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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 ITF EB 3/28 recap

My bad, I totally forgot to mention NU(Michelle Dasso) and Wisconsin(Megan Falcon)! All the more heinous since both also watched G16 matches. Wonder how Pick and Zordani are doing at UW, maybe should ask Megan, who I saw her play at NCAA 2009 and USONP Final round at Stanford. :)

I think Notre Dame also came but he's unfamiliar, is he men's coach?
Today, Texas Tech coach arrived, was with coach Niilson.

Had a nice long chat with coach Bernstein watching Beck/Goulak vs Chen/Liu! I pestered him to divulge the recipe to beat Florida and of course he refused, as it's a trade secret haha. Told me Eleni Christofi had 3mps against Failla at WAATC(Eleni is a big hitter, and she especially played well against Neel, he said).
Ellen Perez, depends on this season, she might turn pro if UGA does well(win the NCAA??!!). He told me he once travelled by car with his wife from Las Vegas to Alabama...2 and a half day journey!!  And dared me to drive to Georgia during for NCAA..no way I'm driving all that way! 
He knew about the State Botanical Garden, which I researched on ebird a few days ago and found out as a birding hotspot lol.
Asked him about Stanford's other possible recruit for the class of 2017, and the whereabouts of Shin and Sewing, he didn't know. I really need to quiz Douglas or Zein about at least Shin's choice..haha.

Now, if indeed Douglas is going to UCLA, that only means that Liu is going to Stanford, but USTA will naturally be hell bent to lure her to turn outright pro, no?

Coach Brown of UCLA at EB last year(or the year before) told me that he would like to retire here; heck no! This desolate land with a Hellish temperature lol, give me cool San Diego any day! I mean this region does have bird haven Salton Sea, but you can't beat SD County which has the most bird reported in any county in the USA(540 species to LA county's 533)! :p

Quizzed Courtney yet again and Caro is still going to UCLA; as I said, USC is fucked :sobbing:

Dent Academy umbrella is good! But where is coach Dent himself??!

Was thinking of just copying what I wrote line by line, to show my thought and writing process, but can't bother lol. Still will consult a bit here(8:55pm now, after the 'spa treatment' at 24 hour fitness and dinner!).

Invasion of the Body Snatcher is classic 1950s movie. I dub those who lure elite juniors from college course to turn outright pro, like USTA, coaches and agents, as the 'Body Snatchers'!

Grace Joyce is going to Princeton! With her kind permission, I'm telling you guys this 'scoop'! Told her Ivy League is recruiting well as a whole, and she agreed!

The Zamarripa sisters came to watch the action later, nice fashion sense, with each wearing a fedora and a straw hat! Fashionistas of the Day? :)

Just checked G12 doubles final and Tkachenko is playing 3/4 match, dunno her but I've heard the name, a famous USSR center(basketball) during the..1970s or something. Probably not related, but who knows lol.

I'm not only a 'Tree-hugger' lol as a birder, I just love to hug! It should be a hugging day everyday!

As usual copied the score from ITF(they just changed the winner from Forbes to Meyer? Really who won lol);

1st Round
Claire LIU (USA) [1] 6-1 6-1 Chloe BECK (USA)
Malkia MENGUENE (USA) 6-2 6-2 Anika YARLAGADDA (USA)

Tatum BURGER (USA) 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) Jada ROBINSON (USA)

An even match when I watched, the points were long. I've praised Tatum's game before, so am not too surprised.

Elizabeth MANDLIK (USA) [16] 6-4 7-6(6) Lea MA (USA)

Elli showed some emotion during the match! Threw the racquet!!  Remember Churchill's famous 'Action This Day' (putting priorities on the memos) during WWII?  I name Elli's 'shocking(because she was so calm at ISC!)' racquet throws, during this match and during doubles, as today's 'Action This Day'! :)

Could watch some of he 2nd set. Her serve continues to be a problem, welcome to the elite hitter's club who can't serve, like Brooke Austin...haha.

