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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Claremont ITF Grade 4 Semifinals Set; Fritz, Tiafoe and Stewart Reach Pro Circuit Quarterfinals; Teens Continue to Impress in Miami

The semifinalists have been determined at the ITF Grade 4 in Claremont, all from the US, but none of the top seeds are among them. Three unseeded boys have reached the final four, with 17-year-old Johnathan Small, seeded No. 13 the oldest remaining competitor. Small will face 15-year-old Alexandre Rotsaert, while the other semifinal will feature two Southern California rivals, wild card Jacob Brumm and 16s Kalamazoo finalist Connor Hance.

The girls semifinals features three 15-year-olds, with No. 10 seed Victoria Emma facing No. 15 seed Meible Chi, younger sister of 2014 NCAA finalist Lynn Chi of Cal.  Seventeen-year-old Hanna Chang, the No. 4 seed, will play unseeded Anette Goulak in the other semifinal.

For complete draws and Friday's order of play, see the USTA site.

Seven of the eight quarterfinalists at the $15,000 Calabasas Futures are from the US, including 17-year-olds Taylor Fritz and Francis Tiafoe. Fritz, a wild card, overwhelmed top seed Fabiano De Paula of Brazil, ranked 211, 6-2, 6-0 and will face No. 6 seed Jason Jung in the quarterfinals. Jung defeated Fritz  1-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 in the semifinals of the January Futures tournament in Los Angeles.

Tiafoe, last week's Bakersfield champion, received a special exemption into the main draw, and he continued his winning streak, beating Alexander Ward of Great Britain 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.  In last night's first round, Tiafoe beat No. 4 seed Darian King of Barbados 6-7(5), 7-5, 2-0 ret., with King's retirement apparently not for injury or illness, but simply frustration.  Steve Pratt had this account of the match's ending out in his daily release. Next for Tiafoe is No. 8 seed Mitchell Krueger, who beat Ernesto Escobedo 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3.

Former UCLA teammates Mackenzie McDonald and Clay Thompson will play in another quarterfinal, with qualifier McDonald downing Mico Santiago, also a qualifer, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and wild card Thompson beating Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-3.  A third Bruin in the bottom half is Dennis Novikov, the No. 2 seed, who beat South African Fritz Wolmarans 7-5, 6-2. The 2012 Kalamazoo champion will face the only international player remaining, 31-year-old Giovanni Lapentti of Ecuador, who beat qualifier Sekou Bangoura 6-2, 6-4.

At the $25,00 Women's Pro Circuit event in Palm Harbor, Florida, Katerina Stewart, Allie Kiick and Alexa Glatch have reached the quarterfinals.  Stewart, a qualifier, defeated former WTA No. 66 Mindy Minella of Luxembourg 6-1, 6-1 and will next face Glatch, who beat No. 7 seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.  Allie Kiick posted a fine comeback win, defeating No. 3 seed Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3. Kiick, who won the final six games of the match, will play Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in the quarterfinals.


Americans did not fare well today at the Miami Open, with Venus Williams posting the only win of the six US players in singles action today.  But the surge of teenagers continued, with three boys picking up first round wins, and wild card Paula Badosa Gibert of Spain reaching the third round. The 17-year-old Badosa Gibert defeated lucky loser Saisai Zheng of China 6-1, 7-5 to set up a meeting with No. 14 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Unlike Badosa Gibert, whose best showing in a junior slam was the quarterfinals of at the French and Wimbledon last year, the three boys who reached the second round are all junior slam champions. Qualifier 2013 Australian Open boys champion Alexander Zverev of Germany, still just 17, defeated Sam Groth of Australia 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-4; 2014 French Open boys champion Andrey Rublev of Russia, also 17, defeated Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 and 18-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia, the 2013 US Open boys champion, defeated Andreas Haider-Mauer of Austria 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(3).  They join Hyeon Chung of Korea in the second round, and according to the ATP, four teenagers in the second round of Miami is the most since 2007.

