Hilltopper comeback falls short in NCAA Regional versus Cameron, 5-2 (SEU notes/box)

The Basics

-Score: #19 Cameron 5, #24 St. Edward’s 2
-Records: St. Edward’s 8-14; Cameron 21-3
-Location: Lawton, Okla. (Streich-Henry Family Tennis Center)

How It Happened
-St. Edward’s dropped two matches in doubles play at the number one and three positions. The duo of Maximo Agoglia and James Rogers held a two-game advantage for most of their doubles match at the number two position, but Cameron rallied to win the match in a tiebreaker, 9-8. That put the Hilltoppers down 3-0 moving to singles.
-With its backs against the wall, St. Edward’s came out swinging in singles play. The Hilltoppers would win the first set in four of the six singles matches. Needing five victories, the Hilltoppers’ Felix Bake fought back after dropping the first set to take set number two.
-Alex Bueno dropped his match at number five singles to push St. Edward’s to the limit, as it could not lose another match with Cameron ahead, 4-0.
-Agoglia finished off his opponent at number three singles, 6-0, 6-3.
-Bake completed his comeback with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win at the number four spot.
-With Pedro Bronstrup and Michael Garza locked into a third set with their opponents at the number two and six spots, Rogers was also in set number three with #20 Nicolai Ferrigno. It came down to a tiebreaker, which Ferrigno won, 9-7. That clinched the team match for the Aggies, 5-2

Cameron 5, St. Edward’s 2
Singles competition
1. Nicolai Ferrigno (CUMT) def. James Rogers (SEUMT) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
2. Duje Janjic (CUMT) vs. Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) 2-6, 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
3. Maximo Agoglia (SEUMT) def. Dennis Merden (CUMT) 6-0, 6-3
4. Felix Bake (SEUMT) def. Jorge Gerosi (CUMT) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
5. Angelo Lencioni (CUMT) def. Alexandre Bueno (SEUMT) 6-4, 6-1
6. Joao Fazendeiro (CUMT) vs. Adrian Garza (SEUMT) 4-6, 7-5, 2-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Duje Janjic/Angelo Lencioni (CUMT) def. Felix Bake/Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) 8-2
2. Dean Weigelt./Nicolai Ferrigno (CUMT) def. James Rogers/Maximo Agoglia (SEUMT) 9-8 (7-3)
3. Dennis Merden/Joao Fazendeiro (CUMT) def. Alexandre Bueno/Ivan Vaz (SEUMT) 8-2

Up Next
St. Edward’s ends it 2012-13 season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight season and for the 12th time in the 15 years the Hilltoppers have been NCAA Division II.

Are these the 64 men’s teams?

Are these the 64 teams and their seeds….

1 UCLA 1
2 University of Georgia 1
3 University of Virginia 1
4 University of Southern California 1
5 Ohio State University 1
6 University of Tennessee 1
7 University of Mississippi 1
8 University of Kentucky 1
9 Duke University 1
10 Mississippi State University 1
11 Texas A&M University 1
12 Pepperdine 1
13 Baylor University 1
14 University of Oklahoma 1
15 University of Florida 1
16 Vanderbilt University 2
17 University of South Carolina 1
18 California 2
19 Wake Forest University 2
20 Louisiana State University 2
21 University of Michigan 2
22 University of Texas 2
23 Clemson University 2
24 Auburn University 2
25 University of Tulsa 2
26 University of Illinois 2
27 Harvard University 2
28 University of Notre Dame 2
29 University of Alabama 2
30 Virginia Commonwealth University 2
31 University of Memphis 2
32 Drake University 2
33 TCU 3
34 Florida State University 3
35 University of Minnesota 3
36 University of Washington 3
37 Northwestern University 3
38 Brigham Young University 3
39 North Carolina State 3
40 Stanford University 3
41 Boise State University 3
42 Virginia Tech 3
43 University of San Diego 3
44 Michigan State University 3
53 UNC Wilmington 3
59 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3
66 East Tennessee State University 3
67 Georgia State University 3
72 Samford University 4
74 Wichita State University 4
80 University of Denver 4
94 Western Michigan University 4
95 UC Santa Barbara 4
107 Marist College 4
108 Coastal Carolina University 4
112 South Carolina State 4
119 Austin Peay State University 4
124 Lehigh University 4
128 Sacramento State 4
142 Binghamton University 4
147 Cleveland State University 4
153 UMKC 4
174 Prairie View A&M University 4
184 Fairleigh Dickinson University 4

The 31 AQs

Here’s a list of the 31 AQ conferences.