Natasha SUBHASH (USA) [9] 6-1 7-5 Alexa RYNGLER (USA)

Watched from the 2nd and Alexa caught up, no surprise there. Rather outplayed Natasha for a bit, returning and attacking well.

Alexa NOEL (USA) 6-4 2-6 6-3 Carolyn CAMPANA (USA)

Julia HAYNES (USA) 6-0 6-3 Luba VASILYUK (USA)

This started too late, had to go watch Despain vs Crawley, and when I came back after watching a bit of the 1st set there, it was already finished; too bad, hoped for a long match.

Caty MCNALLY (USA) [6] 6-2 6-4 Sara CHOY (USA)
Whitney OSUIGWE (USA) [3] 6-1 6-1 Jimena RODRIGUEZ-BENITO (USA)
Marlee ZEIN (USA) 6-2 6-2 Niluka MADURAWE (USA)
Katie VOLYNETS (USA) 6-3 6-1 Kolie ALLEN (USA)
Grace JOYCE (USA) 6-3 6-1 Victoria EMMA (USA) [13]
Ann LI (USA) [11] 6-1 6-4 Emilee DUONG (USA)

Kacie HARVEY (USA) 2-6 6-2 6-3 Alana SMITH (USA)

This was a veritable marathon match. Was being played during Beck/Goulak vs Chen/Liu doubles, and was still being played when I returned from PVCC after watching Hrastar/Navarro vs Crawley/Graham and Cayetano/Hayer vs Crowley/Tran! H was fast so could retrieve lots of S's touch shots; hence the points were generally long.

Rachel LIM (USA) 6-1 7-6(2) Anastasiya JOYNER (USA)

Nicole MOSSMER (USA) [8] 6-1 6-4 Dalayna HEWITT (USA)

Really too bad I missed this, had to watch Beck/Goulak vs Chen/Liu doubles, and Bilokin vs Bolton singles. Also could watch Berger vs Jobinson a bit; blame the court position of this match, court 8, the farthest court.  This was a revenge of sorts, since Hewitt defeated Mossmer at this tournament..was it last year or the year before.
This match was quite popular with the coaches, OSU and Cal. coaches watched it together and also methinks UT.

Margaryta BILOKIN (UKR) 6-2 7-6(2) Elysia BOLTON (USA) [7]

Didn't know who won, didn't stay till the end to find out, but Bilokin moved and returned well. Elysia was on the offensive, moving Bilokin around, but also netted tons. Later was in a full-out bash mode, scoring winners at will.

She later came up during doubles(or was it during Black vs Kalieva) so showed her my Winter National t shirt! We all will miss that COLD tournament at Mesa! Now why didn't I quiz her about my Westbrook jersey; should've asked her which college did he play for..haha.

 Cali JANKOWSKI (USA) 6-1 6-1 Isabella LAMBERT (USA)
Anna BRYLIN (USA) 6-4 5-7 6-3 Hannah ZHAO (USA)

Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) [10] 6-2 6-4 Elvina KALIEVA (USA)

Could watch most of the 2nd set! Black just could not hit through Elvina. Elvina moved and retrieved so well, and many points ended in B's errors. Elvina's forehand is quite beautiful, when she attacked, but of course Black returned lots of those. Methinks Black's drop shot was effective later on. Elvina also reached those, but Black mercilessly used it to move Elvina back and forth, and it proved to be effective.

Mccartney KESSLER (USA) 6-3 7-5 Victoria FLORES (USA) [15]
Gabriella PRICE (USA) 6-4 6-4 Annette GOULAK (USA)

Ivana CORLEY (USA) 6-1 6-3 Sabina DADACIU (USA)

Sabina dropped the racquet a lot today haha. Did she also drop her purse? when she saw me after Bilokin/Mandlik vs Brylin/Lim was concluded? :p
Powerful enough but Ivana was a match for her, and Ivana's usual variety was quite effective as well. Probably Ivana was a bit more solid, Sabina committed some errors while attacking.

