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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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#36 SMU opened up its new outdoor facility tonight but #60 Dartmouth spoiled the party with a 4-1 upset win.  The Big Green was playing the middle match of a 5 game road trip and after losing to both TCU and Oklahoma State it definitely was a welcome 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

Dartmouth recap
SMU recap

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. 

#60 Dartmouth 4, #36 SMU 1
Mar 24, 2015 at Dallas, Texas
Singles competition
1. #86 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.64) def. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.84) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
2. Arturs Kazijevs (SMU 13.54) vs. #91 Chris Kipouras (DART 13.26) 6-7 (5), 6-2, unf
3. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.14) def. Samm Butler (SMU 13.84) 7-5, 6-4
4. Nate Lammons (SMU 13.31) def. Diego Pedraza (DART 12.78) 6-2, 6-4
5. Max Schmidt (DART 12.60) vs. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU 12.72) 6-4, 1-6, 5-2 unf
6. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART 12.87) def. Tony Russell (SMU 11.31) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #21 Dovydas Sakinis/Chris Kipouras (DART) def. Arturs Kazijevs/Markus Kerner (SMU) 7-5
2. Nate Lammons/Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU) def. Ciro Riccardi/Brendan Tannenbaum (DART) 6-4
3. Sam Todd/Diego Pedraza (DART) def. Samm Butler/Tony Russell (SMU) 7-5
Match Notes:
Dartmouth 9-6; National ranking #60
SMU 15-5; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,1,3)

T-2:32 A-126

Pepperdine took the doubles point and then won 3 of the 4 matches that went to 3 sets in route to picking up a 5-2 win over Washington.  

Pepperdine recap
Washington recap

#49 Pepperdine 5, #56 Washington 2
Mar 24, 2015 at Malibu, Calif. (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP 13.21) def. #89 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.88) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. Jake Douglas (UW 13.87) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP 13.39) 6-3, 6-2
3. Gal Hakak (UW 13.51) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP 13.13) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
4. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP 12.88) def. Emmett Egger (UW 13.04) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Luca Marquard (PEP 12.06) def. Viktor Farkas (UW 13.18) 6-3, 6-3
6. Lautaro Pane (PEP 12.92) def. Joao Barra (UW 12.69) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Emmett Egger/Jeff Hawke (UW) def. Guilherme Hadlich/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-3
2. Tom Hill/Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Joao Barra/Viktor Farkas (UW) 6-4
3. Lautaro Pane/Luca Marquard (PEP) def. Gal Hakak/Mitch Stewart (UW) 7-5
Match Notes
Washington 10-5; National ranking #56
Pepperdine 10-7; National ranking #49
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,3,4,6,1)

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The 2016 season is officially underway and it didn't take long to get our first upset as #29 Tulsa came storming back from 3-1 down to stun #21 Cal 4-3. Tulsa made 3 roster additions this week and all 3 newcomers played tonight but it was the experienced veterans that came through with the match on the line.

Tulsa got things started on the right foot by taking the doubles point with 6-4 wins at #1 and #3 but Cal still had to feel fairly confident going into singles with 5 of its 6 starters ranked in the ITA Top 90. Each team picked up three first sets and while Cal's Filip Bergevi, Billy Griffith, and Oskar Wikberg finished in straight sets only one of Tulsa's guys was able to do the same. Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel served for the match at #1 singles leading #3 Andre Goransson 7-6, 5-4 but he fell behind 30-40 after Goransson punished a second serve with a forehand winner. Goransson would get another look at a second serve but this time all he could do was float a backhand return long which brought up the deciding point at 40-all (no-ad). Ram-Harel stayed in control on the next point and closed out Goransson which gave Tulsa its first singles point and second of the match to cut Cal's lead to 3-2. 

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. 

Lakat had a 5-3 lead on Carlos Bautista at #2 but the Tulsa senior dug in and held easily to make it 5-4. Bautista went up 15-30 on the Lakat serve after hitting a nice backhand overhead but Lakat followed that up by hitting a forehand winner down the line to even it at 30-all. A huge Bautista forehand would force a Lakat backhand error to make it 30-40 and then Bautista would get a look at a second serve but he chipped the return long to even it at 40-all. So we had a match point/break point situation and once again Bautista would get a look at a second serve. Just as he had done on the previous point Bautista chipped the return but this time instead of the ball going long it hit the tape and dribbled over the net for an improbable winner. Lakat thought he had the match won as Bautista's chip floated towards the net and couldn't believe it when it rolled over. That one point was basically the match because Bautista would take 8 of the next 9 points to close out the 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 come from behind win and tie the overall score at 3-3. 

All attention turned to #6 singles as Cal's J.T. Nishimura was trying to close out Tulsa's Mitchell Pritchard after going up 4-2 in the third. Both Nishimura and Pritchard had each been in high pressure situations before with Nishimura playing in the deciding match against Stanford last season on February 21st and Pritchard in the decider against #1 USC on February 28th. Nishimura led Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz 5-2 in the third and had a few match points but ended up losing the final 5 games to lose 7-5. Pritchard on the hand won his match over USC's Rob Bellamy in a third set tiebreak to clinch one of the biggest upsets in college tennis history. So, how do you think this one finished?

Mitchell Pritchard (Pic from Tulsa)
Unfortunately for Nishimura and fortunately for Pritchard the script in this one ended with the same outcome. Pritchard came back from 2-4 down to go up 5-4 and then had 2 match points on the Nishimura serve but Nishimura fought back to hold and even it at 5-all. Pritchard's next service game came down to the deciding point (40-all) and he hit a shot that looked like it missed the sideline by a good few inches but after Nishimura called it out Pritchard appealed the call and the chair unbelievably overturned it to give Pritchard the hold and 6-5 lead. I was watching it on the live stream and it looked to me like it was clearly out but in this instance the only opinion that mattered was the chairs. Instead of serving for the match, Nishimura was now serving to stay in it but he didn't let the moment get to him and hung tough and held to force a match deciding third set tiebreak. 

Nishimura raced out to a 3-0* lead in the breaker before Pritchard hit a pair of service winners to trim it to *3-2. Nishimura would push a backhand wide on the next point to make it 3-all at the changeover but he'd compose himself and hit a service winner on the next point to go back up 4-3*. Pritchard would even it at 4-all after Nishimura pushed a lazy forehand wide on about the 20th shot of the rally and then Pritchard would follow that up with a huge serve down the T that Nishimura could barely get a frame on. Nishimura was now serving at *4-5 and it would soon be *4-6 after Pritchard got control of the point and ultimately ended it with a forehand winner down the line. After Nishimura missed his first serve by a mile, Pritchard got a little too aggressive on the second serve and his return caught the tape and kicked back to make it 5-6*. Pritchard now had match point on his serve and the point wouldn't last long as Nishimura sailed a backhand long and that was it - Tulsa wins it 4-3.

