Thursday, April 22, 2021

San Diego J1 Photo Gallery; Easter Bowl 14s Videos; SEC Tournament Finals Feature Top-Seeded Georgia Women and Florida Men; Quarterfinals Set at Tallahassee Challenger

Another photographer provided Tennis Recruiting Network with an Easter Bowl photo gallery last week, so my photos from San Diego feature the quarterfinalists of the J1 tournament held the week prior at the Barnes Tennis Center. After being unable to add to my photo library for a year, it was great to have the opportunity to do that again.

The videos for the 14s Easter Bowl finalists are below, with the champions first, followed by the finalists. That leaves the 16s as the last group, and those will be posted in the next few days. For the ITF, 12s and 14s, and the IOSC videos, see the tenniskalamazoo YouTube channel

The SEC conference tournament concludes on Friday, with top seed Georgia taking on No. 3 seed Texas A&M for the women's championship, and top seed Florida facing No. 2 seed Tennessee for the men's title.

Georgia defeated No. 5 seed Tennessee 4-0 today, while Texas A&M reached the program's first SEC championship final with a 4-2 win over No. 7 seed South Carolina. South Carolina had beaten No. 2 seed Florida in the quarterfinals. 

The Tennessee men swept No. 6 seed South Carolina, who had beaten No. 3 seed Georgia in the quarterfinals. Top-ranked Florida had its second straight nail-biter, with Blaise Bicknell clinching a 4-3 victory for the Gators over No. 4 seed Texas A&M 6-4 in the third at line 4. 

The Pac-12 and Big 12 begin their tournaments this weekend, with the ACC playing its quarterfinals on Friday. The Big Ten's tournament is next weekend.

For results and links to live streams and scoring for the conference tournaments, see CollegeTennisToday.

At the Tallahassee Challenger, Americans Bjorn Fratangelo, Thai Kwiatkowski(Virginia) and No. 2 seed Denis Kudla advanced to the quarterfinals today, with Kwiatkowski beating No. 4 seed Jason Jung(Michigan) of Taiwan 6-3, 6-2 and Kudla defeating qualifier Alexander Ritschard(Virginia) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5). Fratangelo, who plays Kwiatkowski next, moved into the quarterfinals due to a walkover from Yosuke Watanuki of Japan. They join Michael Mmoh and Jenson Brooksby, who will play each other Friday for a spot in the semifinals. Kudla plays qualifier Filip Jianu of Romania, and in the the only quarterfinal that doesn't feature an American, Mikael Torpegaard(Ohio State) of Denmark will play Facundo Mena of Argentina.


College Fan said...

How embarrassing for the ACC to not even have streaming of their men’s/women’s events much less televise it on regular cable. Not to mention no fans allowed at the site, even though Ga Tech had plenty of fans at their sporting events and the Masters in Augusta had numerous fans outdoors.

The ACC has 3 of the top 6 women’s teams and 3 men’s teams in the top 10 get the only coverage is finals on pay TV, ESPN+/ACC Extra. If you have the ACC network on your cable package, you can’t watch. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when a sports conference championship can’t even make it to your primary network. Regular season conference baseball and various random events take precedence.

You would think the student athletes would at least bring attention to this lack of attention.

The SEC network managed to televise its tennis event.

One could even understand the concept of no fans although Ga Tech baseball hosts up to nearly 1000 fans for games.

But no streaming option?

Shame on the ACC for dumping on college tennis fans.

fan said...

The more astonishing that RTC HAD stream, on Playsight. Not used, dunno why! There's GT indoors youtube for FSU vs UM singles, that's about it lol.
But not so different from Pac 12, in fact.

Did enjoy SEC and Big 12(albeit today was ruined by streaming BU vs ISU, not the marquee UT vs UO) before the final(not gonna pay for TV). I'm sure Big Ten will be no different(mean, streaming via Playsight till the final)