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For the second day in a row Virginia faced a serious challenge but once again the bottom part of the lineup was able to come through when it counted and Virginia edged Kentucky 4-3. Virginia looked like it had the doubles point under control after winning 6-1 at No. 1 and leading 5-3 at No. 2 but Kentucky's Will Bushamuka and Nils Ellefsen won four straight games to win the decider 7-5. Virginia would try to rebound in singles but gaining early momentum would be a little tougher than usual since Virginia's strong No. 5 and No. 6 guys wouldn't get a chance to start immediately due to Kentucky indoor facility only having four courts.
Virginia freshman Carl Soderlund didn't waste any time in his match at No. 3 against Kentucky senior Beck Pennington. Soderlund played at No. 4 yesterday and he seemed to appreciate the bump up to No. 3 because he broke Pennington to start the match and about 25 minutes later he had a 6-0 first set in the bank. Pennington held to start the second set but Soderlund would hold, break, and hold to go up 3-1. Pennington held for 2-3 but then Soderlund won the final three games to close it out 6-0, 6-2.
The draws for the US Open National Playoff were released today with Nick Meister (UCLA '12) the top seed on the men's side and Ayaka Okuno (semester at Georgia in 2013) is the top seed on the women's side. The doubles draws should be out soon with singles getting underway on Friday in New Haven, CT. Below are the draws with Universal Tennis Ratings listed as of 8/19.
The participants for this year's American Collegiate Invitational were release today. The tournament will take place during the second week of the US Open with the winner earning a wild card into the following year's US Open if they meet certain criteria.
The US Open National Playoff got underway today in New Haven with three of the four men's seeds and two of the four women's seeds advancing to the quarterfinals. The men's third seed Eric Quigley (Kentucky '12) was knocked off by UCLA senior Gage Brymer in two tiebreak sets while both the second and fourth seeds, Evan King and Jose Statham, came back from a set down to win in three sets. The top seed Nick Meister (UCLA '12) won the most lopsided match of the day 6-1, 6-1 over Philip Major.
The women's top seed Ayaka Okuno, who spent a semester at Georgia in 2013, was knocked off in straight sets by Sophie Chang while the fourth seed Ashley Weinhold lost in three-sets to North Carolina freshman Sara Daavettila. There was a Universal Tennis Rating upset as Eva Raszkiewicz rolled over Fernanda Contreras 6-3, 6-1 - Raszkiewicz's UTR was 1.52 lower but that didn't seem to bother her at all. All the results are listed in the table down below (two tabs) along with the quarterfinal matchups.
North Carolina was able to seize the early momentum by taking the doubles point which was a point the Tar Heels figured they'd need due to having 2 of its singles starters (#2 Ronnie Schneider-shoulder & #6 Oystein Steiro-elbow) out with injuries.
As evidenced by the the singles scores below nothing would come easy on any of the courts and it would take almost 2 hours before the first match finished which occurred at #5 singles when UNC's Robert Kelly pulled off the upset and defeated #44 Aleks Vukic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. With North Carolina taking 4 1st sets they had to feel good but finishing off 3 more courts would be a tall task.
With North Carolina now leading 2-0, it looked like Illinois's Toshiki Matsuya would score the 1st point for the Illini when he had what appeared to be a commanding lead at #6 singles when he served up 6-2, 4-2 (40-15) but North Carolina's Stuart DePaolo would mount a comeback and take 4 straight games to steal the 2nd set 6-4 and force a 3rd set.
As the match at #6 went to a 3rd set, Illinois would finally get on the board when Tim Kopinski defeated Jack Murray at #4 singles by a 7-6(5), 6-2 score in a match that was anything but easy for Kopinski. Tim jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the 1st set and had 2 break points for a 5-1 lead but Murray rallied and won 5 of the next 6 games and served for the set before Tim broke to send it the tiebreak. In the tiebreak Murray would lead 5-4 with 2 points on his serve but Kopinski got both points and then a 3rd straight, with the last coming via an overrule, to take the tiebreak 7-5. Kopinski used that momentum to take the 2nd set in much easier fashion.
With North Carolina's lead trimmed to 2-1, Illinois would get the equalizer to tie it at 2-2 when Matsuya regrouped and cruised to a 6-2 final set at #6 singles.
