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Georgia Tech junior Chris Eubanks accepted a main draw wild card into the BB&T Atlanta Open, which is an ATP 250 event, with his opening round match scheduled for Tuesday, July 25. Eubanks has played in the main draw of the Atlanta event two years in a row though he had to go through qualies last year to do so. Eubanks has been ranked in the ITA Top 10 all year and was recently named the ACC Men’s Player of the Year for the second year in a row. For more information see the release from the BB&T Atlanta Open. 

The NCAA Division II Men’s Round of 16 got underway today in Altamonte Springs, Florida, with #1 West Florida, #2 Barry, #3 Columbus State, #4 Hawaii Pacific, #14 Azusa Pacific, #16 Ferris State, #18 Drury, and #23 Southwest Baptist moving on to tomorrow’s quarterfinal round. Of those eight winners the only lower ranked team to win was Southwest Baptist which defeated #20 St. Mary’s (TX) 5-3. The highest profile matchup in the quarterfinals will be #1 West Florida taking on #4 Hawaii Pacific. For the men’s bracket click here and to see individual match results click hereThe women’s round of 16 gets started tomorrow though I see that #1 BYU-Hawaii and #2 Barry are in the same quarterfinal so I’m not sure what’s going on with the bracket making at the D2 level. The bracket is available here and the box scores from each match are available here. The brackets don’t have any seeds listed (guess they don’t do that?) so it’s kind of hard to tell who is the better team without going through the rankings. 

The NCAA Division III selections were made on Monday with the men’s selections here and the women’s here. Opening round matches are played on Thursday and Friday and then second and third round matches are played on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at campus sites. If you want an education on D3 Tennis head over to division3tennis.com because those guys have all the angles covered. Interesting observation if you type in D3tennis.com that goes to the University of Texas at Tyler.  

The NAIA released the brackets for the upcoming NAIA National Championships which will be held in Mobile, Alabama, from May 16 – 20. Top ranked, undefeated, and three time defending champion Georgia Gwinnett is the men’s top seed though they needed an at-large to get in which seems kind of strange. The top ranked, undefeated, defending national champion Georgia Gwinnett women are the top seed in the women’s draw. To see the men’s bracket click here and for the women click here

Yesterday I previewed the Wake Forest and Stanford Regionals and today I have previews of the North Carolina, California, UCLA, Texas A&M, Georgia, and USC Regionals. The approved final lineups for each team are listed at this link plus I’ve added some additional information, including UTRs, to each of my regional previews. As with yesterday I’ll give the first one away for free but to see the rest you’ll need to be a CTT subscriber ($9.99 month/no long term commitment required). 

 

North Carolina Regional

#9 North Carolina [1] vs. #102 VCU [4] – Friday 1 p.m. ET – VCU is making its first NCAA appearance since 2013 but it’ll be its 21st in the last 27 years. VCU has made it out of the regional rounds only one time with that coming in 2000 when Daniel Andersson led the Rams all the way to the national championship match before it fell to Stanford 4-0. VCU played two ranked teams this season falling to Duke 6-1 and South Florida 4-0. For those that were wondering VCU’s Daryl Monfils is the younger brother of Gael Monfils. North Carolina went undefeated against every team this season that wasn’t Virginia or Wake Forest so I think they’ll be fine in this one.  Prediction: North Carolina 4-0
 
Overall Record: North Carolina 24-4; VCU 14-11
Doubles Record: North Carolina 22-6; VCU 9-12
UTR Power 6: North Carolina 86; VCU 79
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 22 Ronnie Schneider UNC 14.72 20 5
vs.
  Daryl Monfils VCU 13.74 9 10
2 16 William Blumberg UNC 14.74 21 2   Marten Jonsson VCU 13.10 10 10
3 116 Robert Kelly UNC 14.23 18 4   Arvid Noren VCU 13.25 13 5
4   Simon Soendergaard UNC 13.59 8 13   Vitor Lima VCU 13.03 7 11
5   Jack Murray UNC 14.22 21 5   Ignacio Rivero VCU 12.90 11 8
6   Bo Boyden UNC 14.04 19 3   Javier Amantegui VCU 12.98 13 8
Bench Players
7   Anu Kodali UNC 13.35 5 0     Louis ishizaka VCU 12.67 6 5
8   Josh Peck UNC 13.90 1 1   Philip Mobius VCU 12.75 1 3
 
