Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stanford Women Collect 18th Team Title With Comeback Win over Oklahoma State; Virginia Repeats as Men's Champion; Individual Draws Released

No. 15 seed Stanford has been bringing the drama from the second round on, winning four 4-3 matches, including in today's final against No. 12 seed Oklahoma State.

After dropping the doubles point and going down 3-1 in singles, Stanford fought back, getting three-set wins from freshmen Caroline Lampl and Melissa Lord at lines 5 and 6 to pull even.  At line 2, Taylor Davidson, who had won the last match on against Texas A&M to get Stanford to Tulsa, and won the last match on against Florida in the round of 16, again found herself with all the pressure, this time in the match that would decide the 2016 NCAA team title.

Davidson served for the match against Oklahoma State's Vladica Babic at 5-2 and 5-4, didn't convert either time, then broke for a third chance to serve it out. Davidson went up 40-30, but didn't get the first match point.  A long rally on the deciding point ended when Babic scooped a forehand wide, and Stanford had its 18th national championship.

Bobby Knight has video of the final service game, as well as an article on the match, at College Tennis Today.  The Stanford recap is here.

The men's final between top seed Virginia and No. 11 seed Oklahoma was delayed by lightning and ultimately moved indoors.  Virginia took the doubles point and won four of six first sets. Oklahoma pushed back, but Virginia was able to keep the match on its terms, getting wins from JC Aragone, Thai Kwiatkowski and Henrik Wiersholm to earn a 4-1 win, the same score of last year's final between the two teams.

The individual tournament begins on Wednesday, with Hayley Carter of North Carolina the top seed in the women's singles and Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State the top seed in the men's singles.  The women's doubles draw is here; the men's doubles draw is here.

NCAA Division I Women’s Final
May 24, 2016
Tulsa, Oklahoma

#15 Stanford (20-5) def. #12 Oklahoma State (29-5), 4-3 
Head Coaches: Chris Young (Oklahoma State) and Lele Forood (Stanford)
1. #43 Maria Alvarez/Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State) def. #5 Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 6-3
2. #54 Viktoriya Lushkova/Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State) vs. #31 Melissa Lord/Carol Zhao (Stanford), 5-5 DNF
3. #79 Katarina Adamovic/Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. Krista Hardebeck/Caroline Lampl (Stanford), 6-1 Order of Finish: 3, 1

1. #47 Katarina Adamovic (Oklahoma State) def. #25 Carol Zhao (Stanford), 6-4, 7-5
2. #46 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. #44 Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State), 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
3. #66 Viktoriya Lushkova (Oklahoma State) def. #67 Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. #100 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) def. Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State), 6-4, 6-4
5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Melissa Lord (Stanford) def. Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State), 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 3, 5, 6, 2

NCAA Division I Men’s Final
May 24, 2016
Tulsa, Oklahoma

#1 Virginia(30-4) def. #11 Oklahoma(20-11) 4-1
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)

1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 7-5
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (Virginia), 7-5
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (Oklahoma), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

1. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia), 7-6(3), 6-0
2. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma) vs. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia), 7-5, 4-3 DNF
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma), 6-4, 6-4
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia) vs. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma), 6-1, 1-6, 5-2 DNF
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma), 6-3, 6-4
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. Andre Biro (Oklahoma), 6-2, 7-6(2)
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3, 6

Bowdoin Men Oust Emory to Earn D-III Finals Berth Against Middlebury; Emory and Williams Renew Rivalry in Women's Final

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Kalamazoo MI--

Top seed Emory had won two of three doubles points and was up a set on three courts, but that wasn't enough to faze the fourth-seeded Polar Bears, who earned their second consecutive 5-4 win to reach the NCAA finals for the first time in program history.

"Never underestimate the power of adrenaline," said Bowdoin's coach Conor Smith, whose team came back from losing all three doubles matches against Johns Hopkins in Monday's quarterfinal to win the match in a third-set tiebreaker.

If Bowdoin was feeling any of the effects of that match, there was no sign of it today, and when they got a quick win at line 6 to tie it, and went up breaks in the second set of the matches they trailed in, the adrenaline really began to flow.  Another straight-set win at line 5 made it 3-2, but Emory got a crucial win from Adrian Bouchet at line, beating Bowdoin's Monday hero, Jerry Jiang, 6-2, 7-6(2). At 3-3, the attention turned to the front courts at Stowe Stadium, where courts 1 and 2 were in the third set, after the Eagles had taken the first set it both.
Luke Tercek closed out Rafe Mosetick of Emory 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, meaning Emory needed the last two matches to advance to the final. They got one, with Jonathan Jemison failing to serve out the third set at 5-3 but breaking Kyle Wolf in a long deuce game to claim a 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 victory, tying the match at 4.

On court 3, Emory's Arman Manji and Luke Trinka were, after over two hours of play, starting a tiebreaker for the second set. Manji, who lost the first set 6-4, was unable to serve out the set at 5-3, and nerves appeared again leading 4-2 in the tiebreaker, particularly when he double faulted at 4-4. Trinka had two serves to finish out the upset and he won them both, triggering the usual celebratory frenzy from his teammates six feet from him in the courtside bleachers.

"This is really exciting," said Smith, whose team dealt Emory its first Division III loss of the season.  "I'm really happy for my guys. They've really earned it and worked for it. I've got a couple of amazing seniors, Chase[Savage] and Luke, and it's so fitting for Luke, as a senior, to have clinched it today, and Chase helping us win that doubles point. Our two seniors were clutch, clutch today."

The Polar Bears may have been in unfamiliar territory, playing in their first semifinal in program history against perennial contender Emory, who, in the previous ten years has been in five finals, winning two. But Smith wasn't underselling his team's chances.

"They're just a bunch of guys who are unfazed by big moments, big opportunities," said Smith, in his fifth year at Bowdoin. "They love and cherish these big moments and they've done an amazing job at not letting these moments get too big for them."

Bowdoin's opponent in the final will be a familiar one. No. 3 seed Middlebury set up an all-NESCAC conference final by defeating No. 7 seed Chicago 5-2, with the match ending on a subdued note with an injury to Chicago's Sven Kranz in the final game of his contest with Palmer Campbell at line 3.

The Panthers won doubles matches at 2 and 3, but Chicago won three first sets in singles, giving their fans reason to hope. Middlebury's Williams DeQuant and Hamid Derbani held on to their their leads to close out matches at lines 4 and 5, while Chicago's Peter Leung gave the Maroons a second point, making it 4-2.

As the attention switched to the three front courts, Middlebury's Noah Farrell forced a third set against Nicolas Chua, while Campbell took a 3-1 third set lead against Kranz, putting him in position as the likely clinching point.  He lost the next three games however, giving Chicago's David Liu the opportunity to close out Ari Smolyar in straight sets at line 2, but Liu wasn't able provide that third point.  Campbell held and broke Kranz to serve for the match, and at the end of the first point of that service game, Kranz stretched for a passing shot and tumbled to the court. The trainer was immediately called to court, his left knee was taped during treatment and he resumed playing, although he could not put any weight on his left leg.  Miraculously, Kranz won the next three points, including one double fault from Campbell, but Campbell played aggressively in the final four points, winning them all, to close out the win and return the 2015 finalists to the NCAA championship.

Middlebury last won the team title in 2010, but that was before Bob Hansen arrived from UC-Santa Cruz.  Hansen, who won seven titles while coaching at Santa Cruz, claimed two of those in Kalamazoo, in 1989 and 1995.

"It never gets old," Hansen said of yet another appearance in the final. "I think that's part of why I'm still fit to coach. It never ceases to be thrilling, fun and exciting and I love the whole process. My first championship was here, and it's such a great place. It's a treat to play at a place with such amazing in history for American tennis."

Middlebury defeated Bowdoin twice this year: 5-4 in April and 5-1 just over two weeks ago in the NESCAC tournament final.

"They're good, really, really good," said Hansen, who is in his fifth year at Middlebury. "We've had tough, tough matches with them. I was surprised, I think our whole conference was ridiculously strong, but we only got two teams in from our conference. UAA got five or six. I was surprised because we had some teams in our conference which were rough, them being one of them."

