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NCAA Men's Team Championships Quarter-finals

Defending Champs USC Upset by Ohio State; No.1 UCLA Blanks Duke

USC's Ray Sarmiento. Photo courtesy of Stanton Chew

usctrojans.com: May 19, 2013, Urbana, Illinois - The No. 4 seeded University of Southern California men's tennis team had its hopes of a fifth consecutive national championship upended by No. 5 seed Ohio State in a gut-wrenching quarterfinal bout that saw the Buckeyes pull out a 4-3 win today in Urbana, Ill. In a rematch of the 2009 NCAA title match -- which sparked the Trojans' run to four in a row -- USC faced a hard-hitting Ohio State squad that was able to fend off match point in the doubles point decider and win the tiebreaker to take the first advantage of the match. USC had come back from losing the doubles point in the Round of 16, but the Buckeyes dug in and were able to net the three necessary singles wins, snagging the victory in the last match on at court two. The 4-3 loss snapped a streak of 27 consecutive NCAA tournament match wins by the Trojans, who finish 2013 with a 26-5 overall record. This was the third time in the past five NCAA Tournaments between USC and Ohio State. The Trojans upset the Buckeyes 4-1 in the 2009 NCAA Championship match and then again in the 2010 Quarterfinals.

Dennis Novikov, UCLA -Photo Bobby Knight collegetennisonline

uclabruins.com: May 19 2013, Urbana, Ill. - The top-seeded and No. 1 ranked UCLA men's tennis team posted its fourth-straight shutout of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon, downing No. 9 Duke, 4-0 in a quarterfinal showdown at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. UCLA (28-1) now advances to Monday's semifinals, where it will face No. 5 Ohio State (35-2) at 1:00 p.m. (CST). The Buckeyes spoiled what would've been a fifth meeting between UCLA and USC this year, beating the four-time defending champion Trojans 4-3 in another quarterfinal on Saturday.  "We've had two good wins now," said UCLA head coach Billy Martin. "(Duke) is a team at the beginning of the year I knew was going to be a great team. They had beaten us the last time we had played them and that was still in our minds. We are just excited to be moving on." With the win over Duke, UCLA improved to 28-1 on the season, giving the team its most wins since the 1986 squad finished 29-2 ... Head coach Billy Martin has now guided the Bruins to 13 appearances in the NCAA Semifinals in his 20 years of coaching at UCLA ... The Bruins own a 2-3 all-time record against Ohio State ... UCLA reached the NCAA Semifinals in 2012, falling to USC, 4-1.

Ohio State 4; USC 3


(1) #12 Kobelt/Smith (OSU) def. #37 Hanfmann/Sarmiento (USC) - 8-3; (2) #90 McCarthy/Van Engelen (OSU) def. #47 Gomez/Quiroz (USC) - 9-8 (7); (3) de Vroome/Johnson (USC) def. Rola/Callahan (OSU) - 9-8 (2); Ohio State wins doubles point.



(1) #12 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. #7 Emilio Gomez (USC) - 6-1, 6-0

(2) #8 Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. #16 Ray Sarmiento (USC) - 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3)*

(3) #45 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #71 Connor Smith (OSU) - 7-5, 7-6 (4)

(4) #73 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. #36 Roberto Quiroz (USC) - 7-6 (1), 6-1

(5) #90 Eric Johnson (USC) def. #104 Chris Diaz (OSU) - 6-3, 6-3

(6) Max de Vroome (USC) def. Constantin Christ (OSU) - 6-3, 6-1

UCLA 4; Duke 0


1. #42 Giron/Novikov (UCLA) def. #2 Cunha/Hemmeler (DUKE) 8-6; 2. #77 Puget/Sell (UCLA) def. #19 Redlicki/Tahir (DUKE) 9-8(5); 3. Alex Brigham/Thompson (UCLA) vs. Saba/Bruno Semenzato (DUKE) 6-6, unfinished. UCLA Wins Doubles Point



1.#27 Dennis Novikov (UCLA) def. #9 Henrique Cunha (DUKE) 6-4, 6-4

2.#25 Marcos Giron (UCLA) vs. #43 Fred Saba (DUKE) 3-6, 5-5, unfinished

3.#22 Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. #46 Michael Redlicki (DUKE) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1

4.#75 Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) vs. #121 Chris Mengel (DUKE) 6-7(7),1-2 unf.

