Bobby Knight

Bobby Knight

The regional rounds are over so now we can look forward to Friday's Round of 16. Before I start in on my match previews I wanted to let everyone see the figures on each team's top seven singles players.

I have them broken down by team, player, winning percentage, Universal Tennis Rating, ITA Ranking, ATP ranking, country, and then broken down by individual position. It'll probably be easier to view them on the google doc at this link.

Here are some highlights from what I found:

# of guys with an ITA ranking: 54
High UTR: 15.18 - Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State)
High ATP Ranking: 420 - Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA)
Top Winning % (min 10 dual-matches): 1.00 - Torpegaard & Martin Joyce (Ohio State)
Most Wins: 27 - Dennis Uspensky (Wake Forest)
Countries With 3 Or More Players: USA 62, Germany 5, France 4, Canada/Great Britain/Mexico/Sweden 3

#1 Singles
Top Winning %: 1.00 - Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State)
Top UTR: 15.18 - Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State)
Top ITA: 1 - Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State)

#2 Singles
Top Winning %: .8519 - Collin Altamirano (UVA)/Petros Chrysochos (WF)
Top UTR: 14.44 - Alex Rybakov (TCU)
Top ITA: 24 - Alex Rybakov (TCU)

#3 Singles
Top Winning %: .89 - Lucas Gerch (Oklahoma State)
Top UTR: 14.50 - Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA)
Top ITA: 9 - Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA)

#4 Singles
Top Winning %: .92 - Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State) - min 10 matches
Top UTR: 14.46 - Karue Sell (UCLA)
Top ITA: 61 - Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma)

#5 Singles
Top Winning %: .94 - Thibault Forget (USC)
Top UTR: 14.16 - Thibault Forget (USC)
Top ITA: 103 - Herkko Pollanen (Ohio State)

#6 Singles
Top Winning %: 1.00 - Martin Joyce (Ohio State)
Top UTR: 14.53 - Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia)
Top ITA: None


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




Yesterday I gave you all the men's numbers now today let's go through the women's numbers.

I have them broken down by team, player, winning percentage, Universal Tennis Rating, ITA Ranking, country, and then broken down by individual position. It'll probably be easier to view them on the google doc at this link.

Here are some highlights from what I found:

# of girls with an ITA ranking: 47
High UTR: 12.32 - Hayley Carter (North Carolina)
Top Winning % (min 10 dual-matches): 1.00 - Karla Popovic (Cal), Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State)
Most Wins: 27 - Hayley Carter (North Carolina)
Countries With 3 Or More Players: USA 65, Australia 6, Spain/Canada 4, Great Britain/Croatia 3

#1 Singles
Top Winning %: .96 - Hayley Carter (North Carolina)
Top UTR: 12.32 - Hayley Carter (North Carolina)
Top ITA: 1 - Hayley Carter (North Carolina)

#2 Singles
Top Winning %: .96 - Sinead Lohan (Miami)
Top UTR: 11.85 - Frances Altick (Vanderbilt)
Top ITA: 8 - Sinead Lohan (Miami)

#3 Singles
Top Winning %: .96 - Jessica Aney (North Carolina)
Top UTR: 11.56 - Jessica Aney (North Carolina)
Top ITA: 32 - Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt)

#4 Singles
Top Winning %: .95 - Krista Hardebeck (Stanford)
Top UTR: 11.54 - Caroline Brinson (Georgia)
Top ITA: 30 - Caroline Brinson (Georgia)

#5 Singles
Top Winning %: .92 - Ferny Angeles Paz (Ohio State)
Top UTR: 11.48 - Josie Kuhlman (Florida)
Top ITA: None ranked

#6 Singles
Top Winning %: 1.00 - Karla Popovic (Cal), Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State)
Top UTR: 11.45 - Anna Danilina (Florida)
Top ITA: 81 - Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State)

#7 Singles
Top Winning %: .92 - Spencer Liang (Florida)
Top UTR: 10.74 - Spencer Liang (Florida)
Top ITA: #113 - Olivia Sneed (Ohio State)


Round of 16 Matches - Tulsa, OK - Thursday

[3] North Carolina vs. [14] Virginia - 10am ET
[6] Vanderbilt vs. [11] Auburn  - 10am ET
[7] Miami vs. [10] Michigan - 1pm ET
[2] Florida vs. [15] Stanford - 1pm ET
[1] California vs. [16] Texas Tech - 5pm ET
[8] Pepperdine vs. [17-32] Texas - 5pm ET
[5] Georgia vs. [12] Oklahoma State - 8pm ET
[4] Ohio State vs. [17-32] Georgia Tech - 8pm ET




This morning it was announced that FloSports and the ITA have entered into a five-year agreement where FloSports will provide live streaming for up to 15 ITA events per year including all ITA National Championships (Men's and Women's All-American, Men's and Women's D1 and D3 National Team Indoors) in a paid subscription model.  This is going to be nice for all the events where streaming wasn't available but it'll be interesting to see what changes on the events where streaming was provided for free. Here is the full release from the ITA that you can read at your convenience.

I looked at the weather last weekend and originally it was showing rain and higher temperatures for this week but it looks like it has turned around. Tuesday is the only day of the team championships where the chance of rain is 50% or greater while temperatures will be pretty reasonable. The biggest thing to keep an eye on is the wind because as of this minute the forecast says 10 mph winds on Sunday and 15 mph winds on Monday and Tuesday.



I learned through a source that Michigan filed a formal lineup protest after Saturday's second round loss to Wake Forest. The protest centered around Romain Bogaerts playing at No. 4 singles after sitting out doubles and after not playing the previous day. Bogaerts, who has a minor knee injury, was competitive in the first few games but after going down a break trailed off and retired down 6-1, 1-0. Michigan was protesting that Bogaerts shouldn't have played which would have meant that Wake would have had to shift Christian Seraphim up from 5 to 4, Dennis Uspensky from 6 to 5, and Maksim Kan from 7 to 6.

The appeal was denied by the NCAA on Monday evening so the 4-2 result officially stands. I'm assuming that the NCAA most likely checked with Wake's team physician and there must not have been any indication that Bogaerts was unfit to play so therefore the appeal was denied. I did reach out to Michigan head coach Adam Steinberg but he had no further comment.

I can't think of any other instance where an appeal was granted in a situation like this because unless the medical report said someone was unfit then it's all a matter of opinion. Wake Forest will take the court on Friday evening at 7 p.m. central against the No. 11 seed Oklahoma.

#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


Last week I looked at the doubles records of all the men's teams in the NCAA Tournament and today I updated those numbers for the teams still remaining and I also added the women's teams.

7 of the final 16 teams on the men's side are winning the doubles point 75% of the time or better with Ohio State the best at 88.2%. Mississippi State and USC are winning the doubles point less than half the time however here they sit in the final 16.

5 of the final 16 teams on the women's side are winning the doubles point 75% of the time or better with Oklahoma State the best at 96.6%. Texas and Vanderbilt were the only two that are winning the point less than 60% of the time.

When you enter this stage of the NCAAs that one extra point becomes even bigger because winning four singles courts against anyone is going to be a tough task.




[1] Virginia Cavaliers (26-4) vs. [16] Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-7) - 1pm ET - Virginia advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 4-0 win over Monmouth and a 4-1 win over Penn State while Oklahoma State beat Bryant and Arkansas 4-0. Oklahoma State will only be playing 75 miles from its Stillwater campus so it should have a good amount of fan support but it'll take a Herculean effort to get past Virginia. 

Doubles Records: Virginia 26-4, Oklahoma State 18-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Virginia 86, Oklahoma State 82

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 16th. For more details about UTR check out their website. 

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

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #8 Ryan Shane (VA 14.39) vs. #56 Julian Cash (OSU 13.84)
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (VA 14.25) vs. Arjun Kadhe (OSU 13.97)
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA 14.50) vs. Lucas Gerch (OSU 13.97)
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (VA 14.37) vs. Tristan Meraut (OSU 13.61)
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (VA 13.90) vs. Lukas Finzelberg (OSU 13.86)
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA 14.53)  vs. Jurence Mendoza (OSU 13.30)
O: Luca Corinteli (VA 13.68) 

Dual-Match Records:
1. Shane 14-11 vs. Cash 11-8
2. Altamirano 23-4 vs. Kadhe 14-7
3. Kwiatkowski 21-6 vs. Gerch 16-2
4. Ritschard 2-0 vs. Meraut 11-7
5. Aragone 23-3 vs. Finzelberg 12-3
6. Wiersholm 22-2 vs. Mendoza 10-1
Bench: Corinteli 10-3/Roper 2-4

Virginia is definitely the stronger team but I think Oklahoma State will keep it fairly close in its first Round of 16 appearance since 2008. I'm going to take Virginia in doubles and Altamirano, Ritschard, and Wiersholm in singles. Oklahoma State's best chance at pulling off the stunner would be to take the doubles point and to get wins from Cash, Kadhe, and Finzelberg. Prediction: Virginia 4-0. 



[9] Florida Gators (20-6) vs. [17-32] SMU Mustangs (22-8) - Saturday 1pm ET - Florida has now won eight in a row after shutting out North Florida and South Florida in the first two rounds while SMU is into the Round of 16 for the first time since 2001 after beating Washington 5-0 and Texas Tech 4-2. 

Doubles Records: Florida 21-5, SMU 22-8
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Florida 84, SMU 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.64) vs. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU 13.60)
2. #53 Alfredo Perez (UF 14.39) vs. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU 13.91)
3. #37 Elliott Orkin (UF 14.10) vs. Samm Butler (SMU 13.82)
4. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 14.03) vs. Markus Kerner (SMU 12.83)
5. Gordon Watson (UF 13.54) vs. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU 13.38)
6. McClain Kessler (UF 13.73) vs. Yates Johnson (SMU 13.23)

Dual-Match Records
1. Hidalgo 17-5 vs. H Johnson 12-6
2. Perez 19-4 vs. Lammons 19-4
3. Orkin 16-7 vs. Butler 19-4
4. Perez-Blanco 14-7 vs. Kerner 11-12
5. Watson 16-5 vs. Slobodchikov 16-3
6. Kessler 13-5 vs. Y Johnson 12-5

Florida seems to be playing with a swagger and while SMU is playing well I don't think they are playing well enough to pull off the upset. I like Florida in doubles and Hidalgo, Perez-Blanco, and Kessler in singles. SMU's best chances are in doubles and at 2, 3, and 5.  Prediction: Florida 4-0. 



[5] Ohio State Buckeyes (32-2) vs. [17-32] Texas Longhorns (19-11) - 10am ET - Ohio State punched its ticket to the Round of 16 for the 11th year in a row with a 5-0 win over Tennessee Tech and a 4-2 win over Virginia Tech. Texas is back in the Round of 16 for the third year in a row after defeating Lamar 4-0 and Texas A&M 4-3. Ohio State won the regular season meeting 4-0 though as you can see from the box score below it was a much closer match than the score indicates. 

Regular Season Meeting: 

#8 Ohio State 4, #26 Texas 0 
Jan 31, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #7 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 14.43) def. George Goldhoff (UT 13.69) 6-4, 7-6 (1) 
2. #10 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.20) vs. #94 Harrison Scott (UT 13.49) 6-2, 5-7, 1-2, unf 
3. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.53) vs. #19 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.95) 4-6, 6-4, 3-1, unf 
4. #25 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.61) def. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.73) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 13.80) def. #114 Michael Riechmann (UT 13.05) 6-3, 6-3 
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.73) vs. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.72) 6-3, 5-7, 4-2, unf 
Doubles competition 
1. #22 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT) 6-3 
2. Chris Diaz/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Julian Zlobinsky/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4 
3. Rodrigo Banzer/Harrison Scott (UT) def. #24 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4 
Match Notes 
Texas 4-4; National ranking #26 
Ohio State 7-0; National ranking #8 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,4) 
Official: Marcus Lee T-2:35 A-222


Doubles Records: Ohio State 30-4, Texas 14-14
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Ohio State 85, Texas 81

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 15.18) vs. #68 George Goldhoff (UT 13.66)
2. #88 Chris Diaz (OSU 13.81) vs. Adrian Ortiz (UT 13.76)
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.42) vs. Harrison Scott (UT 13.69)
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU 14.05) vs. Rodrigo Banzer (UT 13.36)
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.83) vs. Michael Riechmann (UT 13.32)
6. Martin Joyce (OSU 13.92) vs. Julian Zlobinsky (UT 12.88)
O: Matt Mendez (OSU 13.55); John Mee (UT 13.13)

Dual-Match Records
1. Torpegaard 23-0 vs. Goldhoff 10-11
2. Diaz 7-8 vs. Ortiz 14-6
3. Di Feo 14-5 vs. Scott 14-10
4. Steinbach 24-2 vs. Banzer 7-7
5. Pollanen 13-5 vs. Riechmann 17-7
6. Joyce 19-0 vs. Zlobinsky 13-6

Ohio State is a huge favorite in doubles with the Buckeyes having the highest doubles winning % of the remaining 16 teams while Texas is 14th out of 16. Ohio State will be favored on just about every court but Texas will be playing with a lot of confidence after slaying Texas A&M. Ralf Steinbach had his 12-match winning streak snapped by Virginia Tech's Edoardo Tessaro but I think he gets back into the win column by knocking off Rodrigo Banzer at #4. I like the undefeated Martin Joyce at #6 and also look for Mikael Torpegaard to stay undefeated with a win at #1. I like Adrian Oritz and Michael Riechmann for Texas at 2 and 5 and I wouldn't be surprised if Harrison Scott is close to the finish line at 3. I'm going to take the Buckeyes but if Texas finds a way to take the doubles point it could get pretty wild. Prediction: Ohio State 4-2. 



[4] TCU Horned Frogs (26-3) vs. [13] Cal Bears (19-6) - 10am ET - TCU cruised through the first two rounds with 4-0 wins over Jackson State and LSU while Cal was equally impressive with 4-0 wins over Army and Ole Miss. Cal knocked off TCU 4-2 back on February 7th in a match that took place indoors in Austin as part of the Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge. TCU was without its #6 starter, Trevor Johnson, in that match but Cal really took it them at 2, 3, and 4. The matches at 3, 4, and 5 will all be rematches while 1, 2, and 6 will have new pairings. 