Note: Pritchard's win over Nishimura was a Universal Tennis Rating upset since Nishimura's UTR was 1.04 higher than Pritchard's UTR.

#29 Tulsa 4, #21 Cal 3
Jan. 15, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Doubles Competition
1. McCloskey/Kirby (TU) def. #59 Goransson/Lakat (Cal) 6-4
2. Bergevi/Engsted (Cal) def. O. Kellerman/F. Kellerman (TU) 6-2
3. Gonzalez/Bautista (TU) def. Griffith/Nishimura (Cal) 6-4
Singles Competition
1. #51 Or Ram-Harel (TU 13.91) def. #3 Andre Goransson (Cal 14.35) 7-6, 6-4
2. Carlos Bautista (TU 13.33) def. #30 Florian Lakat (Cal 13.88) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
3. #86 Filip Bergevi (Cal 13.96) def. Matt Kirby (TU 12.69) 6-1, 6-2
4. #39 Billy Griffith (Cal 13.77) def. Majed Kilani (TU 13.52) 6-4, 6-3
5. #54 Oskar Wikberg (Cal 13.38) def. Francois Kellerman (TU 12.99) 6-3, 6-0
6. Mitchell Pritchard (TU 12.54) def. J.T. Nishimura (Cal 13.58) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5)
Order of Finish: (3,5,4,1,2,6)

Quotes from Tulsa head coach Vince Westbrook via Tulsa's recap:
"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. "

Quote from Cal head coach Peter Wright via Cal's recap:
"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.

#36 Louisville 4, #63 Troy 1
Jan 15, 2016 at Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #108 Alex Gornet (LOU 13.12) vs. Daniel Bustamante (TROY 12.48) 6-2, 4-6, 3-1, unf
2. Jeffrey Brown (LOU 13.02) def. Andy Lau (TROY 12.20) 6-0, 6-4
3. Giovani Samaha (TROY 13.02) vs. Brandon Lancaster (LOU 13.08) 6-4, 6-6, unf
4. Sean Donohue (LOU 12.42) def. F. Mansson (TROY 12.23/30%) 7-5, 6-3
5. Courtney Lock (LOU 11.98) def. Pablo Moreno (TROY 12.87) 6-0, 6-4
6. Christian Haushammer (LOU 12.22) def. Mustapha Belcora (TROY 13.28/10%) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. #57 Jeffrey Brown/Alex Gornet (LOU) def. Andre Baldo/F. Mansson (TROY) 6-3
2. Andy Lau/Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Courtney Lock/George Hedley (LOU) 6-3
3. Pablo Moreno/Mustapha Belcora (TROY) def. Sean Donohue/Carlos Longhi Neto (LOU) 6-3
Match Notes
Troy 0-1; National ranking #63
Louisville 1-0; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,5,4)
T-2:20  A-79

Quote from Louisville's Rex Ecarma via their recap
"Troy is going for its third straight conference championship this year," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "That team returned most of its starters from last year and will most likely be playing in its third straight NCAA tournament. We have five out of six new starters this year honestly this is the most inexperienced team I've ever had in 26 seasons. For us to flip it after losing the doubles point was something that really means a lot to me and the team. It showed that we could get down against a veteran team and beat them so that was special."


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)
I was watching the end of the Tulsa/Cal match so I didn't pick this one up until the tail end but the one that thing that stood out to me was how aggressively Nathan Eshmade was playing for UCSB at #2. He was frequently serving and volleying and for a guy that's 6'3" he was getting to the net extremely quickly. When he was receiving he was pushing Hakak all over the court and finishing points at the first opportunity. It's a very nice win for UCSB but they don't have long to savor it because they've got to play Texas tomorrow afternoon.

#54 UC Santa Barbara 4, #62 Washington 3
Jan 15, 2016 at Seattle, WA. (Nordstrom Tennis Center )
Singles Competition
1. #84 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.89) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB 13.43)  6-1, 6-2
2. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.12) def. #122 Gal Hakak (UW 13.34)  6-2, 6-7(7), 6-1
3. #121 Jake Douglas (UW 13.26) def. Nicolas De Alboran Moreno (UCSB 13.63) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
4. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.48) def. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.70) 6-4, 6-2
5. Oliver Sec (USCB 13.10) def. Joao Barra (UW 12.72) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
6. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.46) def. Rishabh Raman (UW 12.63)  6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 6, 5, 3, 2
Doubles Competition
1. Eshmade/Seemann (UCSB)  def. Foley/Sommer (UW) 7-6 (8)
2. Douglas/Watanabe (UW) def. Mays/Moreno (UCSB) 6-4
3. Holm/Masciorini (UCSB def. Lam/Stewart (UW) 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

Quotes from UCSB's recap
"The team looked great out there today," Eshmade said. "We've been training really hard and we showed it. We really wanted this win."

"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
"His opponent was a tough player and Mitch was just suffocating, said head coach Matt Anger. "There were not a lot of opportunities for him and Mitch can do that to guys. I think it was fun for him. He played a good match. Like I said, the other guy is a good player and Mitch was super tonight.

"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.


Texas Tech opened its season with a sweep of Arizona and Pacific in the first of three doubleheaders this weekend. Both Bjorn Thomson and Augusto Stodart made their dual-match debuts with each just arriving on campus a few days ago.

#17 Texas Tech 5, Arizona 0
01/15/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Felipe Soares (TT 13.99) vs. #37 Naoki Takeda (ARIZ 13.95) 6-2, 2-2, unfinished
2. #35 Alex Sendegeya (TT 14.09) vs. Harry Busby (ARIZ 12.67) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished
3. Hugo Dojas (TT 13.67) def. Trent Botha (ARIZ 13.03) 6-2, 6-1
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT 14.20) def. Jason Jaruvang (ARIZ 12.70) 6-1, 6-4
5. Connor Curry (TT 13.19) def. Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ 12.05) 6-1, 6-0
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT 13.71) def. Shoki Kasahara (ARIZ 12.14) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Harry Busby/Oliver Plaskett (ARIZ) 6-2
2. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Naoki Takeda/Shoki Kasahara (ARIZ) 6-4
3. Connor Curry/Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Will Adkisson/Trent Botha (ARIZ) 5-4
Match Notes
Arizona 0-1
Texas Tech 1-0; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,5,3,4)
T-1:47 A-107

#17 Texas Tech 4, Pacific 2
01/15/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Texas Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Felipe Soares (Texas Tech 13.99) defeats Sem Verbeek (Pacific 12.83): 7-6 (4), 6-2
2. #124 Miguel Diaz (Pacific 12.93) defeats #35 Alex Sendegeya (Texas Tech 14.09): 6-2, 6-4
3. Jolan Cailleau (Texas Tech 14.20) defeats Daniel Alameh (Pacific 12.65): 7-5, 6-0
4. Connor Curry (Texas Tech 13.19) defeats Jose Chamba (Pacific 12.78): 6-2, 6-1
5. Bjorn Thomson (Texas Tech 13.71) defeats Kumara Adavelly (Pacific 11.52): 6-1, 6-4
6. Augusto Stodart (Texas Tech 13.22) led Alex Giannini (Pacific 12.25): 3-6, 6-1, 3-2
Doubles competition
1. No. 2 Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (Texas Tech) trailed Sem Verbeek/Jose Chamba (Pacific): 6-5
2. Daniel Alameh/Alex Giannini (Pacific) defeats Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson: 7-5
3. Lance Ngo/Bernardo Oliveria (Pacific) defeats Connor Curry/Augusto Stodart (Texas Tech): 6-2
Match Notes 
Pacific 0-2
Texas Tech 2-0; National ranking #17
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,4,3,2,1)

Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"I was impressed with our guys because they took all the right steps toward playing well in the process, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "Our players stayed the course, took care of business and took it to the opposition.