Team Men Women
America East Binghampton Stony Brook
Atlantic 10 Conference Virginia Commonwealth Virginia Commonwealth
Atlantic Coast Conference Virginia Miami (Florida)
Atlantic Sun Conference ETSU North Florida
Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Texas
Big East Conference Notre Dame Notre Dame
Big Sky Conference Sacramento State Sacramento State
Big South Conference Coastal Carolina Wintrop
Big Ten Conference Ohio State Northwestern
Big West Conference UC Santa Barbara Long Beach State
Colonial Athletic Association UNCW William&Mary
Conference USA Memphis Rice
Horizon League Cleveland State UIC
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Marist Marist
Mid-American Conference Western Michigan Miami (Ohio)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference South Carolina State South Carolina State
Missouri Valley Conference Wichita State Wichita State
Mountain West Conference Boise State UNLV
Northeast Conference Fairleigh Dickinson Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley Conference Austin Peay Eastern Kentucky
Pac-12 Conference UCLA USC
Patriot League Lehigh Army
Southeastern Conference Georgia Florida
Southern Conference Samford College of Charleston
Southland Conference Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Northwestern State
Southwestern Athletic Conference Prairie View A&M Prairie View A&M
Sun Belt Conference Georgia State North Texas
The Ivy League Harvard Yale
The Summit League UMKC IPFW
West Coast Conference Pepperdine Pepperdine
Western Athletic Conference Denver San Jose State

A quick look at the final ITA Women’s top-32

This is by no means exact, but with what I have, it should be close. I will have to really clean up the data tomorrow to get it tighter…. this is what I project right now for the ITA Finals Rankings

1 University of Florida
2 North Carolina
3 University of Georgia
4 University of Southern California
5 Texas A&M University
6 UCLA
7 University of Miami (Florida)
8 California
9 University of Michigan
10 University of Alabama
11 Stanford
12 Northwestern University
13 Clemson University
14 Duke University
15 University of Virginia
16 University of Nebraska
17 Texas Tech University
18 University of Texas at Austin
19 Vanderbilt University
20 Baylor University
21 Rice University
22 Florida State University
23 Georgia Tech
24 University of Notre Dame
25 Arizona State University
26 Auburn University
27 University of Tulsa
28 TCU
29 Oklahoma State University
30 Purdue University
31 University of Tennessee
32 UC Irvine

How I see the ITA Final Mens Rankings shaping up

I feel pretty good about this. I ran it twice, but a few things bother me. I really do not have time to check them all out and because I feel this is fairly solid, am not going to worry about it until tomorrow. The two that kind of looked off were Duke falling back in the first run, then jumping back ahead. The second was the OU-Baylor flip-flopping around.

Like I said, I will look into them tomorrow a bit deeper and also try to finish the women’s. I also need to place the teams in a bracket. I think we can be certain that Texas will travel to play in College Station and Baylor or OU will get LSU.

I have not even researched the teams that have received the AQs. It does appear that all teams in the top-50 are above .500, so they can receive an bid. UNC looks to be the only team anywhere near and they are 52.

