Another great weekend of college tennis is in the books! There were some big time upsets and conference battles between ranked opponents. Let’s waste no time and get to the action!
#2 Wake Forest def. #14 Notre Dame 6-1
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons were not at all distracted by national puppy day at Notre Dame. They handed the Irish a 6-1 defeat on Friday night.
🚨 PUPPY ALERT 🚨@NDMensTennis is trying to get into our mind by having puppies on hand at today’s match for #NationalPuppyDay. Totally ok with it though. #GoDeacs pic.twitter.com/RipUwqsAUf
— Wake Men’s Tennis (@WakeMTennis) March 22, 2019
Wake got things rolling by winning the doubles point with wins on courts 2 and 3.
Petros Chrysochos (3rd ranked) added to the lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court 2 over Matt Gamble. Freshman Siddhant Banthia made it 3-0 after dispatching Grayson Broadus on court 5.
DEACS WIN! Cungu takes the second-set tiebreaker to seal the 6-1 win over No. 14 Notre Dame! Wake Forest now a perfect 6-0 in ACC play. #GoDeacs pic.twitter.com/POpnoiGh03
— Wake Men’s Tennis (@WakeMTennis) March 22, 2019
Fellow freshman Melios Efstathiou earned the clinching 4-0 win by defeating Paul Gota 6-2, 6-3 on court 6. With the remaining matches being played out, Guillermo Cabrera earned an upset win on court 3 over Bar Botzer (22nd ranked) 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.
#3 Texas def. #12 Columbia 6-1
The Texas Longhorns stayed hot and took out the Columbia Lions 6-1 on Friday night.
The Longhorns quickly won the doubles point and dominated the top singles courts as Yuya Ito (9th ranked) downed Jack Lin (16th ranked) 6-3, 6-1 and Christian Sigsgaard (6th ranked) defeated Victor Pham (41st ranked) 6-4, 6-3.
Leonardo Telles gets the clincher against Columbia over #91 Adam Ambrozy! #HookEm 🤘🎾 pic.twitter.com/jji3rFF3tq
— Texas Men’s Tennis (@TexasMTN) March 23, 2019
Senior Leo Telles (104th ranked) then clinched the victory 6-2, 6-4 on court 3 over Adam Ambrozy (91st ranked).
The remaining matches were played out and Rian Pandole earned a solid win for Columbia over Harrison Scott (59th ranked) 6-4, 6-3 on court 4.
#11 North Carolina def. #20 Oklahoma 4-1
The North Carolina Tar Heels earned a solid win on Friday over visiting Oklahoma.
The “Heels went up 3-0 after a quick doubles point, and then straight-set wins by Blaine Boyden 6-3, 6-0 over Jochen Bertsch on court 4 and Mac Kiger besting Max Stewart 6-4, 6-4 on court 6.
Final UNC 4 Oklahoma 1 Peck d. Van Emburgh 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 (final point was :46 total) pic.twitter.com/BrNzoQ1a6U
— UNC Men’s Tennis (@carolinatennis) March 22, 2019
Things got a little more interesting after that, with Alex Bakshi (49th ranked) defeating Brian Cernoch (110th ranked) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on court 2.
With the remaining matches in 3 sets, Josh Peck (109th ranked) saved the day by upsetting Jake Van Emburgh (88th ranked) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on court 3.
#47 Penn State def. #16 Michigan 5-2
The Nittany Lions won a solid Big 10 matchup on Friday over 16th ranked Michigan.
Constant De La Bassetiere and Gabriel Nemeth (11th ranked) clinched the doubles point for Penn State 7-6(6) over Harrison Brown and Mattias Siimar on court 1.
Full recap 🔜
✅ #44 De La Bassetiere vs. #46 Siimar 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
✅ #116 Lakoseljac vs. Schalet 6-4, 7-5
❌ Antonopoulos vs. Fenty 4-6, 0-6
✅ Nemeth vs. Johnston 6-2, 6-3
✅ Lieb vs. Maloney 6-3, 7-6 (7)
❌ Sentay vs. Tishman 1-6, 0-6 pic.twitter.com/ct3a6xgBLF
— Penn State Men’s Tennis (@pennstateMTEN) March 23, 2019
The Wolverines quickly responded in singles with Andrew Fenty defeating Christos Antonopoulos 6-4, 6-0 on court 3.
The rest of the afternoon, however, was all Penn State. Nemeth defeated Connor Johnston 6-2, 6-3 on court 4 and Christian Lakoseljac downed Myles Schalet 6-4, 7-5 on court 2. De La Bassetiere (44th ranked) then clinched the win 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 over Siimar (46th ranked) on court 1.
