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  1. Vicious Vik

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    why did it take you so long to report on the match? are you actually going to these or getting info from others?
     
  2. Clemson_tennis

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    Texas has a nice facility which is right in the heart of their campus. Football and basketball can be scene in the distance (lots of Kansas fans milling about today waiting for basketball some came and checked out men's college tennis since their school does not have a men's team).
    The tennis courts are laid out into two sets of 3 which you can go back and worth and watch.


    Doubles was very tight today and Alabama could have easily taken it, but Becker did not play his best on court 2 and gave Texas a few free points. Soren had a letdown of his own on court one during court 1s doubles tiebreak which almost gave Bama the win their (they stopped at 6-4 Bama up). Court 3 was the difference as Texas was able to stave off a late Alabama rally.

    Singles:

    1: Soren Hess-Olesen led Daniil Proskura 6-4 1-2
    I know they are twins but it's insane how similar Soren is to Esben. They look very much the same and have the same on court mannerisms (which is always kinda sulky never really getting that positive). He plays a bit more controlled than Esben and does not go for as many reckless winners which probably explains his more consistent resume. Proskura likes to play aggressive and goes for close to line ***** with his lefty forehand. SHO kept Proskura off balance and Proskura ended up making quite a few bad looking errors and made some poor on court decisions for much of the 1st set. This match was probably headed Olesen's way when it was stopped unceremoniously.

    2: Lloyd Glasspool def Becker O'Shaughnessey 6-3 6-2
    I enjoyed watching this match. Glasspool is a good player to watch play. Has a big streamline serve which he moves around the box well. Hits more aces than many other college players do because of this. He is a first strike player and likes to take control early. He does not play reckless though as some players of this style tend to do. He hits with a lot of power, much of it flat and efficient. He can also come to the net at times. He had Becker uncomfortable all match and this one never looked like it was going the way of the Crimson Tide. I had a video of Glasspool closing out the match I will upload.

    3. George Goldhoff led Nikko Madregallejo 6-4 3-1
    These two played a very similar style but Goldhoff had more firepower overall. Scrappy player who likes to move a lot around the court and can hit shots from everywhere. I didn't see a ton of this match but it looked like Goldhoff was pretty much in control.

    4: Adrien Berkowicz def Saxon Buehning 6-1 6-1
    Berkowicz is such a weird player, it's like you want to keep watching. He has aesthetically awful looking movement but functionally it's not bad. he appears to be lanky and unathletic and yet you see winners flying by the other player. His lank and range allows for him to re-direct shots to any part of the court Buehning really had no chance in this match.

    5: Nicolas Naumann def Stuart Kenyon 6-1 6-1
    I didn't watch much of this except at the end. Naumann is pretty good at hitting shots inside the baseline and from awkward positions. Kenyon has a funky wind up and way of hitting his forehand, something Naumann was able to pick apart.

    6: David Holiner led Andrew Goodwin 6-4 4-1
    I see a couple comments above about Holiner but this was actually the match I saw the least of.I know Holiner was down 4-2 in the beginning and then dominated from there on out. The only thing I gleamed from Holiner is that he appeared to be coming to net quite a bit.


    I wish the match had been played out. It was over in less than 2 hours and there were still a decent a amount of fans left at the end who didn't look like a crowd begging for it to end on the contrary I heard a few comments about it being quick. (of course this had a lot to do with Texas walloping the Tide). I enjoyed it, looking forward to going back for some other matches and seeing how they look against other opponents.
     
  3. Clemson_tennis

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    since the match was so short I checked out the campus and Austin and then the salt lick. I'm sorry, I should have run to a computer somewhere to report immediately.
     
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    We are all going to withhold your paycheck because of that, and you owe Vik double.
     
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    I really should be getting paid for this. If I was I would do it even more in depth and more video.

    just kidding of course, slightly.
     
  6. Newcombe

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    Clemson_tennis -- greatly appreciate the report!! You mention video -- where might one view that?
     
  7. Clemson_tennis

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    I'm having issues with my account but it'll be up tonight or tomorrow. I have one of Naumann's match point and also Glasspool serving it out.
     
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    My gut tells me this Texas team is top 12 material - and depending on how well Goldhoff plays, as well as getting solir/reliable play at the #6 line, could be as high as 8-9-10.

    Curious what do you think?
     
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    I agree. They brushed aside an Alabama team that just gave Cal a very tough match like they were Troy or something. Goldhoff keeping up his level will be very important for the success for this team as you said. Holiner played at 6 today but I think Homs is the leader in the clubhouse for that permanent position but we will see. I do think Soren is susceptible at 1 against better competition which could hurt Texas. But I think this team could be as high as #8. That match with Oklahoma will be so good.
     
