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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Division III Men's Indoor Begins Friday with Emory as Top Seed; D-I All-Tournament Team Announced; New Division II Rankings; Quarterfinals Set in Pro Circuit Events

The Division III Men's Team Indoor Championship begins Friday, hosted by Case Western Reserve at the Cleveland Racquet Club. Unlike the Division I Team Indoor Championships, Division III has eight teams, not 16, so the tournament will be completed on Sunday. Top seed Emory is the defending champion.  Friday's schedule:

Emory[1] vs Trinity[8] 8 a.m.
Washington University-St Louis[2] vs Kenyon[7] 8 a.m.
University of Chicago[3] vs Pomona Pitzer[6] noon
Carnegie Mellon[4] vs Case Western[5] noon

FloTennis will again be providing live streaming, which requires a paid subscription.

Check out the Division III Tennis blog for previews, predictions and more.


The ITA announced the all-tournament team for the men's Division I Team Indoor, with Mikael Torpegaard of finalist Ohio State named the Most Outstanding Player. Complete tournament results for all those named below can be found here.

No. 1 singles: Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
No. 2 singles: Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia
No. 3 singles: Harrison Scott, Texas
No. 4 singles: JC Aragone, Virginia
No. 5 singles: Alexander Ritschard, Virginia
No. 6 singles: Henrik Wiersholm, Virginia

No. 1 doubles: Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim, Wake Forest
No. 2 doubles: Thai Kwiatkowski and Alexander Ritschard, Virginia
No. 3 doubles: JC Aragone and Henrik Wiersholm, Virginia

The latest Division II team rankings were released on Wednesday, the first rankings since last November. The top 10s are below, with the full rankings available by clicking on the headings.

Men's Team:
1. Hawaii Pacific
2. Saint Leo
3. Armstrong State
4. Lander
5. Valdosta State
6. Columbus State
7. Barry
8. Lynn
9. West Florida
10. Embry Riddle

1. Armstrong State
2. BYU-Hawaii
3. Lynn
4. Saint Leo
5. Hawaii Pacific
6. Barry
7. West Florida
8. Columbus State
9. St. Mary’s Texas
10. Northeastern State

The quarterfinals are set at the $15,000 Futures in Indian Harbour Beach Florida and the $25,000 Women's tournament in Rancho Santa Fe California.

Rhyne Williams is the only American remaining in singles, after he defeated No. 6 seed Kaichi Uchida of Japana 6-3, 6-3 and 18-year-old Genaro Olivieri of Argentina 6-3, 6-0, with both matches played today due to rain on Wednesday.  Wild card Patrick Kypson won his first match, but lost his second match of the day to No. 5 seed Makoto Ochi of Japan 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

Four US women have advanced to the quarterfinals in California, including top seed Kayla Day, who defeated former WTA No. 5 Daniela Hantuchkova of Slovakia 7-6(3), 6-1. Day will play No. 5 seed Mayo Hibi Friday.

Qualifier Maria Sanchez beat wild card Allie Sanford 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and Caroline Dolehide, the champion last week in Surprise Arizona, downed Danielle Collins 7-5, 6-3.

Although Sonya Kenin was the seed, at No. 4, she still could claim an impressive victory with her win over qualifier Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine, who is 22-2 (including qualifying) this year, with her only previous loss also at the hands of Kenin.  Kenin faces Dolehide next, who beat her in the second round last week in Surprise.  Sanchez will take on Canadian teen Katherine Sebov, a fellow qualifier, while 16-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu will play No. 8 seed Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal.

Austin Krajicek has advanced to the semifinals of the $50,000+Hospitality Challenger in Mexico, where he will meet unseeded Nicolas Jarry of Chile.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bellis Defeats Radwanska in Dubai; French Federation Announces French Open Junior Wild Card Event in US; Eight Americans Advance at Rancho Santa Fe; New USTA D-I Rankings


Seventeen-year-old CiCi Bellis picked up the first Top 10 win of her career today at the WTA Premier event in Dubai, defeating No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Bellis, who beat top 50 players Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the first round and Laura Siegemund of Germany in the second round, called it "the biggest win of my life."  An argument could be made that her win over Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the first round of the 2014 US Open remains the most significant, but certainly getting her first Top 10 win on the heels of two Top 50 wins is an important milestone.

