Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by Clemson_tennis, Jan 31, 2012.
Both players need to stop coming to net as both of them are being easily passed each time they do.
Almost had 'em. Tough loss for the Tigers.
Gotta credit Tennessee. Much more mature of a team this year.
Ugh this one hurts. But proud of the teams effort.
The loss hurts more for 2 reasons:
1. The team was a mature one. 5 of the 8 players are moving on after this season. It was the culmination of the past few years of work.
2. There was a good chance to make the Elite 8. Mississippi State is beatable and this could have been the first elite 8 team at Clemson since 2004 and likely would have been put up in the tennis center like 2004 has been.
I'm looking forward to seeing the doubles and individual draw to see where the Maden's get drawn. I think the Maden doubles team can make a deep run.
Yannick Maden playing Gonzales Austin tomorrow at 4 pm eastern. Maden usually does not mind playing lefties so I think he should beat Austin. Jenkins is not a good 2nd round draw because he is 0-3 vs Jenkins and with one unfinished while trailing. If Wagland can beat Jenkins again then things will get interesting.
Maden beat Austin 6-3 6-4. Many breaks in this match, especially in the 2nd set. Austin was just not patient enough and tried making magic shots out of nothing.
Round 5 vs Jenkins tomorrow. It's going to take a herculean effort to get to the round of 16, which would mean All-American status.
I wish Maden got a better draw. It would have been better for him to play someone new like a Kobelt rather than Jenkins once again.
Clemson finishes 21. Big improvement from 60s of last year.
I didn't mention this, but I was fairly disappointed that the Madens lost in the 1st round of the doubles tournament. They won the first set 6-2 then fell 4-6 4-6. I was expecting a good run in the tournament. I'd like to see the Madens try some European challengers in doubles. They have phenomenal chemistry and variety of shot. Weakness is the serves of both players.
The indoor draft. The top choices would be Vanderbilt, Miss State, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Florida. We pick behind Cal,Wake,SC and Memphis. Cal will probably choose a west coast destination or maybe not if they want to have a better chance to advance. Clemson's location will depend on Wake and SC. I would avoid those two schools in the same region, do not pick the region they go to. Choosing to be the 3 seed vs a 2 seed Memphis would be ok but not the best choice.
I suspect that SC and Wake will choose one of the destinations I mentioned. So whichever one is still empty and the one where the Tigers could take the 2 seed would be best.
Ah Ole Miss. Good choice. That's not somewhere Clemson goes often.
Illinois and Michigan sandwiched us in the Oxford region. This will be a tough region. The new players will get a good experience from it.
Yannick Maden makes the quarters of an Austrian future. Knocked off world #428 in the first round. Nice run from him after qualifying.
Ok we can officially call Luke Johnson a Clemson Tiger now
Are you the coach of Clemson?
I was a student at Clemson for the past 4 years. For my first two years I was simply a fan. My junior and senior year I was the manager of the team. I was in charge of several things that the team needed and was able to go with the team on the majority of the away trips for the past 2 seasons which is how I was able to see every ACC team and venue. I was able to interact with the team and coaches nearly daily for 2 years. So I feel it's ok to reveal that now since I am now moving to San Antonio for graduate school. I will still follow the team of course but I will not be able to see them that much. Time to rely on sources and those great college tennis live stats.
Yannick Maden made the final of the Freiburg future last week and he and Dom won the event in doubles.
also the 2014 schedule is out. Big home matches with Auburn and Notre Dame. Road matches at the ITA and Blue Gray.
Yannick makes another German future final. Defeated the #1 seed and world #310 Jebavy 6-4 6-4 in the semis.
Yannick won the future! Excellent results for him
Today I was blindsided by the news that 2 new Spaniards are on the Clemson team this year.
Both of them are unranked in the ATP. Not alot of info on either. Spain is a new pipeline for Clemson, it'll be interesting to see how they do. This obviously means some of the freshman who were committed aren't actually coming now. I know Khachatryan is no longer coming and maybe one more.
Also Robert Dudley from Ireland will be on the team.
Hampton Drake told me recently he's committing to Clemson. Congratulations.
Given that Spain has a gazillion futures the fact they are unranked may not bode too well. Never know though.
