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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Current college junior class: Bust?

Confined to top5 schools.

List from TRN

1Florida (17)Brooke AustinIN5651
Peggy PorterTX
Josie KuhlmanFL
2USC (5)Meredith XepoleasCA5507
Gabrielle SmithNV
Madison WestbyOK
3UCLAKristin WileyFL4992
Maia MagillCA
4Georgia (1)Mariana GouldID4843
Laura PattersonGA
Hannah KingGA
Ansley BridgesGA
5North CarolinaCassandra VazquezTX4584
Marika AkkermanCAN
Maggie KaneNC

Not too good so far.
That class from Florida is one of the best recruits in recent years. All have struggled: Kuhlman at times played #5, and now Austin is playing #4. Porter is not even starting.

SC, after the glorious freshman year, Xepoleas struggled then quit, and Westby is in freefall. Only Smith has exceeded expectations, probably the best Trojan right now.

Other players not much different.

Can they turn it around for the remainder of their careers, we'll see.

Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 NTI] What position to watch

Singles #4 of course.  Some big names here!

Austin vs Bolsova vs McCarthy vs Gavrilovska(not in best condition it seems though); marquee matches!

(Yes Austin is struggling. This time lost to another player in the 1st rd of Kickoff, playing #4)

Jandric vs Kowase vs Blanco vs Milovanovic vs Kurtz at #5 should be interesting as well.

2017 Kick off some results

Results from various school's websites;

Lubbock, Texas Jan. 28-29, 2017
1. Osborne/Fossa-Huergo (ASU) def. Berg/Cline (SC): 6-3

Evidently this new combo by the Devils is very good. NFH looks like a doubles specialist.

2. Folland/Dailey (SC) vs. Anderson/Slaysman (ASU): susp.

3. Jump/Hampton (ASU) def. Rohrabacher/Horvit: 6-0

Shocking score. Thought Horvit at #3 would be good(R is not bad either, if I remember correctly).

1. Horvit (SC) def. Jump (ASU): 6-4, 6-3
2. Hampton (ASU) def. Cline (SC) 6-3, 6-4
3. Anderson (ASU) def. Dailey (SC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Chinellato (SC) def. Fossa-Huergo (ASU) 6-3, 6-2

5. Slaysman (ASU) def. Folland 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

A significant result of course. When SS is on she can be quite dangerous(Fed Cup match against...was it Kelly Chen?).

6. Berg (SC) def. O'Sullivan (ASU) 6-3, 6-1

1. Alexandra Osborne/Nicole Fossa-Huergo (ASU) def. Lynn Kiro/Alex Valenstein (TTU): 6-1

Was wondering where Kiro was.

2. #14 Sarah Dvorak/Sabrina Federici (TTU) def. #36 Kelley Anderson/Savannah Slaysman (ASU): 4-3
3. Kassidy Jump/Sammi Hampton (ASU) def. Felicity Maltby/Gabriela Talaba (TTU): 6-0

1. #26 Gabriela Talaba (TTU) def. #63 Kassidy Jump (ASU): 3-6, 6-2, 6-4Doubles

2. #49 Sammi Hampton (ASU) def. #81 Felicity Maltby (TTU): 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3

Hampster won all 4 matches. Both are excellent hitters so this match must've been a blast.

3. Kelley Anderson (ASU) def. Sarah Dvorak (TTU): 1-6, 6-1, 6-3

BU transfer doing well.

4. Alex Valenstein (TTU) def. Nicole Fossa-Huergo (ASU): 6-4, 6-1
5. Sabrina Federici (TTU) def. Savannah Slaysman (ASU): 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Katelyn Jackson (TTU) def. Gussie O'Sullivan (ASU): 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Definitely a winnable match, thought O might win at #6.
ASU's 'misfortune' continues. Tech overcame the 'curse' finally and now is a proud regular at the final site, which ASU has yet to make it happen.

#10 Duke 4, #25 Northwestern 3
Singles competition
1. Erin Larner (NU) def. Samantha Harris (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

Haven't seen Harris enough so can't say. Started at #4 last season. For that matter, thought Lipp was the more high-profile player, but Larner got the job done.

2. #14 Meible Chi (DU) def. Maddie Lipp (NU) 7-6 (13-11), 3-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. #34 Chalena Scholl (DU) def. Rheeya Doshi (NU) 6-2, 6-1

4. #76 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Lee Or (NU) 6-1, 6-2

McCarthy at #4 would be too good.

5. Alex Chatt (NU) def. Alyssa Smith (DU) 6-4, 7-5
6. Rebecca Smaller (DU) def. Nina Van Oost (NU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Kaitlyn McCarthy/Meible Chi (DU) vs. #6 Alex Chatt/Maddie Lipp (NU) 6-6 (3-1), unfinished
2. #24 Erin Larner/Lee Or (NU) def. Alyssa Smith/Chalena Scholl (DU) 7-5
3. #23 Rheeya Doshi/Brooke Rischbieth (NU) def. Samantha Harris/Rebecca Smaller (DU) 7-6 (7-3)

Well I said NU can win the doubles point.

Match Notes:
Northwestern 4-1; National ranking #25
Duke 3-0; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,4,5,1,6,2)

 This was a very competitive section, so Ole Miss advancing wasn't a surprise at all. Another example is Wake Forest blanking UVA, which gave Ole Miss such a hard time.

1. Hartono/Vrbenska (OM) def. Gullickson/Mercer (UVA) 6-2
2. Bortles/ Suk (OM) vs. Johanson/Kelley (UVA) 3-5, sus.
3. Khairudinova/Jandric (OM) vs. Bleser/Favero (UVA) 6-3

Order of Finish: 3, 1

1. #31 Arianne Hartono (OM) vs. Cassie Mercer (UVA) 6-0, 1-6, 7-6(5)

Quite an effort by M. Could be MIP candidate.

