Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Regional Preview: Washington & Lee

The biggest question in this region is not who will advance to the Final 8, but rather who will take on Emory in the regional final. W&L is the host and the #2 seed in the region standing at #25 in the country. They have had a pretty good season actually with a win against Mary Wash, but they lack the depth to pose any sort of threat to Emory. Similar to the CMU regional, the #3 seed is an unranked sleeper with a pretty good tennis tradition. TCNJ was up to #15 in the country only 2 years ago and they beat Hopkins in NCAAs to earn a Final 16 berth. They graduated most of that team and haven't seen the top 30 since, but they have given top 20 teams some trouble this season. They lost 5-4 against Vassar, Kalamazoo and Salisbury, so this team can play. W&L doubles has been streaky this year and the Generals can get on top in doubles I don't see them losing on Saturday. I'm going to take W&L 5-2 in this match to advance to the regional final against Emory.

W&L played Emory recently at Emory and all the doubles were 9-7 which surprised me. I would say W&L's only real chance at winning a doubles match will come at #2, and I still think they are the underdog there. Emory should dominate throughout the singles lineup and I would expect this to be very quick after the doubles ends. The Eagles are one of the hottest teams in the country after their UAA title and I expect them to run through this regional with two very routine 5-0 victories.