Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by Clemson_tennis, Mar 27, 2011.
That's too bad he can't keep his head screwed on straight.
I would like to hear mikej's thoughts on that
season report thus far: (doing 3 at a time)
Most impressive result: 6-1 beatdown of Baylor. Baylor has shown that they are impressive team, taking USC to the wire and then actually beating UCLA. But Virginia took care of them fairly easily.
Most discouraging result: 4-3 loss to Ohio State indoors. Not a bad loss but more discouraging than a razor thing close match at UCLA.
Most surprising player: Ryan Shane. Has turned from a pretty good lower line-upplayer to a good top of the line-up player in just one season. He is now overpowering highly ranked players.
Most disappointing player: Justin Shane. The older brother has not had as stellar results this year, including a few losses and then squeaking out others. He is not as reliable as his teammates in his spot.
Expectation for the rest of the season: National Championship
Ket to achieving the expectation: Re-establishing the dominance of Domijan and Frank at the top. They are no longer absolutely unbeatable like they used to be and against the other top teams in the final stages of the NCAA's it will prove to be the difference.
Most impressive result: The 4-2 win over UNC in a match that UNC was widely expected to win.
Most discouraging result: 4-3 loss to Elon. Yes it was with the disney scoring and yes it was without Redlicki but it again shows that if a team is really bound together and motivated they can out fight Duke despite the talent gap. Much like Wake last year vs Duke, Cal earlier in the year and UNC two years ago. Duke can be out fought and this result shows a worrying sign that it can still happen.
Most surprising player: Jason Tahir has stepped up big. It was expected but he has adjusted himself well to the top of the line-up
Most disappointing player: Raphael Hemmeler. He was almost a sure win last year but this year has dropped matches to players he should beat in all of Duke's losses. 3 very bad losses vs Tennessee, Kentucky and Elon
Expectation for rest of season: Host NCAAs, make the ACC final, make the NCAA round of 16.
Key to achieving expectation: Redlicki needs to come back if at all possible. But if its not possible then Duke will need Hemmeler needs to regain his unbeatable form and Levine needs to keep up his solid player at the bottom.
Most impressive result: 4-3 win over Texas a team that has shown itself as a top 10 team for much of the season.
Most discouraging result: barely beating NC State 4-3, a team that has now lost two straight to teams ranked below them.
Most surprising player: Brett Clark. He has stepped up to be a solid #3 behind the top two very strong players. He is no longer over-whelmed at #3.
Most disappointing player: Esben Hess-Olesen. I understand he has been injured but he has zero wins of importance this year in either the fall or spring. With him at top form UNC would be very dangerous but as it is now, UNC is actually better served sitting him out of the line-up as he just gets blasted each time out now.
Expectation for the rest of the season: Make the NCAA round of 16 and maybe quarterfinals. Make the ACC championship game and look to challenged UVA. Beat Duke
Key to achieving expectation: Getting EHO back into form, but if that can't happen then the key is getting consistent play low in the line-up. Schneider and Schnurr will hold down 1 and 2 a lot of the time but they absolutely must get production at 5 and 6. Murray has shown signs and he needs to keep it up.
he was upset about the basketball lose
A few comments on the first three teams: I actually don't think Virginia has had a discouraging result. But if you want to give them one for the sake of argument, might as well be OSU. It looks like Domijan might be back in form with beatdowns to Schnur and Saba. And going from absolutely unbeatable to a loss maybe here or there for Frank is nothing to be concerned about, from my point of view. Now the favorite in my book for the NCAA, despite the losses.
Duke: The team is a mess. Way back in the fall I thought they were in for trouble with Tahir, Hemmeler, Saba, Mengel all missing time with injuries. But I didn't know the situation with Redlicki, nor did I know the coach was going to pull one of the all time boners in college sports and not get his team to the Indoors. Nor did I think they would have only six players available for action at the present time. At times s*&^ happens and at times you bring it upon yourselves. Duke brought it on themselves with bad recruiting, misjudging character, and simply bad decision making. Most surprising player is Levine. I'd put Tahir in most discouraging mode (given his stellar summer), but coming back from injury is always tough and his up and down results reflect that. Same thing with Hemmeler. His loss to Elon was his first match in months but it looks with his last few matches he might be getting his stuff together. Agree with the expectation for Duke, but disagree about Redlicki. If he comes back, and I think that might be a might big "if", he will be undependable element that maybe they should simply cut loose if his behavioral issues undermine the team. Nevertheless, the team will have to develop a better fighting spirit than what they've shown in the past.
