2019 ITA Men's Kickoff

Preview - Texas A&M Region

Prior to the announcement that Hady Habib was returning to the A&M program after a year away, the host team was going to be a significant underdog to make it through. Now we've got a ballgame. But before we get ahead of ourselves let's look at the Saturday matches.

The Aggies should have no problems with Western Michigan on Saturday and will look to make quick work of things and get rested up for a dogfight Sunday.

The other Saturday match will feature Cal vs Virginia, but 2nd seeded Cal will be a prohibitive underdog in this one. Virginia had a rebuilding year last year and brought in some talented players, most notably Gianni Ross. This season they get Henrik Wiersholm back after a medical red-shirt year, brought in Ryan Goetz in the fall and then had the biggest January signing of any program in the country with Kalamazoo runner up Brandon Nakashima joining the team. The top 4 of the Virginia lineup are going to be scary good if they manage to stay healthy. Cal's top 4 are almost interchangeable but they will be at a decided disadvantage at 1 and 2 and will also be underdogs down low. These guys from Cal are fighters and I don't expect them to go down easy, but in the end I think Virginia will just be too much.

If those matches go as predicted, it will setup a showdown between Texas A&M and Virginia on Sunday. I think A&M gets a win from Habib and finds one more but I think the Hoos emerge victorious here.

Predictions:

Virginia 4, California 2
Texas A&M 4, Western Michigan 0
Final: Virginia 4, Texas A&M 2

Lineups submitted

Texas A&M
Singles
  • 1. Valentin Vacherot
    14.04
  • 2. Juan Carlos Aguilar
    13.86
  • 3. Hady Habib
    14.00
  • 4. Barney Smith
    13.47
  • 5. Noah Schachter
    13.05
  • 6. Austin Abbrat
    12.70
  • 7. Alejandro Vedri
    12.98
  • 8. Jack Pulliam
    12.51
  • 9. Pranav Kumar
    12.48
  • 10. Guido Marson
    12.84
  • 11. Kevin Lam
    12.51

  • Doubles
    • 1. Abbrat/Aguilar
    • 2. Smith/Schachter
    • 3. Vacherot/Pulliam
    • 4. Vedri/Kumar
    • 5. Habib/Lam
    • Western Michigan
      Singles
      • 1. Jannik Opitz
        13.25
      • 2. Lenhard Haupt
        12.93
      • 3. Jack Randall
        12.47
      • 4. Peter Kuszynski
        12.28
      • 5. Kennosuke Nouchi
        12.31
      • 6. Matej Svjetlicic
        12.47
      • 7. Nick Schnobel
        12.38
      • 8. Eric Olivarez
        11.93
      • 9. Zac Faveri
        12.33

      • Doubles
        • 1. Kuszynski/Randall
        • 2. Opitz/Haupt
        • 3. Nouchi/Schnobel
        • 4. Olivarez/Faveri
        • California
          Singles
          • 1. Paul Barretto
            13.54
          • 2. Jacob Brumm
            13.38
          • 3. Jack Molloy
            13.35
          • 4. Yuta Kikuchi
            13.56
          • 5. Bjorn Hoffman
            12.84
          • 6. Ben Draper
            12.96
          • 7. Mert Zincirli
            12.75
          • 8. Nic Barretto
            12.71
          • 9. Can Kaya
            12.56
          • 10. Jackson Suh
            12.58
          • 11. Thomas Wright
            10.72

          • Doubles
            • 1. Brumm/Kikuchi
            • 2. P.Baretto/Kaya
            • 3. Molloy/Zincirli
            • 4. Draper/Hoffman
            • Virginia
              Singles
              • 1. Brandon Nakashima
                14.48
              • 2. Carl Soderlund
                14.21
              • 3. Gianni Ross
                13.56
              • 4. Henrik Wiersholm
                13.54
              • 5. Aswin Lizen
                13.28
              • 6. Ryan Goetz
                13.46
              • 7. Matthew Lord
                12.70
              • 8. William Woodall
                12.74
              • 9. Ammar Alhaqbani
                12.58
              • 10. Spenser Bozsik
                11.58

              • Doubles
                • 1. Soderlund/Lord
                • 2. Ross/Lizen
                • 3. Nakashima/Wiersholm
                • 4. Goetz/Woodall
                • 5. Alhaqbani/Bozsik