Thursday, February 19, 2009

National Indoors Preview: #1 Emory vs. #9 Mary Washington

1. Goodwin/Goodwin vs. Loden/Murata
2. Boren/Egan vs. Dunn/James
3. Kaufman/Lopp vs. Goff/Parrish

1. Michael Goodwin vs. John James
2. Chris Goodwin vs. Randy Loden
3. Mark Boren vs. Jason Dunn
4. Colin Egan vs. Riley Baver
5. Oliver Lopp vs. Andrew Frisk
6. Phillip Overdiek vs. Bryce Parrish

This is the first tough D3 match for the projected national champions against a very formidable opponent. I would expect Emory to come out hot in doubles with the Goodwins making a statement that they are the best doubles team in the country. Mary Wash should keep it close at both 2 and 3 and could put themselves in a position to win, but I would expect Emory to win both spots if they play to their potential. The matches at 1 and 2 should both be highly contested, particularly the #2 match, but I think Emory should win both to clinch the match. In the remaining 3 through 6, I'd expect Mary Wash to take at least 1 if not 2 of those matches to make the score respectable. This should end up as a 7-2 or 8-1 result, but I think almost all of the matches should be competitive. I wouldn't be surprised to see 3 or 4 3-setters in singles. Emory will be tested but should move on.