2019 ITA Men's Kickoff

Preview - Columbia Region

If you're not a big college tennis fan already you may look at this and think Columbia? Really? Make no mistake, these guys are for real! This is a very talented Columbia squad that could make a good run. I don't expect the match with Virginia Tech to get too close but don't sleep on the Hokies. They finished the regular season last year on a tear winning their final 7 matches including a stunner over then #12 Florida State and capped it with wins over Louisville and Virginia as all three teams were battling to make the NCAA Tournament. However, there is just too much firepower in this Columbia lineup from top to bottom and in the end they should prevail in somewhat routine fashion.

In the other Saturday match we have Kentucky vs. Dartmouth. Kentucky looks to be in a rebuilding year after losing Bushamuka, Yates and Benson and Austin Hussey transferring to UNC Wilmington. The Wildcats were picked 10th by the coaches in the SEC preseason poll, and yet somehow they managed to garner some votes in this weeks ITA rankings, go figure. Dartmouth, like Kentucky, has a solid 1 but the bottom half of the lineup is a little suspect. Kentucky is not a strong doubles team so I'll give the dubs point to the Big Green. I like Kentucky at 1, 2 and 5 and think they find a way to grab one more to win this one but it could go either way.

Sunday will be back to watching the host school dominate as Columbia will roll through either teams.

Predictions:

Kentucky 4, Dartmouth 3
Columbia 4, Virginia Tech 1
Final: Columbia 4, Kentucky 0

Lineups submitted

Columbia
Singles
  • 1. Jack Lin
    14.06
  • 2. Victor Pham
    13.95
  • 3. Jackie Tang
    13.69
  • 4. Adam Ambrozy
    13.18
  • 5. William Matheson
    13.32
  • 6. Austen Huang
    13.50
  • 7. Rian Pandole
    13.34
  • 8. Tim Wang
    13.34
  • 9. Alex Keyser
    13.17
  • 10. Jason Lui
    12.92

  • Doubles
    • 1. Lin/Matheson
    • 2. Ambrozy/Tang
    • 3. Pandole/Pham
    • 4. Huang/Keyser
    • Virginia Tech
      Singles
      • 1. Mitch Harper
        13.84
      • 2. Jason Kros
        13.31
      • 3. Henrik Korsgaard
        13.13
      • 4. Alex Ribeiro
        13.04
      • 5. Carlo Donato
        13.04
      • 6. Evan Fragistas
        12.22
      • 7. Brandon Perez
        12.68
      • 8. Ryan Kros
        12.22
      • 9. Chase Bernstine
        11.96
      • 10. Fred Mesmer
        12.14

      • Doubles
        • 1. Korsgaard/Ribeiro
        • 2. Harper/Donato
        • 3. Kros/Perez
        • 4. Kros/Bernstine
        • Kentucky
          Singles
          • 1. Ryo Matsumura
            14.09
          • 2. Enzo Wallart
            13.43
          • 3. Cesar Bourgois
            12.50
          • 4. Theo McDonald
            12.62
          • 5. Kento Yamada
            13.08
          • 6. Kevin Huempfner
            12.34
          • 7. Fabian Penzkofer
            11.72
          • 8. Parth Aggarwal
            12.17
          • 9. Arthur Chen
            8.51

          • Doubles
            • 1. Bourgois/Wallart
            • 2. McDonald/Matsumura
            • 3. Huempfner/Penzkofer
            • 4. Yamada/Chen
            • Dartmouth
              Singles
              • 1. Charlie Broom
                13.84
              • 2. Dan Martin
                13.25
              • 3. David Horneffer
                13.36
              • 4. Peter Conklin
                12.84
              • 5. Casey Ross
                12.31
              • 6. Siddharth Chari
                12.51
              • 7. Gilbert Jaeger
                12.54P
              • 8. Pierce Widdecombe
                11.91
              • 9. Sacha Pritzker
                10.70

              • Doubles
                • 1. Horneffer/Broom
                • 2. Conklin/Ross
                • 3. Widdecombe/Martin
                • 4. Chari/Jaeger