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It was a rainy Sunday across much of the country and while several matches were cancelled due to a lack of indoor courts those that had them put them to use. The matches that were cancelled were Tulsa at Texas A&M, Tennessee vs. Georgia Southern (@ Troy, AL), and a pair of consolation matches at the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Alabama - Boise State vs. Alabama and Auburn vs. Mississippi State.

Baylor's home match with UCLA was moved indoors and in the blink of an eye it was over with the Bears rocking UCLA 4-0 in less than 2 hours.  Baylor improved to 10-0 on the year in doubles with a pair of easy wins at 2 and 3 and were also serving for the match at 1 when the clinch occurred. Baylor took 1st sets at 1, 4, 5, and 6 and Vince Schneider, Felipe Rios, and Julian Lenz each closed out their respective matches in straight sets to seal the win.  Baylor's Mate Zsiga was 2 points away from winning on 5 while UCLA's Dennis Mkrtchian had a set lead on 2 and Martin Redlicki was up 2-1 in the 3rd on 3.


I don't know about you but it seems crazy to me that UCLA would fly from Los Angeles to Texas to practice for a couple of days then play a 2 hour match and turn around and go home.  What possible reason could there be to not play these matches until completion?  It's not like the match started a few hours late and UCLA had a 6pm flight to catch so that's why the teams cut bait - the match started on schedule and the teams were on court for less than 2 hours when it was decided.  Play the remaining 2nd sets out and then play a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.  Reward the fans that came out in crappy weather instead of sending them back out into it unsatisfied.  

Another thing I don't get is why Baylor and a few other schools wipe the scores away from all the matches that weren't permitted to finish.  I asked the question on their blog one time and was told that's what the NCAA prefers and I responded well this isn't the NCAA Tournament and the blogger said it's what the school preferred too.  Don't get me wrong UCLA wasn't going to win this match but the college tennis fans out there would like to know what the scores were in the remaining matches at the time of the clinch - is it really too much to ask to leave the scores up there? 





Baylor recap
UCLA recap


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



#5 Baylor 4, #12 UCLA 0
Feb 22, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #10 Julian Lenz (BU 14.78) def. #2 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.85) 6-4, 6-2
2. #44 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.54) vs. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 7-6(4), 4-3* DNF
3. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.25) vs. Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.25) 3-6, 6-3, *1-2 DNF
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.36) def. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.13) 6-4, 6-1
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.85) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.91) 7-6(8), 5-1* DNF
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.56) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.59) 6-1, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #40 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) vs. #6 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) *5-4 
2. Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. Karue Sell/Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 6-0
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Austin Rapp/Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) 6-3

Match Notes
UCLA 6-5; National ranking #12
Baylor 8-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,6,1)

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Oklahoma and North Carolina played last weekend in the National Indoors quarterfinals with Oklahoma winning 4-1 and the final score of today's match was exactly the same - 4-1.  The lineups were a little different today with Oklahoma down 2 singles starters, Spencer Papa (sick)/Jose Salazar (injury), while North Carolina was without Esben Hess-Olsen and Robert Kelly plus the Tar Heels switched up 1 and 2 singles to try to avoid the same result from last weekend.

Oklahoma started off by taking the doubles point which was something it hadn't been able to do the last 2 times out versus North Carolina.  In singles play North Carolina came out really strong and took the opening set on 4 courts however they'd only be able to convert 1 of those to a win as Brett Clark upset Dane Webb 6-3, 6-4. Oklahoma's Andrew Harris and Austin Siegel (OU's #8) closed out their matches at 1 and 6 in straight sets to put Oklahoma up 3-1 and it was Florin Bragusi, OU's #7, that provided the clincher by coming back from a set down to defeat Oystein Steiro 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 at #5 singles.  The other 2 matches were abandoned at the time of the clinch with OU's Alex Ghilea was up 5-2 in the 3rd at 4 and UNC's Brayden Schnur up a set at 2.

Oklahoma's recap is one of the more detailed recaps that I've seen recently so check it out for my quotes and details about this match.

OU recap
UNC recap


#1 Oklahoma 4, #8 North Carolina 1

Singles competition
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU 14.70) def. #19 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 13.92), 6-4, 7-5
2. #6 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.55) vs. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.50), 7-6(5), 6-6, unfinished
3. Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) def. #31 Dane Webb (OU 14.18), 6-3, 6-4
4. #104 Jack Murray (UNC 13.84) vs. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13), 7-5, 2-6, 2-5, unfinished
5. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.69), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Austin Siegel (OU 13.47) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.33), 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #5 Axel Alvarez/Dane Webb (OU) vs. Brett Clark/Brayden Schnur (UNC), 5-4, unfinished
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC), 6-3
3. Spencer Papa/Austin Siegel (OU) def. Andrew Gores/Oystein Steiro (UNC), 6-3

Match Notes:
North Carolina 9-5; National ranking #8
Oklahoma 11-1; National ranking #1

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,6,5)

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The Ivy League had a superb weekend with Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell all knocking off Power 5 schools but the tables were turned on them today with each coming up short.

Cambridge, MA: Vanderbilt jumped out to the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point but Harvard would pick up 4 1st sets and Brian Yeung, Nicky Hu, and Kenny Tao would each close out their opponents in straight sets at 6, 3, and 5 singles to put Harvard up 3-1.  Vandy's rock at #1, Gonzales Austin, would trim the deficit to 3-2 with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Denis Nguyen.  Austin is now 10-0 during dual match play with his last loss coming to Brayden Schnur in the finals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.  Vandy's Danny Valent would even that match at 3 and run his record to 9-1 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win at #4 singles over Alex Steinroeder. The final match left on court was at #2 singles between Rhys Johnson and Sebastian Beltrame.  After splitting sets, Vandy's Johnson would jump out to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd but Beltrame wouldn't go quietly as he would hold and then break Johnson at 15-40 to put the match back on serve. It would come down to the deciding point on the Beltrame serve but it wouldn't end good for the home team as Johnson would get the point and the match.  (Most of the details came courtesy of Harvard's Tennis Twitter - @HMTofficial - give them a follow)

Harvard recap

#23 Vanderbilt 4, #25 Harvard 3

Singles competition
1. #8 Austin, Gonzales (VU 14.40) def. #91 Nguyen, Denis (HARV 13.99) 7-6, 6-3
2. Johnson, Rhys (VU 13.34) def. #80 Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV 13.21) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
3. Hu, Nicky (HARV 13.78) def. Yee, Kris (VU 13.73) 6-3, 6-2
4. Valent, Daniel (VU 13.74) def. Steinroeder, Alex (HARV 13.37) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Tao, Kenny (HARV 13.11) def. Newman, Baker (VU 13.00) 6-4, 6-3
6. Yeung, Brian (HARV 13.19) def. Eswaran, Suresh (VU 12.87) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #2 Austin, Gonzales/Johnson, Rhys (VU) def. #15 Nguyen, Denis/Yeung, Brian (HARV) 6-1
2. Binet, Pen/Newman, Baker (VU) vs. Beltrame, Sebastian/Hu, Nicky (HARV) 3-4*
3. Eswaran, Suresh/Valent, Daniel (VU) def. Haughey, Conor/Tao, Kenny (HARV) 6-3

Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 9-2; National ranking #23
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Sunday will bring us some big time showdowns as #5 Baylor hosts #11 Virginia in Waco, #6 Texas hosts #12 Wake Forest in Austin, and #10 Ole Miss hosts #16 Vanderbilt in Oxford.  All 3 of these matches will be played indoors due to poor weather.


#11 Virginia (7-1) at #5 Baylor (8-2) - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Video (if outside) & Blog -  It was just 2 weeks ago that Baylor upset Virginia 4-3 in the National Indoors Quarterfinals and with temperatures expected to be in the 40s with a chance of rain this one will likely end up indoors too.  I expect both Brian Boland and Matt Knoll to do some tinkering with their respective lineups to try to avoid some unfavorable rematches.  I'd be surprised if Mitchell Frank was back at #1 to face Julian Lenz with Lenz having rolled in their last 2 encounters.  In my opinion I think Ryan Shane will get the call to step up to #1 with Frank dropping to #2.  Even though Tony Lupieri knocked off Thai Son Kwiatkowski in the last meeting I think Lupieri will probably play at #2 like he did against UCLA last weekend.  I'd also be a little surprised if Matt Knoll stuck with the same bottom 3 that he had in the last meeting since Virginia won at #4 and #6 in routine fashion.


