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Texas A&M had been on the road for the last week and a half, and had lost its last three, but it managed to come from behind today to beat Illinois 4-2 despite playing without one of its top starters. Texas A&M senior Shane Vinsant missed today's match against Illinois due to a blister on his foot but the Aggies managed to stay focused in his absence and the team performed much better in singles than it did in doubles. The weather was right around 50 degrees outside but they played it indoors anyway. I was a little surprised at the lighter turnout of around 175 because I've been to Atkins in the past for some big matches and have seen well over 500 on hand.

Illinois got off to a quick start in doubles with its #2 team of Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik breaking Max Lunkin to open the match and its #3 team of Julian Childers and Aiden Jiang going up an early break as well. Childers and Jiang would stretch the lead to 5-0 and would end up taking it 6-1 in just 19 minutes. Vukic and Hiltzik went up a double break at #2 and led 3-0 before Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Jordi Arconada broke from 15-40 and held to make it 3-2. Vukic held for 4-2 when he hit a net cord ace at 40-30 and then Vukic and Hiltzik broke Arconada to go up 5-2. Aron Hiltzik clinched the doubles point when he hit a service winner on the deciding point - below are some video clips of a few points including match points at #3 (left) and #2 (right).

The match at #1 was abandoned with Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow leading Jared Hiltzik and Brian Page 5-2*. Below are a few clips from that match:

After a slow start in doubles Texas A&M turned up the heat in singles as Arthur Rinderknech, AJ Catanzariti, Jackson Withrow, and Max Lunkin went up early breaks at #1, #3, #5 and #6. Each would take the opening set as did Harrison Adams at #4 so that was five first sets for Texas A&M while Illinois got just the one from Jared Hiltzik at #2.

Jared Hiltzik was the first off the court as he put Illinois up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jordi Arconada at #2 singles. Hiltzik broke Arconada on the deciding point to start the match and then broke him again to take the opening set 6-3. They stayed on serve in the second set until Hiltzik broke to go up 4-2 and just two games later he'd break again to close it out in a whopping 55 minutes. Below are some highlights starting with Hiltzik's break on the opening game and it cuts to match point at the end. Of all the matches I got the least footage on this one since Hiltzik was in control most of the way.

Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow earned the Aggies first point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Brian Page at #5 singles. Withrow broke from 30-40 to go up 4-2 in the first but Page broke back from 15-40 to make it 4-3. Withrow broke right back and then held to take the opening set 6-3. After four straight holds to start the second set, Withrow broke on the deciding point to go up 3-2. Withrow then held for 4-2, broke from 30-40 for 5-2, and then held from 40-15 to close it out in 1 hour and 3 minutes. The below highlights pick up with Page serving 3-6, 2-4 (30-30) and finish with Withrow hammering home an ace on match point.

Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti tied up the match at 2-2 with an impressive 6-1, 7-6(1) win over Aron Hiltzik at #3. Catanzariti only needed 22 minutes to take the opening set but Hiltzik fought back in the second to go up 3-0. Catanzariti would reel off four straight to go up a break at 4-3 but Hiltzik would break back from 30-40 to even it at 4-4.  It stayed on serve until the tiebreak and then it was all Catanzariti as he rolled 7-1 to finish off the match in 1 hour and 13 minutes. In the video clip below it has the most of the tiebreak and if your wondering Hiltzik was overruled on the line call at 2-1 to make it 3-1 Catanzariti.

Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Asher Hirsch were locked in a tight battle at #6 singles. Lunkin took the first set 6-3 but Hirsch went up 5-3 in the second and was looking for a split. Lunkin held from 40-15 to make it 5-4 and then he broke from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. Lunkin went down 15-40 on his 5-5 service game but fought back to hold for 6-5. Hirsch held from 40-30 to send it a tiebreak but he'd quickly fall behind 3-1. Hirsch evened it up at 3-3 but he'd net a forehand on the next point to give the mini-break back to Lunkin at 4-3. Hirsch would then rattle off the next four to take the tiebreak 7-4. Below are clips from the close of the first set then the finish off the second set (for some reason the scoreboard got cut off the top during the upload)

Harrison Adams put Texas A&M ahead 3-2 with a 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 win over Julian Childers at #4. The first set was nip and tuck until Adams jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreak and took it 7-2. Childers came back and took the second 6-3 but Adams had the steadier hand down the stretch and took the final four games to close it out in 1 hour and 41 minutes. The video clip on the left is match point and the one on the right has Adams holding for 6-5 in the first, Childers holding for 6-6, then a few from the first set tiebreak.

Arthur Rinderknech would clinch the win for Texas A&M with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 win over Aleks Vukic at #1. Rinderknech needed just 25 minutes to take the first set 6-1 but Vukic fought back and broke Rinderknech at love to take the second set 7-5. Rinderknech broke to go up 3-2 in the third then he'd hold for 4-2. Vukic went up 40-0 on his next service game but Rinderknech came back to break on the deciding point for 5-2. Rinderknech would get broke at love and lose the next two points on the Vukic serve before taking the last four to win it in 1 hour and 55 minutes. The video clips start in the first set then pick up with Vukic serving 2-4 in the third.

Lunkin was a break in the third set at 2-1 when Rinderknech clinched.

#7 Texas A&M 4, #12 Illinois 2
February 21, 2016 at Urbana, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech, (TAMU 14.39) def. #12 Aleks Vukic (Ill 14.37) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (Ill 14.23) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.75) 6-3, 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.51) def. #69 Aron Hiltzik (Ill 13.63) 6-1, 7-6(1)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 12.98) def. Julian Childers (Ill 13.48) 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.01) def. Brian Page (Ill 12.38) 6-3, 6-2
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.39) vs. Asher Hirsh (Ill 12.77) 6-3, 6-7(4), *2-1 unf
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Brian Page (Ill) 5-2, unf
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (Ill) def. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2
3. Julian Childers/Aiden Jiang (Ill) def. Harrison Adams/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 11-3; National ranking #7
Illinois 6-4; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2); Singles (2, 5, 3, 4, 1)

I talked to Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton about today's match:

Post Match Quotes From Texas A&M's recap
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - Thoughts on the match
"It was a great team win for us, after losing a couple matches in a row it was big for our team to come back and play the level we were capable of playing. I was proud of our guys for playing hard and being in the match mentally. It was a big effort from the guys to come out and play the way we did. Winning five first sets in singles was huge for us and it shows that we can play at a very high level. I'm proud of the guys."

Winning the match after dropping doubles point
"It showed how good we can play if everyone plays up their level. We had some big wins today, with Arthur beating one of the toughest players in the country. He was great after having a tough go of it the last couple matches. We had a lot of heroes today, AJ was great today after winning the first set and coming back from being down in the second set to win in a tie breaker. That was a really big boost for the team. Harry, came back and won a big point for us. He hadn't broken serve for a while and got a couple big breaks in the third set. He played his best tennis on this trip in the last set today.

Post Match Quote From Illinois's recap
"We had some good doubles play. The guys came out on courts two and three and did a great job there," head coach Brad Dancer said. "I thought our urgency in singles early on was poor. Credit to our guys, as they always do, for fighting back to give ourselves a chance to win."

#6 Ohio State got all it wanted from #23 Florida but in the end the Buckeyes pulled it out 4-3. Ohio State took the doubles point by picking up a 6-3 win at #1 and a 6-4 win at #2. The win by Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen came over the ITA #1 team of Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson. Below is the handshake from Ohio State's Twitter

Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce clinched the point at #2 when Martin Joyce held serve to give the Buckeyes the 6-4 win over Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin.

Ohio State came out strong in singles and took four opening sets and looked like it'd run away with this one but Florida fought back and forced a ton of third sets.

Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach needed just 53 minutes to put Ohio State up 2-0 after he defeated Gordon Watson 6-1, 6-4 at #5 singles. Florida's Alfredo Perez cut the lead to 2-1 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at #4 singles in a match that took 1 hour and 21 minutes. Florida's Elliott Orkin tied it at 2-2 with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Hugo Di Feo at #2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes. Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to 7-0 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Florida freshman McClain Kessler at #6 in 1 hour and 49 minutes. Just four minutes later, Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco would tie it at 3-3 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Herkko Pollanan at #3.

It all came down to a third set at #1 between Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard and Florida senior Diego Hidalgo. Torpegaard took the first set 7-6, Hidalgo got the second 6-2, then Torpegaard went up 4-1 in the third and broke again to win 6-2 in 2 hour and 7 minutes.

#6 Ohio State 4, #23 Florida Gators 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.52) def. #48 Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.04) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2
2. #21 Elliott Orkin (FLA 13.89) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.26) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. #88 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.97) def. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.64) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Alfredo Perez (FLA 13.96) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 7-5
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.97) def. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.50) 6-1, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.79) def. McClain Kessler (FLA 13.62) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 6-3
2. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #54 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco/Josh Wardell (FLA) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Florida Gators 4-3; National ranking #23
Ohio State 12-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,2,6,3,1)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:00 A-257

Post-Match Quotes from Florida head coach Brian Shelton via Florida's recap
"Ohio State is a very good team and have to credit the way Coach Tucker's guys were prepared to compete. It was a great environment there and I had so much success at home. Our guys fought hard and just came up one match shy of getting it done. Elliott and Chase showed great resolve fighting back and Alfredo did a nice job finishing against a tough competitor.

I really like my team and believe we are on our way. We are looking forward to getting after it in practice on Tuesday. The margins are small between winning and losing these matches, so we'll keep working to find that edge."

Memphis won in Oxford for the second time in the last three years when it defeated Ole Miss 4-1.
Memphis won 6-3 at #3 doubles while Ole Miss got a 6-3 win at #1 doubles. Ole Miss was serving up 4-0 at #2 doubles but gave one of the breaks back but still led 5-2. Memphis held and then broke from 30-40 to make it 5-4. Memphis held from 40-30 to make it 5-5. Ole Miss held at love for 6-5 then the Rebels had two match points up 30-40. Memphis managed to hold with a service winner on the deciding point to send it a tiebreak. Ole Miss went up an early mini-break at 2-1 but Memphis took the next three to go up 4-2. Memphis's Ryan Peniston and Felix Rauch would end up taking it 7-3 to give the Tigers the point and early 1-0 lead.

The match was being played at Ole Miss's three-court indoor facility so after Memphis took the doubles point only the top three singles matches went on court. Memphis got wins from Ryan Peniston and Kai Lemke at #2 and #3 to go up 3-1 before Ole Miss got on the board with a 6-3, 7-6 win by Stefan Lindmark at #1.

Ole Miss needed a sweep of the bottom three but Memphis's Chris Patzanovsky closed out Ricardo Jorge 6-3, 6-4 at #4 to give Memphis the 4-1 win.

The other matches were abandoned with Memphis up a set at #6 while #5 was on serve in the first.

#28 Memphis 4, #19 Ole Miss 1
Feb 21, 2016 at Oxford, Mississippi (Gillom Sports Center) 
Singles competition
1. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM 13.94) def. #87 Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS 13.84) 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
2. #46 Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS 14.06) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.64) 6-4, 6-0
3. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS 13.48) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.86) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS 13.01) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.26) 6-3, 6-4
5. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.90) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS 12.40) 4-4, unf
6. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS 12.68) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.85) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. Filip Kraljevic/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEMPHIS) 6-3
2. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Memphis 6-2; National ranking #28
Ole Miss 4-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,1,4)
T-3:39 A-224

Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson via Ole Miss's recap
"Memphis got away with the doubles point that we had complete control over. You have to keep playing until the last point, and they did a better job at that. We weren't able to stop the momentum, but credit to Memphis, they did a great job and deserved to win.

South Florida beat San Diego for the second time in the last seven days after winning 4-0. The Bulls took the doubles point and picked up wins from Dominic Cotrone, Sasha Gozun, and Peter Bertran at #2, #3, and #5.

San Diego head coach Ryan Keckley recapped the weekend split with South Carolina and South Florida.

#14 South Florida, #17 San Diego 0
February 21, 2016 at Tampa Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Doubles competition
1. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) vs. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) 4-5, unf
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Uros Petronijevic/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-4
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Josh Page/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.11) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.43) 4-6, 6-1 unf
2. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.32) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.43) 6-3, 6-2
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) def. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.88) 7-5, 6-0
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.08) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.21) 7-5, 2-3, unf
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.27) def. Joshua Page (USD 12.87) 6-1, 6-2
6. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.36) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.30) 7-6(2), 2-1
Match Notes
South Florida 6-3: National Ranking #14
San Diego 5-5: National Ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from South Florida's recap
"I thought the guys continued to improve and get better, head coach Matt Hill said. "Every day, every week they continue to look better and better. That's all we really care about here, is that were playing better in March than we did in February, and getting better into April and May. That's the goal.

What was expected to be a close match turned into a rout as #47 Kentucky rolled into South Bend and gave #31 Notre Dame a good ole' fashioned beat down. Kentucky won the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 (with some new pairings) and then took all six first sets in singles. Ryotaro Matsumura, Nils Ellefsen, and Trey Yates each won with Ellefsen providing the clincher at #3.

Notre Dame did bounce back later on Sunday with a 4-0 win over Western Michigan in a match that had four singles matches go three-sets.

Kentucky has done a great job this year with getting post-match quotes from its coaching staff so make sure you give those a read for some more insight.

#47 Kentucky 4, #31 Notre Dame 0
Feb 21, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Singles competition
1. #25 William Bushamuka (UK 13.96) vs. #51 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.85) 6-4, 3-4, unf.
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.60) def. Alex Lawson (ND 13.35) 7-5, 6-2
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.47) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.84) 6-4, 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.92) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.32) 6-1, 5-5, unf
5. Trey Yates (UK 13.11) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 12.95) 6-4, 6-2
6. Charles Minc (UK 12.21) vs. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.90) 7-6(5), 1-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) def. Nils Ellefsen/William Bushamuka (UK) 6-4
2. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-4
3. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) def. Josh Hagar/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-4
Match Notes:
Kentucky 6-3; National ranking #47
Notre Dame 5-5; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,3)
T-2:08 A-114

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"We had to mix it up in the doubles, remarked fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann. "It wasn't an easy decision on what teams we needed to move around, but it paid off today. Gus and Kevin complemented each other well and Ryo and Enzo closed out a good team.