Regular Season Meeting 

#24 Cal 4, #2 TCU 2 
Feb 07, 2016 at Austin, Texas (Weller Indoor Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #4 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.52) def. #3 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.33) 6-1, 6-3 
2. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 13.88) def. Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.68) 6-2, 6-2 
3. #39 Billy Griffith (CAL 13.52) def. #24 Guillermo Nuez (TCU 14.18) 6-4, 6-4 
4. #86 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.04) def. #109 Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.64) 6-1, 6-4 
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.98) vs. #54 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.57) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished 
6. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.50) def. Reese Stalder (TCU 12.90) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) 
Doubles competition 
1. Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (CAL) def. Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-3 
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (CAL) 6-4 
3. Guillermo Nuez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Billy Griffith/J.T. Nishimura (CAL) 7-5 
Match Notes 
Cal 4-1; National ranking #24 
TCU 3-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,4,3,6)


Doubles Records: TCU 21-8, Cal 17-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: TCU 84, Cal 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU 14.77) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (CAL 14.23)
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU 14.44) vs. #31 Andre Goransson (CAL 14.26)
3. #86 Guillermo Nunez (TCU 13.91) vs. #85 Billy Griffith (CAL 14.34)
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU 13.78) vs. #119 Filip Bergevi (CAL 14.24)
5. Eduardo Nava (TCU 13.75) vs. #124 Oskar Wikberg (CAL 13.63)
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU 13.79) vs. J.T. Nishimura (CAL 13.53)

Dual-Match Records
1. Norrie 17-4 vs. Lakat 9-7
2. Rybakov 18-4 vs. Goransson 11-10
3. Nunez 13-7 vs. Griffith 15-2
4. Lopez 16-5 vs. Bergevi 17-3
5. Nava 9-6 vs. Wikberg 10-4
6. Johnson 17-6 vs. Nishimura 11-2

Despite the 7am pacific start time I think Cal answers the early morning call and takes the doubles point. I look for Cameron Norrie to win his fifth match in a row at #1 and I also look for Alex Rybakov to win his ninth straight match at #2. I like Cal's Billy Griffith and Filip Bergevi to win their 6th and 7th straight matches at #3 and #4 but I think Eduardo Nava stops his three-match losing streak with a win at #5. Trevor Johnson has won 13 of his last 14 and I look for that to go to 14 of 15 with a three-set win at #6. TCU survives, barely, and moves on to the quarterfinals.  Prediction: TCU 4-3



[3] UCLA Bruins (24-2) vs. [17-32] Stanford Cardinal (15-10)  - Friday 8pm ET - UCLA booked its spot in the Sweet 16 after shutting out both Weber State and San Diego while Stanford knocked off Notre Dame 4-1 and Northwestern 4-3. UCLA is the only team to make the Sweet 16 every year since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1999 while Stanford is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2012. This will be the fourth meeting of the year with UCLA taking the previous three. 

Interesting notes: Stanford won the doubles point in each of those three previous matches yet UCLA came back and won each time. UCLA will have played the exact same singles lineup in all four matches while Tom Fawcett is the only Stanford player to have stayed in the same spot all year. Michael Genender started the year at #6 singles but has worked his way up to #2. 

Regular Season Meeting 1 

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


Regular Season Meeting 2 

#5 UCLA 4, #36 Stanford 1 
Apr 01, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center) 
Doubles competition 
1. #4 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) vs. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 4-5, unfinished 
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) def. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4 
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. Brymer/Cressy (UCLA) 6-3 
Singles competition 
1. #9 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) 4-6, 7-5, unfinished 
2. #49 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #56 David Wilczynski (STAN) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) 
3. Michael Genender (STAN) vs. #41 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-4, 5-6, unfinished 
4. #98 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 6-4 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (STAN) 6-2, 6-2 
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. #110 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 
Match Notes 
Stanford 9-7; National ranking #36 
UCLA 15-2; National ranking #5 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,2,6)


Regular Season Meeting 3 

#4 UCLA 4, #29 Stanford 3 
February 27, 2016 at Palo Alto, California (Taube Family Tennis Stadium) 
Doubles competition 
1. No. 3 McDonald/Redlicki (UCLA) d. Fawcett/Romanowicz (STAN) 6-3 
2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) d. Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) 6-4 
3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) d. Brymer/Maxime Cressy 6-2 
Singles competition 
1. #19 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.91) d. #4 Tom Fawcett (STAN 14.77) 6-3, 7-5 
2. #36 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 13.86) d. #48 David Wilczynski (STAN 13.84) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 
3. #102 Nolan Paige (STAN 13.35) d. #46 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.10) 7-5, 6-4 
4. #94 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.34) d. #88 Sameer Kumar (STAN 13.99) 6-2, 6-2 
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.32) d. #114 Maciek Romanowicz (STAN 13.38) 6-4, 6-3 
6. #112 Michael Genender (STAN 13.38) d. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.46) 6-1, 6-4 
Match Notes: 
UCLA 9-2; National ranking #4 
Stanford 5-6; National ranking #29 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)


Doubles Records: UCLA 20-6, Stanford 18-6
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: UCLA 85, Stanford 82

FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of May 18th. 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. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA 14.95) vs. #15 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.62) 
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.03) vs. Michael Genender (ST 13.53)
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA 14.14) vs. #87 David Wilczynski (ST 13.64)
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA 14.50) vs. Nolan Paige (ST 13.36)
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.57) vs. Sameer Kumar (ST 13.64)
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA 13.70) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.57)
O: Austin Rapp (UCLA 13.22); Brandon Sutter (ST 12.68)

Who Is Streaking (>2)
UCLA: McDonald +12, Redlicki +10, Brymer +7, Di Giulio +6
Stanford: Wilczynski -3

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. McDonald 14-1 vs. Fawcett 16-5
2. Redlicki 17-3 vs. Genender 7-7
3. Brymer 13-5 vs. Wilczynski 6-11
4. Sell 19-2 vs. Paige 11-11
5. Staggs 14-6 vs. Kumar 11-8
6. Di Giulio 17-4 vs. Romanowicz 15-5

H2H Records (This Season)
McDonalds leads Fawcett 2-0
Brymer leads Wilczynski 1-0
Sell leads Paige 1-0
Di Giulio leads Romanowicz 1-0
Dubs - Fawcett/Romanowicz vs. McDonald/Redlicki tied 1-1
Dubs - Paige/Wilczynski leads Sell/Di Giulio 3-0
Dubs - Goldberg/Kumar leads Brymer/Cressy 2-0

UCLA is showing Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp as its #3 doubles pairing although I wouldn't be surprised to see Brymer removed and replaced with Max Cressy since Cressy and Rapp led Goldberg and Kumar the last time they played. I think UCLA has a better chance at the doubles point but I've still go to take Stanford because you just can't ignore that H2H. Stanford's best chance at winning this match is to take the doubles point and to pick up singles wins from David Wilczynski, Sameer Kumar, and Maciek Romanowicz because I don't see McDonald, Redlicki, or Sell losing. Having said that I like McDonald, Redlicki, Sell, and Di Giulio for UCLA while I think Wilczynski surprises Brymer with Staggs and Kumar early in a third set at the time of the clinch.. Prediction: UCLA 4-2. 



[6] Wake Forest Demon Deacons (31-5) vs. [11] Oklahoma Sooners (17-10) - Friday 8pm ET - Wake advanced to the Sweet 16 with a shutout over Coastal Carolina and a tight 4-2 win over Michigan while Oklahoma blanked UT Arlington before holding off Oregon 4-2. Wake won both regular season meetings however Andrew Harris didn't play singles in either. Harris's addition to the singles lineup means the only potential rematch will be at #4 between Romain Bogaerts and Alex Ghilea. Bogaerts didn't play at all in the Coastal Carolina match due to an injured knee but he did play singles in the Michigan match however he retired early in the second set. I'd be very surprised if Bogaerts didn't play but if he does it'll be a question of how well he can play. 

Oklahoma will also have the crowd on its side with its Norman campus just 130 miles away plus I'm sure there is a large OU alumni base in Tulsa. 

Regular Season Meeting 1 

#11 Wake Forest 5, #2 Oklahoma 2 
Jan 31, 2016 at Norman, Okla. (Headington Family Tennis Center) 
Singles competition 
1. #26 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.26) def. #60 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.51) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 
2. Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 14.14) 6-2, 6-2 
3. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.00) def. #92 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.14) 7-5, 6-1
4. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.87) def. #103 Jon Ho (WF 14.00) 6-4, 4-5, retired 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.53) def. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.61) 7-5, 6-3 
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.54) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.75) 6-4, 6-3 
Doubles competition 
1. #25 Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Axel Alvarez/Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5 
2. Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (WF) def. Austin Siegel/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1 
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Maxime Mora/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-4*, unf. 
Match Notes 
Wake Forest 5-1, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #11 
Oklahoma 2-1, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)


Regular Season Meeting 2 

#10 Wake Forest 4, #5 Oklahoma 1 
Feb 12, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA (Boar's Head Sports Club) 
Singles competition 
1. #28 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.29) vs. #60 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU 14.52) 7-6, 6-6*, unf 
2. #125 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.02) def. Spencer Papa (OU 13.98) 6-4, 6-3 
3. #85 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.09) def. #79 Jon Ho (WF 14.07) 7-6, 7-5 
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.01) def. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 
5. Maxime Mora (OU 13.56) vs. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.47) 7-5, 2-6, 4-4, unf 
6. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55) def. Andre Biro (OU 13.74) 6-1, 6-4 
Doubles competition 
1. Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Andrew Harris/Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-1 
2. Jon Ho/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Spencer Papa/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-3 
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (WF) vs. Austin Siegel/Andre Biro (OU) 5-4, unf. 
Match Notes: 
Wake Forest 8-1; National ranking #10 
Oklahoma 3-3; National ranking #5 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4)
ITA National Team Indoor First Round


Doubles Records: Wake Forest 28-7, Oklahoma 14-12
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Wake Forest 84, Oklahoma 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #13 Skander Mansouri (WF 14.41) vs. #97 Andrew Harris (OU 14.76)
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (WF 14.60) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (OU 14.29)
3. Jon Ho (13.56) vs. #82 Spencer Papa (OU 13.96)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF 13.97) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (OU 14.02)
5. Christian Seraphim (WF 13.92) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU 13.85) 
6. Dennis Uspensky (WF 13.98) vs. Andre Biro (OU 13.74)
O: #116 Maksim Kan (WF 13.35); Maxime Mora (OU 13.68)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Mansouri 19-6 vs. Harris 5-1
2. Chrysochos 23-4 vs. Alvarez 11-8
3. Ho 17-12 vs. Papa 9-9
4. Bogaerts 22-7 vs. Ghilea 10-6
5. Seraphim 23-5 vs. Bragusi 9-6
6. Uspensky 27-5 vs. Biro 16-5
O: Kan 8-0/Mora 13-7

Wake won the doubles point in both of the regular season meetings and I see no reason why they won't make it three in a row. John Roddick has Andre Biro listed at the #6 spot in the singles lineup however I wouldn't be surprised if Maxime Mora gets the nod in this one due to his earlier success against Uspensky. 

I can see this match going one of two ways - either Wake wins a 4-3 thriller with Chrysochos clinching at #2 or Oklahoma wins 4-1 or 4-2. Before the tournament started I had this penciled in as a 4-3 Wake Forest win because I figured they'd take doubles, 1 of the top 3, and 2 of the bottom 3 however the Bogaerts injury has made me rethink things.

If Bogaerts was a 100% I'd take him over Ghilea but since it sounds like he won't be so I'm going to take "The Machine" in straights. I also like Andrew Harris and Spencer Papa at 1 and 3 so it comes down to whether I think Wake can win the remaining three courts. I like Seraphim's chances against Bragusi at 5 and Chrysochos and Alvarez should be a good one but I'm going to take Biro/Mora over Uspensky in a mild upset. I think Oklahoma is coming in under the radar but after this one they won't be. Upset Prediction: Oklahoma 4-2. 



[7] Georgia Bulldogs (22-4) vs. [10] USC Trojans (17-6) - Friday 5pm ET - Georgia rolls in into the Sweet 16 after a 4-0 win over South Carolina State and a 4-1 win over Baylor while USC blanked UNLV and then held off Georgia Tech 4-2. Georgia and USC were scheduled to meet back in late January at the Pac-12/SEC Showdown however the match was cancelled due to rain. Both teams are dealing with injury issues with Georgia's Austin Smith retiring in his match against Baylor with a right shoulder injury while USC's Jake DeVine didn't play at all last week with an undisclosed injury. 

Doubles Records: Georgia 18-7, USC 9-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: Georgia 84, USC 84

Projected Singles Lineups
1. #17 Austin Smith (UGA 14.52) vs. #23 Max de Vroome (USC 14.44) 
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 13.98) vs. #41 Nick Crystal (USC 14.31)
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 14.01) vs. #69 Logan Smith (USC 13.70)
4. #123 Walker Duncan (UGA 13.62) vs. #102 Jake DeVine (USC 13.78)
5. Jan Zielinski (UGA 13.76) vs. #121 Thibault Forget (USC 14.14)
6. Nick Wood (UGA 13.80) vs. Jack Jaede (USC 13.15)
O: Emil Reinberg (UGA 13.42); Rob Bellamy (USC 13.43); Laurens Verboven (USC 13.10)

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Smith 19-5 vs. de Vroome 11-6
2. Montgomery 13-10 vs. Crystal 14-5
3. Oosterbaan 15-7 vs. Smith 14-7
4. Duncan 14-4 vs. DeVine 12-5
5. Zielinski 9-6 vs. Forget 17-1
6. Wood 14-2 vs. Jaede 8-4
O: Reinberg 10-3/Bellamy 2-2/Verboven 3-6

USC has the worst doubles record of all the remaining teams with the Trojans only winning the point 41% of the time so needless to say I'll take Georgia there. 

I expect Austin Smith to play but I think he's going to have a hard time beating de Vroome especially if that shoulder effects his serve. Nick Crystal has won 11 of his last 12 matches while Wayne Montgomery has won 6 of his last 7. This is a match that USC has to win because it sounds like Jake DeVine is iffy and if he can't go that will make USC a tad vulnerable at the bottom two spots. Paul Oosterbaan has won 7 of his last 8 while Logan Smith has split his last 6. Thibault Forget has won 6 straight and 17 of his last 18 so he'll be a pretty heavy favorite against either Walker Duncan or Jan Zielinski. Nick Wood has won 11 of his last 12 so he'll be favored over whoever he faces at #6. 

I'm going to take de Vroome, Crystal, and Forget at 1, 2, and 4 for USC and Oosterbaan, Zielinski, and Wood at 3, 5, and 6 for UGA. I'll take Georgia to win the match but if Jake DeVine is able to play at #4 and he happens to beat Walker Duncan then this match probably goes the other way. Prediction: Georgia 4-3. 




