Thursday, March 20, 2008

Match Preview: #12 Carnegie Mellon vs. #22 Washington & Lee (March 22)

The Tartans are a very confident team right now coming off a successful spring break trip and the opposite can be said of the Generals. They have been struggling this year and have yet to put it together, particularly in doubles where they are always strong. If W&L wants to compete at all in this match, I think they need a doubles sweep. Carnegie is too strong in singles from top to bottom and I would expect them to take at least 4 singles matches if not 5 or all 6. W&L needs to come out hot and break Carnegie's spirit by winning all 3 doubles, which is a difficult task because CMU's doubles is formidable. I like CMU to dominate this match, particularly in singles where they should win 2- through 6 singles fairly easily. I would expect a 7-2 or 6-3 win for Carnegie Mellon, continuing Washington & Lee's poor season.

Probable Starters:
1. Muliawan/Mactaggart (CM) vs. Ross/Estes (WL)
2. #15 Clearfield/Raghavan (CM) vs. Hopson/McCardell (WL)
3. Nemerov/Spero (CM) vs. Brooke/Sanford (WL)

1. Andrew Clearfield (CM) vs. #41 Tim Ross (WL)
2. #37 Alex Nemerov (CM) vs. Nat Estes (WL)
3. #30 James Muliawan (CM) vs. Seth Feibelman (WL)
4. Jon Spero (CM) vs. Jamie McCardell (WL)
5. Ravi Raghavan (CM) vs. Morgan Hopson (WL)
6. Yiran Liu (CM) vs. Nelson Bunn (WL)