OXFORD, Miss. -- Michigan earned a 4-3 upset victory of Mississippi in first-round action at ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday afternoon inside the Gillom Sports Center. After winning the doubles point, the No. T26 Wolverines won three of six singles matches to secure the match.
Senior Barrett Franks clinched the dual in the final match on the court, delivering a 6-5 (6), 6-5 (1) victory against Vinod Gowda at the No. 5 singles position. Franks, an All-Big Ten second-team selection last season, has won three consecutive singles matches to begin the 2014 dual-match campaign.
The Maize and Blue began the day by earning the doubles point for the third consecutive match, claiming victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Senior Shaun Bernstein and freshman Kevin Wong were first off the court, swiftly defeating Joe Roger and Zach Wilder 6-0 at the No. 3 spot. Michigan's No. 1 tandem of seniors Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi followed with a narrow 6-5 (4) victory against Nik Scholtz and Johan Backstrom to secure the initial point.
Transitioning to singles play, Michigan quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-2 victory by junior Alex Petrone against No. 104 William Kallberg at the second singles position, but the Rebels responded with back-to-back victories at No. 1 and No. 3 to even the dual.
Shortly thereafter, Backstrom posted a 6-2, 6-5 victory against Buzzi at the fourth singles position to put the Rebels in front 3-2, before junior Michael Zhu tied up the dual for the final time with 6-2, 6-2 decision against Wilder at No. 6.
The Wolverines will face No. 22 Illinois on Sunday with the winner advancing to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
No. 1 Virginia 9, No. 55 Indiana 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia advanced to the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 9-0 victory against Indiana on Saturday night in an ITA Kick-Off Weekend match at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers (2-0) advance to National Team Indoors for the 10th consecutive year, while the Hoosiers fall to 1-2 on the season.
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Jordan Daigle and Harrison Richmond moved into the No. 3 doubles spot and gave Virginia its first victory. It was followed seconds later by a win at No. 1 by Justin Shane and Alex Domijan that clinched the doubles point. Mitchell Frank and Luca Corinteli completed the sweep with a tiebreak win at the No. 2 position.
The teams played an expanded format that featured eight singles matches and Virginia won all eight in straight sets. Domijan, Corinteli and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski posted wins at No. 2, No. 8 and No. 7, respectively, to extend the lead to 4-0. Shane's win at No. 4 clinched victory and was followed by Frank's win at No. 1. Ryan Shane, Mac Styslinger and Daigle closed out wins at No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 to complete the sweep of the Hoosiers.
No. 2 UCLA 5, No. 66 Wisconsin 0
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA dispatched of the visiting Wisconsin Badgers by a 5-0 score on Saturday afternoon in the first round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the Bruins (2-0) move on to Sunday's second round and will take on Texas Tech.
UCLA's three freshman continued to shine on Saturday, as Mackenzie McDonald, Gage Brymer and Joseph Di Giulio all posted straight-set singles wins. With the Bruins leading 3-0, the match was clinched at the No. 2 position, where the 62nd-ranked McDonald outlasted Badger Oska Wikberg 6-2, 6-5(4). Although McDonald's win effectively clinched the victory for UCLA, Di Giulio finished within seconds of that result at court No. 5, downing Michael Sinha 6-2, 6-4 to give the Bruins their fifth point of the afternoon.
Top-ranked Clay Thompson was also a winner for the Bruins in singles, dispatching of Petr Satral 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 position.
Junior Dennis Mkrtchian came up just short in his bid to claim a point for the Bruins on Saturday, as play was suspended with him up 5-1 in a second-set tiebreaker against Jakhongir Jalalov at court No. 4. Mkrtchian won the first set 6-2. Ryoto Tachi was also a game within winning his match at court No. 6, where he led Elliott Sprecher, 6-3, 5-3.
No. 3 Georgia 4, No. 43 Columbia 2
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia began the 2014 dual-match season with a 4-2 victory against Columbia in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility.
The Bulldogs (1-0) will take on Stanford -- which defeated Washington earlier in the day -- Sunday. The winner will advance to the ITA National Indoor Tournament on Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas.