2. Rosie Johanson (UVA) def. Natalie Suk (OM) 6-2, 6-1

J is just that good.

3. Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Anna Vrbenska (OM) 7-6(5), 6-0
4. Chloe Gullickson (UVA) def. Zalina Khairudinova (OM) 6-4, 7-5
5. Tea Jandric (OM) def. Camille Favero (UVA) 6-1, 6-0
6. Alexa Bortles (OM) vs. Hunter Bleser (UVA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Order of Finish: 5, 2, 3, 4, 1, 6

I would say that UVA fought quite well, considering the huge loss they sustained.

1. Hartono/Vrbenska (OM) def. Foster/Vale Costa (LSU) 6-4
2. Bortles/ Suk (OM) vs. Golovin/Hollaway (LSU) 6-6, sus.
3. Khairudinova/Jandric (OM) def. Lewis/Owens (LSU) 7-6(4)

Won the doubles point, no mean feat. Jandric who impressed me at WAATC really is a heroine for both matches.

Order of Finish: 1, 3

1. Jade Lewis (LSU) def. #31 Arianne Hartono (OM) 6-3, 6-0

Lewis playing #1. And won decisively. I see that Kingsley entered Midland. Turned pro I guess?

2. Natalie Suk (OM) def. Joanna Vale Costa (LSU), 6-3, 6-1

Shocker. Probably decisive. True JVC didn't play much, but thought she was the better player.

3. #83 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Anna Vrbenska (OM) 6-4, 6-2

4. Zalina Khairudinova (OM) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-3, 6-2

Another surprisingly lopsiding score.

5. Tea Jandric (OM) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-2, 6-4

Jandric at #5 could be formidable.

6. Alexa Bortles (OM) vs. Abby Owens (LSU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-1, sus.

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5

No. 5 Oklahoma State 4, TCU 0 Jan. 29, 2017 | Stillwater, Okla. | Greenwood Tennis Center

Doubles (Order of finish: 3, 1, 2)
C1: No. 16 Garrido-Rivas/Bashota (TCU) def. No. 11 Babic/Tur Mari (OSU), 6-2

Shocking result?

C2: No. 58 Blanco/Bolsova (OSU) def. Arantekin/Wegner (TCU), 6-2
C3: Adamovic/Lushkova (OSU) def. Pereira/Zenovka (TCU), 6-1

So the Cowgirls are continuing this new combination. Lushkova at #3 would be like Lahey at #3 lol, too powerful. I'd like to see them meet each other, Pepperdine vs OSU, either at NTI or NCAA.

Singles (Order of finish: 2, 5, 4)
C1: No. 11 Viktoriya Lushkova (TCU) vs. No. 75 Seda Arantekin (TCU), 6-1, 5-3, unf.

Arantekin at #1, who knew. And managed to hold off L long enough?

C2: No. 68 Katarina Adamovic (OSU) def. Donika Bashota (TCU), 6-1, 6-0

Is 'May Girl' Adamovic back.

C3: No. 29 Vladica Babic (OSU) vs. No. 115 Marie Norris (TCU), 6-1, 2-6, 1-1, unf.

No surprise, Norris is good enough.

C4: Aliona Bolsova (OSU) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU), 6-4, 6-3
C5: No. 106 Sofia Blanco (OSU) def. Caroline Wegner (TCU), 6-2, 6-1
C6: Katarina Stresnakova (OSU) vs. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU), 6-7, 3-2, unf.

Bolsova/Blanco are playing lower positions. That's really tough for the opponents. Remember that OSU lost all lower positions against Stanford; that might not happen any more, one of the reasons why OSU is a strong contender for the Titles, again this season.

Coach Young's scandalous remark!

"I think that people that watch us now are sometimes shocked when it takes us more than 20 minutes to win the doubles point."

It might denote OSU's doubls prowess, but on the other hand, it should be an indictment against ITA for chopping a quarter of the match(2/8) and imposing no-ad. What a joke it would be, if doubles last a mere 20 minutes(I wonder how long men's matches last, by the way)! Should be scandalous, but the college tennis world doesn't seem to think so.

It's exactly like Munich, 1938; remember those crowds barking mad for Chamberlain and Daladier when they returned from Munich, after chopping CZH off for Germany? Chamberlain was deluded as usual(he really thought he was a savior!) but at least Daladier was more realistic, muttering 'you fools' at those crowds who came up to greet him as the 'savior' of peace.
Likewise here. Sad times.

Alabama vs Ohio State Jan 29, 2017 at Columbus (Varsity Tennis Center)
#7 Ohio State 4, Alabama 0

Singles competition
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) vs. #86 Erin Routliffe (UA) 4-6, 1-1, unfinished

Verra interesting. Erin won the 1st set...!
2. #41 Anna Sanford (OSU) vs. Andie Daniell (UA) 3-6, 5-2, unfinished

3. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) vs. #109 Danielle Spielmann (UA) 3-6, 3-1, unfinished

UA top 3 were actually very competitive; quite a promising result for the Bamas.

4. Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Smith Hinton (UA) 6-1, 6-1
5. #59 Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Maddie Pothoff (UA) 6-1, 6-0
6. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Juliana Valero (UA) 6-0, 6-1

So Bama's lower positions are weak. I think Kowase playing #5 is...suspect lol. Hard to beat her at that position.

Doubles competition
1. Anna Sanford/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) vs. Erin Routliffe/Maddie Pothoff (UA) 5-4, unfinished

Pothoff playing #1 doubles, not surprised. An honor to play with Routliffe. Should be interesting how they'll fare. I remember her and Makenna Jones maintaining excellent court balance against Black/Neel at the National. If Pothoff can do that again, ably backing Routliffe up, this combo could be formidable.

