Friday Super Regional Recap: Stanford & Pepperdine Fight off Tough Competition; Duke & UCLA Women Cruise; Baylor Men Too Strong for UCLA; Wake Rolls Over Oklahoma

The first day of Super Regional play brought us a few good matches and a few shutouts but they all ended with the home team coming out on top. The two closest matches of the day took place on the West Coast with Stanford edging Big XII Champion Kansas 4-3 while Pepperdine fought off a scrappy UCF team 4-2. Stanford won its 20th straight match and advanced to the Elite 8 for the 10th year in a row but it was far from easy. The Cardinal found themselves in a 1-0 hole after Kansas won the doubles point for the 25th time in 26 matches with a 6-2 win at No. 2 and a 6-3 win at No. 3. Each team claimed three opening sets in singles with three of the matches...

Sunday NCAA Tournament Recap: Beiler Rallies Oklahoma Past Texas A&M; Texas A&M Women Whip Texas in Austin; NC State Advances to First-Ever Sweet 16; Several Shutouts Round out the Day

The Sweet 16 is set and while eight of the nine matches played on Sunday were on the women’s side it was the one men’s match that was the showstopper. Oklahoma jumped out to a quick start on the road against No. 13 Texas A&M by claiming the doubles point with 6-4 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then the Sooners added first sets at 4, 5, and 6.Texas A&M’s Hady Habib tied it at 1-1 with a 7-5, 6-0 win at No. 2 but OU retook the lead after Jochen Bertsch won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6.A&M’s Val Vacherot made it 2-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 3 but once again OU went back in front after a 6-2, 7-6 win by Ferran Calvo at No....

Sunday Recap: Utah Upsets Stanford; Illini Victorious in Ann Arbor; Florida State Wins 4-3 Thrillers; Texas Tech Trips Oklahoma 4-3; Crazy Finish in Tulsa/Temple Match; Liberty’s Eddie Gutierrez Makes SportsCenter Top 10

Utah and No. 12 Stanford had met 37 times headed into Sunday’s men’s match in Salt Lake City and despite some recent close encounters the Utes had only tasted victory once with that coming over 30 years ago. Stanford’s top player Axel Geller did not play, despite suiting up on Thursday against Cal Poly, so the Cardinal had to make some adjustments to both their doubles and singles lineup and Utah rose to the occasion on senior day with its departing trio each playing a role in the 4-2 upset win. Utah senior David Micevski and junior Slava Shainyan were the first off the court in doubles with a 6-3 win at No. 1 over Stanford’s...

Friday Recap: UCLA Wins Classic Over USC; Baylor Blows Out Oklahoma; Texas A&M Escapes Vandy; Washington Wins Top 20 Showdown at Cal; UNC Rocks FSU; & More

Friday afternoon’s Battle for LA between UCLA and USC went down to the wire, as many of these encounters do, and in the end it was the No. 13 Bruins prevailing with a close as it gets 4-3 win over the No. 9 Trojans. UCLA jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles and a 6-3 win at No. 2. Each team claimed three opening sets in singles and four of the six matches would finish in straight sets. USC took a 3-2 lead after getting straight set wins from Brandon Holt, Laurens Verboven, and Mor Bullis at No. 1, No. 3, and No. 6 while Keegan Smith won in straights at No. 2 for UCLA. UCLA tied it up at 3-3 after Ben Goldberg knocked off...

Friday Recap: South Carolina Blanks Vandy in Nashville; Miss State Survives Against Tennessee; Texas Roars Past Columbia; & More

Friday brought us seven matchups between top 25 teams with five taking place on the men’s side and two on the women’s side. The only top 10 matchup took place in Nashville with fifth-ranked Vanderbilt hosting sixth-ranked South Carolina. The Gamecocks hadn’t beaten Vandy in Nashville since 2005 but the 14 year drought came to end thanks to a few key points in doubles and then getting all around strong play throughout the singles lineup. South Carolina grabbed the early lead after taking the doubles point with a 6-1 win at No. 1 and a 7-6(4) win at No. 2. In singles, SC claimed four opening sets and they’d manage to close three out...