"I was very happy with our energy in the doubles, assistant coach Matt Emery added. "We switched up a couple things, and the guys really responded.  When we get the doubles point, we are very difficult to beat."

"Everyone came out to play, Kauffmann said on singles action. "To win all each of the first sets is a tough thing to do on the road. I am proud of the boys. Ryo, Nils and Trey played well and closed out the match very quickly. They took care of business.

"I was really proud of the matches I saw on the top three singles courts, Emery said "They came to play from the first point and never looked back.

"I was very proud of Trey Yates today as well, getting a big win for us at No. 5 singles. He has been so close in so many matches this year, and it was great to see it all come together for him today."
With the win, the Wildcats moves to 7-2 on the season. The loss for Notre Dame drops them to 5-5 in 2016.

"We are getting better every week and that's our goal, Kauffmann said. "This team will be one of the best teams in the country if we continue getting better and we believe in one another.

#66 Iowa ran its record to 5-2 with a come from behind 4-3 win over Wichita State. Wichita State took the doubles point with tiebreak wins at #1 and #2 and then went up 3-1 after Tin Ostojic and Haru Inoue only dropped a total of 3 games in straight set wins at #1 and #5. As hard as it is to believe, Inoue's 6-0, 6-1 win the third match to finish with Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou squeezing in a 6-1, 6-2 win at #2. Iowa would also get a straight set win from Josh Silverstein at #3 and then both Jonas Larsen and Jake Jakoby would win in three-sets with Larsen clinching the match at #4.

Wichita State has played 13 matches this season with 7 of them finishing with a 4-3 score. Unfortunately for the Shockers they are just 2-5 in those matches.

#66 Iowa 4, #65 Wichita State 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #95 Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.21) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA 12.88) 6-2, 6-0
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA 12.71) def. #121 Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.72) 6-1, 6-2
3. Josh Silverstein (IOWA 12.91) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.55) 6-2, 6-4
4. Jonas Larsen (IOWA 11.98) def. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 11.96) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
5. Haru Inoue (WSU 12.42) def. Robin Haden (IOWA 12.61) 6-0, 6-1
6. Jake Jacoby (IOWA 12.77) def. Eddie Stoica (WSU 12.28) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #38 Jocelyn Devilliers/Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. Jake Jacoby/Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) 7-6
2. #22 Miroslav Herzan/Haru Inoue (WSU) def. Dominic Patrick/Josh Silverstein (IOWA) 7-6(8)
3. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (IOWA) def. Sergio de Vilchez/Eddie Stoica (WSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Iowa 5-2; National ranking #66
Wichita State 7-6; National ranking #65
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,5,3,6,4)

Post-Match Quote from Iowa's recap
"For Jonas to clinch the match in the third set for us shows the big strides he's made as a player since he's arrived on campus in August," said UI head coach Ross Wilson.

#20 Northwestern ran its record to 10-1 with a tight 4-3 win over #32 Vanderbilt. Vandy took the doubles point by winning the deciding match at #1 in a tiebreak but Northwestern rallied in singles by taking first sets at the top four spots. Konrad Zieba, Sam Shropshire, and Fedor Baev put NU up 3-1 but Vandy tied it up at 3-3 with straight sets win from Kris Yee and Alex Ross at #5 and #6.

The match came down to a third set at #3 between NU junior Strong Kirchheimer and Vandy sophomore Baker Newman. Kirchheimer took the first set 6-2, Newman the second 7-5, and then Kirchheimer finished it 6-3 in the third.

#20 Northwestern 4, #32 Vanderbilt 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #14 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.31) def. #97 Daniel Valent (VU 14.16) 6-3, 6-0
2. #57 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.77) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.15) 6-2, 6-3
3. #77 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.21) def. Baker Newman (VU 13.42) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
4. Fedor Baev (NU 12.97) def. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.90) 7-5, 6-1
5. Kris Yee (VU 13.14) def. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14) 6-2, 6-4
6. Alex Ross (VU 12.69) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.88) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VU) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VU) def. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-3
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Pen Binet/Daniel Valent (VU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 5-4; National ranking #32
Northwestern 10-1; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,1,6,5,3)
Official: John Coleman T-2:59 A-152

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"He is a kid who puts in so much hard work," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We are certainly happy to have him to win or lose a match. We feel good having Strong as the last man on the court."

"Vanderbilt is such a good, quality team, and it seems like every year we have really tight matches with them," Swan said. "I thought the guys did a really nice job."

Post-Match Quote from Vandy's recap
"Yeah it was a tough one to lose, like they all are, said head coach Ian Duvenhage, "especially the 4-3s, but we made progress. We played some really good doubles today and they just outplayed us in some positions and you have to give them credit for that. We will get back to practice tomorrow and work on the things we think we need to get better at. I think that in spite of the fact that we lost, we played a pretty good match with a few isolated exceptions.

#27 Tulane bounced back from a tough loss to Mississippi State by defeating #35 Drake 4-1. Tulane won the doubles point by taking the deciding match in a tiebreak and then the Green Waves picked up singles wins from Dominik Koepfer, Constantin Schmitz, and Chi-Shan Jao while Drake got a win from Vinny Gillespie.

The remaining matches were abandoned with Tulane closing in on a win at #4 while it looked like #5 was headed for a split.

#27 Tulane 4, #35 Drake 1
Feb 21, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.51) def. Bayo Philips (DRAKE 12.66) 6-1, 6-1
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.72) def. #76 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.34) 6-0, 7-5
3. Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE 13.41) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.77) 6-2, 6-3
4. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.63) vs. Ben Stride (DRAKE 12.38) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
5. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.71) vs. Nikolas Tukic (TLN 11.96) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
6. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.34) def. Tom Hands (DRAKE 12.01) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #7 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Ben Lott/Ben Wood (DRAKE) 6-4
2. Calum MacGeoch/Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-4
3. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Ben Stride/Bayo Philips (DRAKE) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
Drake 6-5; National ranking #35
Tulane 5-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"We talked to the guys about how are you going to respond," Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras said. "You always have to put it out there on the line, especially in tennis, when you play 100 points and win about half of them and you win the match. You know you have some things that are going against you, but you have to keep responding in the right way. When you lose a team match like that, against a great SEC team, it can wreak havoc on your mind, but our guys responded well."

"Doubles has been great," Booras explained. "Our assistant coach James McKie has really brought a new element in, with the energy that we need and the tasks we need to do. The guys have really taken ownership and accountability. We're really stepping up in every position.

Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
 "Today was not the way we wanted or expected this road trip to end. Give all the credit to Tulane for coming out after their tough loss yesterday and putting together a performance like this," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. "We won't let this one match dictate our season. We've been competing well and playing well."

"We have a long season ahead with lots of tennis to be played. We'll return to Des Moines and start preparing for home matches with nationally ranked Purdue and Denver."

#48 Washington won a tight doubles point over #52 Pepperdine and then got singles wins from Jake Douglas, Enzo Sommer, and Piers Foley while Pepperdine got a win from Lautaro Pane. Below is the clincher by Douglas:

#48 Washington 4, #52 Pepperdine 1
Feb 21, 2016 at Seattle, Washington (Nordstrom Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Foley/Wendell Watanabe (UW) def. #17 Hadlich/Sidney (Pepp) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Iamachkine/Pane (Pepp) def. Douglas/Stewart (UW) 6-2
3. Kawika Lam/Sommer (UW) def. Hill/Van Slyke (Pepp) 6-2
Singles competition              
1. #105 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.84) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (Pepp 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 4-1 (DNF)
2. Jake Douglas (UW 13.41) def. Stefan Menichella (Pepp 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Lautaro Pane (Pepp 13.52) def. Gal Hakak (UW 13.45) 6-3, 6-1
4. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.71) def. Jack Van Slyke (Pepp 12.84) 7-6, 6-4
5. Pedro Iamachkine (Pepp 13.39) vs. Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.70) 6-3, 3-6, 3-1 (DNF)
6. Piers Foley (UW 12.44) def. Tom Hill (Pepp 12.27) 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes:
Drake 6-5; National ranking #35
Tulane 5-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
"I'm really thrilled to get the win, it was just a great day for tennis, said head coach Matt Anger. "There were some really intense matches and a lot of competitive play. Doubles came down to being really close, coming down to the tie-breaker, said Anger. "Our guys were able to come up with some clutch shots to get that doubles point

"Right down the line in singles we did a good job, said Anger. "Gal was the only one that couldn't get the win but I have to tip my hat off to his opponent, he played very well and didn't give us a lot of chances, he was incredibly solid.

"I think we struggled a little out of the gate with Mitch and Sebastian, but they both were able to get the second set, said Anger. "Obviously if you need those courts it helps, but even if other guys are doing well it just helps the rest of the team along. Ultimately though it was great to finish with a win today.

#16 Columbia really roughed up Minnesota on Sunday beating the Gophers for the second time in the last month. Columbia won all seven singles matches in straight sets and didn't give up more than four games in any set.

Minnesota's Felix Corwin started off the year at #1 but after breaking his wrist he's obviously struggled to gain any traction.

#16 Columbia 7, #45 Minnesota 0
Feb 21, 2016 at New York City. N.Y. 
Singles competition
1. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.93) def. Matic Spec (MINN 13.36) 6-3, 6-1
2. #108 Victor Pham (COL 13.83) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.23) 6-3, 6-3
3. #124 Eric Rubin (COL 13.75) def. Josip Krstanovic (MINN 12.47) 6-4, 6-4
4. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.75) def. Justyn Levin (MINN 12.36) 6-0, 6-3
5. Richard Pham (COL 13.08) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.62) 6-1, 6-2
6. Timothy Wang (COL 13.35) def. Marino Alpeza (MINN 12.33) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (COL) def. Marino Alpeza/Ruben Weber (MINN) 6-1
2. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (COL) def. Jeremy Lynn/Matic Spec (MINN) 6-2
3. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (COL) vs. vs. Josip Krstanovic/Justyn Levin (MINN) 4-2 unf
Match Notes
Minnesota 3-7; National ranking #45
Columbia 6-3; National ranking #16
T - 1:50

#26 Texas went on the road and beat #49 Rice 4-0. The doubles point was decided by a tiebreak at #2 and then Texas picked up straight set wins from Harrison Scott and Rodrigo Banzer at #2 and #4 while Julian Zlobinsky clinched the win in three-sets at #6.

Each of the remaining matches had to gone to a third set when play was halted due to the clinch.

#26 Texas 4, #49 Rice 0
2/21/2016 at Houston, TX (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Jamie Malik (RICE 12.97) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.61) 3-6, 6-2, 1-1, unfinished
2. #109 Harrison Scott (UT 13.61) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE 13.27) 6-3, 6-0
3. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.56) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.76) 5-7, 6-4, 0-0, unfinished
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.31) def. David Warren (RICE 13.03) 6-2, 6-1
5. Jake Hansen (RICE 13.73) vs. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.01) 6-1, 5-7, 0-0, unfinished
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.89) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE 12.23) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Adam Gustafsson/David Warren (RICE) 6-2
2. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Tommy Bennett/Jamie Malik (RICE) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Jake Hansen/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Harrison Scott/Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 6-5; National ranking #26
Rice 9-2; National ranking #49
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,6)
T-2:38 A-350

Post-Match Quotes from Rice's recap
"I'm very proud of the effort we gave today, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "There were times in each of the matches when I felt we didn't handle the presser as well as we should have. We didn't take care of certain situations and it got away from us. There were two or three matches where we didn't handle the adversity well as I would have liked.

"One positive we take from today is the knowledge that the expectation is now much higher, both from ourselves and from the great crowds that came out this weekend to watch us play. Everybody expects us to win these matches now, Ustundag said.

"The goal going forward is to learn how to maintain our momentum and if it does start to slip away, to learn how to put a stop to it and get back our swagger, he continued. " Everybody is contributing, but often it's been at different times. We're yet to play six across and have a great effort on every court. It's exciting to think about it happening, but it's something we have to keep working towards, he added.

Post-Match Quote from Texas's recap
"This was a really good effort today by our guys," said 16th-year UT head coach Michael Center.  "We won a hard-fought doubles point, and they followed it up and competed really well all the way up and down the line in singles.  I'm proud of what they were able to get accomplished today.  We're excited about next week and the great opportunity we have to play a very good Wake Forest team."

Emory won the Division 3 National Team Indoor Championship with a 7-2 win over Chicago which was the Eagles 6th NTI Championship in the 16 years of the event.

For more details on the match read the ITA's recap along with a report from D3 Tennis.

#5 Emory University 7, #6 University of Chicago 2
Feb 21, 2016 at Pepper Pike, Ohio
Singles competition
1. Rafe Mosetick (EUM) def. Chua, Nicolas (UCM) 75, 67 (47), 106
2. Jonathan Jemison (EUM) def. Kranz, Sven (UCM) 64, 63
3. Aman Manji (EUM) def. Pei, Charlie (UCM) 75, 64
4. Adrien Bouchet (EUM) def. Leung, Peter (UCM) 64, 64
5. Liu, David (UCM) def. Josh Goodman (EUM) 61, 61
6. Liu, Max (UCM) def. Andrew Harrington (EUM) 75, 75
Doubles competition
1. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding (EUM) def. Chua, Nicolas/Liu, David (UCM) 86
2. Rafe Mosetick/Jonathan Jemison (EUM) def. Leung, Peter/Pei, Charlie (UCM) 85
3. David Omsky/Andrew Harrington (EUM) def. Selin, Michael/Tsai, Luke (UCM) 84
Match Notes
University of Chicago 71 National ranking #6
Emory University 42 National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2) Singles (5,4,2,3,1,6)
ITA Indoor Nationals Championship Match
Emory is the no. 3 seed Chicago is the no. 4 seed

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One day you're on the top of the mountain and the next day your toppling down the hill. Illinois took the court today against #8 TCU just 16 hours removed from its big win over #2 Virginia so you had to figure they'd have a tough time replicating the same energy in such a short span.