"In doubles, Pacific came right at us. They're a well-coached doubles team, Masi said. "I felt like we were a little intimidated by how they were playing. We had some tight first sets in singles, but we made some adjustments. It's different for each guy. For some, it was about picking up their energy a little bit. For others, it was working on a strategy.

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Well that didn't take long - on the first weekend of the season a pair of Top 15 teams got upset as unranked Kentucky went into Durham and beat #13 Duke 4-3 and #62 Washington rebounded from a Friday loss to UCSB and knocked off #12 Texas by a 4-3 score. As I mentioned when the preseason rankings came out a week ago, the rankings didn't really take into account the number of starters that some teams lost and thus ranked a few of them way too high. Both Texas and Duke fell into that category because each team had to replace 4 starters and most of the replacements were freshman.

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)

Kentucky 4, #13 Duke 3
Jan 17, 2016 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #79 William Bushamuka (UK 13.95) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.21) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.53/20%) def. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.43) 6-1, 6-4
3. #117 Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.06) def. Vincent Lin (DU 13.46) 6-2, 6-2
4. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.62) def. Trey Yates (UK 13.19) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
5. Enzo Wallart (UK 13.02) def. Josh Levine (DU 12.74) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1)
6. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.92) def. Austin Hussey (UK 12.92) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) def. Nils Ellefsen/Kevin Lai (UK) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Josh Levine/Ryan Dickerson (DU) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) 7-5
3. Catalin Mateas/TJ Pura (DU) def. William Bushamuka/Charles Minc (UK) 7-6 (7)
Match Notes:
Kentucky 3-0
Duke 1-1; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,2,1,5,4)
T-3:08 A-278

A slew of post-match quotes from Kentucky's recap
"A very good win for us in the beginning stage of the year, said head coach Cedric Kauffman. "Beating this team on the road with three freshmen and two sophomores in the lineup after losing the doubles shows that we have come a long way from last year. The upperclassman are improving and this freshman class is the best in the country. We left a lot on the table in the doubles. We didn't close out some opportunities that we had. We will go over it this week. It was great to get Charles [Minc] back on the court. I can't wait for him to be at 100-percent and playing well.

"What a great team effort today by the guys, assistant coach Matt Emery said. "I thought we left a point on the board in the doubles. But what a great job our guys did of bouncing back and winning or being in a position to win at every spot in singles."

"A great win for us on the road and an amazing feeling to upset such a talented team, Ellefsen said following the match. "We should have closed out the doubles point as well, but we fought back in singles to win the match. So proud of the guys for today's effort.

"I though that as a team everyone gave it their all, especially the freshman in their first win against a ranked team, Bushamukasaid. "Enzo [Wallart] I thought was the man of the match, clinching for us in the third. Even though we just beat a top-15 team, we need to get back to work on Tuesday. I'm very proud of the team though.

"I'm very happy that we beat a top-15 team in Duke today, Matsumura said. "I knew we could do it. I think I did well in my first match against a ranked player. I have some goals for my next match, wanting to improve on my serve and overhead. Too many errors, but I am looking forward to beating Michigan next.

"I was really proud of William today, Emery continued. "This is a benchmark win for him, and we know it's only the beginning for him.  He was the tougher player on Court #1 today. I also can't say enough about the two freshman, Ryotaro and Enzo, today. They showed tremendous guts and poise for freshmen playing in their first big match on the road. They are two of the best freshmen in the country, and they proved that today."

"I'm very proud of the team today, Wallart said following the win. "After losing all three doubles very closely, we went back out there and gave everything we had. It was an incredible feeling winning 7-6 in the third and bringing the fourth point to the team for the win, especially in my second college match. We're ready for the season.

Post-match comments from Duke's recap:
We did some good things and fought hard, head coach Ramsey Smith said. "We had a couple courts where I thought we did a lot of really, really good things. We're a couple points away from winning that match and feeling great. Overall, we made some progress this week. We certainly have some work to do. The doubles point was obviously extremely intense, Smith said. "There were a lot of pressure situations on all three courts and we were able to come through. That was a big positive. Kentucky bounced back extremely well.

"Adrian was very impressive today, Smith said. "He didn't play the first match and wasn't in the lineup to begin with. He got in and played a guy who made a lot of balls. Adrian stepped up. I was encouraged with him.

"I thought Catalin looked very comfortable out there, Smith added. "I wish it had come down to him. Josh has won so many big matches for us and lost a tough one today. I have full confidence that Josh is going to win that match the majority of the time. From a freshman standpoint, I thought it was a great weekend.

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.

#62 Washington 4, #12 Texas 3
Jan 17, 2016 at Seattle, WA. (Nordstrom Tennis Center)
Doubles competition 
1 Adrian Ortiz/Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Piers Foley/Enzo Sommer (UW), 6-4
2 George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Jake Douglas/Wendell Watanabe (UW), 6-2
3 Colin Markes/Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Kawika Lam/Mitch Stewart (UW), 5-4, susp.
Singles competition 
1 #84 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.89) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.65), 6-3, 6-2
2 #122 Gal Hakak (UW 13.34) def. #94 Harrison Scott (UT 13.44), 6-3, 6-3
3 Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.61) def. #121 Jake Douglas (UW 13.26), 7-6, 7-5
4 Enzo Sommer (UW 13.49) def. #114 Michael Riechmann (UT 12.95), 7-5, 6-4
5 Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.56) def. John Mee (UT 13.40), 6-3, 6-2
6 Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.76) def. Piers Foley (UW 12.37), 7-5, 6-4
Match Notes
Washington 3-1
Texas 3-1; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,2,6,4,3)

Comments from Washington recap
"Today was great, it was a very close match like we had Friday night, said head coach Matt Anger. "I was really surprised all matches were straight sets, usually in a close match like that matches are going to go to three sets but it just seemed to work out that way today. Within all of those matches however it was still really close.  We were able to play a lot of freshmen today, and even two sophomores, said Anger. "So it was just a great win for the team, and also a lot of fun for those guys to get that great experience.