Rank TEAM W L RATING
1 UCLA 24 1 84.88
2 University of Georgia 22 4 77.36
3 University of Virginia 24 0 77.32
4 University of Southern California 23 4 70.91
5 Ohio State University 31 2 70.26
6 University of Tennessee 21 8 61.15
7 University of Mississippi 15 8 60.00
8 University of Kentucky 20 11 58.02
9 Duke University 22 5 55.33
10 Mississippi State University 16 9 55.17
11 Texas A&M University 17 12 55.02
12 Pepperdine 24 5 54.84
13 Baylor University 20 5 53.44
14 University of Oklahoma 19 6 52.85
15 University of Florida 15 10 49.55
16 Vanderbilt University 16 10 46.55
17 University of South Carolina 18 10 44.46
18 California 14 9 41.61
19 Wake Forest University 20 8 39.14
20 Louisiana State University 15 11 36.13
21 University of Michigan 16 9 35.61
22 University of Texas 16 8 35.59
23 Clemson University 18 7 34.55
24 Auburn University 13 10 34.10
25 University of Tulsa 15 7 33.19
26 University of Illinois 15 10 32.35
27 Harvard University 18 5 31.53
28 University of Notre Dame 19 7 30.49
29 University of Alabama 14 13 30.16
30 Virginia Commonwealth University 20 6 29.22
31 University of Memphis 14 7 28.21
32 Drake University 24 3 27.81
33 TCU 18 9 26.34
34 Florida State University 18 10 25.66
35 University of Minnesota 14 10 25.08
36 University of Washington 15 11 24.46
37 Northwestern University 21 9 24.26
38 Brigham Young University 21 6 23.55
39 North Carolina State 13 10 22.70
40 Stanford University 12 11 22.15
41 Boise State University 20 9 18.91
42 Virginia Tech 15 9 18.52
43 University of San Diego 17 9 18.42
44 Michigan State University 14 13 18.14
45 San Diego State University 18 8 18.04
46 Columbia University 15 7 17.54
47 University of Louisville 15 13 16.67
48 Princeton University 16 6 16.38
49 Texas Tech University 15 11 16.34
50 Middle Tennessee State University 19 8 15.65
51 University of Oregon 16 8 15.07
52 North Carolina 12 13 14.87
53 UNC Wilmington 18 4 13.09
54 Cornell University 13 8 12.82
55 Indiana University-Bloomington 18 14 11.67
56 Yale University 18 6 11.22
57 University of Miami (Florida) 13 13 11.18
58 University of Arkansas 14 16 10.49
59 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 17 7 9.64
60 Santa Clara University 17 10 8.96
61 University of New Mexico 14 13 8.76
62 Purdue University 19 12 8.67
63 University of Wisconsin 13 12 8.56
64 Tulane University 12 8 8.44
65 University of Nebraska 10 15 8.31
66 East Tennessee State University 13 6 8.19
67 Georgia State University 15 10 8.12
68 University of Utah 13 12 8.11
69 University of North Florida 15 8 8.07
70 UNLV 17 7 7.87
71 University of South Florida 12 10 7.74
72 Samford University 12 9 7.72
73 George Washington University 17 7 7.47
74 Wichita State University 17 7 7.36
75 SMU 11 10 7.22
76 Rice University 11 14 7.01
77 Brown University 14 10 6.93
78 Cal Poly 14 9 6.89
79 University of the Pacific (California) 16 9 6.57
80 University of Denver 11 11 6.53
81 Elon University 17 8 6.43
82 UAB 15 11 6.26
83 Old Dominion University 14 7 6.16
84 Univ. of San Francisco 14 8 5.84
85 Oklahoma State University 12 14 5.28
86 University of Idaho 20 7 5.19
87 UNC Greensboro 14 4 5.18
88 University of South Alabama 11 14 4.79
89 Dartmouth College 9 14 4.73
90 Penn State University 8 17 4.72
91 University of Arizona 10 13 4.63
92 University of Louisiana at Lafayette 15 12 4.41
93 Georgia Tech 8 16 4.36
94 Western Michigan University 19 9 4.28
95 UC Santa Barbara 12 13 3.94
96 College of Charleston 12 8 3.84
97 Georgia Southern University 11 9 3.78
98 Stetson University 15 3 3.73
99 Univ. of Texas at San Antonio 12 10 3.67
100 Chattanooga 11 7 3.62
101 Ball State University 16 8 3.59
102 University of Nevada 9 13 3.54
103 University of Southern Mississippi 15 10 3.50
104 Xavier University 20 5 3.35
105 East Carolina University 16 6 3.28
106 New Mexico State University 14 9 3.28
107 Marist College 11 3 3.26
108 Coastal Carolina University 15 5 3.24
109 Univ. of Northern Colorado 9 2 3.23
110 Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay 16 7 3.20
111 Furman University 9 14 3.07
112 South Carolina State 9 3 3.00
113 Davidson College 11 8 2.99
114 Charlotte 14 10 2.93
115 UC Irvine 9 17 2.88
116 Saint Mary’s College of California 10 15 2.87
117 Southern Illinois-Carbondale 13 6 2.80
118 University of Central Florida 10 10 2.70
119 Austin Peay State University 7 2 2.64
120 NJIT 16 6 2.59
121 Nicholls State University 8 10 2.52
122 University of Buffalo 9 10 2.50
123 Northern Illinois University 12 9 2.47
124 Lehigh University 18 5 2.46
125 U.S. Military Academy 14 6 2.41
126 University of South Carolina-Upstate 8 11 2.41
127 University of Pennsylvania 9 11 2.40
128 Sacramento State 17 12 2.39
129 Campbell University 7 7 2.38
130 U.S. Air Force Academy 11 13 2.37
131 University of Toledo 19 9 2.32
132 Florida Gulf Coast University 11 11 2.30
133 University of Hawaii 7 13 2.28
134 Presbyterian College 21 10 2.26
135 Fresno State 7 17 2.24
136 Idaho State University 6 3 2.23
137 George Mason University 13 7 2.15
138 Duquesne University 12 7 2.15
139 University of New Orleans 10 10 2.13
140 Youngstown State University 11 8 2.13
141 James Madison University 9 11 2.10
142 Binghamton University 16 9 2.09
143 Bryant University 12 8 2.06
144 Drexel University 8 6 2.02
145 University of Portland 10 12 2.02
146 Norfolk State University 12 9 2.02
147 Cleveland State University 12 11 2.01
148 Bucknell University 14 8 1.99
149 Georgetown University 12 10 1.98
150 Liberty University 11 8 1.98