All 3 remaining matches were into a 3rd set and at #3 singles they stayed on serve until Illinois's Aron Hiltzik served at 3-4 and was facing the deciding deuce point. With Hiltzik serving into the deuce court he hit what he thought was an ace down the T and headed back to the wall to grab his towel however Hess-Olesen called the serve wide and his call was seconded by the chair. Hiltzik was able to get his 2nd serve in play but he was unable to get a clean hit on the Hess-Olesen return and as the ball sailed into the net it looked like Illinois's hopes of a comeback were going to be shattered because over at #1 singles North Carolina's Brayden Schnur had built a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set against Farris Gosea.
As UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen served for the match at #3, Gosea got an easy hold on 1 to cut the deficit to 3-5, and Illinois's Jared Hiltzik inched closer to the finish line at #2 as he had 2 match points on the Brett Clark while leading 5-3. While Hess-Olsen did finish off the younger Hiltzik 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to put UNC up 3-2, the Tar Heel #1 Brayden Schnur was unable to do so at #1 singles getting broke at 30-40 which put the match back on serve. On that 30-40 point, as Schnur came to the net Gosea was able to land a lob over Schnur's back shoulder and as Schnur turned to chase the ball he slipped and came down awkwardly and then walked around with a limp and held his side during the changeover. Gosea would hold at 40-15 to tie it up at 5-5 before Schnur would get his bearings straight and put together a love hold for 6-5. Gosea will then hold at 40-30 to send the match to a deciding 3rd set tiebreak. Just as the tiebreak got going Illinois's Jared Hiltzik was able to tie the match at 3 as he served out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over UNC's Brett Clark at #2 singles so all attention was now on the 3rd set tiebreak at #1. Schnur would jump out to a 4-2 lead before Gosea took 3 straight to lead 5-4 and Gosea was serving. Schnur would even it at 5 but then would hit a back hand into the net to give Gosea his 1st match point and Gosea would not waste it as he hit a backhand cross court past the drawn in Schnur to send the Illini faithful into a frenzy. Final score Illinois 4-3.
Video of Gosea serving at 4-5 in the 3rd and Schnur serving 5-5
Video of Gosea serving at 5-6 in the 3rd
Video of the 1st 6 points of the match
Video of the final 6 points of the match
In the 2nd half the SEC/Pac 12 Challenge, Georgia looked to even the score for the SEC after Florida fell earlier to USC 4-2 and the Bulldogs would not let down the crowd and would take a thrilling (for the home fans) 4-2 win over UCLA. Georgia got things started off by taking the doubles point and looked poised to take all 4 1st sets but while Wayne Montgomery and Austin Smith were able to close out 6-1 sets at #2 and #3, UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki would take the opening sets at #1 and #4 in tiebreaks with McDonald fighting off set points at 5-6 40-40 and at 5-6 in the tiebreak. While Montgomery cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win at #2 singles to give Georgia a 2-0 lead, UCLA would take the momentum back as McDonald and Redlicki both breezed through their 2nd sets to even the match at 2-2. Due to there being 4 indoor courts in Athens, the matches at #5 and #6 singles weren't able to start until 2 courts opened up so the focus then turned to #3 singles where Georgia's Austin Smith jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the 2nd after taking the 1st 6-1 but Brymer would get it back on serve and ultimately send it to a 2nd set tiebreak. With UCLA's Karue Sell taking the opening set at #5 singles and Joseph Di Giulio going up an early break at #6 singles the tiebreak at #3 was one that Georgia had to have to keep the match from snowballing the Bruins way. Brymer would jump out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but Smith would rally and take 6 of the next 7 points to close out the 6-1, 7-6(5) win which put Georgia back ahead 3-2. Georgia's Nick Wood was able to ride the energy coming from Smith's court and would ultimately come all the way back from a set down and seal the deal with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at #5 singles. Final score Georgia 4-2.
Early final score in from Athens and it's #1 USC holding off a tough Florida squad 5-2.
