Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Of the results I've seen so far I'm still perfect but there are a lot of matches that haven't been reported yet. If you have a score please post it in the comments below. Click here for my match predictions.
MAKEUP: (15) Brooks beat (11) Groton 10-5; I predicted an 11-4 loss
I definitely overlooked this match and this is a very good result for this Brooks squad. This result will make this weekends power rankings pretty interesting since Groton has wins over (12) Thayer and (13) St. Seb's.
(7) BB&N beat (12) Thayer Academy 13-2
Richie Robbie picked up Thayer's only points at number 1 singles.
(2) Milton Academy beat (4) Roxbury Latin 11-4; I predicted a 9-6 victory.
Milton swept the doubles and then took 1, 2, 3 and 6 singles. I figured that this match would be a little bit closer than the final result because I didn't expect RL to lose both sets in 3rd and 6th singles.
(1) Belmont Hill beat (16) Lawrence Academy 15-0; I predicted a 15-0 victory.
I was kindof hoping Lawrence would pull off the upset in this match but I guess it wasn't meant to be. Maybe it would've been more competitive if Belmont Hill hadn't gotten to play on their homecourts.
(3) Nobles beat (8) St. George's 11-4; I predicted a 12-3 victory.
Although I'm not sure if Nobles played all of their starters this appears to be a solid result by St. George's.
(13) Middlesex beat (14) St. Sebastian's 9-6; I predicted a 8-7 victory.
Brooks-Groton got rescheduled for Friday.
Rivers- St. Paul's got rescheduled.
Governor's-St. Mark's got rescheduled.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
If you are going to read any of my prediction articles this is the one to read. Tomorrow has the most interesting match ups and it may be the most competitive day of the entire season. You have the 2 vs. 4, 5 vs. 6, 9 vs. 10 and 13 vs. 14, in the life of a high school blogger what gets better than this. You might ask why I put a picture of me at the top? Simple, I'm something like 39 for 40 on the season picking matches and I need all the moral support that I can give myself because tomorrow will be my toughest day yet. If I pick every match right then I might just retire and move to Vegas so that I can bet full-time. I'm just saying...
Blogging from the hospital is about to become the next big thing. I don't mean to make this a super personal site but I wanted to mention that I had left hip surgery today at Children's Hospital and the surgery was a success. If you're having hip problems Dr. Yen at Children's is the guy to see. Hip surgery is not an uncommon thing when it comes to tennis and it's become a more and more common and recognized injury. If you're having hip problems feel free to email me because after this second surgery I feel like a certified hip expert.
If you haven't been on the site in a little while here are links to a few of my writeups:
Class A Bracketology
Class B Bracketology
Founders League Tennis vs. Independent School League Tennis Debate
Most Recent Power Rankings
Here are tomorrow's predictions:
(2) Milton Academy Tennis will beat (4) Roxbury Latin Tennis 9-6
I think that Milton is the definite favorite in this matchup and that they should have a clear advantage at 1st and 2nd Singles and Doubles. I expect that Milton will get ahead early and stay ahead until the end.
(13) Middlesex Tennis will beat (14) St. Sebastian's Tennis 8-7
This was a really tough pick because both teams are winless (not counting Middlesex's win over Lawrence) and they have very few common opponents so far. There really is no favorite and I'm split 50/50 over who will win it but I have to choose a winner so I'm taking Middlesex. This could be a very tight match.
(9) Governor's Academy Tennis will beat (10) St. Mark's Tennis 9-6
This match could turn out to be a thriller because these two teams are pretty evenly matched. I think Governor's has a slight edge and I expect them to pull it out with Nate Collins leading the way.
(5) St. Paul's Tennis will beat (6) Rivers Tennis 9-6
Another very even match but St. Paul's definitely has the edge and although I expect this match to be very close, I would be shocked if Rivers wins this.