It was sunny and 65 degrees outside at match time but the 25-30 mile per hour wind gusts kept play indoors. I knew the crowd wouldn't be as big as Saturday night but I was impressed with the Sunday afternoon turnout of just over 400.

Illinois got off to a quick start at #1 and #2 doubles while TCU jumped out to the early lead at #3. Illinois's #1 team of Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse broke the Cameron Norrie serve to go up 1-0 and then Hiltzik held for 2-0. Hiltzik and Jesse would break the Trevor Johnson serve on the deciding point to go up 3-0 and then a hold from Jesse made it 4-0. Norrie would double fault on the deciding point to make it 5-0 (left clip) then Hiltzik held from 40-15 (right clip) to give the Illini the 6-0 win in just 18 minutes.

TCU's #3 team of Alex Rybakov and Guillermo Nunez broke Julian Childers to take the early 1-0 lead then Nunez held at love for 2-0. Rybakov and Nunez would make it 3-0 when they broke the Brian Page serve from 30-40 and then Rybakov held to make it 4-0. Childers held for 1-4 and then Nunez quickly held for 5-1. Page held for 2-5 and then Rybakov served it out from 40-30 to give TCU the 6-2 win in 22 minutes.

Illinois's #2 team of Aron Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic broke Hudson Blake on the deciding point to go up 1-0 and Hiltzik held for 2-0. TCU's Reese Stalder held for 1-2 and then he and Blake broke the Vukic serve on the deciding point to make it 2-2. Blake held from 40-15 to make it 3-2 but Vukic held from 40-30 to even it at 3-3. Stalder would hit a service winner on the deciding point to make it 4-3 and then they'd break the Hiltzik serve from 30-40 to make it 5-3 - clip on the left shows both points. Blake served it out from 40-30 (right clip) by coming forward and hitting three volleys with the last being a winner. TCU's 6-3 win, in 28 minutes, sealed the doubles point and put the Horned Frogs up 1-0.

TCU jumped out an early break lead at #3 and #5 while Illinois grabbed an early break lead at #1, #2, and #4 with #6 staying on serve for a little while.

TCU's Jerry Lopez didn't waste any time at #5 after breaking Pablo Landa's opening service game from 15-40 to go up 1-0. Lopez quickly held for 2-0 and then broke on the deciding point to make it 3-0. Clip on the left is the first break and then on the right is the second break.

Landa took one of the breaks back but Lopez broke again from 30-40 to make it 4-1. Lopez held for 5-1 and then Landa held on the deciding point to make it 2-5. Lopez served out the opening set to take it 6-2. After each held serve to start the second set Lopez would break from 30-40 to go up 2-1. Lopez cruised through the next four games and served it out at love to take it it 6-2, 6-1 in just 52 minutes.

For the second day in a row Jared Hiltzik would give Illinois its first point after he defeated Alex Rybakov 6-4, 7-6(1) at #1. Hiltzik broke Rybakov at love to take an early 2-1 lead (left) and then after a Hiltzik hold Rybakov would hold for 2-3 (right).

Hiltzik came back from 30-40 down to hold for 4-2 and then four games later he'd hold again to take the opening set 6-4. Hiltzik would go up an early break in the second set and was plowing through each of his service games. The clip below shows Hiltzik holding for 5-3 and then Rybakov holds for 4-5.

Hiltzik would finally have a poor service game and Rybakov would break him from 15-40 to even it at 5-5 (left). Rybakov held for 6-5 and then Hiltzik held to send it to a tiebreak (right).

The tiebreak was all Hiltzik as he led 5-1 at the changeover and closed it out two points later to win the match in 1 hour and 17 minutes. The clips shows a few points of the tiebreak including match point at the end.

Cameron Norrie would extend TCU's lead to 3-1 after he defeated Aleks Vukic 6-4, 7-5 at #2. Vukic broke Norrie to go up 2-1 in the first and then held for 3-1. Norrie would hold and then break Vukic on the deciding point to make it 3-3.  The break actually came on an overrule on the far side and Vukic argued with the chair for a good minute but to no avail. After three straight holds Norrie broke Vukic to take the set 6-4. Vukic broke Norrie on the deciding point to go up 1-0 in the second but Norrie broke back on the deciding point to make it 1-1. A few games later Norrie would come back from 30-40 down to hold for 3-2 and then Vukic did the same thing to hold for 3-3. It would stay on serve until Norrie broke Vukic from 15-40 to close it out in 1 hour and 27 minutes. Guillermo Nunez was serving for the match at the same time so that's why I wasn't able to get a better shot of this match point.

Less than two minutes later Guillermo Nunez would clinch the win for TCU with a 7-6(6), 6-3 win over Aron Hiltzik at #3. Nunez went up 2-1 in the first after breaking Hiltzik on the deciding point but Hiltzik would break back on the deciding point to even it at 2-2 (left clip). A few games later Nunez would break back on the deciding point to go up 4-3 (right).

Nunez was serving up 5-4, 40-15 but Hiltzik came back to break and even it at 5-5 (left). Hiltzik held for 6-5 and then Nunez held to send it to a tiebreak (right).

Nunez went up 4-0 in the tiebreak but Hiltzik fought back to even it at 6-6. Hiltzik would double fault to put Nunez up 7-6 and then Nunez closed out the tiebreak on the next point. Below are clips from multiple points throughout the tiebreak - as you can hear the people beside me weren't pleased with the call on the double fault.

Nunez drew first blood in the second set when he broke Hiltzik from 30-40 on a big forehand to go up 3-1.

Nunez then held from 40-15 to go up 4-1 before Hiltzik held for 2-4 and then Nunez held at love for 5-2 (both holds on clip on left).  Hiltzik then held and went up 0-40 on the Nunez serve but the TCU sophomore would take the next four to close it out and clinch the Horned Frogs win. The clip on the right picks it up with Nunez serving at 15-40.

They played the remaining matches out with Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch picking up a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Trevor Johnson at #6 (left) while TCU freshman Eduardo Nava defeated Julian Childers 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 at #4 (right). Note: Nava trailed 2-5 in the first set and won five straight to take the set 7-5.

TCU is back on the road next weekend for matches at South Florida and Central Florida while Illinois is off for two weeks before playing at Northwestern.

#8 TCU 5, #11 Illinois 2
Feb 28, 2016 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #11 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.30) def. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.40) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.63) def. #9 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) 6-4, 7-5
3. #49 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.95) def. #66 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.60) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. #99 Eduardo Nava (TCU 14.00) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.49) 7-5, 1-6, 7-5
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.63) def. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.22) 6-2, 6-1
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.76) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.62) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-0
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 6-2
Match Notes
TCU 8-2; National ranking #8
Illinois 7-5; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,2,3,6,4)
T-2:30 A-407

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - Opening Statement
"It was very nice to get that doubles point today. There was a great comeback from Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder to clinch the doubles point for us. In singles, there was a battle all the way around. Beating Aleks Vukic is something to be proud of for Cameron Norrie because he doesn't lose to just anybody. There was also a very mature performance today by Nunez to beat Aron Hiltzik and Jerry Lopez did what he needed to do and got off the court quickly. I'm very proud of the way we handled the good crowd and stayed focused in our match. Illinois had a great win last night over No. 2 Virginia and it's not easy to bounce back the next day and play another top team. We now get to be outdoors and be ready for another tough road trip to USF and UCF.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We didn't take care of things where we needed to," head coach Brad Dancer said. "If you do that against a good team, you're going to lose. I give TCU a lot of credit because Atkins isn't an easy place to play."

In the big stunner of the day #51 Arkansas went into Norman and upset #10 Oklahoma 5-2. Arkansas took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 and then they added four first sets at #1, #2, #4 and #5.

Arkansas redshirt freshman Adam Sanjurjo made it 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Maxime Mora at #5 but OU would tie it up at 2-2 with straight sets wins from Alex Ghilea and Andre Biro at #3 and #6.

Giammarco Micolani (pic via Arkasas)
Mike Redilicki would put Arkansas ahead 3-2 when he beat Axel Alvarez in straight sets and Giammarco Micolani would clinch it with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Florin Bragusi at #4. Jose Salazar, who transferred from Oklahoma, won the final match of the day for Arkansas as he defeated Spencer Papa 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

I'd say you have to go back a good decade to find a win as big as this one for the Hogs. Arkansas last made the NCAA tournament in 2006 and these are its conference wins totals over the last 8 years - 3, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2, 3, and 0. This program has come a long, long way since Andy Jackson took over the helm on June 11, 2013.

Arkansas has another big match coming up on Friday when it opens SEC play in Lexington against #18 Kentucky. OU returns to the court today when it hosts #17 Memphis at 2pm central.

#51 Arkansas 5, #10 Oklahoma 2
Feb 28, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #82 Mike Redlicki (AR 13.95) def. #63 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.31) 6-4, 7-6 (6-0)
2. Jose Salazar (AR 14.01) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.99) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
3. #100 Alex Ghilea (OU 13.94) def. Santiago Munoz (AR 13.09) 6-2, 6-2
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR 13.11) def. #119 Florin Bragusi (OU 13.86) 6-3, 7-5
5. Adam Sanjurjo (AR 13.29) def. Maxime Mora (OU 13.69) 6-0, 6-4
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.79) def. William Albanese (AR 12.52) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #49 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) def. #35 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-3
2. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 5-4, unfinished
3. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) def. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Arkansas 10-2; National ranking #51
Oklahoma 6-4; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,3,6,1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"This is a great win for us; the team competed really hard, head coach Andy Jackson said. "Mike, Giammarco and others were really clutch today.

"Now we play Kentucky on Friday and our challenge is to prepare to face another top team, because we know how good and how ready they'll be. We're excited to continue our season and start SEC competition.

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"Arkansas played a great match," head coach John Roddick said. "They are a really good team and they deserve credit. We have to refocus, come back tomorrow and play much better against Memphis."

Wake Forest was coming off a stunning 4-3 loss to #25 Texas but they turned it around on Sunday in a bit way. The Demon Deacons took the doubles point with 6-4 wins at #1 and #2 then they jumped on #6 Texas Tech in singles by taking five of six opening sets. Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, and Dennis Uspensky each rolled in straight sets at #1, #2, and #5 to give Wake the 4-0 shutout win just a hair over two hours. 

As you can see from Brett Masi's comments below, he wasn't impressed with the energy and level of play especially after a good performance on Friday against NC State.

Texas Tech is off for the next two weeks before hosting Indiana on March 14th while Wake opens ACC play on Friday with a visit from Georgia Tech followed by Sunday matches against NC State and Tennessee Tech. 

#5 Wake Forest 4, #6 Texas Tech 0
Feb 28, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #25 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) def. #18 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-1, 7-5
2. #34 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.11) def. #97 Hugo Dojas (TT 14.08) 6-2, 6-4
3. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.93) vs. #87 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.83) 6-3, 3-6, 1-1, unf
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.26) vs. Jon Ho (WF 14.04) 7-6(1), 3-0, unf
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.41) def. Connor Curry (TT 13.71) 6-0, 6-2
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.74) 6-4, 4-6, 0-0, unf
Doubles competition
1. #21 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. #56 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-4
3. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-2
Match Notes
Texas Tech 15-2 (0-0 Big 12); National ranking #6
Wake Forest 10-3 (0-0 ACC); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,1)
T-2:02 A-222

Post-Match Quote from Texas Tech's recap
"This wasn't our best day in terms of play, competing and energy level," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "When you play a team like Wake Forest, you can't expect to be able to fight back from a bad start. Basically, we didn't show up to start the match. We had some hope during a few of the second sets in singles but couldn't get the job done. Hopefully, this is an experience we will learn from. We have a few weeks to improve and get ready for a tough round of matches."


Northwestern picked up a nice ranked road win on Sunday when it blanked #32 Harvard in Cambridge. Northwestern took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 then won all six singles matches by winning 12 of 14 sets.  NU's 12-1 start equals the previous mark that was set all the way back in the 1988-89 season.

Northwestern will be off for the next two weeks before hosting Illinois and Detroit on March 12th while Harvard is off for almost three weeks before heading to San Diego for the Mission Valley Spring Classic with other participants including San Diego, San Diego State, Denver, Memphis, Princeton, Texas Tech, and Tulane.

#15 Northwestern 7, #32 Harvard 0
Feb 28, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass. (Murr Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Konrad Zieba (NU 14.44) def. Hu, Nicky (HARV 13.77) 6-3, 6-4
2. Sam Shropshire (NU 13.78) def. Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV 13.03) 6-3, 6-4
3. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.29) def. Tao, Kenny (HARV 13.10) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
4. Fedor Baev (NU 13.11) def. Lam, Kelvin (HARV 12.64) 7-6, 6-2
5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.13) def. Zhou, Andy (HARV 13.06) 4-6, 7-6, 10-2
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.81) def. Thirouin, Jean (HARV 12.93) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Yeung, Brian/Zhou, Andy (HARV) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5, unfinished
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Hu, Nicky/Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV) 6-3
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Haughey, Conor/Lam, Kelvin (HARV) 6-2
Match Notes:
Northwestern 12-1; National ranking #15
Harvard 8-5; National ranking #32
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,1,4*,6,3,5)

Ohio State and Notre Dame usually play competitive matches every season and Sunday's match in South Bend was no different. Ohio State dropped the doubles point for the third time this the year when Notre Dame's Grayson Broadus and Quentin Monaghan won 6-2 win at #2 and Josh Hagar and Eric Schnurrenberger won 6-3 win at #3.

