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Georgia Tech lost to Pepperdine 4-3. The Jackets were crushed on courts 3-5 and the Arora blew a set lead to lose the decider. That would have been a nice win for GT.
 
Georgia Tech lost to Pepperdine 4-3. The Jackets were crushed on courts 3-5 and the Arora blew a set lead to lose the decider. That would have been a nice win for GT.
and Michigan State beat Pepperdine yesterday (without their normal #3).
I was really surprised that McDaniel lost badly at 3....
Brancatelli is pretty inconsistent for Tech. He will struggle at 4
 

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Georgia Tech lost to Pepperdine 4-3. The Jackets were crushed on courts 3-5 and the Arora blew a set lead to lose the decider. That would have been a nice win for GT.

Lots of growing for Arora. Currently, he's lacking staying power when it comes to three set matches at this level. He's lost the majority if not all of the three set matches he's played after winning the first set. Brancatelli and Biagiotti concern me more than Arora. Sachdev continues to prove he's the 6th man choice.

They did have a minor rebound against UCSB. A slippery 4-3 win there.
 
Lots of growing for Arora. Currently, he's lacking staying power when it comes to three set matches at this level. He's lost the majority if not all of the three set matches he's played after winning the first set. Brancatelli and Biagiotti concern me more than Arora. Sachdev continues to prove he's the 6th man choice.

They did have a minor rebound against UCSB. A slippery 4-3 win there.
I really like Kenny Thorne. I root for GT to do well. Chopra is a hard worker and has really improved.
I share your concerns about Brancatelli. He goes for flashy....rather than playing winning tennis.
 

jcgatennismom

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I really like Kenny Thorne. I root for GT to do well. Chopra is a hard worker and has really improved.
I share your concerns about Brancatelli. He goes for flashy....rather than playing winning tennis.
With the exception of VA, GT plays its toughest ACC matches away early in the spring. I wish GT had signed up for the kickoff draft to play tough teams earlier but I am sure the team enjoyed the chance to play in California. I really hope the team has one of their best seasons with the 3 super seniors-hope the younger guys can step up and win in the lower lines. This is the final year of play for several former top Southern juniors from GA-Martin and Chopra at GT, Stice at Auburn, and Johns at Duke. All 4 were blue chips class of 19. I remember when some of these guys in 16s were battling SC for the Southern Jr Cup. GA won it I think for 23 years straight b4 SC took a year. I think Stice clinched the 1 point victory over SC one year then years later he beat SC at line 1 to clinch Auburn’s upset over SC at SEC conference in Athens. Ironically now the top GA player class of 23 is Sarr playing for SC. GA has won Southern Cup 28 times, SC once and NC once. Southern Cup has girls and boys from 14s, 16s and 18s from 9 states playing the team event.
 
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John’s is looking a little vulnerable this year from the matches I’ve seen.

Duke is gonna have a beast in Pedro when he ages up. Not from the south unfortunately
 

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I really like Kenny Thorne. I root for GT to do well. Chopra is a hard worker and has really improved.
I share your concerns about Brancatelli. He goes for flashy....rather than playing winning tennis.

I've had great conversations with Kenny and Kevin and really like them both. They're super-positive on this squad as they've been with past teams.

And yes..I agree with your assessment of Brancatelli. Looking into the future, he could be the de facto leader/captain of next year's team. He's got the energy but his results aren't supporting the case for him to be in that role. He and the rest of the guys at 4 through 10 are going to elevate their level of play now in preparation for the inevitable changes that the 24-25 season will bring with Martin, McDaniel and Chopra moving on.
 
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Georgia Tech needs to make the NCAA tournament this year. They’ve only made it once in the last five seasons.


Edit: this got me thinking about how static ACC men’s tennis has been over the past decade to 15 years. For the most part, programs have settled into their set rungs within the ACC with few deviations.
 
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Georgia Tech needs to make the NCAA tournament this year. They’ve only made it once in the last five seasons.


