Bobby Knight

Bobby Knight

In a stunning development it was announced this evening that John Roddick is stepping down as head coach at University Oklahoma to take over as Director of Tennis and head men's coach at the University of Central Florida. Roddick just finished up his seventh year in Norman after guiding OU to its third consecutive national runner-up finish. Prior to Roddick's arrival in Norman, OU had never made it past the NCAA Round of 16 so the job he did in those seven years was nothing short of phenomenal. If Roddick had stayed at OU for an eighth season he would have had to replace his top two players with Axel Alvarez graduating and Andrew Harris turning pro.

Colette Lewis also conducted an interview with Roddick that talked about his decision to make the move so make sure you check that out at this link.

Central Florida started playing tennis in 1972 at the Division II level and moved up to Division I in the early 80s. UCF has only made it to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions though I expect that to change in the near future.

Here was OU's release and here was UCF's release.

Here were a few quotes from the OU release and I also attached Roddick's press-conference from Tuesday night (4 min 20 sec mark) which mentioned that he planned on being at OU for a while which leads me to believe that this all came together in the last few days.

"First and foremost we want to express our sincere gratitude and respect for Coach Roddick in elevating our men's tennis program to the national powerhouse status it has enjoyed the last several years," said OU VP and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. "John maximized the wonderful resources available, such as the Headington Family Tennis Center, to recruit and develop some very special student-athletes.  They collectively  transformed our program and led it to unprecedented heights, capped by three consecutive national runner-up finishes. The OU Athletics family thanks him for seven years' worth of remarkable achievements and wishes him luck in his new endeavors. We understand this is a very special and unique opportunity for him."

"I want to thank Joe Castiglione and (OU senior associate athletics director) Michael Alford for the opportunity they gave me to be the head coach here, Roddick said. "I'd like to thank (former OU senior associate athletics director) Greg Phillips as well, who was instrumental in my hiring at OU. They gave me all the support I needed to build a program that could compete for national championships. I also want to thank all my team members. Their hard work and belief was the reason for our success the last seven years.

"We're thrilled to bring a coach the caliber of John Roddick to UCF," UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White said. "John was a very successful player as a junior and a collegian. He also did great things as a collegiate assistant coach and as an ATP professional coach. As a collegiate head coach, his records, accolades and NCAA Championship match berths speak for themselves. I believe John Roddick will make a huge positive impact on our tennis programs. His hire, combined with the opening of the collegiate tennis center at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona early next year, will make UCF a destination for many top college-bound tennis players. This hire is another step toward our goal of becoming a Top 25 athletic program."

At UCF, Roddick will have oversight of both the men's and women's programs. He will serve as the Knights' head men's coach, while a head women's coach will be hired soon. 

"I'm very excited about the opportunity that UCF, Danny White and President Hitt are affording for UCF Tennis," Roddick said. "I'm honored to be able to lead both programs and I look forward to making UCF Tennis a national power. When you combine the new Home of American Tennis at Lake Nona with the academics at UCF, we are in the unique position to recruit the best student-athletes in the nation. I look forward to that challenge."

It'll be an All-American and All-ACC NCAA Women's Singles Final as both of the top seeds, North Carolina's Hayley Carter and Virginia's Danielle Collins, pulled out victories in their semifinal matches.

Hayley Carter (Photo by Bill Kallenberg CapturedInAction.Com)

Carter looked like she was in serious trouble against Miami's Sinead Lohan after falling behind 6-1, 5-3 but she was able to hang in there with a brief rain delay possibly giving her a chance to regroup. Carter held for 4-5 and then fought off a match point on the deciding point to break for 5-5. Carter held for 6-5 then broke again to take the set 7-5. There was a brief five-minute rain delay with Lohan serving at 4-3 in the second set then there was a one-hour rain delay in between the second and third sets.

Carter held on the deciding point to go up 1-0 in the third and then she broke to go ahead 2-0. Lohan broke back on the deciding point and then she held for 2-2. Carter would then win the final four games including a break of Lohan on the deciding point to clinch the 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 win. Below is match point which includes a diving Carter landing a volley to win it.

Virginia senior Danielle Collins advanced to her second NCAA Women's Singles Final in the last three years with a straight set win over Pepperdine freshman Luisa Stefani. Collins opened up a 5-2 lead in the opening set but Stefani broke for 3-5, held for 4-5, and broke again to even it at 5-5. Collins would break back for 6-5 but Stefani broke as well to send the opening set to a tiebreak. Collins jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the tiebreak and then hung on to take it 9-7. Collins went ahead 5-1 in the second set but Stefani would break for 2-5, hold for 3-5, and then break again for 4-5. Collins would break Stefani on the deciding point with a forehand winner to take it 7-6(7), 6-4.

Women's Semifinals
#1 [1] Hayley Carter (North Carolina) def. #8 [8] Sinead Lohan (Miami (FL) 1-6, 7-5, 6-2
#2 [2] Danielle Collins (Virginia) def. #6 [7] Luisa Stefani (Pepperdine) 7-6(7), 6-4

The men's final will be contested between Ohio State sophomore Mikael Torpegaard and UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald.

Torpegaard got past TCU sophomore Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-4 in a match that was moved indoors midway through the opening set. When play was stopped due to lightning Norrie was serving 3-4, 0-30 and once play resumed indoors Torpegaard would break and then hold to take the opening set 6-3. Torpegaard broke Norrie to start the second set and then held on the deciding point to go up 2-0. Norrie evened it at 3-3 after breaking Torpegaard's 3-2 service game on the deciding point and then Norrie held for 4-3. Torpegaard held for 4-4, broke Norrie on the deciding point for 5-4, and then served it out for the win.

UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald punched his ticket to the finals with a close three set win over Virginia Tech senior Joao Monteiro. McDonald took the opening set 6-2 but then play was halted due to lightning/rain and moved indoors. Monteiro broke McDonald to go up 3-1 in the second and then held for 4-1 and would eventually take the set 6-3. Monteiro broke McDonald to start the third set but McDonald would get it back on serve after breaking Monteiro's 2-1 service game. McDonald would break again to go up 4-2 after Monteiro double faulted at 40-30 and then pulled a forehand wide on the deciding point. McDonald came back from 0-30 down to hold for 5-2 and then he had a match point on the deciding point but he hit a forehand long to give Monteiro the hold for 3-5. McDonald would serve it out from 40-30 with match point below.