 
#20 South Carolina [2] vs. #73 East Tennessee State [3] – Friday 10 a.m. ET – ETSU is back in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th year in a row, which matches Southern California and is one better than Stanford, so the guys won’t be intimidated by the big stage. ETSU won the Southern Conference final by edging Mercer 4-3 in a season that saw the program change coaches mid-season due to the sudden departure of Yaser Zaatini. ETSU went 0-4 against ranked opponents this year with losses to Wake Forest 6-1, USC 4-0, Georgia State 4-3, and UCF 4-3. ETSU is 2-15 all-time in the NCAAs with its last win coming over Alabama in 2010.  South Carolina is making its first appearance in the NCAAs since 2014 after a solid season that saw the Gamecocks defeat the likes of Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Kentucky, and Texas Tech.
 
If this were last year’s ETSU team, which had a little more depth but lost Rogerio Ribeiro, Sebastian Yllera, and Ismael Merino, I might be inclined to pick the upset here but I don’t think this year’s team has the firepower to pull it off. I could see the doubles point going to ETSU and Biosca and Herrera will be tough outs but I see SC making its hay at 3 through 6. Prediction: South Carolina 4-1
 
Overall Record: South Carolina 20-6, East Tennessee State 16-7
Doubles Record: South Carolina 17-9; East Tennessee State 15-8
UTR Power 6: South Carolina 84; East Tennessee State 80

 

Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 49 Gabriel Friedrich S. Carolina 14.43 12 9
vs.
65 David Biosca ETSU 14.24 17 3
2 71 Harrison O’Keefe S. Carolina 14.13 17 9   Robert Herrera ETSU 13.95 17 4
3   Andrew Schafer S. Carolina 13.88 19 6   Diego Nunez ETSU 13.08 7 11
4   Yancy Dennis S. Carolina 13.89 10 9   Miguel Este ETSU 12.89 5 8
5   Alex Fennell S. Carolina 13.72 17 7   David Gonzalez ETSU 12.91 13 6
6   Paul Jubb S. Carolina 13.46 11 2   Juan Lugo ETSU 12.58 5 4
Bench Players
7   Thomas Mayronne S. Carolina 13.67 6 7     Wenceslao Albin ETSU 12.56 8 11
8   Sam Swank S. Carolina 12.95 1 0            

 

Regional Final: North Carolina hasn’t lost to South Carolina since 2003 and while I think this will be a close match I don’t see North Carolina losing.  I’ll take Schafer and Dennis in singles for SC but I like UNC everywhere else. Prediction: North Carolina 4-2

 

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California Regional

#8 California [1] vs. #100 Tennessee Tech [4] – Friday 4 p.m. ET – Last year was an unbelievable year for Cal that ended with a trip to the NCAA semifinals but this season they’ve hit a few more potholes in the road largely due to many of the guys battling injuries. Tennessee Tech, which is one of only two schools that has men’s tennis but not women’s tennis, is back in the dance for the second year in a row after blanking Eastern Kentucky in the finals of the Ohio Valley Tournament. Tennessee Tech has eight guys on its roster but only six are listed on its postseason roster so they better hope nobody gets injured before the match. Tennessee Tech went 0-3 against ranked opponents with 6-1 losses to UCF, Louisville, and Tennessee. Prediction: Cal 4-0
 