The Middlebury women did not fare as well as the men, falling to top seed Emory 5-1.  Emory swept the doubles point, then got a quick win from Madison Gordon at line 5 to make it 4-0.  With just one more point necessary, courts 1 and 2 raced each other to see if Middlebury could collect a point.  Ria Gerger did get the Panthers on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bridget Harding at 1, but seconds later Michelle Satterfield clinched for the Eagles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Alexandria Fields.

Emory had lost to Middlebury 5-4 in April, so coach Amy Bryant made sure her team focused despite the early 3-0 lead.

"It's confidence, but Middlebury's a great team and they have great singles players so no matter what the score is after doubles, we know we have to go out there and compete," said Bryant, in her 16th year coaching at Emory.

This is the fourth straight year Emory has reached the final, winning the title in 2014.

"It feels great," Bryant said. "I'm really excited for our seniors. We have three seniors with us here and they've been working for this; they've played in a championship match in their entire career, freshman, sophomore, junior year, so I know they're really excited to do it again senior year, and I know they're going to be prepared to give it their all, ready to fight."

Bryant's team will be facing a team that has won seven of the last eight titles, and the team that beat them 5-4 in the 2015 final, No. 2 seed Williams, after Williams defeated No. 6 seed Bowdoin 5-0.

The Ephs had lost to Bowdoin 6-3 back in April, with the Polar Bears sweeping the doubles points.  Williams turned the tables Tuesday evening, getting a 3-0 cushion.

"I think that spurred us on to a lot of things that we worked on to improve our doubles throughout the course of the season," said Swain, in her ninth year at Williams. "They are great competitors, they really fight to the end, but we were able to take charge of the doubles. I'm really proud of the girls for all the work they've put in to improve so much."

If Bowdoin was discouraged by the 3-0 deficit they didn't show it in singles.  Every match was close and it was more than an hour and a half before Williams could put another point on the board, with Hannah Atkinson defeating Samantha Stalder 7-6(5), 6-4 at line 5 to make it 4-0.  The clinch came at line 2, via birthday girl Mia Gancayco, who took out Tiffany Cheng 6-4, 6-3, in a score that understates the length and competitiveness of the over two-hour match.

Williams and Emory played earlier this year in Atlanta, with Emory taking a 5-4 victory, but Swain preferred not to focus on the rematch or rivalry aspect of a final against Emory, even though the two teams have won 14 of the last 15 NCAA women's team titles.

"We really try to take our season one step at a time, all the time, be humble and not take opportunities for granted," said Swain. "So the fact that we are here, with such a deep field this year, I'm just really impressed with how these women have handled the pressure and the expectation, that they've been able to compete so well in the postseason."

"We really like to focus on ourselves at this stage of the game, so I try not to think about who is across the net. We try to focus on who we are as a group and what we do well as a team, and that's our focus tomorrow. We're happy to play whoever that is on the other side of the net. We're excited. It's going to be an amazing match, I know, however it unfolds."

The men's final is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stowe Stadium, with the women's match scheduled for 3 p.m.  There is a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast, particularly in the afternoon.

Live streaming of the front three courts is available at There will be commentary for the finals.  Live scoring for all courts is available at Kalamazoo College's Tournament Central.

NCAA Division III Men’s Semifinals
May 24, 2016  Kalamazoo College

#4 Bowdoin 5, #1 Emory University 4
1. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding (EU) def. Luke Tercek/Luke Trinka (BOW-M) 8-5
2. Jonathan Jemison/Rafe Mosetick (EU) def. Jerry Jiang/Grant Urken (BOW-M) 8-3
3. Gil Roddy/Chase Savage (BOW-M) def. Andrew Harrington/David Omsky (EU) 9-7
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles competition
1. Luke Tercek (BOW-M) def. Rafe Mosetick (EU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Jonathan Jemison (EU) def. Kyle Wolfe (BOW-M) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
3. Luke Trinka (BOW-M) def. Aman Manji (EU) 6-4, 7-6(4)
4. Adrien Bouchet (EU) def. Jerry Jiang (BOW-M) 6-2, 7-6(2)
5. Gil Roddy (BOW-M) def. Josh Goodman (EU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Grant Urken (BOW-M) def. Andrew Harrington (EU) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3

Match Notes
Bowdoin 19-3; National ranking #4
Emory University 23-4; National ranking #1

#3 Middlebury 5, #8 University of Chicago 2

1. Nicolas Chua/David Liu(UCM) def. Palmer Campbell/Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) 8-4
2. Noah Farrell/Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) def. Peter Leung/Charlie Pei (UCM) 8-6
3. William de Quant/Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) def. Max Hawkins/Luke Tsai (UCM) 8-3
Order of finish: 1,3,2

1. Nicolas Chua (UCM) vs. Noah Farrell (MIDDMT) 6-3, 2-6, 3-2
2. David Liu (UCM) vs. Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) 7-5, 5-5
3. Palmer Campbell (MIDDMT) def. Kranz, Sven (UCM) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
4. William de Quant (MIDDMT) def. Charlie Pei (UCM) 6-3, 6-4
5. Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) def. Luke Tsai (UCM) 6-2, 6-4
6. Peter Leung (UCM) def. Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 4,6,5,3

Match Notes
University of Chicago 18-6; National ranking #8
Middlebury 20-2; National ranking #3

NCAA Division III Tennis Women's Semifinals
May 24, 2016  Kalamazoo College

#1 Emory University 5, #5 Middlebury 1
1. Anna Fuhr/Madison Gordon (EUW) def. Molly Paradies/Ria Gerger (MIDDWT) 8-4
2. Bridget Harding/Katarina Su (EUW) def. Kaysee Orozco/Sadie Shackelford (MIDDWT) 8-3
3. Paula Castro/Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Alexandra Fields/Christina Puccinelli (MIDDWT) 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

1. Ria Gerger (MIDDWT) def. Bridget Harding (EUW) 6-3, 6-2
2. Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Alexandra Fields (MIDDWT) 6-1, 6-1
3. Beatrice Rosen (EUW) vs. Christina Puccinelli (MIDDWT) 6-4, 1-0, unfinished
4. Paula Castro (EUW) vs. Molly Paradies (MIDDWT) 6-4, 4-2, unfinished
5. Madison Gordon (EUW) def. Kaysee Orozco (MIDDWT) 6-0, 6-0
6. Katarina Su (EUW) vs. Sadie Shackelford (MIDDWT) 6-1, 3-5, unfinished
Order of finish: 5, 1, 2

Match Notes
Middlebury 16-5; National ranking #5
Emory University 27-5; National ranking #1
#2 Williams 5, #6 Bowdoin 0 
1. Juli Raventos/Linda Shin (WILLIAMS) def. Tiffany Cheng/Joulia Likhanskaia (BOW-W) 8-2
2. Hannah Atkinson/Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) def. Pilar Giffenig/Kyra Silitch (BOW-W) 8-4
3. Maya Hart/G. McDonnell Nieto (WILLIAMS) def. Samantha Stalder/Tess Trinka (BOW-W) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. Juli Raventos (WILLIAMS) vs. Joulia Likhanskaia (BOW-W) 7-6(6), 5-2, unfinished
2. Mia Gancayco (WILLIAMS) def. Tiffany Cheng (BOW-W) 6-4, 6-3
3. Linda Shin (WILLIAMS) vs. Kyra Silitch (BOW-W) 7-6(6), 1-0, unfinished
4. Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) vs. Tess Trinka (BOW-W) 6-3, 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
5. Hannah Atkinson (WILLIAMS) def. Samantha Stalder (BOW-W) 7-6(5), 6-4
6. Leah Bush (WILLIAMS) vs. Sarah Shadowens (BOW-W) 6-2, 5-7, 3-1, unfinished
Order of finish: 5, 2

Match Notes
Bowdoin 15-7; National ranking #6
Williams 22-3; National ranking #2

Monday, May 23, 2016

Oklahoma State Shocks Cal to Reach Women's D-1 Final Against Stanford, Virginia and Oklahoma Return to Men's Final; Top Seeds Emory Cruise to D-III Final Four, Chicago Ousts Defending Champions Again

©Colette Lewis 2016
Kalamazoo, MI--

The weather for the opening day of the NCAA Division III quarterfinals could not have been better, with temperatures in the 70s, low humidity and just a slight breeze from the south.  Emory's men's and women's teams, both of whom are the top seeds, took advantage of the perfect conditions, dropping just one point between them, with the men advancing over Kenyon 5-1 and the women shutting out Washington-St. Louis 5-0.

