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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 undergone 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 Julia 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:

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

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)

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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sanford Considers Pro Tennis; Six Americans Reach Porto Alegre Semifinals; Only Two Top 8 Seed Lose in D-I Men's Team Indoor First Round; Dolehide, Lao into Surprise Semis

While at the Dow Tennis Classic late last month, I spoke to 18-year-old Alexandra Sanford about the choice she will be making in the next few months to either turn pro or join the North Carolina Tar Heels this fall. For this Tennis Recruiting Network article, I also spoke to Ohio State men's head coach Ty Tucker, who has spent time on court with Sanford over the past several years, about her development and prospects. Last year I had a similar conversation in Midland with Raveena Kingsley, who ultimately decided against joining the college team she had committed to, LSU.

It was another successful day for Americans at the ITF Grade A in Porto Alegre Brazil, with six of the eight semifinalists from the United States.

Top seed Amanda Anisimova had another easy win, beating unseeded Sofia Munera Sanchez of Colombia 6-2, 6-1 and will play No. 6 seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia in the semifinals. Osorio Serrano had another tough three-setter, beating unseeded Anhzelika Isaeva of Russia 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.  In the bottom half, unseeded Elysia Bolton downed No. 14 seed Hailey Baptiste 6-2, 7-5 to set up an all-US semifinal against No. 7 seed Sofia Sewing.  Sewing outlasted No. 2 seed Amina Anshba of Russia 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.  It is the first Grade A semifinal for both Sewing and Bolton.   For more on the girls quarterfinals, see the ITF Junior website.

In the boys draw, there was another No. 7 over No. 2 result, with Oliver Crawford taking out Yuta Shimizu of Japan 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Crawford will face Argentina's Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi in his first
Grade A semifinal.  The top half will feature an all-US semifinal between No. 8 seed Trent Bryde and No. 3 seed Vasil Kirkov.  Bryde defeated unseeded Matheus Pucinelli de Almeida of Brazil 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 and Kirkov won his fourth consecutive three-setter, beating No. 11 seed Gianni Ross 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2.

Live streaming for Saturday's matches can be found at the tournament website.

The last US player in singles at the $15,000 Orlando Futures, unseeded Jared Hiltzik, bowed out today, falling to No. 4 seed Christian Lindell of Sweden 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.  Eighteen-year-old qualifier Genaro Olivieri of Argentina continued his fine run, defeating No. 2 seed Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina 6-4, 6-3 in today's quarterfinals.

Top seeds Connor Smith and Rhyne Williams took the doubles title, beating unseeded Dominik Koepfer of Germany and Boris Arias of Bolivia 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the final. It's Smith's 13th Futures doubles title, and his second with Williams, who has 10 Futures doubles titles and two Challenger doubles titles.

At the $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Surprise Arizona, wild card Danielle Lao and qualifier Caroline Dolehide have advanced to the semifinals.  Lao defeated qualifier Jaqueline Cristian of Romania 6-1, 6-0 and Dolehide beat Mayo Hibi of Japan 6-3, 6-2.  Lao plays No. 7 seed Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria Saturday, with Dolehide facing No. 2 seed Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia.  Duque-Marino defeated 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Canada 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in today's quarterfinals.

At the $75,000 Tempe Challenger, unseeded Tennys Sandgren and No. 7 seed Dennis Novikov will face off for a place in the final. Sandgren defeated No. 5 seed Marco Trungelliti 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals, while Novikov took out top seed Ernesto Escobedo 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.

The first round of the ITA Men's Team Indoor Championships is complete, with many close matches, but only two featuring a lower seed winning.  That was No. 11 seed Oklahoma State taking out No. 6 seed Northwestern 4-2.  The only match that was decided in the last match on was No. 8 UCLA's 4-3 win over No. 9 USC, with Martin Redlicki defeating Brandon Holt 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4 at line 1 to set up a quarterfinal against No. 1 Virginia. Box scores for all eight matches are available here.