Overall Record: Cal 18-7; Tennessee Tech 13-6
Doubles Record: Cal 19-6 ; Tennessee Tech 12-7
UTR Power 6: Cal 85, Tennessee Tech 77
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 12 Florian Lakat Cal 14.69 12 7
vs.
58 Eduardo Mena TN Tech 13.71 17 2
2 61 Andre Goransson Cal 14.76 12 7   Alberto Esteban TN Tech 12.75 9 8
3   Filip Bergevi Cal 14.16 7 7   Guillermo Nicolas TN Tech 12.85 11 2
4 81 Billy Griffith Cal 14.20 14 6   Jorge Alfonzo TN Tech 12.77 10 4
5   JT Nishimura Cal 13.95 11 5   Marc Mila TN Tech 12.17 7 8
6   Bjorn Hoffmann Cal 13.63 8 11   Carlos Tajes TN Tech 11.99 3 4
Bench Players
7   Connor Heap Cal 12.68 2 5              
8   Dominic Barretto Cal 12.97 1 5            

 

#21 Northwestern [2] vs. #45 Utah State [3] – Friday 1 p.m. ET – Utah State booked its first ever ticket to the dance after blanking UNLV in the finals of the Mountain West Tournament. The Aggies also qualified for the National Team Indoors earlier this season after pulling off a huge stunner over TCU (Cam Norrie didn’t play). Northwestern started off the season by winning its first 10 but then the Cats hit the skids and dropped five straight. Utah State went 1-6 against ranked opponents with the win coming over TCU and the losses coming to San Diego, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, USC, and Georgia. This is a match that Northwestern should win but I think Utah State will be playing loose with nothing to lose. Utah State was just 1-7 when it lost the doubles point and that’ll go to 1-8 after Northwestern takes the early lead and then picks up wins from Kirchheimer, Zieba, and Shropshire. I could see Utah State taking two of the bottom three but it won’t be enough. Prediction: Northwestern 4-1
 
Overall Record: Northwestern 21-10; Utah State 23-8
Doubles Record: Northwestern 21-10; Utah State 19-11
UTR Power 6: Northwestern 84, Utah State 81

 

Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 37 Strong Kirchheimer Nwestern 14.50 17 7
vs.
  Kai Wehnelt Utah St 13.70 12 12
2 67 Konrad Zieba Nwestern 14.25 19 7   Jaime Barajas Utah St 13.44 13 9
3   Sam Shropshire Nwestern 14.16 8 8   Sam Serrano Utah St 13.59 15 5
4   Dominik Stary Nwestern 13.93 16 8   Jack Swindells Utah St 13.53 16 9
5   Ben Vandixhorn Nwestern 13.27 13 12   Sergiu Bucur Utah St 13.49 17 8
6   Jason Seidman Nwestern 13.59 20 5   Jonas Maier Utah St 13.06 17 6
Bench Players
7   Brenden Volk Nwestern 12.77 4 2     Andrew Nakajima Utah St 12.61 2 0
8   Michael Lorenzini Nwestern 12.66 1 2   Austin Bass Utah St 11.75 0 0

 

Regional Final: Last year a west coast team came east and took out Northwestern in the second round so the Cats hope they can reverse that this year. Northwestern is at its best indoors but there won’t be any roofs around for this one. I like Cal in doubles and Lakat, Griffith, and Nishimura in singles with Northwestern getting wins from Zieba and Shropshire. Prediction: Cal 4-2

 

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UCLA Regional

#5 UCLA [1] vs. #138 Army [4] – Friday 4 p.m. ET – Army is back in the NCAAs for the eighth time in school history after defeating Navy 4-2 while UCLA has qualified for the NCAA Tournament every year since the dual-match format was created in 1977. The Bruins are the only team to advance to the Sweet 16 every year since the field was expanded to 64 in 1999 and they’ll be well on their way after rolling in this one.  Prediction: UCLA 4-0
 
Overall Record: UCLA 19-5; Army 21-9
Doubles Record: UCLA 15-9; Army 20-9
UTR Power 6: UCLA 85, Army 75
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 28 Gage Brymer UCLA 14.48 10 7
vs.
  Michael Nyugen Army 13.26 16 7
2 60 Martin Redlicki UCLA 14.54 19 3   Sam Lampman Army 12.54 11 9
3   Evan Zhu UCLA 14.06 11 8   Grant Riechmann Army 12.79 13 8
4   Logan Staggs UCLA 14.03 17 2   David Mitchell Army 12.38 11 9
5   Maxime Cressy UCLA 14.00 10 3   Myles Conlin Army 12.57 11 6
6   Austin Rapp UCLA 13.60 10 7   Nikita Perverzin Army 11.74 8 10
Bench Players
7   Joseph DiGiulio UCLA 14.14 3 2     Mike Sienko Army 11.76 3 6
8   Ben Goldberg UCLA 13.11 2 0   Anant Mundra Army 11.64 7 3
 