Baylor is a perfect 10-0 in doubles while Virginia is 7-1.  Baylor needs the doubles point more because even though they'll come into this one feeling pretty confident it'd be hard to see them taking 4 singles matches from Virginia let alone 3.  I think Baylor will take the doubles point but after that I see Virginia really digging in during singles with Mitchell Frank, Thai Son Kwiatkowski, Colin Altamirano, JC Aragone, and Ryan Shane all winning to give Virginia a little revenge from the defeat in Chicago.  Prediction: Virginia 5-2

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #2 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54) vs. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69)
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.85) vs. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32)
3. #1 Thai Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.84) vs. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22)
4. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.69) vs. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46)
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.89) vs. Diego Galeano (BU 13.75)
6. JC Aragone (UVA 13.88) vs. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82)

#10 Baylor 4, #3 Virginia 3 - NTI Quarterfinals 
Doubles competition
1. #37 Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) 6-6 (5-3) DNF
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. #41 Mac Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Mitchell Frank/Altamirano (UVA) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) def. Mitchell Frank (UVA) 6-2, 6-0
2. #4 Ryan Shane (UVA) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) def. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) 6-4, 7-6 (10)
4. Collin Altamirano (UVA) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Mate Zsiga (BU) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Vince Schneider (BU) 6-3, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,4,6,2,3,5)


#12 Wake Forest (8-2) at #6 Texas (10-1) - 1pm est - Live Scoring - This will be the 3rd time these teams have met in the last 56 weeks with Texas winning each of the previous encounters by a 4-3 score.  This is probably one of the best teams that Wake Forest has ever put out while Texas by in large has the same team as last year except for the rotation at #6 singles.  Wake comes in 7-3 in doubles while Texas is 5-6.  I like Texas at 1 and 2 doubles and Wake at 3 so I see Texas getting the point and taking the 1-0 lead.

The matchup that everyone will want to see will be at #1 as Soren Hess-Olesen puts his 13-match winning streak on the line against Wake's highly touted freshman Noah Rubin. Hess-Olesen has dropped 1 set in his last 14 matches, which includes wins over #10 Brayden Schnur and #13 Winston Lin, while Rubin has looked good so far but has lost his only 2 matches against top 15 opponents (#12 Andrew Harris & #15 Mikelis Libietis).  I like Hess-Olesen to make it 14 in a row as I see the Texas senior getting past Rubin in 3 sets.  At #2 singles Lloyd Glasspool will put his 7 match winning streak on the line as he takes on Romain Bogaerts who has won 3 of his last 4.  I think Bogaerts is just a little better and will take this in 2 tight sets.  The matchup at #3 is the biggest mismatch in my opinion and I'd be shocked if the final result was anything other than a straight set win by Berkowicz who has won 10 of his last 11.  The bottom 3 courts should all be tightly contested as well and I'm leaning toward Naumann at 4, Seraphim at 5, and Kan at 6.  Prediction: Texas 4-3

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #53 Noah Rubin (WF 14.74) vs.  #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.94)
2. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.29) vs. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.82)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.10) vs. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.75)
4. #70 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.55)  vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.87)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55)  vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.75)
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.34)  vs. John Mee (TX 13.54)


#16 Vanderbilt (10-2) at #10 Ole Miss (8-2) - 2pm est - Live Scoring & Blog - This will be the SEC opener for Ole Miss while Vanderbilt opened up conference play on Friday with a 4-0 win over Arkansas.  Rain is in the forecast for Sunday so this one will likely be pushed indoors to Ole Miss's 3 court facility.  Doubles has not been one of Ole Miss's strengths as the Rebels have dropped the point against 5 of 6 ranked opponents while Vanderbilt has won the doubles point against 4 of 6 ranked opponents.  I think Vanderbilt takes the doubles point and then with just 3 courts in use I think Vandy puts the pressure on Ole Miss and picks up wins from both Gonzales Austin and Kris Yee to take a 3-1 lead with Stefan Lindmark winning for Ole Miss at 2.  With Vanderbilt only needing 1 of the bottom 3 courts I think they get the clincher from Danny Valent at #4 singles to pull off the mild upset.  Prediction:  Vanderbilt 4-2


Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #9 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.47) vs. #60 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.12)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.42)  vs. #63 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.15)
3. Kris Yee (VU 13.59)  vs. William Kallberg (OM 13.21)
4. Danny Valent (VU 13.67) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.80)
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.83) vs. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.79)
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.87) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.07)




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Sunday, 01 March 2015 15:30

Sunday Update

A surprise to start the day as Virginia has shaken up its lineup, I'm guessing due to illness, with neither the ITA #1 Thai Son Kwiatkowski or UVA's #5 Alexander Ritschard are listed in singles.   The seldom used Jonathan Cornish is playing doubles for the first time this year at #3 along with Mac Styslinger.  Both Styslinger and Henrik Wiersholm are listed in the singles lineup at 4 and 6.  

#5 Baylor 5, #11 Virginia 2 - FINAL

Doubles:
1. #55 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) def. #56 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-3
2. Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (UVA) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Mac Styslinger/Jonathan Cornish (UVA) 6-1
Order of Finish: (3,1,2)

Singles
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) def. #2 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54) 6-4, 7-5 
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.85) def. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.69) def. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) 6-2, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) def. #91 Mac Styslinger (UVA 14.02) 7-6(6), 6-4
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. JC Aragone (UVA 13.88) 6-0, 6-2
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.77) 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: (5,3,6,2,1,4)

There's also been a shake up in the Wake Forest lineup with Wake #1 Noah Rubin not playing singles - haven't seen a reason yet.  Wake Forest took the doubles point and the teams have each won 3 1st sets.

#6 Texas 4, #12 Wake Forest 3 - FINAL

Singles Lineups:
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.94) def. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.29) 6-3, 6-2
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.82) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.10) 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2
3. #70 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.55) def. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.75) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6
4. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.94) def. George Goldhoff (TX 13.75) 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.87) def. Maksim Kan (WF 13.34) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. John Mee (TX 13.54) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3




#10 Ole Miss 4, #16 Vanderbilt 0 - FINAL

Doubles:
1. Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. Gustav Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 6-3
2. Stefan Lindmark/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Pen Binet/Baker Newman (VU) 6-3
3. Nik Scholtz/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Suresh Eswaran/Danny Valent (VU) 7-6 (4)
Order of Finish: (2,1,3)

Singles Lineups:
1. #60 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.12) def. #9 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.47)  5-7, 6-3, 6-3
2. #63 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.15) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.42) 6-2, 6-4
3. William Kallberg (OM 13.21) def. Kris Yee (VU 13.59) 7-6(3), 7-6(7)
4. Danny Valent (VU 13.67) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.80) 5-3
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.83) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.76) - never got started
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.87) vs.  Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.79) - never got started
Order of Finish (2,3,1)
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It seemed like the story of the day wasn't who was playing; it was who wasn't playing as several big names were missing from their respective team's starting lineups.

The big rematch between Baylor and Virginia didn't come close to matching the level of play that we saw the first time around.  Virginia was without 2 of it's starters with neither Thai-Son Kwiatkowski or Alexander Ritschard playing.   Below is a quote from Virginia's recap that talks about the absence of the 2 players:

 "We have two losses this year and both have come at the hands of Baylor," said head coach Brian Boland. "They were the better team today but I am so pleased with our process. What a tremendous group of guys, doing things the right way. We continue to get better as this group of guys really understands and accepts the process. Dustin Taylor, Scott Brown and the rest of the staff are doing a great job with this group. The best is in front of us and we continue to get better with each day. We didn't play two starters today and that was a choice I made.



Kim Gorum, who runs the In-Match Blog for Baylor, commented that Ritschard didn't make the trip to Waco due to being ill and also mentioned that Kwiatkowski practiced with the team the last few days so I'm not sure if he picked up a last minute illness or injury or if it was something else. 

With Kwiatkowski and Ritschard out, both Mac Styslinger and Henrik Wiersholm were chosen to fill in along with Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone having to slide up a spot.   Virginia also shifted its #2 and #3 doubles teams due to the absences and inserted Jonathan Cornish into the doubles lineup which was his first action since playing against Liberty and Morgan State (big step up in competition).  It should also be noted that Baylor's usual #4, Diego Galeano, played doubles but did not play singles and according to the blog he took an injury timeout to have his left knee wrapped during the doubles point.  

Just as Baylor did in the last meeting they jumped on Virginia during the doubles point with Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano winning 6-3 at #2 while Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios won 6-1 at #3. Virginia's #1 team of Ryan Shane Luca Corinteli won by a 6-3 score.  

Baylor kept the momentum going throughout the first sets and managed to take 5 of 6 with only Collin Altamirano grabbing 1 for Virginia at #3.  

Baylor's Mate Zsiga extended the BU lead to 2-0 as he was the first to finish with a 6-0, 6-2 shellacking of JC Aragone at #5.  UVA's Collin Altamirano would get the Hoos on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #3 but shortly thereafter Felipe Rios would make it 3-1 Baylor as Rios closed out Wiersholm 6-1, 6-4.  

