-0 win over UC Davis in a match where all courts were played to conclusion which is something that I like to see. The only Trojan to drop a set was newcomer Laurens Verboven who dropped his opening set before rallying to win in 3-sets at #2 singles. 

I think the USC/Tulane match is going to come down to the final court and it wouldn't surprise me at all to see Tulane pull off the upset. 

#37 Tulane 4, #33 Pepperdine 0
Jan 22, 2016 at Los Angeles (Marks Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Stefan Menichella (PU) 6-2, 6-2
2. #63 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PU) 6-1, 5-5, unf
3. Lautaro Pane (PU) vs. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 6-2, 3-5, unf
4. #111 Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Gabriel Sidney (PU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Nikolas Tukic (TLN) vs. Tom Hill (PU) 6-2, 4-2, unf
6. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Jack Van Slyke (PU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #17 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Pedro Iamachkine/Lautaro Pane (PU) 6-2
2. Ian Van Cott/Alex Van Cott (TLN) def. Tom Hill/Stefan Menichella (PU) 6-2
3. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) vs. Jack Van Slyke/Gabriel Sidney (PU) 5-4, unf
Match Notes:
Tulane 3-0; National ranking #37
Pepperdine 0-1; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,1,6)

Comments from Tulane's recap:
"This was a great team effort from start to finish, Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras stated. "We came out with a bang in doubles, stuck to the game plans, stayed aggressive and got the point to give us nice momentum into the singles round.

"In singles, we were up a break or more on all six matches within the first 15 minutes so that kept the momentum rolling, Booras added. "Pepperdine kept on fighting and turned it around on some of the courts but our guys stayed focused and closed well to finish them off.

 "There was a lot of good energy from both teams today and I liked how our guys stayed focused with their emotions and tactics throughout the match, Booras concluded. "We'll need to turn right around and do the same tomorrow to put ourselves in a good position to be successful.

#8 USC 7, #57 UC Davis 0
Jan. 22, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
(1) Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Adamson/Levie (UCD) - 6-1
(2) de Vroome/Jaede (USC) def. Bacharach/Whittle (UCD) - 6-2
(3) DeVine/T. Smith (USC) vs. Lam/Wade (UCD) - 4-3 susp.
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 2
(1) #41 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #38 Alec Adamson (UCD) - 6-1, 6-0
(2) Laurens Verboven (USC) def. James Wade (UCD) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
(3) #69 Logan Smith (USC) def. Brett Bacharach (UCD) - 7-6 (4), 6-4
(4) #83 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Bryce McKelvie (UCD) - 7-5, 7-5
(5) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Everett Maltby (UCD) - 6-2, 6-4
(6) Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Eli Whittle (UCD) - 6-2, 6-4*
Order of finish: 1, 5, 6*, 4, 2, 3

I figured Illinois would beat Notre Dame but I didn't think they'd dominate like they did on Friday night. The Illini won the doubles point with a couple of new pairings and then Aleks Vukic and the Hiltzik Brothers cleaned up at 1, 2, and 3 to give Illinois the 4-0 win.

Northwestern jumped on Tulsa by taking the doubles point with 6-3 wins at #1 and #3 and then picked up singles wins from Konrad Zieba, Strong Kirchheimer, and Fedor Baev. Tulsa got a win from Juan Matias-Gonzalez at #5 but couldn't get any traction anywhere else. 

#7 Illinois 4, Notre Dame 0
January 22, 2016 - Champaign/Urbana, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-3, 6-4 
2. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-0, 6-2 
3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4, 6-2 
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL) vs. Josh Hagar (ND) 6-2, 4-3, unf
5. Grayson Broadus (ND) vs. Alex Jesse (ILL) 6-6(5-6) unf
6. Asher Hirsh (ILL) vs. Nicolas Montoya (ND) 6-1, 5-3, unf.
Doubles Results
1. No. 6 Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) 7-5 
2. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) 6-4 
3. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) def. Grayson Broadus/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-3

"I have a ton of respect for Notre Dame and their coaching staff, so to get through that match without dropping a set tells me our guys were ready to go in singles play," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We are looking forward to another great challenge tomorrow.

