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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Trend] Junior participants becoming younger?

I kinda noticed this recently, for example ISC and EB, other tournaments too.  Younger players are playing G16 and even G18 now. Is it because those players are that good(for example the Golden Class of 2017), or did the recent change of the tournament structure kinda force? older players to concentrate on ITF events, can't say. Maybe it's nothing, maybe I diagnosed wrongly lol, just wanted to mention briefly on the subject.

Class of 2021

Yeah I know I'm reaching lol.

Anyway, from TRN;

1(1)Gabriella PriceNY16
2(2)Nina GulbransenFL19
3(3)Charlotte OwensbyFL18
4(4)Gianna PieletTX23
5(6)Elvina KalievaNY20
6(5)Connie MaCA15
7(8)Skyler GrishukCA25
8(7)Kylie CollinsGA22
9(9)Melanie DlugoleckiFL14
10(10)Nadejda MaslovaNY21
11(11)Amber HochstatterOK10
12(15)Emily De OliveiraFL  10
13(14)Mai NirundornKY12
14(13)Kenadee SemenikNV15
15(12)Rachel ArbitmanNY18
16(18)Maya PittsCA21
17(16)Sydni RatliffOH16
18(17)Avery DurhamWI16
19(24)Winta WoldeabCA13
20(19)Kiley RabjohnsIL23
21(20)Ava CatanzaritePA23
22(22)Jacque DunyonUT11
23(25)Jenna DeFalcoCA25
24(21)Tyra RichardsonIL15
25(23)Olivia WeissMI24
26(27)Brooke TheisIL18
27(26)Savannah BroadusTX20
28(28)Jamilah SnellsFL16
29(32)Emma JacksonIL18
30(29)Hina InoueCA19
31(31)Yuu IshikawaCA17
32(30)Mia KintiroglouNJ25
33(33)Misa MalkinAZ13
34(34)Emily CallahanFL18
35(35)Elizabeth EadesIN15

The reason I'm meitioning it is because I found that Grishuk and Pitts just played at So. Cal Sectional. Maybe should've checked them out. Same goes with Gabriella Price, she was around the venue at EB but didn't know she was No.1 in her class lol. Did watch a bit of Gulbransen during the doubles final. Oh how about Dunkle, who played at Ojai. She's class of 2019 though.

Will Claire Liu choose Stanford?

She does list Stanford and UCLA as high interest at TRN, but I just wondered because Stanford didn't chose anybody for the class of 2014.

But of course Stanford could drag a spot from other prospective classes for example from 2017 or 2019(each has 3 spots), since Liu is such a mega star(following in Cici's step by winning G18 EB singles this Spring).

Again, we'll see(I do use this sentence "we'll see how it goes" a lot recently lol).

On Morgan Coppoc

She formally announced her college choice some time ago. I think UGA now has a championship lineup.

Perez Shaffer King Gould Patterson

So deep(Mia King transferred to TCU). Dunno whether Coppoc will join in the Fall of 2017, or earlier.

I did say that Morgan might surpass Embree a couple of times lol, but of course Embree is a great player, who even has a FO experience during her junior years, and had a stellar college career as well. 2 time team NCAA winner, WAATC singles winner and doubles finalist with Will.  For now of course Morgan has a lot to catch up, so my bold prediction might be premature.  I think she has potential, since her defensive reflex is stellar, along with her usual aggression. We'll see how it goes.

Self criticism

I want to apologize to Zoe Scandalis for writing rather harsh words about her after she lost to VN at UCLA. I really should concentrate on mentioning merits, rather than harshly criticizing. Maybe I'm mellowing with age!  Anyway I know how excruciating leg cramp is(because I also experienced it a few times!), so couldn't understand how one could lose to a hurting opponent lol.  Maybe it doesn't really hinder the movement? Who knows.

I also said some harsh words here and there against the promoters of the new proposed ITA rules. Especially on emaciating the doubles.  I still am firmly against it, but I should've expressed my opinion....more mildly lol.  I dunno if they' try it again, but anyhow since I've written about it too much already, won't really bother much from now on. We'll see how it goes.

Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 So. Cal Sectional last day

Today's surprise guest was Steph Hazell! :)  And Lahey was at the venue, was wondering why since she was supposed to play at the other venue, and she received the trophy lol, that mean's her opponents withdrew.  Should've said hello and mentioned her supreme soccer skills at IW lol.

Oh Taylor Dent came! Did lessons too later. Man, when will I ever ask him about Raveena Kingsley lol.

And, was Colorado coach present? Watched G18 singles final methinks? 

Boys 18 sgls final, both wore the same attire so couldn't really make out who was Kalman Boyd lol, maybe more blond?  When I was watching a bit standing, who comes to stand up right next to me, the 'Legend' wearing that military themed bucket hat as usual!  No dog today though!
And a boy player was watching this, he passed me by to sit down and he was wearing a Vandy jumper!!! Should've congratulated him on women's NCAA win lol.

Edit: Boyd's opponent was Holt, Austin's son!! Didn't check the draw, so didn't know lol. Both hit well, H a bit more flat?

Girls' 14 Singles Main Draw
F (1) Britt Pursell d. (4) Gracie Mulville 1-6; 7-6; 6-3

It wasn't a choke, Britt actually hit well. Both made errors at times but could attack very well, even painting corners at will lol, well fought.

PL (2) Mae Fmar Canete d. (5) Lindsay Hung 6-3; 6-4

CF (3) Skyler Grishuk d. (5) Amanda Chan 6-4; 6-1
CS (3) Skyler Grishuk d. (9) Maya Pitts 6-1; 6-1

CS (5) Amanda Chan d. Courtney Swift 6-3; 6-0

Could watch this match along with G16 MD final, both hit well, the score doesn't do Swift justice. And did Chan's father? wear Steph Curry joursey lol, good choice, go Warriors! :)  Just showed that non-physical freak(unlike LeBron, of course) like Steph can attain the highest level with 'software'!(well maybe his hand-eye coordination is freakish lol, as I've wondered before, is that an innate ability?)

