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Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Freeman Day 2

Freezing. Never felt this cold during all those years attending Freeman! Almost like Mesa(Winter Nat) 2 years ago.

Was surprised Alyssa's mom had such a short haircut; just a bit longer than me, hope she's not ill or something.

Alaina's father shocked me wearing a Cal. cap..haha.
Not sure Goulak's father was there?

You know, Blair Shankle really was one of the Stars of the Fall; defeated Lushkova and Shibahara, and had a chance to beat Stefani as well.

Now my car key broke, really what is the matter here..ugh.

So couldn't bird Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve much, just birded the western half, should bird more extensively tomorrow. The staff said Tundra Swans were spotted last week, too bad. He did say a couple of Snow Geese were spotted, and I think I spotted a couple of them yesterday at Sunset Park(he said it's rare here, not like LA county I guess).

OSU had #1 printed on the back of their shirts; dunno the exact meaning but certainly possible to win it all this time; both newcomers Bolsova and Blanco are better than I expected. They seem to be core members of the team, ability-wise; meaning, they'll replace Lushkova and Adamovic suitably enough next season. So definitely, the team this year seems upgraded from last season.



Did this finish last or something. UNLV was in fact leading even later on(5-2, then 6-5). Couldn't really watch much but they charged the net, and did quite well at net as well. Huang really is an excellent driver(backstep seemed good too, setting up for her gorgeous fh drive). Pepperdine can't relax against the Rebels come NTI Regional at their home.


Too bad couldn't watch much. This also was one of the last matches to finish. I thought Lord was a bit unstable(drive consistency), but seems her power was good enough. Scholl's fh was quite effective, methinks.
Just now checked Duke website(6am) and they said Duke won.

UCLA def. UF

Had to watch this match, of course. Stayed till the end. Maybe the core difference was serve between those aces, Shibahara and Neel. Neel got broken both of her service games, methinks(when I arrived UCLA already led 3-0). Shibahara's serves got attacked from time to time(in fact, in singles as well), but still she managed to hold.
Danilina's serve return wasn't too good, hit aggressively but went awry many times. Her drives were pretty sharp though, passing and all.

Blanco/Bolsova def. Fleming/Miller

Miller held, serve seemed good. Both Cowgirls served well. And Bolsova's serve return was quite good, and it was just a foretaste for her later singles match against Shibahara. Blanco once made a perfect soft drop volley winner against Miller's lazor drive.


The last match to finish methinks, way over an hour. Came over to watch after other matches were finished so only could watch the last part, including match TB. Arbuthnott's serve seemed good. At match TB Maddox made an important poach and Ahmed as usual carried the team to the win, playing very well; mp was her volley winner. Methinks Arbuthnott made some drive errors at match TB, some going wide.

Other matches were held at court 8-12, so couldn't watch.


I'll copy the scores from OSU, they're fast(now 9pm).


(1) #4 Ena Shibahara (UCLA) def. Aliona Bolsova (OSU) 6-7, 7-6, 7-6

Mucho impressed with the losers against Shibahara today, Bolsova and Danilina: t
he ranking doesn't lie(career junior high ranking world #4 and #3, respectively). As I said, Bolsova's serve return was excellent; hit flat with power, so could discomfit S a lot. Actually it applies to Danilina as well. Methinks Danilina could produce more pace on her drives, in and out and such, but Bolsova was probably a bit more solid(she could redirect pace quite well, and those deep balls troubled Shibahara at times). And both possess excellent touch. Bolsova mostly rallied but Danilina approached the net quite often, not without effect, that's verra difficult to do against Shibahara who herself possess excellent variety.

Bolsova actually led 4-1 in the 2nd and 3rd set lol. But she couldn't make a lot of 1st serves later on, probably one of the reasons she lost. Both(B and S) had mps, Bolsova lost that one committing drive error, and later she saved mp with drive winner.
Both Bolsova and Danilina also served verra well, hence the tight scores. No mas blitzes for Shibahara, but that was possible because those two Europeans were really good; could actually prolong rallies against Shibahara with their superb drive ability and great touch, decent movement...wonder which singles position will they play come Dual season.

Oh forgot this but Bolsova made a shot of the tournament, a tweener methinks, at 40-30 later in the match, it was hilarious! Excellent execution, although she lost that point.

Shibahara as usual? received 2nd serve inside the baseline.

(7) #30 Anna Danilina (UF) def. #44 Alexa Graham (UNC) 6-4, 6-1

Crt 4. Now can't remember much, ugh. D did play a more solid match.

(4) #11 Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) def. Alaina Miller (UCLA) 7-6, 2-6, 6-4

Why was this marquee match played at court 10 or something, ugh. No surprise, at all. Thought this match could finish fast what with their uber aggressive styles, but it actually went to the utter distance lol. As I said, when Miller is on, it's quite devastating. She's one of the few players who can outhit Claire Liu. My favorite players are all going to UCLA lol(the latest being Bolton). L had a MTO later on, she had a tough day today.

(6) #22 Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPP) def. Spencer Liang (UF) 6-2, 6-1

Laura Gulbe (PEPP) def. #48 Carol Yang (UNLV) 7-5, 6-2

Could watch from time to time, Gulbe could actually gain initiative attacking against Yang, no mean feat. Didn't I say Pepperdine's lower positions could be formidable.

