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There were several close matches on Sunday but there was only one that saw a top-five team go down. Georgia, ranked No. 19, was hosting No. 4 Ohio State on a mild and breezy day in Athens. After a week of sunny skies and temperatures in the high-70s, the conditions in Athens weren't as favorable with cloudy skies, an increasing breeze, and temperature hovering in the mid-50s. Despite the conditions a crowd of just over 1000 filled into the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and they were treated to a stellar performance by the home-standing Bulldogs.

Georgia Wins!! (Photo Courtesy of Bill Kallenberg)
I personally thought Ohio State would roll in doubles, but Georgia seemed determined to not let that happen.

Ohio State's No. 3 team of Matt Mendez and Hugo Di Feo earned the first break when they broke the Wayne Montgomery serve from 30-40 to go up 2-1. Hugo Di Feo would then hold on the deciding point for 3-1 with an Emil Reinberg forehand sailed wide. Clip of that point also shows Ohio State's interesting formation with Mendez standing on the same side as Di Feo.


Georgia would get its first break of the day at No. 2 when Jan Zielinski hit a perfect lob on the deciding point to break the Ralf Steinbach's serve to make it 3-1.  However Ohio State's Steinbach and Martin Joyce would break the Paul Oosterbaan serve at love to put it back on serve at 3-2*.

Meanwhile over at No. 1 it would be Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland that would earn the first break. Smith/Wagland went up 0-40 on Herkko Pollanen's 3-3 service game before finally breaking on the deciding point to go up 4-3.



Back at No. 2, Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski would break Ralf Steinbach's 3-4 service game from 30-40 to go up 5-3. Oosterbaan would then serve it out at love with Zielinski hammering home an overhead on match point to give Georgia the 6-3 win. (clip below is the break for 5-3; didn't get match point because scoreboard was showing 30-0)


After falling behind 3-1 at No. 3, Georgia's Emil Reinberg would hold and then he and Wayne Montgomery would break Matt Mendez to make it 3-3. Montgomery would hold at love for 4-3 and then the slow clap began with Georgia having a match point at No. 1 on the Mikael Torpegaard 3-5 service game. Austin Smith would hit a nice backhand return at Torpegaard's feet and the Buckeye sophomore wasn't able to get it back over and that was the match.


The wind didn't seem to be as much a factor during the doubles point but once singles got underway it seemed to pick up a good bit.

Ohio State was looking to rebound after losing the doubles point, for only the fourth time in 18 matches, but it wasn't going to be easy. The Buckeyes started off well in singles and actually had break leads on five of the six courts but they'd only be able to take first sets at No. 1 and No. 6.

Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on Austin Smith at No. 1 before Smith held, broke, and held to pull with 4-3. After an exchange of holds, Torpegaard would hold on the deciding point to take the opening set 6-4. Clip on left shows Torp breaking Smith from 30-40 in opening game of the match and the clip on the right is set point for Torp.


Torpegaard would go up an early break in the second set before Smith broke on the deciding point to even it at 2-2. Torpegaard would break back and then take the next three after that to win it 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour and 17 minutes. Clip on left is Smith breaking for 2-2; clip on right is the final two points of the match.


Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo started off the match at No. 2 by holding on the deciding point and then he'd hold on another deciding point to go up 2-1 (clip on left). Di Feo would snag the first break of the match when he broke Wayne Montgomery on the deciding point to go up 3-1 (clip on right).


Montgomery would break back from 15-40 and then consolidate the break for 3-3. Montgomery would break again, this time from 30-40, to go up 4-3 but Di Feo would break right back from 15-40 to make it 4-4. Di Feo would hold for 5-4 and then Montgomery held on the deciding point, which was also a set point for Di Feo, to make it 5-5 (clip on left). Montgomery broke for 6-5 and then held from 40-30 to take the opening set 7-5 (clip on right).


Montgomery raced out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and was up 0-40 on Di Feo's serve but the Buckeye redshirt freshman managed to hold for 2-5. Di Feo broke from 30-40 for 3-5 but Montgomery broke back to win it 7-5, 6-3 in 1 hour and 28 minutes.


Meanwhile down at No. 6, Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce had a match point with Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski serving at 4-6, 4-5 (40-40). Zielinski managed to get the hold for 5-5 as the clip will show (sorry about the pole).  Quick note: the only break of the match up until this point was when Joyce broke Zielinski to take the first set 6-4.



After a pair of holds, Zielinski and Joyce went to a tiebreak. Zielinski jumped out to a double mini-break lead at *4-1 but Joyce got one back to make it 5-2*. Zielinski got one of the next two to go up *6-3 but Joyce rattled off three straight to even it at 6-6. Zielinski took the mini-break back and then won the set 7-6(6) when he hit a forehand down the line that Joyce couldn't get back into play. The clip starts with Zielinski serving up 6-3 then after Joyce ties it at 6-6 it skips to Zielinski serivng at 7-6.


As Zielinski was forcing a third set at No. 6, Georgia's Nick Wood was trying to close out Herkko Pollanen at No. 5. Wood jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the match and held on the deciding point to close out the first set 6-2 (clip).


The second set started with four straight holds until Wood broke to go up 3-2. Wood would hold again a few games later to make it 5-3 but Pollanen would hold and then break Wood from 30-40 to even it at 5-5. Clip shows the 30-40 point where Wood mis-hits and overhead.


After each held one more time, Pollanen would jump out to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak and end up forcing a third set by taking 7-6(5).



Over at No. 3 singles, Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan and Ohio State's Chris Diaz were locked in a pretty tight battle in which service breaks were more the norm than service holds.

Diaz broke Oosterbaan to start the match (left) but Paul broke right back for 1-1. Diaz would break again on the deciding point for 2-1 (right). but Oosterbaan broke back from 15-40 to make it 2-2.


Oosterbaan would get the first hold of the match, and take his first lead, when the 6'7" redshirt sophomore from Kalamazoo ripped an ace on the deciding point.


Oosterbaan went up 30-40 on Diaz's 2-3 service game but the Buckeye senior came back to hold for 3-3 when Oosterbaan wasn't able to do enough with a mid-court forehand (left). Oosterbaan then held for 4-3 and broke for 5-3 but Diaz would break back from 30-40 to stay in the set (right).


Diaz held for 5-5 and then each held one more time to sent it to a tiebreak. The tiebreak was on serve when Diaz was serving at 4-5 but Oosterbaan would take the next two points to close out the set 7-6(4).


Oosterbaan broke Diaz to start the second set and then held on the deciding point for 2-0. Oosterbaan would extend his lead to 3-1 before Diaz held (deciding point), broke (left), held, and broke on the deciding point to go up 5-3 (right).


Oosterbaan would break for 4-5 and hold for 5-5 but then Diaz held on the deciding point for 6-5 and then broke from 30-40 to send it to a third set.


So, while No. 3, No. 5, and No. 6 were just starting a third set, the match at No. 4 between Ralf Steinbach and Walker Duncan was already several games into the third set. Walker Duncan trailed 4-2 in the opening set but he came back to take a 6-5 lead. The Georgia freshman then broke from 30-40 to take the opening set 7-5 (clip).


Steinbach dominated the second set taking it 6-2 and then he went up 4-2 in the third. Duncan would hold, break, and hold to up 5-4 and then he'd have a match point on the deciding point. Steinbach hit a service winner for the hold (left) and then he broke Duncan from 30-40 (right), on a point he was seemingly out of, to go up 6-5.


Steinbach would go down 15-40 on his serve but he'd come back to get the hold and tie the match at 2-2 with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in 2 hours and 2 minutes.


Nick Wood was able to put his second set collapse behind him and run away from Herkko Pollanen in the third set and take it 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2 in a match that took 2 hours and 29 minutes.


The two remaining matches on court were both in the home stretch. Martin Joyce was serving for the match at No. 6 up 6-5, after breaking Zielinski at love, while Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan was serving for the match at No. 2 up 5-2.

Oosterbaan and Ohio State's Chris Diaz exchanged a plethora of breaks all day so it wasn't too surprising when Diaz broke from 30-40 to make it 3-5 (clip).


Diaz would hold for 4-5 but Oosterbaan would close it out with an easy overhead from 40-15 to take it 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 in 2 hours and 2 hours and 32 minutes. The first clip is the one I shot from the stands and the second was one that Georgia's SID shot from courtside.


The match at No. 6 was abandoned with Zielinski leading 4-1* in the tiebreak. Zielinski broke Joyce to force the tiebreak after trailing 6-5.

To see all these video clips in chronological order you can check out my twitter feed.  Here is Georgia's highlight package.


#19 Georgia 4, #4 Ohio State 2
Mar 16, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #27 Austin Smith (UGA) 6-4, 6-2
2. #25 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #24 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 7-5, 6-3 
3. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. #65 Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4 
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 
5. Nick Wood (UGA) def. #46 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2
6. Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU) 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 (4-1*)
Doubles Competition
1. #5 Ben Wagland/Austin Smith (UGA) def. #11 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-3
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3
3. #62 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 4-3*, unf
Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-2; National ranking #4
Georgia 10-3; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,2,4,5,3)
Official: Clark Weaver
T-3:11 A-1010



Georgia's coach Manuel Diaz, Nick Wood, and Paul Oosterbaan talked to several members of the press after the match and here are those recordings



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A week ago Florida State upset then No. 1 North Carolina but on Sunday it wasn't able to do it again as current No. 1 Virginia rolled to a 7-0 win.

Watch the video highlights from NBC29 in Charlottesville


#1 Virginia 7, #23 Florida State 0
Mar 20, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boars Head Sports Club) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Ryan Shane (VA) def. #30 Benjamin Lock (FS) 6-3, 6-2
2. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #97 Marco Nunez (FS) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS) 6-3, 6-3
4. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-1, 6-1
5. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Jose Gracia (FS) 7-5, 6-1
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Jake Albo (FS) 7-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. #26 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) 5-4, unfinished
2. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Michael Rinaldi/Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-2
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Jose Gracia/Jack Haffey (FS) 6-2
Match Notes
Florida State 12-5, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #23
Virginia 14-2, 4-0 ACC; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,1,5,3,6,2)
T-2:31 A-279

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Florida State is an outstanding team, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It really took a complete effort from our entire team today. I am very proud of the way that we played and of the results this weekend.
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Third-ranked TCU made it a weekend sweep of the Ivy League with a 4-0 shutout over No. 35 Dartmouth. Guillermo Nunez sat out in singles for the second match in a row but TCU still managed to win all nine completed singles sets.


#3 TCU 4, #35 Dartmouth College 0
Mar 20, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #55 Sakinis, Dovydas (DART) 6-2, 6-2
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. Riccardi, Ciro (DART) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
3. #109 Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Wall, George (DART) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-2, 6-1
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Glasnovic, Roko (DART) 6-1, 7-5
6. Trey Daniel (TCU) vs. Grabill, Eddie (DART) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. #59 Sakinis, Dovydas/Glasnovic, Roko (DART) 3-5, unf
2. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Wall, George/Tannenbaum, Brendan (DART) 6-1
3. Guillermo Nuez/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Schmidt, Max/Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-1
Match Notes
Dartmouth College 11-6; National ranking #35
TCU 13-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,1,5)
A-212

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "This was a very solid win against a very good Dartmouth team. I thought our new doubles combinations paid off. Trevor (Johnson) and Guillermo (Nuez) played really well at No. 3 and they had never played together and it was kind of fun to see a very dynamic team. I am just happy that regardless of who they played with, they were ready to play and followed the fundamentals of doubles.

"In singles, we did a good job of jumping all over them. We won all of the first sets and that put Dartmouth in a very tough position. I do think that Dartmouth was making a run there in the second sets in every match and they were up in almost every match except on courts one and three so this could have been a five-hour match, but Trevor was able to break at 5-all and served it out beautifully just being aggressive, coming forward and playing his type of game that pays off for him. I am happy for where we are because I think we are in a good place.

On the upcoming match against No. 7 Northwestern
"Now we have a battle with Northwestern on Tuesday. I know it's a little breezy out and cold here so it is probably not the best weather to come and sit on the bleachers, but we are going to need our fans on Tuesday. We are going to need our students and staff to come out and eat lunch here at the tennis center. The match could be indoors because its supposed to be really windy, but we are going to need everything we have to go up against this team that is No. 7 in the nation and won 11 straight matches. They are an indoor team so it is going to be a battle.
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The Pac-12 was trying to go 4-0 on the weekend against the Big 12 at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Challenge in Indian Wells and USC did its part with a 4-1 win over No. 21 Baylor.

Baylor jumped out to the early 1-0 lead when Felipe Rios and Jimmy Bendeck came back from 6-3 down in the tiebreak to beat Tanner Smith and Jack Jaede 7-6(9) in the deciding match at No. 3.

USC really dominated in singles and took all six opening sets and Max de Vroome, Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget would each win in straight sets to complete the 4-1 win. Below was the only clip of a match point in singles - DeVine hammers a service return to win it at No. 3:


#12 USC 4, #21 Baylor 1
Mar 20, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden) 
Singles competition
1. #32 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #17 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-2, 6-1
2. #35 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. #56 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 4-3
3. #113 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #40 Logan Smith (USC) def. Will Little (BU) 6-3, 6-2
5. #91 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2, 5-3
Doubles competition
1. #74 Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) def. #12 Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) 7-5
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. Max de Vroome/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-3
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Tanner Smith/Jack Jaede (USC) 7-6 (11-9)
Match Notes
USC 10-3; National ranking #12
Baylor 11-7; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,3,4)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"I want to thank Oracle for hosting the event. It's an elite event, really special for our team to be here in this environment with everything that it has to offer. I think it's really much appreciated that their support of college tennis is led by Mark Hurd. We're really excited about that. head coach Matt Knoll on the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge

"The competition was tough. These teams were really good, and you have to give them all the credit in the world. These three teams (Illinois, California, USC) came out and made it hard on us. We have a young team that's growing, and I think we knew it was going to be a challenge to play this level of competition, but we were excited to come out and play these good teams. Unfortunately, it didn't go our way on the scoreboard, but we gained a lot and our guys are getting better. We're excited about going back, practicing in a few days and getting after it again. Knoll on the team's performance at the event
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Cal was trying to make it a Pac-12 sweep of the weekend and before the match with Oklahoma Cal's Florian Lakat got the chance of a lifetime when he was asked to help warm up world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for his match against Milos Raonic.
Oklahoma was able to secure the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead when Andre Biro and Max Mora won the deciding match at No. 3 by a 7-5 score.

Each team would take three first sets and in an interesting twist all six would finish in straight sets. Cal's Oskar Wikberg rolled over Mora 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 but OU retook the lead when Andre Biro beat J.T. Nishimura 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6. Spencer Papa made it 3-1 Boomer Sooner when he defeated Billy Griffith 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2 but Florian Lakat was able to use that pre-match inspiration to defeat Axel Alvarez 7-6, 6-2, at No. 2.

Filip Bergevi tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Florin Bragusi at No. 4 but Alex Ghilea brought it home for OU and defeated Andre Goransson 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3.

Nice job by the ITA crew for getting some video clips of several match points since live scoring coverage was limited in the non-Baylor matches.

#15 Oklahoma 4, #14 California 3
Mar 20, 2016 at Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden) 
Singles competition
1. No. 31 Florian Lakat (Cal) def. No. 41 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 7-6, 6-2
2. Spencer Papa (OU) def. No. 37 Billy Griffith (Cal) 6-3, 7-6
3. Alex Ghilea (OU) def. No. 10 Andre Goransson (Cal) 7-5, 6-4
4. Filip Bergevi (Cal) def. Florin Bragusi (OU) 7-6(2), 6-3
5. No. 52 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. No 92 Max Mora (OU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. No. 46 Axel Alvarez Llamas /Andrew Harris (OU) 6-2
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (Cal) 6-0
3. Andre Biro/Max Mora (OU) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) 7-5
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 8-7; National ranking #15
California 8-3; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,6,2,1,4,3)
BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played a very tough match against a really good Cal team," head coach John Roddick said. "We fought hard and pulled it out in the end. Alex had the biggest win of he collegiate career to clinch the match, so that was great to see."

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"Amazing, Lakat said. "I'd never hit with one of those top players before. Obviously I was a little nervous coming in. It was kind of a dream that's come true. We all want to maybe go pro after college, and getting to play my favorite player the No. 1 player in the world before his final was an amazing privilege. It was a great 45 minutes. It was a lot of fun.

"We played an incredibly exciting match today, and even though we lost, we are playing high-quality tennis, Cal head coach Peter Wright added. "This has been an incredible weekend for us on many levels, including having dinner at (Oracle chairman) Larry Ellison's house where Rafael Nadal gave an inspirational talk to all of the players on Friday night. We played on the tournament grounds of the BNP Paribas event, and we were treated to exceptional hospitality. Florian Lakat had an incredible experience warming up Novak Djokovic on center court for the final today.

"We played two very high-quality teams, and I feel we're engaged in a process that will lead us to success in the postseason. Doubles turned out to be key for us today, and while it's obviously disappointing to lose, there were many bright spots along the way. We're excited about starting the Pac-12 season next weekend.
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Florida won its third straight match with a 6-1 win over No. 22 Ole Miss. Florida took the doubles point and won five of six singles matches with Ole Miss's lone point came at No. 2.


#24 Florida Gators (M) 6, #22 Ole Miss 1
Mar 20, 2016 at Gainesville, Fla. (Ring Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #21 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #103 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-8)
3. #75 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 6-1
4. #51 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-1, 6-3
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Grey Hamilton (OM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) def. Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 5-3
2. #60 Elliott Orkin/Maxx Lipman (FLA) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Florida 9-4; National ranking #24
Ole Miss 7-6; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,5,1,2,6)
A-240

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Assistant Coach Mark Merklein
On how the team was physically prepared for two Top-25 matches this weekend 
"That was a concern, coming in. We knew we had two really tough teams this weekend. Physically, we are training hard. The guys are doing work day in and day out. That is really all we can control is being fit and knowing that we are ready to compete and they are doing that. The guys have really bonded well and bought into the work piece of it. It gives them a chance to compete against anybody, any day."

On playing out the singles match and physical aspect of the match 
"It is tough. The match is over, but the guys continue to fight for the team and for themselves. Physically, you have to dig deep for the match because it is extended. Elliott, again, is a guy that is never going to give up. I can say that across the board with all of the guys on our team. No one is going to give in whether the match is live or not. That is what makes this group special and I feel like we have a great opportunity this year to do some damage."

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We lost a close doubles point. In singles we worked hard and created some opportunities, but we were not able to take advantage of them today and put pressure on Florida. I know this team will bounce back from this loss.
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Mississippi State, ranked No. 25, rebounded from a Friday loss to Texas A&M by winning at LSU 4-2. LSU took the doubles point but State was able to get it done in singles.

MSU picked up straight set wins from Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic at No. 3 and No. 6 and then Mate Cutura and Rashab Agarwal added three-sets at No 1. and No. 2 to give the Bulldogs the win.

#25 Mississippi State 4, #48 LSU 2
3/20/2016 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (STATE) def. #102 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. #77 Rishab Agarwal (STATE) def. #106 Gabor Csonka (LSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Nuno Borges (STATE) def. Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Simon Freund (LSU) vs. Niclas Braun (STATE) 2-6, 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
5. Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Trevor Foshey (STATE) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
6. Strahinja Rakic (STATE) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #8 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Niclas Braun/Nuno Borges (STATE) 6-2
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) vs. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (STATE) 4-3, unfinished
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Strahinja Rakic/Trevor Foshey (STATE) 6-2
Match Notes
Mississippi State 12-4, 4-2 SEC; National ranking #25
LSU 8-8, 1-5 SEC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,1,2,5)
A-174

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"Doubles was a good point for us, Head Coach Jeff Brownsaid. "Their singles lineup has been very strong at the one, two, three and four spots and they got the bonus today because Boris (Arias) didn't have his best day. It was difficult. It was a fine margin of error that we could have squeaked through but we couldn't quite get it done.
  
"I feel bad for the guys today, Brown said. "They did make a lot of improvements that we as a team demanded out of them from recent matches. For the most part we did a lot of things but they still came up short today. We have to keep building on the positives and fix a couple of things and prepare for our next match.

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap 
"Today was a great team effort from all eight Bulldogs, head coach Matt Roberts said. "LSU competed very well and required us to be mentally tough at all spots and to compete together as one unit. Rishab, Nuno and Mate all showed incredible poise under pressure today to win the way they did against a tough team in LSU. "

"It took Rishab a little bit today to step up and play physical, Roberts said. "Once he started looking for his forehand more, everything flowed from there including his return and transition on big points. He learned from his loss Friday and did a great job coming back and winning.

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Another Friday brought us another round of stunning upsets as a pair of top 10 teams went down on the road.

Vanderbilt won its third consecutive match by a 4-3 score as it stunned No. 7 Texas A&M 4-3. The Commodores took the doubles point when Tate Allwardt and Baker Newman knocked off Max Lunkin and AJ Catanzariti 7-6(5) at No. 2.

Texas A&M took opening sets at 2, 3, 5, and 6 while Vandy got the opening set at 1 and 4. Max Lunkin won easily at No. 6 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex Ross and Shane Vinsant would put the Aggies ahead with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Rhys Johnson at No. 2.

Vandy's Baker Newman tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 4 but moments later Jackson Withrow put Texas A&M back in front with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kris Yee at No. 5.

Danny Valent tied it at 3-3 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Arthur Rinderknech at No. 1 and then Cameron Klinger outlasted Jordi Arconada 6-7, 6-4, 7-6(3) at No. 2 to clinch the big upset victory.


#49 Vanderbilt 4, #7 Texas A&M 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Nashville, TN (Currey Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #67 Daniel Valent (VU 13.83) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.34) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
2. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.05) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.05) 7-5, 6-3
3. #92 Cameron Klinger (VU 13.78) def. #90 Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.79) 6-7, 6-4, 7-6(3)
4. Baker Newman (VU 13.39) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.42) 6-4, 6-3
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.97) def. Kris Yee (VU 13.03) 6-4, 6-3
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.35) def. Alex Ross (VU 12.74) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #33 Cameron Klinger/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. #18 J Withrow/A Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-2
2. Tate Allwardt/Baker Newman (VU) def. Max Lunkin/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 7-6(5)
3. Jordi Arconada/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 12-8; National ranking #49
Texas A&M 18-5; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2); Singles (6, 2, 4, 5, 1, 3)

Post-Match Quotes from Vandy's recap
"It was a pretty crazy third set, said Klinger. "I think three or four of my service games went to deuce and I won all of them. I was listening to Jamie (Hunt) and he was just saying you know just stick around, this is your time.' The guys we're super loud and they game me a ton of support. I'm just so glad I could come through for them.

"It was such a great win for us, said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "You know we're getting better, and there are still lots of areas where we can improve. I think what we're seeing is that we've told them when we've had those though 4-3 losses that we just need to hang in there and if we keep knocking at the door it will open itself up at some point It happened against Kentucky, it happened against Tennessee, and now it's happened again. I think now they've become believers, if they compete and hang in there no matter how dire things look, until it's over it's not over. We're finding ways to win, which is really encouraging.

"I feel like when teams become great different players come through at different times. Rhys came through against Kentucky, Danny against Tennessee and today Cam clinches. It was a huge win for him (Klinger) especially given the fact that he was in control of the first set and got tentative. Danny beat a guy that's been top-10 in the country, and that's a huge win for him. I'm proud of them and we'll come back to work tomorrow morning and get better
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Many people including myself didn't give Washington much of a chance tonight against No. 8 USC but the Huskies proved us all wrong and stunned the Trojans 4-3.  

Washington took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then Huskies took first sets in singles at 1, 2, 3, and 4 while USC grabbed 5 and 6.

USC's Thibault Forget, who earlier this week was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, ran his dual-match record to 11-0 with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Sebastian Hawken at No. 5. 

Washington's Gal Hakak defeated Logan Smith 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 and then Jake Douglas knocked off Jake DeVine 7-5, 6-3 at No. 3.  It looked like Mitch Stewart was going to clinch the win when he led Nick Crystal 3-0 in the second set tiebreak but Crystal rallied to win seven of the next nine points to send it to a third set.

The stage was set for Piers Foley to be the hero as the Washington freshman came back from a set down to clinch the upset with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Laurens Verboven at No. 5.


The win over USC was Washington's first since 2006 and it was the Huskies highest ranked win since defeating No. 7 UCLA during that same season. 

USC's Nick Crystal and Max de Vroome managed to win the two remaining match at No. 1 and No. 2 to make the final score 4-3. 

#39 Washington 4, #8 USC  3
Mar 25, 2016 at Seattle, Wa (Bill Quillian Stadium) 
Doubles competition 
1. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Foley/Watanabe (UW) 7-5
2. Lam/Sommer (UW) def. DeVine/de Vroome (USC) 6-4
3. Douglas/Hakak (UW) def. Jaede/Smith (USC) 6-4
Singles competition               
1. #55 Nick Crystal (USC 14.09) def. #84 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.95) 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2
2. #25 Max de Vroome (USC 14.15) def. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.34) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
3. Jake Douglas (UW 13.34) def. #109 Jake DeVine (USC 13.66) 7-5, 6-3
4. Gal Hakak (UW 13.35) def. #58 Logan Smith (USC 13.68) 6-3, 6-4
5. Thibault Forget (USC 13.79) def. Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.61) 6-2, 6-1
6. Piers Foley (UW 12.47) def. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.30) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
Match Notes
Washington 14-4: National ranking #39
USC 10-4; National ranking #8
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,3,6,1,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
"No question it was a super win today, said head coach Matt Anger. "We know how good their players are as well as their team, which is why we're so happy with pulling out the victory.

"I was very proud of the freshmen today, said Anger. "Enzo ended up losing a close match and Piers clinching the match for us down on court six was big for us too. It's not easy to win 6-0 in the third set against anyone and certainly not against USC.

"Mitch was very close to winning his match today, so there was still more out there for us, said Anger. "It just shows we were tough all the way through.

"I know a lot of people that are saying we have more wins now than we did last year and the year before that, but there's a lot out there that we want to keep climbing for, said Anger. "There's more out there for us.
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Sixth-ranked UCLA rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit to beat No. 26 Oregon 4-1. The Ducks took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but UCLA fought back in singles and took four opening sets. Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio would each finish in straight sets with Staggs getting the clincher at No. 5.


#6 UCLA 4, #26 Oregon 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Eugene, OR (Student Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. McDonald/Cressy (UCLA) vs. #20 Amos/Soemarno (ORE) 5-5, unfinished
2. Maasland/Stevens (ORE) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-3
3. Clissold/Laurent (ORE) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #94 Daan Maasland (ORE) 6-3, 6-2
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Thomas Laurent (ORE) 6-3, 6-4
3. Simon Stevens (ORE) vs. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-0, 5-5, unfinished
4. Jayson Amos (ORE) vs. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 7-5, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Bartosz Sawicki (ORE) 6-1, 6-0
Match Notes
Oregon 13-2; National ranking #26
UCLA 13-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5)
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No. 23 Michigan won its third straight match with a hard fought 5-2 win over No. 25 Penn State. Michigan's Jathan Malik and Kevin Wong won 6-4 at No. 2 doubles and the Wolverines took the doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won 6-3 at No. 1
Michigan took four opening sets in singles but Davis Crocker was the only one to finish in straight sets as he defeated Tomas Hanzlik 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5.

