Sunday, May 11, 2008

Quick tennis update....

It was a sad day for the #11 seeded Tulsa Golden Hurricanes as they were the only top 16 team not to make it to....Tulsa. I'm not one to toot my own horn but it went pretty much as I predicted. One 17-32 seeded team did make it through, Oklahoma State, to unceremoniously dismiss the host team. It was only one month earlier that Tulsa throttled Okie State 6-1 on the very same courts.

Georgia faced some good competition to make into the Round of 16, but advanced fairly easily over the Highlanders from Radford University and Auburn Tigers in Athens. Niether team ever threatened the Dawgs, but they weren't walkovers either.

I attended Saturday's match against Radford and I must say I was impressed. Although the final score was 4-0, Radford was pesky. Georgia jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead taking the doubles point. It wasn't much longer that the match was 3-0 in favor of Georgia as Nate Schnugg and Christian Vitulli cruised. The match slowed and it took what seemed to be an hour and a half before the Dawgs finally clinched. Luis Flores clinched the match at #3 singles, but appeared to be in a race with Javier Garrapiz to see who would close it out as they both had simultaneous match points.

Quick plug for Radford. Radford University is located in Radford, Virginia in the New River Valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. The website makes the campus look absolutely picturesque. Pretty much every athletic facility is named after former Radford President, Dr. Donald N. Dedmon. Interestingly, Dr. Dedmon was Acting President of Marshall University immediately following the tragic plane crash in 1970.

As expected, Virginia, Ohio State, UCLA, Georgia, and Ole Miss all advanced. In fact, Ole Miss was the only top 5 seed to drop a point on the way to the Round of 16.

I am eagerly awaiting the matchups between the Gators and the Longhorns and the Illini and tOSU Buckeyes.

A sincere Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there.

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