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The finals are set at the 2017 Men's ITA National Team Indoor Championships and it'll be the host and top seed Virginia going up against the third seed Ohio State. The opening match of the day between Ohio State and the second seed Wake Forest was just plain wild. There were so many swings back and forth and just when you thought one team was going to pull it out the other came swooping in. 

Ohio State came into the match with a perfect 12-0 record during the doubles point but Wake Forest was set on giving them their first L. Ohio State's No. 2 team of Martin Joyce and Hugo Di Feo came out with guns blazin' as they broke Alan Gadjiev on the no-ad point to start the match and then after Joyce held from 40/30 they broke Borna Gojo's serve on the no-ad point to make it 3-0. Gojo and Gadjiev took one of the breaks back when they broke Di Feo from 30/40 however Joyce and Di Feo would break Gadjiev on the no-ad point to make it 4-1. Joyce would hold and then the Buckeye duo would break Gojo to close it out 6-1. 

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The second day of the 2017 Men's ITA National Team Indoor Championships brought us two thrilling main draw matches and two that were over shortly after they started. All four semifinalists were top five seeds with three hailing from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the fourth comes from the Big Ten.

We'll start off with one of the two thrillers as the No. 4 seed California took on the No. 5 seed North Carolina. At last year's NTIs, North Carolina made a habit of winning matches after dropping the doubles point and it seems like that tradition has continued this year. Cal jumped out to early break leads on all three courts with Andre Goransson and Billy Griffith breaking on the no-ad point to go up 3-1 at No. 2, Bjorn Hoffmann and JT Nishimura breaking at love to go up 3-2 at No. 3, and Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat breaking to go up 4-2 at No. 1.

Bergevi and Lakat would finish first at No. 1 with Lakat hitting an ace down the T on the 40/30 point to win it 6-4. North Carolina actually called the serve out but when Cal appealed the call the chair overturned it to make the result official. North Carolina's Blaine Boyden and Simon Soendergaard got their match at No. 3 back on serve at 4-4 however Cal would break back to go up 5-4. Cal's Goransson and Griffith would maintain their early break lead at No. 2 and Griffith would serve it out from 40/30 with a service winner to give Cal the doubles point with a 6-3 win.

The match at No. 3 went unfinished with Cal's Bjorn Hoffmann serving 5-4 (40/40) - Hoffmann and Nishimura thought they won it on the 40/30 point but their out call on a shot on the baseline was overruled by the chair. Hoffmann missed his first serve on the 40/40 point and before he could serve up his second serve Cal clinched. 

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The opening day of the 2017 Men's National Team Indoor Championships is in the books and it was an action packed day that saw one exciting dual-match after another. Each of the four time slots had at least one close match and the 3:30 time slot had two close ones. The top two seeds, Virginia and Wake Forest, faced the least resistance while the No. 3 seed Ohio State faced some resistance but managed to close out enough courts before Oklahoma could get on the board. The UCLA/USC match was the only one to finish with a 4-3 score while four matches finished 4-2.

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Virginia got a last minute warmup for the National Team Indoors by welcoming in No. 17 Illinois for a somewhat rare mid-week match in Charlottesville. Virginia claimed a quick 6-2 win from Luca Corinteli and Carl Soderlund at No. 1 doubles and it looked like Illinois would get a quick win at No. 3 when Zeke Clark and Gui Gomes led 5-2* but Virginia's Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone came roaring back to win 7-6(4). The match at No. 2 doubles was halted just as the tiebreak was ready to get started. 

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The Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN) released it's Winter Rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes for the Class of 2017 and coming in at No. 1 was Jeff Wallace's Georgia Bulldogs. Wallace signed a pair of blue chippers for next fall in Oklahoma's Morgan Coppoc (11.16) and California's Annette Goulak (10.67) along with Katarina Jokic (12.23) from Bosnia/Herzegovina. Coppoc is the top rated recruit in the Gulf States and has been ranked as high as sixth in the country while Goulak is the fourth rated recruit in California and has been ranked as high as 19th in the country. Jokic achieved a career high ITF junior ranking of 36 and has been ranked as high as 604 in the WTA rankings. 