Ellie DOUGLAS (USA) [4] 6-3 6-0 Jessica ANZO (USA)
Hailey BAPTISTE (USA) [5] 6-1 6-2 Regina PITTS (USA)

Salma EWING (USA) 6-3 4-6 6-1 Imani GRAHAM (USA)
Janice SHIN (USA) 6-4 6-1 Sophia GRAVER (USA)
Amanda MEYER (USA) [12] 7-6(3) 6-2 Abigail FORBES (USA)
Vanessa ONG (USA) [14] 6-2 6-1 Victoria HU (USA)
Madeline MEREDITH (USA) 6-2 7-6(6) Jessi MULJAT (USA)
Kelly CHEN (USA) 6-2 2-6 6-3 Ashley YEAH (USA)

Taylor JOHNSON (USA) [2] 6-1 6-0 Chloe HAMLIN (USA)

Only could watch a bit late in the 2nd. Chloe once hit a nice bh slice dtl winner, passing.

DOUBLES

1st Round
Caty MCNALLY (USA) / Whitney OSUIGWE (USA) [1] BYE

Victoria EMMA (USA) / Mccartney KESSLER (USA) 6-4 7-5 Carolyn CAMPANA (USA) / Ivana CORLEY (USA)

Couldn't watch, had to watch other matches after arriving from PVCC, baby Gators won the 1st set anyway. Still too bad I had to miss this. Ivana has a very good touch, and Caro is a solid hitter herself, so the tight score isn't too much surprising.

Julia HAYNES (USA) / Cali JANKOWSKI (USA) 6-3 6-3 Jessica ANZO (USA) / Regina PITTS (USA)

Too bad I missed this too, Anzo/Pitts are competent enough so it's a good win for H/J.

Victoria FLORES (USA) / Amanda MEYER (USA) [6] 6-2 6-4 Dalayna HEWITT (USA) / Madeline MEREDITH (USA)

Really too bad I couldn't watch Hewitt a lot this tournament. Managed to concentrate on this match from the 2nd, when I arrived from PVCC(So had to sacrifice watching the above 2 matches at court 1 and 2).
Mad was weak as fuck, hahaha. Serve, lob, drive volley..should learn at Auburn! Hewitt once lost a volley duel against Meyer, and her lob was weak too so got pounced. Probably F/M were too fast, and they really returned Hewitt's attacks well. Meyer is also good in doubles!
So who really won, Meyer or Forbes yesterday lol.

Ellie DOUGLAS (USA) / Natasha SUBHASH (USA) [3] BYE

Kelly CHEN (USA) / Claire LIU (USA) 7-5 7-6(4) Chloe BECK (USA) / Annette GOULAK (USA)

What can I say. Didn't I TELL YOU THAT BECK IS GOOD lol. Those backhand volleys/slices. One of the best in the Nation, in ANY age group(including pros!)! Fantastic racquet manipulation and body balance returning knifing drives by Liu lol. She DOMINATED the net, both offensively and defensively! And she made VERY FEW mistakes making those bh volleys.
So how did they lose? Well, we are talking about Chen and Liu here, no? Haha. I mean their power and passes were good enough. Annette also showed some very find defense, but her volley attacks lacked the sharpness of Becks, and her overhead continues to be a problem.
Overall one heck of a match, sacrificed every other singles matches to concentrate on this. Was thinking maybe it could be a blowout, but Beck/Goulak played too well so the match took ultra long to finish(hence missed Mossmer vs Hewitt match lol)..had to complain to coach Bernstein about this! Lol.

Jimena RODRIGUEZ-BENITO (USA) / Marlee ZEIN (USA) 7-5 5-7 [10-6] Abigail FORBES (USA) / Chloe HAMLIN (USA)

Watched a bit before head to PVCC to watch those 2 marquee G16 doubles matches, and when I returned they were still playing! Chloe was seen practicing serve after the match!