Georgia jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Saurday, but Columbia got to within 3-2 before senior Hernus Pieters clinched the match with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-5 (3) win against Bert Vancura at No. 5.
Georgia won the doubles point to go ahead 1-0. At No. 3, Eric Diaz and Austin Smith defeated Eric Rubin and Vancura 6-3 then at No. 2, Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha edged Mike Vermeer and Winston Lin, 6-5 (3). The match at No. 1 featuring the Bulldogs' No. 12 team of Ben Wagland and Pieters was suspended when the point was clinched.
No. 4 Southern California 4, Santa Clara 0
LOS ANGELES -- Southern Califorinia opened up its season with a win at Marks Stadium against Santa Clara in first-round action of ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The No. 4 Trojans didn't drop a set en route to a 4-0 sweep of the Broncos.
The Trojans got off to a strong start with swift doubles play on court three. Junior Eric Johnson and sophomore Max de Vroome took down Santa Clara's Jesse Ross and Mikheil Khmiadashvilli 6-0 to open up the match.
On court two, junior Roberto Quiroz and freshman Connor Farren followed suit, delivering Santa Clara's Sam Bertram and Ashot Khacharyan a 6-1 loss.
This suspended play on the top court, where senior Ray Sarmiento and junior Yannick Hanfmann held the lead versus the Broncos' John Lamble and Ilya Osintsev 4-2.
Sarmiento, ranked 10th nationally in singles, sat out for the rest of the match, allowing No. 32 Hanfmann to step into the top slot, but it would be the unranked Trojans who carried the team the rest of the way.
Johnson continued his dominant day, taking down Santa Clara's Logan Chun 6-1, 6-2 on court six.
Farren made an auspicious debut in his first singles match as Marks Stadium, increasing USC's lead with a 6-0, 6-2 smothering of Santa Clara's Khmiadashvilli.
Farren's win increased USC's lead to 3-0 against the Broncos, opening the door for de Vroome to clinch the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win versus Santa Clara's Jesse Ross.
No. 5 Ohio State 4, No. 57 Denver 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State continued its home dominance with its third shutout of the season, defeating the Denver Pioneers 4-0 in the opening match of the 2014 ITA Kick-Off at the Varsity Tennis Center. With the win, the Buckeyes advance to the ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship on Sunday and play the winner of Middle Tennessee State/Louisville for a berth in ITA National Team Indoor. The Buckeyes (3-0) now improve their home win streak to 175 consecutive matches.
In doubles action, redshirt junior Hunter Callahan and freshman Herkko Pollanen were first to get on the board with a 6-2 win on court No. 2 against Alex Gasson and Yannik James. Redshirt sophomore Chris Diaz and redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach then clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 victory on court No. 3 against Fabio Biasion and Eric Marbach. The No. 7 duo of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt junior Kevin Metka led Henry Craig and Diogo Rocha 5-3 when play was called.
In singles play, the Buckeyes won the first set on all six courts and Steinbach was first to finish, downing Alex Clinkenbeard 6-0, 6-1 on court No. 4. It’s the third consecutive match where Steinbach has only dropped one game. Metka was next to finish, defeating James 6-1, 6-3 on court No. 5 to put the Buckeyes ahead, 3-0. At singles No. 6, Hunter Callahan sealed the Buckeye victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Marbach and play was suspended on the top three courts. Kobelt, the No. 37 player in the country, was leading 3-2 in a second-set tiebreaker with Craig when play was called. Diaz was up a break in the second set and Pollanen was on serve in his second set when play finished.
No. 6 Tennessee 4, No. 49 Michigan State
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee opened the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a 4-1 victory against No. 49 Michigan State on Saturday at Goodfriend Tennis Center.
The Vols (5-0) will play Sunday at against either VCU or North Carolina State. The winner of that match advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships next month.
Tennessee clinched the doubles point on near simultaneous aces by junior Mikelis Libietis on court No. 1 and junior Andrew Dromsky on court No. 3. In singles, freshman Markus Kerner dropped just two games on his way to victory on court No. 6, and Libietis picked up a straight-set win to put the Vols ahead 3-0.
Junior Hunter Reese clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-5 (5) victory on court No. 2.