2. Miho Kowase/Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Andie Daniell/Danielle Spielmann (UA) 6-1
3. Olivia Sneed/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Smith Hinton/Juliana Valero (UA) 6-1

OSU like OSU changed the doubles lineup, all new ones.

Match Notes:
Alabama 4-2 Ohio State 4-0; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,5,6)
Official: Mark Anderson T-1:46 A-114

No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. No. 24 UCLA
Results Match Score: No. 11 Georgia Tech 4, No. 24 UCLA 2

1. (GT) Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud def. (UCLA) Jada Hart/Ena Shibahara, 7-6 (12-10)

Winnable match and the NIIC finalists blew it.

2. (GT) Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones vs. (UCLA) Terri Fleming/Alaina Miller, 7-6 (7-4)

This too.

3. (UCLA) Gabby Andrews/Kristin Wiley def. (GT) Nami Otsuka/Nadia Gizdova, 7-5

I see that GT doubles was actually quite good..

Order of finish: 3, 2, 1 Point: Georgia Tech

1. (GT) No. 42 Rasheeda McAdoo vs. (UCLA) No. 4 Ena Shibahara, 7-5, 3-6, 2-5, DNF

Ena was going to win, so all the more lamentable that their top 2 doubles teams underperformed. Well, the Bruins can only get better.
By the way McAdoo playing #1, and being competitive: another MIP candidate?

2. (UCLA) Terri Fleming def. (GT) Paige Hourigan, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5

3. (GT) Johnnise Renaud def. (UCLA) Alaina Miller, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Miller loses again(remember that clincher last year haha). But I actually thought that Renaud was the most dangerous player from GT. Actually she played #1 last season. Some weird positioning from some teams.

4. (UCLA) Jada Hart def. (GT) Kenya Jones, 0-6, 6-1, 6-3
5. (GT) Nadia Gizdova def. (UCLA) Gabby Andrews, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
6. (GT) Nami Otsuka def. (UCLA) Kristin Wiley, 6-3, 6-0

GT also sustained big change, and look at the freshman trio. This really is a team to watch out or this Dual season. Probably the biggest story for this Kickoff; GT's resurgence.

Order of Finish: 6, 4, 3, 2, 5

UA def. USC, as I said the Trojans would have to deal with the Russo team. And Russo didn't even play singles. Valdes didn't either for the Trojans, but she really hasn't played much: is she chronically injured or what.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jankowski almost grabs a MD WC for ITF RSF

Man, can we give her a WC anyway haha.

"Winner of the event will receive a wild card into the main draw of the USTA Pro Circuit Event in February and the finalists will receive a wild card into qualities"

Gets QWC.

ASU again blew a golden opportunity for NTI, but here's a consolation I guess.
Just reserved lodging till the 24th, can't wait for birding(SJSU at CSN on the 25th).
Guillermo/Smith won doubles.

  Women's Open Singles
F (1) Michalle Okhremchuk d. Cali Jankowski 6-4; 6-7(6)); 6-4
SF Cali Jankowski d. Alexa Ryngler 1-6; 7-5; 6-4
SF (1) Michalle Okhremchuk d. (3) Kristine Kouyoumjian 6-0; 6-1

Q Alexa Ryngler d. Hannah Zhao 6-1; 6-3

Surprisingly easy score.

Q Cali Jankowski d. (4) Jessica Anzo 6-4; 7-5
Q (3) Kristine Kouyoumjian d. Shatoo Mohamad 6-1; 6-2
Q (1) Michalle Okhremchuk d. Kelly Chen 6-3; 6-4
16 Hannah Zhao d. Taylor LeFridge 6-0; 6-1

16 Alexa Ryngler d. (5) Lorraine Guillermo 4-6; 6-4; 6-2

Another huge win by Ryngler.

16 (4) Jessica Anzo d. Sophia Bursulaya 6-4; 6-2
16 Cali Jankowski d. Annette Goulak 6-2; 7-6(1))
16 Shatoo Mohamad d. (7) Andrea Duva 3-6; 6-4; 6-4
16 (3) Kristine Kouyoumjian d. Ayline esina Samardzic 1-6; 6-2; 6-2
16 Kelly Chen d. Jennifer Gadalov 6-2; 6-2
16 (1) Michalle Okhremchuk d. Julia Haynes 6-1; 6-1

32 Hannah Zhao d. (2) Kristina Smith 5-7; 7-6(2)); 6-1

Upset for sure.

32 Taylor LeFridge d. Valeria Garcia 6-4; 6-3
32 (5) Lorraine Guillermo d. Alexa Corcoleotes 6-2; 6-0
32 Alexa Ryngler d. Emma Needham 6-1; 6-0

32 (4) Jessica Anzo d. Helen Altick Wo (inj)

Too good to be true haha(coming to play I mean).

32 Sophia Bursulaya d. Tricia Mar 6-1; 6-0
32 Cali Jankowski d. (8) Jwany Sherif 6-2; 6-3

32 Annette Goulak d. Seira Shimizu 6-3; 3-6; 7-6(2))

32 Shatoo Mohamad d. Elle Christensen Def (ns)
32 (7) Andrea Duva d. Alice Wolfe 6-0; 6-1
 32 Ayline esina Samardzic d. Ivana Vlakic 3-6; 7-6(5)); 6-2
32 (3) Kristine Kouyoumjian d. Mariko Sagara 6-1; 6-0
 32 Jennifer Gadalov d. Krishana Desilva 6-0; 6-1
32 Kelly Chen d. (6) Nicole Knickerbocker 6-1; 6-2
 32 Julia Haynes d. Stephanie Luk 6-1; 6-2
 32 (1) Michalle Okhremchuk d. Alana Roth 6-2; 6-0
64 Alexa Ryngler d. Lindsey Stead 6-0; 6-0
64 Annette Goulak d. Anna Ustinoff 6-1; 6-0
64 Mariko Sagara d. Emma Andersen 6-0; 6-2
 64 Kelly Chen d. Rebecca ONeill 6-0; 6-0

2017 Pepperdine Kick-off final day

First want to thank all the visitors. Really enjoyed the high quality matches, delightful tantrums and good manners! Coaches I'll see them a couple of months later at ISC & EB.