Edit: this got me thinking about how static ACC men’s tennis has been over the past decade to 15 years. For the most part, programs have settled into their set rungs within the ACC with few deviations.
I'm hoping for and wanting more than that. I would love to see the GT teams consistently make the tournament each year (even if they lose first round). Call me ambitious but if they can get and maintain depth in the lineup, I think they could consistently be a top 5 team (at no. 5) in the ACC. They're just not crossing the finish line enough in those 4-3 exchanges.
 
Veteran Wolfpack team takes doubles from South Carolina in Columbia. They need to finish off one of these upsets this year. Last year they had match points at Texas that would have changed the entire trajectory of their season had they converted on one of them.
 
In finishing position again in a big moment. Deciding set leads on 3 courts. Can they close it out?

Edit: They can! But not in the way expected as Staeheli rallied on 3 and dominated the third set after Catry could not close it out on 1. HUGE win for the Pack
 
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Kentucky beat UVA. UVA isn’t very deep with Rodesch and Montes out of the lineup. That could be an issue come NCAAs if either or both of them are injured
 
Yeah I know people are saying it’s expected without their top 2 but I would have honestly expected better. This is not the Kenctuky of year’s past that they lost to.

ACC weekend recap:

Duke - 4-3 losses to Illinois and Northwestern. Rodenas missing is a big blow for their season aspirations.

North Carolina another loss to Illinois

Wake Forest - nice 5-2 win over Columbia. Dominating wins at the bottom of the lineup. Tough match at Ohio State. Gave them a better test than Virginia did (yes the missing players).

NC State - huge huge huge win over South Carolina. Finally got over the hump and converted one of those ranking boosting wins that will help them all season long. Followed it up with a 4-3 loss to Columbia. Little bit of a letdown considering Wake beat them but not a bad loss ultimately.

FSU - great dominating win over Florida. Didn’t let them hang around in a year where the Noles are the stronger team.

Boston college - lost to Furman. It’s the NIL era now. Time to try something else up there man.
 
Brancatelli lost from 7-5 4-1 up against Ratiu. It ended up being 5-2 for UGA anyway but it felt like that lost lead changed the momentum in favor the Dawgs.
 

jcgatennismom

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Brancatelli lost from 7-5 4-1 up against Ratiu. It ended up being 5-2 for UGA anyway but it felt like that lost lead changed the momentum in favor the Dawgs.
Was at the match. Great momentum going into singles Chopra was up 3-0 in 1st set, got pushback from MPP and folded. McDaniel was up 4-0 40-0 in 1st set and then lost that game and the next. GT just couldnt manage the momentum changes, and Pausell played great at 1 after not even being a regular in the lineup for UGA last year. Brancatelli every time it was deuce in the 1st set he took the point; then late in the 2nd, he couldnt win any deuce points. UGA is always a hard place to play and GT was just not mentally tough enough today.
 

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Was at the match. Great momentum going into singles Chopra was up 3-0 in 1st set, got pushback from MPP and folded. McDaniel was up 4-0 40-0 in 1st set and then lost that game and the next. GT just couldnt manage the momentum changes, and Pausell played great at 1 after not even being a regular in the lineup for UGA last year. Brancatelli every time it was deuce in the 1st set he took the point; then late in the 2nd, he couldnt win any deuce points. UGA is always a hard place to play and GT was just not mentally tough enough today.

I wasn't able to attend in person but that seems to be it. It's mental. Sachdev and Brancatelli had first sets on their opponents and couldn't hold the momentum and intensity it seems. Paulsell must have really leveled up since the fall because he simply didn't have the presence of past UGA no. 1s then.
 
Wake Forest with a big match at South Carolina today. I think Wake will win. SC still adjusting to Thompson being out and Wake has been playing pretty well.

Wake getting Franco Capalbo into the lineup would be helpful. He was supposed to be a big transfer piece.
 
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Wake Forest with a big match at South Carolina today. I think Wake will win. SC still adjusting to Thompson being out and Wake has been playing pretty well.

Wake getting Franco Capalbo into the lineup would be helpful. He was supposed to be a big transfer piece.
it was also announced that Gabi (Adrian) Boitan was transferring from Baylor to Wake Forest (after playing on pro tour for quite a while). Are they still trying to get Boitan eligible ?
is Capalbo injured? Unlike Boitan, Capalbo shows on their roster.
 

