Bobby Knight

Bobby Knight

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:32

NCAA D1 Bracket Challenge

Fill out your men's bracket and see how you do against the field - all just for fun so enjoy it!

2016 NCAA D1 Men's Championships
2016 NCAA D1 Women's Championships


Georgia Regional
Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, GA

[7] Georgia Bulldogs (20-4) vs. [49-64] South Carolina State Bulldogs (12-8) - Saturday 1pm ET - Georgia was awarded an at-large berth after falling to Florida in the finals of the SEC Tournament while South Carolina State got the MEAC's automatic berth for the eighth year in a row after defeating Florida A&M in the finals. SCSU played five teams that were ranked during the season and went 0-5 while being outscored 32-1. SCSU will be making its 14th all-time appearance at the NCAAs with a record of 0-13. 

Doubles Records: Georgia 16-7, South Carolina State 10-10
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Georgia 84, South Carolina State 74

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 11th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.62) vs. Martin Figura (SCSU 12.13)
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.04) vs. Vladyslav Yanchenko (SCSU 12.85)
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.99) vs. Jakub Vitek (SCSU 12.79)
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.64) vs. Stanislav Baco (SCSU 12.09/50%)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.78) vs. Aleksander Stupar (SCSU 11.77)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) vs. Edgar Diaz (SCSU 12.74/40%)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.38) 

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
UGA: Reinberg 7, Smith 6
SCSU: Baco 4

I wouldn't be surprised to see Georgia sit a starter with Reinberg moving up to No. 6. Dawgs will take the doubles point and pick up wins from Smith, Duncan, and Wood. Prediction: Georgia 4-0. 



[17-32] Florida State Seminoles (18-8) vs. [33-48] Baylor Bears (15-13) - Saturday 10am ET - Florida State got in as an at-large after falling to Virginia Tech in the ACC quarterfinals while Baylor played it's way into the tournament after winning at Oklahoma State in the Big 12 quarterfinals. Baylor has been down a starter for over a month with Will Little, No. 4 singles/No. 1 doubles, out with an injury so that's meant that walk-on Tyler Stayer has been starting at No. 6. Baylor head coach Matt Knoll has done a nice job to get this team to the tournament considering his current No. 5 and No. 6 singles players have a combined dual-match record of 12-23 with only 2 of those wins coming over teams ranked inside the top 200. Baylor has basically been going into each match down 2-0 so the margin for error is extremely slim. 

Florida State had a solid year with its signature win over then undefeated and top-ranked North Carolina. FSU was getting close to a top 16 spot but a loss to Miami kept it in the low 20s. 

Doubles Records: Florida State 17-7, Baylor 16-10
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingFlorida State 81, Baylor 79

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #11 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.11) vs. #12 Julian Lenz (BU 14.58)
2. #76 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.57) vs. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU 13.91)
3. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.49) vs. Felipe Rios (BU 13.61)
4. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.34) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU 13.20)
5. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.07) vs. Tommy Podvinski (BU 12.05)
6. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 13.24) vs. Tyler Stayer (BU 11.28)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
FSU: Gracia 5
BU: Lenz 8

Baylor has performed a lot better in doubles than I thought it would but I still look for FSU to take the early lead. Both Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst will be sizable favorites at No. 5 and No. 6 so Baylor will have to sweep the top four spots to win it. I like Julian Lenz and Max Tchoutakian at No. 1 and No. 2 but I think Aziz Dougaz clips Jimmy Bendeck at No. 4 to seal the win. The other matches will go unfinished with Rinaldi probably up on Rios at No. 3. Prediction: Florida State 4-1
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Regional Final - [17-32] Florida State at [7] Georgia - Sunday 1pm ET 

Doubles Records: Georgia 16-7, Florida State 17-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Georgia 84, Florida State 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.62) vs. #11 Benjamin Lock (FSU 14.11)
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.04) vs. #76 Marco Nunez (FSU 13.57) 
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.99) vs. Michael Rinaldi (FSU 13.49) 
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.64) vs. Aziz Dougaz (FSU 13.34)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.78) vs. Jose Gracia (FSU 13.07)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.83) vs. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU 13.24)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.38) 

When I was previewing the UCLA regional I mentioned that San Diego had been sent to UCLA or USC for the last 6 years - well the story isn't much different for Florida State. The Noles have now been sent to Athens four times in the last seven seasons with all three previous trips ending in a loss - 2010 (4-3), 2012 (4-1), and 2015 (4-0). Unfortunately for FSU, I see this trip ending with an L as well because even though I like FSU in doubles I like Austin Smith, Paul Oosterbaan, Jan Zielinski, and Nick Wood in singles. Prediction: Georgia 4-1.

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USC Regional
Marks Tennis Stadium - Los Angeles, CA

[10] USC Trojans (15-6) vs. [49-64] UNLV Runnin' Rebels (15-9) - Friday 1pm PT - USC got in as an at-large after falling to Cal in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament while UNLV got an automatic bid for defeating Boise State in the finals of the Mountain West Tournament. UNLV won six matches in the final eight days of the season to earn its first spot in the NCAAs since 2007. UNLV faced 11 ranked teams going 3-8 with the wins coming against Boise State and New Mexico twice. USC put itself in a hole match after match by dropping the doubles point 12 times but it did rally to win 7 of those matches. 

Doubles Records: USC 8-12, UNLV 15-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: USC 84, UNLV 77

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 10th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #23 Max de Vroome (USC 14.41) vs. Jakob Amilon (UNLV 13.48)
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.30) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV 13.35)
3. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.68) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV 12.85)
4. #102 Jake DeVine (USC 13.80) vs. Evaldo Neto (UNLV 12.37)
5. #121 Thibault Forget (USC 14.04) vs. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV 11.93)
6. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.13) vs. Richard Solberg (UNLV 12.72)
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.10)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
USC: de Vroome 8, Forget 4
UNLV: Solberg 6, Amilon 5

I think this has the potential to be the closest of all the 1 versus 16 matches and while I don't think UNLV will win I do think they'll put a point on the board. I like USC in doubles and Nick Crystal, Jake DeVine, and Thibault Forget in singles while I think Richard Solberg will put UNLV on the board at No. 6. Prediction: USC 4-1. 


[17-32] Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-8) vs. [33-48] UC Santa Barbara (17-6) - Friday 10am PT - Georgia Tech got in as an at-large after falling to North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament while UCSB got an automatic bid after defeating Cal Poly in the finals of the Big West Tournament. Six of Georgia Tech's eight losses came to teams ranked inside the top ten with its only non top 25 loss coming early in the year at South Carolina. UCSB played 16 matches against teams that were ranked inside the top 75 at some point in the season going 11-5. 

This will be Georgia Tech's second trip to Los Angeles this season after the Jackets played at UCLA during the Kick-Off Weekend back in January (win over New Mexico; loss to UCLA). 

Doubles Records: Georgia Tech 18-6, UCSB 16-7
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingGeorgia Tech 80, UCSB 78

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT 14.29) vs. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB 13.05)
2. #113 Carlos Benito (GT 13.49) vs. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB 13.48)
3. Cole Fiegel (GT 12.95) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB 12.98)
4. Daniel Yun (GT 13.05) vs. Anders Holm (UCSB 12.83)

5. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.36) vs. Cody Rakela (UCSB 12.77)
6. Michael Kay (GT 13.08) vs. Teague Hamilton (UCSB 12.89)
O: Andrew Li (GT 13.23) 

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)  
GT: Eubanks 7
UCSB: Hamilton 12, Mays 7, Moreno de Alboran 6, Holm 4

Georgia Tech is stronger in doubles and Chris Eubanks is the best player on the court but the other five singles matches are all going to be highly competitive. I like Anders Holm and Teague Hamilton for UCSB but Nathan Rakitt and Carlos Benito will pull the Ramblin Wreck through to the next round. Prediction: Georgia Tech 4-2
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Regional Final - [17-32] Georgia Tech at [11] USC - Saturday 1pm PT -

Doubles Records: USC 8-12, Georgia Tech 18-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: USC 84, Georgia Tech 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #23 Max de Vroome (USC 14.41) vs. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT 14.29) 
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.30) vs. #113 Carlos Benito (GT 13.49)
3. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.68) vs. Cole Fiegel (GT 12.95)
4. #102 Jake DeVine (USC 13.80) vs. Daniel Yun (GT 13.05)
5. #121 Thibault Forget (USC 14.04) vs. Nathan Rakitt (GT 13.36) 
6. Laurens Verboven (USC 13.13) vs. Michael Kay (GT 13.08) 
O: Jack Jaede (USC 13.10); Andrew Li (GT 13.23) 

I like Georgia Tech in doubles and I could see Michael Kay or Andrew Li winning at No. 6 but USC is stronger at 2 through 5 with Eubanks/de Vroome a toss-up at No. 1. Even though I'm not that high on USC I still think they pull through and get the win. If Georgia Tech were to pull the upset I think it's best formula would be to win doubles and 1, 5, and 6 singles. Prediction: USC 4-2
North Carolina Regional
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center - Chapel Hill, NC

[2] North Carolina Tar Heels (25-4) vs. [49-64] College of Charleston Cougars (19-6) - Saturday Noon ET - North Carolina got in as an at-large after falling to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament while Charleston punched its ticket by defeating UNC Wilmington in the finals of the Colonial Conference Tournament. Charleston went 1-5 against ranked opponents with the one win coming over UNC Wilmington. Charleston went 0-2 against ACC opponents falling to Virginia Tech and Clemson by a combined score of 13-1. Charleston has two starters that began their collegiate careers elsewhere with Juan Estevarena transferring in from Mississippi State while Garrett Gordon transferred in from Georgia Tech. 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 22-7, College of Charleston 15-9
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, College of Charleston 75

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 12th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. Juan Estevarena (COFC 13.14)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.07) vs. Rodrigo Encinas (COFC 12.51)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.21) vs. Charlie Ghriskey (COFC 12.05)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.90) vs. Zach Lewis (COFC 12.72)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.95) vs. Vasily Kichigin (COFC 12.30)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.23) vs. Garrett Gordon (COFC 11.82)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.24)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
UNC: Schneider 5
COFC: Lewis 7, Estevarena 5

Charleston won't be intimidated by North Carolina but it just won't have the firepower to keep up with the National Indoor Champions. I like UNC in doubles and Clark, Kelly, and Kodali in singles. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0. 



[17-32] Tulane Green Wave (15-8) vs. [33-48] Dartmouth Big Green (18-8) - Saturday 9am ET - Both teams got in as at-larges after Tulane fell to South Florida in the semifinals of the American Tournament while Dartmouth finished second in the Ivy League (no conference tournament). Dartmouth won the regular season meeting 4-3 in a match that was played indoors at Dartmouth back in late January. The matches at No. 1 and No. 2 will be the same while everything else will be different. Tulane played just about every match outdoors with the exception of a few including the earlier meeting at Dartmouth while Dartmouth played just about every match indoors. The weather forecast on Saturday looks good with temps expected to be in the low 70s. 

