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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bellis vs Hibino, etc

Could watch the whole match from Hibino 3-2 lead in the 1st from the computer at Toyota Service center(my damn car again. Still here).
Dunno when I last watched Bellis live; WTA Carlsbad? I don't (really) watch tennis except in person, so(as I said I'm more of a birder now!)..

Was surprised Helen Altick was with Bellis's coaches! Didn't know she was such good friends with Bellis. Shouldn't she be at UCLA though lol. School didn't start yet?

I thought Hibino would win(I've mentioned being impressed with her play at IW this year. She in fact played So. California ITF events some years ago), but wasn't really too impressed with her play today. Rather passive so surrendered initiative to Bellis. Her bh was the biggest weapon between those two though.

Bellis served rather well methinks. Too many errors eventually was her bane.

Now watching Vondrousova vs Kuzzy 3rd set and V looks impressive.

This car is just costing too much to maintain now -_- Was thinking of attending Las Vegas ITF(many youngsters including Galfi and Potapova), but can't justify the expense.
Not sure I can attend ITA National Fall Championship in November at IW either. I mean I haven't been there birding in November, so am intrigued what bird I can find(close to the end of Fall Migration season?), but isn't it a repeat of WAATC. We'll see though.

Looking forward to the new ITA ranking, and list of Oracle Masters and WAATC PQ.
Foremost on my agenda is actually spotting Baird's Sandpiper. Failed in like 3 tries, and I need to spot that Midwest species lol. Also other shorebirds like Pectoral Sandpiper and Solitary Sandpiper.

Enjoying Rick Perlstein's Before the Storm; Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. It's the 1st of his Trilogy covering the rise(recovery) of the American (Far) Right. Quite entertaining, highly recommended. Rather a cynical(understandably so) account; comical but also quite frightening.
I didn't know John Birch Society was so..popular. And one of its prominent members, Walter Knott of Knott's Berry Farm fame! Who knew. But Orange County has long been famous for its rabid Right wing history(many came from the Midwest. In fact California has rich conservative tradition. I mean they did produce Nixon and Reagan! In fact Nixon seems quite moderate compared to...lol.  Also Think tanks like Hoover institution at Stanford, etc..).

Why is Amazon site blocked here, ho hum.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Prince George’s County International Hard Court Junior Tennis Championships

1st Round
Taylor JOHNSON (USA) / Sofia SEWING (USA) [1] 6-2 6-3 Elisabetta COCCIARETTO (ITA) / Federica ROSSI (ITA)
Alexis MERRILL (USA) / Lisa PICCINETTI (ITA) 6-4 6-3 Chloe HAMLIN (USA) / Megan POLNET (USA)
Dalayna HEWITT (USA) / Peyton STEARNS (USA) 6-3 6-3 Daria FRAYMAN (RUS) / Kamilla RAKHIMOVA (RUS)
Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) / Anna LAGUZA (UKR) [7] 6-4 7-5 Zoe HITT (USA) / Anna ZHANG (USA)
Emily APPLETON (GBR) / Jaimee FOURLIS (AUS) [3] 6-0 6-3 Sedona GALLAGHER (USA) / Dasha KOURKINA (USA)
Natsumi KAWAGUCHI (JPN) / Lulu SUN (SUI) 5-7 6-4 [11-9] Chloe BECK (USA) / Mccartney KESSLER (USA) 
Abigail FORBES (USA) / Katie VOLYNETS (USA) 4-6 6-4 [11-9] Sada NAHIMANA (BDI) / Mihika YADAV (IND)
Cori GAUFF (USA) / Charlotte OWENSBY (USA) 6-1 7-5 Jessica FATEMI (USA) / Ebony SAMPSON (USA)
Elizabeth MANDLIK (USA) / Alana SMITH (USA) 6-4 6-4 En Shuo LIANG (TPE) / Naho SATO (JPN) [5]
Maria Lourdes CARLE (ARG) / Layne SLEETH (CAN) 6-2 6-2 Malkia NGOUNOUE (USA) / Katya TOWNSEND (USA)
I-Hsuan CHO (TPE) / Yi Tsen CHO (TPE) 6-1 6-2 Ayana AKLI (USA) / Jade WOO (USA)
Maria Camila OSORIO SERRANO (COL) / Daniela VISMANE (LAT) [4] 6-1 7-6(5) Niluka MADURAWE (USA) / Anika YARLAGADDA (USA)
Elysia BOLTON (USA) / Vanessa ONG (USA) 6-4 6-3 Anhzelika ISAEVA (RUS) / Draginja VUKOVIC (SRB) [6]
Hailey BAPTISTE (USA) / Lea MA (USA) 5-7 6-4 [10-4] Margaryta BILOKIN (UKR) / Alina CHARAEVA (RUS)
Anastasia IAMACHKINE (PER) / Sofia MUNERA SANCHEZ (COL) 6-2 6-2 Maria ADIACONITEI (USA) / Valerie HO (USA)
Anastasia KHARITONOVA (RUS) / Elena RYBAKINA (RUS) [2] 6-2 6-1 Mackenzie CLARK (USA) / Lauren G. ANZALOTTA-KYNOCH (PUR)

2nd Round
Taylor JOHNSON (USA) / Sofia SEWING (USA) [1] 6-2 6-4 Alexis MERRILL (USA) / Lisa PICCINETTI (ITA)
Dalayna HEWITT (USA) / Peyton STEARNS (USA) 6-2 6-4 Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) / Anna LAGUZA (UKR) [7] 
Emily APPLETON (GBR) / Jaimee FOURLIS (AUS) [3] 7-6(2) 6-4 Natsumi KAWAGUCHI (JPN) / Lulu SUN (SUI)
Abigail FORBES (USA) / Katie VOLYNETS (USA) 6-4 6-2 Cori GAUFF (USA) / Charlotte OWENSBY (USA)
Maria Lourdes CARLE (ARG) / Layne SLEETH (CAN) 6-3 6-4 Elizabeth MANDLIK (USA) / Alana SMITH (USA)
I-Hsuan CHO (TPE) / Yi Tsen CHO (TPE) 7-6(0) 6-1 Maria Camila OSORIO SERRANO (COL) / Daniela VISMANE (LAT) [4]
Hailey BAPTISTE (USA) / Lea MA (USA) Walkover Elysia BOLTON (USA) / Vanessa ONG (USA)
Anastasia KHARITONOVA (RUS) / Elena RYBAKINA (RUS) [2] 6-3 6-2 Anastasia IAMACHKINE (PER) / Sofia MUNERA SANCHEZ (COL)

