Alright division three tennis fans, so the past couple of seasons we have done what we like to call a fantasy draft, where us bloggers go ahead and “draft” teams to compete against each other throughout the season. Basically, we have 12 rounds, with the first 6 being dedicated to drafting guys at 1-6 singles, and the final 6 rounds designated for backups. Check out this link for a recap of our draft along with the results (which you can also find below. Click on the pictures to make ’em a little bigger). We actually do this in a live google doc right before the season starts, and believe me when I say that things get heated in the group chat.
As one of our final articles of the season, we’ve decided to take a crack at revisiting our draft, seeing what the big surprises were, and then predicting how teams would finish in a tournament of ten. This will be a long one but take your time, you’ve got all summer to read it!
Make ASouth Great Again
Coach: Todd Wojtkowski, Case Western
Assistant Coach: Ian Wagner, Emory
Power 6: 75.93
#1 Doubles: Gil Roddy/Jack Gray
#2 Doubles: Adrien Bouchet/Daniel Morkovine
#3 Doubles: Michael Rozenvasser/Mark Fallati
#1 Singles: Michael Rozenvasser, CMU (won Fall ITA ASouth Region)
#2 Singles: Tyler Barr, MIT (All-American at #1 Singles)
#3 Singles: Daniel Morkovine, CMS (QFs in NCAA Singles Tournament
#4 Singles: Adrien Bouchet, Emory (2 losses at #3 Singles all year)
#5 Singles: Gil Roddy, Bowdoin (2 losses at #5 singles all year)
#6 Singles: Kunal Wadwani, CMU (senior leader for the Tartans)
Biggest surprise (good or bad):
The biggest surprise for my team is probably a bad one, as my #1 singles spot basically blew up in my face. Rozenvasser dealt with injuries for basically the whole spring season, slotting in at #2 singles for the Tartans and not really winning any premiere matches at that spot. I was high on his potential going into the spring but that did not actualize. To add insult to injury, Mark Fallati had a down year as well, as he did not make the NCAA Tournament in the ASouth, which really isn’t the hardest feat in the world. Both guys did not live up to expectations over the Spring and that was probably my biggest surprise.
How your team will win matches:
The bread and butter of my team has to be the middle of the lineup, where I have two All Americans at #2 and #3 singles, the best #4 player in the country (since he was probably the best #3) and potentially the best #5 player in the country. I am feeling really confident about my chances at #2-5 in singles, and I believe my top two doubles teams have the fundamentals and solid doubles play that can win me some matches. It’s tough because I feel like I’m giving away three points at #1, #6, and #3 doubles, but the rest of my team can pull upsets on a given day.
How your team will lose matches:
I mentioned it in the paragraph above but really I am giving away 3 points.The fact of the matter is Tyler Barr isn’t unbeatable at #2 singles either, because some of the other #2s are Jemison, Urken, Levine, De Quant, Hull, and others. That’s probably a ridiculous road for any of the #2 singles players here and even though Barr was a top player in the NE, that’s a gauntlet of #2 players. All in all, I don’t feel confident in 4 spots – and that’s with getting a doubles lead. Against some of these other teams, I probably have no chance, but I’d say my team is in the middle of the pack with the chance to pull upsets because my #3-5 is so good.
Fun fact about your team:
My assistant coach, Ian Wagner, is actually no longer with the team as he is away at a big Math Conference in Europe. Beat that for a fun fact. My assistant coach is smarter than yours.