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    I think UT can make a push to be the #2 team in the state this year behind Baylor. As for conference, I think Baylor and OU have stronger teams on paper this year -- and they both have a shot at top 5 finishes.
     
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    Baylor probably is the best of the three but it's all very close. OU vs Texas, Oklahoma would be the favorite at 1-3 while Texas would be the heavy favorite at 5 and 6. #4 Webb vs Berkowicz and doubles would be the swing matches with Texas having to take both to win. But we have lots of tennis before that! It will be a fun season in the Big 12 for sure with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and TCU all showing improvement as well especially Okie State.
     
  12. Vicious Vik

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    why are you guys saying Baylor is the best? What have they done to prove that? And Oklahoma? Please I'm more scared of a chinchilla with a sombrero than a John Roddick coached team.

    The only concern I have about the Longhorns is.. well you guys already know what it is, but it's the only thing I can see at this point holding us back.
     
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    Has anyone seen highlights of the Rice match? I heard Tricky Nick had an amazing shot where he jumped off the back wall to hit an overhead winner. I talked to someone there who said it was the craziest shot they had seen.
     
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    Rice had them beat before cramps took down the #1 singles player. But they haven't fared well against top 25 since, so I'm not sure what to make of it.
     
  16. Vicious Vik

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    did anyone get video? Clemson? TopDawg?
     
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    The Salt Lick, in Driftwood? (I hope).

    Your really getting around this part of Texas pretty well.
     
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    You better believe it was in Driftwood. Drove on these country roads where the speed limit was 60 and to me it seemed like it should have been 45 at most. But yeah I like driving and exploring so it's cool.
     
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    Clemson - thanks for the video. Looks like SHO on the adjacent court? and Nauman next to that?

    Appreciate the analysis on an OU match up -- I'd not considered that 4-5-6 might be the keys to that dual. That makes it far more interesting because 1-2-3 are capable of upsets.
     
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    Yes that is SHO playing next to Glasspool. The one next to SHO is actually Goldhoff. the courts were set up 3,1,2. Then 5,4,6 and were on the back so Naumann is not in that video.
     
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    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152607656415031

    this young guy John Mee is heading to Texas this year.
    He got thru pre-qualis & got a spot in the maindraw at the Dallas Challenger.
    Given he had family attend Oklahoma, he seemed very complimentary about the coaching staff at Texas.
    Looks like they are gaining momentum.
     
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    Maybe Vik will cut Center some slack now for Papa going to Tulsa.
     
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    Looks like oklahoma first round of indoors
     
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    Their Facebook page says Longhorns are in the top 10
     
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    no, it doesn't matter.
    I will be looking at sending guys there though.
    Coach & programme is solid.

    I have heard only good things from 2 sources who are there and Clemson tennis has reinforced that.
     
  26. Vicious Vik

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    We will see how they do against better teams. I'll be so mad if we lose to Faiylor and Chokelahoma.
     
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    Just lost the dubs point... Damn
     
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    Lots of very pretty girls in Texas team at ITA indoors event.
     
  29. Vicious Vik

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    won 3 singles matches so far
     
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    Pretty girls in TX? In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet. :)
     
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    I got to watch the live cast today and was pretty impressed by the team. I didn't watch doubles, only the singles play.

    SHO - He's still his steady self this year. I'm glad he's healthy this year. If history repeats itself, he always gets better as the season goes. I agree that he doesn't seem like a #1 player for a Top 5-10 team but somehow he gets nice quality wins. I assume he hits a pretty heavy ball because it's not that explosive on either ends but he keeps it deep. He has a nice compact stroke and is pretty quick which seems to serve him well. Glad to see him pull off the win being down in the 2nd set.

    Glasspool - He has improved a lot since i've seen him. He's really consistent with his big game and he seems like he finally believes he's a Top 25-50 player. I like how he doesn't really panic. His serve is on point and his FH gets him a lot of quality points. I'm excited to see how he continues to develop.

    Goldhoff - This guy has a ton of potential. I saw him pretty much dominate when he was consistent. He can turn defense into offense with ease but he's just not consistent yet. He clipped a few shot on the net cord when he was up like 5-1 on the last set to lose a few games. I think if he improves his consistency, he'll be able to compete with any of the top college players. Just a freshman with great results and still a ton of upside.

