Before selections come out on Tuesday, I'm curious to see how you all would seed the top 8 teams.
Consider the current ITA rankings:
1. University of Florida
2. North Carolina
3. University of Georgia
4. Texas A&M University
6. University of Michigan
9. University of Alabama
10. University of Miami (Florida)
11. Clemson University
13. University of Virginia
14. Duke University
15. Northwestern University
16. University of Nebraska
Amal's Top 8 NCAA seeds (with little regard to the ITA rankings
- Led by the #1 player in the country Lauren Embree, the two time defending champions are the team to beat. The Gators are 22-2 with their only losses to A&M (which they avenged in the SEC SF) and Duke back in early March (UF's first outdoor match of the season).
- The Trojans (21-2) haven't lost a match since February 23 when they lost to Cal without star players #2 Sabrina Santamaria and Zoe Scandalis. Since, they've torn threw competition hardly losing matches. The Trojans have lost a combined total of three matches in their last meetings with Stanford, Cal, and UCLA. With #2 Santamaria playing some great tennis and an undefeated #1 doubles team, USC will be a very tough out.
- Two of Georgia's three losses this season (21-3) have come to Florida. The addition of Ayaka Okuno mid season strengthens Georgia's depth and already strong doubles teams. #1 Herring has proven especially strong this season and is supported by #2 Kowase and #3 Garcia. I have seeded Georgia above UNC given the quality of their losses ( 2 UF, UCLA) > (UF, Virginia, Miami)
- The Tarheels stumbled to the finish, unable to cap off a historic season with a surprising loss to Miami in the ACC SF. UNC is 25-3 with their other two losses coming to Florida and Virginia. Questions about Price's health--who has been rock solid all year--could hurt them in the NCAA's. I'm not convinced they are the fourth best team in the country, but their resume has earned them a four seed.
5. Texas A&M
- Aggies have had a historic season, beating Florida in the regular season and finishing the year 21-3 with their only losses coming to the ITA's top 3 teams in the country (UF, UNC, and UGA). The Aggies might want to switch back to their old doubles lineup, rather then the one they played in the SEC's.
- Cal (16-5) has spent much of the dual season without #5 ranked Susanyi. Those 5 losses include: Georgia, 2 USC, UCLA, and Stanford. Despite the loss of Susanyi, Cal recently beat UCLA and has since added Susanyi to the line-up, helping them beat Stanford for the first time since 2009. A healthy Susanyi rejuvenates Cal's already talented lineup.
- The Cardinal haven't quite had the season many expected. With the loss of Burdette, Stanford has struggled with it's depth. Dillon at #6 is almost a sure loss against any top team and #4 Tan and #5 Tsay haven't been as solid at these positions as one would expect. Additionally, Hardebeck at #3 isn't dominating the one many assumed she would starting at Stanford. Stanford is 16-4 (St. Mary's, Florida, USC, Cal)and limited out of conference play makes it difficult to see how the team stacks up against the rest of the country. However, regardless of their season, this is a very talented team that will be looking to redeem its QF performance last year and give defending NCAA singles and doubles champion Nicole Gibbs her first team championships.
- UCLA has struggled with injuries this season and hasn't finished as strong as they started. UCLA is 16-5 (UNC, 2 USC, Stanford, and Cal) and struggling to regain the level of play that brought them to the Indoor final.
Just missed (in no order): Miami, Northwestern, Alabama, Michigan.
Let's hear yours!