Utah and No. 12 Stanford had met 37 times headed into Sunday's men's match in Salt Lake City and despite some recent close encounters the Utes had only tasted victory once with that coming over 30 years ago. Stanford's top player Axel Geller did not play, despite suiting up on Thursday against Cal Poly, so the Cardinal had to make some adjustments to both their doubles and singles lineup and Utah rose to the occasion on senior day with its departing trio each playing a role in the 4-2 upset win.
Utah senior David Micevski and junior Slava Shainyan were the first off the court in doubles with a 6-3 win at No. 1 over Stanford's usual No 2 team of Jack Barber and William Genesen. Moments later Stanford's Sameer Kumar, who normally teams with Geller at No. 1, and Sangeet Sridhar won 6-4 at No. 2 doubles to make the match at No. 3 the decider.
Utah senior Joe Woolley and sophomore Russell Benkaim would win that decider in a tiebreak 7-2 over Alexandre Rotsaert and Timothy Sah with the Stanford pair in their usual spot at No. 3.
In singles each team would take three opening sets with Utah claiming the top three while Stanford took the bottom three.
Utah senior Dan Little made it 2-0 after rolling in his final match at home with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over Rotsaert at No. 1 however Stanford was closing in on wins on the bottom three courts.
The Pepperdine women are more accustomed to being ranked inside the 10 and that's most likely where they'll be come Tuesday because the Waves picked up their second top 10 victory of the week with a 5-2 win over #8/#6 Texas in Austin. The Waves won the doubles point in dominating fashion with a 6-1 win at No. 2 and a 6-2 win at No. 3. In singles each team claimed three opening sets and Pepperdine would convert each of its to set leads to straight set wins. Dzina Milovanovic made it 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 and Ashley Lahey upped the lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1.
Texas trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with straight set wins from Anna Turati and Petra Granic at No. 2 and No. 3 but Daria Kuczer put the Waves over the top with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5.
USC came out strong and really blew out Tulsa in doubles winning 6-1 and 6-0 at 2 and 3 despite having new doubles pairing on each court. Eric Johnson did play in doubles but I guess it was a coaches decision to give him and Nick Crystal the day off in singles and it ultimately proved to be costly.
Still even with those 2 guys out of the singles lineup you figure there is no way that Hanfmann and Quiroz are both going to lose and sure enough they both did in straight sets.
When I was looking at Saturday's matches and deciding which ones to preview I quickly passed this one over because I didn't think there was any way possible that Tulsa could win this match regardless of whether USC sat a couple of guys. But I guess there is a reason they play the matches because you never know what can happen on a given day.
Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel pulled off the 1st upset of the day when he took out Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-2 at #1 singles to tie the match up at 1 but a short while later Jonny Wang would put USC back ahead 2-1 with a 7-5, 6-0 win at #3 singles over Matthew Kirby. Tulsa's Alejandro Espejo evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 7-6(0) win over Roberto Quiroz at #2 singles which set the stage for 3 3rd sets on the remaining courts. After dropping the 1st set at both #5 and #6, Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard and Dylan McCloskey would each take the 2nd set and would both head to a 3rd set tiebreaker. McCloskey would jump out to a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak but USC's Connor Farren would fight off 3 match points to tie it at 6. Farren would hit each of the next 2 shots just long (he appealed both calls to the chair but neither was overturned much to his dismay) and with that Tulsa had taken a 3-2 lead. The tiebreaker at #5 was just a few points behind but Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard would grab the early lead and never give it up as he finished off Rob Bellamy 7-5 in the tiebreak to clinch the stunning Tulsa win.
Now it wouldn't be college tennis if there wasn't some kind of uncertainty about something and if you look at each of the school's recaps they both show a different singles lineup from Tulsa at 3, 4, 5, and 6 than what the scoreboard during the match showed. I watched the live stream on courts 5 and 6 at the end and while the clarity wasn't good enough to make out faces I do remember hearing the Tulsa players yelling out "Come on Mitchell" during the tiebreak at #5 singles so the assumption is that Mitchell Pritchard did play at #5 singles and clinch the match despite the recap saying differently. The score entered into the ITA's system also shows the lineup that matches the scoreboard. All I want to do is to give credit to where it's due so if it was Carlos Bautista that clinched it at #5 like the recaps say then so be it.
UPDATE: Both the USC and Tulsa recaps below now show the correct people for Tulsa so it's nice to see Pritchard get his recognition for clinching.