Quarterfinal
Taylor JOHNSON (USA) / Sofia SEWING (USA) [1] 6-2 6-1 Dalayna HEWITT (USA) / Peyton STEARNS (USA)
Emily APPLETON (GBR) / Jaimee FOURLIS (AUS) [3] 6-4 6-4 Abigail FORBES (USA) / Katie VOLYNETS (USA)
I-Hsuan CHO (TPE) / Yi Tsen CHO (TPE) 7-6(7) 6-4 Maria Lourdes CARLE (ARG) / Layne SLEETH (CAN)
Anastasia KHARITONOVA (RUS) / Elena RYBAKINA (RUS) [2] 4-6 6-0 [10-8] Hailey BAPTISTE (USA) / Lea MA (USA)

Semifinal
Emily APPLETON (GBR) / Jaimee FOURLIS (AUS) [3] 6-1 6-1 Taylor JOHNSON (USA) / Sofia SEWING (USA) [1] 
I-Hsuan CHO (TPE) / Yi Tsen CHO (TPE) 4-6 7-6(2) [10-8] Anastasia KHARITONOVA (RUS) / Elena RYBAKINA (RUS) [2]

Thursday, August 24, 2017

ND roster

2017-18 Roster
Coaches
NameHt.Yr.
Ally Bojczuk5-11FR
Brooke Broda5-8SR
Rachel Chong5-7JR
Cameron Corse5-8FR
Caroline Dunleavy5-4FR
Allison Miller5-6SR
Evangeline ShannonFR
Hayden Siegfried5-7SO
Zoe Spence5-8SO
Bess Waldram5-10SO

Too many good players. The depth is rather extraordinary.
Their doubles could be really good.

Will write birding on separate blog

Http://socalbirding.blogspot.com




WAATC] Apogee - Stanford

2013 - Jamie Loeb, North Carolina, d. Robin Anderson, UCLA, 6-4, 6-0
2012 - Lauren Embree, Florida, d. Julia Elbaba, Virginia, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
2011 - Allie Will, Florida, d. Jacqueline Cako, Arizona State, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3
2010 - Hilary Barte, Stanford, d. Jana Juricova, California, 7-6 (4), 6-3
2009 - Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech, d. Chelsey Gullickson, Georgia, 6-2, 6-1
2008 - Kelcy McKenna, Arizona State, d. Fani Chifchieva, Auburn, 6-3, 6-4
2007 - Suzi Babos, California, d. Ani Mijacika, Clemson, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
2006 - Suzi Babos, California, d. Melanie Gloria, Fresno State, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(8)
2005 - Nicole Leimbach, TCU, d. Daniela Bercek, Duke, 6-3, 6-4
2004 - Audra Cohen, Northwestern, d. Cristelle Grier, Northwestern, 7-6 (2), 6-2
2003 - Raquel Kops-Jones, California d. Erin Burdette, Stanford, 6-3, 6-2
2002 – Kelly McCain, Duke d. Nataly Cahana, Old Dominion, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
2001 – Jessica Lehnhoff, Florida d. Nataly Cahana, Old Dominion, 6-2, 6-0
2000 – Ansley Cargill, Duke d. Aarthi Venkatesan, Georgia, 6-4, 6-4
1999 – Zuzana Lesenarova, San Diego d. Adria Engel, Wake Forest, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5
1998 – Zuzana Lesenarova, San Diego d. Martina Nedelkova, VCU, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
1997 – Mirela Vladulescu, UAB d. Marissa Catlin, Georgia, 6-1, 6-1
1996 – Vanessa Webb, Duke d. Agnes Muzamel, Mississippi, 6-2, 6-1
1995 – Jill Craybas, Florida d. Tzipora Obziler, Old Dominion, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5
1994 – Kelly Pace, Texas d. Keri Phebus, UCLA, 6-2, 6-1
1993 – Lucie Ludvigova, Texas d. Angela Lettiere, Georgia, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
1992 – Paloma Collantes, Mississippi d. Laxmi Poruri, Stanford, 6-7, 7-5, 6-0
1991 – Paloma Collantes, Mississippi d. Heather Willens, Stanford, 6-4, 6-3
1990 – Sandra Birch, Stanford d. Debbie Graham, Stanford, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
1989 – Sandra Birch, Stanford d. Meredith McGrath, Stanford, 6-1, 6-3
1988 – Tami Whitlinger, Stanford d. Sandra Birch, Stanford, 6-3, 6-0
1987 – Ann Grousbeck, Texas d. Sonia Hahn, Kentucky, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
1986 – Monique Javer, San Diego State d. Katrina Adams, Northwestern, 6-4, 6-2
1985 – Beverly Bowes, Texas d. Wendy Wood, Rice, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
1984 – Gretchen Rush, Trinity d. M. Redfearn, Houston, 6-4, 6-7, 7-3
1983 – Lisa Spain, Georgia d. Heliane Steden, Southern California, 6-4, 6-3

1992 – Laxmi Poruri/Heather Willens, Stanford d. Marouschka van Dijk/Titia Wilmink, Alabama, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 
1991 – Susan Gilchrist/Vickie Paynter, Texas d. Mair/van der Merwe, William & Mary, 7-5, 6-3
1990 – Sandra Birch/Debbie Graham, Stanford d. Edelman/Reece, Indiana, 6-3, 6-1 
1989 – Meredith McGrath/Teri Whitlinger, Stanford d. Shannon McCarthy/Schefflin, Georgia, 6-1, 6-0

Those years starting from the later half of the 1980s; left the rivals in the dust. Coincides with their 6-year dominance of the NCAA(1986-1991. Inevitably followed by a slump; Didn't win again till 1997).