Martin Joyce (Pic via tennisworldusa.org)
Ohio State rebounded in singles by taking five of six first sets. Mikael Torpegaard was off the court quickly with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Quentin Monaghan at #1 and Herkko Pollanen followed suit with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Eric Schnurrenberger at #5.

Notre Dame's Alex Lawson tied the match at 2-2 after coming back from a first set bagel to defeat Chris Diaz 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 at #3.

Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo made it 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Eddy Covalschi at #2. The win by Di Feo snapped a two-match losing streak after he won his first six.

Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to a perfect 8-0 by clinching the team win with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win over Grayson Broadus at #6. Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach won the final match 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 over Eric Schnurrenberger.

The Buckeyes will return to the court next Sunday for a nationally televised match at Oklahoma while Notre Dame opens up conference play on Thursday at Boston College.

#3 Ohio State 5, #47 Notre Dame 2
Feb 26, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion) 
Singles competition
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.54) def. #40 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.90) 6-1, 6-2
2. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.28) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.98) 6-4, 6-3
3. Alex Lawson (ND 13.43) def. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.02) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.99) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.34) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
5. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.67) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 12.91) 6-4, 6-2
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.85) def. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.90) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4
2. Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-2
3. Josh Hagar/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Ohio State 14-1; National ranking #3
Notre Dame 6-6; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,2,6,4)
T-2:44 A-147

Post-Match Quote from Notre Dame's recap
On the match against No. 3 Ohio State, Coach Sachire said, "Our guys went after it. Ohio State was just a little too good today. It gives us a direction of where to improve. We need to improve our tennis moving forward, but I think the way we approached the match, it was good.

Adam Steinberg's guys just keep on winning as they swept weekend matches over #31 Washington and #22 Tulsa.

Tulsa took the doubles point by winning both #1 and #3 in tiebreaks but Michigan turned up the heat in singles and took four opening sets. Alex Knight, Runhao Hua, and Kevin Wong would each finish in straight sets at #2, #5, and #6 while Carter Lin clinched the match at #3 with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez.

Michigan joins the other snowbirds and heads to Florida this week with a Thursday match at Miami before playing at South Florida on Sunday. Tulsa plays at SMU next Sunday before welcoming in Virginia and USC the following week.

#28 Michigan 4, #22 Tulsa 1
02/28/16 at Ann Arbor, Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa 13.75) vs. #60 Jathan Malik (Michigan 13.73), DNF 7-6(5), 6-6
2. Alex Knight (Michigan 13.76) def. #110 Carlos Bautista (Tulsa 13.44), 6-3, 6-3
3. Carter Lin (Michigan 13.14) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa 13.37), 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2
4. Majed Kilani (Tulsa 13.69) vs. Davis Crocker (Michigan 12.80), 6-2, 3-6, 3-3
5. Runhao Hua (Michigan 13.43) def. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa 12.68), 6-1, 6-4
6. Kevin Wong (Michigan 13.17) def. Matthew Kirby (Tulsa 12.54) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Kirby/O.Kellerman (Tulsa) defeated Knight/Hua, 7-6(5)
2. Malik/Wong (Michigan) defeated Bautista/Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-4
3. McCloskey/Bechard (Tulsa) defeated Cuba/Crocker (Michigan), 7-6(9)
Match Notes
Tulsa 7-4; National Ranking #22
Michigan 9-2; National Ranking #29
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-1-3, Singles 6-2-5-3

A rough week for #25 NC State got worse on Sunday as the Wolfpack dropped its third match in a row with a 4-1 loss to #55 Old Dominion. ODU hadn't beat NC State since 2007 though with this win the Monarchs have won five of the last nine in the series.

Zvonimir Podvinski (@ ODU Sports)
ODU's Michael Weindl and Jacob Nicolussi won 6-2 at #2 doubles while NC State's Simon Norenius and Michael Ogden won 6-4 at #3. The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #1 with ODU's Adam Moundir and Aziz Kijametovic taking it 7-6(5)

The Monarchs took four opening sets in singles with Javier Jover Maestre, Zvonimir Podvinski, and Jacob Nicolussi each winning in straight sets at #4, #5, and #6 with Podvinski providing the clincher.

Note: I believe Podvinski's brother is Tomislav (Tommy) who plays at Baylor - both are from Zagreb, Croatia though maybe Podvinski is like Smith over there.

Old Dominion went 8-0 during the month of February while NC State went 7-5.  ODU plays at Elon and Charlotte next weekend while NC State goes to Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

#55 Old Dominion 4, #25 NC State 1 
Feb 28, 2016 at Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #83 Simon Norenius (ST 13.46) def. #103 Adam Moundir (ODU 13.62) 6-3, 6-4
2. #72 Nick Horton (ST 13.73) vs. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU 12.92) 6-3, 5-7, unf
3. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.63) vs. Michael Weindl (ODU 12.78) 4-6, 6-4, 1-2, unf
4. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU 13.12) def. Shoti Meparidze (ST 12.44) 6-1, 6-1
5. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU 12.78) def. Igor Saveljic (ST 12.74) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
6. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU 12.50) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST 12.37) 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition 
1. #43 Adam Moundir/Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) def. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (ST) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Michael Weindl/Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) def. Nick Horton/Thomas Weigel (ST) 6-2
3. Simon Norenius/Michael Ogden (ST) def. J. Jover Maestre/J. Nunez Navarro (ODU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Old Dominion 7-3; National ranking #55
NC State 10-5; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,6,5)

Post-Match Quotes from ODU's recap
"Great team effort today, said ODU head coach Aljosa Piric. "All twelve guys played their role today and earned this win against a good N.C. State team. I am happy with the way we competed. The doubles point came down to a tie-break on Aziz and Adam's court. We took that point and continued the momentum on Courts 4 and 6. Javier and Jacob were the catalysts for today's singles win. On the other courts, we hung in there, we embraced adversity and kept fighting.  That's what this team is all about.

 "We will go home, get some well-deserved rest and on Tuesday we will continue to build, concluded Piric. "We have a tough weekend against Elon and Charlotte ahead.

Columbia finished its Tennessee road trip undefeated after it held on to beat #45 Vanderbilt 4-3. The match was played indoors at Vandy's five-court facility so the deciding match at #6 singles didn't go on court until the first singles match finished up.

Columbia took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Vanderbilt would take first sets on four of the five courts. Mike Vermeer earned the one first set for Columbia at #3 and then he finished off Rhys Johnson 6-1, 6-3 to make it 2-0.

Vanderbilt racked up straight set wins from Daniel Valent, Cameron Klinger, and Baker Newman at #1, #2, and #4 to put the Commodores up 3-2.

Columbia junior Richard Pham jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set by winning all five games on deciding points but Kris Yee came back to win seven straight games, five on the deciding point, to take the opening set 7-5. Pham would take the second set 6-4 then pull away in the third to close out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win to even the overall match at 3-3.

Timothy Wang (@ Ethan Wu/Columbia Spectator)
The final match on court was at #6 as Columbia freshman Timmy Wang was taking on Vanderbilt freshman Alex Ross. Wang rolled to a 6-1 first set then led 5-2 in the second before Ross broke and held to make it 5-4. Wang went down 15-30 but won the next 3 points to close it out the 6-1, 6-4 win.

"Happy for Rich and Tim. We had 3 straight matches at National Indoors so close like today. It went the other way for Rich at 3-3 against Baylor, so this result was nice for him. For Timmy to serve it out like that for the match was pretty tough," said Columbia assistant coach Howard Endelman.

Columbia next plays in two weeks when it goes to Ann Arbor to face Michigan while Vanderbilt plays at #1 North Carolina on Friday

#23 Columbia 4, #45 Vanderbilt 3
Feb 28, 2016 at Nashville, TN (Currey Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #10  Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU) def. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger; 6-0
2. Daniel Valent/Pen Binet (VU) def. Michal Rolski/Mike Vermer (CU); 6-4
3. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (CU) def. Tate Allwardt/Baker Newman (VU); 7-5
Singles competition
1. #64 Daniel Valent (VU 14.08) def. #54 Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.97); 6-0, 6-4
2. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.79) def. Victor Pham (CU 13.84); 7-5, 6-1
3. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.79) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.14); 6-1, 6-3
4. Baker Newman (VU 13.44) def. Michal Rolski (CU 12.82); 6-2, 6-4
5. Richard Pham (CU 13.21) def. Kris Yee (VU 13.20); 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
6. Timothy Wang (CU 13.35) def. Alex Ross (VU 12.73); 6-1, 6-4
Match Notes:
Columbia 8-3; National ranking #23
Vanderbilt 8-5; National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,4,2,5,6)

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Friday, 11 March 2016 11:16

Thursday Recap + Weekend Preview (3/11-3/13)

There were actually four ranked versus ranked matches on Thursday with the higher ranked team winning three of the four.

No. 4 Virginia went to Tulsa, the site of this year's NCAA Championships, and rolled over No. 26 Tulsa 6-1. Virginia won a pretty tight doubles point by breaking Tulsa's 5-6 service game at No. 3 to claim the point.  Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano, Mac Styslinger, and Henrik Wiersholm won in straight sets for Virginia at 1, 2, 5, and 6 while Thai-Son Kwiatkowski won a three-set battle over Dylan McCloskey at 3. Tulsa's Juan Matias Gonzalez earned the lone point for the Golden Hurricane with a straight set win at No. 4.

No. 4 Virginia 6, No. 26 Tulsa 1
March 10, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #14 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.67) def. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa 13.74) 6-3, 6-3
2. #47 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.19) def. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa 13.43) 6-4, 6-4
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.69) def. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa 12.80) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
4. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa 13.38) def. #116 J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.95) 6-2, 6-4
5. Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.79) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa 13.71) 6-1, 6-4
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.40) def. Dominic Bechard (Tulsa 12.42) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. #6 Shane/Corinteli (UVA) def. Kirby/McCloskey (Tulsa) 6-4
2. Ram-Harel/Gonzalez (Tulsa) def. No. 7 Kwiatkowski/Styslinger (UVA) 6-4
3. Aragone/Altamirano (UVA) def. Bechard/Bautista (Tulsa) 7-5
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,1,4,3,2)
Records: Tulsa 7-6; National ranking #26
Virginia 11-2; National ranking #4

Quote from UVA's recap
"I was pleased with our performance tonight against an extremely-competitive Tulsa team," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I was particularly pleased with the performances of Mac Styslinger and Henrik Wiersholm. They really stepped up tonight in singles which created tremendous momentum. This team keeps improving with each match. Now we will focus on getting ready to play Oklahoma on Saturday."

UCLA played without its No. 1 Mackenzie McDonald, due to him getting a main draw wild card in Indian Wells, but the Bruins still had more than enough to shutout No. 55 BYU 7-0.

The Bruins took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 then won five of six singles matches in straight sets with Ryoto Tachi winning the final match at No. 6 in three-sets. Below is the clincher from Karue Sell which officially gave the Bruins the win:

#6 UCLA 7, #55 BYU 0
Mar 10, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Bourgeois/Carrazedo (BYU) 6-3
2. Cressy/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Pearce/Sullivan (BYU) 5-6, unfinished
3. Brymer/Rapp (UCLA) def. Cullimore/Goryachkov (BYU) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #57 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.88) def. Shane Monroe (BYU 13.36) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
2. #72 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.03) def. Keaton Cullimore (BYU 13.58) 7-5, 6-2
3. #93 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.41) def. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU 12.94) 6-2, 6-4
4. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.35) def. John Pearce (BYU 12.38) 6-1, 6-2
5. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.50) def. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU 12.52) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ryoto Tachi (UCLA 13.18) def. Aidan Carrazedo (BYU 12.17) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
Match Notes
BYU 11-3; National ranking #55
UCLA 11-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,2,6)

Quote from BYU's recap
"UCLA is one of the best teams in the country," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "It's always a difficult transition to go from Provo to Los Angeles, but overall, I was pleased with our performance. We competed well and had the right mindset, especially in our doubles play. Some matches were closer than others, but I thought all of our players went out with a great mentality today."


No. 69 South Carolina dropped its first two SEC matches last weekend but it moved into the win column on Thursday with a 5-2 road win at No. 56 Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 and then the Commodores took three of five first sets in singles (5-court indoor facility) but they'd have trouble closing those out.

South Carolina's Gabriel Friedrich tied the match at 1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Daniel Valent at No. 1 and then Thomas Mayronne put the Gamecocks ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Baker Newman at No. 4. Vandy's Kris Yee tied the match at 2 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Yancy Dennis at No. 5 but that'd be the last set that the VU would win.

Andrew Schafer came from behind to beat Cameron Klinger 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 and Harrison O'Keefe clinched the Gamecocks win with a 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over Rhys Johnson at No. 3. The final match at No. 6, which didn't start until the match at No. 1 finished, was declared a South Carolina win with Sam Swank leading 5-0 in the first set.

South Carolina also picked up another win earlier in the day when it beat Murray State 6-1. 