Mitchell Frank dropped his opening set at #2 but then rallied to win 12 of the next 14 games to take out Tony Lupieri 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 and with that Virginia had closed to within 3-2.  There wouldn't be a 3rd and 4th point for Virginia because despite fighting hard at #1, Ryan Shane just couldn't get the lead wrestled away from Julian Lenz as Lenz managed to close out the match in straight sets despite Shane breaking him twice in the 2nd set.  After the clinch they played out the remaining match and within 2 or 3 minutes Vince Schneider gave Baylor its 5th point as he took out Styslinger 7-6, 6-4.  

Here some comments from Baylor's recap though it has no mention of the UVA guys missing in action.

TOP QUOTE #1
"We are just trying to get to four points. Some guys are playing great and some guys not so great. We have got some guys that have to get going. It seems like over the course of a year, it kind of flows that way. I am sure that some of the guys that didn't win today are going to be great later and vice versa. We have to take our team win and feel great about it. The guys that played great we have to take and try to improve and those that didn't have to bounce back for Tuesday." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"Julian is a very experienced guy. He has been in that situation a lot. We know he is going to be a fighter and be resilient. He was able to do that today and hold serve to get us out the door. Ryan plays huge and I am proud of Julian for getting through it." - Knoll on Julian Lenz's win

TOP QUOTE #3

"It's funny because we don't really practice doubles. We feel confident with our partners. Coach has figured out the lineup we need to win and it has worked. We don't do anything special to be honest. We try to make good decisions and it has worked so far." - senior Mate Zsiga on success in doubles

Baylor recap 
Virginia recap

#5 Baylor 5, #11 Virginia 2 - FINAL

Doubles:
1. #55 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) def. #56 Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-3
2. Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (UVA) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Mac Styslinger/Jonathan Cornish (UVA) 6-1
Order of Finish: (3,1,2)

Singles
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) def. #2 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54) 6-4, 7-5 
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.85) def. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.69) def. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) 6-2, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) def. #91 Mac Styslinger (UVA 14.02) 7-6(6), 6-4
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. JC Aragone (UVA 13.88) 6-0, 6-2
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.77) 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: (5,3,6,2,1,4)
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Austin, TX:  Many people including me thought Wake Forest had a decent chance to pull the upset over Texas but when word spread that Noah Rubin was a no-go that changed the complexity of this match since Wake had to move everyone up a spot.  It was reported by Tennis Atlantic's Jeff McMillan that Rubin had a cast on his left wrist so that would explain him not playing.

Since there was no live scoring available (supposedly no internet?) the only scores updates during the match came from Jeff so if you want to check out his twitter for the flow of the match by all means take a look at it.

Neither team has released it's recap yet so I guess news of the win is traveling by telegraph.

Texas recap

#6 Texas 4, #12 Wake Forest 3 - FINAL
Doubles:
1. Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (TX) def. Seraphim/Mansouri (WF) 6-2
2. Ho/Tabrizi (WF) def. Goldhoff/Berkowicz (TX) 6-4
3. Bogaerts/Kan (WF) def. Naumann/Reichmann (TX) 6-4
Singles:
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.94) def. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.29) 6-3, 6-2
2. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.82) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.10) 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2
3. #70 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.55) def. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.75) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(8)
4. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.94) def. George Goldhoff (TX 13.75) 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) 
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.87) def. Maksim Kan (WF 13.34) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. John Mee (TX 13.54) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3


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Oxford, MS:  As with the other 2 matches above this one was played indoors at Ole Miss's 3 court facility so while that was fine during doubles it meant that only 3 singles matches could be played at once.  Ole Miss would take the doubles point by winning the deciding match at #3 in a tiebreak and then the Rebels would take each of the first 3 singles matches to go on to close out the 4-0 shutout.  Ole Miss won all 3 tiebreaks in the match and with it they took away any chance Vanderbilt had of gaining momentum.


Comments from Ole Miss's coach:
It should be a fabulous Friday of college tennis and if you happen to be in close proximity to Athens (GA), Columbus (OH), Winston-Salem (NC), or Nashville (TN) I suggest you find a way to make it over to campus and watch some great high-level tennis.

If you can't make it out in person then at least make sure you take advantage of the free live streaming video that Georgia, Wake Forest, and Ohio State will be offering up for the matches.

I think we'll see at least 1 upset in the 4 big matches though I'd be surprised if we saw more than 1.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of today's (3/5) date and the numbers beside that are the player's dual match record for this season.  For more details about UTR check out their website.


#10 Texas A&M (6-1) at #4 Georgia (9-2) - 2:30pm est - A year ago Texas A&M handed Georgia its only regular season conference loss when the Aggies won 4-1 in College Station but this year they'll be in Athens and most likely playing outdoors. Georgia is 8-3 in doubles but 6-0 since they changed pairings before the National Indoors while Texas A&M is a perfect 7-0 and in fact the Aggies have only dropped 1 individual court. This will be the first time this season that Texas A&M has ventured away from home while it'll likely be the 1st time this year that Georgia has played a whole match outdoors at home.  There won't be any individual rematches from last year and the only pairing that will have met before at the collegiate level are Adams and Pasha at #3 - they split matches back in 2013.  Doubles is too close to call so I'll look at the singles matches. 


Projected Singles Lineups
1. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.27 - 2-1) vs. #25 Austin Smith (UGA 14.11 - 6-3)
2. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 13.97 - 5-1) vs. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.66 - 6-2)
3. #39 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.85 - 0-5) vs. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.20 - 6-2)
4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.06 - 5-1) vs. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.23 - 3-3)
5. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.98 - 4-2) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.69 - 7-4) 
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 12.83 - 3-0) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.59 - 3-3)

Others who could play - Eric Diaz (UGA 12.98 - 1-0), Peter Bertran (UGA 13.40 - 1-0), Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.59 - 0-0), Jordan Szabo (TAMU 13.28 - 1-2) 

#1 singles - Shane Vinsant would likely be 5-1 in dual match play but he's had 3 matches get halted due to the team clinch with Vinsant having big leads in each. Austin Smith ended a 2 match losing streak by winning 2 of 3 last weekend and he was up a set in the 3rd one when the Bulldogs clinched.  If this match were in College Station, with the swirling winds, I'd go with Vinsant but with it being in Athens I think Smith gets it done or is at least leading if it doesn't finish.  

#2 singles - Jeremy Efferding has been on a roll lately with the Aggie senior winning 8 of his last 9.  Last weekend was the first time he played at #1 in a conference dual since his sophomore year but he's back at #2 this week despite beating Kentucky's Beck Pennington 1 & 0 (also was on the verge of splitting sets with UT's Libietis). Wayne Montgomery was just named SEC Freshman of the week for the 3rd time this year after going 1-0 last weekend with another match that didn't finish.  Montgomery has won his last 3 matches that finished with all those coming at #1.  I like the Georgia freshman in straight sets in this one.  

#3 singles - Harrison Adams has definitely hit a rough patch lately with the Aggie junior having dropped 7 straight with all but the last one against a ranked opponent.  In 5 of those 7 losses Adams dropped a set by a 6-1 score so he hasn't been too competitive either.  Nathan Pasha has won 5 straight though he did trail in last match against Auburn before the match was stopped due to the clinch.  I would be surprised at a result of anything other than Pasha in 2.  

#4 singles - Arthur Rinderknech had had a great start to his collegiate career by starting off 8-1 including 6-1 in dual match play.  He hasn't yet beat a ranked opponent but he's knocked off several bigger names so far - Ohio State's Kevin Metka, Oklahoma's Spencer Papa, San Diego's Jordan Angus, and Tennessee's Luis Valero. Ben Wagland has been a little up and down this year alternating wins and losses but he's yet to win 2 straight.  I think Rinderknech is playing a little too well right now to drop this one so I'll take the Aggie freshman in 2  

#5 singles - AJ Catanzariti is riding a 3 match winning streak which includes a win over Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea while Nick Wood has dropped 3 of 5 but he did win in straight sets his last time out against Auburn's Dante Saleh. I think Wood plays better this time around and pushes this one to a 3rd set before it gets halted due to a clinch.

#6 singles - Max Lunkin is undefeated in dual match play including a win over Oklahoma's Jose Salazar although he was trailing in 2 other matches that went unfinished.  Paul Oosterbaan has won 3 of his last 4 and was up a set in last match against Auburn's Joseph Van Dooren before the match was halted.  I think Oosterbaan has the upper hand in this one and wins in 2.  