 
#27 Ole Miss [2] vs. #37 UC Santa Barbara [3] – Friday 1 p.m. ET – Ole Miss started off the season kind of slow but a road win over Mississippi State in late March turned things around and wins over Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky put the Rebels in the field with ease. UCSB won the Big West for the third year in a row and will be making its 12th appearance in the NCAAs. This will be the second all-time meeting with Ole Miss winning the first back in the 1997 Sweet 16 after the Gauchos defeated Washington and Pepperdine in the first two rounds. Both Gustav Hansson and Zvonimir Babic were left off the travel roster for the SEC Tournament (unknown reasons) though the team rallied to beat Auburn in the first round before Florida caught them in the next round. Last year UCSB lost to Georgia Tech in the first round 4-1 and the year prior they lost to Texas Tech 4-2 so this could be the year they bust their way into the second round. I’m going to take UCSB in doubles and I’ll go with Simon Freund, Cody Rakela, and Chase Masciorini in singles to send the Gauchos back to the second round for the first time since 1998. Prediction: UCSB 4-3
 
Overall Record: Ole Miss 16-9, UCSB 19-5
Doubles Record: Ole Miss 15-7; UCSB 17-7
UTR Power 6: Ole Miss 82, UCSB 82
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 23 Gustav Hansson Ole Miss 14.46 12 7
vs.
  Morgan Mays UCSB 13.89 13 10
2   Ricardo Jorge Ole Miss 13.51 9 9   Nicolas Moreno UCSB 13.68 13 9
3   Tim Sandkaulen Ole Miss 13.68 9 10   Simon Freund UCSB 14.01 18 6
4   Fabian Fallert Ole Miss 13.98 18 3   Anders Holm UCSB 13.62 20 4
5   Filip Kraljevic Ole Miss 13.31 8 9   Cody Rakela UCSB 13.40 19 4
6   Grey Hamilton Ole Miss 13.12 8 4   Chase Masciorini UCSB 13.13 14 8
Bench Players
7   Zvonimir Babic Ole Miss 13.17 6 6     Teague Hamilton UCSB 12.42 1 0
8   Robert Mounger Ole Miss 11.47 3 2   Kristian Prior UCSB 11.90 0 0
 
 
Regional Final: UCLA won the regular season meeting over UCSB 5-2 in a match that came down to two third sets at 1 and 2 (UCLA won both). UCSB won the doubles point in that first meeting and I think they’ll do it again this time however UCLA will turn up the heat in singles and get wins from Gage Brymer, Logan Staggs, and Austin Rapp. Prediction: UCLA 4-1
 
 

Texas A&M Regional

#13 Texas A&M [1] vs. #95 Buffalo [4] – Friday 3 p.m. ET – Buffalo is back in the NCAAs for the second time in the last three years after defeating Western Michigan 4-3 while a 13-match mid-season winning streak was the key to Texas A&M earning a top 16 seed. Buffalo went 0-2 on the year against ranked opponents with both Columbia and Cornell topping them 6-1. Buffalo’s Ethan Nittolo has one of the four best winning percentages of all the guys playing at No. 6 in the NCAAs so he’s probably the Bulls best chance to steal a court. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-0
 
