Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:30

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)

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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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