The remaining matches were played out and Gabe Tishman earned a convincing 6-1, 6-0 win on court 6 over Alp Sentay on court 6.
Iowa def. #18 Minnesota 4-3
The Iowa Hawkeyes kept the upset train going in the Big 10 by defeating Minnesota 4-3.
The Hawkeyes won the doubles point and then went up 2-0 with Joe Tyler downing Marino Alpeza 6-4, 6-2.
#ICYMI Last night the #Hawkeyes bounced No. 18 Minnesota, 4-3, in Minneapolis to move to 2-0 in the Big Ten and 11-4 overall. #Hawkeyes #iowatennis pic.twitter.com/VFDyq7ppQW
— Iowa Men’s Tennis (@IowaMensTennis) March 23, 2019
The ‘Gophs then came back with Vlad Lobak defeating Piotr Smietana 6-2, 7-5 and Stefan Milicevic defeating Oliver Okonkwo 6-4, 6-4. Jonas Larsen then came back to defeat Jackson Allen 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 on court 3 and Will Davies clinched the win 7-5, 7-6(4) over Eli Ogilvy on court 5.
#33 Ole Miss def. #22 Georgia 4-3
The Ole Miss Rebels picked up a quality SEC win on Friday in Oxford.
The Rebs won the doubles point but Jan Zielinski (13th ranked) tied it up by defeating Filip Kraljevic 6-3, 6-3 on court 2. Karlo Kranic then got things rolling for the Rebs in singles with a quality 6-4, 6-4 dismissal of Trent Bryde on court 3.
🚨🚨DOWN GOES GEORGIA! 😤
Rebels knock off their second-straight Top 25 opponent Friday at Palmer/Salloum, taking down the Bulldogs 4-3 behind a brilliant clinch from senior Fabian Fallert‼️#HottyToddy #HYDR 💯 pic.twitter.com/Y1XdbeWlkz
— Ole Miss Men’s Tennis (@OleMissMTennis) March 23, 2019
Finn Reynolds followed suit for Ole Miss with an indentical score line on court 5 over Philip Henning (78th ranked). Emil Reingberg (21st ranked) kept the ‘Dawgs in the match momentarily with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Tim Sandkaulen on court 1.
Fabian Fallert clinched the upset soon thereafter by defeating Robert Loeb 6-2, 7-5 on court 4. Walker Duncan earned Georgia’s 3rd point of the day by coming back to defeat Simon Junk 2-6, 7-6 13-11.
#8 Mississippi State def. 19 Tennessee 4-3
The Bulldogs earned a thrilling 4-3 win on Friday in Starkville.
Another doubles point was clinched by MSU’s Trevor Foshey and Gregor Ramskogler on court 3. Senior Nuno Borges made it 2-0 by defeating Timo Stodder 6-3, 6-3 on court 1 and Trevor Foshey put the ‘Dawgs within 1 point of the win by defeating Preston Touliatos 6-2, 6-4 on court 5.
NIC CLINCHES IT (AGAIN)!!
MSU takes down No. 19 Tennessee 4-3 to make that 23-straight home wins!!#HailState🐶 pic.twitter.com/K9CqJRQUsO
— MSU Men’s Tennis 🎾 (@HailStateMT) March 22, 2019
The Vols then came roaring back as Adam Walton bested Gio Oradini 6-4, 6-4 on court 2 and Andrew Rogers bested Florian Broska 6-3, 7-6 on court 6. Luca Wiedenmann then evened it up by defeating Strahinja Rakic 6-4, 7-6 on court 4.
With all eyes on court 3, Niclas Braun came back to save the day with a thrilling 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.
Gonzaga def. #31 BYU 4-2
The Gonzaga Bulldogs earned their best win in program history on Friday by defeating BYU 4-2.
Things looked bleak for the ‘Zags after losing the doubles point rather quickly, but Kyle Everly (shout out to my high school teammate!) got the Zags on the board with a 6-3, 6-0 win on court 3 over Mateo Vereau. Hunter Egger followed suit by defeating Matthew Pearce 6-2, 7-6(4) on court 6.
Moreno finishes it and Gonzaga knocks off No. 31 BYU 4-2! Let’s go!#UnitedWeZag pic.twitter.com/U4CzxKDaWb
— Gonzaga Men’s Tennis (@ZagMTennis) March 22, 2019
Sean Hill (123rd ranked) got the Cougars on the board in singles with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Sam Feit on court 1. Junior Vincent Rettke put the ‘Zags back out in front by defeating Sam Tullis 6-4, 7-5 on court 4.
With only 2 matches remaining, senior Emilio Moreno earned the heroic victory by besting Ben Gajardo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on court 5.
That wraps it up for this week. To read more updates from Cracked Racquets, head over to www.crackedracquets.com.