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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Marquee matches tomorrow(New Year's Day)

So, basically all G16 matches lol, including dbls; I know G18 dbls final could be a blockbuster, but did watch both teams a lot by now, so regretfully :p  Still should have a peek, if  'humanly' possible lol.

Plus Kurtz vs Higuchi, since I haven't seen Emma K. much today(by the way it was the day of 'Georgian massacre'; all 3 lost today at G18 lol), and lil' Emma, I really should pay attention to her match at least once :p (But I did watch her last dbls match?) 

But it has to compete with 4 G16 sgls consolation matches, alas..! (9am matches. I'm not even talking about other G18 sgls consolation matches lol)

Of G16 MD sgls semis, in fact 3 of 4 played Irvine lol(so I've seen them play). So should check on Jones vs VA.  Definitely will check out how Cheong plays.

And Happy New Year.  Let's hope College Div. I. Doubles would 'resurrect' 'itself'..or will it be just a pipe dream? I'm sure 'they' wouldn't want to return to 8 games dbls?  God how am I going to watch those dbls matches during Freeman if they again employ 6 games AND no ad...ugh!!! Such a tragedy...

Lol I just clicked on Sophia Edwards' TRN page and it has Florida Sportsmanship award winner plaque pic instead of her profile pic haha. Nice choice though :)

2015 Winter National G16 thus far

Well finally I get to watch them, so probably will concentrate on those players tomorrow!

First look at this TRN list of the class of 2019; many are still alive.

1(1)Amanda AnisimovaFL9
2(2)Abigail DesiatnikovGA14
3(3)Natasha SubhashVA22
4(4)Carson BranstineCA19
5(5)Hurricane Tyra BlackFL14
6(7)Taylor JohnsonCA21
7(6)Nicole MossmerCA25
8(8)Dalayna HewittOH15
9(9)Alana WolfbergFL14
10(10)Sabina DadaciuFL16
11(11)Lea MaNY21
12(12)Jennifer GadalovCA20
13(13)Julia HaynesCA14
14(14)Kacie HarveyMA24
15(18)Marcella CruzNJ22
16(16)Abigail ForbesNC19
17(17)Chelsea KungTX24
18(19)Chloe BeckGA19
19(21)Angelica BlakeFL12
20(15)Jessi MuljatCA16
21(22)Gia CohenFL16
22(24)Anika YarlagaddaMI18
23(23)Safiya CarringtonMA15
24(20)Jillian TaggartCA11
25(25)Dasha KourkinaNY16
26(26)Michelle SorokkoNY18
27(27)Josie FrazierAZ16
28(29)Sophia HattonNY25
29(28)Elli MandlikFL22
30(30)Andrea CerdanNJ13
31(33)Briana CrowleyIN20
32(31)Hailey BaptisteDC17
33(32)Ashley YeahCA17
34(36)Rena LinCA26
35(34)Tia MukherjeeMI12
36(35)Nicole HammondVA17
37(37)Britt PursellCA22

Johnson, Hatton and  Mossmer played today, and M advance to G18 semi.

And Haynes, Forbes, Kung, Blake are still alive; others have gone far as well, Yarlagadda, Kourkina, Sorokko, Frazier, Yeah, Lin, etc..

Choy and Gallagher are continuing their excellent form from Irvine(both won their respective divisions, in singles).  Cheong who did well at Florida recently is class of 2020 TRN #7; another Nevada player, following Kimberly Yee's footsteps? :) Floridan Sophie Edwards is right behind her at #8.

Campana still being alive isn't surprising of course; the more surprising is Eason losing to Gallagher. Bianco as well, who played well at EB, lost to Haynes.

Goldsmith and Ryngler met each other, I really wanted to watch this match lol. Both are now out of contention.

Allen as I said, has been doing well this year, later half. Fellow class of 2018 players, Choy, Zhao, Campana, and Jankowski are still alive.

Dbls, no big upsets like G18; #3 vs #2 in the final. Bellini/Graham trainwrecked the draw defeating strong opponents like Haynes/Henry and #1 lol, but finally got stopped in the semi, still plays 3-4PL tomorrow.