G18 singles Consolation:
CF (5) Ashley Lahey d. (3) Jessica Failla Wd (pc)
CS (3) Jessica Failla d. (9) Katie Ta Wd (inj)
CS (5) Ashley Lahey d. (9) Christie Wan Wd (inj)

Girls' 16 Singles

Main Draw
F (4) Julia Haynes d. (3) Allison Mulville 7-5; 6-3

M's drive volley was very good, attacked patiently, good tactic against H's good defence. She did committ errors later on, but H's offensive ability impressed me as well. Seemed to aim the sidelines, and actually could attack very well on the offensive, say similar to Jen Gadalov.

CF (9) Rena Lin d. (5) Martina Bocchi 7-6; 7-5

CS (9) Rena Lin d. (5) Cali Jankowski 6-4; 6-4

Impressed with Lin's firepower, class of 19 ranked #49. And she also lists Stanford as high interest lol. So she defeated Ryngler, understandable maybe.  And Cali was actually leading in the 1st, and the 2nd set score was actually pretty tight I see.  Both were aggressive, Cali did make some UEs in the 2nd but both hit so well.
Said hi to Cali after, can't say I remember her face since she always wears dark goggles like Volynets and Mulville haha. Nice manners too, once applauded Rena's fine play.

CS (5) Martina Bocchi d. Jadie Acidera 6-1; 6-1

Girls' 18 Singles Main Draw
F (2) Jada Hart d. (1) Ena Shibahara 6-2; 3-6; 6-4

By now have seen both too much lol, especially Ena, so pretty much concentrated on G16 singles Final which was being played simultanaeously. When I glimpsed, it was very high level; Hart hit just so well, Ena really did well to return those. Ena naturally came to the net, as usual making sharp plays. Think she served well too, Hart as well. And was that guy wearing UCSC? t shirt Hart's coach? I remember that face since coach Nott always facebook likes his numerous photos with his students including Hart and SJ lol.

PL (5) Carson Branstine d. Nicole Mossmer 6-2; 2-6; 10-0

I 'braved' the traffic for this; Marquee match between TRN ranked #2 and #7 and it didn't disappoint! At first Car was bossing Nicole around not unexpectedly, but from the 2nd Nicole began to return all those Car's drive bombs, and maybe Car's form went down a bit. Car's typical tantrums haha followed naturally. Nicole's defense was just astounding, so prolonged the rallies and began to win those long points. Match TB, Car again played flawlessly to clinch, nice match.
They hugged each other! :) 

Girls' 18 Doubles

F (1) Failla/Shibahara d. (5) Ferrari/Hart 4-6; 6-3; 10-7

SF (5) Ferrari/Hart d. Anzo/Moustafa 7-6; 6-2

Only could watch the end, so can't really say, F/H were just better I guess.

SF (1) Failla/Shibahara d. Wan/Zhao 6-1; 6-1

I was shocked that Wan/Zhao defeated Car/SJ. Couldn't really see this match much because of the Marquee match, but F/S are of course too good.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Marycaroline Meredith chooses Lady Vols

MM is a good player, a good attacker, and tall too, like her lil' sis Madeline. Quality recruiting for Lady Vols for sure, along with Gabby Schuck.
I remember both Arizona coaches(UA and ASU) watching her play at EB..haha, or did they watch her opponent, should check my recap again.

2015 So. Cal Sectional Sunday

Forgot to add Northwestern Asst. Coach. Was surprised, he arrived and sat right beside me today, maybe should've greeted or something haha. NU has 3 spots for the Class of 2017 methinks.
Cornell? Men or women coach? Oh UCD asst. coach? came too yesterday. Today, only NU and USC at Los Cab.

And, was that Jackie Owens working??!! Said hello of course. Today's surprise guest was coach Gallien, so greeted each other.

And Alexis Pereira of TCU came with her mom! Maybe her brother played? Of course congratulated on TCU's fine season and wished luck!

 Now that I'm into birding, it's more of a struggle lol, spend all my energy and concentration on morning birding, as I said, so arrive at the tennis venue in a post coitus(exhausted) state! Lol, naturally can't bother taking pics or making notes any more.

Again, if you want to browse my not so good quality bird pics lol,

 Girls' 18 Singles Main Draw

SF (2) Jada Hart d. Nicole Mossmer 6-3; 6-2

 Could only watch after the below match was concluded. Hart was too good, but of course overall a great tournament for Nicole, beating many good upperclassmen. They hugged each other!
Oh forgot yesterday to mention Hart's serve, slice serve included, serving well. And Nicole today attacked her serve very well, troubled her much.

 SF (1) Ena Shibahara d. (5) Carson Branstine

6-0; 6-2 Hmm, Ena's condition seemed pretty good, committed few errors. Carson has excellent firepower and finesse, but Ena can match it on her own, so..

 Girls' 16 Singles Main Draw

SF (3) Allison Mulville d. (2) Riley McQuaid 6-4; 6-2

 Surprise? Mulville seemed to avoid Riley's strong forehand and target her bh side, methinks it worked. Overall more steady, and Riley committed too many errors.
 Gracie was Allison's lil' sis, she 'inserted' a towel for Allison lol.

 SF (4) Julia Haynes d. (5) Paulina Ferrari 6-1; 6-0

 Did I see Haynes for the first time? Tall, and her style was rather unorthodox, seemed to concentrate on control, sent middle-height balls a lot. But excellent concentration and movement.
Paulina always was aggressive, but as usual committed a tad tomalley errors.


