Regionals - the road to indoors!

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  1. mikej

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    Some of the regional sites begin next weekend, so I thought I'd get this thread started (maybe all are the same weekend?, I didn't bother browsing around other teams' pages). Duke hosts Michigan, Pepperdine, and VT...starting with a Michigan match that could be tricky (#5 Texas needed a third set in the deciding match to edge Michigan yesterday). Anyway, it should be a good barometer for how good Duke is at this point in the year, even if I wish they had an easier road so there wasn't a risk of not making it out of regionals (and the resulting firestorm I'm sure I'd receive from the Stanford crowd, and rightly so).

    The top two for Michigan absolutely throttled Texas's top two players, losing nine games in four sets - we'll see if Cunha and Carleton can do a better job. I feel pretty good about the possibility of matching Texas at the 3-6 positions, winning three of those four points. Clearly Evan King is going to be a force this year for the Wolverines - he certainly gave Kudla a run for his money at last year's US Open, losing 6-4 in the third.
     
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    Here is a link to the ITA page about the indoor regionals (a.k.a. the ITA Kick-off Weekend).

    You can see the groupings and click on links to the host site.

    A lot of the groups will be easy pickings for the host. There are some tough groups. Louisville hosts Tulsa and Ole Miss. Duke, Kentucky, Georgia, and Illinois groups look like there will be some good matches.
     
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    illinois-nd and uga-unc do look like good ones, and i don't think anyone would be overly surprised if mississippi took down childs and louisville...should be a fun weekend

    are these seedings just based on last year's final rankings? usc upstate as a 2 seed?

    and another question (i'm glad there are some college tennis gurus on this board that typically have the answers to this kind of stuff - ahem clarkc and automator) - is there any way to predict how the regional winners fall into the main indoors draw as of now (a la world cup brackets)? or will it be based on the most recent rankings just before the main shindig?
     
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    The Kick-off weekend is set up this way:

    Following the final poll of the season, the ITA starts calling the schools starting at #1 about hosting, provided they have the necessary facilities. Once they get 15 hosts sites, the weekend locations are set.

    The next step is the next schools in the end season rankings are put in order according to their final poll ranking. They are phoned one-by-one and asked which site they want to go to. This was done on June 3rd. Oklahoma was the first team called, and picked Illinois, the lowest ranked team to host. Duke's regional was full before any team agreed to go to Tennessee, USC, Florida or Virginia.

    The draft results are here.

    So, the reason USC-Upstate is a two seed is because they were the first team to choose to go to Tennessee's regional. The higher ranked teams avoided the Vols for reasons that should be rather obvious.

    I'm fairly certain the teams are placed in the draws based on the team rankings released immediately prior to the event, with the caveat that teams from the same conference are generally not permitted to play in the first round.
     
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    Great info as always, thank you. That draft process is certainly very unique, I like it. Anyone at your host site is someone who wanted a piece of you, sounds fiery, haha.
     
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    Well, sorta. I think you can argue that the teams playing at Virginia, Tennessee, Florida and OSU wanted to play and had to go somewhere.
     
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    I really like Virginia's chances to win the regionals this year.
     
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    I work at Indiana and go to watch all their games. My alma maters San Diego State so tough one there, wish I could go watch.
     
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    They are playing at USC. They have full Webcam coverage of all their home matches. and i am sure they will have the webcam on this weekend. + Maxim usually goes to USC and records the matches during the regionals. but Sadly enough, Indiana will probably draw USC in the 1st round and get beat up pretty quickly....:)
     
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    Yes but it will be a good experience for Indiana. The last 2 years they have been the highest ranked team not selected for the NCAAs so they need to change that this year, better opponents may help.
     
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    Indiana is the 3 seed and will play 2 seed BYU in the first round. USC will play San Diego State.
     
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    Interesting that FSU decided to go out west to UCLA. GaTech decides to stay in state and take on rival Georgia on their home court.
     
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    The way Stanford dispatched Sac state 7-0 without losing a set yesterday, it's going to be interesting to see how they match up to the top teams!
     
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    I think there's a potential for an interesting match or two on Saturday for Stanford, but I seriously doubt any of the three teams coming to town this weekend will pose much of a threat. A Klahn-Lipman match could be intriguing. I have a higher opinion of Lipman than Harbatsiuk.

    Now, if you're saying that a whitewashing of an unranked team indicates that Stanford is capable of competing with the "Big 3" of USC, Tennessee and UVA, I'd suggest maybe waiting for a larger sample size of matches.
     
