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Both Virginia and Texas A&M faced tough opposition on Sunday but both answered the bell and came out on top.  Virginia won the doubles point and then took all 6 opening sets and managed to finish the top 3 out in straights as Mitchell Frank, Ryan Shane, and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski all won.   Virginia played singles without one of its top 3 players as Collin Altamirano sat out due to a stomach bug.

Virginia Tech did show some fight down low but Virginia still managed to win 2 of those 3 with all going 3 sets.

Virginia recap

"I was pleased with the overall performance today," said head coach Brian Boland. "Virginia Tech showed why they are a top-15 team, if not better. They are solid from top to bottom. We had all the momentum, winning doubles and six first sets, but they never gave up. We had to overcome a little adversity today and I was happy with how we responded to that."

"Missing Collin and Alex (Ritschard) in singles, I was pleased with how the guys stepped up," said Boland. "Alex is continuing to get better and is getting close to being back. Collin had a stomach bug and was able to play doubles, but not singles today. I thought the team responded well to having to reshuffle the lineup a little bit."

Virginia Tech recap

"I would like to thank our fans that came out today, said head coach Jim Thompson. "UVA is a good team and deserves a lot of credit, but I was really proud of the way our guys fought hard in front of such a supportive HokieNation crowd.

#4 Virginia 6, #13 Virginia Tech 1
April 5, 2015 - Snyder Tennis Center, Charlottesville, Va.
1. #29 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.96) def. #45 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.79) 6-4, 6-4
2. #6 Ryan Shane (VA 14.60) def. #63 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.26) 6-3, 6-4
3. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.66) def. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.76) 7-6 (4), 6-0
4. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.65) vs. #112 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.94) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.29) 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 13.46) def. Jai Corbett (VT 12.87) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
1. #8 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) vs. #64 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) 7-6, unf
2. #54 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (VT) 8-5
3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 8-4

Match Notes:
Virginia 16-3 overall, 8-0 ACC
Virginia Tech 15-3 overall, 7-2 ACC
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,2,1,6,5,4)

Who Wins on Sunday in Charlottesville

  41 (87%)
Virginia Tech
  6 (12%)

Votes so far: 47 

Despite the 4-0 score this one was much, much closer.  Texas A&M took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 then all 6 singles matches would go to a 3rd set.  Texas A&M would sweep the bottom 3 spots with Harrison Adams, AJ Catanzariti, and Jordi Arconada winning at 4, 5, and 6.  Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech was also up a break on 3 at the time of the clinch while the other 2 were even. 

Note: Harrison Adams came back from a 5-2 deficit in the 3rd and won the final 5 games to win the match.

Texas A&M recap

"Proud of the team win today and very excited to get our first road win against Florida, Texas A&M men's tennis head coach Steve Denton said. "Gainesville is a tough place to play. With six three setters today, the final score was not indicative of how exciting and close this match really was.

"Our freshmen keep coming up big, but Harry coming back from 5-2 down in the third was the game changer today, Denton said. "Harry won three deuce points in a row. We are all so proud of his fight today. He is gaining momentum with every match and so is the rest of this Aggie team.

"We will enjoy this one today and begin getting ready for LSU starting tomorrow, Denton added. "The mantra of this team is hungry and humble and not getting ahead of ourselves. We will enjoy this one today and begin getting ready for LSU starting tomorrow.

Florida recap

Quotes from the Match - Shelton's Notes Head Coach Bryan Shelton

On Florida's fight against the SEC-leading Texas A&M Aggies
I thought it was good. Texas A&M came in and played a really good match from start to finish. In doubles they came out ready to play and we just started too slow out there and put ourselves in a hole, losing our serve in two first service games on Court 1 and also on Court 3. So that kind of set the tone for the doubles. We were trying to play catch up there on Court 1 and did a good job of fighting and hanging in there and trying to get back, but we just dug too big a hole there. In singles play I was really pleased. I felt like up and down the board we competed well, played well, put ourselves in good positions in sets, and it was a tight match. It's one of those where [if] we get one our two points, we can pick those two points somewhere, I think we win a few more of those matches and we're still out there playing right now. Like I said, hats off to Texas A&M. They're a quality team. Not only are they talented but they compete hard and hopefully we get to see them again in a couple of weeks' time at the SEC Tournament.

On moving forward after today's loss
We certainly can learn from it. We're close against a top-10 team. We're not very far off at all so I think we can look at the positives, look at some of the things we did really well, and everybody on the court did things well. So we can focus in on those things and also look at areas where we can get a little bit better in the next week or two. Big weekend coming up with Tennessee and Kentucky, starting with Kentucky on Friday. It'll be a tough test up there on the road and we look forward to the challenge.

#8 Texas A&M 0, #16 Florida 0
Sunday, April 5, 2015 - Gainesville, FL - Scott Linder Stadium
1. #59 Jeremy Efferding (aTm 14.26) vs. #71 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.12) 6-3, 5-7, DNF
2. #67 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.23) vs. #115 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.21) 6-4, 5-7, 2-2, DNF
3. Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.17) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.76) 5-7, 6-4, 3-2, DNF
4. #51 Harrison Adams (aTm 13.60) def. #118 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.49) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 (2:00)
5. #79 AJ Catanzariti (aTm 14.25) def. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.54) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 (1:55)
6. Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.39) def. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.10) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 (2:05)
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Just when we thought the weekend couldn't get any crazier #23 Texas Tech pulled off a 4-3 stunning upset over seemingly unstoppable #1 Oklahoma.

Texas Tech was just 7-9 in doubles coming in but they managed to take the point over Oklahoma by winning 6-3 at #3 doubles and 7-6(6) at #1.  Oklahoma was 12-10 in doubles coming in but time and time again they overcame the early deficit to come back and win - not today.  (TT's live scoring & recap showed Nick Papac with Spencer Papa at #3 dubs but it was Florin Bragusi who partnered with Papa).

Oklahoma would take the opening set at 1, 2, 4, and 6 singles while Texas Tech took the opening set at 3 and 5.  Texas Tech's Alex Sendegeya would run his dual match record to 17-6 with a 6-2, 6-3 upset over #30 Dane Webb which extended the Tech lead to 2-0.

Oklahoma would then make a run by winning the next 3 completed matches as Axel Alvarez, Andrew Harris, and Florin Bragusi each won in straight sets at 1, 2, and 6 singles.  Oklahoma would now lead 3-2 but they were trailing in each of the other 2 matches.

Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau would then tie it at 3-3 as he won the only match that went 3 sets when he defeated Alex Ghilea 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at #4 singles.

It all came down to #5 singles where Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon had a set lead on OU's Spencer Papa.  Zambon served to stay in the 2nd set at 4-5 and 5-6 and held both times to push the set to a tiebreak.  Zambon would get the mini break to go up 6-5 then the senior from Campinas, Brazil would close it out and Texas Tech had its 1st ever win over a #1 program.  The video clip below is courtesy of Texas Tech and it shows Zambon putting away match point at the net.

Texas Tech recap

"What makes this so special is that it was Fran, our senior captain who closed out the match," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "Doubles, Alex, Jolan, Fran ... what can I say. I am really in shock that we beat the No. 1 team in the nation. The fact that it came down to Francisco Zambon was absolutely perfect."

"This was amazing," said Red Raider senior Francisco Zambon. "We have been preparing for this the entire year. We played like we have been playing. We didn't do anything different.

"I have had some very good memories and some very bad memories over the last four years, but today is something special for myself, the entire team, coach (Siegel) and (assistant coach) James (Wilson). It something I will always remember."

"I do not know if there is any other place in college tennis where the crowd is like that. I am just so excited to play Baylor next week," added Zambon.

Oklahoma recap

#23 Texas Tech 4, #1 Oklahoma 3
Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
1. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.77) def. #35 Felipe Soares (TT 13.60) 7-6 (4), 6-3
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.85) def. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.50) 6-3, 6-1
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.57) def. #30 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-2, 6-3
4. #114 Jolan Cailleau (TT 13.43) def. #70 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.20) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Francisco Zambon (TT 12.90) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.60) def. Connor Curry (TT 12.93) 6-4, 6-3
1. #33 Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) def. #8 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) 7-6 (6)
2. #52 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Alex Sendegeya (TT) 7-6 (1)
3. Francisco Zambon/Connor Curry (TT) def. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Stats
Records: #1 Oklahoma (21-2, 3-1 Big 12); #23 Texas Tech (18-6, 2-2 Big 12).
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,2,6,1,4,5)
Note: This is Texas Tech's first-ever win over a team ranked No. 1.
T-2:35 A-719

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

Wake Forest opened it up by taking the doubles point with an 8-6 win at #3 and an 8-7(5) win at 2. The Demon Deacons followed that up that by taking the opening set on all 6 courts and it looked like the rout was on after the Deacs picked up straight set wins from Maksim Kan and Romain Bogaerts at 2 and 6.

North Carolina however would fight back by taking the 2nd set on each of the 4 remaining courts. The amazing thing about taking all those 2nd sets was the fact that UNC was down a break in 3 of them.  UNC's Robert Kelly put the Tar Heels on the board by defeating Christian Seraphim at #5 singles and while both Brett Clark and Jack Murray had pushed their matches into a 3rd set it wasn't looking as promising at #1.  UNC's Brayden Schnur was able to force a 3rd set against Noah Rubin but Rubin would quickly race out to a 4-0 lead and would end up cruising to the finish line for the 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win.

After the match had been decided both Clark and Murray completed their comebacks by each winning in 3.  Clark actually came back from 5-2 down to win his final set 7-5.

Wake Forest recap 
North Carolina recap

#13 Wake Forest 4, #16 North Carolina 3
April 12, 2015 - Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition                                                                                    
1. #26 Noah Rubin (WF 14.88) def. #15 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.55) 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2
2. #13 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.34) def. #24 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.20) 6-2, 6-3
3. #71 Brett Clark (UNC 13.79) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.19) 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5
4. Jack Murray (UNC 14.12) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 13.71) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. #109 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.56) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.68) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.33) def. Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.46) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #59 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) def. #9 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 8-6
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) 8-7 (7-5)
3. Romain Bogaerts/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Andrew Gores/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 8-6
Match Notes
North Carolina 17-9 (6-4 ACC); National ranking #16
Wake Forest 17-6 (7-3 ACC); National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5,1,4,3)
Match played outdoors.
Match delayed one hour due to WF women's tennis match beforehand.
T-4:04 A-458

Who Wins on Sunday in Winston-Salem

#13 Wake Forest
  25 (51%)
#16 North Carolina
  24 (48%)

Votes so far: 49
Poll closed 

Baylor got off to a slow start in doubles but still managed to pick up the point by taking both 1 and 3 in tiebreakers.  The singles portion took a while, due to a few rain delays, but Baylor pulled through with wins from Max Tchoutakian, Diego Galeano, and Felipe Rios at 3, 4, and 6.  Oklahoma State was very competitive on some of the other courts as well.  Big time match for Baylor coming up on Wednesday in Austin against Texas.

Baylor recap

"Well we started slow. We didn't come out the way that we would like to come out in the doubles. We are obviously a little lucky to win two tie-breakers in matches that we easily could have lost. It's a credit to the guys - when the chips were down they found a way to win and that's a great sign of a great competitor." - head coach Matt Knoll on the doubles

"We were able to scratch out some tough games today. It was a good finish for us. We kind of got our minds right and started to roll." - Knoll on the win

"We've got to figure out how to be at our best when our best is needed. It's needed when you are playing big matches. It's a process for us. I'm happy to get through it. We're going to have to be a heck of a lot better when we go down to Austin on Wednesday." - Knoll on what his team needs to do to improve


"Well you need guys doing that. Anytime you get a quick point, it makes a heck of a difference. You kind of back your opponent into a corner. Once we kind of got rolling, we started backing them into a corner. There was a point there when they won the second set on two and a lot of the first sets were close and this thing could have gone either way. Then we won all those other close sets and we just started to roll." - Knoll on Rios' quick singles win

OK State recap

#2 Baylor 4, #25 Oklahoma State 0
Apr 12, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.78) vs. #39 Jakob Sude (OKST 13.71) 7-5, 2-5 unf
2. #31 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.16) vs. #98 Lucas Gerch (OKST 13.76) 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 unf
3. #61 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) def. #118 Arjun Kadhe (OKST 13.51) 7-5, 6-1
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.65) def. Lukas Finzelberg (OKST 13.78) 6-3, 6-4
5. #117 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.87) vs. Nicolai Ferrigno (OKST 13.50) 7-5, 4-3 unf
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.84) def. Jurence Mendoza (OKST 13.01) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #54 Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. #26 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Nicolai Ferrigno/Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. #51 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-2
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 7-6 (7-2)
Match Notes
Oklahoma State 16-7 (0-4); National ranking #25
Baylor 18-4 (2-1); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,4)
Match had two rain delays.
Rain delay 1 was 3 minutes (3:39-3:42)
Rain delay 2 was 40 minutes (4:15-4:55)
Match was moved to Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center during second delay.

#4 Virginia ran its ACC winning streak to 134 consecutive matches with a routine 6-1 win over #29 Louisville.  Virginia won 5 of 6 singles matches in straight sets as Mitchell Frank, Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, J.C. Aragone, and Henrik Wiersholm were all victorious.   Louisville picked up its lone point from Seb Stiefelmeyer at #1 singles as he defeated Virginia's Collin Altamirano in a 10 point tiebreak that was played in lieu of a 3rd set.

Virginia recap

"I thought the team played well today," said head coach Brian Boland. "There were great conditions to play and I was happy we could have a result like this to close out our regular season home schedule. We once again had a great crowd out here and hopefully we will get to play two more matches in this atmosphere in the NCAAs."

"Outside of the success our players have had long after they have left here, there is nothing I am more proud of than the consistency we have had as a program," said Boland. "We have tremendous respect for the ACC and to win 12 straight regular season titles is an incredible accomplishment."

Louisville recap

#4 Virginia 6, #28 Louisville 1
Apr 12, 2015 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU 14.61) def. #72 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.81) 3-6, 6-3, 10-5
2. #22 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.90) def. #104 Albert Wagner (LOU 13.79) 6-2, 6-4
3. #3 Ryan Shane (VA 14.71) def. Alex Gornet (LOU 13.65) 6-3, 6-4
4. #14 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.61) def. Chris Simich (LOU 13.33) 6-3, 6-3
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) def. Van Damrongsri (LOU 12.35) 6-0, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 13.49) def. Luis Elizondo (LOU 12.28) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) vs. #56 Jeffrey Brown/Alex Gornet (LOU) 6-7, unf
2. #55 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Van Damrongsri/Albert Wagner (LOU) 8-3
3. Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Chris Simich/Seb Stiefelmeyer (LOU) 8-4
Match Notes
Louisville 23-6, 7-4; National ranking #28
Virginia 18-3, 10-0; National ranking #4
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It's go time for the ACC, Big 10, and Big 12 with each conference down to the semifinals of their conference tournaments plus the Pac 12 has reached its Championship match.


#5 [1] Virginia vs. #16 [4] North Carolina - 10am est - Virginia won both the regular season meetings with the Wahoos beating UNC 6-1 in Charlottesville and blanking them 4-0 at the National Indoors in Chicago.  Neither match was particularly close though the match at UVA was the better of the two with UNC taking 3 sets and losing several 7-5.

