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Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 JKC day 1

Prairie Warbler alert at Madrona(problem is it opens late).

Car is now supported by Canada, does this men she's going to Stanford lol(Carol Zhao).

Shocked to discover that Spinosa is with the Hoyas.

Guests were Zoe S. and Tracy Austin(and her son?). 'Naturally' some players took pics and chatted with her.

Dunno where I heard this but there's a saying 'When in doubt, call it out!'
Terrible maxim.  And you wonder why tennis is 'dying'. What's more exciting than painting the lines? It takes not only skill, but guts. It should be rewarded, not punished! If you kill that aggressive spirit, what's left, eh? Pushing? Ensuing squabbles over line calls is one of the sorriest sights in this sport, and maybe an 'Inherent Vice(when umpires are not present)'.

Doesn't make sense, playing 8 game doubles. ITA 'set the standard' at 6 games(Team NCAA Dual format). Either all should conform to that rule, or revert to 8 games for NCAA. But, it would be naïve to suppose that ITA would relinquish the 'fruit' of their hard fought battle to dismantle doubles, so easily. Thank goodness I discovered that Sir Alanbrook was an avid birder..

UCLA and USC changed doubles pairings, didn't work for UCLA yesterday. We'll see today for USC. I thought Katz/Smith was very good, but maybe they're thinking of strengthening lower positions(#2).

USC came late, maybe that's why their asst. coach was 'inappropriate' attire haha. Maybe they needed time to 'acclimatize' as well, on court.

Women's Open Doubles
32 Larner/Or d. Miller/Wiley 8-1 32

L poached relentlessly from the get-go, as usual. Don't think W's condition was too good.

Kulikov/Smith d. Chinellato/Watanabe 8-5

32 Dubavets/Majerle d. De Chatellus/Goodson 8-3

GT was actually pretty competitive. Especially that tall one, Goodson? Despite her size, moved very well. She had some surprises for us later..

32 Nuno/Portalatin d. Marx/Swift 8-6 32

Another good tall player, Swift. Nice drives, was fairly impressed.

Jones/Malykh d. Branstine/Nguyen 8-2

J poached from the start.

32 Doshi/Rooney d. Teichner/Venter 8-1

Trojans were not really that bad. Just had a glimpse.

32 Lawson/Stloukalova d. Medina/Wagenvoort 8-2

Could watch a bit later. Miners(wonder why they're called that lol) weren't bad.  Too bad I missed their #1 team(playing at NIIC).

32 Atanasson/Gilbertson d. Rischbieth/Van Oost 8-6

Pretty competitive.

32 Berg/Folland d. Khattab/Wolfe 8-5

I was actually quite impressed with this UCR team. W had nice touch. They actually lead 3-0(and B/F is a new pairing).

32 Nakagawa/Saperstein d. Bennett/Visscher 8-3

Was looking forward to this GT team, isn't this N's 'homecoming' as well. S, well she's a regular at SC circuit. V seemed oddly familiar. This UTEP team wasn't that bad.

32 Baker/YAMADA d. Mills/Templeton 8-5

Pretty competitive but Gauchos were too good.

32 Noble/Triebe d. Nabieva/Ware 8-4

I thought BYU team were leading. But FSU had very good defense, more appreciated it later when T played singles lol.

Women's Open Singles

64 Maria Medina d. Cassidy Branstine 6-3; 6-3

Same here, just a glimpse.

64 Angela Kulikov d. Casey Marx 6-0; 6-0


64 Karla Portalatin d. Jillian Rooney 7-5; 3-6; 6-2

R's hustle was impressive(keep saying but she had defeated Peggy Porter at National consolation) but power prevails. P was one of the most impressive players yesterday.

64 (8) Terri Fleming d. Savannah Ware 6-3; 6-4

Ware's serve was a revelation lol, so good. Explains the rather tight score. But F had no problem holding as well. Too bad couldn't watch more, doubles had started mid-match.

64 Melissa Baker d. Alison Mills 6-2; 6-4

Court 5, too bad couldn't watch much. There was an intense line dispute.

64 Daphne Visscher d. Sara Khattab 6-3; 6-2

64 Alexandria Chatt d. Sarah Nuno 6-2; 6-2

Court 1.

64 Brooke Rischbieth d. Lois Wagenvoort 6-4; 7-5

Wanted to watch this more, but court 6, too bad.

64 Constance Branstine d. Natella Nabieva 6-2; 6-2

That's a very good win, I'd say. B was also one of the more impressive players yesterday. She'll have to reckon with UH players(especially a certain freshman I became a fan of lol), but don't Big West elite hitters all.

64 Juliane Triebe d. Daphne De Chatellus 6-2; 6-2

64 Polina Malykh d. Danielle Pham 3-6; 6-4; 6-2

Quite an impressive score by Pham.

64 Palina Dubavets d. Rheeya Doshi 6-4; 4-6; 6-3

This too. Doshi was actually pretty good. Just shows the depth of NU...should I ask the coaches about their 2017 and 2018 recruiting lol. Palina was as usual, fearless(first strike tennis, especially attacking serve).

64 Brigit Folland d. Kristen Wiley 6-0; 6-3

Secluded court, only found out at the last moment, too bad.

64 Georgia Lawson d. Nina Van Oost 7-6; 7-5

Crt 1.

64 Hannah Templeton d. McKenzie Majerle 6-1; 6-3

The score was this one-sided? The match was actually quite tight. T is a good player.