Regular Season Meeting 

 #42 Dartmouth College 4, #32 Tulane 3 
Jan 31, 2016 at Hanover, N.H. (Boss Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #1 Koepfer, Dominik (TLN 14.35) def. #18 Sakinis, Dovydas (DART 13.98) 6-2, 6-4 
2. #63 Schmitz,Constantin (TLN 13.79) def. Riccardi, Ciro (DART 13.25) 6-3, 6-1 
3. Tannenbaum, Brendan (DART 12.73) def. Van Cott,Alex (TLN 12.86) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 
4. Fliegner, Max (DART 13.03) def. #111 Rey,Sebastian (TLN 13.65) 6-3, 6-4 
5. Wall, George (DART 12.75 ) def. Jao,Chi-Shan (TLN 13.53) 6-1, 6-0 
6. Schmidt, Max (DART 12.69) def. Schick,Tyler (TLN 13.10) 7-5, 6-2 
Doubles competition 
1. #17 Jao,Chi-Shan/Koepfer, Dominik (TLN) def. Dovydas/Tannenbaum (DART) 6-4 
2. Glasnovic, Roko/Schmidt, Max (DART) def. Van Cott,Ian/Van Cott,Alex (TLN) 6-2 
3. Rey,Sebastian/Schmitz,Constantin (TLN) def. Wall, George/Fliegner, Max (DART) 6-4 
Match Notes: 
Tulane 4-2; National ranking #32 
Dartmouth College 5-1; National ranking #42 
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,1,4,6,3)


Doubles Records: Tulane 15-7, Dartmouth 18-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Tulane 82, Dartmouth 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TUL 14.72) vs. #91 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.77)
2. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TUL 14.10) vs. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.06) 
3. Sebastian Rey (TUL 13.55) vs. George Wall (DART 13.19)
4. Chi-Shan Jao (TUL 13.47) vs. Max Fliegner (DART 13.45)
5. Ian Van Cott (TUL 12.62) vs. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART 12.71)
6. Alex Van Cott (TUL 12.79) vs. Max Schmidt (DART 12.65)
O: Tyler Schick (TUL 13.01); Roko Glasnovic (DART 13.16); Eddie Grabill (DART 13.02)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
TUL: Schmitz 3
DART: Sakinis 5, Fliegner 5

Dartmouth has Brendan Tannenbaum slotted at No. 5 but he's only played once since last February so I wouldn't be surprised if he sat and Schmidt and Glasnovic/Grabill moved up a spot. 

I think this match will follow along the same lines as the first meeting with Tulane expected to get wins in doubles and from Koepfer and Schmitz in singles. The other four matches will be close but I think Sebastian Rey will put the Green Wave over the top while Dartmouth will get a win from Max Fliegner with the others in a third set. Prediction: Tulane 4-1
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Regional Final - [17-32] Tulane at [2] North Carolina - Sunday 1pm ET 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 22-7, Tulane 15-7
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, Tulane 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TUL 14.72)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.07) vs. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TUL 14.10)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.21) vs. Sebastian Rey (TUL 13.55)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.90) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TUL 13.47)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.95) vs. Ian Van Cott (TUL 12.62) 
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.23) vs. Alex Van Cott (TUL 12.79)

This will be Tulane's third match this season against a top 10 team with the other two ending in heartbreak after the Green Wave fell to USC and Texas Tech by 4-3 scores. Tulane isn't going to get blown off the court but North Carolina is just going to be too strong. I like UNC in doubles and Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali in singles. Tulane's best chances to get on the board will be at No. 1 and No. 4 but I think UNC will close out the other courts before those matches finish. Prediction: North Carolina 4-0.

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Illinois Regional
Atkins Tennis Center - Champaign-Urbana, IL

[15] Illinois Fighting Illini (19-10) vs. [49-64] Western Michigan Broncos (20-5) - Friday 5pm CT - Illinois got in as an at-large after falling to Ohio State in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament while Western Michigan got the MAC's automatic berth after blanking Ball State in the finals of the conference tournament. WMU is 0-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 0-4 against Illinois with this being the Broncos fifth trip to the Champaign regional since 2004. WMU went 2-1 against Big Ten schools with wins over Purdue and Michigan State and a loss to Iowa. 

Illinois's strength has been its top three with Vukic and the Hiltziks going 53-12 in dual-match play while WMU's strongest performers have been Greiner (17-1), Loebel (18-4), Hamilton (14-5), and Cahn (10-2)

Doubles Records: Illinois 16-13, Western Michigan 22-3
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 83, Western Michigan 75

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.64) vs. Jefta Kecic (WMU 12.91)
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.70) vs. Maik Steiner (WMU 12.49)
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.90) vs. Matt Hamilton (WMU 12.51)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.59) vs. Ruben Greiner (WMU 12.57)
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.63) vs. Daniel Loebel (WMU 12.12)
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Andrew Cahn (WMU 12.34)
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.90)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)
ILL: Hirsch 3
WMU: Cahn 6, Hamilton 5, Greiner 4, Kecic 3, Loebel 3

WMU was a stout 22-3 in doubles so I wouldn't be surprised if they found a way to take the early 1-0 lead. Illinois will sweep the top three spots in singles and Aiden Jiang will get the clincher at No. 5 while WMU will be up on the other courts. Prediction: Illinois 4-1. 


[17-32] Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-8) vs. [33-48] Memphis Tigers (14-10) - Friday 2pm CT - Mississippi State got in as an at-large after falling to Georgia in the SEC semifinals while Memphis got the last at-large bid after losing to Tulane in the American quarterfinals. Memphis went 5-10 against ranked opponents although it did go 2-1 against the SEC with wins over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt and a loss to Georgia. Mississippi State went 9-8 against ranked opponents and 1-0 against the AAC with a tight 4-3 win over Tulane. 

Ryan Peniston was Memphis's top performer with a dual-match record of 14-6 (6-3 at 1 and 8-3 at 2) while Nuno Borges led the way for MSU with a dual-match record of 18-3 (2-0 at 1, 7-2 at 2, 9-1 at 3). 

Doubles Records: Mississippi State 10-13, Memphis 14-10
UTR Starting 6 Power RatingMississippi State 82, Memphis 80

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.73) vs. #108 Andrew Watson (MEM 14.05)
2. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.91) vs. #92 Ryan Peniston (MEM 14.26)
3. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.31) vs. Kai Lemke (MEM 13.33)
4. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.66) vs. Chris Patzanovsky (MEM 12.95)

5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.67) vs. Felix Rauch (MEM 12.71)
6. Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.64) vs. Shakeel Manji (MEM 12.42)
O: Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.90); Louis Asser (MEM 11.78)

Who Is Streaking (Consecutive Wins >2)  
MSU: Borges 5

Memphis's best chance is to take the doubles point and get wins at 1, 2, and 6 but that's not going to easy. Mississippi State should be able to bank on wins from Borges, Braun, and Rakic at 3, 4, and 5 and I think State will squeeze out the doubles point as well. Memphis will get wins from Watson and Manji with the match at 2 going unfinished. Prediction: Mississippi State 4-2
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Regional Final - [17-32] Mississippi State at [15] Illinois - Saturday 4pm CT 

January Hidden-Dual

#6 Illinois 7, #27 Mississippi State 5 
Jan 15, 2016 at Fort Myers, Fla. (Three Oaks Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
#21 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def. Nuno Borges 6-3, 2-6, 7-6; 
Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. Aleks Vukic 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 
#41 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Mate Cutura 6-2, 6-3; 
Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Alex Jesse 6-2, 6-0; 
Julian Childers (ILL) def. Strahinja Rakic 6-4, 6-3;
Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. Brian Page 6-4, 6-1; 
Asher Hirsch (ILL) def. Luka Sucevic 6-3, 4-6, 10-6; 
Pablo Landa (ILL) def. Lucas Sanchez 6-2, 6-3;
Doubles competition 
J. Hiltzik/Jesse (ILL) def. Rakic/Sucevic 6-1; 
Page/Childers (ILL) def. Borges/Cutura 6-3; 
Braun/Hunter (MSU) def. Vukic/A. Hiltzik 7-5; 
Agarwal/Sanchez (MSU) def. Hirsch/Landa 6-4

Doubles Records: Illinois 16-13, Mississippi State 10-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Illinois 83, Mississippi State 82

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL 14.64) vs. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.73)
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL 14.70) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.91)
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL 13.90) vs. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.31)
4. Julian Childers (ILL 13.59) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.66)
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL 12.63) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.67) 
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL 12.80) vs. Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.64) 
O: Alex Jesse (ILL 12.90); Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.90)

Illinois and Mississippi State didn't play an actual countable match this year but they did meet in January in a hidden-dual that was set up just like a dual-match. None of the individual matches will be a rematch but it was close then and it'll probably be close on Saturday. Nuno Borges is probably Mississippi State's best player, at least on paper, but he'll play at No. 3 singles where he went 9-1 on the year (also went 2-0 at 1 and 7-2 at 2). 

Weather alert: There is probably a better than average chance that this match gets played indoors because the weather forecast on Saturday calls for winds just in excess of 20 miles per hour. If it does get played outdoors it won't be very pleasant for the spectators with overcast skies and temperatures expected to be in the mid 50s. Playing indoors would definitely favor Illinois because Mississippi State doesn't host many indoor matches at its 2-court indoor facility.  

I like Illinois in doubles and Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik should both win up top but that fourth point will have to come from someone in the lower half of the lineup. I like MSU's Nuno Borges, Niclas Braun, and Strahinja Rakic at 3, 4, and 5 but Illinois freshman Asher Hirsch will clinch the win in a dramatic third set tiebreak at No. 6. Prediction: Illinois 4-3
Thursday, 12 May 2016 22:48

NCAA Men's Tournament Facts & Figures

We are less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. All 16 women's sites will play Friday/Saturday while 7 men's sites will do the same with the other 9 playing Saturday/Sunday.

Here are your live scoring links and daily schedules for all men's and women's matches


I did a preview on each men's regional so here they are again for your viewing pleasure.

Virginia/Oklahoma State
Texas Tech/Florida
Ohio State/Texas A&M
TCU/Cal
UCLA/Northwestern
Wake Forest/Oklahoma
Georgia/USC
North Carolina/Illinois

Fill out a bracket for fun - Men/Women

Men
Interactive Bracket
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Master Lineups 

Smarthlete's Road Map to NCAA Men's Championships




Women
Interactive Bracket
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Master Lineups

Smarthlete's Road Map to NCAA Women's Championships





Interesting Tidbits and Facts

There are at least 12 sets of brothers on the rosters of teams playing in the NCAA's:
Jared and Aron Hiltzik (Illinois)
Martin (UCLA) and Michael Redlicki (Arkansas)
Victor and Richard Pham (Columbia)
Hunter and Yates Johnson (SMU)
Sameer (Stanford) and Mihir Kumar (Northwestern)
Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst (Florida State)
Ben and Zach Lieb (Penn State)
Alex and Ian Van Cott (Tulane)
Michael and Casey Kay (Georgia Tech)
Robert and Elio Livi (St. John's)
Marco (Florida St) and Diego Nunez (East Tennessee State)
Michael Riechmann (Texas) and Grant Riechmann (Army)

Guys playing in the NCAAs that started their collegiate careers with another team:
Cal's #1 Florian Lakat played #1 at Mississippi State last year
Cal's #5 Oskar Wikberg played #1 at Wisconsin two years ago
TCU's #4 Jerry Lopez played #1 and #2 at Kentucky last year
UCLA's #5 Logan Staggs played #4 at Northwestern last year
Oklahoma State's #1 Julian Cash played #6 at Mississippi State last year
Arkansas's #1 Michael Redlicki played #1 at Duke two years ago
Arkansas's #2 Jose Salazar played several matches at #6 at Oklahoma last year
Mississippi State's #1 Mate Cutura played #1 at Tyler (JUCO) two years ago
LSU's #1 Jordan Daigle played #6 in several matches for Virginia two years ago
LSU's #3 Gabor Csonka played #1 at Ohio Dominican (D2) last year
LSU's #4 Andrew Korinek played #4-#6 at Texas three years ago
SMU's #4 Markus Kerner played #6 at Tennessee two years ago
Wake Forest's #4 Romain Bogaerts played #1 at Mississippi State two years ago
Florida State's #2 Marco Nunez played #6 at Georgia three years ago
San Diego's #3 Jordan Angus played #3 at Mississippi State two years ago
San Diego's #4 Jaan Kononov played #1 at UMBC last year
San Diego's #7 Josh Page played #1 at Abraham Baldwin (JUCO) last year
South Florida's #3 Dominic Cotrone played #1 at Florida State two years ago
South Florida's #4 Peter Bertran played a few matches at #6 for Georgia last year
SMU's #1 Hunter Johnson played #5 at Louisiana Lafayette two years ago
SMU's #6 Yates Johnson played a few matches at #6 for Louisiana Lafayette two years ago
Denver's #4 David Fox played #2 at Middle Tennessee State two year's ago
College of Charleston's #1 Juan Estevarena played #2 at Mississippi State last year
College of Chareston's #6 Garrett Gordon played #5 at Georgia Tech three years ago
San Diego State's #4 Marko Goles-Babic played in 4 matches for Ohio State two years ago
UCSB's #3 Morgan Mays played a few matches at #5 and #6 for Wake Forest three years ago.
ETSU's #5 Sebastian Yllera played a few matches at #6 for Tennessee three years ago.
Texas's #5 Michael Riechmann played #1 at Brown three years ago
Penn State's #5 Aws Laaribi played #5 at Wake Forest two years ago
Columbia's #6 Michal Rolski played #1 at Wagner last season
UT Arlington's #2 Jhonathan Gonzalez played #6 at TCU two years ago
Coastal Carolina's #1 Vuk Velickovic played #5/#6 at VCU two years ago
Coastal Carolina's #3 Pedro Leme played #5 at Pepperdine two years ago
Coastal Carolina's #4 Sebastian Schneider played #6 at Utah State last year
Coastal Carolina's #5 Rick Timmerman played #1 at Stony Brook three years ago

Probably a few more that I'm overlooking - if you can think of some let me know.