Tonight, another former junior slam champion, Daria Gavrilova, who was Russian when she won the US Open girls title in 2010, defeated No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova 7-6(4), 6-3. Gavrilova, the world junior champion in 2010, is living in Australia now and has applied for citizenship there.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships Wild Cards; Good Day for Americans at Miami Open; Pro Circuit Update

The wild cards for next week's International Spring Championships in Carson are listed below. For my look back at the 10 years of the tournament, see this article at the Tennis Recruiting Network.  The 18s acceptance lists can be viewed here.  The 16s acceptance lists can be found at the tournament's website.

Boys ITF

Main Draw:
Jake DeVine
John McNally
JJ Wolf
Jake Van Emburgh
Patrick Kypson

Qualifying:
Jacob Brumm

16s
Main Draw:
none

Qualifying:
Blake Croyder

Girls ITF

Main Draw:
Carson Branstine
Morgan Coppoc
Jessica Failla
Caty McNally
Ena Shibihara
Rachel Lim
Amanda Anisimova

Qualifying:
Ashley Lahey

16s
Main Draw:
Kacie Harvey
Lea Ma
Alexa Noel

Qualifying:
Amy Huang
Elizabeth Isayev
Lauren Panjatovic
Laura Sanders
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Although three more Americans have yet to play today, it's already shaping up to be a good day for the US at the Miami Open.

CiCi Bellis and Madison Brengle picked up main draw wins on Tuesday, and today Donald Young, Jack Sock, Tim Smyczek, Austin Krajicek, Christina McHale and Alison Riske followed suit, with Sam Querrey, Sloane Stephens and Lauren Davis yet to complete their matches.


Also of note, 18-year-old wild card Hyeon Chung of Korea won his first ATP main draw match, defeating 50th-ranked Spanish veteran Marcel Granollers 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.  Chung has won two Challengers and has been rising steadily, with his current ATP ranking 121 after ending last year at 173.  He will face a major challenge in his next match, against No. 8 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.  For more on Chung's win, see this ATP article.

At the $25,000 women's Pro Circuit event in Palm Harbor, Florida, four Americans earned first round wins today.  Katerina Stewart beat fellow qualifier Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-2, 6-4, avenging her semifinal loss at the US Open Junior Championships last year.  Qualifier Ellie Halbauer defeated Irina Khromacheva of Russia 6-2, 7-6(6), Allie Kiick posted her first win of the year, beating qualifier Ximena Hermosa of Mexico 6-3, 6-1 and Alexa Glatch, who won her first tournament in three years at last week's $25,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in Mexico, downed Bulgarian qualifier Dia Evtimova 7-6(5), 6-4.

First round action is not yet complete at the $15,000 Calabasas Futures tournament, but 10 Americans have already advanced to the second round: qualifiers Sekou Bangoura, Mackenzie McDonald and Mico Santiago; Jason Jung(6), Mitchell Krueger(8) and Ernesto Escobedo. Those six won today, yesterday No. 2 seed Dennis Novikov, Stefan Kozlov and wild cards Taylor Fritz and Clay Thompson also posted wins.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Looking Back at Ten Years at the Grade 1 in Carson; Bellis Wins First Round Match at Miami Open; Southern Cal Women Take Over Top Spot in ITA Rankings

I often do previews of tournaments for the Tennis Recruiting Network, but I changed it up a bit for this article, which is a look back at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships' first decade in Carson. Juniors who went on to WTA and ATP success have won there, and many who didn't win titles also honed their games and went on to viable professional careers.  I spoke with John Lansville, the tournament director, about how the tournament has contributed to junior tennis in the US, and there's also a new enhancement to the tournament this year. I'll be posting the tournament's wild cards in the next day or so.


One of the ISC champions pictured in the article is CiCi Bellis, who won the title last year, and has made an impressive transition to the next level. Ranked outside the WTA Top 1000 last year, Bellis is now at 211, and her win today in the first round of the Miami Open will move her even higher.  Bellis, who turns 16 next month, defeated 18-year-old Indy de Vroome of the Netherlands, a fellow wild card, 6-2, 6-2, and will play No. 29 seed Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the second round. Diyas, you may recall, defeated Bellis in the second round of the US Open last year 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.

