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Monday, September 19, 2011

Tennis Recruiting Names Top Prospects; Bresky Takes Over at Wake Forest, Godwin at Middle Tennessee State; Fall Tournament Results

The Tennis Recruiting Network publishes new rankings every week, but the star rankings, including the highly coveted blue chip ranking for the very top players, are updated only twice a year. Today TRN revealed those rankings for the sixth graders through seniors beginning their school years now, and just a quick glance at each of these 14 lists of blue chips reveals not only many familiar names, perennially at the top, but also players who have recently moved up with their recent results. The lists can be found at this link.

As I re-tweeted a few days ago, Tony Bresky has been named the men's head coach at Wake Forest, taking the position vacated by Jeff Zinn, who left to take over at Penn State. Bresky, who was at Cornell just one season, was the assistant at Wake's ACC rival Virginia for eight years. The complete release can be found at the Wake Forest athletic website. Middle Tennessee State announced last week that former Alabama player and Michigan State assistant Shelley Godwin has been hired as women's head coach. More on Godwin's hiring can be found at goblueraiders.com.

There was a lot of college tennis played this past weekend all over the country, but unfortunately it's very difficult to keep track of the results of these individual tournaments. Each school sends out releases of how their players did at this or that invitational, but an overview of the entire tournament isn't available. The ITA has a results page on its website, but it isn't complete, which I assume means that the schools have not yet entered their results. Anyway, looking through the results, I did see a few interesting items. The Kentucky men's team did very well in two separate tournaments, with Anthony Rossi winning the Duke Fab Four Invite while posting a win over Duke's Henrique Cunha, ranked No. 4 in the preseason polls, and Tom Jomby, Alex Musialek and Alejandro Gomez going 10-2 at the Olympia Fields tournament hosted by Illinois. The Fighting Illini's Dennis Nevolo, No. 7 in the preseason rankings, went undefeated in that tournament, beating No. 20 Musialek, No. 25 Carlos Cueto of Cal and No. 45 Nick Andrews of Cal, along with the unranked Jomby.

In women's action, Miami claimed two of the three titles at the Duke Fab 4 Invite, with Gabriela Mejia and Anna Bartenstein going 4-0 to win their flights, while Alabama's Mary Anne MacFarlane took the third flight. For more on the Miami results, see their athletic website.

The results available for the past weekend also confirm that William and Mary has picked up two transfers who competed in the NCAA Sweet 16 Team Championships in May, with Miami's Kayla Rizzolo and Clemson's Maria Belaya going north to Williamsburg for this season. Danielle Mills, who also played for Miami last year, is now on the roster at South Florida.