Monday, January 27, 2014

Colleges experiment with shorter format

   College teams are experimenting with a shorter format this month and next.
   NCAA Division I men's and women's teams will use the format for all dual matches, unless both coaches agree otherwise, through the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The women's tournament is scheduled for Feb. 7-10 in Charlottesville, Va., and the men's for Feb. 14-17 in Houston.
   "As we continue in our quest to enhance the status and attendance of college tennis, I am excited to try new formats this year," Roland Thornqvist, the coach of the second-ranked Florida women, said in a news release. "I expect them to be both shorter as well as more exciting for the fans.
   "I'm encouraged by the college tennis community's commitment to increase market share in what is a very competitive sports landscape and am convinced format change is paramount."
   Here are the details:
   --The dual meet will consist of three doubles matches played first (worth a total of one point), followed by six singles matches, each individual match worth one point. Four points are required to win the team match.
   --The three doubles matches will each consist of one set to 6, with no-ad scoring and a tiebreaker at 5-5. Once a team has won two doubles matches, the remaining doubles match shall not be completed.
   --Six singles matches will follow the doubles. Each singles match is two out of three sets, with each set using no-ad scoring and a tiebreaker at 5-5 in each set.
   --All singles matches will be played to completion unless both coaches agree to do otherwise.
   --There will be no warmup against opponents before the first point is played in doubles and singles. Players will be expected to warm up with their own team prior to  the scheduled match time.
   No. 3 Georgia def. No. 40 Stanford 4-1 in Athens, Ga. No. 1 singles: No. 21 Nathan Pasha (G) def. Daniel Ho 6-0, 6-3. Note: Stanford's No. 1 singles player, John Morrissey, did not play for undisclosed reasons. Team records: Georgia 2-0, Stanford 2-1.
   No. 16 Cal def. No. 12 Pepperdine 4-2 in Malibu. No. 1 singles: No. 33 Alex Sarkissian (P) def. Ben McLachlan 6-2, 6-1. Clinching match: Filip Bergevi def. Francis Alcantara 6-4, 6-5 (7-5) at No. 3. Team records: Cal 3-0, Pepperdine 2-1.
   No. 40 Stanford def. No. 36 Washington 4-2 in Athens, Ga. No. 1 singles: Morrissey (S) def. Max Manthou 6-3, 6-5 (7-4). Clinching match: Anthony Tsodikov def. Viktor Farkas 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 at No. 5.
   No. 4 USC def. Santa Clara 4-0 in Los Angeles: No. 1 singles: No. 32 Yannick Hanfmann vs. John Lamble 6-2, 4-3, unfinished. Clinching match: Max de Vroome def. Jesse Ross 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4. Team records: USC 1-0, Santa Clara 1-1.
   Pacific def. UC Davis 6-1 in Stockton. No. 1 singles: No. 105 Sem Verbeek (P) def. Kyle Miller 6-3, 7-6 (tiebreaker score not available). Team records: Pacific 1-1, UC Davis 0-2.
   Saint Mary's def. Holy Names 6-1 in Moraga. No. 1 singles: Brook Workeneh (HN) def. Tuomas Manner 4-6, retired. Clinching match: Samuel Bloore def. Matthew Halligan 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3. Team records: Saint Mary's 3-0, Holy Names 0-1.
   No. 16 Cal def. No. 33 Alabama 4-2 in Malibu. No. 1 singles: McLachlan (C) def. No. 14 Daniil Proskura 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Clinching match: No. 85 Andre Goransson def. Saxon Buehning 6-4, 4-6, 6-5 (3). Team records: Cal 2-0, Alabama 3-1.
   USF def. UC Santa Barbara 7-0 in Santa Barbara. No. 1 singles: Thyra Taune def. Kiersten Meehan 6-1, 6-0. Team records: USF 3-0, UCSB 0-2.
   Mississippi State def. San Jose State 4-2 in College Station, Texas. No. 1 singles: Marie Klocker (SJS) vs. Georgiana Patrasc 6-4, 5-3, unfinished. Team records: Mississippi State 2-1, San Jose State 2-3.
   No. 8 Cal def. No. 43 Washington 4-0 in Berkeley. No. 1 singles: No. 26 Anett Schutting def. Elianne Douglas-Miron, abandoned. Clinching match: No. 31 Maegan Manasse def. Natalie Coronel 6-0, 6-2. Team records: Cal 2-0, Washington 3-1.
   No. 6 USC def. No. 37 Saint Mary's 4-0 in Los Angeles. No. 1 singles: No. 13 Sabrina Santamaria vs. No. 7 Jenny Jullien 4-6, 4-2, unfinished. Clinching match: Zoe Katz def. Jade Frampton 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6. Team records: USC 2-0, Saint Mary's 1-1.
   No. 66 Santa Clara def. No. 50 UNLV 4-0 in Santa Clara. No. 1 singles: No. 35 Katie Le def. Lucia Batta 6-3, 6-2. Clinching match: Delphine Rouvillois def. Iren Kotseva 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4. Team records: Santa Clara 1-1, UNLV 0-2.
   DePaul def. No. 68 San Jose State 4-1 in College Station, Texas. No. 1 singles: Patricia Fargas (D) vs. Sabastiani Leon Chao 6-4, 3-2, unfinished. Clinching match: Rebeca Metrea def. Justine Deleval 6-1, 3-6 [10-3]. Team records: DePaul 1-0, San Jose State 2-2.
   USF def. Cal Poly 5-2 in San Luis Obispo. No. 1 singles: Taune (USF) def. Jennifer Cornea 6-2, 6-4. Team records: USF 3-0, Cal Poly 0-1.
   UC Davis def. Pacific 4-3 in Stockton. No. 1 singles: Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. Iveta Masarova 6-1, 6-0. Team records: UC Davis 1-1, Pacific 0-1.
   No. 1 Stanford def. UC Davis 7-0 at Stanford. No. 1 singles: No. 6 Kristie Ahn def. Heneghan 6-3, 6-0. Clinching match: No. 94 Ellen Tsay def. Melissa Kobayakawa 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4. Notes: Stanford earned its 900th victory in program history. ... UC Davis coach Bill Maze returned to his alma mater. He played doubles with John McEnroe for the Cardinal in 1977-78. Team records: Stanford 1-0, UC Davis 0-1.   
   No. 8 Cal def. No. 66 Santa Clara 4-0 in Berkeley. No. 1 singles: No. 26 Schutting vs. No. 35 Le, abandoned. Clinching match: No. 95 Lynn Chi def. Daniella Silva 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 3. Team records: Cal 1-0, Santa Clara 0-1.
   No. 37 Saint Mary's def. No. 58 Utah 4-2 in Los Angeles. No. 1 singles: No. 7 Jullien def. No. 107 Tereza Bekerova 6-3, 6-1. Clinching match: Catherine Leduc def. Paige Miles 3-6, 7-5 [10-6] at No. 5. Team records: Saint Mary's 1-0, Utah 0-1.

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