Coach: Jason Cohen, Colby
Assistant Coach: Rafe Mosetick, Emory
Power 6: 75.38
#1 Doubles: David Liu/Jerry Jiang
#2 Doubles: Zach Hewlin/Julian Gordy
#3 Doubles: Clayton Neiss/Joey Fischer/Josh Marchalik/Ryan Bunis
#1 Singles: Steven Chen (Wesleyan, No. 6 overall seed at NCAAs)
#2 Singles: David Liu (Chicago, played #1)
#3 Singles: Josh Marchalik (Amherst, played #1-2)
#4 Singles: Jerry Jiang (Bowdoin, national championship experience)
#5 Singles: Gabe Owens (Amherst, played #3-4)/Cam Daniels (top-5 #5 in the country)
#6 Singles: Julian Gordy (CMS, ready to dominate if given a chance to start)
Biggest surprise (good or bad): Jerry Jiang at #4. The lowest UTR of my starters by more than a ½ point, I came out of my draft thinking that Jiang was going to be a rock at #4 for me. He had an up and down year, and while he had wins over some of the best #4’s in the country, he also lost a number of matches this spring.
How your team will win matches: My team is very solid throughout the entire lineup. I have guys playing below their usual positions at three lineup spots, and the other starters all have the potential to beat anybody at their line. Looking at my singles lineup of Chen (Wes), D. Liu (Chicago), Marchalik (Amherst), Jiang (Bowdoin), Daniels/Owens (Wes/Herst), Gordy (CMS), I think it’s tough to find a true weakness. With the right coaching, that team should be dangerous against any of these other fantasy squads. In addition, I have plenty of guys with doubles prowess, from guys at the top like Liu, Zach Hewlin, to guys who would be specialists on my squad like Neiss, Fischer, or even Bunis.
How your team will lose matches: While I don’t have many weaknesses, I also don’t have any position that is the best amongst the group. Meaning that even my strengths like Liu and Daniels/Owens will lose a couple of these other teams. With a doubles lead I think my crew matches up against any here, but I’m not sure I forsee a lot of comebacks from this squad.
Fun fact about your team:
Good: My Asst. Coach is likely the youngest to ever win a championship in my sport.
Bad: My mascot lost out to a Mammoth.
The West of us and the Rest of us
Coach: Conor Smith
Assistant Coach: Skyler Butts
Power 6: 75.44
#1 Doubles: Matt Tyer/Joey Dulle
#2 Doubles: Daniel Levine/Arthur Fagundes
#3 Doubles: Kai Leung/Charlie Pei
#1 Singles: Arthur Fagundes (UTT)/Kai Leung (Skidmore) (self-explanatory)
#2 Singles: Daniel Levine (CMU, one of the best #1’s in the country with wins over Wu, Manji, etc.)
#3 Singles: Bernardo Neves (Wash U, freshman turned into a strong 3 with a couple wins over Charlie Pei)
#4 Singles: Charlie Pei (Chicago, played #2 and #3 all year for Chicago)
#5 Singles: Kyle Schlanger (Midd, one of the best #4 players in the country)
#6 Singles: Patrick Wildman (CMS, lost one match all season at #3 singles to Bouchet. Undefeated at #4 singles.)
Biggest surprise (good or bad): Kyle Schlanger at #5. Many of the good #5’s were picked early in the draft, so I was left with Schlanger being one of the final good #5’s on the board. He was a solid #6 the previous year, but #6 wasn’t Middlebury’s best position with him there. This year, he morphed into one of the best #4 singles players in the country, and one of the stronger spots in my singles lineup at #5.
How your team will win matches: All around domination? Between Leung, Tyer, Dulle, Levine, and Fagundes, I’ve got five guys in my lineup who have been named to doubles all-American teams at one point or another. I’m thinking Tyer/Dulle would be a lights out #1 team, followed by Levine/Fagundes at #2, and Leung/Pei at #3 for some stellar returns. The singles lineup is obviously stacked with Levine at #2, Schlanger at #5, and Wildman at #6 representing particularly strong singles positions that other teams will be hard-pressed to beat. Between Leung and Fagundes at #1, I have two of the best singles players in the country who give me at least a 50% chance of winning against anyone except Cuba and Parodi. Neves and Pei at #3 and #4 are also incredibly strong.
