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Monday, February 13, 2017

Birding and 2017 NTI 3rd/4th day

Pelagic birding was not bad, at least we spotted a Rhinoceros Auklet!! Other birders saw a Pomarine Jaegar but methinks I missed it. Diversity wasn't too good though. Not sure we saw a Cassin's Auklet, which was numerous last year this time. Waiting for the trip leader's ebird reports.

Finally found the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, those House Sparrows were the shiest of the bunch(House Finches, White-crowned Sparrows, Eurasian-collared Doves).
Also Green-tailed Towhee at West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, after numerous attempts for a prolongued period lol, finally spotted it on Saturday.

Yellow-throated Warbler and Vermilion Flycatcher are continuing at Earvin Magic Johnson park, but couldn't find Tropical Kingbird, nor Plumbeous Vireo.

Still so many good birds to spot; White-throated Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Painted Redstart, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Yellow-footed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Orchard Oriole, Summer Tanager..


Scores from various college websites;

ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship – Consolation Round
No. 5 [3] Oklahoma State (8-1) vs. No. 8 [7] Cal (4-2), 4-2
Feb. 12, 2017, in Rocky Hill, Conn.
Tennis and Fitness Center of Rocky Hill

1. No. 49 Maya Jansen/Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. No. 5 Vladica Babic/Carla Tur Mari (OSU), 6-3
2. Sofia Blanco/Aliona Bolsova (OSU) def. No. 20 Olivia Hauger/Karla Popovic (Cal), 6-0
3. Alexis Nelson/Denise Starr (Cal) def. Viktoriya Lushkova/Katarina Adamovic (OSU), 6-3

Cal won the doubles point

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3*

*Clinched the doubles point

Looking forward to Jansen play doubles(she's two-time NCAA winner with Routliffe) against UCLA. But first, on to RSF! Hope to spot Tricolored Herron and Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow..also Bell's Vireo, Summer Tanager, Oriole, Sage Thrasher, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Red-footed Boobie..of course, on the way down should try to locate that Rusty Blackbird at Centennial Regional Park, couldn't find it the 1st time.

1. No. 10 Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) def. No. 36 Maegan Manasse (Cal), 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(1)
2. No. 20 Karla Popovic (Cal) vs. No. 56 Katarina Adamovic (OSU), 6-4, 3-6, 5-2 Abandoned
3. No. 33 Vladica Babic (OSU) def. Denise Starr (Cal), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Aliona Bolsova (OSU) def. Olivia Hauger (Cal), 6-2, 7-5
5. Maya Jansen (Cal) def. No. 77 Sofia Blanco (OSU), 6-2, 6-2
6. No. 86 Lena Ruppert (OSU) def. Maria Smith (Cal), 6-2, 6-3

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

^Clinched the overall match

Really surprising Blanco lost so tamely to Jansen; maybe she was rusty?
Ruppert also won rather comfortably against Smith.
Popovic again did well I see.


Di Lorenzo TRN profile pic doesn't look like her lol. Can it be an error.
Singles results

#5 Hayley Carter (UNC) def. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Carter finally wins a set(2 this time) against Di Lorenzo in her 5th try(also lost in 2 at a ITF event). And that was the decider, no less. OSU really could've won this match, very surprising. With Tech, did well, both teams, Tech and Ohio State. They surely will miss those 4? seniors, the Buckeyes. Maybe playing indoors helped, but still quite an effort against UNC.

UNC is vulnerable, shown in this tournament. Doubles and lower singles positions.

#2 Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. #55 Anna Sanford (OSU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
#17 Jessie Aney def. #68 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. #48 Alexa Graham (UNC) 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
#84 Miho Kowase (OSU) def. #60 Makenna Jones (UNC) 6-2, 7-5
Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 4, 2, 6, 1
Doubles results
Carter/Daavettila (UNC) def. Sanford/Niehaus (OSU) 6-2
Di Lorenzo/Kowase (OSU) def. #42 Aney/Vazquez (UNC) 6-4
Graham/Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) def. Angeles Paz/Sneed (OSU) 7-6(5)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

Graham and COP lost singles but definitely contributed in doubles, squeaking out the win.


#12 Texas Tech 4, #3 Pepperdine University 0
Feb 12, 2017 at New Haven, Conn. (Tennis & Fitness Center of Rocky Hill) 

Singles competition
1. Talaba, Gabriela (TTU) def. Stefani, Luisa (PEP) 6-3, 7-5
2. #14 Sherif Ahmed, Mayar (PEP) vs. #116 Maltby, Felicity (TTU) 6-7 (5-7), 5-4, unfinished
3. Dvorak, Sarah (TTU) def. #22 Lahey, Ashley (PEP) 4-6, 6-2, 4-1
4. Valenstein, Alex (TTU) vs. #72 Gulbe, Laura (PEP) no result
5. Federici, Sabrina (TTU) def. Milovanovic, Dzina (PEP) 6-3, 2-0, 0-99
6. Runglerdkriangkrai,A (PEP) vs. Jackson, Katelyn (TTU) 2-6, 6-1, 4-4, unfinished

What's the score in 4, and what happened in 5, how did Dzina default.
Look at Jackson, really surprising, her playing so well..and look at the Raider's top 3. Very impressive, to say the least. Maybe Ahmed isn't too comfortable indoors(thought her takeback was too wide, takes too much time. Probably applies to Lahey as well?), wasn't too impressive this tournament.
Maltby and Valenstein continues to impress.

Doubles competition
1. #4 Maddox, Christine/Sherif Ahmed, Mayar (PEP) def. #23 Federici, Sabrina/Dvorak, Sarah (TTU) 6-4
2. Maltby, Felicity/Talaba, Gabriela (TTU) def. #28 Stefani, Luisa/Runglerdkriangkrai,A (PEP) 6-2
3. Cortina-Pou, Alba/Valenstein, Alex (TTU) def. Lahey, Ashley/Milovanovic, Dzina (PEP) 7-5

Doubles is probably all the more shocking. Maybe Stefani wasn't too ready, coming from Fed Cup.

Texas Tech 5-2; National ranking #12
Pepperdine University 3-3; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,5)
ITA National Team Indoors - Quarterfinal Consolation
Host: Yale


So the Gators finally won a National title. Singles 5/6 were too good, Austin and Keegan, throughout the tournament. Gator's doubles is definitely better than Tar Heel's, but we knew that.


Forgot to mention this(UGA vs UF) but Woolcock defeating Perez was huge, and was probably decisive. Christofi and Shaffer were competitive enough, even Brinson against Kuhlman.

But again, Austin/Keegan too good(which means Austin is not playing NCAA Singles). And of course, doubles. Won quite decisively in top 2 positions.


All in all, what with Oklahoma State and Pepperdine not being 100%, it was a bit of a let-down. And of course, the absence of Stanford.

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