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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Winter Nat New Year Extravaganza

The logistic tomorrow is incredible lol!

Let's see;

10AM - 15 matches
G16, 18 CONSOLATION SINGLES

11AM - 8 matches
G16, 18 MD SINGLES

1PM - 8 matches
G16, 18 CONSOLATION SINGLES

2PM - 4 matches
G16, 18 MD SINGLES SEMIS

4PM - 8+4=12 matches
G16, 18 CONSOLATION SINGLES Q
G16, 18 MD DOUBLES SEMIS

I'm just thankful that they all are played at the same venue!

And the Consolation schedule, that's surely a test of endurance tomorrow lol; has to win 3 matches!!

Good luck to you all. :)

4PM matches of course will concentrate on doubles first since it plays faster!

P.S. Hope I can make the Californian swing again, but who knows, we'll see..

NBA] Suns at OKC

Watching it right now, what a low-level match lol, I miss those pure point guards and great centers who could actually control the match; but of course Jordan won it all, why he's a legend, albeit a thin-skinned guy lol(just couldn't accept valid criticism!). Jordan could actually win even without a great center teammate; huge difference against selfish Kobe, whose shot selection is just terrible lol.

I do love Thunders, dunno if the coach can lead the team to the Championship though; not good enough, as shown in the past few years.

Durant, hasn't changed lol, pure outside shooter, just like that legend Oscar Schmidt; the reason why he couldn't be #1. Unlike LeBron, not very good at attacking the net, and not a very good defender either. But I heard that LeBron's form is terrible this season lol, heard losing his weight is not helping his inside contact game. So, who knows lol. Anyway Durant's last postseason was terrible, not worthy of MVP.

Still, that incredible reach, and that incredible shooting touch; the best scorer in the league.

Why OKC is so good; because Westbrook persistently attacks the rim!  Incredible endurance and explosiveness, just have to love his passion. But temper beware! Got ejected at the end of the 2nd Qtr lol.  He's a symbol of the current trend; the disappearance of pure point guard/the dominance of attacking guards like Rose(Rose, what's the use of massive talent without endurance; what a huge waste of money...).

P.S. Where's the tradition? I thought that was American style in NBA uniform. Now, so many changes lol, I guess the designers would earn easy money, but not too impressed!

And a chronic problem in the league; the West is always too strong, so it's not fair to elite Western Conference teams; the Eastern teams benefits from their weaker opponents lol, like Bulls in the 1990s, and the Heat.

Goran is not bad, but no European guard can be better than Drazen Petrovic!

Anyway, OKC is the only team I have a particular interest in and root for, after Detroit Pistons destroying that Fellowship of the Rings LAL lol, and Dallas Mavericks.  Both teams eventually won the Ring; let's hope OKC can do it too!  By now Westbrook is too good to be the 2nd guy after Durant, but like Jordan and Pip, do want them to play together and win it all...let's hope so! :)

2014 Winter Nat 1/1 G16 MD singles preview of sorts

JONES BOLTON

Can't say, didn't watch both much this tournament. But note Alyvia's record here;

16 (9) Alyvia Jones d. (1) Grace Joyce 4-6; 6-2; 6-4
32 (9) Alyvia Jones d. (17) Anna Brylin 7-5; 6-3
64 (9) Alyvia Jones d. Caisey Lee Emery 6-0; 6-1

No less impressive than Nicole's. Class of 2018, TRN ranked #12 Blue Chip.

And Bolton is ranked #11 lol, should be a fun match! Both seemed to be real aggressive, so looking forward to this.

LOMMER EMMA

Did watch Lommer at the National a bit, but still, should watch more. Chiara has been one of the most consistent players this year, and she's class of 2016, while Victoria is class of 2017, TRN ranked #22, 5 star.

So naturally Chiara has advantage, who's one of the top contenders here, yet Emma's condition seems real good, because;

32 (17) Victoria Emma d. (5) Kalani Soli 7-6(3))

Girls' 16 Doubles (Draw Line - 10)
Q Brylin/Emma d. (12) Branstine/Johnson 7-6(7)); 7-5

Couldn't watch Victoria beat Kalani, just the first few games, but that doubles match showcased Victoria's incredible defense and poise;  Chiara can't relax against this girl lol!

MARTINELLI MOSSMER

Sam is one of the top contenders to win it all, but look at this;

16 Nicole Mossmer d. (17) Carolyn Campana 6-2; 6-4
32 Nicole Mossmer d. Alexandra Angyalosy 6-1; 6-1
64 Nicole Mossmer d. Sydney Jones 6-1; 6-0
128 Nicole Mossmer d. (3) Isabella Lorenzini 6-2; 6-3

The biggest issue of the tournament, probably? Lol.
4th ranked Californian after Branstine, Johnson and Muljat, overall 7th according to TRN, of the Class of 2019.

I've only seen her play Sydney Jones a bit this tournament, she seems like a good defender. But should watch her more tomorrow to further gauge her ability. Anyway, Sam definitely has a bigger game, but should beware.

BRANSTINE COPPOC

No need to explain. :)  Along with Daavettila vs Miller, the biggest marquee match of this tournament..!  This should be a semi or final match, too bad for both, but great for us fans!

'Safe' and happy New Year?

One of the joys of visiting Mesa is eating at Arby's lol. First experienced at Seoul near my home(or not? was it already at NY when I lived there?), just LOVE the sliced beef and curly fries!  No stores near my home so whenever I can eat, I do lol.

So, after eating wandered to Bookmans to browse a book, but of course's it's New Year's Eve lol, already closed. But a notice on the door got my immediate attention;

'Safe and a happy New Year'!

Is this a trend now? It can't be only because of 'drunk and drive'?  9/11?  'Fortress America'?

Or...this?

2014 PVCC G16 results

I think I only visited on the last day?

Anyway this should be a useful reference:

https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=139454

2014 Costa Mesa Intercollegiate results

F (1) Lorraine Guillermo d. (2) Lauren Marker Wo (inj)
SF (2) Lauren Marker d. (3) Zoe Katz 6-2; 5-7; 6-2
SF (1) Lorraine Guillermo d. (4) Alyssa Smith 6-0; 6-2
Q (2) Lauren Marker d. Vivien Dvali 6-2; 6-7; 6-2
Q (3) Zoe Katz d. Cassidy Branstine 6-1; 6-0
Q (4) Alyssa Smith d. Joanna Smith Wo (pc)
Q (1) Lorraine Guillermo d. (6) Jana McCord 6-2; 6-4
16 (2) Lauren Marker d. Taylor LeFridge 6-0; 6-0
16 Vivien Dvali d. Dorothy Tang 6-1; 6-4
16 (3) Zoe Katz d. Otilia Popa 6-1; 6-2
16 Cassidy Branstine d. (7) Lindsey Kostas Wd (inj)
16 Joanna Smith d. (8) Mariel Ante 6-3; 6-0
16 (4) Alyssa Smith d. Regina Suarez 6-1; 6-0
16 (6) Jana McCord d. Jenise Vargas 6-0; 6-1
16 (1) Lorraine Guillermo d. Kareena Manji 6-2; 6-1
32 (2) Lauren Marker d. Camille Deleon 6-1; 6-2
32 Taylor LeFridge d. Sophie El-Kara 6-2; 6-0
32 Dorothy Tang d. (5) Lauren Stratman 6-2; 6-3
32 Vivien Dvali d. Paulette Wolak 6-1; 6-0
32 (3) Zoe Katz d. Kelsey Chen 4-6; 6-2; 6-4
32 Otilia Popa d. Andrea Duva 6-3; 6-3
32 (7) Lindsey Kostas d. Anna Ustinova 2-6; 6-3; 6-3
32 Cassidy Branstine d. Lauren Villanueva 7-5; 6-0
32 Joanna Smith d. Anna-Katherine Barrett 6-0; 6-0
32 (8) Mariel Ante d. Francis Dean 7-6; 6-2
32 Regina Suarez d. Karlee Budge 6-2; 6-0
32 (4) Alyssa Smith d. Jessica Perez 6-1; 6-1
32 Jenise Vargas d. Jordyn Kearney 7-5; 7-6
32 (6) Jana McCord d. Sophia Bott 6-2; 6-1
32 Kareena Manji d. Sharona Levinson 6-0; 6-2
32 (1) Lorraine Guillermo d. April Scatliffe 6-3; 6-3
64 Camille Deleon d. Jacqueline Resler 6-0; 6-3
64 Dorothy Tang d. Tatiana Betancourt 6-1; 6-0
64 Vivien Dvali d. Julia Deming 6-2; 6-2
64 Kelsey Chen d. Emilia Borkowski 6-2; 6-2
64 Cassidy Branstine d. Montana Morgan 6-2; 6-2
64 Joanna Smith d. Marisa Marsh 6-0; 6-1
64 Francis Dean d. Laneshay Cooksey 6-3; 6-3
64 Jessica Perez d. Tyler Garant 6-0; 6-0
64 Kareena Manji d. Kalika Slevcove 6-0; 6-2
64 April Scatliffe d. Rebekkah Ermac 6-3; 6-0

F (2) Scatliffe/Stratman d. (1) Smith/Smith 7-6; 0-6; 10-6
SF (2) Scatliffe/Stratman d. Deleon/Sandford 6-7; 6-3; 10-2
SF (1) Smith/Smith d. Dean/Suarez 6-4; 6-2
Q (2) Scatliffe/Stratman d. Chen/Popa 6-1; 6-3
Q Deleon/Sandford d. Branstine/Dvali 6-2; 7-5
Q Dean/Suarez d. LeFridge/Ustinova 6-2; 6-4
Q (1) Smith/Smith d. Bourgeois/Deming 6-4; 6-2
16 (2) Scatliffe/Stratman d. Barrett/Rodriguez 6-0; 6-1
16 Chen/Popa d. Morgan/Wolak 7-6; 7-6
16 Branstine/Dvali d. Huang/Pham 6-4; 6-4
16 Deleon/Sandford d. Flynn/Markle 6-0; 6-0
16 LeFridge/Ustinova d. Legarza/Roth 6-4; 6-2
16 Dean/Suarez d. Cheng/Dean 6-2; 6-1
16 Bourgeois/Deming d. Villanueva/Villanueva 6-4; 6-0

Girls' 18 Singles
F Alana Bourgeois d. Layla Rodriguez 7-5; 7-6
SF Layla Rodriguez d. Katie Chang 7-5; 6-2
SF Alana Bourgeois d. Katrina De Guzman 7-5; 6-3
Q Katie Chang d. (2) Proyfon Lohaphaisan 6-1; 6-0
Q Layla Rodriguez d. Aliyah Al-Islam 6-1; 6-1
Q Katrina De Guzman d. Rebecca Chou 6-2; 2-6; 6-4
Q Alana Bourgeois d. (1) Libby Jubas 7-5; 6-2
16 Katie Chang d. Daniela Ramras 6-3; 6-2
16 Layla Rodriguez d. Josie Legarza 6-3; 7-5
16 Katrina De Guzman d. Jennifer Kingsley 6-1; 6-0
16 Rebecca Chou d. Julia Aguirre 6-0; 6-3
16 Alana Bourgeois d. Sara Khattab 6-3; 6-1

Spotted ASU coach Letcher again

Was it yesterday? Was heading to CTC from GA and spotted ASU coach Clint Letcher solo walking to god knows where!!  There was a shopping mall nearby, maybe that was his destination?