But before I get to more on the Division III championships, including Chicago's upset of defending champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, here's the latest from the Division I championships in Tulsa, which again dealt with rainy weather in today's semifinals.  Both women's matches were played inside, with No. 11 seed Oklahoma State starting off the day's action by stunning top seed Cal 4-3, with Viktoriya Lushkova clinching for the Cowgirls by defeating Lynn Chi 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 at line 3.  Oklahoma State has beaten No. 5 Georgia, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 1 Cal, so they have certainly earned the first Final Four appearance in school history.   For extensive coverage of the match, see Bobby Knight's post on College Tennis Today.

The day's second semifinal saw No. 15 Stanford oust defending champion and No. 6 seed Vanderbilt by a 4-2 score, with Caroline Lampl defeating Fernanda Contreras 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 at line 5 for the clinch. Unlike Oklahoma State, Stanford has vast experience in NCAA finals, although on this team, only senior Krista Hardebeck played on the last Stanford team to win a title, in 2013. Stanford is aiming for the 18th NCAA team title in the program's history.

The men's final will be a repeat of last year's championship match in Waco, with top seed Virginia taking on No. 12 seed Oklahoma.  Virginia played its match against No. 13 seed Cal indoors, and had no trouble with the Bears, earning a 4-0 victory.  The rain finally stayed away long enough for a match to be played outside, and it turned into a late night thriller, with Oklahoma defeating No. 7 seed Georgia 4-3. Alex Ghilea closed out the match for the Sooners with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Walker Duncan at line 4.  Bobby Knight will have a full report on Oklahoma's win at College Tennis Today.

The results of the semifinal matches are below. See the Tulsa tournament page for more on the semifinals including quotes.

Division I Women’s Semifinals:

#12 Oklahoma State(29-4) def. #1 California(23-2) 4-3
Head Coaches: Amanda Augustus (California) and Chris Young (Oklahoma State)
1. #4 Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr (California) vs. #43 Maria Alvarez/Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State), 5-2 DNF
2. #54 Viktoriya Lushkova/Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State) def. #90 Klara Fabikova/Olivia Hauger (California), 6-2
3. #79 Katarina Adamovic/Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. Lynn Chi/Maria Smith (California), 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. 47 Katarina Adamovic (Oklahoma State) def. #7 Maegan Manasse (California), 6-4, 6-2
2. #16 Klara Fabikova (California) def. #44 Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State), 6-3, 7-6(6)
3. #66 Viktoriya Lushkova (Oklahoma State) def. #80 Lynn Chi (California), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State) def. #88 Denise Starr (California), 6-4, 6-3
5. Olivia Hauger (California) def. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State), 6-2, 6-4
6. Karla Popovic (California) def. Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State), 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3
#15 Stanford(19-5) def. #6 Vanderbilt(23-6) 4-2 
Head Coaches: Geoff Macdonald (Vanderbilt) and Lele Forood (Stanford)
1. #14 Sydney Campbell/Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) vs. #5 Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 5-5 DNF
2. #31 Melissa Lord/Carol Zhao (Stanford) def. Frances Altick/Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt), 6-2
3. Krista Hardebeck/Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Fernanda Contreras/Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3

1. #25 Carol Zhao (Stanford) def. #18 Sydney Campbell (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 6-3
2. #46 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) vs. #14 Frances Altick (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 4-6, 2-2 DNF
3. #32 Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt) def. #67 Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 6-4, 6-2
4. Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) def. #100 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford), 7-6(2), 6-4
5. Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3
6. Melissa Lord (Stanford) def. Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 0-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 4, 5


NCAA Division I Men’s Semifinals

#1 Virginia(29-4) def. #13 California(21-7) 4-0 
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Peter Wright (California)
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (Virginia) vs. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (California), 4-4 DNF
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (Virginia) def. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (California), 6-3
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (California), 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia) vs. #30 Florian Lakat (California), 6-1, 6-6 DNF
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia) vs. #31 Andre Goransson (California), 6-4, 2-3 DNF
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #85 Billy Griffith (California), 6-3, 6-0
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (California) vs. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia), 6-3, 4-3 DNF
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. #124 Oskar Wikberg (California), 6-3, 6-4
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. Mads Engsted (California), 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 6
#11 Oklahoma(20-10) def. #7 Georgia(24-5) 4-3 
Head Coaches: Manuel Diaz (Georgia) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
1. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) vs. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (Georgia), 5-4 DNF
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (Georgia), 6-4
3. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (Oklahoma) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3

1. #17 Austin Smith (Georgia) def. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 6-2, 6-4
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
3. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia) def. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma), 6-4, 7-5
4. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma) def. #123 Walker Duncan (Georgia), 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-2
5. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma) def. Jan Zielinski (Georgia), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
6. Andre Biro (Oklahoma) def. Nick Wood (Georgia), 7-6(5), 7-5
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 2, 5, 4

Now, back to the Division III tournament.  On quarterfinal day, half of the matches were played at Western Michigan University, with the top two seeds in both the men's and women's draws playing at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.  Staying at Stowe to watch the No. 1 and 2 seeds, I missed the day's thriller, which saw the fourth-seeded Bowdoin men defeat unseeded Johns Hopkins 5-4 after losing all three doubles points.  The match came down to a third-set tiebreaker at line 4, with Bowdoin's Jerry Jiang defeating David Perez 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5).  Bowdoin will play top seed Emory in tomorrow's 8:30 a.m. semifinal, after Emory took out unseeded Kenyon 5-1, with Jonathan Jemison clinching for the Eagles at line 2.

Defending champion and No. 2 seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps did not fare as well, falling to No. 7 seed Chicago 5-2.  Chicago had beaten defending champion and No. 2 seed Amherst in last year's quarterfinals, so Chicago coach Jay Tee had his team ready for the same situation this year.

"I feel we really thrive in the role of underdog," said Tee, in his fourth year as Chicago coach. "It takes some pressure off us. We've been up and down all year with a young team, but we've been telling the guys all week, 'we're going to win, start believing we're going to win,' and once we got here, we got that mindset and it just felt like another tournament, not like we were at Nationals."

One of the downs Tee mentioned was a 7-2 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps back in March, where the Maroons dropped all three doubles matches.

"They're such a tough, tough singles team, but we felt if we just get one or two [doubles points], we really have a shot," said Tee. "Getting a doubles match or two was the biggest key and we got that, and it let us play a little freer and a little looser."

Chicago won at line 2 doubles and nearly won at line 1 doubles, losing in a tiebreaker, and came out strong in singles, winning four first sets. They managed to win all four of those matches in straight sets, with freshman Charlie Pei clinching with a 6-2, 7-6(1) decision over Max Macey at line 4.  Chicago will play No. 3 seed Middlebury in the 11 a.m. semifinal, after Middlebury defeated No. 6 seed Washington-St. Louis 5-1 at Western Michigan.

Chicago is less than a three-hour drive from Kalamazoo, so Tee believes that allowed them to stay in a comfortable routine.

"We're not used to flying, to getting on an airplane and traveling across the country," said Tee. "So being able to leave campus yesterday at 10 a.m., go Starbucks, have lunch, take our time, have a hit, that was definitely a big advantage for us for sure."

Tee is also the coach of Chicago's women's team, the only coach this week doing double duty.  His women's team was not able to follow in the men's teams footsteps later in the day at Stowe Stadium, with the No. 7 seeds losing to No. 2 seed Williams 5-0.

"It's time consuming, but it's incredibly rewarding," Tee said of his dual role. "I feel fortunate and lucky that I get to come out here and experience it again on the same day, with a different group of people and see how they view it. I would never say it's a bad thing, or too much work.  I have one part-time assistant, and he does a great job, but actually I rely on the players. They have to be self-sufficient and they do a great, great job, up and down the lineup, so I lean on them as well."

