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Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 NTI 1st day

Pumped for weekend birding(So. Cal of late has been like...England. Endless rain!). Has been a glorious week, what with spotting WHITE WAGTAIL(Siberian species) and Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Improbably EURASIAN TREE SPARROW has been spotted at Wilmington, so heading there tomorrow, and hopefully we can glimpse a Tundra Swan at Los Cerritos Wetland...will also try to spot Mute Swan and Green-tailed Towhee at nearby hotspots. And Sunday... $10 Pelagic birding! White-winged Scoter, Rhinocerous Auklet and Jaegars, please! Hope to spot Plumbeous Vireo and Tropical Kingbird at MJ park as well.

Ohio state and California posted impressive wins today, wonder how they'll fare against Oklahoma St. and UNC tomorrow.

Results from various school websites(of course haven't been able to see any matches)

No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. No. 8 California Results
Match Score: No. 8 California 4, No. 11 Georgia Tech 0
1. No. 11 Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (Georgia Tech) vs. No. 49 Maya Jansen/Maegan Manasse (Cal), 5-3 DNF
2. No. 20 Olivia Hauger/Karla Popovic (Cal) def. Kenya Jones/Paige Hourigan (Georgia Tech), 6-3
3. Alexis Nelson/Denise Starr (Cal) def. Luca Fabian/Nami Otsuka (Georgia Tech), 6-3
Order of finish: 3,2
Point: California

No small feat beating GT doubles, but the Bears' new doubles formations will be tested against UNC. Well, UNC also split Carter and Aney, so we'll see how it goes.

1. No. 36 Maegan Manasse (Cal) vs. No. 43 Rasheeda McAdoo (Georgia Tech), 6-3, 5-3 DNF

2. No. 20 Karla Popovic (Cal) def. Johnnise Renaud (Georgia Tech), 6-0, 6-0

This should be the performance of the week. Renaud played #1 last season. And I thought GT was more accustomed to indoors. What drubbing. Popovic has had a stellar Fall season, and she seems poised to do well into the Spring.

 3. Paige Hourigan (Georgia Tech) vs. Denise Starr (Cal), 7-5, 2-1 DNF
4. Olivia Hauger (Cal) def. Kenya Jones (Georgia Tech), 6-1, 6-2
5. Maya Jansen (Cal) def. No. 92 Nami Otsuka (Georgia Tech), 6-2, 6-1
6. Maria Smith (Cal) vs. Nadia Gizdova (Georgia Tech), 6-2, 3-2 DNF
Order of finish: 5,2,4^

Bears' experience prevails against the youngsters; especially Jansen defeating Otsuka was crucial methinks.

No. 1 -- No. 26 Kate Fahey (U-M) vs. No. 40 Belinda Woolcock (UF), 6-2, 4-4 abandoned
No. 2 -- No. 27 Brienne Minor (U-M) vs. No. 23 Anna Danilina (UF), 6-4, 2-6 abandoned
No. 3 -- No. 45 Ingrid Neel (UF) d. No. 64 Alex Najarian (U-M), 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 -- No. 19 Josie Kuhlman (UF) d. Chiara Lommer (U-M), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 -- Brooke Austin (UF) d. Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M), 7-5, 6-3
No. 6 -- No. 30 Kourtney Keegan (UF) d. Valeria Patiuk (U-M), 6-1, 6-1

Not much to say here, needless to say the Gator's lower positions seem to be too strong.
No. 1 -- No. 3 Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (U-M) d. No. 18 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (UF), 7-6 (4)
No. 2 -- No. 40 Mira Ruder-Hook/Brienne Minor (U-M) d. No. 22 Anna Danilina/Ingrid Neel (UF), 6-3
No. 3 -- No. 17 Belinda Woolcock/Josie Kuhlman (UF) d. Valeria Patiuk/Chiara Lommer (U-M), 6-3
Michigan winning the doubles point isn't surprising of course. Really intriuged how Fahey/Najarian play; looking forward to seeing Michigan doubles against USC.

Order of Completion: Doubles 2-3-1, Singles 6-3-4-5
#12Texas Tech vs. #9 Vanderbilt – ITA Indoor National Championships
Round of 16

Damn impressive by the Raiders. Decisively won the doubles point, no less.

1. #23 Dvorak/Federici v. #24 Sharma/Smith: Unfinished
2. Kiro/Valenstein def. Kurtz/Rosca: 6-3
3. Maltby/Talaba def. Contreras/Sellyn: 6-2

1. #4 Astra Sharma def. #15 Gabriela Talaba: 6-3, 6-4
2. #116 Felicity Maltby def. #8 Sydney Campbell: 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
3. Georgina Sellyn def. Sarah Dvorak: 6-0, 0-6, 6-1
4. Alex Valenstein def. #46 Christina Rosca: 6-7 (7-4), 6-2, 6-0
5. Sabrina Federici vs. Emma Kurtz: Unfinished
6. Katelyn Jackson def. Emily Smith: 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Is Sellyn back. Wasn't enough though. Maltby/Valenstein continue to impress(Maltby's win against Campbell could be a shocker but Fel always had power). Likewise Val is also an aggressive hitter, so Indoor condition might've helped. Even Jackson at #6 has had some good wins. Dunno Smith but Jackson's win at this level is frankly astonishing.

 Texas A&M vs Pepperdine University (Feb 10, 2017)
#3 Pepperdine University 4, #15 Texas A&M 2
Feb 10, 2017 at New Haven, Conn. (Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center)
Singles competitio
1. #71 Pierson, Rachel (TAMU) def. #14 Sherif Ahmed, Mayar (PEP) 6-0, 7-5
2. #22 Lahey, Ashley (PEP) def. Bhosale, Rutuja (TAMU) 6-3, 6-1
3. #72 Gulbe, Laura (PEP) def. Bokhua, Tina (TAMU) 6-0, 7-5
4. Milovanovic, Dzina (PEP) def. Olivares, Macarena (TAMU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Gonzalez, Domenica (TAMU) def. Runglerdkriangkrai,A (PEP) 6-3, 6-4
6. Maddox, Christine (PEP) vs. Paalma, Eva (TAMU) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #4 Maddox, Christine/Sherif Ahmed, Mayar (PEP) def. #16 Bhosale, Rutuja/Pierson, Rachel (TAMU) 6-3
2. Lahey, Ashley/Runglerdkriangkrai,A (PEP) def. Paalma, Eva/Gonzalez, Domenica (TAMU) 6-2
3. Olivares, Macarena/Bokhua, Tina (TAMU) def. Gulbe, Laura/Milovanovic, Dzina (PEP) 6-3

Match Notes
Texas A&M 5-2; National ranking #15
Pepperdine University 3-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,1,5,3,4)
ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Round One
Host: Yale

Stefani didn't play. Surprising results at the top 2 singles, Pierson defeating Ahmed and Lahey routing Bhosale. Even Gulbe defeated Bokhua in 2. Even without Stefani, the 3 winners haven't lost a set against TAMU..
The Wave's match against the Dawgs should be the marquee match tomorrow.

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