Big West 2015-16 - TennisForum.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 2016, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
Big West 2015-16

gouci is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 2016, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
Ucsb

In my opinion UCSB are the favorites to win the 2015-16 Big West Tournament title.

They need to play with more consistency. The #59 Gauchos came close to upsetting #2 USC on the road but lost 3-4. So after playing this well against USC there was no excuse to losing vs #51 Utah 3-4 the next day.

#59 UCSB got a home match against #38 Oklahoma but let that golden opportunity slip by their hands also losing 3-4.
gouci is offline  
post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 2016, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
UCSB #1 doubles

UC Santa Barbara Doubles Pairing Earns ITA Top-10 Ranking
Thanks to a 3-0 start, including a victory over the then-No. 4 ranked doubles duo in the country, the UC Santa Barbara tandem of Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic moved up from No. 21 to No. 10 in the latest Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Women’s Doubles rankings. It is believed that this is the first time a Big West duo has reached the nation’s top-10 since 1995 when Kelly Spencer and Amelia White finished the year ranked No. 9 in the Rolex National Collegiate rankings.

Dubavets and Stojic, who entered the season ranked No. 21, made a huge statement in the season opener by downing USC’s pairing of Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith at the No. 1 spot, 6-4. The Gauchos went on to win the doubles point and nearly sprouted an upset of the then second-ranked Trojans, ultimately losing a 4-3 heartbreaker.

Dubavets and Stojic look to continue their sensational start to 2016 as UCSB faces a busy stretch this weekend with home matches against Memphis and Washington State, and the Big West opener versus UC Davis. The Gauchos then embark on a six-match roadtrip.
gouci is offline  
post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 2016, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
Hawaii

Hawaii has been picking up some nice wins.

Hawaii upset #64 Arizona 4-3

Hawaii won on the road at San Diego St. 4-2

Hawaii won on the road at San Diego 4-2

So Hawaii collects wins over the Pac 12, Mountain West and WCC for the Big West.

Hawaii is currently ranked #64 and had freshman #2 singles Marina Hruba ranked #99 nationally two weeks ago but has since dropped out of the rankings.

#64 Hawaii hosts UCSB today Fri. 2/26/16 for an early battle to jockey for 1st place.
gouci is offline  
post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 2016, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
Cal St. Fullerton

Another team having a nice season so far is 7-1 Cal St. Fullerton.

Early in the season Cal St. Fullerton picked up a road win over San Diego St. 5-2.

That shocker result alone gets head coach Dianne Matias consideration for Big West Coach of the Year.

Fullerton followed that up with a close 3-4 road loss to San Diego. But Fullerton's #1 singles Valenzuela upset Marta Stojanovic who was nationally ranked #114 as recently as two weeks ago.

Fullerton also posted upset wins over WCC teams LMU 4-3 and Pacific 5-2 which is outstanding based on Fullerton's past history.
gouci is offline  
post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 2016, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
UCSB update

UCSB had a chance to beat ranked and undefeated Washington State but lost 3-4.

I guess UCSB won the doubles point and got over confident and decided to give their bench some playing time. Amanda Atanasson UCSB's regular #4 singles sat out singles after playing doubles. The result was Wazzu came storming back to win 4 of 6 singles and snatch the win from the jaws of defeat against UCSB.

The good news is since this coaching blunder UCSB has been playing seriously and has blown out their last 3 opponents in UC Davis, LMU and San Francisco.

I expect UCSB to play at their full strength against #64 Hawaii.
gouci is offline  
post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old Feb 29th, 2016, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
Re: Hawaii

Hawaii loses two at home.

#64 Hawaii lost to UCSB 4-2. This was expected.

#64 Hawaii also lost to #36 Oregon 4-3. This was a missed opportunity Hawaii let slip away that could have helped them receive an at-large.



UC Santa Barbara 4, No. 64 Hawai'i 2
UH Tennis Complex
Feb. 26, 2016

Doubles results (Order of finish: 1, 2, 3)
1. Stefani Stojic/Palina Dubavets (UCSB) def. Sarah Gealer/ Klara Pribylova (UH), 6-0
2. Cindy Nguyen/Roxanne Resma (UH) def. Amanda Atanasson/Lou Adler (UCSB), 6-3
3. Marina Hruba/Paulina Petriskova (UH) def. Melissa Baker/Stephanie Yamada (UCSB), 6-4

Singles results (Order of finish: 2, 6, 5, 1, 4)
1. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) def. Cindy Nguyen (UH), 7-5, 6-4
2. Marina Hruba (UH) def. Lou Adler (UCSB), 6-0, 6-3
3. Sarah Gealer (UH) vs. Stefani Stojic (UCSB), 6-2, 2-6, 5-6 (unfinished)
4. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) def. Klara Pribylova (UH), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3
5. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Roxanne Resma (UH), 1-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) def. Paulina Petriskova (UH), 6-4, 6-4


No. 36 Oregon 4, No. 64 Hawai'i 3
UH Tennis Complex
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Doubles Results (Order of finish: 1,2)
No. 1 Kennan Johnson/Shweta Sangwan (UO) def. Sarah Gealer/Klara Pribylova (UH), 6-1
No. 2 Nia Rose/Alyssa Tobita (UO) def. Roxanne Resma/Cindy Nguyen (UH), 6-2
No. 3 Marina Hruba/Paulina Petriskova (UH) vs. Daniela Nasser/Christi Woodson (UO), 5-4 unfinished

Singles Results (Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
1. Cindy Nguyen (UH) def. Kennan Johnson (UO), 6-3, 6-1
2. Marina Hruba (UH) def. Nia Rose (UO), 6-2, 6-0
3. Alyssa Tobita (UO) def. Sarah Gealer (UH), 6-1, 6-3
4. Shweta Sangwan (UO) def. Klara Pribylova (UH), 6-4, 6-2
5. Roxanne Resma (UH) def. Christi Woodson (UO), 7-6 (5), 6-3
6. Daniela Nasser (UO) def. Paulina Petriskova (UH), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
gouci is offline  
post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old Feb 29th, 2016, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
The Oscars

This is off topic.

But congrats to Leo DiCaprio on a well deserved Oscar win for best actor in the movie The Revenant!

Here's Leo rocking a UCI hat.
gouci is offline  
post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 2016, 03:25 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 250
 
Re: Big West 2015-16

What, no Fullerton v Hawaii update?

(I did find amusing the messy ITA rankings even more screwy last week as HW went UP after two loses because neither UCSB or HW bothered to post the result with ITA until after the Monday deadline. How long will it take for the Fullerton result to post?)

Also, comparing the MASSEY RATINGS with ITA this year is a doozie. Take a look at both the Pac and Big West. I wonder what the disastrous ITA screwed with this year in their formula.

The times they are a changin....
beachman49 is offline  
post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 2016, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
Re: Big West 2015-16

This is March as in March Madness so basketball comes first. I watched a UCI men's basketball game Thursday night where they beat Cal Poly so the tennis update has to wait til Friday.

By the way UCI can still claim a share of the men's hoops Big West regular season title if Long Beach St. can beat Hawaii at the Pyramid. What does LBS get by beating Hawaii? They improve their at-large chances for the NIT if they should lose in the Big West Tournament.


Fullerton def. Hawaii 4-2

Very surprising upset.

Maybe the Hawaii coach miscalculated by moving freshman Hruba up to #1 singles for the first time. Some women get so nervous playing #1 for the first time they pee in their panties. (There was this one time when the Long Beach St. coach put Rachel Manasse at #1 singles and she did just that peeing in her panties while losing to the UC Riverside #1.)

The Fullerton AD hired a new women's volleyball coach that went win less this season. The only good hires the Fullerton AD has made was hiring the women's tennis coach and men's soccer coach, both former UCI coaches.

Last edited by gouci; Mar 4th, 2016 at 06:52 PM.
gouci is offline  
post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 2016, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
Maria Sharapova

This is off topic.

When Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah about doping he was taking EPO which in effect gave him better endurance.

Meldonium which Maria Sharapova had been taking for 10 years was added to the banned list because an abnormally high amount of athletes were taking it. The medication supposedly increased blood flow which in effect increases your endurance. Exactly the same benefits of EPO that Lance Armstrong was doping on.

Fellow Russian Olympic gold medalist figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova, Sweden 2013 world 1,500 meter track champion Abeba Aregawi and Ethiopian Tokyo marathon winner Endeshaw Negesse are just some other world class athletes that tested positive for Meldonium since it was banned Jan. 2016 and will suffer punishments.

In the sports of tennis, marathons and cycling among others, events that can last for hours, I guess having better endurance can be a big advantage in helping you win. Looks like Sharapova and other European athletes had found a performance enhancing medication that was made only in Europe and not yet legal in the USA and other continents. They were taking it for years that gave them a advantage in terms of extra endurance before the anti-doping agency recently caught on.

This has opened a big can of worms in the world of marathon running among other sports where a bunch of elite athletes have already failed drug testing due to Meldonium. As for Sharapova Nike has dropped her within hours of her admitting to a failed drug test. I wonder how many more endorsements and $$$ Sharapova will lose over her shocking new drug scandal? Before 2016 Sharapova was cheating morally but not technically since the medication was not banned. Unless you believe Sharapova would die if she didn't take Meldonium or there wasn't alternate medication she could have taken for her illnesses that didn't enhance her performance or if Meldonium which treats patients suffering from heart failure was also somehow standardly prescribed for Sharapova's illnesses. I guess in the end cheaters getting caught is karma and poetic justice.

Now we know Meldonium was the difference between Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova both hotties making huge endorsements but one didn't win so much and the other was able to win a lot of titles.

Last edited by gouci; Mar 8th, 2016 at 07:18 AM.
gouci is offline  
post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 2016, 07:02 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 250
 
Re: Big West 2015-16

The new ITA leadership has apparently f*cked up the rankings to new levels.

UCLA # 25 (or # 11 in the Masseys)

USC finally ranked again at # 43 (or # 18 in the Masseys)

But this one has me on the floor crying in laughter

# 67 Cal State Fullerton... with this schedule:

D2 UC San Diego 6-1
UR San Diego State 5-2
UR U San Diego LOSS 3-4
D2 Azusa Pacific 6-1
UR LMU 4-3
UR Pacific 5-2
UR UC Davis 4-3
D2 CSULA 6-1
UR UC Riverside 7-0
UR Hawaii 4-2 (were ranked but no longer)
UR Utah State 5-1


That's 1 previously ranked, 7 never ranked and 3 D2 wins

ITA has become a joke. Shortened doubles to nothing, no ad makes for blatant cheating and now they've hacked the rankings formula up. (Suggestion: Run the computer spin twice so teams don't necessarily move 20 spots a week off a win vs a team no longer ranked).

LMFAO
beachman49 is offline  
post #13 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 2016, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
big showdown

#65 UCSB (9-6, 2-0) will host #67 Long Beach St. (11-4, 4-0) on Sat. 4/2 with the winner most likely ending up the Big West regular season champions.

- UCSB let another ranked win slip thru their hands losing at home to Harvard 3-4. UCSB took the doubles point and went up 1-0. They also won the 1st set at #3 and #4 singles before Harvard came back to win those 2 positions in 3 sets. This is like the 4th ranked team UCSB should probably have beaten but didn't.

- UCSB finally ended their streak of underachieving against ranked non-conference opponents by upsetting at the time #24 Fresno St. 4-1. Now let's see if they can carry this momentum against Long Beach St.

- Long Beach St. is coming off a nice win themselves against at the time #46 Dartmouth 5-2.

- UCSB's doubles team of #16 Dubavets/ Stojic will meet LBS's team of #36 Eales/ Thompson to kick off the match.
gouci is offline  
post #14 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 2016, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
gouci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,111
                     
Re: big showdown

Long Beach St. wins the big showdown.

A big question is why did Amanda Atanasson play doubles but not singles for UCSB?


Doubles Results
No. 16 Palina Dubavets/Stefani Stojic (UCSB) vs. No. 36 Laura Eales/Hayley Thompson (LBSU) Unfinished
Maeva Razakasoa/Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Stephanie Yamada/Melissa Baker (UCSB) 6-2
Ebba Unden/Alex Jones (LBSU) def. Lou Adler/Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) 6-2

Singles Results
No. 60 Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) def. Lou Adler (UCSB) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Palina Dubavets (UCSB) def. Ebba Unden (LBSU) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Stefani Stojic (UCSB) def. Julie Gerard (LBSU) 6-1, 7-5
Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Laura Eales (LBSU) 7-6 (6), 6-2
Hayley Thompson (LBSU) def. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) 6-4, 6-4
Georgie Sanders (LBSU) def. Melissa Baker (UCSB) 6-4, 7-5
gouci is offline  
post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 2016, 05:26 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 250
 
Re: Big West 2015-16

LB easily took dubs. LB took four of six first sets; should have been five with #4 up 4-1 in first only to drop set in a breaker. Then momentum totally shifted.

UCSB eventually goes up 3-1 with wins at 4, 2 and 3. LB gets it back to 3-3 at 5 & 6.

At # 1... LB took first set easy but dropped second set in a hurry. She's down 2-5 in the third when match is 3-1 SB. Survives 2 match points, including a NoAd point, at 4-5, and then wins on her second match point which was also a NoAd point at 6-5.

Heck of a comeback. Match time: 2:55.
beachman49 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Image Verification
Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.

Registration Image

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome