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Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:22

Men's National Team Indoors - Semifinals Preview

[3] North Carolina (8-0) vs. [7] UCLA (7-1) - 12pm est - North Carolina is coming off a pretty thorough 4-2 win over Ohio State while UCLA rode the wave of momentum to get past Texas A&M 4-2. It'll be interesting to see if either team makes a change at the bottom of the singles lineup after each team's #6 took it on the chin yesterday. I think UNC probably sticks with Kodali since he had a pretty convincing win the previous day while I look for Billy Martin to give Austin Rapp another try at #6 after Joey Di Giulio came up well short yesterday against Lunkin.

Overall Record: North Carolina 8-0, UCLA 7-1
Indoors Record: North Carolina 8-0, UCLA 2-1
Doubles Record: North Carolina 6-2, UCLA 7-1

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09) vs. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) 
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) vs. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77) vs. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86)
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32)
5. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85) vs. #98 Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21) vs. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.11)/Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.52)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC) vs. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 
2. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) vs. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 
3. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC) vs. Karue Sell/Maxime Cressy (UCLA)

1. Schnur vs. McDonald - Neither guy finished their match yesterday though both were ahead with Schnur leading Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard 7-6, 5-5 while McDonald led Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech 3-0 in the third. Prediction: McDonald (UCLA) in 3

2. Schneider vs. Brymer - Both guys won the clinching match yesterday with Schneider beating Ohio State's Chris Diaz in straight sets while Brymer came back from 3-0 down in the third to beat Texas A&M's Shane Vinsant. Prediction: Schneider (UNC) in 3

3. Clark vs. Redlicki - Clark is coming off a straight set loss to Ohio State's Hugo DiFeo while Redlicki beat Texas A&M's Jordi Arconada 6-2 in the third. Prediction: Redlicki (UCLA) in 3

4. Murray vs. Sell - Murray blew Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen off the court yesterday while Sell beat Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti in straight sets. Neither player has lost a dual-match this season with Sell 8-0 and Murray 6-0. Prediction: Sell (UCLA) in 3

5. Kelly vs. Staggs - Kelly is coming off a thorough beating of Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach while Staggs was beat pretty soundly by Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow. Prediction: Kelly (UNC) in 2

6. Kodali vs. Rapp or Di Giulio - Kodali went down pretty meekly to Ohio State's Martin Joyce just a day after he roughed up Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson while Di Giulio went down in straights to Texas A&M's Max Lunkin. Rapp played on Friday against Georgia's Nick Wood and lost 6-1 in the third. Prediction: Rapp (UCLA) in 3 - if Kodali vs. Di Giulio - Kodali (UNC) in 2

I like UNC in doubles and then singles should be fun to follow with so many of the courts evenly matched up. There aren't many courts where I'd consider one of the guys an overwhelming favorite except at #5 where I look for Robert Kelly to roll in straights over Logan Staggs. I look for McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, and Rapp to grind out wins at 1, 3, 4, and 6 while I like Ronnie Schneider and Robert Kelly at 2 and 5 for UNC. Prediction: UCLA 4-3

[1] Virginia (7-0) vs. [5] TCU (5-1)- 3:30pm est - Both teams are coming off heart-pounding thrillers after Virginia survived Wake Forest's upset attempt while TCU did the same against USC. Both teams dropped the doubles point yesterday and came back to win which isn't easy to do at this stage in the tournament. Virginia losing the point wasn't as big a surprise because Wake is really good at doubles and while TCU is good but they aren't great. 

Overall Record: Virginia 7-0, TCU 5-1
Indoors Record: Virginia 7-0, TCU 4-1
Doubles Record: Virginia 6-1, TCU 4-2

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.52)/Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nunez (TCU)

1. Shane vs. Norrie - Shane is coming off a 6-3, 6-1 rout of Wake's Skander Mansouri while Norrie rolled over USC's Nick Crystal 6-1, 6-2. Both are playing very well but Shane seems to be back in the zone that he was in during the NCAAs last year so I just don't see him losing today. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 2

2. Kwiatkowski vs. Rybakov - TSK is coming off a surprisingly lopsided loss to Petros Chrysochos while Alex Rybakov withstood the storm from Max de Vroome to win the clincher. You wonder how much Rybakov will have left in the tank after that 7-6 in the third thriller. Prediction: DNF with Rybakov (TCU) leading

3. Altamirano vs. Nunez - Guillermo Nunez is slowly returning to the form he had last season while Collin Altamirano has been blowing out everyone as of late. Nunez held off USC's Jake DeVine yesterday while Altamirano powered past Wake's Jon Ho.  Prediction: Altamirano (UVA) in 2

4. Styslinger vs. Nava - Nava is coming off a nice win over thrashing of USC's Logan Smith, who had been nearly unbeatable, while Styslinger has been struggling with consistency and is coming off losses in each of his last two completed matches against Wake's Romain Bogaerts and UCLA's Karue Sell. Prediction: Nava (TCU) in 2

5 - Aragone vs. Lopez - Aragone looked really solid against Uspensky while Lopez took one on the chin against Forget. Lopez is hit and miss on the court because he won a clutch match during the Kick-Off Weekend against Oklahoma State but then got blown out last weekend against Cal and yesterday against USC. Prediction: DNF with Aragone (UVA) leading in third

6. Wiersholm vs. Johnson - Wiersholm of course was the hero yesterday when he held off the big hitting Christian Seraphim in the deciding match while Johnson played just his second dual-match of the season yesterday and lost 6-4 in the third to USC's Jack Jaede. Prediction: Wiersholm (UVA) in 2

I look for Virginia to take the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then in singles, while I think TCU will push Virginia fairly hard, I just don't see enough courts that'll go TCU's way. Prediction: Virginia 4-1

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In the first semifinal of the day North Carolina advanced to its first-ever final at the National Team Indoors after coming from behind to beat UCLA 4-2.

North Carolina didn't take the easy way though after dropping the doubles point for the second time in three matches this weekend. UCLA's new #3 team of Maxime Cressy and Karue Sell knocked off Blaine Boyden and Ronnie Schneider 6-3. Cressy/Sell broke UNC on the deciding point to go up 3-1 then held for 4-1. The teams exchanged holds until UCLA held from 40-15 to win 6-3.

North Carolina answered by winning at #2 doubles as Jack Murray and Brayden Schnur defeated Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp 6-4. Murray/Schnur broke UCLA to go up 2-1 and later on Schnur hit a clutch ace on the deciding point to extend the lead to 4-2. Each team held the rest of the way with Schnur serving it out to win 6-4.

UCLA would take the doubles point when Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki knocked off Brett Clark and Robert Kelly 6-3 at #1. McDonald and Redlicki, who would be my choice for the All-Tournament team at #1 doubles, went 3-0 on the week with wins over the ITA #3 and #13 teams. UCLA broke the Kelly serve to go up 4-2 but UNC broke McDonald to pull within 3-4. UCLA broke Clark on the deciding point to go up 5-3 then Redlicki served it out from 40-15 to win it 6-3. Here is match point courtesy of the ITA:

North Carolina lost the doubles point to Texas Tech on Friday but turned it around in singles so they had to have some confidence that they could do it again today.

Each team would claim three opening sets with Mackenzie McDonald, Logan Staggs, and Austin Rapp getting them for UCLA at 1, 5, and 6 while Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, and Jack Murray would take sets at 3, 4, and 5 for North Carolina.

Ronnie Schneider would finish first at #2 singles when he rolled over Gage Brymer 6-0, 6-4 in exactly 60 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer three times in the opening set including from 15-40 to take the set in precisely 20 minutes. Schneider broke Brymer to go up 3-1 in the second but Brymer broke back to make it 3-2. Each player held serve the rest of the way until Schneider broke Brymer's 4-5 service game on the deciding point to win it 6-0, 6-4.

Mackenzie McDonald made it 2-1 UCLA when he beat Brayden Schnur 6-3, 7-6(5) at #1 singles. McDonald won the first three games of the match, which included two breaks, before Schnur got on the board with a break to make it 1-3. Both guys held serve until McDonald broke Schnur from 30-40 to take the opening set 6-3. McDonald held and then broke to go up 2-0 in the second before Schnur broke back and held to make it 2-2. Schnur fought off a pair of break points to hold for 4-4 then they each held two more times to send it to a tiebreak. Schnur got the first mini-break when he went up 3-1* but Mackie took the next two points to even it at 3-3 at the changeover. Schnur dropped the 5-5 point on his serve and then Mackie closed it out on the next point to win it in one hour and twenty minutes.

Even though UCLA had taken the lead, North Carolina had a stranglehold on the other four courts with both Brett Clark and Anu Kodali nearing the finish line at #3 and #6.

Clark got off to a bit of slow start against Martin Redlicki by falling behind 2-0 but Clark broke back and then held on the deciding point to even it at 2-2. Each held serve three more times until Clark broke Redlicki on the deciding point to go up 6-5. Clark faced two break points when he went down 30-40 on his serve but he managed to get the hold to take the opening set 7-5. Clark broke Redlicki to start the second set and then came back from 15-40 down to hold for 2-0. After an exchange of holds, Clark would break again to go up 4-1 and would then hold for 5-1. Redlicki could have packed it in but he kept fighting and held for 2-5, broke on the deciding point to make it 3-5, and then held at love to make it 4-5*. Clark was serving for the match for a second time but he quickly found himself in a 0-30 hole. He got it back to 30-30 but Redlicki took the next point to go up 30-40. Clark managed to take the next two to wrap up the 7-5, 6-4 win in one hour and twenty-two minutes (2 minutes after McDonald's finish) and North Carolina had now tied it at 2-2.

Over at #6, Anu Kodali was up 4-2 in the third against Austin Rapp and was receiving on the deciding point. Kodali would get the break to go up 5-2 but Rapp would break right back to make it 5-3.  Rapp went up 40-30 on his next service game but Kodali took the next two points to clinch the 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in one hour and thirty-one minutes. Kodali had dropped the opening set 6-4 but turned it around in the second set when he broke Rapp to go up 5-3 and then served it out at love to take the set 6-3. Kodali broke Rapp at love to go up 3-2 in the third and then held for 4-2 - you know the rest.

North Carolina now led 3-2 plus Robert Kelly was up 5-2 in the third at #5 while Jack Murray was serving up 7-6, 4-5 at #4.

UCLA's Karue Sell would break Jack Murray's serve from 30-40 to take the second set 6-4 plus Logan Staggs would hold from 2-5 to stay in his match with Robert Kelly at #5. The Bruins were holding on by a thread but Robert Kelly had the scissors and was attempting to cut the cord. Staggs would go up 15-40 on Kelly's serve but Kelly fought off all three break points to get the hold and send North Carolina to it's first-ever National Team Indoors final.

Match point is below courtesy of UNC and then there are a number of post-match interviews also courtesy of UNC:

Details not listed above:

UCLA's Karue Sell served for the first set at #4 up 5-4 but got broke from 30-40 and then fell behind 4-0 in the first set tiebreak and dropped it 7-3.

Billy Martin talked about the match in further detail, "I thought it started out well in singles - we were up on 5 courts as far as break and leads - Martin went up an early break and Karue served for the set and then lost it in a tiebreak. Gage was the only one that didn't really have a good day. We kind of went south in a couple of matches - Logan had a great first set but Kelly picked it up in the second set and it was somewhat close in the third. I thought Austin had a good chance to win at #6 so that was somewhat disappointing that he lost there."

#7 North Carolina 4, #9 UCLA 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #34 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 15.01) def. Brayden Schnur (NC 14.09) 6-3, 7-6(5)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (NC 14.01) def. #80 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 6-0, 6-4
3. Brett Clark (NC 13.77) def. #37 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) 7-5, 6-4
4. #89 Jack Murray (NC 13.77) vs. Karue Sell (UCLA 14.32) 7-6(3), 4-6, unfinished
5. #62 Robert Kelly (NC 13.85) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.44) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC 13.21) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.42) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #12 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3
2. Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (NC) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
3. Maxime Cressy/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-3
Match Notes:
UCLA 7-2; National ranking #9
North Carolina 8-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoor Semifinal

Post-Match Comments from UCLA's recap:
"I am tremendously happy with doubles, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin.  "The guys were playing good doubles on all three courts.  They came to play and competed well.  I thought after winning doubles, we'd have a fairly good chance at winning the match.

"I think our team has the potential to do really well, said McDonald.  "All in all, we can definitely hang with the top teams.  We learned a lot this weekend.  Losing today is going to make us hungrier and it will make us work harder.

"All in all, I thought we fought really hard, added Martin.  "We had our chancesnothing to be too upset about.  I'm pretty happy with us coming here and getting two really good wins against Georgia and A&M, and being in the battle with UNC.  It shows us that we're competitive.  This tournament showed us that we can play with just about anybody and expect to win.


The late-afternoon semifinal pitted #1 Virginia against #2 TCU though TCU was actually the #5 seed due to its loss the week prior against Cal. TCU was attempting to make it to its first NTI final since 1992 (lost 5-1 to Stanford) while Virginia was looking to advance to its sixth final in the last eight years.

During the 33 minute doubles point both #1 and #3 stayed on serve for several games while Virginia's Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski went up an early break at #2. Virginia's J.C. Aragone and Collin Altamirano would actually finish first at #3 after getting a late break to go up 5-3. Aragone would hold at love to give Virginia the 6-3 win. Roughly six minutes later Styslinger and Kwiatkowski would break from 30-40 to close out Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder 6-3. The match at #1 went unfinished with Virginia serving at 5-5 though Shane and Corinteli had a match point on Cameron Norrie's 4-5 service game but couldn't convert.

TCU needed to find a way to win four of six singles matches but it wasn't going to be easy after falling behind early at #3 and #6.

Henrik Wiersholm (Picture Courtesy of UVA)
Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm, who clinched the team's quarterfinal win over Wake Forest, came out of the gates on fire and needed just 16 minutes to take a 6-0 first set over TCU's Trevor Johnson at #6. Wiersholm broke Johnson from 15-40 to start the second set and then held and broke again to go 3-0. Johnson finally showed some life by breaking back and then holding from 40-15 to make it 3-2. Unfortunately for Johnson those two games were the last ones he'd win because Wiersholm took the next three to close it out 6-0, 6-2 in just 49 minutes.

Virginia sophomore Collin Altamirano, who had only dropped eight games in his previous two matches, needed just 23 minutes to take a 6-1 first set over TCU's Guillermo Nunez at #3. Altamirano opened up the match with a pair of holds and a break before Nunez got on the board with a hold from 40-30 to make it 3-1. Altarmirano held, broke, and held again to close out the set. Nunez showed a little spark in the second set by holding on the deciding point to go up 1-0 and then breaking on the deciding point to go up 2-0. After a hold made it 3-0, Altamirano calmed himself down and proceeded to win the next five games to go up 5-3. Nunez held to stay in the match but Altamirano would hold from 40-30 to close it out 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and seventeen minutes.

So Virginia was now ahead 3-0 but TCU was clinging to life on the other courts.  Jerry Lopez was in a first set tiebreak with J.C. Aragone at #5, Cameron Norrie was up a set on Ryan Shane at #1, Alex Rybakov was serving for the first set against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2, while Eduardo Nava had just broken Mac Styslinger who was serving for the first set at #4.  TCU had a lot of momentum in its favor but within a few minutes most of it would evaporate.

Virginia senior Mac Styslinger, who just got broke serving at 5-3, would break Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to take the first set 6-4. The deciding point was a short one with Nava sending a forehand long early in the rally.

TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was serving up 5-4 in the first against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at #2 but would get broke from 30-40 when he put a forehand into the high side of the net. Kwiatkowski then held for 6-5 and broke to take the set 7-5.

