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04-24-2011 01:12 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

Stanford wins 4-3 over Cal, clinches at 4-1. #2 and #4 singles went to Cal in 3rd set tiebreaks after the two matches featured split tiebreak sets. The story sort of reminds of how Stanford beat UW, except Stanford killed Cal in doubles.
04-23-2011 05:30 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

I agree about Nguyen. I think Nguyen was moved down to #3 because he was losing a lot at #2 earlier in the season. The only time I've seen Nguyen live was when he was in the 3rd set against Reid Carleton at ITA indoors. I think Nguyen choked that one away, which might have started the downward spiral... I don't think USC wants to move anyone else up to replace Nguyen since 4-6 is pretty solid.

Despite calling Inbar "weak" earlier, I actually enjoyed watching him play at ITA indoors. He plays too inconsistently to win week in and week out against good teams in my opinion.
04-23-2011 04:22 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

Not a bad effort from UCLA. Nguyen is declining. He has been on a slump recently, this could be a detail that causes USc to lose come tournament time.
04-23-2011 04:12 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

#3 USC 4, #9 UCLA 3
Apr 22, 2011 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

1. #32 Poldma/JT Sundling (USC) def. #47 Alex Brigham/Puget (UCLA) 8-4
2. Warren Hardie/Inbar (UCLA) def. Gomez/Johnson (USC) 8-6
3. Nguyen/Sarmiento (USC) def. Kosakowski/Seguso (UCLA) 8-3
USC Wins Doubles Point

1. #1 Steve Johnson (USC) def. #34 Daniel Kosakowski (UCLA) 6-4, 6-1
2. #85 Amit Inbar (UCLA) def. #35 Jaak Poldma (USC) 6-4, 7-6(4)
3. #95 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. #38 Daniel Nguyen (USC) 6-3, 6-2
4. #54 Raymond Sarmiento (USC) def. Adrien Puget (UCLA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Emilio Gomez (USC) def. Holden Seguso (UCLA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) def. Peter Lucassen (USC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Match Notes
USC 21-2; 6-0 Pac-10; National ranking #3
UCLA 16-6; 3-3 Pac-10; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)

Surprised that Inbar won, just because he seemed like a weak #2 to me. Then again I last saw him play against JP Smith back in February, so it's hard to judge...
04-21-2011 04:58 PM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

Baylor beat Texas A&M 5-2 yesterday. Baylor has really improved from the beginning of the season. At the start I actually thought Baylor was the 5th best Big 12 team but they have emerged as the best. This was a strong win over an A&M team that had started to hit their stride as well.
04-21-2011 05:17 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

This weekend is rivalry weekend in the Pac-10. Cal vs Stanford, UCLA vs USC, UW vs Oregon, and Arizona gets to play out of conference.

Stanford should beat Cal on paper but Cal is definitely a tricky team. Doubles may be key here. USC is in top shape now and should beat UCLA 5-2 or better. UW should beat Oregon though I hope Daniel Schmidt figures out how to win again.
04-17-2011 12:42 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

Is Sanam Singh too high at #3 for UVA? Most teams that take a point off of Virginia get the #3 singles win.

I only watched him vs. Martin Kildahl and thought Kildahl just overpowered him, but I'm not sure if that's how most opponents beat Singh.
04-16-2011 03:05 PM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

Clemson loses to UVA 6-1(UVA did not play Domijan or Courtney) Galloway got a great 6-3 4-6 (12-10) win over Singh at #3.

Virginia plays Georgia tech today at 2. Gomez is undefeated in the ACC and Domijan is as well. They are playing for player of the year recognition.

SEC wraps up their season today. The highlight match being 4 Tennessee at 5 Georgia. Live video will be available for that one here
04-12-2011 02:23 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

Yeah that was a beatdown. It seems that that is a bad matchup for Florida because they got hammered by Tennessee last year as well. I don't think its because UT is just so much better. Georgia slipped by Florida 4-3 on Friday.
04-12-2011 01:12 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

Thanks for the videos! Wish I had a videocamera.

Looks like Tennessee is back on track with a 7-0 victory over Florida.
04-11-2011 03:25 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - Conference Tournaments upcoming!

UVA played a weakened line-up but that didn't matter since the guys at 5 and 6 still won. It was UVA's top guys that struggled. Wake's top 4 rebounded and made it a nailbitter out of nowhere. Strong effort from the Deacs, following a bad loss to Virginia Tech. Shabaz playing in the Talahassee challenger BTW.

Duke killed Clemson today. Not much to say about it. Galloway almost had a nice end to his career after taking a 4-0 tiebreak lead over Mengel. Then lost 10-7. He was the only one to win a set.

two videos I took today.

04-11-2011 03:16 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - #32 Miss. State def. #4 Tennessee 6-1! #1 UVA d. #10 Duke,

Nice reports guys. Wow the Huskies are looking good. Looked like a thriller at Clemson Jeff, sorry bout the close loss. I know all to well how that feels.

