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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Winter Nat] New Year's Eve

Maybe a coincidence but Texans did well in doubles;

Players still playing tomorrow(that's finals and 3/4PL);

G18; Kung/Shin(withdrew in semis against Campana/Corley), Aragon(with Californian Duong, advanced to the final, upsetting Bridges/Rice)

G16; Cusano/Guevara, Goldsmith(with Yaloz)

G16 #1 Kourkina/Sorokko are looking for a repeat; today trounced Cusano/Guevara(G is a very good doubles player). The most difficult match for them was against Cheng/Wagner in the 2nd rd. Won 63, 67(2), 12-10.  Except that one set, didn't lose one, the closest being 75 in the 1st against Frazier/Pursell.

Final could be a familiar experience for them, since they were constantly on the defensive against Gillas/Kung in the final last time. Not sure I've seen Tran, but Crowley is one of the biggest hitters among her class of 2019, and surely among the G16 participants there(you can't beat Mossmer unless you're a superb attacker).
Too bad can't watch this match, 3/4PL Cusano/Guevara vs Goldsmith/Yaloz too.

G18, the field was pretty even this year, Shibahara not playing lol. After Altick/Bolton withdrawing it was anybody's guess, and we have Aragon/Duong vs Campana/Corley final.
Not an easy road for A/D, having to defeat Patel/Yarlagadda and Bridges/Rice.

C/C definitely had an easier draw, and avoided meeting either #2 Allen/Joyce(lost to Kung/Shin) or Kung/Shin(withdrew). But undoubtedly they're very good players, Campana being quite a solid and sharp hitter. And of course Corley is one of the best net players out there.

G18 singles semis

Kung vs Choy(surprisingly easy score against Bolton)
Forbes vs Glozman

Consolation draw

Bright vs Lin
Kuttila vs Bolton
Peng(upset Campana) vs Burger
Sung(upset Muljat) vs Yarlagadda(Y withdrew)

G16 singles semis

Blake vs Gallagher
Kourkina vs Redelijk

No surprise Blake and Gallagher advancing, a bit more surprising in Kourkina and Redelijk.

But I see that Kourkina had actually an exceptional year. I do remember being impressed with her game against Muljat at EB(and won that match), but she has also defeated Volynets(Coral Gables ITF), lost to Lim in 3, and in the National defeated Cheng, Stearns and Blake. At Pam Am, lost to Ann Li in 3, mucho impressive.

Only lost one set against hard-hitter Goldsmith so far in this tournament, as well.

Redelijk also won in a surprisingly easy score against Crowley, but she in fact has defeated her before, also in 2, at the National.

Consolation draw

Tran vs ABC
Yeah vs Lee(Lee withdrew)
Sorokko vs Goldsmith
Guevara vs Crowley

Friday, December 30, 2016

Costa Mesa Intercollegiate results

Goulak upset Kelly Chen in the semis(inter Duke match didn't happen, Makarova lost earlier).
Shibahara won, and the Branstines won the doubles today.

2016 Winter Nat. so far

G18 Singles Quarterfinals

Lin vs Kung
Bolton vs Choy
Forbes vs Burger
Yarlagadda vs Glozman

No class of 2017 or 2020 left(LSU '17 recruit Lavender withdrew, and Ryngler lost today to Glozman). Half each, class of 2018 and 2019.

Profit defeating #1 Zhao was of course a big upset.  Kung defeating Eason, not so much, but still an upset nonetheless.
Lin seems to be continuing her recent good form.

From the 2nd quarter, no surprises. Title contenders meet each other, surely a marquee match tomorrow. Bolton actually had a tough match yesterday, defeating Muljat in 3.
Christensen('19) defeating McQuaid was an upset, but C's form was quite good at Irvine, blazing flat and sharp drives left and right. M is also an uber-aggressive player, wonder how it went.

Most upsets occurred in the 3rd quarter;

Altick lost to Maia Sung('19)
Rice to Mira Gladstone('18)
Bridges to Patel('18)
Shin to Deming('18)

Glozman hasn't played much this year but defeated Martinelli and Ryngler, two very good players.
In fact the bottom half of 4th quarter was pretty stacked, what with also Joyner and Jankowski, not only the ones who made the final 4(Rd of 32) there(Ryngler, Campana, Glozman, Martinelli).

