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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Stanford, California at UCLA

Scores from UCLA. Stanford match of course couldn't see it because I was struggling at IW.

Stanford vs UCLA
Mar 10, 2017 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts)
#14 Stanford 4, #28 UCLA 3

Doubles competition
1. Hart/Fleming (UCLA) def. #29 Doyle/Lord (STAN) 6-4
2. Miller/Andrews (UCLA) vs. Arbuthnott/Davidson (STAN) 4-5
3. Shibahara/Wiley (UCLA) def. Lampl/Higuchi (STAN) 6-4

Ena at #3, dunno what to make of this. UCLA made a massive change on doubles pairings and it does seem to work.

Singles competition
1. #3 Ena Shibahara (UCLA) def. #69 Taylor Davidson (STAN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
2. Terri Fleming (UCLA) def. #36 Caroline Doyle (STAN) 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4
3. #13 Melissa Lord (STAN) def. #81 Jada Hart (UCLA) 6-4, 6-4
4. #73 Caroline Lampl (STAN) def. Alaina Miller (UCLA) 6-4, 6-1
5. #67 Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) def. Gabby Andrews (UCLA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. #46 Emma Higuchi (STAN) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 7-5, 6-4

Look at Stanford singles player's rankings and actual playing order. Ranking is nothing. And Gabby really is not playing that bad considering everything. As I said, more will be expected next season.

Match Notes:
Stanford 8-1; National ranking #14
UCLA 6-5; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,6,1,5,2)

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Mar 11, 2017 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts)
#28 UCLA 4, #12 California 3

Morning's birding was a suceess. I do think I heard Dusky-capped Flycatcher at John Anson Ford Park. A Cooper's Hawk was unabashedly sitting on a puddle, hilarious. Nearby Mallards approached it with no trepidation! 

Then went to find that Yellow-footed Gull reported by John Garrett, and it was a success! 4 veteran birders were already there, so it was an easy find. By then it was already hellish hot; I thought only IW was hell but evidently it's statewide.

Papa Bear is still alive! 85 and counting lol. Coach Augustus should be ashamed, not telling the exact location to him..! Like me last time, he struggled to find the tennis courts lol. He said they played matches here ages ago, and although they did play WAATC PQ here not too long ago, it's tricky.

Doubles competition

Saw MJMS in doubles action yesterday at IW(if I would have to choose only one doubles match to watch, it would be hers) so of course my expectation may've been too high lol.

Mid-match, national anthem? was played behind at the swimming center and 'somebody' stood up..to our laughter! It harmonized nicely with my growling stomach (didn't eat much since I was birding all morning).

1. Hart/Fleming (UCLA) def. #28 Jansen/Manasse (CAL) 7-6 (7-5)

Naturally concentrated on this match to see NCAA 2-time winner in action.
Maya does everything well. Powerful serve and bh, poaching, overhead.. Once saw the opponent move and patiently hit a tempo late, making an easy dtl passing shot winner. Even said sorry for benefiting from the net. Very tall, similar height to Denise. So probably the opponent's lob attempts weren't too successful against her and Erin.
MM didn't play too well, hence the loss, probably. Serve was attacked, and especially her drives were weak coursewise(into the middle) so got poached a lot.
At TB Maya didn't play too well, making errors, and again MM's harmless drives got poached.
Bruin's new #1 team seems solid enough.

2. Miller/Andrews (UCLA) def. #23 Hauger/Popovic (CAL) 6-1

Olivia wasn't playing too well. But still a surprisingly easy win by the Bruins, but this is just the foretaste of Gabby's doubles domination next season lol. Pretty much the best player at net among those 4. Probably meshed well with Alaina's aggressive drives; Alaina was punishing weak serves/drives at will. Once made a spectacular bh dtl passing shot winner, reminiscent of Martina Hingis whom I just saw her play at IW!
Took about 30 minutes to finish.

3. Shibahara/Wiley (UCLA) vs. #46 Nelson/Starr (CAL) 6-6 (6-5), unfinished

Ena is not too tall. Wiley seems taller than her.
Alexis rather underperformed methinks, considering her junior doubles prowess. Volleys not too good. Also the Bears seemed to just put the ball back hitting volleys, when they could hit with more pace, aggressively. Just softly put it back, so the Bruins had no trouble tracking it.  Alexis served decently though, and Denise of course made the match competitive in the first place. Cal. also split WAATC winner MM/Starr, so this was a weird match, to say the least.

