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Former Virginia Tech Hokie Sebastien Jacques is making his way across the country, by foot, after not being able to walk across a room just a few years ago. Jacques played at Virginia Tech from 2007 to 2010 but during his senior year he had to quit playing due to a lack of energy. After graduating with a degree in marketing he returned home to Magog, Canada, and after seeing several doctor he was eventually diagnosed with a pineal cystic tumor in his brain which was the cause of the energy drain. The doctors in Canada determined the procedure was too risky and the health care system wouldn’t cover the cost so Jacques ended up raising $80000 and had the surgery performed in California. The surgery was a success and Jacques returned to a normal life but he decided to embark on the cross-country walk to show people that it is possible to overcome obstacles in life. Virginia Tech had a write-up on Jacques a few days ago plus there are plenty of details on his website

The NCAA Division II Men’s Championship has reached the semifinals with #1 West Florida advancing after a 5-0 win over #4 Hawaii Pacific. UWF’s top player, #4 Alex Peyrot, played doubles but sat out in singles which was interesting because in the round of 16 its #2 player, Gabriel Dias, did the same thing. Next up for UWF will be #23 Southwest Baptist after the Bearcats held off #16 Ferris State 5-4 with Raul Cabalero winning the deciding match 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(1) at #4 singles. The other semifinal match will be between #2 Barry and #3 Columbus State. Barry cruised past #18 Drury 5-1 with the Bucs taking two of three in doubles and winning every completed set in singles. Columbus State ran through #14 Azusa Pacific 5-1 with the Cougars sweeping all three doubles courts (count as a point each) and then getting two straight set wins at #3 and #4. APU got its lone point when Oliver Frank, D2s top ranked player, cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win at #1. 

Down below are my previews for the eight regionals on the right side of the draw. 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). 

 

Ohio State Regional

#3 Ohio State [1] vs. #94 Butler [4] – Friday 2 p.m. ET – Butler is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 after they rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeated Marquette 4-3 in the finals of the Big East Tournament. Ohio State is making its 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAAs after going undefeated in the Big Ten. Ohio State won the regular season meeting 4-0 and the Buckeyes lead the all-time series 18-0. It’s amazing that Butler managed to put up an 18-5 record despite going just 10-12 in doubles. Ohio State will definitely take the doubles point and then I’ll go with Torpegaard, Di Feo, and Pollanen to finish first in singles. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0
 
Overall Record: Ohio State 29-3; Butler 18-5
Doubles Record: Ohio State 28-4; Butler 10-12
UTR Power 6: Ohio State 86, Butler 76
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 2 Mikael Torpegaard Ohio St 14.92 26 1
vs.
  Aviv Ben Shabat Butler 13.15 12 6
2 46 JJ Wolf Ohio St 14.37 15 4   Mason Dragos Butler 12.77 17 6
3 9 Hugo Di Feo Ohio St 14.65 23 2   Mikheil Khmiadashvili Butler 12.93 17 4
4   Martin Joyce Ohio St 13.83 12 6   Spencer Lang Butler 12.83 15 4
5   Herkko Pollanen Ohio St 14.26 17 5   Lope Adelakun Butler 12.00 9 5
6   Kyle Seelig Ohio St 14.17 21 4   Ari Gerstein Butler 12.45 12 4
Bench Players
7   Hunter Tubert Ohio St 13.41 1 1     Adrian Mag Butler 12.36 6 3
8   Matt Mendez Ohio St 13.51 3 0   Alex Woldmoe Butler 11.62 0 1
 
 
#28 UCF [2] vs. #42 Louisville [3] – Friday 11 a.m. ET – UCF is back in the tournament for the first time since 2005 after picking up four ranked wins and making the final of the AAC Tournament in John Roddick’s first season. Louisville is in the NCAAs for the seventh time in the last nine years,12th time overall, after also picking up four ranked wins although none of them were inside the top 40. UCF only played five matches outside of the state of Florida and to my knowledge they didn’t play any indoors but there’s a chance they may be indoors on Friday because the forecast in Columbus is a little iffy. Louisville on the other hand played most of its matches indoors so they’d most likely prefer it go inside. Originally I had this penciled in as a 4-2 UCF win but the possible change of venue is giving me some second thoughts. I think Korey Lovett and Danny Kerznerman win regardless of the surface but I think a move indoors would make 50/50 matches at 4, 5, and 6 shift towards Louisville plus I like Parker Wynn at 2. Prediction: UCF 4-2 (outdoors); Louisville 4-3 (indoors)
 
