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Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 ITF ISC 3/24 recap

So why was Ellie Douglas(with her mom) watching Bolton matches. Speculate, speculate..I mean Ellie is a Texan, and Elysia is a Midwesterner, and they don't play doubles together(is Ellie teaming up with her for EB?). Is Ellie really going to UCLA? And, should I ask her about Janice Shin? Haha.

Who was that girl with her dad? watching court 2 match. DeFalco?

Maureen Diaz had a cute dog.

Quarterfinal

Taylor JOHNSON (USA) [1] 7-6(3) 6-2 Dominique SCHAEFER (PER) [12]

Watched the 2nd set. Haven't really watched Domi much since her ISC win against Xepoleas.  She certainly has game. She is of course reknown for her variety(drop shot), but in fact could hit very sharply, as well. Serve wasn't bad either today. So could have a tight match against SJ I guess.

I dub SJ, 'Ninja', seeing her flying across the net doing bh volleys lol. also that one shot one lol mindset(sorta reminds me of Ena). Added one more nickname, aside from SJ!  Forgot to mention this but she's also a natural 'leg-thru'er haha. In the end, too powerful. Serve was also good, Domi couldn't return well.

Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) [11] 6-2 6-4 Emiliana ARANGO (COL) [3]

Watched the 2nd set. A is a flat hitter but seemed to have trouble against B's variety. Netted tons of drives. In fact B was quite aggressive today, and it probably helped.
But A herself has good variety as well, so could have a tighter 2nd set.

Elysia BOLTON (USA) [9] 7-5 6-7(1) 6-1 Amanda MEYER (USA) [14]

Was that Wu? She was with Amanda's coach? Amanda's coach was also a clapper! Didn't notice that before haha.
Elysia didn't say sorry after benefiting from the net cord :p

Quite even, overall. Amanda just hits so well. Can't emphasize it enough, heck of a recruit by Vandy. Not bad variety either.
Again saying but Elysia just returns so well. Perfect balance of offense and defense. Great mover, and sharp attacker. In the end probably a bit more solid. Couldn't watch much of the later two sets though.

Carson BRANSTINE (CAN) [2] 6-0 7-6(4) Nicole MOSSMER (USA) [10]

Watched some from time to time, especially the 2nd set.
Car was probably a tad more composed than usual lol, not too many tantrums! Did it help? Maybe? Made lots of errors but also moved Nicole effectively around with deep and sharp groundstrokes, producing enough width to draw FEs from Nicole(but not too many winners; Nicole is that fast). She's a good mover for her size, and is reknown for her variety, so probably not a good matchup for Nicole.
Nicole was quite aggressive when I saw, serve was hit and miss but when on, could pressure Car.

Quarterfinal

Carson BRANSTINE (CAN) / Ellie DOUGLAS (USA) [1] 7-6(1) 6-3 Annette GOULAK (USA) / Dominique SCHAEFER (PER)

Not a bad showing by G/S at all, aggressive so could have a tight 1st set. Concentrated on this match at first, then left to watch other matches. Ellie was quite sound at net.
Being tall means you can also find more angles to pass(Car).

Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) / Imani GRAHAM (USA) [7] 1-6 7-6(3) [10-6] Taylor JOHNSON (USA) / Ann LI (USA) [3]

What in the...Ann was too powerful, SJ was volleying at will doing her Ninja thang so dunno how this happened; the mystique of doubles, 'momentum change'?  Did B/G revert to ultra moonballing mode or what. I'm sure Colette will have more info on this.

So the only player from the class of 2020 to advance, other than Caty, is neither Chloe, Alexa or Peyton lol. It's Imani!  Did she return serve well this time? That's quite a handicap yet they still scored a major upset..

Emiliana ARANGO (COL) / Elizabeth MANDLIK (USA) [5] 7-6(6) 7-5 Salma EWING (USA) / Peyton STEARNS (USA)

Peyton wasn't too impressive today, sinking tons of drives, but Arango is a heck of a hitter herself(not like a typical Latin American, she hits flat with pace), so maybe understandable. Did hit better later in the 2nd.
The one who held the team was Salma; quite composed, and her net approaches were a revelation today; so could have a tight match in the first place(combined with Peyton's volleys as well).

Preternatural calm. How can she be so calm and composed out there. Almost seems enigmatic, haha. Talking about Elli here. Drove and served well, and especially her efficient poaches; probably the decider of the match. Hence, I anoint thee as the G18 player of the day :)

Caty MCNALLY (USA) / Natasha SUBHASH (USA) [2] 7-6(3) 6-2 Malkia MENGUENE (USA) / Alana SMITH (USA)

Why I said Peyton is the best hitter of the class of 2020; if Caty was the best hitter, she would've won against Nicole yesterday. Still, for sheer solidity she's still the one top. She also can change pace and direction at will; formidable weapon in doubles play. Made some errors later in the 1st and her father just couldn't sit still haha(he's back! Was her mom also there? I thought so, but not sure lol).
Not an easy win but the combined net plays of McNally/Subhash were a bit too much. Still a great showing by Menguene and Smith this tournament. Maybe they could play for coach Harmon at GT lol.

Anyway, I've praised Peyton yesterday but she lost doubles in NPB against...Graham/Stein lol. The reason why I like both, Lauren and Peyton!

Done! 8:07pm, time to go home.

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