WAATC] Nadir; 2001-6

http://www.itatennis.com/Events/ITANationalChampionships/WomensAllAmerican/Past_Championship_Match_Results.htm


2013 - Robin Anderson/Jennifer Brady, UCLA, d. Zoe Scandalis/Giuliana Olmos, USC, 6-4, 6-2
2012 - Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria, USC, d. Beatrice Capra/Hanna Mar, Duke, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3
2011 - Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs, Standord, d. Sofie Oyen/Allie Will, Florida, 6-2, 7-6 (2)
2010 - Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette, Stanford, d. Josipa Bek/Keri Wong, Clemson, 6-3, 6-3
2009 - Natalie Pluskota/Caitlin Whoriskey, Tennessee, d. Lauren Embree/Allie Will, Florida, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
2008 - Amanda McDowell/Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech, d. Renata Kucerkova/Anastasia Petukhova, Fresno St., 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4
2007 - Caitlin Whoriskey/Zsofia Zubor, Tennessee, d. Christi Miller/Whitney McCray, Georgia Tech, 7-5, 6-3
2006 - Roxanne Clarke/Kady Pooler, Arizona State, d. Catrina Thompson/Christian Thompson, Notre Dame, 8-4 
2005 - Catrina Thompson/Christian Thompson, Notre Dame, d. Kathrin Winterhalter/Lucia Sainz, Fresno St., 9-8 
2004 - Whitney Benik/Lolita Frangulyan, Florida d. Catrina Thompson/Christian Thompson, Notre Dame, 8-3 
2003 - Kelly Schmandt/Aleke Tsoubanos, Vanderbilt d. Cristelle Grier/Jessica Rush, Northwestern, 8-6 
2002 – Sarah Riske/Aleke Tsoubanos, Vanderbilt d. Linda Faltynova/Katarzyna Kolodynska, Oklahoma State, 8-4 
2001 – Lindsay Dawaf/Jessica Lehnhoff, Florida d. Linda Faltynova/Katarzyna Kolodynska, Oklahoma State, 8-4 
2000 – Lauren Kalvaria/Gabriela Lastra, Stanford d. Paola Palencia/Ipek Senoglu, Pepperdine, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
1999 – Zuzana Lesenarova/Katarina Valykova, San Diego d. Teryn Ashley/Laura Granville, Stanford, 6-4, 6-1
1998 – Teryn Ashley/Marissa Irvin, Stanford d. Vanessa Catellano/Marissa Catlin, Georgia, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
1997 – Zsofia Csapo/Angela Lawrence, Pepperdine d. Vanessa Catellano/Marissa Catlin, Georgia, walkover
1996 – Farley Taylor/Cristina Moros, Texas d. Ania BleszynskiKatie Schlukebir, Stanford, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
1995 – Amanda Augustus/Renata Kolbovic, California d. Ania BleszynskiKatie Schlukebir, Stanford, 6-2, 7-6
1994 – Monica Mraz/Wendy Lyons, Duke d. Tina Samara/Stacy Sheppard, Georgia, 6-1, 6-3
1993 – Pam Nelson/Keirsten Alley, California d. Jackie Moe/Kelly Pace, Texas, 7-5, 6-4
1992 – Laxmi Poruri/Heather Willens, Stanford d. Marouschka van Dijk/Titia Wilmink, Alabama, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0
1991 – Susan Gilchrist/Vickie Paynter, Texas d. Mair/van der Merwe, William & Mary, 7-5, 6-3
1990 – Sandra Birch/Debbie Graham, Stanford d. Edelman/Reece, Indiana, 6-3, 6-1 1989 – Meredith McGrath/Teri Whitlinger, Stanford d. Shannon McCarthy/Schefflin, Georgia, 6-1, 6-0
1988 – Kelly Mulvihill/Stephanie Reese, Indiana d. Jones/Booth, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 6-2

They actually played 8-game Championship match during the 1st half of the 2000s. Remarkable.

From 2014? they no longer play full 3 sets; imposed match tiebreaker.

Who knows they will again try 8-game format. After all, isn't doubles an 'appetizer', according to many? Well, one can SKIP appetizer, no?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Neel not on UF roster

Maybe she's skipping Fall like Stefani, playing pro events.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Northern Pygmy-Owl pics

This is a nemesis bird of Phoebe Snetsinger(she did later find it with the help of an Owl expert; that was her 8024th world bird or something), so I was glad to stumble upon it around Angeles National Forest-Charlton Flat a month ago.

Not really a rare Owl, but still spotting it was damn lucky on my part. It's diurnal, so as you see, is rather active even in the late morning(around 10:30am or something).

A couple of hummers were around(mobbing it?), but it didn't seem to care! It actually was within the canopy, but flew to the outer branch and looked around.



Comparable to a thrill I felt when I saw a Barred Owl fly just in front of my car when I was leaving Radnor Lake State Nature Area east lot in despair lol, heading to Vandy during SEC tournament(had a bad birding day then).

Impact of birding

From Jim Robbins' The Wonder of Birds :

p. 249

Nearly 50 million Americans regard themselves as birdwatchers.

Birders in 2011 spent $15 billion traveling to see birds.
Spent $26 billion on equipment.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Benchmark pending



LifeYear Total County Ticks
California3923061018

400.

Deuce hard at this stage to add yet more species. You really have to travel far.

For example:

Laughing Gull and Bronzed Cowbird around Salton Sea
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Anza-Borrego or Arizona border. It was actually found at Famosa recently.
Yellow-billed Magpie near Santa Maria
Chukar, Northern Goshawk, Black-backed Woodpecker at Kern county
Other Nor Cal. birds, Chestnut-backed Chickadee and seabirds/pelagic species
Tricolored Heron, Hepatic Tanager, etc. at SD area

If you want to just bird around the LA basin, you'll have to pray for migrants/vagrants, and we saw so many(especially warblers) from last year's Fall season.
Hoping for a Pacific Golden-Plover recently.

Angeles NF- MM 57.3 pics

 Western Tanager
 Clark's Nutcracker

 Lodgepole Chipmunk

 Western Wood-Peewee
 Red Crossbill

 obviously juveniles(striped, not red body)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Biggest issue in upcoming Oracle

As usual:

MRC lower 3 courts: will they be unwatchable as usual? Do fellow players have to struggle to peek through the gap lol.
You gotta remove the tarpaulins, is it that hard.

Another, actually bigger issue is of course no doubles, instead playing mixed doubles. Last year's implementation of it was a shocker. Yet another example of their deliberate and systematic dismantling of doubles.

2017 ITA Summer National

http://www.itatennis.com/Events/ITA_Summer_Circuit/National_Summer_Championships.htm

Lauren Proctor(Winthrop) won singles.
Look at whom she had to beat. Remarkable.

Defeated Maltby, McCarthy and Bashota during the latter stage, only losing a set.

===

Hamlin/McCarthy winning doubles is no surprise of course.

Vide Reami/Rebol defeating Mercer/Kelley and Dvorak/Maltby.