TCU junior Jerry Lopez came back from 6-4 down in the first set tiebreak against J.C. Aragone at #5 to go up 7-6 and was serving for the set. Lopez would hit a big forehand but it caught the net cord and kicked wide by a few feet to make it 7-7. Lopez shrugged it off and hit a forehand crosscourt to win the next point to go up 8-7. Aragone's serve won him the next two points as he hit a service winner and then an ace to make it 9-8. Lopez would then double fault on the next point and the set was Aragone's 7-6(8).

Despite losing the momentum on 2, 4, and 5, TCU got a little boost when Cameron Norrie knocked off Ryan Shane 7-5, 7-5 at #1. The reigning NCAA singles champion struggled a bit with his serve and that gave Norrie the window he needed to pull it out. Shane went up an early break when he broke Norrie's 2-2 service game on the deciding point but when Shane served for the set up 5-4 he fell behind 0-40. Shane hit a pair of forehand winners and then banged home an ace to get it to the deciding point but then he overcooked a forehand early in the point to get broke. Norrie quickly held for 6-5 then he'd break Shane again, this time from 15-40, to steal the opening set 7-5. Shane broke to start the second set and held for 2-0 but Norrie would get it back on serve when he broke Shane's 4-3 service game to make it 4-4. Norrie went up 30-40 on Shane's 5-6 service and when Shane hit a forehand wide the match was over and Norrie had a 7-5, 7-5 win.

Mac Styslinger (Pictures Courtesy of UVA)
TCU was on the board but the euphoria was short-lived because Mac Styslinger broke Eduardo Nava on the deciding point to go up 6-4, 5-3 at #4. Styslinger has had trouble in the past serving out matches and Nava was able to take advantage of that and broke from 15-40 after Styslinger pushed a backhand well wide. Styslinger may have been shaky on his serve but his return would win him the match as he broke from 30-40 when Nava put a backhand into the net.

Final score - Virginia 4, TCU 1

The other two matches were abandoned with both Alex Rybakov and Jerry Lopez serving for the second sets on their respective courts.

Here is a highlight clip courtesy of UVA and then a quick clip from David Roditi

#1 Virginia 4, #2 TCU 1
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #6 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.51) def. #27 Ryan Shane (VA 14.68) 7-5, 7-5
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) vs. #122 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) 7-5, 4-5, unf
3. Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) def. #38 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.17) 6-1, 6-4
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (VA 13.91) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.97) 6-4, 6-4
5. J.C. Aragone (VA 13.86) vs. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 7-6(8), 2-5, unf
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.36) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.75) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 5-5, unf
2. #6 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-3
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3
Match Notes:
TCU 5-2; National ranking #2
Virginia 8-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,1,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championships Semifinal

Post Match Quotes From Virginia's recap:
"All of us players live for this, being able to close out a match and put the team in the finals," Styslinger said. "[Henrik Wiersholm] got us off to a strong start and then Collin [Altamirano] got the third point. It was really cool to be the one to give us the fourth point. I was just playing my game today. [Nava] is a really good player, so I knew I was going to have to play some good tennis out there."

"I think it says a lot about the ACC," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "Wake Forest played a tremendous match against us (Saturday) and obviously the success that UNC has had. I'm really just proud to be a part of the conference and excited to play, in the final regardless of the opponent. It's always the goal is to give yourself a chance and tomorrow will be another opportunity for these young men that have worked so hard, and I hope the fans come out again in big numbers."

Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap:
"It is disappointing to put yourself in a spot like this and not play up to your abilities. Some had to do with the way Virginia played and a lot had to do with ourselves. We can play better from top to bottom. Cameron (Norrie) had a huge weekend and a great win today. I am proud of our guys fighting back and we just couldn't overcome that big of a hole. Our young guys learn every match and today was no different. We will get back to work and continue to get better. The local support from TCU alumni this weekend in Virginia was awesome and much appreciated.

There six consolation matches on the schedule but the highest profile matches were Wake Forest/USC and Ohio State/Texas A&M with each of those four losing close matches the previous day in the quarterfinals.

Wake Forest rebounded from its 4-3 loss to Virginia by shutting out USC 4-0. The Demon Deacons won the doubles point and then picked up singles wins from Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos, and Romain Bogaerts at 1, 2, and 4.

Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky commented about today's match with USC and the tough loss to Virginia from the night before:

Match with USC:
"Both teams were in a similar situation today coming off tough losses yesterday. We got off to a great start in doubles, we won at 3 and were up 4-3, 0-40 at 2 and 4-2, 40-15 at 1. Within minutes we were down a break at 2 and back on serve at 1. However our 1 team pulled out the win and that gave us momentum going into singles. USC is a really good team but also quite young and we were able to use our experience on a couple courts to pull the match out. Great rebound by our team after an emotional loss yesterday."

Match with Virginia:
"Very tough loss yesterday. We came in very prepared and competed hard. Put ourselves in a position to win but UVA out played us in the end so credit to them. Certainly tough way to finish with the net cord but I still think it's a good rule, just a little unlucky in that moment. Great learning experience for us though, hopefully will help us improve as the season progresses."

#10 Wake Forest 4, #6 USC 0
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #33 Nick Crystal (USC) 7-6(10), 6-4
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Max de Vroome (USC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. #104 Jake DeVine (USC) vs. #79 Jon Ho (WF) 5-7, 5-4, unfinished
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #43 Logan Smith (USC) 6-0, 7-6(2)
5. Thibault Forget (USC) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
6. Jack Jaede (USC) vs. Christian Seraphim (WF) 2-6, 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) 4-3
2. Max de Vroome/Jack Jaede (USC) def. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC) 6-2
Match Notes:
Wake Forest 9-2; National ranking #10
USC Men 6-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,2,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Ohio State dropped the doubles point for the second day in a row but they was able to rebound in singles and gutted out a 4-3 win over Texas A&M. The teams will actually meet again this Friday at 6pm in Columbus. 

#8 Ohio State 4, #3 Texas A&M 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #39 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 7-6, 6-4
4. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-0
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-0
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 6-2
3. Mikael Torpegaard/Matt Mendez (OSU vs. #33 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 5-2, unf.
Match Notes:
Ohio State 10-1; National ranking #8
Texas A&M 10-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap:

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - On the match
"I thought we came out with really good energy in the doubles and I was really pleased with that. We just didn't have the urgency from the get go in singles play. We didn't seem to be ready for a big fight today against Ohio State. Give Ty (Tucker) credit, Ohio State is always ready to come out and fight to win a match. I don't think we were able to match their energy once singles play started. This weekend was a good test for our guys and I know we will bounce back."

On Jackson and Arthur's doubles win
"They played lights out in the doubles, they could not have played any better. They won all of their three-all points. They really did a great job. Then Harry and Shane clinched the point, they are starting to come on and play better. That is a good sign for our doubles guys moving forward, because I think we are really good in all three doubles spots."

On Jordi's win over a ranked opponent
"Di Feo is one of the top guys in the country, I know he is ranked in the top-20. He is a tough out for any team. I am really proud and happy for Jordi. He had to play aggressive and come to the net and force the action. He played a really good first set tie-breaker and translated that into a straight set win. That win really gave us a chance to pull the match out, it just didn't fall our way in a couple matches."

On Shane's win over Diaz
"I know how big of a competitor Chris Diaz is and to play well against him you have to be able to finish out points. You have to finish well and attack, he is a great defender and his energy is unbelievable. You have to have the right mindset and execute your shots to beat him and Shane did that today.

Oklahoma finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after holding off Illinois 4-2. Oklahoma won a tight doubles point by winning 7-6(1) at #2 and getting a late break to win 7-5 at #3.

OU would take four first sets but they really cleaned up early on at 4, 5, and 6 after taking the first sets by a combined score of 18-1. Illinois's Julian Childers and Asher Hirsch fought back to take the second sets at 4 and 6 but OU's Maxime Mora never let up and won 6-0, 6-3 at #5 over Brian Page.

Illinois's Aleks Vukic actually finished first with a 6-3, 6-0 thrashing of OU's Axel Alvarez at #1 plus the Hiltzik brothers were looking better but Illinois would need to turn one of the other matches to keep it going.

Julian Childers looked a lot better in the second set but Florin Bragusi was able to hold him off and get the 6-1, 7-6(3) win at #4. Oklahoma led 3-1 plus Andre Biro was closing in on a win at #6.

OU's Andre Biro served for the match twice in the second set at #6 but Asher Hirsch broke him both times to force a tiebreak. Hirsch came from behind to win the breaker 7-5 to send it to a third set. Hirsch broke Biro to open the third set but Biro broke back and held for 2-1. Biro broke again to go up 3-1 but Hirsch broke back on the deciding point to put it back on serve at 3-2. Hirsch held on the deciding point to make it 3-3 and then Biro held quickly to go up 4-3. Hirsch went up 40-30 on his serve but Biro hit a backhand winner to bring up the deciding point. Hirsch missed his first serve and then he missed his second by a good five feet to double fault and give Biro the break for 5-3. With Biro serving 5-3 (deciding point) he'd come to the net but he didn't put much on a volley and left it in the middle of the court but Hirsch's attempt at a lob fell well short and Biro smashed it home at the net to clinch the OU win.

Jared Hiltzik won in two tiebreak sets over Spencer Papa at #2 and Aron Hiltzik was serving for the match at #3 at the time of the clinch.

Post-Match Quote from Illinois's recap:
"Tonight was frustrating. We played hard in doubles and were maybe a bit unfortunate in spots there," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Our guys that were down early in singles did a great job of fighting back into their matches to put themselves back into contention."

#5 Oklahoma 4, #12 Illinois 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #12 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.29) def. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 6-3, 6-0
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.18) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 7-6, 7-6(6)
3. #69 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.66) vs. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) 4-6, 7-5, *5-4, unf. 
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 6-1, 7-6(3)
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) def. Brian Page (ILL 12.43) 6-0, 6-3
6. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.75) 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-6, unf
2. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6(1)
3. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) def. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) 7-5
Match Notes:
Illinois 5-3; National ranking #12
Oklahoma 5-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,4,2,6)
ITA National Team Indoor Consolation Match

South Florida salvaged its weekend by coming from behind to beat San Diego 4-2. The Bulls took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 but San Diego came out strong in singles and took the opening set on the top four courts. Note: South Florida's #3 Sasha Gozun did not play in singles so everyone from four down had to shift up one spot.

While USD's Filip Vittek would finish out Justin Roberts in straight sets at #3, South Florida would turn both #1 and #2 around and in the end Roberto Cid would end up clinching the win with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Uros Petronijevic at #1.

#13 South Florida 4, #16 San Diego 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Roberto Cid (USF 14.53) def. Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.07) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.44) vs. Jordan Angus (USD 1397) 3-6, 7-5, 2-1, unfinished
3. Filip Vittek (USD 13.55) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.11) 6-4, 6-4
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.26) def. Peter Bertran (USF 13.08) 7-5, 1-6, 6-0
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF 13.46) def. Joshua Page (USD 13.00) 6-1, 6-0
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.37) def. Jaan Kononov (USD 13.63) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 3-4, unfinished
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Uros Petronijevic/Joshua Page (USD) 6-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-2
Match Notes:
San Diego 4-4; National ranking #16
South Florida 4-3; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,3,6,4,1)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Texas Tech finished the weekend with a 2-1 record after defeating Georgia 4-2. Georgia took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Texas Tech would take five first sets with three of them coming in tiebreaks.

Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau and Alex Sendegeya picked up routine wins at #3 and #4 while Georgia's Austin Smith won comfortably at #2. The match was tied at 2-2 but Texas Tech was up on each of the remaining courts with Felipe Soares leading Wayne Montgomery 7-6, 5-3 at #1. Montgomery would hold for 4-5 and then break Soares at love to tie it at 5-5. Montgomery would eventually take the second set in a tiebreak to give Georgia a little boost.

Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson would put Tech ahead 3-2 when he finished off Nick Wood at #6. Thomson won the first set in a tiebreak and the second set swung back and forth with Thomson going up 3-1 only to see Wood win the next four to go up 5-3. Wood had at least three set points, and it might have been four, but he wasn't able to serve it out as Thomson broke twice and then held to win it 7-6(7), 7-5.

Texas Tech sophomore Connor Curry would provide the clincher with a win over Emil Reinberg at #5. Curry took the first set in a tiebreak and went up an early break in the second but Reinberg broke back. Reinberg had a set point on Curry's 4-5 service game but Curry held for 5-5 then broke for 6-5. Curry fell behind 30-40 on his service game but took the next two points to close it out 7-6(6), 7-5.

#14 Texas Tech 4, #11 Georgia 2
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #22 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.18) vs. #11 Felipe Soares (TT 14.08) 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 1-2, unf.
2. #40 Austin Smith (UGA 14.23) def. #10 Hugo Dojas (TT 13.86) 6-3, 6-2
3. #61 Alex Sendegeya (TT 13.98) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.81) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.14) def. #75 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.77) 6-1, 6-4
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.53) def. Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31) 7-6(6), 7-5
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.96) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) 7-6(7), 5-5
Doubles competition
1. #13 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. #45 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 5-6, unf.
3. #43 Emil Reinberg/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Jolan Cailleau/Connor Curry (TT) 6-3
Match Notes:
Texas Tech 12-1; National ranking #14
Georgia 4-3; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,2,4,6,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Connor and Bjorn are doing things for our team that you can't teach as a coach," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Their toughness and will to win has been key for us all season. There have been times where Connor has struggled to close out sets. We've talked about it, and he's learned some valuable lessons. It's about redeeming yourself when the opportunity arises. I was proud of the fight that Bjorn showed to win the last four games of the second set."

"There's a lot that our team can draw on and learn from the scenarios that we were put in this weekend," Masi said. "The last two days showed who we are and what we are about after we didn't have our best performance against North Carolina to start the tournament. The foundation and future of our program which are spots three through six in the lineup did an exceptional job of playing the guy in front of them. I'm proud of the way they executed and raised their levels against veteran players."

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm proud of our guys and we fought extremely hard, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "It was a tough battle and at moments I thought we were getting ready to win the whole dual match. But then the momentum swung a little bit back and forth and ultimately Texas Tech deserved to win. We just had too many ups and downs and they capitalized on it.

Both Baylor and Columbia came into this match 0-2 on the weekend and it looked like it'd be Baylor leaving winless after Columbia went ahead 3-1. Columbia took the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 and then Mike Vermeer beat Will Little 6-3, 6-4 at #4 and Timmy Wang beat Tommy Podvinski 6-3, 6-2 at #6. Columbia's Richard Pham also took the first set at #6 while Baylor's Julian Lenz, Max Tchoutakian, and Felipe Rios took first sets at #1, #2, and #3.

Baylor's got a 6-3, 6-3 win from Max Tchoutakian over Victor Pham at #2 and Felipe Rios cut CU's lead to 3-2 with a 7-6, 7-6 win over Eric Rubin at #3 (TB scores unknown). Julian Lenz tied it at 3-3 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win over Shawn Hadavi at #1 so the match would come down to #5 singles.

Columbia's Richard Pham took the opening set 7-6 but Baylor freshman Jimmy Bendeck rallied to take the second set 6-4. Pham would go up 4-2 in the third but Bendeck held and then Pham double faulted on the deciding point to give Bendeck the break to tie it at 4-4. Bendeck held for 5-4 then Pham double faulted two more times to go down 0-30. Bendeck would break from 15-40 to give Baylor the 4-3 win.