Overall Record: UCF 16-6; Louisville 21-9
Doubles Record: UCF 13-9; Louisville 19-11
UTR Power 6: Louisville 82; UCF 81

 

Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 42 Korey Lovett UCF 13.86 14 8
vs.
111 Christopher M-Kougoucheff Louisville 13.76 11 11
2   Harrison Richmond UCF 13.82 14 3   Parker Wynn Louisville 14.15 24 4
3   Danny Kerznerman UCF 13.96 16 2   Nicolas Rouanet Louisville 13.65 15 11
4   Mariano Porter UCF 13.13 9 6   George Hedley Louisville 13.16 11 7
5   Chris Barrus UCF 13.65 15 5   Brandon Lancaster Louisville 13.46 19 9
6   Kalman Boyd UCF 12.97 10 5   Clement Filho Louisville 13.41 13 8
Bench Players
7   Enrique Paya UCF 13.39 3 5     Ciro Lampasas Louisville 12.78 6 4
8   Saitejas Mopuri UCF 11.98 0 0   Sean Donohue Louisville 12.81 7 3

 

Regional Final: Ohio State will make its way into the Sweet 16 for the 12th year in a row with a comfortable shutout win at home. Prediction: Ohio State 4-0

 

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Oklahoma Regional

#14 Oklahoma [1] vs. #148 Bryant [4] – Friday 2 p.m. ET – Bryant is making its fourth straight trip to the NCAAs after winning yet another Northeast Conference Championship while Oklahoma is playing in the NCAAs for the eighth straight year. This will be the third year in a row that Bryant has played a Big 12 team in the first round with the Bulldogs visiting Oklahoma State last year and Baylor the year prior. Bryant only played one ranked team this season falling to Columbia 7-0. Neither team was above .500 in doubles but Oklahoma will win the point and then roll through singles. Prediction: Oklahoma 4-0
 
Overall Record: Oklahoma 15-10; Bryant 12-13
Doubles Record: Oklahoma 12-13; Bryant 12-13
UTR Power 6: Oklahoma 84, Bryant 75
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 24 Spencer Papa Oklahoma 14.17 10 11
vs.
  Matt Kuhar Bryant 13.50 11 3
2 32 Andrew Harris Oklahoma 14.63 5 6   Luke Lorenz Bryant 12.52 8 10
3 47 Alex Ghilea Oklahoma 14.40 16 3   Artur Jakubowski Bryant 12.29 8 11
4 113 Florin Bragusi Oklahoma 14.03 14 6   Guido Argentini Bryant 12.33 7 6
5   Jochen Bertsch Oklahoma 13.57 13 6   Michael Plutt Bryant 12.06 6 6
6   Adrian Oetzbach Oklahoma 13.06 8 13   Jorge Ortiz-Garcia Bryant 11.67 5 8
Bench Players
7   Arnaud Restifo Oklahoma 13.72 5 6     Jorge I. Ortiz-Garcia Bryant 11.37 2 4
8   Mason Bridegan Oklahoma 13.02 0 0   Oliver Welsh Bryant 11.41 4 5

 

#18 Mississippi State [2] vs. #38 SMU [3] – Friday 11 a.m. ET – Mississippi State had a great SEC Tournament that included wins over Texas A&M and South Carolina before falling to Georgia 4-3 in the finals. SMU made it to the Sweet 16 last year but Nate Lammons graduated and some of the guys have been banged up this year and haven’t been as productive. If Mississippi State plays anywhere near the level that they did at the SECs they’ll win this one going away. I like State in doubles and Borges, Cutura, and Oradini in singles. Prediction: Mississippi State 4-0
 
Overall Record: Mississippi State 20-8; SMU 13-11
Doubles Record: Mississippi State 16-10; SMU 15-9
UTR Power 6: Mississippi State 84; SMU 81

 

Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 4 Nuno Borges Miss State 14.75 19 3
vs.
68 Ronald Slobadchikov SMU 14.11 11 8
2   Mate Cutura Miss State 13.83 8 14 96 Hunter Johnson SMU 13.87 8 8
3 115 Strahinja Rakic Miss State 13.89 14 9   Samm Butler SMU 14.28 11 7
4   Niclas Braun Miss State 14.03 14 9   Arkadijs Slobodkins SMU 12.95 7 7
5   Gio Oradini Miss State 14.07 14 7   Markus Kerner SMU 12.97 12 14
6   Trevor Foshey Miss State 13.31 8 8   Tony Russell SMU 12.97 7 5
Bench Players
7   Simon Baudry Miss State 13.51 6 4     Yates Johnson SMU 13.31 11 7
8   Vaughn Hunter Miss State 13.72 3 1   Julio Olaya SMU 12.32 1 3

 

Regional Final: I think the doubles point will be huge because neither team wants to be playing from 1-0 down. Andrew Harris missed over two months with back issues and will play at No. 2 and he should get past Mate Cutura though if his back doesn’t hold up and he loses then it’ll be game over for OU. I think if Harris were at 1 and Papa at 2 then OU sweeps those two spots and most likely wins the match however putting Papa at 1 and Harris at 2 opens the door for Mississippi State to split those spots. I’m going to take Borges, Oradini, and Foshey/Baudry for MSU and Harris, Ghilea, and Bragusi for OU. The doubles point and the match go to Mississippi State. Prediction: Mississippi State 4-3

 

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Oklahoma State Regional

#10 Oklahoma State [1] vs. #114 UMKC [4] – Friday 2 p.m. ET – UMKC will make its seventh appearance in the NCAAs after defeating New Mexico State 4-3 in the finals of the WAC Championship while Oklahoma State is back in the field for the fourth straight year and will be hosting a regional for the second year in a row. These teams met in the regular season with Oklahoma State cruising to a 7-0 win in a match where OSU yielded 5 games or less on every court plus Julian Cash sat out. It won’t be 7-0 this time because of the clinch rule but it’ll still be a shutout. Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-0
 
Overall Record: Oklahoma State 21-6; UMKC 14-8
Doubles Record: Oklahoma State 20-7; UMKC 14-8
UTR Power 6: Oklahoma State 85, UMKC 75
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 22 Julian Cash Okla St 14.43 13 6
vs.
  Airam Castellano UMKC 13.23 14 8
2 105 Arjun Kadhe Okla St 14.01 13 8   Uldis Gaismins UMKC 12.65 11 11
3   Lucas Gerch Okla St 14.31 14 4   Tom Kruse UMKC 12.37 12 9
4   Artur Dubinski Okla St 13.94 9 6   Amaury Navette UMKC 12.41 10 11
5   Tristan Meraut Okla St 13.84 13 2   Mike Psarros UMKC 12.60 12 4
6 76 Lukas Finzelberg Okla St 13.89 9 8   Vihn Pham UMKC 12.08 9 9
Bench Players
7   Jurence Mendoza Okla St 13.58 9 5     Daniel Izadifar UMKC 11.93 3 3
8   Nathan Roper Okla St 12.24 2 0   Hunter Clark UMKC 10.60 0 1
 
 
#25 Illinois [2] vs. #55 Drake [3] – Friday 11 a.m. ET – Drake is back in the tournament for the 10th time after winning the Missouri Valley Championship over Southern Illinois. Illinois will be making its 22nd consecutive appearance (6th longest) after an up and down year that saw the Illini lose to Purdue and Minnesota yet defeat Michigan and Northwestern. This will be third postseason meeting between these teams with Illinois winning 4-0 in 2011 and squeaking by 4-2 in 2015. Both Aleks Vukic and Aron Hiltzik will be big favorites at 1 and 2 and Gui Gomes should be able to get past the serve and volley maestro Bayo Philips at 3. I’d expect to see Ben Clark at No. 6 for Drake even though they have Barnaby Thorold listed and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bulldogs take two of the bottom three and maybe the doubles point too. I’m going to go with Illinois but I think they’ll be sweating this one out for a while until Zeke Clark finds a way to finish it. Prediction: Illinois 4-2  
 
