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Saturday, February 13, 2016

PVCC day 1

White-winged Dove was 'watching' Hand vs O'Malley match! Lucky sighting, too bad I didn't have my camera with me lol. That just made my 205th bird for this year. Passing 300 should be damn easy at this pace lol. Total lifebird at 320

Some players applauded opponent's fine plays, nice to see.

Some birds were interested in the matches! A hummer perched on the fence at crt5(which venue was this though lol), No. Mockingbird was ultra noisy boasting its repertoire at PVCC, a golfer threw a stray ball to the players at RLP(dbls match) yet I don't think it was their match

And Riley McQuaid was at PVCC! Wearing that Bama t shirt haha.

16 Boch-Collins/Frazier d. (4) Gallagher/Stein 8-2

Only could watch this match. #4 seed were very aggressive: Stein also hit well. Yet the winner's defence was really good.

16 Possokhova/Tabachnik d. (4) Booth/Chang 8-3

Not really a good match lol, errors galore from both sides, hence the points were short. Booth had her moments, but Chang was dire. She does commit errors a lot, but still for her usual standards, too many(she's a very competent dbls player, actually)

 32 Amy Huang d. (8) Jillian Taggart 6-3; 6-4

Don't think Jill was even that bad, but Amy's firepower was damn impressive. Dunno how Jill won 7 games lol, but she has enough firepower of her own.

Did Jill wear a goggle before? Is it a Jamie Loeb effect or what lol, Volynets wears it, Cali, now Jill. Oh Gallagher too.

 Girls' 18 Singles

16 (2) Carson Branstine d. Ashley Lahey 6-2; 3-6; 6-4

As I said, marquee match.
Dunno, maybe Car was just a bit better server? And dunno if it was intentional, but she seemed to target Ashley's bh: maybe it was successful eventually, but Ashley actually held very well on that wing. I was pretty impressed with Ashley's defence this time(her firepower and aggressiveness is no surprise by now). Returned Car's relentless onslaught very well.

I think Car did well to press from the get go: maybe her loss against Choy was a good lesson, dunno. In that match she lost initiative partly due to her lackluster level(it seemed like she couldn't believe she was getting outhit so easily haha), but in this match she was ready. Relentlessly attacked, so didn't give too much chance for Ashley to unleash her big fh, is my take(as in best defence is good offense).

In the first(arrived late because I didn't even know that those two matches were moved to PVCC: good for me, since I could get that free dinner from the Spaghetti Factory! Thank ye) set, it was almost first strike tennis from both sides: and Ashley's shots frequently went awry: hence the lopsided score(Car was leading 3-0 when I arrived).

As I said maybe Ashley played a tad more conservatively, but made lesser errors in the 2nd, and the long intense rallies not infrequently ended in Car's errors.

Overall very high level, methinks. Both just moved and hit so well.

16 (6) Christie Wan d. Danielle Willson 6-3; 6-1

It's a pity I couldn't watch this more. Both just hits so well! Very aggressive, so it was an enjoyable match. Willson just could be a sleeper hit, she's really a good player. Wan of course is past the stage of being one lol.

16 (3) Sydney Van Alphen d. Samantha Smith 6-4; 6-1

I've always liked Sam's form and in this match she was just damn impressive! Such a beautiful fh drive, and she hit well! Moreover, even though she failed once, kept coming up to the net and volleyed: mostly made it, but it was more of a placement shot, and although her touch was good, since it was a slice VA could reach and attack those.

But she was actually the bigger hitter, so VA had to resort to variety(for example moonballing) to disrupt her rhythm: Sam was just that good! Most points she lost were due to her errors. BYU is lucky to get her. Methinks she can play upper positions: she has enough power.

Surprise(or maybe not lol) guest was Gabby! She solemnly declared that the Stadium is almost ready lol, but it's already ready enough for me, since the shade structure is already in place lol. For a shade loving creature like me, just the best stadium lol.