How your team will lose matches: I really don’t see how I could lose. The only team I could see challenging my team is AVZ, for whom Parodi could easily win two matches, and Derbani/Bush who could take advantage of the relative weakness at the heart of my singles lineup. The Guru could pull off something similar with Cuba at #1 and Shastri at #3 who could match up well against my squad, but again, I think my team is so strong from top to bottom in both singles and doubles that they’ll be really tough for anyone to beat.
Fun fact about your team: West left this blank. He doesn’t believe in fun facts.
HALE’S HYPE TRAIN
Manager: AVZ aka D3Central
Coach: Dustin Hale, NC Wesleyan
Assistant Coach: Peter Horomody, Denison
#1 Doubles: Mike Buxbaum / Hamid Derbani
#2 Doubles: Niko Parodi / Jeremy Bush
#3 Doubles: Oscar Burney / Allen Jackson / Ninan Kumar / Patrick Whaling
#1 Singles: Niko Parodi
#2 Singles: Oscar Burney
#3 Singles: Hamid Derbani
#4 Singles: Jeremy Bush
#5 Singles: Ninan Kumar
#6 Singles: Allen Jackson
Biggest surprise (good or bad): The biggest surprise for my team is how much they progressed from February on to May. Early in the season I had a bunch of guys who weren’t even playing in the singles lineup. But when Jeremy Bush starting to win matches and Ninan Kumar did the same, my team started to become quite the force. I have a big miss with Burney and Indrankanti not playing #2 this year, but overall my team turned out darn good.
How your team will win matches: My doubles players are top notch. That along with Parodi at the #1 spot, I have a lot going for me. Kumar, Bush, Parodi, Derbani, Wynne, Buxbaum, Whaling, and Burney give me an embarrassment of riches on the doubles side. Most teams are going to struggle to keep me from a 2-1 lead if not a sweep. With Parodi giving me a point in singles, the heart of my lineup can easily pick up some wins.
How your team will lose matches: I am weak at #2 only because my two picks were playing lower on their respective lineups. Derbani at #3 was a bit weaker than I expected, but he still is really good. Those two spots would hurt me some, but not a ton. Bush and Kumar are really good at the back half and Jackson is no slouch at 6, but they aren’t locks so that’s where I would need to be beaten.
Fun fact about your team: Well my head coach is no longer the head coach at NC Wesleyan. Not sure what happened to blog favorite Coach Hale, but something is going on at NC Wesleyan. Hope it isn’t anything bad, but nowadays it’s hard to think that it was a positive relationship ender.
Coach: John Browning, Emory
Assistant Coach: Nick White, MIT
Power 6: 74.98
#1 Doubles: Max Hawkins (Chicago) / Vlad Murad (Colby)
#2 Doubles: Peter Leung (Chicago) / Michael Arguello (Brandeis)
#3 Doubles: Jake Ly (Redlands) / Jake Roberts (Wesleyan)
#1 Singles: Aman Manji (Emory)
#2 Singles: Grant Urken (Bowdoin)
#3 Singles: Tiago Eusebio (Wesleyan)
#4 Singles: Aaron Carey (Hopkins)
#5 Singles: Sachin Raghavan (Williams)
#6 Singles: Peter Leung (Chicago)
Biggest surprise (good or bad): Sachin Raghavan!!! The junior was a pretty good #4 or #5 last year, but honestly nothing that special. The older Raghavan brother made a huge jump this year, turning into an elite #3 with a record of 18-1! His only loss (according to the ITA website) was to Hamid Derbani of Midd, who he then beat in NESCACs. Raghavan has wins against basically every NESCAC elite team plus CMS (Morkovine) and Chicago (Tsai), and you can honestly make the argument that he was the best #3 in the country. I’ve got him at #5 in my lineup, which I absolutely love.
