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State of the Region Address: West

Because the inaugural regional rankings are forthcoming this week, and most teams’ Spring Breaks are now completed, I thought it was a good time for a state of the region address. I’m gonna start by taking a dive into the mess of results that make up the individual qualifiers in both singles and doubles, and…

Slugs Go South: A UCSC Spring Break Preview

I’m going to add to the abundance of previews that have been released over the past couple days with a spring break preview for D3’s forgotten team, UC Santa Cruz. They currently hold a blog power ranking of #32 and an ITA ranking of….oh…obviously their scheduling is to blame :/. Santa Cruz has played 8…

2017 Power Rankings, 3/23

It’s Thursday, and that means Power Rankings. While the top 20 was fairly silent with no big upsets the past week, we did have some movement down below that I am sure our regional writers and readers are more than excited about. Also, we just released AVZ’s first podcast ever, featuring an interview with #8…

Power Rankings, 3/16

So, I will admit. This should have gone out early this morning but I got distracted by all the bracket madness going around. These are the best two days of the year hands down. So, excuse me if I let Power Rankings take a back seat for another college sport. Anyways, we had a ton…

Power Rankings, 3/9

On Thursdays, we power rank. Well, technically we power rank on Wednesdays, but I don’t get around to posting it until Thursday afternoon. Shoutout to all the bloggers who made it to the power rankings powwow yesterday even though I was not able to make it. I’m still recovering from that 3 hour episode of the…

2017 Power Rankings, 3/2

We’ve got what you’ve all been waiting for. Another edition of Power Rankings for you to dissect, comment on, and ridicule in the comments. With the ITA Rankings coming out today, this is a nice way for you to preview what’s probably about to happen in the rankings. Except, we can be more subjective about…

2017 Season Preview: UC Santa Cruz

I know you guys want me to keep writing this column forever because I’m clearly the best blogger, but please someone take my place: d3tennisguy@gmail.com Coach: Michael Napoli, 3rd season Location: Santa Cruz, CA ITA Ranking: None Blog Power Ranking: #37 Twitter: Nothing active Team Hashtag: #SlugLife Overview: I’m in Santa Cruz as I write…

2017 Inaugural Power Rankings

They said we were dead. They said we couldn’t do it anymore. But here we are, giving you the inaugural power rankings of 2017. Not only that, we’re giving you a bit of new flavor this year. We have Regional AS and NEC on board, and we have a new writer in D3Midwest as well.…

West Region ITA Report Card

Because the ITAs typically represent the first and only look we get at West region teams prior to the start of the season in earnest, I would like to take a second to recap the ITAs, and pen a few thoughts on each of the major competitors. We’ll go chronologically Northwest ITA George Fox: A-…

West ITA Preview

ITA weekend is upon us, and it’s a weekend that always has me feeling a bit left out as a regional writer. However, D3West decided to be charitable/lazy and let me take the lead on writing about the west ITA, which frankly feels like a wide open tournament this year.   There are several story lines,…