Monday, February 15, 2010

National Indoors Preview: #4 Kenyon vs #5 Gustavus Adolphus

Mike Greenberg, Kenyon

Normally, this is Gustavus' tournament. They are always a threat to win it, even when other teams clearly have stronger rosters than them. This year is the exception to that, especially since the courts were resurfaced after the '08 season. This evened the playing field quite a bit as we saw last year with GAC having a first round loss before recovering nicely for 5th place. The Gusties first result certainly isn't promising for their chances this weekend after beating UWEC 5-4 on their home courts. No amount of fans and no amount of energy or confidence will enable to Gustavus to win this match. They are just too weak this year and this is a true rebuilding time. Starting with doubles, if Gustavus is going to win anywhere, it has to be at #1. Kenyon switched their lineup last match and went with a Greenberg-Brody team at 1, so that's what I'm expecting to see this weekend. Vandenberg and someone should be good at #3. GAC doesn't have a chance at #2 and they have a chance at #3, but it's small. Because it's Indoors, I'll spot the Gusties a win and say Kenyon leads 2-1 after doubles. The good news for GAC ends there. Greenberg and Piskacek both win in straights and Polster, Burgin and Brody definitely win the bottom 3 spots. GAC may have a chance against Vandenberg at 3 but I doubt it. I'll take Kenyon 8-1 with a singles sweep, they may surrender 1 set.