2. Alejandro Espejo (TU 13.72) def. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.43) 6-4, 7-6(0)
3. #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Matthew Kirby (TU 12.87) 7-5, 6-0
4. #72 Max De Vroome (USC 14.13) def. Carlos Bautista (TU 12.71) 7-5, 5-7, 6-5(4)
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.52) def. Rob Bellamy (USC 13.09) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
6. Dylan McCloskey (TU 12.56) def. Connor Farren (USC 13.70) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)
South Bend, IN: After Notre Dame won a tight doubles point that was decided by a tiebreak on 1, the teams would split 1st sets with Notre Dame taking the opening set at 1, 5, and 6 (5 & 6 in tiebreaks) with Illinois grabbing the opening set at 2, 3, and 4. All singles matches except #5 would finish in straight sets with Tim Kopinski and Aleks Vukic winning at #3 and #4 to put Illinois up 2-1. Notre Dame would answer with straight set wins at #6 and #1 by Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan to put the Irish up 3-2. Illinois's Hiltzik brothers would then take center stage and rise to the occasion as Jared finished off Josh Hagar in straight sets at #2 singles and then Aron would win 12 straight games at #5 singles to clinch the team win with a 6-7, 6-0, 6-0 win.
Note - Notre Dame's #4 Eric Schnurrenberger sat out due to injury which forced the Irish to shift everyone up a spot from 4 on down.
Notre Dame recap
Los Angeles, CA: UCLA won the doubles point but Stanford kept it close in singles by winning 3 first sets but the one set they really needed was at #3 singles and once UCLA's Martin Redlicki took it 9-7 in the tiebreak things started going UCLA's way. Karue Sell, Mackenzie McDonald, and Martin Redlicki would all win in straights with Redlicki clinching it. Stanford picked up a straight set win from John Morrissey at #2. After the match was clinched, UCLA's Ryoto Tachi finished off a 3rd set bagel of David Hsu at #6 while Stanford's Nolan Paige won a 10 point supertiebreak that was played in place of a 3rd set at #5.
Notes - UCLA played without its usual #4 singles player Gage Brymer and according to the UCLA recap Dennis Mkrtchian sustained some kind of injury during the first set of his match at #2 singles.
North Carolina started the morning off with a routine 4-1 win over Minnesota with the Tar Heels taking all completed sets except for the 1 set that Brayden Schnur dropped at #1 singles before he retired early in the 2nd set. No word yet on what caused the retirement. Minnesota also played without it's usual #2 Jack Hamburg (13.04) so everyone else had to slide up a slot which didn't help the Gophers cause.
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.
Commodore 4-3 clinch over A&M delivered by Cam Klinger in the breaker, 7-6(3)! #FIGHTDORES pic.twitter.com/7Shsa8RYldVandyMensTennis (@VandyMensTennis) March 26, 2016
#49 Vanderbilt 4, #7 Texas A&M 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Nashville, TN (Currey Tennis Center)
Vanderbilt 12-8; National ranking #49
Texas A&M 18-5; National ranking #7
Post-Match Quotes from Vandy's recap
"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
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.
Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
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.
Staggs clinches it! Logan defeats Clissold 7-5, 6-2 as the Bruins take down the Ducks 4-1! pic.twitter.com/R1MFylRxtoUCLA Men's Tennis (@uclatennis) March 26, 2016
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
After Penn State double faults at 2 for the U-M win, @AlexKnight305 and Runhao Hua win 6-3 at 1 for dubs pt #goblue pic.twitter.com/6Mbr6zeYyhMichigan Tennis (@umichtennis) March 25, 2016
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.
M: @cartertennis1 clinches it for Michigan with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win at 3 #goblue pic.twitter.com/4cpXxy3zmEMichigan Tennis (@umichtennis) March 26, 2016
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 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.
|J.T. Nishimura (Cal Bears)|
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.
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.
Cats clinch! Bushamuka earns the 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win on the top court to clinch the match, 4-2! pic.twitter.com/ceJVHfixTgKentucky Mens Tennis (@UKMensTennis) March 25, 2016
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.
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'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
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)|
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.
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.
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.
Second-ranked Virginia got challenged in a few spots but the Cavaliers were too strong and won comfortably 6-1.
UNC 2 Clemson 0 Ronnie Schneider w/ the put away to seal the 6-1, 6-3 win pic.twitter.com/W632ooKIw7UNC Men's Tennis (@carolinatennis) March 25, 2016
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.
