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14 of the 15 ITA Kickoff Regionals saw play today, with Cal struggling with rain for the second consecutive day. Five Regionals were completed with 3 No.1 seeds, a No.2 seed and a surprise No.3 seed claiming final victories to join Wisconsin at the ITA National Team Indoor, being held February 5-8 in Madison, WI.

#5 North Carolina Regional: Tar Heels Dominate Singles
The UNC Tar Heels, the reigning NTI champions, looked in good form today, blanking #48 Tulsa 4-0 to advance to Madison. UNC dropped only 10 games in their 5 completed first sets, with the No.4 match in a tiebreaker when play was called. Maria Akkerman was the star of the weekend, losing just three games in her two matches combined. Hayley Carter continued to impress this weekend and Whitney Kay did a complete 180 from yesterday to completely rout her ranked opponent. In the 3rd/4th playoff, #53 Marshall rallied from 1-3 down to take out #68 Yale, with the Herd claiming the win at No.1.

#5 North Carolina 4, #48 Tulsa 0
Singles
1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC,11.69 UTR) def. Saana Saarteinen (TUL, 10.40 UTR) 6-0, 6-2
2. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.74 UTR) def. #95 Ksenia Laskutova (TUL, 10.04 UTR) 6-0, 6-1
3. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.41 UTR) vs. Rongrong Leenabancho (TUL, 10.02 UTR) 7-5, 0-0
4. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.19 UTR) vs. Marcelina Cichon (TUL, 10.24 UTR) 6-6, unf
5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.63 UTR) def. Yelena Nemchen (TUL, 9.74 UTR) 6-1, 6-0
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.53 UTR) def. Mahitda Dadireddy (TUL, 9.63 UTR) 6-4, 1-0
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 1*
Doubles
#2 Carter/Kay (UNC) def. Laskutova/Kuricova (TUL) 6-1
#46 Matoula/Leenabancho (TUL) def. #16 Vialle/Aney (UNC) 6-2
Ashley Dai/Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) def. Saarteinen/Dadireddy (TUL) 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*

#8 Virginia Regional: Cavaliers Too Strong
Columbia caused a UTR upset at No.4 singles, but UVA's depth pushed the Cavaliers into the final NTI tournament. Danielle Collins continued her dominant season with a solid win over Kanika Vaidya, who spent the Fall season playing ITF tournaments. Virginia is a dark horse to go deep at NTI and continue throughout the season. They have one of, if not the best top 4 singles lineups in the country. BYU took the 3rd/4th playoff over Maryland with a 5-2 win. Mayci Jones won her first match since giving birth and sitting out last season and Natella Nabieva clinched with her own UTR upset.

#8 Virginia 6, #56 Columbia 1
Singles
1. #4 Danielle Collins (VUA, 12.07 UTR) def. Kanika Vaidya (COL, 10.49 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
2. #8 Julia Elbaba (UVA, 11.80 UTR) def. Rima Asatrian (COL, 10.04 UTR) 6-1, 6-4
3. #32 Skylar Morton (UVA, 10.85 UTR) def. Star Makarome (COL, 10.19 UTR) 6-2, 6-3
4. Alexandra Solovyev (COL, 9.92 UTR) def. #30 Stephanie Nauta (UVA, 10.93 UTR) 6-1, 0-6, 6-4 - UTR upset
5. Victoria Olivarez (UVA, 10.06 UTR) def. Andrea Kevakian (COL, 9.15 UTR) 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Meghan Kelley (UVA, 10.17 UTR) def. Sarah Hu (COL, 9.71 UTR) 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 6*, 1, 4, 5
Doubles
1. #19 Danielle Collins/Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Rima Asatrian/Alexandra Solovyev (COL) 6-2
2. Julia Elbaba/Skylar Morton (UVA) def. Adi Milstein/Kanika Vaidya (COL) 6-2
3. Stephanie Nauta/Victoria Olivarez (UVA) vs. Andrea Kevakian/Star Makarome (COL) 4-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 2, 1*

#9 UCLA Regional: Fresno State Stuns Bruins
While I said Fresno State needed to win the doubles point to stay competitive against UCLA, I'm pretty shocked that they pulled off the biggest upset of the year thus far. I was mighty impressed with Catherine Harrison's rout at No.1 as Maiar Sherif Ahmed had a solid fall and I was expecting three sets. Maia Magill gave UCLA the UTR upset of the day, but Galina Bykova nearly had one with her win at No.4 to clinch the victory. It's crucial that Terri Fleming get healthy to beef up the Bruin's lineup or the season may be a roller coaster for UCLA. Arkansas claimed 3rd place in the Regional with a solid 4-1 win over UCI. Cassidy Branstine had a 2 point UTR upset at No.6 over Agne Cepelyte.

#54 Fresno State 4, #9 UCLA 3
Singles
1. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA, 11.52 UTR) def. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (FS, 10.64 UTR) 6-1, 6-2
2. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA, 10.63 UTR) def. Sophie Watts (FS, 10.13 UTR) 7-5, 6-4
3. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS, 9.63 UTR) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA, 9.72 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
4. Galina Bykova (FS, 9.74 UTR) def. Alaina Miller (UCLA, 10.67 UTR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
5. Maia Magill (UCLA, 7.96 UTR) def. Emma Wilson (FS, 9.38 UTR) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 - UTR upset
6. Anneka Watts (FS, 9.10 UTR) def. Laura Luca (UCLA, 7.09 UTR) 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 6, 2, 3, 5, 4*
Doubles
1. Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Maiar Sherif Ahmed/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 6-3
2. #58 Anneka Watts/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Terri Fleming/Maia Magill (UCLA) 6-1
3. Olivia Noble/Sofya Malysheva (FS) def. Alaina Miller/Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3*


#16 Duke Regional: Capra In Fine Form
Duke was dealt with an inspired Mississippi State squad in their Regional final, but Senior Beatrice Capra's upset over Jasmine Lee guided way for the Blue Devils to return to the NTI. MSU battled well and Kristina Vozniak was a game from creating a huge UTR upset against Chalena Scholl, while Madison Harrison, Kansas transfer and brother of Ryan and Christian, battled against Kaitlyn McCarthy. While the result was never really in doubt, look for MSU to cause some waves in the SEC. Another result expected was Florida State's 4-0 win over Portland in the 3rd/4th match. Portland was a game from a straight set win, just split sets in one match and was leading in the 3rd set in other remaining play.

#16 Duke 4, #29 Mississippi State 1
Singles
1. #28 Beatrice Capra (DU, 11.48 UTR) def. #13 Jasmine Lee (MSU, 11.81 UTR) 6-4, 6-3
2. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU, 11.55 UTR) def. Madison Harrison (MSU, 10.63 UTR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
3. Georgiana Patrasc (MSU, 10.51 UTR) def. Samantha Harris (DU, 11.04 UTR) 6-4, 7-5
4. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (DU, 11.25 UTR) vs. #36 Anastasia Rentouli (MSU, 10.82 UTR) 4-6, 5-4, unfinished
5. Kristina Vozniak (MSU, 9.50 UTR) vs. #79 Chalena Scholl (DU, 10.63 UTR) 1-6, 7-5, 5-3, unfinished
6. Jessica Ho (DU, 10.26 UTR) def. Jennifer Brown (MSU, 10.06 UTR) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 2, 1, 3*
Doubles
1. #26 Beatrice Capra/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Georgiana Patrasc/Madison Harrison (MSU) 6-3 
2. Samantha Harris/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) vs. Jasmine Lee/Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) 5-3, unfinished 
3. Alyssa Smith/Chalena Scholl (DU) def. #53 Kristina Vozniak/Jennifer Brown (MSU) 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 1*

#22 TCU Regional: Ohio State Creates History
While I expected Ohio State to win this Regional, I was surprised to see how well they recovered from their grueling Pepperdine win to just swipe TCU. Although her two matches were unfinished, Gaby De Santis was able to put her matches yesterday in the past and compete well against a tough Marie Norris. It was also nice to see Francesca Di Lorenzo get over her second loss of the year with a quick win to set Ferny Angeles Paz up for the victory. OSU will play in their first ever NTI tournament with the win and expect a program-high ranking when the ITA releases their rankings next week. Pepperdine took a 5-0 wash over Houston to claim their first victory of their season in the 3rd/4th match.

#18 Ohio State 4, #22 TCU 0
Singles
1. #2 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU, 12.02 UTR) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU, 10.07 UTR) 6-2, 6-2
2. Gabriella De Santis (OSU, 10.31 UTR) vs. Marie Norris (TCU, 10.86 UTR) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
3. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.52 UTR) def. Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU, 10.32 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
4. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.33) vs. Caroline Wegner (TCU, 10.16 UTR) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.48 UTR) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU, 9.84 UTR) 6-0, 6-4
6. Grainne O'Neill (OSU, 9.70 UTR) vs. Seda Arantekin (TCU, 9.74 UTR) 0-0, unfinished
Order of finish: 3, 1, 5*
Doubles
1. #6 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. #17 Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU) 6-4
2. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) vs. Marie Norris/Alexis Pereira (TCU) 5-2, unfinished
3. Olivia Sneed/Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas/Mia King (TCU) 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 1*

SATURDAY RESULTS
TCU Regional
No. 3 Pepperdine 5, No. 4 Houston 0
No. 2 Ohio State 4, No. 1 TCU 0 - Ohio State advances to #ITAIndoors
Virginia Regional
No. 1 Virginia 6, No. 2 Columbia 1 - Virginia advances to #ITAIndoorsNo. 4 BYU 5, No. 3 Maryland 2
North Carolina Regional
No. 1 North Carolina 4
, No. 2 Tulsa 0 - North Carolina advances to #ITAIndoors
Duke Regional
No. 3 Florida State 4, No. 4 Portland 0
No. 1 Duke 4, No. 2 Mississippi State 1 - Duke advances to #ITAIndoors
UCLA Regional
No. 3 Fresno State 4
, No. 1 UCLA 3 - Fresno State advances to #ITAIndoors

Miami (FL) Regional

No. 1 Miami (FL) 4, No. 4 Middle Tennessee State 0
No. 2 Auburn 4, No. 3 Michigan State 0

Texas Tech Regional
No. 1 Texas Tech 4, No. 4 Oregon 0
No. 3 Illinois 4, No. 2 Virginia Tech 3

Alabama Regional
No. 2 Texas 4, No. 3 Purdue 1
No. 1 Alabama 5, No. 4 Pennsylvania 0

Oklahoma State Regional
No. 1 Oklahoma State 4, No. 4 Notre Dame 0
No. 2 Northwestern 4, No. 3 Arizona State 2

Vanderbilt Regional
No. 1 Vanderbilt 4, No. 4 Denver 0
No. 3 Brown 4, No. 2 Penn State 0

Texas A&M Regional

No. 2 Wichita State 4, No. 3 Minnesota 1
No. 1 Texas A&M 4, No. 4 South Alabama 0

Michigan Regional
No. 2 Kentucky 4, No. 3 Dartmouth 1
No. 1 Michigan 4, No. 4 San Francisco 0

Georgia Tech Regional

No. 1 Georgia Tech 4, No. 4 William & Mary 1
No. 2 LSU 4, No. 3 DePaul 0




Published in Blogs
While the final day of the Pac-12/SEC Showdown in Los Angeles was a washout, it was warm and dry at the indoor facilities in Norman and Tulsa.

Wake Forest was coming off a tough loss on Friday to #25 Oklahoma State but the Demon Deacons made up for it today by taking out #2 Oklahoma. Wake played a solid doubles point as its #2 team of Petros Chrysochos and Jon Ho ran away with a quick 6-1 win at #2. Wake's #1 team of Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri broke the Axel Alvarez serve to go up 2-0 but Alvarez and Spencer Papa broke back to make it 2-1. It stayed on serve until Wake broke Spencer Papa's 5-6 service game on the deciding point to take the match 7-5 and give Wake the usually all-important doubles point. The match at #3 was on serve when Wake got the clincher at #1.

Oklahoma was playing without its #2 singles starter, Andrew Harris, since he's still recovering from knee tendonitis so everyone except Axel Alvarez had to shift up a spot in the lineup. OU had to do the same thing last week so it wasn't a surprise to any of the guys.

Wake came out strong in singles and with Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim taking first sets at 1, 2, 3, and 6 while Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi and Maxime Mora claimed the opening set at 4 and 5.

Petros Chrysochos was the first time finish as he took out Spencer Papa 6-2, 6-2 at #2 in a match that only lasted 55 minutes.

Christian Seraphim made it 3-0 Deacs as he beat Andre Biro 6-4, 6-3 at #6 in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Seraphim fell behind 2-0 in the opening set before getting it back on serve and taking it from there.

Wake Forest senior Romain Bogaerts clinched the win with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Alex Ghilea at #3. Bogaerts jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set before Ghilea stormed back to take 4 straight games to even it at 5-5. Bogaerts held for 6-5 and then broke Ghilea to take the set 7-5. Bogaerts jumped out a 5-0 lead in the second set before Ghilea held to make it 5-1. Bogaerts double-faulted at 30-30 but hit back-to-back forehand winners to close out the match and clinch Wake Forest's upset win.

They played the remaining matches out with OU's Maxime Mora beating Dennis Uspensky 7-5, 6-3 at #5, Wake's Skander Mansouri beating Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 at #1, and Oklahoma's Florin Bragusi getting 6-4, 4-5 retirement win over Wake's Jon Ho at #4.

Mansouri was actually in position to get the fourth point for Wake Forest when he had a pair of match points on Axel Alvarez's 4-5 service game in the second set. On the 30-40 point Mansouri was in control of the point but had his shot hit off the net cord and kick wide and then on the deciding point he went for a winner off Alvarez's second serve but missed wide.

Tony Bresky was obviously happy with his team's performance after coming off a tough loss on Friday.

"Great rebound today from our loss on Friday. Oklahoma State is a very good team, much better then their ranking....we didn't play poorly, just lost a lot of big points and they out played us in the big moments. We have a lot of guys on our team that want to play pro tennis so we discussed rebounding from losses. Today we came out with the same energy and focus. Our doubles continues to improve and it showed today. We knew Oklahoma was playing without one of their best players and even though we felt confident it was still important to get over the hump of beating one of the best teams in the nation"

A big shoutout to Oklahoma for getting this match and a few others lined up to be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma/Fox College Sports Central/Fox Sports Go. I watched the feed from my hotel room in LA, since the matches out there got rained out, and I thoroughly enjoyed the broadcast. The announcers stayed on top of the action and went to split screens when necessary to make sure the viewers didn't miss any key points.



Video

FYI, the number beside the school name is each player's current Universal Tennis Rating (UTR)

#11 Wake Forest 5, #2 Oklahoma 2
Jan 31, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26) def. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
2. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14) 6-2, 6-2
3. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) 7-5, 6-1
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 6-4, 4-5, retired
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.53) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61) 7-5, 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Austin Siegel/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Maxime Mora/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-4*, unf.
Match Notes
Wake Forest 5-1, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
Oklahoma 2-1, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)

Post-Match Quote from Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky:
Great rebound today from our loss on Friday. Oklahoma state is a very good team, much better then their ranking....we didn't play poorly, just lost a lot of big points and they out played us in the big moments. We have a lot of guys on our team that want to play pro tennis so we discussed rebounding from losses. Today we came out with the same energy and focus. Our doubles continues to improve and it showed today. We knew Oklahoma was playing without one of their best players and even though we felt confident it was still important to get over the hump of beating one of the best teams in the nation.