CQ (5) Cali Jankowski d. (9) Dominique Stone 6-1; 6-2

 Nice to see Cali again! Did everything well, drive, defense(movement), touch, serve..overhit a bit at times, but overall very solid, nice game. Was 1st sp a perfect lob winner?
Stone wasn't bad either, could attack and nice one hand backhand. Nice manners too, applauded Cali's fine shots a lot.

 QQ (9) Julia Deming d. Alexa Meyer 6-3; 6-1

I think I saw this match a bit, cry 11 or something. Both played well, drove and showed variety.

 Girls' 14 Singles

Main Draw

SF (4) Gracie Mulville d. (2) Mae Fmar Canete 7-5; 7-6

Gracie impressed me. Quite versatile, kinda played like Alexa Noel.  She was blond unlike Allison! Mae had plenty of firepower, and she wore a white USC cap!

SF (1) Britt Pursell d. (5) Lindsay Hung 6-7; 7-6; 6-3

Couldn't really watch much, just a bit of the 2nd, god today was so hot unlike yesterday(Still it was cooler than here, ugh), I was practically wilting in the sun!  Anyway the match seemed rather even, both hit well(and of course Britt was lefty, by now have seen her play bits).

Saturday, June 27, 2015

2015 Sectional G16 singles scores only

Since it was far, couldn't go there.

Girls' 16 Singles Main Draw

Q (2) Riley McQuaid d. (5) Vivian Cheng 6-2; 6-2

Q (3) Allison Mulville d. (5) Martina Bocchi 6-3; 6-1

Q (4) Julia Haynes d. (5) Cali Jankowski 7-6; 6-1

Oh man, was hoping Cali would win so I could watch her play at LC.  Julia must be really good, she defeated Cali recently at Esme, I see.

Q (5) Paulina Ferrari d. (9) Rena Lin 7-5; 6-4

16 (2) Riley McQuaid d. Eryn Cayetano 6-0; 6-3
16 (5) Vivian Cheng d. (9) Patria Aziz 4-6; 6-2; 6-1
16 (3) Allison Mulville d. (9) Dominique Stone 6-3; 6-2
16 (5) Martina Bocchi d. Amy Gaal 6-0; 6-2
16 (5) Cali Jankowski d. (9) Julia Deming 6-1; 6-4
16 (4) Julia Haynes d. Katie Hernandez 6-2; 6-0
16 (5) Paulina Ferrari d. (9) Maia Sung 6-4; 6-3

16 (9) Rena Lin d. (1) Alexa Ryngler 6-2; 6-2

What in the world...Rena must be pretty good?

2015 Sectional G18 singles Sat.

Nice to be back, it's been a while since I've watched a tennis match lol(haven't watched single FO match). So just enjoyed HQ tennis. Everybody seemed to be playing well! All showed nice variety too.
And of course, before and after the matches, visited Bolsa Chica! Terns, Skimmers flying overhead...bliss!
'Usual suspects' came, USC, Cal, ASU, UCLA, UCSB, UCI coaches, etc.?

16 (2) Jada Hart d. (9) Katie Ta 6-1; 6-4
16 (5) Ashley Lahey d. (9) Devon Jack 6-0; 6-3

16 (9) Sydney Van Alphen d. (4) Constance Branstine 6-4; 7-6

Constance's condition seemed good, hit verra well, almost overwhelmed Sydney..yet, Sydney could handle Constance's pace, so could prolong the rallies. Constance not infrequently made errors after those long ones, and felt she had trouble clearing short balls(netted a lot rethink).

16 Nicole Mossmer d. (9) Hannah Zhao 6-3; 6-3

Nicole's touch seems very good...and she seems very smart, too.  Just returned very well, excellent defense, moonballed at times, and attacked sharply.  Hannah countered by coming up to the net, nice execution methink.  Both had variety so it was a verra nice all court match, enjoyed it.

16 (5) Carson Branstine d. (9) Ann Selim 6-4; 6-3 16

I remember Ann doing well at SC last year or the year before, harassing Zoe Katz.  And now her TRN ranking seems pretty high, so was looking forward to this match.  Not bad at all, could handle Car's pace, and attacked quite well too, just took at the score.  But eventually, Car was a bit better.

(3) Jessica Failla d. (9) Christie Wan 6-3; 6-1

16 (9) Taylor Johnson d. (5) Ryan Peus 6-1; 6-2

First match. Ryan's condition didn't seem too good, but SJ hit very well.  One thing I noticed, her service return was very good, in both her matches. BH was quite sharp. They hugged at net!

16 (1) Ena Shibahara d. (9) Kenadi Hance 6-1; 6-0

Eh, I didn't really watch the score, but that shutout score doesn't really do justice to Kenadi, actually thought that she played reasonably well.  Overall rallies were quite long, Kenadi could hang with Ena and could attack very well, too.

Q (2) Jada Hart d. (5) Ashley Lahey 7-5; 7-6(2))

Ashley's grandma talked to me so had a pleasant chat!
HQ match. Both just played very well, touch, power, movement..awesome. Ashley's defense was also very good, and Hart hit really well, very impressed with both. H's drop shot and volley troubled Ashley very much.
They hugged at net!

Q Nicole Mossmer d. (9) Sydney Van Alphen 6-2; 7-5

Couldn't really watch much, but it was quite tight.  I think both played well.  Nicole again generally had no problem returning Sydney's shots.

Q (5) Carson Branstine d. (3) Jessica Failla 6-3; 6-3

I don't think Jess played bad, the rallies were long, her defense definitely troubled Car much.  But Car was maybe a better attacker.

