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post #31 of 32 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 2018, 06:50 PM
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Re: 2017-18 Signings, Transfers, Interests

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This is bogus to me. Either come to college and play on the team or don't. I understand taking the fall off to play pro tournaments, but if you're on this team, you should be playing in the dual matches. With Arconada in the line-up, LSU would have likely beaten Washington and would have had a real shot against Duke in the second round, to qualify for ITA Indoors, where they would have been able to get at least three matches against great teams. Instead, they lose in the first round (as did she, in singles and doubles, for that matter).

I think it's fantastic that so many college coaches are recognizing that players want to weigh their options and are giving them the flexibility to play in pro tournaments, often at the expense of potential strong results for the program, and every player and coach has to find that balance, but where does it stop? For me, taking online classes and continuing to play pro tournaments into the dual season is a step too far. What's the point of even being in college? It reminds me of when Zhao came back for that one last quarter at Stanford, rejoining the team in March. I don't think it's fair for anyone involved, including opposing teams, some of whom never get the chance to play against this team at full strength and then are facing a totally different opponent at NCAAs.
I totally agree with everything you said. Well put! I'm surprised the NCAA has such lenient rules allowing a player to take online classes exclusively and playing matches when they want, essentially acting like a pinch hitter.
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Re: 2017-18 Signings, Transfers, Interests

and I was wondering why everyone was going to LSU, recruited #1 class out of nowhere...lol

I think Lele opened the doors for Gibbs, then Zhao followed.

Although, I thought Zhao was a non-factor, when she got backed, it did allow Stanford players to add a little depth and experience of playing one slot higher.
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