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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

"I feel like when teams become great different players come through at different times. Rhys came through against Kentucky, Danny against Tennessee and today Cam clinches. It was a huge win for him (Klinger) especially given the fact that he was in control of the first set and got tentative. Danny beat a guy that's been top-10 in the country, and that's a huge win for him. I'm proud of them and we'll come back to work tomorrow morning and get better
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Many people including myself didn't give Washington much of a chance tonight against No. 8 USC but the Huskies proved us all wrong and stunned the Trojans 4-3.  

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

"I know a lot of people that are saying we have more wins now than we did last year and the year before that, but there's a lot out there that we want to keep climbing for, said Anger. "There's more out there for us.
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Sixth-ranked UCLA rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit to beat No. 26 Oregon 4-1. The Ducks took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but UCLA fought back in singles and took four opening sets. Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio would each finish in straight sets with Staggs getting the clincher at No. 5.


#6 UCLA 4, #26 Oregon 1
Mar 25, 2016 at Eugene, OR (Student Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. McDonald/Cressy (UCLA) vs. #20 Amos/Soemarno (ORE) 5-5, unfinished
2. Maasland/Stevens (ORE) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-3
3. Clissold/Laurent (ORE) def. Gage Brymer/Austin Rapp (UCLA) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #94 Daan Maasland (ORE) 6-3, 6-2
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Thomas Laurent (ORE) 6-3, 6-4
3. Simon Stevens (ORE) vs. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-0, 5-5, unfinished
4. Jayson Amos (ORE) vs. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 7-5, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Bartosz Sawicki (ORE) 6-1, 6-0
Match Notes
Oregon 13-2; National ranking #26
UCLA 13-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5)
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No. 23 Michigan won its third straight match with a hard fought 5-2 win over No. 25 Penn State. Michigan's Jathan Malik and Kevin Wong won 6-4 at No. 2 doubles and the Wolverines took the doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won 6-3 at No. 1
Michigan took four opening sets in singles but Davis Crocker was the only one to finish in straight sets as he defeated Tomas Hanzlik 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5.

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

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

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

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

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

"Congratulations to Coach Steinberg and the Wolverines," said assistant coach Paul Tobin. "It was a tight battle in singles with five three-set matches. It was a tough match against two evenly matched teams. We will certainly be able to learn from this and move forward into our matches next weekend.
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Mississippi State struck first by taking the doubles point but ultimately Florida would strike last and pull out a tough 4-3 win. MSU's Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter upset the ITA No. 1 doubles team of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson to clinch the doubles point but both Hidalgo and Watson would get redemption in singles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We're going to stay positive and focused on the journey one day and one week at time for everyone's overall development, Roberts said. "Wins and losses come and go, but the impact we can have on these great student athletes is everlasting.
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Fifteenth-ranked California got all it wanted and more from No. 61 Utah before pulling out a 4-3 win in Salt Lake City. One of Cal's top singles players, Florian Lakat, sat out for unknown reasons and his absence was definitely felt by the Bears.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post-Match Quotes from Utah's recap
"I'm very proud of our competitive spirit today. We had a lot of opportunities to beat a very good Cal team, but we let it slip out of our hands. The good thing to take from this match is that we have now shown that we can play these teams and if we work a little harder, and pay better attention to the details, we have it in us to beat these teams." said head coach Roeland Brateanu.
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Eleventh-ranked Georgia rolled to its seventh straight win by defeating Tennessee 5-2. The Bulldogs took the doubles point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 and then they took five opening sets in singles with the Vols only able to pull a set out at No. 3.

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

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



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

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

"Playing for Georgia is an absolute privilege, so to deliver the match-clincher was a big deal," Reinberg said. "I really just stuck to my game the whole match and that's what got me though. I am proud of my team and the way we played today."
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Kentucky played without two of top four singles starters but still managed to get past South Carolina 4-3. Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart did suit up in doubles and it's a good thing they did because they clinched the point with a 7-6(4) win at No. 1.

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

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

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

Post-Match Quotes from SC's recap
Head Coach Josh Goffi: "This team has been working their tails off and has been getting better with every single match. It's a shame that the guys did not get the pay off today against a highly ranked Kentucky team, but we fought until the end. Credit goes to Kentucky. It was great to see Alex Fennell get a singles win because he's a big point for this team. He's been working hard to get back to good form, and he looked good today. Harrison O'Keefe played great tennis from the start to the end, and Mayronne battled his way to a victory like he always does. A lot of good things are happening. We look forward to getting back to Columbia to take on Tennessee."
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Northwestern was pushed pretty hard on Friday night but it was able to get the W over Purdue when Strong Kirchheimer pulled away from Ricky Medinilla in the third set at No. 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Great team win for us today," Swan said. "Purdue is an excellent team, and it is not easy to win there. I was proud of the way the team competed through the momentum swings during the match."
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Unranked Loyola Marymount defeated UC Santa Barbara for the first time in program history with a 4-3 win on Friday afternoon. LMU was 0-16 all-time against UCSB going into this one but the Lions were able to overcome the loss of the doubles point to get the upset.

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

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

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

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


LMU 4, #51 UC Santa Barbara 3
Mar 25, 2016 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Mulholland Tennis Club) 
Singles competition
1. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.14) def. Charles Boyce (LMU 12.66) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2. Cristobal Rivera (LMU 13.02) def. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB 13.70) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Errol Smith (LMU 13.09) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.01) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
4. Joat Farah (LMU 12.61) def. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.64) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.65) def. Luke Bohuslav (LMU 12.41) 6-1, 6-2
6. Lukas Moenter (LMU 12.54) def. Oliver Sec (UCSB 12.90) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #34 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann (UCSB) def. Joat Farah/Errol Smith (LMU) 6-2
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Luke Bohuslav/Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-4
Match Notes
UC Santa Barbara 9-6; National ranking #51
LMU 7-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,6,1,4,2,3)
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Middle Tennessee State is hosting the MT Shootout this weekend but UAB was the one that came out with guns blazing after the Blazers scorched the Blue Raiders 4-2.

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

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

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


UAB 4, #62 Middle Tennessee 2
March 25, 2016 at Murfreesboro, TN (Adams Tennis Complex
Singles competition
1. Mitchell Martell (UAB 12.33) def. Dima Zyhmantovich (MT 12.94) 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 6-4
2. Gonzalo Morell (MT 13.27) vs. Eric Komati (UAB 12.88) 4-6, 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
3. Miguel Negre (MT 12.69) def. Oliver Poysti (UAB 11.76) 6-2, 6-1
4. Christian Coetzee (UAB 12.61) def. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT 12.83) 6-3, 6-3
5. Stepan Vancurik (UAB 12.33) def. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT 11.94) 6-1, 7-5
6. Gian Issa (MT 13.13) def. Kenton Parton (UAB 11.87) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Ayed Zatar Cordero/Gonzalo Morell (MT) def. Christian Coetzee/Kenton Parton (UAB) 6-2
2. Luiz Felipe Pinto/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Miguel Negre/Gian Issa (MT) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Eric Komati/Stepan Vancurik (UAB) def. Luis Morillo Diaz/Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) 6-4
Match Notes:
UAB 10-6
Middle Tennessee 13-4; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,5,1)
Official: Ted Mason  T-3:04  A-52
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South Florida and Pepperdine got started at 10am on Friday but rain halted play for over six hours just before the doubles point could finish up.

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

#17 South Floirda 4, #53 Pepperdine 0
March 25, 2016 at Tampa, FL (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Singles competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF) def. HADLICH, Guilherme (PEP) 6-0, 6-4
2. #31 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. PANE, Lautaro (PEP) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. MENICHELLA, Stefan (PEP) 6-4, 6-4
4. Peter Bertran (USF) def. SIDNEY, Gabriel (PEP) 6-1, 6-1
5. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) vs. IAMACHKINE, Pedro (PEP) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished 
6. VAN SLYKE, Jack (PEP) vs. Everth Dzib (USF) 6-0, 5-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) def. #37 Guilherme Hadlich/Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-4 
2. Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-4
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Tom Hill/Jack Van Slyke (PEP) 6-0
Match Notes:
Pepperdine 5-7; National ranking #53
South Florida 12-6; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,1)
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UNLV picked up its first ranked win over the year with a 4-1 upset of No. 60 New Mexico. The Runnin Rebs took the doubles point and then picked up straight set wins from Jakob Amilon, Alexandr Cozbinov, and Richard Solberg at 1, 2, and 6.

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

Post-Match Quotes from UNM's recap
"Not a great performance today," said head coach Bart Scott. "Typically we pride ourselves on finding solutions and today, for a multitude of reasons, we simply were not able to problem solve. Congratulations to UNLV; they played a better match start to finish and deserved the win more than we did.  We have to bounce back and look to solve problems better later this afternoon against Montana."
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Second-ranked Virginia got challenged in a few spots but the Cavaliers were too strong and won comfortably 6-1.

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

Post-Match Quotes for UVA's recap
"It was a beautiful day to play tennis and I am thrilled that we had the success we did today, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "The team played really well from top to bottom. Notre Dame is a great team and I was very impressed with their fight and desire on the court. We are looking forward to another great day of tennis tomorrow when we take on Boston College.
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North Carolina played without its No. 1 Brayden Schnur but still cruised to a 6-1 win over Clemson. The Tar Heels blew the Tigers off the court in doubles and singles wasn't much closer with Clemson taking only two sets - both at No. 1 fro Alex Favrot. 

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

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

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

Post-Match Quotes from Clemson's recap
"North Carolina played and acted like the number one ranked team they are today. Credit to my dear friend Sam Paul on putting his team in this position, said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "Freshman standout Alex Favrot continues to show why he is one of the best players in the ACC and the nation by defeating #34 ranked Brett Clark. We look forward to getting back after it tomorrow against North Carolina State before returning to Clemson. "
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Duke gave Virginia Tech all it wanted but the guys from Blacksburg won enough of the close matches to get the 5-2 win. Check out Duke's recap for all the finer details.

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

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

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

"Josh put himself in a serious hole several times, Smith added. "You always know Josh is going to compete his best. He certainly didn't play his best tennis, but he was very emotional. He literally found a way to win. It wasn't pretty, but it was good to see the win. He normally wins a lot of those type of matches, but this year he hasn't won quite as many tight three-set decisions. I think this is really going to help him moving forward towards the end of the ACC season.
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#47 Denver 5, #67 Cal Poly 2
March 25, 2016 at San Luis Obispo, Ca (Mustang Courts)
Singles competition
1. Henry Craig (DEN) def. Ben Donovan (Cal Poly) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Garrett Aurpoux (Cal Poly) 6-2, 6-3 
3. Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox (DEN) 6-1, 6-2 
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Ortlip (Cal Poly) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Axel Damiens (Cal Poly) 6-4, 6-2 
6. Karl Enander (Cal Poly) def. Zach Fryer (DEN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (Cal Poly) def. David Fox/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-0 
2. Henry Craig/Diogo Rocha def. Garrett Auproux/Tim Tan (Cal Poly) 6-4
3. Jesse Ruder-Hook/Yannik James def. Dan Cardiff/Karl Enander (Cal Poly) 7-5





Published in Blogs
Friday, 01 April 2016 12:35

Weekend Preview (4/1-4/3)

Friday is going to be a blockbuster day with five matches between top 25 opponents. The big one in the ACC is the rematch from this the National Team Indoor finals as No. 1 North Carolina hosts No. 3 Virginia. The big one in the SEC is in College Station between the conference's highest ranked teams as No. 10 Texas A&M hosts No. 7 Georgia.

#3 Virginia (16-2) at #1 North Carolina (20-1) - 3pm ET - North Carolina snapped a 15-match losing streak to Virginia and in the process snapped Virginia's 140-match ACC winning streak when the Tar Heels upset Virginia back on February 15 (box score below). The big story in this one will be if Brayden Schnur is healthy enough to play in singles after missing seven of the last eleven matches. The other story will be whether the match is played inside or outside. The temperature is projected to be in the mid-70s but there's a 40 percent chance of rain. If they play indoors streaming video will be available but if they stay outside then no streaming.


#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


Doubles record: Virginia 17-1, North Carolina 16-5
Doubles record vs. ranked:  Virginia 12-1; North Carolina 8-5
Record when winning doubles point: Virginia 16-1, North Carolina 16-0 
Record when losing doubles point: Virginia 1-0, North Carolina 4-1 

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 3/31)
1. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.57) vs. #46 Brayden Schnur (UNC 13.94)
2. #63 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.11) vs. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01)
3. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.57) vs. #37 Brett Clark (UNC 13.88)
4. #88 JC Aragone (UVA 13.83) vs. #95 Jack Murray (UNC 13.79)
5. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.41) vs. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.89)
6. #124 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.72) vs. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.24)

Dual-Match Singles Records:
Shane 10-5 vs. Schnur 4-7
Altamirano 15-2 vs. Schneider 15-3
Kwiatkowski 11-4 vs. Clark 15-3
Aragone 14-1 vs. Murray 16-1
Wiersholm 14-1 vs. Kelly 18-1
Styslinger 9-5 vs. Kodali 9-2

Projected Doubles Lineups 
1. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) vs. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC)
2. #8 Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) vs. Ronnie Schneider/Jack Murray (UNC)
3. Collin Altamirano/JC Aragone (UVA) vs. Brayden Schnur/Andrew Gores (UNC)

Dual-Match Doubles Records:
Corinteli/Shane 10-2 vs. Clark/Kelly 14-5
Stylsinger/TSK 10-1 vs. Schneider/Murray 4-0
Altamirano/Aragone 8-3 vs. Schnur/Gores 1-1

Virginia has been almost unbeatable in doubles so I got to take them to grab the doubles point. It's tough to tell what lineup UNC will put out because you've got to think they want to avoid a Aragone/Kelly matchup because Aragone has feasted on Kelly twice. Ideally you wouldn't want to put Schnur at No. 1, after missing as many matches as he's missed, but going up against Shane is probably his best chance of winning if he can make enough returns. Henrik Wiersholm hasn't dropped a set since losing to Anu Kodali and Robert Kelly has only dropped one set since losing to JC Aragone.

This is a tough one to predict because UNC is playing at home but you have to wonder if they can catch lightning in a bottle twice against UVA. I think UVA finds a way to get the three points in singles that'll need with Shane, Kwiatkowski, and Aragone the most likely to pick up wins. Prediction: Virginia 4-3



#7 Georgia (12-3) at #10 Texas A&M (20-6) - 7pm ET/6pm CT - Georgia leads the all-time series 5-2 but Texas A&M has won the last two that were played in College Station including a 4-2 win in last year's SEC Tournament Final (box score below). Georgia has a two game lead on Texas A&M in the current SEC standings so a win today would all but eliminate the Aggies from a shot at repeating as regular season champions. Georgia has used the same doubles pairings for every match this season while Texas A&M has done some shuffling due to injuries. The weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the low 60s with winds in the upper teens so the windy conditions could play a big factor.

#6 Texas A&M 4, #5 Georgia 2
Apr 19, 2015 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #61 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU 14.25) def. #29 Austin Smith (UGA 14.29) 6-7(5), 6-1, 7-5
2. #69 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.16) vs. #28 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.50) 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-5*
3. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.20) def. #26 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.30) 6-4, 6-4
4. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.29) def. #55 Harrison Adams (TAMU 13.60) 6-2, 6-3
5. #93 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 14.18) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.93) 6-3, 6-4
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.76) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.45) 7-5, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #1 Ben Wagland/Austin Smith (UGA) def. #11 Adams/Vinsant (TAMU) 6-3
2. #46 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Pasha/Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-3
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Montgomery/Wood (UGA) 6-3
Match Notes:
Georgia 21-4; National ranking #5
Texas A&M 21-4; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,5,3,6,1)
SEC Tournament Championship T-3:29


Doubles record: Georgia 12-3, Texas A&M 19-7
Doubles record vs. ranked:  Georgia 11-3, Texas A&M 12-7
Record when winning doubles point: Georgia 11-1, Texas A&M 16-3
Record when losing doubles point: Georgia 1-2, Texas A&M 4-3

Projected Singles Lineups (w UTR as of 3/31)
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA 14.36)  vs. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (aTm 14.33)
2. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.12) vs. #45 Shane Vinsant (aTm 14.03)
3.  #120 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.52) vs. #90 Jordi Arconada (aTm 13.72)
4.  Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.75)  vs. Jackson Withrow (aTm 14.04)
5.  Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.75) vs. AJ Catanzariti (aTm 13.51)
6.  Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) vs. Max Lunkin (aTm 13.43)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.31)/Aleksandre Bakshi (aTm 13.33)

Dual-Match Singles Records:
Smith 11-3 vs. Rinderknech 9-7
Montgomery 6-8 vs. Vinsant 13-6
Duncan 9-1 vs. Arconada 11-7
Oosterbaan 9-6 vs. Withrow 13-2
Zielinski 6-5 vs. Catanzariti 10-7
Wood 9-1 vs. Lunkin 5-3
Reinberg 6-3/Bakshi 6-2

Projected Doubles Lineups 
1. #5 Ben Wagland/Austin Smith (UGA) vs. Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (aTm)
2. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (aTm)
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Jordi Arconada/Shane Vinsant (aTm)

Dual-Match Doubles Records:
Wagland/Smith 11-3 vs. Bakshi/Withrow 2-0
Oosterbaan/Zielinski 9-4 vs. Lunkin/Rinderknech 1-0
Montgomery/Reinberg 7-4 vs. Arconada/Vinsant 2-1

Georgia has won the doubles point 10 times in a row and is 2-1 in doubles in true road matches while Texas A&M is 14-2 in doubles at home. I think the large home crowd will help give the Aggies a little more giddy-up and they'll find a way to win at No. 2 and No. 3.

The only question mark in the singles lineup is Catanzariti after the Pittsburgh native sat out the TCU match for unknown reasons. I think the windy conditions, which are the norm in College Station, will give Texas A&M the upper hand and I'd be surprised if they didn't come out on top with the win. I like Rinderknech, Vinsant, Arconada, and Withrow for the Aggs and Zielinksi and Wood for Georgia. Prediction: Texas A&M 5-2


In addition to these two there are several other noteworthy matches going on today and throughout the weekend.

Wake Forest has a huge weekend with road matches at Virginia Tech and North Carolina. If the Demon Deacons can sweep both you'd have to put them in the picture as serious national title threat.

TCU plays a doubleheader on Friday with the matchup against No. 26 Rice on the undercard. When these matches were schedule I don't think anyone was anticipating that Rice would be a top 30 team.

Oklahoma and South Florida will meet this afternoon in Tampa in a battle of top 20 teams. Both of these teams are trying to get back into the top 16 to potentially host a NCAA regional so a win here would really help. I look for Oklahoma to come away with a 4-1 win.

There are two good matches in the Pac-12 today with USC and Cal probably the better of the two. Cal has been so erratic the last month that it's tough to know what to expect from them. I like USC to get the W at home and in Westwood I think UCLA takes care of business against Stanford and wins 4-1 or 4-2.

I'll be heading down to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, tomorrow to watch Memphis and VCU and then on Sunday I'll see Middle Tennessee State and VCU.

Follow all these matches at the below live scoring links - if any changes are made to these links they'll be updated on my live scoring links tab at the top.


Friday, April 1st
#6 Wake Forest at #45 Virginia Tech - 11am ET - Live Scoring/Video
Hawaii at #49 UC Santa Barbara - 1pm ET/10am PT - UCSB Twitter
San Francisco at Portland - 1pm ET/10am PT - Live Scoring/Video
#26 Rice at #2 TCU - 1pm ET/12pm CT - Live Scoring
#19 Kentucky at Tennessee - 1pm ET - Live Scoring & Blog
#69 Boise State at Air Force - 2pm ET/12pm MT - Live Scoring/Video
Boston College at Clemson - 2:30pm ET - Live Scoring
#3 Virginia at #1 North Carolina - 3pm ET - Live Scoring & Video (only if indoors)
#18 Oklahoma at #17 South Florida - 3pm ET - Live Scoring
#54 Pepperdine at St. Mary's - 3pm ET/12pm PT - Pepperdine Twitter
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#30 Wisconsin at #12 Northwestern - 7pm ET/6pm CT - Live Scoring & Video $
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#52 Georgia State at Presbyterian - 10am ET - PU Twitter
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George Washington at #63 UNC Wilmington - 12pm ET - Live Scoring
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#27 SMU at #17 South Florida - 4pm ET - Live Scoring (TBD)
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When North Carolina defeated Virginia to win the National Team Indoors back in February many thought that win wiped out all the streaks that Virginia had over North Carolina. It turns out there was another streak that was still intact going into today's match and that was the fact that Virginia had won the doubles point over North Carolina in 18 straight matches dating all the way back to April 3, 2004. Well that streak was broken today when North Carolina found a way to pull out the point in dramatic fashion.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone didn't waste any time at No. 3 as they ran all over Ronnie Schneider and Andrew Gores 6-0.

North Carolina's No. 2 team of Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray took their first lead of the match when they broke to go up 4-3 and then Murray held for 5-3. Virginia's Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwaitkowski would hold for 4-5, break Schnur for 5-5, and then hold for 6-5. Murray held to send it to a tiebreak and in the tiebreak the UNC pair jumped out to a 5-2* lead. UNC served up 6-4 but UVA got the mini-break back only to see UNC take the next point to win it 7-6(5).

