Northeast Tennis

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  1. BigEastStorm

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    I know it doesn't have the highest ranked team but it's a very competitive region. Here's a breakdown of some of the favorites of the region, all who will also compete at the ECACs.

    St Johns:
    Returns 5 starters, and only lost their number 6 player who they replaced with Texas transfer Vasko Mladenov. Arguably have the best 1-5 in the region as of right now. They also have Ilija Vucic coming in January who was ranked as high as 30 in ITF juniors. Look to be the favorite this year.

    Princeton:
    Another team that returns 5 starters. They arguably have the best doubles in the region with the only other competition being Harvard. Solid number 1 in Pecotic. The team however will go however their 2-4 play. Their bottom is weak compared to some other years.

    Harvard:
    Return about 4 starters I believe. Have the higest ranked player in the region with John Pearlman even though he is very overrated as shown at regionals. One of the best doubles in the region with Princeton. Solid lineup from top to bottom. Denis Ngyuen will be asked to win alot of matches at the 3/4 position.

    Those are the three favorites this year. These are some of the dark horses.

    Yale:
    If the top 3 come to play they could challenge most of the upper teams. However it always seems they aren't always on the same page. Not a very good bottom of the lineup but they do have solid doubles.

    Brown:
    Another solid team with Brandon Burke at the top spot. Have some good players however they always seem to be out of it and never play to potential.

    Cornell:
    Rebuilding year to be honest. However they can compete with some teams but mostly are looking forward to future years.

    Columbia:
    Interesting team. Haig Schniderman(SP) had the biggest win of his life at Indoors over Chase B. Solid freshmen who will be hungry. Could be a surprise this year.
     
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  2. DCaicedo

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    Johnnies in 5
     
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  3. BigEastStorm

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    whee are the northeast tennis people
     
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    Quite frankly, I don't put too much stock in rankings. My team beat two teams that are ranked in the region over the past season and didn't get ranked. My first doubles team beat 3 of the teams ranked in the section and didn't get ranked. There is a bias when it comes to rankings. There is no straight formula. It is based on the coaches who do the polls and what schools that their teams play. Prior seasons of rankings help, meaning the name of your school.
     
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  6. andfor

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    Are rankings not important for at-large berths to the NCAA's?
     
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    They are, but at the D3 level, there are so few at-large bids. We make nationals because we win our conference. In the past, before the AQ, even when we had a high regional ranking, we were never looked at because of our prior relatively weak conference. It didn't matter that we only lost to Amherst 4-3. Schools in the NESCAC are traditionally very strong, but we beat one of them last year and they still are ranked ahead of us. NESCAC schools have limited dates of competition and most of their losses are to other NESCAC or other traditionally high ranked schools, therefore, none of those losses really ever count against themselves and it was nearly impossible in the east to get a breakthrough in the rankings over those teams. Now, with the AQ, there are less at-large bids, which means a deserving school from that conference won't get in over a conference champion from a weaker conference. However, at the same time it gives so many more schools the opportunity to compete at the national level.
     
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  8. BigEastStorm

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    St. Johns should be favored to win the ECACs in February after signing Ilija Vucic, high of 30 ITF
     
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    Good stuff. Have to catch them play this season.
    This kid Mladenov (sp?)... prospect?
     
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    Did they get their courts back?
     
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  11. BigEastStorm

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    They practice and play all their matches at the USTA Center
     
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  12. TennisMaverick

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    So the courts on-campus were destroyed or built over?
     
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    They still have their 5 courts on campus, women's team plays/practices there
     
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    ^^ really? wow- haven't been by there in a while.
     
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    Cornell played Notre Dame very tough
     
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    St Johns opens up Friday against Concordia and Queens College
     
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    How'd they do? Lampa?
     
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    Beat Queens College 6-1, Comcordia 5-2
     
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    Harvard beats Vanderbilt 4-3
     
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    wow big win
     
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    Cornell and St Johns play on Sunday, should be an interesting match
     
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    Where is Colby-Sawyer in this mix! lol Represent!
     
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    But really where is Colby-Sawyer?
     
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    harvard beats virginia tech
     
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    ^^^ Win ^^^
     
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    Cornell beat St. Johns 4-3
    Cornell put their nationally ranked player at 2 even though he played 1 all year

    ECAC is this Friday
    Seeds in order:
    Harvard
    Cornell
    St Johns
    Princeton
    Dartmouth
    Brown
    Colombia
    Yale

    If St. johns and Cornell win they get a rematch
     
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    Looks like everyone has become stronger this year. Even with the addition of Mladenov, StJ finishes only 5th.
     
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    SJ beat #75 Fairfield 7-0, Princeton gets a rematch against SJ tomorrow
     
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    St. Johns beats Princeton 7-0
     
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    Rankings:
    Harvard 26
    St Johns 68
    Penn 75
     
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    Let's hope the SJU team goes deep this year, compared to the basketball team
     
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    St Johns beats fordham 7-0. 21-0 last three matches
     
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    St. Johns plays LSU tonight, will be a good test or the Storm

    Anyone know how Harvard did at their tourney?
     
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  34. andfor

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    6-1 LSU over SJU
     
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  35. andfor

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    #27 LSU def. #75 St. Johns. Looks like St. Johns may be a little better than their ranking.
     
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  36. BigEastStorm

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    Redstorm beat #47 Louisiana Lafayette 5-2
     
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  37. andfor

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    ULL is a good unranked team. Nice win SJU.
     
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  38. BigEastStorm

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    They are actually ranked 47
     
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  39. andfor

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    My miss. Good win.
     
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    Harvard up to 16
    St Johns 60
     
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  41. BigEastStorm

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    Colombia 62

    St Johns and Colombia once again play this upcoming Friday
     
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    I think the university is Columbia, and the country in South America is Colombia. I assume St. John's is playing the university.
     
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  43. Vicious Vik

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    Harvard is the most overrated team in history this year.
     
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  44. TennisFan2Day

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    I agree. Beating UCSD doesn't make you a top 20 team, I'm sorry. The only other tough team they have played is Indiana and they lost that 2-5.
     
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    Should be an interesting finish to the men's Ivy League title this weekend. Columbia clinched a share of the title and the auto-berth to NCAAs last weekend, but Harvard and Dartmouth play for the other half of the title this coming Saturday. Winner of the match should get an at-large bid to NCAAs and if Dartmouth wins both could get an at-large bid. 3 Ivy teams in NCAA would be a great year for the league
     
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    Harvard is 5-1, if they beat Dartmouth then they win the Ivy out right, Columbia will have to hope for an at large
     
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  48. Rjb49

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    Columbia will get in they beat some quality opponents this year....who has Harvard beat....don't worry I'll wait....
     
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    "Columbia would get the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by virtue of its wins over both teams earlier in the season. If Harvard wins, the Crimson clinch the title and the bid outright, and the #45 Lions will hope for an at-large bid to the 64-team tournament."

    seems pretty clear to me, if Harvard wins they are 6-1 and Columbia is 5-2
     
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