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Friday, April 14, 2017

Stanford at Pepperdine

I was completely wrong in 2 instances;

Didn't think Luisa would play that bad lol, and thought Lampl would rout Gulbe.

Left after Lahey forced the 3rd set(Lampl vs Gulbe was at the later stage of the 2nd set), worried about the traffic lol, and frankly saw it enough.

Scores from Stanford?

No. 17 Pepperdine 5, No. 10 Stanford 2

Luisa was easily the worst Wave, and that should spell a certain defeat; yet others really stepped up, hence the win.

1) No. 6 Christine Maddox/Sherif Ahmed (PEPP) d. No. 67 Arbuthnott/Davidson (STAN) 6-3

M's aggressive poaching, angled ones, untouchable. Even attacked D's serves(D missed it!).
The Waves as usual were very aggressive, approaching the net, and it worked.

2) No. 40 Doyle/Lord (STAN) d. Lahey/Stefani (PEPP) 6-4

Luisa was really bad. Lacked conviction in every movement, hence allowed easy passing, etc.

3) Milovanovic/Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPP) d. Higuchi/Lampl (STAN) 6-4

Dzina was crucial because her aggresive flat drives enabled Jean to finish at net. Even attacked L's serve.

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

1) No. 54 Caroline Doyle (STAN) d. No. 9 Luisa Stefani (PEPP) 7-5, 6-3

Again crappy performance by Luisa. Couldn't even return Caro's serves. Quite a damning performance, considering that this was the most crucial dual match this season. As an ace, such performance should not be allowed. Harsh? Nope, considering her ability.
Maybe she should play #2 :p

2) No. 21 Ashley Lahey (PEPP) d. No. 20 Melissa Lord (STAN) 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1

De facto ace duel :)  Didn't disappoint. Lord isn't a big hitter per se, but has no problem handling pace. And her drives are LOW. Plus, her ability to create width is really good. So probably the best driver in the team, and hence, the highest ranking(won Freeman, defeating Neel and Shibahara).
She sometimes stood WAY behind the baseline; so could return lots of Ashley's attacks methinks.

Ashley saved 3 mps by winners; slice after tense duel, another outright drive winner, 3rd one also painting the corner. Said sorry after benefiting from the net cord. Her aggression, as usual, paid off I guess. As I said didn't watch the 3rd.
Lord's serve was at times unstable, committing DFs.

3) No. 32 Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPP) d. No. 45 Taylor Davidson (STAN) 6-4, 6-1

Thought Mayar might crumble but her condition was really good. Hence many slice/drop shot winners.

4) No. 103 Laura Gulbe (PEPP) d. No. 68 Caroline Lampl (STAN) 7-5, 7-5

Thought Caro's bh slice was attackable.
Heroine this day is of course Laura. But if she can win a set from Carter(at Oracle), of course she can beat Lampl lol. As usual returned and moved really well, and could attack quite sharply, targeting the lines and attacking serve.
Caro was of course the bigger hitter, but crumbled against Laura's stout resistance.

5) Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPP) d. No. 108 Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) 6-3, 7-6 (1)

I said Arbuthnott was beatable, and Jean did it. Actually Jean played #6 usually, so this was a nice change of position by the Waves(well Dzina hasn't played recently). Like Mayar, Jean's condition seemed good. Her aggression probably worked(couldn't really watch much).
Emily is just not that good. Ranking doesn't lie, Emma should play above her. Aggressive, but couldn't do much damage to Jean, was my impression.

6) No. 63 Emma Higuchi (STAN) d. Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) 6-1, 6-2

Points were long, Emma being able to return Dzina's attacks. Most points ended in Dzina's errors, netting. Laura at the changeover encouraged Dzina, nice to see.

Order of Finish: 3, 6, 1, 5, 4, 2

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