How your team will win matches: #1 and #3 doubles plus #1, #2, #5, and either #3 or #6 singles. I think my #1 and #3 doubles teams are pretty darn good. Vlad and Carl Reid were a very strong doubles team for 4 years, while Max Hawkins was an elite doubles specialist for Chicago. That’s an extremely experienced doubles team at #1 and I love it. At #3, I have #TeamJake, where Jake Ly qualified for NCAA’s in doubles and Roberts was a backup with Mike Liu. Roberts answered some questions this year and had a really solid doubles season, and him and Ly will be a fantastic #3 team. In singles, I think I can beat anybody at #1 (Manji), #2 Urken, and #5 (Raghavan). At #3, Eusebio really came on towards the end of the year with wins over Derbani (Midd), Wolfe (Bowdoin), and Quijano (Bates), and at #6, Leung is a guy with a lot of experience who did well when he played in the lineup this year. I think I have lots of options.
How your team will lose matches: While I don’t think I’m weak anywhere, I could see my team struggling at #2 doubles and #4 singles, and I’m not super comfortable at #6, just given that Leung was in and out of the tough Chicago lineup this year. Aaron Carey honestly did pretty well in the matches that he had on the Hopkins schedule (2 wins against Swat, up a set and break against Cam Daniels of Wes, wins vs. Mary Wash, CNU, and W&L), but I just don’t have enough results from his year to be super confident in him. At #2 doubles, I have Mike Arguello from Brandeis, who had a pretty good year with Ryan Bunis at #1 doubles, but I also have Leung who didn’t really play in the doubles lineup for Chicago this year.
Fun fact about your team: I have 11 out of my 12 players in my starting lineup (sorry Sam Malech), which I think is kinda cool, though it might pose difficulties should my team qualify for NCAAs, since I believe the rule is a max of nine starters.
Trigger Me Timbers
Coach: Jon Satkowski, RPI
Assistant Coach: Ben Shapiro, RPI
Power 6: 75.3
#1 Doubles: Spencer Simonides (Pomona Pitzer) / Brady Anderson (Coe)
#2 Doubles: Chaz Downing (CMU) / Jordan Pitts (Trinity TX)
#3 Doubles: Alex Brenner (CMS) / Timo Van der Geest (Midd)
#1 Singles: Branden Metzler (Kzoo)
#2 Singles: Johnny Wu (WashU)
#3 Singles: Chaz Downing (CMU)
#4 Singles: Timo Van der Geest (Midd)
#5 Singles: Alex Brenner (CMS)
#6 Singles: Andrew Harrington (Emory)
Biggest surprise (good or bad): I think Brenner was my biggest surprise this year both good and bad. He was my first selection in the draft and I truly knew nothing about him other than his UTR, school and solid wins he had in the Fall ITA. At the beginning of the year Brenner didn’t crack the lineup which was rough because I felt I ‘wasted’ a first round pick on him. His one appearance I did see was against Southwestern (TX) and he lost in a superbreaker at #1 singles. I feared he wouldn’t ever touch the top 6 after that. However, at the end of the season he became a good surprise as he slid into #6 singles and came up with two huge W’s against Midd and Emory respectively. It was a nice way to end the year for the senior despite his squad coming up just short in the championship match.
How your team will win matches: In order for my team to win matches I feel I need to grab a doubles lead. Although spots 1-6 all have the talent to compete against other squads I don’t feel I can reliably get 4+ wins. For doubles I feel #1 and #3 would be the spots to grab those points and in singles I need #1, #5, #3(?). Harrington didn’t touch the court much for the National Champions this year despite his high UTR so he’s a bit of a mystery and though Wu had a fine season playing #1 for WashU I don’t feel as confident as I was heading into the spring on his chances to nab a point. Brenner turned it on late for CMS, Downing was rock solid for CMU and Metzler made another run at nationals so I feel those are the spots I’d need to win.
How your team will lose matches: Although I don’t necessarily think my team has any guaranteed Ls. I do think on any given day my squad could be facing an 0-3 deficit. In singles #2, #4, and #6 Are likely my weakest spots, in no particular order. If the match is tight I think many of the times I’ll be relying on Metzler for the deciding point. He has had very good junior and senior seasons, but playing top level competition day in and day out it’s tough to consistently rely on a point. If he were to lose at 1 I think my team is facing a pretty steep climb to get to 5 points.
