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Monday, May 10, 2010

NCAA Roundtable; Bangoura Beats Kendrick in Sarasota; Rogers a Pro?; Niland Wins Challenger; Sanchez Ready for NCAAs

As you have probably gathered, if you are a regular reader of the NCAA roundtable discussions that the Tennis Recruiting Network hosts every year, that we don't actually sit around a table and talk about the NCAAs. Instead, we are sent several questions, and we all email our answers back to the editor who then compiles them. None of the participants knows what the others will say, or even who will have the time and the inclination to participate, so there is bound to be duplication. In the first installment, out today, Erica Perkins of the USTA and I respond to the first question about conference championships by highlighting the same two teams. Thankfully, most of the other contributors have other perspectives, and provide insights from the locations where they watch college tennis. On Friday, the start of the regionals, there will be a second edition, with the contributors making their picks for the team championships. Will there be a consensus? Not likely. But pay particular attention to Marc Lucero's choice for women's champion--he correctly foresaw Duke holding the trophy last year.

In other college-related news, Sekou Bangoura Jr., who joined the Florida Gators for the spring season and has played mostly at the No. 5 position, had his biggest win in a professional tournament today on the clay courts of the Sarasota Challenger. A wild card, Bangoura beat 158th-ranked veteran Robert Kendrick 6-1, 7-5. Kendrick was a replacement for No. 3 seed Carsten Ball, who withdrew. Bangoura will play the winner of the Bobby Reynolds and Ryler DeHeart match, probably on Wednesday. Bangoura and junior Mac Styslinger received a doubles wild card and will play on Tuesday. Bangoura is, of course, due in Gainesville on Saturday for the Gators first round match against South Carolina State. See the tournament website for draws.

Former Cal star Conor Niland of Ireland won the $100,000 Israel Open Challenger yesterday and has now reached a career-high ranking of 165, which puts him ahead of countryman Louk Sorensen as Ireland's No. 1. For more on Niland, see this article from the Limerick Leader.

USC's Maria Sanchez, No. 3 in the Campbell ITA singles rankings, was the subject of this article in the Modesto Bee, which discloses she has a stress fracture in her ankle, now on the mend.

And finally, according to this story about the Indian Harbour Beach Pro Circuit singles final in Florida Today, there is no college tennis in Shelby Rogers' future.

"Following the final, Rogers declared herself a pro, making the runner-up check of $3,990 the first she has collected at a tournament. Gallovits won $7,315."


John said...

"She's a hustler," the 5-foot-9 Rogers said of Gallovits. "She gets to a lot of balls. This (tournament) showed me I can play with some of the best players in the world."

Kind of surprised to see Rogers turn pro so early, although perhaps she is in the middle of a breakout and has had great results lately. But to get a $4k paycheck which may(?) cover expenses, and to say that this event proves she can play with some of the best players in the world (??) seems like an overstatement.

But, she is probably already at a level equal or better than the best college players so forgo-ing that probably makes senses - not financially, but from a tennis standpoint. Other thoughts?

Austin said...

Kendrick has gone mental.

curious said...

I was clearly wrong about Bangoura and the WC. Congrats to him. Though it's funny to watch folks like Quigley, UK's #1, and other folks who would be successful college #1s losing in the qualifying while a guy playing #5 takes down a seed. Seems like it would portend good things for Bangoura in the NCAAs. Or else he just needs to play more on clay this summer.

bill said...

you are correct. this proves she can compete at the futures or challengers level only. the best players are somewhwere else

Austin said...

Dont read too far into one result, if Bangoura was at that level consistently he would not be playing #5. Quigley would rout him.

Ky Fan said...


Bangoura played Quigley in January. Quigley won 3 and 5 (not a rout) indoors. That is Quigley's best surface and Bangoura's weakest.

Both players have improved, but Quigley is two years older. Bangoura can still play Kalamazoo this summer.

noeffort said...

I was at the Kendrick match. To say he put in a half-hearted effort would be an understatement. I think he was possibly wanting to get on over to Europe or something because he did not put much energy into it at all.

sandra said...

I think Sanchez is ready for NCAAs and check out the “passport to paris” sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2011 French Open http://www.tennischannel.com/passport/sweeps.aspx

Austin said...

Quigley is actually 3yrs older. He was held back a grade and Bangoura went to college early.