And.

Alyssa Mayo/Celia Ruiz defeated Aney/Rosca and Moldovan/Rogers.
Ruiz is a veteran at ECU but Mayo is class of 2018(HS senior)!

2017 National] Some more notes 8/11

7:33 Tern. Some Terns flew by, calling. Probably Caspian, but there were Elegant and Royal(not sure about this though. Juvenile for sure) as well at the SD river mudflat(at Robb Field, quite near Barnes). Not really competent enough to recognize vocalization, yet(the ultimate skill in birding).

Blake/Redelijk approached the net at times, and it was effective; won most of the points, the opponents(whether Goldsmith/Wagner or Collins/Yaloz) having trouble coping it.

Bolton/Joyce vs Hewitt/Stearns
Collins/Yaloz vs Brown/Miller

B serve good. Net approach(B/J did at times). J service return.
4 10 dunno what does this mean
te cal
Oh I think I spotted a Tern flyover at 4:10pm. Cal means Cal. coaches watched this match?
MP of the G16 match; Collins lob winner, B/M didn't follow, miscommunication(either thought the other would follow)

Duke, UF, PEPP, TAMU, UVA watched this G18 doubles match?
Stearns leg-thru
All 4 serve good.
4 32 caki ; means Cassin's Kingbird spotted on the tree behind this court 1. It was rather far, even with my bino, but I think it's the bird(beware confusing with Western Kingbird)
3-3 2nd set, J serve hold(that crucial hold I mentioned) st dr j bh

St cannon(drive I guess. Stearns vs Goldsmith?). Go rt bh clip line sorry(some players doesn't gesture sorry)
Z nt approach(Zein vs Subhash?) w ps z bh
Ra sv j t bad(Rabinowitz vs Jones)
j sp ds pass(Jones passed on R's drop shot?
 bh s rt w
Co apr ds try Z cel phon ring(Zein's cell phone rang during the match so she gave it to Graver lol. Umpire said something, dunno about the rule here. Point penalty?)
j high volley good. Looks rather difficult, high volley. Many make errors trying to execute it.
R serve good. Z footwork.

Liu no step back bellis; Forgot to mention this. Liu is of course a very aggressive player, usually standing on the baseline. I saw her mishit a deep ball which landed at the baseline. She didn't step back. What I noticed during Bellis play at the now defunct Carlsbad WTA 100k or something, she steps back, so can retrieve deep fast paced balls well. Which means Bellis can read the depth of the ball better than Liu? Always thought Bellis was the more solid player, more balanced(very good in defense as well). Probably more talented, better hand-eye coordination. Maybe because Liu is more aggressive; but she tends to make vastly more drive errors.

Not sure about these entries, will just write it down;

y(who?) s rt w j r toss st df brkn st mto j ds r ds nt y ds ps handsk gd

Probably Gordon vs Kratzer and McNally vs Mateas? Could watch both matches simultaneously methinks.
kr v(Kratzer has good variety, not only huge firepower) mc s mv arnd pin pt(Mc moved the opponent around with pin point precision targetting the corners and lines?)  Gor v hi v fin bad(what I said, Gordon's high volley error)
Tran ds duel sl(Tran vs Cubitt or Collins)
Mc whatareudoing; yup that's what she yelled after making an error lol.
La ps
Socal Kr liu chen lah; yup SoCal players were prominent on that day. Kratzer turned pro, Chen goes to Duke, Lahey is a Wave, Liu, UCLA/Stanford on TRN(could turn pro of course, but we'll see). Is this why USC coaches were let go? Not recruiting well, even now behind Pepperdine?

kr ue later 2nd
Osuigwe lob w(singles or doubles, not sure. But she does lob well)

Tx kung senil gold won. I've mentioned Texans all losing lol, but Goldsmith won. Didn't Kung also advance.
Ch bh dtl hold(against Li?)

You know Kelly actually played Lakewood(the precious guests there being the Hand sisters).
I see that she actually played lots of local tournaments heading into Fed Cup and the National. Paid off I guess? Anyway her Lakewood result;


USTA National Level 3 Tournament - Lakewood CA Start Date: 4/22/2017 End Date: 4/24/2017
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 14)
F Kelly Chen d. (2) Rena Lin 6-4; 4-6; 6-2
SF Kelly Chen d. (1) Jennifer Kerr 6-4; 7-5
Q Kelly Chen d. Danielle Willson 6-2; 6-1
16 Kelly Chen d. Dominique Stone 6-4; 6-0
32 Kelly Chen d. (5) Christina Hand 6-3; 6-1

Vo apr more Gad bh w(Volynets vs Gadalov?) V certainly seems to approach the net more, from what I've glimpsed now and then.
Do bh sv rt (Douglas vs Subhash)
From 1-4 Bolton won 4 games in a row(Bolton vs Goldsmith); this was the 1st set I guess.  G won 4,3(wait so it might've been 0-4 actually?)
bo j bh nt
y(epifanova vs Corley?) gd ds nt
go bh fi cornr w
go hi v ue fh w gp
do df(I think Douglas's serve was unstable at times, probably contributed to the loss)
bo oh smile(after mishitting!)
go run bh ps
su ds do sl ps su bh
go sv lefty(Her serve was really good this tournament)
do df at mp hug

bl defence gd
ka(lieva) ds lob
vi(shwase) sl gd sv gd ds
j v gd(Kalieva vs Jones) ka ps gd
cr mp r thrw(Crawley vs Vishwase)
Red not lng(probably Black vs Redelijk). Fink and Lumpkin watched this. no besty
j atk k s brk(good tactic against Kalieva) j hi v

Cr nt d(Allen/Corley vs McNally/Osuigwe) ps schnol? nt apr midwest domin(doubles) late
j b dbl o hit mc(Osuigwe hit McNally, obviously a mishit) a p j root o lob

mc apr pressure(against Lahey?)
every badshiu cray?
gor fh draw fe dor df mc ds

That's it I guess.

2017 National] Some more notes 8/9

Have to clear the cell phone entries;

8/8

Cal. watched Haynes sp st d bh sl

3:37 pm possible Western Tanager flyby. Ric(typo?) s rt w. handshake gd

8/9

tarpaulin at baseline obscures the view of the court.
Probably Stevens vs Malik match;
Stevens hit low. poach. good at net.
Malik ue
Oregon, Colorado

Probably Crawley/Stein vs Despain/Guevara
Gu ps Gu atk cr sv ps

By the way Red-masked Parakeets rather frequently flew over the venue, all day, calling.