[2] North Carolina Tar Heels (27-4) vs. [17-32] Mississippi State Bulldogs (18-8) - Friday 5pm ET - North Carolina booked its spot in the Sweet 16 with a pair of 4-0 wins over the College of Charleston and Tulane while Mississippi State beat Memphis 4-1 and then rocked Illinois 4-0. Mississippi State was a slight underdog last weekend against Illinois but they'll be a heavy underdog in this one with North Carolina having spent most of the year inside the top 5. 

Doubles Records: North Carolina 24-7, Mississippi State 12-13
UTR Starting 6 Power Rating: North Carolina 84, Mississippi State 82

Projected Singles Lineups

1. #26 Brayden Schnur (UNC 14.06) vs. #34 Mate Cutura (MSU 13.57)
2. #28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC 14.14) vs. #54 Rishab Agarwal (MSU 13.90)
3. #46 Brett Clark (UNC 14.22) vs. #70 Nuno Borges (MSU 14.34)
4. Jack Murray (UNC 13.94) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU 13.73)
5. #117 Robert Kelly (UNC 13.98) vs. Strahinja Rakic (MSU 13.65)
6. Anu Kodali (UNC 13.29) vs. Luka Sucevic (MSU 12.94)
O: Bo Boyden (UNC 13.22); Trevor Foshey (MSU 12.61) 

Dual-Match Singles Records
1. Schnur 8-10 vs. Cutura 5-10
2. Schneider 21-5 vs. Agarwal 16-7
3. Clark 22-5 vs. Borges 20-3
4. Murray 19-5 vs. Braun 16-4
5. Kelly 25-4 vs. Rakic 14-8
6. Kodali 13-5 vs. Sucevic 10-3

Mississippi State hadn't won the doubles point in consecutive matches since February but they managed to do it last weekend against Memphis and Illinois. I don't see it happening for a third match in a row because North Carolina has the ITA #3 team playing at #1 and the ITA #27 team playing at #2. 

It's interesting that both Brayden Schnur and Mate Cutura have sub .500 dual-match records because every one else in the lineup has a winning record. Ronnie Schneider is riding a 6-match winning streak while Rishab Agarwal has split his last 6. Nuno Borges is State's hottest player after winning 7 straight and 10 of his last 11 while his opponent Brett Clark has won 7 of his last 8. Neither Jack Murray or Niclas Braun have been lighting up recently with Murray having lost 4 of his last 7 while Braun has split his last 6. Robert Kelly has won 6 of his last 9 with all 3 losses being 7-6 in the third while Strahinja Rakic has won 4 of his last 6 but his last 3 went unfinished. Luca Sucevic has won 4 of his last 5 while Anu Kodali has split his last 6.

I'm going to take UNC in doubles and Schnur, Schneider, and Kelly in singles while I think Braun wins at 4 for State with the other two matches in a third set. North Carolina will win but Mississippi State will make them earn it. Prediction: North Carolina 4-1. 








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Projected Lineups

Round of 16 Schedule - Tulsa, OK - Thursday
[3] North Carolina vs. [14] Virginia - 10am ET/9am CT - UVA 4-2
[6] Vanderbilt vs. [11] Auburn  - 10am ET/9am CT - Vanderbilt 4-0
[7] Miami vs. [10] Michigan - 1pm ET/Noon CT - Michigan 4-3
[2] Florida vs. [15] Stanford - 1pm ET/Noon CT - Stanford 4-3
[1] California vs. [16] Texas Tech - 5pm ET/4pm CT - Cal 4-0
[8] Pepperdine vs. [17-32] Texas - 5pm ET/4pm CT - Pepperdine 4-0
[5] Georgia vs. [12] Oklahoma State - 8pm ET/7pm CT - Oklahoma State 4-0
[4] Ohio State vs. [17-32] Georgia Tech - 8pm ET/7pm CT - Live Scoring - Ohio State 4-2

Links to Note:
Host Site
Live Scoring/Video
Live Scoring/Video (Stillwater)

Women's Round of 16 Results


#14 Virginia (19-10) def. #3 North Carolina (31-3), 4-2 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 9 a.m.
Head Coaches: Brian Kalbas (North Carolina) and Mark Guilbeau (Virginia)
Doubles
1. #18 Danielle Collins/Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. #2 Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (UNC), 6-4 
2. Cassie Mercer/Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. Jessie Aney/Kate Vialle (UNC), 6-2
3. Ashley Dai/Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) def. Julia Elbaba/Erica Susi (UVA), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles
1. #1 Hayley Carter (North Carolina) vs. #2 Danielle Collins (Virginia), 6-4, 2-6, 5-4 DNF 
2. #12 Julia Elbaba (Virginia) def. #41 Whitney Kay (North Carolina), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3
3. #97 Stephanie Nauta (Virginia) def. #57 Jessie Aney (North Carolina), 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 
4. Meghan Kelley (Virginia) def. Kate Vialle (North Carolina), 6-3, 6-1
5. Marika Akkerman (North Carolina) def. Erica Susi (Virginia), 6-1, 6-1 
6. Ashley Dai (North Carolina) def. Cassie Mercer (Virginia), 6-2, 6-3 
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 3, 2



Virginia Head Coach Mark Guilbeau
Opening Statement...
"This was a continuation from the ACC semifinals, where we were in a good position to win and suffered a late injury. We were close with North Caro- lina all season. This year we knew there wasn't much of a margin between us. Today, our tactics were a little different in singles and doubles and that was the difference. I'm so proud of our players. The way we played doubles was remarkable tennis and we just fought hard the rest of the way.

Meghan Kelley, Virginina (#4 singles)
"I was the aggressor in my match today. It's crazy how much I've progressed since the beginning of the year. I've made a big improvement and I play more aggressive tennis.

North Carolina Head Coach Brian Kalbas
Opening Statement...
"I am just proud of our team. We lost the doubles point, and in both of our previous match-ups this season we won the doubles point. We didn't hang our heads, and we came back and won a lot of first sets. I put our players in position to win the match, but give Virginia a lot of credit they played really well. They definitely out-coached us, and they definitely deserve it. It is tough to beat a really good team three times in one season, and unfor- tunately we couldn't do it today.

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#6 Vanderbilt (22-5) def. #11 Auburn (24-8), 4-0 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 9 a.m.
Head Coaches: Geoff Macdonald (Vanderbilt) and Lauren Spencer (Auburn)
Doubles
1. #14 Sydney Campbell/Courtney Colton (VU) def. #8 Pleun Burgmans/Alizee Michaud (AU), 6-4 
2. Andie Dikosavljevic/Alannah Griffin (AU) vs. Frances Altick/Astra Sharma (VU), 5-4 DNF
3. Fernanda Contreras/Georgina Sellyn (VU) def.. Paula de Man/Caroline Turner (AU), 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1
Singles
1. #20 Andie Dikosavljevic (Auburn) vs. #18 Sydney Campbell (Vanderbilt), 6-2, 4-6, 5-1 DNF 
2. #31 Alizee Michaud (Auburn) vs. #14 Frances Altick (Vanderbilt), 6-2, 3-6, 5-1 DNF
3. #32 Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt) def. #70 Pleun Burgmans (Auburn), 7-6 (0), 6-4
4. Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) def. Alannah Griffin (Auburn), 6-4, 7-5
5. Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt) def. Paula de Man (Auburn), 6-1, 6-1
6. Caroline Turner (Auburn) vs. Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt), 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 DNF 
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3



Vanderbilt Head Coach Geoff Macdonald
Opening Statement...
"We knew Auburn was a very good team. We beat them 4-3 a few weeks ago. In fact Corutney won the last match, down 4-1 in the third and came back and won 6-4. We have the utmost respect for that team. We know how good they are. I actually think they're getting better and they're extreme- ly tough competiters and getting a victory over them is an accomplishment.

When you went up 3-0 does it get in your mind we need to close this out quickly.
"In tennis the momentum can swing so quickly. I try not to, and just focus on what the tactics should be on this court, and not get ahead of myself. I really try to do that, because I've done it before in matches because you can think you've won, but you really haven't until that last point has been put in the bag.

With winning the championship lst year, does that put added pressure on you...
"I think there was a lot of pressure early in the year, but it's kind of dissipated as the year has gone on. I'm really proud of these young people as to the way they've handled it. We've put it behind us, that was a great accomplishment, let's go into a new year. We've tried to put that pressure behind us. It's great to be here. It's a great opportunity.

What are your thoughts after the first win here...
"You've survived and have taken a step deeper. You just go into the next match and get ready to battle. We have a day off. We're thrilled to be advancing.

Courtney Colton, Vanderbilt (#4 singles)

With you winning the clinching match last time did that give you confidence going into this match against Alannah...
"Yes. I kind of had an idea of how I was going to play against the girl (Alannah Griffin) coming into the match, so that helped going into it, and being down 4-1 and then coming back. It helped when I was down in both sets today. I remembered that feeling, knowing that I came back then, and I can do it again today. I had a feeleing that even though I'm down I could stick with it and get through it.

Talk about your match...
"In the first set I was down 3-1 , 4-2 and won four games in a row to close out the set. I started off the second set better, but got down 5-3, and then again won four games in a row to kind of close it out. But it starts with one point. Thinking... Let's get a ball in, and get your rhythym back, and the next thing you know I'm up 6-5 and trying to serve it out.

Auburn Head Coach Lauren Spencer

"I have to give a lot of credit to Vanderbilt. I think they played a really, really tough match. You can definitely tell they are a very good tournament team. They came out and just really set the tone for match, and so you have to give them all the credit. I think we had an unbelievable year; this was a very big learning experience for us. I think the girls fought hard, but Vanderbilt was too much for us today.
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#10 Michigan (23-6) def. #7 Miami (21-6), 4-3
May 19, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center  Indoors)
Head Coaches: Paige Yaroshuk-Tews (Miami) and Ronni Bernstein (Michigan)
Doubles
1. #11 Brienne Minor/Mira Ruder-Hook (Mich) def. #12 Stephanie Wagner/Wendy Zhang (Miami), 6-2 2. Sinead Lohan/Clara Tanielian (Miami) def. Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (Mich), 6-2
3. Kara Hall/Ronit Yurovsky (Mich) def. Silvia Fuentes/Ana Madcur (Miami), 6-4
Singles
1. #15 Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan) def. #9 Stephanie Wagner (Miami), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1 
2. #8 Sinead Lohan (Miami) def. #19 Brienne Minor (Michigan), 6-3, 6-2
3. #68 Kate Fahey (Michigan) def. #75 Wendy Zhang (Miami), 6-2, 6-1
4. Silvia Fuentes (Miami) def. Alex Najarian (Michigan), 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
5. Mira Ruder-Hook (Michigan) def. Clara Tanielian (Miami), 6-1, 6-2 
6. Ana Madcur (Miami) def. Teona Velehorschi (Michigan), 6-4, 6-4 
Match Notes
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,5,2,6,4,1)
Doubles was played outdoors with a rain delay in the middle while singles was played indoors several hours later



Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
Opening Statement...
"It was gutsy, especially from Ronit, sitting next to me. The doubles were obviously huge, it came down in the end and Ronit too came through and the double. Miami is such a tough out, I feel like they are always tough and they have been in this situation before and they make you play and for Ronit to come through there after being down a set 4-1 and just flipping that match because we really needed it was just huge and the level of her tennis was really good.

On keeping things together with the long delays and weather...
"It is tough, it is tough for both teams because we didn't know. We tried to go back out, we finished the doubles point so we went out again. With my team I don't really have a hard time keeping them together because they are so close so we just kind of hung out. I didn't really want them watching the Stanford and Florida match, just stay away from tennis for a little bit and just chill and just get ready. The situation was tough but it's also not a bad thing for us to go indoors, I think we are definitely more used to it than Miami so it worked out for us.

Back to the weather, was that an advantage for you...On playing indoors...
"We have played out and had some good ones this year. Clearly, we are more used to being indoors than Miami they don't have too many indoor courts down there so we were probably at more of an advantage if you think about it on paper for us but it was a battle. We struggled, it took three singles and it took every ounce of us. They play so hard and they compete so hard in Miami and wherever it was we were going to play hard and compete for each other and Michigan whether it was in or out. We were just happy to get on the court and start the match.

You play a lot of indoor matches especially in January and February ...
"We have been out more, but either way we are just excited to get through, it was tough.

After going 3-0 then Miami tying it 3-3, on Ronit having to hold on and fight...
"She was in a tough situation there down a set in 4-1 but 3-0 you got to get to four, the three on the board doesn't do you any good you got to get that fourth point and we tried to fight back in some of those other matches but we just came up a little bit short but Ronit, our senior, playing Wagoner who is a senior from Miami and won a ton of matches for them and it came down to some great tennis there and Ronit really stepped up.

On if beating Miami in indoor championships previously gave gave you any ease.
"I don't know if it is ease, it is the NCAA tournament round of 16 and we did beat them and I feel like we can play with every team here but every match up was different this time. You just don't know, we didn't have one singles match-up the same this time. We played really well at spots today, but I don't know that I ever felt at ease the whole time during that match. None of the singles were the same, so it is just completely different because early in the season your line-up and things just move around a little bit so you just don't know.

Ronit Yurovsky, Michigan (#1 player)
Talk about when you were down 4-1...
"I think I started to get a little nervous.I was down a set, and I started looking at the scoreboard and I probably shouldn't have. I saw that the other matches were getting pretty close and they were slowly slipping away from us. But, then I just started to zone in from 4-1, and then went 4-2, and then 4-3, I thought okay I can do this. I just had to zone in and focus on my court and stop worrying about how the other girls were doing, aand then I won that set, and it just went pretty well from that point.

Miami Head Coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews
Opening Statement...
"Michigan played a great match. There at the end on court No. 1 there were two great players battling it out. We lost a little bit of momentum in that match (No. 1), but that had a lot to do with Ronit. She (Ronit) has improved immensely, and today she was ripping her forehand. Ronit played great tennis, and she played great tennis in big moments and that's what you need to do on this stage.