No. 25 Texas outlasts Oklahoma, 4-1, advances to Big 12 Championship semifinals (UT recap/box)

Third-seeded Longhorns will take on Texas Tech in the Big 12 Championship semifinals for a second consecutive year.

NORMAN, Okla. – Third-seeded Texas (15-10) collected singles wins from freshmen Lana Groenvynck and Breaunna Addison, sophomore Noel Scott and junior Elizabeth Begley to cap a 4-1 victory over sixth-seeded host Oklahoma (13-9) Friday in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship.

Texas will take on second-seeded Texas Tech in the Big 12 Championship semifinals for a second consecutive season. The Lady Raiders shared the Big 12 regular season crown with top-seeded Baylor and edged the Longhorns by a 4-3 count on April 6 in Austin. Texas handed Texas Tech a 4-1 defeat at the Big 12 Championship semifinals a year ago. First serve for Texas-Texas Tech is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.

The threat of inclement weather forced tournament officials to start all men’s and women’s matches Friday with the six singles matches instead of the three doubles contests. At sixth singles, UT’s Groenvynck took the first set off of OU’s Emma Devine, 6-1. The Belgian freshman took the second set by the same score to give the Horns a 1-0 lead.

At second singles, UT’s Addison cruised through the first set against Oklahoma’s Whitney Ritchie and scored a 6-2 win. Ritchie fought back in the second set and took a 5-3 lead, but Addison broke Ritchie and held serve to even the second set at five. Addison broke Ritchie once more and served out the match to claim a 6-2, 7-5 win and stake Texas to a 2-0 lead.

Oklahoma’s Abbi Melrose posted a 7-5, 6-1 win over UT sophomore Lina Padegimaite at fifth singles, but that proved to be as close as the Sooners would get. At fourth singles, UT’s Scott engaged in a tight battle with Oklahoma’s Whitney Wofford.

Scott took the first set, 6-4 and trailed 4-2 in the second before breaking Wofford and holding serve to even the set at four. Scott broke for a 6-5 lead but Wofford followed suit to force a tiebreaker. Scott took a 3-0 lead and ultimately won the tiebreaker by a 7-3 count to give the Horns their third point.

The remaining matches at the third and first singles slots featured back-and-forth battles and a massive third-set turnaround that decided the match. At third singles, Texas’ Begley dropped the first set to OU’s Mia Lancaster before claiming the second set, 6-2. At first singles, UT’s 39th-ranked Ellis took the first set off of OU’s 59th-ranked Hermon Brhane, 6-4 before dropping the second set in a tiebreaker.