Goldsmith drop shot? (doubles I guess, with Wagner. Against the Russians). Go(ldsmith? Liz) attack line. S(orokko?) lob.  Goldsmith moonball to Sorokko's bh, smart(since So is not tall); I think S reasonably handled those well though? Sorokko drop shot.

Purdue, Utah watched.

Alle hug.
Ma(not sure if this is Ma or Madurawe or Markham lol) ace ps Mul oh
hr(astar?) yell bend knee returning low drive. dtl bh good (I think this was against Cubitt)
Scot(Katrina?) net ue, Cr(awley?) serve good, Kourkina drop shot de(sianitkov?) sl nt stil nt apr
Ta(art?) ace

Wil(lson?) serve good. Sharp angle. serve return. Li broken(Wilson/Stone vs Li/Subhash methinks). Stone drop volley. Subhash aggressive poach.

SJ & Liu's serve game long; against Cusano/Goldsmith. C/S were that good.
Goldsmith poach. Can't leave(meaning this match was SO good, I didn't want to leave although my initial marquee match was WF combo vs Merrill/O'Dell lol. I frankly thought SJ/Liu would blitz the Texans; Imagine my surprise! If only those 2 matches were played side by side..!).
Cusano's serve attacked. Seeing it; C/G were reading SJ/Liu's plays, also meaning their court awareness I guess; like passing. Excite why ax; You know what this means; ITA's systematic dismantling of doubles, especially axing 2 games in Dual match.

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 National] Maryann Rompf in singles

64 (17) Rachel Eason d. Maryann Rompf 3-6; 6-3; 6-4
128 Maryann Rompf d. Maria Santilli 6-0; 6-4
256 Maryann Rompf d. (33) Isabella Lambert 6-0; 6-0

 Consolation:
R3 (14) Hailey Baptiste d. Maryann Rompf 3-6; 6-4; 10-8

300 species spotted in California this year!

Not much, but still.
Nationwide, 353, thanks to Eastern birding.




LifeYear Total County Ticks
California3913001021 
Georgia626278 
Nevada574357 
Tennessee575757 
Oklahoma575769 
Arizona531259 
Texas222

Another lesson of Baptiste/Gregg incident

USTA and other tennis academies have a responsibility to EDUCATE the parents. Baptiste should be a good example of how NOT to behave.

One commentator on my blog said that tournaments have been allowing this kind of outrageous behaviors from those lunatic parents for years. Unforgivable. It's their responsibility to protect innocent fans from that kind of barbarism. Need to enforce the rules more harshly.  Again, Martha Gregg should be a prime example, how NOT to do. Pandering to that lunatic and bullying an innocent fan..umpiring for what, like 20 years and that's all it amounts to? Hilarious. What a joke.

2017 National] G16 8/12

Losers still there, BFs Crawley and Hrastar haha. ;) Methinks Duncan as well?

Gallagher was chatting with Cheong at the clubhouse. Did I mention that both and ABC are from Colorado? If I did, again a senile comment lol because both are from Nevada.

CS (12) Reilly Tran d. (33) Nikita Vishwase 6-2; 6-2

Fed Cup Mid-Atlantic teammates played side by side at court 11 and 12, Subhash and Tran.
Tran also executed a drop shot in this match. Footsteps seemed good. She's a 2-hander, and necessarily quite an aggressive hitter.
That was not an easy win, despite the scoreline, because V was moving well and returning all those T's sharp drives, despite relentlessly getting herded left and right lol. V herself could go on the attack, so the points were long, and the match seemed quite even when I watched.

CS (3) Emma Navarro d. (17) Alexandra Yepifanova 3-6; 6-2; 1-0(8)
 
Court 1, so could watch alongside with G18 Volynets vs Forbes at court 2. Two spectators came and perfectly blocked the view of this one.. So finally had to gently remind them to move a bit into the middle lol.  I'm always conscious not to block the view of spectators who're already there, when I come to watch a match. Small thing, but it's good manners, no.
Casals was probably watching this match.
Had to watch Wolfberg vs Subhash for a while, so may have missed the majority of the 2nd set. Also probably left during mid-match TB to watch W vs S again(by then have seen both enough, and I had to watch W more).

Y drop shot winner. As I said, her drop shot is exquisite. She even attempted one at match tiebreak, so fearless lol, and which means she has absolute confidence in it.
Not only that, her flat drives were very potent; even such a good retriever like N couldn't reach many of those. Volleys, overhead, all good. Once made a stretch bh defensive volley winner, despite her size. She's already quite tall. Class of 2021, same as Kalieva(who actually played G18 lol).
N's 2nd serve was rather weak so got pounced.

Still probably N's defense prevailed; she is such an excellent mover and retriever.  And Y seemed to have trouble handling high balls, made UEs trying to return it.

F (9) Angelica Blake d. (14) Nikki Redelijk 3-6; 6-2; 6-4

Missed this match, was only able to watch the last game. I was watching at the baseline corner when Steve Pratt barged in to record the MP..haha. I didn't even notice it was MP lol. R saved that one. R mishit a crucial overhead methinks.

Forgot to add this but R was unusually aggressive, much more than her wont. Good choice since B can attack very efficiently, hitting early, etc.

CF (12) Reilly Tran d. (3) Emma Navarro 6-3; 6-2

 When did this happen, too bad I missed this.

PL Connie Ma d. (4) Sedona Gallagher 6-3; 6-3

Can't remember G wearing a yellow(or neon) dress before lol. This tournament, Pepperdine coaches watched G a lot.
G was quite aggressive, could certainly pressure M a lot.
M methinks serves quite well, just like Volynets. 

PL Brown/Miller d. (15) Goldsmith/Wagner 6-1; 6-1

W always seem to be pouting haha. And seems to be perpetually tired! Anyhow quite expressive lol.
Winners too good. How did they lose to C/Y so easily I have no idea. Really too bad I couldn't watch that semifinal match sufficiently. G/W made plenty of fine plays, W as usual excellent at net, even making some passing shot winners, and G driving competently. But M again was very good at net, and B's power drives gave all sorts of trouble to G/W.

F (17) Blake/Redelijk d. (5) Collins/Yaloz 6-2; 7-5

This match got shunted to court 10(originally was schedule to play at the stadium court), maybe because McNally vs Chen match took ages to finish. Good for me, comfortably watched behind the baseline in the shade, shivering(yes it was quite cold later in the afternoon!).