Paula Badosa Gibert, a 17-year-old wild card from Spain, also picked up a win in Miami, defeating Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-1.

In qualifying, Irina Falconi and Austin Krajicek reached the main draw, as did 2012 World Junior Champion Alexander Zverev of Germany, who will be 18 next month.

Draws are available here.

New ITA team and individual rankings are out and while Oklahoma retains the top spot in the men's team rankings, the individual singles and the women's team have new No. 1s.

ITA Indoor champion and previous No. 1 North Carolina has still not lost a match, but Southern Cal, which has two losses (to Virginia and UCLA), has overtaken them and is now No. 1.  It is the first time USC has been ranked No. 1 since 2003, with their wins over Cal and Stanford this week moving them past the Tar Heels.

The women's Top 10:
1. Southern Cal
2. North Carolina
3. Cal
4. UCLA
5. Florida
6. Georgia
7. Baylor
8. Virginia
9. Alabama
10. Vanderbilt

In the women's individual rankings, Robin Anderson of UCLA has taken over the top spot, replacing Meagan Manasse of Cal.

The women's singles Top 10:
1. Robin Anderson, UCLA
2. Maegan Manasse, Cal
3. Julia Elbaba, Virginia
4. Carol Zhao, Stanford
5. Brooke Austin, Florida
6. Stephanie Wagner, Miami
7. Josie Kuhlman, Florida
8. Lauren Herring, Georgia
9. Jamie Loeb, North Carolina
10. Lorraine Guillermo, Pepperdine

Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips of UCLA have retaken the No. 1 position in doubles, which they held in the first rankings of the year.

The Oklahoma men have solidified their hold on the No. 1 spot, as they continue to collect ranked wins, with two this weekend at the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge.

The men's Top 10:
1. Oklahoma
2. Baylor
3. Illinois
4. Duke
5. Georgia
6. Southern Cal
7. Texas
8. Virginia
9. Texas A&M
10. TCU

In the individual rankings, Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas has earned the No. 1 ranking, with the senior from Denmark undefeated in dual matches this year.

The men's singles Top 10:
 1. Soren Hess-Olesen, Texas
2. Axel Alvarez, Oklahoma
3. Julian Lenz, Baylor
4. Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA
5. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer, Louisville
6. Ryan Shane, Virginia
7. Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt
8. Romain Bogaerts, Wake Forest
9. Yannick Hanfmann, Southern Cal
10. Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia

There's a new team atop the men's doubles rankings, with Austin Smith and Ben Wagland of Georgia taking the No. 1 spot this week.

Links to the complete rankings can be found at the ITA website.

For more on the men's rankings, see College Tennis Today.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Neel Gets Top 100 Win in Miami Open Qualifying; Clark Wins Second Straight ITF Title; California ITF Junior Circuit Gets Underway in Claremont

The two US juniors in qualifying today at the Miami Open had dramatically different results, with Ingrid Neel shocking No. 7 seed and WTA 85 Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-1, 6-2, while Michael Mmoh lost to No. 21 seed Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-1, 6-2.

The 16-year-old Neel, who reached the Orange Bowl final as a qualifier back in December, has a $10,000 Pro Circuit title on her resume, but she had never won a main draw match above that level before today. 

The third IMG Academy junior with a wild card, Fanni Stollar of Hungary, had a tough turnaround after playing in the singles final in the Orlando $10K yesterday. The 16-year-old played her first round of qualifying against No. 18 seed Irina Falconi, who prevailed 6-0, 7-6(0).  In addition to Neel and Falconi, Austin Krajicek, Chase Buchanan and Grace Min also won their opening matches in qualifying.  Draws, including the men's singles, which was released today, are available here.

Play in the women's main draw begins on Tuesday, with CiCi Bellis taking on fellow wild card Indy de Vroome of the Netherlands.  Shelby Rogers and Madison Brengle will also play their first round matches on Tuesday, against Monica Niculescu of Romania and Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia, respectively. Tuesday's WTA schedule is available here.