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
Jan 17, 2016 at Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Konrad Zieba (NW 14.22) vs. #108 Alex Gornet (LOU 13.11) 6-1, 5-3, unf
2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NW 13.71) def. Jeffrey Brown (LOU 13.02) 6-0, 6-3
3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NW 13.93) def. Sean Donohue (LOU 12.42) 6-1, 6-2
4. Fedor Baev (NW 13.00) vs. Brandon Lancaster (LOU 13.08) 2-6, 6-1, 4-1, unf
5. Alp Horoz (NW 13.04) vs. Courtney Lock (LOU 11.97) 6-3, 4-3, unf
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NW 12.87) def. Christian Haushammer (LOU 12.22) 7-6 (2), 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #52 Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NW) def. #57 Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-3
2. Sam Shropshire/Konrad Zieba (NW) def. Haushammer/Lancaster (LOU) 7-6 (3)
3. Courtney Lock/George Hedley (LOU) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NW) 6-4
Match Notes:
Northwestern 1-0; National ranking #26
Louisville Men's Tennis 2-1; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,6)
T-2:12 A-102

Comments from Louisville's recap
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There was a solid schedule of matches on Friday and fortunately for us viewers almost all of them had a live stream available. There were a pair of top 25 teams going head to head and as expected both were close matches. #7 Illinois held on for a 4-3 road win at #24 Duke while #25 Oklahoma State pulled off the upset and beat #11 Wake Forest.

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

#25 Oklahoma State 4, #11 Wake Forest 2
January 29, 2016 at Stillwater, OK (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Temur Ismailov (OSU 13.95) vs. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.01) 3-6, 6-4, 6-5, unf.
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
Doubles competition
1. #9 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) def. #25 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4
2. Temur Ismailov/Lucas Gerch (OKST) def. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) 6-4
3. #53 Lukas Finzelberg/Jurence Mendoza (OKST) vs. Bogaerts/Uspensky (WF) 4-5, unf.
Match Notes
Oklahoma State 5-1; National ranking #25
Wake Forest 4-1; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,4,5)

Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap:
"Today was about getting over the hump and getting a nice win to start the season," coach Jay Udwadia said. "It was nice to capitalize it at home."

"It's a lot easier to win three singles points, than four, especially when you're playing the top teams in the country," Udwadia said. "I love how the team is playing with great energy and good spirit in doubles because it reflects our team."

"I played pretty solid, but I can say everyone else gave 100 percent and that makes me really happy," Kadhe said. "We needed to beat a top-15 team because mentally it helps takes everyone's confidence to another level."

"I was just trying to focus on my match and not worry about the other guys," Meraut said. "I'm here for them and I'll always cheer them on, but I wanted to take care of my point first. It was awesome being part of something like this for the first time."

"First, I want to thank the crowd today because they were really loud and that's what helped us," Kadhe said.

"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.

#7 Illinois 4, #24 Duke 3
January 29, 2016 at Durham, NC (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.11) def. #12 Nicolas Alvarez (DU 14.16) 6-2, 6-4
2. Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.33) def. #102 TJ Pura (DU 13.37) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
3. Catalin Mateas (DU 13.67) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.74) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
4. Vincent Lin (DU 13.40) def. #67 Julian Childers (ILL 13.36) 6-2, 6-1
5. Alex Jesse (ILL 12.89) def. Adrian Chamdani (DU 12.90) 6-3, 6-3
6. Josh Levine (DU 12.69) def. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.79) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3)
Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Vincent Lin (DU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) 6-4
2. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Josh Levine/Ryan Dickerson (DU) 6-3
3. Julian Childers/Brian Page (ILL) def. TJ Pura/Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Illinois 4-0; National ranking #7
Duke 1-3; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,5,3,6,2)
Official: Tina Chandler
T-2:36 A-309

Post match comments from Illinois's recap:
"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."

Post match comments from Duke's recap:
"That was a great college tennis match, Duke head coach Ramsey Smith said. "It came down to the last match. We had a great atmosphere with two teams playing extremely hard. We focused on all heart in singles and really digging in. I really felt like we did that on all six courts. I told the guys that if we keep that effort up that we're going to be fine.

"I was really happy with court one (doubles), Smith said. "I think that was one of the best matches they had played from start to finish.

"Vinny took out a ranked player (Childers) quickly, Smith said. "I moved him down a spot in the lineup and sometimes players don't handle that very well. He couldn't have handled it much better. His match really helped the other five guys out there get a real belief we could do it."

"I'm especially proud of Catalin, Smith added. "That guy is a gamer. He doesn't lose many matches. You have to beat him. Catalin stayed aggressive, stepped up and took the match at the end.

"I have all the confidence in the world in this team even though we're really young, Pura said. "The guys, especially the freshmen, I couldn't be more proud of. I think, if you look back at the Kentucky match to now, it's night and day the way we look. We're on the brink of making a breakthrough. We all feel it. The loss is really tough, but it's exciting. We're right there.

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.

#29 Florida State 6, #61 Alabama 1
Jan. 29, 2016 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #15 Benjamin Lock (FS 14.16) def. #66 Mazen Osama (UA 13.51) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)
2. #77 Marco Nunez (FS 13.30) def. #106 Korey Lovett (UA 13.64) 6-1, 6-2
3. #123 B. O'Shaughnessey (UA 13.46) def. Aziz Dougaz (FS 13.29) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)
4. Michael Rinaldi (FS 13.27) def. Grayson Goldin (UA 13.39) 6-2, 6-1
5. Terrell Whitehurst (FS 13.38) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA 13.21) 7-5, 7-5
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FS 13.13) def. Spencer Richey (UA 12.93) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FS) def. Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama (UA) 6-0
2. #55 Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. S Richey/Matthew Rossouw (UA) 6-4
3. Aziz Dougaz/Michael Rinaldi (FS) def. Grayson Goldin/B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) 6-4
Match Notes
Alabama 5-2; National ranking #61
Florida State 5-1; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,4,3,1,5)
T-2:40 A-405

Quotes from FSU's recap
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist:
"It was a lot of fun tonight playing on ESPN3. We had a terrific crowd with the Golden Spear club seating and terrific support from the sororities on campus. Our guys love playing when we have a huge crowd like we did tonight. I was pleased with how we had three dominating matches in Marco, Terrance, and Michael. They set the stage winning the first set and closing their matches out. We'll look back on this match and see Alabama as a very good team down the road. It was a very good night for us in that we played well and we've beaten two SEC teams in a row. Those are good teams and we're building our resume. We look to build the momentum Sunday against a very good Troy team.