Penn State senior Leo Stakhovsky put the Nittany Lions on the board with a come from behind 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Jathan Malik at No. 1 but Michigan extended its lead to 3-1 with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 win by Myles Schalet at No. 6.

Michigan sophomore Carter Lin would clinch the match with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over Matt Barry at No. 3.

The remaining matches were played out with Penn State's Constant De La Bassetiere winning in three-sets at No. 2 while Michigan's Runhao Hua won 7-6 in the third at No. 4.

#23 Michigan 5, #25 Penn State 2
Mar 25, 2016 at Ann Arbor, MI (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #39 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) def. Christian Lutschaunig/David Kohan (PSU), 6-3
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) def. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU), 6-4
3. Myles Schalet/Gabe Tishman (UM) vs. Constant De La Bassetiere/Matt Galush (PSU), 5-5, dnf.
Singles competition
1. # 96 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #75 Jathan Malik (UM), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU) def. #107 Alex Knight (UM), 6-7 (0), 6-3, 6-2
3. Carter Lin (UM) def. #125 Matt Barry (PSU), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
4. Runhao Hua (UM) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5)
5. Davis Crocker (UM) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU), 6-4, 6-3
6. Myles Schalet (UM) def. Ben Lieb (PSU), 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
Match Notes:
Michigan 13-3; National ranking #23
Penn State 14-4; National ranking #25
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,1,6,3,2,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"That was a true Top 25 battle," said head coach Jeff Zinn. "That was what two really good teams do in conference play. We fought in every position and it just didn't turn our way unfortunately. I am very proud of the way we fought and the way that we competed in such a big match. I will be pleased if we can continue to compete like this; if we do we will have a really good year.

"Congratulations to Coach Steinberg and the Wolverines," said assistant coach Paul Tobin. "It was a tight battle in singles with five three-set matches. It was a tough match against two evenly matched teams. We will certainly be able to learn from this and move forward into our matches next weekend.
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Mississippi State struck first by taking the doubles point but ultimately Florida would strike last and pull out a tough 4-3 win. MSU's Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter upset the ITA No. 1 doubles team of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson to clinch the doubles point but both Hidalgo and Watson would get redemption in singles.

Florida took opening sets in singles at 2, 3, 5, and 6 while State grabbed the first frame at 1 and 4. Florida freshman McClain Kessler won the only match to finish in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Trevor Foshey at No. 6.

Gordon Watson (Jordan McPherson/Alligator.org)
MSU freshman Nuno Borges ate a first set bagel but managed to come back and beat Florida freshman Alfredo Perez 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3. MSU's Niclas Braun ate a second set bagel but managed to regroup in the third to defeat Chase Perez-Blanco 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 at No. 4.

MSU was up 3-1 but they wouldn't be able to find that last point as Diego Hidalgo, Elliott Orkin, and Gordon Watson each managed to pull out three-setters with Watson cinching at No. 5.

In an odd twist, all the matches that went three-sets finished with a 6-3 third set score.

#16 Florida 4, #24 Mississippi State 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Starkville, MS (A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre) 
Doubles competition
Doubles-Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Cutura/Hunter (MSU) def. #1 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 6-4
2. Borges/Braun (MSU) def. #52 Lipman/Orkin (UF) 6-1
3. Perez/Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Foshey/Rakic (MSU) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #24 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #22 Mate Cutura (MSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. #29 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. #80 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #122 Alfredo Perez (UF) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Niclas Braun (MSU)  def. #71 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Stahinja Rakic (MSU) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
6. McClain Kessler (UF) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-3, 6-0
Match Notes
Florida 10-4; National ranking #16
Mississippi State 12-5; National ranking #24
Order of finish; Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,4,1,2,5)
Attendance: 183

Post-Match Quote from Florida's recap
Volunteer Assistant Coach Scott Perelman on the match victory tonight 
"To win on the road in the SEC is a tough task. Mississippi State had a nice crowd and played hard. We are so proud of our guys! Gordon Watson put us on his back and brought us home. He played his best tennis at the end of the match. We are all very happy for him. Tonight was a total team effort. We will enjoy the victory tonight and then prepare for a tough Alabama team on Sunday. Go Gators!"

Post-Match Quotes from Mississippi State's recap
"We gained a lot from tonight's match, head coach Matt Roberts said. "We had positives from our doubles teams that put us in a great position going into singles play, but it came down to a freshman versus a senior. Florida's guy has probably been in that spot many times, so it was tough to ask three freshmen to win for you against an experienced team like Florida.

"I'm very proud of the way we competed in doubles tonight at 1 and 2, Roberts said. "Mate and Vaughn have been working hard and stepped up tonight huge for us.

"We're going to stay positive and focused on the journey one day and one week at time for everyone's overall development, Roberts said. "Wins and losses come and go, but the impact we can have on these great student athletes is everlasting.
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Fifteenth-ranked California got all it wanted and more from No. 61 Utah before pulling out a 4-3 win in Salt Lake City. One of Cal's top singles players, Florian Lakat, sat out for unknown reasons and his absence was definitely felt by the Bears.

Utah took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then the Utes split first sets with Cal. Utah's Freddie McGeehan won in straight sets at No. 6 to put the Utes up 2-0 but Cal would answer with straight set wins from Billy Griffith and Oskar Wikberg at No. 1 and No. 4.

J.T. Nishimura (Cal Bears)
Andre Goransson put Cal ahead with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dan Little at No. 3 but David Micevski evened it at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-4 upset of Filip Bergevi at No. 2. 

Cal's J.T. Nishimura would save the day for the Bears with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win over Jamey Swiggart at No. 5.

It's interesting to look at the UTRs in this one because Cal was a heavy favorite on every court yet Utah still managed to win two matches and nearly won a few more. David Micevski's win over Filip Bergevi was the only one to official be a UTR upset because the variance between the two was greater than 1.0.  

#15 California 4, #61 Utah 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT (Eccles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Billy Griffith (CAL 14.20) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH 12.70) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. David Micevski (UTAH 12.95) def. Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.24) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
3. Andre Goransson (CAL 14.07) def. Dan Little (UTAH 12.83) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.93) def. Egbert Weverink (UTAH 12.36) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6
5. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.46) def. Jamey Swiggart (UTAH 12.15) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-4
6. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH 12.37) def. Mads Engsted (CAL 13.30) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Andre Goransson/Billy Griffith (CAL) vs. Matt Cowley/Dan Little (UTAH) 6-6
2. Freddie McGeehan/Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Filip Bergevi/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-4
3. Johan Jonhagen/Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 7-6 (7-0)
Match Notes: 
California 9-3; National ranking #15 
Utah 16-3; National ranking #61
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,1,4,3,2,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We needed a supreme effort to win today's match against a very strong Utah team, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "J.T. Nishimura had the team on his shoulders as he clinched the victory for us. It took our guys a long time to get used to the altitude, and we played indoors due to the cold temperature (in the 40s) and wind outdoors. Our doubles remains challenging, and we hope to improve that on Sunday when we play at Arizona.

Post-Match Quotes from Utah's recap
"I'm very proud of our competitive spirit today. We had a lot of opportunities to beat a very good Cal team, but we let it slip out of our hands. The good thing to take from this match is that we have now shown that we can play these teams and if we work a little harder, and pay better attention to the details, we have it in us to beat these teams." said head coach Roeland Brateanu.
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Eleventh-ranked Georgia rolled to its seventh straight win by defeating Tennessee 5-2. The Bulldogs took the doubles point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 and then they took five opening sets in singles with the Vols only able to pull a set out at No. 3.

Austin Smith, Walker Duncan, Jan Zielinski, and Emil Reinberg won in straight sets at 1, 4, 5, and 6 with Reinberg clinching the team win at No. 6.

Tennessee's Luis Valero defeated Wayne Montgomery at No. 2 when a 10-point tiebreak was played in lieu of a third set and Timo Stodder defeated Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 7-6 at No. 3.



#11 Georgia 5, Tennessee 2
Mar 25, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Igor Smelyanski (UT-M) 6-2, 6-0
2. Luis Valero (UT-M) def. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)
3. Timo Stodder (UT-M) def. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
4. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT-M) 6-1, 6-4
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Jack Schipanski (UT-M) 6-3, 6-4
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Jack Heslin (UT-M) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #20 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT-M) 4-3, unfinished
2. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Jack Heslin/Preston Touliatos (UT-M) 6-2
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Timo Stodder (UT-M) 6-4
Match Notes
Tennessee 6-10
Georgia 11-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,4,6,2,5,3)
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:21 A-658

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"We are becoming a more confident team, and I think we are becoming a more mature team now," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Having said that, you are only as good as your next match. We play a very, very good Kentucky team on Sunday. They have been playing some outstanding tennis, so it will be a huge match for us and hopefully we can play our best on Sunday."

"Playing for Georgia is an absolute privilege, so to deliver the match-clincher was a big deal," Reinberg said. "I really just stuck to my game the whole match and that's what got me though. I am proud of my team and the way we played today."
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Kentucky played without two of top four singles starters but still managed to get past South Carolina 4-3. Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart did suit up in doubles and it's a good thing they did because they clinched the point with a 7-6(4) win at No. 1.

South Carolina's Harrison O'Keefe and Alex Fennell won in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 5 to put the Gamecocks ahead 2-1 but Kentucky's Gus Benson and Ryotaro Matsumura won in straights at No. 6 and No. 2 to make it 3-2 UK.

Kentucky sophomore William Bushamuka clinched the match with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Gabriel Friedrich at No. 1.

#18 Kentucky 4, #65 South Carolina 3 
March 25, 2016 at Lexington, KY (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #93 Gabriel Friedrich (SCAR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Andrew Schafer (SCAR) 7-5, 6-1 
3. Harrison O'Keefe (SCAR) def. Trey Yates (UK) 6-3, 6-2 
4. Thomas Mayronne (SCAR) def. Jake Stefanik (UK) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) 
5. Alex Fennell (SCAR) def. Austin Hussey (UK) 6-2, 6-1 
6. Gus Benson (UK) def. Sam Swank (SCAR) 7-5, 6-4 
Doubles competition 
1. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Harrison O'Keefe/Alex Fennell (SCAR) 7-6 (7-4) 
2. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) def. Sam Swank/Gabriel Friedrich (SCAR) 7-5 
3. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) vs. Andrew Schafer/Thomas Mayronne (SCAR) 6-6, unf
Match Notes: 
South Carolina 9-10 (1-4 SEC); National ranking #65 
Kentucky 14-4 (4-2 SEC); National ranking #18 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,6,2,1,4)

Post-Match Quotes from SC's recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi: "This team has been working their tails off and has been getting better with every single match. It's a shame that the guys did not get the pay off today against a highly ranked Kentucky team, but we fought until the end. Credit goes to Kentucky. It was great to see Alex Fennell get a singles win because he's a big point for this team. He's been working hard to get back to good form, and he looked good today. Harrison O'Keefe played great tennis from the start to the end, and Mayronne battled his way to a victory like he always does. A lot of good things are happening. We look forward to getting back to Columbia to take on Tennessee."
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Northwestern was pushed pretty hard on Friday night but it was able to get the W over Purdue when Strong Kirchheimer pulled away from Ricky Medinilla in the third set at No. 3.

Northwestern won the doubles point easily with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Wildcats claimed four opening sets in singles.

Sam Shropshire cruised over Benjamin Ugarte 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 but Purdue's Gergely Madarasz upset Konrad Zieba 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 to pull the Boilers to within 2-1. Alp Horoz extended NU's lead to 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Lucas Dages at No. 6 but Purdue's Dominik Sochurek pulled off a UTR upset with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Fedor Baev at No. 4 (Sochurek has a 11.63 UTR vs. Baev's 13.17).
Strong Kirchheimer (Daily Northwestern)

Northwestern's lead was 3-2 but both of the remaining matches were into a third set and it seemed like it was going to be anybodies match.

Purdue's Mateus Silva had opened up a 5-2 lead in the third at No. 5 but Northwestern junior Strong Kirchheimer was a able to overpower Ricky Medinilla in the third set at No. 3 and win it 6-1 to clinch the team win.

Silva's match was abandoned despite him being just a game away. So far I've noticed that the SEC and ACC are playing everything out while the Big Ten and Pac-12 are stopping on the clinch - Big 12 hasn't started conference play yet so we'll see what they do.

#12 Northwestern 4, #54 Purdue 2
Mar 25, 2016 at West Lafayette, IN (Basham Courts at Schwartz Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #51 Gergely Madarasz (PUR 13.81) def. #13 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.39) 6-2, 6-4
2. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.78) def. #57 Benjamin Ugarte (PUR 13.30) 6-3, 6-1
3. #97 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.27) def. Ricky Medinilla (PUR 13.03) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 
4. Dominik Sochurek (PUR 11.63) def. Fedor Baev (NU 13.17) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Mateus Silva (PUR 13.20) vs. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.82) 6-4, 6-7, 5-2, unfinished 
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.07) def. Lucas Dages (PUR 11.53) 7-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchhemeimer (NU) def. Dominik Sochurek/Ricky Medinilla (PUR) 6-1
2. Gergely Madarasz/Benjamin Ugarte (PUR) vs. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 3-4 unf.
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Mateus Silva/Renan Hanayama (PUR) 6-1
Match Notes:
Northwestern 15-2, 2-0 B1G; National ranking #12
Purdue 12-4, 1-1 B1G; National ranking #54
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,6,4,3)
Match played indoors on the Basham Courts of the Schwartz Tennis Center T-3:00

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"It was great to have Strong clinch the match for us," head coach Arvid Swan said. "He really played high level tennis in the third set."

"Great team win for us today," Swan said. "Purdue is an excellent team, and it is not easy to win there. I was proud of the way the team competed through the momentum swings during the match."
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Unranked Loyola Marymount defeated UC Santa Barbara for the first time in program history with a 4-3 win on Friday afternoon. LMU was 0-16 all-time against UCSB going into this one but the Lions were able to overcome the loss of the doubles point to get the upset.

Errol Smith (Shaffer/LMU)
UCSB claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but LMU picked up four first sets in singles.

UCSB's Cody Rakela rolled over Luke Bohuslav 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 to make it 2-0 Gauchos but LMU's Lukas Moenter trimmed the lead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Oliver Sec at No. 6.

UCSB's Nathan Eshmade made it 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 1 but one by one LMU would pick wins on the other courts.

Joat Farah defeated Anders Hol 7-6, 6-4 at No. 4, Cristobal Rivera gutted out a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(6) win over Nicolas Moreno at No. 2, and Errol Smith clinched the team victory with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 win over Morgan Mays at No. 3.


LMU 4, #51 UC Santa Barbara 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Mulholland Tennis Club) 
Singles competition
1. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.14) def. Charles Boyce (LMU 12.66) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2. Cristobal Rivera (LMU 13.02) def. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB 13.70) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Errol Smith (LMU 13.09) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.01) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
4. Joat Farah (LMU 12.61) def. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.64) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.65) def. Luke Bohuslav (LMU 12.41) 6-1, 6-2
6. Lukas Moenter (LMU 12.54) def. Oliver Sec (UCSB 12.90) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #34 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann (UCSB) def. Joat Farah/Errol Smith (LMU) 6-2
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Luke Bohuslav/Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-4
Match Notes
UC Santa Barbara 9-6; National ranking #51
LMU 7-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,6,1,4,2,3)
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Middle Tennessee State is hosting the MT Shootout this weekend but UAB was the one that came out with guns blazing after the Blazers scorched the Blue Raiders 4-2.

Mitchell Martell (UAB)
UAB took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 2 in a tiebreak and then it took four opening sets in singles to boot.

MTSU's Miguel Negre was first off the court with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 but UAB retook the lead when Christian Coetzee won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4. Gian Issa leveled the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 but UAB's Stepan Vancurik answered with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Luis Morillo Diaz at No. 5.

The two remaining matches went three-sets and it was UAB's Mitchell Martell that would clinch the match with a 7-6, 0-6, 6-4 win over Dima Zyhmantovich at No. 1. The other match was abandoned with MTSU's Gonzalo Morell leading 4-3 in the third.


UAB 4, #62 Middle Tennessee 2
March 25, 2016 at Murfreesboro, TN (Adams Tennis Complex
Singles competition
1. Mitchell Martell (UAB 12.33) def. Dima Zyhmantovich (MT 12.94) 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 6-4
2. Gonzalo Morell (MT 13.27) vs. Eric Komati (UAB 12.88) 4-6, 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
3. Miguel Negre (MT 12.69) def. Oliver Poysti (UAB 11.76) 6-2, 6-1
4. Christian Coetzee (UAB 12.61) def. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT 12.83) 6-3, 6-3
5. Stepan Vancurik (UAB 12.33) def. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT 11.94) 6-1, 7-5
6. Gian Issa (MT 13.13) def. Kenton Parton (UAB 11.87) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Ayed Zatar Cordero/Gonzalo Morell (MT) def. Christian Coetzee/Kenton Parton (UAB) 6-2
2. Luiz Felipe Pinto/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Miguel Negre/Gian Issa (MT) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Eric Komati/Stepan Vancurik (UAB) def. Luis Morillo Diaz/Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) 6-4
Match Notes:
UAB 10-6
Middle Tennessee 13-4; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,5,1)
Official: Ted Mason  T-3:04  A-52
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South Florida and Pepperdine got started at 10am on Friday but rain halted play for over six hours just before the doubles point could finish up.

Once the rain stopped South Florida closed out the doubles point and then quickly closed out Pepperdine in singles with Roberto Cid, Sasha Gozun, and Peter Bertran winning in straight sets at 1, 3, and 4.

#17 South Floirda 4, #53 Pepperdine 0
March 25, 2016 at Tampa, FL (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF) def. HADLICH, Guilherme (PEP) 6-0, 6-4
2. #31 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. PANE, Lautaro (PEP) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. MENICHELLA, Stefan (PEP) 6-4, 6-4
4. Peter Bertran (USF) def. SIDNEY, Gabriel (PEP) 6-1, 6-1
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) vs. IAMACHKINE, Pedro (PEP) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished 
6. VAN SLYKE, Jack (PEP) vs. Everth Dzib (USF) 6-0, 5-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) def. #37 Guilherme Hadlich/Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-4 
2. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-4
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Tom Hill/Jack Van Slyke (PEP) 6-0
Match Notes:
Pepperdine 5-7; National ranking #53
South Florida 12-6; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,1)
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UNLV picked up its first ranked win over the year with a 4-1 upset of No. 60 New Mexico. The Runnin Rebs took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Jakob Amilon, Alexandr Cozbinov, and Richard Solberg at 1, 2, and 6.

UNLV 4, #60 New Mexico 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Las Vegas, Nevada (Fertitta Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. Jakob Amilon (UNLV 13.43) def. Bart Van Leijsen (UNM 12.86) 6-4, 6-4
2. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV 13.16) def. Jorge Escutia (UNM 12.41) 6-3, 6-4
3. Ricky Hernandez-Tong (UNM 12.44) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV 12.81) no result 
4. Augustus Ge (UNM 12.51) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV 11.94) 6-1, 6-2
5. Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM 11.73) vs. Evaldo Neto (UNLV 12.29) no result
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV 12.61) def. Sean Baklini (UNM 11.90) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) def. Augustus Ge/Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM) 6-3
2. Evaldo Neto/Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) def. Bart Van Leijsen/Michael Tran (UNM) 6-3
3. Ricky Hernandez-Tong/Jorge Escutia (UNM) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov/Richard Solberg (UNLV) no result
Match Notes:
UNLV 6-6
New Mexico 12-11; National ranking #60
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,6,2)

Post-Match Quotes from UNM's recap
"Not a great performance today," said head coach Bart Scott. "Typically we pride ourselves on finding solutions and today, for a multitude of reasons, we simply were not able to problem solve. Congratulations to UNLV; they played a better match start to finish and deserved the win more than we did.  We have to bounce back and look to solve problems better later this afternoon against Montana."
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Second-ranked Virginia got challenged in a few spots but the Cavaliers were too strong and won comfortably 6-1.

#2 Virginia 6, #46 Notre Dame 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #33 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-7, 7-5, 1-0
2. #63 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-4, 6-2
3. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 6-3, 6-4
4. #88 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 7-6, 6-4
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-4, 6-3
6. Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-2
2. #8 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) vs. Grayson Broadus/Josh Hagar (ND) 5-5, unf
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Eddy Covalschi/Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 6-4
Match Notes
Notre Dame 11-8, 5-2 ACC; National ranking #46
Virginia 15-2, 5-0 ACC; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (,3,4,2,6,5,1)
T-2:34 A-358

Post-Match Quotes for UVA's recap
"It was a beautiful day to play tennis and I am thrilled that we had the success we did today, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "The team played really well from top to bottom. Notre Dame is a great team and I was very impressed with their fight and desire on the court. We are looking forward to another great day of tennis tomorrow when we take on Boston College.
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North Carolina played without its No. 1 Brayden Schnur but still cruised to a 6-1 win over Clemson. The Tar Heels blew the Tigers off the court in doubles and singles wasn't much closer with Clemson taking only two sets - both at No. 1 fro Alex Favrot. 

#1 North Carolina 6, Clemson 1
March 25, 2016 Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Doubles competition
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) d. Alex Favrot/Lance Johnson (CU), 6-1
2. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) vs. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU), 5-2 DNF
3. Andrew Gores/Anu Kodali (UNC) d. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU), 6-1
Singles competition
1. Alex Favrot (CU) d. #37 Brett Clark (UNC), 6-4, 6-2
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) d. Luke Johnson (CU), 6-1, 6-3
3. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC) d. Daffra Sanon (CU), 6-1, 6-3
4. #95 Jack Murray (UNC) d. Austin Ansari (CU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Anu Kodali (UNC) d. Robert Dudley (CU), 6-3, 6-3
6. Blaine Boyden (UNC) d. Christian Harris (CU), 6-4, 6-1
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,4,1,2,6)
Records: North Carolina 19-1 (4-1 ACC), Clemson 11-10 (2-4 ACC)

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"We have a tough league and it's tougher as we go forward, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "Virginia Tech is really under-ranked, no doubt about it. But we just take one match at a time. We're just trying to get better every day we talk about that a lot.

"I liked our focus in doubles, Paul said. "I liked how we came out.

Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
"North Carolina played and acted like the number one ranked team they are today. Credit to my dear friend Sam Paul on putting his team in this position, said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "Freshman standout Alex Favrot continues to show why he is one of the best players in the ACC and the nation by defeating #34 ranked Brett Clark. We look forward to getting back after it tomorrow against North Carolina State before returning to Clemson. "
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Duke gave Virginia Tech all it wanted but the guys from Blacksburg won enough of the close matches to get the 5-2 win. Check out Duke's recap for all the finer details.

#45 Virginia Tech 5, Duke 2
March 25, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium) 
Doubles competition
1. #7 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Nicolas Alvarez/Ryan Dickerson (DU) 6-2
2. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Catalin Mateas/Vincent Lin (DU) 7-5
3. Daniel McCall/Jason Lapidus (DU) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3 
Singles competition
1. #21 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #19 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. #74 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. Catalin Mateas (DU) 7-5, 6-3
3. Vincent Lin (DU) def. Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
4. #72 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. TJ Pura (DU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-1
5. Josh Levine (DU) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Aaron Gomez (VT) def. Daniel McCall (DU) 6-4, 7-5
Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 12-4, 4-2 ACC; National ranking #45
Duke 8-10, 2-4 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,6,1,4,5)
Official: Rebel Good
T-2:55 A-212

Post-Match Quotes from Duke's recap
"Congratulations to Virginia Tech, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "They're a veteran team. They stepped up in the big moments. It came down to a couple big moments at the ends of sets and matches and they were just a little bit better than us.

"It was a very, very physical match, Smith said. "Those were long, physical points. Nico played and competed really well. He had some chances in the tiebreaker. I think if he would have been able to win that first set, it would have changed the momentum, not only on his court, but everywhere else. Monteiro has had a heck of a senior year. It was physical, grind-it-out, tennis.

"Josh put himself in a serious hole several times, Smith added. "You always know Josh is going to compete his best. He certainly didn't play his best tennis, but he was very emotional. He literally found a way to win. It wasn't pretty, but it was good to see the win. He normally wins a lot of those type of matches, but this year he hasn't won quite as many tight three-set decisions. I think this is really going to help him moving forward towards the end of the ACC season.
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#47 Denver 5, #67 Cal Poly 2
March 25, 2016 at San Luis Obispo, Ca (Mustang Courts)
Singles competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN) def. Ben Donovan (Cal Poly) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Garrett Aurpoux (Cal Poly) 6-2, 6-3 
3. Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox (DEN) 6-1, 6-2 
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Ortlip (Cal Poly) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Axel Damiens (Cal Poly) 6-4, 6-2 
6. Karl Enander (Cal Poly) def. Zach Fryer (DEN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-0 
2. Henry Craig/Diogo Rocha def. Garrett Auproux/Tim Tan (Cal Poly) 6-4
3. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James def. Dan Cardiff/Karl Enander (Cal Poly) 7-5





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Rice was looking to win the Rice Invitational for the ninth year in a row but to achieve that feat it'd have to find a way to beat a top 10 team for the first time in 10 years. Both Rice and Texas Tech beat William & Mary and Drake on Saturday so both were playing well coming into today's finale.

Texas Tech's Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas won 6-4 at No. 1 doubles but Rice's Jake Hansen and Emanuel Llamas came back from *1-4 down to win 7-5 at No. 3.  Rice's Jamie Malik and Adam Gustafsson trailed 6-3 in the tiebreak at No. 3 but would fight off a total of five match points to win a marathon tiebreak 14-12 to give Rice the doubles point and early 1-0 lead.

Each team picked up three first sets in singles and four of the six matches would finish in straight sets. Texas Tech's Felipe Soares rolled over Tommy Bennett 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 but David Warren put Rice back ahead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bjorn Thomson at No. 5. Rice's Emanuel Llamas made it 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Connor Curry at No. 6.

Texas Tech's Hugo Dojas trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Jamie Malik at No. 2 and Alex Sendegeya evened it at 3-3 with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Adam Gustafsson at No. 3.

The match would be decided in a third set at No. 4 between Rice freshman Jake Hansen and Texas Tech junior Jolan Cailleau. Hansen started off the third set with a hold then followed that up with a break and another hold to go up 3-0. Hansen would maintain the break lead the rest of the way and hold at love to win it 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

It was Texas Tech's first win over a top 10 team since defeating No. 3 Texas in 2006.

The Texas Tech loss also marked the fifth time this week that a top 10 lost which is something that usually doesn't happen very often.