1. #3 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. #34 Maxx Lipman (UF) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
2. #68 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #81 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2, 7-5
3. #60 Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. #8 Jonny Wang (USC) 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Eric Johnson (USC) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
5. #58 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Oliver Landert (UF) 6-2, 7-5
6. Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Jordan Belga (UF) 7-6(5), 2-6, 1-0(6)
1. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #32 Diego Hidalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. #49 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4
3. #43 Oliver Landert/Joshua Wardell (UF) vs. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC) 6-5, unfinished
Southern California 4-0; National ranking #1
Florida 3-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,5)
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1. Roberto Cid (USF) vs. Andrew Harris (OU)
2. Ignacio Gonzalez (USF) vs. Axel Alvarez (OU)
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4. Sasha Gozun (USF) vs. Spencer Papa (OU)
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6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) vs. Alex Ghilea (OU)
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Georgia went 3-2 in doubles prior to the National Indoors but since Manny Diaz changed his pairings they've gone 4-0 with 3 of those double points coming over top 13 teams (#1 USC, #3 Illinois, #13 Columbia). Florida has gone 4-3 in doubles but has dropped doubles in 3 of the last 4 matches with the same pairings having played in each match. Florida needs the doubles point more in my book so the Gators have to hope the large rowdy crowd helps put them over the top.
In singles, Florida's Diego Hidalgo will make his 1st appearance of the year at #1, 2nd all-time, but he's going to have his hands full against Georgia's Wayne Montgomery. Montgomery knocked off Hidalgo 7-5, 6-1 back in October in the Round of 32 at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional and I think we'll see a similar scoreline tomorrow with Montgomery picking up the W.
Florida's Maxx Lipman will make his 1st appearance of the year at #2 after playing at #1 in each of Florida's 7 matches with the drop due to Lipman starting the year 1-4. Lipman will face Austin Smith who previously beat him 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Southeast Regional back in October though Smith himself has dropped 3 of his last 5. Smith is 3-0 overall against the Lipman's having also beaten Maxx's brother Ryan (Vanderbilt) twice last season and I think Smith will run that streak to 4.
Last year Nathan Pasha and Gordon Watson played each other at #1 singles (Watson won 7-6, 7-6) but this year they'll meet at #3. Both guys have been playing well lately with each riding a 4-match winning streak so this one is a near toss up.
Nick Wood and Elliott Orkin played each other at #6 singles last year (Wood won 7-6, 6-4) and this year they'll meet at #4. Wood struggled in his final 2 matches at the National Indoors winning only 8 total games but he was able to get back on track last Sunday with a straight set win against an overmatched Jacob Behal (Furman). Orkin will play at #4 for the 1st time this year after starting at #2 six times and #3 once. He was able to stop a 2 match slide with a 3-set win over Florida State's Michael Rinaldi however that match was almost 3 weeks ago. Wood is the better player in my book but if Orkin can frustrate him into making too may errors, like what Aron Hiltzik and Eric Johnson did, then it could be a long day for the Georgia junior.
Florida freshman Chase Perez-Blanco will get his first taste of this fierce rivalry as he takes on the streaky Georgia junior Ben Wagland. When Wagland plays with confidence and hits his serve and forehand with authority he's good enough to beat just about anyone on the court as evidenced by him playing at #1 his freshman year but when he plays tentative he can be pushed around by anyone. In my opinion Ben Wagland's style of play will determine whether he wins or loses this one - if he plays aggressive (goes for the lines) he wins in 2 if he plays tentative (slices it into the middle of the court) and waits for the Perez-Blanco error he loses in 2.
This will be a battle between 2 redshirt freshmen as Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan takes on Florida's Oliver Landert. So far these guys have played 5 common opponents with each losing to Georgia Tech's Michael Kay and USC's Nick Crystal while both defeated Mercer's Oliver Snaider. Landert also beat Georgia Tech's Cole Fiegel and UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio while Oosterbaan lost to Fiegel and led Di Giulio before the match was halted due to the clinch. I'm leaning towards Oosterbaan here because I think his serve will be able to bail him out of the some deciding points.
I'm going to go with Georgia but if Florida finds a way to take 2 of the top 3 I think they probably win the match. Prediction: Georgia 4-3
The doubles point looked like it was Florida's for the taking after the Gators #2 team of Elliott Orkin and Maxx Lipman cruised to a 6-1 win while its #1 tandem of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson jumped out to a 4-2 lead. With Georgia's #3 team of Wayne Montgomery and Paul Oosterbaan also winning 6-1 the pressure would go back on Georgia's #1 team of Austin Smith and Ben Wagland and the undefeated tandem wouldn't go away as they took 3 straight games to go up 5-4 and were serving for the match. There would then be 3 consecutive service breaks to send the match to a tiebreak. After falling behind 4-2 and 6-4, Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland would fight off 2 match points and eventually win the last 3 points to take the tiebreak 9-7 in a match that took 57 minutes.
In singles play Georgia would jump out to a break lead on all 6 courts and would end up taking 5 1st sets with Elliott Orkin grabbing the lone 1st set for Florida at #4. Austin Smith would be 1st off the court with a 6-1, 6-4 win at #2 and then 15 minutes later Paul Oosterbaan would close out his match with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #6 which put Georgia up 3-0. Elliott Orkin would give Florida its only point with a 7-5, 6-2 win at #4 but a short while later Nathan Pasha would clinch the victory for Georgia with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 win at #3 singles. The 2 remaining matches were tied in the 3rd set at the time of the clinch.
FYI, the # beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date of the recap. For more details about UTR check out their website.
Auburn, AL: In the SEC opener for each school, Auburn was able to grab the doubles point and then pick up 4 1st sets to put South Carolina into a hole that they just couldn't climb out of. Auburn's Oliver Plaskett provided the clincher at #6 singles with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Thomas Mayronne. The remaining match at #2 was halted with Auburn's Marko Krickovic up 5-3 in the 3rd so more than likely this would have finished 5-2 in Auburn's favor had it been played out.
South Carolina recap
Ann Arbor, MI: The Dartmouth Big Green ran its record to 7-4 on the year with a 4-3 win on the road at Michigan. Michigan was coming off a win over Memphis but couldn't duplicate the results against its Ivy League foe.
#50 Dartmouth 4, #52 Michigan 3
The owners of 38 NCAA Division 1 Men's Team National Championships will meet on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles as the #1 USC Trojans host the #37 Stanford Cardinal.
USC's media guide shows they lead the all-time series 109-76 with the 1st match played in 1925 while Stanford's shows USC leads it 63-59 with the 1st match coming in 1967. I'd have to go with USC's as the more accurate source since I know Stanford was playing tennis long before 1967. Stanford has won 17 NCAA Championships with the last coming in 2000 while USC has won 21 NCAA Championships including 5 of the last 6.
USC has won 8 straight in the series with Stanford's last win over SC coming back in 2011 at the National Indoors. This USC team is full of experience with the top 4 spots in the singles lineup occupied by seniors along with a junior and a sophomore at 5 and 6. Stanford on the other hand is starting 3 freshmen, a senior, and 2 juniors.
Let's breakdown the individual match-ups and see if Stanford has any shot at getting close to 4 points against the #1 Trojans.
Stanford freshman #26 Tom Fawcett has turned some heads so far this year with his stellar play which includes 3 wins over top 60 opponents and he is currently the 3rd highest ranked freshman in the latest rankings behind only Duke's #8 Nicolas Alvarez and Georgia's #17 Wayne Montgomery. USC senior Yannick Hanfmann just seems to keep plugging along with 11 of his 13 wins over ranked opponents with 8 of those 11 over top 50 opponents. Both of these guys are undefeated in dual match play so somebody has to lose - I'll take experience over youth.
Stanford's David Wilczynski has done something you don't see too often - he has played at every spot in the singles lineup after starting the year at 6 and has since played at 5, 4, 3, 2, and this past Tuesday against Hawaii he played at 1 so that's 6 different positions in 7 matches. The reason for the upward slide has been strictly performance based as all his dual match wins have been blowouts with the lone loss coming in 3 sets to Cal's Filip Bergevi. One item to note is that while the wins have been impressive only 1 has been over a ranked opponent (#123 Perez-Blanco). Wilczynski's opponent will be #20 Roberto Quiroz who already has 7 wins over ranked opponents and 5 of those over top 50 opponents. Quiroz is just too seasoned for the Cardinal freshman and will take this one in 2.