Doubles Performance



Number of regular season rematches in the first round (team in bold won): 4 - Texas/Lamar, Rice/LSU, San Diego/Vanderbilt, Tulane/Dartmouth

Number of potential regular season rematches in the second round: 5 - Oklahoma State/Arkansas, Ohio State/Virginia Tech, Ohio State/Kentucky, UCLA/San Diego, Oklahoma/Tulsa

NCAA Tournament Excellence
UCLA is the only team to make it to the Round of 16 every year since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999.  Baylor has made it 16 of the last 17 years (2001), Georgia has made it 15 of 17 years (2000/2003), and Illinois has made it 14 of 17 years (2001/2010/2013).

Number of consecutive years of making the Round of 16 (since field expanded):
UCLA 17
Baylor 14 (in jeopardy this year)
Georgia 12
Virginia 12
Ohio State 10
USC 9

Seeding Upsets
17 years of history tells us that a top 16 seed will lose this weekend - at least 1 has every year since the 1998-99 season.

Number of Top 16 seeds to lose before the Round of 16 broken down by year:
2015 (2) - Columbia def. #14 Ole Miss 4-1; South Florida def. #15 Virginia Tech 4-0
2014 (2) - Cal def. #8 Texas A&M 4-3, Tennessee def. #11 Duke 4-2
2013 (2) - Memphis def. #6 Ole Miss 4-2, Denver upset #15 Florida 4-3 (1st Round)
2012 (2) - Baylor def. #9 Mississippi State 4-3, Tulsa def. #10 Oklahoma 4-1
2011 (2) - #36 Tulsa def. #13 Texas 4-3, Illinois def. #16 North Carolina 4-1*
2010 (2) - Wisconsin def. #13 Illinois 4-1, Oklahoma def. #14 Texas Tech 4-2**
2009 (3) - Wake Forest def. #11 Kentucky 4-2, Boise St def. #14 Alabama 4-3, Miami def. #10 Florida 4-3
2008 (1) - Oklahoma State def. #11 Tulsa 4-3***
2007 (3) - Florida def. #16 Florida State 4-3, Alabama def. #14 Duke 4-3, NC State def. #6 UNC 4-0
2006 (3) - Notre Dame def. #16 Texas A&M 4-2, Washington def. #12 VCU 4-0, Florida def. #15 Oklahoma State 4-0
2005 (2) - Florida State def. #12 Kentucky 4-2, South Carolina def. #13 Oklahoma State 4-3
2004 (7) - Vanderbilt def. #8 Ole Miss 4-1, Texas A&M def. #13 VCU 4-0, TCU def. #12 Kentucky 4-2, Clemson def. #5 Duke 4-3, Arkansas def. #15 Tennessee 4-1, Rice def. #14 LSU 4-0, Ohio State def. #11 North Carolina 4-3
2003 (2) - Ohio State def. #13 Kentucky 4-3, Oklahoma State def. #11 Minnesota 4-2
2002 (2) - Washington def. #5 Stanford 4-3, Duke def. #10 California 4-3****
2001 (2) - Mississippi State def. #10 Illinois 4-2, USC def. #12 Ole Miss 4-3
2000 (3) - San Diego State def. #3 Pepperdine 4-2, VCU def. #14 Ole Miss 4-3, USC def. #13 Fresno State 4-1
1999 (3) - Virginia Tech def. #16 Alabama 4-3, Fresno State def. #12 USC 4-1, Mississippi State def. #11 Tennessee 4-3

* 2011 - Illinois was actually ranked #17 and UNC was ranked #18.
** 2010 - Oklahoma hosted regional even though Texas Tech was seeded
*** 2008 - Tulsa hosted NCAAs that year - didn't help attendance when they lost early
**** 2002 - Duke hosted regional even though Cal was seeded

No. 3 seeds to advance to Round of 16: Tulsa (2011), South Carolina (2005), Washington (2002), San Diego State (2000), Virginia Tech (1999)

No. 4 seeds to advance to Round of 16: None
Friday, 13 May 2016 18:32

Bobby's Bracket

Here were all my picks listed out for what it's worth.

First Round:
[1] Virginia def. Monmouth 4-0
[17-32] Columbia def. Penn State 4-0
[16] Oklahoma State def. Bryant 4-0
[17-32] Arkansas def. Wichita State 4-2
[9] Florida def. North Florida 4-0
[17-32] South Florida def. St. John's 4-0
[8] Texas Tech def. New Mexico State 4-0
[17-32] SMU def. Washington 4-1
[5] Ohio State def. Tennessee Tech 4-0
[33-48] Virginia Tech def. Kentucky 4-3
[12] Texas A&M def. George Washington 4-0
[17-32] Texas def. Lamar 4-1
[13] Cal def. Army 4-0
[17-32] Ole Miss def. Denver 4-3
[4] TCU def. Jackson State 4-0
[33-48] LSU def. Rice 4-3

[3] UCLA def. Weber State 4-0
[17-32] San Diego def. Vanderbilt 4-2
[14] Northwestern def. Valparaiso 4-0
[17-32] Stanford def. Notre Dame 4-3
[11] Oklahoma def. UT Arlington 4-0
[17-32] Tulsa def. Oregon 4-3
[6] Wake Forest def. Coastal Carolina 4-0
[17-32] Michigan def. East Tennessee State 4-2
[7] Georgia def. South Carolina 4-0
[17-32] Florida State def. Baylor 4-1
[10] USC def. UNLV 4-1
[17-32] Georgia Tech def. UC Santa Barbara 4-2
[15] Illinois def. Western Michigan 4-1
[17-32] Mississippi State def. Memphis 4-2
[2] North Carolina def. College of Charleston 4-0
[17-32] Tulane def. Dartmouth 4-1

Second Round:
[1] Virginia def. Columbia 4-0
[17-32] Arkansas def. Oklahoma State 4-3
[9] Florida def. South Florida 4-2
[8] Texas Tech def. SMU 4-1
[5] Ohio State def. Virginia Tech 4-0
[12] Texas A&M def. Texas 4-1
[13] Cal def. Ole Miss 4-0
[4] TCU def. LSU 4-0

[3] UCLA def. San Diego 4-0
[14] Northwestern def. Stanford 4-2
[6] Wake Forest def. Michigan 4-0
[11] Oklahoma def. Tulsa 4-1
[7] Georgia def. Florida State 4-1
[10] USC def. Georgia Tech 4-2
[15] Illinois def. Mississippi State 4-3
[2] North Carolina def. Tulane 4-0

Round of 16:
[1] Virginia def. Arkansas
[9] Florida def Texas Tech
[5] Ohio State def. Texas A&M
[4] TCU def. Cal
[3] UCLA def. Northwestern
[6] Wake Forest def. Oklahoma
[7] Georgia def. USC
[2] North Carolina def. Illinois

Quarterfinals:
[1] Virginia def. Florida
[4] TCU def. Ohio State
[3] UCLA def. Wake Forest
[2] North Carolina def. Georgia

Semifinals:
[4] TCU def. [1] Virginia
[2] North Carolina def. [3] UCLA

Finals:
[4] TCU def. [2] North Carolina



The opening day of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and as you can see from the scores below there were a few surprises. All the top seeds cruised with only Illinois yielding a point while a pair of 33-48 seeds pulled off mild upsets.

Friday Finals:
[3] UCLA def. Weber State 4-0
[4] TCU def. Jackson State 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. Coastal Carolina 4-0
[10] USC def. UNLV 4-0
[11] Oklahoma def. UT Arlington 4-0
[12] Texas A&M def. George Washington 4-0
[15] Illinois def. Western Michigan 4-1
[17-32] Texas def. Lamar 4-0
[17-32] San Diego def. Vanderbilt 4-0
[17-32] Michigan def. East Tennessee State 4-3
[17-32] Georgia Tech def. UC Santa Barbara 4-1
[17-32] Mississippi State def. Memphis 4-1
[33-48] LSU def. Rice 4-3
[33-48] Oregon def. Tulsa 4-1

The match of the day on the men's side took place in Fort Worth between LSU and Rice. Rice won the regular season meeting 4-3 but LSU flipped the script today and won a 4-3 thriller.

Rice won the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Owls also took four opening sets in singles. Despite falling behind LSU would quickly turn things around and would put the first two singles points on the board. Justin Butsch won the only straight set match of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jamie Malik at No. 2 and then Gabor Csonka would put the Tigers ahead with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Adam Gustafsson at No. 3.

Rice's Tommy Bennett would even the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 win over Jordan Daigle at No. 1. Rice freshman Jake Hansen would put the Owls ahead 3-2 with a come from behind win over Andrew Korinek at No. 4. Korinek led 5-2 in third set but Hansen battled back to force a tiebreak which he ultimately took 7-1.

LSU freshman Nikola Samardzic, who joined the team in January, tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 win over Emanuel Llamas at No. 6.

Boris Arias (Photo By Kyle Zedaker/LSU)
The match would be decided in a third set at No. 5 between LSU senior Boris Arias and Rice junior David Warren. Warren led 4-2 in the final set but Arias managed to hold, break, and hold to go up 5-4. Warren held and then broke to go up 6-5 but Arias would break back to force a tiebreak. Warren led 4-1 in the tiebreak but Arias won the next two points on his own serve and then a third straight point on Warren's serve to tie it at 4-4. Warren held for 5-4 and then Arias won both points on his serve for 6-5. Warren evened it at 6-6 but Arias would take the next two to clinch it 8-6.

Next up LSU will face TCU after the Horned Frogs routed Jackson State 4-0.

#36 LSU 4, #26 Rice 3
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
2. #74 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4, 6-1
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Boris Arias (LSU) def. David Warren (RICE) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #29 Tommy Bennett/David Warren (RICE) def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-3
2. Jamie Malik/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3 
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Emanuel Llamas/Jake Hansen (RICE) 6-2
Match Notes:
LSU 15-11; National ranking #36
Rice 23-8; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship-First Round
T-3:28 & A-125 

Post-Match Quotes from LSU's recap
"It was a great college tennis match, Head Coach Jeff Brown said. "Fortunately for us, we had Boris who has been very clutch through the years. It hasn't been his best year so for him to get back to doing that again was great to see and was a great match to be a part of.

Coach Brown commented on the three-week layoff between the SEC Tournament and NCAAs, which LSU was able to recover from after starting slow and dropping the doubles point.

"I felt that the three week layoff was really showing in doubles and the beginning of singles, Brown said. "For about an hour and 20 minutes of the match we were in a lot of trouble but we got in the rhythm and started getting back in it.

"We are hopeful that the SEC will change that and only have a two-week break between the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament. I think that really has been a big issue for us over the years and it was good that the guys were able to overcome that and be a part of a great match.

"TCU has had a great year, Brown said. "We look forward to getting back out tomorrow there and improving from what we did today.

Post-Match Comments from Rice's recap
"Unbelievable college tennis match, Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "This is what we train for and dream of being a part of as coaches. (It's) the first round of the NCAA Championship and every single player left it all out on the court. Five singles matches went three sets. It just doesn't get any better than that, he added.

"I am really proud of being the coach of these guys, Ustundag said. "I felt they represented Rice really, really well out here today. I am really fired up about what this team has achieved this year. We met our goals for this year and we set some high standards going into next year and really brought some excitement back to Rice tennis.


