2019 ITA Men's Kickoff

Preview - Stanford Region

As crazy as it may sound, any one of the four teams could come out of this region. Stanford is certainly the favorite but it would not be a complete shock to see an upset Saturday or Sunday. The Cardinal lose Tom Fawcett but bring in highly touted Alex Rotsaert who will fill the 2 spot with Geller moving up to 1. Their matchup against UCF is interesting though as UCF has to be one of the best 4 seeds of the weekend. The big question for UCF is will they have the full lineup. The Knights took a bad loss at Arkansas last week and were without #1 Gabriel Decamps (Arkansas was also without Oscar Mesquida). If the Knights have a full complement they have an excellent lineup from 1-6 and could put up a good fight. I don't think Stanford will lose at 1 or 2 so if UCF doesn't take the dubs point it could end quick but I think UCF will find a few points.

The second match of the day gives us Minnesota and Oregon, both very good teams. Minnesota is coming off their great run in the NCAA Tournament last year but lose their top player in Felix Corwin. Oregon boasts one of the nations best players in Thomas Laurent but the bottom of the Ducks lineup is suspect. Fortunately for the Ducks the Minnesota lineup is equally suspect at the bottom so I'm going to take the Ducks but if Minnesota manages to get the dubs point it could easily go the other way.

That brings us to a Pac-12 preview in the final with Stanford and Oregon. These two met in last years ITA kickoff with the Cardinal blanking the Ducks 4-0 and then again in the regular season for a 4-1 Stanford win. I don't see the result changing here as the bottom of the Oregon lineup just won't be able to contribute but the Ducks could easily grab a couple points, most likely in dubs and at 1.

Predictions:

Oregon 4, Minnesota 3
Stanford 4, Central Florida 2
Final: Stanford 4, Oregon 2

Lineups submitted

Stanford
Singles
  • 1. Axel Geller
    14.27
  • 2. Alex Rotsaert
    13.94
  • 3. William Genesen
    13.65
  • 4. Michael Genender
    13.48
  • 5. Sameer Kumar
    13.66
  • 6. Jack Barber
    12.84
  • 7. Timothy Sah
    13.28
  • 8. Sangeet Sridhar
    12.60
  • 9. Kento Perera
    12.53
  • 10. Tomas Kopczynski
    12.20

  • Doubles
    • 1. Geller/Rotsaert
    • 2. Sah/Kumar
    • 3. Genender/Barber
    • 4. Sridhar/Genesen
    • Central Florida
      Singles
      • 1. Gabriel Decamps
        13.72
      • 2. Juan Pablo Mazzuchi
        13.74
      • 3. Trey Hilderbrand
        13.41
      • 4. Alan Rubio
        13.27
      • 5. Bogdan Pavel
        13.28
      • 6. Mikhail Sokolovskiy
        13.54
      • 7. Manoel Alencar
        12.62
      • 8. Vasyl Kiselyov
        12.46

      • Doubles
        • 1. Hilderbrand/Pavel
        • 2. Mazzuchi/Alencar
        • 3. Rubio/Sokolovskiy
        • 4. Decamps/Kiselyov
        • Minnesota
          Singles
          • 1. Josip Krstanovic
            13.53
          • 2. Stefan Milicevic
            13.53
          • 3. Jackson Allen
            13.14
          • 4. Marino Alpeza
            13.03
          • 5. Justyn Levin
            12.82
          • 6. Eli Ogilvy
            12.48
          • 7. Vlad Lobak
            12.78
          • 8. Sebastian Vile
            12.38

          • Doubles
            • 1. Krstanovic/Levin
            • 2. Allen/Ogilvy
            • 3. Alpeza/Milicevic
            • 4. Vile/Lobak
            • Oregon
              Singles
              • 1. Thomas Laurent
                14.54
              • 2. Emmanual Coste
                13.53
              • 3. Ty Gentry
                13.41
              • 4. Riki Oshima
                13.28
              • 5. Joshua Charlton
                12.84
              • 6. Charles Roberts
                12.22
              • 7. Evan Felcher
                12.17
              • 8. Ethan Young-Smith
                11.81
              • 9. Armando Soemarno
                13.33

              • Doubles
                • 1. Soemarno/Roberts
                • 2. Charlton/Gentry
                • 3. Laurent/Coste
                • 4. Oshima/Young-Smith