Tuesday, 09 May 2017 19:45

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)

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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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  • Comment Link Tennisfan Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:49 posted by Tennisfan

    Bobby - D2 has a bizarre way of doing things but they basically decide well in advance which teams will be facing each other in the round of 16 based off a multi-year rotation. For example, if you are in the East region, to begin the year you already know that if you get through your regional you will be playing the winner of the Midwest region. They do not reseed teams once they get to the round of 16. It's unfortunate because there will be some years where you will have a top 5 matchup in the early rounds and blow outs in the semis/finals.

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:55 posted by Bobby Knight

    Thanks for the info - that's an interesting setup.

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