In the midst of spring tennis, dual matches continued and conference matches commenced, leaving results that can certainly take teams through to this tough March Madness of college tennis. Here's a look at how the top 5 teams from each division performed in their most recent matches, along with a few stand-out matches laid out below. (Note: D3 rankings roll out March 2.)
1. Virginia def. UNC 4-0; def. Ohio State 4-1
2. Ohio State def. Wake Forest 4-3; lost to Virginia 1-4
3. Wake Forest def. Tennessee 6-1
4. UNC def. California 4-2; lost to Virginia 0-4
5. Oklahoma def. Tulsa 7-0
1. Florida def. No. 6 Oklahoma State 4-2; def. 5 Stanford 4-1
2. Ohio State def. Miami 4-0; def. Baylor 4-0
3. UNC def. Appalachian State 6-1; def. South Carolina 4-1
4. Michigan fell to Ohio State 5-1; def. Baylor 7-0
5. Texas Tech def. Alabama 4-0; loss to Auburn 2-4
1. Hawaii Pacific fell to UC San Diego 4-5; def. Hawaii, Hilo 7-2
2. St. Leo def. St. Thomas University 9-0
3. Armstrong State def. Francis Marion 7-2; def. Augusta 9-0
4. Lander def. Georgia Southwestern 9-0; def. Georgia College 8-1
5. Valdosta State fell to West Florida 2-7
1. Armstrong State def. Francis Marion 9-0; def. Augusta 8-1
2. BYU Hawaii def. Chaminade 9-0; def. Hawaii, Hilo 9-0
3. Lynn def. Armstrong State 5-1; def. SCAD 7-2
4. St. Leo def. St. Thomas University 9-0
5. Hawaii Pacific def. Sonoma State 6-3; def. Hawaii, Hilo 9-0
No. 39 South Florida def. No. 40 Pepperdine 4-2 (D1 Men)
No. 83 Alberto Barroso-Campos clinched the match for the Bulls in an upset this weekend. He now holds a 5-2 singles record. Throughout the match, the Bulls dropped the doubles point and entered singles play 0-1. In singles play, the remaining three points came from courts 1, 4 and 5, leaving court 6 unfinished. Up next for the men will be Michigan State this weekend on Saturday, March 4.
No. 46 Rice def. No. 16 South Carolina 4-2 (DI Men)
With their win over the Gamecocks, the Rice Owls took the 69th Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Crown this weekend. This was the first meeting of these teams since 2003. Rice took the early lead after doubles on court 1 and 2 and kept the success coming. Wins came decisively at courts 2, 3 and 5, giving the Owls the ultimate advantage. After this trophy, Rice moves to 9-4 overall and looks ahead to Abilene Christian for their home opener.
No. 25 Stanford def. No. 7 Vanderbilt 4-3 (DI Women)
Moving to an overall 5-1, Stanford upset Vanderbilt in professional fashion this weekend, with the depth of the roster assisting the Cardinal. They started off with the doubles point and entered singles with the momentum. Singles proved to be a challenge, as each court remained close, but victories on courts 3, 5 and 6. With this close clinch, Stanford seeks to improve their record this weekend against Fresno State at home while the Commodores face the test of Tennessee and Georgia during the first weekend of March.
What started as a battle for the Blue Devils ended in a closely contested victory by Duke to roll to a solid 6-3 overall (5-0 at home.) TCU took the doubles point and kept the momentum alive early-on in singles. Taking wins away from the women, it seemed at the Horned Frogs had the match under their belt. Courts 1 through 4 proved to be the deciding factors in a 4-3 victory ending in Duke's favor. Two of these matches ended in three sets, proving to be yet another tight match for the Blue Devils. Up next for the women will be Florida Gulf Coast on March 15, leaving them with a nice break to recover from such tough competition.