McDonald also advanced to the doubles final which means that he's the first person to play in both the singles and doubles finals since Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins did it in 2013. Jenkins won the doubles final with Mac Styslinger but came up short in the singles final against Ohio State's Blaz Rola.

The last guy to win both the singles and doubles titles in the same year was Georgia's Matias Boeker who did it in 2001 - also won the team championship too. The last person, male or female, to win them both was Stanford's Nicole Gibbs who did it in 2012.

Men's Semifinals
#1 [1] Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio St.) def. #5 [5] Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
#6 [6] Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #14 [9-16] Joao Monteiro (Virginia Tech) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

It'll be Cal versus Florida in tomorrow's women's doubles championship after Cal's Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr and Florida's Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan each won matches in third set supertiebreaks.

Manasse and Starr took out the No. 1 seed North Carolina's Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay (North 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (7). Carter and Kay opened up an early 3-0 lead in the first set before Manasse and Starr held, broke, held, and broke to go up 4-3.  Manasse and Starr would hold on to the break lead and take the opening set 6-4. Carter and Kay opened up a 5-0 lead in the second set before Manasse and Starr won four straight to put it back on serve at 5-4. Carter and Kay broke back on the deciding point to take the set 6-4 and force a 10 point third set supertiebreak. The tiebreak was even at 6-6 before Manasse and Starr won four of the final five points to win it 10-7.

Florida's Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan booked their spot in the finals with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(5) win over UCLA's Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips. UCLA broke Keegan to go up 3-2 in the first set and broke Austin to go up 5-2 before Florida got one of the breaks back at 5-3. Keegan held for 4-5 before Harrison served it out to give UCLA the opening set 6-4. There was only one break of serve in the second set and it was Florida who broke the McPhillips serve for 5-3 and and then Keegan served it out for a 6-3 set. Austin and Keegan pulled away in the tiebreak by breaking a 4-4 tie and winning six of the last seven points to take it 10-5.

Women's Doubles Semifinals
#4 [4] Maegan Manasse-Denise Starr (California) def. #2 [1] Hayley Carter-Whitney Kay (North Carolina) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (7)
#3 [3] Brooke Austin-Kourtney Keegan (Florida) def. #7 [5-8] Catherine Harrison-Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (5)

The men's doubles final will be between Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow and UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki.

Rinderknech and Withrow looked to be in control when they lead East Tennessee State's David Biosca and Roger Ribeiro 6-2, 5-2 but the ETSU duo took the next five games to force a third set supertiebreak. It was tied 7-7 in the tiebreak but Texas A&M won the final three to win it 10-7.

UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki looked like they might get off the courts in straight sets but Notre Dame's Quentin Monaghan and Alex Lawson broke to even it at 5-5 in the second. Monaghan and Lawson would take the second set in a tiebreak then they opened up a 7-4 lead in the third set supertiebreak. McDonald hit a forehand winner and then a service winner to cut the deficit to 7-6 but a Monaghan service winner made it 8-6. Monaghan double faulted to make it 8-7 and then Redlicki tied it at 8-8 with a forehand winner right down the middle of the court. Redlicki hit an ace to put the Bruins ahead 9-8 and then McDonald won it with a perfect lob. 
Men's Doubles Semifinals
#8 Arthur Rinderknech-Jackson Withrow (Texas A&M) def. #63 David Biosca-Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (7)
#2 [2] Mackenzie McDonald-Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #15 Alex Lawson-Quentin Monaghan (Notre Dame) 7-5, 6-7(5), 1-0 (8)

Both of the singles finals will be held at Noon central time with the women's doubles final at 2 p.m. and the men's doubles final at 4 p.m.
Monday, 30 May 2016 11:12

NCAA Singles/Doubles Finals

Below is Monday's schedule and there will be a live broadcast with announcers that will be available at this link. The non-sound streaming links with live scoring will be active so you can follow those as well.

Women's Final
#2 [2] Danielle Collins (Virginia) def. #1 [1] Hayley Carter (North Carolina) 6-3, 6-2

Men's Finals
#6 [6] Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #1 [1] Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio St.) 6-3, 6-3

Women's Doubles Finals
#3 [3] Brooke Austin-Kourtney Keegan (Florida) def. #4 [4] Maegan Manasse-Denise Starr (California) 6-2, 6-0

Men's Doubles Finals
#2 [2] Mackenzie McDonald-Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech-Jackson Withrow (Texas A&M) 6-4, 6-1

UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald and Virginia senior Danielle Collins both cruised to straight set wins in the finals of the NCAA Singles Championships on an overcast Memorial Day in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Photos Courtesy of Bill Kallenberg/Captured In Action).

McDonald entered the tournament with an ITA ranking of No. 6 and was also the No. 6 seed while Torpegaard came in as the top ranked and top seeded player. McDonald was seeking to become the 12th Bruin in school history to win the NCAA Men's Singles Title while Mikael Torpegaard was trying to become the 2nd Buckeye to achieve the grand feat.

Torpegaard got off to a good start by breaking McDonald on the deciding point to go up 1-0 but McDonald broke back on the deciding point to even it at 1-1. McDonald would hold for 2-1 and then break for 3-1 and then it'd be five straight holds to close out the opening set which went to McDonald by a 6-3 score. McDonald broke Torpegaard to start the second set and then held for 2-0. It would be all holds up until the final game which saw McDonald break Torpegaard on the deciding point to win it 6-3, 6-3.

Post-Match Comments from McDonald
On what it feels like to be a National Champion...
"It feels unbelievable. I've always dreamed of this moment and to actually have the trophy in my hands it's pretty surreal. It's an unbe- lievable feeling and I'm really thankful to be here.

On mentality going into the match...
"He broke me the first game on a deuce point, but then I got myself together, made a couple more balls, and I found my game plan as I progressed through the match. I think points opened up for me. I played pretty well into my strengths and took care of business. I played percentage tennis and played the way I actually would like to play.