The Sooners took commanding 4-0 leads in both final sets, but Begley commenced a rally that ultimately dealt OU its final blow. Begley trailed 5-1 but methodically worked her way back into the match. The Houston native held serve and broke Lancaster to pull within 5-3. She held and broke Lancaster again to even the final set at five games all.

Brhane, who suffered from apparent leg cramps in the third set, took a 5-1 lead on Ellis at No. 1, but UT’s Begley put her match away before Brhane could muster a win. Begley held serve for a 6-5 lead and broke the struggling Lancaster to win the set, 7-5 and close out the 4-1 win for the Longhorns. The Ellis-Brhane match was called given that Texas had clinched the team victory.

Big 12 Championship Quarterfinals
Headington Family Tennis Center – Norman, Okla.
(3) Texas 4, (6) Oklahoma 1
Singles – Order of Finish: 6, 2, 5, 4, 3
1 No. 39 Aeriel Ellis (UT) vs. No. 59 Hermon Brhane (OU) – 6-4, 6-7 (1), 1-5, susp.
2 No. 33 Breaunna Addison (UT) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU) – 6-2, 7-5
3 Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Mia Lancaster (OU) – 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
4 Noel Scott (UT) def. Whitney Wofford (OU) – 6-4, 7-6 (3)
5 Abbi Melrose (OU) def. Lina Padegimaite (UT) – 7-5, 6-1
6 Lana Groenvynck (UT) def. Emma Devine (OU) – 6-1, 6-1

POST-MATCH QUOTES
Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain
I think Oklahoma played a great match today. They really came out firing and played some great tennis. Obviously at 1, (OU’s Hermon) Brhane was cramping the whole way in the third and just taking care of business, knowing she had no wasted energy out there. She played some unbelievable tennis. She got a little bit unlucky that we won our match before she did. I thought we fought really hard. We didn’t play our best tennis, but we fought really hard and it’s good to get a win.

We will need more of the same fighting spirit tomorrow because I think that’s where we’re at our best. I think at a couple of spots I expect to see us play a little bit better, for sure.

Oklahoma head coach David Mullins
It was a really good effort. I’m really proud of the way we fought. To see the growth since the last time we played them — it’s night and day the difference of this team and to have a shot there to force it into doubles. I’m disappointed we couldn’t start with doubles just because I feel like that was one point we were favored in today. We didn’t quite get there, but with the improvements we’ve shown, I’m really happy and really proud. We’ve seen what this team is capable of and the growth they’ve shown these last few months leading into NCAA’s and leading into next year, it shows a lot of promise.

No. 19 Texas Men defeat Oklahoma State, advance to Big 12 Championship semifinals (UT recap/box)

Texas opens the Big 12 Championship with 4-0 win over Oklahoma State.

Results: No. 19 Texas 4, Oklahoma State 0 (quarterfinals)
Next Match: No. 19 Texas vs. No. 14 Oklahoma – Saturday 12 p.m. CT (semifinals)

NORMAN, Okla. – No. 3 seed Texas defeated No. 6 seed Oklahoma State, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship on Friday afternoon at Headington Family Tennis Center.

Due to forecasted inclement weather, singles matches were played first with doubles only playing if necessary in a 3-3 tie. The Longhorns won the first three singles matches in straight sets and the deciding match in three sets.

“It was the first time we played singles first, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect,” head coach Michael Center said. “We came out and got some early breaks, and Oklahoma State started to come back. The guys that got the first sets I thought did a good job. They got their matches and got points on the board. Then we had to fight back a little bit and get that fourth point. It was a good effort and I’m excited about tomorrow.”

Freshman Nick Naumann finished first by sweeping Matt Campbell in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-4, 6-2) to put the Longhorns on the board.

Senior Daniel Whitehead started his match with a 3-1 deficit in the first set against Denys Pume, but came back to win 11 consecutive games for a straight set victory (6-3, 6-0) which put Texas up 2-0.

