Displaying items by tag: USC

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:01

Men's National Team Indoors - Round of 16 Previews

The draws are out and the lineups are set for the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships with play getting started on Friday at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Play gets started each day at 9am eastern and finishes each night around 9 to 10pm.

I'm going to preview each round of 16 match using the master lineups that each team submitted and I'll make my predictions as well. With this being an indoor event I'll also take into account which teams are comfortable playing indoors while others only play indoors a handful of times each season.

There will be live scoring on all 12 courts but only point-by-point scoring on courts 7-12. The same goes for streaming video in that it will only be available on courts 7-12 too.







[1] Virginia (5-0) vs. [16] San Diego (4-1) - 6:30pm est - Virginia is coming off an impressive 6-1 win over UCLA while San Diego is coming off a 7-0 loss to UCLA. This is San Diego's first trip to the National Team Indoors and it's too bad they got matched up with the host and #1 seed in the opening round. 

Overall Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 4-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 2-0
Doubles Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Alex Azaouzos (USD 12.32)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)

Virginia warmed up for the NTIs by taking it to UCLA and I think they'll probably make fairly quick work of San Diego. I like Virginia in doubles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, and Henrik Wiersholm in singles. Prediction: Virginia 4-0



[8] Oklahoma (3-2) vs. [9] Wake Forest (8-1) - 6:30pm est - Oklahoma split matches last weekend winning at Alabama 5-2 before falling to North Carolina 4-3. Wake Forest is coming off a pair of 7-0 wins after beating South Carolina at home and Tennessee on the road. Oklahoma welcomed back Andrew Harris (knee tendinitis) to its doubles lineup but it's yet to be seen if he'll be ready to play singles. John Roddick has Harris listed at #4 on the depth chart but I'd be a little surprised to see him play. Wake Forest rolled over Oklahoma just two weeks ago in Norman so it'll be interesting to see if the outcome is any different this time. Four of the six singles matches are shaping up to be rematches though if Harris plays only two would be rematches.

Overall Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Indoors Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Doubles Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 7-2

Result from 2 Weeks Ago

#11 Wake Forest 5, #2 Oklahoma 2
Jan 31, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26) def. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
2. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14) 6-2, 6-2
3. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) 7-5, 6-1
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 6-4, 4-5, retired
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.53) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61) 7-5, 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Austin Siegel/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Maxime Mora/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-4*, unf.
Match Notes
Wake Forest 5-1, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
Oklahoma 2-1, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 
O: Andrew Harris (OU 14.79)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

The return of Andrew Harris helped Oklahoma get the doubles point against North Carolina and I think OU takes it over Wake too. I think Axel Alvarez will atone for his loss to Skander Mansouri and I look for Maxime Mora to repeat his win over Dennis Uspensky however I like Wake Forest everywhere else. The one court that could swing the match the other way is #3 - if Alex Ghilea can beat Jon Ho then OU might able to pull it out. If Andrew Harris is able to play at #4 I think he probably still loses to Bogaerts while Bragusi would beat Uspensky and Seraphim would beat Mora. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3




[4] USC (5-0) vs. [13] South Florida (3-1) - 3:30pm est - USC is coming off a pair of 6-1 wins over Loyola Marymount and Grand Canyon though 7 of the 12 singles matches went three sets while South Florida blanked Minnesota 7-0 before losing to #2 Texas A&M 4-3. This will be USC's first indoor match of the season while South Florida played indoors at Minnesota.

Overall Record: USC 5-0, South Florida 3-1
Indoors Record: USC 0-0, South Florida 1-0
Doubles Record: USC 4-1, South Florida 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.46)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)

Last year USF made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Round of 16 and came up just short against Baylor. This year USF is making its first-ever National Indoor Round of 16 appearance and I think they are going to get over the hump and get a win. I like the Bulls in doubles and look for Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz to win at #1, #2, and #6. I also like Sasha Gozun at #3 for USF while I like Logan Smith and Laurens Verboven at #4 and #5 for USC. If USC were to win its best path would be the doubles point and #3, #4, and #5 singles. Prediction: South Florida 4-2



[5] TCU (3-1) vs. [12] Illinois (5-1) - 3:30pm est - TCU is coming off a tough weekend that saw the Horned Frogs beat Stanford 4-2 before getting beat by Cal 4-2 while Illinois is coming a routine 5-2 win over Notre Dame. According to the lineup Brad Dancer submitted, he is making some wholesale changes at the bottom of the lineup by inserting Brian Page at #5 and Toshiki Matsuya at #6 despite the fact that neither has played in a dual-match this season. He has Alex Jesse at #8 and Asher Hirsch at #9 despite both of those guys playing just about every match at #5 and #6. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see both Jesse and Hirsch back in the lineup but for the sake of my prediction I'll go along with what was submitted.

These teams actually met less than a month ago in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout in Fort Myers with each winning 6 matches. The only guaranteed rematch will come at #3 between Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik though Stalder and Hirsch could meet again #6 too. Alex Rybakov and Jared Hiltzik met back in August in the first round of the Champaign Futures with Rybakov winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

#3 TCU 6, #6 Illinois 6
Jan 17, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) def. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68): 6-4, 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.64): 6-2, 6-4
3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.30) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64): 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.19) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61): 7-6, 7-5
5. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.80) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79): 6-4, 6-3
6. Trey Daniel (TCU 12.32) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.55): 6-3, 6-3
7. Hudson Blake (TCU 12.41) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64): 6-4, 6-4
8. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.19) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU 11.38): 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL): 6-3
2. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 6-2
3. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Hudson Blake/Trey Daniel (TCU): 6-1
4. Eduardo Nava/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Pengxuan Jiang/Pablo Landa (ILL): 6-2

Overall Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1
Indoors Record: TCU 2-1, Illinois 5-1
Doubles Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) vs. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. Brian Page (ILL 12.43)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.14)
O: Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)/Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL)
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL)
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU) vs. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL)

I think the doubles point will be huge in this one because neither team wants to start off in a 1-0 hole knowing it needs to win 4 singles matches. Both teams are evenly stacked up top, TCU is going to be stronger at #4 and #5, and #6 will be a tough one to call with Trevor Johnson's status probably unknown until match time. I'm going to take Aleks Vukic at #1 and Jared Hiltzik #2 for the Illini and Eduardo Nava and Jerry Lopez at #4 and #5 for TCU. Both Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik have dropped 2 of their last 3 so that's a tough call but I'm leaning towards Nunez. If Trevor Johnson plays at #6 I think he'll win but if he doesn't I'd go with Illinois at that spot. So we're potentially looking at a match with the doubles point deciding the winner. Prediction: TCU 4-3




[6] Ohio State (8-0) vs. [11] Baylor (5-2) - 9am est - Ohio State has yet to drop a match or a point and is coming off a 4-0 win over Virginia Tech while Baylor dropped a pair last week to Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Both teams have strange doubles lineups showing in the lineup master and I think a part of that is some gamesmanship. Baylor is showing a guy at #3 doubles that isn't even listed on the school's website while Ohio State is showing Ralf Steinbach paired up with Riley Reist even though Steinbach and Martin Joyce are ranked #14.

Overall Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 5-2
Indoors Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-2
Doubles Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) vs. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68)
2. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) vs. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90)
3. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) vs. Felip Rios (BU 14.30)
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) vs. Will Little (BU 13.67)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77)
O: Matt Mendez (OSU 13.44)/Vince Schneider (BU 13.86)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU)
2. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU)
3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU)

Baylor's only chance to keep this one close is if Vince Schneider is available to play. If Schneider doesn't play I think we're looking at another Buckeye shutout with Ohio State taking doubles and Hugo Di Feo, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach winning in singles. I like Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at #1 and #2 but I think the other matches will finish too quickly for Baylor to get on the board. If Schneider were to play I'd still like Ohio State in doubles and at #3, #4, and #5. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0




[3] North Carolina (6-0) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-0) - 9am est - North Carolina is coming off a big 4-3 win over Oklahoma while Texas Tech hasn't faced a serious test since beating Florida three weeks ago on the final day of the Kick-Off Weekend. North Carolina has played all six of its matches indoors while Texas Tech will only be playing indoors for the third time this season.

Overall Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 10-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 2-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-1, Texas Tech 5-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)
O: Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21)/Augusto Stodart (TT 12.73)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)

This will the Red Raiders first-ever trip to the National Team Indoors and while I think they could probably beat about half the field I'm not so sure they can get past North Carolina. I like Bjorn Thomson at #6 and think Jolan Cailleau has a good chance at #4 but I like the Tar Heels in doubles and then look for Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Robert Kelly to push Carolina through to the quarterfinals. I also like Brayden Schnur at #1 but his match probably won't make it to the finish line. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1



[7] UCLA (5-1) vs. [10] Georgia (3-1) - 12pm est - These teams met just two weeks ago in Los Angeles with UCLA rolling to a 6-1 win but that match was outdoors in UCLA's backyard while this one will be indoors on the East Coast. UCLA is coming off a rough 6-1 loss to Virginia on Tuesday night while Georgia won handily 6-1 over a less than full strength Georgia Tech. UCLA will be at full strength while it's yet to be seen if Georgia will have the services of Walker Duncan who missed the last two matches with a foot injury. Duncan is slotted at the #3 spot in the master lineups but he was in a boot just two weeks ago so we'll see if he can go. After missing all of January with a wrist injury, Nick Wood played his first dual-match against Georgia Tech's #8 and won going away so I'd be surprised if he didn't play at #6 if he's feeling good. The only rematch from the previous encounter will be at #4 between Karue Sell and Jan Zielinski though if Duncan can't play Zielinski would move up to #3.

Here was an interesting quote from Billy Martin via the Daily Bruin about the match with Virginia and the court conditions - "I think we were very shocked at the whole pace of the match, Martin said. "It's an aggressive tennis. We were trying to set up points and rallies that you can do outside on the slower courts and slower conditions but indoors it just wasn't going to work.

#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)


Overall Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 3-1
Indoors Record: UCLA 0-1, Georgia 3-0
Doubles Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) vs. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 
2. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) 
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. Walker Duncan (UGA 13.50)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) vs. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81)
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) vs. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52) vs. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)/Nick Wood (UGA 13.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA)

Despite UCLA winning the previous match fairly comfortably, I think Georgia is probably the slight favorite in this one mainly due it being indoors (see Billy's comments above). I like Georgia in doubles at #2 and #3 and I think #1 will be a lot closer than it was last time.

I'm looking for these teams to split the top two courts with Mackenzie McDonald the likely winner at #1 while I see Austin Smith getting it done at #2. I like Martin Redlicki at #3 over either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski while I like Zielinski or Paul Oosterbaan over Karue Sell at #4. I'd take Oosterbaan over Staggs at #5 but think Staggs would get past Reinberg. I'd like DiGiulio at #6 over Reinberg but if Wood plays at #6 I'd take him. So as you can see a lot depends on the matchups - I think UCLA takes two of the top three regardless of pairings but I could see Georgia sweeping the bottom three if it's Zielinski, Oosterbaan, and Wood. Prediction: Georgia 4-2



[2] Texas A&M (9-0) vs. [15] Columbia (4-0) - 12pm est - Texas A&M is coming off a really nice week that saw the Aggies beat Baylor (indoors), Florida State, and South Florida while Columbia has only played Navy and North Florida since stunning Stanford during the Kick-Off Weekend. There's no doubt that Columbia will be the more comfortable team playing indoors since Texas A&M only ventures indoors about two or three times a season. Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were dropped down to #2 doubles after starting the year 0-3 at #1 while Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow will move up to #1. Rinderknech and Withrow have started four matches at #1 but those were against lighter competition so this will be a major step up.