Harding clinched at No. 1 for Emory Eagles

The Emory women will play unseeded Middlebury in Tuesday's 2 p.m. semifinal. Middlebury defeated No. 4 seed Amherst 5-2 at Western Michigan.  Williams, the defending champion and No. 2 seed, will face No. 6 seed Bowdoin in the 5 p.m. semifinal.

Williams coach Alison Swain congratulates Leah Bush after her clinch

All four semifinals will be played at Stowe Stadium on Tuesday.  Links to live scoring, and to the streaming on the front three courts, is available at the Kalamazoo College tournament page.  Complete results are below:

NCAA Division III Men’s Quarterfinals
May 23, 2016

#1 Emory University 5, #17 Kenyon College 1
Kalamazoo College

1. Scott Rubinstein/James Spaulding (EU) def. Sam Geier/Tristan Kaye (KENM) 8-3
2. Michael Liu/Robert Turlington (KENM) def. Jonathan Jemison/Rafe Mosetick (EU) 9-7
3. Andrew Harrington/David Omsky (EU) def. Nicholas Paolucci/Ben Gelfand (KENM) 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

1. Rafe Mosetick (EU) vs. Sam Geier (KENM) 7-6(11), 0-3, unfinished
2. Jonathan Jemison (EU) def. Michael Liu (KENM) 6-0, 6-4
3. Aman Manji (EU) vs. Robert Turlington (KENM) 6-1, 5-4, unfinished
4. Adrien Bouchet (EU) vs. Nicholas Paolucci (KENM) 3-6, 2-5, unfinished
5. Josh Goodman (EU) def. Max Smith (KENM) 6-0, 6-2
6. Andrew Harrington (EU) def. Pete Dakich (KENM) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 5, 2

Kenyon College 14-10; National ranking #17
Emory University 23-3; National ranking #1

#8 University of Chicago 5, #2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2
Kalamazoo College

1. Skyler Butts/Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Nicolas Chua/David Liu (UCM) 9-8(4)
2. Peter Leung/ Charlie Pei (UCM) def. Julian Gordy/Oliver Seifert (CMS) 8-5
3. Glenn Hull/Lestter Yeh (CMS) def. Max Hawkins/Luke Tsai (UCM) 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

1. Skyler Butts (CMS) vs. Nicolas Chua (UCM) 7-5, 2-2, unfinished
2. David Liu (UCM) def. Glenn Hull (CMS) 6-4, 6-4
3. Sven Kranz (UCM) def. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) 6-4, 6-2
4. Charlie Pei (UCM) def. Max Macey (CMS) 6-2, 7-6(1)
5. Patrick Wildman (CMS) vs. Tsai, Luke (UCM) 3-6, 6-3, unfinished
6. Peter Leung (UCM) def. Lestter Yeh (CMS) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 3, 2, 4

Match Notes
University of Chicago 18-6; National ranking #8
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 27-5; National ranking #2
#3 Middlebury 5, #6 Washington-St Louis 1
Western Michigan University

1. Palmer Campbell/Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) def. Jason Haugen/Konrad Kozlowski (WASHU) 8-3
2. Josh Cogan/Johnny Wu (WASHU) def. Noah Farrell/Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) 9-8(5)
3. William de Quant/Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) def. Jeremy Bush/Tyler Kratky (WASHU) 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. Noah Farrell (MIDDMT) def. John Carswell (WASHU) 6-4, 6-0
2. Ari Smolyar (MIDDMT) vs. Johnny Wu (WASHU) 6-6, unfinished
3. Palmer Campbell (MIDDMT) def. Tyler Kratky (WASHU) 6-3, 6-2
4. William de Quant (MIDDMT) def. Jason Haugen (WASHU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Hamid Derbani (MIDDMT) vs. Jeremy Bush (WASHU) 3-6, 3-3, unfinished
6. Kyle Schlanger (MIDDMT) vs. Jake Klein (WASHU) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 4, 1, 3

Match Notes
Washington U. 18-6; National ranking #6
Middlebury 19-2; National ranking #3
#4 Bowdoin 5, #26 Johns Hopkins 4
Western Michigan University
1. Mike Buxbaum/Jeremy Dubin (JHUM) def. Luke Tercek/Luke Trinka (BOW-M) 8-6
2. Nicholas Garcia/Emerson Walsh (JHUM) def. Jerry Jiang/Grant Urken (BOW-M) 8-5
3. David Perez/Scott Thygesen (JHUM) def. Gil Roddy/Chase Savage (BOW-M) 8-2
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. Mike Buxbaum (JHUM) def. Luke Tercek (BOW-M) 7-5, 6-2
2. Kyle Wolfe (BOW-M) def. Jeremy Dubin (JHUM) 6-4, 6-4
3. Luke Trinka (BOW-M) def. Nicholas Garcia (JHUM) 6-3, 6-1
4. Jerry Jiang (BOW-M) def. David Perez (JHUM) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5)
5. Gil Roddy (BOW-M) def. Justin Kang (JHUM) 6-2, 6-2
6. Grant Urken (BOW-M) def. Emerson Walsh (JHUM) 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 5, 1, 3, 6, 4

Match Notes
Johns Hopkins 19-6; National ranking #26
Bowdoin 18-3; National ranking #4============================================

NCAA Division III Women’s Quarterfinals
May 26, 2016
#1 Emory University 5, #10 Washington St Louis 0
Kalamazoo College

1. Anna Fuhr/Madison Gordon (EUW) def. Grace Deering/Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) 8-5
2. Bridget Harding/Katarina Su (EUW) def. Lisa Chionis/Rebecca Ho (WASHUW) 8-0
3. Paula Castro/Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Aly Coran/Kaylan Griffith (WASHUW) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Bridget Harding (EUW) def. Rebecca Ho (WASHUW) 6-1, 6-3
2. Michelle Satterfield (EUW) def. Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) 6-1, 6-2
3. Beatrice Rosen (EUW) vs. Grace Deering (WASHUW) 6-3, 3-0, unfinished
4. Madison Gordon (EUW) vs. Aly Coran (WASHUW) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
5. Katarina Su (EUW) vs. Kaylan Griffith (WASHUW) 6-0, 3-3, unfinished
6. Daniela Lopez (EUW) vs. Lisa Chionis (WASHUW) 6-6, unfinished
Order of finish: 2, 1

Match Notes
WashU 17-5; National ranking #10
Emory University 26-5; National ranking #1
#5 Middlebury 5, #7 Amherst College 2
Western Michigan University

1. Lily Bondy/Ria Gerger (MIDDWT) def. Sue Ghosh/Sarah Monteagudo (AMHW) 8-1
2. Kelsey Chen/Vickie Ip (AMHW) def. Kaysee Orozco/Sadie Shackelford (MIDDWT) 8-1
3. Alexandra Fields/Christina Puccinelli (MIDDWT) def. Rebecca L. Pol/Avery Wagman (AMHW) 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Ria Gerger (MIDDWT) def. Vickie Ip (AMHW) 7-5, 6-3
2. Sue Ghosh (AMHW) vs. Alexandra Fields (MIDDWT) 3-6, 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
3. Jackie Calla (AMHW) vs. Lily Bondy (MIDDWT) 6-2, 3-6, 2-0, unfinished
4. Christina Puccinelli (MIDDWT) def. Sarah Monteagudo (AMHW) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
5. Molly Paradies (MIDDWT) def. Kelsey Chen (AMHW) 7-6(4), 6-4
6. Avery Wagman (AMHW) def. Kaysee Orozco (MIDDWT) 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 1,6,4,5

Match Notes
Middlebury 16-4; National ranking #5
Amherst College 14-8; National ranking #7
#2 Williams 5, #9 University of Chicago 0
Kalamazoo College
1. Juli Raventos/Linda Shin (WILLIAMS) def. Kim, Rachel/Tang, Lucy (UCW) 8-0
2. Hannah Atkinson/Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) def. Chen, Tiffany/Lee, Stephanie (UCW) 8-4
3. Maya Hart/G. McDonnell Nieto (WILLIAMS) def. Iranpour, Ariana/Warren, Courtney (UCW) 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Juli Raventos (WILLIAMS) vs. Iranpour, Ariana (UCW) 6-0, 5-4, unfinished
2. Mia Gancayco (WILLIAMS) vs. Kim, Rachel (UCW) 3-6, 1-5, unfinished
3. Julia Cancio (WILLIAMS) vs. Tang, Lucy (UCW) 7-5, 1-0, unfinished
4. Hannah Atkinson (WILLIAMS) vs. Chen, Tiffany (UCW) 4-6, unfinished
5. Leah Bush (WILLIAMS) def. Bynoe, Kaela (UCW) 6-1, 6-3
6. G. McDonnell Nieto (WILLIAMS) def. Lee, Stephanie (UCW) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 5

