Re: Pac 12
#14 Stanford 4, #4 UCLA 3
Mar 29, 2013 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. #14 Ahn/Gibbs (STAN) def. #13 Anderson/Skylar Morton (UCLA) 8-4
Skylar was clearly the weak link. She missed a bunch of volleys and overheads. I shook my head many times during this match in response to her shots. They were bad!
2. #80 Tan/Tsay (STAN) def. #43 Dolehide/Montez (UCLA) 8-3
I thought Tan's groundstrokes were what won this match for them. I'm surprised UCLA didn't hit the ball to Ellen more.
3. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) def. Dillon/Hardebeck (STAN) 8-2
I was very impressed with Kyle and Cat's doubles game! Right now, they are pretty much UCLA's #1 team.
Stanford Wins Doubles Point
1. #3 Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. #20 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) 6-4, 6-2
I thought Robin did a good job of attacking Gibbs' backhand. I'd be surprised if Gibbs turns pro after this year. I wasn't very impressed with her game.
2. #30 Kristie Ahn (STAN) def. #110 Pamela Montez (UCLA) 6-2, 6-0
This match wasn't even close. There were a few deuce games but I had no interest in following it. I want to also add I love Ahn's game. She is a solid all around player. I even think she would beat Gibbs if the two were to play.
3. #14 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) def. #67 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) 7-5, 6-1
Kyle was up a break in the first set and was actually serving for it but Krista came back and was too much for Kyle. Krista's game reminds me a lot of Sharapova. She's not a great mover but she will hit the ball as hard as she can. I was hoping Kyle would throw in a few drop shots to move Krista around some more. I noticed this was how Sabs from USC beat her.
4. #93 Stacey Tan (STAN) def. #101 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) 2-5, retired
I thought these two were very similar players, but Chanelle was just doing everything better. Unfortunately she injured herself and had to retire. I think UCLA would've won this dual match had this match continue.
5. #91 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. #51 Ellen Tsay (STAN) 6-2, 6-2
Cat's groundies were just too much for Ellen. I'm surprised Ellen didn't use her lefty to her advantage by making Cat hit her shots (double handed on both sides) on the run or even spinning her off the court with her serve.
6. Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) def. Natalie Dillon (STAN) 7-6(6), 6-3
Dillon hung tough with Courtney in the first set. I thought this would be an easy point for UCLA.
Stanford 11-2; 5-0 Pac-12; National ranking #14
UCLA 13-3; 4-1 Pac-12; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,5,2,3,1,6)
It's unfortunate Chanelle will probably be out for a while. It looked like it was an ankle injury. However, the great news is that Kaitlin Ray may be back in the lineup. She was out in the backcourts playing a singles exhibition match against Kostas I believe.
In regards to UCLA's doubles, it's just what I expected to happen. UCLA #3 wins and relies on #1 or #2 to win, however, neither of those won today. Skylar should not be on #1 with Robin. I'd really like to see Robin and Courtney on #1, Kyle/Cat moved up to #2, and Skylar/Pam/Ray on #3.
Pam also needs to be dropped to a lower position in the singles lineup. I'd like to see UCLA go with the following: 1) Robin, 2) Kyle, 3) Cat, 4) Pam, 5) Ray, and 6) Courtney.
Last edited by slickshoes510; Mar 30th, 2013 at 01:27 AM.