Monthly Archives: December 2012

Season Preview: #11 Cal Lutheran

Coach: Mike Geanette, 19th Season Location: Thousand Oaks, CA 2009 Ranking: 26 2010 Ranking: 7 2011 Ranking: 20 2012 Ranking: 12 2013 Projected Ranking: D3West 16, D3TG 16 Overview: Oftentimes, the ranking progressions are enough to illustrate where a program is headed, but in this case, they don’t tell the whole story. For a long time, Cal Lu was really a middling sort of…

Season Preview: #4 Wash U

Coach: Roger Follmer, 12th Season Location: St. Louis, MO 2009 Ranking: 4 2010 Ranking: 6 2011 Ranking: 3 2012 Ranking: 4 2013 Projected Ranking: 7 Overview: Predictions of Wash U’s demise early in 2012 turned out to be severely overstated. After their losses to Cruz and Bowdoin, many (myself included) wondered whether they even deserved to be in the tournament. By…

Recruiting Update

Most schools’ early decision deadlines have passed, and the DIII recruiting landscape continues to defy logic. Take a look at the DIII commits page. Take a look at the DII commits page. Which one is better? Now, I know that the best DII programs are stronger than the best DIII programs, and that this recruiting…

DIII Mascot Challenge Champions: Wisconsin-Whitewater

After weeks of marketing and jockeying and voting on friends’ computers and badgering anyone with an iPhone or Droid, the DIII Mascot Challenge has finally reached its end. With a stunning first round victory over Williams, it was immediately obvious that Wisconsin-Whitewater was going to be tough to beat, but I never would have expected…

DIII Mascot Challenge: Finals

Well, it all comes down to this. Two schools, their fan bases, and every computer and iPhone they can get their hands on competing for the most treasured Division III tennis-related mascot competition this side of the Mississippi. On one side, we have the comically large, baby blue badass from Tufts; on the other, the kinda cool,…

Season Preview: #8 UC Santa Cruz

Coach: Bryce Parmelly, 2nd Season Location: Santa Cruz, CA 2009 Ranking: 1 2010 Ranking: 5 2011 Ranking: 6 2012 Ranking: 9 2013 Projected Ranking: D3West 14, D3TG 14 Overview: UC Santa Cruz has to be the most decorated DIII tennis program in the country. Since Hansen started the team three decades ago, the Slugs have won seven national championships to…

DIII Mascot Challenge: Final Four

I have to say that the reaction to the Elite Eight was very unexpected. Until this last round of voting, the most votes any match up had generated was somewhere around 350 from the W-W/Williams first round tilt. This round, the LEAST number of votes generated was 506. Moreover, three of the four match ups…