Overall Record: Illinois 16-11; Drake 17-11
Doubles Record: Illinois 11-16; Drake 16-12
UTR Power 6: Illinois 84, Drake 81
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 3 Aleks Vukic Illinois 14.99 21 1
vs.
87 Vinny Gillespie Drake 14.26 18 4
2 41 Aron Hiltzik Illinois 14.43 11 4   Ben Stride Drake 13.33 7 11
3   Gui Gomes Illinois 13.56 7 10   Bayo Philips Drake 12.92 8 6
4   Aleks Kovacevic Illinois 14.18 15 6   Calum MacGeoch Drake 13.23 11 11
5   Noe Khlif Illinois 13.60 9 5   Tom Hands Drake 13.64 16 6
6   Zeke Clark Illinois 13.67 10 10   Barnaby Thorold Drake 12.12 6 14
Bench Players
7   Vuk Budic Illinois 12.94 5 3     Ben Clark Drake 13.17 8 5
8   Julian Childers Illinois 13.43 4 9   Ben Wood Drake 12.70 6 6
 
 
Regional Final: If Illinois can find a way to steal the doubles point I think this is a 50/50 match however if Oklahoma State takes it, which I expect they will, then its going to be a tough climb. Illinois probably takes two of the top three spots in singles but Oklahoma State should take two of the bottom three and possibly all three. Prediction: Oklahoma State 4-2
 
 

TCU Regional

#6 TCU [1] vs. #198 Jackson State [4] – Friday 3 p.m. ET – Jackson State is the only team to get an automatic berth that didn’t win its conference due to Alabama State’s APR making them ineligible. Jackson State was shutout 15 times during the season and this one will be No. 16 after about 90 minutes. Prediction: TCU 4-0
 
Overall Record: TCU 19-4; Jackson State 8-20
Doubles Record: TCU 18-5; Jackson State 7-21
UTR Power 6: TCU 86, Jackson State 67
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 1 Cameron Norrie TCU 15.13 18 1
vs.
  Joan Sanson Jackson St 9.60 0 17
2 20 Alex Rybakov TCU 14.77 18 1   Andrey Alawi Jackson St 11.98 9 12
3 83 Guillermo Nuñez TCU 14.38 11 5   Fritz Jacobs Jackson St 10.88 4 17
4 114 Jerry Lopez TCU 14.35 10 3   Federico Mendieta Jackson St 10.87 4 16
5   Reese Stalder TCU 13.72 11 7   Stylianos Gkontsaris Jackson St 11.34 9 12
6   Trevor Johnson TCU 13.98 5 0   Vishu Prasad Jackson St 11.30 9 5
Bench Players
7   Gianni Mancini TCU 11.24 1 9     Ryan Swanier Jackson St 10.36 1 14
8   Hudson Blake TCU 13.35 1 1            

 

 

#33 Florida State [2] vs. #36 Arkansas [3] – Friday Noon ET – Florida State makes its 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAAs with its best wins coming over Florida and Texas Tech. Arkansas is making consecutive trips to the NCAAs for the first time in 15 years after winning 8 of its final 12 matches. These two teams are only separated by three spots in the final regular season team rankings and I think we’re looking at a 4-3 type of match. I like Florida State in doubles and Lucas Poullain and Alex Knaff in singles but I’m going to take Arkansas everywhere else to gut out the win. Prediction: Arkansas 4-3
 
Overall Record: Florida State 17-11; Arkansas 16-12
Doubles Record: Florida State 20-8; Arkansas 15-13
UTR Power 6: Florida State 83, Arkansas 82
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 38 Aziz Dougaz Florida St 13.95 11 8
vs.
10 Michael Redlicki Arkansas 14.54 10 8
2 79 Guy Iradukunda Florida St 14.09 14 10 39 Jose Salazar Arkansas 14.29 18 5
3 94 Lucas Poullain Florida St 13.93 20 5   Oscar Mesquida Arkansas 13.55 16 7
4   Jose Gracia Florida St 13.79 11 7   Adam Sanjurjo Arkansas 13.40 9 14
5   Terrance Whitehurst Florida St 13.48 7 7   Johan denToom Arkansas 13.42 16 7
6   Alex Knaff Florida St 13.35 4 3   Juan Marino Arkansas 13.17 10 14
Bench Players
7   Rana-Roop Sng Bhullar Florida St 13.31 11 7     Branch Terrell Arkansas 12.62 5 3
8   Terrell Whitehurst Florida St 13.26 5 3   Jacob Herndon Arkansas 12.03 2 1
 