#40 Rice 4, #9 Texas Tech 3
03/27/16 at Houston, Texas (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #14 Felipe Soares (TT 14.02) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE 13.23) 6-2, 6-0
2. #116 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.65) def. Jamie Malik (RICE 13.01) 7-5, 6-3
3. #108 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.62) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.54) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Jake Hansen (RICE 13.66) def. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.11) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. David Warren (RICE) def. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.63) 6-2, 6-2
6. Emanuel Llamas (RICE 12.28) def. Connor Curry (TT 13.43) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #6 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. David Warren/Tommy Bennett (RICE) 6-4
2. Jamie Malik/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. #53 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 7-6 (14-12)
3. Jake Hansen/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Connor Curry/Carlos DiLaura (TT) 7-5
Match Notes
Texas Tech 21-3; National ranking #9
Rice 17-5; National ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,5,6,2,3,4)
T-3:12

Post-Match Quotes from Rice's recap
"They (the Owls) brought it, all weekend long. Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "I told them before the match that it was 50-50 on all courts. It was a matter of heart and desire and a matter of us needing to prove that we belong up there (in the rankings). There have been so many upsets this year in college tennis and a lot of parity and it was our time. Sooner or later, if you continue to train hard and concentrate on the things we are working to improve, eventually it's got to go your wayespecially playing at home. "

"I felt like we were tired last night when we went home, but when I saw them this morning, it felt like a rejuvenated and excited group. They fought their tails off today, he noted.

"They (Hansen/Llamas) really were not playing badly, so unless I looked at the scoreboard, it never felt like they were losing 4-1, Ustundag said. "As we started pushing, we saw some hesitation from Tech and maybe a little doubt started to creep in after they lost doubles yesterday. Whatever happened, our two young guys really took advantage of it.

"This has actually been a tough week of training for him (Llamas), because we got on to him at the start of the week, Ustundag said "He was doing some freshman-type things in terms of his preparation and how he was managing his practice assignments and we got on him early and hard. But I love how he responded to the challenge. He was playing the more physical brand of tennis we have been asking him to play, and it all just clicked. As he started to see the results, he owned the new approach and got on a roll. He just never doubted himself and that was great to see.

"We've been working so hard all these four years that I have been here and finally we beat a top ten team, Gustafsson said. "This means the world to me. This is what college tennis is all about. This is a huge win for us. This is what we've practicing for and we're going to keep it rolling from here.

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Rice won bigger points than us today," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Rice deserved to win that match. They fought hard and kept coming at us. If we want to have success in conference play, we'll have to do a better job of taking advantage of our opportunities."
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After being down in the dumps for years the Hogs are flying high as they continue to rack up big win after big win. On Sunday Arkansas defeated Ole Miss for the first time since 1988 after the Razorbacks won 4-3.

Ole Miss claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but Arkansas turned it around in singles taking five first sets.

Jose Salazar, Giammarco Micolani, and Adam Sanjurjo won in straight sets to put Arkansas up 3-1 and Santiago Munoz clinched the match with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win at No. 3.

They played the remaining two matches out with Ole Miss's Gustav Hansson and Grey Hamilton each winning in three-sets to make the final score 4-3.

I can't emphasize how great a job Andy Jackson has done this season at Arkansas because he's taken a team from the outhouse to the penthouse. They have already won five conference matches this year after winning just ten in the previous eight years. Amazing turnaround!!!

#21 Arkansas 4, #28 Ole Miss 3
Mar 27, 2016 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Dills Indoor Courts)
Singles competition
1. #104 Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #30 Mike Redlicki (AR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 
2. #114 Jose Salazar (AR) def. #87 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 
3. Santiago Munoz (AR) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-2, 6-4
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. David Herrerias (AR) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-7) 
6. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #16 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) vs. #41 Z Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) 5-6, unf
2. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-2
3. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 7-5
Match Notes:
Ole Miss 7-7 (2-5 SEC); National ranking #28 
Arkansas 16-4 (5-2 SEC); National ranking #21 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,4,2,3,1,5) T-2:50

Post-Match Quotes from Arky's recap
"This win says a lot because Ole Miss has been one of the premier programs for decades, head coach Andy Jackson said. "We didn't play our best match today but we dug deep and beat a really good team. I think it's one of the more proud matches of the year because of what we overcame physically and emotionally.

"The clincher is always the hardest and Santiago dug hard to get over the finish line. But everyone on the team contributed, even the two guys who lost in singles extended their matches to third sets, which took some pressure off their teammates.

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"Overall, we played well and competed hard, especially in the doubles. It was a very close match that could have gone either way. Small margins make the difference and we didn't get the breaks that we needed on a couple of courts. Arkansas is tough to beat at their place and they played well.

On singles play
"Big win for Gus, he played really well against one of the top players in the country. Grey did a great job getting the first set and finishing off another win. Stefan had a chance to get the first set and Filip had break point opportunities in his first set. He did a solid job battling back to get to a third set. If we had been able to capitalize on those chances, we could have made it a lot closer in the end and given ourselves a real opportunity to win.

On returning home and getting over the hump
"It's been a tough stretch, but we played much better today than we did in our last two matches. We are looking forward to returning home and playing in front of our fans. We will keep working hard in practice, and I know we will turn it around. We encourage everyone to come out Friday as we battle Mississippi State.
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Georgia won its eighth match in a row and ran its SEC record to 6-0 with a 6-1 win over No. 18 Kentucky. The Bulldogs took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they carried the momentum over to singles and took four opening sets.


Austin Smith, Paul Oosterbaan, Walker Duncan, and Nick Wood each won in straight sets with Smith clinching the win at No. 1. Georgia's Jan Zielinski also won in three-sets at No. 5 and Kentucky got its lone point from Ryotaro Matsumura who defeated Wayne Montgomery at No. 2.

Georgia has a huge match coming up Friday night at Texas A&M while Kentucky's only match next week is at Tennessee on Friday.


#11 Georgia 6, #18 Kentucky 1
March 27, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles Results
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #27 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-3, 7-5
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
3. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-5, 6-2
4. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Trey Yates (UK) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 5-7, 6-3, 1-0
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Jake Stefanik (UK) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles Results
1. #5 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-3
2. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. William Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) 6-1
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 5-4, un
Match Notes:
Kentucky 14-5; National ranking #18
Georgia 12-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,6,2,1)
Official: Clark Weaver  T-2:14  A-257

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm happy because we are performing at a very high level", head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We are playing very consistently right now and the consistency we have shown in doubles has been tremendous. Our level of play is very high and our team is playing with a good bit of maturity. We have a big challenge coming up in Texas A&M."


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USC avoided what would be have a devastating weekend by holding on to defeat Oregon 4-3. Oregon took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split first sets in singles.

USC got easy straight set wins from Nick Crystal and Max de Vroome at No. 1 and No. 2 while Oregon's Jayson Amos won big at No. 4. USC's Jack Jaede would put the Trojans ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ethan Young-Smith at No. 6 but Oregon would have the lead on the other two courts.

Oregon's Cormac Clissold tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 7-6 win over the previously undefeated Thibault Forget at No. 5 but his teammate Simon Stevens would be unable to close out Jake DeVine at No. 3.

DeVine dropped the first set to Stevens 7-6(7) and he found himself down 5-4 in the second. DeVine held from 40-30 to even it at 5-5 and then he broke to go up 6-5. DeVine would hold from 40-30, with an ace, to take the second set 7-5.

The third set started out with four straight holds after DeVine held on the deciding point to make it 2-2. Stevens fell behind 0-40 on his next service game and after overcooking a forehand at 15-40 he'd find himself down a break at 3-2. DeVine went up 30-0 on his 3-2 service game but he netted a forehand and then double faulted to make it 30-30. Stevens then hammered a service return which forced a DeVine error and then DeVine would donate the break back to Stevens with a double fault on the next point. Stevens would hold from 40-30 to make it 4-3 and then DeVine faced a pivotal point when serving at 3-4, 30-30. DeVine had been struggling to make first serves but he hit an ace to go up 40-30 and then a Stevens forehand error gave DeVine the hold for 4-4.

Jake DeVine (USC/Dan Avila)
Stevens went up 30-15 on his next service game and then he hit a nice serve out wide and came to the net but his volley, which was headed towards the open court, caught the tape and fell back on his side to make it 30-all. DeVine would go up 30-40 after he chipped and charged on a Stevens second serve which forced Stevens to go for a backhand winner down the line. The shot just missed wide although Stevens thought he landed it but was his appeal was denied by the chair. DeVine got the break on the next point when he hit a nice crosscourt service return which caught Stevens in no man's land and forced a Stevens error.

DeVine went up 40-15 on his 5-4 service game but he would double fault and then Stevens hit an overhead winner at the net to bring up the deciding point. Stevens choose to receive in the ad-court which suited DeVine just fine because he rocked a big serve out wide. Stevens framed the return and it sailed well long to give DeVine the cliching 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 win.

#8 USC 4, #26 Oregon 3
March 27, 2016 - Eugene, Ore. (Student Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
(1) #20 Amos/Soemarno (Oregon) vs. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-5 susp.
(2) Maasland/Stevens (Oregon) def. de Vroome/DeVine (USC) - 6-4
(3) Clissold/Laurent (Oregon) def. Smith/Jaede (USC) - 6-4
Singles competition
(1) #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #94 Daan Maasland (Oregon) - 6-1, 6-1
(2) #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. Thomas Laurent (Oregon) - 6-2, 6-1
(3) #109 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Simon Stevens (Oregon) - 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-4
(4) Jayson Amos (Oregon) def. #58 Logan Smith (USC) - 6-2, 6-1
(5) Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Thibault Forget (USC) -  7-6 (5), 7-6 (3)
(6) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) - 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes
USC 11-4; National ranking #26
Oregon 13-4; National ranking #26
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,4,1,6,5,3)
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Florida State had won four of its last five coming into this match with Wake Forest but the Demon Deacons weren't having any of the upset talk and ran over FSU 6-1. Wake took the doubles point when Petros Chrysochos and Jon Ho won the decider at No. 2 in a tiebreak and then the Deacs turned up the heat in singles and took five opening sets.

Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, Christian Seraphim, and Dennis Uspensky won in straight sets while Romain Bogaerts won in three. Florida State's lone point came from Michael Rinaldi at No. 3.

#13 Wake Forest 6, #20 Florida State 1
Mar. 27, 2016 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Indoor Tennis Facility) 
Singles competition
1. #16 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #12 Benjamin Lock (FS) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
2. #36 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #60 Marco Nunez (FS) 6-4, 6-1
3. Michael Rinaldi (FS) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 6-3
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jose Gracia (FS) 6-0, 6-3
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FS) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #12 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #11 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) 6-3
2. #48 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. #59 Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FS) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FS) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3
Match Notes
Wake Forest 22-4 (6-1 ACC); National ranking #13
Florida State 13-6 (5-3 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,6,2,3,1,4)
T-2:35 A-88
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Harvard, ranked No. 50, halted Old Dominion's 12-match winning streak with a come from behind 4-3 win. Old Dominion took the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but the Crimson took four opening sets in singles.

ODU's Adam Moundir won in straights at No. 1 to put the Monarchs up 2-0 but Harvard countered with a straight set win from Kelvin Lam at No. 5. ODU's Michael Weindl made it 3-1 with a straight set win at No. 3 but seconds later Harvard's Andy Zhou won in straights at No. 4.

Harvard's Sebastian Beltrame won the opening set at No. 2 but he found himself down 5-1 in the second set tiebreak against Aziz Kijametovic at No. 2. Beltrame would take the next six points to close it out 6-4, 7-6(5) and level the match at 3-3.

The match would be decided in a third at No. 6 singles between Harvard freshman Christopher Morrow and ODU sophomore Jacob Nicolussi. Nicolussi jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third set but Morrow kept chipping away. Morrow held for 2-4, broke for 3-4, and then held for 4-4. Morrow would break on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then he'd serve it out at love to take it 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Match point from court side and in the stands courtesy of HMT:




#50 Harvard 4, #38 Old Dominion 3
Mar. 27, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass (Murr Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Adam Moundir (ODU) def. Nicky Hu (HARV) 6-1, 6-2
2. Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) def. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) 6-4, 7-6(5)
3. Michael Weindl (ODU) def. Brian Yeung (HARV) 6-1, 6-4
4. Andy Zhou (HARV) def. Javier Jover-Maestre (ODU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Kelvin Lam (HARV) def. Jose Nunez-Navarro (ODU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Christopher Morrow (HARV) def. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Adam Moundir/Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) vs. Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HARV) 5-3, unf.
2. Michael Weindl/Javier Jover-Maestre (ODU) def. Jean Thirouin/Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) 6-3
3. Jose Nunez-Navarro/Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) def. Christopher Morrow/Andy Zhou (HARV) 6-3
Match Notes
Harvard 12-7; National ranking #50
Old Dominion 14-4; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,4,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Harvard's recap
"It was a great team win today," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "ODU is a strong squad and that brought out our best tennis. I'm so proud of our effort. When we compete like this, we are a hard team to handle because we are competitive in all six positions.

"Congrats to freshman Chris Morrow, who notched the final point with the match tied. He went after it and his courage was rewarded," Rueb added. 
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Wisconsin ran its record to 13-1, which is its best start in program history, with come from behind 4-3 win at Nebraska. The Huskers took the doubles point and four first sets but Wisconsin fought back to force a lot of third sets.

Nebraska opened up a 3-1 lead after Dusty Boyer and Marc Hermann won at No. 1 and No. 2 while Wisconsin's Lamar Remy won at No. 3.

Wisconsin freshman Osgar O'Hoisin dropped the first set 5-7 but then rolled 6-1 and 6-2 over Tomislav Antoljak at No. 4. Wisconsin sophomore Chema Carranza won 6-3 in the third at No. 5 to tie the match at 3-3 so the team outcome would be decided at No. 6.

Wisconsin junior John Zordani would outlast Nebraska senior Ford Zitsch 7-6(6) in the third to seal the W for the Badgers.

#37 Wisconsin 4, #71 Nebraska 3
Mar. 27, 2016 at Lincoln, NE (Dillon Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1.  Dusty Boyer/Toby Boyer (NEB) def. Lamar Remy/Josef Dodridge (WIS) 6-1
2. Marc Herrmann/Scott Elsass (NEB) def. Chema Carranza/Jakhongir Jalolov (WIS) 6-3
3. Andrew Dzulynsky/Ford Zitsch (NEB) dnf. John Zordani/Darius Mackenzie (WIS) 4-3
Order of Finish: 1,2
Singles competition
1. Dusty Boyer (NEB) def. Josef Dodridge (WIS) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
2. Marc Herrmann (NEB) def. Alexander Kokorev (WIS) 6-1, 6-3
3. Lamar Remy (WIS) def. Toby Boyer (NEB) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Osgar O'Hoisin (WIS) def. Tomislav Antoljak (NEB) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
5. Chema Carranza (WIS) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) 7-6 (6-2), 3-6, 6-3
6. John Zordani (WIS) def. Ford Zitsch (NEB) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Match Notes
Wisconsin 13-1; National ranking #37
Nebraska 11-5; National ranking #71
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2) Singles (2,3,1,4,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Wisconsin's recap
"It was a great effort by our guys to stay in the match when we were down early," said Westerman. "We didn't start the match well in doubles and several first sets, but that's also credit to Nebraska, they were ready to go. We showed exceptional toughness to turn the match around and find a way to close out all four wins in three sets."

"It all came down to Zordani again," Westerman said. "He trusted his game at the most important moments and played to win at the end. I'm very proud with the overall toughness of the team."
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Ohio State played its first outdoor home match of the year and walloped No. 23 Michigan 4-0. The Buckeyes took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 then took all six first sets in singles. 

Mikael Torpegaard rolled over Alex Knight 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 and Martin Joyce put the Buckeyes a point away from clinching with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 over Myles Schalet.

Ralf Steinbach got the clincher at No. 4 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Davis Crocker. The other matches were abandoned with Ohio State leading on all three. 



#4 Ohio State 4, #23 Michigan 0
Mar. 27, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #107 Alex Knight (UM) 6-3, 6-1
2. #65 Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Carter Lin (UM) 7-5, 0-1, unfinished
3. #26 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Runhao Hua (UM) 6-3, 4-2, unfinished
4. #70 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Kevin Wong (UM) 7-5, 5-1, unfinished
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Davis Crocker (UM) 6-4, 6-3
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Myles Schalet (UM) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #39 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 6-4
2. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) 6-5, unfinished
3. Ralf Steinbach/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Myles Schalet/Gabe Tishman (UM) 6-1
Match Notes:
Michigan 13-3 (2-0); National ranking #23
Ohio State 17-2 (2-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,6,5)
Official: Marcus Lee  T-2:00  A-165

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"Any time you beat Michigan is a good thing, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "We were outside today which may have been a little bit of an advantage because Michigan is a very good team that has been stuck inside a little more than we have been in the last couple of weeks. It gets a little crazy at the end of March around here. I expect to see them again at the Big Ten Tournament playing well because there is a lot of tennis left to be played. But this was a good win today.

"We got off to a good start at three doubles which was good to see, said Tucker. "Diaz and Di Feo got themselves into a little bit of a pickle at two but they found a way out. That doubles point could have been very close had those guys not been able to fight back. That kept the pressure off court one which was big because Michigan's No. 1s are very good.
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Top-ranked North Carolina played without Brayden Schnur but it still won going away over No. 45 Virginia Tech 5-2. 

North Carolina took the doubles point when Robert Kelly and Brett Clark won 6-4 at No .1. It was Clark's 100th career doubles win after he picked up his 100th singles win earlier in the season.

UNC took five first sets in singles and Robert Kelly, Jack Murray, and Blaine Boyden would win in straights with Murray clinching at No. 4. The remaining matches were played out with Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini winning a third set supertiebreak over Brett Clark at No. 2 while Jai Corbett defeated Anu Kodali in straight sets at No. 5. UNC's Ronnie Schneider also won a third set supertiebreak over Joao Monteiro at No. 1.

Note: Virginia Tech played without its #2 singles player Andreas Bjerrehus.




#1 North Carolina 5, #45 Virginia Tech 2
March 27, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. #7 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT), 6-4
2. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT), 6-3
3. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Andrew Gores/Brayden Schnur (UNC), 6-3
Singles competition
1. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. #21 Joao Monteiro (VT), 7-5, 0-6, 1-0(8)
2.  Amerigo Contini (VT) def.  #37 Brett Clark (UNC), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(3)
3. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #72 Edoardo Tessaro (VT), 6-4, 6-3
4. #95 Jack Murray (UNC) def. Mitch Harper (VT), 6-4, 6-4
5. Jai Corbett (VT) def. Anu Kodali (UNC), 6-3, 7-5
6. Blaine Boyden (UNC) def. Aaron Gomez (VT), 6-1. 6-2
Match Notes
North Carolina 20-1 (5-1 ACC)
Virginia Tech 12-5 (4-3 ACC)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,4,5,1,2)

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"This is obviously a tough match we thought they were under-ranked, said senior Brett Clark, one of the team captains. "We knew we had to be ready. Everyone played well and I think everyone improved from the Clemson match (on Friday). Moving indoors because of the conditions outside, I thought everyone settled in pretty nicely.

"When I was a freshman I saw seniors getting 100 wins and it was just mind-boggling how you could get to that number, said Clark, who knew going into Sunday's match he was one away from that milestone. "Going into the season that was my goal, to hit both marks. It just means I've had great, great partners over the years and a great team to keep pushing me every day and great coaches. I owe it all to them, because they're the ones that make me better.

 "Joao is a great player I think he's even taken a step up this year so to get a win over him is really good, Schneider said. "The first set was really high-level, and the second set he just played incredible there wasn't that much I could do. In the third set, I was able to pull it out, fortunately. Overall I was really happy with how our team played. Virginia Tech is really good and that was a big win for Brett and Kelly in the doubles.




Other Sunday scores:
#6 UCLA def. #39 Washington 4-0 - UCLA recap
#10 Illinois def. #54 Purdue 4-0 - ILL recap
#12 Northwestern def. Indiana 4-0
#12 Northwestern def. IUPUI 4-0 - NU recap
#15 Cal def. Arizona 4-0 - Cal recap
#16 Florida def. #41 Alabama 5-2 - FLA recap
#32 Georgia Tech def. #46 Notre Dame 5-2 - GT recap
#43 Stanford def. #61 Utah 4-2 - ST recap
#48 LSU def. #49 Vanderbilt 5-2 - LSU recap
#51 UC Santa Barbara def. #47 Denver 4-3 - UCSB recap
#53 Pepperdine def. Florida Atlantic 5-1
#53 Pepperdine def. North Florida 6-1 - Pepperdine recap
#56 Iowa def. Minnesota 4-1 - Iowa recap
#65 South Carolina def. Tennessee 4-2 - SC recap
#66 Georgia State def. #62 Middle Tennessee State 4-1 - GSU recap
#74 William & Mary def. #44 Drake 4-2 - W&M recap
Duke def. Louisville 5-2 - Duke recap
Duke def. NC Central 6-1
San Diego State def. Fresno State 4-3 - SDSU recap

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When North Carolina defeated Virginia to win the National Team Indoors back in February many thought that win wiped out all the streaks that Virginia had over North Carolina. It turns out there was another streak that was still intact going into today's match and that was the fact that Virginia had won the doubles point over North Carolina in 18 straight matches dating all the way back to April 3, 2004. Well that streak was broken today when North Carolina found a way to pull out the point in dramatic fashion.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone didn't waste any time at No. 3 as they ran all over Ronnie Schneider and Andrew Gores 6-0.

North Carolina's No. 2 team of Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray took their first lead of the match when they broke to go up 4-3 and then Murray held for 5-3. Virginia's Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwaitkowski would hold for 4-5, break Schnur for 5-5, and then hold for 6-5. Murray held to send it to a tiebreak and in the tiebreak the UNC pair jumped out to a 5-2* lead. UNC served up 6-4 but UVA got the mini-break back only to see UNC take the next point to win it 7-6(5).

The doubles point would finish in the next 60 seconds with the remaining match at No. 1 also in a tiebreak. After 12 consecutive holds, Virginia's Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the tiebreak but UNC's Brett Clark and Robert Kelly took the next three to go up 4-3. UNC went up a mini-break for 5-4 and then took the next point to go up 6-4. UVA took the next two to even it at 6-6 but UNC took the last two to win it 8-6.


North Carolina got off to a quick start in singles with Brayden Schnur, Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali each going up early breaks while Henrik Wiersholm was the only Cavalier to come out of the gates strong.

UNC sophomore Robert Kelly was the first off the court with a surprising 6-2, 6-3 romp over JC Aragone at No. 5. The reason I say surprising is because Aragone had rolled Kelly in the two previous meetings but not today. Kelly broke Aragone to start the match but Aragone broke back and held for 2-1. Kelly then reeled off seven straight games, which was two more games than he won in the previous meeting, to take the opening set 6-2 and go up 2-0 in the second. After a Aragone hold, Kelly would hold for 3-1, break for 4-1, and hold for 5-1. Aragone would hold for 2-5, break for 3-5, but Kelly broke back to close it out.


UVA sophomore Henrik Wiersholm would put the Cavaliers on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Jack Murray at No. 4. Murray broke Wiersholm to start the match but he wouldn't lead again as Wiersholm broke back and then broke two more times to take the opening set 6-2. Wiersholm held to start the second set then broke Murray to go up 2-0. Murray broke back but Wiersholm broke again, held, and then broke one more time to go up 5-1. Murray broke and held to pull within 3-5 but Wiersholm was finally able to serve it out for a 6-2, 6-3 win.

UNC freshman Anu Kodali would extend the lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mac Styslinger at No. 6. Kodali broke Styslinger to go up 3-2 in the first and would break again to go up 5-2. Styslinger got one of the breaks back and then held for 4-5 but Kodali held to take the set 6-4. Kodali jumped out to a double break 3-0 lead in the second set before Styslinger broke and held to pull within 3-2. It was all holds the rest of the way with Kodali taking it 6-4, 6-4.

All three remaining courts were into a third set with UNC needing just one of them while UVA needed all three.

UNC junior Brayden Schnur came out of the gates on fire at No. 1 by breaking UVA's Ryan Shane to go up 2-1 in the first and then he'd break again to go up 4-1. Shane got one of the breaks back but Schnur immediately broke back and then held to take the opening set 6-2. Shane turned things around in the second set and opened up a 3-0 lead and would cruise to a 6-1 set. Shane broke Schnur to start the third set and held for 2-0 but Schnur would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-2. It stayed on serve the rest of the way and went to a tiebreak.

Schnur went up *3-1 but he'd double fault and then miss a forehand to make it 3-3. They'd alternate the next five points with Schnur going up 6-5 after Shane hit a double fault at 5-5. Schnur would cash in on his first match point with a service winner to seal the big win.



Note:
 Schnur's serve on match point hit the tape and the change of pace was enough to throw Shane off which helped force his return to go long.

The two remaining matches were played out with UVA's Collin Altamirano coming back from 4-1 down in the third to win 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Ronnie Schneider at No. 2 and UVA's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski coming back from 3-1 down in the third to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Another great match with the same outcome as the last one.



#1 North Carolina 4, #3 Virginia 3
Apr 01, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) 7-6(6)
2. #31 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) def. #8 M Styslinger/T-S Kwiatkowski (UVA) 7-6(5)
3. Collin Altamirano/JC Aragone (UVA) def. Ronnie Schneider/Andrew Gores (UNC) 6-0
Singles competition
1. #46 Brayden Schnur (UNC 13.94) def. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.57) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(5)
2. #63 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.11) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.57) def. #37 Brett Clark (UNC 13.88) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.41) def. #95 Jack Murray (UNC 13.79) 6-2, 6-3
5. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.89) def. #88 JC Aragone (UVA 13.83) 6-2, 6-3
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.24) def. #124 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.72) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes
North Carolina 21-1 (6-1 ACC); National ranking #1
Virginia 16-3 (6-1 ACC); National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,6,1,3,2)



Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"What a great match high-level tennis all the way up and down the line, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "Virginia's got a great team, a great program. They handle everything with class. I'm just really proud of our team and proud of our effort.

 "We were locked in dogfights everywhere else, Paul said in talking about the top three courts in the third sets. 

Schnur, playing at No. 1, went into a third-set tiebreaker as Schneider lead in his third set on No. 2 and Clark held the advantage on No. 3. Both Schneider and Clark would eventually fall, but Schnur made sure the Tar Heels still got the team win by claiming the tie-breaker 7-5 to seal the win over eighth-ranked Shane, the defending NCAA singles champion.  

"I knew he's a really good player, said Schnur,  "He has a lot of weapons. but I knew eventually I'd get my break and get back in the match, and as long as I played my game I'd be fine.

 "I thought the crowd was the biggest factor that was the biggest crowd we've had, at least since I've been here, and that played a huge role in today's win, Schnur said.

"On big days, big occasions, he's just there he's done it his whole career, Paul said of his No. 1 player. "He loves the moment and loves the bigger crowds. I'm really happy for him.