I covered the Grade A in Brazil in yesterday's post, but that leaves lots of other junior results to mention today.  Before I get into that, congratulations are in order for Usue Arconada and William Blumberg, who have reached career-highs in the ITF junior rankings. Arconada is up to No. 8 with her back-to-back titles, and Blumberg has climbed to No. 15 with his appearance in the Grade A final.

Americans swept the singles titles in the ITF Grade 4 in Panama.  Zeke Clark, who won the Grade 3 in Costa Rica last week, was seeded No. 3 this week, and he again beat an American in the final, this time unseeded Johnathan Small 6-0, 6-4.  The girls singles title went to Amanda Meyer, the No. 4 seed, who beat No. 6 seed Ali Collins of Great Britain 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the final.  Collins and compatriot Francesca Jones, the No. 4 seeds, won the doubles title over Meyer and Anna Dollar, the No. 2 seeds, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.

At the Grade 1 in Croatia, Alex Molcan of Slovakia swept the boys titles, but there's some confusion about who won the girls title.  No. 3 seed Molcan defeated top seed Mikael Ymer of Sweden 7-6(3), 6-3 in the singles final, and partnered Hubert Hurkacz of Poland to take the doubles title, with the No. 2 seeds beating No. 5 seeds Nicolae Frunza of Romania and Vitalii Shcherba of Ukraine 6-2, 6-3.

The ITF's tournament home page gives Aleksandra Pospelova of Russia as the winner of the girls singles and doubles, but the actual draw shows No. 4 seed Pospelova losing to No. 3 seed Miriam Kolodziejova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 in the singles final. Kolodziejova received the winners points in the current rankings, so I'm assuming she is the champion, especially since a kind person on twitter confirmed there was mention of Kolodziejova's win in the Czech media.  Top seeds Pospelova and Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia won the doubles, beating No. 6 seeds Georgia Cracium and Oana Gavrila of Romania 6-0, 2-6, 10-7.

At the ITF Grade 1 in Malaysia, another Czech girl took the title, 15-year-old Lucie Kankova.  Seeded No. 16, Kankova beat top seed Naiktha Bains of Australia, as well as the No. 7 and No. 9 seeds, then collected her first Grade 1 title in her first Grade 1 appearance when No. 5 seed Olivia Tjandramulia of Australia retired at 6-2, 6-7(5), 2-2 in the final. Kankova won two Grade 4s last year.  The boys title went to No. 4 seed Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam, who won his first Grade 1 title with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over No. 2 seed Chan-Yeong Oh of Korea.  Ly also won the doubles title, partnering Alberto Lim of the Philippines for a 7-6(4), 6-2 win over Hao Wu and Yibing Wu of China.  Bains and Tjandramulia won an all-Australian girls doubles final, beating Petra Hule and Maddison Inglis 6-3, 6-2.

The three-tournament ITF Junior California swing is underway, with the Grade 4 in Claremont this week, followed by the ITF Grade 1 in Carson and the ITF Grade B1 Closed at the Easter Bowl.  I'll have a look back at the first 10 years of the International Spring Championships in Carson tomorrow for the Tennis Recruiting Network, and I'll be covering it and the Easter Bowl in person for the eleventh straight year.

This week in Claremont, Mia Horvit is the top girls seed and Alexey Nesterov of Russia is the No. 1 boys seed.  Draws and the order of play can be found here.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tiafoe, Liu Win Pro Circuit Titles; Arconada Claims Grade A Singles Championship in Brazil; Oklahoma Tops Baylor for BNP Collegiate Challenge Title; Miami Open Draws

Because Francis Tiafoe has been playing in Bakersfield, California, and often in night matches, he hasn't been mentioned much here this week, but after his 6-1, 6-2 destruction of Maxime Tabatruong of France in the $15,000 Futures final today, he's earned the spotlight.