The doubles point would finish in the next 60 seconds with the remaining match at No. 1 also in a tiebreak. After 12 consecutive holds, Virginia's Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the tiebreak but UNC's Brett Clark and Robert Kelly took the next three to go up 4-3. UNC went up a mini-break for 5-4 and then took the next point to go up 6-4. UVA took the next two to even it at 6-6 but UNC took the last two to win it 8-6.


North Carolina got off to a quick start in singles with Brayden Schnur, Ronnie Schneider, Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali each going up early breaks while Henrik Wiersholm was the only Cavalier to come out of the gates strong.

UNC sophomore Robert Kelly was the first off the court with a surprising 6-2, 6-3 romp over JC Aragone at No. 5. The reason I say surprising is because Aragone had rolled Kelly in the two previous meetings but not today. Kelly broke Aragone to start the match but Aragone broke back and held for 2-1. Kelly then reeled off seven straight games, which was two more games than he won in the previous meeting, to take the opening set 6-2 and go up 2-0 in the second. After a Aragone hold, Kelly would hold for 3-1, break for 4-1, and hold for 5-1. Aragone would hold for 2-5, break for 3-5, but Kelly broke back to close it out.


UVA sophomore Henrik Wiersholm would put the Cavaliers on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Jack Murray at No. 4. Murray broke Wiersholm to start the match but he wouldn't lead again as Wiersholm broke back and then broke two more times to take the opening set 6-2. Wiersholm held to start the second set then broke Murray to go up 2-0. Murray broke back but Wiersholm broke again, held, and then broke one more time to go up 5-1. Murray broke and held to pull within 3-5 but Wiersholm was finally able to serve it out for a 6-2, 6-3 win.

UNC freshman Anu Kodali would extend the lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mac Styslinger at No. 6. Kodali broke Styslinger to go up 3-2 in the first and would break again to go up 5-2. Styslinger got one of the breaks back and then held for 4-5 but Kodali held to take the set 6-4. Kodali jumped out to a double break 3-0 lead in the second set before Styslinger broke and held to pull within 3-2. It was all holds the rest of the way with Kodali taking it 6-4, 6-4.

All three remaining courts were into a third set with UNC needing just one of them while UVA needed all three.

UNC junior Brayden Schnur came out of the gates on fire at No. 1 by breaking UVA's Ryan Shane to go up 2-1 in the first and then he'd break again to go up 4-1. Shane got one of the breaks back but Schnur immediately broke back and then held to take the opening set 6-2. Shane turned things around in the second set and opened up a 3-0 lead and would cruise to a 6-1 set. Shane broke Schnur to start the third set and held for 2-0 but Schnur would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-2. It stayed on serve the rest of the way and went to a tiebreak.

Schnur went up *3-1 but he'd double fault and then miss a forehand to make it 3-3. They'd alternate the next five points with Schnur going up 6-5 after Shane hit a double fault at 5-5. Schnur would cash in on his first match point with a service winner to seal the big win.



Note:
 Schnur's serve on match point hit the tape and the change of pace was enough to throw Shane off which helped force his return to go long.

The two remaining matches were played out with UVA's Collin Altamirano coming back from 4-1 down in the third to win 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Ronnie Schneider at No. 2 and UVA's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski coming back from 3-1 down in the third to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Another great match with the same outcome as the last one.



#1 North Carolina 4, #3 Virginia 3
Apr 01, 2016 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. #2 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (UVA) 7-6(6)
2. #31 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (UNC) def. #8 M Styslinger/T-S Kwiatkowski (UVA) 7-6(5)
3. Collin Altamirano/JC Aragone (UVA) def. Ronnie Schneider/Andrew Gores (UNC) 6-0
Singles competition
1. #46 Brayden Schnur (UNC 13.94) def. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.57) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(5)
2. #63 Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.11) def. #23 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.01) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. #7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA 14.57) def. #37 Brett Clark (UNC 13.88) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 14.41) def. #95 Jack Murray (UNC 13.79) 6-2, 6-3
5. #82 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.89) def. #88 JC Aragone (UVA 13.83) 6-2, 6-3
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.24) def. #124 Mac Styslinger (UVA 13.72) 6-4, 6-4
Match Notes
North Carolina 21-1 (6-1 ACC); National ranking #1
Virginia 16-3 (6-1 ACC); National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,6,1,3,2)



Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"What a great match high-level tennis all the way up and down the line, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "Virginia's got a great team, a great program. They handle everything with class. I'm just really proud of our team and proud of our effort.

 "We were locked in dogfights everywhere else, Paul said in talking about the top three courts in the third sets. 

Schnur, playing at No. 1, went into a third-set tiebreaker as Schneider lead in his third set on No. 2 and Clark held the advantage on No. 3. Both Schneider and Clark would eventually fall, but Schnur made sure the Tar Heels still got the team win by claiming the tie-breaker 7-5 to seal the win over eighth-ranked Shane, the defending NCAA singles champion.  

"I knew he's a really good player, said Schnur,  "He has a lot of weapons. but I knew eventually I'd get my break and get back in the match, and as long as I played my game I'd be fine.

 "I thought the crowd was the biggest factor that was the biggest crowd we've had, at least since I've been here, and that played a huge role in today's win, Schnur said.

"On big days, big occasions, he's just there he's done it his whole career, Paul said of his No. 1 player. "He loves the moment and loves the bigger crowds. I'm really happy for him.

 "It's definitely a big accomplishment Virginia is a really good team and they have a really good program, but the season's not over, Schnur said. "It's just one match and we have another 

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Congratulations to North Carolina, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I truly believe we are right where we need to be at this point in the regular season, we just unfortunately lose a few breakers that cost us the match. If that is going to happen, now is the time for that. We are only going to get better by the day. We need to get healthy. Alexander Ritschard, who has been out all spring, is getting closer by the day. We are taking it extremely slow with him, but not having one of your best players makes it tough. Ryan Shane has not been healthy throughout the year, but he is heading in the right direction and this is the best he has felt. We will stick to the process. With our goal being success in the postseason, we are right where we need to be.


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Texas A&M came into tonight's match with Georgia riding a 21-match home court winning against SEC opponents but despite winning the doubles point it wouldn't reach 22.

Texas A&M looked good in doubles and took the point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3. Max Lunkin and Arthur Rinderknech came back from *1-3 down to defeat Wayne Montgomery and Emil Reinberg 6-4 at No. 3. Shane Vinsant and Harrison Adams broke serve to go up 3-2 and never looked back in a 6-4 win over Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski at No. 2.

Texas A&M used the momentum from doubles and jumped out to early break leads on several courts in singles but Georgia would rebound and take five of six first sets.

The one court where Georgia never trailed was at No. 3. Walker Duncan jumped out to the early lead on Jordi Arconada and despite a road-bump late in the second set would take it 6-1, 7-6(6).

Georgia sophomore Wayne Montgomery put Georgia ahead 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Shane Vinsant at No. 2. Vinsant led 4-1 in the first but Montgomery won five straight to close out the set 6-4. Montgomery served for the match up 5-2 in the second but Vinsant broke to stay alive. Montgomery would break back on the deciding point to close it out.

Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski put Georgia up 3-1 with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 5. Zielinski opened up a double-break 3-0 lead to start the match but Catanzariti took the next four to go up 4-3. Zielinski was able to reverse the trend by holding, breaking, and holding to take the set 6-4. Catanzariti rolled through the second set but Zielinski dominated the third to put the Bulldogs just a point away from the win.

Austin Smith (Photo Via UGA)
Georgia was up on all three remaining courts and it'd be senior Austin Smith that would close out the Aggies with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Arthur Rinderknech at No. 1. Rinderknech took the opening set 6-2 but Smith was looking good in the second after breaking to go up 5-4. Rinderknech fought off two set points to break for 5-5 but Smith broke back and held to take the set 7-5. Smith broke Rinderknech to go up 3-2 in the third and then broke again for 5-2. Smith held at love to close out the win and essentially end Texas A&M's hopes of repeating as regular season conference champs.

The two remaining matches were abandoned with UGA's Paul Oosterbaan leading 4-2 in the third at No. 4 while Max Lunkin and Nick Wood had just split sets at No. 6.

#7 Georgia 4, #10 Texas A&M 1 
Apr 01, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA 14.36) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU 14.33) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
2. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.12) def. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU 14.03) 6-4, 6-3
3. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.52) def. #90 Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.72) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
4. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.75) vs. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.04) 7-5, 4-6, 4-2, unf
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.75) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.51) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.43) vs. Nick Wood (UGA 13.64) 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 0-0, unf
Doubles Results
1. Jackson Withrow/Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) vs. #5 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 4-4, unf
2. Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-4 
Match Notes:
Georgia 13-3, 7-0; National ranking #7
Texas A&M 20-7, 5-3; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,5,1)
Time - 2:45 Attendance 531

Post-Match Quotes from UGA's recap
"This was a statement win for our team tonight, head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We just played light outs and our guys showed a lot of fight, composure and maturity to get the win. We are a team that is growing up real fast at this point in the season, and I could not be more proud of this group of guys.

"We had to battle through some tough conditions and that showed in doubles, Diaz added. "Our guys were locked in all day though, and I had a great feeling about how we would respond. We just kept playing and were able to pull out a victory against a very good Texas A&M team.


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The Friday schedule kicked off with an early one in windy Blacksburg between No. 45 Virginia Tech and No. 6 Wake Forest. Wake was able to take the doubles point with 6-2 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but Virginia Tech turned the tide in singles and took five opening sets with Wake's only first set coming from freshman Petros Chrysochos.

It just so happened that Chrysochos was first off the court with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Andreas Bjerrehus at No. 2 but Virginia Tech senior Amerigo Contini followed closely behind with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jon Ho at No. 3.

Wake Forest would take the second set on each of remaining four courts and Christian Seraphim would complete his comeback at No. 6 with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Jai Corbett. Wake's lead was now 3-1 but Virginia Tech's Mitch Harper would trim it to 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Dennis Uspensky at No. 5. Harper broke Uspensky to go up 4-2 in the third and then held onto the break lead to close it out.

Skander Mansouri (Photo Via WF)
While Edoardo Tessaro and Romain Bogaerts were on serve in the third at No. 4, Wake's Skander Mansouri would go break Joao Monteiro to go up 5-3 in the third at No. 1. Mansouri went up 40-15 and hit a first serve that Monteiro blocked back. The wind caught it and started to pull it back towards the net so Mansouri had to rush in and hit a forehand as the ball dipped below the net and he pulled it off with a winner to close it out and give Wake the win.

The remaining match at No. 4 was played with Tessaro getting a late break and then a hold to knock off Bogaerts 6-3 in the third.

Next up for Wake Forest is a Sunday showdown at No. 1 North Carolina.

Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky, "Virginia Tech is a very strong team, much much better then their current ranking. We knew it would be a difficult match. We got off to a great start with the doubles point but slow starts in singles as we lost 5 first sets. Petros was able to win in straights and we were able to push 4 others to 3rd sets. Christian finished his match off and then Skander played really well towards the end of his match to clinch the team win. Conditions really changed throughout the match and the wind became a big factor, really good preparation for the rest of the season. Should be another great battle on Sunday."

#6 Wake Forest 4, #45 Virginia Tech 3
Apr 01, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #21 Joao Monteiro (VT) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
2. #36 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #74 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-4, 6-1
3. Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 6-1
4. #72 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
5. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #7 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) vs. #12 S Mansouri/C Seraphim (WF) 5-3, unf
2. #48 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 6-2
3. Dennis Uspensky/Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Mitch Harper/Jai Corbett (VT) 6-2
Match Notes
Wake Forest 23-4 (7-1 ACC); National ranking #6
Virginia Tech 12-6 (4-4 ACC); National ranking #45
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,3,6,5,1,4)
T-2:42
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Fifth-ranked UCLA overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat No. 36 Stanford 4-1. Stanford took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but UCLA was just a little too strong in singles.

Logan Staggs set the tone of the day with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Nolan Paige at No. 5 and Karue Sell would make it 2-1 Bruins with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sameer Kumar at No. 4.

Martin Redlicki made it 3-1 with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over David Wilczynski at No. 2 and Joseph Di Giulio clinch the match with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Maciek Romanowicz at No. 6.


#5 UCLA 4, #36 Stanford 1
Apr 01, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 4-5, unfinished
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-3
Singles competition
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 4-6, 7-5, unfinished
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #56 David Wilczynski (STAN) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Michael Genender (STAN) 4-6, 6-5, unfinished
4. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Match Notes
Stanford 9-7; National ranking #36
UCLA 15-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)
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Ninth-ranked USC dropped the doubles point against Cal but turned things around in singles to defeat No. 16 Cal 4-2.

Cal took the doubles point with a 6-0 win at No. 1 and a 6-3 win at No. 3 and then each team split opening sets in singles.

Nick Crystal, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget won in straight sets for USC at 2, 3, and 5 while Cal got a straight set win from Filip Bergevi at 4.

USC senior Max de Vroome would clinch the match with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Florian Lakat at No. 1.


#9 USC 4, #16 California 2
April 1, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles competition
1. #44 Bergevi/Lakat (CAL) def. #38 Crystal/Verboven (USC) - 6-0
2. de Vroome/Jaede (USC) def. Goransson/Griffith (USC) - 6-2
3. Nishimura/Shen (CAL) def. Forget/T. Smith (USC) - 6-3
Singles competition
1. #25 Max de Vroome (USC) def. #28 Florian Lakat (CAL) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-1*
2. #55 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #40 Billy Griffith (CAL) - 6-2, 6-4
3. #58 Logan Smith (USC) def. #17 Andre Goransson (CAL) - 6-2, 6-4
4. Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. #109 Jake DeVine (USC) - 7-6 (5), 6-4
5. Thibault Forget (USC) def. #62 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) - 6-3, 6-1
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) - 2-6, 7-6 (5), 2-1 susp.
Match Notes:
USC 12-4; National ranking #9
Cal 11-4; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,3,4,1*)

Post-Match Quote from USC's recap
"It was great to open the facility with the energy we had today, head coach Peter Smith said of the Trojans' first match at the newly renovated Marks Stadium. "The energy from our crowd transferred to our team.  It was just a gritty performance from the boys."

Post-Match Quote from Cal's recap
"We did a great job in doubles, but we struggled to bring that same energy to the singles, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We had our opportunities today, and it's certainly disappointing to come away with a loss. We're looking forward to a battle with UCLA tomorrow.
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The biggest upset of the day took place at the site of this year's NCAA Championships as No. 24 Tulsa took out No. 8 Oklahoma State 4-1. Oklahoma State was down a couple of players with neither Julian Cash or Lukas Finzelberg in the lineup and Tulsa took advantage of the situation.

Tulsa took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then each team took three first sets in singles. Tulsa got a quick 6-1, 6-1 win from Francois Kellerman over Mateo Ruiz at No. 5 and Majed Kilani would make it 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jurence Mendoza at No. 4.

Lucas Gerch kept Oklahoma State in the match with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win over Juan Matias Gonzalez at No. 2 but Daniel Santos would clinch the win for the Golden Hurricane with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Nathan Roper at No. 6.

Note - Ruiz had only played in 1 dual-match prior to tonight while Roper was playing his fourth dual-match.

Oklahoma State was riding high just a few weeks ago but things seem to have taken a sharp turn in the other direction. The schedule isn't going to get any easier down the stretch so if the Cowboys can't rally the troops they're going to end up going on the road for the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

#24 Tulsa def. #8 Oklahoma State, 4-1
April 1, 2016 | Case Tennis Center | Tulsa, Oklahoma
Doubles competition
1. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Matthew Kirby/Okkie Kellerman (TUL), 6-3
2. Dominic Bechard/Dylan McCloskey (TUL) def. Tristan Meraut/Nathan Roper (OSU), 6-2
3. Majed Kilani/Carlos Bautista (TUL) def. Arjun Kadhe/Mateo Ruiz (OSU), 6-4
Singles competition
1. #121 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.98) vs. #53 Or Ram-Harel (TUL 13.90), 4-6, 7-6(4), 4-3 unf.
2. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.83) def. Juan Matias Gonzalez (TUL 13.37), 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
3. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.53) vs. Carlos Bautista (TUL 13.30), 7-5, 4-6, 6-6 (1-5) unf.  
4. Majed Kilani (TUL 13.53) def. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.31), 6-4, 6-4
5. Francois Kellerman (TUL 12.73) def. Mateo Ruiz (OSU 12.91), 6-1, 6-1
6. Daniel Santos (TUL 12.63) def. Nathan Roper (OSU 12.37), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes
Tulsa 10-9; National ranking #24
Oklahoma State 16-3; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)
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#19 Kentucky 5, Tennessee 2
Apr 01, 2016 at Knoxville, Tenn. (Barksdale Stadium)
Singles competition
1. Luis Valero (UT) def. #26 William Bushamuka (UK) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2 
2. Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. Timo Stodder (UT) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT) def. Trey Yates (UK) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
4. Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Jack Schipanski (UT) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
5. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Preston Touliatos (UT) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (14-12) 
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Jack Heslin (UT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. #26 Jack Schipanski/Luis Valero (UT) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Trey Yates/William Bushamuka (UK) def. Preston Touliatos/Jack Heslin (UT) 7-5
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Timo Stodder (UT) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Kentucky 15-5  ; National ranking #19
Tennessee 6-12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,4,1,3,5)

Post-Match Quotes from UK's recap
"A road win in our conference is never easy. Winning the doubles point was nice. We played much better in the big points.

"Our guys are a little tired right now. We talked about taking care of themselves better for the end of the season. I expect them to do it. Healthy, we can be an elite team, but it comes with sacrifice that other teams are not willing to do. We will rest and get back to work.


Other Friday Scores:
#29 Washington def. Utah 4-3 - UW recap
#39 Oregon def. Arizona 4-0

#4 Ohio State def. #60 Iowa 4-0
#12 Northwestern def. #30 Wisconsin 4-0
#15 Illinois def. Minnesota 4-0
#20 Michigan def. Indiana 4-1
#33 Penn State def. Nebraska 4-3 - PSU recap

#22 Florida State def. #51 Notre Dame 4-3 - FSU recap - Lock 7-6 in the 3rd
#31 Georgia Tech def. #67 Miami 5-2
#75 Duke def. #42 NC State 5-2
Clemson def. Boston College 4-3 - CU recap

#11 Florida def. #43 Vanderbilt 5-2
#14 Arkansas def. #41 Alabama 4-3 - Arky recap - nice comeback
#37 Ole Miss def. #25 Mississippi State 4-3 - Ole Miss recap - record crowd
#44 LSU def. #59 South Carolina 4-3 - LSU recap - two rain delays

#2 TCU def. UT Arlington 4-0
#2 TCU def. #26 Rice 4-1
#18 Oklahoma def. #17 South Florida 4-1

#58 Utah State def. #70 New Mexico 4-3 - USU recap - Swindells 6-4 in 3rd
#68 Loyola Marymount def. #72 Pacific 4-3 - Box Score
#35 Memphis def. #64 Middle Tennessee State 4-1
#54 Pepperdine def. St. Mary's CA 4-0
#57 East Tennessee State def. Furman 6-1
#69 Boise State def. Air Force 6-1
#49 UC Santa Barbara def. Hawaii 7-0

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Usually we have to wait until the weekend to see top-25 matchups but we got a mid-week treat on Wednesday with three top-25 teams playing each other along with two other top-75 matchups.

The day started off in Lexington with No. 20 Kentucky and No. 5 Ohio State playing indoors due to high winds and the chance of rain.

Ohio State was able to claim the doubles point for 19th time in 23 tries after picking up wins at No. 1 and No. 3. The Buckeyes duo of Matt Mendez and Hugo Di Feo fell into an early 3-0 hole at No. 3 but rallied to take the next six games to close out Austin Hussey and Ryotaro Matsumura 6-3. Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce led Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart 5-3 at No. 1 but the Kentucky duo won the next two to even it at 5-5. Torpegaard and Joyce would take the next two games to close it out 7-5. The match at No. 2 was abandoned with Kentucky leading 6-5.

Kentucky's indoor facility only has four courts so the top four singles spots went on first with No. 5 and No. 6 not going on until matches finished.

It'd only take 60 minutes for the first court to open up because Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura whipped Chris Diaz 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. Matsumura opened a 4-0 lead in the first and second sets before Diaz finally got on the board. Someone needs to tell Matsumura that he doesn't have to pay for his court time so he can stay out there for longer than an hour :)

Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State)
Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard put the Buckeyes back on top with a 7-6(5), 6-0 win over William Bushamuka in one and ten minutes. The ITA No. 2 wasn't broken all day and now has a perfect 17-0 dual-match record.

Kentucky freshman Enzo Wallart would tie the match at 2-2 with a win over Herkko Pollanen at No. 4. Wallart broke Pollanen to go up 2-1 in the first and would hold for 3-1 before Pollanen held and broke back to even it at 3-3. Wallart broke back and held for 5-3 and would serve it out two games later to take the opening set 6-4. Wallart broke and then held to go up 2-0 in the second and he'd keep the break lead the rest of the way to close it out 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and thirty-six minutes.

Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State)
Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo would put the Buckeyes ahead 3-2 with a three set win over Nils Ellefsen at No. 3. Ellefsen jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set and would take it 6-2. Di Feo broke Ellefsen to start the second set and then held for 2-0. Di Feo went up a double break at 4-1 but Ellefsen took one of the breaks back and held to pull within 4-3. Di Feo would hold and then break again to take the second set 6-3. The third set stayed on serve until Ellefsen broke Di Feo to go up 4-3 however Di Feo would break back, hold, and break again to close it out 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and fifty-two minutes.

By this time the matches at No. 5 and No. 6 were getting deeper in the first sets. Ohio State just needed to win one of the two while Kentucky needed them both.

Ohio State redshirt junior Ralf Steinbach would earn the first break of the match when he broke Trey Yates to go up 6-5 in the first and then he'd serve it out to take the opening set 7-5. Steinbach broke Yates to go up 5-4 in the second and then he'd serve it out to clinch the team.

The match at No. 6 between Martin Joyce and Austin Hussey was abandoned with the Buckeye freshman up a set and on serve in the second.

#5 Ohio State 4, #20 Kentucky 2
Apr 06, 2016 at Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center - Indoors)
Singles competition
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #25 William Bushamuka (UK) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 
2. #52 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. #65 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. #26 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK) def. #70 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Trey Yates (UK) 7-5, 6-4 
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Austin Hussey (UK) 6-4, 3-4
Doubles competition
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-5
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) def. Ralf Steinbach/Hunter Tubert (OSU) 6-5 
3. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Austin Hussey/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Ohio State 21-2 (5-0 B1G); National ranking #5 
Kentucky 15-5 (5-3 SEC); National ranking #20 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
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A crowd of close to 500 was on hand in Gainesville and they got to see their Gators go toe-to-toe with the defending NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers.

All three doubles courts would finish with identical 6-4 scores. Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger broke Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin on the deciding point to go up 4-3. Styslinger held for 5-3 and then Orkin held on the deciding point to make it 5-4. Kwiatkowski served it out from 40-15 by hitting an ace down the T to clinch the 6-4 win.

Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco broke Virginia's Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone to go up 4-3 and then Perez held for 5-3. After a Virginia hold, Perez-Blanco would hold from 40-15 with a service winner on match point to clinch the 6-4 win.

The doubles point would be decided at No. 1 between the ITA ranked No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams. Virginia's Ryan Shane was serving 4-4, 40-0 but Florida's Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson would come back to break on the deciding point when they forced a Shane backhand error. Shane and Luca Corinteli would go up 15-40 on Watson's 5-4 service game but Watson hit a service winner for 30-40, Hidalgo hit a nice drop volley winner for 40-40, and then Watson hit another service winner to give Florida the doubles point.


Florida used the momentum from doubles to jump on Virginia in singles as the Gators went up early breaks on the bottom three courts. Virginia would claw back into each of those three matches and would also take break leads at No. 2 and No. 3.

Virginia junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would tie the match at 1-1 with a win over Elliott Orkin at No. 2. Kwiatkowski broke Orkin to go up 3-1 in the first but Orkin broke back to make it 3-2. Kwiatkowski would then break, hold, and break again to take the opening set 6-2. The only break of the second set came when Kwiatkowski broke Orkin's 4-5 service game to close the match out 6-2, 6-4.

Virginia junior J.C. Aragone put the Hoos ahead 2-1 with a win over Chase Perez-Blanco at No. 4. Aragone trailed 4-2* in the first but won the final four games to take the opening set 6-4. Aragone broke Perez-Blanco to go up 5-3 in the second and then served it out for a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Luca Corinteli (The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff)
Virginia junior Luca Corinteli would make it 3-1 after he came back from a set down to defeat McClain Kessler at No. 6. Kessler opened up a 3-0 lead to start the match and would take the opening set 6-3. Corinteli went up 3-0 to start the second and would break one more time to take the second set 6-2. Corinteli fought off a couple of break points to hold for 3-2 in the third and then he broke on the next game to go up 4-2. Corinteli would hold for 5-2 when he bludgeoned a forehand winner on the deciding point and then two games later he'd hold from 40-15 by hitting a service winner on match point to win it 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Virginia's Collin Altamirano and Henrik Wiersholm were both up a set and 5-3 so it appeared the match would be over in a matter of seconds.

Altamirano went up 30-40 on Alfredo Perez's 4-6, 3-5 service game but Perez would come back to hold when Altamirano left a lob too short and Perez hammered it home at the net. Altamirano was now serving for the match and after falling behind 15-40 he'd get it to the deciding point. A fairly lengthy point ensued and it'd end with Perez hitting a crosscourt forehand winner much to the dismay of Altamirano. Perez then held on the deciding point to go up 6-5 and then he'd break on yet another deciding point to take the second set 7-5.

Henrik Wiersholm (The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff) 
Meanwhile back over at No. 5, Henrik Wiersholm was struggling to close out his match against Gordon Watson. Wiersholm was broke serving for the match at 5-3 in the second and then Watson would hold for 5-5. Wiersholm came back from either 15-40 or 30-40 (lost track) to hold for 6-5 and then he went up 15-40 on Watson's 5-6 service game. Watson would hit three consecutive aces to get the hold and send the second set to a tiebreak. Wiersholm went up *4-0 in the tiebreak but Watson would take the next three to make it *4-3. Watson put a forehand into the net to make it 5-3 and then a backhand error made it 6-3. Watson would take the next two points on his serve to pull within 6-5 but Wiersholm would clinch the Virginia win on the next point when Watson put a forehand into the net.

The two remaining matches were played out with Florida's Diego Hidalgo getting a late break to defeat Ryan Shane 6-4 in the third while Altamirano righted the ship and pulled away to take it 6-2 in the third.




#3 Virginia 5, #14 Florida Gators 2
Apr 06, 2016 at Ring Tennis Complex (Gainesville, Fla.) 
Singles competition
1. #17 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #7 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
2. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #33 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-2, 6-4
3. #38 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #109 Alfredo Perez (FLA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
4. J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #84 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 6-3
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Gordon Watson (FLA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. McClain Kessler (FLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-4
2. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. #58 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia 18-3; National ranking #3
Florida Gators (M) 12-5; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)
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Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Florida is a great team and this was an outstanding match," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "The Gators came out and played some great doubles. I thought we were also energetic and sharp, but things just didn't go our way. In singles, we responded really well from the beginning and were able to gain momentum. I was pleased with our overall performance tonight. We are now looking forward to the match on Friday at Georgia Tech."
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TCU ran its winning streak to 13 with a 7-0 shutout over SMU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. TCU blitzed SMU in doubles and took the point with 6-0 and 6-1 win at No. 2 and No. 3.

TCU took four of six first sets and Cameron Norrie, Alex Rybakov, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson would each finish in straight sets with Johnson clinching the team win at No. 6.

The two remaining matches were played out with Eduardo Nava coming from behind to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Markus Kerner at No. 4 while Guillermo Nunez closed out the evening with a win in an abbreviated third set at No. 3.


#2 TCU 7, #25 SMU 0
Apr 06, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #3 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #82 Nate Lammons (SMU) 6-3, 6-4
2. #16 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #48 Hunter Johnson (SMU) 6-4, 6-1
3. #61 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Samm Butler (SMU) 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 10-3
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Yates Johnson (SMU) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
Doubles competition
1. Guillermo Nuez/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. #24 Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (SMU) 2-4, unf
2. #82 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-0
3. Alex Rybakov/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Arkadijs Slobodkins/Tony Russell (SMU) 6-1
Match Notes:
SMU 19-6; National ranking #25
TCU 18-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,6,4,5,3)
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Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"This was just a great performance. To beat a team like SMU with all the rivalry and emotions here and to beat them 7-0 means there is nothing else to say but great performance. At the end of the day, we played the best doubles we have played all year and we kept the streak alive. Some of our guys came back from a set down and the way that Eduardo Nava played the first set and for him to come back and win that match shows a lot of character on his part in how much he hates to lose. He put the ego aside and started making balls and started playing some really good tennis. The way that Trevor Johnson closed out that tiebreaker was a really huge part of the match and I am happy that our guys found a way to come through with the win.

"Now we have Big 12s and this is what we have been getting ready for. We have Oklahoma on Friday and we haven't beaten them in forever so it will be an exciting match and then we have Oklahoma State on Sunday. I hope every person that has been waiting to come out to watch a match will come out on Friday and Sunday. It is a good time for our program right now.
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#36 Oregon 4, #66 Pacific 0
Wednesday, April 6 | Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center | Stockton, Calif.
Singles competition
1 No. 120 Daan Maasland (Oregon) vs. Sem Verbeek (Pacific) unfinished
2 Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Daniel Alameh (Pacific) 6-3, 6-1
3 Simon Stevens (Oregon) vs. Jose Chamba (Pacific) unfinished
4 Jayson Amos (Oregon) vs. Miguel Diaz (Pacific) unfinished
5 Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Alex Giannini (Pacific) 6-1, 6-2
6 Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) def. Kumara Adavelly (Pacific) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 2
Doubles competition
1 No. 31 Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (Oregon) def. Miguel Diaz/Jose Chamba (Pacific) 7-6 (3)
2 Sem Verbeek/Alex Giannini (Pacific) def. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (Oregon) 6-3
3 Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Daniel Alameh/Kumara Adavelly (Pacific) 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

Post-Match Quotes from Pacific's recap
"I thought we had a great chance today," head coach Ryan Redondo said. "We had match points in doubles and a great amount of energy and momentum.  Once the doubles points slipped, Oregon really stepped up and took care of business in some positions.  Sem and Miguel did a great job today in both singles and doubles.  As the coach, I could have done some things better today to put us in a better position after the doubles, but it didn't happen.  We'll get ready for Saint Mary's this weekend and ready to get better and better each day."
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#52 East Tennessee State 6, #74 Middle Tennessee 1
Apr 06, 2016 at Johnson City, Tenn.
Singles competition
1. #85 David Biosca (ETSU) def. Gonzalo Morell (MT) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT) 6-3, 6-4
3. Diego Nunez (ETSU) def. Miguel Negre (MT) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Gian Issa (MT) 7-5, 6-4
5. Ismael Merino (ETSU) def. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) 6-2, 6-1
6. Robin Riethmueller (MT) def. Wenceslao Albin (ETSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #47 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Gian Issa/Miguel Negre (MT) 6-1
2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Gonzalo Morell/Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) 6-1
3. Ismael Merino/Wenceslao Albin (ETSU) vs. Ayed Zatar Cordero/Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) 3-4, unf
Match Notes:
Middle Tennessee 14-8, 1-1 CUSA; National ranking #74
East Tennessee State 12-5, 4-0 SoCon; National ranking #52
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,6,2,1,3)
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Post-Match Quotes from ETSU's recap
"It is always great to win a match against a ranked opponent especially on your home court, said ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. "As long as we come into these last three matches ready to go, I think we will continue to have success.

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The two biggest matches of the day didn't end up being as close as I thought with both No. 1 Virginia and No. 6 Georgia rolling to victories over No. 7 Wake Forest and No. 12 Arkansas.

Virginia won its 13h straight regular season ACC Championship with a 5-2 win over Wake Forest in front of over 1100 fans. It looked like Wake Forest might take the early lead but Virginia was able to hang on in doubles. Wake's Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky won 6-2 at No. 3 but Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger would break on the deciding point to go up 5-3 at No. 2. Kwiatkowski went up 40-0 on his 5-3 service but would double fault two times in a row to make it 40-30. Kwiatkowski would land a first set and then a Styslinger volley at the net would force a Wake error to clinch the 6-3 win.

The doubles point would be decided at No. 1 between Virginia's Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli and Wake's Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim. Wake led 6-5 and had two match points on the Corinteli serve but Shane hit a volley winner after a nice serve out wide and then a Corinteli service winner made it 6-6. Virginia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak but Wake won four of the next five points to pull within *5-4. Shane hit a service winner to make it 6-4 but a double fault would put it back on serve at 6-5*. Mansouri fought off a match point by hitting a service winner on his second serve and then he hit another service winner to put Wake up 7-6. Corinteli fought off a match point with a sensational volley winner after coming in on a second serve and then he hit a service winner to go up 8-7. The volley winner by Corinteli was on service return that was right around his waist and it looked like it jammed him up but he was still able to steer the ball into the alley for the winner.. Seraphim would then double fault to give Virginia the 7-6(7) win.

Virginia won lopsided first sets on the top four courts but Wake would fight back to force a third set on three of them. The only court to finish in straight sets was at No. 1 with Ryan Shane cruising past Skander Mansouri 6-1, 6-2.

J.C. Aragone got off to a quick start with a 6-0 first set at No. 4 but Wake's Romain Bogaerts would force a third set after taking the second 6-3. Aragone went up an early break in the third and pulled away to win it 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.

Virginia sophomore Henrik Wiersholm would clinch the match with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 win over Christian Seraphim at No. 5. Wiersholm clinched Virginia's earlier win over Wake with a net cord ace but this time there was no net cord involved as he hammered an ace down the T to seal it.

The other three matches were played with Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski beat Jon 6-3 in the third while Wake picked up three set wins from Petros Chrysochos and Dennis Uspensky at No. 2 and No. 6. Chrysochos trailed Altamirano 1-6, 3-5 and then after getting it to a tiebreak he fell behind 1-4 before taking the second set tiebreak 7-5.




#1 Virginia 5, #7 Wake Forest 2
Apr 15, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #9 Ryan Shane (VA) def. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-1, 6-2
2. #21 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #39 Collin Altamirano (VA) 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
3. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
4. #118 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #122 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luca Corinteli (VA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #3 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. #14 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 7-6(7)
2. #10 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. #76 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-3
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-2
Match Notes
Wake Forest 25-5, 9-2 ACC; National ranking #7
Virginia 21-3, 10-1 ACC; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,5,3,2,6)
T-3:18
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Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"This was a big match for us and I am really proud of how the players played," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "Winning the doubles point gave us a huge amount of momentum as it was really close, coming down to the wire. We followed that by getting off to an unbelievable start in singles. We were rolling and just really took advantage of that momentum, which carried just far enough into the match for us to get five points. We lost a couple of points at the end that were really competitive, but overall it was a great day."

"I am so grateful to all of the fans," Boland said. "I have always said we have the best fans in college tennis. They proved that today. There is a lot of support here in Charlottesville and among the student body for what these guys do and the hard work they put in. I was excited for our guys to be able to play in this environment."


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Georgia won its 39th SEC Championship with a 5-2 win on the road at No. 12 Arkansas. The Bulldogs took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 then the teams split opening sets in singles.

Georgia's Austin Smith, Paul Oosterbaan, and Nick Wood each won in straight sets with Oosterbaan clinching the match at No. 3 with a 7-6(2), 6-1 win over Santiago Munoz.

Arkansas picked up straight set wins from Giammarco Micolani and Adam Sanjurgo at No. 4 and No. 5 while Georgia's Wayne Montgomery in three sets over Jose Salazar with a 10-point supertiebreak played in lieu of a third set. 

#6 Georgia 5, #12 Arkansas 2
Apr 15, 2016 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Billingsley Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #24 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #26 Mike Redlicki (AR) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
2. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #76 Jose Salazar (AR) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
3. #91 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. Walker Duncan (UGA) 6-3, 7-5
5. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-3, 7-5
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Juan Marino (AR) 7-5, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #23 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 5-4, unf
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-2
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) 6-4         Match Notes:
Georgia 17-3 (11-0 SEC); National ranking #6
Arkansas 19-6 (7-4 SEC); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,5,3,4,2)
T-2:35

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I'm very proud of our guys," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "They battled very hard today against a very good Arkansas team. We played very well in doubles and that took a little pressure off of our guys going into singles, but Arkansas just didn't let it get away. We were really forced to dig deep and once again this team refused to go away under pressure. Arkansas stepped it up in singles, but I'm really proud of this bunch and they have a lot to be proud of themselves.
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North Carolina looked like it was in trouble for most of the day but Ronnie Schneider bailed the guys out with a come from behind victory to give the Tar Heels a 4-3 win over No. 30 Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the Yellow Jackets took four opening sets in singles. Daniel Yun beat Jack Murray in straight sets at No. 4 to make it 2-0 GT but UNC's Robert Kelly and Brett Clark tied the match at 2-2 with straight sets wins at No. 5 and No. 3.

Georgia Tech sophomore Christopher Eubanks defeated Brayden Schnur 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to make it 3-2 GT but UNC freshman Anu Kodali tied it at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Andrew Li at No. 6.

Schneider would break GT's Carlos Benito to go up 4-3 in the third and then he'd close it out a few games later.



#5 North Carolina 4, #30 Georgia Tech 3
Apr 15, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #29 Brayden Schnur (NC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. #110 Carlos Benito (GT) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. #47 Brett Clark (NC) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
4. Daniel Yun (GT) def. #111 Jack Murray (NC) 6-4, 6-3
5. #114 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) 7-5, 6-3
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Andrew Li (GT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #2 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #34 Casey Kay/Michael Kay (GT) 6-1
2. Christopher Eubanks/Carlos Benito (GT) def. #29 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) 6-3
3. Nathan Rakitt/Andrew Li (GT) def. Anudeep Kodali/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-4
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 15-7, 8-4 ACC; National ranking #30
North Carolina 23-3, 8-3 ACC; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)
T-2:42 A-335




Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"We knew we had to come out and win for the seniors, said UNC junior Ronnie Schneider, whose three-set win at No. 2 clinched the victory for the Tar Heels. "They've meant so much to the program and we'll never be able to thank them enough.

"I wanted to do something, he said of the gesture, which he'd planned ahead of time. "This place as been really good to me over the last four years. It's been a fun ride but it's not over yet.

 "I'm really happy for this senior group to get a W' on Senior Day, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "Georgia Tech's got a good team. We knew that coming in, we knew it was going to be a fight. We dug a bit of a hole with the doubles and I wasn't happy with that, but then we came back and our kids showed a lot of fight. I'm just really happy for our senior class they've meant a lot to our program.

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
"We're never happy with a loss, but I'm always proud of a team that believes and fights to the end," said head coach Kenny Thorne. "We came into the senior day match of the reigning national indoor champions and came up a few points short. We have played better as the season has progressed, which is always the goal. Now post-season begins, and we will continue to commit to your game."
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Florida all but locked up the No. 2 seed in next week's SEC Tournament with a 7-0 win over No. 20 Kentucky. The Gators took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then they won all six singles matches though four of them went the distance.

#13 Florida 7, #20 Kentucky 0
April 15, 2016 at Gainesville, FL (Ring Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. #13 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) def. #31 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 
2. Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. #35 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
3. #38 Elliott Orkin (FLA) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-2, 6-4
4. #107 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-2, 6-2
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Trey Yates (UK) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Maxx Lipman (FLA) def. Jake Stefanik (UK) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles Competition
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #71 Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-2
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) def. #62 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-2
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Austin Hussey (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (13,4,5,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
"You want to keep improving and getting better every match, regardless of the score or the situation and you want to treat everything as an opportunity. Tonight was a great opportunity to outplay a Top-20 program.

"Kentucky has a very talented team. Although the score was 7-0, both the singles and doubles matches were very tight. In singles play, 4-of-6 matches went into a third set. It says a lot about our guys and our toughness.

"To play and win like we did tonight, with the ball blowing around the court, footwork, concentration, and focus were important. Making sure we were aware of not only the opponent, but also how to deal with the wind out here was key. I thought our guys did a great job of that tonight."
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South Florida locked up the No. 1 seed in next week's AAC Tournament with a 7-0 thrashing over No. 24 Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane played without its No. 1, Or Ram-Harel, and ended up being no match for the charging Bulls. South Florida won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and then swept all six singles matches with five of six finishing in straight sets.

#19 South Florida 7, #24 Tulsa 0
April 15, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. Robert Cid (USF) defeated Juan Matias-Gonzalez (Tulsa), 6-1, 6-4
2. Sasha Gozun (USF) defeated Carlos Bautista (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-4
3. Dominic Cotrone (USF) defeated Majed Kilani (Tulsa), 6-0, 6-4
4. Peter Bertran (USF) defeated Francois Kellerman (Tulsa), 6-3, 7-6
5. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) defeated Dominic Bechard (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-3
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) defeated Okkie Kellerman (Tulsa), 6-7, 6-4, 10-5
Doubles Competition
1. Gozun/Kalyuzhnyy (USF) defeated O.Kellerman/Kirby (Tulsa), 6-3
2. Bertran/Cotrone (USF) defeated Bechard/McCloskey (Tulsa), 6-2
3. Bautista/Kilani (Tulsa) vs. Cid/Gonzalez (USF), DNF 5-5
Match Notes 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,2,3,4,6)
Tulsa 14-12; National ranking #24
South Florida 16-8; National ranking #19
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Oklahoma State picked up a huge 4-1 win tonight over No. 10 Texas Tech and in the process most likely locked down a spot as a regional host at next month's NCAA Tournament.

