The conference battles are heating up as we saw some top teams clash to fight for some early season leads in their respective conference standings. Let’s get right to the action!
#6 Baylor def. #9 TCU 5-2
The Baylor Bears got their conference season rolling by defeating the visiting Horned Frogs 5-2.
Johannes Schretter and Constantin Frantzen clinched a very tight doubles point on court 3 for the Bears over Luc Fomba and Sander Jong 7-6(5).
Just. Like. That. pic.twitter.com/DV1lX3aA4y
— Baylor Men’s Tennis (@BaylorMTennis) March 30, 2019
Sven Lah then made it 2-0 by dismissing Fomba 6-3, 6-3 on court 5. TCU’s Alex Rybakov (7th ranked) then got the Frogs on the board by defeating Matias Soto (45th ranked) 7-5, 6-3 on court 1.
Baylor quickly flipped the script with Will Little (82nd ranked) downing Bertus Kruger (115th ranked) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Jimmy Bendeck sealing the win 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 over Jong on court 6.
The remaining matches were played out and Johannes Schretter (40th ranked) earned a notable win for the Bears over Alastair Gray (25th ranked) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
#4 Texas def. #6 Baylor 4-3
The Texas Longhorns defeated the Baylor Bears in one of the highly anticipated matches of the weekend.
The Bears came out swinging in the doubles point as Sven Lah and Jimmy Bendeck (1st ranked) toppled Harrison Scott and Christian Sigsgaard (7th ranked) 6-2 on court 1 and Will Little and Matias Soto defeated Colin Markes and Leo Telles by a score of 6-2 as well to clinch the doubles point.
What a day for a great senior class! Thank you seniors! #HookEm 🤘🎾
(L-R Johnny Goodwin, Adrian Ortiz, Rodrigo Banzer, Harrison Scott, Colin Markes and Leonardo Telles) pic.twitter.com/wyqngkQTBQ
— Texas Men’s Tennis (@TexasMTN) April 1, 2019
Adrian Boitan made it 2-0 Bears by dismissing Telles 6-2, 6-2 on court 3. The Horns quickly evened the score at 2-2 as Yuya Ito (9th ranked) downed Johannes Schretter 6-3, 6-0 on court 2 and Rodrigo Banzer bested Bendeck 6-4, 6-0 on court 6. Sigsgaard (6th ranked) put the Horns out in front with a solid 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Soto (45th ranked).
Hometown senior Colin Markes played lights out in the 2nd and 3rd sets to clinch the win 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 over Sven Lah on court 5.
#19 UCLA def. #10 Stanford 4-2
Pac-12 play heated up and the UCLA Bruins took it to the hosting Cardinal on Friday 4-2.
Maxime Cressy and Keegan Smith (36th ranked) clinched a pivotal doubles point for the Bruins over Axel Geller and Alex Rotsaert (43rd ranked) 7-6(6) after being down 6-3 in the breaker.
Here’s match point that won it for Cressy and the Bruins! pic.twitter.com/UM78G5AUhU
— UCLA Men’s Tennis (@uclatennis) March 30, 2019
The Bruins then used that momentum to go up 3-0 with Ben Goldberg downing Sangeet Sridhar 6-3, 6-0 on 2 and Smith (80th ranked) defeating Rotsaert 6-2, 6-4 on 2.
The Card then mounted a slight comeback as Timmy Sah defeated Matthew Tsolakyan (100th ranked) 6-2, 7-5 on 6 and Sammer Kumar (61st ranked) defeated Patrick Zahraj 6-3, 6-3 on court 4.
However, Max Cressy (92 ranked by the ITA and 311 ATP) clinched the match for the Bruins in a battle of heavyweights on court 1 as he defeated Axel Geller (8th ranked) 7-5, 6-4.
#12 USC def. #10 Stanford 4-1
The Card fell victim to the other LA school on Saturday.
Losing another tight doubles point did not help as Daniel Cukierman and Tanner Smith defeated Sameer Kumar and Timmy Sah on 3 7-6(3) to put the men of Troy out in front.
— USC Men’s Tennis (@USCMensTennis) March 30, 2019
Sah then reversed the script in singles by defeating Mor Bullis 6-4, 6-3 on court 6. Cukierman (10th ranked) got another win though on court 2 over Rotsaert (33rd ranked) by a score of 6-3, 6-3.
