What To Watch – March 11-13
If you have some free time around lunchtime on Saturday afternoon there will be plenty of high-end college tennis action to fulfill your needs. Two of the three featured men’s matches will take place at noon local time, both in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Fourth-ranked Virginia (10-2) heads to Tulsa this week to face No. 13 Oklahoma (7-5) in a neutral site match. The Cavaliers are coming off a weekend sweep of Louisville and No. 39 Virginia Tech while the Sooners came up short last Sunday against No. 2 Ohio State. This will be a rematch of last year’s NCAA Championship Final which Virginia won 4-1.
USC (7-3), ranked No. 15, heads to the site of this year’s NCAA Championships to meet No. 26 Tulsa (7-5). A year ago Tulsa pulled off one of the big stunners of all-time when it went to Los Angeles and beat then No. 1 USC 4-3. The teams met again three weeks later in Indian Wells with USC reversing its fortunes and blanking Tulsa 4-0. USC last played a week and a half ago when it fell to No. 6 UCLA while Tulsa is coming off a loss to No. 37 SMU.
Seventh-ranked Texas A&M (14-3) goes to Oxford to face No. 22 Ole Miss (6-3). The Aggies are coming off a tough 4-3 win over No. 25 Florida in a match that was decided in a third set tiebreak while the Rebels won at No. 72 Tennessee before falling 4-3 at No. 12 Kentucky. The last time these two met in Oxford, back in 2014, it was then No. 53 Ole Miss stunning then No. 10 Texas A&M 4-3 in Billy Chadwick’s final SEC home match before retiring.
Six-ranked Michigan (7-3) hits the road for its third straight match as it goes to No. 10 Virginia (8-4). The Wolverines won at No. 51 Baylor last week before losing at No. 32 Texas while the Cavaliers defeated No. 42 Clemson before falling to No. 4 North Carolina. This will be the fourth all-time meeting with Virginia leading 2-1 after winning the last head-to-head meeting back in March 2014.
Florida (7-2), ranked No. 18, welcomes in No. 5 Vanderbilt (8-2) in a big early season conference match. The Gators opened up SEC play last week by defeating No. 33 Arkansas and No. 60 Missouri while the Commodores got past No. 19 Kentucky. Vanderbilt swept Florida last season by winning in Nashville, at the conference tournament in Columbia, South Carolina, and at the NCAA tournament in Waco, Texas.
Top-ranked California (12-0), who hasn’t lost since last May, welcomes in #25 UCLA (9-3) on Friday afternoon. The Bears are coming off road wins at No. 59 Arizona and No. 26 Arizona State while the Bruins swept No. 49 Washington and No. 69 Washington State at home. Cal has won four straight in the series including a 5-2 at UCLA back on February 20.
Make sure you follow each of these matches at the provided live scoring links and follow me on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
If you want to read my thoughts and predictions on this weekends action you can head over to my site College Tennis Today.
Men’s Live Scoring/Updates
No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 13 Oklahoma – Saturday – 12 p.m. CT – Live Scoring/Video http://streamingtennis.com/Tulsa/dual.html
No. 15 USC at No. 26 Tulsa – Saturday – 12 p.m. CT – Live Scoring/Video http://streamingtennis.com/Tulsa/dual.html
No. 7 Texas A&M at No. 22 Ole Miss - Sunday - 1 p.m. CT - Live Scoring http://www.olemisssports.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm
Women’s Live Scoring/Updates
No. 25 UCLA at No. 1 California – Friday - 1:30 p.m. PT – Scoring https://twitter.com/CalWomensTennis Video http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=208646366
No. 6 Michigan at No. 10 Virginia – Saturday – 12 p.m. ET – Live Scoring/Video http://www.virginiasports.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/va-w-tennis-live-stats.html
No. 5 Vanderbilt at No. 18 Florida – Saturday – 1 p.m. ET – Live Scoring - http://www.sidearmstats.com/florida/wten/xlive.htm Video http://floridagators.com/watch/?Live=234