You might want to take back what you have said about Krisik. I think she has more that earned her spot. She has lost 1 match. Check out her record. Her playing has nothing to do with her uncle being the coach, I can assure you of that. She won against Southern Florida beating their only ranked player. This was really a slam to both Jay and Kali. I hope you will look at the results from today (She won the match for them today against Wake Forrest). As far as Rafael goes, find out how they do against one another in practice. By the way, Rafael is not injured and has not been. Nothing against her, Kali has more than earned the spot and that is why she is there. Thank you.
In my original post I said I didn't expect favoritism so I'm not slamming anyone. My reasoning for what I stated earlier is that most people would find it odd that a "blue chip" player is not in the starting line-up during her freshman year. Yes, maybe she's not as good as they thought, or she's struggling with the college game. But highly touted players (in tennis) almost always break into the line-up their freshman year unlike other scholarship sports. And while there are very good players on the ND team (Buck, Ciobanu, Rielley, and now Tefft who's playing hot) I don't think their depth is so deep that it would require a blue-chip to sit out.
One thing that I've never liked about college tennis is the "order of strength" line-up. No one sees the results of practice matches and thus I believe you're never certain as to which players are actually better than others. I'm not singling out ND here. I think many schools, even some of my favorites, could potentially be accused of stacking during duals. While I don't particularly like the way college rankings are structured, I do wish that the singles line-up had to be ordered according to ranking as to create a systematic way of ordering singles players. I think it would make things more transparent.
And now a slightly off topic response to the rankings. While I understand the order of strength on a team, you have to believe one system (either the rankings or order of strength) is messed up if your only ranked player is at No. 6? Yes I understand the many factors involved (ie who you won/lost to in duals, how many matches you played, etc.) but you got to admit it's odd.
Lastly, I also have a problem when the player above you in the line-up has a poor record and you're on a multiple win streak yet you still play behind. Yes you might not be able to beat that person during a challenge match and that's why you play behind them but again there is no transparency in challenge matches.