And, was that former NU's assistant coach? Looked like him...?  Goulak's father was there for sure.

Scores from UNLV;

Women’s Tennis Match Results
Jan. 29, 2017, at Malibu, CA (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)

Didn't I say that I love consolation matches. Just got in time after birding Legacy Park then the Lagoon(this time spotted Common Mergansers coasting the shore! They usually prefer inland waters such as rivers and lakes, so that was a surprise).

UA players were uber-aggressive today, were they inspired by Fed's win or what?!
Did it backfire?  Umm, methinks serve was a problem across the board.

1. Ana Oparenovic (ARK) vs. #48 Carol Yang (UNLV) 2-6, 7-6, 4-3 unfinished

O so aggressive from the get-go, was surprised. And attacked verra well, too. This time I was impressed by Y's decent defense.

2. Aiwen Zhu (UNLV) vs. #98 Shannon Hudson (ARK) 4-6, 6-3, 5-4 unfinished

Both were making errors later on. Not only Wiktorin, Hudson yesterday also committed errors at net, and did it today as well. Tough tournament for her, but winning upper positions is not easy of course. Nice racquet throw though!

 3. Anna Bogoslavets (UNLV) def. Leolia Jeanjean (ARK) 6-0, 6-4

J was also super aggressive, was surprised(by the way I snatched a Lee Fahnestock tr. of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables in pristine condition...for a mere 25 cents at the local library! And its an unabridged version, with all the attendant baggage, Hugo's glorious ramblings and all! Scandalous. I've read a more recent translation by Julie Rose when it came out, but Fahnestock's version is reputed to be more truthful to Hugo's style. Also Atkinson's WWII trilogy as well. That's total $1!! What a bargain!).
B showed promise last year, and UNLV's change of positions today paid off I guess. Defended real well, and her variety was quite good. Even her underserve was good, J missed some returns.
J's bh seemed her stronger side, and did make some errors after rallies. That was a spectacular racquet throw after mp, Gallic temper! Haha, nice handshake though.

4. Paola Artiga (UNLV) def. Mia Jurasic (ARK) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Another surprise. Coach Corey said Artiga has improved, and it surely showed today. Could actually keep up with J's aggression, no mean feat.  As I said serve was a problem for the Hogs today. J saved 2 mps with her aggression, but couldn't save the next one(deciding point), dumping an overhead.

5. Natsuho Arakawa (ARK) def. Jovana Kenic (UNLV) 6-3, 6-4

A too good.

6. En-Pei Huang (UNLV) def. Sasha Skorupeieva (ARK) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

H was today put at 6, and although S played well(she could hit well actually), it paid off I guess.


Took about 40 minutes.

1. Aiwen Zhu/En-Pei Huang (UNLV) def. Leolia Jeanjean/Shannon Hudson (ARK) 6-3

J/H aren't a bad team. Just tough competition I guess. UNLV #1 doubles is really competitive.

2. Ana Oparenovic/Mia Jurasic (ARK) def. Carol Yang/Cristina Moroi (UNLV) 6-2

3. Paola Artiga/Anna Bogoslavets (UNLV) def. Natsuho Arakawa/Agne Cepelyte (ARK) 6-4

Crucial, UNLV winning #3 doubles. C's net defense seemed good, bending knee and such.

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,5,4,6)

Score from NCSU

Veritable blitz. The Waves too good. As I said, a legitimate pretender for the championships. Didn't even have to go to lower positions. I've praised their top 3 again and again. Lahey and Ahmed can play #1 at many other teams, including top 16 teams. It's all about power, eh? And not only power. Variety, the Waves' serves were clicking.

1. No.3 Christine Maddox/Mayar Sherif (PEP) vs. Martina Frantova/Anna Rogers (NCSU) - 3-2, unfinished

2. No. 8 Jean Runglerdkriangkrai/Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. Bianca Moldovan/Claudia Wiktorin (NCSU) - 6-2

S's condition seemed quite good today. Serve, etc.

3. Ashley Lahey/Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) def. Amanda Rebol/Tayla Stenta - 6-0

Too bad Reami didn't play. The Waves too powerful.

Order of finish: 3, 2*

1. No. 8 Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. No. 36 Martina Frantova (NCSU) - 6-3, 6-4

F's aggression certainly could discomfit S, drew many FEs. Not devoid of variety either, actually excellent, for example making a difficult bh slice lob. However S's serve condition was good, and when she had a blip, F couldn't grasp the opportunity, committing errors and such. F was especially poor later in the 2nd, pretty much self-destructed making many errors, including DF.

2. No. 21 Ashley Lahey (PEP) def. Claudia Wiktorin (NCSU) - 6-2, 6-0

Lahey is 'somewhat' different than Hudson. First of all she's like twice the size of Shannon..haha.  And uber-aggressive, attacking from the get-go. I mean she had super tight matches against Lushkova, so you can guess her power.

So Claudia's defense was to be severely tested, and she couldn't pass that test. Tried variety, not bad, but the inherent power gap was just too much. Not sure if L intentionally attacked W's bh side, it seemed effective.

3. No. 22 Mayar Sherif (PEP) def. Adriana Reami (NCSU) - 6-0, 6-2

There were some tense rallies, but S was just too good. Too powerful; and, can you pass against her. She's known for her aggressive net approaches, and possesses superb reflex at net. If you can't, you can get blized.