So should I check TRN pages and familiarize those faces for tomorrow lol, don't really know many players here. But first, dinner awaits(hotel wifi is still not working -_- Oh first should scout birding location near SRP, or should just bird Riparian Preserve many interesting and surprising species spotted by veteran birders today! ).

Some results from the later stages;

Q (2) Hannah Zhao d. (8) Carolyn Campana 6-1; 6-1

Shocking. Caro is a really good player..Z's form seems very on this tournament.

Q Naomi Cheong d. (5) Abigail Forbes 7-6(1)); 6-1

Q Sedona Gallagher d. Julia Haynes 2-6; 6-1; 6-1

Sedona has no problem rallying, I see; defeating Purcell and Haynes, both ultra solid players, proves it. And she's quite tall.

Q (1) Sara Choy d. (7) Sophia Edwards 6-1; 3-6; 6-2

Edwards must be really good, pushing Choy to 3.

16 (2) Hannah Zhao d. (17) Angelica Blake 6-2; 2-6; 6-0

Blake as well, should watch both players, not sure I've seen both before, Edwards and Blake.

16 (8) Carolyn Campana d. Emilee Duong 7-5; 6-3

Duong did very well this tournament.

16 Naomi Cheong d. (3) Chelsea Kung 6-2; 6-4

16 (5) Abigail Forbes d. (10) Salma Ewing 7-6(5); 4-6; 6-2

Thought this could be tight.

16 Julia Haynes d. (6) Alessandra Bianco 6-1; 7-5

16 Sedona Gallagher d. (4) Rachel Eason 6-1; 1-6; 6-2

Probably the biggest shocker.

16 (7) Sophia Edwards d. (11) Dasha Kourkina 6-1; 6-4

16 (1) Sara Choy d. (13) Jayci Goldsmith 6-2; 6-3
32 (2) Hannah Zhao d. Lahari Yelamanchili 6-1; 6-4

32 (17) Angelica Blake d. (12) Cali Jankowski 6-2; 3-6; 6-3

All the more reason I should watch Blake tomorrow lol.

32 (8) Carolyn Campana d. Somer Henry 6-2; 7-6(6)

Too bad I missed Henry this time. Still remember her shocking upset of Conard at EB.

32 Emilee Duong d. (14) Sophia Reddy 2-6; 7-6(3); 6-0

Quite an upset.

32 (3) Chelsea Kung d. (17) Kolie Allen 6-4; 6-2
32 Naomi Cheong d. (15) Margaret Owensby 6-3; 6-4
32 (5) Abigail Forbes d. (17) Josie Frazier 6-3; 6-1
32 (10) Salma Ewing d. (17) Julia Deming 6-2; 6-4

32 Julia Haynes d. (9) Madison Hwang 6-0; 6-1

Hwang is an excellent hitter; did Haynes moonball her to death or what haha.

32 (6) Alessandra Bianco d. Georgia Ryan 6-4; 6-1

32 Sedona Gallagher d. (16) Ashley Yeah 6-1; 6-7(6; 6-3

Just upset galore by Sedona this tournament. She even defeated Ivana Corley in 3, good god..!

32 (4) Rachel Eason d. (17) Vivian Cheng 6-2; 6-2
32 (11) Dasha Kourkina d. Lauren Stein 6-4; 6-2
32 (7) Sophia Edwards d. Anika Yarlagadda 7-6(3); 2-6; 7-5

32 (13) Jayci Goldsmith d. Alexa Ryngler 6-2; 4-6; 6-0

Thought this could be fun, sorry I missed this.


QQ (17) Kolie Allen d. (4) Rachel Eason 6-3; 6-0

Allen must be playing real well.

QQ (12) Cali Jankowski d. (14) Sophia Reddy 6-1; 6-3
QQ (17) Angelica Blake d. Emilee Duong 6-0; 6-1

QQ (3) Chelsea Kung d. (10) Salma Ewing 3-6; 6-1; 11-9

Means Kung is damn good.