UCLA's Stella Sampras Webster signed TRN's No. 2 class with Illinois's Caroline Dolehide (12.40) and Louisiana's Helen Altick (10.53) set to join the Bruins next fall. Dolehide has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the country while Altick has been ranked as high as No. 12. To view the entire top 25 click on this link

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For the second day in a row Virginia faced a serious challenge but once again the bottom part of the lineup was able to come through when it counted and Virginia edged Kentucky 4-3. Virginia looked like it had the doubles point under control after winning 6-1 at No. 1 and leading 5-3 at No. 2 but Kentucky's Will Bushamuka and Nils Ellefsen won four straight games to win the decider 7-5. Virginia would try to rebound in singles but gaining early momentum would be a little tougher than usual since Virginia's strong No. 5 and No. 6 guys wouldn't get a chance to start immediately due to Kentucky indoor facility only having four courts.

Virginia freshman Carl Soderlund didn't waste any time in his match at No. 3 against Kentucky senior Beck Pennington. Soderlund played at No. 4 yesterday and he seemed to appreciate the bump up to No. 3 because he broke Pennington to start the match and about 25 minutes later he had a 6-0 first set in the bank. Pennington held to start the second set but Soderlund would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-1. Pennington held for 2-3 but then Soderlund won the final three games to close it out 6-0, 6-2. 

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The two-time defending NCAA Champion Virginia Cavaliers took the court tonight for the first time this season and while they came out on top against Vanderbilt it didn't exactly go as smooth as some may have expected. Vanderbilt picked up a quick 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles but Virginia countered with a 6-3 win at No. 2 so it all came down to No. 3. Vanderbilt's Billy Rowe and Lachlan McPhee broke Virginia's serve to go up 5-4 and then McPhee served it out to give Vanderbilt the doubles point and early 1-0 lead. 

During singles play Virginia jumped out to early break leads at 1, 4, and 5 while Vanderbilt took the early lead at 2 and 3 (only five indoor courts). All five guys with the early break lead would close out the first set and Virginia's Alex Ritschard would be the first one to the finish line with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Billy Rowe at No. 5. Vanderbilt's Baker Newman put the Commodores back in front with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 3 but Virginia freshman Carl Soderlund, who was making his collegiate debut, tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 4. Vanderbilt retook the lead when Cameron Klinger earned a late break at 5-4 and then he served it out from 40/15 to win it 6-0, 5-7, 6-4. Virginia's Henrik Wiersholm was closing in on a win at No. 6 but it looked like Vanderbilt's Daniel Valent might force a third set at No. 1 when he led Collin Altamirano 5-3 in the second. Altamirano won three straight to go ahead 6-5 but Valent managed to get a hold to force a tiebreak. Altamirano raced out to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak and close it out 7-5, 7-6(2). Moments later Wiersholm would clinch the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Panu Virtanen.  

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After putting out the college pro rankings over the last two days its time to get caught up on some news that took place over the last few days. We'll start with in Knoxville where former Tennessee All-American Alison Ojeda was named as Tennessee's new women's head coach. Ojeda, who played at Tennessee from 1998 to 2002, replaces Mike Patrick who stepped down last week after 30 years on the job due to health reasons. Ojeda came back to Rocky Top in June as an assistant coach after spending the last six seasons at Baylor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, 01 March 2015 15:30

Sunday Update

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

#5 Baylor 5, #11 Virginia 2 - FINAL

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

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

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

#6 Texas 4, #12 Wake Forest 3 - FINAL

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

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

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

Singles Lineups:
1. #60 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.12) def. #9 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.47)  5-7, 6-3, 6-3
2. #63 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.15) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.42) 6-2, 6-4
3. William Kallberg (OM 13.21) def. Kris Yee (VU 13.59) 7-6(3), 7-6(7)
4. Danny Valent (VU 13.67) vs. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.80) 5-3
5. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.83) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.76) - never got started
6. Baker Newman (VU 12.87) vs.  Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.79) - never got started
Order of Finish (2,3,1)
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