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Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 NCAA 5/21

Got sick of the frequent starting time change so belatedly went birding to Playa del Rey/Ballona area.
Failed to spot the target species, Least Tern and Wandering Tattler. Virtually no shorebirds either. It's the time of the Tern; Royal, Forster's..breeding season for many species as well, you see those chicks everywhere, Mallards and Pie-billed Grebes, etc. Did I mention that I spotted a Rose-breasted Grosbeak mom feeding its chick right in front of me at Kennesaw Mountain lol.

That Eastern trips triggered my wanderlust; wanna bird Northeast for seabird watching/Pelagic trip, Pacific Northwest shore for the same, SE Arizona, Texas, Midwest for warblers, Northern Prairie areas for various passerines like Sparrows and Longspurs, Florida, even that bug-infested hell hole NJ Bayshore area for shorebirds!..
But since I can't afford to pay for those trips now, I've been buying some birding books instead, for armchair birding!;

Garrett, Kimball

Behrens, Ken

Pieplow, Nathan

Cooper, Jerry A.

American Bird Conservancy

O'Brien, Michael

So missed all the matches and when I came back and tried, videos didn't work, so didn't really bother checking the scores.

Just checked the scores later from Zootennis;

I was rooting for a new champ, but 3/4 have won before lol. Does this mean that I'm rooting for OSU.  All my 'favorite' teams lost today, Tech, Oklahoma St. and Pepperdine, so I'm no longer interested.
Waiting for the Doubles championship to start.

Some very whacky scores this team tournament. Quite surprising, really.

And you know what, all those wins...mostly came from the bottom positions: depth really matters, and that's why recruiting powerhouses Stanford and Florida will continue to excel. Boring, really. I mean they win everything..haha.

#6 STANFORD (25-2) 4, #4 NORTH CAROLINA (33-3) 2

1. #39 Emily Arbuthnott/Taylor Davidson (STANFORD) def. #4 Jessie Aney/Hayley Carter (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-1

Probably the biggest upset this tournament. At least KK/Sabs made it to a tiebreak; look at this massacre.  As I said, impossible to beat Stanford when you lose the doubles point to them. But UNC has lost the doubles point to FSU during ACC tournament. Maybe not that much of a surprise, but certainly THIS result is, at #1.

2. #46 Caroline Doyle/Melissa Lord (STANFORD) def. Cassandra Vazquez/Alexa Graham (NORTH CAROLIINA), 6-1
3. Sara Daavettila/Makenna Jones (NORTH CAROLINA) vs. Emma Higuchi/Caroline Lampl (STANFORD), 5-1, DNF

1. #2 Hayley Carter (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #38 Caroline Doyle (STANFORD), 6-1, 6-0

2. #28 Melissa Lord (STANFORD) def. #18 Sara Daavettila (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Dunno how it went, so can't comment. Wonder if Sara's serve was good. This match was pretty even on paper anyway.

3. #54 Taylor Davidson (STANFORD) def. #35 Jessie Aney (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-2, 7-5

Third time Aney has lost in a critical team match; Nauta(NCAA), Neel(NIIC) and now to Davidson; couldn't even win a set.
So, is Aney playing ABOVE her ability? Could be, since she's not a big hitter.  Can she win at #4? Who knows.
Anyway Stanford wins 2/3 of upper positions. And those UNC trio started the season so well, Aney ranked at #9 or something.

4. #74 Alexa Graham (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #90 Caroline Lampl (STANFORD), 5-7, 6-2, 7-5

5. Emily Arbuthnott (STANFORD) def. #100 Makenna Jones (NORTH CAROLINA), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Not really an upset, although Jones is ranked and A is not.

6. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (NORTH CAROLINA) vs. #71 Emma Higuchi (STANFORD), 7-6(3), 2-6

That's quite an effort by COP, winning the 1st set.

Doubles (1,2) Singles (1,3,2,4,5)

#2 OHIO STATE (32-2) 4, #7 TEXAS TECH (27-4) 0

Probably playing Indoors helped OSU?

1. #18 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OHIO STATE) vs. #26 Sarah Dvorak/Sabrina Federici (TEXAS TECH), 4-4, DNF
2. Sandy Niehaus/Anna Sanford (OHIO STATE) def. #69 Felicity Maltby/Gabriela Talaba (TEXAS TECH), 6-4
3. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OHIO STATE) def. Alex Valenstein/Alba Cortina-Pou (TEXAS TECH), 6-2

1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OHIO STATE) vs. #9 Gabriela Talaba (TEXAS TECH), 4-6, 4-2, DNF

Talaba really has excelled this season.

2. #67 Anna Sanford (OHIO STATE) def. #58 Felicity Maltby (TEXAS TECH), 7-6(5), 6-4

Rather disappointing result by Maltby after clinching the match against OSU at the Big 12 final defeating Adamovic, who also crashed today against Kuhlman.

