Most improved team in college tennis

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  1. tenniskillz

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    Who do you think is the most improved team in college tennis 2011? Also who do you think is taking the biggest drop so far this year?

    My vote goes to Notre Dame for most improved and Wisconsin or Wake Forest for worst start. ND just beat down Wisconsin in Madison 6-1, beat Oklahoma at ITA regionals, and was in position to win against Duke and Illinois recently. Wake just took a beat down from both Michigan and Michigan State (!!), given they haven't had a couple guys.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    Wake Forest has been ravaged by the flu, and did not even field their normal lineup recently. We will see how they look later in the season.

    In the ACC, Maryland looks much improved over previous years. Of course, they had nowhere to go but up.

    Notre Dame was underrated at #36 to start the season. I still think they will not make the final 16 in May.

    I think Ole Miss could be a sleeper team, if they get Kalle Norberg back to 100% and it changes their lineup.
     
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    Golden Gophers on the rise

    Minnesota has started off a quietly succesfull season, dominating all their opponents except UCLA. Their ranking should soon be in the 22 - 25 range. their latest win is over Wisconsin, which is never a bad thing in any sport.
     
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    MSU Mustangs (somewhere in the wilds of Texas, apparently) are a div II team with a couple of dark horses in their ranks.

    Rory De Boer is a freshman, started playing at 6, is currently at 4 and has lost a total of 3 games in 3 matches so far.

    (he's from my club, so allow a little bias, but he is going to shred most of these kids, he was top 200 in open competition in Australia when he was 16)
     
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  5. bluetrain4

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    Illinois seems to be much improved.
     
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  6. Clemson_tennis

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    South Carolina is very weak this year. They lost their Brazilian contigent and haven't replaced them with anything(Chip Cox will be good though).
     
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    Has to be Duke..
     
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    In D-II, Grand Canyon University has to be the most improved.

    2008-2009: 2-17
    2009-2010: 4-15
    2010-2011: 5-3 so far

    Their 3 losses were close losses to top 35 teams: 4-5 to Hawaii Pacific, UC San Diego and Western New Mexico. In looking ahead, there is a very good chance at a 12-8 season.
     
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    It'll be interesting to see how they do in Big Ten competition. I think they'll have a chance against Michigan. Probably overmatched against Illinois and Ohio State.
     
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    There is a large gap between the top 2 and the rest in the Big Ten. Michigan and Minnesota our on the 2nd tier with Wisconsin and Indiana. The rest are poor
     
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    UMD is definitely a team that has improved over the last two years with new coach Kyle Spencer and assistant coach Evan Clark. They went from being an unranked team to a team in the top 100 and now on the cusp of breaking into the top 50. They beat Cornell 5-2 and lost close matches to VTech and a tough one to UVA, but that is because UVA has who they have. Maryland will only go up this year, and the guys are working hard and makin noise in the ACC. Let the results do the talking, but don't leave UMD out of this picture.
     
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    Illinois seems to be better than what I thought they would be at the beginning of the year. They got a boost from their first few matches being at home indoors. Nevolo has put up some good results, Singh might be what I've heard he could be, and the team got a huge boost with Kalmanovich coming back. I felt that the team was slipping further down at the end of last year but the team seems to be clicking pretty good now. They're not a championship team or even a Final Four team, but they have a good chance to give OSU a run for its money and make the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight even.
     
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    UC Davis Women Tennis Team

    I think UC Davis Women is the most improved team. For the past two years, they lost most of their matches and they had 2 wins and 7 loses in their conference. This year, the Aggies women won 8 matches and lost 2 (to 2 pac10 schools). They are 3-0 in their conference and they just won over last year's Big West Conference Champion (UCI) with a convincing 5-2 win. Their 3 freshmen made a major difference in their 7 match winning streak.
     
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    Agreed. With their depth, they could / should finish 3rd in the Big Ten which would be a good result. They are something like 18-1 in the 4-6 singles spot.

    The program is steadily building towards returning to the top of the big Ten. They really are only a true #1 singles player away from being in the Sweet 16.
     
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    Gophers now 16th

    With their unbeaten streak up to 6 matches, Minnesota jumped to 16th in the latest rankings. They really are quite improved over last year - it will be interesting to see how they do this weekend against Washington.
     
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  17. Clemson_tennis

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    Minnesota got spanked 7-0 by Washington
     
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    I am reconsidering this one. Maryland does not look too good as the season goes on.
     
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    Spanked is right. Minnesota sat its regular #4 player which forced everyone else to play up a slot and had a new freshman playing #6. This is a bigger deal for the Gophers because 3-6 is where they win their matches. Don't know why they went this way with the lineup but I don't think it really mattered; Washington was clearly better. Their ranking should now drop to around 23-25, which is where they should be.
     
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    Gophers Top Miami

    23rd ranked Minnesota bounced back to beat #25 Miami in Miami, while sitting one of their regulars.

    The Golden Gophers continue their strong season and, with some improvement, could make the Sweet 16.

    The program is on the rise with a great recruiting class next year, great facilities and, most importantly, a great coach.
     