#69 South Carolina 5, #56 Vanderbilt 2
Mar 10, 2016 at Nashville, Tenn (Currey Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Gabriel Friedrich (SC 13.85) def. #54 Daniel Valent (VU 14.04) 6-4, 6-3
2. Andrew Schafer (SC 13.09) def. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.87) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Harrison O'Keefe (SC 13.69) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.08) 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5
4. Thomas Mayronne (SC 13.54) def. Baker Newman (VU 13.50) 6-3, 7-6(3)
5. Kris Yee (VU 13.08) def. Yancy Dennis (SC 12.44) 6-4, 7-5
6. Sam Swank (SC 12.77) def. Pen Binet (VU 12.90) 5-0, ret.
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VU) def. #51 Alex Fennell/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 6-3
2. Gabriel Friedrich/Sam Swank (SC) def. #76 Pen Binet/Daniel Valent (VU) 4-3 unf.
3. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VU) def. Thomas Mayronne/Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-1
Match Notes:
South Carolina 9-8; National ranking #69
Vanderbilt 8-7; National ranking #56
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)

Post-Match Quote from SC's recap
"Vanderbilt is a tough, well-coached team, and they didn't give us anything at all. They made us earn everything we got today. Every one of our guys had to dig real deep, and that's exactly what this team needed to start believing in all of the hard worked they've put in. I couldn't be more proud of the boys today." - head coach Josh Goffi

No. 29 San Diego had a successful day as it swept a doubleheader over No. 70 Penn and Arizona. San Diego took the doubles point in both matches and then picked up more than enough singles matches to get the wins. Jaan Kononov got the game ball for winning both of his matches.

#29 San Diego 5, #70 Penn 2 
March 10, 2016 at San Diego, California (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 29 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Kyle Mautner (PENN) 6-3, 6-2 
2. No. 58 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Vim De Alwis (PENN) 6-3, 6-2
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Josh Pompan (PENN) 6-0, 6-1
4. Matt Nardella (PENN) def. Joshua Page (USD) 6-3, 2-6, 4-0 retired
5. Blaine Willenborg (PENN) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6
6. Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Ismael Lahlou (PENN) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Austin Kaplan/Nicholai Westergaard (PENN) 6-2
2. Jordan Angus/Josh Page (USD) def. Gabriel Rapoport/Thomas Spratt (PENN) 6-2
3. Romain Kalaydjian/Alexandros Araouzos (USD) v. B Willenborg/Vim De Alwis (PENN) 4-4 unf
Match Notes:
San Diego 8-5; National ranking #29
Penn 5-10; National ranking #70
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,2,1*,4,5,6)

#29 San Diego 6, Arizona 1
March 10, 2016 at San Diego, California (Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 96 Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) def. No. 29 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 7-5, 3-4 retired
2. No. 58 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Jason Jaruvang (ARIZ) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Will Kneale (ARIZ) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
4. No. 118 Romain Kalaydjian def. Harry Busby (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-1
5. Jaan Kononv (USD) def. Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alex Aarouzos (USD) def. Trent Botha (ARIZ) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Oliver Plaskett/Will Kneale (ARIZ) 6-4
2. Jordan Angus/Josh Page (USD) def. Naoki Takeda/Will Adkinsson (ARIZ) 6-3
3. Romain Kalaydjian/ Alexandros Araouzos (USD) v. J Jaruvang/S Kasahara (ARIZ) 5-4 unf
Match Notes:
San Diego 9-5; National ranking #29
Arizona 8-9;
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,5,3*,1,6,2)

Post-Match Quote from AZ's recap
"Great effort today despite the loss, said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "It's nice to have Naoki back in the lineup and he picked up a great win over a very strong player.

There are several schools that are entering spring break and while some are taking time off others are traveling for out of conference matches. South Florida is hosting the USF Spring Break Tournament with No. 23 Penn State, No. 65 UNC Wilmington, No. 75 Florida Gulf Coast, and Troy coming to town to play multiple matches over the next three days.

There are only two matches this weekend matching up teams inside the top 15 with both taking place on Saturday. Last year's NCAA Championship match participants, No. 4 Virginia and No. 13 Oklahoma, will meet in a neutral site match in Tulsa. Oklahoma is looking to rebound after a tough loss to Ohio State while Virginia got acclimated to the surroundings on Thursday by winning outdoors at Tulsa.

The other top 15 matchup takes place on Saturday in Evanston as No. 11 Northwestern tries to avenge an early-season 4-0 loss at No. 8 Illinois. Northwestern hasn't beat Illinois since 1997 so to say they'd be thrilled with a win over the Illini would be a huge understatement. Northwestern's best route to a win will probably be the doubles point, one of the top three, and two of the bottom three.

There are three several good SEC matches on Friday with the best ones being No. 32 Arkansas hosting No 7 Texas A&M and No. 44 Mississippi State hosting No. 12 Kentucky. Both Arkansas and Mississippi State are up and coming team so I wouldn't be surprised to see one of them score an upset.

No. 1 North Carolina, who has been kind of quiet since winning the NTIs, goes to Florida for the weekend to play No. 51 Florida State and No. 75 Miami (FL).

I think there's a really interesting match on Saturday in Ann Arbor as No. 24 Michigan welcomes in No. 31 Columbia. Both teams would like to find a way to get in the top 16 by the end of the season, to host a NCAA regional, and winning a match like this would go a ways towards achieving that goal.

No. 26 Tulsa welcomes in No. 15 USC on Saturday afternoon. It was a little over a year ago that Tulsa pulled off one of the biggest stunners in recent memory when it went to LA and beat No. 1 USC 4-3. USC did beat Tulsa a few weeks later in Indian Wells but you have to figure the loss will still be used as extra motivation for this encounter.

Follow everything at the below live scoring links.

Friday, March 11th
#23 Penn State vs. #65 UNC Wilmington (Tampa) - 10am est - Penn State Twitter
IUPUI at Louisville - 10am est - Live Scoring
#38 Notre Dame at Clemson - 11am est - Live Scoring
#58 Pacific vs. Hawaii (Albuquerque) - 11am est/9am mst - Pacific Twitter
#71 Utah State vs. New Mexico State (Albuquerque) - 11am est/9am mst - USU Twitter
#54 Middle Tennessee State at Florida Atlantic - 1pm est - MTSU Twitter
Santa Clara vs. Grand Canyon (Albuquerque) - 2pm est/12pm mst - Santa Clara Twitter
San Francisco at #63 New Mexico - 2pm est/12pm mst - New Mexico Twitter
#66 Duke at #74 Miami FL - 2:30pm est - Live Scoring/ESPN3
#75 Florida Gulf Coast vs. Troy (Tampa) - 2:30pm est - FGCU Twitter
#67 East Tennessee State at Central Florida - 3:30pm est - ETSU Twitter
UNLV at #52 UC Santa Barbara - 4pm est/1pm pst - UCSB Twitter
UC Riverside at Loyola Marymount - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring & Video
#7 Texas A&M at #32 Arkansas - 4pm est/3pm cst - Live Scoring
#42 Georgia Tech at Louisville - 4pm est - Live Scoring
Boston College at #9 Wake Forest - 4pm est - Live Scoring/Video & WF Blog
#70 Penn at San Diego State - 5pm est/2pm pst - Penn Twitter
#1 North Carolina at #51 Florida State - 5pm est - Live Scoring
#64 Auburn at #25 Florida - 5pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#72 Tennessee at #50 Alabama - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring
#43 LSU at #22 Ole Miss - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring & Rebel Blog
Gonzaga at #35 Washington - 6pm est/3pm pst - Live Scoring/Video
Brown at #36 Drake - 7pm est/6pm cst - Live Scoring
Nebraska at #47 Iowa - 7pm est/6pm cst - Live Scoring

USF Spring Break Tournament - #16 South Florida, #23 Penn State, #65 UNC Wilmington, #75 Florida Gulf Coast, Troy

Saturday, March 12th
#23 Penn State at #16 South Florida - 10am est - Live Scoring
#31 Columbia at #24 Michigan - 11am est - Live Scoring/Video
Oral Roberts at Wichita State - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring
#12 Kentucky at #44 Mississippi State - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring
Tennessee Tech at #1 Georgia Gwinnett (NAIA) - 12pm est - Video
New Orleans at #33 Rice - 12pm est/11am cst - Live Scoring/Video
#15 USC at #26 Tulsa - 12pm est/10am cst - Live Scoring/Video
#8 Illinois at #11 Northwestern - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring & Video $
Louisiana-Lafayette at #59 Georgia State - 1pm est - Live Scoring
#65 UNC Wilmington vs Troy (Tampa) - 2pm est - UNCW Twitter
#49 Wisconsin vs. Brown (Des Moines) - 2pm est/1pm cst - Wisconsin Twitter
Fresno State at #20 Oregon - 2pm est/11am pst - Live Scoring/Video
Air Force at Stetson - 2pm est - Live Scoring
Arizona at San Diego State - 3pm est/12pm pst - Arizona Twitter
Michigan State at Boise State - 3:30pm est/1:30pm mst - Live Scoring
#4 Virginia vs. #13 Oklahoma (Tulsa) - 4pm est/3pm cst - Live Scoring/Video
UT Rio Grande Valley at #33 Rice - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring/Video
Toledo at #24 Michigan - 6pm est - Live Scoring/Video
Detroit at #11 Northwestern - 7:30pm est/6:30pm cst - Live Scoring & Video $

Sunday, March 13th
#65 UNC Wilmington at #16 South Florida - 9am est - Live Scoring
Air Force vs. Army (Orlando) - 10am est - Air Force Live Stream (click away)
#47 Iowa at #5 Oklahoma State - 11am est/10am cst - Live Scoring & Video
#49 Wisconsin at #36 Drake - 12pm est/11am cst - Live Scoring
#66 Duke at #51 Florida State - 12pm est - Live Scoring
#42 Georgia Tech at #27 NC State - 12pm est - Live Scoring & Video
#1 North Carolina at #74 Miami FL - 12pm est - Live Scoring/ESPN3
#39 Virginia Tech at Boston College - 12pm est - VT Twitter
#38 Notre Dame at #9 Wake Forest - 12pm est - Live Scoring/Video & WF Blog
Clemson at Louisville - 1pm est - Live Scoring
Prairie View A&M at #37 SMU 1pm est/12pm cst   Live Scoring
#17 Georgia vs. #56 Vanderbilt - 1pm est/12pm cst - Live Scoring
#12 Kentucky at #50 Alabama - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring
#7 Texas A&M at #22 Ole Miss - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring & Rebel Blog
#72 Tennessee at #44 Mississippi State - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring
#43 LSU at #32 Arkansas - 2pm est/1pm cst - Live Scoring
Troy at #16 South Florida - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring
Lamar at #5 Oklahoma State - 4pm est/3pm cst - Live Scoring & Video
#45 Purdue at #14 Cal (Burlingame) - 2:30pm est/11:30am pst - Cal Twitter
#19 Texas at #29 San Diego - 3pm est/12pm pst - Live Scoring
Morehead State at #9 Wake Forest - 5pm est - Live Scoring/Video & WF Blog
Ball State at #56 Vanderbilt - 5pm est/4pm cst - Live Scoring
Northern Colorado at #37 SMU 5:30pm est/4:30pm cst   Live Scoring
The Citadel at #50 Alabama - 6pm est/5pm cst - Live Scoring
Northern Kentucky at Louisville - 6pm est - Live Scoring
#47 Iowa vs. Lamar (Stillwater) - 8pm est/7pm cst - Iowa Twitter & Video

Monday, March 14th
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There were several close matches on Sunday but there was only one that saw a top-five team go down. Georgia, ranked No. 19, was hosting No. 4 Ohio State on a mild and breezy day in Athens. After a week of sunny skies and temperatures in the high-70s, the conditions in Athens weren't as favorable with cloudy skies, an increasing breeze, and temperature hovering in the mid-50s. Despite the conditions a crowd of just over 1000 filled into the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and they were treated to a stellar performance by the home-standing Bulldogs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Watch the video highlights from NBC29 in Charlottesville

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

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Florida State is an outstanding team, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It really took a complete effort from our entire team today. I am very proud of the way that we played and of the results this weekend.

Third-ranked TCU made it a weekend sweep of the Ivy League with a 4-0 shutout over No. 35 Dartmouth. Guillermo Nunez sat out in singles for the second match in a row but TCU still managed to win all nine completed singles sets.

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

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

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

On the upcoming match against No. 7 Northwestern
"Now we have a battle with Northwestern on Tuesday. I know it's a little breezy out and cold here so it is probably not the best weather to come and sit on the bleachers, but we are going to need our fans on Tuesday. We are going to need our students and staff to come out and eat lunch here at the tennis center. The match could be indoors because its supposed to be really windy, but we are going to need everything we have to go up against this team that is No. 7 in the nation and won 11 straight matches. They are an indoor team so it is going to be a battle.

The Pac-12 was trying to go 4-0 on the weekend against the Big 12 at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Challenge in Indian Wells and USC did its part with a 4-1 win over No. 21 Baylor.

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

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

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

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

"The competition was tough. These teams were really good, and you have to give them all the credit in the world. These three teams (Illinois, California, USC) came out and made it hard on us. We have a young team that's growing, and I think we knew it was going to be a challenge to play this level of competition, but we were excited to come out and play these good teams. Unfortunately, it didn't go our way on the scoreboard, but we gained a lot and our guys are getting better. We're excited about going back, practicing in a few days and getting after it again. Knoll on the team's performance at the event

Cal was trying to make it a Pac-12 sweep of the weekend and before the match with Oklahoma Cal's Florian Lakat got the chance of a lifetime when he was asked to help warm up world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for his match against Milos Raonic.
Oklahoma was able to secure the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead when Andre Biro and Max Mora won the deciding match at No. 3 by a 7-5 score.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We played two very high-quality teams, and I feel we're engaged in a process that will lead us to success in the postseason. Doubles turned out to be key for us today, and while it's obviously disappointing to lose, there were many bright spots along the way. We're excited about starting the Pac-12 season next weekend.

Florida won its third straight match with a 6-1 win over No. 22 Ole Miss. Florida took the doubles point and won five of six singles matches with Ole Miss's lone point came at No. 2.

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

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

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

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We lost a close doubles point. In singles we worked hard and created some opportunities, but we were not able to take advantage of them today and put pressure on Florida. I know this team will bounce back from this loss.