R4 (4) Rachel Eason d. (17) Maeve Koscielski 6-0; 6-1

R4 (17) Kolie Allen d. (6) Alessandra Bianco 6-0; 2-0Ret (ill)

Another upset by Allen.

R4 (14) Sophia Reddy d. (13) Jayci Goldsmith 7-6(2)); 6-2; 10-7

Really wanted to watch this today, alas..

R4 (12) Cali Jankowski d. (11) Dasha Kourkina 6-2; 6-3
R4 Emilee Duong d. Melissa LaMette 7-6(1)); 6-3
R4 (17) Angelica Blake d. (17) Michelle Sorokko 6-0; 6-2
R4 (10) Salma Ewing d. (16) Ashley Yeah 7-6(7)); 6-1; 10-6

R4 (3) Chelsea Kung d. Rena Lin 6-4; 6-3

Rena is a powerful hitter; winning in 2? No kidding.

4Q (17) Maeve Koscielski d. (17) Julia Deming 3-6; 6-3; 12-10
4Q (17) Kolie Allen d. Madison Tattini 6-2; 3-2Ret (inj)

4Q (14) Sophia Reddy d. Somer Henry 6-2; 4-6; 10-6
4Q (12) Cali Jankowski d. Lahari Yelamanchili 6-2; 7-6(6))
4Q Melissa LaMette d. Jennifer Kerr 6-4; 3-6; 10-7
4Q (17) Michelle Sorokko d. Lauren Stein 6-3; 6-1
4Q (16) Ashley Yeah d. (17) Vivian Cheng 7-6(8)); 6-3
4Q Rena Lin d. (17) Luba Vasilyuk 4-6; 6-3; 10-6

Wait a minute who beat Lauren Lemonds? I was very impressed with her game at the National.. Duong defeated her in 2? WOWZA.

I see that Sorokko defeated Van Linge, another huge upset.

2015 Winter National 5th Day

Not many coaches today, WF, ASU, Ok. St., Indiana? And another coach..MSU? and later TCU came. Nicola Slater? 'materialized' today! Methinks.

So empty, I really wished G16 matches were played there, too bad.

And you know, practically every match involved Asians; quite an 'invasion'!

On forgot to add this; a kid 'preempted' me with an excellent burka!! Not the exact outfit, but he poked two eyes on a blanket and wore it; I applaud the creativity! Was he SJ(Taylor Johnson)'s little bro or what?

R4 (3) Emma Higuchi d. (6) Camille Favero 6-2Ret (inj)

Too bad I couldn't watch this, but that was only the first set? It took literally ages; not that surprising since Camille is an ultra solid player. Too bad couldn't watch this, but I've watched Camille last month at Irvine and yesterday against Bojczuk, so..

R4 (11) Christina Rosca d. (17) Darya Possokhova Wo (inj)

Darya's mom sported a smart hat! But no mas 'Dance Open' jacket lol. Now we smile at each other haha.

R4 (15) Christie Wan d. Danielle Bauers 6-0; 6-2

I haven't really watched Wan and Li play singles, so could watch both extensively today; verra impressed. Good god Wan is a fabulous hitter; fh form was just gorgeous! In and out shots were especially lethal methinks. Not that Bauers played badly, Wan was just too good today.  Was her condition like that yesterday as well? If so, you can imagine Ena's level....!

R4 (17) Taylor Bridges d. Elizabeth Norman Wo (ill)

R4 (17) Tatum Rice d. Devon Jack Wo (inj)

R4 (17) Ann Li d. Marybeth Hurley 6-4; 6-4

Impressed with both. Li hits so flat, and today she was pretty much on; against this formidable opponent, Marybeth hit like Kenin; form really looked like it, and played pretty similarly too, attacking the lines at will, and handling Li's pace quite well. What a battle; very high level methinks. Both also have variety, so enjoyed this immensely. Oh Li is the fashionista of the day; wore an ear-muff!!  H was unusually silent but began to later crank up her volume, as her wont! Haha, I don't remember her yelling that much last time I've seen her? :)