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"First of all I think Wake played really well, head coach John Roddick said. "They deserve a lot of credit. They finished us off in doubles and they finished us off is singles. They did their job for sure. I think some of the things we have been talking about over the last few weeks were very evident today. Sometimes you need that experience to learn it. You would rather not learn it with a loss, but in this case that is what happened.

"With Andrew being out our guys are getting a lot of opportunities, Roddick said. "We have to find out which guys want them. I was disappointed because I don't think with anyone out of our lineup our level should drop as much as it did. Our guys can learn from that. Getting Andrew back will be a big boost, but we should be a lot better for it with guys getting more experience and learning that they can step up. We had that learning curve, but we will see how we respond this week and into the weekend.

"Max did a good job listening to the game plan, Roddick said. "He did a lot of the things we worked on. That was one of the bright spots. He made the guy play and hit volleys. I think he did a really good job of competing and giving effort to execute the game plan he was given. That was a really good thing to see out of him.

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Purdue finished out an excellent weekend in Tulsa with a thrilling 4-3 upset win over #23 Tulsa. Just one day earlier Purdue won another 4-3 thriller over #63 Wichita State in a match where Purdue dropped the doubles point but rebounded to win four singles matches.

Tulsa struck first with a 6-3 win at #3 doubles but Purdue evened it up with a 6-4 win at #2. Purdue's Gergely Madarasz/Benjamin Ugarte clinched the doubles point with a 7-5 win at #1.

Purdue was rocking and rolling in singles and took five first sets but the Boilers could only close two of them in straight sets. Mateus Silva was off the court first with a 6-3, 6-4 win at #6 and Ricky Medinilla soon followed with a 7-5, 6-3 win at #3. Purdue just needed one of the remaining four courts and things looked good with the Boilers leading on two with the other two on serve in the third. However Tulsa wouldn't go down without a fight as Mitchell Pritchard picked up a late break to beat Arthur Dobradin 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 at #5. Carlos Bautista followed suit by breaking Benjamin Ugarte to go up 5-3 in the third and then he served it out for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at #3. Tulsa's Francois Kellerman came back from a break down in the third set to beat Dominick Sochurek 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 at #4 and all of sudden it went from a 3-0 Purdue lead to a tie match.

The final match on court was at #1 between Purdue's Gergely Madarasz and Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel. Madarasz took the first set 7-6 but Ram-Harel took the second 6-0. Medarasz went up 4-1 in the third but Ram-Harel buckled down in front of the home faithful and evened it at 4-4. Each would hold two more times to push it to a match deciding tiebreak.

Ram-Harel hit a forehand winner on the opening point to get the early mini break and then he pushed his lead out to 3-0 after hitting a service winner and benefiting from a Medarasz forehand error. The crowd was hooting and hollering but Medarasz's forehand started making its own noise and he reeled off six straight points to go ahead 6-3*. Medarasz tried to finish it off on the next point but he pushed a forehand long however he'd atone for his mistake on the next point with a whipping forehand winner to seal the Boilers upset win.

Purdue head coach Pawel Gadjzik talked about the team after a sensational weekend, "It was a full team effort against a very good Tulsa team. For some of our guys this was a first time to go on the road and compete in front of a rowdy crowd against a top 25 team and they did a great job handling the environment. We are improving from match to match and I'm excited to see where we will be in a few months."

The win over Tulsa was Purdue's 5th win of the year which doesn't sound like much but it's a big deal when you consider the fact that they only won 4 matches the previous year.



Purdue 4, #23 Tulsa 3
Jan. 31, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Gergely Madarasz/Benjamin Ugarte (PU) def. Or Ram-Harel/Francois Kellerman (TU) 7-5
2. Ricky Medinilla/Dominick Sochurek (PU) def. Daniel Santos/Carlos Bautista (TU) 6-4
3. Dominic Bechard/Dylan McCloskey (TU) def. Mateus Silva/Arthur Dobradin (PU) 6-3
Singles competition
1. Gergely Madarasz (PU 13.88) def. #51 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.89) 7-6, 0-6, 7-6(4)
2. Carlos Bautista (TU 13.35) def. Benjamin Ugarte (PU 13.31) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Ricky Medinilla (PU 13.07) def. Majed Kilani (TU 13.61) 7-5, 6-3
4. Francois Kellerman (TU 12.78) def. Dominick Sochurek (PU 11.53) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
5. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.59) def. Arthur Dobradin (PU 12.11) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
6. Mateus Silva (PU 12.85) def. Daniel Santos (TU 12.54) 6-3, 6-4
Match Notes
Purdue 5-1
Tulsa 3-2; National Ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,5,2,4,1)


Purdue 4, #63 Wichita State 3
Jan. 30, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Tin Ostojic/Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU) def. Gergely Madarasz/Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue) 6-2
2. Ricky Medinilla/Dominick Sochurek (Purdue) vs. #34 Herzan/Haru Inoue (WSU) 5-2 unf
3. Sergio de Vilchez/Eddie Stoica (WSU) def. Mateus Silva/Arthur Dobradin (Purdue) 6-1
Singles competition
1. Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.18) def. Gergely Madarasz (Purdue 13.88) 6-3, 6-1
2. Benjamin Ugarte (Purdue 13.31) def. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.55) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
3. Ricky Medinilla (Purdue 13.07) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.60) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 11.92) def. Dominick Sochurek (Purdue 11.53) 6-3, 6-2
5. Arthur Dobradin (Purdue 12.11) def. Haru Inoue (WSU 12.32) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
6. Mateus Silva (Purdue 12.85) def. Eddie Stoica (WSU 12.28) 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes:
Purdue 4-1
Wichita State 4-2; National Ranking #63
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1); Singles (1,4,6,2,3,5)

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Rice opened its $8 million George R. Brown Tennis Complex last year and with the new facility having 12 outdoor courts that meant Rice could hold both the men's and women's matches at the same time. A crowd of just under 500 filed in on Sunday to see the Rice men and women battle the LSU men and women in an event dubbed Double Trouble II.

Both teams fought hard against its higher ranked competition but while the women come short losing 5-2 the fans left happy after the Rice men pulled out a 4-3 win. It was Rice's first win over an SEC opponent since they beat Alabama back in 2011.

LSU took the doubles point but Rice took four opening sets and managed to finish three of them in straight sets as Adam Gustafsson, Jake Hansen, and David Warren won at #3, #4, and #5. LSU picked up a pair of straight set wins from Jordan Daigle and Gabor Csonka at #1 and #6 so it all came down to #2.

Rice's Tommy Bennett took the first set 7-6(5) over Justin Butsch but Butsch took the second 7-5. The third set was all Bennett as he rolled 6-1 to clinch the Rice win. Below is a clip from Rice with quotes from Rice men's coach Efe Ustundag along with Tommy Bennett. The next clip below that is Rice women's coach Elizabeth Schmidt talking about the women's match along with her thoughts on the event.





#56 Rice 4, #30 LSU 3
1/31/2016 at Houston, TX (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4, 6-2
2. Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. #78 Justin Butsch (LSU) 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1
3. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Simon Freund (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 7-5, 7-5
5. David Warren (RICE) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5)
6. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Adam Gustafsson/David Warren (RICE) vs. #13 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-5, unf
2. #47 Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Tommy Bennett/Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4
3. Andrew Korinek/Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) 6-1
Match Notes
LSU 1-2; National ranking #30
Rice 5-0; National ranking #56
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,1,3,4,5,2)
T-3:30 A-491

Post-Match Quotes from Rice's recap
"This was really the first big match he's played since he beat Koepfer two years ago, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "He's had to sit out a long time and suffer through not playing. There was a time when maybe he lost focus and where tennis was among his priorities, but to gain it back-physically and mentallyit was a big, big day for him.

"I'm so happy that I can be in that situation, "Bennett said. "I wasn't even sure at the beginning of last semester that I would be able to play this season at the level that I just played there. "

"My hat is off to each and every one of them. Ustundag said. "The guys showed so much grit today. I'm really proud of the effort they showed today, the team unity and the way they cheered for each other and the way the executed when we had to.

"We have to get back to work because this is a short week. We have head up to Ithaca, New York next week to take on two great indoor teams (Cornell and Northwestern). We don't have too much time to cherish this, but we certainly will today, Ustandag stated.


#18 LSU 5, #31 Rice 2
1/31/2016 at Houston, TX (George R. Brown Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #23 Joana Vale Costa (LSU 11.20) def. Lindsey Hodge (RICE 10.07) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
2. #40 Katherine Ip (RICE 10.34) def. #52 Jessica Golovin (LSU 10.93) 6-1, 6-1
3. #93 Skylar Kuykendall (LSU 10.59) def. Emily Smith (RICE 10.18) 4-6, 7-6, 5-2
4. Ryann Foster (LSU 10.29) def. Alison Ho (RICE 9.78) 7-5, 6-3
5. Savannah Durkin (RICE 10.02) def. Abigail Owens (LSU 10.65) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Ella Taylor (LSU 10.39) def. Fernanda Astete (RICE 9.76) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Joana Vale Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Alison Ho/Lindsey Hodge (RICE) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Katherine Ip/Emily Smith (RICE) def. Abigail Owens/Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) 6-3
3. Ella Taylor/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Savannah Durkin/Fernanda Astete (RICE) 6-3
Match Notes:
LSU 5-0
Rice 2-1; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,6,4,1,5,3)
T-3:00
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Northwestern beat its fourth Top 50 opponent this season by going to Durham and beating #24 Duke 5-2. Northwestern clinched the doubles point with a come from behind win at #2. Duke's #2s served for the match up 5-4 but Northwestern broke back and ended up taking it in a tiebreak. It was the third consecutive match that Duke dropped the doubles point and they served for the match in two of them.

Northwestern's Strong Kirchheimer double-bageled Catalin Mateas at #3 to put Northwestern up 2-0 then Sam Shropshire and Alp Horoz gave the Wildcats the final two points it needed to clinch the win.

They planed the remaining matches out with Duke getting wins from Nicolas Alvarez and Adrian Chamdani at #1 and #5 while Northwestern added another point from Fedor Baev at #4.


#21 Northwestern 5, #24 Duke 2
Jan 31, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.17) def. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.28) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.68) def. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.38) 6-3, 7-5
3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.06) def. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.69) 6-0, 6-0
4. Fedor Baev (NU 12.94) def. Vincent Lin (DU 13.42) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.90) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.93) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Alp Horoz (NU 13.09) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.70) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) def. #52 Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-5
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Josh Levine/Ryan Dickerson (DU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Catalin Mateas/TJ Pura (DU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Northwestern 5-1; National ranking #21
Duke 1-4; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,2,4,1,5)
Official: Alvin Klassen T-2:38 A-163

Post-Match Quotes from Northwestern's recap
"Great team win today," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We competed extremely well in singles and doubles. Two doubles teams came up big to clinch the doubles point, and we kept the momentum going into singles."

Post-Match Quotes from Duke's recap
"That was a tough loss," head coach Ramsey Smith said. "I was impressed with Northwestern. I thought they played extremely well. I'm really happy with the way we finished with Adrian getting a win and Nico defeating a top-20 player."

"Doubles set the tone," Smith said. "In singles, I thought we had some chances early across the board and didn't capitalize on some of them. I just thought we lost a little bit of energy and belief."

"It was a great effort from Nico," Smith said. "He had a plan going in and executed it. He stuck with it when things weren't going well and got a big win for him personally. I think that's really going to springboard him through the rest of the spring.
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In the battle of the color green it was the Dartmouth Big Green upsetting the Tulane Green Wave 4-3. Tulane won the doubles point for the sixth time in six tries by winning at #1 and #3 but Dartmouth quickly tied it up with a 6-1, 6-0 win from George Wall at #5. Tulane retook the lead and was a point away from the win after Dominik Koepfer and Constantin Schmitz won at #1 and #2 but Dartmouth wasn't done yet. The Big Green evened it at 3-3 with wins from Max Fliegner and Max Schmidt at #4 and #6 so it came down to a third set at #3.

Tulane's Alex Van Cott took the first set 6-3 but Dartmouth's Brendan Tannenbaum got the second 6-3. Tannenbaum broke on the deciding point to go up 3-1 and would then break again on the deciding point to win it. Below is a clip of match point from Dartmouth's twitter and below that is a picture they tweeted out showing a few of its 7th Fans. It's really cool to see what a lot of schools are doing to draw crowds - keep it up everybody!!


#42 Dartmouth College 4, #32 Tulane 3
Jan 31, 2016 at Hanover, N.H. (Boss Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Koepfer, Dominik (TLN 14.35) def. #18 Sakinis, Dovydas (DART 13.98) 6-2, 6-4
2. #63 Schmitz,Constantin (TLN 13.79) def. Riccardi, Ciro (DART 13.25) 6-3, 6-1
3. Tannenbaum, Brendan (DART 12.73) def. Van Cott,Alex (TLN 12.86) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Fliegner, Max (DART 13.03) def. #111 Rey,Sebastian (TLN 13.65) 6-3, 6-4
5. Wall, George (DART 12.75 ) def. Jao,Chi-Shan (TLN 13.53) 6-1, 6-0
6. Schmidt, Max (DART 12.69) def. Schick,Tyler (TLN 13.10) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #17 Jao,Chi-Shan/Koepfer, Dominik (TLN) def. Dovydas/Tannenbaum (DART) 6-4
2. Glasnovic, Roko/Schmidt, Max (DART) def. Van Cott,Ian/Van Cott,Alex (TLN) 6-2
3. Rey,Sebastian/Schmitz,Constantin (TLN) def. Wall, George/Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-4
Match Notes:
Tulane 4-2; National ranking #32
Dartmouth College 5-1; National ranking #42
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,1,4,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Dartmouth's recap
"Our team made a statement this weekend, head coach Chris Drake said. "To beat teams that are as solid and well-coached as Tulane and Drake, especially when it comes down to a last-match-on-the-court situation on consecutive days, you have to play with conviction and belief. I thought we did that this weekend. 

"It is difficult to get wins against good teams, and when you fall behind 1-0 after the doubles point, it becomes extremely tough. I am very proud of this group of guys for being able to do that twice this weekend against two really good teams.

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"Tough match today," Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras said. "We knew they were going to be the same level as Harvard and the other teams we've played this month, so we were expecting another barn burner and got one. Dartmouth played great to come from behind and take it from us. They fought like crazy and deserved the win."

