This will be the final week of the regular season with 18 conference tournaments taking place on both the men's and women's side. Of the 18 conferences playing tournaments this week, the only two that don't have both the men and women playing are the SEC and the Patriot League. The SEC women played last week while the men will play this week and the Patriot men played last week while the women will play this week. The only conference that doesn't hold a tournament is the Ivy League.
If you haven't checked out my conference tournament central pages you've been cheating yourself because I've got all the links and info that you need in one place - won't find that anywhere else. Here is the link for my men's page and here is the link for my women's page. Some of the conferences don't play a full round robin and are waiting for the ITA rankings to come out tomorrow because in many cases those are used to determine seeding. I'll continue to update my pages as all the draws become available.
Top seed Vanderbilt knocked off top ranked Florida 4-3 to win the SEC Championship in match that was played indoors at Vanderbilt. Florida played without Josie Kuhlman (#2 singles/#3 doubles) who was sick with a stomach illness but the Gators still rolled through the doubles point to take the early lead. Vandy's Astra Sharma tied the match with a win at No. 1 but Florida's Kourtney Keegan made it 2-1 with a win at No. 5. Vandy's Sydney Campbell pulled out a three set win at No. 2 to even the match at 2-2 but Florida's Anna Danilina put the Gators back in front with a three set win at No. 4. Vandy's Christina Rosca tied the match at 3-3 with a three set win at No. 3 so the final match to go on court in the five-court facility would decide the championship.
Vanderbilt sophomore Fernanda Contreras won the first nine games of the match to go in front of Florida senior Spencer Liang 6-0, 3-0 but Liang came back to take the next five to go up 5-3. Contreras broke Liang from 15/40 with a lob winner to make it 5-4 and then she hit a service winner on the no-ad point to hold for 5-5. Contreras would go on to win the next eight points to close it out 6-0, 7-5 to give Vanderbilt its second SEC Tournament Championship in school history.
A year ago Texas Tech won 28 matches and hosted a NCAA Regional but going into tonight's match against No. 4 Baylor the Red Raiders were winless in the Big 12 while having an overall record of just 10-14. Baylor was down a man with Jimmy Bendeck (#4 singles/#2 doubles) a late scratch so BU had to make adjustments to both its doubles and singles lineup. Texas Tech took advantage of the shift and picked up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 to take the early 1-0 lead. In singles play, Texas Tech would add five first sets and both Jolan Cailleau and Jackson Cobb would win in straight sets to make it 3-0. Baylor fought back to get splits at No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 while Texas Tech got a split at No. 2.
Baylor's Johannes Schretter, Max Tchoutakian, and Will Little would each pull through to tie the match at 3-3. Texas Tech senior Carlos DiLaura led Baylor freshman Constantin Frantzen 4-1 in the third at No. 5 but Frantzen took the next two to pull within 4-3. DiLaura broke back for 5-3 but Frantzen broke and held for 5-5 and two games later it went to a tiebreak. DiLaura went up 4-0 in the tiebreak but Frantzen rallied to tie it at 6-6. Frantzen had match points at 7-6 and 8-7 but DiLaura pulled it out 10-8.
UCLA and Ohio State both won outright regular season conference titles on Friday night with the Bruins defeating crosstown rival No. 6 USC 4-1 while the Buckeyes beat up No. 21 Northwestern 6-1. UCLA jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Bruins added four first sets in singles. Evan Zhu and Logan Staggs won in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 4 to make it 3-0 but USC would get on the board with a straight set win from Thibault Forget at No. 5. USC was getting close to a win at No. 6 and had an early break lead in the third at No. 1 but UCLA's Martin Redlicki would squash any hopes of a comeback after he closed out Nick Crystal 7-6, 7-6 at No. 2. UCLA and USC will both gets byes into the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament which begins on Wednesday in Ojai.
It was senior day in Raleigh but unfortunately for the host Wolfpack they only had five healthy players and their opponent happened to be No. 1 Wake Forest. Wake took the doubles point after only dropping three games and then the Deacs won five of six matches in singles with NC State freshman Alexis Galarneau salvaging the day for the Pack with a win over Borna Gojo at No. 2.
The women's SEC Tournament in Nashville had it all on Thursday with three matches coming down to the final court and one that started outside on the back courts and then and finished inside on just five courts after the rain came. Mississippi State won the opener over Tennessee 4-1 and then Auburn's Andie Dikosavljevic came back from *4-1 and *5-4 down in the third set of the deciding match at No. 1 to propel the Tigers past Arkansas 4-3 in a match that took over four hours.