#25 Northwestern 4, #24 Tulsa 1
January 22, 2016 - Champaign/Urbana, IL (Atkins Tennis Center) 
Singles Results
1. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU) def. #51 Or Ram-Harel (TU), 6-4, 6-2
2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NU) vs. Carlos Bautista (TU), 2-6, 6-4, 5-3, unf
3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Majed Kilani (TU), 7-6, 6-3*
4. Fedor Baev (NU) def. Matthew Kirby (TU), 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
5. Juan Matias-Gonzalez (TU) def. Alp Horoz (NU), 7-5, 6-2
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TU), 3-6, 7-5, 3-2 unf
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 3*
Doubles Results
1. #52 Baev/Kirchheimer (NU) def. McCloskey/Kirby (TU), 6-3
2. Zieba/Shropshire (NU) vs. Kellerman/Kellerman (TU), 5-5 unf
3. Kumar/Horoz (NU) def. Matias-Gonzalez/Bautista (TU), 6-3*
Order of Finish: 1, 3*

"The guys fought very hard today," head coach Arvid Swan said. "Tulsa is a very good team, and the match was extremely competitive. It was great to see a complete team effort with singles and doubles."

"We expect another competitive match tomorrow against either Illinois or Notre Dame," Swan said. "There is a lot on the line with a spot at national indoors."

The biggest surprised of the day took place off the court as Cal announced that it'd be unable to make it to Durham, North Carolina due to the bad weather taking over much of the east coast.
I had actually picked Cal to win the regional but with them out that opens the door for Duke since they'll be able to get a walkover into the regional final.
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The 2016 ITA Kick-Off Weekend kicked into overdrive today with action taking place at 13 different sites across the country. There was supposed to be tennis at all 15 regional sites but due to the winter weather hammering the East Coast play at Columbia and Wake Forest was pushed back a day so those 2 regionals will play Sunday and Monday.

While most of the matches were routine 4-0 or 4-1 wins there were a few barn burners with the most drama taking place in Los Angeles between USC and Tulane and in Columbus (OH) between Denver and South Carolina.

We'll start off in LA for the second round match between the host and #1 seed USC and the #3 seed Tulane. The Green Wave jumped USC in doubles and took the point in just 25 minutes with a 6-1 win at #1 and a 6-2 win at #3. Tulane kept the momentum going in singles by taking the opening set at 1, 2, 3, and 6 with USC getting no more than 3 games in each of those sets.

USC was in desperate need of some good news and it got some at #4 and #5 when Jake DeVine and Logan Smith closed out their opponents in straight sets. DeVine's 6-2, 6-1 win over Nikolas Tukic only took 55 minutes while Smith's 6-2, 6-4 win over Sebastian Rey was right at 85 minutes. Sandwiched in between those wins was Dominik Koepfer's 6-3, 6-3 win over Max de Vroome at #1 so the match was all square at 2-2.

Tulane's Constantin Schmitz only needed 19 minutes to take a 6-0 opening set over USC's Nick Crystal however Crystal wasn't quite ready to quit. Crystal would take his first lead of the match when he broke Schmitz to go up 3-2 in second and just a few minutes later he'd find himself serving for the set up 5-2. Schmitz denied Crystal not once but twice to get the match back on serve at 5-5 but Crystal would regroup and break back and then hold to take the second set 7-5. Below is set point courtesy of USC:

Crystal would break immediately to start the third set and then consolidated the break with a hold to go up 2-0. After 4 consecutive holds Crystal would break again to go 5-2 and then he'd serve it out to seal the come from behind 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 win in a match that took right at 90 minutes.

USC's first lead of the match would be short-lived because 5 minutes later Tulane would regain the momentum and even the match at 3-3 when Alex Van Cott closed out Laurens Verboven 6-3, 7-5 at #3. The last match on court was at #6 with Tulane's Chi-Shan Jao facing USC's Thibault Forget. Jao took the opening set 6-3 but Forget got the second 6-2. Jao broke Forget's 1-1 service game to go up 2-1 in the third but Forget broke right back to even it at 2-2. Jao broke back and then held to go up 4-2 so now Tulane was just 2 games away from pulling off a huge win over USC in the Trojans own house.