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #7 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.72) vs. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.69) 
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.79) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.31)
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (UNC 13.85) 
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (UNC 14.16) 
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 
6. JC Aragone (UVA 14.08) vs. Andrew Gores (UNC 12.14),
Bench: Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.96),  Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Stuart DePaolo (UNC 12.50)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Shane (UVA) vs. Hess-Olesen/Schnur (UNC)
2. #63 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. #39 Clark/Kelly (UNC)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVA) vs. Murray/Schneider (UNC)

North Carolina is basically going to give away #5 or #6 singles because if a hobbled Esben Hess-Olesen plays at 5 he'll likely retire early-on or go down meekly and if he sits the drop off to its #7/#8 players is pretty severe. North Carolina needs the doubles point to have any reasonable hope of an upset but I don't see Virginia dropping the point for the second day in a row.  I like Virginia in doubles and Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, and JC Aragone at 2, 3, and 6. I think Brayden Schnur has a good shot at 1 and Jack Murray is more than capable of playing with Kwiatkowski at 4 but in the end Virginia wins. Prediction: Virginia 4-1

#11 [2] Wake Forest vs. #55 [10] Georgia Tech - 10am est - Wake Forest won the regular season meeting in Atlanta 5-2 but it was a close match that saw Wake win both #1 and #2 doubles in a tiebreak and then win the 2 deciding singles matches in a 3rd set. 

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) vs. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 
4. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs.  Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) vs.  Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 
6. Maksim Kan (WF 13.26) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 

Projected Doubles Lineup
1. Skander Mansouri/Chrstian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) vs. Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) vs. Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT) 

Georgia Tech is playing lights out right now and they come into this one with nothing to lose while Wake Forest is definitely considered the heavy favorite.  I think Georgia Tech finds a way to take the doubles point and I like Segura and Kay in singles but Wake's top 2 of Rubin and Bogaerts should win along with Mansouri and Seraphim. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3

Big 12:

#2 [2] Baylor (20-4) vs. #6 [3] TCU (21-6) - 1pm est - Baylor won the regular season meeting at home 4-0 though all 6 of the singles matches and all of the 3 doubles match will be different this time.  TCU is coming off a 4-0 thrashing of Oklahoma State while Baylor won its regular season finale last Saturday over Texas Tech 4-1.  

Regular season result:

#5 Baylor 4, #13 TCU 0
Mar 03, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #20 Will Stein/Nick Chappell (TCU) def. #57 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-4
2. Diego Galeano/Julian Lenz (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Facundo Lugones/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #11 Julian Lenz (BU 14.69) vs. #28 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.66) 6-2, 5-6 DNF
2. #48 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.81) vs. #23 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.32) 6-3, 5-6 DNF
3. #40 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.22) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.28) 6-3, 6-2
4. Vince Schneider (BU 13.46) vs. Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.53) 6-4, 3-6, 2-0 DNF
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.82) def. #110 Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.49) 6-0, 6-4
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.62) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.38) 6-0, 6-2
Match Notes
TCU 8-4, 0-1; National ranking #13
Baylor 10-2, 1-0; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,5)

Singles Lineup:
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) vs. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96)
2. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) vs. #59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.97)
3. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) vs. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36)
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) vs. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98)
5. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) vs. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) vs. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 

Doubles Lineup:
1. #18 Lenz/Galeano (BU) vs. #20 Chappell/Stein (TCU)
2. #63 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) vs. #29 Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
3. Rios/Schneider (BU) vs. Hudson Blake/Nunez (TCU)

Baylor's strength all year has been at doubles with BU an outstanding 22-1 while TCU is 15-10. TCU has won the doubles point the last 3 times out so I think they'll keep it close but Baylor still takes it. Lenz has to be considered the sizable favorite at #1 as is Rios at #6 but I think each of the other 4 courts is up for grabs.  

Lupieri beat Nunez 6-2, 6-0 back in October but Nunez is a different player now and has won 17 of his last 18 to rise up from #6 in the lineup to #2.  Lupieri has dropped 2 straight and 4 of his last 7 so he'll have to play better to beat Nunez.  Cameron Norrie had a nice fall but then struggled a little in the middle of the season but he's now rebounded to win his last 5 while Tchoutakian has won 4 of his last 5.  Diego Galeano has dealt with some injuries this year but he's won 5 of 6 since returning to the lineup while Lugones has been tearing it up and is currently riding a 9-match winning streak. Mate Zsiga has won 8 in a row (it'd probably be 14 in a row if his matches hadn't been stopped due to the clinch) while Arnau Dachs has won 4 in a row and 5 of 6.  Both Zsiga and Dachs have played at #1 and #2 singles in the past so each has a big time game.  

TCU has won 7 in a row and the guys are playing with a ton of confidence so I think they'll give Baylor all they want.  I do like Baylor in doubles and Lenz and Rios in singles but I like Nunez, Norrie, and Lugones for TCU at 2, 3, and 4.  I think it could come down to a 3rd set at #5 with the large vocal crowd pushing the Zsiga over the top.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3

#1 [1] Oklahoma (22-2) vs. #10 [4] Texas (19-5) - 1pm est - Oklahoma won the regular season meeting at home 4-1 and all but the top 2 singles spots will be rematches. It looks like none of the doubles courts will be rematches with Oklahoma tentatively scheduled to switch up its doubles pairings to find a spark for the postseason. Oklahoma hasn't played since beating Oklahoma State last Sunday while Texas beat Texas Tech yesterday in a hard fought 4-1 win.  

Regular season result:

#1 Oklahoma 4, #7 Texas 1
03/29/15 at Norman, OK (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Andrew Harris (OU 14.74) def. #1 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 15.14) 6-1, 6-3
2. #2 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.59) def. #34 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.95) 6-1, 6-2
3. #72 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 13.81) def. #23 Dane Webb (OU 14.31) 6-4, 6-3
4. #65 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.15) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.83) def. Nick Naumann (UT 13.78) 6-4, 7-5
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.51) vs. Clement Homs (UT 13.36) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #6 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Dane Webb (OU) def. #41 Glasspool/Hess-Olesen (UT) 6-3
2. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Berkowicz/Goldhoff (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Bragusi/Papa (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 15-3, 1-1; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Oklahoma 19-1, 2-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)

Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) vs. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.88)
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 13.99)
3. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 14.02)
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. George Goldhoff (TX 13.65)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) vs. Nick Naumann (TX 13.72)
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Clement Homs (TX 13.35)

Doubles Lineup:
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU)  vs. #14 Hess-Olesen/Glasspool (TX)
2. Dane Webb/Nick Papac (OU) vs. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (TX)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) vs. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (TX)

Oklahoma won the doubles point the first time and I think OU's new pairings will get them the point again today.

You got two of the best players in college tennis playing at #1 singles as Axel Alvarez puts his 19-0 dual match record on the line against Soren Hess-Olesen who was 15-0 until he dropped 3 of his last 5. Andrew Harris has won 5 in a row and 7 of 8 while Lloyd Glasspool has won 3 straight and he picked up a nice win over Felipe Soares yesterday.  Dane Webb has split his last 6 matches after being nearly unbeatable earlier in the season while Adrien Berkowicz has dropped 2 straight after winning the previous 4.  Alex Ghilea has won 6 of 7 while George Goldhoff has won 2 of 3 with a slew of unfinished matches sprinkled in.  Goldhoff clinched UT's win over Texas Tech by coming back from a set down to beat Jolan Cailleau - Cailleau happens to be the only to beat Alex Ghilea in the last 6 weeks.  Spencer Papa snapped a 2-match losing streak last Sunday by beating Okie State's Lukas Finzelberg while Nick Naumann has dropped 6 of 8 though he was up 3-0 in the 3rd yesterday against Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon when the match was halted.  Florin Bragusi has split his last 2 matches though 4 of his last 6 have gone unfinished.  1 of those unfinished matches came against Clement Homs who is 7-1 on the year after returning from a knee injury.

Texas has a shot at 1, 3, and 6 but I like Andrew Harris, Alex Ghilea, and Spencer Papa at 2, 4, and 5 to give OU the 4 points it needs.  If Texas were to take the doubles point meaning OU would need 4 singles wins then I'd take Alvarez at #1 for the 4th point.   Prediction:  Oklahoma 4-1

Big 10:

#4 [1] Illinois (23-4) vs. #30 [4] Northwestern (20-8) - 1pm est - Illinois won the regular season meeting at home 5-2 in a match where Northwestern took the doubles point before Illinois won at 1 through 5 singles despite playing without Farris Gosea.

Regular Season Result:

#6 Illinois 5, Northwestern 2
Feb 19, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #96 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
2. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #64 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-1, 6-3
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-4, 6-3
4. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #11 Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 8-3
2. Sam Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Farris Gosea/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 8-5
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 8-3
Match Notes
Northwestern 6-5
Illinois 9-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,3,2,4,1)

Projected Singles Lineup:
1.  #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04)
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73)
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68)
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43)
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) vs. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88)
6. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) 

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #58 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU)
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU)
3. Ross Guignon/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU)

Illinois is definitely the heavy favorite playing at home and I think they'll pull through with relative ease by taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from Farris Gosea, Aron Hiltzik, and Aleks Vukic.  Northwestern's only chance at pulling the stunner would be by taking the doubles point and getting wins at 1, 3, and 6. Prediction: Illinois 4-0

#12 [2] Ohio State (24-7) vs. #23 [3] Minnesota (20-6) - 1pm est - Ohio State won the regular season meeting in Columbus 4-2 though it was a very tight match.  Ohio State won the deciding court in doubles in a tiebreak before winning 3 straight set matches at 2, 4, and 6 with Minnesota winning at 1 and the other match going to a 3rd set. Minnesota is coming off a huge weekend that saw the Gophers beat both Illinois and Northwestern 4-3 in matches that came down a 3rd set tiebreak in the deciding match. Ohio State has won 8 in a row since it went down to Illinois back on March 29th though the competition in those 8 matches wasn't the toughest (except Minnesota).

Regular Season Result:

#11 Ohio State 4, #29 Minnesota 2
Apr 03, 2015 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.08) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.98) 7-5, 6-1
2. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.14) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.34) 6-3, 7-6 (1)
3. #104 Matic Spec (MINN 13.96) def. #116 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.43) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.90) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.45) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.19) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.74) 5-7, 7-6, DNF
6. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.89) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.95) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #49 Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) 8-7 (0)
2. #76 Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) def. #74 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-3
3. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Matic Spec/Eric Frueh (MINN) 8-6
Match Notes
Minnesota 14-5 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #29
Ohio State 16-7 (4-1 B1G); National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,2)

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) vs. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10)
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48)
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) vs. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56)
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) vs. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.92) 
Projected Doubles Lineups
1. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. #56 Mathiew Froment/Hamburg (MINN)
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Leandro Toledo/Felix Corwin (MINN) 
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN)

Ohio State is 25-6 in doubles while Minnesota is 22-4 with the Gophers have taken the point in 6 straight matches since dropping it to Ohio State on April 3rd.  The doubles point is a must for Minnesota if they are to win this one.  

Leandro Toledo has won 9 of 11 but those 2 losses came in his last 3 matches while Chris Diaz has won 9 straight though none have come against ranked opposition.  Diaz is 0-6 against ranked opponents in dual-match play while Toledo is 6-7. Matic Spec is riding a 13-match winning streak while Mikael Torpegaard has split his last 8 matches. Herkko Pollanen has won his last 4 while Felix Corwin has won 11 of 13 including the clincher win over Northwestern's Logan Staggs 7-6 in the 3rd.  Hunter Callahan has won 4 straight and 6 of 7 while Ruben Weber has lost 4 of 6 though he did win yesterday against Michigan's Alex Knight.  Kevin Metka has won 2 straight though 5 of his last 8 matches went unfinished while Jack Hamburg has won 4 straight including a resounding 6-4, 6-4 win last weekend over Illinois's Aleks Vukic.  Metka and Hamburg split sets in the first meeting.  Ralf Steinbach has won 4 straight and 8 of 9 while Mathieu Froment has won 4 of 5 including the match clincher against Illinois's Blake Bazarnik.  Steinbach won the first meeting 6-1, 6-3.

I think Minnesota gets the doubles point this time and also gets wins from Toledo and Spec at 1 and 2 but I look for Ohio State to win at 3, 4, 5, and 6 with Metka and Hamburg probably the last match on.  Prediction: Ohio State 4-3

Pac 12:

#26 [1] Stanford (17-5) vs. #8 [2] USC (21-4) - 8pm est/5pm pst - These two split the regular season meetings with USC winning 6-1 at home back in February in a non-conference match and Stanford winning 4-3 at home just 2 weeks ago.

Regular Season Results:

#36 Stanford 4, #5 USC 3
April 11, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA (Taube Family Tennis Center)
1) No. 36 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) vs. Crystal/Quiroz (USC) abandoned
2) Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) d. Johnson/Wang (USC) 6-2
3) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2 
1) #41 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.32) d. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.85) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
2) #100 John Morrissey (STAN 13.95) d. #19 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.47) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-3
3) #123 Eric Johnson (USC 14.30) d. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4) #33 Jonny Wang (USC 14.19) d. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.18) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5) #75 Max de Vroome (USC 14.06) d. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.32) 6-4, 6-4
6) David Hsu (STAN 13.81) d. #86 Nick Crystal (USC 13.98) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, 2

#1 USC 6, #37 Stanford 1
Feb 27, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
(1) Morrissey/Stineman (Stan.) def. #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 6-3
(2) #30 De Vroome/Johnson (USC) vs. #49 Fawcett/Romanowicz (Stan.) - 5-4 susp.
(3) Paige/Wilczynski (Stan.) def. Crystal/Wang (USC) - 7-5
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3
(1) #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (Stan 14.14) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.44) def. John Morrissey (Stan 14.10) - 6-4, 6-4*
(3) Eric Johnson (USC 13.97) def. David Wilczynski (Stan 13.86) - 6-3, 6-1
(4) #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23) def. Maciek Romanowicz (Stan 13.31) - 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
(5) #72 Max de Vroome (USC 14.14) def. Nolan Paige (Stan 13.32) - 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1
(6) #45 Nick Crystal (USC 13.93) def. David Hsu (Stan 13.95) - 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 2*, 5, 4

Projected Doubles Lineup w W-L in ( ):
1. #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN 13-3) vs. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC 13-4)
2. #83 Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 9-2) vs. de Vroome/Johnson (USC 8-4) 
3. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN 10-2) vs. Crystal/Wang (USC 0-2)

Doubles Records:
Stanford: 19-3
USC: 15-10

Outside of Baylor I don't think there's been a better doubles team than Stanford with the Cardinal 19-3 on the year including wins over USC in each of the first two meetings.  USC had dropped the doubles point 3 straight times until they blew out UCLA yesterday which came as a bit of a surprise. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) vs. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69)
2. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) vs. #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33)
3. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) vs. #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46)
4. Robert Stineman (STAN 13.23) vs. #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24)
5. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) vs. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18)
6. David Hsu (STAN 13.88) vs. #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) 

Dual-match singles records:
1. Fawcett 13-5 vs. Hanfmann 9-7
2. Morrissey 15-5 vs. Johnson 18-2
3. Wilczynski 12-7 vs. Quiroz 14-4
4. Stineman 9-5 vs. Wang 15-3
5. Paige 11-7 vs. de Vroome 17-2
6. Hsu 11-4 vs. Crystal 16-2

Stanford may be the #1 seed but USC has to be considered the favorite. I like Stanford in doubles and Tom Fawcett at #1 but I like USC everywhere else.  Stanford's best path to a win would be the same as their last match against USC - doubles, 1, 2, and 6 singles however USC has shuffled 2 and 3 and I think that could be the difference. Prediction: USC 4-2

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What a day of tennis in Waco - 2 semifinal matches played simultaneously on adjacent courts with both coming down to a 3rd set tiebreak to decide it and they both finished within seconds of each other.