#4 Baylor 4, #15 Columbia 3
Feb 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. #19 Julian Lenz (BU 14.68) def. Hadavi, Shawn (COL 13.75) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
2. #65 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.90) def. Pham, Victor (COL 13.92) 6-3, 6-3
3. Felipe Rios (BU 14.30) def. #124 Rubin, Eric (COL 13.75) 7-6, 7-6
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL 13.76) def. Will Little (BU 13.67) 6-3, 6-4
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.51) def. #108 Pham, Richard (COL 13.13) 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
6. Wang, Timothy (COL 13.34) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.90) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) vs. #15 Hadavi, Shawn/Pham, Richard (COL) 4-3, unfinished
2. #20 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2
3. Rubin, Eric/Grant, Christopher (COL) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Columbia 4-3; National ranking #15
Baylor 6-4; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,6,4,3,1,5)
ITA National Indoors Consolation Match

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"We did a great job today. I was really proud of the guys. It was a lot of fun to wear the uniform today. This is the third time already this year that we have had last match on and leave it to a freshman to be the first guy to come through under that pressure. Jimmy just did a super job and I think the guys were a big part of that. The team was really supportive. Columbia is a great team. It is incredible to think about, but they lost 4-3 three days in a row here. They are tough, so it was good win for us. - head coach Matt Knoll on the match

"We are kind of a work in progress. The competition is tough. We are playing the best schedule in the country and when you play these kind of teams there is not a lot of margin for error. You really have to be on your stuff. I knew that we would improve. We are just getting a little better every day. Our goal coming to this tournament was to be a better team at the end of it then we were at the beginning and we have done that. Now we have a couple weeks off and we have to get out to practice and keep working. We have a long way to go, but certainly it is great to leave here with some momentum and some positive energy. - Knoll on his team moving forward

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When Virginia and North Carolina step on the court at 11am it'll be the first time ever that a pair of ACC schools will play for the Men's National Team Indoor Championship. It's North Carolina first appearance in the finals while Virginia will be making its sixth final in the last eight years and seventh overall.

Virginia has owned North Carolina over the last 10 years winning the last 15 matches with North Carolina's last win coming back on April 14th, 2006 (4-3 at UNC). Of course to be fair I have to mention that Virginia has won 140 straight matches against ACC schools with its last loss coming to Duke at the ACC Tournament in April of 2006. 

Recent H2H History:
Virginia def. North Carolina 4-0 - 4/25/15 - ACC Tourney Semifinals (Cary)
Virginia def. North Carolina 6-1 - 3/27/15 - Charlottesville
Virginia def. North Carolina 4-0 - 2/15/15 - National Indoors Consolation (Chicago)
Virginia def. North Carolina 4-0 - 4/27/14 - ACC Tourney Championship (Cary)
Virginia def. North Carolina 7-0 - 3/21/14 - Chapel Hill
Virginia def. North Carolina 4-0 - 4/26/13 - ACC Tourney Quarterfinals (Cary)
Virginia def. North Carolina 6-1 - 3/24/13 - Charlottesville

North Carolina leads all-time H2H 65-34

Virginia's Road To The Finals:
def. [16] San Diego 4-0
def. [9] Wake Forest 4-3
def. [5] TCU 4-1

North Carolina's Road To The Finals:
def. [14] Texas Tech 4-1
def. [6] Ohio State 4-2
def. [7] UCLA 4-2

[1] Virginia (8-0) vs. [3] North Carolina (9-0) - 11am est

Overall Record: Virginia 8-0, North Carolina 9-0
Indoors Record: Virginia 8-0, North Carolina 9-0
Doubles Record: Virginia 7-1, North Carolina 6-3

Projected Singles Lineup w UTR in ( ):
1. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.68) vs. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.09)
2. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.68) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01)
3. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) vs. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.77)
4. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.91) vs. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.77)
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.86) vs. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.85)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.36) vs. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.21)

Projected Doubles Lineup:
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. #3 Robert Kelly/Brett Clark (UNC)
2. #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) vs. Ronnie Schneider/Blaine Boyden (UNC)

NTI Results By Player:

#27 Ryan Shane:
lost to TCU's #6 Cameron Norrie 7-5, 7-5
def. Wake's #28 Skander Mansouri 6-3, 6-1
def. San Diego's #20 Uros Petronijevic 7-5, 6-1

Brayden Schnur:
lost to UCLA's #34 Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 7-6(5)
unfinished vs. Ohio State's #5 Mikael Torpegaard 7-6, 5-5
def. Texas Tech's #11 Felipe Soares 6-2, 6-3

#2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski:
unfinished vs. TCU's #122 Alex Rybakov 7-5, 4-5*
lost to Wake's #125 Petros Chrysochos 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
unfinished vs. San Diego's #24 Jordan Angus 6-4, 4-1

#23 Ronnie Schneider:
def. UCLA's #80 Gage Brymer 6-0, 6-4
def. Ohio State's #42 Chris Diaz 6-4, 6-4
def. Texas Tech's #110 Hugo Dojas 6-4, 6-4

Collin Altamirano:
def. TCU's #38 Guillermo Nunez 6-1, 6-4
def. Wake's #79 Jon Ho 6-2, 6-3
def. San Diego's Filip Vittek 6-1, 6-2

#29 Brett Clark:
def. UCLA's #37 Martin Redlicki 7-5, 6-4
lost to Ohio State's #16 Hugo Di Feo 6-2, 7-6
unfinished vs. Texas Tech's #61 Alex Sendegeya 5-7, 6-0

#78 Mac Styslinger:
def. TCU's Eduardo Nava 6-4, 6-4
lost to Wake's Romain Bogaerts 6-4, 7-5
unfinished vs. San Diego's #120 Romain Kalaydjian 7-6, 1-2*

#89 Jack Murray:
unfinished vs. UCLA's Karue Sell 7-6(3), 4-6
def. Ohio State's #18 Herkko Pollanen 6-2, 6-3
unfinished vs. Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau 6-1, 4-6, 1-0*

JC Aragone:
unfinished vs. TCU's Jerry Lopez 7-6(8), 2-5*
def. Wake's Dennis Uspensky 6-1, 6-2
unfinished vs. San Diego's Josh Page 7-5, 4-1

#62 Robert Kelly
def. UCLA's Logan Staggs 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
def. Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach 6-4, 6-1
def. Texas Tech's Connor Curry 6-4, 7-6

Henrik Wiersholm: 
def. TCU's Trevor Johnson 6-0, 6-2
def. Wake's Christian Seraphim 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
def. San Diego's #98 Jaan Kononov 6-2, 6-1

Anu Kodali
def. UCLA's Austin Rapp 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
lost to Ohio State's Martin Joyce 6-2, 6-3
def. Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson 6-1, 6-3

H2H history by position:

#1 singles (Ryan Shane vs. Brayden Schnur):
Shane def. Schnur 6-1, 6-1 - 4/25/15 - ACC Tournament in Cary, NC

#2 singles (Thai-Son Kwiatkowski vs. Ronnie Schneider):
Schneider def. Kwiatkowski 6-3, 6-2 - 2011 Kalamazoo - Boys 16 Round of 16
Kwiatkowski def. Schneider 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 - April 2012 - Easter Bowl Quarterfinals
Kwiatkowski def. Schneider 6-3, 6-4 - July 2014 - Tulsa F20 Futures Round of 16

#3 singles (Altamirano vs. Clark):
Altamirano led Clark 6-4, 1-2 unf - 4/25/15 - ACC Tournament in Cary, NC

#4 singles (Styslinger vs. Murray):

#5 singles (Aragone vs. Kelly):
Aragone def. Kelly 6-1, 6-3 - 2/15/15 - National Team Indoors Consolation in Chicago

#6 singles (Wiersholm vs. Kodali):
Wiersholm def. Kodali 6-3, 6-3 - May 2013 - Plantation ITF Round of 64

1. Shane (4-2) vs. Schnur (2-4) - Shane is coming off a 7-5, 7-5 loss to TCU's Cameron Norrie in a match where his serve let him down a bit while Schnur lost 6-3, 7-6 to UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald. Schnur has played pretty good this week but I don't think he can good enough to beat Shane. Prediction: Shane (UVA) in 2

2. Kwiatkowski (5-1) vs. Schneider (5-1) - Kwiatkowski is the only starter that hasn't won a match this week (1 loss to Chrysochos & 2 DNFs though led in both matches) while Schneider is a perfect 3-0 with wins over Gage Brymer, Chris Diaz, and Hugo Dojas. This is a match that I could see going either way but I think Kwiatkowski finds a way to keep it together and gets the win. Prediction: Kwiatkowski (UVA) in 3

3. Altamirano (8-0) vs. Clark (6-1) - Altamirano is coming off a 6-1, 6-4 win over Guillermo Nunez and has only dropped 13 games in his last 3 matches while Clark is coming off an impressive 7-5, 6-4 win over Martin Redlicki. Clark will keep this one close but Altamirano still wins in 2. Prediction: Altamirano (UVA) in 2 

4. Styslinger (3-2) vs. Murray (6-0) - Styslinger clinched the win over TCU by beating Eduardo Nava 6-4, 6-4 while Murray split sets with UCLA's Karue Sell. It's tough to go against Styslinger after he had such a big win but Murray has been the steadier player this weekend. Prediction: Murray (UNC) in 2

5 - Aragone (6-0) vs. Kelly (8-0) - Aragone was pushed by TCU's Jerry Lopez and but led 7-6, 2-5 when the team clinched while Kelly clinched UNC's win over UCLA with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Logan Staggs. Aragone whipped Kelly a year ago at the NTIs but Kelly has been playing some great tennis this week. If this match finishes I think Kelly just might get him. Prediction: Kelly (UNC) in 3

6. Wiersholm (6-0) vs. Kodali (4-1) - Wiersholm is coming of a 6-0, 6-2 win over TCU's Trevor Johnson while Kodali came from behind to beat UCLA's Austin Rapp 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Kodali has won a couple of nice matches this week but I don't see anyway he wins this one let alone take a set. Prediction: Wiersholm (UVA) in 2

I'm going to take North Carolina in doubles and at #4 and #5 but I've got Virginia at #1, #2, #3, and #6 with Kwiatkowski clinching the win. I will say this - if Ronnie Schneider can beat Thai-Son Kwiatkowski I think UNC wins the match. Prediction: Virginia 4-3

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Monday, 15 February 2016 14:55

North Carolina Comeback Stuns Virginia

North Carolina has done it - they've snapped Virginia's 140-match ACC winning streak and they did it in Charlottesville in the finals of the National Team Indoors. It what will go down as one of the all-time classics, North Carolina came back from dropping the doubles point and four first sets to defeat #1 Virginia 4-2.

(Picture Courtesy of North Carolina)

The doubles point started off fairly promising for North Carolina with the Tar Heels going up early breaks at #1 and #3 but Virginia would quickly erase the deficits. UNC's #1 team of Brett Clark and Robert Kelly broke Luca Corinteli's serve from 15-40, after Ryan Shane missed a few volleys, to go up 2-1 but Corinteli and Shane broke the Clark serve at love to even it at 2-2.

Virginia's #2 team of Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after Kwiatkowski held and they broke the Brayden Schnur serve to go up 2-0. Schnur and Jack Murray would break back from 30-40 after Schnur hit two straight backhand winners (first one crosscourt, the second was a return winner down the line after Kwiatkowski started moving to the center to poach). Murray fell behind 0-40 on his serve but he and Schnur won the next four points to hold for 2-2 after Styslinger netted a forehand on the deciding point.

UNC's #3 team of Ronnie Schneider and Blaine "Bo" Boyden broke J.C. Aragone to start the match and then Boyden went up 40-30 on his serve. Boyden double faulted to bring up the deciding point and then Collin Altramirano jumped on his second serve by hitting a low forehand right at his feet but the Tar Heel freshman was unable to scoop it so UVA had the break for 1-1. Altamirano and Schneider exchanged holds then UNC went up 30-40 on Aragone's 2-2 service game. Aragone fought off both break points to hold for 3-2 with a big serve down the T winning the deciding point.

So all three courts were on serve midway through the doubles point but things would change quickly. Virginia broke the Boyden serve at #3 to go up 4-2 but UNC would go up 15-40 on the Altamirano serve. Altamirano would then hit a service winner for 30-40, Aragone speared one at the net for 40-40, and then Altamirano hit another service winner on a big kicker out wide to hold for 5-2.

Back at #1, each team would hold serve until Brett Clark served at 3-4. Clark/Kelly fell behind 30-40 and then UVA got the break for 5-3 when Clark netted a low volley. Luca Corinteli would be serving for the match at #1 while Schneider was serving 2-5, deciding point, at #3. Schneider got the hold for 3-5 which meant Virginia would also be serving for the match at #3.

Corinteli got an easy hold to win it at #1 and less than two minutes later Aragone would hold at love when Altamirano spiked an overhead on match point. Virginia had taken the 1-0 lead in 29 minutes by winning the doubles point for the third time this weekend while North Carolina had dropped it for the third time of the weekend. The match at #2 was abandoned with UNC's Schnur serving at 3-4, 40-15.

While Virginia had to feel a little more confident after winning the doubles point, UNC didn't show any signs of letting it bother them.

"In the past when there was a longer gap between singles and doubles you'd have more time to dwell on what just happened in doubles. But with just five minutes the guys are in such a rush to get ready for singles they don't really have the time to think about what just happened," said UNC head coach Sam Paul. "They had a quick players-only meeting and told me they were focused on getting it done in singles."

Virginia served first on all six courts, which made it easier to follow, and everyone held except for Mac Styslinger who went down an early break at #4 to Jack Murray. Ryan Shane got the first break for Virginia when he broke Brayden Schnur from 30-40 to go up 2-0 at #1. J.C. Aragone followed suit and broke Robert Kelly to take a 2-0 lead at #5 but Kelly would break back from 30-40 to make it 1-2. Henrik Wiersholm, who came into the match 3-0 on the weekend, broke Anu Kodali on the deciding point to go up 2-0 at #6. Collin Altamirano broke Brett Clark from 30-40 to go up 2-0 at #3 and he'd consolidate the break with a love hold to make it 3-0.

So in the opening 10 minutes of singles action you had Virginia already up breaks on three courts, with North Carolina up a break on one, and two on serve.

Virginia's J.C. Aragone broke Robert Kelly's 2-3 service game from 15-40 to go up 4-2 and then he'd hold from 40-30 to go up 5-2. Aragone would break Kelly again from 30-40 to claim the opening set 6-2 in just 24 minutes.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano would make it two first sets for the Hoos when he came back from 15-40 down to hold and take the opening set 6-1 in 26 minutes - on the deciding point Altamirano hit a big forehand that nicked the net and the change of direction and pace was enough to force a Clark error.

Less than a minute later, Ryan Shane would give Virginia another first set when he broke Brayden Schnur for the third time to take it 6-2. After Shane opened up a 3-0 lead in the first, Schnur held for 1-3, Shane held for 4-1, and then Shane broke from 30-40 to go up 5-1. Schnur broke back from 30-40 to make it 2-5 but Shane broke again for the set.

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Ronnie Schneider had held seven times in a row to start the match at #2 but Schneider was facing three break points when he went down 15-40 on his 3-4 service game. Schneider hit a volley winner for 30-40 and then Kwiatkowski went long on a service return to bring up the deciding point. Schneider hit an inside out forehand but Kwiatkowski countered with a backhand crosscourt winner to break for 5-3. Kwiatkowski went up 40-15 on his serve but Schneider won the next two to bring up the deciding point. Kwiatkowski would double fault to give the break to Schneider and put it back on serve at 5-4. Schneider fell behind 15-40 on his serve but he got it back to the deciding point when Kwiatkowski sliced a backhand into the net at 30-40. Kwiatkowski would force a Schneider backhand error to get the break and take the opening set 6-4 in 41 minutes. So after seven straight holds the set finished with three straight breaks (pattern forming).

Anu Kodali (picture from GoHeels.com)
Virginia had four first sets but North Carolina's Anu Kodali had just given the Tar Heels its first after coming back from 2-0 down to take the set 6-2 in 37 minutes. Kodali started the comeback by breaking Henrik Wiersholm's 2-0 service game on the deciding point and then after a hold he'd break from 30-40 to go up 3-2. After a hold made it 4-2, he'd break again on the deciding point when Wiersholm put a backhand into the net to make it 5-2. Kodali would hold at love to take the set 6-2.

