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Matches of the Week - 2009

1/18/09

#58 Sacramento St. def. #29 Pepperdine 7-0

#1 Singles #21 Katrina Zheltova Sac. St. def. Alexandria Walters Pep. 6-2, 6-4
#2 Singles Aileen Tsan Sac. St. def. Alex Liles Pep. 6-2, 6-4
#3 Singles Maria Meliuk Sac. St. def. Braverman Jillian Pep. 7-6 (0), 6-1
#4 Singles Luba Schifris Sac. St. def. Andrea Oates Pep. 6-4, 6-7 (6), 1-0 (8)
#5 Singles Melissa Valenzuela Sac. St. def. Zlatka Petrova Pep. 7-5, 6-3
#6 Singles Joyce Martinez Sac. St. def. Tania Rice Pep. 6-1, 6-0

#1 Doubles Katrina Zheltova/Melissa Valenzuela Sac. St. def. Anne-Christine Voicu/Braverman Jillian Pep. 9-7
#2 Doubles Aileen Tsan/Luba Schifris Sac. St. lost to Alex Liles/Anamika Bhargava Pepperdine 8-1
#3 Doubles Joyce Martinez/Clarisse Baca Sac. St. def. Alexandria Walters/Zlatka Petrova Pep. 9-7


Wow it looks to me like Pepperdine, who beat them 7-0 last year, was too overconfident by not playing Anamika Bhargava and Anne Voicu in singles.
Because of this upset over Pepperdine, Sac. St.'s ranking will inflate and beating them will have more value. Sac. St. now becomes an very important match for my team UC Irvine.

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How do you know Bhargava was healthy?

How do you know Voicu has cleared initial eligiblity yet?

You assume alot.

Sac St's win will only be good if Pepp rights the ship.

Ask LB and UCI last year.... both had nice Top 40 wins... only none of those Top 40 wins held rank and nearly all fell out of the final rankings... thus pulling both backward despite very good seasons.

You assume a lot, again
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How do you know Bhargava was healthy?

How do you know Voicu has cleared initial eligiblity yet?

You assume alot.

Sac St's win will only be good if Pepp rights the ship.

Ask LB and UCI last year.... both had nice Top 40 wins... only none of those Top 40 wins held rank and nearly all fell out of the final rankings... thus pulling both backward despite very good seasons.

You assume a lot, again
There's a small chance Bhargava won at #2 doubles but was then not healthy enough for singles, but unlikely.

Did you see Voicu playing #1 doubles before asking that stupid question?

I doubt Pepperdine will fold like last year's Arizona or San Diego St.
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Or Purdue or Penn or Cal Poly or LMU or UCI (30's to 64)...

I'll give you the Voicu one... but why would they tank on purpose. Maybe they just have a whole bunch of the same? Or maybe Sac State is much better this year?


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There's a small chance Bhargava won at #2 doubles but was then not healthy enough for singles, but unlikely.

Did you see Voicu playing #1 doubles before asking that stupid question?

I doubt Pepperdine will fold like last year's Arizona or San Diego St.
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Re: Matches of the Week - 2009

Sac St. only added a new #3 singles in Maria Meliuk ITF 124 in 1/09. The other 5 singles were on the team last year when Pepperdine won 7-0.

Last year = #6 singles Tania Rice def. Joyce Martinez 3-6,6-3,10-6.

This year = #6 singles Joyce Martinez def. Tania Rice 6-1,6-0.

Maybe Sac. St. just caught Pepperdine sleeping. But expect the 'Dine to be fully awake when it plays both Long Beach and Irvine later this year.
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Maybe the match is legit... Meliuk would play # 1 at any Big West school but Pacific (Widjaja) and maybe LB based on Grady's seniority. Meliuk higher rated as a junior that Grady. So if she's playing # 3 for Sac State... they are top 30 for sure.

UCI and LB are the same (at best) as last year... at best.

LB would have been better (a player deeper) but for that late unexpected departure. It's Cal Poly, UOP and then our two...

A year of transition?
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Maybe the match is legit... Meliuk would play # 1 at any Big West school but Pacific (Widjaja) and maybe LB based on Grady's seniority. Meliuk higher rated as a junior that Grady. So if she's playing # 3 for Sac State... they are top 30 for sure.
It's too early to tell how good Meliuk is because Sac. St.'s #2 was Aileen Tsan who Claire Fermin defeated 2 years ago when UCI beat Sac. St.

It said on the Pepperdine website that Bhargava was injured playing doubles.
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Washington State dropping

#47 BYU def. #44 Washington St. 6-1

#50 Utah def. #44 Washington St. 5-2

Washington St. will drop in the rankings. Maybe Long Beach St. will move 1 spot up unless of course Sac. St. jumps over them.

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Virginia climbing

#41 Virginia def. #25 TCU 4-3
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South Florida plunging

#49 New Mexico def. #43 South Florida 4-3

#57 Colorado def. #43 South Florida 5-2

#25 TCU def. #22 William & Mary 6-1
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Re: Matches of the Week - 2009

Predictions for the year

Cal might have best team in country
Fresno will hold it's own also as they got deeper at the bottom... but not Cal deep.
Watch for UW to move up rapidly into top 20...


UCLA is weaker... and even more so until Pantic finishes serving NCAA eligiblity penalty in March... probably a 5th or 6th place Pac team so they could easily fall out of Top 20. This is the pay back year for the NCAA giving them NINE scholie spots last year... thus giving them the National Champ title despite injury to Joelson

ASU depends on the very talented but oft injured Abdala's... plus they get to play USC and UCLA at home for the counting league matches on their 'slower than clay' courts which is a huge advantage

Pepperdine is a mystery but no way they hold top 30... might finally open door for St Marys or USF to win the WCC...

UNLV, NC State, Wazoo plus Bill & Mary all weaker ... lost top line players with no big additions so their ladders have had to slide up. Bill & Mary also had coaching change. Wazoo in the most trouble of that group given the results of this past weekend but they were massively over ranked last year anyway.

MHO on some of the Top 40's

Pac 10 prediction:
1 Cal
2 Stanford
3 USC
4 Arizona State
5-6 UW
6-5 UCLA
7-9 The others... all non NCAA qualifiers
10 Oregon State... cause they don't play
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Re: Matches of the Week - 2009

I think Virginia will definitely be in the top 25 by the end of the season. They have a deep team of highly motivated players. I'm excited to see how they do.
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Re: Matches of the Week - 2009

Virginia is definitely having some great results with this year's recruits: Lindsey Hardenbergh, Emily Fraser and Claire Bartlett. They are trying to add Karoline Steiro from Norway, but I'm not sure if she's cleared by NCAA yet.
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Re: Virginia climbing

Thank you Barboza for reporting about Steiro. I'm assuming if cleared she will begin play this season. With the addition of Steiro, who had a WTA ranking high of #499, Virginia may crack the top 15-20.
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Steiro must have been cleared, because she's playing right now at #5 against Tennessee
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