On if it was as easy as it looked...
"No, he's a great player and has had an unbelievable season. There were a lot of deuce games and I had to stay mentally tough. I think I definitely got the upper hand on more of those deuce games, but he really pushed me and I stay there, because easily he could have gotten back into the set.

On refocusing for the doubles championship later today at 4 pm...
"I'm sure Marti (doubles partner Martin Redlicki) is going to be on me. I want this just as bad as he wants it. We want to get that dou- bles title. We're going to do the things we need to do, go back to the hotel and get ready for that doubles match in a couple of hours.

Men's Final
#6 [6] Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #1 [1] Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio St.) 6-3, 6-3

Previous NCAA Men's Singles Champions from UCLA:
Jack Tidball (1933), Herb Flam (1950), Larry Nagler (1960), Allen Fox (1961), Arthur Ashe (1965), Charles Pasarell (1966), Jeff Borowiak (1970), Jimmy Connors (1971), Billy Martin (1975), Benjamin Kohlloeffel (2006), Marcos Giron (2014)


It was No. 1 versus No. 2 on the women's side as No. 1 Hayley Carter took on No. 2 Danielle Collins.

Collins, a Virginia senior, was trying to win her second NCAA singles title in the last three years while Carter, a North Carolina junior, was trying to make it two in a row for North Carolina after Jamie Loeb won it a year ago. Carter and Collins were meeting for the fourth time this season with Carter winning the only previous meeting that finished.

Collins jumped out to a single break 3-0 lead in the opening set but Carter won the next three to even it at 3-3. Collins held for 4-3, broke for 5-3, and then served out the opening set to take it 6-3. Collins broke to go up 2-1 in the second and then would break again to go up 4-1. After an exchange of holds Collins would serve it out on the deciding point to win it 6-3, 6-2.

Post-Match Comments from Collins
On mindset having previously facing Hayley Carter multiple times...
"Hayley is such a tough competitor and as you guys can probably tell she gets every ball back and never gives up. So a lot of the matches that we've played in the past have been really close, she's beaten me a couple times and I've beaten her a couple times so I knew it was going to be a really tough match and I was going to have to play my absolute best to beat her. She wasn't going to give me any free points so going out there I had to focus and concentrate so hard every point, especially with how many balls she was getting back. I just really had to tap into my focus a lot differently than maybe I would've had to in other matches just because of how tough she really is.

On approaching Carter who's repetitively dropped the first set then battled back the last two sets to win...
"Well the last two matches I played I had an issue where I would be up in my sets and the other person would come back and get it even for a while so today when I went on the court I was like not today alright'. She did come back in the first set, I was up 3-0 then she got it back 3 all. Then going into the second set I thought well she's going to start doing something different because she's down' so I just kind of had to expect it but I really didn't want to let her in and get her momentum going in her direction.

On difference being a national champion before in 2014 and now a two-time champ today...
"I feel like it's harder winning it a second time than it is the first time. The first time I was in my second year and I wasn't seeded. My first year at Florida I didn't really play a ton and I was playing lower in the lineup. Nobody really expected me to win it in 2014 so I didn't really have much pressure on me going into the tournament but this tournament, in some people's book, I was the favorite to win or I was predicted to get to the finals and so there was that added pressure just because of winning it before. I just took it one match at a time and knew that regardless of the outcome I've worked hard enough and luckily have had a lot of success in my college career to where regardless of the outcome I would've ended a successful career and been all good.

On this second championship being sweeter than the first...
"Yeah, I think so. I think mentally it was a lot tougher to win this one but I did it and I don't really know how at this point as it's kind of a blur. It's pretty sweet to go out winning a national championship again to end my career. I'm just very fortunate.

Collins becomes the seventh two-time singles champion joining the following players (Patty Fendick, Stanford (1986, 1987), Sandra Birch, Stanford (1989, 1991), Lisa Raymond, Florida (1992, 1993), Laura Granville, Stanford (2000, 2001), Amber Liu, Stanford (2003, 2004), and Nicole Gibbs, Stanford (2012-2013))

Women's Final
#2 [2] Danielle Collins (Virginia) def. #1 [1] Hayley Carter (North Carolina) 6-3, 6-2

The 2015-16 season officially came to a close on Sunday afternoon in Tulsa with both doubles finals ending in pretty lopsided matches (Photos Courtesy of Bill Kallenberg/Captured In Action).

UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald and sophomore Martin Redlicki won the men's doubles final with a straight set win over Texas A&M senior Jackson Withrow and sophomore Arthur Rinderknech. McDonald and Redlicki broke Rinderknech at love to go up 2-1 in the opening set and then after a series of holds Redlicki served out the opening set at love to take it 6-4.

McDonald and Redlicki broke Withrow on the deciding point to go up 2-1 in the second after McDonald hit a nice lob over Rinderknech's head which then put the Aggie duo on the defensive. Play was stopped for roughly two minutes due to a few stray sprinkles but once play restarted McDonald held from 40-15 to put UCLA up 3-1. McDonald and Redlicki broke Rinderknech from 15-40 after a Rinderknech double fault and then Redlicki held at love for 5-1. McDonald and Redlicki went up 0-40 on Withrow's serve but A&M worked the game back to the deciding point after a service winner and a pair of McDonald errors. McDonald redeemed himself on the deciding point by hitting a backhand return winner to give UCLA the 6-4, 6-1 win.

McDonald became the first guy to win both the singles and doubles titles in the same year since Georgia's Matias Boeker did it in 2001.

On the feeling of being a national champion...
"There's a lot of emotion running right now. On the court you tell yourself all the time one point at a time, just focus on every point and don't let the moment get to you' but it's challenging especially when you're in a championship match against a great team like the guys from A&M, and just being able to keep my composure down the stretch, Mackie (McDonald) as well. For him in singles and both of us in doubles I think it was just an incredible couple of weeks for us here in Tulsa and I'm really glad we were able to come up with the title. 
Words can't describe it.

On takeover to win the first set...
"Honestly, I don't think we changed much I just think we made more balls, were more consistent, placed our shots better, played smarter doubles and down the stretch we just turned it up a notch and were able to get it done.