 

Regional Final: TCU is a team on a mission and after rolling over Jackson State they’ll do the same to Arkansas. Prediction: TCU 4-0

 

 

Baylor Regional

#7 Baylor [1] vs. #87 Lamar [4] – Friday 2 p.m. ET – Lamar won the Southland Conference for the second year in a row after defeating Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the tournament final. Baylor is making its 20th consecutive appearance in the NCAAs though it enters the tournament on a three-match losing streak after losing to TCU and Texas Tech twice. Baylor won the regular season meeting 6-1 with Lamar getting its lone point when Baylor’s Bjoern Petersen retired with an injury after dropping the first set. Petersen hasn’t played since but he is listed at No. 4 in Baylor’s lineup though I’d be a little surprised if he plays. Baylor will win going away with BU taking the doubles point and picking up wins Tchoutakian, Schretter, and Bendeck. Prediction: Baylor 4-0
 
Overall Record: Baylor 21-7; Lamar 17-7
Doubles Record: Baylor 17-11; Lamar 18-6
UTR Power 6: Baylor 85, Lamar 78
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 15 Juan Benitez Baylor 14.79 16 8
vs.
  Michael Feucht Lamar 13.65 13 5
2 50 Max Tchoutakian Baylor 14.31 15 2   Nikita Lis Lamar 13.20 10 10
3 63 Johannes Schretter Baylor 14.24 19 3   Jeandre Hoogenboezem Lamar 12.93 11 11
4   Bjoern Petersen Baylor 13.62 2 2   Sebastian Santibanez Lamar 12.95 10 8
5   Will Little Baylor 13.78 13 7   Benny Schweizer Lamar 12.35 10 5
6   Jimmy Bendeck Baylor 13.82 12 7   Juuso Laitinen Lamar 12.54 13 8
Bench Players
7   Constantin Frantzen Baylor 13.37 12 10     Logan Powell Lamar 12.32 5 4
8   Tyler Stayer Baylor 11.84 1 3   Lukas Grubelnig Lamar 11.50 0 0

 

#26 Cornell [2] vs. #43 Rice [3] – Friday 11 a.m. ET – Cornell is making its second-ever appearance in the NCAAs after finishing in a three-way tie for the Ivy League title with Columbia and Harvard. Rice will be making its 12th NCAA appearance after winning Conference USA for the second year in a row. Cornell is at its best indoors while Rice plays almost all its matches outdoors so the projected Waco weather (80 degree/50% humidity/15-20 MPH winds) could play a role in this match. Rice was much better than Cornell in doubles so I’m leaning towards Rice to get that first point. Cornell’s Lev Kazakov is the only ranked player between the two teams though he lost his last three matches in straight sets. I think Cornell will take two of the top three while Rice takes two of the bottom three. If it was indoors I’d go Cornell but I’ll take Rice outdoors in the windy conditions. Prediction: Rice 4-3
 
Overall Record: Cornell 21-3; Rice 23-7
Doubles Record: Cornell 11-13; Rice 20-9
UTR Power 6: Cornell 83, Rice 82
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1   David Volfson Cornell 13.98 3 5
vs.
  Jamie Malik Rice 13.42 9 7
2 122 Lev Kazakov Cornell 13.80 12 7   Tommy Bennett Rice 13.73 8 8
3   Colin Sinclair Cornell 13.86 16 3   David Warren Rice 13.55 15 6
4   Chris Vrabel Cornell 14.03 11 7   Jake Hansen Rice 13.72 16 6
5   Pietro Rimondini Cornell 13.47 14 2   Eric Rutledge Rice 13.65 18 5
6   Bernardo Casares Cornell 13.25 12 3   Emanuel Llamas Rice 12.91 14 3
Bench Players
7   Daniel Grunberger Cornell 13.26 9 4     Henrik Munch Rice 12.39 3 1
8   Juan Jose Rosas Cornell 12.95 0 0            
 