Roughly seven minutes later, Jack Murray would give North Carolina its second first set after he held from 40-30 to take it 6-4 in 44 minutes. Murray looked like he'd close out the set about 10 minutes earlier when he served for it up 5-2 but Styslinger broke and then held from 40-15 to make it 5-4.

So after 45 minutes of play Virginia had four opening sets and North Carolina had two but Virginia's J.C. Aragone was about to turn one of the first sets into a straight set win.

J.C. Aragone (picture from virginiasports.com)
Aragone broke Kelly to go up 3-1 in the second and then held at love to make it 4-1. Aragone was playing at a breakneck pace and Kelly just couldn't seem to get himself settled. Kelly would hold on the deciding point to make it 2-4 and then he went up 15-30 on Aragone's serve. Kelly would put a second serve return into the net and then Aragone hit a service winner to go up 40-30. Arogone hammered a big serve and then ripped a forehand from inside the service line to get the hold. Kelly held one more time before Aragone held at love to close it out 6-2, 6-3 in 55 minutes.

Anu Kodali would ring up North Carolina's first point at #6 when he closed out Henrik Wiersholm 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour and 18 minutes. Kodali came into the match as the biggest underdog by UTR standards (1.27 difference) but he sure didn't play like it. "Anu really stepped up big," said Sam Paul. "It helped us tremendously to put that first point on the board. Anu played really solid this week with his win over Thomson (Texas Tech) on Friday giving him some confidence and then he played well against Rapp too."

Virginia's lead was 2-1, and it had set leads on three of the four remaining courts, but North Carolina really picked up the pace at the top three spots.

Brayden Schnur broke Ryan Shane to start the second set and then held for 2-0. Shane fell behind 0-30 on his 0-2 service game but took the next four points to hold for 1-2. Schnur would fall behind 15-40 on his next service game but after getting it back to the deciding point he'd double fault to make it 2-2. Shane held for 3-2 and then he went up 0-40 on Schnur's serve. Schnur came all the way back to get the hold after Shane went long on a forehand at 30-40 and then Shane put a forehand into the net on the deciding point to make it 3-3. Schnur would break for 4-3 and then on the deciding point of his service game he hit an off-speed serve out wide that caught Shane by surprise and after Shane's return fell short of the net Schnur yelled out "that's so smart" in reference to his serve selection. Shane held for 4-5 and then he'd go up 15-40 on Schnur's serve. Schnur got it to the deciding point but he'd hit a half volley on the sideline that sat up perfectly for Shane who then hit a crosscourt winner for the break. Schnur broke back from 30-40 and then he'd finally serve out the set at love to send the match to a third set.  The biggest change I saw between the first and second sets was the decline in Shane's first service percentage. He really struggled in the second set with many of his first serves missing badly.

While Schnur got the split at #1 both Ronnie Schneider and Brett Clark were trying to do the same at #2 and #3.

Schneider got the first break of the second set when he broke Kwiatkowski from 30-40 to go up 3-2 and then he'd hold for 4-2. After an exchange of holds, Kwiatkowski would double fault from 0-40 to give Schneider the set 6-3.

Clark was looking good at #3 when he went up 5-2 but Altamirano held and then broke from 15-40 to put it back on serve at 5-4. Clark went up 30-40 on Altamirano's serve but he put a forehand into the net and then on the deciding point he got a look at a second serve but missed the return long by a few feet to make it 5-5. Clark held from 40-30 to go up 6-5 and then Altamirano did the same to send it to a tiebreak. Clark jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak with one of the points coming as a result of Altamirano being overruled for the third time in the match. Clark would end up taking the tiebreak 7-2 and Altamirano proceeded to rip off a series of four letter words that I'm not going to repeat.

Clark winning the tiebreak and forcing a third set was huge for UNC. If Altamirano takes it we're looking at a 3-1 Virginia lead with the other Tar Heels knowing if they lose it's all over. Keeping the score at 2-1 probably kept the guys a little looser.

While North Carolina got splits up top, Virginia's Mac Styslinger would get a split at #4 after he gave Jack Murray a second set bagel in 23 minutes. Murray would rebound in the third set and jump out to a 4-0 lead but it'd be a while before this one would reach the finish line.

Back at #1, Ryan Shane served to start the third set but he quickly went down 0-40. Shane's forehand and serve would bail him out as he hit a forehand winner, an ace, a service winner, and another ace on the deciding point to hold for 1-0. On the deciding point, Schnur tried calling the serve out after it had already hit the wall but upon Shane's appeal it was quickly overturned. Neither player would face another break point until Shane went down 15-40 on his 5-5 service game. Once again Shane used his big serve and forehand to come back and hold after hitting a forehand winner on the deciding point. Schnur then held easily from 40-15 to send it to a match deciding tiebreak.

Over at #2, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would strike first blood in the third when he broke Ronnie Schneider to go up 2-1. A few games later Schneider went up 15-30 on Kwiatkowski's 4-3 service game but Kwiatkowski took the next three points to hold for 5-3. The big point in that rally came on the 30-all point when Kwiatkowski was pretty much dead at the net but Schneider hit it right at him and Kwiatkowski hit a reflex volley for a winner. Schneider would then come back from 15-30 down on his 3-5 service game to hold for 4-5. With Kwiatkowski serving for the match he'd quickly go down 0-30 and then he thought he hit a good second serve out wide but it was called out and confirmed by the chair. Kwiatkowski was livid and voiced his opinion to the chair for 30 seconds or so and then on the next point he hit a wild swinging volley that missed well long (and wide). Kwiatkowski would quickly calm himself down and would break back to go up 6-5 which gave himself a second chance to serve it out. Schneider would flip the script and break back from 15-40 after Kwiatkowski hit a forehand wide and this one was heading for a match deciding tiebreak.

Mac Styslinger had made a big comeback at #4 by winning four straight games to tie up Jack Murray at 4-4. Styslinger was serving at 30-all when he hit a running backhand down the line but Murray called it out. Styslinger immediately appealed to the chair who overturned the call to make it 40-30 (couldn't really tell on the live stream but I thought it was good at first glance). Murray got it to the deciding point and then hit a menacing forehand winner to break for 5-4. Styslinger broke back from 30-40 to even it at 5-5 but Murray would break on the deciding point to go up 6-5 - on that deciding point Murray hit a backhand that clipped the tape which threw Styslinger off and forced the error.

With Murray getting ready to serve for the match again, both of the tiebreaks at #1 and #2 were tied at 3-3 at the changeover. Schnur would go up 6-4 in his tiebreak and then Ryan Shane would put a mid-court overhead into the net to give Schnur the 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) win at #1. Schneider went up 6-3* but Kwiatkowski hit a volley winner and then an overhead winner to make it *6-5. On match point Schneider hit a serve down the T, came in and hit a forehand to Kwiatkowski's backhand, and then Kwiatkowski hit it into the net to clinch the 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) win for Schneider at #2. Both matches finished within 30 seconds of each other and took 2 hours and 8 minutes.

North Carolina now led 3-2 and Murray was serving 6-5, 15-0. Murray would go up 40-30 but on a long rally he'd hit a backhand into the net to bring up the deciding point. Styslinger would pull a backhand just wide and the mob-scene was on - Murray had clinched North Carolina's first-ever ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 win in 2 hours and 13 minutes.

The remaining match at #4 was abandoned with Brett Clark serving for the match up 5-4 after trailing Collin Altamirano 1-4.

Below is match point courtesy of UNC and then there are three separate videos that were tweeted to me by J who recorded the tiebreaks at #1, #2, as well as Murray's final service game at #4.

Huge shoutout to UNC's Drew Parker for getting all the below interviews (Murray/Schnur on top and Clark down low) done and uploaded for our viewing pleasure. Drew also captured a slew of UNC's match points over the weekend which I definitely appreciated. Thanks for your hard work Drew!!

#7 North Carolina 4, #1 Virginia 2
Feb 15, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Singles competition
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.04) def. #27 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.59) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(4)
2. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.05) def. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.79) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
3. #29 Brett Clark (UNC 13.82) vs. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.25) 1-6, 7-6(2), *5-4, unf.
4. #89 Jack Murray (UNC 13.75) def. #78 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.93) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5
5. JC Aragone (UVA 13.82) def. #62 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.77) 6-2, 6-3
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.20) def. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.47) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #42 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (UVA) def. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3
2.  #5 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. J Murray/B Schnur (NC) 4-3* (40-15)
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (UVA) def. Blaine Boyden/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-3
Match Notes:
Virginia 8-1; National ranking #1
North Carolina 10-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,1,2,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championship

Post-Match Comments from North Carolina head coach Sam Paul

"Jack has been one of our best points over the last 3 years so for him to get through that was great."

In talking about the match itself - "It was a classic college tennis match pretty amazing drama which is what makes it such a great sport. We were in some holes with Thai serving for it twice and Brett was down some in the third but our guys kept plugging along. Virginia is so tough, I mean they set the standard in our league and the nation so to be able to beat them is great for us."

In talking about his top two singles players (Schnur & Schneider) - "Just a huge win by Brayden. He missed the entire fall with an injury but he's improved every week since he came back at the Kick-Off Weekend. His movement is a lot better than it was just four weeks ago and I can't say enough about his mental toughness.

"I tell you Ronnie is such a fighter. He broke his leg after the All-Americans and was out for 8 weeks but he's really started hitting his stride in the last 2 weeks.

"Huge crowd 700-800 on a Monday morning with plenty of snow on the ground. It says a lot about Brian and the program that they can get that many out on a day like today."

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap:

"Credit to North Carolina," Boland said. "They just hung in there and gave themselves a chance to win in the end. It would have been very easy for them to look up at the scoreboard and go away, but they kept fighting on every court."

"I would definitely rather lose here than in May, but it's not something we want to do," said Shane, the defending NCAA singles champion. "If we step back and look at it, it really came down to just a few shots."

Boland said: "Perhaps the nerves and emotions got to us a little bit. But it was great for us. This is what you want early in the season. What an incredible environment, on a snowy Monday, to have this many people out here, cheering on the `Hoos and college tennis at a national indoor championship."

"They played really well," Shane said. "It hurts, obviously, because we haven't lost to an ACC team [since 2006], but I think we'll be more driven and motivated to come back and be ready by May."

"I think the reason we were able to get us to this point is because it really wasn't something that was a focus," said Boland. "I don't think you win 140 matches [in a row] in the ACC over 10 years unless you can really focus on the job at hand, day in and day out."

As disappointing as it was to lose to UNC, "I'm really proud of our team," Boland said. "I thought we played remarkably well in terms of how we competed. Surely we can play better, but that's the goal at the end of the season, come the ACC and NCAA championships. This was a tournament that we certainly always want to win, but it's not what we're aiming for."

"A loss like this kind of wakes us up," Shane said. "It'll get us motivated. I feel like we'll be ready to go, work on the things we need to work on, and be ready by May."

NCAA tennis is employing a new scoring system this season, with the goal of speeding up matches. There will be "more upsets because of it, and that's OK," Boland told reporters.

"We have to embrace that, and I believe our players will grow from it and hopefully we can continue to get better and develop and take this loss as an opportunity to win down the road."

"It's good to have this break now that we've had a chance to really kind of measure where we're at against the best in the country," Boland said. "I'm really pleased with what's happening right now. We have great leadership, a tremendous culture, and I'm blessed to coach this team. These guys are winners up and down the lineup, and it's just been so far an unbelievable journey, and I'm looking forward to the rest."

I was live tweeting during the match so if you want to go back through the hundreds of tweets to get a feel for the flow of the match be my guest.

Also make sure you read the ITA's recap which has several other quotes.

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#9 Oklahoma State (10-1) vs. #14 South Florida (7-3) (Montgomery, AL) - 1:30pm est/12:30pm cst - Live Scoring - These teams were originally slotted in opposite ends of the draw at the Blue Gray but a last minute change was made and they'll end up facing each other in the semis. Oklahoma State is coming off a 4-0 win over Alabama in a match that could have finished 4-3 because the Tide led on each of the three remaining courts. South Florida was challenged by Boise State on Friday but still won it 4-0 and it probably would have finished 7-0 had it been played out.

South Florida loves playing outdoors while Oklahoma State is probably a little better indoors so I think that may help determine the outcome. Both teams have played great doubles this season so that should be a tightly contested point.

Doubles record: Oklahoma State 9-2, South Florida 8-2

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/27)
1. #75 Julian Cash (OSU 13.80) vs. #5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.50)
2. #115 Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.82) vs. #35 Dominic Cotrone USF 14.32)
3. #109 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.87) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.53)
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.58) vs. Justin Roberts (USF 13.12)
5. #123 Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.40) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.34)
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.77) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF 13.45)

I like South Florida in doubles and then look for the Bulls to pick up singles wins from Roberto Cid, Dominic Cotrone, and Peter Bertran at #1, #2, and #5 with Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz also ahead at #6. Oklahoma State's Arjun Kadhe and Lucas Gerch will pull through at #3 and #4 but it won't be enough. Prediction: South Florida 4-2

#4 UCLA (8-2) at #29 Stanford (5-5) - 4pm est/1pm pst - Live Scoring/Video - UCLA last played a week ago when it beat #62 UC Irvine 7-0 while Stanford is coming off a tough 5-2 loss to #13 USC. The teams split meetings last season with each winning on its home court. Stanford has dropped four in a row and is starting to reach a critical point in the season.  If the Cardinal doesn't get things turned around pretty soon it's going to end up on the wrong size of the NCAA tournament bubble.

Doubles record: UCLA 9-1, Stanford 7-3

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/27)
1. #19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) vs. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77)
2. #36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) vs. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84)
3. #46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) vs. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35)
4. #94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) vs. #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) vs. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) vs. Brandon Sutter (STAN 12.56)

Stanford had dropped the doubles point in three straight matches before it picked it up yesterday against USC. Stanford isn't going to beat UCLA without the doubles point though realistically it probably isn't going to win at all. I think UCLA is better in doubles plus it has a stronger top four and Di Giulio will be favored over Sutter at #6 if they get matched up. I'm going to take UCLA in doubles and Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Gage Brymer, Karue Sell, and Joseph Di Giulio in singles with Sameer Kumar picking up the lone point for the Cardinal. Three weeks ago I'd have said this was a pick'em or maybe would have leaned towards Stanford, but this Stanford team just hasn't figured out how to win the close matches....maybe they'll figure it out today but not likely. Prediction: UCLA 6-1

#2 Virginia (8-1) at #11 Illinois (6-4)
 - 7pm est/6pm cst - Live Scoring/Video - Virginia takes the court for the first time since losing to North Carolina 4-3 in the NTI finals two weeks ago while Illinois is coming off a 4-2 loss to Texas A&M last Sunday. I wouldn't be surprised to see each team make some small lineup adjustments. I could see Brian Boland moving Collin Altamirano up to #2 and J.C. Aragone up to #4. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Brad Dancer swap Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik at #1 and #2. The crowd at Atkins was a little small for the Texas A&M match but I have a feeling the place will be buzzing tonight. Illinois is going to need all the help it can get to stay in this match so for its sake I hope the crowd makes a difference.

Doubles record: Virginia 8-1, Illinois 6-4

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 2/27)
1. #14 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.62) vs. #9 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34)
2. #29 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.33) vs. #6 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.30)
3. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.64) vs. #66 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.59)
4. #111 J.C. Aragone (UVA 13.87) vs. Julian Childers (ILL 13.48)
5. Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.90) vs. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.86)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.38) vs. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.77)
O: Luca Corinteli (UVA 13.57); Brian Page (ILL 12.44), Aiden Jiang (ILL 12.50)

I like Virginia in doubles at all three spots though Illinois probably has the best chances at #1 and #3. I'm going to take the Illini's Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik at #1 and #2 but Virginia is going to be too strong at #3 through #6 and will pull away to win it. Illinois's best formula for an upset would be to take the doubles point and get wins from Vukic, Jared Hiltzik, and Julian Childers - that's an awfully tough task against this deep Virginia team. Prediction: Virginia 5-2

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Man oh man what a day of tennis it was - we had some blowouts, some upsets, and some really big shockers. College tennis action was played outside in sunny skies, outside in windy conditions, and indoors in calm conditions. I'll start off with the match that I attended in Champaign-Urbana between #11 Illinois and #2 Virginia.