Overall Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 4-0
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 1-0, Columbia 4-0
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Michal Rolski (CU 12.84)
O. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)

Texas A&M hasn't dropped the doubles point this season but I have a feeling Columbia is going to take it with wins at #1 and #2. I like Texas A&M at #1 and #6 with Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow expected to take care of business. The matchups at #2, #3, #4, and #5 could each go either way but I like Shane Vinsant and AJ Catanzariti at #2 and #5 while I'll go with Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at #3 and #4. Tight, tight match but the Aggies will barely avoid the upset loss. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3


Quarterfinals:
Virginia over Wake Forest
TCU over South Florida
Ohio State over North Carolina
Georgia over Texas A&M

Semfinals
Virginia over TCU
Ohio State over Georgia

Finals:
Virginia over Ohio State


What's everyone else think - higher seeds cruise or some outdoor teams get picked off inside?

I would have some polls on the site but Google has some issues right now and the poll widget isn't working.







Published in Blogs
The second half of the day kicked off with USC playing South Florida on the stadium courts while TCU and Illinois duked it out on the back six.

South Florida knew it needed the doubles point to give itself a chance to win and it took the point with a 6-0 rout at #3 and a 6-3 win at #2.

Singles however was a different story as USC really jumped USF especially at the top of the lineup. USC's Nick Crystal, Max de Vroome, Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget took first sets while USF's only first set came from Peter Bertran at #5. Fortunately for South Florida, the Georgia transfer made quick work of USC's Laruens Verboven by winning 6-2, 6-1 at #5 singles in a match that took just a hour and fifteen minutes. South Florida was up 2-0 but USC still led on the other five courts.

Max de Vroome gave USC its first point with a 6-1, 6-4 over Dominic Cotrone at #2. de Vroome sprinted out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set before taking it 6-1 then he broke Cotrone to start the second set and really never looked back. The below clip from USC shows de Vroome serving for the match up 40-0:
Logan Smith evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Justin Roberts at #4. Smith broke Roberts to take the first set 6-4 then went up an early break in the second set and made it hold up.
Below is the clip of Smith serving 6-4, 5-3 (40-30):
Jake DeVine put USC up 3-2 with a 7-5, 7-6 win over Sasha Gozun at #3. DeVine broke Gozun to go up 2-1 in the first but Gozun broke back and held for 3-2. It stayed on serve until DeVine broke Gozun's 5-5 service game and then he followed that up with a hold to take the set. Gozun served for the second set up 5-3 but DeVine broke and then held to even it at 5-5. DeVine broke again to go up 6-5 but Gozun broke back on the deciding point to send the set to a tiebreak. The pivotal point in the tiebreak came when Gozun double faulted at 3-4 and three points later it'd be all over.
South Florida's Roberto Cid would tie the match up at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Nick Crystal at #1. Cid got off to a slow start but he took control in the second set and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Crystal got one of the breaks back but Cid still took the set 6-3. Cid broke Crystal to start the third set and then fought off a couple of break points to hold for 2-0. He would add another break down the stretch to close it out.

While Cid was finishing off Crystal, USC's Thibault Forget was pulling away from USF's Vadym Kalyuzhnyy at #6. Forget won the first set in a tiebreak but Kalyuzhnyy rolled to a 6-1 second set. Forget went up an early break in the third and then added a second break when he won the deciding point on Kalyuzhnyy's 2-4 service game. Forget would hold from 40-15 to give USC the win and put the Trojans into the NTI quarterfinals against TCU.


Also wanted to give a shoutout to USC for doing a great job in capturing these match points on Twitter - two thumbs up!!

#6 USC 4, #13 South Florida 3
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) def. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) 6-1, 6-4
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71) 7-5, 7-6(4)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 6-4, 6-3
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) def. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) 6-2, 6-1
6. Thibault Forget (USC 13.36) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37) 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 D Cotrone/J Roberts (USF) *5-4, 40-30 unf.
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-0
Match Notes:
South Florida 3-2; National ranking #13
USC 6-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,4,1,3,6)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Comments from USF's recap
"It was really competitive, a lot of energy, a lot of fans. It was good, it was fun. The type of environment that you train for and do all the hard work to be in." said Coach Matt Hill.

"They're both seniors (Cid & Gonzalez-Muniz). They've been around each other for a long time, and last year was the first time they've played together, had a great year. Kind of had a rocky start this year, but got back to the basics they were doing last year and they did a good job of that today against a really good team." said Coach Hill.

"We knew he (Bertran) was a really good player coming in." Coach Hill said, "We just had to get him settled down, and help find his style of play and to believe in what he's doing. It's going really well for him, so that's exciting for us."
________________________________________________________

The biggest surprise of the day came in the match between #2 TCU and #12 Illinois. Many thought TCU would ultimately get the win but I don't think anyone thought TCU would roll through Illinois as easily as they did.

The first sign of a potentially lopsided match came when TCU's Guillermo Nuez and Alex Rybakov won 6-0 at #3 doubles in just 22 minutes. Illinois wouldn't go down without a fight as the Illini's #2 team of Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik won 6-3 at #2. The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #1 and TCU's Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson managed to snap their 2 match losing streak by taking the tiebreak (score unknown-mystery).

TCU welcomed Trevor Johnson back to its singles lineup at #6 after he missed the last four months with an injury. The Horned Frogs rode the momentum from the doubles point and the return of Johnson by taking all six opening sets. Alex Rybakov, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson would each win in straight sets at 2, 3, and 6 to give TCU the 4-0 win in one hour and fifty-eight minutes.

Classic comments from Roditi following the match:



#2 TCU 4, #12 Illinois 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0, unfinished
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) def. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 6-4, 6-2
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 7-6, 2-2, unfinished
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 7-6, 1-1, unfinished
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64) 6-2, 6-2
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-0
Match Notes:
Illinois 4-2; National ranking #12
TCU 4-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,2)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We got outplayed today by TCU.  Anytime that happens with the crew that we have, you have to look at the coaching staff and our preparation," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We clearly could have done things differently. While we won't have a chance to play for a national title, there are still big implications left in this tournament.  It is up to us to have the guys more prepared for tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi
"Our boys learned from our Cal loss and they were ready to battle from the first point in doubles and singles. Illinois is a very good team and they are well coached with a lot of experience indoors. I am very proud of the way our guys came out playing. There was a huge tiebreaker in doubles for the point and there were very good performances by Alex (Rybakov) and Jerry (Lopez) in singles.

"Our highlight of the day was to see Trevor (Johnson) healthy and ready to play doubles and singles for us. That is credit to him, our doctors, our trainer Lauren (Crawford), his trainer at home and our strength and conditioning coach Todd Kensler. We loved the support we got from some local TCU letterman and fans and now we look forward to the quarters versus a tough USC team late tomorrow.
___________________________________________________________

Wake Forest was one of four teams to make its debut at the National Team Indoors but it ended up being the only one to win its opening round match. Wake beat Oklahoma 5-2 just 12 days ago and this match basically ended up being a carbon copy of that one.

In the last match, Wake took the doubles point by winning at #1 (7-5) and #2 (6-1) and in this match the Demon Deacons also won at #1 (6-1) and #2 (6-3).  #3 doubles went unfinished in both matches with Wake up 5-4 both times.

Wake's Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim took first sets at 1, 2, 4, and 6 while Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea and Maxime Mora took first sets at 3 and 5.

Seraphim was off the court first with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Andre Biro at #6. Seraphim took the previous meeting 6-4, 6-3.

Petros Chrysochos made it 3-0 Deacs after he dispatched Spencer Papa 6-4, 6-3 at #2. Chrysochos won the last meeting 6-2, 6-2.

Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea put the Sooners on the board with a 7-6, 7-5 win over Jon Ho at #4 in one of only two matchups that differed from the first encounter. Ghilea lost to Bogarets at #3 in the previous match.

Just moments later Wake's Romain Bogaerts would clinch the win with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Florin Bragusi at #4. Bogaerts also clinched the previous meeting by beating Ghilea.

The other matches were abandoned with Maxime Mora and Dennis Uspensky knotted at 4-4 in the third at #5 and Skander Mansouri leading Axel Alvarez 7-6, 6-6 at #1. The box score said it was 6-5 Alvarez but the Wake blog had it in the tiebreak with Alvarez leading 4-2.

I got a few comments after the match from Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky:
"Good win tonight. Thought our doubles was really strong, we've worked on it a lot and it's starting to show. We got off to some really good starts in singles as well. It was important to close out a couple of those matches to keep our momentum going. It's always hard to beat a great team twice and I was happy to see how our guys handled the challenge"

#10 Wake Forest 4, #5 Oklahoma 1
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 7-6, 6-6*, unf
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 6-3
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 7-6, 7-5
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 7-5, 2-6, 4-4, unf
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
2. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-3
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 5-4, unf.
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 8-1; National ranking #10
Oklahoma 3-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round
______________________________________________________

The tournament host and #1 seed, Virginia, won a tough doubles point over San Diego then put the hammer down and drove away with a 4-0 win in match that took one hour and fifty-three minutes.

Virginia's Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli won 6-2 at #1 but San Diego put itself in good shape on the other two courts. USD's #2 team of Uros Petronijevic/Josh Page served for the match at #2 and had a pair of match points but couldn't convert and off they went to a tiebreak. USD's #3 team of Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov had three break points on Collin Altamirano's 5-5 service game but Altamirano managed to hold and then he and JC Aragone broke to win the match 7-5.

Any chance San Diego had of staying in the match went out the window with the doubles point. Virginia took all six opening sets with San Diego's best chance coming at #4 when Romain Kalaydjian served for the set up 6-5. However Virginia's Mac Styslinger would break and then run away in the tiebreak.

Collin Altamirano, Henrik Wiersholm, and Ryan Shane were the three that finished with Shane providing the clincher at #1.

The other matches were abandoned with Virginia just two games away from winning at #2 and #5 while Styslinger and Kalaydjian were still early in the second.



#1 Virginia 4, #16 San Diego 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) def. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) 7-5, 6-1
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97) 6-4, 4-1, unf
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) 6-1, 6-2
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) 7-6(3), *1-2, unf
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) vs. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-2
2. #4 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) vs. U Petronijevic/J Page (USD) 6-6, (5-4*) unf.
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 7-5
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-2; National ranking #16
Virginia 6-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,1)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I thought San Diego was an outstanding team and played a great match, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I thought we started out in doubles a little slow, but then we started to play a little bit better. It was good to get the doubles point, because it was really close. The momentum turned when we swept the first sets in singles. I was really impressed with the way the guys competed. I don't think we played as well as we can, but we competed well.


Published in Blogs
Saturday, 13 February 2016 02:24

Men's National Team Indoors - Quarterfinals Preview

[3] North Carolina (7-0) vs. [6] Ohio State (9-0)  - 9am est - The opening quarterfinal of the day should be a dandy with Ohio State come off a 4-0 rout of Baylor while North Carolina overcame Texas Tech 4-1. North Carolina may be the higher ranked team but I think Ohio State is the team to beat on the bottom of the draw. Ohio State has been downright dominant in doubles over the years and this year is no different with the Buckeyes a perfect 9-0.