Vanessa ONG (USA) / Katie VOLYNETS (USA) [7] 6-4 3-6 [11-9] Jessi MULJAT (USA) / Alexa NOEL (USA)

Ooohed and aaahed on Noel's fantastic volleys(naturally dominated the net) before heading to PVCC haha. Understandable result since Jessi is a bit overmatched here(others too powerful).

Imani GRAHAM (USA) / Lea MA (USA) [8] 7-6(3) 6-4 Kolie ALLEN (USA) / Janice SHIN (USA)

1st match to start so could watch a considerable portion of the 1st before heading to PVCC. Allen as usual defended well at net, Shin also poached well as usual, but Graham also passed at will, and Ma really shined at net.

Anna BRYLIN (USA) / Rachel LIM (USA) 7-6(2) 2-6 [10-5] Margaryta BILOKIN (UKR) / Elizabeth MANDLIK (USA)

Last match standing so could watch a lot, started late too(the match just got started when I returned from PVCC). I was ludicrously 'saluting' watching this match lol, unintentionally because I had to shield my tired eyes from the brutal sun ray!

Ace duel between Mandlik and Brylin, loved it. Anna's instinct is almost uncanny lol. So Elli's attacks were negated a lot, and it was Anna who gained the upper hand at net many times. Elli really met her match in Anna! So Elli was understandably frustrated and once even threw a racquet violently! Bilokin played well overall, but did make some errors at MTB. Lim passed really well.

B/L had to walk around to find a referee, then waited for a long time for the referee to arrive.

Elena VAN LINGE (USA) / Danielle WILLSON (USA) 5-7 6-2 [10-8] Sabina DADACIU (USA) / Kacie HARVEY (USA)

As I said Sabina dropped the racquet quite often haha. Both VL/W defended so well, especially Dani with her tall frame! Very nice volley returns and such.
Sabina hugged Kacie after mp, nice to see :)

Hailey BAPTISTE (USA) / Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) [4] 6-2 6-2 Niluka MADURAWE (USA) / Luba VASILYUK (USA)

Too bad I missed this. I missed all Luba's matches today, ugh. Well at least I watched her at ISC!

Elysia BOLTON (USA) / Nicole MOSSMER (USA) [5] 6-2 6-4 Sophia GRAVER (USA) / Grace JOYCE (USA)

Missed this too, the match was already at the later stage when I came back from PVCC, checked the score afar with my bino. Court was the farthest court 9, so..
Forgot to add this but Grace applauded Emma's nice plays yesterday!

Malkia MENGUENE (USA) / Alana SMITH (USA) 6-2 6-1 Emilee DUONG (USA) / Ashley YEAH (USA)

Same here.

Alexa BUTERA (USA) / Camille KISS (USA) 6-4 0-6 [10-7] Salma EWING (USA) / Peyton STEARNS (USA)

Could only watch a bit later, really too bad, because I had to watch Despain vs Crawley at PVCC. Totally forgot about this match even after I returned lol, my bad.  I was wondering why Kiss wasn't touching the ball too much, was it unintentional or intentional to avoid her firepower lol. 
Ewing as usual made lots of errors, and B/K's net approaches weren't ineffective methinks. Peyton should also join the Mein Kampf(ma struggle!) club with Austin and Mandlik..haha. Kiss's firepower was good enough, eliciting Ewing's error. Methinks Butera was quite competent at net, and Kiss as well. Kiss' father yelled in triumph after the match point!

Taylor JOHNSON (USA) / Ann LI (USA) [2] BYE   

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for the scoop on Grace! I'm also wondering if Zein is going to the same school as her sister

fan said...

Where is her sister going/playing? I'll ask her today if I have the chance!

Anonymous said...

She has had sisters but play at prairie view, Texas, and Rutgers. But I think they've all graduated. Thanks!