Can ACC Tennis Game Two NCAA Championships?

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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)

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

Singles

WOMEN’S SINGLERANKTEAMMEN’S SINGLERANKTEAM
Estela Perez-Somarriba#3Miami William Blumberg#2North Carolina
Gabriela Knutson#4SyracusePetros Chrysochos#5Wake Forest
Samantha Harris#5DukeBorna Gojo#7Wake Forest
Paige Hourigan#12Georgia TechNicolas Alvarez#16Duke
Makenna Jones#18North CarolinaGuy Iradukunda#20Florida State
Marie Leduc#19ClemsonAswin Lizen#28Virginia
Carla Touly#21Florida StateCarl Soderlund#31Virginia
Alle Sanford#25North CarolinaBenjamin Siguoin#33North Carolina
Emma Davis#26Wake ForestLucas Poullain#34Florida State
Kelly Chen#28DukeAlex Lebedev#36Notre Dame
Sara Daavettila#33North CarolinaAlexis Galarneau#37NC State
Rosie Johanson#43VirginiaMitch Harper#42Virginia Tech
Skander Mansouri#46Wake Forest

Set


Doubles

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


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