Blake seemed to dominate the match, poaching etc. R was also quite solid, ably backing B up(made an overhead this time).  Their net approaches were quite effective, in the last 2 matches(semi and final).

Y's service return was exquisite; could whack the ball, sometimes even hitting early, dtl, sometimes making outright winners. Didn't know she was this good lol. Also lobbed well.
But she's class of 2018 actually according to TRN, so no surprise maybe. Verballed to Boston Univ.

Actually Collins too, attacked serve aggressively; maybe one of the reasons they dominated the opponents thus far. C once made a perfect stop volley winner against a fast-paced ball sailing against her at net. Her drives faltered a bit later in the 2nd methinks.
Y had an MTO later(got hit by R's ball earlier, maybe because of it?).
Blake once returned serve(2nd?) way inside the baseline.

2017 National] G18 8/12

Lol that face of Hailey Baptiste full of hatred when she looked at me as she passed me by, when I was resting at the shaded area behind court 1 & 10 later in the day. How DARE she? Like father, like daughter. He/she should be thankful that I was too lazy to press charges at EB(unlike HIM, I might add. He was more 'diligent' in hounding me out of the tournament. He was jeering when I argued with Gregg and left. JEERING. I'll never forget it).
I might have to pursue 'Operation Pariah' more diligently starting from Malibu next month, blackballing her to every college coaches present. Maybe she'll just turn pro...lol.

Fashionista of the day; Iron Maiden, who was dressed like a teenage idol than a college coach..! Very fashionable. Wore the cap backwards; I was instantly reminded of SJ doing that in her younger days!

A tall boy was wearing an Iverson jersey, a good choice :)
A spectator was wearing a Cardinals(MLB) jersey; Payne.

Very few coaches left; UF, Pepperdine, UCLA, UVA, TAMU, Duke..Oregon?

Umpires were wearing gray polo t-shirts so asked Lauren about it, she said it was because of TV.

Naomi Cheong intends to turn pro, from what I heard.

Spotted Douglas's mom and McNally's dad chatting. Maybe I should've asked Douglas's mom directly about Ellie's college choice..! I guess we'll know sooner or later.

I think drop shot was the order of the day, across the board. Starting from Yepifanova, practically everybody made effective use of it at times, with good effect. 

Mr. Law gave me a sandwich from the cafeteria while I was watching doubles(G16?), and later brought me there. Thank ye! I thought it was only reserved for VIPs but later Mr. Kuhle was distributing coupons for it after the final match!

QQ (17) Katie Volynets d. (15) Abigail Forbes 7-5; 6-3

Forbes is really good. Damn good. Put V on the defensive tons of times, with her very sharp drives. Also showed good variety, drop shotting, volleying..V reasonably handled well, those net approaches of Forbes's. This match was popular; pretty much every coaches watched this.

We shared our high opinion of Volynets, coach Balogh and I(he was watching Wolfberg vs Subhash match), and when I mentioned that she lives in NorCal(Walnut Creek), we both agreed that it's Stanford territory..!

QQ Jayci Goldsmith d. (17) Alyvia Jones 6-3; 6-4

Pretty much watched the whole match, of this marquee match.
Alyvia's 'luster' was somewhat dimmed after her doubles loss earlier in the day lol(her and Elysia should be grounded for a week for that 'crime'! :p).
A good match, overall. Both as usual served well, and hit very aggressively. Never seen Alyvia being challenged this much on her serve; Jayci even scored an outright bh return winner once! Maybe Alyvia was pressured, even committed a rare DF.
Jayci even approached the net, and again, moved excellently to counter Alyvia's aggression. Her footwork seemed really good.
Alyvia's bh was very potent, attacking the sidelines, once even literally crushing down a high ball.

One curious incident; a spectator once approached the court, literally stood at the edge of the fence and recorded both players' serve. He was like an arm's length from both players lol. So close! And nobody was stopping him.
Now compare this to my being warned of taking pics and filming during the National(first time in 2010, when I didn't even bring a camera) and ISC lol. Unlike this spectator, I was recording rather far away from the Hibi match at ISC.
If that spectator did that to Shvedova, who behaved unprofessionally to me when I was trying to take pic of her during practice at IW, when I was not even near her; she would've thrown a racquet to him..haha.
I do think I have been being unfairly discriminated. When I see MVP literally clinging to the fence and recording with impunity all those years...lol.
So now I don't even bother taking camera into the venue(still got attacked by Baptiste, him accusing me that I was taking his daughter's pics..what a lunatic. How can I not be angered??!).
Strictly reserved for more stunning birds. :)

Anyway, both Alyvia and Jayci should get used to the 'attention'; because they are going to be stars for their respective college teams. :)

QQ Naomi Cheong d. (33) Niluka Madurawe 1-6; 6-4; 1-0(1)

Too bad I couldn't watch much, but again, what a scoreline by M.
Cheong is such an aggressive flat hitter, was literally herding M left and right when I watched a bit of the 1st set.

QQ (17) Alana Wolfberg d. (33) Natasha Subhash 6-3; 5-7; 1-0(4)

Glad I stopped by to watch this match as much as possible. As I said most coaches were at court 2, on the opposite site of the venue from this court 11, watching Volynets vs Forbes, but I had to have a peek of Wolfberg so stopped by during mid-match. And W won the 1st set...lol. I was like HUH?

W in best condition. Like 'Tart', looked like she improved daily! Doesn't hit that flat but was relentlessly herding S left and right attacking the corners at will. I mean S had to slice at times to cope with her aggression. Not joking, it really happened! Was flabbergasted to witness her masterful performance. Very aggressive, and I dare say it paid off. As a base her defense was quite outstanding. She even made a lob winner reaching S's drop shot! Passed, lobbed..just exquisitely.
Later expressed my surprise to coach Anundsen who stopped by later, and she told me W is quite athletic. Definitely one of my new finds this tournament(I wasn't too impressed with her play during Fed Cup).

