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I need to get some of what you are smoking

I love your optimism but your reality needs some work. Keep in mind we finished 35 last year. When was the last time a team was 35 one year and one a national title the next year......I know, never. Don't get me wrong I love our recruiting class and I figured Carl was coming back the entire time, he strikes me as someone who has no interest in pro tennis. He is huge, without him we had no shot at top 10. Keep in mind we lost to Louisville without him (not top 50), beat Liberty without him 4-3 (not top 50), and beat ND with him 4-3 (not top 10). We also lost badly to NCST with him and WFU with him (WFU could have been 7-0, we saved match points in both matches we won). Carl is not unbeatable at 1, hes excellent but can lose to several guys in the ACC (lost in straights to Galarneau, saved match points vs Botzer, could certainly lose to Blumberg).
Keep in mind we will be much better but we are also getting Carl on no scholarship. EVERY other team in the country could be better next year as seniors can come back on no scholarship. Just think of the ACC, guys like Blumberg, Galarneau, Peck, Sondergard, Harper, Knaff can all come back.
Our recruiting class is outstanding, JVDS might be the best recruit in the country, on paper he is still not as good as Nakashima or Carl coming in. Carl lost matches at 3 as a freshman, BK lost matches at 2 and neither even made NCAA's. I trust he will be an excellent addition but if he plays 2 he will struggle against top 10 teams.
Don't mean to be negative, I think our team will be much improved, but lets check out expectation into reality. For me top 10 would be great, we tool a big step back last year and would be nice to see us be more competitive in the ACC and nationally.
On the girls side I'm not as in tune but I think from our recruits we have we have a much better shot at a national title.

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Posted: 07/22/2020 at 8:56PM


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