Some quick notes and thoughts before I head off for some much needed sleep. I spent most of the day driving back and forth to Houston with my four-year old son to catch the Astros game vs. Milwaukee (or at least part of it). His grandmother had given us some tickets for just the two of us to get away and catch the game and he had a great time.
Before, during and after all of this, I was busy follow scores on my iPhone for what was a good day of tennis.
Baylor’s women cruised, as I expect them to do again tomorrow (or is it today already?)
Baylor’s men jumped out to an early lead and appeared to be ready to roll OSU, but then just couldn’t put them away and the Cowboys made a run at it. My sources say it wasn’t a dominating effort, but then again, OSU had something to prove after getting blanked in Waco this past weekend.
The UT men took the doubles point at 2&3, as expected, then pulled Varela out of the line-up to change their match-ups a bit with A&M. The hero of the day for Texas has to be Jonah Kane-West, or as we like to call him around here, Kanye West. As UT’s #7 or 8 player (flip-flops with Jon Wiegand), he came out and beat Colin Hoover.
The big question I ask is: who cheers for Texas when Kanye is in the lineup? His trademark, “Goooo Hooorrns!” that takes about 8 seconds to come out is classic. Good kid, congrats to him.
The women’s match was typical, well at least more typical that the essential blowout earlier this season. Neither of these teams are really all that solid (top-20), but they are top-40 and played a tight match. Things might have been different had Olivier not had the meltdown at #6. But I give Lancaster her due. She is an experienced veteran, who wouldn’t give it up.
The TCU women won, as I expected, but the men were shocked by UNM. The top of the lineup really failed them, as they lost the top 3 lines in singles.
I hear there is some possibly bad weather in the Norman area expected, so they have moved the start time for the men up for Sunday to 11 AM. Like I said in the preview, if the men get moved indoors, UT really has a shot. Baylor will still win the women’s 4-0.
Talking about who is the favorite, I love the shots Baylor coach Matt Knoll continues to take at UT….
“I think Texas, by far, has the most talented team in the league,” Knoll said. “We know we are going to have our hands full. We’ll have to play our best tennis to have a chance.”
It was just like when he stated they were the underdogs a few weeks ago despite being ranked ahead of the Longhorns. Hey, whatever he has to do to get his team motivated, so be it.
This will be the fourth-straight year these two have faced off for the title.
I keep mentioning how the SEC has this huge advantage when it comes to the rankings process because they get so many chances at quality wins. One thing I need to clarify is – THEY ARE ALL REALLY GOOD. seriously. I may bitch and moan about how the rankings will be swayed in their direction, but they have 11 legitimate teams that will make the tournament. That is so wrong to be that good, but they are.
I have a friend who pointed out that LSU, their #8 team, played Ole Miss tough and would be the 3rd or 4th best team, easily in the Big 12. I know they lost to A&M, but they are solid and it was in Aggieland. None of the Texas teams wants any part of them in their regional.
Speaking of regionals, it looks like with this today’s UT win over TAMU (and none of the 5-8 SEC teams winning, but Rocky Top did beat UGa today), Baylor, UT and A&M will all host.