Mississippi State, ranked No. 25, rebounded from a Friday loss to Texas A&M by winning at LSU 4-2. LSU took the doubles point but State was able to get it done in singles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I feel like when teams become great different players come through at different times. Rhys came through against Kentucky, Danny against Tennessee and today Cam clinches. It was a huge win for him (Klinger) especially given the fact that he was in control of the first set and got tentative. Danny beat a guy that's been top-10 in the country, and that's a huge win for him. I'm proud of them and we'll come back to work tomorrow morning and get better

Many people including myself didn't give Washington much of a chance tonight against No. 8 USC but the Huskies proved us all wrong and stunned the Trojans 4-3.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I know a lot of people that are saying we have more wins now than we did last year and the year before that, but there's a lot out there that we want to keep climbing for, said Anger. "There's more out there for us.

Sixth-ranked UCLA rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit to beat No. 26 Oregon 4-1. The Ducks took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but UCLA fought back in singles and took four opening sets. Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio would each finish in straight sets with Staggs getting the clincher at No. 5.

#6 UCLA 4, #26 Oregon 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Eugene, OR (Student Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. McDonald/Cressy (UCLA) vs. #20 Amos/Soemarno (ORE) 5-5, unfinished
2. Maasland/Stevens (ORE) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-3
3. Clissold/Laurent (ORE) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #94 Daan Maasland (ORE) 6-3, 6-2
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Thomas Laurent (ORE) 6-3, 6-4
3. Simon Stevens (ORE) vs. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-0, 5-5, unfinished
4. Jayson Amos (ORE) vs. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 7-5, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Bartosz Sawicki (ORE) 6-1, 6-0
Match Notes
Oregon 13-2; National ranking #26
UCLA 13-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5)

No. 23 Michigan won its third straight match with a hard fought 5-2 win over No. 25 Penn State. Michigan's Jathan Malik and Kevin Wong won 6-4 at No. 2 doubles and the Wolverines took the doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won 6-3 at No. 1
Michigan took four opening sets in singles but Davis Crocker was the only one to finish in straight sets as he defeated Tomas Hanzlik 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5.

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

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

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

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

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

"Congratulations to Coach Steinberg and the Wolverines," said assistant coach Paul Tobin. "It was a tight battle in singles with five three-set matches. It was a tough match against two evenly matched teams. We will certainly be able to learn from this and move forward into our matches next weekend.

Mississippi State struck first by taking the doubles point but ultimately Florida would strike last and pull out a tough 4-3 win. MSU's Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter upset the ITA No. 1 doubles team of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson to clinch the doubles point but both Hidalgo and Watson would get redemption in singles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We're going to stay positive and focused on the journey one day and one week at time for everyone's overall development, Roberts said. "Wins and losses come and go, but the impact we can have on these great student athletes is everlasting.

Fifteenth-ranked California got all it wanted and more from No. 61 Utah before pulling out a 4-3 win in Salt Lake City. One of Cal's top singles players, Florian Lakat, sat out for unknown reasons and his absence was definitely felt by the Bears.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post-Match Quotes from Utah's recap
"I'm very proud of our competitive spirit today. We had a lot of opportunities to beat a very good Cal team, but we let it slip out of our hands. The good thing to take from this match is that we have now shown that we can play these teams and if we work a little harder, and pay better attention to the details, we have it in us to beat these teams." said head coach Roeland Brateanu.

Eleventh-ranked Georgia rolled to its seventh straight win by defeating Tennessee 5-2. The Bulldogs took the doubles point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 and then they took five opening sets in singles with the Vols only able to pull a set out at No. 3.

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

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

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

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

"Playing for Georgia is an absolute privilege, so to deliver the match-clincher was a big deal," Reinberg said. "I really just stuck to my game the whole match and that's what got me though. I am proud of my team and the way we played today."

Kentucky played without two of top four singles starters but still managed to get past South Carolina 4-3. Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart did suit up in doubles and it's a good thing they did because they clinched the point with a 7-6(4) win at No. 1.

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

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

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

Post-Match Quotes from SC's recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi: "This team has been working their tails off and has been getting better with every single match. It's a shame that the guys did not get the pay off today against a highly ranked Kentucky team, but we fought until the end. Credit goes to Kentucky. It was great to see Alex Fennell get a singles win because he's a big point for this team. He's been working hard to get back to good form, and he looked good today. Harrison O'Keefe played great tennis from the start to the end, and Mayronne battled his way to a victory like he always does. A lot of good things are happening. We look forward to getting back to Columbia to take on Tennessee."

Northwestern was pushed pretty hard on Friday night but it was able to get the W over Purdue when Strong Kirchheimer pulled away from Ricky Medinilla in the third set at No. 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Great team win for us today," Swan said. "Purdue is an excellent team, and it is not easy to win there. I was proud of the way the team competed through the momentum swings during the match."

Unranked Loyola Marymount defeated UC Santa Barbara for the first time in program history with a 4-3 win on Friday afternoon. LMU was 0-16 all-time against UCSB going into this one but the Lions were able to overcome the loss of the doubles point to get the upset.

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

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

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

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

LMU 4, #51 UC Santa Barbara 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Mulholland Tennis Club) 
Singles competition
1. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.14) def. Charles Boyce (LMU 12.66) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2. Cristobal Rivera (LMU 13.02) def. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB 13.70) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Errol Smith (LMU 13.09) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.01) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
4. Joat Farah (LMU 12.61) def. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.64) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.65) def. Luke Bohuslav (LMU 12.41) 6-1, 6-2
6. Lukas Moenter (LMU 12.54) def. Oliver Sec (UCSB 12.90) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #34 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann (UCSB) def. Joat Farah/Errol Smith (LMU) 6-2
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Luke Bohuslav/Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-4
Match Notes
UC Santa Barbara 9-6; National ranking #51
LMU 7-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,6,1,4,2,3)

Middle Tennessee State is hosting the MT Shootout this weekend but UAB was the one that came out with guns blazing after the Blazers scorched the Blue Raiders 4-2.

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

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

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

UAB 4, #62 Middle Tennessee 2
March 25, 2016 at Murfreesboro, TN (Adams Tennis Complex
Singles competition
1. Mitchell Martell (UAB 12.33) def. Dima Zyhmantovich (MT 12.94) 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 6-4
2. Gonzalo Morell (MT 13.27) vs. Eric Komati (UAB 12.88) 4-6, 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
3. Miguel Negre (MT 12.69) def. Oliver Poysti (UAB 11.76) 6-2, 6-1
4. Christian Coetzee (UAB 12.61) def. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT 12.83) 6-3, 6-3
5. Stepan Vancurik (UAB 12.33) def. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT 11.94) 6-1, 7-5
6. Gian Issa (MT 13.13) def. Kenton Parton (UAB 11.87) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Ayed Zatar Cordero/Gonzalo Morell (MT) def. Christian Coetzee/Kenton Parton (UAB) 6-2
2. Luiz Felipe Pinto/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Miguel Negre/Gian Issa (MT) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Eric Komati/Stepan Vancurik (UAB) def. Luis Morillo Diaz/Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) 6-4
Match Notes:
UAB 10-6
Middle Tennessee 13-4; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,5,1)
Official: Ted Mason  T-3:04  A-52

South Florida and Pepperdine got started at 10am on Friday but rain halted play for over six hours just before the doubles point could finish up.

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

#17 South Floirda 4, #53 Pepperdine 0
March 25, 2016 at Tampa, FL (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF) def. HADLICH, Guilherme (PEP) 6-0, 6-4
2. #31 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. PANE, Lautaro (PEP) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. MENICHELLA, Stefan (PEP) 6-4, 6-4
4. Peter Bertran (USF) def. SIDNEY, Gabriel (PEP) 6-1, 6-1
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) vs. IAMACHKINE, Pedro (PEP) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished 
6. VAN SLYKE, Jack (PEP) vs. Everth Dzib (USF) 6-0, 5-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) def. #37 Guilherme Hadlich/Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-4 
2. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-4
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Tom Hill/Jack Van Slyke (PEP) 6-0
Match Notes:
Pepperdine 5-7; National ranking #53
South Florida 12-6; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,1)

UNLV picked up its first ranked win over the year with a 4-1 upset of No. 60 New Mexico. The Runnin Rebs took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Jakob Amilon, Alexandr Cozbinov, and Richard Solberg at 1, 2, and 6.

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

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

Second-ranked Virginia got challenged in a few spots but the Cavaliers were too strong and won comfortably 6-1.

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

Post-Match Quotes for UVA's recap
"It was a beautiful day to play tennis and I am thrilled that we had the success we did today, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "The team played really well from top to bottom. Notre Dame is a great team and I was very impressed with their fight and desire on the court. We are looking forward to another great day of tennis tomorrow when we take on Boston College.

North Carolina played without its No. 1 Brayden Schnur but still cruised to a 6-1 win over Clemson. The Tar Heels blew the Tigers off the court in doubles and singles wasn't much closer with Clemson taking only two sets - both at No. 1 fro Alex Favrot. 

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

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

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

Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
"North Carolina played and acted like the number one ranked team they are today. Credit to my dear friend Sam Paul on putting his team in this position, said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "Freshman standout Alex Favrot continues to show why he is one of the best players in the ACC and the nation by defeating #34 ranked Brett Clark. We look forward to getting back after it tomorrow against North Carolina State before returning to Clemson. "

Duke gave Virginia Tech all it wanted but the guys from Blacksburg won enough of the close matches to get the 5-2 win. Check out Duke's recap for all the finer details.

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

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

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

"Josh put himself in a serious hole several times, Smith added. "You always know Josh is going to compete his best. He certainly didn't play his best tennis, but he was very emotional. He literally found a way to win. It wasn't pretty, but it was good to see the win. He normally wins a lot of those type of matches, but this year he hasn't won quite as many tight three-set decisions. I think this is really going to help him moving forward towards the end of the ACC season.

#47 Denver 5, #67 Cal Poly 2
March 25, 2016 at San Luis Obispo, Ca (Mustang Courts)
Singles competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN) def. Ben Donovan (Cal Poly) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Garrett Aurpoux (Cal Poly) 6-2, 6-3 
3. Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox (DEN) 6-1, 6-2 
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Ortlip (Cal Poly) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Axel Damiens (Cal Poly) 6-4, 6-2 
6. Karl Enander (Cal Poly) def. Zach Fryer (DEN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-0 
2. Henry Craig/Diogo Rocha def. Garrett Auproux/Tim Tan (Cal Poly) 6-4
3. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James def. Dan Cardiff/Karl Enander (Cal Poly) 7-5

Published in Blogs
Friday, 22 April 2016 10:37

Thursday Conference Tournament Results

Several conference tournaments got underway on Wednesday, with an abbreviated schedule, but they really got going on Thursday with the ACC and SEC having four matches each.

All four matches at the SEC Tournament in Columbia, South Carolina, were hotly contested with South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Kentucky the day's winners.

The four matches at the ACC were quite as suspenseful with Virginia Tech rolling over Miami 4-0, Georgia Tech pulling away from Louisville 4-1, Notre Dame holding off Duke 4-1, and NC State edging Clemson 4-2.

Both of the matches in Ojai were 4-0 shutouts with Cal and Stanford overwhelming Washington and Oregon.

Due to traveling down to Memphis for the AAC Tournament,  I didn't have the time to really dive
into Thursday's matches but you can let the video clips and box scores tell you the story. For all the men's schedules make sure you check out my conference tournament page and my live scoring page has links, in chronological order, for all of Friday's matches.

#50 (11) South Carolina 4, #18 (6) Arkansas 1
4/21/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #58 Gabriel Friedrich (SC) vs. #25 Mike Redlicki (AR) 4-6, 6-4, 5-2, unfinished 
2. Harrison O'Keefe (SC) vs. #72 Jose Salazar (AR) 6-7 (5-7), 6-6 (2-2), unfinished 
3. Andrew Schafer (SC) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 6-1, 6-0
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. Alex Fennell (SC) 6-3, 6-3
5. Thomas Mayronne (SC) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
6. Wood Benton (SC) def. Johan den Toom (AR) 6-2, 0-6, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. #67 Gabriel Friedrich/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) def. #19 G. Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-4 
2. Alex Fennell/Sam Swank (SC) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-1
3. Andrew Schafer/Yancy Dennis (SC) vs. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 4-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
(6) Arkansas 19-8, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #18
(11) South Carolina 14-14, 4-8 SEC; National ranking #50 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,4,5,6)
SEC Tournament (2nd Round)

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Josh Goffi via SC's recap
"Unbelievable job by our team. The best part of the day is that they reset after doubles. They came out like warriors, and it was an absolute battle. Arkansas brought it and was a little more subdued today knowing they had to come for business on our courts. [Our guys] did a phenomenal job shutting them down. There were about three or four momentum shifts in the match, and our guys just stayed steady -- trusted the game plan, trusted matchups, trusted what they do in practice every day. They got it and absolutely deserved it."

#34 (7) Vanderbilt 4, #33 (10) LSU 2
4/21/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #52 Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #34 Daniel Valent (VU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #70 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. #103 Cameron Klinger (VU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 
3. Rhys Johnson (VU) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-2, 1-6, 5-4, unfinished 
4. Baker Newman (VU) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Kris Yee (VU) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 7-6, 6-3
6. Alex Ross (VU) def. Simon Freund (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. #14 Cameron Klinger/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. #8 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 7-6 (8-6) 
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Tate Allwardt/Pen Binet (VU) 6-3
3. Baker Newman/Daniel Valent (VU) def. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-3
Match Notes:
(10) LSU 14-11, 5-7 SEC; National ranking #33
(7) Vanderbilt 17-12, 6-6 SEC; National ranking #34 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,2,1,5) 
SEC Tournament (2nd Round)

Post-Match Quotes from Vandy's recap
"I think that the doubles point tuned out to be key," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "Those guys are in the top ten, so we knew it was going to be tough close match. Last time Cam and Rhys beat them pretty badly, and we were sure that it wasn't going to be that easy again. They were up 5-4 and Rhys hit an ace that was huge for us, and we just played some clutch points there in the end to clinch the doubles point."

