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More of the top juniors are turning pro, some of whom I would of love watching play in college. At the pro level they disappear on the ITF circuit and often become irrelevant.

Some of the top college players, I've never heard of before, like the Italian twins (Bianca Turati & Anna Turati) at UT-Austin and I am here in Texas. :grin2:

I miss my drive on 280 to catch those matches at Stanford.
For now, live stream is all I get.

Although it is hard for me to get excited when the players are all about the same level, strong back court but beatable front court. If Stanford can keep getting wins at #2, #4-6, then they're going to be tough to beat. Surprised they demolished North Carolina the way they did. I guess they got their number, although North Carolina has been like top 4 in the last 10 years and only 1 final appearance.

Toughest to beat right now is Vanderbilt.
Stanford should be able to punch their ticket to the finals and they're picking up momentum and more importantly confidence!
 

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BTW, what happened to Florida losing to Florida State. :SNE:

Pepperdine losing to Kansas?

Tulsa defeating Oklahoma State?

Also surprised to see Texas to lose to Texas Tech...

Seems like a year of parity :surprise:
 

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BTW, what happened to Florida losing to Florida State. :SNE:

Pepperdine losing to Kansas?

Tulsa defeating Oklahoma State?

Also surprised to see Texas to lose to Texas Tech...

Seems like a year of parity :surprise:
Pepperdine beat Kansas, but I was really impressed by Georgia Tech taking out Pepperdine last night.

The Tulsa and especially the Florida results were real stunners :eek:

I have a hard time seeing anything but a Stanford/Vandy final at this point, and at that point, it might come down to the doubles point, because they are both so strong in singles.
 

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Stanford had an easy match against #7-Georgia to face the winner of #12-UCLA and #4-Georgia Tech.
I think UCLA should win this but do they want to face Stanford again?
 

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Stanford had an easy match against #7-Georgia to face the winner of #12-UCLA and #4-Georgia Tech.
I think UCLA should win this but do they want to face Stanford again?
Shouldn't we have a dedicated thread for this?

I think you may have misread the draw. UCLA should worry more about (hopefully) Vandy.
 

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Final on now, Vanderbilt vs. Stanford. Vandy won the doubles point, and singles are just starting.

Vandy beat Stanford 7-0 back in February, but Stanford didn't have Melissa Lord in that match, and I believe it was played indoors.

Let's see how this shakes out!
 

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Stanford "upsets" Vanderbilt...

This was a nail biter!!!
It was no big deal that the Dores got the doubles point, especially with the Cards jumping ahead in the singles match, winning the 1st set on 5 courts (#2-#6).

Higuchi and Lampl winning in straight sets made it 2-1, but Sharma tied it up at 2 all.

Shin made it 3-2, with #2 and #4 going to 3rd set, as Dores came back in the 2nd set.
I am thinking at this point Stanford's chances are pretty good, with Arbuthnott doing so well with winning 3 set matches and clinching matches. Also Lord has yet to lose an NCAA team match.

Lord being up 5-3 and Arbuthnott down 2-3, I thought it was smooth sailing...

Then with Arbuthnott trailing 2-5 and with Lord at 5-5, this was too close for comfort!
It became tied up at 3 with Arbuthnott falling 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Lord held serve to go up 6-5 in the 3rd set, then broke Fern at 40-30 to win 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 and remain undefeated at 15-0.

Congrats to both teams could of went either way.
 

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Great match in the end, when it looked like it easily could have been 4-1 for Stanford early in the singles. Stanford was a completely different team when Lord came back into the line-up, and the fact that she has never lost a singles match in the NCAA tournament is truly impressive. I can't think of a player that I'd rather have playing for the clinch, other than maybe Lauren Embree ;)

That was a great effort from Sharma too, battling through that last game after looking like she pulled something on the first point of the game when reaching for an overhead.

It was also so refreshing to see a women's college match with so little pushing. On all courts, the ladies were going for their shots until the end. I was very impressed by the quality of the ball striking from top to bottom.

Let's see how the singles and doubles go now!
 

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No, college tennis is not entirely dead but it sure can get a good jump start to increase its popularity. Perhaps a return to clay court tennis may be the key:


Clay for a day: UMD tennis gets rare shot at Glensheen's natural clay court - StarTribune.com


Clay for a day: UMD tennis gets rare shot at Glensheen's natural clay court
The Duluth mansion's natural clay court is one of two left in the state.







Perhaps a little more old school tennis might be that spark.
 

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Tennis Channel's coverage of the NCAAs was pretty exciting, hopefully the exposure of the game from there, can drum up more support and spark.

Having more events in Lake Nona on the USTA campus which is equipped for broadcast has been a boon for Junior Davis and Fed Cup last week, and was the same for the NCAAs last season
 
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