4. Laura Gulbe (PEP) vs. Anna Rogers (NCSU) - 7-5, 4-1, unfinished

Like Frantova, Rogers certainly could press G with her aggression(including service return). Yet just couldn't effectively pierce G's defense in the end, and committed errors after tense rallies.

5. Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) vs. Bianca Moldovan (NCSU) - 2-6, 5-4, unfinished

Guess M played well, no mean feat against Dzina. Dzina can be considered a 'lightweight' compared to the Waves' top 3, but not many can hit better than her. This year's Pepperdine is just so good..

6. Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) vs. Amanda Rebol (NCSU) - 6-3, 5-3, unfinished

R was competitive two days in a row.

Order of finish: 2, 3, 1**

Next weekend, will be the same, looking forward to birding the Lagoon again, hope I can spot a Snowy Plover and other rarities(Loons or Jaegers would be nice!).

2017 Pepperdine Kick-off 1st day

As usual pressed for time(have to bird the Lagoon again. Yesterday was truly challenging, northerly gust blasting me in the morning! Spotted female Common Goldeneye, that was the bird of the day), so briefly;

Windy, but methinks the girls served pretty well overall, all 4 teams.

Result from Pepperdine website.


1. #3 Maddox/Sherif vs. Zhu/Huang - 4-5, unfinished

The Waves again having trouble with service return; as usual returned aggressively, and missed many. Zhu quite impressed me yesterday.

2. #8 Stefani/Runglerdkriangkrai def. Moroi/Yang - 6-3

3. Lahey/Milovanovic def. Bogoslavets/Artiga - 6-4

I think this Rebel team volleyed well. Lahey at #3, and still gave the Waves a hard time.

Order of finish: 2, 3*

Took about 42 minutes to finish. By the way, today's final match is scheduled to start 'mere' 3 hours after the consolation match. That's probably what ITA intended implementing no-ad and cutting a quarter of doubles match; to establish the 'Maginot Line' for the Dual match, 3 hrs lol.

By the way the Rebels defended quite well. In fact, all teams. You really need that extra something(more firepower or variety or point construction, whatever) to decisively win the points, or, don't miss at all(iron will).

1. #8 Stefani vs. Carol Yang - 6-1, 5-4 unfinished

S attacks were pretty sharp. Y bh very good as usual(passing, etc.)

2. #21 Lahey vs. Zhu - 4-6, 1-2 unfinished

Lahey missed tons, but Z was really good.

3. #22 Sherif def. Artiga - 6-1, 6-4

Wait a minute I thought it was Huang not Artiga?  Whoever it was lol, S was just too good. Drop shot was effective because she was pummeling the opponent(hence pinning her behind the baseline) from the get-go, as usual.

4. Gulbe v. Bogoslavets - 6-3, 3-3 unfinished

G let the balls pass her by twice.

5. Milovanovic def. En Pei Huang - 6-0, 6-2

6. Runglerdkriangkrai def. Kenic - 6-2, 6-1

Order of finish - 5, 6, 3

Was very impressed with the UA team. Oparenovic had two mps(for the whole match as well). So you know the staggering depth of SEC.

Scores from Pepperdine website;


1. Frantova/Rogers (NC State) def. Hudson/Jeanjean (Arkansas) - 6-3

So this is Jeanjean. Had nice variety. H volleyed quite well, too. At first it was a break-fest. Impressive firepower by the Packs. Moldovan too could hit quite flat with pace. Nice manners by both Packs, Frantova and Rogers, applauding the opponents' fine plays.

2. Moldovan/Wiktorin (NC State) def. Oparenovic/Jurasic (Arkansas) - 6-3

I was quite impressed with W, especially at net. Both Packs defended real well at net. In fact methinks the overall level of this match was quite high. O/J had no problem attacking with huge drives, etc.

3. Rebol/Stenta (NC State) vs. Cepelyte/Arakawa (Arkansas) - 3-4 unfinished

A was looping the ball much, concentrating on control I guess. And she poached quite well.
I thought Reami was playing, not Rebol? Reami is tall but don't think she generated much pace on her serve.

Order of finish: 1,2

Doubles was probably the decider. I actually was hoping NCSU to meet PEPP doubles, but UA so impressed me.


Two really good jumping bhs, by Frantova and Hudson.

1. Frantova (NC State) def. Oparenovic (Arkansas) - 6-2, 6-7 (6), 7-5

Dunno how the AO final match between those Legends Fed & Nadal went, but no matter; thoroughly enjoyed this match.

F really is a heck of a hitter. Probably one of the flattest hitters in the league; and didn't miss much, either. Bh slice, very good.
So O was on the defensive lots of times, but she played very smart. First of all she could return very well, deep, to discomfit F at times. Threw junk? balls, mixed it up with variety, and in turn could attack quite sharply. I was even reminded a bit of Di Lorenzo.
F kept up her aggression to the end, even facing those mps. Another example of the 'will' and the skills backing it up.

2. Wiktorin (NC State) def. Hudson (Arkansas) - 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2), 6-4

That 'leg through' again, haha(H of course).
Haven't seen W much(Claremont ITF methinks), but she seems to have improved much. I mean playing #2 itself, and she was the star yesterday(can we say the Star is Born?!). Missed some net approach volleys like Rogers, but what composure, with controlled aggression. Could attack the lines, and she controlled lots of points with her aggression. Hudson upped her level later(with aggression hitting) so that's quite a win by W. When she faced bp later in the 3rd, she hit a deep 2nd serve with pace(and H was waiting inside the baseline), causing H to mishit. Good serve was probably another crucial factor in this upset. Kept up the aggression to the last, securing the win.

H is such a veteran(multiple slam appearances like WAATC) that I thought W didn't have much chance in the first place. So you have to give big props to W.