Where does this rank as far as accomplishment in your life...
"This has to be, if not the most special, one of the top 5 most special moments in my tennis career. With overcoming adversity yes- terday, being able to fight it out, then coming out here and playing some of our best doubles in the championship match you just can't really beat that and I'm just really happy and excited. I'm ecstatic right now.

On getting this win for his doubles teammate after winning the singles title earlier today...
"I know how much we wanted this win. We really came out and took care of business. When I got back Marti got me in the right mindset and we did what we needed to do before the match and took care of it on the court.

On the last set...
"We played well. I feel like as the tournament progressed we played better and better with each match. We really didn't play doubles much after the team event. We focused on the singles a little bit and didn't practice that much in doubles with other people. Like I said,
I think we got better with each match and at the end I think we played our best tennis there and it showed with the score line. I'm really happy with how Marti returned and I really improved. We just played percentage tennis, made a lot of balls, and I served pretty well. We started using I-formation on me more, and it was good.

On being the 38th player since 1883 to win in both doubles and singles...
"It sounds pretty cool, I like it. I'm really happy with this accomplishment. This is unbelievable. I have always wanted to win something for UCLA and to bring back two trophies for them is really cool to me. I've always been a Bruin and this means a lot to me.

On where this day stacks up in this life...
"This is way up there for sure. It'll be even better if Steph Curry wins the NBA championship.

This is the 11th time that a UCLA doubles team has won the NCAA doubles championship, and the first time since 1996 (Justin Gimelstob and Srdjan Muskatirovic).
Mackenzie McDonald won both the singles title and the doubles championships. It's the 38th time that a player has won the singles and doubles championship since 1883.
The last time a player won both the singles and doubles titles was in 2001 when Georgia's Matias Boeker won the singles and teamed with Travis Parrott to win the doubles crown.

Total attendance for the 12-day tournament was 9,783 fans.

Men's Doubles Finals
#2 [2] Mackenzie McDonald-Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech-Jackson Withrow (Texas A&M) 6-4, 6-1

Florida sophomore Brooke Austin and junior Kourtney Keegan won the women's doubles final with a quick 54 minute win over Cal juniors Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr.

Austin and Keegan broke Manasse to start the match and then Keegan held for 2-0. Starr held for 1-2, Austin held for 3-1, and then Florida broke Manasse to go up 4-1. Starr held a few games later for 2-5 but Austin served out the set to make it 6-2. Austin and Keegan won all six games in the second set including a love hold by Keegan to seal the 6-2, 6-0 win.

On the feeling of being a national champion...
"I really don't know what to say. I'm speechless. We have worked so hard ever since we lost in the semis last year and were up 4-1, 30 love in the third. I think that was in the back of our minds today especially towards the end once we got up 4-0 and I think that definitely propelled us to the end. We've worked so hard the whole year and I'm just so happy that we won and I really can't believe it.

On the thoughts going into this year's tournament after being eliminated when up 4-1 in the semifinals last year...
"Ever since match number one here, it's definitely been in the back of our minds especially once we got further on in the tournament. Definitely yesterday, obviously once we got into the third set, but even in practice at home since then, every day we hear something about it. Our coach will be like 4-1 in the third you did this', so I think every day we worked on something towards getting to this goal here and trying to let go of that 4-1 in the third last year.

On confidence going forward into second set after winning the first set...
"We started off really well and got up 2-0 pretty quickly and I thought we were poaching a lot and being aggressive doing all the plays Roland (Head Coach) told us to do and it was obviously working. I think that gave us a lot of confidence and we just kept doing it throughout the match and they made some errors and that gave us more confidence and we just tried to stay focus and it ended up working out for us.

On capturing the first doubles championship since 2001 for the traditional tennis rich University of Florida...
"I'm just speechless. Until yesterday I didn't even know it had been 15 years since the last Florida team had been in the finals or won the tournament. So I'm just shocked that we won to be honest and I'm just so happy that we won.

On realization when you thought you would win during the match today...
"I knew at 5-0 once we got up 30 love in the game I was like alright we got this' and then Maegan missed the next return and we had match point and I was like okay we can do this' and then we won the next point.

On winning the national championship...
"I'm pretty speechless right now, honestly. It's a dream come true. We just went out there and tried our hardest. We were confident in ourselves and we really wanted it. We've worked so hard throughout the year that it just all came together.

On how much thought they gave to losing in the semifinals last year...
"In this tournament? Every single match. It was kept in the back of our minds, because we were heart-broken last year. We really wanted it, and we were that close. Thinking about the finish line isn't always the best idea. I think that was able to propel us forward and make us want it more and make us work harder. We came through with it.

On their first set...
"Especially in this kind of a match, everyone is going to be nervous on the court. I think going out there with a lot of confidence and starting out well early was key to the success throughout that whole set. Then in the second set, we started with a big lead as well, so that propelled us forward.

On winning the first doubles championship for Florida since 2001...
"Florida has always been known for their women's tennis players. I think that being a part of something like the University of Florida is better than anyone can imagine. Being a part of that, and making history and being the first doubles team since 2001 is ... I mean you can't beat it.

On when they knew on the court today that they would win...
"For me, it was when she hit the ball out for match point, after we officially won it. It's not over til it's over. Going up 5-0 and serving, I was serving well all week, and I knew that I was going to be able to pull it out.

Additional Quotes from head coach Roland Thornqvist via Florida's recap
On Austin and Keegan's NCAA Doubles Championship today... 
"Obviously, I am incredibly proud of the performance today. They played like pros. They were very focused. They made virtually every return and cool under pressure. It really started coming together when they were down 4-1 in the first set against Arizona State. After that point, they locked in, they made first serves, they were poaching and they were really good in return games. 

I am really proud of them. Anytime you win a National Championship, you have to play well and play with courage and I am proud to say that is exactly what Kourtney and Brooke did today."

Post-Match Quotes from Cal's recap
"It's a testament to the fantastic year our program had to compete on the last day of the season, Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "It's a big honor to compete in an NCAA championship final. Denise and Maegan had a fantastic season, winning a doubles championship in the fall and a team national championship indoors in the spring. It's been a fantastic year. I'm proud of everything Maegan and Denise accomplished this season as well as everything our entire team and program accomplished.