G16 Singles Quarterfinals

Blake vs ABC
Gallagher vs Lee
Goldsmith vs Kourkina
Redelijk vs Crowley

G16, not as many surprises. Blake vs Crowley final looming, but we'll see.
Half of them are from the class of 2020; ABC, Gallagher, Lee, and Redelijk.
Lee is the most surprising player here, but I haven't really seen her play much(did watch her play doubles recently).

Yeah and ABC did well at Irvine, and ABC defeated Yeah en route to Quarterfinals.

J. Goldsmith is a strong attacker from the class of 2018, so no surprise her advancing thus far. Should be a good match against very solid Kourkina tomorrow.

Garcia Gross upset Stein(not sure I've seen RGG play), and she actually made it till today; lost to Redelijk in 3. With Stein out, R advancing isn't a surprise of course.

Taggart(same class as J. Goldsmith, also a very good one) withdrew after defeating E. Goldsmith.

G18 Doubles

Playing best of 3? I see that Bridges/Rice just defeated Brylin/Pesavanto. All are excellent doubles players, would've loved to watch that match.
B/P had a tough match against Lilien/Profit yesterday(both played well this tournament, Lilien and Profit. L defeated Allen in singles).

Patel is really good. Defeated Bolton/Joyce at the National with Forbes, now with Yarlagadda defeated Levine/Martinelli.

Altick/Bolton would've been a strong title contender, but they withdrew.

Kung and Shin both are very good doubles players, so no wonder they're doing well so far. Their match today against Allen/Joyce should be an another marquee match. Allen/Joyce defeated darkhorse Deming/Lin yesterday.

G16 Doubles

Kourkina/Sorroko vs Frazier/Pursell was one of the marquee matches yesterday.

There was a big upset in the 2nd quarter yesterday; Ackerman/Dunkle defeating Despain/Owensby(D/O defeating Gallagher/Yeah wasn't an upset imo; Despain is really good).

Dunno Huth/Lyman, but they must be quite good to beat Aude/Deng.

Freeman/Newman vs the Canetes was another marquee match yesterday; The sisters won convincingly it seems, by the score. They meet(or already playing) Crowley/Tran today.
C/T defeated a tough opponent in Sassoli/Shrivastava yesterday(FYI S/S defeated Baptiste/Redelijk at the National this year, and won 7 games against Brylin/Lim).

Ava Thielman at Winter Nat.

USTA National Winter Championships
Start Date: 12/27/2016 End Date: 1/2/2017

Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 16)
64 (17) Rena Lin d. Ava Thielman 1-6; 6-4; 6-4
128 Ava Thielman d. Lauren Dunlap 7-5; 6-3

4Q Ava Thielman d. (12) Kolie Allen 6-4; 3-6; 10-5
R3 Ava Thielman d. (17) Yekaterina Alferova 6-2; 6-3
3Q Ava Thielman d. Sydney Jones 4-6; 6-3; 10-6
R2 Ava Thielman d. Katherine Earnhardt 6-3; 6-4

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Notable recruitment

Schrage to Princeton.

Brylin, Pesavento to Wake Forest(they're 1st seed at Winter Nat).

Alyvia Jones to Michigan(2018). Jones had defeated Shibahara in 2 at Winter Nat. last time.

2016 Winter National toughest draw

top half of 1st quarter for G16 singles

Blake, Duncan, Owensby, Kiss, Canete, Grishuk.

Blake probably will advance, but still a tough draw all around.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016 Irvine final day

Still stuck at Irvine(9pm), having car problem(Tustin Toyota just said Catalytic Converter problem...thought I had it covered last March..), so briefly.

Oh forgot to mention this but thought I saw Kristina, Joana, and Alyssa Smith's mom the day before.

Everybody played well(well at this final stage, obviously they should be good).

Many girls are lefties.

'Skills that thrill' t shirt noted.

Too bad most of the doubles weren't played. They played one G14 match at HCP, too bad I missed it.

Confirmed that Sam indeed is going to Yale(so the rumor was correct). Battaglia and Martinelli..Yale is also recruiting well.