Match Notes
University of Chicago 13-6; National ranking #9
Williams 21-3; National ranking #2

#6 Bowdoin 5, #4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 1
Western Michigan
1. Tiffany Cheng/Joulia Likhanskaia (BOW-W) def. Katie Kuosman/Caroline Ward (CMS) 9-7
2. Pilar Giffenig/Kyra Silitch (BOW-W) def. Jessie Cruz/Kyla Scott (CMS) 9-7
3. Samantha Stalder/Tess Trinka (BOW-W) def. Lindsay Brown/Bria Smith (CMS) 8-5
Order of finish: 1,3,2

1. Joulia Likhanskaia (BOW-W) def. Caroline Ward (CMS) 6-3, 6-4
2. Katie Kuosman (CMS) vs. Tiffany Cheng (BOW-W) 6-7(3), 7-6, unfinished
3. Lindsay Brown (CMS) vs. Kyra Silitch (BOW-W) 6-7(8), 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
4. Kyla Scott (CMS) def. Tess Trinka (BOW-W) 6-4, 6-0
5. Samantha Stalder (BOW-W) def. Jessie Cruz (CMS) 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
6. Bria Smith (CMS) vs. Sarah Shadowens (BOW-W) 6-4, 3-6, 3-3, unfinished
Order of finish: 4, 1, 5

Match Notes
Bowdoin 15-6; National ranking #6
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 21-5; National ranking #4


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cal Holds Off Furious Ohio State Comeback to Join Virginia, Oklahoma and Georgia in Men's Semifinals; Division III Team Championships Begin Monday in Kalamazoo; Blanch Falls in Milan Final

After winning the doubles point and taking five first sets in singles, No. 13 seed Cal looked to be in the best possible position against No. 5 seed Ohio State.  The Buckeyes charged back however, with Cal's Florian Lakat needing to claim a dramatic third-set tiebreaker over Mikael Torpegaard to secure the Bears' 4-3 victory.

After taking the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3, Cal won the first set on courts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.  Only Martin Joyce, undefeated at line 6 in dual matches in his freshman year, took a first set, meaning Ohio State would need to force third sets in three of the matches, plus collect the point from Joyce, to pull off the improbable comeback. Signs of that turnaround were scarce, with Filip Bergevi making it 2-0 Cal with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Ralf Steinbach at line 4.  Joyce took out J.T. Nishimura 6-3, 6-2 to make it 2-1, then Torpegaard got a split at line 1, and Hugo Di Feo earned a split at line 3 with Billy Griffith, giving Buckeye fans hope.

Cal picked up point No. 3 with Oskar Wikberg's 6-4, 6-3 over Herkko Pollanen at line 5, meaning Cal needed just one of the three matches remaining.

Ohio State's Chris Diaz was up a break serving at 4-3 in the second set against Andre Goransson, the hero of Cal's 4-3 win over No. 4 seed TCU on Friday, but fell behind 0-40.  He won the next four points to take a 5-3 lead, then broke to send that match to a third set.  Di Feo closed out Griffith 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, so all the fans of both teams could collect behind Tulsa's courts 3 and 4.  Diaz and Goransson were on serve early in the third set when Torpegaard broke Lakat to take a 5-3 lead. At 30-all, Torpegaard, who had had trouble with his serve when trying to close out Virginia Tech in the second round, then double faulted twice to put the match back on serve. Lakat held at love for 5-5, then took a 6-5 lead when Torpegaard missed a forehand serving at 30-40.   Lakat served well to start the close out game, getting to 40-15, but missed a forehand, then committed a wild double fault to make send the game to the deciding point.  It was quite a point, with over 30 shots in the rally, with Lakat sending a forehand just long, giving Torpegaard the game and another chance for Ohio State.

Meanwhile, Diaz had gone up 5-2 over a tired looking Goransson, and he finished off the match 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, while Lakat was taking a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker. Torpegaard got the mini-break back for 3-3, but surrendered another to give Lakat a 5-4 lead. Lakat gave it right back after Torpegaard's excellent return handcuffed him, but Lakat held the next point to earn his fourth match point.  Torpegaard came up with a perfectly executed drop shot to save it, but missed a backhand to give Lakat a fifth chance to close out the match.  After a long rally, Torpegaard went for a big forehand angle, but it went wide, sending Cal into the Final Four for the first time since 1991.

Top seed Virginia has had no such drought, making the semifinals in nine of the last ten years with its 4-0 win over No. 9 seed Florida today. The Cavaliers took the doubles point with wins at lines 1 and 3, then took the first sets in all six matches.  Florida did force one third set, but Henrik Wiersholm at 6, Thai Kwiatkowski at 3 and Alexander Ritschard at 4 closed out their matches in straight sets by winning tiebreakers to end Florida's season.

The evening quarterfinals had one quick match and one long one, with No. 7 Georgia taking out No. 2 seed North Carolina 4-0 in just over two hours.  The doubles point was close, with Georgia getting the second win they needed 7-5 at line one, but the Bulldogs bottom half of the lineup took control. Georgia took four first sets, and Walker Duncan at line 4 and Nick Wood at line 6 soon made it 3-0 Georgia. Just seconds later, Jan Zielinski won at line 5 to put Georgia, which saved a dual match point in the quarterfinals against Southern Cal, in the Final Four.

No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 3 UCLA battled for three hours and twenty minutes before the Sooners collected their 4-3 victory.  Oklahoma took the doubles point with a win in the tiebreaker at line 2, and took first sets in three matches.  UCLA needed to force a third set, which they did, with Mackenzie McDonald taking the second set from Andrew Harris at line 1, but Oklahoma also forced a third set, with Andre Biro coming from 4-2 down in the second set against Joe DiGiulio at line 6 to take it 7-5.  Oklahoma got a win from Spencer Papa at line 3 to make it 2-0, but Karue Sell put UCLA on the board with a win at line 4. Oklahoma got its third point from Florin Bragusi at line 5 making it 3-1 Sooners, with Martin Redlicki countering at line 2 for the Bruins to slice the lead to 3-2.  

McDonald served for the match against Harris at 5-3 but didn't get to match point.  Harris held for 5-5 and McDonald took a 6-5 lead with a tense hold putting the pressure back on Harris. Harris was in trouble from the start and even an amazing contorting volley to make it 30-30 wasn't enough.  McDonald made a backhand pass from way deep in the court too tough for Harris to handle to get to match point, and then hit a clean forehand winner to put the Bruins' third point on the board.

DiGiulio had taken a 2-0 lead in the third set against Biro, but Biro reeled off four games in a row. DiGiulio won a deciding point to stay close at 4-3, but Biro held for 5-3. In the final game, DiGiulio went up 30-0, but he made errors, while Biro did not and Biro ended the match with an overhead winner, delighting the large crowd of Oklahoma fans.

The men's and women's semifinals are both scheduled for Monday, and the women's matches have been moved to 11 a.m. Eastern due to the threat of rain later in the day. The men's semifinals have not been changed as of now, with a 5 p.m. Eastern start.

For more, see Tulsa's tournament central.