#4 TCU 4, Jackson State 0
May 13, 2016 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Camilo Patino (JSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) vs. Federico Boscarino (JSU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
3. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Eduardo Nava (TCU) vs. Richie Agarwal (JSU) 6-2, 5-0, unfinished
5. Trey Daniel (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad (JSU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Geria Hernan (JSU) 6-1, 5-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Camilo Patino/Federico Boscarino (JSU) 5-1, unf
2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. Vishu Prasad/Ryan Swanier (JSU) 6-0
3. Cameron Norrie/Eduardo Nava (TCU) def. Richie Agarwal/F. Mendieta Rulz (JSU) 6-1
Match Notes:
Jackson State 6-19
TCU 25-3; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,5)
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from TCU's recap
Head Coach David Roditi
"Our guys were very business-like and took care of business today. I am proud of them for playing well and doing everything they can to win every single point. I congratulate Jackson State and head coach Lois Alexis for making it the NCAA Championship. It is something that is very hard to do and they deserve a lot of credit. I hope their team had a great experience and we did our best to create the best atmosphere possible so it was a memorable day for them.

"For us, it is now time to get ready for the other tigers the LSU Tigers. They won a really tough match earlier today and they are very match tough. They go through a whole season in the SEC and will be ready to battle. We are right where we want to be and our team is excited to keep the streak going here at home and also give us the best chance at seeing what we can do. Regardless of what goes on, I am very proud of this team. They have accomplished so much not only on the court, but also in the classroom.

"I also want to thank our athletic department and our financial aid office as they were also here today. I really want to thank Mike Scott for bringing out the whole office because it was a really beautiful day. Huge thanks to Mr. Del Conte for allowing the athletic department to come out and support us. It has been a pleasure and an honor to play in front of our fans all season and we have one more tomorrow.

Post-Match Quotes from Jackson State's recap
"Although we lost to the No. 5 team in the country, we played well today, said first-year head coach Lois Alexis. "I am extremely proud of this team.

"This is an experience we can build on next year, said Alexis.
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Oregon, which was the No. 3 seed in the Oklahoma regional, won it's first-ever NCAA Tournament match with a surprisingly straight forward 4-1 win over Tulsa.

Oregon won the doubles point for the 21st time in 24 tries by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 and then the Ducks took four opening sets in singles. Tulsa's Or Ram-Harel evened the match at 1-1 with a straight set win at No. 1 however Oregon would take over from there.

Ethan Young-Smith and Cormac Clissold won in straight sets at No. 6 and No. 5 and Thomas Laurent clinched the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Majed Kilani at No. 3.

Interesting note from Oregon's recap - Simon Stevens was up 4-2 in the second set tiebreak when Juan Matias Gonzalez got a third overrule which resulted in a point penalty which gave Stevens the tiebreak.

#38 Oregon 4, #23 Tulsa 1
Friday, May 13 | Norman, Okla. | Headington Family Tennis Center
Singles Competition
1. #48 Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) def. Daan Maasland (Oregon) 6-4, 6-0
2. Simon Stevens (Oregon) vs. Juan Matias Gonzalez (Tulsa) 6-7, 7-6(2), 1-0, unf.
3. Thomas Laurent (Oregon) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa) 6-4, 7-5
4. Jayson Amos (Oregon) vs. Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 6-4, 3-6, 3-1, unf.
5. Cormac Clissold (Oregon) def. Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 7-6 (3), 6-4
6. Ethan Young-Smith (Oregon) def. Okkie Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1 #42 Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (Oregon) def. Or Ram-Harel/Francois Kellerman (Tulsa) 6-2
2 Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (Oregon) def. Dylan McCloskey/Dominic Bechard (Tulsa) 6-4
3 Cormac Clissold/Thomas Laurent (Oregon) vs. Matthew Kirby/Carlos Bautista (Tulsa) 4-5, unf.
Match Notes
Oregon 19-7; National ranking #38
Tulsa 17-14; National ranking #23
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,5,3)

Post-Match Quote from Oregon's recap
Nils Schyllander, Head Coach - "I felt that these guys came here to win and they did just that. The preparation was awesome and it paid off as it was an unbelievable match. This was a good time to play our best match of the year."


Oklahoma got all it wanted in doubles but then cruised through singles and defeated UT Arlington 4-0. Axel Alvarez, Spencer Papa, and Andre Biro each won in straight sets while OU led on each of the remaining courts as well.  Andrew Harris played in doubles but he did not play in singles.

OU's video highlights

#10 Oklahoma 4, UT Arlington 0
May 13, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #97 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez (UTA) 6-2, 6-3 
2. #25 Spencer Papa (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez (UTA) 6-1, 6-1
3. #82 Alex Ghilea (OU) vs. Mario Muniesa (UTA) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
4. #61 Florin Bragusi (OU) vs. Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished 
5. Andre Biro (OU) def. Carlos Abiza (UTA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Maxime Mora (OU) vs. Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition
1. #24 Axel Alvarez Llamas/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Jhonathan Gonzalez/Daniel Armengol (UTA) 6-2 
2. Carlos Abiza/Mauricio Del Rio (UTA) def. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (OU) 6-4
3. Andre Biro/Maxime Mora (OU) def. Guanarteme Nuez/Mario Muniesa (UTA) 7-6 (8-6)
Match Notes:
UT Arlington 18-11
Oklahoma 16-10; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,5)

Post-Match Quotes from OU's recap
"Doubles was close and we pulled it out, head coach John Roddick said. "Singles was just pretty solid. We lost a couple breaks here or there, but mostly it was just deuce points. All in all our guys did a good job of taking care of business. It was a good effort to be focused and disciplined. We're looking forward to tomorrow.

"It looked like he was in control and making good decisions, Roddick said. "That's his biggest thing is making good decisions all the time. He is hitting the ball well, hitting good pace and spin, so that was a very good effort on his part.

"They were obviously excited after their match, Roddick said. "I watched a good bit of it. They are playing for a lot for them so they are going to come out with a lot of energy. So will we. They may be as fired up as any team we've faced all year so it'll be a tough match.

Post-Match Quotes from UTA's recap
"It is the highest level of competition, for us to be exposed to this and this environment is huge," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "There aren't too many days we get to compete at this level. We are going to take it in and learn. We were playing against a Top-10 team that is going to have a chance to win the national championship. Competing against them in the way we did says a lot about our team."

"They never give up and refuse to lose," Benitez said. "It doesn't matter what part of the match they are in, they stay focused and determined."

For junior Mario Muniesa, the UTA match clincher during the Sun Belt Championship, the experience gave the Mavs a chance to compete on the biggest stage as they improve from year to year.

"This was one of the greatest seasons, not only for me, but for the program," Muniesa said. "After two years of struggling to get to the finals, we got to the championship, won it and got here. We did everything we could and we will be proud of ourselves for a great season."

"We learned how to compete and not show that much respect to the better teams ranking wise. We saw that we could have beat them; we almost did in doubles. We didn't give up and we gave everything we had. They beat us, probably because they were better, but not because we gave up."
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Texas gave Lamar an early kick to the gut and then finished them off with a few roundhouses in route to a 4-0 win in the opening match of the Texas A&M regional.

The Longhorns won all nine completed sets in singles with George Goldhoff, Adrian Ortiz, and Michael Riechmann each winning in straight sets.

Next up for Texas will be a Lone Star Showdown against Texas A&M after the Aggies blanked George Washington 4-0.

#18 Texas 4, #56 Lamar 0 
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff (UT) def. Michael Feucht (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-3
2. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 7-5, 6-2
3. Harrison Scott (UT) vs. Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
4. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) vs. Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem (LAMAR) 6-4, 6-4
6. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) vs. Juuso Laitinen (LAMAR) 7-6 (7-3), 4-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition 
1. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT) vs. Michael Feucht/Benny Schweizer (LAMAR) 4-4
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezem/Nikita Lis (LAMAR) 6-2
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) def. Juuso Laitinen/Sebastian Santibanez (LAMAR) 6-2
Match Notes: 
Lamar 17-6; National ranking #56
Texas 18-11; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,2)
NCAA First Round College Station Regional
T-1:51

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Michael Center via Texas's recap
The guys won all six first sets (in singles), and we played better in some spots and put pressure on them (Lamar).  We did a good job to finish the match.  This was a good day against a Lamar team that had a great season.  Lamar won a conference championship and beat a top-25 team in Rice.  It was a great year for Lamar. 

We're happy to keep going (to the second round).  We don't know who we're playing tomorrow but we assume it will be Texas A&M.  We've had a lot of great matches over the years and some tough matches over here (in College Station).  I expect another tough match tomorrow.  We've got a young group, but one thing they've been good at all year is being good competitors.  We'll do that again tomorrow and do our best to compete well.

Post-Match Quotes from Lamar's recap
"Texas played great today," said LU head coach Scott Shankles. "They got out to great starts on courts two and three, and they got the breaks at a good time for them. Then they held on to win the doubles point, and we just couldn't get back into it in those matches. I thought we were solid on court one.

"In singles, we dropped the first set on all six courts, but they were all close. We were right there with them but just couldn't get enough points to get the lead. Our guys fought hard and I'm very proud of how we competed," said Shankles.

"This experience will be huge for our guys next year," said Shankles.  "We return all but two players so this will be a valuable experience as we move forward. We accomplished a lot of things this season but I don't want our guys to just be content with this year. We can't get complacent. We need to continue to get better."


#12 Texas A&M 4, George Washington 0
May 13, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
2. #52 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Danil Zelenkov (GW) 7-5, 3-3, unfinished
3. Chris Reynolds (GW) vs. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher (GW) 6-2, 6-3
5. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran (GW) 6-2, 6-4
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #89 Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. Tverijonas/Zelenkov (GW) 6-5, unf.
2. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Cahit Kapukiran/Chris Reynolds (GW) 6-3
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Chris Fletcher/Fernando Sala (GW) 6-4
Match Notes:
George Washington 14-9
Texas A&M 27-9; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (6, 5, 4)
NCAA First Round, College Station Regional
T-2:07

Post-Match Quotes from head coach Steve Denton via Texas A&M's recap

On the doubles point
"We were down a break at three and were at 4-5 at one, George Washington played well in the doubles and it's the NCAA tournament. Everybody is going to give you your best shot. Our guys were resilient and able to turn a couple of those matches around. The doubles are a sprint and you have to value each point, with no ad scoring. Our guys have to come up with shots at important moments and thankfully the guys were able to do that today."

On today's match as a whole
"George Washington played well, I thought they were good in a lot off spots and played great. In the tournament you obviously want to win the matches and fairly comfortably if possible, but you want to be challenged as well. Today was good, some of our guys were challenged and they responded how we needed them to."

On playing Texas tomorrow
"Texas is going to fight, they are a scrappy group, a young group. They have lost some matches this year, but they compete really hard in all spots of their lineup. Texas has no holes in their lineup and we are going to have our hands full. We are going to have to have our 'A' game and hopefully all these tough matches we've played throughout the year will help us. When Texas A&M and Texas play, throw the win loss record out the window, it will be an emotional match. There is a lot on the line not just playing against your rival, but also trying to get to Tulsa. We played here a couple years ago, before we went to Illinois. It was a 4-3, last match on the court type of match so I anticipate another hard fought match and we know the guys will be ready to play."

Post-Match Quotes from GW's recap
"Texas A&M is obviously the 12-seed for a reason, said Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Torrie Browning. "They are a very good team and poised to go far. I was really proud of the way our guys came out in doubles, making the sets close. But, we really couldn't execute on a couple of key points. It hasn't been the easiest season but I'm still really proud of the way our team fought and the way we finished up.


"It means a lot to represent your school, and playing in a national championship team format is always a privilege," said Browning. "I know our guys really worked hard this year. We did a really good job of just getting here. Really proud of the way we made it through everything and handled adversity.
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San Diego defeated Vanderbilt for the second time this season with a 4-0 win in the opening match of the UCLA regional. Vanderbilt was playing without Cameron Klinger (injury?), who plays No. 3 singles (17-8) and #1 dubs with Rhys Johnson (18-8), and his absence was definitely felt.

San Diego's Uros Petronijevic and Filip Vittek beat Vandy's usual No. 2 doubles team 6-3 at No. 1 while Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 win at No. 3.