 
Regional Final: Baylor’s Sweet 16 streak got stopped at 14 after a second round loss to Georgia last season but I see them starting a new streak this year. Baylor will take the doubles point and then Juan Benitez, Johannes Schretter, and Will Little will pick up wins in singles to complete the shutout. Prediction: Baylor 4-0
 

 

Texas Regional

#11 Texas [1] vs. #143 Presbyterian [4] – Friday 2 p.m. ET – Presbyterian booked its first-ever spot in the NCAAs after the Blue Hose won the Big South Conference with a 4-3 win over Campbell. Texas played well early in the season but had a rough finish that saw the Horns drop four of its last five although all four losses were to top 15 teams. Presbyterian only played one school from a Power 5 Conference and that resulted in a 4-0 loss to Clemson although the doubles point was decided by a tiebreak and two of the singles matches went three sets. Texas is a big step up from Clemson and while the doubles point could be close singles won’t be. Prediction: Texas 4-0
 
Overall Record: Texas 19-8; Presbyterian 18-10
Doubles Record: Texas 14-13; Presbyterian 20-8
UTR Power 6: Texas 85, Presbyterian 76
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 25 Christian Sigsgaard Texas 14.31 9 12
vs.
  Alex Lykou Presbyterian 12.36 4 17
2 36 Harrison Scott Texas 14.21 17 7   Brandon Mills Presbyterian 12.42 9 14
3 55 Yuya Ito Texas 14.37 11 6   Diego Manzanas Presbyterian 12.71 11 14
4   George Goldhoff Texas 14.18 11 8   Ben Kelley Presbyterian 13.00 20 4
5   Leonardo Telles Texas 13.97 15 4   Alejandro Bejar Presbyterian 12.77 16 6
6   Rodrigo Banzer Texas 14.00 16 5   Jaime Castillo Lopez Presbyterian 12.62 12 4
Bench Players
7   Julian Zlobinsky Texas 14.03 7 2     Joel Roberts Presbyterian 12.08 11 7
8   John Mee Texas 13.58 3 1   Elias Svensson Presbyterian 12.92 2 0
 
 
#29 Tulane [2] vs. #49 Washington [3] – Friday 11 a.m. ET – Tulane is in the NCAAs for the second year in a row and 11th all-time after a pretty solid season. Washington just barely got into the field after a late season collapse left them in jeopardy of missing out after they dropped from #32 all the way down to #49 in the rankings. The Huskies dropped seven of their final eight matches and were the last team selected for an at-large bid after three higher teams couldn’t go due to a sub .500 record. Washington only won one match outdoors all season and that was a 4-3 squeaker against #106 Arizona. Tulane will have the upper hand in all six spots in the singles lineup and the doubles point is probably a toss-up though I’m leaning towards Tulane. Prediction: Tulane 4-0
 
Overall Record: Tulane 18-5; Washington 12-11
Doubles Record: Tulane 11-11; Washington 9-14
UTR Power 6: Tulane 85, Washington 82
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 18 Constantin Schmitz Tulane 14.90 15 3
vs.
  Jake Douglas Washington 13.96 12 5
2   Ewan Moore Tulane 14.09 15 5 100 Mitch Stewart Washington 13.64 7 9
3 117 Sebastian Rey Tulane 14.02 12 5   Gal Hakak Washington 13.72 11 7
4   Luis Erlenbusch Tulane 13.51 12 6   Enzo Sommer Washington 13.40 10 12
5   Tyler Schick Tulane 14.11 13 4   Amit Batta Washington 13.50 12 4
6   Chi-Shan Jao Tulane 14.02 13 2   Piers Foley Washington 13.35 9 5
Bench Players
7   Tim Ruetzel Tulane 13.64 5 2     Seb Hawken Washington 13.25 7 2
8   Eric Wagner Tulane 12.48 2 0   Joao Barra Washington 13.23 5 0

 

Regional Final: This should be a highly competitive match and it’ll be interesting to see if Texas’s Yuya Ito and Tulane’s Constantin Schmitz are both back to 100%. Ito missed the final match of the regular season plus the Big 12 Tournament with an injury while Schmitz wasn’t able to play against UCF in the AAC semifinals after rolling his ankle in doubles. Both teams were right around .500 in doubles so that point is definitely up for grabs. I like Harrison Scott, George Goldhoff, and Leo Telles for Texas while I’d take Seb Rey, Chi-Shan Jao, and a healthy Constantin Schmitz for Tulane. In each of Texas’s eight losses they dropped the doubles point but I don’t think they’ll have to worry about that after they take the doubles and squeeze out a win by the thinest of margins. Prediction: Texas 4-3