16 Ryan Peus d. REGINA PITTS 7-5; 6-4

Center court at IRCC, so just warched a bit. As in other matches, had to leave to watch the marquee match and to eat free dinner lol.

16 (8) Hannah Zhao d. Paulina Ferrari 6-0; 6-2
16 Anastasiya Joyner d. Jennamarie Gordon 6-4; 4-6; 6-2

16 (5) Nicole Mossmer d. Elena Van Linge 6-1; 6-0

Couldn't watch enough, so can't say, too bad. VL's condition didn't seem too good though.

16 (1) Clarissa Hand d. Meghan O'Malley 6-1; 6-4

So I was shocked that O was playing instead of Darya lol. But she also impressed me with her aggressiveness and firepower: that was not an easy win for Hand, at all. One could even say that it was rather similar to VA's matches. O just committed errors to practically hand the 2nd set over. H even initiated moonballing later in the 2nd, O's firepower was that good.

Hand is just a major whiner haha, I've never seen a bigger whiner than her! One feels almost pity for her when she moans like that lol, unlike for example fellow elite player Car's intense outbursts haha(those are rather scary!). And I see that she wore that same outfit as in..the National?
She was watching her dbls partner Lahey's sgls match later, so thanked her for coming! :)

I actually envy her, her living in NJ. Pete Dunne boasts that it's the best place for birding, having it all(various habitats). It's not just because he lives there lol, NJ does boasts some of the best birding sites

(e bird: # are species found)

1Cape Island--CMP (Cape May Point)369
2Plum Island366
3Aransas NWR (CTC 037) (Aransas Co.)365
4Cape Island--CMPSP (Cape May Point SP)358
5Parker River NWR357
6Cape Island (Cape May Co. south of the Cape May canal)355
7Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024)354
8Bosque del Apache NWR353
9Southeast Farallon Island (SF Co.)351
10Sandy Hook350

32 (2) Carson Branstine d. Lise Swain 6-0; 6-1

Played first so could watch. I think Lise could be good, she has no problem producing pace.

32 Ashley Lahey d. Tatum Burger 6-0; 6-1
32 (6) Christie Wan d. Katya Tabachnik 6-0; 6-3

32 Danielle Willson d. Daniela Ramras 6-2; 6-3

R was pretty aggressive, from what I glimpsed from afar.

32 (3) Sydney Van Alphen d. Sofia Booth 3-6; 6-1; 6-2

Very impressed with Sofia. Unlike VA's laborious tennis haha, could produce pace effortlessly.

Actually VA's two wins today were against better or bigger hitters. Means that VA is resourceful, and also that both Booth and Smith have good upsides imo. Booth also could be a sleeper hit, like Willson.

32 Samantha Smith d. Katie Chang 6-7(5); 6-3; 6-3

I thought this was rather high quality. Katie was actually more impressive in this match than the dbls match haha. I mean both have firepower, just controlling would be an issue: and I'd say both did pretty well in that regard.

32 Ryan Peus d. (7) Sara Choy 2-1Ret (ill)

Too bad.

32 REGINA PITTS d. Emily Rees 6-3; 6-0

32 Paulina Ferrari d. Jessi Muljat 6-1; 6-4

Could watch a bit.

32 (8) Hannah Zhao d. Catherine Cable 7-5; 6-2
32 Jennamarie Gordon d. Kali McCollister 6-2; 6-2

32 Anastasiya Joyner d. (4) Camille Favero 7-5; 6-4

Upset of the tournament. Didn't watch because the outcome was nid..haha.

32 Elena Van Linge d. Elvena Gevargiz 7-6(3)); 6-4

Was actually pretty impressed with G's firepower: well I knew she could hit big, but still. VL did well to win this.

32 (5) Nicole Mossmer d. Hind Abdelouahid 1-6; 6-3; 6-1

Hind must be good.

32 Meghan O'Malley d. Darya Possokhova 5-3Ret (inj)

Too bad, missed this as well, like the Favero match lol.

32 (1) Clarissa Hand d. Gillian Parker 6-1; 6-2

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