To start us off, the draws can be found here.
Up until about the semifinals, this tournament went exactly as I expected it to (which, it’s worth noting, is kinda rare). Emory complete dominated, easily taking out the seeds from their outmatched opponents, while Kjellberg hung in there. 12 out of the 13 players Emory managed to put into the draw made it to the Round of 16, and from there they basically started taking themselves out. I’ll admit, basically the only reason I didn’t think Kjellberg would win it was because he would have to run a proverbial gauntlet of Eagles to pull it off, but my hat’s off too him. He managed to beat four straight Emory players in the last four rounds to win the tournament, and he apparently won the final in dramatic fashion. On a larger scope, there’s not much we can learn from the tournament though. If I were to take anything away from it, I would say:
A) Kjellberg’s performance in the tournament was absolutely incredible, but did anyone else notice that he only had one teammate in the A bracket with him (Sewanee got 7, Rhodes got 8)? Did anyone then go to the B bracket to see if there were any Battling Bishops in there and notice that there weren’t any in there either? There are either only two people on their roster that wanted to play in the tournament, or there are only two people who are actually on their roster. Kjellberg could win every match he plays this year, but that won’t help the Battling Bishops retain their top 15 status. They were tragically underrated last year, but they are incredibly overrated at #13 right now. They should probably pull out of Indoors.
B) Emory is obviously incredibly deep, but something bugs me about the fact that none of them beat Kjellberg. They need someone to step up and fill Pottish’s shoes. Nobody did it… yet.
Basically the same thing happened in doubles as singles. Emory got 6 teams into the quarterfinals. Kjellberg and Prostak hung in there for a little bit before falling in a tiebreaker. Isaacs and Sczczcczczczczurk established themselves as the best Emory doubles team, but they will have three teams that are very comparable this year.