Texas A&M has the firepower to take out Georgia but I don't see it happening in the Dawgs backyard. Prediction:  Georgia 4-1


#12 Virginia (7-2) at #20 Wake Forest (8-3) - 4pm est - Both teams are coming off losses with Virginia falling to Baylor while Wake went down to Texas.  The biggest question mark in this one is who'll suit up for the match. Virginia had 2 notable absences from its lineup last week in ITA #1 Thai Son Kwiatkowski and Alex Ritschard while Wake had it's #1 Noah Rubin out.  If Rubin misses this match as well I don't see Wake scratching up a point anywhere in singles because Virginia is more experienced and stronger in every other spot.  Virginia has won 124 consecutive matches against ACC teams and I look for the streak to go to 125.  Prediction: Virginia 6-1


Projected Singles Lineups
1. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.85 - 5-1) vs. #53 Noah Rubin (WF 14.75 - 6-2)
2. #2 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54 - 7-1) vs. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.29 - 6-3) 
3. #1 Thai Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.84 - 5-1) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.10 - 3-5) 
4. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.69 - 5-0) vs. #70 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.55 - 9-2) 
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.89 - 3-1) vs. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.94 - 4-2)
4. #91 Mac Styslinger (UVA 14.02 - 2-1) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.34 - 3-2) 

Others who could play - JC Aragone (UVA 13.88/4-2), Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.78/3-1), Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55/6-3) 



#11 Florida (6-3) at #14 Vanderbilt (10-3) - 5pm est - This will be the 3rd time in the last 11 months that these teams have played in Nashville with Vandy winning the regular season meeting indoors 4-3 and Florida winning 4-3 outdoors in the SEC Tournament semifinals.  None of the individual match-ups will be repeats so last year's slate is wiped clean away.  Vandy is 8-3 in doubles while Florida is 5-4 with both teams going 1-1 in doubles last week with each losing the point in a tiebreak.  Vandy made a switch in the singles lineup and has moved Danny Valent up from 4 to 3 while dropping Kris Yee down from 3 to 4.  Florida has also swapped its 3 and 4 by moving Orkin up and Watson down so we'll get the same match-ups at 3 and 4 just in reverse order.  

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #46 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.03 - 7-0) vs. #9 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.46 - 11-1)  
2. #103 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.73 - 2-5) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.42 - 4-5)
3. #80 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.84 - 5-3) vs. Danny Valent (VU 13.67 - 10-1)
4. Gordon Watson (UF 13.73 - 4-4) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.58 - 3-7) 
5. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.30 - 5-1) vs. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.81 - 7-4)  
6. Oliver Landert (UF 13.13 - 4-4) vs. Baker Newman (VU 12.86 - 1-5) 

Other possible players: Josh Wardell (UF 13.11 - 0-1), Jordan Belga (UF 13.05 - 2-1), Jeff Offerdahl (VU 12.65 - 2-1)

The only court where I'd consider Vandy the clear favorite is at #1 but I think Florida is the favorite at 2, 4, 5, and 6. Orkin/Valent is too close to call at 3 with Valent having won 14 of his last 15 matches, though none were against ranked players, while Orkin has won 8 of his last 11 with the all 3 losses coming to players ranked inside the top 65.  I think the odds are stacked in Florida's favor in this one so I'll take the Gators.  Prediction: Florida 4-2


#1 Oklahoma (12-1) at #8 Ohio State (12-3) - 6pm est -  Everybody knows the story-lines on this one - this year's National Indoors Champ and current #1 taking on last year's National Indoors Champ who was also ranked #1 when they met in Norman. Oklahoma won that one and has to be considered the favorite to put an end to the massive Ohio State 200-match home court winning streak.  The Buckeyes are 13-2 in doubles while Oklahoma is 8-5 and if Ohio State wants to keep the streak alive they must have the doubles point.  Oklahoma has to be considered a rather large favorite at 1, 2, and 3 with the Sooner's top 3 having a combined 28-3 dual match record while Ohio State's top 3 is just 19-11.  Ohio State is the favorite at 4 and 6 with 5 likely to be a tossup.  Ohio State's bottom 3 of Callahan, Steinbach, and Metka are a combined 32-5 while Papa, Ghilea, and Bragusi are a combined 16-4.  The only potential singles rematch from last year will come at #1 with Harris and Diaz facing each other at last year at #3.  Below is the box score from last year's match and below that are Friday's projected singles lineup:


#4 Oklahoma 4, #1 Ohio State 1 - Headington Family Tennis Center | Norman, Okla. 
Singles
1. (3) Axel Alvarez (OU) vs. (9) Peter Kobelt (OSU), 7-6, 6-4 unfinished
2. (2) Guillermo Alcorta (OU) vs. (88) Herkko Pollanen (OSU), 6-2, 4-6, 0-1 unfinished
3. (25) Andrew Harris (OU) def. Chris Diaz (OSU), 6-1, 6-3
4. (24) Dane Webb (OU) def. Kevin Metka (OSU), 6-4, 7-5
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Peerakit Siributwong (OU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Austin Siegel (OU) def. (72) Hunter Callahan (OSU), 6-2, 7-5
Doubles
1. (3) Kobelt/Metka (OSU) def. (46) Harris/Webb (OU), 8-7 (2)
2. Alcorta/Alvarez (OU) def. Callahan/ Pollanen (OSU), 8-4
3. (60) Papac/Siributwong (OU) def. Steinbach/Diaz (OSU), 8-7 (3)
Order of Finish
Singles: 3, 5, 6, 4*
Doubles: 2, 1, 3
Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #12 Andrew Harris (OU 14.72 - 8-2) vs. #43 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.80 - 5-4) 
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.55 - 11-0) vs. #36 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.96 - 7-3)
3. #18 Dane Webb (OU 14.19 - 9-1) vs. #78 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.58 - 7-4)
4. Spencer Papa (OU 13.89 - 5-3) vs. #106 Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90 - 11-1)
5. #56 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.11 - 8-1) vs. #73 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.91 - 10-3)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.54 - 3-0) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.81 - 11-1)

Other possible players:  Jose Salazar (OU 13.64 - 6-4), Austin Siegel (OU 13.46 - 1-0)

#1 singles - Andrew Harris has won 3 in a row and 8 of his last 9 with all but 2 of those matches coming against a top 100 player while Chris Diaz has dropped 4 of his last 5. I don't see anyway Harris drops this one.

#2 singles - Axel Alvarez is undefeated in dual match play with 5 wins over ranked opponents while Mikael Torpegaard has won 2 straight but dropped 3 of his last 5. Torpegaard is 2-3 in dual match play against ranked opponents.  This is a match that Alvarez should win but I wouldn't be surprised to see Torpegaard hanging tough and possibly pushing this one to a 3rd set if not pulling off the stunner.  

#3 singles - Dane Webb was rolling up until a few weeks ago when he saw his 9-match winning streak get snapped by North Carolina's Brett Clark and then last time out Webb trailed Florida State's Marco Nunez when the match was stopped due to the team clinch.  Herkko Pollanen has alternated wins and losses in his last 8 matches but he's coming off a loss to Penn State's Matt Barry so a win would keep that streak going.  Dane Webb should win this match but he's going to have to play better than he has in the last 2 weeks to get the W.  

#4 singles - Spencer Papa has dropped his last 2 but had won 5 straight before that while Hunter Callahan has won 10 of his last 11 with all those matches being completed in straight sets.  I like Callahan in 2.  

#5 singles - Alex Ghilea has won 8 of his last 9 while Ralf Steinbach has won his last 2 but has split his last 6. This is another one of those matches where the numbers say Ghilea should win but I wouldn't be surprised to see Steinbach get it together and get a W.  

#6 singles - Florin Bragusi has seen action in just 5 of Oklahoma 13 matches but he's won all 3 that have finished while Kevin Metka has won 11 of his last 12 with all but 1 of the wins in straight sets.  Oklahoma's usual #6, Jose Salazar, was just 6-4 before sitting out the last 2 with an injury so it's unclear at this time if he'll play but regardless of who plays I think Metka is a heavy favorite and I see him winning in straights.  

I think Ohio State comes out fired up and grabs the doubles point then picks up wins from Metka, Callahan, and either Steinbach or Pollanen.  Long live the streak, Buckeyes in an upset.  Prediction: Ohio State 4-2

Can Oklahoma Pull Off the Double and Win the NCAAs?

Yes
  13 (39%)
 
No
  20 (60%)
 

Votes so far: 33



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What a match tonight in Columbus with #1 Oklahoma coming in and knocking off #8 Ohio State 4-3 and thus snapping the Buckeyes unbelievable home court winning streak at 200.

Early on it looked like the streak would live on as Ohio State came out strong and took the doubles point by winning 6-4 at #1 and 6-2 at #3.  Ty Tucker decided to change up the singles lineup a bit by moving freshman Mikael Torpegaard up from 2 to 1 while moving Chris Diaz from 1 to 2 and Tucker also switched up Ralf Steinbach and Hunter Callahan by moving Steinbach up to 4 and dropping Callahan down to 5.  
Steinbach woud be the first off the court with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over Spencer Papa at #4 but shortly thereafter Alex Ghilea would get Oklahoma on the board with an equally impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Hunter Callahan.  Axel Alvarez would then even the match up at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at #2 but it looked like Ohio State was on the verge of retaking the lead with Herkko Pollanen up a set and a break on Dane Webb at #3.  Webb would break back and then pull out the 2nd set in a tiebreak and would then cruise through the 3rd set to pull out a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 win which would put Oklahoma just a point away from the finish line.  

Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard would then tie the match back up when he pulled off the biggest win of his young collegiate career by coming back from a set down to defeat #12 Andrew Harris 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 at #1 singles.

The only remaining match left on court was at #6 singles with Ohio State's Mr. Clutch Kevin Metka taking on an untested Florin Bragusi and if you were an Ohio State fan you had to feel pretty good about this matchup.  The breaks in this match were few and far between but a big one came in the 1st set when Metka jumped out to a 5-3 lead but he was unable to serve the set out and eventually dropped the opening set in tiebreak. The 2nd set stayed on serve throughout and went to another tiebreak with Metka taking this one by a 7-2 score.  Early in the 3rd set Metka started showing signs of stress as he was forced to take a medical timeout with cramps starting to set in.  After getting stretched out for a few minutes Metka persevered and would get himself in position to win the match by going up 5-4 and up 15-40 on the Bragusi serve.   The sophomore from Romania wouldn't wilt and would came back to hold for 5-5 and then in the tiebreak Bragusi would go up 6-5.  With Metka serving Bragusi would pounce on the 2nd serve and Metka couldn't get back in play and that was it.   

Below are a couple of quotes from OU's John Roddick via the Oklahoma recap

"That was one of the best tennis matches I've ever been a part of, head coach John Roddick said. "To win four singles in here after dropping the doubles point shows that we have an incredibly tough group.

Florin stepped up in a fantastic environment and showed what he's made of, Roddick said. "I couldn't be more proud of that mental effort. I would also like to say how impressed with Metka I was. He played really well and competed great.

Ohio State recap

#1 Oklahoma 4, #8 Ohio State 3

Doubles
1. #4 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. #6 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) 6-4
2. #52 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-3
3. #40 Chris Diaz/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Austin Siegel/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-2

Singles 
1. #36 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.96) def. #12 Andrew Harris (OU 14.72) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
2. #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.55) def. vs. #43 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.80) 6-2, 7-5
3. #18 Dane Webb (OU 14.19) def. #78 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.58) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1
4.  #73 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.91) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.89) 6-2, 6-2
5. #56 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.11) def. vs. #106 Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) 6-3, 6-3
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.54) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.81) 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 7-6(5)

Match Notes:
Oklahoma 12-1; National ranking #1
Ohio State 12-3; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,2,1,3,6)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:56 A-757


Will Oklahoma Snap Ohio State's Home Winning Streak on March 6th?

Yes
  67 (79%)
No
  17 (20%)

Votes so far: 84 

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Athens, Ga:  In the other top 10 matchup of the day it was #4 Georgia knocking off #10 Texas 4-1.  Georgia would hand Texas A&M it's first loss of the year in doubles by taking the point with wins at 1 and 2.  In singles Georgia's Nathan Pasha was first off the court with a 7-5, 6-1 win at #3 over a struggling Harrison Adams. Adams led 5-3 in the 1st set but Pasha would win 10 of the next 11 to close out.  Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech would pick up the Aggies only point by knocking off Ben Wagland 6-3, 6-2 at #4 singles.  Georgia would then get a pair of straight set wins at 5 and 6 from Nick Wood and Paul Oosterbaan with Wood providing the clincher.  The 2 remaining matches were halted due to the clinch with the match at #1 singles on serve deep in the 3rd while Texas A&M's Jeremy Efferding had a break lead at #2.

Notes: Austin Smith led 4-2 in the 3rd but Vinsant got it back on serve.  Montgomery and Wagland went up early breaks in the 1st set but were quickly broken back.  Harrison Adams led 5-3 in the 1st and faded.  

Georgia recap
Texas A&M recap

Here's a comment via the Georgia recap: 

"I'm really proud of our guys," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "I thought we fought a really good fight. Texas A&M is one of the highest-ranked teams in the conference, so it was a great win for our squad. I honestly don't think we played our best, but I keep telling the guys that I haven't seen a bad win yet. These guys knew how to recognize the opportunities that were in front of them and they fought hard and played well enough to beat a very good team today."


#4 Georgia 4, #10 Texas A&M 1
March 6, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #25 Austin Smith (UGA 14.11) vs. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.27) 6-3, 1-6, 5-4, unfinished
2. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 13.97) vs. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.66) 6-2, 4-6, 3-0, unfinished
3. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.20) def. #39 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.85) 7-5, 6-1
4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.06) def. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.23) 6-3, 6-2
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.69) def. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.98) 7-5, 7-5
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.59) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU 12.83) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #8 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2
2. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. #22 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4

Match Notes
Texas A&M 6-2 (2-1); National ranking #10
Georgia 10-2 (3-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,5)
The upsets keep on coming and today it was #2 Duke's turn as the Blue Devils got stunned by #44 Virginia Tech 6-1.  What made the Hokies win that much more impressive was the fact that Virginia Tech played singles without its #1 player Amerigo Contini which meant everybody else had to slide up 1 spot in the lineup.  Duke was also without its #5 singles player Chris Mengel.

Duke started off fine by taking the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 but Virginia Tech would pick off Duke 1 by 1 in singles.  Florian Nicoud started things off by blowing out Josh Levine at #5 singles 6-1, 6-3 then Aaron Gomez gave Tech its first lead when he finished off TJ Pura 7-6(5), 6-0 at #6 singles.  Andreas Bjerrehus would put Virginia Tech up 3-1 when he broke Nicolas Alvarez to take the match at #1 singles 7-6(7), 6-4. With all remaining matches in the 3rd set it looked like VT's Hunter Koontz was going to be the one to clinch because he led 4-2 in the 3rd at #3 while Duke's Bruno Semenzato led 5-3 in the 3rd on #4 and Duke's Jason Tahir led 4-3 in the 3rd on #2. However Semenzato would be unable to serve it out up 5-4 then Edoardo Tessaro would consolidate the break with a hold to go up 6-5.  With Koontz nearing the finish line at 3, Tessaro decided he wanted to close it out himself and he broke Semenzato again to take the match and give Virginia Tech the stunning win.  Koontz would also win his match at #3 as would Joao Monteiro at #2 to make the final score 6-1 VT.

Note: ACC conference matches play a pro-set to 8 in doubles and utilize regular ad scoring similar to what will be used during the NCAA Championships.  The Big 10 is the only other major conference to use the same format while everyone else is playing no-ad. 

Virginia Tech recap

"This was a great win for our program, said head coach Jim Thompson. "We were down a player in singles and for the guys to come in here and step up, really shows our depth. I'm proud of this team and the work that these guys put in everyday to be the best they can be.

Duke recap

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of today's (3/8) date.  For more details about UTR check out their website.

#44 Virginia Tech 6, #2 Duke 1
March 8, 2015 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #74 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.76) def. #8 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.31) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
2. Joao Monteiro (VT 13.79) def. #32 Jason Tahir (DU 13.77) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
3. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.32) def. #99 Raphael Hemmeler (DU 14.01) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3
4. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 12.69) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU 13.88) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
5. Florian Nicoud (VT 13.31) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.74) 6-1, 6-3
6. Aaron Gomez (VT 12.83) def. TJ Pura (DU 13.35) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #11 Nicolas Alvarez/Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. Amerigo Contini/Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 8-5
2. Jason Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) def. Hunter Koontz/Florian Nicoud (VT) 8-4
3. Edoardo Tessaro/Joao Monteiro (VT) def. Bruno Semenzato/TJ Pura 8-3
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 10-1, 2-0 ACC; National ranking #44
Duke 13-2, 0-1 ACC; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1,4,3,2)



#20 Wake Forest 4, #13 TCU 3 
Singles competition
1. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.28) def. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.64) 6-4, 6-4
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.71) def. #70 Jon Ho (WF 13.47) 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-5)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.09) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.26) 6-4, 6-4
4. Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.49) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.95) 6-2, 6-4
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 13.98) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.50) 6-4, 6-3
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.31) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.46) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #28 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 6-2
2. Jon Ho/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Hudson Blake/Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Sam Bloom/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 9-5 (0-1 Big 12); National ranking #13
Wake Forest 9-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)
Used ITA shortened scoring format.
A-119

TCU recap

"Today was a disappointing loss," head coach David Roditi said. "We had a great opportunity to play a team without their best player. We had the opening and we didn't handle the moment very well. I give credit to Wake Forest for handling it better than us.

"We will need to figure out what we need to change in doubles. At the moment, we are not playing with a full team. For us to be the team we appeared to be a month ago, we need every player competing better. When we all start competing well, we will then get the results we believe we can get. Until then we will continue to be disappointed against the top teams. We have five days to figure it our before we play Michigan at home next Sunday."