Overall Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-2, Ohio State 9-0

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) 
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) 

I like Ohio State in a tight doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles I'll go with Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, and Martin Joyce for the Buckeyes with Ronnie Schneider, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly for UNC. The doubles point will be the different - Prediction: Ohio State 4-3



[2] Texas A&M (10-0) vs. [7] UCLA (6-1)  - 12pm est - Both teams are coming off tough round of 16 matches with UCLA coming from behind to beat Georgia 4-3 while Texas A&M held off Columbia 4-2. The doubles point is going to be huge in this match and it should be a great point with Texas A&M 10-0 in doubles while UCLA is 6-1. The individual doubles matchup to watch will be at #3 with Brymer/Rapp 5-0 while Arconada/Lunkin are 6-0. I think whoever takes the doubles point will take the match. 

Overall Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 2-0, UCLA 1-1
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) 
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52)
O: Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #12 M. McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 

I'm going to take UCLA at #1 and #2 doubles and in singles I see UCLA getting wins from McDonald, Redlicki, and Sell while Texas A&M picks up wins from Vinsant, Catanzariti, and Withrow. Prediction: UCLA 4-3



[1] Virginia (6-0) vs. [9] Wake Forest (9-1) - 3:30pm est - It'll be an all-ACC quarterfinal between Virginia and Wake Forest with Virginia coming off a 4-0 win over San Diego while Wake Forest looked really good in a 4-1 win over Oklahoma. Wake Forest will attempt to beat Virginia for the first time since 2003 while Virginia looks to advance to the semifinals after getting knocked out in the quarterfinals last season to Baylor. 

Overall Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Doubles Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 8-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

Wake Forest really needs to take the doubles point to put a little bit of pressure on Virginia and I think they've got a decent chance to do so. I'm going to take Wake at #1 and #3 doubles and I think the Demon Deacons will also put some pressure on Virginia at #4 and #5 singles. However in the end Virginia will get it done up top with Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and Collin Altamirano winning at 1, 2, and 3 plus Henrik Wiersholm will win at #6. I think Bogaerts and Uspensky will be up at #4 and #5 but Virginia will get the clinch before those matches finish. I expect this to be a pretty competitive match and wouldn't be surprised to see Mansouri and Ho push Shane and Altamirano to third sets. Prediction: Virginia 4-1



[4] USC (6-0) vs. [5] TCU (4-1) - 6:30pm est - TCU is coming off an impressive 4-0 win over Illinois while USC scratched and clawed its way to a 4-3 win over South Florida. TCU is comfortable with its lineup but it'll be interesting to see if Peter Smith makes a move at #5 or sticks with Verboven. If he pulls Verboven, he would have to move Forget up from #6 to #5 and most likely Jack Jaede would get the call at #6. USC overcame the loss of the doubles point to still beat South Florida but I don't see that happening against TCU.

Overall Record: USC 6-0, TCU 4-1
Indoors Record: USC 1-0, TCU 3-1
Doubles Record: USC 4-2, TCU 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU)

I look for TCU to pick up wins at #1 and #3 doubles and then the Horned Frogs will lean on USC in singles and will get wins from Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov, and Jerry Lopez at 1, 2, and 5. USC's best chances to win will come from Jake DeVine and Logan Smith. Prediction: TCU 4-1


Consolation Matches

[11] Baylor (5-3) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-1) - 9am est - Live Scoring - I expect Baylor's woes to continue and forecast a Texas Tech win with the Red Raiders taking the doubles point and picking up wins from Cailleau, Curry, and Thomson at 4, 5, and 6. Baylor will get a win from Lenz at 1. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08)
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. Felip Rios (BU 14.30) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. Will Little (BU 13.67) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)



[10] Georgia (3-2) vs. [15] Columbia (4-1) - 12pm est - Live Scoring - This will be the third year in a row that these teams have played with Georgia winning 4-3 in the NTI consolation draw last season and 4-2 the year prior during the Kick-Off Weekend. I think Columbia will take the doubles point and will pick up wins from Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at 3 and 4 but Georgia will get wins from Wayne Montgomery, Austin Smith, Emil Reinberg, and Nick Wood at 1, 2, 5, and 6. Prediction: Georgia 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) vs. Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)



[12] Illinois (5-2) vs. [13] South Florida (3-2) - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring - These teams faced each other in mid-January in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout with Illinois taking 5 of 7 singles matches while USF took 3 of 4 doubles matches. This is one of those matches where you have to wonder if both teams will really be that motivated after some tough losses yesterday. South Florida was right there with USC while Illinois got beat handily by TCU.  Assuming everyone shows up ready to play I'll take Illinois in doubles and Vukic, A Hiltzik, and Childers in singles while Cotrone, Bertran, and Kalyuzhnyy win for USF. Prediction: Illinois 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36)  vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)



[8] Oklahoma (3-3) vs. [16] San Diego (4-2) - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring - The defending champs got knocked out by Wake Forest yesterday while San Diego lost to Virginia. This is a match Oklahoma should win but San Diego may offer some resistance in a few spots. I'll take San Diego in doubles and Jordan Angus in singles but I like Axel Alvarez, Alex Ghilea, Florin Bragusi, Maxime Mora, and Andre Biro for OU. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)















Published in Blogs
Sunday, 14 February 2016 01:09

Virginia and TCU Survive To Fight Another Day

It was definitely a day of thrillers as both Virginia and TCU each won 4-3 matches that came down to a close third set to decide the match.

Virginia came into its match against ACC foe Wake Forest riding an incredible 139-match conference winning streak but the streak would come oh so close to ending.

Wake Forest came out and claimed the doubles point by winning both #1 and #3 doubles in a tiebreak. Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim posted a 7-0 shutout in the tiebreak at #1 while Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky won the deciding tiebreak at #3 by taking it 7-3. Both Bogaerts and Uspensky really went after JC Aragone in the tiebreak as the Virginia junior dropped four straight points to put UVA in a 5-2 hole.

Virginia turned up the heat in singles and took first sets at 1, 3, 5, and 6 courtesy of Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano, J.C. Aragone, and Henrik Wiersholm while Wake Forest's Petros Chrysochos and Romain Bogaerts took opening sets at 2 and 4.

Ryan Shane put Virginia on the board with a quick 6-3, 6-1 win over Skander Mansouri at #1 singles in a match that lasted just 52 minutes.

J.C. Aragone would make it 2-1 Virginia as he rocked Dennis Uspensky 6-1, 6-2 at #5 singles in match that took 54 minutes.

Collin Altamirano stretched the lead to 3-1 as he rollover Jon Ho 6-2, 6-3 at #3 singles in one hour and sixteen minutes. Altamirano broke Ho's 1-1 service game in the opening set then broke him again to go up 4-1. Altamirano held two more times to take the opening set 6-2. Altamirano broke Ho to start the second set and would then go up 3-1 before Ho came back to even it at 3-3. Altamirano took the final three games to close it out 6-2, 6-3.

Wake Forest's Petros Chrysochos put Wake's second point on the board with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Thai-Son Kwaitkowski at #2.

Romain Bogaerts would tie the match up at 3-3 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Mac Styslinger at #4. Bogarets had a chance to close out the match earlier but he couldn't convert match points on Styslinger's 2-5 service game and then he squandered two more match points on his own 5-3 service game. After a Styslinger hold made it 5-5, Bogarets held service then broke Styslinger from 30-40 to finally close it out.

The match came down to a third set at #6 singles between Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm and Wake Forest sophomore Christian Seraphim. Wiersholm took the opening set 6-4 after getting the only break of the set to go up 4-3. Seraphim would get his first break of the match when he broke Wiersholm's 3-4 service game in the second set and then Seraphim would hold from 40-30 take the set 6-3.

Wiersholm held at love to start the third set and then Seraphim held from 40-15 to even it at 1-1. Wiersholm held at love again to go up 2-1 but Seraphim kept pace (barely) by holding on the deciding point to make it 2-2. Wiersholm held from 40-15 to go up 3-2 and then he broke Seraphim's serve on the deciding point when Seraphim dumped a forehand into the net. Seraphim would break right back from 30-40 to make it 3-4 but Wiersholm would return the favor and break at love to go up 5-3. Seraphim pushed Wiersholm to the deciding point when Wiersholm got a net cord ace to close it out. Below is a video clip of match point via KW Tennis Nation's Twitter
'

#1 Virginia 4, #10 Wake Forest 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) def. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 6-3, 6-1
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 6-2, 6-3
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) 6-4, 7-5
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 6-1, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 7-6(0)
2. #4 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-3
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 7-6(3)
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 8-2; National ranking #10
Virginia 7-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,2,4,6)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals

Post Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I had just fought back from down 40-15 to get it to deuce for a match point and coach told me to look to my best serve and hit it," Wiersholm said. "My favorite serve on the ad side is the Slider-T. I hit the Slider-T, which hit the tape and barely went over. I couldn't believe it. I turned to my teammates and let it loose with all the happiness and excitement. It was a really special moment."

"This was a really exciting college tennis match," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It is the type of challenge that we need this early in the year. The guys passed the test in some very difficult situations. I give great credit to Wake Forest as they are an outstanding team and played their hearts out. It's great for the ACC and for tennis in general to have this level of excitement at a match. The fans were absolutely amazing today. We appreciate so much the enthusiasm and excitement they brought to the match. They really did make a difference and we certainly hope they will come out again tomorrow for the semis." 

"The doubles point got away from us after we had match points to clinch the doubles point at No. 3 and we dropped a breaker when we had a chance to close out the match at No. 1," Boland said. "It was a heartbreaker to lose the doubles point, but I was impressed with how we continued to compete, particularly with Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone. They were locked in and played every point and really played within themselves and played tremendous tennis. It was fantastic to see Henrik Wiersholm, who has really developed his game, to be put in the opportunity he was. He embraced the pressure and the environment and played his best tennis toward the end of the match when it mattered most."
_________________________________________________________

In the final match of the day it looked like #6 USC was going to pull the upset over #2 TCU but the Horned Frogs hung around and ended up outlasting USC 4-3.

USC took the doubles point with a 6-4 win from Max de Vroome and Jack Jaede at #2 and a 6-3 win from Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine at #3 while TCU's Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson won 6-3 at #1.

Half of the singles matches would finish quickly while the other half would go on into the night. TCU's Cameron Norrie made quick work of Nick Crystal at #1 singles taking it 6-1 6-2 and Eduardo Nava pushed TCU ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Logan Smith at #4. USC's Thibault Forget tied it up at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Jerry Lopez at #5.

USC's Jack Jaede would put the Trojans within a point of clinching after he came from behind to beat TCU's Trevor Johnson 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at #6. Jaede broke Johnson on the deciding point to take the second set and then he went up 2-0 in the third before Johnson evened it at 3-3. Jaede would break one last time to close out Johnson 6-4 in the 3rd.

Before Jaede got to the finish line it looked like Max de Vroome had a chance to get USC's third point. De Vroome led Alex Rybakov 6-4, 5-4 at #2 and was looking at a deciding point which also doubled as match point but Rybakov managed to hold to extend the match. Rybakov would then break de Vroome and hold to take the second set 7-5.

USC freshman Jake DeVine won a tough first set at #3 over Guillermo Nunez 7-6 but Nunez quickly jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second. Nunez served for the second set up 5-3 but DeVine broke on the deciding point to put it back on serve. However Nunez would break right back on the next game to take the set 6-4. Nunez went up 2-0 in the third but DeVine broke back and then held on the deciding point to make it 2-2. It stayed on serve until Nunez broke DeVine from 15-40 to go up 5-3 but DeVine wouldn't go down without a fight. DeVine went up 15-40 on the Nunez serve but Nunez hit a backhand winner to make it 30-40. Nunez then ripped a forehand that DeVine called out but when Nunez appealed the call the chair quickly overturned it to bring up the deciding point which was now also a match point and a break point. Nunez hit a well placed serve down the T in the deuce court and all DeVine could do was deflect it back in play and watch as Nunez closed in on the net and put it away into the open court to close the match out.