Overall Record: Texas A&M 19-6; Buffalo 11-8
Doubles Record: Texas A&M 12-13; Buffalo 12-7
UTR Power 6: Texas A&M 85, Buffalo 79
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 6 Arthur Rinderknech aTm 14.88 15 5
vs.
  Hao Sheng Koay Buffalo 13.15 10 9
2 48 Jordi Arconada aTm 14.31 18 2   Vidit Vaghela Buffalo 13.00 9 10
3   AJ Catanzariti aTm 14.15 9 13   Filip Grbic Buffalo 12.92 11 7
4   Valentine Vacherot aTm 14.03 19 3   Vilhelm Fridell Buffalo 13.19 13 5
5   Hady Habib aTm 14.21 14 3   Petr Vodak Buffalo 13.04 12 6
6   Alexsandre Bakshi aTm 13.67 12 6   Ethan Nittolo Buffalo 13.20 17 2
Bench Players
7   Maxim Lunkin aTm 13.64 2 7     Tony Miller Buffalo 12.11 1 0
8   James Martell aTm 12.88 2 1   Dino Tsakiris Buffalo 11.44 0 0

 

 

#24 Oregon [2] vs. #34 Memphis [3] – Friday Noon ET – I think this should be one of the best two versus three matchups with both teams pretty evenly matched. Memphis went 3-8 against ranked opponents with the wins coming over SMU (2X) and Cornell while Oregon went 6-6 with wins over Utah State, Rice, UCSB, Tulane, Stanford, and Washington. Oregon is at its best indoors so playing outdoors in the windy confines of the Mitchell Tennis Center could pose some issues. Last year Oregon won its first-ever NCAA Tournament match when it beat Tulsa 4-1 and then it gave Oklahoma a tough match before falling 4-2. Memphis has had some success in the NCAAs over the last five years with a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2013 and another near-trip in 2014. Doubles should be close but I like Oregon and then in singles I’ll take Thomas Laurent, Akihiro Tanaka, and Jayson Amos while Memphis gets wins from Andrew Watson, Jan Pallares, and Felix Rauch. Prediction: Oregon 4-3
 
Overall Record: Oregon 18-6; Memphis 15-8
Doubles Record: Oregon 16-8; Memphis 16-7
UTR Power 6: Oregon 83; Memphis 82
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 27 Thomas Laurent Oregon 14.52 19 3
vs.
82 Ryan Peniston Memphis 14.09 8 8
2   Simon Stevens Oregon 14.02 9 8 98 Andrew Watson Memphis 14.00 11 3
3   Akihiro Tanaka Oregon 13.76 15 4   Kai Lemke Memphis 13.80 11 9
4   Jayson Amos Oregon 13.91 15 7   Chris Patzanovsky Memphis 13.24 9 8
5   Cormac Clissold Oregon 13.60 13 7   Jan Pallares Memphis 13.46 11 5
6   Ty Gentry Oregon 13.05 6 5   Felix Rauch Memphis 13.38 9 7
Bench Players
7   Ethan Young-Smith Oregon 13.07 5 2     Matt Story Memphis 12.50 2 2
8   Armando Soemarno Oregon 12.73 0 0   Shakeel Manji Memphis 12.68 3 0

 

Regional Final: Last year Texas A&M got stunned by Texas in the second round which marked the second time in the last three years that the Aggies failed to make the Sweet 16 despite hosting a regional. Texas A&M will be the biggest favorites at 2, 4, and 5 singles so if they can find one more point they got it. I’ll take Oregon in doubles and Gentry in singles but A&M gets wins from Arconada, Catanzariti, Vacherot, and Habib with No. 1 going unfinished. Prediction: Texas A&M 4-2

 

 

Georgia Regional

#12 Georgia [1] vs. #165 Florida A&M [4] – Friday 2 p.m. ET – FAMU is back in the tournament for the first time since 2000 after upsetting MEAC powerhouse South Carolina State 4-2 in the tournament final. Georgia is in the NCAAs for the 34th year in a row, second longest active streak, after winning the SEC Championship with a win over Mississippi State. The last time Georgia lost in the first round came in 2003 when South Florida knocked off an 8-15 Bulldog squad in the Texas A&M Regional.  Call it a hunch but I don’t see #165 Florida A&M getting it done. Prediction: Georgia 4-0
 
Overall Record: Georgia 18-7; Florida A&M 13-13
Doubles Record: Georgia 18-7; Florida A&M 11-14
UTR Power 6: Georgia 86, Florida A&M 73
 
