Can ACC Tennis Game Two NCAA Championships?

Tennis

Can ACC Tennis Game Two NCAA Championships?

Last year, Virginia and North Carolina had deep runs into the NCAA Tennis Tournament. The Cavalier men came out with a national title and the Tar Heel women made it to the quarterfinals.

This season brings a new level of seasoned player and depth to conference teams. Add the possibility of delivering national titles to two conference teams to the equation. The question is, which teams have a shot?  A quick look at the team, singles and doubles rankings may answer that question.

This week’s Oracle/ITA Team Tennis rankings have North Carolina women at #1, a position they’ve held since February 14. On the men’s side, Wake Forest is #1. The Demon Deacons have held that spot since the start of 2018 rankings.

Where the previously mentioned seasoning and depth come into play is far more evident in the singles and doubles numbers. It will also lend credence to the team rankings. But, let’s keep in mind that end of the season player sprints can quickly turn presumptions into assumptions.


Game


ORACLE/ITA Tennis Rankings (Team)

RANK WOMEN’S TEAM RANK MEN’S TEAM
#1 North Carolina   #1 Wake Forest
#2 Georgia Tech #8 North Carolina
#4 Duke #13 Florida State
#16 Miami #20 Duke
#18 Florida State #23 NC State
#21 Virginia #28 Notre Dame
#26 Wake Forest #39 Louisville
#28 Syracuse #40 Virginia Tech
#38 NC State #42 Miami
#48 Clemson #49 Virginia

Singles

WOMEN’S SINGLE RANK TEAM MEN’S SINGLE RANK TEAM
Estela Perez-Somarriba #3 Miami   William Blumberg #2 North Carolina
Gabriela Knutson #4 Syracuse Petros Chrysochos #5 Wake Forest
Samantha Harris #5 Duke Borna Gojo #7 Wake Forest
Paige Hourigan #12 Georgia Tech Nicolas Alvarez #16 Duke
Makenna Jones #18 North Carolina Guy Iradukunda #20 Florida State
Marie Leduc #19 Clemson Aswin Lizen #28 Virginia
Carla Touly #21 Florida State Carl Soderlund #31 Virginia
Alle Sanford #25 North Carolina Benjamin Siguoin #33 North Carolina
Emma Davis #26 Wake Forest Lucas Poullain #34 Florida State
Kelly Chen #28 Duke Alex Lebedev #36 Notre Dame
Sara Daavettila #33 North Carolina Alexis Galarneau #37 NC State
Rosie Johanson #43 Virginia Mitch Harper #42 Virginia Tech
Skander Mansouri #46 Wake Forest

Set


Doubles

WOMEN’S DOUBLES RANK TEAM MEN’S DOUBLES RANK TEAM
Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones #1 Georgia Tech   William Blumberg/Robert Kelly #1 North Carolina
Jessie Aney/Alexa Graham #2 North Carolina Petros Chrysochos/Skander Mansouri #2 Wake Forest
Samanth Harris/Kelly Chen #6 Duke Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Parker Wynn #14 Louisville
Ellyse Hamlin/Kaitlyn McCarthy #8 Duke Skander Mansouri/Ian Dempster #17 Wake Forest
Gabriela Knutson/Miranda Ramirez #13 Syracuse Christian Langmo/Adria Soriano Barrera #18 Miami
Alle Sanford/Sara Daavettila #16 North Carolina Michael Kay/Carlos Divar #21 Georgia Tech
Meghan Kelley/Rosie Johanson #22 Virginia Aswin Lizen/Gianni Ross #27 Virginia
Claudia Wiktorin/Anna Rogers #27 NC State Guy Iradukunda/Alex Knaff #29 Florida State
Fernanda Navarro/Marie Leduc #32 Clemson Alex Favrot/Simon Baudry #31 Clemson
Emma Davis/Chandler Carter #34 Wake Forest Borna Gojo/Skander Mansouri #33 Wake Forest
Ana Madcur/Estela Perez-Somarriba #39 Miami Julian Zlobinsky/Christian Seraphim #39 Wake Forest
Jose Gracia/Lucas Poullain #43 Florida State

Match


Last year’s ACC Men’s Tennis Freshman of the Year, William Blumberg isn’t suffering from a sophomore slump. Blumberg has delivered in singles and doubles as evidenced by his current rankings.

The ACC Women’s Tennis Freshman of the Year, Sara Daavettila had a strong run in the NCAA singles last year. This year she is building a solid resume of her own with the Tar Heels. Daavettila will be worth keeping an eye on in the ACC Championships.

Three teams are tied for first place in conference men’s action. With records of 7-1, Florida State, Wake Forest and North Carolina currently lead the conference.

Two teams are vying for the top spot in conference women’s action. North Carolina and Duke both have 9-1 records in conference play.

The ACC Tennis Championships will be held in Cary, NC, April 25-29.


More ACC Nation: Sports    Podcast    Basketball    Football    Soccer    Baseball