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Monday, February 15, 2016

ASU at PEPP

So windy today. Birded the Lagoon of course; the lagoon itself was quite depleted, to my surprise. Such a low water level.
Nothing unusual but there were hundreds of thousands of California Gulls at the beach. Flushed 4 Western Meadowlarks at the viewing platform further east. Osprey was there as usual. Plenty of Royal Terns were seen, along with the usual Double-crested Cormorants and Brown Pelicans.

Of the ducks, Gadwalls were a lot. Followed by American Widgeon, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead..only one Pied-billed Grebe was seen.

Of the shorebirds, some Black-bellied Plovers, one Whimbrel, some Marbled Godwits..

At the tennis court, A Red-tailed Hawk soared above, and later 16 Nanday Parakeets were seen flying toward the west.

Oh, took like 40 min. to arrive at the Lagoon. Way back, took twice the time :sobbing: We Angelenos can dream; the end of traffic!

Scores from PEPP

#17 Pepperdine 4, #27 Arizona State University 3
Feb 15, 2016 at Malibu, Calif. (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)

Target species; a specimen from Washington or something; blond crown, overall pale complexion lol, fairly tall.

You've guessed right; Sammi Hampster! Haha.  She was the only player from ASU who won both. Having a good debut season :)

 Doubles competition

1. #54 PANOHO, Ebony/OSBORNE, Alexadnra (ASU) def. #3 CUTURA,MATEA/MADDOX,CHRISTINE (PEP) 6-4

#1 match wasn't particularly enticing for me lol, so can't really say. Thought PEPP were doing well(including Christine's usual sharp poaches) and ASU not well, but later Ebony served well and Alex was good at net too methinks.

2. #18 STEFANI,LUISA/RUNGLERDKRIANGKRAI,A (PEP) def. KRAWCZYK, Desirae/VLAD, Stephanie (ASU) 6-2

Naturally concentrated on THIS match; de facto #1 teams imo lol. ASU team actually played #1 and they played the Slams as well.
But Steph's condition didn't seem too good. Made many errors, including sending some balls(passing shots?) long.  Finished too fast for my liking; 6 games is just too damn short, although some might say that it's 'just right' lol.

3. JUMP, Kassidy/HAMPTON, Sammi (ASU) def. #57 GULBE,LAURA/MILOVANOVIC,DZINA (PEP) 7-5

I said target species lol, so of course paid attention to this match as well. ASU played well to win this.   PEPP were leading throughout the match, but ASU had the last spurt.
Both Devils drove well, and aggressively. Sammi also was pretty competent at net. Nice concentration, etc.

 Singles competition
1. #6 STEFANI,LUISA (PEP) def. #36 KRAWCZYK, Desirae (ASU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-0

Rather disappointed in Desirae's performance, because I was very looking forward to this matchup; the match to decide who's 'Da Boss' in California lol.  Desirae naturally was the contender as NCTC and ASU invite champs.

As I said, she was already one of the top hitters at Ojai last year, so was perplexed why her fh was so....WEAK.  Bh was decent, serve as well, but her fh was so weak that it invited Luisa's relentless probing.  Couldn't inject pace into it, and it frequently landed at the serve line inviting to get whacked. Lots of loopy balls as well.

She can do better, I've seen her hit those fhs confidently with massive pace, so was frankly nonplussed. It's not like Luisa is the biggest hitter out there. Did Luisa use angles and timing to disrupt Desirae's rhythm? Dunno.

Luisa was almost flawless, albeit making some errors here and there. She's such a great mover, and was pretty aggressive throughout the match; not really losing the variety duel against an accomplished player like Desirae either.
And her serve; probably one of the best out there. Out wide, T, verra good.

2. GULBE,LAURA (PEP) def. #98 JUMP, Kassidy (ASU) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)

Was very impressed with Jump's game; wow she DID get better. Her drives were sharp as hell!! No wonder she posted such great results so far. Definitely earned her #2 spot imo.  So basically was in control of the match, yet her finishing shots were sometimes really bad lol. More concentration is needed.
Laura as usual hustled well, returned well, to prolong those rallies; it ended in Jump's UEs lots of times.  Frankly Jump should've won this lol.

3. CUTURA,MATEA (PEP) def. PANOHO, Ebony (ASU) 6-3, 6-3

Also impressed with Ebony's game as well. Maybe a bit less powerful than Jump, but could also hit quite sharply. Matea really did well to press on.  Her variety also paid off methinks.

4. #67 MILOVANOVIC,DZINA (PEP) def. VLAD, Stephanie (ASU) 6-3, 7-5

It's really too bad Steph wasn't in her best form. She was a very good player during her sophomore year(played #1 as well). Still the match was quite competitive, and she actually led 5-2 in the 2nd and could've won that game; couldn't do that, and it was all downhill from there.

5. HAMPTON, Sammi (ASU) def. RUNGLERDKRIANGKRAI,A (PEP) 6-3, 6-4

Watched simultaneously with 1, 3 matches lol. Sammi was aggressive, didn't lose the aggression battle against Jean. And came up to the net quite frequently, maybe a bit risky but it generally worked methinks. If she didn't have such a good reflex and volley skills, hard to execute that tactic.

6. O'SULLIVAN, Gussie (ASU) def. CAPANNOLO,MICHAELA (PEP) 5-7, 6-2, 10-6

Michaela was as usual...loud haha, exhorting her teammates. Thought she was the bigger hitter, but Gussie was a solid ralleyer methinks. Couldn't really watch much.

 Match Notes
Arizona State University 3-2; National ranking #27
Pepperdine 4-1; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,3,4,1,2,6)
Official: David Martinez

Hmmm, as I said ASU definitely had chances.  But they should execute better if they hope to top USC and UCLA.  Not impossible of course, but we'll see how they rebound.

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