It's too bad those FoxSports cameras weren't in operation today because it was rough trying to watch the conclusion of the Baylor/TCU match due to the streaming video being reduced to freeze-frame video.  As a side note, for those that were wondering, it was confirmed today by Baylor that PlaySight will be installing new HD cameras with sound in time for the NCAAs so the viewing public won't have to be subjected to any more of the current setup.  Click on this link for a preview of the kind of clarity that you'll see - choose Indian Wells during daylight hours.  PlaySight operated the streaming for Virginia Tech and did the streaming for the National Indoors at the MidTown Athletic Club in Chicago and at Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Collegiate Cup.

Back to business - we'll start with Baylor/TCU.  Baylor ran its doubles record to 23-1 by picking up a 6-4 win from Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano (18-1) at #1 and a 6-3 win from Vinny Schneider and Felipe Rios (16-3) at #3. TCU's Trevor Johnson and Cameron Norrie ran their record to 12-2 with a 6-3 win at #2.  

Baylor's Julian Lenz, Tony Lupieri, and Diego Galeano would get off to quick starts at 1, 2 and 4 singles by going up early breaks and each would eventually close out the opening set.  TCU's Arnau Dachs and Will Stein would get early break leads at 5 and 6 but while Dachs took his opening set 6-1, Stein would let a 5-2 lead slip away and drop the opening set to Felipe Rios 7-6(5). Stein served for the set up 5-2 and up 5-4 but got broke each time.  Below is an amusing quote from the BU blog:

Rios served for the set up 6-5 but got broke at love and then in the TB Rios went up 6-3 only to lose both points on serve before Stein gave him the tiebreak by double faulting.  TCU's Cameron Norrie would break Max Tchoutakian at 4-4 and then serve to take the opening set at #4 by a 6-4 score.  So that was 4 opening sets for Baylor and just 2 for TCU.

It appeared that Baylor's Julian Lenz would be the first to finish as he served for the match at #1 up 6-1, 5-3 however TCU's Nick Chappell had other plans and would break Lenz at love and then come all the way back to take the second set 7-5.

Lenz's doubles parter Diego Galeano would finish off Facundo Lugones 6-3, 6-3 at #4 singles to make it 2-0 Baylor but a few minutes later TCU's Cameron Norrie would put the Horned Frogs on the board with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian at #3. Felipe Rios would make it 3-1 BU as he gave Will Stein a second set breadstick to finish off a 7-6, 6-1 win at #6.

Arnau Dachs would trim the BU lead to 3-2 with a 6-1, 7-6(7) win over Mate Zsiga at #5.  Zsiga led 3-0 in the 2nd set before Dachs came back to tie it at 3, then Zsiga had 2 set points when Dachs served at 5-6 but Dachs managed to get it to the tiebreak. Zsiga served up 6-5 in the TB but lost both points on his serve then after fighting off a match point on the Dachs serve Dachs took the final 2 points to close it out.

Tony Lupieri was looking good at #2 when he led Guillermo Nunez 6-3, 2-0 but Nunez hung around and eventually wore Lupieri out as he took it 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0.

With the match tied at 3 it all came down to the 3rd set at #1 and TCU's Nick Chappell would deliver the first blow by breaking Lenz to start the set and following that up with a hold for 2-0.  Lenz would hold for 1-2, then break Chappell from 15-40 to tie it at 2, then hold for 3-2.  Chappell held, Lenz held, then Chappell held again this time on the 40-40 deciding point so it was now 4-4.  After another set of holds Chappell would break Lenz on the 30-40 point to go up 6-5.  After falling behind 0-30 and 30-40 Chappell would get it to 40-40 which meant we had a match point/break point.  Chappell would put a forehand into the net to give Lenz the break and then it was all Lenz in the deciding tiebreak as he jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 7-1 win.

Tremendous match between those 2 teams and with the video not working well I have to say job well done to Kim Gorum for giving us the blow-by-blow on the Baylor blog.

Below is a clip that David Roditi shot of the crowd on match point and below that is the final point of the tiebreak.  

Baylor recap

"The mistake that you can make is when you start scoreboard watching and paying attention to stuff like that. You've got to get to four points. We got to three relatively quickly but we just couldn't seem to find that fourth one and that's tennis. You've got to stay focused and keep pushing. I thought TCU really took the momentum there from us for a while and just really played an exceptional level of tennis." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"I know they're excited to see us in the final. They just love beating us so we're going to go out and give it another shot and see if we can get over the line." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final tomorrow.

TCU recap

"I am obviously disappointed. We were right there and had a match point, but I couldn't be more proud of our guys for the way they fought back," head coach David Roditi said. "We didn't have the best start possible and it is hard on the road, but we kept fighting and came back in some matches. Nick (Chappell) was down a set and 5-3 in the second and I couldn't be more proud of Nick for coming back in that second set and winning. He then put himself in a situation to get us a win and I know he wanted that match more than anybody. I am proud of him for the way he played and Baylor deserves the credit. They hit the shots at the right time.

"I am also extremely proud of the way our guys handled this whole situation. I thought our guys couldn't show more class and I am proud to say I am their coach."

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#2 Baylor 4, #6 TCU 3
Apr 25, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.97) def. #53 Nick Chappell (TCU 13.96) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 13.97) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
3. #40 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.36) def. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34) 6-4, 7-5
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.98) 6-3, 6-3
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.07) def. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.97) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) def. Will Stein (TCU 13.43) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #20 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 6-4
2. #29 Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #53 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. Guillermo Nuez/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes
TCU 21-6 (3-2); National ranking #6
Baylor 20-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
Big 12 Conference Tournament Semifinal

"Oklahoma goes up 1-0" is a phrase that hasn't been said too often this year but a reconfigured doubles lineup gave the Sooners the point that turned out to be the difference.  Oklahoma was just 12-12 in doubles going into the Big 12 Tournament so John Roddick decided to roll the dice and split up his #1 team of Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb (who are ranked #10) by pairing Webb with Spencer Papa at #2 and Alvarez with Jose Salazar at #3. He moved his #2 team of Alex Ghilea and Andrew Harris up to #1 and they would deliver a 6-4 win to go with the 6-4 win that Webb and Papa picked up at #2.
Texas came out really hot in singles and took the opening set on courts 3, 4, 5, and 6 while Oklahoma got the opening set on 1 and 2.  According to OU's twitter it was the 1st time all year that the Sooners had dropped 4 opening sets.

Adrien Berkowicz was the first to finish as he beat Dane Webb 6-3, 7-5 at #3 singles. Berkowicz got broke serving for it up 5-4 in the 2nd but he would break right back and then serve it out.  This was the second time that Berkowicz has beaten Webb in the last 4 weeks.

Clement Homs would make it 2-1 Texas as he rubbed out Florin Bragusi 6-2, 6-4 at #6 singles but Axel Alvarez would even it at 2 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Soren Hess-Olesen #1. Alvarez served for the match up 5-3 in the 2nd but Hess-Olesen broke and held before Alvarez held and broke to win it.
Nick Naumann would put Texas back ahead with a 7-6(3), 7-5 win over Spencer Papa at #5.  Papa had a break lead in the 2nd set but he couldn't consolidate it and Naumann would ultimately break again to close out the match.

Andrew Harris would tie it at 3 with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Lloyd Glasspool at #2 singles which set the stage for the deciding match at #4 between Texas's George Goldhoff and Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea.

Goldhoff took the opening set 6-2 but Ghilea came back from a break down to take the second 6-3. Ghilea broke to go up 3-2 in the 3rd but Goldhoff would break back and hold to go up 4-3.  Ghilea held for 4-4 then broke and was serving for the match up 5-4 but Goldhoff would break back to tie it at 5. Ghilea would break again only to have Goldhoff break back to send it to a deciding tiebreak. Ghilea went up 4-2 in the TB and ended up pulling away to take it 7-3. Below is match point for Ghilea.

Oklahoma recap

John Roddick, Oklahoma Head Coach On what he saw from his team today: "We have to do a better job of taking opportunities when we have them. In certain spots we had opportunities early that we didn't take advantage of, and then the match ended up getting tough. That's a credit to Texas for playing really well and they are a tough team.

On rematch with Baylor: "We've obviously played them three times already this year, so both teams know each other well and both teams know what they have to do. It's going to be up to the players at this point to make sure that they execute their game plans. Really I think whatever team executes is the team that is going to win tomorrow.

Texas recap

"George has nothing to hang his head about," Head Coach Michael Center said. "His level of play continues to go up with every match down the stretch. He just came up a little bit short against a great opponent today. I'm proud of him.

"I wanted us to compete at all nine spots today, and that's what we did," Center continued. "We are walking out of here feeling a lot different than the last time we played Oklahoma. We really played like a team today and had opportunities at every single spot. All the way up-and-down the line, we played with a will to win. I'm excited about taking this team to the NCAA tournament."

Michael Center, Texas Head Coach On today's result:
"Obviously you are disappointed to lose. We didn't come here to play close. During conference season we had some points that got off the board on us pretty quickly where we got behind. We really wanted to challenge on all nine spots today and that's what I thought we did. We didn't execute in some critical points in the doubles, but we gave ourselves a chance and that's all you can ask for in match like that. I think we are walking out of here feeling a lot different about ourselves than we did the last time we played them

#1 Oklahoma 4, #10 Texas 3
04/25/15 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.90) def. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT 14.88) 6-4, 7-5
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #41 Lloyd Glasspool (UT 13.99) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. #51 Adrien Berkowicz (UT 14.02) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 6-3, 7-5
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Nick Naumann (UT 13.72) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.87) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
6. Clement Homs (UT 13.35) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) def. #14 Soren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 6-4
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jacoby Lewis/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4
3. Nick Naumann/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas 19-5; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4
Oklahoma 22-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,1,5,2,4)
Big 12 Conference Championship Semifinal

PAC  12

Tonight's Pac 12 Championship match was the rubber match in the USC/Stanford series with each winning at home.  Stanford would take the doubles point for the 3rd time this year against USC by winning 8-6 at 1 and 8-5 at 2 while USC won 8-2 at 3.

USC turned up the heat in singles by taking the opening set on every court except #5 although the scoreboard showed De Vroome taking the set at #5 until it was switched a couple of games into the 2nd set.  Jonny Wang cut through Nolan Paige like a buzz-saw and racked up a 6-2, 6-2 win at #4 to even the match at 1.

Roberto Quiroz would put USC up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #3 over David Wilczynski. Video clip is set point in the 1st set.  USC's twitter had a video of match point but the picture was black with audio only.

David Hsu would even the match at 2 with a somewhat surprising 7-5, 6-4 win over Big Max De Vroome at #5.  Hsu had a nice fall then hit a rough patch early in the dual-match season but rebounded to win his last 10 matches.  De Vroome's 9-match winning streak was snapped.

Tom Fawcett would come back from a set down to roll over Yannick Hanfmann 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at #1. This was the second time in the last 2 weeks that Fawcett came back from a set down to beat Hanfmann.  Hanfmann finishes the regular season by dropping his final 5.

Nick Crystal would tie it at 3 with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Maciek Romanowicz at #6. Crystal broke Romanowicz to go up 5-4 and then served it out at love.

Exactly 3 minutes later the match would come to a conclusion as Eric Johnson put the finishing touches on his 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over John Morrissey at #2 singles.  Morrissey was the hero in the last meeting when he came back 7-6, 5-2 down to beat Roberto Quiroz but Johnson wasn't going to let the same thing happen to him.  Below is match point courtesy of USC's Twitter.

I also wanted to give props to USC for taking these short video clips - it really helps tell the story when you've got video to go with it.
USC recap
Stanford recap

#8 USC 4, #26 Stanford 3
April 25, 2015 - Libbey Park (Ojai, Calif.)
(1) #13 Morrissey/Stineman (STAN) def. #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC) - 8-6
(2) #83 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. de Vroome/Johnson (USC) - 8-5
(3) Crystal/Forget (USC) def. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) - 8-2
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1 #30 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.41) def. #11 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 14.69) 2-6,6-1,6-2
2 #100 Eric Johnson (USC 14.33) def. #69 John Morrissey (STAN 14.02) 6-2,4-6,6-2
3 #22 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.46) def. David Wilczynski (STAN 13.82) 6-4, 6-4
4 #38 Jonny Wang (USC 14.24) def. Nolan Paige (STAN 13.46) 6-2, 6-2
5 David Hsu (STAN 13.88) def. #86 Max de Vroome (USC 14.18) 7-5, 6-4
6 #67 Nick Crystal (USC 14.08) def. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.17) 7-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 3, 5, 1, 6, 2*


The morning started off nicely in Cary with ESPN3 broadcasting the Virginia/North Carolina match however just a few minutes into singles the rain would come and force both the UVA/UNC and Wake/GT matches to go indoors.  It also meant the end of the streaming telecast so it was back to tracking the live scoreboard and the school's twitter account to see who was serving.

Virginia took the doubles point outdoors with wins at 1 and 2 but when the rain came the match was moved indoors to Duke's indoor facility.  Virginia picked up 3 straight set wins from Ryan Shane, Mitchell Frank, and JC Aragone at 1, 2, and 6 singles to extend Virginia's ACC winning streak to 138 matches.  Virginia has also won 26 consecutive matches in the ACC Tournament.

When Shane led 6-1, 5-1 the action on his court and Altamirano's court came to a halt due to a leak in the roof.  Neither of those matches was able to restart until another court opened up.  It would have been something if Shane would have got screwed out of a win because of something like that. Fortunately for him he wasn't - below is an interview he did after the match

Virginia recap

"When you get into the business, you don't imagine you will be in 12 straight conference finals, especially in a league as tough as the ACC," said head coach Brian Boland. "It says a lot about the great players and coaches that have come through the program. We look forward to the opportunity to play another final against a really good Wake team. I know the guys are excited for it."

"It was important to get the doubles point because of the long delay," said Boland. "It felt like two different matches, so it helped to be up 1-0 before we started the second half of the match a few hours later. One of the things we have done well this year is deal with adversity and adjust to the conditions. That was definitely the case today."

"Overall, it was a great match," said Boland. "We have so much respect for North Carolina and we knew we would have to play well today. It was great to see Ryan have that kind of delay with the roof leak and come back to break to win the match. I thought that was really impressive and he is playing some great tennis right now."

