Sunday was a day of near upsets with a pair of top 5 men's teams narrowly avoiding a big loss on the road. Second-ranked Wake Forest, who was playing without Borna Gojo (playing Canada Challenger) got all it wanted and more from #49 UCF.
The Knights took the early lead with 6-2 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and then the teams split opening sets in singles. Wake senior and ITA #1 Petros Chrysochos evened the match at 1-1 with a straight set win at No. 1 and freshman Siddhant Banthia put the Deacs ahead with a straight set win at No. 6. UCF freshman Trey Hilderbrand tied it back up with a straight set win at No. 5 but Wake freshman Melios Efstathiou won a close 7-6, 7-5 match at No. 4. Both of the remaining matches went three sets with UCF freshman Bogdan Pavel finishing first with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win at No. 3 which evened the match at 3-3. In the final match on court at No. 2, Wake sophomore Bar Botzer broke UCF sophomore Alan Rubio to go ahead 2-1 in the final frame and then he added one more break to clinch with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 win.
Former Virginia Tech Hokie Sebastien Jacques is making his way across the country, by foot, after not being able to walk across a room just a few years ago. Jacques played at Virginia Tech from 2007 to 2010 but during his senior year he had to quit playing due to a lack of energy. After graduating with a degree in marketing he returned home to Magog, Canada, and after seeing several doctor he was eventually diagnosed with a pineal cystic tumor in his brain which was the cause of the energy drain. The doctors in Canada determined the procedure was too risky and the health care system wouldn't cover the cost so Jacques ended up raising $80000 and had the surgery performed in California. The surgery was a success and Jacques returned to a normal life but he decided to embark on the cross-country walk to show people that it is possible to overcome obstacles in life. Virginia Tech had a write-up on Jacques a few days ago plus there are plenty of details on his website.
The NCAA Division II Men's Championship has reached the semifinals with #1 West Florida advancing after a 5-0 win over #4 Hawaii Pacific. UWF's top player, #4 Alex Peyrot, played doubles but sat out in singles which was interesting because in the round of 16 its #2 player, Gabriel Dias, did the same thing. Next up for UWF will be #23 Southwest Baptist after the Bearcats held off #16 Ferris State 5-4 with Raul Cabalero winning the deciding match 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(1) at #4 singles. The other semifinal match will be between #2 Barry and #3 Columbus State. Barry cruised past #18 Drury 5-1 with the Bucs taking two of three in doubles and winning every completed set in singles. Columbus State ran through #14 Azusa Pacific 5-1 with the Cougars sweeping all three doubles courts (count as a point each) and then getting two straight set wins at #3 and #4. APU got its lone point when Oliver Frank, D2s top ranked player, cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win at #1.
Wake Forest and Texas had played a lot of close matches over the past three years (four 4-3 matches) but on Saturday afternoon in Austin there wouldn't be any suspense as the third ranked Demon Deacons would run over the eighth ranked Longhorns 4-0. The ITA top ranked doubles team of Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim jumped out to an early 3-0 lead at No. 1 and they'd make the break lead hold up and take it 6-3. Texas's Harrison Scott and Julian Zlobinsky jumped out an early 2-0 lead at No. 2 against Borna Gojo and Alan Gadjiev but the Wake duo would break back on the no-ad point to make it 2-1. After a Wake hold for 2-2, Texas held on the no-ad point for 3-2. The next break opportunity would come when Texas served at 4-4 but they managed to hold on the no-ad point for 5-4. Wake held for 5-5, broke from 30/40 for 6-5, and then they held on the no-ad point to win 7-5 which gave the Deacs the early 1-0 lead. The match at No. 3 doubles saw a lot of break opportunities but neither team could convert and it'd go unfinished with Wake Forest serving at 5-6.
The opening day of the 2017 ITA Kick-Off Weekend is in the books with several close matches but nothing that really qualifies as an upset. The day got started in Athens where Washington and Alabama went toe-to-toe for just under four hours. When you look at the box score below you'll probably wonder how it lasted that long and the reason is because Georgia's indoor facility only has four courts so the final two singles matches couldn't start until courts became available. Alabama jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with a 6-2 win at No. 1 and a 7-6(4) win at No. 2 while No. 3 went unfinished with it tied at 6-6 in the tiebreak.