"We matched up really well with them, but unfortunately, a couple of our guys didn't show up in singles at the level we've come to expect from them," Booras explained. "So we gave away a couple of opportunities to put another point on the board. Hopefully, they will take this loss to heart and come together well for our next opportunity."
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A day after losing a 4-3 match to Tulane, the Crimson flipped the script and beat #37 Drake 4-3. Drake won the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and looked good early on in singles. The Bulldogs took the opening sets at #3, #4, and #5 and also served for the set at #1 and #2 but got broke and then dropped both of those sets in the tiebreak.

Drake's Ben Clark was the first to finish as he pulled off a UTR upset over Andy Zhou at #5 winning 6-3, 6-2. Harvard answered with straight set wins from Nicky Hu and Kelvin Lam at #1 and #6 to tie it up at 2-2. Drake retook the lead with a 7-5, 7-5 win from Calum MacGeoch at #4 but Harvard's Sebastian Beltrame tied it back up with a 7-6, 6-3 win at #2. Harvard's Brian Yeung would take the final match left on court 6-4 in the third to give the Crimson the win.

#33 Harvard 4, #37 Drake 3
Jan 31, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass. (Murr Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Hu, Nicky (HARV 13.73) def. Lott, Ben (DU 13.27) 7-6(3), 7-5
2. Beltrame, Sebastian (HARV 13.12) def. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.62) 7-6(0), 6-3
3. Yeung, Brian (HARV 13.11) def. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.39) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 12.69) def. Tao, Kenny (HARV 13.19) 7-5, 7-5
5. Clark, Ben (DU 12.23) def. Zhou, Andy (HARV 13.36) 6-3, 6-2
6. Lam, Kelvin (HARV 12.60) def. Hands, Tom (DU 12.41) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Philips, Bayo/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Hu, Nicky/Yeung, Brian (HARV) 6-4
2. Lott, Ben/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Beltrame, Sebastian/Tao, Kenny (HARV) 6-2
3. Haughey, Conor/Lam, Kelvin (HARV) def. Clark, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Drake 3-2; National ranking #37
Harvard 4-2; National ranking #33
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6,1,4,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Harvard's recap
"It was a great weekend of tennis at the Murr," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "We faced some top national competition and pushed them to the limits. The comeback win against Drake was a real clutch performance by the guys - our third 4-3 win this year. Kudos to Brian Yeung for pulling out the decider with everyone watching. Coach Fish and I are very excited about the improvements the team is making day by day. Now it is on to Nashville for a battle with Memphis and Vanderbilt."

Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
"Great effort from the boys again today. Once again, we took the doubles point but failed to capitalize on the early lead," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.

"We got a great spark from Ben Clark, after reinserting him into the singles lineup. He played flawless in a straight set win," Kozlowski said. "It looked like we were in great position with a 2-0 lead and first set wins on three courts and then serving for the first set on two other courts. However, again we failed to fully take advantage of the position we put ourselves in."

"We have a very determined group that is dedicated to the process, so we'll manage this and continue to improve as our best tennis is ahead of us," said Kozlowski.
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#8 Ohio State won a close doubles point over #26 Texas and then looked like it was going to be a blowout after they took five opening sets in singles but Texas battled back to make it a match. Despite the Longhorns comeback, Ohio State still pulled through with wins from Mikael Torpegaard, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach at #1, #4, and #5 with Pollanen providing the clincher. 

#8 Ohio State 4, #26 Texas 0
Jan 31, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #7 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.43) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.69) 6-4, 7-6 (1)
2. #10 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.20) vs. #94 Harrison Scott (UT 13.49) 6-2, 5-7, 1-2, unf
3. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.53) vs. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.95) 4-6, 6-4, 3-1, unf
4. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) def. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.73) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.80) def. #114 Michael Riechmann (UT 13.05) 6-3, 6-3
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.73) vs. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.72) 6-3, 5-7, 4-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. #22 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT) 6-3
2. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Julian Zlobinsky/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4
3. Rodrigo Banzer/Harrison Scott (UT) def. #24 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4
Match Notes
Texas 4-4; National ranking #26
Ohio State 7-0; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,4)
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:35 A-222
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The defending national champion Virginia Cavaliers opened up its title defense with a 6-1 win over #51 Kentucky. Virginia got swept the doubles point then picked up straight set singles wins from Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, Mac Styslinger, J.C. Aragone and Henrik Wiersholm. Kentucky got its lone point when William Bushamuka knocked off the defending NCAA singles champ Ryan Shane 7-6, 6-3.

#1 Virginia 6, #51 Kentucky 1
Jan 31, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boyd Tinsley Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #77 William Bushamuka (UK 13.97) def. #11 Ryan Shane (VA 14.76) 7-6, 6-3
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.65) def. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.67) 7-6, 6-1
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.30) def. #117 Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.30) 7-5, 6-4
4. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.87) def. Trey Yates (UK 13.13) 6-2, 6-4
5. #74 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.87) def. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.98) 6-3, 6-4
6. #90 Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.33) def. Gus Benson (UK 12.27) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #14 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Nils Ellefsen/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-2
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Wallart/Matsumura (UK) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Charles Minc/William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2
Match Notes
Kentucky 4-1; National ranking #51
Virginia 1-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,6,1,2,3)
T-2:24 A-268

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I thought it was a great start to our dual match season, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I believe the guys were well-prepared in terms of the way that they trained as well as attending to the details we needed to the last few weeks. Kentucky was a phenomenal team and is going to have a great season. I thought we played really well against Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky was a good match for us. It was nice to get in a doubleheader where everyone had a chance to get in some matches for us as we work towards getting ready for ITA National Indoors here in Charlottesville in a couple of weeks.

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"Doubles was unacceptable," said fifth year head coach Cedric Kauffmann. "Our intensity out of the gate by our upperclassmen was just bad. Our two freshmen on the second court competed the best. The start of singles was much better. Overall, we didn't play like we can, but we put ourselves in a position to get ahead. We just couldn't convert. We have a lot to work on. Back to work on Tuesday."

"What a win by William, Kauffmann concluded. "Beating the defending NCAA champion on the road is a big deal. He is growing each week."

"Again, I was really proud of William today on Court No. 1, taking out the defending NCAA champion, commented assistant coach Matt Emery. "He just played a solid match from start to finish and was the better player today.

"Ryotaro [Matsumura] played a great match against one of the best players in the country at No. 2. He was literally within inches of that match going the other way.  He continues to improve each match and is consistently proving why he is one of the premier freshmen in the country.

"You have things to learn from every match, and this team loves to learn. I can't wait to get back to work this week with these guys and get better."
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Oklahoma State finished off a perfect weekend with a 6-1 win over #22 Minnesota. The Cowboys overcame the loss of the doubles point by sweeping all 6 singles matches.

#25 Oklahoma State 6, #22 Minnesota 1
Jan 31, 2016 at Stillwater. Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.96) def. Matic Spec (MINN 13.60) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3
2. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.74) def. #101 Felix Corwin (MINN 13.90) 6-2, 6-1
3. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.81) def. #95 Ruben Weber (MINN 13.32) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.69) def. Justyn Levin (MINN 12.35) 6-4, 6-3
5. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.40) def. Josip Krstanovic (MINN 12.45) 6-3, 6-4
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.66) def. Marino Alpeza (MINN 12.26) 7-5, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #20 Felix Corwin/Matic Spec (MINN) def. #9 Arjun Kadhe/Julian Cash (OSU) 6-2
2. Marino Alpeza/Ruben Weber (MINN) def. Temur Ismailov/Lucas Gerch (OSU) 7-6 (7-4)
3. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Justyn Levin/Josip Krstanovic (MINN) 6-3
Match Notes
Minnesota 2-2; National ranking #22
Oklahoma State 6-1; National ranking #25
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (2,4,5,6,3,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"I'm happy the guys were able to bounce back and win all six courts after losing the doubles point," coach Jay Udwadia said.

"Minnesota played really well in doubles, they came out hitting their shots and it wasn't so much that we were playing flat it was more they were playing pretty well," Udwadia said. "It's going to happen once in a while because you're going to run into a team that gets hot, but you just have to stay focused."

"He's playing with a lot of heart right now and showing good emotion on the court," Udwadia said. "He's a worker and he will always come ready to play."

"Overall, it was a great match and we got to get ready for NC State because they're going to come here ready to play," Udwadia said.



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Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:13

ITA Women's National Team Indoor Preview

The second-largest team tournament in collegiate tennis behind the NCAAs is the ITA National Team Indoor event. 15 schools advanced in Kick-Off Regionals to join host Wisconsin in Madison in the prestigious event that lasts from Friday through Monday. Last year, North Carolina dropped only 2 points in its 4 matches to clinch its 2nd title in 3 years. Lots of questions come into the tournament - can UNC match its title run after two of its three stars left? Can Vanderbilt show the world that its NCAA title isn't a fluke? Will UGA turn its consistency into a national title? Will a new team emerge from Madison as a top-tier team?





Round of 16 Preview

(1)#1 Vanderbilt vs. #15 Duke
Vanderbilt got one of the worst first-round matchups in the entire tournament, playing a Duke team that won this event most recently in 2014. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see Duke pull off the stunner. The (obvious) key to this match is doubles, which can go either way with the quicker format. In singles, Capra and Sharma are near locks for Duke and Vanderbilt, respectively. Francis Altick has had an incredible past 8 months and is considered the favorite against a tough Kaitlyn McCarthy. The match can be decided at the bottom three and the No.4 line is basically a coin flip and at No.5, Georgina Sellyn is due for a huge win in her comeback from injury.

Prediction: Vanderbilt 4-3; Both teams are so close in ability, I'm very excited to see how this one progresses. The reigning NCAA champions may have just enough confidence to squeak by in a very tight encounter.

Vanderbilt vs. Duke
1. #11 Colton/Campbell vs. #26 Capra/Hamlin
2. Sharma/Yates vs. Harris/McCarthy
3. Altick/Contreras vs. Scholl/Smith

1. #24 Sydney Campbell (11.14 UTR)  vs. #28 Beatrice Capra (11.51 UTR)
2. #15 Frances Altick (11.65 UTR) vs. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (11.58 UTR)
3. #33 Astra Sharma (11.25 UTR)  vs. #79 Chalena Scholl (10.58 UTR)
4. Courtney Colton (11.06 UTR) vs. Samantha Harris (10.93 UTR)
5. Georgina Sellyn (9.79 UTR) vs. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (11.26 UTR)
6. Fernanda Contreras (10.99 UTR) vs. Jessica Ho (10.27 UTR) 



(8)#16 Ohio State vs. #30 Fresno State
Both teams advanced to Madison in Regionals they traveled to, but Fresno State was the lone No.3 seed and they stunned #9 UCLA en route to victory. Ohio State went to TCU as the highest-ranked team in their Regional, but was awarded the No.2 seed. Fresno State vaulted to #30 from #54 in the latest ITA poll thanks to their win, while OSU hit a program-best #16. The Buckeyes recently traveled to Michigan and defeated their rival 4-2 indoors for an extra confidence boost. The No.1 singles match between DiLorenzo and M.Sherif Ahmed is the highlight of the entire match and the Bulldogs could sneak a surprise win at No.2 singles

Prediction: Ohio State
 4-0; The Buckeyes are on fire and running on the highest confidence and will be no match for Fresno State. OSU is extremely well-trained indoors and will snag the win before the Bulldogs can sink their teeth.

Ohio State vs. Fresno State
1. #6 Sanford/Kowase vs. Sherif Ahmed/Sherif Ahmed
2. DeSantis/Angeles Paz vs. #58 Watts/Watts
3. Sneed/DiLorenzo vs. Malysheva/Noble

1. #2 Francesca DiLorenzo (12.03 UTR) vs. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (10.56 UTR)
2. Gabriella DeSantis (10.28 UTR) vs. Sophie Watts (10.17 UTR)
3. Anna Sanford (10.59 UTR) vs. Rana Sherif Ahmed (9.66 UTR)
4. Miho Kowase (10.34 UTR) vs. Galina Bykova (9.86 UTR)
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (10.53 UTR) vs. Emma Wilson (9.38 UTR)
6. Olivia Sneed (9.83 UTR) vs. Sofya Malysheva (8.45 UTR) 



(4)#6 California vs. #NR Wisconsin
California's lineup is one of the highest-quality in the country, especially with the addition of Maria Smith in January. The Bears won their rain-delayed Regional, while Wisconsin gets in as the host wildcard. Lauren Chypyha has evolved greatly as a player throughout her time in Madison, but Cal's depth is extraordinary deep compared to Wisconsin. I think the Badgers will improve from their last season or two and the experience they get by playing 3 matches against Top 20 teams will be influential in that.

Prediction: California
 4-0; Cal is on another level compared to Wisconsin and should cruise into the quarterfinals.

California vs. Wisconsin
1. #3 Manasse/Starr vs. Chypyha/Kirsch
2. #43 Fabikova/Hauger vs. Rider/Stepanova
3. Chi/Smith vs. Burich/Grambeau

1. #5 Maegan Manasse (11.63 UTR) vs. #66 Lauren Chypyha (10.65 UTR)
2. #10 Klara Fabikova (11.37 UTR) vs. Ekaterina Stepanova (9.95 UTR)
3. Lynn Chi (11.21 UTR) vs. Kendall Kirsch (9.86 UTR)
4. Denise Starr (11.19 UTR) vs. Maria Avgerinos (9.70 UTR)
5. #81 Olivia Hauger (10.99 UTR) vs. Kelsey Grambeau (9.01 UTR)
6. Karla Popovic (10.57 UTR) vs. Sydney Rider (8.98 UTR) 



(5)#7 Texas A&M vs. #9 Virginia
The biggest news of the last week was the announcement that five players from Virginia's squad were suspended for violation of team rules. It was said that players left their hotel room for a snowball fight as a winter storm approached, but there have been rumblings that things were deeper for the decision. After an upset loss to South Carolina with only 5 players, UVA inserted a lineup with everyone minus Skylar Morton and Cassie Mercer, which could've make the Cavalier lineup even stronger. Texas A&M can push Virginia, but have to cause some upsets to have a fighting chance to upset, even though they're the favorites on paper.

Prediction: Virginia
 4-1; This match is on Virginia's racquet. If the players suspended are reinstated, UVA will have enough depth to conquer the Aggies.

Texas A&M vs. Virginia
1. Pierson/Paalma vs. #19 Collins/Kelley
2. Bhosale/Mamalat vs. Elbaba/Nauta 
3. Gavrilovska/Gonzalez vs. Olivarez/Susi 

1. #53 Saska Gavrilovska (11.12 UTR) vs. #4 Danielle Collins (12.04 UTR)
2. #58 Rachel Pierson (10.81 UTR) vs. #8 Julia Elbaba (11.83 UTR)
3. #106 Rutuja Bhosale (10.72 UTR) vs. #30 Stephanie Nauta (10.88 UTR)
4. Eva Paalma (10.08 UTR) vs. Victoria Olivarez (10.04 UTR)
5. Domenica Gonzalez (10.69 UTR) vs. Maci Epstein (10.39 UTR)
6. Ines Deheza (10.65 UTR) vs. Meghan Kelley (10.20 UTR)



(3)#5 North Carolina vs. #13 Alabama

North Carolina always brings their best team for the Indoor tournament, but this will be their first big test without Jamie Loeb and Caroline Price. Alabama is a good first test for the Tar Heels, as they play strong doubles and can push in singles. 2-time reigning NCAA doubles champ Maya Jansen has been sitting out (with an injury, I presume) and not having her in the lineup works extremely well in UNC's favor. Look for Hayley Carter and Andie Daniell to have a strong tournament individually. I'm also looking at Kate Vialle, who has quietly moved up the Tar Heel lineup and contributed greatly in her time.