 CQ (17) Katie Volynets d. (10) Ann Li 6-4; 7-6(4))

Only could watch a bit from time to time; this was played simultaneously with the match between the Hottest girls(in more than one way? lol) in the tournament, so had to choose.
V is just so fast. Managed to retrieve tons of Li's cannon balls and herself could force FEs from Li with aggression. I think she also has grown a bit; not so tiny as when I first saw her at Irvine! :)

The pace was so tremendous that the points were rather short. Li might've not been in best condition, did commit some errors but her net approaches weren't without effect(naturally since she's one heck of a doubles player). Her drop shot was excellent too.
Volynets is already top level now. I think she's even more consistent than McNally. And probably unlike McNally, despite the vast difference of height between themselves lol, V is quite a competent server. Against Li as well, made quite a few easy points off her serve. Barely falters.

CQ (5) Ashley Lahey d. Jayci Goldsmith 6-4; 6-3

Size matters? L is very tall of course, and her power eventually prevailed methinks(like Subhash also charged the net to good effect). Could watch some and G was again impressive in this match, was able to match L's firepower. That was definitely not an easy win by L. G once applauded L's fine play, she also has golden manners!

CQ Naomi Cheong d. (6) Michaela Gordon Wo (inj)

CQ (2) Claire Liu d. (17) Alana Wolfberg 6-0; 6-1

Could only watch a bit, W made errors trying to hit hard, but overall L was too good I guess.

SF (6) Baptiste/Douglas d. (7) Bolton/Jones 6-4; 7-5

SF (5) Johnson/Liu d. (8) Allen/Corley 4-6; 6-2; 6-3

Only could watch the 1st set methinks, thereafter had to watch the battle of the 'Hotties' at court 2.
All 4 doubles matches were played at court 10.
Similar pattern of the 1st set as in A/C's match against M/O. Liu made errors, C defended the net successfully, A/C were just flawless at net. And you know that A is a master at punishing weak dtl passing shot attempts haha.  Allen could actually vary pace on her passing; once just hit softly dtl, eliciting L's error. C was later literally flying across the net lol.
Allen does tend to commit some basic errors, while driving. Maybe hitting too late? Many players commit errors that way methinks, swinging too late to counter a fast-paced drive. Maybe SJ/Liu were just too powerful.

SJ did her Ninja thing(once made a very difficult underhand half volley), but I think she mishit overheads like 3 times when I watched..haha. Aggressive of course, trying to hit even from the back court, but unstable. Kyle McPhillips could maybe teach her a thing or two!
Liu once tried to reprise the play of the day before against Osuigwe(2nd set point), attempted a high bh volley, but failed this time!

SF (33) Kelly Chen d. (12) caty mcnally 6-2; 3-6; 6-3

San Diego Union Tribune. A seat was reserved for the reporter but he/she doesn't seem to have shown up lol, at least when I came by to have a peek.
Somebody was reading a book! Unbelievable haha. Was he a coach of other players.

Watched from time to time, but not too much, once watching from the 2nd row of the baseline tent area with Mr. Law. Nobody was sitting on the 3rd row(you can't even see the court from there lol), and actually the near side of the court was obscured from our 2nd row seats(1st row was reserved for VIPs or something). Some actually preferred standing behind the 2nd row seats, the view was that bad.

Should be the task of the tournament for next year. More staggered seating like the bleacher seats at IW. Should've suggested to Mr. Kuhle when he distributed free coupons for the final day at the end of the last match Kratzer vs Osuigwe lol. Had to decline since I was heading back home straightaway.

Surprisingly McNally's trademark consistency was somewhat AWOL yesterday. Once netted an overhead, a crucial point methinks. Her net approaches were very good as usual though, was quite effective, blocking C's passing shot attempts, or making approach volley winners. Serve, again unstable. Once violently threw the racquet after DFing. Chen is a terrific server, so that might've been a decisive factor.

SF (3) Ashley Kratzer d. (8) Whitney Osuigwe 7-6(6); 6-0

Could watch from the 2nd set after the G16 doubles final was completed(by now you know that I'm passionate about doubles. 4 beats 2, easily :p )

K was astounding. Best condition. Have never seen her play so well. Hardly made errors, despite being super aggressive from the get-go. Get-go meaning, even attacking O's serve. Her aggressive service return was probably decisive, that was my impression; attacked effectively even though O could produce quite a pace serving. Maybe O's 2 DFs later in the match was due to getting pressured by K's aggressive return, dunno.
Maybe K had to be aggressive, since O is probably a better mover, and is also super aggressive. You just can't give O free looks; hence had to take control from the get-go.

And it worked, controlling the points, and making numerous fantastic drive winners. I was wondering why O was allowing so many winners unlike her match against Liu.
Maybe likewise as in Lahey vs Goldsmith match, sized mattered; also served well methinks(maybe being lefty helped?), and she's like 3 years older anyway lol(she's class of 2017, O, 2020).
Later in the match wasted 3 bps, but finally broke in the 4th try. Didn't let go of her aggression, continually pressing, and even showed nice variety, volleying and drop shotting(but I've mentioned her variety before).

I remember watching K for the 1st time, at a local tournament(that was when she was quite young). Seemed ratter bratty haha, making tantrums, but she was quite good methinks. What a long way she has come. Fully deserves the title after a masterful performance against Osuigwe.

And Duke must be thrilled :)  Kelly is such a nice girl, and now has made a successful comeback from injury. When I was chatting with coach Manasse watching Li vs Volynets, I realized Duke is chock full of talents...he didn't know who'll play #1 singles; there are just so many talented players!
Duke surely could be a major contender for the NCAA next season.

More Sabine's Gull pics

Apologize for the late recaps on the final day, but I'm still so tired. Especially having the Baptistes around was emotionally very taxing.

As an apology, I'm posting more pics on this rare gull :)   Checked ebird and breeding plumage one has not really been spotted inland around LA county, only juveniles.
Enjoy!





With Western and Least Sandpipers




Doesn't stand out much, maybe because it was rather far, but it has a yellow tip on its bill. As I said, a stunning bird.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 National] Ma awards

Now writing yesterday's recaps consulting notes(didn't write/poke too much yesterday), but first, ma awards;

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Shot of the tournament;

Peyton Stearns's running jumping power backhand during mid-2nd set of Bolton/Jones vs Hewitt/Stearns G18 doubles quarterfinals

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Match of the tournament;

Johnson/Liu vs Cusano/Goldsmith & Bolton/Jones vs Hewitt/Stearns.
Honorable mention to Allen/Corley vs McNally/Osuigwe, Desiatnikov/Martinelli vs McNally/Osuigwe..

