Broncos travel to
first round opponent is #41
the win they will probably play #11
In no way do I suggest the Longhorns would resort to "stacking," but after analyzing their 2006-7 match history…there is strong coincidental evidence that suggests they… might.
"Stacking" in tennis is a cousin to point shaving in football and basketball. It's not the deliberate missed lay-up, or a dropped pass for a first down. "Stacking" is simply manipulating your lineup to create an unfair advantage over your opponent to improve the odds of winning…illegally. The practice occurs in the singles lineup more than doubles. A player of lesser talent is inserted near the top of the lineup, ideally at the number one singles position, playing the opponents number one player. The inserted player usually loses. The legitimate top ranked players each drop a slot, sometimes two, creating a better chance for victory by playing against lesser players.
example in reverse, insertion of a stronger player, is what happened to
and Robertson, along with Eric Roberson, and Brent Werbeck were nationally
ranked five star players in high school.
When these guys play at #4, #5,or #6 in a dual match line-up, there are
few teams in the country who can beat them. The Broncos defeated
NCAA Rules on "Stacking" in Men's and Women's dual meets are as follows.
14.2 (NCAA TENNIS RULES) GENERAL POLICIES Intercollegiate tennis is so structured that when teams compete, the best players play one another, the second best players play one another and so on down through six singles positions. In doubles, the coach may arrange his team so that the best combination plays first doubles, the best combination of players plays second doubles, and the best combination of the remaining players plays third doubles.
14.3 (NCAA TENNIS RULES) GENERAL POLICIES Stacking or attempting to match up individual players with another team will not be allowed. It is the coach's responsibility to play his/her team in the proper order.
Let's take a look at the "coincidental evidence." Something strange was obvious when analyzing the Texas Longhorn roster against their singles line-up in the dual matches played (*). The Longhorn's have three nationally ranked singles players. They rarely played at the dual match singles line-up positions they should have.
Those three are…
#41.....Dimitar Kutrovsky (call him 1K)
#116...Milan Mihailovic (call him 2M)
#122...Luis Draz Barriga (call him3B)
a close look at the
seemed strange. Maybe there was a one-match mistake. A check of thirteen other
begin with, Varela (V), an All American at doubles, is not the top singles
(V) played at the number one position against the following top ranked teams...
Duke (4), Pepperdine (20), Notre Dame (5),
He (V) played at the number two position against Baylor (8), twice, and against Duke (14).
all the above matches the top three
Longhorn match results against four weaker opponents told a different story.
The teams were Georgia Tech (46), BYU (64),
For drill…a look at other ranked teams to see how they play their stronger singles players.
I give the Longhorns the benefit of the doubt.
A certainty with no doubt, with Kean Feeder playing this time around, the Broncos will be a much stronger adversary than last February .
(*) Detailed dual match results for all ranked D-1A tennis teams can be found at http://www.itatennis.com/