A wild card, the 17-year-old from Maryland beat former college players Raymond Sarmiento(USC) and Andre Dome(Cal Poly) in three setters in the first two rounds, then took out No. 3 seed Darian King of Barbados in the quarterfinals and former Southern Cal star Emilio Gomez, the No. 8 seed, in the semifinals.  Against Tabatruong, who played at UCLA, Tiafoe dominated, facing only one break point, which he lost. It was over in less than an hour, his first Futures title secure. He is 18-4 in professional events this year(including qualifying), with three Futures losses to Benjamin Balleret of Monaco and a loss to Filip Krajinovic of Serbia in Memphis qualifying.

He received a special exemption into the $15,000 Futures tournament in Calabasas this week, as did Tabatruong.  Wild cards went to Taylor Fritz, Clay Thompson, who won the wild card tournament and Tommy Paul. A three-star high school sophomore, Keanu Ellen of Hawaii, received the fourth main draw wild card.

In the Bakersfield doubles final, No. 2 seeds King and Sekou Bangoura defeated top seeds Mitchell Krueger and Connor Smith 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.

Claire Liu earned her first main draw win in professional tournament this week and the 14-year-old just kept on going, taking four more and the title at the $10,000 Pro Circuit event in Orlando.  Liu had qualified for two $25,000 events, last fall in Florence and last month in Surprise, so this run is not a shocker, but she did not lose a set in the tournament, beating even top seed and WTA 241 Irina Khromacheva of Russia in straight sets.

In today's final, against 16-year-old qualifier Fanni Stollar of Hungary, Liu was equally impressive, taking a 6-1, 6-3 decision. After not facing a break point in the opening set, Liu was broken to start the second, but she immediately broke back, collected another break in the sixth game and secured the title.

According to USTA Player Development, Liu, who trains at the Carson Headquarters, is the youngest women's Pro Circuit winner at 14 years and 10 months, since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

It's not often a Grade A title gets third billing, but on such a spectacular day for young US players, Usue Arconada's win at the Campeonato Internacional in Porto Alegre, Brazil shouldn't be overlooked.

The third-seeded Arconada, who won the Banana Bowl last week, defeated top seed Julieta Estable of Argentina 6-2, 6-4 to claim her first Grade A title.

Estable had all kinds of trouble with her serve, failing to earn a game point on it in the first set, with both her games coming while returning.  She broke Arconada to start the second set, but was broken for the fifth straight time in the next game. It wasn't until the sixth game of the second set when she had a game point on her own serve to get to within 4-2, but that was her only service hold in the match, which ended with four consecutive breaks.

The 16-year-old Arconada, who, like Tiafoe, trains at the Junior Tennis Champions Center, is 15-1 this year in Grade 1 and Grade A ITF junior events and she also has a $10,000 title to her credit this year.

Top seed Orlando Luz of Brazil defended his title, defeating No. 6 seed William Blumberg 6-3, 6-4 in the final.  Blumberg's serve, usually an important tool for him, was unable to produce any free points or even set up any points, and he did not take advantage of the early opportunities Luz gave him to break.  Down an early break in the second set, Blumberg got it back and had a 4-3 lead, but two backhand errors in his next service game gave Luz a chance to serve out the match, and he did, at love.

In the final of the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge in Indian Wells, No. 1 Oklahoma defeated No. 3 Baylor for the second time in a month, this time by a 4-1 score.  Once Baylor lost the doubles point, it was going to be rough sledding for them, and Oklahoma proved too good in singles, with only Julian Lenz, at No. 1, able to earn a point for the Bears.

In another big men's match today, No. 6 Duke came from behind to defeat No. 12 Wake Forest 4-3, with Nicolas Alvarez clinching it by virtue of a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Noah Rubin at No. 1.

The No. 24 Duke women also claimed an important win at home today, defeating No. 8 Virginia 4-3.