Prediction: North Carolina
 4-0; Looking at their lineup, I just realized how stacked North Carolina is. They have another ranked player at No.7 and then Ashley Dai at No.8. The loss of Jansen is a costly one for the Crimson Tide, but they could give some teams a freight in the backdraw.

North Carolina vs. Alabama
1. #2 Carter/Kay vs. #48 Routliffe/Daniell
2. #16 Aney/Vialle vs. Spielmann/Savva
3. Dai/Ouellet-Pizer vs. Dunn/Greene

1. #6 Hayley Carter (11.73 UTR) #vs. 63 Erin Routliffe (10.83 UTR)
2. #88 Whitney Kay (10.76 UTR) vs. #41 Andie Daniell (11.31 UTR)
3. Kate Vialle (10.54 UTR) vs. Joanna Savva (9.65 UTR)
4. #68 Jessie Aney (11.20 UTR) vs. Danielle Spielmann (10.56 UTR)
5. Marika Akkerman (10.81 UTR) vs. Natalia Maynetto (10.02 UTR)
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (10.58 UTR) vs. Aryn Greene (8.89 UTR)


(6)#10 Oklahoma State vs. #T-18 LSU
Chris Young's OSU Cowgirls have constantly improved every year and it's nice to see them utilize their talent into a Top 10 program. It's also nice to see Julia Sell bring the LSU Tigers back into the Top 20. She brings the No.1 recruiting class for next fall with star signing Raveena Kingsley still committed. LSU will need to capture the doubles points to and probable wins in singles at Nos. 1, 5 and 6. I don't see Lushkova and Laurente dropping their matches, while the No.2 match looks to be the tipping point. Not much separates the two teams, but OSU and their talent in the middle of the lineup is a hair stronger.

Prediction: Oklahoma State
 4-1; OSU is incredibly consistent throughout their lineup with possibly their No.6 spot a "weakness." LSU will grit out a point (or two), but the Cowgirls will march on in a close encounter.

Oklahoma State vs. LSU
1. #27 Katarina Adamovic (10.60 UTR) vs. #23 Joana Vale Costa (11.20 UTR)
2. #38 Vladica Babic (10.94 UTR) vs. #52 Jessica Golovin (10.93 UTR)
3. #46 Viktoriya Lushkova (10.69 UTR) vs. #93 Skylar Kuykendall (10.59 UTR)
4. #89 Kelsey Laurente (10.73 UTR) vs. Ryann Foster (10.30 UTR)
5. Katarina Stresnakova (10.60 UTR) vs. Abby Owens (10.66 UTR)
6. Carla Tur Mari (10.24 UTR) vs. Ella Taylor (10.39 UTR)

1. #9 Laurente/Alavarez vs. Vale Costa/Foster
2. #23 Lushkova/Tur Mari vs. Kuykendall/Owens
3. Adamovic/Babic vs. Holloway/Taylor



(7)#11 Miami vs. #12 Michigan
If I were a betting man, I'd put good money down that this could be one of the longer matches of this first round. Miami's team is full of claycourt-style players who will outgrind and extend rallies to debilitate their opponents. Unfortunately, they play a Michigan team who plays indoors nearly year-round. It's a nice matchup for both teams and I wouldn't be surprised to see a few of my picks turn out to favor the other side. This is another match where the doubles point is crucial and will affect the winner of this match.

Prediction: Miami 
4-3; The 1-2 duo of Lohan and Wagner are too strong this year and they will power the Hurricanes into the quarterfinals

Miami vs. Michigan
1. #7 Sinead Lohan (11.86 UTR) vs. #17 Ronit Yurovsky (11.24 UTR)
2. #9 Stephanie Wagner (11.71 UTR) vs. #19 Brienne Minor (11.37 UTR)
3. Clementina Riobueno (10.60 UTR) vs. #107 Kate Fahey (10.96 UTR)
4. #80 Wendy Zhang (10.82 UTR) vs. Mira Ruder-Hook (10.04 UTR)
5. Clara Taniellian (10.15 UTR) vs. Alex Najarian (10.42 UTR)
6. Ana Madcur (10.39 UTR) vs. Sara Remynse (9.92 UTR)

1. Wagner/Zhang vs. Ruder-Hook/Minor
2. Lohan/Madcur vs. Yurovsky/Fahey
3. Fuentes/Riobueno vs. Remynse/Najarian


(2)#2 Georgia vs. #17 Texas Tech
Although they're a championship-calibre team from the South, UGA is a strong indoor squad. As the 8th seed last year, they battled their way to a tight runner-up finish. I'm very impressed with the year Ellen Perez has had, as well as the strong rise of Caroline Brinson. While they proud a solid Top 2 for the Dawgs, I think the key for a big run sits on Silvia Garcia. The Spaniard has had such a great career in Athens, but last year hit a down point at the NTI, going winless in singles. Alex Valenstein could grab a W for Texas Tech at No.5, but I'm having trouble finding two other points for the Red Raiders to score the upset. Should UGA remain healthy and armor themselves with the right mindset, they have a very strong chance to return to the NTI final.

Prediction: Georgia 
4-0; Georgia's consistency guides them to many Final Fours and other deep runs and they'll be too strong for the Red Raiders.

Georgia vs. Texas Tech
1. #12 Ellen Perez (11.61 UTR) vs. #77 Gabriela Talaba (11.09 UTR)
2. #22 Caroline Brinson (11.26 UTR) vs. Lynn Kiro (10.50 UTR)
3. #82 Silvia Garcia (10.98 UTR) vs. Sarah Dvorak (10.86 UTR)
4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (11.23 UTR) vs. Sabrina Federici (10.55 UTR)
5. Mariana Gould (10.46 UTR) vs. Alex Valenstein (10.28 UTR)
6. Laura Patterson (9.79 UTR) vs. Felicity Maltby (10.81 UTR)

1. #14 Perez/Gould vs. Kiro/Talaba
2. Garcia/Brinson vs. Dvorak/Valenstein
3. Patterson/Shaffer vs. Federici/Maltby


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Saturday, 06 February 2016 03:42

Women's NTI Day 1: Top 4 Seeds Blank Out Opponents

I'll gladly take a solid 6/8 correct on Day 1 with one match going 4-3 and the other a match I thought would be as tight as it could get.

I think the story of the day was how competitive doubles was for nearly every match. Three of the eight doubles points were decided by a tiebreaker (Vanderbilt/Duke, Ohio State/Fresno State and Virginia/Texas A&M). With the 6-game, no-ad scoring format, does doubles have the same psychological effect on teams after a close point? Jonathan Kelley from On The Rise is covering the event for ZooTennis and you can read his recap with quotes here.

Someone in the comments pointed out how Florida, Stanford, USC and Baylor elected to skip the NTI to schedule their own tough matches and prepare differently for the off-season. Should teams who skip be penalized come NCAA seeding time and does it put an asterisk next to the champion's name? Feel free to discuss in the comments.








(1)#1 Vanderbilt def. #15 Duke 4-0
I'm a little surprised that Vanderbilt put a clinic on Duke in singles. After a tight doubles point, Vanderbilt took 5 opening sets and took it to another level. Sydney Campbell's win over Beatrice Capra wasn't an upset on paper, but it's a statement win for the Commodore seeking to be among the nation's best. Chalena Scholl was a point from a UTR upset against Frances Altick, who was swapped with Astra Sharma in the lineup, but the match was called before the junior could grab one of the biggest wins of her collegiate career. Vanderbilt will need another quick start against Ohio State to push them forward in the tournament.

Vanderbilt vs. Duke 
1. #11 Colton/Campbell (VAN) vs. #26 Capra/Hamlin (DUKE), 6-1
2. Sharma/Yates (VAN) def. Harris/McCarthy (DUKE), 7-6(7-1)
3. Scholl/Smith (DUKE) def. Altick/Sellyn (VAN), 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*

1. #24 Sydney Campbell (VAN, 11.21 UTR) def. #28 Beatrice Capra (DUKE, 11.53 UTR) 6-3, 6-1
2. #33 Astra Sharma (VAN, 11.26 UTR) def. #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE, 11.66 UTR), 6-4, 6-2
3. #79 Chalena Scholl (DUKE, 10.56 UTR) #15 Frances Altick (VAN, 11.68 UTR), 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
4. Courtney Colton (VAN, 11.07 UTR) def. Samantha Harris (DUKE, 10.87 UTR), 6-4, 6-4
5. Georgina Sellyn (VAN, 10.05 UTR) vs. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE, 11.21 UTR), 6-2, 4-6, 1-0, unfinished
6. Ellie Yates (VAN, 10.17 UTR) vs. Jessica Ho (DUKE, 10.26 UTR), 6-4, 4-4, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4*

(8)#16 Ohio State def. #30 Fresno State 4-2
The doubles point of the day by far goes to the Fresno State Bulldogs, who saved a combined 9 match points in the Top 2 positions to claim the first get of the match. Unfortunately, Ohio State stormed back by taking 5 of the 6 first sets and quickly went up 3-1 before Sophie Watts took the match at No.2 singles. Anna Sanford, whose younger sister had a stellar run at the $100k ITF event in Midland this week, clinched the match at No.3. Miho Kowase was a game from clinching as well when play was called off. For the Buckeyes to have any chance against Vanderbilt, a positive start with the doubles point is crucial.

Ohio State vs. Fresno State
1. Sherif Ahmed/Sherif Ahmed (FSU) def. #6 Sanford/Kowase (OSU), 7-6(11-9)
2. #58 Watts/Watts (FSU) def. DeSantis/Angeles Paz (OSU), 7-5
3. Sneed/DiLorenzo (FSU) def. Malysheva/Noble (FSU), 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*

1. #2 Francesca DiLorenzo (OSU, 12.05 UTR) def. #26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed (FSU, 10.64 UTR), 6-2, 6-1
2. Sophie Watts (FSU, 10.18 UTR) def. Gabriella DeSantis (OSU, 10.31 UTR), 6-3, 6-3
3. Anna Sanford (OSU, 10.62 UTR) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FSU, 9.69 UTR), 7-6(7-2), 6-1
4. Miho Kowase (OSU, 10.37 UTR) vs. Galina Bykova (FSU, 9.92 UTR), 6-2, 5-4, unfinished
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU, 10.61 UTR) def. Emma Wilson (FSU, 9.34 UTR), 6-3, 6-0
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU, 9.85 UTR) def. Anneka Watts (FSU, 9.35 UTR), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 1, 2, 3*

(4)#6 California def. #NR Wisconsin 4-0
I assumed that this match would be one of the least competitive of the Round of 16, but I was pleasantly surprised with how Wisconsin competed. Lauren Chypyha rose to the occasion and was leading #5 Manasse before play was called. Stepanova also battled hard in her second set after getting blown out in the first. Unfortunately, that was all that highlighted the Badger's first NTI outing in front of their home crowd as Cal steamrolled in the middle of the singles lineup. Tomorrow's match vs. Virginia will be a tall task for the Bears and their hunt towards a National title.

California vs. Wisconsin
1. #3 Manasse/Starr (CAL) def. Chypyha/Kirsch (WIS), 6-2
2. #43 Fabikova/Hauger (CAL) def. Rider/Stepanova (WIS), 6-3
3. Chi/Smith (CAL) def. Burich/Grambeau (WIS), 5-3, unfinished
Order of Finish: 1, 2*

1. #66 Lauren Chypyha (WIS, 10.67 UTR) vs. #5 Maegan Manasse (CAL, 11.65 UTR), 7-5, 1-1, unfinished
2. #10 Klara Fabikova (CAL, 11.40 UTR) vs. Ekaterina Stepanova (WIS, 10.01 UTR), 6-0, 4-5, unfinished
3. Lynn Chi (CAL, 11.25 UTR) def. Kendall Kirsch (WIS, 9.87 UTR), 6-3, 6-1
4. Denise Starr (CAL, 11.23 UTR) def. Maria Avgerinos (WIS, 9.77 UTR), 6-1, 6-1
5. #81 Olivia Hauger (CAL, 11.01 UTR) def. Sydney Rider (WIS, 8.96 UTR), 6-1, 6-1
6. Karla Popovic (CAL, 10.60 UTR) vs. Lauren Burich (WIS, 8.92 UTR), 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3*

#7 Virginia def. (5)#9 Texas A&M 4-1
Virginia put up a surprisingly solid test against Texas A&M, who can surprise any team on any day. Although they're missing two key players due to suspension, the Cavaliers still managed to snatch five of the opening sets in singles and storm away with the win. It's worth noting that Danielle Collins, someone who struggles indoors, battled back from 6-1, 3-0 down to win the second set and force a third until play was called. Julia Elbaba handled the awkward situation of playing a former teammate well and pushed out Rachel Pierson to claim the first singles point. Meghan Kelley announced her return to the lineup by clinching the win at No.5 and putting UVA in the quarterfinals against Cal.

Texas A&M vs. Virginia
1.#19 Collins/Kelley (UVA) def. Pierson/Paalma (TAMU), 6-3
2. Elbaba/Nauta (UVA) def. Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU), 7-6(7-5)
3. Gavrilovska/Gonzalez def. Olivarez/Wingo (UVA), 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*

1. #4 Danielle Collins (UVA, 12.10 UTR) vs. #53 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU, 11.15 UTR), 1-6, 7-5, 1-0, unfinished
2. #8 Julia Elbaba (UVA, 11.78 UTR) def. #58 Rachel Pierson (TAMU, 10.77 UTR), 6-2, 6-4
3. #30 Stephanie Nauta (UVA, 10.94 UTR)  def. #106 Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU, 10.72 UTR), 6-4, 6-1
4. Eva Paalma (TAMU, 10.21 UTR) def. Victoria Olivarez (UVA, 10.06 UTR), 6-3, 6-3
5. Meghan Kelley (UVA, 10.22 UTR) vs. Domenica Gonzalez (TAMU, 10.54 UTR), 7-5, 6-2
6. Erica Susi (UVA, 10.10 UTR) def. Ines Deheza (TAMU, 10.55 UTR), 7-6(7-4), 1-3, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 5*

(3)#5 North Carolina def. #13 Alabama 4-0

As I mentioned in yesterday's preview, the lineup of North Caroline is just too strong for a team like Alabama. UNC's doubles, one of the nation's best, shined against the Crimson Tide and led to a strong finish in singles. Hayley Carter was the player of the match, clinching both doubles and singles points and dropping only 6 games total. Whitney Kay also had a strong match in singles, leading Andie Daniell before UNC captured the victory. The Tar Heels are looking very good to at least make the championship match and their quarterfinal against LSU will have a few hiccups, but they will march on.