"Florida just played a little bit better than us today. Credit to them; they're a good team.

"They came out really strong and aggressive, and we started out maybe a little too passive, Starr added. "We had a lot of close games. We competed well today regardless of the score. It feels great we were well represented here for another year.

"We had such a great tournament, Manasse said. "There were a couple of matches that were really close, and we stayed mentally tough like in the 10-point tiebreaker in the semifinal. What we take away from this is we had a such a great tournament and have one more year to represent Cal. We're excited to move on to next year. We're going to take a couple days off and enjoy how well we did winning a doubles national championship, winning an indoor team championship, getting to the semifinals of the NCAA team tournament and getting to the finals of doubles.

Florida won its fifth NCAA doubles title and first since the 2001 season. Florida's first NCAA doubles crown came in 1991, while also winning titles in 1996, 1997.

It's the third straight season that a team from the SEC has won the doubles title. The Alabama team of Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe won the doubles title in both 2014 and 2015.

Women's Doubles Finals
#3 [3] Brooke Austin-Kourtney Keegan (Florida) def. #4 [4] Maegan Manasse-Denise Starr (California) 6-2, 6-0

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:37

Final Men's Team Rankings

The ITA actually put these final team rankings out last week on May 25th but I didn't make a release because I didn't want it to get lost in the shuffle with the NCAA Tournament still in progress.

The national champion Virginia Cavaliers finished at the top spot while UCLA finished at No. 2 and TCU finished at No. 3. Oklahoma made the biggest jump in the top 10 by rising four spots from No. 10 to No. 6 after making a run to the finals. Cal moved up four spots as well by coming up from No. 13 to No. 9 after making it all the way to the semifinals.

Stanford and SMU had the biggest increases with each coming up eight spots to No. 21 and No. 22 respectively after each made it to the NCAA Round of 16.

Teams were able to earn bonus points based on performance at the NCAA Tournament - below is the chart that shows how many points were earned for each round.

Bonus points for NCAA Team Championship
Advance to second Round - 1 point added to overall average
Round of 16 - 2 points
Quarterfinals - 3 points
Semifinals - 4 points
Final - 6 points
Champion - Automatically ranked No. 1

Texas moved up two spots to No. 16 while Illinois fell three spots No. 18 which means Texas should have the chance to host an ITA Kick-Off Weekend regional in January while Illinois will have to go on the road. The Kick-Off Weekend regionals determine which teams get to play at the National Team Indoors which will take place in Charlottesville in mid-February. The draft for the Kick-Off Weekend will take place on June 8th so look for a post in the coming days.

The only team to drop out of the top 75 was St. John's while Portland came in at No. 74.

Final Men's Team Rankings

RankAvgSchoolPrevious Rank
180.64University of Virginia1
471.38Ohio State University5
571.02North Carolina3
670.12University of Oklahoma10
770.10University of Georgia7
865.82Wake Forest University6
1061.21University of Florida9
1159.34Texas Tech University8
1258.22University of Southern California11
1350.04Oklahoma State University16
1447.58Texas A&M University12
1545.29Northwestern University14
1644.55University of Texas18
1744.46University of South Florida17
1843.88University of Illinois15
1940.60Mississippi State University21
2040.06University of Arkansas19
2136.00Stanford University29
2335.22University of Kentucky20
2432.98University of Tulsa23
2531.85University of Michigan24
2630.61Florida State University22
2730.06University of Mississippi27
2829.77Columbia University25
2929.65University of San Diego28
3028.58Rice University26
3128.10Tulane University31
3227.79Baylor University35
3327.19Virginia Tech33
3427.04University of Oregon38
3626.16Penn State University37
3725.60Georgia Tech32
3822.35Vanderbilt University34
3920.60University of Washington39
4018.98University of Memphis42
4118.85University of Alabama43
4218.52University of Notre Dame40
4318.37Dartmouth College41
4417.06UC Santa Barbara44
4516.74University of South Carolina45
4616.58North Carolina State46
4715.73University of Denver47
4814.93Old Dominion University48
4914.73Drake University51
5013.94Purdue University49
5112.91Harvard University52
5212.76Princeton University53
5412.50Cornell University50
5511.36Boise State University58
5611.24Indiana University-Bloomington59
5711.13University of Wisconsin57
5810.96Lamar University56
5910.91East Tennessee State University55
6010.86Utah State University60
6110.82Brigham Young University61
6210.35Cal Poly64
639.95Georgia State University62
649.42Auburn University63
658.52University of Iowa65
668.34University of Nebraska66
678.19Loyola Marymount University70
688.16Wichita State University67
698.09University of New Mexico68
707.97University of the Pacific (California)69
717.77UC Davis74
727.64University of Utah73
737.52UNC Wilmington72
747.07University of PortlandNR
757.03Duke University75

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 10:22

Final Women's Team Rankings

The national champion Stanford Cardinal made the jump from No. 15 all the way up to No. 1 after defeating Oklahoma State 4-3 to win the NCAA Championship. Oklahoma State moved up four spots from No. 12 to No. 8 but anyone who saw them play would say without a doubt they were a top 5 team.

Cal stayed at No. 2 after a semifinal appearance while Florida, who was No. 1, dropped to No. 3 after losing in the Round of 16 to Stanford. North Carolina fell one spot to No. 4 and Vanderbilt came up one spot to No. 5.

There were several teams that made big jumps or falls with Baylor coming up eight spots to No. 32, Rice coming up seven spots to No. 41, and TCU coming up six spots to No. 31. Duke and NC State took the biggest tumbles inside the top 50 with each falling five spots to No. 14 and No. 40 respectively.

Teams were able to earn bonus points based on performance at the NCAA Tournament - below is the chart that shows how many points were earned for each round.

Bonus points for NCAA Team Championship
Advance to second Round - 1 point added to overall average
Round of 16 - 2 points
Quarterfinals - 3 points
Semifinals - 4 points
Final - 6 points
Champion - Automatically ranked No. 1

These rankings are also used to to determine who will host ITA Kick-Off Weekend regionals though many of the top program usually opt out which means teams in the 20s will probably have a chance at hosting. I'll have more information on the Kick-Off Draft, which takes place on June 9th, as they become available.

