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The Guru’s Top 20 Teams of the Past Five Years

Tweet As the blog historian, I wanted to come in with my version of a season kickoff article. This will review the top 20 teams of the past five years as determined by average finish between the 2011 and 2015 seasons. There is one exception to this which I will explain below. I will also…

2016 Season Preview: #30 UC Santa Cruz

Tweet Coach: Mike Napoli, 2nd season Location: Santa Cruz, CA Preseason Rank: #30 Twitter Handle: @Cruz_Tennis (pretty good) Overview: I’ve made no secret of my predilection for the Slugs. Ever since the departure of Bob Hansen, the name of the head coach has shifted as frequently as the tide off West Cliff thanks to the poor institutional support of…

The 2016 Fantasy Draft – Full Draft Results

Tweet Well, well, well.  The team and 3 others got together for the Fantasy Draft I was telling you about earlier, and we absolutely killed it.  It’s tough to get 10 working dudes in the same google doc at the same time to draft Division III Tennis players for hypothetical teams, but we did it.…

Small College Nationals Recap (Men’s

Tweet Y’all didn’t luck out, because I’m in charge of the Small College Nationals recap.  That means it’s going to be late (check), it’s going to have a lot of tweets in it (will be checked), and you get my brilliant writing style, which I still consider to be the best in the business. If…

Small College Nationals Preview

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Tweet 2015 SMALL COLLEGE NATIONALS PREVIEW Tomorrow is a big day in DIIITennis-land as Small College Nationals are scheduled to start on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m in South Carolina. This would usually be D3AS’ bag, but he’s freakin out about playoff baseball and the meaning of life (but mostly baseball) this afternoon, so I’m…

2016 Inaugural Men’s Power Rankings

Tweet Yo yo yo.  It’s been a slow week for us at the blog but we’re back with some Power Rankings to freshen up your early Tuesday morning (Monday Night for you westerners).  Now that we have D3ASW on our team as he dual-wields the Men’s and Women’s sides with gusto, we’ve added another column…

Reloading: The ITA West Regional Reportcard

Tweet As I stated in my preview, graduation hit California DIII tennis like Kam on Megatron, which left several of my favorite teams with a lot of questions entering the 2015-2016 season. This weekend went a long way towards answering many of those questions, but it also brought up a whole new batch of quandaries.…

Trial By Fire: The Definitive ITA West Regional Preview

Tweet Come one, come all to what I hereby declare is the most intriguing ITA in the DIII tennis landscape this year! A silverback gorilla has been wandering the streets of Claremont after being kicked of the Stags’ collective back, but a whole new group of CMS players are hoping to #getthere as well. On…

2016 Site and Men’s Season Kickoff!!

Tweet Well, I guess I’m not really off to the best start, am I? I promised a kickoff article on Saturday and it was totally derailed by the U.S. Open.  By the way, shoutout to anyone who was in NY the past few days, maybe you ran into me at the event.  Or maybe you…

This Week In West: Team Recaps and A Tribute To Seniors

Tweet Tennis fans, it’s been a great season. A West region team won the national championship for the first time since 2009, when a senior-laden Hansen-led team got hot on the doubles court and swept their way to a national championship. This Middlebury team looked to do the same after sweeping the Tigers, but the Stags…