“It was probably my best match of the season. Mentally, I was engaged the whole time and played at a high level,” Whitehead said. “I’ve been saying the entire season, I want the team to playing the best tennis at this point in the season – I was happy with the way we performed today.”

No. 38 Søren Hess-Olesen held off a late rally from Rifat Biktyakov to perverse a victory at No. 1 singles (6-3, 7-6[6]). Down 6-4 in the second-set tiebreaker, Hess-Olesen rattled off four consecutive points to win the tiebreaker, 8-6, and give UT its third team point of the afternoon.

After losing a close first set, No. 108 Lloyd Glasspool won the deciding match for Texas by defeating Chris Haworth in three sets (5-7, 6-3, 6-4). The match featured eight ties throughout all three sets, including four in the first.

Junior Sudanwa Sitaram and senior Ben Chen did not finish their respective matches after Texas clinched the team win. Both were in the third set.

Texas has now won seven consecutive matches over Oklahoma State and lead the all-time series, 24-3. It was the fourth time the teams met in the Big 12 Championship, with UT holding a 3-1 advantage.

Texas will face No. 2 seed Oklahoma on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship.

Results
No. 3 seed Texas 4, No. 6 seed Oklahoma State 0

Singles
1. #38 Søren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) – 6-3, 7-6 (6)
2. #118 Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. Chris Haworth (OSU) – 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
3. #89 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Denys Pume (OSU) – 6-3, 6-0
4. Nick Naumann (UT) def. Matt Campbell (OSU) – 6-4, 6-2
5. #108 Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) vs. Richard Del Nunzio (OSU) – (4-6, 6-3, 0-1) DNF
6. Ben Chen (UT) vs. Brady Bohrnstedt (OSU) – (2-6, 6-4, 2-1) DNF
Order of finish: 4, 3, 1, *2.

Doubles
1. Chris Camillone / Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) vs. R. Biktyakov/M. Campbell (OSU) – DNP
2. Ben Chen / Daniel Whitehead (UT) vs. D. Pume/R. Del Nunzio (OSU) – DNP
3. Lloyd Glasspool / Søren Hess-Olesen (UT) vs. C. Haworth/B. Bohrnstedt (OSU) – DNP

TCU Women Ousted at Big 12 Championships by Oklahoma State, 4-2 (TCU recap/box)

Horned Frogs will find out NCAA Championships destination Tuesday

NORMAN, Okla. – TCU’s women’s tennis team fell in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships 4-2 to Oklahoma State Friday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

“I was disappointed,” TCU head coach Dave Borelli said. “We have lost some of our confidence with all these close losses. Credit to Oklahoma State, they played well and were looking to get back for our win at their place earlier this season. In the Big 12 every match is tough, and we looked mentally fatigued today.”

With singles starting the match, the Horned Frogs found themselves in an early 1-0 hole after a loss at No. 4 singles. TCU’s Big 12 champion at No. 3 singles, Simona Parajova, rose up to equal the team score with a 6-2, 7-5 win over OSU’s CC Sardinha.

TCU was able to take a 2-1 lead after a comeback at No. 1 singles by Stefanie Tan. Ranked No. 52 in the ITA singles rankings, Tan dropped the first set to No. 63 Malika Rose of the Cowgirls. However, Tan stormed back with convincing wins the next two sets to take the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Oklahoma State recovered with three straight wins to close out the match. At No. 6 singles, Millie Nichols was able to win the second set after dropping the first set to OSU’s Karyn Guttormsen, but was taken out in the third to give the Cowgirls the win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Olivia Smith won her first set at No. 2 singles over Meghan Blevins. After dropping the second, Smith got out to an early lead in the third set but Blevins was able to come back and get the win 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

After missing out on last weekend’s matches against Texas Tech and Texas, Federica Denti made her return at No. 5 singles against OSU’s Maria Alvarez. Denti took a first-set tiebreak, but Alvarez rebounded to defeat Denti 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3 to win the match for the Cowgirls.

“Federica played well, she just lacked match sharpness,” Borelli stated. “She is still a little rusty from the long lay-off.

“We have to move on to NCAAs,” Borelli concluded. “A win today probably would have guaranteed us a No. 2 seed. Hopefully we can still get a No. 2 seed somewhere, otherwise we will take a No. 3 seed and be ready to go. Hopefully the seniors can finish strong, and our returning student-athletes embrace the competition ahead.”

