Amidst a weekend full of twists and turns in Super Bowl 51, the college tennis world rang in February with some of their own intense competition.
Let's take a look at some standout matches from the first weekend in February.
No. 1 Virginia def. Vanderbilt 4-3
In their first match of the spring season as reigning NCAA D1 champions, UVA's men's tennis took a commanding lead on the season and ended the weekend 3-0. Their first win of the weekend came in a thriller against Vanderbilt, where Henrik Wiersholm clinched the win at No. 6 singles. Looking ahead, the Cavaliers took on No. 15 Kentucky where another bail-biter of a match commenced on the road. With a 4-3 victory, UVA faced off against ACC rival Louisville in their final road trip match up. They ended the weekend by picking up a 7-0 win and taking their undefeated record home to Charlottesville.
— Virginia Tennis (@UVAMensTennis) February 5, 2017
In a brutal PAC 12/SEC Showdown in Gainseville, UCLA topped UGA by taking the early doubles lead and maintaining momentum. The Bruins took the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 slots to secure the match. Following the battle against the Bulldogs, the UCLA fell the host-team Florida by a score of 4-2, their first loss in 2017. UCLA heads to Tulsa next week..
No. 1 Florida def. No. 3 Pepperdine 5-2
With a key clinch over Pepperdine, the Gators secured a 3-0 season record and earned Head Coach Roland Thornqvist his 450th win in his 21-year coaching tenure. He has notched a 375-47 record in Gainesville, while holding a 450-97 coaching record overall – props! With singles tiebreaks on four of the six courts, the Gators proved themselves to be the tougher contender this weekend. Victories came from No. 3-6 singles. Next up will be 2017 DI ITA National Team Indoor Championships from Feb. 10-13, 2017.
— Gator Women's Tennis (@GatorsWTN) February 5, 2017
No. 8 California def. San Diego State 7-0
Cal improved their record to an impressive 3-0 this weekend, which included their decisive win against in-state foe SDSU. The host team moved their overall record to 3-3. Claiming wins on the weekend were No. 17 Karla Popovic, Denise Starr, Olivia Hauger, Maya Jansen, Maria Smith, and Stephane Lin (No. 1-6 singles.) In doubles form, Jansen/Maegen Manesse, Hauger/Popovic, and Alexis Nelson/ Starr claimed the W as well. Next on the Bears' schedule will be the 2017 ITA DI National Women's Indoor Championships, where they will look to defend their 2016 crown.