Q (1) Ena Shibahara d. (9) Taylor Johnson 6-1; 6-4

1st set went too fast, was watching Hart vs Lahey first.  2nd set was HQ, SJ again returning serve very well, hitting well. But Ena had that extra gear.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 May USTA Natl Selection Tournament OH G18 results

2 Lexis did well, Nelson defeating McNally and advancing to the final, and Keberle, dunno her, but she teamed up with McNally and defeated dbls #3 seed Merzbacher/Nelson.
Alyvia Jones(class of 2018) defeating Battaglia is also a surprise; she applied G18 for Hard National. Bojczuk and Brylin(class of 2018) also scored noticiable wins. Brylin even harassed Minor to the end, quite an effort.
Kenya Jones also did pretty well here.

F (3) Sara Daavettila d. (2) Alexis Nelson 6-1; 5-7; 6-4
SF (2) Alexis Nelson d. (5) Kenya Jones 6-7; 6-1; 6-2
SF (3) Sara Daavettila d. (1) Brienne Minor 6-3; 6-0
Q (2) Alexis Nelson d. (7) caty mcnally 4-6; 6-1; 6-4
Q (5) Kenya Jones d. (4) Elena Muller 6-3; 6-3
Q (3) Sara Daavettila d. Ally Bojczuk 6-0; 6-0
Q (1) Brienne Minor d. Alyvia Jones 6-3; 6-2
16 (2) Alexis Nelson d. Lexi Keberle 6-4; 6-4
16 (7) caty mcnally d. Opala Dhingra 6-1; 6-1
16 (4) Elena Muller d. Andjelija Bozovic 6-4; 5-7; 6-3
16 (5) Kenya Jones d. Taylor Cosme 6-0; 6-3
16 Ally Bojczuk d. Sophia Haleas 6-4; 6-2
16 (3) Sara Daavettila d. Jaci Cochrane 6-1; 6-0
16 Alyvia Jones d. (6) Madison Battaglia 6-2; 6-3
16 (1) Brienne Minor d. Anna Brylin 6-3; 4-6; 7-6
32 (2) Alexis Nelson d. Jacqueline Carr 6-2; 6-0
32 Lexi Keberle d. Kalyssa Hall 6-2; 6-0
32 (7) caty mcnally d. Danna Funaro 6-0; 6-0
32 Opala Dhingra d. Katherine Cao 6-0; 6-3
32 (4) Elena Muller d. Caitlyn Merzbacher 6-0; 7-5
32 Andjelija Bozovic d. Kylie Wilcox 7-6; 3-6; 6-4
32 (5) Kenya Jones d. Isabella Lorenzini 6-4; 7-5
32 Taylor Cosme d. Tamijean Fumagalli 3-6; 7-6(5)); 6-2
32 Sophia Haleas d. Grace Schaffer 2-6; 7-6; 6-2
32 Ally Bojczuk d. (8) Lauren Goodman 7-5; 4-6; 6-4
32 Jaci Cochrane d. Hunter Bleser 5-7; 7-6; 7-6
32 (3) Sara Daavettila d. Samantha Smith 6-1; 6-0
32 Alyvia Jones d. Mariam Salakaia 6-4; 6-7; 6-3
32 (6) Madison Battaglia d. Tiffany Chen 6-3; 6-4
32 Anna Brylin d. Camila Wesbrooks 6-3; 6-4
32 (1) Brienne Minor d. Ananya Dua 6-2; 6-2

PL-S (7) caty mcnally d. (4) Elena Muller 6-3; 6-2
PL-S Alyvia Jones d. Ally Bojczuk 6-7; 6-3; 10-3
PL-F (7) caty mcnally d. Alyvia Jones 6-1; 6-2
PL (1) Brienne Minor d. (5) Kenya Jones 6-3; 7-5
CF (6) Madison Battaglia d. (8) Lauren Goodman 6-3; 6-2
CS (6) Madison Battaglia d. Kylie Wilcox 6-4; 6-2
CS (8) Lauren Goodman d. Mariam Salakaia 6-2; 6-2
CQ (6) Madison Battaglia d. Jacqueline Carr 6-4; 6-4
CQ Kylie Wilcox d. Isabella Lorenzini 4-6; 6-2; 10-4
CQ (8) Lauren Goodman d. Andjelija Bozovic 6-3; 6-3
CQ Mariam Salakaia d. Ananya Dua 6-3; 6-4

Girls' 18 Doubles
F (1) Goodman/Minor d. Daavettila/Jones 8-5
PL (2) Battaglia/Jones d. Keberle/mcnally Wo (pc)
SF Daavettila/Jones d. (2) Battaglia/Jones 8-3
SF (1) Goodman/Minor d. Keberle/mcnally 8-1
Q (2) Battaglia/Jones d. Bojczuk/Lorenzini 8-2
Q Daavettila/Jones d. (4) Bleser/Fumagalli 8-1
Q Keberle/mcnally d. Dua/Schaffer 8-5
Q (1) Goodman/Minor d. Bozovic/Haleas 8-6
16 Bojczuk/Lorenzini d. Muller/Wesbrooks 8-6
16 (4) Bleser/Fumagalli d. Cao/Cochrane 8-6
16 Daavettila/Jones d. Brylin/Cosme Wo (inj)
16 Dua/Schaffer d. Dhingra/Salakaia 8-6
16 Keberle/mcnally d. (3) Merzbacher/Nelson 9-7
16 Bozovic/Haleas d. Carr/Smith 8-5

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 May G18 selections Alpine Hills results

