Thursday, April 2, 2009

March Aces; High School Tennis; College Station ITF

The first Thursday of the month means that it's time for my monthly Aces, which can be found here at The Tennis Recruiting Network. TRN has had a lot of great college commitment stories recently, and they will continue to post frequent features through the end of next week, so check the site often throughout April 10th.

High school tennis season is now approaching or underway in many states, and there have been several interesting preview stories recently. Last month, the Ventura County Star's Rhiannon Potkey previewed the Thousand Oaks High School boys team, which will feature three blue chips: Kyle McMorrow, Denis Lin and Marcos Giron. (I believe Potkey is mistaken in identifying Lin as a USC recruit; he signed an NLI with Stanford last fall.) The Chicago Sun-Times talks with Denis Bogatov of Warren High about his prospects of repeating as state high school champion in Illinois. And the Washington Post has this abbreviated look at high school tennis prospects in their area.

The first U.S. ITF of the year is drawing to a close in College Station, Texas, with the singles semifinals set for Friday. No. 12 seed Jeremy Efferding plays No. 13 Victor Gonzalez of Mexico and No. 6 seed Shane Vinsant faces unseeded Chase Curry in the boys semifinals; in the girls semis, unseeded Hideko Tachibana and Belinda Niu are one pairing, while unseeded Stephanie Nauta plays No. 13 seed Nicole Melichar. The girls doubles final has already been played, with No. 2 seeds Cierra J. Gaytan-Leach and Millie Nichols taking a 7-6(6), 6-2 decision from No. 3 seeds Brynn Boren and Alexandra Leatu. For complete draws, see the TennisLink site.

In college tennis, there's a key Big 12 men's matchup this evening, with No. 7 Baylor visiting No. 11 Texas. You can follow the action via Texas College Tennis's twitter updates, or read the wrap at the TCT blog.


Unknown said...

Love to have your high school team start an online tennis ladder at www.globaltennisnetwork.com. Check it out.

hstennis said...

that team out in ca is probably the best team in the nation. the only other team that could compete with them is american heritage in florida.