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desariofan May 9th, 2008 01:29 AM

NCAA Championship predictions
 
Who's poised to take it at the end? The top 4 are Northwestern, Georgia, Stanford, and Ga Tech. Of the four, Northwestern looks the strongest. I have no idea how Georgia is all the way up at #2. Stanford and Ga Tech have been very shakey at the end. 2 out of 3 critics over at tennisrecruiting.com are calling for FL (6) to reach the final and take them all out.
Any takers?

trivfun May 9th, 2008 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by desariofan (Post 13103929)
Who's poised to take it at the end? The top 4 are Northwestern, Georgia, Stanford, and Ga Tech. Of the four, Northwestern looks the strongest. I have no idea how Georgia is all the way up at #2. Stanford and Ga Tech have been very shakey at the end. 2 out of 3 critics over at tennisrecruiting.com are calling for FL (6) to reach the final and take them all out.
Any takers?

What about UCLA?

desariofan May 10th, 2008 12:37 AM

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Critic didn't mention anything about UCLA. I don't believe they are even in the top 5. But, you never know. I am thinking GA Tech might make it all the way again. For some reason they seem to be able to put it together in a big tournament. They could face UF, however. That'll be their biggest test. Northwestern is too talented for not able to make it all the way to finals. Stanford could provide the upset, however.

In the end, we might just see another classical finals between the 2 most storied programs in women's tennis: UF vs Stanford.

thoughts??

urklerlay May 11th, 2008 06:47 AM

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huh? Stanford is on a 9 match win streak and has won their last 24 out of 25. is that your idea of 'shakey'?

anyway, for Stanford to reach the finals, the seniors really need to step it up. Durkin came through in doubles, but got killed in singles against Tex A&M.

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Originally Posted by desariofan (Post 13103929)
Stanford and Ga Tech have been very shakey at the end.


desariofan May 11th, 2008 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by urklerlay (Post 13120589)
huh? Stanford is on a 9 match win streak and has won their last 24 out of 25. is that your idea of 'shakey'?

anyway, for Stanford to reach the finals, the seniors really need to step it up. Durkin came through in doubles, but got killed in singles against Tex A&M.

a nine match win streak is really nothing to be pride about when you use that to go with a program like Stanford. You are talking about a tennis program that's used to win nationals year after year. TO have more than 2 losses in one single season for a program like that is "Shakey". Regardless, I did predict that they'd make it all the way to the finals against FL. We'll see how that plays out.

cheo23 May 11th, 2008 03:59 PM

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Celia is actually a GOOD player, but I just don't understand why she got killed yesterday. I had thought she was going to Play at No.2 as a senior!!

desariofan May 12th, 2008 04:32 AM

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Originally Posted by cheo23 (Post 13123601)
Celia is actually a GOOD player, but I just don't understand why she got killed yesterday. I had thought she was going to Play at No.2 as a senior!!

it has been the case for stanford this whole season. such a talented team and so tough, but yet sometimes they aren't focused enough. perhaps they are getting a bit complacent? i still think they'd go through to the finals, though, however.

desariofan May 12th, 2008 04:45 AM

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The sweet 16 are in. Those are the teams who made it through and i'll give it my best shot to make predictions with these...

Sweet 16 Predictions!!

Left Half:

1 Northwestern vs 16 Fresno
Northwestern easily 4-0

8 California vs 9 Duke
Both have come through easily for far. I am giving the edge to Duke 4-2

4 Stanford vs 13 Clemson
This is where Stanford could get shaky. I say a tight 4-2 for Stanford, however, with the 2 winning coming back from brink of losing

5 Baylor vs 12 Miami
Baylor 4-1

Right Half

11 Vanderbilt vs 6 Florida
Vandy barely got by Kentucky last round where as FL has been looking very solid. Florida 4-0

Texas vs 3 Ga Tech
This could provide the upset of the tournament here. I say Texas stays alive when the dust is settled: 4-3

10 USC vs 7 UCLA
A pac-10 rematch... the edge goes to UCLA 4-2

Arkansas vs 2 Gerogia
Arkansas upset UNC to get here, even with their #1 ranked player losing. I say Arkansas 4-3

desariofan May 12th, 2008 04:51 AM

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Quarterfinal Predictions!!

1 Northwestern vs 9 Duke - Duke plays their best, but still won't come close: 4-1
4 Stanford vs 5 Baylor - Stanford regroups from the near loss in previous round and puts on a perfect match: 4-2
6 Florida vs Texas - FL takes out Texas in championship form: 4-1
7 UCLA vs 2 Arkansas - Arkansas' luck runs out to UCLA: 4-2

desariofan May 12th, 2008 04:59 AM

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Semis!

1 Northwestern vs 4 Stanford - Stanford shows why they have been the most winning program in women's tennis by staging another stellar performance, albeit a close contest: 4-3
6 Florida vs 7 UCLA - A rematch of last year's quarterfinals. Florida takes the revenge and reverses the score to a better finish: 4-2

FINALS

4 Stanford vs 6 Florida - This match between two of the most successful programs in women's tennis has been played out countless times. Florida took out Stanford at home for the title in 2003 and Stanford got its revenge a couple years ago in the semi's. Like a pendulum, the luck swings back to Florida this time and the Gators takes home their 5th NCAA National titles in another classically contested final: 4-3

cheo23 May 12th, 2008 06:35 AM

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Originally Posted by desariofan (Post 13126587)
it has been the case for stanford this whole season. such a talented team and so tough, but yet sometimes they aren't focused enough. perhaps they are getting a bit complacent? i still think they'd go through to the finals, though, however.



They just don't have the BEST players anymore like Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey. Now they face the consequences of having the most number of losses in the regular season in a LONG time. If they win the NCAAs I will be really, really surprised.

desariofan May 12th, 2008 06:46 AM

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Originally Posted by cheo23 (Post 13126839)


They just don't have the BEST players anymore like Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey. Now they face the consequences of having the most number of losses in the regular season in a LONG time. If they win the NCAAs I will be really, really surprised.

Ya those were the golden years. I would say the tennis monopoly's fallen LOL j/k. I never thought the once dominating Stanford would step down from the throne as queen of tennis.

What do you think of the predictions? What are you top 4 picks? And, who wins it all?

Tennisace May 13th, 2008 03:44 AM

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Originally Posted by cheo23 (Post 13123601)
Celia is actually a GOOD player, but I just don't understand why she got killed yesterday. I had thought she was going to Play at No.2 as a senior!!

She injured herself in Friday's match...but I guess it wasn't that serious seeing how she played Saturday?

cheo23 May 13th, 2008 05:32 AM

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How do you know she injured herself? Btw, I predict that Stanford will not reach the final.

desariofan May 13th, 2008 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by cheo23 (Post 13133627)
How do you know she injured herself? Btw, I predict that Stanford will not reach the final.

who will win it all?


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