Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Regional Preview: Gustavus Adolphus

UT-Tyler will take care of Whitewater 5-1 or 5-2. The Warhawks should pull out a match or two, they are decent. Carthage should win a nailbiter against Luther and then get crushed by Gustavus. This gives us a UT-Tyler vs. Gustavus regional final.

Probable Starters
1. Bryan/Paukert vs. Ashlock/Phillips
2. Kauss/Burdakin vs. Campbell/Sajovich
3. Hansen/Tomasek vs. Kreines/Repsher

1. Andy Bryan vs. Dustin Phillips
2. John Kauss vs. Robert Sajovich
3. Mike Burdakin vs. Steven Campbell
4. Charlie Paukert vs. David Ashlock
5. Aaron Zenner vs. Will McDonald
6. Ben Tomasek vs. Nick Kreines

This match depends upon whether it is played Indoors our Outdoors. If I were Tyler, I would push for an outdoor match no matter what the weather looks like outside. This is their only chance. Indoors, Gustavus wins 5-0 without much of a problem. They are just untouchable on their Indoor courts. Since the regionals are supposed to be played outdoors, this is what we should focus on. Tyler should be able to take 1 of the doubles matches. I think their best chance is probably at 2 doubles. If they can get another one of the matches, this puts them in great shape. They cannot get swept or they're done. You have to like Bryan at 1 for GA, but 2, 3 and 4 singles are definitely winnable for Tyler. If Sajovich beat Wang, he can also beat Kauss. Campbell has some good results and Paukert has been vulnerable at #4. 5 and 6 are tossups and they can really go either way just like the other matches. Besides 1st singles, I think that Tyler really can win at every other position. As much as I would love to see an upset and I know Tyler will fight really hard, I think that I have to go with the Gusties in a 5-3 win with several 3-setters. On a neutral court, the score could be much different.