 "It's definitely a big accomplishment Virginia is a really good team and they have a really good program, but the season's not over, Schnur said. "It's just one match and we have another 

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Congratulations to North Carolina, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I truly believe we are right where we need to be at this point in the regular season, we just unfortunately lose a few breakers that cost us the match. If that is going to happen, now is the time for that. We are only going to get better by the day. We need to get healthy. Alexander Ritschard, who has been out all spring, is getting closer by the day. We are taking it extremely slow with him, but not having one of your best players makes it tough. Ryan Shane has not been healthy throughout the year, but he is heading in the right direction and this is the best he has felt. We will stick to the process. With our goal being success in the postseason, we are right where we need to be.


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Texas A&M came into tonight's match with Georgia riding a 21-match home court winning against SEC opponents but despite winning the doubles point it wouldn't reach 22.

Texas A&M looked good in doubles and took the point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3. Max Lunkin and Arthur Rinderknech came back from *1-3 down to defeat Wayne Montgomery and Emil Reinberg 6-4 at No. 3. Shane Vinsant and Harrison Adams broke serve to go up 3-2 and never looked back in a 6-4 win over Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski at No. 2.

Texas A&M used the momentum from doubles and jumped out to early break leads on several courts in singles but Georgia would rebound and take five of six first sets.

The one court where Georgia never trailed was at No. 3. Walker Duncan jumped out to the early lead on Jordi Arconada and despite a road-bump late in the second set would take it 6-1, 7-6(6).

Georgia sophomore Wayne Montgomery put Georgia ahead 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Shane Vinsant at No. 2. Vinsant led 4-1 in the first but Montgomery won five straight to close out the set 6-4. Montgomery served for the match up 5-2 in the second but Vinsant broke to stay alive. Montgomery would break back on the deciding point to close it out.

Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski put Georgia up 3-1 with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 5. Zielinski opened up a double-break 3-0 lead to start the match but Catanzariti took the next four to go up 4-3. Zielinski was able to reverse the trend by holding, breaking, and holding to take the set 6-4. Catanzariti rolled through the second set but Zielinski dominated the third to put the Bulldogs just a point away from the win.

Austin Smith (Photo Via UGA)
Georgia was up on all three remaining courts and it'd be senior Austin Smith that would close out the Aggies with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Arthur Rinderknech at No. 1. Rinderknech took the opening set 6-2 but Smith was looking good in the second after breaking to go up 5-4. Rinderknech fought off two set points to break for 5-5 but Smith broke back and held to take the set 7-5. Smith broke Rinderknech to go up 3-2 in the third and then broke again for 5-2. Smith held at love to close out the win and essentially end Texas A&M's hopes of repeating as regular season conference champs.

The two remaining matches were abandoned with UGA's Paul Oosterbaan leading 4-2 in the third at No. 4 while Max Lunkin and Nick Wood had just split sets at No. 6.

#7 Georgia 4, #10 Texas A&M 1 
Apr 01, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA 14.36) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.33) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
2. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.12) def. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.03) 6-4, 6-3
3. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.52) def. #90 Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.72) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
4. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.75) vs. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.04) 7-5, 4-6, 4-2, unf
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.75) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.51) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.43) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 0-0, unf
Doubles Results
1. Jackson Withrow/Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) vs. #5 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 4-4, unf
2. Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-4 
Match Notes:
Georgia 13-3, 7-0; National ranking #7
Texas A&M 20-7, 5-3; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,5,1)
Time - 2:45 Attendance 531

Post-Match Quotes from UGA's recap
"This was a statement win for our team tonight, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We just played light outs and our guys showed a lot of fight, composure and maturity to get the win. We are a team that is growing up real fast at this point in the season, and I could not be more proud of this group of guys.

"We had to battle through some tough conditions and that showed in doubles, Diaz added. "Our guys were locked in all day though, and I had a great feeling about how we would respond. We just kept playing and were able to pull out a victory against a very good Texas A&M team.


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The Friday schedule kicked off with an early one in windy Blacksburg between No. 45 Virginia Tech and No. 6 Wake Forest. Wake was able to take the doubles point with 6-2 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but Virginia Tech turned the tide in singles and took five opening sets with Wake's only first set coming from freshman Petros Chrysochos.

It just so happened that Chrysochos was first off the court with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Andreas Bjerrehus at No. 2 but Virginia Tech senior Amerigo Contini followed closely behind with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jon Ho at No. 3.

Wake Forest would take the second set on each of remaining four courts and Christian Seraphim would complete his comeback at No. 6 with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Jai Corbett. Wake's lead was now 3-1 but Virginia Tech's Mitch Harper would trim it to 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Dennis Uspensky at No. 5. Harper broke Uspensky to go up 4-2 in the third and then held onto the break lead to close it out.

Skander Mansouri (Photo Via WF)
While Edoardo Tessaro and Romain Bogaerts were on serve in the third at No. 4, Wake's Skander Mansouri would go break Joao Monteiro to go up 5-3 in the third at No. 1. Mansouri went up 40-15 and hit a first serve that Monteiro blocked back. The wind caught it and started to pull it back towards the net so Mansouri had to rush in and hit a forehand as the ball dipped below the net and he pulled it off with a winner to close it out and give Wake the win.

The remaining match at No. 4 was played with Tessaro getting a late break and then a hold to knock off Bogaerts 6-3 in the third.

Next up for Wake Forest is a Sunday showdown at No. 1 North Carolina.

Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky, "Virginia Tech is a very strong team, much much better then their current ranking. We knew it would be a difficult match. We got off to a great start with the doubles point but slow starts in singles as we lost 5 first sets. Petros was able to win in straights and we were able to push 4 others to 3rd sets. Christian finished his match off and then Skander played really well towards the end of his match to clinch the team win. Conditions really changed throughout the match and the wind became a big factor, really good preparation for the rest of the season. Should be another great battle on Sunday."

#6 Wake Forest 4, #45 Virginia Tech 3
Apr 01, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #21 Joao Monteiro (VT) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
2. #36 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #74 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-4, 6-1
3. Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 6-1
4. #72 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
5. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #7 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) vs. #12 S Mansouri/C Seraphim (WF) 5-3, unf
2. #48 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 6-2
3. Dennis Uspensky/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Mitch Harper/Jai Corbett (VT) 6-2
Match Notes
Wake Forest 23-4 (7-1 ACC); National ranking #6
Virginia Tech 12-6 (4-4 ACC); National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,3,6,5,1,4)
T-2:42
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Fifth-ranked UCLA overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat No. 36 Stanford 4-1. Stanford took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but UCLA was just a little too strong in singles.

Logan Staggs set the tone of the day with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Nolan Paige at No. 5 and Karue Sell would make it 2-1 Bruins with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sameer Kumar at No. 4.

Martin Redlicki made it 3-1 with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over David Wilczynski at No. 2 and Joseph Di Giulio clinch the match with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Maciek Romanowicz at No. 6.


#5 UCLA 4, #36 Stanford 1
Apr 01, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 4-5, unfinished
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 4-6, 7-5, unfinished
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #56 David Wilczynski (STAN) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Michael Genender (STAN) 4-6, 6-5, unfinished
4. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Match Notes
Stanford 9-7; National ranking #36
UCLA 15-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)
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Ninth-ranked USC dropped the doubles point against Cal but turned things around in singles to defeat No. 16 Cal 4-2.

Cal took the doubles point with a 6-0 win at No. 1 and a 6-3 win at No. 3 and then each team split opening sets in singles.

Nick Crystal, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget won in straight sets for USC at 2, 3, and 5 while Cal got a straight set win from Filip Bergevi at 4.

USC senior Max de Vroome would clinch the match with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Florian Lakat at No. 1.


#9 USC 4, #16 California 2
April 1, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles competition
1. #44 Bergevi/Lakat (CAL) def. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-0
2. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) def. Goransson/Griffith (USC) - 6-2
3. Nishimura/Shen (CAL) def. Forget/T. Smith (USC) - 6-3
Singles competition
1. #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #28 Florian Lakat (CAL) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-1*
2. #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #40 Billy Griffith (CAL) - 6-2, 6-4
3. #58 Logan Smith (USC) def. #17 Andre Goransson (CAL) - 6-2, 6-4
4. Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. #109 Jake DeVine (USC) - 7-6 (5), 6-4
5. Thibault Forget (USC) def. #62 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) - 6-3, 6-1
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) - 2-6, 7-6 (5), 2-1 susp.
Match Notes:
USC 12-4; National ranking #9
Cal 11-4; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,3,4,1*)

Post-Match Quote from USC's recap
"It was great to open the facility with the energy we had today, head coach Peter Smith said of the Trojans' first match at the newly renovated Marks Stadium. "The energy from our crowd transferred to our team.  It was just a gritty performance from the boys."

Post-Match Quote from Cal's recap
"We did a great job in doubles, but we struggled to bring that same energy to the singles, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We had our opportunities today, and it's certainly disappointing to come away with a loss. We're looking forward to a battle with UCLA tomorrow.
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The biggest upset of the day took place at the site of this year's NCAA Championships as No. 24 Tulsa took out No. 8 Oklahoma State 4-1. Oklahoma State was down a couple of players with neither Julian Cash or Lukas Finzelberg in the lineup and Tulsa took advantage of the situation.

Tulsa took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then each team took three first sets in singles. Tulsa got a quick 6-1, 6-1 win from Francois Kellerman over Mateo Ruiz at No. 5 and Majed Kilani would make it 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jurence Mendoza at No. 4.

Lucas Gerch kept Oklahoma State in the match with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez at No. 2 but Daniel Santos would clinch the win for the Golden Hurricane with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Nathan Roper at No. 6.

Note - Ruiz had only played in 1 dual-match prior to tonight while Roper was playing his fourth dual-match.

Oklahoma State was riding high just a few weeks ago but things seem to have taken a sharp turn in the other direction. The schedule isn't going to get any easier down the stretch so if the Cowboys can't rally the troops they're going to end up going on the road for the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

#24 Tulsa def. #8 Oklahoma State, 4-1
April 1, 2016 | Case Tennis Center | Tulsa, Oklahoma
Doubles competition
1. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TUL), 6-3
2. Dominic Bechard/Dylan McCloskey (TUL) def. Tristan Meraut/Nathan Roper (OSU), 6-2
3. Majed Kilani/Carlos Bautista (TUL) def. Arjun Kadhe/Mateo Ruiz (OSU), 6-4
Singles competition
1. #121 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.98) vs. #53 Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.90), 4-6, 7-6(4), 4-3 unf.
2. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.83) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.37), 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
3. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.53) vs. Carlos Bautista (TUL 13.30), 7-5, 4-6, 6-6 (1-5) unf.  
4. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.53) def. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.31), 6-4, 6-4
5. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.73) def. Mateo Ruiz (OSU 12.91), 6-1, 6-1
6. Daniel Santos (TUL 12.63) def. Nathan Roper (OSU 12.37), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes
Tulsa 10-9; National ranking #24
Oklahoma State 16-3; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)
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#19 Kentucky 5, Tennessee 2
Apr 01, 2016 at Knoxville, Tenn. (Barksdale Stadium)
Singles competition
1. Luis Valero (UT) def. #26 William Bushamuka (UK) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2 
2. Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. Timo Stodder (UT) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT) def. Trey Yates (UK) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
4. Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Jack Schipanski (UT) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
5. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Preston Touliatos (UT) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (14-12) 
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Jack Heslin (UT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. #26 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Trey Yates/William Bushamuka (UK) def. Preston Touliatos/Jack Heslin (UT) 7-5
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Timo Stodder (UT) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Kentucky 15-5  ; National ranking #19
Tennessee 6-12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,4,1,3,5)

Post-Match Quotes from UK's recap
"A road win in our conference is never easy. Winning the doubles point was nice. We played much better in the big points.

"Our guys are a little tired right now. We talked about taking care of themselves better for the end of the season. I expect them to do it. Healthy, we can be an elite team, but it comes with sacrifice that other teams are not willing to do. We will rest and get back to work.


Other Friday Scores:
#29 Washington def. Utah 4-3 - UW recap
#39 Oregon def. Arizona 4-0

#4 Ohio State def. #60 Iowa 4-0
#12 Northwestern def. #30 Wisconsin 4-0
#15 Illinois def. Minnesota 4-0
#20 Michigan def. Indiana 4-1
#33 Penn State def. Nebraska 4-3 - PSU recap

#22 Florida State def. #51 Notre Dame 4-3 - FSU recap - Lock 7-6 in the 3rd
#31 Georgia Tech def. #67 Miami 5-2
#75 Duke def. #42 NC State 5-2
Clemson def. Boston College 4-3 - CU recap

#11 Florida def. #43 Vanderbilt 5-2
#14 Arkansas def. #41 Alabama 4-3 - Arky recap - nice comeback
#37 Ole Miss def. #25 Mississippi State 4-3 - Ole Miss recap - record crowd
#44 LSU def. #59 South Carolina 4-3 - LSU recap - two rain delays

#2 TCU def. UT Arlington 4-0
#2 TCU def. #26 Rice 4-1
#18 Oklahoma def. #17 South Florida 4-1

#58 Utah State def. #70 New Mexico 4-3 - USU recap - Swindells 6-4 in 3rd
#68 Loyola Marymount def. #72 Pacific 4-3 - Box Score
#35 Memphis def. #64 Middle Tennessee State 4-1
#54 Pepperdine def. St. Mary's CA 4-0
#57 East Tennessee State def. Furman 6-1
#69 Boise State def. Air Force 6-1
#49 UC Santa Barbara def. Hawaii 7-0

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It was a nice weekend for the two Southern California Pac-12 schools as both UCLA and USC swept their Northern California neighbors, Cal and Stanford. Both Cal and Stanford went 2-0 in doubles on the weekend but neither could do enough damage in singles to make the early lead hold up.

Cal's Mads Engsted and JT Nishimura cruised to a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles over Gage Brymer and Max Cressy but the Bruins appeared to be in control with 4-1* and *4-2  leads at No. 1 and No. 2. Cal would get the break back on both courts and Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat would take the final five games at No. 1 to win it 6-4 and give the Bears the doubles point.

UCLA came back in singles and took opening sets at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. UCLA sophomore Martin Redlicki made quick work over the slumping Andre Goransson by winning 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. Goransson went 13-2 in the fall with 7 ranked wins but he's just 5-8 in dual-match play with a 1-8 record against ranked opponents.


UCLA senior Karue Sell would put the Bruins ahead 2-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Oskar Wikberg at No. 4. Sell went up early breaks in both sets and never looked back.

UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald won his ninth straight match and put the Bruins a point away from the clinch with a 6-2, 7-6(3) win over Florian Lakat No. 1.

It looked like Cal senior Mads Engsted would pick up a win at No. 5 when he led Logan Staggs 6-4, 5-1 but Staggs would rally and take the next six games to steal the second set 7-5.

Cal sophomore J.T. Nishimura put the Bears second point on the board with a come from behind 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Joseph Di Giulio at No. 6. The win was Nishimura's third in a row while Di Giulio saw his six match winning streak get snapped.

Cal's hopes of a comeback were fading by the minute as Logan Staggs had opened up a big lead in the third at No. 5 while Gage Brymer was just a game away at No. 3.

Brymer probably thought he'd need three sets to get past Cal's Filip Bergevi, especially since Bergevi led 6-2 in the first set tiebreak, but Brymer came back to take the opening set tiebreak 10-8. Brymer went up 3-1 in the second set but Bergevi broke and held to even it at 3-3. Bergevi would serve for the second set up 5-4 but Brymer broke and held for 6-5. Brymer went up 30-40 on the Bergevi serve while Staggs was up 5-1, 40-0 at No. 5. Brymer didn't waste any time and finished off Bergevi on the next point to take it 7-6, 7-5.


Note: Cal's Billy Griffith, who has been playing at No. 2 singles/doubles, didn't play for unknown reasons

#5 UCLA 4, #16 California 2
Apr 02, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #44 Bergevi/Lakat (CAL) def. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-4
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) vs. Goransson/Wikberg (CAL) 5-4, unfinished
3. Engsted/Nishimura (CAL) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-2
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Florian Lakat (CAL) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #17 Andre Goransson (CAL) 6-1, 6-3
3. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Filip Bergevi (CAL) 7-6 (10-8), 7-5
4. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #62 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-2, 6-3
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Mads Engsted (CAL) 4-6, 7-5, 5-1, unfinished
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes
California 11-5; National ranking #16
UCLA 16-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,4,1,6,3)

Post-Match Quote from Cal's recap
"We played better today in singles and doubles, and this team continues to improve over the course of the season, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Billy Griffith was out in doubles and singles today, and we still managed to play UCLA tough all the way to the end.
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For the second day in a row USC dropped the doubles point, after Stanford won at No. 1 and No. 3, but the Trojans turned things around in singles and won it 6-1.

USC freshman Jake DeVine was the first off the court with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of Sameer Kumar at No. 4 and then senior Max de Vroome would make it 2-1 Trojans with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Tom Fawcett at No. 1. It was de Vroome's sixth straight win and his second over Fawcett in the last five weeks.
USC freshman Jack Jaede put the Trojans head 3-1 with a 6-4, 7-6(7) win over Maciek Romanowicz at No. 6. Jaede came back from a 4-0 deficit in the second set tiebreak and fought off a set point when serving at 6-7.

USC sophomore Thibault Forget ran his dual-match record to 13-1 with a clinching 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Nolan Paige at No. 5.


The two remaining matches were played out with USC's Nick Crystal coming back from 5-7, 1-4 down at No. 2 to win 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 over David Wilczynski while USC's Logan Smith defeated Michael Genender 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 at No. 3

#9 USC 6, #36 Stanford 1
April 2, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles competition
1. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-4
2. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) vs. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 6-6 susp.
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. DeVine/Forget (USC) - 6-3 
Singles competition
1. #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) - 6-3, 7-5
2. #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #56 David Wilczinski (STAN) - 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
3. #58 Logan Smith (USC) def. Michael Genender (STAN) - 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
4. #109 Jake DeVine (USC) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) - 6-1, 6-2
5. Thibault Forget (USC) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-3*
6. Jack Jaede (USC) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) - 6-4, 7-6 (7)
Match Notes
USC 13-4; National ranking #9
Stanford 10-8; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,1,6,5*,3,2)


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For the second time in the last seven days SMU went on the road and knocked off a top 20 team after picking up 4-2 win over No. 17 South Florida. The match was originally supposed to be played outdoors on USF's campus in Tampa but the wet weather forced the match indoors some 60 miles away at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.

The change in venue didn't effect USF's play in doubles as the Bulls took the point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but SMU was able to retake the momentum during single play.

Hunter Johnson (SMU)
The Mustangs took four opening sets and would win two of them in straight sets and the other two in three sets. Marker Kerner and Yates Johnson were the straight set winners at No. 4 and No. 6 while Samm Butler and Hunter Johnson won in three sets at No. 2 and No. 3.

South Florida's Roberto Cid won in straight sets at No. 1 while the match at No. 5 was abandoned with USF up a set.

FYI, the original box score from SMU's recap showed Yates Johnson losing and Slobodchikov winning but the recap said otherwise. I also suspect that the matches at No. 2 and No. 3 were reversed because Cotrone has played No. 1 or No. 2 all year with the same going for Hunter Johnson.

#27 SMU 4, #17 South Florida 2
Apr 02, 2016 at Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
Singles Competition
1. Roberto Cid (USF) def. Nate Lammons (SMU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
3. Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. Dominic Cotrone (USF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4. Markus Kerner (SMU) def. Peter Bertran (USF) 6-3, 6-3
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-7, 4-1 unfinished
6. Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Doubles Competition
1. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) 7-5
2. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) def. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) 6-1
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 7-5
Match Notes:
SMU 19-5; National ranking #27
USF Men's Tennis 13-8; National ranking #17

Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
"Having the match originally slated for a 2 p.m. eastern start but then got moved up to 11 a.m. because of the potential weather conditions and then have it moved once again to a 4:15 p.m. start and moved to a different city is a lot to ask for our guys but they handled it very well, said Head Coach Carl Neufeld.

"There were a lot of twists and turns in today's match and I believe this was our most complete performance of the year because of that, said Neufeld. "We showed perseverance and were resilient even after being down, we kept playing and continued with our effort throughout the match and you are going to need to do that in order to beat a top 20 team on the road.
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After a great day of tennis we were treated to a great nightcap with No. 12 Texas Tech pulling out a dramatic 4-3 win in Waco over No. 38 Baylor.

Baylor's Max Tchoutakian and Tommy Podvinski played at No. 1 doubles for the first-time ever and rolled over the ITA No. 6 team of Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares 6-1. Baylor claimed the doubles point when Felipe Rios and Jimmy Bendeck, who were playing at No. 2 for the first-time ever, defeated the ITA No. 53 team of Alex Sendegeya and Bjorn Thomson 6-3.

The reason Baylor had to make some changes to its doubles and singles lineups was because Will Little, who normally played at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles, had to sit out with an injury.

It didn't take long for Texas Tech to take the lead because Connor Curry took care of Tommy Podvinski 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 while Bjorn Thomson defeated walk-on Tyler Stayer 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6. Alex Sendegeya extended the lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Felipe Rios at No. 3. It was Sendegeya's fourth win in his last five matches while Rios dropped his fifth straight.

Baylor started its comeback when senior Julian Lenz ousted Felipe Soares 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1 and it continued when freshman Jimmy Bendeck tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-2, 7-6(5) win over Jolan Cailleau at No. 3.


As Bendeck finished off Cailleau at No. 4, Texas Tech senior Hugo Dojas was serving for the second set at No. 2 leading Max Tchoutakian 5-2. Dojas held on the deciding point when Tchoutakian was overruled, for the third time in the match, on a line call on Dojas's serve. Dojas had the second set 6-2 plus with the point penalty he started off the third set up 0-15 on Tchoutakian's serve.

Tchoutakian shook off the point penalty and held from 40-15 to go up 1-0. Tchoutakian would then break on the deciding point to go up 2-0 but Dojas broke back from 30-40 to make it 1-2. Tchoutakian broke again on the deciding point to go up 3-1 and then he went up 40-30 on his next service game. Tchoutakian would hit an overhead into the bottom of the net to bring up the deciding point and then Dojas forced a Tchoutakian error to get the break for 2-3. After four straight breaks, Dojas would hold for 3-3 and then Tchoutakian would come back from 30-40 down to hold for 4-3.

Dojas went down 15-40 on his 3-4 service game when Tchoutakian called Dojas's first serve out. Dojas appealed the call and the chair overturned it. Since it was Tchoutakian's fourth overrule it resulted in a game penalty and thus erased all three break points that Dojas was facing.

Hugo Dojas (Texas Tech)
Dojas would then break from 30-40 to go up 5-4 but he wouldn't be able to serve it out with Tchoutakian breaking from 30-40 to tie it at 5-5.

Tchoutakian held at love for 6-5 and then Dojas held from 40-30 to send it to a tiebreak. Tchoutakian went up an early mini-break at *2-1 but a well hit drop shot by Dojas evened it at 2-2. Tchoutakian went up another mini-break when he punished a pretty weak Dojas second serve to go up *4-3 but Dojas evened it at 4-4 when he forced a Tchoutakian backhand error.

Dojas went up 5-4* with a forehand winner on the sideline - I thought the shot was pretty close but there was no way Tchoutakian could risk an overrule which would have defaulted him.

Dojas went up 6-4 with an ace down the T but he followed that up with a double fault to make it 6-5*.  The match would come to a conclusion on the next point when Tchoutakian hit a solid backhand that hit the tape and kicked back on his side of the court. Dojas had the win taking it 6-7, 6-2, 7-6.



#12 Texas Tech 4, #38 Baylor 3 
04/02/16, Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center) 
Doubles Competition
1. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) def. #6 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-1 
2. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. #53 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 6-3 
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TTU) vs. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU): 4-5, unf
Singles Competition
1. #20 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #14 Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-4, 7-5 
2. #108 Hugo Dojas (TTU) def. #66 Max Tchoutakian (BU): 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5) 
3. #116 Alex Sendegeya (TTU) def. Felipe Rios (BU): 6-4, 6-1 
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Jolan Cailleau (TTU): 6-2, 7-6 (5) 
5. Connor Curry (TTU) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU): 6-1, 6-0 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) def. Tyler Stayer (BU): 6-2, 6-1 
Match Notes 
Baylor (11-9, 0-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 38 
Texas Tech (22-3, 1-0 Big 12); National ranking No. 12 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,5,3,1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"The best thing that I saw from Hugo was his calmness," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "He didn't worry about what the score was in a high intensity match. He played each point hard. There were some big points and some big momentum swings during the third set. Hugo handled all the situations and finished great at the end. I was proud of his effort. This wasn't an easy environment to play in front of. We've struggled to beat Baylor in recent years. To beat them twice in the same year will definitely give us some confidence heading into next week."

"Baylor isn't at their best at No. 5 and No. 6 singles like they've been in the past," Masi said. "It was important for us to get on the scoreboard right away after losing the doubles point. Alex played a phenomenal match and did a great job of maintaining his game plan after he won the first set. He executed his game plan to perfection. When Alex took away everything his opponent liked to do, he didn't have an answer. To go up 3-1, it forced them to play from behind the whole time. I would like to see us play better at other spots, but its college tennis. You have ups and downs. Regardless, we handled it extremely well. I was proud of the team's effort overall."

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"We fought like little dogs, but that is the way it goes sometimes. Credit their guy. He played big under pressure. He was a little more physical than we were down the stretch. He was getting more out of his serve than we were. It was a coin flip out there and unfortunately we weren't able to execute as well as they did. They deserved to win. - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"Our No. 1 doubles team had a huge win. They have developed and improved a ton. That is a team that has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the country at that we beat. I am really proud of them. That has been a real positive for us. We have tried to figure out a way to give ourselves the best chance to win the doubles point. - head coach Matt Knoll on the doubles point
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Columbia debuted its new PlaySight HD cameras on Saturday afternoon and the viewing audience got to see an exciting Ivy League match against No. 40 Dartmouth. Columbia came into the match having won its last 16 doubles points against Ivy League foes but Dartmouth was poised to put an end to that streak.

Columbia's Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski were the first to finish with a close 7-5 win over Dovydas Sakinis and Max Fliegner at No. 2. They broke to start the match but Dartmouth broke back for 2-2 and then held for 3-2. It stayed on serve until Vermeer and Rolski broke on the deciding point to go up 6-5 and then CU served it out for the win.

Dartmouth would answer with a 7-5 win of its own as Max Schmidt and Roko Glasnovic defeated Miguel Alda and Christopher Grant at No. 3. Schmidt and Glasnovic trailed *2-4 but they won three straight to go up 5-4. Columbia would hold on the deciding point for 5-5 but Dartmouth held and then broke on the deciding point to win 7-5.

Over at No. 1, Dartmouth's Brendan Tannenbaum and George Wall jumped out to an early *3-1 lead but Columbia's Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham broke back and held for 3-3. It would stay on serve the rest of the way until Columbia went up 3-0* in the deciding tiebreak and they'd eventually make it 5-2*. Dartmouth's Tannenbaum would hit two big first serves to make it 4-5* then Hadavi double faulted to make it 5-5. Wall hit a return winner off a Hadavi second serve to make it *6-5 and then he won the next point on his serve to take it 7-5.