Final Women's Team Rankings

RankAvgSchoolPrevious Rank
373.59University of Florida1
470.92North Carolina3
570.51Vanderbilt University6
670.30Ohio State University4
768.37University of Georgia5
867.83Oklahoma State University12
1060.01University of Miami (Florida)7
1158.74University of Michigan10
1252.41Auburn University11
1352.21University of Virginia14
1449.61Duke University9
1548.08Texas Tech University16
1645.89Georgia Tech17
1745.68University of South Carolina13
1939.12Texas A&M University19
2038.57University of Texas at Austin24
2138.42University of Southern California20
2236.59Arizona State University23
2335.27Mississippi State University21
2432.23University of Kentucky22
2629.20University of Tulsa28
2728.18Syracuse University25
2826.46Northwestern University30
2924.98Wake Forest University26
3023.90Wichita State University29
3223.04Baylor University40
3321.92University of Kansas32
3421.13Rice University41
3520.29Clemson University31
3620.09University of Arkansas33
3719.72Columbia University36
3819.49Virginia Tech34
3918.85College of William and Mary38
4018.73North Carolina State35
4118.51Princeton University39
4216.73University of Mississippi42
4315.77Fresno State44
4414.59University of Notre Dame43
4514.38Dartmouth College47
4614.13Florida International University (FIU)45
4714.08University of Pennsylvania49
4813.66Georgia State University46
4913.43University of Illinois51
5013.40University of Denver48
5113.19University of Washington53
5312.59University of South Alabama52
5412.32University of Alabama54
5512.12Harvard University56
5611.62UC Santa Barbara74
5711.47Cornell University59
5811.46University of Oregon58
5911.16University of Utah61
6011.14Brown University60
6110.90University of South Florida57
6210.57Long Beach State University62
6310.46Florida State University55
6410.40University of New Mexico63
658.84Univ. of Missouri, Columbia64
668.79DePaul University65
678.33Old Dominion University68
688.26Washington State University70
698.16Boston College66
708.13Xavier University67
718.05Yale University72
728.04Purdue University75
737.82University of North Texas73
747.72University of Arizona71
757.61University of Texas at Arlington69

Thursday, 02 June 2016 12:41

Final Men's Singles Rankings

The final singles rankings were released on Wednesday with NCAA singles champion Mackenzie McDonald finishing the year at No. 1.

The NCAA Champion Virginia Cavaliers had all six singles starters ranked in the top 125 while no other team had more than four. There were nine teams that had four ranked starters with another five that had three ranked.

I'll do a comparison of the ITA rankings versus Universal Tennis Ratings in the coming days.

Teams with at least 4 ranked players

Virginia (1)
#7 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Jr)
#15 Ryan Shane (Sr)
#34 Collin Altamirano (Soph)
#84 Alexander Ritschard (Soph)
#110 J.C. Aragone (Jr)
#116 Henrik Wiersholm (Soph)

UCLA (2)
#1 Mackenzie McDonald (Jr)
#35 Martin Redlicki (Soph)
#63 Gage Brymer (Jr)
#97 Karue Sell (Sr)

Ohio State (4)
#2 Mikael Torpegaard (Soph)
#52 Hugo Di Feo (Fr)
#67 Chris Diaz (Sr)
#104 Herkko Pollanen (Jr)

North Carolina (5)
#23 Ronnie Schneider (Jr)
#30 Brayden Schnur (Jr)
#53 Brett Clark (Sr)
#121 Robert Kelly (Soph)

Oklahoma (6)
#22 Axel Alvarez (Sr)
#41 Andrew Harris (Jr)
#65 Alex Ghilea (Jr)
#79 Spencer Papa (Soph)

Georgia (7)
#12 Austin Smith (Sr)
#31 Wayne Montgomery (Soph)
#66 Paul Oosterbaan (Soph)
#124 Walker Duncan (Fr)

California (9)
#27 Florian Lakat (Jr)
#32 Andre Goransson (Jr)
#95 Billy Griffith (Soph)
#119 Filip Bergevi (Jr)

Florida (10)
#13 Diego Hidalgo (Sr)
#38 Elliott Orkin (Jr)
#58 Alfredo Perez (Fr)
#118 Chase Perez-Blanco (Soph)

USC (12)
#24 Max de Vroome (Sr)
#45 Nick Crystal (Jr)
#77 Logan Smith (Fr)
#100 Jake DeVine (Fr)

Virginia Tech (33)
#9 Joao Monteiro (Sr)
#61 Andreas Bjerrehus (Sr)
#82 Edoardo Tessaro (Sr)
#114 Amerigo Contini (Sr)

Teams with 3 ranked players

TCU (3)
#3 Cameron Norrie (Soph)
#21 Alex Rybakov (Fr)
#87 Guillermo Nunez (Soph)

Northwestern (15)
#26 Konrad Zieba (Jr)
#51 Sam Shropshire (Jr)
#71 Strong Kirchheimer (Jr)

Illinois (18)
#6 Aleks Vukic (Soph)
#16 Jared Hiltzik (Sr)
#75 Aron Hiltzik (Soph)

Mississippi State (19)
#43 Mate Cutura (Jr)
#59 Rishab Agarwal (Jr)
#70 Nuno Borges (Fr)

NC State (46)
#62 Simon Norenius (Sr)
#64 Nick Horton (Jr)
#107 Thomas Weigel (Sr)

Ranking Breakdown By Class
Freshmen - 13 (Chrysochos 18)
Sophomore - 38 (Torpegaard 2)
Junior - 37 (McDonald 1)
Senior - 37 (Koepfer 4)