North Carolina recap

#5 Virginia 4, #16 North Carolina 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, NC (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #7 Ryan Shane (VA 14.72) def. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.69) 6-1, 6-1
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.79) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.31) 7-5, 6-3
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.75) vs. #68 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) 6-4, 1-1, unf
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.75) vs. #117 Jack Murray (NC 14.16) 6-2, 4-6, 3-3, unf
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.00) vs. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) 4-6, 6-3, 2-2, unf
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) def. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. Esben Hess-Olesen/Schnur (NC) 8-5
2. Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Clark/Kelly (NC) 8-5
3. Collin Altamirano/Mitchell Frank (VA) vs. Murray/Schneider (NC) 6-7, unf
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2)

In the other semifinal Wake Forest jumped Georgia Tech in doubles by winning 8-2 at #2 and 8-1 at #3 and then they kept it going in singles as Noah Rubin, Skander Mansouri, and Christian Seraphim all won in straight sets.  Georgia Tech was hanging in there on the other courts but they couldn't break through at 1, 3, and 5.  The Georgia Tech recap also has an audio interview with Kenny Thorne.

Wake Forest recap
Georgia Tech recap

"Wake Forest really took it to us in doubles. I really felt good about our game plan in all three matches, but we didn't execute well at the beginning of the matches," said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. "Same thing in singles. Wake just took it to us; they played better than us. They're a good team and deserve to be ranked No. 11."

#11 Wake Forest 4, #55 Georgia Tech 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
Singles competition
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) def. #61 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.79) 6-4, 6-3
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54) 6-2, 5-5, unf
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19) 6-4, 6-2
4. #91 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 1-1, unf
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) def. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15) 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.40) 6-2, 2-5, unf
Doubles competition
1. #11 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. #87 Benito/Segura (GT) 3-5, unf
2. Noah Rubin/Jon Ho (WF) def. Christopher Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) 8-2
3. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Cole Fiegel/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-1
Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 14-12; National ranking #55
Wake Forest 22-6; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,5)
Semifinals of the ACC Tournament
Doubles played outdoors at Cary Tennis Park
Singles played indoors at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Big 10

Both of the semifinals matches were supposed to be played simultaneously but rain forced them indoors so they were played one at a time.  

In the opening match the host Illini steamrolled past Northwestern 4-0.  Illinois took the doubles point with an 8-4 win at #1 and an 8-6 win at #3.  Below is a video clip of match point at #1. 

Jared Hiltzik, Farris Gosea, and Aleks Vukic would each win in straight sets at 1, 2, and 5 with Gosea providing the clincher at #2.  Below are video clips of match point at 1 and 2.

Illinois recap

"Northwestern, they have a great team," head coach Brad Dancer said. "They have a great indoor team. So they posed a lot of challenges for us in that sense, but our guys responded today. We're thrilled to play at home, to play in front of our fans and to have a chance to win a Big Ten title tomorrow."

Northwestern recap

#4 Illinois 4, #30 Northwestern 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) def. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04) 6-4, 6-4
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73) 6-3, 6-2
3. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.68) vs. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) 7-6 (6), 2-2, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43) 7-5, 3-3, unf
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.88) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.15) vs. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. #58 Shropshire/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-4
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-7, un
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Northwestern 20-8 (8-3)
Illinois 24-4 (10-1); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,2)

The second semifinal between Ohio State and Minnesota was actually played outdoors after the rain cleared out.  Ohio State took the doubles point by winning 8-4 at 2 and 3 and then they took 5 opening sets with Hunter Callahan, Kevin Metka, and Ralf Steinbach winning at 4, 5, and 6 singles.

Ohio State recap
Minnesota recap

#12 Ohio State 4, #23 Minnesota 0
Apr 25, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #25 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.10) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-3, 4-4, unf
2. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) vs. #57 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) 6-4, 3-4, unf
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) vs. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.48) 7-5, 1-0, unf
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.56) 6-4, 6-4
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) def. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.51) 6-3, 6-4
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) def. Mathiew Froment (MINN 12.92) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #56 Mathiew Froment/Jack Hamburg (MINN) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-6
2. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Felix Corwin/Leandro Toledo (MINN) 8-4
3. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Eric Frueh/Matic Spec (MINN) 8-4
Match Notes
Minnesota 19-7 (9-1); National ranking #23
Ohio State 25-7 (10-1); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,5)

Other Conference Tournaments:


San Diego won its 2nd consecutive West Coast Conference Championship as the top seeded Toreros beat #2 Pepperdine 4-1.  San Diego took the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, and Geoffrey Fosso with Angus providing the clincher at #3.

San Diego recap

"It feels amazing," junior Jordan Angus said, a transfer from Mississippi State University. "I am so proud of the guys. Every match counts the same, but to be the one to win is definitely special. I came here to try and make history, but the work ethic of these guys has been incredible and we have definitely earned our success."

"The sky is the limit for us," senior Ciaran Fitzgerald noted after claiming back-to-back WCC Championships. "We have worked our butt off all year and this is the part we are all gunning for. We aren't satisfied with just winning conference, we are hungry to make history at USD and reach the NCAA Sweet 16. I truly belive we can compete with the best in the country. The coaches have worked us hard and we are ready for wherever we go for regionals."

"As great as this is," Masi added. "This team is really striving for more. They really want to get to the Round of 16 at the NCAA's. They want to set a mark at USD. This team believes they can do it. I'm excited to work with them the next couple of weeks to get them ready for that and hopefully we can get there."

Pepperdine recap

"I'm very proud of how this team competed, not only this weekend but the entire season," said first-year head coach Marcelo Ferreira. "Every player embraced our philosophy and fought so hard for each other, and for the program. The match today was incredibly close; small details determine the outcome of the match. Our guys laid it all out on the line, but unfortunately we came up short today. Credit goes to USD for capitalizing on the opportunities they created."

#22 San Diego 4, #42 Pepperdine 1
April 25, 2015 at San Diego, Calif. (Barnes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #52 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.02) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (PEPP 13.44) 7-6 (4), 5-6
2. #77 Filip Vittek (USD 13.44) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEPP 13.08) 6-4, 6-2
3. Jordan Angus (USD 13.67) def. Stefan Menichella (PEPP 13.24) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 12.90) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEPP 12.97) 7-5, 4-3, unf
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD 12.93) def. Luca Marquard (PEPP 12.55) 6-2, 6-3
6. Lautaro Pane (PEPP 12.85) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD 12.70) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition
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Championship Sunday is here and 2 of the 3 will be available over the air with Fox Sports 2 televising the Big 12 Championship LIVE and ESPN3 covering the ACC Championship (weather permitting).  The Virginia/Wake Forest match gets underway at 10am so it should be over by the time Oklahoma and Baylor tie it on for a 4th time. Illinois also has a live stream of the Big 10 Championship although they don't have sound and the picture is just so-so.

#1 Oklahoma (23-2) at #2 Baylor (21-4) - 1pm est - This will be the 4th match of the year between these 2 with Oklahoma having won the first 3.  I'd expect nothing more than epic fight to the finish and at this point anything is possible.  Below are the box scores of each of the previous matches starting with the most recent and working back to the National Indoors in February.  

#1 Oklahoma 4, #2 Baylor 3
April 10, 2015 at Waco, TX (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles Competion
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.76) def. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 14.77) 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.85) def. #31 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.12) 6-2, 7-5
3. #30 Dane Webb (OU 14.24) def. #61 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.33) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)
4. #70 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.19) def. Diego Galeano (BU 13.63) 6-3, 6-3
5. #117 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.86) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(5)
6. Felipe Rios (BU 13.83) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.58) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #54 Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. #8 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 7-6(4)
2. #52 Ghilea/Harris (OU) def. Vince Schneider/Rios (BU) 6-4  
3. Zsiga/Tchoutakian (BU) def. Papa/Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Oklahoma 21-1 (3-0); National Ranking #1
Baylor 17-4 (1-1); National Ranking #2
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,3,6,1,5)

#1 Oklahoma 4, #3 Baylor 1
Mar 22, 2015 at Indian Wells, California (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
1. #5 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU 13-2) def. #40 Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU 2-4) 6-4
2. #77 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU 12-1) def. #69 Ghilea/Harris (OU 3-4) 6-2
3. Spencer Papa/Florin Bragusi (OU 1-2) def.  Vince Schneider/Rios (BU 11-2) 6-4
1. #4 Julian Lenz (BU 14.63) def. #19 Andrew Harris (OU 14.78) 6-3, 6-2
2.  #7 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.47) def. #29 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.21) 6-1, 6-2
3. #36 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.15) vs. #26 Dane Webb (OU 14.29) 6-3, 5-7, 0-1
4. #53 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.13) def. Vince Schneider (BU 13.50) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mate Zsiga (BU 13.86) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.76) 7-5, 4-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.59) def. Felipe Rios (BU 13.73) 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)   Singles (2,4,1,6)

#2 Oklahoma 4, #10 Baylor 2
February 15th, 2015 at National Indoors Semifinals - Chicago, IL  
1. #40 Zsiga/Lupieri (BU) vs. #5 Alvarez/Webb (OU) 4-2
2. Lenz/Galeano (BU) def. 
Papa/Harris (OU) 6-2
3. Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) def. 
Salazar/Ghilea (OU) 6-1
1. #26 Andrew Harris (OU) vs. #10 Julian Lenz (BU) 6-1, 4-6, 5-5 DNF
2. #11 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #67 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #31 Dane Webb (OU) def. #27 Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. #63 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Jose Salazar (OU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Match Notes:
Order of Finish - Doubles (3,2)  Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 25th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

Projected Singles Lineup:
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 15.00) 
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.95) vs. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11)
3. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) vs. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.34)
4. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Diego Galeano (BU 13.70)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.86) vs. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.96) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) 

Dual Match Singles Records
1. Alvarez 20-0 vs. Lenz 14-3
2. Harris 16-4 vs. Lupieri 9-8
3. Webb 15-5 vs. Tchoutakian 13-7
4. Ghilea 16-3 vs. Galeano 10-4
5. Papa 10-8 vs. Zsiga 10-3
6. Bragusi 8-3 vs. Rios 17-2

Record Against BU:
1. Alvarez 3-0
2. Harris 1-1
3. Webb 2-0
4. Ghilea 3-0
5. Papa 1-1
6. Bragusi 1-1

Record Against OU:
1. Lenz 1-1
2. Lupieri 0-3
3. Tchoutakian 0-2
4. Galeano 0-2
5. Zsiga 1-1
6. Rios 2-1

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L in ( ):
1. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU 10-5) vs. #18 Lenz/Galeano (BU 18-1)
2. Dane Webb/Spencer Papa (OU 1-0) vs.  #63 Lupieri/Zsiga (BU 5-6)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU 0-1) vs. Rios/Schneider (BU 16-3)

Doubles Records:
Oklahoma: 13-12
Baylor: 23-1

I've gone with Baylor in 2 of the 3 meetings and was dead on the money the last time except for the match at #3 between Webb and Tchoutakian.  Dare I go with Baylor for a 3rd time?  I got to take Baylor in doubles because they are 23-1 in doubles for a reason.  All 6 singles matches will be rematches from the last time around but they can't possibly all go the same way this time.  I like Alvarez and Harris up top for OU and I like Tchoutakian and Rios at 3 and 6 for BU.  I think Papa gets past Zsiga this time but I'll take Galeano in an upset over Ghilea at #4.  Prediction: Baylor 4-3  


#5 Virginia (22-3) vs. #11 Wake Forest (21-6) - 10am est - Virginia won the regular season meeting in Winston-Salem 5-2 however Wake's #1 Noah Rubin did not play in that match.  Below is the box score from that encounter which had 4 singles blowouts with 2 others playing a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.  

#12 Virginia 5, #20 Wake Forest 2
March 6, 2015 - Winston Salem, NC
1. #55 Corinteli/Shane (UVa) vs. #28 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 5-6 DNF
2. Kwiatkowski/Aragone def. Ho/Tabrizi (WF) 8-3
3. Frank/Altamirano (UVa) def. Kan/Bogaerts (WF) 8-1
1. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #2 Ryan Shane (UVa) 6-4, 6-7, 10-8
2. #59 Mitchell Frank (UVa) def. #70 Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
3. #1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-2, 6-3
4. Collin Altamirano (UVa) def. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) 6-0, 6-1
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Alexander Ritschard (UVa) 6-3, 6-4
6. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Maksim Kan (WF) 6-2, 6-2
Match Notes:
Virginia 8-2 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #12
Wake Forest 8-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)
T-2:55 A-251

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #7 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.72) vs. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08)
2. #21 Mitchell Frank (UVA 14.79) vs. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50)
3. #93 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.75) vs. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) 
4. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.75) vs. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82)
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 14.00) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73)
6. JC Aragone (UVA 14.08) vs. Maksim Kan (WF 13.26) or Keivon Tabrizi (13.05)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Shane 16-5 vs. Rubin 18-3
2. Frank 16-3 vs. Bogaerts 19-4
3. Altamirano 16-2 vs. Mansouri 13-10
4. Kwiatkowski 18-3 vs. Ho 17-7
5. Ritschard 7-3 vs. Seraphim 17-8
6. Aragone 18-3 vs. Kan 10-5 or Tabrizi 8-6

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L records in ( )
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Shane (UVA 15-2) vs. Mansouri/Seraphim (WF 16-6)
2. #63 Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (UVA 13-1) vs. Ho/Rubin (WF 13-4)
3. Altamirano/Frank (UVA 12-3) vs. Tabrizi/Bogaerts (WF 8-4) 

Doubles Records:
Virginia 22-3
Wake Forest 21-6

Virginia has owned the ACC for the last decade but Wake Forest might be able to give them one of their biggest tests in quite some time.  The doubles point should be tightly contested and its a point that Wake Forest has to have to even think about beating Virginia.  I think Wake will take the doubles point to put Virginia on its heels but the only places in the singles lineup where I could see Wake potentially winning are at 1 and 5. I like Mitchell Frank, Collin Altamirano, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and JC Aragone in singles to give Virginia yet another ACC Championship.  Prediction: Virginia 4-2  

Big 10:

#4 Illinois (24-4) vs. #12 Ohio State (25-7) - 1pm est - This will be the 3rd meeting of the year with Illinois having won both of the previous meetings.  The first match back in February was pretty close but the one last month in Champaign was a blowout.  