Ingrid Neel (UF) def. (3) #9 Jessie Aney (UNC) 7-6, 6-2

Not enough net approaches :p  Aney's serve and bh drives were quite good. Never thought she would do this well lol, look at her ranking, #9!  Neel's overhead seemed good, even attempted at baseline.
As expected, they hugged at net haha.

(8) #34 Chalena Scholl (DUKE) def. Jada Hart (UCLA) 6-4, 6-1

Hart tried to exploit Scholl's slice bh, but couldn't. Altogether S was too solid methinks, couldn't watch much though. Methinks S served well, too. And she seemed quite aggressive in fact, maybe because she's injury-free now?

Melissa Lord (STAN) def. (2) #8 Luisa Stefani (PEPP) 6-0, 6-2

Eh? Is the score right? Couldn't watch much but Stefani was uber-aggressive, thought it even deliberate, not her usual style. Almost ball bashed against Lord so the pace was super high on both ends. Maybe she's preparing for higher level or something, can't be bad.


(1) #4 Ena Shibahara (UCLA) def. (7) #30 Anna Danilina (UF) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

Already explained earlier along with the Bolsova match. Danilina made two overhead errors later in the 3rd, one long and one short. She saved 1st mp with a bh drive winner. I think all three applauded the opponents' nice plays, Bolsova, Shibahara and Danilina. 'The Future' is truly here! Haha.

(4) #11 Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) def. (6) #22 Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPP) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6

This match also had to go the distance like the above match lol. I was shivering watching both matches(cold and excitement?).
Big babe tennis. Both just hit massively, moved decently, employed deft touch. Both also served well, so they generally held(all good players this tournament are good servers).
Probably L hit a bit bigger(she can truly produce monstrous pace), but probably A was a tad more solid. L committing DFs didn't help(made 2 at match tiebreak, mp was that too).

Laura Gulbe (PEPP) def. Ingrid Neel (UF) 6-0, 1-0 ret

Eh? I was saving this match and when I came back later, the match was already finished? What happened here lol. Consequently couldn't watch a single point, ugh. Actually dunno who won, because;

(8) #34 Chalena Scholl (DUKE) def. Melissa Lord (STAN) 6-0, 6-2

Lord won this match, methinks. Lordy lordy, too powerful.

Christine Maddox (PEPP) def. Mercedes Lopez (UNLV) 6-1, 6-1
Jovana Kenic (UNLV) def. Liz Yao (STAN) 
Cristina Moroi (UNLV) def. Paulette Wolak (STAN) 6-1, 6-2
Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPP) def. Becky Smaller (DUKE) 6-4, 6-1

Jovana Kenic (UNLV) def. Christine Maddox (PEPP)  6-4, 6-3

Kenic must be quite good, beating Maddox in 2. Seems UNLV recruited well..

Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPP) def. Cristina Moroi (UNLV)  6-4, 6-1

Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) def. Dzina Milovanovic 6-2, 6-4

Wanted to watch this match, but how could I, since this was played at..court 10 or something.

Cassandra Vazquez (UNC) def. En-Pei Huang (UNLV) 6-4, 6-2

Crt 2 so could watch a bit, V was quite aggressive today. Really a good tournament for her.

#76  Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE) def. Taylor Davidson (STAN) 6-3, 6-3

M was also quite aggressive, and of course she can handle pace. Too bad couldn't watch much.
Duke says Davidson won? Confusions abound!

#71 Caroline Doyle (STAN) def. (5) #14 Meible Chi (DUKE) 6-3, 6-4

Can't really form a coherent impression, watched from time to time. Maybe D was more solid.

Katarina Adamovic (OSU) def. Terri Fleming (UCLA) 6-4, 6-1

Eh..can't remember now lol. I actually thought Fleming won? A's condition didn't seem too good..

Brooke Austin (UF) def. Rachael James-Baker (UNC) 5-7, 6-4, 10-7

I thought RJB won? Couldn't really watch much. A did sink some but should give credit to RJB. Actually A's serve wasn't too bad.

#106 Sofia Bianco (OSU) def. #45 Makenna Jones (UNC) 6-1, 6-3

Too far. Blanco's singles matches(how can OSU spell her name wrong :p) were all played at those unwatchable courts two days in a row, I really much watch her play singles tomorrow lol.

Alyssa Smith (DUKE) def. Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) 6-3, 6-0

Really what's the matter, who posted the results :p  A generally overpowered to the win here. But can't really say about A's exact level. For now she'll play lower position methinks.

Cassandra Vazquez (UNC) def. Taylor Davidson (STAN) 6-4, 6-0

This result is also wrong, Davidson won. Actually belatedly recognize both players at court 5 lol, too bad, since I could only watch from the 5-4 in the 2nd methinks. Then on nothing was working for V, DFing, etc.

#71 Caroline Doyle (STAN) def. Katarina Adamovic (OSU) 6-2, 2-1 ret

Cowgirls generally seem to have nice manners, Adamovic no exception. Not too good so far though, we'll she wake up on May like last year haha(she really was the 'gal of May', during the NCAA tournament last year).
Did Doyle do a 'leg-through' before serving.

#106 Sofia Blanco (OSU) def. Rachael James-Baker (UNC) 7-6, 6-3

As I said, all Blanco's matches were played far away.

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