Sebastien Jacques Is Doing Some Walking, D2 NCAAs Reach Semifinal Round, D1 Men's Regional Previews (Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Texas, Florida, Virginia)Written by Bobby Knight
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.
- NCAA Tournament Previews
- Ohio State
- Mississippi State
- Oklahoma Sooners
- Oklahoma State
- Florida State
- Jackson State
- Florida Gulf Coast
- Georgia Tech
- Sebastien Jacques
- Division II
Eubanks Get Wild Card Into BB&T Open, NCAA D2 Results, NCAA D3 & NAIA Brackets Revealed, D1 Men's Regional Previews (North Carolina, California, UCLA, Texas A&M, Georgia, USC)Written by Bobby Knight
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 here. The 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.
- NCAA Tournament Previews
- Chris Eubanks
- North Carolina
- Texas A&M
- San Diego
- South Florida
- Florida A&M
- Ole Miss
- Utah State
- Tennessee Tech
- East Tennessee State
- South Carolina
- Division II
- Division III
- Georgia Gwinnett
The number of head coaching jobs at Power 5 schools is now up to six after LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced on Monday that men's head coach Jeff Brown was resigning after 20 years. Brown won just over 60 percent of the 517 matches he coached and was an even .500 against SEC competition. Brown's LSU teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament 17 times however this year the Tigers fell well short after going 10-17 overall and just 3-9 in the SEC. Brown's best seasons in Baton Rouge came in his first two seasons when he led the Tigers to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA semifinals. Alleva called the resignation a "mutual decision" though I'm pretty sure Brown wasn't the one to approach Alleva on the subject. Below is a quote from LSU's release:
“It's been a great run,” Brown said. “We had so much success and had so many great people come through our program. I'm proud of all the players that we coached here at LSU and all that we were able to accomplish as a program.”
The other Power 5 jobs currently open are: Virginia men, Virginia women, Tennessee men, USC women, and Minnesota women.
Pro Circuit Recap - Tennys Sandgren Takes Savannah, Kevin King Doubles Up in Mexico, Robert Farah Wins 250 in MunichWritten by Bobby Knight
It was a busy weekend for several former collegiate players, and one current player, with the group collectively winning three pro singles titles and 12 doubles titles. Tennys Sandgren, who spent two years at Tennessee and just won the USTA's French Open Wild Card, won his second Challenger of the year with a straight set win Joao Pedro Sorgi at the $75K Savannah Challenger.
Kevin King (Georgia Tech '12) won his fourth singles title and tenth doubles title after sweeping the Mexico F2 Futures in Villahermosa. In the singles final King defeated Ivan Endara 7-5, 7-5 and in the doubles final he and Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss '15) defeated Farris Gosea (Illinois '15) and Nate Lammons (SMU '16) 7-6(4), 7-6. Both titles were King's first in almost two years after he missed almost all of 2016 after sustaining injuries to both hips.
Robert Farah (USC '10) won his 10th career ATP-level doubles title as he and Juan Sebastian Cabal defeated Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin 6-3, 6-3 in the finals of the BMW Open in Munich.
The NCAA Tournament hasn't even started yet but coaching openings are popping up all across the country. We knew that Virginia had a men's head coaching opening after Brian Boland announced he was headed to the USTA and on Friday we found out that the women's job is going to be open as well. Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage announced that Mark Guilbeau had resigned after 12 seasons with Virginia coming off a season in which it failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. Guilbeau led the Cavaliers to back-to-back conference championships in 2014 and 2015 and his 201 wins are second all-time in school history behind only Phil Rogers who won 260 matches in a 22-year period that came to an end right before Guilbeau's hire. According to Virginia's release, Guilbeau had one year remaining on his contract and the school would be paying it out. Below are some quotes from Virginia's release:
The ITA released its final team, singles, and doubles rankings of the regular season with the team rankings falling in line with what I projected earlier in the week. The men's top five was Wake Forest, Virginia, Ohio State, USC, and UCLA while the women's top five was Florida, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, and Georgia. The NCAA followed the rankings when doing seeding on the men's side but as we found out on Tuesday they did not on the women's side with North Carolina moving up to No. 2 while Texas Tech passed Stanford for No. 6.
In the men's singles rankings the only change in the top 10 was Illinois junior Aleks Vukic rising two spots to No. 3 which dropped Mississippi State sophomore Nuno Borges to No. 4 and Wake Forest sophomore Petros Chrysochos to No. 5. TCU's Cameron Norrie and Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard remained at No. 1 and No. 2. The NCAA seeding for the singles tournament mirrored the rankings to a T.