Greg Garber of ESPN.com spoke to Bellis after her win, as did the WTA. Radwanska also was interviewed for the WTA and gives her thoughts on Bellis' game. Next up for Bellis is No. 10 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.  Lauren Davis has also reached the quarterfinals after beating Ekaterina Makarova of Russia today. All three of Davis's wins have come after dropping the first set.

The French Tennis federation is distributing a 2017 French Open Junior Championships wild card via tournaments held in six countries, including the US.  The United States event will be at the Boca West Country Club April 19-22 on red clay.  The winners will play off against those from Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea and India for a main draw wild card into the junior championships. The USTA will extend the invitations to compete in the event.  The release is here.

Heavy rain in Florida kept any tennis from being played Wednesday at the $15,000 Futures in Indian Harbour Beach, with 10 first round matches yet to be finished.  Those matches and all second round matches are scheduled for Thursday.

At the $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Rancho Santa Fe California, eight US women have advanced to the second round: Kayla Day[1], Sonya Kenin[4], Claire Liu, Allie Sanford, Danielle Collins, Caroline Dolehide and qualifiers Maria Sanchez and Chanelle Van Nguyen.  Dolehide and Collins will play in one second round match Thursday; wild card Sanford and Sanchez will face off in the other all-US second rounder.  Also advancing are Canadian teens Katherine Sebov, a qualifier, and Bianca Andreescu, who beat No. 2 seed Catalina Pella of Argentina 6-2, 6-2.

Former USC star Yannick Hanfmann won three matches to qualify for the €64,000 ATP Challenger in Bergamo Italy and was drawn against top seed Andreas Seppi of Italy, currently 72 in the ATP rankings, in the opening round of the main draw. The 25-year-old German picked up his first Top 100 win in a 6-4, 6-2 victory, then reached his first Challenger quarterfinal with a 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Germany's Daniel Brands today. He will face No. 7 seed Quentin Halys of France next.

The latest USTA Division I team poll came out today, a day after the ITA's first rankings done by computer, and it does not feature the big rises and falls of some teams found in the ITA rankings.  For the complete list of Top 25 teams, click here.

Women: (points in parentheses)
1.Florida (150)
2.North Carolina (143)
3.Ohio State (138)
4.Stanford (131)
5.Georgia (124)
6.Oklahoma State (120)
7.California (107)
8.Michigan (105)
9.Texas Tech (104)
10.Pepperdine (98)

Men:
1.Virginia (150)
2.Ohio State (144)
3.Wake Forest (138)
4.North Carolina (130)
5.California (124)
6.Oklahoma (112)
7.UCLA (109)
8.Florida (106)
9.Texas (104)
10.USC (101)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ITA D-I Individual, Team Rankings Released; USTA Schedules Lake Nona College Showcase; Qualifying Complete at Rancho Santa Fe $25K

For all the tennis that's been played in the past few weeks, the changes at the very top of the ITA Division I rankings have been few.  In the women's team rankings, the first done by computer this season, Team Indoor champion Florida stays at No. 1 and in the men's team rankings, Virginia, who won the Team Indoor yesterday, remains in the top spot.

The rest of the top 10 did undergo some dramatic changes, probably the most notable being the Stanford women dropping from 5 to 25 and the Baylor women going from unranked to 10. Since the Cardinal did not play the Team Indoor, their only good win was last Friday against Oklahoma State. Although they will move back up once they begin play in the Pac-12, Stanford does pay a temporary price every year for passing on the Team Indoor.

In the men's rankings, powerhouse programs USC, UCLA and Georgia all dropped out of the Top 10, while Michigan and Oklahoma made big jumps. The ITA release for the men is here, the women is here. Full lists can be found by clicking on the link in the headings below.