Forget won 4 games in a row to close out the second set and go up 1-0 in the third so he was probably thinking I did it then so why not now. Forgot held for 3-4 and followed it up with a break to even it at 4-4. Forget held again to go up 5-4 then he'd break to clinch the win and save USC from what would have been a gut wrenching loss. With the win USC wins the regional and is now heading back to the National Team Indoors in Charlottesville in 3 weeks. Below is match point courtesy of USC:

#8 USC 4, #37 Tulane 3
Jan 23, 2016 at Los Angeles (Marks Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.26) def. #115 Max de Vroome (USC 13.97) 6-3, 6-3
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.07) def. #63 Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.67) 0-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.88) def. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.71) 6-3, 7-5
4. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.75) def. #111 Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.65) 6-2, 6-4
5. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.45) def. Nikolas Tukic (TLN 11.68) 6-2, 6-1
6. Thibault Forget (USC 13.12) def. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.47) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 6-1
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 4-3, unfinished
3. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Jake DeVine/Tanner Smith (USC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Tulane 3-1; National ranking #37
USC 2-0; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,4,2,3,6)

Comments from Tulane's recap
"We played a very tough match today against a very solid team, but just came up a little short, Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras said. "Got a great start in doubles by playing aggressive with a lot of positive energy. Then got a great start in singles too by winning four of six first sets, but just didn't shut the door in a couple spots.

"We were clearly in the driver's seat for a while and had the momentum in our favor, but just let our foot off the gas and let them back in the match, Booras added. "I know this type of loss is going to sting for a bit but I also know this group of guys and how determined they are. I know they will learn from this experience so they can keep on growing as a team.

While the USC from California came from behind to win the USC from South Carolina wouldn't be as fortunate. South Carolina locked horns with Denver in the 2 versus 3 matchup in the Ohio State Regional and things started off on the right foot for the Gamecocks after taking the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2. South Carolina's Gabriel Friedrich saw his first action since having knee surgery in November but he and his doubles partner Yancy Dennis lost quickly at #3. Friedrich was originally slotted at #2 singles but the knee must not have been 100% because he was pulled from the lineup which forced South Carolina to move everyone but its #1 up a spot.

Denver turned it around in singles by taking opening sets at 1, 2, 3, and 5 while South Carolina scrapped out a pair at 4 and 6. Alex Gasson put the Pioneers on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Sam Swank at #5 and then David Fox would them ahead with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Andrew Schafer at #4. SC's Wood Benton tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jesse Ruder-Hook at #6 but Denver's Henry Craig would answer with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Harrison O'Keefe at #2.

Denver was a point away from the win and its #1 Diogo Rocha was serving for the match at #1 leading Alex Fennell, 6-4, 5-4. Fennell would break back and hold for 6-5 and then have 2 set points on Rocha's serve but Rocha fought them both off to force a tiebreak. Fennell would pull out the tiebreak 7-4 to send the match into a third set and give the Gamecocks some new life. Thomas Mayronne would tie the match at 3-3 with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2) win over Yannik James in a back and forth tilt so now the focus was back on the final set between Fennell and Rocha.

Rocha would sprint out to a 4-1* lead in the final set but Fennell clawed his way back to tie it up at 4-4 after winning the deciding point on his 3-4 service game. Rocha held to go up 5-4 but Fennell quickly followed suit to even it at 5-5. Rocha went up 40-30 on his next service game and had a put away tapper at the net with Fennell pulled off the court but he managed to dump it into the tape to bring up the deciding point. Fennell would quickly get control of the deciding point when Rocha left a forehand short and as he came to the net Rocha went for the pass but his cross court shot went wide. Fennell just needed 4 points on his serve but he wouldn't get a singles point as Rocha broke at love with a volley winner, overhead smash, a forehand winner, and lastly a Fennell error.

Rocha quickly gave the momentum away by double faulting on the opening point of the match deciding tiebreak and then he pushed a forehand wide to go down 0-2*. Fennell, sensing an opportunity to put the match away, came forward on the next 2 points but Rocha passed him on both to tie it at *2-2. Rocha gave the mini-break back to Fennell when he netted a volley along the sideline but Rocha would get it back on the next point when he looped a forehand crosscourt for a winner. Fennell originally called the ball out but he reversed his call before the chair overruled him. After the changeover Fennell had 1 more point on his serve and he'd retake the lead at 4-3 when Rocha netted a forehand. With Rocha serving at 3-4, he'd hit a nice flat forehand down the line that Fennell could only get a portion of the frame on and then Rocha went 5-4 after winning a long point with a volley winner at the net. Fennell pushed a forehand wide on the next point and now he faced a pair of match points at *4-6. After Rocha left a forehand short, Fennell came to the net but Rocha hit a perfect shot right at his feet and he was unable to scoop it up and that was all she wrote.