Stanford's John Morrissey spent the last 2 years playing atop the Cardinal singles lineup but has been pushed down to #3 after a slow start to the year in conjunction with the strong play of both Fawcett and Wilczyns
The 2nd weakest spot for South Carolina is #2 singles where they are just 6-6. The 2 participants at #2 singles have lost a combined 13 matches in a row with Andrew Adams on an 8-match slide while Maxx Lipman has dropped 5 straight. I think Lipman is the one that breaks his streak and gets the win. The matchup at #3 will be interesting because you have Thiago Pinheiro (1-8 dual match record) taking on Gordon Watson (4-3). Most of Pinheiro's losses came at #1 against some stiff competition and 7 of his 9 losses have gone 3 sets so while Watson should win it likely won't be easy. With South Carolina underdogs at those top 3 spots they'd need to sweep the bottom 3 and get the doubles point and if they couldn't do it at Auburn it isn't going to happen at Florida. Prediction: Florida 4-2
If you can't make it out in person then at least make sure you take advantage of the free live streaming video that Georgia, Wake Forest, and Ohio State will be offering up for the matches.
I think we'll see at least 1 upset in the 4 big matches though I'd be surprised if we saw more than 1.
FYI, the number beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of today's (3/5) date and the numbers beside that are the player's dual match record for this season. For more details about UTR check out their website.
#10 Texas A&M (6-1) at #4 Georgia (9-2) - 2:30pm est - A year ago Texas A&M handed Georgia its only regular season conference loss when the Aggies won 4-1 in College Station but this year they'll be in Athens and most likely playing outdoors. Georgia is 8-3 in doubles but 6-0 since they changed pairings before the National Indoors while Texas A&M is a perfect 7-0 and in fact the Aggies have only dropped 1 individual court. This will be the first time this season that Texas A&M has ventured away from home while it'll likely be the 1st time this year that Georgia has played a whole match outdoors at home. There won't be any individual rematches from last year and the only pairing that will have met before at the collegiate level are Adams and Pasha at #3 - they split matches back in 2013. Doubles is too close to call so I'll look at the singles matches.
Projected Singles Lineups
Others who could play - Eric Diaz (UGA 12.98 - 1-0), Peter Bertran (UGA 13.40 - 1-0), Jordi Arconada (TAMU 13.59 - 0-0), Jordan Szabo (TAMU 13.28 - 1-2)
#1 singles - Shane Vinsant would likely be 5-1 in dual match play but he's had 3 matches get halted due to the team clinch with Vinsant having big leads in each. Austin Smith ended a 2 match losing streak by winning 2 of 3 last weekend and he was up a set in the 3rd one when the Bulldogs clinched. If this match were in College Station, with the swirling winds, I'd go with Vinsant but with it being in Athens I think Smith gets it done or is at least leading if it doesn't finish.
#2 singles - Jeremy Efferding has been on a roll lately with the Aggie senior winning 8 of his last 9. Last weekend was the first time he played at #1 in a conference dual since his sophomore year but he's back at #2 this week despite beating Kentucky's Beck Pennington 1 & 0 (also was on the verge of splitting sets with UT's Libietis). Wayne Montgomery was just named SEC Freshman of the week for the 3rd time this year after going 1-0 last weekend with another match that didn't finish. Montgomery has won his last 3 matches that finished with all those coming at #1. I like the Georgia freshman in straight sets in this one.
#3 singles - Harrison Adams has definitely hit a rough patch lately with the Aggie junior having dropped 7 straight with all but the last one against a ranked opponent. In 5 of those 7 losses Adams dropped a set by a 6-1 score so he hasn't been too competitive either. Nathan Pasha has won 5 straight though he did trail in last match against Auburn before the match was stopped due to the clinch. I would be surprised at a result of anything other than Pasha in 2.