Each team would claim two opening sets in singles (remember four courts in play) with Washington getting the upper hand at No. 1 and No. 2 while Alabama took leads at No. 3 and No. 4. Washington's Enzo Sommer was first off the court with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2 and a short while later Mitch Stewart would make it 2-1 with a 6-3, 7-6(0) win at No. 1. Washington's Gal Halak forced a third set at No. 3 and it looked like Jake Douglas would do the same at No. 4 when he led Alexey Nesterov 5-3. Nesterov held for 4-5 and then broke for 5-5 but Douglas broke back to give himself a second opportunity to serve the set out. Nesterov broke again to send it to a tiebreak and he would ultimately close it out 7-5, 7-6(5). Nesterov's win didn't actually tie it up because during his tiebreak Washington's Gal Halak closed out Spencer Richey 7-0 in the third set tiebreak so now the score was 3-2.
It didn't take long to have our first dual-match that was decided by the final court but that's what happened on Thursday night in Tulsa inside The Case. Tulsa, which hosted last year's NCAA Championships, jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the defending Missouri Valley Conference Champs Wichita State after rallying to take the doubles point and picking up straight set wins from Majed Kilani and Daniel Santos at No. 2 and No. 6. During the doubles point the Shockers got a quick win at No. 1 and led 4-0 at No. 3 but the Golden Hurricane rallied with six straight points to take it 6-4. The doubles decider came at No. 2 with Tulsa's Kilani and Ram-Harel breaking Wichita State's 4-4 service game and then holding to clinch the doubles point with a 6-4 win.
Dartmouth came out and won a tight doubles point by winning 7-5 at both 1 and 3 while SMU took #2 doubles 6-4. In singles, Dartmouth took the opening set on 5 of 6 courts and was able to pick up wins from Brendan Tannenbaum, Dovydas Sakinis, and Ciro Riccardi. At the time of the clinch Dartmouth's Max Schmidt was a game away up 5-2 in the 3rd.
|Turpin Stadium at SMU Tennis Complex|
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of March 24th. For more details about UTR check out their website.
Despite the win by Ram-Harel it looked like it was going to be all for naught because Cal's Florian Lakat and J.T. Nishimura had taken their respective second sets at #2 and #6 and were up breaks deep in the third set as well.
|Mitchell Pritchard (Pic from Tulsa)|
Note: Pritchard's win over Nishimura was a Universal Tennis Rating upset since Nishimura's UTR was 1.04 higher than Pritchard's UTR.
"Cal. is going to be the favorite in the northern part of the Pac-12, and they are one of the best teams in the country," said Westbrook. "Ram-Harel goes out and beats the No. 3 player in the country, and Bautista goes out and beats the No. 30 player in the country. Our three and four spots weren't very good, but I don't think that our freshmen have played in an environment like this. Our doubles was awesome, and it came down to our upperclassmen. I think that we are at about 60% or 70% of what we can do, but it's going to be a puzzle putting the pieces together against the right opponents. "
"We have to do a better job of being disciplined, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "Today we let some great opportunities get away from us, and tip your hat to Tulsa. They played well at the end of the matches.
Louisville got off to a slow start at home against Troy by dropping the doubles point but they turned up the heat in singles and picked up straight set wins at #2, #4, #5, and #6 to win it going away 4-1. Troy's #1 Hassan Ndayishimiye (13.94) didn't play in this one but from looking at the scores I'm not sure it would have made a difference.
The final match of the night was a classic - #54 UC Santa Barbara went up to the Emerald City and knocked off #62 Washington 4-3. Now this definitely isn't considered an upset by ranking but there were many, me included, that thought Washington would pull through at home.
|Nathan Eshmade (Pic from UCSB)|
Quotes from UCSB's recap
"We've really prepared for this season and the guys played some great tennis today," Head Coach Marty Davis said. "It was a great win for the Gauchos."
Quotes from Washington's Matt Anger via UW's recap
"I take my hat off to their guy, Eshmade there at second singles, said Anger. "In that third set he played lights out tennis and he deserved to win. No complaining on my side other than I would have liked to have gotten that last point.