Anyway it's the 2nd time I witnessed him solo walking or jaywalking lol, after spotting him near Barnes at SD maybe heading to Starbucks!

So I dub thee 'Solowalker'...!

So depressed

Not because of the cancellation; because I forgot to take the proper route, although I made the exact trip like a couple of days ago -_-

Seriously am I becoming senile?  God..
AND after like wasting 40 minutes, at last arrived to find the cancellation notice...!

Well, the good thing is that I didn't miss anything lol.
And tournament organizers scheduling to play G18 as well at CTC should receive high mark if only to 'conform' to my wishes lol!

Anyway so depressed now...so in a fit of pique reverted those match recaps of yesterday to draft...lol.

Maybe I'll sleep it off...

One thing that can help, is of course..

DONATION!!!

Lol!.  Isn't America all about MONEY?  Education, medical treatment..America is famous for the astronomical costs for those basic services. The 'triumph' of Privitization, which is a veritable mantra of those Neoliberalists including that smug yet influential British magazine The Economist..!

My recent entries sounds like a Diary of a Madman! I see that the particular theme is pretty popular lol, treated by Nikolai Gogol, Guy de Maupassant and Lu Xun! Maybe those should be my designated readings for next month..!

Anyway, we'll see what tomorrow brings.. :sigh:

2014 Winter Nat 12/31 schedule update: Ellie withdrew

Just like at JKC, endless raining :(  I only booked till tonight..now what..

Anyway, since Ellie withdrew, really no need to go to GA. Are they going to play 2 consolation rounds? Seen Hampster much yesterday and moreover she's alive in dbls, AND dbls aren't being played today, so...

Mucho interested in Muller vs Moldovan though, can't they move their match to CTC lol! Bridges vs Jones match too for that matter :p

It's nice that G16 plays an hour earlier, but we'll see. First this damn rain got to stop, ugh.

Silver lining in this disaster: free car wash! Lol. #thestruggle

I DID watch Bolton, Muljat, Bojczuk..

http://fantic7.blogspot.com/2014/04/331-g16-sgls.html

Therein lies my problem; I watch too many matches lol!
Still, will try to watch as much matches as possible, after watching some early G18 matches at GA. :)

Importance of Winter Nat

Some ignoramus are denigrating Winter Nat at Zootennis;

Jamie Loeb and Coco Vandeweghe played there, so what do they know, stop blabbering nonsense! :p

https://twitter.com/CoCoVandey/status/548920262180085760

CoCo VandewegheVerified account @CoCoVandey Dec 27
been there! Winter Nats is the toughest tournament played out doors for us Californians

Man I need to get an autograph from Tracy Austin on my Loeb edition...lol. Maybe I should've done it at JKC final day :p

2014 Winter Nat 12/30 G18 Consolation singles

Syracuse coach spotted. And what is 'N'? Nebraska?

And Crt 9 Becca vs Taylor match, were G16 girls watching this? 4 of'em as a pack? :p Was Sydney Jones one of'em, not sure lol.
And a girl with her dad wore a black jacket, which got her name stenciled on it; Keberle, yeah she definitely played G16. :)

R3 Savannah Slaysman d. Taylor Cosme 6-3; 6-2

Couldn't really watch, crt 11?

R3 Chandler Carter d. (17) Vanessa Nommensen 6-2; 7-6(2)

Crt 5, Chandler actually was really good, such a sharp hitter..Vanessa did well to make it competitive in the 2nd.

R3 Elena Muller d. (17) Jessica Failla 6-4; 6-0

Crt 6? I was surprised at Elena, was in control of the match a lot, was her groundies this good lol! Now quite sharp and penetrating...! So the match was intense.

R3 (17) Maddie Pothoff d. (17) Karina Traxler 6-3; 6-3

Crt 14? Stood up on the top bleacher seat to have a better view of this match. I don't think it was an easy win; Karina was so aggressive, attacking Mad's serve and such, so it was quite exciting! Karina should be a good addition to any team. :)  Mad's variety shined again in this match, employing drop shots and such.

R3 (16) Allie Sanford d. Madison Appel 6-3; 6-2

Crt 9. Was Mad's drive this good? Such a beautiful form lol! No wonder she routed younger Annette?  Allie was quite conservative, didn't like that, but still defended very well; so the points mostly resulted in Mad's errors.  ASU, Arizona, LMU? coaches watched this methink.

R3 Priya Niezgoda d. Tiffany Chen 6-4; 1-6; 10-8

Crt 13? Tiffany was ultra aggressive so the match was quite tight.

R3 (9) Christina Rosca d. Kristen Thoms 6-3; 6-2

Kristen was not bad at all, hit very well. I guess at this stage, every one of'em are quality players. I think Michigan coaches watched this.

R3 (17) Camille Favero d. (17) Ryan Peus 6-2; 6-2

Crt 8 or 12, too bad I missed this, but by now have watched them aplenty, so :p

R3 (17) Anna Rogers d. Melissa Pick 6-3; 6-1

Crt 6? Couldn't watch much, but both definitely got my attention this tournament. :) TENN coaches watched this.

R3 (17) Hanna Chang d. Rylie Cox 6-2; 6-0

Cox also could do Hanna's signature shot, spinning the ball deep and attacking the return lol, she's a competent hitter, for sure!

R3 (17) Samantha Hampton d. Ashley Ishimura 7-5; 6-1

Crt 5, Ashley was in fact a dangerous hitter; hit so flat, was aggressive and had no problem returning Sam's drives, mucho impressed. But Sam was pretty patient methink(or not lol), gained control of the match as the match progressed.

R3 Nevada Apollo d. (17) Alexandra Letzt 5-2Ret (ill)

Crt 9, Alex was so lackluster, maybe she really was ill.

R3 Sarah Dreyfuss d. Christina Zordani 6-2; 6-4

Crt 8, couldn't watch much, too bad.

R3 Makenna Jones d. Samantha Smith Wo (inj)

R3 Ariadna Riley d. (17) Madison Battaglia Wo (inj)

Man I wanted to watch Mad more :(

R3 Mbalia Bangoura d. Lexi Milunovich 7-5; 6-3

Too bad I couldn't watch this much. Should've watched Lexi more..I did watch some though, including that epic doubles match.

4Q Savannah Slaysman d. Chandler Carter 7-6(4); 6-3

Crt 1, Chandler was again no slouch; she's really an excellent attacker lol. Savannah did well to close it out. I think Savannah improved a lot. :)

4Q Elena Muller d. (17) Maddie Pothoff 6-4; 6-2

Ct 2,last match standing. Or the above match.
I was just flabbergasted; Mad tried everything but Elena generally outplayed her, if that is possible..! I mean, this is definitely not the same Elena I saw her during the Spring lol! Drove and served well, moved well..although Mad's drive condition didn't seem too good, give Elena credit.

4Q Priya Niezgoda d. (16) Allie Sanford 6-4; 6-2

Couldn't watch much, crt 10 match, but similar pattern as the above match.  Priya is playing well this tournament.

4Q (9) Christina Rosca d. (17) Camille Favero 7-6(2); 6-3

Crt 14? Missed this. Not a bad showing by Camille either.

4Q (17) Hanna Chang d. (17) Anna Rogers 6-2; 6-3

Man, I missed this, too bad..crt 6? Anyway Anna is definitely my new find this tournament!

4Q (17) Samantha Hampton d. Nevada Apollo 6-4; 6-4

Again impressed with Sam's composure lol, it was Nevada who was having a meltdown, tossing the racquet and such :hug: Sam managed to win the long rallies, impressive. Nevada you're REALLY good..one of my biggest finds this year, at Irvine :) Watch out WCC!

4Q Makenna Jones d. Sarah Dreyfuss 2-6; 6-1; 10-8

Crt 13, thought Sarah was in control of the match with her aggression, impressed. And Makenna won? Wow. ASU coaches watched this.

4Q Mbalia Bangoura d. Ariadna Riley 6-2; 6-4

Crt 8, couldn't watch much but Ariadna's drives were sharp enough. Mbalia really has a silky smooth game, impressive.
I think TENN coach Patrick watched Bangoura play.

Bayou? rivalry, Tulane vs LSU!

I was mucho impressed with LSU at the JKC this November, but after watching Nommensen and Muller, I'm not sure which team has advantage...!

LSU is real deep, has plenty of excellent attackers(Especially loved Kuykendall and Owens' game!), great grinders such as Ella Taylor, plays dbls quite well..

But let's check out Tulane's roster.

Sade Atkinson665-61FR-HSMasterson, New Zealand/Manukura HS
birol ipekIpek Birol675-75JR-2LIstanbul, Turkey/Hisar Schools
dvorak emilyEmily Dvorak695-97SR-3LSt. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg
gaber zoeZoe Gaber615-11FR-HSCovington, Louisiana/St. Scholastica Academy / Laurel Springs (Online)
karagoz nazNaz Karagoz726-01FR-HSIstanbul, Turkey/Ozel Istek Kemal Ataturk Vakfi
katz jacquiJacqui Katz685-85JR-2LNew York, N.Y./Laurel Springs High School/Kaplan College Prep
klier kylaKyla Klier746-23SO-HSEncino, California/Notre Dame HS/Oaks Christian Online School/ASA Junior College
maltby meredithMeredith Maltby635-35JR-1LGlyn Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West
nommensen vanessaVanessa Nommensen685-81FR-HSSan Jose, Calif./International Connections Academy
stracar nickyNicky Stracar685-87SR-Tr.Jericho, N.Y./Jericho/Miami (Fla.)