Note: For it's worth I went 22-1 on the day predicting matches with this being the only one I missed - I was banking on Friedrich playing in singles.

#52 Denver 4, #51 South Carolina 3
Jan 23, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
1. #45 Diogo Rocha (DU 13.31) def. #116 Alex Fennell (SC 13.12) 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(4)
2. Henry Craig (DU 13.56) def. #65 Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.54) 7-6(3), 6-3 
3. David Fox (DU 12.96) def. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.39) 6-3, 6-4
4. Thomas Mayronne (SC 12.99) def. Yannik James (DU 12.92) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2)
5. Alex Gasson (DU 12.94) def. Sam Swank (SC 12.79) 6-3, 6-2 
6. Wood Benton (SC 12.55) def. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DU 11.87) 6-2, 6-4 
1. Alex Fennell/Thomas Mayronne (SC) def. #11 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DU) 7-5 
2. Sam Swank/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) def. Diogo Rocha/Yannik James (DU) 6-4
3. David Fox/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DU) def. Gabriel Friedrich/Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-1 
Match Notes: 
Denver 0-0; National ranking #52
South Carolina 2-0; National ranking #51 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,3,6,2,4,1)

Comments from South Carolina's recap:
"Today, we ran into a good Denver team that was able to come out on top there at the end. Going into the match, our team knew that it was going to be tough not having our full lineup out there, but I'm very proud of our team for sticking around long enough to put us in a position to win the match. We came up a little short, but we believe good things are ahead for this team. We'll need to recover quickly from the long matches because we'll need to be in good form against Wichita State tomorrow."

On a breezy day with temperatures in the 50s it was South Florida outlasting in-state rival Florida State 4-3 in a match that lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes. Florida State really took it to USF in doubles winning at #1 and #3 and leading at #2 when they clinched the point. The teams split opening sets with Cid, Cotrone, and Kalyuzhnyy banking them for USF while Rinaldi, Dougaz, and Whitehurst picked them up for FSU. Dominic Cotrone, FSU's #1 two seasons ago, finished quickly with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Marco Nunez at #2 but Terrance Whitehurst put FSU back ahead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ignacio Gonzalez at #6. Roberto Cid evened it at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Benjamin Lock at #1 and then Vadym Kalyuzhnyy gave the Bulls its first lead of the day after he gutted out a 7-6, 6-4 win over Jose Gracia at #5.

USF needed just 1 of the remaining courts and it looked like Justin Roberts might provide the clincher after he went up 2-0 in the third against FSU's Aziz Dougaz.  Dougaz, who just joined the team in January, rattled off the next 4 games to go 4-2 and would ultimately close Roberts out 6-4 in the third to even the match at 3-3.

Shortly after Dougaz won at #4, USF's Sasha Gozun would take the second set at #2 to make it a winner take all set between he and FSU's Michael Rinaldi. The FSU senior would hold serve to start the third set but he wouldn't another game as Gozun took the next 6 games to seal the win.

#13 South Florida 4, #31 FSU 3
January 23, 2016 USF Varsity Tennis Courts, Tampa, Fla.
1. #17 Roberto Cid (USF 14.41) def. #15 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.13), 6-3, 6-1
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.31) def. #77 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.30), 6-2, 6-2
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.41), 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-1
4. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.26) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.23), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.36) def. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.31), 7-6 (5), 6-4
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 12.75) def. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.48), 6-3, 6-3
1. Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. Cotrone/Roberts (USF), 6-3
2. #55 Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FSU) vs. Gozun/Kalyuzhnyy (USF), 5-3, dnf
3. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Cid/Gonzalez (USF), 6-2
Match Notes: 
South Florida 1-0; National ranking #13
Florida State 3-1; National ranking #31 
Order of Finish Singles: 2,6,1,5,4,3; Doubles: 3,1

Comments from USF's recap:
"The crowd helped a lot, Gozun said. "We had a huge crowd this match and the team was pumping me up. I knew if I could've gotten to the third set, I would've won.

"Roberto did an exceptional job against one of the best players in the country, head coach Matt Hill said. "He really fought his way through that match and handled the situation and environment really well.

