College Tennis Report – May 2013
The college tennis season continues to roll on and we’re about to bring you updates and previews of exciting upcoming matches. However, today we would like to begin by paying tribute to Alex Rovello and offer our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones as we are sad to report that he tragically drowned in the Trail Bridge Campground in the Williamette National Forest. The University of Oregon star will be missed.
Review & Results
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the UCLA men’s team qualified for the NCAA round of 16 for the 37th year in a row! The #1 seeds have an incredible 26-1 record this season and they showed their class last weekend by blitzing UMKC 4-0 on Friday before thrashing Duke 4-0 on Saturday. Duke are #31 ranked and have a record of 25-4 this season but they were simply no match for the UCLA machine who are one of the teams to beat this season and will be huge favorites to beat Vanderbilt in the next round.
In women’s tennis, it was also a case of the #1 seed showing why they are the nation’s best. Florida Gators hold the title as best female college tennis team in the United States and they easily beat Georgia Tech 4-0 at the weekend. Georgia end the season with a 15-10 record while the Gators march on having lost just 2 of 26 matches this year.
NCAA Tournament Preview – Men
Thus far, the NCAA tournament has been devoid of surprises as the favorites have all made it to the round of 16 by qualifying from their regional tournaments. To date, UCLA, Duke, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and USC are among those to have qualified though we will certainly keep you abreast of any shocking developments! Below, we briefly look at the teams most likely to lift the trophy though we will possibly go into more details in the near future.
That Vanderbilt won their regional section wasn’t a surprise though many experts felt that Illinois would have emerged victorious. However, we can’t see the #16 seeds troubling UCLA in the next round. USC, Ohio State, Virginia and Pepperdine are also likely to make the quarter finals.
We hesitate to make predictions beyond that point right now but if pushed, we believe that Ohio State match up well against anyone and could be the team to knock out UCLA. On the other side of the draw, it is hard to see beyond Virginia though Pepperdine have the ability to pull out the shock on any given day. At this moment in time, we would make Virginia slight favorites for the tournament but the deeper we go into the tournament, the more likely a team will be eliminated unexpectedly.
We hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of college tennis news and we promise to keep you updated on the NCAA championship in the next issue as the nation’s best tennis players continue to showcase their talent.
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