Columbia came back in singles and took opening sets on the first four courts while Dartmouth took the last two. Four of the six matches would finish in straight sets with Columbia senior Mike Vermeer the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Brendan Tannenbaum at No. 4. Vermeer broke Tannenbaum to go up 4-3 in the first and then he held and broke again to take the opening set 6-3. Vermeer went up 5-0 in the second and served it out two games later for a 6-3, 6-1 win.

Columbia junior Shawn Hadavi gave Columbia its first lead of the day with a routine 6-2, 6-2 win over Dovydas Sakinis at No. 1. Hadavi opened up a 4-0 lead to start the match before Sakinis held and broke to make it 4-2. Hadavi broke back and held to take the set 6-2. Hadavi went up 5-0 in the second and had a match point on his serve on the deciding point but Sakinis got the break. Sakinis held for 2-5 before Hadavi served it out.

Dartmouth sophomore Max Fliegner tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Richard Pham at No. 5.  Fliegner broke Pham to go up 4-2 in the first and then held for 5-2. Pham would hold and break for 4-5 but Fliegner broke back to take the set 6-4. Fliegner rolled in the second set going up 5-2 and then breaking to win it 6-2.

Columbia senior Eric Rubin put Columbia back in front with a 6-4, 6-3 win over George Wall at No. 3. Wall broke Rubin to start the match and held for 2-0 but Rubin held, broke, and held to go up 3-2. Rubin would break Wall's 4-5 service game to take the opening set 6-4. Rubin jumped out to a 3-0* lead in the second but Wall held, broke, and held to even it at 3-3. Rubin would promptly take the next three to close it out 6-3.

Both of the remaining matches would go three-sets and it would ultimately be Columbia freshman Timmy Wang that would clinch it with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Max Schmidt at No. 6. Schmidt jumped out to a double-break 4-1 lead in the first set before Wang broke and held to make *4-3. Schmidt held and then broke to take the opening set 6-3. Wang broke Schmidt to go up 3-2 in the second but Schmidt broke back for 3-3. Wang broke back and held for 5-3 and would take the set 6-4. Wang broke Schmidt's 3-3 service game in the third set but Schmidt broke back to even it at 4-4. Wang would break back to go up 5-4 thanks to a couple of Schmidt double fault and then the Columbia freshman would serve it out from 40-30 to clinch the win. Video clip from Columbia senior Chris Sabaitis:



The remaining match at No. 2 was abandoned with Columbia freshman Victor Pham serving up a break at 4-3 in the third.

#28 Columbia 4, #40 Dartmouth 2
Apr 02, 2016 at New York, NY (Dick Savitt Tennis Center)
Doubles Competition
1. Brandan Tannenbaum/George Wall (DART) def. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU), 7-6(5)
2. #28 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU) def. Dovydas Sakinis/Max Fliegner (DART), 7-5
3. Max Schmidt/Roko Glasnovic (DART) def. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (CU), 7-5
Singles Competition
1. #64 Shawn Hadavi (CU) def. #81 Dovydas Sakinis (DART), 6-2, 6-2
2. Victor Pham (CU) vs. Ciro Riccardi (DART), 7-5, 4-6, 4-3, DNF
3. Eric Rubin (CU) def. George Wall (DART), 6-4, 6-3
4. Mike Vermeer (CU) def. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART), 6-3, 6-1
5. Max Fliegner (DART) def. Richard Pham (CU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Timothy Wang (CU) def. Max Schmidt (DART), 3-6 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes
Columbia 12-5; National ranking #28
Dartmouth 12-8; National ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,1,5,3,6)

Post-Match Quote from Columbia head coach Bid Goswami:
"Losing the doubles point after being up 5-2 in the deciding tiebreak was very difficult, but the guys kept their heads up going into singles. For the second match in a row, Victor Pham saving set points before winning his first set was very important. Shawn Hadavi played unbelievable tennis against Sakinis, last year's Ivy Player of  the Year who won Regionals this fall. And I am so proud of how freshman Timmy Wang fought so hard and seemed to grit his way to a win in his first Ivy match."

Post-Match Quotes from Dartmouth's recap
"We did a nice job on all three doubles courts today, head coach Chris Drake said. "Whether we needed to come back from being down on an early break or stay composed after losing a lead, we did the right things to give ourselves a shot. In the end, we played a good-tiebreaker to get the doubles point. In singles, we had them on the roes in a few sets that we didn't end up winning, and against a team as good as Columbia and in that building they usually make you pay for it.

"We had tremendous support from several of our former players and from many of our parents, and their enthusiastic and constant support was a huge factor in helping us compete so well today, Drake continued. "We will now quickly get ready to play against a very good Cornell team tomorrow afternoon. 
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Cornell, ranked No. 56, pulled off a mild upset with a 4-1 win at home over No. 47 Harvard. Cornell's Bernardo Casares Rosa and Chris Vrabel broke to go up 5-4 and then served it out for a 6-4 win at No. 2. The Big Red would take the doubles point when Colin Sinclair and David Volfson pulled out a tiebreak at No. 1 by a 7-5 score with an overrule on match point.
Each team claimed three first sets in singles after Harvard pulled out tiebreaks at No. 1 and No. 5. Cornell junior Colin Sinclair would extend the Big Red lead to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Sebastian Beltrame at No. 2. Sinclair trailed 2-5* in the first set but won the last five games to take the set 7-5. Sinclair broke early in the second set but Beltrame got back on serve at 2-2. Sinclair would break a few games later and then close it out 6-4.

Big Red freshman Karlo Lozic pushed the lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jean Thirouin at No. 6. Lozic broke to go up 3-2 in the first and served out the set from 5-4. The second set had a similar script with Lozic breaking fairly early in the set then holding on the rest of the way.

Harvard would get on the board with Kenny Tao winning a fairly quick three-setter 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 over Chris Vrabel at No. 3. Tao broke to go up 4-2 in the third and held for 5-2 and would then serve it out a few games later.

While Harvard had a set lead on two of the three remaining courts, it'd be Cornell senior Stefan Vinti that would slam the door shut with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Andy Zhou at No. 4. Vinti jumped up to a 4-1 lead in the first set but had to break to take the set 6-4. Vinti went up 3-0 in the second and held on from there to win it.

#56 Cornell 4, #47 Harvard 2
Apr 02, 2016 at Ithaca, NY(Reis Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #117 Nicky Hu (HARV) vs. David Volfson (CORN) 7-6(6), 5-2
2. Colin Sinclair (CORN) def. Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) 7-5, 6-4
3. Kenny Tao (HARV) def. Chris Vrabel (CORN) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
4. Stefan Vinti (CORN) def. Andy Zhou (HARV) 6-4, 6-3
5. Kelvin Lam (HARV) vs. Bernardo Casares Rosa (CORN) 7-6(6), 1-4
6. Karlo Lozic (CORN) def. Jean Thirouin (HARV) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Colin Sinclair/David Volfson (CORN) def. Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HARV) 7-6(5)
2. Bernardo Casares Rosa/Chris Vrabel (CORN) def. Jean Thirouin/Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) 6-4
3. Dylan Brown/Stefan Vinti (CORN) vs. Kenny Tao/Andy Zhou (HARV) DNF
Match Notes
Cornell 8-9; National ranking #56
Harvard 12-9; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,4)
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Memphis won its fifth match in a row and second match in the last two days with a 4-0 shutout over VCU in a match that was held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Memphis took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Tigers took five opening sets in singles.

Memphis sophomore Kai Lemke was off the court in just 50 minutes with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Catalin Fifea at No. 3. Fellow sophomore Andrew Watson extended the Memphis lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Michal Voscek at No. 1 in a match that lasted 1 hour and 11 minutes. 


Shakeel Manji, another sophomore, clinched the win for Memphis with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win over Louis Ishizaka at No. 6 in a match that last 1 hour and 24 minutes. I was about three courts away so this is as good a shot as I could get. 


VCU's Arvid Noren was serving up 5-1 (40-30) in the third when Manji clinched so unfortunately he didn't get to finish. The other two matches were on serve in the third set.

Memphis only has one match left in the regular season and that comes in two weeks when South Florida comes to Memphis. VCU will be back at it on Sunday facing Middle Tennessee State. 

#35 Memphis 4, VCU 0
Apr 02, 2016 at Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Buck Bouldin Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #105 Andrew Watson (MEM) def. Michal Voscek (VCU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Vitor Lima (VCU) vs. #76 Ryan Peniston (MEM) 1-6, 6-4, 2-1*, unf.
3. Kai Lemke (MEM) def. Catalin Fifea (VCU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) vs. Daryl Monfils (VCU) 6-7, 6-3 unf.
5. Arvid Noren (VCU) vs. Felix Rauch (MEM) 2-6, 6-2, *5-1 (40-30), unf.
6. Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Louis Ishizaka (VCU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) def. Vitor Lima/Daryl Monfils (VCU) 7-5
2. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEM) vs. Arvid Noren/Louis Ishizaka (VCU) 4-3, unf.
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) def. Michal Voscek/Catalin Fifea (VCU) 6-0
Match Notes:
VCU 14-7
Memphis 14-8; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,1,6)

Post-Match Quote from Memphis's recap
"This was a good weekend for us," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It was just what we needed, we showed some toughness."
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Pacific picked a nice 4-3 win on Saturday over No. 54 Pepperdine. Pacific won the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 but Pepperdine rallied to take four first sets in singles.

Pepperdine would pick up straight set wins from Pedro Iamachkine and Jack Van Slyke at No. 5 and No. 6 while Pacific got straight set wins from Sem Verbeek and Miguel Diaz at No. 1 and No. 4.

Pepperdine's Lautaro Pane tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win at No. 2 but Pacific's Daniel Alameh would win the decider 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 over Stefan Menichella at No. 3.

The finish of the match was a little confusing if you were following the live scoring at home because the scoreboard showed Menichella winning both the first and second sets yet it still kept recording a score in the third set. Even after Alameh won the final set 6-3 the scoreboard showed that Pepperdine won the match 4-3. It wasn't until several minutes later that it changed to show Alameh winning the second set and thus the match.




#72 Pacific 4, #54 Pepperdine 3
Apr 02, 2016 at Stockton, Calif. (Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Sem Verbeek (PAC) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP) 6-4, 6-1
2. Lautaro Pane (PEP) def. Jose Chamba (PAC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
3. Daniel Alameh (PAC) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
4. Miguel Diaz (PAC) def. Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Alex Giannini (PAC) 6-1, 6-4
6. Jack Van Slyke (PEP) def. Kumara Adavelly (PAC) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Miguel Diaz/Jose Chamba (PAC) def. PANE, Lautaro/IAMACHKINE, Pedro (PEP) 6-4
2. Sem Verbeek/Alex Giannini (PAC) def. MENICHELLA, Stefan/SIDNEY, Gabriel (PEP) 6-3
3. Guilherme Hadlich/Jack Van Slyke (PEP) def. Bernardo Oliveira/Kumara Adavelly (PAC) 6-2
Match Notes
Pepperdine 8-8, 2-1 WCC; National ranking #54
Pacific 12-9, 4-1 WCC; National ranking #72
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,6,4,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Pacific's recap
"What an epic match," head coach Ryan Redondo said. "We had great synergy in doubles, which was key.  It was tooth and nail all the way through and everyone at Pacific was a part of that victory.  Their were special moments all over that match and I am really proud of the team.  They are the warriors in the arena and I give them full team effort-credit.  Yet, the ride still goes on. We have big match on Wednesday against the Oregon Ducks at home.  Practice is always our focus."





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Sunday was a tremendous day for college tennis with five matches broadcast on National TV. The day started off with Fox College Sports Pacific/Fox Sport Oklahoma showing the Oklahoma/Kansas women's match. Then you had Fox Sports 2 showing a doubleheader in Stillwater with the Oklahoma State women hosting TCU while the Oklahoma State men hosted Baylor. Lastly you had the Pac-12 Network showing a UCLA/USC doubleheader with the men playing first and then the women second.

Despite these matches being on television the stands were packed and the crowds were loud which made for a great environment for those of us that watched from home. I hope today was a glimpse into the future and not just a once a year thing. I'd love to be able to watch multiple matches every weekend and I want to applaud both Fox Sports, the Pac-12 Network, and ESPN for getting matches on its different platforms. The Tennis Channel broadcasted the finals of the Oracle/ITA Masters back in September but I don't believe they've had any college tennis on since so maybe that's something that will change in the future.

Now to the matches themselves - the Pac-12 regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament were at stake as No. 4 USC hosted No. 9 UCLA. USC got off to a nice start in doubles as Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine drilled Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp 6-1 at No. 3. USC's Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven jumped out to an early break lead on Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki but the UCLA No. 1s broke back to even it at 3-3. McDonald and Redlicki would break to go up 5-4 and then Redlicki served it out to give UCLA the 6-4 win. The doubles point would be decided at No. 2 between UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell and USC's Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede. After Sell held for 6-5, UCLA would break Jack Jaede from 30-40 to win it 7-5 and give UCLA the doubles point.


The doubles portion wasn't shown on TV so after it finished up there was about a 15 minute break until singles got underway at 1:30pm local time. UCLA would first sets at 1, 2, 3, and 6 while USC got the opening set at 4 and 5.

USC freshman Jake DeVine put the first point on the board for the Trojans after he rolled over UCLA senior Karue Sell 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4. UCLA junior Gage Brymer would put the Bruins back ahead 2-1 with a 6-2, 6-2 rolling of USC freshman Logan Smith at No. 3.

UCLA junior Joseph Di Giulio took a 6-0 first set over USC junior Rob Bellamy at No. 6 but Bellamy hung tough in the second. Bellamy fought off three match points while serving at 4-5, 15-40 but he found himself down 30-40 on his 5-6 service game. Di Giulio mishit the return which brought Bellamy forward but Bellamy wasn't able to do enough with the mid-court forehand and would get passed at the net a few shots later to drop the match 6-0, 7-5.


USC sophomore Thibault Forget would pull the Trojans to within 3-2 after he defeated UCLA sophomore Logan Staggs at No. 5. Forget took the first set 6-3 then he broke Staggs at love to go up 5-4 in the second. Forget went down 0-30 but he'd take the next four points to close it out 6-3, 6-4.


UCLA sophomore Martin Redlicki won the first set 7-5 at No. 2 but USC junior Nick Crystal would take the second 6-2. Redlicki broke Crystal to go up 3-1 in the third then he held for 4-1. After a few holds, Redlicki went up 40-30 on his 5-3 service game but he pushed a forehand well wide to bring up the deciding point. Crystal chose to receive into the ad-court, which in hindsight probably wasn't his best option, because Redlicki swung his lefty serve out wide and then followed it up with a big forehand that Crystal couldn't get back and that was it - UCLA 4 USC 2 - FINAL.

The match at No. 1 was abandoned with UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald leading Max de Vroome 7-6, 6-5*.  Below is a highlight clip from the Pac-12 Network and down below the box score was a post-match interview with Martin Redlicki.

Here are the seeds for next week's Pac-12 Tournament - UCLA 1, USC 2, Cal 3, Stanford 4, Oregon 5, Washington 6, Utah 7, Arizona 8.  UCLA and USC get a double-bye and won't play until the semifinals on Friday. Both the semifinals and finals will be broadcast LIVE on the Pac-12 Network so don't forget to tune in.





#4 UCLA 4, #9 USC 2
Apr 17, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Buntmann Family Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #42 Crystal/Verboven (USC) 6-4
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) 7-5
3. Bellamy/DeVine (USC) def. Brymer/Rapp (UCLA) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #8 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #19 Max de Vroome (USC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-5, unf
2. #45 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #43 Nick Crystal (USC) 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #55 Logan Smith (USC) 6-2, 6-2
4. #106 Jake DeVine (USC) def. #86 Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-2, 6-0
5. #120 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA) 6-3, 6-4
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Rob Bellamy (USC) 6-0, 7-5
Match Notes
UCLA 20-2; National ranking #4
USC 15-5; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,6,5,2)



Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"It means a lot to sweep USC this year, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin of beating the Trojans at home and on the road.  "This is a very good USC team.  They're going to be very determined to beat us next week in Ojai should we play each other.  

"It was a great win for us, said Martin.  "It gives us momentum heading into the conference tournament next week in Ojai.  There's a very good chance we could play the Trojans again.  We'll have to get past an extremely tough Oregon or Stanford in the semifinals on Friday to possibly get a chance to play either USC or Cal, I think.  It gives us momentum and keeps us in a positive mind frame.   

"We can't get too self-satisfied though, added Martin.  We have to keep working hardthere's another month to go till NCAAs.  The win certainly gives us hope that we're doing the right things and that we're at least one of the teams going into the tournament with a shot to possibly win it.


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When it comes to Big 12 tennis you never know what to expect. Eighth-ranked Oklahoma was coming off a 4-0 rout over Baylor while No. 10 Texas Tech was coming off a 4-1 loss to Oklahoma State. Logic would say that OU would roll over Tech but logic got left outdoors while the teams went indoors due to inclement weather.

Texas Tech took the early 1-0 lead after it won the doubles point by winning tiebreaks at No. 2 and No. 3 while No. 1 was also in a tiebreak as well.

Tech took four opening sets in singles but it'd be Oklahoma's Andrew Harris that would finish first with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hugo Dojas at No. 2.

Texas Tech went back ahead when Felipe Soares ousted Axel Alvarez 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 and then Bjorn Thomson would make it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Maxime Mora at No. 6. Jolan Cailleau would clinch the win by defeating Alex Ghilea 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4.



Texas Tech set a new regular season mark for wins with 24 and also snapped OU's 13-match home winning streak over Big 12 opponents.

#10 Texas Tech 4, #8 Oklahoma 1 
04/17/16 at Norman, Okla. (Gregg Wadley Indoor Pavilion) 
Doubles Competition
1. #73 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU) vs. #46 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (OU): 6-6, unf
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU) def. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU): 7-6 (2) 
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU) def. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU): 7-6 (5) 
Singles Competition
1. #18 Felipe Soares (TTU) def. #23 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU): 6-3, 6-4 
2. Andrew Harris (OU) def. #100 Hugo Dojas (TTU): 6-3, 6-1 
3. #121 Alex Sendegeya (TTU) vs. #69 Spencer Papa (OU): 6-3, 5-4, unf.
4. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) def. #46 Alex Ghilea (OU): 6-4, 6-3 
5. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Connor Curry (TTU) 7-5, 2-1, unf.
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) def. Maxime Mora (OU): 6-2, 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (24-4, 2-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 10 
Oklahoma (13-9, 2-2 Big 12); National ranking No. 8 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"That's the type of performance we've been searching for," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "We've been wanting to come out of the gate and compete hard. We had a talk with the team yesterday about what we needed to do and how we needed to play to our potential. We didn't strike gold. We just came out and executed. We played to win and were forcing the issue during those big moments in the tiebreakers. It was the most competitive and most exciting doubles point we've had all season."

"After doubles, I was most proud of the fact that we played with something still to prove," Masi said. "We carried the momentum from doubles and won four first sets. It wasn't about tennis, it was about the heart and the mind. We were able to win today because of the attitude and the mindset we played with. Still, the players had good game plans and strong execution. Jolan has had some tough singles matches over the last couple of weeks. He's worked hard, and everything that he's been working in practice clicked for him today. It was a big growth moment for him to close out the match on his serve."

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"I thought we started off well in doubles," head coach John Roddick said. "That has been a problem we've had. We started well, we just have to finish it. Losing two breakers, and then the other one in a breaker, there isn't a lot to be upset with. Both teams played a good point and Texas Tech just won it. We'll take starts like that every time.

"These last three matches he (Andrew Harris) has been very sharp and beaten some very good players," Roddick said. "Before he came to college he had a long layoff, about 10 months, and came back very quickly. He has done that twice now. He is a great ball striker so once you can move again and get your tennis fitness under yourself you can play good tennis pretty quickly. A lot of credit to Andrew to be able to get thrown into the mix of the Big 12 regular season and to play as well as he is. That is a great effort.

"In singles you give credit to Texas Tech," Roddick said. "They came out and played hard and played with more energy that we did. They kind of took it to us. We have to have more energy. This is the first time I haven't seen much energy from our guys. Tech kind of took our will away so give them credit for playing that well."

"We can learn from this," Roddick said. "We've played a lot better in the last 45 days and we aren't going to let one match slow that down. We just have to get back to work this week and play at a high level."
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Rice and Tulane played a wild match that started outdoors and finished indoors. Tulane won 6-2 at No. 2 doubles but Rice took the point by winning 7-5 in the tiebreak at both No. 1 and No. 3.


Tulane would take first sets at 1, 2, and 3 while Rice took the opening set at 4, 5, and 6. Rice junior David Warren put the Owls up 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 rout over Tulane freshman Tyler Schick at No. 5. Tulane junior Sebastian Rey put the Green Wave on the board with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Adam Gustafsson at No. 3 but Rice freshman Jake Hansen made it 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Chi-Shan Jao at No. 4.

Tulane sophomore Constantin Schmitz trimmed the Rice lead to 3-2 with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win over Jamie Malik at No. 2 which left just two matches left on court.

Tulane senior, and current ITA No. 1, Dominik Koepfer had just split sets with Tommy Bennett at No. 1 while the match at No. 6 was midway through the third sets.

Rice freshman Emanuel Llamas jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set on Tulane senior Ian Van Cott but Van Cott would break, hold, and break to put the match back on serve at 4-3. Llamas would break back to go up 5-3 but after falling behind 0-40 on his serve play would be halted due to rain.

It was decided that the match would be completed indoors at the MET in downtown Houston so after a one hour and five minute delayed play resumed.  Koepfer had a 3-0 lead when they went indoors but Bennett would take the next three to even it at 3-3. Koepfer finished out the match by winning the last three games to take it 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3.

In the deciding match at No. 6, Van Cott would get the break to put the match back on serve and then he'd come back from 15-30 down to hold from 40-30 to tie it at 5-5. Llamas got a quick hold for 6-5 but once again Van Cott would come back from 15-30 down to hold from 40-30 to send the match to a tiebreak. Van Cott led 6-4 in the tiebreak and had the match on his racket but Llamas got the mini-break back, won the new two points on his serve, and then took the last one on Van Cott's serve to win it 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6) to clinch the Rice win.


#26 Rice 4, #28 Tulane 3
4/17/2016 at Houston, Tx (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
2. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 6-4, 6-0
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-3, 6-4
5. David Warren (RICE) def. Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-1, 6-1
6. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Doubles competition
1. #40 Tommy Bennett/David Warren (RICE) def. #17 Chi-Shan Jao/Dominik Koepfer (TLN) 7-6 (5)
2. Constantin Schmitz/Tyler Schick (TLN) def. Adam Gustafsson/Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-2
3. Jake Hansen/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Ian Van Cott/Sebastian Rey (TLN) 7-6 (5)
Match Notes
Tulane 14-7; National ranking #28
Rice 20-7; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,3,4,2,1,6)
Match delayed 1:05 and finished indoors
T-4:06

Senior Day ceremony for Rice's Adam Gustafsson



Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"Tremendous battle but congratulations to Rice for winning a tough match," Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "We were losing for like five hours straight and then all of a sudden we had team match points. That's what we tell our guys, to always believe and keep fighting until the last point is played. Ian did a great job of coming back from 5-3 down in third set to get up 6-4 in the tiebreaker. Even though he didn't get the victory I'm proud of the way he put it all on the line there for Tulane. This kind of experience hurts but I know it will pay off if we keep on investing."
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George Washington punched its ticket to the dance by beating VCU 4-3 in the finals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. It was the third year in a row these teams had met in the finals and was also the fifth time in the last six years that GW had earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

GW took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 2 doubles by a 7-5 score then the Colonials jumped out to a 3-0 lead after getting straight wins from Julian Tverijonas and Chris Reynolds at No. 1 and No. 3.

VCU charged back and tied the match at 3-3 with wins from Vitor Lima, Catalin Fifea, and Louis Ishizaka at 2, 4, and 6 but GW's Cahit Kapukiran would clinch the championship with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Arvid Noren at No. 5.



George Washington 4, VCU 3
April 17, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles Competition
1. Julius Tverijonas (GW) def. Michal Voscek (VCU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Vitor Lima (VCU) def. Danil Zelenkov (GW) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Chris Reynolds (GW) def. Daryl Monfils (VCU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Catalin Fifea (VCU) def. Chris Fletcher (GW) 6-2, 7-6(6)
5. Cahit Kapukiran (GW) def. Arvid Noren (VCU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Louis Ishizaka (VCU) def. Christos Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. Julius Tverijonas/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Vitor Lima/Daryl Monfils (VCU), 6-3
2. Cahit Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) def. Arvid Noren/Louis Ishizaka (VCU), 7-5
3. Michal Voscek/Catalin Fifea (VCU) def. Chris Fletcher/Fernando Sala (GW), 6-2
Match Notes
George Washington 14-8
VCU 18-8
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,6,2,4,5)

Post-Match Quotes from GW's recap
"That doubles point was crucial again," said interim head coach Torrie Browning. "To get three doubles points this weekend the way that we have was just amazing, and so important."

"Chris Reynolds has been huge for us; he's been great all season," said Coach Browning. "I've seen a total boost in confidence within Reynolds this season, and that's because he works so hard in practice every day. He's the type of player that is such a good listener - so coachable - Rafa (Aita, assitant coach) and I love working with him. The energy that he brings is great. He cares so much and that's why he does so well." 

"Julius just got it done at one," added Coach Browning. "I think he finally found his game again - the last few weeks he said he wasn't feeling it, but I think he found the right balance of being on the defensive and being aggressive. When he was aggressive, he was on. He played how he needed to play to win."

"With Cahit I wasn't worried," said Coach Browning. "He's had some slow starts this spring, but he finds ways to win, so I wasn't concerned. We talked to him about a few things he should do after that first set, and then he was on it, that was it.

"We have a tradition of excellence here, and we've worked hard to keep that up. With that, there's a huge target on our back. We've done so well for so many years, other teams are always trying to knock us down. But when you come together as a team, anything is possible, and that's what happened today."
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Columbia won the Ivy League regular season title for the third year in a row with a 5-1 win on the road at Penn. Columbia actually locked up the Ivy League's NCAA automatic berth on Friday when it beat Princeton but this win over Penn gave them the outright regular season title.

Columbia won a tight doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 then the Lions took four first sets in singles. Mike Vermeer, Eric Rubin, and Timothy Wang would win in straight sets with Wang clinching the win at No. 6.

Two of the three remaining matches were played out with CU's Shawn Hadavi winning a 10-point supertiebreak at No. 1, Penn's Blaine Willenborg winning at No. 5 when a regular 7-point tiebreak was played at 3-3, while the match at No. 2 was abandoned because the guys wanted to play it out but the officials wouldn't let them since the other courts were already playing tiebreaks.

Interesting stat: Mike Vermeer's 3-year career stats for singles - 18-0 in Ivies (3 matches not finished), 49-4 overall. 7-0 this year in Ivies - talk about Mr. Automatic!!