"I was telling him after the match, as a coach, you don't know how that's going to play out with so many emotions involved. I mean he's got friends on the team, it's just a lot going on in his head during that match, Hill said.  "I told him what an exceptional job being a professional, taking care of business, and sticking to the plan that was put forth before him.

"It takes a lot to beat Florida State in the first place, to drop to doubles against them and still get the win, Hill said. "It's a huge accomplishment for these guys.

Comments from FSU's Dwayne Hultquist:
"It was a great tennis match considering we were playing in pretty adverse cold and wind conditions. I was pleased with how we played doubles and Terrance did a great job today and has been good this spring. He showed a lot of maturity beating an experienced player.

"All the matches are important, but the match came down to Michael and I thought Gozun controlled more of the points in the latter part of the second and third sets. It would have been helpful for our team if one of our first set losses had come back and won the second set. That would have stretched the match out to our advantage.

Illinois capped off an extremely successful weekend by shutting out in-state Big Ten rival Northwestern 4-0 to win the regional and book its spots at the National Team Indoors in Charlottesville in 3 weeks.

The Illini won the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 then picked up singles wins from Jared Hiltzik and Julian Childers at #2 and #4 before Aleks Vukic clinched it with a 3-set win at #1 over Konrad Zieba.  Below are the clinching moments from each of the singles matches courtesy of Illinois (Hiltzik, Childers, Vukic)

#7 Illinois 4, #25 Northwestern 0
Jan 23, 2016 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) def. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.22) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) def. #50 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.71) 6-2, 6-2
3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64) vs. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.94) 4-6, 6-4, *0-1, unf
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.20) def. Fedor Baev (NU 13.00) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
5. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.92) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.04) 6-2, 5-7, unf
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79) vs. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.87) 6-3, 4-6, 1-2*, unf
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. #52 Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-3
2. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 2-5, unf
3. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Northwestern 3-1; National ranking #25
Illinois 3-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,1)
Official: Doug Rice T-2:15

Comments from Illinois's recap:
"It's exciting to advance this weekend," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We obviously love playing at home and having our home crowd behind us. I think we have had a really good couple weeks of preparation and our guys have been really focused."

Usually every year there's at least one host that gets knocked off and this year that was Texas. Florida grabbed a pretty close doubles point with a 6-3 win at #2 and a 6-4 win at #3 and then the Gators picked up four opening sets with Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Jordan Belga each finishing in straight sets.

Florida will meet Texas Tech in the regional final after the Red Raiders blanked Ole Miss 4-0. Tech took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 then picked up straight set wins from Dojas, Cailleau, and Thomson at 2, 4, and 6 to seal the shutout.

#21 Florida 4, #20 Texas 0
Jan 23, 2016 at Austin, TX (Weller Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles Order of Finish: 2, 3
1. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT) vs. Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 5-5, susp.
2. Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-3
3. Perez-Blanco/Wardell (UF) def. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) 6-4
Singles Order of Finish:  1, 6, 2
1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.64)  6-2, 6-1
2. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.94) def. Harrison Scott (UT 13.44) 6-4, 7-5
3. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.51) vs. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.56) 6-4, 0-6, 2-1, susp.
4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.84) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.58) 6-2, 6-6, susp
5. #114 Michael Riechmann (UT 12.96) vs. #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.48) 7-6(10), 5-5, susp.
6. Jordan Belga (UF 12.80) def. John Mee (UT 13.44), 6-3, 6-2

"Our freshmen are getting after it," said UT head coach Michael Center.  "Harrison Scott really fought hard today. Rodrigo (Banzer) just got here, and he was up a break in the third (set) against one of the best freshmen in the country.  We've got a lot of work to do, and we don't have time to hang our heads.  We've got another tough match tomorrow.  I give Florida credit, they did a nice job. "

What Coach Shelton Says 
"Our guys competed well today. We certainly were not sharp on every court, but we hung in there with good attitudes. We did have a few spots that played very well, but we'll need to pick it up tomorrow. We are really looking forward to the battle."