UNC: still second best in ACC and agree with your assessments.
Most impressive result: 4-0 beatdown of Florida in the national indoors event.
Most discouraging result: 7-0 loss to USC. Now there is no shame in losing to USC but the fact that they were routed is reason to worry because it shows that Notre Dame is actually still quite a ways off from the top tier of college tennis which does not speak well for their chances of a deep tournament run.
Most surprising player: Ryan Bandy was a mediocre #6 a season ago and has turned into a solid #3 this year with a number of ranked wins on the season. He has wins over Ralf Steinbach, Gordon Watson, Justin Shane, Alejandro Augusto and Beck Pennington this season already
Most disappointing player: Notre Dame is interesting in the fact that no individuals really stand out negatively or positively. They are a collective unit with no glaring strength or any glaring weakness. That being said Quentin Monaghan has to go into this spot as most disappointing. He was a ranked player last year but this year has suffered a number of losses at #2 and it could be argued that Notre Dame was actually playing better with him out of the line-up.
Expectation for the rest of the season: Round of 16 NCAAs. They have not been to this round in a while and at this point failure to reach it would be devastating. They are likely to host and will likely be given a team like Louisville or Northwestern as the #2 seed so making the round of 16 is a must.
Key to meeting expectation: Continued production from all parts of the line-up. No weak spot can emerge at this point.
Most impressive result: 4-1 road win at Oklahoma State. Beat a team that was on fire to that point of the season
Most discouraging result: No doubt the 4-3 loss to Miami. Wake was blindsided and had really no answers for the Hurricanes. Really shown a different light on Wake. They followed this loss up with another loss to FSU which did not help matters.
Most surprising player: Maksim Kan. The freshman has really burst on the scene and been an immediate impact for the Deacs. The lone solid point of the team at the moment and its coming from a freshman.
Most disappointing player: Pedro Dumont. He barely lost at the lower part of the line-up while at Miss State and was expected to be a big impact player for the Deacs this year, lock down 5 or 6. But this year he is 2-7 in the last 9 dual matches, including the clinching loss to FSU, giving up a late lead. His struggles have caused a major problem for Wake down low.
Expectation for the rest of the season: Expectations were higher, like a host. But now they are simply to get back into the ACC mix and challenged for a round of 16 birth again.
Key to meeting expectation: Wake must find a solution at 5 and 6. Dumont does not seem to be the answer. Kunz is not at ACC level despite his willingness to fight, Laaribi did not perform well with his chance. Billa, Bloom, Mays and Delcore have all tried their hand but none have solidly proven themselves.
Most impressive result: 5-2 win over FSU. A match that seemed to be going the way of the Noles but Clemson was able to turn the tide late and take a vital ACC win.
Most discouraging result: 4-3 squeaky win over Princeton which was a matter of points. Princeton has since been blown out by Alabama and Purdue two teams which are barely top 50 level.
Most surprising player: Tie between Dom Maden and Alejandro Augusto. Maden has been a solid cog at #2 so far and had a fair number of good wins and has also played lights out doubles with Harrington at #1. Augusto has locked down #3 very well this year and proven to actually be a slight upgrade from Meza a year ago at #3.
Most disappointing player: Hard to pinpoint a specific player. #6 in general has been a letdown. Dudley and Sala looked sharp early in the season but have since been pedestrian players at #6 and Lett's few tries have not been the solution either.
Expectation for rest of the season: Reach the round of 16, do one better than a year ago. Draw a soft region like going to Lexington or Gainseville (not soft but winnable, certainly better than Athens or something else).
Ket to achieving expectation: Continue to lock down the doubles point. Clemson has been very strong in doubles this year and this must continue vs the better teams as well. Also need Ansari to have more consistent results at #4. It's a spot that could be a strength for Clemson if Ansari can step up.
nice work !!!