#25 Columbia 5, Penn 1
April 17, 2016 at Philadelphia, PA (Hamlin Tennis Center 
Doubles Competition
1 - Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU) def. Austin Kaplan/Nicholi Westergaard, 7-6(3)
2 - Matt Nardella/Blaine Willenborg (UP) def. Shawn Hadavi/Victor Pham, 7-6(3)
3 - Christopher Grant/Richard Pham (CU) def. Vim De Alwis/Kyle Mautner, 7-5
Singles Competition
1 - Shawn Hadavi (CU) def. Kyle Mautner, 7-5, 3-6, 10-2
2 - Victor Pham (CU) vs. Vim De Alwis, 3-6, 6-2, 0-1*, abandoned
3 - Mike Vermeer (CU) def. Josh Pompan, 6-2, 6-2
4 - Eric Rubin (CU) def. Matt Nardella, 6-3, 6-2
5 - Blaine Willenborg (UP) def. Miguel Alda, 6-3, 1-6, 4-3(8-6)
6 - Timothy Wang (CU) def. Ismael Lahlou 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 17-5; National ranking #25
Penn 7-15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1) Singles (4,3,6,5,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Columbia's recap
"In 34 years of coaching, I have never won three in a row," said The Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Men's Tennis Bid Goswami. "We did it all year from the get-go. I felt like all season long, everybody was rooting for each other and every match we would fight."

"Everybody did their part, including the entire coaching staff," Goswami added. "We have made believers out of the guys and they believed in themselves.
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Jackson State won its fourth SWAC Championship, but first since 1998, with a 4-1 win over Alabama State. The Tigers took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Federico Boscarino, Stylianos Gkontsaris, and Richie Agarwal at 2, 4, and 6 with Agarwal clinching the championship. Alabama State got a straight set win from Takura Mlambo at No. 1 in a losing effort.



Jackson State 4, Alabama State 1
Apr 17, 2016 at New Orleans, La. (City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Takura Mlambo (ALST) def. Camilo Patino (JKST) 6-3, 6-3
2. Federico Boscarino (JKST) def. Ronald Mataba (ALST) 6-2, 6-2
3. Karlo Skvorc (ALST) vs. Miguel Martin Gomez (JKST) 5-7, 6-3, unfinished
4. Stylianos Gkontsaris (JKST) def. Szabin Pusztay (ALST) 6-4, 6-1
5. Patrik Cvik (ALST) vs. Federico Mendieta (JKST) 6-0, 3-6, unfinished
6. Richie Agarwal (JKST) def. Jarred Thompson (ALST) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Federico Boscarino/Camilo Patino (JKST) def. Patrik Cvik/Szabin Pusztay (ALST) 6-3
2. Adam Coyne/Takura Mlambo (ALST) def. Miguel Martin Gomez/Hernan Geria (JKST) 6-1
3. Richie Agarwal/Federico Mendieta (JKST) def. Ronald Mataba/Karlo Skvorc (ALST) 7-5
Match Notes:
Jackson State 6-18
Alabama State 7-10
Order of finish; Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,1,6)


Other Notable Ranked Sunday Scores

#14 Oklahoma State def. #37 Baylor 4-2
#19 South Florida def. #38 Memphis 4-0

#55 Cornell at #46 Princeton 4-3
#36 Dartmouth def. Yale 4-1
#48 Harvard def. Brown 5-2

#1 Virginia def. Miami FL 7-0
#5 North Carolina def #64 Duke 6-1
#7 Wake Forest def. Louisville 6-1
#22 Florida State def. Boston College 6-1
#43 Notre Dame def. #42 NC State  6-1

#3 Ohio State def #47 Wisconsin 4-0
#15 Northwestern def. Michigan State 4-0
#17 Illinois def. #21 Michigan 4-1
Minnesota def. #39 Penn State 4-3 - MN recap - Justyn Levin won decider 6-4 in 3rd at #5
Nebraska def. #59 Purdue 4-2
#70 Indiana def #67 Iowa 4-0

#6 Georgia def #32 Ole Miss 4-0
#13 Florida def. Tennessee 6-1
#20 Kentucky at #63 Auburn 4-1
#45 Vanderbilt def #34 Alabama 4-2
#58 South Carolina def #12 Arkansas 4-3 - SC recap - Andrew Schafer won the decider 6-4 in the 3rd at #2 - Redlicki didn't play singles for Ark.

#73 Utah def. Arizona 6-1

#24 Tulsa def. Central Florida 7-0
#31 San Diego def. #56 Pepperdine 4-0
#44 Old Dominion def. Middle Tennessee State 4-3
San Diego State def. #57 Utah State 4-3
#68 Boise State def. UNLV 4-1
Portland def. #71 Pacific 4-1
#72 UNC Wilmington def. #53 Georgia State 4-3









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Georgia Regional
Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, GA

[7] Georgia Bulldogs (20-4) vs. [49-64] South Carolina State Bulldogs (12-8) - Saturday 1pm ET - Georgia was awarded an at-large berth after falling to Florida in the finals of the SEC Tournament while South Carolina State got the MEAC's automatic berth for the eighth year in a row after defeating Florida A&M in the finals. SCSU played five teams that were ranked during the season and went 0-5 while being outscored 32-1. SCSU will be making its 14th all-time appearance at the NCAAs with a record of 0-13. 

Doubles Records: Georgia 16-7, South Carolina State 10-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Georgia 84, South Carolina State 74

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 11th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.62) vs. Martin Figura (SCSU 12.13)
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.04) vs. Vladyslav Yanchenko (SCSU 12.85)
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.99) vs. Jakub Vitek (SCSU 12.79)
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.64) vs. Stanislav Baco (SCSU 12.09/50%)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.78) vs. Aleksander Stupar (SCSU 11.77)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) vs. Edgar Diaz (SCSU 12.74/40%)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.38) 

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
UGA: Reinberg 7, Smith 6
SCSU: Baco 4

I wouldn't be surprised to see Georgia sit a starter with Reinberg moving up to No. 6. Dawgs will take the doubles point and pick up wins from Smith, Duncan, and Wood. Prediction: Georgia 4-0. 



[17-32] Florida State Seminoles (18-8) vs. [33-48] Baylor Bears (15-13) - Saturday 10am ET - Florida State got in as an at-large after falling to Virginia Tech in the ACC quarterfinals while Baylor played it's way into the tournament after winning at Oklahoma State in the Big 12 quarterfinals. Baylor has been down a starter for over a month with Will Little, No. 4 singles/No. 1 doubles, out with an injury so that's meant that walk-on Tyler Stayer has been starting at No. 6. Baylor head coach Matt Knoll has done a nice job to get this team to the tournament considering his current No. 5 and No. 6 singles players have a combined dual-match record of 12-23 with only 2 of those wins coming over teams ranked inside the top 200. Baylor has basically been going into each match down 2-0 so the margin for error is extremely slim. 

Florida State had a solid year with its signature win over then undefeated and top-ranked North Carolina. FSU was getting close to a top 16 spot but a loss to Miami kept it in the low 20s. 

Doubles Records: Florida State 17-7, Baylor 16-10
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingFlorida State 81, Baylor 79

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #11 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.11) vs. #12 Julian Lenz (BU 14.58)
2. #76 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.57) vs. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.91)
3. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.49) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 13.61)
4. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.34) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.20)
5. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.07) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 12.05)
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 13.24) vs. Tyler Stayer (BU 11.28)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
FSU: Gracia 5
BU: Lenz 8

Baylor has performed a lot better in doubles than I thought it would but I still look for FSU to take the early lead. Both Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst will be sizable favorites at No. 5 and No. 6 so Baylor will have to sweep the top four spots to win it. I like Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at No. 1 and No. 2 but I think Aziz Dougaz clips Jimmy Bendeck at No. 4 to seal the win. The other matches will go unfinished with Rinaldi probably up on Rios at No. 3. Prediction: Florida State 4-1
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Regional Final - [17-32] Florida State at [7] Georgia - Sunday 1pm ET 

Doubles Records: Georgia 16-7, Florida State 17-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Georgia 84, Florida State 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.62) vs. #11 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.11)
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.04) vs. #76 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.57) 
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.99) vs. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.49) 
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.64) vs. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.34)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.78) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.07)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) vs. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 13.24)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.38) 

When I was previewing the UCLA regional I mentioned that San Diego had been sent to UCLA or USC for the last 6 years - well the story isn't much different for Florida State. The Noles have now been sent to Athens four times in the last seven seasons with all three previous trips ending in a loss - 2010 (4-3), 2012 (4-1), and 2015 (4-0). Unfortunately for FSU, I see this trip ending with an L as well because even though I like FSU in doubles I like Austin Smith, Paul Oosterbaan, Jan Zielinski, and Nick Wood in singles. Prediction: Georgia 4-1.

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USC Regional
Marks Tennis Stadium - Los Angeles, CA

[10] USC Trojans (15-6) vs. [49-64] UNLV Runnin' Rebels (15-9) - Friday 1pm PT - USC got in as an at-large after falling to Cal in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament while UNLV got an automatic bid for defeating Boise State in the finals of the Mountain West Tournament. UNLV won six matches in the final eight days of the season to earn its first spot in the NCAAs since 2007. UNLV faced 11 ranked teams going 3-8 with the wins coming against Boise State and New Mexico twice. USC put itself in a hole match after match by dropping the doubles point 12 times but it did rally to win 7 of those matches. 

Doubles Records: USC 8-12, UNLV 15-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: USC 84, UNLV 77

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

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #23 Max de Vroome (USC 14.41) vs. Jakob Amilon (UNLV 13.48)
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.30) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV 13.35)
3. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.68) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV 12.85)
4. #102 Jake DeVine (USC 13.80) vs. Evaldo Neto (UNLV 12.37)
5. #121 Thibault Forget (USC 14.04) vs. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV 11.93)
6. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.13) vs. Richard Solberg (UNLV 12.72)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.10)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
USC: de Vroome 8, Forget 4
UNLV: Solberg 6, Amilon 5

I think this has the potential to be the closest of all the 1 versus 16 matches and while I don't think UNLV will win I do think they'll put a point on the board. I like USC in doubles and Nick Crystal, Jake DeVine, and Thibault Forget in singles while I think Richard Solberg will put UNLV on the board at No. 6. Prediction: USC 4-1. 


[17-32] Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-8) vs. [33-48] UC Santa Barbara (17-6) - Friday 10am PT - Georgia Tech got in as an at-large after falling to North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament while UCSB got an automatic bid after defeating Cal Poly in the finals of the Big West Tournament. Six of Georgia Tech's eight losses came to teams ranked inside the top ten with its only non top 25 loss coming early in the year at South Carolina. UCSB played 16 matches against teams that were ranked inside the top 75 at some point in the season going 11-5. 

This will be Georgia Tech's second trip to Los Angeles this season after the Jackets played at UCLA during the Kick-Off Weekend back in January (win over New Mexico; loss to UCLA). 

Doubles Records: Georgia Tech 18-6, UCSB 16-7
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingGeorgia Tech 80, UCSB 78

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT 14.29) vs. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.05)
2. #113 Carlos Benito (GT 13.49) vs. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB 13.48)
3. Cole Fiegel (GT 12.95) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB 12.98)
4. Daniel Yun (GT 13.05) vs. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.83)

5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.36) vs. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.77)
6. Michael Kay (GT 13.08) vs. Teague Hamilton (UCSB 12.89)
O: Andrew Li (GT 13.23) 

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)  
GT: Eubanks 7
UCSB: Hamilton 12, Mays 7, Moreno de Alboran 6, Holm 4

Georgia Tech is stronger in doubles and Chris Eubanks is the best player on the court but the other five singles matches are all going to be highly competitive. I like Anders Holm and Teague Hamilton for UCSB but Nathan Rakitt and Carlos Benito will pull the Ramblin Wreck through to the next round. Prediction: Georgia Tech 4-2
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Regional Final - [17-32] Georgia Tech at [11] USC - Saturday 1pm PT -

Doubles Records: USC 8-12, Georgia Tech 18-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: USC 84, Georgia Tech 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #23 Max de Vroome (USC 14.41) vs. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT 14.29) 
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.30) vs. #113 Carlos Benito (GT 13.49)
3. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.68) vs. Cole Fiegel (GT 12.95)
4. #102 Jake DeVine (USC 13.80) vs. Daniel Yun (GT 13.05)
5. #121 Thibault Forget (USC 14.04) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.36) 
6. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.13) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.08) 
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.10); Andrew Li (GT 13.23) 

I like Georgia Tech in doubles and I could see Michael Kay or Andrew Li winning at No. 6 but USC is stronger at 2 through 5 with Eubanks/de Vroome a toss-up at No. 1. Even though I'm not that high on USC I still think they pull through and get the win. If Georgia Tech were to pull the upset I think it's best formula would be to win doubles and 1, 5, and 6 singles. Prediction: USC 4-2
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The opening day of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and as you can see from the scores below there were a few surprises. All the top seeds cruised with only Illinois yielding a point while a pair of 33-48 seeds pulled off mild upsets.

Friday Finals:
[3] UCLA def. Weber State 4-0
[4] TCU def. Jackson State 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. Coastal Carolina 4-0
[10] USC def. UNLV 4-0
[11] Oklahoma def. UT Arlington 4-0
[12] Texas A&M def. George Washington 4-0
[15] Illinois def. Western Michigan 4-1
[17-32] Texas def. Lamar 4-0
[17-32] San Diego def. Vanderbilt 4-0
[17-32] Michigan def. East Tennessee State 4-3
[17-32] Georgia Tech def. UC Santa Barbara 4-1
[17-32] Mississippi State def. Memphis 4-1
[33-48] LSU def. Rice 4-3
[33-48] Oregon def. Tulsa 4-1

The match of the day on the men's side took place in Fort Worth between LSU and Rice. Rice won the regular season meeting 4-3 but LSU flipped the script today and won a 4-3 thriller.

Rice won the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Owls also took four opening sets in singles. Despite falling behind LSU would quickly turn things around and would put the first two singles points on the board. Justin Butsch won the only straight set match of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jamie Malik at No. 2 and then Gabor Csonka would put the Tigers ahead with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Adam Gustafsson at No. 3.

Rice's Tommy Bennett would even the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 win over Jordan Daigle at No. 1. Rice freshman Jake Hansen would put the Owls ahead 3-2 with a come from behind win over Andrew Korinek at No. 4. Korinek led 5-2 in third set but Hansen battled back to force a tiebreak which he ultimately took 7-1.

LSU freshman Nikola Samardzic, who joined the team in January, tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 win over Emanuel Llamas at No. 6.

Boris Arias (Photo By Kyle Zedaker/LSU)
The match would be decided in a third set at No. 5 between LSU senior Boris Arias and Rice junior David Warren. Warren led 4-2 in the final set but Arias managed to hold, break, and hold to go up 5-4. Warren held and then broke to go up 6-5 but Arias would break back to force a tiebreak. Warren led 4-1 in the tiebreak but Arias won the next two points on his own serve and then a third straight point on Warren's serve to tie it at 4-4. Warren held for 5-4 and then Arias won both points on his serve for 6-5. Warren evened it at 6-6 but Arias would take the next two to clinch it 8-6.

Next up LSU will face TCU after the Horned Frogs routed Jackson State 4-0.

#36 LSU 4, #26 Rice 3
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
2. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4, 6-1
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Boris Arias (LSU) def. David Warren (RICE) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #29 Tommy Bennett/David Warren (RICE) def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3
2. Jamie Malik/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3 
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) 6-2
Match Notes:
LSU 15-11; National ranking #36
Rice 23-8; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship-First Round
T-3:28 & A-125 

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"It was a great college tennis match, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "Fortunately for us, we had Boris who has been very clutch through the years. It hasn't been his best year so for him to get back to doing that again was great to see and was a great match to be a part of.

Coach Brown commented on the three-week layoff between the SEC Tournament and NCAAs, which LSU was able to recover from after starting slow and dropping the doubles point.

"I felt that the three week layoff was really showing in doubles and the beginning of singles, Brown said. "For about an hour and 20 minutes of the match we were in a lot of trouble but we got in the rhythm and started getting back in it.

"We are hopeful that the SEC will change that and only have a two-week break between the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament. I think that really has been a big issue for us over the years and it was good that the guys were able to overcome that and be a part of a great match.

"TCU has had a great year, Brown said. "We look forward to getting back out tomorrow there and improving from what we did today.

Post-Match Comments from Rice's recap
"Unbelievable college tennis match, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "This is what we train for and dream of being a part of as coaches. (It's) the first round of the NCAA Championship and every single player left it all out on the court. Five singles matches went three sets. It just doesn't get any better than that, he added.

"I am really proud of being the coach of these guys, Ustundag said. "I felt they represented Rice really, really well out here today. I am really fired up about what this team has achieved this year. We met our goals for this year and we set some high standards going into next year and really brought some excitement back to Rice tennis.


#4 TCU 4, Jackson State 0
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Camilo Patino (JSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Federico Boscarino (JSU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
3. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Richie Agarwal (JSU) 6-2, 5-0, unfinished
5. Trey Daniel (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad (JSU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Geria Hernan (JSU) 6-1, 5-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Camilo Patino/Federico Boscarino (JSU) 5-1, unf
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad/Ryan Swanier (JSU) 6-0
3. Cameron Norrie/Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Richie Agarwal/F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Jackson State 6-19
TCU 25-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi
"Our guys were very business-like and took care of business today. I am proud of them for playing well and doing everything they can to win every single point. I congratulate Jackson State and head coach Lois Alexis for making it the NCAA Championship. It is something that is very hard to do and they deserve a lot of credit. I hope their team had a great experience and we did our best to create the best atmosphere possible so it was a memorable day for them.

"For us, it is now time to get ready for the other tigers the LSU Tigers. They won a really tough match earlier today and they are very match tough. They go through a whole season in the SEC and will be ready to battle. We are right where we want to be and our team is excited to keep the streak going here at home and also give us the best chance at seeing what we can do. Regardless of what goes on, I am very proud of this team. They have accomplished so much not only on the court, but also in the classroom.

"I also want to thank our athletic department and our financial aid office as they were also here today. I really want to thank Mike Scott for bringing out the whole office because it was a really beautiful day. Huge thanks to Mr. Del Conte for allowing the athletic department to come out and support us. It has been a pleasure and an honor to play in front of our fans all season and we have one more tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from Jackson State's recap
"Although we lost to the No. 5 team in the country, we played well today, said first-year head coach Lois Alexis. "I am extremely proud of this team.

"This is an experience we can build on next year, said Alexis.
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Oregon, which was the No. 3 seed in the Oklahoma regional, won it's first-ever NCAA Tournament match with a surprisingly straight forward 4-1 win over Tulsa.

Oregon won the doubles point for the 21st time in 24 tries by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Ducks took four opening sets in singles. Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel evened the match at 1-1 with a straight set win at No. 1 however Oregon would take over from there.

Ethan Young-Smith and Cormac Clissold won in straight sets at No. 6 and No. 5 and Thomas Laurent clinched the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Majed Kilani at No. 3.

Interesting note from Oregon's recap - Simon Stevens was up 4-2 in the second set tiebreak when Juan Matias Gonzalez got a third overrule which resulted in a point penalty which gave Stevens the tiebreak.

#38 Oregon 4, #23 Tulsa 1
Friday, May 13 | Norman, Okla. | Headington Family Tennis Center
Singles Competition
1. #48 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) def. Daan Maasland (Oregon) 6-4, 6-0
2. Simon Stevens (Oregon) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa) 6-7, 7-6(2), 1-0, unf.
3. Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa) 6-4, 7-5
4. Jayson Amos (Oregon) vs. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 6-4, 3-6, 3-1, unf.
5. Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 7-6 (3), 6-4
6. Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) def. Okkie Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1 #42 Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (Oregon) def. Or Ram-Harel/Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-2
2 Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (Oregon) def. Dylan McCloskey/Dominic Bechard (Tulsa) 6-4
3 Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (Oregon) vs. Matthew Kirby/Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 4-5, unf.
Match Notes
Oregon 19-7; National ranking #38
Tulsa 17-14; National ranking #23
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,5,3)

Post-Match Quote from Oregon's recap
Nils Schyllander, Head Coach - "I felt that these guys came here to win and they did just that. The preparation was awesome and it paid off as it was an unbelievable match. This was a good time to play our best match of the year."


Oklahoma got all it wanted in doubles but then cruised through singles and defeated UT Arlington 4-0. Axel Alvarez, Spencer Papa, and Andre Biro each won in straight sets while OU led on each of the remaining courts as well.  Andrew Harris played in doubles but he did not play in singles.

OU's video highlights

#10 Oklahoma 4, UT Arlington 0
May 13, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #97 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez (UTA) 6-2, 6-3 
2. #25 Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez (UTA) 6-1, 6-1
3. #82 Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Mario Muniesa (UTA) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
4. #61 Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished 
5. Andre Biro (OU) def. Carlos Abiza (UTA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Maxime Mora (OU) vs. Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. #24 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez/Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-2 
2. Carlos Abiza/Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) def. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-4
3. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez/Mario Muniesa (UTA) 7-6 (8-6)
Match Notes:
UT Arlington 18-11
Oklahoma 16-10; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"Doubles was close and we pulled it out, head coach John Roddick said. "Singles was just pretty solid. We lost a couple breaks here or there, but mostly it was just deuce points. All in all our guys did a good job of taking care of business. It was a good effort to be focused and disciplined. We're looking forward to tomorrow.

"It looked like he was in control and making good decisions, Roddick said. "That's his biggest thing is making good decisions all the time. He is hitting the ball well, hitting good pace and spin, so that was a very good effort on his part.

"They were obviously excited after their match, Roddick said. "I watched a good bit of it. They are playing for a lot for them so they are going to come out with a lot of energy. So will we. They may be as fired up as any team we've faced all year so it'll be a tough match.

Post-Match Quotes from UTA's recap
"It is the highest level of competition, for us to be exposed to this and this environment is huge," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "There aren't too many days we get to compete at this level. We are going to take it in and learn. We were playing against a Top-10 team that is going to have a chance to win the national championship. Competing against them in the way we did says a lot about our team."

"They never give up and refuse to lose," Benitez said. "It doesn't matter what part of the match they are in, they stay focused and determined."

For junior Mario Muniesa, the UTA match clincher during the Sun Belt Championship, the experience gave the Mavs a chance to compete on the biggest stage as they improve from year to year.

"This was one of the greatest seasons, not only for me, but for the program," Muniesa said. "After two years of struggling to get to the finals, we got to the championship, won it and got here. We did everything we could and we will be proud of ourselves for a great season."

"We learned how to compete and not show that much respect to the better teams ranking wise. We saw that we could have beat them; we almost did in doubles. We didn't give up and we gave everything we had. They beat us, probably because they were better, but not because we gave up."
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Texas gave Lamar an early kick to the gut and then finished them off with a few roundhouses in route to a 4-0 win in the opening match of the Texas A&M regional.

The Longhorns won all nine completed sets in singles with George Goldhoff, Adrian Ortiz, and Michael Riechmann each winning in straight sets.

Next up for Texas will be a Lone Star Showdown against Texas A&M after the Aggies blanked George Washington 4-0.

#18 Texas 4, #56 Lamar 0 
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff (UT) def. Michael Feucht (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-3
2. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 7-5, 6-2
3. Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) vs. Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-4
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) vs. Juuso Laitinen (LAMAR) 7-6 (7-3), 4-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT) vs. Michael Feucht/Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 4-4
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem/Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 6-2
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) def. Juuso Laitinen/Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-2
Match Notes: 
Lamar 17-6; National ranking #56
Texas 18-11; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,2)
NCAA First Round College Station Regional
T-1:51

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap
The guys won all six first sets (in singles), and we played better in some spots and put pressure on them (Lamar).  We did a good job to finish the match.  This was a good day against a Lamar team that had a great season.  Lamar won a conference championship and beat a top-25 team in Rice.  It was a great year for Lamar. 

We're happy to keep going (to the second round).  We don't know who we're playing tomorrow but we assume it will be Texas A&M.  We've had a lot of great matches over the years and some tough matches over here (in College Station).  I expect another tough match tomorrow.  We've got a young group, but one thing they've been good at all year is being good competitors.  We'll do that again tomorrow and do our best to compete well.

Post-Match Quotes from Lamar's recap
"Texas played great today," said LU head coach Scott Shankles. "They got out to great starts on courts two and three, and they got the breaks at a good time for them. Then they held on to win the doubles point, and we just couldn't get back into it in those matches. I thought we were solid on court one.

"In singles, we dropped the first set on all six courts, but they were all close. We were right there with them but just couldn't get enough points to get the lead. Our guys fought hard and I'm very proud of how we competed," said Shankles.

"This experience will be huge for our guys next year," said Shankles.  "We return all but two players so this will be a valuable experience as we move forward. We accomplished a lot of things this season but I don't want our guys to just be content with this year. We can't get complacent. We need to continue to get better."


#12 Texas A&M 4, George Washington 0
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
2. #52 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW) 7-5, 3-3, unfinished
3. Chris Reynolds (GW) vs. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher (GW) 6-2, 6-3
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran (GW) 6-2, 6-4
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #89 Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. Tverijonas/Zelenkov (GW) 6-5, unf.
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) 6-3
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher/Fernando Sala (GW) 6-4
Match Notes:
George Washington 14-9
Texas A&M 27-9; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (6, 5, 4)
NCAA First Round, College Station Regional
T-2:07

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Steve Denton via Texas A&M's recap

On the doubles point
"We were down a break at three and were at 4-5 at one, George Washington played well in the doubles and it's the NCAA tournament. Everybody is going to give you your best shot. Our guys were resilient and able to turn a couple of those matches around. The doubles are a sprint and you have to value each point, with no ad scoring. Our guys have to come up with shots at important moments and thankfully the guys were able to do that today."

On today's match as a whole
"George Washington played well, I thought they were good in a lot off spots and played great. In the tournament you obviously want to win the matches and fairly comfortably if possible, but you want to be challenged as well. Today was good, some of our guys were challenged and they responded how we needed them to."

On playing Texas tomorrow
"Texas is going to fight, they are a scrappy group, a young group. They have lost some matches this year, but they compete really hard in all spots of their lineup. Texas has no holes in their lineup and we are going to have our hands full. We are going to have to have our 'A' game and hopefully all these tough matches we've played throughout the year will help us. When Texas A&M and Texas play, throw the win loss record out the window, it will be an emotional match. There is a lot on the line not just playing against your rival, but also trying to get to Tulsa. We played here a couple years ago, before we went to Illinois. It was a 4-3, last match on the court type of match so I anticipate another hard fought match and we know the guys will be ready to play."

Post-Match Quotes from GW's recap
"Texas A&M is obviously the 12-seed for a reason, said Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Torrie Browning. "They are a very good team and poised to go far. I was really proud of the way our guys came out in doubles, making the sets close. But, we really couldn't execute on a couple of key points. It hasn't been the easiest season but I'm still really proud of the way our team fought and the way we finished up.