TCU had evened the match at 3-3 but there was still work left to be done on the remaining court at #2 singles. USC's Max de Vroome held to start the third set and then had two break points on the Rybakov serve but the TCU freshman came back to hold for 1-all. Rybakov broke de Vroome to go up 2-1 and then held on the deciding point to make it 3-1. Rybakov went up 30-40 on de Vroome 1-3 service game but de Vroome held on the deciding point when his forehand hit the net cord and dribbled over for a winner. Rybakov then hit a service winner on the deciding point to go up 4-2. De Vroome held and then broke Rybakov on the deciding point to even it at 4-all. De Vroome went up 40-30 on his next service game but dumped a pretty routine volley into the net to bring up yet another deciding point. This time de Vroome didn't mess around and hit a clean volley winner to go up 5-4. Rybakov would hold from 40-15 to make it 5-all but de Vroome held right back from 40-15 to go up 6-5. Rybakov would hit a service winner from 40-30 to send the match to a deciding tiebreak.

De Vroome served first and hit an overhead smash to go up 1-0 but Rybakov got a service winner and a backhand winner to go up 2-1. De Vroome double faulted to go down 1-3 but he followed that up with an ace to make it 2-3*. De Vroome pushed a backhand long to make it 4-2 Rybakov at the changeover. Rybakov hit a service winner to go up 5-2* but de Vroome answered with a hard forehand that skidded off the line to make it 5-3*. De Vroome then sailed a forehand long to make it *6-3 and then Rybakov closed it out on the next point to clinch the win.



#2 TCU 4, #6 USC 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 6-1, 6-2
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) def. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) 6-7, 7-5, 7-6(3)
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) def. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) def. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) 6-3, 6-0
5. Thibault Forget (USC 13.36) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 6-4, 6-0
6. Jack Jaede (USC 13.52) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 6-3
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) def. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 5-1; National ranking #2
USC Men 6-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,6,3,2)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "Huge win for our squad to comeback after a disappointing doubles and win four matches against a team like USC who has been in the finals of this tournament four years in a row and has the most recent national championships. Alex (Rybakov), freshman baseliner, comes back from a set down against a serve and volley senior indoors to clinch shows his character and his fight. Max de Vroome has been in that situation many times and clinched a NCAA title against Oklahoma two years ago in that same situation.

"Eduardo (Nava) played great tennis, Cameron (Norrie) gave us a needed quick point and Guillermo (Nuez) came back from a set down as well. I am so proud of all these guys. It took a huge team effort, including our non-participating players, since USC was super loud and energetic and we needed some help from the sidelines. At times it felt as if USC had 100 people out there. These types of matches will help us build character and become a stronger team.

"Now we have a huge challenge playing the top ranked team, home team and rested team on a short time. We will find out what type of character we have at this point tomorrow afternoon.



Consolation Matches:

#14 Texas Tech 4, #4 Baylor 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) def. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) def. #2 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 7-6, 6-2
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) def. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-1
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) 6-4, 6-0
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) def. Tyler Stayer (BU 0.00) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-2
2. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-1
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 7-5
Match Notes:
Baylor 5-4; National ranking #4
Texas Tech 11-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,4,2,3,1)
ITA National Indoors Consolation Bracket



#11 Georgia 4, #15 Columbia 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Hadavi, Shawn (COL 13.75) def. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 6-4, 6-3
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #108 Pham, Victor (COL 13.92) 7-6 (7-0), 6-2
3. #124 Rubin, Eric (COL 13.75) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) def. Vermeer, Mike (COL 13.76) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
5. Pham, Richard (COL 13.13) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) def. Wang, Timothy (COL 13.34) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #15 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 6-1
2. #20 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 5-4, unf
3. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) 6-2
Match Notes:
Georgia 4-2; National ranking #11
Columbia 4-2; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,2,6,5,4)
ITA Indoors Consolation Bracket


#12 Illinois 4, #13 South Florida 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) def. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) 7-6, 6-4
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) def. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) 6-1, 6-2
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71) 7-5, 6-4
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64) 6-3, 6-0
6. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) def. Alex Jesse (IL 12.97L) 7-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-4
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-5
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-2
Match Notes:
South Florida 3-3; National ranking #13
Illinois 5-2; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,5,3,6,4,1)
ITA Indoors Consolation Bracket


#5 Oklahoma 4, #16 San Diego 0
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 6-4, 1-6, 4-3, unf.
2. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 4-6, 3-1, 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) 7-5, 5-5, unf
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) def. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) def. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) def. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 4-3, unf
2. #57 Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Uros Petronijevic/Joshua Page (USD) 6-1
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-3
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-3; National ranking #16
Oklahoma 4-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,5,6)
ITA Indoors Consolation Bracket

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Details not listed above:

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

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

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

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

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

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

___________________________________________________________

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Final score - Virginia 4, TCU 1

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published in Blogs
The featured match of the day took place in Palo Alto with Stanford hosting USC in a non conference matchup. Stanford had dropped the doubles point in three consecutive matches and it didn't get off to the best start after USC's Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine picked up a quick 6-2 win at #3. However a short while later Stanford's Nolan Paige and David Wilczynski would win 6-3 at #2 and then Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz sealed the doubles point with a 6-4 win at #1.

USC quickly turned things around in singles by taking five opening sets and Nick Crystal needed just over an hour to finish off David Wilczynski 6-3, 6-1 at #2. Stanford would end up being just as dominant in the second set as USC was in the first because the Cardinal took four second sets while USC's Jack Jaede forced a split at #5.

So it was a 1-1 match with all five matches into a third set but one by one they came off the board in USC's favor. Logan Smith made it 2-1 with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over Nolan Paige at #3 and then just moments minutes later both Jake DeVine and Thibault Forget would win within seconds of each other at #4 and #6. DeVine beat Sameer Kumar 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 at #4 while Forget got past Brandon Sutter 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 at #6.  Below is match point for Smith courtesy of USC:


They played the remaining courts out with Max de Vroome upsetting Tom Fawcett 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 at #1 and then in the final match to conclude it Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz edging Jack Jaede 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(8) at #5. The below clip from USC shows de Vroome winning it on a nice forehand winner:


The match ended up being a tale of three sets - USC controlled the first, Stanford the second, and in most courts USC dominated in the third.

The story remains the same with Stanford, they put up a good fight every time but they just can't seem to get over the hump. I also have to take my hat off to USC because they just keep plugging away and they keep finding ways to pull out close matches.

#13 USC 5, #29 Stanford 2
02/26/16 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1) Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) d. Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 6-4
2) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) 6-3
3) Rob Bellamy/DeVine (USC) d. Yale Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles competition
1) #65 Max de Vroome (USC 14.11) d. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2) #67 Nick Crystal (USC 13.95) d. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 6-1
3) #56 Logan Smith (USC 13.62) d. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
4) #92 Jake DeVine (USC 13.61) d. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.98) 6-3, 6-7 (9-7), 6-1
5) #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.42) d. Jack Jaede (USC 13.45) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8)
6) Thibault Forget (USC 13.50) d. Brandon Sutter (STAN 12.56) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3*
Match Notes
USC 7-2; National Ranking #13
Stanford 5-5; National Ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,4,6*,1,5)
_________________________________________________________

Last year Michigan won seven matches all season but tonight the Wolverines picked up win #8 after defeating #31 Washington 5-2. Michigan took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 then got singles wins from Alex Knight, Carter Lin, Runhao Hua, and Kevin Wong at #2, #4, #5, and #6.

Washington picked up wins from Mitch Stewart at #1 and Enzo Sommer at #3. Below are some highlights courtesy of Michigan:



#28 Michigan 5, #31 Washington 2
02/26/16 at Ann Arbor, Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1 -- #95 Mitch Stewart (Wash 13.83) d. #60 Jathan Malik (Mich 13.73), 7-6 (1), 6-2
2 -- Alex Knight (Mich 13.76) d. Jake Douglas (Wash 13.53), 6-0, 6-3
3 -- Enzo Sommer (Wash 13.73) d. Davis Crocker (Mich 12.80), 7-6 (2), 6-4 
4 -- Carter Lin (Mich 13.14) d. Gal Hakak (Wash 13.38), 6-2, 6-1
5 -- Runhao Hua (Mich 13.43) d. Sebastian Hawken (Wash 12.73), 6-1, 6-3
6 -- Kevin Wong (Mich 13.17) d. Piers Foley (Wash 12.56), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10)
Doubles competition
1 -- Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (Mich) vs. Foley/Watanabe (Wash), 5-3 abandoned 
2 -- Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (Mich) d. Lam/Sommer (Wash), 6-4
3 -- Lubomir Cuba/Davis Crocker (Mich) d. Douglas/Stewart (Wash), 6-3
Match Notes
Michigan 8-2; National Ranking #28
Washington 9-3; National Ranking #31
Order of finish:: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6,1,3)
_______________________________________________________

Texas Tech grabbed the early momentum against NC State by taking the doubles point but NC State put up a strong fight in singles. NC State was right there with Tech at the top three spots but the Red Raiders got it done down low by picking up wins from Jolan Cailleau, Connor Curry, and Bjorn Thomson.

Texas Tech finishes up its weekend trip on Sunday as the Red Raiders head west to Winston-Salem to face #5 Wake Forest.

#6 Texas Tech 4, #25 NC State 1
02/26/16 at Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #83 Simon Norenius (ST 13.48) vs. #18 Felipe Soares (TT 14.07) 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 0-2, unf
2. #72 Nick Horton (ST 13.72) vs. #97 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.77) 6-4, 4-3, unf
3. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.54) def. #87 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.24) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST 12.43) 6-1, 6-2
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.70) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST 12.35) 6-3, 6-3
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.74) def. Igor Saveljic (ST 12.73) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Ivan Saveljic/Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-1
2. Nick Horton/Thomas Weigel (ST) def. #56 Bjorn Thomson/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-3
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Simon Norenius/Michael Ogden (ST) 7-5
Match Notes
Texas Tech 15-1; National ranking #6
NC State 10-5; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"We sat down with Jolan and Connor and told them to we needed them to work harder in doubles," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "They stepped up and played more comfortable in tight situations today. I was proud of their effort. They were able to save deuce points on their serve, and Connor hit a great backhand up the line on match point. When we're able to win the doubles point, I feel that we're in a good position to win three singles matches with the depth of our lineup."
________________________________________________________

St. John's went into Cambridge and stunned #32 Harvard 4-3. The Red Storm swept the doubles point then got singles wins from Daniel Skripnik, Robert Livi, and Andrei Crapcenco at #2, #3, and #5 with Skripnik clinching it at #2. Interestingly enough all six singles matches finished in straight sets.

The Red Storm is back at it on Saturday playing #38 Dartmouth for the second time in two weeks while Harvard hosts #15 Northwestern and Bryant on Sunday.