The third match of the day between LSU and Texas A&M started doubles on the back courts due to the Auburn/Arkansas match running long and then once singles started they could only use four courts for the same reason. A little past the midway point of singles, with rain on the horizon, they moved indoors to Vanderbilt's five-court indoor facility. Texas A&M managed to go ahead 3-2 but LSU's Ryann Foster won in straight sets at No. 3 to tie it up and then a short while later Joana Valle Costa clinched the match by breaking Rutuja Bhosale to win 7-6, 1-6, 6-4.
The latest USTA Top 25 is out with both the Wake Forest men and Florida women remaining at No. 1 although their leads at the top are as slim as they've been. On the men's side Virginia is just two votes back at No. 2 while on the women's side Ohio State is only one vote behind Florida. There was no change in the men's top six though Baylor moved up two spots to No. 7 while USC dropped one spot to No. 8 and Texas dropped two spots to No. 9. Florida, South Carolina, and Oregon made the biggest jumps by coming up four spots each to No. 15, No. 18, and No. 21. Georgia Tech took the biggest tumble by dropping five spots to No. 19 after a tough loss at unranked Virginia Tech. Coincidently Columbia only dropped one spot to No. 19 after it fell to unranked Harvard.
The women's top four remained the same though Vanderbilt shot up six spots to No. 5 after its big win over Florida last Sunday. Pepperdine came up four spots to No. 8 after defeating Stanford and Texas A&M came up six spots to No. 18 after defeating Georgia in Athens. Texas Tech and Auburn each dropped four spots to No. 10 and No. 22 after T-Tech lost to unranked TCU while Auburn fell to Arkansas.
The Tulane men and TCU women were the only newcomers to this week's poll with each coming in at No. 25. The Kentucky men and LSU women were the only two to fall out after each lost a pair of matches over the weekend.
On Tuesday afternoon the NCAA announced the host sites for the 2019-2022 NCAA Championships with the National Tennis Center in Lake Nona the big winner. The new "Home of American Tennis" was awarded the 2019 and 2021 NCAA Division I Championships plus the 2022 NCAA Division III Championships. The full release from the USTA is available here. Oklahoma State University was awarded the 2020 NCAA D1 Championships, which will be the first time Stillwater has hosted, while the University of Illinois was chosen as host of the 2022 NCAA D1 Championships. Illinois previously hosted four years ago in 2013 when Virginia won its first national championship on the infamous net touch by Puget on championship point for UCLA. Below in the table are the sites for the next five years with 2018 sites announced several years ago.
How is seeding done at most conferences?
There are some conferences that play a round robin format during the regular season and some that do not. The ones that do not play a full round robin format usually seed the conference tournament based off the most recent ITA rankings. The next thing you're probably wondering is what if there aren't any teams ranked in the ITA top 50 - then what? The conferences and schools are able to see the unpublished rankings so that way they can seed accordingly.
|W-Conference||Dates||Location||Host School||2016 Champion|
|SWAC||4/14 - 4/16||New Orleans||Alcorn State|
|AAC||4/19 - 4/22||Lake Nona, FL||Central Florida||Tulsa|
|SEC||4/19 - 4/23||Nashvillle||Vanderbilt||Florida|
|MEAC||4/20 - 4/22||Norfolk||Norfolk State||South Carolina State|
|Big South||4/20 - 4/23||Winston-Salem||Winthrop|
|Colonial||4/20 - 4/23||Elon, NC||Elon||William & Mary|
|Conference USA||4/20 - 4/23||Denton, TX||North Texas||Rice|
|Sun Belt||4/20 - 4/23||New Orleans||Georgia State|
|Atlantic Sun||4/21 - 4/23||Naples, FL||Florida Gulf Coast||North Florida|
|Northeast||4/21 - 4/23||West Windsor, NJ||Fairleigh Dickinson|
|Ohio Valley||4/21 - 4/23||Nashville, TN||Belmont/Tenn State||SIU Edwardsville|
|Southern||4/21 - 4/23||Greenville, SC||Furman||East Tennessee State|
|ACC||4/26 - 4/30||Rome, Georgia||North Carolina|
|Pac-12||4/26 - 4/30||Ojai, CA||Individual only||Stanford|
|WCC||4/27 - 4/29||Claremont, CA||Pepperdine|
|Atlantic 10||4/27 - 4/30||Lake Nona, FL||VCU|
|Big East||4/27 - 4/30||Cayce, SC||Xavier|
