UVA def. Wake

#3
Pretty solid stack by UV with Nakashima at 3, Pedroso not scared to play funny with the lineup, Lord who started at "1" last year not even in lineup anymore
 
#5
Looked like a good match. UVA played well. Gojo looked a bit off at 1, Petros also looked a bit sluggish at 2 but got things done. Wake was up a set and a break at 1 and 6, but UVA battled back. Wake will have to figure out 5-6 singles, like they had to do all of last year. I think ultimately we'll see Banthia at 5 and Gadjiev, Cungu, or Solomon at 6.
 
#6
Does anyone think that Wake's loss was partially due to Gojo being tired from the Challenger and then Bresky watching Gojo in Dallas instead of coaching team practice for a couple days? Wake has a deep roster, and maybe if Bresky had been home all week, he might have tweaked performances or put different players in the lineup. Several current college players have played Challengers/Futures after the start of dual season-Wolf, Rybakov, Cressy, Roy Smith, Blumberg, and Gojo, but is Bresky the only coach who has left team to watch for a couple days in season? Of course Tucker could watch Wolf in Columbus but I dont think he went to Cleveland. Is this the 1st year (due to Transition Tour and players needing to maximize Challenger WCs) that so many players have played circuit matches after the start of dual season? It's expected in the fall, but after mid January too? Personally I am glad to see Wake lose as it isnt interesting to have the same team on the top for more than 2 years, but I do think coaches should at least put teams first before individual players. Can't players fly on own and catch an Uber?
 
#7
Does anyone think that Wake's loss was partially due to Gojo being tired from the Challenger and then Bresky watching Gojo in Dallas instead of coaching team practice for a couple days? Wake has a deep roster, and maybe if Bresky had been home all week, he might have tweaked performances or put different players in the lineup. Several current college players have played Challengers/Futures after the start of dual season-Wolf, Rybakov, Cressy, Roy Smith, Blumberg, and Gojo, but is Bresky the only coach who has left team to watch for a couple days in season? Of course Tucker could watch Wolf in Columbus but I dont think he went to Cleveland. Is this the 1st year (due to Transition Tour and players needing to maximize Challenger WCs) that so many players have played circuit matches after the start of dual season? It's expected in the fall, but after mid January too? Personally I am glad to see Wake lose as it isnt interesting to have the same team on the top for more than 2 years, but I do think coaches should at least put teams first before individual players. Can't players fly on own and catch an Uber?
Gojo definitely may have been affected by flying back the previous day from Dallas.

In regards to Bresky's schedule, who knows. I think if Bresky is going to continue to recruit and support the very top notch players, which he plans to do, then he'll need to support them when they play pro tourneys. I do know that I often see Bresky giving individual instruction to all players on the team at the Wake Indoor. He was working hard with Zlobinsky individually last week, so I know they all get a lot of attention/instruction.
 
#8
Yeah I agree that could've been a factor. I don't blame Wake for losing 1 and 3. Soderlund is a very dangerous player and can beat anyone on a good day and Nakashima will be hard for anyone to beat at 3.
But Wake certainly could've performed better at 4-6. You're right that they are very deep and there's not much separating #3 all the way down to as low as 9. Bresky will probably play with the lineup a lot throughout the year and is still figuring out the best place each player fits in.

I disagree about Wake being boring already. They won the title only 1 time so far. College tennis is a sport of domination, Virginia and USC have had much longer spells of dominance recently than Wake. Wake is still kinda the new kid on the block.
 
#9
Brandon was on a losing streak. You might want to investigate the facts before making a fool of yourself.
Yeah you must be right, excuse my foolish opinion you god of all tennis knowledge:

Brandon Nakashima 14.27 UTR
Henrik Wiersholm 13.55 UTR

@thaikwiatkowski What if all dual match lineups were made using strictly @MyUTR ratings...? That would be pretty cool. No stacking ever really. Or use trending utr for guys coming back from injury @ITA_Tennis @NCAATennis 11:40pm 2/7/19
 
#12
#13
What if all dual match lineups were made using strictly @MyUTR ratings...? That would be pretty cool. No stacking ever really. Or use trending utr for guys coming back from injury @ITA_Tennis @NCAATennis 11:40pm 2/7/19
So as long as Brandon keeps losing at 1 singles, likely in a competitive way, he'd be forced to play 1 as long as he had the highest UTR? That doesn't make a lot of sense. Maybe a coach doesn't have detailed knowledge about every player in the country, but I firmly believe a coach knows a lot more about their players than any computer metric.

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#14
So as long as Brandon keeps losing at 1 singles, likely in a competitive way, he'd be forced to play 1 as long as he had the highest UTR? That doesn't make a lot of sense. Maybe a coach doesn't have detailed knowledge about every player in the country, but I firmly believe a coach knows a lot more about their players than any computer metric.

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Brandon lose at #1? He will win the NCAA singles crown. he is that good.
 

ClarkC

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#16
So as long as Brandon keeps losing at 1 singles, likely in a competitive way, he'd be forced to play 1 as long as he had the highest UTR? That doesn't make a lot of sense. Maybe a coach doesn't have detailed knowledge about every player in the country, but I firmly believe a coach knows a lot more about their players than any computer metric.

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No, it is not a wise idea. A coach has to develop young players. When someone takes some losses, you move them down a spot and let him regain confidence, then move him back up. Nakashima had a rough stretch, moved down to #3, had a great NTI, will probably move back up to #2 soon.

If coaches used a computer ranking formula and did not try to develop players in this fashion, this board would be full of people screaming about how college tennis is bad for development, citing examples of top juniors who went to college and lost their confidence, etc.

If you continue to play someone a spot below their talent level for two months after he has regained his confidence, then you are not developing his talent via better matches, and something is wrong with the coaching. Playing someone down a spot for two weeks in order to develop him is fine with anyone knowledgeable in college tennis. This happens all the time with young players who are experiencing the college dual match environment for the first season.
 
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