Next year definitely bright -- mdhoo1 04/21/2018 6:14PM
Perhaps premature to look to next year, but our team stats
(see link), make me feel good about next year. CS (10-4,7-3 in ACC ) and AL (incredible 30-4, 9-2 in ACC ) have done very well this year. Clearly we will be strong at #1 and #2 and #3 (if HW returns healthy). IMO having really good players at the top is absolutely crucial for any college team that aspires to be really good (say top 10 nationally).
We have Henrik Wiersholm presumably returning healthy for his RS senior year. I asked a couple of locals, who know him, at the NCS/WF matches if HW was definitely returning, and they felt it was a near certainty. His shoulder injury was apparently quite serious and that was why he could not play this year, so maybe that is a concern. In any event for the purposes of this post I am penciling him in at #2 singles and at #2 doubles. He has never played as high as #2, but I am optimistic that he will go at least 50/50 in the ACC at #2, but perhaps more importantly it will allow everyone else to move down a slot with AL playing at #3
With HW's return, GR and ML will probably play #4 and #5 next year, so we are looking very good there . GR went 13-7, 4-6 in ACC and ML went 20-12, 6-5 in ACC, so with expected improvement after playing a lot as freshman both should be much improved and have better records next year.
Now we get to #6 where KT will likely play. He has gone 13-12. 6-5 in ACC so far split between 5 and 6. He should improve and have a better year, so we should be very good at #6. That will be a very good thing, because #6 was just plain bad this year (except when KT played there). The team went 6-16 with KT winning 5 of them). SB, JD and JR went a combined 1-11 at #6, so it does not look like any will be serious candidates for making our top 6. I expect that one or maybe both of the newcomers Ryan Goetz (ranked #7 nationally) and William Woodall (a 5 star recruit) will get playing time next year. Goetz in particular seems to have a whole lot of promise as the #7 ranked recruit, He could conceivably play as high as 3 or 4 . In any event with if KT or Goetz likely playing at 6 we will be much improved and that will make a huge difference in our team results.
Doubles is harder to figure, but with CS and ML playing so well at # 1 doubles late in the year, we should be very good at #1. At #2 doubles AL and GR also played well late in the year and HW may play there next year, so #2 doubles looks good. #3 doubles was bad this year with a 5-16 overall record, so I look for some new guys to play at #3 probably Goetz with KT or GR if HW plays at #2 doubles . SB does have a big serve so he could some PT at #3 doubles.
Then there is always a possibility and that a top foreigner will show up in August or January (I have no info about this so I am just speculating) and be a top 3/4 player for us. If he is good enough to play at 2 or 3 we should be a serious NCAA contender and with the likely player losses at WF and UNC probably #1 in the ACC. Even if we do not get a new top foreign player or just maybe R Goetz is good enough to play at 2/ 3/4 IMO we will be a dark horse NCAA contender and certainly a top 4 ACC team, which is a whole lot better than being the #9 or 10 ACC tourney seed this year.
I am a lousy typist/editor so I may have to go back and edit this post, but hopefully the gist of it is accurate.
[Post edited by 1969hoo at 04/21/2018 11:36AM]
Posted: 04/21/2018 at 11:30AM
Perhaps premature to look to next year, but our team stats -- 1969hoo 04/21/2018 11:30AM
Don't forget that William Woodall is top notch in doubles -- Clark2 04/21/2018 3:30PM
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