Girls' 18 Singles

F (2) Hannah Zhao d. Rena Lin 5-7; 6-2; 6-3

Lin's service return stood out. Don't think Z served that bad, yet L really attacked her serve well, making outright winners and such. Z was a tad more solid.

PL (3) Sara Choy d. Britt Pursell 7-5; 6-4

Methinks P got better, especially offense-wise: could attack quite sharply. C passed well.
Somebody was wearing a USCal sweater? Related to Choy?

 CF (9) Jennifer Kerr d. (1) Samantha Martinelli 7-5; 6-4

Last match. Both hit aggressively. Both showed nice manners, applauding the opponents' fine plays and such(many did in fact during this tournament, including Tatum Burger, etc.)

CS (9) Jennifer Kerr d. Audrey Boch-Collins 6-3; 6-2

ABC could attack quite sharply. She was actually quite aggressive against Gallagher the day before, and had nice back steps. Methinks she also hits a bit like Abi Desiatnikov.
K not only hits aggressively, has very nice variety as well, including drop shot, etc. Later on committed some volley errors.

CS (1) Samantha Martinelli d. (9) Ashley Yeah 7-6(2); 2-6; 1-0(3)

Could watch some(mostly the 1st set?) with the above match. My impression is Y's follow through is good. Form rather reminded me of Kelly Chen. Bh seemed quite good. Also had trouble? tying her shoes haha.

 Girls' 14 Singles 

PL-F (5) Leyden Games d. Kimberly Hance 6-2; 7-5

G really is a good player(no wonder she harassed Duncan the day before). Very solid and could attack sharply.

PL (3) Misa Malkin d. (2) Maxi Duncan 6-1; 3-6; 6-2

D's firepower was impressive, although also netting many. Thought the match quality was quite high. M obviously did well to return all those lethal drives by D.

CF (9) ASHLEY KUA d. Cami Brown 6-2Ret (inj)

Couldn't watch this, too bad, played simultaneously with other Finals.

CS Cami Brown d. (4) Olivia McIntosh-Adams 6-1; 7-6(3)

B was a tad more solid, when I watched a bit of the 1st set along with Yeah vs Martinelli and ABC vs Kerr.

 CS (9) ASHLEY KUA d. (9) Maribella Zamarripa 6-2; 3-6; 1-0(4)

Oh this is Kua, I recognize the face. Had impressive firepower. I would've loved to watch this more, but later on had to watch both G18 and G14 final and Choy vs Pursell, too bad. This match was played right next to Brown vs OMA.

F (1) Jenna DeFalco d. (9) Katja Wiersholm 2-6; 6-2; 6-4

Both really hit well. W could construct points quite nicely, mixing it up, using short balls and such. Thought D had terrific variety watching her the day before, but W herself was a match for her, as well. Could also hit early.
Tried to watch this as much as possible, since G14 Winter Nat. venue is different from G18/G16.  Maybe D was a tad more solid later on, but the match was quite tight, as the score suggests.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Santa Ana river birding report

Can't resist! Birded despite the drizzle. I see that I birded the wrong location, further east, last winter when I tried to spot the Tufted Duck(probably the same bird? Wintering 2 seasons in row?). Tufted Duck is a very rare bird here, Eurasian species or something.

Upper Santa Ana River--Lakeview Ave. to Imperial Hwy, Orange County, California, US Map ) Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:34 AM
Party Size:
1 hour(s), 15 minute(s)

Drizzle. A birder helped me with the direction to Tufted Duck spot
40 species (+2 other taxa) total
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American Wigeon
Cinnamon Teal
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Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
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Green-winged Teal
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Ring-necked Duck
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Tufted Duck
Do not waste time walking east along the river like me(almost walked to the next bridge before giving up and turning back). Same initial location, at big pond/lake NW of Lakeview junction. Rather small. Most of the time tucked its head in.
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Lesser Scaup
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Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
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American White Pelican
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Great Blue Heron
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Great Egret
Snowy Egret
White-faced Ibis
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Turkey Vulture
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Common Gallinule
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American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
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California Gull
gull sp.
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
White-throated Swift
Black Phoebe
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
California Towhee
House Finch
House Sparrow
passerine sp.