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Clemson_tennis 01-31-2012 01:05 PM

Clemson Tiger tennis
 
You know what I held out against making this thread but Imma make it now.

The players this year:

59 Yannick Maden - I am hoping for a big year from Maden. He will be a solid #1 this year, something we have not had for a while. His style of play is consistent and smart. He uses looping angles in the corners of the court to set up points. He is very good against net rushers and aggressive players. Absurdly good passing shots

Ayrton Wibowo - The transfer from Auburn-Montgomery from Indonesia. Has a strange grip and hits with a lot of topspin. Athletic player. Very fun to watch. Great personality on court. Has ridiculously good hands at the net. Uses lots of slice

Gerardo Meza - Has seemingly stepped up his game for this year.Flat hitter who likes to go for the lines on his forehand weapon. He can really control a point. In trouble when he meets a player with as much power as him.

Dom Maden - Will be playing high at 4 for most of the season. He can really crack his forehand. Has the fastest forhand on the team when he gets the right ball. He eats up high balls and cracks the forehand flat and power***. The rest of his game is average. He needs the forehand to be working. Very poor serve, its fundamentally a mess.

Hunter Harrington - Tall and robotic style player. Has a big serve and forehand. Mainly a flat hitter. Goes for winners quickly in points.

Cedric Willems: Flat hitter, who likes to close the net. Pretty good at net. However he does think he is more crafty that he actually is, using too many ill-advised finesse shots

Zack Rigsby: Most athletic player on the team. Is very quick to the net and running down lobs. More fast twitch muscle than anyone else on the team. Has the hardest serve and overhead due to a very quick and snapping shoulder and wrist motion. Best for doubles where he will be teaming up with Yannick Maden at #1 doubles(they already beat the Spencer/Brasseaux team). Far too conservative in rallies in matches. Pushes the bachand roght into players' wheelhouses.




We have already lost to UGA and beat CofC. But where the season will be decided is the upcoming matches. We are ranked 70 but are better than that. The schedule this year gives much more opportunity to the team to rise than last years schedule. Matches vs LSU,Louisville,Wisconsin,Fresno State and the blue gray classic(which has teams like Auburn,Miss State,Tennessee,Alabama,Cornell,Texas Tech and Boise State). We must win about 2 or 3 of those matches to get our ranking where it needs to be heading into the ACC season.

seniorbruno 01-31-2012 04:19 PM

Good luck Tigers. Where did Cal Hilsman go? I see he's not on the roster anymore.

Clemson_tennis 01-31-2012 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by seniorbruno (Post 6297270)
Good luck Tigers. Where did Cal Hilsman go? I see he's not on the roster anymore.

He left the team

Clemson_tennis 02-01-2012 05:01 AM

The key is just to start winning 4-3 decisions vs good teams. Last year we lost 4-3 to UNC,VT,FSU and Miami. Any of those matches could have been a big wins.

Vicious Vik 02-02-2012 09:41 AM

Clemson is weak at 2-4. They can win matches if Yannick maden faces a weaker player at 1 and they take care of business at 5 and 6. Their doubles look decent too. But they will not win 2-4 very much

Clemson_tennis 02-02-2012 10:32 AM

Live stats Clemson at LSU

#1 dubs off to a 4-1 lead over LSU. #3 also leads 4-2.

Clemson_tennis 02-02-2012 10:37 AM

One thing is for sure. The doubles team of Y.Maden and Rigsby needs to be ranked. They beat Spencer/Brasseaux and are currently routing Borsos/Simpson.

Clemson_tennis 02-02-2012 11:09 AM

wow, #3 dubs loses 6 straight games to end and #1 loses 7 straight games to win. Talk about going off the rails. Take a mircale to win the match now.

Clemson_tennis 02-02-2012 01:06 PM

LSU up 3-0.

Clemson can still win however. Willems and Harrington both lead in the 2nd set. Dom Maden has a break lead in the 3rd and Yannick Maden appears to be cruising to a win.