Can't say I know them much lol, the ace player Vyskocilova graduated methinks, that's a huge blow. Birol's name is familiar though, and wasn't Stracar pretty good(I think I actually watched them play dual match, or was it at WAATC)?

Of the youngsters,Vanessa is reknown for her doubles prowess, and if Elena is this good as a TRN 4 star(maybe they should upgrade her?), how good is 5 star Sofia Kurtz lol.

I still think LSU has an edge, but Tulane should be able to offer stiff resistance...coach Sell should check Elena out today :) (if she jasn't departed already, that is!).

But eh...are the waves really green out there lol(yeah it's a lame one, although I couldn't resist making it!).

2014 Winter Nat 12/30 G18 singles MD

Received one more donation, we need more guys, the amount so far doesn't even cover(or barely) my gas expenses let alone hotel expenses(meager as it is. Travelodge doesn't even have a bathtub, what if there was no 24 fitness center nearby, ugh. Super8 was definitely better..still has nice wifi connection, so can't complain)

16 (2) Kelly Chen d. (17) Anna Ulyashchenko 6-3; 6-1

Crt 5, couldn't really watch, too bad.

16 Elizabeth Profit d. (8) Ellie Douglas 4-6; 6-2; 6-2

Crt 12, coach Bernstein watched this(said hello of course! later). Didn't watch much of the 1st, started watching from the late 1st, then again from the early 2nd, mainly watched this match(at times headed to check other matches, as my wont).
In the end Liz might've been too powerful, albeit sinking tons lol at net. Ellie was playing pretty conservatively, mainly concentrating on retrieving, I'm not sure it was a good tactic, especially if you want to finish the match early; maybe she had confidence in her stamina? Or thought she could outlast Liz?  She later began to yell after making winners and aces.

I think she is of similar level as Maria Mateas, maybe a bit better, dunno. But they both are far behind Claire Liu, that's for sure! Haha, no shame of course. Claire is already one of the best attackers out there, I'm mucho anticipating her match against Bellis.

And, I don't think hitting that hard is always a good idea at that young age. Exerting too much might not be that beneficial.  One can always add power later, even during college. In juniors, fundamental is king, and it'll paid dividends later. Hone and develop your technique, try everything, explore options, etc. That'll do :)   (Who am I to give those lame advices, I'm not even an expert! lol)

Both served erratic at times but overall not a bad execution.

16 (11) Gabriella Pollner d. (3) Melissa Lord 6-4; 6-0

Couldn't really watch this crt 8 match, too bad, but what a shocking result.

16 (6) Rebecca Weissmann d. Taylor Bridges 6-4; 7-6(5)

Crt 9 showcourt, tight all the way, too bad I couldn't watch more. Taylor was in control of the match with her huge and sharp groundies, producing winners, but Becca perched back behind the baseline and retrieved tons, employing bh slices, etc. And used her variety to good effect. 
Anyway Taylor really got game lol, looking forward to her progress. :)

16 (12) Emma Higuchi d. (7) Bianca Moldovan 6-3; 1-6; 6-2

Couldn't watch this match much, crt 7, Virginia(both), Utah coach Iandolo, and coach Bernstein watched this together. Bianca was very aggressive, so was herding Emma left and right; lots of long rallies.  In the 3rd I think Bianca's errors piled up.

16 (4) Star Makarome d. Kenadi Hance 6-4; 6-2

Couldn't really watch, crt 10? The match was pretty long though.

16 (5) Sara Daavettila d. (13) Alaina Miller 6-3; 2-6; 6-3

Crt 2, of course concentrated on this match, till late in the 2nd. :)  I'm not sure there were college coaches around? Maybe they were in the shade, watching from the sidelines..only UNC coach Nagle was on the baseline side.
As usual, Alaina's errors and winners lol.  Alaina's drives are so potent and Sara just managed to put back every one of'em lol. So the 1st set was basically Alaina netting tons lol.

Come 2nd set, Alaina began to hit better, had generally no problem reacting to Sara's sharp counterattacks(she's quite a decent mover, in fact), employed angles, began to produce like 2 or 3 winners per game lol. You do know how difficult it is to produce winners against Sara? Ha!  Easily one of the most marketable junior players, I give you Alaina Miller!  :)

So mucho satisfied at Alaina's prowess lol, left to watch other matches. :)  Alaina your goal is now to win those 3rd set matches, as in against Claire Liu at EB, work it! Keep being aggressive painting corners and such, and the glory is yours. ;)

16 (10) Mia Horvit d. (1) Jessie Aney 7-5; 7-5

Crt 1, this match took ages, too bad couldn't really watch. Well Jess won doubles, so all is good :p

Article on tennis income inequality

Rain, rain, go away. :(

Article about tennis income inequality: Capitalism at work.

Where's the 'trickle effect' that the followers of NeoLiberalism loves to pout?


2014 Winter Nat 12/31 G16 singles Consolation lineup

Results from yesterday;

4Q (17) Caroline Dunleavy d. (17) Caitlin Calkins 6-4; 6-4
4Q Jessica Aragon d. Alexandra Angyalosy 6-4; 6-2
4Q Madison Hwang d. Alexandra Pollack 6-4; 6-0
4Q Meg Kowalski d. (16) Jenna Moustafa Wo (inj)
4Q (17) Anna Brylin d. (17) Taylor Lau 6-4; 6-2
4Q (7) Riley McQuaid d. (17) Christina Sisti 6-0; 6-3
4Q Abigail Forbes d. (17) Katya Tabachnik 6-2; 6-1
4Q (12) Abigail Chiu d. (17) Tamijean Fumagalli 6-1; 6-3

16 (2) Morgan Coppoc d. Katherine Muzik 2-6; 6-3; 6-4
16 (8) Carson Branstine d. (14) Ally Bojczuk 6-4; 7-5
16 Nicole Mossmer d. (17) Carolyn Campana 6-2; 6-4
16 (6) Samantha Martinelli d. (13) Nami Otsuka 6-2; 6-4
16 (17) Victoria Emma d. (17) Sophia Reddy 6-4; 6-3
16 (4) Chiara Lommer d. (11) Hannah Zhao 6-3; 6-3
16 (15) Elysia Bolton d. (17) Jessi Muljat 6-0; 6-4
16 (9) Alyvia Jones d. (1) Grace Joyce 4-6; 6-2; 6-4

CHIU CAMPANA
FORBES OTSUKA

Forbes must be really good..producing impressive scorelines so far.

MCQUAID MUZIK
BRYLIN BOJCZUK

The most promising section. Note the scores by Muzik and Bojczuk; haven't seen them? so naturally am very intrigued.
But Riley is on a 'retribution road' lol, that beatdown score against Sisti...watch out! :)

KOWALSKI MULJAT
HWANG JOYCE

K vs M could be exciting. Need to watch Grace more too, but she does play doubles later.

ARAGON REDDY
DUNLEAVY ZHAO

Aragon defeated Johnson and Angyalosy, so..

2014 Winter Nat 12/30 G16 doubles

As promised, this'll be the only recap for yesterday; save Div. I college doubles! Lol(I'll post singles recaps when I receive enough donations!).

I didn't regret an iota ditching G18 dbls and watching G16; so exciting! Again, shame on you guys, who're trying to ruin the excellent college doubles experience! Can't say this enough lol.

I scribbled furiously during the matches but as usual, can't bother since I'm too exhausted lol! When I have more time and energy, could consult it and add some tidbits here and there later, but will just write impressions that comes to mind;

Q (2) Bolton/Joyce d. Braeden/Pradeep 6-3; 6-1

Crt 1.  B/J were just too good. B/P weren't that bad, especially the girl with a white attire, once returned brilliantly all those attacks. But later got careless volleying and made an error. We all know why Rafael Nadal is formidable; he just doesn't give free points, fights for every shot, and makes very few mistakes(he's also quite powerful, look at his build lol).
For sheer concentration, hard to top this #2 seed team. Eventually just dominated the net, poaching at will.  And, maybe they wanted to showcase their lobbing ability as well lol, did very well too! ;)

Q (9) Martinelli/Nothaft d. (8) Adams/Tedford 6-1; 6-3

Crt 5.  M/N were just too good. A/T's condition didn't seem too good, committed many errors. I see that Sam is still alive in both disciplines! Already a vastly improved performance from last year when she bombed out in singles first rd to Katie Ta!(but Katie isn't a bad player, actually!) Drove and passed very well against A/T's repeated net sallies.

By the way, is Adams a younger sis of Samantha Adams of Texas Tech? She was an elite veteran doubles player with Kenna Kilgo(graduated lase season methink)..and Liz Tedford too, younger sis of Mad? Like Mad, quite tall, I guess good genes runs in their family!

Q (3) Calkins/Coppoc d. (5) Rice/Roberts 7-6(3)); 6-1

Crt 4.  Maybe Morgan is already too good to play in G16 lol. Time to play G18 from now on maybe? Except the National come August? :)  Too powerful, and again, such a human highlight film like former NBA All Star guard Dominique Wilkins lol, once twisted her body mid air(yes, while jumping! She had to change direction) to return Meredith's wily volley attack!!  And later returned another sharp attack while backpedaling(in fact another player made the same play later).  How can I not luv her! Lol.  So...flexible. :)

Feared it might be a rout but in fact R/R acquitted themselves quite well lol. Meredith Roberts was proactive from the outset, nice choice since the weaker team needs something extra; very aggressive at net, made errors too but it paid off; made the match that much more competitive, seriously disrupting the opponents' rhythm with choice drop volleys, terrific volley returns and poaching. As usual passed well too.

But it can't be enough; needed Tatum Rice of course, so when she began to play better, could even the match in the 1st. Didn't watch the tiebreak(likewise the below match, I tend to not watch TB in the 1st set, preferring to watch other matches lol), but when I came back later from 2-0 in the 2nd(had to watch a bit of the below match then), her form went down; hence the lopsided score in the 2nd.  But it was her serve that won the only game later lol! 

