2020 Pre Season Poll - Favorite To Win NCAA's

Who is taking home the ship?

  • Buckeyes

    Votes: 3 15.8%
  • Texas

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • UNC

    Votes: 2 10.5%
  • UCLA

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • Deacs

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • Gators

    Votes: 4 21.1%
  • Baylor

    Votes: 7 36.8%
  • USC

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • South Carolina

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other (Please comment who!)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    19

Liam Grennon

Semi-Pro
*To clarify this is for outdoors*
Who are you taking this year? My top choice would probably be UNC or Texas.

UNC made a really deep run last year and add some freshmen who will most likely start. If Will Bloomberg can stay healthy he can compete with just about everyone. They dropped a great leader & player in Boyden, but hopefully they can recover with the talent they bring back. Ben at number two is also pretty scary. Not Ito. But very close.

Texas is defending a national title. They lost 3 players I belive, but had one of the strongest recruiting classes last year. They have the best 1 - 2 punch in college tennis and Ito is a monster.

Florida will be very strong, as will Ohio state, but I don't have them as my personal favorites.
 

andfor

Legend
I'm not following close enough to make that guess. With the exception of South Carolina you're list is pretty good. Who would replace So. Carolina? Florida State or another team?
 
Texas A&M - Valcherot/Aguilar/Habib (in some order) are as good as it gets at 1/2/3. Barnaby Smith at 4 is very solid as well and they have options with many guys at 5 and 6. Also, they get
Illinois - Kova with Brown/Clark/Montsi are very good. Budic helps solidify another spot. Depth at 6 is issue
Virginia - have to include them IF Nakashima returns. Word on street is that he is gone, but nothing official. With him, a very solid top 4 (Carl, Brandon, Gianni, Ryan). Alshon and Lord will have to produce at 5 and 6 though

In addition to South Carolina, UCLA seems to be behind everybody on that list. Keegan and Govind is solid at 1 and 2, but depth was their issue last year and depth will be their issue again this year
 

mikej

Hall of Fame
Both my heart and my head say the Gators are going to be the hardest team to beat this year - their depth that was arguably the best in the nation last year is the best this year 1-10, their dubs point will be improved from good to great, and Crawford-Riffice will be right in the running for best 1-2 punch

last year they perhaps had two relative weaknesses: middle of the singles lineup (2-3) and a doubles point that wasn't quite good enough to reliably win against other top teams...despite those small issues i'd argue they were maybe just one doubles point away from beating texas in the semis (andrade-vale had match points in their dubs match, which likely would have swung the dubs point, since crawford-perez had match point when their match was rendered useless)

this year they're better at every single position with the possible exception of #3 singles - i'll be interested to see who out of andrade-ingildsen-vale-etc emerges as the third nationally elite singles player

and their schedule is less grueling this year, combine that with their depth and ability to rest a man or two frequently throughout the year and they'll have legs come NCAAs
 
very dark horse watch out for MS State by end of season, very young but very good.
Dark horse for the national title? I think that's wishful thinking. Miss St was a huge disappointment last year losing in the round of 16 at home, I thought with the talent they had returning they were a title contender. I think round of 16 would be a good year for them with all their losses. Borges was an automatic point.
 

atatu

Hall of Fame
*To clarify this is for outdoors*
Who are you taking this year? My top choice would probably be UNC or Texas.

UNC made a really deep run last year and add some freshmen who will most likely start. If Will Bloomberg can stay healthy he can compete with just about everyone. They dropped a great leader & player in Boyden, but hopefully they can recover with the talent they bring back. Ben at number two is also pretty scary. Not Ito. But very close.

Texas is defending a national title. They lost 3 players I belive, but had one of the strongest recruiting classes last year. They have the best 1 - 2 punch in college tennis and Ito is a monster.

Florida will be very strong, as will Ohio state, but I don't have them as my personal favorites.
Texas seems pretty young outside of Ito and Sigsgaard with 8 freshmen/sophmores in the mix. Huang will definitely help out and if Spizzirri comes in January that will be a huge boost. Look for their doubles lineup to be much better than last year.
 

tennisfan17

Semi-Pro
If brooksby comes to baylor, then I would have to give the nod to them. They have a solid mix of returners and talented incoming freshman/transfers. The biggest issue would probably be the bottom of their lineup and doubles. Knowing Boland though he already has some ideas on how to cover for that.
Another team to watch for would be the Gators. Arguably the team with the best all around singles line up last year. With so many returners this the team will have both the talent and experience.
As sad as it is to say, I don't think Wake will have that strong of a year.
 
I'm not following close enough to make that guess. With the exception of South Carolina you're list is pretty good. Who would replace So. Carolina? Florida State or another team?
Last I heard, Paul Jubb’s plan was still to come back in January and play in the spring. South Carolina had a very young team last year and their additions for this year outweigh their subtractions by a considerable amount. So, if Jubb does come back, they belong in this pole.
 
If brooksby comes to baylor, then I would have to give the nod to them. They have a solid mix of returners and talented incoming freshman/transfers. The biggest issue would probably be the bottom of their lineup and doubles. Knowing Boland though he already has some ideas on how to cover for that.
Another team to watch for would be the Gators. Arguably the team with the best all around singles line up last year. With so many returners this the team will have both the talent and experience.
As sad as it is to say, I don't think Wake will have that strong of a year.
Agreed, I worry about Wake this year. We lost a ton of firepower at the top of the lineup. However, Bresky knows how to get it done, so don't count them out until you see who is on the team in January.
 

tennisfan17

Semi-Pro
Agreed, I worry about Wake this year. We lost a ton of firepower at the top of the lineup. However, Bresky knows how to get it done, so don't count them out until you see who is on the team in January.
fair enough. Having Bar return is good, and i've seen Baadi play so he could be a good addition
 
Little bit off topic here, but what college player has the best one hander?
Depends on how it is being used: Botzer, Kovacevic, and Siggsgard are ones that come to mind, but they use it differently. Botzer chips it much more than the other two, but can come up with serious shotmaking when pressed. Kovacevic and Siggsgard are both more aggresive; Kovacevic seems to be more technically sound while Siggy appears to be all feel.
 
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