On making the top-16 and making it to Tulsa
"It's a great atmosphere with a lot of energy. Obviously, we are happy to be here, but we are bummed that we couldn't pull out the 4-3 victory. A lot of credit goes to Michigan as they played really well on some courts, which made it hard for us to sink our teeth into the match like we wanted to. All in all, I am really proud of where these girls came from. We lost a big player early in the season, and these kids really pulled it together.
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#15 Stanford (17-5) def. #2 Florida (23-3), 4-3
May 19, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center  Indoors)
Head Coaches: Roland Thornqvist (Florida) and Lele Forood (Stanford)
Doubles
1. #3 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (UF) def. #5 Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 6-2 
2. #42 Josie Kuhlman/Belinda Woolcock (UF) vs. #31 Melissa Lord/Carol Zhao (Stanford), 4-3 DNF 
3. #64 Anna Danilina/Brianna Morgan (UF) def. Krista Hardebeck/Caroline Lampl (Stanford), 6-1 Order of Finish: 1, 3
Singles
1. #25 Carol Zhao (Stanford) def. #4 Brooke Austin (Florida), 6-4, 6-4
2. #46 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. #11 Belinda Woolcock (Florida), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3
3. Brianna Morgan (Florida) def. #67 Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 7-6 (4), 6-3
4. #40 Kourtney Keegan (Florida) def. #100 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford), 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Josie Kuhlman (Florida), 6-4, 6-4
6. Melissa Lord (Stanford) def. #63 Anna Danilina (Florida), 3-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 4, 3, 6, 2



Stanford Head Coach Lele Forood
On the match...
"Playing Florida is always an amazing experience. They took it to us in doubles, but we had great spirit, heart, and attitude in singles to come back and win. Two amazing performances by freshmen Caroline (Lampl) and Melissa (Lord) at 5 and 6 singles. Melissa played Danilina three times this year and this was her first victory. Today was the second key performance by Taylor (Davidson) in as many weeks. If she doesn't win her match against Texas A&M last weekend, we don't even get to play this weekend.

Taylor Davidson, Stanford (#2 singles)

On her performance today...
"I was not even finished with my first set by the time some of my teammates were in their third sets. I got the feeling that I was going to be one of the ones still playing in the end early on. I was looking around next to me throughout the match and I noticed my teammates really fighting hard, and it just gave me a lot of energy to comeback to take the second set. Last week, we had a 4-3 match against Texas A&M, and I just think that if I hadn't played that match most recently that it would have been a very different day for me. I had a lot of confidence just from looking over at my teammates who are getting pumped up, and at that time I was cramping and nothing felt good. I just got to keep feeding off of my teammates energy.

On recovering from four straight double faults...
"There really is no choice in that situation, unless you just want to go down in flames and I don't want that regret for the rest of my life. I think having short-term memory in that situation helps, because I did not want to serve her the game. I think that I had broken her three times earlier in that set so I had a lot of confidence.

Florida Head Coach Roland Thornqvist
On the match...
"It's terribly disappointing obviously, we have had such a remarkable year. Playing Stanford in the round of 16, we played them earlier (this year) and it was a match just like this one, last match on, last point on. I think we were ready for it, but you also sort of have to say congrats to Stanford, because they were excellent at the end. They had to turn two matches where we won the first set, and they won in three (sets). They were able to do it and that does not happen that often against us. We are pleased with the year overall, but right now it really hurts.


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#1 California (22-1) def. #16 Texas Tech (25-6), 4-0 
May 19, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center Indoors)
Head Coaches: Amanda Augustus (California) and Todd Petty (Texas Tech) 
Doubles 
1. #4 Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr (Cal) vs. Gabriela Talaba/Alex Valenstein (TT), 4-3 DNF 
2. #90 Klara Fabikova/Olivia Hauger (Cal) def. Sabrina Federici/Felicity Maltby (TT), 6-2
3. Lynn Chi/Maria Smith (Cal) def. Sarah Dvorak/Katelyn Jackson (TT), 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2 
Singles 
1. #7 Maegan Manasse (California) vs. #93 Sarah Dvorak (Texas Tech), 6-0, 4-5 DNF 
2. #16 Klara Fabikova (California) vs. #109 Gabriela Talaba (Texas Tech), 6-3, 2-4 DNF 
3. #80 Lynn Chi (California) def. Alex Valenstein (Texas Tech), 6-4, 6-0
4. #88 Denise Starr (California) def. Felicity Maltby (Texas Tech), 6-4, 6-2
5. Olivia Hauger (California) vs. Sabrina Federici (Texas Tech), 6-1, 4-3 DNF
6. Karla Popovic (California) def. Katelyn Jackson (Texas Tech), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 6



California Head Coach Amanda Augustus
Opening Statement...
On tonight's play after the delay...
"I thought that we were just really excited to get on the courts. We have experienced delays before so we were ready for it, and we were just trying to make sure that we were good and ready to go. They were just so excited to get out there and compete that I knew they were going to be sharp.

On not watching the other match/getting away from tennis...
"I think that it is important, but I also think it's fun to watch. All the matches here are just such high quality, and our girls know all the other girls from seeing them all season long. I think that it is important, because they need their energy for the match to really try and conserve.

On coming in as the No. 1 seed and the pressure it comes with...
"I think that our goal all season has just been to play one match at a time, and I think that we have developed confidence that way. Everyone here is good, and to win the tournament you have to beat everyone here so we are really just looking at it one match at a time. We weren't that familiar with Texas Tech so we knew that we would have to be ready and able to adjust.

Denise Starr, California (#4 singles)
On her singles match...
"We came off a big delay, and I felt that we came out strong. I came out a little bit slow at the beginning, but after a game or so I got into the rhythm and found the girl's weaknesses. I also tried my best to stay focused, and not pay attention to everything that's going on around me. I played each point like the way I wanted to play each point, and I gave my best and came out with the win.

On what it's like to wait around as a athlete...
"It's not the optimal circumstance, but I feel like we dealt with it well today. It is important not to get stiff, cold or do something stupid and I feel like we did that well today. We were ready to go.

Texas Tech Head Coach Todd Petty
A lot of positives on the season, 25-6 record, most wins in program history, and second straight sweet sixteen appearance, talk about the valuable lessons you have learned from this experience...
"Yeah. What I told them was we had to win some big matches to getting into this (NCAAs). We return every single player. We needed to come out and win some of those matches to have the opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the country because the same group is coming back and they need to know what they need to do better to put themselves in position to get better. I think more of the conversation today, is how good is Cal. They were unbelievable. One of the best doubles teams in 8 years I have ever seen play as a group. They're an unbelievable group and obviously very well coached.
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#8 Pepperdine (24-2) def. #17-32 Texas (16-9), 4-0 
May 19, 2016 at Stillwater, OK (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Head Coaches: Per Nilsson (Pepperdine) and Howard Joffe (Texas) 
Doubles
1. #26 Jean Runglerdkriangkrai/Luisa Stefani (Pepp) def. #16 B Addison/Dani Wagland (TX), 6-4 
2. #19 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (Pepp) def. Chelsea Crovetti/Neda Koprcina (TX), 6-1
3. Katie Poluta/Daniella Roldan (TX) def. Laura Gulbe/Dzina Milovanovic (Pepp), 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1 
Singles 
1. #6 Luisa Stefani (Pepperdine) vs. #10 Breaunna Addison (Texas), 7-6 (2), 5-2 DNF 
2. Laura Gulbe (Pepperdine) def. #122 Neda Koprcina (Texas), 6-2, 6-4
3. Dzina Milovanovic (Pepperdine) vs. Dani Wagland (Texas), 2-6, 7-6 (4), 1-1 DNF 
4. Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (Pepperdine) vs. Katie Poluta (Texas), 4-6, 6-0, 2-2 DNF 
5. Matea Cutura (Pepperdine) def. Daniella Roldan (Texas), 6-1, 6-4 
6. Michaela Capannolo (Pepperdine) def. Lana Groenvynck (Texas), 6-4, 6-3 

Order of Finish: 5, 6, 2

Pepperdine Head Coach Per Nilsson
On the win...
"Super proud of the girls right now and happy for them to move on to the next round. It's not easy for a team to move on into the next rounds of the tournament and to come to the NCAA sweet sixteen and win 4-0 against a really good Texas team feels really good.

On the doubles point...
"We played them earlier in the year and they smoked us in doubles, so I think the girls were out for a little bit of a redemption. We got off to a little bit of a slow start on court three, but everybody else was doing fine. Then three's starting coming back and that helped everyone else and there is a lot of pressure gone after winning that point, so we were happy to get it.

Next up...
"We have to play really well against the winner of Cal and Texas Tech, we could tell today that it's all up to us and how we play. If we are going to beat a team like Cal, we have to play really well throughout nine spots. We feel like we can beat anyone when we do that so we are really excited. Go Waves!

Laura Gulbe, Pepperdine (#2 singles)
On the victory...
"We are all happy to beat a good team today, but we are not stopping here. We worked too hard to stop here.

On doubles...
"Of course winning the doubles point is nice, because you are up 1-0, but no one can win the match just on the doubles point so it means something, but not that much.

On clinching...
"I looked around a little bit and realized that it was pretty close, but I didn't know it was going to come down to me, so I just tried to do my best on every point and of course I wanted to finish the match at 5-4. I mean nobody wants to take it to 5-4 and stop, you all want to finish it off. Michaela finished like two minutes before me so I looked at Luisa's score and it was 5-2 and you never know, so I just was happy to finish but it was a team effort.

Next up...
"We have to play very good tennis in our next match, but I believe in our team and I believe we can do it... Go Waves!

Texas Head Coach Howard Joffe
On the match and team...
"This is a group who has extracted the most of the ability of the players we had. On that basis, sure, we're disappointed at the loss, but we're not disappointed in how much we've managed to squeeze and extract out of this group. We're nothing but prideful. I'm disappointed to say goodbye to Bree (Addison) and to Lana (Groenvynck). Even in the stench of defeat it's nice that we could get three freshmen, a sophomore and our junior Neda Koprcina the experience of playing at the (NCAA Championships) finals site. Looking to next year and the future in Austin, that will help us out down the line if we're in this next year and the year after. It's good to squeeze out a little value in the defeat, getting some experience for a group who hadn't done this before. I'm just very proud of this team.
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#4 Ohio State (31-2) def. #17-32 Georgia Tech (19-9), 4-2 
May 19, 2016 at Stillwater, OK (Greenwood Tennis Center)
Head Coaches: Melissa Schaub (Ohio State) and Rodney Harmon (Georgia Tech)
Doubles
1. #13 Paige Hourigan/Kendal Woodard (GT) def. #9 Miho Kowase/Anna Sanford (OSU), 4-3 DNF
2. #58 Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT), 6-0
3. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Megan Kurey/Natasha Prokhnevska (GT), 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3
Singles
1. #3 Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State) def. #34 Johnnise Renaud (Georgia Tech), 6-4, 6-3
2. #39 Paige Hourigan (Georgia Tech) def. #89 Anna Sanford (Ohio State), 6-4, 7-5
3. Rasheeda McAdoo (Georgia Tech) def. #96 Gabriella De Santis (Ohio State), 6-2, 7-5
4. Miho Kowase (Ohio State) def. Kendal Woodard (Georgia Tech), 6-4, 7-5
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (Ohio State) vs. Alexis Prokopuik (Georgia Tech), 6-3, 4-6 DNF
6. #81 Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (Georgia Tech), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3, 1, 4


Ohio State Head Coach Melissa Schaub
On the day and moving to Stillwater for your Round fo 16 game...
"It was a long day, a long day for both teams and every team involved, but that is what our team is about. Our team will come out and fight every single day and give it our best shot, and that is what we did today. For two and three doubles to get up 4-0 quickly means a lot to get that momentum under your belt. I couldn't be more proud.

Talk about advancing...
"At this point in the tournament it isn't about forehand and backhand, but about competing and fighting and willing to step up in the big moment. That is what we'll try to preach on Saturday and hopefully for a few more matches. We competed hard. We knew it was going to be a fight and that is what we got. We know it is late, but we know we have a job to do and every match will be tough, but we'll get ready for Saturday.

Georgia Tech Head Coach Rodney Harmon
On the match tonight...

"It was a tough match today. I felt like Ohio State really came out and jumped on us in doubles, even though we were winning at 1, we just couldn't get going at 2 and 3. But, Ohio State did an excellent job of taking us out of control of the match. They were sharp with their returns, they poached
at the right times and I thought they did a really good job of getting the momentum and keeping it. Then in singles, it was just a battle, but it's hard getting down a point to them in doubles because they are so rough in singles. I thought Rasheeda (McAdoo) and Paige (Hourigan) did a great job to pull our two good wins. I think Alexis (Prokopuik) had just split sets, we just couldn't get enough going anywhere else. So, kudos to Ohio State. But, I'm really happy by how we fought and how the girls represented Georgia Tech. I think we have a bright future and I think its good, especially for our underclassmen, to come to the Sweet Sixteen so for the next time that we're here, we're ready to go.
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Oklahoma State advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time in school history with an authoritative 4-0 shutout over the No. 5 seed Georgia. The Cowboys won the doubles point for the 29th time in 30 tries when Viktoriya Lushkova came back from 0-40 down to clinch a 6-4 win at No. 2. Georgia's best chance to break came on this point at 30-40

Here was the deciding point that gave Oklahoma State the 1-0 lead - also note the large crowd that was still on hand at 10:20 p.m.


Each team would take three opening sets in singles but while Oklahoma State was able to close a few out in straight sets Georgia would not be as fortunate. The only match that was really never in doubt was at No. 3 singles as OSU's Viktoriya Lushkova rolled over Silvia Garcia. Garcia showed a little life to start the second set and actually was up a break at 2-1 but Lushkova came back and won the final five games to close it 6-1, 6-2.

It looked like Georgia's Ellen Perez was going to force a third set at No. 1 when she led 5-2 in the second but her shoulder started giving her some trouble. Here is a photo of the trainer working on her shoulder after she got broke while serving for the set up 5-3.


Oklahoma State's Katarina Adamovic held to even it at 5-5 and then the two exchanged holds to send it to a tiebreak. Adamovic jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and never looked back and ended up winning it 7-3.

Oklahoma State's lead was now 3-0 but it looked like Georgia was about to put a point on board because Laura Patterson led Carla Tur Mari 6-3, 5-3 at No. 6. Tur Mari wouldn't go away and would take the next four games to force a third set.

After Patterson dropped her set at No. 6, it looked like Mariana Gould might be the one to give Georgia a boost but she would get broke twice serving for the second set at No. 5.

Oklahoma State was winning all the close points and they just wouldn't Georgia back in the match. Sophomore Vladica Babic would be the one to finally finish Georgia off as she held on the deciding point to defeat Kennedy Shaffer 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.