    Berkowicz - He reminds of a college player Del Potro. He swings a forehand similar to Del Potro and doesn't move all that well. When he dictates the point, he likes to player corner to corner. He seems to be a very streaky player. He'll win a string of games then lose a few. If he got more first serves in, he'd be much more consistent. I believe he had some type of arthroscopic surgery on his knee during the off-season so i'm guessing he's still getting his legs under him. I expect him to get better as the season goes.

    Naumann - He's improved a bit too. He plays well on both sides and is very crafty for a college players. He can hit some nice trick shots at the baseline and at the net. You really have to play well to beat him. He seems very steady. I think he might log the most wins for Texas during the dual-match season. I wouldn't be shocked if he moved up to the #4 slot. Though I'd love to see him hit a heavier ball to move up to that spot.

    Holiner - He seems to be struggling. He's always been a good net player but his baseline game is very shaky. He didn't look confident hitting through the ball and keeping it flat. He hit a ton of short balls and a lot of loopy shots too. He definitely rushed to the net as much as he can. His swing is pretty loopy too so he gets jammed on some shots. His serve toss was a little wild. I feel bad for him because I think it's all mental. He seems to have the game to be a Ranked player and he's beaten a number of ranked players before. Although he's a big goofball, I know he's totally committed to this team and has been a huge team member on and off the court. I'd love to see this kid turn it around and play like I'd thought he'd be, but i'm also interested to see how Clement Homs is developing.
     
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    Agree with your analysis DaDave. Naumann will win a lot of points for this team at the #5 line -- he is physically and mentally strong. BTW, Texas came out flat in the doubles. Lewis and Holiner will be a good pair, but they could not get gong in that one.

    re:Holiner -- he is a great team guy, and we would all like to see him play better. He is a guy that could use a solid hour of HARD warmup prior to playing. His serve was way off in dubs, and he couldn't get it going until late in singles, by that time his opponent had a pretty good groove going.
     
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    Sitaram in at #6 today.
     
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    Going to need Naumann to make a rally against Guignon that's looking like the best chance at a Texas win from the courts that are behind.
     
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    and sure enough looks like it's going to come down to a Guignon vs Naumann 3rd set.
     
  36. Vicious Vik

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    Goldhoff has better win this or I'm going to be very displeased.
     
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    And that's all that matters isn't it - keeping you happy! You love them when they win but are ready to chuck them under a bus as soon as they don't manage it. Pretty sure they'll be more disappointed than you but no doubt you will **** them off despite knowing diddly squat! Go on, let's see if you can comment without the vitriol
     
  38. Vicious Vik

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    Now hold your horses there cowboy. Put that gun back in your holster. Where did I throw Goldhoff under the bus? I just said I will be very upset if he loses which he did. You think we should accept this loss?
     
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    You have to it's happened. Doesn't make them rubbish all of a sudden. They go home and work on getting better - and their supporters help by supporting them and showing a bit of faith
     
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    vik wears cargo shorts
     
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    Any news on why Wawrinka didn't sign with the longhorns? Heard he verbally committed.
     
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    forgive me i am new here. is VV for real? or is that some kind of act?
     
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    He's for real. Enjoy.
     
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    don't let him put you off, enough tennis & texas fans to make the thread interesting.

    Longhorn Team is looking strong but there are some good players/teams over in
    the conference. If you haven't played it is hard to appreciate that no matter how hard you work, the other player/team may be better on the day.

    Look forward to seeing any streams or videos...it is all good.
    VV is annoying but harmless.

    oh my god, just realised vv started this thread & next poster was Fedace!
    we are all doomed!
     
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    Heard Goldhoff is getting pulled from the lineup after the loss. I was following the live scoring update and he was up 4-1 in the final tiebreak and then lost 6 straight games. I think a good fit to take his spot would be the new verbal commit from Switzerland Stan Wawrinka. If "Luhgaynes" is right about Wawrinka verbally committing than the horns would definitely be a much stronger and formidable team. Cant wait to watch Wawrinka in the burnt orange.
     
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    I knew it...doomed:twisted::)
     
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    What live scoring were u following cuz Illinois tr page was not updating their tiebreaker score...............
     
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    Dear DaDave,

    i really love your use of the (.)'s. you are killing it! On a more serious note I got it from the illinoistennis site. Heartbreaking loss but I'm sure the acquisition of Wawrinka will really help the team avoid these close matches in the future.
     
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    Can I ask which tomato cans decided to make accounts for the sole purpose of mocking one of the Longhorns most loyal fans?
     
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    Horns get Georgia. Weird that aggies only fell one spot but texas falls 3 in the unpublished rankings. We have a really good shot against Georgia... Looking to pull off the upset early on.
     

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