She seemed a trifle discouraged, but remember, the real match starts from 0-5 in the 2nd or 3rd set!! As I mentioned time and again, Nicole Gibbs clawing back and managing an improbable comeback against Krista Hardebeck at the National Semis?  Until the match actually ends, anything can happen! It's up to you(well, to be honest, with some good luck by the opponents' errors lol!), so never lose hope. :)

Calkins was a capable volleyer, nice reflex and mp was hers.  Oh, and I missed Morgan's cute yelling lol, she didn't even do that at first but when the match got tight later on, yelped in triumph after winning pts! Haha.

Q Brylin/Emma d. (12) Branstine/Johnson 7-6(7)); 7-5

Anticipated marquee match at crt 2, and it delivered!!  Too well actually, so tarried too long, had to sprint back to GA later in the 2nd but I lost in the end; G18 matches already ended, and missed Carson's probable further tantrums :sobbing:

Good...God!!! The defense of Brylin/Emma was just...outta this world!!!! No kidding. Withstood Branstine/Johnson's blithering attacks, and moreover counterattacked quite effectively, by God...wonder what Morgan and Calkins thought watching those performances.  Emma did that backpedaling Coppoc performed earlier, and both were just making human highlight film segments again, and again, showcasing brilliant defensive abilities...

I felt that B/J weren't that good as a team..individually, no doubt are powerful enough, but...Taylor just made too many drive errors, so ditched her cap later in the 1st lol! After losing the TB(didn't watch, had to watch the above match), resumed wearing it lol, in vain :p

Then it was Carson's turn to make drive errors, at first she was rather restrained but couldn't help it, began to make epic tantrums haha!  Still, her blithering drives dtl was itself a potent enough weapon to make the match competitive. Taylor used the opponents' perching behind the baseline well, by drop shotting.

Sorry girls, for leaving you at the critical moment in the hope of catching a bit of G18 doubles; mea culpa, mea culpa. :)

2014 Winter Nat 12/31 G18 Consolation and MD matches preview of sorts 2

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MD

HORVIT
DAAVETTILA

MAKAROME
HIGUCHI

WEISSMANN
POLLNER

PROFIT
CHEN

It's Florida vs So. Cal lol, Floridans surprisingly sent 3 players to Q, Horvit, Makarome and Pollner. Heroic performances all the more impressive achieved in the freezing weather! Lol.

Californians also sent 3, Higuchi, Profit and Chen.

Rest is Daavettila proudly representing Midwest, and Weissmann from Colorado.

I see that Mia didn't lose a set, impressive. Didn't really watch her that much, but I'm not sure she can best Sara.

Star had a marathon match against Kenadi Hance, another Californian. Emma also had a long match against Bianca Moldovan, but Bianca is the more capable opponent; I don't see Star getting past Emma.  I likely won't watch this, thankfully Star won the dbls with Makenna so can watch her then, either at MD or Consolation come Thursday.

Becca seemed to have improved. But Gaby in best condition; didn't watch her match against Lord yesterday since I've watched them play the day before, but bageling Melissa?  Well Bridges also had big game so never say never, but bar self destructing, I'd say Gaby advances.

Liz always had potential, and was highly ranked younger. I'd heard that she had a health condition or something, but she's playing very well now. At ITF RSF earlier this year, lost to Bellis but it was mostly Liz committing errors. Like Gaby, best condition. If she can actually finish points at net not dumping tons lol, could have a very tight match against Kelly methinks. So I think this match could be the most exciting, an even tight match.

Consolation

BANGOURA
LORD
JONES
BRIDGES

Formidable lineup here; maybe Lord wins this section, but Bridges also has big game. Bangoura hits silky smooth so could be a dangerous opponent; and Jones defends very well.

HAMPSTER
ULYASHCHENKO
CHANG
DOUGLAS

The most promising section here; all are very capable(well at this stage, who isn't), so should be a fun match; can't really say who'll advance, likely will watch a bit of the 1st rd then come back again to watch the 2nd rd.

ROSCA
MILLER
NIEZGODA
ANEY

All good players but I think Miller will advance. She is one of the very few, 'chosen' players capable of actually winning a set from Claire Liu and Daavettila lol.  Again, who's the lucky school that gets her? Dying to know lol!

MULLER
MOLDOVAN
SLAYSMAN
HANCE

Muller vs Moldovan could be exciting; both played very well yesterday. Slaysman vs Hance is a weaker card, but similarly evenly matched methinks, I think Slaysman will win though.
I think winner of M vs M wins this section, but we'll see.

Hilarious scenario while broadcasting TV college Div. I tennis

Say they don't have the necessary fund to film all courts, so they just put TV cameras on the upper courts.

But we all know that lots of matches are decided at the lower positions lol.

So, they're filming court #1, then the girl/guy suddenly stops playing and run like mad to the lower court to celebrate his teammate clinching the match!!

Now what will broadcasters explain to the viewers, imagine THAT! Lol!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 MIP of the year; Elena Muller

Last year's MIP for me was of course Kelly Chen.

This is what I wrote of Elena at ISC

Elena MULLER (USA) [13] 7-6(4) 7-6(4) Paris Corley CORLEY (USA)

Good that I came back, just for this match. One of my goals is to differentiate among those Texas quartets, Muller, Wesbrooks, Turner and Zogg.  Elena isn't particularly a flat hitter, Paris was the stronger one; however, Elean's shots generally went deeper; excellent concentration, was pretty impressed with that.  And she in fact could flatten out in pinch, albeit making some errors too in doing that. This was a great contest between those two.  I think serve was maybe crucial, Elena's biggest weapon may be her serve; very good, with quite a pace. Paris' was unstable but it got better at the latter stages.

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Her results so far here;


128 Makenna Jones d. Elena Muller 6-2; 6-2
R1 Elena Muller d. Danielle Bauers 6-1; 6-2
R2 Elena Muller d. Erica Susi 6-1; 6-1
3Q Elena Muller d. (17) Darya Possokhova 6-3; 6-1
R3 Elena Muller d. (17) Jessica Failla 6-4; 6-0
4Q Elena Muller d. (17) Maddie Pothoff 6-4; 6-2

Haven't watched the earlier rounds but today just outplayed Jess and Maddie?????!!!!! What happened to her lol, I need to ask her tomorrow if I can!  I mean, I actually thought she was the weakest of those 4 Texans. Now I think she's the best..???!!

Can she be Tulane's #1?  Up to her..! :)

That's it for today, good night y'all!

2014 Winter Nat 12/31 Preview of sorts

My prediction was proved right again lol, Daavettila vs Miller, Profit vs Douglas went to 3rd and Weissmann vs Bridges was very tight as well.

Didn't receive a penny yet, so no review for today, works for me, since I can just sit back and enjoy and not bothering typing!

The reason I drove all the way down here was mainly to watch Daavettila and Douglas; others I have watched aplenty, yes, even 'my girl' Alaina Miller lol( one knows what to expect from her, gazillion of errors and scintillating winners! She's imo, upgraded version of Cat Harrison; hence, can play upper positions in any team, Big 3 schools included).

So, was able to watch both players much today, thus am no longer that interested in the MD outcome lol. Still should watch Douglas more, but first, should watch some G16 Consolation matches.

Of G18 consolation, Jones vs Bridges, Chang vs Douglas, Hampster vs Ulyashchenko, Muller vs Moldovan should be interesting. I was today so impressed with Elena Muller.

I'll try to watch as much G16 MD sgls matches as possible, and will stay there probably till the end.
Why? Because of course, marquee match Branstine vs Coppoc!  Salivating again, since methink the winner will take it all! If only to savor Carson's epic tantrums! Haha.

Not only that, extremely interested in all outcome,
Jones vs Bolton, Lommer vs Emma, Martinelli vs Mossmer; because I haven't watched them much, except for Sam.

Then..go back to GA to watch G18 sgls QQ round?  Gosh, such a crazy itinerary tomorrow -_-

It's really too bad that the doubles play at the same time, yesterday G16 started an hour earlier so could watch G18 later on.
Today, started at the same time, 4pm, so after watching too much of that mega blockbuster Brylin/Emma vs Branstine/Johnson, hurried back to GA only to miss the matches :(  But it's all good, because all the teams I wanted won lol. Don't you dare withdraw on Thursday, G18 doubles losers tomorrow! :p

To sum it up, my itinerary tomorrow;

CTC (G16 sgls consolation
GA (G18 sgls consolation)
CTC (G16 sgls MD)
GA (G18 sgls QQ)
CTC (G16 dbls MD)

Lord help me...



Product is not the problem, marketing is (and Winter Nat Tuesday blah blah)

Saying it again; nothing wrong with the sport, extremely enjoying this tournament. I was actually a basketball fan so regarded their form the most aesthetically pleasing; not any more, tennis players' form are the best lol, beautiful!

It's all about marketing the sport, and bastardizing won't help in any way. And shortening the most crowd pleasing part, doubles, is just an extremely stupid decision.

TV? How are you going to broadcast 9 matches? Covering 6 courts?  Are you going to do it like golf? Do webcam well in the first place, please.

Today, will just stay at GA, too tired after the 'stint' to CTC multiple times lol, but G16 dbls matches seems very promising..maybe will have a peek early, we'll see.

Daavettila vs Miller should be the marquee match; salivating actually lol!  Profit vs Douglas should be good too, along with Weissmann vs Bridges(no retirement please!).

2014 Winter Nat Day 3 G16 sgls

Yes, this time I just skipped G18 consolation matches and drove straight to CTC; Of course to watch Meredith :p

Crt 1-3, Arizona coach sat right beside me with another coach, 7-8, UK coach spotted.  And Michigan coaches arrived at 9:20!

R2 Katie LaFrance d. Maria Santilli 6-4; 6-3

R2 Chelsea Sawyer d. Andjelija Bozovic 7-5; 6-1

R2 Emilee Duong d. Hermehr Singh 6-4; 6-1

R2 Maeve Koscielski d. Anna Short 6-4; 6-4

Crt 13? Both rather impressed me.

