Week two of college tennis is well behind us, the majority of the top-ranked schools having at least one match under their belts at this point.
While teams were battling to represent their schools here in the states, several former athletes were fighting down under in the main draw of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.
Jennifer Brady, former UCLA Bruin ('13-'15), entered the fourth round of the tournament while Nicole Gibbs, former Stanford Cardinal, fell to Serena Williams in a stunning performance. Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech), John Isner (UGA), Noah Rubin (Wake Forest), and Steve Johnson (USC) were all into the main draw of this event as well but lost in earlier rounds.
HERO takes a look at some of the highlights from the action around the country.
According to SMU Athletics, Ronald Slobodchikov, a junior, beat the No. 3 ranked singles player in the country to seal the Mustangs' victory and earn head coach Carl Neufeld his 400th win at SMU. Other wins in the victory came from Hunter Johnson (RS-senior), Markus Kerner (senior) and Samm Butler (RS-junior). The Mustangs dropped the doubles point and trailed 0-1 heading into singles play.
— SMU Men's Tennis (@SMUTennisM) January 21, 2017
Mitchell Pritchard earned the first point towards the Golden Hurricane's win after he had to take last year off due to surgery, according to Tulsa Athletics. Tulsa is now 4-1 overall after defeating then No. 4 team in the country. Tulsa took over the first point after doubles play and then went on to claim No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 singles to decide the day. This match proved the Longhorns' first loss of the season, bringing their record to 3-1.
In Auburn's first match of the season and head coach Bobby Reynold's first time on the courts, they won a tight match against UCF. The match saw rivaled play between the two strong teams, but Auburn's Carles Sarrio (freshman), Edward Nguyen (junior), and Brandon Laubser (sophomore) secured the final three points after doubles. Auburn faces Georgia State in their next match on Jan. 27.
— Auburn Men's Tennis (@AuburnMTennis) January 22, 2017
No. 2 Wake Forest def. No. 12 Oklahoma 7-0 (D1 Men's)
On Jan. 21, Wake Forest utilized their home court advantage to sweep a top 20 ranked team of Oklahoma. The No. 1 doubles team in the country of Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim started off the run of the match with a 6-3 win. The No. 1 singles match came down to a third-set tiebreak where Petros Chrysochos came out victorious by a score of 3-6, 7-6(4), 1-0(8).
No. 2 UNC def. UNC Greensboro 7-0 (D1 Women's)
The No. 2 team in the country shutout in-state foe Greensboro over the weekend, showing their talent throughout the entire lineup. Earlier in the day, the Tarheels also defeated Ball State by a score of 7-0, earning them a 2-0 record thus far. No. 1 singles player Hayley Carter dropped only one game in both matches combined. Rachael Baker-James saw her place in the lineup against Ball State at No. 5 singles, where she claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win.
No. 23 Virginia def. Boston College 4-3 (D1 Women's)
Virginia claimed the victory against ACC rival BC on their home courts in their first match of the season with a match clinch from freshman Hunter Bleser on court 6. The Cavaliers claimed the lead 1-0 after doubles play and continued rolling through in singles. Boston College fought back to earn three notable wins in singles, but Virginia ultimately earned the W. Their next match will be on Jan. 28 against Ole Miss.
Tennessee def. Middle Tennessee 4-0 (D1 Women's)
The Vols took out in-state team Middle Tennessee this weekend on their own courts. Earlier in the day, they also beat out Air Force to begin the season with two victories. Tennessee claimed every match of the doubleheader except for the lone win of Air Force's TJ Fumagalli, who knocked off Eve Repic 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. The Vols have a 3-0 overall record due to their win over Wake Forest the following day on Jan. 22.