The Horned Frogs will find out their NCAA Championships fate Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The selection show will be streamed on NCAA.com.

MATCH RESULTS
No. 5 Oklahoma State 4, No. 4 TCU 2
SINGLES
No. 1 – No. 52 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. No. 63 Malika Rose (OUS), 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 – Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. No. 113 Olivia Smith (TCU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. CC Sardinha (OSU), 6-2, 7-5
No. 4 – Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Monika Sirilova (TCU), 1-6, 2-6
No. 5 – Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Federica Denti (TCU), 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 – Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Millie Nichols (TCU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

DOUBLES
Not Contested

Match Notes
Oklahoma State: 14-7 (5-4 Big 12); National Ranking #32
TCU: 17-6 (6-3 Big 12); National Raking #27
Order of Finish: Singles (4,3,1,6,2,5) Doubles (Not Contested)

TCU stop Texas Tech Men at Big 12 Championships (TCU recap/box)

FROGS DISPATCH TECH AT BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
NORMAN, Okla.—TCU won four of six singles matches against Texas Tech on Friday morning to earn a 4-2 first-round victory and a spot in the semifinals of the 2013 Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship at OU’s Headington Family Tennis Center.

The Horned Frogs, the bracket’s No. 4 seed, advance to face top seed Baylor in Saturday’s semifinals held at Noon. The winner between the Frogs and Bears will play No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Texas or No. 6 Oklahoma State in Sunday’s 1 p.m. final.

“I thought it was a tough match,” head coach David Roditi said. “Texas Tech played well and really competed. I’m proud of the way we were able to win some of those tight three-set matches. That’s been a major point of emphasis for us all year—closing when it counts. We were able to come through there at the end, and I’m happy for Facundo (Lugones) and Rodolfo (Bustamante) that they could close out the match.”

Roditi switched up TCU’s singles lineup for the first time since prior to the start of the conference season, and the move paid dividends. The squad swapped both its Nos. 2 and 3 spots and its Nos. 5 and 6 positions, resulting in three Frog points, one more than in its previous meeting with the Red Raiders back on April 19 in Fort Worth that ended up going down to the final match.

Bustamante was able to keep Texas Tech from forcing the doubles competition by clinching the team decision with a three-set victory at No. 5 singles over Francisco Zambon, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Bustamante had played the No. 6 spot during the Big 12 regular season before stepping up Friday, while he snapped a four-match individual skid in the process.

The switch at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions also paid off, as both senior Orlando Superlano and junior Arnau Dachs recorded victories after splitting points in TCU’s previous win this season vs. Tech. Superlano, slotted at No. 2, eased past Felipe Soraes in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, while Dachs overcame a rough start at the No. 3 position for a three-set win over Raphael Pfister, 1-6, 6-1, 6-0. Superlano’s win marked his team-best 24th of the season, and he improved to 3-0 when playing No. 2. Dachs won his first match playing at the third position.

Sophomore Facundo Lugones, the Big 12’s Co-Champion this season at No. 4 singles with a 4-1 record, posted a three-set victory over the Red Raiders’ Hugo Dojas (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) to run his season record to 23-12 overall. It marked Lugones’ fourth straight victory.

The outcome boosted TCU’s overall season record to 18-8, the program’s most wins since a 20-win campaign in 2008. The Frogs also swept both matches this season against Texas Tech after entering the spring having dropped four-straight decisions to the Red Raiders.

TCU, ranked No. 35 nationally, looks to add another victory to its season resume Saturday when it faces Baylor, the nation’s 15th-ranked team.

