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Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 ISC Day 1

I desperately need a break(sleep) so am skipping Sunday's Q finals.

At the venue, House Finches and Northern Mockingbirds were vocal as usual. Good finds were adult Lesser Goldfinch male(at least 2), adult Scaly-breasted Munia(my first there!), and always dependable adult Hooded Oriole male, in its resplendent yellow-and-black plumage at the top of light tower at court 2.

On the way home made a detour to spot a RARE bird. Thanks to the Woodruffs who were already on it(son Michael looked like the actor Rupert Friend!), found the Least Flycatcher at Whittier Narrows Dam. First time I've been there and it looks promising. Anyway the Flycatcher was quite hard to find, but I did manage to have a brief look(it was calling incessantly though). Michael says its the 1st California record of this Eastern species! And that, was my 360th LA county bird!

First player whom I noticed when I got out of my car at the parking lot was future Tiger Ann Li, with Natasha Subhash(are they playing doubles together again).

'Peruvian' spotted at court 8(she later stood up to leave but didn't lol), later she was with Ryan Peus, are they playing doubles together.

Yale coach came(they just played two matches against LMU and LBSU) so asked about Battaglia; she is no longer playing for the team, but other than that, no info(whether she turned pro or if she'll play for other teams). Wait a minute that was Brooke Bolender??! Thought she looked familiar lol.

Oh and glad to make some new acquaintances  :)


Scores from ITF;

Round 1

Jordan HARRIS (USA) [1] BYE
Annette GOULAK (USA) 6-0 6-1 Natalie SHAMMA (USA)

Riley MCQUAID (USA) 6-2 6-2 Margaret OWENSBY (USA)

Was quite impressed with O actually(couldn't really watch her play singles at NPB).  Tall but moved decently, could attack sharply, and variety wasn't bad either(volleys, slices, even made a perfect winner on that one).

Jolene COETZEE (TPE) [14] BYE
Addison GUEVARA (USA) [2] BYE

Julia LILIEN (USA) 6-3 6-3 Katherine H T NGUYEN (USA)

Court 14 so limited view(couldn't they at least clear some of the tarpaulins that limit the sideline view), just watched the 1st two games or so at the start of the match. N once made a drop shot + pass combo.

Grace JOYCE (USA) 7-5 7-5 Ryan PEUS (USA)

Good match. Ryan wasn't actually bad, attacked Grace's serve and showed good variety, approaching, etc. The decider was probably serve, Ryan DFing. Grace was quite sharp, creating width effectively, had no problem attacking corners. Smooth hitting, concise form. Also befitting her doubles prowess, was comfortable at net.
Oh and that was Phoebe, later came and watched her sister play.

Elvina KALIEVA (USA) [15] 6-4 2-6 6-4 Jessica ARAGON (USA)

Heck of a match(mainly watched part of 1st and latter 3rd methinks).
K was more composed yesterday, maybe because not much was at stake compared to her match against fellow class of 2021 Grishuk haha. And mentally composed K was quite formidable.
Had no problem rallying with A, who is much older(class of 2018). A is not a bad player at all, by the way, will definitely contribute for Nebraska.

Anyway K hit and also moved so well, and A wasn't even passive. Both hit and moved excellently, so the points were generally long. K also showed some very nice variety, once even making a perfect half volley(shot of the day).
Of course A had more power so K was on the defensive many times, but didn't panic, watching A and sending the balls deep enough.
Later in the 2nd sorta pushed, maybe hoping for A's errors, but A wasn't making those lol.
Nice handshake at the net.

Alyssa MAYO (USA) [3] BYE Hermehr
KAUR (USA) Walkover Jaedan BROWN (USA)
Vivian CHENG (USA) 6-0 6-0 Sara ALAJBEGOVIC (USA)
Sofia KABANY (USA) [12] BYE
Mei Xu WU (CHN) [4] BYE

Camille KISS (USA) 6-3 0-6 6-2 Danielle WILLSON (USA)

Dani struggling against talented younsters, Stearns at NPB and now Camille haha. Like that match, a slug-fest befitting a typical ball-basher's match!  Hence the short points(all 3 are superb attackers). Cami's net approaches aren't quite perfect, but the attempt itself can't be bad.
Dani was later seen being consoled by Duong!

Julia HAYNES (USA) 6-3 6-2 Sophia GRAVER (USA)
Niluka MADURAWE (USA) [9] BYE
Taysia ROGERS (USA) [5] BYE
Regina PITTS (USA) 6-1 6-2 Nicole KNICKERBOCKER (USA)
Jessica ANZO (USA) 6-3 6-3 Lindsay LAMPERT (USA)
Yasmin MANSOURI (CAN) [13] BYE
Alexa BUTERA (USA) [6] BYE

Anna CAMPANA (USA) 6-0 6-1 Marcella CRUZ (USA)

Just saw a game or so at the start of the match. Anna seemed good enough. That's a surprisingly lopsided score.

Avery AUDE (USA) 6-3 6-2 JolinaSue PARADELA (USA)
Shelby PRINCE (USA) 6-2 6-4 Skyler HOLM (USA) [16]
Zoe HITT (USA) [7] BYE

Rena LIN (USA) 6-0 6-3 Elena VAN LINGE (USA)

Elena was quite aggressive. Fh drives weren't bad really, could induce FEs. Also could slice deep, almost painting the baseline.
Lin was overall too good though, too powerful.