 

 

Florida Regional

#15 Florida [1] vs. #108 Florida Gulf Coast [4] – Friday 5 p.m. ET – FGCU will be making its second-ever NCAA appearance after pulling off a couple of upsets to win the Atlantic Sun Championships. Florida is back in the field for the 27th consecutive year, behind only UCLA (41) and Georgia (34), after having a somewhat up and down year. The Gators won their first six matches then lost six of eight before winning nine of twelve down the stretch. FGCU’s Oliver Landert began his collegiate career at Florida before transferring to FGCU two years ago. FGCU only has two starters with winning dual-match records and it won’t get any better on Friday. Prediction: Florida 4-0 
 
Overall Record: Florida 17-9; FGCU 10-12
Doubles Record: Florida 16-10; FGCU 10-12
UTR Power 6: Florida 85, FGCU 78
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 8 Alfredo Perez Florida 14.48 16 7
vs.
  Felipe Ramirez FGCU 13.41 11 5
2 85 Elliott Orkin Florida 14.16 13 10   Mateo Ruiz FGCU 12.75 9 10
3   Chase P-Blanco Florida 14.31 11 11   Ezequiel Cerrini FGCU 13.13 9 10
4   Maxx Lipman Florida 13.58 10 7   Oliver Landert FGCU 12.82 4 15
5 123 Johannes Ingildsen Florida 14.12 16 7   Javier Fernandez FGCU 12.96 12 8
6   McClain Kessler Florida 13.90 12 3   Andres Alfonzo FGCU 12.52 5 8
Bench Players
7   Joseph Guillin Florida 13.79 3 0     Austin Bates FGCU 11.82 2 2
8   Jordan Belga Florida 13.86 4 4   Sam Chaffin FGCU 11,63 1 3
 
 
#19 Georgia Tech [2] vs. #39 Minnesota [3] – Friday 2 p.m. ET – Minnesota is back in the field for the second time in the last three years, and seventh time in the last nine years, after key wins over Oregon and Illinois helped keep their ranking on the right side of the cut line. Georgia Tech is making its 17th appearance in the tournament after a solid season that saw Tech defeat the likes of Stanford, South Carolina, Duke, and Florida State. Both teams were under .500 in doubles so that point will be a flip of the coin. As with the Rice/Cornell match, I think the team used to playing outdoors most of the year will have the edge in this one plus I think Georgia Tech is just a little stronger throughout the lineup. I’ll go Minnesota in doubles but I’ll take Chris Eubanks, Carlos Divar, and both of the Yun Brothers to give Georgia Tech the win. Prediction: Georgia Tech 4-1
 
Overall Record: Georgia Tech 17-7; Minnesota 17-10
Doubles Record: Georgia Tech 11-12; Minnesota 13-14
UTR Power 6: Georgia Tech 84; Minnesota 82
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 7 Chris Eubanks Ga Tech 14.92 17 2
vs.
  Felix Corwin Minnesota 13.94 16 10
2 92 Andrew Li Ga Tech 14.19 10 7 70 Matic Spec Minnesota 14.04 12 13
3   Carlos Benito Ga Tech 13.63 14 9   Stefan Milicevic Minnesota 13.71 16 7
4   Carlos Divar Ga Tech 13.80 12 8   Josip Krstanovic Minnesota 13.37 14 7
5   Daniel Yun Ga Tech 13.46 11 7   Eli Ogilvy Minnesota 13.36 13 10
6   Christopher Yun Ga Tech 12.90 8 5   Marino Alpeza Minnesota 13.25 14 8
Bench Players
7   Cole Fiegel Ga Tech 13.84 12 8     Justyn Levin Minnesota 12.91 3 4
8   Elijah Melendez Ga Tech 13.44 1 1   George Lovitt Minnesota 12.62 5 1

 

