Monday, March 24, 2008

Match Preview: #6 Middlebury vs. #7 CMS (March 25)

A match between two top 10 teams, but the fact that Middlebury hasn't played much outdoors could be the deciding factor. All the matches are fairly even and could go either way, but the outdoors and the homecourt should be in favor of CMS. The doubles could favor Middlebury and I wouldn't be surprised if they take an early 2-1 lead. The tables are likely to turn in singles and CMS is just a little bit stronger almost everywhere in the lineup. Wang and Lim have been inconsistent of late, but I would expect them to get back on track in the upcoming days. This match could have major implications for seeding in NCAAs. I like CMS to pull out a very hard fought match. Middlebury feels more comfortable in Vermont and the fact that they are a little out of their element will hurt them.

Probable Starters:
1. #1 Marinkovic/Thomson (M) vs. #8 Wang/Schils (CMS)
2. #21 Lee/Mason (M) vs. Hough/MacColl (CMS)
3. Jia/Peters (M) vs. Lim/Wu (CMS)

1. # 20 Andrew Lee (M) vs. #21 Lawrence Wang (CMS)
2. #43 Eliot Jia (M) vs. #10 Mikey Lim (CMS)
3. Filip Marinkovic (M) vs. #36 Eric MacColl (CMS)
4. Andrew Thomson (M) vs. #30 Michael Starr (CMS)
5. Andrew Peters (M) vs. Ronald Wu (CMS)
6. Richard Bonfiglio (M) vs. Ben Hough (CMS)