North Carolina vs. Alabama
1. #2 Carter/Kay (UNC) def. #48 Routliffe/Daniell (BAMA), 6-2
2. #16 Aney/Vialle (UNC) def. Spielmann/Savva (BAMA), 6-0
3. Dai/Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Dunn/Greene (BAMA), 5-3, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1*

1. #6 Hayley Carter (UNC, 11.73 UTR) def. #63 Erin Routliffe (BAMA, 10.85 UTR), 6-1, 6-3
2. #88 Whitney Kay (UNC, 10.76 UTR) vs. #41 Andie Daniell (BAMA, 11.34 UTR), 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
3. Kate Vialle (UNC, 10.54 UTR) vs. Joanna Savva (BAMA, 9.69 UTR), 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
4. #68 Jessie Aney (UNC, 11.20 UTR) def. Danielle Spielmann (BAMA, 10.58 UTR), 6-0, 6-3
5. Marika Akkerman (UNC, 10.81 UTR) vs. Natalia Maynetto (BAMA, 10.03 UTR), 6-6, unfinished
6. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC, 10.58 UTR) def. Aryn Greene (BAMA, 8.89 UTR), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 1*

#T-18 LSU def. (6)#10 Oklahoma State 4-3
The first match of the day was the only one to go to the complete distance and ended in the first upset of the tournament. Oklahoma State unsurprisingly took the doubles point, but LSU retaliated by snagging five opening sets. The match that ultimately decided the match was Ryann Foster's win over Kelsey Laurente, which completed first. The rest of the match remained in tight contention and it began to be known that it would be decided at No.6 singles. Tur Mari served for the second set, but Taylor bounced back by breaking the Cowgirl serve consecutively to put the Tigers into a surprise quarterfinal. 

Oklahoma State vs. LSU
1. #9 Laurente/Alavarez (OSU) vs. Vale Costa/Foster (LSU), 4-4, unfinished
2. #23 Lushkova/Tur Mari (OSU) def. Kuykendall/Owens (LSU), 6-1
3. Adamovic/Babic (OSU) def. Holloway/Taylor (LSU), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3*

1. #23 Joana Vale Costa (LSU, 11.20 UTR) def. #27 Katarina Adamovic (OSU, 10.60 UTR), 7-5, 6-4
2. #38 Vladica Babic (OSU, 10.94 UTR) def. #52 Jessica Golovin (10.93 UTR), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #46 Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU, 10.69 UTR) def. #93 Skylar Kuykendall (10.59 UTR), 6-3, 6-4
4. Ryann Foster (LSU, 10.30 UTR) def. #89 Kelsey Laurente (OSU, 10.73 UTR), 6-1, 6-3
5. Abby Owens (LSU, 10.66 UTR) def. Katarina Stresnakova (OSU, 10.60 UTR), 6-1, 7-6(7-5)
6. Ella Taylor (LSU, 10.39 UTR) def. Carla Tur Mari (OSU, 10.24 UTR), 7-5, 7-5 
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 5, 2, 1, 6*

#12 Michigan def. (7) #11 Miami 4-2
While the doubles point went down to the wire, all three matches were whitewashes for the winner. However, the opposite could be said for the singles matches. Miami took the momentum when they captured 3 opening sets and the first two singles points. Freshman Brienne Minor stunned Stephanie Wagner to tie things at 2-2. Ronit Yurovsky battled back from a set down to upset Sinead Lohan and clinch the win for the Wolverines, who clearly clearly showed how seasoned they are indoors compared to a team like Miami. Michigan's quarterfinal against Georgia could be just as close and exciting as their match against the Hurricanes. The big question mark is the bottom of the lineup (for both teams), as well as who can manage their doubles better.

Miami vs. Michigan
1. Ruder-Hook/Minor (MICH) def. Wagner/Zhang (MIA), 6-2
2. Yurovsky/Fahey (MICH) def. Lohan/Madcur (MIA), 6-1
3. Fuentes/Riobueno (MIA) def. Remynse/Najarian (MICH), 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*

1. #17 Ronit Yurovsky (MICH, 11.25 UTR) def. #7 Sinead Lohan (MIA, 11.86 UTR), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #19 Brienne Minor (MICH, 11.39 UTR) def. #9 Stephanie Wagner (MIA, 11.65 UTR), 6-2, 6-4
3. #107 Kate Fahey (MICH, 10.98 UTR) def. Clementina Riobueno (MIA, 10.70 UTR), 7-5, 6-3
4. Mira Ruder-Hook (MICH, 10.07 UTR) vs. #80 Wendy Zhang (MIA, 10.92 UTR), 6-4, 4-6, 3-1, unfinished
5. Clara Taniellian (MIA, 10.30 UTR) def. Alex Najarian (MICH, 10.43 UTR), 6-4, 6-2
6. Ana Madcur (MIA, 10.55 UTR) def. Teona Velehorschi (MICH, 10.16 UTR), 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 2, 3, 1*


(2)#2 Georgia def. #17 Texas Tech 4-0
One reader mentioned that Hannah King, who adds a great deal of depth, will be out of UGA's lineup for a few months. After a slight test in doubles, Georgia was able to clinch the match before Texas Tech could grab a point at Nos. 5 and 6, two weak spots for the doubles. Caroline Brinson had the match of the day in my opinion, double bageling Lynn Kiro, who is extremely underrated. If UGA wants any shot at a title, the trio of Brinson, Ellen Perez and Kennedy Shaffer will be instrumental in keeping the Bulldogs afloat this season. The match against Michigan will give them plenty of tests to gauge their depth and consistency.

Georgia vs. Texas Tech
1. #14 Perez/Gould (UGA) vs. Kiro/Talaba (TT), 6-5, unfinished
2. Garcia/Brinson (UGA) def. Dvorak/Valenstein (TT), 6-3
3. Patterson/Shaffer (UGA) def. Federici/Maltby (TT), 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3*

1. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA, 11.57 UTR) vs. #77 Gabriela Talaba (TT, 11.06 UTR), 6-1, 6-2
2. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA, 11.32 UTR) vs. Lynn Kiro (TT, 10.60 UTR), 6-0, 6-0
3. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA, 11.10 UTR) vs. Sarah Dvorak (TT, 10.85 UTR), 6-2, 2-5, unfinished
4. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA, 11.33 UTR) vs. Sabrina Federici (TT, 10.65 UTR), 6-2, 6-3
5. Alex Valenstein (TT, 10.31 UTR) vs. Mariana Gould (UGA, 10.50 UTR), 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
6. Felicity Maltby (TT, 10.78 UTR) vs. Laura Patterson (UGA, 10.05 UTR), 6-2, 5-5, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4*


Day 2 Predictions
Quarterfinals
No. 1 Vanderbilt def. No. 8 Ohio State 4-2
No. 2 Georgia def. Michigan, 4-0
No. 3 North Carolina def. LSU 4-0
Virginia def. No. 4 California 4-3

I think Vanderbilt will struggle against Ohio State and possibly lose the doubles point, but their lineup is just a shade stronger than the Buckeyes and that'll be the difference. Georgia will have trouble against Michigan, but I think they will grab a shutout before the Wolverines can claw their way back. UNC is looking extremely good in this tournament, while LSU may not have enough firepower to overcome the Tar Heels. My upset of the day will go to Virginia, who will need to shine in doubles and the Top 3 singles positions. The key in that match is No.2 between the powerful Fabikova and the consistent Julia Elbaba.

Consolation Draw
No. 5 Texas A&M def. Wisconsin 4-1
No. 6 Oklahoma State def. Alabama 4-0
No. 7 Miami (FL) def. Texas Tech 4-1
Duke def. Fresno State 4-0

The consolation matches will be more straightforward tomorrow. I'll call Chypyha to steal a point in singles, but Texas A&M will cruise otherwise. Oklahoma State's doubles and Top 4 singles players will be too much for Alabama to power down. Texas Tech will throw a lot at Miami (possibly the doubles point and maybe a singles win as well), but the Hurricanes are solid enough to grab the W. Duke had the worst draw of the tournament and had the potential to upset Vanderbilt and they should cruise through Fresno State.

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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:09

Tuesday Preview - #9 UCLA vs. #1 Virginia

There's going to be a ton of good tennis this weekend in Charlottesville with Virginia hosting the National Team Indoors but I think the best matchup of the week might be tonight with Virginia hosting #9 UCLA. I have these teams as #1 and #2 in my rankings and I expect that this will be a very, very good match with plenty of courts going three sets.

This will be Virginia's first real test of the season while UCLA has been tested a few times but this will be the first time that the Bruins have played indoors. The doubles point will be more crucial for UCLA because it's going to be hard enough to win three singles matches over Virginia let alone four.

Here is an article from the Daily Bruin talking about the match from a Bruin standpoint and here is one from the Daily Progress coming from the Virginia standpoint. Virginia will also be down one usual starter with last season's #5 Alexander Ritschard recovering from a shoulder injury.

Let's dive into the numbers and see what they say.



#9 UCLA (5-0) at #1 Virginia (4-0) - 6pm est - Live Scoring/Video

Doubles Records: UCLA 5-0, Virginia 4-0

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #15 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA)
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA)
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Collin Altamirano/JC Aragone (UVA)

Dual-Match Doubles Records:
1. McDonald/Redlicki (2-0) vs. Shane/Corinteli (3-1)
2. Di Giulio/Sell (2-1) vs. Styslinger/Kwiatkowski (2-0)
3. Brymer/Rapp (3-0) vs. Altamirano/Aragone (2-0)

Picking the winner of the doubles point is tough with the shortened format but it seems to me that UCLA is a little more battle tested and I think they'll catch Virginia a little off guard and take the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3.

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.98) vs. #11 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68)
2. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.84) vs. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68)
3. Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.12) vs. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) vs. Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91)
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) vs. #74 JC Aragone (UVA 13.86)
6. Joey Di Giulio (UCLA 13.56) vs. #90 Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.43)/Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. McDonald (2-0) vs. Shane (1-1)
2. Redlicki (3-0) vs. Kwiatkowski (4-0)
3. Brymer (4-1) vs. Altamirano (4-0)
4. Sell (5-0) vs. Styslinger (2-0)
5. Staggs (3-0) vs. Aragone (4-0)
6. Di Giulio (4-0) vs. Wiersholm (2-0)

1. Shane beat McDonald 6-4, 7-5 back in September in the second round of the Costa Mesa Futures, which was an event Shane won, while McDonald won the only college H2H meeting but that was back in 2014 when each was playing at #3. Shane has started out a little slow this season while McDonald has returned from his wrist injury just fine. McDonald may be unranked (due to not playing in the fall) but everyone knows he's a top 5 player. Shane has to keep the double-faults to a minimum because you can't give a player like Mackie too many free points.  Prediction: McDonald (UCLA) in 3

2. Kwiatkowski had a tremendous fall winning the All-Americans and he's off to a good start in dual-match play while Redlicki is coming off his best match of the young season after beating #34 Jordan Angus (USD) 6-1, 6-3. Kwiatkowski is much more comfortable indoors with the Charlotte native 6-1 this season playing indoors while Redlicki is 0-2. Kwiatkowski won the only H2H matchup 6-2, 7-6 in qualies of the 2014 All-Americans. Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 2

3. This will be a battle of No Cal versus So Cal as Sacramento's Altamirano takes on Irvine's Brymer. The last time these two faced off Altamirano won 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals of the 2013 USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo. Altamirano didn't play in the fall but he won his toughest match a few weeks ago when he beat Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen 7-5, 6-4. Brymer didn't play much in the fall either but he made it to the finals of the Sherwood Cup before falling to Baylor's Julian Lenz and he's coming off a three set win over San Diego's Filip Vittek. Prediction: Altamirano (UVA) in 3

4. Both Sell and Styslinger have been around the block a few times but this will be the first-ever meeting between these two seniors. Sell hasn't dropped a set in dual-match play and is coming off a 6-1, 6-2 shellacking of San Diego's Romain Kalaydjian while Styslinger has cruised to easy wins in his matches against Kentucky and Elon. Sell was just 1-5 indoors last season and this will be his first match indoors this season so it'll be interesting to see if he plays as well in the controlled environment. If this match was outdoors I'd probably take Sell in two but with it being indoors I think it's closer to a toss-up. Prediction: Sell (UCLA) in 3

5. Just like the matchup at #3 this will be No Cal versus So Cal as Tracy's Logan's Staggs takes on Yorba Linda's JC Aragone. Playing indoors shouldn't phase Staggs as much as his teammates because he did spend last season at Northwestern where he played plenty of tennis indoors. Staggs won his last two matches in three-sets while Aragone has cruised through each of his four although none of his opponents were close to the level of Staggs. This one has the makings of a tough three-setter that will probably come down to some deciding points. Prediction: Aragone (UVA) in 3

6. Di Giulio has been on a tear lately winning his last four in straights sets against quality competition while Wiersholm rolled in his two matches against Furman and Kentucky. If this match was outdoors I'd give Di Giulio more of a chance but I think Wiersholm will get it done indoors. Prediction: Wiersholm (UVA) in 2

I'm going to take Virginia in a tight one but I think #3, #4, and #5 are all swing matches that could turn the match one way or another. If they were playing this match outdoors in LA I'd look for UCLA to pull the upset but with it being indoors I've got to go with Virginia. Prediction: Virginia 4-3



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The draws have been released for this year's Men's National Team Indoors and while most of the teams were slotted where I expected there were a few surprises.

I expected Ohio State and UCLA to pass USC based off each picking up top 20 wins last week but the committee kept USC in front despite its best win this year being against #22 Florida.

I thought a two loss Baylor, with a best win over #42 Oregon, would fall behind a one loss Illinois with the Illini having wins over #21, #25, #36 (2X) and the one loss coming to #3 North Carolina - I'd love to hear the logic on keeping Baylor that high.

I thought South Florida may drop one spot after losing to Texas A&M but they held firm at #13 - can't argue too much with this one because it was a 4-3 loss to a #3 team.

Despite all that the pairings look pretty good though we'll see UCLA and Georgia and Wake Forest and Oklahoma play each other for the second time in two weeks.

Each team also released its depth chart with a few notables listed below:

Oklahoma - Andrew Harris at #4 - I'm thinking he's still iffy with knee tendinitis
Ohio State - Chris Diaz at 2, Hugo Di Feo at #3
TCU - Eduardo Nava at 4, Jerry Lopez at 5
USC - Nick Crystal at 1, Max de Vroome at 2
Georgia - Jan Zielinski at 4, Paul Oosterbaan at 5, Walker Duncan at #3 though he's been in a walking boot for a few weeks - probably doubtful
Virginia - Alex Ritschard at 4 - hasn't played yet due to a shoulder injury - probably sits
Baylor - Vince Schneider at 5 - hasn't played yet due to reasons unknown - looks like Baylor went over to the intramural courts to get a few backups - I couldn't find any intel on the guys listed at 8, 9, and 10.