Girls' 18 Singles
F (6) Jada Hart d. (2) Samantha Martinelli 6-3; 6-3
SF (2) Samantha Martinelli d. (7) Jessica Failla 6-4; 6-3 
SF (6) Jada Hart d. (1) Emma Higuchi 7-5; 6-3 
Q (2) Samantha Martinelli d. (5) Camille Favero 7-5; 6-3 
Q (7) Jessica Failla d. (3) Alaina Miller 6-2; 7-5 
Q (6) Jada Hart d. (4) Savannah Slaysman 7-5; 5-7; 6-4 
Q (1) Emma Higuchi d. (8) Nicole Kalhorn 4-6; 7-5; 6-2 
16 (2) Samantha Martinelli d. Rachel Chong 6-4; 6-3
16 (5) Camille Favero d. Alexandra Letzt 6-2; 7-6(6))
16 (3) Alaina Miller d. Jenna Friedel 7-5; 6-3
16 (7) Jessica Failla d. Kenadi Hance 6-0; -6(6); 6-0
16 (6) Jada Hart d. Janice Shin 6-3; 6-4
16 (4) Savannah Slaysman d. Darya Possokhova 6-0; 7-6(5))
16 (8) Nicole Kalhorn d. Chandler Carter 6-1; 6-2
16 (1) Emma Higuchi d. Lilian Poling 6-2; 6-0
32 (2) Samantha Martinelli d. Elizabeth Porter 3-6; 7-6(5)); 6-2 
32 Rachel Chong d. Taylor Calton 6-4; 6-3
32 (5) Camille Favero d. Carolyn Campana 6-3; 6-1
32 Alexandra Letzt d. Emily Zheng 6-4; 6-0
32 (3) Alaina Miller d. Annette Goulak 6-4; 7-5
32 Jenna Friedel d. Delaney Nothaft 3-6; 6-3; 6-2
32 (7) Jessica Failla d. Seriana Saltzen 6-0; 6-1
32 Kenadi Hance d. Morgan Cooley 7-5; 4-6; 6-4 
32 Janice Shin d. Allie Sanford 4-6; 6-2; 6-4
32 (6) Jada Hart d. Constance Branstine 7-5; 3-6; 6-3 
32 Darya Possokhova d. Allison Chuang 6-2; 6-0
32 (4) Savannah Slaysman d. Michelle Wang 6-2; 6-4
32 Chandler Carter d. Mariko Iinuma 6-2; 6-3
32 (8) Nicole Kalhorn d. Ellie Zogg 7-6(2); 6-4 
32 Lilian Poling d. Ally McKenzie 6-1; 6-1
32 (1) Emma Higuchi d. Arianna Chen 6-1; 6-0

PL-S (3) Alaina Miller d. (5) Camille Favero 1-6(4); 1-0(5)
PL-S (4) Savannah Slaysman d. (8) Nicole Kalhorn 6-4; 3-6; 1-0(7) 
PL-F (3) Alaina Miller d. (4) Savannah Slaysman 6-4; 4-6; 1-0(8)
PL (7) Jessica Failla d. (1) Emma Higuchi 6-3; -6(6); 6-0
CF Constance Branstine d. Chandler Carter 6-2; 6-2
CS Chandler Carter d. Annette Goulak 6-4; 5-7; 1-0(8)
CS Constance Branstine d. Alexandra Letzt 6-1; 6-0
CQ Chandler Carter d. Lilian Poling 6-4; 6-1
CQ Annette Goulak d. Janice Shin 6-4; 6-2
CQ Constance Branstine d. Jenna Friedel 6-3; 6-4 
CQ Alexandra Letzt d. Rachel Chong 6-2; 6-1 
R2 Lilian Poling d. Elizabeth Porter 6-0; 6-2 
R2 Chandler Carter d. Carolyn Campana 6-2; 7-6(7)
R2 Annette Goulak d. Darya Possokhova 6-2; 6-3
R2 Janice Shin d. Morgan Cooley 6-2; 6-0
R2 Constance Branstine d. Kenadi Hance 6-4; 6-2 
R2 Jenna Friedel d. Allison Chuang 6-1; 3-6; 1-0(4)
R2 Alexandra Letzt d. Ellie Zogg 6-1; 6-3
R2 Rachel Chong d. Ally McKenzie 6-2; 6-2
R1 Elizabeth Porter d. Taylor Calton 7-6(6)); 6-1 
R1 Carolyn Campana d. Emily Zheng Wo (ill)
R1 Annette Goulak d. Delaney Nothaft 6-3; 6-4
R1 Morgan Cooley d. Seriana Saltzen 6-3; 6-4
R1 Constance Branstine d. Allie Sanford 6-1Ret (ill)
R1 Allison Chuang d. Michelle Wang 6-0; 6-3
R1 Ellie Zogg d. Mariko Iinuma 5-7; 7-5; 1-0(5)
R1 Ally McKenzie d. Arianna Chen 7-6(3)); 6-4

So many upsets, especially both MD semis.
Failla defeated Miller and Higuchi, both major upsets. And double bageled Hance? That's very difficult to do..
Branstine, Carter, Porter and Slaysman also did well.

Bruins new trio Shibahara, Hart & Miller

This is what I said about Hart at ISC

Jada Myii HART (USA) 6-3 6-4 Alaina MILLER (USA)

Crt 5, along with Bolton vs Li, verra high level. Alaina did commit errors after rallies, but god..the twok! sounce coming from her racquet when it makes contact with the balls..orgasmic! Haha.

What was surprising was Jada handling the pace..both just hit MASSIVELY.   Alaina naturally scored more winners, but maybe Jada was more consistent. She has progressed nicely, I'd say she could start at any team, UCLA included.


And Hart actually became a Bruin lol. This trio is no less impressive than the famed Anderson/VN/Ray: all 3 have impressive firepower, and generally can play dbls very well too.

 UCLA recruited their core lineup it seems, and this time decided to recruit from California, with impressive result.

Annette Goulak

G really had an impressive spring campaign. Hance is not the only player who improved her game.

