Wednesday, 24 May 2017 21:23

Andres Pedroso Named New UVA Coach, Chris Woodruff Takes Over in Knoxville, NCAA Singles Underway, Final ITA Team Rankings Released

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Just one day after winning the program's third straight NCAA National Championship Athletic Director Craig Littlepage named former UVA associate head coach Andres Pedroso as the Cavaliers' new men's head coach and director of tennis. Pedroso, who served under the departing Brian Boland from 2010 to 2014, was a national coach for USTA Player Development prior to coming to Charlottesville and then after leaving in 2014 he began coaching privately in South Florida. Pedroso will also be responsible for hiring a new women's coach to replace Mark Guilbeau who stepped down on May 5. Below are some quotes from Virginia's release which is available here.

"I would like to thank President Sullivan, Craig Littlepage and Jon Oliver for this once in a lifetime opportunity to lead UVA Tennis and succeed one of the greatest collegiate coaches of all time in Brian Boland," Pedroso said. "Coach Boland started setting me up for success at the University of Virginia seven years ago, during my time as associate head coach. Moving forward, my intention is to only enhance, together with the entire UVA Tennis coaching staff, the world-class experience that our University and tennis program provide our student-athletes.

"Nothing will be more important than the overall development of our men's and women's student-athletes and maximizing their potential will continue to take a total team effort on the part of many who believe in our cause. UVA Tennis has always been based on building a community of quality people around a student-athlete experience that produces exceptional leaders and human beings. This will never change and I look forward to reaching out to every person who has or will make UVA Tennis an integral part of their life."

 

Another high profile coaching hire took place last Friday in Knoxville when University of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie announced that longtime associate head coach Chris Woodruff would become the new men's head coach. Woodruff, who played collegiately at Tennessee and won the NCAA Singles Championship in 1993, has been a member of the coaching staff since 2002 and had been Sam Winterbotham's associate head coach since 2006. The release from Tennessee if available here and below are a few quotes from Woodruff:  

 

 

 

The NCAA Singles Championships got underway today and the biggest news was the early departure of the top two women's seeds plus the No. 3 seed Astra Sharma withdrew. Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo had already won the All-American Championship and National Indoor Intercollegiates but her attempt at a third grand slam ended early as Pepperdine's Mayar Sherif Ahmed ousted her 6-4, 6-2. Florida's Anna Danilina upset the No. 2 seed UNC's Hayley Carter 6-2, 6-3 while USC's Jessica Failla was a straight set winner of the No. 7 seed Mississippi State's Jasmine Lee. 

The biggest upset on the men's side came when Wake Forest freshman Borna Gojo defeated the No. 4 seed Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. 

Full day 1 results are listed below with the seeded players in bold. Quotes from a few of the players are here and here and here is the updated men's bracket and women's bracket