#15 Texas Tech 4, #17 Ole Miss 0
01/23/16 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #8 Felipe Soares (TT 14.00) vs. #36 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.02) 7-5, 2-5, unf
2. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.75) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.73) 6-1, 7-5
3. #33 Alex Sendegeya (TT 14.09) vs. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.60) 6-7 (2-7), 5-3, unf
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.20) def. Grey Hamilton (OM 12.90) 6-1, 6-3
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.23) vs. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.85) 2-6, 6-2, 2-0, unf
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.71) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM 12.83) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Filip Kraljevic/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-3
2. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-2
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) vs. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 2-5, unf
Match Notes
Ole Miss 1-1; National ranking #17
Texas Tech 7-0; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,2)
ITA Kickoff Weekend - First Round

Comments from Texas Tech recap
"We didn't play our best tennis, and I thought we played a little uptight at first," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "That's expected when you go on the road for the first time. I thought the six matches we played last weekend helped us out a lot during today's action. Hugo (Dojas) played a great singles match. Jolan (Cailleau) and Bjorn (Thomson) are rolling and playing solid tough singles. All three did a great job of executing their game plans today."

"I want us to play a little more relaxed and play with better intensity tomorrow against Florida," Masi said. "We can't have the valleys we had today, and we can't let our play dip into our emotions. We're a lot better team when we play with fire and energy. Florida is solid one through six in the lineup. We'll need to play with intensity so we can fire on all cylinders."

Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We had some tough matches today, and it really could have gone either way. We have to get ready to bounce back tomorrow against another good team in Texas.

Below are all of Saturday's scores with #3 seeds going 8-3 against the #2. 

1st Round:
[1] TCU def. [4] San Diego State 4-0
[1] Texas A&M def. [4] Fresno State 4-0
[1] Oklahoma def. [4] Utah State 4-0
[1] UCLA def [4] SMU 4-0
[1] Georgia def. [4] UC Santa Barbara 4-0
[1] Ohio State def. [4] Wichita State 4-0
[1] North Carolina def. [4] Indiana 4-1
[1] Baylor def. [4] UC Irvine 4-1
[1] South Florida def. [4] Florida State 4-3
[4] Florida def. [1] Texas 4-0

[3] Memphis def. [2] Louisville 4-0
[3] Denver def. [2] South Carolina 4-3
[3] Texas Tech def. [2] Ole Miss 4-0
[3] Boise State def. [2] San Francisco 4-3
[3] Georgia Tech def. [2] New Mexico 4-0
[3] Troy def. [2] UTSA 4-0
[3] LSU def. [2] Mississippi State 4-1
[3] NC State def. [2] Drake 4-2
[2] San Diego def. [3] Vanderbilt 4-0
[2] Oklahoma State def. [3] Harvard 4-0
[2] Oregon def. [3] Old Dominion 4-1

2nd Round (Winners Match)
[1] USC def. [3] Tulane 4-3
[1] Illinois def. [2] Northwestern 4-0

2nd Round (Consolation Match)
[4] UC Davis def. [2] Pepperdine 4-3
[3] Tulsa def. [4] Notre Dame 4-3

Sunday Schedule:

#14 Virginia Tech [2] vs. #18 Stanford [3] (New York) - 10am est  Va Tech/Stanford Twitter
#59 Auburn [4] at #11 Wake Forest [1] 1pm est  Live Scoring/Video/Blog
#22 Minnesota [4] at #16 Columbia [1] 2pm est  Columbia/Minnesota Twitter
#43 Tennessee [2] vs. #54 Cal Poly [3] (Winston-Salem) 4pm est  Live Scoring/Video/Tennessee Blog (TBD)

C=Consolation  W=Winner Bracket (Regional Final)
C - #37 Louisville [2] vs. #48 UCSB [4] (Athens) 9am est 
C - #35 Drake [2] vs. #50 Indiana [4] (Chapel Hill) 9:30am est 
C - #29 Mississippi State [2] vs. #31 Florida State [4]  (Tampa) 10am est 
C - #51 South Carolina [2] vs. #71 Wichita State [4] (Columbus) 10am est
C - #17 Ole Miss [2] at #20 Texas [1] 11am est/10am cst 
C - #66 UTSA [2] vs. Utah State [4] (Norman) 11am est/10am cst 
W - #19 San Diego [2] at #23 Duke [1] 12pm est
C - #70 UC Irvine [4] vs. #56 Old Dominion [3] (Waco) 1pm est/12pm cst
C - #65 San Francisco [4] vs. #68 Fresno State [4] (College Station) 1pm est/12pm cst
W - #40 NC State [3] at #10 North Carolina [1] 1pm est 
W - #52 Denver [3] at #9 Ohio State [1] 1pm est
C - #62 New Mexico [2] vs. #46 SMU [4] (Los Angeles/UCLA) 1pm est/10am pst
W - #28 Oklahoma State [2] at #3 TCU [1] 2pm est/1pm cst
W - #15 Texas Tech [3] vs. #21 Florida [4] (Austin) 2pm est/1pm cst 
W - #30 LSU [3] at #13 South Florida [1] 2pm est 
W - #64 Troy [3] at #2 Oklahoma [1] 3pm est/2pm cst 
W - #49 Oregon [2]  at #4 Baylor [1] 4pm est/3pm cst
W - #59 Boise State [3] at #6 Texas A&M [1] 4pm est/3pm cst
W - #42 Georgia Tech [3] at #12 UCLA [1] 4pm est/1pm pst
W - #44 Memphis [3] at #6 Georgia [1] 5pm est
C - #32 Harvard [3] vs. #39 San Diego State [4] (Fort Worth) 5pm est/4pm cst