#4 Georgia 4, #28 LSU 2
Singles competition
1. #25 Austin Smith (UGA 14.08) def. #64 Jordan Daigle (LSU 13.28) 6-1, 6-1
2. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.68) def. #98 Chris Simpson (LSU 13.48) 6-2, 6-2
3. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.20) def. #125 Tam Trinh (LSU 13.00) 6-3, 6-4
4. #119 Justin Butsch (LSU 13.52) def. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.24) 6-3, 6-3
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.68) vs. Boris Arias (LSU 13.24) 7-6 (7-5), 4-2, unfinished
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.54) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU 13.31) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #57 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-2
2. Eric Perez/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) 6-0
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Justin Butsch/Chris Simpson (LSU) 4-4, unfinished
Match Notes: 
LSU 11-2 (2-2); National ranking #28
Georgia 11-2 (4-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,2,3,4,6)
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:08 A-376

Georgia recap
LSU recap

Said head coach Manuel Diaz: "LSU played a tremendous doubles match and it was the first doubles point that we've dropped in a long time. They just outplayed us. Our guys really came back in singles and asserted themselves. I thought we had tremendous wins at the top of the lineup. Paul, who is continuing to improve in every match, did a tremendous job in clinching the win for us."

"We jumped on them in doubles and had some leads on several courts," said head coach Jeff Brown. "[Georgia] did a good job of fighting back on most of those courts and closing out the matches they had leads in."

#34 Minnesota 4, #24 Drake 3 - Minnesota recap
Baseline Tennis Center (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Singles competition
1. #55 Alen Salibasic (DRAKE 13.77) def. #30 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.01) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #34 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.75) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.09) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
3. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.23) def. Ravi Patel (DRAKE 13.60) 6-1, 6-4
4. Matic Spec (MINN 13.62) def. Ben Stride (DRAKE 12.83) 6-1, 6-2
5. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.67) def. Matt Frost (DRAKE 12.90) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.15) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.83) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. No. 41 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. Ben Lott/Bayo Philips (DRAKE) 6-4
2. No. 48 Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. Matt Frost/Ravi Patel (DRAKE) 6-4
3. Alen Salibasic/Ben Mullis (DRAKE) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 6-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,3,6,2,5)


#66 Wichita State 6, #58 Nebraska 1 - Shockers recap - Recap says they played in front of a large crowd - attendance listed at 55 - if that's large what's small?
Mar 08, 2015 at Wichita, Kan. (Genesis)
Singles competition
1. #61 Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.73) def. Dusty Boyer (NEB 13.22) 6-3, 6-4
2. Tomislav Gregurovic (WSU 12.83) def. Marc Herrmann (NEB 12.42) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6
3. Ilija Cuic (WSU 13.13) def. Linus Erhart (NEB 13.09) 7-5, 6-3
4. Guillermo de Vilchez (WSU 12.27) def. Chris Hobgarski (NEB 12.39) 6-1, 7-5
5. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB 12.41) def. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.66) 7-6 (11-9), 6-2
6. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.44) def. V. Stavropoulos (NEB 12.06) 6-1, 7-6 
Doubles competition
1. #24 Tomislav Gregurovic/Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. Dusty Boyer/Linus Erhart (NEB) 6-4
2. Ilija Cuic/Guillermo de Vilchez (WSU) def. Scott Elsass/Bradford Zitsch (NEB) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Andrew Dzulynsky/Marc Herrmann (NEB) def. Jocelyn Devilliers/Miroslav Herzan (WSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Nebraska 5-5; National ranking #58
Wichita State 10-3; National ranking #66
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,4,6,5,2)
T-2:45 A-55

#10 Texas A&M 4, #40 South Carolina 2
Singles competition
1. Andrew Adams (SC 13.75) def. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.27) 6-3, 6-0
2. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.03) def. Kyle Koch (SC 13.74) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.18) def. Thiago Pinheiro (SC 13.28) 6-1, 1-6, 7-6(2)
4. #101 Andrew Schafer (SC 13.43) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.59) 6-0, 6-4
5. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.06) def. Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.29) 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-0
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 12.94) vs. Thomas Maryonne (SC 12.92) 2-6, 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Kyle Koch/Thiago Pinheiro (SC) def. #8 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2
2. #22 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. #44 Thomas Maryonne/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Andrew Adams/Andrew Schafer (SC) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,3,2)

Texas A&M recap


#19 North Carolina 5, #29 Florida State 2
Doubles: 
1. Marco Nunez/Jose Gracia (FSU) vs. #34 Esben Hess-Olesen/Oystein Steiro (UNC), 7-6, dnf
2. Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Michael Rinaldi/Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU), 8-6
3. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Terrance & Terrell Whitehurst (FSU), 8-5
Singles:
1. #27 Ronnie Schneider(UNC 13.99) def. Marco Nunez(FSU 13.35), 7-6(2) 5-7,7-6(7)
2. #81 Brett Clark (UNC 13.75) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.50), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.79) def. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.40), 7-5, 7-5
4. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU 13.40) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.62), 6-3, 6-3
5. #86 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.57) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 12.82), 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
6. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 12.61) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.36), 6-3, 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida State 12-4 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #29
North Carolina 13-5 (2-0 ACC); National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
Sunny, 67 degrees, wind gusts 13-22 mph
T-4:20 A-223


Both teams were without its #1 singles player with UNC's Brayden Schnur out with an injury and FSU's Benjamin Lock playing in the Davis Cup.

North Carolina recap
Florida State recap

"It was a very hard-fought match, said North Carolina head coach Sam Paul. "We were able to come back and get the job done.

"Today was a long, hard battle against a really good North Carolina team, head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "Unfortunately, UNC came out on top, but it was hard played and a really good college tennis match.

"Jose had some good points, and had set point a couple times that got away from him, Hultquist said. "Michael battled back in the third set, and Marco was able to rebound from a first set loss against a Top 30 player. Cristian was great all weekend. Our guys played well today, we just came up short.


#5 Baylor 4, #47 Memphis 0
Mar 08, 2015 at Memphis, Tenn. (Racquet Club of Memphis)
Singles competition
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.71) vs. #54 Connor Glennon (MEM 13.89) 7-5, 3-3 DNF
2. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) def. #50 Andrew Watson (MEM 13.71) 6-1, 6-4
3. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.31) vs. Ryan Peniston (MEM 13.57) 7-6, 0-1 DNF
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.75) def. Patrick Mayer (MEM12.73) 7-5, 6-2
5. Vince Schneider (BU 13.49) def. Kai Lemke (MEM 12.66) 6-4, 6-2
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.69) def. Shakeel Manji (MEM 11.78) 6-2, 6-1

Match Notes
Baylor (11-2, 1-0 Big 12); National ranking #5
University of Memphis (6-4, 2-0 American); National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,2,4,5)
Singles matches were played first due to threat of inclement weather.

Memphis recap
Baylor recap 

TOP QUOTE #1
"We didn't get off to a very good start. I think we were down a break on five of six courts, but once we got our legs underneath us we played pretty well. We didn't lose a set, so overall it was a good day. It was a little bit of a flat environment at the beginning. It was cold, so the balls don't really bounce. The tennis was a little bit different, but once we got started the guys did a great job." - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

TOP QUOTE #2
"Mississippi has a tough environment. I surveyed a bunch of people around the country a few years ago and asked where they thought the toughest place to play in America was and a lot of them said Ole Miss, so that's why we scheduled them. We came down here a couple years ago and got beat. They have a great team. We are going to get all we want down there. It will be a big challenge for us and we are really looking forward to it." - Knoll on facing No. 10 Mississippi Tuesday


#33 Louisville 5, #23 Notre Dame 2
Mar 08, 2015 at Louisville, Ky (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Seb Stiefelmeyer(LOU 14.69) def. #24 Quentin Monaghan(ND 14.28) 7-6(1), 6-4
2. #104 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.69) def. #102 Josh Hagar (ND 13.77) 6-2, 6-1
3. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.46) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.14) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6)
4. Michael Lippens (LOU 13.25) def. Billy Pecor (ND 13.00) 6-3, 6-3
5. Alex Lawson (ND 12.85) def. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.38) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Chris Simich (LOU 13.39) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND 12.52) 6-2, 6-1 
Doubles competition
1. #19 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) def. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Van Damrongsri (LOU) 8-5
2. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) vs. Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 4-7, unfinished
3. Dougie Barnard/Billy Pecor (ND) def. Albert Wagner/Chris Simich (LOU) 8-5
Match Notes
Notre Dame 6-5; National ranking #23
Louisville 13-3; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)
T-3:45 A-103

Louisville recap
Notre Dame recap

"I am so happy for the upperclassman today," said head coach Rex Ecarma. "They were 0-3 against the Fighting Irish and made this match a personal one. When you respect a team as much as we respect Notre Dame, they will get our best effort. Our theme today was positive self-talk and that is what Chris (Simich), Albert (Wagner) and Michael (Lippens) did. They closed games with confidence and continually pumped themselves up."