St. John's 4, #32 Harvard 3
Feb 26, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass. (Murr Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Hu, Nicky (HARV 13.75) def. Lucas Hejhal (SJUMT 13.37) 7-6, 6-1
2. Daniel Skripnik (SJUMT 12.69) def. Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV 13.02) 6-4, 7-6*
3. Roberto Livi (SJUMT 13.12) def. Yeung, Brian (HARV 13.15) 6-1, 6-2
4. Tao, Kenny (HARV 13.09) def. Vaidik Munshaw (SJUMT 12.83) 6-3, 7-5
5. Andrei Crapcenco (SJUMT 12.54) def. Zhou, Andy (HARV 13.05) 6-2, 7-5
6. Lam, Kelvin (HARV 12.67) def. Dusan Vukicevic (SJUMT 12.75) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Daniel Skripnik/Roberto Livi (SJUMT) def. Yeung, Brian/Zhou, Andy (HARV) 7-6
2. Vaidik Munshaw/Alan Nunez Aguilera (SJUMT) def. Beltrame, Sebastian/Hu, Nicky (HARV) 6-4
3. Lucas Hejhal/Dusan Vukicevic (SJUMT) def. Haughey, Conor/Lam, Kelvin (HARV) 6-2
Match Notes:
St. John's 12-3
Harvard 8-5; National ranking #32

Post-Match Quotes from St. John's recap
"Today was a total team win. Each guy contributed to the biggest win in program history. To beat Harvard, a perennial top-30 program, on the road is a big step for us. Our guys came out in doubles and really set the tone especially Lucas and Dusan at the three, said Head Coach Eric Rebhuhn. Alan and Vaidik had great poise and came up clutch. Robbie played one of his best matches and kept the momentum. I am really impressed with Andrei and Danny's ability to come through when we needed them. We have been working hard since January for this opportunity. We were prepared we believed this was our time. I am so proud of our guys and happy for them.
___________________________________________________________

Penn State may have been undefeated coming into this match against Ohio State but the Buckeyes were definitely the heavy favorites. Ohio State won going away at #1 and #2 doubles and then picked up fairly quick wins from Mikael Torpegaard, Chris Diaz, and Ralf Steinbach at #1, #3, and #5 singles.

Two of the three remaining matches were into a third set when play was halted due to the clinch.

#3 Ohio State 4, #21 Penn State 0
Feb 26, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.53) def. #59 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.44) 6-0, 6-1
2. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.27) vs. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU 13.56) 5-7, 6-0, unf
3. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU 13.12) 6-1, 6-3
4. #98 Matt Barry (PSU 13.41) vs. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.66) 2-6, 6-4, 2-0, unf
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.98) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.11) 6-2, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.84) vs. Ben Lieb (PSU 13.15) 6-2, 5-6, unf
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-2 
2. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) 6-1
3. C. De La Bassetiere/Aws Laaribi (PSU) vs. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 5-1, unf.
Match Notes:
Penn State 9-1; National ranking #21
Ohio State 13-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,3)
Official: Marcus Lee 
T-1:57 A-176

Post Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"It is tough to come away with a loss but it was extremely close," said head coach Jeff Zinn. "We played well at the end, after about an hour and a half. Barry, Constant, Laaribi, Lieb, and Hanzlik all had really close matches."

"The difference in tonight's match (compared to the rest of the season) was that we didn't win the sudden death points," said Coach Zinn. "That could be because we were on the road or that we were up against one of the best in the country but that is what it came down to. We have to work on handling the pressure of the moment. I think we played very well. If we play them down the road, now we know what to expect."

"We were playing well in doubles and thought we had opportunity," said assistant coach Paul Tobin. "We competed well. Ohio State is an incredibly well coached team, who is known to be aggressive at the baseline. Overall, the guys played hard tonight. I think they will learn from this match."
_________________________________________________________________

Wisconsin had the crowd whipped into a frenzy after taking the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but TCU was just way too strong in singles and won in straight sets at #1 through #5 with Eduardo Nava providing the clincher at #4.

Wisconsin was a UTR underdog on each of the six courts though Jose Carranza (11.95) did pull off an upset at #6 when he defeated Trevor Johnson (13.60) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8).

Below are clips from Wisconsin and TCU including Roditi's post-match recap.



#8 TCU 5, #36 Wisconsin 2
Feb 26, 2016 at Madison, Wisc. (Nielsen Tennis Stadium) 
Singles competition
1. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.38) def. Josef Dodridge (WIS 13.32) 6-1, 6-2
2. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.62) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS 12.96) 6-1, 7-5
3. #49 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.94) def. Lamar Remy (WIS 12.70) 6-2, 6-0
4. #99 Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.00) def. Osgar O'Hoisin (WIS 12.67) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.59) def. Darius Mackenzie (WIS 12.12) 6-2, 6-1
6. Jose Carranza (WIS 11.95) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.60) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
Doubles competition
1. Josef Dodridge/Lamar Remy (WIS) def. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-3
2. Jakhongir Jalolov/Jose Carranza (WIS) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Alexander Kokorev/Darius Mackenzie (WIS) 6-4
Match Notes
TCU 7-2; National ranking #8
Wisconsin 6-1; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,5,4,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap - head coach David Roditi
"Well, we are getting very good at bouncing back after doubles and that is great. We need to commit more time and more mental energy into our doubles play and practice. One set, no add and no warm-up means we must execute. The best way to execute is to practice. Our players came out strong right away and took the crowd out. All our guys played well and we will take a road win against a Big 10 school anyway. Now we get to sleep and drive tomorrow to Champaign, Ill. for another tough match Sunday against Illinois.

Post-Match Quotes from Wisconsin's recap
"It's the first time all year we've lost, and I think we saw some things that are very obvious that we can work on," said head coach Danny Westerman. "The other teams we've played all year, our best shots were good enough. Against a team like this, you've got to hit three or four good shots to win a play and we weren't quite ready to do that. And that's why TCU is as good as they are -- they're able to withstand our good shots and play their best tennis."

"The match started out great, we were playing great doubles and I felt like the home crowd and our energy was able to come through in that fast-paced doubles set," Westerman said. "In singles, I felt like we tried to do a little too much. I thought we over-respected them a little bit."

"Everyone needed to take a page out of Chema's book today," said Westerman. "He walked onto the court and he played his game. He wasn't too intimidated out there, he played his tennis, and when he had a chance to come to the net and end a point, he did. So the team can learn from him tonight."
_____________________________________________________________

In a matchup of top 45 teams it was the host #44 Drake getting past #39 Purdue 5-2. Five of six singles matches went the distance with Drake winning three of them.

Ben Stride (Drake Sports)
Drake took the doubles point and got a straight set win from Calum MacGeoch at #4 while both Ben Stride and Tom Hands came back from a set down to pull away in the third at #5 and #6. Vinny Gillespie earned Drake's fifth and final point with a hard fought win over Ricky Medinilla at #3.

Purdue picked up wins from Gergely Madarasz and Benjamin Ugarte at #1 and #2.

Purdue is off until hosting Indiana on March 8th in the latest battle for the "Bucket" while Drake returns to the courts on Saturday with a visit from #40 Denver.

#44 Drake 5, #39 Purdue 2
Feb 25, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #58 Gergely Madarasz (PUR 13.61) def. Lott, Ben (DU 13.30) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
2. Benjamin Ugarte (PUR 13.15) def. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.65) 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-4 
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.50) def. Ricky Medinilla (PUR 13.15) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 12.76) def. Dominik Sochurek (PUR 11.52) 6-3, 6-3
5. Stride, Ben (DU 12.43) def. Mateus Silva (PUR 13.01) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Hands, Tom (DU 12.11) def. Arthur Dobradin (PUR 11.97) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Ricky Medinilla/Dominik Sochurek (PUR) 6-3
2. Gergely Madarasz/Benjamin Ugarte (PUR) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-4 3. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Mateus Silva/Arthur Dobradin (PUR) 7-5
Match Notes
Drake 7-5; National Ranking #44
Purdue 10-2; National Ranking #39
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,6,5,2,3)

Post-Match Quote from Drake's recap
"The boys came out and play exceptionally well tonight, and fought against an extremely tough Purdue team as five of the (singles) matches went to three sets," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. "Doubles was huge. We went with the changed doubles lineup that we went with against Tulane and reestablished our confidence to being able to close out some matches."
______________________________________________________________

#43 Iowa picked up a nice 4-2 win on Friday night over #40 Denver in a match that saw five of six singles matches go the distance.

Iowa took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 but Denver's Henry Craig and Diogo Rocha put the Pioneers ahead 2-1 with wins at #1 and #2. Iowa's Josh Silverstein tied the match at 2-2 with a come from win #3 and then Jake Jacoby and Robin Haden won tight, tight matches at #6 and #4 with Haden providing the clincher.

Iowa opens up its Big Ten schedule next Saturday by hosting Nebraska while Denver stays in the state of Iowa for a Sunday matchup in Des Moines against #44 Drake.

#43 Iowa 4, #40 Denver 2
Feb 25, 2016 at Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye Tennis/Recreation Complex)
Singles competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN 13.41) def. Lefteris Theodorou (Iowa 12.77) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN 13.26) def. Dominic Patrick (Iowa 12.81) 6-0, 6-3 
3. Josh Silverstein (Iowa 12.97) def. David Fox (DEN 13.13) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Robin Haden (Iowa 12.50) def. Alex Gasson (DEN  13.09) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 
5. Yannik James (DEN 12.95) vs.  Jones Larsen (Iowa 11.98) 6-7, 6-2, 6-6, unf. 
6. Jake Jacoby (Iowa 12.78) def. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN 11.93) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 
Doubles competition
1. Lefteris Theodorou/Jake Jacoby (Iowa) def. #20 Alex Gasson/Henry Craig (DEN) 6-4 
2. Josh Silverstein/Dominic Patrick (Iowa) def. Diogo Rocha/Yannik James (DEN) 6-2 
3. David Fox/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) vs. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (Iowa), 5-5 unf.
Match Notes:
Iowa 7-2; National Ranking #43
Denver 7-3; National Ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,4)



___________________________________________________________________

Andrew Korinek (Chris Parent LSU Sports)
#37 LSU got all it wanted from #75 North Florida but the Bayou Bengals pulled it out 4-3. LSU took the doubles point with wins  at #1 and #2 then the teams split the top four courts in singles. LSU's Jordan Daigle and Gabor Csonka won in straight sets at #1 and #4 while Yannick Zuern and Lasse Muscheites won in straights for the Ospreys at #2 and #3.

The match was decided by a pair of three-setters at #5 and #6 and it was LSU senior Andrew Korinek clinching the win at #5 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Zach Goldberg.

The final match at #6 was played out with North Florida's Sahil Deshmukh winning 6-4 in the third.

Note: UNF played without its #1 singles and doubles player Jack Findel-Hawkins (13.43)

#37 LSU 4, #75 North Florida 3
2/26/2016 at LSU Tennis Complex (Baton Rouge, La.) 
Singles competition
1. #42 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.64) def. Julian Bradley (UNF 13.12) 6-2, 6-1
2. Yannick Zuern (UNF 13.15) def. Justin Butsch (LSU 13.48) 6-0, 6-3
3. Lasse Muscheites (UNF 12.75) def. Boris Arias (LSU 13.45) 6-4, 6-2
4. Gabor Csonka (LSU 13.30) def. Jonathan Deautriell (UNF 12.63) 6-0, 6-1
5. Andrew Korinek (LSU 12.97) def. Zach Goldberg (UNF 12.65) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF 11.81) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU 12.65) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Zach Goldberg/Lasse Muscheites (UNF) 6-3
2. Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Julian Bradley/Yannick Zuern (UNF) 5-4
3. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Sahil Deshmukh/Jonathan Deautriell (UNF) 6-3
Match Notes
North Florida 2-7; National ranking #75
LSU 4-2; National ranking #37
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,2,1,3,5,6)
A-170

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"It would have been a long couple of days had Andrew (Korinek) not come up big, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "We certainly made it a little more difficult on ourselves, we didn't play good in a couple of spots today. It was a strange match with the potential of a lot of pressure falling onto a freshman but fortunately a senior came through.
____________________________________________________________

Ryotaro Matsumura (UK Athletics)
One of the better stories of the year so far continued to get even better as #18 Kentucky knocked off #64 Indiana 6-1. Last season Kentucky limped to a 14-16 record but this season they are playing extremely well with two freshmen, Matsumura and Wallart, in the top four plus William Bushamuka and Nils Ellefsen have been solid too.