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Player of the tournament;

64 Naomi Cheong d. Jayci Goldsmith 6-3; 6-2
128 Jayci Goldsmith d. (17) Carolyn Campana 6-3; 6-3
256 Jayci Goldsmith d. Jennifer Gadalov 6-3; 6-4

Consolation:
CQ (5) Ashley Lahey d. Jayci Goldsmith 6-4; 6-3
QQ Jayci Goldsmith d. (17) Alyvia Jones 6-3; 6-4
R5 Jayci Goldsmith d. (13) Elysia Bolton 6-4; 6-3
5Q Jayci Goldsmith d. Peyton Stearns 6-4; 6-3
R4 Jayci Goldsmith d. (17) Hannah Zhao
4Q Jayci Goldsmith d. (33) Sonia Tartakovsky 6-3; 3-6; 10-7
R3 Jayci Goldsmith d. Raissa Lou 6-2; 6-2

32 (5) Johnson/Liu d. (17) Cusano/Goldsmith 6-2; 6-3
64 (17) Cusano/Goldsmith d. Ewing/Jankowski 7-5; 6-3
128 (17) Cusano/Goldsmith d. County/Doherty 6-0; 6-1

The 'Golden Gal', Jayci Goldsmith.

Yoo-hoo! Alternate plumage Sabine's Gull at LA river!

When I arrived back bone-tired, one bright news was greeting me; breeding plumage Sabine's Gull was found by Richard Barth at LA river at Clara St.!
It was found two days ago so I was frankly doubtful if I could spot it; after all my first Sabine's Gull(this one a juvenile or basic plumage) at Peck Pit only stayed there for one day(so many other birders went there in vain).

But another birder reported it in the early morning around 7am, so decided to drag my bone-weary ass lol to drive down. And found it promptly!



A stunning bird. If you have to choose between this rare gull(breeding plumage bird inland is QUITE rare here in the West. Most gulls are spotted at sea during pelagic birding) and attending yet more day on a tennis tournament; frankly there's no contest :p

So bone-tired dunno when I'll post yesterday recaps lol. Maybe during today, maybe not..


Lesson of the Baptiste/Gregg incident

I've been bullied when I started watching junior players(hence took a year off), but there was one exception;

I've mentioned it before; Savannah Ware's dad.

He approached me and talked to me in a civilized manner. I thought his request reasonable so complied of course. We parted ways in good terms.

It's like night and day compared to what Baptiste did at EB lol.

What he did; getting suspicious is one thing. To act like he did, requires an extraordinary commitment. Malice too, of course.

Have to question his upbringing lol, resorting to crude violence, kicking, threatening and stalking me. Stupid too of course; you never know who you're dealing with.

The lesson to parents; do THINK before you ACT, PLEASE!

This kind of incident doesn't reflect well on the sports of tennis, at all. What are we to think of this sports when we are just reminded of crazy, insane and psychotic parents? This sport itself is crazy enough already, what with so many disputed line calls and cheating, tantrums and breakdown of players.

I'm so glad I discovered birding. One really needs to get away from this craziness.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Yoo-hoo! Found a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at SD river!

Met Mike, another birder(originally from Magic Mountain, deuce hot place! He has lived in SD for 3 decades by now though) and he found a Ridgway's Rail, I couldn't. He is like me a relative newbie, and his daughter rows, so he has multiple uses for his bino lol. Was carrying an expensive looking high-end fast-speed camera! Had little time to scope the mudflats thanks to chatting with him...lol.

His SD list is about 215; moi, 174. Showed me a pic of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher he took a few weeks? ago at north San Diego. I probably spotted that around the same area like 2 years ago, with the help of other veteran birders. Of course was numerous at Oklahoma. Bragged to him about finding alternate plumage Cape May Warbler male at Famosa in June lol.

 So missed a Dowitcher as well, but probably near the Rail spot(which Mike mentioned to me), found a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope! It was quite small, and was actually swimming in the small pool, so suspected and took pics. Just confirmed it, not a bad find, at all.  Also both Mike and I simultaneously spotted a sub-adult and juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Not bad.

 SD specialty, Little Blue Heron
 SD dog owners have no respect for law and wildlife -_- Leash-less dogs rampant; they'll scare away the birds for sure, ugh.
 Whimbrel
 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron


 Red-necked Phalarope!


So, total about 40 species, not bad considering limited area and time spent on birding this time. Probably will come back during SW Regional, but we'll see.



2017 National] Back home & the Player of the day 08/12/17

Safely back, too tired so will write detailed recaps tomorrow.

Coach Nilsson asked so told him about the Baptiste/Gregg incident at EB. Also told Mr. Law, who has been attending the National for a decade, about the incident.

Suddenly both UCLA coaches materialized behind us(we all were watching Volynets vs Forbes I guess) so confessed ma 'crime' to coach Sampras-Webster lol. So embarrassed!

TAMU coach asked about my blog so gave him the address.

Had a nice chat with coach Anundsen and Manasse. I begged him to lay off So. Cal talents..haha. Also reminisced about that memorable 2015 NCAA final.  Says Duke area is deuce humid! SD was so pleasant(it was actually quite cold in the late afternoon!). I already miss it lol.

Steve Pratt came, so greeted him.

Had to compliment the 'Golden Girl'. She was a veritable Midwest Assassin this tournament lol, defeating Stearns, Bolton and Jones in a row during consolation! Match against Lahey was also quite competitive.

So will she be the Player of the Day?
Nah, I'll pick Alana Wolfberg. So impressed with her performance, and she actually defeated Subhash, what a feat. And she won by attacking, not just retrieving! Coach Balogh and Anundsen seemed interested in her.

Douglas's whereabouts(college) still shrouded in mystery, inquired about her but still no news. Pretty prudent it seems. Now not really many talents left in the class of 2018, including the top 2, Liu and Douglas.
Douglas probably carried all the way to the final, after all she really impressed me in doubles during ISC and EB. Whichever team gets her(I'm told she is going to college) will be deuce lucky!

You know I can't watch Baptiste match(I mean he kicked me even before threatening me at EB lol, and I'm prudent. I don't want to imagine what harm will come to me if I actually watch her match! I'm a good boy, I'm very respectful of the parents' wishes! No need to court danger); so if I can't watch a doubles match, what's the use attending. So just decided to go home.

Oh wait there is a 3rd/4th place match..so I could watch Bolton/Jones once more lol, but eh, too tired.
Alyvia and Elysia you really should've won today..haha.

Just my luck, local 24 fitness center pool/jacuzzi area is closed till next month -_-