(7) BB&N Tennis vs. (12) Thayer Academy Tennis
The Jess Karol-Richie Robbie match at number 1 singles has the potential to be a very competitive match. No score because I don't predict BB&N scores anymore.
(1) Belmont Hill Tennis will beat (16) Lawrence Academy Tennis 15-0
If Lawrence were to win this it might be the biggest upset in ISL history in any sport.
(11) Groton Tennis will beat (15) Brooks Tennis 11-4
This is the first team that Brooks will play that's not ranked in the top ten.
(2) Nobles Tennis will beat (8) St. George's Tennis 12-3
One of the few easy picks that I get to make, it should be an easy win for Nobles.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sorry for the delay guys. I've been perfecting the rankings. Also, if you haven't subscribed to the blog via email enter your email above. You get automatic emails everytime I post something on the blog and it's easy to unsubscribe if you don't like it.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Check out my predictions here.
BB&N beat St. Sebastian's 11-4
Conor Haughey won his singles match against Jess Karol at 1st Singles.
Non-League: Roxbury Latin beat Phillips Andover 4-3
Nobles beat Groton 15-0
Rivers beat Middlesex 11-4
Belmont Hill beat St. Mark's 14-1
Milton Academy beat Lawrence Academy 15-0
St. George's beat Brooks 13-2
I need scores! Comment Below.
Sorry for the late post it's been a busy day. If you haven't checked out the MVP Update check it out.
Just a quick note, I'm no longer doing predictions for BB&N matches because I don't want to influence my own team.
Belmont Hill will beat St. Mark's 14-1
St. George's will beat Brooks 13-2
Nobles will beat Groton 14-1
St. Paul's will beat Thayer 12-3
Roxbury Latin will beat Governor's Academy 11-4
Milton will beat Lawrence 15-0
Rivers will beat Middlesex 11-4
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
A lot has changed since I last discussed the MVP Race.
Basically Carl Reid is the clear cut MVP at this point in the season. He played the first few matches at number 2, including the Thayer match when he would've played Richie Robbie. Yanofsky played 1 for Bel Hill and split with Robbie. Reid hasn't lost a set all season and he has signature wins over Andrew Lebovitz and Nate Collins. If he goes the rest of the season at number 1 without dropping a set there is zero doubt in my mind that he's the most deserving player to get MVP even though he's a freshman. My only concern is that even if he wins out that they will give MVP to a senior (probably Lebovitz) because the past four MVP Awards have all gone to seniors.
Jill Rooney won the Girls' MVP as a middle schooler 3 years ago so clearly the Girls' coaches don't have a bias against underclassmen. The reason why I'm afraid Reid won't get it though is because 2 years ago Tom Darling, a junior from Thayer was the strongest player in the league and yet the MVP award went to senior Alex Skinner of Brooks. I make that statement with no intended disrespect to Skinner because he's an incredible player, there's no denying though that Darling didn't drop any sets and he beat Skinner.
If Carl doesn't win MVP it will either go to Andrew Lebovitz '10 of Milton or Nate Collins '10 of Governor's. The loser of the Lebovitz-Collins match won't have a shot at MVP.
Agree? Disagree? Think that I left someone out of the discussion? Comment Below.
There's an interesting discussion going on in the comments section of the ISL Tennis vs. Founders League Tennis article. Feel free to add your voice in the discussion, I'm always looking for new opinions.
Click here to see my predictions for today's matches.
I'm perfect so far today. 30 for 31 on the season.
(3) Nobles beat (7) BB&N 13-2
This match was closer than what the score shows.
Cam Chapman and Jess Karol split sets.
Roxbury Latin beat St. George's 11-4
Middlesex beat Lawrence Academy 13-2
Rivers beat Governor's 9-6
Belmont Hill beat St. Sebastian's 15-0
St. Mark's beat Brooks 14-1
Milton Academy beat Thayer 15-0
Andrew Lebovitz beat Richie Robbie.