The temperature in C-U was in the mid-40s so there wasn't any doubt about whether the match would be played inside or outside. After having my complementary piece of pizza I walked into the Atkins Tennis Center and within the first 60 seconds I found out that Virginia would be playing without its #1 Ryan Shane. I talked with Ryan for a minute just before doubles and he said he's had a few things bothering him for a while and it was decided that it would be best to rest until he's back to 100%. He obviously wanted to be out there playing but at the same time he knew he needed to take care of his body so he could compete at the highest level in the later stages of the season. So Virginia had to retool two of its three doubles pairings and move everyone up a spot in the singles lineup.

Virginia's #2 doubles team of Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger were moved up to #1 while Luca Corinteli, who normally plays at #1 with Shane, was matched up with J.C. Aragone at #2. Aragone normally plays with Collin Altamirano at #3 but Brian Boland decided to sit Altamirano and go with the Jonathan Cornish/Harrison Richmond duo at #3. Cornish and Richmond were 3-0 on the season so it's not like they'd never played together before.

Virginia's #3 team of Cornish and Richmond took their first break lead when they broke the Aiden Jiang serve from 15-40 to go 2-1. They'd get a hold for 3-1 before Julian Childers held and then he and Jiang broke to make it 3-3. Jiang held from 40-30 to make it 4-3 Illini but Cornish held quickly to tie it up at 4-4.

Illinois jumped out to the early break lead at #2 when J.C. Aragone double faulted on the deciding point and Aleks Vukic would follow suit with a love hold to put he and Aron Hiltzik up 2-0. UVA's Luca Corinteli would hold to make it 1-2 and then Aragone would hit a service return winner on the deciding point of Aron Hiltzik's serve to make it 2-2 (clip on left). After three more holds, Corinteli and Aragone went up 15-40 on Hiltzik's 3-4 service game but they couldn't get that last point and the Illini held to make it 4-4 (clip on right).

The match at #1 between Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger and Jared Hiltzk/Alex Jesse had a slew of break points early on but neither team could cash in. Styslinger came back from 30-40 down on his 1-1 service game and Kwiatkowski came back from 15-40 down to hold on his 2-2 service game. Jared Hiltzik fought off a break point on his opening service game and I'm pretty sure Alex Jesse faced at least one break point too.

All four matches would be tied at 4-4 but it wouldn't stay that way for long because Cornish and Richmond broke the Childers serve from 30-40 to go up 5-4. Harrison Richmond would serve it out at love to give Virginia the 6-4 win at #3. (Not the best angle)

Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik broke Luca Coriniteli from 30-40 (clip on left) to go up 6-5 but Aron Hiltzik would be unable to serve it out and would be broke from 30-40 (clip on right) to send it to a tiebreak.

Corinteli and Aragone would go up 4-2 at the changeover, after Vukic pushed a volley long, and then a few points later they'd close out the 7-6(4) win to give Virginia the doubles point and early 1-0 lead.

The match at #1 was abandoned with Virginia leading 6-3 in the tiebreak. Virginia was up 6-2 but Kwiatkowski double faulted, on a foot fault, and before the next point could be played Virginia clinched it at #2.

The crowd of over 700 spread out for the singles point but dropping the doubles point didn't seem to take the air out of them or the team.

Virginia shifted everyone up a spot in the singles lineup with Luca Corinteli coming off the bench to play at #7 while Illinois switched up Jared Hiltzik and Vukic up top plus brought in Pablo Landa to play at #5.

Jared Hiltzik, Aron Hiltzik, and Pablo Landa jumped out to early break leads at 1, 3, and 5 while J.C. Aragone and Luca Corinteli went up breaks at 4 and 6.

Both Hiltzik brothers would take 6-2 opening sets with Aron (left) holding from 40-30 on an ace while Jared (right) broke from 15-40 when Altamirano put a forehand into the net.

Illinois redshirt freshman Pablo Landa jumped out to a 4-2 lead at #5 but Henrik Wiersholm took the next four games, including a break of Landa on the deciding point of his 4-5 service game, to take the opening set 6-4. 

Virginia junior Luca Corinteli went up 3-1 on Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch at #6 but Hirsch would break back and hold for 3-3. Corinteli would then hold, break, and hold again to take the set 6-3. 

Aleks Vukic and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski each had break opportunities throughout the first set at #2 but neither could convert and it'd go to a tiebreak. The clip on the left is Vukic holding on the deciding point for 6-5 and then on the right Kwiatkowski holds from 40-15 to make it 6-6. 

The tiebreak was all one-way traffic as Vukic took it 7-0 - point on the left puts Vukic up 4-0 and the one on the right makes it 7-0.

The match at #4 between J.C. Aragone and Julian Childers would also go to a tiebreak after Childers held on the deciding point to make it 6-6. Aragone got a couple of early mini breaks and put the hammer down and cruised to a 7-0 tiebreak. The point on the left put Aragone up 5-0 and then he made finished it out on the right.

So after an hour of singles play each team had three first sets with Illinois leading at 1, 2, and 3 while Virginia led at 4, 5, and 6.

Jared Hiltzik would put the Illini on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Collin Altamirano at #1 in a match that took 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Roughly 15 minutes later Henrik Wiersholm would put Virginia back ahead after the Virginia sophomore defeated Pablo Landa 6-4, 6-2 at #5. Wiersholm jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second set before Landa broke and held to make it 2-2. Wiersholm would hold and then break from 15-40 to go up 4-2 and then he'd hit an ace on the deciding point to make it 5-2. Wiersholm went up 15-40 on Landa's 2-5 service game but Landa would get it back to the deciding point with a pair of thumping forehands. Landa would double fault on the deciding point to end it (clip below).

The action was really starting to heat up as three of the four remaining matches were into a third set plus Aragone and Childers were going toe-to-toe in the second set at #4.

Illinois sophomore Aron Hiltzik dropped the second set to Mac Styslinger at #3 but Hiltzik would break Styslinger to start the third set and then hold on the deciding point (left) to go up 2-0. Hiltzik would have two break points on Styslinger's 0-2 service game but Mac fought them off (right) to hold for 1-2.

Styslinger would break at love to make it 2-2 and then hold to go up 3-2. Hiltzik held for 3-3 then broke on the deciding point to go up 4-3 (left). Hiltzik held from 40-15 to go up 5-3 (right) before Mac held to make 5-4.

I wanted to stay and get a good angle of Hiltzik's match point but Vukic was serving for the match at #2 and it looked like he was going to finish first so I started going back and forth between the two courts. Vukic was serving up 5-1, 40-30 in the third but Kwiatkowski broke to stay in it. Seconds later Aron Hiltzik would hold from 40-15 to close out Mac Styslinger 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

The match was tied at 2-2 but all three remaining matches were nearing the finish line. Vukic had three match points on Kwiatkowski at 15-40, Aragone had a match point up 7-6 on Childers, and Hirsch had two match points up 5-4, 40-30. I started taping Hirsch's court but when it went to the deciding point I panned over and caught Aragone's match point and then tried to catch the 15-40 point at #2. In the middle of the point I went back over and caught the end of Hirsch clinching but the Illinois twitter clip shows it better.

So amidst all the hoopla it was now tied at 3-3 and Vukic still had two more match points on the Kwiatkowski serve. I'll let the video take it away:

Illinois wins it was 4-3 in dramatic fashion and the celebration continued on.

Notes - the third set of the Hirsch/Corinteli match was an absolute break-fest. Hirsch broke go to up 1-0 then Corinteli broke on the deciding point to make it 1-1. Hirsch broke from 30-40 to go up 2-1 but Corinteli broke back at love to make it 2-2. Each player held to make it 3-3 then Hirsch broke for 4-3. Corinteli broke on the deciding point to make it 4-4 but Hirsch broke back for 5-4. Hirsch finally held on the deciding point to win it 6-4.

Below are post-match interviews with Brad Dancer and Aleks Vukic via Illinois and down below the box score is the audio of the interview that I did with Brad.

#11 Illinois 4, #2 Virginia 3
February 27, 2016 at Urbana, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #11 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.30) def. #29 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.33) 6-2, 6-3
2. #9 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.34) def. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.64) 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 6-3
3. #66 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.59) def. Mac Styslinger (VA 13.90) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
4. #111 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.87) def. Julian Childers (ILL 13.48) 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (8-6)
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.38) def. Pablo Landa (ILL 12.21) 6-4, 6-2
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.77) def. Luca Corinteli (VA 13.57) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) 6-6, unfinished
2. Luca Corinteli/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Harrison Richmond/Jonathan Cornish (VA) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Virginia 8-2; National ranking #2
Illinois 7-4; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,5,3,4,6,2)
Official: Doug Rice T-2:37 A-712

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap:
"We have a group of guys that work so hard and I'm really happy for them and proud of them," head coach Brad Dancer said. "I give Virginia a lot of credit. Our crowd is amazing here and it's a really tough place to play. They came in here and fought extremely hard, fighting us tooth and nail. All of our guys were tough today and that's what I'm proud of."

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap:
"I was really pleased with the opportunity to play tonight in a great environment and thought it was great to deal with the adversity we did, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I was also pleased with the team, they really left it all out there on the court tonight. We came up a little short, but I like where we are at in this point of the season. I think the players have really bought in to what we are doing and how we are doing it. I'm excited about what is to come. Hopefully we can get back to work in a couple of days and get ready for another tough trip coming up.

"Ryan has been nursing an injury for a week or so and I chose to keep him out of the lineup, Boland said. "Typical of Ryan, he was ready and willing to play, but for the sake of the long term and the process, I thought it was better to keep him out today and I feel that was the right decision.

While Illinois's upset over #2 Virginia was huge I don't think it was nearly as big as #26 Texas going into Winston-Salem and beating #5 Wake Forest.

Texas was just 6-5 going into the match with losses to a pair of schools outside the top 25 while Wake Forest had a program high ranking of #5 and had looked good in just about every match they'd played so far.

This one was played outdoors and it seemed rather windy, at least during the portions I saw on the live stream.

Texas picked up the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 but Wake Forest bounced back in singles and took four opening sets while Texas managed just two.

Christian Seraphim tied the match at 1-1 with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Julian Zlobinksy at #6 and Dennis Uspensky put Wake ahead with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Michael Riechmann at #5. Uspensky actually trailed 5-2 in the second set before winning five straight to close it out.

Skander Mansouri made it 3-1 Deacs after coming from a set behind to beat Harrison Scott 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at #2 so Wake just need one of the three remaining courts.

Texas's George Goldhoff pulled off the upset at #1 by defeating highly touted Wake Forest freshman Petro Chrysochos 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5) in a match where Goldhoff was serving 4-4, 0-40 in the third.

Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz tied it at 3-3 with a come from behind 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(3) win over Wake senior Romain Bogarets.

Rodrigo Banzer (TexasSports)
In the last match on court it'd be Texas freshman Rodrigo Banzer coming from behind as well to beat Wake senior Jon Ho 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(4).

Texas won the last three matches in third set tiebreaks and they did it on the road - unbelievable.

#26 Texas 4, #5 Wake Forest 3
Feb 27, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. George Goldhoff (UT 13.61) def. #34 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.10) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)
2. #25 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.31) def. Harrison Scott (UT 13.67) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
3. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.78) def. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.93) 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3)
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.43) def. Jon Ho (WF 14.04) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.41) def. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.04) 6-3, 7-5
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.90) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #21 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #44 Adrian Ortiz/M Riechmann (UT) 6-2
2. Julian Zlobinsky/George Goldhoff (UT) def. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-4
3. Harrison Scott/John Mee (UT) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 7-5 (0-0 Big 12); National ranking #26
Wake Forest 9-3 (0-0 ACC); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,2,1,3,4)
T-3:45 A-265

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap
"It was an amazing effort to win this match," said 16th-year head coach Michael Center.  "Wake Forest is a legitimate national title-contending team.  To come out here and beat them on its home courts and win three matches 7-6 in the third (sets)it just takes a lot of resiliency and competitiveness to do that.  We hung around and hung around and got the job done in the end.  It was just a great team effort."  

"George was in control to win the match in straight sets, but it got away," Center said.  "He was serving 4-all, love-40 in the third set, but he managed to get back in it and force a tiebreaker.  He continued to compete with tremendous effort against one of the best players, certainly one of the best freshmen in the country." 

"All eyes turned to Rodrigo at that point, and this was a first-semester freshman in Rodrigo playing a senior who has beaten us in the past," Center said.  "Rodrigo just played tough and aggressive, and he committed to what he has been doing so well.  He handled his nerves and got the win." 

"It was just one of those days where we were fighting and competing, and in the end we looked up and saw, 'Wow, we've got it.,' Center said.  "I can't give the guys enough credit. Wake Forest is really good just a very, very talented team."

Stanford was back at it on Saturday afternoon playing Pac-12 rival #4 UCLA less than 24 hours after the Cardinal played USC. Just as it had done against USC, Stanford managed to take the doubles point after picking up wins at #2 and #3.

Each team would pick up three first sets with Mackenzie McDonald, Karue Sell, and Logan Staggs taking them for UCLA at 1, 4, and 5 while Stanford got first sets from David Wilczynski, Nolan Paige, and Michael Genender at 2, 3, and 6.

UCLA's Karue Sell was off the court in just under an hour with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Sameer Kumar at #4 and then roughly 20 minutes later Mackenzie McDonald made it 2-1 Bruins when he defeated Tom Fawcett 6-3, 7-5 at #1 singles. Here are some highlights of that match via JayK1225's Youtube page:

Martin Redlicki put UCLA ahead 3-1 with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over David Wilczynski at #2 but Stanford wouldn't go away quietly. Michael Genender returned after sitting out yesterday and rolled over Joseph Di Giulio 6-1, 6-4 at #6. Nolan Paige earned a nice 7-5, 6-4 win over Gage Brymer at #3 though it took a little longer for Paige to close it out after he led 4-1 in the second. Brymer held for 2-4, then came back from 15-40 down to break for 3-4, and then held again to make it 4-4. Paige finally righted the ship and held and then broke Brymer to close it out.

The final match on court was at #5 between UCLA sophomore, and recent Northwestern transfer, Logan Staggs and Stanford senior Maciek Romanowicz. Staggs had dropped four of his previous five while Romanowicz had won four of his previous five. Staggs got the upper hand early on by taking the opening set 6-4 then he'd break Romanowicz to go up 5-3 in the second. Staggs went up 40-30 but Romanowicz hit a nice backhand overhead to bring up the deciding point. Staggs was in control of the deciding point but a slice brought Romanowicz to the net. Romanowicz was in position to hit the volley but Staggs put a little too much spin on his backhand and Romanowicz went into the net and that it. Here are highlights of the finish of the match courtesy of JayK

#4 UCLA 4, #29 Stanford 3
February 27, 2016 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Stadium)
Doubles competition
1) No. 3 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) d. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3
2) Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3) Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) d. Brymer/Maxime Cressy 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles competition
1) No. 19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) d. No. 4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 6-3, 7-5
2) No. 36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) d. No. 48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3) No. 102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) d. No. 46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 7-5, 6-4
4) No. 94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) d. No. 88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99) 6-2, 6-2
5) Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) d. No. 114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38) 6-4, 6-3
6) No. 112 Michael Genender (STAN 13.38) d. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) 6-1, 6-4
Match Notes:
UCLA 9-2; National ranking #4
Stanford 5-6; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)

Post-Match Quote from UCLA's recap
"My match was a back-and-forth battle, said Staggs.  "We weren't playing great.  But the fact that the match came down to me was a great feeling, especially because it's my first year as a Bruin.

Post-Match Quotes from The Daily Stanford's recap by Alexa Corse
"I told the guys, We just can't seem to get our offense, defense and special teams going all at the same time,' said head coach Paul Goldstein of the team's struggle to display consistency and collect the four points needed from throughout the lineup in order to clinch a dual match victory.

"Nolan and Michael, who have really had challenges so far this year, had their best day today, Goldstein said. "We have other guys who have been phenomenal for us pretty consistently, but none of them had their day today.

"I feel so bad for the guys, said Goldstein. "In everyone one of the matches, we have chances. It's a testament to the guys, they keep working very hard.


#9 Oklahoma State picked up its second top 15 win of the season after it beat #14 South Florida 4-1. It looked South Florida would claim the doubles point after picking up a 6-0 win at #3 and leading 4-1 at #1 and 4-2 at #2. Oklahoma State's Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash won the next five games at #1 to take it 6-4 and then its #2 team of Temur Ismailov and Lucas Gerch got the match back on serve and then won the tiebreak 7-0 to give the Cowboys the early 1-0 lead.

South Florida's Dominic Cotrone, its #2 singles player, didn't play (reasons unknown) so everyone from #3 to #7 had to shift up a spot in the lineup.

Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg made it 2-0 Pokes with a double bagel win over Everth Dzib at #6. It was Dzib's first dual-match of the season and he was only in the lineup due to both Cotrone (14.32) and usual #6 Vadym Kalyuzyhnyy (13.31) sitting out.

Arjun Kadhe (Oklahoma State)
Cowboy freshman Temur Ismailov made it 3-0 with a sound 6-3, 6-3 win over Sasha Gozun at #2.

South Florida senior Roberto Cid gave the Bulls its only point with a a 6-4, 6-3 win over Julian Cash 6-4, 6-3 at #1.

Arjun Kadhe would clinch the win with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Justin Roberts at #4 and Oklahoma State would finish the weekend in Montgomery as the only undefeated team of the six participants.

Due to the number of teams playing this year, six as opposed to eight, the official Blue Gray Championship came down to just doubles between Oklahoma State and Alabama. They played 8-game pro sets with Alabama's Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama winning 8-6 at #1 while its #3 team of Matthew Rossouw/Spencer Richeyended won 8-5. Since singles was not played it does NOT go in the record books as an official match.

#9 Oklahoma State 4, #14 South Florida 1 
February 27, 2016 | Lagoon Park Tennis Center | Blue Gray Classic
Doubles competition
C1: No. 15 Kadhe/Cash (OSU) def. No. 46 Cotrone/Roberts (USF), 6-4
C2: Ismailov/Gerch (OSU) def. Gozun/Bertran (USF), 7-6(0)
C3: Cid/Gonzalez (USF) def. Mendoza/Finzelberg (OSU), 6-0
Singles competition
C1: No. 5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.50) def. No. 75 Julian Cash (OSU 13.80), 6-4, 6-3
C2: No. 115 Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.82) def. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.53), 6-3, 6-3
C3: No. 109 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.87) def. Justin Roberts (USF 13.12), 6-2, 7-5
C4: Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.58) vs. Peter Bertran (USF 13.34), 6-4, 5-4 unf.  
C5: Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.40) vs. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF 13.45), 7-6(4), 1-2 unf.
C6: Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.77) def. Everth Dzib (USF 12.49), 6-0, 6-0 
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 11-1; National ranking #9
South Florida 7-4; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"The doubles point was an unbelievable comeback and it was huge for me and Julian (Cash) because we were down 4-1 at one point," junior Arjun Kadhe said.

"My singles match was very tough, but I managed to stay on top of my game and stayed confident as the match went on," Kadhe said. "It was nice to clinch for the team and it was a great week for the team because everyone played solid."

Baylor had dropped four of its previous five but the Bears got back into the win column on Saturday with a 4-0 win over #17 Memphis.

The doubles point was decided in a pair of tiebreaks with Baylor just needing one of the two. BU's #2 team of Felipe Rios and Will Little clinched the point with a 7-6(6) win over Ryan Peniston and Felix Rauch.

Baylor picked up five first sets and Julian Lenz, Felipe Rios, and Jimmy Bendeck each finished in straights to give the Bears a rather routine win over a top 20 Memphis team.

#34 Baylor 4, #17 Memphis 0
Feb 27, 2016 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Julian Lenz (BU 14.64) def. #57 Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS 14.11) 6-4, 6-2
2. Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS 13.86) vs. #62 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.93) 7-6, 4-2. 
3. #122 Felipe Rios (BU 14.09) def. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS 13.47) 6-3, 6-3
4. Will Little (BU 13.49) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS 13.08) 6-4, 6-5, unf.
5. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.32) def. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS 12.69) 6-4, 6-4
6. Tommy Podvinski (BU 11.80) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS 12.39) 6-3, 5-5, unf.
Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Louis Asser/Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) 6-4
2. Felipe Rios/Will Little (BU) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. M Tchoutakian/T Podvinski (BU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes
Memphis 7-3; National ranking #17
Baylor 7-4; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
TOP QUOTE #1 - "We've improved. I think that's the biggest news. You look at where we are now compared to where we were three to four weeks ago, it's a massive difference. I'm really proud of the guys. They've worked hard. They're really pushing themselves in practice, and you can see the benefits of it." --head coach Matt Knoll on the win

TOP QUOTE #2 - "We're really playing at a whole different level than we were when we played here at home before we were headed to the National Indoor. I'm excited about what's coming up next. I think this team's got a bright future." --Knoll on the team's improvement

What was expected to be a close one turned into a Gator runaway as Florida steamrolled instate rival Florida State 7-0. Florida State looked like it might pull out the doubles point after winning 6-1 at #1 and leading 5-3 at #2 but Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin fought back to win the final four games to take it 7-5. Florida clinched the doubles point when Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco won 6-4 at #3.

The teams split first sets with Florida's Diego Hidalgo, Gordon Watson, and McClain Kessler each winning in straight sets to give Florida the win. They played the remaining three matches out and Florida would take all three with Elliott Orkin, Chase Perez-Blanco, and Alfredo Perez each winning in a third set supertiebreak to finish off the 7-0 win.

#41 Florida 7, #35 Florida State 0
February 27, 2016 Ring Tennis Complex, Gainesville, Fla.
Singles competition
1. #50 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #16 Benjamin Lock (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
2. #22 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. #85 Marco Nunez (FSU), 6-7 (5), 6-1, 1-0 (4)
3. #30 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (3)
4. #77 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (8)
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU), 6-1, 6-4
6. McClain Kessler (UF) def. Jose Gracia (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. #1 Hidalgo/Watson (UF), 6-1
2. #32 Maxx Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU), 7-5
3. Perez/Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Gracia/Whitehurst (FSU), 6-4
Match Notes
Florida 5-3; National ranking #41
Florida State 8-3; National ranking #35
Order of Finish Singles: 6,5,1,4,3,2; Doubles: 1,2,3
Attendance: 537  

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton  - On the Gators' sweep of FSU today 
"It was a great day. I was really anxious to see how our guys would respond after a tough loss to Ohio State and how they would react to a tough Florida State team that came in here with a lot of energy and would be well-prepared. They are a talented group. I was really anxious to see what our guys would bring. I was really pleased with what I saw.

Getting down in the doubles early and then finding a way to hang in there long enough to turn it in our favor was huge. We have a lot of respect for how Florida State plays doubles. We knew that was going to be one of the toughest points of the day. It certainly was. To get that point with Maxx Lipman making some plays at the end of the set was huge. Also, Alfredo making some huge plays at the end of the set at No. 3 doubles to clinch the doubles for us. It was pretty sweet.

I thought we got off to a pretty good start in singles. Our guys were certainly motivated and a little bit nervous. We played through the nerves and through the tough patches out there in the singles and were able to secure wins on every court."  

Sophomore Chase Perez-Blanco - On the doubles play this afternoon 
"It was a lot of fun. The energy was high. You could feel the crowd getting into it. Alfredo was playing some really good tennis. He saved me a couple times there. It was a lot of fun."

Post-Match Quotes from FSU's recap
Head coach Dwayne Hultquist: "We were in position to grab the doubles point and let it slip away. We did a good job bouncing back in singles, taking three first sets and actually having some other opportunities to get even more. Florida did a good job of closing it out the three matches they won the first set on and coming from behind on the other courts.

On Lock and Nunez's win over the No. 1 doubles team:
"They beat them last year and have played well this spring and are still undefeated in the spring. Ben and Marco are one of the better teams in the country.

Senior Benjamin Lock:
"It was a good win for Marco and myself. We have been playing quality doubles this spring and Marco has been clutch on the big points. We really don't focus on our opponents that much, we have a certain style that we play and we just try and give our best effort each match to help the team win the doubles point. We beat this Florida team last year, but to beat the No. 1 team in the nation was pretty cool and we were happy about it.

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In what had to be the match of the day it was No. 8 Texas A&M outlasting No. 30 Florida 4-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes. Florida jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Texas A&M came out ready to go in singles and took five opening sets.

Jordi Arconada was off the court first with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Chase Perez-Blanco at No. 3 but Florida's Gordon Watson answered with a 6-4, 6-4 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 5.

Texas A&M senior Jackson Withrow evened the match at 2-2 with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Florida freshman McClain Kessler at No. 6 but Florida retook the lead when freshman Alfredo Perez rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Texas A&M senior Harrison Adams.

Shane Vinsant (12th Man)
Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech made it 3-3 with a 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 win over Diego Hidalgo at No. 1. Rinderknech led 5-3 in the third but Hidalgo held and then broke from 30-40 to even it at 5-5. Rinderknech broke back and then served it out to get the win.

Shane Vinsant was the hero for the Aggies after he held on to beat Florida junior Elliott Orkin 7-6(4), 6-7(9), 7-6(2). Vinsant led 6-4 in the second set tiebreak but Orkin fought back to win the set and force a third. Orkin broke Vinsant to go up 3-1 in the third but Vinsant broke back and held for 3-3. Both held serve the rest of the way then Vinsant got the big lead in the tiebreak and closed it out 7-2. 

#8 Texas A&M 4, #30 Florida 3
Mar 06, 2016 at College Station, Texas (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #1 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) def. #31 Rinderknech/Withrow (A&M) 6-1
2. #32 Lipman/Orkin (UF) vs. Adams/Vinsant (A&M) 5-4, susp.
3. Perez/Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Arconada/Catanzariti (A&M) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #13 Arthur Rinderknech (A&M 14.42) def. #50 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.13) 6-1, 6-7(5), 7-5 
2. #53 Shane Vinsant (A&M 13.93) def. #22 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.96)  7-6 (4), 6-7(9), 7-6 (2) 
3. #106 Jordi Arconada (A&M 13.69) def. #30 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.96) 6-4, 6-1
4. #77 Alfredo Perez (UF 14.07) vs. Harrison Adams (A&M 13.11) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Gordon Watson (UF 13.53) def. AJ Catanzariti (A&M 13.55) 6-4, 6-4 
6. Jackson Withrow (A&M 13.95) def. McClain Kessler (UF 13.63) 7-6(4), 6-2
Match Notes
Texas A&M 13-3; National Ranking #8
Florida 6-4; National Ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,5,6,4,1,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas A&M's recap
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - Key to defeating Florida
"I thought Shane Vinsant was a real MVP of the match against a very good Florida team. His resiliency and fight to stay in a match against a really good player in Elliott Orkin was very impressive. For a few moments it didn't look good after he had a chance to win the match in the second-set tie-breaker then going down a break in the third set. He just figured a way to stay in the match and fight and took some chances. He played a very fantastic tie-breaker to clinch the match for the team."

How the team will use today's match moving forward in SEC play
"Every one of these SEC matches are a real fight, we found a way to survive two of them this weekend. I think our guys will gain confidence after fighting from behind today, after dropping the doubles point against a good team. We knew we had to take four singles matches if we wanted to win. The guys came out with a fight in singles against Florida, taking five first sets. We really turned the momentum in our favor and outlasted a comeback from Florida. Shane and Arthur played really good third-sets today."

Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton - On this afternoon's match
"Texas A&M played a great match. Our guys fought so hard and my two assistant coaches did a heck of a job, but I have to do a better job and help us get over this hump. I really love this team and trust them to continue to stay the course. They are doing their job and I have to do mine. We'll get back after it this week with same passion and energy."

In a match that was closer than the final score it was No. 4 Ohio State winning on the road in Norman over No. 13 Oklahoma 4-1. The match was originally scheduled to be played outdoors because the temperature was in the 60s however high winds moved play indoors.

Ohio State took the doubles point for the 13th time in 16 tries by picking up 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Buckeyes added four first sets in singles.

Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard extended the Buckeyes lead to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Axel Alvarez at No. 1 and then Martin Joyce made it 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Andre Biro at No. 6.

Oklahoma freshman Maxime Mora put the Sooners on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5 but Ohio State senior captain Chris Diaz slammed the door shut with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Florin Bragusi at No. 4.

The two remaining matches were abandoned with OU's Alex Ghilea leading 5-0 (40-0) in the third at No. 2 over the hobbled Hugo Di Feo while Spencer Papa was up a set and leading 1-0 in the second set tiebreak at No. 3.

OU has a nice highlight package below since it was broadcast on Fox Sports so definitely check it out


#4 Ohio State 4, #13 Oklahoma 1
Mar 06, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.54) def. #63 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Alex Ghilea (OU 13.96) vs. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.26) 4-6, 6-2, 5-0, (40-0) unfinished
3. Spencer Papa (OU 13.94) vs. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 14.05) 7-5, 6-6 (1-0), unfinished
4. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.07) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.81) 6-2, 6-4
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.69) def. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.67) 6-4, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.86) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.79) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #35 Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-4
2. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Spencer Papa (OU) def. #13 Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 6-4
Match Notes
Ohio State 15-1; National Ranking #4
Oklahoma 7-5; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,5,4)

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"It's a great day when you can get a road win over a good team like Oklahoma, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "The guys came out and got the doubles point and then did what we needed to do in singles. It was some of the best tennis we've played this year.

"Matt is a tremendous tennis player, Tucker said. "If you want to be one of the top teams in the country, you better have a good bench. Matt is a great player and he stepped up big for us today.

"We got up 3-0 and it looked like they were starting to get some momentum but our captain came through, said Tucker. "Chris (Diaz) finished it with a tremendous drop-shot volley on the deuce point. It takes a really good player to pull off a shot like that in that situation.

The win was the sixth-straight for the Buckeyes who got a total team effort on Sunday. "We got wins from six different players today and we needed every one of them, said volunteer assistant coach David Schilling.

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"I thought we played at a good level, head coach John Roddick said. "Ohio State is a very good team and they beat us, but this is the best I have seen our level in a few weeks so I think we can build some confidence on that. We have some guys who have been struggling with some things start to figure it out. Much different attitude in the locker room, even though it's a loss, than say the Arkansas match. Again, give Ohio State a lot of credit. That's a team that can be there at the end of the NCAAs.

"Max had a great win and Ghilea, even though he didn't win that, the guy was stalling and we all know that was a win. All in all I am pleased with the direction we are going. Harris is getting healthier and healthier and when that time comes we are going to be firing on all cylinders. We have a lot of work to do and bodies to get healthy, but it was a much better effort and we're going in a much better direction.

The biggest upset of the day took place in Winston-Salem as No 40 NC State knocked off No. 7 Wake Forest 4-3. The Demon Deacons were playing without its No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, Skander Mansouri and Petros Chrysochos, who were both playing in the Davis Cup and NC State was able to cash in on their absences.

NC State took the doubles pint with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then each team won three first sets in singles.

Wake's bottom three of Christian Seraphim, Maksim Kan, and Keivon Tabrizi each won in routine fashion while NC State's Nick Horton and Simon Norenius also cruised at No. 1 and No. 2.

The match would be decided in a third set at No. 3 between NC State senior Thomas Weigel and Wake freshman Dennis Uspensky. Weigel held to start the third set and then broke to go up 2-0 but Uspensky would break back to make it 2-1. Uspensky held for 2-2 then broke to go up 3-2 but Weigel would take the last four games to close it out 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 and give the Pack a huge win.

#40 NC State 4, #7 Wake Forest 3
March 6, 2016 at Wake Forest Tennis Complex (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Singles competition
1. #72 Nick Horton (ST 13.67) def. Jon Ho (WF 14.01) 6-3, 6-2
2. #83 Simon Norenius (ST 13.52) def. #113 Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.97) 6-4, 6-3
3. Thomas Weigel (ST 13.77) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.49) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
4. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.59) def. Ivan Saveljic (ST 12.31) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maksim Kan (WF 13.22) def. Igor Saveljic (ST 12.62) 6-2, 6-3
6. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 13.08) def. Michael Odgen (ST 11.03) 6-2, 6-1 
Doubles competition
1. Ivan Saveljic/Michael Odgen (ST) def. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3
2. Christian Seraphim/Jon Ho (WF) def. Nick Horton/Igor Saveljic (ST) 6-1
3. Simon Norenius/Thomas Weigel (ST) def. Sam Bloom/Anthony Delcore (WF) 6-4
Match Notes
NC State 12-7 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #40
Wake Forest 13-4 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,4,1,5,2,3)
T-2:56 A-190

South Florida got all it wanted and more from No. 19 Michigan but in the end it was the Bulls senior leader, Roberto Cid, who clinched the win with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory of Jathan Malik at #1.

#17 USF 4, #19 University of Michigan 3
Mar 06, 2016 at University of South Florida (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF 14.40) def. #60 Jathan Malik (UM 13.69) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4
2. Alex Knight (UM 13.86) def. #35 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.34) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.46) def. Carter Lin (UM 13.30) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.17) def. Davis Crocker (UM 12.88) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Runhao Hua (UM 13.55) def. Peter Bertran (USF 13.30) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 
6. Kevin Wong (UM 13.20) def. Everth Dzib (USF 12.31) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #46 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) 6-4 
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (UM) def. Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5
3. Peter Bertran/Everth Dzib (USF) def. Lubomir Cuba/Myles Schalet (UM) 7-5
Match Notes
Michigan 10-3; National ranking #19
South Florida 8-5; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,2,5,1)

Post-Match Quotes from USF's recap

"I think that's what the best players in the world do, they find ways to win when they're not feeling well or not at their best, head coach Matt Hill said. "I thought (Jathan) Malik from Michigan did a nice job with his strategy, his plan and how he executed what he needed to do. I thought obviously Roberto did a good job of staying the course and then being resilient until the time was right, I thought he did a good job of finishing it out at the end.

Kentucky finished off a nice weekend with a 4-3 win over #26 Ole Miss. Ole Miss took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 but Kentucky fought back and took five first sets in singles.

Nils Ellefsen rolled over Filip Kraljevic 6-2, 6-2 at #3 and moments later Enzo Wallart finished off Fabian Fallert 6-1, 6-0 at #4. William Bushamuka extended Kentucky's lead to 3-1 with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Stefan Lindmark at #1 but Ole Miss's Grey Hamilton answered with a 6-0, 7-6 win at #5. Zvonimir Babic tied at 3-3 when Charles Minc was forced to retire with an injury but Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura will clinch another match with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over Gustav Hansson at #2.

#22 Kentucky 4, #26 Ole Miss 3
Mar 06, 2016 at Lexington, Kentucky (Boone Tennis Center)
Singles competition                                                                        
1. #31 William Bushamuka (UK 13.98) def. #69 Stefan Lindmark (OM 13.91) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
2. #90 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.57) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.72) 7-5, 7-6 (4)
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.61) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.62) 6-2, 6-2
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.94) def. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.89) 6-1, 6-0
5. Grey Hamilton (OM 13.00) def. Trey Yates (UK 13.11) 6-0, 7-6 (5)
6. Zvonimir Babic (OM 12.70) def. Charles Minc (UK 12.17) 3-6, 6-3, 2-0, retired
Doubles competition
1. Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) def. Nils Ellefsen/William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2
2. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Ricardo Jorge/Stefan Lindmark (OM) 5-1
3. Grey Hamilton/Fabian Fallert (OM) def. Austin Hussey/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-4
Match Notes
Ole Miss 6-3; National ranking #26
Kentucky 10-2; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,1,5,6,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"Today was bitter-sweet for me, head coach Cedric Kauffman said following Kentucky's second win in three days. "It was a great effort by our guys. We are becoming a tough group. I am sad for Charles [Minc] and I hope his injury is not too bad - we will know more about it mid-week. Our guys on the top four courts competed incredibly well today. I'm proud of the team and the great performance this weekend.

"A huge win by Ryo today to clinch the match, said assistant coach Matt Emery. "I envisioned moments just like this when I recruited Ryo. This was his first time playing the deciding match, and he handled like a seasoned veteran. He won this match because he is one of the toughest, if not the toughest, mentally in college tennis."

"Our guys at one through four singles were absolute studs today, Emery added. "Nils and Enzo came right out of the gate and took it to them.  I can't stress enough how much Nils means to this program. He has become such a rock for us in the middle of the lineup.

"I was really proud of William today on the top court. He played a really solid match from start to finish. He was fearless in the second set tiebreaker to close it out."

"I can't stress enough how proud I am of this group of guys, Emery concluded. "They had a lot of adversity thrown at them today. It was a difficult situation, having to play outdoors without having hit literally one ball outdoors in the past two months. To beat a top 30 team - a team that thrives in an outdoor environment - is a really solid accomplishment.  This match came down to toughness and our guys responded in a huge way."

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson"It was an exciting college tennis match that came down to a few points here and there to decide it. We got off to a good start with the doubles; Grey and Fabi got the break to win it 6-4 and clinch the point. It's tough to win on the road in this league when you don't at least one match in the top three singles.

On the last match with Gustav Hansson
"We were really in control in the first set with Gus up 5-2, 40-30 and just couldn't close the door. He had a lot of close games in that match. A credit to him though, he was down 3-1 in the second and comes back to serve for it. Unfortunately, it didn't go our way, but that's how it is in close matches. We just have to figure out a way to win more of them as team.

On bouncing back
"We are looking forward to coming back to Oxford and playing two good teams in LSU and Texas A&M. It will be another challenging weekend, but we are excited to play in front of our home crowd.

No. 36 Drake made it three wins in three days with a tough 4-2 win over No. 65 Cornell. Drake won the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but Cornell fought back and claimed four first sets in singles.

Drake's Calum MacGeoch put Drake ahead 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bernardo Casares Rosa at No. 4 but Cornell's Colin Sinclair put the Big Red on the board with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Bayo Philips at No 2.

Cornell was close to winning on three of the other four courts and in fact it was serving for the match at No. 1, No. 3, and No. 6 at just about the same time. Unfortunately for the Big Red only Karlo Lozic could seal the deal as he won 6-2, 6-4 over Tom Hands at No. 6.

Cornell freshman David Volfson served for the match at No. 1 up 5-2 and 5-4 in the second but got broke on both occasions and ended up dropping the set to Ben Lott in a tiebreak.

Cornell junior Chris Vrabel served for the match at No. 3 up 6-4, 5-4 but got broke by Vinny Gillespie. Vrabel led 6-5 in the tiebreak and got a look at a Gillespie second serve but his backhand return sailed long and things would south after that point.

Drake's Ben Stride put the Bulldogs ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win over Stefan Vinti at No. 5. (clip not the best with it being on the far cout)

Vinny Gillespie opened up a 5-1 lead in the third set and he would serve for the match up 5-2. Gillespie led 40-15 but Vrabel came back and broke to make it 5-3. Gillespie would break back with Vrabel double faulting on match point to give Gillespie the 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 win.

Here is a brief post-match interview that I did with the hero Vinny Gillespie (video looks better if you click the top to open in YouTube - otherwise it sways from side-to-side)

#36 Drake 4, #65 Cornell 2
Mar 06, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Lott, Ben (DU 13.34) vs. Volfson, David (CU 13.50) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), *0-1, unfinished
2. Sinclair, Colin (CU 13.43) def. Philips, Bayo (DU 12.70) 6-4, 6-2
3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU 13.49) def. Vrabel, Chris (CU 13.44) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. MacGeoch, Calum (DU 13.01) def. Casares Rosa, Bernardo (CU 12.81) 6-2, 6-2
5. Stride, Ben (DU 12.43) def. Vinti, Stefan (CU 13.24) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
6. Lozic, Karlo (CU 12.82) def. Hands, Tom (DU 12.34) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) vs. Casares Rosa, Bernardo/Vrabel, Chris (CU) 3-4*, unfinished
2. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Sinclair, Colin/Volfson, David (CU) 6-1
3. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Vinti, Stefan/Brown, Dylan (CU) 6-1
Match Notes
Drake 11-5; National ranking #36
Cornell 5-8; National ranking #65
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,6,5,3)

Miami has now won five of its last six after defeating No. 47 Florida State 4-3 which was the Canes first win over FSU since 2011. Florida State took the doubles point and four opening sets in singles and was looking good for most of the match.

Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst won in straight sets at No. 5 and No. 6 to put FSU up 3-0 but Miami started chipping away everywhere else. Jesse Flores and Max Andrews won in straight sets at No. 4 and No. 3 and both Christian Langmo and Piotr Lomacki earned splits at No. 2 and No. 1.

Langmo would hand Marco Nunez a third set bagel to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 at No. 2 and a short while later Lomacki would seal the win with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Benjamin Lock.

Below is match point from the "U" with this match and many of its other show on ESPN3 - to watch a replay of this one you can click on this link. I'll have a post later in the week about why Miami is able to stream so many matches.

Miami 4, #47 Florida State 3
Mar 06, 2016 at Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #78 Piotr Lomacki (UM 13.87) def. #16 Benjamin Lock (FS 14.05) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 
2. #81 Christian Langmo (UM 13.38) def. #85 Marco Nunez (FS 13.37) 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 
3. Max Andrews (UM 13.38) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.34) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
4. Jesse Flores (UM 12.91) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS 13.39) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
5. Jose Gracia (FS 13.12) def. Fermin Calvo (UM 12.99) 6-3, 6-1
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FS 13.07) def. Niclas Genovese (UM 11.83) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. Jesse Flores/Christian Langmo (UM) 6-1
2. Nile Clark/Piotr Lomacki (UM) vs. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FS) 5-6, unfinished 
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FS) def. Max Andrews/Bernard Tefel (UM) 6-4
Match Notes:
Florida State 9-4, 1-1 ACC; National ranking #47 
Miami 6-4, 1-0 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,4,3,2,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Miami's recap
"Obviously, this is a big match for us at home against FSU, said head coach Mario Rincon. "We play in the best conference in the country and every team in the conference is so good, so its great to have an ACC win already.

"I'm so proud of the guys and the way they fought, every one of them, Rincon said.

"FSU played great doubles, Rincon said. "We just couldn't hang with them. They made a lot of first serves and they over powered us. They were just too strong and too good for us in the doubles, but it was key for us to regroup.

"These guys have worked so hard for so long, Rincon said. "We really haven't been awarded with many wins lately and they deserve this one. I'm so happy for them."

No. 2 Virginia won this year's rendition of the Commonwealth Clash with a 6-1 win over No. 53 Virginia Tech. The Hoos took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 while No. 1 was abandoned with Virginia Tech having match point in the tiebreak.

There were a lot of close sets in singles but Virginia won just about all of them with Ryan Shane, Collin Altarmirano, J.C. Aragone, Henrik Wiersholm, and Luca Coriniteli each picking up wins.

Virginia's Tech senior Andreas Bjerrehus picked up the Hokies lone point when Thai-Son Kwiatkowski retired down 5-2 in the second set though I was told it wasn't because he was hurt.

#2 Virginia 6, #53 Virginia Tech 1
Mar 06, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #14 Ryan Shane (VA 14.64) def. #20 Joao Monteiro (VT 14.27) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2)
2. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT 13.81) def. #2 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.68) 7-6 (6), 5-2 ret.
3. #29 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.24) def. Amerigo Contini (VT 13.16) 6-2, 6-1
4. #111 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.84) def. #76 Edoardo Tessaro (VT 13.82) 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-1
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.40) def. Mitch Harper (VT 12.88) 7-5, 7-5
6. Luca Corinteli (VA 13.53) def. Jai Corbett (VT 13.32) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #12 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) vs. #7 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) 6-6 (6-5) unf
2. Collin Altamirano/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 7-5
3. J.C. Aragone/Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia 10-2; National ranking #2
Virginia Tech 8-3; National ranking #53
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,6,2,5,1,4)

Post-Match Quote from Virginia's recap

"Playing at Virginia Tech is really difficult and they are, without question, one of the best teams we have played this year," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "Our team is doing some great things and the character some of our guys showed tonight was so impressive. I see a ton of players improving in this group and we as a staff are so pleased. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are on the right track."

SMU tumbled out of the top 75 last week but they'll be coming back in with a vengeance after blanking No. 20 Tulsa 4-0.  The Mustangs took the doubles point by winning the decider at No. 1 in a tiebreak and then it came out strong in singles and took four opening sets.

Nate Lammons, Samm Butler, and Markus Kerner each picked up straight set wins at No. 2, 3, and 4 with Kerner providing the clincher.

SMU 4, #20 Tulsa 0
Mar 06, 2016 at Dallas, Texas (SMU Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.43) vs. Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.75) 4-6, 4-3, unf
2. Nate Lammons (SMU 14.09) def. Carlos Bautista (TUL 13.41) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. Samm Butler (SMU 13.84) def. Dylan McCloskey (TUL 12.87) 6-1, 6-2
4. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.92) def. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.71) 6-4, 6-3
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.68) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.39) 6-7 (1), 4-3, unf
6. Yates Johnson (SMU 13.16) vs. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.76) 6-2, 4-6, 2-2, unf
Doubles Competition
1. Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TUL) 7-6 (9-7)
2. Nate Lammons/Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) def. Carlos Bautista/Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL) 6-4
3. Dominic Bechard/Dylan McCloskey (TUL) def. Markus Kerner/Samm Butler (SMU) 7-5
Match Notes:
Tulsa 7-5; National ranking #20
SMU 10-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,4)
T-2:24 A-119

Post-Match Quote from SMU's recap
"Real fantastic team win, from top to bottom, singles and doubles, said Head Coach Carl Neufeld. We're improving and I'm really proud of that, but we still have a long way to go but that's good news because we just beat one of the better teams in the country.

Tulane picked up a big conference win over No. 23 Memphis and did it in impressive fashion. The Green Wave won a tight doubles point in a tiebreak No. 1 and then won all six singles matches though many of them were very close.

#35 Tulane 7, #23 Memphis 0
Mar 06, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.68) def. Andrew Watson (MEM 14.06) 7-5, 7-5
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.95) def. #57 Ryan Peniston (MEM 13.84) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.60) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM 13.13) 7-6, 7-5
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.39) def. Kai Lemke (MEM 13.46) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
5. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.66) def. Felix Rauch (MEM 12.72) 3-6, 7-5, 4-3, retired
6. Tyler Schick (TLN 13.03) def. Shakeel Manji (MEM 12.37) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #27 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) 7-6
2. Felix Rauch/Ryan Peniston (MEM) def. Constantin Schmitz/Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-4
3. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) 6-2
Match Notes
Memphis 8-4; National ranking #23
Tulane 9-3; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"The match went great today, Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras stated. "It was a nail biter right from the start with that doubles point coming down to a tiebreaker on the last match there at number one. Both teams put it on the line at all positions, and we expected nothing less from a team as tough as Memphis.

"To have a top 25 ranked team come in, we know they're going to put everything on the line, Booras explained. "I was happy with how our guys stepped up to the challenge. In singles we got a nice start which helped set the tone of things. Memphis turned it around, came right back on us at pretty much every position, but we dealt with the adversity well and came out with a victory.

Other Sunday scores:

Mississippi State def. South Carolina 5-2
Georgia def. Alabama 6-1
Arkansas def. Tennessee 5-2
LSU def. Auburn 5-2
Georgia Tech def. Duke 4-3
TCU def. Central Florida 7-0
Notre Dame def. Louisville 5-2
East Tennessee State def. Samford 5-2
Denver def. Penn 6-1
Washington def. Minnesota 5-2
Utah State def. Pacific 6-1

Published in Blogs
Friday, 11 March 2016 11:16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow everything at the below live scoring links.

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 14th
Prairie View A&M at #18 Baylor  2pm est/1pm cst   Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
#10 Texas Tech vs. Indiana (San Diego) - 3pm est/12pm pst - Texas Tech/Indiana Twitter
Prairie View A&M at #18 Baylor  5pm est/4pm cst   Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
Prairie View A&M at #18 Baylor  8pm est/7pm cst   Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
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The weekend of upsets continued on Saturday with three higher ranked team going down on top of the seven that were upset yesterday. The biggest upset in terms of ranking took place in Starkville but I'll start off in Evanston where Northwestern was looking to snap a 27-match, 19 year, losing streak to in-state rival Illinois.

Even though Northwestern was shutout by the Illini earlier this season it had to be optimistic with a big home crowd on hand. Northwestern got things started off on the right foot by claiming the doubles point for the 12th time in 14 tries with a 6-4 win at No. 2 and a 6-3 win at No. 3.

Illinois rebounded in singles and took four opening sets but it wouldn't be able to close out any of them in straight sets. Northwestern's Alp Horoz didn't have any issues closing out his match in straight sets as he whipped Brian Page 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 in just under an hour.

Julian Childers put the Illini on the board with a come from behind 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Fedor Baev at No. 4 and Aron Hiltzik would even the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over Strong Kirchheimer at No. 3.

Northwestern's Sam Shropshire put Northwestern back ahead after he upset Jared Hiltzik 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2. Shropshire jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third set before Hiltzik won three straight to go ahead 4-3. Shropshire broke Hiltzik's 5-5 service game and then served it out for the win.

Sam Shropshire (Pic vai Brian Lee/Daily Northwestern)
Illinois sophomore Aleks Vukic evened the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Konrad Zieba at No. 1 which meant it all came down to a pair of freshmen at No. 5 to decide it.

Illinois's Asher Hirsch took the first set 6-2 and led 5-2 in the second set but Ben Vandixhorn rallied back to even it at 5-5. It'd go to a tiebreak and Hirsch would lead 5-2 but Vandixhorn took six of the next seven points to take it 8-6 to force a third set. Vandixhorn went up a quick break in the third set and took the final set 6-2 to give Northwestern its historic win over Illinois.

Facts from NU's recap: beat a top-10 team for the first time since the ITA began archiving rankings in 1981.  At 13-1, they are off to the best start in program history, surpassing the 1988-89 team, which began that year 12-1.

#11 Northwestern 4, #8 Illinois 3
Mar 12, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #6 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #11 Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
2. #83 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #8 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
3. #63 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. #95 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
6. Alp Horoz (NU) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 6-3
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Julian Childers/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Illinois 7-6; National ranking #8
Northwestern 13-1; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,4,3,2,1,5)
Official: John Coleman T-2:49 A-457

Post-Match Quotes from Northwestern's recap
 "We are trying to build a program here," head coach Arvid Swan said. "Our guys are buying in, and we are trying to break streaks. That was certainly a goal to beat Illinois."

"We knew we had to bring our A-game today, and we did," Swan said. "I am really proud of the team."

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"I give Northwestern a lot of credit. We had winning positions and multiple match points in spots where they came back and won," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Once we didn't capitalize, Northwestern did a good job of seizing opportunities. I'm not sure how to express the team's gratitude to the Net Nuts and all our alumni that made a road trip turn into an electric home atmosphere. Our students and all our supporters in Chicago are incredible. THANK YOU from the whole team."

"We need to have that growing mindset and building toward specific purposes," Dancer said. "It's an important time for all of us to have ownership. We are definitely looking to getting to California and the competition against Baylor."

Mississippi State blanked No. 12 Kentucky for the first time since 1969 (per MSU recap) by really taking it to Kentucky in every faucet of the game. The match was originally scheduled to be played on Friday but rain pushed it back to Saturday and after the way the match went Kentucky probably wished it never stopped raining.
Rishab Agarwal (Pic by Kelly Price/MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State dominated in doubles by winning 6-1 at No. 1 and 6-2 at No. 2 and also led at No. 3 when the point was clinched.

State took five opening sets in singles and Rishab Agarwal, Nuno Borges, Niclas Braun, and Strahinja Rakic would each win in straight sets at 2, 3, 4, and 5 with Braun clinching the team win at No. 4.

State was on the verge of closing out the other two matches out as well but both were abandoned after it started to rain. Both teams have a quick turnaround with State hosting LSU on Sunday while Kentucky goes an hour down the road to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama.

#44 Mississippi State 5, #12 Kentucky 0
March 12, 2016 A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre Starkville, Miss.
Doubles competition
1. Nuno Borges/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. William Bushamuka/Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-1
2. Mate Cutura/Trevor Foshey (MSU) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-2
3. Rishab Agarwal/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) vs. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) 5-4 susp.
Singles competition
1. #36 Mate Cutura (MSU) vs. #23 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2, 4-6, 5-3, susp.
2. #77 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. #108 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-4, 6-2
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 7-6(4), 7-6(1)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3, 6-4
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) Trey Yates (UK) 6-1, 7-5
6. Trevor Foshey (MSU) vs. Austin Hussey (UK) 2-6, 6-1, 5-4, susp.
Match Notes
Mississippi State 10-3; National Ranking #44
Kentucky 10-3; National Ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2);  Singles (2,5,4,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Miss State's recap
"The guys are hungry and we need these ranked wins, " head coach Matt Roberts said following the win. "The guys trust each other and they're seeing that all of their hard work is paying off on the court. It's a gradual process for us, because we have a lot of young guys and they have to understand what college tennis is all about.

"We know our doubles have the potential to beat a lot of good teams, Roberts said. "We've been working a lot on our doubles play lately and they're visualizing on winning the point, which has paid off.

"We're happy about today's win, but we know we have a lot of work ahead of us, "Roberts said. "We are still hungry and we're going to take it one match at a time. Tennessee is a great team and they're always good in doubles, so we know we have to bring it tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"The boys looked a bit tired today and the level of play was a little below what it has been, fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. "We will bounce back. This is a tough young group.

Virginia will be the new No. 1 on Tuesday after defeating No. 13 Oklahoma 4-3 in a neutral site matchup that took place in Tulsa. Virginia took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 and then picked up three first sets in singles after Thai-Son Kwiatkowski came back from 5-2 down to take the set 7-5 at No. 2.

J.C. Aragone (Pic via Daily Progress)
Virginia's Henrik Wiersholm didn't have any issues as
he blew past OU's Florin Bragusi 6-0, 6-4 at No. 5 which put UVA up 2-0.  OU's Axel Alvarez put the Sooners on the board with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Ryan Shane at No. 1 but Thai-Son Kwiatkowski made it 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Alex Ghilea at No. 2.

J.C. Aragone clinched the win with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maxime Mora at No. 4.  The final two matches were played out with OU's Spencer Papa defeating Collin Altamirano 7-6, 6-2 and Andre Biro getting past Mac Styslinger 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 6.

I was following the live scoring/streaming but for whatever reason they only live scoring on three courts and the video crapped out mid-way through the first sets and never came back (at least it didn't for me). The scoring and video worked fine for the earlier USC/Tulsa match so it was disappointing to have it not work for the higher profile match. Let's hope this isn't an issue when the NCAA Championships roll into town in May.

#4 Virginia 4, #13 Oklahoma 3
March 12, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #41 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #13 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-2, 7-5 
2. #3 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #99 Alex Ghilea (OU) 7-5, 6-3 
3. Spencer Papa (OU) def. #47 Collin Altamirano (VA) 7-6(5), 6-2 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #92 Maxime Mora (OU) 6-4, 6-3 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-0, 6-4 
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Mac Styslinger (VA) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. #6 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #24 Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-2 
2. #7 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #46 Alex Ghilea/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-3 
3. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-2 
Match Notes:
Virginia 12-2; National Ranking #4
Oklahoma 7-6; National Ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,2,4,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Virginia's recap
"Oklahoma is a great team so we are pleased to come out with the win," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "We continue to show signs of improvement with each match, but we still have lots of work ahead of us."

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"We played a very good match today and just came up a little short, head coach John Roddick said. "Give UVA a lot of credit, they played well. There were a lot of positives to take from this match and hopefully we can keep improving.

In the opening match of the day in Tulsa it was No. 15 USC trouncing No. 26 Tulsa 7-0. USC took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 2 then the Trojans picked won on all six singles courts with three of them coming in straight sets.

Nick Crystal was off quickly with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Carlos Bautista at No. 2 and a short while later Laurens Verboven won 6-3, 6-4 over Dominic Bechard at No. 6. Max de Vroome would clinch the team match with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Or Ram-Harel at No. 1 and then Jake DeVine, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget would each win in three sets to complete the shutout.

USC returns to the court next weekend when it faces Oklahoma and Baylor at the BNP Paribas Challenge in Indian Wells while Tulsa goes to TCU on Tuesday.

#15 USC 7, #26 Tulsa 0
March 12, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #32 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #39 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) 7-6, 6-1
2. #35 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 6-0, 6-2
3. #113 Jake DeVine (USC) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
4. #40 Logan Smith (USC) def. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. #91 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa), 4-6, 6-0, 10-7
6. Laurens Verboven (USC) def. Dominic Bechard (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. #74 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. McCloskey/Kirby (Tulsa), 6-3
2. DeVroome/DeVine (USC) def. Ram-Harel/Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-2
3. Bechard/Bautista (Tulsa) vs. Jaede/T.Smith (USC), DNF 5-4
Match Notes:
USC 8-3; National Ranking #15
Tulsa 7-7; National Ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,6,1,3,5,4)

In one of the best matches of the day it was No. 24 Michigan holding off a late charge to defeat No. 31 Columbia 4-2. Michigan took the doubles point to claim the early 1-0 lead but it wasn't an easy point. Columbia's Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski won 6-4 at No. 2 while Michigan's Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won 6-4 at No. 1. Columbia's Christopher Grant and Miguel Alda had two match points at No. 3 doubles when receiving serve up 5-4, 30-40 but they were able to close it out and ended up falling 7-5 to Michigan's Gabe Tishman and Myles Schalet.
Myles Schalet put Michigan ahead 2-0 when he knocked off Timothy Wang 6-2, 7-5 at No. 6. It looked like Wang was going to force a third set when he led 5-2 and was up 0-40 on the Schalet serve but the Michigan freshman fought back to win it in straights.
Michigan's Jathan Malik made it 3-0 when he got past Victor Pham 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2 but Columbia would get on the board with a three set win from Shawn Hadavi at No. 1.
Michigan's Carter Lin looked like he'd get the clinch at No. 4 however Columbia's Mike Vermeer fought off three match point to take the second set in a tiebreak and force a third.  Columbia's Michal Rolski would also force a third set when he took the second set over Runhao Hua at No. 5

Columbia's Eric Rubin cut the Michigan lead to 3-2 with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Kevin Wong at No. 5 so with the other two matches into a third set it looked like it was going to be a photo finish.

Michigan's Runhao Hua got the key break to go up 6-5 then he served it out from 40-30 to clinch the Michigan win.

"Michigan played well and deserved to win. Obviously not getting the doubles point after having two match points in the decider was tough, but our guys hung around well in singles. It will be great to get outdoors this week," said Columbia associate head coach Howard Endelman

#24 Michigan 4, #31 Columbia 2
March 12, 2016 at Tampa, Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #54 Shawn Hadavi (Columbia) def. #60 Alex Knight (U-M), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
2. #85 Jathan Malik (U-M) def. Victor Pham (Columbia), 6-3, 7-6 (8)
3. #123 Carter Lin (U-M) vs. Mike Vermeer (Columbia), 6-4, 6-7 (8), 4-4 abandoned
4. Eric Rubin (Columbia) def. Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1
5. Runhao Hua (U-M) def. Michal Rolski (Columbia), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
6. Myles Schalet (U-M) def. Timothy Wang (Columbia), 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (U-M) def. #10 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (Columbia), 6-4
2. #33 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (Columbia) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-4 
3. Gabe Tishman/Myles Schalet (U-M) def. Christopher Grant/Miguel Alda (Columbia), 7-5
Match Notes:
Michigan 11-3; National Ranking #24
Columbia 8-4; National Ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles 2-1-3; Singles 6-2-1-4-5


Troy won for the 9th time in its last 10 matches by upsetting No. 65 UNC Wilmington 4-3. Wilmington took the doubles point with wins at 1 and 3 but Troy came back in singles and took five opening sets.

UNCW's Christiaan Van der Burgh took the Seahawks only first set and he'd be the first one to finish with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pablo Moreno at No. 2.

Troy's Daniel Bustamante and Giovani Samaha won in straight sets at 1 and 3 to even the match at 2-2 and then Mustapha Belcora put the Trojans ahead with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over Javier Restrepo at No. 4.

UNCW's Aviv Ben Shabat tied the match at 3-3 with a 1-6, 7-6, 6-1 win over Hassan Ndayishimiye at No. 6 but Troy's Andy Lau clinched it for the Trojans with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win over Andres Torres at No. 5.

Troy started off the season by playing a tough schedule and really paid for it by going just 1-10 but once everyone got settled in the wins have been raining down from the sky.

Troy 4, #65 UNC Wilmington 3
March 12, 2016 at Tampa, Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Doubles competition
1. Christiaan Van der Burgh/Aviv Ben Shabat (UNCW) def. Pablo Moreno/Andy Lau (TROY) 6-4
2. Andre Baldo/Vaclav Slezak (TROY) def. Javier Restrepo/Xander Veys (UNCW) 6-4
3. Gianlucca Massa/Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) def. G Samaha/Hassan Ndayishimiye (TROY) 6-4
Singles competition
1. Daniel Bustamante (TROY) def. Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) 6-4, 7-6
2. Christiaan Van der Burgh (UNCW) def. Pablo Moreno (TROY) 6-4, 6-4
3. Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Agustin Savarino (UNCW) 6-3, 6-4
4. Mustapha Belcora (TROY) def. Javier Restrepo (UNCW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
5. Andy Lau (TROY) def. Andres Torres (UNCW) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
6. Aviv Ben Shabat (UNCW) def. Hassan Ndayishimiye (TROY) 1-6, 7-6, 6-1
Match Notes:
UNC Wilmington 6-5; National Ranking #65
Troy 10-11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,6,5)

Other Saturday scores:
#16 South Florida def. #23 Penn State 4-0 - USF recap
#33 Rice def. New Orleans 4-0 - Rice recap
#33 Rice def. UT Rio Grande Valley 4-0
#11 Northwestern def. Detroit 7-0
#24 Michigan def. Toledo 5-2 - Michigan recap
#63 New Mexico def. #71 Utah State 4-1 - New Mexico recap
#20 Oregon def. Fresno State 7-0 - Oregon recap
#49 Wisconsin def. Brown 4-2 - Wisconsin recap
Boise State def. Michigan State 5-2 - Boise State recap
San Diego State def. Arizona 4-3 - SDSU recap
#59 Georgia State def. Louisiana Lafayette 4-0 - Georgia State recap
#40 Old Dominion def. College of Charleston 6-1 - COC recap
NAIA #1 Georgia Gwinnett def. Tennessee Tech 4-0 - GGC recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Watch the video highlights from NBC29 in Charlottesville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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