Emilee DUONG (USA) 6-7(4) 6-1 6-2 Jennifer KERR (USA)

Jen was the bigger hitter(some of her whipping c/c fh drives practically caressed the net), but Duong returned well, resultng in Jen's errors after rallies. Jen's variety was a bit suspect, made errors attempting volleys.

Delara ZAMANI (USA) [11] BYE
Maria Fernanda CAMPOS (MEX) [8] BYE

Shakhnoza KHATAMOVA (UZB) 6-2 6-2 Sonia TARTAKOVSKY (USA)

Ate lunch in the shade watching this match at court 8(EATING means I'm very interested lol, since I won't be leaving while eating! But you already know that).

Was impressed with the level, actually(so that was Sonia, who was around during Joyce vs Peus match). K hit extremely flat, and hit very well. T did well to return those, so the points were rather long. She also served quite well methinks. Even volleyed well. But a couple of times midjudged the ball passing her(thought it was out).

Carolyn CAMPANA (USA) 3-6 6-4 6-2 Toni NELSON (USA)

Nelson must be pretty good.

Charlotte OWENSBY (USA) [10] BYE

Round 2

Annette GOULAK (USA) 6-2 6-1 Jordan HARRIS (USA) [1]

Jolene COETZEE (TPE) [14] 6-3 6-3 Riley MCQUAID (USA)

When I glimpsed a bit M was hitting well.

Julia LILIEN (USA) 6-1 6-3 Addison GUEVARA (USA) [2]

Same court 14, many were watching this including Yale and TCU coaches.
L seemed quite powerful. Too bad couldn't watch much, but what with the limited view..

Elvina KALIEVA (USA) [15] 7-6(5) 6-2 Grace JOYCE (USA)

Arrived at 5-2 Grace lead in the 1st(but Elvina soon won the next 2 games methinks).

Probably similar to Jankowski vs Grishuk at ITF NPB, but unlike G, K wasn't even pushing. Weathered out Grace's sharp attacks, and eventually Grace imploded committing errors.
K committed some DFs, but I'd say generally she served well with pace; since Grace wasn't particularly winning the long rallies, I thought attacking K's serve would be a good choice. And she did maybe, but the result wasn't too good; sank tons. And Grace herself DFed at the 1st set point.
Maybe Grace's shot lacked pace or couldn't create enough width, dunno. Or that she hit too flat, but that's her style anyway metinks?
But K's poise and defense was impressive, to say the least.  K played really well, it wasn't all Grace's errors.
As I said, those 3 talents from the class of 2021, Kalieva, Grishuk and Owensby, are really good. Definitely worth the trip to Newport Beach, and Carson yesterday.

Hermehr KAUR (USA) 7-5 6-2 Alyssa MAYO (USA) [3]

Only watched a bit, M seemed pretty good.

Vivian CHENG (USA) 6-1 6-1 Sofia KABANY (USA) [12]

Mei Xu WU (CHN) [4] 6-2 6-3 Camille KISS (USA)

Totally forgot about this later, but I thought Camille was leading 5-2 or something.

Julia HAYNES (USA) 6-4 6-4 Niluka MADURAWE (USA) [9]
Regina PITTS (USA) 6-1 6-3 Taysia ROGERS (USA) [5]

Jessica ANZO (USA) 6-3 6-1 Yasmin MANSOURI (CAN) [13]

Only caught a bit(played alongside with the below match) at court 9. M seemed ok.

Anna CAMPANA (USA) 6-4 6-3 Alexa BUTERA (USA) [6]

Both were quite good. B had quite a power, but C returned those well, and it was usually B who committed errors after rallies.
Left a while later, too exhausted(desperately needed sleep).

Shelby PRINCE (USA) 7-5 0-6 7-5 Avery AUDE (USA)
Rena LIN (USA) 4-6 7-5 6-1 Zoe HITT (USA) [7]
Emilee DUONG (USA) 6-2 6-3 Delara ZAMANI (USA) [11]

Shakhnoza KHATAMOVA (UZB) 6-4 6-2 Maria Fernanda CAMPOS (MEX) [8]

Just glimpsed a bit.

Carolyn CAMPANA (USA) 6-3 6-1 Charlotte OWENSBY (USA) [10]

Forgot to mention this, but O against..was is Gadalov? at ITF NPB, cleared the ball at her feet during mid-play. Good presence of mind and it was possible in the first place because Jen was moonballing as usual haha, giving ample time!

Could watch the 2nd set after coming from Joyce vs Kalieva match. O had no trouble attacking C, as I said, really talented. But C also O moved around effectively, almost painting the sidelines methinks(court 9 so the view wasn't ideal, to say the least). Hits probably with more margin than Joyce, but those attacks were very effective.

Difference between Owensby and Grishuk/Kalieva, methinks G/K are more solid. They had no trouble keeping the ball in play against good attackers, moving so well. But no doubt all 3 are very talented.

Utah coach came to watch...this or Anna Campana vs Alexa Butera?

G16

Frisina vs Peus

Watched a bit. Wondered where Ryan's father was during Ryan's match lol, he was watching this match. Both were quite good.

Is it my imagination or that the participants are getting younger and younger; these two were basically kids but were competing in G16. Kalieva and Owensbly competed in G18 and they're class of 2021.

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