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Saturday, 30 January 2016 12:21

Saturday Preview - USC/FLA, UCLA/UGA, UNC/ILL

Typically during the regular season we don't see a ton of great matches on Saturday but today we get 3 with 2 of them taking place at UCLA and the other at North Carolina. What's kind of interesting is that all 6 of these teams played each other on the same day 364 days ago. Last year North Carolina went to Illinois and USC and UCLA went to Athens to play Georgia and Florida. I'd consider almost all 3 of these matches as toss-ups with a lot depending on who plays and where they play.

It's always easier to make predictions on these matches when I know the lineups in advance like I do for the Kick-Off Weekend, National Indoors, and NCAAs. During these non-conference matches you see a lot of guys moved around plus there are always a few guys battling some injuries so you never know who will play and will sit until match time.

Regardless I'll still give it the old college try and try to improve on my 41-5 record on this young season.

#6 Georgia (2-0) at #12 UCLA (3-0) - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring - This will be UCLA's first big test of the year after the Bruins beat SMU and Georgia Tech last weekend while Georgia is coming off wins over UCSB and Memphis. We already know that Georgia's #105 Walker Duncan (13.49), who played at #4 last week, is a no-go due to a foot injury but what we don't know is if Nick Wood (13.61), who would likely play at #4 or #5, is going to be ready after missing last week's matches with a wrist injury. UCLA's big gun Mackenzie McDonald (14.98) is coming back from a wrist fracture and after missing last week's matches it sounds like he'll be a game-time decision. My best guess is that neither Wood or McDonald will play so I'll proceed under those assumptions. While UCLA has played all its matches outdoors this will be Georgia's first time stepping out into the sun so that could play a role too.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #28 Austin Smith (UGA 14.28) vs. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.82)
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.22) vs. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.93)
3. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.80) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.22)
4. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.67) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.51)
5. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.24) vs. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA 13.49)
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.26) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.36)
Depth: Nick Wood (UGA 13.61); Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.17)

Neither team has dropped the doubles point this season but UCLA has looked a little better even without Mackie playing. I'm going to take UCLA in doubles and Karue Sell, Logan Staggs, and Joseph DiGiulio in singles while Georgia will get wins from Austin Smith, Wayne Montgomery, and Emil Reinberg. I'll take the home team in this one but if Georgia can find a way to win at #4 or #5 they could end up stealing it. Prediction: UCLA 4-3 

Last Year's Meeting:

#7 Georgia 4, #4 UCLA 2
Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
3. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
4. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
5. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Karue Sell (UCLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-5, 1-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #11 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #16 Oosterbaan/Wagland (UGA) 6-3
2. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5
3. #53 Nathan Pasha/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Austin Rapp/Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-3
Match Notes
UCLA 3-1; National ranking #4
Georgia 3-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown - Official: Clark Weaver
T-3:19 A-630