R2 Alessandra Bianco d. Mia Rabinowitz 6-1; 6-3

R2 Devon Jack d. Kalyssa Hall 6-4; 4-6; 10-5

R2 (17) Isabella Lambert d. Lilian Burchell 6-4; 7-5

R2 Adrienne Haynes d. (10) Taylor Johnson Wo (inj)

R2 (17) Christina Sisti d. Trisha Sundaram 6-4; 6-0

Crt 8. Nice to watch Christina again. There was a line dispute and Christina just stood at the net arguing, not bothering to call the umpire lol. After some time, at last 'relented' and went out to fetch one!
Game point at 2nd set 5-0 was a terrific one, Trisha attacking Christina's serve, Christina reacting with a brilliant underhand defensive shot!

R2 Sydney Jones d. Catherine Cable 6-3; 6-3

Crt 7. Cat actually offered quite a resistance, it wasn't an easy win by Sydney.
Coach Anundsen was chatting with Cat after the match...!!  Wasn't Cat dbls partner of Bess at the PVCC match early this year?

R2 (17) Stevie Kennedy d. Samantha Armas 4-6; 7-5; 10-4

R2 Meghana Komarraju d. Sarah Adams 6-4; 5-7; 10-6

Crt 5? Meghana once executed a perfect drop shot methink.

R2 Reagan Posorske d. Peyton Lee Wo (ill)

R2 Abigail Forbes d. Alyssa Hahn 6-3; 6-1

Wanted to check Forbes but played at Crt 6, too bad.

R2 (17) Tamijean Fumagalli d. Caroline Gibbens 6-2; 6-4

Pink one approached the net , volleyed well.

R2 (17) Danielle Quevedo d. Claire Reifeis 6-3; 6-3

Crt 1?

R2 Lindsay Song d. Meredith Roberts 7-6(4)); 6-1

Crt 2. So this is Meredith! So similar in drive form and play style with Gabi DeSimone lol! Sent the balls deep but also committed some errors :p I think her bh was better. And served really well with pace. And really struggled to change the scoreboard lol! Lindsay was an aggressive hitter and drop shotted very well too, seeing Meredith perched behind the baseline(elicited Meredith's applause once). This match took ages lol, Lindsay benefitted from some net cord winners at TB. I think 1st sp was DF?

R2 Margaret Owensby d. Elizabeth Tedford 6-2; 7-6(6))

I was actually pretty impressed with both, too bad this match was played well far lol. Both were very aggressive, hit quite well, also showed variety with volleys and slices.

MD matches

32 (17) Sophia Reddy d. (12) Abigail Chiu 4-6; 6-4; 7-5

32 (17) Victoria Emma d. (5) Kalani Soli 7-6(3))Ret (inj)

Crt 4, Just could watch a bit, Victoria seemed to be a competent defender and a decent server, but thought Kalani was the bigger hitter, that's quite an upset. Hope the injury isn't serious, and Kalani really wants to be a Trojan it seems, again wore a USC cap. You have to initiate contact, be proactive, that's how Sabrina Santamaria did it, emailing USC coaches. But as Sam also acknowledged at Irvine, the roster is pretty full right now..

32 (11) Hannah Zhao d. Tatum Rice 7-5; 6-2

Missed this but watched Tatum in doubles, so it's all good lol.

32 (4) Chiara Lommer d. (17) Katya Tabachnik 6-2; 6-3

I think I watched Katya a bit at the Peggy Porter Open last year or something at Palm Springs, not sure. Was pretty good actually, blondie and approached the net a lot, seemed confident in her volleys, not bad in execution either. Once applauded Chiara's winner. Both sliced well too. Crt 7?

32 (15) Elysia Bolton d. Morgan Cooley 6-2; 6-3

Crt 9, so the view wasn't ideal, too far.

32 (17) Jessi Muljat d. (7) Riley McQuaid 7-5; 6-2

So this is Jessi; did I watch her previously? I think so...at Peggy Porter Open? Lol. Lots of coaches were watching this match and crt 7 match methink, Minnessota? Riza the Diva(Columbia), coach Bernstein of UGA, both Michigan coaches, etc.
Anyway Jessi was impressive, hit well, was pretty aggressive; sharp forehands. Sliced well too.
Still Riley was the better hitter yet her condition didn't seem too good..frequently committed errors.

32 (9) Alyvia Jones d. (17) Anna Brylin 7-5; 6-3

I was actually very looking forward to this match, but crt 6, too far. But still tried to 'squint' the match lol.  I thought Anna might prevail because she had no problem handling Alyvia's aggression; Alyvia's bh form seems a bit forced, fh looks much better haha. As I wrote the day before, Anna's fh..I revise my first impression, compact rather than peculiar? Lol.

32 (1) Grace Joyce d. (17) Taylor Lau 6-1; 2-6; 6-2

Crt 1. So this is Grace. Seemed pretty good. Taylor was very aggressive, yet Grace countered those well, withstood pressure well.  Bh was good too. Just watched a bit of the 1st then glimpsed the score in the 2nd(Taylor was leading) when I was heading back to GA. 
Coach Anundsen and Michigan coaches watched this.

2014 Winter Nat Day 3 G18 sgls

Ok just this once, not going to post singles recaps from today unless I receive some 'downpayment' :p

America is said to be a free country lol, but there's no such thing as free services, don't you think.

I think I work twice as hard as Colette(well I am younger, so can rove around constantly and concentrate every second for longer amount of time lol. Colette usually covers main court matches and very elite players, and she doesn't really watch doubles much. She actually approves no ad in doubles :sigh: Not helping the 'cause' here... I do care and watch doubles, even preferring to single matches once the doubles matches starts, and I always watch till the end, usually), I deserve it.

32 (2) Kelly Chen d. (17) Camille Favero 6-1; 6-2

Watched a bit, Crt 15, can't really say though.

32 (17) Anna Ulyashchenko d. (9) Christina Rosca 6-4; 4-6; 6-4

Anna sat right below me on the bleacher seat between Crt 9 and 13 lol, discussed tactics with her coach. I could've activated my hearing aid to eavesdrop but resisted the temptation lol!  Later watched a bit, Anna actually did very well to return Christina's attacks, moved quite well, to my surprise. And I thought Anna was just a strong hitter, as was shown against Halbauer at the National(was literally mauling H with merciless drive attacks)

32 (8) Ellie Douglas d. Tiffany Chen 6-4; 6-2

Ellie really moves well for her size; managed to return all those blithering attacks by Tiffany in the first place. Even made a very difficult running lob, showing perfect body control. And when the opportunity presented, nailed winners, impressive poise. Great drop shots, too. Seems to have a big enough game.  Thought Ellie would advance lol so didn't really watch much though.

32 Elizabeth Profit d. (16) Allie Sanford 6-3; 3-6; 6-4

Couldn't watch a lot of this crt1 match but was actually pretty impressed with Allie; since Liz's condition was good. Allie really defended well; maintained low gravity, sliced and lobbed so well, etc..Liz dumped some overheads in response but overall I think this was a very HQ match. Allie really has come far, Ole Miss should be pleased. MP was DF methink.

32 (3) Melissa Lord d. (17) Maddie Pothoff 6-1; -6(4; 6-2

Melissa hits effortlessly, producing enough pace. And serves very well, so thought Mad's chances were pretty bleak.
Yet...just like Sammi Hampster, Maddie tried everything. Used variety well methinks, and returned Meliss'a fast paced deep drives painting the baseline very well, that's a terrific defensive hitting. So could force a third, in itself an heroic feat. Alabama should be much pleased.

32 (11) Gabriella Pollner d. (17) Jessica Failla 6-2; 6-1

Gaby is back; back to ball bashing mode, which impressed me in the first place lol at the National last year! So playing Clay Court tennis this year was a choice rather than necessity? :) Hit with abandon, and condition seemed real good too. Just painted the corners, herded Jess left and right, Jess was clearly frustrated but could do nothing about it. ND asst. coach watched this.

32 (6) Rebecca Weissmann d. (17) Vanessa Nommensen 7-5; 6-1

32 Taylor Bridges d. Savannah Slaysman 5-7; 6-2; 6-3

Crt 5. Wow Savannah really upped her firepower lol. Offense is the best defense! Hit so well lol, so could herd Taylor relentlessly!  Quite an effort, I'd say.  So the match was very intense, both trying to attack.
Coach McInerney must be pleased, watching both Savannah and Sammi playing well yesterday. Virginia asst. coach watched this.

Looking forward to Taylor vs Becca match today.

32 (12) Emma Higuchi d. Lexi Milunovich 6-3; 6-0

Crt 16, watched a bit. Emma as usual took her sweet time between points lol, really concentrated on making 1st serve, not bad either, albeit committing some DFs. So after making serve could nail sharp drives, finishing it with volley winners.
Lexi's firepower is second to none, so good(really no shame Ryan and Riley losing to her at the National, also Kylie allowing a set in the Semis)...so that's quite a score by Emma in fact. Just could watch..like 4 games.

Emma after the win stretched right behind me on the ground at the bleacher between crt 9 and 13 haha.

32 (7) Bianca Moldovan d. (17) Madison Battaglia 7-6; 6-3

Did Mad employ moonballs this much before? Lol. I'm not sure it was that effective, what with Mad also committing errors, but did have some looks after some rallies. So it was basically Bianca's offensive against Mad's counterpunching, and the rallies were quite long, evenly matched. Riza the diva watched this crt 9 match.
I'm still not revising my estimate that Mad can start at any team, yes, including the Big 3(Stanford, Florida, UCLA) lol.

Coach Jones of BYU and FSU(Fresno St) coach watched this?

32 Kenadi Hance d. Samantha Smith 7-6(9); 6-0

Glimpsed a bit and Sam seemed pretty sharp, so that should be a quality win by Kenadi.

32 (4) Star Makarome d. Christina Zordani 6-3; 6-0

32 (13) Alaina Miller d. (17) Alexandra Letzt 6-3; 6-2

Just watched the last part of the 1st, offense prevails. Came later to watch the 2nd, but the match was already finished :sobbing:  Whichever college getting Alaina is so damn lucky imo lol. Crt 15 match.

Alex didn't retire???!! Not according to the updated draw!  Alex along with Meredith Xepoleas always retires after losing MD matches lol! But yes, need more match practices. :)

32 (5) Sara Daavettila d. (17) Samantha Hampton 6-3; 6-1

So, concentrated on this match on crt 10? of course. Sam in best condition; did everything well, drive, serve, slice...yet, Sara is just not losing rallies lol. Perfectly tailored to college game, the reason why I thought UNC snagging her was a coup in the first place lol.