64 Victoire Saperstein d. Raven Bennett 7-5; 6-1

64 (7) Katerina Stloukalova d. Camille Deleon 6-1; 6-2

So this is S. Serve was a bit unstable, but has nice variety.

64 Sara Swift d. Lauren Wolfe 6-2; 6-1

S too good.

64 Mia Horvit d. STEPHANIE YAMADA 6-3; 4-6; 6-3

Y harassing two talented hitters Xepoleas and Horvit. Her variety was quite effective, maybe H's reaction was a bit late or not fast enough? Later this match a bit obscured by someone's gams haha.

64 Sydney Goodson d. Olivia Noble 6-3; 6-4
64 Risa Nakagawa d. Stephanie Nguyen 6-1; 6-2

64 Silvia Chinellato d. Alaina Miller 6-1; 7-6

C was a good defender, could attack sharply as well. But usually all matches are in Miller's raquet. As usual? lol, kinda self destructed. She's really like fellow two hander Cat Harrison. Just one of my favorite players in the league(but I've said this ad nauseum), able to create enormous angle and pace.

64 Lee Or d. Amanda Atanasson 6-7; 6-2; 6-2

Pretty competitive, too bad couldn't watch this more, court 3.

64 Hadley Berg d. Alexis Rae Valenzuela 6-0; 4-6; 6-1

CSUF should be pretty competitive this season. Have many good quite powerful hitters.

64 Jaimee Gilbertson d. Mayci Jones 7-5; 3-2Ret (inj)

Another aggressor came to grief, Mayci. Maybe her otherwise better(than her sister McCall lol) serve kinda deserted her. Usually bossed G around, but maybe not enough. Later had a MTO and that was it.

64 Abigail Watanabe d. Kristen Venter 4-6; 6-2; 7-6

That's a pretty competitive score by Venter. Was really not bad when I watched, moved well, etc.

32 (2) Caroline Dailey d. Maria Medina 6-2; 6-0

32 Karla Portalatin d. Angela Kulikov 4-6; 6-1; 6-4

Was pretty impressed with CSUF team, especially P. K's bh slice was good but was relentlessly attacked 'nevertheless'. Had to leave, because it was crowded and other spectators were craning their necks to see the whole court..haha(and of course was too tired after watching 12 hours non stop).

32 (8) Terri Fleming d. Melissa Baker 6-4; 6-4

Even Baker was very competitive, I see. Along with Yamada..I 'suspect' UCSB's lower singles positions bests UH, and that might be crucial, but we'll see.

32 Alexandria Chatt d. Daphne Visscher 6-3; 6-2

Was that really V? Confusing..anyway C was aggressive as usual.

32 Brooke Rischbieth d. (4) Zoe Katz 6-2; 2-6; 6-2

This was played at the secluded court, so didn't bother. A shocking result, probably.

32 Constance Branstine d. Juliane Triebe 6-2; 3-6; 7-6

B was one of the few aggressive attackers who survived to face another day. Hit verra well, generally, even using angles. Slice was good. Was rather impressed with T, not sure I've seen her before. Very good defense.  Nice add by the Dawgs. Was that Pawid?

32 (5) Dzina Milovanovic d. Polina Malykh 7-6; 7-5

Very impressive score by Malykh. But I guess Dzina's aggression prevailed. Most of those interesting matches including this one was played at court 3-6, and since that cramped space was crowded..too bad couldn't watch more.
By the way Dzina is coachless lol, but maybe that's not too bad! You can figure it out yourself during matches..

32 Palina Dubavets d. Brigit Folland 6-1; 6-1

Surprisingly fast finish, played at court 1.

32 Hannah Templeton d. Georgia Lawson 6-3; 6-2

L plays similar to Ahmed, similar build, very aggressive, can hit early...scored more winners but also more unstable. But I like what I see.

32 (7) Katerina Stloukalova d. Victoire Saperstein 6-4; 6-4

Played across Dzina vs Polina match. Katerina won? Her body language after the match suggested otherwise..haha. Too bad couldn't watch this much.

32 Mia Horvit d. Sara Swift 6-2; 6-2

Enjoyed watching two promising players(well S is a junior). Reigning 'Fantasista' is probably Stefani(but of course there are many? candidates), but Horvit should be next in line. USC acquired a core player(I've before mentioned that two USC teams needed elite players to approach the next level) in Horvit. Wasn't too impressive yesterday(that Winter National G18 singles final against Kelly Chen was one of the most impressive Finals in any category I've ever seen), but maybe she needed acclimatization lol.

32 Sydney Goodson d. (3) Erin Larner 7-5; 6-1

Larner was one of the aggressors who came to grief yesterday. Because G defended very well. So after rallies L spewed errors, and some line 'calls'(no umpires) didn't help either.

32 Silvia Chinellato d. Risa Nakagawa 6-1; 6-1

Played at court 1. N was quite impressive in her HS senior year, but I guess the result was understandable considering C's performance against Miller in the earlier round. Wonder which position will C play. USC is a very promising team, but I've said it last season already.

32 Lee Or d. (6) Madison Westby 4-6; 6-3; 6-1


32 Hadley Berg d. Jaimee Gilbertson 6-4; 6-3

There are some good Brazilians in the league, Stefani is of course the frontrunner but G isn't and, and there's another..I forget. Think that's a good win by B, was aggressive as usual.

32 (1) Madeline Lipp d. Abigail Watanabe 6-1; 6-3

L too good, just had a glimpse.

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