"There were opportunities all night long for both teams, added Anger. "We played good there at second doubles but losing that tie-breaker at first doubles 8-6, then Gal's second set tiebreaker. You get one of those two and we are winning a match.
Anyway back to the day's events starting first in Durham. Duke and Kentucky battled it out in doubles with all 3 matches going back and forth. Kentucky went up an early double break at #1 and led 3-0 but Duke would claw back and end up taking it in a tiebreak. Duke had the break lead at #2 but lost it only to break late and take it 7-5. Duke also had the early break lead at #3 but Kentucky came back to forth a tiebreak which Duke ultimately won.
4 of the 6 singles matches finished in straight sets as Kentucky's William Bushamuka, Ryotaro Matsumura, and Nils Ellefsen swept the top 3 spots while Duke's Adrian Chamdani won at #6. Kentucky had a 3-2 lead and just needed 1 of the final 2 courts but it wasn't look good for them on either. Duke's Catalin Mateas led Kentucky's Trey Yates 4-1 in the 3rd at #4 and Duke's Josh Levine was serving for the match at #5 leading Kentucky's Enzo Wallart 5-3 in the 3rd. Wallart wouldn't go away and would break back and push the match to a tiebreak. Levine took the first point in the tiebreak but Wallart took the next 7 to clinch the win for Kentucky. Duke's Mateas would close out Yates after Kentucky had already officially won it to make the final score 4-3. For a full blow-by-blow read Duke's extremely detailed recap.
Note: Kentucky won despite playing without Beck Pennington who started 22 matches last season at #1 singles (11-9)
You could say we got a little fired up after today's win. pic.twitter.com/zF209PZw3RKentucky Mens Tennis (@UKMensTennis) January 17, 2016
Kentucky 4, #13 Duke 3
It was a crazy weekend of tennis in Seattle - on Friday night #54 UCSB knocked off #62 Washington 4-3, then on Saturday #12 Texas beat #54 UCSB 6-1, and then finally today #62 Washington knocks off #12 Texas 4-3 - go figure.
Texas didn't have any issues in doubles and claimed the point with wins at #1 and #2 but Washington turned things around in singles. Washington's Mitch Stewart, Gal Hakak, Enzo Sommer, and Sebastian Hawken each took first sets and it didn't take long for Stewart, Hakak, and Hawken to finish their matches off in straight sets. Washington was now up 3-1 but Texas trimmed it to 3-2 with a straight set win from Julain Zlobinsky at #6 but a short while later freshman Enzo Sommer closed the door on Texas by defeating #114 Michael Riechmann 7-5, 6-4. Texas's Adrian Ortiz beat Washington's Jake Douglas in the remaining match to make the final 4-3.
Jake Douglas falls on court three 7-6, 7-5 but Huskies get upset No. 12 Texas 4-3. Recap coming shortly #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/t0I515XnNYUW Men's Tennis (@UW_MTennis) January 17, 2016
6 Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.76) def. Piers Foley (UW 12.37), 7-5, 6-4
Comments from Washington recap
Comments from Texas recap
"I give credit to Washington," said UT head coach Michael Center. "They played very well. We were not quite as sharp in some areas today, and we were exploited. Once again, I was pleased with our doubles. The guys played hard, but we still have a lot of room for improvement."
Northwestern won its season opener on the road by blanking #36 Louisville 4-0. The only real suspense came during the doubles point which was decided in a tiebreak at #2. Northwestern won 9 of the 10 completed sets and was ahead in the other 3 when play was halted due to the clinch. Northwestern had to get back home to play Chicago State at 7pm central so that's why they cut bait and took off.
Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma had some nice things to say about the Northwestern team - read below.
#26 Northwestern 4, #36 Louisville 0
Oklahoma State took the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then picked up first sets at #3, #5, and #6 while Wake took the rest. It looked like Dennis Uspensky was going to get the first set at #5 but Tristan Meraut broke him and then took the tiebreak 7-4.