#12 Oklahoma State (27-4) def. #5 Georgia (22-5), 4-0 
May 19, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center  Indoors)
Head Coaches: Jeff Wallace (Georgia) and Chris Young (Oklahoma State)
Doubles
1. #10 Mariana Gould/Ellen Perez (UGA) def. #43 Maria Alvarez/Kelsey Laurente (OSU), 6-4
2. #54 Viktoriya Lushkova/Carla Tur Mari (OSU) def. #81 S Garcia/Kennedy Shaffer (UGA), 6-4
3. #79 Katarina Adamovic/Vladica Babic (OSU) def. Caroline Brinson/Laura Patterson (UGA), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles
1. #47 Katarina Adamovic (Oklahoma State) def. #5 Ellen Perez (Georgia), 7-5, 7-6 (3)
2. #44 Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. #28 Kennedy Shaffer (Georgia), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. #66 Viktoriya Lushkova (Oklahoma State) def. #116 Silvia Garcia (Georgia), 6-1, 6-2
4. Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State) vs. #30 Caroline Brinson (Georgia), 5-7, 6-4, 4-1 DNF
5. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State) vs. Mariana Gould (Georgia), 7-6 (3), 6-6 DNF
6. Laura Patterson (Georgia) vs. Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State), 6-3, 5-7, 5-3 DNF
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2


Oklahoma State Chris Young
Opening Statement...
"The theme for our team going into post-season has been to overcome. We have overcome some many things from this year and this semester, and so that was our theme coming into it. We talked about it as the day went on that this was just another situation with adversity that we would have
to overcome. Even as the match went on and the lights went out, we just kept telling the girls that we have to overcome the adversity. I think that is what this team is really built on, and we thrive on it. Our ability to overcome just shows the heart that this team has. In the three first sets that we lost we bounced back to win each of the second sets. Our girls continue to overcome anything that is put in their way, and I think that's what makes them special.

On what advancing to the final eight means for the program...
"From the beginning of the season we felt it was set up well with us hosting the Big 12 tournament, and the first and second rounds of the NCAA's. Coming to the great facility just an hour down the road we felt like we could gain a lot of momentum for our program. I think that early on we put a little bit too much pressure on ourselves to do all those things, but as we started building we started realizing that this is something special that we could do for Oklahoma State. We had a huge number of fans that stayed until 1:00 a.m. and I can't wait to see the type of crowd that we are going to get on Saturday.

Vladica Babic, Oklahoma State (#2 singles)
On keeping her composure in her singles match...
"I think that my opponent played very well, but I just tried to stay focused on the match. We all tried to pick up each other a little bit so we were cheering really loud. I was just focusing on every point, and I just told myself I should just play one point at a time. I felt a lot of confidence in the third set, and now we are all happy and excited. This is the first time we are in the final eight, and that is another goal for us accomplished. This is a great season for us.

Georgia Head Coach Jeff Wallace
What went wrong tonight...
"The first thing you have to do is take your hat off to Oklahoma State. They really played a great match against us. We had our moments and our opportunities. For the most part this year in those moments we've really stepped up, played to win, played some great tennis. Tonight it really wasn't there for us, but I think Oklahoma State had more energy and the level they came and played with certainly had a lot to do with that. We're disap- pointed to get beat here in the Sweet Sixteen. We were looking for a great week, but this team has had a pretty darn solid year overall. One thing I want to say is Silvia Garcia had a great career for us, our only senior. Next year, hopefully, we learn a lot from this and everything else that has happened to us this year. We really look forward to hosting this thing in Athens next year. It wasn't there for us tonight, unfortunately.





Well that didn't take long - we already have our first upset of the day as No. 13 California withstood a late rally by TCU to hold on for a 4-3 win. The match was supposed to be played outdoors but it had to be played indoors since the courts were still wet from yesterday's rain plus there was still a light mist in the air up until about 10:30 a.m.

Cal dropped the doubles point in the regular season meeting but then took over in singles and won 4-2; today Cal got off to the quick start in doubles by going up early breaks on a few courts but closing them out wouldn't be easy.

TCU's Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov jumped out to a 4-2 lead at No. 3 but Cal's Mads Engsted and J.T. Nishimura would break back and then fight off two break points to hold for 4-4 - video clip shows the no-ad point with Engsted using some quick reflexes at the net to win the point.


TCU would hold for 5-4 and then they'd break the Engsted serve to win it 6-4.


Cal's Andre Goransson and Oskar Wikberg had opened up a big 5-2 lead at No. 2 but TCU's Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nunez would fight back to even it at 5-5 (Cal had two match points while serving at 5-3, 40-30). The match would go to a tiebreak but it was all one sided as Goransson and Wikberg raced out to a 6-1 lead. Goransson double faulted two times in a row to make it 6-3 and then Nunez put one at away the net to make it 6-4. Goransson would redeem himself on the next point and would clinch the 7-6(4) win with a nice volley at the net.


Over on court 1, Cal's Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat were up 6-5 and Lakat was serving for the match up 40-30. Lakat double faulted to bring up the deciding point but then he hit a service winner to clinch the doubles point with a 7-5 win.


Cal really came out strong in singles by going up breaks on five of the six courts but TCU would fight back on many of them.

TCU sophomore Cameron Norrie fell behind Florian Lakat 0-2 in the opening set but he held, broke, and held to go up 3-2. Norrie would break Lakat again to take the opening set 6-4 and then he'd run away in the second set to win it 6-4, 6-1.


Cal would regain the lead when TCU's Eduardo Nava was forced to a retire with what appeared to be a pretty severe groin injury after he went down while leading Oskar Wikberg 2-1 in the first set tiebreak. Here was the final point of the match which came with Nava serving in the opening game of the second set.


Cal junior Filip Bergevi extended the lead to 3-1 with a pretty thorough win over Jerry Lopez at No. 4. Bergevi broke Lopez to go up 3-1 in the opening set but Lopez would break back for 3-2. Bergevi would break again to go up 4-2, hold for 5-2, and then broke once more to take the opening set 6-2. Bergevi earned the first break of the second set by going up 3-1 and then a few games later he'd serve it out for a 6-2, 6-3 win.


TCU may have been down but they weren't out as Guillermo Nunez cut the deficit to 3-2 with a win over Billy Griffith at No. 3. The first set went back and forth with Nunez coming back from a break down to win it 6-4. Nunez sprinted out to a 5-2 lead in the second set but Griffith would hold and break to put it back on serve at 5-4. Nunez would break back to close it out 6-4, 6-4.


TCU freshman Alex Rybakov was up an early break on Andre Goransson in the third set at No. 2 but Cal sophomore J.T. Nishimura led Trevor Johnson 3-0 in the third set at No. 6. Nishimura wouldn't win another game as Johnson reeled off six straight to close it out 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.


The match was now tied at 3-3 and it looks like TCU may pull off the epic comeback but Cal junior Andre Goransson stayed the course and picked up this pivotal break to put the match back on serve at 3-3 in the third.


After a series of holds, Rybakov would find himself in a huge hole while serving at 5-6, 0-40. He managed to fight off the first two match points but he couldn't fight off a third as Andre Goransson pulled it out 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.


#13 California (20-6) def. #4 TCU (26-4), 4-3
May 20, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center  Indoors)
Head Coaches: David Roditi (TCU) and Peter Wright (California)
Doubles
1. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (Cal) def. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU), 7-5
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (Cal) def. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuez (TCU), 7-6 (4)
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (Cal), 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles
1. #5 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #30 Florian Lakat (California), 6-4, 6-1
2. #31 Andre Goransson (California) def. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
3. #86 Guillermo Nuez (TCU) def. #85 Billy Griffith (California), 6-4, 6-4
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (California) def. Jerry Lopez (TCU), 6-2, 6-3
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (California) def. Eduardo Nava (TCU), 7-6 (4), ret. inj.
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. J.T. Nishimura (California), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 4, 3, 6, 2




California Head Coach Peter Wright
Opening Statement...
"Every time that we play TCU it is a battle. The doubles was critical for us today, and it really came to a couple of points here and there. I felt that gave us some momentum going into singles play. TCU fights hard and they are a great team who is well coached. Our guys battled as well, and I really think at the end of the day that you can't have a finer tennis match to start off the NCAA Championships.

Did the win over TCU earlier this season give you some confidence going into this match
"In rematches where you are playing the team for a second or third time of the year you realize how hard it is to beat a team twice and its even harder to beat a team three times. I was really proud of how our guys focused on the task at hand one match at a time and one point at a time. The expectation that we had was that we were going to win this match, and not a lot of other people thought that. I think that we knew that going in and that was a little bit of extra pressure on us, but I think that we arose to the challenge.

On previously playing indoors in the Case Tennis Center against Tulsa in January and how it helped in today's match
"When the match got brought indoors this morning first thing I thought is that we have played here before. We lost to Tulsa here indoors right out of the gates in one of the first matches of the season. We know those indoor courts well, and we got a lot of Cal tennis fans here in Tulsa. Tulsa is a wonderful tennis town, and you couldn't have better fans than the tennis fans in Tulsa. We have got some Cal fans here that have been really supportive of us, and so we are comfortable here and we really like Tulsa a lot. They have great restaurants and wonderful people who are friendly. 


Andre Goransson, California (#2 singles)
On the final set of his singles match 
"It was a tough one. I saw that J.T. was up 3-0 in the third set, and then it came down to 3-2. I was down a break so I figured that it would come down to me. I said to myself that the journey will not be over yet for the team, and I was able to break back and win 7-5. It was pretty intense.

On the last ten minutes of the match
"It was a really close game. I held pretty comfortably, and I had match point at 5-4.  It was tough, because I knew the match could be over. I served pretty well at 5-5 and at 6-5. I trailed love-40 in the last point, and then I scored four match points in a row and was able to finish with an overhand so that was nice.

On playing indoors on this court previously
"I remember coming here in January and that was quite a nightmare, because we lost 4-3 and I lost my match. You know the surface and you can correct your mistakes a little bit. It was nice to get revenge on the indoor court, not the opponent but the court, we lost on earlier in the season.  




TCU Head Coach David Roditi
Opening Statement...
"It was a great college match, absolutely. It had everything, you had great tennis, you had comebacks and you had an injury in there. I hope Eduardo (Nava) is okay. We will deal with that.  They did a good job. I wish we had come up on the winning end. It didn't look very good for a long time. Our guys fought, like they have been fighting all year, so resilient. I was proud of Trevor (Johnson) for what he did; great win for Guillermo (Nunez); (Cameron) Norrie has been a stud all year.  They did a great job.  They (Cal) have spots that are very strong, that we knew would be really tough to get and we got one of those points. Trevor came through huge. (Alex) Rybakov, he's never going to experience something like this, this is great for Rybakov's development and what a great experience. I would put my life on Alex in that situation anytime.  He's been nothing but a stud. I'd like to see that match again. We just had a lot to overcome.  We have young team, very young team. We have one junior, and everybody else is a freshman or sophomore in the singles lineup and one junior in doubles. The future looks so good. I love these guys.  
I think we now know that nothing is going to be easy for anyone in this year's NCAA Tournament as evidenced by yesterday's women's matches and today's first three men's matches.

Ohio State and Texas were supposed to start at 9 a.m. this morning but due to the wet courts outside they got put on hold and stayed on hold for a while. It seemed like the plan was to have them play indoors after the conclusion of the TCU/Cal match but the decision was made to move them outdoors so at 12:12 p.m. central time doubles finally begin under grey skies.

Ohio State would take the all-important doubles point for the 31st time in 35 tries when Martin Joyce and Ralf Steinbach pulled out a 7-6(5) tiebreak at No. 2.


Each team three opening sets in singles though for a while it looked like Texas would get four. Adrian Ortiz led Chris Diaz 5-2 at No. 2 but Diaz fought back to take the opening set 7-6(2).

Herkko Pollanen would put the Buckeyes up 2-0 after he took it to Julian Zlobinsky 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5.

Texas senior Michael Riechmann would put the Longhorns on the board with an impressive 6-4, 6-4 win over Ralf Steinbach at No. 4.


Texas junior George Goldhoff tied the match at 2-2 with a huge 7-6(4), 6-0 win over the top-ranked Mikael Torpegaard at No. 1. Torpegaard came into the match with a perfect 23-0 dual-match record which made the result that much more surprising.


Ohio State senior Chris Diaz put the Buckeyes back in front with a 7-6(2), 6-0 win over Adrian Ortiz at No. 2.


Texas freshman Harrison Scott tied the match at 3-3 with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Ohio State redshirt freshman Hugo Di Feo. Scott led 5-2 in the third and but Di Feo held and then broke to put it back on serve at 5-4. Scott would then break back to seal it (sorry no video).

The match would be decided at No. 6 between Ohio State freshman Martin Joyce and Texas sophomore John Mee. Joyce came into the match with a perfect 19-0 dual-match record while Mee was playing in just his 10th dual match this year due to Rodrigo Banzer's injury.

Mee took the opening set 6-3 with Joyce countering with a 6-3 second set. Joyce broke Mee to go up 3-2 in the third and then he'd hold at love to go up 5-3. Mee fought off a match point serving at 3-5, 40-40 when Joyce pushed his second serve return long (clip below)


Mee would then break Joyce at love to even it at 5-5 but Joyce broke back on the deciding point to go up 6-5. Mee would break Joyce at love, for a second time, to send it to a match deciding tiebreak. Joyce jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak before Mee won two in a row to make it 6-3. Joyce would close it out on the next point to win it 7-3 and send Ohio State back to the quarterfinals.


Here is the full tiebreak starting with Mee serving at 0-0



#5 Ohio State (33-2) def. #17-32 Texas (19-12), 4-3
May 20, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center  Indoors)
Head Coaches: Ty Tucker (Ohio State) and Michael Center (Texas) 
Doubles
1. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (UT), 6-4
2. Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (Texas), 7-6 (5)
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (Texas) vs. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (OSU), 6-5 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 2
Singles
1. #68 George Goldhoff (Texas) def. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State), 7-6 (4), 6-0
2. #88 Chris Diaz (Ohio State) def. Adrian Ortiz (Texas), 7-6 (2), 6-0
3. Harrison Scott (Texas) def. #45 Hugo Di Feo (Ohio State), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Michael Riechmann (Texas) def. Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State), 6-4, 6-4
5. #103 Herkko Pollanen (Ohio State) def. Julian Zlobinsky (Texas), 6-2, 6-0
6. Martin Joyce (Ohio State) def. John Mee (Texas), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 1, 2, 3, 6 



Ohio State Head Coach Ty Tucker
Opening Statement...
"First thing, I want to give a lot of credit to Coach Center and Texas. They (Texas) have done an amazing job of having a group of young guys ready to play. I was shocked a little bit today, and I spent the first hour of the singles point thinking that we were getting out-competed in a couple of spots, and usually that is unlike the Buckeyes. We played Texas earlier this year and they fought hard then, and it was a great college tennis match today.