So the intense rallies mostly ended in Sam's errors, Sara eventually managing to stretch Sam out, yet, it wasn't for want of trying from Sam's part.  Clearly she was thinking, and was trying everything to disrupt Sara's rhythm; fh slice especially was quite effective eliciting Sara's errors, and later on switched to auto pilot mode, playing patiently thereby winning those long rallies. Sara isn't the biggest hitter so Sam of course can handle those, smart choice.  And later just let it rip, herding Sara left and right lol.  Both hit dtls well.
Sam, mucho impressed, I think you can play #1 singles; work it :)

32 (10) Mia Horvit d. (17) Hanna Chang 6-3; 7-6(10)

Just watched Hanna's characteristic deep rising ball then attacking combo succeeding, and never doubted Hanna would prevail...so didn't watch  :sobbing:

32 (1) Jessie Aney d. (17) Anna Rogers 6-3; 6-2

Cat and mouse lol, again much impressed with Anna's touch, resulting in an all court game by both. Coach Nagle watched both this match and Sara vs Sam match conveniently lol.

3Q Elena Muller d. (17) Darya Possokhova 6-3; 6-1

Man I missed this; Darya that's quite a letdown lol, I think it was played at Crt 16? Well, I do need to watch Elena more... :)

3Q Madison Appel d. Annette Goulak 6-2; 6-1

WTF was that Annette, after playing so well against Nevada :P  Couldn't really watch though, should check Mad out today..

3Q Priya Niezgoda d. Mackenzy Middlebrooks 6-0; 7-5

Crt 4, couldn't watch, too bad.

3Q Melissa Pick d. (14) Nadia Gizdova 6-3; 6-1

What.....??!!!! Missed this.

3Q Ashley Ishimura d. (15) Bess Waldram 6-2; 6-4

As I said, I believed...lol.

3Q Nevada Apollo d. Caitlyn Merzbacher 6-3; 6-2

3Q Makenna Jones d. Michelle Wang 6-2; 6-3

Crt 10, glimpsed a bit. Makenna is playing consolation this time, good, need to check out her game more.

2014 Winter Nat Day 3 G18 doubles

So, what can I do. Stayed till the end to watch that fabulous match Allen/Kowalski vs Bolton/Joyce, then hurried back to GA lol.

16 (2) Sanford/Slaysman d. (16) Amos/Clarke 6-4; 6-3

A/C actually put quite an effort, but S/S were just too good. Again, as in singles, surprised by Allie's movement and defense; Ole Miss should be glad! :)  I didn't know Allie was so..pretty lol, I guess because I always assume the Mountain (watching) position and concentrate on the plays itself!

16 (13) Pick/Susi d. Dreyfuss/Tsokilauri 7-6(4); 6-4

Last match to finish, couldn't watch much(other matches had preference), but Pick surprised me. I thought D/T had an advantage, since I haven't watched P/S much and also because I regard Elene's ability highly. What a win by the seeded team.

16 (3) Aney/Rosca d. Gizdova/Hanley 4-6; 7-5; 10-7

Was surprised at the least to see this match head to a TB lol, but G/H played well. Too bad I couldn't watch more. Now only if they employed regular scoring, instead of this dreadful match tiebreaker in lieu of 3rd!  :p   A/R's coach? was extremely annoying, just couldn't stay still and constantly 'roved' throughout the TB blocking my view lol!

Oh was it the day before? Jess once executed a violent 540 degree pirouette after making an error! Haha.

16 (8) Failla/Weissmann d. (10) Moldovan/Zordani 6-2; 6-4

Couldn't really watch, too many matches being played at the same time :p  Zordani once made a nice defensive volley winner.

16 (5) Hance/Peus d. (12) Park/Traxler -6(2; 6-1; 10-7

2nd last match to finish, so could watch the TB. I know those Southern Californians play excellent doubles but didn't know Karina was this good in doubles lol; so the match was pretty tight.

Now let's talk about Ryan!   Shot of the day is her's by right, at match point :)
She's one of the best overheaders out there, but sank some smashes throughout the match.

At match point? Many would become passive, not wanting to make (the same) mistake again.

Not our Ryan!!! Attempted an overhead near the freaking baseline!!!
That took some guts, mind you! What a courageous play, Ryan you were damn worthy of a Stanford Cardinal, the tennis team you want to be a part of, among many others lol.

So she made it producing enormous pace, but Karina? returned it brilliantly, and then Ryan followed it up by reaching the defensive return sprinting full speed from the baseline to the net, showing astounding footspeed; I think Karina dumped a shot in return.

Great match and a great finish :)   And was that Connor?

16 (15) Jones/Makarome d. (4) Chen/Higuchi 1-6; 7-5; 10-8

So after H/W won concentrated on this match, because I need to watch Makenna and Star more :)
In a way I'm glad they advanced, so that I can watch them more lol(C/H I've seen them aplenty!).

Hmm, Star had no problem countering Emma's drives, so there were plenty of cross court rallies. And Emma seemed to struggle against Makenna's drives? Was it because of spin? Dunno but made some errors returning those. And both Kelly and Emma made some volley errors. Kelly is no doubt extremely talented, what with her brilliant defensive volleys and poaching.

16 Chang/Goulak d. Dollar/Nommensen 6-2; 6-4

Couldn't really watch, too bad. D/N I did watch the day before, so.

16 (9) Hampton/Waldram d. (1) Horvit/Lord 6-0; 6-2

Crt 5. Apparently I arrived too late, was looking forward to this blockbuster, and the match finished too fast. Did H/W really win by that score? No computer mistake? Lol, but of course glad they advanced! Just could watch some intense drive rallies, that's all, too bad.

I need to get back to sleep, 3:39 am now,  should wake up after 5:30 or later and finish those singles matches recap and..not publish it, saving as drafts :p

2014 Winter Nat Day 3 G16 doubles

Ok, had my desperately needed beauty sleep, woke up at 3am, time to do this(still, my ear is ringing; still so tired..).  Man, I'm so weak and nice lol. To promote doubles, I'll publish doubles recaps :p  Am I not to be congratulated for this public service! ;)  Moreover, I was just so impressed with these girls!

16 (12) Branstine/Johnson d. (1) Chiu/Porter 6-4; 6-1

Crt 1.  I thought B/J might cruise with their individual ability, but my gosh...C/P put up one helluva effort. I did watch them a bit at EB and such, but their reflex was bordering on ridiculous...lol!  Especially Chiu's instinct at net was astounding...!  Porter made some clutch plays too from the backcourt, passing, etc.  Both defended so well....! So watched some of the 1st set and moved to watch other matches; and I couldn't come back, just couldn't, sorry :p  I'll tell you the reason..

16 (3) Calkins/Coppoc d. Pollack/Reifeis 4-6; 6-3; 11-9

Crt 2.  Glad to see Morgan, my favorite player again!(my another favorite, that's my Troika lol, Alaina Miller is cruising in singles and Kylie McKenzie, is nowhere to be seen lol)  Could watch simultaneously with the above match.  Now I thought they were cruising, Morgan flying across the net and even defending well as usual lol.  The losers must've put up with a helluva effort! 

16 Brylin/Emma d. Jones/Reddy 6-4; 6-1

Crt 3, so the view wasn't ideal, too far; I thought B/E might advance though, judging from their singles abilities.

16 Braeden/Pradeep d. (6) Jones/Short 6-3; 6-2

Crt 4. Couldn't watch much, too bad, but my time was precious; I had to go back later to GA to watch G18 dbls. That's quite an upset though.

16 (8) Adams/Tedford d. Haynes/Song 6-2; 6-1

Crt 5, same here.

16 (9) Martinelli/Nothaft d. Hall/Smith 6-3; 6-4

Crt 6, man I wanted to watch this, but too far, and for the same reason.

16 (5) Rice/Roberts d. (10) Lommer/Lorenzini 6-2; 7-6(4))

So, one of the reasons I drove back AGAIN yesterday (2nd time after watching singles earlier in the day!) to CTC was to watch Meredith! And damn glad I did. :)  This match and the below match were played at crt 8 and 7.
I was just so impressed with the level of both matches; the reason I couldn't go back to watch the anticipated blockbuster at crt 1 lol. I even 'sacrificed' watching my favorite player play, Morgan, that is lol.

I knew what to expect from Meredith after watching her play singles earlier in the day, but she played really well!  Timely poaching and she also seems to have nice court vision from the backcourt, made some scintillating passes. Very nice reflex too. Once even made a very difficult lob, manipulating the racquet!

And Tatum Rice. Tatum is such a peculiar name lol, I have an instinctive affection for this old fashioned? name(like Peggy!) since I loved Tatum O'Neal's performance at Paper Moon(1973) lol!
I think I saw her for the 1st time? Verra impressed; so tall yet had great instinct, hit so well too, deep and flat. Great reflex also at net, defended very well.

Not that the Midwest combo were a slouch; both volleyed very well, and Chiara could produce absolutely monstrous pace from her fh lol. R/R did very well to return those. Whose father was it, recorded them with his phone throughout the match :)

Somebody was reading John Grisham's Gray Mountain! I once read all his novels a long time ago lol.

16 (2) Bolton/Joyce d. (11) Allen/Kowalski 6-2; 6-3

Coach Guilbeau of Virginia left after a while presumably to watch Erica Susi play dbls at GA; I did eventually go back. But NOT before this ABSOULTE BEAUTY of the match ended....!!!!

Thought this match might be a riot; having seen them play at EB a bit(B/J def. Van Linge team at RLP? Was that this year of last year. A/K I definitely watched them at IW this year).

Good....GOD!!  Was absolutely flabbergasted, aghast at the incredible level.  I mean, those reflexes and skills were just too good lol, just TOO GOOD!

I mean, where can I start lol.  First the losers, yellow sock combo :)  God their reflex were just absolutely astounding! Drove competently too, and that tiny Meg was literally flying across the net poaching lol. Yelled after scoring some ridiculous winners too haha.  Their lobbing ability was mind numbing as well, because;

The winners constantly applied pressure by relentlessly charging the net; and I think it paid off in the end.  And what a poaching!  Great volleys, half volleys, moreover some of those high volleys can't be easy to execute; what a flawless execution! 

