Hark the sound: Tar Heel tennis

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  1. jaggy

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    Given recent success and the strong chance of the women winning a national title this season I felt a UNC thread was overdue. The men are a solid top 10 team this year I think. Hopefully this is not a duplicate thread, I couldn't find anything using the search function.
     
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    The men are going to be very deep this year. They have 8 good players capable of contributing but I don't think they will have the same success as a year ago. I think they will hang around 10 - 15 give or take. I think Ronnie will struggle at #1 against the best teams. William Blumberg will do great at 2 and I think eventually take over at 1 but as we've seen with almost all top freshman, it's an adjustment playing at #1. I think Simon will fall in at #3, but he's not going to be the stalwart like Brett Clark was there. Robert Kelly will be a good #4 I think, perhaps one of their strongest points. Jack Murray should be a lock for 5 or 6 and will be strong at either spot. I'd probably go with Josh Peck at either 5 or 6 alongside Murray, but no doubt Bo Boyden and Anu Kodali will be in the running as well. I do think they have ability to be stronger at dubs this year. Last year their 3 dubs was almost a throw away, which meant they had to win 1 and 2, and fortunately for them their 1 team was a top 5 team. They are without a doubt a top 3 team in the ACC again, UVA and Wake just happen to be 1 and 2 in the country.
     
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    Ronnie vs. Carl Soderlund later today in CA will be a good litmus test.
     
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    I loosely follow the women's team, as a local girl from the town I live in currently (Jessie Aney) plays for them. Looks like they are pretty stacked this year with 3 girls including Aney ranked in the top 10 and #2 team ranking. Ironically, the #1 team Florida has added Ingrid Neel, also grew up here before going to Bolletieri in Florida.
     
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    Jessie Aney is fun to watch. She hits a one handed backhand and comes to the net a lot, including on 2nd serves sometimes.
     
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    Ball State Tennis starting their season off playing UNC in Chapel Hill.
    I've got a personal rooting interest so I'll be at the Cone-Kenfield tennis center Saturday morning.
    I know it's an older facility but I love watching indoor matches there.
    Gotta say it
    GO CARDS !
     
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    Women on Saturday, men on Sunday. I don't expect too many close sets either day.
     
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    Unfortunately the UNC men's non-conference schedule is really weak. They play at #17 Illinois on Feb 4, and host Ole Miss, who is probably low 30s, on Feb 11. They drew ND in the ITA kickoff weekend and will obviously play some good teams at National Indoors, but no other big matches, and they play at Wake and at UVA, so the best home match will be a toss up between ND, Ole Miss, and Duke, none of whom are in top 25 currently.
     
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    I wondered about this too, they did not post their schedule until very late so maybe they tried to find someone else. No idea why it is so weak.
     
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    Ole Miss is 26 right now. We'll see what happens between now and then, but I don't know if I would call them a weak team.
     
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    No it was more the overall schedule I meant, I think Ole Miss and Illinois both have a good shot of beating UNC.
     
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