In the midst of the spring season, spring break trips commenced and dual matches continued. Teams have started playing against their conference opponents, which are shaping up to be competitive and telling matches throughout all divisions. With some key upsets among this weekend's matches, we're pinpointing a few of those scores below that captured our attention. Do you have an underdog team you're pulling for this year, or will the top ranked teams prevail come May?
No. 46 Tennessee def. No. 37 Mississippi 4-3 (DI Men)
In what looked like a positive start for Ole Miss ended in a clinch by the Vols for an SEC victory this weekend. Ole Miss started off 1-0 after doubles before Tennessee rallied back from behind. Securing W's on courts 1-4, the top of the lineup held their own in this decisive match-up. Giving the team a 1-3 record in the conference and a 9-7 overall record, the Vols look towards another SEC rival in UGA on 3/19.
The Cardinal took an early 1-0 doubles lead after a battle of the three duos. Heading into singles with the momentum, the men bounced on courts 1, 5 and 6 to secure their necessary four points. In a clinch on court 5, Stanford rolled over yet another ranked opponent; they recently also defeated No. 6 California 4-3 but fell to No. 31 TCU on Saturday, Ahead for the Cardinal will be Illinois on March 27. They now hold an 8-4 overall record and are 1-0 in conference play.
Pennsylvania def. No. 36 Florida State 5-2 (DI Women)
During their south-bound spring break road trip, Penn faced off against FSU and upset the Seminoles on Sunday. Evening up their overall record to 6-6, the Quakers controlled five of the six singles courts in the last match of the weekend. Victories fell on courts 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 for singles although FSU took the doubles point via courts 1 and 3. Next up for Penn will be their final non-conference match at home against St. Johns on 3/18.
No. 28 UCLA def. No. 12 California 4-3 (DI Women)
In a thrilled on Saturday, UCLA defeated in-state rival Cal following a clinch on court 6 in a grind of three sets. This Pac-12 match displayed classic battles out west, with three set matches occurring on three of the six singles courts. Doubles fell in the favor of the Bruins before the Bears bounced back in singles play, evening the match at 3-3 before the final point of the day. UCLA now holds a 1-1 conference record and a 7-5 overall record. They're ready to match-up against Oregon on 3/17 in their upcoming away match.
Wiley does it! She comes back to defeat Lin 6-4 in the third! Bruins defeat Bears, 4-3! pic.twitter.com/vg6BBhqFlx
— UCLA Women's Tennis (@uclawtennis) March 11, 2017
No. 5 Valdosta State def. No. 3 Armstrong State 5-4 (DII Men)
The Blazers improved their overall record to 5-4 after this weekend's upset over the Pirates on their home courts. Valdosta took over the doubles points and rolled through singles in a competitive manner. They took a 4-1 lead after several straight set wins. Armstrong State did not fall without a fight, however, as courts 6 and 5 brought back some points on their side. Ultimately ending in the Blazor's favor, they will look ahead to more March matches, along with ASU, who fell to an 11-3 overall record after this loss.
No. 6 Barry University def. No. 1 Armstrong State 5-1 (DII Women)
Knocking out the defending NCAA DII champions this weekend, the Barry Buccaneers blazed the trail to a notable upset at Armstrong's own facility. Prior to singles play, Barry lead 2-1 after some hard-fought doubles play. Improving the Buccaneers' record to a solid 11-0 record on the season (now 13-0 after two more weekend W's), they took home wins on courts 2, 3 and 5. Next up for the undefeated women will be Auburn Montgomery on 3/16 in Miami during their spring break trip.