Both men's and women's qualifying for the Miami Open begins Monday, with Michael Mmoh taking on Alejandro Falla of Colombia at 10 a.m.  The complete order of play is here.  The women's draw has been released, and CiCi Bellis has drawn fellow teen wild card Indy de Vroome as her first round opponent.  Draws are available here.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Arconada and Blumberg into Grade A Final in Brazil; Liu Beats Top Seed, Reaches Final in Orlando $10K; USC Women Beat Cal, Men Fall to Baylor; UCLA Women Top Stanford


Usue Arconada and William Blumberg will face the top seeds in Sunday's final of the ITF Grade A Campeonato Internacional in Porto Alegre, Brazil after tough three-set wins over Australians.

Although the stadium court matches are streamed at the tournament website, the Americans were not featured today in singles, with Brazilian players in the other semifinals, so I can't offer any insight into the matches.  Arconada, the No. 3 seed and the champion at last week's Banana Bowl, defeated No. 2 seed Seone Mendez 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1, while No. 6 seed Blumberg downed unseeded Alex Di Minaur 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Blumberg will play No. 1 seed and defending champion Orlando Luz of Brazil, who also found himself in a close match against No. 10 seed Manuel Pena Lopez of Argentina, but survived 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4.  Arconada meets No. 1 seed Juliet Estable of Argentina who escaped against No. 4 seed Luisa Stefani of Brazil 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 after Stefani served for the match at 6-5 in the second set.

Neither finalist has played the other before in ITF junior competition.

Francesca Di Lorenzo took the doubles title with partner Stefani, with the No. 3 seeds beating No. 4 seed Arconada and Emilie Francati of Denmark 6-2, 6-1. Di Lorenzo and Stefani, who won the Grade 1 Banana Bowl last week, didn't lose a set in their five victories.  The boys doubles title went to No. 6 seeds Felipe Cunha Silva of Portugal and Alejandro Tabilo of Canada, who beat top seeds Luz and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5.


At the $10,000 Women's Pro Circuit tournament in Orlando, 14-year-old Claire Liu upset top seed Irina Khromacheva of Russia 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the final, where she'll meet 16-year-old qualifier Fanni Stollar.

Liu held serve to take a 6-5 lead in the first set, then immediately got three set points  with Khromacheva, a 19-year-old left-hander, falling behind 0-40.  Khromacheva got it back to deuce, but Liu converted on her fourth set point.  Serving up 4-2 in the second set, Liu faced her only break point of the set, but she fought it off, held, then broke Khromacheva at 30-40 to take the match.

Stollar, 16, defeated wild card Raveena Kingsley 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(2), saving two match points with Kingsley serving at 5-4, 40-15 in the third set.  The 16-year-old Kingsley was a point from going down 4-0 in the final set, but fought back to win five straight games, only to fall a point short of a rematch of the 2014 Pan American Closed final against Liu.  It's the first singles final on the professional circuit for either player.

In doubles, Stollar and Ingrid Neel won their second straight championship, defeating No. 4 seeds Katerina Kramperova of the Czech Republic and Katerina Stewart 6-3, 7-6(4). The unseeded Stollar and Neel, who won the doubles title last week in Gainesville, did not lose a set in their four matches.

The semifinals in the $15,000 Bakersfield Futures is just underway, with wild card Francis Tiafoe playing No. 8 seed Emilio Gomez of Ecuador and qualifier Connor Farren taking on Maxime Trabatruong of France.

The seventh-ranked Southern California women got a big home win today in Pac-12 play, defeating No. 3 Cal 4-3, with Meredith Xepoleas beating NCAA finalist Lynn Chi 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-3 at line 6 to clinch. It was Chi's first dual match of the year.

In the other important Pac-12 women's battle in Los Angeles today, No. 5 UCLA defeated No. 10 Stanford 5-2, with Kristin Wiley getting the clinch for the Bruins at line 6.

At the Oracle Collegiate Challenge at the BNP Paribas Open, No. 3 Baylor defeated the No. 4 Southern Cal men 4-3, with Julian Lenz clinching the victory at line 1 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Yannick Hanfmann.

Baylor will play No. 1 Oklahoma in the final, after the Sooners escaped the Columbia challenge 4-2Oklahoma defeated Baylor 4-2 in the semifinals of the National Team Indoor last month.