From USTA query:

USTA May National Selection Tournament @ Alpine Hills Tennis & Swimming Club (LEVEL 2) Start Date: 5/23/2015  End Date: 5/25/2015
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 23)
32 (3) Alaina Miller d. Annette Goulak 6-4; 7-5

CS Chandler Carter d. Annette Goulak 6-4; 5-7; 1-0(8)
CQ Annette Goulak d. Janice Shin 6-4; 6-2
R2 Annette Goulak d. Darya Possokhova 6-2; 6-3
R1 Annette Goulak d. Delaney Nothaft 6-3; 6-4

Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 1)
F (2) Sanford/Slaysman d. (1) Goulak/Hance 8-3
SF (1) Goulak/Hance d. (3) Failla/Hart 8-6
Q (1) Goulak/Hance d. Carter/Zogg 9-8(3)

115th Annual Ojai Valley Open Tournament ($$$)
Start Date: 4/21/2015  End Date: 4/26/2015

20. Women's Open Doubles (Draw Line - 8)
SF Christian/Zhu d. (2) Goulak/Higuchi 6-4; 6-1

19. Women's OpenSingles (Draw Line - 14)
Q (2) Ena Shibahara d. Annette Goulak 6-3; 6-1
16 Annette Goulak d. Taylor Bridges 6-1; 6-2

The Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships
Start Date: 4/4/2015  End Date: 4/12/2015

Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 19)
Q Dolehide/Shibahara d. Goulak/Miller 6-1; 6-3
16 Goulak/Miller d. Branstine/
 32 Goulak/Miller d. Dollar/Miller-Krasilnikov 6-3; 7-6(6)

Girls' 18 Singles Qualifying (Draw Line - 8)
16 (1) Abigail Desiatnikov d. Annette Goulak 6-4; 6-4
32 Annette Goulak d. Taylor Cosme 7-5; 6-3

USTA International Spring Championships
Start Date: 3/28/2015  End Date: 4/5/2015

Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 42)
32 Victoria Emma d. Annette Goulak 6-0; -35
64 Annette Goulak d. (14) Olivia Hauger 6-3; 6-7(1); 6-2

Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 20)
32 Altick/Lampl d. Goulak/Liu 3-6; 6-4; 10-8

USTA Claremont ITF
Start Date: 3/21/2015  End Date: 3/29/2015
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 3)
SF (4) Hanna Chang d. Annette Goulak 6-4; 7-6(5)
Q Annette Goulak d. Elysia Bolton 6-1; 6-2
16 Annette Goulak d. (13) Emma Decoste 6-2; 7-6(4)
32 Annette Goulak d. (1) Mia Horvit 6-1; 6-3
64 Annette Goulak d. Madison Hwang 6-1; 6-1

Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 26)
F Goulak/Hance d. Branstine/Johnson 5-7; 7-5; 1-0(5)
SF Goulak/Hance d. Chang/Hart 6-4; 6-2
Q Goulak/Hance d. (2) Levine/Shimizu 6-3; 6-1
16 Goulak/Hance d. Cruz/Li 6-0; 6-2
32 Goulak/Hance d. (5) Emma/Tsokilauri 6-1; 2-6; 1-0(3)

58th Annual Long Beach Junior Tournament (Level 3)
Start Date: 3/7/2015  End Date: 3/15/2015
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 33)
F (4) Annette Goulak d. Ashley Lahey 6-3; 6-4
SF (4) Annette Goulak d. (1) Sydney Van Alphen 6-2; 1-6; 6-4
Q (4) Annette Goulak d. Salma Ewing 6-2; 4-6; 6-1
16 (4) Annette Goulak d. (9) Hannah Zhao 6-0; 6-1
32 (4) Annette Goulak d. Naomie Rosenberg 6-0; 6-3
64 (4) Annette Goulak d. Sara Khattab 6-3; 6-2

USTA National Selection Tournament- February
Start Date: 2/14/2015  End Date: 2/16/2015

2015 So. Cal Sectional Singles Seeds

1. Shibahara
2. Hart
3. Failla
4. Constance Branstine
5. Goulak
5. Lahey
5. Peus
5. Car Branstine
9. Hance
9. Jack
9. SJ
9. Selim
9. Ta
9. Van Alphen
9. Zhao

Higuchi withdrew so Ena teamed up with Failla.
Possible good 2nd rd matches: Maxfield vs VA , Peus vs Dvorak, Mossmer vs Goulak.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

2015 Hard National singles applicants so far

Still ongoing; due date is July 2nd.

Black, Kenin, Kingsley, Liu and Neel entered, also Aney, COP, DiLorenzo, Dolehide, Douglas, Horvit, Miller, Sanford, Yee...and Meredith Roberts??!(glad of course lol).  Waldram too, I need to have a bird talk with her parents, if I can attend lol.
Of the college players, Kennedy Shaffer entered. Could be a credible threat to title contenders.

Angyalosy, Belaya, Bojczuk, Branstine, Bridges, Bolton, Campana, Dunleavy, Eason, Emma(also applied to G18?), Ewing, Flores, Forbes, Gadalov, Hand, Hurley, SJ, Joyce, Kowalski, Lim, Lorenzini, Meredith, Muljat, Osuigwe, Tatum Rice, Schaefer(also applied to G18), Subhash, Tabachnik, Van Linge, Zhao..

I'm rather more thrilled to bird there again lol, if I can make it.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rebecca Weissmann to LSU

According to TRN

Another coup by coach Sell.

So their lineup per class is;

Kuykendall Taylor
Costa Owens Holloway
Atanasson Straume Foster

Not bad at all; quite impressive, I'd say.