3. Jeanjean (Arkansas) def. Reami (NC State) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Can't really say, R certainly could produce pace. Netted some bhs methinks. I need to see Reami more, haven't really seen her play much since her National G16 doubles win with Russo. 'Target species' today! Certainly J is a big add for the Hogs, playing #1 doubles and #3 singles.

4. Jurasic (Arkansas) def. Rogers (NC State) - 6-2, 7-6 (7)

Also impressed with J. Could produce impressive pace on her drives. So the 2nd set was quite exciting(since R herself is an aggressive flat hitter). As I said R netting some of her approach shots didn't help. Methinks this was a HQ match.

5. Arakawa (Arkansas) def. Moldovan (NC State) - 7-5, 6-2

M had a MTO later. I thought  NCSU at #5 would be real competitive but A won, quite a feat. I need to watch A more, another target species today.

6. Rebol (NC State) vs. Cepelyte (Arkansas) - 6-4, 6-3

C was more aggressive but R returned every one of those attacks, the Triumph of the Will(Riefenstahl's timeless classic!).

Order of finsh: 5, 6, 4, 3, 1, 2

NCSU needs to do better at singles 3-5 to have a chance against the Waves. Methinks the Waves' #3 and #6 are too strong(Ahmed and Jean R).  If they can win the doubles point, that is. NCSU singles #1 and 2 are competitive enough(wonder how Stefani would handle Frantova's pace. Oparenovic handled those well. F would have to serve well in the first place to keep it up, since S is an excellent server), but the Waves' depth could be too much.  Anyhow, should be exciting, looking forward to it.
Now, to birding.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Reami's singles results so far

She must be better than I thought. Just played #1(Frantova didn't play).

From ITA:

1/21/2017Dual MatchPos. #1Alexandra Andrivot Campbell UniversityWin6-2, 6-4
1/21/2017Dual MatchPos. #1Rebecca Morse Appalachian State UniversityWin6-3, 7-5
10/23/20162016 ITA Division I Women's Carolina Regional ChampionshipConsolation#62 Mia Horvit #16 University of South CarolinaLoss3-6, 6-2, 1-0(6)
10/23/20162016 ITA Division I Women's Carolina Regional ChampionshipConsolationChloe Ouellet-Pizer #2 North CarolinaWin6-3, 4-6, 1-0(9)
10/22/20162016 ITA Division I Women's Carolina Regional ChampionshipConsolationMegan Scholvinck Davidson CollegeWin6-0, 6-2
10/22/20162016 ITA Division I Women's Carolina Regional ChampionshipConsolationRebecca Morse Appalachian State UniversityWin6-0, 7-6(5)
10/21/20162016 ITA Division I Women's Carolina Regional ChampionshipConsolationAlix Theodossiou UNC WilmingtonWin6-3, 7-6(5)
10/21/20162016 ITA Division I Women's Carolina Regional ChampionshipRound of 64#34 Chalena Scholl #10 Duke UniversityLoss2-6, 6-4, 7-5
9/25/2016Wolfpack InvitationalTiffany Chen Princeton UniversityWin6-3, 6-4
9/24/2016Wolfpack InvitationalZalina Khairudinova University of MississippiLoss6-4, 6-1
9/24/2016Wolfpack InvitationalMalene Stripp University of OklahomaWin6-0, 6-4
9/23/2016Wolfpack InvitationalMimi Fotopoulos University of OklahomaLoss6-1, 6-3
9/18/2016Bonk InvitationalFinal#39 Spencer Liang #1 University of FloridaLoss6-2, 6-2
9/17/2016Bonk InvitationalSemifinals#3 Sara Daavettila #2 North CarolinaLoss2-6, 6-4, 6-2
9/16/2016Bonk InvitationalQuarterfinals#75 Seda Arantekin TCUWin7-6(4), 6-4

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Miami invite result

Especially intriguing is UK; they split 2 proven elite teams, especially Adachi/Sutjiadi. And Jacobs only played the 1st day.
The new combo Sutjiadi/Parazinskaite did win all 3 matches, but the Adachi teams went 1-2. Are they experimenting to strengthen the lower positions for the anticipated match with UCLA.

And as you can see, TT is not bad at all. Kiro didn't even play yet they swept UK. Talaba defeated Lohan and Sutjiadi, and lost to Sharma in 3. Dvorak/Federici taught promising freshmen duo Kurtz/Rosca a lesson, trouncing 6-1.

Speaking of VU, Kurtz/Rosca should be one of the better 2016 recruits in the nation. Really curious to see what can they accomplish at VU. Both are elite doubles players, and transfer Smith is reputed to be very good in doubles as well. VU doubles this season could be very good..

Results from Miami;

Doubles Competition
No. 14 Sarah Dvorak/Sabrina Federici (TT) def. Dominika Paterova/Clara Tanielian (UM), 6-3
Felicity Maltby/Gabriela Talaba (TT) def. Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM), 6-3
Silvia Fuentes/Yolimar Ogando (UM) def. Katelyn Jackson/Alex Valenstein (TT), 7-6 (7-3)
Aldila Sutjiadi/Akvilé Paražinskaité (UK) def. Georgina Sellyn/Astra Sharma (VU), 6-3
Emma Kurtz/Christina Rosca (VU) def. Mami Adachi/Morgan Chumney (UK), 6-4
Lesedi Jacobs/Emily Fanning (UK) def. Sydney Campbell/Emily Smith (VU), 6-4
Singles Competition
No. 6 Sinead Lohan (UM) def. No. 12 Aldila Sutjiadi (UK), 6-1, 6-3
Yolimar Ogando (UM) vs. No. 74 Akvilé Paražinskaité (UK), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
Mami Adachi (UK) def. Dominika Paterova (UM), 4-4
Ana Madcur (UM) def. Lesedi Jacobs (UK), 0-6, 7-5, 6-3
Emily Fanning (UK) def. Silvia Fuentes (UM), 6-2, 5-7, 4-6
No. 70 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Morgan Chumney (UK), 6-1, 6-2
Clara Tanielian (UM) def. Milica Novakovic (UK), 6-2, 6-0
Sara Culbertson (UM) def. Payton Robinette (VU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Astra Sharma (VU) def. No. 26 Gabriela Talaba (TT), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 19 Sydney Campbell (VU) def. No. 81 Felicity Maltby (TT), 7-5, 7-5
No. 28 Christina Rosca (VU) def. Sabrina Federici (TT), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Alex Valenstein (TT) vs. Emma Kurtz (VU), 6-3, 6-3
Fernanda Contreras (VU) def. Sarah Dvorak (TT), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
Emily Smith (VU) def. Katelyn Jackson (TT), 6-2, 6-4
Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. Alba Cortina-Pau (TT), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)

