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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

College Station Guide; Still Time to Pick NCAA Winners; Harrison Beats Dent

Today is a travel day, but I'm setting this up to publish while I'm en route to College Station, where I'll be for the next 13 days.

Texas College Tennis blog has provided an interview with Director of Tennis Operations Kevin O'Shea of Texas A & M about what to expect this year and the improvements that have been made since 2005, the last time the NCAAs were in College Station (that was men only). The unofficial guide to College Station from TCT will also come in handy over the next two weeks I'm sure. Great idea, and I really appreciate the effort to help the tourists most of us will be while there. (I did go to the George Bush Presidential Library on my last trip and recommend it.)

There is still time to get your picks in for the NCAA Division I team champions. Please post at the entry from last week. Deadline is midnight Wednesday.

Also, I wanted to mention that the D-III tournament quarterfinals are set. The women begin Tuesday in Lawrenceville, Ga. and for the bracket, click here. The men's quarterfinals are at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, but the home team, unlike Texas A & M, isn't still in the running for a national title. They too begin on Tuesday, with the bracket here. Although the site isn't providing the same detailed coverage as last year, for more on men's D-III, see the d3tennis blog.

Ryan Harrison, who received a wild card into the Sarasota challenger, beat Taylor Dent in three sets yesterday to advance to the second round. Mic Huber covered the match for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Look for some tweets from College Station this evening, but unless there is a big story, there won't be another post until Thursday morning.


innocentbystander said...

I didn't realize Gabriela Niculescu of USC was out of their line-up when they lost to Washington. I heard she is out due to NCAA violations and couldn't play the postseason or possibly next year. So unfortunate because they were having a great year...does anyone know what she did?

Austin said...

Fun little stat:

Texas A&M has hosted the NCAA Championships three times (2002, 2005, 2009), here is the seed matchup they have had:

2002: #1 UGA vs. #16 A&M
2005: #1 Bay vs. #16 A&M
2009: #2 Miss vs. #15 A&M

*so they have made it each time, but barely. In '02 they had a great chance to knock off UGA.

Anthony said...

FSU will beat UVA... im 100% sure of this.