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Saturday, February 15, 2014

ITA Men's Team Indoor 2013 Semifinalists All Return to Final Four This Year

Unlike Friday, when half of the opening matches at the ITA Men's Team Indoor went down to the last match, none of the quarterfinal matches did, although three of them were closely contested 4-2 victories, with No. 5 Ohio State, No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Southern Cal advancing to the semifinals by that score.  Top seed and defending champion Virginia, who blew past No. 8 Cal 4-0 in an hour and 38 minutes, joins those three teams in the semifinals, the same four teams that reached final four last year.

Ohio State was tested by No. 13 Texas, and was no doubt happy to have the doubles point when Longhorns Soren Hess-Olsen and Lloyd Glasspool earned straight-set wins over Peter Kobelt and Chris Diaz at No. 1 and No. 2 to give Texas a 2-1 lead.  Hunter Callahan secured the Buckeyes' second point with a win at line 6, and Herkko Pollanen made it 3-2 Ohio State with a win over fellow freshman George Goldhoff. The final two matches were in third sets, and it was Kevin Metka who ended Texas' hopes, beating Nick Naumann 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to put Ohio State into the semifinals for the fifth straight year.

Ohio State is the only team to beat Virginia in the Team Indoor Championships since 2008, but the Cavaliers appeared much sharper in today's match against Cal than they did against Notre Dame on Friday, so the Buckeyes will need more from the top of their lineup to challenge the five-time Indoor champions.

USC, who lost to Virginia in last year's final, also had the early lead, taking the doubles point and getting a quick win from Yannick Hanfmann at line 2. But No. 6 seed Baylor, even without injured No. 1 Julian Lenz, kept fighting, getting a point from Tony Lupieri at line 5 to make it 2-1. Roberto Quiroz gave the Trojans a 3-1 lead with a victory at line 3, but again the Bears closed the gap, with Michael Dornbusch, making his ITA debut, getting a win at line 4. Baylor's Patrick Pradella won a second set tiebreaker from Raymond Sarmiento at 1 to keep the Bears in it, and for several games, there was nothing to dampen Baylor spirits, but Michael Grant went up 5-3 at line 6 and closed it out, beating Vince Schneider 5-6, 6-2, 6-3.

UCLA dropped the doubles point to No. 7 Oklahoma, but top-ranked Clay Thompson erased that deficit quickly, taking a surprisingly lopsided 6-2, 6-0 decision from second-ranked Guillermo Alcorta at line 1. Two Bruin freshmen, Joe DiGiulio at 6 and Mackenzie McDonald at 3, gave UCLA a 3-1 lead with straight-set wins, but the fourth point was a long time coming. Sooner Axel Alvarez took the second set from Marcos Giron at line 2, and Dane Webb posted the second point for Oklahoma with a win over Gage Brymer at line 4, but Dennis Mkrtchian tallied a . 6-2, 5-6 (6), 6-3 win over Alex Ghilea to clinch the win and set up yet another meeting of the Pac-12 rivals.

The Virginia match with Ohio State is scheduled to begin at noon Central, with the USC - UCLA match to follow around 3.  For results from today quarterfinals see below, for the results of the consolation matches, see this page at the ITA website.

CollegeTennisOnline is also providing coverage and predictions, which can be found here.
#5 Ohio State 4, #10 Texas 2
1. #53 Søren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #23 Peter Kobelt (OSU) 6-5 (7-5), 6-3
2. #29 Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-2, 6-5
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. #32 George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4, 6-3
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Adrien Berkowicz (UT) 3-6, 6-5 (7-4), 5-4, unfinished
5. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Nick Naumann (UT) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
6. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) 6-4, 6-4

1. #2 Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. #7 Søren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool (UT) 6-2
2. Herkko Pollanen/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Nick Naumann/George Goldhoff (UT) 6-4
3. Ralf Steinbach/Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. David Holiner/Jacoby Lewis (UT) 3-4, unfinished

Match Notes:

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,6,3,5)
#1 Virginia 4, #11 California 0
1. #3 Mitchell Frank (VA) vs. #62 Ben McLachlan (CAL) 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
2. Alex Domijan (VA) def. #68 Campbell Johnson (CAL) 6-1, 6-3
3. Ryan Shane (VA) def. Filip Bergevi (CAL) 6-0, 6-2
4. Justin Shane (VA) vs. #118 Andre Goransson (CAL) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
5. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Gregory Bayane (CAL) 6-0, 6-1
6. #62 Jordan Daigle (VA) vs. Mads Engsted (CAL) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished

1. Alex Domijan/Justin Shane (VA) def. Ben McLachlan/Andre Goransson (CAL) 6-3
2. Mitchell Frank/Luca Corinteli (VA) vs. Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (CAL) 4-4, unfinished
3. Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. Filip Bergevi/Campbell Johnson (CAL) 6-2

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,2,3)
#2 UCLA 4, #7 Oklahoma 2
1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. #2 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) 6-2, 6-0
2. #5 Marcos Giron (UCLA) vs. #4 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) 6-5 (7-3), 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
3. #51 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. #28 Andrew Harris (OU) 6-5 (7-3), 6-5 (7-2)
4. #46 Dane Webb (OU) def. #26 Gage Brymer (UCLA) 6-5 (7-4), 6-3
5. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Alex Ghilea (OU) 6-2, 5-6 (6-8), 6-3
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Peeraki Siributwong (OU) 6-4, 6-4

1. #9 Marcos Giron/Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #12 Andrew Harris/Dane Webb (OU) 3-4, unfinished
2. Axel Alvarez Llamas/Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. Clay Thompson/Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 6-1
3. Nick Papac/Peeraki Siributwong (OU) def. Dennis Mkrtchian/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-2

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,6,4,5)

#3 Southern Cal 4, #6 Baylor 2
1. #9 Patrick Pradella (BU) vs. #7 Ray Sarmiento (USC) 3-6, 6-5 (7-0), 3-2, unfinished
2. #16 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #18 Diego Galeano (BU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Michel Dornbusch (BU) def. Connor Farren (USC) 6-5 (7-5), 6-5 (7-5)
5. Tony Lupieri (BU) def. Eric Johnson (USC) 6-3, 6-1
6. Michael Grant (USC) def. Vince Schneider (BU) 5-6 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3

1. Patrick Pradella/Mate Zsiga (BU) vs. #35 Ray Sarmiento/Yannick Hanfmann (USC) 5-5 (2-5), unfinished
2. Roberto Quiroz/Connor Farren (USC) def. Diego Galeano/Tony Lupieri (BU) 6-3
3. Eric Johnson/Max De Vroome (USC) def. Julian Lenz/Robert Verzaal (BU) 6-4

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,5,3,4,6)


Brent said...

Why does it seem like Virginia frequently does not play its top six? Not based on data but just anecdotes but seems like Ryan Shane would get pulled frequently last year, did at least once this year and today they pulled Styslinger. Don't know if it is injuries or Boland trying to outthink matchups. Seems like guys consistently improve during their Ohio State tenure. As a Michigan fan, I wish that would stop happening! On paper, they had no business hanging with UVA today.