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    That was a tight match. #1 decided it 10-8 in the tiebreak. Miami is an improved team as well. They have nice wins over FSU and GT
     
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    Very tight but Minnesota sat S. Gallego who has played #1 most of the year and they still won on the road. That's a good win.
     
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    I had hoped my Indiana Hoosiers would have been top 25 but they cant make the jump, I predict they will finish close to 30 though.
     
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    Indiana is solid. But they did get slaughtered by USC. I mean it was more than the ordinary beatdown. Indiana won 15 just games in 6 singles matches.
     
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    I know it was terrible.
     
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    Indiana beat Mich State 6-1 today a team ranked around 10 spots below them, now they play the very much improved Michigan team Sunday.
     
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    I think Michigan State is ovverated though. Theor rank is puffed up because of a win over a depleted Wake team at the time.
     
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    Indiana just had a big 4-3 win indoors over Michigan. Watching it, to be honest I think Michigan were pretty overrated for a top 20 team. Indiana should climb into the top 30 with this I think.
    Illinois at home next Saturday.
     
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  29. Clemson_tennis

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    Michigan is in free-fall. They ar every strong at 1 and 2, but have no depth
     
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    Minnesota Drills Michigan

    Minnesota dominated Michigan on the road to keep their perfect Big Ten record intact.

    It will be interesting to see what Indiana is like but I think The Golden Gophers will handle them as it is a home match.

    Then it will get interesting as The Golden Gophers finish the season with Illinois (they have a chance) and Ohio St. (no chance).

    Minnesota is having an excellent season - this program is on the rise.
     
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    Indiana has to get a shout in this category although their next 3 opponents are Northwestern which will be dangerous but they should win, Louisville which they should just lose and an Ohio State who should kill them. 1 of 3 is likely but if they could squeeze past Louisvlle I would be thrilled, just cant see us winning at all against osu. Right now they are playing like a top 16 team however.
     
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    Miami is in the mix. Ranked 24 from not making the tournament last year. They are using the same formula as Minnesota, no ranked players but solid and deep.
     
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    I'd have to go with USF to be honest... I mean they started out the season unranked and had a horrible loss to FAU and then finished strong beating FSU 6-1 at USF and have had some close losses to Top 20 schools..
     
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    Mississippi State. That is a great team. Love the chemistry and they way the team is set up
     
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    This year one team to watch... Florida A&M. they are ready to re-claim the MEAC. The lost to Miami only 4-3 and have already beaten SMU. Solid player Takura Happy from Zimbabwe had been playing #1 for the majority of his career which is a little over his head, but now he is playing #3 which is much more appropriate. They have a pretty solid #1. Their issue is lack of players. I beleive they only have 6. If someone gets injured they will be in trouble.
     
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  37. andfor

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    Memphis. Check them out, seriously.
     
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    Yeah they beat Tennessee.
     
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    Not biased at all, I am most impressed with Texas A&M, they lost some big hitters through graduation last year, but they recovered vey well with Ore, Efferding, and Winthrow....and I'm not biased, cuz I am a bleed burnt orange Longhorn all the way.
     
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    But overall they aren't as good as last year
     
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    San Diego State and Oklahoma State are better teams this year. Both top 50 in the nation quality teams after being unranked last year.
     
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    look who got into the rankings this week.
     
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    I would have to say that Wright State University is heads and shoulders the most improved team! They were voted the number 1 most improved team last year, now they are poised to make a stab at the rankings and they have already wrapped up the Horizon League Regular season championship!

    Just saying!!!

    Also I would like to agree B.T.F.U
     
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    Memphis men. Ranking Pre-season none. Current rank #33, 19-5, CUSA runner up. Likely NCAA bid and first tournament appearance.

    Memphis women. Pre-season rank none. Current rank 60. 19-5.
     
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    PAC 12: Oregon
    SEC: Texas A&M
    Big 12: TCU
    Big ten: Northwestern
    ACC: wake forest
     
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  47. SoCal10s

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    I have to say USC ... losing 2 of the best college players and they can still be top 4 in the country is some what amazing to me.. Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen usually gave USC 3 automatic points,that's pretty hard to replace..



    Texas A&M is a big disappointment to me.. the have a team full of USTA elite program kids and they still cannot compete enough to be top 4.. those ''USTA elite "" are supposed to be the next generation of American pros and they are stuck in 2nd gear over there..


    I like Harvard ... remember these kids have to go a ""real"" school and somehow they can still study and play great tennis... they don't give you easy passing grades in Harvard classes because you are a tennis player..
     
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    It's not as if the classes at Duke, Virginia or Stanford are cakewalks....
     
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    In this sport, as with any country club sport, schools with higher academic rankings are generally successful.
     
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  50. Clemson_tennis

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    This post is a mess.

    Improved as in from last year to this year. So Cal is worse this year than they were last year. Quiroz and Gomez are improved but they lost a lot from last year.

    Texas A&M is better this year than they were last year. They aren't recruiting the very best players. Who thought that Vinsant and Adams were immediate pro potential? They are recruiting very good Americans but I would not say they are disappointing.

    I guess only Ivy League schools are "real" schools? Please tennis is not that popular that they can cost by just based on their "name recognition on campus", doesn't exist in tennis not even for the top guys at the top teams.
     
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