UNC and UVA and Clemson have no problems, if their worst results were wins or a close loss to an-in-form Ohio State.
Notre Dame: Most impressive result, imo, was the loss to UVA at the indoors. That one opened my eyes that this team had a shot a second in the ACC. Not sold on Florida and it looks like Piro has been kicked off the team. I can excuse that loss to USC because they were playing outdoors for the first time with a very short practice period before.
Wake: Both Bogaerts and Dumont have been somewhat disappointing for Wake. I didn't have the kind of expectation for Dumont as I did for Bogaerts, but I did think he would do better. I agree on Kan, kid might have a future. Big kid with a big game.
was an interesting week, uva showed that they are the best, Wake Forest is tumbling, and the renaissance of Miami !
1. Virginia, clear no.1, nothing to ask anymore, ita rankings had them all wrong, behind UNC was a clear joke
2. Duke - solidified its 2nd place here, they fought very well vs Virginia, even without Redlicki , if anything is alright, they are Top8 team, if not ...they lose to Elon...(one of the misteries of college tennis...) @ Notre Dame this Friday should be a good one
3. North Carolina - dissappointed vs Virginia, never had a chance, got a solid win vs VTech. UNC has not any bad losses. @ notre dame on sunday is a big one, they need to win this.
4. Notre Dame , 2 solid wins on the road vs Clemson and GTech. Biggest weekend ahead, at home vs Duke and North Carolina, could shake things up in the conference race.
5. Clemson- . looks cemented on 5th place, too weak for beeing better and too good for beeing worse, but still have a lot nice ACC matches ahead. Never had a chance vs Notre Dame in singles, especially on 4 5 and 6
6. Florida State -jumped over NC State and Wake Forest, after their wins vs them. Play both Virginias this weekend.
7. Wake Forest - what a sick weekend, 2x 3-4 losses, now they ve lost overall 4times with the result of 3-4, 5game-losing streak...the world is sunk a little bit down in Winston-Salem. Adam Lee on #2 is falling down a little bit now. Their overall resumee looks weaker every week (u can compare with NC State a little bit) also playing Clemson and GTech this weekend.
8. NC State - 4game losing streak, also they lost 3 times 3-4, cannot put them behind Miami, their overall record is really better right now also it is fading every week (they ve nonconference wins over Michigan State, Michigan, VCU and Indiana....at least 3 of them are looking worse every week..) Clemson and GTech ahead, lose to Gtech and maybe i will put Miami ahead...
9. Miami ,and again Miami surprised..they beat Wake Forest, which was a real big win. And they beat NC State. I really think they willh NCAAs now, and overall their resume is not so bad, all have judged them a long time by their losses to UCF and USF (which could happen vs good fighting and still talented teams)
10. Virginia Tech - their team is very young, only 1 junior and no seniors. could bring some hope next year, but chanceless this year at UNC and Duke, but Bjerrehus and Contini look very solid. Monteiro another bright spot. Like that team for the future. But cause of recent results i drop them behind Miami now. They play each other this Sunday.
11. Georgia Tech - beat BC and lost to ND. Big chance this upcoming weekend at slumping WF and NC State. But Ncaas far away. No seniors this year and only 7 players...were down to 5 players even vs BC and risked even a loss...but there are 5-star-players coming in next season, it should help (ACC is getting even better next season, with VTech and Gtech and also Miami on the rise!!!)
12. Boston College - nothing to write anymore....it is not worth the research...also i like their players to play every match also they know they ll lose it....
Among the funny quotes from various football coaches of decades past, I recall one along the lines of, "We will know we have arrived as a team when we beat someone and they don't fire their coach."