#3 Illinois 4, #11 Ohio State 0
Mar 29, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #22 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.46) def. #32 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.03) 6-2, 6-4
2. #64 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.50) vs. #44 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
3. #42 Tim Kopinski (ILL 13.98) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 13.88) 6-1, 6-3
4. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.79) vs. #52 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.94) 7-6 (1), 1-2, unfinished
5. #50 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.27) def. #83 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-2, 6-1
6. Matt Mendez (OSU 12.97) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.11) 6-0, 5-2 unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #75 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL) vs. #5 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-7
2. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) def. #55 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-5
3. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #74 Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-5
Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-7, 4-1; National ranking #11
Illinois 17-3, 5-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,1,3)

Illinois 4, Ohio State 2
February 15th, 2015 - Chicago, IL (National Indoors Consolation)
Singles competition
1. #41 Farris Gosea (ILL) vs. #53 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 5-1, unfinished
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #30 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #37 Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #68 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. #46 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #110 Hunter Callahan (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #7 Steinbach/Metka (OSU) def. #11 Kopinski/ Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-0
2. Jared Hiltzik/Gosea (ILL) vs. #36 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 2-5, unfinished
3. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) def. Blake Bazarnik/Brian Page (ILL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,5,2,4)

Projected Singles Lineup
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs.  #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26)
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) vs. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90)
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55)
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) vs. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07)
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77)
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
Also could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19), Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 12.86

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Jared Hiltzik 19-2 vs. Diaz 15-7
2. Gosea 10-5 vs. Torpegaard 14-8
3. Kopinski 18-3 vs. Pollanen 13-7
4. Aron Hiltzik 16-3 vs. Callahan 20-5
5. Vukic 19-2 vs. Metka 18-5
6. Guignon 4-3 or Matsuya 8-2 or Bazarnik 7-6 vs. Steinbach 20-6

Projected Doubles Lineup - W-L records in ( )
1. #68 Jared Hiltzik/Tim Kopinski (ILL 5-4) vs. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU 19-6)
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL 10-0) vs. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 12-7)
3. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL 5-2) vs. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU 18-6)

Doubles Records:
Illinois 18-10
Ohio State 26-6

Ohio State has been the better team at doubles though Illinois beat them up in the last meeting.  I think Ohio State will play much better this time around and I look for them to take the doubles point to grab the early 1-0 lead.  Illinois is going to be favored on at least 4 courts so for Ohio State to win they're going to have to win a pick em' and pull an upset somewhere. Ralf Steinbach should roll at #6 but I like the Hiltzik brothers at 1 and 4, Gosea at 2, and Vukic at 5.  Prediction: Illinois 4-2

So what's everyone think?  Any way Ohio State wins in Champaign?  Can Wake Forest possibly end Virginia's monster ACC winning streak?  Am I crazy to take Baylor or will Oklahoma make it 4-0 against BU?

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Monday, 27 April 2015 02:17

Championship Sunday Recap

I didn't think Oklahoma and Baylor could top some of their previous meetings but they sure tried their best today.  In a match that was delayed multiple times by weather it was #1 Oklahoma doing the unthinkable and beating #2 Baylor for the 4th time this year and for the 2nd time in Waco.

Baylor came out strong in doubles and jumped out to early break leads at 1 and 3 while Oklahoma got the early break lead at 2.  While Baylor's #1 team of Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano would pull away for a quick 6-1 win its #3 team of Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios would lose its early 3-1 lead and would find itself down 4-3.  After an exchange of holds Oklahoma's Jose Salazar and Axel Alvarez would break the Vince Schneider serve from 15-40 to take the match 6-4.  Schneider actually double faulted on match point.

Over at #2, OU's Spencer Papa and Dane Webb jumped out to the early 3-0 lead but Baylor held and broke to put it back on serve at 3-2.  OU would break right back and hold for 5-2 then after each held Dane Webb would serve it out at love to take it 6-3 and with that Oklahoma had the early 1-0 lead. Baylor was 23-1 in doubles coming in but OU's new doubles pairings found a way to get it done.

There would be an hour and a half weather delay after the doubles point but once they got started it was all Oklahoma early on.  The Sooners jumped out to early break leads at 1, 3, 5, and 6 but just a few minutes it started to rain and lightning so the players were sent back to the locker room and would have to wait out a 41 minute delay.

After play resumed Axel Alvarez, Andrew Harris, and Florin Bragusi would each take first at 1, 2, and 6.  Dane Webb had a double break lead on Max Tchoutakian at #3 but the BU sophomore came all the way back and took the opening set in a tiebreak.  Mate Zsiga came back from 5-3 down at #5 to take the 1st set over Dane Webb in a tiebreak and Diego Galeano would take the opening set at #4 over Alex Ghilea.  So after the hot start by Oklahoma the rain seemed to cool them off as each team took 3 opening sets.

Oklahoma would quickly open up a 3-0 lead as Axel Alvarez would finish off Julian Lenz at #1 singles in a matchup of #1 vs. #2 and Andrew Harris would finish off Tony Lupieri in straight sets at #2.  Max Tchoutakian would avenge a tough loss to Dane Webb in the last meeting by getting a straight set win at #3 and Diego Galeano would pull off an upset of Alex Ghilea at #4 and just like that Baylor was within striking distance.

Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi had a chance to close the match out but he would drop the second set in a tiebreak to Felipe Rios.  As a side note - when Rios went up 7-6 in the tiebreak Fox Sports 2 cut away from the match to take a commercial break so by the time they came back the 3rd set had already started.

Mate Zsiga would even the match at 3 with a 3 set win over Spencer Papa at #5 and when Rios broke Bragusi to go up 3-2 in the 3rd it looked like Baylor was going to pull off the improbable comeback. Rios went up 40-30 in his 3-2 service game but through in a daily double and then Bragusi hammered a nice-angled forehand that Rios couldn't catch up to and with that we were back on serve.  After each held serve Rios would have a break point on Bragusi's 4-4 service game and would get a look at a second serve but Rios pushed a forehand wide to make it 5-4 OU.  Rios would then double fault at 15-all and again at 15-40 to drop the match and give Oklahoma the 4-3 win.

The OU recap has a lot of good details that I'm too tired to rehash so give it a read and also check out Tennis Atlantic's Twitter for a slew of good video clips during the match. Jeff McMillan did a great job posting clips within seconds after the points took place.

Below is highlight clip from Fox Sports


OU recap

"That was a great match, head coach John Roddick said. "A lot of credit goes to Baylor, because, as you saw, that match goes either way. That was a coin flip situation and you are not going to see better tennis than down there at (court) six. It was a heck of a match, and I was really proud of our guys for just kind of grinding through that one and pulling it out at the end

"He (Bragusi) went down a break but handled it really well," Roddick said. "It is always a question of how you handle adversity. It didn't faze him. He got the break back and from that point on he was rock solid. He executed what he wanted to do and did it really well."

"I just wanted to bring it home," Bragusi said. "I felt like I had to win that one. I have clinched in the past against Ohio State and Virginia, but this was by far the best I've had because it was for a trophy. It's just crazy."

 "I think he (Alvarez) is showing that he is playing the best tennis in the country right now," Roddick said. "He is doing it in a manner that sometimes puts out matches in complete control. He is proving that he is the best player in the country."

"It (being the #1 seed) would be a big deal for us," Roddick said. "The guys have earned it and they've played hard all year. They've won some really tough matches that could have gone the other way. You still have to go out and play the tournament though."

Baylor recap

"We didn't really show out at every spot. In general we have done that this season. This season that has been one of our strengths, and we didn't today. Against a team at this level that's going to make it tough for you. It was good for us and great for us. Great experience, we got pushed everywhere, I think we will be better for it. We've got to take a few weeks now before the NCAA tournament and get back to work on some fundamentals and clean some things up and I think we will be better." - Head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"We had played them three times before today and we hadn't beaten (Dane) Webb, and we hadn't beaten (Alex) Ghilea. We beat two of the guys we hadn't beaten and I thought that was a step in the right direction. We won a lot of tiebreakers. I think we competed well. Three tiebreakers we contested and we won all three of them, and I think that showed a lot of grit and a lot of toughness from our guys. Down the stretch we didn't play as fundamentally sound as we needed to and we didn't show out in a couple spots, and that's kind of the story." - Knoll on facing Oklahoma in the final

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of April 26th  For more details about UTR check out their website. 

#2 Oklahoma 4, #1 Baylor 3
Apr 26, 2015 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #2 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) def. #1 Julian Lenz (BU 15.00) 6-1, 6-4
2. #5 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) def. #33 Tony Lupieri (BU 14.11) 6-4, 6-4
3. #74 Max Tchoutakian (BU 14.35) def. #35 Dane Webb (OU 14.25) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. Diego Galeano (BU 13.74) def. #84 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) 6-4, 7-5
5. #110 Mate Zsiga (BU 13.95) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) def. Felipe Rios (BU 14.04) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz/Diego Galeano (BU) def. #69 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-1
2. Spencer Papa/Dane Webb (OU) def. #63 Tony Lupieri/Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-3
3. Jose Salazar/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Vince Schneider/Felipe Rios (BU) 6-4 
Match Notes
Oklahoma 22-4 (4-1); National ranking #2
Baylor 23-3 (4-1); National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,6)
Big 12 Conference Championship Final
The break between doubles and singles was 1:27 due to inclement weather
There was a 41 minute delay during singles play due to inclement weather


Virginia wins the ACC Championship - sound familiar?  The Cavaliers won the ACC Championship for the 11th time in the last 12 years and extended their ACC winning streak to 139 matches with a 4-2 win over Wake Forest.  Virginia played without one of the best players with Mitchell Frank held out due to a back injury.  The match was originally scheduled to start at 10am and was to be broadcast by ESPN3 but unfortunately rain delayed the start over 5 hours and ended up pushing it indoors over at Duke.

Once play got started Virginia would take the doubles point to grab the early lead and would then pick up a pair of straight set wins from Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and JC Aragone at 3 and 5.  Wake would answer with wins at 1 and 2 from Noah Rubin and Romain Bogaerts but moments later Alex Ritschard would drop the hammer on Jon Ho at #4 to clinch the Championship.  Below are video clips from UVA showing match point and an interview with the tournament MVP JC Aragone.

Virginia recap

"Winning the ACC Championship never gets old," said head coach Brian Boland. "Other than the success my former players have had in life after leaving UVa, the thing I am most proud of is the consistency we have had year after year. It says a lot about the hard work that our players have put into the program and their ability to be ready to play every single day. It is a streak that I never imagined could be possible in a league as challenging as the ACC.

"It was a tough tournament this year," added Boland. "This league keeps getting better and better. I have a ton of respect for Tony Bresky and what he has done at Wake Forest. He was my assistant for 10 years, so it is tough to see him lose. We won a lot of championships together."

"That tiebreaker that Ryan had in the first set against Noah (Rubin) was big because it allowed Wake to get back into the match," said Boland. "I was pleased with how Alex and Mac stayed focused at the end. Alex didn't let up after winning the first set, which is easy to do after winning a close first set. I am proud of how he played the second set and clinching this title is a big moment in his career."

"Playing without Mitchell made it tough today because he is a big part of our team," said Boland. "His back acted up after yesterday's match and I decided not to put him out there today. That is where the depth we have built up really helps us. Everyone on this team is ready to contribute if we call on them and guys stepped up big today."

Wake recap

#5 Virginia 4, #11 Wake Forest 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #13 Noah Rubin (WF 15.08) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA 14.72) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
2. #15 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.50) def. #93 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.75) 6-3, 6-4
3. #18 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.75) def. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.29) 6-2, 6-3
4. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.00) def. #92 Jon Ho (WF 13.82) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.08) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.73) 6-2, 6-4
6. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.97) vs. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) 2-6, 6-4, 3-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. #11 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) 8-6
2. #63 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) 8-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) vs. Keivon Tabrizi/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-7
Match Notes
Wake Forest 22-7; National ranking #11
Virginia 23-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,1,2,4)
ACC Men's Tennis Championship Finals
Match moved to Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center at Duke University due to rain at Cary Tennis Park.

Final Poll Results:

Unfortunately the ESPN3 broadcast of the ACC Championship never made it on the air due to the rain which kind of baffles me - they knew that rain was likely so you think there would have been a plan in place to move equipment or do something to get it on the air.  Below is a picture of the Mountain West Network's broadcast of the Championship and as you an tell they are playing indoors in a bubble after playing outdoors in Albuquerque all weekend.  If the MW Network can pick up and move things on the fly are you telling me the media giant that is the ESPN Network can't do the same? 

Big 10:

For the 2nd time in the last 4 years Illinois has won the Big 10 Championship after the Illini defeated the #2 seed Ohio State 4-0.  Illinois picked up the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then jumped on Ohio State in singles by going up break on all 6 courts. Aleks Vukic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win at #5 over Kevin Metka.  The win was Vukic's 42nd on the year which ties Ryler DeHeart's singles season win record.

Farris Gosea extended the lead to 3-0 with 6-3, 6-2 win over Mikael Torpegaard at #2.

Ohio State was starting to turn several courts around in an attempt to get back in the match but Aron Hiltzik would close the door at #4 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Hunter Callahan to give the Illini the Championship.
Below are interviews done by Illinois with Brad Dancer, Aron Hiltzik, and Ross Guignon.

Illinois recap

"You work so hard for such a long period of time and then for these guys to have this moment in front of the incredible Net Nuts and the fans that came out today," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's a magical experience for them. I'm so happy for the guys."

Ohio State recap

#4 Illinois 4, #12 Ohio State 0
Apr 26, 2015 at Urbana, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.59) vs. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.26) 6-2, 5-6, unf
2. #45 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.57) def. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.90) 6-3, 6-2
3. #55 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.25) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.55) 6-3, 2-6, 0-1, unf
4. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.19) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.07) 6-4, 6-4
5. #66 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.41) def. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.77) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) 6-0, 0-6, 3-4, unfi
Doubles competition
1. #68 Tim Kopinski/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 8-5
2. Farris Gosea/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #85 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-2
3. Matt Mendez/Mikal Torpegaard (OSU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Ross Guignon (ILL) 8-4
Match Notes:
Ohio State 25-8, 10-1; National ranking #12
Illinois 25-4, 12-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,4)

Mountain West:

Boise State won its fourth consecutive Mountain West Championship by defeating the #7 seed Nevada 4-3.  Boise State entered the tournament as a 5 seed with just a 12-15 record but Greg Patton's team got hot at the right time and upset the host and #1 seed New Mexico in the semifinals after shutting out #69 Fresno State in the quarterfinals.

Nevada took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 but Boise State took 4 opening sets at 3, 4, 5, and 6 and would ultimately finish each off in straight sets with Brian Foley clinching the win at #4.  All 6 singles matches finished in straight sets which you wouldn't typically expect in a championship match but hey it is what it is.

Below is a highlight clip from the Mountain West Network which did an OUTSTANDING job covering the conference tournament.  They did a full broadcast of every single match on both the men's and women's side and they did it well.  All the major conferences, which are doing backstrokes in stacks of cash, should pick up the phone and call the MW and ask them how they did it.  I mean if the little ole' Mountain West can put on this kind of coverage why can't the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12?

Boise State recap

"I feel like we've crawled through the desert, climbed the highest mountain, traversed roaring rivers, been hit by a tsunami and all of a sudden we've reached the top," said head coach Greg Patton. "This was one of our goals and we never wavered from it. The way we did it was constant team building, by getting these guys to play fearlessly and positively. We got them to truly trust each other and know their teammates would come through for them and they really learned to care about the journey."

"I have to be the happiest man in the universe," Patton said. "We did it. We really did do it. It means so much because nobody thought we could do it except us. This is our time."

"This is so incredibly special," said Patton. "This is one of the legacies of our program. We go to the NCAA Tournament and we win conference titles. I have to hand it to these guys. They didn't ride the highway to this championship. They had to take the back roads."