"We did a really good job on some courts, Baker Newman is playing really well right now. Kris Yee clinched by going a good job, and Alex Ross did a really good job at No. 6 also. It was a good win for us. We know that we played a pretty good match against the Gators in Gainesville this year, but not good enough, so we certainly feel like we can do better. We're just going to go after it tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"The doubles point was extremely close, head coach Jeff Brown said. "It came down to a tiebreaker and was back and forth. A few of our guys responded really well to us losing doubles; a couple didn't. Vanderbilt certainly got some momentum there.

"Things started to get a little closer, but we've got to do a better job of our whole lineup showing up everyday, Brown said. "For the rest of the way out we have to find a way to have everybody engaged in the match. Vanderbilt played well, and they deserved to win.

#29 (9) Ole Miss 4, #40 (8) Alabama 3
4/21/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Gustav Hansson (UM) def. #50 Mazen Osama (AL) 7-5, 6-3
2. Stefan Lindmark (UM) def. #79 Korey Lovett (AL) 7-5, 6-7 (0-7), 6-4 
3. B. O'Shaughnessey (AL) def. Filip Kraljevic (UM) 6-4, 6-4
4. Spencer Richey (AL) def. Grey Hamilton (UM) 6-3, 6-4
5. Fabian Fallert (UM) def. Matthew Rossouw (AL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Landford Hills (AL) def. Zvonimir Babic (UM) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #28 Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (UM) def. #4 Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama (AL) 7-5
2. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (UM) def. Grayson Goldin/B. O'Shaughnessey (AL) 6-2
3. Spencer Richey/Matthew Rossouw (AL) def. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (UM) 6-4
Match Notes:
(9) Ole Miss 15-9, 5-7 SEC; National ranking #29 (8) 
Alabama 14-13, 5-7 SEC; National ranking #40 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,3,1,6,5,2) 
SEC Tournament (2nd Round)

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"We found a way to win. It wasn't pretty out there, but both teams were scrapping trying to get the win. Sometimes you have to just do whatever it takes to win. That's the most important thing.

On depth of team impacting the victory
"Stefan has been there before and he's a senior. We have a lot of faith in him. He wasn't playing his best, but he somehow found the energy at the end and was able to break the guy and then close it out.

On getting ready to play Georgia
"Physically we have to recover, get some good food and rest, to get ready for tomorrow. Everybody is excited to play Georgia and hopefully we'll see some good tennis out there.

Senior Stefan Lindmark
"When I saw that Fabi won, I knew that I had to give that extra effort to get it done for the team. I am happy I was able to serve it out and that we got the job done today. We are looking forward to playing Georgia again. It's always close when we play them. Hopefully we can play better tomorrow and with a little luck on our side come out on top.

#20 (5) Kentucky 4, (13) Tennessee 3
4/21/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #29 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #67 Luis Valero (UT) 6-2, 6-1 
2. Igor Smelyanski (UT) def. #39 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-4, 6-4 
3. Timo Stodder (UT) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-2, 6-4
4. Trey Yates (UK) def. Srdjan Jakoljevic (UT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Jack Schipanski (UT) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Jack Heslin (UT) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles Competition
1. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. #23 Luis Valero/Jack Schipanski (UT) 6-4
2. Igor Smelyanski/Jack Heslin (UT) def. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) 6-3
3. Timo Stodder/Srdjan Jakoljevic (UT) def. Gus Benson/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 7-6 (7-2)
Match Notes:
(13) Tennessee 12-17, 0-12 SEC
(5) Kentucky 19-8, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #20 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,6,3,2,4,5) 
SEC Tournament (2nd Round)

Post-Match Quotes from UK's recap
"It's never easy to go into the tournament and get a win against a team you've played before, head coach Cedric Kauffmann said reviewing the match. "I thought [Tennessee] came in a little confident after beating Auburn. I thought we played pretty good in doubles I think we've been beaten up all season and that Austin [Hussey] and Jake [Stefanik] really came through again for us on five and six and I'm really proud of those two boys."

Post-Match Quotes from UT's recap
"Again, I thought the effort was tremendous," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "They fought til the end. I'm proud that they did that. They're not quitters. They can say that and mean it. The reality is this season didn't go the way we expected or wanted. I'll own that. Preparation for next season starts now."

#16 California 4, #37 Washington 0
Thursday, April 21 | Ojai, Calif. | Libbey Park
Doubles Competition
1. No. 11 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. Piers Foley/Wendell Watanabe (UW) 6-4
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Kawika Lam/Enzo Sommer (UW) 5-2 Abandoned
3. J.T. Nishimura/Mads Engsted (Cal) def. Jake Douglas/Gal Hakak (UW) 6-1
Singles Competition
1. No. 27 Florian Lakat (Cal) def. No. 91 Mitch Stewart (UW) 6-2, 6-4
2. No. 28 Andre Goransson (Cal) vs. Enzo Sommer (UW) 1-6, 6-6(2-2) Abandoned
3. No. 82 Billy Griffith (Cal) def. Gal Hakak (UW) 6-3, 6-3
4. Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. Jake Douglas (UW) 2-6, 6-2, 3-0 Abandoned
5. No. 122 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Sebastian Hawken (UW) 7-6(5), 4-2 Abandoned
6. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Kawika Lam (UW) 6-0, 6-0
Match Notes
California 16-5; National ranking #16
Washington 17-9; National ranking #37
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,1)
Pac-12 Championships Second Round

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"Washington is a well-coached team, and we knew we had a big challenge today, Cal head coach Peter Wright. "Winning the doubles point definitely put us on the right foot, but Washington quickly took two first sets in singles and for a moment there, things looked like they were going Washington's way. Credit our guys with digging and playing well, especially on the sudden-death deuce points. We're excited about the win, and we look forward to a rematch with USC in the semifinals tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from UW's recap
"Our guys played really hard today, said head coach Matt Anger. "I'm very happy with the way they played coming out of the doubles. We didn't get off to as good of a start as I had thought we would since we played yesterday and were used to the conditions.

"We were a little more tentative than I would have hoped, said Anger. "We came out stronger in singles, but unfortunately we weren't able to stay out there long enough on a couple of courts to finish off the matches and make it closer.

"They're a good team and probably a top-16 and host team in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, said Anger. "I'm definitely proud of our guys, and cannot wait to play more tennis this year.

#32 Stanford 4, #35 Oregon 0
Thursday, April 21 | Ojai, Calif. | Libbey Park
Doubles Competition
1) No. 39 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) d. Amos/Armando Soemarno (ORE) 6-4
2) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. Maasland/Stevens (ORE) 6-1
3) Yale Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) vs. Clissold/Laurent (ORE) 5-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 2, 1
Singles Competition
1) No. 12 Tom Fawcett (STAN) d. Daan Maasland (ORE) 6-3, 6-1
2) Michael Genender (STAN) vs. Simon Stevens (ORE) 3-6, 4-4, unfinished
3) No. 77 David Wilczynski (STAN) vs. Thomas Laurent (ORE) 1-6, 6-1, 1-3, unfinished
4) Nolan Paige (STAN) d. Jayson Amos (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
5) Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) d. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
6) Sameer Kumar (STAN) vs. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE) 7-5, 1-1, unfinished
Match Notes
Stanford 14-9; National ranking #32
Oregon 18-7; National ranking #35
Order of finish: 1, 4, 5

#41 Notre Dame 4, #68 Duke 1
Apr 21, 2016 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park) 
Singles competition
1. #32 Quentin Monaghan (ND) vs. #21 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 6-2, 2-6, 1-4, unf
2. Josh Hagar (ND) def. Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-1, 6-0
3. Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Vincent Lin (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
4. Alex Lawson (ND) vs. TJ Pura (DU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 4-2, unf
5. Josh Levine (DU) def. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) 6-2, 6-1
6. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Daniel McCall (DU) 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #12 Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Catalin Mateas/Vincent Lin (DU) 6-3
2. #44 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) vs. Nicolas Alvarez/TJ Pura (DU) 2-5, unf
3. Grayson Broadus/Nicolas Montoya (ND) def. Jason Lapidus/Daniel McCall (DU) 6-2
Match Notes
Duke 11-14; National ranking #68
Notre Dame 15-12; National ranking #41
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from ND's recap
"This is a big win for us because we respect their program so much, the Callaghan Head Men's Tennis Coach Ryan Sachire said. "I think we're playing pretty well and doing a really good job of being calm and playing our best tennis in the biggest moments. I think that's what good teams do to separate themselves in close matches. The key over the last month or so has been to play our best tennis when we need it the most.

"Our senior leadership at No. 1 doubles was awesome, Sachire said. "Nico and Grayson played a good match at three, but for Quentin and Alex to come out against a good team, they played really well. They saw pretty early on that the doubles point would come down to their match, I think, and they stepped up and took it, and that was a big first point for our team.

"I think a big, big moment was when Eddy won the first set, Sachire said. "He was the last first set to finish and that was a big one. It was going to be either 3-3 in first sets or 4-2 in our favor and his first-set win in the long tiebreaker there gave us a little bit of separation and breathing room.

"[McCall] played a really good tiebreaker at the end of the second set, but I wasn't worried, Broadus said. "The match was even. I just came out there really energetic and did the basic things to get the win and came up better than he did.

Post-Match Quotes from Duke's recap
"It's unusual for us, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "I've never been in a situation where we haven't been in the team event. We're going to do everything we can to get Nico [Alvarez] ready for NCAAs. He's peaking at the right time and I think he can go far.

"It was a great complete match for Nico, Smith added. "I'm really disappointed for him that he didn't get to finish because he had things in control in the third set. I thought he really handled adversity really well. Quentin took the first set, but then Nico reset, refocused, stuck with it, had a good game plan and broke Quentin down. That's really, really hard to do because that's what Quentin's game is. Nico is playing great tennis.

#30 Georgia Tech 4, Louisville 1
Apr 21, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Alex Gornet (UL) 7-6, 6-2
2. C. Morin-Kougoucheff (UL) def. Carlos Benito (GT) 6-4, 6-4
3. Cole Fiegel (GT) vs. Jeffrey Brown (UL) 6-7, 3-4, unfinished
4. Daniel Yun (GT) def. Brandon Lancaster (UL) 6-3, 6-2
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. George Hedley (UL) 6-4, 6-2
6. Michael Kay (GT) vs. Sean Donohue (UL) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) def. Alex Gornet/George Hedley (UL) 6-4
2. Carlos Benito/Christopher Eubanks (GT) vs. Jeffrey Brown/C. Morin-Kougoucheff (UL) 5-4, unf
3. Andrew Li/Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Sean Donohue/Courtney Lock (UL) 6-2
Match Notes
Louisville 15-17
Georgia Tech 16-7; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,2,1,5)
ACC Championship first round

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Kenny Thorne via GT's recap
"We lost the doubles point against them in the regular season, but we did a good job in all three doubles matches today. They played singles much better toward the end of the season than they did against us earlier in the season, and it was a battle today and a lot tougher this time. Our guys have been resilient and fighting solid all year. It was good to see Nathan get the clinching point for us, and for Daniel to be the catalyst and get off the court quickly in singles.

"I feel like we're in a good place now with a match under our belts. Hopefully we'll get after it tomorrow and play a little more relaxed against UNC.

Post-Match Quotes from Louisville's recap
"That hurt," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "We were in this match the entire time until the very end. Christopher beat a player he lost to in the regular season. Jeff (Brown) was way up in his match as well. Sean, Alex and George all had chances to win their first sets. We needed at least one of those to make it come down to the wire. But I want to take this time to thank seniors Alex Gornet and Jeff Brown for their four years of dedication to the program and me. I will miss them."

#44 NC State 4, Clemson 2
Apr 21, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Alex Favrot (CU) def. #54 Simon Norenius (NCST) 6-4, 6-2
2. #102 Thomas Weigel (NCST) def. Daffra Sanon (CU) 7-6 (5), 6-2
3. Luke Johnson (CU) def. #95 Nick Horton (NCST) 7-5, 6-2
4. Igor Saveljic (NCST) def. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Ivan Saveljic (NCST) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
6. Christian Harris (CU) vs. Shoti Meparidze (NCST) 4-6, 6-1, 4-4 dnf
Doubles competition 
1. Simon Norenius/Thomas Weigel (NCST) def. Luke Johnson/Christian Harris (CU) 7-6(4)
2. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (NCST) def. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU) 6-3
3. Alex Favrot/Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Nick Horton/Michael Ogden (NCST) 6-3
Match Notes
NC State 18-13; National ranking #44
Clemson 16-14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,4,2,5)
ACC Championship first round

#36 Virginia Tech 4, Miami 0
Apr 21, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Joao Monteiro (VT) vs. #38 Piotr Lomacki (UM) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished 
2. #66 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) vs. Max Andrews (UM) 7-5, 1-1, unfinished 
3. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Jesse Flores (UM) 6-1, 6-1
4. #74 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Fermin Calvo (UM) 6-0, 6-3
5. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-3, 6-1
6. Jai Corbett (VT) vs. Niclas Genovese (UM) 3-6, 5-1, unfinished
Doubles competition 
1. #15 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #72 Max Andrews/Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-2
2. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) vs. #66 Piotr Lomacki/Nile Clark (UM) 5-5, unfinished 
3. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Jesse Flores/Kevin Bondar (UM) 6-4
Match Notes:
Miami 8-15
Virginia Tech 15-7; National ranking #36 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,5)
ACC Championship first round
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UCLA Regional
Sunset Canyon Recreation Center - Los Angeles, CA

[3] UCLA Bruins (22-2) vs. [49-64] Weber State Wildcats (14-7) - Friday 1pm PT - Both schools earned their conference's automatic berth after UCLA defeated Cal in the finals of the Pac-12 Tournament while Weber State punched its first ticket since 1992 with a win over Idaho in the finals of the Big Sky Tournament. Weber State went 0-3 against teams that were ranked at some point during the season the Wildcats losing to BYU, Utah, and UC Irvine by a combined score of 18-2. 