So the match was evenly, nicely matched, relentless approach vs masterful lobs, it was a veritable feast in my eyes!! Hats off to you gals :)  Even the ending was photogenic, Elysia initiating hugging with fellow Midwesterners Meg and Kolie lol.

The admiration instantly turned to anger again at those fools who're destroying Div. I college doubles. Which match do you think I would prefer to watch, this or Bellis vs Kenin; without hesitation, doubles! Since I can watch 4 players, numbers trumps it, don't ya think? :p

You CANNOT put a limit to...ART! LOL. It's not like it's taking forever like the notorious Erich von Stroheim's movie Greed(1924)!   'Boy Wonder' Irving Thalberg WAS justified for cutting the enormous running time of this classic movie to 140 minutes.  But college doubles in Duals? We're not asking much here, are we. It's ONLY damn 8 games, much reduced from the original maximum 18 games(full 3 sets)!

That 8 games should be an absolute Maginot Line! Cutting one fourth of the match to 6? No kidding. And the USTA match day format; do you think casual fans will be satisfied after watching this absolute GEM of a match played for a mere 10 points!!! The gall!!!

We need accountability and transparency. We need to know who the genius was who proposed that format, AND the ones who actually thought it brilliant and adopted it lol.  Summary execution, yeah, that's what is needed for committing that heinous error, a crime against humanity!!! But we live in civilized times(except that brutal 'shoot to kill' policy of the cops), so instant sacking is all that I ask lol. 

You want to SAVE college tennis? You can start by axing those responsible for those ridiculous format changes.




Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Winter Nat G18 player of the days 2nd and 3rd

One player who's tearing up the consolation draw, defeating all of my favorite players lol! (this isn't a recap so will post it :p )

Ashley Ishimura, senior, goes to Creighton, TRN current rank...175...!! (she did have a high rank 66 last year)

I direct you to this improbable result;

R1 Ashley Ishimura d. (17) Nicole Kalhorn 6-2; 2-6; 10-1
R2 Ashley Ishimura d. Elene Tsokilauri 6-4; 6-2
3Q Ashley Ishimura d. (15) Bess Waldram 6-2; 6-4

Haven't watched any of'em so can't say what happened; Bess I believed in you, how could you betray me lol! Crt 16 methinks, I think I spotted Ashley's dad? hovering around me at the stands between crt 9 and 13, or not lol, maybe he was so excited!

Hampster, revenge please! Should have a peek tomorrow :)

Now I really need to sleep first..

No donation, no Winter Nat review published

I humbly direct you to wiki page;

Same here lol.  I can't believe I've only received donation thus far from...2 persons, yes that's all :sobbing:  Ads, tried, no luck, nobody clicked it :(

I do love doing this but let's be fair; I at least need to recoup basic expenses. Been doing this 'blue collar job' for years, and for what?  Sorry, that's the way it is, that's the way the cookie crumbles! So unless I receive basic threshold donation amount, no publishing(let's see; hotel $300, gas, meals...). I'll just save it in draft :p

Think about it; yesterday my blog got 405 pageviews. Yes, that's a lot according to my standard lol! As Wikipedia says, imagine if everyone donates just a tiny amount :p  I win, you win, everybody wins! Lol.

But I'm generous; I'll let you guys browse my critique of the proposed ITA rule change! Lol.

Take it or leave it :)

God I'm so tired now, will have to write and save recaps after some sleep..

To junior student-athletes; ask THIS question during the recruiting process!

Ask Div. I college coaches this vital question;

'What were you doing while they desecrated doubles by implementing that horrible decision?'

Let that be your most important guide; lol!

Maybe rich elite players like Bellis should consider playing Div. III(since they don't have to worry about the astronomical tuition!), where they play real tennis;

May I respectfully suggest CMS! :p

Regarding the ITA convention votes

From the ITA website(all changes made by me);

NAPLES, FL (Dec. 15) - The ITA Division I Operating Committee moved to re-submit its dual match format proposal to the NCAA Division I Tennis Committee for the 2015 NCAA Division I Team Championships during its final meeting of 2014 on Saturday, Dec. 13.

This decisive vote (25 yes, 0 no, 9 abstentions) - supported by the USTA and the USTA's Athletic Directors Advisory Council - is a powerful indication of the group's commitment to adopt creative and innovative measures to enhance the sport of tennis during this time of seismic change in collegiate athletics.

In addition the ITA Operating Committee voted 26-8 in favor of playing the shortened format during the 2015 ITA Kick-Off Weekend and 2015 ITA Division I National Men's and Women's Team Indoor Championships.

Also, the Committee voted to adopt (30 yes, 0 no, 4 abstentions) the shortened format for all non-conference dual match competition with all singles matches being played to completion (doubles will remain "clinch").

I really think that the ITA Div. I Operating Committee has to go, don't you think? After all, Pat McEnroe, who was proudly 'represented'  as the 'face' of the blurb emphasizing 'Change' 'got changed'(sacked) too lol, so why not.

So;

1. NCAA adoption; 25 yes, 9 abstentions.  Those 9 are my heroes, but so timid. Why not say no? Is there an intense pressure? Again, coach Boland?

2. ITA Kickoff and Team Indoors; 26-8.  Similar votes as above. Tragic, really tragic. Team Indoors again got devalued, just like last year(not that Duke's upset of UCLA isn't heroic). Will the 10 pt dbls format get reintroduced, too, for TV at Kickoff? :tape:

3. For all non conference dual matches; 30 yes, 4 abstentions. Again, tragic.
Does this mean that USC's first dual match against LMU? will play only 6 games doubles match?
And you see? Clinch rule applied only to dbls, when dbls pts are WAY shorter :tape: Makes GREAT sense, huh.

So those 4 are the die-hard 'rebels' ; time to organize, no?

Don't have much time, I don't have any hope for the NCAA Tennis meeting on Jan. 6th, but do hope for the 'repeat' at the NCAA Cabinet meeting. 

Entice grass root support among the coaches and players, and be aggressive!

Contact Wayne Bryan and other ex college pro doubles players such as the Bryan bros, Spears/Kops-Jones, Raymond, Moulton-Levy, Maria Sanchez, TENN combo Pluskota and Whoriskey(why doesn't she voice opposition in this matter? She seems to care about the police brutality issue), Marand, Falconi...how about Gibbs, I'm sure she cherishes that HUGE upset with Ahn against KK/Sabs at NCAA Team last year? She was vocal against the change last time..

Where's Michigan's Evan King, and Van Overbeek? of Florida who organized the opposition last time?!! Because they graduated and are playing pro events, they're not interested any more?

Should then we expect leadership from the current players, such as Mitchell Frank? He put up a facebook page against the change last time.

How about Maggie Lehmicke of Nebraska? My heroine :) I suggest every opponents of the rule to like her facebook page against the change!

Anyway why should bother, as a mere spectator. I can always abandon div. I tennis or switch to other sports. But shouldn't those who are affected, got jobs on the line, be more active? Or are they timid because of it...if the rule gets passed, nobody to blame. They should 'deserve' it for their inactivity...will they exercise their 'rights'? Show us some backbone! Do you want to be denounced or ridiculed as spineless appeasers? :p  Are you guys merely a 'hostage to fortune' like Joseph Kennedy's letter collection title? Lol(He actually was an arch Appeaser!)

Who knows, we'll see..

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Best sport narration in the movies; by Tom Cruise!

Tom Cruise in the movie Oblivion.

Loved his scene describing a NFL match. I think he's underrated. Great action hero too, at that age...not easy doing lol.

How about Liam Neeson, isn't he even older lol.  The Taken series..!

Man, so tired. Did my (unpaid) 'job' posting recaps(donations are very welcome, please click the button on the right! My car desperately neeeds a wash...lol), so time for my much needed beauty sleep!

Babbling on the impending vote on the ITA rule change

During the tournament all sorts of half baked ideas pop up in my head, seriously disrupting sleep lol.

January 6th, isn't it.

The reason I babble endlessly on this topic; because there's so few info available. Not only the coaches or students, journalists aren't doing their job; only Colette Lewis dug infos somewhat. We need lucid illumination on the background.

Was dismayed when those august names were printed on the blurb last Summer, advertising for no ad and such. Gould, Diaz, Peter Smith, Thornqvist, Pollard, etc.. the pressure mostly seems to come from the men(a 'lost cause' already? SEC men already voted to employ those rules); glad I don't watch boy's and men's matches usually. Can't watch everything, you know? :p

Is this a 'fabricated' danger?  Using a 'scare tactic' to 'ram' the measure through? Just don't get the urgency to fix the rules. Tennis is just not gonna be popular as major sports...

The lopsided votes at the ITA convention..Boland of Virginia? Did he get persuaded too or just abstained? Seems like the Conservatives hegemony during the late 1930s in the British Parliament..just too lopsided.

 Like then, did they employ a gag rule by the 'whips' or what lol.  Wonder what does Mitchell Frank think now? He was pretty aggressive during the interview. Is he going to play Future at Marks Stadium.

The only reason I can think of is that they already got a TV contract; otherwise, can't think a reason why they're trying this.

Anyway my thought, in one word;  sellout.  Sellout of doubles.

Boo freaking hoo.

USTA match day duals dbls experimental format last season: 10 point match! What a freaking joke. The 'gall' to even attempt that joke of a format!

By the way what has become of hearing from the Students?  Didn't the NCAA Cabinet recommend to get their input; students should let their displeasure known lol. But, do they don't care anymore, since singles 3rd set match tiebreaker is withdrawn?  Do they care about doubles? They should revolt..! Lol.

