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This weekend in college tennis featured a few big-time non-conference matches coupled with conference play as well. Let’s recap some of the action!
#7 Baylor def. #11 Illinois 4-0
The Baylor Bears took it to the Fighting Illini on Friday night.
— Baylor Men’s Tennis (@BaylorMTennis) March 2, 2019
The Bears won the doubles point with Adrian Boitan and Constantin Frantzen clinching the win on court 3. Boitan then gave the Bears a 2-0 lead after a quick 6-0, 6-1 win on court 5. Matias Soto made it 3-0 after upsetting Alex Brown (28th ranked) on court 2.
Sven Lah later clinched the win by beating Keenan Mayo in straight sets on court 4.
#13 TCU def. #8 Illinois 4-0
The TCU Horned Frogs handed the Illini another 4-0 loss on Sunday.
— TCU Men’s Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) March 3, 2019
The Frogs won a quick doubles point clinched by Alex Rybakov and Alastair Gray 6-3 on court 1 over Alex Brown and Caleb Chakravarthi. Senior Reese Stalder made it 2-0 after breezing past Keenan Mayo 6-2, 6-3 on court 4. Gray (68th ranked) followed suit and upset Alex Brown (28th ranked) on court 2 6-3, 6-4.
Freshman Luc Fomba clinched the match soon thereafter by defeating Siphosothando Montsi 6-2, 6-3 on court 5.
Georgia def. #19 Tennessee 4-2
The unranked Bulldogs scored a solid win on Friday night in Tennessee.
The Dawgs went up 1-0 after Trent Bryde and Philip Henning clinched the doubles point on court 3. Georgia then went up a quick 3-0 after Robert Loeb (110th ranked) scored a 6-1, 6-2 win on court 5 and Bryde added a straight-set win on 3.
DAWGS WIN🎊 | 🐶 4, 🔶 2
Henning with the match-clincher in a third-set tiebreaker! Let’s GO. pic.twitter.com/5eksCS11h0
— Georgia Tennis (@UGAtennis) March 2, 2019
The ‘Vols then came fighting back as Luca Wiedenmann bested Walker Duncan on 6 and Timo Stodder (113th ranked) upset Jan Zielinski (5th ranked) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) on court 1.
However, freshman Philip Henning saved the day yet again for the ‘Dawgs after defeating Preston Touliatos 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(2) on court 4.
#3 Texas def. Georgia 4-2
The third ranked Texas Longhorns escaped Athens with a 4-2 win on Sunday.
Inclimate weather forced the match to start with singles and Christian Sigsgaard (8th ranked) got things going with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Jan Zielinski (5th ranked) to put the Horns up 1-0. Georgia senior Walker Duncan evened it up after downing Chi Chih Huang 6-1, 6-3 on court 6.
— Texas Men’s Tennis (@TexasMTN) March 3, 2019
The Horns then went up 3-1 after Collin Markes downed Robert Loeb 6-2, 6-4 on court 5 and Yuya Ito (12th ranked) bested Emil Reinberg 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 on court 2. Freshman Philip Henning then kept the Dawgs alive with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Harrison Scott on court 4.
HoTexas senior Leo Telles closed the door, however, with a clutch 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 victory over Trent Bryde on court 3.
Georgia Tech def. #21 Florida State 4-3
The Ramblin ‘Reck got off to a great start in ACC play after downing Florida State 4-3.
Tech won a crucial doubles point after Joseph Gandolfo and Chris Yun clinched the point 7-6(4) on court 2. Andrew Li made it 2-0 after earning a solid 6-3, 6-1 dub over Juan Martin Jalif on court 3.
Carlos Divar clinches the match win over No. 21 Florida State from court one, 5-7,6-4,6-2.
FINAL: Georgia Tech 4, No. 21 Florida State 3 pic.twitter.com/mPM90ZD6Fx
— GT Men’s Tennis (@GT_MTEN) March 2, 2019
Chase Wood then got Florida State on the board with a big 6-1, 6-4 win on court 6. Alex Knaff then notted it up after downing Phillip Gresk 6-3, 7-6(1) on court 2. The rest of the matches went 3 sets and Cole Gromely put the Jackets out in front again after defeating Rana Roop Bhullar 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. Richard Thongoana then responded to tie it up at 3-3 after downing Chris Yun 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
With all eyes on court 1, Carlos Divar (36th ranked) bested Lucas Poullain (63rd ranked) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
#24 Oklahoma def. #21 Florida State 4-1
The weekend did not get any better for the ‘Noles as the Oklahoma Sooners gave them a 4-1 defeat on Sunday.
Spencer Papa and Jake Van Emburgh clinched the doubles point for Oklahoma on court 1 and Oklahoma freshman Mason Beiler made it 2-0 after quickly defeating Chase Wood 6-3, 6-0 on court 5.
— Oklahoma Tennis (@OU_MTennis) March 3, 2019
Lucas Poullain (63rd ranked) then got Florida State on the board after downing Alex Bakshi in straights on court 1 but Max Steward responded with a straight-set win of his own 6-1, 6-4 over Enzo Le Seguillon on court 6.
The remaining matches were close battles and Van Emburgh came through again by defeating Alex Knaff 6-2, 7-6(8) on court 2.
#20 Alabama def. #18 LSU 5-2
The Crimson Tide started SEC play on a high note after downing LSU on Friday.
Mazen Osama and Patrick Kaukovalta clinched the doubles point on court 1 and Osama (32nd ranked) made it 2-0 after defeating Shane Monroe (112th ranked) 6-2, 6-2 on court 1. Edson Ortiz put the Tide in front 3-0 but Malik Bhatnagar put the Tigers on the board after upsetting Kaukovalta (108th ranked) 6-4, 7-6 on court 3.
🐘 5 | 🐯 2
— Alabama Men’s Tennis (@AlabamaMTN) March 2, 2019
Riccardo Roberto then clinched the win after besting Nick Watson 7-6, 6-3 on court 6.
With the match already at 4-1, the remaining matches were played out with the teams splitting matches that were both decided at 7-5 in the third set.
Texas A&M def. #20 Alabama 4-3
The Texas A&M Aggies picked up a crucial SEC win on Sunday which should definitely put them back in the ITA rankings.
— Texas A&M Men’s Tennis (@AggieMTEN) March 3, 2019
Juan Carlos Aguilar and Barnaby Smith clinched a rather straight-forward doubles point for the Aggies and Val Vacherot (47th ranked) made it 2-0 after quickly defeating Patrick Kaukovalta (108th ranked) 6-3, 6-0 on court 3. Jeremy Gschwendtner got ‘Bama on the board with a 6-0, 6-3 defeat of Austin Abbrat (105th ranked) on court 6. Mazen Osama (32nd ranked) then evened it up after downing Aguilar (121st ranked) in straights on court 1.
Smith (66th ranked) then put the Aggies within reach of the match by besting Alexey Nesterov 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 on court 4. Riccardo Roberto then evened the seesaw battle by defeating Noah Schachter 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Serving down 5-6, 15-40 in the third set, it looked bleak for Hady Habib but he came through in the clutch to down Edson Ortiz 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(2).
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