3. #95 Gabriella De Santis (OHIO STATE) vs. Alex Valenstein (TEXAS TECH), 6-7(2), 2-0, DNF
4. #91 Miho Kowase (OHIO STATE) def. Sabrina Federici (TEXAS TECH), 6-4, 6-1
5. #112 Sandy Niehaus (OHIO STATE) vs. Sarah Dvorak (TEXAS TECH), 3-6, 5-5, DNF

6. Ferny Angeles Paz (OHIO STATE) def. Katelyn Jackson (TEXAS TECH), 6-2, 6-2

Another very surprising rout. I thought KJ actually had a good chance here. OSU won 2/3 from the bottom half.
Paz and Sanford should be the players of the day, won both.

Doubles (2,3) Singles (6,4,2)

#1 FLORIDA (27-3) 4, #9 OKLAHOMA STATE (25-6) 1

1. #11 Anna Danilina/Ingrid Neel (FLORIDA) vs. #13 Vladica Babic/Carla Tur Mari (OKLAHOMA STATE), 5-6, DNF
2. #20 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (FLORIDA) def. #48 Aliona Bolsova/Katie Stresnakova (OKLAHOMA STATE), 6-2
3. #45 Josie Kuhlman/Belinda Woolcock (FLORIDA) def. #70 Katarina Adamovic/Viktoriya Lushkova (OKLAHOMA STATE), 6-4

Thought OSU could win the doubles, but when the reigning NCAA champ plays #2..tough.

1. #6 Belinda Woolcock (FLORIDA) vs. #8 Viktoriya Lushkova (OKLAHOMA STATE), 2-6, 5-2, DNF

Quite an effort by Woolcock. Is she really the best player among the Gators? Who knows but she certainly put up an effort today, it seems.

2. #23 Josie Kuhlman (FLORIDA) def. Katarina Adamovic (OKLAHOMA STATE), 6-1, 6-1

Both rather struggled this season so this rout is surprising.

3. #73 Aliona Bolsova (OKLAHOMA STATE) def. #31 Ingrid Neel (FLORIDA), 7-5, 6-3
4. #44 Anna Danilina (FLORIDA) def. #63 Vladica Babic (OKLAHOMA STATE), 6-4, 6-4

Bolsova will no doubt play top position next season. Babic again failed to win a critical match.

5. Brooke Austin (FLORIDA) def. Katarina Stresnakova (OKLAHOMA STATE), 6-2, 6-3

I mean no doubt Austin will win this match lol.

6. #59 Kourtney Keegan (FLORIDA) vs. Lena Ruppert (OKLAHOMA STATE), 6-2, 5-7, DNF

Quite an effort by Ruppert, but again OSU loses at the lower positions, just like their NCAA final match against Stanford last season. 
I thought Blanco would do quite well, dunno why she wasn't starting(she really harassed Stefani at Freeman), is she injured or what.

Doubles (2,3) Singles (5,2,3,4)

#3 VANDERBILT (24-5) 4, #12 PEPPERDINE (24-5) 2

1. #8 Christine Maddox/Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPPERDINE) def. #1 Astra Sharma/Emily Smith (VANDERBILT), 6-2
2. Sydney Campbell/Emma Kurtz (VANDERBILT) def. #53 Luisa Stefani/Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPPERDINE), 6-2
3. Ashley Lahey/Dzina Milovanovic (PEPPERDINE) def. Christina Rosca/Fernanda Contreras (VANDERBILT), 6-3

Quite a win by Pepperdine. Maddox again delivers, at #1 no less. L/M won a critical match at #3.
So naturally Pepperdine would've had a great chance, yet..

1. #4 Astra Sharma (VANDERBILT) def. #14 Luisa Stefani (PEPPERDINE), 6-4, 6-4

Astra wins the Ace duel.

2. #15 Sydney Campbell (VANDERBILT) def. #19 Ashley Lahey (PEPPERDINE), 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

Campbell has been a beast playing #2 this season, maybe that's her proper position.

3. #37 Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPPERDINE) def. #102 Christina Rosca (VANDERBILT), 6-2, 6-2
4. Emma Kurtz (VANDERBILT) vs. #97 Laura Gulbe (PEPPERDINE), 4-6, 5-6, DNF
5. Georgina Sellyn (VANDERBILT) def. Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPPERDINE), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Fernanda Contreras (VANDERBILT) def. Dzina Milovanovic (PEPPERDINE), 6-0, 6-2

You can see that Pepperdine certainly had a chance to win. Jean R and especially Milovanovic crashing so easily was quite unexpected. I thought M would win easily actually, considering her firepower. Both Jean and Dzina were bigger and more aggressive hitters yet lost. Rather disappointing.

Doubles (1,2,3) Singles (6,3,1,5,2)

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