R4 McCartney Kessler d. (17) Annette Goulak Wo (inj)

R4 Tate Schroeder d. Taylor Johnson 6-2; 6-2

Score doesn't do SJ justice, felt the match was tighter. That said, her fh kinda leaked errors today. But hit bhs quite well, and as I said, both are just excellent hitters. SJ early on came to the net to good effect, showcased her volley skills; with very soft hands, made sharp angled winners. The problem is, Tate is also a very solid mover and excellent passer. Tate really has it all, doesn't lack variety either. Her bh is also solid enough, SJ probed somewhat methinks(since SJ is a lefty) but Tate held well on that wing.
That's quite a sleeper pick by Mizzou!

QQ (3) Emma Higuchi d. (11) Christina Rosca 6-2; 6-4

Yeah I couldn't watch Emma play today at all lol, just said hi later haha.

QQ (15) Christie Wan d. (17) Taylor Bridges 6-2; 2-6; 10-7

Thought it would be a tough battle for Taylor, but she is also a big hitter; and is a good volleyer as well, so could ensure a tight match. Both just hit massively, and Wan did make more errors in this match.  Couldn't really watch much of the later stages.

QQ (17) Ann Li d. (17) Tatum Rice 1-6; 6-3; 10-8

Another blockbuster; both hit so well. That said, Tatum is not the most agile player haha, so couldn't return Li's many potent shots. But of course, her effortless drives, serves, volleys..harassed Li to the end.
Any team which gets both players are winners; because both also boast excellent variety. Li already is one of the best dbls players of her class, of 2018(TRN #15).

QQ Tate Schroeder d. McCartney Kessler 7-5; 2-6; 10-6

This was just such a battle; at first Tate's drive condition didn't seem too good, but still managed to win the 1st? Wow. K is herself a good hitter but today had to concentrate on retrieving; Tate's all out offense was that formidable. But K retrieved well; hence the tight match. K also boasts excellent variety, but again, Tate managed to reach those shots; really impressive! Was serve the decider? Could be, K's were sometimes unstable.  But I think basic drive errors were more her bane. But tight, all the way.

Q (17) Nicole Mossmer d. (10) Emma Kurtz 6-1; 6-4

Didn't watch at first, had to watch Consolation matches, as my wont lol. So after all matches were finished lol, at last could concentrate.   Probably the 2nd set, I don't like those cutey balls; scorecards are more easier to read, at least to me lol.  Oh there were no tents upon the structures this time, unlike last time.

Nicole's moonballing is deceiving; because she always looks to attack. So if you can't return those moonballs well, you are going to get attacked, instantly. Moreover her swing and racquet head speed seems very good; so she gained initiative lots of times.  Add to that her tremendous defensive ability, you have a very tough competitor; you have to play well, to beat her.

Problem for Emma was, probably, that her drives weren't potent enough. Elected to go toe to toe rallying, and did at times win those tough battles with her excellent touch. She does move very well for her size; but you're not going to outrun Nicole(she played soccer: many say playing various sports helps. You don't want a burn-out case either); and her drives basically, couldn't trouble Nicole that much. Too tentative or conservative? Made drive errors at times when she tried to hit through Nicole. And didn't really win the serve battle either; Nicole is also a very good server, one more reason why she wins.

Q (9) Jessica Failla d. Jenna Moustafa 7-5; 6-1

Likewise, could watch the 2nd set, last match to finish. When I glimpsed a bit in the 1st they were doing a classical moonball battle lol. In the 2nd, Jess just outplayed Jenna, but you have to hand it to Jenna for making life tough for Jess in the 1st set haha. Jess was pretty aggressive in the 2nd, and it paid off methinks.

Q (16) Sydney Van Alphen d. (7) Janice Shin 3-6; 6-0; 6-2

Couldn't really watch much, but the points were long; both hit well and also showed nice variety.
Sydney is really...having a monster finish this year lol. She now seems like a very good match player.