On how you prepare for the delay
"You can't prepare for it. You just have to have good guys that know that they are in the final 16 of the tournament. They are going to crown a winner and you want to keep surviving and advancing, and that's pretty much what it was. We got out here at 6:30 this morning and everybody was up at 5:45 a.m. and eating breakfast by 6:15 a.m. We finally took the court for play at 12:05 p.m. It's not going to be easy for anybody. It wasn't easy for us, Texas or our girls last night who got sent to Oklahoma State at 11:00 p.m. It was nice to win a match when we didn't compete at our best in my opinion.

On Martin's performance in clinching the winning point
"Poor Martin, he didn't know what was going on. All he knew was that he had three Ohio State coaches in his face every point, and so we didn't give him any time to think for himself. Martin and Torpegaard have been horses for us all year. Torpegaard got beat who's the No. 1 ranked player in the country. To us it is a tough day. It is probably the hottest day weather-wise that we have played in all year.

Martin Joyce, Ohio State (#6 singles)
On his match
"It was tough for sure, and I feel like in the first set he (John Mee) definitely out-competed me. I got a couple lucky breaks in the second, and was able to get a lead and get to the third. I also felt some of that momentum from the second set carried over to the third set for sure.

On what he was thinking knowing the match depended on him
"It's tough when you start seeing everybody come over to your court, especially when there was only a couple of people there in the beginning. I just tried to think about it as little as possible, and just focused on what I was doing out there.

Texas Head Coach Michael Center
Opening Statement...
"It was a great match. Ohio State is one of the favorites to win the national championship and we're a tiebreaker in the third set, last match on to win the match. We came a long way this year. Couldn't be prouder of these guys, what they did, the commitment they made to each other, the commitment they made to their tennis. It was just a phenomenal, phenomenal effort today and we just came up a little bit short at the end.
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Top-seeded Virginia got all it wanted from Oklahoma State but in the end the Cavaliers were just a little too strong and pulled out a 4-2 win. Virginia won the doubles point for the 27th time in 31 matches by picking up a 6-2 at No. 1 and a 6-1 win at No. 2.

Virginia took four of six first sets and both Alex Ritschard and Henrik Wiersholm would win in straight sets at No. 4 and No. 6 to put Virginia up 3-0.

Oklahoma State's Lukas Finzelberg put the Cowboys on the board with a three-set win over J.C. Aragone at No. 5 and then Julian Cash won in three-sets over Ryan Shane at No. 1 to make it 3-2.

Oklahoma State's Lucas Gerch opened up a 5-2 lead in the third set at No. 3 but Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would fight off a few match points to put it back on serve at 4-5.

Meanwhile at No. 2, Virginia's Collin Altamirano was starting to pull away from Arjun Kadhe in the third set. Altamirano broke Kadhe at love to go up 2-1 and then he'd hold on the deciding point to go up 3-1. Altamirano would break again for 4-1 and then hold for 5-1. Kadhe would hold for 2-5 but Altamirano served it out from 40-30 to clinch a 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2 win and send Virginia back to the quarterfinals.


Here are some highlights from Virginia


#1 Virginia (27-4) def. #16 Oklahoma State (20-8), 4-2
May 20, 2016 at Tulsa, OK (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Jay Udwadia (Oklahoma State)
Doubles
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (VA) def. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU), 6-2
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (VA) def. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (OSU), 6-1
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (OSU) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA), 4-3 DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1
Singles
1. #56 Julian Cash (Oklahoma State) def. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia) def. Arjun Kadhe (Oklahoma State), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) vs. Lucas Gerch (Oklahoma State), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 5-5 DNF
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia) def. Tristan Meraut (Oklahoma State), 7-6 (1), 6-1
5. Lukas Finzelberg (Oklahoma State) def. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. Jurence Mendoza (Oklahoma State), 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 4, 2



Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
Opening Statement...
"We came out and played really well in doubles. I thought our energy and execution was great. Credit to Oklahoma State as they hung in there during singles and made it really challenging for us, but in the end we were able to finish the match. We would expect nothing less from a team as strong as Oklahoma State as they have had an incredible year and they are able to compete with anyone in the country. They (Oklahoma State) made it a tough match, and it certainly was a bit challenging for us. Survive and advance. We are happy to be moving on to the quarterfinals.

On playing at a venue where Oklahoma State presence was heavy...
"This team has a tremendous amount of experience, and as you know at this time of the year that is invaluable. Every match is going to be a chal- lenge and you can see that throughout the tournament so far. There are great matches and there is a tremendous amount of parody. We will just continue to focus on what we can control, and we are looking forward to moving on. It is all about just staying composed in those big moments.

Luca Corintelli, Virginia (#1 doubles)
On how important it was to get the doubles point...
"We knew coming in that Oklahoma State was really good in doubles, and they are really good up and down the line. It was crucial for us to come out with a lot of energy after waiting an extra hour to play. I thought that our warm-up was really good. We respected our opponents and executed our game plans really well. Doubles is always some what of a toss up, but we gave ourselves the best chance today with our energy and preparation.

On a turning point in his match...
"To be honest I thought that we came out of the gates really hot, and Ryan was serving really well. I felt like we were really playing our game, and it all happened so fast. I don't know if there was a specific turning point, but we played on our terms and things went our way. We are fortunate to get the win.

Oklahoma State Head Coach Jay Udwadia
Opening Statement...
"Yeah, I'm still kind of in match mode. That was a very close match there. The guys fought extremely hard. I think this was kind of a depiction of how we've played all season. We were just battling. It was no different today. The overall season, I think I told someone once we're done you can look back and see what we did. We did some good, special things and I like the direction of our program, where we're going. As a coach you want to keep on building and that's going to continue to be our goal. But, I want to say a huge thank you for our whole staff here, Nate, my assistant, Nick, our strength coach, our trainers, everyone, its the athletic department that really helps us out as well. I want to send a huge thank you to them and the team, for every match, being there and making a special season for the Pokes.



After a great first half of the day in Tulsa we were treated to a gem in the evening as Georgia and USC went toe-to-toe for the better part of three hours. USC came into the round of 16 with the worst doubles winning percentage (.409) out of the teams still left in the field but that didn't stop them from getting off to a quick start against Georgia.

USC's No. 1 team of Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven opened the match by holding on the deciding point to take a 1-0 lead and then they'd break Austin Smith to go up 2-0. Crystal held for 3-0 before Ben Wagland finally put Georgia on the board with a hold for 1-3. Verboven held on the deciding point for 4-1 and then USC broke Austin Smith on the deciding point to go up 5-1. Crystal went up 40-15 on his next service game but had to hit a service winner on the deciding point to win it 6-1.




USC also started off well at No. 2 as Max de Vroome and Thibault Forget broke Paul Oosterbaan on the deciding point to take the early 1-0 lead. USC maintained the break lead until de Vroome was broke from 30-40 to even it at 3-3.


The match at No. 3 stayed on serve until USC's Jack Jaede and Tanner Smith broke Emil Reinberg from 30-40 to go up 5-4. On the 30-40 point Reinberg called USC's shot deep however the chair disagreed and overruled the call. Tanner Smith would serve it out from 40-15 to give USC the 6-4 win and thus the early 1-0 lead.


USC rode the momentum from the doubles point and jumped on Georgia in singles by going up breaks on five of six courts (No. 1 was the exception).

USC freshman Jack Jaede held to start his match at No. 5 and then Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski donated a break by double faulting on the deciding point to make it 2-0 (Zielinski trailed 0-40 and battled back to 40-40 before the DF). Zielinski broke back at love to make it 2-1 however Jaede broke back and then held for 4-1. Jaede would come from 30-40 down to take the opening set 6-3 after Zielinski pushed this backhand well long on the deciding point.


Jaede went up a break in the second at 3-2 when he broke Zielinski on the deciding point and he'd break again to go up 5-2. Jaede quickly served it out from 40-15 to take it 6-3, 6-2 and extend USC's lead to 2-0. The official box score showed this match finished after #2 singles but it beat that one to the finish line by at least 90 seconds.


Georgia's Wayne Montgomery double faulted the break to Nick Crystal to start the match at No. 2 however he'd win the next seven games to take the opening set 6-1 and go up an early break in the second set at 1-0. Crystal would get the match back on serve however Montgomery would break from 30-40 to go up 5-4 when Crystal sprayed a forehand wide. Montgomery would serve it out on the deciding point to win it 6-1, 6-4 to pull Georgia to within 2-1.


USC sophomore Thibault Forget would put the Trojans ahead 3-1 after holding on to defeat Georgia freshman Walker Duncan at No. 4 singles. Forget broke Duncan to start the match and then broke him again to go up 3-0 in the opening frame. Forget would maintain the two break lead and hold on the deciding point to take the first set 6-2. Forget quickly jumped out to a break lead in the second set and he'd eventually serve for the match up 5-4. Duncan would break on the deciding point when Forget netted a forehand much to the delight of the Georgia faithful (couldn't avoid the fence in these clips).


Duncan held to go up 6-5, which I believe was his first lead all match, and then Forget would send it to a tiebreak by holding for 6-6. Duncan went ahead 3-1 in the tiebreak but Forget would win the next three to go up 4-3. Duncan hit a service winner and then an ace to go up 5-4. Duncan looked like he'd go up 6-4 but he badly mishit an overhead off the frame to make it 5-5. A Forget forehand winner made it 6-5 but Duncan got a service winner to even it at 6-6. Forget went ahead 7-6 with a nice backhand crosscourt winner and then he'd win it on the next point when a Duncan forehand caught the tape and kicked just wide.


Georgia may have been down 3-1 but they weren't out of it yet because Paul Oosterbaan had a set lead at No. 3 and Nick Wood was up a break in the third at No. 6 while Austin Smith and Max de Vroome were just starting a third set at No. 1.

Wood dropped the opening set to USC's Rob Bellamy 6-4 (Bellamy served for it at 5-2 before serving it out from 5-4) and then went a break down in the second at 2-1. Wood would then win the next 10 games to take the second set 6-2 and go up 5-0 in the third. Bellamy held for 1-5 but Wood served it out to trim the USC lead to 3-2 (no video because both No. 3 and No. 4 were in tiebreaks a few courts away).

Oosterbaan came back from a break down to take the opening set 6-4 and then he broke Logan Smith to go up 3-2 in the second. Oosterbaan held for 4-2 but Smith held, broke, and held to go up 5-4. The set would go to a tiebreak with Oosterbaan leading 4-2 at the first changeover. Smith would take four of the next five points to go up 6-5 and then it looked like he had the set won but he pushed a volley just wide to make it 6-6 (Smith went for the line while Oosterbaan was on the opposite side of the court). Oosterbaan took the next point to go up 7-6 and he had a chance to serve it out but he mis-hit an overhead from the center of the court to make it 7-7. Oosterbaan would close it out two points later when Smith sent a forehand long and the match was now tied at 3-3.

So the stage was set for a dramatic finish with Georgia senior Austin Smith and USC senior Max de Vroome playing a third set for all the marbles. Smith had taken the opening set 7-6(5) before de Vroome rolled to a 6-1 second set. The third set stayed on serve until de Vroome broke Smith on the deciding point to go up 4-3.
De Vroome came back from 15-30 down to hold for 5-3 and then Smith held for 4-5 after de Vroome sent a forehand long at 40-30. Smith went up 15-40 on de Vroome's service but Max got it back to the deciding point which was now also a match point.  Smith would hit an aggressive backhand which forced a de Vroome error and it was back on serve at 5-5 (clip below is the full service game)


Smith fell behind 30-40 on his 5-5 service game but a service winner brought up the deciding point. Smith would hit a big forehand down the line which forced de Vroome's backhand to sail long and it was now 6-5 (video starts with Smith serving at 30-all)


Smith went up 15-40 on de Vroome's serve and then clinched when Max wasn't able to pick up a low volley at the net. It was truely a great finish to a great match with both players slugging it out. The first clip is de Vroome's final service game starting at 0-15 and all the clips below that are from different angles courtesy of both Georgia and the NCAA.






#7 Georgia (23-4) def. #10 Southern California (17-7), 4-3 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Manuel Diaz (Georgia) and Peter Smith (Southern California)
Doubles
1. #46 Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (USC) def. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (Georgia), 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) vs. Max de Vroome/Thibault Forget (USC), 5-4 DNF
3. Jack Jaede/Tanner Smith (USC) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3
Singles
1. #17 Austin Smith (Georgia) def. #23 Max de Vroome (Southern California), 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. #41 Nick Crystal (Southern California), 6-1, 6-4
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia) def. #69 Logan Smith (Southern California), 6-4, 7-6 (7)
4. #121 Thibault Forget (Southern California) def. #123 Walker Duncan (Georgia), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
5. Jack Jaede (Southern California) def. Jan Zielinski (Georgia), 6-3, 6-4
6. Nick Wood (Georgia) def. Rob Bellamy (Southern California), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 4, 6, 3, 1



Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
Opening Statement...
"One of the best tennis matches I have been involved with in a long time. I couldn't have asked our guys to give anymore. That was a great USC team that took us to the woodshed in doubles play, but we competed hard. I didn't think we played a poor doubles point though. You got to give them (USC) credit though, because they put us in a position where it came down to our guys fighting and trying to establish a little bit of momentum. With a few matches here and there we just kind of got back in it. That was a tremendous performance from both players in the No. 1 singles position. That was high-level tennis, and I couldn't be prouder of Austin. He has been doing this all year, and he has been our rock. It came down it him, and you got to give him all the credit.

On Austin Smith's play...
"He has certainly been one of our tri-captains. While we know that we have six guys out there that can win at any spot, but I think that Austin has been a tremendous steady point for us. He has taken on our opponents' best player every time, and he has learned so much this year. He has learned to embrace the difficult moments even when things aren't going his way while maintaining a positive attitude. The willingness to play big when the moment called for him is just a testament to the great player that he has become.

Austin Smith, Georgia (#1 singles)
On what was going on in his head being down 5-3 and then scoring 4 straight to win it...
"At one point I was thinking that this could be my last match ever with the team, with the team that I love and that I would do anything for and I just decided I was going to do everything in my power to keep us going and I didn't want it to be my last match. I just gave it my all and I feel like things clicked for me. I started serve receiving really well and time just let instincts take over. Towards the end I wasn't really thinking that much.

On whether or not there was a turning point in the match...
"Not really, obviously when he is serving 5-3 on a deuce point it is obvious that if I lose that point it is over, so that is definitely a turning point, but even then there was a deuce point the next game. Every single game was neck and neck, he played an unbelievable match and I am at a loss for words right now. I am just happy to be through.