Singles competition

MM has elbow injury, hence did not play singles.

1. #3 Ena Shibahara (UCLA) def. #9 Karla Popovic (CAL) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Did Karla shout 'Come on'? Not 'Ajde'?!!! The loudest. I was wondering how she could sustain her energy level grunting that loud hitting every shot lol.  Looks like a power grinder to me, sorta like Vika Azarenka, playstyle-wise.  Nice variety as well(in fact pretty much every Bear had nice variety, including Lin). Serve probably was also good, since Ena block-served a lot. Defense seemed pretty good, too. Passed well.
Definitely not an easy win by Ena, but her aggression paid off methinks. Once she stood WAY inside the baseline to receive serve.

2. Denise Starr (CAL) def. Terri Fleming (UCLA) 6-3, 6-0

Couldn't really see much, but surprisingly easy win, considering Denise's recent form resultwise. Didn't have chance to chat with her, should've told her about her pal Louisa Chirico lol.

3. #96 Olivia Hauger (CAL) def. #81 Jada Hart (UCLA) 6-3, 6-3

Watched a bit from time to time, later 1st and 2nd.
Olivia defensively good as usual. Just absorbs pace so well, and moves so well. Hart was probably the bigger hitter, and her net approaches weren't ineffective. But Olivia's defense was so good, that after rallies it was Hart who imploded, sending drives wide, etc. Olivia could also paint the baselines, even attacking dtl.
Oh Hart's private coach watched this.

4. Alaina Miller (UCLA) def. Maya Jansen (CAL) 0-6, 7-5, 6-4

A Cal. fan tried to distract Alaina by shaking the fence lol.
Alaina was like Oceane Dodin. Bigger hitter but BBB haha. Thought her attacks including overheads were rather ineffective too, it mainly went to Maya lol, so Maya could return those(didn't I mention that better player also sees the other player. Court vision. I miss Allie Kiick, she excelled in that. Dani Collins' drive volleys are effective because she sends it away from the opponent, a.k.a. aiming the sidelines).

Maya was rather like Olivia, although she was quite powerful herself. But I mean who wouldn't be defensive trying to handle Alaina's pace. So Maya perched way behind the baseline and returned well, and the rallies ended in Alaina's errors.

But Alaina managed to 'evolve' midmatch lol, began to play more patiently. From 'unbridled' to 'controlled' aggression! Hence later on began to win those long rallies, and thereafter played even smarter, 'picking and choosing', employing angles to good effect. MP was that too, angled drive winner painting the sidelines.

5. Maria Smith (CAL) def. Gabby Andrews (UCLA) 7-6, 6-0

Bruins 5-6 were more competitive in the 1st, as you can see from the score. Really Gabby is not bad considering her form. Still her drives were kinda weak, so got attacked by Maria.

6. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) def. Stephane Lin (CAL) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

So this is Lin. Not bad at all. Quite consistent, and moreover her volleys were quite sharp. Once moonballed deep, and made a sharp volley on Kristin's weak return.
Kristin also approached the net quite often as her wont.

MM initiated Cal's 'war chant', and how did the Bruins respond, with their's lol, Mr. Webster initiating it and the Bruins following it, it was hilarious! But the best moment of the match. Achieved fever pitch. TV should've filmed that scene; that's why you play college tennis, no?

After the match got to chat with coach Warren a bit, and he agreed on my criticism of KD heading to GSW lol(as I said, KD heading to GSW is like Bellis choosing Stanford!). I wonder what Olivia think of it as well lol. If somebody interviews her and Tiafoe(why? Well he wore a OKC cap at EB lol, or was is ISC), they definitely should ask them about it!

It was nice, getting to chat with others and enjoying a collegiate atmosphere. Definitely worth the trip.

Match Notes: California 7-3; National ranking #12 UCLA 7-5; National ranking #28 Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,3,5,4,1,6) T-3:45

Baylor vs UCLA men's match was scheduled right after but I was still like a zombie, feeling the effect of headache yesterday and the overall fatigue after 10-day's birding and attending IW lol. And also worried about the traffic so went home.

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