From Monday and Tuesday (predictions):
Nobles beat Brooks 14-1
Thayer beat Middlesex 8-7; I had Middlesex winning this match.
Governor's beat Lawrence Academy 15-0
Groton beat Lawrence 15-0
St. Paul's beat St. Sebastian's 13-2
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Belmont Hill will beat St. Sebastian's
St. Mark's will beat Brooks School
Rivers will beat Governor's Academy
St. Paul's will beat Groton School
Middlesex will beat Lawrence
Milton will beat Thayer
Roxbury Latin will beat St. George's
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Click here if you haven't read my predictions yet.
Check the power rankings here. New power rankings tomorrow.
Friday: Milton Academy beat St. Sebastian's 15-0.
Belmont Hill beat Milton Academy 11-4; I predicted a 9-6 victory.
Roxbury Latin beat Groton 15-0; I predicted a 14-1 victory.
Rivers beat BB&N 8-7; I predicted a 9-6 victory.
BB&N was missing its number 2 and number 6.
Nobles beat Brooks 14-1.
St. Paul's-St. Sebastian's got rained out.
Governor's-Lawrence got rained out.
St. George's-St. Mark's got rained out.
Check for the power rankings tomorrow.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I'm 18 for 18 so far this season picking matches. Think you can beat me? Tell me which matches I'm going to get wrong in the comment section below. Now that I'm on a roll I'm not stopping pick 'em anytime soon. Totally inappropriate for high school sports but I should be making betting lines for these matches. Without further ado here are my picks. Click here for the full Milton-Belmont Hill preview.
(2) Nobles will beat (15) Brooks 15-0
This is kindof a no-brainer. Brooks is getting slaughtered with a tough schedule to start the year. 5 top 7 teams in a row! Yikes!
(10) Governor's Academy will beat (16) Lawrence 15-0
This Governor's team might be the strongest squad they've had in the past five years and Lawrence is still looking for their first set this year.
(4) Roxbury Latin will beat (12) Groton 14-1
RL will bounce back with a win in this match. This isn't a Groton squad that should challenge them this year.
Upset Alert: (14) Middlesex will beat (11) Thayer 9-6
This is a really tough match to pick because both teams are winless but I like Middlesex here because they got six sets against St. Mark's and they got 4 and 3 points off Nobles and Milton, respectively.
(8) St. George's will beat (9) St. Mark's 10-5
This one could go either way but St. George's is the stronger team in my mind. I was impressed by St. George's destruction of Governor's 11-4.
(5) St. Paul's will beat (13) St. Sebastian's 13-2
I like St. Seb's at 1 singles and St. Paul's at every other position.
Upset Alert: (7) Rivers will beat (6) BB&N 9-6
I'm not going to say much about this one because it's my own team, but this is my prediction.
Click here for the Milton-Belmont Hill Preview.
This should be a great match tomorrow and I wish that I could make it. Belmont Hill is hosting the match on their courts which gives them a definite edge although Milton Academy has indoor courts to train on.
In doubles I think that Belmont Hill will take two of the sets and Milton Academy will either snag 1 or 2 doubles. The number 1 singles match will showcase two of the best players in the league in Andrew Lebovitz and Carl Reid. I'm expecting a split in this match because it's such a close match up. At number 2 singles although Pete Yanofsky has a huge serve I think that Matt Lebovitz will steal one of the sets for a split. Jack Welch of Belmont Hill should win 3rd singles pretty easily over J. Chill and 4th singles will likely go to Milton Academy's Anthony Blake. I think Belmont Hill's Bashiru Akinfolarin will win 5th singles and 6th singles will be a split. I definitely think that Belmont Hill will win this match (Sorry Andrew) but if Noah were playing I'd be picking Milton Academy hands down. Belmont Hill's big servers should do well on their fast courts tomorrow.
After tallying everything up my predicted score is a 9-6 win by Belmont Hill.