San Diego took five of six first sets and Jordan Angus, Filip Vittek, and Romain Kalaydjian each won in straight sets with Vittek clinching at No. 3.

#28 San Diego 4, #34 Vanderbilt 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts) 
Singles competition
1. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. #36 Daniel Valent (VANDY) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 0-1, unfinished
2. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY) 6-2, 6-3
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2)
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. Kris Yee (VANDY) 3-6, 6-4, 2-0, unfinished
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Alex Ross (VANDY) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-2, 4-6, 5-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Tate Allwardt/Pen Binet (VANDY) 6-3
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) vs. Rhys Johnson/Kris Yee (VANDY) 5-3, unf
3. Alexandros Araouzos/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Baker Newman/Daniel Valent (VANDY) 6-3
Match Notes
Vanderbilt 17-14; National ranking #34
San Diego 24-7; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,3)
NCAA Regionals - First Round


UCLA didn't have any trouble with Weber State in the second match of the day at the UCLA regional. The Bruins took the doubles point with 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and then they added five first sets in singles. Mackenzie McDonald, Karue Sell, and Logan Staggs each won in straight sets with Staggs clinching the match at No. 5.

Nice performance from Weber State's Stefan Cooper who led Gage Brymer 6-3, 5-2 at No. 3.

#2 UCLA 4, Weber State 0
May 13, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts)
Doubles
1. #2 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) def. Cooper/Goswami (WSU) 6-1
2. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Fought/Gewert (WSU) 6-1
3. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Barlow/Chen (WSU) 3-3, unfinished
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
Singles
1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Jakub Gewert (WSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Todd Fought (WSU) 6-1, 5-5, unfinished
3. Stefan Cooper (WSU) vs. 58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Hou-En Chen (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Landon Barlow (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) vs. Sanjay Goswami (WSU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
Match Notes
Weber State 14-8
UCLA 23-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,5)
NCAA Regionals - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from UCLA's recap
"I was really happy with what I saw today from the team," said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "Up and down the line in both singles and doubles everybody looked really eager to get back into competition. I felt that the team was energized and ready to play,"

"We're going to have a much tougher match tomorrow against San Diego," added Martin. "I feel they are a very good team that has had an incredible end to the season. I know their confidence is high and they are going to want to avenge their loss to us earlier in the year. But I also feel that if we play well, we will have a great chance to win."

Post-Match Quotes from Weber State's recap
"Obviously UCLA is very good and in theory they should beat us," Director of Tennis Brad Ferreira said. " We competed well at a couple of spots. Our number three doubles was doing very well. Stefan Cooper was one serve game away from winning his match over a highly ranked player. Hou-En Chen played a very good first set while Todd Fought played a very good second set. It is exciting to see our two returners compete very well."

"This was a fantastic season and we will be sad to see our seniors go but I am excited to see the continued success of our program," Ferreira said.
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The second most exciting match of the day took place in Winston-Salem with Michigan winning a back and forth 4-3 match against East Tennessee State.

Michigan won what turned out to be a pivotal doubles point when Alex Knight and Runhao Hua won the final three games to take the decider at No. 1 by a 7-5 score.

The Buccaneers bounced back in singles and grabbed four opening sets, two in tiebreaks, but Michigan would put the next point on the board when Carter Lin rolled over Diego Nunez 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3. ETSU's David Biosca trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alex Knight at No. 1 and then Robert Herrera evened it at 2-2 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Runhao Hua at No. 3.

Rogerio Ribeiro put ETSU up 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Jathan Malik at No. 2 but that'd be the last point that the Bucs could muster.

Michigan's Davis Crocker broke Ismael Merino to close out a 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 6 and less than 10 seconds later Kevin Wong would clinch it with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Sebastian Yllera at No. 5.

Michigan Celebration (Pic from Michigan)

#24 Michigan 4, #55 East Tennessee State 3
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #80 David Biosca (ETSU) def. Alex Knight (MICH) 7-5, 6-4
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. #96 Jathan Malik (MICH) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
3. Carter Lin (MICH) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Runhao Hua (MICH) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Kevin Wong (MICH) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3
6. Davis Crocker (MICH) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (MICH) def. #63 David Biosca/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 7-5
2. Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Jathan Malik/Kevin Wong (MICH) 7-5
3. Myles Schalet/Tyler Gardiner (MICH) def. Ismael Merino/Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 7-5
Match Notes
East Tennessee State 18-6 (7-0 SoCon); National ranking #55
Michigan 21-7 (8-3 Big Ten); National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)
NCAA Tournament - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from ETSU's recap
"It was a hell of a college tennis match, remarked ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. "We gave it all we had and came up just short. The loss leaves a huge empty spot in our gut but I wouldn't have it any other way. Our boys represented ETSU with the highest sense of pride and love. If we had to lose, this is the way wanted it.



Next up for Michigan will be a match against Wake Forest after the Demon Deacons rolled over Coastal Carolina 4-0. Wake took the doubles point and Petros Chrysochos, Jon Ho, and Dennis Uspensky each won in straight sets.



Wake's No. 4 Romain Bogaerts did not play.

#6 Wake Forest 4, Coastal Carolina 0
May 13, 2016 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. VELICKOVIC, Vuk (CCU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (CCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. LEME, Pedro (CCU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. SCHNEIDER, Sebastian (CCU) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. FARIA, Luiz (CCU) 6-2, 6-0
6. #116 Maksim Kan (WF) vs. MIGLIANO, Francesco (CCU) 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #13 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Vuk Velickovic/Pedro Leme (CCU) 5-2, unf
2. #79 Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Nic Planchard/Francesco Migliano (CCU) 6-0
3. Maksim Kan/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Luiz Faria/Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU) 6-2
Match Notes
Coastal Carolina 21-4 (8-0 Big South)
Wake Forest 30-5 (10-2 ACC); National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,2,3)
NCAA Tournament - First Round
A-281
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UC Santa Barbara jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point but Georgia Tech rebounded in singles. Chris Eubanks, Nathan Rakitt, and Michael Kay won in straight sets while Daniel Yun came back from a set down to defeat Anders Holm at No. 4.

Georgia Tech will meet USC on Saturday.

#32 Georgia Tech 4, #44 UC Santa Barbara 1
May 13, 2016 Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #78 Eshmade/Seemann (UCSB) def. #38 Kay/Kay (GT) 6-2
2. #37 Eubanks/Benito (GT) def. Alboran/Holm (UCSB) 6-4
3. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) def. Rakitt/Li (GT) 7-5
Singles Competition
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
2. #113 Carlos Benito (GT) vs. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) 0-6, 6-3, 5-4 unf
3. Cole Fiegel (GT) vs. Morgan Mays (UCSB) 6-7 (5), 4-2 unfinished
4. Daniel Yun (GT) def. Anders Holm (UCSB) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2*
5. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Cody Rakela (UCSB) 6-4, 6-4
6. Michael Kay (GT) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) 6-3, 7-5
Match Notes
Georgia Tech 17-8; National ranking #32
UC Santa Barbara 17-7; National ranking #44
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3)Singles (1, 6, 5, 4*)
NCAA Championships - First Round

Post-Match Quotes from GT's recap
Head Coach Kenny Thorne SAYS "We got out played for about an hour and a half. I'm not sure if it was because we haven't played in a while and still had exams on the brain. Credit UCSB, who has a talented team, for starting very strong. The character of our team surfaced and we fought back strong. Chris, Mike and Nathan did a great job of capturing the momentum with straight-set wins. We settled in nicely as a team and played with poise down the stretch. Carlos and Daniel fought back from first-set losses. Cole also was in a good position in his second set after losing the first. Daniel clinched it for us, so all that matters is we move on to the next round. We're looking forward to a strong start tomorrow and the opportunity to advance.



USC moved on to the second round with a 4-0 win over UNLV. USC took the doubles point and then picked up three quick straight set wins with Rob Bellamy clinching the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6.


USC's No. 4, Jake DeVine, did not play so Thibault Forget moved up from No. 5 while Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy each moved up as well.

#11 USC 4, UNLV 0
NCAA Championships - First Round
May 13, 2016 -- Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Doubles Competition
1. #46 Crystal/Verboven (USC) def. Amilon/Alberts (UNLV) - 7-5
2. Forget/de Vroome (USC) def. Neto/Brown (UNLV) - 6-3
3. Bellamy/T. Smith (USC) vs. Cozbinov/Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-5 susp.
Singles Competition 
1. #23 Max de Vroome (USC) vs. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) - 6-4, 3-4, susp.
2. #41 Nick Crystal (USC) vs. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) - 6-1, 4-6, 2-1 susp.
3. #69 Logan Smith (USC) vs. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) - 7-6 (3), 2-2 susp.
4. #121 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV)-- 6-1, 6-2
5. Jack Jaede (USC) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) -- 6-1, 6-2
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Richard Solberg (UNLV) -- 6-2, 6-2*
Match Notes
USC 16-6; National ranking #11
UNLV 15-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1) Singles (4,5,6)

Post-Match Quotes from USC's recap
"Today was a great first step for us," head coach Peter Smith said. "Jack Jaede and Rob Bellamy really stepped up and led our team today."

Post-Match Quotes from UNLV's recap
"We lost a very close doubles point and then started out slowly in singles, said UNLV head coach Owen Hambrook. "However, we were very much alive in all of the matches that didn't finish so I think we acquitted ourselves well today. The future of UNLV tennis is certainly bright with everyone coming back and we are excited for next season.
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Both of the top two seeds won in Champaign with the host Illini fighting off Western Michigan 4-1 while Mississippi State got past Memphis 4-1.

#21 Mississippi State 4, #42 Memphis 1
May 13, 2016 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Singles Competition
1. Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS) def. Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) vs. Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS) 5-7, 4-3, unfinished 
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-4
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) vs. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-4), 2-3, unfinished 
6. Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition
1. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. Kai Lemke/Louis Asser (MEMPHIS) 6-2
2. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU) def. Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-5) 
3. Andrew Watson/Shakeel Manji (MEMPHIS) def. Niclas Braun/Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Memphis 14-11; National ranking #42
Mississippi State University 17-8; National ranking #21 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,3,4) 
Official: Doug Rice T-2:30


Post-Match Quotes from Mississippi State's recap
"We had seven guys that have never played in the NCAAs before today's match, head coach Matt Roberts said. "I was impressed how they battled and stepped up to win the doubles point over a tough Memphis team. That gave us a lot of energy going into singles which helped our confidence.

"The result in doubles helped us carry energy into singles, Sucevic said following his 10th singles win of the season. "I felt great from the beginning of singles after the doubles win, just like the other guys, and that helped us get this win today.

For Borges the win came after the freshman missed most of practice during the two weeks leading up to the NCAA Championship due to injury. Borges let his opponent creep back into the match at 4-4 in the second set, but the freshman would find his composure and come away with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Kai Lemke.

"The story of this match was how much Nuno stepped up for us, Roberts said. "He was uncertain if he was going to play today, but he dug deep and came through for us. I am proud of the way he fought today.

Post-Match Quotes from Memphis's recap
"These two/three seed matchups can always go either way, it comes down to a couple of points," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "We were right there. In doubles, I don't know that we played our best, and we still had a chance right down to the last point."

"That one point comes down to one court, and we had some match points that we saved, but credit to Mississippi State, they were able to come through," Goebel said. "But once again, a lot of learning points and a bright future for us."

"I don't think we were just satisfied getting in, they really wanted to win," Goebel said. "We gave ourselves some chances, but we just didn't play maybe our greatest match of the year. But we really overcame some adversity. We had a couple of guys overcome some injuries and we weren't sure they were even going to play, but to see them go out there and fight every point was good.

"Today, unfortunately, we didn't win against a very good SEC, top 25 team. We're going to set some very high goals for next year and hope to be back."