On Terrance Whitehurst:
"Terrance is undefeated for the spring. He's worked really hard on his game and improved his serve. His biggest thing is competing hard. He's a different player than a year ago, staying focused on his match. It's always fun because he has a good time and brings a lot of energy.

Senior Marco Nunez:
"We prepared really well for this team. Our coaches did a good job to get us focused for this match and the tactics and game plan for this match was assertive.

Quotes from Alabama's recap:
Tonight was a tale of two teams," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "One got in the way of themselves, and the other didn't. We just never got it going on all courts. It happens, and you move on. We will get better with more reps, focus and hard work."

"Becker keeps competing his tail off and leading by example," added Husack. "He didn't serve well and shot himself in the foot a few times, but he didn't cave in. A super effort."

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.

With Tulane holding on to a 3-2 lead both of the final two courts would go to a third set. Harvard's Brian Yeung would get the early break at #2 to take a 3-1 lead on Tulane's Constantin Schmitz but Schmitz would break back, hold, and break again to go up 4-3. Yeung broke back and held to go up 5-4 before Schmitz held for 5-5. Each would hold one more time to send it a tiebreak and in the tiebreak it was all Schmitz as he pulled away for a 7-3 win which clinched the team victory for the Green Wave. They played out the final court and Harvard's Andy Zhou got the win 7-6(1) to make the final score 4-3 Tulane.

#32 Tulane 4, #33 Harvard 3
Jan 29, 2016 at Cambridge, Mass.
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.34) def. #71 Nicky Hu (HU 13.72) 6-2, 6-4
2. #63 Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.79) def. Brian Yeung (HU 13.10) 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3)
3. Sebastian Beltrame (HU 13.12) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.85) 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2)
4. Kenny Tao (HU 13.19) def. #111 Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.65) 6-4, 6-2
5. Andy Zhou (HU 13.35) def. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.53) 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (1)
6. Tyler Schick (TLN 13.10) def. Grant Solomon (HU 12.61) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #17 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. #44 Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HU) 6-3
2. #32 Sebastian Beltrame/Kenny Tao (HU) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-2
3. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Conor Haughey/Kelvin Lam (HU) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
Tulane 4-1; National ranking #32
Harvard 3-2; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,4,6,3,2,5)

Quotes from Tulane's recap
"This was a tremendous team effort today, Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras said. "Our guys really showed a lot of heart from start to finish to beat a very strong Harvard team. Hats off to Coach Fish for having top-25 caliber teams year in and year out for the last 40 years. He is one of the special coaches in our sport that has done it the right way, done it with class and produced great players, teams, and young men since well before I was competing against him in my college days. He's a true role model for us coaches.

"The way that we got it done was probably even more special because it's specifically stuff that we talked about all week after our tough loss last weekend, Booras added. "We pushed the guys to put some things into play with their mental games and then with their execution of their tactics, and they responded. Constantin showed a lot of heart today coming back from a break down in the third set to clinch it for us in a tiebreaker.

#21 Northwestern 6, #35 Notre Dame 1
Jan 29, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #16 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.28) def. #37 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.78) 6-2, 7-5
2. #50 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.67) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.62) 6-1, 6-4
3. #55 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.06) def. Alex Lawson (ND 13.40) 6-3, 6-4
4. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 12.97) def. Fedor Baev (NU 12.93) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
5. Alp Horoz (NU 13.08) def. Josh Hagar (ND 13.26) 6-2, 5-7, 10-7
6. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.93) def. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.86) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #52 Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. #6 Lawson/Monaghan (ND) 4-4, unf
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar (ND) 6-2
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Grayson Broadus/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-1
Match Notes:
Notre Dame 2-3; National ranking #35
Northwestern 4-1; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,3,1,5,4)
Official: John Coleman T-2:27 A-172

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.

Michigan 7, #34 Princeton 0
Jan. 29, 2016 New York, N.Y.
Singles competition
1. Jathan Malik (UM 13.79) d. Diego Vives (PU 13.19), 7-6, 6-4
2. Davis Crocker (UM 12.69) d. #93 Alex Day (PU 12.95), 7-5, 6-7, 1-0
3. Alex Knight (UM 13.66) d. Josh Yablon (PU 12.97), 6-1, 3-6, 1-2 retired
4. Carter Lin (UM 12.83) d. Kial Kaiser (PU 12.67), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
5. Runhao Hua (UM 13.59) d. Jimmy Wasserman (PU 12.96), 6-2, 6-2 
6. Myles Schalet (UM 13.45) d. Luke Gamble (PU 12.85), 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (UM) d. Alex Day/Luke Gamble (PU), 6-4
2. Diego Vives/Jimmy Wasserman (PU) d. Davis Crocker/Gabe Tishman (UM), 6-2
3. Lubomir Cuba/Carter Lin (UM) d. Josh Yablon/Thomas Colautti (PU), 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles: 2,3,1; Singles: 6,5,1,3,4,2

Quotes from head coach Billy Pate via Princeton's recap:
"I felt we played better in certain areas tonight and once again gave ourselves a good shot to get the doubles point. It certainly wasn't as lopsided as the final score might indicate. However, we didn't capitalize on crucial points in a few of the first sets to really give ourselves the necessary momentum. Michigan is a very balanced team and it showed in their success against us down low tonight. It was clearly a bit more challenging without Tom (Colautti) at the No. 1 singles position, but Michigan played a great match regardless. We'll need a quick turnaround for a very good Iowa squad tomorrow and I'm confident we'll continue to make adjustments and improve each match."

#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.

#43 Washington 6, #57 Cal Poly 1
Jan. 29, 2016 at Seattle, WA (Nordstrom Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition
1 Donovan/Pang (CP) def. Foley/Sommer (UW) 6-4
2 Douglas/Watanabe (UW) def. (CP) Auproux/Tan (CP) 7-5
3 Lam/Stewart (UW) def. (CP) Enander/Shintani (CP) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles competition
1 #84 Mitch Stewart (UW) def. Garret Auproux (CP)  6-4, 2-6, 11-9
2 #122 Gal Hakak (UW) def.  Ben Donovan (CP) 4-6, 6-2, 10-8
3 #121 Jake Douglas (UW) def. Cory Pang (CP)  6-2, 6-4
4 Enzo Sommer (UW) def. Joshua Ortlip (CP)  6-2, 6-1
5 Sebastian Hawken (UW)  def. Axel Damiens (CP)  6-3, 6-2
6 Joao Barra (UW) def. Aiku Shintani (CP) 1-6, 7-5, 11-9
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 1, 6, 2

Comments from Washington's recap
"I think we came out strong in doubles, said head coach Matt Anger. "At number one doubles we did lose the first game but I feel like we were right on it afterwards, that was the one game that was costly.

"I'm very happy with the win tonight, said Anger. "I think once we clinched the match we might've slowed down a little bit. But if that's our biggest complaint it's for a good reason, when you have four points on the board.