|Big Sky||4/27 - 4/30||Phoenix||Idaho|
|Big Ten||4/27 - 4/30||Champaign||Illinois||Ohio State|
|Big 12||4/27 - 4/30||Norman||Oklahoma||Oklahoma State|
|Big West||4/27 - 4/30||Indian Wells||UC Santa Barbara|
|Mountain West||4/27 - 4/30||Las Vegas||UNLV||UNLV|
|Patriot||4/27 - 4/30||Bethlehem, PA||Lehigh||Boston U|
|Summit||4/28 - 4/29||Indianapolis, IN||IUPUI||Denver|
|Horizon||4/28 - 4/30||Ann Arbor, MI||Detroit||Youngstown State|
|Missouri Valley||4/28 - 4/30||Normal, IL||Illinois State||Wichita State|
|Southland||4/28 - 4/30||Beaumont, TX||Lamar||Texas A&M Corpus|
|WAC||4/28 - 4/30||Las Cruces, NM||New Mexico State||UTRGV|
|Mid-American||4/28 - 4/30||Muncie, IN||Ball State||Ball State|
|MAAC||4/29 - 4/30||West Windsor, NJ||Quinnipiac|
#8 Virginia vs. #9 Florida State - 1 p.m. ET
#1 North Carolina vs. UVA/FSU winner - 1 p.m. ET
2 p.m. ET
2 p.m. ET
Pac-12 Conference - Ojai, Ca - April 26-30
#8 Utah vs. #9 Arizona - 11 a.m. PT
#1 Stanford vs. UU/AZ winner - 3 p.m. PT
2 p.m. PT
Thursday (First Round)
#8 Minnesota vs. #9 Nebraska - 10 a.m. CT
#1 Ohio State vs. UM/UN winner - 10 a.m. CT
10 a.m. CT
Thursday (First Round)
#8 Kansas State vs. #9 Iowa State - 1 p.m. CT
#7 Kansas vs. #10 West Virginia - 1 p.m. CT
Sunday (Finals) - 4 p.m. CT
Wednesday (First Round)
Big West Conference - Indian Wells, CA - April 27-30
Horizon League - Ann Arbor, MI - April 28-30
Sunday (Finals) - 11am ET
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) - West Windsor, NJ - April 29-30
Mid-American Conference (MAC) - Muncie, IN - April 28-30
Mountain West Conference - Las Vegas, NV - April 27-30
#4 vs. #5
Southland Conference - Beaumont, TX - April 28-30
#1 vs. #4 Nicholls - 2 p.m. CT
2 p.m. CT
West Coast Conference - Claremont, CA - April 27-29
Week of April 17th-23rd
#11 Tennessee def. #14 Alabama 4-0
#3 Florida vs. #10 Auburn 4-2
Big South - Winston-Salem, NC - April 20-23
Thursday (First Round):
Wednesday (First Round)
#7 South Florida def. #10 Temple 4-0
#1 Tulsa def. #4 Cincinnati 4-0
#7 South Florida def. #1 Tulsa 4-2 - Broadcast
Atlantic Sun - Naples, FL - April 21 - 23
#3 NJIT vs. #6 Kennesaw State 4-3
#1 FGCU def. #4 Stetson 4-1 - Live Scoring
Conference USA - Denton, TX - April 20 - 23
Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) - Norfolk, VA - April 20-22
#1S South Carolina State def. #1N Hampton 4-3
Northeast Conference - West Windsor, NJ - April 21-23
#1 LIU Brooklyn def. #8 St. Francis Brooklyn 4-0
Ohio Valley - Nashville, TN - April 21-23
#3 Eastern Kentucky def. #6 Murray State 4-2
#3 Eastern Kentucky def. #2 UT Martin 4-3
#1 Furman def. #2 East Tennessee State 4-2
Sun Belt - New Orleans - April 20-23
#1 Louisiana-Monroe vs. #8 Texas State 4-0 - Live Scoring
Week of April 10th-16th
#4 Alcorn State def. #6 Grambling 4-0
#1 Alabama State def. #4 Alcorn State 4-0
Monday was a light day for competition with many teams gearing up for conference tournaments this weekend but there was one match of substance that took place in Tampa between No. 26 South Florida and No. 34 Memphis. Memphis put itself in great shape to take the doubles point after winning 6-3 at No. 1 and leading 4-0 at No. 2 but South Florida's Justin Roberts and Peter Bertran came storming back to win the decider in a tiebreak by an 8-6 score. In singles action, South Florida took opening sets at 2, 3, 5, and 6 and Alberto Barroso Campos and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy would close out their matches at 3 and 5 in straight sets to make it 3-0. USF junior Peter Bertran would get the clincher at No. 4 with a come from behind 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 win and with that win South Florida locked up the top seed in this week's American Conference Tournament which will be held in Orlando at the USTA National Campus.
Sunday was as wild a day as it gets in the SEC with four lower ranked women's teams picking up wins with two of those wins coming over No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Georgia. The SEC is the only Power 5 Women's Conference to have its conference tournament this coming week so many of these same teams will see each other much sooner than they had probably hoped. Sunday was a day of redemption for some teams on the men's side with both Oregon and Michigan overcoming tough losses to pick up a top 25 win.