In singles, Kerner paced the Vols on court. He was on and off court No. 6 quickly with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Mac Roy, good for his 10th victory of the season.
Libietis came out playing his best tennis of the spring. After picking up a rare loss last week at No. 2 singles against ETSU, the Vols' ace pulled away from Aaron Pfister for a 6-4, 6-1 victory on court 1. Libietis hit 11 aces in the match.
After Libietis' victory, junior Brandon Fickey lost his first full match back in action 6-1, 6-3 to John Patrick Mullane on court No. 3. Play on the remaining three matches was close.
Chaplin and Dromsky both split sets with their opponents on courts 4 and 5 when Reese had a chance to put the match away. An up-and-down second set went into a tiebreaker and Reese won a double fault by Lied to record his team-leading 16th victory of the season.
No. 7 Baylor 4, No. T47 Boise State 0
WACO, Texas -- Baylor began its dual match season with a 4-0 victory against Boise State on Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The win was the 400th in head coach Matt Knoll’s career at Baylor.
“It is one of those things that is really on the shoulders of the players. I have to thank them for putting me in a position to win those matches. Those are the guys who have done all the work,” said Knoll about reaching win No. 400.
Baylor’s doubles paring of Diego Galeano and Tony Lupieri claimed the first victory for the Bears on court No. 2, 6-5(3). Patrick Pradella and Mate Zsiga followed that win up by securing the doubles point on court one with a 6-4 victory.
In singles action, the 92nd-ranked Lupieri claimed the second Baylor point with a 6-1, 6-4 victory on court five against Boise State’s Brendan McLain. Galeano, ranked No. 18, was the next winner with a 6-5(1), 6-1 victory against Thomas Tenreiro. The second-ranked Julian Lenz clinched the victory for the Bears in the No. 1 spot with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against 54th-ranked Andy Bettles.
No. 29 Notre Dame 4, No. 8 Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- It was an exciting day for Notre Dame as the Irish took down Kentucky in the second day of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. It all came down to the third set of the seventh match, but Notre Dame upset the Wildcats 4-3.
The Irish started down, as seniors Ryan Bandy and Matt Dooley fell to Nils Ellefsen and Ryudi Hirooka of Kentucky at No. 3 doubles 6-2. Senior Greg Andrews and sophomore Alex Lawson (ranked 21st in the country) brought it back Notre Dame, defeating Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai at No. 1 6-4. It came down to the No. 2 match, where senior Billy Pecor and freshman Josh Hagar pulled off a victory against Alejando Gomez and Beck Pennington 6-5 (6).
Sophomore Eric Schnurrenberger was first off the court in singles with a victory at No. 4, taking down Jerry Lopez in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Andrews then fell to Jomby at No. 1 in close sets, losing both in tiebreakers 6-5 (5), 6-5 (5).
Kentucky tied the match up at 2-2 as Alejandro Gomez defeated Hagar in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. After starting out down a set, Bandy pulled out his match at No. 2 against Pennington 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, but the Wildcats tied it up at 3-3 when Grant Roberts took down Wyatt McCoy at No. 5, 6-0, 6-3.
The match came down to No. 6 singles, with freshman Eddy Covalschi playing Hirooka. Covalschi took the first set 6-3, but Hirooka bounced back in the second to win it in a tiebreaker 6-5 (5). The match came down to a final set, in which each player broke the other once, to come to 4-4 before Covalschi pulled ahead to win the last two games. The final score was 6-3, 5-6 (5), 6-4.
No. 9 Oklahoma 4, No. 37 Virginia Tech 1
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma advanced to the championship match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend after defeating Virginia Tech 4-1 Saturday at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.
The Sooners (2-0) won the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.
Nick Papac and Peerakit Siributwong captured the first doubles win for OU, ousting Jai Corbett and Florian Nicoud 6-4.
OU Spanish tandem Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alvarez won the tiebreaker and secured the doubles point for OU, topping Hunter Koontz and Joao Monteiro 6-5.
At the No.4 singles position, Webb earned the first singles point after beating Monteiro in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
Freshman Andrew Harris claimed the next point for the Sooners, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Koontz.
Alcorta clinched the Sooner win after defeating Amerigo Contini 6-1, 6-4.