Clemson_tennis 02-02-2012 01:23 PM

Sucks that Wibowo had to sit out of singles. That would have pushed Harrington to 6 and Willems to 5. They would have had good chances to win those matches.

tennis_tater 02-02-2012 01:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Clemson_tennis (Post 6301643)
Sucks that Wibowo had to sit out of singles. That would have pushed Harrington to 6 and Willems to 5. They would have had good chances to win those matches.

Looks like LSU wrapped this one up. Why did Wibowo sit out of the singles?

Clemson_tennis 02-02-2012 01:28 PM

I'm guessing something to do with his wrist which he may have re-agravated im doubles.

Clemson_tennis 02-02-2012 05:56 PM

1. 59 Yannick Maden def. 68 Olivier Borsos 6-4 6-2 - Maden used his formula. The same formula that beat Boyajian and Spir last year. That is, sneak out the first set after a evenly matches set then cruise away in the 2nd.

2. Neal Skupski def. Gerardo Meza 6-4, 6-0 - Expected result. #2 is a little high for Meza

3. Dominique Maden def. Chris Simpson 6-1, 0-6, 6-2 - Streaky match by the look of the scoreline. This is typical for D/Maden's fire away style of play

4. Tom Knights def. Cedric Willems 6-4, 6-4 - Tight match. Knights showed grit in taking the 2nd set after being down 4-3

5. Stefan Szacinski def. Hunter Harrington 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) - Another close loss for Harrington. Hopefully he can start turning thses into wins very soon.

6. James Turbervill def. Zachary Rigsby 6-1, 6-3 -A little disappointed in the scoreline

ClarkC 02-03-2012 09:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Clemson_tennis (Post 6302149)
4. Tom Knights def. Cedric Willems 6-4, 6-4 - Tight match. Knights showed grit in taking the 2nd set after being down 4-3

I saw 6-4, 2-4 on the LiveStats at one point, so Willems was definitely up a break and lost 4 straight games.

The streaks of losing many games in a row have been killers for Clemson so far. They need a little more mental toughness and confidence.

Clemson_tennis 02-06-2012 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by ClarkC (Post 6303290)
I saw 6-4, 2-4 on the LiveStats at one point, so Willems was definitely up a break and lost 4 straight games.

The streaks of losing many games in a row have been killers for Clemson so far. They need a little more mental toughness and confidence.

I agree with that. As of right now the team seems like they don't believe they can win these close matches with higher rated teams. Mainly because we lost a bunch of 4-3 decisions last year. Hopefully the team gets one big win soon and gets them confidence(Louisville perhaps).

Hunter Harrington has had a bunch of close losses so far to good players. He has not been routed yet. These close losses include to, Efferding, Jha,Gomez(UK), Szacinski and Pieters. He has one win and that was over Hauk of St.Jonhns another very close match. Just a point here and there ane he will be dangerous

Dawgie Dawg 02-07-2012 10:09 AM

Who's the mexican guy for Clemson? He played good against Singh.

Maden looked awful. Harrington might be your most talented player, and he's a learning Freshman.

dsa202 02-07-2012 12:08 PM

Did DiFazio graduate?

Clemson_tennis 02-08-2012 01:18 PM

DiFazio did graduate

Former Tiger Clement Reix playing Alex Kuznetsov in the dallas challenger right now. Reix beat Eysseric in the 1st round and Monroe in the qualies

Clemson_tennis 02-09-2012 11:31 AM

Clemson plays at Louisville on Saturday. Louisville plays Ohio State today, only 1 day in between the matches. Meanwhile Clemson will have had an 8 day break since their last match vs LSU.


BTW Clement Reix won. He is in the quarters of Dallas.

ClarkC 02-09-2012 02:28 PM

Big drop off for Louisville this year from last few years, after the graduation of the Childs non-brothers, Austin and Simon.


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