2019 ITA Men's Kickoff

Preview - Michigan Region

The Michigan region is stacked! This is the last of three regions where I think you could make an argument for anyone coming out. NC State might be stretching it a bit but they are still a good team with one of the best players in the country at the top of the lineup. I think these two will swap wins at 1 and 2 with the Wolfpack winning at 1 and the Wolverines at 2 and then everything else is a toss-up. The dubs point could be the difference maker here and NC State is a very good doubles team with a lot of experience together so I'm going to take the upset here and say that Michigan will be the lone 1 seed to go down to a 4 seed. Besides, if you listen to any of my guest appearances on the Great Shot Podcast, like the ITA Kickoff preview that was released this week (and if you don't go do it now, yes now!), you know any chance I can take a shot at Gruskin and his Wolverines I will.

In the afternoon match Saturday we get Baylor vs. Georgia. I was sooooo looking forward to this match until I learned that Trent Bryde was out for Georgia. Don't get me wrong, I'm still looking forward to it, but that is a huge hit for the Bulldogs. You're losing Bryde (13.80 UTR) and having to slide folks up and then play Croyder (12.48 UTR) at 6. Outside of that the 3/4/5 combo for Georgia had me scratching my head a little, notably the fact that Walker Duncan is at 5. Duncan had a horrible time with back issues last year, the kind that just don't go away too easy, and this tells me he may not be back in top shape yet. If he is, he will be unbelievable at 5, but if not that's just more trouble for the Bulldogs. On the other side of the net are the Baylor Bears with a very controversial Juan Benitez at 3. Benitez played back in 2017 for Baylor before turning to the ITF circuit and has returned and is eligible to the dismay of many. The Baylor lineup is ridiculously deep and they don't have a single weak spot. With a short-handed Georgia lineup I fear they will just be too much for Bulldogs but those top two singles matches should be very exciting.

Come Sunday, it doesn't matter who came through the Michigan vs. NC State match, Baylor will put a whippin' on them and move onto National Indoors. The best excitement we might get Sunday is a Roy Smith vs. Alexis Galarneau match should their respective teams prevail on Saturday.

Predictions:

NC State 4, Michigan 2
Baylor 4, Georgia 2
Final: Baylor 4, NC State 1

Lineups submitted

Michigan
Singles
  • 1. Mattias Siimar
    13.64
  • 2. Andrew Fenty
    13.52
  • 3. Myles Schalet
    13.01
  • 4. Connor Johnston
    12.98
  • 5. Patrick Maloney
    12.81
  • 6. Gabe Tishman
    12.85
  • 7. Steven Forman
    13.10
  • 8. Harrison Brown
    12.51
  • 9. Kristofer Siimar
    12.55
  • 10. Nick Beaty
    12.49
  • 11. Ryan Fu
    N/A
  • 12. Teddy Oosterbaan
    10.36P

  • Doubles
    • 1. Johnston/Brown
    • 2. M. Siimar/Fenty
    • 3. Maloney/Schalet
    • 4. K. Siimar/Tishman
    • 5. Beaty/Forman
    • 6. Fu/Oosterbaan
    • NC State
      Singles
      • 1. Alexis Galarneau
        14.35
      • 2. Tadas Babelis
        13.01
      • 3. Igor Saveljic
        13.10
      • 4. Yannai Barkai
        12.97
      • 5. Robert Turzak
        12.81
      • 6. Georgiy Malyshev
        13.06
      • 7. Ivan Saveljic
        12.91
      • 8. Michael Ogden
        12.17
      • 9. Collin Shick
        12.05
      • 10. Joseph Schrader
        11.07
      • 11. Tristan Smith
        11.54

      • Doubles
        • 1. Galarneau/Ogden
        • 2. Saveljic/Saveljic
        • 3. Babelis/Malyshev
        • 4. Turzak/Barkai
        • 5. Shick/Schrader
        • Baylor
          Singles
          • 1. Roy Smith
            14.41
          • 2. Johannes Schretter
            13.84
          • 3. Juan Benitez
            13.71
          • 4. Will Little
            13.68
          • 5. Matias Soto
            13.54
          • 6. Finn Bass
            13.44
          • 7. Sven Lah
            13.63
          • 8. Constantin Frantzen
            13.08
          • 9. Jimmy Bendeck
            12.94
          • 10. Kyrylo Tsygura
            13.48

          • Doubles
            • 1. Smith/Lah
            • 2. Little/Benitez
            • 3. Schretter/Bendeck
            • 4. Frantzen/Bass
            • 5. Soto/Tsygura
            • Georgia
              Singles
              • 1. Emil Reinberg
                14.09
              • 2. Jan Zielinski
                14.12
              • 3. Robert Loeb
                13.15
              • 4. Philip Henning
                13.31
              • 5. Walker Duncan
                13.89
              • 6. Blake Croyder
                12.48
              • 7. Alex Diaz
                12.40
              • 8. Alex Phillips
                12.63
              • 9. Britton Johnston
                12.33
              • 10. Sam Dromsky
                12.03

              • Doubles
                • 1. Loeb/Zielinski
                • 2. Duncan/Henning
                • 3. Diaz/Reinberg
                • 4. Croyder/Phillips
                • 5. Johnston/Dromsky