Wake's Skander Mansouri tied it at 1-1 with a quick win at #2 but Oklahoma State's Arjun Kadhe answered with a straight set win at #3. Wake tied it at 2-2 when Jon Ho won in straights at #4 but Oklahoma State's Tristan Meraut answered with a straight set win at #5. Meraut got broke serving for the match up 7-6, 5-3 but he managed to break back to win it. Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg would break Christian Seraphim's 2-2 serve game in the third set and would hold three more times to close it out at #6 by a score of 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Below are video clips from Oklahoma State of the doubles and singles clinchers along with some words from head coach Jay Udwadia
C2: Ismailov/Gerch (OSU) clinch the doubles point with a 6-4 win over Ho/Chrysochos (WAKE) #okstate pic.twitter.com/8QhGQgMd1lOSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) January 30, 2016
LUUUUUUUUKAS!! Finzelberg wins the clincher for the Pokes as he defeats Seraphim, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4! #okstate pic.twitter.com/EeBUfcmrWFOSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) January 30, 2016
2. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.23) def. #68 Julian Cash (OSU 13.73) 6-1, 6-4
3. #112 Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.81) def. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) 6-3, 6-2
4. #103 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.99) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.68) 6-2, 6-3
5. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.38) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.59) 7-6(4), 6-4
6. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.65) def. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
3. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) vs. Bogaerts/Uspensky (WF) 4-5, unf.
Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap:
"You try to go one match at a time and we're not going to look past anyone this season, especially since Minnesota beat us last year," Udwadia said.
Illinois won the all-important doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 and then got singles victories from Jared Hiltzik, Aleks Vukic, and Alex Jesse to hold on for a 4-3 win. Give Duke's recap a read for all the pertinent details because as I've said before they do a tremendous job keeping tabs on everything.
"I'm really happy for this team as they continue to search for an identity," head coach Brad Dancer said. "Anytime you go on the road and play a good team like Duke, you are going to have to find ways to win matches. Our doubles play and Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse put us in a position to win, but credit Duke for clawing its way back into the match, especially TJ Pura. In the end, Vukic gets a well-earned match-deciding victory, executing some of the fundamentals he has been so focused on. Again, happy for the guys and looking forward to another challenge tomorrow."
With an ESPN3 crowd watching on #29 Florida State cruised past #61 Alabama 6-1. Florida State swept all 3 doubles courts then picked up 3 quick straight set wins from Marco Nunez, Michael Rinaldi, and Terrance Whitehurst at 2, 4, and 6. They did play the other matches out with Florida State's Ben Lock winning a third set supertiebreak while Alabama's Becker O'Shaughnessey did the same. Below are highlights courtesy of FSU.
Quotes from FSU's recap
Quotes from Alabama's recap:
The closest match of the day took place in Cambridge as #32 Tulane pulled out a tight, tight 4-3 win over #33 Harvard in a match where the final two courts went to a third set tiebreak to decide it. As is the case in many of these close matches the team that wins the double point seems to come out on top and this one was no exception.
Harvard's #2 team of Sebastian Beltrame and Kenny Tao won 6-2 but Tulane's #1 team of Dominik Koepfer and Chi-Shan Jao answered with a 6-3 win to bring all it all down to #2. Tulane's Sebastian Rey and Constantin Schmitz had 3 match points at #3 when Harvard's Kelvin Lam served at 5-6, 15-40 but the Crimson managed to hold to send it to a deciding tiebreak. Harvard got the early mini break to go up 1-0 but Tulane took the next 3 to go up 3-1 and ended up cruising from there to take it 7-4. As you'll see below this doubles point turned out to be pivotal.
Tulane got straight set singles wins from the ITA #1 Dominik Koepfer at #1 and Tyler Schick at #6 while Harvard's Sebastian Beltrame and Kenny Tao won in straights at #3 and #4 though Beltrame's sets were both tiebreaks. I love this clip below from Harvard's twitter talking about Kenny Tao - there is no team's twitter account that's more entertaining than Harvard's - they bring it every match so give them a follow.
Last season Michigan went 1-16 against ranked opponents but so far this year they are 1-1 after a somewhat surprising 7-0 win over #34 Princeton on Friday evening at the USTA National Tennis Center. Princeton played without its #1 singles player Tom Colautti (13.40) which didn't help the Tigers but Michigan just ate them at the bottom of the lineup winning six sets 6-2 or better.