Men's Results
#8 [6] Alfredo Perez (FLORIDA) def. #41 Aron Hiltzik (ILLINOIS), 6-4, 6-1
#7 [5] Christopher Eubanks (GEORGIA TECH) def. #60 Martin Redlicki (UCLA), 6-3, 7-5
#32 Or Ram-Harel (TULSA) def. #35 Jordan Daigle (LSU), 6-3, 6-4
#21 Jolan Cailleau (TEXAS TECH) def. #19 Brandon Holt (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA). 7-5, 1-6, 6-2
#59 Emil Reinberg (GEORGIA) def. #9 [7] Hugo Di Feo (OHIO STATE), 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3
#23 Gustav Hansson (MISSISSIPPI) def. #24 Spencer Papa (OKLAHOMA), 6-4, 6-2
#69 Jack Findel- Hawkins (NORTH FLORIDA) def. #15 [9-16] Juan Benitez (BAYLOR), 7-6 (4), 6-4
#5 [3] Petros Chrysochos (WAKE FOREST) def. #64 Tyler Lu (YALE), 6-4, 6-3
#52 Sasha Gozun (SOUTH FLORIDA) def. #25 Christian Sigsgaard (TEXAS), 6-1, 7-6 (5)
#20 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #30 Timo Stodder (TENNESSEE), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
#10 [9-16] Mike Redlicki (ARKANSAS) def. #63 Johannes Schretter (BAYLOR), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
#2 [1] Mikael Torpegaard (OHIO STATE) def. #27 Thomas Laurent (OREGON), 7-5, 6-2
#45 Borna Gojo (WAKE FOREST) def. #6 [4] Arthur Rinderknech (TEXAS A&M), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
#37 Strong Kirchheimer (NORTHWESTERN) def. #49 Gabriel Friedrich (SOUTH CAROLINA), 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
#55 Yuya Ito (TEXAS) def. #38 Aziz Dougaz (FLORIDA STATE), 6-3, 6-4
#4 [2] Nuno Borges (MISSISSIPPI STATE) def. #53 Adam Moundir (OLD DOMINION), 6-3, 7-5
#56 Nathan Ponwith (GEORGIA) def. #89 Piotr Baranski (SOUTHERN ILLINOIS), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(3)
#17 [9-16] William Bushamuka (KENTUCKY) def. #77 Tuki Jacobs (SOUTH ALABAMA), 7-6(5), 7-6(7)
#42 Korey Lovett (CENTRAL FLORIDA) def. #66 Ryotaro Matsumura (KENTUCKY), 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4)
#47 Alex Ghilea (OKLAHOMA) def. #18 [9-16] Constantin Schmitz (TULANE), 6-0, 6-0
#48 Jordi Arconada (TEXAS A&M) def. #93 Filip Vittek (SAN DIEGO), 5-1, ret.
#58 Eduardo Mena (TENNESSEE TECH) def. #54 Maxime Tchoutakian (BAYLOR), 6-4, 7-6(6)
#11 [8] Tom Fawcett (STANFORD) def. #33 Wayne Montgomery (GEORGIA), 6-1, 7-5
#51 Josh Hager (NOTRE DAME) def. #67 Konrad Zieba (NORTHWESTERN), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
#61 Andre Goransson (CALIFORNIA) def. #71 Harrison O’Keefe (SOUTH CAROLINA), 6-2, 6-2
#36 Harrison Scott (TEXAS) def. #90 Razvan Grigorescu (OMAHA), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(4)
#13 [9-16] Skander Mansouri (WAKE FOREST) def. #39 Jose Salazar (ARKANSAS), 6-4, 6-4
#43 Daniel Valent (VANDERBILT) def. #57 Victor Pham (COLUMBIA), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
#65 David Biosca (EAST TENNESSEE STATE) def. #40 Collin Altamirano (VIRGINIA), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
#14 [9-16] Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VIRGINIA) def. #26 Julian Cash (OKLAHOMA STATE), 6-4, 6-4
#12 [9-16] Florian Lakat (CALIFORNIA) def. #22 Ronnie Schneider (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-4, 6-3
#16 [9-16] William Blumberg (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #46 JJ Wolf (OHIO STATE), 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
 