Over the next two days I'll do my round of 16 previews so keep an eye out for those. 






Line-Up Substitution Policy: Master line-ups must be played throughout the event. If a player is removed from the line-up, all players listed below the removed player will move up in position. "Shuffling of line-up is NOT permitted. In doubles, you may direct line substitute for a sick/injured player as long as the teams are still playing in order of ability. The opposing coach may protest a doubles line-up if he feels they are not in order prior to the start of the match. The on-site ITA Games Committee will have final ruling on all on-site protests. 

It wasn't listed in the policy but anybody from #6 on down can play at #6 so that means someone listed at #8 could jump #7.
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The big matchup of the day between #1 Virginia and #9 UCLA ended up falling well short of expectations. Virginia jumped on UCLA in doubles by going up an early break at #2 and ultimately Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would break again to win 6-2. The match at #1 stayed on serve until Virginia's Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli broke to go up 4-3 then they broke again to win it 6-3. They played out the match at #3 with UCLA's Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp pulling it out 7-6.

Virginia dominated in singles winning all six first sets and they'd finish five of those off in straight sets with Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, J.C. Aragone, and Henrik Wiersholm winning at #1, #2, #3, #5, and #6. Aragone was the only one I recall coming back from a break down with Staggs jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the second set at #5.

UCLA's Karue Sell earned the only point for the Bruins with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Mac Styslinger at #4.

The live stream of the match was fine but unfortunately the live scoring was not. I tried following on my phone for a bit because I was out and about but I'd either get a blank scoreboard or if the scores popped in they wouldn't update. When I got home I was able to get the scores to come up but they would update intermittently. The scoreboard was rarely in sync with the streaming video and at time was games behind so it made it difficult to figure out what was really going on. Let's hope the live scoring issues get addressed before the NTIs get underway on Friday.

#1 Virginia 6, #9 UCLA 1
Feb 09, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boyd Tinsley Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #11 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) def. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.98) 6-3, 7-6(6)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.12) 6-3, 6-3
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.84) 7-6(3), 6-3
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) def. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. #74 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) def. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) 7-6, 6-4
6. #90 Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.56) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #14 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 6-3
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-2
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 7-6
Match Notes
UCLA 5-1; National ranking #9
Virginia 5-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,2,5,1,3,4)
T-2:35 A-362

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"UCLA is a great team with tremendous depth from top to bottom," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "We are really playing at a high level for this point in the season and there is still room for improvement in front of us. The team has really come together and it has been a really enjoyable journey so far."

"UCLA has one of the best players in the country at No. 1 and we do as well, so we knew that would be a tightly-contested match," Boland said. "Thai keeps rolling at two. He is playing some really good tennis. I think the same could be said of Collin, who is so solid. I was really impressed with our one, two and three tonight."

"I believe this win will give us a lot a confidence as we head into National Indoors, an event that we have looked forward to hosting for a long time," Boland said. "I can already feel the excitement for Friday night. We hope that people really come out and support us. I believe this weekend is going to be really special for the players."

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:01

Men's National Team Indoors - Round of 16 Previews

The draws are out and the lineups are set for the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships with play getting started on Friday at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Play gets started each day at 9am eastern and finishes each night around 9 to 10pm.

I'm going to preview each round of 16 match using the master lineups that each team submitted and I'll make my predictions as well. With this being an indoor event I'll also take into account which teams are comfortable playing indoors while others only play indoors a handful of times each season.

There will be live scoring on all 12 courts but only point-by-point scoring on courts 7-12. The same goes for streaming video in that it will only be available on courts 7-12 too.







[1] Virginia (5-0) vs. [16] San Diego (4-1) - 6:30pm est - Virginia is coming off an impressive 6-1 win over UCLA while San Diego is coming off a 7-0 loss to UCLA. This is San Diego's first trip to the National Team Indoors and it's too bad they got matched up with the host and #1 seed in the opening round. 

Overall Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 4-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 2-0
Doubles Record: Virginia 5-0, San Diego 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Alex Azaouzos (USD 12.32)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)

Virginia warmed up for the NTIs by taking it to UCLA and I think they'll probably make fairly quick work of San Diego. I like Virginia in doubles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano, and Henrik Wiersholm in singles. Prediction: Virginia 4-0



[8] Oklahoma (3-2) vs. [9] Wake Forest (8-1) - 6:30pm est - Oklahoma split matches last weekend winning at Alabama 5-2 before falling to North Carolina 4-3. Wake Forest is coming off a pair of 7-0 wins after beating South Carolina at home and Tennessee on the road. Oklahoma welcomed back Andrew Harris (knee tendinitis) to its doubles lineup but it's yet to be seen if he'll be ready to play singles. John Roddick has Harris listed at #4 on the depth chart but I'd be a little surprised to see him play. Wake Forest rolled over Oklahoma just two weeks ago in Norman so it'll be interesting to see if the outcome is any different this time. Four of the six singles matches are shaping up to be rematches though if Harris plays only two would be rematches.

Overall Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Indoors Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 8-1
Doubles Record: Oklahoma 3-2, Wake Forest 7-2

Result from 2 Weeks Ago

#11 Wake Forest 5, #2 Oklahoma 2
Jan 31, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26) def. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
2. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14) 6-2, 6-2
3. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) 7-5, 6-1
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 6-4, 4-5, retired
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.53) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61) 7-5, 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Austin Siegel/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Maxime Mora/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-4*, unf.
Match Notes
Wake Forest 5-1, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11
Oklahoma 2-1, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 
O: Andrew Harris (OU 14.79)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

The return of Andrew Harris helped Oklahoma get the doubles point against North Carolina and I think OU takes it over Wake too. I think Axel Alvarez will atone for his loss to Skander Mansouri and I look for Maxime Mora to repeat his win over Dennis Uspensky however I like Wake Forest everywhere else. The one court that could swing the match the other way is #3 - if Alex Ghilea can beat Jon Ho then OU might able to pull it out. If Andrew Harris is able to play at #4 I think he probably still loses to Bogaerts while Bragusi would beat Uspensky and Seraphim would beat Mora. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-3




[4] USC (5-0) vs. [13] South Florida (3-1) - 3:30pm est - USC is coming off a pair of 6-1 wins over Loyola Marymount and Grand Canyon though 7 of the 12 singles matches went three sets while South Florida blanked Minnesota 7-0 before losing to #2 Texas A&M 4-3. This will be USC's first indoor match of the season while South Florida played indoors at Minnesota.

Overall Record: USC 5-0, South Florida 3-1
Indoors Record: USC 0-0, South Florida 1-0
Doubles Record: USC 4-1, South Florida 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.46)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)

Last year USF made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Round of 16 and came up just short against Baylor. This year USF is making its first-ever National Indoor Round of 16 appearance and I think they are going to get over the hump and get a win. I like the Bulls in doubles and look for Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz to win at #1, #2, and #6. I also like Sasha Gozun at #3 for USF while I like Logan Smith and Laurens Verboven at #4 and #5 for USC. If USC were to win its best path would be the doubles point and #3, #4, and #5 singles. Prediction: South Florida 4-2



[5] TCU (3-1) vs. [12] Illinois (5-1) - 3:30pm est - TCU is coming off a tough weekend that saw the Horned Frogs beat Stanford 4-2 before getting beat by Cal 4-2 while Illinois is coming a routine 5-2 win over Notre Dame. According to the lineup Brad Dancer submitted, he is making some wholesale changes at the bottom of the lineup by inserting Brian Page at #5 and Toshiki Matsuya at #6 despite the fact that neither has played in a dual-match this season. He has Alex Jesse at #8 and Asher Hirsch at #9 despite both of those guys playing just about every match at #5 and #6. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see both Jesse and Hirsch back in the lineup but for the sake of my prediction I'll go along with what was submitted.

These teams actually met less than a month ago in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout in Fort Myers with each winning 6 matches. The only guaranteed rematch will come at #3 between Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik though Stalder and Hirsch could meet again #6 too. Alex Rybakov and Jared Hiltzik met back in August in the first round of the Champaign Futures with Rybakov winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

#3 TCU 6, #6 Illinois 6
Jan 17, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.04) def. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.68): 6-4, 6-2
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.35) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.64): 6-2, 6-4
3. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.30) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.64): 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
4. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.19) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.61): 7-6, 7-5
5. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.80) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79): 6-4, 6-3
6. Trey Daniel (TCU 12.32) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.55): 6-3, 6-3
7. Hudson Blake (TCU 12.41) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64): 6-4, 6-4
8. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.19) def. Gianni Mancini (TCU 11.38): 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Guillermo Nuez/Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL): 6-3
2. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 6-2
3. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Hudson Blake/Trey Daniel (TCU): 6-1
4. Eduardo Nava/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Pengxuan Jiang/Pablo Landa (ILL): 6-2

Overall Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1
Indoors Record: TCU 2-1, Illinois 5-1
Doubles Record: TCU 3-1, Illinois 5-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) vs. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) vs. Brian Page (ILL 12.43)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) vs. Toshiki Matsuya (ILL 13.14)
O: Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)/Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL)
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL)
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU) vs. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL)

I think the doubles point will be huge in this one because neither team wants to start off in a 1-0 hole knowing it needs to win 4 singles matches. Both teams are evenly stacked up top, TCU is going to be stronger at #4 and #5, and #6 will be a tough one to call with Trevor Johnson's status probably unknown until match time. I'm going to take Aleks Vukic at #1 and Jared Hiltzik #2 for the Illini and Eduardo Nava and Jerry Lopez at #4 and #5 for TCU. Both Guillermo Nunez and Aron Hiltzik have dropped 2 of their last 3 so that's a tough call but I'm leaning towards Nunez. If Trevor Johnson plays at #6 I think he'll win but if he doesn't I'd go with Illinois at that spot. So we're potentially looking at a match with the doubles point deciding the winner. Prediction: TCU 4-3




[6] Ohio State (8-0) vs. [11] Baylor (5-2) - 9am est - Ohio State has yet to drop a match or a point and is coming off a 4-0 win over Virginia Tech while Baylor dropped a pair last week to Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Both teams have strange doubles lineups showing in the lineup master and I think a part of that is some gamesmanship. Baylor is showing a guy at #3 doubles that isn't even listed on the school's website while Ohio State is showing Ralf Steinbach paired up with Riley Reist even though Steinbach and Martin Joyce are ranked #14.

Overall Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 5-2
Indoors Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-2
Doubles Record: Ohio State 8-0, Baylor 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44) vs. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68)
2. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) vs. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90)
3. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23) vs. Felip Rios (BU 14.30)
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) vs. Will Little (BU 13.67)
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77)
O: Matt Mendez (OSU 13.44)/Vince Schneider (BU 13.86)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU)
2. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU)
3. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU)

Baylor's only chance to keep this one close is if Vince Schneider is available to play. If Schneider doesn't play I think we're looking at another Buckeye shutout with Ohio State taking doubles and Hugo Di Feo, Herkko Pollanen, and Ralf Steinbach winning in singles. I like Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at #1 and #2 but I think the other matches will finish too quickly for Baylor to get on the board. If Schneider were to play I'd still like Ohio State in doubles and at #3, #4, and #5. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0




[3] North Carolina (6-0) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-0) - 9am est - North Carolina is coming off a big 4-3 win over Oklahoma while Texas Tech hasn't faced a serious test since beating Florida three weeks ago on the final day of the Kick-Off Weekend. North Carolina has played all six of its matches indoors while Texas Tech will only be playing indoors for the third time this season.

Overall Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 10-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 6-0, Texas Tech 2-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-1, Texas Tech 5-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Bo Boyden (UNC 13.15) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)
O: Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21)/Augusto Stodart (TT 12.73)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)

This will the Red Raiders first-ever trip to the National Team Indoors and while I think they could probably beat about half the field I'm not so sure they can get past North Carolina. I like Bjorn Thomson at #6 and think Jolan Cailleau has a good chance at #4 but I like the Tar Heels in doubles and then look for Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Robert Kelly to push Carolina through to the quarterfinals. I also like Brayden Schnur at #1 but his match probably won't make it to the finish line. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1



[7] UCLA (5-1) vs. [10] Georgia (3-1) - 12pm est - These teams met just two weeks ago in Los Angeles with UCLA rolling to a 6-1 win but that match was outdoors in UCLA's backyard while this one will be indoors on the East Coast. UCLA is coming off a rough 6-1 loss to Virginia on Tuesday night while Georgia won handily 6-1 over a less than full strength Georgia Tech. UCLA will be at full strength while it's yet to be seen if Georgia will have the services of Walker Duncan who missed the last two matches with a foot injury. Duncan is slotted at the #3 spot in the master lineups but he was in a boot just two weeks ago so we'll see if he can go. After missing all of January with a wrist injury, Nick Wood played his first dual-match against Georgia Tech's #8 and won going away so I'd be surprised if he didn't play at #6 if he's feeling good. The only rematch from the previous encounter will be at #4 between Karue Sell and Jan Zielinski though if Duncan can't play Zielinski would move up to #3.

Here was an interesting quote from Billy Martin via the Daily Bruin about the match with Virginia and the court conditions - "I think we were very shocked at the whole pace of the match, Martin said. "It's an aggressive tennis. We were trying to set up points and rallies that you can do outside on the slower courts and slower conditions but indoors it just wasn't going to work.

#12 UCLA 6, #6 Georgia 1
Jan 30, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Austin Smith (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #20 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Gage Brymer (UCLA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. #48 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #40 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. #45 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 7-6(2)
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3,2,5)


Overall Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 3-1
Indoors Record: UCLA 0-1, Georgia 3-0
Doubles Record: UCLA 5-1, Georgia 2-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) vs. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 
2. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) 
3. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. Walker Duncan (UGA 13.50)
4. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) vs. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81)
5. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) vs. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52) vs. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)/Nick Wood (UGA 13.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 
3. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA)

Despite UCLA winning the previous match fairly comfortably, I think Georgia is probably the slight favorite in this one mainly due it being indoors (see Billy's comments above). I like Georgia in doubles at #2 and #3 and I think #1 will be a lot closer than it was last time.

I'm looking for these teams to split the top two courts with Mackenzie McDonald the likely winner at #1 while I see Austin Smith getting it done at #2. I like Martin Redlicki at #3 over either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski while I like Zielinski or Paul Oosterbaan over Karue Sell at #4. I'd take Oosterbaan over Staggs at #5 but think Staggs would get past Reinberg. I'd like DiGiulio at #6 over Reinberg but if Wood plays at #6 I'd take him. So as you can see a lot depends on the matchups - I think UCLA takes two of the top three regardless of pairings but I could see Georgia sweeping the bottom three if it's Zielinski, Oosterbaan, and Wood. Prediction: Georgia 4-2



[2] Texas A&M (9-0) vs. [15] Columbia (4-0) - 12pm est - Texas A&M is coming off a really nice week that saw the Aggies beat Baylor (indoors), Florida State, and South Florida while Columbia has only played Navy and North Florida since stunning Stanford during the Kick-Off Weekend. There's no doubt that Columbia will be the more comfortable team playing indoors since Texas A&M only ventures indoors about two or three times a season. Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were dropped down to #2 doubles after starting the year 0-3 at #1 while Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow will move up to #1. Rinderknech and Withrow have started four matches at #1 but those were against lighter competition so this will be a major step up.