RankAvgPlayerSchoolPrv RankClass
163.56Mackenzie McDonaldUCLA6Jr
259.43Mikael TorpegaardOhio State University1Soph
352.54Cameron NorrieTCU5Soph
452.17Dominik KoepferTulane University3Sr
552.03Roberto CidUniversity of South Florida2Sr
647.69Aleks VukicUniversity of Illinois4Soph
744.77Thai-Son KwiatkowskiUniversity of Virginia9Jr
841.85Christopher EubanksGeorgia Tech7Soph
939.92Joao MonteiroVirginia Tech14Sr
1037.86Tom FawcettStanford University15Soph
1137.7Julian LenzBaylor University12Sr
1237.44Austin SmithUniversity of Georgia17Sr
1336.6Diego HidalgoUniversity of Florida10Sr
1436.31Skander MansouriWake Forest University13Soph
1535.45Ryan ShaneUniversity of Virginia8Sr
1632.63Jared HiltzikUniversity of Illinois16Sr
1732.43Benjamin LockFlorida State University11Sr
1828.92Petros ChrysochosWake Forest University27Fr
1928.23Felipe SoaresTexas Tech University19Sr
2027.19Arthur RinderknechTexas A&M University18Soph
2125.09Alex RybakovTCU24Fr
2223.92Axel Alvarez LlamasUniversity of Oklahoma25Sr
2323.79Ronnie SchneiderNorth Carolina28Jr
2423.77Max de VroomeUniversity of Southern California23Sr
2523.3Mike RedlickiUniversity of Arkansas21Jr
2623.24Konrad ZiebaNorthwestern University20Jr
2722.69Florian LakatCalifornia30Jr
2822.35Nicolas AlvarezDuke University22Soph
2921.94William BushamukaUniversity of Kentucky29Soph
3020.24Brayden SchnurNorth Carolina26Jr
3119.89Wayne MontgomeryUniversity of Georgia32Soph
3219.68Andre GoranssonCalifornia31Jr
3318.34Gustav HanssonUniversity of Mississippi39Soph
3416.72Collin AltamiranoUniversity of Virginia33Soph
3516.52Martin RedlickiUCLA38Soph
3616.06Quentin MonaghanUniversity of Notre Dame35Sr
3715.73Daniel ValentVanderbilt University36Soph
3815.25Elliott OrkinUniversity of Florida37Jr
3914.74Dominic CotroneUniversity of South Florida47Sr
4014.64George GoldhoffUniversity of Texas68Jr
4113.87Andrew HarrisUniversity of Oklahoma97Jr
4213.82Or Ram-HarelUniversity of Tulsa48Jr
4313.44Mate CuturaMississippi State University34Jr
4413.42Shane VinsantTexas A&M University52
Friday, 03 June 2016 10:45

Final Women's Singles Rankings

The final singles rankings were released on Wednesday with NCAA singles champion Danielle Collins finishing the year at No. 1.

Cal, Florida, and Ohio State each had five ranked singles players while NCAA Champion Stanford was one of six teams that had four ranked players. There were ten teams that had three ranked players including national runner-up Oklahoma State.

There were more juniors ranked in the top 125 than any other class. It was interesting to see 22 freshmen in the top 125 while the guys only had 13 freshmen ranked.

I'll do a comparison of the ITA rankings versus Universal Tennis Ratings in the coming days.

Teams with at least 4 ranked players

California (2)
#9 Maegan Manasse (Jr)
#16 Klara Fabikova (Sr)
#88 Denise Starr (Jr)
#93 Lynn Chi (Sr)
#121 Olivia Hauger (Fr)

Florida (3)
#8 Brooke Austin (Soph)
#15 Belinda Woolcock (Jr)
#43 Kourtney Keegan (Jr)
#63 Anna Danilina (Soph)
#119 Brianna Morgan (Sr)

Ohio State (6)
#4 Francesca Di Lorenzo (Fr)
#95 Sandy Niehaus (Jr)
#96 Anna Sanford (Soph)
#110 Gabriella De Santis (Jr)
#111 Olivia Sneed (Soph)

Stanford (1)
#24 Carol Zhao (Jr)
#35 Taylor Davidson (Jr)
#73 Caroline Doyle (Jr)
#123 Krista Hardebeck (Sr)

Georgia (7)
#5 Ellen Perez (Soph)
#22 Kennedy Shaffer (Soph)
#34 Caroline Brinson (Jr)
#115 Silvia Garcia (Sr)

Miami (10)
#6 Sinead Lohan (Soph)
#10 Stephanie Wagner (Sr)
#50 Yolimar Ogando (Soph)
#81 Wendy Zhang (Soph)

Virginia (13)
#1 Danielle Collins (Sr)
#13 Julia Elbaba (Sr)
#82 Stephanie Nauta (Sr)
#83 Skylar Morton (Sr)

Mississippi State (23)
#11 Jasmine Lee (Jr)
#37 Georgiana Patrasc (Sr)
#105 Anastasia Rentouli (Fr)
#117 Madison Harrison (Soph)

#42 Ole Miss
#26 Arianne Hartono (Soph)
#72 Natalie Suk (Soph)
#106 Mai El Kamash (Sr)
#112 Tea Jandric (Fr)

Teams with 3 ranked players

North Carolina (4)
#2 Hayley Carter (Jr)
#41 Whitney Kay (Sr)
#49 Jessie Aney (Fr)

Vanderbilt (5)
#14 Frances Altick (Sr)
#20 Sydney Campbell (Jr)
#32 Astra Sharma (Soph)

Oklahoma State (8)

#17 Katarina Adamovic (Jr)
#40 Vladica Babic (Soph)
#58 Viktoriya Lushkova (Jr)

Michigan (11)
#12 Ronit Yurovsky (Sr)
#19 Brienne Minor (Fr)
#61 Kate Fahey (Fr)

Auburn (12)
#21 Andie Dikosavljevic (Soph)
#39 Alizee Michaud (Soph)
#69 Pleun Burgmans (Sr)

Duke (14)
#46 Beatrice Capra (Sr)
#52 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Fr)
#59 Chalena Scholl (Jr)

Georgia Tech (16)
#33 Johnnise Renaud (Soph)
#38 Paige Hourigan (Soph)
#108 Rasheeda McAdoo (Jr)

South Carolina (17)
#71 Caroline Dailey (Jr)
#76 Ingrid Gamarra Martins (Fr)
#97 Paige Clin (Fr)

Southern California (21)
#31 Giuliana Olmos (Sr)
#116 Rianna Valdes (Fr)
#124 Madison Westby (Soph)