Kentucky took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 then it took five of six singles matches. Bushamuka, Matsumura, Ellefsen, Wallart, and Trey Yates won at #1, #2, #3, #4, and #6 while Indiana's only point came from Antonio Cembellin at #5.

Kentucky opens up its SEC schedule next weekend by welcoming in Arkansas and Ole Miss while Indiana hosts Cornell next Thursday.

#18 Kentucky 6, #64 Indiana 1
Feb 26, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #31 William Bushamuka (UK 13.95) def. #37 Sam Monette (IND 13.89) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 
2. #90 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.58) def. Raheel Manji (IND 13.34) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.55) def. Daniel Bednarczyk (IND 13.10) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.94) def. Matthew McCoy (IND 12.70) 6-0, 3-6, 7-5
5. Antonio Cembellin (IND 12.89) def. Charles Minc (UK 12.18) 7-5, 6-3 
6. Trey Yates (UK 13.12) def. Chris Essick (IND 11.92) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. William Bushamuka/Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (IND) 6-3 
2. Enzo Wallart/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IND) 6-3
3. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) vs. Afonso Salgado/Raheel Manji (IND) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Indiana 4-6; National ranking #64
Kentucky 8-2; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,2,1,4,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"A good team win overall tonight, fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann. "Doubles was pretty good. We didn't play great, but we competed well and that's what you want to see as a coach. You want to see how we handle ourselves when we are not playing our best. 

"In singles we are playing better as a group. William [Bushamuka] came back that showed a lot of mental toughness. Ryo [Matsumura] is a rock. Nils [Ellefsen] keeps coming up with the goods and he is closing out sets and matches like a great player. Enzo [Wallart] showed a lot of heart and courage at the end of the third set. I was happy for him. Trey [Yates] is catching his stride before sec which is great to see.

"I was really proud of our guys tonight, said assistant coach Matt Emery. "We came out again in doubles with a lot of intensity and really took it to them. We still have a lot to little things to clean up, but we really just took care of business in doubles and we are very difficult to beat when we get the doubles point.

"I thought all the guys did an unbelievable job of carrying that momentum into the singles. Things got a little tight in the second sets, but we handled the adversity really well.  William did a phenomenal job of righting the ship after a tough first set. He is continuing to prove why he is one of the best players in the country."

"I was really proud of Trey Yates today taking care of business after the match was clinched, Emery added. "It is great to him playing better each match and taking people out. It is awesome to see his hard work paying off. His work ethic and intensity is one of the keys to our team this year, and I love seeing his game start to click right in time for the SEC season."
______________________________________________________________


#33 Tulane 4, Arizona 1
Feb 26, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) vs. #96 Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) 7-6 (8-6), 2-2, unf
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Jason Jaruvang (ARIZ) 6-4, 6-2
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Harry Busby (ARIZ) 7-5, 6-3
4. Will Kneale (ARIZ) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 6-1, 6-2
5. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Trent Botha (ARIZ) 6-1, 6-3
6. Nikolas Tukic (TLN) vs. Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ) 1-6, 6-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. #27 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Will Kneale/Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ) 6-3
2. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) vs. Naoki Takeda/Will Adkisson (ARIZ) 4-4, unf
3. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Shoki Kasahara/Jason Jaruvang (ARIZ) 6-2
Match Notes:
Arizona 5-3
Tulane 6-3; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,5,2,3)




Other Friday Results:

#9 Oklahoma State def. Alabama 4-0
#14 South Florida def. #67 Boise State 4-0
#52 Princeton def. #48 Auburn 4-2
#58 BYU def. #72 Portland 5-2
New Mexico def. DePaul 6-1
New Mexico def. #53 Utah 7-0
Elon def. Brown 4-3
#19 Ole Miss def. #74 South Alabama 7-0
#63 Georgia State def. East Tennessee State 4-3
VCU def. George Mason 7-0
#45 Vanderbilt def. Murray State 7-0
#45 Vanderbilt def. Belmont 4-0




Published in Blogs
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 17:43

UCLA/USC Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Court-By-Court Breakdown:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Match Prediction: UCLA 4-3







Published in Blogs
Tagged under
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 02:30

UCLA Outduels USC & San Diego Burns the Rice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


_____________________________________________________________

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




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

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

"We were fortunate to take the first four single sets and carried the momentum the whole way through the match.
Published in Blogs
Tagged under
The weekend of upsets continued on Saturday with three higher ranked team going down on top of the seven that were upset yesterday. The biggest upset in terms of ranking took place in Starkville but I'll start off in Evanston where Northwestern was looking to snap a 27-match, 19 year, losing streak to in-state rival Illinois.

Even though Northwestern was shutout by the Illini earlier this season it had to be optimistic with a big home crowd on hand. Northwestern got things started off on the right foot by claiming the doubles point for the 12th time in 14 tries with a 6-4 win at No. 2 and a 6-3 win at No. 3.

Illinois rebounded in singles and took four opening sets but it wouldn't be able to close out any of them in straight sets. Northwestern's Alp Horoz didn't have any issues closing out his match in straight sets as he whipped Brian Page 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 in just under an hour.

Julian Childers put the Illini on the board with a come from behind 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Fedor Baev at No. 4 and Aron Hiltzik would even the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over Strong Kirchheimer at No. 3.

Northwestern's Sam Shropshire put Northwestern back ahead after he upset Jared Hiltzik 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2. Shropshire jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third set before Hiltzik won three straight to go ahead 4-3. Shropshire broke Hiltzik's 5-5 service game and then served it out for the win.

Sam Shropshire (Pic vai Brian Lee/Daily Northwestern)
Illinois sophomore Aleks Vukic evened the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Konrad Zieba at No. 1 which meant it all came down to a pair of freshmen at No. 5 to decide it.

Illinois's Asher Hirsch took the first set 6-2 and led 5-2 in the second set but Ben Vandixhorn rallied back to even it at 5-5. It'd go to a tiebreak and Hirsch would lead 5-2 but Vandixhorn took six of the next seven points to take it 8-6 to force a third set. Vandixhorn went up a quick break in the third set and took the final set 6-2 to give Northwestern its historic win over Illinois.

Facts from NU's recap: beat a top-10 team for the first time since the ITA began archiving rankings in 1981.  At 13-1, they are off to the best start in program history, surpassing the 1988-89 team, which began that year 12-1.



#11 Northwestern 4, #8 Illinois 3
Mar 12, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #11 Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
2. #83 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #8 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
3. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #95 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-3
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Illinois 7-6; National ranking #8
Northwestern 13-1; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,4,3,2,1,5)
Official: John Coleman T-2:49 A-457

Post-Match Quotes from Northwestern's recap
 "We are trying to build a program here," head coach Arvid Swan said. "Our guys are buying in, and we are trying to break streaks. That was certainly a goal to beat Illinois."

"We knew we had to bring our A-game today, and we did," Swan said. "I am really proud of the team."

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"I give Northwestern a lot of credit. We had winning positions and multiple match points in spots where they came back and won," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Once we didn't capitalize, Northwestern did a good job of seizing opportunities. I'm not sure how to express the team's gratitude to the Net Nuts and all our alumni that made a road trip turn into an electric home atmosphere. Our students and all our supporters in Chicago are incredible. THANK YOU from the whole team."

"We need to have that growing mindset and building toward specific purposes," Dancer said. "It's an important time for all of us to have ownership. We are definitely looking to getting to California and the competition against Baylor."
________________________________________________________

Mississippi State blanked No. 12 Kentucky for the first time since 1969 (per MSU recap) by really taking it to Kentucky in every faucet of the game. The match was originally scheduled to be played on Friday but rain pushed it back to Saturday and after the way the match went Kentucky probably wished it never stopped raining.
Rishab Agarwal (Pic by Kelly Price/MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State dominated in doubles by winning 6-1 at No. 1 and 6-2 at No. 2 and also led at No. 3 when the point was clinched.

State took five opening sets in singles and Rishab Agarwal, Nuno Borges, Niclas Braun, and Strahinja Rakic would each win in straight sets at 2, 3, 4, and 5 with Braun clinching the team win at No. 4.

State was on the verge of closing out the other two matches out as well but both were abandoned after it started to rain. Both teams have a quick turnaround with State hosting LSU on Sunday while Kentucky goes an hour down the road to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama.

#44 Mississippi State 5, #12 Kentucky 0
March 12, 2016 A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre Starkville, Miss.
Doubles competition
1. Nuno Borges/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. William Bushamuka/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-1
2. Mate Cutura/Trevor Foshey (MSU) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-2
3. Rishab Agarwal/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) vs. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) 5-4 susp.
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (MSU) vs. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2, 4-6, 5-3, susp.
2. #77 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. #108 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-4, 6-2
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-6(4), 7-6(1)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3, 6-4
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) Trey Yates (UK) 6-1, 7-5
6. Trevor Foshey (MSU) vs. Austin Hussey (UK) 2-6, 6-1, 5-4, susp.
Match Notes
Mississippi State 10-3; National Ranking #44
Kentucky 10-3; National Ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2);  Singles (2,5,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Miss State's recap
"The guys are hungry and we need these ranked wins, " head coach Matt Roberts said following the win. "The guys trust each other and they're seeing that all of their hard work is paying off on the court. It's a gradual process for us, because we have a lot of young guys and they have to understand what college tennis is all about.

"We know our doubles have the potential to beat a lot of good teams, Roberts said. "We've been working a lot on our doubles play lately and they're visualizing on winning the point, which has paid off.

"We're happy about today's win, but we know we have a lot of work ahead of us, "Roberts said. "We are still hungry and we're going to take it one match at a time. Tennessee is a great team and they're always good in doubles, so we know we have to bring it tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"The boys looked a bit tired today and the level of play was a little below what it has been, fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. "We will bounce back. This is a tough young group.
_____________________________________________________________

Virginia will be the new No. 1 on Tuesday after defeating No. 13 Oklahoma 4-3 in a neutral site matchup that took place in Tulsa. Virginia took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then picked up three first sets in singles after Thai-Son Kwiatkowski came back from 5-2 down to take the set 7-5 at No. 2.

J.C. Aragone (Pic via Daily Progress)
Virginia's Henrik Wiersholm didn't have any issues as
he blew past OU's Florin Bragusi 6-0, 6-4 at No. 5 which put UVA up 2-0.  OU's Axel Alvarez put the Sooners on the board with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Ryan Shane at No. 1 but Thai-Son Kwiatkowski made it 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Alex Ghilea at No. 2.

J.C. Aragone clinched the win with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maxime Mora at No. 4.  The final two matches were played out with OU's Spencer Papa defeating Collin Altamirano 7-6, 6-2 and Andre Biro getting past Mac Styslinger 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 6.

I was following the live scoring/streaming but for whatever reason they only live scoring on three courts and the video crapped out mid-way through the first sets and never came back (at least it didn't for me). The scoring and video worked fine for the earlier USC/Tulsa match so it was disappointing to have it not work for the higher profile match. Let's hope this isn't an issue when the NCAA Championships roll into town in May.