NCAA Division I Men’s Quarterfinals

#13 California(21-6) def. #5 Ohio State(33-2) 4-3
1. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State) def. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (California), 6-1
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (California) def. Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State), 6-3
3. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (California) def. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (Ohio State), 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

1. #30 Florian Lakat (California) def. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State), 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(6)
2. #88 Chris Diaz (Ohio State) def. #31 Andre Goransson (California), 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
3. #45 Hugo Di Feo (Ohio State) def. #85 Billy Griffith (California), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. #119 Filip Bergevi (California) def. Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State), 6-4, 6-2
5. #124 Oskar Wikberg (California) def. #103 Herkko Pollanen (Ohio State), 6-4, 6-3
6. Martin Joyce (Ohio State) def. J.T. Nishimura (California), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 5, 3, 2, 1
#1 Virginia (28-4) def. #9 Florida (21-7) 4-0 
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Bryan Shelton (Florida)
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (Florida), 6-3
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (Virginia) vs. #80 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (Florida), 5-5 DNF
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Alfredo Perez/Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida), 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3

1. #8 Ryan Shane (Virginia) vs. #10 Diego Hidalgo (Florida), 6-3, 4-6, 3-1 DNF
2. #33 Collin Altamirano (Virginia) vs. #53 Alfredo Perez (Florida), 6-4, 5-4 DNF
3. #9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) def. #37 Elliott Orkin (Florida), 7-6(2), 6-2
4. #78 Alexander Ritschard (Virginia) def. #120 Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida), 6-3, 7-6(4)
5. #110 J.C. Aragone (Virginia) vs. Gordon Watson (Florida), 7-6(2), 4-6, 2-2 DNF
6. Henrik Wiersholm (Virginia) def. McClain Kessler (Florida), 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 4
#7 Georgia(24-4) def. #2 North Carolina(28-5) 4-0 
Head Coaches: Sam Paul (North Carolina) and Manuel Diaz (Georgia)
1. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (Georgia) def. #27 Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (North Carolina), 7-5
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def. Anu Kodali/Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina), 6-3
3. Blaine Boyden/Brett Clark (North Carolina) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-2 Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. #26 Brayden Schnur (North Carolina) vs. #17 Austin Smith (Georgia), 6-4, 5-3 DNF
2. #32 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) vs. #28 Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina), 6-3, 3-3 DNF 3. #46 Brett Clark (North Carolina) vs. #64 Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia), 6-2, 5-3 DNF
4. #123 Walker Duncan (Georgia) def. Jack Murray (North Carolina), 6-3, 6-0
5. Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def. Anu Kodali (North Carolina), 6-4, 6-2
6. Nick Wood (Georgia) def. Blaine Boyden (North Carolina), 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 5
#11 Oklahoma(19-10) def. #3 UCLA(25-3) 4-3 
Head Coaches: Billy Martin (UCLA) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
1. #24 Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) def. #2 Mackie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA), 6-3
2. Alex Ghilea/Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA), 7-6(4)
3. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Andre Biro/Austin Siegel (Oklahoma), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

1. #6 Mackie McDonald (UCLA) def. #97 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma), 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. #25 Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), 7-5, 7-6(5)
3. #82 Spencer Papa (Oklahoma) def. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA), 6-3, 7-5
4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. #61 Alex Ghilea (Oklahoma), 7-6(3), 6-3
5. Florin Bragusi (Oklahoma) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA), 6-4, 7-5
6. Andre Biro (Oklahoma) def. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5, 2, 1, 6

I will now turn my attention to the Division III championships, which are being held here in Kalamazoo beginning Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.

The schedule is below, and I will be glad to be watching live tennis again. While I truly appreciate the live streaming from Tulsa, making the past four days of coverage possible, the lack of sound is undeniably a drawback. It's difficult to gauge the atmosphere, so I am happy I'll be ensconced in Stowe Tower, with at least two great days of weather ahead, where I can see and hear the action leading to NCAA National Championships.

8:30 a.m. Men’s match - Emory(1) v. Kenyon (Stowe Stadium)
8:30 a.m. Men’s match - Bowdoin(4) v. Johns Hopkins (Sorensen Courts)
11 a.m. Men’s match - Claremont-M-S(2) v. Chicago(7) (Stowe Stadium)
11 a.m. Men’s match - Middlebury(3) v. Washington-St. Louis(6) (Sorensen Courts)

2 p.m. Women’s match - Emory(1) v. Washington-St. Louis (Stowe Stadium)
2 p.m. Women’s match - Amherst(4) v. Middlebury (Sorensen Courts)
5 p.m. Women’s match - Williams(2) v. Chicago (7)(Stowe Stadium)
5 p.m. Women’s match - Claremont-Mudd-Scripps v. Bowdoin(6) (Sorensen Courts)

There will be live scoring and video, with links to those and the draws at the Kalamazoo College tournament central.

At the ITF Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Olesya Pervushina of Russia claimed their first Grade A titles with straight set victories.  No. 2 seed Tsitsipas defeated No. 5 seed Ulises Blanch 6-4, 6-3 in the boys final, with No. 5 seed Pervushina beating qualifier Kaja Juvan of Slovenia 6-4, 6-0 in the girls championship match.

This week the ITF junior clay circuit moves to the Grade 1 in Belgium, with eight US boys and three US girls in the main draw.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stanford Saves Match Point to Earn Spot in Semis with Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State and Cal; Blanch Reaches Final of Grade A Trofeo Bonfiglio; Division II and NAIA Champions Crowned

Of the top four seeds projected to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Team Championships, only one, top-seeded Cal, has actually advanced to the Final Four.  No. 2 seed Florida and No. 3 seed North Carolina went out in Thursday's Sweet 16, while No. 4 Ohio State was eliminated in today's quarterfinals by No. 12 seed Oklahoma State.

Defending champion Vanderbilt, seeded No. 6, was the first team to book its spot in Monday's semifinals, riding a dominant performance in doubles to beat No. 14 seed Virginia 4-2.  The Cavaliers got points from Danielle Collins and Meghan Kelley, none of the six singles matches went to three sets, with Frances Altick clinching for the Commodores with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Julia Elbaba at line 2.

The other quarterfinal in the bottom half had enough drama for both matches, with No. 15 Stanford defeating No. 10 Michigan 4-3.  The Cardinal, who had beaten Florida 4-3 indoors on Thursday, again dropped the doubles point, the fifth time it has done so in the past six matches.  It was an especially painful loss today, with Caroline Doyle and Taylor Davidson losing five straight games, with the aid of six consecutive double faults, to lose 7-5 to Brienne Minor and Mira Ruder-Hook in the deciding match at line 1.

It didn't take Stanford long to shake that off, however, taking five first sets in singles.  Stanford's Melissa Lord tied the score with a quick win at 6, but Michigan went back on top with Ronit Yurovsky's impressive 6-4, 6-2 win over Carol Zhao at 1.  Krista Hardebeck made it 2-2 with a win at 4, but that was the end of the straight-set matches.  Ruder-Hook earned a split at 5 against Caroline Lampl, Minor earned a split at 2 against Davidson and Kate Fahey forced a third set at 3 against Doyle.

Lampl put Stanford ahead for the first time with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over Ruder-Hook, but Minor completed her comeback over Davidson 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Davidson had won the last match on in Stanford's second round win over Texas A&M and in the Florida victory.

By the time Minor closed out Davidson for 3-3, Fahey had come back from 3-0 down in the third set against Doyle to take a 6-5 lead. Doyle was up 40-15 serving to get to a tiebreaker, but a couple of errors and it was deciding/match point.  Doyle got a first serve in and Fahey ended the rally with a forehand error to send the match into the deciding tiebreaker.

Doyle played composed and steady in the first five points, winning them all, mostly on Fahey errors. Doyle double faulted on the next point and missed two straight forehands to make it 5-3, but Fahey made a forehand error of her own to give Doyle three match points. Doyle double faulted on the first one, but Fahey netted a backhand on the second to set off a spirited Stanford celebration.

In the evening matches, both favorites were in trouble when they dropped their doubles points, but Cal was able to overcome that deficit against No. 8 seed Pepperdine, while Ohio State was not. Cal won just three first sets in singles, meaning they had to win a three-setter to claim the victory. It was Tulsa's own Olivia Hauger who supplied that critical comeback, defeating Matea Cutura  3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at line 5 to make it 3-2 Cal, with Lynn Chi, who was forced to three sets by Dzina Milovanovic, clinching the Bears 4-2 win with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

Ohio State also won just three first sets, and trailed 3-0 before they got on the board with wins from Sandy Niehaus at 6 and Miho Kowase at 4. Although Ferny Angeles Paz did force the third set Ohio State needed to have a chance, she didn't win it, with Katarina Stresnakova taking the final four games at line 5 to claim a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory and a 4-2 win for the Cowgirls.  Oklahoma State will be making their first ever appearance in the Final Four when they take the court against Cal at 1 p.m. on Monday.

