Saturday, March 28, 2009

USC Teams Beat Stanford; Ole Miss Teams Beat Florida; Frost's New Venture; Help with Your Serve

Now that we're in the heart of the college tennis season, the conference rivalries take center stage, and in the Pac-10, there are some pretty excited Southern Cal women this evening. A streak of twenty-three years and 50 dual matches ended today when they beat the Stanford Cardinal 5-2 in Los Angeles, with freshman Alison Ramos clinching for USC at No. 4 singles. The USC website has a great photo and an account of the match here.

The Southern Cal men won in Palo Alto, handing Stanford its third consecutive 4-3 loss today, with the Cardinal having fallen to UCLA on Friday and Baylor last Tuesday. The Stanford website has details of the match, which came down to No. 3 singles, with Abdullah Magdas beating Ryan Thacher to clinch.

In the SEC on Friday, the Ole Miss men and women swept Florida, with the women getting their first win in ten years over the 14th-ranked Gators, 4-3. In Oxford, the 35th-ranked Rebels took the doubles point and 4,5 and 6 singles to record their first win over Florida since 1999.

The Ole Miss men were in Gainesville, where rain delayed play until late Friday evening, but it was the visitors who survived, with the No. 2 ranked Rebels defeating the seventh-ranked Gators 4-2. Mississippi is now 5-0 in SEC play.

In his post match remarks at the Blue Gray Classic, Tennessee men's head coach Sam Winterbotham said that Alabama would be a Top Ten team before the year was out, and the Crimson Tide took a big step toward fulfilling that prediction yesterday, when No. 17 Alabama beat No. 13 Kentucky in Lexington 4-3.

Marcia Frost has been hired as the college tennis expert for examiner.com, so make sure you bookmark the site and check out her posts there as the season moves toward College Station.

And sponsor OTZ Sports has begun a video series with Coach Dan, with the first installment, "The Tennis Serve Made Simple" available on YouTube. Click here and scroll down to view the video.


the old pro said...

GO TENNYS!!! Tennys Sandgren plays the final of Copa Gerdau Sunday, the Grade A on red clay in Brazil. the US boys have really struggled in this tourney the past few years, and you couldn't have a nicer young man break through down there.

scott said...

Florida women were down to 4 scholarship players against Ole Miss. I just don't know how Thornqvist manages to lose so many players to transfer and can't fill up a roster, especially when he knows kids are leaving and others have been injured their entire career. It's the state of Florida and you not only can you not use up your scholarship allotment, you can't even get kids from the state to your program. Not one scholarship player on the roster is from Florida. Something is terribly wrong with that. The way Florida hires and fires coaches, I'll be shocked if he is back next year. You cannot beat Georgia one week and then lose to Ole Miss. And having walk ons filling your roster, only to get blitzed, is just really sad.

It was too bad the men's match was postponed for 6 hours because of rain. In the Florida sun, I would've liked Florida's chances to take the win. Ole Miss is playing very well right now.

Mary said...

Great news about Tennys! Glad to hear he's representing the US well.