Women's Results
#40 Estela Perez-Somarriba (MIAMI) def. #64 Ana Oparenovic (ARKANSAS), 1-6, 6-1, 6-1
#18 Sara Daavettila (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #52 Kennedy Shaffer (GEORGIA), 7-5, 6-3
#3 [5] Blair Shankle (BAYLOR) def. #42 Brittany Lindl (TENNESSEE), 6-2, 6-4
#5 [4] Ena Shibahara (UCLA) def. #53 Tutuja Bhosale (TEXAS A&M), 6-4, 6-2
#27 Ariannne Hartono (MISSISSIPPI) def. #34 Maegan Manasse (CALIFORNIA), 6-2, 6-3
#39 Lauren Maker (ARIZONA) def. #20 Eleni Christo (GEORGIA), 7-5, 7-6 (8)
#119 Kana Daniel (PENNSYLVANIA) def. #22 Aldila Sutjiadi (KENTUCKY), 7-5, 6-3
#33 Jessica Failla (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #7 [7] Jasmine Lee (MISSISSIPPI STATE), 6-4, 6-1
#12 [9-16] Ellen Perez (GEORGIA) def. #60 Kimmy Guerin (WAKE FOREST), 6-3, 6-3
#9 [9-16] Gabriela Talaba (TEXAS TECH) def. #17 Alizee Michaud (AUBURN), 6-2, 6-1
#43 Meible Chi (DUKE) def. #13 [9-16] Erin Routliffe (ALABAMA), 6-2, 6-3
#47 Mia Horvit (SOUTH CAROLINA) def. #118 Ioanna Markesini (EAST TENNESSEE), 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
#30 Stacey Fung (WASHINGTON) def. #57 Carol Zi Yang (UNLV), 7-6 (4), 6-2
#62 Jessica Livianu (ST. JOHN’S) def. #14 [9-16] Luisa Stefani (PEPPERDINE), 7-6(4), 6-4
#24 Brienne Minor (MICHIGAN) def. #21 Sinead Lohan (MIAMI), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
#25 Gabby Smith (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #29 Andie Dikosavljevic (AUBURN), 6-3, 6-3
#46 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. #32 Lily Miyazaki (OKLAHOMA), 6-3, 6-2
#70 Petra Melounova (HAWAII) def. #16 [9-16] Rachel Pierson (TEXAS A&M), 7-6(5), 6-3
#26 Kate Fahey (MICHIGAN) def. #35 Jessie Aney (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-1, 6-2
#58 Felicity Maltby (TEXAS TECH) def. #50 Kassidy Jump (ARIZONA STATE), 6-4, 6-2
#15 [9-16] Sydney Campbell (VANDERBILT) def. #48 Rasheeda McAdoo (GEORGIA TECH), 6-2, 6-3
#11 [9-16] Jade Lewis (LSU) def. #56 Chalena Scholl (DUKE), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
#10 [9-16] Karla Popovic (CALIFORNIA) def. #56 Katarina Adamovic (OKLAHOMA STATE), 6-4, 6-0
#8 [8] Viktoriya Lushkova (OKLAHOMA STATE) def. #59 Kourtney Keegan (FLORIDA), 6-1, 6-3
#37 Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPPERDINE) def. #1 [1] Francesca Di Lorenzo (OHIO STATE), 6-4, 6-2
#44 Anna Danilina (FLORIDA) def. #2 [2] Hayley Carter [NORTH CAROLINA), 6-2, 6-3
#49 Ingrid Gamarra Martins (SOUTH CAROLINA) def. Vladica Babic (OKLAHOMA STATE), 6-1, 6-4
#19 Ashley Lahey (PEPPERDINE) def. #31 Ingrid Neel (FLORIDA), 6-2, 6-4
#23 Josie Kuhlman (FLORIDA) def. #41 Bianca Turati (TEXAS), 6-1, 6-0
#45 Shannon Hudson (ARKANSAS) def. #38 Caroline Doyle (STANFORD), 6-3, 6-1
#6 [6] Belinda Woolcock (FLORIDA) def. #51 Andrea Lazaro (FIU), 6-3, 6-2
#28 Melissa Lord (STANFORD) def. #36 Johnnise Renaud (GEORGIA TECH), 2-6, 6-4, 6-0

  

 

The ITA released its final team rankings of the season with the NCAA Champion Virginia men and Florida women finishing at No. 1. The men's runner-up, North Carolina, finished at No. 3 while Wake Forest, who was No. 1 going into the NCAAs, finished No. 2. NCAA semifinalists Ohio State and Georgia finished at No. 4 and No. 7 respectively. 

On the women's side NCAA runner-up Stanford came in at No. 2 while NCAA semifinalists Ohio State and Vanderbilt were No. 3 and No. 4. 

The same 16 men's teams that hosted a NCAA regional will be in line to host an ITA Kick-Off Weekend Regional which will take place the weekend of January 26th. On the women's side Texas A&M moved up from No. 20 to No. 16 so the Aggies should be able to host although No. 17 Baylor probably will too since Stanford normally doesn't participate in the National Team Indoors. 

Below are the men's and women's top 50 and if you are a College Tennis Today subscriber make sure you are logged in because down below that chart you can see the full rankings of every men's and women's team plus I have them sorted by conference. 

  
MEN'S TOP 50 - 5/24/17   WOMEN'S TOP 50 - 5/24/17
Rank Pts School Prv Rnk Chg   Rank Pts School Prv Rnk Chg
1 89.70 University of Virginia 2 1   1 86.63 University of Florida 1 0
2 82.77 Wake Forest University 1 -1   2 79.69 Stanford 6 4
3 75.94 North Carolina 9 6   3 77.55 Ohio State University 2 -1
4 73.95 Ohio State University 3 -1   4 76.66 Vanderbilt University 3 -1
5 69.69 UCLA 5 0   5 75.92 North Carolina 4 -1
6 67.10 USC 4 -2   6 67.55 University of Georgia 5 -1
7 66.50 University of Georgia 12 5   7 65.32 Texas Tech University 7 0
8 64.08 TCU 6 -2   8 62.95 Pepperdine 12 4
9 59.43 Baylor University 7 -2   9 61.31 Georgia Tech 8 -1
10 58.24 California 8 -2   10 61.17 Oklahoma State Univ 9 -1
11 58.03 University of Texas 11 0   11 56.71 University of Michigan 10 -1
12 56.09 Texas A&M University 13 1   12 53.46 Duke University 15 3
13 51.48 University of Oklahoma 14 1   13 52.97 California 13 0
14 51.43 University of Florida 15 1   14 52.97 Auburn University 11 -3
15 51.19 Oklahoma State Univ 10 -5   15 51.84 Univ of South Carolina 14 -1
16 47.96 Stanford University 16 0   16 45.75 Texas A&M University 20 4
17 44.63 University of Michigan 17 0   17 44.99 Baylor University 16 -1
18 44.12 Mississippi State Univ 18 0   18 42.87 University of Kentucky 17 -1
19 39.32 Georgia Tech 19 0   19 39.39 University of Arkansas 19 0
20 38.94 University of Illinois 25 5   20 38.14 Mississippi State University 18 -2
21 37.70 Univ of South Carolina 20 -1   21 36.75 LSU 21 0
22 35.89 Northwestern University 21 -1   22 34.88 University of Texas at Austin 22 0
23 35.13 Univ of South Florida 22 -1   23 32.34 UCLA 23 0
24 34.88 University of Oregon 24 0   24 30.21 University of Tennessee 24 0
25 34.36 Columbia University 23 -2   25 28.16 University of Miami (Florida) 28 3
26 32.99 Cornell University 26 0   26 27.27 North Carolina State 30 4
27 30.57 University of Mississippi 27 0   27 27.22 USC 25 -2
28 28.84 University of Wisconsin 30 2   28 27.04 TCU 27 -1
29 28.73 University of Kentucky 32 3   29 26.15 University of Notre Dame 32 3
30 28.05 Tulane University 29 -1   30 25.13 Florida State University 37 7
31 25.72 Florida State University 33 2   31 24.92 Clemson University 38 7
32 24.36 Texas Tech University 31 -1   32 24.66 University of Mississippi 29 -3
33 24.29 Univ of Central Florida 28 -5   33 24.36 Wake Forest University 33 0
34 21.66 University of Louisville 42 8   34 24.30 Arizona State University 26 -8
35 20.20 Duke University 35 0   35 22.92 Northwestern University 39 4
36 19.89 University of Memphis 34 -2   36 21.36 University of Washington 31 -5
37 19.28 UC Santa Barbara 37 0   37 21.16 University of Denver 44 7
38 19.10 University of Arkansas 36 -2   38 19.93 University of Oregon 35 -3
39 19.06 University of Minnesota 39 0   39 19.75 University of Kansas 34 -5
40 18.32 SMU 38 -2   40 19.71 Rice University 36 -4
41 17.77 Purdue University 41 0   41 19.06 University of Virginia 43 2
42 17.33 Georgia State University 40 -2   42 18.19 Florida International Univ 42 0
43 17.06 University of Tennessee 44 1   43 17.65 University of Alabama 41 -2
44 16.81 Rice University 43 -1   44 17.47 University of Tulsa 40 -4
45 16.27 Utah State University 45 0   45 16.95 Dartmouth College 45 0
46 15.64 Vanderbilt University 46 0   46 14.81 UC Santa Barbara 47 1
47 14.63 University of San Diego 47 0   47 14.22 University of Oklahoma 46 -1
48 14.62 University of Portland 48 0   48 13.96 Harvard University 48 0
49 13.88 Cal Poly 52 3   49 12.31 Cornell University 49 0
50 13.38 University of Notre Dame 50 0   50 12.27 University of Pennsylvania 52 2

 

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2 comments

  • Comment Link David Hiltzik Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:34 posted by David Hiltzik

    Bobby. Interesting observation If you look up the top 20 ranked players in men's college tennis 19 out of 20 are 6' 3" or taller except Dei Feo. Does no ad favor the taller player possibly bigger hitter and server?

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Friday, 26 May 2017 08:24 posted by Bobby Knight

    It definitely could because they have the ability to finish a point off in one shot whereas the grinder doesn't.

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