Good report out. I agree with most of what you said about Wake, but I'm not ready to decide on Kunz quite yet. Kunz is 2-1 and I think Sam Paul has Skattum #7 on his singles ladder, so not a bad win. Boegarts at 1 has had 1 real good win and that was vs. Oklahoma. He's had some close ones vs. Libetis and others, but in the big matches against Texas, UNC, etc. he has looked over-matched especially for a guy who was #5 as a freshman. Lee definitely struggled in Florida. Like you, I have been VERY impressed with Kan. I had him pegged for somewhere between 5 and 8 coming into the year and he looks like he has 3 locked down. I think Ho will be fine at 4 the remainder of the year. It's 5 and 6 that Bresky himself is still wondering about. I know he expected more from Dumont. My guess is you'll see Dumont and Kunz in that order against GT and Clemson this weekend. I'm still really surprised we haven't seen Delcore at 6 or Mays. I'll be at the Clemson match and that should be a great barometer check for both teams.
ranked ACC players
4 Mitchell Frank
24 Alex Domijan
40 Ryan Shane
59 Mac Styslinger
76 Jordan Daigle
107 Luca Cornitelli
112 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski
10 Brayden Schnurr
25 Ronnie Schneider
58 Brett Clark
29 Greg Andrews
35 Michael Redlicki
48 Jason Tahir
54 Fred Saba
71 Bruno Semenzato
82 Hunter Harrington
32 Romain Bogaerts
45 Adam Lee
68 Maksim Kan
65 Cristian Gonzalez-Mendez
101 Dominic Cotrone
92 Omar Aly
47 Austin Powell
19 Amerigo Contini
120 Andreas Bjerrehus
ACC will get even tougher next season with Louisville arriving.
25 ranked singles players..thats great !!!
Most impressive result: 4-3 win over Wake Forest to back up the win over NC State.
Most discouraging result: 5-2 loss at Clemson. The match seemed to be in FSU's hands but blew the lead on two courts and got the loss despite two easy wins on courts 4 and 6.
Most surprising player: Cristian Gonzalez-Mendez. He has really had a good year so far. Up to #65 in the rankings and could really be playing #1 for the Noles right now. Has a solid amount of good wins.
Most disappointing player: No player really stands out as being too disappointing. I could say Nunez but he has had a mix of decent results and bad ones. The biggest disappointment has been the fact that Ben Lock cannot play. If he was healthy right now, he could be in at 3 or so, drop Blake Davis to #4, Nunez out entirely and keep Rinaldi and Goldin in at 5 and 6. That's a salty team.
Expectation for the rest of the season: With the big rankings jump last week the expectations have been upped. Now they can look to pull and upset and make the round of 16 when before simply making the tournament may have been the goal.
Key to achieving expectation: CGM needs to continue his strong play, that has been the single biggest boost to the Noles this season. Another key is Cotrone getting ins at #1. He cannot get beat consistently at 1. Recently he has grabbed a few wins and that is key.
Most impressive result: Not a lot to choose from. 4-3 win over South Carolina has to be the selection.
Most discouraging result: East to go with the loss to Miami, but it seems like Miami has on a roll that weekend and might have just ran into a buzzsaw so I will go with the loss at Northwestern. At the time this was a Northwestern team that had been struggling but beat NC State. That was the beginning of the slide for the Pack.
Most surprising player: Austin Powell has become a solid #1 player which is very surprising considering where his game was two seasons ago where he was a mediocre #4.
Most disappointing player: Nick Horton has struggled mightily in his young college career. He was supposed to be one of the top freshman in the nation and instead has barely won a match. His addition was what led me to believe that NC State was going to be a better team this year.
Expectation for rest of the season: Make the NCAA tournament, pull an upset or two.
Key to achieving expectation: Thomas Weigel needs to put in more consistent results. He slips in and out of the line-up, sometimes giving a good result and other times producing a howler. Also NC State has always been a strong doubles team and in the close matches they need to continue to get that point.
Most impressive result: 4-3 win over Tulsa. To this point the only win worth anything for the Hokies.
Most discouraging result: 4-3 loss to Boise State. Big chance to get a high ranked win and boost their own ranking, but could not get the job done. Massive opportunity lost.
Most surprising player: Amerigo Contini. He is now a top 20 national player. This isn't a huge surprise though considering I saw him play last year and thought he definitely had the potential to jump up in to the higher ranks of the college game with his versatile forehand.
Most disappointing player: VT has no really weak spot. Each player is about what you expect. The only area that has been disappointing is doubles. It is a week area for the Hokies.
Expectation for the rest of the season: Make the NCAA tournament.
Key to achieving expectation: Getting the doubles point more often, Bjerrehus becoming a solid #2 as he was last year. He has fallen off just a tad from a year ago and he needs to get back to 2013 form. Nicoud has developed into a pretty solid #6.