Regional Final: When I saw the bracket come out this one was of the first places where I thought the host might have a hard time advancing because Georgia Tech has a pretty solid team. I know Alfredo Perez beat Chris Eubanks back in the fall but Eubanks has been on a tear over the last few months and I think he gets the W this time. I think the teams will split matches at 2 and 3, I like Carlos Divar at 4, and I like Johannes Ingildsen and McClain Kessler at 5 and 6. I’ll take GT in doubles and GT to pull off the upset. Prediction: Georgia Tech 4-3

 

Virginia Regional

#2 Virginia [1] vs. #132 Monmouth [4] – Friday 1 p.m. ET – Monmouth won the MAAC for the second year in a row and its reward is another trip to Charlottesville. Monmouth played Virginia in the first round of last year’s NCAAs plus they played twice during the regular season with Virginia winning both matches 4-0. As with the others this will be a quick Virginia shutout. Prediction: Virginia 4-0
 
Overall Record: Virginia 28-1; Monmouth 13-11
Doubles Record: Virginia 25-4; Monmouth 12-10
UTR Power 6: Virginia 88, Monmouth 75
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 91 Alexander Ritschard Virginia 14.59 21 5
vs.
  Nicola Pipoli Monmouth 13.19 11 10
2 14 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski Virginia 15.02 21 4   Przemyslaw Filipek Monmouth 12.80 10 10
3   Carl Söderlund Virginia 14.71 13 2   Alejandro Gomez Monmouth 12.38 13 9
4 40 Collin Altamirano Virginia 14.70 15 5   Christian Vieira Monmouth 12.02 9 12
5 109 J.C. Aragone Virginia 14.59 21 4   Alberto Giuffrida Monmouth 12.04 9 10
6 102 Henrik Wiersholm Virginia 14.56 21 1   Sergio Martinez Monmouth 12.81 10 5
Bench Players
7   Luca Corinteli Virginia 14.12 7 1     Vikrant Dahiya Monmouth 11.86 5 5
8   Aswin Lizen Virginia 13.25 3 0   Sam Bellersen Monmouth 11.11 2 3
 
 
#23 Columbia [2] vs. #41 Purdue [3] – Friday 10 a.m. ET – Purdue is back in the NCAAs for the first time since 2014 after a late season six-match winning streak sent them shooting up the rankings. Columbia is in the field for the fourth year in a row but for the second year in a row it finds itself in the Virginia regional. Last year Columbia got upset by Penn State in the first round so the Lions will be hoping to avoid the same fate this year. Purdue is pretty talented throughout its lineup and I think they keep this one interesting but Columbia should find a way to pull through. I’ll take Columbia in doubles and Shawn Hadavi, Victor Pham, and Adam Ambrozy/Tim Wang in singles while I like Ben Ugarte, Stephan Koenigsfest, and Athell Bennett for Purdue. Prediction: Columbia 4-3
 
Overall Record: Columbia 17-4; Purdue 20-12
Doubles Record: Columbia 17-4; Purdue 17-12
UTR Power 6: Columbia 84, Purdue 81
 
 
 
Pos
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rnk
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 101 Shawn Hadavi Columbia 14.30 14 4
vs.
97 Gergely Madarasz Purdue 13.96 16 10
2 57 Victor Pham Columbia 14.29 12 7   Ricardo Medinilla Purdue 13.56 8 13
3   Jackie Tang Columbia 13.94 10 5   Benjamin Ugarte Purdue 13.86 14 9
4   Alex Keyser Columbia 14.07 9 7   Stephan Koenigsfest Purdue 13.93 18 7
5   Will Matheson Columbia 13.42 7 5   Athell Bennett Purdue 13.22 18 7
6   Adam Ambrozy Columbia 13.15 5 3   Renan Hanayama Purdue 12.64 11 7
Bench Players
7   Tim Wang Columbia 13.75 17 3     Dominik Sochurek Purdue 12.60 7 5
8   Richard Pham Columbia 13.08 3 1   Lucas Dages Purdue 11.85 7 0

 

Regional Final: Virginia is too strong to be threatened by Columbia and will win going away. Prediction: Virginia 4-0

 

So that’s all the first and second matches – predicting the outcomes is fun but I’ve been doing it long enough to know that I’ll miss on some so we’ll just have to see which ones I get right and which ones I get wrong! 

 

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