Actually I just realized that Alejandro Augusto is a transfer from Tennessee Tech. He played #2 there. Had a few decent wins last year, one over Chaplin of Tennessee.
ok so I finally know the whole roster for the upcoming year based on the All-American selections because the Clemson athletics website certainly wasn't going to tell me. So it looks like Zach Kennedy isn't coming.
Hunter Harrington gets into qualies while everybody else into pre-qualies. Dom Maden should have been chosen into qualies over several of the other selections, particularly Chip Cox, Bruno Semenzato, Diego Galeano, Garrett Brasseaux, Jordan Angus, Marco Nunez and Gordon Watson.
based on what I know of each player this is my pre-fall tournament projected line-up. This may change following the fall events.
1. 68 Hunter Harrington - His power strike first game should translate well to the #1 position. He really upped his game last year and if he improves again for this season he could be a solid #1, probably not at Yannick Maden's level as a #1 but still pretty good.
2. Dom Maden - The last two seasons there has been a player on Clemson that has greatly improved from one year to the next, two years ago it was Gerardo Meza, last year it was Hunter Harrington this year it needs to be Dom Maden. He played lights out doubles last year and was a pretty solid #4, but his game must be upped to be a good #2. His athleticism and shots are there, consistency must be there for this jump in position.
3. Alejandro Augusto-Bueno - Played#2 for Tenn Tech last year and had some decent wins. His freshman year results at TennT were pretty bad, but they greatly improved in his sophomore year, meaning that he is a player who is improving now rather than has already peaked and hopefully thereis another level he can take his game to this year. The Tenn Tech website said "Alejandro has the potential to be one of the top 100players in the nation in the coming years" taking that from a homer site but good to hear nonetheless.
4. Austin Ansari - Started last year on fire, not losing a dual match until losing to Jason Tahir. Has the type of game that can greatly improve. Very quick racket speed on the forehand and is a very athletic player. Serve must improve to stay solid at #4.
5. Luke Johnson - Had mixed results at Florida at #6 last season. I see he is paired with Dom Maden for the fall tournaments in doubles, indicating that he is a pretty good doubles player. I'm placing him at 5 based on his experience from last year.
6. Robert Dudley - #6 is a toss up between 3 guys. I give the slight edge to Dudley based on what I saw of his hitting in the spring this year, very limited sample of course.
7.Brent Lett - Will probably play 6 a good amount on a rotational basis. The best American based recruit coming in this year for Clemson. Never seen him play so hard to base his game.
8. Fernando Sanchez-Sala - Could play 6 some. Doesn't have a lot of results to base anything on. For all I know he could be 11 all season but I'm just putting some faith into Spanish tennis here.
the auxiliary players this year
these 3 aren't ready for matches yet at the college level. Strawn will be a valuable hitting partner being a lefty, something Clemson hasn't had in a while. And also Parker can give some different looks in practice because of his two-hand forehand.
Good analysis of your team. I wish we had more posters here who covered their team like this.
Views on each player after the Athens event:
Harrington - Took care of business against lesser opponents which is good. Last year he would let some inferior opponents hang around too long. Had a 7-6 4-0 lead on Wagland before giving away. Overall a positive tournament for Harrington as he looks to step it up for the upcoming season at #1.
Dom Maden - Two bad losses for Dom. The two guys he lost to are good players but still players that he should beat. Maden always has a much better spring than fall, last year he had a poor fall as well but then had a solid spring.
Alejandro Augusto-Bueno - Two tough losses to decent players. Rhys Johnson is a weird guy to play and Verpeaux was a solid player for GSU last year. Would have been nice if could have won one of these two. But it shows that he is at least at this level.
Austin Ansari - Got a routine win over a D2 player. Then gave Austin of Vandy a decent match. Not much to glean here.
Luke Johnson - One win and one loss. Lost to FAU's 4-5 player from last year. Not the best loss.
Robert Dudley - Appeared to have a bad loss to Hellier 6-1 6-1 but Hellier went on to win the D2 singles flight. Dudley rebounded with wins over Stetson's #5 and then a very solid 6-4 7-5 win over USF's #3 Sabogal.
Daniel Strawn - Coupled with Harrington in doubles which looks like a decent team. Got a win in the first round in singles then fell to Eswaran of Vandy in round 2.