Women's Top 10 Team: (previous ranking in parentheses)
1. Florida (1)
2. Ohio State (4)
3. North Carolina (2)
4. Michigan (10)
5. Texas Tech (7)
6. Oklahoma State (6)
7. Vanderbilt (12)
8. Auburn (11)
9. UCLA (20)
10. Baylor (NR)

Men's Top 10 Team: 
1. Virginia (1)
2. Ohio State (3)
3. Wake Forest (2)
4. North Carolina (5)
5. Oklahoma (14)
6. California (4)
7. Texas (11)
8. Oklahoma State (12)
9. Michigan (18)
10. Florida (6)


In the women's singles rankings, Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo remains at No. 1, with UCLA freshman Ena Shibahara moving up to No. 2.  Although she did not quite crack the Top 10, Florida freshman Ingrid Neel went all the way from 45 to tied for 11th after her outstanding play at the Team Indoor. There's a new No. 1 in the women's doubles, with Michigan's Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian taking over the top spot.

Women's Top 10 Singles: (previous ranking in parentheses)
1. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State (1)
2. Ena Shibahara, UCLA (3)
3. Hayley Carter, North Carolina (5)
4. Sara Daavettila, North Carolina (2)
5. Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt (4)
6. Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine (7)
7. Sinead Lohan, Miami (6)
8. Melissa Lord, Stanford (13)
9. Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma State (10)
10. Josie Kuhlman, Florida (19)

Women's Top 5 Doubles:
1. Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian, Michigan (3)
2. Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Pepperdine (4)
3. Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney, North Carolina (2)
4. Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara, UCLA (12)
5. Adila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, Kentucky (1)

The men's singles rankings also saw a big jump for Virginia's Thai Kwiatkowski, who went from 28 to 9, and Gage Brymer of UCLA, who moved from 19 to 10.  Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest and Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State, who so memorably decided the Team Indoor semifinal on Sunday, ended up in a tie for No. 1 this week. In men's doubles, there were changes in some positions in the top five, but Christian Seraphim and Mansouri of Wake Forest stayed at No. 1.

Men's Top 10 Singles:
T1. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (2)
T1. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest (1)
3. Hugo Di Feo, Ohio State (8)
4. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State (3)
5. Mike Redlicki, Arkansas (6)
6. Alfredo Perez, Florida (9)
7. Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech (4)
8. Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (10)
9. Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia (28)
10. Gage Brymer, UCLA (19)

Men's Top 5 Doubles:
1. Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (1)
2. Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat, California (3)
3. Jack Findel-Hawkins and Lasse Muscheites, North Florida (2)
4. Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash, Oklahoma State, (5)
5. Jathan Malik and Kevin Wong, Michigan (4)

The USTA has announced a College Tennis Combine for June 14-16, 2017.  The event, which is limited to American players, will be held at the new USTA campus in Lake Nona.  As a Tennis Recruiting National Showcase event providing UTR credit, the tournament will give players an opportunity to be seen by college coaches, with USTA Pro Circuit wild cards awarded to the winners.  The Combine is being held in conjunction with a USTA/ITA College Coaches Workshop.  For more details, see this release from the USTA.

Qualifying for the $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Rancho Santa Fe California is complete with four Americans qualifying: Chanelle Van Nguyen(UCLA), Notre Dame recruit Caroline Dunleavy, Maria Sanchez(USC) and Stanford recruit Michaela Gordon. Pepperdine sophomore Luisa Stefani of Brazil also qualified. Kayla Day is the top seed, last week's Surprise $25K champion Caroline Dolehide and finalist Danielle Lao received special exemptions into the main draw, and wild cards were given to Allie Sanford, Hanna Chang, Sabrina Santamaria and Mishel Okhremchuk of Ukraine.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Virginia Claims Sixth ITA Men's National Team Indoor Title with 4-1 Victory Over Ohio State; Sandgren Wins Second Career Challenger Title in Tempe; Bellis Beats Putintseva; Kecmanovic Feature


Photo courtesy ITA

The University of Virginia won its sixth ITA Men's National Team Indoor title on its home courts Monday, defeating Ohio State 4-1.  The top-seeded Cavaliers hadn't dropped a point in their previous three matches, but the No. 3 Buckeyes still had an opportunity to win, right up until JC Aragone hit a stunning backhand winner to close out Herkko Pollanen 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) gave two-time defending NCAA champion Virginia its first Indoor title since 2013.