How about the effort from the Deacs on senior day vs #1 Virginia. Senior Jonny Wolff at #1 was the only player to take a set of Domijan, and he almost beat the sasquatch, losing 6-4 in the 3rd. Atkinson got probably the best win of his career, beating #25 Sanam Singh 7-5 in the 3rd. Must have been an epic match to watch. Tripper Carleton lost a heart-breaker to #5 Mike Shabaz at #2, 7-6(3) in the 3rd set. Kreyman beat #120 Justin Shane at #4 in 3 sets.

Of course our best tennis comes at the very end of the reg. season. Smh. Hopefully we can continue this play through May however. Go Deacs
04-10-2011 04:36 PM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - #32 Miss. State def. #4 Tennessee 6-1! #1 UVA d. #10 Duke,

No. 22 Washington 4; No. 10 California 3

Doubles: A very heartbreaking loss at the #2 spot in doubles that ended up giving Cal the doubles point. I wasn't actually surprised per se that UW blinked in the tiebreak since they seemed to have a harder time holding serve to get to the tiebreak. I was worried with the loss that we were going to suffer another 4-3 defeat.

1) (31) McMorrow/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. (22) Andrews/Konigsfeldt (Cal), 8-3
2) Zerbini/Dahan (Cal) def. (69) Kildahl/Obenaus (UW), 9-8 (1)
3) McLachlan/McLachlan (Cal) def. Bots/Schmidt (UW), 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles: Amazing. I was wandering so I caught more of the drama than the matchplay. I'll recap in order of finish.

6) Marton Bots (UW) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal), 6-3, 6-2
Just a routine win and a nice weekend for Bots.

4) Christoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal) def. Daniel Schmidt (UW), 6-1, 6-2
I have to admit I haven't watched Schmidt play much so I haven't figured out why he keeps being beaten in Pac-10 play. He just sprayed the ball too many times from the little I saw.

We were at 2-1 Cal for a long time as these next few matches went to three sets and the #5 match finally went to set #2.

1) (74) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. (17) Pedro Zerbini (Cal), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
I saw most of set #1 and set #3 so I'm not sure what Zerbini did to turn it around in the second, since I began my wanderings after Zerbini called an injury timeout for a foot issue down 5-2 in the first. In the third Neduchezhiyan won 6 in a row after losing the first game. It looked like he played like he did in the first set with good positioning and forcing errors.

3) (96) Nick Andrews (Cal) def. (85) Martin Kildahl (UW), 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
I caught more drama than play here, especially at the third set. The Cal players were standing right by the fence and yelling really loudly which irked Kildahl. Andrews also pissed Kildahl off by the way he celebrated winning points off of bad Kildahl mistakes. Kildahl's weakness in the backhand was exploited and he was coming to net way too much in the final set, maybe in a move of desperation.

5) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Ben McLachlan (Cal), 7-5, 7-5
Obenaus just grinded this one out. I saw part of the first set and there were a ton of deuces on both sides. Obenaus' family was here for the weekend (he's from Austria) so he probably got a lot more cheering than he was used to. I'm assuming the second set was like the first.

2) (68) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. (65) Carlos Cueto (Cal), 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8)
In the first set Cueto was dictating with his huge forehand. He called for a trainer when up 5-2 in the first for a foot issue, but it didn't appear to affect his movement. In the second Kyle managed to get a better foothold in the rallies and play like a backboard. He managed a late break only to be broken back and then pulled through a tight tiebreak. It was around 4-all in the third when everyone focused in on his court. It was great, with former UW tennis players and Obenaus' family and the crowd of diehards finally drowning out and competing with most of the Cal cheers. Cueto had 2? match points when McMorrow served at 5-4. He then started to cramp when he was serving at 5-5 and McMorrow had so many chances to break in that game, but Cueto was still very dangerous with his forehand but his movement was definitely compromised enough that McMorrow could find more and more openings, and McMorrow still kept being killed by Cueto's dropshots (McMorrow would get to them but the next shot was either out or easily dealt with). At this point everyone was cheering a ton between points and we were pretty vocal about Cueto taking tons of time between points. I think Cueto might have had another match point when McMorrow served at 5-6. The tiebreak was crazy. Both players got tight and played boldly at different times. McMorrow was still able to run almost everything down and return it, while Cueto's forehand was still pretty sharp. McMorrow went up a quick minibreak which was taken back just as quickly. He had to save 2 match points at 6-4. He won with an ace. He pretty much started jumping up and down in celebration even before the ace was confirmed, and then his teammates mobbed him.
04-10-2011 09:58 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - #32 Miss. State def. #4 Tennessee 6-1! #1 UVA d. #10 Duke,

I was there today. It was amazing. I'll post more about it tomorrow.
04-10-2011 03:00 AM
Re: 2011 Regular Season - #32 Miss. State def. #4 Tennessee 6-1! #1 UVA d. #10 Duke,

Stanford has no depth. And if their top guys aren't firing (which is not that rare) they go down easy.

I saw Washington edged Cal 4-3 today. Were you there darklucia? How was the atmosphere after the epic at court 2?
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