#15 Illinois 4, Western Michigan 1
May 13, 2016 at Champaign, IL (Atkins Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) vs. Jefta Kecic (WMU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-2, unfinished
2. #16 Jared Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Maik Steiner (WMU) 7-6 (7-0), 4-4, unfinished
3. #60 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Julian Childers (ILL) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Daniel Loebel (WMU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Asher Hirsch (ILL) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Ruben Greiner/Stephen Payne (WMU) def. #87 Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Alex Jesse/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) 6-4
3. Jimmy Beckwith/Jefta Kecic (WMU) def. Jared Hiltzik/Asher Hirsch (ILL) 6-4
Match Notes:
Western Michigan University 20-6
Illinois 20-10; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,4,3)
Play was suspended during singles and moved indoors at 3-1.
Official: Doug Rice A-285


Post-Match Quotes from Illinois's recap
"Down at five and six singles, those are areas for us that haven't been stellar throughout the year. I think it's great for those guys near the bottom of the lineup to have that confidence and lead our team today to victory," head coach Brad Dancer said. "For us, we're excited for a great match and great challenge tomorrow and I'm sure the crowd will have a big part to do with it."

Post-Match Quotes from WMU's recap
"I thought it was a great environment for a collegiate tennis match, both fan bases were really into it, Head coach Dave Morin said. "We really played well and got off to a great start in doubles and that carried over into the singles. It was much closer than the 4-1 score would indicate. This is something that we can build on going into next year as we continue to pursue the goal of advancing in the NCAA Tournament.

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Saturday, 14 May 2016 18:13

Saturday Score Update

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

[33-48] Penn State def. Columbia 4-3
[33-48] Baylor def. Florida State 4-3
[33-48] Virginia Tech def. Kentucky 4-3

Second Round:
[4] TCU def. [33-48] LSU 4-0
[3] UCLA def. [17-32] San Diego 4-0
[6] Wake Forest def. [17-32] Michigan 4-2
[10] USC def. [17-32] Georgia Tech 4-2
[11] Oklahoma def. [33-48] Oregon 4-2
[17-32] Mississippi State def. [15] Illinois 4-0
[12] Texas A&M vs. [17-32] Texas 1-0 (long rain delay) - PPD to 11am CT on Sunday



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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





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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, 15 May 2016 16:59

Sunday Score Update

Second Round:
[1] Virginia def. [33-48] Penn State 4-1
[2] North Carolina def. [17-32] Tulane 4-0
[5] Ohio State def. [33-48] Virginia Tech 4-2
[7] Georgia def. [33-48] Baylor 4-1
[17-32] SMU def. [8] Texas Tech 4-2
[9] Florida def. [17-32] South Florida 4-0
[13] Cal def. [17-32] Ole Miss 4-0
[17-32] Stanford def. [14] Northwestern 4-3
[16] Oklahoma State def. [17-32] Arkansas 4-0
[17-32] Texas def. [12] Texas A&M 4-3

Round of 16 Matches - Tulsa, OK - Friday
[5] Ohio State vs. [17-32] Texas - 10am ET
[4] TCU vs. [13] Cal  - 10am ET
[1] Virginia vs. [16] Oklahoma State - 1pm ET
[9] Florida vs. [17-32] SMU - 1pm ET
[7] Georgia vs. [10] USC - 5pm ET
[2] North Carolina vs. [17-32] Mississippi State - 5pm ET
[3] UCLA vs. [17-32] Stanford - 8pm ET
[6] Wake Forest vs. [11] Oklahoma - 8pm ET


What a crazy day it was on Sunday with not one, not two, but three regional hosts going down. The day started off in College Station with the resumption of Saturday's match between Texas A&M and Texas and it finished in Lubbock with SMU kicking the door down and stunning Texas Tech.

When the season started if you told me that Texas would be in Tulsa for the NCAA Round of 16 I would have told you to go see a doctor. Well Texas made a believer of me and many today after going into enemy territory and knocking off Texas A&M in a 4-3 thriller.

The match originally began on Saturday but after Texas A&M took the doubles point the match was stopped early in singles due to rain. Play resumed Sunday morning at 11am central and within a matter of minutes Texas had five first sets in the bag after Rodrigo Banzer, Adrian Ortiz, and George Goldhoff closed out sets on 4, 2, and 1.

Texas senior Michael Riechmann put the first point on the board for the Longhorns after he defeated Jackson Withrow at No. 5. Riechmann took the opening set on Saturday but it looked like Withrow was going to get an early break in the second. Withrow had three break points on Riechmann's 1-2 service game but Riechmann fought all of them off to hold for 2-2. Riechmann would then break Withrow on the deciding point to go up 4-3 and then three games later he'd close it out with an ace down the T from 40-15 to win it 6-4, 6-4.

Texas sophomore Adrian Ortiz would make it 2-1 after he pulled away from A&M senior Shane Vinsant at No. 2. When play began Vinsant was serving at 4-5 and he'd fight off a set point on the deciding point to even it at 5-5. Ortiz held for 6-5 and then broke Vinsant at love to take the opening set 7-5. Ortiz put the hammer down in the second set and raced out to a 5-0 lead and would hit a service winner on match point to take it 7-5, 6-1.

Texas freshman Harrison Scott would make it 3-1 Horns after he defeated A&M sophomore Jordi Arconada at No. 3. Scott took the opening set 6-3 and then he broke Arconada to go up 2-1 in the second. Arconada would reel off five in a row to take the second set 6-2 but he'd get broke to start the third set. Scott would add a second break to go up 5-2 and then he'd serve it out to win it 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

So Texas had a 3-1 lead but things were getting tense elsewhere. A&M's Arthur Rinderknech was serving 3-3, 40-40 in the third at 1, A&M's Harrison Adams was serving 4-1 in the third at 4, and A&M's Max Lunkin was serving for the match up 5-4 in the third at 6. It looked like A&M might come back and steal it and they would come oh so close.

Harrison Adams would hold serve two more times from 4-1 to close out Rodrigo Banzer at No. 4 to make it 3-2. Banzer looked like he might get off the court in straight sets when he led 6-2, 2-0 but Adams won four straight games to go up 4-2 and would end up getting the split by taking the set 6-4. Adams broke Banzer to start the third set but Banzer would break back to even it at 1-1. Adams broke again, this time on the deciding point, to go up 2-1 and then he'd break again to go up 4-1

Max Lunkin was serving 5-4, 40-30 in the third against Julian Zlobinsky at No. 6 but the Texas sophomore managed to break to knot it at 5-5. Lunkin quickly broke back and then he'd finally close the door on Zlobinsky to win it 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

As Lunkin was closing out Zlobinsky, Texas junior George Goldhoff was serving for the match at No. 1. Just 25 minutes earlier Goldhoff trailed Arthur Rinderknech 3-0 in the final set but Goldhoff managed to win five straight to go up 5-3. On the pivotal 3-3, 40-40 point that I mentioned above Rinderknech double faulted to put Goldhoff up 4-3. Rinderknech stopped the bleeding and held for 4-5 but Goldhoff quickly went up 30-0 on his next service game. Rinderknech was able to push it to the deciding point and then he'd get the break after Goldhoff couldn't handle a second overhead. Rinderknech would hold from 40-30 to go up 6-5 but Goldhoff would hold at love to send it to a match deciding tiebreak.

Goldhoff went up a mini-break at 1-0 but Rinderknech took the next four to go up 4-1. Goldhoff would then take the next five to go up 6-4 but a loose forehand error put it back on serve at 6-5. I'll let the video clip show you how it finish:


Texas is back in the Round of 16 for the third consecutive year and will next face Ohio State on Friday afternoon at 10am eastern.

#18 Texas 4, #12 Texas A&M 3
May 15, 2016 at College Station, TX (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #68 George Goldhoff (UT) def. #18 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) 
2. Adrian Ortiz (UT) def. #52 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 7-5, 6-1 
3. Harrison Scott (UT) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Rodrigo Banzer (UT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 
5. Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Julian Zlobinsky (UT) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #89 Aleksandre Bakshi/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. G Goldhoff/M Riechmann (UT) 7-6 (7-3)
2. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-4
3. Max Lunkin/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. John Mee/Harrison Scott (UT) 6-4
Match Notes:
Texas 19-11; National ranking #18
Texas A&M 27-10; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,3,4,6,1)
NCAA Second Round, College Station Regional
Match postponed to Sunday due to weather

Post-Match Quotes from A&M's recap

Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton on the match
"It was a rollercoaster ride, it looked like after we won the doubles point yesterday like we had some momentum and then the rain delay. After the delay they came out and hit us in the mouth and got way ahead and we were able to battle our way back into the match today. They just came up with the shots at the end, I thought George [Goldhoff] was a little bit more aggressive, certainly at the end of the tiebreaker than Arthur was and that was the difference."

On coming back to tie the match at three-all
"We got down 3-1 and Harry came through for us. He got on top and started winning some off the key points in second and third sets. He won some three-all points which he was not doing in the first set and then Max hung in there and stayed the course. I knew it was going to be a close match it didn't shock me it was a 7-6 in the third last match on. That seems to be how we play these matches against a lot of teams especially when so much is on the line and the fact that we are playing to go to Tulsa. Everything was heightened and our guys gave their best effort, Texas just played a little bit better today."

Post-Match Quotes from Texas's recap:

Head Coach Michael Center on today's win
We beat a very good Texas A&M team who had an outstanding season on its home courts today. I'm so proud of how our guys stuck together and fought so hard. All we have talked about throughout this season has been 'Let's be a great team.' We repeated that phrase again in our preparation for today's match, and we really kept our focus on competing hard and being resilient. We didn't focus on winning certain matches and having to get results from certain people in our lineup. We kept our mindset on competing during every point, and we're obviously very excited for this victory.

On George Goldhoff's play to seal the victory
You have to give George a ton of credit for hanging in there when there were so many momentum swings in his match. He actually got down 3-0 to start the third set and battled back to win five straight to go up 5-3. He served for the match at 5-4 and was up 30-love, and he also had a match point in that game. Even when it was 5-5 and he was receiving serve, he was in control of some points. All of a sudden he's down 6-5, and I was so proud of the way he came back and served out the next game to force the tiebreak. Then you go to the tiebreak and he gets down 4-1 and it doesn't look good. But again, George fights back to go up 6-4. He played a little tentative on the next point, but to see him come back and hit the winner at 6-5 was a great moment.

On the play of the entire lineup today
We first have to give credit to Michael Riechmann and his win (at 5 singles) that got us off to a great start in singles. He was able to get a victory against probably the best player in the A&M lineup at his position and a sixth-year senior (Jackson Withrow) who held a 17-3 record entering the match. To see that score go up early today gave us a much-needed spark. Adrian Ortiz (at 2 singles) and Harrison Scott (at 3 singles) also gave us huge wins, and both Rodrigo (Banzer) and Julian (Zlobinsky) really fought hard in their three-set matches. We did not give A&M anything easy. I also want to give a shout-out to the Texas women's tennis team and their win at Duke on Saturday. We definitely discussed their win in getting ready for today and how we needed to join them in Tulsa, so they provided our group with some great inspiration.

On watching the team celebrate on the court after the win
That celebration is the culmination of an entire season of hard work by our players and staff. We lost five guys from our lineup after last year, and this young team has grown up so much over the course of the season. We've learned a lot from some of the close losses that we had, and we've grown from our wins as well. To know where we started this year and to see the emotion of our players here today after this win, it's a great feeling.

George Goldhoff on the final points of the tiebreaker
That might have been the craziest moment of my life. I was down 4-1 and my opponent (Rinderknech) had a pretty big serve, so there was only so much I could do. I just had to fight for every point. That's all you can do. I took it one point at a time and just tried to execute the best I could.  He double-faulted at four-all, and it all happened really fast after that. I was up 5-4 and then 6-4, and it hit me all at once that the next point was for the entire match. On that point, I had a pretty easy forehand at mid court but I netted it. On the last point, he got his serve in, and I got the return back. I mishit a ball and hit it a little deep, but he hit it back short. I had a backhand and I put it away. It was just surreal.

George Goldhoff on reaching the Round of 16
Everybody was counting us out. We had lost five of six (singles) starters and people didn't think we were even going to make the NCAAs. This group of guys took that personally. We worked really hard to come back and prove everyone wrong.  I just can't put it into words what this group of guys has done.  The team stepped up, and we weren't going to rebuild. We wanted to get back to where we were last year. We're keeping it one match at a time, but it's huge to beat one of your biggest rivals on their courts. It's an incredible feeling. I can't put it into words how much this means to me.