UTR ranking for Winter Nat

UTR is advertising aggressively.  So checked it out, from Zootennis;

Player List Dec 26, 2014

Sara Daavettila 11.89

Emma Higuchi 11.74

Melissa Lord 11.74

 11.40

Alaina Miller

Maddie Pothoff 11.24

Kelly Chen 11.21

Hanna Chang 11.10

 11.07

Mia Horvit

Ellie Douglas 11.05

Makenna Jones 11.00

Ryan Peus 11.00

Star Makarome 10.92

Rebecca Weissmann 10.91

Bianca Moldovan 10.87

Madison Battaglia 10.82

 10.79

Lexi Milunovich

Karina Traxler 10.76

Jessica Failla 10.75

Jessie Aney 10.74

Kenadi Hance 10.69

Alexandra Letzt 10.68

Elizabeth Profit 10.64

Gabriella Pollner 10.64

 10.64

Nadia Gizdova

Nicole Kalhorn 10.62

Samantha Hampton 10.62

Savannah Slaysman 10.62

 10.61

Madison Clarke

Camille Favero 10.54

Allie Sanford 10.45

Priya Niezgoda 10.43

Ariadna Riley 10.40

Not bad, I have no problem putting Sara as the top contender. Miller is high too, good for them lol. But isn't Kenadi a bit high..:p
Hampster is ranked too low! Lol, should try to do her best against Sara tomorrow! :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

What does Ena becoming a Bruins mean

Not much...? Lol, it was more or less expected.

As I said,can play #1 in both sgls and dbls. For example imagine Andrews/Shibahara: sheer terror...!

Anyway surprised Stanford didn't try to grab her? Or did UCLA win the tussle.

So, who'll Stanford pick? Or will they save it altogether for the next Golden class.

No big change asides Ena, Dreyfuss chose Penn.
And Lommer added more schools, Michigan, Cal., and USC.(from TRN)

That's about it.
Maybe I should ask around tomorrow lol.

Bombshell] my team wins again!/ sgls draw out

moi arrivé.

24 had a basketball crt so practiced some shooting, evading the full crt match as usual. After that match, new team members implored me to play lol, to play full crt 4 vs 4.
So played, and of course by the time the match ended I was gasping for breath lol.
And my team won...again!

I thought we had a distinctive disadvantage-that would be me lol-since the previous match winners were individually very good. Taller, as well. Two very good white all arounders, one black, and one asian who was an exquisite dribbler.

My team, petite moi lol, squat mexican, two whites.
I hardly participated in offence, didn't shoot once lol(Always wanted to do give and go, entry pass & cut in, but again, forgot. After I delivered a backdoor pass, should've cut in..really I'm a terrible guard lol). Instead tried to screen my teammates, and concentrated in defence, tried to deny early offense, to deny easy passing route, disrupt dribble penetration, boxed out of course, etc. Maybe it paid off, the opponents didn't have that much fast break chances, and struggled in set offense too. Our white guys were pretty good in fast break: and we shot maybe better.

After the match had to plead fatigue against my teammates' insistent begging to play another match lol.

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So, sgls draw is out: no dbls?

Anyway not good:

G18 starts earlier at GA,
and Roberts vs Emery 9 CTC
Mossmer vs Lorenzini 11 KIW

Crap lol.
Anyway  G18 8am matches
Daavettila vs Calton
Miller Dreyfuss could be interesting.

9am

Waldram Middlebrooks (Natl redux lol)

11 Niezgoda Failla
12 Profit Traxler
12 30 Muller Jones



I think Mira and Chloe withdrew, too bad. Kevakian withdrew earlier.

P.S. Ena is a Bruin, as expected: hardly surprising, so my winning the basketball match takes precedence..!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Team Winner from 1975 to 1997

From Stanford website

Year-by-Year Women's Collegiate Champions


Year    Champion    Runner-Up   Site              Stanford Finish
1975    Trinity     STANFORD    Kalamazoo, MI       2nd
1976    Trinity     STANFORD    Salt Lake City, UT  2nd
1977    USC         STANFORD    Baton Rouge, LA     2nd
1978    STANFORD    USC         Salisbury, MD       1st
1979    USC         STANFORD    Iowa City, IA       2nd
1980    USC         Florida     Baton Rouge, LA     9th
1981    UCLA        Trinity     Tempe, AZ           3rd
1982    STANFORD*   UCLA        Salt Lake City, UT  1st
1983    USC         Trinity     Albuquerque, NM     5th
1984    STANFORD    USC         Los Angeles, CA     1st
1985    USC         Miami       Oklahoma City, OK   5th
1986    STANFORD    USC         Austin, TX          1st
1987    STANFORD    Georgia     Los Angeles, CA     1st
1988    STANFORD    Florida     Los Angeles, CA     1st
1989    STANFORD    UCLA        Gainesville, FL     1st
1990    STANFORD    Florida     Gainesville, FL     1st
1991    STANFORD    UCLA        Stanford, CA        1st
1992    Florida     Texas       Stanford, CA        3rd
1993    Texas       STANFORD    Gainesville, FL     2nd
1994    Georgia     STANFORD    Athens, GA          2nd
1995    Texas       Florida     Malibu, CA          3rd
1996    Florida     STANFORD    Tallahassee, FL     2nd
1997    STANFORD    Florida     Stanford, CA        1st
* First year of NCAA Tournament

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

NCAA finals without Stanford, UCLA and Florida

Years in which Stanford didn't make the finals:

83 USC Trinity
85 USC Miami
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92 UF Texas
93 Texas UF
95 Texas UF
98 UF Duke
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07 GT UCLA
08 UCLA Cal
09 Duke Cal
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12 UF UCLA
14 UCLA UNC

11 years.
It seems 2000s was Stanford's heydey lol. From 1999 to 2006. Granville and Liu era?

Years in which Stanford and Florida didn't make the finals:

83
85
07
08
09

5 years.


Years in which Stanford, Florida and UCLA didn't make the finals:

Only 3 years lol:

83 USC def. Trinity
85 USC d. Miami
09 Duke d. Cal

Boring! (UCLA made the finals 8 times, twice the amount of the next in line, Texas and USC)

UNC recruiting Sanford means..

Shale oil extraction is a hot topic now.

I think UNC getting Sanford is comparable in its significance lol.
Literally hit the jackpot!

Because both Daavettila and Sanford are from the Midwest, which was UCLA' s playground!

Remynse, Dolehide, McPhillips..you get the gist(Of course some natives stay there, like Bektas, Najarian, Minor to Michigan, Broda to ND, DiLorenzo to OSU).

Now UNC claims some territory lol. 'Stakes their claim' on a very lucrative pipeline. I guess congratulations is in order....!

Bombshell]Alex Sanford jumps a class & chooses UNC

According to TRN.

What is happening lol.
UNC is attracting early recruits from Aney onwards, and very good ones too, I might add.
Daavettila and Sanford for 2016, really hard to top this: perfect response to Duke's stellar 2015 trio lol.
Was UNC winning Indoors that much of a deal? :)

The rivalry just got more interesting!
I guess the 'Blue Period' will last quite a bit..what with UCLA winning NCAA again, and UF, Duke, UNC recruiting feverishly lol. It's like a freakin' arm race!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

TAMU: who'll they upset next year

Scores from TAMU website:

Singles
1. #4 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. #3 Robin Anderson (UCLA), 6-1, 6-3
2. #20 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. #68 Cristina Stancu (TAMU), 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
3. #52 Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Pamela Montez (UCLA), 6-4, 6-2
4. Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA), 6-3, 6-7 (9), 6-4
5. #93 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Courtney Dolehide (UCLA), 7-6 (5), 6-1

Doubles (UCLA wins the point)
1. #25 Anderson/Skylar Morton (UCLA) def. #18 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU), 8-5
2. #49 Sanchez-Quintanar/Wen Sun (TAMU) vs. #38 Dolehide/Montez (UCLA), 4-7 unfinished
3. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) def. I. Deheza/Paula Deheza (TAMU), 9-7

Order of finish
Doubles: 1, 3
Singles: 1, 5, 2, 6, 3, 4
Team records
Texas A&M: 26-3
UCLA: 20-6

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Lost CSQ and Urbina, a huge loss: but still managed to play well this year:


 No. 8 Texas A&M 4, No. 4 Florida 3
SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament - Quarterfinals
Mizzou Tennis Complex
Columbia, Mo.
April 18, 2014

Singles
1.   #11 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. #15 Brianna Morgan (UF), 6-4, 6-4
2.   Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. #8 Olivia Janowicz (UF), 6-4, 6-3
3.   #63 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. #70 Sofie Oyen (UF), 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-0
4.   #29 Alexandra Cercone (UF) def. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
5.   #97 Belinda Woolcock (UF) def. Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 6-2, 6-0
6.   #57 Kourtney Keegan (UF) def. Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-4, 6-0

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1.   #16 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. #25 Keegan/Janowicz (UF), 8-7 (6)
2.   #26 Oyen/Woolcock (UF) def. #83 Ines Deheza/Gavrilovska (TAMU), 8-5
3.   Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU) def. Cercone/Morgan (UF), 8-5

Order of finish
Singles: 6, 5, 2, 4, 3, 1
Doubles: 2, 3, 1
Team records
Texas A&M: 19-5
Florida: 19-5

Florida in one year's recruit rectifies all the problem featured above: will be very strong at the top, and also vastly reinforced their doubles.


 No. 7 North Carolina 4, No. 9 Texas A&M 0
NCAA Championship – Round of 16
Ken Byers Tennis Complex (Indoors), Atlanta, Ga.

Singles
1.     #1 Jamie Loeb (UNC) def. #10 Cristina Stancu (A&M), 6-1, 6-3
2.     #5 Hayley Carter (UNC) vs. #56 Saska Gavrilovska (A&M), 6-7 (6), 0-1 unfinished
3.     #59 Caroline Price (UNC) vs. Rutuja Bhosale (A&M), 6-7 (1), 0-0 unfinished
4.     Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Stefania Hristov (A&M), 6-2, 6-2
5.     #105 Ashley Dai (UNC) vs. Anna Mamalat (A&M), 6-4, 1-4 unfinished
6.     Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Mason Strickland (A&M), 6-1, 6-1 Doubles

(UNC wins the point)
1.     #3 Carter/Loeb (UNC) def. #14 Hristov/Stancu (A&M), 8-7 (7)
2.     #13 Kay/Price (UNC) def. #79 Deheza/Gavrilovska (A&M), 8-2
3.     Bhosale/Mamalat (A&M) def. #55 Laura Slater/Kate Vialle (UNC), 8-3

Order of finish
Doubles:  3, 2, 1
Singles: 4, 6, 1
Team records
Texas A&M: 21-7
North Carolina: 27-

Deheza couldn't play singles: imagine if she did.

So, what magic will they perform next year lol: the loss of Stancu is huge, but Pierson transferred in, and freshman Paalma seems capable enough.

Interestingly they split the squad next year: between NCTC and Freeman.