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Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 EB 3/30 G16, 14 recap

Girls' 16 Singles


QQ (7) Addison Guevara d. Britt Pursell 1-6; 6-2; 10-4

Couldn't really watch much, what with watching the last moment of G14 singles then Mandlik vs Liu, and then chatting with Adi's mom lol. By then the gust was devastating!

R3 Marcella Cruz d. Ali Despain 6-0; 3-6; 10-5

Pretty even. Watched from the 2nd set methinks. Ali moved well and struck well(she has nice variety as well). Cruz employd her variety to good efect. Cruz was yelling a lot, like Brooke Austin lol, so Ali responded in kind..haha.
MTB was a letdown, Ali playing poorly; couldn't surmount the early deficit.

R3 Chidimma Okpara d. Anna Campana 7-5; 6-2

Too bad I missed this. I did watch both especially Anna before(was it NPB or ISC, watched so many matches, can't remember!).

R3 (7) Addison Guevara d. Julia Andreach 6-1; 6-0

Just glimpsed a bit, maybe Julia's condition wasn't too good.

R3 Britt Pursell d. (16) Elle Christensen 6-2; 6-3

Wait a minute, Elle was the smaller girl(she's a lefty)? Then who was the taller girl during that doubles match against Despain/Guevara haha, I was rather impressed with that girl!
Britt seemed to overpower Elle, but Elle herself could move and attack sharply.
Elle had a MTO mid-match, hope nothing serious. And. Harvard? What does it mean lol.

R3 Lauren Anzalotta d. elizabeth stevens 6-4; 6-2

Lauren was also a good yeller haha. Impressed with Stevens, have I seen her before. Hits big and doesn't lack variety either.

R3 Yolanda Lin d. Amy Huang 6-3; 7-6(5)

Wow, Lin must be good.

R3 Amanda Chan d. Gabriella Cusano 6-2; 6-1
R3 (1) Briana Crowley d. (10) Kiana Graham 6-0; 6-2

Q (5) Emma Navarro d. (9) Jayci Goldsmith 6-1; 6-3

Could only watch some games, because Jayci was playing doubles later anyway. I had to see Ava lose lol(they're both playing singles tomorrow anyway?).
Looked like Jayci hit more sharply today than yesterday, creating more width. Once applauded Emma's winner. She's a feisty lefty hitter, but doesn't lack variety either. Good mover for her size. Emma was just the better player.
Wait a minute isn't Jayci also 'old' playing this division, fellow class of 2018 with Jillian Taggart haha.

Q (3) Sedona Gallagher d. (8) Ava Hrastar 6-0; 7-5

When I arrived it was already 2nd set, what happened in the 1st lol.
Just like Chloe Beck during that doubles match against Chen/Liu lol(had to sacrifice lots of other matches watching that fantastic match!), Ava just would not go away! Smily at first, haha. But later showed her 'true self', dropping the racquet and kicking it!  Once yelled 'You idiot' after making a backhand drive error!

Seemed to get her rhythm back a bit later in the 2nd; began to hit well, producing winners and such. Both are good movers for their size, and very competent hitters, so it was quite exciting. Ava is also a good server. Sedona was just a bit better, that's all.
Jillian came by to watch. Rachel was watching..a boy's match? Was eating well!

Q Fiona Crawley d. (11) Audrey Boch-Collins 6-4; 6-1

Couldn't watch much but again, ABC's defense was just astounding lol. Fiona's forehand motion reminds me of somebody..can't remember who. Anyway, is this her breakout tournament. Outhustling ABC? No mean feat. Probably was a tad more offensive player as well. ABC once approached the net timely, making an easy volley winner.

Girls' 14 Singles
F (8) Charlotte Owensby d. (1) Gianna Pielet 6-4; 2-6; 7-5

Only could watch from O lead 4-3 to the end of 1st, then from 5-4 P lead in the 3rd.
P was aggressive as usual, but O generally could handle those with her good movement and forehand slices. Now I thought she was the more unstable player compared to Grishuk and Kalieva, watching NPB and ISC, but she proved that she can rally all day this tournament :) Should dig up my first impression of her, at the National or something. Was quite impressed with her talent then.

So P had 7 match points. Don't cry! Once aced later in the 1st and yelled, but her serve was probably her bane; DFed. Allowed service return winner by O in the last game of the 1st. O's backhand was really good; could produce winners on that wing.

Good tournament for both: P had a fantastic tournament, beating a very good team Duncan/Snells en route to winning it all with Collins. Congrats to both!

PL (14) Connie Ma d. (6) Kailey Evans Wo (inj)

CS (9) Jennifer Kida d. Kimberly Hance Wo (inj)
CS (3) Kylie Collins d. Carson Tanguilig 3-6; 6-3; 10-3

Were these played yesterday or today. Kida and Collins play tomorrow I believe, should have a peek. Jen, be calm...haha.

Tomorrow I will naturally concentrate on Goldsmith/Cusano doubles, since I haven't seen them much at all. Rachel I've seen plenty enough already :p
Hope they play side by side though!

I haven't been able to bird at all during this tournament, after birding Coachella Valley Preserve on the 1st day or something and spotting Western Kingbird and adult male Bullock's Oriole at the oasis braving the gust lol. Very few people spotted that Bullock's Oriole at that Preserve! Am I becoming a 'competent' birder or what?!

Will post more tidbits on 3/29 tomorrow, haven't been able to post comprehensively today morning.

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