"All of a sudden the opportunity was going to start knocking," said Greg Patton. "It was going to be at the doorstep. We just had to make sure there was someone ready to answer the door. That was Brian."

"Brian's first set tiebreaker was critical," said Greg Patton. "He knew what the score was and that we were fighting for our lives. Sometimes when he gets in a spot like that he cares so much that he can get tight. Instead, he came out in that tiebreak and played some of the best tennis of his life. Brian went to that place in his life and his game where he had extreme confidence and wasn't afraid."

Nevada recap

Boise State 4, Nevada 3
Apr 26, 2015 at Albuquerque, N.M. (Linda Estes Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Chargui, Moez (NEVADA 13.34) def. Garrett Patton (BSU 13.26) 7-5, 6-2
2. Andrada, Ryan (NEVADA 12.91) def. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU 12.94) 6-4, 6-3
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU 12.51) def. Poustie, Andrew (NEVADA 13.12) 6-0, 6-2
4. Brian Foley (BSU 12.61) def. Sunago, Fernando (NEVADA 12.26) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Lewis Roskilly (BSU 12.22) def. Cilic, Mile (NEVADA 11.99) 6-4, 6-2
6. Abe Hewko (BSU 12.09) def. Margitfalvi, Robert (NEVADA 12.15) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. POUSTIE, Andrew/SUNAGO, Fernando (NEVADA) def. Thomas Tenreiro/Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-4
2. Garrett Patton/Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. ANDRADA, Ryan/MARGITFALVI, Robert (NEVADA) 6-4
3. ALLAN, Robert/CHARGUI, Moez (NEVADA) def. Abe Hewko/Brian Foley (BSU) 6-2
Match Notes
Nevada 9-16
Boise State 15-15
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,5,2,1,4)
Fourth-straight tournament title for Boise State

Atlantic 10:

George Washington won the A10 for the 2nd consecutive year and for the 4th time in 5 years with a 4-2 win over #2 VCU. Francisco Dias clinched the title at #1 singles with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win over Michal Voscek.

The tournament is held in Mason, Ohio at the site of the ATP Master Series Event which gave the guys at #1 singles an opportunity to play in the stadium court.  As you can see it was a "late" arriving crowd on all courts.

GW recap

"Doubles was special today," said Head Coach Greg Munoz. "VCU is tough. We played them better than we expected, and we were really happy with the results there. The doubles point proved crucial today."

"It's never an individual who wins this, it's a team effort, and we have some guys who have played some incredible matches this year. We have a lot of freshman that have struggled at times but have had some big wins," said Coach Munoz. "It was nice to see our upperclassmen come through in singles today. To have the upperclassmen use their experience to help us win in the big moments when they occur is huge. These matches can go either way. We're just happy to get this one."

VCU recap

George Washington 4, VCU 2
Apr 26, 2015 at Mason, Ohio (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Francisco Dias (GW 13.29) def. Michal Voscek (VCU 13.26) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
2. Danil Zelenkov (GW 13.09) def. Daryl Monfils (VCU 13.28) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
3. Catalin Fifea (VCU 12.97) def. Chris Fletcher (GW 11.89) 7-6 (3), 6-2
4. Joseph Cohen (VCU 12.25) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW 12.08) 6-0, 6-2
5. Wilder Pimentel (VCU 12.67) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW 13.17) 6-1, 3-6, 0-1, unf
6. Cahit Kapukiran (GW 12.44) def. Toni Batlle (VCU 11.84) 6-2, 7-6 (10)
Doubles competition
1. Francisco Dias/Chris Fletcher (GW) def. Cohen/Monfils (VCU) 8-3
2. Julius Tverijonas/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Fifea/Pimentel (VCU) 8-5
3. Michal Voscek/Louis Ishizaka (VCU) vs. Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) 3-7, 
Match Notes
George Washington 13-12
VCU 16-13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,2,6,1)
2015 A-10 Championship Final

More recaps to come...
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Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

[3] Virginia (23-3) vs. [49-64] St. John's (15-8) - Friday  1pm - #3 Virginia received the ACC's automatic bid after beating #12 Wake Forest 4-2 in the ACC Championship while St. John's got the Big East's automatic bid after defeating Marquette 4-2 in the Big East Championship. St. John's finished the year on a 6-match winning streak and won 11 of its final 12.  The Red Storm went 0-6 against ranked teams on the year.

Doubles Records: Virginia 23-3, St. John's 11-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 87, St. John's 78

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 1st.  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. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.85) vs. Lucas Hejhal (SJU 13.07) 
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.69) vs. Erick Reyes (SJU 13.35)
3. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.74) vs. Robert Livi (SJU 13.11) 
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.80) vs. Elio Livi (SJU 12.22)
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.04) vs. Vaidik Munshaw (SJU 12.69) 
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.04) vs. Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU 11.99) 
Others who could play Mac Styslinger (VA 13.99) 

St. John's starting 3 went 39-14 in dual match play but they'll be no match for Virginia's top 3.  Hoos take the doubles point and get wins from Shane, Altamirano, and Aragone. Prediction: Virginia 4-0. 

[17-32] Minnesota (20-7) vs. [33-48] Princeton (19-7) - Friday 10am - #25 Minnesota got in as an at-large after falling 4-0 to Ohio State in the Big 10 semifinals while #36 Princeton got an at-large selection from the Ivy League. Princeton went 7-7 against ranked opponents with its best win over #20 Mississippi State and its worst loss to #55 Penn State.  The Tigers went just 1-3 down the stretch while the Gophers won 10 of its final 12.

Doubles Records: Minnesota 22-5, Princeton 14-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Minnesota 82, Princeton 79

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #22 Leandro Toledo (MINN 14.05) vs. #75 Zack McCourt (Princeton 13.62) 
2. #60 Matic Spec (MINN 14.15) vs. Thomas Colautti (Princeton 13.45)
3. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.49) vs. Alexander Day (Princeton 13.01)
4. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.55) vs. Joshua Yablon (Princeton 13.24)
5. Jack Hamburg (MINN 13.46) vs. Dan Richardson (Princeton 12.77)
6. Mathieu Froment (MINN 12.93) vs. Diego Vives (Princeton 12.77)
Others who could play: Kial Kaiser (PRIN 12.37), Luke Gamble (PRIN 12.98)

Minnesota won the doubles point in 6 of its final 7 matches while Princeton dropped the point in 4 of its final 6 so I'd be very surprised if Minnesota didn't take the early 1-0 lead. Minnesota had a pretty top heavy lineup this year with Toledo (18-7), Spec (21-2), and Corwin (17-4) combining to go 56-13 in dual match play while Weber (11-10), Hamburg (9-10), and Froment (9-8) went just 29-28. Princeton got the best play from McCourt (17-6), Colautti (15-4), Richardson (10-4), and Vives (10-2) at 1, 2, 5 and 6 while Day (11-11) and Yablon (10-9) were right at .500 at 3 and 4.  

#1 singles - Leandro Toledo won 9 of his final 11 and went 6-7 against ranked players while Zack McCourt won 5 of his final 7 and went 2-5 against ranked opponents. Prediction: DNF with McCourt (PR) leading.

#2 singles - Matic Spec finished the regular season on a 13-match winning streak including a win over #23 Jared Hiltzik while Thomas Colautti won 10 of his final 12 including a win over #108 Dragos Ignat. Prediction: DNF with it all even.  

#3 singles - Felix Corwin won 11 of his final 13 while Alexander Day dropped his last 4. Prediction: Corwin (MN) in 2

#4 singles - Both players dropped 5 of their final 7 though Weber's competition was much tougher. Prediction: Weber (MN) in 2.

#5 singles - Jack Hamburg won 4 of his last 5 with 5 other matches going unfinished while Dan Richardson won 3 of his final 4. Prediction: Hamburg (MN) in 2.

#6 singles - Mathieu Froment dropped his final 2 after winning the 4 before that while Diego Vives split his final 4. Prediction: DNF with Vives (PR) leading.  

If this match wasn't halted at the clinch it wouldn't surprise me if it finished 4-3 but I think Minnesota wraps it up quicker by getting the doubles point and straight set wins from Corwin, Weber, and Hamburg.  Prediction: Minnesota 4-0

Mississippi Regional
Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center - Oxford, MS

[14] Ole Miss (17-8) vs. [49-64] Alabama State (12-15) - Friday 4pm - #14 Ole Miss got in as an at-large after losing 4-1 to #7 Georgia in the SEC semifinals while Alabama State earned its first ever NCAA bid by beating Jackson State 4-2 in the SWAC Championship. Alabama State finished the year on a 7-match winning streak and won 10 of its final 11. The Hornets went 0-5 against ranked opponents getting shut out in 4 of the 5 (lost to Alabama 4-1).

Doubles Records: Ole Miss 14-13, Alabama State 13-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Ole Miss 82, Alabama State 65

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #18 Nik Scholtz (OM 14.17) vs. Takura Mlambo (ASU 12.17)
2. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM 14.27) vs. Ronald Mataba (ASU 11.24)
3. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.77) vs. Patrik Cvik (ASU 11.23)
4. William Kallberg (OM 13.28) vs. Karlo Skvorc (ASU 10.39)
5. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.14) vs. Jarred Thompson (ASU 9.78)
6. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.95) vs. Adam Coyne (ASU 10.75)
Others who could play: Vinod Gowda (OM 12.99)

This one won't be pretty as Ole Miss should be off the court in around 90 minutes after taking the doubles point and picking up singles wins from pick any 3. Prediction: Ole Miss 4-0

[17-32] Columbia (14-5) vs. [33-48] Georgia Tech (14-12) - Friday 1pm - #17 Columbia got the automatic bid for winning the Ivy League while #42 Georgia Tech got the last at-large bid (by .10) after making its run to the ACC semifinals which included wins over #35 Notre Dame and #15 Virginia Tech.  These teams are pretty familiar with each other after playing a hidden dual at the MLK Invitational in Atlanta back in January.  Georgia Tech took 5 of 9 singles matches however none of the match-ups will be the same.  

Doubles Records: Columbia 14-5, Georgia Tech 14-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Columbia 82, Georgia Tech 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Winston Lin (COL 14.12) vs. #53 Christopher Eubanks (GT 13.87)
2. #108 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.84) vs. Carlos Benito (GT 13.54)
3. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.63) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.19)
4. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.50) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.44)
5. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.31) vs. Cole Fiegel (GT 13.15)
6. Bert Vancura (COL 12.76) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT 13.47)
Others who could play: Max Schnur (COL 13.16)

Max Schnur is actually listed at #4 in Columbia's lineup however he's only played in half of Columbia's matches and just gone 3-7 so I'm guessing he doesn't play. 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Lin 13-8 (5-6) vs. Eubanks 14-11 (4-9)
2. Ignat 13-7 (1-4) vs. Benito 15-7 (3-5)
3. Narayana 12-3 vs. Rakitt 5-14 (0-7)
4. Vermeer 12-3 (0-1) vs. Kay 10-13 (0-5)
5. Hadavi 12-6 vs. Fiegel 17-9 (0-1)
6. Vancura 10-5 vs Segura 14-9 (0-1)

#1 singles - Lin won 4 of his last 5 with the loss coming to #75 Zack McCourt in a match where a 10-point tiebreak was played in lieu of a 3rd set while Eubanks lost 7 of his last 9 though all but one of those matches was against a top 75 opponent.  Prediction: Lin (CU) in 3

#2 singles - Ignat won 6 of his last 7 while Benito won his last 2 over #57 Raphael Hemmeler and #68 Amerigo Contini. Benito started out the year playing at #5 and has progressed all the way up to #2.  Prediction: Benito (GT) in 3

#3 singles - Narayana won his last 4 and 7 of his last 8 while Rakitt lost his last 3 and 10 of his last 11.  Rakitt started out the year playing at #1 and has slowing dropped to #3. Prediction: Narayana (CU) in 2.

#4 singles - Vermeer finished the year on a 6-match winning streak while Kay lost 7 of his last 8. Vermeer has wins over JT Nishimura and Florin Bragusi on his resume. Prediction: Vermeer (CU) in 2

#5 singles - Hadavi finished the year on a 5-match winning streak while Fiegel dropped his final 2 after winning the 3 prior.  Hadavi's signature wins were against Northwestern's Alp Horoz and Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan while Fiegel beat Wake's Christian Seraphim, FSU's Cristian Mendez, and Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan. Prediction: Fiegel (GT) in 2

#6 singles - Vancura won 5 of his last 6 while Segura won his final 3 after losing the 4 prior. Segura started off the year playing at #3 before slowly sliding down the lineup despite putting up decent results.  Prediction: Segura (GT) in 2

The doubles point very well could be the key to this one and I look for Columbia to take the point for the 10th time in the last 11 matches. I've got Benito, Fiegel, and Segura in singles for GT with Lin, Narayana, and Vermeer for CU. Prediction: Columbia 4-3

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Friday, 08 May 2015 10:00

2nd Round Preview

I'm obviously making the assumption that my first round picks will be correct so based off those picks this is how I have the 2nd round playing out.  The doubles records and stats are as of Thursday so if the guys win or lose a match on Friday the numbers would change.

Oklahoma  Regional
Headington Family Tennis Center - Norman, OK

[1] Oklahoma (25-2) vs. [17-32] Northwestern (21-9) - 2pm est - This will be the second time this season that these two have met with Oklahoma winning 4-1 during the Kickoff Weekend in a match that was surprisingly close.  

Regular Season Meeting

#2 Oklahoma 4, #28 Northwestern 1
Jan 25, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #20 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Sam Shropshire (NU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. #14 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #33 Dane Webb (OU) def. #108 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5, 7-5
4. Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0, unf
5. Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-5, 2-6, 5-4, unf
6. Jose Salazar (OU) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #38 Dane Webb/Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Kumar/Pasareanu (NU) 6-3
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Papa/Harris (OU) 6-3
3. Sam Shropshire/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Ghilea/Bragusi (OU) 6-3
Match Notes
Northwestern 2-2; National ranking #28
Oklahoma 3-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,6,1,3)

Doubles Records:  Oklahoma 15-12, Northwestern 17-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Oklahoma 86, Northwestern 81

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.89) vs. #42 Sam Shropshire (NU 14.04)
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU 14.96) vs. Strong Kirchheimer (NU 13.73)
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU 14.25)  vs. Konrad Zieba (NU 13.70)
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.33) vs. Logan Staggs (NU 13.43)
5. Spencer Papa (OU 13.88) vs. Fedor Baev (NU 12.89) 
6. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.65) vs. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14)

Oklahoma was just getting its bearings straight in the first meeting but they are firing on all cylinders now - I like OU in doubles and look for Alvarez, Harris, and Papa to get the job done. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0.

UCLA Regional
LA Tennis Center - Los Angeles, CA

[16] UCLA (16-9) vs. [17-32] Texas Tech (19-8) - 6pm est - These two met back during the Kickoff Weekend with UCLA pulling out the 4-1 win in a highly competitive match that had 4 singles matches go 3 sets.  Only #1 and #2 singles will be rematches from the first encounter plus the guy that played #3 for Texas Tech in the first meeting is no longer on the team. 