Riley Smith added to the lead with an identical scoreline over Kumar (61st ranked) on court 4 and Laurens Verboven (28th ranked) clinched the win soon thereafter over Will Genesen (60th ranked) 7-6(3), 7-5.
Utah def. #31 Oregon 4-2
The Utes went on the road to defeat the Ducks on Sunday who were without their top player Thomas Laurent.
Russell Benkaim and Joe Woolley clinched the doubles point 7-5 over Emmanuel Coste and Armando Soemarno to give Utah the early edge. The Ducks quickly took flight as Riki Oshima downed Slava Shainyan 6-4, 6-2 on court 3 and Josh Charlton bested Benkaim 6-4, 6-1 on court 4.
Coach Brateanu on today’s upset win over Oregon. pic.twitter.com/NQsCsK1Cvp
— Utah Tennis (@UtahTennis) April 1, 2019
Utah then took over on the bottom courts as Mathias Gavelin beat Ethan Young-Smith 6-4, 6-3 on court 5 and Woolley clinched the win 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 over Evan Felcher on court 6. A pleased Coach Brateanu provided a solid recap from the Eugene Airport.
Louisville def. #22 Miami 4-0
The Louisville Cardinals earned a stellar upset win in ACC play over Miami on Friday.
The Cardinals got things rolling as Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabian Salle clinched the doubles point over Adrian Soriano-Barrera and Tatsuki Shimamoto 6-4.
— UofL Men’s Tennis (@UofLMTennis) March 29, 2019
Salle then made it 2-0 by upsetting Bojan Jankulovski (81st ranked) 6-3, 6-2. Morin-Kougoucheff also earned an upset win over Soriano-Barrera (27th ranked) to make it 3-0.
Brandon Lancaster then closed the door 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 over Francisco Bastias on court 2. Safe to say they were pumped.
#23 NC State def. #26 Florida State 4-1
The Wolf Pack earned a great win on Friday in ACC play.
The Saveljic brothers clinched the doubles point 7-5 over Lucas Poullain Bryn Nahrung 7-5 on court 2. Poullain (84th ranked) then earned an upset win over Alexis Galarneau (18th ranked) 6-2, 6-1 but that was all of the success Florida State got to enjoy on the weekend. Robert Turzak defeated Chase Wood 6-2, 6-3 on 6 and Yannai Barkai downed Richard Thongoana 7-5, 6-2 on court 4 to make it 3-1.
— NC State Men’s Tennis 🐺🎾 (@PackMensTennis) March 29, 2019
Georgiy Malyshev then clinched the win 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 on court 5 over Enzo Le Seguillon.
#28 Georgia def. #20 Alabama 4-1
The Dawgs toppled the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday.
Robert Leob and Jan Zielinski (47th ranked) clinched an electric doubles point over Patrick Kaukovalta and Mazen Osama (15th ranked) 7-6(9). Zielinski (13th ranked) used the momentum to down Osama (39th ranked) 6-2, 6-3 on court 1. Freshman Blake Croyder put the Dawgs within 1 point of the victory by defeating Jeremy Gschwendtner 6-3, 6-2 on 6.
FINAL: Georgia 4, Alabama 1 ‼️
Senior Walker Duncan delivers the clincher for the Bulldogs! pic.twitter.com/zHqL1iPFi4
— Georgia Tennis (@UGAtennis) March 29, 2019
Kaukovalta got the Tide on the board with a solid win over Georgia super-freshman Trent Bryde 7-6, 6-1. However, senior Walker Duncan sealed the deal for Georgia by besting Zhe Zhou 7-6, 7-5 on court 5.
#15 Tennessee def. #20 Alabama 4-1
The hosting Volunteers looked great in their all-orange uniforms and handed Alabama another 4-1 loss on Sunday.
Tennessee played a great doubles point as Andrew Rogers and Pat Harper clinched the point over Edson Ortiz and Riccardo Roberto on court 3. Timo Stodder (66th ranked) then played lights out to take down Alabama’s Mazen Osama (39th ranked) 6-2, 6-2 on court 1.
No. 15 Tennessee moves to 14-6 (5-4 SEC), as the Vols defeat No. 20 Alabama 4-1 in the first match of today’s doubleheader!
