Clemson Tiger tennis

Yeah I don’t know why Liu wasn’t in there. They finally plugged in Vialmin. I wasn’t able to attend that match. Definitely a bad loss since Charlotte is not as good of a team this year after losing Keist and has already lost to BC.

Princeton and Georgia State coming in this weekend. I will go to those matches. It would actually be a surprise to win one of those matches.
 

chic

Semi-Pro
They've turned this Princeton game into an exciting match. Some questionable calls and Princeton is getting maddddd (although they're cutting both ways, this is the first time they're helping Clemson more than hurting)
 
They've turned this Princeton game into an exciting match. Some questionable calls and Princeton is getting maddddd (although they're cutting both ways, this is the first time they're helping Clemson more than hurting)
Yeah I will admit that Clemson has definitely squeezed the line on a few calls and the umps haven’t overruled accept on 1 occasion
 
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Two wild matches this weekend. 4-3 wins over Princeton and Georgia State.

In both mathes, Dodens and Kelaidis came through in the clutch. Dodens rallied from 0-4 down in the 3rd set today vs Georgia State to win 7-5 vs Bailey Showers. Showers had a very powerful two handed lefty forehand that was so hot and cold. He destroyed a 2nd serve for a clean winner at 3-0 40-40 to go up 4-0 and it looked like he was going to clinch it for the Panthers. But then he started to miss and Dodens maneuvered him around the court to assist in the unraveling.

Some general comments from both matches:

Yizhou Liu sat out in both matches for Clemson, an important player at 2 or 3. He was in the building on Friday but did not see him on Sunday. Matteo Vialmin filled in his position and 2 and did not look good at all in either match. Hopefully Liu comes back fast because there was not much to like about Vialmin's play this weekend on doubles or singles.

Ryan Seggerman #1 for Princeton has one of the more bizarre styles of play that I have seen. He has probably the best kick serve I have seen in college tennis, as he can get it up really high and put a type of screwball spin on it. He has a ton of spin and work on his forehand, a lot like Jack Sock. But Seggerman often mishit it, which created a lot of framed balls, many of which missed the court by a mile. And for how big he could hit the ball at times, he played a lot of cat and mouse points, going to drop shots and squash slice forehands, sometimes it worked perfectly and sometimes it was a disaster. A topsy-turvy experience.

Quentin Coulaud of Georgia State, who played #1 singles is one of those players that goes out of his way to seek confrontation, one of the most extreme I have seen in that regard. Some players enjoy being the "annoying player", most teams have at least one, some teams have many and Coulaud certainly fills that role. He got a point penalty in the first set for mimicking gestures on his racket handle and antagonizing the crowd. He had several arguments with the chair umpire, a couple of them lasting several minutes. And that was all during a 6-4 6-4 victory, I can't imagine the drama during a close three-setter for him.
 
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Nastase

Rookie
Two surprising wins congrats. I'm very surprised they beat Ga State, that's a good team. No dog in this hunt but I must say in fairness my observations have been - The GSU player you spoke about is very emotional and a bit loud and in your face for my tastes (the whole GS team is a too loud and amped for my tastes), but I've personally never seen him go out of his way to create probs or be unfair. Also, the #1 for Clemson came to campus with a reputation for creative calls and I've seen first hand his chicanery. Sometimes when you play a guy with that reputation you are on alert a bit to the possibility of issues and therefore this kind of bs happens. I did not see this match but am well familiar with both teams and think my comments are fair.
 
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Diaz-Freire was overruled on the third point of the match. I did not see the ball clearly enough but that is rare that you see an official overrule that early in the match so it I'll assume it was a ball call by Diaz-Freire and that got Coulaud going early. Diaz-Freire was then overruled again a few games later and flirted with a third overrule late in the set, (which is actually what the big minute long discussion was about, that require 3 officials to come over).

There were many bad calls between both teams. I noticed players calling balls out on deuce points because what do they have to lose? Maybe the official wasn't looking or something. Bailey Showers at 5 for GSU made perhaps THE most egregious call I have seen in the 3rd set on a deuce point when the call was not even close to the baseline and was quickly overruled. Both GSU coaches even gestured in. Something has to be done because players realize there is nothing to lose by calling these balls out on big points.

I will say that Princeton was pretty fair on calls for the most part. But Clemson and G-State were not, both teams were squeezing the lines.
 

chic

Semi-Pro
It's frustrating to watch.

Can we switch to clay.

Or install some 240fps cameras on both ends and have some sorta live review system goin on using frame by frame.
 

chic

Semi-Pro

Liu out for the season :'(
 
Yeah bad news on Liu. Vialmin has to step up now.

Tigers come in at 45th in the first computer rankings. According to the team twitter it’s the first time Clemson has been in the top 50 since 2015... ouch.

45 sets up ok for now though. Big big match at home vs #33 Miami on Friday.
 
That is tough about Liu, he seemed to be playing really well. Is Vialmin a true #2?
No I don’t think so. I haven’t been impressed with him in the matches I’ve seen of him but he still has time to get his legs under him. But the farthest you would drop him is 3 behind Giusca. I don’t think anyone in the Kelaidis/Dodens/Jahn is strong enough to play higher than 4. So the lowest Vialmin should go is 3.
 
No I don’t think so. I haven’t been impressed with him in the matches I’ve seen of him but he still has time to get his legs under him. But the farthest you would drop him is 3 behind Giusca. I don’t think anyone in the Kelaidis/Dodens/Jahn is strong enough to play higher than 4. So the lowest Vialmin should go is 3.
Is Vialmin really Clemson's 7th best UTR guy playing 2? How long can they actually keep that?
 
I think they need to get Vialmin out of the lineup now. He’s a dead weight in the middle. I thought putting him in was ok at first to slide everyone else down but I think Jahn at 5 and -Agee at 6 have better chances to win then Vialmin does. Plus at least Jahn and Agee show fight on the court.
 
Just utterly beat down by ETSU today in the first outdoor match of the year. Clemson won doubles but got rocked in three singles matches. Vialmin (again), Agee and Kelaidis failed to show up and got blasted off the court winning 10 games total combined between the three of them.

Giusca dropped a close match to Rengifo of ETSU, while Jahn and Diaz-Freire were in tight battles. Giusca and Jahn were leading vs FSU on Thursday when the match was stopped, while Diaz-Freire was battling to push his match to three (while Agee, Vialmin and Kelaidis got destroyed again).

Dodens being out in singles hurt because it forced Agee to play. Kelaidis was forced up to 3 which is too high for him (he was double bageled by Pourroy of FSU). I would be surprised if Vialmin wins a match all year.

Thing's aren't looking very good for another win this year. Even BC is in question. Best thing to hope for is for Giusca and Jahn to continue to play relatvely well and grab a few wins to build for next year. Diaz-Freire will fight at 1 but he is a senior.
 
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Diaz-Freire is set to transfer to Alabama.
he was set to leave anyway after this year. So he had one year academically ineligible and then just a short year as a “senior” at Clemson. Very minimal impact on the program. Hopefully he can work on his line calls during his graduate season in Bama.

Wonder what Weiss thinks about the move to his old team.

I’m looking forward to next year already. Four pretty well rated interesting new players will finally shake up the program a bit.
 
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