2015 G16 Clay player list

First Singles results from Q last year;

Girls' 16 Singles
F (5) Claire Liu d. (1) Ryan Peus 6-1; 6-2
PL (2) Kayla Day d. (4) Makenna Jones 6-4; 6-4
SF (5) Claire Liu d. (2) Kayla Day 6-0; 6-7(5); 6-1
SF (1) Ryan Peus d. (4) Makenna Jones 6-3; 5-7; 6-0
Q (2) Kayla Day d. Kylie McKenzie 6-2; 6-7(4); 6-1
Q (5) Claire Liu d. (17) Chiara Lommer 6-4; 6-3
Q (4) Makenna Jones d. Maria Ross 1-6; 6-2; 6-2
Q (1) Ryan Peus d. Elizabeth Scotty 6-3; 6-0

While plenty of Class of 2017 players are playing G18, some elected to play G16, such as Taylor Bridges, Sam Martinelli, Riley McQuaid...naturally? those will be top contenders. Alex Belaya, Anna Brylin, Salma Ewing, Abigail Forbes, Grace Joyce, Lairmore, Ann Li, Rachel Lim, Nicole Mossmer are other good contenders.
Some prominent youngsters such as Natasha Subhash and Whitney Osuigwe are playing as well.

2015 G18 Clay National Player list

Clay is a bit different than Hard in that age restriction is rather more flexible(methink). This year even some top players from the Class of 2019 are competing lol, such as Carson Branstine and Taylor Johnson. Caty McNally of the Class of 2020 as well!
What makes it even more interesting is that some top players from the Class of 2015(thus prospective College Freshmen) are playing; McCarthy, Hamlin, Aney, Horvit, Fahey...should be real interesting. Overall level is quite good, some top players from respective classes from 2016 to 2018 competing as well, such as Daavettila, Higuchi, Pothoff, Day, Douglas..

Results from last year;

Girls' 18 Singles
F (5) Katerina Stewart d. (17) Kennedy Shaffer 6-1; 6-3
SF (17) Kennedy Shaffer d. (4) Jessie Aney 1-6; 6-1; 6-2
SF (5) Katerina Stewart d. (8) Caroline Lampl 6-0; 6-1
Q (17) Kennedy Shaffer d. (17) Gabrielle Andrews 7-6(4); 5-7; 7-6(4)
Q (4) Jessie Aney d. (7) Kelly Chen 6-3; 6-0
Q (8) Caroline Lampl d. (17) Gabriella Pollner 6-4; 1-6; 6-2
Q (5) Katerina Stewart d. (1) Francesca Dilorenzo 6-2; 6-3

PL-S (7) Kelly Chen d. (17) Gabrielle Andrews Wo (inj)
PL-S (1) Francesca Dilorenzo d. (17) Gabriella Pollner 6-1; 6-2
PL-F (1) Francesca Dilorenzo d. (7) Kelly Chen Wo (pc)
PL (4) Jessie Aney d. (8) Caroline Lampl 6-2; 6-0

Girls' 18 Doubles
F (9) Andrews/Hance d. (9) Horvit/Stewart 6-3; 7-5
PL (3) Dilorenzo/Goodman d. (8) Lord/Urbinati 6-1; 6-1
SF (9) Andrews/Hance d. (8) Lord/Urbinati 3-6; 7-5; 7-5
SF (9) Horvit/Stewart d. (3) Dilorenzo/Goodman 6-1; 6-2

Vandy, TAMU and Alabama's National results for the last 4 years


NTI 2nd Rd l. to Texas 1-4
NCAA 2nd Rd l. to USC 1-4

NTI Rd of 16 l. to UCLA 1-4
NCAA 2nd Rd l. to Clemson 2-4

NTI Rd of 16 l. to UNC 3-4
Scores from Vandy

#3 North Carolina 4, #15 Vanderbilt 3
Singles competition 1. #2 Jamie Loeb (NC) def. #61 Lauren Mira (VU) 6-1, 6-0
2. #5 Hayley Carter (NC) def. Courtney Colton (VU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2)
3. #48 Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. #88 Whitney Kay (NC) 4-6, 7-5, 11-9
4. Caroline Price (NC) def. Frances Altick (VU) 1-6, 6-2, 10-7
5. Marie Casares (VU) def. #118 Ashley Dai (NC) 6-3, 6-2
6. #102 Ashleigh Antal (VU) def. Tessa Lyons (NC) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #10 Whitney Kay/Caroline Price (NC) def. Ashleigh Antal/Lauren Mira (VU) 7-6 (7-5)
2. #12 Hayley Carter/Jamie Loeb (NC) def. Marie Casares/Courtney Colton (VU) 6-4
3. Frances Altick/Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. #42 Laura Slater/Kate Vialle (NC) 6-1
Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 3-1; National ranking #15
North Carolina 5-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,4,5,3,2)

NCAA Rd of 16 l. to Florida 0-4

NTI Rd of 16 l. to Cal 3-4


2012 NTI 1st Rd l. to Texas 3-4
2012 NCAA 2nd Rd l. to GT 3-4

2013 NTI Rd of 16 l. to NU 1-4
2013 NCAA Rd of 16 l. to Cal. 1-4

2014 NTI Rd of 16 l. to USC 3-4
2014 NCAA Q l. to UNC 2-4

2015 NTI Rd of 16 l. to Miami 1-4
2015 NCAA 2nd Rd l. to Clemson 2-4


2012 NTI 1st Rd l. to Ole Miss 3-4
2012 NCAA 2nd Rd l. to Michigan 3-4

2013 NTI Rd of 16 l. to UNC 0-4
2013 NCAA Final l. to Stanford 3-4

2014 NTI Rd of 16 l. to NU 2-3
2014 NCAA Rd of 16 l. to UNC 0-4

2015 NTI 2nd Rd l. to TCU 2-4
2015 NCAA Rd of 16 l. to UCLA 1-4

All began to reach the National stage simultaneously, and TAMU/Vandy even advanced to the NCAA Finals, Vandy winning it.