#4 Virginia 4, #13 Oklahoma 3
March 12, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #41 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #13 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-2, 7-5 
2. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #99 Alex Ghilea (OU) 7-5, 6-3 
3. Spencer Papa (OU) def. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) 7-6(5), 6-2 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #92 Maxime Mora (OU) 6-4, 6-3 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-0, 6-4 
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Mac Styslinger (VA) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #24 Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-2 
2. #7 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #46 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-3 
3. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-2 
Match Notes:
Virginia 12-2; National Ranking #4
Oklahoma 7-6; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,2,4,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"Oklahoma is a great team so we are pleased to come out with the win," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "We continue to show signs of improvement with each match, but we still have lots of work ahead of us."

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"We played a very good match today and just came up a little short, head coach John Roddick said. "Give UVA a lot of credit, they played well. There were a lot of positives to take from this match and hopefully we can keep improving.
__________________________________________________________

In the opening match of the day in Tulsa it was No. 15 USC trouncing No. 26 Tulsa 7-0. USC took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 then the Trojans picked won on all six singles courts with three of them coming in straight sets.

Nick Crystal was off quickly with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Carlos Bautista at No. 2 and a short while later Laurens Verboven won 6-3, 6-4 over Dominic Bechard at No. 6. Max de Vroome would clinch the team match with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Or Ram-Harel at No. 1 and then Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget would each win in three sets to complete the shutout.

USC returns to the court next weekend when it faces Oklahoma and Baylor at the BNP Paribas Challenge in Indian Wells while Tulsa goes to TCU on Tuesday.

#15 USC 7, #26 Tulsa 0
March 12, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #32 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) 7-6, 6-1
2. #35 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 6-0, 6-2
3. #113 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
4. #40 Logan Smith (USC) def. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. #91 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa), 4-6, 6-0, 10-7
6. Laurens Verboven (USC) def. Dominic Bechard (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. #74 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. McCloskey/Kirby (Tulsa), 6-3
2. DeVroome/DeVine (USC) def. Ram-Harel/Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-2
3. Bechard/Bautista (Tulsa) vs. Jaede/T.Smith (USC), DNF 5-4
Match Notes:
USC 8-3; National Ranking #15
Tulsa 7-7; National Ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,6,1,3,5,4)
__________________________________________________________

In one of the best matches of the day it was No. 24 Michigan holding off a late charge to defeat No. 31 Columbia 4-2. Michigan took the doubles point to claim the early 1-0 lead but it wasn't an easy point. Columbia's Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski won 6-4 at No. 2 while Michigan's Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won 6-4 at No. 1. Columbia's Christopher Grant and Miguel Alda had two match points at No. 3 doubles when receiving serve up 5-4, 30-40 but they were able to close it out and ended up falling 7-5 to Michigan's Gabe Tishman and Myles Schalet.
Myles Schalet put Michigan ahead 2-0 when he knocked off Timothy Wang 6-2, 7-5 at No. 6. It looked like Wang was going to force a third set when he led 5-2 and was up 0-40 on the Schalet serve but the Michigan freshman fought back to win it in straights.
Michigan's Jathan Malik made it 3-0 when he got past Victor Pham 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2 but Columbia would get on the board with a three set win from Shawn Hadavi at No. 1.
Michigan's Carter Lin looked like he'd get the clinch at No. 4 however Columbia's Mike Vermeer fought off three match point to take the second set in a tiebreak and force a third.  Columbia's Michal Rolski would also force a third set when he took the second set over Runhao Hua at No. 5

Columbia's Eric Rubin cut the Michigan lead to 3-2 with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Kevin Wong at No. 5 so with the other two matches into a third set it looked like it was going to be a photo finish.

Michigan's Runhao Hua got the key break to go up 6-5 then he served it out from 40-30 to clinch the Michigan win.



"Michigan played well and deserved to win. Obviously not getting the doubles point after having two match points in the decider was tough, but our guys hung around well in singles. It will be great to get outdoors this week," said Columbia associate head coach Howard Endelman

#24 Michigan 4, #31 Columbia 2
March 12, 2016 at Tampa, Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #54 Shawn Hadavi (Columbia) def. #60 Alex Knight (U-M), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
2. #85 Jathan Malik (U-M) def. Victor Pham (Columbia), 6-3, 7-6 (8)
3. #123 Carter Lin (U-M) vs. Mike Vermeer (Columbia), 6-4, 6-7 (8), 4-4 abandoned
4. Eric Rubin (Columbia) def. Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1
5. Runhao Hua (U-M) def. Michal Rolski (Columbia), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
6. Myles Schalet (U-M) def. Timothy Wang (Columbia), 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (U-M) def. #10 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (Columbia), 6-4
2. #33 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (Columbia) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-4 
3. Gabe Tishman/Myles Schalet (U-M) def. Christopher Grant/Miguel Alda (Columbia), 7-5
Match Notes:
Michigan 11-3; National Ranking #24
Columbia 8-4; National Ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles 2-1-3; Singles 6-2-1-4-5

__________________________________________________________

Troy won for the 9th time in its last 10 matches by upsetting No. 65 UNC Wilmington 4-3. Wilmington took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 but Troy came back in singles and took five opening sets.

UNCW's Christiaan Van der Burgh took the Seahawks only first set and he'd be the first one to finish with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pablo Moreno at No. 2.

Troy's Daniel Bustamante and Giovani Samaha won in straight sets at 1 and 3 to even the match at 2-2 and then Mustapha Belcora put the Trojans ahead with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over Javier Restrepo at No. 4.

UNCW's Aviv Ben Shabat tied the match at 3-3 with a 1-6, 7-6, 6-1 win over Hassan Ndayishimiye at No. 6 but Troy's Andy Lau clinched it for the Trojans with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win over Andres Torres at No. 5.

Troy started off the season by playing a tough schedule and really paid for it by going just 1-10 but once everyone got settled in the wins have been raining down from the sky.

Troy 4, #65 UNC Wilmington 3
March 12, 2016 at Tampa, Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Doubles competition
1. Christiaan Van der Burgh/Aviv Ben Shabat (UNCW) def. Pablo Moreno/Andy Lau (TROY) 6-4
2. Andre Baldo/Vaclav Slezak (TROY) def. Javier Restrepo/Xander Veys (UNCW) 6-4
3. Gianlucca Massa/Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) def. G Samaha/Hassan Ndayishimiye (TROY) 6-4
Singles competition
1. Daniel Bustamante (TROY) def. Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) 6-4, 7-6
2. Christiaan Van der Burgh (UNCW) def. Pablo Moreno (TROY) 6-4, 6-4
3. Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Agustin Savarino (UNCW) 6-3, 6-4
4. Mustapha Belcora (TROY) def. Javier Restrepo (UNCW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
5. Andy Lau (TROY) def. Andres Torres (UNCW) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
6. Aviv Ben Shabat (UNCW) def. Hassan Ndayishimiye (TROY) 1-6, 7-6, 6-1
Match Notes:
UNC Wilmington 6-5; National Ranking #65
Troy 10-11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,6,5)
_________________________________________________________

Other Saturday scores:
#16 South Florida def. #23 Penn State 4-0 - USF recap
#33 Rice def. New Orleans 4-0 - Rice recap
#33 Rice def. UT Rio Grande Valley 4-0
#11 Northwestern def. Detroit 7-0
#24 Michigan def. Toledo 5-2 - Michigan recap
#63 New Mexico def. #71 Utah State 4-1 - New Mexico recap
#20 Oregon def. Fresno State 7-0 - Oregon recap
#49 Wisconsin def. Brown 4-2 - Wisconsin recap
Boise State def. Michigan State 5-2 - Boise State recap
San Diego State def. Arizona 4-3 - SDSU recap
#59 Georgia State def. Louisiana Lafayette 4-0 - Georgia State recap
#40 Old Dominion def. College of Charleston 6-1 - COC recap
NAIA #1 Georgia Gwinnett def. Tennessee Tech 4-0 - GGC recap


Published in Blogs
It was a good day for the Pac-12 at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge as both No. 14 Cal and No. 12 USC picked up wins over Big 12 opponents.

In the first match of the day it was the Battle of the Bears as Cal took on No. 21 Baylor. BU's Max Tchoutakian and Tommy Podvinski picked up a 6-2 win at No. 2 but Cal's Mads Engsted and J.T. Nishimura countered with a 6-3 win at No. 3. Cal's No. 1 team of Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat served for the match up 5-3 but BU's Julian Lenz and Will Little broke and then Lenz held for 5-5. Cal held for 6-5 then Bergevi and Lakat broke the Little serve from 30-40 to win it 7-5.


In singles action there were three close matches and three routs. Baylor only took two first sets but Julian Lenz was able to close out his match over Florian Lakat in straight sets with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1. Cal's Filip Bergevi put Cal ahead 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Will Little at No. 4 and then Andre Goransson put Cal up 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Felipe Rios at No. 3.
Baylor made a charge on the other courts with Max Tchoutakian pushing Billy Griffth to a third set at No. 2 while Tommy Podvinski got the equalizer at No. 6 against J.T. Nishimura. Baylor's Jimmy Bendeck was also looking good at No. 5 with the freshman up a set and break on Oskar Wikberg.

Baylor needed to win all three matches but it was going to be tough after Max Tchoutakian went down an early double break to Billy Griffith at No. 2. Griffith was serving up 3-0 but Tchoutakian broke and then held to make it 3-2. Griffith, who was playing at No. 2 for the first time this season, wouldn't get broke again and would hold on to clinch it 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

The other matches were abandoned with BU's Jimmy Bendeck serving for the match at No. 5 while Cal's J.T. Nishimura was serving up 2-1 in the third at No. 6.

#14 California 4, #21 Baylor 1
Mar 19, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #31 Florian Lakat (CAL) 6-2, 6-2
2. #37 Billy Griffith (CAL) def. #56 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. #10 Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Will Little (BU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) vs. #52 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 7-6(6), *5-4
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-3, 4-6, *2-1
Doubles competition
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (CAL) def. #12 Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) 7-5
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (CAL) 6-2
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-3
Match Notes
California 8-2; National ranking #14
Baylor 11-6; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,3,2)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We got off to a strong start in doubles and carried it into the singles, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Billy Griffith continues to be a rock in singles and overall, and our team is doing a good job of creating offensive opportunities and then capitalizing.

"Baylor is always a tough team, and they kept themselves in the match with some outstanding play. It's fairly warm here, and I think our training has been paying off because we looked like we could play five sets out there today.
__________________________________________________________________

The second match of the day was a rematch from the 2014 National Team Indoor Finals and 2013 NCAA Finals as No. 12 USC met No. 15 Oklahoma.

Oklahoma got off to a good start in doubles when Axel Alvarez and Andrew Harris won 6-2 at No. 1 but USC was determined not to drop a second court. USC's No. 2 and No. 3 teams were both receiving up 6-5 and Max de Vroome and Jake DeVine would get their break of the Alex Ghilea serve to win it 7-5 at No. 2.
Just seconds later USC's No. 3 team of Jack Jaede and Tanner Smith would break OU to win that court by the same 7-5 score.
USC got off to a good start in singles by taking opening sets at 1, 2, 5, and 6 while OU got sets at 3, and 4. USC's Thibault Forget made quick work of Maxime Mora at No. 5 by taking it 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour. USC's Nick Crystal made it 3-0 when he defeated Alex Ghilea 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2.
Oklahoma's Andre Biro put the Sooners on the board with a come from behind 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over Laurens Verboven at No. 6 but it would slim pickens after that for OU.