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    I wasn't talking about this w-e matches, but against top teams, later on. Of course, Sac state is no match but it's more the way they played and dominated which felt good. In average, for all 6 singles, Stanford lost less than 2 games per set! That sends a strong message. By comparison, USC lost one match against the same Sac St. team last week. It doesn't mean much, but I like the way everyone played at their respective position. Klahn will be a match for any #1, Clayton is a strong #3, Hirschman a strong #5-6, and Lin a pretty good #4. Stanford doubles are also among the best in college tennis, so I feel there's a good matchup with the top teams.
     
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    duke bludgeoning michigan early on

    cruised to 8-3 and 8-4 dubs victories, and marchese back from a serious injury continuing his dominance at #6 w a quick 1,2 win

    and devils with first set wins at 4 of the other 5 positions...including cunha and carleton taking it to guys that bashed #5 texas's top 2...

    this team may not be UVA, UTenn good, but they're looking good to be right in the mix at the head of the second tier...also there's no way texas is still a top 5-caliber team if they struggled so much with these wolverines, unless they just had a horrid day

    update: 4-0, that took about an hour and a half, maybe 2, nice to be looking way better than the current #5 team early in the season with 2 freshmen playing high in the lineup...go duke!
     
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    The Texas ranking, like most team rankings at this point, is based mostly on last year's team. They are not #5 for real, and soon will not be. Staying in the top 10 will be a problem.

    Duke LiveStats show that it is already over, 4-0.
     
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    What, no live video ??
     
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    I think it's a premium service you have to pay for.
     
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    yep, not cheap either...greedy b#$%ards...anyway, it's over - 7-0

    michigan, please choose more wisely in the draft next time...durham did not treat you kindly
     
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    I cant find it online but I got a text saying Indiana beat BYU 4-3. USC tomorrow? Be nice if they can win a set or two.
     
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    Stanford on its way to the indoor title.

    No. 8 Stanford 4, No. 54 Santa Clara 0

    DOUBLES
    1) No. 16 Klahn/Thacher (STAN) d. Dandan/Nicholas Vinel (SC) 8-2
    2) Armengaud/Lamble (SC) led Clayton/Ted Kelly (STAN) 6-4, aban.
    3) Kandath/Lin (STAN) d. Muchynski/Pham (SC) 8-3
    Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

    SINGLES
    1) No. 16 Bradley Klahn (STAN) d. Kyle Dandan (SC) 6-4, 6-4
    2) No. 41 Ryan Thacher (STAN) d. Maxime Armengaud (SC) 6-2, 6-2
    3) John Lamble (SC) led No. 61 Alex Clayton (STAN) 6-3, 4-5, aban.
    4) Denis Lin (STAN) led Tom Pham (SC) 7-6 (5), 4-5, aban.
    5) Greg Hirshman (STAN) d. Eugene Muchynski (SC) 6-2, 6-2
    6) Kyohhei Kamono (SC) led Matt Kandath (STAN) 2-6, 6-3, 2-1, aban.
    Order of Finish: 2, 5, 1

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    No. 41 Nebraska 4, No. 38 Vanderbilt 2

    DOUBLES
    1) Lipman/Baker (VANDY) d. Paar/Schulze (NEB) 8-1
    2) Jones/Zotov (VANDY) d. Aumueller/Lindheim (NEB) 8-6
    3) Florcyzk/Stenger (NEB) d. DiValerio/Salcedo (VANDY) 8-5
    Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

    SINGLES
    1) Christopher Aumueller (NEB) d. No. 43 Ryan Lipman (VANDY) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
    2) No. 99 Calin Paar (NEB) d. Adam Baker (VANDY) 6-4, 6-4
    3) No. 97 Benedikt Lindheim (NEB) led Charlie Jones (VANDY) 6-4, 7-6 (6-2), aban.
    4) Tom Blackwell (NEB) d. Blake Bazarnik (VANDY) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
    5) Bryant Salcedo (VANDY) d. Andre Stenger (NEB) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
    6) Sebastian Florcyzk (NEB) d. Alex Zotov (VANDY) 6-1, 6-3
    Order of Finish: 6, 2, 5, 1, 4
     
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    I'll be catching UGA take on OK State tomorrow, and whoever they play Sunday. Looks like they may have some tough matches, but I'm optimistic.
     
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    With your user name, you must be rooting for Georgia Tech in that regional, right?
    :)
     
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    Yes, it is hard to put into words how impressive that win over Santa Clara was, especially the play of Clayton, Lin, and Kandath. As long as Stanford faces no one substantially tougher than Santa Clara, they are a lock for the indoor title.
     