Southern California Head Coach Peter Smith
Comments on the match...
"I think with matches like that you have this overwhelming sense of being a part of something that is bigger than you. It's such a great rivalry between UGA (Georgia) and us (Southern California). To play that quality of a match for three and half hours, you really feel like its a honor and privilege
to be a part of it. It hurts to lose, but it was just a great match. It ends with our two best players, who are seniors, who have had such successful careers, going out. You just feel sorry that you had to lose it, but they played a great match and that's the way sports go.

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The last match of the evening was expected to be on of the better ones but Oklahoma didn't mess around and absolutely floored Wake Forest 4-0. Wake had taken both of the regular season meetings but that was without OU's Andrew Harris in the singles lineup.

Wake took the doubles point in both of the previous meetings but Oklahoma would get on Friday with a 6-2 win at No. 1 and a 6-4 win at No. 2.

Oklahoma won all six first sets in singles and Andrew Harris, Spencer Papa, and Alex Ghilea would each win in straights with Harris breaking Skander Mansouri to clinch it at No. 1.

#11 Oklahoma (18-10) def. #6 Wake Forest (31-6), 4-0
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 7 p.m.
Head Coaches: Tony Bresky (Wake Forest) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
Doubles
1. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #13 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (Wake Forest), 6-2
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. #79 Petros Chrysochos/Jon Ho (Wake Forest), 6-4
3. Romain Bogaerts/Dennis Uspensky (Wake Forest) def. Andre Biro/Max Mora (Oklahoma), 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
Singles
1. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #13 Skander Mansouri (Wake Forest), 6-4, 6-4
2. #27 Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest) vs. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 6-3, 5-4 DNF
3. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. Jon Ho (Wake Forest), 6-3, 6-3
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) def. Romain Bogaerts (Wake Forest), 6-1, 6-0
5. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma) vs. Christian Seraphim (Wake Forest), 6-4, 4-4 DNF
6. Andre Biro (Oklahoma) vs. Dennis Uspensky (Wake Forest), 6-4, 5-1 DNF
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1



Oklahoma Head Coach John Roddick
Opening Statement...
"I'd like to congratulate Wake Forrest on the season they had after winning the ACC tournament. They have been an impressive team, and obviously they beat us twice but we didn't have this guy (Andrew Harris) in the line-up. Andrew, being in the line-up, changes the complexion of the match, and I think every coach knows that. When he (Andrew) is in the line-up it takes a lot of pressure off a lot of guys because everyone can nudge down one spot in the line-up. Our guys had to battle a lot of the year with out him, and we played a little higher than what we wanted. We lost a lot of matches that way, but over the course of time it helps your guys get tougher and it tests them. We got a good idea of who is playing well right now and who to play, and I think that is the big difference between winning and losing the match.

On the attitude of the team...
"It doesn't get easier, and maybe with success sometimes it gets harder because guys get complacent and comfortable. We have had a long year battling injures, and we have had a lot of things to deal with as a team. It doesn't get easier just because you are in the finals. If you have a bullseye on your back and if you are complacent you a target and people will take you out. It's not something that we think just because we were there once or twice that we will be there again. It's a different year and a different tournament and we have to play well.

On the leadership of the team...
"We have been focused as a team for a little while now. That's the one thing that I feel is out of a coach's control. By nature coaches are control freaks. Your guys have to be leaders and you have to have internal team control that does not come from the top, and I think it's something that we have found and our guys are doing better with it. We played the best match that we have played all year tonight, and so it's coming together right now. Our guys had long talks together and I probably wasn't at all of them and some of them probably weren't pleasant. That's how you grow as a team. I'm proud of the team for coming together, better later than never.

Andrew Harris, Oklahoma (#1 singles)
On what this win does for him...
"I feel amazing. I felt so much relief after I won that match point. It's been a very tough year for me, because my knee has been injured a while. I came back from that knee injury and played a few matches then I injured my groin a little bit. It's just been very frustrating so this win gives me a lot of confidence going into my next match against UCLA.

On the leadership of the team...
"We lost two great players last year, and they left a bit of a hole to fill but like coach said we have had a lot of meetings without the coaches. We definitely come out better after it, and we understand each other better. We are playing better as a team, and it's much better compared to the start of the year.

On playing close to Norman...
"I was surprised at how many people turned out. We had more fans here than we did at our home matches so it was definitely nice. It was really great support.

Wake Forest Head Coach Tony Bresky
Comments on the match and playing Oklahoma for a third time this season...
"It's the third time we've played them (Oklahoma), obviously, congrats to them, they totally out-played us. The scoreboard says it wasn't close. They played great. Obviously an experienced and tough team, congrats to them.

Did the pro-Oklahoma environment have any affect on your team's play...
"No, not really. They're fans were very cordial. We have played at more hostile environments. I think their play probably had a lot to do with how we played.
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UCLA punched its ticket to the Elite 8 by beating Pac-12 rival Stanford for the fourth time this season despite losing the doubles point in each of those four matches.

Stanford won the doubles point when Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz won the decider 7-5 at No. 1 which came when Romanowicz held on the deciding point.

UCLA came back and took four opening sets in singles and Mackenzie McDonald, Martin Redlicki, and Gage Brymer would each finish in straight sets to put UCLA ahead 3-1.

Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz won in straight sets at No. 6 but Karue Sell would clinch the match with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 win over Nolan Paige at No. 4



#3 UCLA (25-2) def. #17-32 Stanford (15-11), 4-2 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 7 p.m.
Head Coaches: Billy Martin (UCLA) and Paul Goldstein (Stanford)
Doubles
1. #23 Tom Fawcett/Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford) def. #2 Mackie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA), 7-5
2. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige/David Wilczynski (Stanford), 6-4
3. Yale Goldberg/Sameer Kumar (Stanford) def. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles
1. #6 Mackie McDonald (UCLA) def. #15 Tom Fawcett (Stanford), 6-1, 6-2
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Michael Genender (Stanford), 7-5, 6-2
3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. #87 David Wilczynski (Stanford), 7-5, 6-3
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Nolan Paige (Stanford), 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0
5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. Sameer Kumar (Stanford), 6-3, 5-7, 5-3 DNF  
6. Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA), 6-3, 7-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 6, 4


UCLA Head Coach Billy Martin
Opening Statement...
"We have had so many great battles with Stanford, and unfortunately in my era we have been on the down turn on a lot of them. It's always good
to get a win here, especially in the first round no matter who it's against. I was particularly worried about this match, because it was our fourth time
to play Stanford this year. I always feel like we were kind of spreading it thin trying to get a team four times in one year. I couldn't help but to reflect back to 1996 when we were undefeated going into the finals to of the NCAA's when we played a Stanford team that we beat three times earlier in the season, but we lost to them in the finals. As superstitious as I am I could only sort of reflect back to that moment. I didn't tell anybody about this until now, but that has been bothering me and I am glad we got over the hump. I think that the first round here was really to acclimate, because the lights were difficult on those back courts and we really haven't had much practice time. I think that we will play a little bit better next time. I am not sure if we are playing Wake Forrest or Oklahoma, but whoever we play we have got a really tough match on our hands.

Karue Sell, UCLA (#4 singles)
On his singles match...
"He started by serving me really well, but I was kind of adjusting to the lights. I couldn't really see the ball for the first five or six games. Whenever he tossed the ball up to serve I couldn't really see the ball so it kind of turned into a guessing game. He came out fired up and playing really well. I just played him in a match a couple weeks ago and it was a much easier match, but this time he played pretty well. I just wanted to hang in there and try not to give him too much comfort because he was ripping the ball. I was feeling the ball well for the most part, but a couple points went his way in the first set and he ended up winning that set. I was still confident I could get the win coming into the second set, and I started playing better and moving the ball better. In the third set I just kind of rolled, and so it ended up being a pretty good first match and first round.

Stanford Head Coach Paul Goldstein
Comments on the match...
"It's a difficult, emotional thing, that our season has come to an end. We had ups and downs as a team, but as we gathered as a team in September we talked about playing our best tennis in May and I think we accomplished that as team. We lost to a team today that clearly had our number. That's the fourth time they've beaten us this year, we won the doubles point all four times. I'm proud of those guys for being able to do that. They (UCLA) proved again today that they were the superior team on the singles court, but we got better, we competed better today than we did three weeks ago at the Pac 12 Conference Championships, in which we won the doubles point and basically then got smoked in singles. But today we didn't get smoked at all. It was close across the board. I feel for my senior Nolan (Paige) there, he played his heart out in his last match. We couldn't get him a win today. I am pleased we got better. That's good group of young men there that I'm very proud to be associated with. I'm happy for our seniors, who got a chance to be in the round of sixteen for the first time in their career. The words that were said in that huddle there after the match as we gathered as a team are very special to me. That's very much why I do the job, I feel very privileged to be associated with these guys.
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North Carolina played without one of its starters but still managed to post a 4-0 shutout over Mississippi State. UNC's Robert Kelly who plays at No. 1 doubles and No. 5 singles sat out with a minor injury but his teammates were able to pick up the slack.

UNC's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams moved up a spot and both were able to pull through with Brayden Schnur and Jack Murray clinching the point with a 7-6(5) win at No. 1.

UNC took four opening sets in singles and Brayden Schnur, Brett Clark, and Jack Murray would win in straight sets with Murray clinching it at No. 4.



#2 North Carolina (27-4) def. #17-32 Mississippi State (18-8), 4-0
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 4 p.m.
Head Coaches: Sam Paul (North Carolina) and Matt Roberts (Mississippi State)
Doubles
1. #27 Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. #47 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU), 7-6 (5)
2. Anu Kodali/Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (MSU), 6-2 
3. Rishab Agarwal/Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Brett Clark/Andrew Gores (UNC), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (North Carolina) def. #34 Mate Cutura (Mississippi State), 6-3, 6-4
2. #54 Rishab Agarwal (Mississippi State) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina), 7-5, 3-4 DNF
3. #46 Brett Clark (North Carolina) def. #70 Nuno Borges (Mississippi State), 6-4, 6-4
4. Jack Murray (North Carolina) def. Niclas Braun (Mississippi State), 6-4, 6-3
5. Strahinja Rakic (Mississippi State) vs. Anu Kodali (North Carolina), 6-4, 6-5 DNF
6. Blaine Boyden (North Carolina) vs. Luka Sucevic (Mississippi State), 6-3, 5-5 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4     



North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
Opening Statement...
"First of all congratulations to Matt. I know he lost four players from last year's team and to make it here is tremendous by him. They had a great year. I think the doubles point was critical for us to gain some momentum going into singles. Brett, as he has done his entire career, stepped up and got us on the board real quickly. That's a really good win for him, and Jack played the best singles match he has played all year. We look forward to moving on.

On coming into the tournament as the No. 2-ranked team...
"We learned a lot because we were No. 1 in the country for about five or six weeks, and I think our team grew a lot during that period. We definitely felt like we had a target, but I felt we have settled in and started playing better tennis towards the end of the year. We played better in the ACC tournament, and even though we lost to Virginia I thought we played really well there. I think that we have learned to take one match at a time, and we are not really talking about the rankings. We are just worried about taking care of business on the court that day.

Brett Clark, North Carolina (#4 singles)
"On whether winning the first single gives momentum to the rest of the team...
"Definitely, I think all first sets are big on any court. It is nice when the matches are decided by a few points here and there to get quick wins if you can. I thought the whole team did good, doubles were good and we got a lot of great starts on a lot of courts and our off court guys did a good job of letting us know that the momentum was headed our way. I took a lot of positive from that. I just tried to do the best that I could do and focus on my court.

On whether or not he feels like the team was a target or an aggressor coming into this tournament...
"Obviously after winning national indoors the whole country was out to get us because we had a great start to the year and we talked about it as a team, a bunch. It was a little uncharted water for us but we were so excited to be there and be in those big matches. I think exactly what coach said, once we got settled and then realized what we could do to hopefully jump on opponents and have that little intimidation factor to start matches I think we used that really well throughout the ACC season and hopefully we can keep going.

On "jumping on the opponent today...
"That has been the game plan the whole NCAA tournament, to win the first 15 minutes of doubles and singles. We had a good start against Tulane and now again here, that is exactly what we are trying to do with the teams. It's good.

Mississippi State Head Coach Matt Roberts
Comments on the match...
"First of all, I'm very proud of the way the guys handled themselves the character they exude, the sportsmanship, the way they compete, they way they compete as a team. The way they keep it all about tennis and nothing personal, where sometimes you see these other guys do that. I'm just proud of the way they carried themselves, first of all, and they did a great job tonight. It just came down to not closing out the doubles point. We had great opportunities there, give North Carolina credit, they kept competing and played big in the big moments in doubles. It put our back up against the wall going into singles, but we've done it a lot this year. We've been battling through that 0-1 deficit a lot this year and we come out successful. But, singles were a lot of deuce deciding points, we didn't capitalize on. I think they won more deuce deciding points than us and that usually comes down to a little more belief I think. We are kind of new at this stage and it's great for us as young as we are to get to this stage this quick. Hopefully, we can make it to National Indoors, these high level events, so then we feel like we deserve to win a little more in these big moments and North Carolina played those moments better than us today. North Carolina is well coached, they are a great team, and they're going to do great in the tournament I'm sure. It's just really a good experience for our guys. It stings. We're going to keep are heads high.
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Florida advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 2005 with a 4-0 win over SMU. The Gators took the doubles point when Chase Perez-Blanco and Alfredo Perez won the decider 7-6(2) at No. 3.

Florida took four opening sets in singles and Chase Perez-Blanco, Gordon Watson, and McClain Kessler each won in straight sets with Perez-Blanco clinching at No. 4. 


Florida highlight video here.

#9 Florida (21-6) def. #17-32 SMU (22-9), 4-0 
Michael D. Case Tennis Center 12 noon
Head Coaches: Bryan Shelton (Florida) and Carl Neufeld (SMU)
Doubles
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (Florida) def. #31 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU), 7-5
2. Nate Lammons/Markus Kerner (SMU) def. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (Florida), 6-0
3. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida) def. Samm Butler/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU), 7-6 (2)
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
Singles
1. #10 Diego Hidalgo (Florida) vs. #73 Hunter Johnson (SMU), 6-2, 3-4 DNF
2. #112 Nate Lammons (SMU) vs. #53 Alfredo Perez (Florida), 6-2, 4-4 DNF
3. Samm Butler (SMU) vs. #37 Elliott Orkin (Florida), 7-5, 1-4 DNF
4. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida) def. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Gordon Watson (Florida) def. Yates Johnson (SMU), 6-2, 6-2
6. McClain Kessler (Florida) def. Tony Russell (SMU), 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4



Florida Head Coach Bryan Shelton
Opening Statement...
"I thought we came out and played well. Hats off to SMU. I think they had a great season. Obviously, we knew it would be a tough match being in the round of 16 with everybody in this tournament being so good. I am really proud of our guys even with the delay today I thought our preparation was great and we came out with great energy. Doubles as usual was pretty crucial for us and I felt like we won two hard fought sets out there in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, which kind of set the tone for the rest of the match. I also felt we did a really nice job of after the doubles point coming out really strong in singles. We won four out of the first six sets, and we were able to close it out really well. I am just really proud of our guys. We obviously played well at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions.