Doubles Competition
Emma Kurtz/Christina Rosca (VU) def. Dominika Paterova/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 7-5
Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM) def. Sydney Campbell/Emily Smith (VU), 6-2
Fernanda Contreras/Astra Sharma (VU) def. Silvia Fuentes/Yolimar Ogando (UM), 6-1
Sara Culbertson/Clara Tanielian (UM) def. Payton Robinette/Georgina Sellyn (VU), 6-2
Aldila Sutjiadi/Akvilé Para˛inskaité (UK) def. No. 14 Sarah Dvorak/Sabrina Federici (TT), 7-5
Felicity Maltby/Gabriela Talaba (TT) def. Mami Adachi/Emily Fanning (UK), 6-4
Katelyn Jackson/Alex Valenstein (TT) def. Morgan Chumney/Milica Novakovic (UK), 6-1
Singles Competition
No. 26 Gabriela Talaba (TT) def. No. 6 Sinead Lohan (UM), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
No. 81 Felicity Maltby (TT) def. Yolimar Ogando (UM), 0-2, ret.
No. 70 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Alex Valenstein (TT), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Sarah Dvorak (TT), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Sabrina Federici (TT) def. Ana Madcur (UM), 6-3, 6-3
Silvia Fuentes (UM) def. Katelyn Jackson (TT), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Alba Cortina-Pou (TT) def. Clara Tanielian (UM), 4-6, 4-6
Sara Culbertson (UM) def. Payton Robinette (VU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 19 Sydney Campbell (VU) def. No. 12 Aldila Sutjiadi (UK), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
No. 28 Christina Rosca (VU) def. No. 74 Akvilé Para˛inskaité (UK), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Mami Adachi (UK) def. Emily Smith (VU), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. Emily Fanning (UK), 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
Emma Kurtz (VU) def. Morgan Chumney (UK), 7-5, 6-4
Fernanda Contreras (VU) def. Milica Novakovic (UK), 6-3, 6-1

Doubles Competition
Aldila Sutjiadi/Akvilé Paražinskaité (UK) def. Dominika Paterova/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 6-0
Mami Adachi/Emily Fanning (UK) def. Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM), 6-1
Silvia Fuentes/Clara Tanielian (UM) def. Morgan Chumney/Milica Novakovic (UK), 6-1
No. 14 Sarah Dvorak/Sabrina Federici (TT) def. Emma Kurtz/Christina Rosca (VU), 6-1
Fernanda Contreras/Astra Sharma (VU) def. Felicity Maltby/Gabriela Talaba (TT), 6-4
Sydney Campbell/ Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. Alba Cortina-Pou/Alex Valenstein (TT), 6-2
Singles Competition
No. 19 Sydney Campbell (VU) def. No. 6 Sinead Lohan (UM), 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3)
No. 70 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Georgina Sellyn (VU), 6-3, 6-1
Fernanda Contreras (VU) def. Dominika Paterova (UM), 6-3, 6-1
No. 28 Christina Rosca (VU) def. Silvia Fuentes (UM), 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Ana Madcur (UM) def. Emily Smith (VU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Emma Kurtz (VU) def. Clara Tanielian (UM), 6-3, 6-1
Katelyn Jackson (TT) def. Sara Culbertson (UM), 6-1, 6-2
No. 26 Gabriela Talaba (TT) def. No. 12 Aldila Sutjiadi (UK), 7-5, 6-1
No. 81 Felicity Maltby (TT) def. No. 74 Akvilé Paražinskaité (UK), 6-2, 6-2
Alex Valenstein (TT) def. Mami Adachi (UK), 6-3, 6-4
Sabrina Federici (TT) def. Emily Fanning (UK), 7-5, 1-0 (wr)
Sarah Dvorak (TT) def. Milica Novakovic (UK), 6-3, 6-1
Alba Cortina-Pou (TT) def. Morgan Chumney (UK), 6-3, 6-1

By the way, interesting observation from UM coach;

  “You never doubt Sinead’s fight. She needs to work on not being stubborn. She was getting a little stubborn, trying to outhit a big hitter. Sinead is a big hitter, but she knows how to get points, and knows how to put points together.” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “In a big stretch during the second set she was not trying to put points together, she was just trying to out-muscle the other kid. It kind of changed the dynamic of the match a little bit and then she got her back against a wall in the third set. I think it is a learning process and I think she should be fine moving forward.”

I did report that Stefani was just like that at Freeman. Both players aren't especially known for their for big hitting; were they 'practicing' to beat Di Lorenzo.


Match between two interesting teams.
Both teams recruited well this season, so it was an intriguing match.

Result from UVA;

No. 23 Virginia 4, Boston College 3


Cassie Mercer (UVA) def. No. 103 Asiya Dair (BC) 6-2, 6-3

Mercer played #6 last season. A surprise, and she actually defeated Dair in 2, quite a feat.

Lexi Borr (BC) def. No. 79 Rosie Johanson (UVA), 6-4, 6-4

Not a surprise of course. Borr is a crafty veteran.