Regular Season Meeting:

#4 UCLA 4, #48 Texas Tech 1
Jan 24, 2015 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. #35 Dojas/Soares (TTU) def. #11 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-4
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Cornea/Sendegeya (TTU) 6-2
3. Mkrtchian/Rapp (UCLA) def. Curry/Francisco Zambon (TTU) 6-4
1. #7 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Felipe Soares (TTU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU) 7-6, 3-6, 1-0, unf
3. #88 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Victor Cornea (TTU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Alex Sendegeya (TTU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 7-6, 6-3
6. #90 Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Connor Curry (TTU) 6-2, 5-7, 2-2, unf
Match Notes
Texas Tech 6-2; National ranking #48
UCLA 3-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,4)

Doubles Records: UCLA 18-7, Texas Tech 9-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  UCLA 84, Texas Tech 80

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #3 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.07) vs. #37 Felipe Soares (TTU 13.67)
2. #36 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA 13.94) vs. Hugo Dojas (TTU 13.47)
3. #107 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.35) vs. #117 Alex Sendegeya (TTU 13.74)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 13.90) vs. #123 Jolan Cailleau (TTU 13.43)
5. Gage Brymer (UCLA 13.82) vs. Francisco Zambon (TTU 13.00) 
6. Austin Rapp (UCLA 12.99) vs. Connor Curry (TTU 13.02) 
Could also play: Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.36) 

UCLA hasn't been the most consistent team at the bottom of the lineup (15-20 at #5 and #6) but the top has been rock solid with McDonald, Mkrtchian, and Redlicki combining to go 43-9 in dual match play.  Texas Tech may take one of the matches at the bottom but UCLA gets it done up top and in doubles.  Prediction: UCLA 4-1

Texas Regional
Caswell Tennis Center - Austin, TX

[8] Texas (20-6) vs. [17-32] California (19-8) - Saturday 2pm est - These two met last year in the NCAA Round of 16 with Texas winning 4-1 though Cal graduated its top 2 and added 3 newcomers to the roster while Texas has the exact same starting 6 as they had a year ago.  Last year Cal went into College Station and upset Texas A&M in the 2nd round so the Bears won't have a problem going on the road and playing in front of a tough crowd. 

Doubles Records:  Texas 12-13, Cal 17-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Texas 84, Cal 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Soren Hess-Olesen (TX 14.95) vs. #29 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.21)
2. #42 Lloyd Glasspool (TX 14.01) vs. #97 Filip Bergevi (CAL 13.94)
3. #54 Adrien Berkowicz (TX 13.98) vs. Greg Bayane (CAL 13.47)
4. George Goldhoff (TX 13.68) vs. Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.48)
5. Nick Naumann (TX 13.77) vs. JT Nishimura (CAL 13.70)
6. Clement Homs (TX 13.69) vs. Billy Griffith (CAL 13.51)

I like Cal's chances in doubles and I'd give Wikberg a good shot at #4  but I see Hess-Olesen, Berkowicz, Naumann, and Homs winning in singles for Texas. Prediction: Texas 4-2

Georgia Regional
Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, Ga

[8] Georgia (22-4) vs. [17-32] Florida State (20-10) - Saturday 3pm - This would be the 3rd second round meeting between these 2 in the last 5 years with Georgia coming back 3-1 down to win a 4-3 in 2010 and then Georgia won 4-1 in 2012.

Doubles Records: Georgia 18-8, Florida State 21-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating:  Georgia 84, Florida State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #24 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.61) vs.  #46 Benjamin Lock (FSU 13.97)
2. #30 Austin Smith (UGA 14.24) vs. #101 Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.75)
3. #31 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.32) vs. Marco Nunez (FSU 13.54)
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.47) vs. 
C. Gonzalez Mendez (FSU 13.57)
5. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.43)
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.84) vs. Terrell Whitehurst (FSU 12.97)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Montgomery 13-3 vs. Lock 14-7
2. Smith 14-6 vs. Rinaldi 12-8
3. Pasha 12-5 vs. Nunez 8-10
4. Wagland 10-5 vs. Gonzalez Mendez 13-10
5. Wood 14-6 vs. Gracia 13-10
6. Oosterbaan 13-3 vs. Whitehurst 12-7

Doubles is a near toss-up but I'm leaning toward Florida State however I think Georgia gets it done in singles with wins from Montgomery, Smith, Wagland, and Oosterbaan. Prediction: Georgia 4-2

TCU Regional
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center - Fort Worth, TX

[5] TCU (22-7) vs. [33-48] NC State (18-11) - Saturday 6pm  

Doubles Records: TCU 15-11, NC State 18-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, NC State 82

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 1st.  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. #49 Nick Chappell (TCU 14.03) vs. #69 Robbie Mudge (NCST 13.89)
2. #59 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.00) vs. Beck Bond (NCST 13.68) 
3. #39 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.33) vs. #110 Simon Norenius (NCST 13.76)
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU 13.92) vs. #93 Austin Powell (NCST 13.60) 
5. Arnau Dachs (TCU 14.10) vs. Thomas Weigel (NCST 13.53) 
6. Will Stein (TCU 13.40) vs. Nick Horton (NCST 13.43)

Dual Match Singles Records
Chappell 11-6 vs. Mudge 18-7
Nunez 18-1 vs. Bond 17-5
Norrie 14-8 vs. Norenius 15-8
Lugones 14-5 vs. Powell 14-11
Dachs 16-5 vs. Weigel 15-8
Stein 11-7 vs. Horton 14-12

The matchup at #2 singles ought to be a good one with Beck Bond (17-5) and Guillermo Nunez (18-1) combining to go 25-6 in dual match play. I think NC State steals the doubles point and gets a win at #1 from Robbie Mudge but TCU pulls out the rest though I expect several to be very close. Prediction: TCU 4-2  

Wake Forest Regional
Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Winston-Salem, NC

[12] Wake Forest (22-7) vs. [17-32] Florida (15-8)  - Saturday 3pm  

Doubles Records: Wake Forest 22-7, Florida 13-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Florida 83

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF 15.20) vs. #63 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.05) 
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.63) vs. Elliott Orkin (UF 14.19)
3. Skander Mansouri (WF 13.34) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.77)
4. #106 Jon Ho (WF 13.81) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.78)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.72)  vs. #102 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.53)
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.05) vs. Joshua Wardell (UF 13.20)
Others who could play: Maksim Kan (WF 13.26), Jordan Belga (UF 13.04)

Dual Match Singles Records:
1. Rubin 19-3 vs. Hidalgo 10-5
2. Bogaerts 20-4 vs. Orkin 13-6
3. Mansouri 13-11 vs. Watson 10-6
4. Ho 17-8 vs. Perez-Blanco 12-3
5. Seraphim 17-9 vs. Lipman 5-11
6. Tabrizi 8-6 vs. Wardell 2-4

If Florida can find a way to take the doubles point I'd give them a reasonable shot at pulling the upset because Wake is a tad vulnerable to 3, 4, and 6. Having said that I like Wake Forest in doubles and see them getting singles wins from Noah Rubin, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim. I'll like Gordon Watson and Chase Perez-Blanco for Florida though they both might not get a chance to finish. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-1

North Carolina Regional
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center - Chapel Hill, NC

[13] North Carolina (22-10) vs. [17-32] Mississippi State (20-7) - Saturday 3pm 

Doubles Records: UNC 23-9, Miss State 20-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UNC 84, Miss State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (NC 14.66) vs. #62 Florian Lakat (MSU 13.96)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.35) vs. Juan Cruz Estevarena (MSU 13.78)
3. #73 Brett Clark (NC 13.85) vs. Mate Cutura (MSU 13.67)
4. Jack Murray (NC 14.17) vs. Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.89)
5. Robert Kelly (NC 13.77) vs. Tassilo Schmid (MSU 12.94)
6. Stuart DePaolo (NC 12.50) vs. Julian Cash (MSU 13.40)
Others who could play: Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC 13.53), Oystein Steiro (UNC 13.43)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Schnur 7-7 (3-7) vs. Lakat 14-6 (7-6) 
2. Schneider 17-10 (6-10) vs. Estevarena 10-5 (1-2) 
3. Clark 19-5 (6-4) vs. Cutura 12-7 (1-2) 
4. Murray 18-6 (2-4) vs. Agarwal 18-3 (1-1) 
5. Kelly 22-4 (1-1) vs. Schmid 5-14 (1-4)
6. DePaolo 5-8 vs. Cash 9-6 

Notable Streaks - Clark has won 7 of 8, Kelly has won 7 in a row, Agarwal has won 11 in a row, Schmid has lost 10 of 12

Hess-Olesen is listed at 6 and Steiro is listed at 7 in the singles lineup however each has battled injuries for most of the season so it wouldn't surprise me if neither played and DePaolo got the call at 6.  I like Mississippi State in doubles and Julian Cash in singles but North Carolina should sweep the top 3 and also pick up a win from Robert Kelly at 5 with #4 likely in a tight 3rd set. Prediction: North Carolina 4-2

Illinois Regional
Atkins Tennis Center - Champaign-Urbana, IL

[4] Illinois (26-4) vs. [33-48] Drake (25-6) - Saturday 3pm - Last year in the 2nd round Illinois was on the ropes against Memphis trailing 3-0 and facing what seemed like sure defeat when Memphis's #1 served for the win however the Illini fought back and won 4-3. Drake has a good team but Illinois is too strong from 1 to 5 to get upset here.  

Doubles Records: Illinois 20-10, Drake 21-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 86, Drake 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #33 Farris Gosea (ILL 14.68)  vs. #40 Alen Salibasic (DU 13.79)
2. #23 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.57) vs. #66 Ben Lott (DU 13.71)
3. #65 Tim Kopinski (ILL 14.30) vs. Matt Frost (DU 13.14)
4. #81 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 14.20) vs. Ravi Patel (DU 13.51)
5. #74 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.46) vs. Calum MacGeoch (DU 12.44) 
6. Ross Guignon (ILL 13.30) vs. Ben Mullis (DU 13.09)
Others who could play: Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.19), Blake Bazarnik (ILL 12.86), Ben Stride (DU 12.92)

I like the Illini in doubles and look for Jared Hiltzik, Tim Kopinski, and Aleks Vukic to pick up straight set wins at 2, 3, and 5.  Prediction: Illinois 4-0

Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

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After a wild and crazy first round of the NCAA Tournament, we had a more tame second round with 9 of the 16 matches being shutouts. 14 of the top 16 seeds advanced with Columbia and South Florida pulling off the mild upsets.

#17 Columbia punched its second ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-1 win over #14 Ole Miss. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but Ole Miss would take four opening sets in singles. Ole Miss's Nik Scholtz would even the match at 1-1 with a straight set win over Winston Lin at #1 but Columbia's Ashok Narayana and Shawn Hadavi would close out their respective matches in straight sets at 3 and 5 to put Columbia up 3-1. Columbia's Dragos Ignat, Mike Vermeer, and Bert Vancura would each take the 2nd sets after dropping the first and in a race to the finish line it'd be Vancura that would provide the clincher with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win at #6.

Comments from Columbia recap
"We knew that Ole Miss is very tough at home. They are very hard to beat here. So after Georgia Tech we thought we needed to win the doubles point," Howard Endelman, Associate Head Coach said.  "They are very strong at the top of the lineup, so we knew if we won the doubles point and put some pressure on them, it would give us a little edge heading into singles.  The guys played so well in doubles and I think it took some air out of the home crowd, which was good for us."

"I was on courts 5 and 6, so I couldn't see the other courts but I could see the main scoreboard, and it seemed like every first set was in a breaker, or 5-5, Endelman said.  "This match couldn't have been any closer.  We have to give Ole Miss a lot of credit.  They won four first sets, but our guys, they all hung in there.  Bert's opponent was playing great.  Bert just stayed around, stayed around and won the second set, and he was just incredible in the third.  It was probably one of the best sets I've ever seen him play.  {Shawn} Hadavi played a really good player and Shawn played one of the best tie-breakers I've ever seen him play.  They were just so tough.

"Last year we snuck up on people. No one picked us to beat Vanderbilt. This year, in many ways, was much harder.  No one was surprised by us. But our goal was always to get back to the Sweet 16, and to beat Ole Miss in Oxford to get there, is just incredible, Endelman concluded.

Comments from Ole Miss recap
"It was a very tough day," head coach Toby Hansson said. "Obviously it's disappointing when you lose. We thought we had a good chance to win this match today, and we just couldn't get it done."

"We came out a little slow in doubles and didn't have the energy and positive body language," Hansson said. "When things didn't go our way, we let it affect us a little."

"I told the guys we had an opportunity in singles, and even though we didn't play our best, we battled," Hansson said. "We had chances on several different courts.  I have to give Columbia a lot of credit for hanging around and never giving up on all the courts."

"Overall I am very pleased with the season," Hansson said. "With a little perspective I think the guys will realize that we've done some good things this year."

[2] #17 Columbia def. [1] #14 Ole Miss 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Oxford, MS (Palmer-Salloum Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #17 Winston Lin (CU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #108 Dragos Ignat (CU) 7-6(7), 4-6, 2-1, unf
3. Ashok Narayana (CU) def. Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
4. William Kallberg (OM) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6), 1-2, unf
5. Shawn Hadavi (CU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
6. Bert Vancura (CU) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Nik Scholtz/Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. #46 Lin/Mike Vermeer (CU) 5-6, unf
2. #84 Ashok Narayana/Dragos Ignat (CU) def. Hansson/William Kallberg (OM) 8-3
3. Max Schnur/Bert Vancura (CU) def. Grey Hamilton/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 8-5
Match Notes:
Columbia 16-5; National ranking #17
Ole Miss 18-9; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,6)

#18 South Florida stamped its first ever ticket to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 shutout over #15 Virginia Tech. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 then took 4 opening sets. Justin Roberts and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy picked up straight set wins at 5 and 6 to extend the lead to 3-0 and then Sasha Gozun would clinch the victory with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win at #2 over Andreas Bjerrehus.

Comments from USF recap
"It was an amazing day for the guys and all the work they've put in," head coach Matt Hill said. "It's a huge day for the program as well. We push the envelope and try to show other teams we're a program that's going to be around for a little while."

"Virginia Tech has very good doubles, especially at No. 1 and No. 2. I thought our guys did a great job of playing smart and competing really well throughout the doubles," Hill said.

"Our guys took it to another level in singles," Hill said. "They continue to impress the coaches on the big stages and in the big moments. They really enjoy it and elevate their game."