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Texas A&M had been on the road for the last week and a half, and had lost its last three, but it managed to come from behind today to beat Illinois 4-2 despite playing without one of its top starters. Texas A&M senior Shane Vinsant missed today's match against Illinois due to a blister on his foot but the Aggies managed to stay focused in his absence and the team performed much better in singles than it did in doubles. The weather was right around 50 degrees outside but they played it indoors anyway. I was a little surprised at the lighter turnout of around 175 because I've been to Atkins in the past for some big matches and have seen well over 500 on hand.

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.

#7 Texas A&M 4, #12 Illinois 2
February 21, 2016 at Urbana, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #8 Arthur Rinderknech, (TAMU 14.39) def. #12 Aleks Vukic (Ill 14.37) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
2. #10 Jared Hiltzik (Ill 14.23) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.75) 6-3, 6-2
3. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU 13.51) def. #69 Aron Hiltzik (Ill 13.63) 6-1, 7-6(1)
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU 12.98) def. Julian Childers (Ill 13.48) 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU 14.01) def. Brian Page (Ill 12.38) 6-3, 6-2
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU 13.39) vs. Asher Hirsh (Ill 12.77) 6-3, 6-7(4), *2-1 unf
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. Jared Hiltzik/Brian Page (Ill) 5-2, unf
2. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (Ill) def. #33 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2
3. Julian Childers/Aiden Jiang (Ill) def. Harrison Adams/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 11-3; National ranking #7
Illinois 6-4; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2); Singles (2, 5, 3, 4, 1)

I talked to Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton about today's match:

Post Match Quotes From Texas A&M's recap
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach - Thoughts on the match
"It was a great team win for us, after losing a couple matches in a row it was big for our team to come back and play the level we were capable of playing. I was proud of our guys for playing hard and being in the match mentally. It was a big effort from the guys to come out and play the way we did. Winning five first sets in singles was huge for us and it shows that we can play at a very high level. I'm proud of the guys."

Winning the match after dropping doubles point
"It showed how good we can play if everyone plays up their level. We had some big wins today, with Arthur beating one of the toughest players in the country. He was great after having a tough go of it the last couple matches. We had a lot of heroes today, AJ was great today after winning the first set and coming back from being down in the second set to win in a tie breaker. That was a really big boost for the team. Harry, came back and won a big point for us. He hadn't broken serve for a while and got a couple big breaks in the third set. He played his best tennis on this trip in the last set today.

Post Match Quote From Illinois's recap
"We had some good doubles play. The guys came out on courts two and three and did a great job there," head coach Brad Dancer said. "I thought our urgency in singles early on was poor. Credit to our guys, as they always do, for fighting back to give ourselves a chance to win."

#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

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.

Ohio State came out strong in singles and took four opening sets and looked like it'd run away with this one but Florida fought back and forced a ton of third sets.

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.

#6 Ohio State 4, #23 Florida Gators 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.52) def. #48 Diego Hidalgo (FLA 14.04) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2
2. #21 Elliott Orkin (FLA 13.89) def. #16 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.26) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. #88 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA 13.97) def. #18 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.64) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Alfredo Perez (FLA 13.96) def. #42 Chris Diaz (OSU 14.01) 6-2, 7-5
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.97) def. Gordon Watson (FLA 13.50) 6-1, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.79) def. McClain Kessler (FLA 13.62) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) 6-3
2. #14 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #54 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) vs. Chase Perez-Blanco/Josh Wardell (FLA) 3-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Florida Gators 4-3; National ranking #23
Ohio State 12-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,2,6,3,1)
Official: Marcus Lee T-3:00 A-257

Post-Match Quotes from Florida head coach Brian Shelton via Florida's recap
"Ohio State is a very good team and have to credit the way Coach Tucker's guys were prepared to compete. It was a great environment there and I had so much success at home. Our guys fought hard and just came up one match shy of getting it done. Elliott and Chase showed great resolve fighting back and Alfredo did a nice job finishing against a tough competitor.

I really like my team and believe we are on our way. We are looking forward to getting after it in practice on Tuesday. The margins are small between winning and losing these matches, so we'll keep working to find that edge."

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.

#28 Memphis 4, #19 Ole Miss 1
Feb 21, 2016 at Oxford, Mississippi (Gillom Sports Center) 
Singles competition
1. #86 Stefan Lindmark (OM 13.94) def. #87 Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS 13.84) 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
2. #46 Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS 14.06) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM 13.64) 6-4, 6-0
3. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS 13.48) def. Gustav Hansson (OM 13.86) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS 13.01) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM 13.26) 6-3, 6-4
5. Fabian Fallert (OM 12.90) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS 12.40) 4-4, unf
6. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS 12.68) vs. Vinod Gowda (OM 12.85) 6-3, 1-1, unf
Doubles competition
1. Filip Kraljevic/Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEMPHIS) 6-3
2. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. Stefan Lindmark/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3
Match Notes
Memphis 6-2; National ranking #28
Ole Miss 4-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,1,4)
T-3:39 A-224

Quoting Head Coach Toby Hansson via Ole Miss's recap
"Memphis got away with the doubles point that we had complete control over. You have to keep playing until the last point, and they did a better job at that. We weren't able to stop the momentum, but credit to Memphis, they did a great job and deserved to win.

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.

#14 South Florida, #17 San Diego 0
February 21, 2016 at Tampa Florida (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)
Doubles competition
1. #18 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) vs. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) 4-5, unf
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Uros Petronijevic/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-4
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) def. Josh Page/Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-1
Singles competition
1. #20 Uros Petronijevic (USD 14.11) vs. #7 Roberto Cid (USF 14.43) 4-6, 6-1 unf
2. #26 Dominic Cotrone (USF 14.32) def. Filip Vittek (USD 13.43) 6-3, 6-2
3. Sasha Gozun (USF 13.55) def. #24 Jordan Angus (USD 13.88) 7-5, 6-0
4. Justin Roberts (USF 13.08) vs. #120 Romain Kalaydjian (USD 13.21) 7-5, 2-3, unf
5. Peter Bertran (USF 13.27) def. Joshua Page (USD 12.87) 6-1, 6-2
6. Alex Araouzos (USD 12.36) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF 13.30) 7-6(2), 2-1
Match Notes
South Florida 6-3: National Ranking #14
San Diego 5-5: National Ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,3)

Post-Match Quotes from South Florida's recap
"I thought the guys continued to improve and get better, head coach Matt Hill said. "Every day, every week they continue to look better and better. That's all we really care about here, is that were playing better in March than we did in February, and getting better into April and May. That's the goal.

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.