Fun fact about your team: Everyone in my starting lineup was in Chattanooga for one reason or another (except Jordan Pitts & Chaz Downing :/ )
The Law Firm: Cepelewicz, Arora, & NESCAC
Coach: Mike Fried, Wesleyan
Assistant Coach: Bryce Parmelly, Middlebury
Power 6: 75.04
#1 Doubles: Lubomir Cuba (Midd) / Will De Quant (Midd)
#2 Doubles: Luke Tercek (Bowdoin) / Rohan Shastri (Williams)
#3 Doubles: Kyle Wolfe (Bowdoin) / Michael Liu (Wesleyan)
#1 Singles: Lubomir Cuba (Midd)
#2 Singles: Will De Quant (Midd)
#3 Singles: Kyle Wolfe (Bowdoin)
#4 Singles: Joachim Samson (Wesleyan)
#5 Singles: Vayum Arora (Carnegie Mellon)
#6 Singles: Jordan Sadowsky (Williams)
Biggest surprise (good or bad): The biggest surprise for me was how good my top of the lineup was and how they came through at the end of the season. I have both the NCAA singles champion and NCAA doubles champions on my team. A lot of people questioned how WDQ would succeed at the top of the lineup, but he had a very strong season at #2 which got him to a UTR of 13.15 which is one of the best in D3.
How your team will win matches: Top half of the singles lineup and doubles. Cuba was one of the top players, if not the best, in D3 this year. WDQ should be seen in a similar light and had a win during the season over Jemison to boost Midd to a victory over the eventual champs. Who I was going to play at the #3 spot was tricky, but I stuck with Kyle Wolfe over Shastri due to his fairly substantial 0.5 UTR advantage. Shastri played #1 for Williams but didn’t win a ton and even though Wolfe took a few losses, he had another very good season. My doubles lineup is solid with the national champs at #1 and four other NESCAC guys that played crucial roles for their teams. I also have the ITA National Coach of the Year leading my squad!
How your team will lose matches: Relatively speaking, I’m a little weak through the middle of the singles lineup. Samson had a pretty good, but not spectacular season and Arora seemed to regress in singles from where he was last year. Sadowsky did not get a ton of playing time this season, but when he did go in near the end of the season he was very effective, so I think he can hold his own against other teams.
Fun fact about your team: 5 of my 6 starters made the Elite 8 with their teams.
Flipflops and Backpacks
Coach: Jay Tee, Chicago
Assistant Coach: Mike Belmonte, Carnegie Mellon
Power 6: 75.29
#1 Singles: Mohanad Alhouni
#2 Singles: Glenn Hull
#3 Singles: Brian Granoff
#4 Singles: Zach Bessette
#5 Singles: Antony Bello
#6 Singles: Jayson Fung
#1 Doubles: Mohanad Alhouni/Antony Bello
#2 Doubles: Zach Bessette/Jayson Fung
#3 Doubles: Glenn Hull/Spencer Watanabe
Biggest surprise (good or bad): Rex Serituk, Emory. Who? Yes, I actually selected a freshman from Emory with my SECOND overall pick to be my #3 singles player. In the end, it turned out that Emory’s third singles player had a great year, but it was Adrien Bouchet holding it down, not young Rex, who was pretty much never heard from again after a run to the Southeast ITA semifinals, defeating Bouchet on his way. Sadly, Rex only played one match all spring, and it was an 8-0 superbagel loss at #6 to NAIA behemoth Georgia Gwinnett.
How your team will win matches: So I didn’t realize at first that you can put your backups into the starting lineup, and now that I know this, I think my team is very well rounded and can win anywhere. I have two doubles All-Americans at #1, a team that player together and made NCAAs at #2, and two great players with a wealth of experience (including an ITA doubles title) at #3. I like my chances of leading 2-1 against just about anyone. In singles, Alhouni is obviously an elite #1 capable of beating just about anyone on the right day. Hull is a top-3 #2 in the country, and Bessette will be extremely tough at #4, considering he played #1 this year. Fung down at #6 will also be a roch, considering he had a very solid year playing mainly at #4. Granoff at #3 is no slouch either and gets the nod over the sadly forgotten Serituk, and Bello should also do well at #5 as it’s lower than where he played this year for Pomona-Pitzer.