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Probably not pc but Forbes of UNC is unrecognizable with all the weight she’s gained. Totally different from how she was at UCLA. Had to do a double take.
 

ClarkC

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I see that UVA is still stacking the doubles, with Graziani and Hopper at #1 doubles ..... where they beat Thomas Paulsell and Ryan Colby of Georgia, 6-1, yesterday. :)
 

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I see that UVA is still stacking the doubles, with Graziani and Hopper at #1 doubles ..... where they beat Thomas Paulsell and Ryan Colby of Georgia, 6-1, yesterday. :)
Have to say they are doing well. Pleasantly surprised at their success. More power to them.
 
Crushing loss to Louisville 4-3 to Harvard that came down to a last set where it was 5-5 in the 3rd. These are the type of losses the crush seasons with how the ITA ranking system works. Missing chances for big ranking wins kill you.
 
Let's do some ACC power rankings by tier before conference play starts this weekend.

-- Tier 1
7 Virginia
3 Wake Forest - probably over-ranked at #3 but I think they've shown enough this season so far to be put in the same tier as Virginia. Capalbo coming back could strengthen them more as well.

-- Tier 2
11 Duke - just behind the top two. Certainly capable of beating Wake but less of a threat to other national top teams than Wake is. Duke's lower lineup has been weaker than expected so far this year.
22 NC State - gets the slightest of nods over FSU right now
17 Florida State - Always seem to be a bit under the radar but they've now had 25 consecutive weeks in the top 25. The question is if they can beat the other teams in this tier to make the next step to making the top 16.

-- Tier 3
27 Louisville - you could put Louisville in tier 2 but they have to prove they can pull out a big win first. Good at beating the teams below them and then coming close to teams ranked ahead but never actually finishing a result which keeps them stuck in the 25-40 ranking range and prevents upward mobility.
48 North Carolina - probably the weakest UNC team since 2012 but still capable of pulling an upset or two this year.
37 Georgia Tech - Seems like an improved team but still will be hard for them to finish above this spot in the ACC.

-- Tier 4
68 Clemson - Looks like an improved team from a year ago despite being lower in the ITA rankings (43 at this point last year). Probably won't threaten the tiers above much but should get wins within tier 4.
61 Miami - Not as good as last year but the common opponent win over Wisconsin gives them the slight edge over Notre Dame who lost to the Badgers.
63 Notre Dame - A little better than last year's poor season but still not enough improvement to make too much of a move in conference.
59 Virginia Tech - Have played a paper soft schedule so far and just don't look very strong this year. Candidate for a 1-11 ACC season.

-- Tier 5
Boston College - Feel like they should try something different at some point. Look at what Michigan State has done.


I expect these teams to mostly stay true to their tiers. There will likely be a couple of one tier difference upsets but probably not enough to create big tier shifts.
 
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Georgia Tech lost a brutal one in Chapel Hill. Came down to a 3rd set breaker which Biagiotti dropped at 4. Do you think Brancatelli’s absence will hurt the Jacket much in the Acc slate?
Was there rooting for GT - atmosphere was electric, Biagiotti was up 5-3 in the 3rd and could not hold it due to nerves. They let this one get away. Sachdev came through which was great to see. Hoping McDaniel can get back on a winning streak. If he and Arora can step up, all else being the same with Martin and Chopra, they can cover for Brancatelli I think.
 

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Georgia Tech lost a brutal one in Chapel Hill. Came down to a 3rd set breaker which Biagiotti dropped at 4. Do you think Brancatelli’s absence will hurt the Jacket much in the slate.
Initially, I thought it would but Brancatelli was inconsistent in his appearances before the injury. Had he been winning consistently, I would have answered your question with a definitive "Yes." In contrast, Sachdev has really solidified his play. I watched his match against UNCW and though he lost that match, he was super focused and had a solid gameplan. He simply missed out on a couple of critical points and his opponent was able to exploit the super-windy conditions better that day. My concern now is with Biagiotti. He's playing higher in the lineup than his collegiate tennis maturity might deem at the moment. He's a relatively big guy who should have a much bigger game than the way he plays and the GT coaches are going to have to coax him out of his shell.