“We’ll be ready to play tomorrow,” Roditi said. “They guys can’t wait to play a very good team in Baylor. I like the fact that we had the opportunity to play a match today. It really helped us prepare for tomorrow. Our strength coach, coach (Todd) Kensler, has done an amazing job with these guys all year, and I know we will be ready to go.”
MATCH RESULTS – #4 TCU 4, #5 TEXAS TECH 2
Singles
No. 1. Vitor Manzini (TTU) def. #104 Nick Chappell (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 2. Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. Felipe Soares (TTU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 3. Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Raphael Pfister (TTU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-0
No. 4. Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Hugo Dojas (TTU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
No. 5. Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) def. Francisco Zambon (TTU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
No. 6. Gabriel Wanderley (TTU) def. JT Sundling (TCU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Doubles
Not Contested

Match Notes
Order of finish: Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5); Doubles (Not Contested)

Baylor Sweeps Kansas, 4-0, in Big 12 Championships (BU recap/box)

The 19th-ranked Lady Bears advance to semifinal round for 10th straight year.

NORMAN, Okla. – The 19th-ranked Baylor women’s tennis team swept Kansas, 4-0, during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships on Friday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

“I felt like my team played really focused today, and they were well-prepared,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “It showed on the court.”

Baylor improves to 16-13 on the season, and has won nine straight matches. Five of the victories have been against top-50 opponents. With the loss, Kansas falls to 11-10 on the season. The Lady Bears have advanced to the semifinal round at the event for 10 straight seasons.

The match kicked off with singles play instead of doubles, because of the threat of inclement weather.

BU struck first as Jordaan Sanford took down Maria Jose Cardona with a 6-0, 6-1 decision on court 2. Sanford is now 8-2 in her last 10 matches.

“Really, a big reason for our success during the later part of this season was because of Jordaan’s exceptional play,” Scrivano said. “She’s razor-sharp with her focus, and it’s good to see because you expect that out of your upperclassmen. When she wasn’t in our lineup for a while due to her injury, it was tough on us. It’s good to have her back in and healthy.”

Soon after, Alex Leatu took her match, 6-1, 6-0 on court 5 against Anastasia Trubica. Leatu improved to 5-2 on court 5 with the win.

Increasing the Lady Bears’ lead to 3-0, Alex Clay upped her dual-match record to 4-1 with her 6-1, 6-4 decision on court 6 over Victoria Khanevskaya.

“We’ve been dying to have Alex Clay in the lineup,” Scrivano said. “Any time she’s in there, she’s shown that she’s a great competitor, and obviously a great tennis player. We feel really confident when she’s in there.”

Clinching the match for Baylor, Kiah Generette got past Paulina Los, 6-2, 6-0. Generette’s conference record improves to 9-1 with the victory.

Tenth-ranked Burgic’s match against Maria Belen Ludueña and Maria Biryukova’s contest versus Dylan Windom were not finished. Doubles matches were not contested as well, because the match had been decided.

Baylor leads the all-time series against Kansas 18-4 and has won the last 13 matches against the Jayhawks. BU is now 13-4 in its first match at the Big 12 Championships and 3-0 when that first-match is vs. KU.

Up next, the Lady Bears will face the winner of No. 4 TCU/ No. 5 Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Okla.

“The first step is we have to figure out who we’re going to play,” Scrivano said. “Once we know that, we’ll start preparing and get the team emotionally, mentally, and physically ready to go. That’s the key for us, is just taking care of our own things and worrying about the opponent second.”

Follow @BaylorWTennis on Twitter for updates on the team all season.

Kansas vs Baylor
Apr 26, 2013 at Norman, Oklahoma (Headington Family Tennis Center)
#19 Baylor 4, Kansas 0
1. #10 Ema Burgic (BU) vs. Maria Belen Ludueña (KU) unfinished
2. Jordaan Sanford (BU) def. Maria Jose Cardona (KU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Kiah Generette (BU) def. Paulina Los (KU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Maria Biryukova (BU) vs. Dylan Windom (KU) unfinished
5. Alex Leatu (BU) def. Anastasija Trubica (KU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Alex Clay (BU) def. Victoria Khanevskaya (KU) 6-1, 6-4

1. #8 Ema Burgic/Victoria Kisialeva (BU) vs. Paulina Los/Maria Belen Ludueña (KU) unfinished
2. Alex Clay/Jordaan Sanford (BU) vs. Maria Jose Cardona/Dylan Windom (KU) unfinished
3. Alex Leatu/Kiah Generette (BU) vs. Victoria Khanevskaya/Anastasija Trubica (KU) unfinished

Match Notes:
Kansas 11-10
Baylor 16-13; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (2,5,6,3)