McPhillips, Stineman Given Top Seeds at USTA 18s Spring Nationals; More Upsets in Division I College Duals
We arrived in Mobile, Alabama to absolutely perfect weather: blue skies, a light breeze, temperatures in the upper 60s. Kyle McPhillips was on our plane, and as we were waiting for our luggage we both agreed it was great to get out of the midwest gloom and into a place where spring was a reality, not a rumor. I didn't know I was talking to the No. 1 seed at the time, but when Gabby Andrews did not accept the wild card offered to her, McPhillips moved up from the top position. The other top eight seeds at the USTA 18s National Spring Championships are 2. Whitney Kay, 3. Brooke Austin, 4. Emina Bektas, 5. Lauren Herring, 6. Danielle Collins, the defending champion, 7. Ashley Dai 8. Catherine Harrison. Eddie Herr 16s champion Samantha Crawford and Plaza Cup winner Taylor Townsend are two unseeded girls that no seed will want to face early in the tournament, which begins Sunday and runs through Saturday.
The boys top seed is Stanford recruit Robert Stineman. He is followed by 2. Evan Song, 3. Mackenzie McDonald, 4. Hunter Reese, 5. Hunter Callahan, 6. Jason Tahir, 7. Alex Sidney, 8. Danny Riggs. Several dangerous floaters who are not seeded include Harrison Adams, Eddie Herr 16s champion Roy Lederman, and Austin Smith.
As of tonight, those receiving wild cards into the tournament are: Jeremy Efferding, Morgan Mays, Samantha Crawford, Leyla Erkan, Jacqueline Katz, Blair Martin, Natalia Maynetto and Brittany Warly.
For the list of seeded players, see the TennisLink site.
Registration begins tomorrow afternoon, so I'll be tweeting from the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center with any significant last minute withdrawals. The weather forecast for the week is very good, with a 20% chance of rain Monday the only possible problem.
There are a lot of important college tennis matches this weekend, and there have already been several surprises. The No. 10 UCLA women, who lost to No. 9 Baylor at the Team Indoor, beat the Bears in LA yesterday 6-1. The 17th-ranked Texas A&M men got a surprisingly quick 4-0 win over No. 5 Ohio State in front of a record regular season crowd in College Station last night. The No. 2 ranked Tennessee men took a very tight 4-2 victory from 11th-ranked Kentucky in Lexington today, and No. 13 Pepperdine took out the fourth-ranked Duke men 4-3 today in Malibu. In the No. 15 Florida men's 6-1 win over No. 35 Alabama, senior Alex Lacroix broke the all-time record for doubles victories, with 94. JP Smith of Tennessee had also established a new school record for doubles victories, 132, earlier this week against Auburn.
The No. 3 Texas men lost their second in a row, dropping a 5-2 decision to USC in LA. The 12th-ranked Michigan men were beaten at home by No. 37 Tulsa, and the fifth-ranked Duke women downed No. 7 Cal in Arizona 5-2.
To keep up with all the scores in college tennis, see the ITA results page.
At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, both 18-year-old wild cards, Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic of Australia, advanced to the second round with eerily similar score lines. Harrison beat Jeremy Chardy of France 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 6-3, while Tomic got past qualifier Rohan Bopanna of India 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-4. For complete results, see the tournament website.