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Elite 8 Previews

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The rubber meets the road on Saturday afternoon in Athens with an extremely competitive schedule lined up. In the noon session you'll have the two-time defending champs Virginia taking on Texas and the other match could be the match of the tournament as No. 3 Ohio State takes on No. 6 TCU. In the late-afternoon session they'll be huge crowd on hand to see if Georgia can get past UCLA while a pair of ACC rivals, Wake Forest and North Carolina, will tangle on the back courts. The temperature is expected to be in the upper 80s and may hit 90 so it'll be interesting to see how the teams from outside of the south handle the elements.  

I have the schedule of play listed on my NCAA Tournament page and in each of my match previews below I'll list the projected lineups with individual singles and doubles records, individual and team UTRs, team doubles records, box scores from the previous meetings this season, plus I'll make my prediction at the end. 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). 

 

#1 Wake Forest [1] vs. #9 North Carolina [9] - Saturday 4 p.m. ET - Wake won the regular season meeting 4-3 in a match that was played indoors and it looks like half of the singles matches will be rematches. Both teams play doubles very well so that's a key point that both would like to have in their back pocket. This is Wake Forest's first-ever trip to the quarterfinals while North Carolina is back for the fourth year in a row however they have come up short in each of the last three years.
 
I like Wake Forest in doubles and Chrysochos, Mansouri, and Upsenksy in singles while I'll take Blumberg and Soendergaard for UNC with Gadjiev up on Boyden in a third set. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-2
  
Overall Record: Wake 30-2; North Carolina 27-4
Doubles Record: Wake 28-4; North Carolina 25-6
UTR Power 6: Wake Forest 86, North Carolina 85
 
Regular Season Result:
 
#2 Wake Forest 4, #5 North Carolina 3
Mar 10, 2017 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
Singles competition
1. #2 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #19 Ronnie Schneider (NC) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-0
2. #61 William Blumberg (NC) def. #5 Skander Mansouri (WF) 6-3, 6-3
3. #76 Borna Gojo (WF) def. Simon Soendergaard (NC) 6-1, 6-3
4. #123 Robert Kelly (NC) def. #37 Christian Seraphim (WF) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Jack Murray (NC) 6-2, 6-1
6. Blaine Boyden (NC) def. Alan Gadjiev (WF) 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5
Doubles competition
1. #2 Skander Mansouri/Christian Seraphim (WF) def. #17 William Blumberg/Robert Kelly (NC) 6-3
2. Borna Gojo/Alan Gadjiev (WF) vs. Simon Soendergaard/Jack Murray (NC) 5-4, unfinished
3. Petros Chrysochos/Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Anu Kodola/Ronnie Schneider (NC) 6-3
Match Notes
North Carolina 12-2 (1-1 ACC); National ranking #5
Wake Forest 12-1 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,2,5,1,4,6)
Match moved indoors prior to first serve due to windy conditions
T-3:02 A-405 
 
PROJECTED LINEUPS
  
Pos ITA Players Team UTR DM W/L   ITA Players Team UTR DM W/L
1 4 Skander Mansouri
Christian Seraphim
WF 14.67 23 6
vs.
12 William Blumberg
Robert Kelly
UNC 14.46 19 6
2   Borna Gojo
Alan Gadjiev
WF 14.13 13 6 82 Jack Murray
Simon Soendergaard
UNC 14.04 8 5
3   Petros Chrysochos
Dennis Uspensky
WF 14.40 20 6   Anu Kodali
Ronnie Schneider
UNC 13.82 10 2
 
Pos
ITA
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 5 Petros Chrysochos Wake 14.73 23 6
vs.
22 Ronnie Schneider UNC 14.64 22 6
2 45 Borna Gojo Wake 14.62 22 4 16 William Blumberg UNC 14.69 23 2
3 13 Skander Mansouri Wake 14.37 21 6 116 Robert Kelly UNC 14.15 19 4
4 84 Christian Seraphim Wake 14.11 21 8   Simon Soendergaard UNC 13.60 9 13
5   Dennis Uspensky Wake 14.07 19 5   Jack Murray UNC 14.21 23 5
6   Alan Gadjiev Wake 13.90 16 8   Bo Boyden UNC 14.06 20 4
Bench Players
7   Max Kan Wake 12.58 2 1     Anu Kodali UNC 13.23 5 0
8   Charlie Parry Wake 12.13 0 2   Josh Peck UNC 13.81 1 1

  

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  • Comment Link MS Saturday, 20 May 2017 01:15 posted by MS

    Virginia is the only team to not give up a point in the tournament. I doubt that they give up one tomorrow.
    Make a note for next year to always pick 9 over 8 in the pool. Not doing that has pretty much ruined my brackets.

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