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Old 03-13-2013, 07:42 PM   #74
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Miami Hurricanes Mid-Season Report
The out of conference schedule is mostly completed and the ACC season starts Friday, March 15 at Coral Gables against #25 Clemson. Here’s a review of what’s happened so far with the Canes men’s tennis team and what may happen through the rest of the season.
The Canes finished last season with a 8-13 record overall, a 1-9 record in the ACC and a #67 ranking for the season. However, they did not lose any upperclassmen so there was hope when the season started that the team would improve. So far, the answer is yes and no. They have already passed last year’s win mark with a 9-4 OCC record, but after a high of #54 on February 19th, they have fallen to #70 in the latest rankings (March 12th). This season’s result so far:

#12 Florida: Loss 5-2
Bethune-Cookman: Win 7-0
#71 Louisiana-Lafayette: Win 4-3
#4 Ohio State: Loss 0-7
Central Florida: Win 6-1
#50 Rice: Win 6-1
#74 Louisiana-Lafayette: Win 4-3
#55 South Florida: Win 5-2
#62 North Florida: Loss 2-5
#58 Texas Tech: Loss 3-4
New Mexico: Win 5-2
Georgetown: Win 4-0
Florida Gulf Coast: Win 6-1

So we go into the ACC season with a 9-4 record. The biggest win so far has been the solid 6-1 win over the #50 Rice Owls. The worst loss on paper was probably the loss to #62 North Florida but the Ospreys have made steady progress for the last few years and have a solid team that has a chance to play in the NCAA tournament this year. Maybe the most disappointing loss was to #58 Texas Tech. After falling behind 0-3 and one match away from losing, the Canes staged a comeback and it came down to a third set tiebreaker to determine the outcome. The Canes couldn’t finish it off and let a good comeback get away. Overall, they have beaten who they are supposed to beat and lost to who they were supposed to lose to. There haven’t been any real upsets either way yet. To get back up in the rankings, the ACC season presents a great opportunity to do that. Here is the upcoming schedule and my own predictions for each matchup:

(Rankings are from March 12th)
#25Clemson: Loss (9-5, ACC 0-1)
#63 Georgia Tech: Win (10-5, ACC 1-1)
#58 Minnesota: Win (11-5, ACC 1-1)
#75 Georgia State: Win (12-5. ACC 1-1)
@ #28 Florida State: Loss (12-6, ACC 1-2)
@ #24 Wake Forest: Loss (12-7, ACC 1-3)
@ #44 North Carolina State: Loss (12-8, ACC 1-4)
Boston College: Win (13-8, ACC 2-4)
@ #57 North Carolina: Loss (13-9, ACC 2-5)
@ #8 Duke: Loss (13-10, ACC 2-6)
#1 Virginia: Loss: (13-11, ACC 2-7)
#59 Virginia Tech: (14-11, ACC 3-7)

The ACC is going to be rough. It is one of the top tennis conferences in the country with Virginia as a clear favorite to take the NCAA title. To get into the NCAA tournament, the team must have a .500 record or better. To achieve this, The matchups between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech look to be crucial. I predicted a win for both since they will be played at home, but Miami cannot afford to lose any of the ones predicted as a loss if they hope to end the season with a .500 record and get into the NCAA tournament. If they drop any of the predicted wins, then they must get an upset somewhere and with the current team, it will be a hard task. They must protect home court if they hope to play past the ACC tournament this year.
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