5.#119Clay Thompson (UCLA)vs.#74 R.Hemmeler (DUKE) 6-7(3),3-4, unf.

6. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jason Tahir (DUKE) 6-0, 6-2

Georgia Bulldogs Defeat Pepperdine, Will Meet Virginia Cavaliers in Semi-finals

Georgia Bulldogs celebrate win. Photo: collegetennisonline.com

May 18 2013 ITS Staff: Urbana, Illinois - The University of Georgia men’s tennis team moved to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships with a 4-2 win over 11th-seeded Pepperdine on Saturday held at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center.


It will be the Georgia Bulldogs’ sixth trip to the 'Final Four' in the last eight years. Georgia  (26-4) rallied back after losing the doubles point and was down in the first sets in singles to clinch wins at Nos. 2, 3, 5, and 6 to post the victory. Junior Garrett Brasseaux won the deciding match for the second straight day.


In the semi-finals, the Bulldogs will meet the No. 2 seed University of Virginia who advanced with an emphatic 4-0 win over the University of Tennessee. The Virginia Cavaliers (28-0) reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and for the sixth time in the past seven years.


The Virginia-Georgia semifinal match will begin at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) Monday at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. It is the third time the Cavaliers and Bulldogs have met in the NCAA semifinals, with Georgia winning in both 2007 and 2008 en route to winning the national championship.

No.3 Georgia 4; No.11 Pepperdine 2


1. #5 Ben Wagland/Hernus Pieters (UG) vs. #43 Francis Alcantara/Sebastian Fanselow (PEPP) 4-5, unfinished; 2. Finn Tearney/Alex Sarkissian (PEPP) def. #15 Nathan Pasha/Garrett Brasseaux (UG) 8-3; 3. Mousheg Hovhannisyan/David Sofaer (PEPP) def. Marco Nunez/Eric Diaz (UG) 8-4



1. #33 Ben Wagland (UG) vs.#11 Sebastian Fanselow(PEPP) 5-7,7-6)0),3-4, unf.

2. #47 Nathan Pasha (UG) def. #62 Alex Sarkissian (PEPP) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

3. Austin Smith (UG) def. #107 Finn Tearney (PEPP) 6-2, 6-0

4. #102 Francis Alcantara (PEPP) def. #115 Hernus Pieters (UG) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

5. Garrett Brasseaux (UG) def. Mousheg Hovhannisyan (PEPP) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

6. Marco Nunez (UG) def. David Sofaer (PEPP) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

No.2 Virginia 4; No.7 Tennessee 0


1. #4 Jenkins/Styslinger (UVa) def. #1 Libietis/Reese (UT) 9-7; 2. #21 Frank/Domijan (UVa) vs. Fickey/Chaplin (UT) 6-6 DNF; 3. #89 J.Shane/J.Uriguen (UVa) def. #34 Jones/Collins (UT) 8-4



1. #3 Jarmere Jenkins (UVa) def. #1 Mikelis Libietis (UT) 4-6, 6-4, 3-0 ret.

2. #2 Alex Domijan (UVa) def. #34 Hunter Reese (UT) 6-2, 6-3

3. #39 Mitchell Frank (UVa) led Brandon Fickey (UT) 6-3, 5-5 DNF

4. Jarryd Chaplin (UT) led #69 Ryan Shane (UVa) 6-4, 3-6, 4-2 DNF

5. #28 Mac Styslinger (UVa) def. John Collins (UT) 6-4, 6-4

6. Julen Uriguen (UVa) led Edward Jones (UT) 7-5, 5-5 DNF


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