According to this article, he has been suspended indefinitely from the team.
Good luck with your site.
Has Jordan Daigle even been in really any meaningful matches for UVa the last two months? Just don't see how he is 30 spots or so higher than Thai-Son Kwiatkowski who has gotten most of the PT among the UVa freshman and has been getting his wins.
Virginia Tech has a big chance at home vs Florida State today.
FSU should cruise in the doubles point. Contini big favorite over Cotrone at #1, CGM should edge out Bjerrehus at #2. Koontz vs Davis will be a toss up that should come down to the wire. Monteiro should beat Nunez. FSU is favored at 5 and 6 but VT could take #6 if Nicoud is on. I will say 4-3 to FSU, Goldin over Nicoud for the clinch.
The rankings are based off best wins versus losses. Daigle's win over Amerigo Contini in the fall gave him his ranking boost because Contini has been right around the top 20. Kwiatkowski's best wins are over Karue Sell and Michel Dornbusch who have been in the 100+ area. Thai-Son isn't likely to face a highest enough ranked opponent this year so he'll likely not be able to pass Daigle regardless of their overall record. If Thai-Son had played in the fall I'm guessing he would have beat a quality opponent or two and would be ranked much higher.
Redlicki is not in the lineup today for Duke - Tahir, Saba, Hemmeler, Semenzato, Levine, McCall is what they've got listed for singles. Notre Dame has live streaming for today's match as well.
Looks like Mitchell Frank sitting out today for Virginia.
Edit: Sat out doubles but is playing singles.
Florida State takes dubs over Va Tech. Virginia routing Miami in dubs.
haha I just remembered how Hunter Koontz's dad last year told us that during the 2012 VT vs FSU match, police had to be called because the FSU players were nearly getting physical with VT fans. Classic Noles.
Redlicki has been suspended indefinitely from the Duke team. I love the discipline but that hurts.
Va Tech rolling FSU in singles so far with 5 1st sets and the other is still in the 1st set.
This is good. VT can continue to bask in their great victory when Miami catches them by surprise on Sunday. Yeah, that's the ticket.
Notre Dame gets doubles over Duke
VTech has won today.
Bandy must have got broke serving for it because it was 5-3 and now Hemmeler is serving at 4-5.
5-5 now. Wow. Match still open now.
Hemmeler wins it !!!! Crazy ! Match is tied at 3 and last match in 3rd set..think Semenzato is favored there now.
Covalschi is a gamer for ND so there's no way I'd count him out against Semenzato.
why is ND ranked ahead of Duke???
All of ND's losses were to top 10 teams while Duke has that Elon loss which hurt them. Irish also have the better wins too.
in my acc ranks ill allways put Duke higher... maybe they win today..would prove me right
well i think Andrews and Monaghan are weak spots for ND.
Unfortunately I can't get the video to work on that final court in the ND/Duke match. It says the requested bitrate is not currently available. Anybody else able to see it? I was able to see the Hemmeler match without any issues.
Bruno S 4-1 ahead...Bandy killed ND it seems...
Yeah looks like the Covalschi magic is gone. Semenzato now up 5-1 - would be a very good win for Duke without Redlicki.
Esben nearly lost to BC's #4 yesterday - dropped the 1st set and won the 2nd in a TB before pulling away in the 3rd.
at least he won it.
Anyone know with Virginia are doing with their doubles line up this weekend? It seems a bit out there to say to say the least...
GT has come out pretty strong in singles against Wake.
WF is looking bad this days
Coming down to #5
wow..gtech so good today
Seems like a combination of experimenting with pairings, and getting playing time for the young guys. We got away with doing this and still grabbing the doubles points against Miami and FSU, so I guess it is all good. It will be interesting to see what happens in the lineup against good doubles teams like NCSU and Clemson.
Dumont takes it 9-7. Showers had a MP up 6-5
Crushing loss for the Jackets and another weak showing by Wake Forest.
NC State needs to avoid completely falling off the face of the earth and not lose to Georgia Tech today. GT could be still in heartbreak mode after losing to Wake. NC State will also be down from their loss to Clemson.
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