#20 Florida (3-1) vs. #8 USC (2-0) - 1pm est/10am pst - Live Scoring - USC is coming off a nail-biting 4-3 win over Tulane while Florida lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Texas Tech after leading 3-1. As far as I know USC's starters are all healthy while Florida's Gordon Watson has only played doubles but if he was completely healthy I assume he'd be in the singles lineup as well. I'd be surprised to see USC put out the same lineup today that they put out last weekend and I look for Laurens Verboven to drop down some (if not out of the starting 6) while Logan Smith and Jake DeVine come up a spot. I think Florida probably plays the same guys at 1 through 6 though I wouldn't be surprised to see Alfredo Perez possibly moved up to #2 after the way he's been playing.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #31 Diego Hidalgo (UF 13.95) vs. #115 Max de Vroome (USC 13.95)
2. #49 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.79) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.10)
3. #91 Alfredo Perez (UF 13.98) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.76)
4. #62 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.90) vs. #83 Jake DeVine (USC 13.51)
5. #97 McClain Kessler (UF 13.53) vs. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.54)
6. Maxx Lipman (UF 13.30) vs. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.26)
Depth: Gordon Watson (UF 13.53); Jack Jaede (USC 13.48), Rob Bellamy (USC 13.38)

Florida has yet to drop the doubles point while USC dropped the point to Tulane last weekend. I like the Gators in doubles and the 2 freshmen, Alfredo Perez and McClain Kessler, in singles but USC gets wins from Max de Vroome, Nick Crystal, Jake DeVine, and Thibault Forget at 1, 2, 4, and 6 to pull out another tight one. Prediction: USC 4-3

Last Year's Meeting:

#1 Southern California 5, #17 Florida 2
Jan. 31, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2, 7-5
3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Eric Johnson (USC) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
5. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 6-2, 7-5
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Jordan Belga (UF) 7-6(5), 2-6, 1-0(6)
Doubles competition
1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #32 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4
3. #43 Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (UF) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 6-5, unf
Match Notes:
Southern California 4-0; National ranking #1
Florida 3-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,5)
SEC/Pac-12 Showdown Official: Clark Weaver 
T-3:36 A-189

#7 Illinois (4-0) at #10 North Carolina (4-0) - 6pm est - Live Scoring - The Illini are coming off a tough 4-3 win on the road at Duke while North Carolina got pushed pretty hard from Indiana and NC State last weekend. Both Brayden Schnur and Ronnie Schneider struggled last weekend so it'll be interesting to see how they play tonight. Julian Childers is coming off a blowout loss to Duke's Vincent Lin so it'll be interesting to see if he can regroup.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.11) vs. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09)
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) vs. #13 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.00)
3. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.75) vs. #43 Brett Clark (UNC 13.75)
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.37) vs. Jack Murray (UNC 13.76)
5. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.89) vs. #47 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.86)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.16)
Depth: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.07); Bo Boyden (UNC 13.13)

Both teams are undefeated in doubles play but while Illinois has dropped a few individual courts North Carolina has yet to lose anywhere. It's tough to go against Jared Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic at the top of the lineup so I think they both gets wins but I'm not sure I see anymore courts that will go the Illini's way. I like North Carolina in doubles and Jack Murray, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali in singles. If they finish at the match at #3, I'll take Clark in a 3-setter. For Illinois to get the win they would need to take the doubles point and then win two of the top three and at least one down low but I think North Carolina has a little too much going its way and will get the win at home. Prediction: North Carolina 5-2

Last Year's Meetings:

[13] North Carolina def. [4] Illinois 4-3
May 14, 2015 - Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center/Grandstand Courts)
Doubles Competition    
1. Ebsen Hess-Olesen/Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. #36 J Hiltzik/Kopinski (ILL) 8-5
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. #45 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) 7-5, UNF
3. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Blake Bazarnik/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 8-4
Singles Competition 
1. #11 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.63) def. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.60) 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.36) def. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.56) 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.20) def. #73 Brett Clark (UNC 13.84) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) def. Jack Murray (UNC 14.17) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.37) def. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 6-3, 6-2
6. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.67) def. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.40) 6-3, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,3,4,1,2)
North Carolina 24-10
Illinois 27-5

#8 Illinois 4, #6 North Carolina 3
January 31, 2015 at Champaign, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Farris Gosea (ILL) def. #2 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)
2. #31 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Brett Clark (UNC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. #62 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. #40 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #44 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Oystein Steiro/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-4
2. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-1
3. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-1
Match Notes:
North Carolina 6-1; National ranking #6
Illinois 4-1; National ranking #8

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,6,3,2,1)
Published in Blogs
Day 1 of the Pac-12/SEC Challenge belonged to the Pac-12 as #8 USC edged #20 Florida 4-3 and #12 UCLA pulled away from #6 Georgia 6-1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Year's Meeting:

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

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

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

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

Last Year's Meeting:

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

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

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

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

Last Year's Meeting:

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

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