"The hero was the engine of our team, Sebastian Stiefelmeyer," said Ecarma. "He knew he had to take the fourth and final point into his own hands. He was down 2-5 and fought for a straight set win. He and Quentin Monaghan played maybe the best singles match of the season so far. The icing on the cake was Alex Gornet's win in three sets. I also have to mention a special speech from former Cardinal Tennis standout, Tim Barnoud, who shared his special team memories with the current players. He also taught them about the lifetime bond of brotherhood that he has with his Cardinal teammates."


#14 Vanderbilt 4, #35 Auburn 0 
Published in Blogs
Friday, 13 March 2015 13:01

Friday Preview

Friday will be a fairly light day of activity with just 8 teams in the Top 20 in action and with the only matchup between top 20 teams taking place in College Station as #9 Texas A&M hosts #11 Vanderbilt.

Before I preview that one here are a few others to keep an eye on today:

#31 San Diego (8-3) at #34 Texas Tech (12-4) - 1pm est - Live Scoring - San Diego is coming off a hard fought loss against USC and has wins on the year over South Carolina and South Florida while Texas Tech has only played 1 match in the last 3 weeks though has wins this year over Auburn and Mississippi State.  

#24 Florida State (10-4) at #19 Wake Forest (9-4) - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - FSU is coming off a weekend where the Noles beat Louisville and gave North Carolina all it wanted despite FSU playing without its #1 Benjamin Lock who was playing in the Davis Cup.  Wake has played its last 3 matches without its #1 Noah Rubin (wrist) going 1-2 in that stretch with respectable losses to Texas and Virginia and a win over TCU.  This should be a very competitive match that probably finishes 4-3 on way or the other.  


#28 Louisville (13-3) at #37 NC State (10-5) - 4pm est - Live Scoring & Streaming - Louisville comes off a weekend where they split with Notre Dame (W) and Florida State (L).  NC State on the other hand went 0-2 last week with a close 4-3 loss to North Carolina (playing w/o Schnur) before getting plowed by Virginia 7-0.  Like the FSU/Wake match this too will likely be a 4-3 match.  


#42 Mississippi State (11-3) at #18 Florida (6-5)- 5pm est - Live Scoring - State has won 4 in a row with a pair of recent wins over Alabama and Arkansas while Florida has dropped 3 of its last 4.  I think Florida should get the win here though State is more than capable of the upset. 



#11 Vanderbilt (13-3) at #9 Texas A&M (7-2) - 7pm est - Live Scoring - Last year Texas A&M rolled into Nashville and rolled over the Dores 4-0 so this year it'll be Vandy trying to return the favor.  Vandy is a stout 11-3 in doubles while Texas A&M is an equally impressive 8-1.  College Station is a tough place to play so for Vanderbilt to win this one they really need the doubles point.  Unfortunately for them I think Texas A&M gets the point but Vandy will put up a fight in singles.  The matchup at #1 should be a good one with Gonzales Austin bringing a 14-1 dual match record into this one while Jeremy Efferding is 6-1.

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.34) vs. #65 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.03)
2. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.43) vs. #71 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.19)
3. Daniel Valent (VU 13.73) vs. #48 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.73)
4. Kris Yee (VU 13.66) vs. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.15)
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.87) vs. #89 A.J. Catanzariti (aTm 13.96)
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.93) vs. Max Lunkin (aTm 12.91)

Others who could play:  Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.54)

#1 singles - Austin has a 14-1 dual match record and has won 2 straight after dropping his only match to Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz while Efferding is 6-1 but 2-0 playing at #1. Efferding has won 3 straight and led Georgia's Wayne Montgomery 3-0 in the 3rd in a match that didn't finish.  This one will likely have a few close 7-5 type of sets and might not get to finish.  I'll say Austin is ahead when the match is clinched.

#2 singles - Johnson is 5-8 on the year and has lost 2 straight while Vinsant is 2-2, with 4 additional matches not finishing, though he got blown out 6-3, 6-0 his last time out against South Carolina's Andrew Adams.  I see Vinsant rebounding in this one and winning in 2.

#3 singles - Valent is 13-1 on the year and 3-0 since moving up from 4 to 3.  Valent has also won 5 straight with 2 of those wins over ranked opposition.  Adams on the other hand has really struggled this year with an 0-6 record and he actually was pulled from the lineup for the Aggies last match against South Carolina.  I've got to go with Valent in this one though if Adams sits and Rinderknech gets moved up I could see it going the other way.

#4 singles - Yee is 8-7 in dual match play and 1-1 since dropping down from 3 to 4 in the lineup. Yee blew out Auburn's Joseph Van Dooren 6-1, 6-0 last weekend with that win stopping a 4 match losing streak.  Rinderknech is a solid 7-1 and has won 7 straight since dropping his 1st dual match. Rinderknech played at #3 the last time out and picked up a 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 win over South Carolina's Thiago Pinheiro.   Outside of #1 singles I think this will be the 2nd closest match and I'm going to take Rinderknech in 3.

#5 singles - Eswaran is 8-5 this year and 1-1 since moving up from 6 to 5 while Catanzariti is 5-3 though he's won 4 of his last 5.  Anything other than Catanzariti in 2 would be surprising.

#6 singles - Newman is 5-5 on the year and 3-0 since moving down from 5 to 6 while Lunkin is 3-1 and the last time out he was up 4-1 in the 3rd against South Carolina's Thomas Mayronne when the team match was clinched.   I'll go with Lunkin in 2 tight sets.

In my opinion Vanderbilt's best path to an upset would be to take the doubles point and pick up singles wins from Austin, Valent, and Newman.  If this were in Nashville I'd probably take Vanderbilt but I think that home court advantage pays off for the Aggies. Prediction:  Texas A&M 4-1
Published in Blogs
Well the big match of the day was actually a good bit closer than I thought it would be after noticing that Vanderbilt was without its #1 singles player #10 Gonzales Austin who also makes up the #1 doubles team in the country with Rhys Johnson.  I still haven't seen anything official from anyone on why AJ didn't play but if I had to guess I'd say he was under the weather which I can relate to.

The one thing I don't get is how neither of the school's press releases bothered to even mention the fact that Austin didn't play.  I mean if the starting quarterback on the football team didn't play it'd have to be addressed by somebody, right?  If you are the person conducting the post match interviews wouldn't question #1 be "How do you think the absence of Vandy's #1 effected the match?" It sure would be my first question.   

Back to the match itself it was admirable that Vanderbilt was able to take the doubles point despite moving its #2 team up to #1 and putting together a make-shift team at #2 with both of those teams winning. 

In singles play, Texas A&M took 5 of 6 1st sets with AJ Catanzariti, Arthur Rinderknech, and Jeremy Efferding able to close them out in straights at 6, 4, and 1. On the 2 remaining courts Vandy had just got a split at #2 and was up a set and on serve at #3.  

Texas A&M recap


"Obviously the night did not start like we wanted to with the doubles, but a win like this when the guys have to gut it out and come from behind is good for their character as a team, Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. "Wins like this are good for our confidence that they can comeback against a quality opponent like Vanderbilt. Give Vanderbilt a lot of credit tonight, they played very well in the doubles and took it to us early.

"Matches like tonight where we don't win the doubles point, which we have become accustomed to doing this season, are good for this team, Denton added. "The first point is still a long way from the finish line and our guys have to just keep battling and good things will happen.

"Once again it very important for us to hold serve at home in conference play, Denton said. "I knew this was going to be a close match. I knew our guys would not be looking ahead to a very good Illinois team coming in here on Sunday. They have a tough match with Texas in Austin tomorrow then turnaround and play us here on Sunday. I expect a very high level college tennis match that will be really fun to watch.

Vanderbilt recap


"There were a lot of positives we can build on from this match," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "We had four really close first sets, and we just have to find a way to win those first sets. Today we came up short, but we just have to find ways to win when we have opportunities"

"We played with a great deal of emotion, intensity and urgency. Pen and Baker did a really good job at No. 1 and beat a ranked team. Rhys and Jeff also did a really great job at two. At No. 3 we were in the match serving at 4-5 and we just played a bad game at 4-5. If we had found a way to win that, we would have won all three doubles matches."