 
Pos
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 56 Nathan Ponwith Georgia 14.36 12 7
vs.
  Courage Okungbowa FAMU 12.74 12 10
2 33 Wayne Montgomery Georgia 14.40 12 11   Carlos Agust. Waitman FAMU 11.99 7 11
3 59 Emil Reinberg Georgia 14.17 11 8   Karlyn Small FAMU 11.90 7 12
4   Jan Zielinski Georgia 14.00 13 6   Walner Espinoza FAMU 12.39 14 8
5   Walker Duncan Georgia 14.02 17 5   Luis Federico Nani FAMU 12.21 15 3
6   Paul Oosterbaan Georgia 14.18 1 4   Illya Skoromnyy FAMU 11.60 6 10
Bench Players
7   Robert Loeb Georgia 13.68 10 7     Samer Hasona FAMU 11.08 3 7
8   Alex Phillips Georgia 13.48 0 0   Jalen Evans FAMU 10.89 0 1

 

#22 South Florida [2] vs. #35 Duke [3] – Friday 11 a.m. ET – USF is in the tournament for the fourth year in a row, 14th all-time, after winning the American Conference with a win over a UCF team that had beaten them in the regular season. Duke is back in the tournament after a one-year absence which is something that I didn’t think would happen after they lost Nicolas Alvarez to a season-ending injury and Vincent Lin quit the team. Duke has been starting three freshmen, two sophomores, and a senior and despite being ranked outside the top 50 for a good chunk of the season a late season charge helped them secure their spot in the field. Duke’s best win was over #33 Florida State while South Florida’s best win was over #18 Mississippi State. I think if South Florida takes the doubles point they’ll take the match because I’m not so sure Duke can win at four spots in the singles lineup. I’m going to take USF in doubles and Sasha Gozun, Alberto Barroso-Campos, and Peter Bertran in singles while Duke gets wins from Catalin Mateas, TJ Pura, and Ryan Dickerson. Prediction: South Florida 4-3
 
Overall Record: South Florida 17-8; Duke 16-9
Doubles Record: South Florida 16-9; Duke 17-8
UTR Power 6: South Florida 84, Duke 84
 
 
Pos
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 52 Sasha Gozun USF 14.21 11 7
vs.
75 Spencer Furman Duke 14.04 14 11
2   Justin Roberts USF 13.69 5 7 104 Catalin Mateas Duke 14.23 13 8
3 108 Alberto Barroso USF 14.19 14 5   Robert Levine Duke 13.69 6 10
4 99 Peter Bertran USF 14.11 15 5   Nick Stachowiak Duke 14.10 18 7
5   Vadym Kalyuzhnny USF 13.94 15 4   TJ Pura Duke 14.19 19 3
6   Jakub Wojcik USF 13.30 4 2   Ryan Dickerson Duke 13.98 15 4
Bench Players
7   Pierre Luquet USF 13.44 3 7     Jason Lapidus Duke 12.14 2 6
8   Nils Heimer USF 13.16 1 2            
 
Regional Final: The last time Georgia hosted the NCAAs and didn’t make it to the Sweet 16 was in 2003 when South Florida beat them in the first round though this Georgia team is much better than that one. South Florida will keep this one close but I can’t see the SEC champs going out this early. I like Georgia in doubles and Wayne Montgomery, Walker Duncan, and Paul Oosterbaan/Robert Loeb in singles while former Georgia Bulldog Peter Bertran gets a win at No. 4. Prediction: Georgia 4-1
 

 

USC Regional

#4 USC [1] vs. #92 Denver [4] – Friday 4 p.m. ET – Denver makes its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Summit League for a fourth year in a row while USC is in the tournament for the 11th year in a row after winning the Pac-12 Tournament. Denver is the only #4 seed to ever defeat a #1 seed in the first round with the Pioneers stunning Florida back in 2013. The last two years Denver has been a No. 3 seed and lost 4-3 nail-biters but this year’s team isn’t at the same level. Denver has lived and died with the doubles point all season going 13-0 when winning it and 2-10 when losing it. Unfortunately for Denver, USC was a stout 27-3 in doubles so you got to figure that USC will have a 1-0 lead after 30 minutes of play. I don’t see USC dropping a set anywhere and I think that Brandon Holt, Jack Jaede, and Riley Smith will be the first three off the court. Prediction: USC 4-0
 
