Hark the sound: Tar Heel tennis

jaggy

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#1
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.
 
#2
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.
 

jhick

Professional
#4
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.
 

jaggy

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#5
Jessie Aney is fun to watch. She hits a one handed backhand and comes to the net a lot, including on 2nd serves sometimes.
 
#6
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 !
 
#8
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.
 

jaggy

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#9
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.
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.
 
#12
UNC women's team looking good, giving up just one set in singles vs BSU. They have real depth, should be able to go very deep into both the indoors and NCAAs.
It was fun hanging around the tennis center, felt like old times.
 
#18
Sondergaard had some eligibility issues but now should be cleared to Play?
Yep, I watched some of his match against ND. He was down 4-2 in the 3rd and then lost in straights vs. Vandy. I think he will be ok though. Big serve. Once the season gets going I think he will do well at 3, but he's not an upgrade from Brett Clark.
 

jaggy

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#23
All I have is the score so know nothing about today but Ronnie seems to be on fire, great win and first finished.
 

jaggy

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#28
What a ride, most impressed by Robert Kelly who again made significant progress over the season. Blumberg will be a very strong 1 player and if they recruit well they will again be hard to beat.
 

jaggy

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#31
Still no schedule posted, I talked to someone close to the program who said they have a stud coming in in January so this should help. Still miles behind Wake however but the last 2 years they have performed beyond expectations so should be a fun place to watch.
 
#32
Still no schedule posted, I talked to someone close to the program who said they have a stud coming in in January so this should help. Still miles behind Wake however but the last 2 years they have performed beyond expectations so should be a fun place to watch.
I disagree, in that I think UNC is very close to Wake, and they are possibly the two best teams in the country.
 
#33
Still no schedule posted, I talked to someone close to the program who said they have a stud coming in in January so this should help. Still miles behind Wake however but the last 2 years they have performed beyond expectations so should be a fun place to watch.
Ben Sigouin from Vancouver is the player joining in Jan- ATP 794, was ranked #4 in world junior ITF in Feb 2017.
 
#34
Still no schedule posted, I talked to someone close to the program who said they have a stud coming in in January so this should help. Still miles behind Wake however but the last 2 years they have performed beyond expectations so should be a fun place to watch.
Is the American kid Cernoch they signed showing up in January?
 

jaggy

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#35
They posted their schedule finally but still no roster updates. Illinois, TCU and Texas all visit and they travel to Tulsa.
 

jaggy

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#37
1. Blum
2. Sigouin
3. RK
4. Simon
5. Boyden
6. Kiger

Anyone thinking the lineup will look differently than this?
I would hope that Kodali and Schmidt both push for some time. They have talent from what limited action I have seen.
 

jaggy

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#38
1. Blum
2. Sigouin
3. RK
4. Simon
5. Boyden
6. Kiger

Anyone thinking the lineup will look differently than this?
Peck played 5 and Boyden 6. Kiger played very well at 3 doubles. Good showing, I like Sigouin's game a lot although he may struggle at #2.Tough doubles today but UNC look stronger at doubles than in previous years, a much taller team now.
 

jaggy

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#39
According to the scoreboard (which hasn't had the best of tournaments), Siguoin isn't playing against Ohio State. Still took the dubs point however.
 

rod99

Professional
#44
I heard food poisoning but the source wasn't super reliable so could be wrong.
i just got confirmation from someone who works with the team that it was food poisoning. he never left the hotel that day.

osu didn't have seibert who plays #4 so it sort of evened out. but losing a #2 pushes more guys up in the lineup as opposed to #4.
 
#45
i just got confirmation from someone who works with the team that it was food poisoning. he never left the hotel that day.

osu didn't have seibert who plays #4 so it sort of evened out. but losing a #2 pushes more guys up in the lineup as opposed to #4.
Can definitely confirm that it was food poisoning. Ben ended up going to the match as a spectator, but you could definitely tell he was not 100% there.

Btw, super super nice guy and have much respect for almost all the guys on the team. From being around college tennis and most of the top teams, I can't say that to be always true.
 

jaggy

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#47
Carolina had pulled out a few really close wins against opponents ranked below them. This seemed likely to happen at some point.
 
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