#47 Kentucky 4, #31 Notre Dame 0
Feb 21, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Singles competition
1. #25 William Bushamuka (UK 13.96) vs. #51 Quentin Monaghan (ND 13.85) 6-4, 3-4, unf.
2. Ryotaro Matsumura (UK 14.60) def. Alex Lawson (ND 13.35) 7-5, 6-2
3. Nils Ellefsen (UK 13.47) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND 12.84) 6-4, 6-4
4. Enzo Wallart (UK 12.92) vs. Josh Hagar (ND 13.32) 6-1, 5-5, unf
5. Trey Yates (UK 13.11) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND 12.95) 6-4, 6-2
6. Charles Minc (UK 12.21) vs. Grayson Broadus (ND 12.90) 7-6(5), 1-4, unf
Doubles competition
1. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) def. Nils Ellefsen/William Bushamuka (UK) 6-4
2. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-4
3. Gus Benson/Kevin Lai (UK) def. Josh Hagar/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-4
Match Notes:
Kentucky 6-3; National ranking #47
Notre Dame 5-5; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,3)
T-2:08 A-114

Post-Match Quotes from Kentucky's recap
"We had to mix it up in the doubles, remarked fifth-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann. "It wasn't an easy decision on what teams we needed to move around, but it paid off today. Gus and Kevin complemented each other well and Ryo and Enzo closed out a good team.

"I was very happy with our energy in the doubles, assistant coach Matt Emery added. "We switched up a couple things, and the guys really responded.  When we get the doubles point, we are very difficult to beat."

"Everyone came out to play, Kauffmann said on singles action. "To win all each of the first sets is a tough thing to do on the road. I am proud of the boys. Ryo, Nils and Trey played well and closed out the match very quickly. They took care of business.

"I was really proud of the matches I saw on the top three singles courts, Emery said "They came to play from the first point and never looked back.

"I was very proud of Trey Yates today as well, getting a big win for us at No. 5 singles. He has been so close in so many matches this year, and it was great to see it all come together for him today."
With the win, the Wildcats moves to 7-2 on the season. The loss for Notre Dame drops them to 5-5 in 2016.

"We are getting better every week and that's our goal, Kauffmann said. "This team will be one of the best teams in the country if we continue getting better and we believe in one another.

#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.

#66 Iowa 4, #65 Wichita State 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #95 Tin Ostojic (WSU 13.21) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA 12.88) 6-2, 6-0
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA 12.71) def. #121 Miroslav Herzan (WSU 12.72) 6-1, 6-2
3. Josh Silverstein (IOWA 12.91) def. Jocelyn Devilliers (WSU 12.55) 6-2, 6-4
4. Jonas Larsen (IOWA 11.98) def. Sergio de Vilchez (WSU 11.96) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
5. Haru Inoue (WSU 12.42) def. Robin Haden (IOWA 12.61) 6-0, 6-1
6. Jake Jacoby (IOWA 12.77) def. Eddie Stoica (WSU 12.28) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #38 Jocelyn Devilliers/Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. Jake Jacoby/Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) 7-6
2. #22 Miroslav Herzan/Haru Inoue (WSU) def. Dominic Patrick/Josh Silverstein (IOWA) 7-6(8)
3. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (IOWA) def. Sergio de Vilchez/Eddie Stoica (WSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Iowa 5-2; National ranking #66
Wichita State 7-6; National ranking #65
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,5,3,6,4)

Post-Match Quote from Iowa's recap
"For Jonas to clinch the match in the third set for us shows the big strides he's made as a player since he's arrived on campus in August," said UI head coach Ross Wilson.

#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.

#20 Northwestern 4, #32 Vanderbilt 3
Feb 21, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #14 Konrad Zieba (NU 14.31) def. #97 Daniel Valent (VU 14.16) 6-3, 6-0
2. #57 Sam Shropshire (NU 13.77) def. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.15) 6-2, 6-3
3. #77 Strong Kirchheimer (NU 14.21) def. Baker Newman (VU 13.42) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
4. Fedor Baev (NU 12.97) def. Cameron Klinger (VU 13.90) 7-5, 6-1
5. Kris Yee (VU 13.14) def. Alp Horoz (NU 13.14) 6-2, 6-4
6. Alex Ross (VU 12.69) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU 12.88) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Rhys Johnson/Cameron Klinger (VU) def. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Baker Newman/Tate Allwardt (VU) def. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) 6-3
3. Mihir Kumar/Alp Horoz (NU) def. Pen Binet/Daniel Valent (VU) 6-2
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 5-4; National ranking #32
Northwestern 10-1; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,1,6,5,3)
Official: John Coleman T-2:59 A-152

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"He is a kid who puts in so much hard work," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We are certainly happy to have him to win or lose a match. We feel good having Strong as the last man on the court."

"Vanderbilt is such a good, quality team, and it seems like every year we have really tight matches with them," Swan said. "I thought the guys did a really nice job."

Post-Match Quote from Vandy's recap
"Yeah it was a tough one to lose, like they all are, said head coach Ian Duvenhage, "especially the 4-3s, but we made progress. We played some really good doubles today and they just outplayed us in some positions and you have to give them credit for that. We will get back to practice tomorrow and work on the things we think we need to get better at. I think that in spite of the fact that we lost, we played a pretty good match with a few isolated exceptions.

#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
Feb 21, 2016 at New Orleans (City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #1 Dominik Koepfer (TLN 14.51) def. Bayo Philips (DRAKE 12.66) 6-1, 6-1
2. Constantin Schmitz (TLN 13.72) def. #76 Ben Lott (DRAKE 13.34) 6-0, 7-5
3. Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE 13.41) def. Alex Van Cott (TLN 12.77) 6-2, 6-3
4. Sebastian Rey (TLN 13.63) vs. Ben Stride (DRAKE 12.38) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
5. Calum MacGeoch (DRAKE 12.71) vs. Nikolas Tukic (TLN 11.96) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
6. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN 13.34) def. Tom Hands (DRAKE 12.01) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #7 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) def. Ben Lott/Ben Wood (DRAKE) 6-4
2. Calum MacGeoch/Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE) def. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-4
3. Sebastian Rey/Constantin Schmitz (TLN) def. Ben Stride/Bayo Philips (DRAKE) 7-6 (7-4)
Match Notes:
Drake 6-5; National ranking #35
Tulane 5-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,2,6)

Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"We talked to the guys about how are you going to respond," Tulane men's tennis head coach Mark Booras said. "You always have to put it out there on the line, especially in tennis, when you play 100 points and win about half of them and you win the match. You know you have some things that are going against you, but you have to keep responding in the right way. When you lose a team match like that, against a great SEC team, it can wreak havoc on your mind, but our guys responded well."

"Doubles has been great," Booras explained. "Our assistant coach James McKie has really brought a new element in, with the energy that we need and the tasks we need to do. The guys have really taken ownership and accountability. We're really stepping up in every position.

Post-Match Quotes from Drake's recap
 "Today was not the way we wanted or expected this road trip to end. Give all the credit to Tulane for coming out after their tough loss yesterday and putting together a performance like this," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. "We won't let this one match dictate our season. We've been competing well and playing well."