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


#9 Texas A&M 4, #11 Vanderbilt 1
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, TX
Singles competition
1. #65 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.03) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY 13.43) 6-3, 6-4
2. #71 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.19) vs. Daniel Valent (VANDY 13.73) 6-4, 4-6, unfinished
3. #48 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.73) vs. Kris Yee (VANDY 13.66) 5-7, 5-4, unfinished
4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.15) def. Suresh Eswaran (VANDY 12.87) 7-5, 6-3
5. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.54) def. Baker Newman (VANDY 12.93) 7-5, 6-3
6. #89 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.96) def. Jeffrey Offerdahl (VANDY 12.67) 6-1, 6-4 
Doubles competition
1. Baker Newman/Pen Binet (VANDY) def. #9 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
2. Jeffrey Offerdahl/Rhys Johnson (VANDY) def. #26 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Suresh Eswaran/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-4 
Order of Finish
Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,5,1)

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Wake Forest welcomed back its #1 Noah Rubin and he helped deliver a shutout over Florida State. Also check out the scoreline at #4 singles - 20-18 1st set tiebreak.  

Wake recap
Florida State recap

Vanderbilt ran its record to 4-0 against teams from the state of Tennessee with an impressive 4-1 win over #40 Tennessee.  The Vols took the doubles point but Vandy took 5 opening sets and ended up getting wins from Gonzales Austin, Danny Valent, Baker Newman, and Suresh Eswaran.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 19th.  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#17 Vanderbilt 4, #40 Tennessee 1
Singles
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.40) def. #14 Mikelis Libietis (UT 14.23) 6-4, 6-2
2. Hunter Reese (UT 13.28) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.45) 5-7, 6-1, 2-3 unf.
3. Danny Valent (VU 13.75) def. Jack Schipanski (UT 13.13) 6-2, 6-0
4. Luis Valero (UT 13.24) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.58) 7-6 (6), 4-6, 2-0
5. Baker Newman  (VU 12.87) def. Igor Smelyanski (UT 13.43) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
6. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.89) def. Brandon Fickey (UT 12.10) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles
1. #2 Reese/Libietis, UT, def. #1 Austin/Johnson, VU, 6-2
2. Dromsky/Smelyanski, UT, def. Newman/Binet, VU, 7-5
3. Schipanski/Valero, UT, vs. Eswaran/Smith, VU, 6-6 unf.


Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,1,5).

Vandy recap

"I thought that was a very big win for us for a number of reasons," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "You know we didn't play a very good match last week at LSU, and I felt it was important that we get back on the right track immediately."

"Even though doubles wasn't our most stellar effort of the year, I thought we did a great job in singles especially early on. We talked about being ready to play from the very first point. At some point there I had looked up at the scoreboard and we were up 4-1 in every set at least and on some courts we were up 5-1, except on Rhys' court, we were on serve at 3-all. So I thought we really had a good start in singles that carried us through. They obviously made it closer towards the end there, but I thought we hung in well and we didn't panic when they started to change momentum."

"I also thought that Kris did a great job at finding a way to win the second set and to get momentum in our favor. Rhys did a good job after losing the second set to go down a break and then find a way to break back and get it back on serve... that definitely helped our momentum as a team All in all there were a lot of positives there today and it's a very good win for us against a really good tennis team, so I told the team to enjoy it for a little bit, but tomorrow we have to get back to work to get ready for Kentucky."

Tennessee recap

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Georgia got all it wanted up top from East Tennessee State but the Bulldog managed to pull through on all courts to get the 7-0 win - they played 2 extra singles matches as well.

Georgia recap

"There were so many close matches," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had a couple of days off this week in what was the first opportunity we've had to give our guys a second day off, and they needed it. Rest and recovery right now is very important in the middle of the season. We may not have been quite as sharp as we had hoped, but it really had more to do with ETSU playing such a great match."

ETSU recap

"ETSU is a very deep and talented team," Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz said. "They pushed us to our limits today in every match."

"I was impressed with their fight and quality of play on every court," Diaz added. "They are every bit as good as most teams we have played against this year, and we have played some of the best teams in the nation. Coach Zaatini and Coach Rojas have that program pointed in the right direction."

"By no means am I satisfied with the result, but looking at a positive aspect of the defeat, I can say there is a lot of growth in this young Buccaneer team," ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini said. "Even though the score seems lobsided, I thought the guys fought extremely hard and showed courage all across the board."

"Despite the loss, I believe our team is blossoming and peaking at the right time. We have a long road ahead against some tough teams, but I believe the early challenges of the season are going to help us be ready to cross the finish the line with some speed. I love what I saw from our guys today."

#5 Georgia 7, East Tennessee State 0
March 19, 2015 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility)
Singles competition
1. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.18) def. David Biosca (ETSU 13.61) 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2)
2. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.60) def. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU 13.43) 6-4, 6-4
3. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.34) def. Conner Huertas (ETSU 12.70) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.27) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU 12.87) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.61) def. Robert Herrera (ETSU 13.47) 6-2, 6-4
6. Eric Diaz (UGA 12.96) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU 12.92) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
7. Peter Bertran (UGA 13.48) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU 12.61) 6-2, 6-1
8. Andy Martinez (UGA 12.53) def. Ricardo Pabon (ETSU 11.65) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 6-4
2. Robert Herrera/Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. #70 Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) 6-4
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Conner Huertas/Diego Nunez (ETSU) 7-5
Match Notes
East Tennessee State 4-7
Georgia 14-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)
FINAL SCORE: UGA 9, ETSU 0
Singles Order of Finish: 2,3,4,1,5,7,6, 8

Official: Clark Weaver T-4:49 A-196

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Play got started in San Diego on Thursday afternoon and only 1 of the 2 hosts managed to move on into the winner's bracket as San Diego survived against Denver while San Diego State fell to Drake. The updated bracket is below with box scores further down.  



#30 San Diego (10-4, 2-0 WCC) 4, #43 Denver (8-6) 3
March 19, 2015 - Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center - San Diego, Calif.
Singles Competition
1. #58 Uros Petronijevic (USD 13.96) def. #93 Henry Craig (Denver 13.48) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. #97 Diogo Rocha (Denver 13.15) def. #81 Filip Vittek (USD 13.22) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.57) def. Alex Gasson (Denver 12.77) 6-4, 6-3
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.97) def. David Fox (Denver 12.79) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (1)
5. Yannick James (Denver 12.69) def. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.56) 7-6 (5), 6-2
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.68) def. Zach Fryer (Denver 11.64) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles Competition
1. #43 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson def. #41 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-1
2. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. Yannick James/Diogo Rocha (Denver) 4-3, unfinished
3. David Fox/Zach Fryer (Denver) def. Alexandros Araouzos/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3*) Singles (6, 3, 5, 1, 2, 4*)

San Diego recap

"I know the team very well," Head coach Brett Masi noted after the win. "They play with a lot of emotion and competitiveness. They came out strong in doubles and we just weren't ready for it today, which was a little disappointing. We haven't been playing with the quality we need to lately but, we are really proud of how the guys came out in singles."

"That win will give Romain give him a lot of confidence," Masi expressed. "For a while, the team has been relying on our top three guys in the tight matches. Today, Ciaran kick-started us at No. 6 wit his win. In the end, it was Romain who had a tough opponent, but chances early to take the match. Yet, he didn't break down, he stayed tough and played an incredible tiebreaker even after seeing Filip fall in his

"Princeton is another fiery team with a lot of energy and we have to get be ready for it," Masi said. "If we played the way we did today in the beginning, we are going to struggle in doubles. We are at home which favors us, and we feel pretty good about it. But again, we have to play well. There are five teams that are all ranked within a few spots of one another, so we have to be ready to go. And playing my former assistant coach, Ryan Keckley will be very exciting. We are really looking forward to this match-up."

Denver recap

"Very proud of the fight and competitiveness of our team today," said Head Coach Danny Westerman. "USD is very tough, especially on their own courts. We are excited for another great opportunity tomorrow versus a tough Indiana team."
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Princeton recap

"We really jumped off to a great start in doubles and played a strong doubles point. IU is a tough team that is well coached, so they rebounded after doubles and really pushed us in singles. We had to manage the momentum as the match progressed and I feel like once we saw the finish line, we did a great job of elevating our focus and getting the fourth point."

Indiana recap

#32 Princeton 4, #39 Indiana 1
Singles Competition
1. #119 Zack McCourt (Prin 13.55) def. Sam Monette (Indiana 13.59) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
2. Thomas Colautti (Prin 13.25) vs. Daniel Bednarczyk (Indiana 12.98) 7-6, 6-5,unf
3. Alexander Day (Prin 13.12) def. Sven Lalic (Indiana 12.97) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Raheel Manji (Indiana 13.06) def. Joshua Yablon (Prin 13.45) 6-4, 6-4
5. Dan Richardson (Prin 12.53) vs. Matthew McCoy (Indiana 12.68) 6-4, 4-4,un
6. Kial Kaiser (Prin 12.23) def. Stefan Lugonjic (Indiana 11.81) 6-4, 6-4 
Doubles Competition
1. #56 ZackMcCourt/Thomas Colautti (Prin) vs. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk (Indiana) 5-4,unf
2. DiegoVives/Luke Gamble (Prin) def. Stefan Lugonjic/Chris Essick (Indiana) 6-3
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