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Friday, May 9, 2014

NCAA D-I Roundtable Part 2; Forty First Round Matches Complete on Friday's Opening Day; US Teams Go 3-1 in ITF Team Qualifying

The second installment of the Tennis Recruiting Network's Roundtable came out today, with the tough questions: which seeds won't make it to Athens next week,  who will win it all on May 20th, and who is a dark horse. This is the one time of year I actually make predictions, and while I'm not much good at it, it is fun to debate the relative merits of the teams with others who follow the college game.

I've compiled the results from today below.  The asterisks are for national seeds hosting, those in italics are No. 3 regional seeds who beat No. 2 seeds.  For the 4-3 matches, I'm including links to the article on one of the schools' websites.

(1) Georgia* def. Elon 4-0
Florida State def. Arizona 4-3

Michigan def. Fresno State 4-0
(16) Southern Cal* def. Idaho 4-0

(9) Vanderbilt* def. Murray St 4-0
Georgia Tech def. Purdue 4-0

Oklahoma St def. South Florida 4-0
(8) Florida* def. South Carolina St 4-0

(5) UCLA* def. Sacramento St 4-0
Ole Miss def. Texas Tech 4-3

Oklahoma def. Wichita State 4-2
(12) Miami* def. Boston Univ 4-0

(13) Clemson* def. UNC Wilmington 4-0
Auburn def. Winthrop 4-1

South Carolina def. Ohio St. 4-1
(4) Duke* def. East Tennessee St 4-0

(3) Virginia* def. Youngstown St 4-0
Kentucky def. Columbia 4-2

Rice def. Denver 4-0
(14) Baylor* def. Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-0

(11) Stanford* def. Quinnipiac 4-0
Long Beach St def. Tulsa 4-3

Pepperdine def. LSU 4-1
(6) Cal* def. Fairleigh Dickinson 4-0

(7) North Carolina* def. Virginia Commonwealth 4-0
Georgia State def. Tennessee 4-3

Texas def. Houston 5-0
(10) Texas A&M* def. Stony Brook 4-0

(15)Northwestern* def. Miami OH 4-0
Notre Dame def. DePaul 4-0

Princeton def. Arizona St 4-3
(2) Alabama* def. Jackson St 4-0

For both Princeton and Georgia State, it was the first NCAA win in program history.

Eight men's matches were played today, with the results below. No even minor upsets, but the Memphis 4-3 win over Drake was the men's match of the day.

(9) Texas* def. Marist 4-0
Mississippi St def. Louisiana-Lafayette 4-0

Memphis def. Drake 4-3
(12) Illinois* def. Ball St 4-0

(3) Ohio St* def. Bryant 4-0
Wake Forest def. Louisville 4-1

(15) Kentucky* def. Denver 4-0
Clemson def. Purdue 4-1

At the ITF Team qualifying in Montreal today, the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup teams assured themselves spots in September's final stage in Mexico with victories over Canada.  The boys had no trouble, with William Blumberg and Nathan Ponwith taking their singles matches in straights sets.  As I had anticipated, the Junior Fed Cup match was a good one, with the US winning the doubles for a 2-1 victory.  Sofia Kenin, the No. 1 player on the US team, didn't play singles, but Raveena Kingsley won over Charlotte Robillard-Millette at the No. 2 line 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-1. Usue Arconada, playing No. 1, lost to Katherine Sebov 7-6(0), 4-6, 6-3, but Kingsley and Kenin took the deciding doubles 6-4, 6-1.

At the risk of beating a dead horse, it is truly a shame that Canada will not have a girls team in Mexico, as they are easily one of the best 16 teams in the world.

In the 14s World Junior Tennis qualifying, the US girls won 3-0 over Canada, with Rachel Lim beating Nike Teen Tennis Bolton champion Maria Tanasescu 6-4, 6-3 at line 2 and Claire Liu outlasting Brindtha Ramasamy 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 at line 1. Liu and Elysia Bolton teamed to take the doubles point.

The boys 14s lost to Canada, but can still reach the final stage in the Czech Republic in August with a win on Saturday.  At line 2, Andrew Fenty lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-4, but Steven Sun beat Nicaise Muamba 6-1, 6-4 at line 1, leaving the doubles point to decide it.  Auger-Aliassime and Muamba beat Fenty and Keenan Mayo 7-5, 6-4 to take the match.

Complete results can found at the ITF's tournament page.