Do you agree or disagree with me? I want to hear it from the Milton kids, I won't take offense. Write your comment below.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sorry to everyone who has been waiting for me to post this. Just a quick note, someone commented on the Class B Rankings asking me if I would write about Class A which I will, if there's something that you want me to write about or something that I missed just write a quick comment and I'll get on it.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
If the Nepsac tournament started tomorrow these would be my 8 teams in the tournament. Check out the Class A Bracketology.
Hopkins is unbelievable. They have Nolan Paige (ranked top 5 in NE), Bobby Berkowitz (top 20), Russell Einbinder (top 10), Brian Astrachan (top 10), Jerrod Dobkin (top 50) and Michael Bartimer. Talk about a stacked lineup. They have a match with Brunswick this week who actually beat them last year and I'm very interested to see what happens. This might be one of the best teams to ever play in the NEPSAC (assuming they beat Brunswick). The founders league is strong this year.
This team has won Class B's two years in a row so I must be crazy not to have them at number 1 right? Well when you look at how good Hopkins is it's hard to pick anyone else. I'm not sure who Brunswick graduated although I do know that Sam King plays number one for them.
3. Belmont Hill
Belmont Hill is a very strong team and probably the best ISL team, as shown by the power rankings, but if Brunswick and Hopkins are healthy I honestly think that this team has zero shot at winning and I mean that with all due respect. Belmont Hill's strength is their depth and their abundance of good players. Against Hopkins I think that they would lose all top 5 matches in straight sets.
4. Cheshire Academy
Cheshire has a really good 1, 2 punch in Beck Bond and Michael Rosengren (both top 15 in NE I think). Beyond that I'm not quite sure how good they are but these two could definitely carry them to some big wins.
This team is good but do they have a shot in New Englands? Not really just because of how good the field is this year.
6. Roxbury Latin
This isn't RL's year to win it.
7. St. Paul's
St. Paul's will probably get in unless they lose to BB&N but they are unlikely to make it out of the first round.
8. King School
Don't know much about this school and I don't know who will end up filling this 8 spot because it will probably be a CT school unless BB&N sneaks in here.
Teams on the outside:
So I'm officially challenging anyone who thinks that they can beat me in pick'em to either comment with all of their predictions for Saturday or send me an email because I'm feeling pretty confident right now. I picked all 8 matches correctly making me 18 for 18 on the season. My score predictions were on average 1.5 points off.
(6) BB&N beat (10) Governor's 8-7; I predicted a 12-3 victory.
This was a very close match that ended up coming down to the final set at number 2 singles. Governor's has a much stronger squad this year then I expected.
(3) Milton Academy beat (14) Middlesex 12-3; I predicted a 14-1 victory.
Milton was missing their fourth singles player.
(8) St. George's beat (13) St. Sebastian's 10-5; I predicted a 9-6 victory.
For the big one, (2) Nobles beat (4) Roxbury Latin and the score was 8-7; I predicted the score correctly.
Ryan Sullivan played in this match and Nobles took 1 and 2 doubles while Roxbury Latin took number 3. 1st and 2nd singles both split and then Camden Smith beat Cam Ferguson at 3rd singles. At fourth singles J.B. Gough beat Will Shames then RL won 5th singles and Nobles won 6th singles. Basically the singles was even and the doubles decided the match. Click here to see the full match preview.
Just wanted to point out that in a 7-point system the match would be undecided because the first and second singles matches would have to play third sets. Nobles would've been up 3-2. It's a shame we play the way we do.
(9) St. Mark's beat (16) Lawrence Academy 15-0; I predicted the right score.
(1) Belmont Hill beat (5) St. Paul's 12-3; I predicted an 11-4 victory.
(7) Rivers beat (15) Brooks 15-0; I predicted a 12-3 victory.