Overall Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 4-0
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 1-0, Columbia 4-0
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 9-0, Columbia 3-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Michal Rolski (CU 12.84)
O. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)

Texas A&M hasn't dropped the doubles point this season but I have a feeling Columbia is going to take it with wins at #1 and #2. I like Texas A&M at #1 and #6 with Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow expected to take care of business. The matchups at #2, #3, #4, and #5 could each go either way but I like Shane Vinsant and AJ Catanzariti at #2 and #5 while I'll go with Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at #3 and #4. Tight, tight match but the Aggies will barely avoid the upset loss. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-3


Quarterfinals:
Virginia over Wake Forest
TCU over South Florida
Ohio State over North Carolina
Georgia over Texas A&M

Semfinals
Virginia over TCU
Ohio State over Georgia

Finals:
Virginia over Ohio State


What's everyone else think - higher seeds cruise or some outdoor teams get picked off inside?

I would have some polls on the site but Google has some issues right now and the poll widget isn't working.







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The second half of the day kicked off with USC playing South Florida on the stadium courts while TCU and Illinois duked it out on the back six.

South Florida knew it needed the doubles point to give itself a chance to win and it took the point with a 6-0 rout at #3 and a 6-3 win at #2.

Singles however was a different story as USC really jumped USF especially at the top of the lineup. USC's Nick Crystal, Max de Vroome, Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget took first sets while USF's only first set came from Peter Bertran at #5. Fortunately for South Florida, the Georgia transfer made quick work of USC's Laruens Verboven by winning 6-2, 6-1 at #5 singles in a match that took just a hour and fifteen minutes. South Florida was up 2-0 but USC still led on the other five courts.

Max de Vroome gave USC its first point with a 6-1, 6-4 over Dominic Cotrone at #2. de Vroome sprinted out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set before taking it 6-1 then he broke Cotrone to start the second set and really never looked back. The below clip from USC shows de Vroome serving for the match up 40-0:
Logan Smith evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Justin Roberts at #4. Smith broke Roberts to take the first set 6-4 then went up an early break in the second set and made it hold up.
Below is the clip of Smith serving 6-4, 5-3 (40-30):
Jake DeVine put USC up 3-2 with a 7-5, 7-6 win over Sasha Gozun at #3. DeVine broke Gozun to go up 2-1 in the first but Gozun broke back and held for 3-2. It stayed on serve until DeVine broke Gozun's 5-5 service game and then he followed that up with a hold to take the set. Gozun served for the second set up 5-3 but DeVine broke and then held to even it at 5-5. DeVine broke again to go up 6-5 but Gozun broke back on the deciding point to send the set to a tiebreak. The pivotal point in the tiebreak came when Gozun double faulted at 3-4 and three points later it'd be all over.
South Florida's Roberto Cid would tie the match up at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Nick Crystal at #1. Cid got off to a slow start but he took control in the second set and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Crystal got one of the breaks back but Cid still took the set 6-3. Cid broke Crystal to start the third set and then fought off a couple of break points to hold for 2-0. He would add another break down the stretch to close it out.

While Cid was finishing off Crystal, USC's Thibault Forget was pulling away from USF's Vadym Kalyuzhnyy at #6. Forget won the first set in a tiebreak but Kalyuzhnyy rolled to a 6-1 second set. Forget went up an early break in the third and then added a second break when he won the deciding point on Kalyuzhnyy's 2-4 service game. Forget would hold from 40-15 to give USC the win and put the Trojans into the NTI quarterfinals against TCU.


Also wanted to give a shoutout to USC for doing a great job in capturing these match points on Twitter - two thumbs up!!

#6 USC 4, #13 South Florida 3
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) def. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) 6-1, 6-4
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71) 7-5, 7-6(4)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 6-4, 6-3
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) def. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) 6-2, 6-1
6. Thibault Forget (USC 13.36) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37) 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. #40 D Cotrone/J Roberts (USF) *5-4, 40-30 unf.
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-0
Match Notes:
South Florida 3-2; National ranking #13
USC 6-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,4,1,3,6)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Comments from USF's recap
"It was really competitive, a lot of energy, a lot of fans. It was good, it was fun. The type of environment that you train for and do all the hard work to be in." said Coach Matt Hill.

"They're both seniors (Cid & Gonzalez-Muniz). They've been around each other for a long time, and last year was the first time they've played together, had a great year. Kind of had a rocky start this year, but got back to the basics they were doing last year and they did a good job of that today against a really good team." said Coach Hill.

"We knew he (Bertran) was a really good player coming in." Coach Hill said, "We just had to get him settled down, and help find his style of play and to believe in what he's doing. It's going really well for him, so that's exciting for us."
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The biggest surprise of the day came in the match between #2 TCU and #12 Illinois. Many thought TCU would ultimately get the win but I don't think anyone thought TCU would roll through Illinois as easily as they did.

The first sign of a potentially lopsided match came when TCU's Guillermo Nuez and Alex Rybakov won 6-0 at #3 doubles in just 22 minutes. Illinois wouldn't go down without a fight as the Illini's #2 team of Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik won 6-3 at #2. The doubles point came down to a tiebreak at #1 and TCU's Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson managed to snap their 2 match losing streak by taking the tiebreak (score unknown-mystery).

TCU welcomed Trevor Johnson back to its singles lineup at #6 after he missed the last four months with an injury. The Horned Frogs rode the momentum from the doubles point and the return of Johnson by taking all six opening sets. Alex Rybakov, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson would each win in straight sets at 2, 3, and 6 to give TCU the 4-0 win in one hour and fifty-eight minutes.

Classic comments from Roditi following the match:



#2 TCU 4, #12 Illinois 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) vs. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0, unfinished
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) def. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) 6-4, 6-2
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) vs. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) 7-6, 2-2, unfinished
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 7-6, 1-1, unfinished
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64) 6-2, 6-2
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Reese Stalder/Hudson Blake (TCU) 6-3
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-0
Match Notes:
Illinois 4-2; National ranking #12
TCU 4-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,2)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"We got outplayed today by TCU.  Anytime that happens with the crew that we have, you have to look at the coaching staff and our preparation," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We clearly could have done things differently. While we won't have a chance to play for a national title, there are still big implications left in this tournament.  It is up to us to have the guys more prepared for tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi
"Our boys learned from our Cal loss and they were ready to battle from the first point in doubles and singles. Illinois is a very good team and they are well coached with a lot of experience indoors. I am very proud of the way our guys came out playing. There was a huge tiebreaker in doubles for the point and there were very good performances by Alex (Rybakov) and Jerry (Lopez) in singles.

"Our highlight of the day was to see Trevor (Johnson) healthy and ready to play doubles and singles for us. That is credit to him, our doctors, our trainer Lauren (Crawford), his trainer at home and our strength and conditioning coach Todd Kensler. We loved the support we got from some local TCU letterman and fans and now we look forward to the quarters versus a tough USC team late tomorrow.
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Wake Forest was one of four teams to make its debut at the National Team Indoors but it ended up being the only one to win its opening round match. Wake beat Oklahoma 5-2 just 12 days ago and this match basically ended up being a carbon copy of that one.

In the last match, Wake took the doubles point by winning at #1 (7-5) and #2 (6-1) and in this match the Demon Deacons also won at #1 (6-1) and #2 (6-3).  #3 doubles went unfinished in both matches with Wake up 5-4 both times.

Wake's Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, Romain Bogaerts, and Christian Seraphim took first sets at 1, 2, 4, and 6 while Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea and Maxime Mora took first sets at 3 and 5.

Seraphim was off the court first with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Andre Biro at #6. Seraphim took the previous meeting 6-4, 6-3.

Petros Chrysochos made it 3-0 Deacs after he dispatched Spencer Papa 6-4, 6-3 at #2. Chrysochos won the last meeting 6-2, 6-2.

Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea put the Sooners on the board with a 7-6, 7-5 win over Jon Ho at #4 in one of only two matchups that differed from the first encounter. Ghilea lost to Bogarets at #3 in the previous match.

Just moments later Wake's Romain Bogaerts would clinch the win with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Florin Bragusi at #4. Bogaerts also clinched the previous meeting by beating Ghilea.

The other matches were abandoned with Maxime Mora and Dennis Uspensky knotted at 4-4 in the third at #5 and Skander Mansouri leading Axel Alvarez 7-6, 6-6 at #1. The box score said it was 6-5 Alvarez but the Wake blog had it in the tiebreak with Alvarez leading 4-2.

I got a few comments after the match from Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky:
"Good win tonight. Thought our doubles was really strong, we've worked on it a lot and it's starting to show. We got off to some really good starts in singles as well. It was important to close out a couple of those matches to keep our momentum going. It's always hard to beat a great team twice and I was happy to see how our guys handled the challenge"

#10 Wake Forest 4, #5 Oklahoma 1
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 7-6, 6-6*, unf
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 6-3
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 7-6, 7-5
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 7-5, 2-6, 4-4, unf
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1
2. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-3
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 5-4, unf.
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 8-1; National ranking #10
Oklahoma 3-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round
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The tournament host and #1 seed, Virginia, won a tough doubles point over San Diego then put the hammer down and drove away with a 4-0 win in match that took one hour and fifty-three minutes.

Virginia's Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli won 6-2 at #1 but San Diego put itself in good shape on the other two courts. USD's #2 team of Uros Petronijevic/Josh Page served for the match at #2 and had a pair of match points but couldn't convert and off they went to a tiebreak. USD's #3 team of Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov had three break points on Collin Altamirano's 5-5 service game but Altamirano managed to hold and then he and JC Aragone broke to win the match 7-5.

Any chance San Diego had of staying in the match went out the window with the doubles point. Virginia took all six opening sets with San Diego's best chance coming at #4 when Romain Kalaydjian served for the set up 6-5. However Virginia's Mac Styslinger would break and then run away in the tiebreak.

Collin Altamirano, Henrik Wiersholm, and Ryan Shane were the three that finished with Shane providing the clincher at #1.

The other matches were abandoned with Virginia just two games away from winning at #2 and #5 while Styslinger and Kalaydjian were still early in the second.



#1 Virginia 4, #16 San Diego 0
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) def. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) 7-5, 6-1
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97) 6-4, 4-1, unf
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) 6-1, 6-2
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) 7-6(3), *1-2, unf
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) vs. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-2
2. #4 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) vs. U Petronijevic/J Page (USD) 6-6, (5-4*) unf.
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 7-5
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-2; National ranking #16
Virginia 6-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,6,1)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I thought San Diego was an outstanding team and played a great match, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I thought we started out in doubles a little slow, but then we started to play a little bit better. It was good to get the doubles point, because it was really close. The momentum turned when we swept the first sets in singles. I was really impressed with the way the guys competed. I don't think we played as well as we can, but we competed well.


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Saturday, 13 February 2016 02:24

Men's National Team Indoors - Quarterfinals Preview

[3] North Carolina (7-0) vs. [6] Ohio State (9-0)  - 9am est - The opening quarterfinal of the day should be a dandy with Ohio State come off a 4-0 rout of Baylor while North Carolina overcame Texas Tech 4-1. North Carolina may be the higher ranked team but I think Ohio State is the team to beat on the bottom of the draw. Ohio State has been downright dominant in doubles over the years and this year is no different with the Buckeyes a perfect 9-0.

Overall Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Indoors Record: North Carolina 7-0, Ohio State 9-0
Doubles Record: North Carolina 5-2, Ohio State 9-0

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.44)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.98) 
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.23)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.84)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21) vs. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.74)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU)
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU)
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) 

I like Ohio State in a tight doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles I'll go with Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, and Martin Joyce for the Buckeyes with Ronnie Schneider, Jack Murray, and Robert Kelly for UNC. The doubles point will be the different - Prediction: Ohio State 4-3



[2] Texas A&M (10-0) vs. [7] UCLA (6-1)  - 12pm est - Both teams are coming off tough round of 16 matches with UCLA coming from behind to beat Georgia 4-3 while Texas A&M held off Columbia 4-2. The doubles point is going to be huge in this match and it should be a great point with Texas A&M 10-0 in doubles while UCLA is 6-1. The individual doubles matchup to watch will be at #3 with Brymer/Rapp 5-0 while Arconada/Lunkin are 6-0. I think whoever takes the doubles point will take the match. 

Overall Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1
Indoors Record: Texas A&M 2-0, UCLA 1-1
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 10-0, UCLA 6-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.53) vs. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) 
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.01) vs. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10)
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.81) vs. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.05) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32)
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.44) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 13.88) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52)
O: Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.47)/Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. #12 M. McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA)
3. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 

I'm going to take UCLA at #1 and #2 doubles and in singles I see UCLA getting wins from McDonald, Redlicki, and Sell while Texas A&M picks up wins from Vinsant, Catanzariti, and Withrow. Prediction: UCLA 4-3



[1] Virginia (6-0) vs. [9] Wake Forest (9-1) - 3:30pm est - It'll be an all-ACC quarterfinal between Virginia and Wake Forest with Virginia coming off a 4-0 win over San Diego while Wake Forest looked really good in a 4-1 win over Oklahoma. Wake Forest will attempt to beat Virginia for the first time since 2003 while Virginia looks to advance to the semifinals after getting knocked out in the quarterfinals last season to Baylor. 

Overall Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 9-1
Doubles Record: Virginia 6-0, Wake Forest 8-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.12)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF)

Wake Forest really needs to take the doubles point to put a little bit of pressure on Virginia and I think they've got a decent chance to do so. I'm going to take Wake at #1 and #3 doubles and I think the Demon Deacons will also put some pressure on Virginia at #4 and #5 singles. However in the end Virginia will get it done up top with Ryan Shane, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, and Collin Altamirano winning at 1, 2, and 3 plus Henrik Wiersholm will win at #6. I think Bogaerts and Uspensky will be up at #4 and #5 but Virginia will get the clinch before those matches finish. I expect this to be a pretty competitive match and wouldn't be surprised to see Mansouri and Ho push Shane and Altamirano to third sets. Prediction: Virginia 4-1



[4] USC (6-0) vs. [5] TCU (4-1) - 6:30pm est - TCU is coming off an impressive 4-0 win over Illinois while USC scratched and clawed its way to a 4-3 win over South Florida. TCU is comfortable with its lineup but it'll be interesting to see if Peter Smith makes a move at #5 or sticks with Verboven. If he pulls Verboven, he would have to move Forget up from #6 to #5 and most likely Jack Jaede would get the call at #6. USC overcame the loss of the doubles point to still beat South Florida but I don't see that happening against TCU.