UNC and UVA's results past 4 years

Both made ACC and National Tournaments more interesting;


NTI Rd of 16 l. to USC 2-4
NCAA Rd of 16 l. to Miami 2-4

NCAA Q l. to UCLA 1-4

NTI Q l. to Duke 2-4
NCAA Final l. to UCLA 3-4

NTI WON d. UGA 4-1
NCAA Q l. to UCLA 1-4

Lol they met UCLA so many times, 4 times in 3 years(1-3). Advanced at least to the Final for the last 3 years, a huge accomplishment; consolidated its status as one of the best teams in the nation.


NTI Rd of 16 l. to NU 2-4
NCAA Rd of 16 l. to Duke 1-4

NTI Rd of 16 l. to USC 1-4
NCAA Rd of 16 l. to TAMU 0-5

NTI Rd of 16 l. to Florida 2-4
NCAA Q l. to Stanford 2-4

NTI Q l. to Florida 1-4
NCAA Rd of 16 l. to Baylor 3-4

UVA won the Conference title for the last 2 years, but National results are not very good.  Florida stood in their way 2 years in a row at NTI, their home.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Oracle masters(2)

From ITA

Oracle/ITA Masters
Malibu Racquet Club, Malibu, California
September 18-20, 2015

I dunno why we need to have more individual championship, frankly speaking. It is good for So. Cal fan's like me lol, but we have WAATC a month later anyway. I thought ITA cared about the student's well-being by imposing those shortened formats lol.

No need to play both men and women either. Wasn't NCAA's long schedule due to its dual gender site one of the reasons they imposed new shortened rules?

I don't care if men choose to play dbls later or shorten it or whatever, just hope they leave the women alone, free from those frivolous experiments.

2016 Kick off GT/LSU?

From ITA

1. Georgia Tech
2. LSU
3. DePaul

4. William & Mary

This is 2015 Roster for LSU from its website

2014-15 Roster
Previous Season | Next Season
Hometown (High School/Previous School/Club)
Amanda Atanasson 5-10 Fr. HS Owings Mills, Md.  (Forest Trail Academy)
Skylar Holloway 5-8 So. 1L Washington, D.C.  (Robinson Secondary School)
Skylar Kuykendall 5-8 Jr. TR Jasper, Ala.  (Potter's Wheel Academy/Memphis)
Abby Owens 5-7 So. 1L Duluth, Ga.  (Peachtree Ridge HS)
Noel Scott 5-8 Sr. 1L Los Angeles, Calif.  (Laurel Springs School/Texas)
Madara Straume 5-7 Fr. HS Jurmala, Latvia  (Murjanu Sporta Gimnazija)
Ella Taylor 5-2 Jr. 2L Hampshire, England  (Talbot Heath School)
Joana Vale Costa 5-5 So. 1L Lisbon, Portugal  (Escolar Secundaria de Cascais)

Scott out, but acquired Foster and Golovin.  So deep...I won't be surprised at all if LSU advances to Wisconsin.

Georgia's results

UGA actually has been quite good for the last few years. No.1 seed for NCAA last year, and advanced to Semis in both occasions this year. Not bad at all, surely one of the best SEC teams nowadays.

NTI; 0-4 Q loss to Cal.
NCAA; 2-4 Q loss to Duke

NTI; 1-4 Semi loss to UCLA
NCAA; 1-4 Q loss to Stanford

NTI; 3-4 Q loss to Cal.
NCAA; 1-4 Q loss to Florida

NTI; 1-4 Final loss to UNC
NCAA; 1-4 Semi loss to UCLA

Never lost in the Rd of 16, and 2 Semi appearances, and 1 Final appearance.

USC's team results

For sure the last few years have been quite good by the Trojans, one of the best in recent years.

NTI; 0-4 Semi loss to UCLA
NCAA; 3-4 Semi loss to UCLA

NTI; 3-4 Q loss to UNC
NCAA; 3-4 Rd of 16 loss to Stanford
NTI; 0-4 Q loss to UCLA
NCAA; 3-4 Rd of 16 loss to UGA

NTI;  2-4 Rd of 16 loss to UVA
NCAA; 0-4 Semi loss to Vandy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2015 Summer Circuit link

2015 Div III final rankings

From ITA

June 9, 2015

Rank School Previous Rank
1 Williams 1
2 Emory 2
3 Amherst 7
4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3
5 Middlebury 6
6 Carnegie Mellon 5
7 Pomona-Pitzer 10
8 Bowdoin 8
9 MIT 13
10 Washington & Lee4
11 Johns Hopkins  9
12 Sewanee 12
13 Washington University - St. Louis 11
14 DePauw 14
15 Chicago 15
16 Skidmore 16

Rank Player School
1 Eudice Chong Wesleyan
2 Maria Pylypiv Williams
3 Joulia Likhanskaia Bowdoin
4 Rebecca Ho Wash. U St. Louis
5 Juli Raventos Williams
6 Ria Gerger Middlebury
7 Vanessa Pavia Carnegie Mellon
8 Michelle Satterfield Emory
9 Caroline Ward Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
10 Sophia Vega Texas Lutheran
11 Ariana Iranpour Chicago
12 Linda Shin Williams
13 Beatrice Rosen Emory
14 Elysa Kohrs MIT
15 Vickie Ip Amherst
16 Sonja Meighan Washington & Lee
17 Ashnaa Rao Johns Hopkins
18 Sue Ghosh Amherst
19 Natalie Etchegaray Redlands
T-20 Bronte Goodhue Sewanee
T-20 Andrea Madrigal La Verne
T-20 Sarah Woods Kalamazoo
T-20 Carley Cooke Brandeis
24 Ella Riddle Linfield
25 Summer Garrison Lewis & Clark
26 Katie Kuosman CMS

Some surprising singles rankings, and new names, too. Williams put 3 players in top 12 lol, no wonder they won the team NCAA again. CMS did a bit better this year, but the top 3 hasn't changed, only the order lol. Amherst did well even after their top senior duo graduated, quite a feat when their best player was ranked only 15th(isn't Ip even a Freshman?)..