Brent Lett - Got a win over an Alabama new guy and then over a UAB player before getting beat handily by a Charlotte player.
Fernando Sala-Sanchez - It was the flight 3 draw but FSS made a solid run to the semis. Getting a very tough 3 set win over USF's #5 player from a year ago before eventually falling to the eventual champ of that flight of singles from Barry.
Christian Harris - One easy win and then an easy loss.
I'm not really going to count McMullen.
Overall an ok tournament from the Clemson contingent. Main positives to take away were Harrington's play, Dudley's win over Sabogal and Sala-Sanchez's results.
Fairly encouraging result for Sala-Sanchez. Took a set off of Mullane, who was one of MSU's top players last year and a real feisty competitor.
Not the best loss ever for Harrington. The draw had opened up in that section also. Salibasic isn't bad but Harrington still should not be routines by him. Hopefully he can recover and win some matches in the consolations.
In the past losers of the qualifier main draw only received one consolation match. Is it any different this year?
Looks like the draw is set up for two matches.
Sala-Sanchez with a good 6-2 6-2 win over Chris Haworth of Oklahoma State. Haworth played 2 most of the year for OSU. That's the most positive result for Clemson in this whole event. Sala-Sanchez looks like he could be top 6 this year.
you were correct Dawgs. They changed the draw to show only 1 consolation match. Harrington beat Florida freshman Orkin 6-3 6-0 in the consolation match. So good recovery win.
Interesting to see him paired with D Maden in doubles. I'm interested to see how that pairing fares.
Two tigers make the 3rd round if the Carolina regional. Harrington and Augusto-Bueno. And they must face each other in round 3.
I'll do a full recap of the teams' results in here when the tournament is over.
Bueno nearly took out Harrington today.
Where's the results? The draw isn't updated.
You can find it under mens tennis on goduke.com
Saw Harrington got upset, tigers better hope for some big January additions or it could be a long year
Yeah they fall results haven't been very impressive so far. They are reminding me of the fall results of the few years before last year.
I wonder why the fall schedule for Clemson says Texas futures but then none of the players actually go play in those futures.
How did this thread slip to page 2!
The season starts Friday vs Furman. I'll be of course very interested to see what line-up Clemson puts out there and how the new pieces fit.
I was starting to think you had given up on your Tigers! lol
Clemson needs to recruit some talent from south America and Mexico. good pool of talent there, could put Clemson in top 10 and maybe NCAA championships. Give them 100 % scholarship + job at school library with good wage + free room and board.
So should we abandon your previous plan for Clemson to recruit South Korea?
South korea ??? I never said that. I know nothing about south or north korea. Maybe though,,, Japan. Japan has some good talent that is trying real hard to go pro. They could benefit greatly from experiencing D1 competition and help Clemson win at the same time.
Zachary Kennedy is now appearing on the roster. That's good news as I had heard he was the Freshman with the most potential in the summer and then I thought he was not coming. But he's on the team now it appears.
Of course not! It'll be harder to follow though this year since I am unlikely to see any of their matches in person. And I only know the playing style of 3 of the players now. But at least we have the always reliable college tennis live scoring right?
7-0 win over Furman to begin the season today:
1: Hunter Harrington def Alex Christ 6-0 6-2
2: Dom Maden def Matt Browne 6-3 6-3
3: Austin Ansari def Adam Steryous 6-3 6-5
4: Luke Johnson def Juan Sheppard 6-2 6-3
5: Robert Dudley def Jacob Behal 5-6 6-2 6-5(4)
6: Fernando Sanchez-Sala def Joel Cook 6-5 6-3
Alejandro Augusto-Beno did not play. Must have been unavailable.
Decent win. Harrington had a good score vs a player he struggled with last season. Dudley got a gutsy win over a pretty tough customer in Behal. Good to see Johnson get a solid routine win as well.
Clemson looks like a solid top 50/60 team, furman should have hired the buffalo coach if they wanted to be good
I think we are a bit better than that. Bueno in the line-up will help. The teams before last season were 50-70. This team is better than those teams. This will probably be a bubble NCAA team.
good point, agree, that guy is pretty good....but very sad that program has fallen so far
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