Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by ClarkC, Feb 18, 2011.
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Florida-Miami and UCLA-Clemson are playing right now.
#2 Florida beats a tough #9 Miami 4-1, and #12 Clemson is about to upset #7 UCLA 4-3.
#23 Virginia upsets #3 Baylor 4-3 in a titanic, see-saw match.
VA was an amazing match, up 3-0, then 3-1, with the last three matches (1, 2 and 5) in three sets. 5 battled back but lost, 1 battled back but lost, 2 battled back from 1-5, went ahead 6-5, then didn't convert some match points. Went down 3-6 in breaker, fought back to 5-6, then hit one which appeared wide to the Baylor player and called out. The umpire's hand, palm down, ended Baylor's celebration. Game penalty gave UVA the match.
Absolutely amazing to watch.
Great match summery by new guy. I've watched a lot of tennis but I have never seen a finish like that ! The closest finish in a match should be a two point win. This was a tie (6-6 in the 3rd set tiebreak) with the chairs 4th overrule in the set resulting in the loss of the game,set,MATCH.
Watching as an impartial observer it was very strange seeing Baylor begin celebrating, stop and Virginia start. Just didn't feel right.
Felt kind of awkward, didn't it? How did you like Baylor No. 6 serving underhanded the entire match?
link to video recap/match finish here:
I did see that and watched with some interest. I don't know if she injured herself playing doubles or what.
I am on hand rooting for UNC. Their match against Northwestern was really hard fought. Northwestern had to fill in when they lost their #2 to a broken wrist (in the previous day's match), came in and won the doubles point, then fought till the last court before falling 4 3. Both teams showed a lot of fight.
Today it's Stanford. Should be interesting.
My Girls should wipe out UNC pretty easily. Future of American tennis Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn could go undefeated this season. Look for them to win 10 US opens each in next 15 years.
I saw a speck of Northwestern's Friday play. I was interested in seeing how Nida Hamilton had progressed -- my daughter had seen her play in a mid-west tourney last year. A very big forehand.
Congrats to UVA on the big win - and thanks for knocking out a tough team in Duke's path to the semis. Certainly the women's program is on the rise in Charlottesville.
Duke with third/fourth place finishes in both tournaments, a weekend they can be proud of for sure.
Stanford proved to be too much for UNC. Real strength at the top 4 spots. Florida also looked strong against Duke.
I enjoyed a weekend of watching tennis.
Northwestern is really down compared to the last 5 years, where, they were consistently top 5 and won the Indoor the last two years. They're ranked in the 20s, still good, but a considerable level drop from their recent teams.
They've lost to several lower ranked (at the time) teams, including Vanderbilt and Ga. Tech. But, they had a "good" loss to highly ranked (#6 at the time) Duke 4-3, beat Kentucky and beat #5 Cal at the indoors. Then lost to #4 UNC 4-3 without their #2 player, and lost to Virginia without their #2 player.
So, their record is fairly unimpressive, but if they can ever get it all together, they could be very dangerous come tourney time. Not NCAA champion dangerous, but capable of an upset in the round of 16 (if they make it there, which I'm not assuming) and QFs (a LONG shot as of now, but if the draw is right, maybe). If they're still ranked in the teens or 20s come tournament time, the upset might be in the second round, which is just strange to contemplate because they've hosted the first two rounds and advanced to the round of 16 for nearly all of the past 12 years.
They just don't have any identity yet. Talented, but all the pieces aren't arranged. Things could get a LOT better, or it could just be one of those mediocre (by NU standards) seasons where things just don't come together.
Thanks much for the post -- didn't have the insight.
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