[2] #18 South Florida def. [1] #15 Virginia Tech 4-0
5/9/2015 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Roberto Cid (USF 14.37) vs. #68 Amerigo Contini (VT 14.20) 6-4, 6-5
2. #124 Sasha Gozun (USF 13.61) def. #43 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.99) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. #109 Joao Monteiro (VT 13.80) vs. Oliver Pramming (USF 13.69) 7-6(4), 6-5
4. I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF 13.40) vs. Hunter Koontz (VT 13.89) 6-7(4), 6-4, 2-1
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.21) def. Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.44) 6-2, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.29) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.03) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Doubles competition
1. #39 Andreas Bjerrehus/Hunter Koontz (VT) vs. #28 Roberts/Oliver Pramming (USF) 7-6
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Monteiro/Tessaro (VT) 8-7(7)
3. Roberto Cid/I. Gonzales-Muniz (USF) def. Contini/Corbett (VT) 8-3
Match Notes:
USF 21-6; National ranking #18
Virginia Tech 20-5; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,2)

Other 2nd Round Results:

[11] #11 Ohio State def[2] #24 Vanderbilt 4-0 
May 9, 2015 - Columbus, OH (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #5 Gonzales Austin/Rhys Johnson (VU) def. Kevin Metka/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 8-1
2. Mikael Torpegaard/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Pen Binet/Ryan Smith (VU) 8-5
3. Ralf Steinbach/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Baker Newman/Suresh Eswaran (VU) 8-4
Singles Competition
1. #10 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.58) vs. #47 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.92) 7-6(5), 5-4
2. #49 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.27) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.58) 6-1, 6-4
3. #88 Daniel Valent (VU 14.08) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.56) 6-3, 5-3, unf.
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.10) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.63) 6-4, 2-6, unf.
5. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.82) vs. Baker Newman (VU 12.90) 6-2, 7-6(6)
6. #97 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.90) def. Jeff Offerdahl (VU 12.72) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 20-8; National ranking #24
Ohio State 27-8; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,5)
Official: Jerri Banks T-2:06 A-192


Comments from Oklahoma recap
"Singles was solid, head coach John Roddick said. "We didn't dig any holes. The one spot where we got down, we got out of it and had control of that match when it finished. Doubles was close. It came down to a tiebreaker and a few points here or there. Overall we are playing better there.

"It is pretty impressive to play like that at one, Roddick said. "When you are moving the ball around like that and not making errors it is tough to handle.

"He was just really patient, Roddick said. "He hit solid ground strokes in rallies and wasn't going for too much and didn't leave it short either. He just really did a good job of forcing that guy into errors all day. He won 12 games to five. That is pretty solid.

"We are going to get an idea of the practice schedule, but we are going to take a day off and then head out, Roddick said. "We are ready to get it going and I think the guys are excited to play.

[1] #1 Oklahoma def. [2] #28 Northwestern 4-1
May 09, 2015 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Axel Alvarez (OU) def. #48 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #7 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #44 Dane Webb (OU) vs. Konrad Zieba (NU) 2-6, 6-3, 0-1, unf
4. #103 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Logan Staggs (NU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Alp Horoz (NU) 7-5, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #64 Alex Pasareanu/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #57 Harris/Ghilea (OU) 8-5
2. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Webb/Papa (OU) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Axel Alvarez/Jose Salazar (OU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-4
Match Notes
Northwestern 21-9, 8-3; National ranking #28
Oklahoma 25-2,4-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,5,4)

[1] #10 Duke def. [2] #23 Stanford 4-1
May 9, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
Singles competition
1. #14 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #26 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-0
2. #41 Jason Tahir (DU) led #71 John Morrissey (STAN) 2-6, 6-4, *5-4 unf
3. #57 Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
4. Bruno Semenzato (DU) def. Davis Hsu (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
5. Chris Mengel (DU) led Robert Stineman (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 2-1* unf
6. TJ Pura (DU) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #9 John Morrissey/Robert Stineman (STAN) def. #20 Hemmeler/Alvarez (DU) 8-7 (3)
2. #69 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Tahir/Josh Levine (DU) 8-6
3. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (STAN) led Semenzato/Pura. (DU) 7-6
Match Notes
Duke 24-6; National ranking #10
Stanford 18-7; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,3,6)
NCAA Team Championship Second Round
Duke advances to NCAA Team Championship Round of 16
T-3:48 A-172

[1] #12 Wake Forest def. [3] #39 Pepperdine 4-0
May 09, 2015 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex - Outdoors)
Singles competition
1. #6 Noah Rubin (WF) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
2. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-4, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 7-6 (7-2), 1-5, unf
5. Keivon Tabrizi (WF) vs. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Maksim Kan (WF) vs. Tom Hill (PEP) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Hadlich/Thakkar (PEP) 7-3, unfi
2. Jon Ho/Noah Rubin (WF) def. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 8-2
3. Sam Bloom/Keivon Tabrizi (WF) def. Stefan Menichella/Tom Hill (PEP) 8-2
Match Notes
Pepperdine 18-9; National ranking #39
Wake Forest 23-7; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,2)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - Second Round
Wake Forest goes for school-record 24th win
T-2:34 A-304

Comments from TCU recap
"Obviously that doubles point gave us a tremendous amount of momentum going into singles," head coach David Roditi said. "That is some of the most competitive points I have ever seen at the No. 3 position and it was anyone's match. Guillermo came up with a huge ace down match point and our No. 2 team of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson just keep getting it done. They are playing just such a high level and having so much fun. They are communicating and connecting and it is just fun to watch. The scary part is that we are winning doubles points and we can still play better. There is still room for improvement and that is exactly what we want going into next week.

"In singles, our guys came out focused and let that excitement from doubles keep them going. Cameron Norrie is just too good and he is just too much for some guys at the No. 3 position. Guillermo finally closed out his m
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[3] Virginia (25-3) vs. [17-32] Columbia (16-5) - Thursday 5pm - Virginia is coming off shutouts over St. John's and Minnesota while Columbia beat both Georgia Tech and Ole Miss by the same 4-1 score. Columbia went 0-4 this year against top 10 opponents though they were respectable in each loss (UGA 3-4, Texas 1-4, Oklahoma 2-4, USC 0-4). 

Doubles Records: Virginia 25-3, Columbia 15-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 87, Columbia 82

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.   

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

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.84) vs. #17 Winston Lin (COL 14.12)
2. #20 Mitchell Frank (VA 14.52) vs. #108 Dragos Ignat (COL 13.82)
3. #77 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.73) vs. Ashok Narayana (COL 13.62)
4. #19 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.76) vs. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.47)
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.05) vs. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.31)
6. J.C. Aragone (VA 14.02) vs. Bert Vancura (COL 12.71) 
Others who could play Mac Styslinger (VA 13.98), Max Schnur (COL 13.18)

Max Schnur is actually listed at #4 in Columbia's lineup however he's only played in half of Columbia's matches and just gone 3-7 so I'm guessing he doesn't play. 

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Shane 18-6 (11-5) vs. Lin 14-9 (6-7)
2. Frank 16-3 (11-3) vs. Ignat 14-7 (1-4) 
3. Altamirano 17-3 (3-2) vs. Narayana 14-3 
4. Kwiatkowski 20-3 (1-3) vs. Vermeer 13-3 (0-1) 
5. Ritschard 10-3 (2-1) vs. Hadavi 10-4 
6. Aragone 21-3 (0-1) vs. Vancura 11-5 

#1 singles - Shane has won 9 of 11 and is coming off a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of Minnesota's #22 Leandro Toledo while Lin has won 5 of 7 and is coming a weekend where he beat Georgia Tech's #53 Chris Eubanks 6-4, 6-4 before falling to Ole Miss's #18 Nik Scholtz 6-4, 6-3. There's no doubt that Lin can play with Shane but I think Shane is just a little better. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 2

#2 singles - Frank has won 8 of his last 9 completed matches though both of his matches last weekend went unfinished with him tied 1-1 in the 3rd against Minnesota's #60 Matic Spec and ahead of St. John's Erick Reyes 6-2, 4-2. Ignat has won 7 of his last 8 and last weekend he beat Georgia Tech's Carlos Benito 6-2 in the 3rd and then had his match with Ole Miss's #86 Stefan Lindmark go unfinished with the match on serve early in the 3rd. This is a match Frank should win but with his back possibly still not 100% you never know. Prediction: DNF with Frank (UVA) leading.

#3 singles - Altamirano has split his last 4 completed matches with 3 others going unfinished but he did finish off Minnesota's Felix Corwin 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.  Narayana has won his last 6 and 9 of his last 10 and won both matches last weekend over Georgia Tech's Nathan Rakitt 6-1, 7-6 and Ole Miss's Gustav Hansson 6-3, 7-6. Altamirano has cooled off a bit since his great start and I think Narayana has a good shot in this one though it'll likely go unfinsihed. Prediction: DNF with Narayana (CU) leading.

#4 singles - Kwiatkowski has won 9 in a row and 13 of 14 and last weekend he beat St. John's Elio Livi 6-0, 6-0 and then his match with Minnesota's Ruben Weber went unfinished with TSK leading 7-5, 4-3. Vermeer has won his last 7 and he's coming off a 6-1, 6-4 win over Georgia Tech's Michael Kay and his match with Ole Miss's William Kallberg went unfinished with Vermeer up a break in the 3rd. Kwiatkowski is took good to lose this one. Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 2

#5 singles - Ritschard has won his last 5 with 2 others in between going unfinished including his match against Minnesota's Jack Hamburg though Alex led 6-4, 6-5.  Hadavi has won his last 6 and last weekend he beat Ole Miss's Ricardo Jorge 7-6, 6-2 and his match with Georgia Tech's Cole Fiegel went unfinished though Hadavi was up a break in the 3rd. We'll probably see a close first set (7-5 or 7-6) and then Ritschard will go up an early break in the 2nd. Prediction: DNF with Ritschard (UVA) leading

#6 singles - Aragone has won 15 in a row including a pair last weekend over Minnesota's Mathieu Froment 6-1, 7-6 and St. John's Federico Ruiz 6-1, 6-1. Vancura has won 4 in a row and 6 of his last 7 and last weekend he beat Ole Miss's Vinod Gowda 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and his match with Georgia Tech's Eduardo Segura went unfinished with Vancura up 6-4, 3-4. I think this will be the most lopsided of the bunch as Aragone should cruise.   Prediction: Aragone (UVA) in 2

I like Virginia in doubles and Shane, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone in singles. If Columbia were to pull the stunner of all stunners they'd have to take the doubles point and get wins from Lin, Narayana, and Hadavi but I can't see that happening. I think Columbia will keep this one close on a few courts but I just don't see any points coming their way. Prediction: Virginia 4-0

[6] Texas A&M (23-4) vs. [11] Ohio State (27-8) - Thursday 5pm - Texas A&M is coming off a 4-0 shutout over Eastern Kentucky and a 4-2 nail-biter over Oklahoma State while Ohio State blanked both Buffalo and Vanderbilt although the Vandy match was tightening up at the time of the clinch. This will be the 2nd meeting this year between these two and the 5th meeting in the last 27 months. Texas A&M won the regular season meeting in College Station 4-3 in a match that came down to a 3rd set between Arthur Rinderknech and Kevin Metka at #5 singles. Both teams lineups look vastly different for this meeting and it should be noted that Ohio State's current #3 Herkko Pollanen didn't play in the first meeting nor did Texas A&M's current #6 Jordi Arconada.  

#15 Texas A&M 4, #5 Ohio State 3
Jan 31, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #21 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2
2. #89 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #29 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #96 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #66 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. #53 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5
6. Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #4 Metka/Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
2. #18 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. #27 Callahan/Diaz (OSU) 4-5, unf
Match Notes
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #5
Texas A&M 1-1; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,4,6,1,5)

Doubles Records: Texas A&M 22-5, Ohio State 28-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Texas A&M 85, Ohio State 84

Projected Singles Lineups with UTRs in ( ):
1. #47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.38) vs. #50 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 13.94)
2. #80 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.20) vs. #55 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.21) 
3. #84 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.45) vs. Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.53) 
4. #78 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.56) vs. Hunter Callahan (OSU 14.14)
5. #92 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.34) vs. Kevin Metka (OSU 13.87) 
6. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.62) vs. #104 Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.86)

Dual-Match Singles Records - # in ( ) is W-L vs. ranked:
1. Efferding 11-3 (3-3) vs. Torpegaard 15-9 (4-8)
2. Vinsant 7-3 (5-2) vs. Diaz 17-7 (2-7)
3. Rinderknech 13-4 (1-3) vs. Pollanen 13-7 (1-4)
4. Adams 5-9 (1-6) vs. Callahan 20-6 (1-5)
5. Catanzariti 20-4 (1-0) vs. Metka 19-6 (0-2)
6. Arconada 10-3 vs. Steinbach 21-6 (0-4)

#1 singles - 9 of Efferding's last 11 matches have gone unfinished including his match on Saturday against Oklahoma State's #32 Jakob Sude which got stopped with Efferding leading 6-5 in the 3rd (Efferding trailed 5-3). Torpegaard has won 5 of his last 6 completed matches with 4 others going unfinished including his match on Saturday against Vanderbilt's #10 Gonzales Austin in which Torpegaard trailed 7-6, 5-4. Prediction: Efferding (aTm) in 3

#2 singles - Vinsant is coming off a 7-6, 6-1 win over Oklahoma State's #115 Lucas Gerch which snapped a streak of 3 unfinished matches in a row and actually 5 of his last 7 matches have gone unfinished. Diaz went 2-0 last weekend with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Vanderbilt's Rhys Johnson and a 6-2, 6-1 win over Buffalo's Pablo Alvarez. Diaz is 11-0 in his last 16 matches with the other 5 going unfinished though he was a set down in all 5 of the unfinished matches. Vinsant won the regular season meeting 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 but I think he gets this one done in straights. Prediction: Vinsant (aTm) in 2

#3 singles - Rinderknech has won 2 of his last 3 but is coming off a 7-6, 6-1 loss to Oklahoma State's #122 Arjun Kadhe while Pollanen's last 5 matches have gone unfinished including his match from Saturday against Vanderbilt's #88 Danny Valent in which Pollanen trailed 6-3, 5-3. Pollanen did win the previous 4 before that. I'd be surprised if Rinderknech didn't win this in straight sets. Prediction: Rinderknech (aTm) in 2.

#4 singles - Adams is coming off a weekend where he went 2-0 which included a 6-1, 6-1 shellacking of Oklahoma State's Tristan Meraut and Adams has now gone 5-1 since April 1st with 4 other matches going unfinished. Callahan has won 3 of his last 4 completed matches though both matches last weekend went unfinished including his match with Vanderbilt's Kris Yee which was heading to a 3rd set when the Buckeyes clinched. It's taken a few months but Adams is finally playing like the guy who started 24 matches last year at #1 singles. Prediction: Adams (aTm) in 3

#5 singles - Catanzariti has won 4 straight and 16 of his last 17 including a 6-3, 6-4 win on Saturday over Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg. Metka has won 3 of his last 4 including a 6-2, 7-6 win on Saturday over Vanderbilt's Baker Newman. Catanzariti has been the better player this year but I think the serve and volley of Metka will be a little too much for Catanzariti to handle. Prediction: Metka (OSU) in 2

#6 singles - Arconada has won 8 of his last 9 completed matches including the match clincher on Saturday against Oklahoma State's Nicolai Ferrigno which finished 7-6 in the 3rd. Steinbach has won his last 6 completed matches with 4 other unfinished matches sprinkled in between. Steinbach rolled over Vanderbilt's Jeff Offerdahl on Saturday 6-1, 6-3 and while I don't think he'll roll over Arconada I think he'll get the W. Prediction: Steinbach (OSU) in 2

I like Ohio State in doubles especially after Texas A&M struggled against Oklahoma State and I see the Buckeyes picking up wins at 5 and 6 but I think Texas A&M gets it done at 1 through 4 to pull out a tight win. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3

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