First of all, shout out to the Wake Forest Women’s team. I’ll get to an article on them tomorrow but they are also cruising right now with an ITA ranking of 14, a record of 14-4, with 3 of their 4 losses coming to the number 3 team in the country Vanderbilt, a nail biter of a loss on the road to the number 7 team Illinois, and a loss at home to number 4 Duke. The girls are cruising on a 6 match winning streak going into a homestand this weekend against a ranked Florida State team on Friday and Notre Dame Sunday. Go out and show the girls some support.
To the guys.
This guy’s team is something special. This team went to Seattle and won 4 matches in a row (all against the Pac-12, arguably a top 2 conference) and won the National Team Indoor championship. Going through their record they have: beaten #10 USC twice by the same score, swept #7 Illinois, beat #3 Stanford, beat #4 UCLA, and recently just stomped #17 Duke.
Playing #1 singles, Borna Gojo has been nothing less than dominant both at Wake and on the tour where he’s up to #29(lol) in the ITA singles rankings and currently has an ATP ranking of 660, where he’s the fourth highest guy that’s currently playing college tennis. The others have ITA rankings of 2, 3, 12. So a big discrepancy there. Oh and he hasn’t lost all year except on the tour.
Petros Chysochos aka Mr. Consistent has only lost one match in duals all year riding this all the way to a ranking of #7, Skander Mansouri has lost only once, transfer Julian Zlobinsky hasn’t lost in dual matches, this team is absolutely STACKED.
The best part... we haven’t seen them at full strength. We’ve had a couple of kids having to come back jetlagged from pro tournaments, Bar Botzer has had a nagging injury, same with All-American doubles player Christian Seraphim and Alan Gadjiev. When everyone is healthy, this team seemingly doesn’t have a weakness and should be riding to the NCAA’s with the #1 seed.
Oh wait, I forgot to mention the National Championships are being hosted in Winston-Salem. This could be a special year for the Men’s team.
Looking forward they have a couple of tall tasks left on the schedule before NCAAs. On March 28th they go to Chapel Hill to take on the #5 North Carolina Tar Heels. No rest for the team after that as they come back home 2 days later to take on #9 Florida, who in my opinion is a very underrated team with a lot of talent on it.
No one said the road was gonna be easy, but it is manageable. And I have faith in this team.