Congrats to @TCUMensTennis and @RoditiTCUTennis on the #BIG12Championship! pic.twitter.com/rO3EGXbqz3TCU Equipment (@TCU_Equipment) April 21, 2016
Baylor had won the previous 16 meetings, with TCU's last win coming back in 2001, but it was definitely TCU's night. The Horned Frogs, who hadn't won a conference title since 2009 when they were in the Mountain West, were pretty dominate all night as they started it off by taking the doubles point with a 6-1 win at No. 3 and a 6-4 win at No. 1.
Once singles got underway, TCU kept its foot on the accelerator and won all six first sets. Trevor Johnson was off the court in under an hour with a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of Tyler Stayer at No. 6 and Jerry Lopez wasn't too far behind with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tommy Podvinski at No. 5.
TCU was ahead on all four remaining courts and in a race to clinch it was Alex Rybakov getting there first with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Max Tchoutakian at No. 2. The win over Baylor extends the Horned Frogs home winning streak to 28 and extends its overall winning streak to 17.
Here is the winning point from Rybakov as he clinches the victory with a 6-2, 6-4 win on C2! #GoFrogs #TCUTennishttps://t.co/tM4Rf46B4NTCU Men's Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) April 21, 2016
Congrats @TCUMensTennis on the unforgettable win vs Baylor! Here's a look at last night's win. #Big12Champs #GoFrogshttps://t.co/N8DxvyloQbFrogVision (@FrogVision) April 21, 2016
#4 TCU 4, #43 Baylor 0
.@RoditiTCUTennis breaks it down one final time at home as he & Max show off the new hardware#TCUTennis #GoFrogshttps://t.co/kYDy72yiHPTCU Men's Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) April 21, 2016
Oregon advanced to the quarterfinals at the Pac-12 Tournament in Ojai with a 4-0 win over Arizona. Oregon pulled out a tight doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then the Ducks took four opening sets in singles.
Oregon picked up straight set wins from Simon Stevens, Thomas Laurent, and Jayson Amos at 2, 3, and 4 with Stevens providing the clincher. The remaining matches were abandoned with Arizona up a set on two of the three courts.
Oregon will be back at it on Thursday with a noon pacific match versus the No. 4 seed Stanford with the winner of that match advancing to the semifinals against top-seeded UCLA.
The Arizona loss marked the end of the Tad Berkowitz era in Tucson with Berkowitz deciding last week to step down after 12 years as head coach of the Wildcats.
The second match of the day at the Pac-12 Tournament was much closer than the first with the match between Washington and Utah decided by a third set at No. 3 singles. Washington took the doubles point with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Huskies took four opening sets in singles.
Utah's David Micevski tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Enzo Sommer at No. 2 but Washington's Kawika Lam put the Huskies back ahead with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Jamey Swiggart at No. 6.
Utah's Egbert Weverink tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over Jake Douglas at No. 4 but Washington retook the lead when Mitch Stewart defeated Matt Cowley 7-5, 6-3 at No. 1.
Utah tied it up at 3-3 with Parker McGuiness holding off Sebastian Hawken 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 so the match would be decided at No. 3 between UW junior Gal Hakak and Utah freshman Dan Little.
|Gal Hakak (UW)|
Washington will be back on the court on Thursday afternoon at 3pm PT against the No. 3 seed California with the winner advancing to face USC in the semifinals.
Despite the loss Utah should feel proud of its season after second-year head coach Roeland Brateanu guided the Utes to its highest win total (17) since 1988.
 #37 Washington 4,  #71 Utah 3
Tennessee may have gone 0-12 in SEC play during the regular season but that didn't stop the Vols from pulling off a mild upset with a 4-3 win over Auburn.
Tennessee was in good shape in doubles after getting a 6-4 win at No. 1 while it's No. 3 team served for the match up 5-4. However Auburn would break back at No. 3 and go on to win both that court and No. 2 by 7-5 scores.
Auburn increased its lead to 3-0 with straight set wins from Dante Saleh and Brandon Laubser at No. 4 and No. 5 but Tennessee was in control on the other four courts.
Tennessee picked up straight set wins from Luis Valero, Igor Smelyanski, Timo Stodder, and Jack Heslin with Stodder clinching at No. 3.
Tennessee will play the No. 5 seed Kentucky on Thursday afternoon at 2pm eastern with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals against Mississippi State.