2019 ITA Men's Kickoff

Preview - Florida State Region

This is one of the three regions that are competitive enough that it might be possible for any of the four teams to emerge. Full disclosure, I picked Tennessee in this region, but if the lineup they submitted stands I don't think it will happen. I like Luca Weidenmann a lot and I can't see Tennessee winning without him in the lineup. I say they pull Prata to get Wiedenmann in, if not I think they go down to Tulane. Don't get me wrong, even with Wiedenmann they may get knocked off by Tulane but I like their chances much better. I think Tennessee wins at 1 and 3, Tulane wins at 2 and 5 and that leaves the match at dubs, 4 and 6. Tennessee has traditionally been extremely strong at doubles but they dropped both dubs points in a double-header with Charlotte, not a good sign. With everything I've said you'd think I'd be picking Tulane, but hey, I'm an SEC guy and I'm sticking with the Vols, they find a way.

The Florida State vs Texas Tech match has the potential to be a good one but in order for that to happen the Red Raiders are going to have to step it up at the bottom of the lineup. I think the recipe for Texas Tech is dubs, 3 and then two of 4/5/6. It's possible but I think just about every matchup outside of 1 and 2 is a toss-up with the Noles taking courts 1 and 2. If you're with me and you give FSU a sure 2 points then all they have to do is win 2 of 5 toss-ups (and at home no less).

The final could be anything here but I'm obviously predicting a Florida State vs. Tennessee final so we'll look at that. Again, if Wiedenmann is in the lineup I like Tennessee's chances and I think they pull it off grabbing four of the five points from dubs, 1, 3, 5, 6.

Predictions:

Tennessee 4, Tulane 3
Florida State 4, Texas Tech 2
Final: Tennessee 4, Florida State 3

Lineups submitted

Florida State
Singles
  • 1. Aziz Dougaz
    14.07
  • 2. Lucas Poullain
    14.17
  • 3. Alex Knaff
    13.45
  • 4. Juan Jalif
    13.23
  • 5. Richard Thongoana
    13.10
  • 6. Rana Bhullar
    13.13
  • 7. Enzo Le Seguillon
    13.25
  • 8. Chase Wood
    12.79
  • 9. Sebastian Arcila
    12.70
  • 10. Bryn Nahrung
    11.27

  • Doubles
    • 1. Knaff/Dougaz
    • 2. Poullain/Arcila
    • 3. Thongoana/Le Seguillon
    • 4. Wood/Bhullar
    • 5. Nahrung/Jalif
    • Texas Tech
      Singles
      • 1. Tommy Mylnikov
        12.93
      • 2. Ilgiz Valiev
        13.26
      • 3. Parker Wynn
        13.48
      • 4. Artem Kapshuk
        13.19
      • 5. Bjorn Thomson
        13.09
      • 6. Franco Ribero
        13.13
      • 7. Lorenzo Battista
        12.29P
      • 8. Matheus Leite
        12.31
      • 9. Jackson Cobb
        12.22
      • 10. Justin Bloss
        10.75

      • Doubles
        • 1. Thomson/Wynn
        • 2. Cobb/Mylnikov
        • 3. Ribero/Valiev
        • 4. Kapshuk/Leite
        • 5. Battista/Bloss
        • Tennessee
          Singles
          • 1. Timo Stodder
            14.17
          • 2. Scott Jones
            13.21
          • 3. Adam Walton
            13.76
          • 4. Patrick Harper
            13.02
          • 5. Preston Touliatos
            13.29
          • 6. Martim Prata
            13.14
          • 7. Luca Wiedenmann
            13.46
          • 8. Andrew Rogers
            12.34

          • Doubles
            • 1. Harper/Touliatos
            • 2. Walton/Stodder
            • 3. Jones/Rogers
            • 4. Prata/Wiedenmann
            • Tulane
              Singles
              • 1. Ewan Moore
                13.63
              • 2. Luis Ehrlenbusch
                13.66
              • 3. Hamish Stewart
                13.26
              • 4. Dane Esses
                13.15
              • 5. Tyler Schick
                13.32
              • 6. Tim Ruetzel
                13.22
              • 7. Akos Kotorman
                12.74
              • 8. Felix Ewers
                12.11
              • 9. Eric Wagner
                11.82

              • Doubles
                • 1. Moore/Stewart
                • 2. Erlenbusch/Schick
                • 3. Kotorman/Ruetzel
                • 4. Esses/Ewers