It's interesting but if you look at the Universal Tennis Ratings (UTRs) of each player you wouldn't be surprised at all by the results - in fact it would have actually been surprising had Michigan.
#43 Washington picked up a nice ranked win at home over #57 Cal Poly with the Huskies winning a close doubles point before getting three quick straight set wins from Jake Douglas, Enzo Sommer, and Sebastian Hawken at 3, 4, and 5 to seal it. Each of the three remaining matches played a 10 point tiebreak in lieu of a third set.
Illinois got off to a quick start in doubles with its #2 team of Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik breaking Max Lunkin to open the match and its #3 team of Julian Childers and Aiden Jiang going up an early break as well. Childers and Jiang would stretch the lead to 5-0 and would end up taking it 6-1 in just 19 minutes. Vukic and Hiltzik went up a double break at #2 and led 3-0 before Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Jordi Arconada broke from 15-40 and held to make it 3-2. Vukic held for 4-2 when he hit a net cord ace at 40-30 and then Vukic and Hiltzik broke Arconada to go up 5-2. Aron Hiltzik clinched the doubles point when he hit a service winner on the deciding point - below are some video clips of a few points including match points at #3 (left) and #2 (right).
The match at #1 was abandoned with Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow leading Jared Hiltzik and Brian Page 5-2*. Below are a few clips from that match:
After a slow start in doubles Texas A&M turned up the heat in singles as Arthur Rinderknech, AJ Catanzariti, Jackson Withrow, and Max Lunkin went up early breaks at #1, #3, #5 and #6. Each would take the opening set as did Harrison Adams at #4 so that was five first sets for Texas A&M while Illinois got just the one from Jared Hiltzik at #2.
Jared Hiltzik was the first off the court as he put Illinois up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jordi Arconada at #2 singles. Hiltzik broke Arconada on the deciding point to start the match and then broke him again to take the opening set 6-3. They stayed on serve in the second set until Hiltzik broke to go up 4-2 and just two games later he'd break again to close it out in a whopping 55 minutes. Below are some highlights starting with Hiltzik's break on the opening game and it cuts to match point at the end. Of all the matches I got the least footage on this one since Hiltzik was in control most of the way.
Texas A&M's Jackson Withrow earned the Aggies first point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Brian Page at #5 singles. Withrow broke from 30-40 to go up 4-2 in the first but Page broke back from 15-40 to make it 4-3. Withrow broke right back and then held to take the opening set 6-3. After four straight holds to start the second set, Withrow broke on the deciding point to go up 3-2. Withrow then held for 4-2, broke from 30-40 for 5-2, and then held from 40-15 to close it out in 1 hour and 3 minutes. The below highlights pick up with Page serving 3-6, 2-4 (30-30) and finish with Withrow hammering home an ace on match point.
Texas A&M's AJ Catanzariti tied up the match at 2-2 with an impressive 6-1, 7-6(1) win over Aron Hiltzik at #3. Catanzariti only needed 22 minutes to take the opening set but Hiltzik fought back in the second to go up 3-0. Catanzariti would reel off four straight to go up a break at 4-3 but Hiltzik would break back from 30-40 to even it at 4-4. It stayed on serve until the tiebreak and then it was all Catanzariti as he rolled 7-1 to finish off the match in 1 hour and 13 minutes. In the video clip below it has the most of the tiebreak and if your wondering Hiltzik was overruled on the line call at 2-1 to make it 3-1 Catanzariti.
Texas A&M's Max Lunkin and Asher Hirsch were locked in a tight battle at #6 singles. Lunkin took the first set 6-3 but Hirsch went up 5-3 in the second and was looking for a split. Lunkin held from 40-15 to make it 5-4 and then he broke from 15-40 to even it at 5-5. Lunkin went down 15-40 on his 5-5 service game but fought back to hold for 6-5. Hirsch held from 40-30 to send it a tiebreak but he'd quickly fall behind 3-1. Hirsch evened it up at 3-3 but he'd net a forehand on the next point to give the mini-break back to Lunkin at 4-3. Hirsch would then rattle off the next four to take the tiebreak 7-4. Below are clips from the close of the first set then the finish off the second set (for some reason the scoreboard got cut off the top during the upload)
Harrison Adams put Texas A&M ahead 3-2 with a 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 win over Julian Childers at #4. The first set was nip and tuck until Adams jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreak and took it 7-2. Childers came back and took the second 6-3 but Adams had the steadier hand down the stretch and took the final four games to close it out in 1 hour and 41 minutes. The video clip on the left is match point and the one on the right has Adams holding for 6-5 in the first, Childers holding for 6-6, then a few from the first set tiebreak.