Overall Record: USC 25-5, Denver 13-12
Doubles Record: USC 27-3; Denver 15-10
UTR Power 6: USC 85, Denver 79
 
 
Pos
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 19 Brandon Holt USC 14.73 16 5
vs.
  Yannik James Denver 13.68 14 7
2   Nick Crystal USC 14.19 10 8   Diogo Rocha Denver 13.88 15 3
3 88 Logan Smith USC 14.11 13 11   Alex Gasson Denver 13.25 11 10
4   Jack Jaede USC 14.25 19 3   Jesse Ruder Hook Denver 12.65 6 9
5   Thibault Forget USC 13.92 14 7   Pedro Fernandez Denver 12.75 7 10
6   Riley Smith USC 13.76 18 2   Sean Huynh Denver 12.69 7 8
Bench Players
7   Rob Bellamy USC 13.78 6 1     Wyatt Lovera Denver 12.55 2 8
8   Laurens Verboven USC 14.01 3 0   Iggy Castelino Denver 12.54 4 1
 
 
 
#30 Wisconsin [2] vs. #47 San Diego [3] – Friday 1 p.m. ET – The Badgers are back in the tournament for the first time since 2010 which also happened to be the only time in school history that they advanced to the Sweet 16. The last time San Diego didn’t make the NCAAs was 2010 with the Toreros now in the dance for the seventh year in a row and 14th time in school history. San Diego has won its first round match in five of the last six years but it hasn’t been able to breakthrough to the Sweet 16 largely due to the fact that it’s always in either the USC or UCLA Regional. These teams met in the regular season in San Diego with Wisconsin picking up a tough 5-2 win. Wisconsin will put out the same lineup at 1 through 5 while San Diego will have the same 1 and 2 but the other spots will all be different (San Diego’s two points came at 1 and 2). Wisconsin was one of the better teams in the country in doubles and in fact they didn’t drop the doubles point for the first time until an April 2nd match against Illinois. Last season Wisconsin was in a good shape to make the tournament but a late season slide cost them their bid. On paper this is pretty much a pick-em’ but I think Wisconsin is going to find a way to pull it out. I’m going to take Wisconsin in doubles and Chema Carranza, Chase Colton, and Daniel Soyfer in singles while I’ll go with Filip Vittek, Gui Osorio, and Josh Page for San Diego. Prediction: Wisconsin 4-3
 
Overall Record: Wisconsin 17-7; San Diego 17-10
Doubles Record: Wisconsin 19-4; San Diego 13-14
UTR Power 6: San Diego 82, Wisconsin 81
 
 
Pos
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1   Lamar Remy Wisconsin 13.70 13 8
vs.
93 Filip Vittek USD 14.31 12 6
2   Josef Dodridge Wisconsin 13.65 12 10   Gui Osorio USD 13.87 14 8
3   Chema Carranza Wisconsin 13.78 14 7   Guus Koevermans USD 13.68 9 10
4   Osgar O’Hoisin Wisconsin 13.53 15 7   Josh Page USD 13.40 10 11
5   Chase Colton Wisconsin 13.42 13 8   Joel Gamerov USD 13.32 17 5
6   Daniel Soyfer Wisconsin 13.24 15 5   Alex Araouzos USD 13.23 13 6
Bench Players
7   John Zordani Wisconsin 12.94 4 1     Garrett Kurtz USD 11.18 1 2
8   Darius Mackenzie Wisconsin 12.17 0 0   Pratt Keerasuntonpong USD 12.08 0 0

 

Regional Final: USC won the regular season meeting over San Diego 6-1 and I don’t see this one being much closer. I like the Trojans in doubles and Crystal, Logan Smith, and Thibault Forget in singles. Prediction: USC 4-0

 

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