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    Well....back in the day this username was made, I had engineering aspirations (and I did in fact get in to "that school") but now I'm all Bulldog.

    UGA match was supposed to start at 2:00, and I figured it wouldn't be on time, so I showed up at 2:30ish. UNC and Tech had the deciding match still playing; Tech had won the first set, UNC was winning in the second, and then it finally went into a third. It was streaky, with UNC going up three, then Tech got 3, then UNC closed it out, finally. So almost two hours later, UGA finally took the court.

    The doubles was pretty much a domination from UGA, as I kinda expected. In the singles, Wil Spencer was playing one, breezed through the first, but then it got a little tighter in the 2nd. Garrapiz at 2 struggled in the first, and then breezed in the second. At 3s Sadio Doombia was very impressive to me. His game is so entertaining, and he just crushed the guy. And at 4s, Drake Bernstein lost the first pretty handily and then won the second. Unfortunatey I had to go at this point, because 5 hours of sitting on a metal bleacher is very unforgiving.

    In the end, it was an (expected) and handy win for Georgia.

    #11 Georgia 4, #55 Oklahoma State 0

    Singles competition
    1. #53 Wil Spencer (UGA) vs. Maniel Bains (OKSU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-1, unfinished
    2. #13 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) def. Vladyslav Bondarenko (OKSU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
    3. #47 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. Rifat Biktyakov (OKSU) 6-1, 6-0
    4. Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. Aleksey Bessonov (OKSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
    5. #119 Hernus Pieters (UGA) vs. Eric West (OKSU) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
    6. Campbell Johnson (UGA) vs. Ilija Martinoski (OKSU) 1-0, unfinished

    Doubles competition
    1. #14 Javier Garrapiz/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. #9 Aleksey Bessonov/Rifat Biktyakov (OKSU) 5-3
    2. #23 Sadio Doumbia/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Maniel Bains/Vladyslav Bondarenko (OKSU) 8-3
    3. Drake Bernstein/Wil Spencer (UGA) def. Eric West/Tomas Patino (OKSU) 8-3

    Match Notes:
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,4)
     
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    Stanford press releases good news once again. Go Stanford, we are on our way to Indoor championships and beyond.

    No. 8 Stanford Tops Nebraska 6-1; National Team Indoors Await
    No. 8 Stanford put away No. 41 Nebraska 6-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium to sweep both of its matches during ITA Kick-Off Weekend.



    STANFORD, Calif.- No. 8 Stanford put away No. 41 Nebraska 6-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium to sweep both of its matches during ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

    Winning its third match in five days, the Cardinal (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10) now punches its ticket to the National Team Indoor Championships, to be played Feb. 18-21 in Seattle, Wash.

    Stanford blanked No. 54 Santa Clara 4-0 on Friday afternoon to reach the second round, then overpowered Nebraska in singles on Saturday to advance. The Huskers were coming off a 4-2 win over Vanderbilt on Friday afternoon.

    It took Stanford just 42 minutes to claim the doubles point, winning at the top two spots of the lineup.

    Greg Hirshman followed with a 6-3, 6-0 victory at the No. 5 spot, and Ryan Thacher put the Cardinal ahead 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Calin Paar at the No. 2 position.

    Bradley Klahn then held off a challenge from Christopher Aumueller in a battle of No. 1's, with Klahn prevailing 7-6 (0), 7-6 (4).

    Nebraska picked up its only point of the match with a win on court six to wrap up the match.

    Stanford is back in action on Feb. 3, hosting Texas Tech at 1:30 p.m.

    No. 8 Stanford 6, No. 41 Nebraska 1

    DOUBLES
    1) No. 16 Klahn/Thacher (STAN) d. Paar/Schulze (NEB) 8-2
    2) Clayton/Ted Kelly (STAN) d. Aumueller/Lindheim (NEB) 8-5
    3) Kandath/Lin (STAN) vs. Florcyzk/Stenger (NEB) 6-6, aban.
    Order of Finish: 1, 2

    SINGLES
    1) No. 16 Bradley Klahn (STAN) d. Christopher Aumueller (NEB) 7-6 (0), 7-6 (4)
    2) No. 41 Ryan Thacher (STAN) d. No. 99 Calin Paar (NEB) 6-3, 6-2
    3) No. 61 Alex Clayton (STAN) d. No. 97 Benedikt Lindheim (NEB) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (6)
    4) Denis Lin (STAN) d. Tom Blackwell (NEB) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
    5) Greg Hirshman (STAN) d. Andre Stenger (NEB) 6-3, 6-0
    6) Sebastian Florcyzk (NEB) d. Matt Kandath (STAN) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
    Order of Finish: 5, 2, 1, 4, 3, 6