"It means a lot to represent your school, and playing in a national championship team format is always a privilege," said Browning. "I know our guys really worked hard this year. We did a really good job of just getting here. Really proud of the way we made it through everything and handled adversity.
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San Diego defeated Vanderbilt for the second time this season with a 4-0 win in the opening match of the UCLA regional. Vanderbilt was playing without Cameron Klinger (injury?), who plays No. 3 singles (17-8) and #1 dubs with Rhys Johnson (18-8), and his absence was definitely felt.

San Diego's Uros Petronijevic and Filip Vittek beat Vandy's usual No. 2 doubles team 6-3 at No. 1 while Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 win at No. 3.

San Diego took five of six first sets and Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, and Romain Kalaydjian each won in straight sets with Vittek clinching at No. 3.

#28 San Diego 4, #34 Vanderbilt 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. #36 Daniel Valent (VANDY) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 0-1, unfinished
2. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) 6-2, 6-3
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2)
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. Kris Yee (VANDY) 3-6, 6-4, 2-0, unfinished
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Ross (VANDY) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-2, 4-6, 5-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Tate Allwardt/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-3
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) vs. Rhys Johnson/Kris Yee (VANDY) 5-3, unf
3. Alexandros Araouzos/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Baker Newman/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3
Match Notes
Vanderbilt 17-14; National ranking #34
San Diego 24-7; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,3)
NCAA Regionals - First Round


UCLA didn't have any trouble with Weber State in the second match of the day at the UCLA regional. The Bruins took the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they added five first sets in singles. Mackenzie McDonald, Karue Sell, and Logan Staggs each won in straight sets with Staggs clinching the match at No. 5.

Nice performance from Weber State's Stefan Cooper who led Gage Brymer 6-3, 5-2 at No. 3.

#2 UCLA 4, Weber State 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts)
Doubles
1. #2 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Cooper/Goswami (WSU) 6-1
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Fought/Gewert (WSU) 6-1
3. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Barlow/Chen (WSU) 3-3, unfinished
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
Singles
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Jakub Gewert (WSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Todd Fought (WSU) 6-1, 5-5, unfinished
3. Stefan Cooper (WSU) vs. 58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Hou-En Chen (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Landon Barlow (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) vs. Sanjay Goswami (WSU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
Match Notes
Weber State 14-8
UCLA 23-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,5)
NCAA Regionals - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"I was really happy with what I saw today from the team," said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "Up and down the line in both singles and doubles everybody looked really eager to get back into competition. I felt that the team was energized and ready to play,"

"We're going to have a much tougher match tomorrow against San Diego," added Martin. "I feel they are a very good team that has had an incredible end to the season. I know their confidence is high and they are going to want to avenge their loss to us earlier in the year. But I also feel that if we play well, we will have a great chance to win."

Post-Match Quotes from Weber State's recap
"Obviously UCLA is very good and in theory they should beat us," Director of Tennis Brad Ferreira said. " We competed well at a couple of spots. Our number three doubles was doing very well. Stefan Cooper was one serve game away from winning his match over a highly ranked player. Hou-En Chen played a very good first set while Todd Fought played a very good second set. It is exciting to see our two returners compete very well."

"This was a fantastic season and we will be sad to see our seniors go but I am excited to see the continued success of our program," Ferreira said.
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The second most exciting match of the day took place in Winston-Salem with Michigan winning a back and forth 4-3 match against East Tennessee State.

Michigan won what turned out to be a pivotal doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won the final three games to take the decider at No. 1 by a 7-5 score.

The Buccaneers bounced back in singles and grabbed four opening sets, two in tiebreaks, but Michigan would put the next point on the board when Carter Lin rolled over Diego Nunez 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3. ETSU's David Biosca trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alex Knight at No. 1 and then Robert Herrera evened it at 2-2 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Runhao Hua at No. 3.

Rogerio Ribeiro put ETSU up 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Jathan Malik at No. 2 but that'd be the last point that the Bucs could muster.

Michigan's Davis Crocker broke Ismael Merino to close out a 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 6 and less than 10 seconds later Kevin Wong would clinch it with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Sebastian Yllera at No. 5.

Michigan Celebration (Pic from Michigan)

#24 Michigan 4, #55 East Tennessee State 3
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #80 David Biosca (ETSU) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 7-5, 6-4
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. #96 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
3. Carter Lin (MICH) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Runhao Hua (MICH) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Kevin Wong (MICH) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3
6. Davis Crocker (MICH) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) def. #63 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 7-5
2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (MICH) 7-5
3. Myles Schalet/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) def. Ismael Merino/Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 7-5
Match Notes
East Tennessee State 18-6 (7-0 SoCon); National ranking #55
Michigan 21-7 (8-3 Big Ten); National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)
NCAA Tournament - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from ETSU's recap
"It was a hell of a college tennis match, remarked ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. "We gave it all we had and came up just short. The loss leaves a huge empty spot in our gut but I wouldn't have it any other way. Our boys represented ETSU with the highest sense of pride and love. If we had to lose, this is the way wanted it.



Next up for Michigan will be a match against Wake Forest after the Demon Deacons rolled over Coastal Carolina 4-0. Wake took the doubles point and Petros Chrysochos, Jon Ho, and Dennis Uspensky each won in straight sets.



Wake's No. 4 Romain Bogaerts did not play.

#6 Wake Forest 4, Coastal Carolina 0
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. VELICKOVIC, Vuk (CCU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (CCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. LEME, Pedro (CCU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. SCHNEIDER, Sebastian (CCU) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. FARIA, Luiz (CCU) 6-2, 6-0
6. #116 Maksim Kan (WF) vs. MIGLIANO, Francesco (CCU) 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Vuk Velickovic/Pedro Leme (CCU) 5-2, unf
2. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Nic Planchard/Francesco Migliano (CCU) 6-0
3. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luiz Faria/Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU) 6-2
Match Notes
Coastal Carolina 21-4 (8-0 Big South)
Wake Forest 30-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,2,3)
NCAA Tournament - First Round
A-281
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UC Santa Barbara jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point but Georgia Tech rebounded in singles. Chris Eubanks, Nathan Rakitt, and Michael Kay won in straight sets while Daniel Yun came back from a set down to defeat Anders Holm at No. 4.

Georgia Tech will meet USC on Saturday.

#32 Georgia Tech 4, #44 UC Santa Barbara 1
May 13, 2016 Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #78 Eshmade/Seemann (UCSB) def. #38 Kay/Kay (GT) 6-2
2. #37 Eubanks/Benito (GT) def. Alboran/Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) def. Rakitt/Li (GT) 7-5
Singles Competition
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
2. #113 Carlos Benito (GT) vs. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) 0-6, 6-3, 5-4 unf
3. Cole Fiegel (GT) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB) 6-7 (5), 4-2 unfinished
4. Daniel Yun (GT) def. Anders Holm (UCSB) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2*
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Cody Rakela (UCSB) 6-4, 6-4
6. Michael Kay (GT) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) 6-3, 7-5
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 17-8; National ranking #32
UC Santa Barbara 17-7; National ranking #44
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)Singles (1, 6, 5, 4*)
NCAA Championships - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne SAYS "We got out played for about an hour and a half. I'm not sure if it was because we haven't played in a while and still had exams on the brain. Credit UCSB, who has a talented team, for starting very strong. The character of our team surfaced and we fought back strong. Chris, Mike and Nathan did a great job of capturing the momentum with straight-set wins. We settled in nicely as a team and played with poise down the stretch. Carlos and Daniel fought back from first-set losses. Cole also was in a good position in his second set after losing the first. Daniel clinched it for us, so all that matters is we move on to the next round. We're looking forward to a strong start tomorrow and the opportunity to advance.



USC moved on to the second round with a 4-0 win over UNLV. USC took the doubles point and then picked up three quick straight set wins with Rob Bellamy clinching the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6.


USC's No. 4, Jake DeVine, did not play so Thibault Forget moved up from No. 5 while Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy each moved up as well.

#11 USC 4, UNLV 0
NCAA Championships - First Round
May 13, 2016 -- Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #46 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Amilon/Alberts (UNLV) - 7-5
2. Forget/de Vroome (USC) def. Neto/Brown (UNLV) - 6-3
3. Bellamy/T. Smith (USC) vs. Cozbinov/Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-5 susp.
Singles Competition 
1. #23 Max de Vroome (USC) vs. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) - 6-4, 3-4, susp.
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) - 6-1, 4-6, 2-1 susp.
3. #69 Logan Smith (USC) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) - 7-6 (3), 2-2 susp.
4. #121 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV)-- 6-1, 6-2
5. Jack Jaede (USC) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) -- 6-1, 6-2
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Richard Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-2, 6-2*
Match Notes
USC 16-6; National ranking #11
UNLV 15-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1) Singles (4,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from USC's recap
"Today was a great first step for us," head coach Peter Smith said. "Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy really stepped up and led our team today."

Post-Match Quotes from UNLV's recap
"We lost a very close doubles point and then started out slowly in singles, said UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook. "However, we were very much alive in all of the matches that didn't finish so I think we acquitted ourselves well today. The future of UNLV tennis is certainly bright with everyone coming back and we are excited for next season.
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Both of the top two seeds won in Champaign with the host Illini fighting off Western Michigan 4-1 while Mississippi State got past Memphis 4-1.

#21 Mississippi State 4, #42 Memphis 1
May 13, 2016 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS) def. Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) vs. Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS) 5-7, 4-3, unfinished 
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-4
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) vs. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-4), 2-3, unfinished 
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEMPHIS) 6-2
2. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-5) 
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. Niclas Braun/Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 14-11; National ranking #42
Mississippi State University 17-8; National ranking #21 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,3,4) 
Official: Doug Rice T-2:30


Post-Match Quotes from Mississippi State's recap
"We had seven guys that have never played in the NCAAs before today's match, head coach Matt Roberts said. "I was impressed how they battled and stepped up to win the doubles point over a tough Memphis team. That gave us a lot of energy going into singles which helped our confidence.

"The result in doubles helped us carry energy into singles, Sucevic said following his 10th singles win of the season. "I felt great from the beginning of singles after the doubles win, just like the other guys, and that helped us get this win today.

For Borges the win came after the freshman missed most of practice during the two weeks leading up to the NCAA Championship due to injury. Borges let his opponent creep back into the match at 4-4 in the second set, but the freshman would find his composure and come away with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Kai Lemke.

"The story of this match was how much Nuno stepped up for us, Roberts said. "He was uncertain if he was going to play today, but he dug deep and came through for us. I am proud of the way he fought today.

Post-Match Quotes from Memphis's recap
"These two/three seed matchups can always go either way, it comes down to a couple of points," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "We were right there. In doubles, I don't know that we played our best, and we still had a chance right down to the last point."

"That one point comes down to one court, and we had some match points that we saved, but credit to Mississippi State, they were able to come through," Goebel said. "But once again, a lot of learning points and a bright future for us."

"I don't think we were just satisfied getting in, they really wanted to win," Goebel said. "We gave ourselves some chances, but we just didn't play maybe our greatest match of the year. But we really overcame some adversity. We had a couple of guys overcome some injuries and we weren't sure they were even going to play, but to see them go out there and fight every point was good.

"Today, unfortunately, we didn't win against a very good SEC, top 25 team. We're going to set some very high goals for next year and hope to be back."


#15 Illinois 4, Western Michigan 1
May 13, 2016 at Champaign, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Jefta Kecic (WMU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-2, unfinished
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Maik Steiner (WMU) 7-6 (7-0), 4-4, unfinished
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Daniel Loebel (WMU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. #87 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Alex Jesse/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) 6-4
3. Jimmy Beckwith/Jefta Kecic (WMU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Asher Hirsch (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Western Michigan University 20-6
Illinois 20-10; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,4,3)
Play was suspended during singles and moved indoors at 3-1.
Official: Doug Rice A-285


Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Down at five and six singles, those are areas for us that haven't been stellar throughout the year. I think it's great for those guys near the bottom of the lineup to have that confidence and lead our team today to victory," head coach Brad Dancer said. "For us, we're excited for a great match and great challenge tomorrow and I'm sure the crowd will have a big part to do with it."

Post-Match Quotes from WMU's recap
"I thought it was a great environment for a collegiate tennis match, both fan bases were really into it, Head coach Dave Morin said. "We really played well and got off to a great start in doubles and that carried over into the singles. It was much closer than the 4-1 score would indicate. This is something that we can build on going into next year as we continue to pursue the goal of advancing in the NCAA Tournament.

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Published in Blogs
It's hard to believe that going into the fall Matt Roberts only had two returning players from his 2014-15 squad yet here we sit today with Mississippi State heading to the Round of 16 after routing Illinois 4-0.

State got off to a quick start in doubles and went up early breaks at No. 2 and No. 3. State's No. 3 team of Rishab Agarwal and Niclas Braun would win four straight games to go up 5-2 and they'd end up winning 6-3. State's Trevor Foshey and Luka Sucevic led 4-2 at No. 2 but Illinois's Alex Jesse and Aiden Jiang would end up breaking back and forcing a tiebreak. Before the tiebreak really got going State's No. 1 team of Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter would break serve to win 7-5 and clinch the doubles point. It was the first time since mid-February that State had won the doubles point in back-to-back matches.


State kept the momentum going in singles and won five opening sets. Luka Sucevic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Asher Hirsch at No. 6. A few minutes later Niclas Braun would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Julian Childers at No. 4 and then Nuno Borges would close the door on Illinois's season with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Aron Hiltzik at No. 3.

Mississippi State will be making its first appearance in the Round of 16 since 2013 and will face the winner of Sunday's match between North Carolina and Tulane.

#21 Mississippi State 4, #15 Illinois 0
2016 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Second Round
May 14, 2016 Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex Champaign, Ill.
Doubles Competition
1. #47 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. #87 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-5
2. Alex Jesse/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) vs. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-6 (1-2),
3. Rishab Agarwal/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Asher Hirsch/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU) vs. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
3. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2, 6-4
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 6-1, 6-2
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-4, 3-1, unfinished
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes
Mississippi State University 18-8; National ranking #21
Illinois 20-11; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,3)
T-2:09 A-217

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"I am so proud of these guys and what they've accomplished this season with their backs against the wall, head coach Matt Roberts said. "It is unheard of for a team this young to be this successful, but these guys defy the odds. Before Friday we had only two players with any postseason experience and our younger guys handled it like veterans.

"We are playing well in doubles right now and I feel like we've found the right formula to win, Roberts said. "We focused on our doubles the last couple of weeks and have developed our games a lot. The guys have played phenomenal in doubles this weekend.

"We had two players this time last year, Roberts said. "Rishab and Mate believed in this program and stuck with us. Loyalty pays off and for us to win this way is just great to reward two men.



Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"I think Mississippi State played really well; they're well-coached with great players and they obviously took it to us today," stated Dancer. "The guys knew that Mississippi State is a great team. I think for us too much extra stuff was on our minds; if it was going to be inside or outside and thinking about that stuff. Mississippi State just outplayed us today."
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The closest second round match of the day took place in Winston-Salem between Wake Forest and Michigan. Wake Forest got a quick 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles but both No. 2 and No. 3 would go to a tiebreak. Wake led 4-2 in the tiebreak at No. 2 but Michigan would come back to win 8-6. Wake was serving at 5-6 in the tiebreak at No. 3 when a double fault give Michigan the 7-5 win and thus the double point.

Roughly 25 minutes into singles action play would be halted for 11 minutes due to what must have just been a mist of rain. Shortly after play resumed Michigan's Runhao Hua picked up a win at No. 4 when his opponent Romain Bogaerts retired with a knee injury. Bogarets sat out Friday's match and also missed doubles on Saturday with the same injury.

Play was stopped again for 22 minutes but once it re-started Wake's Jon Ho finished off Carter Lin 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 to bring Wake to within 2-1. Petros Chrysochos evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Jathan Malik at No. 2 and then Skander Mansouri gave Wake its first lead of the day with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Alex Knight at No. 1.

Wake's Christian Seraphim and Dennis Uspensky both had break leads in the third set but closing out the matches wasn't going to be easy. Michigan's Davis Crocker came back from 3-1 down to go up 5-3 on Dennis Uspensky at No. 6 before Uspensky broke back to make it 5-4.

Seraphim broke to go up 2-1 in the third but Michigan's Kevin Wong broke back to even it at 3-3. Seraphim broke for 4-3 but Wong broke back for 4-4. Seraphim broke again to go up 5-4 and then he'd clinch the win with a service winner to push Wake back into the Round of 16 for the second year in a row.



Wake Forest and Oklahoma will now meet for a third time this season since Oklahoma won its match over Oregon.

#6 Wake Forest 4, #24 Michigan 2
May 14, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 6-3, 6-1
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #96 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-0, 7-5
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. Carter Lin (MICH) 6-1, 6-1
4. Runhao Hua (MICH) def. Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-1, 1-0, retired
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Kevin Wong (MICH) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Davis Crocker (MICH) 6-1, 2-6, 4-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) 6-2
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (MICH) def. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Tyler Gardiner/Myles Schalet (MICH) def. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Michigan 21-8 (8-3 Big Ten); National ranking #24
Wake Forest 31-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,2,1,5)
NCAA Tournament - Second Round
Play delayed from 4:19 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and from 4:52 p.m.-5:14 p.m. (rain).
T-3:20 A-378
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USC faced a stiff test at home against Georgia Tech but the Trojans managed to pull through thanks to some strong play down the stretch from Logan Smith and Jack Jaede.

Georgia Tech took the doubles point when Chris Eubanks and Carlos Benito won the decider at No. 2 by a 7-6(5) score. Each team took three opening sets in singles and three of the six matches would finish in straight sets.

USC's Thibault Forget tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Daniel Yun at No. 4 but Georgia Tech's Chris Eubanks answered with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Max de Vroome at No. 1.

USC's Nick Crystal tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Carlos Benito at No. 2 but each of the remaining matches were still up for grabs. While the matches at No. 3 and No. 5 were just entering a third set, Georgia Tech's Michael Kay was trying to close out Rob Bellamy at No. 6. Kay led 6-4, 5-5 but Bellamy held for 6-5 and then broke Kay to take the second set 7-5.

USC freshman Jack Jaede pulled away from GT senior Nathan Rakitt to win 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 at No. 5 and Logan Smith looked like he was moments away from clinching when he was serving up 5-2 in the third at No. 3. However GT's Cole Fiegel would break for 5-3 and then hold for 5-4. Smith won a pivotal point at 30-30 when Fiegel put a shot into the net and then on his first match point Smith would clinch it when Fiegel sent a forehand wide into the alley.


I thought Bellamy forcing a third set was huge because had he lost that would have put even more pressure on both Smith and Jaede. Granted they were both already up breaks when Bellamy won the second set but it still probably helped ease the tension a little bit.

USC will face the winner of Sunday's match between Georgia and Baylor.

#11 USC 4, #32 Georgia Tech 2
NCAA Championships - Second Round
May 14, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
(1) #46 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. #38 Kay/Kay (GT) - 6-1
(2) #37 Eubanks/Benito (GT) def. Forget/de Vroome (USC) - 7-6 (5)
(3) Rakitt/Li (GT) def. Bellamy/T. Smith (USC) - 6-3
Singles Competition
(1) #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #23 Max de Vroome (USC) - 6-3, 7-6 (2)
(2) #41 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #113 Carlos Benito (GT) - 6-4, 6-4
(3) #69 Logan Smtih (USC) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-4*
(4) #121 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Daniel Yun (GT)- 6-2, 6-3
(5) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) - 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1
(6) Rob Bellamy (USC) vs. Michael Kay (GT) - 4-6, 7-5, 3-2 susp.
Match Notes
USC 16-6; National ranking #11
Georgia Tech 17-9; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (4,1,2,5,3)

Post-Match Quotes from USC's recap
"Today was a very exciting college tennis match," said head coach Peter Smith. "Georgia Tech gave us all we could handle. Our fight from top to bottom is what our program is all about, and today that took us over the top."

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne - "That was an absolute battle, and USC deserves a lot of credit for holding us off. I'm proud of our team and the way we left it all out there, but we are definitely disappointed we didn't make the sweet 16. I'm proud of our seniors Nathan and Casey, who led this team extremely well all season. They left the team in a much better place than when they arrived. The future is bright for this team. Is it too early to say I'm excited about next year already?
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Oklahoma dropped the doubles point to Oregon but the Sooners managed to pull out four wins in singles to knock off the Ducks 4-2.

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#11 Oklahoma 4, #38 Oregon 2
May 14, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #97 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Daan Maasland (ORE) 7-6 (13-11), 6-4
2. #25 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Simon Stevens (ORE) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
3. Thomas Laurent (ORE) def. #82 Spencer Papa (OU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Jayson Amos (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
5. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 5-7, 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (ORE) def. #24 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-4
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (ORE) 6-5, unfinished
3. Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (ORE) def. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Oregon 19-8' National ranking #38
Oklahoma 17-10; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,4,2,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"We competed pretty hard, head coach John Roddick said. "That's what you have to do. Oregon was definitely feisty. They did the best they could to put us out of position. Overall I thought they probably competed a little better than we did. That's why the match was so close. A lot of credit goes to them.

"In doubles we have to get better, Roddick said. "The bottom line is that will hurt us at some point. We have to find a way to get doubles points, but we did what we were supposed to do in singles. Winning five out of six first sets in singles, we did what we needed to do and took care of business.

"We have a long week and tennis is a funny game and it doesn't matter how you feel today or tomorrow, because it can change quickly, Roddick said. "We have a lot of things to work on and we have to get playing the right way.

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Nils Schyllander via Oregon's recap
On the match
"We played to win, but in the end, we came up just short. It was a great match and we had many opportunities. I'm very proud of this team and how they've gone about competing all year.

On the future
"We're going to be loaded again next year. This season was a lot of firsts for the program, but we're going to keep building on that and keep moving the program in the right direction. We have a lot of youth on this team, but they're going to be the experiences veterans next year. Having them along with the high-powered recruits we have coming in is going to make for an exciting year and I can't wait to get started.
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TCU capped off an undefeated season at home with a 4-0 win over LSU. TCU really crushed LSU in doubles with Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder clinching the point with a 6-0 rout over the ITA No. 6 team of Jordan Daigle and Boris Arias.

TCU won all six first sets in singles and would end up taking all but one completed set with Cameron Norrie, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson each winning in straight sets.

Next up for TCU is the winner of Sunday's match between Cal and Ole Miss.


#4 TCU 4, #36 LSU 0
May 14, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-2, 4-6, 0-1, unfinished
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-1
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 4-1, unfinished
Match Notes:
LSU 15-12; National ranking #36
TCU 26-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,6)



Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"We came out of the gates strong. We were up a break in every doubles match right away. Hudson (Blake) and Reese (Stalder) beat their second top-10 team, which is remarkable considering where Hudson came from three to four years ago. We all knew that Reese was a great player, but for a freshman to be doing what he is doing is remarkable. Cameron Norrie has matured so much and as a coach we couldn't be asking more from him. That is where he needed to improve and he is just so business-like out there and I am really happy for him and proud of him. He is leading this team along with some of the other guys but he is doing a great job.

"Winning the first set on every court after winning the doubles point at home and after the match they had yesterday meant that we needed to capitalize on them being a little bit emotionally fatigued and we jumped on them and kept it going. I am proud of them. Eduardo Nava was about to win which means he was playing well. We need to fix a couple of things between now and Friday. There are key parts of our lineup that we need to address and fix. If we are going to win our Round of 16 match, we are going to need every single member of our team. Right now, we don't have every single person on our team competing and playing. Some of our teammates are just being selfish. We have to fix that and be ready for the Sweet 16. I am just happy to go undefeated at home. I am just thankful for our crowds, our fans and all our supporters out there because it just makes me really proud.

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"TCU played a great match from the beginning, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "We certainly didn't play our best today, certainly in doubles, but I thought the guys responded well and a few of the guys were starting to turn things around at the end.

"This LSU team really took a turn about mid season. They really did a good job at giving themselves the opportunity to make it to the tournament and to finish strong. A lot of credit to this team for responding to some of our demands and really handling it well.

"I have to give TCU credit, Brown said. "They played at a very high level. We are excited going forward with our top three guys coming back and with our new recruits coming in.

"We are looking forward to the future and thank the seniors for all of their contributions, Brown said. "They've meant a lot to the program and we are going to make them proud going forward.
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UCLA is heading back to the Round of 16 after shutting out San Diego for the second time this season. San Diego picked up a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles but UCLA countered with a 6-4 win at No. 1. San Diego's Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov broke UCLA to start the match and held for 2-0 but the Bruin duo of Max Cressy and Austin Rapp would come back to take the match in a tiebreak, 7-1, to give UCLA the doubles point. 

While San Diego was right there with UCLA up top it was a whole different story down low. UCLA's Karue Sell, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio ran wild and rocked Jaan Kononov, Romain Kalaydjian, and Alexandros Araouzos by a combined score of 36-9 to give the Bruins the shutout win. Below is the clincher from Staggs:


UCLA will play the winner of Sunday's match between Northwestern and Stanford.

#2 UCLA 4, #28 San Diego 0
May 14, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts) 
Doubles competition
1. #2 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Petronijevic/Vittek (USD) 6-4
2. Angus/Page (USD) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-2
3. Cressy/Rapp (UCLA) def. Araouzos/Kononov (USD) 7-6 (7-1)
Singles competition
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 7-6 (8-6), 2-1, unfinished
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) 4-6, 6-1, 1-2, unfinished
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Filip Vittek (USD) 7-6 (7-5), 0-2, unfinished
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-0, 6-1
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-2, 6-1
Match Notes
San Diego 24-8; National ranking #28
UCLA 24-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,6,5)
NCAA Round of 32

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"We were not looking good in doubles, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin of the Bruins' slow start.  "We got the job done at No. 1, but No. 2 was not having a good day.  We started down on court 3, but those guys came back and pulled it out for us.  I think that was a turning point for us momentum-wise.

"We won the first two singles matches relatively easy, said Martin of UCLA's momentum in singles.  "I think Karue and Joe let that doubles loss carry over and they were fired up in singles.  To me, that was an unbelievable turning pointthose guys rebounding like that. 

"Northwestern is a very good team, and we've certainly played Stanford a lot this season, said Martin of the Bruins' next match.  "Northwestern has been a top team all year.  It's kind of ironic because it's Logan's old teamso that will be interesting.  It will be a very competitive match either way.

"We're just going to take it one match at a time, and hopefully do something special, added Martin.
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Virginia Regional

Penn State was one of three higher seeds that won a first round match on Saturday after the Nittany Lions defeated Columbia 4-3. Penn State won the doubles point for the 20th time in 30 matches with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 3. 

Each team won three first sets with all but one match finishing in straight sets. Penn State's Leo Stakhovsky put the Nitts up 2-0 with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Shawn Hadavi at No. 1. Hadavi served for the second set up 5-4 but Stakovsky broke for 5-5. held for 6-5, and then broke again to win the match. Penn State's Matt Barry extended the lead to 3-0 after he beat his former high school teammate Eric Rubin 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3. 

