Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by Vicious Vik, Oct 9, 2011.
Hated what? The team? College tennis? Studying? UT? Austin? Center himself?
The coach and team with him.
Loved austin and the school.
Looks the Horns are going to take this one over SMU - Goldhoff up 5-3 in the 3rd and Banzer up 4-1 in the 3rd - they only need 1 of those.
No. 26 Texas 4, No. 49 SMU 2
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 3
1 Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (SMU) def. Michael Riechmann/Adrian Ortiz (UT), 6-1
2 Markus Kerner/Samm Butler (SMU) vs. George Goldhoff/Julian Zlobinsky (UT), 5-3, susp.
3 Arkadijs Slobodkins/Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU) def. Colin Markes/Harrison Scott (UT), 6-3
Singles – Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3, 5, 4
1 George Goldhoff (UT) vs. No. 32 Hunter Johnson (SMU), 2-6, 6-4, 5-6, susp.
2 No. 94 Harrison Scott (UT) def. Markus Kerner (SMU), 6-4, 6-4
3 Samm Butler (SMU) def. Adrian Ortiz (UT), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
4 Rodrigo Banzer (UT) def. Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU), 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3
5 No. 114 Michael Riechmann (UT) def. Yates Johnson (SMU), 7-6 (1), 7-5
6 Julian Zlobinsky (UT) def. Arkadijs Slobodkins (SMU), 6-3, 6-4
Center is a nice guy. Pretty sure a lot of current and ex players would agree. This year was always going to be tough and I have no doubt he will build it back up to the level it's been over the last few years. Stop moaning, get real and start supporting. Just an idea
Yeah true. Will this team be worse than the rebuilding years with Sitaram playing #1? I think just a tad. Those rebuilding teams were like 20-25 ranking quality teams while this team looks to be around 30-35.
Wouldn't you say that's mainly due to the loss of Caruna this spring? Still would like to understand more behind why he left.
I will ask, but the main jist was he didn't like center.
Specifically center, because he enjoyed the team but the coaching is what made him through it away.
Must have been ugly for a guy of that caliber at a school like Texas to not come back in the spring and burn the rest of the year to play juniors and futures. Then again, Center may not of granted a release forcing Caruna to leave mid-year so he can show up next January at another school should he go back.
That could be it, i can get some pretty in depth information about it.
When a player is as good as Caruana, you as the coach need to just let him be and be at the top of the lineup. He doesn't listen to you? So what, he's a lot better than anyone else on the team. Michael Center, the ego has landed again. Refused to shelve it for the sake of keeping what would have been one of the elite national players.
What utter tosh! It's a team. If you're good enough you will rise to the top. You earn your spot. Anyone that's not willing to work for their place probably needs to go and play for themselves rather than a team. I have no idea if this was actually the case or just more of the usual Center-hate.
This just ignore him, makes it more enjoyable to read and talk College Tennis
Oh yeah that's the best way to handle things. Ignore them. Ignore all the losses this year.
The team was good the past 2 seasons but now we are back in a "rebuilding year". We were in rebuilding mode when I started this thread! Center has had more down years than good ones recently. Why is it that other top programs don't have these down years?
Tennessee is down, Illinois has been up and down, OU looks down at the moment, OSU was down for years and is now back on an upswing, UofF is struggling, Tulsa is down, Duke is down, UK is down, Ole Miss was down but looking up. And you don't see all those fans flaming their team.
Reality is every year there's about 3-4 teams with a real shot at winning the title, sometimes less than that.
Big match coming up this weekend with Stanford Cardinal. Are the longhorns ready ?
Probably not, UT is ranked around 26th now, Stanford should win but they haven't really played any tough competition yet so we will see.
Vicious Vik is always stupid when it comes to this. 06, 08, 09 were awesome. '10 was the best regular season ever just a rough ncaa finish. The years from then through 2013 weren't great but those teams still had good stints making indoors top 10 rankings and still put up all Americans . Then in '14 it's a co big 12 champion undefeated at home with more all Americans and an elite 8 losing to usc. Then after that it's a brutal big 12 level. Still a top 10 team with a national championship in dubs. And Vik is an idiot for his guesses; Caruana would have been at the top of the lineup and his departure was more than just him making the decision.
nothing about Caruana being gone has anything to do with his level of tennis or the respect for his level. Caruana is clearly a player, Texas knows that... Everyone does
Gonna jump in here and go with no, no, maybe a little, no, god no, maybe a little... Not many kids make this decision without the "support" of their parents
It just depends on how you want to define worse as well. Remember Soren was mostly playing 1 with whitehead and Sitaram around the mix at the top. The year the team lost to Santa Clara that team made indoors with a surprise win over a tech team nobody thought they would beat to qualify and then won rounds at indoors. Played great duals against the Aggies and unc and tech in Lubbock (losing 4-3) Maybe that team overachieved at the beginning and it evened out. Just depends on how you define it. Similar things can be said of the following year
You should use your really close ties to Sitaramand get the scoop on what's happening. I'm surprised you aren't always just informing us as to what's going on what with all your knowledge and connections to information about this program
Terrific win versus Stanford this weekend. The team is young but what an effort. Five new starters this year. Hopefully John Mee can come back and help. This team is going to be very good over the next couple of years.
Chad - VV rarely, perhaps never, says anything positive about the program. How or why he follows Longhorn tennis is beyond me. It makes him feel good to bash the program, so perhaps he needs it in his life for that reason. His critique is not to be taken seriously, rather it should be treated as pure amusement.
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