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    No. 38 Vanderbilt 4, No. 54 Santa Clara 3

    DOUBLES
    1) Dandan/Vinel (SC) d. Lipman/Baker (VANDY) 8-5
    2) Armengaud/Lamble (SC) led Jones/Zotov (VANDY) aban.
    3) Muchynski/Pham (SC) d. DiValerio/Salcedo (VANDY) 8-5
    Order of Finish: 1, 3

    SINGLES
    1) No. 43 Ryan Lipman (VANDY) d. Kyle Dandan (SC) 6-4, 6-3
    2) Adam Baker (VANDY) d. Maxime Armengaud (SC) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3)
    3) Charlie Jones (VANDY) d. John Lamble (SC) 6-3, 6-2
    4) Nicholas Vinel (SC) d. Blake Bazarnik (VANDY) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
    5) Tom Pham (SC) d. Bryant Salcedo (VANDY) 6-0, 7-6 (7)
    6) Alex Zotov (VANDY) d. Kyohhei Kamono (SC) 6-3, 6-0
    Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 3, 4, 2
     
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    Here are the teams that have booked spots in the round of 16:
    Washington (host)
    Southern Cal
    Tennessee
    Virginia
    UCLA
    Florida
    Stanford
    Duke
    Illinois

    "Round of 32" matches tomorrow:
    Ohio State vs. UC-Irvine
    Texas A&M vs. Miami-FL
    Georgia vs. North Carolina
    Kentucky vs. Wake Forest
    Mississippi vs. Louisville
    Texas Tech vs. California
     
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    My Hoosiers got drubbed in the singles big time but they showed some doubles promis. Hopefully they can crack the top 25 this year.
     
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    I am predicting Virginia vs Stanford final. Virginia may have a slight edge here due to the fact that this is indoors. Outdoors, edge goes to Stanford.
     
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    If they are ranked the way they are now going into the tournament, they would meet in the quarterfinals.
     
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    There were some tough matches this week-end at Stanford. SC played above their ranking, and gave trouble to both Stanford and Vandy. Good wins in the end for the Cards. Whit needs to find a strong number 6!
     
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    Would that be affected by Baylor's absence?
     
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    Not right now. Baylor is ranked number 9. They flipped places with Florida this week. The Gators are now 7.
     
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    Looks like most of the top teams made it through with ease. Glad to see it, just makes for a more fun tournament in a couple weeks.

    Congrats to Duke on dominating the most difficult regional (aka the only regional with all teams in the top 25 of the current rankings and the first regional to fill up in the draft). And they did it with ease, 4-0 and 4-1 (7-0 and 4-3 if you count matches that were decided by match-tiebreaks, etc after the team match was already over...interesting that other schools such as Stanford decided not to play these matches out - I would have thought there would have been ITA-mandated consistency across the board).

    Bring on a tough stretch of Illinois, ND, VCU, Tennessee, and Indoors! Also interesting that Duke will have a rematch with both of the teams it played this weekend right after Indoors - Michigan at the end of Feb and Pepperdine during spring break.
     
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    lots of rain on the West Coast pushed match times as well as teams needing to catch flights, so no reason to play out unless time permitted.
    The Cal Women's regional has been postponed 2x already, so TCU/UNT match will be played in Texas, while Cal/St Mary's might have moved indoors today or played later.
     
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    UGA cruised to a victory today, only dropping the doubles point in two different tiebreakers. A lot of people aren't talking about them, but they have a very experienced team, since most all their new players are transfers from other schools. I don't know if they're ready to win, but I think they can go deep in the tournament.
     
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    Your final field of 16 is:
    Washington (host)
    Southern Cal
    Tennessee
    Virginia
    Texas
    UCLA
    Florida
    Stanford
    Duke
    Illinois
    Ohio State
    Texas A&M
    Georgia
    Kentucky
    Louisville
    Texas Tech
     
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  40. ClarkC

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    Interesting trivia: The teams that led 4-0 when their round of 32 match was wrapped up:

    Virginia
    USC
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Texas A&M
    Ohio State
    Florida
    Stanford
    Kentucky

    That is 9 out of 15 that were pretty lopsided matches.
     
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