But to answer the question regarding the rest of the ACC slate -- BC, VT, Clemson & Notre Dame (Win), WF, FSU, UVA (Threaten but take the L. If there's a win in any of those, it's going to be 4-3 GT), Miami (4-3 W), NC State -- Toss up. I don't think Brancatelli's presence would have impacted these predicted results for me given his pre-injury form.
 
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I seriously wonder if Rodenas is playing injured. There’s no way he should be losing to Chopra. The guy had an amazing summer on tour.
 

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I seriously wonder if Rodenas is playing injured. There’s no way he should be losing to Chopra. The guy had an amazing summer on tour.
Chopra's deceptive. He's elevated his style of game and has added some offense to complement his counter-punching style. He's an opportunist on the court and this version of who he is now is going to challenge lots of players that can't sustain a winning offense.
 
Yeh but overall I agree. Rodenas was unbeatable last year has already taken several losses this year, two this weekend where he won the first set.

Something is up with Duke as a whole. Bottom of the lineup not doing well all year. Johns losing some unexpected ones as well. Really only Zhang at #3 has been reliable, until today’s loss at least.
 

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Yeh but overall I agree. Rodenas was unbeatable last year has already taken several losses this year, two this weekend where he won the first set.

Something is up with Duke as a whole. Bottom of the lineup not doing well all year. Johns losing some unexpected ones as well. Really only Zhang at #3 has been reliable, until today’s loss at least.

Yeah..I can only speak to the players I get to see and have seen personally on a regular basis. Martin, Chopra and McDaniel are all positively "different" than last year for GT. The switch of moving McDaniel to 3 has also been a strategic benefit to GT as well. All 3 are playing at a level that's well above what they delivered last season.
 
Chopra's deceptive. He's elevated his style of game and has added some offense to complement his counter-punching style. He's an opportunist on the court and this version of who he is now is going to challenge lots of players that can't sustain a winning offense.
Chopra got destroyed by Miguel Perez Pena when Tech played at Georgia.
 
I was really surprised to see J. Van der Schulenberg lose today at 4 to NC State.
At Lake Nona last May, JVDS destroyed JJ Tracy at 3.
JVDS was an almost never lose number 3 last year for Virginia.
 

fireForehand

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Let's not ignore the theatrics from the Clemson volunteer assistant coach (not main two guys) today against UNC. Seriously, 'collapsing' after accidentally walking into a ball during a critical moment on court 4? Right at 4-4 in the third set, he chose to dramatically hit the deck, roll around, and then stagger—all at a crucial deuce. It was only after the head coach intervened that the charade stopped. This stunt directly impacted this court and the one next to it. It's one thing to be competitive, but this? It's another level of gamesmanship that really shouldn't have a place in college tennis. edit - Clemson player was serving
 
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mikej

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Let's not ignore the theatrics from the Clemson assistant coach today against UNC. Seriously, 'collapsing' after accidentally walking into a ball during a critical moment on court 4? Right at 4-4 in the third set, he chose to dramatically hit the deck, roll around, and then stagger—all at a crucial deuce. It was only after the head coach intervened that the charade stopped. This stunt directly impacted the game, especially unfortunate for the UNC freshman who was serving and lost a vital point to fall behind 4-5. It's one thing to be competitive, but this? It's another level of gamesmanship that really shouldn't have a place in college tennis.
yet another reason the coaches shouldn't be walking around on the courts in the middle of games, coaching every point, it has definitely gotten out of control
 

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Chopra got destroyed by Miguel Perez Pena when Tech played at Georgia.
I figured someone was going to bring that up. A 6-4, 6-3 loss is not what I'd call being destroyed. It's also my understanding that Chopra was up 4-1 in the first set. So a mental breakdown more than anything it seems.

The match against UGA isn't just physical but mental for the GT tennis teams. There's so much pressure for GT to get a win over UGA that they let the pressure get to them. On the flip, McDaniel downed Colby 6-3, 6-3. I wouldn't call that being destroyed either.

I had several "informants" there during the match, including one who works for UGA, and they stated that the GT men were way more competitive than they had seen in recent years. The GT men could have taken the match but the UGA atmosphere is always a tough one when you're a GT player.
 
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