How your team will lose matches: #3 and #5 singles are my weakest spots, and while I’ll have a shot, I think most of the time I’ll be underdogs there. At #3 doubles I think a very savvy duo could outmatch Hull/Watanabe, and at #2 doubles while Bessette and Fung proved they are a top team, the reality is that my fellow bloggers all have pretty nasty doubles lineups, so I can’t be too confident there either. My team also may lose matches if they aren’t able to persevere through tough moments and high pressure. Coach Tee will demand a lot out of this crew and if they aren’t able to come up with the goods, who knows how they’ll respond.
Fun fact about your team: The names of my players have the highest total Scrabble point value of any team’s roster. (NOTE: I completely made this up.)
Sean Ko Trusts the Process
Coach: Bob Hansen, Middlebury
Assistant Coach: Chris Wootton, Williams
Power 6: 74.79
#1 Doubles: Jeremy Dubin (Johns Hopkins)/ Graham Maassen (Pomona)
#2 Doubles: Nick Chua (Chicago)/ Sebastian Castillo-Sanchez (RPI)
#3 Doubles: Kenny Zheng (CMU)/Sean Ko (MIT)
#1 Singles: Nick Chua (Chicago)
#2 Singles: Jeremy Dubin (Johns Hopkins)
#3 Singles: Sean Ko (MIT)
#4 Singles: Max Macey (CMS)
#5 Singles: Josh Goodman (Emory)
#6 Singles: Shaun Berman (Wash U)
Biggest surprise (good or bad): I would have to say the biggest surprise would have to be Mr. Dubin of Johns Hopkins. While unfortunate circumstances landed him at the top singles spot of Hop’s lineup, Dubin made the most out of this opportunity. His only loss at 1 and of the entire season came against Emory’s very own Aman Manji at 1 singles in a third set super breaker. He has notable singles wins over CMU’s Michael Rozenvasser, Swarthmore’s Mark Fallati, Mary Washington’s Matt Miles and Wesleyan’s Steven Chen. This resume was good enough to send him to individuals and capped off a great career for the senior.
How your team will win matches: If we are being honest, the best way for my team to win would be the other team getting abducted by aliens. Now that we have the most realistic scenario out of the way, we’ll look at a little bit more of a hypothetical situation. In order to win matches I am going to need at least one doubles point and I think the best chance of that will be at 3 doubles with Zheng and Ko. I think singles is where my team will shine, especially at 2, 4 and 5. Dubin was a very good 1 this season so he should take down most 2’s in the country. Macey is probably the best 4 in the country and Goodman won a national championship with Emory playing 5, enough said. Assuming that I can get 3 points from there, I would need either Chua or Ko to come up big time and take a point. Both players are very tank or tree esque so my team’s success would definitely fluctuate depending on the day.
How your team will lose matches: My team’s weakness lies in the doubles and unpredictability of some of my singles starters. Chua/SCS could be a dangerous 2 doubles team on the right say, however, they could also lose to Mary Hardin Baylor. Dubin and Maassen would no doubt be a strong team, but are they good enough to hang with other elite 1 doubles teams. As previously mentioned earlier, there is also some volatility in my singles lineup, mainly at 1 and 3. Chua has proven that he can hang with anyone but at the same time has lost a couple of head scratching matches. Ko was ranked 13 in the nation when he graduated, but has somehow only managed to be a pretty good 3 for a school ranked 20 in the country. At 6 singles Berman was pulled from the lineup at the end of April and didn’t have the most stellar results while he was playing. Overall, there could just be too many gaps in my lineup to overcome.
Fun fact about your team: My team has D3 Atlantic South’s favorite player on it, Sean Ko.