Note: These matches will be played at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, which is on the campus of UCLA, instead of the Los Angeles Tennis Center due to construction of the new football and basketball training facilities.

Doubles Records: UCLA 18-6, Weber State 13-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UCLA 85, Weber State 72

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

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.98) vs. Jakub Gewert (WSU 11.82)
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.04) vs. Todd Fought (WSU 12.66)
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.14) vs. Stefan Cooper (WSU 12.07)
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.46) vs. Hou En Chen (WSU 11.55)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Landon Barlow (WSU 12.16)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.64) vs. Sanjay Goswami (WSU 11.85)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.26)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >1)
UCLA: McDonald 11, Redlicki 10, Brymer 7, Di Giulio 5
WSU: Goswami 11, Fought 4, Barlow 3

UCLA played at Sunset three weeks ago against UC San Diego and won that easily 7-0. They won't get to 7 this time due to the clinch rule but they'll get to 4 pretty quickly. Bruins in doubles and McDonald, Sell, and Di Giulio in singles. Prediction: UCLA 4-0. 

[17-32] San Diego Toreros (23-7) vs. [33-48] Vanderbilt Commodores (17-13) - Friday 10am PT San Diego earned the West Coast Conference's automatic bid after defeating Pepperdine in the finals of the conference tournament while Vanderbilt was awarded an at-large bid after falling to Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. San Diego enters this match riding a 13-match winning streak with 10 of those being shutouts. Vanderbilt played its way off the bubble by winning four of its last five which included wins over Mississippi State, LSU, and Alabama. 

San Diego won the regular season meeting 4-0 all the way back during the Kick-Off Weekend in January though the only individual rematches will come at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. 

Regular Season Meeting 

#19 San Diego 4, #26 Vanderbilt 0 
Jan 23, 2016 at Durham, N.C (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. #64 Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-0, 2-6, 3-1, unf 
2. #34 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) 
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 6-3, 6-4 
4. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Cameron Klinger (VANDY) 6-7 (5-7), 5-3, unf 
5. #58 Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. Kris Yee (VANDY) 1-6, 3-4, unf 
6. Joshua Page (USD) def. Ryan Smith (VANDY) 6-2, 7-5 
Doubles competition 
1. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VANDY) 6-4 
2. Joshua Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Ryan Smith/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-1 
3. Jaan Kononov/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Baker Newman/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 3-4, unf 
Match Notes 
Vanderbilt 3-0; National ranking #26 
San Diego 2-0; National ranking #19 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,2,6)

Doubles Records: San Diego 19-8, Vanderbilt 16-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: San Diego 82, Vanderbilt 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.18) vs. #36 Daniel Valent (VU 14.15)
2. #71 Jordan Angus (USD 13.91) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.34)
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.67) vs. 
#84 Cameron Klinger (VU 13.74) 
4. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.37) vs. Baker Newman (VU 13.57)
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.46) vs. Kris Yee (VU 12.99)
6. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.78) vs. Alex Ross (VU 12.84)
O: Josh Page (USD 12.91); Pen Binet (VU 12.77)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >1)
USD: Araouzos 9, Kalaydjian 8, Angus 8, Vittek 6, Kononov 5, Page 4, Petronijevic 3
VU: Newman 4, Ross 2

San Diego entered last year's NCAA Tournament riding a 15-match winning streak and got stunned in the first round by a San Diego State team that it just beaten one month earlier.  I think this senior-laden team led by Uros Petronijevic will get it done on Friday with Petronijevic, Angus, Kononov, and Kalaydjian winning in singles while Vandy takes the doubles point and gets a win from Klinger at 3. Prediction: San Diego 4-2

Regional Final - [17-32] San Diego at [3] UCLA - Saturday 1pm PT 

Previous Meeting

#9 UCLA 7, #16 San Diego 0 
Feb 05, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition 
1. McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. #7 Angus/Vittek (USD) 6-4 
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Page/Petronijevic (USD) 6-3 
3. Brymer/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Kalaydjian/Kononov (USD) 4-5, unfinished 
Singles competition 
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.00) def. #35 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.04) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 
2. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.84) def. #34 Jordan Angus (USD 13.96) 6-1, 6-3 
3. Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.08) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.58) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.33) def. #82 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.23) 6-1, 6-2 
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) def. Joshua Page (USD 12.96) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.56) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.64) 6-3, 6-3 
Match Notes 
San Diego 4-0; National ranking #16 
UCLA 4-0; National ranking #9 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,2,6,1,3,5)

Doubles Records: UCLA 18-6, San Diego 19-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UCLA 85, San Diego 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.98) vs. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.18)
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.04) vs. #71 Jordan Angus (USD 13.91)
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.14) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.67)
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.46) vs. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.37)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.50) vs. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.46)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.64) vs. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.78)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.26); Josh Page (USD 12.91)

San Diego has had teams that were good enough to make the Round of 16 but geography has been its worst enemy. Due to its Southern California location it has been sent to the UCLA or USC regionals six years in a row. USC eliminated them in 2011 and 2013, UCLA took them out in 2012 and 2014, and San Diego State stunned them last year in the opening round of the USC regional. It seems the committee has been alternating USD's trips to USC and UCLA and its too bad that it was UCLA's turn because I think the Toreros would have had a fighting chance against USC. 

UCLA won the regular season meeting 7-0 and the Bruins will be putting out the exact same lineup in this one while San Diego has switched up its 4, 5, and 6. I think this matchup will have similar scorelines versus the regular season meeting with San Diego likely to win a few sets but UCLA will win all the completed matches. Bruins will take the doubles point and gets wins from Redlicki, Sell, and Di Giulio. Prediction: UCLA 4-0


Northwestern Regional
Vandy Christie Tennis Center - Evanston, IL

[14] Northwestern Wildcats (25-4) vs. [49-64] Valparaiso Crusaders (22-5) - Saturday 1pm CT - Northwestern earned an at-large bid after falling to Illinois in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament while Valpo punched its first-ever ticket after shutting out Green Bay in the finals of the Horizon League Tournament. Valpo went 1-5 against teams that were ranked at some point during the season with the win coming over Western Michigan. Northwestern set a school record for wins (25) while also going 14-0 at home. Valpo's 22 wins are a new school record so one team will add to its record total while the others season will come to a close. Valpo will be making the short 70-mile drive from it's Northern Indiana campus so it should have some good fan support. 

Doubles Records: Northwestern 24-5, Valparaiso 21-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Northwestern 83, Valparaiso 76

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

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #20 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.56) vs. Jeffrey Schorsch (VALPO 13.77)
2. #40 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.17) vs. Chad Kissell (VALPO 12.65)
3. #57 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.41) vs. Dave Bacalla (VALPO 12.03)
4. Fedor Baev (NU 13.20) vs. Charlie Emhardt (VALPO 12.53)
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 13.08) vs. Garrett Gardner (VALPO 11.79)
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.01) vs. Kyle Dunn (VALPO 12.43)
O: Mihir Kumar (NU 13.40)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins)
NU: Kirchheimer 12, Vandixhorn 6
VU: Schorsch 10, Kissell 10, Emhardt 8, Dunn 8, Bacalla 3, Gardner 2

Valpo has some talent throughout its lineup but Northwestern hasn't come this far to go down in the first round. I like the Cats in doubles and Shropshire, Kirchheimer, and Vandixhorn in singles. Prediction: Northwestern 4-0. 

[17-32] Stanford Cardinal (13-10) vs. [33-48] Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-13) - Saturday 10am CT - Both teams got in as an at-large with Stanford falling to UCLA in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament while Notre Dame lost a 4-3 nail-biter to Wake Forest in the ACC quarters. Notre Dame will have a reasonably short 110-mile drive to Evanston while Stanford will be making the 2000-mile flight across the country for a match that will start at 8am pacific time. Stanford has a pair of starters that should have some nice support with Tom Fawcett growing up five miles away in Winnetka while Sameer Kumar is from Indianapolis. Kumar's older brother, Mihir, starts in doubles for Northwestern so the family will get to see both play.

Stanford only has two singles starters (Fawcett/Romanowicz) with a dual-match record of more than 1 match above .500. Notre Dame isn't much better with Monaghan, Hagar, and Sabacinski each 3 matches over .500 while Broadus is 2 over. 

Doubles Records: Stanford 17-5, Notre Dame 15-12
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingStanford 83, Notre Dame 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #15 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.63) vs. #35 Quentin Monaghan (ND 14.08)
2. Michael Genender (ST 13.54) vs. #105 Josh Hagar (ND 13.81)
3. #87 David Wilczynski (ST 13.73) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND 13.27)
4. Nolan Paige (ST 13.38) vs. Alex Lawson (ND 13.37)
5. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.59) vs. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND 12.79)
6. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.63) vs. Grayson Broadus (ND 13.06)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >1)
ST: Romanowicz 4
ND: Hagar 3, Covalschi 2

This was one of the tougher matches to pick a winner because while Stanford looks better on paper Notre Dame really finished strong down the stretch.

Stanford has been pretty tough in doubles while Notre Dame was struggling until it won the doubles point in four of its final five matches. I'm going to take Stanford in doubles but if Notre Dame finds a way to take the point I think they'll win the match. In singles I like Josh Hagar, Alex Lawson, and Kenny Sabacinski for the Irish while I'll take Tom Fawcett, David Wilczynski, and Maciek Romanowicz for the Cardinal. After going 0-4 in 4-3 matches I'm going to pick Stanford to finally win one. Prediction: Stanford 4-3

Regional Final - [17-32] Stanford at [14] Northwestern - Sunday 1pm CT -

Doubles Records: Northwestern 24-5, Stanford 17-5
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Northwestern 83, Stanford 83

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #20 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.56) vs. #15 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.63)
2. #40 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.17) vs. Michael Genender (ST 13.54)
3. #57 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.41) vs. #87 David Wilczynski (ST 13.73)
4. Fedor Baev (NU 13.20) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.38)
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 13.08) vs. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.59)
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.01) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.63)
O: Mihir Kumar (NU 13.40)

The weather on Sunday won't exactly be up to Chamber of Commerce standards with temps expected to be in the low 50s accompanied by 15 mile per hour winds. I'm going to take Stanford in doubles and Sameer Kumar in singles but I like Konrad Zieba, Sam Shropshire, Strong Kirchheimer, and Fedor Baev for Northwestern. Prediction: Northwestern 4-2

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The opening day of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and as you can see from the scores below there were a few surprises. All the top seeds cruised with only Illinois yielding a point while a pair of 33-48 seeds pulled off mild upsets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"This is an experience we can build on next year, said Alexis.

Oregon, which was the No. 3 seed in the Oklahoma regional, won it's first-ever NCAA Tournament match with a surprisingly straight forward 4-1 win over Tulsa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

OU's video highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We learned how to compete and not show that much respect to the better teams ranking wise. We saw that we could have beat them; we almost did in doubles. We didn't give up and we gave everything we had. They beat us, probably because they were better, but not because we gave up."

Texas gave Lamar an early kick to the gut and then finished them off with a few roundhouses in route to a 4-0 win in the opening match of the Texas A&M regional.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"It means a lot to represent your school, and playing in a national championship team format is always a privilege," said Browning. "I know our guys really worked hard this year. We did a really good job of just getting here. Really proud of the way we made it through everything and handled adversity.

San Diego defeated Vanderbilt for the second time this season with a 4-0 win in the opening match of the UCLA regional. Vanderbilt was playing without Cameron Klinger (injury?), who plays No. 3 singles (17-8) and #1 dubs with Rhys Johnson (18-8), and his absence was definitely felt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"This was a fantastic season and we will be sad to see our seniors go but I am excited to see the continued success of our program," Ferreira said.

The second most exciting match of the day took place in Winston-Salem with Michigan winning a back and forth 4-3 match against East Tennessee State.

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

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

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

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

Michigan Celebration (Pic from Michigan)

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

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

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

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

#6 Wake Forest 4, Coastal Carolina 0
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. VELICKOVIC, Vuk (CCU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (CCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. LEME, Pedro (CCU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. SCHNEIDER, Sebastian (CCU) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. FARIA, Luiz (CCU) 6-2, 6-0
6. #116 Maksim Kan (WF) vs. MIGLIANO, Francesco (CCU) 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Vuk Velickovic/Pedro Leme (CCU) 5-2, unf
2. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Nic Planchard/Francesco Migliano (CCU) 6-0
3. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luiz Faria/Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU) 6-2
Match Notes
Coastal Carolina 21-4 (8-0 Big South)
Wake Forest 30-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,2,3)
NCAA Tournament - First Round

UC Santa Barbara jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point but Georgia Tech rebounded in singles. Chris Eubanks, Nathan Rakitt, and Michael Kay won in straight sets while Daniel Yun came back from a set down to defeat Anders Holm at No. 4.

Georgia Tech will meet USC on Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post-Match Quotes from UNLV's recap
"We lost a very close doubles point and then started out slowly in singles, said UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook. "However, we were very much alive in all of the matches that didn't finish so I think we acquitted ourselves well today. The future of UNLV tennis is certainly bright with everyone coming back and we are excited for next season.

Both of the top two seeds won in Champaign with the host Illini fighting off Western Michigan 4-1 while Mississippi State got past Memphis 4-1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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