Part I of the Tennis Recruiting Network's NCAA Division I Team Tournament Roundtable was published today, and I contributed my thoughts on the late season stories in college tennis and which regionals I would be focusing on this coming weekend. Part II will be published later this week.
The final, approved lineups are now available on ncaa.org. I've glanced through all 128 of the rosters which can be found by clicking on the links below, and came up with a few interesting items, although I'm sure some of you will have additional observations based on your superior knowledge of a particular team.
- The biggest discovery by far is the omission of Brigham Young's top two players: Patrick Kawka and Spencer Smith. I would only be speculating because I have no inkling why they are not in BYU's lineup, but obviously their chance to upset Memphis and Ole Miss it that regional is gone now.
- Ohio State will be playing Blaz Rola at No. 1 and Peter Kobelt at No. 2. Rola and Kobelt traded those positions most of the year, with Rola going 15-1 at No. 1 and Kobelt 7-1 at the top of the lineup.
- Stanford's Matt Kandath, who has been hurt most of the dual match season, is listed as No. 2 for the Cardinal
- Tulsa's Japie De Klerk, who is 3-5 at No. 1 and 10-2 at No. 2, will play No. 1 in the NCAAs, with Clifford Marsland, who was 10-2 at No. 1 and 7-1 at No. 2, slotted in at No. 2.
- Michigan's Vlad Stefan, who has played 2, 3, and 4 this year, will be at No. 3 for the NCAAs.
- Yannik Hanfmann will play No. 3 for USC, with Roberto Quiroz at 4.
- The only men's team listing just six players is Samford
- Duke's Henrique Cunha is the only No. 1 player in the men's lineup who was undefeated in dual matches this season. He went 18-0.
- Duke's Ester Goldfeld is listed in the lineup at No. 2, meaning the Blue Devils may be able to field six players for singles this weekend at Texas Tech.
- Alabama and Georgia Tech have only six players listed. Alabama has only six on their roster, but Georgia Tech has seven, with Alexandra Anghelescu the player missing from the NCAA lineup.
- Zsofi Susanyi, a semifinalist last year at the NCAAs, is in the No. 3 position for Cal after returning from injury. She was 4-1 at 1 and 5-0 at 3, where she's played since returning to the roster. She is 28-5 overall this year.
- UCLA has Skylar Morton, who played No. 4 for them last year as a freshman, listed at No. 8.
- Southern Cal's Sabrina Santamaria is the only* No. 1 women's player who went undefeated in the dual match season. She is 11-0 at No. 1 and 6-0 at No. 2. *See discussion in comments for correction.
The most recent College Spotlight by the USTA is on Duke freshman Michael Redlicki, who provides some interesting background on why he never really considered skipping college tennis to go straight to the pros, and how he keeps up in such a demanding academic environment.