No. 124 Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Kylie Wilcox (BC), 6-1, 6-3

Thought Kelley might play higher, since she had quite an impressive season last year as freshman(played #4 behind the famed trio of Collins/Elbaba/Nauta). So no surprise finishing the match early.

Dasha Possokhova (BC) def. Chloe Gullickson (UVA), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Match between those promising freshmen. Both are very aggressive hitters.

Emily Safron (BC) def. Camille Favero (UVA), 6-2, 6-1

Hunter Bleser (UVA) def. Elene Tsokilauri (BC), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Another match between the freshmen. I thought Bleser was a better doubles player. Tsokilauri is another big hitter, so certainly an impressive win.

Order of Finish: 5, 3, 2, 1, 6, 4

Gullickson/Mercer (UVA) vs. Borr/Possokhova (BC), 4-3 (unfinished) Johanson/Kelley (UVA) def. Urbinati/Wilcox (BC), 6-1
Bleser/Favero (UVA) def. Dair/Safron (BC), 6-0
Order of finish: 2, 3

I see that Urbinati didn't even play singles. BC really is not a bad team; certainly possess depth. Possokhova playing #1 doubles isn't surprising either(she has excellent touch). That said, Kelley at #2, Bleser at #3..UVA doubles is nothing to laugh at.

Will be interesting to see how both teams progress(UVA is now a very young team).

Hannah King

Xepoleas was not the only big hitter who retired. Hannah King, who was an outstanding junior player with impressive firepower, is not on the roster. Chronic shoulder injury was too much(she had at least 6 surgeries). Like Xepoleas she was impressive at lower positions during her freshman year. Will be definitely missed.

Results as usual from ITA;

5/18/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Kyle McPhillips #25 UCLAU3-6, 6-4, 0-1
5/17/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Ellen Tsay #4 StanfordWin6-2, 2-6, 6-3
5/15/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Mira Ruder-Hook #14 University of MichiganWin6-3, 6-2
5/10/2015Dual MatchPos. #5#34 Chalena Scholl #10 Duke UniversityU6-7 (5-7), 2-1 (UGA)
5/9/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Valeria Koussenkova Charleston Southern UniversityWin6-3, 6-2
4/19/2015Dual MatchPos. #6Ashleigh Antal #9 Vanderbilt UniversityWin2-6, 6-2, 6-1
4/18/2015Dual MatchPos. #6Skylar Holloway #19 LSUWin6-1, 6-4
4/12/2015Dual MatchPos. #6Natalie Looney #16 University of South CarolinaWin6-1, 6-0
4/10/2015Dual MatchPos. #6Peggy Porter #1 University of FloridaWin6-2, 7-5
4/5/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Jennifer Brown #24 Mississippi State UniversityWin6-0, 6-3
4/3/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Iris Verboven University of MississippiWin6-2, 6-0
3/29/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Clare Raley Univ. of Missouri, ColumbiaWin6-1, 6-3
3/27/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Flavia Araujo University of ArkansasWin6-1, 6-2
3/21/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Victoria Olivarez University of TennesseeLoss6-3, 6-3
3/15/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Ashleigh Antal #9 Vanderbilt UniversityWin6-2, 6-4
3/13/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Kirsten Lewis #20 University of KentuckyU0-5
3/8/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Reka Muller #15 Auburn UniversityU1-6, 6-4, 3-3
3/6/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Natalia Maynetto University of AlabamaWin6-1, 3-6, 6-2
3/1/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Stefania Hristov #21 Texas A&M UniversityWin6-3, 6-1
2/27/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Ella Taylor #19 LSUWin7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
2/21/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Alexis Prokopuik #11 Georgia TechU6-0, 4-2, unfinished
2/9/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Ashley Dai #2 North CarolinaU4-6, 6-4, 2-5
2/8/2015Dual MatchPos. #5#17 Karla Popovic #8 CaliforniaWin7-5, 6-3
2/7/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Terri Fleming #25 UCLAWin1-6, 6-4, 6-4
2/2/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Maci Epstein #23 University of VirginiaLoss6-3, 6-1
1/31/2015Dual MatchPos. #4Tristen Dewar Clemson UniversityLoss2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3
1/25/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Paula de Man #15 Auburn UniversityU6-5, unfinished
1/24/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Iva Parapunova Samford UniversityU4-2, unfinished
1/18/2015Dual MatchPos. #5Kelley Anderson Baylor UniversityWin6-1, 7-5
10/26/2014Ole Miss Fall InvitationalLynn Kiro #13 Texas Tech UniversityWin7-6, 6-1
10/25/2014Ole Miss Fall Invitational#2 Astra Sharma #9 Vanderbilt UniversityWin7-5, 6-3
10/24/2014Ole Miss Fall InvitationalNatalie Suk University of MississippiWin4-1, ret.
10/18/20142014 USTA/ITA Division I Women's Southeast Regional ChampionshipRound of 16Johnnise Renaud #11 Georgia TechLoss2-6, 6-1, 6-0
10/18/20142014 USTA/ITA Division I Women's Southeast Regional ChampionshipRound of 32Daneika Borthwick Florida State UniversityWin6-1, 4-6, 6-4
10/17/20142014 USTA/ITA Division I Women's Southeast Regional ChampionshipRound of 64Olaya Garrido-Rivas University of South FloridaWin6-3, 6-4
10/12/2014Bulldog Tennis ClassicLauren Burich University of Wisconsin, MadisonWin6-2, 6-0
10/11/2014Bulldog Tennis ClassicHannah Gamage Lipscomb UniversityWin6-1, 6-1
10/10/2014Bulldog Tennis ClassicRound of 16Kelsey Grambeau University of Wisconsin, MadisonLoss6-3, 3-6, 6-4