(12) Groton beat (11) Thayer 10-5; I predicted a 9-6 victory.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I just did a guest post on BBNVoice.org about the ISL vs. Founders League debate. In case you missed it, click here to see the blog post I did on this site about my facebook argument about the Independent School League vs. Founders League Debate
For my other match predictions, I'm still undefeated (10 for 10) on my match predictions this season so the best of luck to me so that I can keep my streak going. I'm a little bit worried I picked the Groton and St. George's matches wrong but we'll see.
(1) Belmont Hill will beat (5) St. Paul's 11-4
I'm not expecting this match to be too close and I'm very confident that Belmont Hill will win so I don't think it needs a match breakdown.
(6) BB&N will beat (10) Governor's 12-3
Nate Collins should pick up 2 points at number 1 and Governor's will probably steal 1 or 2 other points.
(7) Rivers will beat (15) Brooks 12-3
(3) Milton will beat (14) Middlesex 14-1
Upset Alert: (12) Groton will beat (11) Thayer 9-6
(9) St. Mark's will beat (16) Lawrence 15-0
(8) St. George's will beat (13) St. Sebastian's 9-6
Click here to see the Roxbury Latin vs. Nobles Preview.
There are some key matches tomorrow and I will try to post live updates or immediate results. For my match predictions in the key matches I use tennisrecruiting.net to compare players and predict winners for each match.
(4) Roxbury Latin vs. (2) Nobles
For starters I'm assuming that Ryan Sullivan isn't playing although I don't know for sure. I think that Roxbury Latin will win number 2 doubles and I like Nobles to win at number 1 doubles. 3rd doubles has me a little bit stumped because I don't know too much about the Roxbury Latin players but I think I'm going to give the edge to Nobles.
In singles I'm confident that Cam Chapman from Nobles will take both sets at number 1. At number 2, I envision Cam Ferguson and Anthony Laurencio-Twymer splitting sets. 3rd Singles should be tight as well although Nobles has an experience advantage because Will Shames is a senior and J.B. Gough is a freshman but I'm guessing a split. At fourth singles it's another toss-up because Camden Smith and Perry Hart both have very similar tennisrecruiting rankings. I"m predicting another split in this match. At 5th singles it should be another close match but I like Justin Chapman from Nobles to take both sets and at 6th singles I think Will Samuels, the 8th grader from Nobles, should win both sets fairly easily.
My predicted score is that Nobles will win 11-4 (if Ryan Sullivan doesn't play) although there are a lot of matches that could go either way so that score could fluctuate a bit. If Ryan plays then my predicted score is 8-7 Nobles. Stay tuned this could be very close!
Click here to see my other match predictions.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thanks to everyone for voting in the poll. The polls show that this topic is a major issue, especially since 71% of the readers (according to the poll) are current players in the league and 86% of the voters thought that we should add a superbreaker. There are no ties in tennis and there's no reason that we can't add a third set tiebreaker that would add five minutes to the match. My proposal to the league is that we switch to the 7 point Division 1 College Tennis format, which is also used in the NEPSAC tournament and by other New England private schools.
There are a lot of problems with the current system. The purpose of not playing a third set and playing no-ad is mainly to save time. The problem is that not playing a third set (tiebreaker) only saves five minutes! I won't bother to argue no-ad because that's a bigger yet less important issue. A third set super tiebreaker is a widely recognized way to decide a match and it's sometimes even used in USTA National Championships. I know that this topic has been discussed before in coaches meetings but have the coaches ever polled players before? I just did and the results were very conclusive. The players don't like the current system and it needs to be addressed. I have no power in the league other than my voice in this blog but I hope that by the time I graduate, we will have changed the system. For supertiebreaker rules click here.
I really can't understand why we haven't changed the system yet because I've never heard of any other tennis match being "decided" by two sets. Every other league in New England (as far as I know) plays full 2 out of 3 sets in singles, I'm not suggesting a third set though, I want a superbreaker that takes only five minutes. My proposed system would be a 7 point format with each singles match worth 1 point and only one overall doubles point. I'm very interested to here what my readers and what coaches have to say so either email me or comment below. Also, I ask the players to encourage their coaches to read this so that we can create more buzz about changing the rules.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Just wanted to point out that I went 8 for 8 on match predictions.
