After a frustrating few hours trying to find the selections, I was directed to the right NCAA website by a kindly sports information sssociate, and I started looking over the women's selections and seeds for the individual Division I tournament scheduled for later this month in Athens. There was very little deviation from the rankings, with seventh-ranked (and 2009 NCAA finalist) Laura Valverdu of Miami and eighth-ranked Allie Will of Florida swapping seeds.
The women's seeds are:
1. Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech
2. Jana Juricova, California
3. Maria Sanchez, Southern California
4. Hilary Barte, Stanford
5. Lenka Broosova, Baylor
6. Yasmin Schnack, UCLA
7. Allie Will, Florida
8. Laura Vallverdu, Miami
Venise Chan Washington
Denise Dy Washington
Lauren Embree Florida
Kristy Frilling Notre Dame
Chelsey Gullickson Georgia
Maria Mosolova Northwestern
Anastasia Petukhova Fresno State
Caitlin Whoriskey Tennessee
The only top player I didn't see in the selections was No. 27 Katrina Zheltova of Sacramento State, who I assume is injured, because she hasn't played since late February. The last at-large selection was Lindsey Hardenbergh of Virginia, ranked No. 57.
In the women's doubles, No. 24 Lauren Lui and Elena Chernyakova of Northwestern were the last at-large team in. Virginia's No. 25-ranked team of Jennifer Stevens and Hana Tomljanovic are not on the alternate list, so I'm not sure what happened to them, but Florida's Lauren Embree and Anastasia Revzina are basically the first alternates. Embree would have qualified with Allie Will, with their No. 20 ranking, but Will is ranked No. 5 with Marrit Boonstra. Caitlin Whoriskey also has the distinction of earning a berth with two different partners. She and Natalie Pluskota are the No. 1 seeds, and Whoriskey and Maria Sorbello are ranked tenth.
The top 4 women's doubles seeds are:
1. Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota, Tennessee
2. Lindsay Burdette and Hilary Barte, Stanford
3. Kristy Frilling and Kali Krisik, Notre Dame
4. Andrea Remynse and Yasmin Schnack, UCLA
So when I turned to the men's selections and seedings, I wasn't prepared for the significant shuffling the subcommittee did, moving both No. 2-ranked Henrique Cunha of Duke and and No. 3-ranked Steve Johnson of Southern California ahead of the No. 1-ranked junior from Tennessee. Cunha and Johnson both have wins over Smith last fall, but Cunha's was in a match tiebreaker back in September. I think you either believe in your rankings or you don't, and by making this drastic a change, the committee has pretty much made it clear they don't think the ranking formula they use accounts properly for head-to-head meetings.
Here are the men's seeds:
1. Henrique Cunha, Duke
2. Steve Johnson, Southern California
3. John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee
4. Guillermo Gomez, Georgia Tech
5. Austin Krajicek, Texas A&M
6. Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Oklahoma State
7. Chase Buchanan, Ohio State
8. Alexandre Lacroix, Florida
Robert Farah, Southern California
Bradley Klahn, Stanford
Dimitar Kutrovsky, Texas
Denes Lukacs, Baylor
Tim Puetz, Auburn
Eric Quigley, Kentucky
Michael Shabaz, Virginia
Sanam Singh, Virginia
Gomez is the only player seeded exactly to his ranking, with Krajicek and Nedovyesov switching ranking/seeds, as well as Buchanan and Lacroix.
The only player ranked high enough to get in who is not on the selection list is No. 40 Robin Fahgen of SMU. Ashley Watling of Tulsa, at No. 60, was the last at-large selection.
There was also a major change in the doubles, with Davey Sandgren and Smith of Tennessee (last year's NCAA finalists) moving up to the No. 2 seed, and USC's Farah and Johnson moving down to No. 3 from 2. Jason Jung and Evan King of Michigan were the last at-large team in, at No. 31. The Top 4 men's doubles seeds are:
1. Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton, Duke
2. Davey Sandgren and JP Smith, Tennessee
3. Robert Farah and Steve Johnson, Southern California
4. Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher, Stanford
Most fans aren't interested in picking the individual winners until the draws come out, but feel free to comment on the seedings, dark horses, etc.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010