Three U.S. Teams Advance to ITF Team Finals; NCAA Lineups Posted; K-College Wins 71st Consecutive MIAA title
The qualifying for the ITF Junior Fed and Davis Cup, and the ITF World Junior Team competition finished today, and three U.S. teams have advanced to the finals. The boys and girls 14-and-under teams will head to the Czech Republic in August, while the Junior Davis Cup team will compete in Mexico in September. I detailed the unfortunate circumstances of the U.S.A's loss to Canada on Friday in that day's post, and with Canada's win today over Mexico, the U.S. Fed Cup team will not be traveling to Mexico to defend their title. For a complete account of today's action and results, thanks to the USTA's Andrew Labovitz, click here. (For yesterday's account, click here.) The teams for the finals often change due to summer results, but congratulations to all the players in Boca Raton for representing their countries in competition.
Thanks to the Texas College Tennis blog's alert, I had a chance to study the recently posted lineups for the upcoming NCAA Division 1 competition, which begins Friday. A few items I noticed:
There were only four players (with a minimum of ten matches) who went undefeated in dual match play this year (on teams who are in the tournament).
Take a bow Arnau Brugues of Tulsa at No. 1, Matt Allare of Ohio State at No. 4, Gretchen Amberg of Fairfield at No. 6 and Aleksandra Malyarchikova of SMU at No. 3.
And some interesting position changes were submitted. As TCT mentions, Miguel Reyes Varela of Texas has been dropped to No. 6. Georgia's Jamie Hunt has been dropped to No. 3, with Garrapiz now at No. 2. Waylon Chin, who has only played ten matches for Illinois, is at No. 5, and Matt Brooklyn is now in the No. 1 spot for UCLA.
On the women's side, freshman Jackie Wu has taken over the No. 1 spot for Vanderbilt, with Catherine Newman moving down. Maria Sanchez is in the No. 1 slot for USC, despite Amanda Fink winning the Pac-10 title, and Duke, who at the No. 3, is one of the favorites for the team title, has only seven players on the roster. Tara Iyer, who played No. 1 for them at last year's NCAAs, is listed at No. 7. with a knee injury keeping her out of the dual match season. More than most teams, the Blue Devils are keeping their fingers crossed that the injury bug doesn't bite this month.
I'm sure I've missed many notable changes; so please feel free to comment on any that you notice (once again, please do NOT use the anonymous selection, use the name option instead).
And if I can indulge in a little hometown interest, the Kalamazoo College men won their 71st MIAA tennis title Friday with a 9-0 rout of Calvin College. For more on the continuation of one of college tennis's most remarkable streaks, click here.