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We really need to start winning the doubles point more often. The players seem to play down on singles after they drop the doubles.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
I don't think I've ever seen Stanford this down. When I think of a "down" year for Stanford I think of a ranking of 7-14 and a loss in NCAA Rnd 16 or QFs.

I know the college tennis landscape has changed a lot from when Stanford was dominating, but, obviously, they're a great program/university. It's just odd to see them so far outside the college elite. I'm assuming the downturn will be short-lived.
 
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They've been down before. Look no further than 6-7 years ago. Right before Clayton and Klahn, they lost in rd of 32 (ie: 2nd round of NCAA's).
 

ClarkC

Hall of Fame
I think Stanford has had two pretty good recruiting classes in a row. The only problems are (1) that "pretty good" does not include an elite Thacher/Klahn level of player, and (2) those two recruiting classes are all freshmen and sophomores this year and have to carry the team (five out of six singles spots).
 
ClarckC, I would have to agree with you on this unfortunately. The other thing that I would add that does not look good for the future is that the players seem not to be getting better once they get here. If you are not going to get elite talent you have to develop the good talent you get. Without naming names I have been seeing a pattern of players staying the same or getting worse during their 4 years here in Palo Alto. I hope the new guys next year can give the team a bigger lift because I don't see us being a top 25 team with what we have. To add to that, I am dissapointed with the schedule this year, way to soft for the tradition we have. I hope we are not dumbing down our schedule because we know we don't have the talent to compete. I think that would be a recipe for disaster.
I think Stanford has had two pretty good recruiting classes in a row. The only problems are (1) that "pretty good" does not include an elite Thacher/Klahn level of player, and (2) those two recruiting classes are all freshmen and sophomores this year and have to carry the team (five out of six singles spots).
 

SoCal10s

Hall of Fame
I think Stanford has had two pretty good recruiting classes in a row. The only problems are (1) that "pretty good" does not include an elite Thacher/Klahn level of player, and (2) those two recruiting classes are all freshmen and sophomores this year and have to carry the team (five out of six singles spots).

as you say ''pretty good'' those guys can fill the #5 and #6 spots but who's at the top ?
 

epaige

Rookie
Stanford men like Carolina's basketball team this year. UNC was left for dead with no chance to make the tournament. The Card's run to the tournament began today.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Nolan hurt his back in doubles versus Washington. Was in pain during warmup for Oregon.
What is up with Stanford players and injuries ? studying too much and not preparing for the match properly maybe causing more injuries than we would like.
 

Joeyg

Semi-Pro
What is up with Stanford players and injuries ? studying too much and not preparing for the match properly maybe causing more injuries than we would like.
Probably right. Let's make sure we get those priorities set properly. Tennis is so much more important than those silly classes they make athletes take.
 

andfor

Legend
So at Stanford their athletic teams don't practice as much as other D1 teams due to high academic standards? Does this also mean they don't have first rate facilities and resources like trainers, tutoring, labs, etc.
 

SoCal10s

Hall of Fame
So at Stanford their athletic teams don't practice as much as other D1 teams due to high academic standards? Does this also mean they don't have first rate facilities and resources like trainers, tutoring, labs, etc.
I agree with you .. what a load of crock ... Stanford gets the pick of the litter with recruits and turns them into 'has-beens' players faster than the USTA .. Harvard is currently ranked #18 in D1 and I know some of those kids study and keep their academics up while still they are able to surpass Stanford top recruits .. how is that possible ?
 

epaige

Rookie
Stanford's days will come. They were in UCLA match and could have won. Also won doubles point versus USC. Got a bad break versus Ducks with the injury. You gotta believe.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
OJAI, Calif.- No. 41 Stanford topped No. 33 Washington 4-2 on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Championships.
 

matchplay

Rookie
have to have been on top to fall so far.
only five or six programs can even qualify to fall so far
a young bunch, working hard both on court & in the classroom
 

epaige

Rookie
I've always liked the acronym that Virginia uses: ABC (Anybody But Carolina). Says so much about a school when they define themselves by others' misfortune. On another note please notice the amount of individual academic all americans that Stanford men's tennis produces each year (3.5 gpa for the year), and the times the team has achieved academic all american status (overall team gpa of 3.2 for the year).
 

mikej

Hall of Fame
And this year Card senior Dennis Lin claims the PAC-12 men's tennis scholar/athlete award.
Fabulous - he must be a great scholar since he barely contributes as an athlete :)

We've played this game with db before (probably 2 yrs ago now) so I'm not going to rehash it for 30 posts and make everyone hate this forum again - other schools have plenty of great academic success as well from their tennis teams - but if you want to keep patting your son's team on the back we can sit back, watch, and smile at the fatherly pride :)
 

andfor

Legend
It's pretty cool the kids father has come here and participates. Taking it as face value, I see it as him just posting academic accolades.
 

SoCal10s

Hall of Fame
epaige is cool ... tennis is only tennis ...what do all these guys do after their 4 years after being used by their college for their tennis skills ? sometimes I really feel sorry for all theses tennis players who spent their whole life hitting a good tennis ball but not good enough to make pros ..

dennis lin is a great guy ,quiet hard working chap,a true role model for kids to look up to ..
 
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10isplayer

Semi-Pro
epaige is cool ... tennis is only tennis ...what do all these guys do after their 4 years after being used by their college for their tennis skills ? sometimes I really feel sorry for all theses tennis players who spent their whole life hitting a good tennis ball but not good enough to make pros ..

dennis lin is a great guy ,quiet hard working chap,a true role model for asian kids to look up to ..
why only asian kids?! sounds like he is good role model for all kids
 
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