Arthur Rinderknech would clinch the win for Texas A&M with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 win over Aleks Vukic at #1. Rinderknech needed just 25 minutes to take the first set 6-1 but Vukic fought back and broke Rinderknech at love to take the second set 7-5. Rinderknech broke to go up 3-2 in the third then he'd hold for 4-2. Vukic went up 40-0 on his next service game but Rinderknech came back to break on the deciding point for 5-2. Rinderknech would get broke at love and lose the next two points on the Vukic serve before taking the last four to win it in 1 hour and 55 minutes. The video clips start in the first set then pick up with Vukic serving 2-4 in the third.
Lunkin was a break in the third set at 2-1 when Rinderknech clinched.
I talked to Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton about today's match:
#6 Ohio State got all it wanted from #23 Florida but in the end the Buckeyes pulled it out 4-3. Ohio State took the doubles point by picking up a 6-3 win at #1 and a 6-4 win at #2. The win by Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen came over the ITA #1 team of Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson. Below is the handshake from Ohio State's Twitter
Torpegaard and Pollanen take down the top-ranked doubles team in the country 6-3. pic.twitter.com/CvUppeO0FaOhio State M Tennis (@OhioState_MTEN) February 21, 2016
Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce clinched the point at #2 when Martin Joyce held serve to give the Buckeyes the 6-4 win over Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin.
And there's the clinching point from Steinbach and Joyce on court two. 1-0 Buckeyes! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/XLiRUEvtJqOhio State M Tennis (@OhioState_MTEN) February 21, 2016
Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach needed just 53 minutes to put Ohio State up 2-0 after he defeated Gordon Watson 6-1, 6-4 at #5 singles. Florida's Alfredo Perez cut the lead to 2-1 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at #4 singles in a match that took 1 hour and 21 minutes. Florida's Elliott Orkin tied it at 2-2 with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Hugo Di Feo at #2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes. Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to 7-0 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Florida freshman McClain Kessler at #6 in 1 hour and 49 minutes. Just four minutes later, Florida's Chase Perez-Blanco would tie it at 3-3 with a come from behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Herkko Pollanan at #3.
It all came down to a third set at #1 between Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard and Florida senior Diego Hidalgo. Torpegaard took the first set 7-6, Hidalgo got the second 6-2, then Torpegaard went up 4-1 in the third and broke again to win 6-2 in 2 hour and 7 minutes.
Memphis won in Oxford for the second time in the last three years when it defeated Ole Miss 4-1.
Memphis won 6-3 at #3 doubles while Ole Miss got a 6-3 win at #1 doubles. Ole Miss was serving up 4-0 at #2 doubles but gave one of the breaks back but still led 5-2. Memphis held and then broke from 30-40 to make it 5-4. Memphis held from 40-30 to make it 5-5. Ole Miss held at love for 6-5 then the Rebels had two match points up 30-40. Memphis managed to hold with a service winner on the deciding point to send it a tiebreak. Ole Miss went up an early mini-break at 2-1 but Memphis took the next three to go up 4-2. Memphis's Ryan Peniston and Felix Rauch would end up taking it 7-3 to give the Tigers the point and early 1-0 lead.
The match was being played at Ole Miss's three-court indoor facility so after Memphis took the doubles point only the top three singles matches went on court. Memphis got wins from Ryan Peniston and Kai Lemke at #2 and #3 to go up 3-1 before Ole Miss got on the board with a 6-3, 7-6 win by Stefan Lindmark at #1.