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Stanford had been knocking on the door all year only to be turned away time after time but on Sunday afternoon they finally got someone to answer and pulled off a surprising 4-3 win over Northwestern.

Stanford dropped the doubles point for only the sixth time this year after Northwestern picked up a 7-5 win at No. 1 and a 6-2 win at No. 2. Each team picked up three first sets in singles and all but one of them would finish in straight sets.

Stanford took a 2-1 lead after wins from Sameer Kumar and Maciek Romanowicz at No. 5 and No. 6 but Northwestern went ahead 3-2 after both Sam Shropshire and Strong Kirchheimer won at No. 2 and No. 3.

Stanford's Nolan Paige tied the match at 3-3 with a win at No. 4 so it'd all come down to No. 1 to decide it.

Stanford's Tom Fawcett appeared to have the opening set in control when he led Konrad Zieba 5-1 but Zieba reeled off six straight games to steal the set 7-5. Fawcett dominated the second set and took it 6-0 and then went ahead 2-0 in the third. Zieba held for 1-2 then Fawcett held and broke to go up a double break at 4-1. Zieba broke back and then came back from 0-40 down to hold for 3-4. It'd be all holds from there as Fawcett held to win it 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.

Stanford will be making its first Round of 16 appearance since 2012 and will face UCLA for the fourth time this season on Friday night at 8pm eastern.


Jonathan Kelley was in Evanston and will most likely have a report on his site On The Rise so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

#29 Stanford 4, #14 Northwestern 3
May 15, 2016 at Evanston, Ill. (Vandy Christie Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #15 Tom Fawcett (STAN) def. #20 Konrad Zieba (NU) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4
2. #40 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Michael Genender (STAN) 6-3, 6-4
3. #57 Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #87 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-0, 6-4 
4. Nolan Paige (STAN) def. Fedor Baev (NU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Sameer Kumar (STAN) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. Alp Horoz (NU) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #23 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-5 
2. Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU) def. David Wilczynski/Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2
3. Sameer Kumar/Yale Goldberg (STAN) def. Alp Horoz/Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-4
Match Notes:
Stanford 16-10; National ranking #29
Northwestern 26-5; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,3,2,6,1) 
NCAA Tournament Regional Final
Stanford Advances to Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla. 
Official: John Coleman 
T-3:12 A-414

Post-Match Quotes from NU's recap
"We had a great year," head coach Arvid Swan said. "We will let this one sting a little, but we are going to be back next year ready to go."

"Great group of guys," Swan said. "I feel real excited for what the future holds for our program."
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SMU pulled off the biggest surprise of the day when the 30th ranked Mustangs went to Lubbock and beat No. 8 Texas Tech 4-2. SMU took the doubles point for the 22nd time in 30 tries with a 6-3 win at No. 1 and a 7-5 win at No. 3.

SMU took four opening sets in singles and Hunter Johnson and Samm Butler would win in straight sets to make it 3-0. Texas Tech got a straight set win from Bjorn Thomson at No. 6 and Jolan Cailleau would win in three sets at No. 4 to cut the deficit to 3-2.

SMU redshirt senior Nate Lammons shook off a rough second set and pulled away from Hugo Dojas in the third set to clinch the match with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 win.

The Mustangs are back in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2001 and will face Florida on Friday at 1 p.m. eastern. 


#30 SMU 4, #8 Texas Tech 2
05/15/16 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
Singles Competition
1. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU) def. #19 Felipe Soares (TT) 6-4, 6-2
2. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU) def. #98 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
3. Samm Butler (SMU) def. Alex Sendegeya (TT) 6-1, 6-3
4. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
5. Connor Curry (TT) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) 4-6, 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Bjorn Thomson (TT) def. Yates Johnson (SMU) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1. #31 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Alex Sendegeya/Bjorn Thomson (TT) 6-3
2. Connor Curry/Felipe Soares (TT) vs. #54 Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) 6-6 (0-1), unf.
3. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Carlos DiLaura/Hugo Dojas (TT) 7-5
Match Notes:
SMU 22-8; National ranking #30
Texas Tech 28-6; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,6,4,2)
2016 NCAA Lubbock Regional - Second Round
T-2:35 A-220

Post-Match Quotes from SMU's recap
"This was a tremendous all-around team win for us," said Head Coach Carl Neufeld. "It's only fitting that our 5th-year senior Nate Lammons sealed the win for us. There is too much to say about him, having graduated with his undergrad and master's in Engineering, missing his commencement because of the tournament and advancing us to the Sweet 16 is fantastic."

"This match had all the drama, including a four and a half hour rain delay, them being the co-Big 12 champions and only have lost one home match in two years coming into today," said Neufeld. In singles, to beat a team like this at the top three spots and two of those players being ranked is an incredible feat and I couldn't be happier and proud for guys."

Post-Match Quotes from Texas Tech's recap
"Definitely not the way we wanted to end our season, Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "It's very disappointing. I'm at a loss for words right now. We didn't play at the level we've played at all year. We broke down mentally in a lot of ways and weren't there for the fight that SMU gave us. Give credit to them they stepped up and took it to us. We just weren't ready to counter them in a few spots. Credit to SMU and congratulations to them.

"When you're getting beat down, I hope you can show some toughness, Masi said. "Bjorn and Jolan have been tough all year. They've stayed out there the whole time and given us their all. Bjorn has had a great first season. You're going to see a lot of great things from this kid for years to come. The future is bright which is a huge positive for our program.

"Today obviously wasn't our best, Thomson said. "I just want to say thank you to the whole team for making me part of the family, and a thank you to my coaches. My first season was so much better than I expected it to be. We lost today, but we've made some memories this season. We've got to push forward from here.

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Florida's hot streak continued as the Gators rode the momentum from the doubles point to pick up three straight set wins to defeat South Florida 4-0.

Florida's Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson picked up a 6-4 win at No. 1 but USF's Dominic Cotrone and Peter Bertran won 6-4 at No. 2. USF's Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz served for the match at No. 3 up 5-4, 40-30 but Florida's Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco broke for 5-5 and then held to go up 6-5. Florida would break Roberto Cid's serve to win it 7-5.

Florida took four opening sets in singles and Gordon Watson, Alfredo Perez, and McClain Kessler each won in straight sets with Kessler clinching the match at No. 6. Below are some video highlights from Florida (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http)


Florida will now face SMU in the Round of 16 in Tulsa on Friday afternoon at 1pm eastern. This will be Florida's fifth NCAA Round of 16 appearance in the last seven years.

#9 Florida  4, #17 South Florida 0
May 15, 2016 at Ring Tennis Complex (Linder Stadium)
Singles Competition
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (FLA) vs. #2 Roberto Cid (USF) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
2. #53 Alfredo Perez (FLA) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-5, 6-1
3. #47 Dominic Cotrone (USF) vs. #37 Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
4. Peter Bertran (USF) vs. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
5. Gordon Watson (FLA) def. Ignacio Gonzalez Mun (USF) 6-2, 6-4
6. McClain Kessler (FLA) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-3, 7-5
Doubles Competition
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (FLA) def. #28 Vadym Kalyuzhnyy/Sasha Gozun (USF) 6-4 
2. Dominic Cotrone/Peter Bertran (USF) def. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (FLA) 6-4
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (FLA) def. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) 7-5
Match Notes:
South Florida 21-9; National ranking #17 
Florida 20-6; National ranking #9 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,6) 
NCAA Second Round

Post-Match Quotes from Bryan Shelton via Florida's recap
"I saw a confident group. First off, I would just like to say that South Florida came out and played some really good tennis and had a great season. It was a tough draw to face them in the second round. We knew that it was going to be a tough test. Our guys just came in with a lot of confidence. I think throughout these past five or six weeks we have gathered some momentum. It is definitely showing in our doubles play. Our guys are having fun playing and if we get down a little bit, our guys don't flinch. We just keep playing. I think that is the belief and the trust between these guys and in one another.

Our seniors at one are just leading the way in doubles and in singles as well. I think Diego and Gordon are playing about as well as you can in your senior campaign. That is really special. Our freshman core, McClain and Alfredo, they just keep producing for us. They compete and they work and they do all the little things out there that give us a change to be successful. Elliott and Chase, as well, were just out there battling today. So, it was a team win and victory.

I am really proud of our guys and really happy for all those that have been supporting us all year and our support staff. I am fortunate to be working with great coaches in Scott Perelman and Mark Merklein, just really thankful for the opportunity and to be able to move on."

Post-Match Quotes from South Florida's recap
"We knew it was going to be a tough match today, have to give it to Florida for hanging around when their backs were against the wall in doubles and it paid off big, said head coach Matt Hill. "We had two match points in doubles at three, right after winning at two and they saved those two points, that was really the turning point in doubles.

"We were up in some of the matches but Florida was too good today, said Hill. "We know they are a good team, they are SEC champions and we have a lot of respect for them.

"They (senior class of Cid, Cotrone, Gonzalez-Muniz, Dzib) changed the image and the brand of this program in college tennis, said Hill. "Now people have a lot of respect for our program, especially now that we have been in the mix. We've done some really good things over the last few years because of these guys, so all the credit goes to them.
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Virginia advanced to the Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive year with a tough 4-1 win over No. 37 Penn State. The Hoos took the doubles point for the 26th time in 30 tries with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 while the match at No. 2 was on serve at the time of the clinch.

Virginia won all six first sets in singles and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Alexander Ritschard, and J.C. Aragone would each win in straight sets with Aragone clinching at No. 5.

Penn State's Leo Stakhovsky, brother of ATP professional Sergiy, defeated the reigning NCAA Champion Ryan Shane 7-5, 7-6(6).

Both of the other matches were abandoned with each in a second set tiebreak.  Below are some video highlights from NBC29 in Cville (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http)

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Virginia will next face No. 16 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. eastern on Friday afternoon.

#1 Virginia 4, #37 Penn State 1
May 15, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) def. #8 Ryan Shane (VA) 7-5, 7-6(6)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA) vs. C. De La Bassetiere (PSU) 6-4, 6-6 (2-1*), unf.
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Matt Barry (PSU) 6-1, 6-0
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 6-4, 7-6(6)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Marc Collado (PSU) 6-4, 6-6 (5-5), unf.
Doubles competition
1. #4 Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli (VA) def. David Kohan/C. Lutschaunig (PSU) 6-3
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) vs. Matt Barry/Leo Stakhovsky (PSU) 4-5, unf
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Matt Galush/Aws Laaribi (PSU) 6-3
Match Notes
Penn State 22-9; National ranking #37
Virginia 26-4; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,1,5)
NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Second Round
T-2:30 A-284

Post-Match Quotes from UVA's recap
"I am happy for the guys to advance as I think this is certainly an exciting team," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "When we go to Tulsa, we are going to need to play a little better than we did today and make sure we finish matches. We made it a little bit harder for ourselves today than I thought we needed to, but at the same time, I like how we played the first half of the match. For whatever reason, we struggled to finish and were out there a little bit longer. Credit to Penn State for the great job they did, the great season they had and how hard they fought. They kept battling and made it hard for us. We are going to have to continue to get better over the next five days and play at a more-intense, focused level, but I know we will be ready come Friday."

Post-Match Quotes from Penn State's recap
"I am really proud of our team today, said Head Coach Jeff Zinn. "We played hard against the defending National Champions in Virginia. Ending the season is never easy but I end it being proud in Penn State and these men.

"This match was crazy close, you really had to be here to see it, said Coach Zinn. "There were multiple courts that went to close tiebreaks. The last three courts went to second-set tiebreaks that could have easily gone our way to push into a third set. A lot of it came down to the matches in doubles. We were close but couldn't hold on.

"Leo had the best win of his career today and what a way to end it, said Coach Zinn. "He beat the reigning National Champion in Ryan Shane. Overall, our singles players played well against a stacked Virginia team."

"Congratulations to Virginia on a well played match, said Assistant Coach Paul Tobin. "We had chances in singles but the defending National Champs were there to fight us the entire way. It has been an incredible year with this team. We were fortunate enough to have four incredible seniors who will leave a legacy with this team. The 2016 Penn State men's tennis team will be missed as a group.