Notre Dame (44)
#57 Quinn Gleason (Sr)
#89 Monica Robinson (Jr)
#109 Allison Miller (Soph)

Ranking Breakdown By Class
Freshmen - 22 (Stefani 3)
Sophomore - 30 (Perez 5)
Junior - 40 (Carter 2)
Senior - 33 (Collins 1)

RankAvgPlayerSchoolPrv RankClass
164.57Danielle CollinsUniversity of Virginia2Sr
263.78Hayley CarterNorth Carolina1Jr
354.33Luisa StefaniPepperdine6Fr
453.31Francesca Di LorenzoOhio State University3Fr
552.4Ellen PerezUniversity of Georgia5Soph
651.4Sinead LohanUniversity of Miami (Florida)8Soph
748.47Breaunna AddisonUniversity of Texas at Austin10Sr
847.02Brooke AustinUniversity of Florida4Soph
945.63Maegan ManasseCalifornia7Jr
1044.36Stephanie WagnerUniversity of Miami (Florida)9Sr
1142.81Jasmine LeeMississippi State University13Jr
1239.44Ronit YurovskyUniversity of Michigan15Sr
1339.22Julia ElbabaUniversity of Virginia12Sr
1437.41Frances AltickVanderbilt University14Sr
1536.88Belinda WoolcockUniversity of Florida11Jr
1633.25Klara FabikovaCalifornia16Sr
1730.54Katarina AdamovicOklahoma State University47Jr
1826.73Catherine HarrisonUCLA17Sr
1926.56Brienne MinorUniversity of Michigan19Fr
2025.02Sydney CampbellVanderbilt University18Jr
2124.6Andie DikosavljevicAuburn University20Soph
2224.42Kennedy ShafferUniversity of Georgia28Soph
2323.85Saska GavrilovskaTexas A&M University24Jr
2422.38Carol ZhaoStanford25Jr
2521.39Joana Vale CostaLSU22Jr
2620.89Arianne HartonoUniversity of Mississippi33Soph
2720.65Yuliya LysaUniversity of Arkansas21Sr
2820.26Desirae KrawczykArizona State University35Sr
2919.29Erin RoutliffeUniversity of Alabama23Fr
3019.02Joana EidukonyteClemson University26Sr
3119.01Giuliana OlmosUniversity of Southern California27Sr
3218.44Astra SharmaVanderbilt University32Soph
3317.67Johnnise RenaudGeorgia Tech34Soph
3417.45Caroline BrinsonUniversity of Georgia30Jr
3516.92Taylor DavidsonStanford46Jr
3616.76Aldila SutjiadiUniversity of Kentucky29Jr
3716.59Georgiana PatrascMississippi State University36Sr
3816.48Paige HouriganGeorgia Tech39Soph
3916.35Alizee MichaudAuburn University31Soph
4014.97Vladica BabicOklahoma State University44Soph
4113.83Whitney KayNorth Carolina41Sr
4213.5Daneika BorthwickFlorida State University38Sr
4313.35Kourtney KeeganUniversity of Florida40Jr
Summer time means a slew of college guys/gals hit the road to play in Pro Circuit events all across the world so I'll start doing a weekly recap each Sunday of the top performers. 

Nick Chappell (TCU '15) was playing in his first career singles final at the Kiryat Shmona, Israel, F9 Futures but he came up short falling to #638 Edan Leshem 6-3, 6-3. Leshem broke Chappell from 30/40 to go up 3-1 in the first and then held three more times to take the opening set 6-3. Leshem broke Chappell to go up 2-1 in the second on a three-deuce game but Chappell broke back from 15/40 to even it at 2-2. Leshem broke on a one-deuce game to go up 4-3 and then broke again on a three-deuce game to seal the win. Chappell's semifinal appearance a week ago earned him a new career high ranking of 823 and this finals appearance should bump him up even higher next week. 

Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss '15) was seeking his first singles title of the year, and eighth overall, but he ran into a buzzsaw named Marc Sieber in the finals of the Antalya, Turkey F22 Futures. Sieber was appearing in his fifth Futures final of the year, having won three of four, and really took it to Nik winning 6-0, 6-1 in one hour and thirteen minutes. Despite the lopsided score 5 of 13 games went to deuce and 9 of 13 went to at least 40/30 or 30/40. 

Finn Tearney (Pepperdine '13) was trying to win his second career singles title but he came up short falling to Mitchell Krueger in the finals of the Jinan, China, F9 Futures. Krueger was a 2012 Texas A&M commit but he chose the pro route instead and this win today was his third career singles title. Tearney broke on a two-deuce game to go up 2-1 in the first but Krueger broke back from 15/40 to even it at 2-2. Tearney broke from 30/40 to go up 4-3 and then he held for 5-3. Krueger held at love for 4-5 and then broke from 30/40 to tie it at 5-5. The first set went to a tiebreak with Tearney going ahead 3-1 but Krueger won 6 of the next 7 points to take the tiebreak 7-4. Krueger broke on a one-deuce game to go ahead 2-1 in the second and he made the break lead hold up to take it 7-6(4), 6-3.

Illinois rising junior Aron Hiltzik defeated his Illini teammate Julian Childers 6-3, 6-0 in the finals of the Decatur, Illinois, Ursula Beck Wildcard Shootout. The win earned Hiltzik a main draw wild card in the August Futures event while Childers was awarded a qualifying wild card for his runner-up finish. Full results are available here.  

My coaching carousel page should be current with all Division I men's and women's head coaching openings listed on this page. I'm currently showing 13 men's and 16 women's jobs open including some higher profile ones like Oklahoma (M&W), Arizona State (M), Auburn (M), Illinois (W), and Miami FL (M). There are a few places that had an interim coach this year so it's possible the interim coach could land the full time position. 

April 29: NCAA Tournament Men's Field Announced (6 pm ET)
April 29: NCAA Tournament Women's Field Announced (6:30 pm ET)
April 30: NCAA Singles/Doubles Selections Announced (6 pm ET)
May 3-5: NCAA First/Second Rounds (Campus Sites)
May 10-12: NCAA Super Regionals (Campus Sites)