LATE-NIGHT EXTRA: UCLA vs. Tennessee Scouting Report

Due to the request of a former Bruin player and college tennis guru, it is only appropriate I offer some scouting report on Tennessee of match-up. It is going to be a great one tomorrow!

HEAD-TO-HEAD: UCLA is 7-3 all-time verus Tennessee, losing its most recent matchup 4-2 last year at National Indoors in Virginia, also in the second round. With the Volunteers leading 3-2 but down in the the other remaining singles match, Rhyne Williams defeated Nick Meister in three sets to clinch the victory. It was a very, very close match that could have gone either way, but Tennessee was the better team and pulled it out. This will be the second year in a row that we meet in the second round after not meeting in recent memory.

SCOUTING REPORT: Tennessee comes into this match ranked #3 in the country, reaching the finals of the NCAA Championships last year before falling in a close match to USC. They return all of their NCAA runner-up team as they currently have four players ranked nationally–including the #1 ranked player in the nation, Sophomore Rhyne Williams. In addition to Williams, the Volunteers are led by Senior J.P. Smith, one of the top-ranked players in the nation and currently ranked #17 in the country. Unlike our Bruins, the Volunteers are extremely experienced, boasting two other Seniors–Boris Conkic and Mateo Fago–who have experience and national rankings. As a whole, Tennessee is looking to once again considered one of the favorites to return to the NCAA Championships based on their experience, and talented Sophomores Williams and Tennys Sandgren.

PREDICTION: In all honestly, it is going to be a battle; Tennessee did not play their best match today against Georgia and will probably use it as a wake-up call against us tomorrow. In addition, their #3 player Tennys Sandgren did not play today because of an illness, so his presence or absence in the lineup tomorrow will undoubtedly affect the outcome of the match.The Bruins must not think too much–as I alluded to in my previous post–and just let their instincts take over. Zone out the distractions, the predictions, and the rankings and play with confidence and assertiveness. I think they will do that; despite starting three freshman (compared to Tennessee’s three Seniors!), the team continues to mature quickly and tomorrow we be another stepping stone. Our preparation has been great and our mental fortitude for this match has been as good as I’ve ever seen in my four years as manager. Therefore, I really like our chances tomorrow against the Volunteers. Of course, they are as good as a team in the nation no matter how you break it down so I can absolutely predict for certain that it is going to be one heck of a battle out there. Hopefully we end up on the right side of that battle! But regardless, I can’t wait for it all to start!

See you in the morning….I’m completely pumped…GO BRUINS!!! 🙂

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2 Comments on “LATE-NIGHT EXTRA: UCLA vs. Tennessee Scouting Report”

  1. Emily W. Says:

    I can’t wait for updates! Unfortunately, I’ll not have access to the Internet for a couple hours (sadness!). Best wishes to the guys from rainy (!) Southern California! Go Bruins!

  2. Jay Says:

    Very nice! Not sure about all this studying you claim to be doing with all this in-depth analysis!


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