"We have a long season ahead with lots of tennis to be played. We'll return to Des Moines and start preparing for home matches with nationally ranked Purdue and Denver."

#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:

#48 Washington 4, #52 Pepperdine 1
Feb 21, 2016 at Seattle, Washington (Nordstrom Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Foley/Wendell Watanabe (UW) def. #17 Hadlich/Sidney (Pepp) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Iamachkine/Pane (Pepp) def. Douglas/Stewart (UW) 6-2
3. Kawika Lam/Sommer (UW) def. Hill/Van Slyke (Pepp) 6-2
Singles competition              
1. #105 Mitch Stewart (UW 13.84) vs. Guilherme Hadlich (Pepp 13.65) 2-6, 6-3, 4-1 (DNF)
2. Jake Douglas (UW 13.41) def. Stefan Menichella (Pepp 13.45) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Lautaro Pane (Pepp 13.52) def. Gal Hakak (UW 13.45) 6-3, 6-1
4. Enzo Sommer (UW 13.71) def. Jack Van Slyke (Pepp 12.84) 7-6, 6-4
5. Pedro Iamachkine (Pepp 13.39) vs. Sebastian Hawken (UW 12.70) 6-3, 3-6, 3-1 (DNF)
6. Piers Foley (UW 12.44) def. Tom Hill (Pepp 12.27) 6-2, 6-4
Match Notes:
Drake 6-5; National ranking #35
Tulane 5-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,4,2)

Post-Match Quotes from Washington's recap
"I'm really thrilled to get the win, it was just a great day for tennis, said head coach Matt Anger. "There were some really intense matches and a lot of competitive play. Doubles came down to being really close, coming down to the tie-breaker, said Anger. "Our guys were able to come up with some clutch shots to get that doubles point

"Right down the line in singles we did a good job, said Anger. "Gal was the only one that couldn't get the win but I have to tip my hat off to his opponent, he played very well and didn't give us a lot of chances, he was incredibly solid.

"I think we struggled a little out of the gate with Mitch and Sebastian, but they both were able to get the second set, said Anger. "Obviously if you need those courts it helps, but even if other guys are doing well it just helps the rest of the team along. Ultimately though it was great to finish with a win today.

#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.

#16 Columbia 7, #45 Minnesota 0
Feb 21, 2016 at New York City. N.Y. 
Singles competition
1. Shawn Hadavi (COL 13.93) def. Matic Spec (MINN 13.36) 6-3, 6-1
2. #108 Victor Pham (COL 13.83) def. Ruben Weber (MINN 13.23) 6-3, 6-3
3. #124 Eric Rubin (COL 13.75) def. Josip Krstanovic (MINN 12.47) 6-4, 6-4
4. Mike Vermeer (COL 13.75) def. Justyn Levin (MINN 12.36) 6-0, 6-3
5. Richard Pham (COL 13.08) def. Felix Corwin (MINN 13.62) 6-1, 6-2
6. Timothy Wang (COL 13.35) def. Marino Alpeza (MINN 12.33) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham (COL) def. Marino Alpeza/Ruben Weber (MINN) 6-1
2. #20 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (COL) def. Jeremy Lynn/Matic Spec (MINN) 6-2
3. Miguel Alda/Christopher Grant (COL) vs. vs. Josip Krstanovic/Justyn Levin (MINN) 4-2 unf
Match Notes
Minnesota 3-7; National ranking #45
Columbia 6-3; National ranking #16
T - 1:50

#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.

#26 Texas 4, #49 Rice 0
2/21/2016 at Houston, TX (George R. Brown Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Jamie Malik (RICE 12.97) vs. George Goldhoff (UT 13.61) 3-6, 6-2, 1-1, unfinished
2. #109 Harrison Scott (UT 13.61) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE 13.27) 6-3, 6-0
3. Adam Gustafsson (RICE 13.56) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.76) 5-7, 6-4, 0-0, unfinished
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.31) def. David Warren (RICE 13.03) 6-2, 6-1
5. Jake Hansen (RICE 13.73) vs. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.01) 6-1, 5-7, 0-0, unfinished
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.89) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE 12.23) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Adam Gustafsson/David Warren (RICE) 6-2
2. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Tommy Bennett/Jamie Malik (RICE) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Jake Hansen/Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Harrison Scott/Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 6-3
Match Notes
Texas 6-5; National ranking #26
Rice 9-2; National ranking #49
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,4,6)
T-2:38 A-350

Post-Match Quotes from Rice's recap
"I'm very proud of the effort we gave today, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "There were times in each of the matches when I felt we didn't handle the presser as well as we should have. We didn't take care of certain situations and it got away from us. There were two or three matches where we didn't handle the adversity well as I would have liked.

"One positive we take from today is the knowledge that the expectation is now much higher, both from ourselves and from the great crowds that came out this weekend to watch us play. Everybody expects us to win these matches now, Ustundag said.

"The goal going forward is to learn how to maintain our momentum and if it does start to slip away, to learn how to put a stop to it and get back our swagger, he continued. " Everybody is contributing, but often it's been at different times. We're yet to play six across and have a great effort on every court. It's exciting to think about it happening, but it's something we have to keep working towards, he added.

Post-Match Quote from Texas's recap
"This was a really good effort today by our guys," said 16th-year UT head coach Michael Center.  "We won a hard-fought doubles point, and they followed it up and competed really well all the way up and down the line in singles.  I'm proud of what they were able to get accomplished today.  We're excited about next week and the great opportunity we have to play a very good Wake Forest team."

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
Feb 21, 2016 at Pepper Pike, Ohio
Singles competition
1. Rafe Mosetick (EUM) def. Chua, Nicolas (UCM) 75, 67 (47), 106
2. Jonathan Jemison (EUM) def. Kranz, Sven (UCM) 64, 63
3. Aman Manji (EUM) def. Pei, Charlie (UCM) 75, 64
4. Adrien Bouchet (EUM) def. Leung, Peter (UCM) 64, 64
5. Liu, David (UCM) def. Josh Goodman (EUM) 61, 61
6. Liu, Max (UCM) def. Andrew Harrington (EUM) 75, 75
Doubles competition
1. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding (EUM) def. Chua, Nicolas/Liu, David (UCM) 86
2. Rafe Mosetick/Jonathan Jemison (EUM) def. Leung, Peter/Pei, Charlie (UCM) 85
3. David Omsky/Andrew Harrington (EUM) def. Selin, Michael/Tsai, Luke (UCM) 84
Match Notes
University of Chicago 71 National ranking #6
Emory University 42 National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2) Singles (5,4,2,3,1,6)
ITA Indoor Nationals Championship Match
Emory is the no. 3 seed Chicago is the no. 4 seed

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