On coming out strong in the doubles point...
"We always want to focus on holding the serve, and I felt like we did a really nice job of that. I don't know if we ever got broken on the No. 1 or No. 3 courts. On the No. 1 court we served second so we were always down a game, which can be a lot of pressure especially when you are deep in those sets when you are serving to stay in the match. I felt like we handled that situation really well. Obviously I have a lot of trust in our players to make plays out there on the court. Chase (Perez-Blanco) and Alfredo (Perez) won so many matches this season, and I think that in those moments we don't panic and we just stay in there and hang tough. I think that is the difference sometimes between winning and losing.

On Gordon Watson's play...
"He is feeling it. I have always said he is one of the most dangerous players in college tennis when he is in good form as he is right now. We watch him day in and day out and the guy comes up with something special every single day. He is moving so well, and his movement puts a lot of pres- sure on opponents. He is also serving well and hitting his spots, and he can hang in from the back and he can slice and dice you. He knows the front part of the court really well, and he is a smart player who knows how to make other guys feel uncomfortable. Gordon (Watson) is very confident right now, and all those things add up for trouble for the other guy most of the time. Just really pleased with him and how he is playing and leading. I think he is playing like an All-American senior for sure.

Chase Perez-Blanco, Florida (#4 singles)
On keeping mentally focused through the delay...
"It's tough when you are sitting around all day. We really didn't know when we were going to play we just knew we were going to play after Ohio State and Texas. We just got loose, and then we cooled down and warmed up again. We always try to be ready to play when called upon, and good at that today.

On his singles play...
"I thought I played really well. My opponent played really good as well, and he was really solid off the baseline so my goal was just to make a lot of balls and be aggressive. I thought I did that today. Also, I didn't get on the defensive side that much, which really allowed me to attack and move forward in the court.

On the resiliency of the team...
"We all have confidence in each other so it doesn't matter who is going to clinch it. It just happened to be me today, and it was my time to clinch. It could have been anyone. Everyone is confident in each other, and we believe we can pull it out.

SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld
Cooment on the match...
"I am very excited and proud of our team, our teams improvement through the semester and the year in general. I feel like we are playing our best tennis right now at the end. Florida is a very good team and their record shows how good they are with their SEC championship at the end and their improvements towards the end of the season. The backbone of the team is doubles and they had very good doubles and I thought that was very important, they played great. I felt like we took a little hit and it gave them that boost that they needed in confidence and it took a little gas away from us but they are a very good team. I don't know that we would have beat them or could've beat them, but I know that if we would've won the doubles it would have been a lot more interesting. I am sure they can beat any team that is here and we will see as the tournament falls. I am very proud of our team's improvement and that is what our main goal is at that beginning of the year, to play the best at the end and we certainly saw that based on our record.


One half of the women's semifinals are set after both Vanderbilt and Stanford came through their respective quarterfinal matches against Virginia and Michigan.

While the scores of the two matches look fairly similar in reality they didn't have much in common. Vanderbilt absolutely crushed Virginia in doubles winning at both No. 2 and No. 3 by 6-0 scores. The match at No. 2 finished in 24 minutes while the match at No. 3 took 26 minutes.

Vanderbilt won four opening sets in singles and was really in control of this match from start to finish. Virginia's biggest highlight came from Danielle Collins at No. 1 as the ITA second-ranked player destroyed Sydney Campbell 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 in a match that took just 54 minutes.

Just four minutes later Vanderbilt sophomore Fernanda Contreras would close out Erica Susi 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 and the Commodores were back in front 2-1.

Vanderbilt still had set leads on three of the four remaining courts and they were up breaks in the second set on all three. Vanderbilt redshirt sophomore Astra Sharma would make it 3-1 after she dispatched Stephanie Nauta 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3.

Vanderbilt's Frances Altick had a comfortable 6-4, 4-0 lead at No. 2 but Virginia's Julia Elbaba would hold on the deciding point and then break for 2-4. Elbaba had a chance to pull within 3-4 but she netted a drop shot on the deciding point to go down 2-5 (and smacked the ball into the wall in anger)

As Altick was serving for the match at No. 2, Virginia freshman Meghan Kelley would close out Courtney Colton 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Altick wouldn't waste anytime closing Elbaba as she went up 30-0 and then served it out from 40-15 to send the Commodores back to the NCAA Semifinals for the second year in a row.

The remaining match at No. 6 was abandoned with Vanderbilt's Georgina Sellyn leading 7-6, 4-1.

#6 Vanderbilt (23-5) def. #14 Virginia (19-11), 4-2
May 21, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Head Coaches: Geoff Macdonald (Vanderbilt) and Mark Guilbeau (Virginia)
Doubles
1. #14 Sydney Campbell/Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) vs. #18 Danielle Collins/Meghan Kelley (Virginia), 3-2 DNF
2. Frances Altick/Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt) def. Cassie Mercer/Stephanie Nauta (Virginia), 6-0
3. Fernanda Contreras/Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt) def. Julia Elbaba/Erica Susi (Virginia), 6-0
Order of Finish: 2, 3
Singles
1. #2 Danielle Collins (Virginia) def. #18 Sydney Campbell (Vanderbilt), 6-0, 6-0
2. #14 Frances Altick (Vanderbilt) vs. #12 Julia Elbaba (Virginia), 6-4, 6-2
3. #32 Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt) vs. #97 Stephanie Nauta (Virginia), 6-2, 6-3
4. Meghan Kelley (Virginia) def. Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 6-3
5. Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt) def. Erica Susi (Virginia), 6-1, 6-0
6. Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt) vs. Cassie Mercer (Virginia), 7-6 (4), 4-1 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 3, 4, 2


Vanderbilt Head Coach Geoff Macdonald
On about preparing the team to face this Virginia team after playing them in February...
"Well, this is an experienced group and almost all the match ups were different and we know that February was a long, long time ago. This is the quarter finals of the NCAA and it wasn't too hard to motivate them to get ready.

On if it helps to be defending national champions...
"Certainly, we have been here and we have played these matches. We don't really use the word defending, that is in the past. We are really thinking about trying to go after this one and not defend anything.

On how important it was to get the doubles points...
"It was huge and I give this team a lot of credit. We have lost some doubles points and they kept working on it and it really showed up today with pretty flawless doubles at 2 and 3.

Frances Altick, Vanderbilt (2 singles)
On her match...
"I just tried to really keep it point by point and really believe in myself. I just tried to hang with her every point. We had a couple deuce points that I lost. And I just tried to stay with it and I had my team and everyone cheering me on so it wasn't too hard.

On taking her experience from last year into where the team is now in the semifinals...
"I think it helps that we aren't just happy to be here. Obviously, we are really excited to be here, but we know that we can do more just because of last year. And I'm just excited to keep going.

Virginia Head Coach Mark Guilbeau
Comments on the match...

"Again, same as Thursday, so proud of all those kids. First, congratulate Vanderbilt. Incredible fight, you can see the experience they've had and we're gaining that experience. So, so proud of our girls. I could sit here and talk to you for hours. But, really what we've done this year is shown the power of 7. Ultimately, we're seven young ladies out there that overcame everything. It's so powerful, the synergy, what they're able to carry with them after this some of them in tennis, some of them its outside of tennis, some of them it's in relationships. They can be so fulfilled and so confident about how if you do the right things, the right way for they right people and when you're consistent in that, the power of it is just amazing.
I think we've grown so much beyond just the tennis. The reality is, just only one team is going to come out of here with four (points) at the end and I just told our girls we came out of here with seven. It's the most powerful seven I've ever seen. I'm so happy and proud of them. You always want to play another match, but we'll be doing that soon.
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The other early quarterfinal matchup was between Pac-12 Champion Stanford and Big Ten runner-up Michigan.

Michigan's Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian earned a 6-2 win at No. 2 but Stanford was in good shape on the other two courts. Stanford's Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle led 5-2 at No. 1 and Krista Hardebeck and Caroline Lampl were serving up 4-3 at No. 3.

Michigan's Kara Hall and Ronit Yurovsky would break for 4-4 at No. 3 but Stanford would break back on the deciding point to go up 5-4. Krista Hardebeck would serve it out on the deciding point to give Stanford the 6-4 win.

Meanwhile back at No. 1 things were starting to fall apart for Davidson and Doyle. Doyle served for the match up 5-2 but she'd get broke on the deciding point to make it 5-3 (note the ball toss issues)

Michigan's Mira Ruder-Hook would get a quick hold for 4-5 but Davidson would go up 5-4, 40-30 with two match points in front of her. Unbelievably she would double fault both match points away to donate the break to Michigan and even it at 5-5. Michigan's Brienne Minor would hold on the deciding point for 6-5 when Ruder-Hook put a volley down at Davidson's feet.

Stanford's Caroline Doyle was serving to stay in the match but she would double fault four times in a row and Michigan had the doubles point with a 7-5 win. Below is a video clip of Davidson's two double faults at 5-4 as well as Doyle last two to lose the point.


Stanford shook off the loss of the point by taking five opening sets in singles and Melissa Lord would quickly tie the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6.

Michigan would go back in front after Ronit Yurovsky defeated Carol Zhao 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1


but moments later Stanford's Krista Hardebeck would tie the match at 2-2 with a over Alex Najarian at No. 4. Hardebeck led 6-0, 4-2 but Najarian broke, held, and broke again to go up 5-4. Najarian had a set point on the deciding point but she pushed a forehand long to get broke. Hardebeck would then hold for 6-5 and break Najarian on the deciding point to win it 6-0, 7-5. Here is a look at the clincher from two angles.


Stanford's Caroline Lampl would put the Cardinal ahead 3-2 after she pulled away from Mira Ruder-Hook at No. 5. Lampl won the first set 6-4 but Ruder-Hook took the second 6-4. Lampl jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third and served it out to win it 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Michigan's Brienne Minor would tie the match at 3-3 with a come from behind 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Taylor Davidson at No. 2.

The match would all come down to a third set at No. 3 singles between Stanford junior Caroline Doyle and Michigan freshman Kate Fahey. Doyle jumped out to a double break 3-0 lead in the third set but Fahey would reel off four straight to go up 4-3. Each would hold two more times so Doyle was now serving at 5-6 and after going up 40-15 she found herself facing a match point at 40-all. Fahey pulled a forehand wide early in the point and the match would go to a tiebreak.

Doyle raced out to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreak but she dropped both points on serve to make it 5-2 (double fault & forehand error). Doyle netted a backhand to make it 5-3 but then Fahey went long on a forehand to make it 6-3. Doyle double faulted to make it 6-4 but then she won it on the next point when Fahey netted a forehand and that was it.



#15 Stanford (18-5) def. #10 Michigan (23-7), 4-3
May 21, 2016 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Head Coaches: Ronni Bernstein (Michigan) and Lele Forood (Stanford)
Doubles
1. #11 Brienne Minor/Mira Ruder-Hook (Michigan) def. #5 Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 7-5
2. Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (Michigan) def. #31 Melissa Lord/Carol Zhao (Stanford), 6-2
3. Krista Hardebeck/Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Kara Hall/Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan), 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles
1. #15 Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan) def. #25 Carol Zhao (Stanford), 6-4, 6-2
2. #19 Brienne Minor (Michigan) def. #46 Taylor Davidson (Stanford), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #67 Caroline Doyle (Stanford) def. #68 Kate Fahey (Michigan), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4)
4. #100 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) def. Alex Najarian (Michigan), 6-0, 7-5
5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Mira Ruder-Hook (Michigan), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
6. Melissa Lord (Stanford) def. Teona Velehorschi (Michigan), 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 4, 5, 2, 3



Stanford Head Coach Lele Forood
On what she told her team after the doubles point...
"To forget about it as fast as possible. We've played from 0-1 an awful lot this season so we know it doesn't mean that much for us to go out and have to win a bunch of singles matches so we just had to put it behind us.

On singles matches played...
"We've got some better players. The other day, I sat in here with Taylor Davidson, a junior, and today with Caroline Doyle, another junior. They've been in big matches, they've played a lot of great tennis down the stretch and they pretty much know how to get it done when it really counts. It was just a tremendous effort today by a lot of our team. And of course Caroline was the last one on the court so it always comes down to they have to get it done for us since we sat at 3-all. She did a tremendous job of having a nice lead in the third and the other girl came back and then keeping her composure from 4-5 to get back to the lead and into the tiebreaker. She took a great lead in the breaker, which obviously took a little bit of the pres- sure off.

On coming into the tournament as the 15th seed, does that take the pressure off?
"No, because I don't think we look at ourselves as a 15th seed, so I don't think that's what it is. We know who we are, we've had actually quite a good season and it's nice to be in the final four.

Caroline Doyle, Stanford (#3 singles)
Talk about that last set...
"I got off to a quick start. She stepped up her game, which led me to become too defensive and I got down 4-5. I was just really trying to get the point started with the first serve and really working the points by trying to get back that set.

On the strong start in the tiebreaker...
"I got off to a pretty good start. I knew I had to play aggressive and really go for my shots. When you start off strong it really gives you a little cushion, but you still have to win that last point.

What is it like when you know it was coming down to your match...
"It's definitely not something that you experience every match. I just really focused on my core, not looking up or to the side too much. It was great having my teammates out there and hearing them cheer. I was just trying to stay very focused and think about the next point.

Is it harder to stay when you have that advantage...
"Not really, just trying to fight for every point and not think about the score. It is a bit relaxing having that cushion, but I still had to fight for every point.

Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
Opening statement...
"It was an incredible match. I am really proud of my team and how they fought to try and get back into that match, losing five first sets and then (Caroline) Doyle was just tough there at the end and we came up a point short. I am really proud of our team and our year we had, we've come and made it to the elite eight and having a chance to go to the final four was exciting but it just slipped away at the end.

On their experience at the national championship...

"It has been great. I think that the people that have been running it have done a great job. Unfortunately, the weather hasn't cooperated the first two days, but today was beautiful. It has been great and the facility is awesome. We had a good tournament and we definitely enjoyed our stay.