The men's quarterfinals are set for Sunday, with No. 1 Virginia against No. 9 Florida and No. 5 Ohio State against No. 13 Cal at 1 p.m.  The evening matches will see No. 3 UCLA face No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 7 Georgia face No. 2 North Carolina.

For more on today's matches, see the Tulsa Tournament Central page.

NCAA Division I Women’s Quarterfinals
Saturday, May 21, 2016

#6 Vanderbilt(23-5) def. #14 Virginia(19-11) 4-2
Head Coaches: Geoff Macdonald (Vanderbilt) and Mark Guilbeau (Virginia)
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

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
#15 Stanford(18-5) def. #10 Michigan(23-7) 4-3
Head Coaches: Ronni Bernstein (Michigan) and Lele Forood (Stanford)
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

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
#1 California(23-1) def. #8 Pepperdine(24-3) 4-2 
Head Coaches: Amanda Augustus (California) and Per Nilsson (Pepperdine)
1. #26 Jean Runglerdkriangkrai/Luisa Stefani (Pepperdine) def. #4 Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr (California), 7-5
2. #19 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (Pepperdine) def. #90 Klara Fabikova/Olivia Hauger (California), 6-4
3. Lynn Chi/Maria Smith (California) def. Laura Gulbe/Dzina Milovanovic (Pepperdine), 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

1. #6 Luisa Stefani (Pepperdine) def. #7 Maegan Manasse (California), 6-2, 7-6(5)
2. #16 Klara Fabikova (California) vs. Laura Gulbe (Pepperdine), 5-7, 7-6(3), 2-0 DNF
3. #80 Lynn Chi (California) def. Dzina Milovanovic (Pepperdine), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
4. #88 Denise Starr (California) def. Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (Pepperdine), 6-0, 6-3
5. Olivia Hauger (California) def. Matea Cutura (Pepperdine), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Karla Popovic (California) def. Michaela Capannolo (Pepperdine), 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 1, 5, 3
#12 Oklahoma State(28-4) def. #4 Ohio State(31-3) 4-2 
Head Coaches: Melissa Schaub (Ohio State) and Chris Young (Oklahoma State)
1. #43 Maria Alvarez/Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State) def. #9 Miho Kowase/Anna Sanford (Ohio State), 7-5
2. #58 Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State) def. #54 Viktoriya Lushkova/Carla Tur Mari (Oklahoma State), 7-5
3. #79 Katarina Adamovic/Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (Ohio State), 6-1 Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

1. #3 Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State) vs. Katarina Adamovic (Oklahoma State), 6-3, 6-7(2), 3-2 DNF
2. Vladica Babic (Oklahoma State) def. #89 Anna Sanford (Ohio State), 6-4, 6-3
3. Viktoriya Lushkova (Oklahoma State) def. #96 Gabriella De Santis (Ohio State), 6-1, 6-3
4. Miho Kowase (Ohio State) def. Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State), 6-0, 7-6(2)
5. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State) def. Ferny Angeles Paz (Ohio State), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. #81 Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State) def. Maria Alvarez (Oklahoma State), 6-2, 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 6, 4, 5

The finals are set for the ITF Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan, with Ulises Blanch taking on Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.  Blanch, the No. 5 seed, 
defeated Jurij Rodionov of Austria 6-2, 6-3 in today's semifinal, while No. 2 seed Tsitsipas defeated unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 6-3, 6-2.  Blanch and Tsitsipas have met three times, with Tsitsipas winning both meetings on clay, but Blanch has the most recent victory, at the Grade 1 warmup in Australia back in January. Both are seeking a first Grade A title, with Blanch in his first final at that level.  Tsitsipas reached the finals of the Orange Bowl the past two years.

In the girls semifinals, 15-year-old qualifier Kaja Juvan of Slovenia defeated No. 6 seed Anastasia Potapova of Russia 6-4, 4-6,  6-2 and No. 5 seed Olesya Pervushina defeated Amina Anshba 6-0, 6-3 in an all-Russian semifinal.  Both Pervushina and Juvan are playing in their first Grade A final; Juvan has only played one other Grade A: this year's Australian Open.

No. 4 seeds Benjamin Sigouin of Canada and Louis Wessels of Germany won the boys doubles title, beating unseeded Lukas Klein of Slovakia and Kenneth Raisma of Estonia 2-6, 6-4, 11-9.   Top seeds Pervushina and Potapova beat No. 7 seeds Anshba and Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Russian girls doubles final.

Live scoring for Sunday's finals is available at Tennis Ticker.

The NAIA and Division II team championships were played today in Mobile and Denver, respectively.

Both the men's and women's team at Georgia Gwinett won the NAIA titles, with the men taking their third straight with a 5-2 win over Xavier (Louisiana), and completing an undefeated season.  The women defeated Lindsey-Wilson 5-4 to win their second straight NAIA team title.

In Division II, the Armstrong State women won their tenth NCAA national team title, beating BYU-Hawaii 5-4.   As with the women's result, it was the No. 3 team over the No. 1 team in the men's final, with Hawaii-Pacific taking out St. Leo's 5-3 for the title.

Friday, May 20, 2016

TCU Falls to Cal in Men's D-1 Sweet Sixteen Action, Ohio State, Georgia Survive; Blumberg Commits to North Carolina; Chirico, Vickery Qualify for French Open; Blanch Reaches Semis in Milan Grade A

More rain and drizzle this morning in Tulsa again delayed matches, this time for the men's round of 16, but like yesterday's women's matches, there was no shortage of drama, with three 4-3 decisions.  Unlike the women's opening day, when two matches were played outdoors before weather problems surfaced, the men started with wet courts, and the match between No. 4 seed TCU and No. 13 seed Cal was played entirely inside the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Whether that was an advantage for Cal can be debated, but the Bears beat the Horned Frogs 4-3, the second time this year they've topped the 2015 NCAA semifinalists.

TCU got some bad luck at line 5, when freshman Eduardo Nava fell in his match with Oskar Wikberg and although he played a few points, he was unable to continue retiring after losing the first set 7-6(4).  At 3-all, match would come down to No. 2 singles, with Alex Rybakov of TCU leading Andre Goransson 3-1 in the third set.  Rybakov was broken on a deciding point to make it 3-3, while Goransson, who was coming forward regularly, avoided getting to that do-or-die point on his serve. Rybakov won a deciding point to  make it 4-4 and saved a match point on the third consecutive deciding point on his serve when Goransson's backhand went long. A love hold for Cal junior put the pressure right back on the TCU freshman, and this time he fell short of the deciding point. Down 0-40, he saved two match points, but Goransson finished off the win, putting away the second of his two overheads in the point for a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win.

Although obviously an upset, given their respective seeds, Cal knew they could beat TCU, having done so in February after losing the doubles point, which they won today.

The other early morning match between No. 5 seed Ohio State and Texas, one of the four unseeded teams in the Sweet Sixteen, was even more dramatic, with that coming down to a tiebreaker in the third set at line 6.  The Buckeyes won the doubles point, but Texas, playing without their regular No. 4, got wins from Michael Riechmann, Harrison Scott and George Goldhoff, who handed Ohio State's No. 1 Mikael Torpegaard, his first dual match loss of the season.  Martin Joyce, who also was undefeated in dual matches this season dropped the opening set to John Mee at line 6, but came back to take the second set by the same 6-3 score. Joyce then took a 4-2 lead in the third set and had a match point with Mee serving to stay in the match at 3-5, on a deciding point. Mee missed his first serve, but hit an excellent second serve and Joyce missed the return.  Serving for the match, Joyce was broken at love and after breaking Mee again, on a deciding point, he had another chance to finish it at 6-5. Again he was broken at love, but Joyce picked up his play in the tiebreaker, playing much more aggressively to take 5-0 lead.  Mee closed the gap to 6-3, but a good first serve and Joyce had clinched the 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) win and a spot in the quarterfinals against Cal.

Top seed and defending champion Virginia also had its work cut out for it, with No. 16 seed Oklahoma State pressuring the Cavaliers before falling 4-2.  Thai Kwiatkowski saved match points to keep Oklahoma State's Lucas Gerch from making it 3-3, and in the meantime, Collin Altamirano clinched at line 2 for Virginia. Virginia has now made the quarterfinals for 12 consecutive years.