— Tennessee Tennis (@Vol_Tennis) March 31, 2019
The Vols’ Scott Jones added to the lead with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Patrick Kaukovalta on court 3 but Ortiz got the Tide on the board soon thereafter by besting Adam Walton (87th ranked) 6-2, 6-4 on court 2.
The Tide stopped there as Luca Wiedenmann clinched the win 6-3, 6-4 over Riccardo Roberto on court 4.
#7 Texas A&M def. #18 South Carolina 5-2
The Texas A&M Aggies got a solid SEC win over South Carolina on Friday.
Noah Schachter and Val Vacherot clinched the doubles point for A&M over Beau Pelletier and Daniel Rodrigues on court 3. The Aggies then quickly got to 4 points with Barnaby Smith defeating Joseph Brailovsky 6-1, 6-1 on 4, Vacherot besting Raphael Lambling 6-3, 6-3 on court 3, and Hady Habib (62nd ranked) sealing the deal 6-4, 6-3 over Rodrigues (93rd ranked) on court 2.
— Texas A&M Men’s Tennis (@AggieMTEN) March 29, 2019
#2 Florida def. #7 Texas A&M 5-2
The Florida Gators notched a top-10 win over visiting Texas A&M on Sunday.
Hady Habib and Kevin Lam clinched the doubles point 6-4 over Florida’s Oliver Crawford and Sam Riffice on court 2 to put the Aggies in front but Florida quickly flipped the script in singles with Duarte Vale beating Austin Abbrat 6-4, 6-2 on court 6, Riffice (51st ranked) defeating Habib 6-3, 7-6(3) on court 2, and Crawford (15th ranked) downing Juan Carlos Aguilar (77th ranked) 6-2, 6-4 on court 1.
Taking first place in the SEC like…. pic.twitter.com/SbGVoxIhRg
— Gators Men’s Tennis (@GatorsMTN) March 31, 2019
Val Vacherot (32nd ranked) kept the Aggies alive with a solid 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Andy Andrade (29th ranked) on court 3. However, Lukas Grief sealed the victory in an all-freshman battle on court 5 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(3) against Noah Schachter.
#17 Oklahoma def. #27 Oklahoma State 6-1
Boomer Sooner got a solid win over rival Oklahoma State in front of a packed house on Friday night.
Alex Bakshi and Spencer Papa clinched a tight doubles point over Maxim Tybar and Mathieu Scaglia (37th ranked) 7-5. Ferran Calvo then got a quick win over Artur Dubinski (90th ranked) 6-0 ret. and Papa (54th ranked) downed Matej Vocel (68th ranked) 6-4, 6-1 to make the deficit 3-0.
FINAL | No. 17 Oklahoma 6, No. 27 Oklahoma State 1
— Oklahoma Tennis (@OU_MTennis) March 30, 2019
Jake Van Emburgh (88th ranked) clinched the win moments later over Tybar 6-4, 6-2 on court 2.
Virginia Tech def #16 Notre Dame 5-2
Notre Dame has now lost their past five ACC matches and it did not help as they were without two of their top players in Alex Lebedev and Richard Ciamarra against the Hokies on Sunday.
The Hokie pair of Jason Kros and Brandon Perez clinched the doubles point 7-5 over Grayson Broadus and Guillermo Cabrera on court 2. Henrik Korsgaard made the deficit 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Matt Gamble on court 2.
Brandon clinches the win for the #Hokies over No. 16 Notre Dame!
🦃 4 | ☘️ 2
3️⃣ Ribeiro 7-6, 1-6, 5-2
6️⃣ 🦃 pic.twitter.com/7BQFxU7JMj
— Virginia Tech Men’s Tennis (@HokiesMTennis) March 31, 2019
Irish Freshman Axel Nefve earned himself a solid win over Kros (56th ranked) 6-1, 7-6(8) to get Notre Dame on the board and Broadus tied it up with a 3-set win over Carlos Donato on court 4.
Tech’s Evan Fragistas made it 3-2 with a win 6-3, 7-6(2) over Paul Gota on court 6 and Brandon Perez sealed the deal by coming back to defeat Nathan Griffin 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on court 5.
That wraps it up for this week. To read more updates from Cracked Racquets, head over to www.crackedracquets.com.