RL beat St. Paul's 9-6
This match was definitely closer than I expected but I'm impressed that RL was able to win without Sullivan. They really need him back in the lineup if they want a chance to beat Milton and Nobles.
Milton beat Brooks 15-0
Straightforward win for Milton.
Belmont Hill beat Governor's 15-0
Carl Reid played number 1 singles and beat Nate Collins. Just wanted to point out that the Boston Globe printed the score as Governor's 15- Belmont Hill 0 in the newspaper.
Nobles beat Middlesex 11-4
I figured that Nobles would take this by more, I'm not sure whether Middlesex played exceptionally well or if Nobles rested players.
St. George's beat Lawrence 15-0
BB&N beat St. Mark's 13-2
Easy win for the Knights.
Groton beat St. Sebastian's 8-7
I had a feeling this would be a close match but I didn't realize St. Seb's would have match points in the deciding tiebreak only to lose. That's real close. Good match either way.
Rivers beat Thayer 13-2
St. paul's is up 2-1 after the doubles. I still think that roxbury latin will win the match comfortably but im a bit surprised by the start. check back for more updates.
Thanks for all the support guys.
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Friday, April 9, 2010
(5) St. Paul's and (3) Roxbury Latin have a match tomorrow in what will be St. Paul's first test of the season. I haven't heard too much about the St. Paul's team except that I know there number 1 singles player Jamie Raffini hasn't played this season because of injury. Roxbury Latin has already had a few tests this season while St. Paul's has recorded two easy wins. I think that Roxbury Latin will take the match 12-3.
For my other predictions tomorrow:
I think that BB&N will beat St. Mark's 11-4.
(1) Belmont Hill will beat (12) Governor's 13-2
(4) Milton will beat (15) Brooks 14-1
(10) St. George's will beat (16) Lawrence 15-0
(2) Nobles will beat (13) Middlesex 14-1
(7) Rivers will beat (9) Thayer 11-4
(8) Groton will beat (14) St. Sebastian's 9-6
Basically I've been having a facebook argument with the number one from Hotchkiss about whether the ISL or Founders League is better at tennis. I really need my fans to comment on this one or join in on the facebook argument. Check it out. I edited the posts a bit for content.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
So I just spoke with one of the players and it sounds as if the match was a bit closer than the score indicated. Belmont Hill won 10-5 but Roxbury Latin lost some close matches. Belmont Hill swept the doubles as expected but 2nd doubles had a final score of 9-7. Ryan Sullivan, the number 2 for RL, didn't play because of a back injury so the entire lineup had to slide up one spot. Belmont Hill won 2, 3, and 5 singles and Roxbury Latin won 1 and 4. 6th singles split sets and Belmont Hill won the second set after having already clinched. Belmont Hill didn't clinch until later in the match so even though the doubles was lopsided the match stayed close for awhile. That's all I have to say about that match.
I'm working on transferring the blog to a real domain instead of just hosting it on blogspot and look for previews of the weekend matches tomorrow.
Here's what to expect for the upcoming 7 days or so.
Thursday- Belmont Hill-Roxbury Latin match review
Friday- I will post a match preview for the St. Paul's-Roxbury Latin match.
Sunday-New power rankings
Monday- New Standings
Tuesday- Roxbury Latin-Nobles preview and Belmont Hill-St. Paul's preview
Also I'm going to write an article discussing whether the ISL should add a super tiebreaker to decide the third set. I'm looking to interview coaches about this topic so coaches please email me.
This was a big win for Belmont Hill but it should be noted that Ryan Sullivan, the number 2 for RL, did not play because of an injury. I actually didn't expect Roxbury Latin to keep the match this close without Ryan but now I'm wondering what might have happened if Ryan had played. I don't have too much info on this match right now but I will post a full write-up either tomorrow or on friday because this match deserves some publicity. For those of you who didn't read my preview of this match, I just want to point out that as I predicted Belmont Hill swept the doubles and I was only one point off from predicting the exact score (I predicted a 9-6 finish).