#4 singles - Arthur Rinderknech had had a great start to his collegiate career by starting off 8-1 including 6-1 in dual match play. He hasn't yet beat a ranked opponent but he's knocked off several bigger names so far - Ohio State's Kevin Metka, Oklahoma's Spencer Papa, San Diego's Jordan Angus, and Tennessee's Luis Valero. Ben Wagland has been a little up and down this year alternating wins and losses but he's yet to win 2 straight. I think Rinderknech is playing a little too well right now to drop this one so I'll take the Aggie freshman in 2
#5 singles - AJ Catanzariti is riding a 3 match winning streak which includes a win over Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea while Nick Wood has dropped 3 of 5 but he did win in straight sets his last time out against Auburn's Dante Saleh. I think Wood plays better this time around and pushes this one to a 3rd set before it gets halted due to a clinch.
#6 singles - Max Lunkin is undefeated in dual match play including a win over Oklahoma's Jose Salazar although he was trailing in 2 other matches that went unfinished. Paul Oosterbaan has won 3 of his last 4 and was up a set in last match against Auburn's Joseph Van Dooren before the match was halted. I think Oosterbaan has the upper hand in this one and wins in 2.
Texas A&M has the firepower to take out Georgia but I don't see it happening in the Dawgs backyard. Prediction: Georgia 4-1
#12 Virginia (7-2) at #20 Wake Forest (8-3) - 4pm est - Both teams are coming off losses with Virginia falling to Baylor while Wake went down to Texas. The biggest question mark in this one is who'll suit up for the match. Virginia had 2 notable absences from its lineup last week in ITA #1 Thai Son Kwiatkowski and Alex Ritschard while Wake had it's #1 Noah Rubin out. If Rubin misses this match as well I don't see Wake scratching up a point anywhere in singles because Virginia is more experienced and stronger in every other spot. Virginia has won 124 consecutive matches against ACC teams and I look for the streak to go to 125. Prediction: Virginia 6-1
2. #2 Ryan Shane (UVA 14.54 - 7-1) vs. #21 Romain Bogaerts (WF 14.29 - 6-3)
4. Collin Altamirano (UVA 14.69 - 5-0) vs. #70 Jonathan Ho (WF 13.55 - 9-2)
5. Alexander Ritschard (UVA 13.89 - 3-1) vs. Keivon Tabrizi (WF 12.94 - 4-2)
Others who could play - JC Aragone (UVA 13.88/4-2), Henrik Wiersholm (UVA 13.78/3-1), Christian Seraphim (WF 13.55/6-3)
#11 Florida (6-3) at #14 Vanderbilt (10-3) - 5pm est - This will be the 3rd time in the last 11 months that these teams have played in Nashville with Vandy winning the regular season meeting indoors 4-3 and Florida winning 4-3 outdoors in the SEC Tournament semifinals. None of the individual match-ups will be repeats so last year's slate is wiped clean away. Vandy is 8-3 in doubles while Florida is 5-4 with both teams going 1-1 in doubles last week with each losing the point in a tiebreak. Vandy made a switch in the singles lineup and has moved Danny Valent up from 4 to 3 while dropping Kris Yee down from 3 to 4. Florida has also swapped its 3 and 4 by moving Orkin up and Watson down so we'll get the same match-ups at 3 and 4 just in reverse order.
Projected Singles Lineups
1. #46 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.03 - 7-0) vs. #9 Gonzales Austin (VU 14.46 - 11-1)
2. #103 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.73 - 2-5) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU 13.42 - 4-5)
3. #80 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.84 - 5-3) vs. Danny Valent (VU 13.67 - 10-1)
4. Gordon Watson (UF 13.73 - 4-4) vs. Kris Yee (VU 13.58 - 3-7)
5. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.30 - 5-1) vs. Suresh Eswaran (VU 12.81 - 7-4)
6. Oliver Landert (UF 13.13 - 4-4) vs. Baker Newman (VU 12.86 - 1-5)
Other possible players: Josh Wardell (UF 13.11 - 0-1), Jordan Belga (UF 13.05 - 2-1), Jeff Offerdahl (VU 12.65 - 2-1)
The only court where I'd consider Vandy the clear favorite is at #1 but I think Florida is the favorite at 2, 4, 5, and 6. Orkin/Valent is too close to call at 3 with Valent having won 14 of his last 15 matches, though none were against ranked players, while Orkin has won 8 of his last 11 with the all 3 losses coming to players ranked inside the top 65. I think the odds are stacked in Florida's favor in this one so I'll take the Gators. Prediction: Florida 4-2
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