Columbia freshman Victor Pham put the Lions on the board after he defeated Constant De La Bassetiere 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2. Mike Vermeer made it 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tomas Hanzlik at No. 4 and Miguel Alda, who was only playing his third dual-match of the year, defeated Aws Laaribi 7-6, 6-2 at No. 5 to tie the match at 3-3.

Columbia freshman Timmy Wang got a split at No. 6 against Penn State junior Marc Collado and Wang went up a break at 1-0 in the third. Collado would break back and proceed to win the final six games of the match to clinch the Penn State win. Below is match point courtesy of Penn State.

Penn State now will face No. 1 Virginia for a chance to go to Tulsa. 



#37 Penn State 4, #25 Columbia 3
May 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.(Snyder Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #81 Hadavi, Shawn (COL) 7-5, 7-5
2. Pham, Victor (COL) def. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Matt Barry (PSU) def. Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-4, 6-1
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Alda, Miguel (COL) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 7-6, 6-2
6. Marc Collado (PSU) def. Wang, Timothy (COL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #53 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-1
2. Matt Barry/Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Pham, Richard/Grant, Christopher (COL) 6-3
3. Matt Galush/Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Hadavi, Shawn/Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Penn State Men's Tennis 22-8; National ranking #37
Columbia 17-6; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - First Round
T-2:40

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"That was a really good college tennis match," said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "Our seniors came through today in Matt Barry and Leo Stakhovsky. Marc Collado played amazing at No. 6 and we are so proud at how far he has come this season. He fought hard out there and never gave up; that is what our coaching staff preaches everyday."

"Matt Galush and Aws Laaribi played strong in doubles to help bring us an early lead," said Coach Zinn.

"Thank you to everyone who came out today to cheer us on," said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We are looking forward to a good matchup tomorrow against the winner of Virginia/Monmouth. A chance to go to the Sweet Sixteen is on the line and we are excited at the chance to play for it."





#1 Virginia 4, Monmouth 0
May 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) vs. Vaghela, Vidit (MU) 6-6, unfinished
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. Filipek, Przemyslaw (MU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Vieira, Christian (MU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #4 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Filipek, Przemyslaw/Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 5-4, unfi
2. #16 TS Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Vaghela, Vidit/Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-0
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Vieira, Christian/Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-2
Match Notes
Monmouth 12-10
Virginia 25-4; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,6,4)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - First Round
T-1:32 A-416

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Monmouth is a good team that won the MAAC conference tournament with a lot of good players," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "This match wasn't easy for us in certain spots, which I think was a good thing. We want to be pushed a little bit in the first round. Sometimes it is the most difficult match. I thought that our three-week layoff showed in certain spots, but after 45 minutes, we settled down a bit and played better. It was good to get through the first round and now we will get ready to play Penn State tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from Monmouth's recap
"It was good that the guys were able to go in and felt like they belonged and were able to be competitive today, said Monmouth Head Coach Kyle Bailey. "A lot of games went to deuce. Vidit and Alejandro were right there with one of top doubles teams in the country and Vidit went toe-to-toe with the reigning NCAA Champion."  


"It was a great season, said Bailey. "We established what this program is about and moving forward, we can build off of today. This performance let the guys know that they belong and can play at this level. If we can play with these guys, we can play with anybody."

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One of the wildest matches of the day took place outdoors in Columbus as N. 33 Virginia Tech jumped out to early 3-1 lead but had to hold on to defeat No. 20 Kentucky 4-3.

The Hokies won the doubles point for the 18th time in 26 tries with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Virginia Tech also took four opening sets in singles and it was nearly five but Amerigo Contini dropped the first set tiebreak to Nils Ellefsen 14-12.

Kentucky's Trey Yates tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mitch Harper at No. 5 but Virginia Tech went ahead 3-1 with straight set wins from Joao Monteiro and Edoardo Tessaro at No. 1 and No. 4.

Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with a 7-6(12), 6-4 win over Contini at No. 3 but it looks like the end was near because Austin Hussey trailed Jai Corbett 5-2 in the third at No. 6. Hussey would miraculously win three straight to tie it at 5-5 and would then win the match in a tiebreak to even it at 3-3. 

Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura had clinched a slew of matches this year for the Wildcats so when he forced a third set at No. 2 against Andreas Bjerrehus it appeared that Kentucky might pull off the comeback. There were a few early breaks in the third set but Bjerrehus broke free and won the final three games to close out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win.

Next up for Virginia Tech is a rematch against Ohio State - the Buckeyes won the regular season meeting 4-0.

#33 Virginia Tech 4, #20 Kentucky 3
May 14, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #14 Joao Monterio (VT) def. #29 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-4, 6-4
2. #72 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #42 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 7-6 (14-12), 6-4
4. #77 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3, 6-4
5. Trey Yates (UK) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition 
1. #21 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monterio (VT) def. #43 Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) vs. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 4-4, unfinished
3. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Jake Stefanik/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 17-8; National ranking #33
Kentucky 19-9; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,1,4,3,6,2)
NCAA Tournament First Round
Official: Jeri Banks  T-2:48
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Baylor won a match that many, including me, didn't think they'd win. The Bears overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat Florida State 4-3.

Florida State took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Baylor junior Max Tchoutakian tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Marco Nunez at No. 2 but FSU's Terrance Whitehurst won in straight sets at No. 6 to put the Noles up 2-1.

Baylor senior Julian Lenz tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Benjamin Lock at No. 1 and Jimmy Bendeck gave BU its first lead with a come from behind 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Aziz Dougaz at No. 4.

FSU's Jose Gracia tied the match at 3-3 with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Tommy Podvinski but Baylor senior Felipe Rios clinched the match with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Michael Rinaldi at No. 3.


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#35 Baylor 4, #22 Florida State 3
May 14, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #12 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #11 Benjamin Lock (FSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU) def. #76 Marco Nunez (FSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-2
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FSU) vs. #86 M Tchoutakian/T Podvinski (BU) 6-6 (6-2), unf.
2. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-0
Match Notes
Baylor 16-13; National ranking #35
Florida State 18-9; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,1,4,5,3)
NCAA First Round - Athens Regional
Official: Richard Rogers T-3:15 A-201



Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"They really knocked us back on our heels (in doubles), but I thought the guys responded well. We fought for everything that we could get. I'm really proud of the effort. Felipe lost a first set, but came back and really turned it around. He did a great job clinching. Jimmy was great on four court. Florida State has a heck of a team and fought us really hard. We were lucky to win." --head coach Matt Knoll on the victory

"It was a tough match and I knew it was going to be tough. The coaches told me that the guy was tough and plays a game that I don't like that much. He plays very flat. I found a way even though I lost the first set." -- senior Felipe Rios on his three-set win

Post-Match Quotes from Florida State's recap
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist - "I was pleased with how well Jose came back. I thought he did a great job of fighting back. There were a lot of big points that could've gone either way. It was an incredibly tough draw. Baylor is a team that made National Team Indoors, they're a team that was one of the top seeds last year. They have their top three guys back, so we knew it was going to be a battle up top even though we were maybe slightly favored down low. The key match was really number four. We won the first set there and didn't quite finish it off. At four-all, we had some game points to go up 5-4, and it ended just one game away. I thought that was the defining moment of the match.
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Cal Regional

Ole Miss advanced to the second round of the Cal regional with a come from behind 4-3 win over Denver. The Rebels were playing without Filip Kraljevic, who was listed at #3 singles and #1 doubles, so they had to make some changes by moving up their #2 and #3 teams a spot while also shifting everyone from #4 through #6 up a spot.

Denver managed to take the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Denver got straight set wins from David Fox and Wyatt Lovera at No. 4 and No. 6 but Ole Miss managed to take the other four with Gustav Hansson clinching the match with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 win over Henry Craig at No. 1.

#27 Ole Miss 4, #47 Denver 3
May 14, 2016 at Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #39 Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Henry Craig (DU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
2. #59 Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Diogo Rocha (DU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Yannick James (DU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. David Fox (DU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Alex Gasson (DU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Wyatt Lovera (DU) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DU) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
2. Yannick James/Jesse Rudder-Hook (DU) def. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3
3. Ricardo Jorge/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Diogo Rocha/Zach Fryer (DU) 6-3
Match Notes
Denver 18-8; National ranking #47
Ole Miss 16-10; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,3,4,2,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We played a great match today against a good Denver team. Doubles could have gone either way. A lot of the singles courts were going our way and some weren't. The guys responded to the pressure situations and handled themselves really well. It was a total team effort from top to bottom and we are extremely proud of the guys.

On Grey and Ricardo' matches
"Grey served well and played a solid match. It was good to see him get the win, and his energy on the court fired up everyone else. Ricardo hasn't played a lot lately, but he stepped up and provided us a huge win. When he faced set points in the first set he maintained his focus and served his way out of it. Great job by both Grey and Ricky to get us on the board.

On Stefan and Gus at the top
"Stefan has been there many times, he loves to be in that position. He stuck to his game and then in the third set he was able to break and serve it out at the end. At that point everyone felt very good about the situation, because Gus has been there many times already in his career, especially this year. He loves to play third sets and we felt very confident he would win.

On playing Cal next
"We are looking forward to tomorrow's match against Cal. We are very familiar with some of their players. We just have to go out and play with the same intensity and focus we had today, and if we do that, we have a good chance to advance.

Gustav Hansson on the win
"It was a great team win. Everybody played well and responded to the challenge in singles. We are excited to be moving on and looking forward to a great match against Cal.


#13 California 4, Army West Point 0
May 14, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
Doubles Competition
1. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) vs. Kyle Barnes/Austin McCasin 6-1
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Sam Lampman/Michael Nguyen (Army) 5-4, unf.
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Grant Riechmann/David Mitchell (Army) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. #30 Florian Lakat (Cal) vs. Sam Lampman (Army) 6-4, 4-2 Abandoned
2. #31 Andre Goransson (Cal) def. Grant Riechmann (Army) 6-3, 6-0
3. #85 Billy Griffith (Cal) def. David Mitchell (Army) 6-0, 6-2
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. Michael Nguyen (Army) 6-4, 4-4 Abandoned
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Austin McCasin (Army) 6-2, 4-3 Abandoned
6. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Michael Sienko (Army) 6-2, 6-0
Match Notes
Cal 18-6; National ranking #13
Army 18-9
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"It was important for us to start the NCAA tournament with a solid performance, and that's just what we did today, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Army has a great team, and they posted solid results all season. Our guys did a good job of staying focused on their game plans, and we were excited to get back on the courts after a three-week break.

"Tomorrow will be a big challenge for us as Mississippi is playing well. The key for us will be staying aggressive and being quick to see the opportunities as they develop in the match.

Post-Match Quotes from Army's recap
"We played a very, very good team today," said Army head coach Jim Poling. "The guys fought hard and battled with them in a few sets, but this is one of the best teams we've ever played. I'm proud of our effort today."
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Oklahoma State Regional

#19 Arkansas 4, #67 Wichita State 2
NCAA Tournament First Round
May 14, 2016 at Stillwater, OK (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. No. 21 Mike Redlicki (ARK) def. No. 95 Tin Ostojic (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Miroslav Herzan (WSU) def. No. 62 Jose Salazar (ARK) 6-4, 6-3
3. Santiago Munoz (ARK) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
4. Haru Inoue (WSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (ARK) 6-1, 6-4
5. Adam Sanjurjo (ARK) def. Eddie Stoica (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
6. William Albanese (ARK) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU) 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-1, unfinished
Doubles Results
1. No. 19 Redlicki/Micolani (ARK) def. Devilliers/Ostojic (WSU) 6-1
2. Herzan/Inoue (WSU) def. Munoz/Sanjurjo (ARK) 6-4
3. Salazar/den Toom (ARK) def. Stoica/de Vilchez (WSU) 7-6(3)
Match Notes
Arkansas: 20-8; National ranking #19
Wichita State: 17-11; National ranking #67
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,2,4,3)
Attendance: 152

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"It was an unbelievable feeling, Munoz said. "We knew this was going to be a tough team and a tough match all the way to the end, and I'm really glad I was able to pull through.

"It crossed my mind during today's match of course thinking about what happened against South Carolina, he explained. "The way I looked at it was, If the guy beats me, he beats me. But I'm not going to let myself give into the match.'

"I just did the best I could and thank God it went our way.


Oklahoma State 4, Bryant University 0
May 14, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #56 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Max Vogt (BRYM) 6-0, 6-1
2. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Oliver Welsh (BRYM) 6-2, 6-3
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. Luke Lorenz (BRYM) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Michael Plutt (BRYM) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. Artur Jakubowski (BRYM) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
6. Nate Roper (OSU) vs. Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BRYM) 7-6 (9-7), unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Nick Lamart/Michael Plutt (BRYM) 6-1
2. Jurence Mendoza/Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Luke Lorenz/Max Vogt (BRYM) 6-1
3. Nate Roper/Tristan Meraut (OSU) vs. Josh Kliger/Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BRYM) 3-3, unf.
Match Notes:
Bryant University 11-12
Oklahoma State 19-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"It was a good performance; we hadn't played in a couple of weeks so it was good to get a victory," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Anytime you can get off the court with a win in the NCAA Tournament, you've got to be happy."

"We hadn't played in a couple of weeks now and there's always going to be a few things you're not happy with at the start, but I think doubles helped with that," Cash said.

"I'm just trying to stay focused on every point and I look over and I see the scores and everybody is doing really well," Roper said. "We were battling out there, but luckily I got the win in the set."
"Our guys came to play today and leading into Arkansas, I think we're playing in good form and we're definitely ready for the challenge," Udwadia said.

"It's another match for us, we played Arkansas earlier in the season and it was a close match," Cash said. "It was on their home territory and we look forward to having them here and seeing if we can get the job done again."
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Jonathan Kelley was in Evanston covering the Northwestern Regional so check out his post for all the details from Saturday's matches between Northwestern and Valparaiso and Stanford and Notre Dame.

First Round:
[1] Virginia def. Monmouth 4-0
[2] North Carolina def. College of Charleston 4-0
[5] Ohio State def. Tennessee Tech 4-0
[7] Georgia def. South Carolina State 4-0
[8] Texas Tech def. New Mexico State 4-0
[9] Florida def. North Florida 4-0
[13] Cal def. Army 4-0
[14] Northwestern def. Valparaiso 4-1
[16] Oklahoma State def. Bryant 4-0
[17-32] Tulane def. Dartmouth 4-0
[17-32] South Florida def. St. John's 4-0
[17-32] Arkansas def. Wichita State 4-2
[17-32] Stanford def. Notre Dame 4-1
[17-32] SMU def. Washington 5-0
[17-32] Ole Miss def. Denver 4-3
[33-48] Penn State def. Columbia 4-3
[33-48] Baylor def. Florida State 4-3
[33-48] Virginia Tech def. Kentucky 4-3

Second Round:
[4] TCU def. [33-48] LSU 4-0
[3] UCLA def. [17-32] San Diego 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. [17-32] Michigan 4-2
[10] USC def. [17-32] Georgia Tech 4-2
[11] Oklahoma def. [33-48] Oregon 4-2
[17-32] Mississippi State def. [15] Illinois 4-0
[12] Texas A&M vs. [17-32] Texas 1-0


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[3] UCLA Bruins (24-2) vs. [17-32] Stanford Cardinal (15-10)  - Friday 8pm ET - UCLA booked its spot in the Sweet 16 after shutting out both Weber State and San Diego while Stanford knocked off Notre Dame 4-1 and Northwestern 4-3. UCLA is the only team to make the Sweet 16 every year since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1999 while Stanford is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2012. This will be the fourth meeting of the year with UCLA taking the previous three. 

Interesting notes: Stanford won the doubles point in each of those three previous matches yet UCLA came back and won each time. UCLA will have played the exact same singles lineup in all four matches while Tom Fawcett is the only Stanford player to have stayed in the same spot all year. Michael Genender started the year at #6 singles but has worked his way up to #2. 

Regular Season Meeting 1 

#2 UCLA 4, #32 Stanford 1 
Apr 22, 2016 at Ojai, Calif. (Libbey Park) 
Doubles competition 
1. #39 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-2 
2. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 7-5 
3. Cressy/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Kumar/Goldberg (STAN) 6-5, unfinished 
Singles competition 
1. #10 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #12 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-3 
2. #42 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Michael Genender (STAN) 7-5, 4-3, unfinished 
3. #55 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #77 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-2, 6-4 
4. #92 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-3, 6-1 
Match Notes 
Stanford 14-10; National ranking #32 
UCLA 21-2; National ranking #2 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,1,3) 
Pac-12 Championship Semifinals


Regular Season Meeting 2 

#5 UCLA 4, #36 Stanford 1 
Apr 01, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition 
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 4-5, unfinished 
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4 
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-3 
Singles competition 
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 4-6, 7-5, unfinished 
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #56 David Wilczynski (STAN) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) 
3. Michael Genender (STAN) vs. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-4, 5-6, unfinished 
4. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 6-4 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 
Match Notes 
Stanford 9-7; National ranking #36 
UCLA 15-2; National ranking #5 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)


Regular Season Meeting 3 

#4 UCLA 4, #29 Stanford 3 
February 27, 2016 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Stadium) 
Doubles competition 
1. No. 3 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) d. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3 
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4 
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) d. Brymer/Maxime Cressy 6-2 
Singles competition 
1. #19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) d. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 6-3, 7-5 
2. #36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) d. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 
3. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) d. #46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 7-5, 6-4 
4. #94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) d. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99) 6-2, 6-2 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) d. #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38) 6-4, 6-3 
6. #112 Michael Genender (STAN 13.38) d. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) 6-1, 6-4 
Match Notes: 
UCLA 9-2; National ranking #4 
Stanford 5-6; National ranking #29 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)


Doubles Records: UCLA 20-6, Stanford 18-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UCLA 85, Stanford 82

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 18th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.95) vs. #15 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.62) 
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.03) vs. Michael Genender (ST 13.53)
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.14) vs. #87 David Wilczynski (ST 13.64)
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.50) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.36)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) vs. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.64)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.70) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.57)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.22); Brandon Sutter (ST 12.68)

Who Is Streaking (>2)
UCLA: McDonald +12, Redlicki +10, Brymer +7, Di Giulio +6
Stanford: Wilczynski -3

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. McDonald 14-1 vs. Fawcett 16-5
2. Redlicki 17-3 vs. Genender 7-7
3. Brymer 13-5 vs. Wilczynski 6-11
4. Sell 19-2 vs. Paige 11-11
5. Staggs 14-6 vs. Kumar 11-8
6. Di Giulio 17-4 vs. Romanowicz 15-5

H2H Records (This Season)
McDonalds leads Fawcett 2-0
Brymer leads Wilczynski 1-0
Sell leads Paige 1-0
Di Giulio leads Romanowicz 1-0
Dubs - Fawcett/Romanowicz vs. McDonald/Redlicki tied 1-1
Dubs - Paige/Wilczynski leads Sell/Di Giulio 3-0
Dubs - Goldberg/Kumar leads Brymer/Cressy 2-0

UCLA is showing Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp as its #3 doubles pairing although I wouldn't be surprised to see Brymer removed and replaced with Max Cressy since Cressy and Rapp led Goldberg and Kumar the last time they played. I think UCLA has a better chance at the doubles point but I've still go to take Stanford because you just can't ignore that H2H. Stanford's best chance at winning this match is to take the doubles point and to pick up singles wins from David Wilczynski, Sameer Kumar, and Maciek Romanowicz because I don't see McDonald, Redlicki, or Sell losing. Having said that I like McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, and Di Giulio for UCLA while I think Wilczynski surprises Brymer with Staggs and Kumar early in a third set at the time of the clinch.. Prediction: UCLA 4-2. 



[6] Wake Forest Demon Deacons (31-5) vs. [11] Oklahoma Sooners (17-10) - Friday 8pm ET - Wake advanced to the Sweet 16 with a shutout over Coastal Carolina and a tight 4-2 win over Michigan while Oklahoma blanked UT Arlington before holding off Oregon 4-2. Wake won both regular season meetings however Andrew Harris didn't play singles in either. Harris's addition to the singles lineup means the only potential rematch will be at #4 between Romain Bogaerts and Alex Ghilea. Bogaerts didn't play at all in the Coastal Carolina match due to an injured knee but he did play singles in the Michigan match however he retired early in the second set. I'd be very surprised if Bogaerts didn't play but if he does it'll be a question of how well he can play. 

Oklahoma will also have the crowd on its side with its Norman campus just 130 miles away plus I'm sure there is a large OU alumni base in Tulsa. 

Regular Season Meeting 1 

#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)


Regular Season Meeting 2 

#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


Doubles Records: Wake Forest 28-7, Oklahoma 14-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Oklahoma 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.41) vs. #97 Andrew Harris (OU 14.76)
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.60) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.29)
3. Jon Ho (13.56) vs. #82 Spencer Papa (OU 13.96)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.97) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.02)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.92) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.98) vs. Andre Biro (OU 13.74)
O: #116 Maksim Kan (WF 13.35); Maxime Mora (OU 13.68)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Mansouri 19-6 vs. Harris 5-1
2. Chrysochos 23-4 vs. Alvarez 11-8
3. Ho 17-12 vs. Papa 9-9
4. Bogaerts 22-7 vs. Ghilea 10-6
5. Seraphim 23-5 vs. Bragusi 9-6
6. Uspensky 27-5 vs. Biro 16-5
O: Kan 8-0/Mora 13-7

Wake won the doubles point in both of the regular season meetings and I see no reason why they won't make it three in a row. John Roddick has Andre Biro listed at the #6 spot in the singles lineup however I wouldn't be surprised if Maxime Mora gets the nod in this one due to his earlier success against Uspensky. 

I can see this match going one of two ways - either Wake wins a 4-3 thriller with Chrysochos clinching at #2 or Oklahoma wins 4-1 or 4-2. Before the tournament started I had this penciled in as a 4-3 Wake Forest win because I figured they'd take doubles, 1 of the top 3, and 2 of the bottom 3 however the Bogaerts injury has made me rethink things.

If Bogaerts was a 100% I'd take him over Ghilea but since it sounds like he won't be so I'm going to take "The Machine" in straights. I also like Andrew Harris and Spencer Papa at 1 and 3 so it comes down to whether I think Wake can win the remaining three courts. I like Seraphim's chances against Bragusi at 5 and Chrysochos and Alvarez should be a good one but I'm going to take Biro/Mora over Uspensky in a mild upset. I think Oklahoma is coming in under the radar but after this one they won't be. Upset Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2. 



[7] Georgia Bulldogs (22-4) vs. [10] USC Trojans (17-6) - Friday 5pm ET - Georgia rolls in into the Sweet 16 after a 4-0 win over South Carolina State and a 4-1 win over Baylor while USC blanked UNLV and then held off Georgia Tech 4-2. Georgia and USC were scheduled to meet back in late January at the Pac-12/SEC Showdown however the match was cancelled due to rain. Both teams are dealing with injury issues with Georgia's Austin Smith retiring in his match against Baylor with a right shoulder injury while USC's Jake DeVine didn't play at all last week with an undisclosed injury. 

Doubles Records: Georgia 18-7, USC 9-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Georgia 84, USC 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.52) vs. #23 Max de Vroome (USC 14.44) 
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 13.98) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.31)
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 14.01) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.70)
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.62) vs. #102 Jake DeVine (USC 13.78)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.76) vs. #121 Thibault Forget (USC 14.14)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.80) vs. Jack Jaede (USC 13.15)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.42); Rob Bellamy (USC 13.43); Laurens Verboven (USC 13.10)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Smith 19-5 vs. de Vroome 11-6
2. Montgomery 13-10 vs. Crystal 14-5
3. Oosterbaan 15-7 vs. Smith 14-7
4. Duncan 14-4 vs. DeVine 12-5
5. Zielinski 9-6 vs. Forget 17-1
6. Wood 14-2 vs. Jaede 8-4
O: Reinberg 10-3/Bellamy 2-2/Verboven 3-6

USC has the worst doubles record of all the remaining teams with the Trojans only winning the point 41% of the time so needless to say I'll take Georgia there. 

I expect Austin Smith to play but I think he's going to have a hard time beating de Vroome especially if that shoulder effects his serve. Nick Crystal has won 11 of his last 12 matches while Wayne Montgomery has won 6 of his last 7. This is a match that USC has to win because it sounds like Jake DeVine is iffy and if he can't go that will make USC a tad vulnerable at the bottom two spots. Paul Oosterbaan has won 7 of his last 8 while Logan Smith has split his last 6. Thibault Forget has won 6 straight and 17 of his last 18 so he'll be a pretty heavy favorite against either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski. Nick Wood has won 11 of his last 12 so he'll be favored over whoever he faces at #6. 

I'm going to take de Vroome, Crystal, and Forget at 1, 2, and 4 for USC and Oosterbaan, Zielinski, and Wood at 3, 5, and 6 for UGA. I'll take Georgia to win the match but if Jake DeVine is able to play at #4 and he happens to beat Walker Duncan then this match probably goes the other way. Prediction: Georgia 4-3. 




[2] North Carolina Tar Heels (27-4) vs. [17-32] Mississippi State Bulldogs (18-8) - Friday 5pm ET - North Carolina booked its spot in the Sweet 16 with a pair of 4-0 wins over the College of Charleston and Tulane while Mississippi State beat Memphis 4-1 and then rocked Illinois 4-0. Mississippi State was a slight underdog last weekend against Illinois but they'll be a heavy underdog in this one with North Carolina having spent most of the year inside the top 5. 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 24-7, Mississippi State 12-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, Mississippi State 82

Projected Singles Lineups

1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.57)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.14) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.90)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.22) vs. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.34)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.94) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.73)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.98) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.65)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.29) vs. Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.94)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.22); Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.61) 

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Schnur 8-10 vs. Cutura 5-10
2. Schneider 21-5 vs. Agarwal 16-7
3. Clark 22-5 vs. Borges 20-3
4. Murray 19-5 vs. Braun 16-4
5. Kelly 25-4 vs. Rakic 14-8
6. Kodali 13-5 vs. Sucevic 10-3

Mississippi State hadn't won the doubles point in consecutive matches since February but they managed to do it last weekend against Memphis and Illinois. I don't see it happening for a third match in a row because North Carolina has the ITA #3 team playing at #1 and the ITA #27 team playing at #2. 

It's interesting that both Brayden Schnur and Mate Cutura have sub .500 dual-match records because every one else in the lineup has a winning record. Ronnie Schneider is riding a 6-match winning streak while Rishab Agarwal has split his last 6. Nuno Borges is State's hottest player after winning 7 straight and 10 of his last 11 while his opponent Brett Clark has won 7 of his last 8. Neither Jack Murray or Niclas Braun have been lighting up recently with Murray having lost 4 of his last 7 while Braun has split his last 6. Robert Kelly has won 6 of his last 9 with all 3 losses being 7-6 in the third while Strahinja Rakic has won 4 of his last 6 but his last 3 went unfinished. Luca Sucevic has won 4 of his last 5 while Anu Kodali has split his last 6.

I'm going to take UNC in doubles and Schnur, Schneider, and Kelly in singles while I think Braun wins at 4 for State with the other two matches in a third set. North Carolina will win but Mississippi State will make them earn it. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1. 








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