USC had a pair of freshmen closing in on the finish line and it'd be Jake DeVine that would get there first with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Spencer Papa at No. 3.
The other matches were abandoned with USC's Logan Smith leading 5-2 in the third at No. 4 while Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez led 5-4 in the third at No. 1.

#12 USC 4, #15 Oklahoma 1
Mar 19, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
Singles competition
1. #41 Axel Alvarez (OU) vs. #32 Max de Vroome (USC) 4-6, 6-4, 5-4, unf.
2. #35 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #99 Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Jake Devine (USC) def. Spencer Papa (OU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. #40 Logan Smith (USC) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU) 4-6, 6-3, 5-2 unf.
5. #91 Thibault Forget (USC) def. #92 Maxime Mora (OU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Laurens Verboven (USC) 1-6, 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC)  6-2
2. Max de Vroome/Jake Devine (USC) def. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5
3. Jack Jaede/Tanner Smith (USC) def. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) 7-5
Match Notes
USC 9-3; National ranking #12
Oklahoma 7-7; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"USC played very well today and they deserved to win, head coach John Roddick said. "They played the big points well and took it to us. We'll have a chance to get back on track against a very good Cal team tomorrow.
______________________________________________________

Third-ranked TCU won its seventh straight match by knocking off No. 39 Columbia 4-0.  Columbia's Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski won 6-4 at No. 2 but TCU took the other two courts with Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder winning 6-4 at No. 1 while Alex Rybakov and Cameron Norrie won 6-3 at No. 3.

TCU was playing without its usual No. 3 singles player, Guillermo Nunez, but the Horned Frogs did just fine without him. Trevor Johnson made quick work of Richard Pham by picking up a 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 and a few minutes later Alex Rybakov put TCU up 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Victor Pham at No. 2 (for those wondering the Phams are brothers). Reese Stalder would close out the Lions with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Timothy Wang at No. 6.

The other three matches were abandoned with Columbia's Shawn Hadavi and Mike Vermeer up sets at No. 1 and No. 4 while TCU's Jerry Lopez led at No. 3.

TCU will be back at it tomorrow against Dartmouth while Columbia returns to the court next Saturday at Cornell.  Listen to Big Tex talk about today's match:

#3 TCU 4, #39 Columbia 0
March 19, 2016 at Fort Worth, Tx (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #64 Hadavi, Shawn (COL) vs. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4, 0-3, unf
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Pham, Victor (COL) 6-2, 6-1
3. Jerry Lopez (TCU) vs. Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-4, 3-2, unf
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL) vs. #109 Eduardo Nava (TCU) 6-2, 3-3, unf.
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Pham, Richard (COL) 6-0, 6-2
6. Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Wang, Timothy (COL) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. #10 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 6-4
2. #32 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. Trevor Johnson/Jerry Lopez (TCU) 6-4
3. Alex Rybakov/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Grant, Christopher/Alda, Miguel (COL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Columbia 10-5; National ranking #39
TCU 12-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,6)
____________________________________________________________

Eighth-ranked Texas Tech won the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic with a hard fought 4-3 win over No. 28 Tulane. The Red Raiders claimed the doubles point with a 7-5 win at No. 2 and a 6-3 win at No. 3 while Tulane won 6-3 at No. 1.

Tulane tied the match at 1-1 when the ITA #1 Dominik Koepfer cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Felipe Soares at No. 1. Texas Tech retook the lead when freshman Bjorn Thomson knocked off Alex Van Cott 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 and then Alex Sendegeya made it 3-1 when he defeated Sebastian Rey 6-3, 7-6(7) at No. 3.

It looked like Tech's Connor Curry would get the clincher when he led 6-2, 4-1 at No. 6 but Tulane's Tyler Schick rallied to take the second set in a tiebreak.

Tulane's Constantin Schmitz put the Green Waves second point on the board with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 win over Hugo Dojas at No. 2 and then Tyler Schick tied the match at 3-3 with a 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Connor Curry at No. 6.

Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau came all the way back from 6-3, 5-1 down to clinch the win and tournament title with a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 win over Chi-Shan Jao at No. 4.

#8 Texas Tech 4, #28 Tulane 3
Mar 19, 2016 at San Diego, Calif. (Aztec Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #22 Felipe Soares (TT) 6-3, 6-1
2. #111 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. #94 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
3. #124 Alex Sendegeya (TT) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-3, 7-6(7)
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4
5. Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 6-1, 6-4
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Connor Curry (TT) 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #33 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #1 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. #44 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) 7-5
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Nikolas Tukic/Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-3
Match Notes
Tulane 19-2; National ranking #28
Texas Tech 11-4; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,3,2,6,4)
T-3:26

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"This was a great team win today, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "It was a gutsy and hard fought performance. We had an opportunity to close out the match at six and didn't. They had a chance at four and Jolan battled back from down a set and down 5-1 to clinch the match. Incredible fight and belief shown by him.

"I'm very proud of our team to come out to California and win four matches in six days especially against the level of competition we faced, Masi said. "That isn't easy against anyone. We will have a couple days off and get ready for another tough tournament next weekend in Houston. I know our team will be ready, and we have to be ready to do it again.

Post-Match Quote from Tulane's recap
"This one stings but what an unbelievable match, Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Went back and forth all day at most of the positions. We had some match points but didn't convert. Our guys fought their tails off after losing a tight doubles point to get us back into it and give us a chance to win four singles matches. Need to chalk this one up to experience and come out hungry for the next one.
________________________________________________________________

Utah State defeated Boise State for the first time in school history with a 4-3 win on Saturday. Utah State took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Aggies went up 3-0 with wins from Jack Swindels and Samuel Serrano at No. 3 and No. 5.

Boise State cut the deficit to 3-1 with a straight set win from Abe Hewko at No. 6 but Utah State's Jonas Maier was close to clinching at No. 2 with a 4-1 lead in the third over Thomas Tenreiro. The BSU senior would rally to take six of the next seven games to close out Maier 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Boise State was looking good when Brian Foley led Jaime Barajas 5-2 in the third at No. 1 and Kyle Butters led Luis Lopez by a set at No. 4. However Barajas would come back and win the last five games to stun Foley 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 and clinch the USU win.

They played the remaining match out with Butters needing three-sets to get past Lopez 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 at No. 4.

#58 Utah State 4, Boise State 3
Mar 19, 2016 at Logan, Utah (USU Outdoor Courts) 
Singles competition
1. Jaime Barajas (USU) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Jonas Maier (USU) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. Jack Swindells (USU) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Luis Lopez (USU) 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-5
5. Samuel Serrano (USU) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Abe Hewko (BSU) def. Romai Ugarte (USU) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Romai Ugarte/Luis Lopez (USU) vs. Kyle Butters/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 5-4, unfinished
2. Jack Swindells/Jonas Maier (USU) def. Thomas Tenreiro/Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-4
3. Andrew Nakajima/Jaime Barajas (USU) def. Brian Foley/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-1
Match Notes
Boise State 9-8
Utah State 14-5; National ranking #58
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,3,6,2,1,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Utah State's recap
"We're taking it one match at a time," said USU head coach Clancy Shields, a Boise State alumnus. "Our ultimate goal is at the end of the year, so this was obviously a big step for us, as they've won it four years in a row. We won, but we could have improved on some areas, and I think the guys know that. But we'll celebrate this. We've never beaten Boise State in our program history, so it's a milestone victory."
___________________________________________________________

Other scores from San Diego:

#34 San Diego 4, #36 Princeton 0
Mar 19, 2016 at San Diego (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Diego Vives (PU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #53 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Thomas Colautti (PU) 6-3, 7-6
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. #104 Alexander Day (PU) 6-3, 6-4
4. #118 Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Joshua Yablon (PU) 7-6, 4-1, unf
5. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. Luke Gamble (PU) 7-6, 2-2, unf.
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. Kial Kaiser (PU) 7-6, 4-3, unf
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Alexander Day/Luke Gamble (PU) 6-4
2. Diego Vives/Jimmy Wasserman (PU) def. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3
3. Jordan Angus/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Kial Kaiser/Ben Tso (PU) 6-4
Match Notes
San Diego 11-7; National ranking #34
Princeton 12-7; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,2)

Post-Match Quote from Princeton's recap
Coach Billy Pate on the match: "Credit to USD, they played a great match. I was pleased with how we went after it today, emotionally and physically. We gave ourselves a chance, but simply couldn't grab one of those tight first sets. Losing 4 of 6 singles in first-set tiebreakers was disappointing, especially considering how strong the top half of USD's lineup is. That's where they are particularly experienced and dangerous. Nonetheless, this was a successful tournament and we're excited to prepare for league play."


#26 Memphis 4, #46 Denver 2
Mar 19, 2016 at San Diego, Calif. (Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #86 Andrew Watson (MEM) def. Henry Craig (DEN) 7-6 (6), 6-0 
2. #61 Ryan Peniston (MEM) def. Diogo Rocha (DEN) 6-3, 6-3 
3. David Fox (DEN) def. Kai Lemke (MEM) 6-2, 6-3 
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) 6-4, 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) Felix Rauch (MEM) 4-6, 6-4, 2-2, unf.
6. Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Zach Fryer 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) def. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-3
2. Diogo Rocha/Henry Craig (DEN) Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEM) unf.
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manhji (MEM) def. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James (DEN) 6-2


#49 Harvard 4, #75 San Diego State 1
March 19, 2016 at San Diego, Ca (Aztec Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #100 Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. Nicky Hu (HARV), 6-4, 6-7 (2), DNF
2. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) vs. Sebastian Beltrame (HARV), 6-3, 6-4
3. Kenny Tao (HARV) def. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Brian Yeung (HARV) def. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU), 7-6 (5), 6-4
5. Andy Zhou (HARV) def. Cornelius Kolb (SDSU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) vs. Christopher Morrow (HARV), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 DNF
Doubles competition
1. Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HARV) def. Freddy Gelbrich/Hendrik Jebens (SDSU), 7-5
2. Santiago Cevallos/Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. Sebastian Beltrame/Jean Thirouin (HARV), 6-4
3. Christopher Morrow/Andy Zhou (HARV) def. S Gjoels-Andersen/J Meinzer (SDSU), 6-0
Match Notes
Harvard 10-8; National ranking #49
San Diego State 5-9; National ranking #75
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2.1); Singles (5,2,3,4)
_____________________________________________________________

Six-ranked Oklahoma State went to Malibu and took the doubles point and then won all six singles matches in a 7-0 win over #71 Pepperdine.

#6 Oklahoma State 7, #71 Pepperdine 0
Mar 19, 2016 at Malibu, Calif. (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #49 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Hadlich, Guilherme (PEP) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
2. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Pane, Lautaro (PEP) 7-5, 7-6 (11-9)
3. #115 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Sidney, Gabriel (PEP) 6-2, 6-2
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Menichella, Stefan (PEP) 6-2, 6-4
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) def. Iamachkine, Pedro (PEP) 6-4, 6-3
6. #125 Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Van Slyke, Jack (PEP) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8
Doubles competition
1. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) vs. #27 Guilherme Hadlich/Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 5-4, unf.
2. Lucas Gerch/Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Pedro Iamachkine/Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-3
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Tom Hill/Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-2
Match Notes
Oklahoma State 14-1; National ranking #6
Pepperdine 5-5, 1-0 WCC; National ranking #71
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,5,6,1,2)





Published in Blogs
Page 8 of 10