The Rosen Ones
Coach: Paul Settles (CMS)
Assistant Coach: Bob Haugen (Wash U)
Power 6: 76.37
#1 Doubles: Alex Taylor (Williams)/Erik Kerrigan (Chicago)
#2 Doubles: Jason Haugen (Wash U)/Wilson Lambeth (Trinity TX)
#3 Doubles: Jonathan Jemison (Emory)/Ben Rosen (Bates)
#1 Singles: Ben Rosen (Bates)
#2 Singles: Jonathan Jemison (Emory)
#3 Singles: Erik Kerrigan (Chicago)
#4 Singles: Victor Cheng (MIT)
#5 Singles: Jason Haugen (Wash U)
#6 Singles: Luke Tsai (Chicago)
Biggest surprise (good or bad): Victor Cheng, #4 Singles, MIT. The Engineer came into MIT as a highly-ranked 4-star recruit, up to 61 his senior year of high school, but unfortunately, there’ve been several highly-ranked recruits that haven’t done too well on the court at MIT. Cheng was not one of those guys this season. The rook compiled an impressive 13-3 record in dual match play, and was above the #4 singles spot we projected him to be coming into the season. Notably, he bested Wesleyan’s Joachim Samson and Amherst’s Jayson Fung in straight sets and was up a set on Bowdoin’s Kyle Wolfe in the NCAA tournament before Bowdoin clinched. The future looks bright for Victor Cheng.
How your team will win matches: Very coach-speak response, but “The Rosen Ones” will win if my singles lineup plays up to its potential. I’m pretty confident in doubles: Alex Taylor, Erik Kerrigan, Jason Haugen, Jonathan Jemison, Wilson Lambeth, and Ben Rosen make for an impressive 1-3. But, in singles, Rosen, Kerrigan, and Luke Tsai had some ups and downs, even though I still believe they are the best in their respective spots when they put everything together. Remember, I have Tsai at 6 when he was actually playing 4 most of the season and Kerrigan at 3, when he ended the season at 2, plus a quarterfinal run at nats. Jason Haugen dealt with injury most of the year but would’ve been a top-notch 3 (I have him at 5 in my lineup.).
How your team will lose matches: If my singles lineup is having an off day, we are in trouble. Aside from the greatest player in the history of D3 tennis and future Grand Slam champ, Jonathan Jemison, I can’t say that I have a true lock in singles. However, we do have the talent to sweep dubs.
Fun fact about your team: I don’t have any seniors starting! Rosen is playing over Amherst’s Anton Zykov at 1 singles, and Haugen gets the nod over Whitman’s Petar Jivkov at 5.
If all ten of these teams played in a tournament (which would be awesome, by the way), how would they finish ranked 1-10?
D3AS: MW, West, RegNEC, AVZ, Guru, Regional, ASouth, RegionalAS, Tree, Northeast
D3NE: MW, RegionalNEC, West, Guru, AVZ, Regional, Northeast, ASouth, Tree, RegionalAS
D3West: West, MW, AVZ, Guru, Tree, Regional, ASouth, Regional AS, RegionalNEC, Northeast
D3Central: West, AVZ, Guru, MW, Regional, RegionalNEC, ASouth, RegionalAS, Tree, Northeast
D3Regional: West, MW, AVZ, Regional, Guru, ASouth, RegionalNEC, RegionalAS, Northeast
D3Midwest: MW, Guru, West, AVZ, RegNEC, Regional, ASouth, Northeast, Tree, RegionalAS
D3RegNEC: Guru, AVZ, West, MW, Regional, RegionalNEC, RegAS, ASouth, Tree, Northeast
D3Tree: MW, West, Guru, RegNEC, AVZ, Regional, Tree, ASouth, RegAS, Northeast
Take a look at these predictions and let me know what you think! I personally disagree with my 5th/6th place prediction by most bloggers. I’ve got one of the #1s, #2s, and 5s in the country! Haters gonna hate.
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