Ole Miss needed a sweep of the bottom three but Memphis's Chris Patzanovsky closed out Ricardo Jorge 6-3, 6-4 at #4 to give Memphis the 4-1 win.
The other matches were abandoned with Memphis up a set at #6 while #5 was on serve in the first.
South Florida beat San Diego for the second time in the last seven days after winning 4-0. The Bulls took the doubles point and picked up wins from Dominic Cotrone, Sasha Gozun, and Peter Bertran at #2, #3, and #5.
San Diego head coach Ryan Keckley recapped the weekend split with South Carolina and South Florida.
What was expected to be a close match turned into a rout as #47 Kentucky rolled into South Bend and gave #31 Notre Dame a good ole' fashioned beat down. Kentucky won the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3 (with some new pairings) and then took all six first sets in singles. Ryotaro Matsumura, Nils Ellefsen, and Trey Yates each won with Ellefsen providing the clincher at #3.
Notre Dame did bounce back later on Sunday with a 4-0 win over Western Michigan in a match that had four singles matches go three-sets.
Kentucky has done a great job this year with getting post-match quotes from its coaching staff so make sure you give those a read for some more insight.
#66 Iowa ran its record to 5-2 with a come from behind 4-3 win over Wichita State. Wichita State took the doubles point with tiebreak wins at #1 and #2 and then went up 3-1 after Tin Ostojic and Haru Inoue only dropped a total of 3 games in straight set wins at #1 and #5. As hard as it is to believe, Inoue's 6-0, 6-1 win the third match to finish with Iowa's Lefteris Theodorou squeezing in a 6-1, 6-2 win at #2. Iowa would also get a straight set win from Josh Silverstein at #3 and then both Jonas Larsen and Jake Jakoby would win in three-sets with Larsen clinching the match at #4.
Wichita State has played 13 matches this season with 7 of them finishing with a 4-3 score. Unfortunately for the Shockers they are just 2-5 in those matches.
#20 Northwestern ran its record to 10-1 with a tight 4-3 win over #32 Vanderbilt. Vandy took the doubles point by winning the deciding match at #1 in a tiebreak but Northwestern rallied in singles by taking first sets at the top four spots. Konrad Zieba, Sam Shropshire, and Fedor Baev put NU up 3-1 but Vandy tied it up at 3-3 with straight sets win from Kris Yee and Alex Ross at #5 and #6.
The match came down to a third set at #3 between NU junior Strong Kirchheimer and Vandy sophomore Baker Newman. Kirchheimer took the first set 6-2, Newman the second 7-5, and then Kirchheimer finished it 6-3 in the third.
#27 Tulane bounced back from a tough loss to Mississippi State by defeating #35 Drake 4-1. Tulane won the doubles point by taking the deciding match in a tiebreak and then the Green Waves picked up singles wins from Dominik Koepfer, Constantin Schmitz, and Chi-Shan Jao while Drake got a win from Vinny Gillespie.
The remaining matches were abandoned with Tulane closing in on a win at #4 while it looked like #5 was headed for a split.
#27 Tulane 4, #35 Drake 1
#48 Washington won a tight doubles point over #52 Pepperdine and then got singles wins from Jake Douglas, Enzo Sommer, and Piers Foley while Pepperdine got a win from Lautaro Pane. Below is the clincher by Douglas:
Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
#16 Columbia really roughed up Minnesota on Sunday beating the Gophers for the second time in the last month. Columbia won all seven singles matches in straight sets and didn't give up more than four games in any set.
Minnesota's Felix Corwin started off the year at #1 but after breaking his wrist he's obviously struggled to gain any traction.
#26 Texas went on the road and beat #49 Rice 4-0. The doubles point was decided by a tiebreak at #2 and then Texas picked up straight set wins from Harrison Scott and Rodrigo Banzer at #2 and #4 while Julian Zlobinsky clinched the win in three-sets at #6.
Each of the remaining matches had to gone to a third set when play was halted due to the clinch.
Emory won the Division 3 National Team Indoor Championship with a 7-2 win over Chicago which was the Eagles 6th NTI Championship in the 16 years of the event.
For more details on the match read the ITA's recap along with a report from D3 Tennis.
#5 Emory University 7, #6 University of Chicago 2
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