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Ohio State ran its record to 32-2 and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 11th consecutive year with a tough 4-2 win over No. 33 Virginia Tech.  The Buckeyes won the doubles point for the 30th time in 34 tries with 6-3 win at No. 1 and No. 3.

Each team took three first sets in singles and Ohio State's Herkko Pollanen would be the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mitch Harper at No. 5. VT's Edoardo Tessaro countered with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Ralf Steinbach at No. 4 and then Andreas Bjerrehus tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Chris Diaz at No. 2.

Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce ran his dual-match record to 19-0 with a 6-4, 7-6(2) when over Jai Corbett at No. 6 in a match that finished within seconds of the Bjerrehus/Diaz match at No. 2.

Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo would get the clincher at No. 3 with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Amerigo Contini. The match at No. 1 was abandoned with Mikael Torpegaard and Joao Monteiro just splitting sets though in the video below Ty Tucker said that Torp was cramping late in the second set.


Ohio State will face Texas for the second time this season on Friday morning at 10 a.m eastern. The Buckeyes blanked Texas 4-0 back on January 31 though Texas got the best of Ohio State the last time they met in Tulsa which came in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Ohio State recap
Virginia Tech recap

#5 Ohio State 4, #33 Virginia Tech 2
May 15, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
Singles competition 
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) vs. #14 Joao Monteiro (VT) 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, unfinished
2. #72 Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. #88 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. #107 Amerigo Contini (VT) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
4. #77 Edoardo Tessaro (VT) def. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 7-5, 6-4
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Jai Corbett (VT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles competition 
1. #22 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #21 A Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro (VT) 6-3
2. #44 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Amerigo Contini/Edoardo Tessaro (VT) 4-4, unf
3. Matt Mendez/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Jai Corbett/Mitch Harper (VT) 6-3
Match Notes: 
Virginia Tech 18-9; National ranking #33
Ohio State 32-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,2,6,3) 
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Official: Jerii Banks  T-2:29  A-254

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Georgia advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive year with a 4-1 win over Baylor. The Bulldogs won the doubles point for the 18th time in 25 matches with at 6-2 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2.

Georgia took four of six first sets though the first match to finish was at No. 1 where Baylor's Julian Lenz defeated Austin Smith 6-2, 1-0 ret. (right shoulder).

Georgia quickly finished the match off with Jan Zielinski, Nick Wood, and Paul Oosterbaan each only dropping three games in route to straight sets wins with Oosterbaan getting the clinch.

Georgia will now face USC on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. eastern. The teams were supposed to meet earlier this season in LA at the Pac-12/SEC Challenge but the match was cancelled due to rain.

Below are some video highlights from Georgia and Baylor (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http).




#7 Georgia 4, #35 Baylor 1
May 15, 2016 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis complex)
Singles Results
1. #12 Julian Lenz (BU) def. #17 Austin Smith (UGA) 6-2, 1-0, retired
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. #94 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 3-6, 4-4, unf
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Felipe Rios (BU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA) vs. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4, 3-2, unf
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Tyler Stayer (BU) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles Results
1. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #86 Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4
3. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Julian Lenz/Tyler Stayer (BU) 5-4, unfinished
Match Notes:
Baylor 16-14; National ranking #35
Georgia 22-4; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,5,6,3)
NCAA Second Round - Athens Regional
Official: Richard Rogers  T-1:55  A-841

Post-Match Quotes from Georgia's recap
"I thought we were a little tight in doubles at the beginning," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Our guys competed well and were able to get through some things there early on, but what a tremendous performance overall. I remember myself as a player here your last home match is a little overwhelming, but I thought we were terrific in singles and played very well today." 

Post-Match Quotes from Baylor's recap
"Losing is awful. That's my overall thought. There's a finality when you lose in the NCAAs. You're always thinking about what's next as a coach. Now, there's nothing next for us for a while and that's tough. I thought our guys fought like little dogs and overcame a ton of adversity this year. It put us in the position to finish strong. We just didn't have enough today. I'm proud of the guys today. They fought hard." --head coach Matt Knoll on the season-ending loss

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Oklahoma State is heading back to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2008, which coincidentally was the last time Tulsa hosted, after the Cowboys rolled over Arkansas 4-0. The Pokes won the doubles point for the 18th time in 26 tries. OSU's Lukas Finzelberg and Tristan Meraut trailed 4-2 but won the final four games to win 6-4 at No. 3. OSU's Lucas Gerch and Jurence Mendoza clinched the point with a 6-4 win at No. 2 in a match they lead the whole way.

While Arkansas had the upper hand at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, Oklahoma State had comfortable leads everywhere else. Lucas Gerch, Tristan Meraut, and Jurence Mendoza each won in straight sets with Meraut clinching the match at No. 4.

Oklahoma State will now face the top seed Virginia on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. eastern.



#16 Oklahoma State 4, #19 Arkansas 0
May 15, 2016 at Stillwater, Okla.(Greenwood Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #21 Mike Redlicki (AR) vs. #56 Julian Cash (OSU) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished
2. #62 Jose Salazar (AR) vs Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
3. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 6-4, 6-0
4. Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Giammarco Micolani (AR) 6-1, 6-4
5. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU) vs. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
6. Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. William Albanese (AR) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) def. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) 6-4
2. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Santiago Munoz/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-4
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Jose Salazar/Johan den Toom (AR) 6-4
Match Notes:
Arkansas 20-8; National ranking #19
Oklahoma State 19-7; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,4)
2016 NCAA Tournament - Second Round
T-1:50

Post-Match Quotes from Oklahoma State's recap
"We've got a special group of guys," coach Jay Udwadia said. "Every team is going though ups and down every season and this team has been through a lot. The sweet isn't as sweet without the bitter and to make the Sweet 16 is a great accomplishment for our team."

"I knew they were going to come out strong after losing the doubles point and we just needed to stay the course," Udwadia said. "I told the guys to relax and I think playing in the second round for the third-straight year really helped us too."

"It was great, I feel awesome," Gerch said. "There was such a great crowd and I think everyone played well, especially in doubles."

"When you're in the Sweet 16 everyone can play," Udwadia said. "We respect all opponents, but our job is to go out there and win matches and we are going to be prepared to battle."

Post-Match Quotes from Arkansas's recap
"Congratulations to Oklahoma State, they were better than us today and that was the biggest factor in the match, head coach Andy Jackson said. "We weren't able to physically match what they had on the second day and that was another factor.

Arkansas finished the 2016 season with a 20-9 overall record, including a 7-5 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1986, and for only the third time in program history. Their NCAA first round victory over Wichita State was the Hogs' first since 2006.

"On the season, we came from No. 69 to finish top 20 and win a round in the NCAA Tournament, Jackson said. "We feel really good about the direction we're going in. But I know what it takes to go further and we'll try to do that next year.

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Cal advanced to the Round of 16 for the fifth time in the last six years with a 4-0 shutout over Ole Miss. The Bears won the doubles point for the 17th time in 23 matches with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

Cal took five of six first sets and picked up wins from Andre Goransson and Filip Bergevi at No. 2 and No. 4 and J.T. Nishimura provided the clincher at No. 6 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Zvonimir Babic.

Cal will now face TCU on Friday morning at 7 a.m. pacific time. Cal defeated TCU 4-2 back in February in a neutral site match in Austin.

#13 California 4, #27 Ole Miss 0
May 15, 2016 at Berkeley, California (Hellman Tennis Complex) 
Singles competition
1. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL) vs. #39 Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-2, 4-4, unfinished
2. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL) def. #59 Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-3, 6-1
3. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-2, 6-3
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL) vs. Grey Hamilton (OM) 3-6, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #9 Florian Lakat/Filip Bergevi (CAL) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-4
2. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (OM) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-3
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) def. Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-2
Match Notes
Ole Miss 16-11; National ranking #27
California 19-6; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,6)
Cal advances to the NCAA Round of 16

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"We came up against a very solid Mississippi team today, and I'm pleased with how we handled ourselves, Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "The doubles point was a battle, and it ended up being critical for setting the tone for the match. When our guys faced adversity, they stayed calm and stuck to their game plans. It was a physical match today, and we were ready.

"This past week our team did an amazing job of balancing their academic lives and their athletic lives. We finished finals on Friday and started the NCAA championships on Saturday, so it's great to see the resiliency this group brings every day. We're looking forward to playing in Tulsa on Friday, and we know our next opponent, TCU, will be tough. We've played them once already this year, and we know they're a talented team.

"It's a great win, Nishimura added. "We're all excited and ready to go to Tulsa.

"We had a rough one in the first match of the year at Tulsa, Nishimura said. "But we bounced back and had a pretty good season, so we're excited to go back.

Post-Match Quotes from Toby Hansson via Ole Miss's recap

"We are proud of the guys' effort, but give Cal credit. They played better than we did today. Doubles was close again, but we just couldn't seem to get in the match in singles. We have a great group of young guys who kept battling throughout the season to get us to this point, and we are looking forward to helping them get better next year. The future looks bright.
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North Carolina booked its third straight trip to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 win over No. 31 Tulane. The Tar Heels won the doubles point for the 24th time this season with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

UNC took five of six first sets in singles and would get straight set wins from Brett Clark, Robert Kelly, and Anu Kodali with Kelly clinching at No. 5.

North Carolina will now face Mississippi State on Friday at 5 p.m. eastern. North Carolina defeated Mississippi State in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament though State's roster is vastly different this year.

Below are some video highlights from North Carolina (if you don't see anything change my site address from https to http).

Video

#3 North Carolina 4, #31 Tulane 0
May 15, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center) 
Singles competition
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (NC) vs. #3 Dominik Koepfer (TLN) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (NC) vs. #99 Constantin Schmitz (TLN) 7-6 (7-2), 3-3, unf
3. #46 Brett Clark (NC) def. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-1, 6-4
4. Jack Murray (NC) vs. Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-3, 3-5, unfinished
5. #117 Robert Kelly (NC) def. Ian Van Cott (TLN) 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
6. Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Tyler Schick (TLN) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #3 Brett Clark/Robert Kelly (NC) def. #18 Dominik Koepfer/Chi-Shan Jao (TLN) 6-4
2. #27 Brayden Schnur/Jack Murray (NC) vs. Constantin Schmitz/Tyler Schick (TLN) 4-3, unf
3. Ronnie Schneider/Anudeep Kodali (NC) def. Sebastian Rey/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 6-2
Match Notes
Tulane 16-9; National ranking #31
North Carolina 27-4`; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,5)
T-1:54



Post-Match Quotes from UNC's recap
"Tulane's got a heck of a team, UNC coach Sam Paul said. "This round is always tough across the country this is a tough match to play. Congratulations to my team. We don't take this for granted.

Kodali, playing at No. 6, was the first to wrap up his singles match, beating Tyler Schick 6-1, 6-2 in less than an hour.  "Anu played well today in singles and doubles, Paul said. "I think that's the best match he's played.

"This is a special group third year in the sweet 16, Paul said. "I thought we played really well today I was really pleased with how we played in doubles and some starts we got singles. We still could get better we always say that. We're looking forward to the next round.

"It's been a fun year. Any time you're sitting at 20-plus wins, it's been a heck of a year. It's a very special group, but we've got more to do.


Post-Match Quotes from Tulane's recap
"UNC really brought it and showed why they were No. 1 for most of the year, Tulane head coach Mark Booras stated. "Our guys performed well but we got a slow start and probably respected them too much in the beginning. Once we got our feet in the water and got used to the temperature, we started to play well in doubles and had chances to come back. Same thing happened in singles. Our guys fought for Tulane and what they've done for the whole year is a great body of work.
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2nd Round Match Times/Attendance Figures






Friday Round of 16 Schedule - Tulsa, Oklahoma

[5] Ohio State vs. [17-32] Texas - 10am ET
[4] TCU vs. [13] Cal  - 10am ET
[1] Virginia vs. [16] Oklahoma State - 1pm ET
[9] Florida vs. [17-32] SMU - 1pm ET
[7] Georgia vs. [10] USC - 5pm ET
[2] North Carolina vs. [17-32] Mississippi State - 5pm ET
[3] UCLA vs. [17-32] Stanford - 8pm ET
[6] Wake Forest vs. [11] Oklahoma - 8pm ET