BB&N beat Brooks 13-2
The doubles was competitive in this match but the singles play by BB&N was a bit too strong for Brooks today. 3 and 5 singles both split sets. It was a beautiful day to play outdoors even though the wind was a bit strong.
Milton beat St. George's 14-1
Governor's beat Groton 9-6
WOW! Okay this match definitely just messed up my power rankings. If you look at my rankings I had Groton at number 8 and Governor's just moved down to number 12 after a loss to St. George's (11-4). Either this was a fluke or I overestimated Groton this year. Groton has been anywhere from 5th to 8th in the league for the past five years or so If my memory is correct and they must be having a serious down year. I don't mean to downplay the significance of this win for Governor's because they have been struggling for the past few years and maybe they are making a small push into the middle of the ISL. I guess my power rankings aren't perfect.
Rivers beat St. Mark's 9-6
I'm a little bit surprised by how close this match score is because I figured that Rivers would have won this match handily. I'm pretty sure that Rivers has a fairly solid team so it must be that St. Mark's has improved since last year. Maybe someone on the Rivers or St. Mark's team could comment and let me know what happened.
Nobles beat Thayer 12-3
Robbie won 1 singles and 1 double for Thayer.
St. Paul's beat Middlesex 13-2
St. Paul's split at 2 singles and lost 1 doubles.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Update: I'm a little surprised by the poll. But interested at the same time. If you voted for Roxbury Latin write a quick comment explaining your stance.
I've been looking forward to this match since the schedule first came out. This is a VERY important match for both squads because the loser will essentially be out of title contention. After reviewing the lineups for both teams this is how it breaks down in my opinion. Every year since I've been in the league Belmont Hill has dominated in doubles and this year is no different,, they have a bunch of big servers and athletic players so they should win 1 and 2 doubles fairly easily. At 3 doubles I think that the match will be somewhat close but Belmont Hill should pull that one out too. It's possible though that RL did not play to their potential against BB&N on the fast indoor courts but if they don't raise their game then "the Hill" should start out 3-0 going into singles.
In singles Peter Yanofsky and Carl Defranco will square off at number 1. On paper this should be a very even match because on TennisRecruiting they are both around 600 in their respective classes. I'm predicting a split in this match although I almost took Carl to take both sets because Pete's serve won't be quite as effective outdoors. At second singles Belmont Hill has a distinct advantage because I'm not sure whether Ryan Sullivan will be fully healthy for the match and because Carl Reid is a phenom. In the third singles slot I expect it to be another toss-up because although Jack Welch is the more experienced player, Cam Ferguson has a very comparable TennisRecruiting ranking. I envision a split in this match with Jack possibly taking both. At fourth singles Nick Tierney and J.B. Gough will have a good match and I'm really not sure who to take because Nick doesn't really play tournaments so it's hard to judge how well he will be playing this year, I'm going with my gut and predicting Gough will take both sets. At fifth singles I think Bashiru Akinfolarin will win both sets over Perry Hart and at sixth singles I think that it could go either way and I'm predicting a split.
So after the tally and all of my match-by-match predictions my final predicted score is Belmont Hill 9, Roxbury Latin 6. There are a lot of variables and really anything could happen but I'm fairly confident that Belmont Hill will win. We shall see though. I'm hoping to do live updates on the match via the twitter account which has a feed on the left side of the page but I'm going to need a RL or Belmont Hill player to text me score updates every now and then. Someone step up! Good luck to both teams.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
You (my readers) spoke and I listened so here are the new rankings. If you have any suggestions for the site email me or write on the facebook fan group wall because I am very open to criticism and to improving the site.
Whether you agree, disagree or downright don't care, I want to hear your opinion! Comment below.