Overall Record: USC 6-0, TCU 4-1
Indoors Record: USC 1-0, TCU 3-1
Doubles Record: USC 4-2, TCU 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) vs. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) vs. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17)
4. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97)
5. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.56) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
6. Thiabault Forget (USC 13.36) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.52)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU)
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) vs. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU)

I look for TCU to pick up wins at #1 and #3 doubles and then the Horned Frogs will lean on USC in singles and will get wins from Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov, and Jerry Lopez at 1, 2, and 5. USC's best chances to win will come from Jake DeVine and Logan Smith. Prediction: TCU 4-1


Consolation Matches

[11] Baylor (5-3) vs. [14] Texas Tech (10-1) - 9am est - Live Scoring - I expect Baylor's woes to continue and forecast a Texas Tech win with the Red Raiders taking the doubles point and picking up wins from Cailleau, Curry, and Thomson at 4, 5, and 6. Baylor will get a win from Lenz at 1. Prediction: Texas Tech 4-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08)
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) vs. #110 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86)
3. Felip Rios (BU 14.30) vs. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98)
4. Will Little (BU 13.67) vs. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14)
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) vs. Connor Curry (TT 13.53)
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.77) vs. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT)
2. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT)
3. Jimmy Bendeck/Felipe Rios (BU) vs. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT)



[10] Georgia (3-2) vs. [15] Columbia (4-1) - 12pm est - Live Scoring - This will be the third year in a row that these teams have played with Georgia winning 4-3 in the NTI consolation draw last season and 4-2 the year prior during the Kick-Off Weekend. I think Columbia will take the doubles point and will pick up wins from Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer at 3 and 4 but Georgia will get wins from Wayne Montgomery, Austin Smith, Emil Reinberg, and Nick Wood at 1, 2, 5, and 6. Prediction: Georgia 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. Shawn Hadavi (CU 13.75)
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) vs. #108 Victor Pham (CU 13.92)
3. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) vs. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75)
4. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) vs. Mike Vermeer (CU 13.76)
5. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) vs. Richard Pham (CU 13.13)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) vs. Tim Wang (CU 13.34)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (CU)
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (CU)
3. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Eric Rubin/Christopher Grant (CU)



[12] Illinois (5-2) vs. [13] South Florida (3-2) - 3:30pm est - Live Scoring - These teams faced each other in mid-January in a hidden-dual format at the Three Oaks Shootout with Illinois taking 5 of 7 singles matches while USF took 3 of 4 doubles matches. This is one of those matches where you have to wonder if both teams will really be that motivated after some tough losses yesterday. South Florida was right there with USC while Illinois got beat handily by TCU.  Assuming everyone shows up ready to play I'll take Illinois in doubles and Vukic, A Hiltzik, and Childers in singles while Cotrone, Bertran, and Kalyuzhnyy win for USF. Prediction: Illinois 4-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53)
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) vs. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36)  vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11)
5. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37)
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.97)/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. #40 Justin Roberts/Dominic Cotrone (USF)
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
3. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) vs. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF)



[8] Oklahoma (3-3) vs. [16] San Diego (4-2) - 6:30pm est - Live Scoring - The defending champs got knocked out by Wake Forest yesterday while San Diego lost to Virginia. This is a match Oklahoma should win but San Diego may offer some resistance in a few spots. I'll take San Diego in doubles and Jordan Angus in singles but I like Axel Alvarez, Alex Ghilea, Florin Bragusi, Maxime Mora, and Andre Biro for OU. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.52) vs. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07)
2. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) vs. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97)
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55)
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs.  Josh Page (USD 13.00)
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) vs. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD)
2. #57 Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Josh Page/Uros Petronijevic (USD)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) vs. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD)















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Sunday, 14 February 2016 01:09

Virginia and TCU Survive To Fight Another Day

It was definitely a day of thrillers as both Virginia and TCU each won 4-3 matches that came down to a close third set to decide the match.

Virginia came into its match against ACC foe Wake Forest riding an incredible 139-match conference winning streak but the streak would come oh so close to ending.

Wake Forest came out and claimed the doubles point by winning both #1 and #3 doubles in a tiebreak. Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim posted a 7-0 shutout in the tiebreak at #1 while Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky won the deciding tiebreak at #3 by taking it 7-3. Both Bogaerts and Uspensky really went after JC Aragone in the tiebreak as the Virginia junior dropped four straight points to put UVA in a 5-2 hole.

Virginia turned up the heat in singles and took first sets at 1, 3, 5, and 6 courtesy of Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano, J.C. Aragone, and Henrik Wiersholm while Wake Forest's Petros Chrysochos and Romain Bogaerts took opening sets at 2 and 4.

Ryan Shane put Virginia on the board with a quick 6-3, 6-1 win over Skander Mansouri at #1 singles in a match that lasted just 52 minutes.

J.C. Aragone would make it 2-1 Virginia as he rocked Dennis Uspensky 6-1, 6-2 at #5 singles in match that took 54 minutes.

Collin Altamirano stretched the lead to 3-1 as he rollover Jon Ho 6-2, 6-3 at #3 singles in one hour and sixteen minutes. Altamirano broke Ho's 1-1 service game in the opening set then broke him again to go up 4-1. Altamirano held two more times to take the opening set 6-2. Altamirano broke Ho to start the second set and would then go up 3-1 before Ho came back to even it at 3-3. Altamirano took the final three games to close it out 6-2, 6-3.

Wake Forest's Petros Chrysochos put Wake's second point on the board with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Thai-Son Kwaitkowski at #2.

Romain Bogaerts would tie the match up at 3-3 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Mac Styslinger at #4. Bogarets had a chance to close out the match earlier but he couldn't convert match points on Styslinger's 2-5 service game and then he squandered two more match points on his own 5-3 service game. After a Styslinger hold made it 5-5, Bogarets held service then broke Styslinger from 30-40 to finally close it out.

The match came down to a third set at #6 singles between Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm and Wake Forest sophomore Christian Seraphim. Wiersholm took the opening set 6-4 after getting the only break of the set to go up 4-3. Seraphim would get his first break of the match when he broke Wiersholm's 3-4 service game in the second set and then Seraphim would hold from 40-30 take the set 6-3.

Wiersholm held at love to start the third set and then Seraphim held from 40-15 to even it at 1-1. Wiersholm held at love again to go up 2-1 but Seraphim kept pace (barely) by holding on the deciding point to make it 2-2. Wiersholm held from 40-15 to go up 3-2 and then he broke Seraphim's serve on the deciding point when Seraphim dumped a forehand into the net. Seraphim would break right back from 30-40 to make it 3-4 but Wiersholm would return the favor and break at love to go up 5-3. Seraphim pushed Wiersholm to the deciding point when Wiersholm got a net cord ace to close it out. Below is a video clip of match point via KW Tennis Nation's Twitter
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#1 Virginia 4, #10 Wake Forest 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) def. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) 6-3, 6-1
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 6-2, 6-3
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) 6-4, 7-5
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 6-1, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 7-6(0)
2. #4 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-3
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 7-6(3)
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 8-2; National ranking #10
Virginia 7-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,2,4,6)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals

Post Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"I had just fought back from down 40-15 to get it to deuce for a match point and coach told me to look to my best serve and hit it," Wiersholm said. "My favorite serve on the ad side is the Slider-T. I hit the Slider-T, which hit the tape and barely went over. I couldn't believe it. I turned to my teammates and let it loose with all the happiness and excitement. It was a really special moment."

"This was a really exciting college tennis match," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "It is the type of challenge that we need this early in the year. The guys passed the test in some very difficult situations. I give great credit to Wake Forest as they are an outstanding team and played their hearts out. It's great for the ACC and for tennis in general to have this level of excitement at a match. The fans were absolutely amazing today. We appreciate so much the enthusiasm and excitement they brought to the match. They really did make a difference and we certainly hope they will come out again tomorrow for the semis." 

"The doubles point got away from us after we had match points to clinch the doubles point at No. 3 and we dropped a breaker when we had a chance to close out the match at No. 1," Boland said. "It was a heartbreaker to lose the doubles point, but I was impressed with how we continued to compete, particularly with Ryan Shane, Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone. They were locked in and played every point and really played within themselves and played tremendous tennis. It was fantastic to see Henrik Wiersholm, who has really developed his game, to be put in the opportunity he was. He embraced the pressure and the environment and played his best tennis toward the end of the match when it mattered most."
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In the final match of the day it looked like #6 USC was going to pull the upset over #2 TCU but the Horned Frogs hung around and ended up outlasting USC 4-3.

USC took the doubles point with a 6-4 win from Max de Vroome and Jack Jaede at #2 and a 6-3 win from Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine at #3 while TCU's Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson won 6-3 at #1.

Half of the singles matches would finish quickly while the other half would go on into the night. TCU's Cameron Norrie made quick work of Nick Crystal at #1 singles taking it 6-1 6-2 and Eduardo Nava pushed TCU ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Logan Smith at #4. USC's Thibault Forget tied it up at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Jerry Lopez at #5.

USC's Jack Jaede would put the Trojans within a point of clinching after he came from behind to beat TCU's Trevor Johnson 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at #6. Jaede broke Johnson on the deciding point to take the second set and then he went up 2-0 in the third before Johnson evened it at 3-3. Jaede would break one last time to close out Johnson 6-4 in the 3rd.

Before Jaede got to the finish line it looked like Max de Vroome had a chance to get USC's third point. De Vroome led Alex Rybakov 6-4, 5-4 at #2 and was looking at a deciding point which also doubled as match point but Rybakov managed to hold to extend the match. Rybakov would then break de Vroome and hold to take the second set 7-5.

USC freshman Jake DeVine won a tough first set at #3 over Guillermo Nunez 7-6 but Nunez quickly jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second. Nunez served for the second set up 5-3 but DeVine broke on the deciding point to put it back on serve. However Nunez would break right back on the next game to take the set 6-4. Nunez went up 2-0 in the third but DeVine broke back and then held on the deciding point to make it 2-2. It stayed on serve until Nunez broke DeVine from 15-40 to go up 5-3 but DeVine wouldn't go down without a fight. DeVine went up 15-40 on the Nunez serve but Nunez hit a backhand winner to make it 30-40. Nunez then ripped a forehand that DeVine called out but when Nunez appealed the call the chair quickly overturned it to bring up the deciding point which was now also a match point and a break point. Nunez hit a well placed serve down the T in the deuce court and all DeVine could do was deflect it back in play and watch as Nunez closed in on the net and put it away into the open court to close the match out.

TCU had evened the match at 3-3 but there was still work left to be done on the remaining court at #2 singles. USC's Max de Vroome held to start the third set and then had two break points on the Rybakov serve but the TCU freshman came back to hold for 1-all. Rybakov broke de Vroome to go up 2-1 and then held on the deciding point to make it 3-1. Rybakov went up 30-40 on de Vroome 1-3 service game but de Vroome held on the deciding point when his forehand hit the net cord and dribbled over for a winner. Rybakov then hit a service winner on the deciding point to go up 4-2. De Vroome held and then broke Rybakov on the deciding point to even it at 4-all. De Vroome went up 40-30 on his next service game but dumped a pretty routine volley into the net to bring up yet another deciding point. This time de Vroome didn't mess around and hit a clean volley winner to go up 5-4. Rybakov would hold from 40-15 to make it 5-all but de Vroome held right back from 40-15 to go up 6-5. Rybakov would hit a service winner from 40-30 to send the match to a deciding tiebreak.

De Vroome served first and hit an overhead smash to go up 1-0 but Rybakov got a service winner and a backhand winner to go up 2-1. De Vroome double faulted to go down 1-3 but he followed that up with an ace to make it 2-3*. De Vroome pushed a backhand long to make it 4-2 Rybakov at the changeover. Rybakov hit a service winner to go up 5-2* but de Vroome answered with a hard forehand that skidded off the line to make it 5-3*. De Vroome then sailed a forehand long to make it *6-3 and then Rybakov closed it out on the next point to clinch the win.



#2 TCU 4, #6 USC 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC 14.05) 6-1, 6-2
2. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) def. Max de Vroome (USC 13.95) 6-7, 7-5, 7-6(3)
3. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) def. #104 Jake DeVine (USC 13.56) 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) def. #43 Logan Smith (USC 13.87) 6-3, 6-0
5. Thibault Forget (USC 13.36) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 6-4, 6-0
6. Jack Jaede (USC 13.52) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 6-3
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
3. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) def. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 5-1; National ranking #2
USC Men 6-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,6,3,2)
ITA National Team Indoor Quarterfinals

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi - "Huge win for our squad to comeback after a disappointing doubles and win four matches against a team like USC who has been in the finals of this tournament four years in a row and has the most recent national championships. Alex (Rybakov), freshman baseliner, comes back from a set down against a serve and volley senior indoors to clinch shows his character and his fight. Max de Vroome has been in that situation many times and clinched a NCAA title against Oklahoma two years ago in that same situation.

"Eduardo (Nava) played great tennis, Cameron (Norrie) gave us a needed quick point and Guillermo (Nuez) came back from a set down as well. I am so proud of all these guys. It took a huge team effort, including our non-participating players, since USC was super loud and energetic and we needed some help from the sidelines. At times it felt as if USC had 100 people out there. These types of matches will help us build character and become a stronger team.

"Now we have a huge challenge playing the top ranked team, home team and rested team on a short time. We will find out what type of character we have at this point tomorrow afternoon.



Consolation Matches:

#14 Texas Tech 4, #4 Baylor 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) def. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) def. #2 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 7-6, 6-2
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) def. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-1
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) 6-4, 6-0
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) def. Tyler Stayer (BU 0.00) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-2
2. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-1
3. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 7-5
Match Notes:
Baylor 5-4; National ranking #4
Texas Tech 11-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,4,2,3,1)
ITA National Indoors Consolation Bracket



#11 Georgia 4, #15 Columbia 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Hadavi, Shawn (COL 13.75) def. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) 6-4, 6-3
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #108 Pham, Victor (COL 13.92) 7-6 (7-0), 6-2
3. #124 Rubin, Eric (COL 13.75) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) def. Vermeer, Mike (COL 13.76) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
5. Pham, Richard (COL 13.13) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) def. Wang, Timothy (COL 13.34) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #15 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 6-1
2. #20 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 5-4, unf
3. #43 Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) 6-2
Match Notes:
Georgia 4-2; National ranking #11
Columbia 4-2; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,2,6,5,4)
ITA Indoors Consolation Bracket


#12 Illinois 4, #13 South Florida 3
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) def. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) 7-6, 6-4
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) def. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) 6-1, 6-2
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.71) 7-5, 6-4
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.64) 6-3, 6-0
6. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) def. Alex Jesse (IL 12.97L) 7-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-4
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-5
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-2
Match Notes:
South Florida 3-3; National ranking #13
Illinois 5-2; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,5,3,6,4,1)
ITA Indoors Consolation Bracket


#5 Oklahoma 4, #16 San Diego 0
Feb 13, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 6-4, 1-6, 4-3, unf.
2. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.97) vs. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 4-6, 3-1, 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) vs. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) 7-5, 5-5, unf
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) def. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) def. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) def. #98 Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #37 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 4-3, unf
2. #57 Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Uros Petronijevic/Joshua Page (USD) 6-1
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-3
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-3; National ranking #16
Oklahoma 4-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,5,6)
ITA Indoors Consolation Bracket

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