Re: USC at UW 1:30 PST today, UCLA at UW 1 PST tomorrow
UCLA 5, UW 2
UW lost a close doubles point [late breaks on #1 and #3]. The #1 doubles was a bit painful since UW got broken when McMorrow double faulted on break point.
In singles Uw and UCLA split first sets with all the ones that UCLA won being straight set victories and all the ones UW won going 3 sets. UW eventually took #1 and #3 singles.
#1 McMorrow over Thompson 6-2, 6-7. 6-4. I didn't see the first set. In the second McMorrow had his best chance at getting the break when Thompson served 3 double faults in one game. McMorrow went down an early minibreak in the tiebreak and didn't recover. In the third it was on serve and McMorrow broke for the win, with Thompson (fittingly?) doublefaulting on match point. Thompson is really a character. I think he's more amusing than someone I actually want to root for. Has a big serve and forehand.
#2 Meister over Egger 6-3, 6-4. Egger was forced to play a lot of defense. Meister is an overall solid player. He got a little tight when serving for the match but otherwise rode the one break in each set for the win.
#3 Bots over Novikov 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3). I didn't see the first set at all so I have no idea what happened. They looked pretty evenly matched. In the second Bots was missing too much and let himself get broken. Really close third set. Novikov is pretty much a power player and could move better.
#4 Giron over Manthou 6-4, 6-2. Giron overpower Manthou and unlike yesterday Manthou just couldn't get depth on his shots. The match yesterday really took it out of him mentally I guess, because Hanfmann is definitely a better player than Giron.
#5 Puget over Farkas 6-3, 6-2. Didn't see much of this match. From the little bits I saw, Puget was dictating.
#6 Mkrtchian over Kamisar 4-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-3. There were a lot of rallies. Kamisar pretty much missed to lose every point in the tiebreak. Didn't see any of the third set.
Overall, UCLA is a solid team, but I don't see them in the top 5. Not having a top 20 caliber player means they will most likely lose the #1 and/or #2 singles. Novikov didn't have the best showing today so I can't say if he would be a strong #3 for them but Giron and Puget are decent at #4 and #5. I have never been able to predict the #6 singles match results so I can't really rate Mkrtchion. Interestingly, in comparison to USC, UCLA looks like a pretty thick (physical stature-wise) team. UCLA is a more power based team, but some of the smallest guys in college tennis (aka Nguyen) can really crack the ball. From what I saw today, I see USC taking 5-2 or better over UCLA in their rematch, but I suppose you never know until the match is played.