The Cowboys welcomed back Julian Cash to the mix and he delivered in both singles and doubles. Cash and Arjun Kadhe won the deciding match at No. 1 doubles 7-6(5) and then Cash beat Felipe Soares in straight sets at No. 1 singles. 

Jurence Mendoza came back from a set down to clinch the match with a 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-1 win over Connor Curry at No. 5.


#14 Oklahoma State 4, #10 Texas Tech 1 
04/15/16, Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center) 
Doubles Competition
1. #5 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. #73 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 7-6 (5) 
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-1 
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU) def. Tristan Meraut/Nate Roper (OSU): 6-3 
Singles Competition
1. No. 59 Julian Cash (OSU) def. No. 18 Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-3, 6-4 
2. No. 100 Hugo Dojas (TTU) vs. No. 119 Arjun Kadhe (OSU): 2-6, 6-3, 6-6, unfinished 
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. No. 121 Alex Sendegeya (TTU): 6-4, 6-4 
4. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) vs. Tristan Meraut (OSU): 4-6, 6-4, 3-4, unfinished 
5. No. 125 Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Connor Curry (TTU): 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 
6. Bjorn Thomson (TTU) def.Nate Roper (OSU): 6-3, 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (23-4, 1-1 Big 12); National ranking #10 
Oklahoma State (17-5, 1-2 Big 12); National ranking #14 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,3,6,5) 

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Overall, we got outcompeted tonight," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "There were certain situations and certain points that we need to do a better job at of handling our business. We need to bounce back, and we need to learn quickly from our mistakes tonight because we face a red hot Oklahoma team on Sunday."
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Northwestern took the doubles point over No. 21 Michigan then picked up straight sets wins from Konrad Zieba, Sam Shropshire, and Ben Vandixhorn. Michigan's Kevin Wong earned the Wolverines lone point. 

#15 Northwestern 4, #21 Michigan 1
Apr 15, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #15 Konrad Zieba (NU) def. #112 Alex Knight (MICH) 6-3, 7-5
2. #41 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. #93 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-2, 6-3
3. #73 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. Carter Lin (MICH) 6-3, 5-5, unfinished 
4. Runhao Hua (MICH) vs. Fedor Baev (NU) 7-6 (7-1), 5-4, unfinished
5. Kevin Wong (MICH) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) def. Davis Crocker (MICH) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. #74 Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) 3-5, unfinished 
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Jathan Malik/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) 6-4
3. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Kevin Wong/Myles Schalet (MICH) 6-3
Match Notes:
Michigan 17-5 (6-2); National ranking #21 
Northwestern 22-2 (8-0); National ranking #15 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,6,5,1) 
Official: John Coleman T-2:15 A-312

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"We played with a lot of energy in doubles and really throughout the entire match," head coach Arvid Swan said. "All the matches were close, but it was good to see the top of the lineup get points for us."

"I'm extremely grateful to the folks coming out," Swan said. "It's incredible to have such support. It makes a huge difference in terms of our performance


Other Friday Scores:

#40 Virginia Tech def. Miami 6-1
Clemson def. #64 Duke 4-3
Louisville def. Boston College 6-1

#25 Columbia def. #46 Princeton 4-0
#55 Cornell def. Penn 4-1
#36 Dartmouth def. Brown 6-1
#48 Harvard def. Yale 5-2

#50 UC Santa Barbara def. #69 UC Davis 6-1
#61 BYU def. #56 Pepperdine 4-2
#68 Boise State def. San Diego State 4-1
Air Force def. Fresno State 4-2

#3 Ohio State def. Minnesota 4-0
#17 Illinois def. Michigan State 4-0
#39 Penn State def. #47 Wisconsin 4-2
#59 Purdue def. #67 Iowa 4-1
#70 Indiana def. Nebraska 4-2

#8 Oklahoma def. #37 Baylor 4-0

#11 Texas A&M def. #33 LSU 5-2
#32 Ole Miss def. #58 South Carolina 4-2
#63 Auburn def. Tennessee 6-1
#45 Vanderbilt def. #23 Mississippi State 4-2




Published in Blogs
It was an extremely long day of tennis in Columbia, South Carolina, as rain pushed the schedule at the SEC Tournament back significantly and ultimately shifted play indoors. One of the opening matches of the day, which started at 9am ET, would be a barnburner as South Carolina was trying to pull off its third top-20 upset in the last five days.

The Gamecocks started off the morning by taking the doubles point over No. 13 Texas A&M with Gabriel Friedrich and Harrison O'Keefe winning the deciding tiebreak at No. 1 by a 7-1 score.

Texas A&M rebounded in singles by taking four opening sets but South Carolina's Andrew Schafer was the first one to finish after he defeated Jordi Arconada 6-1, 7-5 at No. 3.

Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow won the only other match that would finish in straight sets with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Wood Benton at No. 6. Harrison Adams tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Thomas Mayronne at No. 5 but South Carolina's Alex Fennell would put the Gamecocks back ahead 3-2 with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 4.

Texas A&M's Shane Vinsant would tie the match at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) win over Harrison O'Keefe at No. 2. Vinsant led 3-0 in the third set before O'Keefe came back to force a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Vinsant broke a 5-5 tie by getting a mini-break on O'Keefe's serve and then he won the last point on his own serve to close it out.

The match would be decided in a third set at No. 1 between South Carolina redshirt sophomore Gabriel Friedrich and Texas A&M sophomore Arthur Rinderknech. Friedrich came back from 15-40 down to hold for 4-4 and then he broke Rinderknech on the deciding point to go up 5-4. Rinderknech would calmly break back, from 15-40, to even it a 5-5 when Friedrich couldn't handle a volley at his feet. Rinderknech then fell behind 15-30 on his serve but he stuck a volley off the top of the net that forced a Friedrich error to make it 30-30. Rinderknech hit a service winner for 40-30 but then he pushed a forehand wide to bring up the deciding point. Rinderknech kicked a nice second serve out wide, in the ad-court, and after a nice forehand down the line he finished the point by tapping a volley into the open court.

Rinderknech went up 0-30 on Friedrich's 5-6 service game but Friedrich landed a timely net-cord service winner to make it 15-30. Just as Friedrich got ready to hit his next serve a train horn started blaring and then it started raining so Rinderknech put his hand up to stop play. The rain would start and stop for the next few hours and once lightning entered the equation the decision was made to move play indoors.

Play resumed after a two-hour and forty-eight minute delay and Rinderknech would take the first point to go up 15-40 when he hit a volley winner after a lengthy back and forth rally. Rinderknech put a forehand into the net to make it 30-40 but he'd close it out on the next point when a Friedrich forehand sailed long.




#13 (3) Texas A&M 4, #50 (11) South Carolina 3
4/22/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #58 Gabriel Friedrich (SC) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 
2. #53 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Harrison O'Keefe (SC) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Andrew Schafer (SC) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-1, 7-5
4. Alex Fennell (SC) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
5. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Thomas Mayronne (SC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Wood Benton (SC) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. #67 Gabriel Friedrich/Harrison O'Keefe (SC) def. Aleksandre Bakshi/J. Withrow (TAMU) 7-6 (1) 
2. Alex Fennell/Sam Swank (SC) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Andrew Schafer/Yancy Dennis (SC) 6-4
Match Notes:
(3) Texas A&M 26-8, 8-4 SEC; National ranking #13
(11) South Carolina 14-15, 4-8 SEC; National ranking #50 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,5,4,2,1)
SEC Tournament (Quarterfinals)

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Steve Denton via aTm's recap
On the match "I think there is room for improvement and the first match in a tournament is normally the tightest so we will hopefully loosen up and play well tomorrow against a very good Florida team. There was a lot of pressure on this match, South Carolina was playing for place in the NCAA Tournament and we wanted to defend our title. I thought our guys competed really well, today was a great college tennis match."

On the Aggies prevailing through adversity
"Once we came inside it was an equalizer for both guys. It is always tougher being down a game and Gabe (Friedrich) was down 15-30 on his serve when we made the move. So that first point of the game indoors was huge, Arthur was able to come into the net and hit a volley winner. Once Arthur was up 40-15 and Gabe had to win three straight point it was really tough. Arthur played well today, but give a lot of credit to South Carolina today. They played with a lot of guts and we knew they would. They played really well in the doubles and gave us everything we wanted in a first match at the SEC Tournament."

On Shane Vinsant evening the match at three-all
"I thought Shane played a little more aggressive at the end of his third set, he was up 3-0 in the third and then the match tightened up. Anytime you play a tie-breaker in the third anybody can win, but Shane really came up with a couple big shots in the breaker to give us a chance and then Arthur came through for us again."

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Josh Goffi via SC's recap
"That's all we could ask for. Going into today, it was all about getting ourselves in position to win, which is first of all not backing down to Texas A&M, which we haven't beaten. The belief has been there. Our team arrived late in the season, and we've been working toward that all year. As far as I'm concerned, today came out as an L on paper, but it was an absolute win for us because our team has an identity. They finally believe that they are one of the top teams. They're a young squad, and we're going to continue to move forward here."

"Our team wanted it. Our back was against the wall. That was our season, right there -- if we win, we get into NCAAs; if we lose, we don't get into NCAAs. There's a lot of people that when their backs are against they wall, they come out and do some great things. Our boys showed up and put themselves into position today. We were two points away from winning the whole match and getting what we wanted. We missed a few opportunities, but that's the way it goes sometimes. Our guys -- I couldn't be more proud of them. I know it's clich and everybody says that, but it's been a long season and they've done everything we've asked and they arrived to a great level and became a great team today."
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In the other early morning match it was Florida shutting out Vanderbilt 4-0. The Gators took the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then both Diego Hidalgo and McClain Kessler picked up quick straight sets wins at No. 1 and No. 6 singles.

Each of the four remaining matches would go to a third set and Florida's Gordon Watson would clinch it at No. 5 with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 win over Kris Yee.

Vanderbilt was a point away from winning at both No. 2 and No. 3 while Florida was close to winning at No. 4.





#11 (2) Florida 4, #34 (7) Vanderbilt 0
4/22/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #11 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #34 Daniel Valent (VU) 6-3, 6-0
2. #83 Alfredo Perez (UF) vs. #103 Cameron Klinger (VU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-5, unfinished 
3. #36 Elliott Orkin (UF) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU) 6-4, 3-6, 5-6, unfinished
4. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) vs. Baker Newman (VU) 2-6, 6-1, 5-3, unfinished 
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Kris Yee (VU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
6. McClain Kessler (UF) def. Alex Ross (VU) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. #1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #14 Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VU) 6-1
2. #68 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Pen Binet/Tate Allwardt (VU) 6-1
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Alfredo Perez (UF) vs. Daniel Valent/Baker Newman (VU) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
(7) Vanderbilt 17-13, 6-6 SEC; National ranking #34 
(2) Florida 16-6, 10-2 SEC; National ranking #11 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,5)
SEC Tournament (Quarterfinals)

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
"We played really well overall today against a good Vanderbilt team. They came in hot after having won a couple big matches on the road recently and they took care of business yesterday to get in this position.

"We came in today though and matched it with leadership by our seniors, Gordon [Watson] and Diego [Hidalgo]. They came out and played really high-quality doubles play to get us started. At Court two, Max and Elliot came out of the gates swinging away and went up 5-0 with confidence.

"Ultimately we gave ourselves the opportunity to compete well today and we took advantage of it. I'm really happy for the seniors and this team in a tournament where you want to keep advancing."
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The final matches of the day at the SEC Tournament didn't finish until later in the evening and night as Georgia knocked off Ole Miss 4-0 in a match where singles was played first and then in the nightcap it was Mississippi State holding off Kentucky 4-2.





#6 (1) Georgia 4, #29 (9) Ole Miss 0
4/22/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (USC Field House)
Singles Competition
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #47 Gustav Hansson (UM) 6-2, 7-5
2. #35 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #51 Stefan Lindmark (UM) 6-4, 6-3 3. #96 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Grey Hamilton (UM) 6-2, 6-1
4. Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Fabian Fallert (UM) 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) vs. Zvonimir Babic (UM) 2-6, 1-1, unfinished
6. Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Vinod Gowda (UM) 3-1, unfinished
Doubles Not Played
1. #28 Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (UM) vs. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) no result
2. Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (UM) vs. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) no result
3. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (UM) vs. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) no result
Match Notes:
(9) Ole Miss 15-10, 5-7 SEC; National ranking #29 
(1) Georgia 19-3, 12-0 SEC; National ranking #6 
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (3,2,1,4)
SEC Tournament (Quarterfinals)




#25 (4) Mississippi State 4, #20 (5) Kentucky 2
4/22/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (USC Field House)
Singles Competition
1. #29 William Bushamuka (UK) def. #33 Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #60 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. #39 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-2, 6-4 
3. #98 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Nils Ellefsen (UK) 6-2, 6-1
4. Trey Yates (UK) def. Niclas Braun (MSU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) def. Austin Hussey (UK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Trevor Foshey (MSU) def. Jake Stefanik (UK) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Doubles Not Played
1. Enzo Wallart/Nils Ellefsen (UK) vs. #45 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) no result
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) vs. Niclas Braun/Trevor Foshey (MSU) no result
3. Gus Benson/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) vs. Rishab Agarwal/Nuno Borges (MSU) no result
Match Notes:
(5) Kentucky 19-9, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #20
(4) Mississippi State 16-7, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #25 
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (3,1,4,2,5,6)
SEC Tournament (Quarterfinals)

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Ohio State clinched at least a share of its 11th consecutive Big Ten regular season title with a 4-0 win over No. 14 Northwestern. The Buckeyes picked up the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then took five opening sets in singles.

Ohio State redshirt senior Ralf Steinbach was the first off the court with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Fedor Baev at No. 4. Herkko Pollanen, who was playing at No. 6 for the first time in his collegiate career, wasn't too far behind as he cruised past Alp Horoz 6-4, 6-1.

Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard, who earlier this week became the ITA's No. 1 ranked singles player, provided the clincher as he broke Konrad Zieba to go up 7-5, 5-4 and then held at love to win it 7-5, 6-4.
The other matches were abandoned with Ohio State leading on two of three courts with the other tied in the third set.

Ohio State ran its Big Ten record to 10-0 with all 10 matches finishing with a 4-0 score. The Buckeyes can clinch the regular season title outright with a win over Illinois on Sunday.

#5 Ohio State 4, #14 Northwestern 0
April 22, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU) 7-5, 6-4
2. #93 Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. #41 Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-2, 5-6, unfinished
3. #37 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. #78 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 2-6, 6-1, 3-2, unfinished
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 2-2, unfinished
6. #90 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition 
1. #20 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Strong Kirchheimer/Fedor Baev (NU) 6-4
2. #31 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #88 Sam Shropshire/Konrad Zieba (NU) 6-2
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) vs. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 2-5, unfinished
Match Notes: 
Northwestern 23-3 (9-1); National ranking #14
Ohio State 26-2 (10-0); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,6,1) 
Official: Marcus Lee  T-2:11  A-463

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"You can't win without great players and we've been fortunate enough to recruit great players who are great student-athletes and who want to win tennis matches, said Ohio State Director of Tennis Ty Tucker.  "Associate head coach Justin Kronauge has been here all 11 years and assistant coach David Schilling has been here 17 years so we've had great stability and that's been a huge part of it. A lot of great players and coaches have been a part of this run.

"The guys knew it was a big match tonight so we really didn't have to talk too much about the Big Ten title, said Tucker. "We've played a lot of big matches in the last 10 years here at Ohio State and by not really hyping the match up too much I think helped them stay loose and they came out and played well.
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Last weekend Penn State was riding a high after beating Wisconsin but then they crashed back down to earth after a stunning loss to unranked Minnesota. This afternoon Penn State was able to put that loss behind them and upset No. 15 Illinois 4-3.

Penn State took the all-important doubles point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 but Illinois rebounded by winning four opening sets in singles.

Illinois picked up straight set wins from Jared Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic at No. 1 and No. 2 to go up 2-1 but Penn State tied it at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-2 win by Marc Collado over Alex Jesse at No. 6. Illinois sophomore Aron Hiltzik put the Illini back in front 3-2 with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Matt Barry at No. 3 but Penn State junior Aws Laaribi tied it at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Pengxuan Jiang at No. 5.

It looked like Illinois might pull it out when Julian Childers led Tomas Hanzlik 5-3 in the third but Hanzlik won the final four games to defeat the cramping Childers 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Penn State improved to 13-0 at home and the win also meant that Penn State hit 20-wins in a season for just the second time in program history. Penn State all but guaranteed itself an at-large in next month's NCAA Tournament while Illinois's chances of hosting a regional took a pretty big hit.

#39 Penn State 4, #15 Illinois 3
April 22, 2016 at State College, Pa (Sarni Tennis Center)
Doubles Competition
1. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. David Kohan/Christian Lutschaunig (PSU), 6-2.
2. Leo Stakhovsky/Matt Barry (PSU) def. #90 Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL), 6-3.
3. Aws Laaribi/Matt Galush (PSU) def. Julian Childers/Alex Jesse, 6-4.
Singles Competition
1. #13 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU), 6-2, 6-2.
2. #3 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Constant De La Bassetiere (PSU), 7-5, 6-1.
3. #65 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Matt Barry (PSU) 7-6(2), 6-2.
4. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) def. Julian Childers (ILL), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
5. Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
6. Marc Collado (PSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILL), 6-3, 6-2.
Match Notes
Penn State 20-6 (6-4 B1G); National ranking #39
Illinois 17-8 (8-2 B1G); National ranking #15
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3) Singles (1,2,6,3,5,4)

Post-Match Quotes from PSU's recap
"It is a great way to get a top-16 win and get our 20th win of the season, said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "We definitely wanted to protect our home court, which we have done a great job of this year. We always talk about championship teams and what it takes to be one; you need to win your doubles and you need to be strong at 4, 5 and 6 to be an elite team. We did that today!

"We stress as a coaching staff to peak at the right times and to prepare for the championship season at the end, said Coach Zinn. "Our backs were against the wall in today's match and we knew we had to get a win. Every team member contributed on and off the court. That is why we won today. We truly embraced the ONETEAM' motto.

"This is a huge win for the team, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We knew taking the doubles point was crucial and we did it. In singles, we had some tough positions but Collado, Laaribi and Hanzlik were determined to win. Hanzlik had an outstanding match to clinch the win. This is truly what college tennis is all about.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Credit to Penn State. They beat us down the stretch in matches where we felt we had momentum early in the third sets," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's a tough loss for us to swallow, but at the same time our attention turns to Sunday and our meeting in Columbus. Anytime you have a loss like this it brings forth a time to reflect. As coaches, we need to do a better job of getting our guys who are fighting hard better prepared."
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UCLA and Cal were the big winners in the Pac-12 semifinals. UCLA dropped the doubles point to Stanford for the third time this season but once again they were able to rebound in singles and ended up winning fairly comfortably in the end.

Cal advanced to its first-ever Pac-12 Tournament Final with a 4-1 win over No. 8 USC. The Bears took the doubles point when Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat won the deciding match 7-6(6). Cal surprisingly took it to USC in several spots with Billy Griffith, Filip Bergevi, and J.T. Nishimura each winning in straight sets while USC's Nick Crystal won in straight sets at No. 2.


#2 UCLA 4, #32 Stanford 1
Apr 22, 2016 at Ojai, Calif. (Libbey Park) 
Doubles competition
1. #39 Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) def. #5 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) 6-2
2. Wilczynski/Paige (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 7-5
3. Cressy/Rapp (UCLA) vs. Kumar/Goldberg (STAN) 6-5, unfinished
Singles competition
1. #10 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #12 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 6-4, 6-3
2. #42 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Michael Genender (STAN) 7-5, 4-3, unfinished
3. #55 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #77 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-2, 6-4
4. #92 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-3, 6-1
Match Notes
Stanford 14-10; National ranking #32
UCLA 21-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,6,1,3)
Pac-12 Championship Semifinals 

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"We're very pleased to get another solid win over a really good Stanford team, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin.  "I'm disappointed with the doubles outcome, as it's our third straight time losing the point to them.  They are a good doubles team, but I was hoping we could see some improvement there. 

"Our guys took the doubles defeat well and put it behind them, said Martin.  "This was as good a match as we've had all year as far as everybody looking really focused from the start, winning all six first sets in singles.  We really took charge and sent a message to Stanford that dropping doubles didn't bother us.  I was really happy with our resilience.

"We're very excited for him, said Martin of Sell's accomplishment of winning 100 singles matches.  "He's done an incredible job for us the past four years.  I'd be surprised if there are many guys that have a better dual match record than Karue.  He has really been a rock for us throughout the years.  He'll be a tough one to lose next year, so I hope we can send him out with a conference tournament title and an NCAA title. 

"We're very excited to advanceit's one of our four major goals every year, said Martin.  "We want to go undefeated at home, win Pac-12 regular season, win the conference tournament, and then the NCAA Championships.  Tomorrow we have a chance to attain the third of our four goals.

"We're going to be up for whoever we play, added Martin of facing either USC or Cal in the title match.  "They're both really good teamsthere's no doubt about it.  We know how good USC is, and we played Cal without one of its better players.  If they beat USC today, they'll be a better team than the one we beat at home this season.  Either way, we're going to have to play very well tomorrow.


[3] #16 California 4, [2] #8 USC 1
Apr 22, 2016 at Ojai, Calif. (Libbey Park) 
Doubles competition
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (CAL) def. Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC), 7-6 (6)
2. Max de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL), 6-1
3. J.T. Nishimura/Mads Engsted (CAL) def. Rob Bellamy/Jake DeVine (USC), 6-3
Singles Competition
1. No. 27 Florian Lakat (CAL) vs. No. 23 Max de Vroome (USC), susp. 4-6, 6-4
2. No. 43 Nick Crystal (USC) def. No. 28 Andre Goransson (CAL), 6-4, 7-5
3. No. 82 Billy Griffith (CAL) def. No. 59 Logan Smith (USC), 6-4, 6-2
4. Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. No. 106 Jake DeVine (USC), 6-3, 6-3
5. No. 122 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) vs. No. 117 Thibault Forget (USC), susp. 7-6(4), 1-3
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Laurens Verbovens (USC), 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes
California 17-5; National ranking #16
USC 15-6; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,2,3)
Pac-12 Championship Semifinals 

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"The guys are excited, but not surprised about beating USC today, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "After losing to them in L.A. a few weeks ago, we knew we had to make some improvements, and today's match was in part a validation of the work our team has been putting in.

"The doubles point was crucial today, Wright said. "Florian Lakat and Filip Bergevi won a thrilling tiebreaker to give us the lead. USC is a well-coached team, and we knew we were in for a battle today. J.T. Nishimura set the tone with a solid straight-set victory, and after that we never looked back. It's great to be in the Pac-12 team finals for the first time, and we're looking forward to a rematch with UCLA tomorrow night.
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I am in Memphis this week at the American Athletic Conference Championships and once singles got underway I noticed that only five of the six courts on the one bank were being utilized. Evidently during the downpour on Thursday a crack opened up on court 1 with a good amount of water seeping down into the crack. Due to the amount of water absorbed they couldn't make any repairs until after the water had evaporated so each of the matches just played five singles courts at once.



All four quarterfinal matches finished with a 4-0 score with the two closest matches taking place between Tulane and Memphis and SMU and Central Florida. Tulane claimed the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Green Wave took all five first sets in singles.

Dominik Koepfer and Sebastian Rey won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 3 but Memphis would earn splits on the other three courts. While both No. 2 and No. 4 were early in the third set, Tulane's Ian Van Cott would get a late break and then hold on the deciding point to clinch the Tulane win.


#31 Tulane 4, #42 Memphis 0
Apr 22, 2016 at Memphis,Tenn. (MUS)
Singles Competition
1. #2 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) def. #81 Ryan Peniston (MEM) 6-4, 6-4
2. #104 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) vs. #101 Andrew Watson (MEM) 7-5, 4-6, 1-1, unf
3. Sebastian Rey (TLN) def. Kai Lemke (MEM) 6-4, 6-4
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) 7-5, 3-6, 2-1, unf
5. Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Felix Rauch (MEM) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
6. Tyler Schick (TLN) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEM) 4-1, unf
Doubles Competition
1. #22 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEM) 6-4
2. Tyler Schick/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) vs. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEM) 5-4, unf
3. Sebastian Rey/Ian Van Cott (TLN) def. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEM) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 14-9; National ranking #42
Tulane 15-7; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,5) T-2:34



Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"What a great win from our guys today and what a great Memphis team," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "We stepped up from under the pressure and took it to them. In singles, we got off to a couple of quick starts then Memphis began to punch back, but we absorbed those punches and stepped up our game and punched back."

Post-Match Quotes from Memphis's recap
"It's a fun time of year being in the conference championships and being able to host it was really special," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "We had a great crowd today and it was a really good college tennis match. Two teams that have both been ranked in the top 25 in the nation and to play in the first match in our conference tournament really shows how strong the conference has become." 

"When you make a tough schedule, it can go either way," Goebel said. "We had a young team, a lot of freshmen and sophomores, but they handled it very well. There were a couple of chances, it was a really fine line in a couple of matches there. We lost the doubles point today, but I think we lost five out of the six on no-ad points. If we can get those points to go our way, maybe the outcome is different. But credit to our opponent for that."

"We kept fighting the whole match. In these last three matches, we lost first sets and came back and pushed them to a third set, which is really good. We had a couple of guys who have been really injured and haven't practice the last couple of weeks, but that shows what our Tiger pride is about. I think they're gaining experience and learning how they are going to have to play the big points. I think our conference keeps getting better and better and we've maintained, we've proved that we can play with any of the teams in our conference and any teams in the nation, and that's exciting, but we just have to keep working and adding to each of their games and see where we can be next year."
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No. 27 SMU got off to a strong start in doubles but Central Florida would take three of five opening sets in singles. SMU's Samm Butler and Ronald Slobodchikov won easily at No. 3 and No. 5 though the fourth point would take a little longer.

SMU's Nate Lammons overcame a sluggish start to get the clincher with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Inaki Espindola at No. 1.


Central Florida's Chris Barrus was serving for the match at No. 2 at the time of the clinch though he was behind 15-30.

#27 SMU 4, UCF 0
Apr 22, 2016 at Memphis, Tenn. 
Singles competition
1. #105 Nate Lammons (SMU) def. Inaki Espindola (UCF) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
2. Chris Barrus (UCF) vs. #61 Hunter Johnson (SMU) 6-4, *6-5 (15-30), unf.
3. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Jose Sangroniz (UCF) 6-1, 6-1
4. Markus Kerner (SMU) vs. Mariano Porter (UCF) 1-6, 6-4, 5-0, unf
5. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Nicolo De Fraia (UCF) 6-3, 6-0
6. Yates Johnson (SMU) vs. Reece Acree (UCF) 5-2, unf
Doubles competition
1. #26 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Inaki Espindola/Chris Barrus (UCF) 6-2
2. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) def. Tyler Pate/Reece Acree (UCF) 6-3
3. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) vs. Jack Thiessen/Mariano Porter (UCF) 4-3, unf
Match Notes
UCF 9-13
SMU 20-7; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,5,1)
T-2:10

Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
"I'm proud of our guys, beating a tough UCF team today, said Head Coach Carl Neufeld. "I thought we fought incredibly hard and I think that is the most important part if want to continue playing.

Post-Match Quotes from UCF's recap
"We are proud of the guys' effort today versus a good team. They jumped on us early in doubles to gain momentum. We responded winning 3 of 5 first sets in singles. (We only used 5 courts due to maintenance issues.) We were gaining momentum. Credit to a top 30 team who responded like champs. They put the clamps on us."

"Our focus now is to finish the academic semester as best we can. Then we prepare for the summer season which lays the foundation for a successful fall 2016 season."
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The other two matches at the AAC both finished in under two hours with the top-seed South Florida steamrolling East Carolina and the second-seed Tulsa overpowering Temple.



#23 Tulsa 4, Temple 0
Apr 22, 2016 at Memphis, Tenn. 
Singles competition
1. #46 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) defeated Santiago Canete (Temple), 6-1, 6-1
2. Majed Kilani (Tulsa) defeated Artem Kapshuk (Temple), 6-3, 6-3
3. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) vs. Nicolas Paulus (Temple) 6-3, 4-4, unf.
4. Dylan McCloskey (Tulsa) vs. Hicham Belkssir (Temple), 6-3, 6-5, unf.
5. Okkie Kellerman (Tulsa) defeated Florian Mayer (Temple), 6-0, 6-4
6. Daniel Santos (Tulsa) vs. Vineet Naran (Temple), 1-2, unf.
Doubles competition
1. Kirby/O.Kellerman (Tulsa) defeated Belkssir/Naran (Temple), 6-2
2. McCloskey/Bechard (Tulsa) defeated Canete/Kapshuk (Temple), 6-2
3. Kilani/Bautista (Tulsa) vs. Mayer/Paulus (Temple), 3-3
Match Notes 
Tulsa 16-12; National ranking #23
Temple 20-6; 
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,2)




#17 South Florida 4, East Carolina 0
Apr 22, 2016 at Memphis, Tenn. (MUS)
Singles competition
1. #4 Roberto Cid (USF) def. Tendai Tapfuma (ECU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Kasey Countee (ECU) 6-3, 6-4
3. #48 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. Fredric Lehfeldt (ECU) 6-2, 5-3, unfinished 
4. Peter Bertran (USF) def. James Ling (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Vlad Anghel (ECU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) vs. Will Bissett (ECU) unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #34 Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Tendai Tapfuma/James Ling (ECU) 6-1
2. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) vs. Fredric Lehfeldt/Vlad Anghel (ECU) 4-2, unfinished 
3. Roberto Cid/Everth Dzib (USF) def. Kasey Countee/Will Bissett (ECU) 6-2
Match Notes:
East Carolina 11-13
South Florida18-8; National ranking #17 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,4,2) 
T-1:36

Post-Match Quotes from USF's recap
"I was pleased with the way our guys competed today from start to finish, said head coach Matt Hill. "We didn't know these guys very well and they have some really good young players, so I thought the guys handled the situation really well.

"There will be some adversity thrown our way in this tournament and we are going to have to deal with that and handle that well, said Hill. "We need to expect that, so when the adversity comes, we are not surprised, because it's how we respond that is going to gives us our best chance.
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All four men's matches at the ACC Tournament got moved indoors at various locations through the Research Triangle. Two of the four matches would be decided in third set breaks.

Wake Forest defeated Notre Dame 4-3 when Romain Bogaerts came back from 5-2 down in the deciding tiebreak to beat Alex Lawson 7-6(5).

Virginia Tech defeated Florida State 4-3 when Amerigo Contini came back from 4-1 down in the third set to defeat Michael Rinaldi 7-6(2).

In the other two quarterfinals matches North Carolina shutout Georgia Tech 4-0 and Virginia beat NC State 4-1.

For full details you can check out the ACC's recap

#7 Wake Forest 4, #41 Notre Dame 3
Apr 22, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #32 Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Josh Hagar (ND) def. #19 Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-1, 7-5
3. Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
4. #118 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. #12 A. Lawson/Q. Monaghan (ND) 5-6, unf
2. #78 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. #44 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Grayson Broadus/Nicolas Montoya (ND) 6-3
Match Notes
Notre Dame 15-13; National ranking #41
Wake Forest 27-5; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,1,3,5,4)
Match moved to Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. due to rain.

Post-Match Quotes from ND's recap
"I'm really, really proud of our team and the way we fought, the Callaghan Family Head Men's Tennis Coach Ryan Sachire said. "Wake Forest is obviously one of the very best teams in the country and we just continued to battle, scratch, claw, fight and put ourselves in a position to win was awesome. This is the way we want to compete match in and match out.

"You're going to win some of these and lose some of these and it's not about that, it's about how you go about it, Sachire said. "Those two seniors have been through the wars. The know what to do and they executed under an immense amount of pressure. I wouldn't second-guess one point, one shot of what they did. They did a great job.


#36 Virginia Tech def. #21 Florida State, 4-3
April 22, 2016 Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Chapel Hill, N.C. 
Singles competition
1. #22 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #9 Benjamin Lock (FSU), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
2. #66 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #69 Marco Nunez (FSU), 7-5, 7-6 (4)
3. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2)
4. Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU), 7-5, 6-1
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Aaron Gomez (VT), 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #16 Lock/Nunez (FSU) vs. #15 Bjerrehus/Monteiro (VT), 5-3, dnf.
2. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Contini/Tessaro (VT), 6-3
3. Gracia/Whitehurst (FSU) def. Jai Corbett/Harper (VT), 6-3
Match Notes
Order of Finish Singles: 6,4,1,2,5,3; Doubles: 2,3

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Dwayne Hultquist via FSU's recap
"It was a great college match. It was competitive. Virginia Tech is an outstanding team and one of the most underranked teams in the country based on what their ability is. We had a great win over them earlier in the season at their place, and this is a great win for them to beat us. The difference came down to the flipping of the matches (5 of 7 spots changed results from the regular season match). We won the doubles point this time, and they won it last time. They were good at closing matches out in the decisive sets. That's exactly what we did up there.

I'm extremely proud of Jose. He was down to match point and came back and won. I was very pleased with Terrance, one of his best matches of the year in convincing fashion.

I'm sure Michael feels bad about not winning his match, but that's only one of four points that occurred. He did a great job of coming back from a first set loss. We lost the match in the first set they won five of six.

On what he said to the team after the match:
"I told them the key was the flipping of the matches and that we didn't play good enough in the first sets. They did a good job of not giving up and digging in and fighting. Certainly, it's advantageous for Virginia Tech to play indoors, but we did a good job in a hard-fought indoor match.

On how the team will prepare over the next three weeks for the NCAA Tournament:
"The first thing is we have to get through finals. We're fortunate to have a couple guys, Ben and Marco, playing in the Tallahassee Challenger next week. We'll take some days off to regroup and get our bodies healthier and train hard. There's some things we can correct and improve on, but this is not a bad loss.
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Texas Tech kept its hopes of winning a share of the Big 12 with a hard fought 5-2 win over Texas. The Red Raiders took the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then took four opening sets in singles. Felipe Soares and Jolan Cailleau would clinch at the same time to give Tech the win.



No. 9 Texas Tech 5, No. 19 Texas 2 
04/22/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1. #73 Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TTU) vs. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT): 6-3 
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) defeats Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU): 6-2 
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT): 6-3 
Singles competition
1. #20 Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats #64 George Goldhoff (UT): 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 
2. #110 Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats Harrison Scott (UT): 6-4, 7-6 (3) 
3. Alex Sendegeya (TTU) defeats Adrian Ortiz (UT): 6-3, 6-4 
4. #119 Jolan Cailleau (TTU) defeats Rodrigo Banzer (UT): 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) defeats Connor Curry (TTU): 7-5, 6-2 
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) defeats Bjorn Thomson (TTU): 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (25-4, 3-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 9 
Texas (17-10, 1-4 Big 12); National ranking No. 19 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,3,2,6,1,4) 

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"It was awesome to come right out of the gate and win the doubles point, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "It was a fun atmosphere, and the electric crowd was a huge help for us. I thought our guys handled some pressure moments well in the middle of the doubles matches. We weren't playing our best when singles started. However, we found a way to get four first sets, and that carried us forward.

"It was amazing feeling and the first time beating Texas in my career, Soares said. "It was great to be at home and to have my parents here. I love third sets, it can go both ways. I felt that he (Goldhoff) was under all the pressure tonight. The crowd was unbelievable, and they helped me a lot. My serve was huge. I felt I served very well in the spots that I wanted to, and that helped me a lot too.

"Hugo and Felipe are the most veteran guys on the team, Masi said. They had never beat Texas, so that had to be on their mind. Hugo played a great breaker in the second set. I thought it was important that he got us off the court and got us to three points. Jolan and Felipe were doing a good job in their third sets and both went out to big leads early. Again, they were looking to fight back after they lost their second sets. We were able to build ourselves a cushion and were able to bring the victory home.

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap
"It was a tough match," said 16th-year UT head coach Michael Center.  "Obviously, Texas Tech has an outstanding team, and there's a reason they're in the top 10 (nationally). We fought them really, really hard."

"There were a couple of things in doubles that didn't go our way, and that was unfortunate, but I thought the guys rebounded in the singles," Center said.  "We gave ourselves a chance to win." 

"Tech has two All-Americans at the top who scored on us, but we were outstanding tonight at Nos. 5 and 6 singles," Center added.  "I give a lot of credit to our guys. They've gone through a rugged season. We've played a great schedule, and the guys have improved and fought hard. We'll go back to work and get ready for the postseason starting next week."



Also don't forget about my conference central page which has all the results from the various conference tournaments along with the schedule of play for Saturday.




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Semifinal Saturday was good as expected in the ACC with an almost three rain delay adding to the suspense.  North Carolina was looking for its third of the season over No. 1 Virginia and for the better part of four plus hours it looked like they'd get it.

In the high-profile doubles matchup at No. 1 it was the ITA No. 3 team of Brett Clark and Robert Kelly rolling over the ITA No. 2 team of Ryan Shane and Luca Corinteli. Clark and Kelly broke UVA to start the match and then broke again to go up 5-2. Robert Kelly would serve it out to give UNC the 6-2.

UVA's Collin Altamirano and J.C. Aragone jumped out to an early 4-1 lead at No. 3 but UNC's Ronnie Schneider and Anu Kodali would take the next three to even it up at 4-4.

Over at No. 2, UNC's Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray broke Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger on the deciding point to go up 2-1 and then Murray held for 3-1. After three straight holds, UVA would break Murray to even it up at 4-4. UNC broke back and then Schnur served it out at love to win it 6-4.


Each took would take three opening sets in singles with UNC grabbing them at 1, 2, and 5 while UVA took them at 3, 4, and 6.

UNC's Brayden Schnur beat Ryan Shane for the third time this season with a win at No. 1. Schnur won the first eight games of the match before Shane finally got on the board in the third game of the second set. Schnur maintained his break lead and served it out to take it 6-0, 6-4.

Moments after Schnur finished the rain would start and play would be suspended for the better part of three hours. Here was where the scores stood at the time of the stoppage.


After play finally resumed, UNC's Ronnie Schneider was able to to close out Collin Altamirano on the deciding point, on a service overrule of all things, to win it 6-2, 6-4. North Carolina's lead was now 3-0 but getting the fourth point would prove to be too difficult.

UVA's Luca Corinteli would start the comeback with a win over Anu Kodali at No. 6. Corinteli took the first set 6-2 and then led 4-2 in the second. Kodali broke for 3-4 and then held for 4-4 and then the rain started. After the delay Kodali would break Corinteli but he'd be unable to serve out the set as Corinteli broke back to even it at 5-5. Corinteli held for 6-5 and then broke Kodali on the deciding point to win it 6-2, 7-5.

UVA's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would trim UNC's lead to 3-2 with a win over Brett Clark at No. 3. Kwiatkowski took the opening set 6-3 but Clark took the second 6-2. Kwiatkowski would break Clark to go up 5-3 and then he'd serve it out to win it 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

UNC's best chance of closing it out came at No. 4 where Robert Kelly had gone ahead 3-1 in the third set against J.C. Aragone. The UVA junior would hold for 2-3 and then break on the deciding point to even it at 3-3. It was all holds until the tiebreak when Aragone would go up 5-0. Kelly would come storming back to tie it at 5-5 but then he overcooked a forehand on a point he was seemingly in control of to go down *6-5. Aragone would close it out on the next point when Kelly sliced a backhand into the net and just like that the match was even at 3-3.

Henrik Wiersholm dropped the opening set at No. 5 but he didn't drop much the rest of the way and would nonchalantly clinch the match with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Jack Murray at No. 5

It's tough to say whether the rain really had that big of an impact because it's not like any of the individual courts really changed direction after the stoppage.

#1 Virginia 4, #3 North Carolina 3
Apr 23, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #31 Brayden Schnur (NC) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-0, 6-4 
2. #30 Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. #40 Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-2, 6-4 
3. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #49 Brett Clark (NC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #100 Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) 
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. #114 Jack Murray (NC) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Anudeep Kodali (NC) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition 
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-2 
2. #32 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) def. #17 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) 6-4 
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) vs. Ronnie Schneider/Anudeep Kodali (NC) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,6,3,4,5) 
Match was suspended at 3:47 pm due to rain. Match continued at 6:30 pm

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Congratulations to North Carolina for a great run so far and I know they are going to be a great team in the NCAA Tournament," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "I am proud of my guys for coming back from down 3-0. That shows a lot of toughness. I am really pleased with how they managed the weather delay we had in the middle of the match. They got themselves mentally and physically ready to go and came out and won all four matches that we needed. I am really proud of the overall effort and I am looking forward to playing for an ACC Championship tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"Congratulations to Virginia, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "They came out and played well.

"Doubles was definitely a huge positive, Murray said. "We've put a lot of emphasis on that in practice.


"Robert Kelly fought his tail off I'm really proud of his effort, said Paul, who was situated at the even-numbered courts and thus saw Kelly's match at No. 4 but not the other two three-set matches. "I'm proud of the whole team it's been a good week for us. We'll look at today and then get ready for the NCAA Tournament. Virginia was just a better team today. We're just going to go to work.
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The other ACC semifinal between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech would also live up to its advance billing. Wake Forest won the regular season meeting 4-3 with four of six singles matches going the distance so I figured this one would probably be close as well.

Virginia Tech looked like it'd secure the doubles point after winning 6-0 at No. 2 and opening up a 5-3 lead at No. 1. However Wake's Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim would hold for 4-5 and then break to even it at 5-5. Wake's Romain Bogarets and Dennis Uspensky would break VT to go up 5-4 at No. 3 and then they'd serve it out to win it 6-4. Back at No. 1, Mansouri and Seraphim would hold for 6-5 and then break VT to win it 7-5.

Each team took three first sets in singles and just as Petros Chrysochos was closing in on the finish line at No. 2 the rain started coming down. Below were the scores at the time of the stoppage:


Once play resumed VT's Andreas Bjerrehus won two straight at No. 2 but Chrysochos closed it out on the next game to win it 6-2, 6-3.

Wake Forest senior Romain Bogaerts extended the Demon Deacons lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Edoardo Tessaro at No. 4.  Seconds later Virginia Tech freshman Mitch Harper would the Hokies on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Christian Seraphim at No. 5.

VT senior Joao Monteiro narrowed the Wake lead to 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Skander Mansouri at No. 1 but Wake was starting to pull away on the other two courts.

Jon Ho had opened up a 4-1 lead in the third at No. 3 but Dennis Uspensky would get the clinch at No. 6 with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Jai Corbett.

#7 Wake Forest 4, #36 Virginia Tech 2
Apr 23, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park) 
Singles competition
1. #22 Joao Monteiro (VT) def. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. #19 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #66 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) 6-2, 6-3
3. Jon Ho (WF) vs. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 4-1, unfinished
4. #118 Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. #74 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 6-4, 6-4
5. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #15 A Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 7-5
2. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. #78 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-0
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-4
Match Notes
Virginia Tech 17-8 (7-5 ACC); National ranking #36
Wake Forest 28-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,5,1,6)
Play was suspended due to rain at 3:47 p.m.; play continued at 6:30 p.m.
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Georgia is back in the finals of the SEC Tournament after defeating Mississippi State 4-1. The Red & Black Bulldogs jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and then the lead was quickly extended to 2-0 when Austin Smith won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

Georgia freshman Emil Reinberg would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 but Mississippi State would start to claw its way back into the match.

MSU freshman Nuno Borges would get a late break to defeat Paul Oosterbaan 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 plus MSU's Niclas Braun would go up 3-0 in the third against Walker Duncan at No. 3.

Georgia's Wayne Montgomery came back from 5-2 down in the first set to take it in a tiebreak and then he led 4-1 in the second set before Rishab Agarwal closed to win 4-3. Montgomery would serve it out from 5-4 and clinch the match with a 7-6(1), 6-4 win.



6 (1) Georgia 4, #25 (4) Mississippi State 1
4/23/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #33 Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #35 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #60 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
3. #98 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #96 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4, 7-5
4. Walker Duncan (UGA) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 0-3, unf
5. Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 3-2, unf
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles Results
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #45 Vaughn Hunter/Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-3
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Niclas Braun/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-2
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Rishab Agarwal/Nuno Borges (MSU) 5-3, unf
Match Notes:
(4) Mississippi State 16-8, 7-5 SEC; National ranking #25
(1) Georgia 20-3, 12-0 SEC; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,3,2)
SEC Tournament (Semifinals)

Post-Match Quotes from UGA's recap
"I thought we came out well prepared today," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "We played exceptionally well in doubles and we came out ready to fight in singles. I take my hat off to Mississippi State. They were tenacious, gritty and tough at all positions. We had Emil come in at six and do a tremendous job there. Austin Smith was clicking on all cylinders. I'm just proud of this team for fighting and for giving us a win today."

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"We have to give credit to Georgia, as they have proven themselves to be an NCAA Championship contending team with the resume they've built this year," head coach Matt Roberts said. "To beat a team like that you have to be ready to compete extremely well at every position and we lacked in a few spots today."

"Our guys battled hard and gave us a chance to do something special, we just came up a little short," Roberts said. "All in all, I am very proud of what this group continues to do and we will learn from this as we prepare for the NCAA Tournament."
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Florida advanced to the finals of the SEC Tournament for the second time in three years by avenging an earlier loss to Texas A&M. Florida took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 but Texas A&M battled back in singles and took four opening sets.

Florida's Alfredo Perez and Elliott Orkin were the the Gators to claim opening sets but they also managed to finish in straight sets with Perez winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 while Orkin won 7-6, 6-1 at No. 3.

Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco would clinch the shutout with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over AJ Catanzariti at No. 4. The other matches were abandoned with Texas A&M up a double break on 1, Florida up a break on 5, and on-serve in the third at No. 6.



#11 Florida 4, #13 Texas A&M 0
4/23/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. No. 18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. No. 11 Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-2, 2-6, 5-1, unf.
2. No. 83 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. No. 53 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 36 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 7-6(3), 6-1
4. No. 123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Harrison Adams (TAMU) vs. Gordon Watson (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 3-4, unf.
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. McClain Kessler (UF) 6-4, 5-7, 1-1
Doubles competition
1. No. 1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. No. 68 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 5-4, unf.
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Aflredo Perez (UF) def. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Florida 17-6, 10-2; National ranking #11
Texas A&M 26-9, 8-4; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1); Singles (2, 3, 4)

Post-Match Quotes from Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
On the win over Texas A&M: "I'm really proud of our guys. I thought they showed up and came ready to play. We're really excited about the opportunity to compete in the Championship tomorrow.

"Credit to Texas A&M, they've got a great program and a great team. They beat us in the regular season and I think our guys were looking forward to the opportunity to play them again knowing we'd be pushed to the limit -- and we responded with that. I'm really proud of the way we fought back in both doubles and singles play. It says a lot about our resilience, toughness, and physical fitness.

On the opportunity to play Georgia tomorrow in the Tournament Championship:
"It's a great opportunity for us. We get a chance to play in the conference championship in one of the best conferences in collegiate tennis. I'm really proud of our guys for creating this opportunity with the effort and work they've put in this season.

"A lot has gone into this to get us to this point and the guys are hungry for it. They're certainly not satisfied. The loss we took in Athens a few weeks ago still sits right in our chests -- and we haven't forgotten about it. I know our guys will be motivated. And not only motivated to play in the match, but to go out and compete like champions. 

Post-Match Quotes from Steve Denton via Texas A&M's recap
On Rinderknech's tournament "One of the things we learned this weekend is that Arthur is one of the best players in the country and he showed that again today. How he has been playing in singles especially, after winning that emotional match yesterday and then turning around and playing well again today against another highly ranked singles player shows that he is playing at a really high level right now. It shows that he is playing with a lot of confidence and that is the biggest positive out of this tournament."

On bouncing back from dropping doubles point..."Our guys did a good job coming back and winning those first sets. Now what we as a coaching staff need to work on is getting the guys to press the issue and play aggressive in those situations. Give Florida a lot of credit, they came back and won all those second sets and put some scoreboard pressure on us. After we win a first set, let's apply pressure and not allow them to get back into the match."

 On the break before the NCAA Tournament starts
"First we need to get the guys a couple days rest and get home, but then we have a chance to work really hard for a couple weeks and prep for the tournament. It is both a positive and negative, we have to wait three weeks to play again, but we get three weeks to put in a training block and work with the guys and get better. It can propel us into something special and let us get ready to play our best tennis heading into the NCAA Tournament."
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Oklahoma won the Bedlam Rivalry over Oklahoma State despite playing without Florin Bragusi (unknown). The Sooners took the doubles point when Maxime Mora and Andre Biro came back from 4-2 down in the tiebreak to win it 7-5.

Andrew Harris, Axel Alvarez, and Alex Ghilea won in straight sets to give OU's its four points.

10 Oklahoma def. 12 Oklahoma State, 4-0
April 23, 2016 | Greenwood Tennis Center | Stillwater, Oklahoma
Doubles | Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #36 Andrew Harris/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #6 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Spencer Papa/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-2
3. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) 7-6 (7-5)
Singles | Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1
1. Andrew Harris (OU) def. #45 Julian Cash (OSU) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
2. #26 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #115 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. #71 Spencer Papa (OU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), unfinished
4. #57 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Andre Biro (OU) 6-0, 4-6, 0-2, unfinished
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. Maxime Mora (OU) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"We played a good match today," head coach John Roddick said. "Our intensity is getting better, but we still need more. We'll work on that this week. We are looking forward to the Big 12 Championship."

"Axel has been a tremendous player on some great teams," Roddick said. "His record shows that and we are happy for him. He deserves to go out with the records."

Post-Match Quotes from OSU's recap
"Anytime you play Oklahoma it's going to be a big match for us," coach Jay Udwadia said. "We had match point in doubles and didn't capitalize on that and we also had some key opportunities in singles that (Oklahoma) came up with, which happened to be the difference."

"It was a close match," Cash said. "I feel like we could have won all three doubles matches and taken the point, but in the end we just didn't take advantage of our opportunities today."

"Big 12 Championships are coming around and we've seen every team," coach Udwadia said. "We are going to work are butts off to get ready for that tournament and hopefully do something special at home."





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Sunday was a tremendous day for college tennis fans all across the country. There were over 1700 fans jammed into the Cary Tennis Park for the finals of the ACC Championship and probably at least five times that many watching throughout the country on ESPN3's national telecast. The final of the SEC Championships was also broadcast on ESPN3 while the final of the AAC Championships was broadcast on the American Network.

Wake Forest, Florida, Texas Tech, and South Florida may have been the winners of the day but the biggest winners were the supporters of college tennis. They were treated to a high-quality product that kept them on the edge of their seats and hopefully they'll continue coming back for seasons to come.

Virginia was seeking its tenth consecutive ACC Championship on Sunday while Wake Forest was seeking its first. Virginia had already defeated Wake Forest twice this season but as North Carolina found out on Saturday beating a team for a third time in the same season would prove to be too tough a challenge.

Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger won 6-2 at No. 2 doubles but Wake's Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim won 6-4 at No. 1. Wake's Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky won the decider at No. 3 by a 6-4 score to give Wake Forest the doubles point for the 27th time this season.

Wake's Skander Mansouri extended the lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ryan Shane at No. 1 but Virginia would quickly tie it up at 2-2 as both Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and J.C. Aragone won in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 4.

UVA sophomore Collin Altamirano put the Hoos ahead 3-2 after coming back from a set down and a break down in the third set to defeat Petros Chrysochos 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2. It looked like Virginia was well on its way to raising another trophy because both Henrik Wiersholm and Luca Corinteli were each up on their respective courts.

Wiersholm opened up a 3-0 in the third set against Christian Seraphim at No. 5 but Seraphim rallied to tie it at 4-4. Seraphim would break Wiersholm on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then he'd calmly serve it out from 40-15 when a Wiersholm backhand return sailed long. Seraphim's 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win avenged his two previous defeats to Wiersholm and tied the match at 3-3.

The last match on court was at No. 6 singles between Virginia junior Luca Corinteli and Wake freshman Dennis Uspensky. Corinteli looked like he was going to close it out in straight sets when he led 7-6, 4-1 but Uspensky fought his way back in it. Uspensky held, broke, and held to even it at 4-4 and then after an exchange of holds he'd find himself down 30-40 on his 5-6 service game. Uspensky would erase Corinteli's first match point with a service winner and then he'd get the hold on the deciding point when his forehand forced a Corinteli error. Uspensky raced out to a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak and would ultimately take it 7-3 to force a third set.

Corinteli would draw first blood in the third set when he broke Uspensky from 15-40 to go up 3-2. Corinteli held for 4-2 but Uspensky would hold and then break Corinteli at love to even it at 4-4. Uspensky would fall behind 30-40 on his 4-4 service game but a service winner and then a forehand winner would give him the hold for 5-4. Corinteli held from 40-15 to make it 5-5 and then Uspensky would find himself down 15-40 on his next service game. Uspensky hit a service winner to make it 30-40, got it the deciding point when a crosscourt forehand forced a Corinteli forehand error, and then Uspensky got the hold when a Corinteli backhand found the net. One thing I found interesting was the fact that Corinteli blocked the service return on each of those three points as opposed to taking a rip on the return - maybe it had been working early who knows.

Corinteli didn't let the missed opportunity phase him and he quickly held from 40-15 to send it to a match deciding tiebreak. Corinteli grabbed the early mini-break with a backhand winner but he'd double fault, by several feet, on the next point to make it 1-1. Corinteli went up 2-1 with a volley winner but Uspensky evened it at 2-2 when he used his wheels to track down a shot and then Corinteli's forehand found the net on the net shot. Uspensky went up 3-2 with an overhead winner and then Corinteli double faulted again to make it 4-2 (this double fault nearly hit Uspensky who was standing on the baseline). After the changeover Corinteli would double fault for a third time to go down 5-2 but he'd pull within 5-3 with a forehand winner down the line (Uspensky called the ball out but the chair overruled after Corinteli appealed - shot looked good on the stream). Uspensky went up 6-3 when Corinteli hit a forehand that sounded like it got more frame than string but Corinteli took the next point when an Uspensky's service return hit the net and kicked wide. Corinteli would then double fault, for a fourth time in the tiebreak, to give Uspensky the win and Wake Forest its first-ever ACC Championship.

It was Wake Forest's first win over Virginia since beating them 13 years ago at the 2003 ACC Tournament. Below is a brief highlight package from Wake and you can watch the full replay at this link here.



#7 Wake Forest 4, #1 Virginia 3
Apr 24, 2016 at Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park) 
Singles competition
1. #14 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 6-0, 6-3
2. #40 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. #19 Petros Chrysochos (WF) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Jon Ho (WF) 6-2, 6-2
4. #116 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #118 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-1, 6-4
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #2 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) 6-4
2. #17 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-2
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) 6-4
Match Notes
Wake Forest 29-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #7
Virginia 24-4 (11-1 ACC); National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,4,3,2,5,6)
T-3:28

Post-Match Quotes from the ACC's recap
"It doesn't get any better than this in college tennis, said Wake Forest fifth-year head coach Tony Bresky. "I've been in this a long time, and I'm not sure I've been in a more exciting match. I am really happy for our seniors. They were my first recruiting class here, and they totally bought in to what we are trying to accomplish. This is really special for them.

"I was on the court here 10 years ago the last time Virginia lost (to Duke) in the same situation deciding match on Court 6, Bresky said. "This does make it special, having coached at Virginia, and to get this win for Wake Forest. We hadn't beaten Virginia since I've been here, and it has probably been 15 year since the last Wake beat Virginia So just a tremendous win all the way around.

"Towards the end, I really didn't believe what I did, to be honest with you, said Uspensky, an Atlantic Beach, New York, native who was named the tournament MVP. "Both of us were just playing out of our minds. I just tried to block out the crowd, focus on what I have been coached and not be distracted. I am very proud to be the one to help bring Wake Forest its first ACC championship.

"Being a freshman in that situation probably isn't the best thing, but I just tried to stay calm, Uspensky said. "I knew I had the shots to win it.

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"First of all, congratulations to Wake Forest for playing a great tournament, said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "This was a great tournament for the guys and great preparation for the NCAA Tournament, which is when we are hoping to peak. This is all part of it. We will bounce back. We look forward to playing in the NCAA's and we know the guys will learn a lot from this.


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Florida won its fifth SEC Championship and in the process snapped Georgia's 16-match winning streak with a tough 4-2 win.

Florida won the doubles point in the regular season meeting and they'd win it again on Sunday. Florida's Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin would break serve to go up 5-3 and then they'd serve it out to win 6-3. Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco and Alfredo Perez would hold on the deciding point to go up 5-4 and then they'd break Emil Reinberg from 15-40 to win it 6-4. The other match at No. 1 was abandoned with Georgia's Austin Smith serving at 4-5.

Florida freshman Alfredo Perez would extend the lead to 2-0 with a win over Wayne Montgomery at No. 2. Montgomery broke Perez to start the match and would serve up 3-2 but Perez would break, hold, break, and hold again to take the opening set 6-3. Perez broke Montgomery to go up 2-1 in the second and he'd break him again at love to close out the 6-3, 6-3 win.

Georgia senior Austin Smith would put Georgia on the board with a win over Diego Hidalgo at No. 1. Smith broke Hidalgo to start the match and he'd make the break lead hold up and take the opening set 6-4. Smith broke Hidalgo early in the second set and it'd be all holds from there on out to give Smith the 6-4, 6-4 win.

Florida sophomore Chase Perez-Blanco would make it 3-1 with a win over Walker Duncan at No. 4. Perez-Blanco broke Duncan to start the match and he'd break him again to go up 4-1. Perez-Blanco held from 5-2 to take the opening set 6-2. The second set was all holds but Duncan had a huge opportunity to take the set when he was up 0-40 on Perez-Blanco's 4-5 service game. On the deciding point Duncan got a look at second serve but he backed up and pulled a forehand return wide to give Perez-Blanco the hold. The set would go to a tiebreak and Perez-Blanco would get a mini-break to go up 5-3. Duncan won the next point when a Perez-Blanco forehand just missed the mark but Perez-Blanco wouldn't miss again and would close it out two points later.

Seconds later Georgia sophomore Paul Oosterbaan would close out Elliott Orkin at No. 3 to make it 3-2 Florida. Oosterbaan won the first set in a tiebreak and then he broke Orkin to go up 3-2 in the second. Oosterbaan would serve it out from 5-4 to win it 7-6(7), 6-4.

Georgia freshman Emil Reinberg had a chance to close out McClain Kessler in straight sets at No. 6 but Kessler would fight off a match point (on his serve) on the deciding point to force a second set tiebreak. Kessler ran away in the tiebreak and took 7-3 to force a third set.

Florida senior Gordon Watson would drop the first set to Nick Wood at No. 5 but he'd get a key break at 5-5 in the second to go up 6-5. Watson would then hold on the deciding point to take the second set 7-5. Watson broke Wood to go up 3-2 in the third and then he'd hold for 4-2. After an exchange of holds, Wood would go up 40-15 on his 3-5 service game but Watson would take the next three points to close out the match and clinch the SEC Championship.

Below are highlights and interviews from each school and you can watch the full replay at this link.




#11 (2) Florida 4, #6 (1) Georgia 2
4/24/2016 at Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #11 Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-4, 6-4
2. #83 Alfredo Perez (UF) def. #35 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-3, 6-3
3. #96 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. #36 Elliott Orkin (UF) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
4. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Walker Duncan (UGA) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Nick Wood (UGA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. McClain Kessler (UF) 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 3-3, unfinished
Doubles Results
1. #7 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #1 Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo (UF) 4-5, unfinished
2. #68 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-3
3. Chase Perez-Blanco/Alfredo Perez (UF) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-4
Match Notes:
(2) Florida 18-6, 10-2 SEC; National ranking #11
(1) Georgia 20-4, 12-0 SEC; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,4,3,5)
SEC Tournament (Championship)


Post-Match Quotes from Florida's recap
Head Coach Bryan Shelton on the win: "I couldn't be prouder of this group of guys. We prepared all season long for this moment -- to be in the finals, to fight for a conference championship. With every loss, with every win, with every practice. Our mantra all season long has become 'do what we do and be where we are'. Every day, our guys show up ready to work and ready to get better.

"I'm just really proud of our guys for sticking together this season, for bringing that enthusiasm to practice every day, and just becoming who they are while continuing to believe in themselves."

Senior Gordon Watson on the Win: "We had our goals set on the SEC Title. We weren't able to get it done during the regular season but that's just a testament of this team's resiliency. We were able to bounce back from A&M and Georgia and come in here, reset, and reevaluate ourselves. We took it one step at a time, one match at a time, and got it done today."     

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"It's a tough loss in the fact that we made it all the way to the finals and our guys really wanted to win this championship," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Florida played very well today. Our guys competed great. I was so proud of Austin Smith with a tremendous win at the No. 1 position once again. Our team is going to be ok. Our guys will bounce back. We have a couple of weeks to prepare for the NCAA Tournament and the warmer weather."


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Texas Tech clinched a share of the Big 12 regular season title and locked up the No. 1 seed in next week's conference tournament with a huge 4-2 win over No. 4 TCU.

TCU picked up a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles but Tech won 7-5 at No. 3 and 7-6(3) at No. 2 to take what would turn out to be a critical doubles point.

Texas Tech would take four opening sets in singles but they'd only be able to close out two of them in straight sets. TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was the first to finish as he rolled over Tech senior Hugo Dojas 6-3, 6-2. Tech senior Felipe Soares would put the Red Raiders back ahead with a huge 6-3, 6-4 win over the ITA No. 5 Cameron Norrie.


Tech junior Jolan Cailleau would extend the lead to 3-1 with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over TCU freshman Eduardo Nava at No. 4.


TCU sophomore would trim the Tech lead to 3-2 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Tech freshman Bjorn Thomson at No. 6.

Tech sophomore Alex Sendegeya would break TCU sophomore Guillermo Nunez to start the third set and it'd be all holds from there including this hold to clinch the win.


Tech snapped TCU's 17-match winning streak and the win was Tech's 26th of the year which sets a new program record for wins a season. Below are some highlights courtesy of TT:


#9 Texas Tech 4, #4 TCU 2 
04/24/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center) 
Doubles Competition
1. #73 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) defeats #85 A Sendegeya/B Thomson (TTU): 6-4 
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU): 7-6 (3) 
3. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TTU) defeats. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU): 7-5 
Singles Competition
1. #20 Felipe Soares (TTU) defeats #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU): 6-3, 6-4 
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) defeats #110 Hugo Dojas (TTU) 6-3, 6-2 
3. Alex Sendegeya (TTU) defeats #88 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 
4. #119 Jolan Cailleau (TTU) defeats Eduardo Nava (TCU): 7-6 (5), 6-2 
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) vs. Connor Curry (TTU) 4-6, 6-2, 5-2, unf.
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) defeats Bjorn Thomson (TTU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas Tech (26-4, 4-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 9 
TCU (22-3, 4-1 Big 12); National ranking No. 4 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,4,6,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"It's hard to put into words, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "We started here in September, and the guys put in a lot of work and it paid off. These guys earned this, the right way. I'm really proud of them. Last Friday, we had a tough loss (at Oklahoma State). We were talking about what we need to get better. Then, we came back and played like this for three straight matches. The team we beat today is a national title contender. Our guys deserve all the credit in the world.

"I can't describe the feeling, Sendegeya said. "To win the Big 12, that was one of our goals that we set out for at the beginning of the season. It means so much to do it for these seniors. We wanted it so bad for them. I had to fight as hard as I could. All the teammates, everyone just did a great job today. Everyone fought as hard as they could. For our seniors during their last home match and to just get it done for them, that was the motivating factor for me.

"Alex did a great job today, Masi said. "He's a tough kid and a tough competitor. Whenever he got an opening, he surged ahead and gave himself some room. We knew his opponent was going to fight back so it came down to whether or not Alex could build a big enough lead to sustain it. He served out a great last game. He stayed calm and cool and was clutch for us down the stretch.

"We've got a mark on our back now, Masi said. "Everybody will be gunning for us, and we'll have to work just as hard or even harder to back up our number one seed. I'll worry about that later this week. Right now, I want these guys to celebrate and enjoy this moment. This gives us so much confidence. These guys can now see what they've achieved and what they're capable of. We've just got to keep playing hard.



Post-Match Quotes from David Roditi via TCU's recap
"Texas Tech did a great job competing in some key spots. They outplayed us in doubles and we were too hesitant and they were aggressive. I am happy for their coaching staff including former head coach Tim Siegel, which together with James Wilson put a very good squad out there and current head coach Brett Masi had them ready to play.

"We have been getting away with some things that cost teams titles and big accomplishments and I'm glad that happened now instead of next week so we can learn from the mistakes. We have a young team that has been asked to grow up fast. I am very proud of our play at No. 1 doubles and the comeback from Trevor Johnson and Jerry Lopez. It hurts to lose the deciding match after being up and in total control and Guillermo Nuez has won some huge matches for us and I know he will be even stronger next time. Alex Rybakov played at too high of a level today and I am proud of his win. Now it is time for us to go home and get ready for the conference tournament where we will have to battle a very tough team in the semifinals. Congratulations to Texas Tech for their share of the Big 12 title.
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Ohio State won its 10th outright Big Ten Title in the last 11 season with a 4-0 shutout over No. 15 Illinois (shared the title in that other year). The Buckeyes won a tough doubles point when Hugo Di Feo and Matt Mendez broke Illinois's serve on the deciding point to go up 6-5 and then they served it out to take it 7-5.


Each team won three first sets in singles and Ohio State sophomore, and current ITA No 1, Mikael Torpegaard would finish first with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Illinois senior Jared Hiltzik.

Ohio State junior Herkko Pollanen would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Alex Jesse at No. 6 but Illinois was still very much alive on several other courts.

Illinois's Aleks Vukic had a set lead on Chris Diaz at No. 2, Julian Childers at one time led Ralf Steinbach 6-4, 3-0 at No. 4, and Pengxuan Jiang had a set lead on Martin Joyce at No. 5.

Joyce would come back to take the second set 6-3 and then he'd go up 4-0 in the third but Steinbach would beat him to the finish line as he won 12 of the last 14 games to close out Childers 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to clinch yet another B1G Championship.


Ohio State became the first team in the history of the Big Ten to ever make it through the regular season without dropping a point in conference play. I guess you could say Chris Diaz's final regular season contribution was that he probably made Aleks Vukic hit 25 shots to win each point which kept Vukic from closing the match out before Steinbach clinched.  

#5 Ohio State 4, #15 Illinois 0
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #13 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3, 6-4
2. #3 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. 93 Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-5, 5-2, unf.
3. #37 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. #65 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-1, 6-6, unf.
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 4-6, 6-3, 4-0, unf.
6. #90 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILL) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition 
1. #20 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) 6-3
2. #90 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #31 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3
3. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) 7-5
Match Notes:
Illinois 17-9 (8-3); National ranking #15
Ohio State 27-2 (11-0); National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,6,4)
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:41 A-292

Post-Match Quotes from Ohio State's recap
"Everyone knows that anything can happen with the doubles point and we were very fortunate to win a wild one today, said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. "I'm just so proud of the guys of the way they came out and battled.

"It was a tremendous team effort today. Tucker said. "Torpegaard and Pollanen did their thing, Hugo played well, Chris Diaz battled one of the best players in the country and Martin and Ralf both clawed back after losing the first. This is a great group of student-athletes and Ohio State should be very proud of these guys.

Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Today we were outcoached. Ohio State made better mid-match adjustments and cost us from putting points on the board," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We have to play with more discipline in doubles and stay on tactics in singles. When you see your guys fighting but losing ground, we as coaches have to have them better prepared for the nuances of competition. We will be ready of the Big Ten Tournament."

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Virginia Regional
Snyder Tennis Center - Charlottesville, VA

[1] Virginia (24-4) vs. [49-64] Monmouth (11-9) - Saturday Noon ET - Virginia is the No. 1 overall seed though it got in as an at-large after losing to Wake Forest in the finals of the ACC Championship. Monmouth earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth after coming back from 3-0 down to beat Quinnipiac in the finals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). 

Doubles Records: Virginia 24-4, Monmouth 11-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 86, Monmouth 72

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 7th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.39) vs. Vidit Vaghela (MU 12.16)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.18) vs. Przemyslaw Filipek (MU 12.07)
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.52) vs. Nicola Pipoli (MU 12.69)
4. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.95) vs. Ale Gomez Estrada (MU 12.09)
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.62) vs. Christian Vieira (MU 11.72)
6. Luca Corinteli (VA 13.68) vs. Alberto Giuffrida (MU 11.41)
O: Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.44); 

Monmouth's NCAA debut will probably be over in less than 90 minutes as I expect the defending champs to roll over the Hawks. Prediction: Virginia 4-0. 


[17-32] Columbia (17-5) vs. [33-48] Penn State (21-8) - Saturday 9am ET - Columbia earned the Ivy League's automatic bid after going undefeated in the conference play during the regular season while Penn State earned an at-large bid after losing to Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. 

Doubles Records: Columbia 15-7, Penn State 19-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Columbia 82, Penn State 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #81 Shawn Hadavi (CU 14.07) vs. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU 13.62)
2. Victor Pham (CU 13.59) vs. Constant De La Basseteire (PSU 13.79) 
3. Eric Rubin (CU 13.75) vs. Matt Barry (PSU 13.45)
4. Mike Vermeer (CU 14.10) vs. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU 13.10)
5. Richard Pham (CU 13.07) vs. Aws Laaribi (PSU 13.13)
6. Michal Rolski (CU 13.11) vs. Marc Collado (PSU 13.07)
O: Miguel Alda (CU 12.82), Timothy Wang (CU 13.21); Ben Lieb (PSU 12.94)

Columbia's quest to make it back to the round of 16 for the third year in a row should start off a win though I expect Penn State to keep it pretty close. I look for Columbia to take the doubles point and then pick up singles wins from Shawn Hadavi, Eric Rubin, and Mike Vermeer while Penn State will get a win from Constant De La Basseteire with the other going unfinished. Prediction: Columbia 4-1


Regional Final - [17-32] Columbia at [1] Virginia - Sunday 1pm ET

Virginia ended Columbia's season last year in the NCAA round of 16 in a match that was much closer than the 4-0 final. I expect Columbia to give Virginia a stiff test but the Cavaliers are just too strong top to bottom and will book its ticket to Tulsa. Prediction: Virginia 4-0

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Oklahoma State Regional
Greenwood Tennis Center - Stillwater, OK

[16] Oklahoma State (18-7) vs. [49-64] Bryant (11-11) - Saturday - Noon CT - Oklahoma State earned an at-large bid after falling to Baylor in the quarterfinals at the Big 12 Tournament while Bryant punched its third straight ticket to the NCAAs with a 4-0 win over St. Francis University. 

Doubles Records: Oklahoma State 16-8, Bryant 11-11
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Oklahoma State 82, Bryant 70

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #56 Julian Cash (OSU 13.87) vs. Max Vogt (BU 12.32)
2. Arjun Kadhe (OSU 14.00) vs. Oliver Welsh (BU 11.29)
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.94) vs. Luke Lorenz (BU 11.54)
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.62) vs. Michael Plutt (BU 11.53)
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.86) vs. Artur Jakubowski (BU 11.99)
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.39) vs. Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BU 11.43)

As with most of the 1 vs. 16 matches I don't expect this one to be close. I expect Oklahoma State to take the doubles point and then win three straight sets singles matches. Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-0 


[17-32] Arkansas (19-8) vs. [33-48] Wichita State (17-10) - Saturday - 9am CT - Arkansas earned an at-large after a loss in the opening round of the SEC Tournament to South Carolina. Wichita State earned the Missouri Valley's automatic bid after winning a 4-3 thriller of Drake in the finals. Arkansas lost its last three and four of its last six while Wichita State won its final four.

Doubles Records: Arkansas 13-10, Wichita State 18-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Arkansas 81, Wichita State 78

Projected Singles Lineups:
1. #21 Michael Redlicki (ARK 14.35) vs. #95 Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.69)
2. #62 Jose Salazar (ARK 14.20) vs. Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.90)
3. Santiago Munoz (ARK 13.23) vs. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.85)
4. Giammarco Micolani (ARK 13.55) vs. Haru Inoue (WSU 13.16)
5. Adam Sanjurjo (ARK 13.42) vs. Eddie Stoica (WSU 12.58)
6. Johan den Toom (ARK 12.74) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 12.38)

Arkansas should win this match but I don't think it'll be a slam dunk. I like Wichita State in doubles point and I think the Shockers will win at either at No. 5 or No. 6 and possibly both. Fortunately for Arkansas they'll sweep the top four spots to pull out a close one. Prediction: Arkansas 4-2



Regional Final - [17-32] Arkansas at [16] Oklahoma State - Sunday 1pm CT

Regular Season Meeting

#17 Oklahoma State 5, #64 Arkansas 2
Feb 07, 2016 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Dills Indoor Courts)
Singles Competition
1. Mike Redlicki (AR) def. Temur Ismailov (OSU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
2. #68 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (AR) 6-3, 6-3 
3. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Jose Salazar (AR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4 
5. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) def. Johan den Toom (AR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
Doubles Competition
1. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) 6-3
2. Lucas Gerch/Temur Ismailov (OSU) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4
3. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) def. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) 6-3
Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 8-1; National ranking #17
Arkansas 2-1; National ranking #64
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,2,3,6,1,4) 
T-3:01 A-257

Oklahoma State won the regular season meeting 5-2 but four of the six singles matchups will be different this time since Temur Ismailov is no longer on Okie State's roster. I like Oklahoma State in doubles and Lucas Gerch and Jurence Mendoza in singles but I'm going to take Michael Redlicki, Jose Salazar, Giammarco Micolani, and Adam Sanjurjo to pull it out for Arkansas. Prediction: Arkansas 4-3









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It's hard to believe that going into the fall Matt Roberts only had two returning players from his 2014-15 squad yet here we sit today with Mississippi State heading to the Round of 16 after routing Illinois 4-0.

State got off to a quick start in doubles and went up early breaks at No. 2 and No. 3. State's No. 3 team of Rishab Agarwal and Niclas Braun would win four straight games to go up 5-2 and they'd end up winning 6-3. State's Trevor Foshey and Luka Sucevic led 4-2 at No. 2 but Illinois's Alex Jesse and Aiden Jiang would end up breaking back and forcing a tiebreak. Before the tiebreak really got going State's No. 1 team of Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter would break serve to win 7-5 and clinch the doubles point. It was the first time since mid-February that State had won the doubles point in back-to-back matches.


State kept the momentum going in singles and won five opening sets. Luka Sucevic was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Asher Hirsch at No. 6. A few minutes later Niclas Braun would make it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Julian Childers at No. 4 and then Nuno Borges would close the door on Illinois's season with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Aron Hiltzik at No. 3.

Mississippi State will be making its first appearance in the Round of 16 since 2013 and will face the winner of Sunday's match between North Carolina and Tulane.

#21 Mississippi State 4, #15 Illinois 0
2016 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Second Round
May 14, 2016 Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex Champaign, Ill.
Doubles Competition
1. #47 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. #87 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-5
2. Alex Jesse/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) vs. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU) 6-6 (1-2),
3. Rishab Agarwal/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Asher Hirsch/Jared Hiltzik (ILL) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU) vs. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
3. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) 6-2, 6-4
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Julian Childers (ILL) 6-1, 6-2
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-4, 3-1, unfinished
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL) 6-1, 6-3
Match Notes
Mississippi State University 18-8; National ranking #21
Illinois 20-11; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,3)
T-2:09 A-217

Post-Match Quotes from MSU's recap
"I am so proud of these guys and what they've accomplished this season with their backs against the wall, head coach Matt Roberts said. "It is unheard of for a team this young to be this successful, but these guys defy the odds. Before Friday we had only two players with any postseason experience and our younger guys handled it like veterans.

"We are playing well in doubles right now and I feel like we've found the right formula to win, Roberts said. "We focused on our doubles the last couple of weeks and have developed our games a lot. The guys have played phenomenal in doubles this weekend.

"We had two players this time last year, Roberts said. "Rishab and Mate believed in this program and stuck with us. Loyalty pays off and for us to win this way is just great to reward two men.



Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"I think Mississippi State played really well; they're well-coached with great players and they obviously took it to us today," stated Dancer. "The guys knew that Mississippi State is a great team. I think for us too much extra stuff was on our minds; if it was going to be inside or outside and thinking about that stuff. Mississippi State just outplayed us today."
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The closest second round match of the day took place in Winston-Salem between Wake Forest and Michigan. Wake Forest got a quick 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles but both No. 2 and No. 3 would go to a tiebreak. Wake led 4-2 in the tiebreak at No. 2 but Michigan would come back to win 8-6. Wake was serving at 5-6 in the tiebreak at No. 3 when a double fault give Michigan the 7-5 win and thus the double point.

Roughly 25 minutes into singles action play would be halted for 11 minutes due to what must have just been a mist of rain. Shortly after play resumed Michigan's Runhao Hua picked up a win at No. 4 when his opponent Romain Bogaerts retired with a knee injury. Bogarets sat out Friday's match and also missed doubles on Saturday with the same injury.

Play was stopped again for 22 minutes but once it re-started Wake's Jon Ho finished off Carter Lin 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 to bring Wake to within 2-1. Petros Chrysochos evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Jathan Malik at No. 2 and then Skander Mansouri gave Wake its first lead of the day with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Alex Knight at No. 1.

Wake's Christian Seraphim and Dennis Uspensky both had break leads in the third set but closing out the matches wasn't going to be easy. Michigan's Davis Crocker came back from 3-1 down to go up 5-3 on Dennis Uspensky at No. 6 before Uspensky broke back to make it 5-4.

Seraphim broke to go up 2-1 in the third but Michigan's Kevin Wong broke back to even it at 3-3. Seraphim broke for 4-3 but Wong broke back for 4-4. Seraphim broke again to go up 5-4 and then he'd clinch the win with a service winner to push Wake back into the Round of 16 for the second year in a row.



Wake Forest and Oklahoma will now meet for a third time this season since Oklahoma won its match over Oregon.

#6 Wake Forest 4, #24 Michigan 2
May 14, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 6-3, 6-1
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #96 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-0, 7-5
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. Carter Lin (MICH) 6-1, 6-1
4. Runhao Hua (MICH) def. Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-1, 1-0, retired
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Kevin Wong (MICH) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Davis Crocker (MICH) 6-1, 2-6, 4-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) 6-2
2. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (MICH) def. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Tyler Gardiner/Myles Schalet (MICH) def. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) 7-6 (7-5)
Match Notes
Michigan 21-8 (8-3 Big Ten); National ranking #24
Wake Forest 31-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,2,1,5)
NCAA Tournament - Second Round
Play delayed from 4:19 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and from 4:52 p.m.-5:14 p.m. (rain).
T-3:20 A-378
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USC faced a stiff test at home against Georgia Tech but the Trojans managed to pull through thanks to some strong play down the stretch from Logan Smith and Jack Jaede.

Georgia Tech took the doubles point when Chris Eubanks and Carlos Benito won the decider at No. 2 by a 7-6(5) score. Each team took three opening sets in singles and three of the six matches would finish in straight sets.

USC's Thibault Forget tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Daniel Yun at No. 4 but Georgia Tech's Chris Eubanks answered with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Max de Vroome at No. 1.

USC's Nick Crystal tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Carlos Benito at No. 2 but each of the remaining matches were still up for grabs. While the matches at No. 3 and No. 5 were just entering a third set, Georgia Tech's Michael Kay was trying to close out Rob Bellamy at No. 6. Kay led 6-4, 5-5 but Bellamy held for 6-5 and then broke Kay to take the second set 7-5.

USC freshman Jack Jaede pulled away from GT senior Nathan Rakitt to win 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 at No. 5 and Logan Smith looked like he was moments away from clinching when he was serving up 5-2 in the third at No. 3. However GT's Cole Fiegel would break for 5-3 and then hold for 5-4. Smith won a pivotal point at 30-30 when Fiegel put a shot into the net and then on his first match point Smith would clinch it when Fiegel sent a forehand wide into the alley.


I thought Bellamy forcing a third set was huge because had he lost that would have put even more pressure on both Smith and Jaede. Granted they were both already up breaks when Bellamy won the second set but it still probably helped ease the tension a little bit.

USC will face the winner of Sunday's match between Georgia and Baylor.

#11 USC 4, #32 Georgia Tech 2
NCAA Championships - Second Round
May 14, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
(1) #46 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. #38 Kay/Kay (GT) - 6-1
(2) #37 Eubanks/Benito (GT) def. Forget/de Vroome (USC) - 7-6 (5)
(3) Rakitt/Li (GT) def. Bellamy/T. Smith (USC) - 6-3
Singles Competition
(1) #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #23 Max de Vroome (USC) - 6-3, 7-6 (2)
(2) #41 Nick Crystal (USC) def. #113 Carlos Benito (GT) - 6-4, 6-4
(3) #69 Logan Smtih (USC) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-4*
(4) #121 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Daniel Yun (GT)- 6-2, 6-3
(5) Jack Jaede (USC) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) - 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1
(6) Rob Bellamy (USC) vs. Michael Kay (GT) - 4-6, 7-5, 3-2 susp.
Match Notes
USC 16-6; National ranking #11
Georgia Tech 17-9; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (4,1,2,5,3)

Post-Match Quotes from USC's recap
"Today was a very exciting college tennis match," said head coach Peter Smith. "Georgia Tech gave us all we could handle. Our fight from top to bottom is what our program is all about, and today that took us over the top."

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne - "That was an absolute battle, and USC deserves a lot of credit for holding us off. I'm proud of our team and the way we left it all out there, but we are definitely disappointed we didn't make the sweet 16. I'm proud of our seniors Nathan and Casey, who led this team extremely well all season. They left the team in a much better place than when they arrived. The future is bright for this team. Is it too early to say I'm excited about next year already?
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Oklahoma dropped the doubles point to Oregon but the Sooners managed to pull out four wins in singles to knock off the Ducks 4-2.

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#11 Oklahoma 4, #38 Oregon 2
May 14, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #97 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Daan Maasland (ORE) 7-6 (13-11), 6-4
2. #25 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Simon Stevens (ORE) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
3. Thomas Laurent (ORE) def. #82 Spencer Papa (OU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Jayson Amos (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
5. Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Cormac Clissold (ORE) 5-7, 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
6. Andre Biro (OU) def. Ethan Young-Smith (ORE) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (ORE) def. #24 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) 6-4
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) vs. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (ORE) 6-5, unfinished
3. Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (ORE) def. Maxime Mora/Andre Biro (OU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Oregon 19-8' National ranking #38
Oklahoma 17-10; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,4,2,1,3)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma's recap
"We competed pretty hard, head coach John Roddick said. "That's what you have to do. Oregon was definitely feisty. They did the best they could to put us out of position. Overall I thought they probably competed a little better than we did. That's why the match was so close. A lot of credit goes to them.

"In doubles we have to get better, Roddick said. "The bottom line is that will hurt us at some point. We have to find a way to get doubles points, but we did what we were supposed to do in singles. Winning five out of six first sets in singles, we did what we needed to do and took care of business.

"We have a long week and tennis is a funny game and it doesn't matter how you feel today or tomorrow, because it can change quickly, Roddick said. "We have a lot of things to work on and we have to get playing the right way.

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Nils Schyllander via Oregon's recap
On the match
"We played to win, but in the end, we came up just short. It was a great match and we had many opportunities. I'm very proud of this team and how they've gone about competing all year.

On the future
"We're going to be loaded again next year. This season was a lot of firsts for the program, but we're going to keep building on that and keep moving the program in the right direction. We have a lot of youth on this team, but they're going to be the experiences veterans next year. Having them along with the high-powered recruits we have coming in is going to make for an exciting year and I can't wait to get started.
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TCU capped off an undefeated season at home with a 4-0 win over LSU. TCU really crushed LSU in doubles with Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder clinching the point with a 6-0 rout over the ITA No. 6 team of Jordan Daigle and Boris Arias.

TCU won all six first sets in singles and would end up taking all but one completed set with Cameron Norrie, Jerry Lopez, and Trevor Johnson each winning in straight sets.

Next up for TCU is the winner of Sunday's match between Cal and Ole Miss.


#4 TCU 4, #36 LSU 0
May 14, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
3. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-2, 4-6, 0-1, unfinished
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-1
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 4-1, unfinished
Match Notes:
LSU 15-12; National ranking #36
TCU 26-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,6)



Post-Match Quotes from head coach David Roditi via TCU's recap
"We came out of the gates strong. We were up a break in every doubles match right away. Hudson (Blake) and Reese (Stalder) beat their second top-10 team, which is remarkable considering where Hudson came from three to four years ago. We all knew that Reese was a great player, but for a freshman to be doing what he is doing is remarkable. Cameron Norrie has matured so much and as a coach we couldn't be asking more from him. That is where he needed to improve and he is just so business-like out there and I am really happy for him and proud of him. He is leading this team along with some of the other guys but he is doing a great job.

"Winning the first set on every court after winning the doubles point at home and after the match they had yesterday meant that we needed to capitalize on them being a little bit emotionally fatigued and we jumped on them and kept it going. I am proud of them. Eduardo Nava was about to win which means he was playing well. We need to fix a couple of things between now and Friday. There are key parts of our lineup that we need to address and fix. If we are going to win our Round of 16 match, we are going to need every single member of our team. Right now, we don't have every single person on our team competing and playing. Some of our teammates are just being selfish. We have to fix that and be ready for the Sweet 16. I am just happy to go undefeated at home. I am just thankful for our crowds, our fans and all our supporters out there because it just makes me really proud.

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"TCU played a great match from the beginning, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "We certainly didn't play our best today, certainly in doubles, but I thought the guys responded well and a few of the guys were starting to turn things around at the end.

"This LSU team really took a turn about mid season. They really did a good job at giving themselves the opportunity to make it to the tournament and to finish strong. A lot of credit to this team for responding to some of our demands and really handling it well.

"I have to give TCU credit, Brown said. "They played at a very high level. We are excited going forward with our top three guys coming back and with our new recruits coming in.

"We are looking forward to the future and thank the seniors for all of their contributions, Brown said. "They've meant a lot to the program and we are going to make them proud going forward.
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UCLA is heading back to the Round of 16 after shutting out San Diego for the second time this season. San Diego picked up a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles but UCLA countered with a 6-4 win at No. 1. San Diego's Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov broke UCLA to start the match and held for 2-0 but the Bruin duo of Max Cressy and Austin Rapp would come back to take the match in a tiebreak, 7-1, to give UCLA the doubles point. 

While San Diego was right there with UCLA up top it was a whole different story down low. UCLA's Karue Sell, Logan Staggs, and Joseph Di Giulio ran wild and rocked Jaan Kononov, Romain Kalaydjian, and Alexandros Araouzos by a combined score of 36-9 to give the Bruins the shutout win. Below is the clincher from Staggs:


UCLA will play the winner of Sunday's match between Northwestern and Stanford.

#2 UCLA 4, #28 San Diego 0
May 14, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts) 
Doubles competition
1. #2 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Petronijevic/Vittek (USD) 6-4
2. Angus/Page (USD) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-2
3. Cressy/Rapp (UCLA) def. Araouzos/Kononov (USD) 7-6 (7-1)
Singles competition
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 7-6 (8-6), 2-1, unfinished
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) 4-6, 6-1, 1-2, unfinished
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Filip Vittek (USD) 7-6 (7-5), 0-2, unfinished
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-0, 6-1
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-2, 6-1
Match Notes
San Diego 24-8; National ranking #28
UCLA 24-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,6,5)
NCAA Round of 32

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"We were not looking good in doubles, said UCLA head coach Billy Martin of the Bruins' slow start.  "We got the job done at No. 1, but No. 2 was not having a good day.  We started down on court 3, but those guys came back and pulled it out for us.  I think that was a turning point for us momentum-wise.

"We won the first two singles matches relatively easy, said Martin of UCLA's momentum in singles.  "I think Karue and Joe let that doubles loss carry over and they were fired up in singles.  To me, that was an unbelievable turning pointthose guys rebounding like that. 

"Northwestern is a very good team, and we've certainly played Stanford a lot this season, said Martin of the Bruins' next match.  "Northwestern has been a top team all year.  It's kind of ironic because it's Logan's old teamso that will be interesting.  It will be a very competitive match either way.

"We're just going to take it one match at a time, and hopefully do something special, added Martin.
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Virginia Regional

Penn State was one of three higher seeds that won a first round match on Saturday after the Nittany Lions defeated Columbia 4-3. Penn State won the doubles point for the 20th time in 30 matches with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 3. 

Each team won three first sets with all but one match finishing in straight sets. Penn State's Leo Stakhovsky put the Nitts up 2-0 with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Shawn Hadavi at No. 1. Hadavi served for the second set up 5-4 but Stakovsky broke for 5-5. held for 6-5, and then broke again to win the match. Penn State's Matt Barry extended the lead to 3-0 after he beat his former high school teammate Eric Rubin 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3. 

Columbia freshman Victor Pham put the Lions on the board after he defeated Constant De La Bassetiere 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2. Mike Vermeer made it 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tomas Hanzlik at No. 4 and Miguel Alda, who was only playing his third dual-match of the year, defeated Aws Laaribi 7-6, 6-2 at No. 5 to tie the match at 3-3.

Columbia freshman Timmy Wang got a split at No. 6 against Penn State junior Marc Collado and Wang went up a break at 1-0 in the third. Collado would break back and proceed to win the final six games of the match to clinch the Penn State win. Below is match point courtesy of Penn State.

Penn State now will face No. 1 Virginia for a chance to go to Tulsa. 



#37 Penn State 4, #25 Columbia 3
May 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.(Snyder Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #81 Hadavi, Shawn (COL) 7-5, 7-5
2. Pham, Victor (COL) def. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Matt Barry (PSU) def. Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-4, 6-1
4. Vermeer, Mike (COL) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Alda, Miguel (COL) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 7-6, 6-2
6. Marc Collado (PSU) def. Wang, Timothy (COL) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #53 Vermeer, Mike/Rolski, Michal (COL) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-1
2. Matt Barry/Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Pham, Richard/Grant, Christopher (COL) 6-3
3. Matt Galush/Aws Laaribi (PSU) def. Hadavi, Shawn/Rubin, Eric (COL) 6-3
Match Notes:
Penn State Men's Tennis 22-8; National ranking #37
Columbia 17-6; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - First Round
T-2:40

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"That was a really good college tennis match," said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "Our seniors came through today in Matt Barry and Leo Stakhovsky. Marc Collado played amazing at No. 6 and we are so proud at how far he has come this season. He fought hard out there and never gave up; that is what our coaching staff preaches everyday."

"Matt Galush and Aws Laaribi played strong in doubles to help bring us an early lead," said Coach Zinn.

"Thank you to everyone who came out today to cheer us on," said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We are looking forward to a good matchup tomorrow against the winner of Virginia/Monmouth. A chance to go to the Sweet Sixteen is on the line and we are excited at the chance to play for it."





#1 Virginia 4, Monmouth 0
May 14, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) vs. Vaghela, Vidit (MU) 6-6, unfinished
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. Filipek, Przemyslaw (MU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Vieira, Christian (MU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #4 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Filipek, Przemyslaw/Pipoli, Nicola (MU) 5-4, unfi
2. #16 TS Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Vaghela, Vidit/Gomez Estrada, Ale (MU) 6-0
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Vieira, Christian/Giuffrida, Alberto (MU) 6-2
Match Notes
Monmouth 12-10
Virginia 25-4; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,6,4)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - First Round
T-1:32 A-416

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"Monmouth is a good team that won the MAAC conference tournament with a lot of good players," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "This match wasn't easy for us in certain spots, which I think was a good thing. We want to be pushed a little bit in the first round. Sometimes it is the most difficult match. I thought that our three-week layoff showed in certain spots, but after 45 minutes, we settled down a bit and played better. It was good to get through the first round and now we will get ready to play Penn State tomorrow."

Post-Match Quotes from Monmouth's recap
"It was good that the guys were able to go in and felt like they belonged and were able to be competitive today, said Monmouth Head Coach Kyle Bailey. "A lot of games went to deuce. Vidit and Alejandro were right there with one of top doubles teams in the country and Vidit went toe-to-toe with the reigning NCAA Champion."  


"It was a great season, said Bailey. "We established what this program is about and moving forward, we can build off of today. This performance let the guys know that they belong and can play at this level. If we can play with these guys, we can play with anybody."

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One of the wildest matches of the day took place outdoors in Columbus as N. 33 Virginia Tech jumped out to early 3-1 lead but had to hold on to defeat No. 20 Kentucky 4-3.

The Hokies won the doubles point for the 18th time in 26 tries with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Virginia Tech also took four opening sets in singles and it was nearly five but Amerigo Contini dropped the first set tiebreak to Nils Ellefsen 14-12.

Kentucky's Trey Yates tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mitch Harper at No. 5 but Virginia Tech went ahead 3-1 with straight set wins from Joao Monteiro and Edoardo Tessaro at No. 1 and No. 4.

Kentucky's Nils Ellefsen trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with a 7-6(12), 6-4 win over Contini at No. 3 but it looks like the end was near because Austin Hussey trailed Jai Corbett 5-2 in the third at No. 6. Hussey would miraculously win three straight to tie it at 5-5 and would then win the match in a tiebreak to even it at 3-3. 

Kentucky freshman Ryotaro Matsumura had clinched a slew of matches this year for the Wildcats so when he forced a third set at No. 2 against Andreas Bjerrehus it appeared that Kentucky might pull off the comeback. There were a few early breaks in the third set but Bjerrehus broke free and won the final three games to close out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win.

Next up for Virginia Tech is a rematch against Ohio State - the Buckeyes won the regular season meeting 4-0.

#33 Virginia Tech 4, #20 Kentucky 3
May 14, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #14 Joao Monterio (VT) def. #29 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-4, 6-4
2. #72 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #42 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 7-6 (14-12), 6-4
4. #77 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3, 6-4
5. Trey Yates (UK) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Austin Hussey (UK) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition 
1. #21 Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monterio (VT) def. #43 Nils Ellefsen/Enzo Wallart (UK) 6-3
2. William Bushamuka/Trey Yates (UK) vs. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 4-4, unfinished
3. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) def. Jake Stefanik/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 6-3
Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 17-8; National ranking #33
Kentucky 19-9; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,1,4,3,6,2)
NCAA Tournament First Round
Official: Jeri Banks  T-2:48
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Baylor won a match that many, including me, didn't think they'd win. The Bears overcame the loss of the doubles point to defeat Florida State 4-3.

Florida State took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Baylor junior Max Tchoutakian tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Marco Nunez at No. 2 but FSU's Terrance Whitehurst won in straight sets at No. 6 to put the Noles up 2-1.

Baylor senior Julian Lenz tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Benjamin Lock at No. 1 and Jimmy Bendeck gave BU its first lead with a come from behind 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Aziz Dougaz at No. 4.

FSU's Jose Gracia tied the match at 3-3 with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Tommy Podvinski but Baylor senior Felipe Rios clinched the match with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Michael Rinaldi at No. 3.


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#35 Baylor 4, #22 Florida State 3
May 14, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #12 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #11 Benjamin Lock (FSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU) def. #76 Marco Nunez (FSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3
4. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-2
5. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FSU) vs. #86 M Tchoutakian/T Podvinski (BU) 6-6 (6-2), unf.
2. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-0
Match Notes
Baylor 16-13; National ranking #35
Florida State 18-9; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,1,4,5,3)
NCAA First Round - Athens Regional
Official: Richard Rogers T-3:15 A-201



Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"They really knocked us back on our heels (in doubles), but I thought the guys responded well. We fought for everything that we could get. I'm really proud of the effort. Felipe lost a first set, but came back and really turned it around. He did a great job clinching. Jimmy was great on four court. Florida State has a heck of a team and fought us really hard. We were lucky to win." --head coach Matt Knoll on the victory

"It was a tough match and I knew it was going to be tough. The coaches told me that the guy was tough and plays a game that I don't like that much. He plays very flat. I found a way even though I lost the first set." -- senior Felipe Rios on his three-set win

Post-Match Quotes from Florida State's recap
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist - "I was pleased with how well Jose came back. I thought he did a great job of fighting back. There were a lot of big points that could've gone either way. It was an incredibly tough draw. Baylor is a team that made National Team Indoors, they're a team that was one of the top seeds last year. They have their top three guys back, so we knew it was going to be a battle up top even though we were maybe slightly favored down low. The key match was really number four. We won the first set there and didn't quite finish it off. At four-all, we had some game points to go up 5-4, and it ended just one game away. I thought that was the defining moment of the match.
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Cal Regional

Ole Miss advanced to the second round of the Cal regional with a come from behind 4-3 win over Denver. The Rebels were playing without Filip Kraljevic, who was listed at #3 singles and #1 doubles, so they had to make some changes by moving up their #2 and #3 teams a spot while also shifting everyone from #4 through #6 up a spot.

Denver managed to take the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Denver got straight set wins from David Fox and Wyatt Lovera at No. 4 and No. 6 but Ole Miss managed to take the other four with Gustav Hansson clinching the match with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 win over Henry Craig at No. 1.

#27 Ole Miss 4, #47 Denver 3
May 14, 2016 at Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #39 Gustav Hansson (OM) def. Henry Craig (DU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
2. #59 Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Diogo Rocha (DU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Yannick James (DU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. David Fox (DU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Alex Gasson (DU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Wyatt Lovera (DU) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DU) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
2. Yannick James/Jesse Rudder-Hook (DU) def. Stefan Lindmark/Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3
3. Ricardo Jorge/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Diogo Rocha/Zach Fryer (DU) 6-3
Match Notes
Denver 18-8; National ranking #47
Ole Miss 16-10; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,3,4,2,1)

Post-Match Quotes from Ole Miss's recap
Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We played a great match today against a good Denver team. Doubles could have gone either way. A lot of the singles courts were going our way and some weren't. The guys responded to the pressure situations and handled themselves really well. It was a total team effort from top to bottom and we are extremely proud of the guys.

On Grey and Ricardo' matches
"Grey served well and played a solid match. It was good to see him get the win, and his energy on the court fired up everyone else. Ricardo hasn't played a lot lately, but he stepped up and provided us a huge win. When he faced set points in the first set he maintained his focus and served his way out of it. Great job by both Grey and Ricky to get us on the board.

On Stefan and Gus at the top
"Stefan has been there many times, he loves to be in that position. He stuck to his game and then in the third set he was able to break and serve it out at the end. At that point everyone felt very good about the situation, because Gus has been there many times already in his career, especially this year. He loves to play third sets and we felt very confident he would win.

On playing Cal next
"We are looking forward to tomorrow's match against Cal. We are very familiar with some of their players. We just have to go out and play with the same intensity and focus we had today, and if we do that, we have a good chance to advance.

Gustav Hansson on the win
"It was a great team win. Everybody played well and responded to the challenge in singles. We are excited to be moving on and looking forward to a great match against Cal.


#13 California 4, Army West Point 0
May 14, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
Doubles Competition
1. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) vs. Kyle Barnes/Austin McCasin 6-1
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Sam Lampman/Michael Nguyen (Army) 5-4, unf.
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Grant Riechmann/David Mitchell (Army) 6-3
Singles Competition
1. #30 Florian Lakat (Cal) vs. Sam Lampman (Army) 6-4, 4-2 Abandoned
2. #31 Andre Goransson (Cal) def. Grant Riechmann (Army) 6-3, 6-0
3. #85 Billy Griffith (Cal) def. David Mitchell (Army) 6-0, 6-2
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. Michael Nguyen (Army) 6-4, 4-4 Abandoned
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (Cal) vs. Austin McCasin (Army) 6-2, 4-3 Abandoned
6. J.T. Nishimura (Cal) def. Michael Sienko (Army) 6-2, 6-0
Match Notes
Cal 18-6; National ranking #13
Army 18-9
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,3,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"It was important for us to start the NCAA tournament with a solid performance, and that's just what we did today, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Army has a great team, and they posted solid results all season. Our guys did a good job of staying focused on their game plans, and we were excited to get back on the courts after a three-week break.

"Tomorrow will be a big challenge for us as Mississippi is playing well. The key for us will be staying aggressive and being quick to see the opportunities as they develop in the match.

Post-Match Quotes from Army's recap
"We played a very, very good team today," said Army head coach Jim Poling. "The guys fought hard and battled with them in a few sets, but this is one of the best teams we've ever played. I'm proud of our effort today."
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Oklahoma State Regional

#19 Arkansas 4, #67 Wichita State 2
NCAA Tournament First Round
May 14, 2016 at Stillwater, OK (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles Results
1. No. 21 Mike Redlicki (ARK) def. No. 95 Tin Ostojic (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Miroslav Herzan (WSU) def. No. 62 Jose Salazar (ARK) 6-4, 6-3
3. Santiago Munoz (ARK) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
4. Haru Inoue (WSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (ARK) 6-1, 6-4
5. Adam Sanjurjo (ARK) def. Eddie Stoica (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
6. William Albanese (ARK) vs. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU) 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-1, unfinished
Doubles Results
1. No. 19 Redlicki/Micolani (ARK) def. Devilliers/Ostojic (WSU) 6-1
2. Herzan/Inoue (WSU) def. Munoz/Sanjurjo (ARK) 6-4
3. Salazar/den Toom (ARK) def. Stoica/de Vilchez (WSU) 7-6(3)
Match Notes
Arkansas: 20-8; National ranking #19
Wichita State: 17-11; National ranking #67
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,2,4,3)
Attendance: 152

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"It was an unbelievable feeling, Munoz said. "We knew this was going to be a tough team and a tough match all the way to the end, and I'm really glad I was able to pull through.

"It crossed my mind during today's match of course thinking about what happened against South Carolina, he explained. "The way I looked at it was, If the guy beats me, he beats me. But I'm not going to let myself give into the match.'

"I just did the best I could and thank God it went our way.


Oklahoma State 4, Bryant University 0
May 14, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #56 Julian Cash (OSU) def. Max Vogt (BRYM) 6-0, 6-1
2. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Oliver Welsh (BRYM) 6-2, 6-3
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) vs. Luke Lorenz (BRYM) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Michael Plutt (BRYM) 6-4, 6-0
5. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) vs. Artur Jakubowski (BRYM) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
6. Nate Roper (OSU) vs. Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BRYM) 7-6 (9-7), unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Nick Lamart/Michael Plutt (BRYM) 6-1
2. Jurence Mendoza/Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Luke Lorenz/Max Vogt (BRYM) 6-1
3. Nate Roper/Tristan Meraut (OSU) vs. Josh Kliger/Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (BRYM) 3-3, unf.
Match Notes:
Bryant University 11-12
Oklahoma State 19-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"It was a good performance; we hadn't played in a couple of weeks so it was good to get a victory," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Anytime you can get off the court with a win in the NCAA Tournament, you've got to be happy."

"We hadn't played in a couple of weeks now and there's always going to be a few things you're not happy with at the start, but I think doubles helped with that," Cash said.

"I'm just trying to stay focused on every point and I look over and I see the scores and everybody is doing really well," Roper said. "We were battling out there, but luckily I got the win in the set."
"Our guys came to play today and leading into Arkansas, I think we're playing in good form and we're definitely ready for the challenge," Udwadia said.

"It's another match for us, we played Arkansas earlier in the season and it was a close match," Cash said. "It was on their home territory and we look forward to having them here and seeing if we can get the job done again."
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Jonathan Kelley was in Evanston covering the Northwestern Regional so check out his post for all the details from Saturday's matches between Northwestern and Valparaiso and Stanford and Notre Dame.

First Round:
[1] Virginia def. Monmouth 4-0
[2] North Carolina def. College of Charleston 4-0
[5] Ohio State def. Tennessee Tech 4-0
[7] Georgia def. South Carolina State 4-0
[8] Texas Tech def. New Mexico State 4-0
[9] Florida def. North Florida 4-0
[13] Cal def. Army 4-0
[14] Northwestern def. Valparaiso 4-1
[16] Oklahoma State def. Bryant 4-0
[17-32] Tulane def. Dartmouth 4-0
[17-32] South Florida def. St. John's 4-0
[17-32] Arkansas def. Wichita State 4-2
[17-32] Stanford def. Notre Dame 4-1
[17-32] SMU def. Washington 5-0
[17-32] Ole Miss def. Denver 4-3
[33-48] Penn State def. Columbia 4-3
[33-48] Baylor def. Florida State 4-3
[33-48] Virginia Tech def. Kentucky 4-3

Second Round:
[4] TCU def. [33-48] LSU 4-0
[3] UCLA def. [17-32] San Diego 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. [17-32] Michigan 4-2
[10] USC def. [17-32] Georgia Tech 4-2
[11] Oklahoma def. [33-48] Oregon 4-2
[17-32] Mississippi State def. [15] Illinois 4-0
[12] Texas A&M vs. [17-32] Texas 1-0


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