The doubles point ended in controversy, after Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert had saved two match points from 15-40 down at 5-6.  A hindrance call on Tubert, who had heard a call from the crowd and stopped play resulted in the point and the doubles point being awarded to Virginia, with the line 2 doubles match left unfinished.  Bobby Knight has more on the controversy at College Tennis Today.

The singles matches were all close with only Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard at line 1 and Virginia's Henrik Wiersholm at line 6 avoiding a third set and only Alex Ritschard and Martin Joyce at line 5 not playing a tiebreaker. Since that match went unfinished at 5-6 in the third, it too could have required a tiebreaker, but JC Aragone, who saved a match point serving at 4-5 40-40, prevented that drama.

Highlights of the match can be found on the Virginia Cavaliers YouTube channel.

ITA Men's Team Indoor Final:

Doubles:
1. #55 Luca Corinteli/Carl Soderlund (VA) def. #38 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-0
2. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Alexander Ritschard (VA) vs. #25 Martin Joyce/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 5-6, unfinished
3. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Matt Mendez/Hunter Tubert (OSU) 7-5

Singles:
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Collin Altamirano (VA) 6-3, 7-6(3)
2. #28 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #8 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2
3. Carl Soderlund (VA) vs. JJ Wolf (OSU) 6-3, 6-7(3), 3-5, unfinished
4. #64 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. #47 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
5. Alexander Ritschard (VA) vs. #77 Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3, 5-7, 5-6, unfinished
6. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Kyle Seelig (OSU) 7-6(2), 6-2

Match Notes:
Ohio State 12-1; National ranking #3 Virginia 9-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,1,2,4)
T-2:56
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Rain pushed the final of the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Tempe until today, but for Tennys Sandgren, it was worth the wait.  The unseeded 25-year-old defeated 21-year-old Nikola Milojevic of Serbia 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 to claim his second career Challenger title.  Sandgren, who joins Noah Rubin and Ryan Harrison as American Challenger champions in 2017, moves to a career-high of 161 in the ATP rankings. For more, see the ATP website.

Seventeen-year-old CiCi Bellis returned to the WTA tour last week in Doha, after injuries kept her out of the Australian swing. Although Bellis did not qualify, she did get an opportunity to shake off the rust and today in Dubai, she defeated No. 17 seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-1, 7-5 for her first main draw win of the year.  Bellis, now ranked a career-high 70, spoke to WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen about today's win.

Qualifying was completed today at the $15,000 Futures in Indian Harbour Beach Florida, with Mico Santiago, Hunter Callahan(Ohio State) and Raleigh Smith(Northwestern) the Americans earning a place in the main draw.  Ramkumar Ramanathan of India is the top seed and Tommy Paul is the No. 2 seed.  Gianni Ross, Patrick Kypson, Mark Oljaca and Liam Caruana of Italy received main draw wild cards. Oljaca will face ITF World No. 1 junior Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia in the first round.  The 17-year-old IMG Academy product is the subject of this in-depth feature in the New York Times.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Anisimova, Bryde Claim Grade A Porto Alegre Titles; Ohio State Wins Thriller to Reach Team Indoor Final Against Virginia; Harrison Claims First ATP Title; Dolehide Wins Surprise $25K


Amanda Anisimova captured her second Grade A title, while Trent Bryde collected his first in the finals of the Campeonato Internacional Juvenil de Tenis in Porto Alegre Brazil.

Top seed Anisimova, who had reached the final last year, defeated No. 7 seed Sofia Sewing 7-5, 6-1 to add the Porto Alegre title to her 2015 victory at the Grade A in Mexico City.  The 15-year-old has had her best results on red clay, with the two Grade A titles and an appearance in the final of the French Open last year.

Anisimova and Sewing traded breaks in the fifth and sixth games of the first set, and it looked like Anisimova would again miss an opportunity to consolidate when she broke Sewing for a 6-5 lead, but went down 0-40 serving for the set.  She won the next five points however, and Sewing never really recovered. The 17-year-old from Miami held in the first game of the second set but Anisimova raised her level and won the final six games of the match.

Bryde, seeded No. 8, defeated unseeded Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi of Argentina 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-3.  Bryde wiggled out of a tough spot in the opening set, breaking the 17-year-old left-hander serving for the set at 6-5, but in the tiebreaker, Grassi made one mini-break stand up to claim the first set.

In contrast to the level he had shown in the tiebreaker, Grassi immediately fell apart in the first game of the second set and Bryde, also 17, had no difficulty rolling through the set.  The first four games of the third set went to the server, but Grassi failed to hold serve in his next three attempts, while Bryde held once to go up 5-3, which was enough to add the singles title to the doubles title he won on Saturday.

For more on the finals, see the ITF junior website.  The finals can be viewed on YouTube here.

At the ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville today, No. 2 seed Wake Forest and No. 3 seed Ohio State battled for nearly four hours before the Buckeyes earned a 4-3 victory.  The match stood at 3-3 when Wake Forest's Petros Chrysochos, No. 1 in the nation, won the second set from Mikael Torpegaard, No. 2 in the nation, in a tiebreaker, saving a match point when serving at 4-5 40-40. Chrysochos went up 3-0 in the final set, just as he had in sets 1 and 2, but Torpegaard came back, saving a match point himself with Chrysochos serving at 6-5 40-40 in the third. Torpegaard had been overruled three times in the match and received a point penalty in the tenth game, so he could not afford another overrule, which would have resulted in a game penalty. With all that tension, it was Torpegaard who prevailed, taking the tiebreaker to claim the place in the final with his 7-6,(7), 5-7, 7-6(4) victory.

The rematch of last year's final between No. 1 Virginia and No. 5 North Carolina went to the host Cavaliers. Virginia won the doubles point easily, and while the singles matches were closer, Virginia was able to close out the Tar Heels 4-0.  Virginia will compete for its sixth Indoor title beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, while Ohio State is aiming for its second.

A big match in women's tennis saw No. 1 Florida defeat No. 5 and NCAA champion Stanford 4-1 in Gainesville. Florida won the doubles point and got singles wins from Ingrid Neel at 2, Brooke Austin at 4 and Belinda Woolcock at 1.  Florida had beaten NCAA finalists Oklahoma State 4-2 Saturday night.  Florida has now won 163 straight home matches, (the headline is off), the longest current home winning streak for any NCAA sport.

The last time Florida lost a home match was in 2004, when Ryan Harrison was 12 years old.  Now 24, Harrison is an ATP champion, having claimed his first title today at the 250 event in Memphis with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. Harrison's pro career started with great expectations at the age of 15, but the past nine years have been difficult for him, with bad draws, injuries and confidence issues contributing to his uneven results. Greg Garber at ESPN spoke with Harrison about the ups and downs of his career earlier this week. With the title, Harrison is expected to return to the Top 50 for the first time since 2012.

Brian Baker won his first ATP title, winning the doubles championship in Memphis with Nikola Mektic of Croatia.  Baker and Mektic beat Harrison and Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-4 in the final.


The rain in Arizona finally stopped long enough to allow completion of the $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Surprise, with 18-year-old qualifier Caroline Dolehide picking up her first title at that level with two wins today.  Dolehide, who has committed to UCLA for 2017, defeated No. 2 seed Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals, then followed with a 6-3, 6-1 win over wild card and former USC star Danielle Lao in the final.   The doubles title went to Duque-Marino and Nadia Podoroska of Argentina, with the No. 2 seeds beating lucky losers Usue Arconada and Sonya Kenin 4-6, 6-0 10-5 in the final.

At the $15,000 Futures in Orlando, top seed Michael Linzer of Austria defeated unseeded Facundo Arguello of Argentina 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Anisimova and Sewing Reach Grade A Porto Alegre Girls Final, Bryde Advances to Boys Championship Match; Semifinals Set at Men's D-I Team Indoor; Goetz Sweeps ITF Grade 4 Titles in Mexico

ITF Junior Circuit in South America has been good to US girls the past several weeks, with Amanda Meyer winning the Grade 1 in Ecuador and Whitney Osuigwe claiming two Grade 1 titles in Paraguay and Brazil the last three weeks.  On Sunday, an American will win the Grade A in Porto Alegre Brazil, with top seed and 2016 finalist Amanda Anisimova taking on No. 7 seed Sofia Sewing.

Anisimova, who lost to Usue Arconada in last year's final, has returned to the final without much drama.  She defeated No. 6 seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia, who won the Grade 1 in her home country before the US girls began their recent run, 6-3, 6-4.  Sewing got by unseeded Elysia Bolton 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 to reach the biggest final of her career.


No. 8 seed Trent Bryde will represent the US boys in the final, after he defeated No. 3 seed Vasil Kirkov 6-4, 5-7, 6-0.  He will face unseeded Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi of Argentina, who defeated No. 7 seed Oliver Crawford 6-1, 6-1.

Both Sewing and Bryde have already collected one winner's trophy, claiming the doubles titles in Porto Alegre.  Bryde and Alafia Ayeni won via walkover in the final, while Sewing and her frequent partner Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez of Mexico, seeded second, defeated No. 3 seeds Fernanda Labrana of Chile and Thaisa Pedretti of Brazil 7-5, 6-2.

Streaming of the singles finals will be available at the tournament website.

The semifinals are set at the ITA Division I Men's Team Indoor in Charlottesville after two tense battles and two easy victories.  No. 3 seed Ohio State rolled over No. 11 seed Oklahoma State 4-0 in less than two hours, while their semifinal opponent, No. 2 seed Wake Forest, needed more than three hours to subdue No. 10 seed Texas 4-3, with  Alan Gadjiev defeating Rodrigo Banzer 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-4 at line 6 to clinch the victory.

No. 5 seed and defending champion North Carolina got past No. 4 Cal 4-2, recovering from dropping the doubles point to get singles wins from lines 3, 4, 5, and 6. Ronnie Schneider did not finish his match with Florian Lakat at line 1, but he won the point of the tournament, (and maybe the entire dual match season). It can be viewed at FloTennis (just a brief advertisement preceding the clip, which does not require a subscription to see).

North Carolina will face host Virginia in a rematch of last year's memorable final, after the Cavaliers cruised past No. 8 UCLA 4-0 this evening in less than two hours.

For more on today's matches, see College Tennis Today.

At the ITF Grade 4 in Mexico this week, unseeded Ryan Goetz swept the singles and doubles titles. The 17-year-old New Yorker didn't drop a set in singles, beating No. 6 seed Marcelo Sepulveda Garza of Mexico 7-6(5), 6-2 in the final.  Goetz and Canadian Liam Draxl won their second straight doubles title, with the unseeded pair beating No. 2 seeds Sepulveda Garza and Guillermo Castaneda of Mexico 7-6(3), 6-4.

Rain in Arizona today has delayed the semifinals of both the $25K in Surprise and the ATP Challenger in Tempe until Sunday.

At the $15,000 Orlando Futures, top seed Michael Linzer of Austria defeated No. 4 seed Christian Lindell of Sweden 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the final with unseeded Facundo Arguello of Argentina. Arguello ended the run of 18-year-old qualifier Genaro Olivieri of Argentina with a 6-2, 6-3 win.