Virginia[1] def. Utah State[16] 4-0
UCLA[8] def. USC[9] 4-3
Cal[4] def. Baylor[13] 4-2
North Carolina[5] def. Georgia[12] 4-2
Oklahoma St[11] def. Northwestern[6] 4-2
Ohio State[3] def. Oklahoma[14] 4-0
Texas[10] def. Florida[7] 4-2
Wake Forest[2] def. Mississippi State[15] 4-0

In a rematch of last year's NCAA women's team final, fifth-ranked Stanford again defeated Oklahoma State, ranked sixth, again coming back from dropping the doubles point. This time it did not come down to the final match, with Stanford winning four singles matches to claim a 4-1 victory at the USTA's National Campus in Lake Nona.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Eight Americans Reach Grade A Porto Alegre Quarterfinals; Neel Heads ITA Women's Indoor All-Tournament Team; Pro Circuit Update

Four US girls and four US boys have advanced to Friday's quarterfinals at the ITF Grade A tournament in Porto Alegre Brazil.

Top seed Amanda Anisimova continues to cruise through the draw, beating No. 15 seed Anastasia Iamachkine of Peru 6-0, 6-1 in the third round. The 15-year-old has lost only six games this week and will play unseeded Sofia Munera Sanchez of Colombia in the quarterfinals. Munera Sanchez defeated Vanessa Ong 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-2. Anisimova is the only American girl in the top half; unseeded Elysia Bolton will play No. 14 seed Hailey Baptiste for a place in the semifinals.

Bolton edged Lea Ma 4-6, 7-6, 7-6(2), while the 15-year-old Baptiste took out No. 3 seed Emily Appleton of Great Britain 7-5, 6-1.  This is the first Grade A quarterfinal appearance for both Baptiste and the 16-year-old Bolton. No. 7 seed Sofia Sewing defeated unseeded Moyuka Uchijima of Japan 6-4, 6-2, and will play No. 2 seed Amina Anshba of Russia in the quarterfinals.

Fourteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe's winning streak on the South American clay ended at 12, when the No. 9 seed was beaten by No. 6 seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

All four US boys remaining are seeded, and they also have one all-USA quarterfinal, with No. 3 seed Vasil Kirkov facing No. 11 seed Gianni Ross.  Kirkov got past Alex Geller of Argentina 7-6(1), 1-6, 7-6(5) and Ross defeated No. 5 seed Sebastian Baez  of Argentina 7-6(0), 6-2, avenging a recent Orange Bowl loss.

No. 7 seed Oliver Crawford defeated No. 9 seed Francisco Vittar of Argentina 6-0, 6-0 and will meet No. 2 seed Yuta Shimizu of Japan in the quarterfinals. Shimizu downed No. 15 seed Patrick Kypson 7-5, 6-4.

In the top half of the draw, No. 8 seed Trent Bryde has reached his first Grade A quarterfinal, defeating doubles partner Alafia Ayeni 6-4, 6-3 in the third round today. He will play unseeded Matheus Pucinelli de Almeida of Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Live streaming and Friday's order of play is available at the tournament website.

The all-Tournament team for the ITA Women's Team Indoor was announced today, with Florida freshman Ingrid Neel named Most Outstanding Player.

No. 1 singles: Hayley Carter, North Carolina
No. 2 singles: Sara Daavettila, North Carolina
No. 3 singles: Ingrid Neel, Florida*
No. 4 singles: Aliona Bolsova, Oklahoma State
No. 5 singles: Brooke Austin, Florida
No. 6 singles: Kourtney Keegan, Florida

*Most Outstanding Player

In a rare circumstance, none of the three all-tournament doubles teams were from the teams that made the final four.

No. 1 doubles: Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Pepperdine
No. 2 doubles: Aliona Bolsova and Sofia Blanco, Oklahoma State
No. 3 doubles: Felicity Maltby and Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech

For the tournament results of all these players, see the ITA release.

The ITA Men's Team Indoor begins tomorrow in Virginia.  Bobby Knight has his preview at College Tennis Today and Granger Huntress looks at the probabilities at Texas College Tennis.  FloTennis will provide streaming, which requires a subscription.

The quarterfinals are set for the $15,000 Orlando Futures and the $25,000 Women's event in Surprise Arizona.  Only one American remains in Orlando, Jared Hiltzik, who advanced with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over qualifier Cameron Silverman.

Qualifier Caroline Dolehide, who today beat No. 8 seed Sonya Kenin 6-3, 7-5, and wild card Danielle Lao are the only US women to advance to the quarterfinals in Surprise.  Lao, who beat top seed Tatjana Maria of Germany on Wednesday, advanced to the quarterfinals when Raveena Kingsley retired trailing 6-4, 3-2.