Virginia will play No. 9 seed Florida on Sunday, after the Gators posted the day's first straightforward victory, a 4-0 win over unseeded SMU.

No. 2 seed North Carolina joins the Gators as the only teams to not have dropped a point en route to the quarterfinals, as the Tar Heels defeated unseeded Mississippi State 4-0.

The excitement level ratcheted back up in the evening, with No. 7 seed Georgia defeating No. 10 seed Southern California 4-3, with Austin Smith saving a match point in the third set of his contest with Max de Vroome at line 1.

Southern Cal took the doubles point, and got singles points from Jack Jaede and Thibault Forget, while Georgia countered with wins from Wayne Montgomery, Nick Wood and Paul Oosterbaan to turn the attention to court 1.

Smith had taken the opening set in a tiebreaker, but de Vroome had won the second set 6-1. With Smith serving at 3-3 in the third, Smith missed a volley on a deciding point and de Vroome had the lead. De Vroome held for 5-3 and Smith held for 5-4. As the evening turned to night, de Vroome served for the match, but his first serve wasn't there and he fell behind 15-40 on a double fault. De Vroome hit a forehand winner and then a good first serve to get to the deciding point, which was a dual match point, but after a lengthy rally he netted a backhand, making it 5-5.  Smith went down 30-40 but won both points leaving de Vroome with the task of serving to get into a tiebreaker. He made two errors to open the game, hit a forehand winner for 15-30, then Smith came up with a backhand volley winner to give him three match points. Smith converted the first, putting the ball at the approaching de Vroome's feet and seeing de Vroome unable to dig it out, with the ball finding the net.

In the night matches, No. 3 seed UCLA defeated unseeded Stanford 4-2 and Oklahoma, the No. 11 seed, beat No. 6 seed Wake Forest 4-0.

See the Tulsa tournament page for results, quotes and recaps.

NCAA Division I Men’s Round of 16

#13 California(20-6) def. #4 TCU(26-4) 4-3
Head Coaches: David Roditi (TCU) and Peter Wright (California)
1. #9 Filip Bergevi/Florian Lakat (California) def. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU), 7-5
2. Andre Goransson/Oskar Wikberg (California) def. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuñez (TCU), 7-6(4)
3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. Mads Engsted/J.T. Nishimura (California), 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

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 Nuñez (TCU) def. #85 Billy Griffth (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
#5 Ohio State(33-2) def. #17-32 Texas(19-12) 4-3
Head Coaches: Ty Tucker (Ohio State) and Michael Center (Texas)
1. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State) def. George Goldhoff/Michael Riechmann (Texas), 6-4
2. Martin Joyce/Ralf Steinbach (Ohio State) def. Adrian Ortiz/Julian Zlobinsky (Texas), 7-6(5)
3. John Mee/Harrison Scott (Texas) vs. Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez (Ohio State), 6-5 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 2

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
#1 Virginia(27-4) def. #16 Oklahoma State(20-8) 4-2 
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (Virginia) and Jay Udwadia (Oklahoma State
1. #4 Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. #10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (Oklahoma State), 6-2
2. #16 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger (Virginia) def. Lucas Gerch/Jurence Mendoza (Oklahoma State), 6-1
3. Lukas Finzelberg/Tristan Meraut (Oklahoma State) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (Virginia), 4-3 DNF Order of Finish: 2, 1

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, 2
#9 Florida(21-6) def. #17-32 SMU(22-9), 4-0
Head Coaches: Bryan Shelton (Florida) and Carl Neufeld (SMU)
1. #1 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (Florida) def. #31 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU), 7-5
2. #54 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

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
#2 North Carolina(27-4) def. #17-32 Mississippi State(18-8) 4-0
Head Coaches: Sam Paul (North Carolina) and Matt Roberts (Mississippi State)
1. #27 Jack Murray/Brayden Schnur (North Carolina) def. #47 Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (Mississippi State), 7-6(5)
2. Anu Kodali/Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina) def. Trevor Foshey/Luka Sucevic (Mississippi State), 6-2
3. Rishab Agarwal/Niclas Braun (Mississippi State) def. Brett Clark/Andrew Gores (North Carolina), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

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
#7 Georgia(23-4) def. #10 Southern California(17-7) 4-3
Head Coaches: Manuel Diaz (Georgia) and Peter Smith (Southern California)
1. #46 Nick Crystal/Laurens Verboven (Southern California) def. #11 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (Georgia), 6-1
2. Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) vs. Max de Vroome/Thibault Forget (Southern California), 5-4 DNF
3. Jack Jaede/Tanner Smith (Southern California) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-4 Order of Finish: 1, 3

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: 2, 5, 4, 3, 6, 1

#3 UCLA(25-2) def. #17-32 Stanford(15-11) 4-2 
Head Coaches: Billy Martin (UCLA) and Paul Goldstein (Stanford)
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

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(4)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 6, 4
#11 Oklahoma(18-10) def. #6 Wake Forest(31-6) 4-0
Head Coaches: Tony Bresky (Wake Forest) and John Roddick (Oklahoma)
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

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

In other college news, William Blumberg, the Tennis Recruiting Network's No. 1 recruit for the class of 2017, announced today that he has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina.  Blumberg, who has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open juniors, is not yet certain of his schedule for this summer. He has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the ITF world junior rankings and is now at 31.

It was also announced that Clancy Shields has been hired as men's head coach at the University of Arizona, replacing Tad Berkowitz. Shields, who played and later coached at Boise State under Greg Patton, has been coaching Utah State for the past three years.

At the French Open's final round of qualifying, Louisa Chirico and Sachia Vickery earned places in the main draw with straight-set wins. Chirico, the top seed, defeated No. 24 seed Irina Khromacheva of Russia 6-3, 6-1 and Vickery breezed past French wild card Fiona Ferro 6-0, 6-1. Grace Min lost a heartbreaker to Lucia Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-7(4), 6-1, 11-9.  Min had four match points in the third set, but was unable to convert.  Jennifer Brady lost to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 7-6(2), 6-4 and No. 29 seed Jared Donaldson, the only US man still in the qualifying, fell to No. 14 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Donaldson also lost to Basilashvili in three sets in the final round of qualifying last year.

The men's and women's draws were released today, with ten US men and 18 US women competing.  The US men:  Brian Baker, Taylor Fritz,
Steve Johnson, Rajeev Ram, Jack Sock(23), Denis Kudla, Sam Querrey, Bjorn Fratangelo (who plays Querrey in first round), John Isner(15) and Donald Young.

The US women, in addition to Chirico and Vickery: Serena Williams(1), Samantha Crawford, Taylor Townsend, Madison Keys(15), Venus Williams(9), Lauren Davis(plays Chirico), Irina Falconi, CoCo Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Shelby Rogers, Madison Brengle, Nicole Gibbs, Varvara Lepchenko, Christina McHale, Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens(19).

Play begins in Paris on Sunday, with the order of play released on Saturday.

At the Grade A Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan, both the third round and quarterfinals in singles and the semifinals in doubles were played today.  Top seed Amanda Anisimova was defeated by Katarina Zavatska of Ukraine 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, and Natasha Subhash lost to Panna Udvardy of Hungary 6-1, 6-0, both in the third round.  Three of the girls semifinalists are Russian: No. 6 seed Anastasia Potapova, No. 5 seed Olesya Pervushina, and unseeded Amina Anshba, with qualifier Kaja Juvan of Slovenia the fourth semifinalist.

No. 5 seed Ulises Blanch is the sole US player remaining in either singles or doubles.  Blanch defeated Nicola Kuhn of Spain 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-3 and in the quarterfinals, Evan Furness of France, 6-1, 6-4. Sam Riffice and No. 12 seed John McNally reached the quarterfinals, but fell in their second matches of the day, with Riffice going out to No. 10 seed Jurij Rodionov of Austria 6-2, 6-4 and McNally losing a tough one to No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece  6-2, 5-7, 7-6(4).

Blanch will play Rodionov in the semifinals, with Tsitsipas taking on unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain.