Some thoughts about CU coach's bold comment;
'There is no doubt that this is one of the best doubles teams in college tennis history'
I have doubts.
1. 3 consecutive finalists is no doubt a tremendous achievement, but the thing is that they
haven't won once. Scores aren't very kind too.
2. Couldn't beat Hilary, who is no doubt
one of the best doubles players in the history
of the league. (what makes Barte so formidable is that she has PHOENOMENAL court coverage due
to her quickness. Add her excellent net game-volleys- and power play. Just a multiple threat to
Christian/Sanchez did it. So did Frilling/Krisik, Pluskota/Whoriskey, Andersson/Juricova, and
Remynse/Schnack (did Kucerkova/Petukhova do it? have to check it out). Especially R/S's win at
the Ojai final was a total beatdown, loved the moment
They executed flawless tennis then.
What about Frilling/Krisik's achievement in the Team tourney at Georgia? They successively beat
Andersson/Juricova, Pluskota/Whoriskey, Barte/Burdette (dunno the exact order), that's like
beating the William sisters and Henin at a Slam. I rate this one higher than 3 consecutive
Hilary in doubles is like Serena Williams in WTA, so without beating her ONCE, a comment like
'best in college tennis history' is a bit suspect.
3. BUT, beating Christian/Sanchez in 2 IS a tremendous achievement, so it kinda makes it up.
(What I call a 'magic' team, there's two in recent history imo. Pluskota/Whoriskey at Riviera
2009. And Christian/Sanchez. Glad that I recorded this combo, it's really too bad that they only
participated in Stanford NCAA. At Riviera they withdrew after one win, and then lost to Pulido/
Ramos at SW R semi, thus losing a ticket to the Intercollegiate. What will be THEIR place in the
history of the league? Maybe similar place as Remynse/Schnack's?)