Q (12) Alyvia Jones d. (1) Ena Shibahara 6-2; 6-3

So concentrated on this match, since there weren't any Consolation matches to 'bother' this one lol. 
As I said I 'saved' Alyvia's matches for this; didn't really watch her play much before this tournament.

She. is. just an excellent defender. Returning those monstrous pace of Ena's drives? You try that lol.  She managed to return those countless times, to ensure longer rallies; ended in Ena's errors lots of times.

 Of course winner count, Ena's dwarfs Alyvia's probably. But Alyvia just did not give any easy points; returned every shot deep; and passed superbly on Ena's approaches. Especially her bh is gold; one of the best bhs out there, never really loses control. Slices very well too.

So against this 'rockk Ena finally faltered, but I have to admire her trademark offensive spirit; never backed off receiving Alyvia's good serves(another reason why Alyvia won; better server: Ena DFed at times. Alyvia's 2nds in turn got mercilessly attacked by Ena, but again, she managed to return those!).

SF (2) Goulak/Shibahara d. Abdelouahid/Wong 6-3; 6-4

A/W were impressive; really a good doubles team. Volleys, drives, excellent. That was not an easy win at all. G/S had to play well to defeat them.

SF (1) Rosca/Slaysman d. (9) Brylin/Li 6-1; 1-6; 6-1

At first R/S just cruised mainly due to Rosca dominating the match. But later on Li came alive; hit so well, drives and volleys. And Brylin's defense was as usual brilliant. Coupled with Savannah's errors haha, won the 2nd set easily.
So how did R/S cruise in the 3rd; Savannah woke up!  Began to play more proactively, began to attack the net more aggressively; paid off, and thereafter regained her solid form, driving, poaching, flawlessly. She had to play that well, otherwise..who knows? Because B/L were that good.

12/31 Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch pics

Target species ALL MET!!  Why can't be birding this easy?  Birds practically 'auditioned' for me lol, just came by and passed by, so lucky or what. Or is this usual here lol.  Birds really aren't that shy at all, is this because birds are less 'bothered', that humans here are more 'civilized' toward them(such as children not harassing the birds!).

So birded an hour in the morning, and spotted Neotropic Cormorants and Curve-billed Thrasher! Bonus were Gambel's Quails and Wilson Snipe! The latter I've only flushed at Hahamongna, couldn't really see it, so was damn lucky, at that :)

And after the dbls matches ended, drove fast lol, to bird before sunset; glad I did, because I came upon a couple of Inca Doves quite nearby the entrance!

This is such a birding hotspot; I mean, it's so easy to spot those birds, since they are also quite cooperative! No wonder there are more than 4400 ebird lists!  Rather similar to San Joaquin Sanctuary at Orange, but more accessible, and boasts quite a diverse habitat as well. Not only various ponds, but fallow fields, etc. Met birders in the morning with expensive cameras and such lol. Enquired about Inca Dove of course, but glad I found it later.

So all 4 target species spotted; what a couple of days!  I really am glad I came; too bad I couldn't watch G16 matches, but other than that, no regrets. 

 Ah....Wild Wild West!

But look at this list; these guys are teasing me! Not only Gila Woodpecker, which I should spot, but also Cattle Egret, Harris Hawk, and American Redstart???!!!!  I really should bird stress-free lol, not worrying about tennis matches start time! Maybe I should ditch tomorrow's matches and bird to my heart's content...! :p

Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch, Maricopa County, Arizona, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:21 AM
Party Size:
2 hour(s), 33 minute(s)
2.75 mile(s)
Cindy Layton List , Ian Layton
51 species total
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Neotropic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Harris's Hawk
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Gila Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
American Redstart

AMRE. Tail markings distinctive. Yellow base tail patches either side of black T-
shape marking for rest. Yellow sides. Green-green body. Yellow remiges. Fanned tail frequently. Definitely NOT YRWA. Seen south of the Greenfield Rd parking lot.


© Ian Layton
AMRE.bAmerican Redstart. Gilbert Riparian Preserve. 2015-12-31.
Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Abert's Towhee
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?